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Suspenseful & Thrilling | Review of ‘Life’ (2017 Film)

By Cynthia Ayala

Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare & Olga Dihovichnaya
Columbia Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.”


The alien in space movie is not new, many are failures, but others have become staples of the genre. Life is part of the latter. The premise of the film is about a team of scientists who have discovered life on Mars. At first, the creature is docile, but when provoked, the alien has entered monster territory, if only for its desire to survive. The problem is it doesn’t know when to stop feeding, creating a being that is incredibly dangerous. What makes it even more dangerous is how smart it is. It evolves, and with its evolution, it grows bigger. It’s a sinister being and the writers knew how to develop the creature, its needs and everything that made it dangerous.
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Veronica Mars Movie Campaign Breaks $1 Million And A Kickstarter Record

By:  Kelly West

veronica_mars_36364Earlier today, when we shared the news that the fate of the Veronica Marsmovie was being put in the hands of the fans, with a Kickstarter page set up by Rob Thomas and the challenge to raise $2 million in 30 days, we questioned whether or not it could be done. $2 million is a high goal to hit in a month’s time. In fact, it’s the highest goal set for a Kickstarter project to date, which made the task seem even more daunting. But the fans have already risen to the challenge, pushing the total past the halfway point in less than five hours, and the number keeps ticking higher.


Per Deadline, the Veronica Mars movie campaign is the first on Kickstarter to hit the $1 million that fast in the history of the site, which is better known for funding low budget films and other creative projects that lack the support of a major studio or other source of funding. From what series creator Rob Thomas said in his Kickstarter post, the Veronica Mars movie’s approval from Warner Bros. is pending the support of the fans. The speed at which the VM film’s Kickstarter total is ticking is likely to taper off eventually, but at the rate it’s going, it looks like it’ll hit its goal soon. Fingers crossed!

As I mentioned, Kickstarter is traditionally used to gain funding to get independent films made. That doesn’t quite apply here, but the sentiment remains the same, from a fan’s perspective anyway. From the donor’s perspective, the process is sort of like pre-ordering the movie, which could come with added incentives, which vary from campaign to campaign. Assuming things work out for Veronica Mars, it hits its budget minimum and the film gets put into production, this could prove to be a game changer for other potential films waiting in the wings.

For example, those desperate for a post-series Friday Night Lights movie might someday have the opportunity to put their money where their mouth is to make it happen. Of course, it’s certainly worth noting that the budget is only one factor. Cast availability seems to be one of the most frequently referenced issues with the potential FNL film. The same would probably apply to any chance for another Firefly film as far as cast/Whedon availability is concerned. But if it’s a matter of proving genuine interest through financial support from fans, Kickstarter may end up being the next step for those sequels, adaptations and TV show movie follow-ups people have been begging for. Money goes further than Mars Bars after all.

While some have already expressed concern about the idea of big studio projects coming in and taking over Kickstarter, which might take attention away from the smaller films trying to secure funding through the site, if and when Veronica Mars‘ campaign proves to be successful, it will be interesting to see which – if any – projects follow suit in seeking the financial support from its loyal fan base in order to get a film made.

In the meantime, the fate of the Veronica Mars movie is looking good right now, which is kind of amazing. Hopefully the film will hit its goal. In the meantime, to borrow an emotion of Kristen Bell herself


Source: Cinema Blend


New Mars samples ‘unlike any seen before’

original article courtesy of AFP

A new site being explored by the Mars rover Opportunity has yielded soil samples unlike any examined before on the red planet and that appear more favorable for life, scientists said.

Opportunity, the indefatigable robot that has been exploring Mars for seven and a half years, arrived three weeks ago at the edge of a 22 kilometer (13.6 mile) wide crater named Endeavour and has been sending back images of the surrounding environment.

The first rock it examined is a flat-topped object about the size of a foot stool that apparently was cast up by an impact that left an impression the size of a tennis court on the rim of the crater.

Called Tisdale 2, the rock “is different from any rock we’ve ever seen on Mars,” said Steve Squyres, a Cornell University scientist who is the principal investigator for Opportunity.

“It has a composition similar to some volcanic rocks, but there’s much more zinc and bromine than we’ve typically seen,” he said at a news conference.

The observations and measurements taken by the American Martian orbiters leads scientists to believe that the rocks on the rim of the crater contain clay minerals that form in wet conditions and which are less acidic and possibly more favorable for life, they said.

A bench around the edge of the crater resembles sedimentary rock that has been cut and filled with veins of material possibly left there by water, said Ray Arvidson, another member of the team who is from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri.

During the past two weeks, researchers have used an instrument attached to Opportunity’s robot arm to identify the elements that make up the rock.