Did anyone else’s whole body tense up when Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, told Variety that Star Wars “could go on forever”? While we waited for the debut of Obi-Wan Kenobi in late May—not long after Kennedy said this now-infamous line—Disney announced a whole slew of new projects in one fell swoop: the game Star Wars Jedi: Survivor ; animated anthology series Tales of the Jedi ; and a February 2023 release for The Mandalorian Season 3 . This all came out alongside the first teaser for the series’ next spin-off of a spin-off , Andor . Meanwhile, we still await more details of another , Ahsoka , and an entirely new Star Wars series, Acolyte , from Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland. And there are even more besides that—not to mention those new movies from Taika Waititi and others that are still reportedly in the works. That’s a list of upcoming projects that certainly feels like it goes on forever. I’m a Star Wars fan, but none of … [Read more...] about Disney Has Made Star Wars Burnout Unavoidable
The creator of Russian Doll is heading into the expanded Star Wars universe on Disney+, but she’s not ready to become a Jedi Master quite yet. Leslye Headland shared a bit about her upcoming show The Acolyte with Vanity Fair in a new interview, teasing what’s next for our beloved galaxy far, far away. Though most of the plot, casting, and other details have been left under wraps, the most fascinating aspect of The Acolyte by far is that, for once, our protagonist won’t be on the Light Side. We’re heading over to the Dark Side this time. As the power on the Light Side continues to proliferate, Headland said her goal was to unpack how the Jedi were unable to notice any of the sneaky grifters in the Dark Side taking control. "Well, how did things get to this point?” Headland asks. “How did we get to where a Sith lord can infiltrate the Senate and none of the Jedi pick up on it? What went wrong? What are the scenarios that led us to this moment?” Enter: The … [Read more...] about ‘Russian Doll’ Creator’s Twisted Take on Star Wars Could Finally Shake Up the Series
As mainstream cinema becomes increasingly dominated by a select few types of films— superhero extravaganzas , nostalgia-exploiting IP tentpoles , and the occasional precious feel-good indie —the potential for genuine surprise has largely been lost. That’s by design: Studios recognize that the more customers are prepared for what they’ve paid to see and are able to comfortably remain one step ahead of those entertainments, the more likely they are to enjoy them—hence, for example, theatrical trailers and TV commercials that deliberately spoil crucial plot points, thrilling moments, and funny one-liners in advance. Predictability is safe and reliable, and thus the 2022 movie landscape is littered with projects designed to placate more than to shock and astonish . Someone, however, apparently forgot to impart this message to Peter Strickland, the British-born auteur whose feature-length works— Berberian Sound Studio , The Duke of Burgundy , and In Fabric —are … [Read more...] about ‘Flux Gourmet’ Is a Gorgeous Gross-Out Erotic Food Movie That Will Floor You
(CNN) From villain to hero. Democrats once accused former Attorney General William Barr of lying to Congress and covering up Donald Trump's corruption. They said he was more interested in serving as the ex-President's attorney than the nation's independent top law officer separated from the White House by an invisible wall. But it is a mark of the extreme choices Trump forces upon those who served him that the ultraconservative career lawyer now finds himself on the same side as his liberal onetime accusers in defending America's democracy. 7 takeaways from Monday's January 6 hearing With his salty dismissals of the former President's election fraud lies as "bullshit," "crazy," "amateurish" and "total nonsense," Barr has turned into Trump's nemesis with his taped testimony to the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol. His gruff bluntness is not just dismembering the … [Read more...] about William Barr’s stunning evolution from Trump loyalist to nemesis
Photo: Hesther Ng/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Big Thief, a popular indie-rock band, recently announced a pair of concerts in Tel Aviv, Israel , where one of the band members is originally from. Shortly afterward, the band was roundly condemned by fans and activists who support the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions movement, which seeks to isolate Israel economically over its history of violence against the Palestinian people. In a statement defending its decision, the band said it was “well aware of the cultural aspect of the BDS movement and the desperate reality of the Palestinian people” and couldn’t “claim to know where the moral high ground lies and we want to remain open to other people’s perspectives and to love beyond disagreement.” The rage against Big Thief only intensified. Leftist publication Mondoweiss accused the band of “violent complicity” with the Israeli government. Some fans of the band flooded it with furious comments online. Days later, Big … [Read more...] about Is the BDS Movement Too Alienating to Make Real Change?
“There was ketchup dripping down the wall and there’s a shattered porcelain plate on the floor.” Cassidy Hutchinson , the House Jan. 6 committee’s surprise witness, painted the perfect metaphor for the GOP’s continued violent assault on our nation’s increasingly fragile democracy. In her damning and chilling testimony on Tuesday, Hutchinson, a former top aide to Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, unleashed an arsenal of smoking guns. She not only implicated the Trump administration but exposed the entire right-wing ecosystem as active and willing participants in a failed authoritarian’s desire to use violence, intimidation, and illegality to ensure power for his radicalized MAGA movement that has now consumed the GOP and replaced all “rational” Republicans . According to Hutchinson, the Trump administration knew the protesters were heavily armed, but Trump cared more about his crowd size . Indeed, she said, Trump embraced and welcomed his own personal army. “I … [Read more...] about The Entire GOP Is Complicit in the Coup Attempt