Star Wars

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Disneyland is set to celebrate its 60th anniversary this year! To commemorate the momentous occasion Disney  has decided to put together a televised event titled The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60. One of the things that has got fans of the franchise so excited, when it comes to the special itself, is that it’s set to  give an exclusive preview to the park’s brand new addition Star Wars land,currently in development. So who will be our guide through this wonderful maze of Star Wars geekery, well Disney announced their pick.

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Cereal is an important part of childhood. Together with certain television shows, music, and movies, cereal helps to form a very specific backdrop to your formative years. This backdrop is unique to you, but connects you to nearly every other person of your generation, no matter the other details of your lives. Yes, cereal binds us, connects us, shows us that we are all one. But it also has an almost magical ability to transport. When you’re eating cereal with your favorite characters on the box, you hold palaver with them for a time. These characters become real as you share a meal with them. Some cereals not only understood the light-hearted whimsy of our youth, but also understand that now we have grown-up responsibilities and obligations. We’ve seen things, man. We have bills to pay. We wear underwear without cartoons characters on them sometimes, probably. These cereals know that and have increased in value accordingly, so that they can continue to be there for us as we sell them for money. Our modern Giving Tree was ground up and pressed into cardboard to make cereal boxes. And the tree was happy. It was happy because it knew that cash rules everything around us and it’s going to help us get the money. Dolla, dolla bill, y’all!

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Growing up, Disneyland was one of the greatest places on Earth to visit. Even as a grownup, it’s still one of the best places to take a vacation. Now swarms of sci-fi and Star Wars fans will be calling out sick for their chance to visit the newest expansion to Disneyland – Star Wars Land. Aside from some concept art that was previewed at the D23 Expo 2015, the public still doesn’t know what’s in store for them. Today, though, a possible layout for the Star Wars expansion of the park has been released. And from the look of things, it looks big.

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One of the biggest questions left unanswered in J.J. AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens is the question of who Rey (Daisy Ridley) is and how does she fit into the Star Wars universe? We found out what she is, a highly force sensitive quick learner and plucky scavenger that can fight, shoot, and wield a lightsabar when pressured to do so. What we didn’t find out is just exactly where she came from, who are her parents, and why she was left by herself on Jakku of all places. It seems everyone has a theory or two and this NerdBastard is no different. Let’s explore one possibility that feels right. (more…)

The Man Behind The Z6 Baton: TR-8R’s Identity, Revealed!

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NerdBastards previously speculated on the secret history behind the Internet’s favorite storm-trooper. We read through the relevant fiction, we had debates that devolved into improptu broom-handle saber fights and we ranked The Force Awakens memes in our spare time between editorial whip-cracks at the office. Now, after weeks of time wasted on pointless, dead-end arguments, LucasFilm has decided to cave in and give the fans TR-8R’s true identity!

(Also, this is canonical. So no backsies.)
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Sci-fi fans across the world can remember a time, a bleak moment in history, when the Dark Side ruled the Star Wars franchise. It was the Era of the Jar-Jar, the Apocalypse of Council Meetings, the Reign of the Whining Anakin – Also known as the Decade of the Prequels. It was at this point when many Star Wars fans checked out. George Lucas had gotten old and lost the spirit of the original trilogy, producing three at-best mediocre installments of the beloved franchise. Then Disney bought up the rights, produced The Force Awakens and most are back on board again. But some wish for those dark times to return and are actively petitioning to have Lucas return to the fold and direct the final episode. (more…)

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2016 is going to be a good year for nerds. With Suicide Squad coming on Cartoon Network, Game of Thrones Season 6 just around the corner and with the Shannara Chronicles series well under way, nerd-centered television just keeps getting better. The good news keep piling up, however, with the latest news from the Starz network, who are sure to save you repeat silver screen viewings and alleviate your BluRay Release malaise.

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Hype for the upcoming movie Ready Player One isn’t quite buzzing around the internet yet, but give it time. It’s coming. The film is based off of the debut novel of the same name by author Ernest Cline, the rights to which were purchased by Warner Bros. in an intense bidding war a year before the book was even published. Ready Player One will be directed by one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of all time, Steven Spielberg, and will star Olivia Cooke in a lead role. With things quickly falling into place for this movie, the casting search has turned to the villain of the film and led to veteran actor Ben Mendelsohn, who is currently busy filming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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While out promoting his latest Quentin Tarantino-directed flick, The Hateful Eight, Samuel L. Jackson was asked whether he’d seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens and what he thought of the movie (he has seen it, for the record). Not one to often mince his words, Jackson tried his best to be diplomatic. At first anyhow. Then he said what he thinks, just as you’d expect and want him to. (more…)

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This will be a day long remembered, it has seen the end of board game patriarchy, and it will mark the beginning of gender equity in toys. That may be an over-the-top assessment, but it is a sign of progress that Hasbro has recognized what many people have known for years now: that Star Wars can no longer be quantified as “boys toys.” You may recall our story yesterday about Hasbro weak-kneed excuse regarding the lack of Rey, Daisy Ridley‘s heroic character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in the new Monopoly game, and now, as if to say “that excuse was weak-kneed,” Hasbro has announced that they are re-issuing the game, with a Rey piece. (more…)