<EM>Star Wars Commander Launched For Android, Windows

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Happy days, Star Wars Commander finally arrives on Android!

Following its release in late August, Disney’s free-to-play mobile game Star War Commander has jumped up the charts with 5 million downloads on iOS alone. Now, the game is expanding further, launching today for two new platforms: Android and Windows devices.

Star Wars Commander is a combat strategy game in the vein of Clash of Clans. One of the game’s main differentiating factors, however, is that you can choose your side, either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire. On iOS, most people are playing as the Dark Side, except for gamers in North Dakota for some reason.

It's also available for Windows.

RADIO 1138: Episode 16

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It's time to join Mark and James for RADIO 1138.

Have your intergalactic passports at the ready, we’re aiming for the stars. Join us as we cross the Whale Pond to Petaluma for the second Annual Rancho Obi-Wan Gala with Steve Sansweet, sail over Greenham Common with pilot Matthew Myatt, talk Darth Vader with Marvel writer Keiron Gillen and review Spark of Rebellion. All in a fit-to-burst episode of RADIO 1138!

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Oscar Isaac Completes His Episode VII Filming

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Jedi News reader Ryan S. sends over this link posted on HitFix that states actor Oscar Isaac's last day of filming for Episode VII took place this past Friday September 26.

Heads up everyone: Oscar Isaac's last day shooting "Star Wars: Episode VII" is this Friday, Sept. 26. The cast has another few weeks of filming, but Isaac is taking a well deserved four day vacation before moving on to his next project, David Simon's HBO mini-series "Show Me A Hero."

This is the second mention of an actor finishing up his scheduled Episode VII shooting, as we learned last week that Anthony Daniels is done as well.

Thanks to Ryan for the heads up.

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Cosplay We Love: Amazing 3D-printed Metroid Varia outfit

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This impressive Varia Power Suit was created by cosplayer Talaaya using a pair of Zcorp 450 3D printers, bondo, paint and countless hours of sanding.  The result is a brilliant example of technology, imagination and diligent work.   Check out the fabrication process and more photos at her RPF thread here, and marvel at her two-year odyssey to master the Metroid upgrade.

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Galaxy Quest + 13 more movies and shows hitting Netflix in October

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Galaxy Quest (1999): By Grabthar's hammer, the best Star Trek movie ever made isn't a Star Trek movie. It's this cult sci-fi comedy with an ever-growing following. If you still haven't seen it, now's the time. 

Shadow of the Vampire (2000): If you love the classic silent horror film Nosferatu, or if you just want to watch a creepy drama, check out this film, which envisions the making of Nosferatu with one twist: The cast and crew begin to suspect that the actor playing the vampire isn't acting. 

Shivers (1975): This early effort from horror legend David Cronenberg might not match up to his later classics, but it's still a chilling vision of an apartment building taken over by parasites that transform their human hosts. 

Supernatural, season nine (2013-2014): Available October 7. If you want to see what the Winchester boys have been up to, you can catch all of this seemingly unstoppable CW drama's ninth season on the same day that season ten premieres. 

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001): If the kids are looking for something to watch (or if you're hoping to experience some nostaglia), take a look back at this sci-fi family comedy starring the smartest boy in the world, his robot dog, and all his friends. 

The Vampire Diaries, season five (2013-2014): Season six of this CW supernatural drama premieres Thursday, leaving you with a little more than a day to catch up on all of season five. You can do it. 

The Phantom of the Opera (1989): This new version of the classic tale takes a lot of liberties with the original novel, and takes things in a much more gruesome direction than the classic film starring Lon Chaney. It stars Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) in the title role, and though it didn't make much of an impression on the box office at the time of its release, it still might make a fun midnight movie this October. 

Arrow, season two (2013-2014): Available October 8. The second season of this CW superhero series won over a new audience by piling on comic book reference after comic book reference, and things got pretty intense. If you still haven't seen what the fuss is about, you can catch up this month. 

Carrie (2013): For many fans, the new big screen adaptation of Stephen King's first novel didn't live up to the original version starring Sissy Spacek, but if you're curious about it, October's a good month to take a look. 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013): Available October 22. Catching Fire was one of the biggest films of 2013, building on the success of The Hunger Games to become a worldwide phenomenon. The third installment in the series -- Mockingjay, Part 1 -- hits theaters in November, so if you still haven't seen what made Catching Fire so huge, you've got a few weeks to catch up. 

The 100, season one (2014): Available October 22. This series about a group of teenagers trying to tame the savage landscape of a far-future Earth did well enough with CW audiences this year to get a second season renewal. If you were waiting to give it a try, October's the month to do it. 

The Originals, season one (2013-2014): Available October 3. If you didn't catch the first season of this Vampire Diaries spinoff when it aired, and you still want to try it out, you've got some time before season two begins. 

Witching & Bitching (2013): Available October 14. This horror-comedy about a pair of robbers who encounter a coven of witches was popular and acclaimed enough in its home country of Spain to win eight Goya Awards (honoring the best of Spanish film) earlier this year, and it looks like loads of creepy fun. 

The Tomorrow People (2013-2014): Available October 8. This series about teens with special powers and the people who hunt them only got one season on The CW, but chances are you know at least one person who actually enjoyed it. If you want to find out why, the entire series is at your fingertips soon. 

Beloved 1980s videogame Tetris coming to the big screen as an 'epic sci-fi movie’

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Tetris is coming to the big screen. It’s official — we've already reached the point of ultimate saturation when it comes to videogame movie adaptations. 

Threshold Entertainment has snagged the film rights to the 1980s puzzle game Tetris — yes, the one where you have to line up the lines and make them disappear — with plans to develop an “epic sci-fi” movie for the property. No, this does not seem to be a joke. For what it’s worth, the studio has a track record of cranking out game-to-movie properties, having previously developed 1995’s Mortal Kombat film and its sequel. 

Aside from the fact that the movie is happening, the studio offered literally no other intel. Producer Larry Kasanoff teases they plan to turn the extremely simple game into an “epic sci­‐fi story” that will be “really exciting.” Though even Kasanoff seems to acknowledge the absurdity of it all, promising they’re “not giving feet to the geometric shapes.” OK, we’ll have to take your word on it.

Henk Rogers, managing director of The Tetris Company, had this to say about the movie deal:

“What started as a simple, computer puzzle game 30 years ago, today is part of our global consciousness, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds and feeding our innate desire to create order out of chaos. We look forward to partnering with Threshold Entertainment to re-imagine that common experience and bring a spectacular new Tetris universe to the big screen for the first time. In this new universe, as you'll soon find out, there's much more to Tetris than simply clearing lines.”

So what’s our take? Honestly, this sounds pretty dumb. We’ve seen some terrible videogame adaptations from properties that actually had potential to be cool — i.e. Doom, House of the Dead, the aforementioned Mortal Kombat — so what are the odds Tetris will turn out any better? If you have an “epic” idea for a sci-fi movie, just make that movie. Why try to shoehorn it into the construct of a super-simple 1980s puzzle game?

What’s your take on Tetris: The Movie?

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Beloved 1980s video game Tetris coming to the big screen as an 'epic sci-fi movie’

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Tetris is coming to the big screen. It’s official — we've already reached the point of ultimate saturation when it comes to video game movie adaptations. 

Threshold Entertainment has snagged the film rights to the 1980s puzzle game Tetris — yes, the one where you have to line up the lines and make them disappear — with plans to develop an “epic sci-fi” movie for the property. No, this does not seem to be a joke. For what it’s worth, the studio has a track record of cranking out game-to-movie properties, having previously developed 1995’s Mortal Kombat film and its sequel. 

Aside from the fact that the movie is happening, the studio offered literally no other intel. Producer Larry Kasanoff teases they plan to turn the extremely simple game into an “epic sci­‐fi story” that will be “really exciting.” Though, even Kasanoff seems to acknowledge the absurdity of it all, promising they’re “not giving feet to the geometric shapes.” OK, we’ll have to take your word on it.

Henk Rogers, Managing Director of The Tetris Company, had this to say about the movie deal:

“What started as a simple, computer puzzle game 30 years ago, today is part of our global consciousness, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds and feeding our innate desire to create order out of chaos. We look forward to partnering with Threshold Entertainment to re-imagine that common experience and bring a spectacular new Tetris universe to the big screen for the first time. In this new universe, as you'll soon find out, there's much more to Tetris than simply clearing lines.”

So, what’s our take? Honestly, this sounds pretty dumb. We’ve seen some terrible video game adaptations from properties that actually had potential to be cool — i.e. Doom, House of the Dead, the aforementioned Mortal Kombat — so what are the odds Tetris will turn out any better? If you have an “epic” idea for a sci-fi movie, just make that movie. Why try to shoehorn it into the construct of a super-simple 1980s puzzle game?

What’s your take on Tetris: The Movie?

(Via The Verge)

Listen to Nicol Williamson's 1974 reading of his abridged The Hobbit

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There’s no need to wait for Peter Jackson’s third entry into The Hobbit franchise — The Battle of Five Armies — in order to return to Middle-earth. You can do it right now, by listening to the great late Nicol Williamson’s audio take on the classic fantasy story.

Thirty years ago, in 1974, Argo Records released a dramatized four-record LP audio abridgement of The Hobbit, and the narrator and performer of this abridged dramatization of is none other than Nicol Williamson — who would later play the role of the legendary sorcerer Merlin in director John Boorman’s 1981 quintessential King Arthur movie, Excalibur.

In the late 1970s, Boorman was involved in a collaborative attempt with United Artist to produce a Lord of the Rings film. This, of course, fell through, but Boorman re-purposed much of his imagery and concept in Excalibur

The script is apparently notorious with fans because of the liberties it planned to take with J.R.R. Tolkien's work, and you can read an excerpt here.

Now, back to The Hobbit dramatization.

In the early 1970s, Demi Demitriou from Decca Records (the parent company of Argo) approached Williamson to see if the Scottish actor would undertake and authorized audio recording of The Hobbit. According to Nicol Williamson’s official website, the actor had a great love of Tolkien’s work, and he paired up with audio producer and Argo managing director Harely Usill on the project.

Williamson re-edited the original script for the abridgement, getting rid of many incidences of “he said”, “she said,” as he felt that an over-reliance on descriptive narrative would not give the desired effect.

The end result is a recording of around three-and-a-half hours, with Williamson voicing all the roles, including another certain famous wizard. Since it’s been long out of print, copies of the LP are now quite rare and expensive. Bur now, it is available on the Internet Archive, under Creative Commons license — Atribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. 

Have an awesome listen (the whole thing should play, chapter by chapter):

Here's the link for the Internet Archive right here (just in case).

(via The One Ring)

Why Lost's Carlton Cuse says that the show's return is 'inevitable'

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Lost executive producer and co-writer Carlton Cuse has claimed that it was “inevitable” that the show will return in one form or another in the future.

While speaking on ABC in America, ten years after the first season of the hit cult series premiered in 2004, Cuse compared the popular series to another classic (this time a literary one): CS Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, arguing that other writers could re-visit Lost’s mysterious island, but from a different perspective.

Here's what Cuse said:

“Disney owns the franchise, it made them a lot of money, it's hard to imagine it will just sit there idly forever.

“Damon (Lindelof) and I told our story in that world and I assume someone will come along, hopefully having been inspired by our story, or our version of the story, and want to tell their own story.

“It's like the Narnia chronicles. There are seen books, they were all written by CS Lewis, but they all visit Narnia at different times and different configurations and different ways.

“Someone is going to come up with a way to tell another Lost story. I think it's inevitable. I don't know what it is or how it would work, but I can't imagine something else won't be done with the franchise.”

What do you guys think? Do you believe there’s a possibility Lost could be reborn as a TV series much like Heroes will be? And would you like to return to the island for more? 

(via Digital Spy)

Retro TV to air The Mind of Evil in colour

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Colouring The Mind Of Evil (Credit: Stuart Humphryes)American broadcaster Retro TV will air third Doctor adventure The Mind of Evil in colour next month, the first television channel in the world to do so since the late 1970s!

With the original transmission tapes long-sinced erased, by the beginning of the 1980s only black and white prints of the episodes were still held by the BBC, meaning that the story has only been available to broadcasters around the world since then in that format. However, 2013 saw the story prepared for release on DVD with a newly colourised episode one by Stuart Humphryes (aka Babelcolour) and Peter Crocker, and colour-recovered episodes two to six by Richard Russell. Premiered at the British Film Institute in March last year, the story has since been shown a number of select locations, and made available on DVD and streaming services such as Hulu; Retro's broadcast will mark the first time the story can be enjoyed in colour on broadcast television once more.

Stuart Humphryes told us:
The work required to bring this classic serial back to colour was quite mind-boggling, but the fact it has been embraced so warmly by fans and now about to receive a wider audience through TV broadcast is extremely exciting and very satisfying and makes the thousands of hours worthwhile. I hope the viewers enjoy it!
More details about the colourisation process for episode one can be read via the Babelcolour website.

Episode One airs on Retro from 8:30pm on the 15th October.