Haaan Solooo!! We’re pulling out our Maz Kanata voice, because there’s big news: The Star Wars Han Solo standalone film has found its scruffy-looking nerfherder in Alden Ehrenreich. You might know him from the supernatural YA romance Beautiful Creatures, or his recent critically hailed turn as a dopey cowboy in the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! Now, he’s beat the other frontrunners (including Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, and others) to star in the upcoming Star Wars “Anthology” film.
The Gay Geeks!! shared this wonderful shot of Appa soaring through the air! Yip yip!
While previous trailers for Independence Day: Resurgence have crashed alien motherships into Washington, D.C., and made London Bridge fall down (and then some), we’ve been seeing mostly destruction instead of, you know. worldbuilding. After all, this sequel comes 20 years after the original’s release date and 20 years later in the world of the movie itself. And what a world it has become, since humanity wrested its autonomy back from creepy aliens with knee-knockingly-scary laser weaponry. Thankfully, the latest trailer-slash-featurette—a United World News special, naturally—fills in the gaps of the last two decades, starting with the War of 1996.
Over at Motherboard, Alex Pasternack wants everyone to think about the wonderfully blinky, perfectly analog buttons of Star Wars. In a series that exemplifies the tension between CGI and practical effects, the lived-in aesthetic of the first Star Wars trilogy is most obviously seen in the Millennium Falcon and its constant need for repairs and hyperdrive failures. But just as important are the lights, dials, and manual levers that all add to the films’ reality.
OK, we planned to cool it on Star Wars stuff for at least a day after May the 4th, but think of it: an obviously drift compatible Finn and Poe pilot an enormous, snarky BB-8, and save us all through the power of adorability and sheer charisma. We would watch that movie at least once a day until the heat death of the universe. Thank you, Jake Parker.
Thanks in small part to Hamilton, Broadway and musical theater are getting more attention on the Internet, through hashtags and memes as their fandoms find one another. (This year marked the first BroadwayCon.) And while we already knew that #Force4Ham was a thing, today’s Star Wars Day celebration has made room for the return of a hilarious hashtag: #broadWAYthe4thBeWithYou. That’s right, people are mashing up Broadway and Star Wars on Twitter, and the results are wonderfully witty.
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is adapting Kendare Blake’s YA ghost story Anna Dressed in Blood (from Tor Teen) for the big screen, Deadline reports, and the leads have just been announced. Cameron Monaghan (Shameless) will star as Cas Lowood, who is tasked with killing the dead—destroying ghosts that have stayed on for unfinished business, especially of the murderous sort. But when he comes across a deserted Victorian that has claimed the lives of everyone who enters it, he finds that the ghost, known as Anna Dressed in Blood (Maddie Hasson, who stars on Freeform’s Twisted) is less killer than cursed.
OfftrackOutlet has taken on a historic project! They are selecting some of the greatest current movies and transforming them into (watchable!!!) VHS tapes, complete with wonderfully retro VHS box art. In honor of May the 4th, we’re sharing their VHS of The Force Awakens, but you can see more of their collection below!
The theme for this year’s Met Gala—the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute benefit—was “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which gave fashionable Hollywood types an excuse to get really, really shiny. Some people interpreted the theme differently (or very loosely), but for the most part, it looked less like a regular red carpet and more like a very elaborate audition for a Jupiter Ascending sequel that we would absolutely watch. Claire Danes as a space queen in a light-up dress? Zoe Saldana in the longest space-train? Yes, please.
For the best take on the gala’s silver-dress spectacular, check out Genevieve Valentine’s glorious red-carpet rundown, which will tell you who looked like the patron saint of androids, and who enjoys feeling like a beautiful moon princess. (Besides Stubby, that is.)
Epic Rap Battles of History tend to be hit-or-miss, but their latest falls on the ‘hit’ side of the spectrum. George R.R. Martin takes on J.R.R. Tolkien, and both gentlemen get in some decent jabs, with Martin pointing out that “There’s edgier plots in David the Gnome” and Tolkien countering that “C.S. Lewis and I were just discussing how you and Jon Snow both know nothing.” And yes, Led Zeppelin makes a cameo appearance. Watch below!
I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory. It’s one of Alexander Hamilton’s most stirring lines in Hamilton, but it could just as well apply to the cast of Game of Thrones, plagued as they are by double-crossings and grisly murders. Which is why we were so tickled to find these House sigils for the show’s massive cast. Good timing, too—Hamilton just broke Tony Award records with 16 nominations, with Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical pitting three of the stars against one another. Guess we should prepare for House Washington, House Jefferson, and House Hanover to form some interesting alliances.
Book Riot has done us all a great service by sharing a fantastic list of one hundred science fiction and fantasy novels written by women across nearly every subgenre and category imaginable! YA classics from Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce to Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time are represented, with stops along the way for everything from the swashbuckling Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner, to Mary Doria Russell’s haunting spiritual journey in The Sparrow, to the twisted fairy tale of Helen Oyeyemi’s Mr. Fox, to Cherie Priest’s steampunk extravaganza Boneshaker!
Head over to Book Riot for the full list, and be sure to check out further suggestions in the comments! One word of caution, though: you may feel the need to drop everything and read your way through this entire list.
Tom Hardy posted this shot with the jubilant message: “Found Furiosa negotiating London traffic”, and we have to agree, this London lorry driver is awesomely Furiosa-esque. We wonder who initiated the photo, though? Did the Furiosa doppelgänger glance to the right and say something along the lines of, “Holy crumpets, that’s Tom bleedin’ Hardy!” and then get his attention? Or did Tom Hardy spot her first, mumble a series of incoherent syllables, and then dig through the pile of pit bull puppies we’re assuming surround him at all times to find his phone for the pic? And what could the passengers possibly have been thinking during this exchange?
Click through for another, slightly-more-dangerous-looking shot!
To be honest, we would watch David Tennant and Stephen Colbert reenact any famous comedy moment in pop culture history, but they gave a beloved routine a wonderfully geeky spin on Tennant’s recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. And they even managed to squeeze in two Benedict Cumberbatch references in thirty seconds!
Hulu expands its roster of original drama content with an ambitious (and long overdue) adaptation: A limited television series of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. While there was a 1990 film starring Natasha Richardson and Faye Dunaway, it has mostly faded into the past, with The Atlantic asking in 2015, “Is the book still too radical for film?” More like, it’s the perfect amount of radical for the current television landscape, as a ten-episode drama starring Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss.
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