Inter-Galaxy Portal News RoundUp 8th February 2013

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Hope you guys had a pretty good week. We’ve been busy working on a super secret project that I will hopefully be able to unveil to you guys in the next few weeks. We’ve also been playing mad session of the BSG board game in anticipation of a full-up game later tonight. Speaking of anticipation, we have also been eagerly awaiting the premier of season four of Community. I’m not sure how the series will fare now that Dan Harmon is no longer showrunner but I’m glad it’s back.

Speaking of Community, our own Stephanie Caldwell is going to be doing weekly reviews of the fourth season, so be sure to check those out. I also created a list of my 9 favourite geeky moments from the last three series of Community.

In other scifi news this week, SFX reported that ITV has given a GO! to a new series of Thunderbirds. The series, which won’t air until 2015 will consist of 26 half hour episodes and will comprise a combination of CGI and live action. The CGI will be provided by New Zealand special effects house, Weta Digital, who did the effects for the LOTR/Hobbit films. It’s a shame Gerry Anderson won’t be here to see his creation return to television screens. I for one cannot wait to see how it looks.

Deadline reports that James Gunn has cast Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt in the role of Star-Lord in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that two of the new spin off Star Wars movies will feature Boba Fett and Han Solo. The Boba Fett story will either take place between episode IV and V, or episodes V and VI and will be a bounty hunter adventure film. The Han Solo film will follow a young Han Solo and will take place before the events of A New Hope. Personally, given the debacle which was the Darth Vader backstory, *and* Boba Fett’s backstory, I have to ask, do we really need a backstory? Sometimes what the audience creates in their head will be far more interesting than what’s on screen. Nevermind that some characters are just meant to be mysterious!

Finally, SFX is reporting that JJ Abrams’ company Bad Robot is in serious discussions with Valve to bring Half-Life and Portal to the big screen. This could be interesting or terrible, depending on how you feel about JJ Abrams.