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The Empire Strikes Back 30th Anniversary Trifecta

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Thirty years ago, the greatest film ever made — and the greatest film that will ever be made — was released. Sadly, Rob won’t let me discuss the cinematic mastery that is Oh Heavenly Dog! here, so I guess I’ll have to talk about that other movie that came out three decades ago instead. It is a dark time for the rebellion indeed.

 ? Here’s a look at some red carpet interviews from Wednesday’s charity screening of Empire in Los Angeles. Check it out for a quick mid-morning reminder of how time ravages us all. Yikes. Also, someone needs to make a movie in which Lance Henriksen and Peter Mayhew are buddy cops tracking down a Sasquatch serial killer in the Pacific Northwest. (With Mayhew also portraying the Bigfoot, natch).

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? Starting today on Xbox Live you can purchase ten different The Empire Strikes Back avatars (as seen above), which I guess you can use to terrify kids or illustrate to them how Lucasfilm continues to devalue Star Wars‘ legacy with ill-advised promotional tie-ins. You can find out more info about this nightmare over at Joystiq

? This classic Kenner commercial features C-3P0 and Chewbacca introducing the Empire action figure line — complete with a manic kid shouting “Wampa.” If it doesn’t bring a smile to your face, you have no soul.

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Chris Cummins is a pop culture writer and Archie comics historian who has contributed to The Robot's Voice, Den of Geek US, Philebrity, Geekadelphia, Uproxx, and Unicorn Booty. He is the co-producer and co-host of Nerd Nite Philadelphia, and is regularly involved in producing and hosting New York Super Week events. In 2014, Chris began Sci-Fi Explosion, a mix of live performance, trivia and funny clips celebrating the weirdest in science fiction that regularly travels around the United States. He wrote the introductions to the compilations Archie's Favorite Comics From The Vault and (with Paul Castiglia) Archie's Favorite High School Stories. You can find Chris on Twitter at @bionicbigfoot and @scifiexplosion.