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Snowpiercer Will Plow Through Your Blu-ray Player With Awesomeness This October

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snowpiercerIt’s comforting that, despite Snowpiercer‘s awkward, bumbling train ride to theaters, the film is making its way to Blu-ray and DVD without a lot of fanfare or controversy. (Unless maybe your local Best Buy is only releasing it on days that begin with “S” or something.) Anchor Bay Entertainment and Radius have put together a solid package worthy of the dark spectacle that is Snowpiercer, with nary a Weinstein in sight.

The Snowpiercer Blu-ray/DVD hits store shelves on October 21 as a two-disc set with an assortment of special features to make the end of the world seem that much more enjoyable. (Though really, there are never enough features for a visually stunning movie like this.) The first disc obviously contains the film in gorgeous high definition, and though director Bong Joon-ho isn’t around for a South Korean commentary track, there is a special Critics’ Commentary with famed genre critic and former FEARNet.com mainstay Scott Weinberg. It’s almost always interesting to hear critics talk about films, as they tend to bring more joy to the proceedings than, say, a more fact-based track from a film historian would.

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Was George R.R. Martin Partly Responsible For Chewbacca’s Iconic Look?

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chewbaccaI’ll never understand why people are shocked when they find out one of their favorite things is just a slight rip off of something that came before. That’s how the world works, usually. And when that world is George Lucas’ Star Wars, it should surprise people even less. Stories have been circulating for years about how Chewbacca’s iconic design may have been inspired by a George R.R. Martin short story published in a July 1975 issue of Analog magazine. And it looks like those stories were right, at least in part.

When the brilliant artist Ralph McQuarrie first began designing Chewbacca, he looked like a bug-eyed alien that came from a planet populated by Salem’s Lot vampires, with a mouth perpetually open in shock. As McQuarrie put it, “George said he wanted Chewbacca to look like a lemur, so he had great big limpid eyes in some of my early sketches.”

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Doctor Who May Reference An Obscure Who Comics Character In Upcoming Episode

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DalekBoomLike most of the big science fiction franchises, Doctor Who has been spinning tales of its characters across various media for decades now. If you craved more Doctor Who than the BBC had to offer in any given year, you could dive deep into comics, novels, audio dramas, and the like, and you wouldn’t have to come up for air for quite some time. But, just like the secondaryh media arms of Star Trek and Star Wars, it varies whether those stories actually count as canon. Well, now it looks like a fan favorite from the comics may be putting in a small appearance in its parent TV series.

SPOILERS FOR UPCOMING DOCTOR WHO AFTER THE JUMP!

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Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation Builds A Creepy Ambiance

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annihilationI’m counting down the days until Acceptance, Jeff Vandermeer’s third and final installment of the Southern Reach Trilogy, gets released. After realizing that there are 13 people ahead of me in the queue to reserve at at the public library, I just bought it on my Kindle, where it will be delivered in just five days. I’m so psyched for Acceptance because of the series’ first book, Annihilation, and despite the series’ second, Authority.

I found the sequel to be quite slow compared to the first — at least, up until the very end — largely because it hinged on a protagonist I never ended up caring much about and some of the events seemed a little over the top, more ridiculous than scary. But Annihilation is so powerfully creepy in all the right ways that, despite my disappointment in the sequel, I’ll soon drop off the face of the Earth for however long it takes me to finish the final book. If it’s anything like Annihilation, which is like crack on the page, it won’t take very long.

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Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle Casts Luke Kleintank As Its Lead

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Luke KleintankLegendary sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick’s work has been a frequent visitor to the big screen, with movies like Blade Runner, both Total Recalls, and The Adjustment Bureau, among others, but he hasn’t been as large a presence on the small screen. Sure, there was Total Recall 2070 in the late 1990s, but beyond that there hasn’t been much. That is, however, about to change. Steven Spielberg working on a Minority Report series (though that seems more based on his own movie than Dick’s work), and Amazon has just cast the first actor in their upcoming adaptation of Dick’s The Man in the High Castle.

Deadline reports that Luke Kleintank has signed on to take the lead role in the online retail giant’s latest stab at producing episodic television. He may not be a huge star, but this project does have some star power behind it, as Ridley Scott is producing. Kleintank is most known for his stints on Fox’s Bones and on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, but has also done time on multiple CSIs, Gossip Girl, and The Young and the Restless.

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Doctor Who And Next Generation Casts Compete For Selfie Supremacy

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Karen Gillan is following up her stint as Doctor Who companion Amy Pond by slipping into an American accent for the upcoming ABC sitcom Selfie (which is a modern spin on My Fair Lady for our social media-obsessed age). So what better way to help promote a show called Selfie than with, well, a selfie? The setting: Wizard World Chicago. The participants: Gillan, former Who lead Matt Smith, and Blastr journalist/instigator Aaron Sagers. The result:

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