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    This week sees IDW Publishing collecting more classic Judge Dredd tales from master illustrator Cam Kennedy in deluxe hardcover form with the release of Judge Dredd: The Complete Cam Kennedy, Vol. 2; check out a preview here...

    Reprinted in classic black and white and featuring a wealth of complete stories, this collection features 'progs' such as "No Man's Land,""Big Deal at Drekk City,""Beyond Our Keny," and more. 

    Judge Dredd: The Complete Cam Kennedy, Vol. 2 is out on Wednesday, priced $49.99.

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    Showtime has released four character posters from the upcoming psychosexual thriller Penny Dreadful from Skyfall scribe John Logan, which gives us a look at Josh Hartnett (30 Days of Night) as Ethan Chandler, Eva Green (300: Rise of an Empire) as Vanessa Ives, Billie Piper (Doctor Who) as Brona Croft and Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Dorian Gray; check them out courtesy of The Huffington Post and Bloody Disgusting....

    Penny Dreadful is set to get underway on Showtime on May 11th, with a cast that also includes Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger), Helen McCrory (Skyfall), Danny Sapani (Doctor Who), Simon Russell Beale (My Week with Marilyn), and Anna Chancellor (The Hour).

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    Last month, Disney CEO Bob Iger delighted fans of Pixar's 2004 animated classic The Incredibles by announcing that the superhero family would return under director Brad Bird for the long-awaited sequel, and now Samuel L. Jackson has confirmed that we should expect to see his character Frozone back alongside Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and their super-powered offspring in The Incredibles 2.

    "Every time I run into Brad [Bird] he always tells me Frozone is going to be part of whatever's going on, so I have to believe that," said Jacksonin an interview with Digital Spy. "I guess they would be the Incredibles without Frozone but I think Frozone would be a wonderful, wonderful addition to what's already there. I'm just looking forward to seeing what Jack-Jack turned into."

    Jackson can currently be seen in another superhero offering, having reprised the role of Nick Fury for Marvel's latest, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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    The earliest comic book adventures of America's favorite moose and squirrel are collected in Rocky & Bullwinkle Classics, which arrives this week courtesy of IDW Publishing; here's a preview of Vol. 1: Star Billing...

    Presenting re-mastered stories from Gold Key Comics issues #1–4, enjoy classics moose-adventures like "Strictly for the Birds,""Star Billing,""Bat-Ball Batty,""Magnetic Moose,""Cane Caper,""Noose Moose," and many more. Also includes tales from Peabody and Sherman, Dudly Do-Right, and the whole gang.   

    Rocky & Bullwinkle Classics, Vol.1: Star Billing is out on Wednesday, priced $17.99.

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    Before the death of director Tony Scott back in 2012, it finally seemed that the long-rumoured sequel to the 1986 blockbuster Top Gun was finally starting to move forward, with leading man Tom Cruise all set to reprise his role as ace pilot Maverick. Last year, Jerry Bruckheimer suggested that development on Top Gun 2 would continue despite Scott's passing, and now the producer has suggested the sequel is "getting closer and closer", as well as opening up a little about his plans for the plot.

    "We've been trying to get that movie made for 30 years, and I think we're getting closer and closer," Bruckheimer tells The Huffington Post. "Don [Simpson] and I tried to develop something, we didn't succeed. [Tom] Cruise took over, and he tried to develop something, and he didn't succeed. Now we're back at it. The concept is, basically, are the pilots obsolete because of drones. Cruise is going to show them that they're not obsolete. They're here to stay. It's just getting to the starting place. Fortunately for Tom, he's very busy, so you have to find a slot he can fit into and get a budget that Paramount feels they can make the picture."

    Do you want to see Top Gun 2, and assuming they do "find a slot" for the film, who would you like to see taking on directing duties? Let us know in the comments below...

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    Any film lovers looking for some pre-Easter sun may want to head over to First Choice and book themselves a bargain flight to the glorious Spanish island of Lanzarote, deep in the heart of the Canary Islands, where the Festival Internacional de Cine de Lanzarote – a.k.a. the Lanzarote International Film Festival – is currently in full swing.

    According to the official site for the festival, the focus of this year’s programme of films is on storytelling - the need to tell a story and talk about our memories, fears and dreams, in addition to answering questions such as: What is happening all around us? What is our perception of life? And how should we describe it?

    Over the years, the Lanzarote International Film Festival has screened over 2400 short films from more than 100 different countries, offering a true taste of the very best that world cinema has to offer, and the 2014 line-up is no different, with 13 feature films showing as part of the official programme, as well as 95 short films which are battling it out in competition for first prize in the categories of documentary, animation, national fiction and international films.

    Among the feature films set to be screened at the Lanzarote International Film Festival this year is Wounded (Spanish: La herida), the acclaimed directorial debut of editor Fernando Franco, which screened at several festivals last year including the San Sebastian International Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival, London Film Festival and Stockholm International Film Festival. Here's the official synopsis:

    "Ana, 30, is an ambulance driver. Though good at her job, she has problems relating in her personal life. She doesn't know it, but she suffers from a condition known by psychiatrists as Borderline Personality Disorder. The situation pushes her to outbreaks of self-destructive behaviour, alcohol abuse and self-harm. Ana is incapable of getting what she wants most: to be happy."

    Joining Wounded as the second closing night film is Living is Easy with Eyes Closed (Spanish: Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados), which picked up six honours at the Goya Awards (the most prestigious awards of the Spanish film industry), including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (David Trueba), Best Actor (Javier Camara), Best Actress (Natalia Molina) and Best Original Score (Pat Metheny). Here's the official synopsis:

    "A teacher who uses the Beatles songs to teach English in the Spain of 1966 hears that John Lennon is in Almería shooting a film. Deciding to meet him, he sets out on the journey. On the way, he meets a 16-year-old boy who has run away from home and a young 21 year old who seems to be escaping from something of her own. The three strike up an unforgettable friendship."

    Having commenced on March 24th, the 14th edition of the Lanzarote International Film Festival runs through until April 5th. Tickets for the feature films are priced at just €3, while admission to the four short film sessions will run you back just €2, leaving you plenty of spending money to enjoy everything else that the island of Lanzarote has to offer.

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    IDW Publishing presents the first comic book adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her crew this week with the arrival of the deluxe hardcover collection Star Trek Gold Key Archives, Vol. 1, and we've got a preview of the book for you right here...

    Star Trek: Gold Key Archives, Vol. 1 is out on Wednesday, priced $29.99.

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    Back in September it was confirmed that screenwriter Max Landis was no longer involved with Fox's planned sequel to the 2012 found footage super-powers hit Chronicle, but it seems the studio is still keen to push on with its plans for the follow-up, with Deadline revealing that newcomer Jack Stanley has been hired to write the script for Chronicle 2.

    Stanley has no produced titles to his name, and has apparently secured the gig due to his Black List spec script Sweetheart, which concerns "a female assassin whose attempt to get out of the biz is thrown awry by her high school reunion." Stanley also has another script circulating in Hollywood in the werewolf thriller Silver.

    Chronicle - which was directed by Josh Trank and starred Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan - was a surprise hit for Fox, banking $126 million from a budget of just $12 million. Trank is currently working on another superhero project for the studio in the 2015 reboot The Fantastic Four.

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    Last week it was announced that Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games) had joined the cast of Terminator: Genesis, and now The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that three more names have been added to the cast of the upcoming reboot, with Byung-hun Lee (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) having secured a "key role" alongside Michael Gladis (Mad Men) and Sandrine Holt (House of Cards). Details about their roles are being kept under wraps at present.

    Terminator: Genesis will see Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his signature role as the Terminator alongside Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard) as Kyle Reese, Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as John Connor and J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man) in an unknown supporting role. The film is being directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, Thor: The Dark World) and is set for release on July 1st 2015.

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    Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz in Sex Tape
    Sony Pictures has released the first red-band trailer for Jake Kasdan’s upcoming comedy Sex Tape, which you can check out below...

     Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother, The Muppets) and Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher, The Counselor) star as a couple who, in need of capturing the passion again, decide to film a sex tape on their iPad. The three hour intimate video ends up accidentally being uploaded to the cloud and they must delete the video from their friends' iPads.

    Also featuring in the cast are Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Ellie Kemper (Bad Teacher), Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation), Jack Black (School of Rock), and Jolene Blalock (Star Trek: Enterprise).

    It helps that the two leads have chemistry and the film looks to revel in its R-rating. Jason Segel also has a rare ability to charm and repulse in equal measures so we may have a hit on our hands here.

    Sex Tape opens July 25th in the States and September 5th in the UK.

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    David Duchovny looks set for an immediate return to the small screen when his current series Californication finishes its seven-season run this year, with The X-Files star signing on for NBC's 13-episode event series Aquarius, which will see him as a police detective on the trail of notorious cult leader Charles Manson.
    According to Variety, "Duchovny will play a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life. In the late 1960s, he and his younger partner begin tracking a small-time criminal who specializes in luring vulnerable young women to his 'cause'. The plan is that the series will follow “the twists and turns” of Manson’s early efforts, but the horrific murder spree in August 1969 that made his name synonymous with evil will not enter the story until subsequent seasons."
    "I’m thrilled to be working with [NBC Entertainment Chief] Bob Greenblatt again and coming back to broadcast television," said Duchovny. "I think Aquarius has a chance to be a special show and I can’t wait to get going."
    Aquarius has been written by John McNamara (In Plain Sight, Profit), who will also serve as executive producer alongside Duchovny, Marty Adelstein (Prison Break) and Duchovny’s manager Melanie Greene. The series is being produced by Marty Adelstein Productions, along with ITV Studios.

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    Having been controversially cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Shailene Woodley looks set to turn down any possible return to the Spidey franchise as Mary Jane Watson due to her commitments to the Divergent franchise.

    When asked of the likelihood of her return for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 by Total Film, she responded, “I have no idea and I don’t know that I’d even want to do two franchises at this point, having been through this.”  

    Divergent made over $50 million in its first weekend in the US and with the sequel already green-lit for a March 20th, 2015 release date, it looks as if leaving the Spidey franchise won’t be affecting her too much.

    Woodley will next be seen in Fault in Our Stars, an adaptation of John Green’s popular novel, while The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for release on April 18th in the UK and on May 1st in North America, with Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Sally Field (Aunt May), Chris Zylka (Flash Thompson), Campbell Scott (Richard Parker), Embeth Davidtz (Mary Parker), Martin Sheen (Ben Parker) and Denis Leary (George Stacy) joined in the cast by franchise newcomers Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) as Electro, Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) as Harry Osborn, Paul Giamatti (12 Years a Slave) as The Rhino, Chris Cooper (American Beauty) as Norman Osborn, Colm Feore (Thor) as Donald Menken, Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) as Felicia Hardy, Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings) as Dr. Kafka and B.J. Novak (The Office) as Alistair Smythe.

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    Wolverine The Musical

    While visiting BBC Radio 1’s Matt Edmonson Show on Saturday, Hugh Jackman all but confirmed the continuation of his role as Wolverine…in Wolverine The Musical. To the tune of “Who Am I,” Jackman belts it out like he has nothing else to lose, but does it in such a way that only Jackman can; watch the video here...

    Jackman can next be seen as Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which also stars Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) alongside X-Men newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Warpath, Omar Sy (The Intouchables) as Bishop, Fan Binbing (Iron Man 3) as Blink, Adan Canto (The Following) as Sunspot, Evan Jonigkeit (The Following) as Toad, Josh Helman (Mad Max: Fury Road) as William Stryker and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) as Bolivar Trask.

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    People really like The Walking Dead. In fact, a record breaking 15.7 million people tuned into watch the season 4 finale of the hit zombie series on Sunday evening, with 1.01 million show-related tweets from 356,770 individual authors. AMC also continued its good run of form with companion aftershow Talking Dead earning a series record of 7.3 million viewers.

    Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter has also revealed that Tara (Alanna Masterson), Rosita (Christian Serratos) and Gareth (Andrew J. West) are all returning with expanded roles in season five. Each of them have now been upped to series regulars and it will be interesting to see their roles develop into something with far more meat on them.

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    'Stand Down' with the latest Captain America: The Winter Soldier clip
    With the North American release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier just around the corner, Marvel Studios has debuted a new clip from the Phase Two sequel which sees Chris Evans' Steve Rogers going up against S.H.I.E.L.D.; check it out below...

    "After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy — the Winter Soldier."

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier is out now in the UK and opens this Friday (April 4th) in North America, with Marvel veterans Evans, Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Toby Jones (Arnim Zola) and Maximiliano Hernandez (Agent Jasper Sitwell) joined in the cast by MCU newcomers Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Emily VanCamp (Revenge) as Sharon Carter / Agent 13, Frank Grillo (Zero Dark Thirty) as Brock Rumlow / Crossbones, George St-Pierre (Death Warrior) as Georges Batroc / Batroc the Leaper, and Robert Redford (All Is Lost) as Alexander Pierce. Read our reviews here and here.

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    Yesterday a rumour started doing the rounds suggesting that the upcoming live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot was going to be delayed, owing to the fact that around a third of the movie would be reshot under the supervision of producer Michael Bay (Transformers: Age of Extinction). Well, according to the man himself, the rumour is false, with Bay taking to Twitter to shoot down the report...

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is directed by Jonathan Leibesman (Wrath of the Titans) and stars Megan Fox (Transformers) as April O'Neil, Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) as Raphael, Pete Ploszek (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo, Jeremy Howard (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) as Donatello, Noel Fisher (Battle Los Angeles) as Michaelangelo, Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld) as Splinter, William Fichtner (The Dark Knight) as The Shredder, Will Arnett (The LEGO Movie) as Vernon Fenwick, Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost) as Bernadette Thompson and K. Todd Freeman (The Dark Knight) as Baxter Stockman. The film is set for release in North America on August 8th and here in the UK on October 17th. Watch the first trailer here.

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    Fox has added another iconic villain from The Dark Knight's Rogues Gallery to the cast of its currently-in-production Batman prequel series Gotham, with Entertainment Weekly revealing that Cory Michael Smith (Camp X-Ray, Olive Kitteridge) has joined the cast as Edward Nygma, a.k.a. The Riddler.

    According to the report, Smith has signed for a guest role in the pilot with an option to expand to a series regular, and the character will be depicted as "a brilliant young forensic scientist working for Gotham PD and a penchant for speaking in … rather cryptic language. Inquisitive, eccentric and outgoing — yet socially awkward — he wants to be liked, but he doesn’t quite know how."

    Gotham has been created by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) and sees Ben McKenzie (The O.C.) leading the cast as Detective Jim Gordon alongside Detective Jim Gordon, Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers) as Alfred Pennyworth, Robin Lord Taylor (Another Earth) as Oswald Cobblepot, Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy) as Detective Harvey Bullock, newcomer Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, David Mazouz (Touch) as Bruce Wayne, Jada Pinkett Smith (The Matrix) as Fish Mooney, Zabryna Guevara (The Guilt Trip) as Detective Essen, Erin Richards (Being Human) as Barbara Kean, and Drew Powell (Malcolm in the Middle) as Butch Gilzean.

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    Matt Smith reviews the sixth episode of True Detective...

    To put it in a clichéd way, like a puzzle, True Detective is coming together. The missing pieces are revealing themselves at a delightful pace. Is the whole puzzle complete for Marty and Rust though?

    The missing pieces coming together simile is none more apt than when connected with McConaughey’s Rust Cohle. A great performance from McConaughey bridges the gap between modern day Rust and the youngest one we see. He’s talked about the different time zones Rust has been in almost as different characters, but you can see the character journey in his face as he goes from damaged enigma to deranged lunatic.

    Rust is the one after the missing pieces this week. In some ways midpoint Rust is more far-gone than modern day Rust. He’s a man frantically searching for meaning among everything, including some closed cases he’s adamant are connected. It’s this push for answers that is pushing Rust closer to the exit as everyone at the station, including Marty, aims to squash Rust’s theories under their boots.

    Are Rust’s ways the best method to find the truth? The classic question of whether a cop in a corrupt location must do things the unlawful way to do good is implied, and along with Marty’s focus on his own personal problems, a satisfying ending to their partnership crops up.

    Vibrant cinematography pops when exterior scenes are shot, giving a neat juxtaposition to the interiors of the police station that’s grey and downbeat. There’s some cloying imagery from the colour scheme and general visuals, almost a mist or haze that accompanies the cigarette smoke and humidity. It’s no wonder this is the home of broken cases and broken people. Everyone’s a liar; no one is black and white.

    Everyone has their respective breakdowns, events culminating in a car wreck that leaves families and partnerships lost. Rust and Marty’s partnership, summed up with the bar name Fox and Hound, breaks apart brutally, and no one’s in the right. And it’s all so good; you just want it to carry on forever. But like a puzzle, everything’s coming together and it does have an end. Whether Rust and Marty ever find the bad guy is still up for debate, but we as an audience will soon see what really happened, despite the liars, cheaters and lawbreakers that show that maybe there isn’t such a thing as a true detective.

    Matt Smith - follow me on Twitter.

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    Deadline reports that Sheldon Turner is to pen the script for Doug Liman’s (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) adaptation of the popular Ubisoft video game Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, which has Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Locke) attached to star in the lead role.

    Turner’s previous work includes the remake of The Longest Yard but he did write Up In the Air so there is still hope. His other credits include The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and X-Men: First Class. Turner has also written a script called Everest, which just so happens to have Liman directing and Tom Hardy starring.

    It looks like Turner should get cracking on Splinter Cell, with filming due to start as early as August and a release date pencilled for the end of 2015.

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    Villordsutch reviews Black Science #5...

    "Grant discovers the truth about the Pillar’s sabotage, tearing his team apart just as they are launched into a dimension of mad gravity and violent monkey ghosts! How do you survive insanity when you can’t trust anyone around you?"

    If you haven’t caught Black Science as yet and this review is possibly your first introduction to the title then I suggest you do yourself a favour after this review, and either pop along to your comic store or perhaps to Comixology and discover one of the most truly fantastic new pieces of science-fiction in comic book format to appear in a what seems to be a long time.

    To quickly bring you all up to speed, Grant McKay has managed to decipher “Black Science” and thereby punched through the barriers of his reality and crossed over to numerous different Universe’s or “Eververses” and Grant calls them.  It was discovered early on that the Pillar, the device Grant needs to punch his way through, is being sabotaged leaving Grant, his children, his assistant, a security officer and their corporate backer/face of the Pillar bouncing between realities. Grant and Co. 1) Want to get home and 2) Want to find out who is sabotaging the Pillar. However they cannot achieve 1 before they’ve completed 2.

    Black Science has shown us that nobody is immortal and only recently killed off a character that was rather shocking to say the least.  In this issue you’d believe that respite would come to allow the readers and the characters to lick their wounds, but this isn’t given and we start out with a slow opening which is suddenly swiped from us as McKay’s children are snatched from him by an alternate McKay and as it plays out the grounds for the kidnapping seem fairly reasonable.  Also given here is our saboteur, straight off the bat (where  most comics would drag on for issues here it is punched right across your jaw), and some perfect writing by Rick Remender which is totally new and smart.  I would love Rick to put pen to paper for a full on sci-fi novel to see what he could deliver.

    To back up this perfect world scribed here we’re given artwork by Matteo Scalera and Dean White. I would say it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen, but I can recall seeing something similar many years ago and cannot for the life of me remember where and it’s driving me to distraction.  From the first issue of Black Science the artwork made me think back to a comic I read in the late 1980s and I can’t recall the title!  This however doesn’t detract from how fantastic it looks here - it's absolutely spot-on.

    Black Science is one of those comics I want to end after twelve issues so only the cool cats can remember it and like Shamans of old we can tell the young ones what they missed. But, at the same time, I want Black Science to carry on forever.

    Villordsutch likes his sci-fi and looks like a tubby Viking according to his children. Visit his website and follow him on Twitter.

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