Palpatine hologram

Rumors are stubborn things. The internet has made rumor a type of religion; something spread far and wide with staunch believers who refuse to accept anything but their own patented version of the truth. “It has to be true,” they might argue. “I saw it on the internet.” If there’s one film franchise the generates rumors left and right, it’s Star Wars.

With the production on the new films notoriously kept secret, the internet has no other recourse than to speculate wildly. They’ll take any source they can find and try to make it fit into a theory, even if that source just happens to be from something as innocuous a toy. Such wild speculation and rumor are now swirling around a hologram spotted within a LEGO First Order Star Destroyer set – a hologram purported to be of Emperor Palpatine. Does this hint at a return of a long-dead Star Wars character, or are we all getting excited over something with a much more germane answer? How true is this The Last Jedi Palpatine rumor? The only way for you to know for sure is to keep reading.

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Stranger Things Chicago Bar

We’ve got roughly a month and a week before we can binge watch the entire second season of Stranger Things on Netflix. Fans are chomping at the bits to see more from the new season, especially since we haven’t seen any new footage since the first trailer debuted at San Diego Comic-Con back in July. For those who are desperate to return to The Upside Down before the new season begins, you may want to hit up a new Stranger Things-themed hot spot in Chicago while it lasts.

The Chicago bar known as Emporium opened up a pop-up bar called The Upside Down that is not officially tied to Stranger Things, but once you see the decor inside, which includes a wall of Christmas lights with the alphabet painted on it, there’s just no denying it. Get a look inside the Stranger Things Chicago bar below. Read More »

Blade Runner 2049 Whiskey

This year we’ve already heard about two different whiskeys being released by Old Forester and Glendronach distilleries as a cross-promotion with Kingsman: The Golden Circle. But there’s one more movie-themed whiskey on the horizon inspired by another major fall blockbuster.

Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters in under three weeks, and along with it will be a special limited edition whiskey from Johnnie Walker, inspired by the liquor’s own appearance in both the original Blade Runner and the forthcoming sequel. Find out more about the Blade Runner 2049 whiskey below. Read More »

Cinera

Movie theater attendance has become a problem in recent years due to high ticket prices, poor customer service experiences, and a wealth of entertainment choices from various subscription streaming services. While companies like MoviePass are trying to increase attendance with their own movie ticket subscription plan, one company is trying to make the home theater experience even more enticing.

Cinera started out as a Kickstarter pipe dream to bring a high-definition movie theater experience into your home by way of a headset that uses dual-screen high-resolution technology to put movies right in your face. Now the product is ready to be ordered and shipped this December. But is this a new piece of home theater tech that’s worth the money? Read More »

boba fett

Forty is the magic number for Star Wars this year, with a special volume coming to us from a galaxy far, far away replete with 40 authors writing 40 stories for Star Wars‘ 40th anniversary.

The volume From a Certain Point of View, which will also be released in audiobook form, gives background stories for everyone from your average X-Wing pilot to the famed Boba Fett, the infamous mercenary from The Return of the Jedi and Empire Strikes Back (who we’ve only heard with voice distortion due to his helmet). In honor of such a special occasion, it’s only fitting that Boba Fett gets an equally special voice actor for the audiobook: Jon Hamm.

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Animated Harry Potter Kindle

There are countless versions of Harry Potter books out there. Most of them simply have different covers with varied illustrations inside them, but in the past couple years, the coolest versions of J.K. Rowling’s best-selling fantasy series have been the illustrated editions.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets have both been given illustrated editions thanks to some fine artwork by illustrator Jim Kay bringing the fantasy stories to life (and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is getting an illustrated version on October 3rd). Now the illustrated version of the first book will be getting a little more lively thanks to a new “Kindle in Motion” edition from Amazon. Check it out below! Read More »

26 New ‘Star Wars’ Stories Have Been Revealed

Star Wars

In April, it was announced that a new book would be released called Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, combining 40 stories written from dozens of writers (including Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta, famed comic book writer Paul DiniThrilling Adventure Hour creators Ben Acker & Ben Blacker) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars franchise.

Each story is told from the perspective of background characters from A New Hope  – “from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for.” And with the October release date quickly approaching, Del Rey Publishing has begun unveiling some of the short stories that will be featured in this collection. Below, check out a first look at more than a dozen new Star Wars stories.

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Apple TV 4K

This morning, at an event taking place at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, the company announced that the new generation of Apple TV will be capable of streaming 4K and HDR content (HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, which translates into superior brightness/darkness in the images on the screen). That much was expected – it had been rumored for a while – but there was a surprising piece of info tacked on to that announcement. Apple also explained that if you’ve purchased eligible movies in HD, they’ll automatically be upgraded to 4K HDR for free.
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Mondo E.T. The Extra Terrestrial Print

This year marks the 35th anniversary of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, and the Amblin Entertainment sci-fi adventure is celebrating with the release of a new commemorative home video release today, which also marks the first time the film has been made available on 4K Ultra HD. But that’s not all Steven Spielberg fans can do to celebrating the touching classic.

Mondo has announced a new E.T. The Extra Terrestrial print by Jonathan Burton in celebration of the 35th anniversary, and it’s a gorgeous image featuring the titular alien trying to contact his home planet. Check out the Mondo E.T. The Extra Terrestrial print below and find out when and how to get it. Read More »

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Die Hard Christmas Book

It’s hard for some to accept the fact that Die Hard is a Christmas movie, and therefore even harder for them to accept that it’s one of the best holiday movies ever made. But that’s just a fact. Now you can relive the story every Christmas in a new way, thanks to an abridged, illustrated adaptation of the classic action movie coming to shelves in October.

Inspired by the famous poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” Insight Editions is publishing A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic, which looks like the perfect way to spend a night while roasting chestnuts by an open fire. Check out some pages from the Die Hard Christmas book below. Read More »