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Take That, Kim Jong-Un, You Don’t Get To Be Star-Lord’s Dad

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The InterviewYou may have noticed that over the last two days, the world seems to have lost its damn mind. The Sony hack that has been a hot topic of debate lately got all kinds of crazy, as that Guardians of the Peace group—the government has now confirmed that North Korea is in fact behind the hack—threatened terrorist attacks on theaters screening the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview. First, all of the major theater chains decided they weren’t going to screen the film, and then Sony scrapped the entire release (I was supposed to see a screening tonight dammit). As it stands now, there are no plans to release it in any format, ever. Some places, like the Alamo Drafthouse, planned to show Team America: World Police in lieu of The Interview, but even those screenings are being cancelled now (Paramount is forbidding screenings because North Korea is in charge of Hollywood and a ten-year-old puppet movie is way too dangerous to show—it was on Netflix last time I checked), as have plans for a Steve Carell-fronted North Korean thriller.

If this all sounds like a dystopian novel to you, you’re not alone, as this feels like the start to one of those Hunger Games-esque young adult trilogies that are so damn popular. This situation raises all kinds of questions about censorship, international politics, and basically letting the bad guys win. (Seriously, if you were on Twitter or any social media last night or today, you saw things like Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich making the exact same points as people like Michael Moore. This is what Peter Venkman yelled about in Ghostbusters: “Dogs and cats, living together.” It’s nuts out there.)

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Syfy’s Ascension Left Us Wanting More (In Good And Bad Ways)

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AscensionAscension was a big deal for Syfy. It was the vanguard of their stated goals to return to the business of crafting serious science fiction, rather than focusing on paranormal “reality” shows and lighter-hearted fare such as Eureka and Warehouse 13. Well, now we’ve seen all three nights of the epic mini-series. Was it worth the wait? Did it maintain the excitement we’ve built up for future Syfy productions such as The Expanse and Childhood’s End?

Yes and no. Over the course of its three-night run, Ascension enthralled, frustrated, jumped the shark, recovered its footing, and then slammed headfirst into an abrupt climax that simultaneously has us eager to see the story continued and also kind of miffed at how little actual closure it provided.

If you haven’t finished watching Ascension yet, click away — If you haven’t finished watching Ascension yet, click away — there be spoilers here!

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This Orphan Black Season 3 Trailer Prepares For The Clone War

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Earlier we showed off a new still from season 3 of BBC America’s Orphan Black, as well as recounted some details that creator Graeme Manson shared with the world. But the clone drama wasn’t done, as they released this short, ominous new teaser trailer, and finally pinned down a concrete premiere date for the new episodes, something that is sure to make fans happy.

Outside of the earlier photo—which shows Sarah (Tatiana Maslany in one of her many, many roles) facing off with Rudy (Ari Millen), one of the recently unveiled set of male clones, in a Dyad prison cell—this is our first real look at the upcoming, long-in-the-works season 3. And even this video is a tease in every sense, and rather than offering anything in the way of details or specifics, it sets the brooding tone and lets you know that a clash is coming down the pipeline.

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Black Mirror’s Christmas Episode May Keep You Awake Long Enough To See Santa

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Black mirrorBlack Mirror is indeed black — it’s one of the darkest technological dystopias I’ve ever seen, and without a doubt the most relevant, especially given its emphasis on social media. And the name of its Christmas episode, “White Christmas,” is perfect — it sets the viewer up for the irony ahead. This “White Christmas” isn’t the idyllic, snow-covered holiday extravaganza its title suggests. In true Black Mirror fashion, darkness descends, even at the most wonderful time of the year.

The 90-minute episode weaves together three plotlines, as this show often does. It starts with Matthew (Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm) in a secluded cabin with a roommate with whom he apparently hasn’t spoken in years. Black Mirror characters often have problems communicating, at least without digital/technological means — and we’ll get to that. It becomes clear that both characters have skeletons in their closets and are likely hiding out. The first third of the movie is about Matthew’s crime, the second about Matthew’s high-tech job, and the third about his roommate Joe’s crime.

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This Absolutely Anything Clip Is Your First Look At Robin Williams’ Final Performance

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Throw around names like Simon Pegg, Robin Williams, and Monty Python, and you are going to capture the attention of a significant number of us out here in the land of movie fandom. Williams tragically took his own life earlier this year. One of his final performances is in the sci-fi-themed comedy Absolutely Anything, and it seems somehow appropriate that he voices Dennis the Dog, which you get to experience for the first time in this new clip.

The film follows Neil (Pegg), a teacher in a dead end secondary school who is given great powers by aliens. Basically, he can wave his hand and make anything happen. As director Terry Jones, who also voices one of the visitors from space, explains it, Neil apparently doesn’t realize the extent of what he can do “until his colleague says, ‘What would you do if you could do anything?’ and Neil responds with, ‘I’d make an alien spaceship hit class 4C and vaporise them.’ Then there’s an explosion in the school, and they run to 4C’s classroom, open the door and there’s a vast hole in the ground.”

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Andy Serkis Tackles Force Awakens Rumors — Is He Really Playing Two Characters?

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SerkisThere are no shortage of mysteries circling J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but in the wake of the epic first teaser, several of those mysteries have involved actor and motion-capture master Andy Serkis. We’ve known for a while that he had a role in the next Star Wars film, but details about that character have been sparse and surrounded with crazy rumors. Now Serkis has gone on record to clarify a few things, and shoot down some of those rumors.

One of the biggest Serkis-related rumors suggested that he would be playing not one, but two different characters in Force Awakens (and possibly the films that followed). Given his mo-cap background, many — including me — speculated that one role might be CGI and the other live-action. Well, no dice. “I can say I only play one character,” Serkis told EW. And don’t expect him to give you any hints about that character’s nature, either. How about those rumors that he’ll be playing an old man who looks like he has “risen from the dead”? Serkis would say only that his Force Awakens character has “been through some stuff.”

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