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Star Wars Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Like peanut butter and bacon or Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” on the radio while you’re stuck in traffic, there are things in the universe that you don’t know are awesome until you randomly come across them. Palette-Swap Ninja‘s “Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans.” This is one of those things.

Welcome to your new ear worm because the duo behind Palette-Swap Ninja ( on twitter) has combined two classics, that is the epic Bee Gees Beatles* album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and little known indie/art film Star Wars** into one master stroke of musical mash-up genius! Check the full album out in this easy to use YouTube playlist: (more…)

“The $20 billion toy industry is getting drunk on movies.” That’s the opening line from a New York Post article about how there are so many blockbusters coming out now that they’re having a negative effect on the all-important toy sales. Nobody can enjoy the toys they buy, because before you know it, you have to buy a whole new bunch of new toys. The toy industrial complex represents $20 billion a year in sales, but with 30 big movies coming out this year, each with their own accompanying toy lines, the question must be asked: is the industry hurting itself with an abundance of plenty? (more…)

Do you want to visit Gotham city? The dark, twisted labyrinth of grime and sin, home to an army of psychotic villains and cut-throats? If so, you might be in desperate need of psychotherapy but, thanks to a new deal struck by Warner Bros. and Abu Dhabi’s Miral, you might also be in luck. Abu Dhabi has always been a city obsessed with racing towards world firsts, even when no one else is running (world’s furthest leaning man-made tower, anyone?) Now, they’re about to become the first city to have a recreation of Batman’s hometown and for those who can afford the flight, this could be a childhood dream come true. (more…)

Thanks to this year’s Star Wars Celebration, fans have become inundated with tons of Stars Wars news! And it’s all been great. Some of that news even included more information regarding the so-called Star Wars Land that is scheduled to open in both United States Disney resorts in 2019. Also making news at this year’s celebration was the possibility of a Star Wars themed luxury hotel that could be located within the newly built Star Wars Land. For more information and a look at some concept art then keep reading after the jump.

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Let’s face it, Sean Bean has become one of the best character actors in the world–who dies in almost every movie he is in. It’s become something of an ongoing joke and even though he isn’t the “most-killed” actor in Hollywood, he comes in at a close 4th behind Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, and John Hurt. Bean has died 25 times on screen, which makes choosing a favorite death scene a little hard. Regardless, Bean himself has finally revealed his favorite death scene and we have the scoop!

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The rumour has been floating around in investment business circles for a while but so far that idea that technology giant Apple might buy Disney has been largely dismissed. If the two companies were to merge, the coalition would have a combined worth of $1 trillion. Between Disney’s wealth of content, particularly given its existing ownership of companies like Pixar, and Apple’s near monopoly on the gadgets market, the two companies would have an almost unrivalled scope in terms of reach. While many similar business mergers don’t have much of an impact on the world at large, Disney’s relatively recent acquisitions of both Marvel and Lucasfilm have proven that they make the absolute most of their deals. (more…)

Outside of a new film release, the biggest thing to happen for a Star Wars fan is happening now. That thing, is Star Wars Celebration. A semi-annual 3-day convention that, well, celebrates Star Wars. But it’s more than just haven for autographs and photo ops (and the occasional naked guy that runs through your hotel room wearing nothing but a Stormtrooper helmet. Yes, that happened to us). The event, which starts today in Orlando and runs through Sunday, is also a prime source for new footage of upcoming movies and, television series, as well other Star Wars related announcements.

Missing out on the excitement? Disney has got you covered. The house of mouse will be live-streaming the biggest panels!  (more…)

Want to gauge just how popular a show is? Don’t worry, the Internet will tell you. And right now, social feeds are still wildly a buzz thanks to  the long-awaited third season premiere of Rick and Morty which aired on April Fool’s Day. However, Rick and Morty is something truly special in that, it is so popular, it has the influential power to bring back a retired 20-year McDonalds dipping sauce.  (more…)

It’s been almost 14 years since Buffy The Vampire Slayer signed off the air. In the end, all that remained was a hole in Sunnydale and a hole in the hearts of all the fans from around the world. Over the years, stars from the show have been in an out of the spotlight and headlines. Some of them even make con appearances every now and then. But it’s been quite some time since all of them have been in the same room. There was Buffy, Xander, Willow, Angel, Cordelia, Spike, Dawn – even Joss Whedon was there. So many people, so many feelings, so many memories. When you’re ready, make the leap and keep on reading.

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Dungeons & Dragons has been a mainstay of nerd culture since it was first published by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR). Since 1997, the game was taken over by Wizards of the Coast and has gone through several revisions currently placing it in its 5th Edition. For decades, the game seemed to be associated with little more than young boys throwing dice in their basements while talking about girls and eating pizza (watch Stranger Things, season 1, episode 1 for a great depiction of this), but many of those young boys… and girls, the ladies love some D&D too, have grown up. Some of them have even become celebrities and one such person happens to be Hollywood’s Magic Mike himself, Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike XXL, and One Tree Hill).

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