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These Interstellar Infographics Help Iron Out The Kinks In The Plot

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interstellarChristopher Nolan’s Interstellar may not be the massive, runaway hit that a lot of people expected it to be (it’s only earned $450 million dollars worldwide thus far and failed to win even a single week at the box office), but the intricate plot and time fluctuations have lead to a great deal of back and forth discussion, which is always entertaining. In case you, like many people, had trouble keeping the timelines straight, a couple of new infographics have popped up online to set things straight.

Just a heads up, if you haven’t seen Interstellar there are spoilers to be found ahead. Then again, one of these images comes with its very own spoiler warning, so you get a two-fer.

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The Star Wars Opening Crawl Originally Said This

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Star WarsIt’s one of the most iconic moments in science fiction cinema, that black screen with the blue words “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” and then the Star Wars logo pulls back and we get the opening crawl of A New Hope. A move lifted from the serials of George Lucas’ youth that inspired the films, it’s been aped and spoofed, but it’s also synonymous with the beloved space opera. And it was almost very different.

What appears in the original 1977 film is the product of Lucas and Brian De Palma, who helped edit down the initial text some. Over at Imugr there is a collection of rare and behind the scenes Star Wars photos, and one of them shows a page of the original script with the first attempt at the crawl. Read it for yourself here:

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Jekyll And Hyde Are Coming To TV In A Big Way, Get The Details

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jekyll and hydeWith Universal Pictures’ upcoming shared universe of movie monsters — albeit one that will substitute horror for action — you might think your future’s creature quota had been fulfilled. But now the U.K. network ITV has put into development a series loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and it will include a smorgasbord of other spooky characters and monsters. The fact that British people are behind this makes me 100% more excited about this than if it had been birthed at Fox or CBS.

Here’s how this particular bit of madness will go. Thankfully not set in modern times, Jekyll & Hyde will take place in 1930s London, during the heyday of Hollywood and monster movies. Robert Jekyll, grandson of the original doctor, is a troubled (but attractive, of course) guy who goes on a personal quest to discover the secret behind his family’s history. He’s being controlled by medication from one Dr. Vishal Najaran, but there are apparently going to be times of major anger and stress when the meds stop working and the evil Hyde persona takes over, putting everyone in danger.

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The First Star Wars Spinoff May Be Full Of These Nefarious Characters

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star wars bounty huntersWe know there are standalone Star Wars spinoffs coming, we know when, and we know, at least in part, some of the people who will be involved. Aside from that, however, we’re as in the dark as we are about The Force Awakens. Gareth Edwards will direct the first film, with Gary Whitta handling the scripting duties, and while we’ve heard rumblings about the story, now we’ve heard some new potential details. If nothing else, it feels good to talk Star Wars that has nothing to do with the upcoming trailer.

As usual, possible SPOILERS lurk beyond this point, so tread cautiously. And these are far from official, so make sure that if you do read on, take what you find here with a grain of salt.

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The Walking Dead Bows Out And Helix Marathons Season 1: This Week’s TV Picks

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With Turkey Day nearly upon us, it’s not a hugely eventful week on the TV front. But if you’re going to be traveling this weekend, remember to set the DVR, because AMC’s The Walking Dead will be airing its midseason finale this coming Sunday with an episode called “Coda.” Unsurprisingly, the official synopsis isn’t exactly brimming with details:

Rick seeks a peaceful agreement when rules and morals are tossed aside by new enemies.

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Brad Pitt Teams Up With Robopocalypse Author For This New Thriller

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brad pitt world war zAs one of the biggest stars on the planet, Brad Pitt long ago gave up doing projects merely for the money, choosing to point his career in whatever direction he wants. Now he and his production company, Plan B, are aiming it back at sci-fi for the thriller Alpha, written by Robopocalypse author Daniel H. Wilson. A match made in future-heaven.

Lionsgate acquired the rights to Alpha, which Pitt produce, though he hasn’t made any move to jump into a starring role just yet. Which is okay, since we really aren’t sure what Alpha is going to be about at the moment. According to THR, the film is a “sci-fi survival story that has shades of Jack London,” who wrote The Call of the Wild and White Fang. I’d be okay with a version of The Grey where the wolf is some kind of an alien monster instead. Any story that presents a science fiction angle where it normally isn’t seen, I’m behind.