Rian Johnson baits ‘Star Wars’ fans who want to remake ‘The Last Jedi’

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

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

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Lucasfilm Says ‘Multiple’ Star Wars Standalone Movies Still in Development

Lucasfilm has denied reports that standalone Star Wars movies have been put on hold, confirming “multiple” spinoffs are still in active development.

ABC News reports Lucasfilm is moving forward with projects separate from Rian Johnson’s new trilogy of films and another series of movies from Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

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BAPE & Medicom Toy Pay Tribute to ‘Star Wars’ for New Baby Milo

Adding to the long line of collectibles in the Star Wars universe, BAPE and Medicom Toy have teamed up on a new Baby Milo vinyl toy that honors the pop culture phenomenon.

Notably, BAPE and Medicom Toy have come together for a trio of new Baby Milo figurines: two separate black and white Stormtrooper Baby Milo creations, and one standout Darth Vader iteration.

You can take a look at BAPE and Medicom Toy’s three new Star Wars Baby Milo figures above, and check out an Instagram post about the items below. For more information, check out the collaboration’s official website.

Back in November of 2018, BAPE and Medicom Toy also linked up for another collaborative figure collection involving Star Wars characters.

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10 Star Trek Cameos That Are Out of This World

Star Trek has been around for more than five decades, and in that time, it’s attracted its fair share of big names from the world of movies, music and even actual science.  In fact, a surprising amount of modern Holywood icons actually got their break on Star Trek, appearing in small roles in both ‘Trek movies and episodes while working as jobbing actors.

There are almost too many of these blink-and-you’ll-miss them cameos to choose from. But now, after weeks of arguments we managed to whittle them down to our ten favourite.

Without further ado, here are the coolest cameos in the history of Star Trek.

Dwayne Johnson


Star Trek Dwayne Johnson.

Before he made the move from wrestling ring to cinema screen, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson appeared in a 2000 episode of Star Trek: Voyager entitled “Tsunkatse.” The ep’s story revolves around a blood sport playing out in an arena on an alien planet. In a nice case of two fandoms colliding, Dwayne plays a Pendari warrior who ends up defeating Seven of Nine with the help of The Rock’s signature move, Rock Bottom. Funnily enough, he isn’t the only wrestler to appear in Star Trek, with Big Show also showing up in Enterprise episode “Borderlands” as a slave trader.

Mick Fleetwood


Star Trek Mick Fleetwood.

Fun fact –Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood wasn’t new to acting when he cameoed in Star Trek, having previously played a resistance leader in The Running Man. But at least you actually saw his face in that movie. When Mick showed up as an Antedian dignitary in Next Generation episode “Manhunt” in 1989, he was buried under a mountain of fishy prosthetics. Making him pretty much unrecognisable. Still, the role was a juicy one, with Fleetwood’s character revealed as something of a terrorist.

Seth MacFarlane

Family Guy creator guy Seth MacFarlane LOVES Star Trek — and he hasn’t been shy about his favourite fandom. As a teen he made the above fan film with his friends. Hell, he even manages to work Trek references into pretty much all of his shows. And now he’s had a character named after him. Still, nothing can beat actually being IN Star Trek, and in 2005 Seth played engineer Rivers in Enterprise episodes “The Forgotten” and “Affliction.” If that wasn’t enough Seth MacTreklane for you, more recently he created and starred in Star Trek homage The Orville.

Sarah Silverman


Star Trek Sarah Silverman.

Comedian Sarah Silverman played astronomer Rain Robinson in the Voyager two-parter “Future’s End.” In this double-pronged outing, the Star Trek crew meet  Silverman when they travel back to 1996 Los Angeles. According to a Tweet by producer Bryan Fuller, the showrunners liked Silverman so much that they considered bring her onboard as a series regular. Though that idea was apparently nixed when Jeri Ryan went full-time as Seven of Nine in Season 4.

Iggy Pop


Star Trek Iggy Pop.

Rock legend Iggy Pop sometimes seems like an alien. So it’s little surprise that he played one, in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “The Magnificent Ferengi” in 1997. As Vortan clone Yelgrun, Pop endeavoured to negotiate a prisoner exchange, and ends up being captured and handed over to Starfleet. Impressively, the star actually delivered a controlled and understated performance that’s a million miles away from his crazy onstage persona.

Christian Slater


Star Trek Christian Slater.

Christian Slater is a long-time Trek fan, and briefly appeared as ‘Excelsior Communications Officer’ in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Though the actor probably didn’t have to work too hard for the part, as his mother — Mary Jo Slater — was in charge of casting on the movie. Slater has since revealed that the costume he wore was William Shatner’s in Wrath of Khan. Which Christian duly kept once he’d wrapped shooting.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan


Star Trek Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

The very talented Jeffrey Dean Morgan achieved global fame playing Negan in The Walking Dead. But long before he was fighting zombies and bashing in human skulls, he played a Xindi Reptilian in Star Trek: Enterprise episode “Carpenter Street.” Apparently though, Morgan didn’t exactly enjoy the experience. Telling Entertainment Weekly “I had to pay my bills. I knew I’d play some guy saying some stuff. Then I got a call saying I needed to go in for a prosthetic fitting. I remember them dripping goop on my face, and I had straws sticking out of my nose. I couldn’t eat lunch. I was claustrophobic. I’d go home in tears. This was the job that made me want to quit acting.” We’re glad he didn’t.

Tom Morello

Guitar legend Tom Morello is also a Star Trek super-fan, and asked producer Rick Berman for a part. Which Berman duly agreed to thanks to his son being a Rage Against the Machine super-fan. Morello is therefore uncredited as a Son’a officer in Star Trek: Insurrection. But his trekking didn’t end there, with Morello playing Crewman Mitchell in Voyager episode “Good Shepherd.” In which he does the opposite of raging against the machine, snapping to attention when Captain Janeway enters his space. Trekking in the name of.

Kirsten Dunst


Star Trek Kirsten Dunst.

Best known for her roles in Interview with the Vampire and the Spider-Man movies, Kirsten Dunst appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1993, when she was just 11-year-old. Playing Cairn child Hedril, Dunst’s character visits the USS Enterprise-D on a diplomatic mission with her father. Where her telepathic powers trigger painful suppressed memories in Lwaxana Troi.

Stephen Hawking


Star Trek Stephen Hawking.

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking was so famous, he got to play himself in Star Trek. During the Season 6 finale of The Next Generation, Hawking participates in a hilarious game of poker with Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton and Data. With Hawking winning by bluffing Einstein. It’s a memorable cameo, which Hawking followed up with guest spots on the likes of The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Big Bang Theory. Speaking of which…

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Within moments of stepping into the virtual world of Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, Disney Springs Orlando’s location-based, hyper-reality experience from Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB, and The VOID, guests – assuming the role of Rebels disguised as Stormtroopers – find themselves seated in a stolen Imperial cargo ship traveling to Mustafar on a dangerous, intel-gathering mission.

While the prospect of infiltrating the volcanic planet as one of the Empire’s blaster-wielding baddies should immediately sell Star Wars fans on this highly immersive virtual reality adventure from a galaxy far, far away, VR enthusiasts might be more impressed by the seemingly simple act of taking a seat in the hijacked transport without fear of falling on their backsides. As anyone who’s fumbled through a virtual reality demo or attempted to set up a dedicated VR space in their home will attest, casually dropping into a chair while wearing a real world-obstructing headset isn’t a feat to be taken lightly.

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Ewan McGregor to Star in ‘Doctor Sleep’; Here’s Everything We Know

Ewan McGregor to Star in 'Doctor Sleep'; Here's Everything We Know

Update: Ewan McGregor (above in TV's Fargo) will star in Doctor Sleep, according to Variety. Based on Stephen King's novel, the sequel to The Shining will be directed by Mike Flanagan (Gerald's Game).

McGregor will play Dan Torrance, the little boy known as Danny in the original film. Now he's an adult; he's still dealing with troubling ghosts from his past, but his psychic abilities help him to comfort dying patients at the hospice where he works.

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Why ‘Star Wars Resistance’ Will Be Essential Viewing for Fans of the Movies

George Lucas’s galaxy far, far away has always been rife with amazing ancillary stories that sit outside the canonical Star Wars movies. After all, these books, comics, and games were all fans could consume during the 16-year interim between the release of episodes VI and I, then again until the Disney acquisition back in October of 2012. This newly rebooted extended universe, however, is anything but a cash grab, with Star Wars’ most recent animated TV offerings serving to trigger events and plot lines that are now starting to permeate big screen entries.

If you haven’t been watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels until now, you’ve been missing out. But don’t worry, because a new animated Star Wars series is scheduled to debut later this year, giving you another chance to get involved in the animated universe. Star Wars Resistance is set to take place in between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and here’s why those still invested in Lucasfilm’s upcoming movie slate will want to pay attention.

Where Elements From All Eras Converge


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Star Wars Rebels.

Like or loathe the prequel trilogy, it happened; it’s canon. And so far, the Star Wars extended universe has done a decent job of taking some of the best elements first introduced here (Darth Maul, the clone army, Anakin’s slow descent to the dark side) and even expanding upon them for the better. It’s through The Clone Wars and its sequel series that we get to experience such arcs as Rex, a clone trooper captain that broke free from the emperor’s Order 66 programming, wrestled with the fact that he was bred for war, before going on to fight alongside the rebels at the Battle of Endor. And this is canon!

Both of showrunner Dave Filoni’s existing animated TV shows are full of examples similar to this, where what were thought to have been throwaway concepts and characters are given time to fully develop. Sometimes to such a degree that those who just watch Star Wars movies can even be left scratching their head. Did a certain former Sith’s presence at the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story leave you shocked? Not if you’ve been paying close attention elsewhere.

This crossover between all of Star Wars’ greatest era elements is arguably best witnessed during the finale of Rebels season 2. For it was here where fan-favourite characters Darth Vader and Darth Maul got to share the same space. In a two-part special titled “Twilight of the Apprentice“, we got to see our regular cast of rebels fight off evil on two fronts with Jedi protagonists Ezra and Kanan battling Maul — long thought dead, as Clone WarsAhsoka Tano is forced to face her former Jedi master in his Vader guise for the very first time.

It’s through interweaving like this that any casual or committed viewers get to experience the level of grandeur previously only thought present in the movies. Dave Filoni’s genuine appreciation of the franchise, however, means he can have this bleed through even in a much shorter format. Expect great narratives and moments like this to continue in his upcoming Star Wars Resistance.

Documenting Events Leading Up To Episodes VII VIII and IX


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Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

When Star Wars exploded back into our lives with the arrival of The Force Awakens, it did so leaving a big time gap. We were left wondering how the First Order were able to rise up from the ashes of the defeated Empire, why Luke Skywalker sought to retire after becoming a Jedi master, and how the Rebellion crumbled away until the Resistance was all that remained.

A sprinkling of these stories have been told mainly in books and comics until now, but it’s this period that will act as the main thrust to Star Wars Resistance. We’ll get to experience it through the eyes of an entirely new character known as Kazuda Xiono, who Dave Filoni describe as “a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.” This makes it seem like a safe bet that we’ll get to witness this period from the viewpoint of both factions. Exciting considering the new trilogy’s tendency to show the dark side as evil and vice versa.

Given how closely linked Rebels was to The Clone Wars, don’t be too surprised if you see threads originally spun in those shows iterated upon in the new series. Characters like Ezra, Hera, and Zeb are all rebels capable of surviving the events of Return of the Jedi, and their wisdom is sure to come in handy during the early days of the Resistance. People we know we’ll be bumping into include Poe Dameron – expected considering the show’s emphasis on pilots – alongside the underutilised Captain Phasma.

Big Screen Talent on the Small Screen


Captain Phasma
Captain Phasma.

Giving Star Wars Resistance some cachet is the fact that both Dameron and Phasma will be voiced by original live-action actors Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie, respectively. This isn’t the first time original stars have returned to their characters for TV. Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, and even James Earl Jones have lent voicework previously, but this willingness to avoid recasting proves that Star Wars Resistance won’t feel any less authentic than the cinematic episodes.

Captain Phasma’s inclusion is where the real excitement stems from here. It’s currently unknown if the stormtrooper captain will return after her apparent demise at the hands of Finn in The Last Jedi, so Star Wars Resistance is the perfect opportunity to expand the background of the character. We’ve been told she’s a forceful presence, but unlike Poe who’s been graced with enough time to shine in episodes VI and VIII, Phasma has often felt like an afterthought. With any luck, Star Wars Resistance will change this and let us appreciate the “tough veteran commander” schtick.

Given the popularity of Dave Filoni’s past animated Star Wars shows and what we know about Star Wars Resistance so far, the stars are seemingly aligned to make Kazuda Xiono’s tale one worth watching. How else will anyone be able to fully appreciate the subtle callbacks present in the main saga going forward?

Star Wars Resistance debuts on Disney XD this autumn.

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Former tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. may face life behind bars after his recent arrest in San Diego on charges of rape and kidnapping, Yahoo Sports reports.

The allegations reportedly include multiple victims. He is charged with two counts of kidnapping with intent to rape, two counts of forcible rape, one count of forcible sodomy, one count of forcible oral copulation, two counts of residential burglary and one count of indecent exposure, according to NBC.

Winslow was arrested last week in the San Diego neighborhood, Encinitas, after a woman called about an alleged burglary. The alleged victim took a photo of the car the suspect was driving and the description matched Winslow’s vehicle. He was held for five hours and then released on bail.

The former baller was set to be arraigned on Thursday for the burglary charges, before he was arrested again on on June 14th for the rape and kidnapping charges.

This isn’t the footballers first brush with trouble–he was arrested back in 2013 after being accused of masturbating in a New Jersey Target parking lot.

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John Boyega Slams People Who ‘Harass’ ‘Star Wars’ Cast Members

Star Wars: The Last actor star John Boyega took to social media today to slam all of the franchise’s haters who like to harass cast members online. Here is what he had to say!

The 26 year old star’s tweets followed Kelly Marie Tran’s decision to delete her Instagram account as she was sick and tired of having to deal with all kinds of negative comments and trolling.

But she was not the only one who whipped her account due to the online harassment.

Back in 2016, Daisy Ridley also left social media after she had posted about gun control.

‘To the majority of the Star Wars fans thank you for supporting us and putting yourselves in our shoes. You understand that there’s a process so much appreciated!’ Boyega wrote.

‘If you do not like Star Wars or the characters understand that there are decisions makers and harassing the actors/actresses will do nothing. You are not entitled to politeness when your approach is rude. Even if you paid for a ticket!’ the man said in another tweet.

This month, Tran deleted all her Insta posts after she allegedly got sexist, racist and generally hateful comments on her profile.

‘On social media, a few unhealthy people can cast a big shadow on the wall, but over the past four years, I have met lots of real fellow SW fans. We like and dislike stuff, but we do it with humor, love, and respect. We are the VAST majority, we are having fun and doing just fine,’ Johnson wrote.

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Who is Awkwafina — The Breakout Star of ‘Ocean’s 8’?

Ocean’s 8 stars some of Hollywood’s biggest names: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway. And a relative unknown named Awkwafina.

Who is she and where did she come from? They’re questions she’s heard many times.

“I get tons of comments that are just like, ‘Who are you?’” the 30-year-old explained to USA Today. “I think it’s because people were shocked, appalled, confused, and angry that my name is Awkwafina and they didn’t immediately know who I was in this line-up of superstars.”

Here are some fun facts about the breakout star from the cinema caper (Read FANDOM’s review here).

Her Real Name

While her stage name sounds like the bottled water brand Aquafina, she had a relatively normal upbringing.

Born Nora Lum to a Chinese American father and Korean immigrant mother, Awkwafina was raised in Queens and attended the infamous LaGuardia High School (aka the Fame high school).

Naturally shy and self-deprecating, Lum created her persona. “Awkwafina just doesn’t care, so I need to harness a little of both when I do movies or write a song,” she explained.

With her passion for the performing arts, she started a career in music before moving to work behind and in front of the camera.

Where You Know Her From

Although she began rapping as a teen, Awkwafina broke out in 2012 with a parody rap that’s too vulgar for us to embed but you can check out here. Since being uploaded, the song has garnered nearly 2.5 million views.

In 2014, she was cast on MTV’s Girl Code. Her small screen roles continued with parts on Hulu’s Future Man.

She lent her voice talents to Storks (and the upcoming Angry Birds 2), but Ocean’s — where she plays a fast-talking pickpocket — is her highest profile project to date.

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There’s a character on BoJock Horseman named Sextina Aquafina (a variant of Christina Aguilera and Awkwafina).

Like Awkwafina, Sextina is also a controversial musical artist with explicit lyrics.

“They call me the fish from BoJack Horseman,” Awkwafina jokes. “We’re not related.”

Where You’ll See (and Hear) Her Next

In addition to Ocean’s 8, Awkwafina will appear in Crazy Rich Asians as Constance Wu’s character’s best friend Goh Peik Lin.

She’ll appear quite different, wearing a short blonde bob. But her sense of humor comes through, delivering lines like, “Dayum Rachel, he’s like the Asian Bachelor!”

Her record “In Fina We Trust” also drops the same day as Ocean’s release, proving she’s a smart self-promoter as well.

Ocean’s 8 is out in theaters now. Crazy Rich Asians opens on August 15, 2018.

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Giuliani: Porn star has ‘no reputation,’ affair not credible

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said Stormy Daniels’ claim she had sex with Trump in 2006 isn’t credible because she’s a porn actress with “no reputation.”
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‘Harry Potter’ star was once kicked out of school

Most theatergoers come for Harry, Hermione and Ron, only to end up cheering for … Scorpius Malfoy? That’s what happens at “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Set 19 years after the end of J.K. Rowling’s epic series, Broadway’s hit play introduces a bunch of new wizards, Draco Malfoy’s teenage son among them. Scorpius is…
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James Marsden to Star in ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’: Here’s Everything We Know So Far

James Marsden to Star in 'Sonic the Hedgehog': Here's Everything We Know So Far

James Marsden (HBO's Westworld) will star in Sonic the Hedgehog, according to Variety. The actor will probably not be playing the titular anthropomorphic blue spiny mammal, however. (Sorry if you thought your fantasy was coming true!) Here's everything we know about the movie so far.

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Robert Mandan, ‘Soap’ star, reportedly dead at 86

Robert Mandan, best known for his role as Chester Tate on “Soap,” died last month.

He was 86.

The actor died after a long illness, his friend told The Hollywood Reporter.

Mandan’s most iconic role was as Tate, the womanizing husband of Jessica Tate (Katherine Helmond) on the satirical sitcom from…

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Sherlock Star Benedict Cumberbatch Fights Off 4 Attackers to Save Civilian

Perhaps Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch should consider moonlighting as a superhero. He sure seemed to fit the bill this weekend when he saved a food delivery cyclist in London from four vicious muggers.

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Per U.K. paper The Sun, the actor spotted the attack from his Uber car and didn’t hesitate to help. He jumped out of the car and ran toward the ruckus, shouting, “Leave him alone!” Witnesses say that when the attackers failed to back off, Cumberbatch pulled them off the cyclist and fought them until they finally ran away.

Cumberbatch’s Uber driver, Manuel Dias, confirmed the heroic story to The Sun.

“I was taking Benedict and his wife to a club — but I didn’t know it was him at first,” Dias recounted. “I went to turn down into Marylebone High Street and we saw four guys were pushing around a Deliveroo cyclist. My passenger jumped out, ran over and pulled the men away. They turned towards him and things looked like getting worse, so I joined in.”

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It was in the middle of the melee that Dias recognized Cumberbatch. “Then it all got a bit surreal. Here was Sherlock Holmes fighting off four attackers just round the corner from Baker Street,” Dias said, pointing out the proximity of the attack to the fictional Sherlock Holmes’ home at 221 B Baker Street.

Although he clearly contributed as well, the driver insisted that “the cyclist was lucky, Benedict’s a superhero.” He also noted that Cumberbatch was very brave and “did most of it, to be honest.”

If that doesn’t fill you with hope for humanity, Cumberbatch’s interaction with the rescued rider surely will. Said Dias, “He asked the rider how he was and when he said, ‘I’m OK,’ Benedict just hugged him.'”

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Deliveroo, the food delivery service the cyclist works for, responded via a spokesperson, thanking Cumberbatch for his heroic actions.

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The Hills Star Brody Jenner Marries Kaitlynn Carter! Inside Their Destination Wedding

Brody Jenner wed longtime girlfriend Kaitlynn Carter in a stunning ocean-view ceremony Saturday on the exotic island of Nihi Sumba, off the coast of Indonesia, PEOPLE can exclusively confirm.

Jenner’s brother Brandon and mom Linda Thompson looked on as the former Hills star exchanged vows with his influencer fiancée.

The ceremony and reception culminated four days of festivities on the breathtaking isle, including horse races on the beach and a white party where the intimate guest list of 50 close friends and family danced the night away.

“We’re just excited to celebrate spending the rest of our lives together,” Jenner told PEOPLE just weeks before the big day. “I can’t wait to marry Kaitlynn.”

Jenner, 34, and Carter, 29, met at a party in 2013 and the connection was immediate. “I was going after her,” Jenner said. “She’s an amazing girl.”

Added Carter: “He was really honest about what he wanted, no messing around, and I found that really charming and refreshing. Pretty soon after we started dating, I thought it could be for life.”

Carter moved in soon after, and in 2016, Jenner proposed at the same resort on Nihi Sumba where they would eventually wed.

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“I’m glad we took our time to get to know each other,” said Carter of the long engagement. “We know for sure that we can work through things and that we want to be together.”

Now, the new Mr. and Mrs. will head to a romantic honeymoon — and are looking forward to life as it was, with a special twist.

“I’m looking forward to living the rest of my life with Kaitlynn,” Jenner said. “Hopefully not too much changes. But having the ring and the commitment, that’s really exciting.”


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The Week in Movie News: Jamie Foxx Is Spawn, What’s Next for ‘Star Wars’ and More

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Jamie Foxx is officially the new Spawn: Oscar winner Jamie Foxx has been confirmed for Todd McFarlane's Spawn reboot, based on his own comics, and the actor will reportedly be silent for most of the movie. Read more here.

 

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

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Proceed at your own risk.

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

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

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

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

Significant or Symbolic?


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Enfys Nest and her Cloud-Riders.

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

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

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

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

A Saw Gerrera Crossover

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

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

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Welcome to FANDOM’s complete in-canon Star Wars saga timeline…

When Star Wars: A New Hope arrived in theaters in 1977, it didn’t have an episode number or even a tag line. It was just called Star Wars. This film was a sensation and became the most influential science fiction film in history. The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi concluded this epic trilogy, and for a while, that was Star Wars.

Fast forward 41 years later and there are dozens of books, comics, video games, and TV shows that have expanded on the original Star Wars story. While we can’t list everything (don’t worry, Wookieepedia has it all) we have collected the main entries into Star Wars canon you can follow below.

The Skywalker family is the core of this saga. While Luke and Leia‘s journey is explored in depth in the original trilogy, their family history goes all the way back to the prequel trilogy, which we’ll get into in a moment. But this story did start before the Skywalkers, with a wise, green Jedi named Yoda.

A Training Mission with Yoda


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This 5-issue comic takes place before the prequels.

Marvel Comics is currently publishing an in-canon Star Wars comic book. While most of it takes place between the films A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, there was a five-issue arc in the comic called “Yoda’s Secret War.” These five issues come from one of Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s journals where he went on an adventure with Master Yoda. Their adventure is the farthest back in the timeline you can go (so far).

Marvel also produced a comic book called Darth Maul. You won’t meet Darth Maul until the first prequel film, but before that, you can read how he became the Sith Apprentice of Darth Sidious in the five-issue series Darth Maul. These two series are technically our jumping off point into the saga and add some context to two characters we’ll meet in the prequels.

A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy…


‘The Phantom Menace’ was released May 19, 1999.

OK, now that you’ve read (or read up on) those two comic arcs, let’s get into the first set of films: the Star Wars Prequels. The prequel films take place 32 years before the events of A New Hope, starting with The Phantom Menace. The Phantom Menace begins with a Trade Federation blockade of the planet Naboo. The Jedi Council sends Qui-Gon Jin and Obi-Wan to negotiate a peace treaty and instead, they get caught up in an invasion. This invasion leads them to the outer rim planet of Tatooine, which is where we meet young Anakin Skywalker and the saga truly begins.

During this time, Anakin meets the Queen of Naboo, Padme Amidala. Their friendship blossoms, the Jedi expose the Trade Federation‘s blockade of Naboo in the Galactic Republic and the Sith begin to reveal themselves. The Phantom Menace sets the stage for three future events: the future union of Anakin and Padme, the secret presence of a Sith Emperor, and the rise of the Empire.

Preparing for War


Anakin and Amidala fight together with the Jedi.

These events are followed by Attack of the Clones. Attack of the Clones picks up 10 years later, with Anakin training to be a Jedi with his Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Amidala is no longer queen but is instead serving as a Senator for Naboo. The Jedi continue to sense the presence of the Sith but are unsure of the Emperor’s identity. Obi-Wan discovers the presence of a mysterious Clone Army, which the Galactic Senate authorizes to launch when war comes to the galaxy. Anakin and Amidala choose to get married, even though it’s forbidden and Anakin grieves over the death of his mother.

There are a few things to read between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, specifically the Marvel comic series Obi-Wan and AnakinThis five-part series documents a few of the Jedi training adventures the pair go on before the galaxy is embroiled in war. You can also read the comic series Jedi of the Republic: Mace Windu. This five-issue series takes place directly after the events of Attack of the Clones.

Begun the Clone Wars Have


‘The Clone Wars’ ran for 6 years on television.

Next up is the Star Wars animated series The Clone Wars. This series includes one feature-length movie and 129 episodes. It spans the three year period between Attack of the Clones and the final film in the prequel trilogy, Revenge of the Sith. The Clone Wars is a fascinating series because it provides an in depth look into how the Clone Army became so powerful. It shows Yoda going on secret missions, it shows Anakin training his own Padawan Ahsoka Tano, and it shows how the Dark Side was gaining strength in the galaxy.

One thing to note about The Clone Wars is that many episode were not aired in order. For instance, the first episode in the series is called “Ambush,” but the timeline technically begins with a Season 2 episode called “Cat and Mouse.” The best way to follow the series is through this handy guide from StarWars.com. You may have to jump around a bit at the beginning, but you’ll really get a hand on the stories the show is telling when you watch them in order.

Seeds of the Death Star


Published Nov. 2016, written by James Luceno.

While The Clone Wars series does lead right into Revenge of the Sith, there is one thing you can read that takes place during this timeline: the Rogue One prequel book, Catalyst. Catalyst explores the life of Galen Erso and his recruitment into the Republic weapons development by Orson Krennic. At this point in time, the Republic is still technically “the good team,” but Galen becomes wary when he begins working on a “Death Star” project. This book spans across both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, so you can read it as you head into Sith territory.

You can also learn more about Darth Maul and Kanan during this time. Darth Maul’s story continues in the Dark Horse comic book series Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir. These storylines actually came from The Clone Wars, but were never used. Kanan, who you won’t meet until Rebels, has a storyline in the Marvel comic series Kanan: The Last Padawan. He recalls his experiences training as a Jedi on Coruscant, before the events of Revenge of the Sith.

Palpatine’s Final Move


‘Revenge of the Sith’ concludes the prequel trilogy.

Revenge of the Sith is the third and final film in the prequel trilogy. For many years it was considered to be the last film in the Star Wars saga. It is by far the darkest and most difficult Star Wars film to watch. Anakin is tortured and turned to the Dark Side. The Emperor releases an order to execute the Jedi. Darth Vader rises to power and Amidala’s babies are separated at birth. The film is the harrowing conclusion to the Emperor’s plans to rule the galaxy.

While this trilogy is not as critically acclaimed as the original trilogy, it is crucial to watch if you want to understand how the Dark Side rose to power. The Clone Wars series and Revenge of the Sith clearly show that the Empire did not show up over night by crushing the Republic — no — the Empire IS the Republic, twisted and mutilated by the Emperor, much like his pupil, Darth Vader.

The Empire Reigns


The ‘Darth Vader’ comic is written by Charles Soule.

The time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope is a dark one. The Empire has taken over the galaxy and any system that tries to fight back gets squashed. Darth Vader has become Emperor Palpatine’s enforcer, and their new relationship is explored in the Marvel comic book series Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith. This comic picks up immediately after the events of Revenge of the Sith.

Then you can catch up with Kanan, the last Padawan, in the first six issues of his comic series. While you learned about his last days in the Jedi Temple in issues #7 – #12, go back to read issues #1 – #6. Kanan will be a very important character when you get to the animated series Star Wars Rebels. Next in the timeline is a series of young reader books. These books, titled Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space, are composed of short stories that take place during the Galactic Empire. There are seven books in all.

Remember Ahsoka?


The audiobook is narrated by Ashley Eckstein, who voices Ahsoka in ‘The Clone Wars.’

Before the events of Revenge of the Sith, Ahsoka Tano was Anakin’s Padawan. Most of her journey was explored in The Clone Wars animated series but what happened to her afterwards? That’s where the book Ahsoka comes in. This book explores Ahsoka’s life after Executive Order 66, when the Clones killed all the Jedi. She was in hiding at the time, so she survived. She later joins forces with Bail Organa and helps start the early movements of the Rebellion.

Next in the timeline are two books with a heavy focus on the Empire. First, is Lords of the Sith. This book focuses on Lord Vader and the Emperor. The next book is titled Tarkin. Together these books paint a brutal and calculating picture of the lengths the Dark Side is willing to go to maintain their rule in the galaxy. Tarkin in particular documents the Dark Side’s work on the Death Star, which was first explored in the Galen Erso book Catalyst.

Next is Rebel Rising. Rebel Rising explores the backstory of our Rogue One heroine, Jyn Erso. When Jyn was young, she lived with her parents on a then Republic base, while her father worked on the Death Star design. This was explored in the book Catalyst. When he father left the Republic, Krennic had his wife, Jyn’s mother, killed. These events are played out in the film Rogue One. What Rogue One doesn’t show is what happened to Jyn after her mother’s death, when Saw Gerrera found her. This time in her life is documented in Rebel Rising.

Spanning the Timeline


Every book is getting us closer to the original trilogy.

Even thought the next two books fall in this time period, they actually span beyond the scope of the Empire’s reign. For instance, Thrawn, begins just as the Clone Wars have finished and concludes around the time of Star Wars Rebels. The book, which centers on the wicked Grand Admiral Thrawn, explores important issues in the Star Wars saga, as Nerdist’s review points out, including xenophobia.

Another book that spans more than just this time period is Lost Stars. Lost Stars begins in the dark times with two young children who join the Imperial flight program. Their paths begin to divide as one pursues rank and promotion as an officer and one seeks out the rebellion. It’s a love story that shows alternative views on the Death Star, the destruction of Alderaan in A New Hope and eventually leads to the Battle of Jakku, the wreckage of which can be seen in The Force Awakens.

Smugglers & Scoundrels


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Alden Ehrenreich, as Han Solo.

This is when you would watch the Han Solo movie. Solo: A Star Wars Story introduces us to Han, Chewie, and Lando Calrissian and is set 13 years before A New HopeHan is an orphan who leaves the Imperial ship-building planet of Corellia to join the Flight Academy. Three years later, he and Chewie rescue each other and go to work for Tobias Beckett.

After their mission goes terribly wrong, they team up with Qi’Ra and Lando by taking the Millennium Falcon to Kessel. On Kessel they free the mine’s slaves and make their escape run in less than 12 parsecs, if you round down. While the film’s main goal is to give us the backstory of our favorite smuggler, it also introduces two new players in the larger Star Wars universe: Crimson Dawn and Enfys Nest.

Crimson Dawn is a crime syndicate run by Darth Maul. That’s right, the red-and-black baddie from Episode I survived his fall. Darth Maul was saved by the witches on his home planet of Dothamir during the Clone Wars television series, which is how he can still be alive in Solo. Enfys Nest is the daughter of the original Enfys Nest and is part of the early establishment of the Rebellion. Han’s decision to help Enfys proves that he has been supporting the rebellion for over a decade before he meets Luke and Leia in A New Hope.

The Spark of Rebellion


‘Rebels’ is currently airing on Disney XD.

This brings us to Star Wars Rebels. 12 years since Revenge of the Sith and a mere five years before A New Hope, a stalwart and hopeful new crew band together to take on the Empire. The crew is comprised of Ezra, a young boy with Force-sensitive abilities, Kanan, our Last Padawan Jedi from the comic series we’ve been reading, Hera, the Twi’lek pilot of the “Ghost” ship, Sabine, a Mandalorian weapons expert, Zeb, an honor guardsman, and their trusty yet pesky droid Chopper. Together they face off against Thrawn, Tarkin, even Darth Vader himself.

Two books also cover the years leading up to A New HopeBattlefront: Twilight Company and Leia: Princess of Alderaan. Battlefront: Twilight Company is a tie-in book to the video game Battlefront I. It spans from the time of Rebels through the Battle of Hoth, which takes place during the Empire Strikes BackLeia: Princess of Alderaan begins on the day of Leia’s succession as the future leader of Alderaan. She must complete three tasks to prove her right to rule. During the book she discovers her parents are part of the Rebellion, which is why she’s on the “diplomatic mission” secretly carrying the Death Star plans in A New Hope.

Rebellions Are Built on Hope


‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,’ was written by Gary Whitta.

This bring us up to the first Star Wars spin-off film, Rogue One. This film shows exactly how the plans to the Death Star end up in the hands of Princess Leia in A New Hope. Jyn Erso, who’s life was previously explored in the books Catalyst and Rebel Rising, is recruited to hack into the Empire-ruled planet of Skarif. She and her friends are able to steal the plans minutes before the entire planet is blown to pieces. The final moments in the film perfectly sync up with the first moments in A New Hope, as plans are handed off from person to person until they reach the hands of Princess Leia.

This is where the Original Trilogy perfectly collides with all the prequel materials. All the comic issues, animated shows and backstory books lead to this film. If you’ve been following this timeline exactly, then you know that this film, Star Wars: A New Hope is where everything changes. For 19 years the Empire has reigned as the supreme force in the Galaxy. Brave souls like Leia’s father Bail Organa, Jyn’s father Galen Erso, the crew of the Ghost, Thane and Ciena, Ahsoka — all of characters have been trying to bring the Empire down and now this “farmboy” from Tatooine has done it. With the Death Star destroyed, the Rebellion finally has a chance.

You can also get some more insight into our film characters during this time by reading From a Certain Point of View. This book collects 43 short stories from authors like Wil Wheaton, Greg Rucka, Gary Whitta, Claudia Gray and more. Each story is written from the perspective of a different person during the events of A New Hope.

Empire on the Run


The Battle of Hoth is a playable level in ‘Battlefront I.’

Now we begin our approach to the second film in the Original Trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back. Before we get there, however, we have a few games, books and comics to dive into first.

Let’s start with Battlefront I. The game is currently available on PS4, Xbox One, and Microsoft PCs and features the option to play as a member of the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance. The game has all sorts of levels and challenges, some of which lead all the way up to the Battle of Hoth and Bespin, two worlds featured in the Empire Strikes Back. The game also has expansions for Rogue One and The Force Awakens, so there are lots of movie tie-ins here.

While the second game, Battlefront II, doesn’t take place until after Return of the Jedi, you can learn about the game’s main character Iden Versio in the book Battlefront II: Inferno Squad. This book takes place after the Death Star was destroyed. The Emperor orders Iden and her Squad to hunt down Saw Gerrera’s insurgents to get revenge. This book fits here in the timeline and provides backstory for Battlefront II.

Comic Book Missions


‘Star Wars’ Issues #1 – #37 were written by Jason Aaron.

Now let’s talk comics. There are A LOT of comic books storylines that fill in the gaps between A New Hope and the Empire Strikes Back. First is Princess Leia. This comic picks up right after the New Hope medal ceremony. Princess Leia goes on a secret mission to save Alderaanian citizens with a Rebel Alliance pilot named Evaan Verlaine.

Then we have the on-going Star Wars comic and the Darth Vader comic. These both pick up in the wake of the Death Star explosion. You can read both titles, issues #1 – #25 concurrently, since they do line up in narrative. As you read through Star Wars #26 – #43, you can also start reading Doctor Aphra. In this series, Darth Vader recruits Aphra as his personal archeologist. Archeology plays a huge role in some of these later works.

Lastly, you’ll want to read the five-issue comic miniseries Chewbacca. This comic shows Chewbacca stranded on a strange planet and how he makes a friend to help him escape. There’s also a Lando mini-series and a Han Solo mini-series. They each have five issues and can be read during this time.

Empires Strike & Jedis Return


Luke Skywalker’s Jedi training occurs in these two films.

The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi round out the original trilogy. During these films, the Empire attempts to regain control over the galaxy by constructing a second Death Star. The Rebel Alliance becomes a mobile fleet, after their base on Hoth is destroyed. Luke goes on his own journey to find Yoda, the head of the Jedi Council from the prequels who is now in exile. Han and Leia’s love for one another grows, but they are separated by Jabba the Hutt.

Everything falls apart at the end of Empire Strikes Back when Darth Vader reveals to Luke that he is Anakin Skywalker, his father. Then the final battle between the Alliance and the Empire is waged during Return of the Jedi. The second Death Star is operational and the Alliance has one chance to destroy it and the Emperor forever. The Alliance is victorious and the work of restoring the galaxy begins.

The Aftermath of War



In order to understand what happens to the Galaxy once Darth Vader and the Emperor are destroyed, checkout the Shattered Empire comic book miniseries and the Aftermath book trilogy. Shattered Empire is a four-issue comic series that picks up a few days after Return of the Jedi. It introduces Poe Dameron’s parents, Kes Dameron and Shara Bey.

The Aftermath Trilogy covers the immediate fall out of the Emperor’s death. In the first book, Aftermath, the Empire is scattered throughout the galaxy. Palpatine’s statue is toppled on Coruscant. Leia, Han, and Chewbacca begin establishing Mon Monthma as the new leader of the Republic. Resistance fighters begin to go home. One fighter, a pilot named Norra Wexley returns to her home planet of Akiva. While there, she discovers the Empire has regrouped their last fleet of starships and star destroyers in the Outer Rim above her planet. The Empire attempts to make a last stand here.

In the second book, Aftermath: Life Debt, Han Solo resigns his commission as General to help Chewbacca liberate his home planet of Kashyyyk. The Empire continues to wage war and release propaganda from their secret bases. Leia continues to work with Mon Mothma to restore order to the Republic. Two characters from The Force Awakens are introduced in this book: Maz Kanata and Armitage Hux. Armitage Hux is the bastard son of Brendol Hux, who’s working with the Empire to create a Shadow Council. (We’ll discover in future books and films that Armitage Hux is Kylo Ren’s right hand man, General Hux, and that his father, Brendol, recruits Captain Phasma to be his son’s guard. More on that in the book Phasma.)

The third book, Aftermath: Empire’s End, takes all the characters established in the Aftermath Trilogy to the planet of Jakku. That’s right, the planet where Rey will be exiled in the future is where the Empire stages its final battle. All the star destroyers Rey scavenges in The Force Awakens will fall in this battle. Parts of this battle are also covered in the previously mentioned book Lost Stars. The book has been running concurrently since Revenge of the Sith and stops here at the Battle of Jakku. This battle ultimately ends the war between the Empire and the Republic, for good.

Princess Leia’s Family Legacy


Claudia Gray also wrote ‘Leia: Princess from Alderaan.’

Bloodline is all about Leia. The book explores where she stands once the new Republic has seen established. While she was a General in the war, she’s now a Senator. During this time she also becomes pregnant and gives birth to Ben Solo. She’s greatly respected in her position and her voice is trusted. When she’s nominated for a greater leadership position, her opposition leaks that she’s not really Bail Organa’s daughter, but Darth Vader’s. This revelation erodes her reputation. She ends up leaving her position and starting a Resistance base in the Hosnian System.

Opposing Enforcers



As Leia works to establish a Resistance base, she begins recruiting pilots. Many of the resistance fighters she recruits fought with her in the Rebellion, but many of them now have children. Leia’s friends from Shattered Empire, Shara Bey and Kes Dameron, have a son named Poe Dameron. Poe is one of the Republic’s best fighter pilots. As the presence of the First Order grows in the galaxy, he leaves the Republic and joins Leia’s resistance. When Leia finds new information that could help her find her missing brother Luke Skywalker, Leia sends Poe on a mission to find him. This mission is explored in the ongoing Marvel comic series Poe Dameron.

While the Resistance is being created, the First Order is also being formed. One of the characters introduced in Aftermath: Life Debt, Brendol Hux, is also recruiting for the First Order. This recruitment is explored in the book Phasma. In the book, Phasma and her brother grow up to be survivors. They kill their parents and their village in order to survive. Phasma continues this mode of self-preservation when she and Armitage Hux kill his father and take his place in the First Order. Phasma fashions her metal armor in this book and joins the First Order as Hux’s Captain.

A New Trilogy Begins


‘The Force Awakens’ bridges the cast of the original trilogy with the new.

Now we head into the new trilogy of films: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and the yet untitled Episode IX. The Force Awakens begins 34 years after the events of A New Hope and 29 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. Leia is running the Resistance. Her son, Ben Solo, has gone to the dark side and has taken the name Kylo Ren. Her husband, Han Solo, has returned to smuggling. Luke Skywalker is missing. Poe Dameron, while on Jakku, finds part of a map to Luke but is captured by the First Order. He meets reluctant Stormtrooper FN-2187 who teams up with Rey and BB-8 to return the map to Skywalker to Leia. All hell breaks loose as the First Order destroys the new Republic.

The Last Jedi begins right as The Force Awakens ends. Rey has tapped into her force powers and has found Luke Skywalker. She is desperate to be trained and to discover who she is. The Resistance successfully took out Starkiller Base, but Phasma, Hux and Kylo Ren escaped before it blew up. Han Solo is dead and Chewbacca is piloting the Millennium Falcon with Rey, who has made the journey to the first Jedi temple on Ahch-To. You can find out how Phasma escaped the base in her four-issue comic series Captain Phasma. You can also keep up with Poe Dameron’s missions during this time in his comic series, which continues here.

The Passing of the Torch


Luke and Rey in 'The Last Jedi'
Luke and Rey in The Last Jedi.

The Last Jedi definitely didn’t go the way we thought it would. Luke remained on Ahch-To and only trained Rey for a second, before she jettisoned off to save Kylo Ren. Yoda made a brief appearance to burn down the old Jedi Temple, though he did so knowing full well that Rey had the sacred texts on board the Millennium Falcon (sneaky Yoda). The First Order tracked the Resistance down and cornered their last remaining forces on Crait. Luke used his remaining power to fight Kylo Ren, after Ren and Rey destroyed Supreme Leader Snoke, and then Luke died. It was a jarring end to a lot of key characters like Luke, Admiral Ackbar, and Snoke.

Before Luke force-ghosted his way into oblivion, he left Kylo with three prophecies:

“Today, the rebellion is reborn,”

“The war is just beginning,”

“And I will not be the last Jedi.”

These words set up a great many things for the future of the Star Wars franchise, the events of which will next play out in Episode IX.

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He’s an actor in Freeform’s hit supernatural show. She was a publicist for Warner Brothers. And when they met in the green room backstage at a comic book convention, it really was love at first sight.

Shadowhunters star Isaiah Mustafa married Lisa Mitchell on Saturday in a rustic and romantic Texas ceremony just over two years after she first caught his eye at WonderCon in March 2016.

“I feel like right away when I met him, it was different,” Mitchell, 36, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “The connection was — I always say magnetic, but it was. Immediately, I was so drawn to him.”

Her groom, 44, agrees. “I just never met someone who was so well put together as far as the way she spoke and carried herself. That it blew me away,” he says. “I had to know her more.”

For their first date, he remembers picking her up in a Toyota truck — not exactly the most glamorous mode of transportation. Still, “I was just like, wow,” he says. “She’s just sitting there, and she was just glowing.”

Their relaxed wedding at Camp Lucy in Austin, Texas, reflected the couple’s easygoing nature and deep commitment to each other. Mustafa — also known as “The Old Spice Guy” — grew up in Los Angeles and Mitchell in Jupiter, Florida, “so we figured we’d meet in the middle of the country and make everybody fly out,” the actor says.

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The groom wore a custom Elevee tux with a hint of the event’s wine-colored theme, and the bride stunned in Monique Lhuillier’s Emannuela gown and a cathedral-length veil.

After Mustafa’s teenage daughter Haley walked him down the aisle, they exchanged the vows they wrote themselves beneath a tall oak tree in front of about 150 guests before heading into the reception in the estate’s country house, where everyone danced to songs by L.A. rock abnd Doors and, later, a DJ. During the father-daughter dance to “It’s a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong, Mustafa twirled with Haley as Mitchell swayed with her dad.

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The attendees — including Mustafa’s costars Harry Shum Jr., Alberto Rosende and Emeraude Toubia — sipped on Moscow Mules and ate upscale comfort food like salmon with figs and macaroni and cheese.

“We feel so blessed to have such amazing friends and family that all traveled to Austin to celebrate with us,” Mitchell says. “It was just everything we dreamed it would be.”

What’s next for the newlyweds? “Putting a pool in our backyard,” Mustafa says with a laugh before adding, “Definitely kids also.”


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Hugh Grant is a married man for the first time at 57.

The Love, Actually star and his longtime Swedish girlfriend and mother to three of his children, Anna Eberstein, 39, tied the knot in London at the Chelsea Register Office on Friday, May 25.

Photos from the venue show the happy couple beaming amongst friends and family.

News of the couple’s engagement went public after a photograph of their wedding banns — a notice publicly displayed in the register office for 28 days that includes details of where you intend to get married — was posted in several British newspapers over the weekend.

The private couple has been linked for over six years and are parents to a 2-year-old daughter, a son named John Mungo, 5, and a third child who arrived this spring and whose name they have not revealed. The Paddington 2 star is also dad to son Felix Chang, 5, and daughter Tabitha Xaio Xi, 6 — his children with ex Tinglan Hong.

Grant’s ex and close friend Elizabeth Hurley spilled the beans on the latest addition to the family during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen in March. Asked whether she was “surprised” Grant was a father to multiple children, Hurley replied, “Well, he had another last week. He has five.”

“He was over 50 when he spawned them all,” joked the model and actress, 52, adding on a slightly more serious note, “No, he’s an enchanting dad. Really, really sweet. Having these kids has transformed him from a very miserable person into a fairly miserable person. It’s improved him. He’s gone up the scale.”

Speaking to PEOPLE’s editor in chief Jess Cagle in January, Grant said of fatherhood. “It was the nicest thing that’s ever happened to me —he said sounding clichéd — but it happens to be true,” he said. “It’s just lovely to have all that love around. Suddenly you love someone more than yourself. It’s unheard of in my case and they love you and it’s all enchanting.”

Though Grant has never married, he has been involved in several high-profile relationships, including with Hurley who he dated for 13 years before they split in 2000.  He’s also been linked to socialite Jemima Khan.

In 2016, the actor got candid about his thoughts on monogamy while appearing on Howard Stern‘s SiriusXM radio show, saying marriage can be “unromantic.”

“If you ask me the question, ‘Do I think human beings are meant to be in 40-year-long monogamous, faithful relationships?’ No, no,” he said. “Whoever said they were?”


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

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

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It’s the moment Star Wars fans have been dreaming of ever since they caught their first glimpse of that galaxy far, far away: their opportunity to visit it in person.

Now Disney has revealed when that auspicious date will be — or at least, the season.

The company just announced that its new theme park Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in summer 2019 at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, and fall 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. 

In other words, mark your calendars and start saving up those credits. Something tells us you’re gonna burn through a lot of ’em on this trip. Read more…

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Is ‘Star Trek: Insurrection’ Worth a Second Look 20 Years Later?

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the ninth Star Trek film, Insurrection, the third outing for the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) following the universally-acclaimed First Contact. The film opened to mixed reviews and is not generally considered to be one of the franchise’s better instalments. But does it deserve this reputation? Let’s look back at this oft-forgotten entry in Star Trek canon.

The Morality Play

While Star Trek TV shows excel at delivering thoughtful commentary on current events, the movies often struggle to do the same. With the exception of The Voyage Home’s explicit “Save the Whales” message and The Undiscovered Country’s metaphor for the collapse of the Soviet Union, attempts to be overtly thoughtful tend to be less effective than simply integrating some subtext. Just consider the heavy-handed moralizing of Into Darkness versus the more casual approach of Beyond.


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‘First Contact’ gave itself less of a burden and succeeded because of it.

This explains First Contact’s success. While the movie had things to say about destiny, revenge, and humanity creating a brighter future for itself, it was primarily a fun action movie. Insurrection, on the other hand, sets itself up for failure by being all about the message. Not only that, but the message itself almost begs the audience to reject it. It argues that preserving the way of life for a mere 600 people is more important than helping billions of people in a time of war.


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Brent Spiner as Data, Patrick Stewart as Picard, and Michael Dorn as Worf in ‘Star Trek: Insurrection.’

Insurrection deserves credit for such a bold stance. Its core message is an indictment of some of the most horrific atrocities in human history, from the slave trade to the Trail of Tears. Some audience members and critics rejected the morality play, arguing that 600 people represent stakes that are too low to justify Picard’s rebellion. But Insurrection anticipates the criticism and gives Picard the ultimate retort. He questions the admiral’s reasoning, asking him how many people must be affected by his decision before it becomes wrong.

The Contrast With Deep Space Nine

One can gain a deeper appreciation for Insurrection‘s message by placing it in context with the rest of the franchise. In 1998, Deep Space Nine (DS9) was midway through its seventh and final season. The Dominion War had been raging for almost two years. Audiences had watched Captain Sisko and his crew fight on the front lines and make sacrifices that Picard and his people had never had to make.

The scene where Picard decides to violently resist the relocation of the Ba’ku is compelling because of a (likely coincidental) parallel to the worst thing Sisko ever did. Picard, alone in his quarters, slowly removes his rank pips, and when we see him next he’s in civilian clothes.

It harkens back to the seminal DS9 episode “In the Pale Moonlight” where Sisko slowly removes his uniform as he explains how he tricked the Romulans into joining the war. Whereas Sisko removes his uniform but ultimately declares that he can live with what he has done, Picard removes his uniform because he can’t live with the consequences of removing the Ba’ku.

Picard and Sisko represent two sides of a debate that Star Trek revels in. One could argue that Picard and his crew, who are never referenced during the war storyline in DS9, and don’t seem to be anywhere near the front lines, are making their choice because they have the privilege of not seeing how desperate things have gotten. Or you could say that it is Sisko who is wrong and that the Federation cannot survive if its surrenders its moral high ground. It’s a dichotomy that Star Trek keeps revisiting, and Insurrection carries on that tradition.

A Mixed Bag in the Execution


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F. Murray Abraham as Ahdar Ru’afo

The main “guest stars” of the movie — Donna Murphy as Anij, F. Murray Abraham as Ru’afo, and Anthony Zerbe as Admiral Dougherty — all turn in solid performances. So, too, does Gregg Henry, who does good supporting work as Ru’afo’s subordinate Gallatin.

And the film gives most of its principal cast material to work with, including a subtle, moving performance from LeVar Burton in a scene where Geordi sees his first sunrise. But it largely fails Marina Sirtis and Gates McFadden, who end up with very little to do. While it’s not as egregious a waste of talent as Nemesis, it’s still a letdown.

As for the action, it’s mostly pretty good. Some fans may find Riker’s “manual steering column” a bit ridiculous, but you’ll never convince us it’s not awesome.

Fans may also criticise the admittedly bizarre action sequence in which Picard defeats a malfunctioning Data by singing Gilbert and Sullivan. They shouldn’t, because the scene is fantastic, but they might.

But it must be acknowledged that some elements do not hold up well. Insurrection was the first Star Trek film to use CGI for all its visual effects, including the rendering of the starships. Unfortunately, in HD many of the space shots are noticeably computer-generated and look unfinished.

On top of that, some of the sets, particularly the bridge of Ru’afo’s flagship and the interior of the Son’a collector ship, look incredibly cheap. For a franchise that has always been able to maintain appearances even when budgets are tight, the aesthetic of Insurrection is a disappointment that sometimes takes you out of the experience.

The Verdict

Insurrection isn’t the best film starring the TNG cast — that honour definitely belongs to First Contact. But it’s better than NemesisGenerations, and even The Final Frontier (because all the other Star Trek movies are). For fans who loathed NemesisInsurrection is the perfect send-off for the TNG crew.

It shows them at their best — funny, thoughtful, and unafraid to deal with the complex themes that made the TV show so important. It deserves, on its 20th anniversary, a second look, and maybe some renewed appreciation from Star Trek fans.

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‘Make Failure Your Fuel.’ Read Soccer Star Abby Wambach’s Barnard Commencement Address

Retired soccer star Abby Wambach delivered the commencement address to the Barnard College class of 2018 on Wednesday, speaking about the challenges in her career and her fight against the gender pay gap.

“Like all little girls, I was taught to be grateful. I was taught to keep my head down, stay on the path, and get my job done. I was freaking Little Red Riding Hood,” Wambach said, referencing the lessons of the fairy tale. “The message is clear: Don’t be curious, don’t make trouble, don’t say too much, or bad things will happen. I stayed on the path out of fear—not of being eaten by a wolf—but of being cut, being benched, losing my paycheck. If I could go back and tell my younger self one thing, it would be this: ‘Abby, you were never Little Red Riding Hood, you were always the wolf.’”

“Barnard women, class of 2018, we are the wolves,” she said.

Wambach — the world’s all-time leading scorer in soccer — helped lead the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team to victory in the 2015 World Cup, before announcing her retirement from the sport.

“Doesn’t it feel like the second you figure anything out in life, it ends and you’re forced to start all over again?” Wambach said Wednesday. “Experts call these times of life, ‘transitions.’ I call them terrifying.”

Read Wambach’s complete remarks at Radio City Music Hall in New York City:

Greetings to President Beilock, Provost, Dean, Barnard faculty, trustees, and honorees Katherine Johnson, Anna Quindlen, and Rhea Suh. And to each of the 619 badass women of the Barnard graduating class of 2018: Congratulations, you guys, congratulations!

Doesn’t it feel like the second you figure anything out in life, it ends and you’re forced to start all over again? Experts call these times of life, “transitions.” I call them terrifying. I went through a terrifying transition recently when I retired from soccer.

The world tries to distract us from our fear during these transitions by creating fancy ceremonies for us. This is your fancy ceremony. Mine was the ESPYs, a nationally televised sports award show. I had to get dressed up for that, just like you got dressed up for this. But they sent me a really expensive fancy stylist. It doesn’t look like you guys got one. Sorry about that.

So it went like this: ESPN called and told me they were going to honor me with their inaugural icon award. I was humbled, of course, to be regarded as an icon. Did I mention that I’m an icon?

I received my award along with two other incredible athletes: basketball’s Kobe Bryant and football’s Peyton Manning. We all stood on stage together and watched the highlights of our careers with the cameras rolling and the fans cheering, and I looked around and had a moment of awe. I felt so grateful to be there, included in the company of Kobe and Peyton. I had a momentary feeling of having arrived — like we women had finally made it.

Then the applause ended and it was time for the three of us to exit stage left. And as I watched those men walk off the stage, it dawned on me that the three of us were stepping into very different futures.

Each of us, Kobe, Peyton and I — we made the same sacrifices, we shed the same amount of blood sweat and tears, we’d left it all on the field for decades with the same ferocity, talent and commitment. But our retirements wouldn’t be the same at all. Because Kobe and Peyton walked away from their careers with something I didn’t have: enormous bank accounts. Because of that, they had something else I didn’t have: freedom. Their hustling days were over, and mine were just beginning.

Later that night, back in my hotel room, I laid in bed and thought: this isn’t just about me, and this isn’t just about soccer. We talk a lot about the pay gap. We talk about how, overall, U.S. women earn 80 cents for every dollar paid to men. Black women in America earn 63 cents, while Latinas earn 54 cents, for every dollar paid to white men. What we need to talk about more is the aggregate and compounding effects of the pay gap on women’s lives. Over time, the pay gap means women are able to invest less and save less, so they have to work longer. When we talk about what the pay gap costs us, lets be clear: it costs us our very lives.

And it hit me that I’d spent most of my time during my career the same way I’d spent my time on that ESPYs stage. Just feeling grateful. Grateful to be one of the only women to have a seat at the table. I was so grateful to receive any respect at all for myself that I often missed opportunities to demand equality for all of us. But as you know, women of Barnard, change is here. Women are learning that we can be grateful for what we have and also demand what we deserve.

Like all little girls, I was taught to be grateful. I was taught to keep my head down, stay on the path, and get my job done. I was freaking Little Red Riding Hood. You know the fairy tale. It’s just one iteration of the warning stories girls are told the world over. Little Red Riding Hood heads off through the woods and is given strict instructions: Stay on the path. Don’t talk to anybody. Keep your head down hidden underneath your Handmaid’s Tale cape.

And she does…at first. But then she dares to get a little curious and she ventures off the path. That’s, of course, when she encounters the big bad wolf and all hell breaks loose. The message is clear: Don’t be curious, don’t make trouble, don’t say too much or bad things will happen. I stayed on the path out of fear—not of being eaten by a wolf—but of being cut, being benched, losing my paycheck. If I could go back and tell my younger self one thing it would be this: “Abby, You were never Little Red Riding Hood, you were always the wolf.”

So when I was entrusted with the honor of speaking here today, I decided that the most important thing for me to say to you, is this: Barnard women, class of 2018, we are the wolves.

In 1995, around the year of your birth, wolves were re-introduced into Yellowstone National Park after being absent for 70 years. In those years, the number of deer had skyrocketed because they were unchallenged, alone at the top of the food chain. They grazed away and reduced the vegetation, so much that the riverbanks were eroding.

Once the wolves arrived, they thinned out the deer through hunting. But more significantly, their presence changed the behavior of the deer. Wisely, the deer started avoiding the valleys and the vegetation in those places regenerated. Trees quintupled in just six years. Birds and beavers started moving in. The river dams the beavers built provided habitats for otters and ducks and fish. The animal ecosystem regenerated. But that wasn’t all. The rivers actually changed as well. The plant regeneration stabilized the riverbanks so they stopped collapsing. The rivers steadied — all because of the wolves’ presence.

See what happened here? The wolves — who were feared as a threat to the system — turned out to be its salvation. Barnard Women, are y’all picking up what I’m laying down here? Women are feared as a threat to our system — and we will also be our salvation.

Our landscape is overrun with archaic ways of thinking about women, about people of color, about the “other,” about the rich and the poor, about the powerful and the powerless. And these ways of thinking are destroying us. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We will not Little Red Riding hood our way through life. We will unite our pack, storm the valley together and change the whole bloody system.

Throughout my life, my pack has been my team. Teams need a unifying structure, and the best way to create one collective heartbeat is to establish rules for your team to live by. It doesn’t matter what specific page you’re all on, just as long as you’re all on the same one.

Here are four rules I’ve used to unite my pack and lead them to gold:

Rule No. 1: Make failure your fuel.

Here’s something the best athletes understand, but seems like a harder concept for non-athletes to grasp. Non-athletes don’t know what to do with the gift of failure. So they hide it, pretend it never happened, reject it outright, and they end up wasting it.

Listen: Failure is not something to be ashamed of, it’s something to be powered by. Failure is the highest octane fuel your life can run on. You gotta learn to make failure your fuel.

When I was on the youth national team, only dreaming of playing alongside Mia Hamm – Y’all know her? Good. I had the opportunity to visit the national team’s locker room. The thing that struck me most wasn’t my heroes’ grass stained cleats, or their names and numbers hanging above their lockers. It was a picture. It was a picture that someone had taped next to the door, so that it would be the last thing every player saw before she headed out to the training pitch. You might guess it was a picture of their last big win, or of them standing on a podium accepting gold medals. But it wasn’t. It was a picture of their long time rival, the Norwegian national team celebrating after having just beaten the USA in the 1995 World Cup.

In that locker room I learned that in order to become my very best — on the pitch and off — I’d need to spend my life letting the feelings and lessons of failure transform into my power. Failure is fuel. Fuel is power.

Women: listen to me. We must embrace failure as our fuel instead of accepting it as our destruction. As Michelle Obama recently said, “I wish that girls could fail as well as men do and be OK. Because let me tell you watching men fail up, its frustrating. It’s frustrating to see men blow it and win. And we hold ourselves to these crazy, crazy standards.”

Wolf Pack: Fail up, blow it and win.

Rule No. 2: Lead from the bench.

Imagine this: You’ve scored more goals than any human being on the planet — female or male. You’ve co-captained and led Team USA in almost every category for the past decade. And you and your coach sit down and decide together that you won’t be a starter in your last World Cup for Team USA. So, that sucked.

You’ll feel benched sometimes, too. You’ll be passed over for the promotion, taken off the project. You might even find yourself holding a baby instead of briefcase, watching your colleagues “get ahead.” Here’s what’s important. You’re allowed to be disappointed when it feels like life’s benched you. What you aren’t allowed to do is miss your opportunity to lead from the bench. During that last World Cup, my teammates told me that my presence, my support, my vocal and relentless belief in them from the bench, is what gave them the confidence they needed to win us that championship.

If you’re not a leader on the bench, then don’t call yourself a leader on the field. You’re either a leader everywhere or nowhere. And by the way, the fiercest leading I’ve ever seen has been done between mother and child. Parenting is no bench. It just might be the big game.

Wolf Pack: Wherever you’re put, lead from there.

Rule No. 3: Champion each other.

During every 90-minute soccer match there are a few magical moments when the ball actually hits the back of the net and a goal is scored. When this happens, it means that everything has come together perfectly — the perfect pass, the perfectly timed run, every player in the right place at exactly the right time — all of this culminating in a moment in which one player scores that goal.

What happens next on the field is what transforms a bunch of individual women into a team. Teammates from all over the field rush toward the goal scorer. It appears that we’re celebrating her, but what we’re really celebrating is every player, every coach, every practice, every sprint, every doubt and even every failure that this one single goal represents. You will not always be the goal scorer. And when you are not, you better be rushing toward her.

Women must champion each other. This can be difficult for us. Women have been pitted against each other since the beginning of time, for that one seat at the table. Scarcity has been planted inside of us and among us. This scarcity is not our fault, but it is our problem. And it is within our power to create abundance for women where scarcity used to live.

As you go out into the world, amplify each other’s voices. Demand seats for women, people of color and all marginalized people at every table where decisions are made. Call out each other’s wins and, just like we do on the field, claim the success of one woman as a collective success for all women.

Joy. Success. Power. These are not pies where a bigger slice for her means a smaller slice for you. These are infinite. In any revolution, the way to make something true starts with believing it is. Let’s claim infinite joy, success, and power — together.

Wolf Pack: Her victory is your victory. Celebrate it.

Fourth rule: Demand the ball.

When I was a teenager, I was lucky enough to play with one of my heroes, Michelle Akers. She needed a place to train since there was not yet a women’s professional league. Michelle was tall like I am, built like I’d be built and the most courageous soccer player I’d ever seen play. She personified every one of my dreams.

We were playing a small-sided scrimmage — five against five. We were 18 years old and she was Michelle Akers, a chiseled, 30-year-old powerhouse. For the first three quarters of the game, she was taking it easy on us, coaching us, teaching us about spacing, timing and the tactics of the game.

But by the fourth quarter, she realized that because of all of this coaching, her team was losing by three goals. In that moment, a light switched on inside of her. She ran back to the goalkeeper, stood one yard away from her and screamed: Give. Me. The. Effing. Ball.

And the goalkeeper gave her the effing ball. And she took that ball and she dribbled through our entire effing team, and she scored. Now this game was winners keepers, so if you scored you got the ball back.

So, as soon as Michelle scored, she ran back to her goalie, stood a yard away from her and screamed: Give. Me. The. Ball.

The keeper did. And again she dribbled though us and scored. And then she did it again. She took her team to victory. Michelle Akers knew what her team needed from her at every moment of the game. Don’t forget, until the fourth quarter, leadership had required Michelle to help, support and teach, but eventually leadership called her to demand the ball.

Wolf Pack: At this moment in history, leadership is calling us to say:

Give me the effing ball.

Give me the effing job.

Give me the same pay the guy next to me gets.

Give me the promotion.

Give me the microphone.

Give me the Oval Office.

Give me the respect I’ve earned, and give it to my wolf pack too.

In closing, I want to leave you with the most important thing I have learned since leaving soccer. When I retired, my sponsor, Gatorade, surprised me at a meeting with the plan for my send off commercial. The message was this: Forget Me. They nailed it. They knew I wanted my legacy to be ensuring the future success of the sport I’d dedicated my life to. If my name were forgotten, that would mean that the women who came behind me were breaking records, winning championships and pushing the game to new heights. When I shot that commercial, I cried.

A year later, I found myself coaching my 10-year-old daughter’s soccer team. I’d coached them all the way to the championship. (#humblebrag) One day I was warming up the team, doing a little shooting drill. I was telling them a story about when I retired. And one of those little girls looked up to me and said, “So what did you retire from?” And I looked down at her and said, “Soccer.” And she said, “Oh. Who did you play for?” And I said: “The United States of America.” And she said: “Oh. Does that mean that you know Alex Morgan?” Be careful what you wish for, Barnard. They forgot me.

But that’s OK. Being forgotten in my retirement didn’t scare me. What scared me was losing the identity the game gave me. I defined myself as Abby Wambach, soccer player — the one who showed up and gave 100 percent to my team and fought alongside my wolf pack to make a better future for the next generation. Without soccer, who would I be? A few months after retirement, I began creating my new life. I met Glennon and our three children, and I became a wife, a mother, a business owner and an activist. And you know who I am now? I’m still the same Abby. I still show up and give 100 percent — now to my new pack, and I still fight every day to make a better future for the next generation.

You see, soccer didn’t make me who I was. I brought who I was to soccer. And I get to bring who I am wherever I go. And guess what? So do you. As you leave here today and every day going forward, don’t just ask yourself, what do I want to do? Ask yourself, who do I want to be? Because the most important thing I’ve learned is that what you do will never define you. Who you are always will. And who you are, Barnard women, are the wolves.

Surrounding you today is your wolf pack. Look around. Go ahead, you can do it. Don’t lose each other. Leave these sacred grounds united, storm the valleys together, and be our salvation.

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Quite what the queen and Anna Wintour spoke about on the front row at London Fashion Week (LFW) is unknown.

Quite what the queen thought, at her first visit to LFW, of designer Richard Quinn’s models stalking past her, occasionally with their faces obscured by motorcycle helmets in black and lime green, is unknown. (Fashion newsflash: the motorcycle helmet has clearly taken over from the fascinator as the new headwear of choice if you’re wearing florals and chiffon.)

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The baby has already been visited by at least one of McKidd’s cast mates. Sarah Drew, who plays April Kepner and is leaving the show this season, wrote a sweet comment on McKidd’s photo: “I can’t wait to snuggle him again!!! He’s so beautiful!!”

McKidd, 44, and his wife announced they were expecting their first child in March, at the same time that they revealed they’d tied the knot.

In a post on his website, the Scottish actor, who plays Owen Hunt on the ABC medical drama, shared a photo with his bride and wrote, “Arielle and I are so happy to announce our marriage and new baby, who is soon to join our growing family. Close friends and family came together with my Grey’s family to share in our celebration day – an intimate, low key gathering culminating in a Scottish Ceilidh dance.”

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The James Beard Awards, considered to be the Oscars of the food world, took place on Monday night during a star-studded gala hosted by Carla Hall. The prestigious awards include a category known as Rising Star Chef, which aims to honor a chef under 30 who “displays an impressive talent and who is likely to make a significant impact on the industry in years to come.”

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Camille Cogswell (Zahav, Philadelphia)

What’s your go-to fast food order?
I really love all kinds of fast food, but, whenever I make it back down south, because I’m from North Carolina, I go to Bojangles’ and get the spicy Cajun chicken on a biscuit, with bo-berry biscuits and a three-piece.

When was the last time you were starstruck?
The last time I was starstruck was when I met Sean Brock, which was incredible, because he is a huge influence and a huge celebrity, and just an incredible chef. He is on that pedestal of chefs that I have watched for a long time and looked up to. So that was really cool. At the time, I had nothing to say. I was like just nervously, awkwardly laughing at anything he said, and just had nothing interesting to add to the conversation. And he’s not particularly a chatty person, so I was just standing there, hoping I looked cool.

As a pastry chef, how do you feel about the trendy, over-the-top desserts?
We’re in the business of serving people what they want to eat, and everybody’s take on that is different. I don’t necessarily want to do those things, that’s not my style—but I’m not going to hate on people for eating it if that’s what they think is cool and they want to eat it. It’s excessive and I don’t want to make that stuff or eat it, but more power to you if you do.

Who’s your celebrity chef crush?
Dominique Crenn. Her food is beautiful. She’s so thoughtful. She is beautiful and just seems so sweet and vibrant and fun.

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Clare de Boer (King, NYC)

The menu at your restaurant changes daily, but do you have a favorite dish you cook often?
I absolutely adore fish stew, in all of it’s myriad forms. Throughout the seasons I really love a beautiful fumet with whatever’s been caught that day. When we first opened we had that on the menu every night for the first two weeks as we found our footing, and it definitely helped get us off the ground.

When you’re home, what do you cook for dinner?
I never cook. I’m at the restaurant most of the time, and when I am not there I do not cook. Cooking at home isn’t particularly pleasurable in New York City. I have a crap stove, and the only thing I have in my fridge is Coleman’s mustard. I basically exclusively eat Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean food when I’m not at King. I really think some of the best food here is Asian. There’s such incredible, incredible stuff in Flushing and in Chinatown, and I really just enjoy eating something that tastes totally different.

Is there one food you can’t stand?
Raw bell peppers are on my never-ever list. I think bell peppers are so extraordinary when they’re cooked properly, but raw, I find them entirely inedible.

What’s the one kitchen tool you can’t live without?
A pestle and mortar. I use it for absolutely everything, from sauces to purees. The only piece of equipment I would need is that.

Kevin Tien (Himitsu, Washington, D.C.)

What’s your favorite ingredient to cook with?
I like all vegetables. It’s not one particular ingredient, but I really like going with what’s special each season, because growing up I never appreciated vegetables like any kid probably should appreciate it. I’m really taking the time to appreciate it now. Growing up, we always ate a lot of McDonald’s. I still kind of eat a lot of McDonald’s actually. It’s almost kind of disgusting how much McDonald’s I eat for a week.

What’s your McDonald’s order?
I always get a chicken sandwich. I always get some sort of burger that has multiple patties, a large fries, and I always get a minimum of 10 to 20 chicken nuggets. As a chef, after a long day of work, I think most of us just want something quick. It’s something that’s very comforting.

What’s your favorite cooking show?
When I do have time, I like to watch a lot of Iron Chef because the first cooking show I was ever really interested in was the old school Japanese Iron Chef. Then up growing up in Louisiana I also watched a lot of Emeril Lagasse. I think he’s one of the coolest guys ever.

Are there any food trends that you’d like to see end?
Oh man there’s so many. Any form of trying to turn sushi into something that’s not sushi, like a sushi burger, or sushi pizza. I think really bad poke can die too.

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Sarah Rinkavage (Marisol, Chicago)

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to aspiring chefs?
I would tell them to really find a place that you love and a path that you want to take and really stick with it. Don’t give up. I think I spent seven years at one restaurant, which sounds like a lot for people in our industry, but had I veered off that path, I wouldn’t be where I was today. I think just to really stick with it for a while when you know it’s the right thing. Don’t question it.

What’s your favorite cookbook?
The cookbook that I always go back to is Relae. It’s a restaurant in Copenhagen. I actually lived out there two years ago for a month. I just really like their style and what they do with ingredients. The pictures are beautiful and half the book is about inspiration and technique. Then the other half shows the recipes. I always go back to that one.

What do you eat if you’re indulging?
A good grilled cheese is definitely something I would always go for and still do if I’m out for lunch. And tomato soup. Anything that’s bready—bready, cheesy things are definitely an indulgence. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth.

Is a hot dog a sandwich?
No. I just feel like anything on a bun—like I wouldn’t call a lobster roll a sandwich or a hot dog a sandwich. I don’t know if it’s just because the two sides of the bread are not on top and bottom.

Miles Thompson (Michael’s, Santa Monica)

What’s the one cooking tip you give to novice cooks?
Well if it comes to cooking meat on the grill, I’d say to rub it in kewpie mayonnaise before you grill it and brush it with fish sauce after it comes off. It brings out a lot of the robustness and dimensionality of the meat while making it extra savory and interesting. And if it comes to cooking vegetables, then I typically say treat it as little as possible but shop for the best thing that you possibly can find and afford.

What’s your favorite restaurant in Los Angeles besides Michael’s?
That’s very hard. Can I give you like 10? If I have to give one, it’s really the one that I like go to most, called Ruen Pair. It’s a Thai restaurant in Thai Town in Hollywood. I love it because it’s unbelievably consistent. It’s open until 3:00 am and it’s incredibly delicious. My go-to order is Chinese sausage fried rice with pineapple. Recently I’ve been getting a spicy pork salad and then the sausage, turnip, and egg bake, which is basically an overcooked omelet that’s delicious.

What’s you favorite flavor of ice cream?
Coffee, hands down.

What is your stance on airplane food?
I will always eat food on an airplane because I’m always hungry. That’s my real answer. I’m not a snob about it. I think that it’s gotten better. I’ve had some like actually really good airplane meals on Chinese airlines flying to Canada. So there’s hope yet.


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The Force will be with us – always.

Because “Star Wars” has embedded itself so deeply into our cultural DNA, it continues to shape the way we think about life.

Over eight movies and counting, “Star Wars” has taught us about overcoming obstacles, about dealing with family drama, about friendship, about patience, about beating the odds – and even about money.

Because this is The Penny Hoarder, we’re especially interested in the part about money.

Even though the epic saga of Luke Skywalker & Co. played out a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the financial wisdom we gleaned from it applies to the here and now.

Now, prepare to make the jump into hyperspace! Here’s what we’ve learned:

1. Always Pay Your Debts – Or Else

Bingo. This is always the first one everyone thinks of.

Han Solo owes money to the giant slug-like crime boss, Jabba the Hutt. When he doesn’t pay up, Jabba sends bounty hunter Boba Fett after him — basically a debt collector with blaster pistols and green Mandalorian armor.

Instead of declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Han ends up frozen in carbonite. Then Princess Leia, Luke, Lando and the iconic droids have to infiltrate Jabba’s lair to save him in a sequel.

Just like with Solo, the longer you don’t pay off your debts, the bigger the problem gets. The interest piles up.

Your first step should be to figure out what you’re dealing with. Map out exactly what kind of debt you have. For example, which companies do you owe money to? Are any of your debts in collections? What are your minimum monthly payments on each credit card or loan?

An easy way to start doing this is to sign up with a free service like Credit Sesame. This tool shows your balance on any unpaid bills, credit cards or loans. It also offers tips on reducing your debt and raising your credit score.

2. Used Vehicles Offer the Best Value

The Millennium Falcon takes its share of verbal abuse in multiple “Star Wars” films.

“You came in that thing? You’re braver than I thought,” Princess Leia says upon first seeing the starship. And in “The Force Awakens,” Rey calls the ship “garbage.”

But the Millennium Falcon gets the job done. (Did we mention that it made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs?) Turns out you don’t always need a shiny new vehicle.

Used cars are often a better deal than new ones. Consumer Reports recommends buying a car that’s two or three years old. For tips on buying a used car, go here or here or here.

You’ll need to take care of your ride, though. (The Falcon’s hyperdrive keeps breaking down despite Chewbacca’s best efforts in “The Empire Strikes Back.”)

According to a recent AAA survey, 1 in 3 U.S. drivers can’t pay for an unexpected auto repair. Consider creating an emergency fund with a high-yield bank account.

3. Negotiate the Best Deal You Can

Early in “A New Hope,” Luke and Uncle Owen are bargaining with some creepy little jawas over the price of some used droids.

When an R2 unit they’d just bought immediately breaks down, Uncle Owen aggressively questions the quality of what the jawas are selling: “Hey, what are you trying to push on us?”

The result: Luke’s family gets the best droid ever, R2-D2.

Negotiating isn’t just for markets and cars, any variable expense can be negotiated to a lower price — you just have to know what to look for.

4. “Do or Do Not. There is No Try.”

Yoda’s admonition to Luke in “The Empire Strikes Back” is probably the biggest zen moment in any of these movies.

As always, Yoda is right on target. You’re either going to do it, or you’re not. Don’t just try.

If you’re going to make financial changes, commit to them and be consistent. Don’t just try once or twice and then forget about it. Sticking to it is the key to success.

For instance, saving money is hard. Consider trying an auto-savings app like Acorns.

Once you connect it to a debit or credit card, it rounds your purchases up to the nearest dollar and funnels your digital change into a savings or investment account.

Because the money comes out in increments of less than $ 1, you’re less likely to feel an impact in your bank account.

5. Don’t Let the Little Details Blow Up On You

The Empire spared no expense on the Death Star, don’t you think?

You’ve got to figure that moon-sized battle stations capable of blowing up planets don’t come cheap (especially two of them).

But they overlooked that pesky little design flaw that allowed the Rebel Alliance to destroy the whole thing. Whoops!

Don’t neglect the details like that, because they’ll burn you. Don’t skimp on maintenance and repairs for big-ticket items like your home and car. If you blow that stuff off, you’ll just end up paying more in the end.

Another lesson from the Death Star: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. The Empire sure had a lot riding on its supercool Death Star, didn’t it?

Don’t depend on just one thing. Diversify your investments. Here’s how one woman used an app to make sure her 401(k) was in balance.

6. Get Rid of Your Old Stuff

The “Star Wars” universe looks different than Star Trek and other sci-fi settings. “Star Wars” has that “lived-in” look – there’s junk everywhere. You know, just like your house.

And in the “Star Wars” movies, people make money selling that junk – just like you should.

In “The Force Awakens,” Rey is a scavenger on the planet Jakku, feeding herself by salvaging parts from ships.

On Luke’s home planet of Tatooine, those jawas we mentioned earlier appear to be scavengers, too.

In “The Phantom Menace” — hey, here’s our first and only mention of the prequels! — Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi meet young Anakin Skywalker in a junk shop where he fixes things.

Meanwhile, here on our planet, a number of apps are making it easier than ever to sell your old stuff online.

To free up space and earn some extra cash, use apps to sells your stuff. Listing the right stuff in the right marketplaces means you’re more likely to sell it for the right price.

7. Beware of Scams. Know What Things Are Worth.

Toward the beginning of “The Force Awakens,” a hungry Rey nearly pawns the droid BB-8 in exchange for 60 portions of inflatable food. She’s sorely tempted, but senses something is wrong and backs off.

That’s the surest way to spot a scam: If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Whether you’re selling a droid or shopping for shoes online, you’ve got to watch out for rip-offs. Here’s how to protect yourself from imposter scams, credit repair scams, identity theft, senior scams and online mobile shopping scams.

As long as identity theft remains a huge problem you need to keep an eye on your credit and transactions.

8. Embrace the Gig Economy

When Luke and Obi-Wan need transportation to Alderaan, they basically catch an Uber. A space Uber. They pay for the Millennium Falcon to take them there.

Here on Earth, you can make like Han and Chewie in your Honda or Chevy by driving with Uber or Lyft and make extra money each week on your own schedule.

There are other entry-level ways to make money nowadays that you can do on your own time – and from your phone – thanks to the growing gig economy.

Craigslist is an easy place to sell your services under the “Gigs” section. Pay and tasks will vary, of course. And if you don’t trust Craigslist, check out TaskRabbit or Fiverr – to name just a few.

9. If the Deal Turns to the Dark Side, Cut Your Losses

Here at The Penny Hoarder, we’re always looking for good deals.

We’re always asking, Is this a good deal or not a good deal? And when we hear the words “deal” and “”Star Wars”,” we can’t help but think of Lando Calrissian in “The Empire Strikes Back.”

Lando … Lando did not get a good deal.

When Han, Leia and Chewie first turn up in Cloud City, Lando tells them, “I’ve just made a deal that’ll keep the Empire out of here forever.”

Of course, the deal involves betraying his friends. Later, Darth Vader menacingly informs Lando, “I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further.”

Still later, when Vader threatens Lando further and mistreats his friends, Lando fumes, “This deal is getting worse all the time!”

That’s when he switches sides.

If you make a deal and the reality doesn’t match what you were promised, be prepared to walk away. Cut your losses and move on.

10. Sand People Always Walk in Single File to Hide Their Numbers

You see, from this we can learn that … no, no, wait. That’s not a good example at all. We learn no financial truths from that.

We’ve got nothing for you here.

Let’s try this instead. One of the most important lessons we learned from “Star Wars” is:

10. Make Sure You Have a Long-Term Plan

The heroes and villains of the Star Wars” universe are seriously into some long-term planning.

Emperor Palpatine’s master plan takes several movies to unfold. After he reveals himself to be Darth Sidious and strikes, Yoda and Obi-Wan lay low for a couple of decades after the prequels, waiting for their chance to return the favor.

Of course, when we first meet Obi-Wan and Yoda, they’re chilling in a cave and a swamp, respectively. Apparently the Jedi Council didn’t have much of a 401(k) match.

The sooner you start saving, investing and paying down your debt, the better off you’ll be.

A confession here: We can’t come up with any financial lessons from “Rogue One.” All we remember right now are the cool space battles.

All told, that’s everything that “Star Wars” has taught us about money over eight movies and counting. Take it as you will.

Do, or do not.

There is no try.

Mike Brassfield (mike@thepennyhoarder.com) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. His “Star Wars”-loving co-workers helped out with this post.

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

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The influence of Star Wars reaches far and wide, inspiring films, books, toys, games, and pretty much every other form of popular culture. But it’s not just the iconic sci-fi imagery that’s inspired a generation — the film’s majestic music has also made its mark on countless movie soundtracks and scores that followed in its footsteps. And of course, generations of music makers who have paid tribute to the space opera and its sequels.

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The original Star Wars score.

Before Star Wars, sci-fi flicks generally featured electronic scores comprised of  a cacophony of beeps and bleeps. Or pre-existing classical music, with the music of Strauss famously underpinning Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

But George Lucas wanted something different — a sweeping symphonic score filled with romance and drama. So he employed John Williams, who had recently won an Oscar for his work on a little film called Jaws. And Williams delivered, crafting one of the most memorable scores in film history.

His work has had an unescapable influence on blockbuster movies ever since. With Williams crafting similarly bombastic themes for Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T.. and the likes of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and the Pirates of the Caribbean films taking a similarly orchestrated approach.

Disco!

Star Wars was big in the late 1970s. As was disco. And so they became natural bedfellows, with the movie inspiring disco acts, dances and songs. Meco had a smash with their album Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk in 1977. Real Thing had a hit with Can You Feel the Force? a year later. While in 1979, Instant Funk released a funky number of their own in the shape of Dark Vader.

For something a little jazzier, you could check out In a Galaxy Far Away by Third Stream. While I Fell in Love With a Starship Trooper by Sarah Brightman is a good deal sillier, with the singer being banished to Mars by Darth Vader.

Then there’s (Do You Have) The Force, also inspired by the movie, and made by a band who called themselves The Droids. Speaking of which…

Band Names


Stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herders.

The Droids aren’t the only band who named themselves after a Star Wars character, place or plot point. There’s an indie group called Nerf Herder. A death metal outfit named Vader. A hip-hop collective called Jedi Mind Tricks. And a rock band who go by the name Eisley.

Aerosmith make their money writing songs about the movies. Army of Kashyyk are named after badass Wookies. While Hoth take their name from the ice planet in Empire Strikes Back.

Homage and Reference


Gnarls Barkley at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards.

Some of the biggest music artists of the last 40 years have mentioned or paid homage to Star Wars in their music. Hip-hop stars Missy Elliott, The Fugees, Wu-Tang Clan, Ludacris, Kanye West, Notorious B.I.G., Outkast, Will Smith, and A Tribe Called Quest have all referenced the films, while Eminem is a serial offender, even doing an impression of Yoda on the track Buffalo Bill.

If rock floats your boat, Queen, The Hold Steady, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Everclear, Good Charlotte and Tenacious D have all mentioned the sci-fi flick in their work. While Robbie Williams and the Jonas Brothers have done their bit for Star Wars pop.

Though Gnarls Barkley hasn’t actually sung about Star Wars, the duo did memorably dress up as characters from the movies for the 2006 MTV Movie Awards, with Cee Lo doing Darth Vader and Danger Mouse becoming Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Parody

Star Wars has been parodied ever since it hit screens. And the king of funny songs — Weird Al Yankovich — has had a couple of stabs at sending up the movies. Yoda takes The Kinks’ Lola and makes it about Luke Skywalker’s diminutive mentor. While The Saga Begins focusses on Episode 1 via Don McLean’s American Pie.

But maybe the greatest — and certainly the most ambitious — musical parody of Star Wars is Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans. Which tells the story of Episodes IV, V and VI using The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. And just about succeeds.

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FORMER Big Brother star Alex Lee has revealed she’s gay in a new interview.

The reality star also looks completely unrecognisable after ditching her Barbie look from the 2011 series and undergoing a dramatic £60k transformation.

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The currently single star told Diva magazine, “I’ve known since I was younger that I’ve been attracted to women.

“It’s only quite recently that I was able to find the strength to come out and say, ‘Look, I’m gay.’”

Alex revealed she dated a woman for one and a half years but isn’t really looking for a serious romance.

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Alex Lee looks a world away from her appearance on Big Brother
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In recent snaps on the reality star’s Twitter account, she now sports a demure brunette hairstyle and has ditched the fake tan for a natural glow.

She told the mag part of her new look is down to surgery after “coming into some money” following her stint on Big Brother where she came in third.

She said: “I was lucky enough to come into some money after Big Brother and that’s what I spent it on. “In a way it’s sad, because when I saw myself on telly, it wasn’t me. It wasn’t what I thought I looked like. It really affected me over the years with body dysmorphia.”

 

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She added: “Using the money and getting surgery and changing the way I looked, it’s made me into the person I always wanted to be.

“It’s like a fresh start. 2018’s definitely my year.”

The star gave up her job as cabin crew for an airline to go into the house in September 2011, but spoke of her horror after being trolled online over her appearance.

 

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The star was known for her love of tiny pink outfits, fake tan and heavy make-up – but she’s dropped it all in the years since the show, and looks totally different now.

She went on to have lip fillers, eyebrow and lip tattoos, facial fillers, Botox, and top-of-the-range hair extensions, as well as liposuction on her stomach in 2013.

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Alex previously revealed to The Sun that she overhauled her image after watching herself back in the 2011 series, and being left feeling “horrified” by her appearance.

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“At the time I thought I was girlie and glam, but watching it back I saw myself as ugly, overweight and disgustingly tacky in head-to-toe pink,” she previously said.

“I was mortified and cancelled all public appearances. I even stopped going out.

“Instead, I stayed in to read the comments about me online.”

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Disney’s New Star Wars Show is an Anime-Inspired Force Awakens Prequel

Disney has found its next animated Star Wars TV show – an anime-inspired adventure series called Star Wars Resistance. Created by Star Wars Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni, the new project will focus on Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.

While no specific premiere date has been set yet, Disney has announced that Star Wars Resistance will premiere this fall on Disney Channel in the US before debuting thereafter on Disney XD and around the world.

Much as Rebels weaved in familiar characters from across the Star Wars galaxy, Disney promises that Resistance will feature “the beloved droid BB-8 alongside ace pilots, colorful new characters and appearances by fan favorites, including Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma, voiced by actors Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie, respectively.”

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'A Star Is Born,' 'Aquaman' Advance Peeks Draw Big Reactions

 

Movie theater owners from around the world are gathered right now in Las Vegas. Known as CinemaCon, the event is primarily intended as a trade show for exhibitors and provides an opportunity for major Hollywood studios to show off their upcoming attractions. Many films are previewed, with stars and filmmakers in attendance. A musical drama and a superhero adventure drew big reactions this year.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Warner Bros. Pictures brought out the big names for its CinemaCon presentation Tuesday, from stars like Sandra Bullock to movies like “Wonder Woman 2,” but it was Bradley Cooper’s “A Star is Born” that stole the show.
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Producers Carmen Pavlovic Global Creatures and Roy Furman have announced first principal casting for the new musical King Kong. Christiani Pitts, currently starring in A Bronx Tale on Broadway, will star as Ann Darrow, and Eric William Morris, who played Sky in Mamma Mia, will play Carl Denham.
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She Will Be The First Black Woman to Direct a ‘Star Wars’ Movie With Episode IX

Director J.J. Abrams has selected African American filmmaker Victoria Mahoney to serve as second unit director on the next Star Wars movie, reports Indiewire.

Ava DuVernay first shared the news on her Twitter feed:


Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release in 2019. Abrams is already in pre-production. According to Indiewire, Mahoney will work on directing scenes that are “mostly dedicated to shooting essential pieces like establishing shots, stunts, inserts, and cutaways.”

Mahoney made her directorial debut in 2011 with her film Yelling to the Sky, starring Zoe Kravitz. She had director’s credits for several TV series including Grey’s Anatomy, Power, Claws, and Queen Sugar. Prior to her work as a director, she was an actress with bit roles in the film Legally Blonde and on the TV shows Seinfeld, Sliders, Brewster Place and others.


Despite a vast Star Wars universe featuring an array of aliens, robots, and humanoids of all different skin colors…the franchise has come under fire for a lack of diversity. Bustle.com recently wrote, “According to a study reported by Variety, 2015’s The Force Awakens, which stars Ridley and Fisher in leading roles, still only presented women speaking 27.8 percent of the dialogue. In that same film, white people spoke 62.5 percent of the dialogue, and there wasn’t nearly as much diversity as there was in Rogue One.”

Perhaps even more clamorous, are those protesting what they deem as Lucasfilm’s attempts to be “politically correct.” There was outrage over the casting of John Boyega, a black British actor as a Stormtrooper in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. Some of the Twitter tears of outrage then included:

#BoycottStarWarsVII because it will be ghetto garbage.

Star Wars is “White Culture” just as much as Jazz is “Black Culture.”

So why is there a black storm trooper in the new Star Wars movie? They’re supposed [sic] be all white. I’m tired of this political correctness [expletive].

The most recent Star Wars movie was also lambasted (likely by the same fringe group and members of the alt-right) for pushing a “feminist agenda.” Trolls flocked to movie review site Rotten Tomatoes’ forums to unleash their fury. The Telegraph reported at the time, “The comments are littered with one-star reviews that read, “Politically correct to the point of boredom”; “SJW propaganda” and “I’m frustrated that feminism and diversity have made their way into this film. This has ruined Star Wars for me as well as my kids. Keep liberalism out of it and stop ruining once good things.”

 

 

 

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‘Shahs of Sunset’ Star Mercedes ‘MJ’ Javid Marries Tommy Feight

It’s official! Shahs of Sunset stars Mercedes “MJ” Javid and Tommy Feight are married, a rep confirms to Us Weekly exclusively.

The reality TV couple — who met through the Tinder app in 2015 — tied the knot on Saturday, April 21, at a hotel in West Hollywood, California.

The ceremony was held just after 5 p.m. on the rooftop patio of the hotel overlooking the Los Angeles skyline. Guests included Javid’s Shahs costar Reza Farahan, who served as Javid’s “man of honor,” one of the bride’s three male bridesmaids. Javid’s dog also had a role in the wedding as the ring bearer.

Speaking to Us just hours before her nuptials on Saturday, the bride was calm as chaos erupted all around her with a final fitting for her Pedram Couture dress and conversations about jewelry and tiaras. “I’m the most relaxed one in the room!” Javid told Us.

She also revealed that she hadn’t written her vows yet, admitting, “I’m thinking about winging it.”

As for the guest list, Javid said that “every single person invited is someone that is a really important part of my life and Tommy’s as well.”

Javid told Us that she hoped the wedding and reception would go by “in slow motion because everyone says that it goes by so quickly” and said she was most looking forward to “the love that is going to be surrounding us.”

Javid detailed her hopes for a spring wedding during an October stop at Us Weekly, when she and Feight played a round of the Newlywed Game.

“I do want us to have a window by springtime,” Javid told Us at the time. “In the renaissance, spring is when the world begins, the flowers bloom and I love the symbolism behind that.”

The 45-year-old blushing bride also opened up to Us about falling for her beau before they even met in person.

“We were talking on the phone, I hadn’t met him yet,” she told Us at the time. “And I was like, ‘I love you.’ You know what is messed up? We can’t remember when he told me that he loved me.”

However, when the couple finally did meet, Feight told Us that things got hot and heavy. “We watched Friends and humped,” he recalled of their first date, which sparked a hilarious reaction from his love.

“Where? Where was your first date?” she replied, reiterating the question.

“Oh, at my friend’s house,” Freight then added.

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a huge celluloid undertaking that has numbered 18 films and counting, introduced scores of comic book characters to movie fans, and generated many billions of dollars at the worldwide box office.

The interlocking storylines of those movies have also built towards a battle with supervillain Thanos in the 19th feature — Avengers: Infinity War — so to celebrate this momentous occasion, FANDOM staff and contributors have written about what the MCU means to them. Kicking off with one of the stars contributing her thoughts…

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It’s been the first time I’ve felt part of a community as an actor after drama school. At drama school you have this beautiful connection with an ensemble of people, and you don’t really get that when you have a freelance job. This has become a community. Because of going back to it, it does feel like we come from a community who support each other. I’ve now worked with [Jeremy] Renner and [Tom] Hiddleston on other projects that had nothing to do with this. And [Josh] Brolin. So it’s all connected in this nice little community.

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Chris reckons they’ve got both the casting and tone right..

There’s so much to love about the MCU. The casting is top-notch (as I wrote about here), so-much-so that I can’t now read Iron Man, Captain America or Thor comics without thinking of Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth.

The tone is almost always right. When the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off, Christopher Nolan was in the midst of his incredible Dark Knight trilogy. Which as the name suggests, was dark. And sure there are serious moments in Marvel. But more-often-than-not, MCU movies offered an alternative. Something that’s light, colourful, and above all fun.

But the thing that most amazes me about the MCU is quality control. I can only think of a couple of turkeys along the way, with the majority of the features hugely entertaining from start-to-finish; big-budget b-movies that pretty much guarantee a good time at the cinema.

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Graham is all about Agent Coulson.

To me, it’s not the big heroes or dramatic sacrifices of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that made an impact. They were great, sure, but my favourite will always be Phillip (“His first name is ‘Agent’”) Coulson.

Coulson embodies everything the Avengers stand for. He does things by the book where possible, off the book where not, and has a tendency to get back up when knocked down. Between asking Captain America to sign his trading cards, the iconic “Don’t touch Lola” and even getting an Energy Shield put into his prosthetic hand, Coulson shows us not only that normal people can be heroes, but it’s even okay to be a nerdy fan whilst doing so.

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Lauren loves the chemistry between characters.

The MCU is my favorite franchise of all time. What they have done over the last 10 years dwarves any other film series, even ones I love like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. The chemistry between the characters, the humor, the passion, the creativity — everything about the MCU is perfect and I feel lucky to be alive at a time when all these great films are in theaters. We may not see the likes of a franchise on this scale for a long time to come.

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R.M.V appreciates the fact that Marvel movies feature heroes of all races and genders.

My first real exposure to the world of comic book superheroes were the X-Men and Spider Man cartoons of the 1990s. Comics were a rare treat for me, and the vastness of their myriad worlds was, frankly, a bit overwhelming to an outsider. The cartoons changed that. They plucked fruitful stories from that ripe and bountiful orchard and turned them into delicious smoothies, perfect for a young palate itching for stories of adventure. I grew to love Professor Xavier’s band of mutants, and Spidey’s clashes with Lizardman Doc Ock and his other foes became favorite playground fodder for me and my friends.

I love the MCU because, much as those cartoons gave me access to a realm of stories I had never experienced, these movies serve as a welcoming gateway to a new generation of fans of all ages and backgrounds. Now, by expanding their commitment to films starring heroes of all races and genders, the MCU will without a doubt inspire a new generation of true believers committed to using their heroic talents to change the world.

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Adam loves the comedy in Thor: Ragnarok.

I have to admit I’m a little new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it has quickly become my new obsession. Growing up as a Batman fan, I just assumed I had to live my life in a DC bubble. But catching up on the MCU recently has proven to be an incredible experience.

The comedy in films like Thor: Ragnarok is on par with some of my favorite comedic movies from the past decade. And the stories are so rich and engaging, I can’t believe I wasted so many years without it.

One of my favorite film tropes is when a bunch of different characters are connected and come together in unexpected ways, so I can’t wait to see all my new friends join forces in Infinity War. The only problem now is that I just got to love these characters and now I’m potentially about to lose so many of them.

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Carlos loves seeing characters like Star-Lord onscreen.

For me, the MCU represented a return to my childhood days of reading my uncle’s collection of comics. I fondly remember how he took the time to explain the powers and origins of every character in the Avengers and X-Men franchises.

That’s why seeing some of my favorite characters on the big screen as an adult like Star-Lord and Dr Stephen Strange is so magical to me. It is the geek equivalent of meeting your favorite idol or artist in person.

Also, being able to get as much merchandise as I can find (and afford) of my favorite MCU characters is something I am extremely thankful for!

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Drew is a fan of the bizarre characters and concepts.

When I was a kid, you couldn’t have convinced me that Hollywood would make a movie with the Vision in it. The Marvel Cinematic Universe might appear to be a grounded approach to superhero cinema, but it still manages to interject utter weirdness like a red-faced android into its world. And we buy it! We accept that a talking raccoon and a sentient tree can help save the world from a living planet. If the MCU has done anything that is objectively positive, it’s making general audiences much more acceptable to bizarre characters and concepts. As long as the MCU never loses its wacky heart, it’ll continue to be the success it’s proven itself to be.

Rowan Girdler, FANDOM Contributor


Rowan likes that the heroes are symbols of hope.

The MCU snuck up on me gradually. The first Marvel film I saw in cinemas was The Avengers, which blew me away, but it took another couple of years for me to catch up and start watching every MCU film that came out. Now my friends and I have a tradition of seeing every new Marvel film together and I write about them online.

The thing I love most about the MCU is that it gives people superheroes to root for. Marvel’s heroes are bright, bold symbols of hope in a day and age where dark and cynical antiheroes are the vogue. Some might say that’s childish, but I say it’s the child within us that needs heroes the most.

Brian Campbell, FANDOM Contributor


Brian loves that the films have been building towards Infinity War.

At the end of Iron Man, Nick Fury declares to Tony Stark he is part of a larger world. At the time, I had no idea it would lead to what we’re about to experience in Avengers: Infinity War. It is amazing just how interconnected the lives of our heroes have been over the course of these films. Creative storytelling has always drawn me to the Marvel comics. It is a dream come true to see this creativity magnified for both the big and small screens. I love having FANDOM to share my passion for all things MCU.

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A Chinese YouTube star faces up to two years in prison after a cruel prank involving an Oreo cookie, toothpaste and a homeless man went wrong. Kanghua Ren, 20, who goes by ReSet on his YouTube channel, decided to pull off the prank in Barcelona, where he lives, SF Gate reported. Kanghua filmed himself squeezing toothpaste onto…
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Just about everything we’ve seen of the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story has been met with the same fan reaction. Uh … can we get Lando: A Donald Glover Story instead, please?

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

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‘The Walking Dead’ star Jeffrey Dean Morgan Is Calling For a Negan Spin-Off

With Fear the Walking Dead proving a success – it’s now on Season 4 – it’s perhaps no surprise that Walking Dead bosses are talking about expanding the universe further. One of the major characters to make a big impact on the main show has been villain Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Fans both love to hate and love to love the charismatic bad guy. So the prospect of a spin-off focused on Savior boss Negan is very alluring – and not just to fans. Jeffrey Dean Morgan would love one too.

“I would like to see Negan before the zombie apocalypse,” he told FANDOM while doing publicity for his latest film Rampage. In the movie, Morgan plays a character called Agent Russell, who bears more than a passing resemblance to the Walking Dead bad boy. So much so, in fact, that the actor also discussed the similarities between the two characters, along with the chances that Russell is Negan, and the idea that Rampage could be a prequel to The Walking Dead. You can watch him talking about this here.

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Negan was captured by Jadis — and manipulated her into releasing him by tugging on the heartstrings.

“Now, if he’s this guy, Agent Russell, I’d like to see that,” continued Morgan. “But [Walking Dead creator] Robert Kirkman has done a little bit of thought on the Negan pre-zombie apocalypse, and I would be more than happy to see that. I would like to take part in some filming of that. I think that would help explain this character a great deal. Because, unfortunately, the way things go with so many characters and storylines, we don’t see enough — and I think that that is needed, especially when you have a character like Negan.”

The main show has only revealed glimpses, up to now, of Negan’s backstory. And what we’ve learned has been very much according to Negan himself, who is not necessarily a reliable source. Especially when the moments when he’s let details slip have been during periods where he’s been vulnerable. Notably, when marooned in a hut surrounded by walkers with Father Gabriel, and also when tied up by Jadis. He’s certainly been able to manipulate both by spilling some secrets about his past in each instance. So we surely have to take what we’ve learned so far about Negan with a pinch of salt.

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Negan recounted elements of his backstory to soften Father Gabriel and bend him to his will.

But while Morgan definitely feels Negan’s story could be better explored in his own spin-off series, he did tease that there could be more Negan history revelations to come in The Walking Dead.

“[We’ve had] a little bit more this season, which is nice, but I’d like to see more. I think it’s important not only for the development of the character but I think the show. So we’ll see,” he said.

When FANDOM interviewed show boss Greg Nicotero recently, he told us that he’d love to work on a frozen zombie spin-off – which Morgan would also love to be a part of.

“Why don’t we just go up to Canada or upstate New York where I live? That’d be great,” he said. “I’m sick of shooting in Georgia in the middle of summer. That’s rough. I like the idea of shooting some frozen zombies. That would be cool as hell. Literally and figuratively.”

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The First Lady and the Football Star: JJ Watt Pays Tribute to His Unlikely Friendship With Barbara Bush

The unlikely friendship between the white-haired former First Lady and the hulking football star began four years ago, when Barbara Bush and J.J. Watt got together in Houston to film a spot promoting literacy.

Bush wore shoulder pads and eye black. “If we’re going to tackle illiteracy here in Houston, JJ,” Bush said in the video, “we’ve got to get our game faces on.” Watt, the 6-foot-5 Houston Texans defensive end, was smitten.

“I just thought it was the coolest thing in the world that the former First Lady, Mrs. Barbara Bush, was over here with shoulder pads and eye black on,” Watt tells TIME. “She was all in.”

After hearing that Bush had died on Tuesday at age 92, Watt tweeted several photos of his favorite moments with her – including a shot of her with the shoulder pads and eye black.

“You were a beautiful light in this world, and I am forever thankful for your friendship,” Watt wrote.

Bush has thrown out the first pitch at Watt’s charity softball game; Watt has been over to the Bush house for cookies.

A local news site dubbed the pair “Houston’s favorite comedy duo” for their frequent hammy appearances together. At one event, Watt mock-confronted Bush about betraying him when she filmed another literacy spot with former Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard.

“She just had this energy about her,” says Watt. “I was in a room with her, her husband, and her son. Two former presidents and Mrs. Bush. She’s the one that had the crowd around her, and had everyone waiting for what she was going to say next.”

Both Watt and Bush share a passion for philanthropy. Though the NFL star missed most of the 2017 season with a broken leg, Sports Illustrated named him a Sportsman of the Year, after he helped raise more than $ 37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief. (He set an initial goal of $ 200,000).

Watt says Bush helped inspire his efforts. “She set a great example for myself and so many others,” he says. “Absolutely I wanted to try to not only make her proud, but make so many other people proud, and try to help out as many people as I can.”

The news of Bush’s passing left Watt saddened. “We lost an incredible human being,” he says. “The second thing that comes to my mind is I was happy that she was surrounded by her family and friends, and she can spent her last hours in the way that she chose to.”

What’s the First Lady’s legacy? “She provided an excellent example of what it meant to live a life in service to others,” Watt says. “With her literacy campaign, all way up to the very end, she wanted to do things to help other people. The greatest lesson I learned from Barbara Bush was if we all do a little bit to help our fellow human each day, we’re going to leave the world in a better place than we found it.”

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In ‘God Save Texas,’ Lawrence Wright Explores the Love-Hate Relationship With the Lone Star State

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In 1979, 14 years after fleeing Texas as a teenager, journalist Lawrence Wright found himself on assignment in the Lone Star State in a little town called Gruene, his stomach full of a three-inch rare steak.

George Strait was opening for a swing band at legendary music venue Gruene Hall, when Wright—who lived in Atlanta at the time—finally felt the push to move back to his home state.

“Dancers were two-stepping; the boys had longnecks in the rear pockets of their jeans and the girls wore aerodynamic skirts,” Wright chronicles in his new book about his Lone Star home land, God Save Texas.

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Melissa McCarthy to Star in Action Comedy 'Super-Intelligence'

The popular success of A Quiet Place has drawn renewed attention to real-life couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. They starred as a loving couple struggling to keep their family alive; Krasinski also cowrote and directed the horror thriller. Can they replicate that success by collaborating on future projects together?

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

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

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Bollywood star Salman Khan, jailed on Thursday for five years for poaching, was granted bail by an Indian court on Saturday in a case being followed by tens of millions of fans and a movie industry that banks heavily on his popularity. Edward Baran reports.


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

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

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

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Patriots Star Julian Edelman Speaks Out About Thwarting Possible School Shooting

Patriots star Julian Edelman is speaking out for the first time after he stopped a potential school shooting with the help of his assistant and one of his 1.7 million Instagram followers.

In March, Edelman received a comment from an Instagram follower, warning him that someone had commented on one of his photos saying “I’m going to shoot my school up watch the news.” The frightening comment was posted one day after the March For Our Lives demonstration in Washington D.C., which called for an end to gun violence following a spate of school shootings.

“My heart just sunk. My first thought was I need to go and find the comment,” Edelman’s assistant Shannen Meon told Good Morning America in an interview broadcast Friday. “I took screenshots of everything and immediately called 911.”

The police traced the comment to an address in Port Huron, Mich., where they found a 14-year-old boy and two rifles belonging his mother. He was taken to a juvenile-detention center and charged with making a false report of a threat of terrorism, the New York Times reported.

“It’s scary to think that those types of things can happen at a place of learning and a place where kids are going just to grow up,” Edelman, 31, told Good Morning America.

The two-time Super Bowl champion also sent his thanks to the Instagram user who alerted him to the comment. “I just want to say thank you for being the awesome human being you are – keep on going over all the comments. You’re like the comment police, bro!” he added.

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UFC Star Conor McGregor Arrives at New York Courthouse After Bus Attack Arrest

Ultimate fighting star Conor McGregor has arrived at the courthouse. He had been brought out of a New York City police station in handcuffs after a backstage melee that forced the removal of three fights from UFC’s biggest card of the year.

McGregor, looking composed, held his chin up as he walked toward an unmarked police vehicle on Friday morning.

He did not acknowledge a throng of journalists or two onlookers who shouted messages of support.

Video footage appears to show the promotion’s most bankable star throwing a hand truck at a bus full of fighters after a Thursday news conference for UFC 223 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

It was not immediately known if McGregor has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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Meet Hannah Glasse, the World’s First Cookbook Author and Google Doodle Star

Legend had it, she began a recipe for cooking rabbit, “First, catch your hare.” Today, the world’s first great cookbook writer, Hannah Glasse, is celebrated in a culinary doodle on Google’s home page.

Englishwoman Glasse was one of the first people known to write down an extensive list of recipes bound into a book, and her signature dishes included Yorkshire pudding—a delicious savoury dumpling made of pancake batter served with roast beef at English Sunday lunches—and gooseberry fool, a dessert made with fruit and whipped cream.

The doodle shows her pushing a tray of ‘Yorkshire Puds’ into an oven.

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‘Wonder Woman’ Lynda Carter feted with Hollywood star

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – With her arms crossed and poised for action, “Wonder Woman” television actress Lynda Carter was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday as her most famous superhero character enjoys a big-screen revival.
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Mark Hamill Fine With Digitally Recreated Luke Skywalker in Future Star Wars Movies

Mark Hamill is totally fine with being digitally re-created in any future Star Wars movies.

Speaking to RadioTimes, the Luke Skywalker actor said that he would “absolutely” be fine with being digitally recreated a la Peter Cushing in Rogue One, or recast with a younger actor a la Alden Ehrenreich in Solo.

“Well already I told my family ‘Absolutely – thumbs up!’” he said.

“But it is a question of propriety really. I’m sure they had to go to the Cushing estate and get their permission.”

Hamill said that he was very sure that Star Wars stories would continue to be told well after his death, and was happy for Luke Skywalker to be a part of them. “You know, it’s amazing to me – George

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VIDEO: On This Day, April 3- Kelli O’Hara and Paulo Szot Star In SOUTH PACIFIC at Lincoln Center

On this day in 2008,Lincoln Center Theater’s lavishnew production ofRichard RodgersampOscar Hammerstein’s prize-winning musical SOUTH PACIFIC, directed byBartlett Sher, opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
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Why ‘The President Show’ Star Can’t Go Out in Public as Trump Anymore

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Anthony Atamanuik’s Donald Trump went out in a blaze of surprisingly poignant glory at the end of his Christmas special last December. Performing an Aimee Mann cover from his Oval Office set, he warned the American people, “It’s not going to stop, until you wise up.”

That might have been it for the best Trump impersonator in comedy—Alec Baldwin included—after Comedy Central quietly declined to pick up The President Show for a second season. But given an unexpected ratings bump for the Christmas show, the network has decided to double-down on the hour-long special format, beginning with this week’s Make America Great-A-Thon: A President Show Special, airing Tuesday night at 11 p.m. while The Daily Show is on hiatus.

“I’m actually really happy about the specials,” Atamanuik tells me by phone from New York a few days before the telethon-themed hour is set to air. He’s just left the floor of the New York Stock Exchange where he was taping a TV interview and no, he says, they did not let him ring the bell. “I actually said to the guy who showed me the bell, ‘What happens if I ring it? Do they all stop?’ And he said, ‘Do not even joke about that.’”

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Most distant star ever detected sits halfway across the universe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have detected the most distant star ever viewed, a blue behemoth located more than halfway across the universe and named after the ancient Greek mythological figure Icarus.


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RHOP Star Gizelle Bryant Opens Up About Dating Again After 40: ‘It’s a Struggle’

Bryant, who is dating retired NBA star Sherman Douglas. says she’s open to marry again “if it’s the right situation”

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