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Ridley Scott’s The Martian May Add Jessica Chastain And Kristen Wiig

jessica chastain, kristen wiigFor fans of Andy Weir’s novel The Martian — which should really include all of you — the book’s trip from page to screen has been an exciting one. (It actually started out as a free read online, but that’s beside the point.) The project’s latest news sees A-list actresses Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live) in talks to take over the female leads, joining Matt Damon in what is set to be Ridley Scott’s next film.

Negotiations between the actresses and Fox are still in the early stages, so it’s not quite time to thank our lucky red planets just yet. According to Deadline, Chastain looks like she’ll be more likely to sign on than Wiig, though there’s no explanations provided for this assertion. There’s also no specificity as to what roles each actress would be filling, though we can make predictions.

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Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End Gets The Greenlight From Syfy

childhood's endIf science fiction’s most popular writers were still alive today, they’d be pulling in truckloads of money at this point. (Not that some of them weren’t already wealthy, but still.) Syfy is getting into the Arthur C. Clarke business with an official order for the miniseries Childhood’s End, first announced a couple of weeks ago. Is anybody else besides me just waiting for Syfy to announce that of all their recent pickups have been a joke and they’re actually just going to air Scare Tactics and wrestling for 24 hours a day?

Childhood’s End will be presented as a six-part miniseries executive produced by Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) and mega-producer Mike De Luca (Dracula Untold). To direct the project, the team nabbed British filmmaker Nick Hurran, arguably most notable around these parts for directing The Day of the Doctor, as well as a few other Doctor Who episodes. He was also recently recognized with an Emmy nomination for his work on Sherlock: The Last Vow. Taking on screenwriting duties is Life on Mars co-creator Matthew Graham.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Issue #2

Doctor WhoIf you’re an alien lord with two hearts in your body, the last of your kind, and you have the ability to travel through space and time, what’s the first thing you do when you make a new friend? That’s right, you take them someplace nice. And that’s exactly what the Doctor does in issue #2 of Titan Comics’ young series Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor, or at least that’s what he tries to do.

Now that he has acquired a fresh travelling companion, laid off librarian Alice Obiefune, the two-dimensional representation of Matt Smith’s Doctor wants to do something fun with her, you know, ease her into her new, alien in every sense of the word, lifestyle. She didn’t bat an eye seeing a weird, emotion-sucking dog bounding through London, nor question the bigger-on-the-inside physics of the TARDIS, but still, best to take things slow in these situations, lest you scare someone off.

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Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: The Revised Star Wars Canon Kicks Off With A New Dawn

As much as we love science fiction on TV, on the big screen, on the comics page, and in video game form, there’s just something irreplaceable about digging into a good book. There’s no shortage of new sci-fi adventures hitting shelves on a regular basis, but GFR is your one-stop shop to keep up with what’s hitting shelves in a given week. Here’s what’s new on the Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf!

NewDawn“Star Wars: A New Dawn” by John Jackson Miller

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

’The war is over. The Separatists have been defeated, and the Jedi rebellion has been foiled. We stand on the threshold of a new beginning.’ — Emperor Palpatine

For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed — and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire.

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Running Out Of Storage Space At Home? Try The Moon

self-storage.com-moon-storageHave you ever wondered how much storage could fit on the moon? SelfStorage.com commissioned this new infographic that sheds some interesting light on the topic. And the fact that SelfStorage.com commissioned it at all should tell you something, they’re nothing if not a bastion of scientific truth. And maybe they plan to open an location on the lunar surface.

The question of whether we could, would, or should store anything on the moon is more complicated than it might initially seem. Sure, there’s the prohibitive cost—I mean, you can rent a storage locker on Earth for $19.99 a month. But let’s put cost aside for a minute. Here’s another question: can anyone store anything on the moon? If I had the money, could I put my Garbage Pail Kids collection from the 1980s up there if I wanted to? Or should space on the moon be reserved for valuable and/or historically significant items? Pocari Sweat doesn’t seem to think so, although one could argue that even a can of soda masquerading as a time capsule has its cultural significance.

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The Lego Movie Directors Are Rebooting The Greatest American Hero

HeroIt sometimes seems like every element of my childhood has been sifted through by Hollywood in recent years and sized up for a remake. Thankfully my most fondly remembered childhood classics haven’t gone into the reboot thresher yet — Cthulhu has so far honored my sacrifices and prevented any inklings of a Labyrinth remake. Some of the stuff I loved as a kid, however, I can freely admit could do well with a 21st century polish on it. Case in point: The Greatest American Hero, which is getting a TV reboot courtesy of Phil Lord & Chris Millers, the writing/directing duo who helped make The Lego Movie so damn charming earlier this year.

This is a combination of talent and material that I can get behind unapologetically. The original Greatest American Hero ran on ABC for three seasons beginning in 1981. Created by prolific TV producer Stephen J. Cannell, the show was the story of a mild-mannered teacher named Ralph (William Katt) who becomes a costumed crimefighter after being gifted with a super-suit by a group of benevolent aliens. Unfortunately for Ralph, he promptly loses the instruction manual, which means his superhero career involves more trial and error than the entire run of Smallville put together.

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