Pop Culture Roundup 23

Nobody, not even LeBron, has anything on my main man, Michael Jordan. Nobody. It’s Pop Culture Roundup 23, Fangirls and Fanboys…

From Nokia, the exclusive trailer debuted for The Dark Knight Rises this week, it is righteous and goosebump-inducing; “epic” might be the opportune word. Lawd almighty, watch the beast at the top at the header.

 

I  previously said I was moving on from Prometheus but there’s still so much juicy stuff out there. Check out the gallery of images below. The first image reveals the Elder Engineers that were cut from the opening sequence. The rest of the images are from the production; shots from the costume department and on-set via Conor O’Sullivan, the director of Creatures Inc Ltd.

The Daily has an exclusive look at the making of the opening scene and how the digital wizards at WETA created the incredible disintegration of the Engineer as his DNA unwinds and he falls into the waterfall of primordial Earth. They also have a look at how the digital artists at MPC created the movie’s incredible ships and planetary environments, including the fateful crash of The Prometheus and the fleeing Engineer’s Juggernaut. Both videos after the images.

How Greg Louganis Inspired Prometheus, yes, the Olympic diver. In this GQ exclusive, Michael Fassbender explains how the gold-medalist influenced his not-quite-human character in Ridley Scott thriller Prometheus and why David-the-android was very nearly South African.

How about a muthafuckin’ xenomorph love lamp? Check out this killer piece by Evil Robot Designs.

 

Timothy Anderson pulp-ified some sci-fi classics among other films. Check the rest at his site.

 

An extended scene involving a car-jacker from The Amazing Spider-Man. I still think this movie will surprise people, it looks like a quality comic book movie. Spidey is a personal favorite and I didn’t love the Sam Raimi pics, this one has a nice tone and feel to it. I will definitely catch this among this summer’s smorgasbord.

 

The sequel to Taken, Taken 2. Do you care?

 

The Watch, suburban dads who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion. Directed by Akiva Schaffer and stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill.

 

Sinister, found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity. Creepy shit.

 

Anna Karenina, an adaptation of Tolstoy‘s stirring tale of love and marriage in imperial Russia about Anna Karenina, a young wife of an older husband who embarks upon an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky.

 

How to Survive a Plague is the story of the brave young men and women who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence. This improbable group of activists bucked oppression and, with no scientific training, infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, helping to identify promising new medication and treatments and move them through trials and into drugstores in record time. In the process, they saved their own lives and ended the darkest days of a veritable plague, while virtually emptying AIDS wards in American hospitals in the process. The powerful story of their fight is a classic tale of empowerment and activism that has since inspired movements for change in everything from breast cancer research to Occupy Wall Street. Their story stands as a powerful inspiration to future generations, a road map, and a call to arms. This is how you change the world.

 

This looks goofy but interesting, The Prototype.

 

Your first look of Angie as Maleficient.

 

I just wrapped up re-viewing Season 3 of Breaking Bad, the re-airing of Season 4 starts tomorrow. It’s been thoroughly entertaining reliving it all. Here are some tidbits to get you revved up for Season 5 which premieres July 15th.

A nice tribute to Breaking Bad, chronologically recapping seasons 1 through 4, set to Lux Aeterna by Clint Mansell (Requiem for a Dream).

There’s talk of a Breaking Bad movie. Radical, I say.

It’s within the realm of possibility, teases the show’s star, Bryan Cranston. When AMC and “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan reached an agreement earlier this year to extend and eventually end the addictive drama with two eight-episode seasons, Gilligan told Cranston that he “couldn’t imagine having enough story to fill 16 more episodes.”

But when we spoke to Cranston recently, he revealed that the narrative pendulum had now swung in the opposite direction.

“Vince feels that now we have too much story,” Cranston says, laughing. “We could actually go beyond those 16 episodes.”

Which leads Cranston to considering his character’s future beyond the next 16 hours of television.

“It’s not far-fetched,” Cranston says. “I wouldn’t mind visiting that possibility. And this is coming from a guy who doesn’t know anything of how the show’s going to end. If it doesn’t end up in a total apocalypse, who knows? Maybe we could revisit Walter White a year down the road and see where his life has gone. If he’s still alive, that is.”

If we don’t get this bitchin’ movie then can we at least get a Ben & Jerry’s Flavor, right? Walter White’s Heisen-Brrr-g Crunch!

Another Breaking Bad print from Breaking GIFs. The Mexican Shootout by Rich Kelly sold out in a half-an-hour.

Here’s LEGO Super Lab, more pics here. Funny, I just watched that Super Lab bottle episode. You know, the one with the elusive fly.

 

Random stuff…

 

Boom. How do you like dem apples? Enjoy ya first days of summah. Peace.

-@teemunny