Harrison Ford is Starring in the Blade Runner Sequel

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Denis Villeneuve is set to direct Harrison Ford in a direct sequel to the 1982 classic scifi film Blade Runner.  The film will take place several decades after the original, and Ford will reprise his role as blade runner and suspected replicant Rick Deckard.  Unfortunately, the existence of this sequel answers one of the film's most oft debated questions with finality: if the now 72 year old Harrison Ford is playing Deckard, he can't a replicant.  For what it's worth, Ford has said the script is the best he's ever read and the sequel is described as "potent" and "faithful."

Ridley Scott will produce the film alongside Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

One To Beam Aboard: Leonard Nimoy Dies at 83

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Veteran actor, cult-hero, icon, Leonard Nimoy died Friday morning in his Los Angeles home. Blaming his years as a smoker, Nimoy passed due to complications from his long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Best known for his portrayal of Star Trek's Chief Science Officer, Spock, Leonard Nimoy's diverse talents extend far beyond acting, into poetry, photography and music.

A hard-working character actor, thriving through television's infancy, Nimoy excelled at playing the outsider, or mysterious loner, a common archetype in early westerns. In 1966 he was offered the role of a different kind of outsider, a role that would forever launch him into media iconography, Star Trek's only regular alien, the Vulcan, Mr. Spock.

After a three year run on the bridge of the Enterprise, using Gene Roddenberry's imagined utopia to explore the complex social issues of race, gender, and morality in 1960's America, Star Trek was canceled. Ten years later, after a cult group of fans called Trekkies (or Trekkers) coalesced around the series, Nimoy would return as Spock. This time, on the silver screen.

After eight films, Spock along with the original Enterprise crew would retire from the franchise, but not for long. In 2009, when J.J. Abrams re-booted the original Star Trek crew, Leonard Nimoy would reprise his role as the Vulcan. Being the only veteran actor from the franchise to appear in the new series, Nimoy would go on to make an appearance in it's sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.

While Nimoy wasn't always happy being pigeon-holed as Spock, there was something of himself in the character. Feeling nearly ten years after the series wrapped,

To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior
Trekkies world-wide will mourn the loss of Leonard Nimoy and lament, that he has been, and always shall be, our friend.

Surprise, Surprise: You Can't Survive Those Leaps Into Haystacks

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In a paper titled "Falling Into Straw," physics students at the University of Leicester debunked any hope you had in the myth of leaping off a building and landing safely in a haystack in Assassin's Creed

After what I'm sure amounted to vigorous research into haystack leaps in the game, the students concluded that, put simply, you shouldn't do that IRL.  While the piles of loose straw would provide some cushioning from falls, you couldn't pull off the kind of jump an assassin does because the haystacks are too small.  The haystacks in game are only about 1.5m tall, and according to the paper, you could fall no further than 12-13m and expect that stack to save you.  If you're willing to sustain "severe injuries," you could stretch that height to about 50m, but you certainly won't be shanking any enemies after that leap of faith.