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See The Millennium Falcon’s First Close-Up Shot From The Force Awakens

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Part of the draw in watching tentpole flicks like the Fast & Furious franchise or James Bond and Batman films, is seeing how much more ridiculous and advanced the vehicles get in each successive feature. Star Wars fans, however, are much more likely to get excited when things stay almost exactly the same as they were. Exhibit A: The first close-up shot of the “new” Millennium Falcon for J.J. Abrams Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Bow down to its retro-future beauty.

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This Is What Ghostbusters 3 Could Have Been Like

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ghostbusters iiIn an annals of doomed films, any and all potential follow-ups to Ghostbusters II rank pretty high. From Dan Aykroyd’s “The Guys Go to Hell” plan to whatever other ideas Aykroyd tossed around in the last 20 years, none of the potential sequels ever got anyone excited enough to get moving, and thanks to the Sony hack, we now know what the last shot-down Ghostbusters 3 pitch was before Harold Ramis died, Ivan Reitman dropped out as director, and the entire thing got placed in Paul Feig’s hands.

Remember all that talk about this sequel having to do with the elder Ghostbusters passing on the proton beam torches to a younger squad of specter seekers? Thanks to ComicBookMovie, we now know who some of these new characters would have been and who the studio had in mind for each role. Of course, all of this is completely in the past now, as the email came well before the upcoming female-fronted revamp was in the works.

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The First Star Wars Spinoff May Focus On Han Solo And Star This Breaking Bad Vet

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Han SoloWith that trailer that dropped after Thanksgiving, not to mention the fact that the release date is now less than a year away, the majority of the attention paid to Star Wars is focused on The Force Awakens, understandably so. But there is, of course, a ton of other stuff happening in the ever expanding Star Wars universe. This latest report has to do with the first of the standalone films, and also happens to contradict some of what we have already heard.

We know that Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) will direct the first standalone film, but up to now we’ve generally heard that it will focus on fan-favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett. According to Making Star Wars and their sources, however, it might have closer ties to The Force Awakens than we thought, as Han Solo could be the protagonist. They also heard that Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul might be one of the leads. Paul is “looking to be attached” to the film, and that could mean anything from he’s talked to people about it to him just wanting to be in a Star Wars movie. Whatever the reality of the situation,itt sounds unlikely that this character is not the beloved scruffy-looking nerf herder.

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #3 Delivers A Blast From The Past

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Doctor WhoOf the various continuing Doctor Who titles that Titan Comics has going right now, The Twelfth Doctor is something of an anomaly. The others, the Tenth, Eleventh, and, soon, the Ninth Doctors, are all gone and the comics serve as a way for fans to continue to go on adventures with their favorite Time Lords. But Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is still going strong, and will be for some time now that we know both Capaldi and Jenna Louise Coleman will be back for season 9 of the long running sci-fi series. There’s no nostalgia to trade on here, and I won’t say it’s unnecessary, but as we look at issue #3, “The Swords of Kali,” it has a distinctly different feel than the others.

After battling and banishing the Hyperion in the last issue—signaling the new rise of a old foe of the Time Lords of Gallifrey, something that is sure to play a big role moving forward—the Doctor and Clara are off on a new adventure. This latest jaunt sees the duo bounce from 18th century India to 16th century Florence—where we learn the true origins of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa—back to India, but this time in the 2300s. You get vampiric monsters, road warrior murder cults, and badass amazon vigilantes, among other fun little bits and baubles. As the Doctor says, there’s “death, destruction, and timeless evil,” all of his favorite things.

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Watch Patrick Stewart Celebrate Christmas With The Most Absurd Hat Ever

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We know Christmas was two days ago, but, especially with a weekend right after, we’re all still in the shadow of the holiday, sort of working in the interim between the birth of Baby Jesus (and Sir Isaac Newton) and the start of the new calendar year. Christmas is the kind of holiday you can stretch out for as long as you want, and in that spirit, here is a video of Patrick Stewart wearing what is maybe the most ridiculous holiday hat you’ve ever seen. Enjoy.

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Rupert Wyatt Plans To Direct 10-Part Sci-Fi Series Echo Chamber

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Rupert WyattRupert Wyatt has directed Rise of the Planet of the Apes and was on the shortlist of directors to take over Star Trek 3 after Roberto Orci vacated the seat. While that last one didn’t pan out, going instead to Fast Five’s Justin Lin, Wyatt is sticking with sci-fi for his next project, an ambitious, ten-part series called Echo Chamber.

This has been in the works for some time, as it has been in development for five years, but things appear to have changed over time. The story follows a British soldier who goes undercover in the IRA, which, while it sounds promising, is hardly science fiction in any way. That said, it’s apparently evolved in the last few years, shifting from a true-life tale of bravery and heroism, to something with more of a genre bend. And we support that completely.