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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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Take your mind back to the scene in Back to the Future Part II when Marty and Doc arrive in the year 2015. In order to fit in, Doc gives Marty a self-drying/self-fitting coat, a reflective hat, and has Marty pull his jean pockets inside out (which is the style in 2015). But Doc also gives Marty a pair of self-lacing Nike high-top sneakers, which are functional, easy, and spares the back of the lazy man from having to bend over to tie them. But this is the year 2016 now, we have hoverboards (sort of), so the question must be asked: where are our power laces, Nikes? The answer, they’ll be in a store near you later this fall. (more…)

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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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Looking at the live action Batman movies of the last-quarter century we’ve had eight different movies starring five different actors as the Dark Knight Detective and his alter ego billionaire Bruce Wayne. That may be why for a generation of people, the only real definitive Batman is the man behind the voice behind the cowl, Kevin Conroy, who first “appeared” as the Caped Crusader in 1992 when Batman: The Animated Series premiered on Fox Kids. Conroy was one of a number of celebrity guests as the recent Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, and at a press event he talked about his Batman legacy, and why no one person is the definitive Dark Knight.  (more…)

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The Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 premiere titled “The Ghost”, found the team split up and in unfamiliar roles. As the team struggled to reconnect and fill the audience in on what has been happening since season 3, a certain hotheaded character was introduced. That’s right, good ol’ Ghost Rider has blazed a trail to the small screen. However, this version of Ghost Rider may not exactly be one that casual fans are familiar with. The episode raised some interesting questions about the team that we’ve all come to know and love over the past 3 years. (more…)

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A new limited television series has just been announced by Amazon titled, “Toy Wars”, which follows the real-life battle between American toy giants Hasbro and Mattel in the 1980’s and 1990’s. If you’ve been living under a rock here’s a quick history lesson: Hasbro is the company behind toy franchises like GI Joe, Transformers, and My Little Pony, while Mattel produces Fisher-Price, Barbie dolls, Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars, Masters of the Universe, American Girl dolls and so much more.  So how does Amazon plan to bring this battle to the small-screen. Find out more after the jump.

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