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The curious case of the Star Wars family portrait

The curious case of the Star Wars family portrait

What you're about to see is a family portrait that includes Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, and a third family member. We will not tell you who the third member of the family is here, for that would be a spoiler for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We know that basically every person in the world that wanted to see The Force Awakens has already seen it, but we're still not going to take any chances. Maybe 30 years down the line when The Simpsons have already done so.

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Ghostbusters 2016 photos shared en masse

Ghostbusters 2016 photos shared en masse

This week the folks at Sony Pictures have released a collection of photos and screen grabs from the new Ghostbusters film for 2016. This is the one with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. That's the lineup. So you'll find a few guest-stars from the original film - maybe a few old-school Ghostbusters, and of course Chris Hemsworth. He'll be sitting up front at the desk, looking like a secretary, just like our old pal Janine from the last couple of movies.

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Deadpool is running for president

Deadpool is running for president

The Marvel Comics character Deadpool is running for "El Presidente" to be more specific, complete with his own SuperPac. Announced this afternoon by Fox is the fact that Deadpool (a fictional character, we must remind you) is "officially exploring a run for President. They've suggested that a SuperPac is also now in effect under the name "Weapon X-ers for Progress." They suggest that this SuperPac is "totally unaffiliated with Mr. Pool - as is often the case with SuperPacs and the candidates they support.

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Watch The Force Awakens in just 60 seconds

Watch The Force Awakens in just 60 seconds

How many times have you watched The Force Awakens? Personally, I've only made it to the theater once, due to my busy schedule. Going out takes time and costs money, but what if you could watch the movie from the comfort of your own home, in roughly a minute? I bet you could get a lot of viewings in that way.

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Luke Skywalker’s blaster goes on the auction block

Luke Skywalker’s blaster goes on the auction block

When you think of Luke Skywalker's iconic weapon of choice, you no doubt think of one of his two lightsabers. Either the one passed down from dear old dad, or the one he constructed after dad separated him from it (and the hand holding it). But there was one other weapon that he weilded, during The Empire Strikes Back, and it's up for sale, if you want 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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Amazon Echo’s Alexa gains Movie, Super Bowl knowledge

Amazon Echo’s Alexa gains Movie, Super Bowl knowledge

This week Alexa (inside the Amazon Echo) will be updated to roll with the punches when it comes to movie queries. Users will soon be able to ask when Star Wars: The Force Awakens is playing, or "what horror movies are playing this Friday" using local movie listings and theater showings. Users will also be able to ask more general questions like "what movies are playing" or "tell me more about the movie "Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood".

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First and only Aston Martin DB10 to be auctioned 18th February

First and only Aston Martin DB10 to be auctioned 18th February

If you are familiar with the Aston Martin DB10 sports car, then you are either one or both of two things: a car aficionado and/or a James Bond fan. Ever since the now iconic DB5, Aston Martin has been designing cars for the James Bond film empire. The DB10, however, has the distinction of being the only one to be made exclusively for a film. Now, one of only 10 models in existence will be going under the gavel for bidding next month, marking the first time a private individual will have the prestige of owning a piece of history, a piece of luxury, and a piece of Hollywood.

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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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‘Deadpool’ movie banned in China over violence, nudity

‘Deadpool’ movie banned in China over violence, nudity

Deadpool fans in China won’t be able to see the movie in theaters, as the nation’s censors have banned the film due to graphic violence. The movie, which is rated “R,” is a so-called anti-superhero flick that features potty-mouthed Deadpool, ample violence, and nudity. According to local news agencies and at least one inside source, China’s officials in charge of censorship matters like this have banned Deadpool because the offensive elements were too pervasive to edit out.

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Deadpool’s tiniest Easter Egg

Deadpool’s tiniest Easter Egg

Film producer Aditya Sood revealed a tidbit of a connection between two of the movies he's worked on very recently: The Martian and Deadpool. At a press event for the home format release (DVD, Blu-ray, digital) of The Martian, Sood was asked about the long-awaited Marvel Comics title Deadpool. What were the differences between getting a little-known book (pre-big-publisher) turned into a major motion picture, and Deadpool, a film that's been notorious in its pre-production time - years and years and years on deck or below it? Sood answered indirectly.

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’10 Cloverfield Lane’ trailer reveals J.J. Abrams’ latest movie

’10 Cloverfield Lane’ trailer reveals J.J. Abrams’ latest movie

To the surprise of fans and movie goers everywhere, J.J. Abrams has been silently working on a sequel to his 2008 movie Cloverfield, and it is starring John Goodman. The sequel is called 10 Cloverfield Lane, and the trailer for it was released today on Paramount Pictures' YouTube account. There aren’t many details at this point, but the trailer does an excellent job of presenting the foundation of the movie, hinting that it is set in a post-Cloverfield apocalypse.

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