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    • The Week in Gaming: Dead Space remake; Netflix game plans; PlayStation’s Apple TV+ deal & more

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      Welcome to The Week in Gaming, the place where we pause each week to take a look at the video game news beats both big and small that you might be missing — while also taking a peek around the corner at what's ahead. Check in each Friday for news (and occasionally even views) on everything from sprawling RPGs to Metroidvania platformers to the latest in VR and free-to-play. We'll even throw in a good old-fashioned board game every now and then! Back before 2008, video games had never seen such an atmospherically effective merging of solitude, survival, and sci-fi horror as the kind that EA Redwood Shores introduced to players with the original Dead Space. Isaac Clarke’s maddeningly isolating trek through the Necromorph-infested corridors of the mining vessel Ishimura took the well-established survival hallmarks of the Resident Evil franchise and flung them into the darkened reaches of a 26th Century orbit — the video game version of a place where no one could hear you scream. Though the original game took a while to build sales steam, it went on to become a million-selling title as word of mouth about its haunting ambiance and truly terrifying third-person scare gauntlet enticed players ... Continue Reading »

    • Creepy, crawly bug horror returns to Star Wars in the latest episode of The Bad Batch

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      It is a truth universally acknowledged, that characters in an installment of a Star Wars who poke around in the dark will be attacked by skittering space insects. Such is the case with the thirteenth episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, aptly titled “Infested.”  Star Wars is no stranger to borrowing (or flat out stealing) things from other sci-fi adjacent genres, especially the various animated series. The Bad Batch joins that proud tradition, and Omega (Michelle Ang) learns a lesson along the way. Fun all around!  ***WARNING: From this point forward, there will be spoilers for episode 1.13 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. If you haven’t watched yet, hop in that cart and slip away quietly.*** Credit: The Walt Disney Studios The Batch (all members voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) arrives back on Ord Mantell fresh off of another side quest from Cid (Rhea Perlman) which unexpectedly found them going up against a nest of Gundarks. Cid’s not in her office, though. Instead, a Devaronian named Roland Durand (Tom Taylorson) has taken over her operation and filled her parlor with members of the Pyke Syndicate.  Cid is waiting for the Batch back at their ship requesting their help, and Omega insists that they do just that. They plan ... Continue Reading »

    • Watch: Bruce Wayne brawls with Catwoman in sneak peek at 'Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two'

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      Who says you can't celebrate Halloween three months early? SYFY WIRE is excited to light up a jack o' lantern and debut a never-before-seen clip from upcoming animated DC flick Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two.  The R-rated conclusion to Warner Bros.' adaptation of the influential '90s-era story arc created by the creative duo of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale arrives on digital platforms next week before hitting Blu-Ray in August. With the Holiday Killer still at large, Gotham's crusading heroes — mainly Batman and Harvey Dent — struggle to contain a rising crime wave that rests squarely on the shoulders of an ecclectic rogues gallery of costumed baddies who will come to define the city one day soon. "It’s continuing from what changed in Part 1 .... Where does that carry through for certain characters?" supervising producer Butch Lukic told us earlier this week. "And also, finding out what the connection between some of these characters really are and the reasons they’re doing what they’re doing. Also, ultimately, what the Holiday Killer is or isn’t as far as an assassin for the mob or whatever else. It’s just moving forward to where all these characters have some level of resolution." Our exclusive clip involves a scuffle between ... Continue Reading »

    • The tallest mountain on a neutron star may be a fraction of a millimeter tall

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      The tallest mountain on Earth — measured from its base to its peak — is the volcano Mauna Kea at 10,200 meters (6.3 miles) high. On a neutron star, the tallest mountain would be a millimeter high. Maybe as much as a centimeter. That's according to new research done looking at how these tiny but ridiculously powerful objects work. It may seem a little esoteric to wonder how tall a mountain can be on the ultra-compact remnant of a massive star's core, but it turns out to have some pretty important implications for astronomy. Neutron stars form when stars about 8–20 times the mass of the Sun end their lives. The outer layers of the star explode outward as a supernova, but the core collapses downward. The core starts off hundreds of thousands of kilometers across but contracts down into a sphere less than 30 kilometers wide. All the protons and electrons in the atomic elements in the core (plus antineutrinos, if you're keeping score) combine to form neutrons, creating a neutron star. They are incredibly, almost unreasonably dense, with as much as a hundred million tons packed into every cubic centimeter of material (called neutronium). This makes their surface gravity crushing, about a ... Continue Reading »

    • Netflix's 'Fear Street' pays tribute to classic horror films but intentionally changes up the formula

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      A few minutes into Netflix’s Fear Street trilogy and it quickly becomes clear that the series is not just riffing on R.L. Stine’s book series of the same name, but that it’s also paying homage to a few classic films within the horror genre, while still serving up a trio of teen slashers. First there’s the film series' opener, 1994, which is an ode to the now-iconic beginning of Scream. Up next, 1978 serves up summer camp scares that draw on Friday the 13th, Halloween, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And finally, 1666 channels The Witch and The Crucible. But what sets apart this trilogy from other horror series before it is the fact that it centers on the kinds of characters who don’t usually take center stage in horror movies — let alone go on to save the day and survive them. According to director Leigh Janiak, this was part of what attracted her to making the franchise in the first place. "There’s been so many brilliant movies already made. This opportunity to provide representation that really doesn’t exist in those movies is why we should re-approach the slasher genre,” Janiak tells SYFY WIRE. “The characters that we’re following, the journey that ... Continue Reading »

    • Audible's The Sandman: Act II awakens James McAvoy, David Tennant, Jeffrey Wright & more dreamy stars

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      Neil Gaiman has had a lot of new projects lately. Just yesterday, in fact, he announced that he and Douglas Mackinnon are showrunning an Amazon series adaptation of his novel, Anansi Boys. He’s also working on Season 2 of Good Omens, and there’s that Netflix adaptation of The Sandman, the groundbreaking graphic novel Gaiman wrote for DC Comics. Netflix isn’t the only one adapting The Sandman, however. Audible has already done an audio drama of the first part with a star-studded cast that included James McAvoy as Morpheus (aka Dream), Michael Sheen as Lucifer, Andy Serkis as Matthew the Raven, Kat Dennings as Death, and Miriam Margolyes as Despair.  The production did so well that Audible is releasing a second one, appropriately called The Sandman: Act II. Credit: Audible / DC This follow-up project sees the return of McAvoy and the others named above, as well as some dreamy new voices. The new actors to the Audible Sandman universe are (DEEP BREATH): Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) as Destiny, Regé-Jean Page (Bridgerton) as Orpheus, Brian Cox (X2: X-Men United) as Augustus, Emma Corrin (Pennyworth) as Thessaly, John Lithgow (Pet Sematary) as Emperor Joshua Norton, David Tennant (Good Omens) as Loki, Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead ... Continue Reading »

    • Something erased evidence of life on Mars, if there was life on Mars

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      There is no evidence of anything having lived on Mars (yet), but what we do know now is that hypothetical fossilized microbes could have been obliterated. NASA’s Curiosity rover got really curious when it observed some areas of Gale Crater. It saw areas of the rock record that had been mysteriously destroyed, and if there was fossilized life there, it could have gone with it. Curiosity’s CheMin instrument found the culprit. Billions of years ago, brines seeped through the bottom of one of the crater’s lakes as it was drying out. They ended up changing the chemistry of the subsurface. What are now layers of mudstone have had their record completely rewritten — which could mean evidence of life that spawned later. Even more fascinating, as CheMin principal investigator Tom Bristow observed in a study recently published in Science, is that there are unaltered areas of the same layer of rock just over a thousand feet away. “With CheMin, we found large differences in the content of clay minerals and iron oxide minerals in the rocks in these two places,” Bristow tells SYFY WIRE. “These differences cannot be explained by lake processes, so we started to think about other sources and types ... Continue Reading »

    • Ship ahoy! Take a BTS tour aboard the evolved Disneyland Jungle Cruise ride

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      On July 17, Disneyland in Anaheim, California, celebrated its 66th birthday along with one of its opening day rides: Jungle Cruise. The brainchild of Walt Disney back in the day, the beloved, semi-snarky tour up the Amazon started as a serious faux-adventure for less worldly guests, and it has since evolved into the wink-wink experience it is today. Now that the ride has inspired the latest Disney big screen blockbuster, Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, the Imagineers at Disneyland Resorts figured it was time to upgrade the experience with a narrative reframing and new visuals along the route.  Credit: Tara Bennett SYFY WIRE was one of a few select outlets that got to experience the ride early before its July 16 grand re-opening. We also spoke with Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Creative Director Kim Irvine and Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Director Susana Tubert, who explained that this particular revision to the ride was a months-long collaboration between Disneyland in Anaheim and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, (which will be upgrading their Jungle Cruise to match later in 2021).  “We want when guests come to the park not to just see the same ride over and over again,” Irvine said of ... Continue Reading »

    • From ‘Fringe’ to the post-apocalypse: Anna Torv smuggles aboard ‘The Last of Us’ at HBO

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      From a parallel universe to a post-pandemic apocalypse: Anna Torv’s newest casting move will probably delight Fringe fans who’ve long hoped to see her in another big genre role, because she’s getting set to saddle up alongside Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as the newest addition to HBO’s upcoming series based on The Last of Us. Via Variety, Torv is boarding the Craig Mazin-led series in a recurring guest role as Tess, the tough-as-nails smuggler and Boston-based black market business partner of Joel (who’ll be played by Pascal in the series) in Naughty Dog’s original 2013 video game. In the game, Tess ended up sacrificing herself to assure that Joel and Ellie (played at HBO by Ramsey) would escape to a rendezvous so that Ellie — the only person known to be immune from the world-wrecking pandemic — could end up under the protection of Joel’s brother Tommy. Though Torv won plenty of new followers at Netflix for her performance as FBI psychologist Wendy Carr in Mindhunter, she’s remained inseparable, in the minds of sci-fi fans, from her five-season stint as FBI agent Olivia Dunham on Fox’s Fringe (yep, Torv definitely knows a thing or two about playing FBI characters by now.) Fringe, of ... Continue Reading »

    • David S. Goyer on fighting for Sandman to be a 'strange and funky and weird' series at Netflix

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      For David S. Goyer, Sandman was always going to work best as an ambitious, expansive streaming series... even if it took Warner Bros. a little while to see it. Goyer, who co-developed the much-anticipated Netflix series and co-wrote the pilot alongside Sandman creator Neil Gaiman and fellow executive producer Allan Heinberg, has been in the comic book adaptation game for quite a long time. From the Blade trilogy to the Dark Knight trilogy to Man of Steel and Krypton, Goyer's got a long history of building worlds onscreen based on worlds created in the pages of DC and Marvel Comics. That means it's not really surprising that Warner Bros. came to Goyer to get his approach on a Sandman adaptation, particularly after years of attempts to get the project off the ground hadn't come to fruition. What is perhaps a little surprising, though, is that it finally worked out this time. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter covering his entire career, Goyer explained that he "talked himself out of" previous versions of the Sandman story, namely because no matter how long he worked on a feature film adaptation, it just didn't seem to click. In fact, it seemed to click ... Continue Reading »

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    • Old Review: They Grow Up So Fast

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      We review M. Night Shyamalan’s latest head-scratcher, Old, which sees a group of people find a secret beach that makes them accelerate in age The post Old Review: They Grow Up So Fast appeared first on SciFiNow - The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine. Continue Reading »

    • Author Guest Blog: Alien encounters, genius and the future of humanity – on Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s Brood trilogy

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      In our latest guest author blog, Eli Lee (pictured below), author of A Strange and Brilliant Light, writes about Octavia Butler's thoughtful sci-fi trilogy, Lilith’s Brood... The post Author Guest Blog: Alien encounters, genius and the future of humanity – on Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s Brood trilogy appeared first on SciFiNow - The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine. Continue Reading »

    • When the Sparrow Falls Review: The Handmaid’s Tale meets 1984

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      Set in a future dystopia where sentient AIs have become prevalent, a detective gets embroiled in politics and mystery in Neil Sharpson's When The Sparrow Falls. Read our review... The post When the Sparrow Falls Review: The Handmaid’s Tale meets 1984 appeared first on SciFiNow - The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine. Continue Reading »

    • Malignant: Trailer and poster revealed for new James Wan horror

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      A woman is having horrific visions of real-life murders in James Wan's latest supernatural horror, Malignant... The post Malignant: Trailer and poster revealed for new James Wan horror appeared first on SciFiNow - The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine. Continue Reading »

    • Sound Of Violence: Hear your worst nightmares with our exclusive teaser trailer

      Posted on Wednesday July 21, 2021

      We exclusively reveal the UK teaser trailer for thrilling new horror, Sound Of Violence, which will be having its premier at this year's Arrow FrightFest film festival. The post Sound Of Violence: Hear your worst nightmares with our exclusive teaser trailer appeared first on SciFiNow - The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine. Continue Reading »

    • The Daimajin Trilogy: Win the classic Japanese monster tales on Blu-ray

      Posted on Wednesday July 21, 2021

      Arrow Video is releasing all three Daimajin tales on limited edition Blu-ray and we have a copy to give away! The post The Daimajin Trilogy: Win the classic Japanese monster tales on Blu-ray appeared first on SciFiNow - The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine. Continue Reading »

    • Man Under Table: Exclusive teaser clip

      Posted on Wednesday July 21, 2021

      Man Under Table follows a scriptwriter navigating his way through the chaotic indie film scene in a dystopian Los Angeles and our exclusive clip sees creator Noel David Taylor interviewing... himself! The post Man Under Table: Exclusive teaser clip appeared first on SciFiNow - The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine. Continue Reading »

    • Archive: Writer-director Gavin Rothery tells us about his sci-fi mystery

      Posted on Wednesday July 21, 2021

      We speak to Archive's writer-director Gavin Rothery on being a concept artist in the gaming industry, creating the sets of his sci-fi mystery and the power of collaboration. The post Archive: Writer-director Gavin Rothery tells us about his sci-fi mystery appeared first on SciFiNow - The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine. Continue Reading »

    • Old: Life’s a Beach And Then You Die

      Posted on Wednesday July 21, 2021

      M. Night Shyamalan and stars Vicky Krieps, Alex Wolff and Thomasin McKenzie discuss their horrifying rapid ageing drama, Old… The post Old: Life’s a Beach And Then You Die appeared first on SciFiNow - The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine. Continue Reading »

    • Fear Street: Jumping Decades

      Posted on Friday July 16, 2021

      We speak to the three young actors at the core of the Fear Street movies about jumping time eras... The post Fear Street: Jumping Decades appeared first on SciFiNow - The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine. Continue Reading »

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    • PUMA Dassler Legacy Pack Honours Moments in PUMA History

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      Earlier in 2021, PUMA celebrated its heritage through its founder, Rudolf Dassler, with the PUMA Dassler Legacy pack. As an extension of this, PUMA has dropped the second capsule, which honours moments in PUMA’s history. The latest drop has been dubbed Laundry Boys. Each of these moments paved the way to what the brand has […] Written by Evan Saunders Continue Reading »

    • The Problem With M. Night Shyamalan Films

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      Most people that have seen M. Night Shyamalan films have some sort of strong opinion of them. Love them or hate them, Shyamalan has a talent for evoking a reaction from his audiences; whether that reaction is favourable or not is something that seems hopelessly beyond his control, however. His filmmaking style has been heavily […] Written by Staff Writer Continue Reading »

    • The Best Animated Superhero Films

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      In recent years, superhero films have bridged the gap between animated movies and their live-action counterparts. That said, there’s still a lot of superpowered action that remains better represented in animation that cameras simply can’t capture. While Marvel has a clear advantage when it comes to the quality of its live-action films, DC has been […] Written by Staff Writer Continue Reading »

    • adidas Originals Reimagines Classic Forum Sneaker

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      After the launch of the adidas Originals ZX 2K BOOST, the team are back with yet another classic. For the Fall/Winter 2021 drop, the reimagined adidas Originals Forum collection has been introduced. The latest addition to the family is a celebration of cultural leaders across the world. These are the people who redefine the style […] Written by Evan Saunders Continue Reading »

    • Huawei Introduces New Laptops – MateBook D 15 and MateBook 14

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      A few years ago, Huawei launched its range of laptops known as MateBook. The brand has always been consumer-focused, catering to the needs of the customer. As such, it has prioritised product innovation, cloud services and end-user services to perfectly benefit consumers. Backed by strong R&D, Huawei continues to elevate its mobile technologies, one of […] Written by Evan Saunders Continue Reading »

    • The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf Trailer – Vesemir’s Origins

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      Netflix has released the first action-packed teaser trailer for the upcoming anime fantasy prequel to The Witcher series, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. Animated by Studio MIR, written by Beau DeMayo, and directed by Kwang Il Han, the spin-off film jumps back in time and is focused on Geralt’s mentor, Vesemir. As you can […] Written by Jarrod Saunders Continue Reading »

    • Star Wars: The Meaning of Each Lightsaber Colour

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      Beyond the simple explanation of “Blue = Good & Red = Bad,” there’s a lot of meaning behind the colour of each lightsaber in the Star Wars universe. Inseparable companions of every Force user, these elegant weapons are amongst the galaxies’ most coveted arms. Yoda having a green lightsaber or every Sith Lord wielding a […] Written by Staff Writer Continue Reading »

    • A Guide To Blockchain And Gaming

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      Even if you do not own any tokens, you’ve probably heard of Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, blockchain, and other crypto-related terms. And if you are a gamer, you’ve probably seen that the blockchain is starting to revolutionise the gaming industry, with new opportunities like decentralised exchanges, fast, secure, transparent transactions, and NFTs. While sentiment across the wider […] Written by Staff Writer Continue Reading »

    • The Simpsons Predictions That Came True

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      Just recently, The Simpsons cartoon scored another wild prediction that surprisingly came true. A clip from an episode that aired all the way back in 2014 successfully foreshadowed Richard Branson’s recent trip to space. Are the writers psychic? One of America’s most popular animated families has garnered a curious reputation in recent years for its […] Written by Staff Writer Continue Reading »

    • Masters of the Universe Revelation Review – Honest Opinion

      Posted on Wednesday July 21, 2021

      Part 1 of Kevin Smith’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation, an animated sequel series to the classic ’80s Filmation show, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, is headed to Netflix soon – Friday, July 23. We’ve seen it. Here is our Masters of the Universe Revelation review! Wondering if the brand-new MOTU animated series […] Written by Sergio Pereira Continue Reading »