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Benedict Cumberbatch Rumored For A Role In Star Wars: Episode VII

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We’re all well aware by now that five days cannot go by without a Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumor or two, and that most of these announcements are meant to be taken with a margarita glass rim full of salt. So when the website Film Chronicles posts a story with “Benedict Cumberbatch is in Star Wars VII” as the headline, it seems like a high-profile shot in the dark. However, this isn’t a site that normally deals with flimsy conjecture. There may be something to this. Benedict Cumberbatch may actually be in the next Star Wars! Unless, you know, he isn’t.

A lot of noise has surfaced lately saying Lucasfilm will soon announce the first cast member for the upcoming Star Wars sequel, though it’s damned near impossible for anyone to get an official word on anything, as is typical with most J.J. Abrams projects. Getting Cumberbatch involved would be worth a huge announcement, unlike the other recent rumors about Alex Pettyfer and Rachel Hurd-Wood. If only Film Chronicles even hinted at the source for their news. Maybe a little midi-chlorian told them.

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Giant Freakin’ Fall Preview: Sci-Fi Movies And TV Through The End Of 2013

RiddickThe summer moviegoing season is finally winding to a close, with some unexpected victors (http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/topic/world-war-z), some awesome surprises (Europa Report), and some big fat duds (R.I.P.D: Budget estimated at $130 million, worldwide gross of $59 million). Now it’s time to look forward to fall. For the movies, that mainly means Oscar bait and interesting smaller films; on the TV front it means new shows. Some will succeed, some will fail…and we hope at least one of them will actually be good. Here’s what to look forward to in the final months of 2013!

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Riddick (September 6)
After Chronicles of Riddick bombed at the box office in 2004 — it took in $92 million worldwide, against a $105 million budget — it looked like the adventures of the anti-heroic Richard B. Riddick were done on the big screen. Instead, director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel have resurrected the franchise pretty much through sheer force of will (and the leveraging of Diesel’s house). Riddick looks to be a return to the formula that worked so well the first time: Riddick being a badass and killing things in the dark. Twohy and Diesel obviously still have big plans for the character, so here’s hoping if we get a fourth one, it finds a way to mix the best elements of Chronicles and Pitch Black.

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The Walking Dead Cast And Crew Drop Major Season Four Info

zombies!This may very well be the make or break season for me and AMC’s The Walking Dead. I love the comics, and episodes like “Clear” from last season illustrate just how good the show can be. But on the other side, the quality varies so greatly week to week that it’s insanely frustrating as a fan to walk into each episode not knowing if you’re going to get quality or garbage. For every “Clear” there is at least one abysmal pile of nothing but filler, like “Arrow on the Doorpost.” There is some hope, however. When season four debuts on Sunday, October 13, it will be under the guidance of new showrunner Scott M. Gimple. He is the writer responsible for arguably the two best episodes since the series premiere in 2010, “Clear” and “Pretty Much Dead Already,” and if there is anyone who can right the ship, it’s him. He’s certainly saying all of the right things, and the cast and crew recently spoke with the Hollywood Reporter, offering up absurd amounts of information about the upcoming season, and most of the news shows promise.

Gimple calls the new philosophy a “greatest hits” approach, indicating that fans will see key moments from Robert Kirkman’s comic books. He says that they’ll grab from all of the seasons of the show, as well as various story arcs from the books. Get ready to see pieces from the comics in a new context, as well as a weaving together of the two disparate realities. For all of the changes, mixing and matching, and alterations, Gimple still aims to be true to the feel of the source material. He says, “The basis for those stories are totally from the spirit of the stories told in the comics.”

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Divergent Featurette Showcases The Film’s Action

Will Divergent be the next young adult film series to take the country by storm? Smart and action packed, it looks like it has a fighting chance to be the next Hunger Games or Ender’s Game, movies that take a look at a dystopian future where children are at the center of a deadly narrative. This new featurette showcases the action and story from the upcoming film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA book series.

While the film looks like it might be a winner, there’s no telling if audiences are looking at Divergent like it is the next big thing, or if we’re in for another Beautiful Creatures, Mortal Instruments, or The Host. Summit Entertainment is approaching the film in the same way as Lionsgate did with The Hunger Games. Both are based on best-selling YA franchises, both star an indie actor making their way to the mainstream (Divergent’s Shailene Woodley to The Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence), and both feature a dystopian society with a strict ruling class. The studio even placed the film in the same release slot that launched The Hunger Games to such great heights.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Banner Reminds You Who The Enemy Is

The Hunger Games Catching FireIf the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire isn’t the biggest movie of this fall, it’s destined to be near the top. After all, the first one raked in $691 million worldwide, so expectations are rather elevated. All the recent talk of the knock offs and pretenders to the dystopian young adult throne—films like Divergent and The Maze Runner—seems to have momentarily overshadowed the second installment in Suzanne Collins’ massive YA franchise, but Lionsgate is back to remind you of who is really number one. The latest tidbit from Panem is a super banner that depicts all of the various tributes to this installment of the Hunger Games. (Click HERE for a larger view.)

In this high-profile sequel, the annual competition that pits young people against one another in a winner-takes-all death match, takes on a different form. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Games, the so-called Quarter Quell, and every 25 years, the powers that be in the Capital like to do something special for the oppressed masses out in the Districts, to give them a real show. Instead of simply picking a random male and female teen from each district, the field this time around is made up entirely of previous winners.

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Simon Pegg Back Peddles From That Whole F*ck You Star Trek Fans Thing

Gary King!Simon Pegg is largely responsible for one of the best movies of the summer—though by the box office numbers, not nearly enough of you have gone to see The World’s End, which you should rectify immediately. He also managed to ruffle quite a few feathers recently when he issued a big “Fuck You” to Star Trek fans who voted Star Trek Into Darkness as the worst in the franchise. (It was actually beaten significantly by a non-Trek film, Galaxy Quest.) Now Pegg has tried to back peddle from his statement, or at least attempt to explain it away, but, in reality, makes himself look even worse.

Talking to Collider, Pegg had this to say:

Can I just please point out, following a few recent headlines of ‘Simon Pegg says ‘f– you’ to Star Trek fans,’ I was doorstepped by a journalist very early in the morning who told me that Into Darkness had been voted the worst in a poll.