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Cameron: ‘Avatar 2’ won’t be hitting theaters in 2018

Cameron: ‘Avatar 2’ won’t be hitting theaters in 2018

We’ve known for a while now that James Cameron will be making some Avatar sequels, and rumor has had it that we’d see the first of those sequels some time in 2018. Unfortunately, that’s not true. Confirmation comes from Cameron himself, who said in an interview that, “Well, 2018 is not happening,” in reference to the theatrical debut. When will we see the first of the new movies? No one knows, not even Cameron himself, it seems.

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Donnie Darko is heading back to theaters, this time in 4K

Donnie Darko is heading back to theaters, this time in 4K

Cult classic Donnie Darko, first released in 2001, will be heading back to theaters, and this time in glorious 4K resolution. The restored version of the film will hit theaters starting on March 31, appearing in a staggered rollout in select theaters around the nation. Ahead of that release, though, comes a remastered trailer for the movie, giving everyone a glimpse of its quality.

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Netflix tipped in acquisition of Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ movie

Netflix tipped in acquisition of Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ movie

Netflix has picked up Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” movie, according to sources, and is set to finalize a deal that will see it released to its customers around the globe. The movie is a big-budget project, one that costs about $100 million and features Hollywood star Robert De Niro. The revelation, assuming it proves true, is a profound one, as it was originally believed that Paramount Pictures would be the entity behind the movie.

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It’s confirmed: Hellboy 3 is never going to happen, so stop hoping

It’s confirmed: Hellboy 3 is never going to happen, so stop hoping

Hellboy fans have long hoped for a third installment in the movie franchise, but hopes were dashed last October when Ron Perlman revealed that no one was talking about doing the movie anymore, and that nothing was in the pipeline. Now, a few months later, there’s confirmation, but not the kind fans want to hear: the movie is officially never, ever happening, so you can stop hoping now.

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LEGO Batman ‘Behind the Bricks’ featurette teases upcoming movie

LEGO Batman ‘Behind the Bricks’ featurette teases upcoming movie

The LEGO Movie was excellent all around, but it had a surprise fan favorite: LEGO Batman, who ended up being popular enough to bump a LEGO sequel in favor of a dedicated LEGO Batman movie. We’ll be seeing that movie hit theaters in the near future, but ahead of it comes a new featurette called “Behind the Bricks,” a faux behind-the-scenes video starting LEGO Batman himself with some exciting shots of the upcoming flick.

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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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