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    electric cinema in london england

    Many movie theaters are looking for new ways to enhance the theater experience after a mediocre year at the domestic box office. But a focus on attention to detail and the overall experience beyond just the theater screen is something that the world's most luxurious theaters have strived for from the beginning.

    With newly placed technology that extends beyond the theater screen and into the seating itself, movie theaters offer a range of innovations on the age-old theater-going experience.

    Beyond upgrades to the projectors themselves, the most dominant trend in the evolution of modern movie theaters is the ability to order food and drinks from the comfort of your seat. But some theaters have innovated upon that concept even further — Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas installs buttons on every seat allowing you to silently call over staff when you're ready to order, for example.

    There's even a theater in London that gives every moviegoer a tray filled with various mystery boxes, each designed to be opened and enjoyed at specific points in the movie, containing one-bite treats and mini cocktails that connect to various elements or scenes. Others, like the Alamo Draft House, offer the luxury of not having to worry about disruptive guests, with a zero tolerance policy on talking that's actively enforced by kicking out obnoxious guests. In India, one theater pumps a floral scent through the air conditioning.

    With theaters competing for the best luxury amenities, moviegoers have more options than ever to choose from.

    Here are the 1o most luxurious theaters in the world:

    SEE ALSO: 19 movies you need to see this holiday season

    Edible Cinema in London, England

    Every guest at an Edible Cinema screening is given a tray filled with numbered "mystery boxes," each containing either a bite-sized morsel, or a mini cocktail that connect to specific moments in whatever film is being screened.



    Rajmandir Cinema in Jaipur, India

    The Rajmandir is one of the most beautiful theaters in the world. The lobby of the Rajmandir is adorned with chandeliers, custom-made wooden tiles, and glass inlay.

    And to further enhance every guest's experience at the Rajmandir, the air is scented with a floral aroma that is pumped through the air conditioning. 

     



    Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn, NY

    At Nitehawk Cinema, guests can order unique and delicious cocktails, dinner, and snacks (including the signature truffle oil popcorn) while they catch the latest indie flick of their choice.

     



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    Love Actually

    • "Love Actually" is considered a classic romantic holiday movie by many.
    • But people have been pointing out the sexism in the movie for years.
    • Enjoying "Love Actually" is perfectly fine, but best done with eyes wide open.


    'Tis the season to be jolly and remind everyone that "Love Actually" is one of the most problematic and sexist Christmas movies still considered to be a holiday staple in homes around the world.

    Many people — myself included — cozy up and watch "Love Actually" almost every year. In the 14 years since it's release (you can see how the cast has changed since then here), "Love Actually" has managed to become a ritualistic part of holiday movie watching just like "Miracle on 34th Street" or "It's A Wonderful Life." 

    But while some have latched onto "Love Actually" for its promise of feel-good romance and a star-studded cast, others have pointed out the many misogynistic issues embedded in the script. If you haven't read Lindy West's takedown of "Love Actually" — stop everything you're doing and go read it.

    Sarah Love Actually

    Let's dive into the muck. First up — the constant references to overweight women.

    The strange volume of fat jokes

    For a movie supposedly about true love, there are way too many jokes made about women's weight. Pajiba writer Courtney Enlow wrote an excellent breakdown of the most bizarre repetition of fat jokes all about one character: Natalie.

    "'Love Actually's' biggest mystery is this: Why does everyone think Natalie, played by actress Martine McCutcheon, is such a monstrous fat cow beast creature?" Enlow wrote in 2014.

    Natalie Love Actually

    First Natalie tells Prime Minister David — her bachelor boss played by Hugh Grant — a story about how her boyfriend dumped her because "she was getting fat." 

    Then Natalie has a weird encounter with the president of the United States, in which he uses his power of authority over her lack of agency as a subordinate to almost trick her into sex? And as a result, David makes a politically charged speech and then fires Natalie.

    Prime Minister David Love Actually

    Technically, he asks for her to be "distributed elsewhere," but even during that conversation her weight comes up again. David's chief of staff refers to her as "the chubby girl." Later Natalie's father calls her "Plumpy," as if that's a cute nickname your grown daughter loves to hear. 

    There's another fat joke directed towards a different character that never made it into the movie, but still tarnishes our memory of "Love Actually."

    The weird fat joke that only appeared in the trailer

    Everyone remembers the iconic "Love Actually" scene in which Mark — a man who has fallen in love with his best friend's new wife, Juliet, apparently without ever speaking to her — shows up to the newlyweds house and silently performs the romantic gesture of professing his love for her. 

    Love Actually

    Sweet, right? Well ... it's actually kind of creepy and disrespectful. Your BEST FRIEND just married a woman who you have feelings for. Yes, that sucks, but your plan is to go behind your friend's back to tell Juliet that you love her and probably will for the rest of your life? 

    As Lindy West put it succinctly back in 2013: "That best man guy shows up at Keira Knightley's house and spawns a decade of nice-guy emotional manipulation re-framed as 'romance.' And Keira Knightley f------- kisses him for it."

    Then it gets worse. Two years ago, while re-watching Christmas movie trailers, because why not, we realized that there was an extra card originally in that stack of "romance." This is straight from the official Universal movie trailer:

    "Fatso."

    Mark was supposed to call Juliet "fatso" while in the middle of professing his love to her. That doesn't even make sense. And in the trailer, she just laughs at it? As if that's the funniest joke a man she barely knows and who has treated her with disdain as a method of self-preservation can make?

    Women's general lack of agency

    Moving on from the fat jokes, it's hard to ignore the fact that women have little to no agency in this movie — unless they're after sex. 

    The movie barely passes the Bechdel test— as far as we can tell the only two female characters who speak about something other than a man are Karen and her daughter Daisy. They discuss the lobster's role in the nativity play. 

    Karen and Daisy Love Actually

    But Daisy is one of the minor named characters, and all the other women only ever speak with men in romantic settings.

    Lindy West pointed out that the largest example of this comes from Colin Firth's storyline, in which he stays in a French home and falls in love with the woman hired to clean his house every day without every properly speaking to her.

    "Colin Firth falls in 'love' with Aurelia at first sight, establishing 'Love Actually''s central moral lesson: The less a woman talks, the more lovable she is," West wrote. "None of the women in this movie f------ talk. All of the men in this movie 'win' a woman at the end. This god d--- movie."

    The demoralizing conclusion of the cheating plotline

    The most depressing storyline in "Love Actually" is Harry's extra-marital affair.

    Harry, played by Alan Rickman, has an affair with his secretary (a character reduced to walking genitals, according to West's apt description). Eventually Harry's wife, Karen, realizes what's happening and tearfully confronts him.

    Harry and Karen Love Actually

    At the end of the movie we see her greeting him at the airport, and it's unclear whether she decided to leave him or not. But one of the script editors for "Love Actually" (and the wife of the writer and director Richard Curtis) tweeted some depressing confirmations about the ending in 2015.

    Not only did Harry definitely have a physical affair as well as an emotional one, but Karen decides to stay with him even though their home will never be as happy again. We're not arguing that divorce is always the answer, but it's upsetting to have no real closure for this narrative.

    At the very least we would have appreciated seeing a real, meaningful conversation between Harry and Karen about his actions and their marriage.

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    All the turtlenecks. All of them.

    Just kidding. The turtlenecks are the best part this movie. If there's one thing that gets more and more fun with each re-watching of "Love Actually," it's pointing and subsequently ranking every turtleneck worn throughout the film. BuzzFeed did the "Definitive Ranking of All the Turtlenecks in 'Love Actually'" back in 2013 and it's a must-read.

    You have Mia's saucy black turtleneck, Daniel's sad "my wife just died" turtleneck, and "Just" Judy's appropriately nude-colored turtleneck. But the best of all is Mark's "Oh crap, Juliet knows I love her" turtleneck.

    It starts out as a regular zip up sweater.

    Mark sad Love Actually

    But then it transforms into a turtleneck of shame and self-delusion:

    Brilliant.

    But in all seriousness. There are more issues with "Love Actually" than we've had time to go through here. You should really take a read through Lindy West's hilarious takedown of the movie.

    I still watch it every year, but as my colleague Megan Willet said, it's a movie best enjoyed with "eyes wide open." Being aware of the issues with representation of women and relationships in movies like "Love Actually" is an important first step. So, if you must, sit back and enjoy the cheesy sexism and plethora of turtlenecks. But don't mistake the movie's message of "love" for the real deal. 

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    The new trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is out, and there's already a breakout star of the film, at least according to the internet. A new creature called a porg is featured for a brief few seconds, and its become somewhat of a meme on Twitter. Disney is pushing lots of porg merchandise, and it's capturing people's attention thanks to its penguin-like shape and its big eyes. Here's everything we know about porgs so far. Following is the text of the video.

    Everything about "porgs" from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

    Porgs are a new creature in the Star Wars universe.

    They will make their debut in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

    They're small, penguin-like creatures.

    They build nests and they can fly.

    They are native to the planet of Ahch-To, where Luke Skywalker was living in "The Force Awakens."

    The real-life inspiration for porgs?

    Puffins that live off the coast of Ireland, where the Ahch-To scenes were shot.

    Porg babies are called "porglets."

    A group of porgs is called a "murder."

    They are very curious creatures.

    In the film, they're portrayed with both puppets and CGI.

    Disney is already offering lots of porg merchandise.

    A porg children's book is in the works.

    The internet has already turned them into a popular meme.

    We'll find out more when The Last Jedi comes out Dec 15, 2017.

    This video was originally published on October 11, 2017

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    Rey

    In December of 2015, the Force heard its alarm clock, winced, squirmed in its high-thread-count sheets, contemplated hitting the snooze button, then thought better of it and chose to awaken. This week, Disney and Lucasfilm are finally picking up the threads laid down in "Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens" and revealing what the nutty ol’ Force does next in "Episode VIII — The Last Jedi."

    But two years is a long time in our dense media environment. What if you can’t remember all the mystical ins and outs of what went down such a long time ago in a Galaxy so terribly far away?

    Deep breaths, my young apprentice. We’re here to tell you where everybody left off.

    The Resistance and the First Order

    Although it may have seemed like everything was wrapped up in a nice bow at the end of the original "Star Wars" trilogy, politics is a messy business. Even after the destruction of the second Death Star, fighting continued between the evil Galactic Empire and the generally nicer Rebel Alliance, which founded a new government called the New Republic.

    Eventually, a peace treaty was signed, but there was no unconditional surrender — the remnants of the Empire were allowed to survive in circumscribed sections of space. Over the years, warmongering revisionists from those areas moved into the Galactic hinterlands and formed a movement called the First Order, which sought to regain the glory of the Empire.

    It came to be controlled by a mysterious dude named Supreme Leader Snoke, who seems to have some kind of connection to the Dark Side of the Force. The New Republic didn’t want to jeopardize the peace by attacking them, but it looked the other way when erstwhile princess Leia Organa formed a paramilitary force called the Resistance to fight the First Order.

    That turned out to be a good idea, but it arrived too late: In "The Force Awakens," the First Order deployed a superweapon/planet called Starkiller Base, which destroyed the New Republic’s capital and starfleet. The Resistance destroyed the weapon and sent the First Order into retreat, but both sides remain bloodied and viciously at odds.



    Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)

    Despite having literally zero lines in "The Force Awakens," everyone’s favorite walker of the Hero’s Journey loomed large in reputation. Back in the original trilogy of "Star Wars" flicks, Luke went from podunk farm boy to last living practitioner of the ancient Jedi arts.

    After he and his buddies defeated Emperor Palpatine, Luke set out to find and train new Jedi. He set up a school for them and one of his students was his own nephew, Ben Solo, the child of Han Solo and Leia Organa. Alas, Ben turned evil, adopted the name Kylo Ren, killed all his fellow students, and burned the school to the ground.

    Luke felt responsible for what happened and went into self-imposed exile, searching for the first temple of the Jedi. The First Order wanted to find and kill him, and he became something of a legend throughout the Galaxy.

    He found the temple on a planet called Ahch-To and thought he could have some damn time to himself, so imagine his surprise when he stepped outside at the end of "The Force Awakens" and saw …



    Rey (Daisy Ridley)

    Luke had no idea who she was and, to a certain extent, neither do we. She was one of a handful of new protagonists introduced in"The Force Awakens," but her past is a mystery. When she was a little girl, she was abandoned on the desert planet of Jakku, never knowing anything about her parents or lineage.

    Though she dreamed of off-world adventures, she was stuck in the life of a scavenger until fate intervened: She came across a Resistance droid named BB-8, who was on the run from the First Order, then ran into a deserter Stormtrooper named Finn.

    When the First Order came a-calling, the trio escaped on Han Solo’s old ship, the Millennium Falcon, which happened to be right near where they were all situated (you have to get used to such convenient coincidences in order to enjoy"The Force Awakens").

    Han tracked down the Falcon and joined up with them, and they went to the castle of a diminutive alien named Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o) for assistance. Rey was drawn to some mysterious noises and found Luke’s lightsaber, which Maz possessed for some reason. When she touched it, she experienced a vision in which she saw her younger self being abandoned on Jakku, then saw Kylo destroying Luke’s Jedi academy.

    Maz told Rey that her destiny was calling and that she should take the lightsaber, but Rey declined and tried to leave behind the mission. The First Order and the Resistance both showed up and launched into a battle, during which Kylo nabbed her. He attempted to torture her for information on Starkiller Base, but she surprised herself by using the Force to resist him and break out, demonstrating that she’s a potential Jedi.

    She ran into Finn, Han, and Chewie and the three of them planted bombs around the base, then watched helplessly as Kylo killed his papa, Han. Rey fought Kylo with Luke’s lightsaber, which Finn had held onto. She managed to knock him down and scar his face before an earthquake separated them and prematurely ended the scuffle.

    Chewie picked her and Finn up in the Falcon and they fled back to the Resistance base right before Starkiller Base was destroyed. The good guys figured out where Luke was, thanks to the combined efforts of BB-8 and fellow droid R2-D2. In the finale of "The Force Awakens," Rey, Chewie, and R2 flew off to Ahch-To and find the grizzled Jedi Master. She offered him his lightsaber, and the credits rolled.



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    Belle Beauty and the Beast I Tonya Tonya Harding movies 2017

    2017 has been a fantastic year for cinephiles, with acclaimed indie hits like "Lady Bird" and "Call Me By Your Name" taking critics by storm, or bigger blockbusters like "Wonder Woman" setting new box office records. But not all movies are can live up to the hype. 

    Keep reading for a look at the 11 most over-hyped films of the year.

    SEE ALSO: 'The Last Jedi' is an emotionally powerful 'Star Wars' movie because it breaks all the usual sequel rules

    The "Beauty and the Beast" live-action remake fell short for many Disney fans.

    Disney's first epic live-action reboot paid off at the box office ("Beauty and the Beast" grossed  more than $1 billion in theaters), but fans' reception to the film was lukewarm. The new version's many changes to the original animated feature led to a less magical experience.



    Stephen King's beloved "Dark Tower" book series was adapted into a movie after 10 years building hype, and everyone was let down.

    Critics and fans alike skewered "Dark Tower" once it finally hit theaters earlier this year. The movie was bounced around from director to director over a period of 10 years, and fans were trying to stay optimistic. But the ultimate result was a slapdash and nonsensical action movie with no heart. 

    For more on why "Dark Tower" flopped, read our critics roundup here.



    Universal hoped to make a franchise out of Tom Cruise's "The Mummy," but the reboot was a huge summer flop.

    Critics called "The Mummy"the worst movie Tom Cruise has ever made and fans didn't flock to the theaters either. The film wound up losing almost $100 million after bombing at the box office. Universal bet big on this reboot, but not even nostalgia could save this movie from doom.



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    Last Jedi Disney

    It's now become a yearly discussion: Where does the latest "Star Wars" movie rank all time?

    With Disney releasing a "Star Wars" movie every year for the foreseeable future, the ranking of all the movies in the franchise has become one of those things you pencil (well, magic marker) in leading up to the newest one hitting theaters.

    With "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" opening on Friday, it's time to do it again.

    Here's how I rank all the "Star Wars" movies after seeing "The Last Jedi."

    SEE ALSO: "The Last Jedi" is an emotionally powerful "Star Wars" movie because it breaks all the usual sequel rules

    9. "Attack of the Clones" (2002)

    It's a movie I struggle with ranking every year. I watched it again recently and I'm back on the disapprove side. There's a lot to enjoy about the second episode in the prequels — mainly, how Ewan McGregor has fit into the Obi-Wan Kenobi role nicely. The movie focuses heavily on his storyline as he encounters Jango and Boba Fett as well as Count Dooku. From a nostalgic standpoint, the last third of the movie brings to life dreams you've had for decades, as Lucas gives us the start of the Clone Wars as well as Yoda having a lightsaber battle. But the agony of watching the Anakin Skywalker/Padmé Amidala storyline was just too much for me in this latest viewing. (I'm sure I'll change the placement of this title again next year.)



    8. "The Phantom Menace" (1999)

    George Lucas has said from the beginning that "Star Wars" was made for kids, and he really took that to heart when he unveiled "Episode I: The Phantom Menace," 16 years after finishing the groundbreaking original trilogy. Introducing us to Anakin at the age of 9 as he's plucked by Qui-Gon Jinn as the "chosen one" who will bring balance to the Force, the first prequel gives us a lot of tame action and unlikely scenarios for Anakin to be in, even in a galaxy far, far away.

    The best part of the movie is its villain, Darth Maul, who has an incredible duel with the Jedi at the end of the movie. It's one of the only goose-bump moments in the whole movie — heightened by John Williams' score — and, sadly, you have to wait over an hour to get to it.

    Yes, this is the movie that introduced us to Jar Jar Binks. That is all I'll say about that.



    7. "Revenge of the Sith" (2005)

    The conclusion of the prequel trilogy is one of the saga's darkest. A grown Anakin is seduced by the dark side of the Force and wipes out the Jedi, including the younglings (!). Padmé dies, but not before giving birth to their twins, Luke and Leia.

    The most agonizing part of this movie to sit through is Hayden Christensen's performance as Skywalker conflicted with the dark side — more a sniveling 20-something than a disillusioned "chosen one." We don't get a good performance of that pull to the dark side until Adam Driver comes along to play Kylo Ren in "The Force Awakens." We can only partly blame Christensen: Lucas was never big on giving actors instructions, which proved here to be costly.

    On the bright side: Another excellent performance by McGregor as Kenobi, and the duel at the end of the move between Skywalker and Kenobi is worth the wait.



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    • Clint Eastwood's latest movie looks at the three Americans who stopped a terrorist attack on a French train in 2015.
    • Eastwood cast the real-life friends to play themselves in the movie.


    In August 2015 on a high-speed train in France, three American friends, two of them off-duty members of the US military, thwarted a terrorist attack after a man armed with an assault rifle and other weapons tried to open fire in the train. Four people were injured, but there were no fatalities.

    The three Americans instantly became heroes and wrote a book about their ordeal, which has now inspired a movie directed by Clint Eastwood.

    This all sounds like standard protocol for an incredible act of bravery like this, but it gets more interesting: Eastwood cast the three real-life friends who stopped the attack to be the leads in the movie.

    "The 15:17 to Paris," which is also the title of the book about the attack, is Eastwood's latest based-on-a-true story movie ("American Sniper,""Sully"), and in telling this one he has Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, Specialist Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler reenacting their heroics (Stone sustained injuries while taking down the gunman).

    The trailer was released Wednesday and looks beyond the acts on that August day, showing how the friends got to that moment in their lives through flashbacks of their childhood and Stone and Skarlatos' military service.

    Watch the trailer below. It's quite inspiring. Warner Bros. will release the movie on February 9.

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    • NASA confirmed to Inverse that astronauts on the International Space Station will be able to screen "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" in the near future. 
    •  The anticipated "Star Wars" sequel premieres in theaters on Thursday night. 
    • "The Last Jedi" has received critical acclaim in advance of its release. 

     

    While earthbound audiences will have to line up Thursday night to see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" in theaters, NASA astronauts will soon be able to screen the anticipated film on the International Space Station (ISS). 

    Spaceflight reporter Robin Seemangal first tweeted the news on Tuesday, and Inverse later confirmed with NASA that the film will screen for the ISS astronauts at some point in the near future.

    international space station, iss"I received confirmation from Disney and NASA sources that the crew aboard the International Space Station will be screening 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi,'" Seemangal tweeted.

    "[I] can confirm the crew will be able to watch it on orbit," NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot told Inverse. "Don't have a definitive timeline yet. They typically get movies as digital files and can play them back on a laptop or a standard projector that is currently aboard."

    Inverse speculates that the digital file of "The Last Jedi" could arrive on a SpaceX Dragon capsule that the Orlando Sentinel reported is bound for the ISS on Friday. 

    "The Last Jedi" currently sits at a 93% "fresh" rating on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and it opens nationwide on Thursday night. 

    Watch the trailer for the film below:

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    Netflix has released its list of everything coming to the streaming site. Get ready for a lot of '90s Batman movies, the new "Cars" sequel, and "Dallas Buyers Club."

    There are also a lot of other favorites including "The Godfather,""Shawshank Redemption," and "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

    A new "Trolls" animated cartoon series, another season of "Puss in Boots," and the "Captain Underpants" movie are all good picks for little ones.

    You can see the full list of what's coming to Netflix in January below. As always, we've highlighted our favorites in bold.

    Available 1/1/2018

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    "10,000 B.C."
    "30 Days of Night"
    "Age Of Shadows" 
    "AlphaGo"
    "America's Sweethearts"
    "Apollo 13" 

    Apollo 13

    "Batman"
    "Batman & Robin"
    "Batman Begins"
    "Batman Forever"
    "Batman Returns"
    "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
    "Bring It On"

    "Bring It On Again" 
    "Bring It On: All or Nothing" 
    "Bring It On: Fight to the Finish" 
    "Bring It On: In It to Win It" 
    "Caddyshack"
    "Chef & My Fridge: 2017"
    "Defiance" 
    "Definitely, Maybe"
    "Eastsiders" Season 3
    "Furry Vengeance" 
    "Glacé" Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" 
    "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never"
    "King Kong" 
    "Lethal Weapon"
    "Lethal Weapon 2"
    "Lethal Weapon 3"
    "Lethal Weapon 4"
    "License to Wed"
    "Like Water for Chocolate" 
    "Love Actually" 
    "Lovesick" Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Maddman: The Steve Madden Story" 
    "Marie Antoinette" 
    "Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World" 
    "Midnight in Paris" 
    "Monsters vs. Aliens" 
    "National Treasure"
    "Sharknado 5: Global Swarming" 
    "Stardust" 

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    "Strictly Ballroom"
    "The Dukes of Hazzard"
    "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"
    "The First Time"
    "The Godfather"
    "The Godfather: Part II"
    "The Godfather: Part III"
    "The Italian Job"
    "The Lovely Bones"
    "The Shawshank Redemption"
    "The Truman Show"
    "The Vault" 
    "Training Day"
    "Treasures From The Wreck Of The Unbelievable" 
    "Troy"
    "Wedding Crashers"
    "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"

    Available 1/2/2018

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    "Mustang Island" 
    "Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"
    "Rent"

    Available 1/3/2018

    "Before I Wake"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL 
    "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL 
    "Devilman Crybaby" Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL 
    "Rotten"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL 

    Available 1/6/2018

    "Episodes" Season 1-5

    Available 1/8/2018

    "The Conjuring"

    Available 1/10/2018

    "47 Meters Down"
    "Alejandro Riaño Especial de stand up-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie"
    "In The Deep"

    Available 1/12/2018

    "Colony" Season 2
    "Disjointed" Part 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Somebody Feed Phil"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "The Man Who Would Be Polka King"
    "The Polka King"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Tom Segura: Disgraceful"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 1/14/2018

    "Wild Hogs"

    Available 1/15/2018

    "2018 Olympic Winter Games Preview: Meet Team USA & Go for the Gold"
    "Rehenes"
    "Unrest"

    Available 1/16/2018

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    "Dallas Buyers Club"
    "Katt Williams: Great America"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Rita" Season 4

    Available 1/17/2018

    "Arango y Sanint: Ríase El Show"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Friday Night Tykes" Season 4

    Available 1/18/2018

    "Bad Day for the Cut"
    "Tiempos de guerra" Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 1/19/2018

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    "Drug Lords" Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Grace and Frankie" Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "The Open House"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Trolls: The Beat Goes On!" Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 1/23/2018

    "Todd Glass: Act Happy"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 1/24/2018

    "Ricardo Quevedo: Hay gente así"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 1/25/2018

    "Acts of Vengeance"

    Available 1/26/2018

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    "A Futile and Stupid Gesture"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Dirty Money"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Kavin Jay: Everybody Calm Down!"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Llama Llama" Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "One Day at a Time" Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Sebastián Marcelo Wainraich"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
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    • Salma Hayek wrote a New York Times op-ed alleging that Harvey Weinstein made inappropriate demands and threats toward her during the making of the 2002 film "Frida."
    • Hayek wrote that Weinstein threatened to "kill" her and replace her on the film after she rejected his numerous sexual advances and demands. 
    • "Frida," produced by Weinstein's Miramax company, would go on to earn six Oscar nominations. 

     

    Actress Salma Hayek wrote an op-ed for The New York Times on Wednesday detailing a harrowing account of working with disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein on the 2002 movie "Frida."

    In the op-ed, Hayek wrote about how Weinstein made inappropriate demands and threats toward her as she attempted to get the film, based on the life of the Mexican artist Frida Khalo, produced by Weinstein's studio, Miramax. 

    Hayek wrote that turning down Weinstein's demands included her saying, "No to me taking a shower with him. No to letting him watch me take a shower. No to letting him give me a massage. No to letting a naked friend of his give me a massage. No to letting him give me oral sex. No to my getting naked with another woman."

    After she rejected his numerous demands, Hayek said that Weinstein, "in an attack of fury," told her, "I will kill you, don't think I can't," before saying that he would offer the role to another actress. 

    salma hayek fridaHayek wrote that she ended up giving into one of Weinstein's demands, which was that Miramax would make the film if she agreed do a sex scene with another woman that included "full-frontal nudity."

    "In his eyes, I was not an artist," Hayek wrote. "I wasn’t even a person. I was a thing: not a nobody, but a body."

    The sex scene deeply troubled Hayek, she wrote, describing having to take a tranquilizer to stop "crying and convulsing" as she performed the scene. 

    Hayek's account of Weinstein's harassment and intimidation tactics falls in line with the multitude of women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.

    "When Harvey saw the cut film, he said it was not good enough for a theatrical release and that he would send it straight to video," Hayek wrote.

    That was not the case.

    "Frida" would go on to be a commercial success and earn six Oscar nominations for Miramax, including a best actress nod for Hayek's portrayal of Khalo. 

    Weinstein's lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

    Read Hayek's column for The New York Times.

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    • Disney's deal to buy most of 21st Century Fox has many in Hollywood curious how scaled down Fox will become.
    • What will happen to its independent film arm, Fox Searchlight? And will Disney continue to green-light Fox's R-rated franchises?
    • What's certain is the loss of the "big six" studios dynamic means major changes to the industry.


    With the news on Thursday that Disney had bought much of 21st Century Fox's entertainment and TV assets for an estimated $52.4 billion, the reality that Hollywood is on the brink of a seismic change is starting to hit those in the industry.

    Many below the executive level at Fox are in the dark as to job security, and those at competing studios are watching everything with mouths agape, puzzled by how they compete with Disney now.

    Even without Fox, Disney's film division is on a run of winning the domestic box office for the past three weeks thanks to Pixar's "Coco," and it's sure to get better for the studio — with the release of Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" this Friday, that winning streak could extend through the three weeks left in 2017. And if the coming big releases "Jumanji" or "The Greatest Showman" (a Fox movie, by the way) do knock "The Last Jedi" from the top spot in the coming weeks, Disney still earned $5 billion-plus at the worldwide box office for the third year in a row (Warner Bros. hit that mark this year for just the second time in its history) and is likely to surpass WB as the top-earning studio at the domestic box office for the year

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    For fans of the Fox-owned Marvel IP that is now headed to Disney (X-Men, Deadpool, Multiple Man), there's a lot of excitement to have all the Marvel characters under one roof. But it's unknown how the deal will affect the output of Fox, which in the past has released about twice as many titles a year as Disney.

    Along with the main 20th Century Fox studio there's also Fox 2000 and Fox Searchlight, the prestigious distributor of independent film titles like "The Shape of Water," which led all movies with seven Golden Globe nominations when they were announced earlier this week.

    Do these divisions just get added to the Disney war chest that already includes Marvel Studios, Pixar, and Lucasfilm? Or does Searchlight become a more attractive space on the Disney streaming side and exclusively set up shop there to help compete with Netflix?

    Some aspects of Fox are no-brainers for Disney. James Cameron's "Avatar" movies will not be affected at all by the merger. Seeing that the property already has its own section at Disney World, it will fit in nicely. But the "Deadpool,""Alien," and "Predator" franchises are a different story. Those are R-rated projects, and Disney hasn't released those kinds of movies in a long time.

    "Let's hope Disney allows themselves to grow up and re-enter the R-rated ball game," Jeff Bock, a senior analyst at Exhibitor Relations, told Business Insider. "They pretty much have to if franchises like 'Alien' and 'Predator' are going to continue to evolve. My hope is that they keep the Fox department going, streamline it a bit, and concentrate on making that their adult division."

    Analysts predict the deal will take a year or more to be approved, so there's some time to figure out just how bloody the next "Alien" can be, or whether Deadpool will have to tone it down. But the reality in Hollywood is that with the Disney-Fox deal the era of the "big six" movie studios of Disney, Fox, Universal, Warner Bros., Sony, and Paramount is over — now it's time to adapt.

    To compete, other studios could also merge — giving us essentially a movie version of the NBA's super-team syndrome — or they could amp up efforts to infiltrate streaming, leaving their movie studios as an output for major blockbusters that audiences still want to watch in theaters.

    Either way, the ramifications of this deal will reach far and wide.

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    • Some of the "Pitch Perfect 3" cast spoke with Ellen DeGeneres about working together during an appearance on "The Ellen Show" Wednesday.
    • Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, and Anna Kendrick have appeared in all of the "Pitch Perfect" movies. 
    • While on "Ellen," the women explained why Kendrick "scared" them when they first met her.
    • They pointed to her weird habit of organizing her sunglasses in rows as one of the reasons.
    • Snow has a hilarious theory that everyone has a "serial killer trait," and that was Kendrick's. 
    • Camp's is preferring orange vitamin gummies.
    • Wilson's is not watching any movie more than once. 
    • And the most creepy is Snow, whose quirk is liking to be "encapsulated in things and feel very small."   
    • Watch them hilariously share their quirks below.

     

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    • Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock shared a confessional post on Twitter Wednesday night.
    • The "Super Size Me" creator wrote that he was "part of the problem" when it came to the ongoing revelations of sexual misconduct and assault.
    • Spurlock wrote that a one-time sexual encounter with a girl in college was perceived as rape by her, though he says he believed it was consensual at the time.
    • Spurlock said he paid a settlement to a former employee he admits to verbally sexually harassing.

     

    Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock posted a confessional on Wednesday night, admitting to paying out a settlement to a former employee he verbally harassed and detailing a sexual encounter in college that the woman identified as rape.

    Spurlock, best known for the 2004 documentary "Super Size Me," began the post by acknowledging the current tidal wave of allegations being made against powerful men in the wake of Harvey Weinstein's exposure.

    Many notable media figures including Matt Lauer and Kevin Spacey have faced swift consequences after reports of sexual misconduct and abuse were levied against them.

    "As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don't sit by and wonder 'Who will be next?'" Spurlock wrote. "I wonder, 'When will they come for me?'"

    The first instance of misconduct Spurlock admits to is a one-time sexual encounter with a woman when he was in college. According to Spurlock, he was shocked when a friend told him the woman had written a short story about the "one night stand" and called it rape.

    Here's Spurlock's description of what happened:

    "We began fooling around, she pushed me off, then we laid in the bed and talked and laughed some more, and then began fooling around again. We took off our clothes. She said she didn't want to have sex, so we laid together, and talked, and kissed, and laughed, and then we started having sex.

    'Light Bright,' she said.

    'What?'

    'Light bright. That kids toy, that's all I can see and think about,' she said … and then she started to cry. I didn't know what to do. We stopped having sex and I rolled beside her. I tried to comfort her. To make her feel better. I thought I was doing OK, I believed she was feeling better. She believed she was raped.

    That's why I'm part of the problem."

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    Spurlock next says he settled a verbal sexual harassment allegation at his office eight years ago with his assistant. 

    "I would call my female assistant 'hot pants' or 'sex pants' when I was yelling to her from the other side of the office," Spurlock wrote. "Something I thought was funny at the time, but then realized I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence."

    When she decided to quit, the woman allegedly asked Spurlock for a settlement payout to prevent her from taking the reports public. 

    "Being who I was, it was the last thing I wanted, so of course, I paid," Spurlock said. "I paid for peace of mind. I paid for her silence and cooperation. Most of all, I paid so I could remain who I was."

    The filmmaker continues to say that he's also been unfaithful in every relationship he's had, and speculates on the origins of his behavior. He questions whether his actions are the result of sexual abuse he suffered as a young boy himself, or his drinking habits and depression.

    "By recognizing and openly admitting what I’ve done to further this terrible situation, I hope to empower the change within myself," Spurlock said. "We should all find the courage to admit we're at fault." 

    You can read Spurlock's full account of these events here.

    If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can visit RAINN or call its hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to receive confidential support from a trained staff member.

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    • Disney's $52.4 billion deal to buy 20th Century Fox's entertainment assets means that Marvel characters like the X-Men, Deadpool, and the Fantastic Four can join Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe.
    • Disney will also acquire Fox assets like the "Avatar" series, "The Simpsons," and the first "Star Wars" film.

     

    Fans of superhero films with outsized ensemble casts can rejoice, as Disney's $52.4 billion deal to buy 20th Century Fox's film and TV assets will expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include characters that Fox previously owned.

    Disney's announcement of the deal was quick to note that it "provides Disney with the opportunity to reunite the X-MenFantastic Four, and Deadpool with the Marvel family under one roof and create richer, more complex worlds of inter-related characters and stories that audiences have shown they love."

    As Variety notes, Disney CEO Bob Iger also addressed the potential for unifying disparate brands in a call with investors on Thursday, saying, "Bringing Disney and Fox together will combine some of the world’s most iconic entertainment franchises."

    The film rights for Marvel characters have long been divided between studios, as Polygon notes. Sony owns the rights to the "Spider-Man" series, and Disney had to license the character from Sony in 2015 to use Spider-Man in the "Avengers" film series. 

    Fox has owned the "X-Men" and "Fantastic Four" series and produced multiple film iterations of the characters. Disney's deal to acquire Fox's assets means that the company will not have to license these characters from Fox, opening up the potential to readily include them in Disney's Marvel films.

    The Disney-Fox deal will also bring Fox assets like James Cameron's "Avatar" film series, "The Simpsons," and FX Networks under the Disney umbrella of content. 

    Iger also noted in his Thursday call that the deal "opens new opportunities" for a unified "Star Wars" franchise. Disney took over the majority of the "Star Wars" universe after it purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, but that deal lacked the first "Star Wars" film from 1977, which Fox produced and owned.

    Now, "Star Wars" falls completely under Disney's control, along with a legion of other fan-favorite content.

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    • Disney is buying 21st Century Fox's film and TV assets for $52.4 billion.
    • That includes channels like FX and National Geographic, but also includes the rights to X-Men characters, "Avatar," and "Alien" properties.
    • It also means that Disney would acquire the rights to Fox animated movie "Anastasia."
    • Often confused for a Disney movie for its high caliber of talent, music, and production, it could make the Grand Duchess an official Disney princess.


    Disney announced Thursday morning it will be purchasing Fox's film studio and TV assets, and there's one really big reason to get excited. 

    No. We're not talking about how Deadpool and the X-Men can join the Marvel Cinematic Universe or about how R-rated franchises like "Alien" will proceed

    This is something bigger, and much more important — at least to '90s children everywhere. 

    Does the Disney/Fox merger mean that Anastasia is a Disney princess? 

    You know, this Anastasia.

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    For years, people have been mistaking Anastasia as a Disney property so it feels fitting she could finally be one.

    You didn't know "Anastasia" isn't a Disney movie? It's not. 

    It's a 20th Century Fox animated movie.

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    I understand the confusion.

    The 1997 film about the grand duchess escaping her family's execution was directed by former Disney animators Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. The two worked on Disney movies like "Robin Hood" and "The Rescuers." For what it's worth, they actually were trying to compete against Disney's animated titan. When reviews for "Anastasia" came out, it was compared to movies released during Disney's renaissance period in the '90s.

    It also has catchy songs you won't be able to get out of your head like "Journey to the Past" and "Once Upon a December." The former was nominated for an Academy Award. (It lost to Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" from "Titanic." Tragic.)

    Even if Disney keeps Fox movies under a separate umbrella, Anastasia would technically be part of the Disney family. She could join the ranks of Belle, Moana, Elsa, and Snow White

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    We know it's too early to get excited. The Disney/Fox deal will take about a year to be finalized after regulatory review, but a girl can still dream. 

    Oh, and Disney didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

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    • Anna Kendrick recently revealed that she was under pressure to wear more revealing outfits for "Pitch Perfect 3."
    • She said the cast would get notes after wardrobe fittings that the clothes "should be tighter and sexier and show more skin."
    • These notes came as a surprise to her, as she doesn't associate the film series with sex appeal.
    • However, she does approve of the movie's representation of diverse women and body types.

    One look at Anna Kendrick's Twitter feed and you know that she isn't afraid to speak her mind. Whether it's about masturbating in a movie theatre or the wage gap in Hollywood, the 32-year-old actress is a straight shooter when it comes to touchy subjects. That's likely why she wasn't afraid to call out the heads of her upcoming film, "Pitch Perfect 3," for wanting her to dress "sexier" and "show more skin" on screen.

    Kendrick opened up about Hollywood's sexualization problem in an interview with Harper's Bazaar U.K., where she revealed that she was asked to wear "tighter" clothes after a costume fitting for "Pitch Perfect 3." The request came as a surprise for Kendrick, considering the movie franchise isn't known for its sexy storylines.

    "It's funny — whenever we do the wardrobe fittings, I feel like we get notes from the top saying they should be tighter and sexier and show more skin," Kendrick said. "And I'm like, 'That's not why people are coming to see the movie. They definitely aren't showing up because of our sex appeal.'"

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    Though Kendrick had an issue with the heads of "Pitch Perfect 3" and their sexier vision of the movie, she praised the film for showcasing diverse women and body types. "It's nice that audiences are interested in seeing a movie of misfits and girls of different shapes and sizes," she said.

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    • The Rock sleeps just three to five hours per night.
    • He gets up before the sun rises.
    • That way, he has time to orient himself for the day and work out.
    • He's one of the most productive actors in Hollywood, with a dozen projects in the works.

     

    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is so productive that it seems like he doesn't sleep.

    As it turns out, he doesn't.

    The actor and former WWE wrestling star told Variety that he gets just three to five hours a night.

    “The only thing that’s regimented is I have to wake up before the sun gets up,"he said. "And I have my two hours alone when no one else is up and the house is quiet."

    During those early-morning hours, The Rock said he plans his day, meditates, and works out.

    "I often sacrifice two hours of sleep just so I can have the quiet two hours that I need before the whole house wakes up, including the animals," he said.

    The Rock has a lot to do these days. In addition to starring in "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," out next Wednesday, he's a lead actor in the "Fast and Furious" franchise and has about a dozen forthcoming movies, according to IMDb. He's also having a baby, spends time to motivate kids, spends all day on social media, and enjoys the finer things in life.

    The Rock told Variety that his sleep schedules aren't always regimented, and are "funky and off." But he still takes time in the morning to orient himself.

    "I need the mental time in the beginning, and the next thing is my training time," he said. "Those are my two anchors, and once I’m able to anchor myself, I’m able to go to work, and then I get in my pickup truck and drive to set. I’m able to work 10, 12, 14 hours if I know that I’ve centered and anchored my day in the beginning."

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    • A new poster for "Ocean's 8" dropped earlier today, in which the film's eight actors are lined up. 
    • The actor's names are listed at the top of the poster and doesn't match their placement in the photo. 
    • This is extremely irritating to me, a Type A person, who appreciates order. 
    • There is, however, reasons for this disarray. 

    True, slightly embarrassing confession: I thoroughly enjoyed the 'Ocean's 11' trilogy. The perfect lazy day involves whipping out my box set and watching George Clooney and Co. rob some of the richest people in the world blind. So imagine my excitement when I heard about 'Ocean's 8' — an all female remake starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and my soul sister Mindy Kaling. I was essentially in cinema heaven. 

    And that excitement grew today when Sarah Paulson, one of the leading eight ladies, shared the newest movie poster on Twitter. The poster features the eight stars donning dark attire and standing against a red backdrop. It's simple and so badass. 

    Naturally, I squealed at my desk and immediately started sharing with the friends who agreed to see the movie opening night. But then I noticed something that immediately deflated me of all my excitement. 

    The order of names at the top of the poster does not match the order of photos below. 

    At least, not all the way through. 

    The alignment starts fine, with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway being listed and appearing in the same order. 

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    But then it goes awry.

    Mindy Kaling, who is listed fourth, appears second to last in the line up. 

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    Paulson, whose name appears fifth, is sixth in the photo. 

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    You see where I'm going with this right?

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    Although Rihanna is also out of order (seventh name, but fifth in line), her name is aligned with her image, so she is in a slightly better position than the others. 

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    "Ocean's 8" is not the first film to mismatch its billing, and it certainly won't be the last. But why don't the names on movie posters align with the photos of the people? There may be a few reasons. 

    The first, and most common reason, comes to selling the movie. Sameer Ketkar, a film school grad, explained in a Quora thread that the bigger name will often be listed first

    "Actors and major producers/directors' usually get their name posted first because their name is a 'brand.' It's what draws viewers in," Ketkar wrote. "In the case of multiple stars, the biggest star usually is listed first, followed by the second biggest star, etc."

    Another reason for the billing mismatch: ego. Ketkar noted that some actors have a stipulation in their contract that require their name to be listed first, or even last with special phrasing, such as "with" or "and."
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    OK, that makes some sense. But if they know the billing plans ahead of time, why can't the photos be shot to match that. Well, that's still not totally clear.

    In an interview with Hollywood.com, Jeremy Kaplan, the president of the print division of movie marketing company Trailer Park, explained the process that goes into creating movie posters. He said that, sometimes, they are given images that the studio wants them to work with. In that case, they don't have much choice. 

    It may also just come down to making the most visually appealing image possible, even if it's out of order. As my colleague pointed out, the photographer may have chosen the order based on hair color or height. 

    Then again, maybe the marketers just want to frustrate me and other Type As. 

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    Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

    "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" gave viewers a few surprises with Rey, Snoke, and the return of an iconic character. But it was the film's end which delivered one of its most unexpected shocks.

    This is your last chance to head back before spoilers. 

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    After fighting Kylo Ren on Crait, we return to Luke Skywalker meditating on the island of Ahch-To. If you hadn't guessed it at this point, Skywalker never left Ahch-To, even during his battle with Kylo Ren. 

    He channeled his powers of the Force to appear on Crait in hologram form to face his nephew and reunite with his sister, Leia, one last time.

    We then see Luke look out longingly at the horizon. It's a perfect mirror to the longing gaze he once gave on Tatooine in "Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope." Now, it's not one of longing, but one of peace. 

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    But, it's what happened next that caught fans by surprise.

    As the camera pulls away from Luke, he disappears on screen leaving his Jedi robes behind to carry in the wind. 

    The moment may have made your jaw drop and left you wondering what happened. The explanation here is pretty simple, and you may have already guessed it.

    Is Luke dead?

    Yes. He's now a Force ghost. 

    What does that mean?

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    You know how Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Yoda will pop up as an embodiment of their Force-sensitive selves? Yeah, Luke's one of them.

    He is now truly one with the Force. 

    But, why? Luke looked like he had so much more to offer.

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    Did he, though?

    When we meet Skywalker in "The Last Jedi," he's a changed man, haunted by his actions toward his nephew, Ben Solo. As revealed in flashbacks, there was a moment in his past where Luke was so concerned by the darkness brewing in young Ben that he considered killing him for a fleeting moment. 

    Though he instantly changed his mind, it was too late. Ben, a young, scared teen, saw what his uncle was planning to do and it drove him to the dark side of the Force. Can you blame him? 

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    Luke has spent the remaining years of his life heavily regretting that decision. He even cut himself off from the Force for a time so Leia or no one could find him. After some facetime with Rey and acknowledging his shortcomings with Kylo face to face, Luke was finally at a place where he could let go and carry onward.

    Or, as Leia and Rey discern at the film's end, Luke is at peace.

    If you recall, Yoda passes on in a similar fashion, too, in "Empire Strikes Back" after training Luke.

    A big hint this was coming

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    Luke's death may not have hit you as a huge surprise if you were paying close attention in "The Last Jedi."Skywalker hinted at it slightly earlier in the movie.

    While his hologram was masterfully fighting Kylo Ren on Crait, he tells his nephew, "Strike me down in anger and I'll always be with you."

    His line echoed what Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi said to Darth Vader in "A New Hope" during their final battle.

    "If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine," Kenobi says to Vader before he disappeared into an empty robe as he was struck with a lightsaber and became a Force Ghost himself.

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    What does this mean for Luke moving forward?

    Will Luke Skywalker be in "Star Wars: Episode IX"? Up until his death, we were sure we would see him again, but now it's not so clear. "The Last Jedi" ends on an ambiguous note about where the franchise can go in the future. 

    Mark Hamill teased a return for "Episode IX" back in August 2016. Hamill said he was getting rid of his "The Last Jedi" beard — at least until the next trilogy movie.

    Still, we wouldn't be surprised if the next film has a bit of a time jump. But we'll have to wait a while to know for sure. 

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    Warning: There are massive spoilers ahead for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

    One of the biggest questions fans had at the end of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was the identity of Rey.

    Viewers finally received some sort of answer in "The Last Jedi," but it wasn't really satisfying.

    This is your last chance to head back before spoilers.

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    Near the end of the film, Kylo Ren and Rey are at a standstill. The two just teamed up to take down Snoke and Kylo asks Rey to join him and build a new order from scratch.

    "It's time to let old things die. The Sith. Jedi. Rebels," Solo tells her. 

    Rey refuses, consumed with learning the identity of her parents. This frustrates Ben. He's angry she continues to hold onto the past and lashes out. 

    Ben tells Rey that she knows the truth about her parents. She has known it all along. The problem? She doesn't want to accept the truth.

    Rey stays silent, but Ben tells her that she's nobody. She came from nothing. Rey had filthy, poor parents on Jakku who sold her for drinking money. That's it.

    Is this actually true? Maybe.

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    I'm sure Disney has seen the many theories fans have come up with on who Rey could be. She's a Kenobi. She's a Skywalker. Maybe the studio truly wanted to catch fans off guard by sending a message that anyone can be born Force sensitive.

    It's a very Disney-friendly message. Anyone can be a Jedi!

    The very end of the film supports this theory, too. We're introduced to a Force-sensitive boy on Canto Bight. His existence may be to emphasize that there are a bunch of Force-sensitive children out there that can come from any realm of the galaxy.

    Why this is an unsatisfying and lame answer that we're not buying just yet

    Who are we to trust that Kylo Ren is a reliable narrator? Who says he isn't lying to Rey for his own personal gain?

    Rey seems so connected in the Force to Ben, Leia, and Luke in "The Last Jedi" that it seems odd that she isn't related to any of them in some way. Then again, you would think that if Rey was related to any of the three that they would instantly make that connection and no one seems the wiser.

    There's a trippy scene in "The Last Jedi" where Rey thinks she's about to find out her parents' identities. We see two silhouettes in front of her before they're reduced to one and Rey is staring back at herself.

    What does that mean?

    Is Rey the daughter of some immaculate conception the same way Anakin Skywalker was? I don't think Disney would go down that route again. It was already done and it was a tough one for fans to swallow. I'm pretty sure Disney is trying to stay as far away from referencing or mirroring the prequel trilogy as much as possible so it doesn't upset fans.

    If Kylo was telling the truth, we may have seen Rey's father in "The Last Jedi." We don't seem to know too much about this DJ fellow played by Benicio del Toro other than he's a shady, resourceful codebreaker who only looks out for himself. He sounds like the sort of guy who might sell his daughter for some money if the price is right.

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    Hopefully, "Episode IX" will give us some clarity on whether or not Ben Solo's big reveal was the real deal or just a farce. 

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