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Rupert Wyatt Plans To Direct 10-Part Sci-Fi Series Echo Chamber

Rupert WyattRupert Wyatt has directed Rise of the Planet of the Apes and was on the shortlist of directors to take over Star Trek 3 after Roberto Orci vacated the seat. While that last one didn’t pan out, going instead to Fast Five’s Justin Lin, Wyatt is sticking with sci-fi for his next project, an ambitious, ten-part series called Echo Chamber.

This has been in the works for some time, as it has been in development for five years, but things appear to have changed over time. The story follows a British soldier who goes undercover in the IRA, which, while it sounds promising, is hardly science fiction in any way. That said, it’s apparently evolved in the last few years, shifting from a true-life tale of bravery and heroism, to something with more of a genre bend. And we support that completely.

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U.K. Group Crowdfunds Their Mission To The Moon, Details Here

Lunar Mission OneYou really can crowdfund anything these days. Big filmmakers have turned to this avenue as a way to fund movies studios and other traditional investors pass over, all kinds of gadgets and gizmos would never see the light of day without this strategy, and you even see all kinds of businesses acquire their start up capital this way. You can even finance your trip to the Moon if you’re so inclined, which is a feat that one intrepid group of would be space explorers just successfully accomplished.

The U.K-based collection of scientists and engineers known as Lunar Mission One recently hit their target goal of 600,000 pounds (roughly $1 million U.S.) on Kickstarter, reaching their goal with more than a day to spare (they ultimately hit 672,000). With more than 6800 backers, their ultimate aim is to send a robotic probe to the surface of the moon in order to drill and perform research.

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12 Things We Loved About Doctor Who: Last Christmas

Doctor Who and Christmas are like chocolate and peanut butter — two great tastes that taste great together. Maybe it’s because Who is often as much fairy tale as space opera, or that The Doctor himself bears no small resemblance to some of our culture’s even better-known mythical figures. But regardless of why, sending The Doctor on Christmas-themed adventures just feels right, and has become one of our favorite Holiday traditions here at GFR. This year’s outing, entitled “Last Christmas,” didn’t disappoint, and in the spirit of the 12 Days of Christmas — and the 12th Doctor himself — we’re going to highlight the 12 things we loved most about “Last Christmas.”

Santa1) Nick Frost as Santa Claus
Doctor Who has trotted out characters of questionable reality before — The Doctor bantered with Robin Hood earlier this year, after all — but many were wondering how the show would handle the appearance of Santa Claus. I mean, the idea of Santa is only slightly more preposterous than the idea of a nigh-immortal alien who travels through time and space in a police box, but would the show actually declare Jolly Old St. Nick to be flesh-and-blood reality? The answer proved to be both satisfying and very much consistent with the show’s tone and “reality.” And with Santa played by a perfectly cast Nick Frost — who got some of the best lines — “Last Christmas” proved to be a Christmas adventure we might just have to make an annual tradition in and of itself.

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This Thunderbirds Are Go! Trailer Cuts The Strings

I haven’t watched Thunderbirds Are Go! in probably at least a decade, possibly two. But I still have fond memories of the show. How can you go wrong with puppets in space? That’s just a winning combination if I’ve ever heard one. The Gerry and Sylvia Anderson-created series has been in the process of being rebooted for so long that I keep forgetting it’s happening at all. Still, however below my own personal radar this flies, it is creeping along, and this new teaser trailer has shown up online to give you a brief glimpse at the new version.

Scheduled to show up on ITV in the U.K. sometime in 2015, the revamped Thunderbirds Are Go! is a mixture of CGI and live action miniatures, which should be something wholly unique, and they put together an impressive array of talent onscreen and off. Weta Workshop, the special effects house behind all of Peter Jackson’s Tolkien films (not to mention Bong Joon-ho’s The Host and Jonathan King’s Black Sheep, both of which I think are even more impressive) is handling that side of things, so you know it will look amazing.

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Doctor Who: Jenna Coleman’s Future Includes More Adventures With The Doctor

ClaraIt’s not going too far out on a limb to presume that many of you out there in Internet land spent part of yesterday watching the annual Doctor Who Christmas special, “The Last Christmas.” If you haven’t checked it out yet, don’t worry, I can’t possibly spoil anything about it, even if I wanted to, since I haven’t watched it yet either. For the last few months, there has been a great deal of talk about Jenna Louise Coleman’s future on the show. As you know, she plays the Doctor’s latest traveling companion, Clara, and since August or so there’s been back and forth talk that she was going to leave the show after the Holiday. We now know, however, that she’ll be around for a while longer.

The BBC confirmed that the 28-year-old actress will in fact be back for another go round, signing on through season 9. A while back, we learned that the 12th Time Lord, Peter Capaldi, is also set to return for this upcoming run, and this move keeps the pair intact. They definitely have a different sort of relationship than Clara did with the previous Doctor, then again, Matt Smith’s bouncy cartoon of a man is a substantially different sort of character than Capaldi’s version.

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Roberto Orci Reveals Just How Much He’s Involved In Star Trek 3

Star TrekSince being ousted as director, many people have been wondering about Roberto Orci’s continued role in the upcoming Star Trek 3. We’ve heard that he will stay on, though in what capacity no one was quite sure, until now. Orci took to the internet to speak to the nature of his involvement, and it will be much more limited than before.

Once again, Orci visited the message boards over at Trek Movie, saying, “I’m producing, nothing more or less.” That’s about as straightforward and to the point as you can get. And while we’ve heard that Star Trek 3 is going to continue to work from a script by John D. Payne and Patrick McKay, it sounds like that is up in the air as well, as Orci replied to another comment, saying, “I won’t lie, I don’t know yet [who is writing], but the story we are talking about would be awesome, hang in there!”