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Star Wars Day: And Then There Were Seven
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Star Wars The Force Awakens Title Card

I have had a tough time this year coming up with a topic for this most important date, May The 4th, aka Star Wars Day. So I’m going to just speak from the heart about the tragedy that befell my family thanks to my own selfishness and thoughtlessness. Beware, for this could happen to you, too!

A year ago, I wrote a piece about how my daughter had recently discovered and become enamored with Star Wars, or at least the six films we had at that time. I fixated, yes I chose that word correctly, on her love of the franchise and how I felt vindicated in raising this amazing little mini-me. I spoke longingly of that which once was and my hopes of what might be. All of this happened over half a year before the new film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, came to theaters near us all. I wrote how I respected creator George Lucas for his vision, if not for his revisions. I did all of this before I saw the new film. The new film that Disney created.

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May The 4th: When The 1976 Comic-Con Teased The First ‘Star Wars’
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Star Wars Mark Hamill

Since today, May the 4th, marks the annual celebration of that film in the galaxy far, far away known to the billions of generations as Star Wars, I thought it would be fun to go back to 1976, the year right before the film was released when filming was still underway and a generation of science-fiction fans were being teased with elements and characters from the upcoming space opera, most notably at that year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

The SDCC that everyone knows today circa 2016 was nothing like what it was four decades ago. There was no social media; there was no hint of that kind of anticipatory buzz that comes with each upcoming Con as the New Year bell tolls; cosplay was a term that was non-existent in those days, as well as even trying to get licensed or unlicensed for that matter favorite character paraphernalia to dress up in. You wanted a Spidey mask to wear? You best ask your mom to ask your grandmother to knit one out of itchy yarn. The things that Comic-Con goers take and see as gospel in today’s climate was light years away, unheard of, in 1976.

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Jim Henson’s ‘Labyrinth’ Reboot On The Way With ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Writer
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Jim Henson's Labyrinth Goblins

In October of 2014 we shared with you news that Labyrinth, the 1986 movie directed by the late, great Jim Henson, could be getting a sequel. Many were excited by the news, but it was then reported not long after that that sources had denied that a sequel to the puppet filled fantasy flick was actually being made. And we all moved on.

Though fans were excited about the thought of another adventure in the labyrinth with all of our favorite characters, including Jareth the Goblin King (played by David Bowie), prepare for some news you might not be so excited about. It’s now being reported that, not even two weeks after Bowie left us forever, a reboot of Labyrinth is in the works.

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George Lucas Apologizes For Inappropriate “White Slaver” Comments
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George Lucas, Goofy, and Mickey Mouse

It wasn’t too long ago that George Lucas had some harsh words about selling his Lucasfilms to Disney, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the state of Hollywood. A lot of what he said sounded more like buyer’s remorse than criticism. But the fact that he referred to Disney as “white slavers” in an interview with Charlie Rose was very questionable. And now it looks like the Star Wars creator has realized that.

Lucas has now apologized for his ugly remarks. Read his apology here below.

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George Lucas Talks Selling ‘Star Wars,’ ‘The Force Awakens,’ Plans To Make Original Films
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George Lucas, Goofy, and Mickey Mouse

Back in 2012, George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.05 billion dollars, most of which went directly to educational charity. Since then the Mouse House has released Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is on track to beat Avatar for the title of highest grossing box office film of all time. But while we wait for that news to happen. With the film breaking all sorts of records and being recognized for being one of the best Star Wars films since A New Hope – even though some have criticized that The Force Awakens is a retread on that story – there are some people who are unhappy with what the franchise has become, and that person is none other than Lucas himself.

After the jump, you will find out why he is so unhappy with the film (despite saying that he was pleased with it after watching an early preview), why Hollywood has become so reliant on franchises, and his plans to make original films in the future.

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Honest Trailer: ‘Star Wars’
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Honest Trailers Star Wars

Oh… Hell… Yeah! With The Force Awakens on the horizon, the original classic, Star Wars, gets the Honest Trailers treatment. You just know what you’re going to get here: Lucas criticisms, the special editions, the prequels… let’s tear them up. “The Film that transformed the entire film industry… into an assembly line for special effects blockbusters and action figures… and we are not calling it, A NEW HOPE.”

Check out the Honest Trailer below.

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The Drill Down 387: Ten Questions (and Answers)
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TDD 387

This week, we’re joined by Engadget senior editor Devindra Hardawar for his epic review of newly released Windows 10, Universal leaks its own film to pirates, a nightmare for one Apple Music user, Twitter drops stolen tweets, tech leaders speak out against warfare AI, the Amiga turns 30 … and much much more.

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SDCC 2015: The Full ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Panel (Video)
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Star Wars The Force Awakens Title Card

Boy oh boy, don’t we all wish we could have been there to witness last night’s truly spectacular Star Wars: The Force Awakens San Diego Comic-Con panel that featured surprise guests (f*** yeah Harrison Ford!), a wonderful behind-the-scenes video, and concluded with a concert and fireworks display?

Wish no longer, my friends, because Flicks and the City has uploaded the full 61-minute panel moderated by Chris Hardwick to their YouTube channel and now we can all watch for free what many had to wait in line for a day to behold in person.

You can check it out here below.

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Watch Now: Short Film That Played With ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ In Theaters
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Roger Christian's Short Film Black Angel

Star Wars creator George Lucas wanted a short film to play before the sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, back in 1980.

Roger Christian, who won a Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Academy Award for his work on the original Star Wars (also credited as the creator of the lightsaber and R2-D2) and was also nominated for the same Oscar for his work on Ridley Scott’s Alien, had written a short titled Black Angel. When Lucas read it, he decided it was exactly what he was looking for.

After the theatrical run, Black Angel was lost and remained so for around 30 years until just a few years ago when it turned back up. Now, fully restored, the short film has been made available for all to see, and you can do so below.

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Why Did Disney Scrap The Lucas ‘Star Wars’ Episode VII Plot?
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George Lucas, Goofy, and Mickey Mouse

Part of the reason why the Star Wars prequels didn’t work, was because of all the teenage drama that was going on at the time. So when Disney acquired the rights to LucasFilm, and George Lucas had announced that he would be retiring from the franchise, there was a small sigh of relief. The director admitted that Disney had scrapped his ideas for the sequel, but those ideas were somewhat of a secret.

The recent Vanity Fair issue revealed some interesting tidbits about the upcoming film. In it we learn why Disney decided to go with a script written by director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, and that Michael Arndt‘s draft was never completed.

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