Even Mark Hamill has Had Enough of Luke SkywalkerMark Hamill played the iconic young hero Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, then came back for the sequel trilogy as an aged Jedi master. And even though Luke died in The Last Jedi, that doesn't mean the character is gone- he played a Force ghost in The Rise of Skywalker. But wait! Even the end of the Skywalker Saga didn't mean the end for Luke. With the various TV shows focusing on different parts of the Star Wars timeline, Luke was brought back for an appearance as his younger self in The Mandalorian, and then in The Book of Boba Fett. Is Luke Skywalker eternal? Is he even necessary?Not according to Hamill. The actor is fine with Luke never appearing in another Star Wars story. Hamill is 71 years old now, and it has to be jarring for him to see his image brought back de-aged with special effects and his voice recreated with artificial intelligence. Besides, there are plenty of other Star Wars stories waiting to be told that don't involve Luke. Read what Hamill says about the future of Luke Skywalker at Den of Geek.
Dungeons & Dragons Band Sings a Song That Changes with a D20 Roll​Bard City is a unique band in Baltimore that consists of people who are passionate about playing both Dungeons & Dragons and music.Sometimes they even do it at the same time!Their YouTube channel is filled with many songs inspired by D&D, but it was this one that immediately grabbed my attention."Roll That Die" is an interactive song. An audience member rolls a twenty-sided die when prompted. The result determines which lyrics is sung next.This is a really fun game for the audience. I’m curious about what would have happened if the die ended up on a natural 1 or natural 20.Content warning: foul language.
The Goonies Shoot Ended with a Masterful Prank by Steven SpielbergThe Goonies was released on June 7, 1985, making the movie 38 years old this week. The movie featured a gang of kids hunting a treasure to save their homes from foreclosure, and laid the foundation for stardom for its young cast that included Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, and Ke Huy Quan. For director Richard Donner, the year-long project was draining. He loved the kids, but working with a whole gang of them was stressful and exhausting. After the production wrapped, Donner took off to Hawaii for some rest and relaxation away from children. Steven Spielberg, who wrote the story and helped out with some direction during the shoot, had a brainstorm and arranged for all the child actors, and a few of the adults, too, to surprise Donner in Hawaii. Spielberg had them all flown over to the island to visit Donner, and made sure the surprise was caught on camera.
That Time Tina Turner Set a Guinness World Record​Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, is a huge football venue erected for the 1950 FIFA World Cup. Its capacity is listed at 78,838, but that means stadium seats for sporting events. When the stadium is used for other purposes, like a concert, it can hold more than twice as many people. In the 1980s, Tina Turner was riding a wave of fame she never expected in the previous three decades of her career. During her Break Every Rule tour, she played Maracanã Stadium January 16, 1988, to a crowd of more than 188,000 ticket holders, which landed her in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most tickets sold for a concert by a solo artist. Other sources put the number at 180,000, but that's still an awful lot of people. The record held until 1990, when Paul McCartney played the same stadium.Read about that memorable concert by Tina Turner, and see a video of her performance at Mental Floss.
Afternoon Tea -- Pikachu Style!The Strings is a hotel chain in Japan. Recently, its locations in Nagoya and Tokyo offered a special dining experience for Pokémon fans. Sora News 24 reports that visitors to the on-site cafes could experience decorations and food inspired by your favorite pocket monster—Pikachu!Everything is, of course, bright yellow. The drinks include a mocktail, a fruitade, and, as you would expect, actual tea. For eating after battling monsters, there’s a quiche, a slider, a nut salad, a tart, a muffin, a macaron, a mango tart, a mousse, and lemon jelly. Got to eat them all!Photo: Sora News 24
Jane Fonda Throws Award To Winner At Cannes Now this is an interesting way to present an award at a festival. Jane Fonda was assigned to award the highest prize, called the Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival to Justine Triet, a French filmmaker for her courtroom drama Anatomy of a Fall. The thriller shows Sandra Hüller as a writer trying to prove her innocence in her husband’s death.This exciting movie is the third film directed by a woman to win the top prize at the festival. It won against a solid competition, which included Wes Anderson, Todd Haynes, and Karim Ainouz. After Triet made her acceptance speech, she ended up leaving her award behind. Fonda did her best to make sure that the director does not forget her award. She decided to throw the award at Triet.Don’t worry, as the trophy is not as heavy as it looks. In fact, it was light as a scroll of paper, and Triet didn’t even notice that it was thrown at her. The moment was captured on a camera, and the footage is now making rounds on the Internet. Netizens cackle in delight at the event and are cheering on Fonda’s good throw. Image credit: Twitter / @andzejkra