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Daily Podcast: will Disney ever remake Star Wars?

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Posted on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 by Peter Sciretta

On the September 21, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by Ben Pearson to talk about the latest news, including who might direct the live-action Akira movie; Matthew Vaughn's original plan for a young Wolverine movie, and hopes for Kingsman sequels and spin-off films, a fifth Game of Thrones prequel TV show.

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War for the Planet of the Apes review - smart simian showdown

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"Humans get sick, apes get smart, humans kill apes." This is how Steve Zahn's Bad Ape summarises the previous Planet of the Apes reboots. In the third of the Apes prequels (and director Matt Reeves's second film in the series), the apes are out for revenge.

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A historian says most science fiction has the same major flaw - except one legendary novel

* Sci-fi-baby.jpgHistorian Michael Bess worries that Aldous Huxley's most famous novel "Brave New World" may be one of the most accurate sci-fi visions of our future. In the 1930s-era book, people are bio-engineered, raised in artificial wombs, sorted into castes, and take emotion-altering drugs. Bess argues the trajectory of today's drugs, prosthetics, and genetic engineering may lead to a dystopian future if left unchecked.

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Star Wars 8 trailer leaks 7 new scenes: Luke and Rey ending? Plus Leia, battle of Crait

* SW2-New-scenes.jpgRecent reports indicate that the movie and the trailer will both start to focus in on Luke. Will he train Rey or try to convince her that she should also abandon the Jedi ways? Will they join forces to battle Snoke and The First Order or will they dramatically part ways? How will it all end? New leaks reveal powerful new scenes as well as show more of what Leia will be doing.

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Political fiction, a form of European activism

* EU-pressies.jpgWriting fiction, especially science fiction, can become an act of political activism. After all, as Giuseppe Porcaro asks, if we can't imagine multiple future scenarios for Europe how do we expect to build a better one?

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Reading Playboy for the stories: The magazines long partnership with science fiction

* Playboy-sci-fi.jpgThe year was 1955. An SF writer named Charles Beaumont had just written a sci-fi story called The Crooked Man, set in a future where heterosexuals are persecuted in a world dominated by homosexual people, and where heterosexuality is stigmatised and outlawed.

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Empire strikes back: Star Wars request to film on Queen's estate refused

* SW1-Snubbed.jpgThe Queen might have made an apparent reference to Star Wars in her 2015 Christmas address but that does not mean she was willing for the epic film series to use her land. It has emerged that a Star Wars request to film on land owned by Queen Elizabeth II was all out rejected. The Crown Estate snubbed the film franchise when it asked to film scenes at Windsor Great Park in Berkshire.

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The capitalist curse isn't what you think

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The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the "Blade Runner" curse. If you're familiar with the 1982 sci-fi cult classic, constantly reissued in some new "director's cut" or "special edition," you'd be forgiven for thinking the curse had something to do with a mysterious crone casting an evil eye on the producers, vowing the film would spend eternity in an editor's suite. But that's not the whammy the Journal had in mind.

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Explore Japanese science fiction in the latest book bundle from Humble Bundle

* sci-fi-titles.jpgI've read and enjoyed a lot of science fiction and fantasy over the years, and I think I've gotten pretty good at identifying if an author is British or American from the way that they write and approach their subject - they're the countries of origin of the authors who've written the vast majority of my reading material after all.

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Aliens would probably love science fiction

* Charles-Yu.jpgCharels Yu is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel 'How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe', and he also helped write the first season of the hit HBO series Westworld. His latest project is the anthology'The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017', which he co-edited with John Joseph Adams.

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Amazon is developing three new sci-fi shows in an attempt to find the next Game of Thrones

* sci-fi-tv.jpgEarlier this month, Variety?reported that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos issued a mandate to the company's studio: produce more "high-end drama series with a global appeal." This morning, Variety reported that the company is following that order by moving forward with three major science fiction shows: adaptations of Larry Niven's Ringworld, Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, and Greg Rucka's Lazarus.

Since launching the studio in 2010, Amazon has earned considerable acclaim for its shows, such as The Man in the High Castle, Transparent, and The Grand Tour, but it seems that Bezos is setting his sights a bit higher. In an interview with Variety earlier this month, the head of Amazon Studios, Roy Price, said that Amazon is looking to create "big shows that can make the biggest difference around the world,

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Box Office: Star Wars, Justice League and It can save 2017 after a poor summer

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Thanks to the blow-out success of It and the likely solid figures posted by the likes of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Ninjago Movie and American Made, 2017 is probably going to post a record September season in terms of unadjusted domestic grosses. And if that happens, it will be the third month this year, out of nine thus far, where said overall domestic grosses set a record in 2017.

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Tech leaders share how Star Trek inspired them to pursue a career in technology

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Star Trek. The mere name spawns a vast array of imagery, as the vivid scenes from the various Star Trek series and movies have been a staple in the lives of legions of children for decades. Plenty of adults were fans from the beginning, but the mystical allure of aliens and starships and faraway worlds also appealed to kids as they dreamt about what was possible.

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Leading toy retailer, Argos, has celebrated the launch of its latest Star Wars toy range by sending the iconic BB8 into space, to a galaxy far, far away....

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Gliding 37,260m above Earth, BB8 was launched into the stratosphere to return top secret Imperial data to the Resistance, helping the good in their continuing fight against evil. It was in 2015 that BB8 was captured by The First Order, before escaping the evil clutches of Admiral Hex and returning to Earth, having stolen secret enemy data.

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You've never seen a science fiction exhibit like Ian Cheng's 'Emissaries'

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The science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, whose seminal work, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was a primary basis of the 1980s cult classic Blade Runner, once said: "each of us assumes everyone else knows what he is doing. They all assume we know what we are doing. We don't."

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Writing the Future

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Remembering Jerry Pournelle, the science fiction author who helped shape technological reality. Writing, Jerry Pournelle liked to say, "is hard work." Not exactly an original observation, but Pournelle, who died on September 8 at the age of 84, strove to make his writerly life a little easier: He was apparently the first person to publish a work of fiction that had been written wholly using a computer.

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World leader wears Star Wars-themed socks at a Bloomberg Global Business Forum meeting

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A world leader was spotted wearing Star Wars-themed socks at the United Nations General Assembly and the internet has obviously lost its mind.
When you are a world leader attending a Bloomberg Global Business Forum meeting, what socks do you choose?

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Hubble spots something very, very strange hurtling through our solar system

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The Hubble space telescope has unravelled the mystery of a strange asteroid which had also been classified as a comet - and which had puzzled astronomers.

The best dystopian films released between Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049

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From TV to books to movies, dystopian tales are in the air right now. All week long, Vulture is exploring how they've been imagined in popular culture.

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Exclusive Trailer debut for John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #1

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In October, Vortex, the second chapter of the monthly anthology series John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction, is kicking off; and today we're thrilled to bring you an exclusive look at the trailer for Issue #1.

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Star Wars asked Twitter what Luke's first words will be - and the inevitable happened

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"LUKE WHO'S BACK" and "I didn't know she was my sister at the time" - these aren't the answers they were looking for

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi looming close, Disney has decided to crank up the hype for the return of the space saga. But instead of releasing a new trailer, they simply invited fans to guess what the first words spoken by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) would be after Rey (Daisy Ridley) found him on planet Ahch-To.

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Beam me up!

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Have you ever watched an episode of Star Trek? If you have then you'll be familiar with the famous line, 'Beam me up Scotty'.

Check out this 'Star Wars'-inspired cantina in Hollywood

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Theme restaurants are nothing new, but cities like Los Angeles are experiencing an explosion of themed bars and lounges. And there's no better example than the Scum and Villainy Cantina in the heart of Hollywood.

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Supernova shows "the universe is crazier than science fiction"

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Thanks to a worldwide network of 18 robotic telescopes, researchers led by the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) were able to catch a brief blue glow in the sky which, they say, was the result of a different kind of supernova explosion.

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Sith Lord Legacy explored in powerful new Star Wars fan film

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'Dark Legacy' is an unofficial Star Wars short not intended to compete with or discredit any existing or forthcoming material, and is based on the characters created by George Lucas and owned by Disney.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: "a visually astonishing marvel"

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Stunningly beautiful, spectacularly baroque, slightly banal yet totally bonkers, director Luc Besson's latest science-fiction extravaganza is The Fifth Element redux.

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Star Wars 8 The Last Jedi: Is THIS Snoke's connection to Canto Bight?

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STAR WARS 8 The Last Jedi will reveal more of Snoke, but what is his connection to Canto Bight?

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Featured Cosplay actor: Anni Salge

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Artist Anni Salge is our featured Cosplay actor this issue. Anni, who created the masthead art for StarWarrior operates under the name Cinteltex and has a growing FaceBook following, not just because she is lovely (as she is!) but also because she is a gifted artist.

The new characters of Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Who is Admiral Holdo?

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With all eyes on the second chapter of the third trilogy, these new characters are set to enhance the journeys of Rey, as played by Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron and John Boyega's Finn.

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'Doctor Who': the thirteenth Doctor will see you now

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Let's not bury the lead, shall we? In a video released following the completion of the Wimbledon Men's Finals, the BBC has at last introduced the world to the Thirteenth Doctor.

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