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Star Wars Rebels Sets Its Official Premiere Date

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star-wars-rebels-trailerSince Disney bought out Lucasfilm for a whopping $4 billion back in 2012 we’ve been patiently (sort of) waiting for new additions to the Star Wars franchise. We’ve known that the animated series Star Wars Rebels is going to be the first official canon release, but now we know exactly when we’ll see it.

Disney just announced that Rebels will make its TV premiere on Friday October 3 at 9 pm on the Disney Channel. This will be a one-hour special entitled “Spark of Rebellion.” Some fans were lucky enough to catch a sneak peek of the extended episode at San Diego Comic-Con last month, but if you weren’t among them, you’ll be able to check it out on WatchDisneyXD.com or the Watch Disney XD app beginning on Monday, September 29. On Monday, October 13, the series will make the jump to its regular home, Disney XD.

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Scientists Reveal Their Favorite Works Of Science Fiction

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Here at GFR we cover anything that fits under the umbrella of our twin loves: science and science fiction. And just as the bleeding edge of our scientific understanding is forever pushing the boundaries of our science fiction, SF is itself inspiring fans to take transform their love of starships, robots, and the like into careers in real scientific fields. So what are some of the science fiction movies, shows, and books that real-life scientists love best? The Huffington Post recently asked a handful of scientists precisely that.

PermutationCityDr. Max Tegmark is a cosmologist and physics professor at MIT, and the scientific director of the Foundational Questions Institute, which provides grants to “catalyze, support, and disseminate research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology.” Tegmark cites Greg Egan’s 1994 science fiction novel Permutation City as his favorite, explaining that Egan’s “explorations of the ultimate nature of reality blew my mind and inspired my own research.”

Dr. Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, and the author of books including The Particle at the End of the Universe and From Eternity to Here. He lists another semi-obscure work you might want to add to your Kindle: Robert L. Forward’s Dragon’s Egg. Carroll says, “It’s a story about life on the surface of a neutron star, which would ordinarily be considered completely outlandish. A good reminder that ‘life’ might take on very different forms than we ordinarily imagine. Here’s the Dragon’s Egg synopsis from Amazon:

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The Sci-Fi Expendables: We Recruit The Ultimate Team Of SF Badasses

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Sly Stallone and damn near every other aging action star on the planet took to the big screen again this past weekend in The Expendables 3. We can take that franchise or leave it, but we do have to admit we love the concept of uniting a team of utter badasses from assorted franchises we know and love (or love to hate). So let’s eject Stallone, Statham, and the rest and instead assemble the ultimate Sci-Fi Expendables team, the first and only people you need to call if you need some dirty deeds done right (but not dirt cheap). The GFR team put our heads together to figure out who should make the team, and after some arguing, a lot of swearing, and one really undignified slap-fight, we came up with 16 candidates…the same number of folks on the Expendables 3 poster. Here’s who made the cut.

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When you first met Sarah Connor, she was a meek, mild-mannered waitress just sort of floating aimlessly through her life. Encounters with a vicious, single-minded cyborg from the future, sent back to hunt you down so your son is never born, have a way of changing that. Over the course of the first two movies in the Terminator movies, Sarah transforms into a serious action star, teaching herself all manner of combat and survival skills, actively seeking out any and all knowledge that might help her in her one-woman war against Cyberdyne Systems and a future ruled by human-hunting machines. Basically, she’s a perfect addition to your team of mercs, and will always be working to improve her already ample skill set and add to the team.

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Star Wars Rebels Short Attacks The Empire With Art And Explosions

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Last week, amidst the deluge of Star Wars: Episode VII rumors that sprouted up online, Lucasfilm dropped a new short film for Star Wars Rebels. The upcoming animated series is going to be the first new addition to the canon since the Disney buy out, and considering some of the reports we heard, is sounds like the links between the show and the impending films will be as strong as we’ve been told. To follow that up, today they’re back with another new short, titled “Art Attack.”

The first offering focuses primarily on Chopper, the sassy little astromech droid very much in the R2-D2 vein. Hera and Kanan show up, but it’s Chopper’s show all the way. This latest video focuses on another member of the team, the Mandalorian called Sabine. Given this approach, you have to wonder if, building up towards the October release, we’re going to get a new short that highlights each member of the main Rebels team.

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Disney May Release Unmodifed Star Wars Trilogy On Blu-ray, But Probably Not

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star warsThere are so many rumors swirling around involving J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII that someone will probably need to build a second Internet to contain them all. And while we ponder who the Inquisitors are and what Han Solo is going to look like, an old chestnut of a rumor has resurfaced to provoke a new hope in everyone. According to sources close to ComicBook.com, Disney/Lucasfilm is finally planning on officially trotting out the original, untouched Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Are you cheering? Jeering? Or maybe wisely laughing at the computer screen in jest?

To anyone who’s paid any attention to rumors of this sort in the past know that there is one hulking obstacle standing in the way of Disney’s Star Wars Blu-ray legitimacy: Disney doesn’t own the distribution rights to the original Star Wars trilogy. (Or the prequel trilogy for that matter, but absolutely no one is worried about getting those re-released.) 20th Century Fox currently holds the rights to all the films, and ComicBook.com makes no mention of them being involved. Now, Fox will eventually have to give up the rights to the prequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi in May 2020, so it’s technically feasible that Disney/Lucasfilm is planning to put the second two Star Wars films on Blu-ray in June 2020. But Fox will forever retain the rights to George Lucas’ first film, which means no Star Wars Blu-ray, original cut or otherwise, will ever come out without their say so.

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Star Wars: Rian Johnson Talks Pressure And Episode VII’s Practical Effects

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Rian JohnsonYou may be burnt out on all of the Star Wars: Episode VII news (read: rumors) that has dropped over the course of the last couple of days, but what about Star Wars: Episode VIII news? We know even less about Episode VIII, which will reportedly hit theaters in 2017, than we do about Episode VII. All we know is the supposed release date and that Looper’s Rian Johnson will both write and direct the film. And we’ve heard that Daisy Ridley’s character will also appear in that movie. Johnson hasn’t said much since getting the gig, but he recently opened up about it a bit, as well as expressing his feelings and thoughts on Episode VII.

Talking to the Girls in Hoodies podcast (starting at approximately the 35 minute mark, but it’s all worth a listen), the topic, naturally, shifts to Star Wars talk, as will, I imagine, damn near every conversation he’s destined to have over the course of the next few years.