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.

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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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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 Goal Is Never to Divide.’ Last Jedi Director Addresses Backlash From Star Wars Fans

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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Alternative Executors in Last Wills

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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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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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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.

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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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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” won warm reviews from most critics on Tuesday, a day before the latest installment in the sci-fi saga begins hitting movie theaters worldwide in what is projected to be the biggest-grossing movie of 2017.


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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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Disney and Lucasfilm screened Star Wars: The Last Jedi for members of the media ahead of the film’s debut next week. The press were allowed to share their reactions on Twitter before official reviews go live, and based on the roundup of mightily enthusiastic initial impressions below, Rian Johnson’s flick is taking us into new territory.

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Why We’re Excited to Visit Canto Bight in ‘The Last Jedi’

Canto Bight is one of the new locales we’ll get to visit in The Last Jedi. It’s a city on the planet of Cantonica and it’s been described as the Las Vegas of the Star Wars universe.

A new collection of short stories about the city was recently released, and it’s got us even more pumped to visit this new locale. But, exactly why are we looking forward to Canto Bight?

A New Part of the World


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This on-set picture shows an expensive type of high-class speeder.

We’ve never seen how the ultra-rich citizens of the Star Wars universe spend their leisure time. While we’ve gotten glimpses of upper-class lifestyle on Coruscant, Canto Bight offers us a look at how the 1% of the galaxy lives and plays.

There have been behind-the-scenes photos of Canto Bight that show off the luxurious and opulent elements of these people. The above picture displays a kind of sporty speeder that feels very swank and cool.

The idea of exploring a Monte Carlo type corner of the Star Wars universe adds a new flavor to what we’ve seen in previous films. On that note…

Aliens, Aliens, Aliens


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These are only a few of the crazy aliens we’ll see in Canto Bight.

A tradition of Star Wars films is to visit a place where a myriad of alien races congregates. From the Mos Eisley cantina to Jabba’s Palace to Maz Kanata’s castle, Star Wars loves to show off a plethora of extraterrestrials.

Canto Bight will fulfill that goal. It’s also impressive as most of these creatures are practical effects and not CG creations. It’s an opportunity to highlight the incredible prosthetic and design work from all the creative people involved.

And it’s just fun to see all the wacky aliens cavorting and going about their daily lives. If you can’t enjoy that, that’s a bummer.

Games


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It’d be a shame not to see some of the different kinds of games you could play in Canto Bight.

Hopefully, we’ll also get a peek into some gambling games in the Canto Casino. Longtime Star Wars fans know of such card games like pazaak and sabacc, but we’re hoping to learn of some new games when we see Canto Bight in The Last Jedi.

We know that Finn and Rose have some kind of secret mission they embark on in the Canto Casino. Could they be forced to play some gambling game in order to achieve their goal? Could they be forced to play a game with Benicio del Toro’s mysterious DJ?

We’ll find out when we all get to visit Canto Bight in The Last Jedi, opening on December 15.

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We’ve covered maternity style in its many capacities before, like which brands to shop and which “maternity” pieces you can actually skip. But one item that’s absolutely essential this time of year is a high-quality coat that you can wear all winter long. And as your belly only continues to grow, all your pre-pregnancy outerwear pieces may no longer work on your body right now. But go out and purchase a brand-new set of coats and jackets during these next few months? Sounds like a major investment. Which is why we’ve done the shopping for you and actually picked out the coats with the most timeless designs (like trenches and wool wraps) and even some options that fit all bodies, perfect for after your little one arrives in the world.

Go on to shop our 15 must-have maternity coats that are fit for your baby bump so you can brave the cold winter ahead.

Not technically a maternity coat, this option was handpicked for its versatile design that allows you to wear it during and post-pregnancy. In other words, well worth the investment. Available in sizes 0 to 12.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest is blasting the Grammys in an angry video for failing to recognize the band’s final album with a nomination.

The rapper-producer tells off the organization and calls it “corny” in an expletive-filled rant posted Tuesday on Instagram. Q-Tip says that Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix never received Grammy Awards. He also mentions Led Zeppelin, though the band did win a Grammy in 2014.

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The group’s final album, “We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service” was released months after the death of its member Phife Dawg.

Q-Tip says the folks behind the Grammys should “come over to the Kennedy Center,” where he was recently named artistic director.

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The latest iPhone is usually a hot Black Friday item, but this isn’t a usual iPhone year. Apple launched three new iPhones this year, including two iPhone 8 flavors that launched in late September as expected, and the highly anticipated iPhone X that only hit stores in early November.

That’s why, when it comes to iPhone Black Friday deals, the best you could hope for was iPhone 8 promos and discounts — retailers and carriers delivered that. The iPhone X, on the other hand, was sold out through Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and Apple is far from meeting demand.

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In 1983, audiences across the world witnessed the finale of the original Star Wars Trilogy, seeing Jedi-in-training Luke Skywalker confront his father and the Galactic Emperor in the midst of a massive battle for the future of the galaxy. With his own soul on the line, Luke embraced his destiny and became a Jedi Knight, rejecting Emperor Palpatine's attempts to turn him to the Dark Side of the Force, while also re-awakening the dormant Anakin Skywalker within Darth Vader. Anakin…

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Many longtime Star Wars fan will likely concur that The Empire Strikes Back, the second movie of the original trilogy and the fifth episode overall, is the best of the lot. Directed by the late Irvin Kershner, the high octane space opera darkened the tone and divided our heroes as the Empire continually assaulted them. It featured dazzling space battles, imaginative worlds, snappy dialogue, and ended on an indelible, multi-layered cliffhanger.

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Katie Cassidy shared her father David Cassidy’s last words on Twitter Friday afternoon.

“Words cant express the solace our family’s received from all the love & support during this trying time. My father’s last words were ‘So much wasted time’. This will be a daily reminder for me to share my gratitude with those I love as to never waste another minute….thank you,” Katie Cassidy tweeted.

David Cassidy died at the age of 67 Tuesday. The Partridge Family member was suffering from dementia and was in a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hospital due to organ failure at the time of his death.

“David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years,” a statement from his family said.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now literally less than a freaking month away, and the theory-wagon has officially gone into overdrive.

It feels like the weeks before a new Game of Thrones Season. Every single piece of footage is being poured over for clues. Hypotheses and questions are popping up everywhereWill Luke and Leia reunite? Will we get to see more of that big, creepy Snoke guy? And did Snoke find Rey?

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In our exclusive clip from Last Flag Flying, Laurence Fishburne calls Steve Carell "a decent man" and then expresses regret about his past actions. That prompts Bryan Cranston to question what happened to his old friend, which raises another question, namely, what is going on with these men?

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ TV Spot: See Luke Skywalker on the Millennium Falcon

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' TV Spot: See Luke Skywalker on the Millennium Falcon

A television spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi just revealed several cool new angles to consider in the upcoming eighth installment of the sci-fi series. The movie will see the heroes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens "join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past."

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Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Generated $72M in Earned Media Value Last Month

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Rihanna’s cosmetic company, Fenty Beauty, made a huge splash on social media when it first launched last month. The all-inclusive makeup line was widely celebrated for offering a vast variety of products for women of color with darker skin tones. Now, just weeks after it hit shelves, WWD reports that it has generated a whopping $ 72 million in earned media value in September, alone.

 

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Social Media Drives Success

 

Earned media value (EMV) is a metric of publicity that a company or brand gains outside of traditional promotional efforts like paid advertising. It is typically measured by the number of social endorsements and the level of engagement received on social media and other digital platforms. Other top companies with high EMV in the first quarter of 2017 were Disney, which gained over $ 14 million in EMV; Forever 21, which generated more than $ 12 million; and H&M with over $ 7 million.

According to WWD, Fenty’s EMV outpaced the earnings of other major beauty brands, including Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics, Urban Decay, and NYX. MAC and Too Faced are the only two cosmetic lines that exceeded Fenty Beauty’s EMV metrics for the month of September. On top of that, YouTube also announced that Fenty Beauty received an impressive 132 million views in its first month.

In 2016, Rihanna signed a $ 10 million deal with the Kendo division of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton to roll out Fenty Beauty. The first installment, which included 40 shades of foundation, was released on Sept. 8 online and in stores in over 150 countries. The superstar singer also recently released a holiday collection that is sure to make a killing. Back in 2014, the 29-year-old Bajan singer inked a deal with Puma and has a net worth of $ 75 million, according to Forbes.

 

 

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Things come and go quickly in our Brighton gallery, here are a few prints that are nearing the end of their edition. Call the gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 for further information on anything featured.

SUFUCKINPREME (SILKSCREEN SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF 65) BY RYCA

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Poptorian artist Ryan Callanan is consistently one of the top-selling artists at artrepublic and you can see why when looking at his astute, witty and playful editions.

sufuckinpreme Silkscreen Print Signed Limited Edition of 65, 70cm x 16cm, £100

‘SUFUCKINPREME’ sees the artist riff on the uber-popular skate brand Supreme’s now ubiquitous box logo. Adding the expletive ‘fuckin’ to create a commentary on the hype surrounding the sought after clothing company.

The original Supreme logo was heavily influence by the bold graphic work of Barbra Kruger, so this print continues the dialogue regarding artistic influence and stylistic appropriation. Priced at just £100 it is also great value for a beautiful signed limited edition silkscreen and a must have for any Supreme ‘hypebeasts’ out there!

DECADENCE – DARK RED (GICLEE PRINT WITH GOLD GLITTER SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF 25) BY SARA POPE

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We are down to the last few prints of this captivating and alluring edition by esteemed local painter Sara Pope. Pope has become well known for her seductive paintings of lips and is one of the few living artists to have their work in the Pope’s personal Vatican collection!

‘Decadence’ has been embellished with shimmering gold glitter, which adds an opulent feel to the piece, with the artist also adding a mixture of medium and MAC Reflects Sparkle Pigment to the lips for further sex appeal.

Sara Pope Giclee with Silkscreen and Gold Glitter, Signed Limited Edition of 25, £695

“Extraordinary beauty and allure are inevitably transient… I think these perfect glossy pouts characterised by drips of colour represent this dissolution.” – Sara Pope

Produced as a very small edition of just 25 this print has proven to be hugely popular would add glamour and opulence to any setting.

DESIGNER TREES (SILKSCREEN WITH COLLAGED ELEMENTS SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF 100) BY BRUCE MCLEAN


Scottish contemporary artist Bruce McLean creates traditional themed works including still-lifes and landscapes by collaging colourful geometric shapes.

His work has long proven to be very sought after in our Brighton gallery by a variety of art fans, collectors and followers. 

‘Designer Trees’ sees the artist create architecturally inspired forms, along with tree-silhouettes, which form an interesting dialogue between natural and metropolitan spaces. A fragment of a London street map brings an extra dimension along with the 3D collage paper elements that provide captivating textures.

 Nearing the end of its edition this is a fabulous collector’s item and a joyful offering by the innovative and ever-evolving McLean. Don’t miss out on the masterpiece that is ‘Designer Trees’.

Call the gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 or pop in for further information.

For further information on any of the artwork featured call us on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com, as things can quickly sell out and those featured are right at the end of their edition!

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Tracy Morgan’s TBS Comedy ‘The Last O.G.’ Delayed Until 2018

Folks will have to wait a little longer for Tracy Morgan’s anticipated TBS comedy series “The Last O.G.”

Variety reports that executive producer and showrunner John Carcieri has dropped out of the project, which was originally scheduled to premiere next week. It’s now set to debut some time in 2018.

As previously reported, the series stars Morgan as a man who gets out of prison and returns to Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant, only to find it overrun with hipster gentrification. Cedric the Entertainer and Tiffany Haddish also star.

A new showrunner has yet to be named.

Below, more details via Variety:

“The Last O.G.” is the result of a years-long process to develop a post-“30 Rock” comedy series for Morgan — one that was interrupted by the 2014 six-vehicle crash that severely injured the comedian. During his recovery, Morgan binge-watched Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele.” Afterward, he sought out Jordan Peele to develop a series with him, one that began at FX before migrating to TBS.

Carcieri, an executive producer on the show alongside Peele and Morgan, was previously a writer on HBO’s “Eastbound and Down” and “Vice Principals.” It was on the former that Carcieri got his first television job, hired as a writers’ assistant by his University of North Carolina classmates Jody Hill and Danny McBride. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the feature film “The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter.”

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Who Is Supreme Leader Snoke? (UPDATED with ‘The Last Jedi’ Trailer)

Everybody loves a good villain. Whether it’s Darth Vader, Darth Maul, or Emperor Palpatine himself, villains have a way of captivating us even when they scare us. It’s no surprise, then, that fans latched onto Supreme Leader Snoke when he was introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

We know Snoke leads the First Order and is the master of Kylo Ren. His deformed face and ghastly demeanor suggest he could be ancient and incredibly powerful in the dark side of the Force, but we know nothing more beyond that. This leaves fans wondering: who is Supreme Leader Snoke? And will we learn more about him when he appears in the flesh in Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

There are a lot of fan theories circulating that answer these questions. Some we can be fairly certain aren’t true — is he Mace Windu or Darth Maul? Probably not. But here are some of the more compelling rumors about Snoke’s identity.

Is Snoke Darth Plagueis?


Many fans would love it if Snoke was Darth Plagueis, Emperor Palpatine’s Sith master.

Let’s start here, since Darth Plagueis has been the most popular fan rumor for Snoke’s identity. Plagueis was the Sith master of Emperor Palpatine and briefly mentioned in Revenge of the Sith.

Chatter about Plagueis and Snoke being one and the same started after the announcement that Andy Serkis would play the character using motion capture technology, and he was described as tall, thin, and ancient-looking. These are all words that could describe the alien Darth Plagueis.

Serkis was quick to say that Snoke is a new character, and even at San Diego Comic-Con in 2015 when a fan asked Lawrence Kasdan, the co-writer of The Force Awakens, about a connection between the two characters, he responded with a bewildered “Darth Vegas?”

There were even rumors that Rey’s quarterstaff weapon was the staff of Darth Plagueis, once referenced in the non-canon novel Star Wars: Darth Plagueis.

In the film itself, Kylo Ren says that “the Supreme Leader is wise.” Perhaps this is a reference to Darth Plagueis the Wise, the story told to Anakin Skywalker when Palpatine seduced him to the dark side in Revenge of the Sith?

Odds are, Plagueis will not be making a comeback in the sequel trilogy. Though there is something intriguing about the idea of Palpatine’s master, spoken of only in legend, being the true architect of evil all along.

Is Snoke Gallius Rax?


Gallius Rax intended to use the Battle of Jakku to give rise to a better, stronger Empire.

Star Wars novelist, Chuck Wendig, introduced Gallius Rax in the Aftermath trilogy, which tells the story of how the New Republic defeated the Empire in the year after Return of the Jedi. Rax was Palpatine’s protege ever since the Clone Wars and had the responsibility of carrying out Palpatine’s Contingency orders. The Contingency was created in the event of the Emperor’s death and had one central idea: if the Empire cannot protect its Emperor, it doesn’t deserve to survive and had to be destroyed.

Rax planned to use the Battle of Jakku as a way of destroying the Empire and the New Republic, and then lead the few chosen surviving Imperials into the Unknown Regions to start again. The Empire had been charting the Unknown Regions for years, using the knowledge of Grand Admiral Thrawn and the Emperor’s scouts.

However, Grand Admiral Rae Sloane killed Rax and prevented him from fully enacting the Contingency, and the Republic won the battle, but Sloane led the surviving Imperials into the Unknown Regions. It was there that they founded the First Order, which is why some fans have wondered if Rax, the architect of what became the First Order, could be Snoke. But unless he’s just faking his death, we can assume it’s not him.

Is Snoke the Ancient Sith Emperor?



Fans of the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic have wondered if the Sith Emperor, known as Vitiate and Valkorion, could be the identity of Supreme Leader Snoke. This ancient Emperor lived during the first war between the Jedi and the Sith and rebuilt the defeated Sith into an empire that brought the Old Republic to its knees. His true goal, however, was to live forever and reshape the galaxy how he wanted it to be.

The Old Republic is a non-canon storyline, so it’s doubtful we’ll see its primary villain revealed as Supreme Leader Snoke, but with the transmedia storytelling involved at Lucasfilm, it’s not entirely outside the realm of possibility. There have also been hints that Snoke has lived for a very long time and has seen everything that transpired during the previous six films, suggesting he could be ancient. In the novelization of The Force Awakens, Snoke tells Kylo Ren about how he watched the Empire rise and fall and that he wants to create something stronger than the Empire ever was.

Is Snoke A New Power From Beyond the Galaxy?

The Aftermath trilogy also revealed that the Emperor was obsessed with the Unknown Regions. It called to him. Yupe Tashu, an advisor to Palpatine before the Emperor’s death, was a dark side historian and argued that the future of the Empire was in the Unknown Regions, where the First Order ultimately came to power. He said that Palpatine believed his power came from beyond the known galaxy, and so the Emperor sent teams into the unknown to learn more about it. Tashu argued that the Empire should “seek the source of the dark side like a man looking for a wellspring of water.” Only Palpatine sensed his power. Not even Darth Vader could, suggesting it was an extremely powerful force.

All of the Aftermath trilogy’s talk about the Unknown Regions and its powers suggests that these are not off-hand comments or meant only for the rebuilding of the Empire into the First Order. If there was a power beyond the known galaxy, a power that had been there throughout the events of the previous films, could that be Supreme Leader Snoke? He is from or influenced by the source of the dark side itself, so will we learn more about this in The Last Jedi?

This would fit with Serkis saying Snoke is a new character, and it would mean that the seeds for Snoke’s arrival and true nature have already been planted in the post-Return of the Jedi storyline. It’s for these reasons that this is the most credible Snoke theory so far.

Who do you think Supreme Leader Snoke is? Join the discussion on Wookieepedia!

NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect new information about Aftermath and The Last Jedi, and to remove debunked theories.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Breaking Down the New Trailer

"I need someone to show me my place in all this." You and us both, Rey. Star Wars: The Last Jedi has unveiled its latest trailer, and the two-and-a-half minute glimpse of writer-director Rian Johnson's installment hinted at betrayals, reversals, at least one major (and all too real) death … and the possibility that the young Jedi in training played by Daisy Ridley may be on a one-way

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi:’ Supreme Leader Snoke Unveiled

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Supreme Leader Snoke — the big baddie of the First Order — is featured prominently in the just released trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Snoke made a brief appearance in The Force Awakens, giving instructions from the shadows.

The new trailer opens with him seemingly addressing his apprentice Kylo Ren, “When I found you, I saw raw untamed power. And beyond that … something truly special.”

However, later in the trailer, Snoke has captured Rey, ordering her to “fulfill her destiny.” So perhaps the opening line is addressing her instead of Kylo.

One thing is for sure; he has formidable powers, causing his captive to tremble and scream (even Kylo Ren couldn’t break Rey in The Force Awakens) via telekinesis.

So what do we know about the Supreme Leader of the First Order?

He is humanoid, but disfigured. And while he appears physically frail, he has mastery over the Force. He was able to lure Kylo Ren (the son of Leia and Han Solo) over to the dark side. Whereas the Emperor, Darth Vader, and Kylo Ren all have a penchant for wearing black, Snoke is seen wearing an ornate golden robe.

Will Snoke be able to do the same with Rey? Only time will tell.

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Watch the Epic New Trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finally here. During halftime of the Monday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, galaxy far, far away enthusiasts got their second look at what’s in store for Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and, of course, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) when Episode VIII hits theaters in December.

Fair warning: Director Rian Johnson teased the preview by tweeting that fans who want to remain spoiler-free should “absolutely avoid” watching it. But for those who aren’t worried about seeing a little of the action beforehand, here’s what we learned.

The exciting new spot offered a fresh glimpse of Adam Driver in his role as Kylo Ren.

Tickets for opening night of the movie on Dec. 15 went on sale immediately following the trailer’s debut.

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New ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Trailer: Check Out All The Best Moments

New ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Trailer: Check Out All The Best Moments

The new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is here, and it is dark. We have been expecting another intense installment for the centerpiece of this trilogy, a la The Empire Strikes Back, but who knew the advertising would tease so much potential loss and tragedy for the Resistence? Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is concerned. General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) seems afraid. Rey (Daisy Ridley) looks torn. 

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Tickets Go On Sale Monday Night

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Tickets Go On Sale Monday Night

Far, far away is about to get much, much closer. Tomorrow, tickets will go on sale for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The most anticipated movie of the year, according to a Fandango survey, this next episode of the Star Wars Saga will be out in just over two months, but getting ahold of your tickets now makes it seem like it's almost here.

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Ralphie May, ‘Last Comic Standing’ Comedian, Dead at 45

Ralphie May, the stand-up comedian who turned a second-place finish on Last Comic Standing into a successful career in comedy, died Friday in Las Vegas. He was 45.

May died of cardiac arrest following a brief battle with pneumonia, Variety reports. In

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The Last Horror Blog: ‘It’ Sequel,’ ‘Found Footage 3D,’ ‘The Ritual’ and More

The Last Horror Blog: 'It' Sequel,' 'Found Footage 3D,' 'The Ritual' and More

It sequel locks down a release date – New Line’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It is still kicking all kinds of butt at the box office, but many of us have been wondering when we’ll actually get to see the second film in the series. Well, wonder no more.

Mark your calendars for September 6, 2019 – because that’s the date when the Losers Club reunites to do battle with Pennywise the Dancing Clown with the hopes of ending his reign of terror once and for…

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Revocable Living Trust vs. Last Will

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Planning your estate and your end-of-life arrangements is a unique experience for everyone. There are many ways to combine the documents you need to ensure that all of your assets are managed and distributed in line with your wishes.

Since each estate planning document has its own specific purpose, this presents an opportunity to compare similar forms and contracts to see how they best suit your needs. In this post, we’ll discuss a Revocable Living Trust and a Last Will and Testament—similar documents that both instruct how to distribute your assets after death but differ in their creation and execution processes.

What are Revocable Living Trusts and Last Wills?

A Revocable Living Trust is a legal document—usually made to transfer wealth, or protect assets—that can be revoked or amended during the life of the grantor (the owner of the estate in question). It’s a private contract where a grantor places their assets in the charge of a trustee. A trustee is an individual or a group of individuals who hold property or authority over and responsibility for the assets for the benefit of another person (the beneficiary). A trustee ensures that the instructions for inheritance and distribution are followed in accordance with the grantor’s last wishes.

Many people create living trusts and name themselves and usually a spouse as trustees, thus giving them total control over their trusted assets and property while they’re alive. This would be the exact same situation with a Last Will, where you control your property until you die.

Some people also name successor trustees who step in if something happens to the primary trustee, like they become incapacitated or are otherwise unwilling or unable to act as a trustee. Having a successor is a good idea if you are the named trustee and don’t have a spouse or other person to be a co-trustee.

A Last Will and Testament is a document that describes how you would like your assets distributed to specific people or institutions (like charities) after your death. This document, too, can be revoked and amended during the life of the testator. Similar to Living Trusts, in a Living Will the testator names beneficiaries for their assets and an executor (like a trustee) who is responsible for carrying out the last wishes. Often people use non-relative, third parties as executors, like your banker for example.

What’s the difference between a Living Trust and a Last Will?

One of the main differences between these documents is that a Living Trust doesn’t need to go through probate to be executed.

Probate is a legal process overseen by a probate court that determines the validity of a Last Will. If someone dies intestate—without leaving a Last Will—their estate still undergoes the process of probate, whereby the court appoints a representative to act as the executor and divvies up the estate in accordance with state law.

One of the main advantages of having a Revocable Living Trust is that it skips the probate process because of the document’s nature as a private contract. Avoiding probate can cut down the time and expenses that come with distributing your assets to your beneficiaries in a Last Will.

Trusts are typically used to protect assets with high monetary value like real estate, business interests, stocks, bonds, or valuable personal property like antiques and jewelry. Although property with lower monetary value or property that requires insurance (like a car) can technically be put into living trusts, it’s not very common. For vehicles specifically, it is unlikely that an insurance company would be willing to insure a vehicle legally owned by a trust—but, again, it’s not impossible.

Trusts can be more complicated than Wills when it comes to distributing assets because there are more steps and documents required for the Trust to be valid. After completing your Living Trust document, you’ll have to go through the process of transferring ownership of assets so that your property is legally owned by the trust. For instance, if you’re leaving real estate to a beneficiary, you would transfer your ownership of the property into the trust using a document like a Quitclaim Deed.

If you are the trustor and the trustee, you would likely be transferring the property from Morgan Smith (you) to Morgan Smith, Trustee of the Morgan Smith Living Trust, for example.

The idea of the Living Trust is to secure your assets and control property, which is something that you can do in a Last Will as well. However, Trusts are usually best suited for individuals with more complex estates or with a lot of high-value assets, someone who owns many properties in different states for instance.

Can I keep my estate plans private?

Last Wills can be used for the same purposes (of security and control of assets) as Living Trusts, but many people don’t like that their estate plans become public court records if they’re Will-based. The only reason Revocable Living Trusts remain completely private is because each of the phases of the contract (creation, transfer of ownership of property, and inheritance of property) can all be carried out without filing with the probate court.

Because they don’t use courts for execution, Revocable Living Trusts are usually exempt from court challenges, which is not the case for Last Wills.

Do I need a Last Will or a Living Trust? Or both?

There are advantages to both documents. Living Trusts tend to work best for people with complicated estates, like business owners who are passing leadership of their companies down to their children or other beneficiaries. Trusts also have a reputation of being relatively quick in their execution because they skip probate.

But don’t forget that Living Trusts only focus on the distribution of your assets, not the other aspects of your end-of-life planning. You still need a Will to name guardians for minor children, for instance. It’s also a good idea to have a Last Will for assets you might have left out of your Living Trust, like your car, and you might also want to create a Medical Power of Attorney to summarize your medical treatment preferences should you become incapacitated.

A trustee can step in immediately to handle your affairs if you’re incapacitated or ill; however, a Living Trust doesn’t relate your medical treatment preferences, such as your wishes for resuscitation and tube-feeding. Of course, if you name yourself as the trustee without a spouse as a co-trustee, that presents another hurdle for your estate if you don’t have a Medical Power of Attorney in place.

Ultimately, it’s your estate and your choice how you want to plan it. Evaluate your situation and research all of the possibilities available to you. If you’re still struggling, you can always contact a local attorney for advice.

Which document works best in your estate plans?

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The Four ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Begun Production At Last

The Four 'Avatar' Sequels Have Begun Production At Last

James Cameron has been promising Avatar sequels since the first movie broke box office records, received rave reviews (84% on Roten Tomatoes) and earned accolades galore back in 2009. Eight years and many release date shifts later, the visionary writer/director has finally begun filming not just one but four follow-up features, all being shot in succession. The quartet of presumably cutting-edge 3D movies kicked off production in a Manhattan Beach studio yesterday, according to…

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Chicago’s Last Black-Owned Bank Gets $20 Million Cash Infusion

In an effort to spark economic development activity within the black community, the city of Chicago has deposited $ 20 million into ISF Bank—the oldest and last black-owned Chicago-based bank.

 

The bank, formerly named Illinois Service Federal Savings and Loan Association, plans to use the money for multiple purposes, says Papa Kwesi Nduom, the bank’s chairman.

 


(L-R: ISF Bank Directors: Donald Davison, James Buckner, Papa Kwesi Nduom; Cliff Rome, owner of Peaches Restaurant. Image: Courtesy of Papa Kwesi Nduom)

 

 

Located on the city’s South Side, ISF Bank was founded in Chicago in 1934 to serve communities historically underserved by traditional financial institutions. ISF Bank is No. 11 on the BE 100s Banks list.

 

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Boosting the Bank’s Capacity to Serve Customers

 

Nduom says the money could be used to provide loans to black entrepreneurs wanting to open or expand businesses. Another use would be to lend to commercial developers to build houses, condos, or apartments—as well as to black homebuyers—in neighborhoods it serves.

 

He says the deposit provides “a much-needed boost to our financial foundation, ensuring that we can strengthen the economic base of our communities and help people fulfill their dreams.”

 

“This will help us become a more significant player in the economic revitalization in the Chicago black community,” Nduom says. “This will do some good and wonderful things for the bank.”

 

The investment comes at a dicey time for the city. Observers are hopeful it will help erase some violent activity, create jobs, and lessen economic disparity some say exists in the city.

 

City Treasurer Kurt Summers told Black Enterprise via email that the deposited money would indeed allow ISF Bank to make more loans and invest more directly back into the communities where many of their customers reside.

 

(Kurt Summers announces the $ 20 M deposit. Image: Facebook/Kurt Summers)

 

He added, “It is our hope that with this deposit and the confidence it conveys to other organizations and individuals recognizing the important role that community banks serve here in Chicago and elsewhere, and entertain opening accounts of their own.”

 

 

Making an Investment into Community Banking

 

According to Summers, the city maintains roughly $ 300 million to $ 700 million in larger non-black owned banks during the course of a fiscal year. Yet, Summers says the deposit into ISF Bank highlights the commitment the City Treasurer’s office is making into community banking but more importantly to the overall community on the Southside of Chicago.

 

“We heard it first-hand right after the press announcement where local small business owners and community members who were present at the event highlighted that they will open an account with ISF Bank to support them,” Summers says. “The community heard the call to action in regards to supporting ISF Bank and they are willing to do their part as we were willing to do ours and invest in them.”

 

(ISF Bank conducts a networking event for small businesses in Chicago. Image: Facebook/ISF Bank)

 

Nduom says the city has deposited the money and opened an account, adding it has “great expectations” the bank will disperse the money for good purposes. He says the city has expressed it may deposit more with the bank once it sees the funds are being used appropriately.

 

He emphasized the bank has a responsibility to the city and its regulators to ensure that this money is used prudently and in safe and sound manner.

 

 

Deposit Could Help Generate New Business Activity

 

The deposit might help the bank, now with assets of around $ 105 million, attract new business. Nduom says the investment has already improved the bank’s credibility, making it a more viable option for individuals, businesses, and organizations to consider for loans, deposits, and other relationships.

 

“It is making some people look at us with more favorable eyes,” he says.

 

Larger banks are historically not as vigorous as black banks to lend to blacks to start or expand businesses, buy homes or churches for new construction, or renovation projects.

 

Other black institutions, including Seaway Trust and Bank, Highland Community Bank and Covenant Bank, are among black-owned banks that have closed in Chicago the past four years, reports the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Division of Banking.

 

Nduom says the deposit is a big deal for the bank and the black community. To his knowledge, he says, it marks the first time that a high-ranking city official has come to the community and said the problems on the city’s South Side are economic in nature.

“The city is making an economic statement with this deposit,” he says. “It’s historic and in the right direction for the community.”

 

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3 Unconventional Additions for Your Last Will

Despite it being inevitable, not many of us enjoy carving time out of our day to think about our passing. When our day comes, we hope we have time to say goodbye to our loved ones and put all our affairs in order. But the future is unpredictable. Creating a Last Will and Testament, however, can help you prepare.

A Last Will and Testament is a document created by you that helps a trusted individual carry out your final wishes, like distributing your assets to your beneficiaries and paying debts.

Aside from the basics, like naming your beneficiaries and leaving behind your property, you can also personalize your Will by adding unconventional beneficiaries, your online persona, digital assets, and your social media accounts.

Find out what questions you should be asking when creating your estate plans in this post.

1. Do I Need to Know My Beneficiaries?

Most people already have their beneficiaries in mind, for example their spouse, children, siblings, or close friend. But what about those of us who have no living relatives or close friends?

It’s actually more common than you might think for people to leave all or part of their estate to alternative beneficiaries. This can be an acquaintance, charity or organization, or even a town, which was the case for Keith Owen who donated over two million to the town of Sidmouth, England and the town’s conservation organization, Sid Vale Association.

And, if that’s not your style, you could always follow Luis Carlos’ example: A wealthy Portuguese man who left his lofty fortune to 70 individuals he randomly selected from the phone book.

While it’s likely that you won’t transfer your estate to a town or to 70 strangers, it’s good to know that there are options for you to choose from. Sit down and create a list of all those—human or not— that you’d like to recognize after you pass away.

2. Can I Include Digital Assets in My Will?

You likely have plenty of online accounts and assets that are blocked by a username and password such as your online banking information, your Amazon or Apple account, services like Netflix or Hulu, and even online payment services such as PayPal. So, what will happen to all those accounts after you die?

For the most part, absolutely nothing. However, you may want reoccurring payments to stop immediately or to have all those accounts closed. To do this, your executor should have any relevant account information.

This can be done by attaching an Online Identity Record to your Will. An Online Identity Record or Online ID, for short, is a document that identifies your account and membership information, including usernames and passwords, for the various online business and services you use. In life, this document can help you sort and organize all of the accounts assigned to your name. In death, this document can help your executor implement your final wishes with respect to those accounts, even if it is just closing them.

In addition, some of your digital assets, such as your loyalty reward points, have financial value. Think of the WestJet Reward points you’ve been collecting for that long overdue trip to Rome or all those free beverages you’ve acquired from your daily Dunkin’ Donuts visit. While you may not be preparing to picket in front of Dunkin Donut’s head office for the right to transfer a free coffee to your heirs, loyalty program points can accumulate to be worth thousands of dollars.

So, what do you do? It’s suggested that you research your loyalty point programs and review the fine print concerning transfers after death. Keep in mind, however, that those policies aren’t always followed, which was the case with the American Airlines’ AAdvantage program. Even though their policy explicitly states accrued miles are non-transferable after death, Laura Nedbal, American Airlines’ spokeswoman indicated that, upon request, documents to enact a transfer can be sent to your beneficiaries. In short, read the fine print but know that sometimes all you need to do is ask.

To account for the various program or policy changes that may occur over time, “use flexible language’” when adding loyalty programs to your Will.

There are other assets you might want to include in your Will like your Apple iTunes and Amazon Kindle accounts. Over the years, you’ve probably spent hundreds of dollars on songs and books, and it makes sense to want to include them in your Will.

Unfortunately, in many situations, this is just not possible. There are rules about whether people can transfer accounts, and usually this also applies to the content within. There are also rules preventing others from using your account, even with your permission.

But—wait—if you can gift a tangible CD or book, why not a digital one? Unfortunately, while you may be able to give away a book, you can’t legally copy it. And what’s more, in certain situations where you’re legally allowed to copy your purchases to another device, for example iTunes, this right expires when you pass away. So, if your beneficiaries need to make a copy of your music in order to listen to it, which is likely the case, they may be out of luck.

Regardless, add it to your Will using flexible language in case one day some stubborn person demands their music be passed down and the policies and laws change for the better.

3. How Do I Include My Social Media Accounts in My Will?

Social media may be the last thing on your mind as you plan your estate. But you probably don’t want all your posts available for your great, great grandchildren to read twenty years from now. There are various options for managing social media accounts after death.

In Facebook settings, for example, you can manage your account by adding a legacy contact—in other words, someone who can manage your Facebook account after you die. Your legacy contact can respond to friend requests, update a profile picture, or pin a post to your profile. Other social media sites, however, such as Twitter and LinkedIn, don’t seem to have similar account management settings. This is where your Online ID will be helpful, especially if you want all those accounts closed right away.

Other sites like DeadSocial help you to create a lasting impression on social media through scheduled posts after you pass away. In their introductory tutorial, DeadSocial suggests your first message tell your family and friends of your passing and that all subsequent messages were created by you “for them to enjoy”.

If you do choose to post after death, be sure to consider how those posts will affect your loved ones. A message from beyond the grave, in theory, may seem pleasant and thoughtful but, in reality, may be damaging to those still grieving your death.

Preparing Your Will

Now that you know that your Will is more than just distributing tangible assets after you pass, you’re ready to create estate plans that suit your needs. Write a list of everything you want to address in your Will, and be sure to include any alternative beneficiaries, digital assets, or social media accounts. By planning now, you can have peace of mind knowing that the fine details have already been taken care of—don’t wait until it’s too late.

How have you personalized your Will?

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The producers of HBO comedy Veep have decided to end the show after its seventh season next year.

The much-loved comedy series about political dysfunction in Washington has won 12 Primetime Emmy Awards since it began in 2012, including two for outstanding comedy series.

HBO programmers called the decision “bittersweet” in a statement.

“We love the show and everyone involved but respect the producers’ choice to bring Selina Meyer’s journey to its conclusion after an extraordinary run of critical and award-winning acclaim,” Casey Bloys, president of programming at HBO, told Variety. “Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ comedic brilliance infused Selina with a dynamic presence and a vibrant wit which will ensure her a place in the history of television’s most iconic comedic characters.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won five consecutive Emmys for her performance as narcissistic Vice President (then failed President) Selina Meyer. She’s up for a sixth Emmy at this year’s awards for best actress in a comedy series.

“It became clear that this season should be the last season,” Louis-Dreyfus told The Hollywood Reporter. “We don’t want to repeat ourselves or wear out our welcome. The story has a finality to it that feels end-of-series.”

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Uh oh. Are the suits over at NBC freaking out cause they are worried that after dumping popular host Tamron Hall for Megyn Kelly that Kelly’s upcoming morning replacement show won’t appeal to younger people and non-whites? Yep, that’s the fear and the predicament the network finds itself in after Hall’s departure.

According to the Daily Beast, the network is freaking out because the performance of Kelly’s current Sunday night show has let execs in a “total panic” about her morning show, which will debut on Sept. 25. As we reported back in January, the network made room for Kelly by axing the 9am hour of the long-running “Today Show” that was co-hosted by Hall and Al Roker.

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“A lot of people were watching the [Sunday] magazine show to try to get a sense of her appeal to the daytime demographic and a sense of how she would be outside of the Fox environment,” one insider told The Daily Beast. “Fox News skews very male… I always tend to think of her as more of a guy’s girl than a girl’s girl… It’s extremely challenging, and I’m not sure Megyn’s personality really connects with women.”

Here’s what TV news analyst Andrew Tyndall had to say about Kelly’s Sunday show and its appeal or lack thereof especially to non-whites:

“The Sunday show laid such an egg that any claims that she had automatic star power, to get people in the door to see what she was doing, have been disavowed… The stardom of the celebrity anchor was a phenomenon of the 1980s back when [flamboyant ABC News president] Roone Arledge was around. In this day and age, the shows make the anchors, not the other way around.”

On the other hand, things are looking up for Hall. She’s working on her own syndicated daytime talk show with the backing of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Like they say, when one door closes, another opens.

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Daniel Craig CONFIRMS he’ll return as James Bond – but claims the next film will definitely be his last

DANIEL Craig has confirmed he will be playing James Bond for the fifth time in new movie Bond 25 – but has also said it will also be his last outing as the spy.

The British actor, 49, made the announcement on US programme The Late Show on Tuesday night, just hours after denying anything was set in stone, due to “personal decisions”.

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The news comes almost two years after Daniel said he’d “rather slash [his] wrists” that return to the role of 007.

He revealed to the live studio audience that he was offered the role again as soon as shooting wrapped on the latest film Spectre.

Trying to hide a grin, Daniel explained: “Instead of saying something with style and grace, I said something really stupid.”

Asked by host Stephen Colbert what that was, he said “yes”.

After much applause and cheering from the audience, Daniel added: “I think this is it.

“I just want to go out on a high note and I can’t wait.”

Daniel, who is married to actress Rachel Weisz, will now begin work on the new flick which is due out in November 2019, with director Yann Demange rumoured to be attached.


Daniel is the third oldest actor to play Bond, after Sean Connery, who played him at 53 in Never Say Never Again, and Sir Roger Moore, who played him at 57 in A View To A Kill.

Back in October 2015, Daniel made his famous statement about reprising the role of Bond, telling Time Out: “I’d rather… slash my wrists.

“No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”

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And when he was asked who he felt should take over, he said: “Look, I don’t give a f***.”

However, asked if he may change his mind, he went on to add: “Who the f*** knows?

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“At the moment, we’ve done it. I’m not in discussion with anybody about anything. If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.”

Spectre was not well-received by critics in 2015 but made an astonishing £684m at the box office.


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Porgs may be food, not friends in ‘The Last Jedi’

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Ever since they were unleashed on an unsuspecting world last month, in a behind-the-scenes video from The Last Jedi, we’ve assumed that porgs are the new trilogy’s cutesy marketing gimmick — Ewoks with feathers and bigger eyes. 

The bird-like creatures are said to be numerous on the islands of Ahch-to, the world where Rey, BB-8, and Chewbacca find Luke Skywalker. They were created by director Rian Johnson, who noted that the real-life Irish island on which they were filming was filled with puffins.  Read more…

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A source close to the channel confirmed the veracity of the email, according to the site. The email is dated late last month and it claims that the money offered would be part of a program in which “white hat IT professionals” are rewarded for “bringing these types of things to our attention.”

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