A NASA scientist weighs in on the warmth of tauntaun corpses thanks to the new podcast Bad Science 

In the episodes leading up to January 1983, co-host Scott Weinberg lamented that he was dreading 1983, calling it one of the worst cinematic years he experienced in his lifetime. June certainly is a mixed bag of films for the summer season, featuring teen sex comedies, Gérard Depardieu, and a 4-hour-long Ingmar…

Chicago, get a good feeling about Solo: A Star Wars Story, early and for free

There’s a new Star Wars movie in theaters this month, as Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives on May 25, powered by a starring performance from Alden Ehrenreich and the great and terrible power of the Disney marketing machine. (For what it’s worth it, we liked it quite a bit; Donald Glover’s apparently as good as iconic…

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…

Jon Favreau says his live-action Star Wars series will take place after Return Of The Jedi

Back in March, when Disney announced that Jon Favreau would write and executive produce a new live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s still-unnamed streaming service, we noted that we knew absolutely noting about the show—including its setting, its name, the basic setup for its plot, or whether it would be a bad …

What was the first pop culture you collected as a kid? 

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Ron Howard narrates an excellent mash-up of Star Wars and Arrested Development 

Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story will be in theaters this month, which means Disney and Lucasfilm have Howard on the hook to do a whole bunch of promotional work for the film. Thankfully, that’s good news for fans of both Star Wars and Howard’s most iconic TV role (aside from his other two TV roles that are more…

Latina To Latina lends candor and intimacy to the colorism conversation

There are plenty of places to listen to two geeks dissect the new Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer, but few are as funny as Jason and Gabe on Blast Points, and there’s not a trace of cynicism to be found. A new trailer for this foray into the Star Wars universe—which apparently belongs to Ron Howard now—dropped Sunday…

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Why does Hollywood keep making prequels if everyone hates them? 

Original content is a unicorn in this day and age, and the happiest people are the ones who’ve come to understand that fresh, thrilling stories can be told in the guise of an existing property. Just look at Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal or Noah Hawley’s Fargo—original ideas can blossom in old settings. In other words,…

Urgent question: Will Chewie get to fuck that other Wookiee in the Solo trailer?

We understand that it’s only Monday morning, but we need everyone to stop working right now because there is an urgent matter in need of your attention. In the newest Solo trailer—which gave us a closer look at the plot and blessed us with a bit more Lando—there was a one-second clip in which Chewie can be seen…