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The Walking Dead Plumbs The Depths In This TV Spot And Featurette

Like a rotting corpse, the second half of season 5 of The Walking Dead is shuffling towards us and will be here before we know it, like on Sunday. To mark the return, AMC has released another tense new teaser, and a behind-the-scenes featurette of the cast and crew talking about what’s in store for the zombie apocalypse survivors.

Yesterday, we heard that Andrew Lincoln, who plays group leaders Rick Grimes on the show, assure fans that the first two episodes back will be especially brutal, and that we’re in store for what he thinks is the best run in the series. This new spot seems to agree, quoting reviews that call season 5 the best season ever. And if you look at this, you know that Lincoln wasn’t joking around.

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Nic Cage Has Definite Feelings About Hayden Christensen’s Star Wars Peformance

Hayden ChristensenNo matter what, for good or ill, Hayden Christensen will likely never be able to escape the shadow of his time spent in the Star Wars universe. To be fair, the same can be said of others, especially Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher—whatever else they’ve done in their careers, whatever their successes or failures, we’ll always think of them as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. (Harrison Ford, for his part, managed to move beyond his Han Solo character.) For all of the things people criticize about the prequels (even if you’re a fan, you have to admit, they’re widely panned films), one of the elements most often pointed out and derided is Christensen’s performance as Anakin Skywalker, who, of course, becomes Darth Vader (sorry if I spoiled that for anyone). Still, he’s not without his supporters, including one very famous champion, a little dude we like to call Nicolas Cage.

The two actors worked together on the upcoming fantasy adventure Outcast, and while doing press for that film, Cage took a few moments to praise his costar to IGN, specifically his turn in both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. He says, “I watched George’s movies, and the work Hayden did with George, and I was very impressed with Hayden’s sort of edgy, dangerous, dark and still soulful performance. I thought it was superb. And so I really connected with him.” He also calls Christensen a “lovely man,” and hopes they can continue to be friends.

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The Walking Dead’s Star Promises The Next Two Episodes Will Be Brutal

Walking DeadThe Walking Dead generally uses each half-season to tell a single story. They’re obviously not entirely standalone installments, and there are larger things that play out over more time, but each section definitely has its own distinct arc. Showrunner Scott Gimple has talked about this strategy quite a bit, and it’s served them well, as every time the show comes back from an extended break, like the current midseason hiatus, you start anew in many ways, keeping things fresh. This latest instance is no exception, and when the zombie drama returns for the rest of season 5 this weekend, expect some big changes.

There may be some spoilers beyond this point if you’re not caught up, then again, if you’re not current, why do you want to know what happens next?

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Star Wars Smithsonian Exhibition Delves Into The Costumes Of Far, Far Away

SW1With new Star Wars movies on their way to theaters beginning later this year, many fans are diving back into their love of a franchise the prequels may have tarnished, or just embracing it with even more excitement and enthusiasm. Well, in between Rebels marathons and reading the comics and novels, now you can explore Star Wars’ history courtesy of a new traveling Smithsonian show focused on the franchise’s amazing costumes.

From Darth Vader’s imposing silhouette to the Rebel pilots’ orange jumpsuits or the elaborate garb of Queen Amidala, Star Wars’ costume design has been an integral part of making George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away feel rich and detailed and real. An exhibition entitled “Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume” opened in Seattle on January 31 and will remain on display at the EMP Museum through October 4, 2015, after which it will travel to 11 more as-yet-unannounced cities. The show is a collaboration between Lucasfilm, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).

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Live Action Astro Boy And Robotech Adaptations Blast Off, Details Here

Astro BoyHollywood spends a lot of time considering what potential audiences are nostalgic for, which is why damn near every movie that gets released is a remake, a reboot, a sequel, or an adaptation of something that came before. If they liked it once, they’ll like it again, right? We’ve got Transformers, G.I. Joe, and maybe even a GoBots in the future, but two more projects that have the potential to be pretty cool, and that are now in the works, are live action Astro Boy and Robotech adaptations.

Heat Vision reports that Astro Boy, which had a 2009 animated movie that face-planted so hard almost no one remembers it happened, is in the works, being guided by Australian special effects house Animal Logic. They’re best known for working on Happy Feet and Avengers: Age of Ultron, though they’re also working on a Betty Boop movie.

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Comic(s) Relief: How Did Howard The Duck Wind Up In The Collector’s Collection?

Ever since Samuel L. Jackson showed up as Nick Fury in the post-credits sequence to Iron Man, Marvel’s Cinematic Universe films have had a tradition of serving up a little something awesome for the folks who stick around until after that bit about which film stock the movie used. Usually these little teasers have set up the next movie in the over-arching continuity, but Guardians of the Galaxy — in typical irreverent fashion — instead introduced an obscure Marvel character into the MCU canon. Moviegoers who weren’t hardcore fans were probably just confused when an anthropomorphic duck showed up to talk smack to Benecio del Toro’s Collector, but true fans knew that duck’s name was Howard, and that he was around long before George Lucas’ much-maligned ’80s flick. Now Marvel’s print side plans to follow up on the Guardians movie’s tease, with an upcoming comic story revealing just how Howard wound up in The Collector’s collection.

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