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Even when Star Wars movies are stupid and ridiculous (think Return of the Jedi — you thought I was going to write Phantom Menace, eh?) the world goes bonkers with rumors and fan theories. Every thing from the sublime to the absolutely silly gets thrown to the wall to see if something sticks.
Well, True Believers, how would you like to sink your sci-fi teeth into a conspiracy theory involving a new character and the Beastie Boys?
I knew you would!
The Inquisitr brings it, sets it on the table and opens it up:
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Earlier in the year, production art from the newest Star Wars film leaked online, showing an alien known at the time as a “bullhead.” As Geek points out, photos of the character in the form of a practical costume on set later appeared, yet little was known about the alien other than that it was a member of the Resistance who would be featured either at a base or in the cockpit of an X-Wing.
As Disinfo’s 5am Film Series has been mildly successful, I thought readers would be interested in Sploid’s Short Film Festival. They’re still accepting submissions (until Oct. 31) and viewers can vote by liking the films on YouTube.
For more information on this, go here.
As of this post, here are the films that are currently showing (at least one of these has been featured here).
Zerogon is a lonely creature, from a lonely planet, who becomes abducted into the false allure of a computer generated world.
Directed by John Mattiuzzi and Joshua Planz.
Inspired by The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, Adam Ciolfi’s newest stop motion film, Broken, stars a damaged robot who attempts to keep his companion alive after a catastrophic accident.
Written and Directed by Adam Ciolfi
Produced by The Ciolfi Brothers
Animation by Adam Ciolfi
According to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the FBI was worried that Ray Bradbury was spreading communist ideals through his writings. They were particularly concerned about The Martian Chronicles because of the “repeated theme that earthmen are despoilers and not developers.” Even more ludicrous, FBI informant Martin Berkeley called science fiction a “lucrative field for the introduction of Communist ideology.”
JPat Brown via MuckRock:
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Bradbury’s membership in the Screen Writer’s Guild, as well as his vocal opposition to McCarthyism, drew particular attention. FBI informant Martin Berkeley – notorious for his role as the House Un-American Activities Committee’s “number one friendly witness” – drew a portrait of Bradbury as pinko boogeyman:
After noting that science fiction “may be lucrative field for the introduction of Communist ideology,” Berkeley goes on to declare the entire field of science fiction writers as a veritable fifth column, intent on crippling America before her enemies.
The Visit, a mockumentary, documents various government agencies as they try to deal with Earth’s first alien encounter. The film originally premiered at Sundance 2015 and is officially releasing on Vimeo today.
“This film documents an event that has never taken place – man’s first encounter with intelligent life from space.” The film explores a first contact scenario, beginning with the simplest of questions: Why are you here?
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin
I used think that statement was true. Now I’m not so sure. It’s the first of those two so-called inevitabilities that troubles me in particular. Death is supposed to be the great equalizer, but humans are anything but equal in practice. Once we find a way around a balance, we will try to tip the scales. As soon as we find a cheat, it’s exploited. The objective of this has always been to greatly benefit a few to the detriment of many. If politics, business, religion, and history have taught us anything, it has taught us that.
When I started writing Husk a couple of years ago, there was a lot weighing on my mind. Repercussions of the 2008 Wall Street crash were being felt through almost every inch of life, and more than anyone wanted to admit.… Read the rest
Inspired by Open Culture’s new post, “The 5 Best Noir Films in the Public Domain,” I did a brief search to see which other films reside in the public domain.
Behold the wonder that is b-grade, public domain sci-fi.
The Brain That Wouldn’t Die
The Brain that Wouldn’t Die entered the public domain after American-International Pictures failed to add copyright information to the new title card.
Completed in 1959, the film was officially released in 1962. Directed by Joseph Green with an estimated budget of $62,000, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die follows a grief-stricken doctor who keeps his decapitated girlfriend’s head alive while he searches for a replacement body. The girlfriend, Jan Compton (Virginia Leith), is understandably pissed that the doctor won’t let her die. So, she communicates telepathically with a mutant locked in the laboratory, willing it to kill the doctor.
Hey Dick-Heads, are you excited for the The Man in the High Castle? Amazon Studios has released a new teaser in advance of the debut of the first two series episodes at San Diego Comic Con on July 10th (if you can’t get to San Diego, EW is going to stream the event live):
Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. Starring Rufus Sewell (John Adams), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars) and Alexa Davalos (Mob City), the series results from the Amazon Studios one hour pilot, which you can access here if you subscribe to Amazon Prime.
Dick set The Man in the High Castle in 1962, fifteen years after the end of a fictional longer Second World War (1939–47).… Read the rest
When asked why The Last Question was his favorite, Isaac Asimov replied: