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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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Doctor Who Reveals The Writers, Directors, And Titles Of Every Season 8 Episode

CapaldiWe’re officially less than a week away from new episodes of Doctor Who. Season 8 kicks off this Saturday, August 23, and there is sure to be many interesting things afoot over the course of the next dozen installments. Not only do we get our first proper introduction to Peter Capaldi’s version of the Time Lord, but if the report we heard yesterday is true, they will very likely be looking for a new companion to replace the departing Jenna-Louise Coleman, who will leave after the Christmas special. With so little time left until the season 8 premiere, the BBC has released a list of the writers, directors, and titles for each of the upcoming episodes.

Here’s the full list for your perusal, make of it what you will:

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Doctor Who Is Back With A Brand-New Time Lord: This Week’s TV Picks

DeepBreathAfter a long wait since last Christmas’ Time of the Doctor, our favorite time lord finally returns for a new season…and a new Doctor. After two young and quirky Doctors in the forms of David Tennant and Matt Smith, respectively, actor Peter Capaldi is set to play a Doctor who’s showing his years more, and who is a bit darker than his earlier selves. Don’t expect any flirtation between him and companion Clara. Hell, she’s not even sure he’s “a good man” anymore.

Naturally, BBC America is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the Doctor’s return, starting today with a reairing of the Doctors Revisited specials, a marathon of episodes, and a new special entitled The Ultimate Time Lord premiering tonight at 10/9c. The Who marathon will run all week, leading up to the season premiere Saturday night at 8/7c. They’ve even got both a pre-show and an after-show sandwiching the actual episode.

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Star Wars Rebels Short Attacks The Empire With Art And Explosions

Last week, amidst the deluge of Star Wars: Episode VII rumors that sprouted up online, Lucasfilm dropped a new short film for Star Wars Rebels. The upcoming animated series is going to be the first new addition to the canon since the Disney buy out, and considering some of the reports we heard, is sounds like the links between the show and the impending films will be as strong as we’ve been told. To follow that up, today they’re back with another new short, titled “Art Attack.”

The first offering focuses primarily on Chopper, the sassy little astromech droid very much in the R2-D2 vein. Hera and Kanan show up, but it’s Chopper’s show all the way. This latest video focuses on another member of the team, the Mandalorian called Sabine. Given this approach, you have to wonder if, building up towards the October release, we’re going to get a new short that highlights each member of the main Rebels team.

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New AI Will Transcend Siri’s Limitations

siriJust yesterday, my boyfriend I were driving home from New Hampshire and he asked me to send a text message to our friend. As I fumbled around for his phone, he said, “Wait! Let’s have Siri do it.” I don’t own a smartphone and will avoid doing so as long as possible, but I fully admit to the convenience of pretty much everyone I know having one. I get to satisfy my curiosity (and often raise my ire) by playing with friends’ smartphones — it’s kind of like bumming a cigarette here and there without ever buying a pack. To be honest, I don’t know that I’ve ever heard my boyfriend use Siri, so I was excited to give it a whirl. But it turns out that Siri wasn’t available in our current location, which wasn’t far from civilization at all. I guess Siri isn’t a fan of the White Mountain region? I got to think about how realistic Her felt, but how far we actually are from developing AI with anything approaching that level of intelligence and awareness. And apparently I’m not the only one with those thoughts — Viv Labs, a startup created by three of Siri’s creators, is set to release an AI that blows Siri out of the water.

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Life After Beth Review: Zombie Aubrey Plaza Anchors This Horror Comedy

life after bethIt takes a bright mind to bring new life to the zombie film these days, and even more so for the sub-genre of romantic zombie horror/comedies. Not because the subject matter is extremely difficult or anything; there just happens to be a dearth of bright minds behind the endless stream of undead-centered movies churned out on a yearly basis. While it has its share of tonal problems, Jeff Baena’s directorial debut, Life After Beth, stands far above the middle ground with exuberant performances from a star-studded cast and a sincerely bizarre sense of humor.

Baena, who co-wrote David O. Russell’s I Heart Huckabees, also wrote the screenplay for Life After Beth, which hones in on one particular instance of the dead rising, set on the outskirts of a larger outbreak. After a lovely opening that gives audiences their only peek into Aubrey Plaza’s Beth while she’s properly alive, the film settles in on Zach (Dane DeHaan), a young man anxiously grieving over Beth’s death-by-snakebite. Unable to find closure for a relationship that was in mid-turmoil, Zach pals up to Beth’s parents, Maury and Geenie, played with gleefully unhinged paranoia by John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon. But that friendship takes a strong left turn once he makes a certain discovery.

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Robin Williams’ Voicework On Absolutely Anything May Be Absolutely Incomplete

robin williamsIt seems the world has slowly come to grips with Robin Williams‘ suicide, though the Mrs. Doubtfire-shaped hole in our hearts will forever live on. The actor had several upcoming films already finished when he died last week, but it’s possible his wackiest role may not have been completed in time. At least, according to Simon Pegg, star of Terry Jones’ upcoming sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything, who isn’t sure that Williams’ voice work was finished.

Speaking with The Telegraph, Pegg says, “I’m not sure Robin had completed doing his voice in that movie. He was doing the voice of my dog and I hope that he had completed it because it would be a real shame not to have him in it.” British distributors Lionsgate UK declined to comment on the story, which seems vaguely suspicious, but is not at all indicative of any one specific outcome. After all, this is just Pegg’s opinion, which doesn’t seem to be based on much beyond the fact that we definitely know he didn’t have a conversation that involved Robin Williams saying, “Yes, I surely finished everything.”