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Teleois (1:29)
A deep space mining vessel has been adrift for two years. It is suspected the crew brutally killed each other, but the reason for the bloodbath is unknown. A rescue crew is sent to find if there are any survivors, what happened and why. 

 
"Blade Runner 2049" - "Time to Live" Featurette (3:54)

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Following yesterday’s news that two directors had been fired from the Han Solo anthology movie, it was rumored that Ron Howard would jump in to save the day, and now we know for certain, he has. Producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy released a statement that read:  We’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie.” Howard will be making every effort to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. He'll soon will be meeting with the actors, including Alden Ehrenreich in the title role, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. Filming is set to resume on 10 July, which gives the filmmaker some time to settle in.


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Interview With Neill Blomkamp
A couple of weeks ago, "District 9" and "Chappie" director Neill Blomkamp unveiled Oats Studios, his new project focusing on experimental short films. The first film to come out of it was an awesome 21 minute short called "Rakka." Set in the year 2020, aliens have landed and quickly enslave humanity. Of course there's a resistance movement led by Sigourney Weaver. The film is quickly becoming all the buzz with SciFi fans. The Latest part of the project is below:

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(SciFi News) This is the one of three projects Oats will be releasing in this initial volume of projects. Where did the story come from?

(NB) The original idea was to make make a science fiction piece that was about an occupying force in a foreign country, and it kind of grew around that. I always wanted to do a science fiction invasion piece that had direct parallels with an occupying force in a country, like the Germans in France, or Americans in Iraq. 


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(SciFi News) Tell me a little about the design in "Rakka," because it feels quite a bit different from the other films that you've done.

 
(NB) The main idea that I like is that the alien creatures,
dubbed the “Klum”, have this nanotech ferrofluid that changes shape. The aliens would have essentially come to earth in a lake. It forms whenever they need, and when they arrive at Earth, it probably split up into several pieces, with the different ships that formed out of it going to different continents and building the towers that they live in. They breathe a different atmosphere. If you look at the creature itself, it has this black hood on that also runs down the bridge of its nose. It's almost like a gas mask, but hooked directly into their nostrils. It just does whatever they need it to. The aliens that we see in 21 minute verson aliens are actually a sort of genetically cloned drone. They're not entirely sentient, and they're sent out by a far more intelligent species who we haven’t really seen yet.Simple, Free Image and File Hosting at MediaFire

(SciFi News) There's a scene where a soldier sees something after his truck is blown up. Was that the superior alien species?
 

(NB) They're floating around in the peripheral edges of our solar system, and they're visualizing what's happening on the Earth by proxy. They live inside some kind of quantum state back in their ship. They’re gathering any organism that they find that can help them think about how to survive the end of the universe. They know it's coming, and they don't want to die.

(NB) The Klum treat this species like a god. However, this intelligent species turned their back on them, but they didn’t do that to humans. The experimentation we see on Amir is the Klum trying to find out what this top-tier species sees in humanity: why are humans worthy of attention, but not the Klum? Amir wasn’t killed, and the experimentation gives him an eye into how the Klum see the world. I have ideas where his character goes, but we just have to see if the audience gets behind us in order for us to tell more of these stories.

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(SciFi News) So you see this as one small episode in a much larger story?

 
(NB) Yes. We don't know what form that story will take. Rakka feels like it could almost be more of an episodic thing, because there's a lot of avenues to explore. The footage is too unconventional and weird for a mainstream feature, and the audience has to think of the footage as a snapshot into the window of this world.

(NB) It’s the same for the film we’re going to release in a couple of weeks. When the audience understands that this isn't the complete, final story, and they choose to get behind us financially, we can then figure out if this is an episodic thing, or if it’s one big feature film. There are other ideas that we have in Volume 1, and some that will be in Volume 2, that are explicitly feature films.

(NB) These stories aren’t pre-determined: they don't have to be HBO-style, 60-minute episodes. They can be multiple 20-minute pieces, you can have a five-minute window into a character with just one scene, or you can have a two-hour piece somewhere else.


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(SciFi News) It felt to me like you have the right amount of material for a future film with Rakka. You have the big set pieces that could then be connected with a much more complete story.

(NB) I've always thought of Rakka as much more in the camp of Star Trek or something, where you have a lot of interesting things to explore, rather than a movie. You could make a feature, but I think it's more interesting for it to be more of a long term, episodic format. (theverge.com)

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Vimeo SciFi Short - Rise (5:00)
A dystopian future, where man's attempt to create artificial intelligence has spun wildly out of control, leading to a war between man and machine. Starring Anton Yelchin


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 Lost In Space Unaired Pilot 1965 (50:03)
 

Star Trek II The Wrath Of Khan Cast Interviews And Original Trailer (14:59)


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Instead of being called a mini-series, the Netflix powers to be threw everyone a curve ball last year after coming out with a six-episode "event series" last year, however many feel it could have very easily done quite well as a permanent weekly TV series. That could still happen given all the excitement in science fiction these days. The show follows the crew and passengers on the USS Ascension, a ship launched in the 1960s to colonize another planet. However there are plenty of plot twists and turns along the way. Talk about a jumbo cliffhanger!

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Still more science fiction to yak about... Wesley Snipes stars in the "The Recall," now in limited theatrical release. The plot goes something like this:  Unaware that Earth is experiencing an alien invasion, five friends head to a remote lake house on vacation. After aliens abduct three of them and whisk them away to the mother ship, the remaining two must rely on an eccentric and mysterious local hunter who seems to have special knowledge of the attack.

John Forbes Nash Jr., the Princeton University mathematician whose life inspired the film "A Beautiful Mind," and his wife died in a car crash Saturday, according to New Jersey State Police. Nash, 86, and Alicia Nash, 82, were riding in a taxi when the incident occurred.
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Nash was widely regarded as one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century but his career was cut short by a descent into serious mental illness due to struggles with paranoid schizophrenia. Nash spent the next three decades in and out of mental hospitals and at times talked about aliens that were communicating with him. Eventually, Nash began to show signs of emerging from his delusions. During that time, a proof he had written at the age of 20 became a foundation of modern economic theory. In 1994 Nash   was awarded a Nobel Prize in Economics.

"A Brilliant Madness: A Mathematical Genius Descent Into Madness"(55:04)
 

"Laff It Up, Fuzzball"
Harrison Ford on Jimmy Kimbel Live
 

BOOK REVIEWS

The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3)   Dark Matter   The Stars Are Legion

The Last Star - Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave #3)
http://nicegirlsreadbooks.com/review-the-last-star-rick-yancey/ 
Dark Matter - Blake Crouch and & Jon Lindstrom
http://www.npr.org/2016/07/31/485865180/dark-matter-is-a-jet-propelled-science-thriller
The Stars Are Legion - Kameron Hurley
http://thebooksmugglers.com/2017/03/book-review-stars-legion-kameron-hurley.html

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