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Will Smith Meets Will Smith in ‘Gemini Man’

To celebrate National DNA Day, it seems fitting to dive into the intriguingly complex subject of human cloning with a twist.

Despite a variety of biological obstacles, human cloning will remain on the “To Do” list of mankind for the foreseeable future. Success in this field promises exciting (yet dangerous) possibilities for future generations on many levels, known and unknown. The applications for such an achievement are endless. However, considering the fact that there are serious ramifications that can impact the life of the clone and the original copy individual, the gamble seems too steep these days. Take into account the signature adverse effect of cloning animals, according to the National Human Genome Research Institute.

“Reproductive cloning is a very inefficient technique and most cloned animal embryos cannot develop into healthy individuals. For instance, Dolly was the only clone to be born live out of a total of 277 cloned embryos. This very low efficiency, combined with safety concerns, presents a serious obstacle to the application of reproductive cloning.”

This same report stated that Dolly lived half of the expected lifespan for a regular sheep. Even using the term “clone” appears to be in the experimental phase of cloning.

Now enter Hollywood.

And now enter a fictional reality in which human cloning is not only shockingly accurate and lethal but taken to a new level (or back to a level) of personal nostalgia.

Ladies and gentlemen, Will Smith presents the first trailer for his new film ‘Gemini Man’ that will either be really good or it will fall into the undesirable ‘After Earth’ territory.

 

Visionary director Ang Lee (Life of Pi, The Hulk) and actor Will Smith (we all know his TV and movie resume) will surely bring their signature skills to this action movie centered on next next-level human cloning. The question — and success of ‘Gemini Man’ — rests solely on screenwriters David Benioff (‘Game of Thrones’), Darren Lemke (‘Goosebumps,’ ‘Shazam!’), Billy Ray (‘Hart’s War,’ ‘Shattered Glass,’ ‘Captain Phillips’).

The story’s hook and the final note of its third act just better not be another Hollywood science fiction clone of its own.

‘Gemini Man’ arrives at a theater near you on October 11, 2019.

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Season Three’s Company Is Stranger Than Before

There is something coming on this 4th of July. And for the wisenheimer out there, no, I don’t mean just the 4th of July. Call it an event. Call it a happening.

But whatever you do, call it what it is:

Strange. Strange things. And then even stranger things as found in the brand new trailer for ‘Stranger Things 3.’

The setting for’Stranger Things 3′ looks like polished 1980s nostalgia gold before seven kinds of chaos is unleashed. Season one felt akin to a Spielberg film with childlike wonder and otherworldly forces whereas season two had a dark, gritty Stephen King touch. Makes sense, considering the elevator pitch for ‘Stranger Things’ was Steven Spielberg meets Stephen King.

And now season three, which will drop on Netflix this 4th of July, seems to be made in the vein of any high school movie or TV show with storylines that take place in the quintessential mall of the ’80s. Now add a terrifying creature like ‘Alien’ and we’re all set.

4th of July TV watching guide:

‘Independence Day’ during the day and a ‘Stranger Things 3’ binge at night with Eggo waffles on the menu.

That Star Wars Trailer

Topher Grace, who is best known for his role as Eric Forman in the hit Fox sitcom ‘That ’70s Show,’ is, like his aforementioned character, a major ‘Star Wars’ fan. It’s one of those cases when the real interests and passions of an actor are written into a character. And we all remember how his TV dad Red used to make fun of him for playing with his “dolls,” which provoked Eric’s reaction, “They’re ACTION FIGURES!” Lightsabers and all the rest fell under Red’s wrath.

Well, it turns out Topher Grace has synced with his past TV persona (sans a Luke Skywalker doll action figure) for a ‘Star Wars’ project that’s been 42 years in the making. And the final edit that was recently released online is quite entertaining and impressive.

Ladies and gentlemen, here’s the text of Topher Grace’s tweet that he used to introduce his ultimate ‘Star Wars’ movie trailer titled ‘Star Wars: Always.’

10 movies. 2 nerds. 1 weekend (when our wives were out of town). Enjoy…

As a former video editor, it must be stated how painstakingly impressive ‘Star Wars: Always’ is in its final version. Just awesome! Again, specific scenes from 10 different films from the ‘Star Wars’ cinematic universe were chosen for a pop culture hit. One thing that is clear from this crazy good edit, which is that Topher Grace needs to be made a Stormtrooper in one of the live-action ‘Star Wars’ films in the future.

P.S. Topher Grace forgot to insert one pivotal scene into ‘Star Wars: Always.’ 

A Noisy Cricket Told Me About a New MIB Trailer

‘Tis the season for…’90s nostalgia?

Yesterday, it was Google’s fantastic modern recreation of Kevin McCallister’s ‘Home Alone’ plan that brought us all back to that 1990 Chris Columbus classic. Today, it’s Sony Pictures Entertainment that released–a matter of minutes ago–the first trailer for this summer’s latest throwback adventure.

Admittedly, there is no Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones in sight, which is hard not to see in this film series. Regardless, franchise newcomers Chris Hemsworth (comedic role in ‘Ghostbuster’s remake) and Tessa Thompson (‘Westworld’) are teaming up again like in 2017s ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ just with a more sophisticated style.

Oh, and add in Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson for good measure.

We’ll be able to see what ‘Men in Black: International’ is made of this summer.

P.S. The Thor hammer bit at the end of the trailer was a fantastic ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ tie-in.