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Simon Pegg Coyly Responds To Star Wars: Episode VII Rumors

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simon pegg star trek into darknessAny time an actor gets questioned about a potential role in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, they get incredibly cheeky and put together answers that don’t actually answer the question being asked. And who is going to be cheekier than the hilarious Simon Pegg? An offhand Comic-Con comment by Benedict Cumberbatch, in which the Sherlock actor referred to Abrams’ “continuing use of Simon Pegg,” sparked rumors that the Shaun of the Dead star could be involved in the long-awaited Star Wars sequel. Pegg directly addressed this in a recent interview, and the British actor politely danced around the subject without ever saying, “No.” My money is on him being in this thing. (To be noted, I only have a penny.)

Wryly acknowledging that Cumberbatch did say “something” at Comic-Con, Pegg uses a deliberate choice of words that are full of implications and innuendo, but nothing so concrete. “J.J. uses me in different roles, and we’re good friends,” he told Vulture. “I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie.” He then shares his disinterest in people pointing at the screen and saying, “Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face.” He follows that up by calling the film cleverly cast with these amazing, unknown actors.

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Edgar Wright Attached To Giant Insect Coming Of Age Tale Grasshopper Jungle

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grasshopper jungleThere hasn’t been a single thing Edgar Wright has created in his career that hasn’t been the apex of whatever genre he happened to be taking on. Best zombie comedy? Shaun of the Dead. Best pod people comedy? The World’s End. One of the best comic book movies? Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, easily. But will he be responsible for creating cinema’s greatest giant insect dramedy?

According to Deadline, the nerd favorite filmmaker is set to head Sony’s upcoming adaptation of the oddball young adult novel Grasshopper Jungle by author Andrew Smith. The story behind this connection is pretty interesting and goes to show how easily some deals can be made.

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Zoe Saldana As Ripley And Katee Sackhoff As Han Solo In Comic-Con Cosplay Shots

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aliensYesterday, we got to see some truly awesome fan-play as The Hollywood Reporter kicked off one of the sweetest photo projects imaginable, reimagining some of sci-fi’s greatest characters with some of sci-fi’s most popular actors. Firefly‘s Nathan Fillion took on the role of Captain Kirk and Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick checked the time as Marty McFly. And now you can see Avatar‘s Zoe Saldana playing this genre’s most ass-kicking hero, Ellen Ripley, from James Cameron’s Aliens, among others.

Saldana gives a great interview with THR, talking about all three of her simultaneous sci-fi franchises. (She’s also in Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Trek, of course.) As such, it’s no surprise that she should earn the spot of one of cinema’s most iconic female characters, in the movie where she turns from heroine to warrior.

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Cross The Streams With Unidentified, Fantastic Voyage, Mimic, And Godzilla

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Yesterday was the biggest day of the year for Star Wars fans, and yet still none of George Lucas‘ most classic films (nor his less classic) have made their way to streaming services. At least so far. So you’ll have to settle for one of the many other options hitting the Internet this week. There’s a damned good chance you’ll have seen some of these before, since this week’s streaming picks are a well-known melting pot of comedy, horror, and whatever Mimic is. But just like getting second-hand underwear for Christmas, it doesn’t have to be new to be useful.

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

unidentifiedUnidentified (Netflix Instant)
What better way to start your week than with a haphazard low-budget thriller? Okay, so there are plenty of better ways to spend your time, but not all of them will involve four friends whose quasi-innocent trip to Las Vegas ends up turning into an otherworldly chase after the guys get in trouble for not being able to pay a loan shark back. It’s the kind of movie where you hope the monstrous presence and the dickhead loan shark win.

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Bacteria Turns Plants Into Zombies

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Witches’ broom are indications of parasites

We all know how to turn people into zombies: just give them boring, 9-5 jobs (or worse, 8-6, 7-7, etc) that don’t require them to use their brains at all and thus turn them into the shuffling, vacant-eyed folks that appear in Shaun of the Dead even before the undead start snacking on them. Animals can become zombies too, when under the control of bodysnatching parasites. Now, scientists have learned that bacteria can work their zombie mojo on plants, too.

A team of scientists from Norwich, UK’s John Innes Centre published research in PLOS Biology that describes how phytoplasmas, parasitic bacteria that wreak havoc on the likes of sugarcane and coconut, take over plants and make them do all sorts of things they otherwise wouldn’t. Flowers become shoots, petals change color, and the plant sends up the telltale “witches’ broom” shoots. As the parasite takes hold, the host becomes incapable of reproducing. Insects descend on these new shoots, transmitting the bacteria to make new zombies. They don’t even have to bite anything. The report points out that for all intents and purposes, the plant is dead, living on bacterial life support.

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Comedy Short The Apocalypse Will (Literally) Blow Your Mind

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There’s a phrase that was going around a lot last year: “apocalypse fatigue.” It referred to the fact that audiences have been barraged by so many cinematic visions of bleak, post-apocalyptic futures that the things that made that sort of story interesting have been seriously diluted. Just think about how many 2013 shows and movies involved an apocalypse, or the aftermath of an apocalypse: Walking Dead, Revolution, Oblivion, World War Z, After Earth…Hollywood just can’t get enough of the end of the world. But with audiences spending so much time experiencing doomsday, it’s increasingly hard to come up with a clever idea of how to do a “new” apocalypse story. And even if you do, your head might explode.