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‘Star Wars’ Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew Has Died
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Star Wars Celebration 2015 Peter Mayhew

Peter Mayhew, the towering British actor best known for his long-time role as Chewbacca, Han Solo’s fuzzball sidekick and co-pilot in the Star Wars film franchise, has died. He was 74. Though the actor never revealed his face in the Star Wars movies, his character has been a prominent figure in the popular franchise since the beginning, having appeared in the Original Trilogy starting in 1977, and then in Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith (2005) and some of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).

The Mayhew family formally announced the actor’s passing over social media earlier today, saying that he died on the evening of April 30, 2019 at his North Texas home surrounded by family. The statement revealed that Mayhew had been suffering through a series of physical ailments in the past few years, but had overcome being wheelchair-bound to reprise his role as Chewbacca in 2015’s The Force Awakens. However, the years started to take its toll, and the 7-foot, 3-inch actor would soon have to pass on the Wookiee suit and bowcaster to Joonas Suotamo. Suotamo had already played the more physical parts for Chewbacca in The Force Awakens before taking over the role completely in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story. But Mayhew did serve as “Chewbacca Consultant” for both of those later films.

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Audiobook Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story (Expanded Edition)
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Solo: A Star Wars Story, Expanded Edition by Mur Lafferty

Solo: A Star Wars Story
Expanded Edition Novelization
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
Written by Mur Lafferty
Audiobook narrated by Marc Thompson
Publisher: Del Rey Books | Random House Audio
Release date: September 4, 2018

A few weeks ago, I reviewed the audiobook for the junior novel for Solo: A Star Wars Story, the first of two novelizations of the film released in conjunction with the Blu-ray Edition. I apologize that it took nearly three weeks to get around to this Expanded Edition, but, yanno, life and other Geeks of Doom reviews.

Much like I explained in the review of the Joe Schreiber junior novelization, Mur Lafferty‘s novelization is just that, a scene-by-scene retelling of the movie. The Junior Novel promised and delivered on a handful of deleted scenes that didn’t make the theatrical cut; the Expanded Edition promises and delivers on that and a whole ton more.

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ConnectiCon 2017: 15 Cosplayers Caught Off Guard
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When it comes to over-the-top cosplay creations, ConnectiCon does not disappoint. And while many cosplayers try to stay in character as much as possible throughout the long days, there are always moments when they need to take a breather and let loose, just like everybody else.

Even the simplest moments can become unique, fascinating and funny. Check out Geeks of Doom’s 15 favorite images of cosplayers caught off guard at ConnectiCon 2017.

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The GoD List: Comics for October 14, 2015
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The GoD List Comics

Each and every week, I, “Sports Reference!” Henchman 21 and “Movie Reference!” Empress Eve read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible… theoretically. Naturally, we look forward to some more than others. I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of our pull lists, grab some comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of October 14, 2015. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.

This is a week with a lot of prestige books by some of the greatest creators working in comics from a lot of different companies. This is a very good week for new releases, with a couple of titles that are shoe-ins to win some major awards next year. And there are plenty of other great books, including plenty of new Marvel titles, but we can only cover so many. So let’s get to telling you about some spectacular picks on The GoD List!

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Disney In Depth: 10 Must-Have ‘Star Wars’ Products
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We Star Wars aficionados grab onto anything related to this expansive universe whenever possible. Since Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, more and more items involving Star Wars have begun popping up online. Disney Store has been leading the way in offering an assortment of merchandise that will make you want to exhibit your fervor even further.

Here are 10 of my picks as must-have Star Wars products for not only you, but also potentially members of your Star Wars family.

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Original ‘Star Wars’ Cast: Then and Now (Photos)
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Most of us have heard, “May the fourth be with you” at least once today. That’s right: it’s Star Wars Day! And what better way to celebrate than to take a trip down memory lane? Check out here below these photos of the original cast members of the original Star Wars trilogy, from then and now.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Shocks Harrison Ford With Chewbacca Impression (Video)
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Harrison Ford and Benedict Cumberbatch Chewbacca impression on The Graham Norton Show

Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness star Benedict Cumberbatch made an appearance this weekend on the BBC’s Graham Norton Show, where he talked to the host about his recent role as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate, which opened in theaters this past Friday.

On the talk show, it came up that Cumberbatch, who also voices the dragon Smaug in Peter Jackson’s upcoming The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, is very good at doing impressions, for real people and for fictional characters, including for Chewbacca, the Wookie from the Star Wars saga. Cumberbatch then did an impression of Chewbacca while sitting right next to Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford, who had a look of shock on this face, as if he’d been transported back to a galaxy far, far away!

Check out the video of the moment here below, along with a video where Norton asks the actors if they’re in the new Star Wars film.

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Must Watch: Harrison Ford Won’t Answer Any ‘Star Wars’ Questions … ESPECIALLY From Chewbacca
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Han Solo and Chewbacca Image

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Harrison Ford was a guest to promote his new movie, the Jackie Robinson biopic 42.

Ford agreed to answer some questions from the audience, so long as those questions didn’t have anything to do with Star Wars, a topic he’s been swarmed about ever since word surfaced that he could be reprising his role as Han Solo for the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars Episode VII.

The results, as you might have guessed, are pretty hilarious…especially when his old friend Chewbacca gets involved. Continue below now to watch the video.

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New Zealand Mint Offering Special Series Of Legal Tender ‘Star Wars’ Coins
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Star Wars Coins

The New Zealand Mint is set to offer a very special new set of coins featuring the likes of some of your favorite characters from George Lucas‘s classic Star Wars series.

The first series includes eight 1oz 999 silver coins in two separate sets. The first comes in a Darth Vader helmet case (that even makes the iconic villain’s breathing sound when you open it), and features Vader, Emperor Palpatine, a Stormtrooper, and the Death Star. The second comes in a Millennium Falcon case (which makes the “jump to light speed” sound when opened), and features the dynamic duos of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, R2-D2 and C-3PO, and Han Solo and Chewbacca.

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Disney Announces Opening Date For ‘Star Tours: The Adventure Continues’
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Star ToursDisney has announced that Star Tours is coming back, and that the newly updated attraction will reopen May 20, 2011, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in at the Disney World theme park in Orlando, Florida. Star Tours is a motion simulator attraction based on the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas. It was first launched at Disneyland in 1987 as a creative collaboration between Disney Imagineers and George Lucas with Industrial Light and Magic.

The new version, retitled Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, will be based on a story set between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Anthony Daniels, James Earl Jones, and Peter Mayhew reprise their roles as C-3PO, Darth Vader, and Chewbacca, respectively, for the attraction.

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