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'Breaking Bad' spin-off, 'Fantastic Beasts' -- what big fan bait might be next?

We gasped when AMC all but ordered a Breaking Bad spin-off featuring slimy Saul Goodman. We squealed in delight when Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling announced their new collaboration: a film series set in Rowling’s wizarding world and based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

And now we’re waiting with bated breath, because if we’ve learned anything, it’s that big news often comes in threes. (Even if, uh, it doesn’t really.)

So! Let’s spend a few minutes speculating about what tantalizing, fan-baity reunion/reboot/release announcement could follow the news about Saul and Beasts. If nothing else, maybe we can harness the power of positive thinking to make them so. Here’s a list of possibilities to get the ball rolling:
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New film about the Potterverse? Here's what we need from J.K. Rowling

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Potterheads the world over got a surprise this morning almost as good as a letter from Hogwarts: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is becoming a movie, the first in a series, with a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. Well, I now know what happy memory I’m conjuring for the Patronus Charm.

Beasts is an encyclopedia of sorts chronicling all the magical characters in Rowling’s world, as documented by Magizoologist Newt Scamander. In 1918, Scamander was commissioned to write the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie will tell this story, while also leaving open the possibility of returns from many famous Potter alums. Because Scamander is an established character in the Potterverse, there is already quite a bit we know about him: In addition to his respected work as a Magizoologist, the former Hufflepuff went on to become Headmaster of Hogwarts; got married to Porpentina; and his grandchild, Rolf, married everyone’s favorite kooky blonde, Luna Lovegood (who better show up in flash-forward). Though he passed away around the time of Harry Potter’s first year at Hogwarts, his name appeared on the Marauder’s Map in Prisoner of Azkaban, meaning he likely stuck around the castle as a ghost.

Heads up to J.K. Rowling: There’s already a fair amount of FanFiction about Scamander out there, but some highly creative fanfic writers are no match for the woman with the best imagination on the planet. Rowling clearly needs no help coming up with additional backstory for characters – have you seen her at a Q&A? — but, from one fan’s perspective, here are a few things I’d love to see the movie explore, working within the time frame already established.
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'The Vampire Diaries' turns 4 today! Here are 20 things we're thankful it gave us -- VIDEOS

Four years ago today, something supernatural happened: The Vampire Diaries premiered on The CW. And just like that, we fell into the world of Mystic Falls, Va., where the hot new guy in town had a sexy (albeit dangerous) secret, Bonnie was “psychic,” Jeremy was in his drug phase, Elena was sick of faking a smile, and no one knew what a  “moonstone” was.

That, of course, would all change, just as we, the viewers, would change right along with it as TVD exposed us to countless wonderful things. Here’s our list of the 20 things we want to thank The Vampire Diaries for giving us:
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R2-D2 made a cameo in 'Star Trek Into Darkness' -- THEORY!

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R2-D2 is one of the most popular characters from the Star Wars franchise. Some upper-level theorists argue that he is the most important character in the Star Wars mythos — a veritable Space Heisenberg, pulling the strings of galactic history behind an impassive domelike facade. (R2-D2 is bald, after all.) And the astromech droid can lay claim to a unique honor, owing in part to his incredible powers and in part to the impact he made on a young boy named Jeffrey Jacob Abrams: He’s the only Star Wars character to appear in the Star Trek franchise. It’s true! If you look very closely in 2009′s Star Trek reboot, R2-D2 appears floating through space-debris.

Now that the reboot-sequel-premake (or perhaps just “Khanquel”) Star Trek Into Darkness has hit DVD, io9 noted that R2 also has a brief cameo in the new film. This time, he’s actually on board the Enterprise. At least, he is before Evil Admiral Robocop fires at the Enterprise mid-warp, at which point R2-D2 is sent sailing into the faster-than-light continuum. Check out a screenshot of that here: READ FULL STORY

J.J. Abrams releases part 2 of that mysterious trailer -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Last month, J.J. Abrams released a very cool, very mysterious teaser called “Stranger” for a new project he was working on. He didn’t say what project it was, so much excitement and speculation ensued. Today, he released the second half of the trailer to EW. This time, he’s being way more forthcoming, and the project is … a truly unique, fascinating book called S. conceived by Abrams and written by Doug Dorst, to be published by Little, Brown on Oct. 29.

I got a brief look at the novel, and it’s a bear to describe, but here goes: S. is basically about the relationship between a grad student named Eric and a college senior named Jennifer. They trade notes in the margins of a (fictional) 1949 novel by a mysterious author named V.M. Straka. S. contains the novel within the novel; copious handwritten notes between Jennifer and Eric (“a conversation that plunges them into the unknown,” according to the book jacket); and dozens of pieces of ephemera between the pages like newspaper clippings and a napkin with a map drawn on it. (S. will come shrink-wrapped so none of this extra material falls out.) It looks like a dense but often funny mystery — and exactly the kind of novel you’d hope for from Abrams. “I could not be more excited for people to get their hands on this book,” Abrams tells EW. “It is difficult to describe because while it is a compelling mystery and love story, it is also much more than that. The work that everyone has done on S. is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Frankly, I’m amazed it was even possible to do this project at all.”

Here’s the second half of the trailer …
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There Should Be a Sequel: 'Mystery Men'

Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.

Mystery Men is one of those movies that you either really love or you really loathe. For me, it’s the former. The hilarious, over-the-top, ridiculous, so-stupid-it’s-funny comedy revolves around Champion City and the not-so-super superheroes that walk its streets. You see, when Greg Kinnear’s Captain Amazing finds himself out of worthy adversaries, he uses his billionaire alter ego to try and get the city’s biggest villain, Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) released from the insane asylum he once worked so hard to put him in. Long story short, Frankenstein reunites with Tony P and the Disco Boys to blow up the insane asylum and kidnap Captain Amazing. He then starts his plan to use a reality-bending “Psycho-frakulator” on the rest of the city.

However, the superhero threesome of Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller), Shoveler (William H. Macy), and The Blue Raja (Hank Azaria) decide it’s up to them to rescue Amazing and save the city, so they begin assembling a team. Joining them is Spleen (Paul Reubens), Invisible Boy (Kel Mitchell), and The Bowler (Janeane Garofalo). The team then enlists Sphinx (Wes Studi) and mad scientist Dr. Heller (Tom Waits) to prepare them for battle. They somehow end up saving the day. But that’s not the important part. The important part is that this movie unites Kel Mitchell (of Kenan & Kel fame) with the likes of Hank Azaria and Geoffrey Rush. Does it get any better? See for yourself in the film’s 1999 trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Apple to unveil new iPhone models? What we want to see

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On Sept. 10, Apple is holding an event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California to reportedly unveil new models of the iPhone, from a standard upgrade for the iPhone 5 to a brand new model that’s meant to be more affordable for those in developing regions. The event will also feature the release of an overhaul to the iOS mobile operating system, according to Bloomberg.

All that sounds great and fancy, but what does it really mean for those of us with iPhones? Well, iOS7 has been introduced with a number of new features, including a Control Center, a Notification Center, and better multitasking (so all of those commercials can finally stop). It also promises an overall more organized experience when it come to things such as photos, and easier sharing with AirDrop, which uses WiFi and Bluetooth to share anything from an app. And did we mention the more colorful screen?

So far so good. But considering my iPhone is pretty much my best friend at this point, there are a few other adjustments I’d really like to see: READ FULL STORY

'True Blood': Five things we want to happen in the final season

Oh, True Blood. After years of supernatural creatures, vamp-speed sex scenes, human-speed sex scenes, murder, fangs, and Southern accents, it looks like we’ve only got 10 episodes left before Bon Temps becomes nothing but a (very bloody) memory. HBO announced today that season 7 will be the show’s last. So in honor of the campy goodness that often confused us but we loved all the same, we’ve rounded up five things we want to see happen before we have to bid farewell to the home of V-addicted werewolves, the Vampire Bible and so much more (spoilers ahead):
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'Star Trek' retro posters draw up 'The Gamesters of Triskellion,' 'That Which Survives' -- EW EXCLUSIVE

Artist and enterprising super-geek Juan Ortiz demonstrates his stylistic range in this month’s set of prints inspired by episodes of the original Star Trek television series. You can practically smell the musty newsprint wafting off the Silver Age, Kirby-esque Marvel Comics cover treatment of “The Gamers of Triskellion” (season 2, episode 16), in which Kirk, Chekov, and Uhura are taken prisoner by slavers who toil for awful entities known as The Providers and are made to participate in gladiator games against other captives. This premise has spawned a great many comic book stories, too. Just ask The Grandmaster. Of course, we are also reminded of that one episode of Challenge of the Super-Friends called “The Final Challenge“… but we digress, as we often do.

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Image Credit: Juan Ortiz

Ortiz evokes Steranko in going Op-art mod for “That Which Survives” (season 3, episode 17), in which the Enterprise runs afoul with a computer-controlled femme fatale with a poisonous touch. (See below.) You can purchase prints of the posters at Quantum Mechanix. T-shirts inspired by the prints? They would be at WeLoveFine beginning Sept. 5.

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Opinion: How Ben Affleck can be a good Batman, and what the 'Man of Steel' sequel needs to do to be great

Besides an abiding interest in men who wear masks or spandex (see: Daredevil and Hollywoodland), Ben Affleck shares one more thing in common with Batman: Their big screen careers look exactly alike. There was the sensational start. (Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns; Affleck’s acting breakout with and Oscar-winning script for Good Will Hunting.) There was the embarrassing implosion. (Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin; Affleck in Gigli and the aptly titled Paycheck.) There was the brilliant reboot. (Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy; Affleck’s rightly praised work as actor and director in The Town and the Oscar-winning Argo). Now, their paths converge as they enter the fourth acts of their movie lives: Affleck will play Batman, aka Bruce Wayne, and star opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in the untitled sequel of Man of Steel, which Warner Bros. intends to release on July 17, 2015. READ FULL STORY

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