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What did the first-ever ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ audience think of the movie?

Image: disney Cheers, chills, and Chewbacca, too. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a movie of massive moments, jaw-dropping decisions, and megatons of involuntary audience participation. There is no fighting it: Every crowd — not just the first to see it — is going to devolve. Loudly. SEE ALSO: ‘The Last Jedi’ first premiere reactions are here and – you guessed it – the Force is strong “You guys are the first audience ever to see this,” director Rian Johnson said from the stage, where the entire cast — even…

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Star Wars fans, Rian Johnson knows what you want to see in his trilogy — and you’re not getting it

Rian Johnson on tour for his last Star Wars movie … until his Star Wars trilogy opens.Image: Liliana Ampudia Mendez/REX/Shutterstock Star Wars fans, Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has heard what you want as the subject of his upcoming trilogy of Star Wars movies. And he’s not buying it. He’s sympathetic. He loves the subject in question. But alas, that is definitively not what he’s going for. SEE ALSO: What do Star Wars fans want from Rian Johnson? More prequels! The subject? The Old Republic, that time period in the…

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Disney’s live-action ‘Mulan’ finds its leading lady

Liu Yifei at the 7th Beijing International Film Festival in 2017.Image: Lintao Zhang / Getty Images Meet the next new Disney heroine. The studio’s making progress on its live-action remake of Mulan, and it’s finally found a star to fill the title role: Chinese actress Liu Yifei. SEE ALSO: ‘The Lion King’ just cast its lion queen and she’s basically royalty already The Hollywood Reporter writes that Liu won the role after an epic search that involved almost a thousand candidates from five continents.  Liu (who is also known as…

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Our first photo of Joe Mangianiello as Deathstroke is the most important thing

Image: Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock Is Deathstroke the DCEU’s saving grace? Well, no, because Wonder Woman – but kind of yes since Justice League was such a bust and he’s played by Magic Mike alum Joe Manganiello. Manganiello took to Twitter Saturday to wordlessly reveal the first photo of himself in character as Slade Wilson (not to be confused with Wade Wilson, another sword-wielding superhuman named after death), and we have a sneaky feeling we’re going to watch that movie. SEE ALSO: ‘Justice League’ has two end credits scenes. Here’s what they…

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‘Black Mirror’ just tweeted an eerie new episode poster

We don’t know exactly when Season 4 of the infinitely bleak-but-brilliant Black Mirror will be out on Netflix, but it’s looking like it will be soon. Now we have the episode titles, a bunch of details about the storylines, and even a creepy little teaser video that was shared on Twitter a couple months back. SEE ALSO: ‘Black Mirror’ creator: ‘We should be billing Apple and Google for this stuff’ Then, on Black Friday, after a couple of months of silence, the official @blackmirror account shared this: Back to black….

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David Cassidy, who rose to fame on ‘The Partridge Family,’ dies at 67

David Cassidy from Season 2 of 'The Partridge Family' in 1971.Image: ABC via Getty Images David Cassidy, who became famous in the 1970s playing Keith Partridge on The Partridge Family, has died, his publicist confirmed on Tuesday night. He was 67 years old.  “On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy,” a statement from his publicist Jo-Ann Geffen read. “David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his…

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How one ‘Simpsons’ punchline emotionally scarred a whole generation

It’s 2017, and some things just won’t stand anymore. Hollywood’s twisted norms are being ripped apart, from habitually silenced sexual misconduct to blatant whitewashing and irresponsible racial representation. The last of that delightful trifecta is the subject of The Problem With Apu, a new truTV documentary about how The Simpsons‘ breakout caricature became the bane of an entire racial diaspora’s existence. SEE ALSO: 2015 was the tipping point for South Asians on TV The Problem With Apu started out as comedian Hari Kondabolu’s personal vendetta against the fictional title character….

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AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young dies at 64

(CNN)AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young has died after battling dementia for several years, the band announced Saturday. He was 64. Young, along with his brother Angus, founded the legendary rock band in 1975 in Australia. Angus Young, in a separate statement added that Malcolm took “great pride in all that he endeavored.” “His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed,” he wrote. “As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special….

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Gal Gadot reportedly digs in on Brett Ratner, won’t play Wonder Woman if he’s involved

Image: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock The very first thing audiences will see next weekend when the lights go down for Justice League is a logo for RatPac-Dune Entertainment – the financing company of disgraced Hollywood producer/director Brett Ratner. Gal Gadot is reportedly saying enough is enough. SEE ALSO: Please stop applauding Louis C.K. for doing the bare minimum As Page Six reported this weekend, citing an unnamed “Hollywood source,” the Wonder Woman star won’t play the character again unless Ratner’s association with the franchise is severed completely. Warner Bros. tells us that…

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Niantics follow-up to Pokmon Go will be a Harry Potter AR game launching in 2018

Niantic Labs had tremendous success with Pokémon Go, which paired their expertise in building location-based augmented reality mobile experiences with a top-flight IP with a ravenous fan base. So, it stands to reason that we should expect a similar fan response to Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an AR title set to launch in 2018, co-developed by Warner Bros. Interactive and its new sub brand Portkey Games. Niantic building a Harry Potter game similar to Pokémon Go was rumoured last year, when the company noted that it had acquired the rights…

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A black woman hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’ this week for only the 12th time in 42 years

Saturday Night Live guest host Tiffany Haddish kicked off her evening with an uproarious opening monologue that touched on the news of the day (Trump and other awful men), her wardrobe (she’s very passionate about her Alexander McQueen dress), and her hit summer 2017 comedy, Girls Trip. Less funny was the context around her hosting gig.

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Alibaba Singles’ Day Sales Hit $8.6 Billion in First Hour

Jack Ma is using this year’s event as a testing ground for his plans to revamp China’s $4 trillion traditional retail sector with technology, an experiment that could help the behemoth gain an edge in China’s saturated retail market. “The work that’s been done in the integration of offline and online, not just in terms of the technology integration, but the data and efficiencies for brands and the consumer through personalization has been enormous,” Alibaba President Mike Evans said in an interview on Bloomberg TV. “We see the impact of…

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John Hillerman, ‘Magnum, P.I.’ actor, dead at 84

(CNN)Actor John Hillerman died of natural causes Thursday at his home in Houston, Texas, his publicist, Lori De Waal, said. He was 84 years old. Hillerman was best known for his Emmy Award-winning work in the long-running detective series “Magnum, P.I.” Hillerman majored in journalism at the University of Texas and achieved the rank of sergeant during a stint in the Air Force, before moving from Texas to New York City to pursue a career in acting. Hillerman went on to make one hundred appearances on the small screen, De…

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The Harry Potter movies are heading to HBO

Galloping-freaking-gargoyles. HBO announced Thursday that it will be the only place to stream all eight Harry Potter movies starting Jan. 1, 2018. That’s all eight movies on HBO GO, HBO NOW, and HBO On Demand whenever the heck you need them. SEE ALSO: Grab your boots and broomsticks Harry Potter fans, LeakyCon is headed to Texas HBO currently has the streaming rights for the Harry Potter universe film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and has recently streamed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda will play Hamilton again

Image: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will reprise his iconic role. In 2019, Miranda will return to the award-winning musical in the title role when it opens in San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to Playbill.  Miranda is loud and proud of his Puerto Rican heritage, and of the diverse, color-blind Hamilton cast as it reflects his American upbringing. His last performance as Alexander Hamilton was in July 2016. SEE ALSO: Puerto Rico still doesn’t have clean, safe water. Here’s how you can help. “Bringing [Hamilton] to Puerto Rico is…

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