Luke Skywalker looks out over a desert dominated by two setting suns in an iconic scene from "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope." But this isn’t just the stuff of fiction. Now, astronomers have confirmed the first direct evidence that planets with two suns do exist.
Scientists at NASA and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute [SETI] are informally calling the newly discovered world Tatooine, as homage to Skywalker's planet imagined by George Lucas.
The so-called circumbinary planet has been dubbed with an official name that's much less interesting: Kepler-16b.
While many fans have been griping about the various changes in this week's new "Star Wars" saga Blu-Ray (Darth Vader's "nooooo!," blinking Ewoks), one of George Lucas' most famous collaborators is telling fans that he is done with tweaking his classic films.
"I tried this once and lived to regret it. Not because of fan outrage, but because I was disappointed in myself," director Steven Spielberg told an audience at Monday night's special screening of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" in Los Angeles.
He said he was "overly sensitive" to those who criticized some scenes in "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial," which led him to change it (authorities chasing Elliott and E.T. no longer had guns, but walkie talkies; one child's profane piece of dialogue was removed), and add some CGI effects when it was re-released in theaters in 2002. FULL POST
Spoiler alert: Have you not caught up with the "True Blood" episodes on your DVR? Do you not currently watch "True Blood" but think that one day in the future you might? And do you NOT want to know what happens at the end of season four? Well then stop reading this!
Fans are still buzzing over the shocking season four finale of HBO’s ‘True Blood.’ Melissa Lowery, co-founder of True-Blood.net can attest to that.
The "Truebie" fan site launched in March of 2008, with Lowery and her friend Liz Henderson at the helm. As a fan of Charlaine Harris' "Sookie Stackhouse" vampire novels, the news that HBO (which, like CNN is owned by parent company TimeWarner) was going to create a TV series out of the stories made Lowery eager for the chance to discuss the episodes with other fans on the internet. FULL POST
What do you get when you put together robots, zombies and comic books?
How about a film festival?
The Graphation Film Festival showcased a selection of short films about zombies, robots, robot-like humans, zombie-like mummies and other life-forms on the fringes of society last month.
Thanks to Carnegie Mellon grad and former Pittsburgh resident George A. Romero, zombies are closely identified with Steeltown, so close-by suburban Oakmont’s Oaks Theater was the perfect venue to celebrate the not-quite-alive. FULL POST
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