WTF of the Day: ‘Star Wars’ Tourists Warned About Possible ISIS Attacks Near ‘Tatooine’

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They’ve ruthlessly murdered scores of innocent people, destroyed priceless artifacts, and bulldozed ancient cities.

Now ISIS recruits are passing through Luke Skywalker’s home planet on their way to Libya, and Star Wars fans are being warned to stay away as the danger escalates in the region.

Obi-Wan Kenobi said it best: “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”

The planet Tatooine from “Star Wars” was inspired by the real city of Tataouine in Tunisia and parts of the country were used as a backdrop for various scenes in the films.

Fans have been flocking to Tunisia for years to visit the locations, but now they’re being warned against it as the Islamic terrorist group ISIS expands in the region.

Over the past month, authorities have found numerous weapons caches – including rocket launchers – and arrested several men on their way to cross the border and join ISIS in Libya, according to CNN. ISIS also recently claimed responsibility for the terror attack on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis which killed 23 people.

The British government has issued a travel warning for the area citing “a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping.”

Looks Like Hideo Kojima Really is Leaving Konami

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Rumors have been floating around that Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima is leaving Konami, after he said he's done with the series, and the brand is attempting to minimalize the appearance of his name on the latest Metal Gear Solid game:



Kojima's games typically feature heavy branding as "A Hideo Kojima Game," but advertisements of The Phantom Pain have recently been changed to remove that branding.  Additionally, news has surfaced that Kojima will no longer be an executive at Konami as of April 1st.  Though they haven't explicitly stated he's leaving the company, Konami released the following statement that all but confims it:

To Customers,

Thank you for your continued patronage of KONAMI products and services.

The latest title in the METAL GEAR series,“METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN” (below, “MGSV: TPP”), will be released as planned starting on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 in North America, Latin America, and Europe, followed by Japan and Asia on Wednesday, September 2nd. Hideo Kojima will remain involved throughout.

Hideo Kojima stated, "I want to reassure fans that I am 100% involved and will continue working on METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN; I’m determined to make it the greatest game I’ve directed to date. Don’t miss it!"

In addition, KONAMI will continue to develop and distribute top-quality content in the METAL GEAR series following “MGSV: TPP.” We greatly anticipate and deeply appreciate your ongoing support for METAL GEAR.

As the next step in the series, KONAMI has already resolved to develop new “METAL GEAR”.

We will be conducting interviews for main staff to lead the development.


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.

This Guy Thinks He's Found an Unpublished Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes Story

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To be fair, it's possible that it's a real long lost Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, it's just not very probable.

The story in question is 1,300 words in length and appeared in a 1903 pamphlet for a bazaar that was held to raise money for a bridge restoration in the town of Selkirk, Scotland.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a guest of honor at the bazaar, and provided some funding for the bridge restortation, but there's no mention of him writing a story for it.  The pamphlet story is unsigned, and is most likely a part of a series of three "Notable Inerviews" written for the bazaar.  The story opens with a nod to the previous two interviews, and it's terribly unlikely that Conan Doyle wrote those interviews as well.  It's more likely that someone else wrote the story as a nod to Conan Doyle's attendance. 

"Sherlock Holmes." — DISCOVERING THE BORDER BURGHS, and, BY DEDUCTION, the BRIG BAZAAR was found by historian Walter Elliot, who has apparently had it for 40-50 years, and brought it out of storage upon hearing that the bridge is to again be restored.  You can read the text in full here.


Be Still My Squeedly-Spooch! Invader Zim is Back in Comic Form This July!

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Oni Press has confirmed a new Invader Zim comic will be out this July.  This calls for tacos!