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Marvel will reissue all those Dark Horse 'Star Wars' comics that didn't really happen

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You remember how the Death Star could destroy an entire planet? And you remember how the Sun Crusher could destroy an entire solar system? Actually, you probably don’t remember that second part, since the Sun Crusher hails from the Jedi Academy trilogy, and the new Star Wars movies have already destroyed the entire Expanded Universe that produced the Jedi Academy trilogy. And that Expanded Universe also includes the comic books published for over two decades by Dark Horse comics.

Dark Empire? Crimson Empire? The notion that, five thousand years before Luke Skywalker was born, spaceships had sails? Dark Empire II? That time in Rogue Squadron when a Mon Calamari lady fell in love with a Quarren dude, which in real-talk equals Fish-Head Girl fell for Squid-Head Boy? All gone, at least as far as beloved new Emperor Disney is concerned. READ FULL STORY

Disney plans expanded 'Star Wars' presence at theme parks

The impending release of Star Wars: Episode VII might have some eager fans looking at Disney’s Star Tours ride and thinking, “what a piece of junk!

But, fear not: The Walt Disney Co. has big theme park plans for its big franchise. “We’re also developing ideas and designs for a far greater Star Wars presence in our parks,” Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger told investors on the company’s quarterly earnings call Tuesday. “We expect to provide details about this sometime next year.”

When asked whether or not Disney has a parks franchise that’s comparable to Harry Potter for Universal, Iger mentioned Cars and the Disney Princesses, and promised that Star Wars, “is going to be just that.”

Iger also offered a small, if unsurprising, nugget about the film itself, which is set to hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. “Production on Star Wars: Episode VII is on track,” he said, declining, when prompted, to answer any questions about Harrison Ford’s on-set accident. Iger added: “The footage we’ve seen so far is spectacular and certainly worthy of the fan frenzy and excitement this movie is generating around the world.”

Ask Dalton: Must 'Star Wars' fans educate newbies?

Are DVR battles hurting your marriage? What are the ethics of sneaking food into theaters—or watching lowbrow reality TV? Our resident pop culture omnivore Dalton Ross offers his sage advice.

I work at a library. Someone asked to take out The Empire Strikes Back after admitting he had not seen Star Wars. What to do?
—JENNIFER (@apatch4that)

You’ve come to the right place with this, Jennifer. Not unlike C-3PO himself, I am fluent in more than 6 million forms of communication, including (but not limited to) geek, nerd, dork, dweeb, and wannabe Jedi. This offense is not as grievous—or General Grievous, if you will—as it would seem. For one thing, The Empire Strikes Back is unquestionably the best installment in the Star Wars franchise, so you can hardly blame someone for wanting to go straight to it. Boba Fett! Yoda! Luke sucking face with his own sister! It’s all there. Also, it’s not like this guy was skipping the entire original trilogy to go Gungan-style and rock a little Jar Jar Binks. All that said…NO! DO NOT GIVE HIM THE MOVIE! Clearly you need to protect this patron from himself. How can he be expected to fully understand why Alec Guinness is some sort of vaguely bossy ghost unless he watches the complete story unfold? So wave your hand in front of your face and tell him this is not the movie he’s looking for…yet. Then force him—no pun intended—to watch Star Wars first, and hope he doesn’t whine about it like Luke and his stupid Tosche Station power converters. READ FULL STORY

Mark Hamill talks his 'contractually obligated' 'Star Wars' beard

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Mark Hamill’s not at Comic-Con this weekend, but he still has some choice quotes for Star Wars fans around the world.

In an interview with the BBC in London on Thursday, Hamill—who played Luke Skywalker in the original series—spoke briefly about his role in the next installment of the franchise, pointing out that he’s really playing second fiddle to new actors. “It’s really about the new generation of characters,” Hamill said. “We’re just there to lend our support, and grow contractually obligated beards.” READ FULL STORY

Secrets behind J.J. Abrams' lens flare revealed (you'll be surprised)

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Have you ever noticed a subtle light glowing in one of J.J. Abrams’ films? Probably not. I mean, with Captain Kirk in the frame…

But Luke Knezevic has certainly paid attention to Abrams’ penchant for the technique, prompting him to make a comedy short revealing the truth behind the lens flare. Turns out that flash of light is actually an actor.

Meet Lorenzo Flarius, the Human Lens Flare. Abrams “discovered” Flarius after hitting him with his car. Feeling guilty, the director placed the wannabe actor—who essentially has a flashlight for a head—in his films. Like, all of his films. In multiple scenes. Flarius even refers to himself as “the hardest working man in show biz.”

Flarius’ roommate is less impressed by the actor. (“He’s just an overpaid human flashlight!”) Watch the drama ensue below, and find out which Abrams project Flarius will appear in next.

Video: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert fight over who's the bigger Star Wars fan

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Stephen Colbert has long made it known that he’s a master of Tolkien trivia. But now he and fellow comedy news host Jon Stewart are duking it out over factoids from a galaxy far, far away.

Much like the Ewoks and Rebel Alliance midway through Return of the Jedi, Stewart and Colbert join forces for a greater cause: a promotional video for Star Wars: Force for Change, a fundraiser to benefit UNICEF in which fans can earn a part in J.J. Abrams’s upcoming film. Stewart proclaims to Colbert that he’s the biggest Star Wars fan, which prompts a competitive retort from Colbert. Then, determining that a knife fight probably isn’t the best plan, Colbert and Stewart decided to settle the matter through a trivia contest.

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Video: Ellie Kemper imagines sci-fi for women with Neko Case and Kelly Hogan

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The future according to the world of sci-fi is really appealing—if you’re a teenage boy.

In a wacky video for their new song, “These Aren’t the Droids,” singer Neko Case and her longtime collaborator Kelly Hogan slyly highlight the extent to which popular visions of the future are designed to appeal to teenage male fans. Case wears a Star Trek uniform and Princess Leia wig (probably just to make you angry about that combination), while Hogan sports a full-on Chewbacca costume. Ellie Kemper (The OfficeBridesmaids) also appears as a woman unfulfilled by her relationship with a Star Wars stormtrooper.

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George Lucas chooses Chicago over California as the site of his museum

Star Wars creator George Lucas has selected Chicago as the future home of his collection of art and movie memorabilia, opting for Illinois over Los Angeles and San Francisco. Pending approval from the city’s planning commission, Lucas’s institution (which is currently in the process of voting on a name change from the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art) will be built on parking lots near Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears.

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Recut to the tune of 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'Star Wars' is more '70s than you remember

As Marvel continues its campaign to convince you to watch Guardians of the Galaxy—its raccoon-, tree-, and classic rock-starring sci-fi film—fans have done some reverse engineering on an older property, recutting footage from the original Star Wars trilogy into an imitation of a recently released Guardians trailer.

The video, made by Youtube user The Unusual Suspect, features an introduction to the rebel team set to the rhythms of “Spirit in the Sky.” Once that’s over, it shifts gears into pure action as “Hooked on a Feeling” plays. The music and cutting all comes courtesy of Marvel’s trailer, but it’s a fitting reminder of the decade that spawned George Lucas’s saga. No matter how hard Star Lord tries, he’ll never be as old school cool as Han Solo.

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Rian Johnson working on new 'Star Wars' movie(s): 10 Quick Thoughts

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J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars: Episode VII. This is, essentially, the only piece of Star Wars: Episode VII news that is absolutely completely officially confirmed. Everything else — who certain actors are playing, what the movie is titled, why certain screenwriters were hired or fired, precisely what part of Harrison Ford’s body was injured on the set — is open for debate. But the fact that Abrams is directing Episode VII naturally led most people to assume that the reboot kingpin would be sticking around for Episodes VIII and IX, since we live in a world where Marc Webb and Sam Raimi both make three Amazing Spider-Men and Michael Bay makes four Transformerses, and hell even Richard Linklater seems destined to make many more movies about Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy wandering around Europe.

But now comes word that Abrams won’t be making Episode VIII. Instead, filmmaker Rian Johnson will be promoted into blockbusterdom: EW’s Anthony Breznican writes that Johnson will write and direct the Star Wars octoquel, while also working on a treatment for the conclusion of the trilogy. This is big news, and it leads to a basic question: Is there anything bad about this? Below, some snap judgment thoughts: READ FULL STORY

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