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Disney is building a massive Star Wars world at Disneyland

Today at Disney's D23 Expo, CEO Bob Iger made a huge announcement: the company is creating an enormous <i>Star Wars</i>-themed land for its parks. There will be two different parks, one at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and another in Orlando, Florida, where Disney World is located. Each will be made …

Walt Disney Company

Here's the first photo from Star Wars: Rogue One

It's hard to pay attention to any other <i>Star Wars</i> movie when <i>The Force Awakens</i> is so near on the horizon, but Disney is trying its best. Today we're getting our first photo (full size) from the set of <i>Rogue One</i>. The movie, set for release on December 16th, 2016, will be the first in a series of …

This is the new movie poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The iconic painted posters for every <i>Star Wars</i> movie have long served as a key visual link between the films. This new poster for <i>The Force Awakens</i>, released to attendees at Disney's massive D23 convention, is no different. The poster was created by artist Drew Struzan, whose famous style has graced …

Science Fiction

Star Tours is getting a makeover this year for The Force Awakens

The new <i>Star Wars</i> lands aren't the only thing that Disney is adding to its theme parks — the company has just announced a number of new initiatives related to the space opera that are coming this year. Walt Disney Imagineering's Scott Trowbridge took the stage during an afternoon presentation to …

Verge Fiction: Clone Boys at the End of the World

<i>Verge Fiction is the site's biweekly publication of fictional short stories and book excerpts. Penned by staff writers and guest authors, none of Verge Fiction is real, nor should it be confused with news that regularly appears on this site.</i><p>I couldn’t stop picking at a scab on my head. It was …

Anthony Kiedis

The Verge Review of Animals: the immortal jellyfish

Behold the tiny, gelatinous face of god<p><i>This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Previously, we've written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.</i><p>In medieval bestiaries, every animal is …

Oceans

This online blob game has reduced me to a shell of a man

To blob or not to blob<p>I started playing an online game called agar.io a few weeks ago, and by now it's swallowing up almost all my leisure time. I've stopped reading, watching movies — it's weird! I probably have a few more weeks until my interest burns out, or my loved ones get worried enough to …

Angela Merkel

At least 40 migrants suffocate aboard boat in the Mediterranean

KOS, Greece — The migrant crisis in Europe and the Mediterranean took deadly and violent turns on Saturday, as 40 migrants suffocated to death in the …

Dublin airport security confiscated toddler's 'Minion Fart Blaster' toy gun

Airport security is not something to be taken lightly. Even if there's a farting toy involved.<p>One devious toddler attempted to board a plane in …

Everyone needs a one-night stand kit for the 'Dating Apocalypse'

The walk of shame or walk of fame?<p>Whatever the case may be, one-night stands aren't skyrocketing, no matter what <i>Vanity Fair</i>'s article on the "Dating …

Amazing red aurora captured by Space Station astronaut

A NASA astronaut spending a full year in space has captured yet another amazing photo of auroras dancing above Earth.<p>One-year International Space …

'Captain America: Civil War' footage and 'Doctor Strange' highlight Marvel at D23

ANAHEIM, California — Marvel revealed a generous reel of <i>Captain America: Civil War</i> on Saturday at D23, with first looks at Black Panther, the …

This might be the Apple Watch of dog collars

Human have their fitbits and Apple Watch devices, so it's only fair that our furry companions get a little tech swag of their own. Enter the Buddy …

Australian comedian cheekily recreates celebrity Instagrams

Australian comedian Celeste Barber has had it up to <i>here</i> with celebrities and their "real-life" selfies. So, naturally, she turned to comedy to skewer …

Disney building two 'Star Wars Land' parks where you can fly the Millennium Falcon

ANAHEIM, California — Disney is bringing a galaxy far, far away to Orlando, Florida, and Anaheim, California, with a pair of 14-acre Star Wars Land …

You can watch Patrick Stewart's 'Blunt Talk' a week early

It doesn't take long while watching Patrick Stewart's Starz comedy <i>Blunt Talk</i> to realize this is a whole new side of the actor that's previously been …

In honor of her birthday, 10 excellent J.Law quotes

August 15 marks the birthday of one of the most esteemed and foul-mouthed young actresses of our generation: Jennifer Lawrence.<p>J.Law is turning 25, …

Star Wars 'Rogue One' cast, 'Episode IX' director confirmed at D23

ANAHEIM, California — Felicity Jones never looked like such ... <i>scum</i>.<p>With a Han Solo-like blaster holster and other rebellious appointments, Jones was …

AT&T and NSA's tight relationship revealed in new Snowden documents

Years after the initial intelligence revelations delivered by Edward Snowden, the hits keep on coming, this time, from AT&T.<p>In newly exposed NSA …

Watch Meryl Streep get a guitar lesson from Neil Young

For her rockstar role in Jonathan Demme's new <i>Ricki and the Flash</i>, Meryl Streep went straight to the source for her musical prowess: Neil Young.<p>The …

Recreate any arcade, board or video game for our #MashFlix Vine challenge

For this week's Vine challenge, recreate your favorite game in six seconds.<p>The theme was inspired by our next MashFlix film <i>GTFO</i>, which is all about …

Donald Trump knows what kids want: Helicopter rides

When Donald Trump mused about taking kids for a ride in his helicopter at the Iowa State Fair, fair officials had a disappointing response: nope.<p>That …

Bill Murray singing 'Bare Necessities' as Baloo stole Disney's D23

ANAHEIM, California — Forget about your worries and your strife: A bear with a familiar voice and an even more familiar tune is coming to teach us …

Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne smokes the defence on his NFL debut

Jarryd Hayne, a former rugby league superstar in Australia, is trying to make the jump and play for the NFL in the United States. And it looks like …

Where young Chinese acrobats learn to do the splits

An acrobatic school in Linquan, China is teaching young children to do handstands and the splits, flip through the air, and twirl plates.<p>Acrobatics …

'Show Me a Hero' review: A tale of race and politics that's worth the slow-burn

Intricate, smartly-written and emotionally taut, HBO's latest miniseries, <i>Show Me a Hero</i>, is an excellent slice of television with a razor-sharp …

5 fun facts about the making of 'Toy Story'

LOS ANGELES — <i>Toy Story</i> turns 20 this year, and at the top of a reunion panel at the D23 Expo on Saturday, John Lasseter knew exactly how the audience …

Bizarre wedding video has it all: Convertibles, bad acting and a gun

Every bride and groom are the stars of their own wedding day, but some couples take it to new, dramatic heights.<p>Local Sydney politician, Salim …

Report: IAAF 'suppressed' survey showing widespread athletics doping

The governing body of world athletics has been accused of suppressing a study that showed one third of top athletes had doped.<p>According to the <i>Sunday</i> …

Indonesian airliner with 54 aboard believed crashed in Papua

<i>UPDATE 8:45 p.m. EST:</i> Rescue officials say a search plane has spotted the wreckage of the plane. There was no immediate word if there were any …