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Star Wars’ Emperor Palpatine Has This Strange First Name

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PalpatineWe just wrote about how Warwick Davis, Wicket the Ewok from Return of the Jedi, will appear in Star Wars: Episode VII (though we don’t know if he’ll reprise that role, or figure in some other way). With the continuing expansion of the universe, he’s not the only one coming back—we already know about the like of Han, Luke, Leia, Darth Vader, and others—and the Emperor is another. He’s not, however, going to show up where you might initially expect him, and when he does, we’ll learn something about him we didn’t know, his first name.

The Emperor won’t appear in Episode VII, at least we don’t expect him to, despite some rumors that have made the rounds—I guess it is possible he could appear in a flashback like Vader is rumored to—but he will show up in the canon once again. This specific instance that we’re talking about, however, will go down in one of the new novels slated to form key pieces of the universe. He’s in James Luceno’s upcoming canon novel Tarkin, which is scheduled to hit bookshelves on November 4, and, after 34 years, we finally know his first name, and it’s not something you hear everyday.

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Star Wars 7: Warwick Davis Is Officially Back, Watch Him Celebrate

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As far as returning characters go in the expanding Star Wars universe, we know most of the ones that will be back. Darth Vader will pop up in Star Wars Rebels, and Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, and most of the other big timers will appear in Star Wars: Episode VII. But as Disney develops the canon across a variety of platforms, you have to wonder about some of the more cursory personalities. Today we learned about one of these: Warwick Davis will appear in Episode VII.

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This Is Your First Look At Darth Vader In Star Wars Rebels

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VaderFatherStar Wars Rebels is the first big building block in the revamped, rapidly expanding Star Wars universe that Disney set up after buying Lucasfilm for an absurd amount of money a few years back. As a result of their new everything-is-connected approach, the action you see in the new animated series is going to have a far-reaching impact, and we’re already seeing key players from the franchise pop up. Obi-Wan Kenobi appeared in the first episode, C-3PO and R2-D2 showed up in the second, and now we’ve got your first look at the James Earl Jones-voiced Darth Vader you’ll be able to see shortly. And just for the hell of it, there are also a behind the scenes looks and new TV spots.

We heard a while back that Vader, complete with vocals by Jones, which is the villain’s natural state, is going to appear on Rebels, but it’s not in the form you might assume. He’s not slated to show up in a new episode, rather in an additional scene added into the series premiere, “Spark of Rebellion,” that will air on ABC on October 26.

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The Walking Dead Cast This American Horror Story Actress For Season 5

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Alexandra BreckinridgeSeason 5 of AMC’s runaway horror hit The Walking Dead is finally back, and just in time for Halloween no less, and fans have a lot to look forward to. After an action-packed season premiere with “No Sanctuary,” there are a number of storylines to explore and new characters to get to know. And that last category just grew by one more new face as the series has cast American Horror Story actress Alexandra Breckinridge in what is being called an important, though largely mysterious role.

THR reports that Breckinridge, who also appeared in Save Me and Family Guy, among others titles, will have a recurring role in season 5 of the zombie drama. We imagine, at this stage of the game, she won’t pop up until later in the season, most likely after the show returns from its annual mid-season hiatus. She could also be promoted to series regular moving into the already-approved season 6 if the story works out like that.

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These Interstellar Photos Give You A Math Lesson

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InterstellarBy this point it should be abundantly clear that we’re beyond psyched for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. It looks like the big (emphasis on big, as the movie runs a mammoth 169-minutes-long, Nolan’s longest to date, but we think he can top this number in the future), sprawling science fiction epic that we’ve been waiting for, and when you hear it repeatedly compared to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, by the filmmaker and others, it’s hard not to be intrigued. And as we build up towards the release date, Paramount Pictures has release another collection of photos from the film.

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Watch The Destruction Of District 12 In This Hunger Games: Mockingjay Trailer

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy may be the highest grossing movie of the year so far, but most of us don’t expect that to last much past the point where Lionsgate releases The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1. We suspect Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and company will take the annual box office crown for a second straight year. To make sure that happens, the studio is going to make a big push leading up to the release, and though we already saw the “final trailer,” they’ve released this short one for your perusal.

This is a quick hitter, and instead of focusing on the larger picture, it zooms in on a single element, though one that carries a great deal of emotional weight in the context of the story. After the first sequel, Catching Fire, Katniss finds herself in District 13, which was supposedly destroyed long ago. This is the seat of the rebellion, and as the face of the uprising against the Capital—both figuratively and literally the face—they want to make full use of her.