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May the Force Be With the Small Screen: An Obi-Wan Kenobi TV Show Is Happening

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Obi-Wan Kenobi is back. LucasFilm announced at Disney’s D23 conference on Aug. 23 that Ewan McGregor will return to his role as the legendary character for a show set to premiere on Disney’s forthcoming streaming service, Disney+.

The show will join two other Star Wars series already in the works: The Mandalorian, which will premiere on the service Nov. 12, and a show based on the Rogue One character Cassian Andor, which will drop next year. At the conference, LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy said that the shows that premiere on the streaming service will be of the same high quality as the Star Wars movies, and a trailer for The Mandalorian seemed to confirm that.

After teasing those new shows on the D23 stage, Kennedy surprised fans by bringing McGregor out in person. “Kathleen, ask me if I’m going to play Obi-Wan again,” he asked her. She complied and he simply smiled and said, “Yes.”

McGregor, who played a younger version of Luke’s mentor in Episodes I, II and III said that he had spent years dodging questions from friends (and reporters) about whether he would return to the role.

It’s welcome news for Star Wars fans who were growing unsure about the future of the franchise after the stories of Rey, Kylo, Luke and Leia wrap up this year. Solo: A Star Wars Story performed below expectations, and sequels were put on hold. A long-rumored Boba Fett movie never came to fruition. And as of now, the big screen future of Star Wars is uncertain.

But Star Wars will try to draw fans into their new television fare by returning to a fan favorite character. Kennedy did not provide a premiere date for the movie, but she said that LucasFilm plans to begin filming next year.

On ‘Lover,’ Taylor Swift Takes on Trump, Sexism, and LGBTQ Rights

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Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast

Taylor Swift’s seventh studio album, Lover, released on Friday, features the boldest political statements of the artist’s career. And I’m not just talking about her decision to reclaim the cringe-inducing titular phrase—until now uttered only by elderly relatives and Will Ferrell in that one SNL sketch—as a cute, fun thing to call a significant other.

The long and arduous lead-up to Lover saw four singles, beginning with the late-April release of “Me!,” three music videos, a dramatic shift in TayTay’s Instagram aesthetic, and an unprecedented focus on the singer’s political leanings. With the release of the album, she proves to fans and critics alike that her political awakening goes deeper than branding.     

When “Me!” dropped, featuring Panic! At the Disco’s Brendan Urie, TSwift stans were gifted a peppy, pastel-washed music video packed with promises about the new era of Taylor. Her petty Reputation days were behind her, with snakes swapped for butterflies and nary a Kanye West reference in sight. The song itself was fairly uncontroversial, save for the Sesame-Street-style refrain, “Hey kids, spelling is fun!” (which was notably removed ahead of the album’s release).

Read more at The Daily Beast.

ABC’s Lara Spencer Apologizes After Laughing Over Report That Prince George Enjoys Ballet

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ABC‘s Lara Spencer has come under fire for laughing while discussing Prince George‘s curriculum, which includes, among other things, ballet lessons.

“In addition to the usual 1st or 2nd grade things like math, science and history, the future king of England will be putting down the PlayDough to take on religious studies, computer programing, poetry and ballet among other things,” Spencer said Thursday on Good Morning America, and laughter ensued. “Prince William says George absolutely loves ballet. I have news for you Prince William, we’ll see how long that lasts.”

The internet was swift in criticizing Spencer, saying she was bullying a boy for enjoying ballet. Celebrities like George Takei and choreographer Travis Wall shared their frustrations on Twitter; Rosie O’Donnell chimed in with a video, saying “Lara Spencer, seriously? Laughing at boys who take ballet?”

Spencer apologized on Instagram Friday. “My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday. From ballet to anything one wants to explore in life, I say GO FOR IT,” she wrote. “I fully believe we should all be free to pursue our passions. Go climb your mountain-and love every minute of it.”

Social media users, working to reframe the controversy, are also sharing photos and videos of talented young performers and dance enthusiasts — be they danseurs or performers in other disciplines — with the hashtag #BoysDanceToo.

Whether Kensington Palace joins in with new pictures of George remains to be seen, so until then perhaps consider who he has to thank for the dancing gene:

JUSTIN TALLIS—AFP/Getty ImagesBritain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, learns a dance move with Scariofunk dance collective during a visit to Caius House Youth Centre in London on September 14, 2016. – Samir Hussein—WireImagePrince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and dance with local ladies at a Vaiku Falekaupule Ceremony during the Royal couple’s Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East on September 18, 2012 in Funafuti, Tuvalu. Princess Diana Archive—Getty ImagesPrincess Diana pictured in the grounds of Government House in Auckland, New Zealand a young, and agile, Prince William on April 23, 1983.

Marvel Just Announced She Hulk, Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight TV Shows

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During Comic-Con in July, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige announced that Marvel would launch a new slate of live-action TV shows on Disney’s forthcoming streaming service Disney+: Loki, WandaVision, Hawkeye and the animated show What If…? will all premiere in the next several years. But on Aug. 23, Feige surprised fans at D23, Disney’s annual conference, with three more Marvel shows: She Hulk, Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight.

Jennifer Walters, a.k.a. She Hulk, is a lawyer by day, green superhero by night. The popular Hulk spinoff has long been a fan-favorite comic. In the comics, Walters is a cousin of Bruce Banner and receives her powers after getting in an accident that requires an emergency blood transfusion from Banner. No word yet on whether Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk will show up in the series.

Ms. Marvel, Marvel’s first Muslim superhero, will star in her own television series before she joins the Marvel superheroes on the big screen. Kamala Khan was introduced to the comic books recently: She’s a teenager living in New Jersey who can stretch and contort her body. She’s also a huge fan of Captain Marvel and will likely vie for a spot as her sidekick in future Captain Marvel films.

Moon Knight centers on Mark Spector, a mercenary left for dead in Egyptian desert. During that time he may have gained the powers of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu — or he may be delusional. Feige described the high-concept show as a break from the traditional MCU formula.

Disney didn’t set dates for the TV shows, but said that Ms. Marvel will premiere first, followed by Moon Knight, followed by She Hulk.


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