Peter Mayhew, the actor who brought Chewbacca to life, has died

Peter Mayhew, the actor who brought Chewbacca to life, has died

Peter Mayhew, the actor behind the iconic alien Chewbacca in the Star Wars franchise, died earlier this week, according to a statement from his family posted to Twitter. He was 74 years old. Mayhew died on April 30th at his home in Texas. His family writes that “the Star Wars family meant so much more to him than a role in a film,” and that “for more than 30 years Peter traveled all over the…

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Sonic’s live-action design upset the entire internet, so the studio is changing it

Sonic’s live-action design upset the entire internet, so the studio is changing it

Most people recoiled at the sight of a disturbing, lanky CGI version of Sonic the Hedgehog when Paramount released its first trailer for the upcoming live-action film — and the studio has listened. Director Jeff Fowler tweeted today about the backlash, assuring distressed fans everywhere that the criticism was heard loud and clear. Fowler confirmed that changes were coming to the design of Sonic’s character. “You aren’t happy with the design & you want changes,”…

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Protesters clash outside of Venezuela’s DC embassy over Guaido-Maduro standoff

Protesters clash outside of Venezuela’s DC embassy over Guaido-Maduro standoff

It turned very ugly. Screaming. Chanting. Sirens. Insults. And then a little violence. That was the scene outside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC, on Thursday as a group of people critical of President Nicolás Maduro clashed with anti-US intervention protesters who have been occupying the mission for more than two weeks. About four months ago, Juan Guaidó, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, declared himself to be Venezuela’s rightful president according to the country’s…

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Trump has nominated Kelly Craft to be the next UN ambassador. Here’s who she is.

Trump has nominated Kelly Craft to be the next UN ambassador. Here’s who she is.

The GOP donor and current US ambassador to Canada will fill a position that’s been vacant for months. President Donald Trump has formally nominated Kelly Craft to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations, finally moving to fill a top diplomatic position that has been open for months. Craft has served as the US ambassador to Canada since September 2017. Trump announced his plans to name her to the post in February after…

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Facebook bans Alex Jones, Infowars, Louis Farrakhan, and others it deems “dangerous”

Facebook bans Alex Jones, Infowars, Louis Farrakhan, and others it deems “dangerous”

Jones, Farrakhan, and a bunch more people just got kicked off Facebook and Instagram. Months after he was kicked off of Twitter, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is off of Facebook and Instagram, too. So are a host of other right-wing extremists and Louis Farrakhan, a Nation of Islam leader who has espoused anti-Semitic views. Facebook on Thursday announced that it was banning Jones, Farrakhan, Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer, and Infowars,…

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Microsoft unveils HoloLens 2 developer edition for $3,500

Microsoft unveils HoloLens 2 developer edition for $3,500

Microsoft is launching a developer edition of the company’s HoloLens 2 headset today. Priced at $3,500, it’s the exact same pricing as the version that will be sold to businesses later this year. While the original commercial pricing of the HoloLens was $5,000, the original development kit was always $3,500, so there are no price cuts for developers this time around. The kit will include the HoloLens 2 hardware and Azure credits alongside free trials…

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SpaceX still doesn’t know why its spacecraft exploded last month

SpaceX still doesn’t know why its spacecraft exploded last month

Investigators are still trying to pin down exactly why a SpaceX vehicle exploded during testing on April 20th. A SpaceX official confirmed today that the explosion destroyed the test version of the company’s passenger vehicle known as Crew Dragon. “There was an anomaly and the vehicle was destroyed.” The company launched an investigation into the incident soon after it happened, and it’s still combing through evidence from the accident. The safety and performance of the…

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