Fringe: Season 5

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We begin this evening with a new shot from season five of Fringe, a show I’ll dearly miss once it makes its exit after this upcoming season. The bastard son of a generation of J.J. Abramses raised on The X-FilesFringe is still one of the most consistently interesting and energetic sci-fi shows on television. And it’s got John Noble, so that helps.

1. Sequeltology – That’s what Grantland is calling its quest to find the greatest movie sequel of all-time. In the announcement post, Chuck Klosterman talks about the rules, including the fact that “Teen Wolf Too is ineligible due to its attempt to popularize team collegiate boxing.” Fair enough.

2. Vera Farmiga is Mrs. Bates – The upcoming A&E series Bates Motel will examine the relationship between Norman Bates and his mother Norma, before they turned into the ragtag crew in Psycho. Vera Farmiga has now joined on as mommy dearest. This is more excellent news for the already interesting Carlton Cuse (Lost) led project.

3. What Tony Scott movie is your favorite? – The Internet isn’t done celebrating the work of lost filmmaker Tony Scott, as our own friend and sometimes contributor Alexander Huls conducts a “Saturday Night at the Movies” Twitter Talkback on various Scott-themed questions. It’s the discussion that matters.

4. Paul Verehoeven on all things Total Recall – Movieline has some highlights from a recent Q&A with director Paul Verhoeven, who took time out to talk after a screening of his 1990 sci-fi film Total Recall. This involves saying that the Colin Farrell-led remake was “not good.”

5. The unused effects shots of Prometheus – Peter S. Hall at shows us some brilliant effects that weren’t used on the transformation of one of the characters in Ridley Scott’s latest from human to something a little less cuddly.

6. Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks join LEGO movie – No, seriously.

7. What will Marvel Studio’s Third Phase Look Like? – The first phase is done as of The Avengers, and phase two’s title have been announced. What then? comic expert John Gholson makes some not-so wild predictions. Then he proceeds to make some rather wild, and delightfully ambitious predictions.

8. The Fall’s Must-See Movies – CriticWire gets a hive mind of movie writers together to talk about the fall’s most interesting and potentially must-see-able movies. It’s all led off by that Cole Abaius guy who writes for this very site. He’s taking Looper. I think we’re all in agreement here. It’s Looper.

9. A Ten-Year-Old Film Critic Reviews ParaNorman – Adorably. Although I would have preferred if this kid had a better rating scale than stars. Someone really needs to show up “The Waffle Critic.” I’m thinking cats. This movie gets five cats out of five. Meow.

10. Asstute Observations on Scarlett Johansson – David Ehrlich, an accomplished writer and scholar whose work we’ve highlighted a number of times in this very column, has done something quite special in a world of sex and sleaze. He’s written a lovely, thoughtful article about Scarlett Johansson’s pink panties in the opening of Lost in Translation. If you can tear your id away from the header image, it’s actually a great read.

11. Before there was Earth… – There was this awesome poster for the 1978 Battlestar Galactica film, as found on the site Film on Paper, which will soon become a daily read for yours truly. Do I want this poster on my wall? Yes, absolutely.

Battlestar Galactica 1978 Poster

12. Feel Inside (and stuff like that) – Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement have made a return to their Flight of the Conchords shenanigans, with a new song that will help Cure Kids. How about that Muppets music, indeed…

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