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28 Jul 03:00

TV Club: The Leftovers: “Gladys”

by Sonia Saraiya

I perpetually find myself in the process of understanding what The Leftovers is trying to do but unsure as to why the story it is telling matters. This was one of the reasons last week’s story, centering on the baby Jesus-Macguffin, frustrated me so much. The symbolism is all clear—essentially laid out on a silver platter. But to what end? What is The Leftovers trying to do?

When “Gladys” first started, I thought the episode was going to be another slice-of-life episode like “Two Boats And A Helicopter,” this time for a fringe member of the Guilty Remnant. I was wrong. Gladys is just a plot device for the rest of the characters to work through; she is dead before the title credits roll. Aside from the fact that her name is the title of the episode, her name is barely spoken at all—I caught Patty say ...

17 Jun 22:03

Backtracks

by ckolderup
Mstrox

This is great, Casey!

Today I’m showing the world a project that’s actually been kinda near and dear to my heart for quite a while. I’ve had a few friends using it and got some positive feedback, and as of last week I put the finishing touches on some backend improvements that should hopefully keep it up and running for a while, so here goes:

I’ve been a member of the website last.fm since 2004, when it was still called Audioscrobbler. As of this writing I’ve “scrobbled” over 110,000 plays of various songs from various audio-listening applications and services, so it knows when I listened to them and in aggregate what songs, albums, and bands I’ve listened to the most. That’s a LOT of data about me just kind of sitting there, and while I have sometimes used tools near the end of the calendar year that will show you your listening habits for the year or even just browsed last.fm’s web interface to check out my listening habits, I don’t have anything making regular use of that information, which I still submit to them pretty faithfully through iTunes and Rdio.

So that’s why I built Backtracks, an email service that sends you a weekly email to let you know what you were listening to at this time 1, 2, 3… or however many years back you have history for. If you have listening history logged in last.fm during this calendar week some years in the past, Backtracks will send you a quick email letting you see which albums, songs, and artists were among your most played during that time.

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I still hope in the future that I’ll be able to add direct integration with services like Rdio and Spotify, but their APIs currently don’t allow access to historical listening data like last.fm does. If you work there or know someone who does, you should bug them about it! I’d love to support services that people are already using since I know last.fm is sort of a niche thing.

My music listening habits tend to be very seasonal—I listen to Jason Molina and the bands he led in the fall every year, for example, and that’s a big part of establishing the feeling of each season for me. Music is really important to me and for those of you who use last.fm faithfully I hope that Backtracks will be an email you look forward to getting as well.

 

12 Jun 15:00

Newswire: We’ve got some exclusive Jurassic World photos for you

by Josh Modell
Mstrox

If you aren't excited about Jurassic World, you're just not looking at Chris Pratt correctly.

The fourth film in the beloved Jurassic Park franchise has been in some form of development for more than a decade, but now it’s finally happening—a year from now, anyway. Today marks the beginning of a 365-day countdown for Jurassic World, which will star Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard as people who encounter dinosaurs, many of them scary. Universal Pictures was nice enough to offer us—and by proxy, you—the first look at some photos from the movie, which you can see below. (No dinosaurs yet, but presumably soon…)

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In the new film, Chris Pratt will be in hunked-out Guardians Of The Galaxy mode, and not schlubby-cute Parks And Recreation mode. He will also ride a motorcycle, or at least stand next to one. It’s unclear whether he’s looking at a dinosaur.

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10 Jun 22:47

Remainder of US tour cancelled due to Morrissey's respiratory infection

Mstrox

RIP Morrissey?

A statement has been posted on the Morrissey Facebook page, saying that the remainder of this tour has been cancelled.

"It is with great sadness that the remainder of the US Tour has been cancelled. The respiratory infection Morrissey contracted in Miami has worsened, and in the interest of making a full recovery, all further touring plans have been halted. Morrissey thanks his fans for their compassion, understanding, and well-wishes during this difficult period as he recuperates."



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02 Jun 16:37

Newswire: Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie join Star Wars: Episode Maybe VII Female Characters

by Sean O'Neal
Mstrox

I have decided YES

Answering at least one of the cries surrounding the initial casting announcement of Star Wars: Episode VII—that it had a mere two female characters, when everyone knows the Star Wars universe has at least two more women in it—Lucasfilm has today officially added Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie to that distinguished lineage. Who they will be the silent, briefly glimpsed handmaidens to has not yet been confirmed, nor has it been announced whether they will be given a chance to perform a sexy slave dance before being eaten by a cave monster. Or, perhaps afforded the slightly more dignified opportunity to point to some maps while male pilots talk over them, all cocky-like.

But for Nyong’o, at least, it’s the culmination of months of rumors that the 12 Years A Slave actress could follow her recent Oscar win and rapid ascension by joining the franchise ...

21 May 12:47

It’s official: Episode VII is shooting in Abu Dhabi… And you could win a chance to be in the movie!

by Dunc
Mstrox

Check out this Fing puppet in action!!!


We’ve already seen some evidence, but Lucasfilm and Abu Dhabi’s twofour54 announced today that they are indeed currently filming in the UAE. “We were very excited to start the filming of Star Wars: Episode VII in Abu Dhabi,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “It has been an incredible place to commence this journey.” J.J. Abrams “and cast” (we’re not sure who) flew to Abu Dhabi “in early May.” Hundreds of crew are working currently, and “key production staff” have been working with the locals since January.

Fans can also win a chance to be in the film, as part of A Force For Change, a new initiative with UNICEF.

The Hollywood Reporter’s sources say they’re recreating parts of Tatooine there, as one might expect from the clip, which bears a strong resemblance to the Mos Espa market in The Phantom Menace. Variety has a few more details on the financial arrangements.

Now on to important matters: What the hell is that thing on the right?

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15 May 15:32

Newswire: The new Twin Peaks box set contains nearly 90 minutes of deleted scenes

by Sean O'Neal
Mstrox

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

It is happening again: Another “complete series” edition of Twin Peaks is headed to home video on July 29, this time to Blu-ray—although this edition is more “complete” than ever before. Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery not only bundles the entire run of the show with the prequel/sequel/sidequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, it also includes around 90 minutes of long sought-after deleted and alternate scenes, culled from the nearly five hours’ worth of footage that David Lynch shot for the latter movie. Over the years, numerous petitions have been created demanding that footage be released; some fans have even resorted to crafting reconstructions from the shooting script. But now they can wrap those in plastic and toss ’em—along with all their previous Twin Peaks box sets—thanks to this new collection overseen by Lynch himself.

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12 May 19:06

whew! gotta figure this out

by kris

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i don’t mean to be a negative nelly but if i can’t solve this little whozawhatsit, i don’t know how i’m gonna deliver the big presentation to the national milkman good samaritan convention.

doc, can you recommend a formal pant with some sort of crotch paneling

05 May 15:33

Does Bob Iger’s selfie give us our first look at Episode VII’s Chewbacca costume?

by Dunc
Mstrox

CHEWIEEEEEE

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We know Peter Mayhew is in, and that is a very good, dare I say, screen-ready Chewbacca… Though it was Alan Horn, not Bob Iger, that we know for sure would be in London around this time. But if this was a (new?) theme park Chewie, wouldn’t they have someone in it? And why would they post it on the official Star Wars Instagram instead of a Parks one? So yes, it’s not too much of a stretch to believe this is the Episode VII Chewbacca costume!

Noteworthy: StarWars.com’s Matt Martin says “The image was supplied to is without much context. No idea where/when it was taken.” And the official (well, verified) @StarWarsUK account says it is from Episode VII, but Matt says it was only speculation on their part. Curious.

23 Apr 21:31

horny spell goin around

by kris

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whew! waiting for a break in the horniness, could barely get out the front door this morning. can’t seem to get my mind off it! read a couple books, looked at television — nothin helps! must be somethin in the air! well, have yourself a good one! my best to the family! *whistles*

29 Apr 16:43

Episode VII cast confirmed: Hamill, Ford, Fisher joined by Boyega, Driver, Isaac, Serkis and more

by Dunc

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StarWars.com has announced the official cast for Episode VII. Star Wars alumni Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker will be joined by John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

That is… A lot of guys. Sigh. The Wrap has a bit more on our new lady, Daisy Ridley, while The Hollywood Reporter has a breakdown of all the new-to-us folks.

And that second new female role? They may still be looking, says The Hollywood Reporter.

28 Mar 15:43

Peter Mayhew cancels May con appearance “due to filming”

by Dunc
Mstrox

CHEWIEEEEEEEEEE

Peter Mayhew has had to cancel a convention appearance “due to filming.” Comicpalooza runs Memorial Day weekend – May 23-26. That’s right about the time a certain movie is expected to be shooting in London…

13 Feb 11:29

The Clone Wars – including ‘The Lost Missions’ – are coming to Netflix on March 7

by Dunc
Mstrox

shit yeeeeaaahhhhh

Well Clone Wars fans, your wait is over: StarWars.com announced this morning that The Clone Wars will be streaming on Netflix as of March 7, including the debut of “the sixth and final season.” It’s the first time any official Star Wars content will be available on the service. “The Lost Missions” are 13 episodes, […]
07 Feb 15:04

avocadofarm: never knew how much I needed this

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20 Jan 14:38

They shouldn't have turned off the lights in the middle of the Super Bowl

by Jon Bois

Last season, the Superdome's lights suddenly shut off -- right in the middle of the Super Bowl. No matter the reason, it was a poor decision to turn them off, and the NFL should think carefully before doing the same this year.

Last year, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh led his team against the Ravens and their head coach, head coach John Harbaugh. It really was truly a family affair. In the third quarter, however, this family affair ran family afoul: the lights in the Superdome shut off. Right in the middle of the game.

Why did they decide to turn off the lights in the middle of the game? And why did they have to do so during one of the biggest and most-watched NFL games of the entire season? You, the reader, cannot answer these questions (except for in the comments section, which I never read), so I will fight for you and serve as your voice.

Together, we must deliver a message to the NFL: Don't do this again. Don't turn off the lights right in the middle of the Super Bowl. Here are three reasons why:

1. It provides a poor fan experience.

Whether your favorite player in the Super Bowl is Tarvaris Jackson, Russell Wilson, Derrick Coleman, Marshawn Lynch, Christine Michael, Robert Turbin, Spencer Ware, Michael Robinson, Doug Baldwin, Percy Harvin, Jermaine Kearse, Ricardo Lockett, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Bryan Walters, Kellen Davis, Anthony McCoy, Zach Miller, Luke Willson, Max Unger, James Carpenter, Lemuel Jeanpierre, Paul McQuistan, J.R. Sweezy, Alvin Bailey, Alvin Bailey, Michael Bowie, Breno Giacomini, Caylin Hauptmann, Russell Okung, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Kenneth Boatribght, Red Bryant, Chris Clemons, Bruce Irvin, Benson Mayowa, Greg Scruggs, Jordan Hill, Tony McDaniel, Clinton McDonald, Brandon Mebane, Jesse Williams, Heath Farwell, Mike Morgan, O'Brien Schofield, Malcolm Smith, Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Brandon Browner, Chandler Fenner, Jeremy Lane, Byron Maxwell, DeShawn Shead, Richard Sherman, Tharold Simon, Walter Thurmond, Kam Chancellor, Jeron Johnson, Chris Maragos, Earl Thomas, Steven Hauschka, Jon Ryan, Clint Gresham, Zac Dysert, Peyton Manning, Brock Osweiler, C.J. Anderson, Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman, Knowshon Moreno, Andre Caldwell, Eric Decker, Trindon Holliday, Deymarius Thomas, Wes Welker, Joel Dreessen, Virgil Green, Jacob Tamme, Adlai Stevenson V, Julius Thomas, Dan Koppen, Manny Ramirez, Steve Vallos, Zane Beadles, Chris Kuper, Louis Vasquez, Ryan Clady, Chris Clark, Orlando Franklin, Winston Justice, Vinston Painter, Robert Ayers, Malik Jackson, Shaun Phillips, Quanterus Smith, Derek Wolf, Sione Fua, Terrance Knighton, Mitch Unrein, Kevin Vickerson, Sylvester Williams, Jeremy Mincey, Stewart Bradley, Nate Irving, Steven Johnson, Paris Lenon, Brandon Marshall, Lerentee McCray, Von Miller, Danny Trevathan, Wesley Woodyard, Champ Bailey, Tony Carter, Marquice Cole, Chris Harris, Quentin Jammer, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Kayvon Webster, Mike Adams, Omar Bolden, David Bruton, Quinton Carter, Michael Huff, Duke Ihenacho, Rahim Moore, Matt Prater, Britton Colquitt, or Aaron Brewer, if they decide to turn off the lights in the middle of the Super Bowl again, it won't matter. You will not even be able to see your favorite player.

If you really are fine with a Super Bowl without lights, well, be my guest. Don't even bother to tune in. Just watch this three-hour GIF.

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I hope you had fun. Speaking only for myself, I'd rather catch all the action, rather than go through the chore of actually reading about it later. It's monotonous enough for me to have to read the stuff I write as I'm writing it; I'm certainly not going to sit through someone else's words. Lots of folks spend all day going, "hmm, well I think, hmmmmmmmm," while drumming their fingers, and they have the good sense not to drum them on a keyboard and waste everyone else's time.

Keep in mind that Americans aren't the only folks who will be tuning in. The Super Bowl has become a truly international affair. In fact, if you add up all the viewers from America and the rest of the world combined, as many as one million people will be watching. An unlit Super Bowl would cast the most unflattering light upon our sport and our country -- figuratively -- because there would be no light at all.

2. Turning off the lights won't save very much money.

According to the blog Energy Electricity, the electric bill for Super Bowl XLV -- which was held in Dallas -- probably totaled about $7,500. Just for good measure, let's be generous and suppose that this year's Super Bowl will generate a $10,000 bill from the power company.

That is nothing. That is a drop in the bucket.

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks vs. Broncos

Be sure to bookmark SB Nation's complete coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII. Everything from the build up, to live coverage and reactions after the big game, all in one beautiful package.

The Big Game is Big Business for the NFL and advertisers alike. I feel very strongly that this is true, and have for quite some time. Considering the revenue generated by advertising, merchandising, and ticket sales, the NFL could be looking at a pay day as large as $1 million.

It's well-documented that humans have difficulty conceptualizing numbers that large, so think of it a different way: the revenue in the above chart is exactly 100 times greater than the power bill.

I understand that we live in a capitalist society, and that the NFL, like any other corporation, is ultimately in pursuit of money. But last year, their decision to shut off the lights didn't save them any money at all in the long run. And those who fail to learn from the past deserve neither liberty nor safety. (Benjamin Franklin.)

3. Folks could get hurt.

There are only two situations in which darkness is appropriate: sleeping, and having sex with your friends. I can't imagine attempting to play a sport as dependent upon vision as football. Just ask Jim "Eyes" Brown and Joe "Seeing Things" Montana what their careers would have been like had their respective fields of play lacked proper lighting. Those weren't their nicknames; I was simply having a laugh.

So NFL, if you want to stay in the dark, that's your prerogative.

But remember, fans: if they do decide to turn off the lights in the middle of the Super Bowl again, they cannot take away our terrific and fun videos. Here is one, though there are probably dozens.

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15 Jan 21:43

Batman: POW! BAM! SOCKO! Team Coco Has the 'West' Word We've All Waited For!

Mstrox

Finally!

By David Lambert - Just a half hour ago, Conan O'Brien tweeted some VERY hot news. Check it out: Very excited @WBHomeEnt is releasing the Batman '66 Complete TV Series in 2014! The seat smells like... (more)
03 Jan 18:00

Lucasfilm and Marvel Entertainment Join Forces to Publish Star Wars Comics and Graphic Novels

Mstrox

Big surprise...

First details on the future of Star Wars comics!
01 Jan 23:04

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29 Oct 23:43

Harrison Ford Demands INDY 5 As Part Of His STAR WARS VII Deal?



Harrison Ford has been the lone Star Wars VII hold out from the original trio of Luke, Leia and Han. As of two weeks ago even, Ford had yet to sign on the for the film and public stated he was “undecided” appearing in the sequel trilogy.

Today comes a report by way of JediNews that Harrison Ford is one signature away from appearing again as Han Solo in multi film deal that exceeds just Star Wars VII. But part of that deal could also mean that we’re going to get an Indiana Jones 5… whether we want it or not.

According to the site:

Ford wanted a commitment to Indy 5. He did not get this as there is no plot line or script in place. What did happen was an agreement was made wherein an outline would be developed by the end of calendar year 2014, and if all parties can agree to it moving forward, efforts would be made to move on Indy 5 for release before the end of 2016.

So yeah.

Ford was talking about his desire for Indiana Jones 5 as recently as April, so it’s not all that shocking that he would wrap one Lucasfilm project in with another. And despite its detractors, Indy 4 did make 3/4 of a billion dollars at the global box office. Seems like a win-win for Lucasfilm and Ford. Now if only anyone actually wanted an Indiana Jones 5, everything would be a-ok.

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28 Aug 15:06

The five people you meet at every fantasy football draft

by Jon Bois

1. The person whose schedule is impossible to accommodate

Were it not for this person, the time and date of your fantasy draft would be reasonably easy to set. Unfortunately, this person does not receive group texts and only checks his email once a week, leaving the commissioner to text back and forth with him for weeks.

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Everyone else is at the mercy of this person, who has a schedule packed full of thoroughly unimportant things. They aren't work commitments, weddings or anything of the sort. They are activities that could easily be postponed or rescheduled for the benefit of everyone else in the league.

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Thanks to this person, the commissioner must enter a labyrinthine phone-tag maze, maintaining multiple circles of communication and serving as this individual's personal agent and spokesman.

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If you are the commissioner, you will bend over backwards to accommodate this person. After you annoy the Hell out of everyone else and reschedule the draft several times over, this person may or may not actually bother to come. If this person does show up, you will probably only see, like, his lower leg and part of his knee, because most of him is stuck in another temporal realm. You will still hear his voice, albeit in murky echoes, as he whines about everyone else taking too long to draft.

2. The person who tries to do a career's worth of scouting in two minutes

These things are true for me, and for 95 percent of you:

a) In the absence of obvious indicators (legal problems, injuries, losing the starting job, fantasy experts overwhelmingly talking a player up or down), you are not smarter than the pre-ranked draft order. You might feel like a player will "work well in his team's new system" or "feel the need to prove himself this year," but you actually have zero clue.

b) If you are trying to choose between two players, the difference in value between the two will probably not be large enough for you to stress out over. If it is, it will be for reasons you are not smart or informed enough to identify.

Unfortunately for you and your enjoyment of the fantasy football experience, you are not smart enough to know that you are not smart enough.

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NFL players at skill positions have been scouted by dozens of experts for several years. Coaches endlessly study their game tape. General managers are perpetually trying to assess their worth. Right now, you are trying to one-up them with two minutes of Googling.

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You will panic. You should have been reading this stuff while other managers were drafting, but you spent the last 15 minutes getting into a debate over -- and this is a universal certainty -- Libertarian politics.

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This will severely compromise your enjoyment of the draft, and by the end of the night you will believe that drafting fantasy football teams for you is the responsibility of the government.

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3. The person who isn't there on time, makes the commissioner push back the draft time, shows up late with a backgammon board instead of a laptop, and makes the commissioner push back the draft time again

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This really did happen one time. You know who you are.

4. The person who won't stop talking about The League

The League is a kind-of-funny television program. I've probably seen a dozen or so episodes of it, had some laughs and at this point remember almost nothing that happened. It's just that kind of show to me: completely forgettable and somewhat enjoyable. That's cool. To your friend, it is a nexus of perpetual entertainment, and the lens through which the universe is perceived.

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This person uses the term "trade rape" a lot. Ah, shit. This person is you, isn't it?

5. The person who drafts Shonn Greene

Real-life Shonn Greene is a perfectly talented running back who is probably a nice enough guy. Fantasy Shonn Greene represents the universal line of demarcation between players worth getting excited about and players who will disappoint you terribly.

Every single team in your league will have Shonn Greene at some point in the season. He'll be traded, dropped, added, dropped, traded, added and dropped. This is guaranteed, so drafting him would be a waste of a pick, but this person will draft him anyway.

This person could very well be me or you. In the 10th round, this person will realize he needs an insurance back on the bench. He'll be right there.

And if you draft him, he will haunt you for the entire season. He will rush for 53 yards and a touchdown the first game. You will start him in Week 2, and he will rush for 13 yards. Desperate to trade him while he has any value at all, you will trade him away for Philip Rivers, and how happy you are about this will be a testament to how miserable and broken Shonn Greene has made you.

He will ruin your winter. He will be everywhere, and he will never leave.

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Don't draft Shonn Greene. Someone will draft Shonn Greene. Don't, though.

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23 Aug 18:30

Music: Great Job, Internet!: Watch the Russian Army Choir own Adele’s “Skyfall” on a Moscow morning show 

by Kevin McFarland
Mstrox

Woah.

Adele’s theme to Skyfall is the best James Bond song since Goldfinger, restoring a bit of honor and award-winning class to the legacy of a group of songs that increasingly went off the rails. (Sheryl Crow for Tomorrow Never Dies, Madonna for Die Another Day). Though not many artists can match Adele’s range or vocal intensity, the Russian Army Choir performed a surprisingly amazing cover on a Russian morning show. The seven-man choir, in full army regalia and all legally straight, is led by a soulful and lilting soloist and stunned the hosts, who just can’t stop bobbing along to the song. Though they are singing along to a backing track, it’s hard to imagine anyone coming this close to equaling Adele.

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22 Jul 19:13

Lucasfilm denies rumor that J.J. Abrams is leaving Episode VII

by Dunc
Mstrox

Well who am I to question Badass Digest?

UPDATE: Lucasfilm has denied the report. “There is no truth to the rumor,” a company spokesman told TheForce.Net. “JJ is having a great time working on the script and is looking forward to going into production next year.” Our original post is below. Badass Digest is reporting that J.J. Abrams may be dropping out of [...]