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Doctor Who Fans In The U.K. Irked That The 50th Anniversary Trailer Premiered At Comic-Con

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WhoPlenty of fans are still coasting on their Comic-Con high, while sites such as ours continue sifting through the tons of new announcements and revelations unleashed by the annual pop culture singularity that recently wrapped up in San Diego. It’s always a little sad for those of us who didn’t get to make the pilgrimage out there in any given year, but it seems that Doctor Who fans in the United Kingdom are particularly irritated by one specific element of of this year’s Con programming: the premiere of the trailer for Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary episode. It’s not that they objected to it being shown, of course; they’re just not happy that it premiered here in the States first, rather than in its native country.

As we reported earlier, the trailer was premiered for the Comic-Con crowd during the Sunday Doctor Who panel in the San Diego convention center’s massive Hall H. Once word got out, the nerd rage began simmering across social media, after beaming Comic-Con attendees began gushing about the awesomeness of the Who panel and the new trailer online. Soon enough, the backlash from U.K. fans began. Angry Tweets and Facebook postings all struck the same chord, as reported by the Radio Times:

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Europa Report Comic-Con Panel Talks Mood, Music, And Realism

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Europa ReportIt’s clear that this year has seen an increase of science fiction films of all shapes, sizes, and varieties. This summer we’ve seen epics as big as Man of Steel, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Pacific Rim, while we’re still waiting for a run of more thoughtful science fiction, such as from Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium and Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. Now that we’re steeped in the pop culture wave that is San Diego Comic-Con, a smaller, yet very effective, science fiction film is starting to branch out to a bigger audience. Director Sebastián Cordero’s Europa Report took the Hall H stage and revealed itself as this year’s best-kept secret with its minimal narrative, immaculate photography, and thought-provoking subject matter.

From Cinema Blend’s live-blog of Europa Report’s panel in Hall H, the film’s director spoke briefly on setting the story on the smallest Galilean moon of the juggernaut Jupiter, and how he found the perfect balance in striking the film’s tone. Cinema Blend reports:

Sebastian talking about trying to find the right balance between thrilling and entertaining. He says he researched Europa and the whole project became 100x more fascinating. He met with Ben and the producers and he wanted to stick to as much realism as possible. That was there intention as well and it all came together. He talks about about how fascinating the discovery of Europa was and the potential for life in its oceans. He says it begs for a story to be told about a mission there and he was lucky enough to be the one to execute it.

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Ender’s Game Comic-Con Panel Highlights Changes From The Novel

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EnderEnder’s Game promises to be one of the most scrutinized films of the upcoming fall season. Not only is it a big-budget sci-fi tentpole, there’s the added element of “what the hell is Orson Scott Card going to say next” to take into account. Summit is attempting to put all of the superfluous stuff behind them and focus on the actual movie by taking to the biggest stage of the summer, San Diego Comic-Con. Our big sister site Cinema Blend was on hand for Summit’s Ender’s Game panel (don’t older siblings always get to do the coolest stuff?), and there certainly is a great deal to talk about.

The whole shebang started off with the introductions by panel host Chris Hardwick of Nerdist. Roberto Orci, director Gavin Hood, Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, and Hailee Steinfeld, were all in attendance. Right out of the gate they premiered and exclusive video full of aliens, spaceships, explosions, and characters debating whether Ender is truly great, and the future hope of humanity as some believe, or if he’s just a frightened kid who isn’t ready for the pressure. The description sounds pretty damn impressive, especially the ships and action.

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Gillian Anderson Is Into A Third X-Files Film, But Not Another TV Series

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xfilesThere isn’t much for science fiction fans to look forward to at this year’s Comic-Con – that’s sarcasm, folks! – but one of the more anticipated events not attached to an upcoming feature was the anniversary panel for The X-Files, which was populated by creator Chris Carter, stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, as well as a handful of the show’s writers, including Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. To be expected, talk quickly shifted to the prospect of making another film. It turns out Gillian Anderson isn’t against the idea, but don’t ask her about a TV show, even a limited one.

Obviously if any questions about a long-gestating project like a third X-Files film are presented, no one can really give any concrete answers. These aren’t the people that give the go-ahead. Carter explained it away with, “You need a reason for going on and getting excited.” Anderson’s answer, however, was much more fan-friendly. “A film would be great,” she said. Though when it comes to making another series, using the upcoming 24: Live Another Day as an example, she was adamant in saying she’s not interested. She recently starred in the damned fine BBC murder drama The Fall, which you can watch on Netflix here. And while I’ve come to think that another short TV season might be the best way to reintroduce a conspiracy-driven storyline and get people invested, I understand her hesitation.

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Battlestar Galactica Comic-Con Panel Addresses Starbuck’s Controversial Fate

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Starbuck!In 2009, the final episodes of the popular TV reboot of Battlestar Galactica were airing on Syfy. It was the end of a four-year run that was the height of science fiction on television at the time (sorry Lost, but I think BSG got the better of you). While the first half of season four was a bit shaky, the series finale was received with an equally mixed reaction from fans and television critics alike. The finale, entitled “Daybreak,” left some questions unanswered, while some of the questions that were answered were seen as lackluster and unsatisfying. Chief among these was the fate of of Kara “Starbuck” Thrace. How controversial was it? People are still asking the show’s creators about it, even all these years later.

SPOILERS FOR THE BATTLESTAR GALACTICA SERIES FINALE BELOW (IF THERE’S ANYBODY WHO STILL HASN’T WATCHED IT)

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Harrison Ford On Han Solo, His Ender’s Game’s Role, And The Orson Scott Card Controversy

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harrison ford enders gameHarrison Ford and Comic-Con are not the old friends that some might suspect. In fact, when he appeared yesterday in San Diego, ostensibly to answer questions about Ender’s Game — which predictably turned into a bunch of Star Wars and Indiana Jones questions — it was only his second appearance. (First was Cowboys and Aliens. ’nuff said.) During the talk, Ford said that Han Solo wouldn’t have been a good fit for Colonel Graff’s army, and shared what brought him to the role in the first place.

One Brazilian man shared his dreams of becoming Indiana Jones since he was a kid, then asked Ford what he thought about Solo joining Graff. “You know, you and I have a lot in common,” Ford
joked. “I used to dream about being Indiana Jones when I was younger. Not so much anymore. I don’t think Han Solo would be good as a soldier in anybody’s army. I think he’s what we call now an independent contractor.” I think the world of Star Wars and Léon: The Professional should come together, where Solo somehow saves Natalie Portman’s Padmé Amidala from her dysfunctional family. Might have a few time travel issues, but otherwise, it’s gold!

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