Having swept aside the vast majority of the stories that unfolded over the past couple of decades in books and comics, Star Wars is creating a whole new, more closely policed “canon” for George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away. The six live-action films are at the heart of it, but the events of the Clone Wars animated series are considered official as well. Leading up to the December 2015 release of J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII, the new Star Wars canon will be unfolding primarily in two forms: in the new Disney animated series Rebels, and in the new Star Wars novels coming from Del Ray. But while Disney make be looking to the future of their Star Wars universe, there are still some stories to be told about the past. Enter the upcoming novel Dark Disciple, which will tell a story originally intended to unfold in The Clone Wars.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…
Back to the past of the future.
Klaatu barada nikto.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching the absolutely mental British anthology series Black Mirror, you’re missing out on some of the best one-off storytelling since the days of Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone. While fans are still waiting for a proper third season, Black Mirror will take on the Christmas holiday for a 90-minute special episode, and they’re bringing in the always enjoyable Jon Hamm (Mad Men) to star, along with Spanish actress Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) and British actor Rafe Spall (Prometheus). I guess I won’t be asking Santa for new socks this year.
The basic premise — if you want to call it that — behind Black Mirror is techno-phobia, with episodes serving as bizarre cautionary tales for how much we’ve been affected by the Internet, personal electronics, reality TV, memories, and more. The upcoming Christmas special, according to the Channel 4 press release, “may well be the most mind-bending episode yet,” as it will weave together three separate tales of Christmas-themed terror. Black Mirror‘s first two seasons only amount to six episodes, so it’s not so hard to believe creator Charlie Brooker has even more deranged storylines bouncing around his head.
Movies are full of all kinds of cool, iconic sets, props, and vehicles, but no matter how fantastic they are, no matter how vital they are to the plot, odds are, once the cameras stop rolling, they’re simply left to rot. It’s just something that happens in the industry. Sometimes these items are squirreled away in a random storage space on a lot somewhere, occasionally they’re sold to memorabilia collectors, and sometimes, as is often the case with larger pieces, they sit outside, battling the elements until they’re broken down completely. In this regard, nature always wins. Such was the case with the badass RV from The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Steven Spielberg’s 1997 sequel to Jurassic Park, until now that is.
For the last six years, the actual screen-used RV—a 1996 Fleetwood RV designed specifically for The Lost World—has been sitting outside in Santa Clarita, California, but then a guy named Franck Galiègue purchased it on Ebay with the intention of refurbishing the vehicle and showing it off to the public. This is easier said than done as Galiègue lives in Switzerland, but a group of dedicated fans have donated their time to return this sweet, dinosaur-hunting ride to its old form, and this video documents the first part of their efforts.
As a huge fan of The CW’s Arrow, I was doing happy little jumps when word first came that a certain crime scene analyst named “Barry Allen” would be appearing on the show. If your Silver Age DC Hero bona fides aren’t quite bona fide, “Barry Allen” is the civilian identity of super-speedster The Flash. Sure, Arrow had introduced all manner of characters from the DC canon, but this was the first time another major top-tier hero was being hinted at. It was soon revealed that Allen’s appearance would set up his origin as The Flash and serve as a backdoor pilot for a Flash series. Having seen the Flash pilot, I can confirm that it’s great fun, and completely understands what makes the character work. But given how grounded Arrow has been for much of its run, I’d been wondering whether The Flash would dip its toe into one of the comic series’ regular staples: time travel. Based on a new extended synopsis for the show, all signs seem to be pointing toward “yes.”
Josh Holloway has already earned his place in the pop culture pantheon thanks to his role as the charming con artist Sawyer on ABC’s mega-hit mystical island drama Lost. No matter what he does in the future, for many of us he will always be Sawyer, and so far Holloway hasn’t found the role that helps move him beyond his automatic association with that role. CBS’ Intelligence certainly didn’t do the trick, largely squandering Holloway’s talents and only surviving for a single season. Now Holloway is at bat once again, and this time he’s teaming with one of his old Lost buddies for a new science fiction series that hopes to colonize your DVR in the not-too-distant future.
Deadline reports that Holloway has signed on to play the lead in USA’s Colony, a new science fiction pilot from Lost executive producer/showrunner Carlton Cuse. Colony is set in 2015 Los Angeles, after the city (and presumably the rest of the world) has been taken over by alien invaders. These aren’t the “kill all humans” breed of extraterrestrials, but life is by no means all rainbows and puppies. Humanity lives under a state of occupation, with their daily lives ruled and regulated by the invaders. Holloway will star as Will Bowman, a former FBI agent now reluctantly collaborating with the alien occupiers in order to protect his family. It’s a tough position to be in, especially since his job pits him against the growing human resistance movement.
As you can probably imagine, the job of directing a new Star Wars movie is a pretty damn big deal, but still, while J.J. Abrams got the gig at the helm of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, he wasn’t the only person in the hunt. David Fincher, whose latest film Gone Girl is opens this Friday and is getting fantastic reviews, met with Lucasfilm executives about the job, but ultimately said he didn’t want it.
The Fight Club director was one of the early names connected to Episode VII, and as he revealed recently, there was some truth to the rumors. Granted, Lucasfilm probably contacted just about every big name filmmaker out there (and he was an assistant cameraman on Return of the Jedi), but Fincher did meet with president Kathleen Kennedy. It makes sense that he would turn down the project, he was connected to Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake for a long time, but friction with the studio dragging its feet ultimately caused him to walk away from that.