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Geek News on the Radio for December 12, 2016

Uber wants you to give its app a ‘Rogue One’ makeover

Rogue One is almost upon us, so what better way to scoot around town then in the back of an X-Wing? Okay, so Uber hasn’t made a road-worthy starfighter replica. Instead, it’s teamed up with Disney for a — wait for it, and try not to shudder — brand “activation.” In non-advertiser lingo, that means you’ll see a new Star Wars card inside the Uber app. Tap “activate” and the cars on the map will turn into Rebellion spaceships. (The hope being, presumably, that you’ll pretend you’re rolling with Jyn Erso and the gang.) You’ll also get the option to watch “never-before-seen curated video content,” which probably means a slightly re-cut trailer or featurette.

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Kate McKinnon To Join Ranks Of Comic Book Movie Stars As ‘The Lunch Witch’

After a widely beloved turn as Jillian Holtzmann in “Ghostbusters” this year, Kate McKinnon will be getting a movie of her very own. As Deadline reported, the “SNL” star will lead in an adaptation of Deb Lucke’s YA comics series The Lunch Witch. In the books, the witchy Grunhilda takes a job as a school lunch lady based on her family’s penchant for stirring up magical brews. (No one believes in magic anymore, so times are tough.) She enjoys scaring her cafeteria charges until she warms up to a young outsider.

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J.J. Abrams Prepping Space Drama for HBO

Hot off the first season of Westworld, HBO is reteaming with J.J. Abrams for another drama. The premium cable network is teaming with Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions banner to develop Glare, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Glare is an hourlong project exploring the colonization of another planet.

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12 Monkeys is halfway through what’s been another terrific season of time travel-powered thrills. In the midst of everything going on with the ongoing quest to stop the virus that has nearly wiped out humanity, and the search for the mysterious “Witness,” Cassie (Amanda Schull) has changed dramatically, with Season 2 revealing that after she traveled to the future at the end of Season 1, she became a much harder and more dangerous person.

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Goosebumps Author R.L. Stine Takes on Marvel’s Man-Thing Comic

It may be hard for many to believe, but even after writing hundreds of books over the course of several decades, R.L. Stine has never written a comic book. Until now, that is. For the last month or so, the 73-year-old Goosebumps author has been teasing fans that his first ever comic book is coming and that it will be for Marvel. Now it has been confirmed that he will be writing a brand new, five-issue Man-Thing series.

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Robert Zemeckis Explains Why ‘Roger Rabbit 2’ Isn’t Going to Happen

Robert Zemeckis has been trying for years to make a Who Framed Roger Rabbit? sequel, to little avail. And while Zemeckis has been more than happy to talk up the project in the past, he doesn’t sound all that optimistic about it these days. In a recent interview, the filmmaker suggested a Roger Rabbit 2 was unlikely to happen, and explained exactly why.

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