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Resident Evil 7 preorders will include free digital copy of ‘Retribution’

Resident Evil 7 preorders will include free digital copy of ‘Retribution’

Those who preorder a video game usually get some perks for doing so — special downloadable gaming content, exclusive vehicles or weapons, or early access to the game, for example. The same is true for those who preorder Resident Evil 7, only with a bit of a twist: gamers will receive a code to download a free copy of one of the Resident Evil movies. The perk varies a bit, though, depending on where you preorder the game.

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Super Mario Bros Limited Edition Blu-ray goes up for preorder

Super Mario Bros Limited Edition Blu-ray goes up for preorder

The Super Mario Bros movie from 1993 is, to put it kindly, not that great. It does, however, have a faithful group of fans who like it for precisely that reason, and so it’s not terribly shocking to find a new limited edition Blu-ray version of the flick up for pre-order. This Blu-ray edition features a highly stylized steelbook case, the kind of thing you'd consider a collectible.

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For me, Carrie Fisher’s Leia was more than just ‘one of the boys’

For me, Carrie Fisher’s Leia was more than just ‘one of the boys’

I was somewhere around age 7 when I first saw A New Hope, then just known as Star Wars, and it ignited many things in my young mind. A love for storytelling, a love for science fiction specifically, and the stubborn insistence that lightsabers must exist somewhere regardless of what everyone said. It wasn’t until I watched Return of the Jedi, though, that Star Wars — and Carrie Fisher specifically — revolutionized my understanding of life and my place in it.

Star Wars was many things to me — a classic battle between good and evil, hope that the underdog could persevere against seemingly impossible odds, and, of course, a fun look at an imagined distant future. A New Hope reflected the world I’d perceived and known up to that point: boys having fun and being important and the one token girl being, well, a princess. An admittedly badass princess, but still.

It wasn’t that I didn’t appreciate the Princess Leia presented in A New Hope, but I didn’t see anything outside of what I knew as normal. She was exactly what I expected the princess to be. Luke was the special Jedi who got a lightsaber and a vital role in changing the galaxy. Han had a huge ship and all these connections amongst many worlds. Princess Leia needed help.

I’d declared at a young age that I wished I was a boy because boys were important and got to have the most fun. I had this idea of what a princess was, and it involved a hefty dose of forced helplessness. Being a girl meant having a lot of pink toys and being admonished about all the things that weren’t ladylike, and while that didn't describe the Princess Leia of A New Hope, I figured she'd had to put up with all that stuff, too.

Princess Leia was okay, but I wanted to be Luke Skywalker. And so I felt like someone must have made a mistake and I was supposed to be a boy. There couldn't be any other answer, I'd figured.

Fast-forward to Return of the Jedi and the plot twist that my young self never saw coming: Luke had a sister, and that sister had the Force, and that sister was Princess Leia. To most adults it seemed like a somewhat cheesy twist, given the love interest angle of the previous movies, but to me it was something else entirely: the very first moment I realized girls could be just as special as boys. She wasn't just a princess tagging along with the boys, she was just as important as them.

Fisher's role in the Star Wars world took on a new form in Return of the Jedi, and she steered it masterfully. Princess Leia wasn't just a stereotypical princess, and at the same time she wasn't a stereotypical "one of the boys" character who tried too hard to be masculine as if the feminine aspects of her personality were shameful.

This point was driven home during the Endor battle scene in which Leia was both warrior and nurturer, being able to hold her own against Imperial forces without needing the boys' help, and at the same time being gentle and loving toward the ewoks and, later on, having no qualms about donning a dress and braiding her hair.

It may sound like such simple things, but to many girls watching those movies for the first time, Fisher presented (and still presents) a look at what could be. You didn't have to be a boy to be special. You didn't have to be saved or sit on the sidelines, and you didn't have to pretend to be a boy or act tough all the time. I stopped wanting to be a boy or be Luke, and I decided I wanted to be like Princess Leia instead: someone who could be a person instead of just a girl.

In light of Fisher's passing, many narratives about her life will no doubt arise across social media in coming days. Many can't seem to help pointing out her past drug use, and others dismiss her as just an actress. Like Leia, though, she was more than any single one thing: she was a person who lived a complex life, and she wasn't afraid to be herself. Her influence will ultimately outlive any single narrative that may arise, and she'll no doubt continue to influence young viewers for years to come.

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The Alien: Covenant trailer is here, and it looks incredible

The Alien: Covenant trailer is here, and it looks incredible

It's Christmas, and Ridley Scott has a present for you: the first Alien: Covenant official trailer. Hotly-anticipated sequel to 2012's Prometheus, the movie promises a return not only to the themes of that Alien precursor, but to the "terror in space" concept which made the original movie such a lasting hit. For now, though, we've two minutes of new footage to enjoy - and obsess over.

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The Snowy Day is Amazon’s budding Christmas classic for Prime

The Snowy Day is Amazon’s budding Christmas classic for Prime

We're officially counting down the days until Christmas, and that means holiday classics are on every channel. Many of these movies have stood the test of time, but they're feeling a bit stale...there's only so many times you can watch a certain claymation special or three. Enter Amazon's new 'The Snowy Day,' an original Christmas animation based on the book by the same name. It could, perhaps, one day be a Christmas classic...but only for those with a Prime membership.

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My favorite Netflix secrets: hidden genres, customized subtitles and more

My favorite Netflix secrets: hidden genres, customized subtitles and more

Netflix is the pinnacle of streaming home entertainment, but even veteran subscribers probably aren't using it to its fullest abilities. The video streaming service is full of secrets, some more secret than others, and you're unlikely to stumble upon them unless you go searching for them. Would you like larger, more colorful subtitles? Yes, there's a setting for that. How about filtering genres down to niche categories? Yep, you can do that, too.

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The Mummy has a hint of Mission Impossible because Tom Cruise

The Mummy has a hint of Mission Impossible because Tom Cruise

This isn’t your grandfather’s The Mummy. In fact, it isn’t even the 1999 The Mummy. While the former lies squarely in the realm of horror and the latter standing along the lines of family-friendly adventure, the 2017 representation of the iconic monster is 100% pure adrenaline-pumping action. And how can it not be with Star Trek Into Darkness director Alex Krutzman at the helm, guiding Tom Cruise in the lead. But don’t you blink, because this might only be the beginning.

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The Mummy teaser gives first look at Tom Cruise movie reboot

The Mummy teaser gives first look at Tom Cruise movie reboot

You may have missed the news, but fan favorite The Mummy is getting a reboot, and it’ll star Tom Cruise in the role first held by Brendan Fraser. Universal has finally given us our first look at the movie, doing so in two forms: a theatrical poster and a 15-second teaser. The teaser, as we'd expect, features an ancient monster, ancient artifacts, and Tom Cruise running really fast.

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LEGO Batman Movie taps Billy Dee Williams to voice Two-Face

LEGO Batman Movie taps Billy Dee Williams to voice Two-Face

The LEGO Movie — released in 2014 — was a smashing hit, and its LEGO Batman ended up being one of viewers’ favorite characters. The massive popularity of the movie spurred Warner Bros to plan The LEGO Movie 2, but that was soon bumped to a later date in favor of a different title: The LEGO Batman Movie. The movie’s team has already tapped a great cast of actors to voice its various characters, and now we know who is joining them: Billy Dee Williams as the voice of Two-Face.

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FilmStruck launches with huge library of movie classics

FilmStruck launches with huge library of movie classics

Remember FilmStruck, the streaming service born from a collaboration between Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection? It was announced in April and now it has officially launched, giving movie lovers a way to watch the world's best classic films in a way that's as convenient as firing up Netflix. The service has three subscription tiers and a massive load of notable classic movies, including the largest streaming collection of Criterion films.

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See Adam Savage’s Fifth Element ZF-1 prop, 17 years in the making

See Adam Savage’s Fifth Element ZF-1 prop, 17 years in the making

Over the past 17 years, former MythBusters master Adam Savage has been recreating a single prop. That prop comes from the classic sci-fi action film The Fifth Element - a weapon called ZF-1. This piece of equipment saw inspiration in the greatest on-screen weapon of all time, as presented by Gary Oldman's most vibrant villain: Jean-Baptist Emanuel Zorg, AKA "the so-called Art Collector," in the 1998 film.

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2018 Star Wars Han Solo movie casts Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

2018 Star Wars Han Solo movie casts Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

Donald Glover, perhaps best known at the moment for his leading role in Atlanta, has been cast as Lando Calrissian in the yet-unnamed standalone Star Wars movie slated for 2018. This standalone movie will focus on Han Solo, per past news. Fans have petitioned to have Glover brought in as Lando for months, something that even spawned this gem of a Photoshop. The news was made official this evening.

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