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New Wonder Woman Adrianne Palicki Paliki Sexy Photos

Sexy Adrianne Palicki has been named to play Wonder Woman in the new David E. Kelly series. She’s got serious geek street cred, with appearances in “Legion”, “Supernatural”, “Smallville”, and even “Titan Maximum” and “Robot Chicken’s Star Wars Episodes”! The sci-fi hottie has a chance to be nerd royalty by playing “Wonder Woman” though, and thank God, they at least got someone tall (Palicki is listed at 5’11″)!

Below are some photos, most of them are sexy and some even have some implied nudity. As a bonus, several PhotoShop jockeys have done some handy artwork to see what she would look like in various Wonder Woman outfits, although The Beefboy suspects that they will have a costume that looks more like DC’s horrible re-imagining rather than an update of the Lynda Carter stunner (ahhh… Lynda Carter).

And yes, Adrianne Palicki is naturally The Beefboy’s Chick of the Moment!

Movie Review: District 9

District9PosterIt was just a few days ago that I was lamenting the loss of the socially aware and poignant science fiction films of the late 60’s and 70’s. I felt that Moon was a welcome change from the soulless CGI/3-D effects extravaganzas that we have been treated to lately. Then I saw District 9. Suddenly, we have not only an anomaly, but a Movement!

District 9 is set in an alternate history where an alien spacecraft stalls over Johannesburg South Africa in the 1980’s. These aliens are not here to make contact or take over, they’re just lost! The nations of the world decide to house them in slums and assign a company called Multi National United to deal with the alien problem. After 20 years in District 9, the populace of Johannesburg wants the aliens as far away as possible and it’s up to MNU to relocate them. The task of removing the aliens is a mousy desk jockey named Wikus Van De Merwe (played by Sharlto Copley), who is oblivious to the tragedy around him.

District 9 relies a lot on the performance of Sharlto Copley, whose portrayal of Wikus is multi-faceted. As the protagonist, it’s difficult to like Wikus at times. He is weak and stupid and impulsive. It’s those characteristics that are played up throughout the movie and one of the aspects that makes District 9 such a compelling movie.

Director Neill Blomkamp, whose history is in special effects for Peter Jackson, has crafted a unique blend of handheld documentary-style footage that gradually gives way to standard storytelling. The early footage does an excellent job of setting up the situation and fully introducing you to Wikus and the aliens. Blomkamp’s experience with special effects is on full display with both the aliens and their weaponry. For a film that was made for around $30 million dollars, the effects are particularly tight, so much so, that you have to wonder why they couldn’t get Wolverine’s claws to look right in a much larger production.

It’s too easy to give kudos to Blomkamp for the effects though. The direction and editing is very sharp in District 9. The screenplay creates a highly plausible world and manages to both be an indictment on the human race, while also showing that good people can emerge from a bad situation. District 9 is smart and exciting. The pace is consistent and engaging. Plus, once we see those alien weapons in use, it’s literally a blast!

District 9 is a much bigger film that I expected, and far more exciting. While it may suffer box office because it doesn’t have any big name actors, that turns out to be one of the most powerful aspects of the movie. District 9 is not a typical predictable Hollywood offering, and that’s something that everyone should support. As a straight science-fiction action movie, it’s a great ride, but the underlying questions about the nature of man, about subjugation of the poor and the power of the individual make District 9 something truly unique.

Movie Review: Moon

moon-movie-posterDirector Duncan Jones sat down with actor Sam Rockwell and reminisced about the sci-fi films of the late 60’s and 70’s. The result of that meeting was the film Moon. You can see the influences of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Silent Running, Soylent Green and others throughout the film, and yet Moon stands on its own quite well.

I’ve complained for years that we have lost the high-concept, socially-aware science fiction films of the 70’s, replaced by soulless special effects extravaganzas. Somewhere along the way, Hollywood forgot how to make a good small sci-fi film (of course there are exceptions, but they are rare). Moon is a very welcome return to that era, but the subject matter is very rooted in modern times.

Sam Rockwell plays “Sam Bell” an astronaut rapidly nearing the end of a three-year stint alone on the Moon. He’s homesick and mostly disconnected from Earth due to a satellite problem that occurred right after he arrived. An accident changes everything on the base and that plot twist has both you and Sam wondering what’s going on until the end.

While there are a few bit parts (and Kevin Spacey plays a talking computer like HAL), this is basically a one-man film, and Sam Rockwell does a great job with his performance. The direction of Moon is fairly straight-forward, but good and tight. Duncan Jones doesn’t try to outshine his own movie and that makes Moon even stronger. The soundtrack is also minimal but powerful, by the brilliant composer Clint Mansell, who is rapidly becoming a favorite.

What I like most about Moon are some things I can’t talk about because I’d spoil the movie for someone who hasn’t seen it, and I’d like to encourage you to see the movie. Among other things, the film deals with loneliness, the sanctity of life, your purpose in life and the morality of requiring one person to sacrifice for the greater good of society. I went to see this film with a friend and we had a great conversation afterward about these issues, and about the twists in the film. Any film that gives me that opportunity is truly high art.

The pacing of this film is similar to the films of the 70’s too, which I appreciate but some people will deplore, so I’m not suggesting that everyone run out and see Moon. However, if you miss the great science fiction films of the past and would like to see more smart sci-fi films, then seek out and support Moon.

As an aside, I’d like to point out that Duncan Jones’ next project is what he calls a “love letter” to Blade Runner. This guy is speaking my language!

Top 25 Sci-Fi Babes of 2009

top25for2009

Since we’re almost through the summer movie season and completely through last year’s television season, it’s time to take the first annual look at the Beefboy’s 2009 Top 25 Sci-fi Babes List! This last year heralded the end of several long-running science fiction shows, including Battlestar Gallactica and both incarnations of Stargate, which means that this list will face a big shake up next year. The introduction of Dollhouse brought us two entries and the re-launch of Star Trek brought us two entries.

The criteria I used was relative hotness, star power, importance in their roles and how prolific they were. I welcome your additions or thoughts in the comment section below. Tell me what you think about the Beefboy’s list of Scifi Babes!

Tricia Helfer

Tricia Helfer

1. Tricia Helfer – Tricia beat out Megan because she is absolutely all over the world of sci-fi! Of course she plays the slinky Number Six on Battlestar Gallactica, but Helfer also made appearances on Burn Notice, Warehouse 13, Chuck, and voice work in the Green Lantern and Spectacular Spider-man cartoons, plus in the upcoming Halo:ODST! Right now, Tricia Helfer is the Queen of Science Fiction.

Here is the Beefboy’s Gallery on Tricia Helfer.

Megan Fox

Megan Fox

2. Megan Fox – Megan Fox is easily one of the hottest women on the planet. Period. She burned up the screen in Transformers 2 and will soon appear in the Jonah Hex movie. She was rumored to be in talks to play Wonder Woman, but she said she wasn’t interested in that and furthermore played down the Transformers role that made her a star. Note to Megan and her agent: Take the sci-fi roles and keep your yap shut and you’ll have a decade of lucrative gigs. Ask Angelina Jolie what sci-fi has done for her.

Rhona Mitra

Rhona Mitra

Here is the Beefboy’s Gallery on Megan Fox.

3. Rhona Mitra – If Rhona Mitra was a bigger name then she could easily be at the top of this list. Super fit and smoldering, Mitra plied her trade in Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans and in the punk fantasy Doomsday.

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana


Here is the Beefboy’s Gallery on Rhona Mitra.

4. Zoe Saldana – It’s not easy to step into the role of a not only a sci-fi icon, but also an African American icon. Zoe Saldana brought a lot of class, and a lot of heat, to the role of Uhura in the Star Trek reboot. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her bust out given the attention everyone got from that film.

Rachel Nichols

Rachel Nichols

5. Rachel Nichols – This is definitely the summer of Rachel Nichols. She had the role of Gaila in Star Trek at the beginning of the summer and ends the summer with a lead role as Scarlette in the G.I.Joe film. Expect to see more and more of this stunning former model in the future.

Billie Piper

Billie Piper

Here is the Beefboy’s Gallery on Rachel Nichols.

6. Billie Piper – Bless Billie Piper for returning to her role of Rose Tyler on Dr. Who last season. She obviously found mainstream success with Secret Diary of a Call Girl (and given us some sexy scenes on there), but she’s not too big to return to the show that made her so famous. Billie is so damn pretty that it’s hard to look at her sometimes.

Eliza Dushku

Eliza Dushku

Here is the Beefboy Gallery for Billie Piper.

7. Eliza Dushku – Eliza Dushku fulfilled about half of the Beefboy’s fetishes in her first season of Dollhouse, so naturally I’m looking forward to the second season! We got lucky with the renewal, so if you’re not hooked into Dollhouse be sure to tune in next season. You’ll thank me.

Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Here is the Beefboy Gallery on Eliza Dushku.

8. Yvonne Strahovski – Since Chuck is such a geek, they sure know how to play to his (and our) own fantasies with the lovely Yvonne. Whether she’s in a skin-tight latex spy suit, or jeans and a t-shirt, this Aussie knows how to turn on that American girl-next-door charm.

Summer Glau

Summer Glau

9. Summer Glau – If I’ve got to have a Terminator chase me, I sure hope she looks like Summer Glau! Besides her run on The Sarah Conner Chronicles she appeared as herself in The Big Bang Theory and gave the geek squad another hot unattainable chick to “fight” over.

Grace Park

Grace Park

Here is the Beefboy’s Gallery on Summer Glau.

10. Grace ParkBattlestar Gallactica’s Boomer has been gracious enough to do shoots for several men’s magazines, which gets her near the top of the Beefboy’s list!

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

11. Kristin Kreuk – In addition to her recurring role as Lana Lang on Smallville this year, Kristin Kreuk played the title role in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li.

Lena Headey

Lena Headey

12. Lena Headey – Lena Headey followed up a nude appearance in 300 then took MILF to another level while making the Sarah Conner character her own. Headey’s performance in Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles proves that strong can also be sexy.

Kandyse McClure

Kandyse McClure

Here is the Beefboy Gallery of Lena Headey.

13. Kandyse McClure – Yet another Battlestar Gallactica alum, Kandyse McClure may be more active in sci-fi than you know. She also made appearances on Sanctuary and Smallville last year. Kandyse is outrageously hot… I think it’s time for a starring role.

Hayden Panetierre

Hayden Panetierre

14. Hayden Panettiere – I can always tell when they are running episodes of Heroes the hits on my Hayen Panettiere gallery go through the roof. Young, pretty, and playing a cheerleader superhero are all a deadly combination.

Claudia Black

Claudia Black

15. Claudia Black – Look, I’m a fan of Claudia Black since her Farscape days, so she’s definitely making my list this year due to her work on the two Stargate movies Continuum and Arc of Truth, plus an appearance on Moonlight. She’s spunky and she’s got that amazing accent; can’t we get her in a regular series? Please?

Malin Ackerman

Malin Ackerman

16. Malin Ackerman – I imagine that most parents were aghast when they took their little darlings to see Hollywood’s latest superhero movie Watchmen and saw scenes of graphic violence, blue schlong and Malin Ackerman in, and out, of her latex costume.

Moon Bloodgood

Moon Bloodgood

17. Moon Bloodgood – Moon Bloodgood is one of the hardest working babes in sci-fi. Over the past year she had a starring role in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, played Blair Williams in Terminator: Salvation and had a recurring role on USA’s Burn Notice.

Eve Myles

Eve Myles

18. Eve Myles –Merlin briefly pushed Eve Myles up to the top of my gallery hits list last month, but the real heat from Eve comes from her role as Gwen Cooper on the BBC’s Torchwood.

Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Here is the Beefboy Gallery on Eve Myles.

19. Jewel Staite – Jewel Staite has made a career of sci-fi and of playing “the nice girl”. Her role as Kaylee Frye, the sweet farm-girl/mechanic on Firefly, has been countered by playing the sweet Dr. Jennifer Keller on Stargate: Atlantis. Nice and sweet are not typically the Beefboy’s type, but I’ll make an exception for Jewel.

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco

20. Kaley Cuoco – Yet another addition to the girl-next-door who dates a geek skein, Kaley Cuoco takes on a whole apartment full of sci-fi fanboys in The Big Bang Theory. Don’t dismiss Cuoco because of her radical cuteness, she’s got some powerful comic timing.

Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin

21. Anna Paquin – Anna Paquin has sci-fi street-cred from her X-men days, but she’s entering a whole new dimension with her sexy work as Sookie Stackhouse in HBO’s True Blood series.

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

22. Amanda Tapping – Amanda Tapping is practically sci-fi royalty. She’s played Samantha Carter on Stargate: SG1 and Stargate: Atlantis for a decade now. This year Amanda Tapping added to her sci-fi gravitas by playing the lead role of Helen Magnus on Sanctuary.

Ali Larter

Ali Larter

23. Ali Larter – Ali Larter has turned her regular gig on Heroes into an opportunity to star in the upcoming Resident Evil: Aftelife.

Hannah Spearritt

Hannah Spearritt

24. Hannah Spearitt – If you’ve seen Hannah Spearitt in her panties on Primeval, then you know why she’s on this list.

Dichen Lachman

Dichen Lachman

Here is the Beefboy Gallery on Hannah Spearitt.

25. Dichen Lachman – There’s a lot more going on in Dollhouse besides Eliza Dushku. Dichen Lachman, as Sierra, gets her share of juicy roles, but I’d certainly like to see her get more attention next season.

Did I miss some sci-fi hotties over the past year? Don’t like the order I put these babes in? Tell me your thoughts in the comment section below.

Farewell Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

It’s taken me a few days to process the final episode of Battlestar Galactica and place it within the context of the series. The initial controversy over the changes they made to the 70’s series, and the subsequent controversies they encountered over the balance of the series all seem like hollow voices now. I feel like I’ve just witnessed something that will never be repeated again.

I still don’t know how the creators managed to keep such a dark tone throughout the series and present such adult themes without network executives or activist groups sticking their unwelcome and ignorant opinions into the mix. HBO and Showtime can get away with more, but I challenge you to show me a series that deals with the modern zeitgeist better than Battlestar Galactica. Torture, paranoia, the cost of war, religion, rape, cruelty, honor, deceit, sacrifice and the sum total of the human experience were all addressed in one way or another throughout the series. Galactica was very much a product of the mood in America following September 11th and they never compromised on that.

It was abundantly clear that everyone involved in creating Battlestar Galactica was heavily invested in what became a five year long movie. Galactica benefits from a level of cohesion that almost every series lacks. Every epic series I can think of either loses its way on the journey (X-Files), goes on too long (ER), or gets the plug pulled too early (Firefly). Galactica flew straight from the beginning and ended at the perfect time.

The series finale was deeply satisfying. The action of the first hour was intense and thrilling. In fact, it was better than most action movies, but even more importantly, because you knew this was the final episode, you knew everyone was vulnerable (not that Galactica ever had a problem with axing a character). The second hour was a pure character study that both wrapped up their lives and answered all questions. The answers to all the mysteries took Galactica to another level entirely.

I’ve purposely removed any indication of how Battlestar Galactica ended, in the hopes that if you haven’t seen the series that you will invest the time to see how good television can be at its height. I doubt if we’ll ever see a series that performs as well from beginning to end and absolutely represents the time it was created, better than Battlestar Galactica. The finale took a fantastic series and made it eternal. Thanks to the creators, cast and crew of Battlestar Galactica.

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