Star Wars

Marvel Comics, now owned by Disney, has set a dangerous trend. With the firing of James Gunn for past tweets, Disney let the despicable trolls of the internet know that if they were loud enough, acted outraged enough, smelled bad enough in front of the noses of the right people, then they could control Disney’s (and therefore Marvel’s) social media policies, all without ever actually declaring an official social media policy. 6 years past since James Gunn made some vulgar tweets, which he then apologized for years later, only to be punished for this year. And now Marvel has caved to similar declarations made by similar trolls to who got Gunn fired from GotG Vol 3. The target of the anti-fans ire this time? Chuck Wendig.

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SDCC 2018: Panel and Features Round-Up!

Happy San Diego Comic-Con! As the festivities begin, we’ve rounded up some of the hottest spots and coolest features to check out as you enjoy the event. Enjoy and find your favorite things! Or make sure not to miss something you’d die for. But overall, have a great time during this awesome experience.

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It’s summertime! That means the kids are out of school, vacations are happening, cookouts, family reunions, and pool parties! But that also means blistering heat, sunburns, and of course being forced to interact with other human beings. What better way to combat the downsides of summer than to kick back with a snack and something cold to drink and binge watch some tv??? Netflix to the rescue! Even if the “are you still watching?” message does come across as more than a little condescending…

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Social media sites are the bridges between us and the rest of the world on the internet. And like any good bridge… they each have their share of trolls. But fandoms, parts of the nerd community that should bring people together to use our nerdy powers for good, are also bringing toxic nostalgia zealots together to use their powers for evil. No other fandom encapsulates that as well as Star Wars. The vitriol around the new movies is spawning some of the worst campaigns in the history of nerddom, driving cast and crew away from social media, disrupting the hype for other movies, and causing drama and turmoil throughout the fandom. These factions dividing us are unclear to some. But is there a correct, constructive way to discuss and air our grievances with our entertainment? Should we? How are lives being affected? Who is being caught in the crossfire? How does it affect other fandoms? And how do we move forward?

 

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In 1977, no one at 20th Century FOX expected Star Wars to be the blockbuster it turned out to be.  They had another science fiction film that they expected to rake in the dough, Damnation Alley.

The creators of the game series Fallout listed this film as a major influence.  There is even an add-on in Fallout: Vegas called Lonesome Road that has a lot of elements that closely match the film.

Based on a well-regarded Roger Zelazny novel and directed by Jack Smight, the film was intended to be a rousing post-apocalyptic action film featuring mutated bugs and a bad ass armored vehicle.  It turned out to be a failure at the box office due to special effects that even classic Doctor Who would not have aired.

But the one thing that shines in this horrible film is the cast, especially Jan-Michael Vincent.

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Reports today from The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Disney and Lucasfilm have found a writer and director for the Boba Fett movie. Theories run wild about whether or not we’ll see some more history behind the mysterious bounty hunter or if we’ll see him crawl from the sarlacc pit and escape his assumed death from 35 years ago. Disney seems to be amping up their Anthology series, Star Wars films set in the Original Trilogy era, with rumors of an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie and Lucasfilm eyeing directors. Will the movies continue to be financial successes? With the Han Solo movie’s advanced tickets sales doubling what Black Panther sold, it seems the force is strong with the Anthology series.

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Lando May Go Solo With His Own Film

Most fans of Star Wars felt that the force was strong with the newest installment Solo: A Star Wars Story when they heard that Donald Glover was taking on the role of Lando Calrissian.  Until that moment no one believed anyone could step into the shoes of Colt 45 ad man, Billie Dee Williams.  The film isn’t even out yet, but word is that Lando will soon have his own film. (more…)

Favreau Brings Marvel Magic to Star Wars Universe

There have been many plans for a live-action Star Wars series on TV since the famous Holiday Special in 1978.  None of those plans ever panned out.  There have been various reports on multiple live-action series in development since Disney took over Lucasfilm in 2012.  In 2013, it was revealed that 50 scripts had been written for a series titled ‘Star Wars: Underworld.‘   Then, just as suddenly that series evaporated.  Now Jon Favreau has given us a glimpse at what is actually coming. (more…)

In case anyone forgot that the next Star Wars spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming out next month, LucasFilm is here with a new trailer.

The trailer offers new footage featuring Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson as Han’s new mentor Tobias Beckett, Emilia Clarke as Han’s longtime friend Qi’ra, and Paul Bettany as the villain Dryden Vos. (more…)

Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi has proven to be the most divisive Star Wars film ever. While it earned generally favorable reviews from critics (91% on Rotten Tomatoes), the general audience was a little more even split (47% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes). Those most vocal about the film have been hard-core Star Wars fans who were not fans of many of the plot details that happened in the film. Depending on who you ask, The Last Jedi was either a bold new direction for the Star Wars franchise, or something that finally destroyed fans’ childhoods. Many who were displeased with the film did not like the direction Luke Skywalker went, even Luke himself, Mark Hamil wasn’t too pleased with the direction his beloved character went.

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