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The Maze Runner Reveals Three Puzzling TV Spots And A Pushy New Clip

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Adaptations of young adult novels are obviously big business, and since San Diego Comic-Con last month, 20th Century Fox has been building steam behind their upcoming dystopian sci-fi joint The Maze Runner, based on James Dashner’s best-selling book of the same name. Now that we’re just over a month away from the release (which was pushed back from February of this year), they’ve started to step things up, and we now have three new TV spots and a new clip.

This first video gives you all of the pertinent information. There’s a place called the Glade, it’s enclosed by high concrete walls that open every morning to reveal an ever changing maze, and no one knows who they are, why they’re here, or anything about the outside world. When a new boy named Thomas (Teen Wolf’s Dylan O’Brien) shows ups, it signals great changes in both their situation and their approach to finding a way out.

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The Sci-Fi Expendables: We Recruit The Ultimate Team Of SF Badasses

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Sly Stallone and damn near every other aging action star on the planet took to the big screen again this past weekend in The Expendables 3. We can take that franchise or leave it, but we do have to admit we love the concept of uniting a team of utter badasses from assorted franchises we know and love (or love to hate). So let’s eject Stallone, Statham, and the rest and instead assemble the ultimate Sci-Fi Expendables team, the first and only people you need to call if you need some dirty deeds done right (but not dirt cheap). The GFR team put our heads together to figure out who should make the team, and after some arguing, a lot of swearing, and one really undignified slap-fight, we came up with 16 candidates…the same number of folks on the Expendables 3 poster. Here’s who made the cut.

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When you first met Sarah Connor, she was a meek, mild-mannered waitress just sort of floating aimlessly through her life. Encounters with a vicious, single-minded cyborg from the future, sent back to hunt you down so your son is never born, have a way of changing that. Over the course of the first two movies in the Terminator movies, Sarah transforms into a serious action star, teaching herself all manner of combat and survival skills, actively seeking out any and all knowledge that might help her in her one-woman war against Cyberdyne Systems and a future ruled by human-hunting machines. Basically, she’s a perfect addition to your team of mercs, and will always be working to improve her already ample skill set and add to the team.

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Dune Was So Confusing To 1984 Audiences Universal Handed Out Cheat Sheets

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DuneMany, if not most, of you out there have read Frank Herbert’s classic Dune, or are at least familiar with the sprawling universe he created over the course of numerous novels (a mantle his son Brian Herbert has picked up). We’re talking about a big ass book. There’s a lot going on, and there’s a lot left out of David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation, a film that is both revered and reviled in seemingly equal measure (and we’re left to wonder what could have been with legendary maverick filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s version that never materialized). Because of the extensive mythology and history that Herbert created, the studio was afraid that audiences wouldn’t understand what the hell was going on, so they created cheat sheets for the movie.

For a crib sheet, this is rather extensive; two sides totally means business. Not to mention there’s a great deal of writing, much of which is very, very small, that Universal wanted to the audience to study in a dark movie theater. That’s especially tough when the background makes it even more difficult to read. This doesn’t sound like it would be all that practical.

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Doctor Who Reveals The Writers, Directors, And Titles Of Every Season 8 Episode

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CapaldiWe’re officially less than a week away from new episodes of Doctor Who. Season 8 kicks off this Saturday, August 23, and there is sure to be many interesting things afoot over the course of the next dozen installments. Not only do we get our first proper introduction to Peter Capaldi’s version of the Time Lord, but if the report we heard yesterday is true, they will very likely be looking for a new companion to replace the departing Jenna-Louise Coleman, who will leave after the Christmas special. With so little time left until the season 8 premiere, the BBC has released a list of the writers, directors, and titles for each of the upcoming episodes.

Here’s the full list for your perusal, make of it what you will:

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Doctor Who Is Back With A Brand-New Time Lord: This Week’s TV Picks

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DeepBreathAfter a long wait since last Christmas’ Time of the Doctor, our favorite time lord finally returns for a new season…and a new Doctor. After two young and quirky Doctors in the forms of David Tennant and Matt Smith, respectively, actor Peter Capaldi is set to play a Doctor who’s showing his years more, and who is a bit darker than his earlier selves. Don’t expect any flirtation between him and companion Clara. Hell, she’s not even sure he’s “a good man” anymore.

Naturally, BBC America is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the Doctor’s return, starting today with a reairing of the Doctors Revisited specials, a marathon of episodes, and a new special entitled The Ultimate Time Lord premiering tonight at 10/9c. The Who marathon will run all week, leading up to the season premiere Saturday night at 8/7c. They’ve even got both a pre-show and an after-show sandwiching the actual episode.

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Star Wars Rebels Short Attacks The Empire With Art And Explosions

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Last week, amidst the deluge of Star Wars: Episode VII rumors that sprouted up online, Lucasfilm dropped a new short film for Star Wars Rebels. The upcoming animated series is going to be the first new addition to the canon since the Disney buy out, and considering some of the reports we heard, is sounds like the links between the show and the impending films will be as strong as we’ve been told. To follow that up, today they’re back with another new short, titled “Art Attack.”

The first offering focuses primarily on Chopper, the sassy little astromech droid very much in the R2-D2 vein. Hera and Kanan show up, but it’s Chopper’s show all the way. This latest video focuses on another member of the team, the Mandalorian called Sabine. Given this approach, you have to wonder if, building up towards the October release, we’re going to get a new short that highlights each member of the main Rebels team.