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Everything is awesome: 'Lego Movie' directors piloting a young Han Solo 'Star Wars' movie

Who can be the snarky younger version of Harrison Ford's iconic smuggler?

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Who can be the snarky younger version of Harrison Ford's iconic smuggler?

Rejoice with me, nerds, for everything is awesome! *

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, behind such gems as The Lego Movie, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, are directing one of the upcoming standalone Star Wars movies about young Han Solo, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

If Entertainment Weekly is to be believed, a movie has been in the works for years about everyone's favorite stuck-up half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder before he was flying Jedi around and rescuing princesses.

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The Bachelorette, Season 11, Episode 9 -- Cheers to the other guy

Ben H. stealing hearts and bursting ovaries during his one-on-one date with Kaitlyn.

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Ben H. stealing hearts and bursting ovaries during his one-on-one date with Kaitlyn.

Nick and Shawn were sorely mistaken. 

"That other guy" wasn't the one throwing shade at you, threatening you or the one questioning why you even came here. 

"That other guy" was unbothered.

"That other guy" only used his date time to advance his relationship with Kaitlyn. 

So they should stop calling each other "that other guy". Ben H. had the game on lock. Quietly, this guy was putting up all star numbers in The Bachelorette categories of greatness: compliments, kisses, cuteness and vulnerability.

While Nick and Shawn were so focused on each other, Ben was out there steamrolling toward the real prize: A shot at winning the coveted slot of The Bachelor

The episode opened with Ben getting a one-on-one date with Kaitlyn. He rowed her to Innisfall Island and played hide and seek with her among the ruins. "When I'm with Ben it feels good and it feels right. I feel all those feelings I should be feeling when I'm falling in love," Kaitlyn said.

The word choice here is important, folks. That should leaves to door open for the only obvious choice to get sent home before the finale. Make it so, producers. 

On the evening side of the date, he admitted that he really loved his last girlfriend. …

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Disney sculptor behind faces of theme park's Pirates, Haunted Mansion dies at 97

The Partners sculpture stands in front of the castle at multiple Disney theme parks

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The Partners sculpture stands in front of the castle at multiple Disney theme parks

Disney animator and sculptor Blaine Gibson, who literally put the faces on the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion spooks and presidents at Disney's theme parks, has died at 97.

The story goes that one day Walt Disney himself saw some Gibson's sculptures and assigned the assistant animator to his burgeoning theme park project, Disneyland. Eventually Gibson became the head of Disney's Sculpture Department, where he sculpted figures like Abraham Lincoln for the 1964 New York World’s Fair as well as the Hall of Presidents, and dozens of pirates for Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

Even after he retired in 1983 he continued to  sculpt every president  for Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents up to and including George W. Bush in 2001.

He also sculpted Partners, a statue of Walt Disney holding the hand of Mickey Mouse that sits in front of the castles at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Gibson, who was born in Colorado in 1918, joined Disney in 1939. He worked on the animation of 101 Dalmatians, Bambi, Song of the South, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty.

But it was his sculptures of the Disney vision that he will be best remembered for. …

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Sesame Street's Maria, Sonia Manzano retires after 44 years on the show

The woman who taught you to sing and count in Spanish is moving away from Sesame Street after four long decades in America's friendliest neighborhood. 

Sonia Manzano, 65, who played Maria, will retire from the series she joined just after leaving Carnegie Mellon University in 1971. She was many people's first on screen Latina, and her acting, writing and general awesomeness got her many awards and accolades through the years, says the Washington Post

“The country was an exciting place,” Manzano told Yahoo News. “Everything was changing. And the curriculum goal at that time was children should know that Latins live in America, and Latin children should be proud of their culture because Latins were completely invisible in the media. And so ‘Sesame Street’ was trying to remedy that situation by having a diverse cast.”

Maria worked in a second hand bookstore and a babysat for the grouches. She met and married Luis. She got preganant and had a daughter. She became part owner of Luis' Fix It Shop. Her character lived a full life on TV, bereft of stereotypes, and educated coutless kids about what real diversity looks like.  …

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Bubble wrap doesn't pop anymore, so there is no point to life.

These women need their popping bubble wrap, and they need it NOW.

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These women need their popping bubble wrap, and they need it NOW.

The Sealed Air Corp. has just introduced a specially made bubble wrap called iBubble Wrap sold in flat plastic sheets, that doesn't pop, we repeat, DOESN'T POP, according to this Wall Street Journal report.

Here are five reasons why this news is terrible:

1. It doesn't pop.

2. The popping has died, like our souls.

3. We can't pop it and so just go ahead and forget your childhood.

4. Apparently you CAN stop the pop, and the pop has stopped. 

5. If we don't have popping, what simple systematic joys do we have left? What satisfying pleasure is next? Are they going to take away the cream in the middle of the Oreo? Will Big Brother outlaw knuckle popping? Will someone create a nail polish that doesn't peel? Will we be forced to eat one giant piece of popcorn at the movies like animals?

(For real, though, some say the new bubble wrap is more efficient to ship. And there's also an interesting explanation of how they make it unpoppable. Read more here.)

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Literally everyone hates peas in guacamole

What guac is supposed to look like.

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What guac is supposed to look like.

Earlier today, the New York Times tweeted out this recipe:

 

However, because peas in guacamole probably tastes as disgusting as it sounds (trust us) Twitter erupted into a massive firestorm of internet hate.

The recipe has been around for years, a concoction originating at ABC Cocina and supposedly adds "intense sweetness and a chunky texture to the dip, making it more substantial on the chip."

No. Just no.

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Alex Trebek 'rapping' the 'Fresh Prince' theme song is the best thing you'll hear today

Get it, Alex.

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Get it, Alex.

We've had our fair share of laughs courtesy of Alex Trebek, from his sly condescension with contestants to clues that seem written specifically to make us chuckle at the 74-year-old stalwart Jeopardy! host. (Shout-out to this best moments YouTube vid!)

But is including the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song in a clue the best of them all?

Listen to Trebek read this Jeopardy! clue from Monday night's episode ("yo homes, smell ya later!") and decide for yourself.Full Story

Disney dumps poop shaped candy from new Animal Kingdom shopping area

"All 4 poo brownies from Zuri's in Harambe Market" WDW News Today tweeted on @WDWNT.

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"All 4 poo brownies from Zuri's in Harambe Market" WDW News Today tweeted on @WDWNT.

Disney's Animal Kingdom isn't selling anymore candies shaped like animal dung at its new Harambe Market shopping area. 

The theme park flushed the idea after only two weeks of selling the desserts made of chocolate, peanut butter and caramel, the Orlando Sentinel reports

Officials said the product sold out and they didn't decide to restock. No mention was made of the big Internet stink the announcement of the new treats caused. Other new offerings, including some animal shaped cookies, will also not be restocked. 

Disney didn't announce any replacement products.

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The Bachelorette, Season 11, Episode 8 --€” Tears of a clown

Chris also known as "Cupcake" tries to calm himself down after being dumped on the Cliffs of Moher.

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Chris also known as "Cupcake" tries to calm himself down after being dumped on the Cliffs of Moher.

The moment that will define Kaitlyn Bristowe's legacy on The Bachelorette isn't the hook-up with Nick Viall. 

It isn't being chosen over Britt Nilsson in the most sexist season opener in Bachelorette history. It won't be the any of the flameouts that happened before the rose ceremony. 

We will always remember the moment Kaitlyn cried tears of relief when she realized Shawn B. didn't know she had slept with Nick. She wept with joy, despite supposedly not feeling guilty about having sex with Nick. To those who rushed to Kaitlyn's defense when the world judged her for jumping in the sack with the possible worst person in the world, I ask, if she's free to have sex with whomever she wants, why can't she own that? Why not just say, I was feeling it, I did it, what of it? …

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Garrison Keillor may be easing into retirement

Garrison Keillor

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Garrison Keillor

Could this mean retirement to Lake Wobegon? After 41 years as the host and guiding spirit of popular public radio series A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor is talking about handing over the keys.

In an interview with the Berkshire Eagle before an appearance at Tanglewood in Massachusetts, Keillor, 72, said he expected to make a transition out of full-time hosting over the next two years. His replacement has already been named: Chris Thile, singer and mandolin player for Nickel Creek. Thile, 34, first appeared on APHC when he was 15 years old, and he has already guest-hosted several times.

"Chris is my man," Keillor said, "and I'm eager to stay home and read books. But of course, I'll do whatever needs to be done to assure an easy transition -- sing, dance, do 'Guy Noir,' talk about my hometown, whatever is required."

The show, a well-honed mix of music, comedy and storytelling that Keillor created and shaped, airs on 600 stations and has an audience of 4 million listeners. …

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Tampa's Jeff Weldon, an alum of The Amazing Race, joins the cast of Big Brother Takeover

Houseguest Jeff Weldon plays pool in the backyard of the Big Brother house, on BIG BROTHER, Sunday.

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Houseguest Jeff Weldon plays pool in the backyard of the Big Brother house, on BIG BROTHER, Sunday.

Some people try to strike it rich with a big idea or some undeniable talent. 

Jeff Weldon, 27, of Tampa will make do with winning at least one of CBS' game shows. 

One of the newest members of Big Brother's 17th season may look familiar to The Amazing Race fans who saw him compete on that show this spring.

Originally from Hampton in Hernando County, Weldon went on his first trip out of the country for The Amazing Race. He told the Times then that he always wanted to travel and he left his job to join the race.

“It was the right time in my life to do something like this,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to travel but there was never anytime because of school or work. Auditioning for the race was the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Producers paired him with a dancer from Las Vegas, Jackie Ibarra, for the ultimate blind date. The pair didn't win, but had great chemistry and a steamy on screen kiss none of the other blind daters even came close to duplicating. 

Back at home, Weldon told the Times he was "searching for his next career move." We'd say he found it. …

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Jon Stewart's conservative foes may be on 'The Daily Show' finale

We're obviously more excited about this prospect than Jon is.

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We're obviously more excited about this prospect than Jon is.

Jon Stewart's biggest foes might get the chance drop a few F-bombs on the late night host during The Daily Show finale.

Yes, Stewart is letting the politicians who have been the butt to so many of his jokes turn the table on him.

As excited as we are to see what some conservatives have to say to Stewart, Page Six ruined what could have possibly been the most epic finale episode ever. Page Six reported that Daily Show producers have been reaching out to notable conservatives whom Stewart’s ticked off over the past 16 years, asking them to take part in a pre-recorded segment to give Stewart the send-off he deserves.Full Story

J.K. Rowling makes a magical announcement

J.K. Rowling collaborated on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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J.K. Rowling collaborated on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Looks like 2016 is shaping up to be a banner year for Harry Potter fans.

On June 26, author J.K. Rowling announced that a play about Harry will open in London next summer. She chose the day for the announcement because it's the 18th anniversary of the British publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first novel about the boy wizard (called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States).

The play, titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, wasn't written by Rowling, but she collaborated with writer Jack Thorne. She called Thorne, director John Tiffany and producer Sonia Friedman a "dream team"; the three previously collaborated on the hit West End stage version of vampire story Let the Right One In.

No casting has been announced yet for Cursed Child; tickets will go on sale in the fall. If it's a success in London, and it seems likely to be, perhaps the production will apparate to Broadway. …

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Comedy Central is streaming more than 2,000 'Daily Show' episodes before Jon Stewart's final show

In case you'd forgotten how long Jon Stewart has been on the 'Daily Show,' check out this photo from 1999 (!!!).

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In case you'd forgotten how long Jon Stewart has been on the 'Daily Show,' check out this photo from 1999 (!!!).

After 16 years, Jon Stewart’s time at The Daily Show is about to end. There, there. Comedy Central is softening the blow by streaming nearly every single episode up until Stewart's final show on Aug. 6. 

But don't bother trying to binge it all.

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Gmail officially adds Undo Send option

On more than one occasion I've done that thing where you send a text message to the person you're talking about. It's painful. Really, really painful.

Gmail obviously sympathized with that struggle because it formally added an "Undo Send" option.

No more awkward work "reply all" threads. No more cringing in your cubicle after sending a personal email to your boss. No more regretting strongly worded emails the second you press send.

Gmail has been playing with the undo setting as a Labs feature for six years now, but formally added the option for web-based Gmail today. The new tool lets you choose a delay time from 5 to 30 seconds. So if you decide you don't want to send that email after 31 seconds, you're out of luck.

Here's how to get it:

  1. Go to the cog icon in the upper righthand corner
  2. Select "Settings"
  3. Check the box for "Enable Undo Send"
  4. Choose between 5, 10, 20 and 30 second for a delay
  5. Hit save

 

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