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Not so fast: Environmental concerns halt Atari 'E.T.' cartridge dig

New Mexico environmental regulators have put the kibosh on the excavation of millions of Atari "E.T." game cartridges from a garbage dump there.

According to The Guardian, the New Mexico Environment Department has said that filmmakers planning a documentary about the burial of the cartridges in 1983 owing to catastrophic sales must first acquire a waste excavation plan.

At South by Southwest earlier this month, filmmakers from Lightbox and Fuel Entertainment said they were almost ready to start digging into the garbage dump in Alamogordo, N.M., to look for the cartridges. Their research had led them … Read more

'Star Wars: Episode VII' tells tale 30 years after 'Jedi'

Some news for fans excited to find out what life is like post-Ewok battles and that metal bikini: Lucasfilm has announced a start date for shooting "Star Wars: Episode VII." Director J.J. Abrams and his team will begin shooting principal photography in May at London's historic Pinewood Studios.

Lucasfilm also announced that "Star Wars: Episode VII" will take place about 30 years after the events of "Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi," and will star "a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces." … Read more

James Bond's lethal vehicles

No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to drive.... Britain's deadliest secret agent needs suitably lethal wheels fully stocked with extras, from rocket launchers to ejector seats. An exhibition opening this month in London lets you spy on 50 years of James Bond's rides, from 007's iconic 1960s Aston Martin to the miniature, one-third scale Agusta Westland helicopter used in the climax of "Skyfall".

Bond in Motion also features the BMW controlled by an Ericsson phone; the car driven by the one woman who managed to tie James Bond down; the jet pack from "Thunderball&… Read more

Watch this awesome recursive 'Lego Movie,' 'Simpsons' mashup

Love "The Simpsons" and love "The Lego Movie?" Then how can you not love this terrific video, which spoofs both in one simple recursive all-brick mashup?

Made by YouTube filmmaker Monsieur Caron, the video depicts the famous opening title sequence of "The Simpsons," with the whole family dressed as characters from "Lego Movie," complete with Bart as Batman. Then, it shows them watching the famous opening title sequence from "The Simpsons." Only this time, Emmet is playing Homer Simpson, and the family that runs in and sits down on the … Read more

Comcast to offer 'House of Cards' to Xfinity customers

Comcast Xfinity customers will soon be able to watch the first season of "House of Cards" without need of a Netflix subscription.

The series comes to Comcast courtesy of a deal announced on Monday with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment that gives the cable company rights to sell the initial season, Variety has reported. Though Netflix holds the streaming rights for "House of Cards," Sony is in charge of distribution internationally and through home video.

"House of Cards" will make its debut in the Xfinity Store by mid-April, according to a Comcast spokesman.

The new … Read more

At SXSW, thousands get a Kevin Bacon number of one

I now have a Kevin Bacon number of one.

Technically, that's not true. But given that I was in the audience today, along with at least a thousand other people at South by Southwest (SXSW), listening to the famous actor talking about the now 20-year-old Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game, I'm going to stake a claim to a score of one. With an asterisk.

In 1994, after watching a couple Kevin Bacon movies, Brian Turtle, along with friends Mike Ginelli and Craig Fass, decided to figure out how many connections it would take to get from actors … Read more

Lego Sandcrawler rolls through 'Star Wars' universe

When I saw "Star Wars" the first time, on opening day in 1977, I had to wait in line for more than an hour to get in. Which meant that by the time I entered the theater -- San Francisco's famous Coronet -- the first thing I saw on screen was the Jawas' Sandcrawler, rolling across the desert sand.

For people who have such memories of that giant transporter, and even those who don't, Lego has something worth getting excited about: a new Lego Sandcrawler set, just the latest in a long and successful partnership between … Read more

In Austin, it's South by South Westeros

AUSTIN, Texas -- Who would have known that coming to the Texas capital this week would offer up the chance to get up close with the fruits of Westeros?

Thanks to HBO, which is preparing to debut Season 4 of "Game of Thrones," attendees at South by Southwest (SXSW) are being treated to an exhibition of dozens of original artifacts from the hit show based on the books by George R.R. Martin. The exhibit is being held at the Austin Music Hall through March 11.

Ranging from Daenerys Targaryen's dragons (she's the "Mother of … Read more

New 'Godzilla' already gets my roar of approval

You've probably heard there's a new "Godzilla" coming, and the pointy fella's not looking to give humanity a hug. The last time this happened on a large scale, with the 1998 "Godzilla" remake, I yawned, dragged my butt over to the theater to watch Matthew Broderick go to battle, and left feeling thoroughly unimpressed.

I have memories of weekend mornings as a child, hiding behind a pillow as my brother and I watched old black-and-white monster movies on television. "The Deadly Mantis" was particularly terrifying, but I always got a thrill when spiny-backed Godzilla showed up, rising out of the waves, hauling a desperate nuclear legacy behind him. It didn't matter if he was stomping on cities or going at it with Mothra. Godzilla was a star of my childhood movie memories.… Read more

The force is very much with 'Clone Wars' Season 6 trailer

Get ready, "Star Wars" fans: The first trailer from the upcoming final season of "The Clone Wars" is here, and it's a lot of fun.

Earlier this month, Netflix announced that it will be making the 13 episodes of the final season of the animated "Star Wars" show available to subscribers starting March 7. Now, it has released the trailer for the season, and "Star Wars" fans have a lot to be excited about.

Though Disney, which purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, said last year that it was shutting down production of &… Read more