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Star Wars: Episode VII opening date is December 18th 2015

Star Wars: Episode VII opening date is December 18th 2015

Star Wars: Episode VII will hit theaters on December 18th, 2015, LucasFilm has announced, the contentious new part of the iconic series, to be directed by J.J. Abrams. "We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII," Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said today, "where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture."

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Star Wars LaserDisc video provides long-lost clips galore

Star Wars LaserDisc video provides long-lost clips galore

There's nothing like a good Star Wars scene you've never seen before to start your week off right. What we're seeing here is the purchase of a massively expensive LaserDisc-format Return of the Jedi complete with a collection of behind-the-scenes video clips so rare that @THX found them amazing to behold. This is the collection known as EditDroid Demo ROTJ - manufactured by 3M from Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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Star Wars VII crew expands: screenwriters, sound, and production

Star Wars VII crew expands: screenwriters, sound, and production

Today a new set of "master filmmakers" has been announced as working on the next Star Wars film, these including first and foremost J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan as screenwriters. Keen-eyed fans will recognize that Abrams is also the director of this film, tentatively titled Star Wars: Episode VII, while Kasdan was also already a consultant for the film. He's been a consultant due to his extensive experience with past Lucasfilm epics, writing the screenplay for Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark as well as co-screenwriting both Return of the Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back.

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Pacific Rim 2 penned, awaiting green light and plotline

Pacific Rim 2 penned, awaiting green light and plotline

The original Pacific Rim was released this summer - it was met with mixed reviews by critics, but more than a little bit of a positive response from those key to the success of a potential series: the fans. This week it's been revealed by the director of Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro, that he's been flattered by reports of hardcore fans seeing the film in theaters several times. It would appear that the film has struck such gold - be it underground or straight through mainstream ticket sales - that a second film is being written right this minute.

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Star Wars Rebels revealed: bridging the gap between two trilogies

Star Wars Rebels revealed: bridging the gap between two trilogies

The Star Wars Rebels art design we were hoping to receive a hint about back in May has arrived, and then some, by way of the New York Comic Con (NYCC). First came an in-film prop: a propaganda poster depicting three Stormtroopers, overlaid with a snippet of the Aurebesh language in a Borg-esque typeface. EDIT from Chris Burns: This television series will, indeed, be canon - you will have to teach your kids about who shot first, then watch this series with them as it unfolds.

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Doctor Who missing episodes to appear restored on BBC

Doctor Who missing episodes to appear restored on BBC

One of the most fanatically followed television series of all time, Doctor Who, will be given a jolt of nostalgia soon as the BBC can confirm the recovery of a mass of episodes previously thought lost to the vaults of time. This suggestion comes from the BBC itself, suggesting that a total of 106 episodes featuring the first two doctors, William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton, will be mined. Though the BBC did apparently - for whatever reason - destroy many of the television show's original transmission tapes through the 1960s and 70s, tapes transferred onto film for overseas broadcast are being recovered now.

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Area 51 declassified: Freedom of Information Act to the rescue

Area 51 declassified: Freedom of Information Act to the rescue

Though we've seen our fair share of Area 51 documents in the past, we're headed for the mother-load with a newly declassified "less redacted" CIA history this week. Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act and the efforts of Jeffrey T. Richelson, senior fellow at the National Security Archives. Back in 2005, Richelson submitted a FOIA request which has just now been answered with not only a packet of information, but a new map of Area 51 - aka Groom Lake.

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Ender’s Game trailer wrap-up: a new vision for a sci-fi classic

Ender’s Game trailer wrap-up: a new vision for a sci-fi classic

This week the folks at Summit Entertainment have released what they're calling a "Final Trailer Preview" for the upcoming sci-fi film Ender's Game. This trailer shows many of the key elements involved in telling the Ender's Game story, aiming to entice both those new to this story environment and those that are fans of the original novel. Here Harrison Ford narrates and stars as one of many guides for Ender as the tale of youngsters battling aliens unfolds.

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Doctor Who regenerates: Peter Capaldi is 12th Doctor

Doctor Who regenerates: Peter Capaldi is 12th Doctor

The new Doctor Who, the twelfth regeneration of the iconic time-and-space traveller, has been revealed as Peter Capaldi, better known as the foul-mouthed political advisor Malcolm Tucker from movie In The Loop. The BBC's big announcement, fueled by a social media campaign and various teasers, saw almost 7m Brits tune in on Saturday evening for a one-off show to introduce the new actor, though Doctor Who's international appeal means interest outside of the UK has been just as strong: and just as controversial.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past viral marketing begins with Trask Sentinels

X-Men: Days of Future Past viral marketing begins with Trask Sentinels

Trask Industries never looked better as the marketing push for X-Men: Days of Future Past begin with an ominous look at Sentinels. These robotic beasts are part of several X-Men storylines, here appearing in a 50 years of innovation video that once again pinpoints the timeline for this next bit of action in the Marvel Universe. While one storyline will sit squarely in the present, the other will take place 11 years after X-Men: First Class.

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