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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Check Out This Redesigned TIE Fighter

TIE FIghterAs far as characters go, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer sticks with the new kids on the block, offering fans our first look at Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), BB-8, and Kylo Ren. None of the returning fan favorites like Luke, Leia, or Han, are anywhere to be seen, but we already know a lot about them, so no big loss. We do, however, get a look at some familiar spaceships. The Millennium Falcon soars around as she does, and while the X-Wings are readily identifiable as such, they definitely got a makeover, though they’re not the only ones. A few TIE Fighters can be seen zipping around the Falcon, but some concept art has surfaced showing off a new redesign that throws a wrinkle into the proceedings and raises some questions.

Check out the leaked image over at Indie Revolver, and what you see is definitely not your standard TIE Fighter. This looks more like something an officer or dignitary travels in rather than one of the small, agile crafts that are out there in the middle of the shit, dogfighting with X-Wings and the like. It just looks bigger and less agile, more like a transport vehicle than a fighter. That said, it still doesn’t look like anything you want to mess with if you have the choice.

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2014’s Best Sci-Fi Movies: Brent’s Picks

EverythingGuardiansTicket sales at the box office may have been at a 20-year low in 2014, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t anything worth seeing. I’m a firm believer that, no matter the state of the industry, there will always be people making exciting, interesting films, you just might have to look for them. Regardless of what this means for studios and their bottom lines, sci-fi fans had a lot to dig into over the past year. There were huge, spectacle style blockbusters right along side quiet, introspective independent features more concerned with ideas than eye candy, as well as everything in between. There are a few gaps in my genre viewing for the year—I still have yet to watch titles like Young Ones, The Zero Theorem, and Under the Skin for some reason—but in this spirit, here are my top sci-fi movies of 2014.

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Choose Your Own Adventure In These Project Almanac TV Spots

Now that it’s 2015, prepare yourself for an entire year’s worth of Back to the Future 2 jokes and people lamenting the fact that we don’t have hoverboards. But if you’re into time travel movies, you’re in luck, because January has a couple to choose from. The Spierig Brothers’ Predestination drops next week, and later this month, the found footage time jumping adventure Project Almanac opens, and that film just released a ton of new TV spots.

The story follows a group of high school friends who discover that one’s father designed and built a time machine. Being impetuous teens, they use the newly discovered device to get up to all kinds of mischief. As with stories of this ilk, everything starts off all sunshine and puppy dogs, only to take a dark, serious turn as unforeseen consequences pile up around them. As an aesthetic choice, the found footage thing is hit and miss and will likely turn some viewers off, but if nothing else, story wise, Project Almanac at least seems like it’s trying to do something different.

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Neill Blomkamp Was Working On An Alien Movie, Check Out This Concept Art

Blomkamp AlienNeill Blomkamp has a history of ambitious projects that don’t quite pan out. He’s delivered movies like District 9 and Elysium, and his robot-themed outsider story Chappie opens up this year, but there was also that big studio adaptation of Halo that never came together, among others. It looks like we can add another potentially awesome film to the pile of things that will never happen, as Blomkamp was apparently working on an Alien movie (in what capacity we’re not sure), and recently posted some concept art from the abandoned project.

Blomkamp shared this art and information on his Instagram and Twitter accounts, and while he was definitely working on something, it doesn’t appear that this was anything that was ever going to happen, or anything that involved the studio in any way. In fact, it seems like he was just doing this for kicks, and in that regard this feels like fan art. But really awesome fan art. I don’t entirely know what’s going on, but I like what I see.

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Watch Lightsaber Accessories Get Out Of Hand In This Animated Star Wars Parody

Since the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer arrived just after Thanksgiving, there has been almost nonstop back and forth chatter about broadsword-looking lightsaber wielded by the hooded character we now know as Kylo Ren. One of the concerns is that those new add-ons, while they may look totally badass, might not be the most practical enhancement. If these are indeed new additions, it also makes you wonder what other things folks have added to lightsabers over the years, and this new animated video imagines this idea played out to the ridiculous extreme.

There was one rumor floating around about this weapon a while back, and the more I think about it, the more it starts to make sense. We heard that this particular weapon isn’t new but is in fact very old, one of those Sith relics that one character, we don’t know who exactly, may collect. If that turns out to be the case, this is likely a design that was abandoned, probably for many of the reasons people have thrown out there. It could also explain why the blade is all wonky and ragged, perhaps this is simply very old and doesn’t work quite as well as it once did.

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2015 Wish: Futurama Will Live Again, Someway, Somehow

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Dammit, America. I let myself believe that I was done with Futurama for a little while. After the finale, which I found one of the more poignant pieces of (primetime) American animation, there was a shiny metal ass-weight lifted off of my chest, as I thought this always wonderful series was actually gone for good. And then that somber albatross was gloriously vanquished from my sky with the solid crossover episode with The Simpsons, and then there was rumorish talk about the show possibly returning. And now there’s an itch that only another season can scratch. 2015, do this.

I’ve now gone full-frontal Hedonismbot with my boner for more Futurama in the future. Addictions are normally fueled by knowing the substance of choice is already out there in the world, waiting for you to come and grab a hold of it at whatever cost. Being addicted to Futurama is like playing craps with marshmallows. When you’re hot, it all just sticks to your hand. That doesn’t make sense, because being addicted to Futurama doesn’t make sense. But this is how this series’ lifespan has led fans to behave.