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Solo: the disaster movie – the inside story of how Ron Howard and his cast rescued a Star Wars story from the abyss

The one thing Ron Howard wanted to get right about Star Wars was the Kessel Run. In the original 1977 film, Harrison Ford’s Han Solo boasted of having navigated this apparently deadly hyperspace route in “less than 12 parsecs”. But in the Solo spin-off, audiences would get to see the escapade …

Star Wars Anthology Series

News organizations pull some Facebook ads after new labeling policies

The Financial Times and New York Media, owner of New York magazine, have pulled certain ads from Facebook after the social media giant rolled out new policies for labeling ads about issues deemed political.<p>This week, Facebook instituted new requirements for advertisements on its platform. Ads that …

News Industry

The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story: Make the Kessel Run with exclusive concept art for Qi'ra, Dryden Vos, and more!

<i>Solo: A Star Wars Story</i> is finally out in theaters, which means you can finally discover how Han met Chewie and made the Kessel Run in less than 12 …

Star Wars Anthology Series

GDPR claims its first victims: U.S. newspapers

Today marks the start of Europe’s tough new privacy regime, and despite two years of warning and preparation time, at least two newspaper chains in the U.S. couldn’t figure it out.<p>Readers in Europe woke up this morning to find that newspapers owned by Tronc, including the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> and</i> …

Personal Data

L3-37’s Connection to THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

<i>Warning: Spoilers follow for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Jump into hyperspace and away from this page if you haven’t seen the movie yet.</i><p>L3-37, droid, …

Star Wars

No Force? No Death Star? Here’s how ‘Solo’ is unique among Star Wars movies.

<b>THE NEW</b> “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” which is tracking to have the lowest opening of Disney’s Star Wars films, is an adventure that many fans weren’t sure they wanted. The collective shrug essentially asked: Do we really need Han Solo’s origin story?<p>Yet as some skeptics question just how far Disney …

Star Wars

Review: 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Puts the Scoundrel Back in Han Solo

This probably won't come off well to hardcore "Star Wars" fans, but someone has to say it out loud: Harrison Ford's Han Solo actually wasn't much of …

Star Wars

Facebook, Google face first GDPR complaints over “forced consent”

After two years coming down the pipe at tech giants, Europe’s new privacy framework, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is now being applied — and long time Facebook privacy critic, Max Schrems, has wasted no time in filing four complaints relating to (certain) companies’ ‘take it or …

Privacy

The Rebel Girl In 'Solo' Could Be One Of The Most Debated Characters In All Of Star Wars

<b>Spoilers ahead for Solo: A Star Wars Story.</b> Much like <i>Rogue One</i> did in 2016, <i>Solo: A Star Wars Story</i> has the hard job of making fans love a Star Wars …

Star Wars

Han and Chewie are like 'an old married couple' in new Solo: A Star Wars Story BTS clip

Alden Ehrenreich describes Han and Chewie as "an old married couple," and if this new featurette is any indication, he's 100% right in the best way …

Star Wars Anthology Series

Liberation day! Don’t email me. I sure won’t be emailing you

As from today you have the perfect excuse. “I haven’t been in touch because you didn’t respond to my last email – you know, the one where I said that you had to specifically opt in if you wanted further communications? Anyway, Mum, how was your week?”<p>What is GDPR and how will it affect you?<p>Read more<p>…

GDPR

Kelsey Grammer met with George Lucas about playing original Han Solo

Still trying to figure out what to do with those tossed salads and scrambled eggs? How about those tossed salads and... green Thala-siren milk?<p>Kelsey …

TV

Does 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Here’s what you need to know about what to expect when the credits roll on the latest “Star Wars” side story<p>Disney and Lucasfilm are quickly turning …

Star Wars

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Is A High-Speed, Low-Energy Intergalactic Heist

The latest blockbuster from Disney and Lucasfilm tells of the early adventures of Han Solo. Critic Justin Chang says the plot somehow feels both utterly inconsequential and exasperatingly busy.<p>Transcript<p>TERRY GROSS, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. "Solo: A Star Wars Story," the latest blockbuster space …

Star Wars Anthology Series

Sites block users, shut down activities and flood inboxes as GDPR rules loom

Dozens of websites shut down their activities completely, others forced users to agree to new terms of service, and inboxes have been flooded with emails begging customers to remain on mailing lists as the GDPR rules come into force on Friday.<p>The biggest update in data protection laws since the …

Privacy

US companies wrestle with new European privacy rules

US companies are more scared and less prepared than their European counterparts for the EU privacy rules coming into force on Friday, with many …

Privacy

How This Company's Profits Skyrocketed by Removing One Thing From Its Website

Here's a hint: every company has one.<p>If you run a business that thrives off of customers reaching out to you over the phone, the natural instinct is to do whatever you can to increase the amount of incoming calls. You want to get your contact info out there so that you can reel in as many potential …

Customers

Should you send Facebook all your nude photos?

If you have been the victim of “revenge porn” – intimate pictures stolen and published in an attempt to humiliate or blackmail – Facebook has a proposal that might sound counterintuitive: cc them in to your sexts.<p>But give it a chance. The company’s offering is a better idea than it sounds. Facebook …

Internet

Solo Box-Office Estimates: So Low?

<i>Solo</i>’s box-office tracking numbers are here, and they’re only so-so. <i>THR</i> reports that the Han Solo origin story is expected to gross around $130 to …

Box Office

Ron Howard reveals Harrison Ford’s verdict on ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

The latest Star Wars anthology movie hits cinemas in the UK on Friday (May 25)<p>Harrison Ford has given his verdict on <i>Solo: A Star Wars Story</i>, with the …

Harrison Ford

Trump barred from blocking Twitter users by judge

<b>US President Donald Trump may not "block" Twitter users from viewing his online profile due to their political beliefs, a judge in New York has ruled.</b><p>District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan said that blocking access to his @realDonaldTrump account would be a violation of the right to free …

Donald Trump

Solo May Be Inessential, But It's Also Utterly Delightful

Han Solo was never one for backstory. That’s why the pilot enjoys perhaps the most fuss-free introduction of the entire Star Wars saga. “Han Solo,” a …

Star Wars

Box-Office Preview: 'Solo' Headed for Lowest Opening of Disney 'Star Wars' Movies

The spinoff is the first of the new 'Star Wars' movies to brave the summer box office, and bows only five months after 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' hit …

Box Office

Facebook Marketplace now lets you hire plumbers and cleaners

Rolling out to US users in the coming weeks<p>Facebook is launching a new home services feature in its Marketplace section for US users. Marketplace is a separate commerce section on Facebook that allows users to connect with one another to buy, sell, and give away items. Recently, it’s even added a …

Social Media

Everyone in Solo: A Star Wars Story is marvellous

You wouldn't miss <i>Solo: A Star Wars Story</i> if it didn't come, but it's certainly not spoiling anyone's fun by being here<p>While it’s the second movie …

Star Wars

High online marketing costs blamed for Tesco Direct downfall

Tesco has blamed on elevated costs for online marketing and fulfillment for the closure of its loss-making Tesco Direct website, overshadowing 500 …

Online Life

9 Grave Mistakes to Avoid in Drupal Web Design and Development

Drupal is a highly admired content management system (CMS), which is open source and has the global popularity of its wonderful features and …

Web Design

GDPR – stop asking people to rejoin your lists

If, like me, you’re old enough to remember the Year 2k Bug you’re probably also going through a lot of deja vu at the moment – the fuss around GDPR …

Welsh Rugby

6 Reasons Why a Functional Website Is Important for Your Business

Businesses know that it is important to have a website, but they do not know why though. Whether you have a website or not, it is imperative you find …

Small Business

Star Wars fans may encounter strike action at Events Cinema premiere of new movie

The latest Star Wars movie centres on Hans Solo, left, played by Alden Ehrenreich.<p>Star Wars fans planning to see the premiere of the franchise's new …

Star Wars