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by Dawn, September 29, 2009

www.scifiwire.com:  Tahmoh Penikett dies! And that’s just the beginning of Syfy’s Riverworld, in which everyone who has ever lived on Earth is resurrected simultaneously in an unusual afterlife.

The miniseries, based on the books by Philip José Farmer, won’t air until next year, but you can check it out today, thanks to the trailer below, released by producers RHI Entertainment.

www.scifiwire.com: When Fox premiered Firefly on Friday, Sept. 20, 2002, all things seemed possible. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel were still on the air and Joss Whedon was a god to us.

That was seven years ago, and I have to admit I fell in love at first viewing. Unfortunately, only me and 4.7 million or so of my best friends tuned in to watch Firefly on Friday nights. That wasn’t nearly enough for Fox, and Firefly was canceled with only 11 of the 14 filmed episodes aired.

Meanwhile, the cast and crew, of course, has moved on. Seven years later, here’s what Joss and the cast of Firefly and Serenity have been up to.

Catch up with the cast here.

www.scifiwire.com: We’re as interested as you are in any info about the plot of next summer’s Robert Rodriguez-scripted Predators reboot. Today we got some tidbits from our friends at the Latino Review, who got a chance to read a 90-page script dated July 12, 2009 and shared some of that insider info with the rest of us.

The draft is a “bloody, violent, Hard-R script” that pits a team of seven kidnapped humans against Predators on the aliens’ home planet.

www.abcnews.com: The movie, based on the German novel by Michael Ende, instantly became a childhood classic when it hit the big screen. Bastian’s lessons in courage and Atreyu’s battles against the “Nothing,” which is set on destroying the world, provided the perfect backdrop for the power of imagination and the ability to change your surroundings.

Earlier this year, the Hollywood Reporter announced a remake of the fantasy film, currently in its very early stages. Warner Bros. and a few other production companies, including the minds behind “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Kennedy/Marshall Co. and Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way.

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