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Coming Soon to Blu-ray: Criterion August 2019 Titles
Films directed by Yasujirô Ozu, Douglas Sirk, Jane Campion, and more are all in the works for Blu-ray.
New STAR WARS Movie From GAME OF THRONES Creators Set for 2022 Release
Winter is coming to a galaxy far, far away in 2022.
The Season of the Witch Is Upon Us in First MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL Teaser
Angelina Jolie returns as the title character in Disney's upcoming sequel.
Coming Soon to Blu-ray: Arrow Films July 2019 Titles
More Blu-rays are on the way from Arrow Films.
Pennywise Returns in Creepy Teaser Trailer for IT CHAPTER TWO
The Losers' Club is heading back to theaters in September.
Coming Soon to Blu-ray: Shout Factory June and July 2019 Titles
The distributor's latest Blu-ray titles are now available for pre-order.
The Doomsday Clock is Ticking in First Teaser for HBO's WATCHMEN
Tick tock, tick tock.
Coming Soon to Blu-ray: Kino June 2019 Titles
Kino's June 2019 Blu-ray releases are now available for pre-order.
Coming Soon to Blu-ray: Arrow Video June 2019 Titles
Arrow's latest Blu-ray titles have been detailed.
New SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Trailer Tackles a Post AVENGERS: ENDGAME World
Marvel's "Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man" is heading to Europe in July.
Coming Soon to Blu-ray: I AM THE NIGHT, JACK RYAN, TITANS, and More
The TNT miniseries starring Chris Pine, Amazon's Tom Clancy show, and DC's new superhero series headline our latest roundup of upcoming Blu-ray releases.
May The Fourth Be With You - RIP Peter Mayhew

May the Fourth Be With Us... Always

Star Wars DayMay the 4th has quickly become a cultural phenomenon. People around the world gather together and celebrate their love for lightsabers, Jedi, Sith, and Midi-chlorians… well, maybe not Midi-chlorians. But you get the picture. This time is typically spent getting hyped for any and everything Star Wars, from new movies such as The Rise of Skywalker to exciting new television events like Disney+'s The Mandalorian. While we should be overjoyed at everything coming our way, this year is a little different. With the breaking news yesterday, we also must stop and thank our favorite big guy, Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew who sadly passed away April 30th at 74 years old at his home in Texas. 

This one hits hard for me because Chewbacca was my favorite as a little tyke growing up devouring repeated viewings of Return of the Jedi. I didn't have a Luke Skywalker figure. I didn't have a Darth Vader. I didn't have Han Solo and a sure as heck-fire didn't have any of the cool vehicles - but I had a Chewbacca figure! (I still have it!) It's taken a beating over the 30-odd-some years of G.I. Joe battles and Transformers invasions, but he's safely tucked away in my rare collectibles lockbox alongside my first editions of The Crow and Giant Sized X-Men #1.

Before I ever knew who Peter Mayhew was or that Wookiees didn't actually exist, I knew Chewbacca. Technically, legally, I can say that I saw Return of the Jedi in theaters when I was all of 10 months old. We still have the ticket stub to prove it, but I don't remember sitting in that darkened theater. Like many kids of the 80s, my memories of Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back were on the floor in front of our enormous 25-inch Sony television watching the recorded copies on VHS my dad made from rentals. I couldn't read, but I knew the color of the ink used to label the white stickers on the tapes, and that was good enough for me to figure out which movie was Star Wars, Empire, or Jedi

Star Wars May The Fourth

My clearest early Star Wars memory is the day my dad came home with a rental tape of Return of the Jedi. He said he was going to get it. He'd built it up all week long. When he got home from work, he played it cool as a cucumber while my sister and I eagerly awaited confirmation that he executed on his promise. When he finally pulled out the tape from his briefcase, we lost our collective shit. We were so damn excited that it was aggravating waiting through dinner and then the eternity it took for him to hook up our second VHS player so we could make a copy. But it was worth the wait!

Kids these days just don't know how good they've got it! Back in my day of having to walk to and from school uphill and in a blizzard, we didn't get new Star Wars movies every other year. We didn't get awesome animated T.V. shows that expanded the universe and introduced cool new characters. We got none of that. The best thing we got while we waited for George Lucas to make another movie was The Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. That was it! On the scale of things that's pretty crappy compensation. 

While I didn't get new movies and TV shows every year, I did get comic book conventions! By 1992 I was a full-on comic addict with a $40 a month habit. I was blown away when I learned conventions were a thing that existed and I could get my favorite books signed. I was even more amazed when I learned that various movie and T.V. personalities would make the rounds and sell autographs and do personal meet and greets. Before May the Fourth and huge dedicated Star Wars conventions were a thing - this was how we got to see our heroes up close and in person. 

It was at my first Motor City Convention in Detroit that I saw Chewbacca himself - Peter Mayhew. I'd already spent my entire day standing in line getting signatures from guys like Jim Lee, Andy Kubert and Rob Liefeld (Don't judge, I didn't know better at the time). I'd already blown all of my stashed up allowance money on X-Men figures and back issues I needed for my collection. I was literally on my way out the door when he walked in surrounded by eager fans.

This tall, gentle giant of a man just strode in with a big smile and friendly eyes saying "hi" to people as he tried to make his way to the signature booth for which he was very late. I didn't have the money for an autograph, and my folks were there to pick me up so I couldn't stay - all I could do was watch him pass by. But somehow, in that throng of people, I made eye contact with Peter. His big eyes seemed to get even bigger, and that smile got wider as he gave me a friendly wave - I waved back giddily knowing I just said "hello" to Chewbacca! Through the course of several conventions, I eventually did get to actually meet Peter and shake his hand as we rode in the same elevator together in Chicago, but it's that memory from when I was 11 that sticks with me. It's these kinds of memories that make days like May the Fourth special for fans. 

It still amazes me that Star Wars has become a generational phenomenon. Consider all of the franchises that have withered, rebooted, or faded into complete obscurity and Star Wars is still here. And if Disney has any say in the matter, it'll be here for a long time to come! With time marching on, we'll have to keep remembering our heroes while we celebrate. Days like May the Fourth make it easy to take a moment from our chaotic day-to-day lives and just have fun. We get to come together and share our experiences of first discovering this wild space opera while we speculate about where that galaxy far, far away is going. We'll also have days like this year where we tip our hats and remember those who are no longer here to celebrate with us who helped bring this wild vision to life and bring so many people so many amazing memories.

New MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL Trailer Promises Plenty of Sci-Fi Action & Comedy
The Men in Black will return in June.
New BOND 25 Details Set to Be Revealed During Special Live-Stream Event Tomorrow
New info about 007's latest big-screen adventure will be unveiled tomorrow morning.
Marvel Movies Ranked: Worst to First
With the release of Avengers: Endgame, I needed to put this final film in our ever-updating list of favorite MCU films. I'm quite shocked where it ended up on the scale here. I've already talked about each character in the MCU, which you can see HERE.
Ghidorah Is on the Hunt in Final Trailer for GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS
"Our planet will perish, and so will we, unless we set Godzilla free."
Best Memes from Episode Two of GAME OF THRONES: SEASON EIGHT
Another episode of Game of Thrones means more blood, laughs, tears... and memes!
HBO Debuts GAME OF THRONES Lyric Video Performed by Florence + the Machine
The song from last night's episode is now available to stream online.
Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham Take on Idris Elba in New HOBBS & SHAW Trailer
The Fast & Furious spin-off flick will hit theaters in August.
Fox's X-MEN Film Series Prepares for the End in Final DARK PHOENIX Trailer
Marvel's mutant superheroes will face their greatest threat in June.

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