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Leia Organa is mentioned right off the top of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She’s mentioned in the crawl, and then Poe Dameron tells Lor San Tekka (the character played by Max von Sydow, he has a name you know!) that “the General” appreciates his help, to which he replies that to him she’ll always be royalty. But how did Leia make the journey from Rebel princess to Resistance General? A new book coming out later this year will fill in some of those blanks. Called Star Wars: Bloodline, it will pick up after the previous novel Star Wars: Aftermath, and you can read the initial excerpt below. (more…)

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“I thought what I’d do was, I’d pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes.”
~J.D. Salinger, Catcher In The Rye

Cyberpunk fans and harboiled anime nerds know Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex as the series which brought Masamune Shirow‘s science fiction noir drama back into the limelight. The upcoming Hollywood live-action adaptation has received a lot of flak since it was announced, but it seems as if the film is finally about to enter the final stages of development in earnest, with the studio having officially cast the series’ main antagonist, Laughing Man. (more…)

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The original Captain Kirk would like to be beam back into the role that made him famous. William Shatner has stated that he would be open to coming back as an ‘older’ Kirk in some way shape or form. Shatner, 84, recently sat down with the Scott Feinberg and his “Awards Chatter” podcast to shoot the breeze and spill the beans about all things ‘Trek.   (more…)

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Game Of Thrones is the HBO mega-hit, the fantasy series which made grim & gritty cool again and flooded the Internet with a deluge of nascent nerds and incest jokes. However, according to the show’s creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the TV adaptation of The Song Of Ice And Fire series was almost never made in the first place, thanks to their first, disastrous pilot episode. According to a recent interview by the creators on the ScriptNotes podcast… (more…)

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Unless you were living under a rock or being raised by gorillas as a kid, chances are that toys had a major impact on your childhood. We’ve all played them as a kid, littering our rooms with colorful molded plastic until our parents were unfortunate enough to step on them. Chances are that most of your fondest childhood toy memories came from Hasbro and/or Mattel. Hasbro gave us robots in disguise and Mattel gave us the power of Grayskull. These two titanic companies have been a staple of nerd culture for years, and to this day continue to showcase their famous franchises via movies, video games, comic books and more. The Mattel vs. Hasbro debate has been a hot topic of debate among toy gurus everywhere. Who would have thought that they would end up joining forces? (more…)

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This week on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Rip Hunter and his gang are still stuck in 1975 as they wait for Kendra to recover in the med bay.  They’ve jetted over to Zeipzig, Germany for the time being, however, and are taking a moment to reassess.  This episode, entitled “Blood Ties”, is about both the bonds of family as well as actual, you know, blood.  We get a deeper look into the crazy that is Vandal Savage, as well as some further peeks into the backstories of the team.  If you haven’t watched the last few episodes, STOP HERE!  SPOILERS will be rampant from here on out.  You’ve been warned. (more…)

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As infatuated Hollywood has been with nostalgic sequels and reboots, these films have generally been a bit of a mixed bag. 2015’s Jurassic World and Goosebumps were successfully able to strike a chord with critics and audiences, winning over both long-time fans and newcomers of their respective franchises.

However, films like Pixels and Jem and The Holograms wound up leaving both fans and newbies scratching their heads at how little understanding or care the films gave their source material. Nevertheless, studios still have plenty of nostalgic movies in development. Lionsgate, for example, has highly-anticipated adaptations of both Power Rangers and My Little Pony planned for 2017. Moreover, it was just announced today that Lionsgate is planning to adapt another popular franchise. You may remember this one from your local library.  (more…)

Futuristic ‘Zorro’ Movie Gets A Director

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It seems that you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a super hero movie in Hollywood these days. No less than 7 of them are set to come out this year alone just from DC and Marvel. And recently, smaller comic publisher Valiant Comics announcing that they will be throwing their properties into the mix some time next year. it seems that the time may be right for some non-mainstream heroes to hit the big screen, and now a long circulated reboot of the Zorro franchise looks like it is making serious headway with the announcement that they have finally signed a director.

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