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Blomkamp confirms post-Aliens timeline, Weaver still unknown

Blomkamp confirms post-Aliens timeline, Weaver still unknown

It seems that District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp is not one for keeping fans guessing for long. Just last week he confirmed that he indeed will be taking the helm of the next installment in the Alien franchise. Now, he laying bare the timeline for the film. His film, title still unknown, will indeed take place after the events of Aliens, the second title in the film franchise. But while that answers one question, it keeps some still hanging and even opens up new ones.

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Google’s AI wins Space Invaders, proves “human-level control”

Google’s AI wins Space Invaders, proves “human-level control”

A new study has been published this week which suggests that artificial intelligence can now learn "human-level control." The team of researchers come from Google's DeepMind, where they're using Space Invaders - the video game - to show how the search for truly human artificial intelligence isn't too far off. The machine learns to play the video game, learns to win at the video game, and dominates all humans at the game they've created to help us defend our planet against the alien hordes.

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Fitting Blomkamp, Scott’s Prometheus 2 in the ALIEN timeline

Fitting Blomkamp, Scott’s Prometheus 2 in the ALIEN timeline

It may be time to make good on the (seemingly empty) promise made by Niell Blomkamp several weeks ago about a new ALIEN film. This film was originally set some time after the second ALIEN film - ALIENS. Now we're to understand that Blomkamp's attachment to such a picture may have been cut short due to a reassignment that MAY have been in the works for some time. Word from Blomkamp himself this week suggests that he's attached to a new ALIEN picture, this one likely set after the first Prometheus film.

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District 9’s Neill Blomkamp confirms: Alien is next big gig

District 9’s Neill Blomkamp confirms: Alien is next big gig

If you've enjoyed the films District 9 and Elysium, then you will probably be cartwheeling for joy or even drooling over this. Esteemed visual effects artist and direct Neill Blomkamp himself has posted on the Web that officially his next film would indeed be "#alien". This admission comes after a teaser Blomkamp himself released last month that not so subtly hinted at his concept designs for the franchise. Now that it's confirmed, all that's left is to speculate where in the timeline this new film will take place.

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Jony Ive’s Lightsaber: not another iPhone

Jony Ive’s Lightsaber: not another iPhone

Believe it or not, not every device or piece of software Apple design guru Jony Ive has conceived looks as smooth and precise as an iPhone. In fact this week a conversation has come to light - one between Jony Ive and the director of the next Star Wars film, J.J. Abrams. In a chat between the two, Abrams suggests that Ive made "very specific" suggestions on how a re-designed lightsaber might look. Not smooth, nor refined. Just the opposite - far more gritty.

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LEGO Star Wars 2015 collection unveiled at Toy Fair

LEGO Star Wars 2015 collection unveiled at Toy Fair

In the first half of this year, LEGO will be releasing 32 individual sets of Star Wars bricks. That's one massive amount of toys, and one certain to drain your wallet before you can say "but I - stay in that cockpit!" Lucky you, a Naboo Starfighter (75092) from Star Wars Episode I is part of this release schedule. You'll also see a Flash Speeder from that same film as well as the Imperial Shuttle Tydirium (75094) from Return of the Jedi - and that's only a tiny sample of what's to come!

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Behold, Furbacca: the Furby Chewbacca

Behold, Furbacca: the Furby Chewbacca

The very first licensed Furby toy in the history of Hasbro's Furby lineup is, appropriately, from Star Wars. Furbacca, he's called, and he's part of Hasbro's return to the market with the Furby brand. Chewbacca's visage might be slightly less recognizable than your average licensed Star Wars collectible or toy - coming with the standard yellow beak of the Furby rather than his own furry set of chompers. Is this a one-off, or is this the start of something great for Hasbro's strange, speaking electronic friend collection?

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LEGO bringing 32 new Star Wars sets for 2015

LEGO bringing 32 new Star Wars sets for 2015

LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens will be just one piece of the puzzle this year. The biggest toy company in the world has released notes at NYC's Toy Fair on their 2015 line of Star Wars sets, with LEGO bricks ranging from Star Wars Rebels through to the prequels and back to Star Wars Rebels. In all, LEGO has announced that 32 new sets will be coming to their Star Wars collection - and that's just so far. There may well be more up their sleeve.

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This Evangelion short looks terribly realistic

This Evangelion short looks terribly realistic

This week the folks behind the Evangelion CG short collection have created a masterpiece. We're at that point, apparently, where even small-time productions like what you're about to see are able to be produced with such fantastic flare that they look real. Think about what it looked like when you first saw the young Flynn in TRON, completely made up with computer graphics. Now imagine what we'll see when it comes time to release the next Pacific Rim. Now watch this CG short and be amazed.

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Star Wars Humble Bundle summons the Dark Forces

Star Wars Humble Bundle summons the Dark Forces

Today Humble Bundle brings heat with a number of Star Wars-themed games for PC, Linux, and Mac. The team behind Humble Bundle have successfully high-fived the folks who own the rights to these games - previously called LucasArts - and are pushing cash to charity. Users are asked to pay $1 or more - hopefully a lot more - to gain access to a number of rad games from Star Wars history. And what's that - at least one super classic title - Dark Forces, the original 3rd-party Dash Rendar-like character first person shooter back from the dead.

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