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Cross The Streams: The World’s End Will Assimilate You

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Ghostbusters: 30 Things You Might Not Know About The Classic Comedy

It’s headed back into theaters, for one thing!

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Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, And Chris Pratt Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is absolutely everywhere right now. There are segments about it on the evening news, people I barely knew in high school are posting videos on their Facebook pages and calling out their friends, and, of course, loads of celebrities are getting in on the act. We’ve reached the point where there has become a backlash, and that backlash has even gotten big enough that there’s a backlash against the backlash. How quickly the whole phenomenon has grown and spread, and the way it’s evolved, is fascinating. So we have to write about this at least once, and who better to get us to do that than Star Trek: The Next Generation lead, and Professor X himself, Patrick Stewart, who has one of the best videos yet. But he’s not the only member of team sci-fi doing this.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard is not the only celebrity to try to get out of dousing himself with cold, cold water, though it looks like he’s going to make a sizeable donation. At least we hope that’s why he’s got his checkbook out, otherwise he’s just kind of a dick, and he’s never come across as one before, so why start now?

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Mythbusters May Have Fired More Than Half Of Its Cast

MythbustersMythbusters is light years better than the vast majority of reality TV out there (I’ve seriously been unfollowing people who tweet about Big Brother). And no matter how you feel about it, Mythbusters is about to undergo significant changes.

Hosts Adam Savage (the red-headed guy) and Jamie Hyneman (the guy who looks like a grumpy walrus) are the main faces of the show, but they’ve also have a trio of supporting players—Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara—as back up. Or at least had, because according to reports, the three members of the “Build Team,” who have grown quite popular in their own right, are leaving the show. It actually sounds very much like they’ve been fired, but since we’re not privy to that kind of insider information, we can only speculate.

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Thousands Of Life Forms Found A Half-Mile Below The Antarctic Ice

AntarcticaIn “Blues for a Red Planet,” the fifth episode of the original Cosmos, Carl Sagan focuses on Mars and the possibility of finding life there (at the time of filming, water had not yet been found on the planet’s surface). Sagan believed that life once existed on the Red Planet, and that it probably still did, at least in microbial form. He supported this claim by talking about a colleague and friend of his who spent time (and eventually lost his life) exploring the Antarctic, proving that such life existed even there. It’s hard to imagine how anything could survive in that climate, often devoid of sunlight and piled endlessly with ice, but as always, life finds a way.

A group of researchers from the WISSARD (Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling) expedition team have been exploring the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet, which contains roughly 10% of the continent’s ice. The team found a flourishing ecosystem roughly half a mile below the ice sheet’s surface in a frozen lake that hasn’t been touched by sunlight or air for millions of years. In a paper recently published in Nature, they were able to, “prove unequivocally to the world that Antarctica is not a dead continent,” said the project’s chief scientist John Priscu.

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Jurassic World: Star Vincent D’Onofrio Says No One Really Has It Right Yet

Vincent D'OnofrioJurassic World, the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, has had a problem with security on set almost since day one. We’re not talking about the safety of the cast and crew, but when it comes leaks coming from somewhere within the production, they could stand to clamp down on things a bit. Maybe they should implement a “loose lips sink ships,” “loose talk is noose talk,” “snitches get stitches” kind of policy. But despite massive leaks that revealed apparently key components of the plot, one cast member says we ain’t heard nothin’ yet.

Vincent D’Onofrio, who stars as the main villain in the Colin Trevorrow-directed film, recently sat down and talked to Screen Crush about the film. Though he’s probably most known for his role on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, D’Onofrio has long been a fantastic character actor, and I’m personally pretty stoked to see him play Carlton Fisk, aka The Kingpin, in Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil series.

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Book Review: The Art Of John Alvin

John AlvinJohn Alvin may not be as well known as the likes of Saul Bass, or others among his contemporaries in the movie poster making business, but his body of work is no less impressive, and the images no less important and iconic. He passed away in 2008, but his wife Andrea Alvin has compiled an incredible book of his work, both the finished product as well as in-process pieces and alternates to the famous ones that you know and have framed on your wall.

Even if you don’t know his name, you know Alvin’s work. His first foray into movie art was for Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles in 1974, which right off the bat should indicate that he’s going to have an interesting career. The big ones you’re familiar with are the likes of Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman, Blade Runner, and a ton of Steven Spielberg movies, like E.T. and Jurassic Park. But he also worked on art for Willow, Spaceballs, and the resurgent Disney animation titles like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. And then there’s the weird shit, like Brian De Palma’s The Phantom of the Paradise and the Eddie Murphy vehicle The Golden Child. Told you Alvin had an interesting career.

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Dead Rising Movie Taps Leprechaun: Origins Director Zach Lipovsky

Dead RisingGiven the popularity of both zombies and video game movies, it’s a little bit surprising that it has taken so long for us to get an adaptation of Capcom’s popular Dead Rising, but now there’s been some serious forward movement on the upcoming project. Legendary Entertainment, Crackle, and legendary producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura have hired Zack Lipovsky to helm their undead actioner.

The Wrap reports the news, and while adaptations of video games have a long and checkered past, to say the least, Lipovsky may be the perfect man for this particular job. He’s primarily known for his visual effects work, and appeared as a contestant on the Steven Spielberg-produced reality series On the Lot. Though he only has one feature directing gig under his belt, it is the latest installment in a venerable, not to mention ridiculous, horror franchise Leprechaun: Origins. That seems like a great warm up for a movie like Dead Rising, as do his stints behind the camera on schlocky Syfy fare like Tasmanian Devils.