If you’ve seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson’s latest installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, you may have been caught off guard by Adam Driver’s shirtless Kylo Ren in a scene with Daisy Ridley’s Rey.
Johnson, the film’s writer and director, told PEOPLE the scene was not gratuitous:
It’s all about those Force connection scenes. The keyword being intimacy. And the idea that this was a way to just, why not step that up? The idea that, what’s even more uncomfortable having a conversation face to face with a person you don’t want to, is if they’re half-naked during it, while you’re having to do it. And so it was just another way of kind of disrobing Kylo literally and figuratively a little bit more, and pushing that sense of these conversations becoming increasingly more intimate.
Though some fans didn’t care for the scene, others had a different reaction:
And Johnson knew Driver was ready for it:
Adam looks so damn good because he’d been training hardcore for the past six months for those fight scenes. I’m like, ‘Eh. He looks so good. We should put him up there.’
It has been a week since The Last Jedi released and the world is still torn on it. While everyone agrees that it was a very, very different kind of Star Wars film, no one can seem to agree if that is a good thing or not. Should the franchise remain what we know and love? Or should it evolve into something different?
Wherever you fall on this debate, I, for one at least think it is good we are having it. One of the biggest complaints about Hollywood is that they make the same things over and over again. So shouldn’t we be wanting something new?
Was The Last Jedi too new?
Director Rian Johnson has finally chimed in on this issue. While I think we all suspected that he would stand by his work, he did also mention that dividing people was never his intention.
But much like The Last Jedi itself people are really divided on Johnson’s answer.
This will be a fight that lasts a long time. It will only end when the light side and the dark side can strike a balance.
Rarely one to take the high road, President Donald Trump decided to use this year’s White House Hannukah party to send a very partisan message by not inviting the majority of Jewish House members — Democrats — to the festivities.
A mere 300 guests attended, instead of the traditional 1,700 bipartisan attendees.
Fresh on the heels of Trump’s controversial declaration that Jerusalem is now the capital of Israel, the Republican Jewish Coalition and America First Action (Trump allies) hosted the White House’s version of the “Festival of Lights” in a room flanked by Christmas trees and evergreen garlands. The event featured the lighting of a small menorah by Trump’s young grandchildren, who are being raised in the Jewish faith by his daughter, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.
As you can imagine, this did not sit well with liberals:
Some Twitter users tried to help us envision the intimatefête:
The two Jewish members of Congress who were invited, out of 30 Jewish congressional leaders, were Republican Representatives Lee Zeldin (NY) and David Kustoff (Tenn). Trump also left Reform Jewish leadership and progressive Jewish activists, many of whom have been critical of him or his policies, off this year’s guest list.
Jewish organizations in attendance included those with far-right leanings, like Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein who, according to the New York Times, had himself been excluded from the annual White House shindig during Obama’s presidency.
The NYT reported:
“He did not invite people who have been hostile to him,” Mr. Klein said in an interview. He should know. After being invited to the 2009 White House Hanukkah party during President Barack Obama’s first year in office, Mr. Klein was later cut from the guest list after condemning the former president in scathing terms. (Last year, Mr. Klein referred to Mr. Obama as a “Jew-hating anti-Semite.”)
Hold up! Speaking of Obama, let’s not forget this gem:
Twitter users remembered — and they had the receipts:
Actor and comedian Roseanne Barr tweeted in fawning support of Trump:
It’s finally happened. After months of waiting, the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has just been released during the halftime of the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears’ Monday Night Football match. There’s plenty of new creatures, droids, bad guys, and teasing for when the movie finally releases in December. Here it is in all its glory…
Are you shook? Because the Internet certainly is. Especially over the possibility of Rey possibly turning to the dark side…
There was the return of Luke Skywalker.
A brief glimpse of Carrie Fisher, who finished her scenes for the movie before her death.
Thomas de Mahy, marquis de Favras (March 26, 1744 – February 19, 1790) was a French aristocrat and supporter of the House of Bourbon during the French Revolution. Often seen as a martyr of the Royalist cause, Favras was executed for his part in planning against the people of France and is known for saying ‘I see that you have made three spelling mistakes’ upon reading his death certificate.
Ring any bells? No?
Well, old Thomas got some newfound respect on Twitter, because spelling is serious business:
Even the angels rejoice. Or, as a former high school boyfriend wrote to me once, “You are an angle.” I wrote back that I was also acute.
Emily Pomeranz, 50, was recently moved to a hospice in Arlington, Virginia, after doctors diagnosed her with pancreatic cancer. And when her friend, Sam Klein, payed a visit, he found out that she had one last wish – to enjoy a mocha milkshake from Tommy’s Restaurant in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, where the two grew up together.
In a Facebook post that’s now gone viral, Klein explains the extraordinary lengths that the restaurant went to to try and get the milkshake the 375 miles it needed to travel without it melting.
After some research and help from his local UPS office, Fello figured out a way to make things work. Fello told Fox 8 Newsthat he put the milkshake on dry ice and paid $ 123 for overnight shipping. After, 370 miles the milkshake arrived as if it was just made.
Emily passed away soon after, but Klein says he’s happy that the restaurant worked so hard to grant her wish.
If you watched the season premiere of Game of Thrones last night, you know that Sam Tarly is currently studying to be a maester, though most of his duties involve taking care of people with greyscale and cleaning up feces.
You also would have noticed that Jorah Mormont is one of Sam’s patients.
But possibly what you didn’t notice is that Sam might have totally found a way to cure Jorah’s greyscale in one of the books he was reading about dragonglass.
REALLY. Reddit user Beastmodekait took a screenshot of one of Sam’s books at just the right moment to capture half a page about the medicinal uses of dragonglass.
Obviously, the screenshot doesn’t reveal the entire passage, but it does appear that the page talks about ingesting (presumably ground) dragonglass as cures for diseases. The author apparently dismisses this claim, saying that it could hurt “gullible” people by having them waste time and money eating dragonglass instead of using “practical treatments.”
As Beastmodekait pointed out, Shireen’s greyscale was restricted just to her face (though not cured entirely), and she grew up in Dragonstone—which we now know has large stores of dragonglass with which she could have come into contact. It fits! And it also happens to be a great excuse to get Jon and Dany to finally have a Targaryen family reunion.
Every four years, we add a leap day to compensate for the fact that the Earth takes a little longer than a calendar year to make a complete orbit around the sun. Without them, we’d eventually have snow in the middle of June.
Well, to compensate for an unexpected slowdown in the Earth’s rotation this year, scientists have decided to add an extra second to 2016 to help keep us in sync.
The National Physical Laboratory in the United Kingdom uses an atomic clock to provide a stable and continuous timescale for the world’s less accurate clocks to follow. And they need to add the extra second to the New Year’s countdown because standard time is currently lagging behind atomic clocks.
So as the clocks strike midnight tomorrow, they’ll show a time of 23:59:60 at the very end, delaying 2017 for a second.
NPL senior research scientist Peter Whibberley explained:
“Atomic clocks are more than a million times better at keeping time than the rotation of the Earth, which fluctuates unpredictably.”
“Leap seconds are needed to prevent civil time drifting away from Earth time.”
“Although the drift is small – taking around 1,000 years to accumulate a one-hour difference – if not corrected it would eventually result in clocks showing midday before sunrise.”
The problem? 2016 has been kind of a terrible year, so people aren’t too happy about having to sit through another second it.
What are going to be doing with your #LeapSecond? I’ll be screaming
There’s two words most Americans will probably use to describe this election: fed up. The constant mud slinging, the political attacks, the sophomoric arguments, and the fact that a multiple-failed sexist businessman who owes almost $ 1 billion in unpaid taxes and a career politician with zero enthusiasm except for furthering her own career are our presidential candidates is kind of sickening.
We all just want it to be over.
And Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon, during their final Trump-Clinton debate felt the same way. So they broke character and started running through the streets of New York, embracing ‘random’ people on the street.
But that doesn’t mean they didn’t get a lot of digs at each other before a classic cold open packed full of jokes.
And even though the last bit was part of the sketch, the idea that we just want this crappy race completely devoid of respect to be over will hopefully be a step in the right direction for whoever’s running in the next four years.