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We finally know who is writing the next draft of Gareth Edwards' standalone film: Chris Weitz, writer-director of The Golden Compass and director of Twilight: New Moon. Weitz, whose writing credits include About a Boy and this year's live-action Cinderella, will follow Gary Whitta, who left after completing a first draft of the Star Wars film. [Empire]Read more...

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How long has it been since there's been a revolutionary new piano? The piano we're all used to seeing became the standard in the late 1800s, and now Hungarian pianist Gergely Bogányi has designed one that looks like it could be on a spaceship.Read more...

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Millie Brady, model and actress soon to be seen in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as Mary, will play the lead in Lifetime's adaptation of Jean M. Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear.Read more...

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Apparently this is the actual TARDIS prop used by Doctor Who back in the Jon Pertwee era — which seems believable, since it was pretty battered-looking back in 1971 and the intervening decades probably haven't been kind. Makes me kind of nostalgic for the days when the TARDIS was less imposing and shiny.Read more...

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The northeast of the United States is in the midst of a blizzard , which could bring a potentially historic amount of snow to New York City. But earlier today, before temperatures drop and the snow covers everything, these large, star-shaped snowflakes were spotted all over the city.Read more...

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Just how different will the new Fantastic Four movie be from the versions we've seen before? Very different, it seems. Collider has a new interview with director Josh Trank. And this first look at this version of the Fantastic Four's outfits. And, well... it's bluer when you expand it to full-size and look closely?Read more...

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Best Iain M. Banks tribute ever. Elon Musk tweeted that he's naming two SpaceX droneships after Culture ships in Banks' The Player of Games. One drone ship will be called Just Read The Instructions, and the other will be Of Course I Still Love You. [via Tor.com]Read more...

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In artist Sung Choi's concept art series ARK, an alien invasion drives humanity from Earth. Fortunately, we find a habitable planet to make our home after the horrors of war.Read more...

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Lifetime's Christina Ricci-starring Lizzie Borden Took An Axe was a hit last January, and the network is cashing in with April's eight-episode The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, a fictionalized exploration of Lizzie's post-acquittal life. Read more...

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In addition to science fiction, The X-Files also fit neatly into another genre: the crime procedural. But, unlike other wildly successful crime dramas like Law & Order or CSI, it never managed to truly became a franchise. So what was it that prevented us from seeing The X-Files: Miami? There was a simple reason.Read more...

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Early this morning, a big (but not too big) asteroid made a close (but not too close!) pass by our planet. While totally unthreatening as a doomsday scenario, this particular asteroid makes for beautiful viewing: it has a tiny, orbiting moon.Read more...

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Doctor Who has given rise to tons of incredible artwork, from Chris Achilleos' book covers to Dave Gibbons' comics to Bill Mudron's art nouveau painting . But for my money, the best Who art of all time is probably the Dalek comic strip that was published in the mid-1960s in Century 21 magazine. And it's all on Flickr.Read more...

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So you thought your reckless youth shoplifting Cover Girl from the mall made you a badass? Think again: a jeans-and-hoodie-clad girl, estimated to be around 12 years old, helped three adults snake a $4.6 million diamond necklace from a Hong Kong jewelry store. Read more...

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Get a first look at the supernatural series The Returned from Lost's Carlton Cuse and Raelle Tucker from True Blood. Watch as the dead come back to life, and try and wiggle their way back into their past lives. Read more...

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We know that Alfred calling his employer, surrogate son, and the recipient of his wisdom, "Master Bruce," is incredibly old-fashioned. But what did the term "Master" mean, before it became obsolete? Read more...

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These artworks were made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), one of the last great Japanese masters of the ukiyo-e style were really a novelty of its age. Kuniyoshi started to use cats instead of humans in satirical kabuki prints in the early 1840s.Read more...

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Because Gotham really has no idea what to do as a show other than keep adding "early" versions of Batman's rogues gallery, they've cast Colm Feore as the villainous Dollmaker. But it's the Dollmaker's "real" name — not from the comics, but one the show has thought up itself — that will drive you as mad as the Joker.Read more...

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Sometimes, Chas, Constantine's remarkably hard to kill pal, can be a bit of a nonentity, someone who goes along with John's plans with far less angst than most. But when the soul of Chas' daughter is stolen, we finally get to see what the cab-driving sidekick is capable of.Read more...

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Finally getting action figures emulating the gorgeous style of Batman: The Animated Series has been like a dream come true for fans of the cartoon - or it should have been, if they weren't riddled by quality issues. But hooray! DC have finally addressed the problems, and have announced plans to hopefully fix them.Read more...

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Better late than never? The head of German serial killer Fritz Haarmann — known as "The Butcher of Hannover" and "The Vampire of Hannover" — was cremated after spending 89 years bobbing in formaldehyde.Read more...

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What Exodus may have lacked in script and casting, it made up for in spectacle. The plagues and ancient temples were insane. Behold the magic in these before and after wipes. Read more...

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Neuroscientists have captured the first-ever video of neural activity in the brains of freely moving nematode worms. Using an elaborate camera setup and software, researchers were able to observe 78 individual neurons—an advance that will help them better understand how the nervous system controls animal behavior.Read more...

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Well, this is just brilliant. Racist adverts promoting hatred against Muslims are currently being run on buses in San Francisco - but someone has started covering them up with anti-hatred messages from Marvel's première Muslim superhero, Ms. Marvel.Read more...

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Everything seems normal, as the Moon drifts below the horizon. Then it suddenly flattens out into a disc and turns bright red. What's going on? It's not editing or animation. What you're seeing is an actual view of the Moon.Read more...

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