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Watch The Doctor Meet Santa Claus In This Doctor Who Christmas Special Clip

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It’s truly a magical time of the year for Whovians everywhere, as we’re only ten days away from the latest of Doctor Who’s annual Christmas specials. And if you just can’t wait, if you need a fix from the long running sci-fi adventure, like bad, here is an explosive (sorry, had to be done) new clip from the upcoming episode.

Ominously titled “The Last Christmas,” this installment promises to be a doozy for a variety of reasons. First, it features none other than the big guy himself, Santa Claus, played by general awesome dude, and frequent Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg collaborator, Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End). That alone makes for a rad way to celebrate Christmas and is enough to entice many viewers, but this is the episode that we’ve been told will reveal the ultimate fate of the Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) latest travelling companion, Clara (Jenna Louise Coleman).

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The Search For A Star Trek 3 Director Is Targeting These Five People

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Trek3It was an extremely controversial decision when Paramount gave Roberto Orci the director’s chair for the upcoming Star Trek 3. But it was nevertheless a genuine shock when the news broke recently that Orci would no longer be helming the sequel. With Orci sidelined, who would take up the baton to get the next Trek sequel across the finish line, ideally in time for a 2016 release timed to the franchise’s 50th anniversary? Apparently Paramount’s shortlist is now down to five potential directors: Rupert Wyatt, Morten Tyldum, Daniel Espinosa, Justin Lin, and Duncan Jones.

The names come from Deadline, who report that Rupert Wyatt is currently Paramount’s top choice, and that they have already taken meetings with him about the possibility. This wouldn’t be the first time Wyatt got to play in a beloved science fiction sandbox — he directed 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a flick that surprised many by proving to be far better than anybody had reason to expect from an Apes resurrection at this point. It was followed up by this past summer’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matt Reeves, and the revived franchise is set to continue in a third film in 2016. Wyatt is a solid choice, if not an inspired one, but nor would he likely be a controversial hire, which might work as an olive branch to lure back Trek fans riled up by J.J. Abrams’ brand of Trek.

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Is The Walking Dead Getting Rid Of This Divisive Character?

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The Walking DeadOn AMC’s The Walking Dead, the character of Carl, played by Chandler Riggs, is hugely divisive among fans. We even included the son of protagonist Rick Grimes on our list of annoying sci-fi characters we would like to see die on screen. I’m of the camp that he’s in the process of becoming a solid character (the same can be said about most of the cast members), but in Robert Kirkman’s comics that serve as the source material, this isn’t as big an issue, he’s a little borderline sociopathic badass. But this is The Walking Dead we’re talking about, and no one lives forever, and the reveal of a few upcoming covers have people speculating on Carl’s future in the comics.

There are SPOILERS beyond here for those of you not current on The Walking Dead comics. Just a warning.

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The Visit Trailer Presents A Wholly Unique Take On The Alien Invasion

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Science fiction isn’t always the first thing that springs to mind when you think of the Sundance Film Festival, but mixed in the indie coming of age dramedies and non-mainstream fare, there’s always at least a couple of interesting genre offerings, like The Signal and I Origins last year. For instance, in 2015 the adaptation of the post-apocalyptic novel Z for Zachariah will have it’s premiere in Park City. Michael Madsen’s—not the Michael Madsen you know from Quentin Tarantino movies—sort of alien invasion documentary, The Visit, will also debut at the fest, and has dropped this tense new trailer.

The speculative documentary approach makes sense for Madsen, who is primarily known for his nonfiction work like Into Eternity: A Film from the Future and The Average of the Average. From what we gather, this isn’t quite fiction but isn’t quite documentary, toeing the line between the two, presenting the idea of a hypothetical alien invasion and asking whether or not the people of Earth are prepared for such a thing.

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This Jupiter Ascending TV Spot Highlights The WTF Nature Of The Wachowski’s Latest

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Since The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 hit theaters a few weeks ago, there’s not much in the way of new sci-fi coming to movie theaters for the remainder of the year as studios are more interested in getting their awards contenders qualifying runs. Fortunately for us, we won’t have to venture too far into 2015 before we get more genre fare. The Spierig Brothers’ Predestination hits January 9 (and you should all go see it), and after being delayed multiple times, the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending drops shortly after on February 6. The film looks absolutely bonkers, and this new extended TV spot only drives that point home.

This is basically a condensed version of the trailers we’ve already seen, and it lays out the general story. Earth is not the birthplace of the human race, and there are various intergalactic corporate interests with interest an eye on the planet. It also happens that Jupiter (Mila Kunis), a lowly cleaning woman, has the exact same genetic profile as the Queen of the Universe, which means she’s the reincarnated ruler of everything. You can imagine this comes as quite a shock. There are, of course, those who don’t want her to show up and take control, like Balem (a batshit crazy overacting Eddie Redmayne), but lucky for her, there’s an albino wolf/man hybrid soldier, Caine (Channing Tatum), who has taken a shine to Jupiter and protects her using his handy dandy rocket boots. Told you it was nuts.

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The Origins Of Demolition Man’s 3 Seashells Revealed

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Demolition ManSylvester Stallone’s 1993 dystopian sci-fi actioner Demolition Man is one of my all time favorite movies. No joke, in grad school I wrote a lengthy paper about it. (And it predicted Arnold Schwarzenegger’s political career. Sure, he didn’t become president, but governor of California is nothing to sneeze at.) It’s simultaneously futuristic, but also a definite artifact of the 1990s. One of the pieces of the film that most people seem to cling to involves the futuristic method of going to the bathroom. Instead of using squares of toilet paper to clean yourself up, like we do now, there are three seashells. How that works remains a mystery, but now we know how this peculiar piece of science fiction came to be.

As a quick refresher, Demolition Man follows the exploits of John Spartan (Stallone), a cop who, framed for murder by his nemesis, super criminal Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes in awesome stripped spandex pants), is frozen cryogenically as punishment. When Phoenix escapes into a peaceful future ill equipped to cope with his particularly vicious brand of crime—no one swears, fights, swears, fucks, or, again, uses toilet paper—Sandra Bullock thaws Spartan and all hell breaks loose.