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America’s culture wars are spreading to hotels

America’s culture wars are spreading to hotels

Finance
CHOOSING a hotel for a trip is generally seen as an apolitical decision. In contrast, restaurants and cafes have sometimes taken on an ideological tinge, with conservatives mocking liberals for their latte coffees, and liberals ribbing conservatives for their deep-fried everything and well-done steaks. But for most hotel users, location and good Wi-Fi matter more than the ideology of the owners. In some places that now appears to be changing: a trend turbocharged since the arrival of Donald Trump, an owner of an international hotel brand, in politics.Suddenly the new Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC—on the same street as the White House and Capitol building—became the most politically-charged building in the city, if not the country. Celebrity chefs scrapped their plans to open
JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode IX

JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode IX

Entertainment
JJ Abrams, who launched the new era of Star Wars films with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to the series as director of Star Wars: Episode IX.Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said "JJ delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for" in the earlier instalment, and she was excited he was returning to "close out this trilogy".Abrams replaces Colin Trevorrow, who dropped out of the film last month.Meanwhile the release has been delayed by six months, to December 2019.The announcement was made on Twitter by Walt Disney Studios, which owns Lucasfilm, on Friday.Chris Terrio will co-write the ninth instalment with Abrams. He won an Oscar for writing Argo in 2013 and his other scripts include Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the forthcoming Justice League.Analysis - Lizo Mz...
Carrie Fisher's 'amazing' Star Wars send-off

Carrie Fisher's 'amazing' Star Wars send-off

Entertainment
Carrie Fisher is given an "amazing" send-off in her final Star Wars film, according to co-star John Boyega.The London-born actor said he shares "many scenes" with the late actress in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and that the sci-fi franchise "keeps her alive". Fisher, who played the part of Princess - later General - Leia, died last December aged 60.Her final film performance will be seen when the latest Star Wars blockbuster is released at the end of the year. Fisher's performance 'won't be digitally recreated'Carrie Fisher: A life of fame - but with a priceBoyega, who played stormtrooper Finn in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, told US broadcaster ABC: "It sends her off in a very amazing way."She is still kept alive in this franchise and that's the beauty of it - she lives forever in a s...