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Star Wars Rebels’ 4th season confirmed to be last

Star Wars Rebels’ 4th season confirmed to be last

This year's Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida has been full of big news, namely the debut of The Last Jedi trailer and the announcement of Battlefront II, but there was also a bit of sad news for fans of the popular animated show Star Wars Rebels. While a trailer for the upcoming fourth season was shown, series creator Dave Filoni also confirmed that it would be the show's final season.

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Star Wars: Battlefront II revealed with Imperial-focused story campaign

Star Wars: Battlefront II revealed with Imperial-focused story campaign

In case you haven't heard, there's a little event known as the Star Wars Celebration going on this weekend, and game publisher EA has used it to pull the curtain back on Star Wars: Battlefront II. A new, full trailer was premiered, focusing on the game's new single-player campaign and in-depth canon story that puts players in the role of the bad guys; specifically Iden Versio, the leader of Inferno Squadron, an elite special forces unit.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Trailer 1 Teaser thrills and chills

Star Wars The Last Jedi Trailer 1 Teaser thrills and chills

This morning the first Star Wars The Last Jedi teaser trailer was released to the public, and it's a chiller. Just like the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens, this trailer starts off with a shock. Not necessarily anything that'll blow your socks off, but it's meant to start you off with a sharp slap in the face. Don't worry - this article won't be spoiling anything for you before you experience this trailer for yourself!

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New Star Wars ANH extended scene ties in Sith and Rogue One

New Star Wars ANH extended scene ties in Sith and Rogue One

A new "Extended Death Star Meeting Scene" has surfaced at Star Wars Celebration 2017. In this scene, generally known for its first appearance of Tarkin and discussion of the power of the Death Star, we hear the word "Sith" for the first time in the original trilogy. We also hear mention of the bureaucratic meaning of the Death Star. While it's not clear whether the makers of Rogue One had access to the scene we're seeing today, it IS clear that major potential for coincidence is alive and well here in 2017.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 leak reveals Darth Maul and Yoda

Star Wars Battlefront 2 leak reveals Darth Maul and Yoda

Star Wars Battlefront 2 will be officially unveiled on April 15, but the trailer has leaked early, and it reveals a bunch of details about the game. As expected, the original trailer leak has already been pulled, but not before hundreds of copies were uploaded to YouTube in its place. After looking through it a few times, some details become apparent, not the least of which is an answer to the Yoda mystery.

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Star Wars Forces of Destiny and the first Easter Eggs, Actors, and Trivia

Star Wars Forces of Destiny and the first Easter Eggs, Actors, and Trivia

The first in a series of clips has been revealed for the newest Lucasfilm project in the Star Wars universe: Star Wars: Forces of Destiny. This show will give a boost to the already awesome new collection of female characters that've popped up in the Star Wars universe over the past couple of years. Taking place in a variety of points in the Star Wars timeline and from several different perspectives, this show will also fill in some moments between already-covered parts of the Star Wars movies.

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Star Wars Turntable launches to celebrate 10th annual Record Store Day

Star Wars Turntable launches to celebrate 10th annual Record Store Day

Crosley Radio has taken the wraps off its new Star Wars Turntable, a turntable featuring iconic Star Wars imagery to coincide with both A New Hope's anniversary and the 10th annual Record Store Day. As we'd expect, the Star Wars Turntable is a limited edition model; Crosley says it'll be available to purchase from select indie record stores starting on April 22. This marks the company's fourth annual exclusive release for Record Store Day.

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How Princess Leia led the Women’s March protest against Trump

How Princess Leia led the Women’s March protest against Trump

With the Galactic Empire appearing to have taken control of the Senate, Congress, and the Presidency of the USA in short order, it seems only right that Princess Leia lead the resistance. As the image at the head of this article shows, pop culture is primed and ready to take on another unpopular president. Today we've gathered a gallery of images of protest signs and representations of Princess Leia as she appeared the day after the inauguration of United States President Donald Trump.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi is this year’s big Skywalker movie

Star Wars The Last Jedi is this year’s big Skywalker movie

Lucasfilm and Disney have officially unveiled the title card and name of the next big sci-fi epic: Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This film is part of the Skywalker saga, which means it's going to be part of the "Episode ##" movies - in this case Episode 8, or Episode VIII. This movie will take place immediately after the end of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. We'll expect Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailers to start popping up SOON.

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Army tests “hoverbike” successfully, Star Wars fans rejoice

Army tests “hoverbike” successfully, Star Wars fans rejoice

The USA Department of Defense has witnessed the first successful public test of the Army's latest in futuristic vehicles - the hoverbike. This device is officially known as the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle (JTARV), and can be seen tested without a pilot in a video shared by the United States Army Research Laboratory this week. The video shows a small-scale prototype test flight, and may move on to flights with pilots in the near future.

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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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Carrie Fisher dies at age 60

Carrie Fisher dies at age 60

Iconic actress Carrie Fisher has died following a heart attack she suffered on a plane trip from London to Los Angeles last week. Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, announced her passing to People Magazine earlier today. An accomplished actress, writer, and advocate, Fisher was just 60 years old.

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