Capaldi Could’ve Been The Eighth Doctor!

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In the latest issue of American magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Peter Capaldi has revealed that he was potentially up for the role of the Eighth Doctor!

Paul McGann eventually made the grade and starred in the 1996 Doctor Who movie, but Capaldi says he was given the opportunity to audition – but chickened out! It was, however, for the best of reasons. “I didn’t go [to the audition],” he says. “I loved the show so much, and I didn’t think I would get it, and I didn’t want to just be part of a big cull of actors.”

From what we’ve heard, showrunner, Steven Moffat especially wanted Capaldi for the role; that The Thick of It actor was the lone horse in that race!

Personally, I’m pleased, as McGann is an excellent Doctor and remains one of my favourite actors. Nonetheless, a movie fronted by Capaldi is an idea to ponder over. If that had happened, he almost certainly wouldn’t have appeared in 2008′s The Fires of Pompeii, and he wouldn’t have had an on-screen adventure with the Daleks! In the same issue, he recalls his delight when a Dalek came out of the Thames in The Dalek Invasion of Earth: “It’s such a surprise… I loved the effort people put into making these strange worlds.”

The issue, out now in America, also features a brief guide to the show (including some, erm, unique fashion), as well as interview with Steven Moffat, director of the first two episodes, Ben Wheatley, and Jenna Coleman aka. Clara Oswald, the Doctor’s faithful companion.

Oh, and designer, Michael Pickwoad also takes Entertainment Weekly onto the TARDIS. A tweaked TARDIS, at that.

There’s also some stunning photography, so do try to pick yours up asap!

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I haven't the SLIGHTEST clue how I missed reporting on this when it broke initially considering how much I love new retail store displays. So I won't even try to explain myself and just say that our good friends over at Yakface received the image above of what the new Star Wars display area at Toys R Us is expected to look like come August (click the image for a larger view).

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Never give up! Never surrender! Galaxy Quest coming back to life as a comic

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It’s been almost 15 years since Galaxy Quest stole our hearts and minds with its pitch perfect Star Trek impression and overdubbed F-bomb — and now, the crew is back for more adventures.

Sadly, we’re not getting a sequel, but the property has been picked up by IDW to become a new comic book series dubbed Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues. Writer Erik Burnham and artist Nacno Arranz have been tasked with bringing the rag-tag characters played by Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver to life on the page.

Burnham sounds like a true fan of the material, and chatted with Comic Book Resources about the approach he’ll take to adapting the film for the comic medium. Basically, he hopes to maintain the geek-tastic wit we all love, while picking up a storyline that fits perfectly with the film’s finale:

“Well, at the end of their movie, Tim Allen's character, Jason, used the Omega 13 device to rewind time 13 seconds and undo the catastrophic death of his crew. (Um... sorry for the 15 year-old spoilers!) Messing with time. Maybe that affected more than the ship. If it was more widespread, sure, most folks would just have a powerful case of deja vu. But what if it changed something else? That's what we're starting with. They're the reason a new race -- called the Drythans -- seek them out and say, ‘You screwed something up. Fix it.’

As a joke, I played with the conceit of how many sequels reuse certain beats from their predecessor when I introduce the cast in a similar way to the way they were first introduced in the movie. That one may be too meta to see without being told, but it still makes me chuckle … Everyone from the movie will be back. I was even asked to include Brandon, the role Justin Long played, so we got everyone. There will be a new race of aliens, too.”

We’re huge fans of Galaxy Quest around here, and considering it was voted a better Star Trek film than Into Darkness, we’d think you might agree. Are you glad to hear the adventure will continue?

(Via Comic Book Resources)

NASA's new Mars Rover model is packed with some amazing planetary tools

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Think your shiny new car has some fancy factory features?   Run down the roster of sweet scientific toys on NASA's latest planetary project, the Mars 2020 Rover.  The incredible array of instruments and gear will be used to help determine how future explorers will work and survive in the planet's harsh, barren environment while attempting to expolit its natural resources.  

Following the success of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers, a main priority will be to collect and assess data centering on a search for ancient life on Mars, as well as gather and store rock and soil samples for examination by another mission in the future.  From ground-penetrating radar and UV lasers, to mineralogy spectrometers and organic compound imaging systems, the spiffy new super-rover will be packing the latest hi-tech devices to boost our space program's base of knowledge about our mysterious rust-colored neightbor.

Here's a rundown of just what this fully-loaded edition of the Curiosity rover will contain: 

Mastcam-Z: An advanced camera system with panoramic and stereoscopic imaging capability with the ability to zoom. The instrument will also establish the minerals found in Mars’ surface, and help with rover operations. 

SuperCam: An instrument that provides imaging, chemical composition analysis, and mineralogy. It will also be able to locate organic compounds in rocks, from a distance. 

Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry (PIXL): An X-ray fluorescence spectrometer with a built-in high resolution imager than can determine the fine scale elemental composition of Martian surface materials. PIXL will make it possible to make detailed detection and analysis of chemical elements than ever before. 

 Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC): A spectrometer that offers fine-scale imaging and uses an ultraviolet (UV) laser to determine detect minerals and compounds. 

The Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment (MOXIE): An exploration technology that will produce oxygen from carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere. 

Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyser (MEDA): A set of sensors that provide measurements of temperature, wind speed and direction, pressure, relative humidity and dust size and shape. 

The Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Exploration (RIMFAX): A ground-penetrating radar that provides centimetre-scale resolution of the geologic structure of the subsurface.

In addition to its seven top-shelf accessories, this Mars mobile laboratory will be powered by an advanced adioisotrope generator that gives the rover an operating life-span of at least a full Martian year, equaling 687 days on Earth. This new rover uses the same body and sky-crane landing system as the current Curiosity rover that landed on Mars last August.  

Scientists are particularly interested in the samples so they can understand the hazards posed by Martian dust and demonstrate how oxygen can be created - details important to consider for human missions to Mars and the future colonization of the planet.  The rover marks the next major step in fulfilling President Obama's challenge of sending humans to Mars in the 2030s.  

 So, ready to rock the Red Planet, or should we set our sights somewhere else in our solar system? 

(Via Daily Mail UK)

James Gunn teases where he wants to go with Guardians of the Galaxy sequel

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We’re only now getting a chance to check out Marvel’s space epic Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend, but director James Gunn is already brainstorming plans for the sequel. So, where to, next?

Gunn chatted with Film Divider about some story lines and characters he didn’t get to dig into with the first film, and it sounds like he already has a ton of ideas kicking around for the sequel coming in 2017. From deeper alien races from the comic canon, to Yondu and Nebula, we can expect the galactic side of the Marvel universe to get a whole lot deeper.

Here are the choice excerpts:

“I know a lot of where I want to go. I have a lot of ideas for stories and characters that are going to appear, and there are documents written up, that some people have, about Peter Quill’s father and his relationship, a lot of stuff about Yondu and a lot of stuff about Drax that nobody knows. There are a lot of things that are part of the overall schematic that already exist, not to mention a lot of stuff about all of the cultures. There’s a lot of stuff about Xandarian and Kree culture that I’ve written down or I have in my head, as well as Krylorians and Ravagers …

Kevin Feige has stuff. I wrote up a lot. He knows all the stuff and if I died tomorrow they could go make a movie. They could write the story of Peter Quill’s father and it would all be there. I think Yondu is a very important character, a really important character in this universe, and I think Nebula is really important too and so I think we’ll see more of both of those characters.”

Marvel was wise to capitalize on the opening week buzz (and insanely great reviews) and announce the Guardians sequel this past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. It’s exciting to see the film universe head into the galactic corner, and we can’t wait to see where Gunn will take it next.

As for the actual storyline? If he sticks to the Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning comic run that inspired the film, there are a few awesome arcs that could be mined for one heck of a film. A weird film, probably, but Gunn is already embracing the weird — that’s the fun thing about being on the other side of the galaxy.

What do you want to see from the sequel?

Guardians of the Galaxy opens Friday, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is set for July 28, 2017.

(Via Film Divider)

Syfy's Z Nation trailer is competing with The Walking Dead for your eyeballs

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What does The Walking Dead have that no one else has? It has heartbreaking, plot-twisting zombie badness week after week...and no competition. But now, it's about to get a rival, because Syfy will be airing its own take on the zombie apocalypse.

According to io9,

Z Nation starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country, when a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world's last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind's survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.

Z Nation also has something that The Walking Dead doesn't have: A sense of humor. The Walking Dead tends toward the deadly serious, but this show looks extremely tongue in cheek (and other animated body parts). As you can see from the trailer, below, it's a bit like Tremors, but with zombies.

Will this show replace Rick, Michonne, Maggie, and Glenn in our hearts?  Not likely - but considering this airs in September and The Walking Dead returns in October, that's a whole month of zombies we wouldn't have had before.  

And who knows? Maybe in a few years, after The Walking Dead has ended and Z Nation is the only zombie game in town, we'll be wondering if anything else can compare?

Via io9.

@Midnight celebrates Sharknado 2 by launching a LOLstorm with #NewSyfyOriginals

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Last night, like a chainsaw slicing through a flying shark, Chris Hardwick cut to the core of the high art form known as the Syfy Original Movie.

OK, so it wasn’t quite so dramatic, but on the same night Sharknado 2 premiered, the head Nerdist and uber-host dedicated the Hashtag Wars segment on his Comedy Central show @Midnight to #NewSyfyOriginals.

The concept is entirely self-explanatory, and I won’t take time to explain how this works. Instead, let’s jump to the results. Right off the bat, the @Midnight comedian contestants started out strong. Matt Braunger offered “Cobra-Boner vs. Mongoose Boobs,” followed by Hasan Minhaj’s “Battlestar Galactose Intolerant” and Emily Heller’s “Squirrelicane.” Personally, I like Minhaj’s the most for showing off some nerd cred and expert wordplay. Though who could really dismiss something as terrifying-sounding as a Cobra-Boner? Imagine that thing being rendered in bad CGI (shudder).

But how did the tweeting audience do? Beautifully, and as the momentum was building, things went from punny ... :

Then they became a little more thoughtful and damn near sublime:

Graphics were created:

Comedians and actors weighed in:

Even journalists had their say:

Those handling the Twitter accounts for products had to contribute as well:

But it was really the opinion of a monster maker that should be viewed with the most importance:

The party's still going down on Twitter, so there's still time to make your pitch, or just enjoy the monstrous insanity on offer.