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Holy Ellen Ripley! Alien: Isolation Reunites The Film’s Original Cast For Bonus Missions

alien: isolationWhile I’m sick of all these anniversary celebrations popping up for even film ever released, the 35th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s seminal classic Alien has made 2014 quite an exciting year. I seriously thought the recent glut of toy announcements was going to end up being the niftiest way to honor the sci-fi classic, but I was wrong. Sega and The Creative Assembly have gone the whole nine completely unpredictable yards by bringing the original cast back together again to reprise their roles for pre-order DLC for the upcoming video game Alien: Isolation.

If there were any lingering doubts that this game wasn’t going to be superior to the disastrous Aliens: Colonial Marines in every single way, this news just blew them out of the escape hatch.

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Steven Spielberg Murders A Dinosaur, The Internet Erupts In Outrage

Steven SpielbergAs a general rule, I consider sport hunters to be about the biggest assholes in world. There’s more of a grey area (sort of) when it comes to hunting for food, but few things piss me off like those dicks who hunt exotic animals for trophies and post pictures of themselves holding the corpses. These kinds of images often create a public backlash, like with that cheerleader from Texas Tech, and there was another one recently, kind of. An image of beloved filmmaker Steven Spielberg, made the rounds on the Internet and caused quite a stir, and when you look at it, you will most likely hang your head and weep for the future of the human race. Or laugh really hard.

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Cosmos, Futurama, And More Represent Sci-Fi With Primetime Emmy Nominations

cosmosAs sci-fi fans, we all know that unless an awards ceremony is specifically centered on science fiction, genre programming doesn’t stand much of a chance against the plethora of mainstream media out there. That said, the nominations for the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning, and science and sci-fi programming actually made a strong appearance, thanks in large part to Fox’s Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey. The biggest story of the announcement was actually what didn’t make the list—they will rue their ignorance of Orphan Black’s dramatic superiority—but that’s for another story. For now, we celebrate.

The Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted Cosmos was the definite standout, though it obviously didn’t get recognized in the Outstanding Lead Actor category or anything like that. Some of the infotainment series’ more notable and deserving noms were for Outstanding or Documentary Series, Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction, and Outstanding Special and Visual Effects, while the show’s art direction, music, main titles, and sound editing were also recognized. With twelve total nominations, it tied with acclaimed narrative series like True Detective and Orange is the New Black. (Breaking Bad earned 16 nominations.)

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Is Bold, Epic, And The Best Movie Of The Summer

DPA_Group_Bridge_VER_C_SRGB copyIn 2011, Rise of the Planet of the Apes rebooted the beloved franchise in a way that made many people forget about Tim Burton’s disastrous attempt to do the same thing in 2001. Rise was far better than most of us expected it to be, but the follow up, Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of those rarest things, a sequel that not only tops its predecessor in every way, but straight up blows it out of the water. And I like Rise, quite a bit actually, but the follow up is simply that much better. This is up there with Edge of Tomorrow and Snowpiercer vying for the best movie of the summer. Epic and bold, it, in true Apes fashion, aims to examine the animal in man by looking at the more human side of the animals.

Dawn is a harrowing adventure, full of tension and intrigue that keeps you leaning forward toward the movie screen throughout the entire film. Ten years have passed since Rise, and in the wake of great ape escape a vicious virus—called the Simian Flu, though it is really a manmade strain—has ripped through the human population. While the humans have struggled to survive, tearing apart the very fabric of society, the apes have thrived in the wilderness, building a civilization of their own. In fact, neither side is even sure if the other still exists, they’ve got their own concerns.

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TV Station Claims Star Trek Is An Important Part Of Community Programming

star trek tvStar Trek is an important program for many of us, but when we say this, we’re usually talking about the role it plays on a more personal level, for individual fans, or maybe we’re talking about the impact the iconic franchise had on science fiction as an entire genre. One broadcaster, however, is now claiming that Gene Roddenberry’s beloved television series is in fact a vital piece of its “community affairs programming.”

When the Federal Communications Commission—the government agency tasked with overseeing all radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable broadcasts in the United States—allowed KJWP to make the move from Wyoming to Delaware, it was contingent on their offering programs of value to the Wilmington area. This was the culmination of five-year legal battle. The TV station’s attorney says, “It looked to us like there was a dearth of locally based news coverage in Delaware.”

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Doctor Who Showrunner Steven Moffat Rumored For A Star Wars Movie

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UPDATE: Easy come, easy go. Moffat’s wife has popped on Twitter to shoot down the Star Wars rumors. Original story below.

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Well, this ought to get people riled up. Doctor Who is set to return next month for another season and with a new Doctor (Peter Capaldi), and showrunner Steven Moffat has hinted that he plans to stick with the show for a while yet. But if a new rumor is to be believed, he just might make a voyage into an entirely different iconic science fiction universe: that of George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise.

The rumor — and we do stress that word — comes via Jedi News, who claim that they’re “hearing rumblings in the Force that Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has been linked to a future Star Wars movie.” Now, even assuming this is true, “linked to” could mean a lot of things. If Lucasfilm/Disney is courting him to write or direct a future Star Wars film, there are several possible contenders. We know Looper’s Rian Johnson is writing and directing Episode VIII. Reports are conflicting, with some suggesting Johnson would finish out the new trilogy by also writing and directing Episode IX, whereas others claim he’ll only be writing a story treatment for IX. If that latter possibility is the case, then perhaps Moffat could be in line to direct Episode IX, and/or write the full screenplay from Johnson’s treatment.