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Guardians Of The Galaxy Officially Casts Bradley Cooper As Rocket Raccoon

Bradley Cooper Is Rocket Raccoon“I love it when a plan comes together!” It looks like Marvel has finally assembled the entire team for Guardians of the Galaxy. More than six months ago, actor Chris Pratt was cast in the leading role of Star-Lord/Peter Quill in Marvel’s newest cosmic movie. Shortly thereafter, Dave Bautista was cast as Drax the Destroyer, and Star Trek‘s Zoe Saldana joined in the role of Gamora, the deadliest woman in the galaxy. A few weeks ago, Vin Diesel signed on to voice the treelike alien Groot and now it appears Marvel has found their Rocket Raccoon…and it’s actor Bradley Cooper.

According to Marvel, Bradley Cooper will indeed voice the gun-loving Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy. In a press release, Marvel mentioned that Cooper would lend his voice, but it didn’t disclose whether he’ll also provide motion capture for the character. Regardless, the entire team is assembled and we’re one step closer to seeing the comic book movie launch into theaters next August.

Rocket Raccoon is the lovable, violent, anthropomorphic raccoon who is an expert marksman and a master tactician among the the Guardians of the Galaxy team. Rocket also acts as the Guardian of the Keystone Quadrant, the area of outer space sealed off from the rest of the galaxy by the Galacian Wall. He has the ability of super speed and acute senses. He is also an accomplished starship pilot and second-in-command when Star-Lord isn’t around.

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Transformers 4 Set Videos Reveal Anti-Transformers Propaganda

Director Michael Bay is in the middle of principal photography on the fourth installment of his Transformers series, and a leaked call sheet from the set reveals a few more tidbits about the upcoming movie. The film is currently shooting in Chicago’s McCormick Place and Millennium Park, which have been the source of a few leaked videos that give you an idea of type of destruction you’ll see next summer.

Apparently, Bay wasn’t joking about the next installment taking place four years after the events of Dark of the Moon. The locations have been covered with anti-Transformers propaganda material, including graffiti reminiscent of Shepard Fairey’s 2008 Barack Obama campaign poster, but instead of “Hope,” they read “Hate.”

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Robotic 3D Printer Spiders Could Build The Spacecraft Of Tomorrow

spiderfabWe know that NASA has been talking about taking 3D printing into space for a little while now, and I’ll admit that my limited mental scope only thought they’d be sending a few manufactured 3D printers up there to work on things in the International Space Station, but boy was I off. They’re currently getting involved with the Washington-based aerospace company Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) to work on a much grander project they’re calling SpiderFab, which will be an arachnid-like bot that will be capable of building massive spacecraft while orbiting Earth. Sounds pretty awesome, right? I can already see businesses getting involved so that giant floating billboards will be circling the Earth in 10 years. But this collaboration has more sincere goals.

NASA chose TUI as the winner of the Innovative Advanced Concepts Program, awarding them a $500,000 contract, which will go a long way toward getting this unique concept into space. Simply put, there’s a multi-limbed robotic spider creature that is capable of 3D printing structures on the go, such as antennas, and it can make them much larger than anything that can comfortably be rocketed into space fully constructed. Since the main components consist of the spider and the polymers needed for building, as well as the program to tell the spider what to do, of course, this makes for a far smaller payload than sending already built parts. Conservation is key when you’re burning thousands of pounds of fuel to get a successful launch. TUI’s CEO and Chief Scientist Dr. Rob Hoyt can of course explain things better than I can:

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Lego Robots Battle To The Robot Death

Lego Mindstorm EV3Hacktivism and hackers have been getting a lot of press lately, from Aaron Schwartz to the Syrian Electronic Army. So when I read about another hackathon, I cringe and wait for the bad news. But not this time. When you combine Legos and robots with hacking, you get a whole lot of awesomeness.

Groups of techies from companies like Facebook, Flickr, Autodesk, and Pandora received Lego’s new EV3 Mindstorm kits and were told to have at it. Each team built a robot and then, naturally, the robots fought to the robot death. Before we get to the battle, take a moment to check out the new Lego development, the third generation of the Mindstorm model. The kit contains motors, sensors, and other elements that allow users to create and control robots via a small programmable brick, smartphones, or software. They walk, talk, dance, or hack the websites of major media outlets.

The Mindstorm EV3 hits shelves this weekend on September 1—just in time to distract your kids from going back to school. Or if you’re in my class, just in time to get an A, especially if you can program to write competent essays.

Flickrbot

Flickrbot

Flickr-bot, an homage to Emperor Norton, a San Franciscan who declared himself emperor of the U.S., used banknotes as a weapon, in reference to the currency Norton developed and used (and that people actually accepted). A money-spewing robot? What’s not to love?

Flickrbot

Flickrbot

Autodesk’s diminutive droid clung to an iPhone (in a Lego case, of course) and got so wrapped up in playing with the phone that it kept running into feet, otherwise oblivious to its surroundings. I don’t know if it was the intent, but this robot is certainly the most human-like. We’re not the only ones that are easily distracted.

Autodeskbot

Autodeskbot

Bay Area-based Pandora used the kit’s computer with two robots in a San Francisco Giants v. Oakland Athletics showdown. One pitched while the other hit. The baseball robots can compete autonomously or via human control, and registered hits both ways. At least this event was free from doping scandals.

Pandorabot

Pandorabot

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Oakland Pandorabot

The Facebook bot was more the t-ball type than fast pitch, and cruised the bases using route indicators.

Facebookbot

Facebookbot

At the end of the day the judges deliberated. Since none of the robots actually delivered Robot Combat League style beat downs, the victor had to be named by decision, and Pandora took home the top prize. Now to program the robot to get rid of all their ads.

Pandora wins

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The Latest Walking Dead Clip Is Eleven Seconds Of Action And Horror

Sometimes it feels like we’re not going to get a look longer than a few measly seconds at the upcoming season four of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead. Sure we got that extended preview coming out of San Diego Comic-Con last month, but since then it’s been a few seconds here, a few seconds there, and the latest clip, clocking in at a massive eleven seconds, continues this trend.

Calling this eleven seconds of footage is, admittedly, a bit of an overstatement. The entire video is eleven seconds long, and that includes multiple network logos and a quote from some media outlet you’ve never heard of. In reality, you clock four to five seconds of actual footage from The Walking Dead. But it’s not a bad four or five seconds, and is pretty damn exciting for such a quick hit. Still, as full of madness, horror, and action as it is, such a short clip isn’t going to provide much in the way of satisfaction.

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Riddick Feature And Poster Make It Clear The Beefy Outlaw Is On A Quest


It’s been a long, strange trip, but when Riddick hits theaters next Friday, September 6, it will be the culmination a journey that began nearly a decade ago. After years of starts and stops, both figuratively and literally, the well-muscled space outlaw finally returns to the big screen. We’ve seen photos, trailers, TV spots, and clips galore, but a new feature digs a little deeper into the production. And there’s another poster, this time of Riddick with his space dog. Maybe they bond because Riddick saves her puppy from a monster in that one clip.

Star Vin Diesel and director David Twohy spend some time talking about their passion project, but a lot of what they say is what they’ve been saying all along. They discuss how the originally envisioned three more movies after Chronicles of Riddick (if this film is a success, Twohy has already said they intend to make more films), and about how they wanted to get back to the grittier, more stripped down aesthetic and feel of the first film in the series, Pitch Black. This is all well and good, and you really do feel their enthusiasm.