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A Spider The Size Of A Dinner Plate

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Did you sleep well last night? Good, we hope you enjoyed that, because after being introduced to this newly discovered species of spider, that may very well be a thing of the past. Meet Poecilotheria rajaei, a tarantula native to the Sri Lanka, one that happens to have a leg span of eight inches (20 centimeters) or more. He resembles an Alien facehugger more than your garden-variety arachnid, and definitely has the size to latch onto your face if necessary.

Poecilotheria rajaei is so big that it even gave pause to the people who discovered him, people who have made it their mission in life to study things that creep and crawl. According to Ranil Nanayakkar, who co-founded the Biodiversity Education and Research in SR, “It was slightly smaller than the size of the plate we have dinner on.” That is one big-ass spider. As if the size isn’t off-putting enough, the tarantula is also highly venomous. Its poison can take down mice, lizards, snakes, and small birds.

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Zombieland Image: Grandma’s Gonna Get You

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One of the toughest parts of surviving any zombie outbreak is coping with your loved ones coming back as undead flesh eaters. For instance, what do you do when your beloved grandmother starts trying to crack your skull open and eat your brain? That appears to be the general idea behind this first-look picture at Amazon’s upcoming Zombieland series.

Okay, it isn’t anyone’s elderly family member, just a random old lady, but the loved-one thing plays an integral part in many a zombie movie. How many times has one character been forced to shoot a mother, brother, lover, etc. in the head? It happens, and it sucks. Be prepared.

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Who Should Play The New Snake Plissken: Jason Statham Or Tom Hardy?

I want to get one thing out of the way up front. Remaking John Carpenter’s 1981 classic Escape From New York is a terrible, terrible idea, and completely unnecessary to boot. That’s not what we’re debating here, because that’s not even a real question. They should just leave well enough alone.

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, onward.

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If either Tom Hardy or Jason Statham is going to attempt to take over the role of Snake Plissken, made famous by badass cinematic titan Kurt Russell, it should totally be the latter.

Out of the two, Hardy is by far the superior actor. To argue otherwise is to make a difficult case. Take a quick look at their respective bodies of work and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Statham is a one-trick pony, but he does what he does well, and that one weapon in his arsenal just so happens to line up perfectly with what the part requires.

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Horror Villains Recast As Evil Murdering Robots

Pinhead Robot 2From the name of this particular website, you probably guessed that we have a certain affinity for robots. They’re great, but also terrifying. And as great as science fiction is, horror is also a pretty good time. When the two come together, well that’s magic right there.

Never has this been more apparent that this series of paintings that takes iconic horror movie slashers and recasts them as crotchety old robots. Some of my all time favorites are represented here, including Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th, Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street, Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Pinhead from Hellraiser. And then there’s Captain Spaulding from House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, which some people seem to like. With the exception of the last name on this list, these are movie monsters that traumatized me throughout most of my childhood.

Hailing from poopbird.com, which is a wonderful title for any website, these renderings are pretty adorable, way cuter than encountering any of these movie villains in real life would actually be. If movie have taught us anything, it wouldn’t end well for most of us.

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Paleontologist Says Jurassic Park 4 Will Feature A New Dinosaur

Goldblum Run Now!With the 3D re-release of the classic Jurassic Park (read my review), dinosaurs and paleontologists are back in pop culture. It seems like there is new interest in Jurassic Park and the upcoming fourth installment in the widely popular dinosaur film series. Looking ahead to when Jurassic Park IV will hit theaters in 2014 and it appears there will be a new dinosaur at the center of the new sequel film.

In an interview with USA Today, paleontologist Jack Horner talked about his recent job as a consultant on the production of Jurassic Park IV. While he didn’t say which new dinosaur will be featured in the new movie, he told the paper to, more or less, “hold on to your butts.” Horner admitted:

I can’t actually tell you who that will be, but you’ll want to keep the lights on after you see this movie.

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New Star Wars Animated Series Is In The Works

Star Wars: The Clone WarsEver since Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in October 2012, a number of Star Wars projects including Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Detours, and the 3D up-conversion and re-releases of the Star Wars Saga have all been canceled or postponed. But it seems like the people behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars are already looking at starting a new animated project for Disney and Lucasfilm.

In an interview with IGN.com, Star Wars: The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni says that his team has some new and exciting stories in development for a new animated series. Filoni didn’t say whether or not the new animated series would follow the narrative and characters established in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but it sounds interesting nevertheless. Filoni revealed:

At this point, I am involved in some early production discussions and exploration of what we’ll be doing with Star Wars animation in the future, which is really exciting for me and I have some friendly faces around me, of course, that are helping me on the project. So it’s a transition time, as I’ve said before, and I think it will lead to an exciting time and hopefully I’ll see things grow again.