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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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Star Wars 8: Rey's identity REVEALED? Snoke and Kylo Ren ALREADY know who she is

* Star-Wars8.jpgStar Wars fans think they still have to wait another two months to discover the true parentage of the girl from Jakku. Is she a Skywalker, Kenobi, Palpatine, Windu or virgin birth?

There are some cryptic clues in the latest Last Jedi trailer, but a canon Star wars novel has revealed that Kylo Ren and Snoke already know who she is.

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Star Wars 8 Last Jedi: Rey gets VIOLENT with Luke Skywalker in shock fight?

* Rey-v-Luke.jpgSTAR WARS' heroine Rey will have a violent clash with Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi, according to a new theory. Nearly a fortnight after the release of the Episode 8 trailer, every single little shot is still being dissected for clues on what exactly is to come in the upcoming movie. Now, it is claimed that Rey and Luke will have a shocking physical altercation.

The evidence? In one shot, Luke is seen on the ground, saying: "This is not going to go the way you think." Seconds later, we see Rey - in a separate shot - emerging from water, with Luke appearing to hover over her.

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Blade Runner 2049 is an exceptional Science-Fiction epic

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In the future police officers known as Blade Runners are sworn to hunt down and exterminate humanoid androids known as Replicants who have discovered a way to feel emotions and go away from their original programming as laborers. Thirty years ago, director Ridley Scott and actor Harrison Ford showed us this future, set in the year 2019.

This year, director Denis Villeneuve and actor Ryan Gosling brought us a new vision of the future, set 30 years after the events of the first film.

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Philip K. Dick was dubious of 'Blade Runner' being adapted from his novel

* Bladerunner-original.jpgHollywood loves Philip K. Dick's stories, but the adaptation of his 1968 novel - "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" - has proven the most iconic. That film, of course, is "Blade Runner."

"'Blade Runner' started the whole Philip K. Dick revolution," says Paul M. Sammon, a filmmaker and author of "Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner."

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Salient Minus Ten Sci-Fi/Horror short trailer

* Salient-Minus-Ten-Screen-Shot.jpgSalient Minus Ten is the new Sci-Fi/Horror short film from award-winning filmmaker Emma Dark, and is a cerebral foray into the darker, more disturbing, side of Science Fiction.

Adam Harper is an average man. And on an average day he suddenly finds himself catapulted into the strangest, reality changing game... A game of time and chance, where the stakes are a matter of life and death.


Golden Compass' author Philip Pullman touts 'darker' prequel

* Book-of-Dust.jpgIt's been 17 years since Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy wrapped up, and a decade since "Compass" hit the big screen. The wait for a follow-up is over. Lyra Belacqua is finally back. And fans of "The Golden Compass," both the best-selling fantasy novel and the Oscar-winning film, are no doubt beside themselves.

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2-storey 'Star Wars' replica in yard for Halloween is big hit

* For-Halloween.jpgPARMA, Ohio (AP) - A two-storey "Star Wars"-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio is inspiring kids to pick up light sabres and attracting hundreds of visitors from across the state.

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Here's everything we know so far about Disneyland's New Star Wars attraction

* Small-you-say.jpgIt's no secret that the 2019 opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is perhaps the most anticipated expansion in Disney history. But until Disneyland's Comic-Con-like D23 convention, little was known about it. Galaxy's Edge (don't call it Star Wars Land) is supposed to represent a remote outpost never seen in any Star Wars film. Yet between its Tatooine and Naboo-inspired architecture and towering Endor-flavored flora, it'll feel familiar.

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Han don't care: it's the Giggs guide to Star Wars!

* Han-toon.jpgIf you care about Star Wars, then these are testing times.

Within the next couple of weeks The Force Awakens will have been released, and we will know for sure whether the franchise is likely to continue in glorious fashion, or sink further in the Dagobah swamp of crummy CGI and questionable sidekicks.

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Is the world a simulation?

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In June of last year, entrepreneur Elon Musk intrigued the science and technology community with his controversial remarks about the world being a "simulation." "The odds that we're in base reality," he said during the Code Conference interview, "is one in billions." In other words, the universe we live in is probably (or is probably like) a sophisticated computer game.

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

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Historian 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

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

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The 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

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The 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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By Jonah Goldberg

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

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I'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

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Charels 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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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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