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Star Wars: Producers Talk Connection Between Episode VII And Rebels

star wars rebelsSince buying Lucasfilm for many billions of dollars a few years back, it has become readily apparent that Disney has a definite plan in place for the future of Star Wars. Movies, both Episode and standalone features, have been planned out as far as 2020, and they’re employing an approach similar to Marvel, where, moving forward, everything—film, TV, book, comic—is going to be connected as part of the official canon. The first new addition we’ll see on screen will be the animated Star Wars Rebels which debuts this fall, and we’ve heard for quite some time that there will be a strong link between this show and J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Simon Kinberg is all entangled in this Star Wars business, and he recently shared a bit of insight on this bond.

As with everything Star Wars related, getting anyone to say anything concrete is like pulling teeth, so you’re not going to learn anything particularly earth shattering here from Kinberg, who is a producer on Rebels. What this does give you, however, is a clearer idea of the various ways in which the two properties, and by extension the larger universe, are going to connect and share elements.

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Prometheus: Fire And Stone — Five Things You Need To Know About The Comic Sequel

PFAS-FeatYesterday Dark Horse launched Fire and Stone, an ambitious, multi-series comics event that explores the shared mythology of Aliens, Prometheus, and Predator. The story will encompass four new comics series: in addition to Prometheus: Fire and Stone, Aliens, Alien vs. Predator, and Predator series will follow, all culminating in a standalone issue to wrap up all the story threads.

Things kicked off with this week’s Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1, which follows a voyage back to LV-223, the mysterious moon that was the site of much calamity for Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and company in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. After the events of the movie, it seemed inevitable that someone would send a second mission to LV-223, but that mission doesn’t unfold exactly as you might expect. We’ll dig into the questions and revelations of Prometheus: Fire and Stone after this

SPOILER WARNING!

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Growing Plants On Mars May Be A Realistic Possibility

mars plantsWork is underway to figure out methods of growing produce in space, which is especially vital for eventual Mars colonists. Space food leaves a lot to be desired, so scientists are working on getting more variety into astronauts’ diets. They’re also working on ways to create sustainable agricultural practices, given that resupplying Earthly goods will bend, if not break, the budget. But that will require astronauts growing their own food, which raises the question of how suitable an environment is Mars (or the moon) is for growing plants. According to a study recently published in PLoS One, both Mars and the moon may be much better suited for agriculture than previously thought.

Dutch researchers planted fourteen different species of plants in soil similar in composition to that on Mars and the moon—the same soil NASA uses for simulations. The control group in the study used Earth soil from an area without many nutrients. Scientists planted mustard, tomatoes, rye, carrots, wheat, and cress into 840 different pots—20 replicas of each kind of plant species in each of the three types of soil. From there, all the subjects were kept under the same greenhouse conditions with 16 hours of light each day and temperatures of 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Researchers let them grow for 50 days.

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Jurassic Park: Jeff Goldblum Sings The Lyrics To John Williams’ Iconic Theme

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that Jurassic Park is more than 20-years-old. The harrowing adventure still holds up remarkably well on repeat viewings, and we’re still enthusiastic enough about the franchise, despite a lackluster Jurassic Park 3 in 2001, to get pumped up about next summer’s Jurassic World. (If nothing else, it will be nice to finally see John Hammond’s vision of a theme park full of real live dinosaurs come to fruition, even if it does go haywire again.) Two of the best parts of the original are Jeff Goldblum that epic, sweeping theme, and we’re willing to bet you didn’t know that song you’ve heard so many times has words. At least in Goldblum’s world it does, and they’re amazing.

The actor, who played swaggering mathematician (when were the last time you put those two words together) Dr. Ian Malcolm, was recently on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and the subject of Jurassic Park came up, as you imagine that it does frequently, despite Goldblum’s long, illustrious career in non-dinosaur related movies. There it was revealed that, for some reason, probably because he’s a certified weirdo (our kind of folk), he actually went online and found where people have written lyrics to legendary composer John William’s iconic theme (he says he did not write them himself, as Meyers initially stats). And then he proceeded to sing them. Thank god for Jeff Goldblum. And the internet.

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Godzilla Was Only In His Own Movie For A Few Minutes, Watch Them All Here

As much as we thoroughly enjoyed Gareth Edwards’ recent Godzilla reboot, we can’t and won’t argue that it’s a great movie in many ways. The story is totally bogus, and anything that even tangentially relates to the human cast is a complete and utter waste of time, save for two lines from Ken Watanabe (the first time he says the King of the Monsters’ name, and later when he says, “Let them fight,” those are, admittedly, pretty fantastic moments). One of the biggest complaints we’ve heard about the film is that he title character, you know, Godzilla, is barely in the damn movie (there’s a similar problem with the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles revamp, among other issues). You may have noticed that, but it begs the question, just how much is the giant titular beast actually in the movie that bears his name? The answer is, not much.

This video by John Nemesis compiles all of the footage of Godzilla from the movie called Godzilla, a movie that is 123 minutes long, and it all adds up to just under eight minutes of screen time. According to the Honest Trailer we wrote about the other day, it’s 11 minutes and 16 seconds. The two obviously have different ways of counting (perhaps one took into account scenes where you can only see his back as he swims across the ocean and the other didn’t), but it doesn’t matter. The point is, whoever is correct, there’s not much Godzilla in Godzilla.

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Star Wars: One Of Marvel’s Biggest Stars Wants A Role, Any Role

mark-ruffalo-andy-serkis-coaching-the-hulkCasting for Star Wars: Episode VII is more or less complete at this point. You would hope that, this deep into production, you have most, if not all of the key components in place. But when you take into account that there are entire generations of stars that have grown up on Star Wars, many of whom have never lived in a world without George Lucas’ far, far away galaxy, and that the franchise plans that reach out until 2020, it’s never too early to look to the future. One notable actor, is campaigning, and campaigning hard, to secure a spot on this ride.

Mark Ruffalo, yes, the Incredible Hulk himself, really, really wants to be in a Star Wars movie. This seems rather fitting, considering just the other day we heard about how Disney and Lucasfilm are borrowing storytelling and plotting strategy from Marvel, that they could borrow one of the comic book studios biggest actors (and Disney owns Marvel Studios, so I’m sure they could work out some sort of loan agreement).