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May the fourth be with you! Brand-new Star Wars film is announced

May the fourth be with you! Brand-new Star Wars film is announced

Entertainment
A new Star Wars film has been announced - the tenth instalment in the epic series of movies - and it will be written and directed by Taika Waititi.Fresh from winning an Oscar for Jojo Rabbit, he will team up with 1917 co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Waititi, who is also famous for directing Thor: Ragnarok, is not new to Star Wars. He directed the final episode of the first series of The Mandalorian. Image: Popular Star Wars character R2-D2 The announcement has been made on a date close to the hearts of Star Wars fans, for whom "May the fourth be with you" has become an annual greeting - a play on the phrase "may the force be with you", of course.At the same time, it was revealed a new Star Wars series is being developed for Disney+, w...
‘It crushes me’: Dairy farmers struggle to survive Trump’s trade wars and declining milk demand

‘It crushes me’: Dairy farmers struggle to survive Trump’s trade wars and declining milk demand

Finance
Nathan Chittenden carries a newborn calf at Dutch Hollow Farm in Schodack Landing, New York. "The last five years have been extremely rough for us dairy farmers," he told CNBC.Emma Newburger / CNBCSCHODACK, N.Y. — Nathan Chittenden carefully slung a newborn calf over his shoulders and marched her over to his dairy barn to join a dozen other babies."Sometimes I feel like a school principal trying to remember everyone's names," Chittenden, 41, said of his dairy cows.Chittenden's herd is in good health, but the dairy farm his family runs here in Rensselaer County, about two hours north of New York City, is under immense pressure.Milk makers in the United States are disappearing as consolidation in the industry and changing consumer tastes have made it tougher for small farms to survive. In No
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in 20 sound bites

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in 20 sound bites

Entertainment
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the concluding film in the latest Star Wars trilogy and the final chapter in the Skywalker saga, is now in cinemas around the world.Here are 20 things we learned from the film's cast and crew when they came to the UK for this week's European premiere. 1) Daisy Ridley, aka intrepid heroine Rey, is proud of the way the new film - the first Star Wars film to feature a same-sex kiss - reflects social diversity."So many people have been working so hard for representation, and this is the most inclusive Star Wars [film] that we've seen," said the British actress. 2) John Boyega, aka stormtrooper turned resista...

Star Wars director hopes fans ‘open-minded’ about new film

Entertainment
Star Wars director JJ Abrams says he hopes fans will be "open-minded" about the ninth and final instalment of the Skywalker saga. Speaking at the film's European premiere in London's Leicester Square, he said: "Obviously some people will love it and some will hate it and that's the nature of these movies, but I hope that, even those who are pre-determined to hate the movie, going-in will be open-minded enough to discover something they might like." He added: "I'm really happy with the job that everyone did, it really blows my mind." Image: Film director JJ Abrams poses on the red carpet for the European premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker After more than 40 years, the franchise draws to a close with Star Wars: The Rise Of Sk...
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker talking points – contains mild spoilers

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker talking points – contains mild spoilers

Entertainment
*** Warning - this review, while not giving away any major plot points, does contain mild spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. You have been warned***A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the world was introduced to Jedi knights, lightsabres and the Force, and an epic story that would go on to become one of the most successful film franchises in history was born. More than 40 years on from the original Star Wars and after the prequels, sequels and spin-offs, the books and the comics and the toys, it is time to say goodbye - to the Skywalker saga, at least. Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is the final chapter in this nine-film behemoth, which means a lot of lingering questions to be answered and plot threads to tie up.Does it provide a fitting ending? Are the characters serv...