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Doctor Who And Black Mirror Celebrate Christmas: This Week’s TV Picks

If you discount Christmas specials and marathons, there ain’t jack (frost) shit on this week. But you totally shouldn’t discount those things, because then you would miss new hours of awesomeness from Doctor Who and Black Mirror!

Before you get totally entangled in cooking, wrapping presents, and the inevitable family drama that’s as much a part of the holiday as eggnog and jolly old St. Nick, be sure to set your DVR for the Doctor Who Christmas special. Really, if you’re a true fan it’s probably been set for weeks now, because the Who Christmas special is one of the geek world’s most beloved traditions. And this year is the very first holiday special for new(ish) Who lead Peter Capaldi. With the tragic events of the season finale still all too fresh, fans are eagerly awaiting to see just how the fallout will have affected the relationship between The Doctor and Clara. Is The Doctor’s impossible girl just about done with all this TARDIS nonsense? We have no idea, but we do know Nick Frost will be showing up as Santa Claus, and you had us at “Nick Frost.”

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Comic(s) Relief: Cronenberg’s The Fly Is Getting Comic Book Sequel

FlyCoverComics have long been a medium to explore further stories of the films, shows, and books we love — sometimes officially, and sometimes in the hazy grey area known as “non-canonical.” IDW Publishing has been in the business of spinning new tales off existing properties for years now, having served up series based on Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, and The X-Files, just to name a few. Now they’re teleporting in a sequel we definitely didn’t see coming: a new miniseries based on David Cronenberg’s ooky cult classic The Fly.

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Watch Adorable Children Discuss Interstellar And Princess Leia’s Slave Costume

I don’t have kids and never plan to, but there’s a strong contingent around the GFR offices who are raising another generation of little nerds, indoctrinating their impressionable young brains with images of robots, aliens, time travel, and all manner of wonderful geeky things. And it makes sense kids would take to sci-fi, again, it’s full of all kinds of weird, magical stuff like mysterious creatures, faraway lands, and robots (we really like robots). The free, open landscape of the genre mirrors the wild creativity of children, and they have some definite thoughts on what they see, like this young girl who reviews Interstellar, and another who is a big fan of Princess Leia’s Return of the Jedi slave outfit, though for different reasons than many of you.

This girl may be six years old, but has a solid grasp on what Christopher Nolan’s space epic was all about—better than I would have at six, that’s for damn sure—even if she isn’t a huge fan because of the sad parts (Matthew McConaughey’s Farmer Guy leaving his daughter) and the scary parts (the big waves on the water planet). Though if you were confused by what the hell was happening as McConaughey floated around in the libary after travelling through the black hole, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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Jonathan Nolan Promises HBO’s Westworld Will Keep You Up At Night

WestworldIf you’ve always dreamed about going to a rough and tumble, grown up version of Disneyland where you can live out all of your movie western frontier daydreams, HBO’s upcoming Westworld is right up your alley. A remake of Michael Crichton’s 1973 film, the series imagines a theme park where you can go and play cowboy, even shooting high tech androids and bedding futuristic sexbots. Momentum has been building for a while, and now we’ve got our first photo from the show, as well as some additional details.

HBO isn’t afraid to go big on a project, and Westworld is definitely ambitious as hell. It’s also attracted a ton of high profile industry folks. Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight, Interstellar) created, wrote, and will direct the pilot, J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will produce, as will Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk. Even the cast is full of big names. Anthony Hopkins plays the visionary creator of the park, while Ed Harris takes the villainous Man in Black role originally made famous by Yul Brynner. James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood play a pair of star-crossed robot lovers, and Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman round out the rest of the call sheet.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Almost Killed Off This Beloved Piece Of The Marvel Universe

guardians-galaxy-movie-trailer-humorEvery piece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is closely linked to every other one, which creates one massive, sprawling world where events in one title ripple across all the others, like how Captain America: The Winter Soldier helped make Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. good. So when you kill a character in one movie, they’re dead in all of them. Guardians of the Galaxy added a few new wrinkles to the MCU, taking it out into deep space, but they almost did something that would have sent shockwaves through the entire program: they almost killed Stan Lee.

That was the plan anyway. You’re well aware that the Marvel Comics legend has a cameo in every Marvel movie, even the ones that aren’t really Marvel movies, and waiting for him to pop up is part of the fun. Sure, he plays a different character in each film, so you could totally get away with killing him off in one movie without impacting the rest of the world, but it might irreparably damage the psyche of fans out there.

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These Star Wars 7 Action Figures Reveal A Different Side Of New Characters

Star WarsSo often these days a movie is shrouded in secrecy, with so much security it makes the president feel exposed, only to have their best-kept secrets revealed through a line of toys. Given that Star Wars has always been part of a massive marketing machine, and with Disney taking over the reins that’s not going to change any time soon, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not immune to this. Now we have a better look at some of those new characters as they appear four inches tall and cast in plastic, as well as some concept art.

This picture appeared on some random Chinese website, and as it’s Christmas week and we’re in no mood to deal with cease and desist orders, we’ll just link to the site. You can check it out HERE. Most of it isn’t super interesting. You see Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley), the new droid BB-8, and our old pal Chewbacca. We already know what they look like, they look like John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, a robot with a soccer ball, and Chewbacca. But we do get a better look at the mysterious Kylo Ren.