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The Greatest Star Wars Memes For Any Situation

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The internet is a vast source of limitless information and a technological wonder that has revolutionized our everyday lives in countless ways. It’s also a great place to share memes, and that’s something folks do en masse all over the internet, especially in regards to social media. It’s a way to express yourself on a level regular text doesn’t always convey and, when used correctly, can be a real hit with colleagues.

This is especially true with Star Wars memes, which have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. Thanks to the efforts of subreddits and the new trilogy, Star Wars memes are as hot as they’ve ever been. If you’re late to the game, here’s a handful of the best from each trilogy to get you started, and equip you with the perfect meme for any situation.

The Prequel Trilogy

While the films may not be as celebrated, the prequel trilogy memes rank among some of the best on the internet. It’s hard to find a part of the movie that isn’t worth making into a meme, and one almost certainly could if they tried. With that said, here’s some of the classic and most versatile ones that really embody the drama and goofiness of Episodes 1-3.

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“Hello There”

General Kenobi’s greeting to General Grievous may have been odd and a bit out of place given the context of the situation. With that said, it’s more or less perfect for the person wishing to inject themselves into a conversation between two strangers they’re not apart of. This one also works for when people send you comments that are just your name and nothing else, and may discourage those parties from doing that in the future.

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“It’s Treason, Then”

Who doesn’t enjoy an internet debate every now and then? Believe it or not, people with different ideals clash on the internet, and even friends can get into squabble over trivial things. If your friend flips the script on you in an argument, Palpatine’s famous line is a great meme to signal their betrayal. It’s also great for when someone mentions treason in general as well, and will always get scores of likes from Star Wars fans.

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“Nooooooo”

We’d be remissed to cap off the prequel films without one of its most iconic memes to date. People may take the Vader “nooooooo” meme for granted because it’s been around for so long, but that’s only because it’s one of the most versatile gifs in the game. When you are absolutely, positively looking to express your disapproval in an exaggerated and slightly comedic way, accept no substitutes. This isn’t about Quentin Tarantino memes!

The Original Trilogy

The original trilogy has gotten some fresh memes over the years, but seeing as its the oldest trilogy, it’s only natural some of the internet memes surrounding it are a bit dated. There’s nothing wrong with the classics though, and as long as you’re not trying to impress any edgy teenagers, these memes should serve you well while traversing the web.

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Palpatine Egging On

Online discussion can get heated at times, and sometimes everyone needs to take a breath and remember that there’s another person on the other side of the screen trying to live their life. This meme is great for acknowledging when someone may be taking things a bit too far, but also great for trolling someone you’ve already enraged in a discussion. Of course, you’re also suggesting you’re a villain in posting it so there is a downside.

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Meme “Checks Out”

This one is certainly applicable to a few entries on this list, and one young bloods can keep in the folder to whip out once in a blue moon. This one is great because it’s always a crowd pleaser, provided the meme it’s referencing is actually old. Play this one sparingly and you’ll score thousands of imaginary internet points before you know it.

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“It’s A Trap!”

Admiral Ackbar’s famous line is one of the internet’s oldest meme, and suitable in literally every situation one would assume. Spot something dicey on the internet? Did your friends share a link to some news that isn’t true? Drop this baby in the comments to inform others, and maybe provide some context afterward for those that don’t understand why. Everyone should post an Ackbar meme at least once in their life, if only as a public service.

The Sequel Trilogy

The sequel trilogy is the new kid on the block, but that doesn’t mean the memes are any less fantastic. With that said, memes have shifted to more contextual and rooted in long captions that apply to very specific situation. Even so, there are still some great lines from the new movies to work into this brave new world of memeing.

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Kylo Ren Shirtless

There’s no text, but don’t panic, all will be fine. Just let Kylo Ren’s glistening pecs do all the talking for you and leave everyone else to figure out why you posted this meme. Was it intimidation? To be noticed? Are you just bored? Best case scenario, the conversation devolves into Kylo Ren shirtless image battles, which one can never get enough of.

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“The Sacred Texts!”

Here’s one that’s best used ironically, on days when you’re feeling a bit fiesty. Maybe you threw out your microwave box before checking the heating instructions, or your dollar comic collection was damaged whilst sitting in the garage. The skies the limit for this one, and it’s guaranteed to get smiles from at least a few people should you find the right context to use it.

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Poe Breaks The Ice

When it comes to one-liners in the new Star Wars trilogy, there’s really no debate among who delivers the best. Poe Dameron is the man, and isn’t afraid to crack jokes even when his life is in danger. It’s something that will probably get him killed eventually, but until then we can laugh at his smart ass remark to Poe and use it in all awkward online exchanges going forward.

Of course, there’s a galaxy full of great Star Wars memes that have been left off of this list, so feel free to share any favorites in the comments for interested parties to use in the future. Meanwhile CinemaBlend will keep an eye on all Star Wars news, and post that Episode IX trailer as soon as it appears.

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New Zealand Bans Assault Weapons in Wake of Mosque Shootings

It has been less than a week since a lone gunman opened fire in two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques, killing 50 people and injuring dozens more, and the country’s elected officials have already taken steps to change its gun control laws.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that all military-style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles and high-capacity magazines will be banned in New Zealand. “On 15 March our history changed forever,” she said during a press conference. “Now our laws will too. We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place.”

“Six days after this attack, we are announcing a ban on all military style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles in New Zealand,” she said. “Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines.” Even the leader of the country’s opposition party, Simon Bridges, is supportive of the ban, signaling widespread support. He said it was “imperative in the national interest [that] we keep New Zealanders safe.”

“Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terror attack on Friday will be banned,” Ardern continued. “This legislation will be drafted and introduced in urgency.” According to CNN, this announcement comes after New Zealand’s cabinet agreed to overhaul its laws just 72 hours after the attacks. The country is planning to offer an amnesty period for those owning firearms that will now be reclassified as illegal and a buyback program may be part of the new legislation, as well. According to the BBC, the buyback program could cost New Zealand up to $200 million (in NZ currency) but “that is the price that we must pay to ensure the safety of our communities,” says Ardern.

The swift action in the wake of a mass shooting drew praise from many progressives stateside. “Sandy Hook happened 6 years ago and we can’t even get the Senate to hold a vote on universal background checks w/ #HR8,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted. Christchurch happened, and within days New Zealand acted to get weapons of war out of the consumer market. This is what leadership looks like.”

“This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand’s lead, take on the NRA and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) wrote.

“See. It’s not that hard,” tweeted Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who has been particularly active on gun issues since the Sandy Hook massacre in his state.

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch responded to Sanders’ tweet: ” First, define ‘assault weapon.’ Words are important and certain laws come into play depending on which words are used, so define this. Secondly, the US isn’t NZ. While they do not have an inalienable right to bear arms and to self defense, we do.”

Ardern says New Zealand’s new gun regulations may be in place as soon as April 11. She also says another round of amendments will be forthcoming—and could include changes to gun registration laws.

Hulu’s ‘Can I Steal You for a Second? The Ringer’s Guide to Colton’s Season’ Review: This ‘Bachelor’ Special Will Shock Even the Biggest Superfan

To say I was unhappy about this season of The Bachelor ending would be an understatement. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that Colton Underwood has found love with Cassie Randolph (and potentially lost his V-card), but I’ve gone into full panic mode over what I’m supposed to do with my Monday nights for the next two months. (The Bachelorette premieres May 13, but who’s counting?)

So I started scrolling through Hulu the other night to see if I could find something to fill my Bachelor void, and let me tell you, I struck gold. Can I Steal You for a Second? The Ringer’s Guide to Colton’s Season—starring former Bachelor Ben Higgins, former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, The Ringer’s Juliet Litman, and E!’s Lauren Zima—is a hilarious one-off special that recaps the latest season while providing some juicy behind-the-scenes info about the show.

Let’s recap what I learned, shall we?

“I think it’s more like, ‘Enjoy it,’” Rachel revealed of the advice she received before kicking off season 13 of The Bachelorette. “Everybody’s nervous. It’s the first time, you know, for some people, you’re ever on camera. For the lead it’s the first time you’re holding this role. You don’t get any direction.”

Ben agrees: “Zero direction. Chris [Harrison] is standing there like, ‘All right, here you go,’ and the limo pulls up. No coaching, no direction.”

This worked for Rachel when she competed on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor. “I was like, ‘No, I sweat easily. Like, I can’t. I’ve got to be the first one out to meet Nick.’ They were like, ‘OK,’” she recalls.

“I think it’s a big misconception that we know about all the drama that’s going on in the house,” Rachel said. “They truly do separate us, and the only time we know that there is drama is if you just happen to hear it in the house, like if someone is yelling like crazy, or if someone comes and tattles on the next person.”

Ben added, “When somebody does come to you with ‘Oh, these people aren’t here for the right reasons’ or ‘This person’s mean and they’re fighting in the house,’ it’s good for us because it gives us information that we wouldn’t have, and it allows us to make a fair judgment when it comes to rose ceremonies.”

“I would go with general terms like, ‘Hey boo,’ ‘Hey you,’ ‘Hey there,’” Rachel admitted, confirming that it wasn’t until midway through her season of The Bachelorette that the names fully started to register for her. Ben, however, took a more strategic approach to remembering names when he was the Bachelor: “I did word associations. So when somebody would come up out of the limo and say, ‘Hi, I’m Rachel and I like sports,’ I would, in my head, come up with a little song.”

Ben revealed that during his first one-on-one date with Lauren Bushnell, they filmed in a hot tub that was completely cold. “It was cold because there was no electricity,” he said. “So it was just, like, cold water that you’re sitting in and acting like it’s hot.”

Ben divulged that when he was on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of The Bachelorette, he was never told whether he was the first, second, or third person she had a fantasy suite date with. “I didn’t know what order I went and I didn’t care,” he said. “I don’t think I’d want to know.”

Hulu’s ‘Can I Steal You For a Second? The Ringer’s Guide to Colton’s Season’ Review: This ‘The Bachelor’ Special Will Shock Even the Biggest Superfan

To say I was unhappy about this season of The Bachelor ending would be an understatement. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that Colton Underwood has found love with Cassie Randolph (and potentially lost his V-card), but I’ve gone into full panic mode over what I’m supposed to do with my Monday nights for the next two months. (The Bachelorette premieres May 13, but who’s counting?)

So I started scrolling through Hulu the other night to see if I could find something to fill my Bachelor void, and let me tell you, I struck gold. Can I Steal You For a Second? The Ringer’s Guide to Colton’s Season—starring former Bachelor Ben Higgins, former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, The Ringer’s Juliet Litman, and E!’s Lauren Zima—is a hilarious one-off special that recaps the latest season while providing some juicy behind-the-scenes info about the show.

Let’s recap what I learned, shall we?

“I think it’s more like, ‘Enjoy it,’” Rachel revealed of the advice she received before kicking off season 13 of The Bachelorette. “Everybody’s nervous. It’s the first time, you know, for some people, you’re ever on camera. For the lead it’s the first time you’re holding this role. You don’t get any direction.”

Ben agrees: “Zero direction. Chris [Harrison] is standing there like, ‘All right, here you go’ and the limo pulls up. No coaching, no direction.”

This worked for Rachel when she competed on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor. “I was like, ‘No, I sweat easily. Like, I can’t. I’ve got to be the first one out to meet Nick.’ They were like, ‘OK,’” she recalls.

“I think it’s a big misconception that we know about all the drama that’s going on in the house,” Rachel said. “They truly do separate us, and the only time we know that there is drama is if you just happen to hear it in the house, like if someone is yelling like crazy, or if someone comes and tattles on the next person.”

Ben added, “When somebody does come to you with, ‘Oh, these people aren’t here for the right reasons’ or ‘This person’s mean and they’re fighting in the house,’ it’s good for us because it gives us information that we wouldn’t have and it allows us to make a fair judgement when it comes to rose ceremonies.”

“I would go with general terms like, ‘Hey boo, hey you, hey there,’” Rachel admitted, confirming that it wasn’t until midway through her season of The Bachelorette that the names fully started to register for her. Ben, however, took a more strategic approach to remembering names when he was the Bachelor: “I did word associations. So when somebody would come up out of the limo and say, ‘Hi, I’m Rachel and I like sports,’ I would, in my head, come up with a little song.”

Ben admitted that during his first one-on-one date with Lauren Bushnell, they filmed in a hot tub that was completely cold. “It was cold because there was no electricity,” he confirmed. “So it was just like, cold water that you’re sitting in and acting like it’s hot.”

Ben revealed that when he was on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of The Bachelorette, he was never told if he was the first, second, or third person that she had a fantasy suite date with. “I didn’t know what order I went and I didn’t care,” he said. I don’t think I’d want to know.”

Zachary Levi Explains How Uncomfortable His Shazam! Costume Was

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We all know that superheroes look cool. I mean, would the whole superhero thing even have caught on back in the day if the characters who filled comic books looked like high school science teachers while they were battling supervillains? I think not. We need those crazy tight, multi-colored and sometimes unnecessarily revealing costumes to set our heroes and every arch nemesis apart from the rest of us regular folk. What this tends to mean, though, especially in the modern age of comic book-based movies, where every super suit is less of a stretchy spandex affair and more of a protective, tactical outfit, is that the actors who get the great opportunity to bring our favorites to the big screen have to put up with some less than comfortable costumes for several hours a day.

Unfortunately for Shazam! star Zachary Levi, his upcoming turn as the many-powered hero was also befallen by this common superhero movie issue. And, he’s more than willing to tell us all just how inconvenient this particular aspect of his character was, especially when certain necessary…functions come into play.

It’s what everybody says, it’s the inconvenience of when you need to go to the bathroom. Yeah, because in order for it to look great, you have to have it kind of be seamless. You can’t have a bunch of zippers and things everywhere, unless you’re like Deadpool, I guess. He had a bunch of zippers.

Man, being an actor starring in a big budget superhero movie is tough work. Honestly, though, with all the advancements that have been made in technology over the past few decades, are you really telling me that there’s no way to get an easy open / easy close pee hole into these supersuits that is also easily hidden? So, we can all get together and de-age Samuel L. Jackson realistically and create entire awesome looking characters out of CGI, but we can’t give our actors a semi-quick way to use the potty? What is this world coming to?

I cannot imagine how distracting it would be to need to go to the bathroom and have to enlist a team of helpers to get me at that all important goal. Plus, just the time needed to get supersuit things undone, moved over, slid down or to get tubing added or a bedpan inserted (don’t yell at me, I don’t know how they do these things) must be insane. Who among us has not been busy and waited until the last minute to finally head over to pee and poo factory? Just think about having to call a team together an hour before you actually think you might have to use the bathroom to get the process started in time so that you don’t have an embarrassing accident all over your $1 million superhero costume. Just take the cost out of my salary, David F. Sandberg!

I do like the idea of a superhero costume that has zippers, snaps, buttons or just plain holes everywhere. Though, now that I think about it, strategically placed holes would probably be an issue that would make the MPAA faint, so, maybe Zachary Levi and I should leave the costume design to the experts.

Speaking of Deadpool, as Levi did when he spoke with Comicbook, he doesn’t actually have a bunch of zippers on his costume, which may be one of the reasons that star Ryan Reynolds has referred to his costume as “a big, red body condom,” and colorfully admitted to being able to “taste” his own genitals when he wears it. What can I say? Sounds like an interesting day at work that Reynolds will, at least, never forget.

Even more recently, we heard Aquaman star Jason Momoa discuss a similar issue with his official suit, saying that “if you have the poopsies, it is very challenging,” and noting that being able to hold it is a valuable skill. He later claimed it was just a joke, but, come on, Momoa, we know you were just trying to regain some of your sense of sexy mystery that was undone by using the word “poopsies” in public. It’s OK, friend. We’re here for you.

While Zachary Levi also had other comfort issues with his Shazam! suit, he does seem to understand just how big of a deal it is to get to be able to bring a superhero to life on the big screen for the first time, and is more than willing to step into his “second skin” again if he gets the chance.

It’s just the overall kind of uncomfortability sometimes of wearing essentially a massive spandex adult size onesie. It’s super tight, it becomes kind of like a second skin, I would overheat in it. I would freeze in it. The electronics in it would be a dance sometimes. But all of that, whatever, I’ll take all of that times ten if I get to do this again. If I get to be the guy to wear the suit, I’ll take the lumps, I’ll do it.

By all accounts so far, Zachary Levi did a great job of not letting any of the problems with his superhero suit show on screen, and we can all be thankful for that. You can watch him try not to pee when Shazam! rolls into theaters on April 5.

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Why Airlines And Studios Should Allow First Run Movies On Flights

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When it comes to flying, there can be a lot to complain about. Leg room is always an issue, the food is subpar at best, and somehow there’s never enough room for luggage. For all the complaints one can find with flying on a commercial flight, however, the television and film selections are usually pretty solid. Most new Digital releases can be found on flights, and sometimes you don’t always have to pay to see them!

As good as movie options on airlines typically are, they could always be better. In fact, it would really be the best if studios would collaborate with big companies to allow first run movies to play on flights. Like some in-flight services, it could be offered as a luxury to passengers for an added fee. It doesn’t seem like it would be all that hard to implement and could be something that could be mutually beneficial to studios and airlines.

Why Is This A Good Idea?

For airlines, the pros behind providing first run films on flights is obvious. Movies may not be the deciding factor in someone’s airline choice, although it’s more than fair to say the right movie could potentially factor into choosing an airline. For example, if I were choosing a flight the Friday Avengers: Endgame opens and I saw one provider had it available on my flight, I’d likely choose them provided my flight was as long as its runtime. Plus, there’s potential for happier customers who are watching first run movies instead of no movies or content they’ve already caught before.

Of course, there would probably be some on the flight who wouldn’t care about the film or might choose a different flight if it were cheaper or had better times, for example. That’s unfortunate, but not a deal breaker as airlines already have a system in place for those to pay for additional content. As long as the price for a film is left off of the plane ticket, folks shouldn’t complain.

Of course, theater chains might be less pumped, as many are already scrambling to bring audiences back to movie theaters with various ideas. Giving airlines first run rights likely wouldn’t sit well with some at first, especially those with theaters already in some airports. Granted, that’s an experience only a select few airports offer worldwide, and it’s more than fair to say this an arrangement shouldn’t hurt the average theater’s bottom line.

After all, it’s not like someone is going to book a flight cross-country every time a movie they want to see premieres. Additionally, folks flying to and from locations probably aren’t planning to go to a theater that day anyway, although I suppose an argument could be made this might inhibit an eventual trip to a theater. With that in mind, perhaps this is why this plan has not happened yet. But I say theater chains should really get involved!

How Theaters Should Get Involved

This is why it’s a good thing theaters can get in on this action as well, and make the allure of watching first run movies on flights even more attractive. Sure a new movie on a flight is awesome, but imagine being able to watch the latest and greatest movies during those crushingly long layovers at airports? Suddenly, six hours sitting in a random terminal sounds a lot more bearable.

There are some logistical issues with this of course, seeing as people would be flying in and out of airports at varying times, and choosing any combination of movies to view. The bottom line is that simply building a movie theater to accommodate this experience is impractical, and would be the wrong way to approach this.

With that said, if a theater chain had a row of kiosks available to travelers getting off flights to resume their movie, that would be great. A kiosk prevents multiple people from crowding in (comfortably anyway) to piggy back on one purchased film, and would allow another person a reasonable amount of privacy to relax and enjoy the rest of their film and possibly another while waiting on a connection.

So How Would This Work? 

Presumably, a person’s progress on a film would be linked to their plane ticket and could be scanned at a kiosk, or they could be given a QR code to photograph with their smartphone to pull the film back up at the airport. Either way, a method like this would be necessary, as buying the rights to view a film twice when the first viewing was interrupted would be something most consumers wouldn’t tolerate.

Additionally, a way of tracking one’s progress in a film and transferring it would be handy for those with connecting flights. Pausing a film and then being able to seamlessly resume it on the next flight would be remarkably simple, which quite frankly, would be a godsend considering how stressful making a connecting flight can be. Of course, there’d probably be instances where airlines wouldn’t honor each others purchases, so this plan isn’t full proof.

A third party were to do the legwork on making this a thing. That would at least encourage mass adoption across airlines, and resolve the headache of them having to directly interact with each other. It’s a niche market, but surely there’s enough demand for one company to do it well and usher in a brave new movie experience? I don’t have a business degree, I just have ideas.

I also have a mild anxiety of flying that would be severely lessened by the fact I’d get a chance to see a new movie. As mentioned, the options on flights are sometimes pretty solid, so a move like this would merely be an upgrade to one of the nicest parts of a flying experience. That is, until VR on planes becomes a thing and I can simulate any other type of experience that isn’t flying high in the sky.

Readers, would you pay the extra money on a flight for a first run film? Sound off in our poll, and hop down to the comments for any additional thoughts you may have. For more on things happening with theaters, check out one form of transportation that may be getting a unique viewing experience in the future.

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Watching Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian Annoy Scott Disick in the Car Is Oddly Satisfying

Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian have their own bizarre language. The episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians where they shadily call Kim “Nancy” deserves an Emmy, to be quite honest. And when they ragged on Kris Jenner for her Miranda Priestly haircut last year? I think about it, at minimum, three times a week. If I leave this Earth without Kourtney and Khloé asking me, “What the fuck is going on on your head?” at least once, then I haven’t lived, damn it.

Scott Disick doesn’t have this problem, lucky for him. He sees Kourtney and Khloé all the time—most recently today, March 20, when they picked on him for an entire car ride.

But they didn’t call him “Nancy” or make fun of his haircut. Instead, they said a bunch of random words in British accents until Disick cracked. What, you haven’t done this before? I was talking to strangers in a British accent just 20 minutes ago. (Kidding.)

Khloé and Kourtney are truly the only people who would do this, and we love them for it. So here’s what happened: The two were having a ball in the car saying nonsensical things like “subliminally sublime” in full British accents. Meghan Markle would be so proud, but Disick definitely wasn’t. He sat next to Khloé scowling and looking out the window as she and Kourtney rambled on like confused extras in Downton Abbey.

“Scott hates us,” Khloé captioned one of her Instagram Story videos. And it’s true: He doesn’t look happy at all. Maybe it has nothing to do with Khloé and Kourtney, though. Maybe he’s randomly recalling the time he spent $200 at Burger King. That would certainly make me upset.

Regardless, the British accents keep flying and Scott’s annoyance only grows. Just look at his eyes here! That’s a look I give only when the Applebee’s waiter tells me my food is running 15 minutes later. Khloé and Kourtney didn’t deserve this!

Eventually, Scott cracks and says one of Khloé and Kourtney’s weird phrases, but not in a British accent (boo). It’s oddly satisfying to watch, so head over to Khloé ‘s Instagram Story and check it out.

Now all I want to see is Scott, Khloé, and Kourtney reenact a Harry Potter scene. Make this happen, Kris Jenner. Those KUWTK ratings would go through the roof.

Bill And Ted 3’s Official Release Date Has Been Announced

Somewhere out there is a scientist, crunching the numbers on how the right mathematical conditions must be present for a movie sequel to actually happen after a decade or more of time has passed. And that brainiac is about have another case study on his or her hands, as Bill and Ted 3 has not only been confirmed, it has also been given a release date. But don’t take our word for it, as the August 21, 2020 slot was announced by two rather familiar faces in a video posted today:

Straight from the mouths of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, the long dreamt of third entry in their cult classic series will be a summer release next year. And even better, the film’s name is confirmed as well: Bill and Ted Face The Music! Taking place in the modern day, with middle-aged Bill and Ted still playing best buds who are waiting for their big break, this third adventure has the fate of the world in the balance yet again.

This time, the only thing between the future of the universe and total destruction is a song. A song that Bill and Ted will need to provide. Directed by Galaxy Quest’s Dean Parisot, and written by Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, Bill and Ted Face The Music is currently shooting in New Orleans. Something that wouldn’t have happened, if it weren’t for the fans who wanted the Wyld Stallions to reunite for one more musical journey.

Much like plenty of delayed sequels before it, Bill and Ted Face The Music has been talked about a lot over the past couple of years, but movement was always slow. Every time you turned around, it felt as if there was a new reason or a new cause behind why the third film wasn’t happening just yet. All the while, those involved kept proclaiming they did want to be a part of a third movie, the stars just needed to align for it to happen. We even got to a point last year where Keanu Reeves himself didn’t think this third film would happen.

It’s almost been 30 years since Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey first quenched the thirst for a sequel adventure pertaining to the well-being of William S. Preston, Esq and Theodore Logan. Now, the powers that be will finally give everyone a third riff of excitement that’s been decades in the making. Whether or not that trip to the U.K. that was previously rumored to be a part of this adventure, or even if  how they got back from Mars will be explained has yet to be seen. There’s actually a movie where either of those possibilities can take place, because up until now it felt like Bill and Ted 3 was still a pipe dream.

Bill and Ted Face The Music rocks out most excellently on August 21, 2020. It’s a heinous wait, to say the least, but the 2019 release schedule looks rosy enough that you could find some sweet action at the movies much sooner than you thought.

Us Reviews Have Dropped, Here’s What Critics Are Saying

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Few filmmakers have had as successful debuts as Jordan Peele. The former star of sketch comedy show Key and Peele announced himself as a director to watch with his 2017 debut Get Out, which earned an Academy Award, enjoyed a very profitable box office, was critically beloved, and became part of the cultural zeitgeist. Naturally expectations are high for Jordan Peele’s follow-up, the horror film Us.

Us opens in theaters on Friday and the reviews for the film are now in. So is this a sophomore slump, or does Jordan Peele go 2 for 2 and prove that Get Out was no fluke? Fortunately, it looks to be clearly the latter. The reviews for Us are almost universally positive, with CinemaBlend’s own Dirk Libbey giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars. According to Dirk’s review:

With Us, Jordan Peele proves that he is, without question, one of the most talented directors and creative writers working in Hollywood today. Us is everything you hoped, and everything you were afraid, it would be.

That is some high praise for both Jordan Peele and Us and Dirk is not alone in his feelings. The Wrap’s Yolanda Machado believes that Us will have real staying power in the genre. She said:

Peele’s sophomore effort is the type of genre film that will merit re-examination every few years, and it has the potential to stand among his greatest contributions to genre filmmaking.

One of the film’s stars Winston Duke has expressed the belief that you need to see Us more than once to get the full scope of an understand everything that it is doing and the reviews seem to echo that. The reviews also praise Us as a true horror film unlike Get Out, which was more ambiguous in genre. Us does horror and does it well, as The Verge’s Tasha Robinson indicated in her review:

Peele directs Us with a masterful collection of horror-movie tricks — jump scares that actually pay off, a cat-and-mouse game in an isolated place filled with bright lights and deep pools of impenetrable shadow.

Jordan Peele said he wanted to make a true horror movie this time around, and that definitely seems to be the case. Beyond just being a great horror film, one of the common threads in the reviews is the impeccable level of craft that went in to Us. In his review, IGN’s David Griffin expressed how the formal elements of Us distinguished it from its contemporaries:

The impactful use of music and dazzling cinematography elevates Us above your average horror-thriller. Peele has created another marvelous new American horror story.

For some, the story that Jordan Peele is telling is too unwieldy, failing to match the excellence of craft on display. This was the case for The A.V. Club’s Randall Colburn, who still gave Us a positive “B” review, but expressed his complaints saying:

Us is something of a frustrating watch, a visual and technical marvel that just doesn’t seem to know what it is. Unlike Get Out, which only swelled in impact as you left the theater, Us is best viewed on a visceral level, not an intellectual one.

While steering far clear of spoilers, it seems that while Us is clearly a horror film, Jordan Peele once again has something to say, but that message is more difficult to discern upon first viewing this time around. For some reviewers, that challenging nature mixed with a killer horror movie, makes for a rewarding experience. IndieWire’s Eric Kohn said about the film he gave an “A-“:

It unfolds as a satisfying dose of relentless, anxiety-inducing survival antics designed to keep viewers perpetually uneasy, and moves so quickly that they can only consider the deeper undercurrents after the credits roll.

Something tells me this film will have a lot of people talking come Monday morning. Beyond the plot and attempts to suss out the film’s mysteries and meaning, much of that discussion may surround Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, who is, as you might imagine, brilliant. Justin Chang said as much in his review for the Los Angeles Times:

The movie belongs rightly and effortlessly to Nyong’o, and she sustains every moment by distilling innumerable emotional layers… There isn’t a moment when she doesn’t have Us in her grip.

Based on these reviews and a nearly perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes, it is clear that Jordan Peele has delivered with Us. Sure, I think most of us expected that would be the case, but I’ll take predictable brilliance over surprising disappointment any day.

Us opens in theaters on March 22. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the other big movies headed to theaters this year.

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Victoria’s Secret Swim Is Back After a Three-Year Hiatus

Just before the start of summer 2016, Victoria’s Secret shoppers said goodbye to its in-house swim line, seemingly for good. Parent company L Brands made the decision to counter slowing sales: “In order to better focus our resources on core merchandise categories, we have decided to eliminate non-core businesses, including swim, in our Victoria’s Secret lingerie business,” read a statement from the brand. Three years later, Victoria’s Secret is reversing that decision.

On Monday, Victoria’s Secret shared a big “secret”: It unveiled its re-launched swimwear selection on social media. The revamped assortment has much in common with the swim line shoppers may remember. The online-only collection includes colorful maillots and bikinis with cut-outs and revealing fits. Prices for the new collection range between $42 and $158.

There are some new additions to the Victoria’s Secret swim lineup in its second iteration. Aside from its own in-house designs, it also carries swimwear from 15 outside vendors, including BCBGeneration, FAE, Lucky Brand, and Seafolly. The debut campaign was modeled by long-time brand models including Sara Sampaio, Elsa Hosk, and Jasmine Tookes.

The return of Victoria’s Secret swim comes after several years of weakening sales. Some of those declining numbers have been attributed to its so-called “sexy” image. It has been criticized for casting a single body type in its campaigns and annual runway show. Meanwhile, brands that put inclusive sizing at the forefront (like Aerie or Harper Wilde) have grown.

Stuart Burgdoerfer, chief financial officer of L Brands, said customer feedback and further hits to sales following the line’s removal from stores led Victoria’s Secret back to its swim business. “We have made a very important decision and we believe a good one to reenter the swim business again, driven principally by customer feedback that we’ve received,” he said.

Given that, it’ll be interesting to see how the brand responds to customers now that the collection is live. After the launch, shoppers had mixed reactions to the collection. Many were excited to see swimsuits back on the Victoria’s Secret website, but called the debut pieces “disappointing” and “expensive” on Twitter. The size range of the suits is also receiving criticism—it only spans extra-small to large for one-pieces, bikini tops, and bottoms.

It’s not just swim that the embattled mall brand plans to revive. People reports that Victoria’s Secret will also expand into eyewear and footwear later this year. Meanwhile, in-store experiences are still declining. Per WWD, Victoria’s Secret still plans to close many brick-and-mortar stores this year.