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Star Trek Axanar fan film finally settles lawsuit with Paramount, CBS

Star Trek Axanar fan film finally settles lawsuit with Paramount, CBS

The last few years have been difficult for the production team behind the Star Trek fan film Axanar, with their ambitious project getting them sued by CBS and Paramount, owners of the franchise, followed by news that the copyright lawsuit was being dropped, only for it to proceed anyway. But it appears the bumpy road has finally come to an end, as Axanar Productions has revealed it's finally reached a settlement with the film and TV studios, preventing the need for a jury trial.

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Latest Power Rangers trailer reveals Zordon and Alpha 5

Latest Power Rangers trailer reveals Zordon and Alpha 5

A new Power Rangers trailer dropped today, and this latest one features a ton of reveals. Not only do we see a lot more action in this trailer, but it also reveals major characters like Zordon, Alpha 5, and Goldar. The fabled Megazord even spends a few brief moments on screen, so this trailer definitely wants to get fans of the original show excited.

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Apple’s original content bid to try Netflix strategy for Music

Apple’s original content bid to try Netflix strategy for Music

It would appear that Apple is attempting to use Netflix's success story with original content as a template for their music business. At least, that's what it seems like, given the tips that suggest Apple is speaking with content creators aplenty. Instead of attempting to create their own new video service to compete with Netflix or HBO Go directly, Apple has been tipped to be attempting to bring original video content to Apple Music.

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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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Comic Book and Sci-fi Movies 2017: listed and ranked with trailers

Comic Book and Sci-fi Movies 2017: listed and ranked with trailers

The year 2017 is set to be a monumental period for comic book movies - both for key moments in timelines and for finales. For moviegoers that love either the Marvel Comics various movie universes or DC Comics movie universe, things are about to come to a head. For those that love the movies-made-comics-made-movie universe of ALIEN, one of the most major films in the series approaches. Then there's Star Wars - always with the Star Wars.

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Google Play year-end deals cuts prices on movies, apps, albums

Google Play year-end deals cuts prices on movies, apps, albums

Google is preparing to run a "Year-End" sort of celebration and cutting prices on a bunch of media. This includes apps as well as TV shows and movies. It also includes Google Books of many sorts - and comic books, which, if you haven't tried on a mobile device, I personally recommend you do. Google's method of display of comic books on mobile devices - tablets especially - is really top notch.

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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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Netflix movie list January 2017 – what’s new, what’s done

Netflix movie list January 2017 – what’s new, what’s done

Netflix users are preparing their minds for the possibility that January will be an end-time for some of their favorite movies and episodic series. At the same time, January is a time of rejuvenation in the streaming content universe, where such monster hit movies as the original Superman: The Movie and The Shining begin to be available. This is also the time at which the Netflix Original series Lemony Snicket's A series of Unfortunate Events begins. That's Netflix' own series, not the Jim Carrey movie - fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your taste.

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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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‘Lost in London’ to be first movie live streamed to theaters

‘Lost in London’ to be first movie live streamed to theaters

The idea of using traditional movie theaters to broadcast showings of stage plays or live stream events and presentations from other locations isn't new, but what hasn't been done is live streaming an actual movie as it's filmed. That will change on January 19th, with the release of a new experiment from actor Woody Harrelson called "Lost in London Live."

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National Film Registry adds these 25 movies today

National Film Registry adds these 25 movies today

We find ourselves in the middle of December, which means it's time for another 25 movies to enter the National Film Registry. The Registry, in case you needed a bit of a refresher, is maintained by the Library of Congress and aims to preserve films that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." Each year, 25 movies are added to the Registry, and after 2016's additions are counted, the total number of films preserved has hit 700.

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