Ukraine and Gaza wars highlight hypocrisy and breakdown of ‘rules-based order’

You’re reading an excerpt from the Today’s WorldView newsletter. Sign up to get the rest free, including news from around the globe and interesting ideas and opinions to know, sent to your inbox every weekday. This weekend marks the two-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The ensuing conflict has ravaged large stretches of … Read more

Battlefront’s New Classic Collection Is a Chance to Return to the Deadliest Bridge in Star Wars History

What is the most brutal battlefront in Star Wars history—the sands of Geonosis? The harsh icewinds of Hoth? The teddy bear-infused terror of Endor’s forests? The dark nights of Umbara? The answer we’re looking for was delivered 20 years ago in one of the all-time classic Star Wars games: this bridge. This week Lucasfilm and … Read more

This Tiny Website Is Google’s First Line of Defense in the Patent Wars

A trio of Google engineers recently came up with a futuristic way to help anyone who stumbles through presentations on video calls. They propose that when algorithms detect a speaker’s pulse racing or “umms” lengthening, a generative AI bot that mimics their voice could simply take over. That cutting-edge idea wasn’t revealed at a big … Read more

Take a Look at John Williams’ Original Music Manuscript for the Star Wars Theme

Iconic conductor John Williams performing in 2014.Photo: Paul Morigi (Getty Images) For the last 50 years, when you think of music and movies, one name stands above the rest: John Williams. Williams is one of the most celebrated and successful composers of all time thanks to his music for Jaws, Superman, Jurassic Park, Home Alone, Harry … Read more

Military spending hits record $2.2 trillion amid wars in Ukraine, Gaza

Worldwide military spending surged by 9 percent year-on-year in 2023 to hit a record $2.2 trillion as multiple conflicts ratcheted up global insecurity, according to a new report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies released on Tuesday. The report, IISS’s 65th annual “Military Balance” publication, also estimated that military spending would set another record … Read more

Movie Props From ‘Star Wars’ & More Could Fetch $8 Mil in Bumper Auction

Calling all movie buffs … this one’s for you! Props worn by the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Michael J. Fox and Olivia Newton-John are expected to fetch more than $8 million during the largest film and TV memorabilia auction ever. Propstore, one of the nation’s leading prop auction sites, will be auctioning off 1,700 rare … Read more

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace will hit theaters again in May

Pod races, trade negotiations, and Darth Maul will be on the big screen once more when Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace comes back to theaters on May 3rd, 2024. The return is meant to celebrate the 1999 movie’s 25th anniversary, reports Empire. The return to theaters comes during a renaissance for this part … Read more

From 200K to 1.5M people: Startling images show war’s impact on a small area of Gaza

Israel has identified the southern Gaza city of Rafah as the next target in its military offensive against Hamas. Rafah, which borders Egypt, is normally home to 280,000 people. But its population has swelled to over 1.5 million – roughly three-quarters of Gaza’s population — as Palestinians flee fighting, destruction and hunger elsewhere in the … Read more

Natalie Portman & Hayden Christensen Discuss ‘Star Wars’ Concerns Ahead of Saga’s 25th Anniversary | Hayden Christensen, Movies, Natalie Portman, Star Wars | Just Jared: Celebrity News and Gossip

Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman took on two of the most iconic roles in the Star Wars prequel movies. Natalie brought Padmé Amidala to life starting in 1999′s The Phantom Menace, while Hayden was brought on to play Anakin Skywalker starting with 2002′s Attack of the Clones. His character’s descent into the Dark Side let … Read more

Updated Disney Release Schedule Includes Details About ‘Frozen 3′ & Other Sequels, New Marvel & Star Wars Projects | Avatar, Disney, EG, evergreen, Extended, Marvel, Movies, Slideshow, Star Wars | Just Jared: Celebrity News and Gossip

Disney has begun laying out a release schedule for the next few years, and it includes long-awaited sequels to classic animated projects such as Toy Story and Frozen as well as updates on Marvel and Star Wars! While delivering a financial report on Wednesday (February 7), CEO Bob Iger teased what was on the horizon … Read more