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Christine Blasey Ford Supports Assault Survivor Rachael Denhollander In Her First Public Statement Since Kavanaugh Hearing

After coming forward to testify against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in September, Christine Blasey Ford has kept a relatively low profile. However, on Wednesday, she returned to public view to honor lawyer and former gymnast Rachael Denhollander and introduce her as Sports Illustrated’s Inspiration of the Year.

Denhollander was the first woman to accuse former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexual misconduct, and it was her lawsuit that prompted hundreds of other gymnasts to speak out. Nassar was sentenced to decades in prison after Judge Rosemarie Aquilina heard the testimonies of hundreds of victims who had survived his abuse.

In a short video, Ford acknowledges how Denhollander’s courageous first step toward justice encouraged many women to follow suit.

“I am honored to speak to you from afar about a woman I admire so much, a woman who suffered abuse as a vulnerable teenage athlete, who found the courage to talk publicly to stop the abuse of others,” she said. “Her courage inspired other survivors to end their silence and we all know the result.”

Ford became a symbol for many assault victims herself when she alleged that Kavanaugh had attacked her at a party when they were both in high school. She gave powerful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing that rocked the country and ignited a nationwide conversation about sexual misconduct.

Despite her accusation, Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Oct. 6. Ford has said little since then, revealing only that she and her family have received multiple death threats in the time that followed. Still, it seems the chance to recognize Denholldander moved her to tiptoe back into the national spotlight.

“Rachael Denhollander, I am in awe of you and I will always be in inspired by you. In stepping forward, you took a huge risk and you galvanized future generations to come forward, even when the odds are seemingly stacked against them,” Ford said. “The lasting lesson is we all have the power to create change and we cannot ourselves to be defined by the acts of others.”

Ariana Grande Says Her New Single Is The Denial To ‘Thank U, Next”s Acceptance

Since its release in early November, Ariana Grande‘s “Thank U, Next” has been (rightfully) celebrated both critically and commercially. It hit No. 1 a few weeks later, and it’s also been named one of the best songs of the year by a few different publications. What makes it so endearing is its upbeat and downright zen approach to heartbreak and trauma; “I’m so fucking grateful for my ex,” Ari’s refrain goes, nodding to the fact that every past experience has helped shape who she is today.

In a recent open-hearted Billboard cover story, Grande confirmed that the single is the title track from her next album, which is essentially done and ready to be launched into the world soon. Will it all be as clear-eyed as “Thank U, Next?” According to Ari herself, don’t bet on it.

“Imagine,” her presumed next single, is due out Thursday night, she tweeted. It’ll be yet another piece of music from an already much-celebrated body of work in 2018, including Sweetener, one of MTV News’s albums of the year. Then she went further in detail about how it’s essentially the corresponding denial to the acceptance found in “Thank U, Next.”

“A lot of this album mourns failed yet important, beautiful relationships in my life (as well as celebrates growth / exploring new independence,” she drafted in an unsent tweet, preserved by fans. “I look forward to you hearing it and having your own experience with it.”

“It’s just feelings really,” she concluded. That, mixed with the “feminine energy and champagne and music and laughter and crying” that Ari described in the Billboard piece, is shaping up Thank U, Next to be a continuation and an evolution of an artist who’s at the absolute top of her game, making the music she wants to make in her moment. And we can’t wait to hear it.

In the meantime, relive Ari’s most recent performance of the title track below.

A Trip to the Florida of Yore

A colorful row of seaside homes along the Gulf of Mexico are know to local as ’The Skinnys,’ on barrier Island Saint George.
A colorful row of seaside homes along the Gulf of Mexico are know to local as ’The Skinnys,’ on barrier Island Saint George. Photo: Jarrett Christian for The Wall Street Journal

Let me confess right up front that my travels in Florida haven’t been extensive or particularly adventurous. My name isn’t Lewis, nor is it Clark. Still, when I moved from England to America about 40 years ago I was young and eager to explore my new country. My head was filled with crazy romantic preconceptions—especially about Florida. Hazy, lazy daydreams about Key Largo featuring Bogart, Bacall, louche gin joints and crusty old fishermen. Then there was Hemingway in Key West—more old fishermen and gingerbread houses shaded by swaying palm trees.

Unsurprisingly, after a few visits, I returned to New York deeply disappointed. More Mar-a-Lago than Key Largo, the Florida I saw (namely Miami and Key West) was full of glitzy, gilded high rises, golf courses, pretentious restaurants, noisy crowds, and way too much traffic for my oh-so-delicate European soul. Still, being a magnanimous type, I was willing to give it one last, absolutely final chance. Surely there had to be some place in the entire state that would make my erstwhile daydreams come true? So last May—25 years after my last trip to Florida—I called my friend Yolanda. Oh yes, she said, of course. It’s up in the Panhandle and it’s called Apalachicola.

A couple of weeks later I turned off the main road from Tallahassee, with the warm Gulf waters lapping the sandy shore line and drove into the tiny town of Apalachicola (population 2,328) slowly, very slowly, on account of the town’s apparent indifference to the benefits of traffic lights. After checking into the Bowery Hotel around 8 p.m., I ambled down the main drag—lined with three-story brick and clapboard buildings, an art deco theater called the “Dixie” on the left, a balconied cafe, smothered in jasmine, on the right. I did notice one orange Cyclops light, blinking myopically where the road intersected with Commerce Street. The red-hot epicenter of downtown. Beyond that, at the end of the street, a silvery moon hovered above the inky-black nighttime water.

The shrimp boat Miss Martha docked near 13 Mile Seafood Market.
The shrimp boat Miss Martha docked near 13 Mile Seafood Market. Photo: Jarrett Christian for The Wall Street Journal

The next morning, having barely glimpsed the waterfront the night before, I headed straight down to Water Street the minute I woke up. Candy-colored houseboats bobbled about in the water, fishing boats chugged by, pelicans divebombed for their breakfast and a little further on I noticed an elegant 19th-century brick building with an ironwork balcony and a sign with a French flag that read, “The Consulate.” Though clearly not an outpost of Monsieur Macron’s embassy in D.C., it was still puzzling enough for me to want to know more.

At this point what I needed was a large cappuccino, a short history of Apalachicola, the local paper and a cafe (the Apalachicola Chocolate and Coffee Company is the place to go) where I could consume them all in the hope of making some sense of this one-horse/one-light town. And here, in a nutshell—or perhaps an oyster shell—is what I discovered. The French consulate (now a hotel) opened its office here in the 19th century when the volume of cotton bought by the French was so huge Apalachicola needed a consul to take care of business. Hundreds of thousands of bales of cotton arrived on flatboats—until the railroad took over—from the vast plantations up river to the north. The bales were stored in the warehouses that lined the waterfront and were then exported in ships to the cotton mills of Europe and New England.

Cotton and oysters built the graceful Greek revival houses you see on every street, the simple but stunning Trinity Episcopal Church, and the swanky 30-room Gibson Inn. They’re all echoes of a prosperous past, carefully preserved, lending the town its ineffable feeling of being lost in time. But with cotton long gone and oysters in steep decline, Apalachicola’s economy is now largely based on the kindness—and spending power—of strangers. In other words, tourists. Not the kind who descend like a swarm of noisy, hungry locusts, devouring the object of their desire. But the other kind who crave that increasingly elusive combination of peace, quiet and just the right number of visitors.

Lost-in-Time Apalachicola

Ambling through this small, waterfront town

Trinity Episcopal Church, constructed in 1837 originally known as Christ Church, is a historic house of worship in Apalachicola. Nov/Dec. 2018
Jarrett Christian for The Wall Street Journal

Shopping isn’t big in Apalachicola but who could resist an endearingly idiosyncratic establishment by the name of Lee. I certainly couldn’t, but the door was padlocked. Peering through its dusty windows, I made out a huge gum ball machine, a Confederate flag, some sponges as well as about a hundred jars of Tupelo Honey. A helpful sign, “Know what you want? Can open within 5 minutes—call this number,” was posted above the door. But I guess nobody ever called since the door remained locked the entire time I was there.

‘Fishing boats chugged by, pelicans divebombed for their breakfast.’

If I happen to find myself in a little seaside town when the sun is shining and the temperature is dancing around 82 degrees, my thoughts tend to wander off in the direction of beaches. Specifically, in this case, in the direction of St. George Island, a snake-thin barrier island just 4 miles offshore. It’s 28 miles long, about a mile wide, with almost 2,000 acres occupied by a state park. One afternoon we spent a few hours exploring the island, accessible by bridge and consisting of a glorious 9-mile-long expanse of white-sand beach, gentle dunes, salt marshes and pine forests.

On my last day, an old friend who has been coming to St. George Island since he was a kid in the ’60s, took me to lunch at the Indian Pass Raw Bar, a few miles north of town, where his dad first took him about 50 years ago. Its history actually goes back further to 1929, when present owner Jim McNeill’s grandmother, Gypsie, had run it as a general store, serving noon meals on the side. It had also been a gas station and a post office—sometimes all at the same time. We ordered beer, oysters, stuffed shrimp, crab legs and more beer. As the jukebox played Roy Orbison and Bing Crosby and a Cigar Store Indian kept an imperturbable eye on us from his corner, we drank a toast to our simple good fortune in just being there.

A few of the offerings at Up the Creek raw bar.
A few of the offerings at Up the Creek raw bar. Photo: Jarrett Christian for The Wall Street Journal

Visitors who arrived just a few months later were not as fortunate. Hurricane Michael was both deeply destructive and erratic. At the beginning of October, instead of hitting Apalachicola hard, as predicted, he switched course at the last moment and roared up the coast at 155 mph, decimating both Panama City and Mexico Beach. Apalachicola suffered far less damage, though some buildings along the waterfront were destroyed, trees were uprooted and a number of houses on St. George Island were severely battered, many beyond repair. The Indian Pass Raw Bar is down but by no means out. Jim McNeill plans to reopen for business by spring. Just in time to celebrate the restaurant’s 90th birthday.

The Lowdown / Finding Fine Inns and Fried Oysters in Apalachicola
Seaside homes on the barrier Island Saint George, 4 miles offshore from Apalachicola.
Seaside homes on the barrier Island Saint George, 4 miles offshore from Apalachicola. Photo: JARRETT CHRISTIAN for The Wall Street Journal

Staying There: The Bowery Inn is an extremely elegant B&B with four beautiful rooms, kitchen, though no permanent staff on site. But you will have a contact telephone number if you need to speak to the manger. The room to book is the Morning Glory Room. It’s enormous, furnished with antiques and comes with a huge deck with a view down to the water (from $110 a night, A charming 19th century brick building, the Consulate (it really was the French Consulate at one point) offers balconies overlooking the river, and louvered shutters. The four suites (with kitchens) all have room for four guests and each one is decorated in a different, but equally beguiling, style (from $205 a night, The Grande Dame of hotels in Apalachicola, the Gibson Inn was built in 1907 and has kept all of its period charm – four poster beds and ceiling fans and a widow’s walk and cupola on top of the roof as well as two wrap-around porches (from $100 a night,

Eating and Drinking There: Sit outside on the deck at Up the Creek, order the fried oysters or shrimp gumbo, some chilled Sauvignon Blanc and gaze out at the marshes and river and watch the seagulls diving for their own fishy dinners (313 Water St., Owl Café is probably the best restaurant in town in terms of food, atmosphere and plain old-fashioned fun. It has a great bar where you can eat, but you might opt to sit upstairs on the terrace where you can’t go wrong with the blue crab cake, black grouper and artichoke hearts or oysters on the half shell (15 Ave. D, Apalachicola Chocolate and Coffee Company serves extraordinary espresso, coconut cream pies (the kind they throw in your face in old movies) and irresistible hand-made chocolates–what more could you possibly want for a wholesome breakfast? Of course they also have croissants and for a light lunch, BLTs and chicken salad (75 Market St., 850-653-1925). Founded in 2014, the Oyster City Brewing Company makes all its own beer and has even created three–Apalach IPA, Hooter Brown Tupelo Honey Ale and Mill Pond Dirty Blond Ale–but be warned food is not on the menu so if you’re hungry just walk across the street to the Tap Room, which is part of the same company (17 Ave. D, Aptly named –in the best possible sense – the Hole in the Wall is simple, small, friendly and cozy. Order a basket of fried grouper and shrimp, crab cakes or clam strips and be prepared to make new friends (23 Ave D., 850-653-3222). With its old brick walls, tomato red ceiling and wooden floor Tamara’s Café exudes warmth. They are famous for their pecan-crusted grouper but there’s also a nice Spanish/South American spirit with a great Margarita chicken in honey tequila lime glaze and seafood paella (71 Market St.,

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M. Night Shyamalan Promises Glass Won’t Recap Split And Unbreakable For You

Director M. Night Shyamalan is often associated with his iconic plot twists, and his recent psychological thriller Split was no exception. The 2016 movie told a fascinating story about a character with dissociative identity disorder, although the film’s final moments put the entire movie on its head. It turns out that Split and Shyamalan’s 2000 classic Unbreakable were set in the same universe, and those two movies will collide in the upcoming crossover film Glass.

All eye are on what M. Night Shyamalan will do with Glass, as he puts a wholly unique spin on the popular superhero genre. But the director also has to make a new movie, knowing that not everyone in theaters will have seen and remembered the previous two. But it turns out that he’s not going recap those projects, as he recently revealed:

Talk about a bold choice. Rather than featuring a prologue regarding the events of Split and Unbreakable, M. Night Shyamalan decided to craft Glass into a story that doesn’t need to be bogged down by exposition. The story should cover the necessary information, while also allowing the new project to stand on its own two feet, sans recap.

M. Night Shyamalan’s comments to Digital Spy may be surprising for moviegoers, especially considering how long ago Unbreakable arrived in theaters. That movie was at the height of Shymalan’s fame, fresh off the wild success of The Sixth Sense. Considering the 18 year gap, it would make sense if those who saw Unbreakable didn’t recall the nuances of David Dunn and Mr. Glass’ relationship.

Split was far more recent, and the plot twist involving Bruce Willis’ David Dunn brought a ton of extra folks to the theaters. M. Night Shyamalan basically created a cinematic universe with that brief scene, and moviegoers have been discussing Split‘s contents since hit theaters two years ago. As such, a recap is probably less necessary.

Still, seeing Split and Unbreakable before Glass arrives would probably be a smart plan. In addition to being reacquainted with David Dunn and Mr. Glass’ complicated relationship in Unbreakable, a rewatch of Split will help moviegoers remember Kevin’s various personalities, as well as how Casey survived her attack.

Glass will arrive in theaters on January 18, 2019. In the meantime check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Star Wars: Episode 9 Rumors – Will Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi Show Up?

WARNING: The following is just rumor and speculation, but it could be true from a certain point of view, so if you want to avoid possible SPOILERS for Star Wars: Episode IX, you should jump to hyperspace out of here!

Heading in to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there were countless theories out there to answer the most compelling questions raised by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Since Rian Johnson’s film answered those questions (unsatisfactorily for some), there doesn’t seem to be quite the same level of theorizing for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX.

Nevertheless, as is the case with any property this popular and secretive, there are still plenty of theories and rumors out there about what we could see in this all-important final chapter in the Skywalker Saga. So, grab those saltshakers as we dive into the Bacta tank of rumor and speculation about Star Wars: Episode IX.

Last time, we contemplated just how powerful Luke Skywalker will be in this next film. Like his father before him, Luke is a prodigy, but he didn’t get to where he was all by himself. He had help, and the person who started him on his journey to becoming a Jedi Master was an old hermit by the name of Obi-Wan Kenobi. He just so happens to be the subject of a particularly interesting rumor that came out a while back.

This rumor, which surfaced back in June, was that Ewan McGregor would secretly film scenes for the next Star Wars film, i.e. Episode IX. Six months later, we don’t know much more about J.J. Abrams’ film, so an Ewan McGregor Obi-Wan appearance would seemingly still be possible. So let’s speculate how likely this is to happen and what form such an appearance could take.

First of all, it should probably be said that of all the reasons that Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan might not show up in Episode IX, a lack of interest from the actor is probably not one of them. Ewan McGregor, who was, according to many, the best part of George Lucas’ prequels, has shown continual enthusiasm for the character and the property over the years, so you have to think that if he’s asked to be in Episode IX, he’ll be on board faster than you can say “Hello there.”

Now it is prudent to acknowledge that Ewan McGregor has already had a part in the sequel trilogy, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In Maz Kanata’s castle on Takodana, Rey discovered Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber and upon touching it, had a vision. At the end of the vision, Rey heard Obi-Wan Kenobi say “Rey, these are your first steps.”

We know that that line was comprised of audio from Ewan McGregor and the late Sir Alec Guinness. This brief auditory cameo provides perhaps the best support to the possibility that Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi will show up in Episode IX.

We don’t know exactly what J.J. Abrams’ initial vision for this trilogy was and if that line from Obi-Wan was meant to just be a bit of a nod to the past in the nostalgia-driven The Force Awakens. But it certainly seems within the realm of possibility that it was a tease of things to come for the Jedi Master, at least in J.J.’s mind. By returning to the franchise to close it out, J.J. Abrams might want to pick that thread back up and run with it.

Again, we don’t know what that might entail, but being that Obi-Wan is dead, the most obvious way he could show up in Episode IX would be as a Force Ghost. We’ve already seen Yoda’s Force Ghost in this trilogy,- (and likely will again), and Luke Skywalker will presumably be a Force Ghost in the next film, so why not round out the trio with Obi-Wan, who can help Rey with her next steps? If Rey is to rebuild the Jedi or restore balance to the Force, she could seek guidance from multiple generations of Masters, like Aang in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

On the other hand, including Obi-Wan as a Force Ghost, alongside Luke and possibly Yoda could make Star Wars: Episode IX feel a bit crowded and like a movie full of dead characters. It could also be considered a bit too fan service-y, and J.J. Abrams might want to avoid the same critiques that were levied against The Force Awakens.

One option that might satisfy the desire to see Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan and provide a bit of fan service without feeling shoehorned in or being detrimental to the story might just be a simple cameo. If this film gives us a happy ending, we could get a scene reminiscent of the end of Return of the Jedi, where we see the Force Ghosts of all the departed Jedi celebrating peace finally being brought to the galaxy and balance being restored to the Force.

Seeing Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan sharing the screen with Mark Hamill’s Luke, as well as Yoda, would be a cool way to close out this Saga, bringing things full circle with all three trilogies. This seems to be the easiest way Ewan McGregor could appear in the film and perhaps the most likely. Heck, maybe we could get Anakin and Qui-Gon Jinn’s Force Ghosts to show up as well.

All that said, another aspect to the lightsaber vision in The Force Awakens is that it acted as kindling to the ‘Rey is Obi-Wan Kenobi’s granddaughter‘ theory, one of the more prominent theories about Rey’s parentage before Episode VIII. Now, we won’t go too far down the rabbit hole of Rey’s parents and whether or not J.J. Abrams will retcon what Rian Johnson did, but it does seem like J.J. had someone else in mind than junk traders. If his initial plan was some sort of Kenobi lineage, he could return to that by just making Kylo Ren’s revelation a lie.

If that were to occur, Ewan McGregor could tell Rey this as a Force Ghost, or we could find out via a flashback or another vision. It is hard to say what impact this would have without knowing how it would be done, but it is feasible. If he is in Episode IX, I don’t expect Obi-Wan to have a large role, yet he could still be important in this story, and being related to Rey would certainly fit the bill.

On the other hand, redoing the Rey parentage reveal is a lot of extra weight to lift and time to devote for a film that also has to see the battle between the Resistance and the First Order come to a satisfying conclusion.

The last aspect to this rumor is the specter of the Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff movie. In the initial rumor, which offered little in the way of clarity, it was said that Ewan McGregor’s appearance as Obi-Wan in Episode IX essentially meant that we won’t be getting the long-rumored, but never fully confirmed Obi-Wan spinoff film.

After the financial disappointment of Solo: A Star Wars Story, we don’t really know what the future holds for the spinoff films, but it doesn’t look good with the cancellation of the Boba Fett movie. That doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t get an Obi-Wan movie at some point (maybe sooner rather than later), but Bob Iger has intimated that a Star Wars slowdown is on the way, indicating that Disney is going to be putting the bulk of its focus on the main series of films for now.

I don’t think Lucasfilm would shoehorn Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan into Episode IX to appease fans in lieu of a spinoff film. Such a move would be putting fan service ahead of story. But if J.J. Abrams was planning for Obi-Wan to appear in his film regardless, maybe that would make the parties involved feel better about the Obi-Wan movie being put on the back burner for now. If Ewan McGregor appeared in Episode IX, his appearance could also be used to gauge fan enthusiasm for a Kenobi spinoff film (hint: it’s high).

Ultimately, this is all rumor and speculation, but if I had to put down my galactic credits on whether or not Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi will be in Star Wars: Episode IX, I would guess yes, but only in a small, cameo capacity.

Star Wars: Episode IX blasts into theaters on December 20, 2019. For all of next year’s biggest movies, check out our 2019 release schedule.

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Leaving Netflix January 2019: Say Goodbye to These 47 Movies and TV Shows

Just cancel every plan you had this month—all those holiday parties, your work happy hour, even dinner with your family—because Netflix is about to remove Love Actually from its streaming service come January 1. That means there’s a limited amount of time left to watch (and re-watch) your favorite moments: Mark’s creepy-in-hindsight love declaration to Juliet, that scene where Billy Mack shades a boy band, Colin Firth failing at Portuguese…the list goes on.

And Love Actually isn’t the only beloved title leaving Netflix, either. We’re saying goodbye to 47 movies and TV shows, including How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Rent, The Princess Diaries, and Rogue One. What a way to kick of 2019, eh? On the bright side, 77 new titles will be arriving next month. (See that list here.)

See the full list of movies and TV shows leaving Netflix in January 2019, below.

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
Blade II
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Finding Neverland
Friday Night Lights
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
I Am Ali
Interview with the Vampire
Into the Wild
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Kung Fu Panda
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Fifteenth Year
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Seventeenth Year
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Sixteenth Year
Like Water for Chocolate
Love Actually
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Marie Antoinette
Meet the Fockers
Meet the Parents
Million Dollar Baby
Monsters vs. Aliens
Mortal Kombat
Sharknado 2: The Second One
Sharknado 3
Sharknado 5
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens
The 6th Day
The Godfather
The Godfather: Part II
The Godfather: Part III
The Green Mile
The Iron Giant
The Princess Diaries
The Queen of the Damned
The Reaping
The Shining

Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World

It Follows


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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Coming to Netflix in January 2019: 77 Movies and TV Shows Arriving Just in Time for the New Year

A brand new slate of movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix just in time for the new year. Literally on January 1, you’ll have access to the third season of A Series of Unfortunate Events, plus classics like Across the Universe, Happy Feet, and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Later in the month, the final few episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are dropping, plus the highly-anticipated documentary about the Fyre Festival. My new year’s resolution is officially to watch all the 77 titles, below, before February 1.

A Series of Unfortunate Events, season 3 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
Across the Universe
Black Hawk Down
City of God
Definitely, Maybe
Happy Feet
Hell or High Water
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
It Takes Two
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Jersey Boys
Mona Lisa Smile
Mr. Bean’s Holiday
Pan’s Labyrinth
Pulp Fiction
Tears of the Sun
The Addams FamilyThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Dark Knight
The Departed
The Mummy
The Mummy Returns
The Strangers
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
XXX: State of the Union

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

And Breathe Normally (NETFLIX FILM)
Call My Agent!, season 3 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
El Potro: Unstoppable (NETFLIX FILM)
Lionheart (NETFLIX FILM)

Solo: A Star Wars Story


Friends from College, season 2 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
ReMastered: Massacre at the Stadium (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
The Last Laugh (NETFLIX FILM)

Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)

American Gangster

American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Carmen Sandiego (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
Grace and Frankie, season 5 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, season 2 part B (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
Trigger Warning with Killer Mike (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, season 5 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)


Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Black Earth Rising (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
Club de Cuervos, season 4 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
Medici: The Magnificent (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 4 part 2 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)

Z Nation, season 5

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits All (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp

Disney•Pixar’s The Incredibles 2

Marvel’s The Punisher, season 2 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)

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That Luke Skywalker Lightsaber Auction Has Been Cancelled Due To Authenticity, And Mark Hamill Responded

It’s no secret that Star Wars is one of the most popular film franchises of all time. George Lucas’ space opera has spanned decades and generations of moviegoers, allowing the property to accrue a mass of fans since A New Hope arrived in 1977. And since the galaxy far, far away means so much to moviegoers, they’re willing to shell out top dollar to take home props from the movies– especially the original trilogy.

That’s exactly what happened when an L.A. auction recently put up Luke Skywalker’s blue lightsaber, which was reportedly used by the protagonist in A New Hope. The auction claimed it was one of five props designed by Roger Christian, although Mark Hamill wasn’t sure about it’s authenticity. And after warning fans against shelling out 20k for a prop that might be fake, the item has officially been removed from the auction.

When news of the lightsaber’s removal from the auction became public, one of Mark Hamill’s many Twitter fans if he was home laughing about the situation. While responding, Hamill was sure to take a jab at himself too, saying:

While seemingly reacting to news of the blue lightsaber’s fate, Mark Hamill also revealed something that will shock most Star Wars fans out there: he doesn’t even have a lightsaber at home. So while countless kids have taken up a toy saber and pretended to be Luke, it turns out that the man himself doesn’t have the Jedi’s legendary weapon on hand.

The lightsaber in question was going up for a whopping $200,000, so its authenticity is rather important. After all, who wants to shell out all that money for a fake? Mark Hamill was sure to warn the fandom about this possibility, and now it seems that the auction in question has taken his concerns seriously.

In fact, Profiles in History, the auction which was originally set to sell off the questionable lightsaber, has even released a statement about the lightsaber (via The Guardian). It reads:

It looks like the origin of the blue lightsaber is up for question– especially who created it, and if it was truly used by Mark Hamill in A New Hope. The Star Wars actor has maintained that he’s used a ton of lightsaber throughout the years, so it’s tricky to nail down which one was used during the first film in the franchise. And now it seems the authenticity of the prop is going to be verified before it’s sold at such a high cost.

Mark Hamill will return to the Star Wars franchise when J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX arrives in theaters on December 20th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

The Best Natural Deodorant from Lavilin That No One’s Talking About

Some people perspire gently, appearing (at most) dewy after a workout or under scorching mid-August sun. I am not one of these people. This is actually fine with me; I have long since made peace with the fact that I will always look like I’m mid-marathon if the temperature rises above 60 degrees. “Are you ok?” new acquaintances often ask in alarm when they see me during the warmer months. “Don’t worry, this is my natural state,” I reply as I cover my face in napkins. “You’ll see.”

Accepting my body’s natural tendency to sweat also means ditching antiperspirants, a product category I have a history of avoiding anyway. The difference between antiperspirant and deodorant is that the former prevents you from sweating, while the latter only tackles body odor. There’s still a lot of debate over the aluminum in antiperspirants and whether it’s harmful or not. But, since I choose to perspire aggressively, I don’t need something that keeps me sweat-free; I just want to smell good.

If you’ve tried to find a natural deodorant that doesn’t suck, you know it’s not easy. Many of them don’t do much of anything other than disappoint me. (They tend to be really good at that.) Over the years, I’ve tried countless sprays, pastes, sticks, crystals, roll-ons, and balms, including the ones everyone raves about. The vast majority stop working for me after an hour of sitting around and doing nothing—I don’t even try using them for anything involving exercise or stress.

I discovered the one shining exception to the rule in 2010, after I had just been severely let down by another natural deodorant and was reconsidering all my life decisions. An intense MakeupAlley/Reddit/blog review session led me to an under-the-radar brand called Lavilin, which stocked what sounded like a total anomaly: natural deodorant that lasts up to a week. The packaging was fairly nondescript and I had to order it online, but the endless stream of glowing reviews ultimately convinced me.

I started with the cream, which is really more of a stiff paste. You have to work at it a bit to get it to spread on your skin. I recommend starting with a pea-sized amount and warming it up between your palms before applying it to your underarms. The smell is faintly herbal and it leaves a trace white cast when you first apply it. But—this is the best part—you truly don’t need to apply it daily, even if you wash it off in the shower. A single application has lasted up to a full week for me, although typically I find I need to reapply on the fourth day, particularly if I’m partaking in sweat-inducing workouts like fencing or Krav Maga.

The reason why the formula lasts so long is that it doesn’t just mask smells; it directly targets odor-causing bacteria that feast on your perspiration. “The activity of bacteria breaking down proteins and lipids on our skin is the true culprit of body odor,” says Lavilin CEO Ron Gershoni. The ingredients list combines botanical extracts, essential oils, and modified potato starch to accomplish this. “Jojoba oil and calendula extract are two of our favorite [botanicals],” he adds. “They closely mirror your natural oils, so they keep you smelling fresh without damaging the skin’s surface.”

It’s pretty near perfect, but the 72Hr Roll-On is my personal pick. The liquid formula doesn’t last quite as long (I get about 48 hours of wear time out of it), but it also doesn’t involve as much effort as the cream, which suits my laziness better. To use it, I simply swipe the rollerball on my underarms and go about my day. It smells a little like clean laundry at first, but the scent quickly dissipates, leaving blissful nothingness behind. The ingredients list is obviously different from the cream, but it’s every bit as effective. And like all of Lavilin’s deodorants, it’s completely free of aluminum and parabens—the reason why you’re probably reading this in the first place.

Lavilin 72Hr Roll-On Deodorant, $16,; Lavilin Underarm Deodorant Cream, $17,

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Queen Member Brian May’s Favorite Bohemian Rhapsody Scene Almost Got Cut

The living members of Queen worked closely on the production of Bohemian Rhapsody, but that doesn’t mean they had control over the film. Queen’s Brian May recently revealed that his favorite scene in the movie was very nearly cut for no reason beyond an attempt to reduce the film’s runtime. It seems the scene in which Freddie Mercury reveals he’s going solo was very nearly not in the movie. According to May…

It’s more than a little surprising to learn that this scene was almost cut, as it’s a really important moment in the movie. It’s the point at which the tension within Queen hits its breaking point. Freddie Mercury, played by Rami Malek, announces to the rest of the band that he’s going to be going solo, at least for a while. The rest of the band doesn’t appreciate the decision for, among other reasons, the fact that Mercury is making more money going solo than the band has ever seen.

It is a well-done scene. Mercury knows that what he’s going to say is going to be an issue. He’s nervous about bringing it up. He had previously rejected the idea of going solo in the film. It’s not entirely clear when he changed his mind, though it’s indicated that the band’s manager, who had a personal relationship with Mercury, was a major influence on the decision.

If you take the scene out then the band never has a falling out, at least not on screen. Perhaps there was a shorter scene, maybe one with Mercury being convinced by the manager to take the solo contract, that would have replaced it. While it might have been possible to make the story work without the scene, one would think that other sequences in the movie that were less vital to the story arc would have been axed.

Brian May tells Louder that the scene was quite realistic to the real events of the conversation, which is why the band fought for the scene to stay in the film.

Whatever the reason, the scene was ultimately saved. Bohemian Rhapsody ended up with a run time of just over two hours, which is far from uncommon these days.