RIP Shane Rimmer

#RIP: actor Shane Rimmer has died at the age of 89. Born May 28, 1929, Shane Rimmer voiced the character of Scott Tracy in #Thunderbirds. He also played an InCom Engineer in “#StarWars IV: #ANewHope”, Hogan in #ThePeopleThatTimeForgot, Capt. Daniels in #WarlordsOfTheDeep, Seth Harper in #DoctorWho, an Eagle Pilot / Maintenance Section Voice / James Kelly / Voice of Bannion in #Space1999, a CIA agent / Lt. Bill Johnson / an alien / Seagull X-Ray co-pilot in Gerry Anderson’s #UFO, Older Gotham Water Board Technician in #BatmanBegins, Colonel in #AlienAutopsy, Board Member 1 in #DarkShadows, E. J. Saggs in #SpaceTruckers, Naval Transport Commander in #Superman (1978), Controller #2 in #SupermanII, state policeman in #SupermanIII, voiced several characters in #CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons, voiced several characters in #Joe90, played Rusty / team executive in #Rollerball (1975), played Redneck (Melvin) in #MoronsFromOuterSpace, & much more, including playing Cmdr. Carter in the James Bond movie #TheSpyWhoLovedMe.

Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. F.A.B.

Shane Rimmer

Shane Rimmer (1929-2019)

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Mark Hamill Debunks Alleged Leaked Poster for “Star Wars IX”

Yesterday, a #StarWars fan-operated website published what they claimed was a “leaked” poster for the upcoming & still unnamed #StarWarsIX movie slated for release later this year. Given that there was no verification from #Disney or #LucasFilm that the posted was authentic, we were highly skeptical about the poster’s authenticity when we first encountered it on social media yesterday. Also, our own close inspection of the alleged leaked poster revealed highly questionable content. The items that, in our opinion, were the most likely signs that the alleged leaked poster was nothing more than a hoax were as follows:

  • While the alleged leaked poster had the name “Star Wars” at the bottom, there was no mention of the number “IX”, nor was there any sort of reveal regarding the ninth film’s title that Disney & LucasFilm have not yet made public.
  • The inclusion of C-3PO aiming an enlarged version of Chewbacca’s preferred weapon, as well as wearing Chewbacca’s bandolier, appeared photoshopped and was highly implausible given the nature of C-3PO’s personality throughout the previous films.
  • Given that Kylo Ren destroyed his own helmet in an elevator during a fit of rage in “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi”, showing him again wearing that helmet (or a newer version of it) seemed inconsistent unless he decided to make a new one or he had a spare laying about in a closet. He could have grabbed a spare helmet and put it on after he killed Supreme Leader Snoke in #StarWarsVIII. Why wait for the next film to wear it again?

As the “Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fans Society” strives to publish accurate posts, we do not subscribe to publishing unverified, potentially false or rumor-based information that periodically pops up within popular fandoms. With regard to the allegedly leaked poster for “Star War IX”, our suspicion that it was a hoax was confirmed by none other than Mark Hamill in a response to fan’s tweet, in which the iconic “Star Wars” actor said, “I’m pretty sure that’s just the (wonderful) work of a passionate fan.” 

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Mark Hamill responded to another fan who asked a similar question with a similar response.

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As of Midnight Tonight, Disney Owns 21st Century Fox

As of midnight tonight, #Disney becomes the owner of #21stCenturyFox.

The deal (which was first announced in December 2017) will see Disney absorb the 21st Century Fox movie and TV divisions. That includes film rights to the #XMen, #Deadpool, and #FantasticFour, as well as James Cameron’s #Avatar franchise, the speciality distributor Fox Searchlight (which released Oscar winners “The Shape of Water” and “The Favorite”), and TV hits like #TheXFiles and “Empire”.

While the future of the #MarvelComics properties that 21st Century Fox had film rights to remains under, here is Ryan Reynolds view on the acquisition as he shared on Twitter:

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Leaving Netflix in April

The animated TV series “#StarWars: #TheCloneWars” will be leaving #Netflix as of Sunday, April 7, 2019. The series, whose five full seasons were originally aired on the “Cartoon Network” from 2008-2013, was picked up by Netflix in 2014 and included a previously unaired partial 6th season that Netflix had exclusive rights to.

With Disney preparing to get its own streaming service up & running soon, the removal of “The Clone Wars” from Netflix isn’t surprising.

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Newly Discovered Spiders Named after “Star Wars” Stormtroopers

Six new species of spiders have been recently discovered in Columbia, and four of them have been placed into a new genus named after the iconic #Stormtroopers of #StarWars.

Similar to tarantulas with armored bodies (but much smaller), two of the new species that have bald legs have been placed into an existing genus called Paratropis, but the other four are now part of a new genus called Stormtropis.

When asked why they came up with such a distinctive name for a new genus of spiders, co-author William Galvis (an arachnologist from the National University of Colombia) said there were two reasons: “The first one was because we love Star Wars. And the second one — sometimes it’s the only way to catch the attention of people outside the sciences.”

Drawing attention to rare species can help shape public opinions and environmental protections. Without public support, Galvis said, the work of preserving the planet’s diverse forms of life would falter.

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Genus Stormtropis and their Namesake: “Star Wars Stormtroopers”

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RIP Jan-Michael Vincent

#RIP: actor Jan-Michael Vincent has died at the age of 74. (He actually passed away on Feb. 10, 2019, but his death was not made public until today.) He played Stringfellow Hawke in #Airwolf, Tanner in #DamnationAlley, & much more, including playing Steve McKenna in the crime-thriller #TheMechanic with Charles Bronson among his many credits.

Our condolences to his family, friends & fans. May he rest in peace.

Jan-Michael Vincent (1944-2019)

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