About Galen Drinnan

Galen is a graduate of the RTA School of Media and works in digital content management. He eats, sleeps and breathes science fiction and fantasy, and once pulled a Crazy Ivan. He is currently working on a Barn Swallow.

Trailer Watch – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Internet’s blowing up today with the first look at the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

From such a short look, it’s tough to say what it’ll be like. I kind of agree with this YouTuber:

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Also, I have to note that I really don’t buy Megan Fox as April O’Neil. She just… isn’t. Hopefully, I’m wrong about that and she knocks it out of the park – though I’ll be holding my breath until I see more. Check it out for yourself and leave a comment below!

Trailer Watch – The Signal

Hot off the trailer press (it’s a actual machine, guys) comes sci-fi pshychological thriller The Signal, starring Laurence Fishburne and Brenton Thwaites. The plot follows two MIT grads with a passion for hacking as they encounter something very strange in the Nevada desert.

It looks like a mend-bending but beautifully shot trek into the imagination. And there’s more – ruagitated.com confronts the us with an interactive computer terminal that no doubt lets on to some secrets – with the right commands…

Check out the trailer below, or the crazed teaser here. The Signal hits theatres in June 2014.

P.S. I may have lied about that trailer press thing.

Superman Gets a GoPro

By now we know GoPros can show us some pretty amazing stuff from up close, like a man falling from orbit or crazy parkour regimens. But what happens when a superhero straps on a cam and goes about their day, fighting crime and leaping tall buildings in a single bound?

It’s a bird… it’ a plane… it’s an overused anti-climactic build-up! But really, it’s an awesome video by YouTubers CorridorDigital featuring a first-person day in the life of Superman that you’ve GOTTA see:

New Harry Potter Words from J.K. Rowling

Whether it’s the effect from a concealment charm or just plain natural stealth, J.K. Rowling’s suddenly published new writing set in the world of Harry Potter.

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via harrypotter.wikia.com

Now, before you get hyped and start salivating at the mouth, there are some things you should know:

1. The piece is called History of the Quidditch World Cup, and it’s not a direct prequel or sequel to the HP series. Rather, it’s in the same vein as other companion novellas Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages.

2. The first half has been published online. For free. BRILLIANT.

3. It’s only available right now on Pottermore.com, of course, and you do need an account to read it. The good news is that signing up is painless and getting started on your journey to wizard or witchhood is actually pretty darn fun. Of course, if you want to skip discovering the wand for you or choosing a pet, you can go right to new stuff.

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via harrypotter.wikia.com

If you’re a fan of magic, even just the tiniest little nub, do yourself a favour and check out Part 1 of new Harry Potter literature. Part 2 is set to be released this coming Friday, March 21!

The ENORMOUS Trailer You Have To See

Back in 2012, a comic series called Enormous was created by writer/designer Tim Daniel and artist Mehdi Cheggour. Currently with 4 issues to date, and another expected in June 2014, the series has caught the attention of the folks at Machinima, who are adapting it into a web series.

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via bleedingcool.com

FUN. Here’s how things kick off according to the Enormous site:

“In the midst of a planetary crisis for food and fuel, a vast ecological cataclysm has spawned ‘The Enormous’, massive beasts unlike anything ever witnessed. Humankind struggles to stave off extinction and the only law is hunt or be hunted.”

BIG FUN. Machinima has just released the trailer for the series, and you can watch it right now. In fact, I’m just going to place it so conveniently below for you that you won’t have a choice:

Enormous kicks off on Machinima March 20th.

Trailer Watch – Orphan Black, Season 2

Just released is a trailer that’s sure to have eyeballs awooga-ing all across the Internet.

Space’s original series Orphan Black is coming back for season 2, and if you haven’t seen this show, you NEED to watch it – if not for the mind-bending plot turns and cool sci-fi action, then for Tatiana Maslany’s acting alone.

For those who have seen it – there are. No words. Let’s get on with it:

Orphan Black returns on April 19th, 2014.

The Official Game of Thrones…Rap Mixtape?

Brethren and wenches, gather ’round: this one’s so crazy, you can’t make it up.

If there wasn’t enough going on in the Seven Kingdoms and Essos, or enough outside of it with behind-the-scenes footage, new trailers and fresh posters, the HBO machine is set to pump out a Game of Thrones rap mixtape just in time for season 4.

No. That is not a typo. A Game of Thrones. Rap. Mixtape.

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via soundcloud.com/catchthethrone

According to an article on Vibe.com, rappers Wale, Common, Daddy Yankee, Big Boi, Bodega Bamz and Snow Tha Product are working on Catch the Throne, detailing the events and themes of the series to date.

I don’t know about you, but I personally want to see some accompanying music videos – Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Jack Gleeson and Emilia Clarke lip-syncing to beats in character would probably blow up the Internet.

The track will be released on Soundcloud sometime before the season 4 premiere on April 6th. In the meantime, witness this promo to prove this whole post isn’t an early April Fool’s prank:

UPDATE: Catch the Throne has just been released on Soundcloud!

Incredible Futuristic Ideas That Will Save Cities

Speaking as someone who grew up in the ‘burbs and now lives in the city, the lack of the natural world is noticeable to me, especially through the winter months. It can be a grey, bleak setting in the right conditions that saps your energy and inspiration.

Woe is me.

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via Vincent Callebaut

But maybe it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a cool BBC article and gallery on how some new, futuristic ideas can help us save cities (and by extension, ourselves).

Witness a marriage of architecture and technology with some stunning results – everything from floating algae airships to bridges housing homes, offices, parks and retail space to metropolises built on reclaimed wasteland. Sleek, beautiful and functional, I really hope to see some of these concepts implemented in the near future. Or else

20 3D Gifs You Don’t Need Glasses For

THIS IS TOO COOL. I just discovered an article on Mashable compiling a bunch of gifs with a twist – they’re in 3D. And you don’t need glasseeeessss.

Okay, so the gifs aren’t actually 3D, but that’s part of the magic. Slap on a line or so that’s the same colour as the frame, and your brain can’t tell foreground and background apart. Then with some clever Photoshopping, you can make anything seem like it’s jumping out at you! Check out some examples:

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via pgmcanalla.tumblr.com/

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via disneyfrozensisters.tumblr.com/

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via rodneygroupsncompany.tumblr.com/

See more here.

Jeff Goldblum’s Weird Laugh Turned Into Music

This really goes to show that no matter how long ago you did something perhaps a little odd on camera, it isn’t safe from today’s jokesters. Even if it was in 1993. And you’re Jeff Goldblum.

Avclub.com has just released an article highlighting a strange and brilliant remix of Goldblum’s laugh from the original Jurassic Park movie. Created by Soundcloud user FLIPSH0T, the track is 3 minutes of trippy break-beat chortling that wouldn’t be out of place in any club. Check it out for yourself: