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The Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian’s Fascinating Approaches to Star Wars Fan Service

For better or worse, it is not unfair to describe either of Star Wars most recent major projects – at the box office, the climax of the saga, The Rise of Skywalker; and on streaming, the culmination of years of attempts to bring live-action Star Wars to the small screen, The Mandalorian – as stories that deeply engage in fan service. But what differentiates their use of it makes for some fascinating parallels and contrasts. Read More >>

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John Boyega’s Post-Star Wars Honesty is a Good Thing

Despite the fact that Finn didn’t get all that much to do in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the first wave of heated discussion about the movie has come and gone, John Boyega’s name has been in the mouths of many a disgruntled Star Wars fan lately because of comments the actor made regarding his feelings about the franchise as a whole. Read More >>

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The Decade Fandom Went Corporate

In the last twenty years, fandom and mass culture have basically merged. Fans and fandom spent the 2000s fighting for legitimacy and proving their combined worth. And corporations? Well, they spent the 2010s learning how to co-opt fandom to silence critics, manipulate press, and make even more money. Read More >>

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Dyson Told to Stop Hiding the Power Leads in its Adverts

Sir James Lord Admiral of the Artificial Winds Dyson and his merry band of overseas manufacturers are in trouble with the UK's advertising watchdog, with the Advertising Standards Authority telling the company to make sure people can see the power leads in its future adverts for sleek and glossy home fans; as some may get the impression they are wirelessly powered somehow. Read More >>

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When Fandom Is the Problem

“Fandom” – the participatory community that grows out of a piece of media – has come to dominate pop culture. Fandom is not simply being a fan of something. Fandom is performing being a fan by creating transformative works, collecting knowledge, cosplaying, attending conventions, and, ever-increasingly, being vocal online. Some of this has been really great for people seeking communities they can’t find in real life, empowering them to be part of something that means a lot to them. And some of it has empowered only the worst elements of fan culture. Read More >>

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A Generation Looks Back at 20 Years of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Ask a Star Wars fan what they think about The Phantom Menace and you’re going to get a very specific answer. At Star Wars Celebration in Chicago last month, Gizmodo spoke with fans about their memories and feelings on the eve of the film’s 20th anniversary, and the sentiment was way more positive than expected for all kinds of different reasons. Read More >>

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These Unique Maternity Photos Took a Decidedly Dark, Alien Twist

Two fans of the Alien franchise took their maternity pictures to a whole other level. We just had to find out more. Read More >>

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A Devoted Fan Created an Amazingly Detailed Copy of Disneyland’s Fantasyland in His Basement

To make a Disneyland trip as enjoyable as possible, you’ll want to plan your visit for a time when the park isn’t crammed wall to wall with tourists. Or, you can do what this devoted fan did: recreate parts of Disneyland’s iconic Fantasyland in your basement, ensuring your family are the only people who can visit! Read More >>

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China’s Not Sending Over Enough Fans

The hot weather has brought good and bad news for the UK's electrical retailers. The good news is that sales of fans have rocketed as people turn to legacy, non-smart gadgetry to solve this summer's hot bedroom crisis. The bad news is that shops are now running out of fans because it won't stop being hot and we expect technology to solve everything. Read More >>

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Topher Grace Made a 2-Hour Cut of The Hobbit Trilogy, and the World Deserves to See It

Actor Topher Grace, otherwise known as that guy who’s not playing Venom anymore, has an interesting hobby of editing down giant trilogies into single feature-length movies. His latest masterpiece is Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, so it looks like Warner Bros. has a new hashtag to contend with: #ReleaseTheGraceCut. Read More >>

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Warner Bros. Is Starting to Crack Down on Harry Potter Fan Events

Without much in the way of officially-sanctioned Harry Potter conventions, fans of the wizarding world have spent years running their own cons celebrating J.K. Rowling’s beloved book and film series—but that’s starting to change, thanks to a new crackdown being enforced by Warner Bros. Read More >>

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People in Positions of Power Need to Help Shut Down Vitriolic Fan Behaviour

If you’ve spent literally any time on the internet interacting with fans of pretty much any genre franchise, like Ghostbusters, Star Trek, or Star Wars, then you know that what begins as an impassioned debate can quickly descend into hostile, vitriolic trolling. Read More >>

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Someone Inserted Harrison Ford’s Face Into a Solo Trailer and It Is Wrong Wrong Wrong

It’s a heartwarming moment when Harrison Ford surprises Alden Ehrenreich during a press junket interview. But it’s a bloodcurdling experience watching the older man’s young face slapped onto the younger man’s present-day body. Watch this fan edit of the Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer and see for yourself. Read More >>

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This Clever Westworld Sleuth Found the ‘Raj’ Park Months Ago, and There’s Still More to Uncover

Westworld’s latest park reveal may have seemed like a surprise to many viewers, but there have been hints about Park 6 for months. Of course, they weren’t easy to find, but someone did. We’ve got an interview with the fan who first came across the code to “the Raj,” and what he’s since found that hints at the future of Westworld. Read More >>

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Dyson Pure Cool Link Tells You How Toxic Your Home’s Air Is (Then Fixes It)

Walking in the footsteps of last year's health-focussed Humidifier, Dyson is today launching the Dyson Pure Cool Link, an app-connected air purifier and fan combo that can remove 99.95 per cent of indoor allergens from the air in your home. Read More >>