Automata-poster Summary: Jacq Vaucan is an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation who investigates cases of robots violating their primary protocols against harming humans. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.
Director: Gabe Ibáñez
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott, Robert Forster, Tim McInnerny
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Set in 2044 after solar flares have made the Earth’s surface radioactive, 99.7% of the Earth’s human population has been wiped out. The survivors built robots, the Automata, to help them rebuild in harsh environments. The robots have two unalterable protocols: the first obliges them to preserve human life; the second limits them from fixing themselves. Initially, these robots were popular, but failure to stop desertification saw them shifted in roles to manual labor and domestic care. Jacq works as insurance claim checker for the company that makes the robots, the ROC. One day he investigates a report from a cop, Wallace, who shot a robot claiming it was fixing itself and looked alive. The next day, he follows a robot which was stealing parts, and when Jacq finds it hiding outside the walls, it intentionally sets itself on fire. He takes the burned robot’s brain core. Jacq speculates to his friend and boss Robert that there might be someone, a clockmaster, who somehow succeeded in altering the second protocol, and hopes that if he were able to close the case by finding such a person, he would be able to transfer to a city on the coast, as he fears that the city is too dangerous for his unborn daughter. In Jacq’s dreams, it is hinted that he has memories of the ocean, before it dried up.
Jacq shares his plan with Wallace, who brings him to a woman who owns a prostitute robot in the ghetto, which is capable of harming a human for the purposes of pleasure. When Jacq is unable to get the clockmaster’s name from the owner, the cop shoots at the robot (Cleo), saying it will be easier to simply follow the owner to Cleo’s clockmaster. Jacq meets Cleo’s clockmaster, Dr. Dupre, but gets no valuable information, he leaves her his card and the board containing the kernel of the burned robot, promising a nuclear battery he had recently recovered, as a reward for information. The next day, however, the doctor calls Jacq, to inform him that after she had installed into Cleo a hybrid between the ruined kernel and a standard kernel, the robot started to repair itself. Jacq messages Robert about it, but the ROC intercepts the message and sends a team of men and child soldiers. Dupre is killed, but Jacq manages to escape from the doctor’s workshop and gets into a car in which Cleo is trying to drive off. The two drive out of the city but they are being followed by two ROC henchmen. During the chase the henchmen drive into dragon’s teeth while Jacq and Cleo rollover.

Jacq wakes up the next morning in the radioactive desert with three unknown robots and Cleo. They don’t obey his command to take him to the city, but the first protocol makes them carry him with them and save him from hunger and dehydration. Jacq manages to secretly send a text message with his rough location to Robert. Knowing of the danger Jacq is in, Robert asks Wallace to recover Jacq in exchange for wiping Wallace’s record clean, as he knew that Wallace was being investigated for the use of drugs while on duty. Robert didn’t know that Wallace intended to extort Jacq for half the value of the nuclear battery, and when Wallace finds Jacq, a physical confrontation ensues. The robots, unable to harm Wallace or permit harming Jacq, freeze in confusion as Wallace threatens Jacq with a gun. Two robots consecutively step in front of the gun to prevent it from killing Jacq, and both are destroyed. When Cleo steps in front of the gun, Jacq fires a flare gun into Wallace’s stomach, killing him and causing his partner to flee with their vehicle. Informed of the failure, the ROC orders another team out to kill Jacq.

At a cable car station on the edge of a canyon, Jacq meets the robot which altered all of the others and was the original of its kind. After a philosophical talk with him in which Jacq expresses uncertainty in his memories of the ocean and of his own survival, Jacq surrenders the nuclear battery that the robots need. They use it to build an insect-like robot. The ROC forces Robert to track Jacq with their henchmen. Unable to find him, they kidnap Jacq’s wife and newborn daughter. Robert, disagreeing with the intent to use Jacq’s wife and daughter as hostages, reveals a gun he had taken from Wallace’s corpse, and in the ensuing firefight, he is wounded and left for dead. In the morning, the robots repair a truck for Jacq so he can return to the city. Jacq initially takes the car, but after finding the dying Robert and learning his family is in danger decides to go back. In the meantime the henchmen arrive at the station and kill one of the robots Jacq met in the desert and the original free-thinking robot, additionally they also wound Cleo. Jacq arrives back at the station and crashes the truck into a pile of barrels, killing two henchmen in the process. After getting out of the wreckage Jacq shoots one of the henchmen but soon he is cornered by the last remaining henchman. The insect-like robot jumps on the henchman pushing him off a nearby ledge. The man catches a lower ledge, but he eventually loses his grip and falls to his death. Jacq reunites with his family and Cleo thanks him. Jacq, severely wounded in the gunfight, recalls his memories of the ocean before it dried as his wife drives him to the remaining ocean for his dying wish.



manhattan-poster Summary: Set against the backdrop of the greatest clandestine race against time in the history of science with the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Flawed scientists and their families attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.

Creators: Sam Shaw

Starring: John Benjamin Hickey, Michael Chernus, Rachel Brosnahan, Christopher Denham, Katja Herbers, Alexia Fast, Harry Lloyd, Daniel Stern, Olivia Williams, Ashley Zukerman, David Harbour, Mark Moses, Carole Weyers

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thestrain-poster Summary: A thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.
Creators: Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Starring: Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mía Maestro, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jack Kesy, Jonathan Hyde, Natalie Brown, Ben Hyland, Sean Astin, Robin Atkin Downes, Drew Nelson
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A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac when it suddenly stops. All window shades are pulled down except one, the lights are out, and communication channels have gone silent. Ground crews are puzzled and an alert is sent to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of the CDC Canary project, a rapid-response team that handles biological threats, is assigned and sent to investigate. He and Dr. Nora Martinez board the plane, finding everyone except four people are dead.
In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former history professor and Holocaust survivor named Abraham Setrakian knows something terrible has happened and that an unnatural war is brewing.
So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected the passengers begins spilling out onto New York City’s streets. Dr. Goodweather, who is joined by Setrakian and a small band of fighters, desperately tries to stop the contagion to save the city, and also his wife and son.



extant-poster Summary: Extant is an American science fiction television dramatic series created by Mickey Fisher and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The story revolves around astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) who returns home to her family inexplicably pregnant after 13 months in outer space on a solo mission.
Creator: Mickey Fisher
Starring: Halle Berry, Hiroyuki Sanada, Goran Visnjic, Pierce Gagnon, Michael O’Neill, Grace Gummer, Camryn Manheim, Maury Sterling, Brad Beyer, Sergio Harford, Annie Wersching, Tyler Hilton, Jeannetta Arnette, Tessa Ferrer, Charlie Bewley
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Molly Woods, an astronaut with ISEA (International Space Exploration Agency) is assigned a 13-month-long solo mission aboard space station Seraphim. She returns home to her husband John, a robotics engineer who created their son Ethan, a prototype android called a “humanich”. When she finds herself mysteriously pregnant, she begins a search for answers.

On August 7, 2013, CBS announced that it had placed a 13-episode straight-to-series order, bypassing the traditional pilot stage.[4] Steven Spielberg served as one of the executive producers. Production began in Los Angeles on February 10, 2014.

The series is broadcast in the United States on the CBS television network, and is a production of Amblin Entertainment. It premiered on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central.

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Falling Skies Summary: The chaotic aftermath of an alien attack has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force.
Creators: Robert Rodat
Starring: Noah Wyle, Maxim Knight, Drew Roy, Will Patton, Moon Bloodgood, Seychelle Gabriel, Sarah Carter, Connor Jessup, Colin Cunningham, Mpho Koaho, Peter Shinkoda, Ryan Robbins, Brad Kelly
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Falling Skies is an American science fiction post-apocalyptic dramatic television series created by Robert Rodat and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The series stars Noah Wyle as Tom Mason, a former Boston University history professor who becomes the second-in-command of the 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment, a group of civilians and fighters fleeing post-apocalyptic Boston following an alien invasion that devastated the planet six months before the events of season one.
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The series is broadcast in the United States on the cable channel TNT, and is a production of DreamWorks Television. The series premiered on June 19, 2011.
On July 18, 2014, TNT renewed the show for a 10-episode fifth and final season.
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Falling Skies tells the story of the aftermath of a global invasion by extraterrestrials (including mechanical attack drones called “mechs”, a species of green-skinned six-legged beings known as “Skitters” that appear to control the mechs, and a third mysterious species known as the Overlords, or “Espheni”, presumably the actual engineers of the invasion and the masters of the Skitters). Within a few days the invaders neutralized the world’s power grid and technology, destroyed the militaries of all the world’s countries, and killed over 90% of the human population. The aliens’ objectives are not explained, though the aliens try to round up children between the ages of 8 and 18 and attach a biomechanical obedience device onto (and into) their spines, referred to as a “harness”. The harness controls the child’s mind, and forcibly removing it generally kills the child. The story begins six months after the invasion and follows a group of survivors who band together to fight back. The group, known as the Second Massachusetts (an allusion to a historical regiment from the Continental Army), is led by retired U.S. Army Captain Dan Weaver and Boston University history professor Tom Mason who, while in search of his son Ben, must put his extensive knowledge of military history into practice as one of the leaders of the resistance movement.

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Martin Rangelov

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Marting RangelovMartin Rangelov is a self-taught sculptor from Bulgaria. His style is mainly dark, with biomechanical & steampunk tendencies. Fore more check out his facebook pageMarting Rangelov
Q&A Interview With Martin Rangelov
TG: What got you into sculpturing?
MR: I was 5 years old when I start, I wasn’t a kid who plays sports so I create my ‘play” in home. My instruments can be found in any scrap box or locker, there is nothing fancy about my work, except the end result of course… I believe in the idealized darkness.That does not mean to be bad or anything, I love the mystery that’s all. All of my creations are abstract in some way – there is no realizm, and also – there is no symetry…Marting Rangelov

TG: What would be your favorite alien?
MR: My Fav. alien is The Predator.Marting RangelovMarting Rangelov

TG: What materials do you use the most?
MR: I’m using two types of clay – chavant and polymer.
I love metal.Armours, gears, helmets and all.i love skulls also.
I love masks.A lot of my characters is like having a mask.Marting Rangelov

TG: What do you listen to while cranking out these insane masks?
MR: I listen metal music most of the time, movie scores – also a lot!

TG: Any movie/tv show favorites that you go back to for inspiration?
MR: I was watched the Predator movies over 100 times when I was a child.I love superhero movies also – Batman, Spider-man, Iron man,Captain America, Superman, and many more of course…
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Feng Zhu

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Feng ZhuFeng Zhu Design Inc. was established by industry veteran Feng Zhu in 1999.

For more than 12 years, Feng Zhu has contributed to some of the highest profiled projects in the entertainment industry. His broad design skills allowed him to reach across into many fields from hit movies, to triple-A games, memorable TV commercials and toy designs. Founding his own design company, Feng Zhu Design (FZD), his client includes Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Sony, Activision, Industrial Light+Magic, NCSoft, Warner Brothers, Lucasfilm, Bay Films, Epic Games, and many other top studios. In Hollywood, he has worked closely with well established directors including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Michael Bay and Luc Besson.

In the spring of 2009, Feng founded the FZD School of Design in Singapore. This venture was established to train professionals and students who want to break into the entertainment design industry. This type of specialized education is rarely available in Asia.

Today, Feng Zhu Design continues to create original content and provides designs for clients around the world.

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Bottled Air

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Bottled AirChina is offering a breath of fresh air to tourists affected by its high pollution levels – with plans to sell bottles of oxygen. In an attempt to address its dangerous smog levels – described as an environmental crisis by the World Health Organization – canned air is due to hit the streets. The bottles of air will to be manufactured as part of a tourism scheme by authorities in the southwestern Guizhou province. Air from the area’s eco-tourism zones such as Fanjing and Leigong mountains will be bottled, and on the shelves to be sold from June 20.Bottled AirHowever, entrepreneurial types are already cashing in on the idea. Costumed characters called Oxygen Babies have been giving away bottles, which are filled with air collected at the Tianmu mountain scenic spot in the county of Linan in Zhejiang province. They are expected to tour the country, promoting the new products, which are currently free of charge, and were pictured in the city of Hangzhou in east China’s Zhejiang province.Bottled AirProduct manager Long Peng said: ‘The air in Tianmu mountain is so fresh that negative oxygen ion is 3,300 per cubic centimetre, much higher than the normal level. ‘The problem is that there are not enough negative ions in daily life. All the modern things we have generate an overabundance of positive ions that make us feel tired, depressed and irritable.’Bottled Air

The inspiration for the idea reportedly came from tourist shops near Mount Fuji in Japan, where cans of fresh air have been a huge success. During a National Congress meeting, China’s president, Xi Jinping, suggested Guizhou ‘sell cans in the future’, adding: ‘Air quality is now a deciding factor in people’s perception of happiness.’Bottled AirHowever, it’s not the first time bottle air has gone on sale in China. Last year, Chen Guangbiao, who made his fortune in the recycling business and is a high-profile philanthropist, claimed to have sold 10 million cans in just 10 days, as pollution levels reached a record high. ‘I want to tell mayors, county chiefs and heads of big companies: don’t just chase GDP growth, don’t chase the biggest profits at the expense of our children and grandchildren and at the cost of sacrificing our ecological environment’, Chen said.Bottled AirThe move comes after the country’s biggest online travel agency and insurance firms joined forces to offer policies to tourists whose trips are visually impaired by the pollution. China’s air quality is closely watched as it fluctuates dramatically from day to day but in recent weeks has registered far into the unhealthy zone. Air pollution is measured in terms of PM2.5, or particulate matter 2.5 micrometers in diameter, which are absorbed by the lungs and can cause heart and lung disease. The World Health Organisation recommends a daily PM2.5 level of 20 and says that levels greater than 300 are serious health hazards. Beijing’s air quality frequently surges past a level of 500, and on January 12 soared to 755, the highest in memory.Bottled Air‘I go outside, walk for about 20 minutes, and my throat hurts and I feel dizzy’, Chen told Reuters in an interview on a busy Beijing sidewalk. He handed out green and orange cans of ‘Fresh Air’, with a caricature of himself on them saying, ‘Chen Guangbiao is a good man’. ‘Be a good person, have a good heart, do good things,’ reads a message along the bottom of each can. The 44-year-old entrepreneur, whose wealth is estimated at $740 million according to last year’s Hurun Rich List of China’s super-wealthy, is an ebullient and tireless self-promoter. He is something of a celebrity in China, with more than 4 million followers on Sina Weibo, China’s most popular Twitter-like microblogging platform.Bottled Air



agbogbloshieAgbogbloshie is a former wetland and suburb of Accra, Ghana known as a destination for legal and illegal exportation and environmental dumping of electronic waste (e-waste) from industrialized nations. Often referred to as a “digital dumping ground”, millions of tons of e-waste are processed each year in Agbogbloshie. As of March 2014, it was the world’s largest e-waste dump.

The town covers approximately four acres and is situated on the banks of the Korle Lagoon, northwest of Accra’s Central Business District. Roughly 40,000 Ghanaians inhabit the area, most of whom are migrants from rural areas. Due to its harsh living conditions and rampant crime, the area is nicknamed “Sodom and Gomorrah”.agbogbloshieThe Basel Convention prevents the transfrontier shipment of hazardous waste from developed to less developed countries. Only three countries, the United States, Afghanistan and Haiti, have never ratified the convention. Each month, cargo containers arrive in Agbogbloshie, often illegally, from countries all over the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan. Unprotected workers, many of them young children, spend the day searching for metals to sell, usually by burning the electronics and dismantling them with their bare hands. In the process, they may earn upwards of eight to ten Ghana cedis per day (4 to 6 USD).

The waste processing emits toxic chemicals into the air, land and water. Exposure is especially hazardous to children, as these toxins are known to inhibit the development of the reproductive system, the nervous system, and especially the brain. Concerns about human health and the environment of Agbogbloshie continue to be raised as the area remains heavily polluted. In the 2000s, the Ghanaian government, with new funding and loans, implemented the Korle Lagoon Ecological Restoration Project (KLERP), an environmental remediation and restoration project that will address the pollution problem by dredging the lagoon and Odaw canal to improve drainage and flooding into the ocean.agbogbloshieBackground
Before the arrival of electronic waste, the slum area of Agbogbloshie was once a wetland, referred to as Old Fadama or Ayaalolo. During the 1980s, it was a place of shelter for refugees from the Kokomba and the Nanumba war. It was not until the late 1990s that the landscape began to shift. Functional second-hand computers began arriving from the West to help ‘bridge the digital divide’. Ghanaians welcomed these donations, because these computers cost 1/10th of a new one.agbogbloshieAs the turnover rate of electronics increased, the once benevolent act of donating used computers became corrupted. Unsalvagable electronics started to be exported to Ghana in mass quantities. For Western countries, such as the United States, which have strict laws controlling the disposal of e-waste, it is cheaper to ship outdated and damaged computers to developing countries under the “donation” label than to properly recycle the electronics.

The local economy of Agbogbloshie is based on the electronic waste imports and the processing of these goods. Hundreds of millions of tons of electronic waste are imported to the area each year. The United States is the leading exporter of e-waste to Ghana, although imports arrive from other countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Korea, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Multinational brands such as Philips, Canon, Dell, Microsoft, Nokia, Siemens and Sony are commonly found throughout the waste.agbogbloshieNon-governmental organizations (NGOs) are even found adding to the waste when excess electronics are donated in with the intention of helping scholarly institutions. Exporters have found numerous loopholes to avoid legislation which prevent e-waste shipping, such as labeling broken electronics as ‘end-of-life’ or ‘second-hand-goods’, falsely identifying them as in working order. Between 50% and 75% of the electronics imported are unable to be salvaged and remain on the land.agbogbloshie

Unprotected workers, mostly boys between 11–18 years old, process the imports in search for metals, such as copper, aluminum and iron, to collect and sell. To gain access to the metals, the workers burn old foam on top of the electronics in order to melt the plastic, or they dismantle the waste with their bare hands and stones. Magnets from other rubbished electronics are then used to gather the smallest of metal scraps left behind in the process. The remaining materials are further burned or dumped nearby.

The workers, children and adults alike, sell the metal scraps to earn a living. A half a sack of copper or aluminium will sell for about 700 Ghana Cedis, amounting to about eight to ten Ghana cedis per day (4 to 6 USD).agbogbloshie

Living conditions
The population of Agbogbloshie consists of economic migrants from northern and rural parts of Ghana. Living standards in the north and rural areas are growing worse, causing people to move to urban settings, such as Agbogbloshie. Conditions may not be significantly better, but making a living is easier. Inhabitants of Agbogbloshie live, eat, work and relieve themselves on the land and amongst the waste. Children who are able to attend school often spend every evening and weekend processing waste searching for metals.
Dwellings are wooden shacks that lack water and sanitation. The area is also home to armed robbers, prostitutes, drug dealers and others involved in underground markets. Crime and disease run rampant throughout Agbogbloshie, creating an almost uninhabitable environment for humans. Outsiders have nicknamed the area “Sodom and Gomorrah,” after two condemned Biblical cities, due to the harsh living conditions in Agbogbloshie.

The processing and dumping of electronic waste in Agbogbloshie is polluting the area and creating serious environmental concern. E-waste contains toxic chemicals that are emitted into the ground, water and atmosphere when the electronics are broken down, burned and processed. Poisons such as lead, mercury, arsenic, dioxins, furans, and brominated flame retardants seep into the surrounding soil and water, thereby seriously polluting the landscape. Greenpeace labs tests have shown the water and soil from areas in Agbogbloshie revealed the area contained concentrations of toxins at levels a hundred times more than the allowable amount.agbogbloshie

The Korle Lagoon, on which Agbogbloshie is situated, has extremely low levels of dissolved oxygen, as a result of the large and uncontrolled quantities of domestic and industrial waste being emitted into the water. Studies indicate that the entrance to the lagoon is severely polluted and not suitable for primary or secondary contact, due to the large amounts of bacteria present.agbogbloshie

Human health risks
Processing electronic waste presents a serious health threat to workers at Agbogbloshie. The fumes released from the burning of the plastics and metals used in electronics are composed of highly toxic chemicals and carcinogens. Workers often inhale lead, cadmium, dioxins, furans, phthalates and brominated flame retardants.agbogbloshie

Exposure to these fumes is especially hazardous to children, as these toxins are known to inhibit the development of the reproductive system, the nervous system, and the brain in particular. In similar e-waste processing areas, with conditions and demographics like those of Agbogbloshie, 80% of the children have dangerous levels of lead in their blood. Inhabitants often suffer from chronic nausea, headaches, chest and respiratory problems.

High levels of toxins have also been discovered in soil and food samples, as these chemicals stay in the food chain.

Information security
E-waste presents a potential security threat to individuals and exporting countries. Hard drives that are not properly erased before the computer is disposed of can be reopened, exposing sensitive information. Credit card numbers, private financial data, account information and records of online transactions can be accessed by most willing individuals. Organized criminals in Ghana commonly search the drives for information to use in local scams.agbogbloshie

Government contracts have been discovered on hard drives found in Agbogbloshie. Multi-million dollar agreements from United States security institutions such as the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Transportation Security Administration and Homeland Security have all resurfaced in Agbogbloshie.