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Futurama is Coming to Syfy on November 11

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Futurama is Coming to Syfy on November 11

Futurama is coming to Syfy on November 11

Syfy today announced that it has acquired the hit animated series Futurama from Twentieth Television in a multi-year, non-exclusive deal that includes all 140 HD episodes of the series. Futurama will make its Syfy debut in a special weekend stunt beginning Saturday, November 11, with the series airing regularly in primetime on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8PM-2AM ET/PT and on Saturday mornings from 8-11AM ET/PT.

The Futurama acquisition comes as Syfy continues to aggressively expand its genre programming following its summer 2017 brand reboot. Futurama – the first fully animated series in Syfy’s rebooted lineup – will join a growing roster of ambitious scripted and unscripted originals and high profile acquired series and movies that reflect the rich depth of the genre.

“We’re continuing to invest heavily to give our passionate fans the very best in genre programming, and I can think of no better addition to Syfy’s lineup than one of my personal favorites, ‘Futurama,’” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks (USA and Syfy) for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

First airing on FOX from 1999-2003, Futurama was brought back in 2007 with four direct-to-DVD movies that subsequently aired as 30-minute episodes on Comedy Central. Based on their success, Comedy Central ordered new seasons of the series which debuted in June 2010. Over the course of its storied run, Futurama has earned six Emmy Awards – including two for Outstanding Animated Program, seven Annie Awards, two Environmental Media Awards and two Writers Guild of America Awards.

Futurama, created by Matt Groening, developed by Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, is produced by The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

Via: ComingSoon

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Hugh Jackman Wants New Wolverine Actor in the MCU

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Hugh Jackman admits that while it was a missed opportunity for him, he’s excited to see a new Wolverine actor join the MCU via the Disney/Fox buy out. Seeing as the scruffy Canadian mutant Logan has become synonymous with Jackman on the big screen over the past 17 years, whoever takes over the mantle will have some very huge shoes to fill. Nonetheless, the Australian actor hung up his Adamantium claws earlier this year with the impressive Logan and has nothing but high hopes for the future of the fan-favorite superhero.

The business deal between 21st Century Fox and Disney – which would result in the latter absorbing the TV and movie division of the former – would be worth $60 billion and continues to heat up, with an announcement possibly coming this week. While this means a lot in a broader sense, for comic book fans in particular, is that Marvel Studios could be getting the film rights back to characters like the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.

Speaking to Collider while doing the press rounds for The Greatest Showman, Jackman was asked for his thoughts regarding the ongoing Fox and Disney sale. Over the last couple of days, rumors of Jackman’s iteration of Wolverine appearing in Avengers 4 have emerged online, but the actor’s statement to Collider has effectively squashed that idea. Here is what he had to say:

“It’s interesting because for the whole 17 years I kept thinking that would be so great, like I would love to see, particularly, Iron Man and the Hulk and Wolverine together. And every time I saw an Avengers movie I could just see Wolverine in the middle of all of them like punching them all on the head. But it was like, “Oh well, that’s not gonna happen,” and it was interesting just when I first saw that headline — it was just the possibility of it and who knows what’s gonna happen, obviously — I was like, “Hang on!” But I think, unfortunately, the ship has sailed for me, but for someone else I would like to see Wolverine in there.”

From the sound of it, Jackman has fully moved on from his superhero gig and is actually looking forward to seeing someone else inhabit the role of Wolverine – possibly even as part of the same universe as the Avengers. In hindsight, it was just a case of bad timing, with Jackman having decided to hang up his claws right before the Fox and Disney deal started to heat up. While we don’t know yet how Marvel Studios is planning to incorporate the mutants into the MCU, most fans probably would have loved to see Jackman’s version of Wolverine interact with his Marvel cohorts like the Hulk and Iron Man, on the big screen.

While almost every Marvel fan is buzzing with excitement regarding the storytelling possibilities that the Disney and Fox buyout will present, most of the specifics are still very much up in the air. Both the MCU and Fox Marvel Universe have already announced their respective movie release slates for the next few years at this point. So, unless Marvel Studios intends to scrap what Fox has laid out for their superhero franchise, it might be awhile before any mutants (Wolverine included) pop up in any of the Phase 4 films that Marvel has planned.

MORE: Kevin Feige ‘Eager’ to Work With X-Men Characters

Source: Collider

 

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Ready Player One Sequel Being Developed By Author

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A Ready Player One sequel is now being written by Ernest Cline, ahead of the release of Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the first book. Following the release of the new trailer for Spielberg’s Ready Player One movie, Cline confirmed that he is already working on a follow-up to his very popular 2011 novel.

Ready Player One takes place in the year 2045, in a world where people take refuge from the collapse of society around them by escaping into the virtual universe known as the OASIS. When the creator of OASIS, James Halliday (played by Mark Rylance in Spielberg’s film adaptation) dies, he thus leaves his immense wealth hidden somewhere within the OASIS, free to the first person who is able to find it. This begins a contest within the OASIS that spreads over the entire world, as the young Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) emerges as an unlikely contender to win the much-coveted prize for himself.

Cline confirmed that he’s working on a Ready Player One novel sequel during a live stream interview to promote the new trailer premiere for Spielberg’s film version (which Cline co-wrote with Zak Penn). “It’s true.  I can’t talk about it too much, but there’s no better inspiration for a writer [than] to return to a world they’ve already worked on when they’re watching Steven Spielberg bring that world to life,” Cline said.

The original Ready Player One book is filled to the brim with pop culture references to famous movies, video games and television, pulling mostly from the 1980s. The film looks to be expanding its reach to the pop culture of the 19990s and 2000s as well, with such characters as The Iron Giant, Tomb Raider‘s Lara Croft, Harley Quinn and Joker, and even Tracer from the Overwatch video game series among those now confirmed to appear in Spielberg’s movie at some point.

While he didn’t share any details for the forthcoming novel, Cline did talk about getting inspiration from Spielberg himself as he bounced ideas off him for the Ready Player One book sequel. With a direct influence like Spielberg’s, there’s no telling what sort of pop culture references we are in store for with the as-yet untitled followup to Cline’s original story.

MORE: Every Cameo & Easter Egg in the Ready Player One Trailers

Ready Player One is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tye Sheridan, in addition to Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Olivia Cooke.

Source: Ernest Cline

 

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Red Lightsabers Are the Weakest

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Red Lightsabers Are the Weakest

 

Red lightsabers are the weakest, according to a Star Wars study conducted at the University of Leicester regarding lightsaber colors. Decades of Star Wars lore has dictated that the red lightsabers favored by The Sith offered greater offensive capabilities than the softer colors favored by The Jedi. This also seems sound logically, given that The Dark Side of The Force is dependent upon aggressive emotions. It follows then that Dark Jedi would desire a weapon catering to a more offensive combat style, favoring powerful strikes over finesse.

History and common sense, however, have taken a backseat to hard science. A study at the University of Leicester’s Centre For Interdisciplinary Science explored the question of lightsaber strength relative to color. Surprisingly, their findings indicate that the red lightsabres favored by The Sith are physically the weakest of all lightsaber colors.

 

Luke Willcocks determined this by first calculating the strength of Qui-Gon Jinn’s green lightsaber. Utilizing the scene in The Phantom Menace where the character (played by actor Liam Neeson) used his weapon to cut through a metal door as a base-line, Willcocks calculated the energy output required to accomplish this task. Presuming the door to be made of materials of comparable strength and density to those of an Earth space shuttle, Willcocks’ determined that a standard lightsaber produces an energy output of 6.96 MW (megawatts) – two magnitudes of power lower than the output of a small nuclear generator!

How then does color factor into the power output? Presuming that lightsabers produced pure photonic energy, Willcocks calculated the spectral wavelength of each primary and secondary color and the effect that changing the wavelength to yield a specific color would have upon the power output. Willcocks concluded that shorter wavelengths would result in a more powerful photon blade and that purple lightsabers would be the most powerful of all. Willcocks’ calculations suggest that the purple lightsaber of Jedi Master Mace Windu (played by Samuel L. Jackson) would be nearly twice as powerful as that of a Sith Lord like Darth Vader, capable of burning through a starship blast-door in 8.2 seconds.

It is worth noting that Willcocks’ study was partly conducted in the sense of fun. The University of Liecester has a Science Module that encourages aspiring scientists to attempt to explain scientific phenomena in popular culture through their writings. The goal is to teach students how to write, critique, and publish serious scientific papers, while also giving them experience in writing in such a manner as to be understood by non-professionals. While Willcocks’ study is fascinating, it is not considered canon by The Powers That Be At Lucasfilm.

Despite this, Willcocks’ theory as to the inherent weakness and instability of Sith lightsabers is born out by some recent Star Wars stories. The novel Ahsoka revealed that Jedi must bond themselves to a special kyber crystal, which forms the basis of their lightsaber. Dark Jedi are unable to forge this bond and must either steal another Jedi’s lightsaber or take it from their dead body, before forcing their will upon the crystal and bending it to serve them. This process weakens the crystal, causing it to “bleed”, resulting in its red coloration. It has also been determined that Kylo Ren’s lightsaber uses a cracked kyber crystal and the cross-guard his lightsabre generates is necessary to vent excess energy and prevent the hilt from exploding. One wonders what Star Wars: The Last Jedi will have to say on this subject.

MORE: The Last Jedi Early Reactions Are In

Source: The University of Liecester

 

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