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Star Trek/Planet Of The Apes Crossover Finally Makes A Monkey Out Of Kirk

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Apes1While inter-franchise crossover events might be rare when it comes to movies or television, they’re pretty common in the world of comic books. The crew of the Enterprise have been the subject of several of those crossovers over the years. And why not? They’ve been back in time, into other dimensions, and even to the center of the galaxy to find God, so why not warp into an entirely different universe now and then? We’ve seen comics team-ups between Star Trek and the X-Men, Star Trek and the Legion of Super-Heroes, even Star Trek and The Doctor. IDW Publishing and Boom! Studios are giving us one of the craziest Trek crossovers yet, and now we’ve got new details about the upcoming Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive. Yeah. They pretty much had to create this series just to get that title out there.

Also, I’m not sure if that’s supposed to be an ape-ified Kirk or just an ape in a Starfleet uniform up top, but if it is Kirk can we just take a moment to appreciate him finding yet another way to rip open his shirt?

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Lucasfilm & ILM Employees Take Sidewalk Chalk Art To The Next Level

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CalvinIf you were in San Francisco last week and sensed a great disturbance in the Force, don’t worry — it was probably just the Lucasfilm Sidewalk Art Festival. The event is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: an excuse for employees of Lucasfilm and ILM to deface the walkways of San Francisco’s Letterman Digital Arts Center, but in an awesome way. After all, how could you not love a competition that results in the above piece, ““Calvin and Hoth,” by the “Let’s Chalk About It” team? Apparently we aren’t the only ones who love it, as “Calvin and Hoth” won first prize in the competition.

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Firefly, Guardians Of The Galaxy, And Star Wars Get A Weapon-Friendly Lego Mash-Up

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Comic books are usually the places where mega-franchise crossovers happen, but every once in a while, the Lego world is a hot spot for hero worship. In the video above, three of cinema’s coolest space-faring adventurers have gathered together to talk about the proper way to handle enemy gunfire. (Or blaster-fire or whatever.) Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Star-Lord, Firefly‘s Captain Mal, and Star Wars‘ Han Solo are kicking back for some drinking and storytelling, with the conversation focused on one of the time-honored questions that good heroes always ask themselves: Is it better to shoot first or not?

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Comic Review: Roche Limit Excels At Down And Dirty Outer Space Crime Noir

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roche limitThe first two jobs of any comic series debut should be setting the readers up with a foundation for a compelling story and launching them into an engaging setting. With their sci-fi noir series Roche Limit, creators Michael Moreci and Vic Malhotra take us into outer space and inside the Roche Limit Colony, a utopia-turned-crime haven where an unlikely pair goes on the search for a missing woman. To me, it’s like Total Recall meets J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise, though that comparison may break down in future issues.

The story is set up with a rousing dialogue-box speech from eccentric billionaire Langford Skaargred, the man whose money and ideals put the Roche Limit Colony into existence. He wanted to extend our planet’s collective dream of the human race expanding into space. But his ambitious community, built on a dwarf planet set on the outside of a large energy anamoly in the Andromeda Galaxy, took barely any time to become the opposite of what Skaargred intended: a criminal den without any real rules limiting anyone’s behavior.

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A Bearded Jason Momoa Infects A Woman In Space For Eerie First Debug Preview

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In space, nothing can hear you scream. But what about explode into a huge mess of blood and guts? Can anybody hear that? That’s not necessarily the question at the heart of the upcoming thriller Debug, but it’s one I’ll ask anyway. Above is our first look at the film, directed by Stargate: Atlantis star David Hewlitt, and it eschews all the spoiler-heavy weight of theatrical trailers and just gives us the first three minutes of the film. And while not a lot happens here, it makes me far less cautious about this flick than I was before watching.

In the preview, actress Tenika Davis is seen via glitchy surveillance cameras in a small room, presumably aboard some kind of spacecraft. She somehow hacks her way out of there and enters a hallway without any clear indicators of where she’s going. (Can you imagine how much that electric bill would cost with all that hallway lighting?) She runs around in her underwear for a minute while lights begin shutting off, and it’s then she gets severely frightened of what ends up being Jason Momoa in a silver suit with a gray stripe in his hair. He says, “Let’s see what you’re made of,” and then does something bad to her.

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Dead Rising: Watchtower Finds Its Cast, And They’re More Familiar Than You’d Think

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dead rising 2While most sub-genres of movies see ebbs and flows as far as quality control goes, video game adaptations are almost exclusively ebbs, and some of the worst films ever made stem from such digital source material. Add the phrase “made for streaming” to the front of that description and it puts some truly heinous expectations in your mind. Luckily, Legendary Entertainment and Crackle’s upcoming feature Dead Rising: Watchtower has rounded up a solid cast to take charge against a growing zombie apocalypse, including Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas), Virginia Madsen (Witches of East End), Dennis Haysbert (The Unit), and Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time). You’re not in good hands, zombies. (Allstate joke.)

To be expected, Dead Rising: Watchtower takes its main cues form the video game by being set in a world where zombies run amok. The outbreak was supposed to be conquered by a mandatory government-provided vaccine, but that didn’t work, and it’s up to the four lead characters to stay healthy while trying to figure out how the undead plague started.