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Comic(s) Relief – Dredd: Uprise Returns To The Movie Universe With A Bang

If you loved the Dredd movie, you’ll want to check this out.

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Cross The Streams: The Hunger Games Catching Fire Can Be Found Here

Find out what’s new in streaming sci-fi!

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Let’s Kill Carl: Sci-Fi’s 10 Most Annoying Characters

Let’s hear it for the absolute worst.

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Y: The Last Man Movie Is No More, Former Director Talks What Might Have Been

y: the last manIn news that is both groan-worthy but also celebratory — and not exactly unexpected — Brian K. Vaughan’s stellar comic series Y: The Last Man is no longer on its way to the big screen, and will presumably never head down that troubled path again. Let’s all take a moment of silence to…(capuchin screams)…dammit, never mind. The announcement was made by director Dan Trachtenberg, the latest in a line of people who have tried to bring Vaughan’s hilarious and exciting story to film.

Usually in a case like this, it takes ages to get any details about “what might have been,” but Trachtenberg was awesome enough to speak with Slashfilm about the lapsed project, and he doesn’t seem to be all that sore about putting all of his hard work behind him. He compliments the shit out of comic writer Vaughan (who created the series with artist Pia Guerra), and divulges a lot of info about his influences and plans for the movie.

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John Scalzi’s Lock In Is Headed For Television

LockInImagine the world overrun by a mysterious new disease called “Haden’s syndrome.” For most who contract it, it’s no worse than a nasty case of the flu. But a small percentage of its victims become “locked in”: completely paralyzed, but also completely conscious. That’s a prospect that’s pretty damn close to the worst-case scenario for many, and it serves as the launching-off point for John Scalzi’s recent novel Lock In, which has only been out for around a month but is already in development as a potential TV series.

Published in August by Tor, Scalzi’s Lock In picks up a quarter century after Haden’s syndrome swept across the planet, long enough for society to have adjusted to the new reality the virus imposes. One of the more unusual of those changes is the existence of “integrators” — people with the ability to allow the locked in to borrow their bodies and go for a joy ride. But when two FBI agents are assigned to investigate a murder that involves an Integrator, you begin to realize how difficult upholding the law would become in a world where the person committing the crime might not be the original owner of the body.

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IBM’s Watson Is About To Get Even Smarter

JeopardyWatson, IBM’s famous Jeopardy-playing AI, already seems plenty smart. It can help create new and unexpected recipes; help Africa figure out ways to improve its agricultural, educational, and medical systems; and help cure brain cancer. Oh, and it can swear up a freakin’ storm, too. But IBM isn’t done yet. The company is working on enhancing Watson’s capabilities, as well as bringing it to the commercial market.

Watson’s thrashing of its human opponents in Jeopardy was just the start. If you watch it play, you’ll notice that Watson’s intelligence is specifically designed for game show success. It’s got the format down, including the phraseology and the buzzing in, and it calculates the probability of its answers being correct, as well as other possible answers. But this isn’t really intelligence as much as it is glorified and speedy search engine use. IBM is working on making Watson better at answering questions, but not just by searching through data repositories—they want the system to be able to integrate knowledge and information based on previous questions and answers.

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Bill & Ted’s Next Adventure Will Feature A Lot Of Different Bills and Teds

bill and tedWe deal with a lot of would-be projects around these parts, with films that should have been made already but still have too much going against them. The pick of that litter, to me, is a third Bill & Ted movie, which has moved from the rumor mill into the realm of the realistic possibility, but hasn’t really gone anywhere from there. And while we sadly aren’t announcing that the film is going into production or anything, Alex “Bill S. Preston Esquire” Winter has come out with a few details about the script that makes the wait to get this made even more agonizing.

“There’s many version of ourselves in this movie,” Winter shared with Yahoo! UK while promoting the taut thriller Grand Piano. This fits right in with the series already, as we’ve seen different versions of future Bill & Ted, evil Bill & Ted, and even robot Bill & Ted. At one point, it was said that the script followed the bumbling heroes as they tried to write the world’s greatest song with their band Wyld Stallyns—air guitar riff—but Winter doesn’t mention that here. (Maybe they finally listened to Tenacious D’s “Tribute” and backed off.)

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Star Wars: Episode VII: Get Your First Look At A Chrome Trooper

I’m just going to throw this up here right off the bat to get it out of the way, but there are some potential SPOILERS beyond this point in regards to the upcoming science fiction film Star Wars: Episode VII. Then again, this might all turn out to be nonsense, in which case nothing will be spoiled at all. But if you don’t want to take that chance, I suggest you stop reading.

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Big Hero 6 Trailer Saves The World With An Adorable Inflatable Robot

When Disney first acquired Marvel back in 2009, after people stopped assuming their favorite comic book characters would get Mickey-fied, there was a lot of guesswork going into what Marvel properties Disney would take on first. Oddly enough, they chose the relatively unknown title Big Hero 6, and they pretty much Mickey-fied it. But in this case, that’s perfectly fine, as it gives the world the huggable and goofy robot that is Baymax. Honestly, he’s pretty much the only memorable thing about the Big Hero 6 trailer seen above, although the film still looks like a fun and lighthearted adventure. Just with, like, puberty and grief and stuff. This isn’t a princess tale, to say the least.