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Jurassic World Launches This Viral Website And Trailer Countdown

Jurassic WorldWe’re more than seven months away from seeing Jurassic World, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early for Universal to start the marketing, which has begun stomping around, building hype for the hotly anticipated dinosaur feature. This includes a viral website with tons of photos and a countdown to a new trailer.

Universal unveiled this new website for the fictional corporation Masrani, which figures prominently in director Colin Trevorrow’s film. It involves news about the company, their subsidiaries, which include genetics lab InGen (which just opened a lab in Siberia according to this site, more on that later), oil interests around the world, and a massive communications wing.

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Like Interstellar? Here’s How You Can Read A Brand-New Slice Of The Story

MannsWorldWhatever else you can say about Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, there’s no doubt that it leaves you with questions. Depending on how much you enjoyed the film, those questions may be about the movie’s themes and plot twists, or you may just be left asking, “What the hell were they thinking with the bookshelf thing?” Either way, some of those questions are due to be answered, courtesy of a new comic filling in some of the film’s backstory.

SPOILERS for Interstellar below!

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The Solar System May Have Two New Members

EightTNOsIf you’re still crying about the demotion of Pluto, it’s probably time to focus on something else, namely, on the possibility that the dwarf planet isn’t the end of our solar system. Scientists have recently uncovered new evidence suggesting that the elusive “Planet X” might be real, and there might be two of them.

The idea of Planet X goes back more than 150 years. By then, astronomers knew about Uranus, but they also discovered that its orbit was wonky, which made them suspect Uranus was under the gravitational influence of another planet. In 1846, Neptune was discovered, but astronomers noted that Neptune’s orbit was also a bit odd. Hence, Pluto—except not really. As it turns out, Pluto is too small to have the kind of effect on Neptune astronomers noticed. So they figured there could be yet another planet, a bigger one, out past Neptune.

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NBC Is Turning This Dennis Quaid Sci-Fi Flick Into A TV Series

We’ve said many times now that we’re in a certified science fiction TV renaissance, with Syfy developing hugely promising shows like The Expanse and Ascension, Amazon is turning Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle into a pilot, and HBO is getting into the game with adaptations of both Westworld and Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series. Well, apparently NBC has decided they want a piece of the action, because they’ve announced they’re turning a Dennis Quaid science fiction movie into an ongoing series.

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Yay!

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Mace Windu May Get His Own Star Wars Spinoff, Get The Details

Mace WinduThe Star Wars universe is expanding at a pace that fans have never experienced before. We’ve got Star Wars Rebels on our TVs, Star Wars: The Force Awakens heading to theaters, Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII and possibly Episode IX, and a slew of standalone movies. While we know that Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards is directing one of these, and Fantastic Four’s Josh Trank is helming another, everything else we know about them is unofficial. There have been all kinds of rumors about characters getting their own movie, and now we have another one to add to the pile, Jedi Knight Mace Windu.

Yoda, Han Solo, Boba Fett, and even Obi-Wan Kenobi are all names that have all been tossed around, but Mace Windu is an interesting proposition. The character was originally in drafts of the first three movies, but was removed and George Lucas brought him back for the prequels. He also appears in The Clone Wars animated series. Between those and his substantial presence in the Expanded Universe, there’s a lot of potential background and stories to mine (though the EU is not officially canon anymore, it is still open to be used as fodder for the new installments).

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HBO Just Picked Up Westworld, Here’s What We Know So Far

WestworldWhen you hear that a classic film or TV show is being reworked, your initial reaction is usually a groan, or at least a half-hearted, “Why?” We’re often in same boat, skepticism wise (we could get into the “Why can’t Hollywood just make a new movie” debate, but that’s been done to death and is just a fact of the world we live in), but one that we’re actually pretty jazzed about is the upcoming Westworld revamp, which just got picked up by HBO.

For all of the fantastic programs the premium cable channel has on its dockets, they’ve never really done much in the way of science fiction. And given their track record of late, what with shows like Game of Thrones and True Detective, this is an enticing proposition. Yesterday, the network released this photo, as well as a series of twitchy videos via Vine and Twitter.