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Director Rian Johnson has taken care to avoid this with his sequel, The Last Jedi, however, which is more about "pushing everything forward."Full Story
Princes William and Harry have cameo roles as stormtroopers in the next Star Wars film, actor John Boyega has said. The royals visited the set of The Last Jedi in April 2016 and were rumoured to have filmed a scene in disguise.
Now Boyega, who plays reformed stormtrooper Finn, has confirmed that he shared a scene with the pair "wrapped in stormtroopers costumes."Full Story
They say that all science fiction stories are tales of today, dolled up with ray guns and spaceships to make them more palatable. That they're all muddled messes of our modern politics and current fears, our hopes for distant sweet endings cut with the arsenic cynicism of actually living in the present moment.
And that's probably true, if only because no science fiction writer (with the arguable exceptions of William Gibson and Philip K. Dick) can really see into the future. Richard Baker's newest novel, Valiant Dust, is no exception. As a matter of fact, it is possibly one of the most thoroughly today-ish novels I have ever read - all starships, warp torpedoes and faraway worlds serving as only the gauziest scrim to cover a story which is very much about our current moment in history.
The "Force" is set to return to movie theaters across the country Dec. 15 when "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" - the latest installment in the "Star Wars" film saga - opens. In preparation for that much-anticipated release, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside is hosting a series of free, public events celebrating the cultural phenomenon that is "Star Wars."Full Story
A fictional super-detective and a notorious real-life serial killer walk into a bar together..." I don't know if crime buffs have yet thought up a joke that begins with that line, but this gin joint would likely be in London's poverty-drenched East End in the 1880s: the sort of place where shady characters might drop in for a peg or pint at any time, even 7 AM, to ward off the cold and other miseries. And the carousing sleuth and murderer would be Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper, respectively.
These two men have often faced off in the pages of novels and short stories - and, apparently, in video games too. It's a fascinating pairing for obvious reasons. They operated on opposite sides of the law in the same metropolis at the same time: Arthur Conan Doyle's first Holmes story appeared inFull Story
For the past few years, Doctor Who episodes have been heavily rationed, with tiny slivers of deliciousness eeked out, sometimes once a year, as fans desperately wait for more. This year, we got a full season of the show, and now we're almost upon the traditional annual Christmas extravaganza, which shows up every December 25th.Full Story
The team who are planning to launch London's first 'magical' Harry Potter-inspired pub - The Cauldron - have another more imminent surprise in store for fantasy fans.Full Story
3D bioprinting is already being used to create cartilage and skin cells to test cosmetics. It may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a technique to 3D print body parts using ink that contains human cells is being developed by a Swedish firm.
Cellink uses a process known as 3D bioprinting that uses cell-laden bio-ink to create and grow human tissues and organs.Full Story
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And while we're waiting for "The Last Jedi", Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy recently revealed that plans are being mapped out for the next decade or so of stories set a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, saying this during a recent promotional interview:Full Story
Star Wars legend Mark Hamill has revealed he returned for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi because of Harrison Ford. Back in 2012 George Lucas made the surprise move of selling his Star Wars rights to Disney. With news of a third Star Wars trilogy on the horizon, fans were wondering if the original actors would be returning.
Now in a new interview, Hamill - who plays Luke Skywalker - has revealed his early reservations about a comeback. Speaking with The New York Times, he said: "I was just really scared, I thought, why mess with it? The idea of catching lightning in a bottle twice was ridiculously remote."Full Story
Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy has opened up about the plans for the next 10 years for the franchise. Speaking on the Star Wars YouTube channel, Kennedy spoke about the early plans for the future and the life of new characters like Daisy Ridley's Rey and Oscar Isaac's Poe. She said: "We're sitting down now, we're talking about the next ten years of Star Wars stories and we're looking at narratively where that might go.
Future stories beyond Episode IX, with these new characters, Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-8, but we're also looking at working with people that are interested in coming into the Star Wars world and taking us to places that we haven't been yet, and that's exciting too because it's a vast galaxy far, far away. The possibilities are endless."Full Story
In the upcoming Hulu sci-fi comedy series "Future Man." that dream comes true for Josh Futterman (see what they did with the name there?), played by Josh Hutcherson of "Hunger Games" fame, But the result is more about raunchy humor than epic action sequences or mind-bending science fiction storylines.Full Story
The Wall Street Journal has revealed that Disney is demanding such oppressive contracts with cinema chains that some may be forced to pull the movie from the Christmas schedules, leaving fans disappointed. Share prices fell for major cinema chains in the US after the news and fans online are outraged at what is being seen as an "awful" and "ridiculous" money grab.
What is going on and who will be affected?Full Story
USA Today teased a photo of Luke with his small stash of books in The Last Jedi, and one of them is the Journal of the Whills.Full Story