People are using Lando Calrissian's return to dream of more Han Solo in Episode IX

If there’s one downside to the culture of nostalgia in which we now live—and there are many—it’s that our desire to see old faces and familiar locales is negatively impacting modern storytelling. One major critique of the Marvel franchise, for example, is that it lacks stakes—there’s no way the franchise is going to…

Sorry, but that Lando Calrissian spin-off is still just a beautiful dream (for now)

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy—or, rather, a loose translation of something she said—set off a minor internet emergency earlier this morning, when an interview she did with Premiere France was translated thusly: “We think that the next spin-off will be dedicated to Lando Calrissian. Of course, there are still…

Let Donald Glover walk you through his mint condition Millennium Falcon

Maybe it’s just that pre-May The Fourth excitement, but it was a pretty good day for Solo: A Star Wars Story promos; we already reported on Ron Howard’s attempts to mash his adopted franchise home with his old Arrested Development narrating duties. Now, we’ve got the film’s most interesting star, Donald “Lando…

Donald Glover’s mom prays he doesn’t alter Lando any further

Newly christened Lando Calrissian Donald Glover went on Ellen yesterday to talk up his FX series Atlanta (describing it as “Twin Peaks with rappers”). While there, he and host Ellen Degeneres ended up—inevitably—in a conversation about his high-profile new gig, and especially the expectations that come with it.…

On Stranger Things’ season finale, promises are made to be broken

Dustin is always right. He’s right about the demogorgon in the very first episode. He’s right about the thessalhydra in the epilogue of “Chapter Eight: The Upside Down.” He’s right that Lunch Lady Phyllis hoards chocolate pudding. He’s right about the conflict between Mike and Lucas. And he’s right about Hopper and…

Spambots and anti-Semites take to Twitter to protest The Force Awakens

Many people’s first reactions, upon hearing an actor like John Boyega smugly declaring that those opposed to black Stormtroopers need to “get used to it,” would be to remark that, in today’s society, such a sentiment is so mainstream that it barely needs to be spoken aloud. “Seriously, who’s still mad about black…