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Licensing Expo Provides New Looks At Jurassic World, Terminator, And Many More

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The annual Licensing Expo is underway in Las Vegas. This is traditionally where we get our first look at the potential marketing materials, logos, and whatnot for tons of upcoming films and TV shows. As far as genres go, they run the gamut, but there is always a rather strong sci-fi showing in the house, and this year is no exception.

These images, from Coming Soon, feature things that are coming up on the schedule shortly, even a few movies and shows that we’ll actually see this summer, as well as things that are barely in the planning stages and that we won’t lay eyes on for years to come. But when has it ever been too early to get excited for an exciting science fiction project, or a new adaptation of a beloved property?

Jurassic World

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Cross The Streams: World War Z, Doctor Who, And Blade Runner

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It’s hot, guys. Therefore, instead of sticking around trying to introduce this column like a genial professional, I’m going to stand under a cold shower while wearing ice overalls. Sorry for the visual, but this giant list of streaming releases should earn me some forgiveness.

Here’s what’s new in streaming science fiction!

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world war zWorld War Z (Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime)
Brad Pitt, millions of CGI-enhanced zombies, and a complete disregard for Max Brooks’ novel of the same name. That, in a nutshell, is Marc Forster’s somewhat surprising blockbuster World War Z. I mean, you could also talk about all the production problems and the bloated budget, but it’s not necessary. It’s a pretty awesome action movie, though there’s not a lot going on around the action. If you really want your undead fix, you can watch the unrated version on Netflix.

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Doctor Who & Firefly Disney-Fied Make Us Fall For The Art Of Stephen Byrne

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DisneyWhoOne of the biggest surprises I’ve had from the site recently was just how much this story blew up. Don’t get me wrong, I think artist Khallion’s illustrations featuring the Doctor recruiting Disney princesses as new companions are wonderful and charming — that’s why I wrote it up. But it’s one of those stories that I never would have guessed people would respond to so strongly. Well, for all of you folks who loved those, allow me to introduce artist Stephen Byrne, who has given his own Disney-style makeover to our favorite time lord — all 13 of him, in fact.

Byrne posted the “Disney Doctor Who” on his Facebook page, and it’s a testament to his talents that it really makes me want to see an animated Doctor Who series. Not necessarily a Disney one, mind you, but how great would it be to see ongoing adventures of the various Doctors in cartoon form? Many of the former Doctor actors already regularly lend their voices to Doctor Who audio dramas, so why not take the next step and give us some ‘toons? (In fact, we very nearly did get a Who animated series a while back, but the BBC allegedly “didn’t want anything to distract from production of the tv show.” Which makes no sense whatsoever to me.)

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Doctor Who: Rise Of The Cybermen In Theaters, Plus A World Tour This August

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CybermenFor many Doctor Who fans, August can’t come soon enough. That’s when the show will return for season 8, and we’ll finally get to see what new lead Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is made of. (I’m guessing piss, steel, and vinegar.) It’ll be exciting to see a take on the time lord that skews away from the younger blokes who have played the previous two incarnations (although David Tennant and Matt Smith both did a fine job). But if you’re wearing a bald patch in your carpet from all the anticipatory pacing, fear not. There are a pair of major Doctor Who events on the way to help tide you over until the premiere…and one of them hits this very week!

First up, Fathom Events is hosting a big-screen celebration of David Tennant tomorrow and Tuesday, June 16 and 17, in theaters across the country. On June 16, you can see Tennant’s epic Doctor Who two-parter “Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel” in participating theaters. If your memory’s a bit rusty (oil can!), that’s the one where the Doctor, Rose, and Mickey find themselves trapped on a parallel Earth where the nefarious Cybus Industries is up to no good and about to unleash a new version of one of the Doctor’s oldest enemies onto the unsuspecting populace. If the Doctor and company can’t put a stop to it, it’s deletions all around! And be sure to stick around after the two-parter, because they’ll also have a special interview with Tennant airing afterwards.

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Twelfth Doctor Novels Incoming, Plus Comic Adventures For Ten And Twelve

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WhoPeter Capaldi’s adventures as the Twelfth Doctor will kick off on the small screen this August, but any die-hard Doctor Who fan should know by now that TV is hardly the only medium where those adventures will be explored. Just like other genre staples such as Star Trek and Star Wars, there is reams of secondary Doctor Who material stretching across novels, games, comics, and more. Now we’ve got info about the Twelfth Doctor’s first forays onto the page, courtesy of three upcoming novels due out this September.

There’s no cover art to show us Capaldi looking quirky and/or intimidating, but we do have plot synopses for each of the novels, all of which will release on September 11, 2014 in the U.K. It looks like we’ll get them a few days earlier in the States: Amazon has them listed for a September 9 U.S. release.

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Doctor Who Showrunner Steven Moffat Discusses The Impending Changes

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Steven MoffatDoctor Who is a show of continual reinvention and change. Still, there’s a formula, but even so, showrunner Steven Moffat says there are big shifts in store for the BBC’s 50-year-old adventure show. Casting Peter Capaldi as the title character, an actor who will definitely be a different kind of Time Lord from Matt Smith’s human cartoon, is a step in this direction, as is hiring Kill List director Ben Wheatley to helm the first two episodes of the new season. Recently, Moffat sat down to discuss the impending changes.