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Disney Confirms Standalone Star Wars Movies Are In The Works

It’s official! A few months ago, when Disney acquired Lucasfilm for $4 billion, the House of House announced that they would be making a new Star Wars, beginning with Episode VII nor earlier than 2015. trilogy starting with Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015. Since then, there have been numerous reports surrounding Disney’s larger plans for the Star Wars franchise, and now the word has come down from Disney CEO Bob Iger: we’ll be seeing standalone Star Wars movies in addition to the new trilogy, and they’re already in the works.

Iger appeared on the cable network CNBC to discuss the financial aspects of running the Disney Corporation, and the newly acquired Lucasfilm and its subsidiaries. During the interview, he mentioned that screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are currently developing “a few” projects that would take place in the Star Wars universe, but which would not serve as part of the main Star Wars trilogies. Watch the video interview below.

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Mad Max’s Badass New V8 Interceptor

It’s no secret that Mad Max: Fury Road is one of our most anticipated upcoming movies. George Miller’s return to the post-apocalyptic landscape he created in the late 1970s and 1980s may have taken a long, bumpy road—one fraught with many delays, budget overruns, and acts of god—but the film is finally in the can, and we’re getting ourselves ready for some high-octane action.

Cars have been at the center of every Mad Max movie so far, and Fury Road is no different. Badass improvised battlewagons tearing around the desert wastes is what these movies are all about. Here’s a quick video glimpse at the latest version of Max Rockatansky’s souped-up Pursuit Special, complete with thunderous V8 engine.

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Super Bowl Blackout Gives NBC’s Revolution Free Marketing

CBS’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLVII gave an inadvertent boost to one of the network’s chief rivals. Shortly after halftime, the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens was delayed for 34 minutes as parts of the venue, the Mercedes Benz Super Dome, lost power. Twitter exploded with pissed-off fans, and NBC took full advantage of the situation, using the chance promote their rookie series, Revolution.

Revolution, as you may or may not know, is about the aftermath of a worldwide blackout. In the 15 years since every power source on Earth mysteriously quit working, society has devolved into a feudal state of existence, where various factions, warlords, and new federations vie for control of the landscape.

The network wasted no time launching this tweet, teasing the show’s midseason return on March 25th:

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Finds Its Star-Lord

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This moment has finally arrived! After months of rumors and speculation, Marvel Studios has cast Chris Pratt (above, center) in the role of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, in Guardians of the Galaxy. Many male actors in their late ’20s and early ’30s auditioned for the role, but Marvel and director James Gunn have decided to go with the actor best known for playing the goofy Andy Dwyer on NBC’s Parks & Recreation.

According to Deadline.com, Chris Pratt will take up the leadership position in the upcoming cosmic superhero movie. Pratt had just bulked up to play a member of the Navy’s SEAL Team 6 in Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy Award-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty, and he proved with that film that he can pull off more serious characters. That said, we should probably expect a lighter tone for Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, likely similar to Joss Whedon’s Avengers.

Peter Quill is a half-human/half-alien NASA astronaut who is recruited as Star-Lord, the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy. He has the ability to fly, has super-strength, and uses a special “element gun” that uses all four elements (air, earth, fire, and water) as projectiles. Star-Lord also has a psychic link with his sentient spacecraft, simply dubbed “Ship.”

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Seventh Graders Send Hello Kitty To The Edge Of Space

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The only reason I remember my 7th grade science teacher is because he was way more interested in making the class write down every single textbook chapter’s objectives and study guides than he was in teaching us what any of the content actually meant. At another school last month, seventh graders made a badass video of Hello Kitty going into space. And that, with at least one variation on the licensed character being used, is how kids should experience science.

For a science project code-named “The Effects of Altitude on Air Pressure and Temperature,” students from the Nebraskan elementary school Cornerstone Christian sent a weather balloon up into low-level space, attached to a silver rocket ship holding a Hello Kitty doll and sporting a breast cancer awareness ribbon. Thanks to the foresight to strap a camera to the craft — specifically a GoPro camera from High Altitude Science — we can all be awestruck spectators to the only truly fascinating thing that Hello Kitty has ever been a part of.

Amazingly enough, when the balloon burst and the rocket fell back to Earth, it was tracked by GPS and found only 47 miles away. Enjoy the video below, but be warned that the extremely shaky camera may upset those prone to motion sickness.

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Walking Dead Ex-Showrunner Hints At New Character Arrival

As always with The Walking Dead, possible spoilers ahead:

With the return of The Walking Dead only five short days away, fans of the AMC series are feverishly waiting for something to brighten up the doldrums of winter. Ex-showrunner Glen Mazzara is more than happy to accommodate the fans’ need to know what’s coming up next, revealing that  something major is about to happen in the second half of season three.

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