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The Walking Dead Companion Series Plays On Your Knowledge Of What’s To Come

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zombie fenceThe second half of season 5 of The Walking Dead is quickly shuffling our way (it’ll be here before you know it), but in the meantime we’ve been hearing a number of intriguing new details about the upcoming companion series, Cobalt. The other day we saw some excerpts from the script of the first episode, which shed some light on the setting and plot, and now there’s even more to learn.

Just a heads up, there may be some potential spoilers for Cobalt beyond this point.

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Syfy Is Turning This Hugo-Winning Sci-Fi Novel Into A Six-Part Miniseries

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SpinSyfy’s new leaf has been turned over, for good or ill. Over the past year or so, Syfy has been touting the goal of becoming the go-to destination for smart sci-fi TV, and they’ve accompanied that change in direction with an ambitious development slate of projects like The Expanse and 12 Monkeys. Well, now we can add another entry to Syfy’s campaign to win fans’ hearts and minds: they’re turning Robert Charles Wilson’s Hugo-winning novel Spin into a six-hour miniseries.

Released in 2005, Wilson’s Spin kicked off a trilogy that continued in 2007’s Axis and 2011’s Vortex. So assuming Syfy’s Spin miniseries goes over well, there will be fodder for at least two follow-ups, should the network want them. This is early days, but they’re definitely starting out on solid footing, having hired screenwriter Jim Uhls (Fight Club) to adapt the book. Granted, Uhls also wrote Jumper, but I’m going to choose to remain optimistic here.

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Comic(s) Relief: Warren Ellis’ Injection Explores A World Gone Weird

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Injection1With a resume that includes stellar titles like Transmetropolitan, Planetary, and Global Frequency, writer Warren Ellis excels at creating two of our favorite things: comics and science fiction. He’s got a knack for blending bleeding-edge scientific concepts with unforgettable characters and a pitch-black sense of humor that guarantees I’m interested in pretty much everything he does. Now he’s shared a preview of his upcoming Image series, Injection, in his Orbital Operations newsletter. The series sees Ellis reteaming with artists Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire, his partners from Marvel’s 2014 Moon Knight series. Injection is slated for an unspecified 2015 release, but in the meantime you can check out the intriguing synopsis and preview art below.

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Star Wars 7: Peter Mayhew Hospitalized, Get The Details Here

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ChewbaccaThere was a big to-do made about the broken leg Harrison Ford suffered on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, and the brief production delay it caused. But now another member of the cast, also a returning fan favorite, has had a health scare. Peter Mayhew, who plays Han Solo’s enormous, hairy BFF Chewbacca, has been hospitalized with pneumonia. Fortunately, he’s doing well, and doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

Rumors about Mayhew’s ill health began circulating on the Internet, and Mayhew’s wife, Angie, took to Reddit to issue a statement confirming the news. The prognosis is positive, and she wrote, “Doctors are incredibly happy with his improvements.”

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David Duchovny Has An Idea Of How More X-Files Should Look

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x-files fight the futureEver since Fox Television Group head Gary Newman said that they’ve been kicking around ideas for more X-Files at the Television Critics Association winter press tour recently, there’s been a ton of chatter about a possible revamp. One question is how original stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny feel about returning to their most recognizable roles, and as it turns out, at least one of them feels pretty damn good about the prospect.

On Tuesday, USA Today caught up with Duchovny and asked him about the potential for an X-Files revival. He said he would be both “happy” and “excited” to bring the paranoid sci-fi classic back to the airwaves. In addition, he also offered a glimpse of what it could look like in terms of size and scope. If this does materialize, it likely won’t be as a regular continuing series.

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Star Wars: These Three Actresses Are Up For A Role In Gareth Edward’s Spinoff

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star warsJ.J. Abrams and company are in the process of finishing up Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and while we’ll hear occasional tidbits about who is involved, like how three actors from Gareth Evans’ The Raid movies play some part, things are generally closed on that front. But with a slew of other movies in the works, there’s bound to be a ton of casting rumors on that front. And now we’ve got a new report going around about three actresses in contention for a role in Gareth Edwards’ (Godzilla) upcoming standalone Star Wars film.

According to Heat Vision, Tatiana Maslany, Rooney Mara, and Felicity Jones are all testing for an as yet unspecified role in the first of the offshoot films. There’s not much more know than that, as details are being protected by Jedi mind trick. These readings reportedly started in the U.K. before moving stateside. Regardless of the part, or which of these actresses land it, or if it even winds up being one of them, these are three of the hottest young actresses currently working right now.