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A CNN.com columnist’s essay about movie spoilers. It does contain some movie spoilers; the most recent movies spoiled are The Others and Jet Li’s Hero. So read at your own risk.

Just as Chewbacca finally got his medal, Dr. Bunson Honeydew and his assistant Beaker finally receive the accolades they deserve.

And, in the tradition of really lame online quizzes, the BBC web site offers “Buffy Dream Date: Which Character Is Your Valentine?” Mine is Willow, which I already knew, but it does presuppose she’s at least bi rather than full-up lesbian.

Movie News: X-Men, Underworld, and Clerks

Joss Whedon X-Men rumors ‘all-but-official.’ Yay! And Whedon’s been quoted as saying he wouldn’t direct unless he could write the script, so… Double yay! A lot of people are afraid this will take him away from Buffy and Angel work, but think how much good this could do for his career… And come’on! It’s X-Men! As for Storm… dear lord, just write her out. Or recast. Halle Berry was never the best choice in the first place – I’m sure there’s a ton of young actresses in Hollywood who could fill in.

There’s talk about doing a sequel to Underworld. Gotta agree with John at Movieblog – Underworld was a fairly crappy film that had the possibility of being something pretty good.

More on the Clerks sequel – Kevin Smith soothes fan’s worries. And check out this review of the Clerks 10th anniversary DVD.

Movie News

Filming starts on Peter Jackson’s King Kong next week.

John Rhys-Davies (Sallah) talks about the fourth Indiana Jones movie, says that Lucas wants to take another pass at the script. George Lucas? Script? Always an, erm, hopeful sign.

Narnia Fans has a copy of the press release with all the details on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

There’s another Highlander movie coming? Although this article from Movie Poop Shoot is about an animated feature, there’s also a bit about a fifth live action installment titled Highlander: The Source. Epp!

Speaking of live action, the film version of Aeon Flux has been shut down due to an injury to the star, Charlize Theron. Sounds like a good idea to me. The last time we had starlet + Oscar + action film, we got Catwoman.

Old Republic in 2006, Zahn in 2007…

A few interesting bits of news out of starwars.com today… First up, news on hardcover novels due in 2006. The first, by James Luceno is a post-Episode III novel. Also due that year are two Old Republic novels by Elizabeth Hand and Drew Karpyshyn.

The most intriguing announcement, at least for Club Jaders, is a brand new book by Timothy Zahn set sometime between ANH and ROTJ fot 2007… Provided the Outbound Flight novel is still a go, that would make this his 8th Star Wars novel.

Fans of the starwars.com message boards will also note that they’ve launched a regional section.

We’ll miss you, Scotty

While we’re mostly a Star Wars kinda group, we do have an appreciation for the Trek side of the universe. And most folks who have gone to a fair number of conventions have probably had a chance to meet the man.

So it is with great sadness that Trek fans gathered to wish James “Scotty” Doohan a retirement from the con circuit and public life as he deals with Parkinson’s and Alzheimers.

He was treated to quite the send-off weekend, culminating with getting a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Best of luck, Jimmy!