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Firefly, Ghostbusters, And More Get Kid-ified In Art That Will Make You Go Dawwwww

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Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the few true box office saviors this summer, so have having raked in $425 million worldwide so far. While moviegoers might be getting weary of seeing superhero origin stories, Guardians’ tale of how Star-Lord, Rocket, and the rest became a team was so damn charming and funny that it’s almost impossible to dislike. But what if they’d met and decided to guard the galaxy much earlier in their lives? Say, when they were all still knee-high to a Kree? It might look something like this.

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Book Review: Alien: Sea Of Sorrows Makes Some Questionable Connections

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Sea of SorrowsFor fans of the world Ridley Scott created in 1979 with Alien, Prometheus left many wanting (I still think it was pretty sweet, flawed certainly, but better than many give it credit for), and Prometheus 2, however that works out, is still a ways off. Later this year we’ll get the video game Alien: Isolation, which looks to capture the tense, claustrophobic, isolated feel of the film, but those among us who aren’t into such distractions are our of luck. While it doesn’t fill this void exactly, James A. Moore’s new official tie-in novel Alien: Sea of Sorrows does a solid job of delivering the thrills you crave.

More than anything, Sea of Sorrows aims to reveal some of the secrets and background information about the Alien universe. This includes the ubiquitous Weyland-Yutani Corporation, who is more concerned with profits and their public image than any kind of safety or morality. And it also digs into sinister Xenomorphs as well, delivering new details about them as well. This is a double-edged sword, and provides some cool additions to the canon, but on the other side, there a stretches in the logic and connections the narrative seeks to draw that can be difficult to look past.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Lee Pace Will Fight More Aliens In Prisoner Of War

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lee pace guardians of the galaxySince his breakout role in Bryan Fuller’s sublime fantasy dramedy Wonderfalls, actor Lee Pace has yet to turn in a failed performance, even when he’s in movies that are clearly not up to his speed. (I’m looking right in your big goofy eyes, Marmaduke.) Currently trying to dominate the universe as Ronan the Accuser in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Pace is doing a little genre double-dipping by joining the cast of the sci-fi action thriller Prisoner of War. And what makes a “war” movie science fiction? Aliens!

Pace will star as an American soldier trying to survive during humanity’s last stand against a massive alien attack in a war-torn Africa. He has to team up with a French foreign aid worker, played by Skyfall‘s Bérénice Marlohe, although it seems like more than two people will be needed to take on any aggressive species, much less an alien one. Seeking safety on the battlefield, the duo’s bond will come under fire — probably no pun intended — when the soldier discovers his true identity. Anytime someone has a “true identity,” it usually just means that person was originally the enemy, but I’m not trying to spoil this flick for anyone.

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Check Out This Classic Press Video For James Cameron’s Aliens

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Being the 35th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s horror sci-fi classic Alien it’s easy to overlook that James Cameron’s follow up, 1986’s Aliens is also a badass piece of sci-fi cinema in its own right. If you need a reminder of that fact—you probably don’t need anyone to remind you about how awesome this movie is—just check out this vintage behind the scenes look at the film from the original release.

Aliens picks up 50 years after the events of the original. Heroine Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) has been asleep the entire time, haunted by dreams of what happened on the Nostromo, which, we all know, would be more than enough to traumatize every last one of us. When she wakes up, she finds herself in another kind of nightmare, one where no one believes her and acts like she’s crazy. There can’t possibly be an unholy army of armor plated alien killing machines with acid for blood lurking out there in space, can there?

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Lost’s Carlton Cuse Gets Alien Occupation Drama Pilot Order At USA

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When it comes to original programming, USA Network is a ham-and-cheese sandwich. Dependably non-different and perfectly fine if you like that sort of thing. (Plus, most of their shows center on two main characters: ham and cheese.) They’re potentially trying to alter that model with a few new additions to the line-up, and they’re returning to the sci-fi genre with a pilot order for Carlton Cuse’s extraterrestrial-filled drama Colony, which the network added to its development slate back in May.

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The aliens probably won’t be as fun-loving as these guys.

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Comic-Con 2014: 14 Things To Do And See On Wednesday & Thursday

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WedThursComic-Con 2014 is only a week away. Thousands of fans and professionals will descend on San Diego and bury it in a thick coating of nerd several feet deep. There’s really nothing else like it, but the more years pass, the more overwhelming the Con becomes. There’s so much going on, it’s a monumental task just to figure out which of the countless panels and events you want to try and see. Well, we’re here to make your life just a little bit easier. Over the next couple of days, we’ll run down all the panels that should be at the top of your to-do list. Today we’ll start off with the events for Wednesday — “Preview Night” — and Thursday.

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