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In The Force Awakens, audiences are first introduced to Rey’s home world of Jakku. Because it is similar to the desert planet of Tatooine from A New Hope, it took a few moments for us to realize that this was a completely different world. One key difference noted is that the planet is littered with remains of a grand battle between the Rebellion and The Empire. Thanks to The Force Awakens companion novels, we know that the final battle of the Galactic Civil War ended on this planet and it is known as “The Battle of Jakku” where the Rebellion Finally defeated The Empire.

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Throughout every Superman film that has graced the silver screen, a heavy emphasis is placed upon his physical strength.  As an alien who gets his amazing abilities directly from the yellow sun, it is tough to avoid the focus on those abilities, especially when he’s duking it out with the likes of Doomsday or Zod.  As humans, however, many times we fight foes that are much more destructive and deadly than The Blue Boyscout’s enemies; battles that Supes himself couldn’t win.  In June of 2005, comic book writer Jeph Loeb was one of the many that felt the devastating effects  of one such foe when is son, Sam Loeb, succumbed to his battle with cancer at the age of 17. Ten days after his passing,  Jeph wrote a very personal story about a young Clark Kent and his brush with the disease.  Now, eleven years later, in a fan made film, audiences have a chance to experience the story, and celebrate Sam’s life, in a whole new way. (more…)

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Some movies have a backstory that’s almost as legendary as the films themselves, and Clerks is definitely in that category. As the story goes, young Kevin Smith was stuck in a deadend job as a Quick Stop clerk when he got an idea: “I’ll make a movie about my boring ass life as a clerk.” He maxed out all sorts of credit cards, filmed the movie overnight in the actual store he worked in, and took the finished film to Sundance where it was sold to the Weinsteins, and the rest, as they say, is history. Well a new film called Shooting Clerks will begin touring this fall to reveal that history in presumably hysterical fashion.  (more…)

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As you all probably know by now, everyone’s favorite rag-tag team of mutants were off saving the world, once again, in X-Men: Apocalypse. As the title hints at it, their mission was to stop one of the most powerful mutants they had ever faced, and that’s when you even consider the “other” timeline. On screen, the X-Men and their companions took some bumps, bruises and even experienced the worse kind of tragedy. In the end, it was all just another movie for some of these actors and actresses. So check out a different side of things in the X-Men: Apocalypse gag reel after the jump before it gets deleted from the internet.

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The success of Star Wars was never assured. Indeed, while George Lucas was shooting the original Star Wars film back in 1976 he was under the gun the whole time, under budget and under pressure from the studio to wrap his stupid space movie that they had absolutely no faith in. They even let the director keep the franchise and merchandise rights, which goes to show you, as the song says, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. So imagine if the studio was right. Imagine what a sequel to Star Wars might look like if it had to be made cheap and less ambitiously than The Empire Strikes Back. (more…)

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Fans are still a little apprehensive about the Jumanji sequel starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart and it’s hard not to blame them for those feelings. Would Johnson and Hart turn a much beloved movie into something that didn’t honor the original? Hart posted the first on set image to Instagram late last night. Take a look at Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black in Jumanji jungle costume. (more…)

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Take two of the hottest stars in Hollywood, put them together in a big Sci-Fi/Romcom/Action/Adventure December movie with a talented director and you’ve got box office gold. That’s what Sony is banking on this Christmas movie season when Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence pop onto the big screen in director Morton Tyldum‘s (The Imitation Game) Passengers. Now we’ve finally got the first trailer and it looks incredible. Pratt and Lawrence already set the expectation bar high, but throw in the scifi setting and a robotic bartender and you can call it a day. (more…)

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In social justice news, Disney is under fire today for another public outcry revolving around its upcoming film Moana. While many are happy to see Disney’s first ever film featuring a Polynesian Princess, activists have taken umbrage with the film’s insensitive depiction of Maui peoples – choosing to illustrate the film’s lead characters in a rubenesque body type. As if citing Disney for racial stereotyping wasn’t enough, the house of mouse just got whacked with a collective “Oh no they didn’t”, thanks to selling a questionable Halloween costume of one of the movie’s characters. (more…)