Some space concepts - playing around with mood/colour.
Gareth Edwards, Director of Godzilla, Tapped to Helm Star Wars Spinoff
Rumors surrounding the new Star Wars films have been orbiting the franchise like the forest moon of Endor. Fans are reportedly waking up in cold sweats from nightmares full of over-used CGI and shoddy 3D animation. Inquiring minds are led to wonder: is there anything that can quell their well-founded fears?
The answer to that question may rest two years down the road but, for now, Sith Lords and Jedi’s alike can rest easy, as famed director Gareth Edwards has taken up the mantle of directing one of the new Star Wars spinoffs. The subjects of these standalone films are still gestating in the rumor mill — Boba Fett and Yoda have both been suggested as potential candidates but, as it stands, we know just as much about the films as we did before.
This news may come across as anticlimactic for those who haven’t seen Edwards fantastic film Monsters, but rest assured, friends — this movie is going to be in good hands. And, hey, since Abrams likely won’t have his paws all over it, there’s a good chance we’ll be able to see what’s happening in the film instead of squinting around various, unnecessary bursts of lens flare!
The first of the Star Wars spinoff films is set to hit theaters on December 16, 2016.
Alien: Isolation Dated for October
Creative Assembly’s “lo-fi sci-fi” love letter to Ridley Scott’s deep space horror masterpiece has received a release date: October 7th, 2014.
Alien: Isolation looks to holster the series’ pulse rifles and send its colonial marines on shore leave. You won’t mow down an army of xenomorphs; you’ll have to outsmart just one. The effect is an elongated game of cat and mouse… if the cat were a double-jawed, acid-blooded hate creature bred to be perfect killing machine straight out of the womb (the womb in question being your exploded chest cavity).
For a sci-fi horror franchise that practically invented sci-fi horror, it’s astounding Alien has yet to dip into the survival horror genre, but better a few decades late than never. Especially after 2013’s Travesty That Shall Not Be Named.
Mark your calendars and remember, while no one in space can hear you scream, your neighbors can certainly hear the high-pitched, glass cracking fright coming out of your apartment playing Isolation. Maybe give ‘em a heads up so they don’t call the cops and have them laugh at you.
Can we kill it?
Say Hello to The HUVr Board
If you never asked your parents, hat in hand, for a sweet-ass hoverboard after seeing Back to the Future: Part II for the first time, you’re either lying or you’re too young to know what the hell I’m talking about. Truthfully, all you need to know is that the hoverboard is an immaculate piece of fictional technology capable of doing just what its name describes: making you look insanely rad while hovering eleven inches in the air. Now, thanks to HUvr, you can own one, too.
Or, you could, if the whole thing wasn’t a complete hoax (and a mighty expensive one, at that). Carefully watching the video reveals that the celebrity riders (including Tony Hawk, Moby, Terrell Owens, and a guest appearance by the one and only
Doc Brown Christopher Lloyd) reveal the harnesses under their clothing, and shadows on the pavement occasionally betray the illusion by broadcasting the outlines of cranes.
Still, you have to admit, for something that isn’t necessarily real, the team at HUVr sure put a lot of work into this. As much as I wish it was all promotional material for Back to the Future 4, it’s been confirmed that this viral sensation was orchestrated by the website Funny Or Die. This doesn’t necessarily stop me from wanting one, of course, but it definitely made my Christmas list just a little bit shorter. Good thing Marty McFly’s power laces are still coming out, right?