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Guardians Of The Galaxy/Parks & Recreation Mash-Up Poster

Now that Marvel has found their Star-Lord/Peter Quill in actor Chris Pratt, it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy team is cast. To soften the shock of casting a (mostly) comedic actor in the lead role, a mash-up poster was created to combine Guardians of the Galaxy with Pratt’s current role as the goofy and lovable Andy Dwyer on NBC’s Parks & Recreation.

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Games Workshop Claims To Own Trademark On Space Marines

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Here at Giant Freakin’ Robot, we liberally spread our opinions over the stories we bring to our readers, but rarely do we dislike something so much that we want to throw a big, heavy book at it. The company Games Workshop, creators of the Warhammer series, has our crosshairs aimed directly at it, however, for trying to co-opt a science fiction term that has been around for decades longer than the company itself.

See, Games Workshop claims to own the decades-old phrase “space marine.” Back in December, they convinced Amazon to stop selling author M.C.A. Hogarth’s novel, Spots the Space Marine, claiming they have trademarked “space marine” and no one else can use it, so nyah nyah. It’s worth noting that Amazon didn’t have to take the book away, since no legal steps were undertaken at the time. While it seemed like a frivolous case, nothing has been resolved and Games Workshop is continuing to stake their claim.

Hogarth posted a blog that updated the communication between her and the company. Highlights, or lowlights rather, include the following:

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Star Trek Into Darkness: Did EW Just Spill The Beans About Cumberbatch’s Role?

UPDATE: We just finished reading the EW story in question, and it DOES NOT confirm the rumor below. It could be somebody jumping the gun, it could be a mistake, it’s not clear. Stay tuned…

 

If this all proves to be true, it’ll be interesting to see if any heads roll over this. This has been one of the biggest mysteries and entertainment stories of the past year, so you have to figure the official announcement would be a big deal. It’s the sort of thing that you’d expect to be revealed in a press conference, or a new trailer, or anything, really, more exciting than a random webpage from Entertainment Weekly. At this point, Abrams and crew haven’t confirmed anything, so we have to list this as a rumor…but it definitely has the air of truth about it.

Everything below here is full of HUGE SPOILERS, so don’t scroll down past the adorable picture of Geordi Cat if you want to remain ignorant.

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Half-Life. Portal. J.J. Abrams. Whoa.

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Whenever you hear about a video game being adapted into a movie, it’s only natural to check to make sure Uwe Boll and Paul W.S. Anderson aren’t involved. Even if those directors aren’t attached, it still takes a little time to warm up to the idea, especially when the video games in question are two of the most critically acclaimed ever.

The annual DICE Summit (Design Innovate Create Entertain) is being held in Las Vegas this week, and news that J.J. Abrams was looking to work with gaming giant Valve Corporation on a video game idea he had. Oh, and then there’s the small, unimportant detail that he and Valve president and co-founder Gabe Newell have also had discussions about the possibility of making movies out of Half-Life and Portal…

It hasn’t even been two weeks since Abrams was the center of one of Hollywood’s biggest stories in years, and now he’s attaching himself to two more fan-favorite properties. When will someone peel back his synthetic skin to reveal the android anatomy that makes him such a workhorse?

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Star Wars Makeup Legend Stuart Freeborn Dead At Age 98

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We here at Giant Freakin’ Robot are saddened to report the passing of legendary cinematic makeup artist Stuart Freeborn. Though you may not recognize his name right away, you’ve seen his creations all over this site on a regular basis, and you’ll recognize much of his work that we don’t cover.

The Associated Press reports that Freeborn died Tuesday, February 6th, from a combination of ailments due to his advanced age of 98 years. He is survived by granddaughter Michelle Freeborn, who said her grandfather was “like a hero” to her, and got her and her late father, Graham, into the makeup business. Fans will know Graham’s work from the sci-fi/horror movie Lifeforce.

Stuart Freeborn’s career began in the 1930s, but his work reached massive levels of popularity due to his work in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, and on the ape designs for 2001: A Space Odyssey. Incidentally, he also worked on The Great Muppet Caper, a classic by any stretch of the imagination, as well as Superman and The Omen. His work has been everywhere.

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Sci-fi Comedy Convention Adds Ben Kingsley, Jennifer Aniston, and Mark Duplass

KIngsleyYou need look no further than last summer’s The Watch for proof that sci-fi comedy is a tricky genre, and that sometimes even talented actors can’t salvage a shitty script. Still, the talented cast part certainly can’t hurt, and adding Sir Ben Kingsley to in the role of a villainous “box magnate” sounds like a good start.

Director Justin Reardon has been developing a sci-fi comedy called Convention, and the project has now added Sir Ben Kingsley, Jennifer Aniston and Mark Duplass to its cast. The film’s screenplay was written by Jimmy Neutron scribe Christopher Painter, and is described as a “wildly original and funny” film. Charlie Kaufman’s (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich) name is often dropped into conversation as a tonal comparison. It’s a dangerous thing to use the epitome of modern surreal filmmakers as your first example, but it does ramp up the anticipation.

The plot sounds like something from the children’s fare that Painter is known for. Paul (Duplass) and Abby (Aniston) are a team of brother-and-sister inventors. Paul is the mild-mannered guy, and Abby is the wild ‘n’ crazy gal. They invent a five-sided box that could turn the storage industry on its head. Worst-case scenario? It destroys the very fabric of the universe. Kingsley plays Bobby Schroedinger, the villain box magnate. That’s right. A box magnate. If they cast a talking CGI animal at some point, I won’t be surprised. But even that simple description has more than enough room to include a wide number of ways to tell a story. Let’s hope it makes us laugh as well as think.

We’ll have to wait until some undisclosed time in 2013 to get a peek at Reardon’s directorial debut, A Many Splintered Thing. See what he did there? It’s an offbeat love story with a huge cast including Chris Evans, Giovanni Ribisi, Aubrey Plaza, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Wilson, and Topher Grace.