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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #2 Wakes Up A Fiery Old Foe

Doctor WhoWe now know that Peter Capaldi will be back to front Doctor Who for at least season 9 of the long running BBC sci-fi adventure series, but his run on the pages of the funny books is just getting started. I admittedly haven’t caught up with his tenure on the show, but from the general feed back form Whovian friends out there, it sounds like it started out strong, but had some missteps along the way as the episodes progressed. But now that season 8 is in the books, and if you need to kill some time before the Christmas special (which stars Nick Frost as Santa), he’s back for his second issue.

If you’re a longtime fan, it’s possible that you’ve encountered Hyperion before—the planet, not to be confused with the ship Hyperion III—and this installment sheds some light on that world, or at least the world that used to be. Though they began life as peaceful, benevolent beings of DNA, nuclear energy, and intelligence, the Hyperions took a wrong turn along the way and the planet was wiped out in a war with the Time Lords of Gallifrey, you know, back when there was more than one.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Might End Like This

Do you want to know the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? If the answer is no, stop reading now, because this has the potential to ruin the entire experience for you, like even more than that big ass nuclear bomb of a spoiler that dropped some time ago. Like I said, this may be the end of the damn movie.

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Here’s Why Thai Cinemas Refuse To Screen The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

mockingjayAs of last night, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 is taking over movie theaters worldwide. The film earned $17 million dollars on its debut evening, which is down from the last chapter, Catching Fire, but still the biggest first night of the year so far. (To put it in perspective, the previous best for 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy, took in $11.2 million its first night.) There is one place where the film isn’t taking over, however, Thailand, as some movie theaters are refusing to show it.

A while back, we wrote about how Thai protesters had adopted the three-fingered salute from The Hunger Games as a form of resistance against government oppression. And that still appears to be going on. According to The Hollywood Reporter, five students were arrested Wednesday for flashing that sign at Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, and in the wake of that, just hours afterwards in fact, Apex Group, a local theater chain, pulled the release.

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Amusement Park Rides Are Becoming More Like Video Games

Justice League: Battle For Metropolis

Justice League: Battle For Metropolis

Cruise ships aren’t the only ones integrating new technology to attract customers, theme parks are getting in on the act too. We’re not talking about Epcot or MGM Studios, which have been renowned for their use of cutting-edge technology for quite some time. We’re talking about run of the mill amusement parks—the kind that at one point not too long ago resembled the county fair. They’re finding it more and more difficult to lure customers away from their home entertainment systems and the comfort of the couch, so they’re now integrating ideas generally associated with video games and virtual reality: immersion and interactivity.

Those were the key concepts highlighted by vendors and companies at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo. They essentially want to merge video games with rollercoasters and other rides. Six Flags in St. Louis and Texas will eventually showcase a new ride called Justice League: Battle for Metropolis that combines the usual adrenaline with laser guns, animatronics, and a 3D fog screen. Or customers can lower themselves into vehicles inspired by submarines and shoot 3D sea creatures in an attempt to save a drowning berry farm in Voyage to the Iron Reef. At the Expo, U.K.-based Holovis touted an interactive indoor attraction in which customers ride in vehicles that travel through tropical scenes enhanced with animation and CGI, special effects, and music as they fire away at pirates.

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Syfy’s Childhood’s End Casts This Under The Dome Star In The Lead

Mike VogelSyfy is trying their level best to distance themselves from the schlock factory image they’ve had over the past few years. To list all of the ambitious titles they have in the works would take all day, but the network is developing a ton of projects that we’re totally psyched to see, and one of those that we’re most excited about is their adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End. Casting wise, they have a couple of pieces in place, but they just added a key player as Mike Vogel has been tapped to take the lead role.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the Under the Dome star has been cast to front the six-hour event miniseries based on Clarke’s classic 1953 novel about aliens coming to Earth. He joins Game of Thrones star Charles Dance on the call sheet, as well as Ashley Zuckerman of Manhattan and Osy Ikhile (Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea).

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The Stand Adaptation Just Got A Whole Lot Bigger, Get The Details

The StandJust when we were starting to think that things surrounding the adaptation of Stephen King’s epic post-apocalyptic joint The Stand were settling down a bit, this happens. No, the director hasn’t jumped ship again, as has already happened twice, but we might be getting a little more than we initially expected, like four movies worth of The Stand.

After Ben Affleck bailed on the project, The Fault in our Stars director Josh Boone stepped into the role and appears incredibly psyched to be there. The book is a massive, sprawling tome, but the scope was also scaled back some, and the project was envisioned as a single, three-hour, R-rated movie. Back in October, King indicated that might expand again into multiple installments, which makes sense, as The Stand is a huge intersecting network of characters and stories and to try to trim it down is a Herculean task indeed.