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Things We Saw Today: The Last Jedi Scores Second-Best U.S. Opening Ever with $220 Million

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened only 11% behind The Force Awakens, with a projected $220 million debut weekend in the United States. The Force Awakens currently holds the all-time record, having raked in $247.9 in December 2015, and The Last Jedi now holds the second-best.

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Layoffs, Fewer Films, and Congressional Antitrust Hearings: The Snags and Consequences of That Disney-Fox Deal

We can all get excited about the fictional possibilities of the Disney-Fox deal, but the real-world implications are far less sunny: layoffs, fewer films released per year, and congressional antitrust hearings.

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Mark Hamill Reminds FCC Chairman Ajit Pai That He’s No Jedi, No Matter How Many Cringey Videos He Makes

You're a Sith Lord

Mark Hamill reminded Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai him that corporate shills who sell out the American people to benefit Verizon aren't Jedi.

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“What do you mean, another Gandalf?” Sir Ian McKellan Would Happily Reprise His Role for Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Series

"Gandalf is 7,000 years old, so I'm not too old [yet]," Sir Ian McKellan said on the Graham Norton radio program.

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AIM In Memoriam

AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is dead. Long live AOL Instant Messenger!

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Anita Hill Will Chair a Commission on Sexual Harassment in Hollywood

"I’ve been at this work for 26 years."

Anita Hill, who bravely brought sexual harassment into the national conversation when she testified against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991, will chair Hollywood's newly announced Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.

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Why Rian Johnson Didn’t Change Leia’s Last Jedi Arc After Carrie Fisher Passed Away

"Given that we have a beautiful, complete performance from her that I think audiences deserve to see," said director Rian Johnson, "and I think it will mean a lot for them, that ray of hope from Leia ... With this movie I just wanted audiences to have this performance."

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Oscar Isaac Is In Talks to Voice the Animated Gomez Addams

According to Tracking Board, Oscar Isaac is in talks to voice Gomez Addams in MGM's computer-animated Addams Family movie.

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CDC Reportedly Banned from Using the Words “Science-Based,” “Diversity,” “Fetus,” and “Transgender”

The Washington Post reports that analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were recently handed a list of "forbidden" words, including "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," and "evidence-based."

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Carrie Fisher’s Dog Perked up Every Time He Saw Her on Screen—Me Too Gary

Carrie Fisher's loss is something we are still processing, as people who knew her through her writing, her acting, and her wit. So to those who knew her best, there is no doubt the pain of her loss is still palpable.

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Things We Saw Today: “Youthquake” Is Apparently the Word of the Year

... what?

I thought I was pretty in the know but I have honestly never heard of this word before today nor seen it printed.

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Can We Please Believe Dylan Farrow About Woody Allen Now?

#BelieveAllWomen

Today Dylan Farrow took to Twitter to call out not just Woody Allen, but those who continue to support him. Fallow is Woody Allen's adopted daughter with Mia Farrow and in 2014, she took to the New York Times and wrote an open letter detailing her events of child abuse and sexual molestation she claims Allen committed against her.

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What Would It Actually Feel Like to Be Hit With a Lightsaber?

Spoiler: pretty bad.

If you've ever wondered what it would feel like to be struck with a lightsaber, it turns out it's way, way worse you probably ever imagined.

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Why People Want a Dark-Skinned Storm

Along with Misty Knight, who appeared in comics the same year (1975), Storm (Ororo Munroe) is one of the first female black comic book superheroes. While the character has a messy history sometimes, as the result of mostly being written by white men throughout a majority of her existence, she is still, along with Black Panther, one of the most important black characters. Which is why her live-action counterparts have been some of the most hotly debated casting choices.

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Why Are “Dumb Blonde” Jokes Trending on Twitter?

Apparently, this is still a thing in the year 2017.

Every blonde I know has a preferred and much-performed "dumb blonde" joke tucked away to break out when the topic arises, so that you can show that you're a cool smart blonde who knows how to poke fun. You're not like those other blondes.

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All Our Spoiler-Filled Impressions Right After Seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi

We've already got a spoiler-free review for you to check out, as well as an open discussion thread, but what did we all think of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in all our spoilery glory, now that it's in theaters?

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The Week in Reproductive Justice: El Salvador Woman Punished for Stillbirth Hits Close to Home in the U.S.

As 2017 draws to a close, people are offering mixed reactions to the chaotic events of the past year. Where notably white and wealthy popstar Taylor Swift “couldn’t have asked for a better year,” according to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, few other women would share that sentiment with regard to what she acknowledges “may be the worst year for women than in any other presidential administration in history.”

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The Case of Irene Garza & the Catholic Church

There was a recent episode of one of my favorite podcasts, My Favorite Murder episode 99: "Shin Kick," which discussed the murder and case of Irene Garza, and instantly I thought, I need to write about this, but how? Well, life finds a way.

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The Powerful Reason Actresses Will Be Wearing Black This Red Carpet Season

The Hollywood Reporter writes that actresses will be donning black this season in support of #MeToo and in protest of gender inequality.

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Let’s Talk About Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Good morning! As you may have been aware, there was a Star War last night.

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