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A Toy Design Actually Forced a Change to Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars and toys have gone hand in hand ever since the franchise kicked off four decades ago. But usually, it’s the movies dictating what we see on store shelves—not the other way round. But in one particularly odd case, it ended up being that way for The Last Jedi. Read More >>

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Black Panther Subtly Reveals Wales is an Independent Nation in the MCU

In the real world the UK is still a combination of four different countries, despite the fact that there are political groups out there who would very much like to separate Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland from England. In the real world that doesn't look to be changing in the near future, but real life is not fiction. In fiction things are very different, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is no exception because it seems as though Wales is an independent country. Read More >>

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A Half-Remembered Retelling Makes This Star Wars Fan Film Special

There isn’t a lot of writing in the Star Wars universe. Stories seem to mostly be passed along via oral culture—one person telling a story to another, with all the foibles and forgetfulness personal retellings entail. This Star Wars fan film captures all the fun, and all the forgetfulness, of a good retelling. Read More >>

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This Featurette Takes a Close Look at Black Panther’s Stunning Score

The music for Black Panther is something else. A synthesis of big-budget film orchestration and African-inspired instrumentation, it’s as compelling a creation as the film itself. In this featurette, its composer shows the process that gave it birth. Read More >>

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The Books Tied to Solo: A Star Wars Story Will Provide Crucial Connections

A list of books coming out tied to Solo: A Star Wars Story will explore Han’s childhood, future wives, relationship with Lando, his son Ben and more. Read More >>

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Here’s Why Black Panther Didn’t Include a Certain Major Marvel Connection

Black Panther is now in cinemas and it’s great. Like, really great. And one of the best things about it is you don’t need to be super familiar with Marvel’s 17 previous movies to enjoy it. It totally works on its own. However, if you are familiar with those movies, maybe you walked out of the cinema with a question. Read More >>

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These New Harry Potter Wands Let You Play a Magic Version of Laser Tag

It’s all but impossible to reach the end of the Harry Potter books or movies without secretly pining for a wand of your own, but it’s probably best for humanity that we’re not all flailing magical sticks around. The next best thing would be JAKKS Pacific’s new interactive Wizard Training Wands that make it feel like you’re learning to cast spells, without wreaking havoc on Muggles. Read More >>

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Sony Very Nearly Had the Movie Rights to Almost Every Marvel Character Decades Ago

This year, Marvel Studio’s cinematic universe of superhero films turns 10—a milestone for a movie franchise that’s had such a fundamental impact on Hollywood, and shows no signs of stopping. But it only happened because of what turned out to be a monumental mistake a decade before Iron Man hit screens... a mistake by Sony, not Marvel. Read More >>

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8 Times Black Panther Was an Unbelievable Badass

Black Panther isn’t just one of the Marvel universe’s smartest and most powerful heroes, he’s often the one with the most tricks up his sleeve. If Batman is DC Comics’ king of out-of-nowhere moments of surprise, T’Challa handily takes the crown for Marvel. Here’s a few times he grandly let us know he’s always a few steps ahead of Marvel’s mightiest. Read More >>

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Nick Park on the Joys and Challenges of Making Early Man, the Most Advanced Aardman Movie Ever

Sometimes the best thing to do is just doodle. That’s how longtime Aardman director Nick Park came up with the idea for the company’s latest stop-motion animated film, Early Man. He knew he wanted to do something about cavemen but that was as far as the idea went. Then he started drawing. Read More >>

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Where is Black Panther’s Museum of Great Britain?

If you haven't seen Black Panther yet you should stop reading this and buy a ticket. Not just because it's a brilliant film, but also because we're getting into a few minor spoilers you may want to avoid for the time being. Read More >>

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Which Star Wars Expanded Universe Characters Do You Want to See Returned to Canon?

As Disney and Lucasfilm’s reset-version of Star Wars continuity has expanded over the years, slowly but surely elements of the old Expanded Universe have made their way back into canon. Lucasfilm acknowledged there’s more on the way in the future... so, where do you want them to get started? Read More >>

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Our Best Look Yet at Incredibles 2 Has Lots of Superhero Parenting

The first teaser for Pixar’s Incredibles 2 was just that. A tease. There was little to no indication of what, exactly, the highly anticipated sequel would be about. Well, during the Winter Olympics Wednesday, we finally got a good look at the movie. And it looks wonderful. Read More >>

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The Millennium Falcon Is Apparently Way Older Than Anyone Thought

She might not look like much when we see her in A New Hope, but the junky, tattered exterior of the Millennium Falcon was always meant to be a hint at a long life for the freighter. So, seeing it shiny and with a fresh coat of paint in Solo: A Star Wars Story should be what it looks like in its prime, right? Actually, no. Read More >>

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Watch VFX Wizards Make All the Magic in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

It’s doubtful if any of the Harry Potter books could have been turned into movies without the benefit of modern visual effects techniques. And while so much of what you see in blockbuster movies is created by a computer now, it’s fun to see the old-school, on-set tricks used to make films like Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them before the VFX are added. Read More >>