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Star Wars Rebellion/Empire Recruitment Posters Sex Things Up

Rebel1A young lad or lady coming of age in the Star Wars universe has a lot of choices in front of them. Save up for a ship and become a smuggler? Maybe take that correspondence course on bounty hunting? What with the tussles between the Empire and the Rebellion, there are powerful forces that would like nothing more than to slap a blaster in your hands and shove you toward the front lines. But how’s a starry-eyed youth to choose sides? After all, the Rebellion seem to be the good guys, but the Empire gets better health benefits and those awesome accents. As with most marketing campaigns, at some point they’re going to fall back on the old maxim that sex sells.

That’s the thinking behind the sexy Star Wars recruitment posters you can see above and in the gallery below. Both factions are represented, each by a different artist, but both use the same time-honored tactic: luring recruits in with a bit of strategic T & A.

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Jurassic Park IV: Could It Be A Reboot Instead?

Dr. Alan GrantA few weeks ago, Universal Studios put the production of Jurassic Park IV on hiatus until director Colin Trevorrow figures out how to capture the scale of the film within the movie studio’s timetable. Although Universal didn’t announce exactly why Jurassic Park IV was on hiatus, it is believed that Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly are re-tooling the film’s script.

According to one of the franchise’s stars, however, the new Jurassic Park might be a reboot instead of a direct sequel like the title would suggest. Sam Neill, who played Dr. Alan Grant in the original Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III, told the Dominion Post that he would not be part of the new film, and that “I’m told it’s a big reboot, a total re-jig.”

Sam Neill’s statement would seem to contradict what the film’s producer Frank Marshall said of Jurassic Park IV. Marshall said that the new film would be a direct sequel to Jurassic Park III, and would continue what was built with the prior Jurassic Park films.

Frank Marshall’s view of Jurassic Park IV was before Universal Studios put the film’s production on hiatus, however, so maybe the direction of the film will change once Trevorrow and Connolly figure out what to do with the film’s script. If the new Jurassic Park film turns out to be a reboot of the series, rather than a direct sequel, then it certainly has big shoes to fill. It would be compared to Steven Spielberg’s classic original instead of Joe Johnston’s serviceable third installment. Expectations of the new Jurassic Park would be as big as the dinosaurs Colin Trevorrow is trying to bring to life. On the other hand, Neill could simply have misspoken, or been mistaken.

Universal has postponed Jurassic Park IV’s release date and has yet to set a new one. Hopefully the film will be in theaters sometime in 2014, as originally planned.

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Sally Ride Honored In National Tribute, With Posthumous Presidential Medal Of Freedom Coming

sallySally Ride was the kind of person about whom you’ll probably never see a negative word written. A physicist, astronaut, and pioneer, Ride gave space travel to women in the early 1980s, inspiring millions by the trails she blazed. And though she died last year of pancreatic cancer, her name will live on as long as this planet keeps turning. A little less than a month away from the 30th anniversary of Ride’s first space flight, NASA and President Obama made sure of that by holding a national tribute earlier this week called “Sally Ride: A Lifetime of Accomplishment, A Champion of Science Literacy,” which was held at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.

“Sally Ride Science is thrilled to be presenting a National Tribute to Sally to honor her lifelong commitment to space exploration, but also to improving science education and to supporting science literacy for all students,” said co-founder and chair member of Sally Ride Science Tam O’Shaughnessy, who was also Ride’s life partner.

It wasn’t just a one-night celebration, either. Ride will posthumously be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest award presented to civilians — later this year, and a new NASA internship program will bear her name. The Sally Ride Internship is intended to help students from less-than-ideal backgrounds get a leg up in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by allowing them to work with practicing members of the scientific community around the country.

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Destiny Live-Action Game Trailer Directed By Jon Favreau Introduces The Law Of The Jungle

With Destiny, game developer Bungie is leaving Halo behind and introducing a brand-new science fiction universe. With E3 a few weeks away, we’ll get to see the first Destiny gameplay, but first Bungie has decided to pique our interest with a live-action/CGI trailer entitled “The Law of the Jungle.” They also decided to bring in some A-list talent. The trailer is directed by Jon Favreau, and features actor Giancarlo Esposito, who was incredible on Breaking Bad and is wasted on Revolution. Of course, Favreau is also an executive producer on Revolution, so the partnership makes sense.

While we haven’t seen a whole lot about Destiny yet, what we have seen has me intrigued. For some reason I could never get into the Halo games, but Destiny has my attention. Here’s the brief blurb that accompanies the trailer:

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Ender And Colonel Graff Strike A Pose In Latest Ender’s Game Image

Ender's GameGavin Hood’s (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s science fiction classic, Ender’s Game, is still a long way off. We won’t lay eyes on the film until November 1, just in time to usher in end-of-the-year blockbuster season. But just because we’re months out, and have most of a summer’s worth of big movies to wade through, doesn’t mean it’s too soon to start the hype machine. In that spirit, take a look at this latest picture from Ender’s Game.

This photograph, which comes from the film’s Facebook page, has a definite Sears Portrait Studio vibe. Composition wise, stars Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield are posed much like a family portrait. They also look miserable, like most people having their pictures taken. Butterfield—who plays the titular Andrew “Ender” Wiggan, a young but strategically gifted military mind—has a vacant look on his face, staring off into the distance.

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World War Z TV Spots Offer More Of What You’ve Already Seen

This summer there are movies we’re excited about, movies we expect to love, and movies we expect to hate. Marc Forster’s World War Z, however, presents an interesting case. The zombie actioner is big in both scope and scale, but more than anything, it’s been really difficult to get a read on. Sometimes it looks like it could be great; other times not so much. And you can’t help but wonder about the extensive rewrites and reshoots the production endured. Did they only serve to strengthen the film, or was it a desperate attempt to cobble together something out of nothing?

The fact that it retained a prime June 21 release date seems to indicate that the studio has some faith in the film. But these three new TV spots go back to the earlier point. From these short videos, World War Z doesn’t look great, it doesn’t look awful, it’s just kind of there. They’re all similar, full of things you’ve seen before, and don’t offer much in the way of insight.