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Don’t worry fans, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is in fact coming to San Diego Comic-Con. It’s just also coming to a mobile device near you, and your local Best Buy, all at the same time.

While the film won’t be presented in Hall H (probably because the cast has been filming for six months straight) it will have a presence both on the show floor and outside. The highlight is the first full trailer for the film, which opens November 21, will premiere Friday July 25 at the Samsung Experience outside the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego. If you aren’t at the event though, you can head to select Best Buys on July 26 to see the trailer and enter for a chance to get free tickets. It’ll probably end up online too.

Read the full Hunger Games Mockingjay Comic Con press release below. Read More »

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David Weil wrote a science fiction spec script titled Moonfall which has attracted a lot of interest around Hollywood this week. The Wrap is reporting that “several top filmmakers including producer Darren Aronofsky” are interested in making Moonfall, which has been described as a Fargo-like thriller set on the moon. The moon and a Fargo-like thriller? I’m in. Find out more about the potential Moonfall movie, after the jump.

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Japan Building Real Life Snowpiercer Train

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Bong Joon-ho‘s big screen adaptation of Snowpiercer imagines a massive luxury Cruise train powered by a perpetual-motion engine that travels around the world.  The film is a science fiction story that uses this construct to tell a story of haves and have-nots stuck on a train that has saved them from an ice age that has surely killed most, if not all, of humanity on the planet.

While I was watching the movie, I wondered to myself why hasn’t anyone tried to make a luxury cruise-style train. Sure, I understand a global-connected track is not possible, almost as impossible as a perpetual-motion engine that runs the fictional train. But the idea of a luxury Cruise ship-like train seemed interesting. I can definitely imagine rich people spending loads of money to live in luxury as they watch the countryside pass by them at high speeds. Why have we not seen anything like it created? Is it that comically unpractical?

Well, Japan has announced the development of a new luxury train, called “The Cruise Train” which could be the predecessor of a real life Snowpiercer train. Details and photoa after the jump.

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This edition of Star Wars Bits is all over the map. There are laughs, technology, revelations, connections and even some toys. Below, read about the following

  • Jon Stewart battles Stephen Colbert over their Star Wars fandom.
  • The original Star Wars Trilogy was given a 4K conversion.
  • New Star Wars Rebels characters have been revealed, including a familiar name from the original trilogy.
  • Read details about the iWalk2.0, the new crutch Harrison Ford is currently using.
  • See the latest two Star Wars Hot Wheels based on Chewbacca and Yoda.
  • Andy Serkis gets grilled about his Star Wars Episode VII role and gives a concrete bit of info.
  • Ian McDiarmid says he isn’t in Star Wars Episode VII.

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UPDATE: This article was written on June 18 but has now been confirmed by Entertainment Weekly. Update below with new video.

As fans speculate about the villains in Star Wars Episode VII, we know at least one bad guy created in this post-George Lucas universe. His name is The Inquisitor and he’s a lean, mean, lightsaber-swinging, Jedi-killing machine. In the Disney XD show Star Wars Rebels, set between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, he’s tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi.

The Inquisitor was the first character introduced from Rebels; since then, we’ve met the entire remaining cast and their human counterparts. During all that, we have yet to find out who will be voicing the Inquisitor. Now, a rumor has surfaced that Jason Isaacs, of Harry Potter and The Patriot fame, will be voicing the character. Read More »

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Today I bring you a roundup of a cool Back to the Future LEGO projects up for vote at LEGO Ideas. Hit the jump to check out all three LEGO projects and hopefully help vote them into production.

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’12 Monkeys’ Trailer: Everybody Is Already Dead

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Earlier this week at the Syfy TCA panel, co-exec producer Terry Matalas said that the channel’s new series adaptation of 12 Monkeys is a “complete reimagining” of the original film. “We didn’t want to redo the movie and so we changed everything from the top down.” The movie in question, of course, is Terry Gilliam’s 1995 time-travel thriller in which a convict (Bruce Willis) is sent into the past in an attempt to find information about a virus that later wipes out most of humanity. Now there’s a 12 Monkeys TV trailer, and Syfy’s version sure looks a lot like a remake.

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Boba Fett lives

Boba Fett lives. I mean, you knew that. Despite falling into the Sarlacc pit during Return of the Jedi he managed to escape, and later showed up all over the place in the Star Wars expanded universe. He even fell into the Sarlacc again, and after getting out was best man at the wedding of the bounty hunter Dengar. Seriously.

But nothing in Star Wars is canon until it ends up in a movie, The Clone Wars (or Rebels) TV show, or comes out of the mouth of George Lucas. Today, during a Reddit AMA, Star Wars historian J.W. Rinzler said he’s had conversations with Lucas where the Star Wars creator confirmed that Fett is alive. Get that quote, and some other highlights from Rinzler’s talk below. Read More »

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