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The World’s End Early Reviews And Reactions Are Mainly Positive

While the third and final film in Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s Three Flavours Cornetto (Blood and Ice Cream) trilogy doesn’t come out for two more months in the United States, The World’s End is positioned to open in theaters across the United Kingdom on July 19. The world premiere for The World’s End is this Wednesday in London, but film critics in England have already seen the movie and posted their reviews online. While The World’s End received positive early reviews, there are some who suggest the film takes a slight turn from the other films in the trilogy (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz).

WARNING: VERY MINOR SPOILERS BELOW. IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE WORLD’S END, STOP READING NOW!

Gary King!

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Want U.S. Stamps Honoring Science Fiction Authors? Sign The Petition!

Robert Heinlein stampThese days, science fiction authors get more kudos than they used to. The Sunjammer solar sail and the Clarke Belt, the part of space where geostationary satellites live, are both named after Arthur C. Clarke and his works. Iain M. Banks recently had an asteroid (re)named after him. NASA renamed Curiosity’s landing site on Mars Bradbury Landing.

Next up: postage stamps honoring sci-fi writers — if we can convince the USPS, that is.

Back in February, the USPS Commemorative Panel announced that this summer it will issue stamps honoring five pivotal science fiction writers: Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Frank Herbert, and Ray Bradbury (it used to be a rule that someone had to be dead for five years before being memorialized on a stamp, but no longer). Gene Mierzejewski of Amazing Stories said it best when his “heart couldn’t help skipping a beat” when he read the news.

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Pacific Rim Stomps Into Theaters, Demands You See It: This Week In Science Fiction

PacRimWhy should you be excited for Pacific Rim? Why wouldn’t you be? It’s directed by Guillermo del Toro for one, a genre heavy-hitter who has so far done damn near no wrong. It’s got a badass premise that finds a desperate humanity constructing massive battle mechs — Jaegers — to combat enormous monsters — Kaiju — emerging from a dimensional rift on the bottom of the Pacific. It’s got a cast that includes Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba as the awesomely named Stacker Pentecost, and del Toro regular Ron Perlman as a dealer in Kaiju organs, with creature design by the legendary Wayne Barlowe. It’s also written by up-and-comer Travis Beacham, the dude who wrote the in-freaking-credible — but still unproduced — spec script A Killing on Carnival Row.

But that’s all just potential. Even the most promising-looking projects can still go off the rails during the translation from conception to finished product. Early buzz from journalists and celebs was insanely positive, but over the past few days a veritable explosion of praise has come from folks like author Neil Gaiman (“a perfect monsters v robots film”), Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima (“The emotional rush I had inside me was the same kind I had when I felt the outer space via 2001: A Space Odyssey”) , Harry Potter’s Emma Watson (“Wish I could fight like Mako”), MythBustersGrant Imahara (“Both ‘adult’ Grant and my nine-year-old Grant loved it!”), Robot Chicken’s Seth Green (“SO. FREAKING. AWESOME.”), and Kanye West (“This is not another ‘Robot’ movie. Guillermo del Toro is a master.”)

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Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Latest Rumor Names The Three Main Villains

GotG VillainsAs Marvel Studios gets set for their presentations at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, we know they will be featuring a few of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s upcoming films, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World in the massive Hall H. Another of their potential big players is Guardians of the Galaxy, which is currently in production in London, England. As director James Gunn puts something together to show the Hall H crowd, the identities of the film’s villains has been leaked from a source within Marvel (but still no word who will play Rocket Raccoon or Groot).

According to Den of Geek’s inside sources, Guardians‘ trio of villains will include Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, and Karen Gillain as the space pirate Nebula. It was previously rumored that the super-villains The Controller and Angela would be involved, but it looks like that might not be the case now. Sorry, Marvel fans, no Thanos in this movie. Let’s break it down.

The Collector was born Taneleer Tivan, more than a billion years ago. He is one of the Elders of the Universe and comes from the planet Cygnus X-1. As The Collector, he wields the Power Primordial, which has the ability to augment physical attributes, restructure molecules, create force fields, and allow teleportation. He also has the ability to manipulate cosmic energy and increase in mass and size. The Collector once possessed the Infinity Gem that could control reality, but it was later stolen by Thanos for his infamous Infinity Gauntlet.

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James Cameron Still Plans To Make Battle Angel After The Avatar Trilogy

Battle Angel Alita

Director James Cameron is a very busy man. Not only is he prepping to shoot Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 back-to-back in New Zealand, he also reportedly helped director Alfonso Cuarón and his cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki with the 3D camera technology and photography on the Mexican director’s upcoming space drama Gravity. While the Avatar sequels will take up a good part of this decade for the visionary director, he’s still looking ahead to the future beyond exploring the universe of Pandora and the Na’vi. After the Avatar sequels are completed, Cameron hopes to develop the American film adaptation of Battle Angel.

Based on Japanese writer Yukito Kishiro’s Manga series Battle Angel Alita, Cameron has been rumored to be adapting this piece of science fiction for years. According to The Film Stage, while speaking at Mexico City’s technology forum TagDF, Cameron said he hopes to start development on Battle Angel in 2017, supposedly after Avatar 3 is released. He was holding off on adapting Battle Angel because he was waiting for CGI technology and live-action 3D to be advanced enough for him to properly bring the Manga’s story to life on the big screen.

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Jurassic Park IV Leaks A Possible Teaser Poster

Jurassic Park IV teaser
UPDATE
Looks like this one is a fake. The official Jurassic Park 4 website has posted an official denial. While a very snazzy design, the poster image was actually created by deviantART user ioinme. If you can pass as the real thing, you’re doing good work!

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It seems like there’s more excitement and anticipation building for Jurassic Park IV, which lost some steam after the project was put on hiatus and its initial release date of June 2014 was pushed to a possible summer 2015 date. Perhaps fans of the Jurassic Park film series are feeling better about the project because its new director, Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), wants to take his time and get the film right, instead of churning out a lackluster film. It also seems that the best bits and pieces about Jurassic Park IV are coming from industry conventions and exhibitor promotional materials.