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Star Wars Rebels Marks A Serious Departure In Lucasfilm’s Process, Find Out How

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star wars rebelsIf you’ve been paying attention, you know that the recently launched animated series Star Wars Rebels, which begins it proper television run later tonight on Disney XD, is just the first piece in a massive expansion of the Star Wars universe. The now Disney-owned Lucasfilm is taking the Marvel approach, crafting an expansive picture where everything is connected. We’ve heard various ways that Rebels will link up to movies like J.J. Abrams Star Wars: Episode VII, and the way they’re going about this continues to become more and more clear.

Executive producer and showrunner Dave Filoni recently talked about the series and the ever-expanding universe with SFGate. Venturing back to this world for the first time since The Clone Wars, which he also worked on, he says, “There were certain things we needed to get right.” This trickles all the way down to even the music, which they certainly get right in Rebels, using John Williams’ iconic score to create a tone and feel that has that distinct Star Wars flair.

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Saturday Night Live Hilariously Spoofs YA Dystopian Thrillers

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I find Saturday Night Live amusing about as often as I find million-dollar checks inside my pockets, but this weekend saw the cast and guest host Bill Hader perform a superb send-up of the entire dystopian YA film genre. Granted, none of the jokes and jabs were spotless examples of genius, but it’s easy to keep things goofily generic when The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner are two of the biggest comedic targets. This is The Group Hopper, and he’s about to start hopping from group to group.

In the faux trailer seen above, comedian Pete Davidson plays a knock off of The Maze Runner‘s Thomas, riding in an elevator to Gray World, a metal field surrounded by walls which are themselves surrounded by death fires. The greatest part of this trailer is the abundance of world-specific slang terms. Such as when the one guy tells the main guy that the field is where “the sameys stay until the groupers pass them on to the sorties for sorting.” Plus, you can only kill a lurkie with a zoomerang. But who are we to say that the future won’t indeed introduce useless new words to the post-apocalyptic lexicon?

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Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: Week of October 13, 2014

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As much as we love science fiction on TV, on the big screen, on the comics page, and in video game form, there’s just something irreplaceable about digging into a good book. There’s no shortage of new sci-fi adventures hitting shelves on a regular basis, but GFR is your one-stop shop to keep up with what’s hitting shelves in a given week. Here’s what’s new on the Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf!

BlackStars“The Black Stars” by Dan Krokos

Mason Stark has a problem with minding his own business. This worked to his advantage when he helped bring peace between humans and the alien Tremist. He’s now considered an intergalactic hero, but that hasn’t made school any easier. With his new reputation, any bully with something to prove wants to fight him.

With the new peace treaty on shaky ground, Mason is called upon to infiltrate the Tremist school for soldiers. Mason’s bound to find trouble, especially now that he has the power to channel electricity through his Tremist gloves, but when his new classmates begin to disappear under mysterious circumstances, trouble might find him first. The Tremist are working on a secret project, but what Mason discovers goes beyond that, to an ancient, powerful enemy.

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John Cho Thinks A Roberto Orci-Directed Star Trek 3 Will Blow You Away

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STAR TREKFor all the recent talk surrounding Star Trek 3, there’s still no official word on who will direct the first post-J.J. Abrams installment in the rebooted franchise. Most of us expect it to be Roberto Orci. The writer and producer of the earlier films has long been linked to the job, and is obviously working on the film in some capacity, even though this would mark his first time in the director’s chair, in any director’s chair. One star, John Cho, shares this stance, and not only expects Orci to helm the picture, but also to do a bang up job.

Cho, as you’re probably well aware, plays Hikaru Sulu in the new films, taking over the role from his predecessor George Takei. The actor, who co-stars the new ABC sitcom Selfie with Doctor Who alum (and Guardians of the Galaxy star) Karen Gillan, did an AMA session on Reddit recently, and the subject of Orci came up.

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This Is How The Maze Runner Should Have Ended, With A Singing Griever

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As far as modestly budgeted YA sci-fi goes, Wes Ball’s The Maze Runner was a surprisingly exciting trip into a secluded and mysterious world. Still, it wasn’t perfect, and by the time the credits rolled, the curious part of the brain immediately went to work picking apart the most thinly conceived bits of the film. The following video created by the guys at How It Should Have Ended delves into an easy fix to make The Maze Runner a much shorter film. Obviously some SPOILERS abound.

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The Walking Dead Previews Look Ahead To Games, New Characters, And Trouble

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After season 4 of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead wrapped up on a massive cliffhanger, fans spent the ensuing months on the edge of their seats, waiting to see what happens next.. Last night that tension was finally unleashed in the form of a bloody, brutal, action heavy season 5 premiere, “No Sanctuary.” In the wake of those events there’s a lot to chew on, and the network released two new looks at next week’s episode, “Strangers,” a couple behind the scenes peeks at the debut, as well as two surprising scenes from last night.

The first promo is the one that was tacked onto the end of the episode as it aired and gives you a look at the action from next week in a standard fashion. Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) is still talking about getting to Washington DC, you get your first glimpse at another new character, Seth Gilliam’s Father Gabriel Stokes, who fans of Robert Kirkman’s comics know well, and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) tells Carl (Chandler Riggs) to never let his guard down. Sound advice after what they just experienced at Terminus.