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This Guy Thinks He's Found an Unpublished Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes Story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

The Powerpuff Girls are Coming Back Next Year

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Cartoon Network has announced plans to reboot The Powerpuff Girls as a new animated series coming next year.  

From the press release:

Slated for a 2016 launch, The Powerpuff Girls reboot will include an all-new television series produced by Cartoon Network Studios and a full licensing program slated to roll out across all regions. One of the network’s most enduring original series, The Powerpuff Girls, which debuted on Cartoon Network in 1998, earned two Emmy® Awards, five nominations and countless animation honors throughout its 78-episode run. The Powerpuff Girls centers on three sugar-coated superheroes -- Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup -- whose mission in life alternates between going to school, fighting crime, winning at hopscotch and saving the world before bedtime. Emmy® and BAFTA award winner Nick Jennings (Adventure Time) is on board as executive producer.


Are you excited to see the girls back in action?

GRRM Warns the Show Plans to Kill Characters Who are Still Alive in the Books

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Before you cry "they already did that!" consider what Martin says about next season: "People are going to die who don’t die in the books, so even the book readers will be unhappy. So everybody better be on their toes. David and D.B. are even bloodier than I am." (Emphasis added)  So far most of the deaths the show has added have made sense; they gave heroic ends to characters that sort of just milled about in the books until you forgot about them.  But to say the show's writers creators are even bloodier than GRRM sounds a bit more substantial.  Who do you think might meet their end on the show that's still around in the books?

This Guy is Facing Five Years for "SWATting"

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According to the Chicago Sun Times, Brandon Willson aka "Famed God" has been arrested in connection to a SWATting prank that took place in July.  Willson apparently fabricated a murder claim in order to get police to a streamers home after hacking their consoles to attain their personal information.  Willson also at one point tried to take credit for the PSN hack last year, but has been confirmed to not be a part of the hack.

Police executed a search warrant at Willson's Las Vegas home where they found evidence connecting him to the SWATting incident.  Willson is charged with two counts of computer tampering and one count each of intimidation, computer fraud, identity theft and disorderly conduct.  If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

What do you think, is five years an appropriate conviction for someone involved in a SWATting prank?