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This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

We live in an age where pop culture never dies.

No one mourns the loss of a beloved show – they wait for Netflix or Amazon to rescue it. Beloved movies from decades past are granted sequels that double as soft reboots. If something does come to a definitive end, you can always count on the comic book series to fill in the narrative gaps, or the fan conventions that keep the spirit alive. Nearly 50 years ago, a letter-writing campaign saved Star Trek from cancellation after its second season. Today, it’s hard to imagine anything with a passionate following completely slipping through the cracks. It will find a way to live on, to endure. We don’t need to fight for what we love anymore, because everything finds a way of staging a return.

And the past year has seen the return of two of the most popular titles in recent pop culture history. Last December, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened to record-breaking box office. More recently, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened on the London stage, continuing the former boy wizard’s adventures in a new medium while fans snatched up millions of copies of the play itself. And while one of these is a space opera and the other a fantasy tale of magic, these projects have a great deal in common. They’re bound not by creators or parent companies or even the same audience, necessarily. They’re bound by similar intentions and goals and executions.

Most importantly, they both take the concept of a happy ending behind the shed and shoot it dead.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Collector's Edition

Disney has announced that they will finally be releasing a 3D version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens alongside a real collector’s edition of the movie on home video. I know that many of you don’t care about 3D home releases, but you may still be interested in this release because of the additional special features.

The exclusive four-disc 3D Collector’s Edition contains the original theatrical release on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD, which includes brand-new bonus material alongside the originally released bonus features. What do you get in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens collector’s edition? Find out after the jump.
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Darth Vader in Star Wars Rebels

The trailer for Star Wars Rebels Season 3 premiered at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, revealing a new villain for our heroes. But with Grand Admiral Thrawn resurrected from Legends back into Star Wars canon, what does this mean for Darth Vader and his Inquisitors? Will we see the Jedi-turned-Sith leader or his Force-empowered Jedi hunter team of Inquisitors in the third season of the acclaimed Disney XD series? Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni answers these questions, after the jump.

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Star Wars vs Star Trek Trailer

Even though having big screen battles is all the rage lately, from Batman vs Superman to Captain America vs Iron Man, this year has seen two of the biggest blockbuster battles. Plus, we still have Godzilla vs King Kong coming in a few years. However, even though there are plenty of franchise crossovers happening, it’s pretty much a 110% guarantee that we’ll never see Star Wars vs Star Trek in movie theaters. But we can imagine what it would be like thanks to this cleverly edited new fan trailer where the two popular sci-fi franchises collide in the most epic way possible.

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In this edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • Hi-res stills from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story finally arrive.
  • Gareth Edwards reveals more information about the new planet Jedha.
  • A name on a new action figure leads to a full-fledged nerd investigation.
  • Take a look at the first wave of Rogue One LEGO sets.
  • Have we seen the planet Scarif in another Star Wars legend?
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Even though there have been plenty of gadgets from film and television that have become realities in our time, most sci-fi creations end up just being mere dreams. This is especially true when it comes to various vehicles we’ve seen from the likes of Star Wars and other iconic franchises. But today, one iconic vehicle from a galaxy far, far away has become a reality…sort of.

In Return of the Jedi, one of the best sequences is the speeder bike chase that happens on the forest moon of Endor. Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia must evade some Scout Troopers so as not to alert the Empire to the presence of Rebels on the surface trying to shut down the shield generator of the second Death Star. The speeder bike is an awesome vehicle, but as a hovering, fast piece of machinery, it’s not exactly easy to create in the real world. But the folks at Vintage Works have done the best they can by turning a motorcycle into a Speeder Bike, and you can see it in action after the jump. Read More »

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Months before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters, Star Wars Rebels will give us our next chance to disappear into the galaxy far, far away. And now we know exactly when the new season will arrive. Disney has announced a fall release date for Star Wars Rebel season 3 which, among other things, will officially induct Legends favorite Grand Admiral Thrawn into the Star Wars canon. Get all the details on the Star Wars Rebels season 3 premiere date below.  Read More »

Rogue One Olympics Trailer

Many fans were disappointed when a new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story didn’t end up debuting on ABC the same weekend of Star Wars Celebration. An early description of an ABC special indicated a new trailer for the spin-off would debut on TV at that time, but it ended up just being a re-airing of the sizzle reel that debuted at the fan convention in London. However, it appears we’ll be getting a new trailer soon after all.

A TV spot aired today revealing that a new Rogue One trailer would be coming later this week. Find out when you can catch this new Rogue One Olympics trailer after the jump. Read More »