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What We’re Talking About

More meme news than movie news as Chris Pratt and Charlie Day have been cast as Mario and Luigi in a new animated movie. Serious issues of Italian representation have been raised, but they are best expressed in meme form. These [1]  are [2] our [3] fave [4] reactions [5].

Here it is, the new Doctor Who showrunner is… the old Doctor Who showrunner. Russell T. Davies, who first rebooted the series back in 2005 and held the reins until 2009, is set to return for the 60th anniversary season in 2023.

According to TMZ, Amazon head honcho Jeff Bezos is yeeting William Shatner into space aboard Blue Origin’s second flight. It’ll be filmed for a documentary and the 15-minute experience will make the 90-year old Kirk actor the oldest man in space. 

Not sci-fi, but it impacts sci-fi: Spike star James Marsters opened up on Michael Rosenbaum’s podcast Inside of You to offer a carefully balanced perspective of the alleged hostile treatment Joss Whedon meted out on the set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Some cheerier news, has the exclusive on a bunch of lovely new character posters for Star Trek: Prodigy, which is coming next month to Paramount+.

What We’re Watching

Stranger Things Season 4 goes a bit American Horror Story with a 1950s murder house that promises to be trouble for Hawkins’ multi-generational gang of outsiders.
Zack Snyder’s caper Army of Thieves looks fun, but aside from a few news reports about zombies… is it sci-fi? It could be they’re lulling us into a false sense of security before the dead dawn mid-heist.

What We’re Buying*

*These aren’t sponsored, we don’t get a cut, and nobody sends us freebies. It’s just some cool stuff we’re lusting over hard.

To celebrate the little-talked-about indie film of the same name, Gollancz is releasing a beautiful new hardcover edition of Frank Herbert’s Dune on 30th September with a gold foil dust jacket and gorgeously illustrated end pages.

Pre-order yours now for £25 UK (approx $34).

Dave and his psychotic A.I. chum Hal head up Super7’s 2001: A Space Odyssey range, each figure boasting swappable hands and heads, and in one case… a Monolith.

It’s the least obvious 80s-style action figure of all time, and it can be yours for $55 US (approx £40 UK).

Is Record Store Day now too mainstream? Start shopping the Japanese Record Store Day with the double LP Star Wars: A New Hope score (Empire and Jedi are also available.). 

Pre-orders at £74.99 UK (approx $103)

Baby blue Boba Fett circa-Droids, the 1980s animated series, gets the Star Wars Black Series treatment from Hasbro Pulse.

It’s priced at £26.99 in the UK and $26.49 in the US where it’s a Target exclusive.

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