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The Scanner’s Top Five: Week of 2/11

1. Paramount announced that the release date for J.J. Abrams’ anticipated Star Trek prequel has been pushed from December 2008 to May 2009, and somewhere on Earth God has killed a kitten.

2. No stranger to the strange, Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro admitted he’d like to helm a film focused on Marvel Comics’ sorcerer supreme Doctor Strange.

3. The trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull hit the Internets and…sorry, I just passed out from excitement.

4. George Lucas and the crew at Skywalker Ranch gave the world a sneak peak at their upcoming Clone Wars CGI series, and fans began to understand battered-wife syndrome: “It’ll be different this time, baby. I promise…”

5. Roy Scheider died . Though police have ruled out foul play, the shark has been called in for questioning.

SciFi Dept. Video: Move over Peter Parker. SciFi Department head Kevin Maher takes a bite out of arachnophobic cinema as he counts down Five Classics Spider Movies.

Talk Forum: Sci-Fi fans continue to debate the ethics and methods of remaking the classics. B.O. Man says that “We owe the original classics the most homage — but after 20, or 30 years, a fresh, updated version is certainly welcomed,” while Microwaved waxed philosophically, “I believe it was Aristotle who said ‘There are only seven original stories, the rest are all versions of those original stories’. He’s right.” Meanwhile, fans are picking their favorite superpowers in anticipation of Jumper, and wondering whether they’d use said power for good. Microwaved admitted, “I would use my powers to gain things like money, power and girls. Alas, I never had an Uncle Ben to give me those special words.” Log on to the Talk forum to join in any of these conversations, or start a conversation of your own!

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