Serenity Keeps Flying in New Firefly Novels

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You can’t stop the signal: Firefly fans get to return to Joss Whedon’s sci-fi western ’verse with three new novels from Titan Books! While the adventures of Captain Malcolm Reynolds and the crew of Serenity have lived on far past the television series’ sole season in both the 2005 film Serenity and a number of comic book arcs for the last decade-plus, these are the first original Firefly novels to be published. The three books—the first coming in late 2018—will focus on Mal’s past with the Browncoats, will riff on The Magnificent Seven, and will engage with a popular sci-fi subgenre: generation ships!

In Titan Books’ press release, commissioning editor Cat Camacho said she is “delighted to be bringing new, official stories to fans of a show that has continued to grow in popularity over the years, finding new audiences in an unprecedented way. Firefly is a hugely ...

The Cloverfield Paradox Undoes Itself Trying to Be Two Different Movies

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Ten years ago, all J.J. Abrams’ company Bad Robot had to do was tweet a date (1/18/08) and a poster with something lurking over New York City, and fans were hooked months before the found-footage sci-fi movie came out. But while the past decade has seen two more installments ostensibly existing in the same Cloverfield mythos, each one’s release has been handled more unevenly than the last: 10 Cloverfield Lane was announced a mere two months before it came out (to mostly positive reviews), and then there was the film formerly known as God Particle. A science fiction thriller with Abrams’ stamp, it was delayed over and over, losing its release date to the untitled third Cloverfield film until Netflix dropped a shocker on Super Bowl Sunday: God Particle was actually The Cloverfield Paradox, and fans could stream it immediately following the game.

But while the method of ...

The Cloverfield Paradox movie review Netflix Cloververse
The Cloverfield Paradox movie review Netflix Cloververse
The Cloverfield Paradox movie review Netflix Cloververse
The Cloverfield Paradox movie review Netflix Cloververse
The Cloverfield Paradox movie review Netflix Cloververse
The Cloverfield Paradox movie review Netflix Cloververse

The Elephant in the Room: The Only Harmless Great Thing Solves the Atomic Priesthood Problem

There’s a reason why we haven’t heard of the atomic priesthood.

It sounds like incredible fodder for awesome dystopian stories: To protect future generations from nuclear fallout, but also to account for evolving languages and social mores, establish a religion whose “priests” pass down knowledge of how to avoid radiation zones. Knowledge, and a healthy bit of fear, zhuzhing the truth to make nuclear fallout akin to a supernatural danger—putting the fear of God, as it were, in our descendants.

So how come this concept doesn’t have its own TV Tropes page chock full of examples? Because in the 1950s and ‘60s, Isaac Asimov and Walter M. Miller, Jr. already played out that scenario in Foundation and A Canticle for Leibowitz, respectively, and found the results uninspiring: egomania, power-grabbing, and buying into their own fake dogma are just some of the reasons why human nature ruins this hypothetical scenario. ...

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HBO Releases Westworld Season 2 Teaser and Premiere Date

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This world is a lie. Because it’s your world.

Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), Maeve (Thandie Newton), and the rest of the residents of Westworld are breaking into the real world in the first season 2 teaser released by HBO—plus, we now know when the next season will premiere!

This haunting trailer features one of Westworld’s signature piano covers, this time of Kanye West’s “Runaway.” While the action mostly takes place behind-the-scenes underground and on the fringes of Westworld, there’s a lot of exciting forward action, with both Maeve and Dolores seeming to mingle with flesh-and-blood customers and other unassuming folks:

Westworld season 2 premieres Sunday, April 22.

The Super Gang Assembles for the New Avengers: Infinity War Teaser

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This is it. It’s all leading to this. “This” being Captain America with some sort of gauntlets replacing his signature shield, Bucky back in action, and—what is Peter Parker doing on Thanos’ ship in space?! Someone tell our sweet cinnamon roll to get the hell back to Earth.

It’s the new teaser for Avengers: Infinity War, which dropped during the Super Bowl.

Shorter than the first trailer we saw late last year, it’s basically an excuse to give everyone a GIF-able moment—whether they’re demonstrating old or new powers, or putting themselves in enough danger for us to worry about whether they’ll make it out of the Infinity War alive.

Avengers: Infinity War comes to theaters May 4.

Netflix Drops Surprise Teaser for The Cloverfield Paradox, Premiering After the Super Bowl

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Eat your heart out, This Is Us: Directly following the Super Bowl, fans of J.J. Abrams’ Cloverfield series will be able to watch the third film, The Cloverfield Paradox, on Netflix. Click through for the intriguing teaser trailer!

Alternately known as God Particle and Cloverfield 3, this movie has been under wraps since it was announced years ago. All we knew was that it took place on a space station, and was related to some sort of strange goings-on on Earth. With just a short teaser, Abrams provides a new context for the movie, as what seems to be either a prequel or something taking place at the same time as 2008’s Cloverfield:

Ten years ago, something happened.

Now, find out why.

If you go to the Netflix home page, you’ll find The Cloverfield Paradox is prominently featured, with a message that users can watch it ...

Watch the First Teaser for Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Just minutes into the Super Bowl, Lucasfilm sneakily dropped the first look at Solo: A Star Wars Story with a 45-second teaser chock full of intriguing shots: The Imperial Academy! The Millennium Falcon! Lando freaking Calrissian!

We get brief glimpses of Woody Harrelson’s and Emilia Clarke’s characters, not to mention Donald Glover sporting a very fancy coat as Lando. Plus plenty of prescient lines about Han being the best pilot in the galaxy.

And you know what? Alden Ehrenreich doesn’t look half bad in that “what’s your name” shot.

The full trailer will debut Monday, February 5 on Good Morning AmericaSolo: A Star Wars Story comes to theaters May 25.