As cool as it must be to be in a Star Wars, to be part of something so many people love and revere, the flip side is that no matter what you do, especially if you’re one of the key players, you’re always going to have to fend off related questions. Small price to pay, but still, after a few decades, it probably gets old. Such is the case with Mark Hamill when he sat down with Yahoo to talk about his role in an upcoming Elf musical special. We don’t care a whit about that, but lucky for us, Hamill is always game to talk about that far, far away galaxy, and discussed his experience on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
We may be losing a couple of sci-fi shows before too long (both Continuum and Falling Skies have end dates in sight), but don’t worry, we’ve got more on the way. Syfy is developing an absurd slate of new shows and projects, with the likes of the miniseries Ascension kicking off next week and their adaptation of 12 Monkeys travelling back to next month, but they’re not the only ones. USA just picked up an alien abduction project from Gary Dauberman (Annabelle, The Conjuring) called The Terrestrial.
Deadline reports that the series follows a schizophrenic man who has to look into his own dark past for answers after his estranged teenage daughter goes missing. Turns out she was abducted, and as you probably already guessed, it involves aliens. But that’s not all, the hero happens to have his own trouble history with invaders from another world, as ten years ago he was abducted and believes the same gang may be responsible.
In just over a month, Syfy finally unveils their serialized adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 time travel mind-bender 12 Monkeys, and though we’re still a ways out, the network is pushing their new series hard. Just the other day we saw a featurette that digs into the relationship between the two main characters, and now they’re back with another that explores the idea of fate, morality, sacrifice, and shows off a bunch of new footage.
On the surface, the series resembles Gilliam’s film, at least in the details. After a vicious plague wipes out most of the human population, James Cole (Aaron Stanford) is sent back in time from the year 2043 using an untested method of time travel to try to put a stop to this disaster. Once there, he enlists the help of Doctor Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull) in his quest, and goes about trying to save humanity as well as redeem himself.
As of the other day, we know the names of some of the characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We don’t know much else about them, but, for instance, we can stop referring to Daisy Ridley’s character as Kira and start calling her by her realm name, which is Rey, and John Boyega is not just a stormtrooper on the run, now he’s a stormtrooper on the run named Finn. Though we don’t know his name, we may now have some additional details about Andy Serkis’ character (or at least one of them?).
Don’t read on if you’re sensitive to possible SPOILERS about The Force Awakens or are just trying to go in cold. Also, don’t put too much stock in this rumor as that it all it is at this point, unsubstantiated hearsay from an unnamed source.
For the most part, we’ve tried to ignore all of the leaked emails that are coming out as part of that massive hack over at Sony. We don’t particularly care that there’s lots of infighting, that the studio doesn’t care for Adam Sandler movies, or that many of the executives seem like shitty people (I’ve never met a movie exec in real life, but considering that you almost never see one portrayed anywhere as a good person, this isn’t a surprise to anyone). Not to mention, reading someone else’s private correspondence feels all kinds of gross. That said, one of the recently revealed emails features a tidbit we just couldn’t ignore, and lists five actresses who apparently want to be in Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot. They are Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Lizzie Caplan, Melissa McCarthy, and Amy Schumer.
That cross-shaped lightsaber we first spied in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer has caused quite a ruckus, sparking way more controversy than you might expect from a fictional weapon. Then again, this is Star Wars we’re talking about, so nothing should really surprise you. The design has been torn apart in a variety of ways, but it’s also been very publicly defended by Stephen Colbert, so there’s that. But this isn’t the only new lightsaber being introduced into the ever-expanding galaxy far, far away. Burgeoning Jedi Knight Ezra Bridger from the animated series Star Wars Rebels is also getting his own custom weapon, which is even crazier than the last one.
This new lightsaber has a special design and multiple uses. There were a great deal of quips about the last one being a Swiss Army saber, but that’s nothing next to this one, which isn’t just a sword, it’s also a blaster. That is certainly going to ruffle a few feathers.