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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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Luke Skywalker's book is literally the story of 'Star Wars'

* Luke_books.jpgWhether or not Luke Skywalker is turning to the Dark side of the Force certainly won't be answered in any of the trailers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but that's not the big news from a galaxy far, far away. Instead, we now know one of Luke's ancient books probably tells the entire story of the galaxy. And that's because it's called the "Journal of the Whills."

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.

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New updates from Avengers 4, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Justice League, and more

* Morning-spoilers.jpgSteppenwolf speaks in new Justice League footage. Some new Star Wars toys may tease some intriguing Last Jedi dialogue. Lin-Manuel Miranda's Kingkiller Chronicles adaptation finds a home. Plus, Konami wants to bring another classic video game to the big screen, and Avengers 4 set pictures. Hooray for spoilers!

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The best recent science fiction, fantasy and horror novels - reviews roundup

* desert-shrub.jpgNina Allan excels at creating subtle, shifting narratives straddling the mundane and the bizarre, the real and the unreal. In her second novel, The Rift , she has produced a lyrical, moving story beautifully balanced between the reality of contemporary England and the ethereal otherness of the alien world of Tristane. Selena and Julie were not only sisters but best friends, and when Julie vanishes aged 17 - the victim of a killer? - Selena's life and that of her family changes forever.

Two decades later, Julie reappears, claiming to have spent the intervening years in an alien world, supporting her story with a highly detailed account of her life there. The Rift is what Allan does best, exploring contemporary society, and what it means to be human, through the tropes of the SF genre. Selena

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Tom Hanks will star in Sci-Fi movie 'Bios' from a 'Game of Thrones' director

* Tom-Hanks.jpgWe all love Tom Hanks. He's charming, funny, and his career has been consistently impressive over decades in the movie industry. Now, Hanks is going to add another iconic role to his already impressive repertoire - he'll be playing a key role in the brand new, original sci-fi movie called Bios, which will be directed by Miguel Sapochnik.

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Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi would 'love to' make a Star Wars film

* love-to.jpgWe're also getting a What We Do in the Shadows spin-off! With Thor: Ragnarok earning incredible reviews, the president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, must be absolutely delighted with his decision to give Thor's third standalone adventure to New Zealand director Taika Waititi. Then again, those who followed Waititi's career knew that something special was on the cards.

After being Oscar-nominated for his short film Two Cars, One Night, the talented filmmaker has since gone on to direct episodes of Flight of the Conchords and make some beloved films. Boy and Eagle vs Shark received great reviews, but it was his 2014 horror-comedy, What We Do in The Shadows, that really grabbed the world's attention. Since being released, the documentary which follows the lives of a group of vampires in Well

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The physics of time travel isn't just the stuff of science fiction

* looming-rock.jpgWe're all time travelers nowadays. We project ourselves mentally into the misty past and the risky future. We revisit and revise our memories. We invent possible futures and explore them with anticipation and desire. We're temporal experts and manipulators; we have flashbacks and flashforwards and stop motion and instant replay and time gates and time shifting and time forks. Not content with nostalgia for the past that never was, we begin to feel nostalgia for futures that will never come.

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Does Harry Potter have the most logical time travel in science fiction?

* Harry-Potter.jpgTime travel is one of the most popular plot devices in science fiction, with the trope appearing in everything from Futurama to Kurt Vonnegut's Timequake. But just like ice cream at Baskin Robins, or the quarks that make up atoms, time travel stories come in many different flavors. If you're curious about tasting them all - or at least an extensive collection of them - YouTuber minutephysics has you covered with his latest video, which demonstrates the different ways characters can interact with their past, future, and alternate selves.

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Telemedicine Robots: Out of Science Fiction and into the mainstream

* Medic-bots.jpgRobots and robotics have been a fixture in healthcare for decades. New telehealth and mHealth tools are giving them a chance to shine. Long a staple of science fiction, robots are now proving their value as a telemedicine resource.

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Sports, Shakespeare and Science Fiction: Story of a LTWR lecturer

* LTWE-lecturer.jpgLast January, Dr. Cynthia Headley stood in front of a class and announced her love of science fiction, sports and Shakespeare. Headley is a lecturer within the Literature and Writing Department who got her masters at CSUSM and her PhD at the University of Arizona in 2012, where her thesis is on Shakespeare.

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

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Star 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?

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STAR 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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By James McCraw

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

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Hollywood 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

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Salient 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.

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Golden Compass' author Philip Pullman touts 'darker' prequel

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It'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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Is the world a simulation?

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By Jamin Huebner

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.
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