‘Insecure’ Star Langston Kerman Shares Life As ‘Rent-A-Boo’ Guy

Langston Kerman aka “Rent-A-Boo” from Insecure has a lot of hidden talents that most people would not know about him. He’s taught high school English, has a masters in poetry and is a stand up comedian!

“Yah it’s a waste of time don’t do it,” said Kerman of his masters degree. “If y’all were going to go back to school do something else.”

Being on Insecure has changed so many things and brought new opportunities for him. “It changed everything man. It really has,” expressed Kerman. “I am rent-a-boo for the rest of my life but it’s been a nice thing to have people recognize me.”

Most people are not familiar with Kerman’s stand up career but he hopes to change that.”But people don’t know I’m funny. I’ve been doing stand up for 8 years,” he said.

His type of comedy is more of a punchy approach. “I talk a lot of trash. I like to stir it up,” he laughed. “You just want to talk about the stuff you live as much as you can.”

He’ll be performing at Caroline’s on Broadway February 23-25.

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J.J. Abrams Shares a Detail About 'Star Wars: Episode IX': There's a Script

With debates raging on so many decisions in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the writing of its sequel might seem like a daunting, almost neverending task. Imagine how much second-guessing can go into a Star Wars screenplay, given all the fan scrutiny that awaits, no matter what choices are made. Well, J.J. Abrams seems confident about the next chapter of the "Skywalker Saga," enough to go on a talk show and reveal that the script for the movie is finished. 

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Did Teen Mom Star Catelynn Baltierra Suffer a Miscarriage?

Did pregnant Catelynn Baltierra suffer a miscarriage?

At the end of January, the Teen Mom OG star revealed to her husband, Tyler Baltierra, during a filmed episode of the MTV reality series that she was pregnant with another child. Catelynn decided to surprise Tyler by having their 3-year-old daughter Novalee Reign — they are are also the biological parents to Carly, whom they placed for adoption — wear a pink T-shirt that read, “I’m Going to Be a Big Sister.”

In a later episode, audiences watched the couple reveal the pregnancy news to family members, including Catelynn’s mother, April, and her younger siblings. At the time, Catelynn called their child a “summer baby.”

But after Monday’s most recent episode, audiences watched a new preview that featured footage of the married couple both crying — leading fans to question whether Catelynn has lost the baby.

Sitting outside and looking downcast, a somber and choked up Tyler was filmed saying, “I really wanted that baby.”

The cameras then cut to Catelynn wiping away tears from her eyes as she sat in the passenger seat of the car with Nova’s stuffed horse by her side.

The couple has openly discussed the possibility of having another baby on cameras after Tyler expressed his desire to expand their family.

But despite his hope for more children, Catelynn — who struggled with postpartum depression after the birth of Nova — openly expressed her fears. “It’s a daily fight in my mind to not be afraid of postpartum ,” she told Tyler on a recent episode. “I can’t let my mind stop me from one of the most amazing things ever.”

In mid-January, Catelynn returned to rehab to overcome childhood trauma, and last week, Tyler had plenty of loving words for his wife as he visited her.

The Teen Mom OG star, 26, shared a photo of himself and his wife on Instagram with a caption supporting his 25-year-old partner.

“Seeing this gorgeous woman & all the work she has done has given me such hope, a feeling of peace, and unconditional love that is hard to explain with words,” he wrote. “It was a very emotionally intense Family Week Program, but I know that our love & commitment towards each other will persevere through anything this life throws our way.”

Tyler continued, “I’m so proud of you Babe & I can’t wait until you finally come home so I can just hug you & hold you for as long as I want. You are worthy…You are strong…You are beautiful…You are loved! #MyBabe #Soulmate #MyWife.”

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‘Black Panther’ Star Michael B. Jordan Teams Up With Brisk Iced Tea to Empower Urban Creatives

Brisk, a billion-dollar iced tea beverage brand owned by PepsiCo, announced the launch of the Creators Class program in partnership with Michael B. Jordan to provide emerging artists in urban areas with the opportunity to collaborate with and be mentored by industry leaders. Young creatives selected to participate in the initiative will gain real-world experience and exposure by working with established members in the film industry, visual arts, and writing to develop a special project. As a partner with Brisk, Jordan, who stars in Marvel’s groundbreaking Black Panther film, will give three lucky creators an apprenticeship with his production company.

“Brisk encourages the same boldness and creativity that I strive for in my work and with my production company, Outlier Society,” said Jordan in a statement. “That’s why I’m honored to be a part of the Creators Class and offer up-and-coming hustlers the opportunity to work on this special Outlier Society project.”

To promote the Creators Class program, Jordan directed, produced, and starred in an online video that spotlights a street artist’s hard work and creative hustle. In the ad, the 31-year-old actor prepares for his role in Black Panther while the artist simultaneously paints a mural of the Black Panther superhero. Brisk also celebrated the launch of Creators Class by hosting an exclusive Black Panther event in Los Angeles during NBA All-Star Weekend.



Melanie Watts, director of Marketing at Brisk, said the drink giant partnered with Marvel Studios and invited some of the talent behind Black Panther to join the Creators Class to “empower aspiring creators in the urban arts by providing real opportunities, mentorship, and game-changing industry exposure.”

The marketing campaign also serves to attract millennials and Gen Zers, consumers that Pepsi has struggled to reach. There’s a chance that the effort will connect with Gen Zers based on a popular film that defies negative perceptions of women and people of color and speaks to the generation’s hunger for success—two factors that cause-driven Gen Z finds important. “These generations tend to embrace creative efforts and innovation while shunning traditional views of gender roles and racial stereotypes, which appears to align with the Creators Class program and spirit of the Black Panther movie,” states MarketingDive.com.

Interested participants can apply to the Creators Class by visiting www.briskcreatorsclass.com up until March 2.

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Jessica Chastain Now in Talks to Star in 'It: Chapter Two'

The big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's It became a major cultural phenomenon last September, igniting interest in a sequel, which was quickly given a green light. Even before It was released, however, actress Jessica Chastain (above in Molly's Game) voiced her support.

Trust me. This film is great. Get your tickets early. It'll sell quick. So proud of the Muschetti siblings. ????https://t.co/LI7rs3Lc83
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The ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Klingons Are the Best in the Franchise

Star Trek: Discovery’s first season is now in the rearview. It was, perhaps, the best debut season of any Star Trek show, but also the most controversial. One of the biggest debates the series has sparked is over the changes made to the Klingons, both in their design and aesthetic and in their attitudes and actions. With season two set to continue the Klingon storyline, I want to throw out a bold take: on Discovery, the Klingons are the best they’ve ever been.

The Design Is Great


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Does T’Kuvma not look amazing?

Let’s get one thing out of the way: complaining about the cosmetic changes to the Klingons is a waste of time. It is true that Discovery’s Klingons are a bit of a departure from the ones we saw throughout the 1990s and 2000s. They’re bald and beardless, with enlarged skulls and purple-grey skin. But no Star Trek race has undergone as many changes as the Klingons. They started out without ridges, and were updated for The Motion Picture in 1979. They went through another transformation for The Search for Spock in 1984, and again for Into Darkness in 2013. There are in-canon explanations for the retcon, but the truth is that they were updated based on whims of the creators. And that’s fine.


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It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s no denying that the new design makes the warrior race look alien and fierce while retaining an element of relatability. Most crucially, it gives them an air of verisimilitude that previous designs could not. These are the first Klingons ever that don’t look like humans wearing rubber masks, but instead like true extraterrestrials. That fits the show’s theme of struggling to find common ground with an enemy. If they looked like the old Klingons, the audience would never see them as a threat.

Much Needed Nuance


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Kevin Conway as Kahless the Unforgettable.

Previous iterations of Star Trek have thoroughly documented Klingon religion. We know all about the life and teachings of their messiah, Kahless, about Sto-vo-kor and Gre’thor, their versions of heaven and hell, and their code of honour. Yet, depth is different from diversity. Star Trek has always been guilty of too much homogeneity in its races, and Klingon culture has always seemed a bit one-note: a race of warrior-poets with a code of honour, drinking and fighting their way across space.


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These Klingons mummify their dead, which is new.

Discovery opens with T’Kuvma espousing his xenophobic philosophy. He criticises the Klingon ruling class for turning away from the true teachings of Kahless. His followers call him “the Unforgettable” (a title previously reserved for Kahless himself). His martyrdom fuels the Klingon appetite for blood.

While Star Trek has flirted with the idea of restoring the proper teachings of Kahless before, this is the first time we see a Klingon religious leader who can compete with “the Unforgettable” Klingon prophet in the eyes of his followers. T’Kuvma becomes a kind of Klingon Martin Luther — the leader of a reformation that some embrace, others reject, and who triggers a tumultuous change within a community.


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Voq’s mirror universe counterpart gave us a taste of an interesting dichotomy.

But Discovery doesn’t stop there. In the mirror universe, Voq’s counterpart provides a theological justification for cooperating with other races. He inverts the logic of T’Kuvma’s nativism but remains Klingon. The explanation offers a glimpse into the competing philosophies at play within Klingon society. And in the season finale, Ash Tyler identifies some Klingons on Qo’noS as followers of Molor. Molor is the tyrant whom Kahless overthrows to unite the Klingon people. It’s the first time we’ve seen modern Klingons who reject Kahless as their saviour. What’s more, they do it in the open, seemingly free from persecution. It would be wise for the Discovery writers to continue adding such complexity to Klingon culture.

A Way to Reconcile Inconsistencies


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Mary Chieffo as L’Rell.

Discovery’s showrunners promise that they will explain canon violations in Season 2, including the Klingon redesign. They aren’t obliged to do that, but if they do, there are some older issues they can fix as well.

Chief among them: if Klingons value honour, why do the Klingons in the original series act so dishonourably? Fans rarely complain about this, but it’s bizarre. Kor massacres defenseless civilians on Organia (although they are later revealed to be immortal energy beings, and are unharmed). Krell engages in a Vietnam-esque proxy war, dealing weapons to a primitive civilization. Koloth is likely aware of the plot to poison the grain on Sherman’s Planet and goes along with it. The Klingons assassinate the High Teer of Capella IV and try to do the same to the Dohlman of Elas. Of the Klingons on the original series, only Kang shows a shred of honour — and even he has his men torture Chekov for no reason.


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These guys were not very honourable, all things considered.

L’Rell’s ascendance to the leadership of the empire, however, could provide an explanation. L’Rell is a daughter of the House of Mo’Kai, described as “watchers”, “deceivers” and “weavers of lies”. Perhaps her influence is what leads to the Klingons of Kirk’s era acting so treacherously? Alternatively, perhaps her efforts to unify the warring houses fail so spectacularly that Klingons turn their back on Kahless’s teachings for a generation.

If the writers really want to be bold, such a failure could also explain why, ten years after Discovery, only ridge-less Klingons make up their defense force. Perhaps L’Rell is deposed and the balance of power is upended in favour of this stigmatized group. The possibilities are endless, but Discovery has a real opportunity to clarify an exciting chapter in Klingon history.

Fifty Years Later, the Klingons Are Still Interesting


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Kenneth Mitchell as Kol.

You don’t have to love the new Klingons. Many fans still don’t. But it’s hard to deny that Discovery has added new and interesting details to the story of an alien race we thought we knew. The Klingons are one of the oldest races in Star Trek, dating back to Season 1 of the original series. The only species that is perhaps more iconic and well-known are the Vulcans. That Discovery can keep the Klingons fresh and fascinating while honouring what went before, is an incredible achievement. Let’s hope Season 2 keeps up the momentum.

Season 1 of Star Trek: Discovery is now streaming in its entirety on CBS All Access in the United States, on Space.ca in Canada, and on Netflix internationally.

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

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

Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:

 

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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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Disney Announces Multiple ‘Star Wars’ TV Series in Development

Disney Announces Multiple 'Star Wars' TV Series in Development

If one Star Wars movie isn't enough for you, Disney has plans for a lot more content set in the galaxy far, far away. Following the news of Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss being handed a series of Star Wars films, Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger revealed to investors that multiple Star Wars TV shows are in development for the company's new streaming platform. 

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Game of Thrones Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Will Helm New Series of Star Wars Movies

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones may still be over a year away, but that isn’t stopping creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss from lining up new projects to tackle following the show’s conclusion — specifically ones that require a trip to a whole new galaxy.

Lucasfilm announced on Tuesday that the famed showrunner duo is set to write and produce a new series of Star Wars movies that will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the previously announced Rian Johnson-helmed trilogy.

However, the pair is clearly aware what Thrones fans think their priority should be right now. “In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” Benioff and Weiss said in a joint statement. “We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete.”


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The Star Wars movies as we know them will come to an end next year, with Episode IX of the "Skywalker Saga" finishing out the original storyline. But that certainly won't be all for the franchise. Besides a potential Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone arriving in 2020, there's also a new trilogy in the works from The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson. And now, directly from Lucasfilm (via StarWars.com), comes word of another series of movies from…

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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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Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield has announced the Williamstown Theatre Festival 2018 Summer Season, the 64th Season for the Tony Award-winning theatre company, which will include three world premiere plays, a world premiere musical, and much more.
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Wins Best Movie for Grownups Award

Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has won the best movie for grownups award, presented Monday night at AARP The Magazine’s 17th annual awards show at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. “The Last Jedi” topped “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” for the prize. Mark Hamill and Kelly […]

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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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“If you’re intending on changing your body to ultimately be happy with what you see, you will never be happy.”

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Teen Mom Star Javi Marroquin Shares Apology to Ex-Wife Kailyn Lowry for Briana DeJesus Drama

Javi Marroquin is making amends with his ex-wife Kailyn Lowry, and he wants everybody to know about it.

On Saturday, the Teen Mom 2 star announced that he had apologized to Lowry for all the drama that occurred after he visited ex-girlfriend and costar Briana DeJesus in Miami.

“At the end of the day a good relationship with my sons mother will make Lincoln the happiest. I lost sight of that. This trip made me realize that and I’ve apologized to kail for my actions,” Marroquin wrote on social media Friday.

Showing that she accepted his apology, Lowry retweeted his message.

The formerly married couple co-parent their 4-year-old son Lincoln.

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Although neither Marroquin nor Lowry has gone into detail about what happened during his visit with DeJesus as she underwent a series of plastic surgery procedures, he told RadarOnline, “I should’ve never went. I should’ve went to LA like I was supposed to. We broke up for a reason and yesterday reassured me that.”

Seemingly addressing the drama on social media Lowry wrote, “Everyone’s asking where the tea is at but javis been through enough so I’m not gona put him through more s—”

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Marroquin’s apology comes just a week after DeJesus slammed her ex-boyfriend after he appeared on Lowry’s podcast with Lindsie Chrisley Coffee Convos and discussed their split.

Lowry, who filed for divorce from him in 2016 after almost three years of marriage, began the episode by asking Marroquin if it was true that he and DeJesus had broken up.

“As of right now it is,” he said, referring to the pair’s separation. “I don’t know what the future holds. There is a lot we have to discuss and talk about before we make any other decisions.”

But in a series of now-deleted tweets, DeJesus took aim at Lowry for seemingly attempting to cool down the tension between them and then going back on her words.

“1) Do not ever call my phone at 7am talking about we need to leave social media alone when it comes to our issues but you are the 1st one to use my name to gain listeners…2) don’t you ever text my man about me and think hes ok to bad mouth me cause thats when the line gets crossed,” DeJesus tweeted. “Don’t sit 15 feet away from me and talk s— indirectly cause I’ll approach u just like I did and do go crying in ur dressing room cause u couldn’t handle my mouth.”

“I am not the common denominator as to why y’all fail to co parent so don’t ever use my name in that matter again… and you are right, I’ll never say sorry cause I am not the one who started all this mess… you use ur kids as pawns and that is not my fault but ur own selfish reasoning’s.”

DeJesus also addressed Marroquin’s comments about not being sure “what the future holds” for them.

“Don’t say u don’t know what the future holds to someone but in my msgs saying u wanna marry me,” she wrote. “I don’t do that fake — say its about the kids but in reality u only care about ur feelings and not anyone elses… including ur kids.”

The Florida native also blamed Marroquin and Lowry for beginning their feud by mentioning her in Lowry’s podcast.

“I look like the crazy one now but just remember I tried to keep it off social media… u bitches so quick to call lawyers when they can’t handle the heat that they turned on… I am not the reason as to why people can’t get along… u left ur saltiness get in the way and now looks where u are.”

She added, “Call me ratchet, trashy all you want but don’t mention my name again and there will be no issues… U NOT KIM K SO SLOW UR ROLL… AND DONT SIT HERE TRYNA PLAY MIND GAMES WHEN THE REAL REASON WHY WE ARE HERE IS BECAUSE OF UR..JAVI.”

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Marroquin responded on Twitter, writing, “come on, you’re better than this. I know a different bri so i’ll never turn my back on you like I promised. you don’t do fake s— but you’re on here…you have my number, we’ve always talked about everything.”

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Lowry also seemingly responded, tweeting, “When you block their number and get a ‘llamame conyo’ email,” along with laughing and coffin emojis. She added, “Is mercury in retrograde or.”

Marroquin addressed the tension between Lowry and DeJesus on the podcast saying he was “trying to learn from my mistakes and not repeat those mistakes moving forward. I’m not gonna mix that.”

He also said he hoped the trio could all get along if he and DeJesus did reunite.

Lowry, on the other hand, thought differently: “It would never happen. We would never get along. You allowed her to disrespect me to my face, also on camera, also in text messages.”

She continued, “When I said what I had to say in a nice way, you defended her and not me. We raise a son together, you don’t raise a son with her.”

 


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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watched “Star Trek: Discovery” episode 13, “What’s Past is Prologue.” Since his first appearance in the third episode of “Star Trek: Discovery,” Jason Isaacs’ Capt. Gabriel Lorca has been up to something. One doesn’t keep a menageries of deadly aliens, sleep with a superior officer then […]

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Tom Hanks to Star in a Mister Rogers Biopic

Tom Hanks to Star in a Mister Rogers Biopic

He's portrayed Walt Disney, now Tom Hanks will take on another children's entertainment icon. According to Variety, the actor will play Fred Rogers in a biopic about the late kids' TV show host. You know Rogers best as "Mister Rogers," whose Mister Rogers' Neighborhood debuted in an early form on Canadian television in 1963 and later moved to PBS where it continued airing new episodes through 2001. 

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Rocket Lab CEO sent a big fake ‘star’ into orbit, and scientists aren’t happy about it

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It’s no secret that the Earth currently has a bit of a space junk problem. There are so many objects floating around our planet that they’re beginning to run into each other, and it’s virtually impossible to track all the defunct bits and pieces of satellites and discarded spacecraft debris. It’s a danger to astronauts and future space missions, and the problem is getting worse with each passing year. With that in mind, it’s probably pretty obvious why Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck’s decision to send a piece of floating “art” into orbit isn’t sitting well with some in the scientific community.

Earlier this month, Rocket Lab conducted a mission to deliver some important satellites into orbit for a number of different clients. The launch went off without a hitch, but along with the satellites was an unexpected delivery in the form of a giant, reflective “disco ball” designed to function as a fake star and be visible from Earth without the use of a telescope. It’s called the Humanity Star, and it serves no purpose other than to sparkle in the night sky.

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: 5 Most Twisted Things From the Mirror Universe

If you’ve been watching Star Trek: Discovery this season, you know that somewhere between Burnham’s mutiny and Stamets’ spore drive, we ended up in the Mirror Universe — and not just any Mirror Universe — the one where Starfleet is known as the Terran Empire and all of our favorite Star Trek characters are crazy, warmongering alternate versions of themselves.

When the crew of the Discovery arrived in this Mirror Universe in the episode “Into the Forest I Go,” they had no idea what was ahead for them, or who was ahead, including fallen characters and former Captains. As Discovery is on the verse of concluding its first season, lets take a look at the craziest elements in the Mirror Universe, so far.

Georgiou is Alive & Ruling


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The death of Captain Philippa Georgiou was a tragedy. Georgiou was a beloved Starfleet captain, a woman who believed in diplomacy and Michael Burnham’s mentor. Her death catalyzed the war with the Klingons and sent Burnham to prison.

When the U.S.S. Discovery arrived in the Mirror Universe, they quickly learned that things were different there and that the dead could still be alive. While Burnham hoped Georgiou would be alive in this Universe, there’s no way she knew that Georgiou would turn out to be the ruthless Emperor of the Terran Empire!

When the pair came face to face, Burnham was in complete shock. She felt equal parts excitement and equal parts terror. She quickly had to figure out if she could lie to a woman she once loved and served under. Running out of options, Burnham finally revealed her identity. Georgiou strangely spared Burnham’s life (and murdered nearly everyone else in the room), even though Georgiou knew Burnham wasn’t her Burnham.

Tilly is Captain



The Mirror Universe doesn’t just bring the dead back to life, it gives characters completely different personalities and lives. For instance, when searching the Mirror Universe logs of the Discovery, the crew identified that Tilly was not a Cadet, but a captain — and not just any captain — captain of the ISS Discovery.

Tilly wants to be a captain one day, so the Mirror Universe was a bit of wish fulfillment for her. Tilly wasn’t ready to be a ruthless captain though and she had to pretend numerous times to be the embodiment of her Mirror self, “Captain Killy.” Tilly looked fierce and played the part to perfection, especially when she had to insult the other Captain over the coms. Her delivery of Commander Riker’s iconic phrase, “what the hell,” was just brilliant.

The Mirror Universe Tilly is also known as “The Slayer of Sorna Prime,” “The Witch of Wurna Minor,” and “Captain Killy.”

Lorca is From the Mirror Universe


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Here’s the big one: the Mirror Universe is supposed to contain doppelgängers — not return them. Gabriel Lorca was supposed to be a Starfleet captain. He was supposed to be the sole survivor of a Klingon attack. He was supposed to be this great man from the Prime Universe. However, as Georgiou revealed in the final moments of “Vaulted Ambition,” that the Lorca we have come to know is actually the Mirror Universe version of himself.

While we don’t know how Lorca made it to the Prime Universe or exactly why, this character reveal came as a huge shock. This man somehow impersonated a Starfleet Officer, commandeered the Discovery, pulled Burnham out of prison and used the Spore Drive for his own nefarious and potentially dangerous purposes.

Voq Fights Himself



In the midst of all the “Is Ash Tyler really the Klingon Voq” debate, Tyler actually came face to face with Mirror Universe VoQ in the episode “The Wolf Inside”. When Burnham went to negotiate with the Rebels, she met the Rebel leader, Voq. Burnham was surprised to see T’Kuvma’s torchbearer, a Klingon who swore himself to purity in the Prime Universe, working with different species, like Vulcans and Andorians.

During the meeting, Voq’s presence triggered Tyler and he tried to kill Voq. Now that we know that Tyler really was Prime Universe Voq, it’s crazy to think that Voq was really fighting himself. It was a great scene that presented a visual metaphor for the battle Voq/Tyler was waging inside himself.

Burnham Ate a Kelpien


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The grossest and most harrowing twist of the Mirror Universe was the enslavement of Saru’s species, the Kelpiens. On board the Shenzhou, Saru was Burnham’s slave. He bathed her, fed, and served her. His people had no names, but Burnham called him Saru anyways.

When Burnham reunited with Georgiou, Georgiou asked Burnham to “pick out a Kelpien.” Burnham likely thought she was choosing someone to serve her aboard the Emperor’s ship. This was not the case. Burnham was picking out which Kelpien she wanted to eat! At dinner Georgiou even offered to handfeed Burnham the threat ganglia! No wonder Saru is afraid of her!

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: What the Captain Lorca Revelation Means for the Crew

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from Star Trek: Discovery episode “Vaulted Ambition.” Proceed with caution.

The newest episode of Star Trek: Discovery took fans further into the rabbit hole of the Mirror Universe where the Terran Empire rules. Burnham came face to face with the alternate version of her deceased former captain, Philippa Georgiou.

Stamets awoke from his coma and Tyler’s Klingon personality asserted itself. The biggest revelation, however, was that Gabriel Lorca, the captain of the U.S.S. Discovery, is actually his Terran Empire version. Georgiou made the realization after Burnham told her she was from a different reality. While the Tyler-is-Voq reveal was devastating, this was even worse, because it likely means Starfleet’s Captain Lorca is probably dead. How will the Lorca revelation play out the remaining episodes of Star Trek: Discovery’s first season? Let’s jump in.

Through the Looking Glass


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During this week’s episode, “Vaulted Ambition,” Burnham revealed to Georgiou that she was actually from an alternate universe. You think this would have surprised Georgiou, but somehow she knew that the Burnham addressing her wasn’t her daughter. Georgiou was aware of the prime Starfleet universe because she had studied the files of the U.S.S. Defiant, which had gotten trapped in the Mirror Universe before Discovery. Georgiou also knew that Burnham’s Lorca was not Starfleet Lorca. Georgiou assumed that her Burnham was dead and the Terran Empire Lorca went to another universe to find a new Burnham. This theory was confirmed when Georgiou explained her eye’s sensitivity to light. Lorca has that same sensitivity. So, the Lorca we’ve seen over the last episodes has really been the Terran Empire Lorca. That explains why so much about his character that never felt quite like Starfleet!

Not Starfleet


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When Burnham first met Captain Lorca in Episode 3, “Context is for Kings“, she was told that Lorca was the sole survivor of a Klingon attack. His ship, the USS Buran, was destroyed and all of his crew had died, save him. Lorca’s attitude in the early episodes was rough, curt, even warmongering. His persona was not like the Starfleet captains of past Star Trek shows. He was neither diplomatic, like Picard, or full of joy and zeal, like Sisko. He was obsessed with the spore drive, a collector of weapons, and was determined to win the war against the Klingons. His behavior now makes total sense, considering he was Lorca from the Terran Empire.

So what’s his end game here? We know that at some point in the Mirror Universe, Lorca and Burnham went rogue. Georgiou believed they were going to betray her. After their disappearance, Lorca somehow made it from the Mirror Universe into the prime timeline, but the question remains how? Was it the spores from his universe? Is that how he knew to study them in the first place? Somehow he discovered that Starfleet’s Lorca had died on the Buran and pretended to be the sole survivor. Then he found out that the science ship Discovery had an active spore drive and somehow jockeyed for the role of Captain. He must have also found out that Burnham, the woman he presumably lost and loved was alive in this timeline and being held prisoner, so he arranged for her transfer and the rest is history.

Was Lorca using the spore drive all this time to make it back to the Mirror Universe? Now that he’s there, does he want to kill Georgiou and rule the Terran Empire with Burnham by his side? Burnham is not going to be okay with that plan at all. We still don’t know what his total end game is, but I’m sure we’ll find out during the next episode, “What’s Past is Prologue.”

Star Trek: Discovery airs Sundays at 5:30PST/8:30EST on CBS All Access and globally on Netflix the following day.

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Adam Hicks of the Hulu series Freakish and Danni Tamburo have been arrested on suspicion of committing multiple armed robberies. The 25-year-old actor and his reported girlfriend, 23, were picked up Wednesday and each are currently being held on a $ 350,000 bail.

Hicks “was arrested yesterday afternoon in connection with a string of armed street robberies that occurred yesterday morning,” Sgt. Derek Green of the Burbank Police Department in Los Angeles initially told EW over email. Hicks is due in court tomorrow.

According to a news release sent to media in the early afternoon on Thursday, a 52-year-old walking in Burbank was approached by “a male armed with a handgun,” who demanded the victim’s wallet. The elderly gentleman was able to escape safely, but three additional robberies occurred in the same area within minutes of each other as authorities were investigating the first crime.

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Police were able to identify the suspect’s vehicle as a dark-colored Kia based on descriptions from victims and witnesses. “Officers found property with the vehicle belonging to one of the robbery victims, and additional stolen property in a nearby area,” the press release reads.

Reps for Hicks did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

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A History of the Star Trek Mirror Universe

As of Episode 10, Star Trek: Discovery takes place in a mirror universe. This mirror universe is run by the Terran Empire instead of the Federation. This Empire is ruled by a ruthless emperor and all other races are considered rebels. When Burnham, Lorca, Tilly, and the rest of the Discovery arrive, they quickly had to change their clothes, attitudes, and ranks to blend into this new totalitarian Federation.

What’s interesting about this turn on the show is that almost every other Star Trek show has ventured into the universe at one point. It first happened on Star Trek: The Original Series on October 6, 1967. The episode was called “Mirror, Mirror” and placed part of the Enterprise crew in this new universe. There were also multiple Deep Space Nine episodes that took place here. Let’s take a look at these episodes and if they can tell us where Discovery might go next.

“Mirror, Mirror”



In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode,”Mirror, Mirror,” Kirk, Scotty, Bones, and Uhura beamed onto the Enterprise in the mirror universe. They switched places with their doubles and had to assume their roles. This episode first introduced the concept of the Terran Empire. The Empire used an arm salute, had a gold sword insignia and believed humans should rule the galaxy. They achieved promotion through assassination and are ruthless in their pursuit of power. While in this universe, Kirk had a profound influence on Terran Empire Spock — who went on to bring reforms to the Empire after the original crew returned home.

“Crossover”



Deep Space Nine first visited the mirror universe in the episode “Crossover.” When Kira and Bashir returned to the station after a mission, they came face to face with Kira’s double — a ruthless Bajoran leader who understood the concept of the mirror universe. “Perhaps you’d recognize the name Kirk.” Kira’s double explained what happened in the TOS episode “Mirror, Mirror,” and how Kirk’s influence on Spock led to reforms in the Terran Empire. As the Terran Empire grew weaker, the Klingon/Cardassian Alliance grew in its place. While in this universe, Bashir inspired a human uprising against the Alliance, which is further explored in “Through the Looking Glass.” Kira and Bashir eventually made it home and explain the mirror universe to the DS9 crew.

“Through the Looking Glass”



Deep Space Nine returned to the mirror universe in the Season 3 episode “Through the Looking Glass.” The mirror universe version of Miles O’Brien abducted prime timeline Sisko and took him back to the mirror universe. Since Kira and Bashir’s visit, O’Brien had perfected how to travel between universes via the transporter. O’Brien explained that he was fighting a rebellion against the Klingon/Cardassian Alliance and that his Sisko died fighting. O’Brien convinced Sisko to help them by saving the life of his former wife Jennifer. This episode holds a lot of emotional weight for Sisko because in his universe, Jennifer died many years prior during the Battle of Wolf 359.

Deep Space Nine made three more journeys into the mirror universe in the episodes “Shattered Mirror,” “Resurrection,” and “The Emperor’s New Cloak.”

“In a Mirror, Darkly: Part 1 & 2”



Star Trek: Enterprise had a two-part mirror universe episode called “In a Mirror, Darkly.” This episode took place entirely in the mirror universe with Terran Empire Enterprise crew members. When a ship from the future appeared in this universe, Archer tried to weaponize it. He and most of the Terran Enterprise crew died trying to get hold of the ship. Hoshi named herself Empress of the Terran Empire and became Captain of the USS Defiant. It is this Defiant ship that is mentioned in Star Trek: Discovery episode “Despite Yourself.” The episode took place before the TOS episode “Mirror, Mirror.”

“Despite Yourself”


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“Despite Yourself” is the 10th episode of Star Trek: Discovery. When the Spore Drive went haywire, it sent the Discovery through to the mirror universe. The crew was unaware of the existence of this mirror universe, since the events of “Mirror, Mirror” had not happened yet. They did find, in their ship’s logs, something about a USS Defiant making its way from the future to this universe. This is the ship that Terran Empire Archer was trying to salvage in “In a Mirror, Darkly.”

Lorca discovered that he had been working with Vulcan rebels and that Burnham tried to get him killed. Tilly discovered that she was the Terran Empire Captain of the Discovery and that Burnham was the Captain of the Shenzhou. The crew of the Discovery had to change their uniforms, just like Kirk, Scotty, Bones and Uhura did in “Mirror, Mirror.” Burnham also killed her first officer, much like Archer tried to kill his Captain in “Through a Mirror, Darkly.” They are going to have to blend in until they can figure out how the Defiant arrived in this universe.



What’s unique about Discovery venturing into the mirror universe is that they aren’t taking a one-episode trip. Some of their crew didn’t switch places with their other selves. Their entire ship — including their Spore Drive — is in the mirror universe. Burnham, who has always wanted to be Captain, finally gets her chance. She’s going to have to avoid giving in to her more violent nature for days, maybe even weeks, until the Discovery can get home. This is going to be a huge temptation for her. Tyler is also experiencing strange PTSD and surgery flashbacks and his torturer L’Rell is on board. This is not going to be an easy trip down the rabbit hole and Alice — our fearless Burnham — is going to have to keep her wits about her if she and Discovery are going to make it back home.

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Mary J. Blige Breaks Down While Receiving Hollywood Star [VIDEO]

Mary J. Blige spent her birthday on Thursday basking in the adulation of family, friends, and colleagues while receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame…finally.

“I’m so grateful for this star right now because I’ve earned it probably three times,” Blige told the crowd. “I say that with confidence and not arrogance. I say it because I know that now, and I know my worth, and what this means.”

The dedication on Thursday, January 11 followed speeches from record producer Andre Harrell and former mentor Sean “Diddy” Combs. Both praised Blige for her talent and strength.

The Grammy Award-winning artist and recent Golden Globes nominee was serenaded by fans singing “Happy Birthday” as she posed for pictures and hugged family members before the ceremony began. “I’m proud of us. Look at where we are,” Blige replied to one fan.

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul stood beside Harrell as he recalled the first moment he heard her voice. “I remember the expression on Mary’s face when I would say to her ‘Your voice is going to sing with rock legends. Your voice is going to change your life and make you royal,” Harrell said, adding that since being introduced on “Soul Train” as “the queen of hip-hop and soul music,” the title remains.

Diddy, who collaborated with Blige on her early breakout albums, praised the singer for her ability to heal through her music. “Whatever she is going through, she knows she has a responsibility to help others who are going through the same thing,” Diddy said. “Mary J. Blige has saved a lot of lives. Mary J. Blige has saved a lot of broken hearts.”

Blige also gave shoutouts to other friends and family in the audience, including outgoing BET chief executive Debra Lee, “Mudbound” costar Garrett Hedlund, and music producer and Apple executive Jimmy Iovine.

Iovine, she said through tears, provided a roof over her head during her contentious divorce from Kendu Isaacs.

“When all hell was turning loose in 2016 and I had to file and all of that stuff, I was homeless last year,” she said, adding, “Jimmy Iovine took me into his Malibu home, he and his beautiful wife, Liberty. I will never forget that.”

Blige took a moment to acknowledge “Mudbound” director Dee Rees who also attended. “You really, really saved my life,” Blige said. “‘Mudbound’” opened up doors and gave me strength I didn’t even know I had.”

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(Los Angeles) — Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” handily won the first box office weekend of 2018 over the launch of “Insidious: The Last Key” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with $ 36 million at 3,801 North American locations.

The fourth installment of the “Insidious” horror franchise scared up a surprisingly strong $ 29.3 million at 3,116 sites for Universal. Disney-Lucasfilm’s “The Last Jedi” followed in third with a 55% decline to $ 23.6 million at 4,232 venues for a 24-day total of $ 572.5 million — the sixth-largest of all-time.

Fox’s third weekend of “The Greatest Showman” held nicely in fourth, declining only 12% to $ 13.6 million at 3,342 theaters for a 19-day total of about $ 77 million. It was followed in fifth by Universal’s third session of “Pitch Perfect 3” with $ 10.2 million at 3,458 sites, lifting its 17-day take to a solid $ 86 million.

Fox’s fourth weekend of animated comedy “Ferdinand” finished sixth with $ 7.7 million at 3,156 venues, followed by Jessica Chastain’s “Molly’s Game” from STXfilms, which brought in $ 7 million after expanding to 1,608 sites from 271. Chastain received a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a drama for her work in the film — whether or not she wins will be determined Sunday. The film also received a Producers Guild Award nomination on Friday for best film, a day after Aaron Sorkin’s script received a Writers Guild nom for adapted screenplay.

The “Jumanji” sequel has taken in $ 244.4 million in its first 19 days domestically. It’s the first weekend box office win for “Jumanji” — which has gone past “Justice League” as the ninth-largest domestic grosser among 2017 titles. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is also topping the $ 500 million mark worldwide.

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan star in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” a sequel to Robin Williams’ original, which was a 1995 hit with $ 262 million worldwide. “Welcome to the Jungle” follows four high schoolers in detention who wind up as video game characters facing an array of challenges.

“Insidious: The Last Key” came in far above expectations, which had been in the $ 16 million to $ 19 million range. It’s the latest horror title from Blumhouse Productions, which delivered low-cost horror hits last year for Universal with “Split,” “Get Out,” and “Happy Death Day.” The franchise dates back to 2010 with “Insidious,” followed by “Insidious: Chapter 2” in 2013 and “Insidious: Chapter 3” in 2015 — which have grossed a collective $ 357 million worldwide.

Lin Shaye, who has starred in all three films, returns in “Insidious: The Last Key” as a parapsychologist whose haunted childhood comes to threaten her family and home in a follow-up to the events in “Insidious: Chapter 3.” It’s produced by “Insidious” regulars Jason Blum, Oren Peli, and co-creator James Wan and by Sony Pictures (through Stage 6 Films) with Blumhouse. Universal is the U.S. theatrical distributor with Sony releasing in the rest of the world.

Overall domestic business was up 18.1% to $ 165 million, according to comScore — a welcome sign after 2017 saw a 2.3% decline in total grosses.

“2018 is off to a rollicking start with ‘Jumanji’s’ unexpected strength boosting the overall marketplace nearly 20% ahead of the comparable weekend a year ago as the box office new year gives the industry cause to celebrate with an incredibly diverse lineup of titles driving patrons to theaters and a red hot awards season in full swing,” noted Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore. “Two years ago was not even as strong with a ‘Force Awakens’ driven marketplace ringing up sales of $ 159.1 million for the same weekend in 2016.”


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Mary J. Blige To Receive Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Mary J. Blige will be honored with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The ceremony will take place on January 11, with Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs taking part in the unveiling, according to Variety. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will be in the recording category, despite her work in film and television.

The Grammy Award-winning artist has received Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for her role in Dee Rees’ period drama “Mudbound,” as well as a Golden Globe nom for the best original song for “Mighty River.”

Blige’s Walk of Fame star unveiling will take place at 6201 Hollywood Blvd. in front of Eastown.

“Mary J. Blige is one of the most popular singers of our generation. Fans will be thrilled to see her star on the Boulevard as her career milestones are celebrated on this very famous sidewalk,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

The Bronx native got her start in music by signing with Uptown Records in 1989. Her début album, “What’s the 411?,” was executive produced by Diddy and since then, she has released 12 more albums that have garnered nine Grammy Award wins from her 31 nominations.

Her film début was in 2001’s “Prison Song,” followed by Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All by Myself.” Blige also starred alongside Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, and Russell Brand in 2012’s “Rock of Ages,” and appeared in 2013’s musical drama “Black Nativity,” per Variety.

Blige’s small screen work includes guests roles on “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Empire” and “30 Rock.” She also played Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, on NBC’s musical “The Wiz Live!”

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Capping off an extremely successful year, Mary J. Blige, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The ceremony will take place on January 11 and celebrates Blige’s extraordinary career in music and entertainment, spanning over 25 years. Her friend and frequent collaborator Sean “Diddy” Combs will also attend the ceremony to unveil the star.

Mary J. Blige is one of the most popular singers of our generation. Fans will be thrilled to see her star on the Boulevard as her career milestones are celebrated on this very famous sidewalk,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies in a statement to Variety.

Blige is currently nominated for a series of awards for her subtle, but striking performance in “Mudbound,” a tale of two families linked together by the Mississippi Delta. She secured two Golden Globe nominations, one for Best Supporting Actress and the other for the movie’s original song “Mighty River.” Blige also scored a Screen Actors Guild nomination and a Critics Choice nod.

She arrived on the music scene in 1989 as the first female act of Uptown Records at the age of 18. Her early collaborations with Combs earned her numerous hits, including her chart-topping debut album “What’s The 411?” followed by her successful sophomore album, “My Life.” During her music career she’s released a total of 12 albums and appeared in a variety of movies and TV movies including, “Prison Song,” “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” “How To Get Away With Murder” and “The Wiz Live!”

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Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer is will be starring in a new drama thriller called Are You Sleeping.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series is based off a book called Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber.

Based off a true story, the crime drama looks at America’s fascination with crime podcasts. “It challenges viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is put on a public stage.”

Nichelle Tramble Spellman who’s worked with the shows Good Wife and Justified created the piece and will write the script.

Actress Reese Witherspoon will executive produce the show with Lauren Neustadter, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and Kristen Campo.

The series will be the first development project for the company Apple.

Spencer is known for her work in the blockbuster hit films The Helpa film based on Black women as hired help in the 50’s. She played Minny Jackson. She’s also known for her 2016 film, Hidden Figures a film based on the true story of three African-America women who were responsible for helping NASA in the 60’s. She played Dorothy Vaughn.

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‘Star Wars’ passes ‘Beauty and the Beast’ as top 2017 earner

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Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is nearing the $ 400 million mark Monday at the domestic box office in a dominant performance during the Christmas holiday. “The Last Jedi” took in an estimated $ 32 million Monday on Christmas Day at 4,232 North American sites. That’s the second highest total ever on the day, trailing only […]

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One of the most popular things about the Star Wars movies has always been the world building. Being able to imagine yourself visiting these far off planets, and living in distant lands in a faraway galaxy. This all contributes to the mythology and legend of the movies and increases the charm and appeal of the movies. The detail and the different worlds that have been created all combine to make these flicks unforgettable.

There are so many epic locations that have been used around the world for the Star Wars films. And, there are even more wonderful locations that look as though they have come right out of a Star Wars movie. With visual beauty, grandeur, and an otherworldly feel, these are some of the great locations we’ve found that look like they could have been plucked a long time ago, from a galaxy far, far away!

Wadi Rum, Jordan

This vast, expansive red desert location seems to go on for miles over the horizon. The site, in Southern Jordan, has a stunning landscape of jagged cliffs, intriguing caves, natural gorges, stone archways, and blistered red sand. It looks very much like Luke’s home planet of Tatooine from the first Star Wars movie. The UNESCO World Heritage site appeared in the Ridley Scott movie The Martian (as a double for Mars) and also featured in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Fly Geyser, Black Rock Desert, Nevada

Check out this stunning geyser that looks like it’s come straight out of a science fiction movie. Full of strange and colorful patterns, not to mention odd shapes, the geyser is certainly something you wouldn’t expect to see in the middle of the Nevada desert. Created, by accident, in 1964, the geyser is still working today and can shoot water 5 feet into the air. This is a truly stunning location and one we would certainly expect to find in a Star Wars movie.

The Spotted Lake, Osoyoos, British Columbia

Canada has some of the most stunning landscape we’ve ever seen, and this is a prime example of that. The Spotted Lake is mega popular with tourists, and it’s not difficult to understand why from looking at it. The lake contains a huge amount of minerals, which are revealed in the summer when the water evaporates – this leaves around 300 pools/spots where the minerals create a watery puddle in the lake. Pretty stunning, right?

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

You may well have heard of this location because it’s actually home to the largest salt flats in the world. More than 10 billion tons of salt cover 4,000 square miles, and make for one of the most visually stunning locations on the planet! If you ever get the chance to go here, you should definitely check it out. This beautiful place looks like it was tailor made to join the supporting cast of one of the Star Wars movies.

These are all remarkable places on Earth that we feel would be perfectly suited to a Star Wars movie. Of course, Wadi Rum in Jordan did make a brief appearance in Rogue One, but, the other places have not graced the screen yet. Perhaps, someone should get on to Disney, and recommend these locations!

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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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Star Wars: 7 Black Characters You Should Know

 Yesterday, Star Wars: The Last Jedi set a record for the second-largest Thursday night preview gross in North America, trailing only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, earning $ 45 million, reports Variety.

With Disney backing the film—and becoming even more powerful with its acquisition of 21st Century Fox for about $ 60 billion in stock and debt) and another sequel due in 2019—it’s clear Star Wars is a beloved film franchise.

And while there was controversy over the casting of John Boyega, a black British actor as a Stormtrooper in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, there have been iconic black actors and characters throughout the Star Wars universe. Here are seven of the best known:

 

1. Samuel L. Jackson

Film: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, 1999

Character: Mace Windu

 

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2. Billy Dee Williams

Films: The Empire Strikes Back; Return of the Jedi

Character: Lando Calrissian

 

 

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3. Lupita Nyong’o

Film: The Force Awakens

Character: Maz Kanata

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4. James Earl Jones

Films: The Empire Strikes Back; Return of the Jedi; Episode 3 — Revenge of the Sith

Character: Voice of Darth Vader

 

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5. Femi Taylor

Film: Return of the Jedi

Character: Jabba the Hutt’s Twi’lek slave dancer Oola

 

 

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6. John Boyega

Film: The Force Awakens

Character: Finn Galfridian

 

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7. Crystal Clarke

Film: The Force Awakens

Character: “Rachel”

 

 

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An NBA Star Could Wind Up in Prison for Insulting Turkey’s President

(ANKARA, Turkey) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says prosecutors are seeking more than four years in prison for NBA player Enes Kanter on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Anadolu Agency says an indictment prepared by the Istanbul chief prosecutor’s office accuses the New York Knicks player of insulting the president in a series of tweets he posted in May and June 2016.

Kanter said he wasn’t concerned and continued his criticisms of Erdogan, saying, “That dude is a maniac.”

“That stuff really don’t bother me because I’m used to it,” Kanter said after the Knicks practiced Wednesday in New York.

“I think it’s just nothing to me, man. I’m in America. I’m good and my focus right now is just going out there, playing basketball, have fun with my teammates and just winning and just thinking about playoffs.”

Kanter cannot return to Turkey because his passport has been canceled. He would be tried in absentia.

The player is a vocal supporter of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric blamed by Turkey for last year’s failed military coup.

Kanter was detained in Romania on May 20. He said he was able to return to the United States after American officials intervened.

He said his family remains in Turkey and he is concerned for them — he said his father at one point was jailed for a week — but he downplayed the situation otherwise.

“I was like, that’s it, only four years? All the trash I’ve been talking?” Kanter said. “I promise you guys, it doesn’t really bother me even bother me a little bit, because my thing is just going out there and playing basketball.”


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Why Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek Is a Good Idea

Quentin Tarantino sent shockwaves through the Star Trek fandom when news surfaced that the Hateful Eight director has pitched a story idea to producer J.J. Abrams for a sequel to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond. While it’s unclear if Tarantino will direct the film, the studio is now looking to hire a writer. He has said in interviews that he intends to retire after directing ten features. If he did direct Star Trek 4, it would be his tenth. In all likelihood, he will act as a producer and perhaps as co-writer.

With Star Trek fans notoriously protective of the franchise’s identity and instinctively hostile to change, the news begs a simple question: is this a good idea? So, let’s break down the pros and cons of Quentin Tarantino boldly going where many directors have gone before.

Pushing Boundaries


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Quentin Tarantino’s scripts — and the movies they spawn — are vulgar, violent, and lurid. That’s not a condemnation, just an observation. His films lean heavily on profane dialogue (including liberal use of racial slurs), sensational violence, and uncomfortable, adult-oriented subject matter. Star Trek films, by contrast, try to be family-friendly, with minimal swearing, PG-13 action, and accessible storytelling. So on the surface, Tarantino’s tastes and style seem unsuitable for Star Trek. Yet, not only is he developing a Trek film, but, like every other Tarantino project, it will be rated R (a first for the franchise).


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You know what they call a Big Mac on Vulcan?

But an R-rating does not mean that Kirk and Spock will be slicing Klingons with Katanas and using offensive language. What’s more likely is that the script will push the limits in the same way that Star Trek has always done. From “Charlie X” disappearing the faces off of laughing crewmembers to the exploding head of Commander Remmick in The Next Generation‘s “Conspiracy,“ the franchise has always struck a balance between edginess and staying true to itself. With films like Logan and Deadpool winning praise for deviating from the mainstream with violence and grit, Tarantino can help Star Trek up the ante.

A Worthwhile Story


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This is actually the sole worrisome piece of news associated with Tarantino’s interest in Star Trek: the story he reportedly wants to tell. Tarantino has said in interviews that he would like to remake one of the classic episodes with the budget of a feature film. The two episodes, in particular, that he’s expressed an interest in are The Original Series’The City on the Edge of Forever” and TNG‘s “Yesterday’s Enterprise.”

Tarantino could probably make an excellent movie by updating those stories, but that doesn’t make it a good idea. One of the biggest criticisms of modern Trek is that it is too focused on revisiting old stories and ideas — especially The Wrath of Khan and revenge plots — and keeps struggling to reinvent itself. That’s why Star Trek Into Darkness was so negatively received, and why fans were apprehensive about Discovery being a prequel. Even the fantastic Star Trek Beyond was essentially a celebration of the franchise’s legacy rather than a new, original story.


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Do we really want to repeat the mistakes of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’?

While Tarantino’s movies often poach ideas, visuals, or character names from other films, he’s still a creative storyteller who would be able to bring Star Trek into new, unexplored territory. Even if he wants to remake an old episode, why make it one of the beloved classics and invite comparisons? He would be better off with a lesser-known entry, like “A Piece of the Action” or “Assignment: Earth.” Retreads of hallowed ground tend to turn fans off.

Those Aimless Star Trek Films


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Star Trek movies have always lacked a clear purpose.

Here’s an interesting observation about Star Trek movies: they’re utterly superfluous to their franchise. That sounds weird in an era where Marvel and Star Wars give their TV enterprises the short end of the stick, but it’s true. Star Trek is a TV franchise that occasionally makes movies, usually to revive interest in the brand whenever the shows start to falter. The success of the first four films helped lay the groundwork for TNG and its spinoffs in the late 1980s. The reboot trilogy has done the same thing for Discovery.


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The franchise has been building up to this for 12 years. The films helped make it happen.

The movies themselves don’t influence the larger continuity of the universe they exist in. Aside from the Borg sphere that crashes on Earth in First Contact (facilitating their appearance on Enterprise), nothing happens in the movies that a TV watcher absolutely needs to know about to enjoy the shows. The Genesis Project from Star Trek II? It receives one oblique reference in an episode of Voyager, and that’s it. The Klingon Peace Treaty from Star Trek VI? TNG laid it out years before. The destruction of Romulus from the 2009 film? No TV show has followed it, so it’s never been a problem.

A Sense of Purpose


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The USS Defiant, from ‘Deep Space Nine’, almost gets destroyed in ‘First Contact’ and no one mentions it.

Because of this, Star Trek movies have never really had a sense of purpose. They’re more about having a good time and shoring up interest in the franchise than telling an epic story. In an era dominated by serialized cinematic universes like Marvel and Star Wars, that model is obsolete. For years, individuals involved with the franchise have talked about branching out into a Star Trek cinematic universe, which would give the movies somewhere to go. And yet, this idea has never been given life, largely because none of the reboot films have made much money.

Even if he doesn’t direct, Tarantino’s involvement represents a massive shift for Trek films. Tarantino does not make the kind of filler movies that have always been Trek‘s oeuvre. His films are events, eagerly anticipated and always subject to deep critical interrogation. Most importantly, they tend to make money. That, combined with renewed interest in the franchise and a movie that shakes up the status quo, could finally launch Star Trek films into something beyond merely being the add-on to a TV franchise.

The Verdict



Star Trek 4 is in the very early stages of development. Tarantino’s involvement may blossom into a directing gig or rewrites. Studio politics may push him away, relegating his contributions to the barest outline of his original vision. We won’t be able to evaluate the final product for years to come. And it’s a bit disappointing that, by all accounts, he wants to revisit old ideas rather than explore new ones.

However, we can’t understate just how incredible an opportunity this is for Star Trek. Tarantino may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he can take a franchise that has often been puzzled over its sense of direction into new and exciting places. It’s a gamble, to be sure. But as Captain Kirk himself famously said, risk is our business. Fans should be excited about whatever Tarantino has to offer.

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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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Former NBA Star Lorenzen Wright’s Ex-Wife Arrested In Connection With His Murder

There’s been an arrest in the murder case of NBA player Lorenzen Wright.

Seven years after Wright’s bullet-riddled body was found decomposing in a Tennessee suburb, Sherra Wright Robinson, his ex-wife, was arrested Friday night in Riverside, Calif., reports Fox13.

“Thank you Jesus! Thank you Jesus! They got her! They got her!’’ Lorenzen Wright’s mother, Deborah Marion, told a reporter. She added: “They need to bury her.’’

Marion said police confirmed the arrest to her. She said got a call from Memphis police and went with her family to police headquarters. Marion says a police official told her Sherra will be charged with first-degree murder.

As we reported earlier, Billy Turner — a deacon at the church Lorenzen and Sherra Wright attended — was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty.

“It’s just those two right now,’’ Marion said. “But they’re still working on it.’’

Wright, who was 34 when he died, played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and LA Clippers among other teams, was last seen alive on July 18, 2010, as he left his ex-wife’s home.

Here’s what we reported about the case in 2010:

A law enforcement source confirmed to the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper the body was that of Wright, who has been missing since July 19, though the Memphis Police Department won’t officially comment. Police are referring to their investigation as a “death investigation.”

Wright recently flew from Atlanta to Memphis to visit friends and his six children, friends said.

According to sources, a 9-1-1 call was made from Wright’s cell phone on July 19. A fire dispatcher could hear the loud blasts of several gunshots. The cellphone call ended at that point.
Later it was learned that dispatchers didn’t alert patrol officers or commanders because they couldn’t confirm it came from their jurisdiction. They didn’t send a patrol officer or relay the information to Memphis police until days later.

Wright’s mother filed a missing-person report with Collierville police on July 22, 2010. Authorities in Collierville were accused of dragging their feet in the days after the report was filed, and an apparent lack of communication kept authorities from linking the 911 call to the missing-person report.

Wright’s body was found in a field near some woods, complicating the investigation because evidence had likely deteriorated in the heat of Summer. An autopsy report showed bullet fragments were lodged in Wright’s skull, chest and right forearm.

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5 Things the Star Wars Holiday Special Got Right

The notorious “Star Wars Holiday Special” was so bad that it has only aired once on TV. Despite the special never being released on video, there are still some rare copies around. Even George Lucas himself has said, “If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it.”

However, despite the show’s infamy, there are five things that the Holiday Special did get right, and we count them down here.

All Those Cameos



No matter what anyone says about how pointless all the cameos were in the Holiday Special, it’s always fun seeing your favorite celebrities make a surprise appearance in a show or movie. And when they get a whole storyline to themselves, well then that’s really something special.



One of the best cameo storylines in the Holiday Special showcases Harvey Korman from The Carol Burnett Show, and his attempts to woo Bea Arthur who plays a bartender in the Mos Eisley Cantina (Bonus points for bringing back one of the most iconic sets from the Original Trilogy).

When the rowdy patrons of the cantina refuse to obey a planet-wide curfew imposed by the Galactic Empire, Bea resorts to singing the song “Goodnight, But Not Goodbye,” which causes them to waltz out the door.

Chewbacca’s Family



More Wookiees is always a good thing, especially when they are related to the most iconic Wookiee of them all. While the scenes involving Itchy (Chewie’s dad), Lumpy (Chewie’s son), and Malla (Chewie’s wife) may be a little weird (like, why these Wookiees wearing snuggies and walking in outer space?) we can all agree that seeing more of Chewbacca’s background is definitely welcome. After all, when compared to his fellow human Rebels, we know next to nothing about the furred giant.



The Holiday Special also treated fans to the first ever appearance of the Wookiee home-planet Kashyyyk. After all, we still haven’t seen Han Solo’s Corellia nor Leia’s Alderaan.

Leia Singing

It’s always great when one of your favorite actors reveals a secret talent, and this scene of Carrie Fisher singing is no exception. It’s a special treat in a film with plenty of mistakes, and it truly makes the Holiday Special noteworthy as one of the rare moments we see Carrie break out into song on film. We give this scene bonus points for Harrison Ford’s reaction 30 seconds in. Despite the fact that this scene came out of nowhere, we can forgive Carrie as we can bet she was just as confused as the rest of us.

Boba Fett

Considered by many to be the only watchable moment from the entire Holiday Special, this cartoon gives us our first introduction to the famed bounty hunter, Boba Fett. When Luke and Han contract a mysterious virus, Boba Fett teams up with Chewie to find the cure. However, the short takes a dark turn when it is revealed Boba Fett is secretly working with Darth Vader to capture the Rebels.

While it’s significance in the overarching universe of Star Wars is minimal, the short cartoon is one of the only parts of the Special with a coherent plot. Seeing Darth Vader cross paths with Luke, and possibly the greatest bounty hunter in the galaxy take shots at the Rebels are just two reasons why people are still watching this cartoon nearly 40 years later.

Another Music Cameo

When Stormtroopers raid Chewie’s home, the Rebels turn to music to distract the invaders. And strangely, it works. Although, like most things, it doesn’t make much sense in the context of the Holiday Special (why are the Stormtroopers even raiding Chewie’s home?!), this goofy moment veils a surprise cameo by ’70s rock group Jefferson Starship, with this catchy tune providing a memorable moment in a Special most seek to forget.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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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Who’s in The League Of Gentlemen cast? Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, Sian Gibson and Jeremy Dyson star

THE League of Gentleman is returning to screens is returning after 15 years away.

But, what do we know about the programme’s cast? Let’s find out…

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Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss was born in Sedgefield, County Durham on 17 October 1966 – that makes him 51.

He’s an actor, comedian, screenwriter and novelist. He has written for and starred in TV series Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Mark is one of four writers on The League of Gentleman, and is also responsible for playing the following characters:

  • David
  • Val
  • Mickey
  • Brian
  • Hilary
  • Tony
  • Les McQueen
  • Sheila
  • Glen
  • Phil
  • Mr. Chinnery
  • Mama Lazarou
  • Iris
  • Lance
  • Alvin Steele
  • Mick McNamara
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Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemberton was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, on the 1 September 1967 – that makes him 50.

He’s an actor, writer, comedian and screenwriter.

Aside from The League of Gentleman, his other television credits include Doctor Who, Benidorm, Blackpool, Shameless, Whitechapel, Happy Valley and Mapp and Lucia.

He also teamed up with Reece Shearsmith to co-write and appeared in the sitcom Psychoville and the comedy-drama Inside No. 9.

Steve is is one of four writers on The League of Gentleman, and is also responsible for playing the following characters:

  • Tubbs
  • Harvey
  • Pauline
  • Mike
  • Maurice
  • Charlie
  • Reenie
  • Bob
  • Ernest
  • Barry
  • Dave
  • Herr Lipp
  • Barbara
  • Pop
  • Farmer Jed
  • Ally Welles
  • Mechanic

Reece Shearsmith

Reece Shearsmith was born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, on 27 August 1969 – that makes him 48.

He’s actor, writer and comedian, whose married to Jane Shearsmith, with he raises two children.

His daughter Holly appears in the first episode of Psychoville as the birthday girl who gets a makeover from Mr Jelly the clown, played by Shearsmith.

Reece has also starred in films: Shaun of the Dead, Max & Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Reece is is one of four writers on The League of Gentleman, and is also responsible for playing the following characters:

  • Edward
  • Benjamin
  • Ross
  • Geoff
  • Samuel
  • Stella
  • Vinnie
  • Patch
  • Peter
  • Lisgoe
  • Ollie
  • Bernice
  • Papa Lazarou
  • Judee
  • Pamela
  • Henry Portrait
  • Mike King

The League Of Gentlemen reboot also stars Sian Gibson and Jeremy Dyson, who’s the fourth writer.

What will happen in the new specials?

The specials will pick up with the characters 15 years on.

Reece Shearsmith told the BBC: “Part of the main story arc is about Royston Vasey now and how it’s even further in decline than it was before.”

Steve Pemberton added: “All the episodes of The League of Gentlemen had great moments, and what we’ve tried to do in these specials is give as many characters those special great moments over three episodes as possible.”

When is the new The League of Gentlemen on?

The BBC has confirmed that The League of Gentlemen will return to BBC Two.

There will be three specials to mark 20 years since the show’s radio debut.

The new shows will air December 18, 19 and 20, 2017.

The specials will reunite Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson.

The off-beat comedy finished on BBC2 in 2002 and was followed by a film in 2005, The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse.

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‘Star Wars’: 20 Leia Quotes That Made Us Fall In Love With Her

Leia Organa Solo, how we’ll miss you.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi marks her last appearance in the Star Wars saga (actress Carrie Fisher finished shooting her scenes before her untimely death last December). She’s had an incredible run, cementing herself as one of the popular and powerful women in sci-fi, if not all of film (and an Icons spot on the FANDOM 100).

After her death, director George Lucas wrote, “In ‘Star Wars,’ she was our great and powerful princess — feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think.”

Fans were introduced to Leia in A New Hope as the young Princess of Alderaan. She was hardly a damsel in distress, taking a blaster and jumping into a garbage shoot during her own rescue mission.

The Empire Strikes Back showed Leia’s leadership skills, and also a growing relationship with the swarthy smuggler, Han Solo.

She would join the action again in Return of the Jedi, forging the alliance with the Ewoks during the Battle of Endor.

An older, wiser, and still feisty Leia became leader of the Resistance by the events of The Force Awakens, and continues to serve as General during The Last Jedi. But despite her outward strength, she was deeply hurt by Han leaving and her son Ben turning to the Dark Side.

Below are 20 quotes that made us fall in love with her:

From A New Hope

“Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.” — a holographic Lei pleads.

“Governor Tarkin, I should have expected to find you holding Vader’s leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board.” — Leia upon meeting the Imperial officer.

“Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?” — Leia to her would-be rescuer, Luke.

“Will someone get this big walking carpet out of my way?” — Leia as she pushes aside the hairy Wookiee, Chewbacca.

“Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, fly boy.” — Leia to Han as she takes over the reins of her own rescue.

From The Empire Strikes Back

“Why, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking, Nerf-herder!” — Leia to Han after he revealed to Luke and Chewbecca she had feelings for him.

“Would it help if I got out and pushed?” — Leia to Han after the Millennium Falcon stalls while trying to escape Hoth.

“Stop that. My hands are dirty.” — Leia to Han as he clasps her hands preparing to kiss her.

“I hope you know what you’re doing.” — Leia to Han as he flies into a cave, which actually turns out to be a giant space worm.

“You have your moments. Not many of them, but you do have them.” — Leia to Han with a kiss, after he steers them out of the asteroid field.

From Return of the Jedi

“We have powerful friends. You’re going to regret this” — Leia to Jabba the Hut, after she is caught freeing Han from stasis.

“You’re a jittery little thing, aren’t you?” — Leia upon meeting Wicket the Ewok.

“I know. Somehow, I’ve always known.” — Leia after Luke reveals he is her brother.

“Oh, it’s not like that at all. He’s my brother.” — Leia to Han after he asks if she loves Luke.

From The Force Awakens

“Same jacket.” — Leia to Han after they are reunited.

“I just never should have sent him away. That’s when I lost him. That’s when I lost you both.” — Leia to Han about the loss of their son, Ben a.k.a. Kylo Ren.

“You know, no matter how much we fought, I’ve always hated watching you leave.” — Leia to Han as he departs for Starkiller Base.

“If you see our son, bring him home.” — Leia’s final words to Han.

“May the Force be with you.” — Leia’s farewell to Rey when she goes to find Luke.

From Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

“Hope…” — Leia’s reply when asked what’s on the contents of the data procured by the Rogue One squad.

The Last Jedi, opening today, will surely include more memorable Leia lines. Which is your favorite?

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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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Lupita Nyong’o SHUT IT DOWN on the red carpet at the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere on Saturday night.

The Oscar winner is giving us some serious space galaxy chic in this sparkly emerald Halpern gown…and peep that slit!

She finished off her look with Jimmy Choo heels and Tiffany & Company jewels.

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Girl…may the force be with you!

And of course, Twitter was here for the queen:

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It’s not a secret that Lupita is having a great winter. Not only does her anticipated film The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, she’s also landed her fourth Vogue cover, serving up face on the January issue.

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IGN’s Terri Schwartz said that as much as The Force Awakens was about looking back, The Last Jedi was about looking forward. Terri also had some thoughts on how The Last Jedi feels unlike any Star Wars movie that had gone before it:

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