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Geek News on the Radio for May 12 2016


George R.R. Martin still isn’t done with The Winds of Winter, but he did want to offer his A Song of Ice and Fire fans an update. The Game of Thrones author shared a new excerpt from the novel on his Livejournal page, along with the note that the book is unfinished.

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Bryan Cranston to make (electric) dreams of a Philip K. Dick series come true

Now that he’s played Lyndon B. Johnson enough times to have sufficiently slaked his thirst for power, Bryan Cranston has decided to go the opposite direction, and question the ethical ramifications of power itself. This is, of course, somewhat akin to the philosophical investigation of statism vs. anarchism that occurs in Philip K. Dick‘s short story, “The Last Of The Masters.” And that ability to find an analogue to just about any real-life scenario with one of Dick’s short stories may be why Cranston has jumped on his latest project: Digital Spy reports the actor is set to executive produce Electric Dreams: The World Of Philip K. Dick, a 10-part anthology series based on the author’s short stories, for the U.K.’s Channel 4. He’ll also be acting on the show, because Cranston wants to be the face of all aspects of this assignment, not unlike the titular creation from Dick’s story, “The Mold Of Yancy.”

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SyFy Orders Pilot for Krypton, a Show About Superman’s Grandpa Who Lives on a Planet That Definitely Isn’t Going to Explode Any Time Soon

And you thought Batman was the only DC Comics superhero who would get a TV show about what everyone around him was doing before he became interesting: THR reports that SyFy has ordered a pilot for Krypton, a Superman prequel from David S. Goyer set on the eponymous doomed planet.

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Is ‘Beetlejuice 2′ Really Happening? Tim Burton Gives Update

While Hollywood loves to sequalize and universe-ize everything these days, one of the more curious sequel prospects to arise over the past few years has been aBeetlejuice sequel. Director Tim Burton’s phenomenal 1988 original isn’t a film that one would necessarily think would spawn a follow-up over two decades later, but word surfaced a few years ago that following their collaboration on Dark Shadows, Burton had agreed to let screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith pen a script for a follow-up simply to see what became of it. In the years since, fan fervor forBeetlejuice 2 has only grown louder, and rumors have taken on new lives of their own all the while Burton has yet to ever officially commit to making the film a reality.

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Star Wars: Darth Plagueis as Snoke Theory Debunked

There are few things Disney and LucasFilm hold closer than the secrets to their upcoming Star Wars films, except for the connective tissue which links its developing universe together. And these tightly held secrets often fuel wild fan speculation like a well-placed proton torpedo to an exhaust port. Well before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, theories abounded about the true identity of the apparent mastermind behind the First Order, Supreme Leader Snoke.

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The Nerdiest Controversy Ever: The Wrong Font Was Used in ‘The Force Awakens’ Opening Crawl

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the most popular movies of all time, and we’ve posted about all the hidden Easter eggs, seen many video essaysabout the plot comparisons to A New Hope (which even Abrams has admitted was by design) and seen a bevy of posts and videos pointing out the film’s flaws. But one error I haven’t seen mentioned many places in the mainstream press is the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening crawl features a different font from the previous six live-action films. And there’s almost nothing nerdier than typography and font geekery, but if this kind of thing interests you, hit the jump and find out how it’s wrong.

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