Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the Art of Worldbuilding

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm from Star Wars creator George Lucas for $4 billion in 2012, many fans had the same thought: Disney's got to make a theme park set in the galaxy far, far away. It's the peanut-butter-in-chocolate of worldbuilding: The creative minds at Lucasfilm know how to build cinematic universes; Disney's Imagineering team knows how to construct fantastical lands IRL. If the Mouse House didn't build Star Wars worlds at its theme parks, it would be a huge missed opportunity. Today, nearly seven years later, the first of those worlds opened its doors. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is now a fully functioning "land" at Disney's Anaheim park. Its twin will open at the company's Florida resort later this year. …

How long should you stay at a job if you aren’t being promoted?

Career advancement is a major factor in employee satisfaction. And while promotions have to be earned, employees shouldn’t linger too long at a company if they aren’t climbing the career ladder fast enough. “If you aren’t moving up after three years, there is a problem,” he said. Ferrari’s first plug-in hybrid supercar is also its most powerful More women are joining Fortune 500 boards than ever before Should you text with your boss? And if your boss did set benchmarks, but then the goal posts keep changing — that’s also a red flag. “If they do this and it becomes a pattern, that would be a big clue that they are never going to give this to me,” said Klaus. …

Artist Whose Painting Got Mistaken For A Van Gogh Creates Adorable Starry Night Dog Series (30 Pics)

Her Starry Night Dogs series imagines a world in which our beloved four-legged friends sat for van Gogh. Much like her previous works, each portrait features the familiar Starry Night sky rendered in the thick brushstrokes characteristic of Post-Impressionism. And while spiraling clouds and sparkling stars are still there, Trier often adds a little bit of her own, mostly experimenting with color. #1 Aja has been a professional, full-time artist since 2003 and started her business, Sagittarius Gallery, the same year. She went to art college at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA with a concentration in painting. Her fascination with Vincent van Gogh, however, started even earlier. “We had a lot of art books in the house when …

Rebecca Solnit: ‘Every protest shifts the world’s balance’

Two hundred years after the Peterloo massacre, which led to the founding of the Manchester Guardian, protest is shaping our political moment. Where do we go from here? Scale it up and its revolution; scale it down and its individual non-cooperation that may be seen as nothing more than obstinacy or malingering or not seen at all. What we call protest identifies one aspect of popular power and resistance, a force so woven into history and everyday life that you miss a lot of its impact if you focus only on groups of people taking stands in public places. But people taking such stands have changed the world over and over, toppled regimes, won rights, terrified tyrants, stopped pipelines and …

Best films of 2019 so far

Charlize Theron flips into funny with Seth Rogen, Mel Gibson picks Vince Vaughn as his accomplice and Avengers reach their Endgame the finest movies yet this year released in the UK The Favourite A New Years Day release date in the UK for Yorgos Lanthimoss period romp kicked the year off in fine style; Olivia Colmans Oscar win two months later was the crowning glory. What we said: A reminder that the idea of royalty as polite and picturesquely sentimental is something that came in with Queen Victoria: The Favourite is more punk than that. Its a rousingly nasty, bleary, hungover punchup. Read the full review An Impossible Love A daughters life is shaped by her fathers arrogance and her …

People Are Sharing The Most Unflattering Pics Of Their Pets And Its Hilarious (30 Pics)

In the digital age of always putting your most photogenic shots out there, Twitter user Baby_b0nes decided to switch things up by asking her followers to share the” least flattering” photos of their pets and boy did they deliver. Scroll down to check out some hilarious animals hitting all the wrong angles and don’t forget to upvote your favs! According to research, it is likely that the culture of keeping pets began thousands of years ago, with our human ancestors capturing young wolves and domesticating them. The reason for adopting these furry predators was probably not for their cute faces, but because they were useful for hunting. Over time, these wolves evolved into a tamer species – dogs. According to …

Call of Duty Is Here, Apple Updates Are Coming, and More News

Call of Duty is back, Apple's ready to unveil some new software, and New York is prepared to say goodbye to the MetroCard. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Today's Headlines A new Call of Duty game is out, and it has a confusing name If you're a big fan, you remember the legendary Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Just to make things confusing, the franchise is dropping a new installment with a funny name. It's called—wait for it—Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. It's grim, morally ambiguous, and comes out on October 25. New York is ready to ditch the MetroCard Starting today, New York enters the 21st century of transportation and allows …

Cantina Talk: Meet the New New Class of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Hello, and welcome to a new edition of Cantina Talk, WIRED's look at everything happening in the world of Star Wars. But first: If you haven't already read it, open another tab immediately and bookmark this oral history of Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace, because, really, there are some droids in there you've probably been looking for. But if you're not in the mood for revisiting the way the movies looked a long time ago, perhaps you'll be happier with these glimpses of what's to come. The Next Movie Is About Millennials, Kind Of Source: The man behind Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, J.J. Abrams Probable accuracy: The thing with thematic descriptors is, who can really say what …

Snooki Claps Back At Criticism Over Postpartum Fitness Goals Just Days After Giving Birth – Perez Hilton

Listen up mommy-shaming trolls: Snooki is not apologizing for her fitness goals! Just four days after On Monday, the 31-year-old, born Nicole Polizzi, shared the confident mirror selfie with her millions of followers on Instagram. Describing her plans for getting back in shape after giving birth, she “Why is there so much pressure to bounce back? Why is there so much focus on how flat a new moms belly is?” This feels like a good time to chime in and add that it’s 100 percent a woman’s exclusive right to decide how she feels about her own body. In response to the backlash, Snooki edited her original post caption to add: THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR ADVICE ON HOW TO DEAL …

How Chella Man Became His Own Superhero

Photos by Laurel Golio Chella Man, a 20-year-old artist based in Brooklyn, New York, has never seen his identities reflected authentically on-screen, let alone in a blockbuster, as a deaf, transgender, Chinese and Jewish person. And yet, a superhero he’ll be when he suits up for the second season of “Titans” as the mute crime fighter Jericho and makes history as the first disabled trans masculine actor to join the DC universe. Scarlett Johansson) should inhabit which roles.  As his star continues to rise, Chella remains fiercely committed to making his communities proud and becoming the role model for young LGBTQ folks he never had growing up. Before he blasts off, we caught up with Chella to talk about what …

25 Most Unique Airbnbs Around The World

#2 Skylodge Adventure Suites In Peru If you really wish to run away for everything, this Airbnb is perfect for you. Located in the mountains of Peru, this Skylodge lets you spend some very much deserved time alone. One night at this Airbnb costs around $581. #4 5 Floor Bamboo Palace In Abiansemal, Bali Unfortunately, this mind-blowing bamboo Airbnb is not available to book for the next few years. But according to Airbnb, this house comes with your own personal maid and you can even book a chef that will cook you food throughout your stay. #6 Private Island In Sunny Hvaler, Norway Sometimes you just get so sick of people, all you need is your own private island. So, …

That Keanu Reeves ‘Lonely Guy’ Interview Never Happened, Rep Says

Keanu Reeves, Internet heartthrob and the been picked up the internet. But a rep for Reeves told HuffPost that the entire story is “fabricated.”  Star2.com, which claims to have asked Reeves what “romantic love meant to him.”  The fake questions and answer.  “I don’t concern myself with it that much. I’m an actor, so in terms of what you’re asking about, I have no answer,” he’s quoted as saying.  “This interview did not happen,” the spokeswoman said. “This was pieced together from several interviews and the majority of these questions were not asked nor answered. They are fabricated.”  That didn’t stop people on Twitter from swooning over the fake quotes and saying they’d gladly date Reeves:  she still has feelings …

Diversity? Aftercare? How Love Island has changed

“When I was on Love Island, there was a lot about me being the only dark skinned girl but it didn’t really faze me much,” Samira Mighty, one of last year’s contestants, tells the Victoria Derbyshire show. “I think it would be great to see a lot more races in there… also you have got to remember they’ve got a show to make. They will pick personalities.” Perhaps more notably, the show also appears to have taken steps towards more body diversity. Iranian Instagram star Anna Vikili has a noticeably curvier frame than her fellow contestants. Image copyright ITV Image caption Caroline Flack says headlines surrounding the show’s aftercare made her “really angry” Other romance-based shows, such as as First …

Martha Plimpton: I am terrified for the women of my country

The former teen star on being born into an acting dynasty, her anger at the abortion ban in Alabama and the trouble with American cinema Sweat at the Donmar Warehouse, a searingly topical play by Lynn Nottage that examines the deep-rooted discontent and anxiety that helped put Donald Trump in the White House. Sweat transfers to the West End next week. Would you like to see more working-class stories like Sweat on our stages and screens?Absolutely. One of the things I love about the play is its about people whose stories we dont usually hear or see. What is so compelling is how very human and universal the feelings are that Lynn is writing about. Its more than just a …

‘I wouldn’t be the refugee, I’d be the girl who kicked ass’: how taekwondo made me

The long read: When she arrived in the US as a 10-year-old refugee, Dina Nayeri found it hard to fit in. But that all changed when she hatched a plan to get into Harvard by becoming a taekwondo champion When I was 13, three years after arriving in the US with my mother and brother, I devised a plan to get into the Ivy League. I was a refugee kid with no money and I lived in Iran, she had done horse-riding and tennis. But then the revolution happened, and her sporty body was draped and forgotten. Banned from public exercise, she took to pounding her ass against walls to get that chic, saddle-flattened effect of the late 70s. Sometimes …

‘Giving up booze helped me buy my house’

‘I’m done here’ “I wasn’t very happy – I was drinking a lot, going out a lot and not having the best time,” said Ms McAllister. “I hated how I felt the next day. “I hated the times I drank a lot and couldn’t remember anything. “Nights that started well, all dressed up and surrounded by my best friends would end in an argument, regrettable texts or a blackout not remembering how I got home.” Image copyright Laurie McAllister Image caption Laurie McAllister five days after going teetotal in December 2016 That day, she launched her blog Girl and Tonic, and wrote about the challenge of remembering she did not need to drink to have fun. Stopping drinking gave her …