As we’ve discussed recently, the dearth of strong female characters in mass entertainment continues to be a source of depression, but here’s a little cheer-up: artist Spencer Salberg, who posts his work on his heymonster Tumblr, has created a series of Strong Female Character portraits, which cast the likes of Buffy Summers, Liz Lemon, Leslie Knope, and Zoe Washburn as saints. Check them out after the jump, and buy (very reasonably priced!) prints of each here. … Read More
Here’s the ultimate good-bad idea: the Dutch aerospace project is planning to send four humans to Mars in 2023 … and keep them there. Permanently. As of yesterday, 20,000 people had applied for a spot on the mission, and 24 to 40 of the applicants will duke it out on reality TV to be among the first humans to colonize a planet. Clearly, they haven’t seen enough space movies to realize that this is a horrible idea. If these applicants just took the time to watch the following movies and TV shows, they’d surely think twice about hopping into a spaceship. … Read More
The history of Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome is a bit dizzying, but EW has announced that the Michael Taylor, David Eick, Bradley Thompson and David Weddle-written saga that follows a young William Adama during the first Cylon war will finally premiere online, November 9.
The story was being developed as a full-length Syfy series — with makers even producing a pilot episode — but B&C has found a home on the web. Luke Pasqualino (UK’s Skins) will star as the ambitious Galactica pilot, who finds himself at odds with weary co-captain Coker (Ben Cotton, Alcatraz). “Like Starz’ Spartacus, the series uses ‘virtual set’ CGI technology that adds more expansive and spectacular backdrops than possible in a convention production,” EW advises.
The prequel movie will air as ten, 7-12-minute episodes on YouTube over the span of four weeks. EW promises that the two-hour pilot will air in full on Syfy in early 2013, followed by an unrated home video release. It’s not our preference, but beggars can’t be choosers. Check out the trailer past the break and share your thoughts on the prequel storyline, below. … Read More
This week, we watched an excellent video about romance in fantasy and science fiction over at io9. Inspired by the idea, we decided to put together our own list of our favorite couples in science fiction and fantasy across formats — from books to television shows to films. These are the geek culture romances that made us swoon, bite our nails, or shed a tear, from destined lovers, to enemies whose passions evolved, to the will-they-or-won’t-they pairs that finally did. As always, keep in mind that these are simply our favorites — so read through the list and add your own in the comments! … Read More
We’ve done a fair amount of coverage on the burgeoning field of TV pop art in recent years, but we haven’t yet looked at the art directly from these fictional universes. From Jesse Pinkman’s Kanga-man and James Franco’s inexplicable self-portraits as “Franco” to Lily Aldrin’s nudes of both Marshall and Barney, we’ve rounded up the TV character art that has shocked, delighted, confused, and left us downright heartbroken. Have some professional criticism? Were Jesse Pinkman’s “lines” as great as Jane said they were? Is there a piece we didn’t include (and that you may or may not have facsimiled for your own wall)? Please share in the comments! … Read More
We don’t know about you, but there’s nothing like some fine art with a geeky pop culture twist to make us smile at the beginning of the week. Last year, we swooned over artist Megan Lara‘s geeky-cool art nouveau-inspired posters of the men of Firefly, and now i09 has brought a new series of her work to our attention: your favorite Battlestar Galactica heroines (and anti-heroines) as they might have been painted if Klimt, Bouguereau, and Lichtenstein had had the good fortune to be around to capture their portraits. Click through to see fine art and fine television mashed together, and then be sure to head over to Lara’s website to check out more of her work. And if you must have one of these prints for your very own, poster versions (minus the Lichtenstein, which will be sold separately) are currently available to preorder as a set from Quantum Mechanix. So say we all. … Read More
Father’s Day is this Sunday, and we’re celebrating early with an homage to some of our favorite TV dads and the wisdom they’ve shown (or tried to show) over the years. From Michael Bluth and Don Draper to Walter White and Peter Griffin (to name just a few in our supercut), these men sure aren’t perfect, but the majority of them have made TV a whole lot better — and for that we’re thankful. Is there a TV dad who inspires you? Let us know in the comments, because at a mere two-and-a-half minutes, this video is far from all-encompassing. … Read More
Why are surrogate parent-child relationships so pervasive in pop culture? Is it the hope that even if your parents die or hate us or don’t know how to solve our problems, someone else will pick up the slack and help us out? Or do we just enjoy watching strong, independent people be all vaguely touchy-feely and stuff, to kids that don’t happen to be their own? Either way, the surrogate father-daughter relationship has become a particularly popular one recently. For this Father’s Day, we thought we’d celebrate all the pop-culture heroes who aren’t necessarily dads but who act like them anyway sometimes, as well as the badass girls who benefit from their paternal instincts. Let us know your favorites in the comments. … Read More
Heads up, violence fans! The next episode of Game of Thrones is (mild spoiler alert) supposed to be a doozy, and fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire series know why – The Battle of Blackwater is one of the most extreme sequences in the books, complete with swordfighting, giant ships exploding, lots of fire getting thrown around everywhere, and a couple of choice kills by an unexpected assassin. Because of the show’s overall budget, Blackwater’s supposedly been scaled down a bit compared to the over-the-top text, but it still has the largest number of visual effects of any GoT episode to date.
Budgets aside, it’s incredibly tough to get an effective fight sequence on television, even if you’ve got plenty of money. If you’re on a network, there’s the censors to worry about, and on most shows that aren’t written by George R.R. Martin, you have to worry about keeping most of your major characters intact in a believable way. And let’s face it, not every show is ready for “battle” — we’re never going to see Castle and Beckett throw down to save Manhattan from a bunch of aliens, Avengers style (though wouldn’t Stana Katic look amazing in the Black Widow jumpsuit?). Still, there’s been some great action to be seen on the small screen over the years. Check out our list of favorites, and add your own in the comments. … Read More
With all the vainglory and self-promotion festering on the Twitter frontier, we gotta say it’s refreshing when people use their 140 characters for humble purposes (notwithstanding the fact that the existence of a singular selfless tweet has yet to be confirmed). A fine example of this would be last weekend’s cavalcade of TV showrunner remorse, incited by Damon Lindelof’s, “The weather in LA this week has been as consistent as the third season of LOST.” Bill Lawrence stepped up next, tweeting, “Many, many episodes of Scrubs sucked balls” and “Cougar Town’s first six eps made me sad.” Then Shonda Rhimes came forth, confessing that Seasons 4 and 5 of Grey’s Anatomy make her “want to hide in a dark cave and maybe change my name.” Which actually had us feeling bad as one can for famous rich people, and then scouring for other confessionals like these. Click through to see what we found, and please join in to add your favorite showrunner regrets in the comments! … Read More