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Every week there’s usually one major Star Wars story, but that doesn’t stop the smaller stuff from happening. That’s where Star Wars Bits comes in, and after the jump, you can read about the following:

  • Electronic Arts says Star Wars video games won’t be direct movie tie-ins.
  • Actor Jason Flemyng tweets what might be a script page for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Doctor Who actor Matt Smith is the latest actor rumored for the film.
  • Glasgow Star Wars auditions have been postponed while Detroit had an incredible turn out.
  • David Oyelowo is getting hammered with Star Wars questions.
  • Watch an awesome Episode VII fan film called Star Wars: The Apprentice.

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“I’ve had many faces, many lives,” says Matt Smith’s Doctor at the beginning of the new trailer for the Doctor Who anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, “but there’s one I’ve tried very hard to forget.” That one, this trailer suggests, is played by John Hurt, who appeared at the end of ‘Name of the Doctor,’ the final episode of the show’s most recent season.

This trailer for the show’s 50th anniversary special is huge, with a lot of effects and a scope that seems worthy of the Doctor’s birthday. In addition to Smith, we’ll see Jenna Coleman, David Tennant, Billie Piper and quite a bit of John Hurt. This is also among Smith’s final episodes in the role, as Peter Capaldi will take over as the twelfth Doctor after the 2013 Christmas Special.

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How do you follow up a years-long stint as one of modern television’s most iconic characters? For Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and Doctor Who star Matt Smith, the answer lies on the stage.

Cranston is set to make his Broadway debut this winter with All the Way, a historical drama in which he plays former U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson. Meanwhile, Smith has signed on for the British musical version of American Psycho, which launches in December. Hit the jump for more details on their new roles.

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Comic Con is too large of an event for celebrities to actually walk the show floor, but that doesn’t stop some of them from trying. Justin Timberlake once walked Comic-Con dressed as a ‘Sesame Street’ character years ago. Many other actors have famously thrown on a Stormtrooper helmet and walked the show floor with just a half-assed cosplay presentation — so if you ever see someone who just threw on a mask and it looks like they didn’t try hard enough, ask yourself which actor might possibly be hiding in plain sight. Michael Cera just threw on a fierce-looking Gorilla mask one year.

This year, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, Doctor Who‘s eleventh doctor Matt Smith and The Wolverine star Hugh Jackman are among the actors we know who donned a disguise and walked the show floor this year. After the jump you can see how they did it.

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Community Season 4 Intro to Felt Surrogacy

Sony is apparently eager to hear what Dan Harmon has to say about Community‘s fourth season. Also after the jump:

  • Peek at a DVD-only scene from Breaking Bad
  • NBC renews Hannibal
  • USA doesn’t want Happy Endings
  • Revenge and Suburgatory lose stars
  • Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who
  • Dominic West and Judy Greer book new roles
  • Girls adds a boy
  • Peek at Falling Skies‘ new poster
  • The Newsroom gets another trailer

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VOTD: 47 Years of ‘Dr. Who’ in 6 Minutes

As someone who finds the 200-something episodes of Joss Whedon’s Buffyverse plenty daunting, I can’t even begin to imagine tackling Dr. Who. The long-running British television show  spans 47 years, over 700 episodes, and eleven different incarnations of the titular character. Dr. Who‘s long, convoluted history can be tough for even a devoted fan to keep straight, to say nothing of newcomers just tuning in for the first time.

Luckily, the Fine Brothers (whom you may recall from the time they upset Damon Lindelof with their biting Lost parody series) have taken it upon themselves to recap nearly five decades of Dr. Who in just six minutes. Terms like “TARDIS,” “Torchwood” and “Daleks” are explained, as are the costume changes and major plot points from each Doctor’s term. Whether you’re looking for an introduction or just a refresher, it’s worth checking out. Watch it after the jump.

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Eva Green sure likes her dramas to come at you slanted and askance. Already on her slate are Franklyn – featuring alternative world sci-fi and a masked freedom fighter taking on multi-theistic fascism; and Cracks – a female swim-team spin on Lord of the Flies with a dash of cross-generational Lesbianism. The latest addition is Benedek Fliegraf’s Womb, seemingly every bit as off the boring old beige wall.

According to Variety, Green is to take the female lead alongside Matt Smith, already best known as the upcoming eleventh incarnation of Dr. Who before he’s filmed a single shot as a Timelord. Their synopsis tells us that the film “tells the story of a grieving widow, played by Green, who decides to clone her late husband”. Last year, when the funding was initially assembled, they said it is “a story about the efforts to overcome death by genetic manipulation”.

Sounds like Birth or Ps., though of course they didn’t feature any cloning.

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