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Comet Dives Into The Sun, Scores A 9.8

Comets sure are dramatic sometimes — last week, one dove right into the sun! Scientists from NASA and the ESA observed the comet via the cooperative Solar & Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), which was launched in 1995 to study the Sun’s internal structure, atmosphere, solar winds, and ionized gases. The comet was relatively tiny — a few tens of meters across, according to a U.S. Naval Research Lab scientist. And while that may seem big to us, it wasn’t anywhere near big enough to survive the solar radiation.

The video below shows the dramatic nosedive. It takes close to 40 seconds for the comet to appear at the bottom right of the screen, where it quickly heads into the sun with a dramatic finish.

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Tomorrowland’s Official Synopsis Teases The Mystery As Shooting Begins Today

TomorrowlandDisney’s Tomorrowland will team up director Brad Bird with screenwriter Damon Lindelof for a mysterious science fiction family film. While there isn’t much known about the new Disney movie, production on the film is scheduled to begin today, targeting a December 2014 release date. Tomorrowland is one of Disney’s most well guarded film projects, with Bird and Lindelof taking cues from J.J. Abrams’ brand of mystery building. With Tomorrowland starting production in Vancouver, Canada, Disney also has finally released the film’s official synopsis…which really doesn’t shed light on anything.

In a press release from Disney, Tomorrowland is described thusly:

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as Tomorrowland.

It’s believed that George Clooney (Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity) will play Frank Walker, the adult version of the “former boy-genius inventor” role, while actor Britt Robertson (Under the Dome) will most likely play Casey Newton, the bright teen in question. The synopsis really doesn’t give away much, but then again we aren’t expecting many of Tomorrowland‘s mysteries to be revealed until it hits theaters in 2014.

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Continuum Wraps Up Season Two And The Eighth Doctor Is Celebrated: This Week In Science Fiction

ContinuumYou wouldn’t expect it as August closes out, but there’s actually a lot going on across the science fiction landscape this week. Syfy’s Continuum, which has gotten surprisingly good, wraps up its second season this Friday, but fear not! Continuum has already been renewed for a third season by its Canadian home network, Showcase, so expect it to make its way down to the States sometime next year. GFR boss Josh Tyler has been raving about the show as of late, so we’re tentatively marking a vaguely summer-ish bit of our calendar in excitement.

Saturday night Doctor Who fans can tune in to yet another Doctors Revisited special on BBC America, this time looking at the Doctor who never really got his due…at least not on TV. The latest special will reminisce about the Eighth Doctor, played by Paul McGann in a single Fox TV movie that attempted to get American audiences hooked on the British classic, but which seemed to have arrived too early by, oh, ten years or so. Still, given the early buzz about what we’ll learn in the upcoming Who 50th anniversary special, now may be the perfect time to brush up on Eighth Doctor history…

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Casts Cressida, Lionsgate Reveals Victory Banner

Natalie DormerAlthough The Hunger Games: Catching Fire doesn’t hit theaters until this November, director Francis Lawrence is quickly getting the sequel ready for November 2014. Considering that the Hunger Games movies traditionally start production in September, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will most likely follow suit next month. While the film’s principal leads such as Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth are locked for production The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Lionsgate has started adding more actors to the cast of the third installment in The Hunger Games film franchise.

As reported on ComingSoon, actor Natalie Dormer has been cast for both parts of Mockingjay. Dormer will play the role of Cressida, a film director from the Capitol who ends up joining the rebellion along with her assistant Messalla and her cameramen Castor and Pollux.

Natalie Dormer is a 31-year-old British actor most recognizable as Margaery Tyrell on HBO’s Game of Thrones. She was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Performance for her role as Anne Boleyn in Showtime’s The Tudors in 2009. She also has a small role in Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger as Private Lorraine, who tries to steal a kiss from Steve Rogers.

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Mysterious Traub Motorcycle Lives In A Museum, But Still Offers a Sweet Ride

TraubMotorcycles are bad-ass, no matter how you slice it. While I love my bike, it provides nothing of the swagger and noise of a motorcycle. And when you combine a motorcycle with a mystery, you’ve got something really special — the Traub.

The story starts in Chicago in the late ’60s. A plumber took down a brick wall, only to find pipes of the coolest kind — a unique vintage motorcycle bearing the name “Traub” and plates from 1917. The owner of the building eventually copped to knowing that his son stole the bike, but because his son never returned from WWI, no one knows where or from whom he jacked it.

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The Stand Gets A New Director In The Wake Of The Ben Affleck Batman Casting

Scott CooperUnless you’ve been living in a cave, or, you know, not going on the internet and cruising movie-centric websites, you’re well aware that Reindeer Games star Ben Affleck has apparently been cast as the latest big screen Batman. He’ll play the Caped Crusader in the Batman Vs. Superman movie that will purportedly be the sequel to this summer’s Man of Steel. While the world wide web lost its collective shit over this announcement—the pro camps have been stocking up in WMDs for the inevitable clash with the anti-Affleck contingents who I believe are armed with nerve gas—there are wider reaching implications. Chief among these is, what the hell is going to happen to the adaptation of Stephen King’s epic apocalyptic tale The Stand that Affleck was supposed to direct? Well, it didn’t take long, but it looks like we may have an answer.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Scott Cooper is in talks to take over the director’s chair so recently vacated by the Argo director. Cooper’s highest profile job thus far has been at the helm of 2009’s Crazy Heart, which won Jeff Bridges an Academy Award for best actor. His follow up, the thriller Out of the Furnace, comes out this December, and stars the last Batman, Christian Bale, as well as Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson, Forrest Whitaker, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe, and the younger Affleck brother, Casey.