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Cross The Streams: Celebrate Thanksgiving With MST3K, Grabbers, And Vanishing Waves

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Gobble gobble gobble, streamers. Gobble, gobble gobbly gobble gobbling gobble Thanksgiving. Gobble gobble yam bikini. Gobble, this week’s Cross the Streams.

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beginning of the End (Netflix Instant)
If you’re hanging out with friends and family for the holidays, you’re going to be catching up on stories, eating meals, and watching sports. But if you need something to put on in the background, you’ll never go wrong with MST3K, and it won’t be long before everyone is watching intently, laughing like turkey-stuffed hyenas. Not only is there this “grasshoppers taking over the world” classic, but you can now also find the “giant turtle against a monster” gem Gamera vs. Guiron. And the genetically engineered sea creature thriller Devilfish. It’s a cornucopia of laughs and robots.

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Francis Lawrence On The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

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MockingjayREAD WITH CAUTION. SPOILERS FOR MOCKINGJAY AND CATCHING FIRE BELOW!

Now that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is in theaters, it’s time to look forward to its follow-up, Mockingjay. The final installment in Suzanne Collins’ extremely popular book and film series is currently in production in North Carolina. Mockingjay will be split into two parts to get as much of the book on the screen as possible, so Lionsgate can have another giant blockbuster on their hands. While Catching Fire was the start of the revolution, Mockingjay will reveal change is just over the horizon for Panem.

The reasons why Catching Fire was a bigger hit than its predecessor are the rising star of Jennifer Lawrence and the addition of the series’ new director, Francis Lawrence (no relation). Lawrence gave the series more weight and did away with the annoying presence of shaky cam. In an interview with Wired, Mockingjay‘s director opens up about the film’s psychological damage to its characters. Lawrence says:

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Star Wars Open-World Game Rumored To Be In The Works From EA

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Coruscant_at_nightIn the months after Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, it was pretty much a given that the Mouse House would have huge plans for their newest member of its family. The announcement of a new trilogy, plus other Star Wars spinoff movies, has us cautiously excited, and we’ve already seen other new SW projects announced, such as the Star Wars: Rebels animated series. One area where there’s been as much bad news as good, however, is in the arena of Star Wars video games, most notably with the closing of LucasArts. Now it looks like that might be changing, thanks to new details about a very intriguing project in the works at EA Canada.

As often happens in the world of gaming, this latest rumor can be traced back to a job posting. The heading for that listing says that EA Canada is looking to hire an animation director for a Star Wars project. But things get really interesting in the body of the listing itself. “EA Canada is looking for an experienced Animation director to help define and deliver on the vision for a major new next gen open world action game.”

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Zombieland Pilot’s Young Star Wrote And Produced An Anti-Bullying Short

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zombieland the seriesWhile this story isn’t really steeped in science fiction, or even tiptoeing in it, it’s winter weather during Thanksgiving, so our Giant Freakin’ Robot hearts are warming up to things that have a good message behind them, free from alien tyranny. You may recall the shoddy Amazon pilot for Zombieland that didn’t go beyond the single episode. Izabela Vidovic, the young girl who played Little Rock, wrote and produced the upcoming short film Because These Kids Are…, which shines a light on the problems that bullying causes with a unique way of tackling the issue.

Directed by Brian Patrick McGuire, the short follows Vidovic’s Kat, who watches a group of children hassle a young boy. Rather than run over and interject herself into their argument, she is inspired to draw the situation, which apparently makes the bully think twice about what he’s doing. Or maybe he beats her up and steals it. I can’t tell because it’s not out yet.

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Helix’s Season One Trailer Isn’t As Infectious As Its Central Threat

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Here’s what troubles me about Syfy’s upcoming thriller Helix: it looks like a better-than-average Syfy Original movie. I know in my head that this Yahoo! trailer is just giving us an extended look at where the season is going without actually taking us there, but I can’t completely get my brain to believe that it isn’t just a quick version of Ice-Gator vs. CDC-Quake or something like that. I believe it will be better and less generic than it looks, but I also used to believe that Columbus discovered America. Lessons get learned.

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AMC’s Galyntine Sounds Like A Grittier Version Of Revolution

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new-amc-logo-something-moreWith the recently ended Breaking Bad, the Emmy Award-winning Mad Men, and, of course, the widely popular The Walking Dead, AMC has made its name as a home for quality television programming. The cable network is a bit light when it comes to science fiction, but that’s going to change in the upcoming years. While the network already had two SF series in development with Line of Sight and Joseph Kosinski’s Ballistic City, AMC recently ordered another series to fill that SF void.

According to Vulture, AMC has ordered a pilot for the sci-fi TV series Galyntine. The show is a post-apocalyptic take on a survival tale in a world without technology. From the official synopsis below, Galyntine sounds like it might be a darker and grittier version of NBC’s Revolution, with a bit of The Walking Dead thrown in for good measure.

Galyntine is a wholly-original vision rooted in a both fantasy/action adventure and science-fiction. Our pilot takes place at a time after a cataclysmic technology-induced disaster has resulted in a new society that has eschewed any form of technology. This catastrophic event leaves small numbers of survivors scattered around the planet and forced to adapt to isolation and unique challenges. Galyntine will explore a post-apocalyptic world in which humanity has evolved — with some strange detours. Galyntine is a man’s journey of discovery through a changed world and its mysterious people.