It’s Friday and that means it’s Linky time. We’ve got a long way to go this week — some of these universe are huge — so buckle up and we’ll be on our way. Ding ding. Zoom zoom. Etc. 


Our tour today starts a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Forty years ago, to be exact. That’s right — Star Wars first hit cinemas forty years ago this week. That means cast then-and-nows. It means looks back at the first reviews of the original movie. It means think pieces on its legacy and it means discussions of our first Star Wars memories. Mine, for the record? Being nicknamed Ewok in kindergarten. Kids can be so cruel — I wasn’t small OR furry. 


From the movie that started it all to the one we’re all hanging out for, Vanity Fair Magazine brings us this amazing photo shoot with the cast of The Last Jedi, along with what they’ve dubbed ‘the definitive preview’. I don’t know about that, but it is a must-read for any fan. Hot tip: have tissues on hand for when you get to Carrie Fisher. 


It’s a good week for magazine content, it seems, with US Entertainment Weekly featuring a long-awaited Stark family reunion for this week’s Game Of Thrones cover. Look at them. They look almost… happy. Luckily, we know it can’t last, thanks to a new trailer for the show’s seventh season that also dropped this week. It’s got everything: Dragons, pensive looks, snow, sexy times, all with a nice high body count. Winter can’t get here soon enough. 


Heading out of the cold and into a completely different universe, the final trailer for Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is here and, like everything else we’ve seen of this movie, it looks amazing. In turns cute and colourful, and dark and creepy, this is one of those movies that is going to be worth seeing for the visuals alone, with the everything else just hopefully living up to that promise. 


Next stop: the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where we find a new and kinda baffilingly crappy Spiderman: Homecoming poster, along with a much less crappy final trailer. This one starts off with a lot of the same footage as the second trailer we got a few weeks ago — emphasising the comic elements of the movie, but longer and with more ‘splosions. I’m not entirely convinced Spiderman needs yet another re-boot, but this is one to watch. 


In Spidey-adjacent news, Tom Hardy has been confirmed as the star of an upcoming stand-alone Venom movie for Sony Pictures, to be directed by Zombieland’s Ruben Fletcher. It’s not strictly necessary, but it’ll probably be a little bit of fun. If that gets your Spidey-sense tingling, you might also be interested to hear that Sony has also turned the Black Cat and Silver Sable movie — titled Silver & Black — into a priority, and it now has a director. Spider-people everywhere, rejoice!


In another part of Marvel’s universe, Wolverine’s swan song, Logan is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray and that’s inspired Screen Junkies to give it the Honest Trailer treatment. Easier said than done, given the movie is actually, you know, good, so they’ve recruited a smart-mouthed guy in a mask to help them out. 


Heading over to DC, the wait is over and Wonder Woman will be on screens next week. Yay! In the meantime, you can enjoy two songs from the soundtrack, including one by Australia’s very own groover, Sia. If you only see one DC Superhero movie this year, early reviews suggest you should make it this one. Do it. 


Things are a little gloomier in other parts of the DC Universe — with both Justice League and Justice League Dark losing their directors. Justice League Dark’s Doug Liman has left to focus on other projects, and Zac Snyder has stepped down from the reigns of Justice League following some devastating family circumstances (this link comes with a plea to look after each other, and yourselves, and a reminder that help is always out there if you need it). Joss Whedon is taking over from Snyder on Justice League, ahead of his upcoming DC Batgirl project. 


In a happier place, the 2017 Nebula Awards were announced this week. If sci-fi is your thing, this list will give you plenty of reading material for the weekend, and for the more screen-oriented among us, a reminder that if you haven’t seen Arrival, you might want to rectify that this weekend. Hooray!


Our final destination this week is halfway across the galaxy, and turn left. Fans of Douglas Adams and the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy already know that yesterday was towel day, an annual reminder to carry a towel and not panic, which… given everything… is very welcome, this year especially. And now the rest of you know for next year. And in was you’re not sure what kind of towel to carry, this little bit of silliness is here to help


And that’s me done. Have a good weekend, folks… whichever geeky classic you’ll be spending it with!



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