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Heat Vision's Top Toy Fair 2014 Picks

Heat Vision's Top Toy Fair 2014 Picks

Turns out you probably weren't imagining those low moans of awe you've been hearing over the past few days. Instead, you were just picking up on the reaction to the many, many new games, gadgets and gimmes revealed at the 111th American International Toy Fair, which officially opened for business Sunday.

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FEB
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Jeffrey Brown Returns With 'Goodnight Darth Vader' Storybook

Jeffrey Brown Returns With 'Goodnight Darth Vader' Storybook

Of all the characters in the vast Star Wars universe that you could imagine becoming a model parent, Darth Vader shouldn't figure high on anyone's list. Not only was he an absent father (and genocidal cyborg), but he dedicated his later life to tracking down and humiliating his offspring -- not something you'd suggest others should follow suit doing. And yet, this July we will see the debut of the third book in Jeffrey Brown's heartwarming series about Darth Vader, Sith Daddy.

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JAN
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James Earl Jones on Whether He's Pretended to Be Darth Vader on the Phone

James Earl Jones on Whether He's Pretended to Be Darth Vader on the Phone

James Earl Jones, whose voice has lent authority to everything from The Lion King's Mufasa to CNN's tagline, has recently been the face (along with Malcolm McDowell) of a humorous Sprint TV campaign and will appear on the big screen in the drama Gimme Shelter

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JAN
11
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'Star Wars' Rumors: Who Is J.J. Abrams Eyeing for 'Episode VII'?

'Star Wars' Rumors: Who Is J.J. Abrams Eyeing for 'Episode VII'?

The Star Wars: Episode VII casting speculation game continues -- and The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision has a few names to add to the mix: Michael Fassbender, Girls star Adam Driver and Hugo Weaving.

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JAN
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Dark Horse to Bring 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' to an End

Dark Horse to Bring 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' to an End

Dark Horse Comics may be losing the Star Wars license to Marvel Entertainment in 2015, but that doesn't mean that its last year in a galaxy far, far away will be a quiet one. This May, the publisher will release a four-part miniseries adapting the screenplay for the unproduced series finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

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JAN
7
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'Star Wars': Now the Spinoffs Will Matter (Some of Them, Anyway)

'Star Wars': Now the Spinoffs Will Matter (Some of Them, Anyway)

Throughout its 30-plus-year existence, the concept of Star Wars canon has been relatively simple: Everything that happens in the movies counts, and everything that happened in any of the spinoff material -- be it games, comic books, novels or television shows -- doesn't. The simple rule has served moviemakers well, but might leave fans thinking that the ancillary material isn't worth their time or money. That might be why, in the future, things will get a little bit more complex.

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JAN
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Forget Franchises: Why 2014 Will Be Hollywood's Year of the 'Shared Universe'

Forget Franchises: Why 2014 Will Be Hollywood's Year of the 'Shared Universe'

This story first appeared in the Jan. 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

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JAN
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How the 'Star Wars' Marvel Move Could Affect Fans, Publishers (Analysis)

How the 'Star Wars' Marvel Move Could Affect Fans, Publishers (Analysis)

The announcement today that Lucasfilm will move the Star Wars comic license from independent publisher Dark Horse Comics to Disney sibling Marvel Entertainment may not have come as the greatest surprise, but that doesn't mean that it won't have an impact -- if, admittedly, an impact felt by Dark Horse and Star Wars fans more than by Marvel.

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JAN
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What If 'Star Wars' Had an Animated Spinoff in the '80s? (Video)

What If 'Star Wars' Had an Animated Spinoff in the '80s? (Video)

One of the saddest things about the earliest flushes of Star Wars' success was that -- after-the-fact Ewoks and Droids spinoffs aside -- the franchise never had the Saturday morning cartoon that it so richly deserved. Until now.

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JAN
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Disney Moves 'Star Wars' Comics License to Marvel

Disney Moves 'Star Wars' Comics License to Marvel

Surprising few, Lucasfilm announced today that, beginning in 2015, Marvel Entertainment will be granted exclusive rights to Star Wars comics and graphic novels, the first time in more than 20 years that the license has moved away from Dark Horse Comics.

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DEC
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U.S. Under-18s National Hockey Team Turn to The Dark Side for Charity

U.S. Under-18s National Hockey Team Turn to The Dark Side for Charity

The combination of Star Wars and hockey isn't an immediately obvious one, but that hasn't prevented the U.S. National Under-18s Team from announcing a specially-themed Star Wars Night next month -- or wearing a uniform featuring an unexpected new choice of mascot: Darth Vader.

The special jerseys will be worn during the game on January 18, when the team faces off against Waterloo, with the jerseys auctioned off afterwards to benefit C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor.

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DEC
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What Happens When You Mix Rock and Sith? Karaoke Greatness (Video)

What Happens When You Mix Rock and Sith? Karaoke Greatness (Video)

It's the mashup that had to happen: Queen's classic "Bohemian Rhapsody," performed by Star Wars cosplayers and with lyrics rewritten to reflect events in George Lucas' original six movies. "Any way the Force flows," anyone?

The video comes from students and faculty at the Digital Video Program at University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona, with the cast described by UAT Digital Video's YouTube as "the Star Wars cosplayers of the Arizona geek community."

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DEC
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Han Solo's 'Star Wars' Blaster Auctioning for $200,000-Plus

Han Solo's 'Star Wars' Blaster Auctioning for $200,000-Plus

There's no match for a good blaster at your side. And now Star Wars fans have the chance to bid on Han Solo's (Harrison Ford) DL-44 Blaster, which is up for auction at Invaluable.  

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NOV
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EA/Disney 'Star Wars' Deal to Last 10 Years, Expand Past Movies

EA/Disney 'Star Wars' Deal to Last 10 Years, Expand Past Movies

The deal between the Walt Disney Company and Electronic Arts to produce Star Wars video games -- a deal announced a month after Disney closed Lucasfilm's own video game studio, LucasArts -- is a long-term one, according to EA CFO and executive vice president Blake Jorgensen, who told investors that the partnership will last at least ten years.

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