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The Morning Moo!

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With behind the scenes of Chappie

How the hell did I get sick again? I feel like crap right now, so this’ll be a very short Morning Moo. Then, I’m going back to bed. I hate getting sick.

e’hhh.

Behind the Scenes of Chappie

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Via Wired: Check out a short, behind the scenes, look at Neil Blomkamp’s new movie, Chappie. This movie looks great, but I keep thinking “Johnny 5 is alive” every time I see a ad for it.

Enjoy.

Jupiter Ascending! The Hunt For Twilight Money…

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The opinions expressed in the following review of the Wachowskis new movie, Jupiter Ascending, do not necessarily reflect those of AtomicMoo.com or its staff. However, it should be noted that Atomic Moo’s opinions are much like the fabled vampire and are rarely reflected in anything…

Enjoy.

They’re finally back! One-hit-wonder filmmakers, the Wachowskis, have returned once again to set the big screen on fire… at least in their heads. Best known for creating The Matrix, and then pissing away any and all goodwill that movie had generated thanks to a fetid stream of swings and misses, the duo have teamed up once more for a new sci-fi adventure titled Jupiter Ascending.matrix

No, you read that right. Yes, that is the title. And yes, that is a terrible, terrible title. With a name like that, it could either be a really forced multi-issue comic book crossover “event,” or some art house cinema piece in which, over two hours, and filmed in a single take, the cloudy planet of Jupiter moves from the bottom of the screen to the top. To be completely honest, either of those options would have been preferable to the slop the Dynamic Duo have once more thrown upon the silver screen.

I have to hand it to the brothers: they’re clever businessmen. In an attempt to refill the coffers, they have tried to cash in on the recent trend of sub-D-tier valueless sci-fi/fantasy aimed at tasteless teenage girls filled with casts of improbably good-looking people. Yes, it’s one of those, and with the trademark Wachowski overuse of CGI and slow-motion, no less.

The tissue-paper-thin plot has holes large enough to fly a starship through, but I shall do my best to recap it here. Basically, the chick who played Jackie in That ‘70s Show is illegal immigrant from Russia (in the movie, I mean) who spends her days cleaning toilets in Chicago. One day, the dude from Magic Mike rolls into town to whisk her away on an interplanetary adventure of some kind.Jup_Ascend

Y’see, she learns that humans aren’t the only species in space, and that a family of infighting inbreeders are the most powerful beings in the universe. They rule over planets, populate them with genetically-modified human-based clones, and return after millions of years to “harvest.” The human-based life forms are turned into tubes of a valuable currency of some kind, which somehow makes the bad guys live forever. Jackie, for some reason, has the same genetic code as the late Queen of Space, and her bickering children each want the inheritance (ie: planets to rule) to themselves. So, Magic Mike must project Jackie from evil space murderers because she’s some kind of queen and has control over the Earth, which is just one planet in all of the cosmos.

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The Morning Moo…

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Some What Current News from Not News Guys…

Good Morning El Moochadores! One of the things I use to hate about doing the Morning Moo was that on busy work days it was often the only post I could get done for the site. So all I would see at the end of a work week is a long line of “Morning Moo’s” on the blog.

Warmest Year On Record!

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Ye Gods, but I fucking love science. I also love the site IFLScience.com. Spell it out for your self folks… Anyways, this report isn’t so much creative as it is geeky, but check out this report from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies that show’s 2014 was the hottest year since record keeping began in 1880. Very interesting, and worth a listen while you idle your car in bumper to bumper traffic while go to work this morning, you Earth murdering maniac!

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Won’t Return For X-Men: Apocalypse!

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Via Rolling Stone; It looks like we won’t be getting to see the older, wiser, better looking (they probably think so), versions of Professor X and Magneto in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. According to the article on Rollingstone.com, Patrick Steward was on Larry King Now and said,

I was learning quite a lot more about it last night, and it is going to be looking very much at the earlier lives of all our characters. And so I don’t think we’ll be making an appearance – Nor Sir Ian McKellen, either.

Damn.

ATROPA: Awesome Sci-fi Short!

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Finally, check out this great short film by Eli Sasich called Atropa! The short film was written by Clay Tolbert and stars Anthony Bonaventura, Jeannie Bolet, David M. Edelstien, Ben Kliewer, and Chris Voss. It’s the futuristic story of “An Off-World Detective investigates the missing research vessel ATROPA.”

Enjoy!

ATROPA — Sci-fi Short from Eli Sasich on Vimeo.

Okay folks, I’m off to earn my minimum wage! Keep coming back to the blog for more great geek creativity! Have a good one!

The Morning Moo…

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Some What Current News from Not News Guys…

Good morning El Moochadores! Okay, I’m not actually that enthusiastic. It’s amazing to me how quickly my day ends by just waking up. Anyways… check out what’s below.

The Expanse’ Trailer

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Wow, looks like Syfy (pronounced Siffeee) is going to do some actual science fiction. Golly, I hope this doesn’t interfere with their stellar Ghost Hunting and wrestling programs. The new series is called the Expanse, a science fiction drama based on novels by James S.A. Corey (who I think is really two people), and is directed by Steven Strait and stars Thomas Jane (the Punisher). Check out the synopsis and trailer below!

The Expanse’ follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.

Diva Plavalaguna Interview

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I came across this interview (published on youtube in 2012) with Fifth Element actress, Maïwenn, and thought it was interesting. And now you get to watch it too. Your welcome.

Okay El Moochadores, that’s all I got for this morning. Maybe tomorrow morning I’ll have time to post some actual news. Maybe, but don’t get your hopes up. Anyways… we’ve got a new Moocast to upload later today and lots of other geek creative stuff so keep coming back to the site to see more!

Gigahoes

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“In the Future, Humans Create A.I.”

“Three Days Later They Have Sex With It…”

If robot hookers existed, would you have sex of them? Of course! So would I, or any other semi-rational science fiction fan of Battlestar Galactica, Blade Runner, or Space Camp. No, that’s not the question. The real question is, why don’t we have sex robots now? Where the hell are you on that one science? Sure, you’re real quick to get us stickey pads and George Foreman grills, but you can’t produce at least one trick turning cyber vixen? wtf science? Could you at least advance the Roomba to a point where does more than mop the floor in a literal sense? C’mon!

Okay, so at the moment we can’t have robo sex (dammit), but we can at least pretend such a thing might someday exist by watching a very funny web series that explores the would be future of robot prostitution.Image_03 Created by Adam Lash and Kevin Gilligan, Gigahoes is a mockumentary web series about a future escort agency that deals in “sex-bots.” Each episode follows the exploit of one of their sex robots as it performs for various weirdos and sex addicts.

There’s a real “Clerks” like charm about this series that I enjoyed. Yeah, It has a sort of low budget feel, but the writing and acting are excellent, and each episode goes deeper down the rabbit hole (kind of literally in one show) of weird sexual exploits with out being over the top and remaining very witty.Image_02 The series features a talented cast, including creators Lash and Gilligan, along with Jessica Park, Malorie Bryant, Kimberlee Walker, Daniel Florio, and KL Thomas. My only critism of the show is it’s lack of science fiction. I think a show about future sex robots, like this one, is a brilliant idea, but would benefit from looking at the low budget science fiction of the 1980’s, like Dr. Who and Red Dwarf. I think they should go nuts (figuratively) with the wardrobe and sets! “Fake future” it up a little bit to pull us into the 2030’s. Right now the show feels too much like 2014 -15, but (y’know) with sex droids.

All the same though, this is a fun series and well worth a look. Plus, if a sex droid that looked like Jessica Park or Kimberlee Walker did exist, I could see myself calling up an order.image_01 Maybe bring her to my place… call her “Vicki”… then have her wear a puffy red dress and white appron… and bake me some cookies… and don’t judge me! Every red blooded American male who grew up in the ’80’s has had that fantasy at least once, and if you haven’t, then go back to Russia you commie! Jesus, at least I wouldn’t call her “Johnny Five”… well, not at first…

Anyways, check out a few sample episodes below along with a 2014 New York Comic Con video. More information and behind the scenes videos can be seen at their website!

Enjoy!

IRON SKY: The Coming Race

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New Trailer for the sequel Film!

Nuclear war torn America + Lizard People + Hollow Earth + Hitler riding a F***ing T-Rex = AWESOME!!! Check out the trailer for Iron Sky 2: The Coming Race!20141105104112-juliste-igg The sequel to the 2012 cult hit independent picks up the story some twenty years after the events in the first Iron Sky, and now the world is in the middle of nuclear war! But maybe there’s hope! Check out the synopsis:

…Earth was devastated by a nuclear war, but buried deep under the wasteland lies a power that could save the last of humanity – or destroy it once and for all. The truth behind the creation of mankind will be revealed when an old enemy leads our heroes on an adventure into the Hollow Earth. To save humanity they must fight the Vril, an ancient shapeshifting reptilian race and their army of dinosaurs.

Keen. Currently the film is seeking funds through its IndieGoGo page, and there is still plenty of time to help contribute, and get some really cool rewards! I loved the first film and this one looks to be even better, so please check out the link above so as to make this happen. Below I’ve posted the videos for the trailer along with their Indiegogo promo video.

Enjoy!

Fringe: The Sins of the Father

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An Atomic Moo Book Review of Christa Faust’s New Novel

Now out through Titan books is the final novel in Christa Faust’s trilogy of Fringe novels. Based on the NBC television series, Fringe, these books are a chance to jump into the history of the principal characters, giving readers interesting, and exciting, insights into the strange events that led up to the first episode. In book three, Sins of the Father, Peter Bishop is a struggling scam artist, until the day of a very lucrative con, where he accidentally grabs the wrong suitcase from a stranger, and begins a bizarre, and deadly, adventure… Here’s the synopsis:

A fatal incident in Walter Bishop’s lab estranges his volatile son Peter. In Bangkok, Peter steals a briefcase containing a mysterious vial and becomes the target of a group willing to kill to get it back. Seeking answers, he becomes entangled with Ella Lachaux-—the woman behind the lab disaster—and David Robert Jones, a terrorist whose goal is to create an army of shape-shifting killers

I’ve really enjoyed this series, and Faust’s writing has helped me to enjoy the television show (…as I binged watched it on Netflix) with a perspective most casual watchers don’t get. I think Faust did an excellent job of imagining and scripting the pre-television characters as well as establishing the full level of weird that Fringe fans expect from the show. Though Sins of the Father wasn’t my favorite of the three novels, it was still entertaining. I just couldn’t see Peter, as a globe trotting professional con artist, getting involved with Dr. Lachaux and her virus loving schemes as quickly as he did. However, the level of bizarre happenings is fun. Fringe readers are in for a full treat of mutant making viruses, alt-dimensions, and weird shape changers. Or are they body snatchers? Anyways, Sins of the Father is a solid and fun story and hopefully you’ll get to read it with Faust’s other novels!

Fringe: Sins of the Father is now available in all major book stores, or you can find your copy online at www.titanbooks.com

Also, Netflix subscribers: Check out the entire series online!

Ecko Burning

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An Atomic Moo Book Review of Danie Ware’s New Sequel

Hello El Moochadores! This week’s Moo review is Ecko Burning, published by Titan Books. A sequel story to Danie Ware’s exciting sci-fi/ fantasy novel, Ecko Rising. The continuing saga of a cyber-enhanced assassin (Ecko) tossed into a fantasy realm full monsters, warriors, and magic!EckoRising_cvr It’s kind of like the Wizard of Oz, but instead of Dorothy there’s a skinny – foul mouthed – tech junkie, and instead of a tornado swirled house, there’s a flying bar (taverns are bars, right?). I’m not sure who Toto would be. Maybe one of the centaurs? Anyways, Ecko is pulled out of a dystopian London and wakes up in The Wanderer (the bar/tavern) and is soon on an adventure that Ecko hopes will get him home. Ecko Burning picks up right after this first adventure (sorry, but I’m trying really hard not to spoil anything), but this time around Ecko, and his new “friends”, must find a weapon powerful enough to defeat the evil force, Vahl, who is trying to destroy… well, everything. Here’s the synopsis:

Ruthless and ambitious, Lord Phylos has control of Fhaveon city, and is using its forces to bring the grasslands under his command. His last opponent is an elderly scribe who’s lost his best friend and wants only to do the right thing.
Seeking weapons, Ecko and his companions follow a trail of myth and rumour to a ruined city where both nightmare and shocking truth lie in wait. Back in London, the Bard is offered the opportunity to realise everything he has ever wanted – if he will give up his soul. When all of these things come together, the world will change beyond recognition.

Danie Ware’s knack for fantasy and science fiction is incredible. In Ecko Burning she blends the two genres beautifully allowing for a dark (paranoid) future and another, magical, world where metal barely exists at all. However; there’s also a lot going on here. Both Ecko Burning and Ecko Rising are chuck full of characters, new places, and because the books bring in a new mythology, it can be easy to get a little lost in all details. Ware’s writing style can also add to the confusion. It’s not that she isn’t a good writer, because she is, but her descriptions, analogies, and metaphors are almost poetry. Sometimes it was a little hard to see past her descriptive power to what was actually happening on the page. But on the flip side of that criticism there’s Ecko. A contentious, ornery, and foul mouth little bastard incapable of not saying “fuck” when ever he opens his mouth. I liked him. He a great lens to see through that brought the weirdness into focus. In Ecko Rising I enjoyed his growing friendship with The Bard, and Burning added some interesting twists to their tale. I was a little disappointed that Ecko and the Bard didn’t have more time in the book, but I am eager to see where they end up in the next novel.

Overall, I highly recommend Ecko Burning. It was a great 2nd act and set up for what’s to come, but if you haven’t read Ecko Rising, do that first! Other wise you’ll be muttering, “I don’t get it” many, many times.

Ecko Burning is available in book stores now or you can get your copy throughTitan Books!

Atomic Moocast #80: Psy-licious Interview with Nicole Brune!

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Pin up artist Nicole Brune is back to talk about art, getting models into her hotel room, and Comic Con! Nicole is going to be at the San Diego con this week. You can check out her art, and models(!) at booth 4528.nicolega1 Also, we’re changing things up around here… a little. Check out the new intro and State of the Moo segment at the beginning of the podcast. So here we go folks! Episode 80 is fresh out of the digital oven and ready to served piping hot into your gaping ear holes! 80 episodes… wow! That is 80 episodes of the lowest budget podcasting excellence and it’s just a tap, click, or tap away!

Enjoy!

Free music used by the Atomic Moo cast is royalty free and was created and composed by Kevin MacLeod and can be found at Incompetech.com. Please support this site!

Songs used:

  • Funk Game Loop
  • As I Figure
  • Who Likes to Party

Show Notes and Links

Nicole’s Art

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Futurama… 3D!!!

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Via Geek Tyrant: The year 3000 never looked better! Check out these awesome 3D versions of the Planet Express Ship in glorious 3-D! That’d be the third dimension to the lay person. Actually, what the hell is a “lay” person? That’s not racist is it? I should probably not say it until I find out. Anyways… the 3D art was created by artist Alexey Zakharov. Check out some short animation tests and some images below.

Enjoy!

Futurama 3d (test shot) from seccovan on Vimeo.

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