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Stargate Universe’s David Blue On What Happened To His Character After The Finale

For a long while there Stargate was having one hell of a run. I never really got into SG-1 or its spinoffs, but there’s no question than lasting through 14 years and three different series is quite an accomplishment for any science fiction property that doesn’t have “Trek” in its name. Sadly, the Stargate golden years wound to a close with the 2011 cancellation of Stargate Universe. While fans still hold out hope for a return to the Stargate universe, one of the show’s actors has shared his vision of what happened after Universe’s end credits rolled.

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR THE END OF STARGATE UNIVERSE

The end of Stargate Universe is one of those particularly painful ones for fans, seeing as how it ended on a cliffhanger that will likely never be resolved. The entire crew, aside from David Blue’s Eli, had taken shelter inside stasis pods as the Destiny’s life support systems were in danger of failing. Eli had only a few weeks at most to fix the one remaining broken pod before life support finally shut down entirely. In a new interview with Geek Nation, Blue revealed his own thoughts about what happened to Eli.

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Mila Kunis On The Wachowskis’ Sci-Fi Film, Jupiter Ascending

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After the crash and burn of the Wachowskis’ and German director Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas last year, it will be interesting to see if the sibling directors’ next film will get a warmer reception from audiences. There isn’t much known about their upcoming Jupiter Ascending, but from the film’s plot description, it sounds like it will be even more ambitious than Cloud Atlas.

In an interview with Collider, Mila Kunis talks about her training for Jupiter Ascending, which is nearing production. Here’s Kunis:

The movie that I’m doing, that’s following up [Oz the Great and Powerful], requires a lot more wire training than this one did, but at least this one prepped me for that. I love it! I will do and have done all my own stunts, as much as allotted.

What is that next film?
The Wachowski movie (Jupiter Ascending). That one requires a lot of wires. Everything seems to be wired. But, I haven’t started that yet. I start next week.

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Neal Stephenson’s Reamde Coming To TV

Neal Stephenson has been penning genre classics for decades now, including such landmark tomes as Snow Crash and The Diamond Age. Surprisingly, his bibliography has remained relatively untouched by Hollywood so far. There’s a supposed Snow Crash adaptation in development, but there’s no telling when/if that might find its way to the big screen. Fans of Stephenson may get to see his work arriving on the small screen in the not-too-distant future, however. His novel Reamde is being developed as a show for Fox TV Studios.

ReamdePublished in 2011, Reamde is a techno-thriller about a man who became ridiculously wealthy creating a MMORPG called “T’rain,” and a virus called “Reamde” that begins to infect it. Here’s how Deadline describes it: “Reamde kicks off with a kidnapping, triggering an attempt by family, friends and suspicious acquaintances to rescue the hostage who become ensnared in a worldwide techno-hunt.”

Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz will be overseeing the TV adaptation, with Chris writing and directing, and both brothers executive producing the show for Fox. I haven’t read the novel, so I’m not sure how much potential it has as a series. Even if I did I’d be moderating my expectations since Fox is involved, and they don’t have the greatest of histories when it comes to allowing science fiction series time enough to find their footing. Plus, the material sounds like the sort that might be a better fit on one of the cable networks like HBO or Starz. We’ll see.

If you’re read Reamde, sound off in the comments. Does it have the makings of a great TV series?

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The Matrix’s Wachowskis Sued For Alleged Copyright Infringement

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The first time I watched The Matrix, I was really blown away by how many ideas the Wachowskis threw into the slick martial arts extravaganza. Conversely, I was astounded by how many of those ideas foundered once the sequels came into play. Still, though, pretty cool fight scenes.

Clearly someone who has never farted and passed it off as someone else’s, Hawaii’s Thomas Althouse is representing himself in a lawsuit against Lana and Andy Wachowski, as well as producer Joel Silver and Warner Bros., suing them all for copyright infringement to the tune of $300 million, claiming they stole ideas from a script he’d written. Althouse submitted his Writers Guild-registered screenplay, The Immortals, to Warner Bros. in 1993 , a year prior to the Wachowskis’ arrival at the WB with original scripts for Bound and The Matrix.

To be clear, Althouse is saying that The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions are the real culprits, and not just for wasting viewers’ time. He says the sequels stole his ideas concerning the “neck enhancers” that characters use to slip in and out of the virtual world, as well as claiming that Neo bears a striking resemblance to his Immortals character Jim.

The two questions that spring to mind are, “Who would take responsibility for those overblown money-chasers?” and “Why now?” Well, it turns out Althouse only recently realized he’d been ripped off when he first watched the two Matrix sequels in 2010. Maybe there’s some hope for this guy after all.

(Lawsuits of this kind are pretty common in Hollywood. James Cameron has been sued multiple times in recent years by people claiming he ripped off their ideas for Avatar.)

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Shivers Your Timbers With First Trailer

With last fall’s Assassin’s Creed III, Ubisoft wrapped up the story arc of bartender-turned-assassin Desmond Miles, as well as his ancestor assassins Altaïr ibn-La’Ahad, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, and Connor/Ratonhnhaké:ton. Gamers have explored ancient times and lands from the Middle East during the Crusades, to Renaissance Italy, to Revolutionary era America. Given how successful the franchise has been, there was no question we’d see more of the Assassin’s Creed universe, but now we’ve gotten out first real look at it. Check out the trailer for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag below.

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The Walking Dead: The Complete Panel From PaleyFest 2013

Last weekend, the cast and crew of The Walking Dead took the stage at The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, California during the 30th annual PaleyFest. The Paley Organization celebrates the very best in television. The Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick conducted the panel featuring the zombie series’ cast and crew. If you weren’t lucky enough to attend the Q&A, The Walking Dead panel is now available online. Watch the video below: