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Dan Aykroyd Is Back With More Hypothetical Ghostbusters 3 Info

GB3Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! But they’re probably still waiting for a call on a rotary dial phone, since it feels like that long since rumors about Ghostbusters 3 started hitting the Internet. Dan Aykroyd believes in a bunch of weird shit, and the future existence of this long-awaited sequel is not the least of it.

He recently appeared on Larry King Live to promote other things, but Larry King — poor, beyond all realms of pop culture Larry King — posited the requisite question about the sequel, and Aykroyd gave his prepared speech, which covered the points below:

It’s based upon new research that’s being done in particle physics by the young people – the young men and women at Columbia University…Basically, there’s research being done that I can say that the world or the dimension that we live in – our four planes of existence: length, height, width and time – become threatened by some of the research that’s being done. And Ghostbusters – new Ghostbusters – have to come and solve the problem.

This is astounding…ly like everything we already know about the film. Not necessarily all the planes of existence involved, but at least we know now that new Ghostbusters are getting the job. Aykroyd also promised King a job, saying he can “comment on what’s happening in Manhattan up there at Morningside Heights. It’s going to be quite a spectacular scene once the stuff starts to break.” That sounds delightfully vague, but still gets a little bit of excitement brewing.

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Giant Freakin’ Convention Calendar: Week Of 5/20/13

ComicConWelcome to the Giant Freakin’ Convention Calendar! We’ll be your one-stop source for the science fiction/comic/etc. conventions happening during any given week. Let’s dive in!

  • Alabama Phoenix Festival — Birmingham, Alabama (5/24 – 5/26)
    Guests include Eureka’s Colin Ferguson, True Blood’s Janina Gavankar, and Ghostbusters’ Ernie Hudson.
  • Balticon 47 — Baltimore, MD (5/24 – 5/27)
    Guests include author Joe Haldeman.
  • Baycon — Santa Clara, CA (5/24 – 5/27)
    Guests include author Lois McMaster Bujold, artist Cliff Nielsen, and Veronica Belmont.
  • Brit Con — St. Louis Park, MN (5/24 – 5/26)
    A convention focused on celebrating British pop culture.
  • Comicpalooza — Houston, TX (5/24 – 5/26)
    Guests include Patrick Stewart, Armin Shimerman, Rene Auberjonois, Avery Brooks, Alan Dean Foster, and Chris Claremont.
  • Conduit 23 — Salt Lake City, UT (5/24 – 5/26)
  • ConQuest 44 — Kansas City, MO (5/24 – 5/26)
    Guests include George R.R. Martin.
  • Galacticon 3 — Houston, TX (5/23 – 5/26)
    Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the original Battlestar Galactica series, and the 10th anniversary of the Ron Moore Syfy reboot. Guests include Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Michael Hogan, Dirk Benedict, Richard Hatch, and more.
  • London MCM Expo — London (5/24 – 5/26)
    Guests include director Edgar Wright, Camilla Luddington (new voice of Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft), Falling Skies’ Sarah Carter and Drew Roy, Jane Espenson (Torchwood, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Mark Meer (male voice of Mass Effect’s Commander Shepard).
  • Media West*Con — Lansing, MI (5/24 – 5/27)
  • MisCon 27 — Missoula, MT (5/24 – 5/27)
    Guests include Jim Butcher.
  • Phoenix Comicon — Phoenix, AZ (5/23 – 5/26)
    This one has a huge celebration of Babylon 5’s 20th anniversary. Guests include creator J. Michael Straczynski, Mira Furlan, Bill Mumy, Tracy Scoggins, Pat Tallman, Jason Carter, Peter Jurasik, Jerry Doyle, Claudia Christian, Walter Koenig, Stephen Furst, Andrea Thompson, Robin Atkin Downes, and Julie Caitlin Brown.
  • Puerto Rico Comic Con — San Juan, Puerto Rico (5/25 – 5/26)
    Guests include Kevin Sorbo, David Finch, and Sara Jean Underwood.
  • Timegate — Atlanta, GA (5/24 – 5/26)
    Focused on Doctor Who. Guests include Sixth Doctor Colin Baker and author Jody Lynn Nye.
  • WisCon 37 — Madison, WI (5/24 – 5/27)
    A self-described “feminist science fiction convention.”
  • Wonder Northwest — Portland, OR (5/25 – 5/26)
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David Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Is Awash Once Again

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David Fincher and Terry Gilliam have a lot alike in that they’re both talented directors with signature styles that have led them to be well-loved among both the popular and cult crowds. Also, they both have a habit of getting attached to projects that take eons to come together. But Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem is well on its way to making people scratch their heads, while Fincher’s next project has met up with constant delays.

In case you still don’t know where this story is going, let’s be clear. Fincher’s upcoming (??) adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has hit yet another snag, though this one is tethered to the word “temporary.” Reportedly, the problem this time lies in Brad Pitt having passed on this project. And yeah, his absence would definitely kill certain projects, but he doesn’t necessarily scream “perfect Ned Land,” so there’s probably a wealth of actors out there able to fit the bill. But here come months of looking anyway.

The Australian government agreed on giving Disney over $21 million in tax breaks to guarantee the film get made in their country, which would aim to create more interest in the local businesses and could create up to 2,000 jobs in the community. I hope none of those guys bought anything on credit just yet.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks Star Trek Is Better Than Star Wars

Live Long & ProsperWorld-renowned astrophysicist and the director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium, Neil deGrasse Tyson has done a lot to make science exciting for kids and students. In pop culture, Tyson had a hand in finding Superman’s home planet of Krypton, and he weighed in on the actual weight of Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir. Now Tyson has now chimed in on the age-old question: which is better, Star Wars or Star Trek?

In an interview with Business Insider, Tyson explains why he’s a Trekkie, and why Star Wars never caught his attention. Tyson says, “I never got into Star Wars. Maybe because they made no attempt to portray real physics. At all!” Despite his love of Star Trek, the host of StarTalk Radio did compliment Star Wars for the planet Tatooine’s double suns:

I like the double star sunset scene (on Tatooine). Most stars you see in the night sky are double and triple stars, so that’s a very common thing we would expect in the universe. But, yeah… [as he displays the ‘Live long and prosper’ hand sign]”

Once he chose a franchise, he was then asked which Starfleet captain he preferred. Tyson picked William Shatner’s Captain Kirk, which is surprising because Tyson seems like a man of intellect, rather than a man of action. It just goes to show that Neil deGrasse Tyson is an old-school Star Trek fan. I wonder what he thinks about J.J. Abrams’ take on Star Trek.

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Patton Oswalt’s Star Wars Filibuster Gets Animated!

There are few comedians who work geek culture into their acts more than Patton Oswalt, and nobody does it better. His specials and sets give some hilarious takes on the Star Wars universe. But nothing, nothing, nothing will ever touch his 7 1/2-minute Parks and Recreation filibuster that envisions the most erratic and fucking amazing Star Wars: Episode VII ever conceived. I don’t usually need Greek gods and Iron Man in my space opera sci-fi, but I’ll take it and I’ll love it.

YouTube user iZacLess — who is actually visual effects artist Isaac Moores — put together the wonderful above animation, which gives nearly full life to every one of Oswalt’s whimsical franchise mash-’em-up ideas, from the scroll to the ridiculous amount of characters involved. Granted, most of this is just rudimentary Photoshopping and things of that nature, but an incredible amount of imagination went into the details, especially for something as silly as the “Jedi order.” This visual adventure featuring members of Marvel’s Avengers and X-Men, the gods from Clash and Wrath of the Titans, along with the usual gang of Hutts and Jedi. And it’s all probably easier to understand for people who aren’t familiar with these universes. But then, why would those people care enough to watch this?

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Godzilla Set Comes Complete With A Portable Smoke Machine

Up in Vancouver BC, they’re hard at work on the latest incarnation of everyone’s favorite giant, radioactive lizard, Godzilla. While we haven’t actually laid eyes on the metaphorical man himself, what we’ve seen so far indicates a heavy military presence. Which makes a certain amount of sense. The world doesn’t yet have the giant ass-kicking robot technology from Pacific Rim, so that leaves it up to the military to fend off any massive reptile threats we may encounter as a species.

This latest behind-the-scenes video from the set reinforces what we already knew. It’s mostly just guys in camouflage with M-16s piling out of transport vehicles, yelling, and running towards some sort of unseen threat. Given the circumstances, you can be forgiven for thinking they’re yelling at Godzilla as he stomps through a tall building. That would make us scream, or at least make some terror-related noise. It’s likely there would be some pants wetting involved as well.