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Submission + - Third Nuclear Test by North Korea (

rubycodez writes: Seismic activity has been detected in North Korea, with the signature of a man-made underground nuclear explosion at a depth of one kilometer. South Korea estimate the yield at six to seven kilotons TNT equivalent.

Submission + - "Law & Order' cancelled after 20 seasons

WolfeCanada writes: NBC has reportedly pulled the plug on its longrunning legal series, 'Law & Order,' Deadline is reporting. Sources for the online news site claim the decision was made due to NBC's upcoming development slate and 'Law & Order''s sagging ratings, which have been weak all season. According to an updated report from the NY Times' Media Decoder blog, producer Dick Wolf's production company broke the news to castmembers and crew via telephone this afternoon. If confirmed, 'Law & Order' would end after 20 seasons on NBC, thus preventing it from breaking the record set by 'Gunsmoke' as the longest-running drama in television history.

NBC declined to comment on the story, though insider sources claim the network and Wolf are "still having conversations" about the show's future. As previously reported, the fate of 'Law & Order' was called into question in March over contract disputes with its cable partner, TNT. On the bright side, Deadline is also reporting that the latest 'L&O' spinoff, 'Law & Order: Los Angeles,' will premiere next season, though, again, no official word has been made.

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Submission + - Lucas and Hamill Reunite for Star Wars spoof

WolfeCanada writes: "George Lucas and Mark Hamill will reunite for Robot Chicken: Star Wars, a 30-minute stop-motion animation special for Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's late-night programming block. The special spoofs key scenes and favorite characters from the Star Wars universe. It was done in collaboration with Lucas' production company Lucasfilm. Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars franchise, will voice a cartoon version of himself, and Hamill will resurrect Luke Skywalker. The special, set to premiere at 10 p.m. on June 17, comes from Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich. Green directed. The voice cast also includes Conan O'Brien, Seth MacFarlane, Robert Smigel, Malcolm McDowell, Hulk Hogan, James Van Der Beek, Donald Faison, Abraham Benrubi, Breckin Meyer, and Joey Fatone. The special stems from three Star Wars skits on Robot Chicken, including the popular "Emperor's Phone Call," featuring Darth Vader calling Emperor Palpatine to tell him that the Death Star has been blown up. Representatives for Lucasfilm wanted to post that sketch on, and they set up a meeting with Green and Senreich that turned into a pitch meeting for a special. "We were big fans of the work that Matt and Seth had done, so when they approached us about the idea to make a Robot Chicken episode dedicated to Star Wars, we were really enthusiastic about it," said Tom Warner, Lucasfilm's senior director of marketing. The Star Wars special was developed with Lucasfilm's approval at every stage. The company also helped with sound files on Chewbacca and R2-D2. Like just about every child in 1977, Green saw the first Star Wars movie. "It informed my whole creative sensibility, and the Star Wars toys I played with in my childhood inspired my imagination," Green said. "I've always wanted to be a part of a Star Wars project, and I got to make one." And he got to direct Lucas. "It was really exciting," Green said. "He was very shy but very playful." Story Copyright © 2007 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved."

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