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Sometimes, you just have to stop and appreciate really amazing art, so take a minute and soak in these pieces by Orlando Arocena.

Arocena’s Vector Art Alien tribute poster was part of a recent collection celebrating the 35th anniversary of the film. It’s nice to see his take on some of our other favorite movies.

Head after the break to see some of his incredible work.

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The last few months have been big on nostalgia. We’ve got the return of Star Wars of course, but there’s also Neill Blomkamp’s Alien film, Twin Peaks, the Terminator reboot, and even DuckTales and Inspector Gadget for crissakes.

Now comes word from Variety that Harrison Form is confirmed for a return as Rick Deckard in the Blade Runner sequel. Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve is in negotiations to direct.

The script comes from Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original film) and Michael Green with input from Ridley Scott. All we know about the plot thus far is that it will take place several decades after the original film.

Ford recently said that the script was “the best thing that he ever read”, which may or may not mean anything. Regardless, how do you feel about the reality of a Blade Runner sequel?

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There’s been an interesting development regarding the Power/Rangers fan film we posted the other day. Joseph Kahn, the director behind the video, revealed on Twitter that Power Rangers franchise owner Haim Saban and Saban Brands issued a copyright claim to Vimeo and that’s why the video was taken down. (It’s still on YouTube, for now).

Kahn feels as if Saban is being unfair and that he feels “harassed”, stating that he used his own money, he is not using any pre-existing footage, and his giving it away freely. However, he is using the characters and that’s where things get sticky.

Read more after the break…

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Neill Blomkamp’s Alien movie is moving forward, and now it seems as though the film will disregard Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection in favor of “a proper finish” after Aliens. Though it’s unclear whether or not the new movie will ignore the last two films altogether.

Also, Sigourney Weaver is definitely on board—which was already a given.

Check out the interview with Blomkamp and Weaver after the break and let us know what you think. Should the film acknowledge Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection or completely dismiss them?

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If you’ve dreamed of a gritty Power Rangers reboot full of sex and violence, then good news: it just dropped in your lap thanks to director Joseph Khan. First off, check out the cast:

Katee Sackhoff – Kimberly/Pink
James Van Der Beek – Rocky
Russ Bain – Tommy/Green
Will Yun Lee – General Klank
Gichi Gamba – Zack/Black

From the description:

My take on the FAN FILM. Not a pilot, not a series, not for profit, strictly for exhibition. This is a bootleg experiment not affiliated or endorsed by Saban Entertainment or Lionsgate nor is it selling any product. I claim no rights to any of the characters (don’t send me any money, not kickstarted, this film is free). This is the NSFW version. An alternate safe version is on youtube.

Holy crap. This is insane…and marvelous. Watch the 14-minute video after the break. We’ve included both the “safe” YouTube version and the very NSFW original. UPDATE: The original Vimeo version was pulled, but the safe YouTube version is still available for now.

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Would Chris Pratt make a good Indiana Jones? As we’ve noted before, Chris Pratt would make a good anything.

Most of the Internet seems to be on board with the idea, and it looks like Steven Spielberg is in that camp as well. Deadline is reporting that he would love to direct the film so long as the script “comes in to his satisfaction.”

Keep in mind that this is the man who went forward with the Crystal Skull script. Though, George Lucas’ involvement (or lack thereof) this time around may have an impact on how this film proceeds.

Of course, this is all far from official. There have been no casting announcements and there’s no script at this point. But it’s interesting to think about. Assuming Chris Pratt does take over the role, would you like Spielberg to be on board or should this reboot start completely fresh?

(via /Film)

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Is Apple getting into the lightsaber game?

Not quite. However, it appears that J. J. Abrams got a little help from Apple’s Jony Ive with regard to the much discussed trisaber featured in The Force Awakens trailer. According to New Yorker:

Ive once sat next to J.J. Abrams at a boozy dinner party in New York, and made what Abrams recalled as “very specific” suggestions about the design of lightsabres. Abrams told me that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” would reflect those thoughts, but he wouldn’t say how.

See Also: Star Wars Bladebuilders Let You Build Any Lightsaber You Please

Apparently, Ive later noted that it was “just a conversation” and that the crossguard was not discussed—but he did have some imput that might have had an impact on Abrams:

“I thought it would be interesting if it were less precise, and just a little bit more spitty,” said Ive, adding that the new weapon could be “more analog and more primitive, and I think, in that way, somehow more ominous.”

I’ll admit that “less precise” and “spitty” are not design concepts I thought Ive would ever consider.

(Venture Beat via The Verge)

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We recently featured a Batmobile stroller from Super-Fan Builds that is sure to make the other kids jealous, and now they’ve made something for pets. It’s an UP doghouse for the world’s luckiest pup.

The house looks like the Up house and appears to be lifting off the ground with the help of a giant bunch of balloons. All the other dogs are going to be so jealous.

See the video after the break.

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The hot new droid in town may be BB-8, but no droid is as sarcastic and lovable as good old R2-D2.

The folks at Sideshow Collectibles have turned him into a sixth scale figure that comes withe tons of bits and pieces so you can play with him at your desk instead of working. I know this because they sent one to me to check out and he’s been distracting me from work since the day he arrived.

It’s not just R2, but a whole bunch of accessories including Luke’s lightsaber, Ben Kenobi’s table with a light-up holographic Leia, and a beverage tray with glasses just like he sported on Jabba’s sail barge. It even lights up!

More information, photos and a demo video after the break…

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No, this isn’t Indominous Rex. We’ve put that after the break to avoid spoilers. But a giant child with dinosaur hands would make for an interesting plot twist.

Hasbro unveiled the new Jurassic World toys and, if you take nothing else away from this, I’m just going to share the observation that my friend Erin McCarthy made about Indominous Rex. This dino has opposable thumbs. Doors are no problem. Heck, it can probably drive.

From the photos, we’re also getting raptors named Charlie, Delta, and Echo along with battle sets (think Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em dinos), battle packs with dinos and vehicles, and even dino hybrid mashers.

Check out more toys after the break (first up, Indominous Rex).

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