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Chocolate Hummus Is Better Than Cookie Dough—Here’s How to Make it at Home

Not going to lie, when I first heard chocolate hummus was a new thing, I couldn't decide whether it was genius or downright weird. Now that I've made …

'Solo' Will Be Shorter than 'Last Jedi' But Longer than 'A New Hope'

Finding out how long <i>Solo</i> will be isn’t quite enough to get us excited, but the rumored runtime for the standalone Star Wars spinoff seemingly …

DJI’s newest 4K folding drone costs $799

The Mavic Air combines the best features of the Spark and the Mavic Pro<p>DJI is ready to tighten its grip on the drone market with the new Mavic Air. Announced today at an event in New York City, the $799 Mavic Air slots right in between the company’s cheapest drone (the $399 Spark) and its most …

Star Wars: Episode IX can fill Leia’s absence by embracing its forgotten queen

In a 2017 <i>Vanity Fair</i> profile on <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i>, producer Kathleen Kennedy shared a story about Carrie Fisher’s final day on set: “The minute …

DJI’s latest drone leaks ahead of launch

DJI is supposed to announce a new drone tomorrow but this appears to be it. Called the Mavic Air, the small drone looks to be a combo of foldable Mavic Pro and the affordable Spark. I’m interested.<p>According to DroneDJ, the small drone will have four foldable legs, a 4k camera, 3-way gimbal and a …

Drones

I trained an AI to copy my voice and it scared me silly

Over the past year, I wrote about a bunch of companies working on voice synthesis technology. They were very much in the early stages of development, and only had some pre-made samples to show off. Now, researchers hailing from the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms at the Universite de …

Machine Learning

'The Last Jedi' director just cleverly shut down critics of one of the most controversial parts of the 'Star Wars' movie

<b>Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."</b><p>"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson is schooling fans who haven't done their homework.<p>Johnson took to Twitter Friday to directly address one big critique fans have been divided over near the film's end.<p>Near the end of …

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Pulled From Cinemas In China After Flopping Massively

Sorry, Porgs<p>Despite <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i> passing the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, the film has flopped so hard in China – the world's second-largest film market – that it's been pulled from cinemas.<p><i>The Last Jedi</i>'s debut of $28.7 million in China plummeted to just $2.4 million in …

Rian Johnson Didn't Want the Knights of Ren in The Last Jedi Because He Would've Murdered Them

Director Rian Johnson kept a lot of ideas and plot elements out of <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i>, including Luke Skywalker’s reported third lesson for Rey, …

CES 2018: Tech preview of the show's coolest new products

<b>All aboard the (self-driving) bus - next stop, CES: Las Vegas' annual gigantic tech fest.</b><p>About 4,000 companies - many of them start-ups - are arriving in town this weekend. Over the coming days, they will reveal new products, secure orders and hopefully provide a taste of the future at the trade …

Leaked SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Toys Show Off The Movie's Characters, Creatures, Droids, And More

A new wave of leaks for <i>Solo: A Star Wars Story</i> have surfaced today and they feature a wealth of character names and fresh looks at a variety of …

Star Wars Anthology Series

Star Wars: 15 Crazy Fan Theories About Episode 9

Is Rey really the last Jedi? Can the Force really make you fly in space? What was the deal with Snoke splitting so soon? Will Chewbacca be a …

Chris Hemsworth Reveals the Status of Star Trek 4 After Tarantino Rumors

And what about Tarantino's Trek movie?<p>While Star Trek: Discovery is boldly hurtling through its freshman season on CBS All Access, the franchise's …

Why Wasn't 'The Last Jedi' Nominated For Golden Globes? There's A Reason For This Star Wars Snub

Another batch of Golden Globe nominations, another snubbed <i>Star Wars</i> movie — or is it <i>really</i> a snub after all? If you’re wondering why <i>The Last Jedi</i> …

Adam Driver Went The Distance To Help Daisy Ridley During Their Intimate ‘The Last Jedi’ Scenes

<b>WARNING: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ahead</b><p>The relationship between Kylo Ren and Rey in <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i> might be the most interesting part of the film according to most criticisms we’ve seen so far. Not only do they provide the key emotional balance with their diverging paths in …

So, Apparently, Snoke May Have Trained 'At Least One' Other Apprentice

Kylo Ren is a worthy apprentice to Supreme Leader Snoke but, as some have said in <i>Star Wars</i>, “There is another.”<p>An official Lucasfilm magazine called</i> …

Angry Star Wars fans petition for The Last Jedi to be removed from canon

An angry <i>Star Wars</i> fan has launched an online petition for <i>The Last Jedi</i> to be removed from canon.<p>While the latest film has secured some pretty …

Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Hitchcock-style twist is its best moment

Taking a knife — or lightsaber — to expectations<p>Maybe it’s easy to take for granted these days just how subversive <i>Psycho</i> was in 1960. Its first-act twist — Marion Crane, our ostensible hero, is brutally stabbed by an unseen killer while in the shower — is a radical gesture, proof that director …

Star Wars

A Single Line From ‘Rogue One’ Closes One Of ‘The Last Jedi’s’ Perceived Plot Holes

<b>WARNING: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi And Rogue One below.</b><p>Some of the nerdiest (and most wonderful) things about <i>Star Wars</i> are the arguments that spring up over the slightest little minutia in the storylines. Even though everyone is well aware that these movies are full of hokey religions …

Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Epic Lightsaber Battle Explained

Not everyone can take on a Jedi.<p><i>Warning: this article contains SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Last Jedi!</i><p>It wouldn't be a Star Wars movie without at …

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is being review-bombed on Rotten Tomatoes (update)

Let’s dig into this<p><i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i> is one of the top-rated movies on Rotten Tomatoes, according to critics, but scroll down the movie’s page a little further and audience testimonies tell a different story.<p>There’s a gaping disparity between what critics thought of the movie (certified …

Rotten Tomatoes

Did 'The Last Jedi' Just Make Darth Revan Canon?

While the short answer is probably yes, the broader explanation is very complicated.<p>Thousands of years before Luke Skywalker went into exile on …

The Last Jedi should be the last Star Wars film

At the risk of being ostracized by the vast majority of my TC teammates, let me propose that <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i> would — in a fairer universe — be the last Star Wars film.<p>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><br>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>SPOILER ALERT! …

Please don't let The Last Jedi be another remake of Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back again and again and again<p>We’re only a week away from the release of <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i>, and it’s becoming clear that in spite of the blockbuster success of <i>The Force Awakens</i>, director Rian Johnson may have an even more difficult task on his hands than J.J. Abrams did in …

Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens - Created by Hamza Ansari

This Star Wars: The Last Jedi Star Is Really, Really Not Into Porgs

The newest creature to join the <i>Star Wars</i> universe is the furry, big-eyed, pouty-faced Porg, but the cast and crew of <i>The Last Jedi</i> are split when it …

How to Naturally Retouch Eyes with Photoshop

Retouching eyes unnaturally is a great way to ruin a good portrait. Here’s a 14-minute tutorial by photographer Dani Diamond that shows how you can …

Star Wars: Watch Daisy Ridley's grueling lightsaber training for The Last Jedi

Rey’s Jedi training begins in <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i>, but Daisy Ridley‘s began long ago… in a studio space far, far away. A newly released …

See ‘Star Wars’ In A Whole New Light Thanks To Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Unnecessary Censorship’

What would <i>Star Wars</i> be without an obscene number of different cuts and presentations of the franchise’s films? Well, <i>Star Wars</i> might be a bit less confusing for some, but the massive scope <i>Star Wars</i> holds seems makes the debates and analysis over different <i>Star Wars</i> cuts their own cottage industry. …

Star Wars

‘Star Wars: Episode 8’ Leaked Material Hints Not One But Two Big Twists

'The Last Jedi' is bound to be a real shocker as its two main protagonists struggle to find their place in the galaxy.<p>Promotional materials for <i>Star</i> …