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Guardians of the Galaxy comic hints at Star Wars crossover

Guardians of the Galaxy comic hints at Star Wars crossover

The comic book "Guardians of Infinity" is the newest in a line of releases made possible in part due to the success and popularity of the Guardians of the Galaxy film release. In the first of these comics, the team - including Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot - are exploring a mysterious facility, the contents of which are unknown to them. They come upon a wall covered with dust - under which they're able to read words written in the Star Wars universe language called "Basic", in characters from their alphabet, known as the Aurebesh.

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Mod turns Jedi Academy into a 1v1 Star Wars fighting game

Mod turns Jedi Academy into a 1v1 Star Wars fighting game

Back in 1997, we were graced with one of the weirdest additions to the Star Wars franchise. No, I'm not talking about Sy Snootles getting a CGI makeover. Rather, I'm talking about the release of Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi for the original Playstation. It was a bizzare fighting game that frankly, was pretty terrible, with its only redeeming quality being that it was something new with Star Wars on it.

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Star Wars TFA vids show how Maz Kanata, CG shots were made

Star Wars TFA vids show how Maz Kanata, CG shots were made

Since time immemorial … OK maybe not that too long ago, films, especially science fiction, have been the seed bed of the latest in CG technology. Year after year, we are treated to movies that push the limits of computer generated images, pushing the boundaries of our own perceptions and minds. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is, of course, no different and although not as revolutionary as some titles would claim to be, it has its fair share of CGI shots that are vying for a slot in awards night. Two breakdown edit videos give a glimpse of the craftsmanship behind those shots, especially in bringing the mysterious Maz Kanata to life.

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Go behind the scenes with Kylo Ren’s Undercover Boss

Go behind the scenes with Kylo Ren’s Undercover Boss

In The Force Awakens, we were introduced to the newest bad guy in a cape and mask. Kylo Ren is definitely a far different villain than the likes of Darth Vader. But today we get a peek behind that mask, and see what happens when Kylo Ren breaks character and busts up laughing.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought to life in “Holo Cinema” by ILMxLAB

Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought to life in “Holo Cinema” by ILMxLAB

ILMxLAB will be bringing a new "Holo Cinema" Star Wars experience to Sundance that'll transport users to a galaxy far, far away with projections. We've seen just glimpses of this technology before, ILMxLAB here working with their own software tool Zeno to create such magnificent feats of graphics greatness as the squid-face of Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean. With Zeno and ILMxLAB's own virtual production renderer, common citizens will be able to virtually step into Star Wars - without the need of a full virtual reality headset.

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Star Wars Episode 8 has been delayed

Star Wars Episode 8 has been delayed

While the original release date for Star Wars Episode 8 was set for May of 2017, we'll now be seeing placement closer to that of The Force Awakens. Very likely due to the massive appeal of a December showing due to the best-in-history ticket sales of Star Wars: Episode 7, Disney has decided to push the release of Episode 8 back a few months. That'll be seven months later than it was originally planned, but has no effect on the release of Star Wars: Rogue One (aka Rogue One, a Star Wars Story).

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Kylo Ren SNL action figure mockups imagine Matt, Radar Technician

Kylo Ren SNL action figure mockups imagine Matt, Radar Technician

Just days after Adam Driver's appearance on Saturday Night Live, his sketch as Kylo Ren's alter-ego Matt, Radar Technician, has gone viral. Today we've been sent a couple of mock-ups of action figures based on the character - likely never hitting shelves, of course, but we're allowed to dream. Would that NBC were to see enough call for such a set of figures, we might see it happen. They'd both be essential additions to your collection, that much is true. UPDATE: Additional figures added.

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The X-Wing vs TIE-Fighter game reboot you wish we had

The X-Wing vs TIE-Fighter game reboot you wish we had

Today we're having a peek at a game that we'd love to see come to fruition: X-Wing vs TIE-Fighter (modern). This new game would be one that builds on the excellence that were the first X-Wing and TIE-fighter games, coming correct with not only new graphics, but fully updated gaming models, including multi-screen interaction and the possibility of virtual reality gameplay. Now that you can get the original games after 20 years (now released through GOG, completely DRM-free and offline if you wish), we've got a hankering to get back in the cockpit.

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Kylo Ren oozes with angst, makes a terrible undercover boss

Kylo Ren oozes with angst, makes a terrible undercover boss

When your plotting the downfall of all that is good and just in the galaxy, you really don't have the time, or heart, to care for those serving beneath you, right? Trying to prove that he is different from, well, everyone, Kylo Ren takes on the challenge to bond with his underlings and learn what they think of their supreme commander when he's not looking. But in secret, of course, as Kylo Ren disguises as Matt, the radar technician, in the latest episode of "Undercover Boss".

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Death Star Waffle Maker makes waffles unlike any other

Death Star Waffle Maker makes waffles unlike any other

Some people can create art from their breakfast foods -- pancakes in the shape of popular cartoon characters, for example. Most of us lack those creative skills but wouldn't mind having a themed breakfast. Enter the Death Star Waffle Maker, a waffle maker that, as the name suggests, creates waffles in the shape and with the details of the Death Star from Star Wars.

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How to (almost) watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens online right now

How to (almost) watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens online right now

So you want to experience Star Wars: The Force Awakens again, but you don't want to have to buy another movie ticket. While we're well aware of the torrents and illegal downloads out there in the wild, we're not about that today. Today we're presenting a 9-minute video which takes bits of all of the publicly available bits of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and crams them into one big (chronologically correct) reminder of why this is now the most successful film in the history of the world.

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The Force Awakens VFX reel shows surprising use of real props

The Force Awakens VFX reel shows surprising use of real props

These days, almost everyone expects "movie magic" to involve some computer generated images, especially in action films and most especially in science fiction action films. Naturally, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one such movie and, indeed, the film is filled with CG shots. 2,100 out of 2,500 shots in total, to be precise. But while this VFX clip does show the extent that CG was used in the film, it also reveals at the extent it was not used, expertly weaving real world, physical props and sets when possible and only falling back to baked graphics when necessary.

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