A U.S. Teacher Broke the Solo Rowing Record for Crossing the Atlantic

(LONDON) — A high school science teacher from Cincinnati, Ohio, has rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean, setting a record for a west-to-east crossing.

Bryce Carlson arrived at St. Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly, off England’s southwestern tip, late Saturday — 38 days, six hours and 49 minutes after setting out from St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The 37-year-old athlete was applauded by relatives and well-wishers as he stepped onto the quay at St. Mary’s Harbour after rowing more than 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) in his 20-foot (6-meter) boat, Lucille.

Carlson capsized several times and endured high waves and the remnants of a hurricane during his journey.

“I feel like I had a lot of luck along the way, and a lot of help,” Carlson said. “Help from my friends, my family, the community — from some higher power, I don’t know.”

The Ocean Rowing Society listed Carlson’s time on its website Sunday as the fastest for a west-to-east unsupported solo row. The previous record was 53 days, eight hours and 26 minutes.

Carlson is also the first American to complete the feat, according to the society.

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This Woman is Helping 50,000 Sisters Travel Solo, Affordably

“As women, we need to give ourselves some time. We need to recoup. We must learn who we are, and traveling solo can help us do that,” says Coleitha Banks, the founder of Sisters Traveling Solo. This purpose-driven woman created a 7,000-member Facebook Group community and turned it into 50,000 members in a year.  Sisters Traveling Solo is a company created to help women of color travel solo.

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By offering unique payment plans, travel planning services for your entire trip, and amazing vacations to places like Peru, Bali, Paris, and more, Sisters Traveling Solo is creating a strong support system that allows women to experience the world in a cost-effective way.

Six years ago, Banks needed a break. She yearned for mental clarity and felt that taking her first solo vacation could help provide the peace of mind she wanted. Banks was determined to take her first solo trip to the 2012 Olympics, and she refused to let the lack of money stop her. With this passion in her heart, she developed a financial plan, took her first solo trip, and had a life-changing experience. Now, even with a corporate job, 90% of all of her trips have been solo, and she has traveled to over 21 different countries.

Currently, Sisters Traveling Solo offers nine trips around the world. “We help make women financially prioritize their travel, and we create an entire experience that is life-changing,“ says Banks. Traveling solo can be inexpensive and the Sisters Traveling Solo Facebook Group helps remove that concern. Here are five ways Banks helps her group members find mental peace through travel in the most cost-effective way:

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Sacrifice Going Out.

Sometimes it is tempting to go out and spend money, especially, if it’s available. However, that disposable income can be used for your vacation. Take the money that you would use during happy hour and set it aside for your vacation. Instead of going out three times a week, save the cash you would have spent, and put it toward your next trip. Sacrifice temporarily, to help ensure that you are living the life of your dreams.

Travel on Deals.

There is no need to spend full price on trips when there are websites like The Flight Deal and Secret Flying. On a daily basis, search for their flight deals, and select the destination of your choice.

Make a Down Payment on Your Lodging.  Never Pay the Full Price Upfront.

If money is a concern for you when planning your travel, make sure that you use websites like Booking.com so that you do not have to pay for your hotel in full, up front. Booking.com does not require all the money at once, but instead a deposit. This will allow you more time to save for your vacation, and still have the dates secured.

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Set a Personal Goal, and Make Your Vacation a Priority.

None of this will work if you are not serious. No more complaining. No more getting frustrated. Make a decision and eliminate all other options. Open a separate online savings account with Goldman Sachs, Capital One 360, or Ally Bank, and start setting aside money each month. Stick with it, and make this trip a priority in your life.

Be Flexible.

Be open to departing from other cities outside of your own. By flying from different destinations your flight can be a lot cheaper.

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'Solo' Writer Jonathan Kasdan Working on 'Indiana Jones 5' Script; Here's Everything We Know

Jonathan Kasdan is making his way around Lucasfilm properties. The screenwriter collaborated with his father, Lawrence Kasdan, on this year's Solo: A Star Wars Story, and now he's reportedly working on the script for Indiana Jones 5. According to Collider, the younger Kasdan has replaced David Koepp (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) for the next sequel in the series.

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How to stay safe when traveling solo around the globe

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Traveling is an incredible way to see the globe, as well as offering up the chance to experience a whole host of new situations. This can be even better if you pack your backpack and head off solo. However, there are some important tips to remember while on your own that will help to keep you safe.

Listen to yourself

Have you ever been somewhere and just had a bad feeling about your surroundings? There is a good reason: our bodies pick up on anything unusual without us even realizing. So if your gut is saying that it’s time to go, it’s better to be safe than sorry. That goes the same for people too – never go anywhere alone with someone you don’t trust.

Research ahead of time

Before you jet off on your adventure, it’s best to get an idea of whereabouts you will be heading. There may have been a recent disaster, or the country could have unknown dress codes that you don’t discover until you get there. By doing all your research, you minimize the risk of any unexpected disasters, so you are free to enjoy your travels.

Trusted car rides

Getting into the car with a stranger sounds like a bad idea, right? So why are we so willing to climb into a taxi? When you’re alone, it’s even more important to make sure you know who you are going to be driving with. Some companies offer a rating system so you can check them out beforehand, while others may provide women-only services for the solo female traveler.

Think about luggage

Yes, we admit it, we have overpacked before jetting off. However, if you are going alone and planning on heading all around the world, do you really want to be lugging a great big heavy suitcase behind you? Chances are you’ll want to spend your time out enjoying yourself, not working out how to try and get your bag up 10,000 steps to the top of an ancient temple. To avoid this issue, just take the money, ID, and belongings you will need when you head out and leave the rest in a safe place back at home.

Be confident

Sadly, people with bad intentions will often pry on those that look lost or confused. If your eyes are stuck to your phone as you try to navigate the winding streets on your new adventure, then the chances are you’ll stand out from the locals. Keep your chin up, walk tall, and act as though you know precisely where you are. That way, pickpockets and other people up to no good will be more likely to leave you alone. Bonus!

Get insured

One of the biggest traveling mistakes is thinking you don’t need to worry about any kind of insurance. Although no one wants to have to make a claim, imagine how much worse it could be if you are ill or something gets stolen while you are traveling alone. Travel insurance doesn’t have to be expensive either. It’s peace of mind for you and your loved ones back home.

Social media savvy

Yes, uploading all your beautiful travel snaps could seem like a brilliant idea. You can share your memories with all your friends as well as make some of them jealous. However, you could also be opening up the door to people know where you are, and they know you’re alone. Instead, it’s probably best to save the uploads until you are back and you can show everyone in person.

Traveling can be an incredible experience for anyone that decides to jet off around the world. The sights and scenes are breathtaking, even without a travel buddy. The world is your oyster, go and enjoy it. Just remember to stay safe!

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Solo Plummets in Second Week at Box Office After Disappointing Debut

(LOS ANGELES) — “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is losing momentum quickly at the box office, even with a relatively quiet weekend free of any new blockbuster competition. After an underwhelming launch, the space saga fell 65 percent in weekend two with $ 29.3 million from North American theaters, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

“Solo” has now earned $ 148.9 million domestically, which is still shy of “Rogue One’s” December 2016 opening weekend of $ 155.1 million and over $ 135 million short of where “Rogue One” was in its second weekend.

The 65 percent drop off is one of the highest in recent “Star Wars” history, although it is less steep than the second week fall of the franchise’s last film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which slid 67.5 percent in weekend two this past December — but, that was also after a $ 220 million debut.

Internationally, “Solo” added $ 30.3 million, and globally the film has netted $ 264.2 million.

Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for comScore, thinks that all the media attention given to “Solo’s” less-than-impressive opening weekend numbers could have actually negatively affected its second weekend earnings.

“Box office got conflated with perceived value of the movie and that might have affected its second weekend,” Dergarabedian said. “Sometimes news of the box office can impact a movie’s bottom line.”

He noted that in comScore’s audience survey, most of the over 1,000 people polled “really liked” the movie.

“Solo’s” tumble brought it even closer to “Deadpool 2,” which is now in its third weekend in theaters and still managed to reel in an estimated $ 23.3 million to take second place. With a domestic total of $ 254.7 million and a crowded marketplace with both “Solo” and “Avengers: Infinity War” surrounding it, “Deadpool 2” is still only about $ 30 million behind where the first film was in its third weekend.

Shailene Woodley’s lost-at-sea drama “Adrift” fared the best of the three newcomers, which included the horror pic “Upgrade” and a Johnny Knoxville comedy “Action Point.” ”Adrift,” from STX Entertainment, washed up in third place with $ 11.5 million, while the others struggled to make a significant impact.

“Upgrade” opened In sixth place with $ 4.5 million, behind both “Avengers: Infinity War” ($ 10.4 million) and “Book Club” ($ 6.8 million), and “Action Point,” which was not screened for critics, landed in ninth place with a dismal $ 2.3 million.

This weekend also saw a few smaller studio landmarks for Magnolia Pictures, whose Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary “RBG” became its highest grossing film ever with $ 7.9 million, and Pantelion Films, which scored a similar feat with “Overboard,” which is now up to $ 45.5 million.

Even with “Solo’s” stumble, the year-to-date box office is still up 6.2 percent as June kicks into gear with some big movies on the horizon, including “Ocean’s 8,” ”Incredibles 2″ and “Jurassic World.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1.”Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $ 29.3 million ($ 30.3 million international).

2.”Deadpool 2,” $ 23.3 million.

3.”Adrift,” $ 11.5 million.

4.”Avengers: Infinity War,” $ 10.4 million.

5.”Book Club,” $ 6.8 million.

6. “Upgrade,” $ 4.5 million.

7.”Life of the Party,” $ 3.5 million.

8.”Breaking In,” $ 2.8 million.

9.”Action Point,” $ 2.3 million.

10.”Overboard,” $ 2 million.


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How Important is ‘Solo’ Pirate Enfys Nest to the Star Wars Saga?

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Enfys Nest has been shrouded in mystery ever since there was any news about the character appearing in Solo. Everything from whether Nest was an antagonist or ally, to the character’s gender, has been called into question. It’s not until the climax of Solo that we find out who Enfys Nest really is – a young woman intent on thwarting Dryden Vos’s Crimson Dawn crime syndicate and proving herself a thorn in the side of the Empire. She might also just have proved herself the most significant new addition to the franchise.

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Throughout the film, Nest and her gang of Cloud-Riders are painted as the enemy of Tobias Beckett’s crew, which includes Han Solo. Beckett is attempting to deliver a consignment of valuable hyperfuel coaxium to powerful gangster Dryden Vos, who will pay top dollar.

But at every turn, they’re confronted by Enfys Nest’s gang. It’s a jaw-dropping moment when Nest actually reveals herself to be aligned with Solo. She wants to get her hands on the coaxium not only to prevent it falling into Vos’s clutches but also as a valuable resource to help fund a nascent rebellion.

“It’s the blood that brings life to something new,” she says of coaxium. “A rebellion.”

Significant or Symbolic?


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Enfys Nest and her Cloud-Riders.

Enfys Nest’s closing words will make the hairs on your neck stand to attention. Could Enfys Nest be a key instigator of the Rebellion – one that to date we’ve heard nothing about? Our knowledge of the early days of the Rebellion is that its founding members were Mon Mothma, Bail Organa and Padmé Amidala. But could Enfys Nest also have had a big role to play? Or is it simply that her particular rebel cell merely becomes integrated into the larger movement at some point?

It’s possible that she and the Cloud-Riders exist purely for thematic reasons. They could be relatively insignificant, instead simply representative of the growing sense of unrest and the early rumblings of rebellion. A bit like ‘Broom Boy’ from the end of The Last Jedi, who director Rian Johnson insists is not important as a character, but exists symbolically to convey the idea of hope.

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But what if she’s more important? Solo takes place 10 years before Rogue One and A New Hope, so Nest could have presumably spent the intervening years laying the foundations for the Rebellion, selling her coaxium haul and spending the proceeds on assembling resources and recruits.

We learn very little about her character, save for the fact that she appears to be cut from the same cloth as her mother, who resisted the Empire when they plundered her home planet for resources. With loose ends left untied and avenues opened but not explored in Solo, the way is paved for a sequel or two in which we could learn more about Enfys Nest. With details about her still sketchy, it seems there’s a larger reason for her concealing her identity with a mask and voice distorter than simply not wanting to be caught. Is she hiding her past? Who was she really, before she became Enfys Nest?

A Saw Gerrera Crossover

Her gang is also full of intriguing characters who could benefit from further development. One of which is a Tognath known as Tubes. This is interesting because there are clear links here with a couple of characters introduced in Rogue One. Two of the members of Saw Gererra’s extremist rebel gang are Tognath ‘eggmatesBenthic and Edrio ‘Two Tubes’. If Enfys Nest crew member Tubes has anything to do with these guys, it could mean that future films might explore a crossover with Enfys Nest and Saw Gerrera. Bringing Forest Whitaker’s fan favourite character back into the film franchise.

We demand to know where Enfys Nest fits in now that Solo has seen fit to draw attention to her potentially huge contribution to the entire saga, and look forward to news of a Solo sequel to answer these nagging questions.

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One of the intriguing aspects of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” involves whether fans embrace Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover as they approximate younger versions of Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams. And if that seems self-evident, given a recent trend in movies — and “Star Wars” in particular — it’s a welcome departure from using computer gimmickry to “de-age,” or even resurrect, actors.


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What We Want to See in a Solo Lando Movie

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Solo: A Star Wars Story is now in cinemas, meaning audiences are getting a first glimpse at Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian. And if the reaction to his effortlessly cool performance in my screening is anything to go by, people want more. So if young Lando gets his own spin-off movie, this is what we’d like to see.

Hustlers, Gamblers and Space Pirates

Lando Calrissian is a smuggler, a scoundrel, and a card sharp. He thinks nothing of cheating at Sabacc when he first meets Han Solo. And he has a pretty intense relationship with his droid L3-37, who claims that they haven’t had sexual relations. But we aren’t so sure.

So let’s see the darker corners of the Star Wars universe explored in a standalone Lando flick. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly Radio in the above video, Glover says that Calrissian hangs out with “hustlers and gamblers and space pirates,” so let’s spend time with these less salubrious characters.

Adopting the tone of something like Firefly, the film could focus on those background characters who frequent that den of scum and villainy, the Mos Eisley Cantina. Becoming less about the Rebellion, and more akin to Goodfellas, Ocean’s 11, or Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in space. And if the film is a less-PG Star Wars, let’s sex it up, Barbarella-style. Speaking of which…

Blob Sex


Sex in the 1988 version of The Blob.

A pansexual is someone who is attracted to people regardless of their sex or gender identity. Add aliens and droids into that mix, and we’ve got the makings of a pretty intriguing Lando movie. And while it’s a little after the fact — with Solo already very much in the can — co-writer Jonathan Kasdan has been talking to Entertainment Weekly about the character’s pansexuality.

“There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee’s sexuality [in the movies]. I mean, I would have loved to have gotten a more explicitly LGBT character into this movie. I think it’s time, certainly, for that and I love the fluidity; sort of the spectrum of sexuality that Donald appeals to and that droids are a part of. He doesn’t make any hard and fast rules.”

So let’s see Lando making love to an alien, a droid, and — if Star Wars really wants to push the envelope — a guy. Donald is game too. “How can you not be pansexual in space?” he told EW. “There are so many things to have sex with… If you’re in space it’s kind of like, the door is open. It’s like, no, only guys or girls. No, it’s anything. This thing is literally a blob. Are you a man or a woman? Like, who cares. Have a good time out here!”

Frasier in Space


Kelsey Grammer likes the sound of Frasier in Space.

Lando is cool, calm, and collected. A smooth-talking charmer who is both charismatic and debonair. Roger Moore’s James Bond would be our reference point, but when speaking about the character, Donald Glover made a very different comparison. To TV’s Frasier Crane.

When asked if he’d like to write a Lando movie, Glover told Entertainment Weekly Radio: “Yeah, I think it would be fun to do. it would be cool to see, like, Frasier in Space. Like a high-end guy in space.”

We’re onboard with that, Lando cruising around the galaxy being all funny and sophisticated. Maybe with his weird brother and cantankerous Dad. And if Glover is writing, Hiro Murai must direct. The pair make Atlanta together, and as well as looking amazing, it’s one of the smartest shows on TV. While the way in which it regularly defies expectation is something that the current crop of Star Wars films could really learn from.

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Cape Town.

Finally, we want capes. LOTS MORE CAPES. There’s a clunky Solo scene in which Qi’ra explores Lando’s cape armoire, and worries that he might have too many. NO. Lando doesn’t have enough. Costume designer David Crossman says they were inspired by the ostentatious rock stars of the 1970s.

“We were looking at a lot of our favourite rock stars [like Jimi] Hendrix, Marvin Gaye,” Crossman told StarWars.com. “[Costume Designer] Glyn [Dillon] had a picture of Marvin Gaye with this leather collar with the detail, which we looked at for Lando. And I think the cape thing just kind of grew a bit because even in the original film, Lando, fair enough, he’s always wearing a cape but… we’re doing this kind of young, aspirant Lando that’s kind of using all his money to buy clothes and project himself.”

So we want Calrissian to earn more money in a spin-off, and to then spend a chunk of the run-time shopping for capes. Do that — maybe via a montage that uses Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ — and the filmmakers won’t even need a trailer. Just play that scene, relax, and enjoy Lando making a billion dollars.

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The sexiest ships in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

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Star Wars has some great ships, but it also has some great ships, and Solo is no exception. You know the ships I mean – ships that make you want to take straight to space, don a cape, and punch it right into hyperdrive. 

Friendships. Relationships. Situationships. Star Wars has is it all, from the day Luke kissed his sister to the time Anakin went blind with love, or something. Let’s dive into the ships of Solo and wonder how anyone had time to make the Kessel Run when there was so much flirting to get on with.

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‘Solo’ takes flight

As “Rogue One” demonstrated, there’s a rich vein of material in “Star Wars” prequels, just waiting to be mined. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” will surely make off with plenty of that loot, even if the movie requires considerable time to take flight, recovering from a messy, flat opening half before rallying and picking up speed down the stretch.


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For the first time since 2005, a Star Wars movie is opening in late May. The first six Star Wars movies debuted in theaters in front of sold-out crowds during this same timeframe, and Solo: A Star Wars Story, which officially arrives on May 25, will mark the first Star Wars spin-off movie to arrive alongside what many consider to be the real beginning of summer: Memorial Day weekend.

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We’re one month away from the release of the next Star Wars movie. Solo: A Star Wars Story is the latest of the supposed standalone installments of the franchise, separate from the "Skywalker Saga" episodes released in alternate years. Solo focuses on the early years of Han Solo with a recast Alden Ehrenreich in the role made famous by Harrison Ford. We’ll now get to see what the "stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder" was like and what he was doing…

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Kanye West Announces Release Dates for a New Solo Album and Kid Cudi Collaboration

Kanye West’s Twitter comeback has finally yielded the good news we’ve all been waiting for.

The rapper, whose recent string of tweets are set to become a book (supposedly), teased his musical return on Thursday. West started by simply writing on Twitter, “My album is 7 songs.” He followed up by sharing the date of June 1.

But that’s not it! The 21-time Grammy winner, whose last album The Life of Pablo was released in Feb. 2016, revealed that just one week later he’d be dropping a collaboration album with Kid Cudi under the group name Kids See Ghost.

The collaboration between West and Cudi is notable considering the former label-mates had been going back-and-forth at each other in 2016, before eventually squashing their beef.

Representatives for the two rappers didn’t immediately respond to EW’s request for further comment.

West kept the release date news rolling, revealing that other GOOD Music artists Pusha T (May 25) and Teyana Taylor (June 22) also have forthcoming albums.

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The new poster for the Lando movie — I mean ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ — is a stunner

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Just about everything we’ve seen of the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story has been met with the same fan reaction. Uh … can we get Lando: A Donald Glover Story instead, please?

This was true of the first trailer, where the young Lando — played by actor/writer/director/rapper/comedian Donald Glover — stole the show with a single second of screen time. The rapscallion is at it again in the newly released poster for the movie, where he displays more personality than all six of the other characters taking up most of the frame combined.

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Do yourself a favor and travel solo at least once

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel on your own? Whether you have tried it in the past or not, there are many advantages to solitude, especially when taking a trip, even if you think you are one of those who simply can’t breath when other people are not around them. It’s definitely not for everyone, and we understand why it would seem scary, especially when you are a female traveling alone, but if you have the time and the courage, you should certainly give it a try.

With summer just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time start nurturing that wanderlust of yours by showing you why traveling solo can be the most amazing adventure of your life. It’s time to pack your bags, grab a book or two and hit that road to freedom, just you and yourself.

Freedom

When traveling alone, you have the freedom to choose when and where you want to go certain places, your mind is basically clear of all those outside noises. Freedom is a big part of what turns a trip to an awesome one, because it allows you to let go of your daily routine life and just live it like you never would back home. Your thoughts and mind will flow more freely and will get a real break, the break that you deserve.

Spontaneity

You’ll have a better chance at ‘living in the moment’ and be spontaneous because you won’t have to take anyone else into consideration. In fact, you can even take it a step further, and decide not to connect with the outside world for a few hours a day, for instance. That way you could reflect on everything you have going on in the purest way possible. Live in the moment and experience those places like you want to.

Growth

Traveling alone, whether you realize it now or not, will really push yourself to grow as a person. You’ll encounter the most uncomfortable situations, and you’ll have no one but yourself to count on. And you know what, sometimes we know best, we just have society in the way that makes us doubt our actions sometimes. Step outside of your comfort zone and be inspired by everything around you. Basically, get comfy with the thought of being uncomfortable, you will do yourself a big favor.

Time

As mentioned before, freedom is priceless when traveling. Sure, going on a trip with a bunch of friends, whether it’s a festival, a camping trip or a city tour, can be fun. However, you usually live off someone else’s schedule and synchronizing your plans and expectations can be a hard task. Well guess what? When you travel alone, you’re on your own time zone. You can wake up for coffee whenever you want, take a nap at any time of the day and decide if you want to rush things or take your time.

Home

Every good trip also comes to an end eventually. You pretty much pack all your belongings and unpack your memories when you return home. When you travel with another person (family, partner, roomie or your BFF) you go back home with those shared memories and all you can do is reminisce together. When you travel solo, you get to tell your story in your own imaginative way. In addition, after spending so much time alone, you will probably miss the closes people to you more than you think, which is always a good thing in any kind of a relationship. You will come home more complete and understanding of them, and of yourself.

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The Week in Movie News: ‘A Quiet Place’ Made Some Noise, Plus ‘Solo,’ ‘The Meg’ and More

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A Quiet Place is a huge hit: John Krasinski's A Quiet Place surprised at the box office by becoming one of the biggest horror hits of all time, and now we're likely to get a sequel plus more substantial projects for the actor-turned-director. Read more on the success here, see what's next for Krasinski and Emily Blunt here and what A Quiet Place…

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Shares at Least One Character With ‘Rogue One’

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Shares at Least One Character With 'Rogue One'

Since the debut of the new Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer Sunday night, fans have been digging through footage for Easter eggs and clues about the latest standalone prequel. There are fun references to other iconic lines in the original Star Wars trilogy, and even possibly a nod to the Star Wars Holiday Special with an appearance of Chewbacca's wife, Mallatobuck (or just Malla). But there's one noteworthy cameo that most trailer detectives missed. …

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ to Debut at Cannes

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' to Debut at Cannes

Back in 2002, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones screened at the Cannes Film Festival, widely considered the most prestigious festival in the world. Three years later, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith made its world premiere during the festival.

Now Solo: A Star Wars Story (top) will follow in their red-carpet footsteps. Deadline reports that a special screening of the film has been scheduled in Cannes on May 15, ten days before it opens in theaters worldwide on May 25.

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Uh-oh, Disney has some explaining to do about these ‘Solo’ posters…

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We’re already nervous about Solo: A Star Wars Story, and that’s only getting worse now that it looks like Disney may have plagiarized a French artist for the posters.

The super-swaggy character posters for Solo came out in February along with the trailer, giving the Star Wars prequel a quaint pop art vibe. They also happen to be almost identical to a series of album covers designed in 2015 by Hachim Bahous, who shared the similarities on Facebook.

“I am flattered that the quality of my work is recognized, but it is still pure and simple forgery,” Bahous wrote (translated from French). “I have not been asked for my permission, I wish to be credited and paid for this work I have done for Sony!” Read more…

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Movie News: Where ‘Solo’ Fits in the ‘Star Wars’ Timeline

Movie News: Where 'Solo' Fits in the 'Star Wars' Timeline

Solo: A Star Wars Story: We've known for quite some time that Solo: A Star Wars Story will explore the early days of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich), but when exactly in the Star Wars timeline does it take place? According to a new timeline available from publisher Del Rey Books, events in the film begin after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and before both the animated series Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Look for Solo in theaters on May 25, 2018. [Slashfilm]…

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Movie News: Ron Howard Confirms Jon Favreau in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Movie News: Ron Howard Confirms Jon Favreau in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Solo: A Star Wars Story: Director Ron Howard has confirmed via social media that Jon Favreau (above) will be voicing "a very cool & important alien character" in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Earlier in the month, Favreau shared a photo of himself with Howard and Lawrence Kasdan, who cowrote the script, and also included hashtags that hinted at the connection. The movie opens on May 25. [Twitter]

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Influences Include ‘Heat’ and ‘The Big Lebowski’

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Influences Include 'Heat' and 'The Big Lebowski'

The original Star Wars is a mashup of influences from sci-fi serials and samurai movies, so it makes sense that other installments of the franchise would also take a lot of inspiration from other classic films. That's the case with the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, which goes back before the events of the first movie to show the early adventures of Han Solo, Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian. 

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Setting off across the world, completely alone, can easily be both an empowering prospect and terrifying notion.

Not having to answer to the call of anyone but the wild, nor worry about the specific requirements of any fellow travellers can make for a truly personal travel journey, allowing you to connect on a deeper level to the places and people you come across. But, undertaking a solo travel trip for the first time is understandably daunting, and presents many challenges alongside its advantages – what if you don’t feel safe? What if you get lonely? What if you can’t afford to pay a single traveller premium? To answer some of these perennial questions, and to celebrate the release of our new Solo Travel Handbook, our next #lpexpert hour will be dedicated to the nuanced subject of travelling alone.

Join us on Thursday 15 February at 16:30 GMT, as solo travel blogger and Lonely Planet Trailblazer Dan Clarke of Dan Flying Solo, and travel writer and solo travel enthusiast MaSovaida Morgan take the reigns of our Twitter account to answer all of your queries regarding travelling solo. They’ll be ready with advice, inspiration and personal anecdotes on everything from planning a solo travel trip to dealing with homesickness and how to make friends on the road.

How do I take part?

  1. Follow @lonelyplanet and the hashtag #lpexperthour on Twitter on Thursday 15 February at 16:30 GMT/ 8:30 PST.
  2. Tweet us your questions by including our handle @lonelyplanet and the hashtag #lpexperthour.
  3. Stay tuned to our feed to see advice and answers direct from Dan and MaSovaida. While we’ll do our best to answer your questions, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to address each and every one.

Introducing our hosts:

MaSovaida Morgan

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MaSovaida is professional travel writer, editor, photographer and video host. Throughout her career, MaSovaida has undertaken countless solo travel trips, during which she has hiked through the Andes, learned the traditional Rapa Nui dance in Easter Island, and ridden a sky bike in Ecuador, on a wire 200 feet above a river gorge!

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Daniel has been a full time traveller for the past three years and loves the freedom, excitement and local interactions you get from travelling solo. With around 60 countries under his belt, and many of those visited alone, he’s passionate about exploring the world while kicking the fear of going solo. He records his experiences on his hugely popular blog Dan Flying Solo.

Heading off alone? Check out our top trips for solo travel, and ask our Thorn Tree community for tips, advice and inspiration. 

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The Week in Movie News: New ‘Star Wars’ Movies and TV Shows, First ‘Solo’ Trailer and More

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Netflix dropped The Cloverfield Paradox out of the blue: Movie fans got a surprise treat on Super Bowl Sunday as Netflix debuted its first trailer for the new Cloverfield movie, The Cloverfield Paradox, and revealed that it would start streaming immediately after the game. Check out the trailer here, how it ties to the other movies here and what's next for the…

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer: All Your Questions Answered

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Trailer: All Your Questions Answered

We finally got our first look at Solo: A Star Wars Story during the Super Bowl last night, and then a longer teaser arrived this morning. So, we've seen what Alden Ehrenreich looks like as young Han Solo, but what else do the two spots show us? We've got some of your initial questions answered down below. First, let's look at the longer trailer once again:

 

 

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All the 2018 Super Bowl Movie Trailers: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ and More

All the 2018 Super Bowl Movie Trailers: 'Solo: A Star Wars Story,' 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' and More

The Big Game is over, but a big year for movies is only just beginning! Thankfully, we now have a better idea of what to expect from some of 2018’s most anticipated blockbusters. From our first look at Solo: A Star Wars Story to Tom Cruise and the gang’s return in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, we’ve gathered all the TV spots and trailers for your convenience below.

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Slow-Ticketing Savvy: Jay Z’s ‘4:44’ Tour Becomes Highest-Grossing Solo Tour

Shawn “Jay Z” Carter’s 4:44 album has gotten a lot of buzz since it debuted this past summer, with themes of black economic empowerment, celebrity family feuds, infidelity, and social injustice becoming hot topics of discussion among fans and critics. (The album even inspired a financial fitness book by Ash “Cash” Exantus, a 2017 pick for BE Modern Man and financial literacy advocate who has created quite a buzz of his own.)

The momentum for 4:44 hasn’t stopped. According to reports, despite slow ticket sales, it was the highest-grossing solo tour, raking in more than $ 48 million in November and December for the 32-show tour.

Last year, Jay Z used a “slow ticketing model,” according to Billboard, “blocking out bots and scalpers that instantly buy up tickets by pricing premium tickets higher and closer to their actual value.” Lower-priced $ 6 tickets were being sold on sites like StubHub for less desirable seats. The result: When aggressive pricing is applied to front-row seats, VIP experiences, and platinum tickets, ticket resellers are faced with a major challenge because those tickets are closer to the actual market value—a major win for Jay Z and Live Nation in terms of capturing more revenue and creating little opportunity for brokers to hike up ticket prices for the best seats.

Some saw the low-priced tickets as a sign of soft interest in the tour but the rapper, along with Live Nation, has proven skeptics wrong with the latest gross earnings. Billboard also reports that average gross for the 4:44 Tour’s completed shows is up 21% over his 2013 Magna Carter Tour. Platinum-selling artists including Radiohead, the Weeknd, One Direction, and U2 have all presented sellout shows using the slow-ticketing model.

Jay Z’s use of the model comes as yet another major boss move the hip-hop mogul has made in the past year, having just cut another 10-year Live Nation deal that mostly covers his tour business and has reportedly shifted away from the full 360 model initially brokered. He also joined the likes of Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Berry Gordy when he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (with recorded congrats from former President Obama himself). And 2018 began with wins: The $ 810-million music industry leader was honored this month with four NAACP Image Award nominations, including one for “Entertainer of the Year,” and another for “Outstanding Album” for 4:44.

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Rumor Roundup: Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in ‘Venom’? Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’?

Rumor Roundup: Tom Holland's Spider-Man in 'Venom'? Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'?

Is Hollywood trying to keep some big secrets? Are fan sites just trying to stir up attention? Either way, these three major rumors are circulating on the web this week:

 

Is Spider-Man in Venom?

How do you create Venom as a character without Spider-Man? We shall see when Sony's eponymous Venom hits theaters this fall. Or maybe the villain-turned-antihero's origins will be the same as in the comics after all. According to filmmaker Jon Schnepp (The Death of…

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‘Solo’ UPDATE: Official Synopsis Revealed

It might not be hitting screens until May 25, 2018, but news about Solo is already emerging. And with principal photography now underway, we’re expecting announcements to be made at regular intervals over the next few months. The following feature is, therefore, everything we know about the film thus far, which we’ll be updating as and when news breaks, with the oldest info at the bottom of the article and the most recent at the top.

Solo Gets an Official Synopsis



January 17, 2018 – The Solo plot will apparently be as follows: “Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.” STILL no sign of that trailer however.

Ron Howard Tweets New Behind-the-Scenes Pic

January 2, 2018 – We don’t have a trailer for the Han Solo movie yet, which is a bit odd as it’s slated to hit screens in May. What we do have however, is a brand-new behind-the-scenes photo. Coming courtesy of Ron Howard’s personal Twitter, it’s a picture of a gloved figure driving some kind of speeder, and looks less like Star Wars, and more like Back to the Future. Howard Tweeted the pic alongside the message: “Happy New Year from Team #Solo. We’re pretty pumped for 2018.” As are we Ron. Now where’s that trailer?

John Williams to Write Han Solo Theme


Star Wars maestro John Williams. On the right.

December 30, 2017 – With the release of Solo fast-approaching, we’ve got exciting news on the music front. According to Variety, Star Wars legend John Williams will be writing a special Han Solo theme for the movie. John Powell — whose previous credits include Happy Feet, How to Train Your Dragon and United 93 — is writing the full score. But Williams — who previously won an Oscar for his work on the original Star Wars movie — will be crafting a special piece of music for the title character. And we can’t wait to hear it.

Production Wraps, Watch Ron Howard Reveal Film’s Title

October 17, 2017 – Production has wrapped on the Han Solo film and director Ron Howard took to Twitter to announce the news. He also revealed the name of the film as Solo: A Star Wars Story. Watch the above video for a comical bit between Howard and an off-screen Chewbacca.

Paul Bettany Wraps

September 18, 2017 – Paul Bettany has finished up work on the Han Solo movie. The British-born actor joined the cast less than three weeks ago, as part of reshoots for the film’s new director, Ron Howard. The pair had previously worked together on A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code.

There’s still no word regarding who Bettany will be playing. But rumours that it would be a fully CG character may very well be incorrect, as the outfit he is wearing in the above photo looks like something a live-action character would wear in the Star Wars universe.

Paul Bettany Joins the Cast During Reshoots

September 1, 2017 – Ron Howard is hard at work taking the helm from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and it looks like he’s going to be adding to the cast when it’s necessary. Paul Bettany has been brought on as a new character. Howard confirmed the addition with the above tweet.

No word yet on what role Bettany will be playing, but it’s possible he is replacing the role that Michael K. Williams had to give up due to scheduling. If that ends up being the case, there could be some problematic issues with this last minute addition. If not, we’ll have to see how Bettany will be featured in the new film.

Michael Kenneth Williams Cut From Movie


Michael K. Williams in Hap and Leonard.

August 23, 2017 – With Ron Howard taking over directing duties on the Han Solo movie and reshoots currently happening, there was bound to be comings and goings. And Michael Kenneth Williams is the first casualty, the actor – who was apparently playing a half-human, half-animal in the film – being cut out of the movie due to scheduling issues with the film he’s currently shooting – spy thriller The Red Sea Diving Resort.

Speaking to Deadline, Williams said “When Ron Howard got hired to finish out the film, there were some reshoot issues that needed to be done in regards to my character, in order for it to match the new direction which the producers wanted Ron to carry the film in. And that would have required me on a plane a month ago to London, to Pinewood, to do reshoots. But I’m here, on location in Africa. It’s scheduling.”

Williams says he’s disappointed as he felt great about the work he’d done with the film’s original directors – Phil Lord and Chris Miller. But adds that he hopes it isn’t the end of his Star Wars journey. “I don’t think that me not being in the Star Wars family is final,” Williams told Deadline. “I left with a very good taste in my mouth about the whole family, and I hope that I left a good taste in their mouth. They’re a great group of people.”

First Look at Chewie in Action. Kinda.

July 31, 2017 – Emilia Clarke has shared a video of Chewbacca raging on the Han Solo set. To celebrate reaching 10m followers on Instagram, the Game of Thrones star posted a video of the Wookie running from side-to-side, then appearing to attack. Joonas Suotamo now plays Chewbacca in the Star Wars flicks, while we STILL have no idea who Clarke is playing in the movie which STILL doesn’t have a name.

Vader Appearing at School Rather than in Han Solo Movie

Seems Darth Vader WON’T be appearing in the Han Solo movie. Spencer Wilding – the actor who now plays Vader in the Star Wars movie – recently pulled out of a convention, sparking a flurry of rumours that he would be donning the big black helmet for the prequel. But turns out that isn’t the case – rather Wilding will be visiting a couple of schools in Australia that week. Writing on his Facebook page, Wilding said

“Just to let u all no I am 💯 % not filming on starwars… the comic con promoters of the show put 1on1 together and got 69 lol and they just try to guess y I canceled and came up with that … so sorry guys defo not true they have removed it of there site now . Star Wars is such s huge show and it’s amazing how a rumor like that can spread so fast so we have nipped it in the bud . I can’t wait to see HanSolo as much as u lot so for now.”

Han Solo Movie is Now a Willow Reunion


Ron Howard (l) and Warwock Davis (r) on the set of Willow.

July 27, 2017 – Warwick Davis Tweeted that he was on the Han Solo set on May 4th, suggesting he was visiting old friends, or actually had a part in the movie….

Now the latter has been confirmed, via a Tweet from Warwick’s old Willow director – and current Han Solo director – Ron Howard…

Followed by one from Davis himself…

Davis has of course appeared in previous Star Wars movies, playing Wicket in Return of the Jedi and the Ewok movies, a whole bunch of characters in The Phantom Menace, Wollivan in The Force Awakens, Weeteef Cyubee in Rogue One and Rukh in Star Wars Rebels.

There’s no word yet regarding who he’ll play in the Han Solo movie, but here’s hoping it’s some kind of Willow throwback.

Rogue One Darth Vader Actor May Join Cast


Darth Vader in Rogue One.

July 26, 2017 – Spencer Wilding, the actor who played Darth Vader in Rogue One, may be joining the Han Solo movie. According to Star Wars News Net, Wilding recently canceled a convention appearance stating that “he will be filming the newest film in the Star Wars Universe.”

If true, this could mean Vader will be making an appearance in the Solo spin-off. That’d be big news, but it’s not all that surprising considering Vader and his likeness have become a cornerstone of the new Star Wars films, even the ones he’s not actually in.

First Look at Woody Harrelson On Set

July 10, 2017 – TMZ has posted some on-set photos that feature Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo and Woody Harrelson, our first glimpse at the latter in character. Slightly younger Chewbacca – who looks a lot like old Chewbacca – also features, as does a woman, who may well be Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke. The grainy photos were apparently shot while Phil Lord and Chris Miller were still directing the prequel, and don’t give much away, though TMZ claims the scene is taking place in some kind of space station.

Ron Howard Directing


Ron Howard has landed the biggest gig in the galaxy.

June 23, 2017 – It’s official – the artist formerly known as Richie Cunningham will be directing the remainder of the Han Solo movie. Kathleen Kennedy made the announcement via the following statement: “At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago. With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

Ron Howard Directing?


Could Ron Howard be about to take the reigns on a Star Wars movie?

June 21, 2017 – Big, BIG news on the Han Solo front. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are no longer directing the movie due to “creative differences.” You can read our full article on their departure here, but the statement from Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kenned reads as follows: “Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon.”

Who that new director will be is now the source of wild speculation, with The Hollywood Reporter claiming that Ron Howard, Joe Johnstone and Lawrence Kasdan are the current frontrunners to land the gig. Watch this space…

The Title Might Be ‘Solo’


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June 14, 217 – Some leaked photos of a film crew shirt have made their way online and they could reveal the title of the movie. The shirt simply says, Solo. Is it possible that this is the finalized title? Another shirt – from the stunt team – does call the movie Han Solo so this isn’t an official confirmation yet. But, short titles often go over well with audiences and marketing executives. And using Han’s iconic blaster as the L in his name? Cute. It is worth noting that the crew shirt has a picture of a movie camera with the phrase, “We shot first,” underneath it. Even cuter.

Thandie Newton Says Han Solo Shoot Defied Her Expectations

June 7, 2017 – Speaking to Oprah Winfrey as part of Variety’s ‘Actors on Actors’ series, Thandie Newton discussed landing a role in the Han Solo movie, but wouldn’t be drawn on specific details. Though Newton did reveal that the experience was different to what she was expecting. “I just had these ideas of what it would be, you know, and it was completely different to everything I imagined and I’m so thrilled. But I’ve signed a non-disclosure and can’t say a word, which is frustrating because you know me – I like to chat it up.”

Is This Tatooine?



June 3, 2017 – Leaked photos might give us our first glimpse at Tatooine in the Han Solo movie. The pictures – which StarWarsNewsNet found via Canarias7 – feature a desert landscape filled with damaged and abandoned buildings and huts. The Spanish site claims the location is Corellia – Han Solo’s home – but with that planet featuring forests and jungles, it seems unlikely. We know Tatooine is a desert planet – one where Solo spent time in the Cantina and did business with Jabba the Hutt – so the evidence points to young Han spending time there in the new film.

The First Photos of the Han Solo Movie Set Are Crazy

May 19, 2017 – The shifty crew over at TMZ have posted some spy photos from the set of the Han Solo movie. In them, you can clearly see Alden Ehrenreich in a costume which is very different from Han Solo’s OG outfit. Additionally, there are a few shots of some odd vehicles, including one that Han appears to drive that’s reminiscent of the classic Adam West-era Batmobile. There are wheels visible on the vehicles, but we’re pretty sure those are going to be taken out using visual effects.

First Look at Han’s Hair?

May 15, 2017 – Alden Ehrenreich was hanging out with Woody Harrelson and Jennifer Lawrence in London over the weekend, and a pic that Woody posted on his Instagram might have given us our first glimpse at Han Solo’s hair-do in the film. And it looks suitably retro and Han Solo-esque. So bravo to whoever has been chopping those locks.

We Might Have the Names of Two New Characters


Do we now know who Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge is playing in the film?

May 4, 2017 – The following could be SPOILERS, so tread carefully. But, if MakingStarWars is to be believed, two new characters in the movie will be called Mother Proxima and Val. Mother Proxima will apparently be some kind of puppet, operated by one of the guys responsible for BB-8, Dave Chapman. If the character also also has an element of performance-captured CGI, this could be the role that Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge is playing. As for Val, the site knows little about the character other than the fact that he/she gets “top billing” so the smart money is on this being Emilia Clark’s role.

Han’s Solo’s Name is DEFINITELY Han Solo


Han Solo = Han Solo.

April 17, 2017 – As we thought might be the case below, Disney boss Bob Iger didn’t literally mean that Han Solo is not his name. Speaking to MTV at Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy cleared up the confusion by saying “I’m not sure that that’s entirely what Bob meant. There’s more to Han Solo’s name, but it’s not that it’s not his name. It’s obviously his name. It will always be his name.”

Case closed.

The Name Game


Harrison Ford as Han Solo.

March 24, 2017 – While speaking at a USC business event, Disney CEO Bob Iger said the following: “We’re actually shooting now an origin story of Han Solo, which will come out in 2018, that picks up with Han Solo when he was 18-years-old and takes him through when he was 24. There are a few significant things that happen in Han Solo’s life, like acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookie, that will happen in this film. You will discover how he got his name.”

Now Iger might just be talking about Solo gaining his reputation as the galaxy’s greatest smuggler. But if he’s speaking literally, it sounds like the film will explain how he came by his name. Intriguing.

Han Solo Cast Unveiled

February 21, 2017 – The first pic of the cast has been posted from the film’s set. It features directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord at the controls of the Millennium Falcon alongside stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Joonas Suotamo, who is in his Chewbacca costume. There’s no sign of Thandie Newton, but a press release on StarWars.com confirms that she’ll be in the film.

The release states that principal photography kicked off February 20, with the co-directors quoted as saying: “Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique voices, come together for the sole purpose of making art, is nothing short of miraculous. We can’t think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, and really lucky.”

The following crew members were also confirmed: Chris Dickens (Editor), Dominic Tuohy (SFX Supervisor), Rob Bredow (VFX Supervisor), Brad Allan (Action Designer), Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Neil Lamont (Production Designer), Dave Crossman and Glyn Dillon (Co-Costume Designers), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Lisa Tomblin (Hair), Amanda Knight (Make-Up) and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).

Thandie Newton May Join the Cast

February 10, 2017 – Westworld actress Thandie Newton may join the cast in an undisclosed role. Because Newton is a woman of color, there’s been some fan speculation that she’ll play Sana Starros, though we don’t think she’s quite a match for that character. Expect to hear more soon.

Also up for a part is Phoebe Waller-Bridge, star of Amazon’s Fleabag. Again, nothing known about her possible role as yet, but Variety  reports that she’s in the running for a motion capture performance-related part.

The Movie Won’t Be Called ‘Red Cup’

January 30, 2017 – Co-director Chris Miller posted the above Tweet to herald the start of principal photography on ‘Red Cup’ together with the words ‘Han First Shot’, in reference to the Greedo debacle. And while we won’t get into that controversy here, we will state, for the record, that this name is just a placeholder and the film won’t be called ‘Red Cup.’

Woody Harrelson Might be Playing Garris Shrike



January 11, 2017 – Rumours had been circulating that Woody Harrelson would appear in the movie, and in early January 2017 we got confirmation, with StarWars.com making the announcement and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller stating, “We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody. His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”

But which character is he playing? Speculation was rife that it would be some kind of mentor role, akin to his character in the Hunger Games movie, Haymitch. And as Garris Shrike fits that bill in multiple Star Wars books, fans started to put two-and-two together, prompting Variety to ask him if he was indeed playing Shrike in the movie. And having squirmed in his chair for a few seconds, Harrelson said yes.

Though with Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo Tweeting the following, there’s a chance he might have been answering the ‘mentor’ portion of the question rather than referring to the name:

Either way, if you’re interested in finding out more about Garris Shrike, he has an extensive page on Wookiepedia, which includes details of his rescuing Solo from the streets, raising him, training him to be a thief and con-man, and ultimately falling out with him.

Emilia Clark is in the Film


Emilia Clarke kicking ass and taking names in Terminator: Genisys.

November 18, 2016 – London-born actress Emilia Clarke– who shot to fame as Daenerys Targaryan on Game of Thrones – has been cast in the film, though we don’t yet know who she’ll play. Maybe a love interest for Han or Lando? Or maybe the pair of them, with both scoundrels competing for her affections.

That said, having played the ruthless ‘Mother of Dragons’ in GOT and Sarah Connor in Terminator GenisysClarke has proved her mettle onscreen, so don’t be surprised to see her following in the footsteps of recent Star Wars heroines Rey and Jyn by giving the boys a run for their money.

Donald Glover is Lando Calrissian


Donald Glover in Atlanta.

October 21, 2016 – 2016 was a big year for Donald Glover, who until that point was best known as Troy Barnes on Community. Not only did this jack-of-all-trades create, write, produce, direct and star in acclaimed TV comedy drama Atlanta, he also released a brilliant Childish Gambino album and landed a role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. To cap it all off, he was cast as Han’s pal Lando in the forthcoming flick.

The film will apparently depict Calrissian “in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld.”

“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” Lord and Miller said at the time. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”

Bradford Young is Shooting the Film


Bradford Young on the set of Arrival. Credit: Jan Thijs © Paramount Pictures.

September 22, 2016 – Acclaimed cinematographer Bradford Young will be shooting the Solo flick. Young’s previous credits include Arrival, Selma and A Most Violent Year.

Speaking to Collider about collaborating with Miller and Lord on the film, Young said: “These cats are subversive, don’t let it fool you. They are prepared to say exactly what they wanna say and it’s complex, it’s layered, it’s smart, it’s visual, it’s dramatic, it’s funny, it’s uneasy, it’s unexpected. These cats are—I’m honored to have them in the list of directors I’ve worked with, that’s for sure.”

It Might Turn Into a Trilogy


The original Lando and Han.

July 24, 2016 – The New York Daily News states that Alden Ehrenreich has signed up for three Han Solo pictures. And while this is common practice on blockbusters, they also quote an anonymous source who claims that a trilogy is planned…

“There is a real sense of excitement around the Han Solo movie and its potential,” says the insider. “Given that Han’s early adventures do not need to be tied to the Empire, it leaves storylines open with the opportunity to really give fans something different. They can explore new galaxies and crazy creatures and bring in a wide array of new characters. They feel that his character has the right potential to become a central figure in several movies.”

Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo

July 17, 2016 – Disney and Lucasfilm reportedly looked at more than 3,000 actors for the role of young Han Solo, with early frontrunners including Taron Egerton, Miles Teller, Dave Franco, Blake Jenner, Jack Reynor and Jack O’Connell.

But ultimately, Alden Ehrenreich landed the coveted role. The California native has appeared in the likes of Beautiful Creatures, Stoker and Blue Jasmine, and at this point is probably best known for playing Hobie Doyle, the intellectually challenged actor who struggles to say ‘would that it were’ in the Coen brothers’ Hail Caesar!.

The announcement was made at Star Wars Celebration in London, where Miller and Lord said that Ehrenreich was pretty much the first actor they auditioned, and Alden revealed that he screen-tested inside the Millennium Falcon.

Chewbacca Will Feature


Chewy and Han in The Force Awakens.

March 8, 2016 – We kind of assumed that young Han Solo would be hanging out with young Chewbacca, but Disney boss Bob Iger confirmed that fact at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom Conference. Speaking of the forthcoming Star Wars spin-offs, Iger said, “We have others in the works, including one, which is an origin story about Han and Chewy.”

The Kasdans are Writing


Director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan on the set of The Force Awakens. Credit: David James ©Lucasfilm.

July 7, 2015 – The screenplay is being written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon. The Force is strong in Kasdan senior, the Hollywood veteran having co-written The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. His other writing credits include Raiders of the Lost Ark, Grand Canyon and The Big Chill. Kasdan junior wrote and directed indie features The First Time and In the Land of Women.

The story will apparently focus on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina Mos Eisley.

The pair also released a statement when the announcement was made, saying, “We’re so excited to be working with Chris and Phil, who will bring a fresh new dimension to the Star Wars universe. They’re two of the smartest, funniest and most original filmmakers around, and the ideal choice to tell the story of Han Solo, one of the coolest characters in the galaxy.”

The LEGO Guys Are Directing

July 7, 2015 – Longtime collaborators Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been charged with the task of bringing young Han Solo’s journey to life onscreen. The pair have had a pretty meteoric rise to prominence, meeting in their freshman year of college at Dartmouth, landing a development deal at Disney Television Animation soon after, and then making the transition into movies with apparent ease.

Their first film – Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs – was a critical and commercial hit. The pair then directed the big-screen version of 21 Jump Street, which was also a hit with critics and audiences alike. And their third film – The LEGO Movie – was a bona fide smash, grossing more than $ 450m worldwide.

That success helped Lord and Miller land the Star Wars gig, with the pair posting the above Tweet and releasing the following statement when the announcement was made: “This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with. We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”

Untitled Han Solo Anthology Movie will be released May 25, 2018.

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Filmmakers John Francis Daley (above, right) and Jonathan Goldstein (above, left) have built up an impressive resume in Hollywood. As writers, they contributed to Horrible Bosses, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 before making the leap to the directing chair(s) with the comic remake Vacation. The latter film earned more than $ 100 million at the box office worldwide.

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Han Solo May yet Have a Role to Play in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

SPOILER ALERT: Warning, this article contains spoilers from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Proceed at your own risk.


It’s recently come out that the working title for Star Wars: Episode IX is Black Diamond. Fan site Fantha Tracks put a few connections together to make the discovery, and it has been right about other working titles before. It seems plausible, and those two words could be a big clue about what will happen in Episode IX.

Usually Lucasfilm uses these working titles and separate production companies to give its filming process a bit of peace, and only after the film is out is it made clear what relevance — if any — the codename had.

But that won’t stop us from speculating. So get ready to write on your window and practice the mantra of “What does it mean?!?”

There are some real life connections between the upcoming dedicated Han Solo movie and Episode IX, and that could signal story connections.

The Han Solo movie, operating under the working title of Red Cup, was originally to be made by Carbonado Industries Ltd. The literal connection to “carbon” freezing stares you right in the face. This company is now also in charge of Black Diamond — a name which has its own connections to carbon.


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Han Solo embraces Leia Organa, the two parents of Kylo Ren

So we’ve got Carbonado Industries now in charge of Episode IX, which is called Black Diamond for now. Black Diamond will feature the son of the carbonite man, who turned Dark. In terms of lore, we’re staring down the barrel of a finale in which Kylo Ren, Han Solo‘s son, is a villain powerful enough to end a trilogy of trilogies.

Could it be possible that Han Solo’s significance didn’t end with his life — and not just because of who he fathered?

Here’s where things get interesting.

Han Solo is Corellian, as is his ship. In that system, there’s a tradition of compressing the ashes of honoured citizens into a synthetic diamond. They call it a Soul Diamond, and it has a light blue glow — but what colour would it be if it were corrupted by the Dark Side?


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Interestingly, this is a real service provided here on Earth. You can send the ashes of a loved one to be compressed inside a jewel and set into a band or necklace. But in the Star Wars universe, these diamonds carry power great enough to run a spaceship.

Or, perhaps they could be used inside a lightsabre? It’s hard to imagine Kylo Ren without his chaotic red weapon. The crackling, barely-contained plasma is a good metaphor for his tantrums. Would he have it in him to turn his father’s remains into a weapon?

“Let the past die,” he would say. “Kill it if you have to.” But if there was special power to be had in a familial Soul Diamond, it may be enough for Kylo Ren to carry around some of the past with him.

Pure speculation, and a bit of fun, but it might all be nothing. There are more connections than usual — between the two productions, and between the stories and codenames. Then again, we could’ve taken the codename Space Bear to mean a movie about Wookies.

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In a parallel universe, in a galaxy far, far away, Han Solo is green-skinned with gills, Stormtroopers brand lightsabers, and the main character is a heroic young girl named Luka Starkiller. 

Those are just a few of the anomalies that can be seen in the paintings of talented artist Ralph McQuarrie who in 1975 was commissioned by George Lucas to “capture the grand theme, scale, and complexity” of the universe that was only on his mind and scripts. 

Naturally, Star Wars turned out to be very different, but students from Florida Technica College’s DAVE (Digital Animation & Visual Effects) have created a concept trailer for what might have been The Star Wars.  Read more…

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Hope Solo Announces She’s Running for President of U.S. Soccer Federation

Former USWNT star Hope Solo announced on Thursday that she is running for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Solo made the announcement on Facebook, detailing her motivation in running for the position and outlining the four core principles she'll be campaigning for.

"The time for talking is over," 

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Hope Solo Is Running for President of the U.S. Soccer Federation

Looking to add another title to her name. Hope Solo is in the running to become president of the U.S. Soccer Federation – and she’s confident she’s the one for the job.

The World Cup champion, 36, announced her candidacy for the position in a lengthy Facebook post on Thursday, December 7, titled “Why I’m Running for President of U.S. Soccer.”

“I know exactly what U.S. Soccer needs to do, I know exactly how to do it, and I possess the fortitude to get it done,” she wrote. “I have always been willing to sacrifice for what I believe in and I believe there is no greater sacrifice then fighting for equal opportunity, integrity and honesty, especially in an organization like the USSF that could give so much more to our communities across the nation.”

The former national team goalkeeper added, “The only way for American soccer to propel itself on the world’s stage is by creating a culture that is diverse and by shedding a mentality that is no longer acceptable,” before she began listing the core principles on which she’ll be campaigning. Equality and women’s issues, and youth and diversity were among the list.

Solo is one of the most decorated players in U.S. soccer history. She represented the U.S. at three Olympic Games where she won two gold medals, and three straight World Cups. In August 2016, she was suspended for six months – and had her contract terminated – after she called the Swedish team “a bunch of cowards” following Team USA’s loss in the quarterfinals at the Rio Olympics.

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Hope Solo Accuses Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter of Sexual Assault

Hope Solo, the U.S. women’s national soccer team goalkeeper, has accused former FIFA president Sepp Blatter of sexual assault.

Solo said in an interview with the Portuguese newspaper Expresso that Blatter grabbed her butt during FIFA’s Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in January 2013.

“I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass,” Solo said.”It was at the Ballon D’or one year, right before I went on stage.”

That year, Solo was onstage to present FIFA’s women’s world player of the year to her teammate, the striker Abby Wambach. Blatter joined Solo on stage.

“I was in shock and completely thrown off,” Solo told the Guardian of the alleged assault. “I had to quickly pull myself together to present my teammate with the biggest award of her career and celebrate in that moment, so I completely shifted my focus to Abby.”

A spokesperson for Blatter told the Guardian the “allegation is ridiculous.” Blatter’s attorney and his personal foundation did not immediately respond to TIME’s request for comment. The ex-FIFA president, who resigned from his post in 2015 following a corruption scandal, has publicly made numerous sexist comments, including his 2004 suggestion that women soccer players wear “tighter shorts.”

Last month, Solo joined the #MeToo social media campaign which raised awareness of the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault with an Instagram post commending the women who came forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of misconduct and detailing similar incidents in the sports world.

“From inappropriate comments, unwanted advances and grabs of the ass to coaches and GMs and even press officers speaking about players’ “tits” and physical appearance, sexual harassment is rampant in the sports world,” Solo wrote. “I always felt I’d “handled it” and stood up for myself in those situations, but there were never any consequences for the perpetrators. That needs to change.”

Solo’s accusation against Blatter comes as several women are speaking up about sexual misconduct. In the wake of the Weinstein scandal, dozens of prominent men have been accused of sexual misconduct, ranging from groping to rape, including former President George H.W. Bush, Louis C.K. and Kevin Spacey.


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‘Han Solo’ Movie Gets a Title; Here’s What We Know So Far

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The big news of the day is that the "Untitled Han Solo Film” now has a title! The next entry in the Star Wars anthology series is — drumroll please — Solo: A Star Wars Story.

What do you think? It’s simple, it’s to the point and, honestly, what could be a better name for a stand-alone movie? Let’s quickly recap everything we know so far.

 

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Movie News: Paul Bettany Joins Han Solo Movie

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Han Solo: Director Ron Howard shared a photo of actor Paul Bettany (Captain America: Civil War, above) on the set of the Han Solo movie (below) and captioned it: "The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder." Bettany replied: "It's a dream come true." One report claimed he has replaced Michael K. Williams, who was not available for reshoots, while another report says he's playing a new character. [Slashfilm/Deadline]

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Ron Howard Teases the Galactic Empire in ‘Han Solo’ — Is Darth Vader Nearby?

Ron Howard Teases the Galactic Empire in 'Han Solo' -- Is Darth Vader Nearby?

Ron Howard has shared another image from the set of the solo Han Solo movie. And this one might be the closest we'll get to a confirmation that Darth Vader is involved in the spin-off prequel.

Rumors have been circulating lately that the Star Wars villain will make an appearance, but the reason for speculation — that actor Spencer Wilding, who portrayed the Sith Lord in Rogue One, was joining the movie — has been shot down. Of course, this wouldn't be the…

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‘Star Wars’ Buzz: Oscar Darling Stephen Daldry Tapped to Direct Solo Obi-Wan Movie

'Star Wars' Buzz: Oscar Darling Stephen Daldry Tapped to Direct Solo Obi-Wan Movie

Only one director of a Star Wars movie has been an Oscar nominee. That was George Lucas, who earned his first two Academy Award nominations for writing and directing American Grafitti (he received two more for writing and directing the first Star Wars). Now comes another possibility: according to The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Daldry is in early talks to helm a solo spin-off prequel focused on Obi-Wan Kenobi. 

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Lately, Emilia Clarke (TV's Game of Thrones) has been busy filming the untitled Star Wars spin-off movie that revolves around young Han Solo, currently under the direction of Ron Howard. She was announced as a cast member back in November 2016, though we still don't know what character she is playing.

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Hear George Thorogood’s Solo Acoustic Cover of Hank Williams

George Thorogood single-handedly put Delaware on the map for blues rock, and even an abridged summary of his 40-year career is impressive. Sixteen studio albums, numerous live records and compilations and the classic rock standard "Bad to the Bone" are just a sampling. But on August 4th, Thorogood, at a spry 67 years old, will show he's learned a new trick by releasing his first-ever solo

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Once the western capital of vice and organized crime, Las Vegas transitioned in the early-aughts into a family-friendly entertainment destination. More recently, the city evolved into a leader in everything from culture to cuisine. While bachelor party debauchery and romantic getaways remain a Vegas mainstay, elevated offerings mean the city has plenty to offer the solo traveler, too. So go on and extend that business trip a few days and see what Sin City has to offer.

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Kanye West Will Not Be Attending This Year’s Met Gala: ‘Kim Will Be Going Solo’

Looks like there will be no Kimye at this year’s fashion prom.

A source tells PEOPLE that Kanye West won’t be attending the Met Gala in New York City on Monday — meaning that his wife Kim Kardashian will be going by herself (if you don’t include her family members that will be attending, of course.)

“Kanye West will not be attending the Met Ball tomorrow,” the source says. “Kim will be going solo. He’s still very much enjoying his time off from public events. He’s happy and productive, working away on fashion, music, etc.

“He’ll be staying back in L.A. with their kids,” the source added, referring to daughter North and son Saint. “Everything is great with him and Kim and he’s supportive of her going solo.”

The source also adds that Kardashian West will be wearing a design from Vivienne Westwood.

RELATED VIDEO: Check Out the Top Looks From the 2016 Met Gala: Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and More!

This will be the first time that Kardashian West, 36, will be attending the Met Gala without West, 39. The pair made their Met Gala debut as a couple in 2013 when the reality star wore her meme-inspiring floral Givenchy gown. The couple has attended every Met Gala since then together, with the pair wearing a coordinated shiny look from Olivier Rousteing in 2016, keeping with the bash’s Manus x Machina theme.

West has been taking a break from major public appearances following his breakdown and hospitalization last November.

While West won’t be at the party, Kardashian West won’t exactly be on her own — her sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner are expected to attend the event. On Sunday, Kylie even shared a throwback photo of herself, Kardashian West, West and Kris Jenner at the 2016 event, captioning it simply, “MET 2016.”


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Motherwell Products Solo Luggage Rack Chrome – Harley Davidson FX Dyna Models 91-05 – 510

Motherwell Products Solo Luggage Rack Chrome – Harley Davidson FX Dyna Models 91-05 – 510


If your fender has plastic plugs installed,you will require a mounting kit,Part Number MWL200016 Must order mounting kit direct from manufacturerFeatures:MOTHERWELLS signature Solo Luggage Rack Line provides a combination of durability and style at its best. Each Luggage Rack is constructed from solid steel,T.I.G. welded,hand polished,then chromed to a show quality finish. Simple mounting system,and a sleek style that follows the curve of your fender.,Pride of craftmanship is evidentSpecifications: Surface Dimensions: 934 inches X 6 inches PickUp Point Distance: Approx. 914,Material: 38 Solid Steel Replaces Pillion Seat Fits: Harley Davidson FX Dyna Models 19912005Except FXDWG
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Sonic Golf System-1 Solo Edition

Sonic Golf System-1 Solo Edition


Sonic Golf System-1 Solo Edition Designed for personal practice, the Sonic Golf System-1 Solo Edition includes includes everything you need to hear your swing. With the Sonic Golf System-1, you can literally hear the rhythm, tempo and timing of your swing in real-time, and tune in to the most fundamental success factors of the golf swing. “Sonic Golf System-1 has helped me tremendously. I always had a good rhythm, but I never had a consistent rhythm. It’s making my swing a lot more consistent, not just with the driver but the whole game. It’s one rhythm for the whole game instead of having a quicker rhythm for irons or slower rhythm for the driver.” Vijay Singh, after winning the 2008 Deutsche Bank Championshi p Includes * One SX-1 Transmitter/Shaft Insert – the heart of the System-1, used to capture and transmit the data of your swing * One RX-1 Receiver/Synthesizer – used to convert the transmitter’s data into sound * Three Sonic Golf/Golf Pride Tour Velvet specialty grips – attach them to multiple clubs and easily transfer your System-1 * One Sony MDR-J10 stereo headphone system – these headphones are designed to be lightweight and secure, letting you focus on your swing. * One Sonic Golf screwdriver (for changing batteries) * One roll of Sonic Golf installation tape – for installation of your SX-1. The roll is 30′ long to allow for many installations. * Batteries (pre-installed) * Instruction Booklet * Instructional DVD * One Sonic Golf travel case (to easily transport your system) Features * The Sonic Golf S1 technology is inserted inside the shaft of any club. * The swing motion is transmitted wirelessly to a belt-worn headset unit that converts your swing motion to continuous musical tones. * Slow swings are low pitch, quiet tones. * Swing faster and the pitch and volume gets higher. * With each swing you hear your rhythm and tempo, backswing/downswing transition, and the timing and speed of your clubhead release. * Tune in to each swing and immediately improve the next! How it Works All great golf swings have great rhythm, tempo, and timing. These essential factors allow the best golfers to move in harmony with physics, unleash huge forces and generate soaring golf shots. But how do you know if you have proper rhythm? How do you improve tempo and timing? How do you know if you are building good habits or reinforcing bad ones? The answer is the Sonic Golf S1! For the first time, you can literally hear the rhythm, tempo and timing of your swing, in real-time, as you swing, and tune in to the most fundamental success factors of the golf swing. The Sonic Golf S1 is simple, straightforward, and amazingly effective. Good golf swings sound good and bad golf swings don’t! Hear “casting from the top”. Hear jerky transitions from backswing to downswing. Hear the release of the clubhead before, at or after the ball. And hear the sweet sound of a smooth, fluid, rhythmic golf swing. In real-time. Every time. No matter your playing level or understanding of the mechanics of the golf swing, the Sonic Golf S1, developed by Yale physicist Dr. Robert Grober and based on cutting-edge science and modern learning theory, will help you make immediate and lasting improvements in your golf swing. If you are serious about improving your golf swing, you need the Sonic Golf S1. Testimonials System-1 has helped me tremendously. I always had a good rhythm, but I never had a consistent rhythm. It’s making my swing a lot more consistent, not just with the driver but the whole game. It’s one rhythm for the whole game instead of having a quicker rhythm for irons or slower rhythm for the driver. Vijay Singh, after winning the 2008 Deutsche Bank Championship Sonic Golf’s audio biofeedback helped students make dramatic and lasting changes to their golf swings in the space of 20-30 minutes that I previously would not have thought possible. Bill Greenleaf, PGA Master Professional, The Dunes at Maui Lani, Maui Sonic Golf helps golfers make the transition from mechanics to golf swing. Jerry King, PGA Teaching Professional, Kapalua Golf Academy, Maui People are going to take a look at this technology and say, ‘Wow, why didn’t I think of this before?’ Dr. Robert Winters, Sports Psychologist, David Leadbetter Golf Academy As an engineer I can appreciate the effort that goes into making something very complex seem so “simple”. The audio biofeedback allowed me to “feel” a better swing and to identify and change swing mechanics that are not accessible via video. Gene Walsh, Founder and President, Walsh Engineers, La Jolla, CA Sonic Golf provided me a different way of understanding my swing. Being able to hear the transition at the top of the swing allowed me to control it. Charlotte Mayorkas, LPGA Futures Tour I took my son to the driving range last night and asked him if he could believe how much Sonic Golf helped to improve my swing. He replied ‘I can’t believe ANYTHING could have helped that much! Daniel Shepard, Founder, CTO & President, Contour Semiconductor, Salem, NH Sonic Golf is what has been missing in golf instruction – the ability to teach timing and tempo – which is the glue that holds the whole swing together. Randy Burkhardt, Buick Golf’s PGA Teaching Professional
List Price: $ 399.95
Price: $ 399.95