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Star Wars 7 trailer released this week: here’s where [UPDATED: More theaters!]

Star Wars 7 trailer released this week: here’s where [UPDATED: More theaters!]

This "holiday week-end" you'll be able to see a trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens, aka Star Wars 7, in select theaters throughout the United States. A limited number of theaters are said to be participating in this "preview" for the film - though we're not entirely sure why our source uses that word. One worker for a theater chain suggests that an internal email has been sent notifying employees that the preview will be coming. We must assume it'll be coming in a steel truck with armed guards, but no confirmation on that bit yet.

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AMC introduces the Unlimited Movie Ticket: Interstellar first

AMC introduces the Unlimited Movie Ticket: Interstellar first

Back when Star Wars was first released, it quickly became common - at least with a classic like that - to go to a film more than once in the theater. The trend was summoned once again with Titanic, then again with the Star Wars prequels. AMC Theaters and Paramount Pictures have caught on to the trend at last, revealing an "Unlimited Ticket." This is not like the subscription passes of the past for certain theaters or certain brands. Instead, this is a first-of-its-kind Interstellar-specific ticket.

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Star Wars 7 set to highlight Celebration 2015

Star Wars 7 set to highlight Celebration 2015

Attendance at Star Wars Celebration 2015 is set to break records as pre-order sales are ramping up. While event organizers have not been allowed to share any information about what they'll be presenting direct from Lucasfilm, you can be sure there'll be goodies from Star Wars The Force Awakens, otherwise known as Star Wars Episode 7. This will also be the first Star Wars Celebration to be held in the United States in several years - since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, in fact. This convention first started the same year as Star Wars Episode I was released, and ramped up to its highest attendance in 2007 when it took place in Southern California.

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SkreensTV makes Back to the Future II multi-screen a reality

SkreensTV makes Back to the Future II multi-screen a reality

So you're in the mood to watch more than one TV program at once - you just use your television's "picture in picture" mode, right? Sure, unless you want more shows than two. Or perhaps you're in the mood to play a video game while you watch Netflix with a connected iPad through your Apple TV? What if you want to watch three things at once and browse the internet at the same time? There's SkreensTV for that - a device that will split your TV screen up into pieces.

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Onyx: the Star Trek communicator made real

Onyx: the Star Trek communicator made real

After a year in development, the team at OnBeep have created a device by the name of Onyx. This device closely replicates the abilities of a walkie-talkie, a push-to-talk phone, and of course - a Star Trek communicator. One from The Next Generation, of course, not one of those old-school communicators you had to hang on your belt. That'd just be madness... or a smartphone. The Onyx was made to work in emergency situations at first, but it's prepared to work in any environment in the real world.

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Minority Report reality: London Police test Precrime software

Minority Report reality: London Police test Precrime software

A 20-week study in London just completed this week utilized predictive software to spot potential gang-related crimes before they happen. Using software developed by Accenture, this project targeted individuals across all known gangs in each of London's 32 boroughs. "Our goal," said James Slessor, Managing Director of Accenture's policing and public safety business, "was to provide MPS with an unprecedented level of insight and intelligence to help them continue to reduce gang-related crimes in the city." With analytics information in hand, the London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) was able to assess the likelihood of known individuals re-offending.

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Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Final Trailer released with early tickets

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Final Trailer released with early tickets

Behold, the final trailer before the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Today is a day of video trailers, that's for certain. This trailer is called "Burn" for short, and leads the way in the collection of trailers, teasers, and special video spots created for a tremendous campaign for this big-time movie. This trailer features lots, and lots of action. And it's especially loud. Also beware of spoilers if you've not read the books. This trailer makes little effort to conceal them.

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DREDD sequel “Superfiend” collection released: watch now

DREDD sequel “Superfiend” collection released: watch now

The unofficial "Bootleg" collection of DREDD videos called "Superfiend" have begun their trip to your eyeballs this afternoon. While the 2012 movie DREDD was a failure in the box office, a massive fan following has pushed creators to making way for future films. Sort of. These videos are the result of a wish had by Adi Shankar to continue work on DREDD through the 2000 AD universe. They're closer to fan films than they are to a theater release sort of deal - but they're certainly interesting enough to sit down and take in.

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X-Wing, Tie Fighter original games re-released after 20 years

X-Wing, Tie Fighter original games re-released after 20 years

The original Lucasarts creations "Star Wars: X-Wing" and "Star Wars: Tie Fighter" have been re-released as Special Editions. This after just 20 years after their original release, and slightly less time since their first re-releases in 1998. These games spawned a massive cross-platform collection of space fighting games both in and out of the Star Wars universe. Now we can only dream that these classics will make their way to the mobile environment next.

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Darth Vader and James Earl Jones to return in 2014

Darth Vader and James Earl Jones to return in 2014

There’s no doubt that Darth Vader will once again see airtime voiced by James Earl Jones at this point, but how and when - you might not expect. For the first episode - an extended release available immediately for purchase from chain stores across the United States - Star Wars Rebels has been released as "Spark of Rebellion." And what’s a good rebellion without a dash of Darth?

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