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The Last Jedi Revives an Extremely Arcane Bit of Star Wars Lore. Here’s What You Need to Know.

The new Star Wars installment is chock-full of references to the space opera’s past, but here’s one allusion that moviegoers, and even many Star Wars buffs, might not be able to place: a pair of tiny golden cubes on a chain, the Millennium Falcon’s space-travel equivalent of fuzzy rearview mirror dice. Show More Summary

Here’s Why “Duel of the Fates” Transcends the Star Wars Prequels

This article originally appeared in Vulture. Darth Maul is one of the few elements in George Lucas’s Star Wars prequels to be almost universally admired. The badass Sith lord—red-and-black war paint obscuring his entire head, which is...Show More Summary

The Trump Era Has Taken Some of the Fun Out of The Book of Mormon

The most satisfying moment in The Book of Mormon might be when a disillusioned and rumpled Elder Price, a formerly straight-laced and pompous Mormon missionary, says the word fuck. The savage catharsis of that line is what the political hell (H-E-double-hockey-sticks, if you ask the musical’s proselyting characters) of 2017 demands. Show More Summary

Doug Jones Ended His Victory Speech to the Tune of “Teach Me How to Dougie”

On Tuesday night, C-SPAN2 viewers who tuned in past the end of Doug Jones’ victory speech were treated to an extra dose of the ecstatic mood in the room as his team celebrated his close win over Republican and alleged sexual assaulter...Show More Summary

The Case for Midi-Chlorians

This article originally appeared in Vulture. In the lead-up to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we look back at the first Jedi (narratively speaking) with a series of stories about the much-beloved and never-disparaged prequel trilogy. There is precious little that makes my experience and enjoyment of Star Wars special. Show More Summary

The Honest Trailer for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi  Dares to Defend the Ewoks

Ahead of the release of The Last Jedi, revisit the third leg of the original Star Wars trilogy with the new Honest Trailer for Return of the Jedi. Be warned, though, that there are some harsh criticisms ahead as Screen Junkies poke fun...Show More Summary

Now That Roy Moore Has Lost, Laugh Along With Jimmy Kimmel at His Dumb Spokespeople

There hasn’t been much opportunity to kick back and laugh at the mind-bogglingly stupid things Donald Trump and the Republican Party have been doing lately, at least not without feeling simultaneously demoralized by the fact that these boneheads are in power. Show More Summary

This Faux-Swedish Pop Song About Penises Was the Best Part of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Midseason Finale

What did we do to deserve Donna Lynne Champlin? She’s a Broadway-caliber performer, an unbelievable singer, and, as Paula on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the ideal ride-or-die best friend. Paula has long outgrown her role on the show as Rebecca’s...Show More Summary

A Fact-checked Guide to I, Tonya

This article originally appeared in Vulture. The upcoming biopic I, Tonya is a darkly comedic rendering of the life of figure skater Tonya Harding—from her early days at the ice rink in Portland, Oregon’s Lloyd Center mall to the Nancy Kerrigan incident and her subsequent flameout at the Lillehammer Olympic Games in 1994. Show More Summary

Here Are All the Easter Eggs in the New Ready Player One Trailer

Warner Bros. released a new trailer for their upcoming adaptation of Ernest Cline’s epic pop culture circle jerk on Sunday, and it looks like their intellectual property lawyers have crafted the most amazing series of licensing agreements since the birth of cinema. Show More Summary

Comedian Hannibal Buress Arrested in Miami, Charged With Disorderly Intoxication

Hannibal Buress, the comedian whose 2014 stand-up routine about Bill Cosby was, in many ways, the opening bell for the current wave of sexual harassment scandals in entertainment, was arrested early Sunday morning in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, the Miami Herald reports. Show More Summary

The Teaser for Spider-Man: Enter the Spider-Verse Looks Shockingly Beautiful

As someone who has not been optimistic about past efforts from Sony Pictures Animation (see, e.g., Smurfs: The Lost Village, The Emoji Movie, Smurfs: The Lost Village again, The Star, Smurfs: The Lost Village yet again—loved The Pirates!...Show More Summary

James Franco Gets in Touch With his Inner Dan Aykroyd in This Bloody Saturday Night Live Sketch

There’s no shame in revisiting a classic, and on this week’s Saturday Night Live, host James Franco riffed on one of the show’s most iconic sketches: Dan Aykroyd’s legendary French Chef bit where, as Julia Child, he sliced a finger and merrily bled to death. Show More Summary

Actress Kathryn Rossetter Accuses Dustin Hoffman of Further Disgusting On-Set Behavior

Another woman has come forward to allege that actor Dustin Hoffman sexual harassed her during their time performing in the 1985 Broadway revival and TV movie of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Actress Kathryn Rossetter detailedShow More Summary

Greta Gerwig on Lady Bird, John Hughes, and Being “Ready” to Step Behind the Camera

The recent release of Lady Bird makes Greta Gerwig one of several directorial debuts this year to strike a resonant cord with audiences—it's self-assured and absent of clichés, and if you’ve seen it already, you’re probably aware that it’s the kind of movie that will make you want to go and call your mom as soon as its done. Show More Summary

Seth Meyers Methodically Demolishes the Idea That Republicans are the Party of Law and Order

The Republican party’s willing embrace of Roy Moore, a man who has been credibly accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old (and preying on other teenage girls so openly he was reportedly banned from a local mall) is such an easy slam-dunk...Show More Summary

The Cult of Tonya Harding

This article originally appeared in Vulture. We’re Matt and Viviana, best friends, roommates, and co-curators of the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Museum (THNK1994 Museum, for short), in Brooklyn, New York. We weren’t born museum owners, like the Guggenheims or the Whitneys or the great MOFAD dynasty—rather, we sort of fell into it. Show More Summary

Alec Baldwin Accuses Colbert, Oliver of Being “Grand Juries,” While Finalizing Details for His Own Talk Show

Alec Baldwin—Trump impersonator, political lightning rod, and probable soon-to-be talk show host—tweeted his disapproval early Wednesday of the politicization of talk shows, comparing the style of John Oliver and Stephen Colbert to “grand...Show More Summary

I Spent 48 Hours Listening to Nothing But Covers of Donny Hathaway's  “This Christmas.” Here’s What I Found.

In 1970, just months after releasing his debut album Everything Is Everything, soul singer Donny Hathaway set his sights on creating something that up to that point hadn’t truly existed: An official Christmas anthem for black America. Show More Summary

Every James Franco Performance, Ranked

This article originally appeared in Vulture. It is impossible to rank every movie James Franco has ever been in. This is not just because there are so many (and there are 146 credits in fewer than 20 years, according to IMDb), but because so many of them are beyond classification—as movies, as TV shows, as class projects, as art installations. Show More Summary

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