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How The Phantom Menace Should Have Ended (And Yes, Jar Jar Dies)

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The team behind the parody-minded YouTube channel How It Should Have Ended have been cranking out their humorous versions of hindsight editing for almost seven years now. Long-time viewers will notice that their videos are more assuredly animated now, with tighter scripts and longer runtimes. But they’ve still somehow never tackled one of the most notorious films in existence: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Until now, that is. To make up for the long wait, they don’t just offer one alternate ending, but two. I’d actually forgotten exactly how the film actually concludes, but this video reminded me of that pain. I’d have written this a little earlier, but it took another half-hour to calm the suicidal urges that the memory provoked.

The video starts in what is possibly the smartest way any video has started in the history of video starts: Qui-Gon Jinn first tries to get rid of the bastard devil that is Jar Jar Binks through words. When Jar Jar refuses to leave willingly, Qui-Gon just uses his light saber to reflect a bunch of lasers into Jar Jar’s stupid mortal body. I’d actually pay money to see this movie in theaters again if this scene was inserted into the final cut.

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Walkers, Clones, And Cosmos: What To Look Forward To In Spring Sci-Fi TV

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WDeadThe Walking Dead (AMC, Feb. 9)
When AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead returns for the second half of its fourth season, the series may be in as good a spot as it’s ever been. The first portion of the year wasn’t spectacular, but with the exception of those standalone Governor episodes, and the flu story that went on for far too long, it’s been solid, and more importantly consistent.

After the kerfuffle at the prison left the group beaten, bloody, splintered, and down a few key members, The Walking Dead is poised to get into some meaty storylines. From the addition of new cast members, as well as what producers have said, it looks like we’re going to be following the arc from Robert Kirkman’s comics as close as we ever have. Scattered to the wind as they are, each splinter of survivors will have their own weight to bear. Carl (Chandler Riggs) is going to have to take care of his father Rick (Andrew Lincoln), who is in even worse shape, mentally and physically, than usual. I really, really, really hope they stay away from the whole dead wife on the phone thing from the comics. They tried that, and it failed miserably. Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Beth (Emily Kinney) gave to cope with not only the loss of their father, but watching him get beheaded. We’ll see if Glenn (Steven Yeun) can help, or if he’ll fall to pieces, too. Michonne (Danai Gurira), well, it looks like she’s going to be alone, again, hacking zombies apart with her katana, you know, the usual.

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Hasbro Launches The First Transformers: Age Of Extinction Toys

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Prime!Yesterday, we got our first look at Michael Bay’s newest film Transformers: Age of Extinction during Super Bowl XLVIII. While the Big Game and a majority of its commercials were lackluster and dull, it’s safe to say that Transformers won the day, in terms of movie teasers. We got a first look at Optimus Prime, Megatron, and, of course, the Dinobots. Now that the first footage of Age of Extinction has aired, Hasbro has launched the movie’s toy line.

The images below feature the new and improved Optimus Prime as both a semi-truck and a fully loaded robot. The toy comes equipped with a sword and shield, while it also looks like the Autobots’ leader might have an axe as well. With only four months until Age of Extinction storms theaters, it’s only going to be a matter of time before Hasbro releases other pieces of the product line.

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Ben Wheatley Calls Peter Capaldi A Return To A Darker Doctor Who

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CapaldiFeatWhen Peter Capaldi begins his reign as Doctor Who (we know he’s already made his first appearance, but we’re talking about when he really gets going, when season eight kicks off later this year), there are going to be some big changes. Matt Smith’s eleventh Time Lord is often thought of as a living cartoon, and Capaldi promises to be a much darker incarnation. Ben Wheatley, most known for his twisted, genre-bending films like Kill List, Sightseers, and A Field in England, will helm the first two episodes. He’s also set to direct an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s surrealist dystopian novel High Rise.

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40 Villainous Hideouts In One Convenient Infographic

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Which Villain Has The Best Hideout?
Bad guys always have the coolest stuff. That’s just a well known fact. We don’t necessarily want to be them, because, you know, they’re evil and all of that. They’re usually trying to do terrible things, kill lots of people, take over the universe, or just do a bunch of unsavory stuff. But at the same time we root against them, there’s a part of us that always feels a little twinge of jealousy. They get to wear black, all their toys cool and sinister, and, perhaps most importantly, they have the best hideouts. The Bat Cave is, admittedly, pretty sweet, but the Fortress of Solitude? That shit is just cold. This new infographic charts some of the all time great villainous lairs from movies and television.

All told, there are 40 of the most iconic dens, haunts, and hangouts where nefarious evildoers hang their hats. There are some recent additions, like Candyland, the plantation in Django Unchained, as well as classics like the Bates Motel from Psycho. Being that our focus here is on the science fiction side of things, you’ll be happy to note that the genre is well represented. After all, sci-fi villains tend to hang out in spooky, awesome places.

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RoboCop’s Joel Kinnaman Talks PG-13 Violence (Plus, Sample The Film’s Score)

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RoboCopThe RoboCop remake is only two weeks away. It’s been more than 20 years since a new RoboCop movie has been in theaters, so a whole new generation of fans can discover the character. While it’s unlikely that the remake will be better than the original 1987 film, let’s just hope that the new movie will be better than the sequels. One thing it won’t be able to compete at is the R-rated violence of Paul Verhoeven’s film. The brand-new Officer Murphy, actor Joel Kinnaman, recently discussed the remake’s PG-13 violence during an interview with Collider. Kinnaman spoke about how the tone of the film is darker than you’d expect from a PG-13 action movie, even comparing the remake’s tone to The Dark Knight. Kinnaman said:

“I didn’t really know that The Dark Knight was PG-13 as well, I didn’t know what you could get away with with PG-13…. after seeing what we got away with with PG-13 that battle became quite irrelevant. And the original RoboCop by Verhoeven, he has a very specific idea when it comes to violence and how you portray violence. I mean, he grew up in the whirlpool of WWII and was very affected by that, and he had this idea that when you treat violence way over the top it becomes comedic.