Your weekend news round-up

Some random SF stuff that happened while you were probably having a nice lie in

A bunch of interesting SF developments for your Sunday morning browsing. Not guaranteed to be the most important breaking news, but just a few links worth following once you’ve brewed yourself a mug of tea:

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As the gap between genuine movies and fan films continues to close, the Star Trek: New Voyages team have set the launch date for the next instalment, which stars George Takei. The new episode “World Enough and Time” will premiere on 23 August 2007. Official link here .

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BBC One is planning a new two-part spooky drama called Apparitions starring ex-Professionals actor Martin Shaw. According to SFCrowsnest , it starts filming later this year and is about a Jesuit exorcist battling demons as the End of Days approaches. Written and directed by Joe Ahearne (familiar to millions from Ultraviolet and Doctor Who) it should air in early 2008.

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Sci-Fi Storm tells us that The Dark is Rising, based on the classic novel, is now being referred to as The Seeker: The Dark is Rising. Franchise-friendly name change? The movie is due out in October and stars ex-Doctor Christopher Eccleston.

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According to SCI FI Wire , the classic Back to the Future ride at Universal Studios is closing down… to be replaced by a Simpsons themed ride.

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One of our favourite fantasy games ever, Oblivion, was due to come to the PSP, but the rumours are that the handheld version has been canned (via Kotaku ).

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SFX magazine’s own Dave Golder and Dave Bradley were interviewed last week by a camera crew from Sky Movies, talking on the subject of Star Trek vs Star Wars . Watch out for our insane ramblings during Sky’s season of Trek and Wars films this month.

That’s your lot for now, probably be some more tomorrow. Don’t forget the latest issue of SFX is now on sale. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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