Elon Musk says the Model 3 represents Tesla’s last ‘bet the company’ initiative

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In a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg, Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained that the Model 3 represents the last “bet-the-company” initiative we can expect to see from the automaker. Recall, everything Tesla has done up to this point has been to hasten the release of the Model 3, the mass market EV Elon Musk initially promised us more than a decade ago when he penned his now-famous “Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan” back in August of 2006.

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Experts warn trade battle with China could last into 2019

Team Trump and China slapped tit-for-tat tariffs on $ 34 billion worth of US and Chinese imports on Friday, with Beijing accusing Washington of triggering the “largest-scale trade war” as the world’s two biggest economies escalated their battle. Hours before Washington’s deadline for the tariffs to take effect, President Trump upped the ante on its largest…
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The last (plastic) straw: travel and its environmental responsibilities

Some airlines, hotels and tour operators are now addressing the issue of plastics pollution but activists believe the solution requires everyone to take a stand

For decades the image of a brightly coloured plastic straw in a cocktail against a backdrop of sea and sunset signalled one thing – carefree holidays. But 2018 is the year the travel industry will say adios not just to plastic straws but all single-use plastic.

Today, those little plastic tubes are a symbol not of fun times but of the catastrophic damage our throw-away culture is doing to the planet. Photographs of straws littering the seabed and beaches are on every news site and eco-conscious social media account – along with a litany of grim statistics and stark warnings: 480 billion plastic bottles sold worldwide in 2016; one trillion single-use plastic bags used every year; more than half a million plastic straws used every day around the world. If we continue to generate plastic waste at the current rate approximately 12 billion tonnes will be in landfills or the natural environment by 2050.

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John Oliver Turns a Microscope on CRISPR Gene Editing on Last Week Tonight

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took a look at science, a.k.a. “math disguised as outer space and dinosaurs to try and seem interesting.”

Specifically, he looked at the rise of gene editing thanks to the creation of the technology known as CRISPR, which Oliver swears stands for “Crunchy Rectums in Sassy Pink Raybans.” CRISPR allows for very precise gene editing, where scientists can pinpoint a genetic defect and then “cut it out and paste in a fix at which point presumably Clippy shows up and says, ‘Hi, it looks like you’re trying to play god and alter the basic building blocks of life. Need some help?‘”

Gene-editing technology isn’t just for movies like Rampage, which stars Dwayne Johnson blitzing a 30-foot wolf (thus leading Oliver to suggest the film should have been named Wolf Blitzer). Instead, according to Oliver, gene editing is either “going to cure all disease or kill every last one of us” and for him, it’s currently unclear which way it will go. Accurate gene-editing is wildly difficult, but when it works it seems like a miracle, although as Oliver points out it’s actually “more convenient” than a miracle, because you “don’t need to spend the next 2,000 years worshiping the scientists, you can just be like ‘thanks’.”

The technology is still quite new, though. As Oliver notes, that is leading to a mismatch between expectation and the realities of current scientific capabilities, which are less about bringing woolly mammoths back to life and more about creating “beefcake beagles.”

For Oliver, though, while the possibilities of ending disease are exciting, we must balance the potential rewards with the risk of disaster, whether genetically engineering mice so they can’t get Lyme disease or trying to “fix” a genetic problem that may not need to be fixed. (“Eugenics is a word that rightly terrifies people,” says Oliver). As the technology continues to improve, he thinks we need to balance “best case scenarios like ending malaria” with catastrophic “prophecies of 30-foot wolves.”

 


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The Supreme Court set government workers free at last

Rank-and-file government workers won big over union bosses Wednesday, when the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Mark Janus, an Illinois state worker who refused to join the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The court struck down an Illinois law that allowed the union to deduct fees from Janus’ paycheck…
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Rian Johnson baits ‘Star Wars’ fans who want to remake ‘The Last Jedi’

Anything Rian Johnson can do, fans think they can do better.

A group of fans, going under the Twitter handle @RMTheLastJedi or “Remake the Last Jedi,” have decided that they could put on a much better Episode VIII than Johnson did.

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New study says last year’s record-breaking Bitcoin price was actually a fraud

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The bears are firmly in control of the cryptocurrency market, as Bitcoin and all the other coins have been on a free fall since Sunday. All tokens have been losing value consistently since late May, and there’s no telling when the bleeding will stop.

More disturbing, a new study now claims that Bitcoin’s incredible bull run last year was the result of manipulation via the use of a different token called Tether, which has seen its own share of controversies since its emergence.

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New The Last of Us Part 2 Gameplay Details Revealed

New gameplay and story details about The Last of Us Part 2 have been revealed.

Writer and director Neil Druckmann, along with co-game directors Anthony Newman and Kurt Margenau, shared new information about the highly anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusive during an E3 Coliseum panel, hosted by IGN’s own Lucy O’Brien.

Ellie’s ability to move around the environment will be key to survival. The game’s expanded traversal and stealth mechanics allow Ellie to interact with the environment in a much deeper way than the first game and add an extra sense of realism to the experience. Unlike the first game, a jump button is included, and the new dodge mechanic shown off in the recently released gameplay demo is an important part of the combat.

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Last remaining Munchkin actors share their stories

On May 24, actor Jerry Maren passed away at age 98 in San Diego, Calif., and — as was widely reported — the world lost its last living “Wizard of Oz” munchkin. Well, its last munchkin played by a dwarf actor. “I said, ‘Wait a minute, I’m a munchkin and I’m still alive!’ ” Betty Ann…
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Why ISF Bank, the Last Black-Owned Bank in Illinois, Is Changing Its Name

Come July, Illinois’ only black-owned bank, ISF Bank, will rebrand and rename itself Groupe Nduom (GN Bank).

The name change, according to Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, the Chairman of ISF Bank, is a move to become a successful, profitable African American-owned bank with a “strong operational discipline, excellent compliance record with our regulators and with a strong customer friendly reputation.”

During the recession of 2008 and the years after, many black-owned banks that were hit hard had to shut down. By 2010, the number of African American-owned banks had dwindled down from the 55 there were in 1994 to 34. Today, the number stands at just 21. Even as Unity Bank expanded to Atlanta, black-owned banks still struggle to keep themselves afloat. The same fate awaited ISF Bank. According to the Chicago Tribune, the bank had been ordered by regulators to boost its capital levels or risk being seized by the government and handed off to another bank.

The Nduom family came to the rescue in 2016. The family, which owns Groupe Nduom, a 5,000-employee conglomerate that spans West Africa and the United Kingdom and included media, hospitality, and banking interests, invested $ 9 million in the bank. And while the investment marks the group’s entry into the United States’ financial services market, Nduom told Black Enterprise that the bank will remain true to the ISF history and heritage.

In this regard, an ISF Heritage/Customer Appreciation Day should be celebrated to ensure continous connection to the community that gave it birth—history, financial management, education, entrepreneurship counseling, etc.,” he wrote in an email.

Nduom said he has informed customers, management ,and his employees that the office of the comptroller of currency has given approval to the bank to change its name. The official name change will take effect in July.

Our family has developed an internationally known banking brand called GN Bank, which started off as a savings and loans company and has grown to become an international bank with more than 300 branches,” he said. “We believe the time has come to bring that brand here to give assurance that this bank is here to stay and will remain African American-owned.”

Since ISF Bank was taken over by the Nduoms, the family has taken ample steps in “focusing on its technology, loan portfolio, and products, and to reconnect it with the neighborhood.” When the bank hosted its National Mom and Pop Day in 2017, 80 small businesses showed up. The bank has also reconnected with the community through faith-based institutions, community groups, and events with small businesses. “We plan to work with leading African American-owned businesses in Chicago to offer entrepreneurship counseling as well,” Nduom told Black Enterprise in 2017.

Besides the name change, Nduom is also setting bold targets for the year:

  • Achieve profit target.
  • Implement performance-based management with specific targets for management and departments.
  • Meet regulatory requirements.
  • Prepare a three-year business plan for significant growth from 2019 through 2021.

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How Long Do You Expect Your Clothes to Last?

Here’s something I’ve been thinking about: how long do you expect your clothes to last these days? I know I’ve seen a lot of comment threads lately about how people feel like clothes 10-15 years ago were made with better lining, better fabrics, and so forth — but in today’s environment (particularly where the trends seem to change so much more quickly than they did a few years ago), how long do you expect things to last? What fabrics and brands make the best “investment” pieces that wear like iron and have classic shapes and styles? And which fabrics and brands do you avoid?

For my $ .02, I’ve been pretty disappointed in some of the nicer pieces I’ve bought recently — one $ 100+ sweater got a hole in it after a few wearings (not as big a hole as the stock photo, but still!), and a pair of $ 160 pants started pilling after two wears. They’re both still wearable… but it’s annoying because I had bought both pieces hoping they’d last several seasons.

A few more questions to ponder as we discuss how long clothes should last:

  • What does your fashion math look like these days? Do you still expect to get more than one season out of clothes (or several years’ worth of wear)? What price do you put on cost-per-wear? (Here’s another super old post for you: our 2009 discussion of how much do you spend on clothes, which is a bit more cost-per-item focused than our last discussion on annual clothes budgets)
  • What is the average age of the items in your work wardrobe? What is the oldest piece of work clothing you still wear?
  • How much do you feel like laundry/dry cleaning matters in terms of extending the cost-per-wear for these items?
  • For those of you who have a capsule wardrobe for work, how often do you replace pieces? I know some women try to keep a minimal wardrobe and limit it to 30 pieces… Are you satisfied when a piece you’ve worn to death needs to be retired, or sad?
  • When your clothes fail you and get rips, pills, holes, etc — do you have any wardrobe hacks that help you make the clothes last longer, either to maintain your dignity for the day of or to keep it in your wardrobe rotation in general? The woman in the stock photo has a scarf on, to hide the rip one presumes (fun fact: I bought this photo for another story and then was annoyed to discover the huge rip because it makes no sense in the context of the photo!) — but if this were actually my sweater I might try to stitch it up and then wear a brooch over it, or a longer scarf to cover the stitch. (Readers with great solutions for fallen hems, please share!)

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts, ladies — how long do you expect your clothes to last these days? What are your favorite brands and stores for great, long-lasting clothes? What are your best wardrobe hacks to make your clothes last longer? 

Pictured: Shutterstock / Alena Ozerova.

 

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Ant McPartlin’s emotional last TV appearance revealed on Britain’s Got Talent as he congratulates contestants through to live semi-finals

ANT McPartlin’s emotional last TV appearance on Britain’s Got Talent will be aired tonight as he congratulates the contestants going through to live semi-finals.

The pre-recorded episode is the last time the 42-year-old will be on screen after cancelling all his telly work and checking into rehab  following a drink-drive charge.

Ant McPartlin will appear alongside Declan Donnelly for the final time on Britain’s Got Talent tonight
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It leaves co-host Declan Donnelly to present the live shows solo when they begin next week.

The Geordie duo aren’t expected to appear together on-screen until much later in the year when they reunite for I’m A Celebrity.

In a now poignant moment, Ant’s last time on camera sees him congratulating a successful contestant before bidding them farewell and saying they’ll see each other again.

His final on-screen words are to the hopeful, as he says: “Howay the lads. Well done. Go and celebrate – we’ll see you next time kidda. Toot toot.”

In happier scenes on the show, Ant gets on stage to perform a dance with one hopeful
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DJ Murray Mint managed to get both the Geordie presenters and the judges on stage
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But it’s not all filled with sadness for Ant as he also gets a chance to get up on stage and dance with Dec and judges Simon Cowell, David WalliamsAmanda Holden and Alesha Dixon.

They run onto the stage waving Union Jack flags and wearing funky digital display sunglasses as hopeful DJ Murray Mint gets everyone moving.

But is it enough to get through to the semi-finals?

Meanwhile Dec’s preparing to go it alone from Monday night – making it the second time this year he’s had to present solo.

DJ Murray Mint gets even Simon Cowell up on his feet and dancing
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Each night, eight acts will perform in the semi-finals, with two acts making it through to next weekend’s final.

He’s told TV Mag previously that not watching himself back on TV and not engaging with social-media critics is usually how he copes.

“You can’t do anything about live stuff once it’s done,” says Dec, 42.

“At times the criticism stings, but not often. Usually it’s a case of: ‘Look at you with your 11 [Twitter] followers. You’re brave.’”

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John Oliver Shines a Light on the Unregulated Rehab Industry on Last Week Tonight

On Sunday night’s episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver looked at rehab, a.k.a., “the most common place to go after hitting rock bottom other than Dave & Buster’s.”

According to Oliver, rehab is where people go to address drug or alcohol addiction, but aside from that “the word rehab is so broadly defined as to be close to meaningless.” Now that addiction is recognized as a disease, and not a moral failing, it has evolved into a $ 35 billion industry with rehab facilities across the country with names like Promises, Passages, and Milestones, and other “names that sound like perfumes worn exclusively by widows.”

Unfortunately, according to Oliver, there is no set definition of rehab, no federal standards for counseling practices or rehab practices, and many rehab facilities don’t involve “evidence-based care” at all. You could get a traditional 12-step program or you could get something like equine therapy, even though there is no empirical evidence that it helps with addiction.

Rehab is typically just the first step in a lifetime of recovery, but according to Oliver, many of them make broad claims about their success rates, many of which are completely self-reported and with no data to back them up. Plus, in many states, opening a rehab facility is easy. According to Oliver, in Idaho, so long as you aren’t working with teens, you don’t need a license at all to open a rehab center. In Florida, if you want to open a so-called “sober home,” there is nothing to stop you. O.J. Simpson could open one right now “which would obviously be called The Juice Cleanse and there is nothing standing in his way.”

Adding to the problems, according to Oliver, it’s nearly impossible to find good, unbiased information about addiction and treatment online or through TV ads. “Everything about this industry is difficult to navigate” and as Oliver notes, that is a real problem, because rehab is truly an issue of life and death — and even for him, no laughing matter.


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Jay Leno Is Worth $350 Million and Owns 181 Cars But Says He Still Lives Like Someone Who’s on Their Last Dime

Jay Leno got rich by being America’s class clown. The comedian has an estimated net worth of $ 350 million, largely thanks to his tenure as the host of The Tonight Show, which he left in 2014. He’s still cracking jokes, but now he does it on Jay Leno’s Garage, which started as a web series and is now in its fourth season on CNBC (airing Thursdays). It follows Leno’s one true splurge: collecting prized and pricey cars. We talked to him about the money tips he’s picked up from his auto obsession, how he started his standup career homeless, and the one thing he tells every comic who’s trying to make a buck telling jokes.

You were extremely scrappy when you started in comedy. In Leading with My Chin, you wrote about being homeless and telling jokes to police when they picked you up off the street.

[Laughs] Yeah, I did. I just got on a plane one day and went to Los Angeles. I looked in the paper for open houses, say, from noon to 4 p.m., and I would get there at 3:30, and then I would hide in the closet. The realtor would leave and lock the door, and now I had a place to stay. Sometimes I could stay in a house two to three days. I didn’t wreck anything. I did get picked up twice for vagrancy on Hollywood Boulevard. In fact, where I got my [Walk of Fame] star was where the cops picked me up. They’d put you in the back of the car, and they’d drive you around their entire shift, and then let you out in the morning.

They must’ve been used to that on Hollywood Boulevard.

I would tell the cops jokes, and most of the cops are pretty blue-collar guys. Once they realized you’re not dangerous, you’re not a crazy person… “You find a place to live yet? No? Okay, get in the back.” It was okay. They were nice guys.

How’d you become a car geek, anyway?

I grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, which was a pretty rural area when I was a kid. There were always broken tractors, lawn mowers, vehicles you had to fix. I remember somebody had abandoned an old Renault in a field when we were about 11 or 12. We would drive it around the backyard. Your mom would kind of watch through the window. Of, course now they’d call child services, and the parents would be taken away. Back then, it was seen as not a bad thing—it taught you how to fix cars and get things running. I never set out to collect cars. I just bought what I liked. The general rule of car collecting is if you’re reasonably astute and you understand how things work, if you like it, chances are other people will like it, too. My three things are: It should be of technical and historical significance. It should be fun to drive. And it should be attractive to look at. If an automobile has those three qualifications, then it’s probably something that would be considered collectible.

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There’s a lot of speculation out there about your vast car collection. Exactly how many do you own?

About 181 cars, and about 160 motorcycles.

Do you have any idea what they’re all worth?

No. I know individual ones. I bought a McLaren F1 in ‘99 for $ 800,000, and the last offer I got was $ 17.5 million. They only built 64 of them.

Are there any cars you look back on and think, “I wish I hadn’t bought that”?

There’s this thing in the car world: “You didn’t pay too much, you just bought it too soon.” There are a couple there. I don’t really dwell on them too much. If you buy something that’s rare and valuable, it will always be rare and valuable.

Jay Leno with his car collection
Charlie Nucci—Corbis via Getty ImagesJay Leno in his garage with his McLaren F1

How often do you sell the cars?

I’ve never sold a car [Laughs].

Ever?

I will donate a car to charity. We’ve done that probably 10 or 15 times.

Your passion for cars is palpable. Is there anything else you don’t mind dropping serious dough on?

You know, there’s really not. It’s obviously not clothes. I’m not an experienced person. I know I’m pretty wealthy, but I live like someone who’s on their last dime. I take nothing for granted. I don’t take vacations. When you’re in show business, you get to go to vacation places. I enjoy doing philanthropy stuff. I like feeling like if I don’t work this week, I’m gonna go broke. People say, “Why do you work all the time?” I go, “What do I do on a Tuesday that’s worth this kind of money?” A job comes up, and I always feel like I was broke for so long, I never wanted to be in the position of, “Well, how much is that job? Oh no, I’m not…” It just seems so presumptuous to turn down.

You still have that hustler mentality.

Yeah, and I like being a piecemeal comic, the idea of write joke, tell joke, get check. I don’t do HBO or Netflix specials because I can make almost the same money doing a live show. Why not just do four or five live shows instead of giving something away on TV?

Jay Leno arrives in his 1909 Baker Electric car at "Revenge Of The Electric Car" Premiere held at Landmark Nuart Theatre on October 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Jeff Vespa—WireImageJay Leno arrives in his 1909 Baker Electric car at “Revenge Of The Electric Car” Premiere held at Landmark Nuart Theatre on October 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

So no eight-figure Netflix special for you.

It doesn’t interest me. I’m not saying that to be snobby. It just doesn’t appeal to me because once your joke is on TV, it disappears forever. I always think, “Did this person just hear me say this last night?” I always know where my act is. I control it.

You came into quite a lot of money as a famous comedian. What did you learn about spending money from that?

I never spent money before I had it. I never bought anything before I could afford it. I never bought anything on time. I don’t lease vehicles. Cash is king.

You’re not risky with your income.

I work and my money relaxes—that’s the way I look at it. I live pretty frugally. I’m a huge believer in low self-esteem. The only ones with high self-esteem are actors and criminals. I’m dyslexic. My mother would say, “You’re gonna have to work twice as hard as the other kid to get the same thing,” and that always seemed like a fair tradeoff. The nice thing about being dyslexic—people tend to focus on something and then that becomes their goal. That always worked pretty well for me. I’ve always had two jobs, and I lived on one job and banked the other. All through The Tonight Show, I never touched a dime of my TV money because TV money is fleeting money. When you’re a comedian, you can always generate income. You can always stand somewhere and tell jokes and get paid for it. In college I would go to what they used to call hootenanny night and I would put $ 50 on the bar. I would say to the bartender, ”Let me go up and tell jokes. If I do good, give me my $ 50 back. If I do bad, you keep the $ 50.” Eventually you could make $ 15, $ 20 bucks a night by doing that.

What do you say when you talk to a young comedian who’s coming up and reaching for the kind of career you’ve had?

My advice is just take the job. Don’t worry about how much it pays. I’m always astounded when I meet comedians who go, “I’m not going there for that kind of money,” and I go, “Who are you? You haven’t done anything. No one knows who you are.” If you’re any good, the money will come. Pay attention to your product. If you’re not making enough money, it’s ‘cause you’re not good enough.

I spent almost a year at the Comedy Store asking to go on after Richard Pryor. No one wanted to follow Pryor because he just blew the room out. He was really the best. After that, I realized I didn’t have an hour of material. I had about 18 minutes of really funny material. I just kept throwing out everything that wasn’t funny.

 


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Keri Russell spent last Mother’s Day roughing it in the woods

Running Wild With Bear Grylls Monday, 10 p.m., NBC Keri Russell wasn’t served breakfast in bed last Mother’s Day. Instead, she slept on a bed made of pine needles and dined on grilled crickets. It was one year ago that Russell, 42, jetted to the Canary Islands for a few days of canyon-rappelling with outdoorsman…
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Sony to showcase ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Death Stranding,’ ‘The Last of Us Part II,’ and ‘Ghost of Tsushima’ at E3

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Sony this week announced that its E3 2018 showcase will take place on Monday, June 11th at 6:00 PM PT / 9:00 PM ET, but also that it may look slightly different than it has in recent years. In the most recent episode of the PlayStation Blogcast, Sony Interactive Entertainment America CEO Shawn Layden seemed to suggest that the company will veer from tradition, noting that Sony will be taking “a different angle” when it comes to this year’s showcase.

First off, the event will be highlighted by four console exclusives: Death Stranding from Kojima Productions, Ghost of Tsushima from Sucker Punch, Marvel’s Spider-Man from Insomniac Games, and The Last of Us Part II from Naughty Dog. Layden says that Sony will take a “deep dive” into each of these PS4 exclusives.

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Survivor of the Last Slave Ship Spoke to Zora Neale Hurston in 1930, Interview Finally Revealed

Cudjoe Lewis, Zora Neale Hurston, last slave ship

Sixty years after slavery was abolished, author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston found the last surviving prisoner of the last slave ship that brought Africans to the United States, History.com reveals. The Their Eyes Were Watching God author conducted the interviews with Cudjoe Lewis, who was taken from the area in Africa that is now known as […]

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A caravan of hundreds of migrants is expected to reach the US-Mexico border on Sunday afternoon after a monthlong trip from Central America that has sparked the ire of President Donald Trump.


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‘The Last O.G.’ Gets Renewed For Season Two

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The Last O.G. starring Tiffany Haddish and Tracy Morgan has received the green light to be renewed for a second season, according to TMZ.

TMZ was able to catch Morgan pulling up to the set of Trevor Noah‘s Daily Show  in New York were the song Headsprung blared from the speakers of the Rolls Royce he arrived in.

Showing on TBS, the show has received high ratings and reviews from an audience that can’t get enough of these two comedians.

Definitely stick around for season two of this hilarious show.

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‘It really does feel like the end of an era’

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The Queen is often associated with her love of Pembroke Welsh corgis, supposedly owning over 30 dogs of that breed during her reign – breeding her own, descending from her childhood pet, Dookie.

News emerged this week however that Queen Elizabeth‘s last remaining corgi, Willow, had been put down at the age of 14, something that is said to have hit the Queen ‘extremely hard’.

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Queen Elizabeth’s father, George VI, is said to have been the one to bring corgis into the royal family, now considered a staple, with Elizabeth II breeding over 30 since 1945. In recent years however, the monarch decided to stop breeding her dogs, for fear that they would outlive her – something she did not wish on her beloved pets. Willow was the Queen’s last corgi, whose death has had more of an effect than most.

‘[The Queen] has mourned every one of her corgis over the years, but she has been more upset about Willow’s death than any of them,’ a Buckingham Palace source reportedly told the Daily Mail.

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‘It is probably because Willow was the last link to her parents and a pastime that goes back to her own childhood. It really does feel like the end of an era. Willow represents a significant thread running through the Queen’s life from her teenage years to her 90s.’

The source continued: ‘For many, many years she bred and raised corgis and to think that the last one has now gone is something of a milestone.’

Of all of the Queen’s corgis, Willow was also one of the most known, appearing with another corgi Holly in the James Bond sketch for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

While Holly and Willow are normal monikers, the Queen’s corgi names have been fairly questionable over the years, with some of her beloved former dogs bearing the names, Candy, Sugar, Foxy, Bushy, Honey, Whisky, Sherry and Bisto Oxo.

The Queen walking one of her corgis in the grounds of Windsor

The Queen is said to have decided to put Willow down so as not to let her suffer but according to the source, ‘that doesn’t make her loss any less.’

Willow is said to be buried in the grounds of Windsor Castle, with a headstone that is expected to read, ‘A faithful companion of the Queen’.

Our thoughts are with the Queen.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — TBS’ “The Last O.G.,” starring Tracy Morgan as a man just out of prison and learning his way around a changed world, also holds a lesson in comedy chemistry.

Morgan’s Tray has it with “Girls Trip” star Tiffany Haddish, who plays the ex-flame who built a successful life and marriage instead of waiting out his 15-year sentence for dealing drugs.

There are sparks as well when Tray tries to mentor his cousin, Bobby, played with free-wheeling glee by Allen Maldonado, or trades coarse one-liners with Cedric the Entertainer as Mullins, a halfway house manager.
Morgan, who had a difficult recovery from injuries suffered in a 2014 highway crash, generously shares “The Last O.G.” (as in “original gangsta”) as a showcase for all, not one.

The TBS comedy debuts 10:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday.

“Maybe I’m just a better man now since the accident,” the former “Saturday Night Live” player said during a Television Critics Association Q&A. “I know it ain’t about me. It’s bigger than me. I thank God for that.”

Created by Jordan Peele, the Oscar-winning “Get Out” filmmaker, and John Carcieri (“Eastbound & Down”), “The Last O.G.” gives Morgan room to play the goofy bombast he perfected in “30 Rock” and the yearning of a man desperate for another chance.

(There are expletives, bleeped as expected on basic cable, but also plenty of raunchy references to be heard, especially in the back-and-forth between Tray and Mullins.)

The returning Tray finds his Brooklyn neighborhood is gentrified, his cronies are gone or turned into legit businessmen and his adored Shay (Haddish) is living the affluent dream with nice-guy husband Josh (Ryan Gaul) and teenage twins — which, doing the math, Tray figures were fathered by him.

Tray doesn’t want to claim the title of dad or upend Shay’s family, Morgan said. But he does want to be part of a parental trio and have a role in the lives of Amira (Taylor Mosby) and Shazad (Dante Hoagland).
“I could have come home and been a problem in her (Shay’s) life, but then I had to look at (her husband) and I had to look at my kids,” he said. “And I see they were in good hands. So that’s what we also want to get across in the show, that it’s about the babies.”

And while the cast is predominantly African-American (aside from Shay’s white husband), the show is meant for all, Morgan said.

“This isn’t a black show. This is a show about humanity. This is the show about second chances. This is a show about redemption,” he said. “Who are we to say others don’t matter?”

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It was an emotional celebration for Tracy Morgan at the premiere of TBS’ new comedy, “The Last O.G.” The cast assembled at The William Vale in Brooklyn to celebrate the series as well as Morgan’s return to television after he survived a near-fatal 2014 accident. “I’m glad to be back in front of my audience. I […]

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10 classic kids’ toys that last and last

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There are so many reasons to carefully consider what you buy for your kids, or to vet what comes in the house. Maybe you live in a small space that you don’t want overwhelmed with toys. Maybe you hate clutter. Maybe you find that your kid(s) have more fun playing if they’re not overwhelmed with options.

If you want to cut down on the sheer amount of toys you keep for any of these or other reasons, what you need are toys that are long-lasting: they entertain children in many different stages and won’t be soon outgrown and discarded.

With that in mind, here are 10 kids’ toys that will last for a while.

1. Blocks

This classic toy scores because there are so many ways to use them. When your child is a toddler, she’ll stack ’em up and knock ’em down. When she gets a little bigger, she can use them to spell out words and learn letters. When she’s bigger still, the blocks can be forts, or the walls of houses, or beds for a doll. We particularly like this Melissa & Doug set, with sturdy wooden blocks and a rolling cart that can be used to tote around other toys, too.

Buy it: Melissa & Doug Classic ABC Wooden Block Cart, $ 13

2. Trucks

Children will use a play truck for many years and purposes: when they’re playing Restaurant, the truck will bring deliveries; when they’re operating a play gas station, it’ll roll up for refueling. Playing Doctor? This truck can transport toys for emergency medical services. Playing Family? Everyone into the truck, we’re going for a ride. This Green Toys truck is made out of recycled plastic and will provide years of reliable service.

Buy it: Green Toys Dump Truck, $ 13

3. Easel

From the first fingerpainting blotches your toddler produces to kindergarten reading and writing practice, an easel is a great tool for artistic and educational play. Step2’s Easel for Two scores with its multi-function options — one side is a chalkboard, the other, a magnetic white board. Two (or more!) players can use the easel at any given time, spelling out words with the (included) magnetic letters, drawing with chalk, or using the paper clip on either side to hold paper to make more permanent masterpieces.

Buy it: Step2 Easel For Two, $ 53

4. Magnetic tiles or blocks

They’re really expensive, so parents often hesitate to buy them. But magnetic tiles and blocks are one of the longest-lasting toys out there, enchanting children playing alone, with a sibling, or in groups for years on end. What will they build with them? What won’t they build? If you’re wondering whether to shell out for expensive name-brand blocks and tiles or buy one of the lower-cost imitators, we think Magna-Tiles (pictured above) and Tegu Blocks are worth the money. Read our post Magna-Tiles vs. Magformers: A magnetic tile throwdown for more.

Buy it: Magna-Tiles Clear Colors 100 Piece Set, $ 120; 42 Piece Tegu Magnetic Wooden Block Set, $ 110

5. Play food

Play food inspires so many games! Kids can play Grocery Store, serve food to you, make tea parties for dolls, imagine themselves in their own homes cooking breakfast, the possibilities go on and on. By the time you’re ready to pass on your play food set, your kids will be ready to make real food! Some parents prefer wooden food, others are fine with plastic; here are our favorite brands of each.

Buy it: KidKraft Tasty Treats Play Food Set, $ 23; Melissa & Doug Food Groups, pictured, $ 17

6. Doll stroller

Children just love pushing things around, and this doll stroller wins out over similar models with its versatility. Pop in a doll — American Girl dolls and those of similar size fit perfectly — and push her around in an English-style pram. When it’s dolly bedtime, the bed of the pram unlatches and becomes a baby carrier/bed, while the bottom of the stroller turns into an upright stroller. You can even use this stroller to carry two dolls at once, if another dolly comes over to play.

Buy it: Badger Basket English Style 3-in-1 Doll Pram, Carrier, $ 40

7. Duplo Bricks

Building bricks are, of course, a toy classic, used to construct any and all of the many custom items kids need for games. But little hands can’t work full-size LEGOs. Instead, get your child a set of chubby Duplo Bricks, made simple enough for a toddler, but adaptable and fascinating enough for a kindergartner.

Buy it: LEGO DUPLO Basic Bricks Deluxe, $ 57

8. Train set

Train sets are one of those toys where you can go absolutely nuts, with figures and tableaus and tracks all over the the house. Or you can keep it dead simple, with a figure 8 track and a few trains, which will fascinate your children for years without producing a lot of clutter.

Buy it: KidKraft Figure 8 Train Set, $ 24

9. Bubbles

Infants and adults alike are fascinated by bubbles: blowing them, breaking them, chasing them, just watching them float along magically in the air. This handy set has a couple of dozen different wands (big, small, different shapes), a small container of bubble stuff, and shallow pans to pour it into, all contained in one handy cylinder. Pull it out from a closet or drawer and you have guaranteed fun for all ages. And when you run out of bubble stuff, you can just use dishwasher detergent or replace.

Buy it: Super Miracle Bubbles Carry Along Bubble Set, $ 8

10. Play dough

As soon as your kid’s old enough that he won’t eat it, you’ll be pulling out many a package of modeling dough, and you’ll keep on doing it until he’s well into grade school. There are many recipes online if you’re the DIY type, or you can find modeling dough in many different types of stores: art stores, drugstores, grocery stores, toy stores. We haven’t found many differences between brands, but some cheaper brands don’t come in containers that seal as well as Play-Doh, and dry out faster.

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Everything You Need to Know About Christopher Bailey’s Last Burberry Show

Welcome to Runway Matters, where we’re delivering notes straight from the runway so you can quickly digest the most important trends and noteworthy moments from the F/W 18 shows.

It was easy to predict that Christopher Bailey’s final Burberry show would be an emotional peak of February’s London Fashion Week. The designer is much-loved across the industry, and his longstanding tenure at the British heritage brand has seen global growth and many an It piece (anyone else remember those blanket scarves with great fondness?) but the swansong started quite simply with a heartfelt Instagram post just a few days prior. ‘My final collection here at Burberry is dedicated to and in support of—some of the best and brightest organizations supporting LGBTQ+ youth around the world. There has never been a more important time to say that in our diversity lies our strength, and our creativity,’ said Bailey upon launching a new house check that features a rainbow woven in. The simple visual of a swatch pinned onto the invite set the tone, leading to a blazing all-out celebration of inclusivity. Keep reading to see how that came to life…

A darkened warehouse space took industry members and celebrities totally off the normal grid—way out west and on the surprising doorstep of Westfield mall. Swinging spotlights moved to the music—either dancing or perhaps swaying in a sort of faux wind machine, slicing through a cloud of smoke to bring further drama to the occasion. The Burberry check-clad crowd could only really be seen as they filtered into the building, after that point it was a more private affair thanks to the mood lighting. Emotive dance-era tunes filled the space, starting with Runaway building up to a laser-beam extravaganza set to Don’t Leave Me This Way for the finale.

The generation that partied when clubbing felt new and essential, when punks, mods, ravers and new-age hippies were moving in unusually similar circles, when surf culture was building and accessible travel broadening minds… they are the crowd that would understand many of the reference points Bailey pulled together for his version of luxury streetwear. Baja hoodies were worn over ballgown skirts. Shellsuit jackets were thrown on with zero sense of irony. All of the fabrics and visual codes you’d associate with the time—fleece, tie-dye, graffiti, crafty knits, nylon—were all present in one form or another, with our money being placed first onto the Burberry-emblazoned sling bags being a smash. They will be closely followed by the patchworked trench coats and heritage-check visors, if this dedicated group is anything to go by. It was all or nothing for the designer’s last turn, and he definitely turned up the nostalgia dial to the point where we were practically back in time.

It was the range of rainbow options at the very end of the show that will undoubtedly secure the most Instagram coverage of all—who could resist Cara Delevingne (pictured above) swooping down the runway in a technicolour dream coat? A little rainbow mesh market bag is the more casual route in, but the aforementioned rainbow/check hybrid will certainly become a part of Bailey’s legacy. More than the literal symbol of inclusivity, you couldn’t help but sense the gender fluidity of the entire collection—the boys kilt-trousers will no doubt be snapped up by women, every hoodie and jacket bore no stereotypical signs of being destined for a particular sex, and more often than not all of the models wore similar sneakers.

Christopher has gathered quite a loyal following over the years—Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, and Sienna Miller were all in attendance to support, along with the biggest audience of international editors any one show can house during the LFW circuit. The runway models that have been part of the brand’s family for some time were also present, with current campaign girl, Adwoa Aboah opening the show. The finale ended in a standing ovation when Bailey took his bow—praise indeed for a few hundred people with sore feet at the end of a busy day.

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How to Talk Finances When You Want Your Love (and Money) to Last Forever

Our first money talk started with pad thai.

I was on a first dining date — our actual first date was playing shuffleboard — with a new guy named Ian. When the check came, I instinctively pulled out my wallet and offered to split it. He chased away my offer with his Visa.

I felt slightly embarrassed for my reverse chivalry. It’d just been my modus operandi for years with friends and past boyfriends. Had I overstepped a money boundary on one of our first dates?

Back in the car, Ian admitted he thought the opposite. In fact, he liked my lack of expectations.

Turns out, his ex was all about money — his money — and my simple gesture became a catalyst for future conversations about our finances.

That was 2015, and it was only the beginning. Ian proposed to me last Christmas, and I said “yes.”

Now we’re having even bigger talks about our finances and future while also planning a wedding and honeymoon. We even signed up for our first joint credit card and are warming up to the idea of shared bank accounts.

5 Money Talks That Made Us Financially In Sync

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Stephanie and Ian find that simple gestures go a long way in communicating with each other, especially when it comes to their finances. Carmen Mandato/The Penny Hoarder

In the beginning, I wasn’t used to talking so squarely about money. To me, money talks always wore kid gloves and bore a “no trespassing” sign. My instinct was to tread lightly. Funny how that instinct got turned on its complicated head with one card flip.

Here are a few of the money talks we’ve had since the pad thai incident.

Are You a Spender or a Saver?

We didn’t talk money much during our first six months of dating, but one thing was obvious: He was a saver, and I was a spender.

I learned his mom used to be an accountant, which made him predisposed to saving. Meanwhile, I haven’t always been the best with money. It’s taken a lot of sacrifice, commitment and wading through debt to teach myself good financial habits. Even still, I struggle.

Our spending habits came up gradually when I gleefully exclaimed that I’d paid off a credit card, or by way of a package on my doorstep from a splurge at Shein or Amazon. Surprisingly, Ian didn’t scold or guilt me for spending. In fact, he agreed you have to treat yourself sometimes, or that splurge could turn into a spree.

His uncritical attitude made me feel more relaxed and less guarded about my spending habits.

The Dreaded Salary Talk

Eventually, my splurging and his saving gave way to conversations about how we manage our finances… and how much we make.

We’d dated for over six months and built enough rapport to divulge in these sorts of money talks. Sure discussing salaries can be awkward, but the timing felt right.

Sidenote: If your partner makes six figures, try not to let your jaw drop or use the info to make them always pick up the tab. And if your partner makes a low wage, be understanding and create a safe, loving space for them.

How Do You Manage Your Money?

I’d always paid my credit card when the due date came. Ian, on the other hand, made weekly $ 20-$ 40 payments that often added up to more than the minimum due.

“Duh, why hadn’t I thought of that?” I thought. I quickly changed the way I paid off my debt and felt grateful we were talking seriously and constructively.

Within a year of dating, I took out a personal loan to pay off some debt. I told Ian about it, but I didn’t ask for his input. These were my finances. He was encouraging about it and admired my financial initiative.

Are We Really Ready to Move in Together?

Knowing each other’s salaries really helped when we made travel plans — and when we toyed with the idea of moving in together.

Many of our friends had moved in with their significant others within a year of dating out of convenience and financial circumstances.

We embraced our independence but enjoyed entertaining the idea from a safe distance. When the topic of our friends’ follies came up, we used it as fodder to hypothesize about what we would do in that situation, including how we might split bills.

That speculation spurred more talks about the big “d” word: debt. Let’s just say it’s definitely easier to talk about how much you make than how much you owe.

He’d known about my loan, but not everything. I knew he had student loan debt, but not everything. It was clear that before moving in together, we needed to talk about everything.

And we did just that. Being better informed about each other’s finances helped us better determine what we could afford.

How Will We Split the Bills?

By the time we finally moved in together after two years of dating, we’d already established a divide-and-conquer strategy toward bills. The internet, HBO and the Ashley Furniture credit card are now in my name, while electric, water and the Lowe’s store card are in his name.

We even entertained the idea of a cleaning service, which forced us to sit down and discuss the pros and cons from money to time management. We decided that $ 20 each a week was worth it for both of us.

When it comes to going out, I still offer to pay sometimes — and guess what, he lets me. He finds it attractive, but he does pay for me way more than I do for him. Generally, I handle the cheapies, and he gets the fancies. Partnership.

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Ron and Leslie Christon have been married for 31 years, and talking about finances is a big part of their partnership. Carmen Mandato/The Penny Hoarder

I feel pretty confident about our progress so far, although, realistically, we still have a lifetime of complex money talks ahead of us. We have yet to buy a house, say “I do” to the other’s debt, or bring kids into the equation.

I reached out to Leslie Christon, my first boss out of college, for some help navigating our uncharted financial territory.

She and her husband, Ron, probably have more financial coolness than any couple I’ve known. In 31 years of marriage, they’ve lived in four states, owned four homes, had a son and worked 10 jobs between them. They recently opened a restaurant, Chica’s Taco Bar, in Clearwater, Florida. And they’re still married. Can I get a “cheers” for that?

When they met, Leslie already had a house and two cars: her sports car and a work vehicle.

“I think Ron appreciated my independence,” she said. “He didn’t have to carry the burden alone.”  

They didn’t need each other financially. Instead, they chose to be with each other. That created a solid foundation, allowing them to build trust and pool their resources.

So that was some validation that Ian and I might just have this whole money thing right… Might. Here are some other pointers Leslie gave me about financial communication.

Tell Your Partner What You Want Your Future to Look Like

Leslie said she and Ron couldn’t have made things work without some core values that make every endeavor easier.

“When you realize there is a permanence in your relationship and you’re going to move forward together — whether it’s living together, getting married or having kids — you commit not just emotionally, but you commit financially, honesty and truthfulness,” she said.

She and Ron both wanted kids, so they discussed everything from medical expenses to a college fund. They even started a general savings plan for their son after he was born and used it to teach him the value of saving money by matching every dollar he put into it.

Divulging their hopes and dreams helped them avoid many conflicts and roadblocks because each knew the other’s intentions and expectations every step of the way.

Money talks

Leslie and Ron take a moment together in a booth at their restaurant before the lunch rush begins. Carmen Mandato/The Penny Hoarder

Don’t Forget to cc Your Spouse

One of Leslie and Ron’s greatest successes came by accident.

Due to conflicts with work schedules, they swapped who was responsible for paying bills. The switch gave each one perspective on how much money was coming in and going out. They now alternate the role of bill payer every couple years as a best practice.

Knowing each other’s passwords and security questions facilitates this practice. Not to mention, there’s never any worry about a secret credit card or savings account.

This is good because, according to Go Banking Rates, being secretive about finances is the No.1 financial deal breaker for couples in the U.S.

But it’s not always peaches and cream.

“We have our spats like any couple,” Leslie said.

She admits those usually happen when she goes shopping or makes a big purchase without telling Ron — even if it’s for a vacation or a present for him.

(Note to Ian: I would never be mad if you bought me a vacation.)

Show Your Support With Talk… and Action

When Leslie began to consider opening a restaurant, she and Ron did heaps of discussing, projecting and planning before making any big moves. They hashed out a budget and factored in every possible expense — all a year before opening Chica’s Taco Bar in late 2017.

And did I mention Ron maintained his career while helping Leslie with the endeavor? Oh, and he also had to agree to rein in spending on non-necessities. Each had the other’s back through the thick stacks and the income trickle.

So far, it’s a success, thanks not only to their well-crafted business plan, but because of their financial forwardness over the years.

“We trust each other implicitly. I trust him financially and he trusts me financially,” Leslie said.

What Our First Money Talk Taught Us

I think back to the pad thai incident and how it shaped our healthy financial discourse.

Ian said that, in retrospect, my attempt to pay told him, “I’m in this with you not just because you’re providing, but because this is a partnership.”

With that, we agreed that the road to our financial future would be a two-way street, and we’d each have to pull our own weight and make it fair.

And we’ve been partners ever since.

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Stephanie and Ian found full disclosure brought them closer together more than it pushed them apart.  Carmen Mandato/The Penny Hoarder

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She plans on solving all her financial fretting by asking Ron and Leslie to adopt her and Ian by proxy. Just kidding. She just wants to fast-forward to the honeymoon.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Kylie Jenner revealed Stormi’s last name, and it’s not what we were expecting

After Kylie Jenner announced the birth of her first child, we had to make up for lost time. There’s so much to catch up on! We missed out on nine months of pregnancy updates, cravings, baby shower gifts, and baby bump pictures. Fortunately, Kylie is making our job easy. She made a YouTube video about her pregnancy so we could catch up on what we missed. Now that Kylie and Travis Scott’s little bundle of joy is here, she seems ready to share more about her journey to motherhood with us. And she’s getting right to it. On Tuesday, February 6th, Kylie shared the first photo of her baby on Instagram. Kylie also shared her baby’s name: Stormi. The picture’s original caption simply read “stormi” with a smiling baby emoji. But she later updated it to include Stormi’s last name: “stormi webster.”

You might be wondering, Whose last name is Webster? And the answer is Travis Scott’s. Yep, Travis Scott’s real name is Jacques Webster. Many wondered if Stormi would take Kylie’s last name and go by Stormi Jenner. As far as we know, Kylie and Travis have no plans to get married at the moment. But Stormi’s last name is Webster, just like her father’s.

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We’re pretty sure that she’s going to go by “Stormi Webster” and not “stormi webster.” But hey, you never know. The Kardashian/Jenner fam is famous for their naming conventions. Maybe giving kids all-lowercase names is the trend of the next generation of Jenners.

The name Stormi Scott would be pretty cute. But Stormi Webster has a beautiful ring to it too.

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Last November, BTS cemented their status as a global K-pop phenomenon with their first major visit to Los Angeles, where the seven-member band was greeted by rabid crowds and an onslaught of media attention. On a rare free evening toward the end of their whirlwind trip—right after the AMAs, just before Ellen—the boys boarded a party bus with Vogue and took the city by storm. Here’s what happened. 

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In an effort to keep its direct messaging system up-to-date with the likes of Facebook Messenger and other chat apps, Instagram this week debuted a new feature that allows you to see when your friends were last online. In order to test the feature yourself, just open the Instagram app, tap on the Direct button at the top right of the screen and you can see when everyone that you have messaged within the app last logged on.

Only people who you follow and those that you’ve messaged in the past will be able to see your activity status, but the feature is turned on by default. In other words, without your prior knowledge, all of your connections on Instagram can now see the last time you opened the app. The good news is that you can toggle the feature off.

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5 ‘Episode IX’ Fan Theories Inspired by ‘The Last Jedi’

We’ve been combing through Star Wars fan theories inspired by The Last Jedi, and these are five of the best, speculating on what might happen in Episode IX.

Just beware of Last Jedi spoilers ahead…

Snoke Will Return

Reddit user LazarusLong1981 simply posts ‘Snoke isn’t dead’ while countless others believe that the big-bad of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi will be back in Episode IX.

It seems no one can quite fathom how a villain so underdeveloped could be dispatched in such throwaway fashion. But if he didn’t die, how did Snoke survive being cut in half?

The smart money seems to be via ‘Force Projection,’ with BioticsMage claiming: “He was never really there and he used Force Projection like Luke did.”

There’s also speculation that if he did die, Snoke will be back as a Force Ghost appearing to Kylo Ren in the final flick. Either way, the fans believe that we haven’t seen the last of Andy Serkis’s character.

The Knights of Ren Will Help Run the First Order


The Knights of Ren.

Redditor brobourne says, “Considering Snoke is potentially gone, could we see Kylo return to the Knights of Ren to help him run the First Order?”

JJ Abrams set the mysterious ‘Knights of Ren‘ up in The Force Awakens, pitching them as a shadowy organisation, overseen by Kylo Ren, and doing Supreme Leader Snoke’s bidding. They don’t get a mention in The Last Jedi, although fans have theorised that, following the altercation between Luke Skywalker and Ben Solo at the Jedi Temple, the trainee students that left with Ben became the Knights.

And with JJ back in charge for Episode IX, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this storyline resurrected.

Palpatine is Still Active

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Redditor Joker-Ventura ventures that Emperor Palpatine might have died at the end of Return of the Jedi, but his spirit lived on.

As he puts it: “Emperor Palpatine’s body may be dead, but he exists in the force and unlike others who have passed on, he is taking an active part still in the galaxy. The part being as Snoke, who is just an alien he possessed, which is why I believe his quick death in The Last Jedi is meaningless, he can just come back into another body.”

And this theory proves popular in the comments largely because it fits with ‘Legends‘ mythology (see above video) and also because fans like the idea of a single villainous entity pulling the strings across all nine films.

Kylo Was Lying About Rey’s Parents


Was Kylo telling the truth about Rey’s parents?

This theory seems to be splitting Star Wars fans down the middle. In The Force Awakens, JJ Abrams set up an intriguing mystery concerning Rey’s parentage. In The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson seemed to ignore that fact, with Kylo Ren telling Rey that her parents were nothings, nobodies; filthy junk traders who sold her off for drinking money.

Johnson has said that this is what Ren genuinely believes at that time. But there’s another school of thought, which Redditor Camwhite_guy explains as follows

“Kylo Ren lied to Rey about her parents being nobodies. When I was watching the movie I remember saying to myself that I didn’t believe that. After reading other theories I was glad to see that I was not alone. Some explanations I’ve seen is that the reason he lied is because perhaps she’d be more likely to follow him if she believed that she came from nothing than if she knew she came from Jedi lineage.”

Were that true, Abrams could again finish what he started in Episode IX.

Luke Will Become a Force Ghost

This is a popular theory all over the Internet. As arkonpl puts it: “I have watched recently The Last Jedi and I thought that maybe in the last Star Wars movie, Luke will return as a Force Ghost. Maybe he will be shown like a mentor behind Rey during a fight with Kylo Ren?”

Based on the history of Force Ghosts in the franchise, this seems pretty likely. And Mark Hamill even said he needs his beard for Episode IX in the above Tweet. Might he fight Snoke’s Force Ghost? It’s certainly possible.

There’s also a theory doing the rounds that Luke had previously died and was a Force Ghost for all of The Last Jedi. But while we’re saying ‘maybe’ to most of these fan theories, we’re going to say a big fat no to that one.

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This Could Be The Last College Football Championship Game With Unpaid Players

Millions of people will tune into the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night, Jan. 8, hoping for a doozy. Even President Donald Trump is expected to be among the frenzied crowd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta when the Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Georgia Bulldogs (and Kendrick Lamar performs the halftime show). Expectations are high for good reason: Alabama is shooting for a fifth national championship in Nick Saban’s 11 years as head coach, while SEC rival Georgia—coached by former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart—squeaked by Oklahoma, 54-48, in a double-overtime shootout in the College Football Playoff semifinal on New Year’s Day.

The title game may well be another classic. But don’t let that obscure a much deeper problem behind all the pomp and hype. The College Football National Championship will do more than decide which university has the best team, it will generate millions of dollars for the universities, coaches, broadcasters, and sponsors. Other ancillary actors—Atlanta hotel operators, local restaurants — will rake in their own tasty haul.

The amateur players on the field, however, won’t share in that bounty, beyond a few thousands dollars on top of an athletic scholarship to cover the full cost of attending school. The NCAA, the organization governing big-time college athletics, prevents schools from paying their players, even as they make millions for their coaches and schools. Saban and Smart made almost $ 15 million combined this year.

“All today’s players can hope for,” says Jeffrey Kessler, a sports labor attorney who is leading a case against the NCAA, “is a better deal for the players that come after them.”

The case that could change college football

That may finally change. On Jan. 16, in a federal district courtroom in Oakland, Calif., judge Claudia Wilken will hold a hearing on motions for summary judgment in the case of Jenkins v NCAA, a class action suit that challenges the NCAA’s compensation limits on athletes. Wilken ruled on a similar case, the landmark O’Bannon v NCAA litigation, more than three years ago. While Wilken found in that case that the NCAA rules unreasonably restrained trade in violation of anti-trust laws, she did not lift the restraints entirely. Schools could still limit their compensation for athletes to the cost-of-attendance stipend, meaning the players would not be paid according to their market value.

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The Jenkins case, however, makes a broader claim than O’Bannon. Whereas O’Bannon concerned a college athlete’s ability to profit from the use of his or her likeness, Jenkins focuses on the market for signing college athletes to schools. It seeks to ends the NCAA’s blanket wage restrictions, and allow individual athletic conferences to determine the levels at which players should be paid. Kessler, who has represented the players’ unions of all four major U.S. professional sports leagues and helped NFL players win the right to become free agents in the early 1990s, is representing the Jenkins plaintiffs.

One expert likens the two cases to the work of an offensive lineman clearing the way for a running back: O’Bannon did the legal blocking, says Marc Edelman, a professor of law at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, that could allow Jenkins to finally score big for college athletes. “The point of Jenkins is to create a universe in which the NCAA can no longer ubiquitously prevent college athletes from being paid,” says Edelman.

With more money sloshing around college sports every year, the case against paying players becomes increasingly difficult to justify. Saban made more than $ 11 million this season; Georgia paid Smart $ 3.75 million. Alabama pays two of its assistants — defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, the incoming head coach at Tennessee, and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll — north of $ 1 million. Texas A&M just signed former Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher to a 10-year, $ 75 million deal; Fisher in turn just poached Notre Dame defensive coordinator Mike Elko with reported three-year contract at an average of $ 1.8 million a year.

How much money should college athletes be paid?

Why shouldn’t this bounty trickle down to the players who generate it? Antitrust economist Andy Schwarz, a staunch advocate for reallocating more flush college sports revenues to athletes, envisions a scenario where schools reallocate 30% of incremental athletic department revenue growth to a fund that compensates athletes: 15% for male athletes, and 15% for female athletes. Schools can keep 70% of the new revenues, plus all old revenues. If Alabama, for example, had followed such a model over the past four years, the school would have set aside, on average, $ 2.9 million annually to pay athletes. Alabama would have kept an average of $ 149.5 million per year, or 98% of all revenues.

“If schools ever want to get past their ‘can’t-don’t’ rhetoric and go for can-do solutions, all they need to do is just start fixing things,” says Schwarz. “Divert new money and in a few years the budgets will have adjusted just fine.”

The Jenkins case will likely hinge on whether the plaintiffs can convince the court that the paying players won’t adversely effect the college sports business. Anti-trust laws permit trade restraints — like a cap on compensation — if such restraints benefit consumers. In the O’Bannon case, the NCAA’s lawyers argued that college football and basketball is popular because players don’t get paid. Fans are attracted to the amateur ideal. In Jenkins, the NCAA will insist that the court has already established that paying players would hurt the college sports business, since in O’Bannon both Wilken and an appellate court gave weight to a survey from an NCAA research expert showing that 69% of respondents expressed opposition to paying college athletes.

Still, it’s hard to imagine rabid college sports fans leaving stadiums and TV sets in droves just because students at their favorite schools receive payment for playing football or basketball—which is why they’re at the school in the first place. In so many pockets of America, college football’s ingrained in the cultural DNA. Why would the tailgate lose its appeal when the star quarterback has an endorsement deal?

Further, as part of the Jenkins case, attorneys for the plaintiffs have filed their own consumer demand study with the court. Their survey expert concluded, “to a high degree of scientific certainty,” that additional compensation for college athletes would result in “no negative impact on consumer demand as exhibited through viewership /attendance of college football and basketball … If anything, permitting these additional forms of compensation/benefits could have a positive impact on such consumer demand.” Decades of American behavioral economics bear this finding out. As player salaries have risen exponentially with the advent of free agency and technological innovations that distribute the games to broader audiences, sports have become even more popular. The business has only grown.

Americans, it turns out, value fairness. “This case could make a great difference in the lives of those college players that will not make it to the pros,” says Kessler.

If it lives up to expectations, the Alabama-Georgia title game may be remembered for a long time. But the year’s most lasting college sports moment could unfurl in a courtroom.


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The Last Jedi Is 2017’s Highest-Grossing Movie

With $ 533.1 million in ticket sales in just three weeks of release — including an additional first place finish of $ 52.7 million over New Year’s weekend — Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now the No. 1 movie of 2017 at the domestic box office.

The Last Jedi dethroned another Disney release, Beauty and the Beast, which drops to second place with $ 504 million. As of January 1, 2018, however, Beauty and the Beast remains the No. 1 movie of 2017 worldwide with nearly $ 1.3 billion. (Here is a list of the top domestic box office releases of 2017.)

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Adam Driver agrees with you that he’s looking good in The Last Jedi – at least, according to Rian Johnson.

People caught up with the Star Wars: The Last Jedi director to ask how the much-buzzed-about beefcake moment came about.

“Adam looks so damn good because he’d been training hardcore for the past six months for those fight scenes,” Johnson told the magazine. “I’m like, ‘Eh. He looks so good. We should put him up there.'”

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The Last Jedi may have debuted to the second-biggest domestic box office opening of all time—behind only its Star Wars predecessor, The Force Awakens—but it was met by mixed reviews from moviegoers.

While critics seemed to love The Last Jedi, scoring it at 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, hardcore Star Wars fans were more divided — Episode VIII has only a 53 percent audience rating on the site.

However, director Rian Johnson has said that he believes the controversy surrounding the movie was an inevitable result of the saga moving forward. After being asked what he thinks of Jedi‘s polarizing nature, Johnson took to Twitter to explain his stance.

“The goal is never to divide or make people upset, but I do think the conversations that are happening were going to have to happen at some point if [Star Wars] is going to grow, move forward and stay vital,” Johnson tweeted on Thursday.


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Choosing an executor for your Last Will is an important part of your estate plan as they will be the point person for your estate after you pass away. They’ll file your Will with the local probate court, liquidate your assets to pay any outstanding debts you have, distribute your assets to your beneficiaries and heirs, file your last tax return, and officially close your estate.

Because of the heavy responsibility, many people choose a close relative—someone they trust—to carry out their last wishes when they pass away. But what happens if you don’t have any close or surviving family members to appoint?

If this is your situation, keep reading to find out who else can act as the executor of your Last Will.

Who Do I Choose as an Executor When I Have No Family?

If you don’t have any living relatives, or at least none that you would want to execute your Will, there are still other options for you to think about in choosing an executor.

The first thing you should consider is who your beneficiaries are. If you’re leaving assets or the residue of your estate to specific people, maybe close friends or their children, consider naming one of them as your executor. Odds are that if you have a close enough relationship with someone to leave them gifts (especially larger portions of your estate) in your Last Will and Testament, you’re close enough to name them as an executor.

There are also professionals you can name as executors with a lot of experience closing estates. If you drafted your Will with a lawyer, you can ask them to be your executor. You can also ask the banker or financial advisor who manages your finances.

You should be aware, however, that lawyers and bankers usually charge an executor fee for their services, which is typically 5–7% of the residue of your estate depending on your state’s laws.

Do I Even Need an Executor for My Last Will?

Not everyone names an executor in their Will. In those cases, the probate court (a specialized court dealing with estate matters like determining the validity of a Will, distributing assets, and ensuring debts are paid) will appoint an officer of the court as estate administrator to handle the executorial duties.

However, it’s ideal to name your own executor for your own peace of mind. If you don’t name an executor and you don’t have any living relatives, it’s possible your Will might not even be discovered or filed at all. In that case, you’ll be said to have died intestate (i.e. dying without a Will), and your estate will be distributed according to your state’s regulations.

It’s best practice to appoint someone you know and trust as your executor, but keep in mind that a person can refuse to fulfill executorial duties even after you pass away. In that case, the court would appoint an administrator for your estate.

For that reason, you should consider asking a person if they will be your executor before appointing them. If they say yes, it’s a good idea to tell them where you’ve stored your Will to make it easy for them to find and file it promptly after your passing.

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Spoiler alert! This post contains big spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Seriously, get out of here now if you don’t want to know what happens.

The critical response to The Last Jedi has been overwhelmingly positive, with reviews lauding the film for — among other things — deviating from the Star Wars norm.

Audiences online, though, haven’t been quite so enamored of the movieAs Mashable reported earlier this week, the gap between Rotten Tomatoes scores from critics vs. those from moviegoers was, at one point, a whopping 37 percent.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Has A Message For Baby Boomers: Trust

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers from Star Wars: The Last JediProceed with caution.

Odds are if you’ve seen The Last Jedalready, your immediate concerns are how its unresolved storylines will play out in 2019’s Episode IXOr, you’re thinking about that moment with Leia or one of the epic lightsaber showdowns that colored the film.

What you’re probably not thinking about is an underlying message. And I bet you didn’t think that The Last Jedi has parallels to the current world, or that two generations of Star Wars fans could learn a thing of two from it.


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Just feeling this one out…

An Exercise in Trust

The Last Jedi tells the story of many people’s struggles, but there are two pairs in the film’s focus. The first, Luke Skywalker and Rey. The other, Supreme Leader Snoke and Kylo Ren. Both are caught in cycle of mistrust and frustration, with teachers mistrusting (would-be) disciples and struggling in a power balance.

When Rey first goes to Luke, she does so because the Resistance needs help. What Rey doesn’t realize is her stubbornness to get Luke to come with her isn’t just for the Resistance — it’s for herself, too. Rey feels the Force growing within her and wants Luke to teach her how to use it. She looks to him for guidance. And when he refuses to teach her and says he’d rather his knowledge die with him, Rey fights this. She vows to not fail him, and be the pupil he hoped to have in Ben Solo.

Kylo Ren — Ben Solo — is desperate to prove to Snoke that he has what it takes to become the next Darth Vader. But Snoke, rightfully, has his doubts. In communicating with Rey, the cracks in his resolve to be dark widen. Snoke tried to use Kylo Ren’s pain to antagonize and manipulate his power. By finally having someone listen to and understand his pain in Rey, he begins to, in a way, mellow out. But Snoke, who sees Kylo Ren’s power and selfishly wants to use it for his own purposes, pushes the young man to his limits in an attempt to bend him to his will.


Rey is every young person looking for a mentor for guidance.

In both cases, the older generation — Luke, Snoke — don’t trust the new, upcoming generation —  Rey, Kylo Ren — to make good choices. So they hold fast to control of the situation in a way that will produce an outcome favorable to them. Luckily, both Rey and Ren fight this.

Pass It Along

At the core of these two struggles in aging generations — veterans and teachers — needing to know when to and be willing to hand over the reins and pass their knowledge onto future generations. And they have to do so trusting that new blood will make the right choices, both for the world and for themselves. It’s a tale about what happens when you don’t bring in new students, or mentor eager new people. As your knowledge dies out with you the world is that much poorer — and in the case of Luke in The Last Jedi, could have made things much much worse for the side of the Light.

Fear caused Luke to hold out. He was scared he would train Rey and she would also succumb to the darkness — a selfish thought as he based it off his own experiences with Ben Solo. But it’s not for Luke to decide when the Jedi die out. It’s for him to give Rey enough information for her to make her own choice. And in the end, Luke decides to pass it along and trust — to pretty great success.

Snoke, on the other hand, was selfish but also impatient. He told Kylo Ren exactly what to do and when he didn’t do it immediately, threw more punishing challenges in his way — like asking him to execute Rey. He also, in the end, nearly bypassed Kylo Ren completely, telling Rey that maybe she was the powerful Force-wielder he is looking for. Snoke doesn’t want to pass his knowledge and strength to a new generation — he wants to control is with a minion who will shut up and listen.


Kylo Ren feels he already knows everything he has to, and because of this he will struggle.

Because of this, Kylo Ren — like some young millennials who thinks they already know everything — will struggle the most on his quest. He thinks he knows better than anyone and because of that, he will not learn from any mistakes he may make. Rey, on the other hand, had a teacher who understood the need to pass it along and trust. She will thrive.

In a way, you can look at the generation holding Luke and Snoke as the baby boomers of America. The current economic and political climate is heavily slanted in their favor in many sectors, because most have sought to protect their own interests and are too scared to trust a younger generation with our future. It’s unfortunate because that younger generation is the future, and it will be on them — like it is on Rey and her friends now — to inevitably clean up the mess created by a group unwilling to let go.

I’m not saying The Last Jedi  is definitely political commentary. But it presents a powerful messages about students and teachers, and generations trusting in one another to make the world — or universe — a better place.

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‘The Last Jedi’: All the Cameos and Easter Eggs We Spotted

Warning: This article contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Phew! Star Wars: The Last Jedi is stuffed with Easter eggs, cameos and callbacks. Here are all the references and cameo appearances we found.

Cameos

Billie Lourd


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Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, reprises her role from The Force Awakens.

It was very moving to see Carrie Fisher share screen time and space with her own daughter. Lourd appears in the film in the role of Lieutenant Connix, a junior member of the Resistance stationed on the same ship as General Leia. Scenes in which they appear together have an unintentional emotional weight. They did not know that Fisher would no longer be with us at the time the film reached audiences. Sob.

Gareth Edwards

In the trenches on Crait, when the Resistance is defending its base from an attack by the First Order, the camera lingers on one face just long enough to realise this is someone of note – Rogue One director Gareth Edwards.

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Princes William and Harry (Kind of)

This royal duo was rumoured to be appearing as stormtroopers, but the scene in which they were reported to feature seems to have been cut from the final edit. William and Harry are apparently seen in a lift with Benicio Del Toro’s character, alongside Finn and Rose, as he infiltrates Snoke’s Star Destroyer. One of the royal brothers allegedly slapped Del Toro on the derriere in the scene.

Tom Hardy


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A stormtrooper.

There is a point in the film where a gruff murmur could be Tom Hardy. But no, those particular throaty tones, however, belong to Benicio Del Toro who plays shady wheeler-dealer DJ. The Venom and Dunkirk actor has a cameo confirmed by John Boyega himself, so we know Tom is there somewhere. Unless, of course, this scene is lying on the cutting room floor. Hardy does appear as a stormtrooper – but good luck spotting him.

Gary Barlow

Like Hardy, you won’t see the former Take That member’s face either – he’s also playing a stormtrooper.

Joseph Gordon Levitt

A long-time collaborator of director Rian Johnson, Levitt is confirmed as having a voice role in the film and his name appears in the closing credits.

Hamill Juniors

Look closely near the end of the scene at rebel base on Crait and you might just spot a chap or two who looks remarkably like young Luke Skywalker. These are actually the actor’s real-life sons, Griffin and Nathan. Nathan Hamill also featured in Episode I, as a background character named Rehtul Minnau.

Justin Theroux

Theroux plays the master codebreaker that Maz Kanata directs Finn and Rose to on Canto Bight. They recognise him by a red pin he wears on his lapel. However, their plan to bring the ostentatious, white-suited gambling man on board is thwarted when they’re intercepted by the authorities for parking illegally. And that’s the end of Theroux’s role in the film.

Lily Cole

You’ll spot flame-haired model-turned-actress Cole standing next to Theroux’s codebreaker at the gambling table on Canto Bight.

Adrian Edmondson

Fans of British comedy will know Ade Edmondson immediately. The Bottom and The Young Ones legend’s role is a bit bigger than a cameo, and he’s great as General Hux’s second-in-command.

Edgar Wright

Baby Driver director Edgar Wright is another director to luck out with a cameo. But you’ll need to look very closely to spot him.

Joe Cornish

Cornish, who directed John Boyega in Attack the Block is also awarded a coveted cameo in The Last Jedi. Check out scenes in the rebel base on Crait closely. He’s playing a rebel trooper.

Mark Hamill

Seriously, good luck spotting him but Mark Hamill not only takes the role of reluctant Jedi Master Luke Skywalker in the film but he’s also credited as having another role – a character by the name of Dobbu Scay.

Easter Eggs

Blue Milk


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Aunt Beru pours blue milk.

Remember the blue milk served up at the Lars homestead in A New Hope? Of course you do, it’s legendary. It comes from banthas – but another milk source is revealed in The Last Jedi in one of the film’s weirdest scenes. On Luke’s secluded Ahch-To island hideout, which is populated by a variety of strange creatures, the camera tilts down the body of a trumpet-snouted beast sitting upright to reveal some low-hanging teats. Luke approaches, squeezes a teat and milk is secreted. Depending on your point of view, it’s either blue or green. But anyway, he fills a bottle, which he then drinks from with a strange self-satisfied look on his face.

A Force Tree?


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The interior of the tree on Ahch-To, inside which the old Jedi texts are housed.

It is not referred to as a Force tree, but the big, gnarly old tree on Ahch-To houses a batch of original Jedi texts. Luke says it was “built a thousand generations ago” for the very purpose of storing those books. The tree seems to whisper to Rey, suggesting it’s Force-sensitive. Find out more about Force trees here.

Admiral Ackbar


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Admiral Ackbar.

A fan favourite from the original trilogy, Ackbar appeared in The Force Awakens and is seen again in The Last Jedi as admiral of Leia’s cruiser ship. Unfortunately, Ackbar goes the way of Han Solo in Episode VII and meets his sad demise onboard the ship. This could be the film’s most gut-wrenching loss.

Nien Nunb


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Nien Nunb.

Like Admiral Ackbar, Nien Nunb is a fan favourite from back in the day who also reappeared in The Force Awakens. He’s also on Leia’s ship.

Han’s Dice


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The Millennium Falcon cockpit, with the gold dice circled.

In A New Hope, Han had a pair of gold dice dangling in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. They weren’t seen again in the rest of the Original Trilogy. But as Luke boards the Falcon for the first time since 1983’s Return of the Jedi, there they are, bold as brass. Or gold. Or whatever metal it is they’re made of. He immediately pockets them, and later hands them symbolically over to Leia when they reunite. Kylo Ren also has a moment with the dice at the end of the film.

Old Leia Message

In another nod to Episode IV, R2-D2, it transpires, is still carrying that old message from Leia inside his “rusty innards”. You know, the iconic one where she’s calling for Obi-Wan Kenobi’s help as the Rebellion’s only hope. Following a touching reunion between R2 and Luke, R2 plays part of the message, and Luke – who is reluctant to involve himself in this latest assault on the First Order/Dark Side, quips: “That’s a cheap move.”

Mouse Droid

A mouse droid, or MSE-6-Series repair droid, is seen in a shot with Kylo Ren on Snoke’s Star Destroyer emitting its signature sound. You know the one. Star Wars isn’t Star Wars without it.

Nod to ‘Gremlins’


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Gizmo. Not a porg.

There’s also a cheeky nod to Gremlins in The Last Jedi. Porgs are mischievous little creatures akin to mogwai and their naughtier alter egos. There’s a shot of some porgs playing around on the Millennium Falcon, and one of them is wearing glasses. It recalls the moment in Gremlins when Gizmo is seen looking through 3-D specs. It’s probably no coincidence that porgs share similar brown and white markings.

Almost There

The line “I have a bad feeling about this” is conspicuous in its absence, but there’s one callback to a classic Star Wars line that’s easy to miss. As Benicio Del Toro’s character is trying to break into the room containing the tracker he’s being paid to help Finn and Rose shut down, he says: “Almost there”. This echoes Red Leader Garven Dreis‘s words from A New Hope as he’s about to fire into the Death Star.

Binary Sunset

In a very emotional callback, we see Luke standing on Ahch-To, contemplating as he looks out to a red sky with two suns setting. As the film nears its conclusion, it neatly — if poignantly – recalls the moment at the start of A New Hope, when Luke contemplates his future gazing out towards Tatooine’s own binary sunset. John Williams’s emotive score soundtracks both scenes.

Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Death

Another of the film’s callbacks to Episode IV occurs right at the end, when Luke disappears from his mountain-top perch and his cape crumples to the ground. This, very stirringly, mirrors Obi-Wan’s death at the hands of Darth Vader.

And that concludes the list. If you’ve spotted anything we’ve missed, let us know @getfandom.

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Will Kylo Ren Be Redeemed in ‘The Last Jedi’?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens took no small steps in proving who the villain of the series would be. Kylo Ren is a moody, brooding, almost child-like caricature of unchecked anger. He tortures two beloved characters and murders his father.

With the looming release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, prepare to rethink what we can expect from Kylo. Yes, you may still be upset over Kylo killing Han, and that is to be expected because it is intentional. Kylo is a character built for the path of redemption, and one that will unfold much slower than that of his hero, Darth Vader. But what will the next films need to do to redeem Kylo Ren?

Kylo the Afflicted



For audiences to accept Kylo’s redemption, we must first sympathize with him as a character. As a child, Kylo’s father abandoned him and his mother neglected him. This is all clear in The Force Awakens, but we learn even more in the novelization of the movie. Leia reveals that she lied to Kylo about his grandfather being Darth Vader, hoping to keep him from the dark side. She also reveals that Snoke had been watching and manipulating young Ben from afar ever since his conception.

It’s likely that in The Last Jedi, we will see a scene (possibly between Kylo and Leia) where this information comes out, and triggering the audience’s first sympathetic response toward Kylo.

Killing Han Pushed Him Away From the Dark Side



“The act ought to have made him stronger, a part of him believed. Instead, he found himself weakened.” This was Kylo’s narration from The Force Awakens novel after killing Han. When Kylo asked for his father’s help before killing him, he believed that avenging his childhood would give him the push he needed to fully embrace the dark side. But the excerpt from the novel presents the opposite effect. Committing an act so irredeemable that it triggers his path to redemption. This would also make Han’s sacrifice meaningful.

Kylo Will Save Leia



Misleading trailers are the bread and butter of building suspense for new installments. Kylo lends Rey his hand? Not so fast! Although the lighting of their faces matches up great, there is more than meets the eye. Other scenes show Kylo marching into the Resistance base with flame troopers and Leia walking through the same base. As Kylo lends his hand, flames and ash are falling from the ceiling.

This makes it look like he is actually saving Leia. This would resonate well with Leia telling Han in The Force Awakens that the two of them have the power to turn him back. Whatever happens in that moment between mother and son will be critical in the redemption of Kylo Ren.

Snoke Will Spurn Kylo Ren



“Bring her to me.” Snoke clearly has his eyes set on Rey now, but what does this mean for Kylo? If we are to believe that Kylo smashes his helmet in anger at Snoke’s request, then we can only assume two things: either Kylo is afraid of being replaced, or he wants to protect Rey for some yet unknown reason.

Regardless, both would point to Kylo feeling dejected from Snoke and the dark side. It is also likely that by this point in the movie, Kylo has failed to kill Leia, thus becoming less favorable in Snoke’s eyes.

Kylo’s Bond With Rey Will Bring Him Back



On the official Star Wars Databank, both Rey and Kylo’s biography pages note that they share a “strange” or “mysterious” connection. This bond is clear in The Force Awakens, as seen when Kylo attempts to probe Rey’s mind but she can read his mind in turn. It’s also apparent in their lightsaber duel when Rey seems to feed off of his energy as she pauses to focus. Not to mention, Kylo appears multiple times in Rey’s force vision.

Whatever this force-bond may be, it could be the key to sealing Kylo’s redemption. Although we may have to wait until the third movie for the analog to Vader saving Luke, The Last Jedi will likely tie up some of our questions about the two.



The Last Jedi is drawing closer to answering the questions posed two years ago with The Force Awakens. While Kylo following his “pull to the light” is uncertain, it would add depth to the plot and develop his character. The only twist that would make it richer would be Rey flipping to the dark in tandem. This would echo the common theory that came up when the studio revealed the film’s title, The Last Jedi. The theory predicts that Rey and Kylo will be the first of a new order of force users, one that embraces both the dark and the light.

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