Carrie Fisher’s hilarious roast of George Lucas deserves your attention

One of the many traits that made the late Carrie Fisher such an icon was her incredible sense of humour and biting wit, which you would’ve spotted in her tweets or her heartwarmingly funny obituary request.

It’s also something that’s evident in a video of Fisher roasting George Lucas during a speech commemorating his receipt of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award in 2005.

Fisher jokingly blamed Lucas for ruining her life, thanked him for creating enough “fan mail and even a small merry band of stalkers,” and keeping herself, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford entertained for the rest of their “unnatural lives.”

Essentially, it’s over four minutes of restrained rage mixed with love for Lucas, and a pertinent reminder of how Fisher was like no other.

[h/t Vulture]

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30 Rare Photographs From History You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

It’s sad to think that so many pivotal moments in history have gone on and there’s no chance of us ever insuring them for what they actually were. We have paintings and eye witnesses but do they really compare to the real thing ?

We can only imagine what the combat of Hastings was like. How it actually felt to walk through Rome during their empire.

With the addition of photography into national societies, we are able to get a glimpse into life’s major event- but it still merely scratches the surface of history.

1. Gadget- The first Atomic bomb

2. Baby gas masks being tested in an English hospital, 1940

3. German Banknotes being used as wallpaper during 1923 hyper-inflation

4. The Beatles play for 18 people in the Aldershot Club, 1961. They became hotshots one and a half years later .

5. Samuel Reshevsky, 8, beating several chess masters at once in France, 1920

6. A young Winston Churchill, 1895

7. The Cologne Cathedral remains amidst the city after an allied bombing in 1944

8. A German communist being executed in 1919

9. Illegal picture taken inside the Supreme Court. A man faked a broken limb to conceal a camera in his cast .

10. General George S. Pattons dog on the day ofPattons demise on December 21 st 1945

11. Painting the Eiffel Tower, 1932

12. Einstein’s desk the day after his death, 1955

13. Franz Ferdinand and his wife the day of their assassination, 1914

14. German soldiers and their mule during WWI, 1916.

15. Henry Ford obtaining the Grand cross of the German Eagle from Nazi Officials, 1938

16. Grotto In An Iceberg, During The British Antarctic Expedition, 1911.

17.17 -year-oldOtoya Yamaguchi assassinates socialist politicianlnejiro Asanuma in Tokyo .

18. The first painting taking into consideration Machu Picchu upon its discovery, 1912.

19. Testin of the German Messerschmitt Bl 109 E3, 1940

20. Underwater detonation of 15 kiloton atomic weapon .

21. Three humen compete in a marathon in the first Olympic games, 1896

22. SS auxiliaries pose at aresort for Auschwitz personnels, 1942

23. Philippines politician, Reynaldo Dagsa, photographs his own assassination .

24. US aircraft sinks Japanese aircraft off the coast of China, 1945

25. Control room of a German submarine, 1918.

26. Nikola Tesla in his lab sitting behind hisMagnifying Transmitter

27. The last known scene taken of the Titanic before it sank

28. Turkish official pestering starving Armenian children with food during the course of its Armenian genocide, 1915

29. The Unbroken Seal On Tutankhamuns Tomb, 1922( 3,245 Years Untouched )

30. The V1 flying bomb plunging towards central London, 1945

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These 13 Unexplained Photographs From History Are Seriously Weird

A image tells a thousand terms, apparently. But what if the picture needs more than a thousand terms worth of explain? Too bad. You merely get a thousand .

Pictures like these, for example, require at least a thousand-and-fifty terms as they are some of the most controversial andinexplicable photographs of all time…

1. The Battle of Los Angeles

Published in the Los Angeles Times on February 26, 1942, this photo is think by some to be proof of extraterrestrial affairs on Earth. It indicates numerous searchlights searching for the same thing.

Just three months after America joined WW2( after Pearl Harbour ), over1, 400 shells from anti-aircraft handguns were fired at the mystery, round, pale orange ball of light as it moved mutely through the sky, unaffected. People dismissed it as “war nerves” but, to this day , no one has a valid explanation.

2. The Black Knight Satellite

Taken by U.S. astronauts on a mission to the International Space Station in 1998, the Black Knight Satellite has been mystifying people for decades.Nikola Tesla apparently picked up repeating radio signals off of it in 1899, strange radio signals have been reported coming from it in 1930 and, in 1954, a retired Naval Officer told newspapers that the U.S. government had been aware or the satellite orbiting Earth for some time- this was before there were any man-made satellites.

It soon picked up serious media attention as both the U.S. and the Soviet Union believed one another to have owned it. Still today , no one( who’s telling anyone) has any notion what it is.

3. The Cooper Family unwanted dinner guest

In the 1950 s, the Cooper family moved into their new house in Texas. To mark the occasion, they decided to have a scene taken celebrating( albeit tamely ). When they had the photo developed, the latter are shocked to see a body hanging from the ceiling( as there was no body in the house ).

Some believe that there was an issue in the printing process -splicing two pictures accidentally- whilst others genuinely believe that this is documentation of a haunting … of course some think it was a hoax or, as an incredible doubled bluff, an actual dead body.

4. The ghost of Freddie Jackson

Royal Air Force Air Marshal Sir Victor Goddard released this photo from 1919 of his squadron on the occasion of the air mechanic Freddie Jackson’s funeral.

Freddie died when he walked into an air-plane propeller but, after looking at this photo, the squadron instantly recognised the face that appears behind “the mens” at the back row, fourth from the left’s head as his.

Some set this down to double-exposure but “Freddie” isn’t wearing a hat like the rest…

5. The ghost of Hampton Court Palace

In 2003, the fire alarms at Hampton Court Palace went off as a fire escape has been opened. When security officers went to investigate said doorway, they ensure that it was closed and there was no sign of anyone having been there.

However, when they checked the CCTV footage, they saw something no one could explain. The doors seemed to fly open on their own admission with no one around but, shortly afterwards, a hooded figure( nicknamed Skeletor) strolled from the building into the doorway and closed the doors.

6. The Hook Island Sea Monster

In 1964, Robert Le Serrec and his family bought a boat and went onholiday for a few months on Hook Island in Stonehaven Bay, Queensland, Australia. thy were floating around( as you might) when they noticed something that resembled a huge snake in the water. They estimated it was 30 feet long but, as they edged closer, it constructed no attempts to advance on them.

With this in mind, Robert got into the water( imbecile) and moved closer. He chose to inspect it underwater where he realised it was far bigger than he had previously imagined. That’s when it opened its mouth and started moving which led Robert the cowardly lion to run( swim) back to his boat.

When he got back, he saw that the animal had gone…

Just a side note, when an octopus or squid or whatever inks, is it like that or not nearly as much? Cheers.

7. The McMinnville UFO

Back on 11 th of May, 1950, Evelyn Trent saw something from her’s and her husband’s farm , not far fromMcMinnville, Oregon. She called her husband, Paul, who rapidly got his camera to document the UFO.

This picture was picked up by the local paper before Life Magazine got a hold of it and attained the photo famous. Since then, photography experts have confirmed the picture’s legality, stating that whatever is in the picture, was there when it was taken and nothing was added in later.

Even so , no one knows what the photograph is actually of. An extraterrestrial craft, a government experimentation, a plate? Your guess is ad good as mine … my guess is Superman … your guess is probably better than mine.

8 . The Phoenix Lights

In 1997, on two occasions in the same day, numerous suns were find flying/ floating overPhoenix, Arizona. At 7:30 PM, a triangular formation of suns was ensure flying over the city and, at 10 PM, hundreds of photographs and videos were taken of a group of stationary lights floating over Phoenix.

The air-force initially had no commentaries but later said that it was a training exercising where multiple flares were dropped. Eyewitness confirmed this but some still disagreed.

Claims came in that it was in fact one huge, v-shaped aircraft so big that it blocked out the stars above. Evena former Air Force captain, said, Im a pilot and I know just about every machine that flies ,[…] i t was bigger than anything that Ive ever seen. It remains a great mystery .

11. The Skunk Ape

The skunk ape is the name given to a beast similar to the( equally mythical) Sasquatch. There have been the reporting of the animal exclusive to the American( amaze astonish) Southeast from as early as the mid 19 th century. The reports say that the creature is huge, hairy and be permitted to flee promptly with its footprints measuring 14 inches long.

In 1997, the myth was brought back to life as multiple sightings were reported in Florida as well as photographs taken that were promptly rejected as fakes.

Then, in 2000, a woman sent photographs of an “escaped ape” toSarasota County Sheriffs Department after it had been stealing apples from her garden. She had no idea of the Skunk Ape myth and just assumed there was an ape on the loose…

12. The Solway Firth Spaceman

On May 23, 1964, Jim Templeton, a firefighter from Carlisle, Cumberland, in England took his wife and daughters to a green on the coast. He took a three pictures of one of his daughters, Elizabeth, without incident and sent them to Kodak to be developed.

When he got the photos back, however, he was shocked to see a unusual figure in the background of the second scene- one that didn’t was contained in either of the other photos. He confirmed that no-one else was around so it couldn’t have been a passerby.

The photos were sent to many photograph experts as well as Kodak but they all came back with the same outcomes- there were no issues with the photos or the camera. Kodak offered a reward of a year’s free cinema to anyone who could crack the example but, since then, it’s still not been claimed.

13. The Tulip staircase ghost

In 1966, Reverend Ralph Hardy from British Columbia took a photo of a spiraling staircase in theNational Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. He was there with his wife standing beside him at the time.

When he got the pictures developed, he noticed that there appeared to be a cloaked figure climbing the stairs with both hands on the railings. He and his wife had reaffirmed that no one was around at the time and , not only that, but, the staircase was also closed with a rope saying “no admittance”- so there you have it, ghosts are unruly.

Experts everywhere, like in the other cases, have all come to the conclusion that the image had still not been doctored.

Creepy, right?

Maybe not. There probably is an explanation for all of the pictures so before you get into the comments running “ how can you believe this shit !!! 11 !!! 1 n00b ! “, I don’t, it’s merely interesting, so don’t. What do you think? Let us know in specific comments !

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Movie franchise crossovers are getting out of control

To watch the Rogue One teaser trailer is to see the future. Specifically, it’s to see that day, not far off, when R2-D2 hacks into Iron Man’s armor and Groot has a long conversation with Chewbacca. “Groot? “Rowwwwwr!” “Groot!”

Yes, it’s true, the trailer is supposedly set long, long ago, and neither Iron Man, R2-D2, Groot or Chewie, appear in it. Instead, for the most part, the teaser is pretty anonymous. There are Star Wars trappingsthe bad guys who get shot and blown up are wearing storm trooper outfits, and of course there’s the John Williams score, rearranged but still insistently recognizable.

But beyond such branding touches, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story could be any big budget Hollywood action story. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is a typical raffish disreputable troublemaker turned likely-unlikely hero in the Han Solo/Rocket Raccoon/James Bond spiritthe fact that she’s a woman is a twist, but (thanks Linda Hamilton!) not unprecedented. She shoots things, she blows things up, someone mutters some portentous narration, evil cloaked figures stand around and look ominous.

It could be Independence Day; it could be Mission Impossible. It could be a superhero film. Superhero films love the ominous cloaked guys.

The genericness is the pointand the genius.

Rogue One, in short, looks, not just like any Star Wars film, but like any franchise film. When Felicity Jones strides purposefully across the screen, she could be striding through any Hollywood set, towards any McContrived McGuffin. It’s not just generic, it’s generically generic, uber-generic, and meta-generic. The genericness is the pointand the genius.

In the dim, dark, past, when people carved their computers out of stone blocks and every other film didn’t feature superheroes, franchises used to mean something, you young whippersnappers. If you went to a Star Wars film, you could be sure that the film featured Harrison Ford, or at least Obi-Wan Kenobi, and was (or at least was trying to be) part of a single overarching narrative about a galaxy far, far away. Superman films were about Superman doing superstuff, even when (as in Superman IV) the superstuff didn’t make a lot of sense. Star Trek had familiar actors as familiar characters going where no one had gone before. And so forth. A franchise didn’t just mean, hey, okay, we’re calling this Star Trek, buy tickets, Trekkie. It meant you were going to get the characters, the actors, the themes you were expecting, delivered more or less competently to your expectant eyeballs. Franchises: You could trust them.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe changed all that, though.

Superhero comics long ago figured out the advantages of making franchises a kind of contentless brand; the Marvel universe encompassed the monstrous Man-Thing and the heroic Captain America at the same time, because why not cross-promote completely dissimilar things if your fans will stand for it? Similarly, the Marvel Cinematic Universe can include a comedy space opera like Guardians of the Galaxy, straight period action/adventure like the first Captain America film, and a wrenching exploration of sexual violence like the Netflix television series Jessica Jones. “Marvel” doesn’t refer to a particular story, or particular actors, or characters, or even to a consistent tone. It’s just the term “Marvel,” some crossover Easter eggs, and maybe some bad guy in a cloak. Pick any movie, say it’s part of the Marvel universe, and rake in the dough. The franchise is no longer even really a franchise. It’s a logo.

The logo-ing of the franchise is an ingenious business modeland so, inevitably, it’s being replicated.

The logo-ing of the franchise is an ingenious business modeland so, inevitably, it’s being replicated. Warner Bros. is desperately trying to catch up by dumping all its DC superhero movies into the same world, whether they be bombastic bloated epics like the (critically panned) Batman vs. Superman or jokey heist dramas like the (much anticipated) Suicide Squad. Disney is working off the same template with their Star Wars films, figuring out ways to make a whole series of stories and heroes set loosely in the same universe, setting up potential crossovers and cross-promotion.

That template virtually ensures that sometime, somewhere in the not too distant future, one of those Star Wars films is also going to be a Marvel Universe film. The whole logic of the logo model is to put the logo on as many films as you can, no matter the content of those films. So why not double up your logos, especially if you’re Disney and own both of them? Even before the rule of the logo-franchise, Dracula met Frankenstein and Predators fought Aliens. Those crossovers seemed a bit gimmickybut these days, crossovers are film’s lifeblood. If you know Hulk and Ant-Man are going to meet at some point, why not Dr. Strange and Obi-Wan Kenobi?

Presumably the inevitable Marvel/Star Wars convergence will start with low-key, Easter egg cameos. Maybe we’ll get to see Darkseid conferring with Kylo Ren; a glimpse of Gamora across a crowded cantina; Tony Stark making some elliptical reference to hyperspace. But eventually we’ll get to full on team-upsDrax fighting side by side with Chewbacca, or the Vision and BB-8 discussing the nature of artificial intelligence.

Nor is there any real reason it should stop there. Why not Batman vs. Terminator, or James Bond meets Tarzan, or Toy Story Die Hard? The logo franchise model opens up infinite possibilities, an exciting vision of a giant, sprawling League of Extraordinary Nostalgia Properties. All the things you love on the screen at the same time; what could be more fulfilling? Every film can be the same filmwith, perhaps, the logos slightly shuffled.

Noah Berlatsky is the author of Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics 1941-1948 and the editor of the comics and culture blog The Hooded Utilitarian. He writes for the Guardian, Quartz, the New Republic, and numerous other outlets. Follow him on Twitter @nberlat. (CC-BY)

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