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Misfits Canceled After Five Seasons

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One of the best TV shows out of the United Kingdom in recent years, Misfits has been canceled, and SciFiNow reports that the upcoming fifth season will be its last. While the show is based out of England on the U.K.’s Channel 4, viewers in the United States can enjoy the misadventures of a group of young community service workers who were given superpowers after a freak lightning storm on Hulu Plus.

The TV series started in 2009 and featured a very promising storyline with equally promising young British actors. Unfortunately, after three more than solid seasons, Misfits declined in quality after its star, Robert Sheehan (who played the character Nathan), left the series after season two.

The series recovered somewhat in season three with the rest of the original cast, but when Lauren Socha (Kelly) left the show due to a police charge of racially aggravated assault, Antonia Thomas (Alisha) left to pursue a movie career in the U.K., and Iwan Rheon (Simon) left the show as well. Misfits couldn’t recover after losing so many actors. The only cast member who stayed on the TV series was Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Curtis), who will not be featured in the upcoming season five.

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Defiance Game Launch Trailer Brings The Action

Defiance is one of the more ambitious science fiction projects to come along in a while. The Syfy TV series launches on April 15th, with Farscape’s Rockne S. O’Bannon as an executive producer and a cast that includes Dexter/Angel’s Julie Benz and Warehouse 13’s Jaime Murray. But Defiance is also an MMO, with the game existing in the same universe as the series, each feeding into the other. You don’t have to play Defiance the game to enjoy Defiance the show, but if you do get involved in both, the interplay between the two could be a lot of fun. And based on the action-packed launch trailer up above, Defiance the game looks like it might be worth checking out.

A third-person shooter MMO, the Defiance game casts players as an “Ark Hunter,” a mercenary sort who is always on the look for alien technology that occasionally crash to the Earth’s surface. See, Defiance is set in the aftermath of a long war between humanity and an invading species who had come to our homeworld to colonize after fleeing their own system. Between the war and some runaway terraforming tech, Earth is a very different place than it once was, with humans and aliens now forced to live and work with each other. Or, in the case of Ark Hunters, occasionally shoot each other in the face so they can’t steal your haul.

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Zoe Saldana Will Play Gamora In Guardians Of The Galaxy

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Marvel’s super-hero space opera Guardians of the Galaxy continues to come together, with THR confirming that Star Trek’s Zoe Saldana is in talks to play the female lead role of Gamora. Assuming they hammer out a deal, she’ll join Zero Dark Thirty/Parks & Recreation’s Chris Pratt as Star-Lord and Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer.

Not to be confused with the giant Japanese turtle monster, Gamora is a green-skinned alien created by Jim Starlin in 1975. The last of her race, Gamora is has incredible strength and a Wolverine-style healing factor. If the rumors that the film’s villain will be Thanos prove true, Gamora will definitely have a personal stake in the story: in the comics she was Thanos’ adopted daughter. It’s unclear if/how that element of her backstory will be used in the movie. It certainly has narrative potential, and I could very easily see her begin the movie as a villain, only to switch sides and join the Guardians later. You can see Gamora in the concept art below, standing at the far right.

Guardians will add yet another notch to Saldana’s +1 Belt of Geek Cred. She’s perhaps best known for playing Uhura in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films, but she also appeared (via motion capture) as Neytiri in James Cameron’s Avatar. Guardians won’t be her first comic book role either: she played Aisha in 2010’s The Losers, based on the Vertigo comic series created by Andy Diggle.

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Matthew McConaughey Confirmed For Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar

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No one turns down Christopher Nolan. Last week, actor Matthew McConaughey was offered the lead role in Christopher Nolan’s new science fiction film Interstellar, and now the 43-year-old Texas native has accepted the mysterious role.

In an interview with the StarTribune, McConaughey recently chatted about his current project, True Detective, director Cary Fukunaga’s crime series for HBO. During the interview, McConaughey confirmed that he will join the cast of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, playing the lead role. There are no details available about the science fiction film, but supposedly the film will “depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.”

Interstellar will mark Christopher Nolan’s return to the science fiction genre that the British director explored to great effect with 2010’s Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Tom Hardy. Interstellar will also mark Matthew McConaughey’s first return to science fiction since his co-starring appearance with Jodie Foster and James Woods in Robert Zemeckis’ Contact in 1997.

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Ninja Turtles Reboot Adds Will Arnett In Unknown Role

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With casting now in full effect on the Jonathan Liebesman-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, we’ve seen some well-known names (Megan Fox) and some less-familiar actors (Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher) filling roles in the new film from Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company. Now we can add another name to the former category: Arrested Development‘s Will Arnett is joining TMNT in an undisclosed role.

According to THR, Platinum Dunes hasn’t announced who Arnett will be playing yet, but they have ruled out the masked vigilante Casey Jones. Perhaps Arnett could be the turtles’ master Splinter or the film’s villain, The Shredder. It is also unclear if Arnett will perform a motion capture role or a more traditional onscreen character.

Last week, all four “Ninja Turtles” were cast and it was revealed that they would indeed be motion capture CGI characters, unlike previous iterations of the heroes in a half shell. Platinum Dunes will use the same motion capture technology James Cameron used in Avatar to bring the Na’vi to life.

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Robert Kirkman Opens Up About The Walking Dead’s Fourth Season

Now that The Walking Dead has wrapped up its third season, it’s time to look forward to season four. The new season will start six months from now, this October, and it sounds like season four of The Walking Dead will be more of a personal journey for Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his son Carl (Chandler Riggs).

SPOILERS FOR THE END OF SEASON THREE BELOW!

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