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First ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Trailer Shows Major on a Mission


Not satisfied with trailers that are only ten seconds long? Then we have some good news for you, Ghost in the Shell fans! After teasing the film with a series of very bald cuts back in September, the first full trailer for the manga/anime adaptation dropped today and it is far more visually satisfying. Set to a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” by Ki: Theory, it shows human-cyborg Major (known as Major Motoko Kusanagi in the original Ghost, and played here by Scarlett Johansson) on two missions: to lead the Section 9 task force and to find out who she truly is. (Not shown: Why Johansson was cast to play an Asian character.) The visuals look stunning, the action seems fun, and-incidentally-the humanoid stuff feels a little Westworld-y now. Ghost in the Shell hits theaters March 31, 2017. Until then, enjoy the movie’s first trailer above.

The fantasy story of a female-led insurgency against a domineering Empire seemed like space opera escapism only a few days ago. But now that people are protesting the election of Donald Trump in cities across the US, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story -and its ragtag group of rebels out to defeat a new regime-feels a lot more au courant than it did just last week.

We got the final US trailer last month, but now there’s an international trailer that gives even more information about how Jyn Erso and the rest of her team steal the plans for the Empire’s super weapon. This new trailer is also far more forthcoming about that plot-like, for example, Jyn finally actually utters the words, “Death Star,” and there are shots of the space station moving. It’s kind of terrifying to see it rise in the sky above a planet, get in position for a weapons test, and destroy the surface of it while blotting out the sun.

Less terrifying are the new shots that flash back to Jyn’s childhood. A woman, presumably Jyn’s mother, puts a necklace with a clear crystal around her neck. Jyn is still wearing that crystal as an adult-part of the mounting evidence that it’s a kyber crystal, the mineral used to create lightsabers, and the raw material the Empire seeks on the planet Jedha to create the main weapon on the Death Star.

And for an orphaned delinquent who gets broken out of prison to lead this team, Jyn is also quite inspiring. At the end of the trailer, she’s imploring an unknown audience, “We’ll take the next chance, and the next, until we win, or the chances are spent.”

Rogue One hits theaters December 16.

Donald Trump was just elected the 45th president of the United States. It was, in every possible way, a stunning victory. So stunning, in fact, that many members of the electorate don’t know how to respond.

Except on Instagram.

As Trump took the stage early this morning, users of the photo-sharing service began posting flat black images instead of photos. Most of the images don’t have captions so it’s hard to tell the true intent, but the message seems to be that Trump’s win portends dark times ahead.

Throughout the election, Instagram has been a place for users to post memes, “I Voted” photos (and sometimes their ballots, even if that is legally dubious), and other messages of political support, so this series of images marks a subdued and stark end to the presidential campaign. It will also likely not be the last trend to hit the photo-sharing site in the coming weeks. Like the Pepe the Frogs and the sniffs and the “This Is Fines” before it, many more memes will follow this black square.

Last night’s championship-deciding Game 7 of the World Series was one of the most dramatic in the history of baseball. The Chicago Cubs, a team without a title since 1908, facing off against the Cleveland Indians, who hadn’t won in 68 years. An early lead for the Cubs, then a blown save in the 8th inning as Cleveland tied the game 6-6 on a home run. And as if that didn’t create enough drama as the game headed into extra innings, there was a rain delay. It’s a situation nobody could’ve predicted.

Except this guy:

2016 World Series.

Cubs vs Indians

And then the world will end with the score tied in game seven in extra innings #apocalypse

– GIO (@RaysFanGio) November 4, 2014

One Twitter user, sadly a Cleveland Indians fan, predicted almost this exact scenario back in 2014. The Cubs, the Indians, Game 7, and the rain delay. Thankfully it didn’t end with the apocalypse, and merely the Cubs winning the team’s first World Series in 108 years, bringing the end to the most tortuous title drought in all of sports. But the sudden Twitter fame may be small comfort to the Cleveland fan who made the prediction after the Indians squandered a 3-1 lead in the series.

Doctor Strange may be the talk of the comic book movie universe right now, but Diana Prince has never been one to let the boys have all the fun. Case in point: The latest trailer for Wonder Woman, in which the Amazonian warrior princess (played by the actually perfect Gal Gadot) takes the ass-kickery that made her the highlight of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and turns it up to 11 during World War I. She shoots arrows! She uses her Bracelets of Submission to deflect bullets! She has a friggin’ sword in her dress! She is also not here to take any kind of orders from Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). Check out the new trailer for director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, which hits theaters June 2, 2017, above.

Look around your office. Is that “Hang in There Baby” poster looking a little faded? Do you no longer need an image of a sunset to remind you that, yes, you can even? Then it’s time to get some new motivational posters-courtesy of Facebook. Since 2010, the social network has been producing its own propaganda images in its Analog Research Lab art studio, and now a small collection of the posters from former Facebook designers Ben Barry and Everett Katigbak is up for auction. The images, which graced the walls of Facebook’s dozens of global offices, are expected to bring in between $400 and $600-if not more-per lot, according to seller Heritage Auctions. Check out the posters, which tout slogans ranging from “Stay humble” to “Move fast and break things,” above and head here to start bidding on the next image you want to brighten your cubicle.

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