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A US president inspired the villainous Snoke in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

J.J. Abrams couldn't have predicted how much attention <i>Star Wars</i> fans have paid to the new characters introduced in <i>The Force Awakens</i>.<p>Sure, there was a nostalgic rush to seeing Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) back in action.<p>But fans have spent the weeks …

Iran's needy get winter clothes from 'Walls of Kindness'

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — As a brutal winter set in across Iran, anonymous philanthropists throughout the country painted "Walls of Kindness" and installed rows of hooks, inviting passers-by to leave warm clothes if they could spare them or take clothes if they need them.<p>The unique variation on the …

80 Books Every Person Should Read

We invited eight female literary powerhouses, from Michiko Kakutani to Anna Holmes to Roxane Gay, to help us create an updated list of books everyone should read. Each participant made 10 picks. It's a new year, a new Esquire.com. We're looking forward to reading and we hope you are, too.<p>What can …

NBC Officially Orders OFFICE-Style DC Spin-Off POWERLESS

This Forgotten 'Star Wars' Character Could Have a Huge Impact on Episode VIII

<b>Warning: spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens ahead.</b><p>In a word: Immortality.<p>This is a set up <i>Star Wars</i> made all the way back in 1977 when Alec Guiness first uttered the words: "Strike me down and I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine." And we have yet to see the payoff.<p>We've …

2016 pop culture preview: Captain America, an O.J. miniseries, and 10 more to look forward to

Including a Polynesian Disney princess and the latest indie horror flick with great reviews.<p>You're probably still reveling in all of the great pop culture that graced 2015, but look sharp — there's lots of great stuff to come. Here are 12 projects coming in 2016 that we can't help but look forward …

Artist Transforms Scrap Metal into Lifelike Animal Sculptures

Specializing in metal and inspired by nature, artist John Brown transforms spare bits of scrap into quirky animal sculptures. The gifted artist manages to repurpose salvaged metal by producing delicate, lifelike characters that range from colorful butterflies and insects to birds, snakes, and …

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21 Hacks To Help You Organize Your Art Studio In 2016

The time has come...<p>There's never a better time to organize your studio than the week after New Year's Day.<p>The gifts have been opened, vacations have ended and resolutions have been set. Your creative space has either recently been neglected in favor of holiday revelry or filled to the brim with …

16 Sci-Fi Things To Look Forward To in 2016

From comics to movies to TV to books, here's what lies ahead in the next year for science fiction and fantasy.<p>2015 wasn't too shabby when it came to sci-fi, but there are great things ahead in 2016. Here are just a few of the things you have to look forward to in 2016 (and there's plenty more we …

Congress Directs NASA to Build a Habitat for the Trip to Mars

A prototype is set for 2018.<p>In the latest round of budget negotiations, NASA got a pretty good windfall. But hiding in that $19.3 billion budget it is a $55 million directive: begin building a deep space habitat, and have it ready to go by 2018. In 180 days, NASA will have to report on any progress.<p>…

This Is the Burlesque 'Star Wars' Parody You're Looking For

The iconic sci-fi characters get sexy.<p>A parody of a scantily-clad C-3PO, Storm Trooper, Darth Vader and more make the lineup of the LA-based Devil's Playground Burlesque's groundbreaking tribute to the <i>Star Wars</i> franchise. Staging performances since 2010, the first-ever "cosplay burlesque and …

Marvel’s First Lesbian Tells All: Carrie-Anne Moss on Leaving ‘The Matrix’ with ‘Jessica Jones’

The wonders of a series like Marvel and Netflix’s <i>Jessica Jones</i> seemingly never cease. Over 13 episodes, the nuanced, <i>noir</i>-ish adaptation of Brian …

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J.J. Abrams Says Screening Force Awakens for Disney Bosses Was 'Horrifying'

With <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> only weeks away, fans are waiting with bated breath for the franchise’s first film in a decade — and they’re not the …

Sit front row on Disneyland's new 'Star Wars' ride Hyperspace Mountain

Space Mountain has been given a fresh coat of the force. The classic Disneyland ride has been given a "Star Wars-centric" makeover. And we stuck a camera right in the front seat. Take a look at the newly named Hyperspace Mountain.<p>Thursday night Disney held an early preview of the "Season of the …

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You absolutely will not know the answers to almost all science questions kids ask

If a child asked you how close an astronaut can get to the sun, the chances are you’d need a moment—or perhaps a search engine—to figure it out. Anyone who has spent some time with young children know that they ask “why?” a lot. Children have a curiosity about the world that leads them to question …

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Psychedelic space: Nasa reveals vibrant Pluto and more colourful images of the universe

On 12 November, Nasa released an image (above) to the public which depicted dwarf planet Pluto in an array of vibrant colours. The space agency …

27 major Star Wars events not shown in the movies

There's a new buzzword in Hollywood: "Shared Universe." Marvel and DC fans think their franchise of choice created the term, but in reality, <b>Star Wars</b> is the granddaddy of all shared universes. George Lucas loyalists see <i>Star Wars</i> as a kind of hipster blockbuster movie. Why? Because it shared …

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New Info on The Starkiller Base and General Hux in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Batman V. Superman Lego Set May Reveal Interesting Details

While LEGO sets based on films are hardly an exact science, they have revealed interesting details in the past, even just the past year. We got our …

Is it Time to Retire Princess Leia’s Gold Bikini?

Princess Leia’s iconic gold bikini, worn during the <i>Star Wars</i> heroine’s brief stint as crime lord Jabba the Hutt’s chain-bound captive in <i>Return of the</i> …

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The Hero’s Journey: The idea you never knew had shaped “Star Wars”

<b>Mark Hamill in "Star Wars" (Lucasfilm)</b><p>Joseph Campbell believed a single archetypal story lay at the heart of all stories — George Lucas was listening<p>John Higgs<p>November 7, 2015 10:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century”<p>The opening of the Chilean …

Wildlife Group Says Not To Rake Leaves, As If You Needed A Reason

We're definitely on board with this advice.<p>Environmentalists are confirming what teens have known for decades: Raking is terrible and overrated.<p>Bagging up leaves and throwing them out destroys precious habitat for small animals and fills up landfills. In fact, leaves and other “yard debris” make up …

6 Timeless Quotes on Creativity From Pablo Picasso

Despite his rocky beginning, Picasso, whose birthday is Oct. 25, became one of the most influential artists of the early 20th century, and has a lasting legacy that pushes our creative boundaries today.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This column originally published on</i> …

31 beautiful vintage photos that show what New York City looked like in the 1940s

His archive has been donated to and maintained by Cushman's alma mater, Indiana University, which has kindly given us permission to publish his gallery of New York City photos taken in 1941 and 1942.<p>These images give a great glimpse into what everyday life in Chinatown, the Financial District, and …

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'Cloud tsunami' hits Sydney – in pictures

Extraordinary photographs of a huge shelf cloud hitting the coast of New South Wales, Australia. The meteorological event – technically a type of <i>arcus</i> cloud – is a wedge of cloud formed at the leading edge of a thunderstorm where the downdraft and an updraft of the storm intersect. The shelf cloud …