LFF Review: Chloé Zhao’s ‘The Rider’ is an Assured, Emotional Drama

The Rider

What place does a broken cowboy have in this modern world? The Rider is a gem that will reward those patient enough to discover it. Filmmaker Chloé Zhao tells a story of an injured cowboy in contemporary times who has to deal with the trials and tribulations of life, all the while yearning to get back to the rodeo. This film won an award after first premiering the Cannes Film Festival, and I finally caught up with it at the London Film Festival. I wasn’t expecting to be so moved, so overwhelmed with emotions, yet I was wiping away tears by the end of the screening. Whenever a film hits me that hard and leave me sobbing by the end, that’s usually a sign it’s something special. This is one of those outstanding films to seek out and discover. ›››

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VOTD: An Emotional Tribute to Carrie Fisher from Star Wars Celebration 2017

Star Wars Celebration Carrie Fisher Tribute

It’s been a few months since we all felt the pain of losing the wonderful talent who was Carrie Fisher. Not only was she an accomplished star on the big screen, but she was also responsible for touching up scripts all over Hollywood with her biting wit and sharp intellect.

With Star Wars Celebration happening in Orlando, Florida without her in attendance, a tribute to the people’s princess, senator and general was put together, complete with an emotional reel of footage from Star Wars, archived interviews and behind-the-scenes moments. Plus, there’s a shot of her on the set of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Watch the Star Wars Celebration Carrie Fisher tribute below.

In addition, if you’re looking to shed some more tears over this tribute to Carrie Fisher, watch a heartfelt speech from her daughter Billie Lourd, who addressed fans at Star Wars Celebration today. We’ve embedded a video from the livestream of the Star Wars 40th anniversary panel that should start right at the point her speech begins:

This is such a wonderful portrait of who Carrie Fisher is and always was. She was one of the most candid, funny and brazen people in the entertainment industry, something that’s hard to find in an industry that requires stars to always put on a show and create a persona for the cameras. Carrie Fisher never did that. She was always herself and no one else, and that’s one of the reasons fans loved her so much.

My favorite part of this tribute video are the moments where Carrie is just being herself, from dancing on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with co-star Daisy Ridley to full-on making out with a fan who asked for a photo with her during a livestreamed panel. She brought so much light into everyone’s life, whether you were one of her colleagues or just a complete stranger.

For those of you who came here for the shot of Carrie Fisher on the set of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, here you go:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

It doesn’t reveal any of the set that Carrie Fisher was working on that day with director Rian Johnson, but that’s our first look at one of General Leia’s outfits in The Last Jedi. Here’s hoping we get to see more as Star Wars Celebration continues. Stay tuned for even more Star Wars coverage as the week goes on.

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Club Penguin has closed its doors forever and people got emotional AF


It’s been 12 years since Club Penguin opened its doors — and it was finally closed today for the last time. 

Club Penguin, a popular multiplayer game, was first launched on Miniclip before being bought over by Disney.

In its heyday, some 150 million people logged on to play and chat together in the community. 

On Thursday, ahead of its imminent death at 12 a.m. PT,  everyone logged on for the last time. Things got really emotional. 

Image: club penguin/screenshot



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Martin Scorsese on the set of ‘Taxi Driver’

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