Yoda is back, baby!
A two-minute trailer for the upcoming Season 2 of “The Mandalorian” on Disney+ features X-wing fighters, Stormtroopers and a butt-kicking Mando (Pedro Pascal) and his precious partner, Baby Yoda.
“Wherever I go, he goes,” says the protective bounty hunter of his galaxy-hopping charge.
As he questions his orders to deliver the Child to his Jedi people, he asks, “You expect me to search the galaxy and return this creature to a race of enemy sorcerers?”
In the teaser released Tuesday morning, the ever-adorable tyke even squeaks out a few utterances in Yoda-speak before he takes refuge in his floating stroller-ball when things get a bit chaotic.
The series — which is up for 2020 Emmy Awards for Best Drama and Best Guest Actor, Drama, for Giancarlo Esposito’s portrayal of villain Moff Gideon — will feature several new cast members this season, including Timothy Olyphant, Rosario Dawson (as Ahsoka Tano), Temuera Morrison and WWE star Sasha Banks. In the spring, creator Jon Favreau also announced that a third season is in the works.
Season 2 of “The Mandalorian” premieres Friday, Oct. 30, on Disney+.
Teddi Mellencamp’s ‘RHOBH’ exit is not about All In controversy
Andy Cohen is setting the record straight on Teddi Mellencamp’s exit from “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
Mellencamp, 39, confirmed her exit from the Bravo show on Tuesday via social media and fans began speculating that she was let go because of the controversy surrounding her All In accountability program. Past participants alleged that they were restricted to eating 500 calories a day while having to perform an hour of cardio.
Cohen, 52, explained on his SiriusXM radio show Wednesday that he actually would have preferred to see Mellencamp address the claims on-camera, but that ultimately was not his decision.
“Now there’s a whole controversy online about her business,” Cohen elaborated. “I do want to say, people are speculating that the online chatter about her business led to her dismissal. I just want to say, because I think it’s important, that one had absolutely nothing to do with the other.”
He added that while he never participated in the program, he had heard nothing but good things about it. Cohen said that “Flipping Out” star Jeff Lewis and his team were talking about the program recently.
“I remember them saying they went through the All In program and they did not have bad things to say about it,” he went on. “I think they said they were hungry, but he said that that program taught him how to order food in restaurants.”
Cohen also commended Mellencamp’s exit announcement.
“I thought [it] was one of the most, no BS I’m leaving announcements on record,” he said. “That was really good. I have to say, everyone has just been through it. The year, like it’s not many people for whom this year has been good for. She had some major health stuff with her kids.”
Mellencamp and her husband Edwin Arroyave welcomed their daughter Dove in February. She was diagnosed with lambdoid craniosynostosis this summer and underwent neurosurgery in July. The couple also shares son Cruz, 6, and daughter Slate, 7. Both have had injuries this summer as well.
‘Succession’ star Nicholas Braun wants to hit you with his car
Cousin Greg merely wished to answer fans’ requests in the affirmative fashion.
“Succession” star Nicholas Braun is more than ready to get behind the wheel and run you over—if that’s what your kinky heart desires.
“There’s been a bunch of people saying they want me to hit them with my car like in a sexy way, or like, stomp on their neck with my Crocs or slap them in the face,” Braun, 32, said in a video posted to Instagram. “These kind of violent, sexy type things, but the car thing is really concerning, and I just wanted to say, I’m down, like, let’s figure it out ’cause I want to help.”
Braun did express some concerns with the plans but ultimately was more than willing to figure out the logistics to make it work.
“For me, the only thing is just like I don’t want the car to get damaged that much and I don’t want a ton of blood on the car and things like that,” the “Antibodies” crooner explained. “If we can find a way to do it where you can just pop off the hood like really lightly and fly through the air and get all the stuff you need out of it and land not too badly.
“I’m just thinking about hospital bills and all that stuff,” a concerned Braun shared, “and I just don’t want to get into insurance problems and everything.
“Whatever you need, I’m here to help,” he ended his pitch, “and it could be fun.”
Parents group wants Netflix investigated for child sexploitation
Following social media controversy over the French film “Cuties,” a conservative parents group is calling on the president to investigate Netflix.
The coming-of-age story, released internationally via Netflix earlier this month, follows an 11-year-old girl as she navigates her maturing sexuality while finding a place in her religious family — to awkward and sometimes appalling ends.
And it’s those uncomfortable moments that prompted an outcry among concerned parents who call the film yet another example of Netflix’s “corporate practice of graphically and grotesquely sexualizing children through its entertainment programming,” according to Parents Television Council (PTC) President Tim Winter.
In a letter addressed to Missouri’s Sen. Josh Hawley last week, the group urged the White House to order a Department of Justice investigation into the streaming service.
“Mr. President, more than 30 members of Congress have now spoken out against ‘Cuties,’ and many have called for Congressional hearings or an investigation. But the problem with sexualizing children on Netflix runs deeper than just ‘Cuties,’ ” wrote Winter, whose letter was made public in a press release.
“There is a strong link between sexualized media and the victimization and exploitation of children,” Winter claimed. He cited recent reports, including the news that US Marshals have rescued more than 70 children who were considered “at-risk” of abuse and human trafficking, as well as a $35 million DOJ grant to aid the victims, as proof of the entertainment industry’s culpability.
“Please instruct your Attorney General to investigate Netflix to protect children from sexualization and exploitation,” Winter commanded.
Their letter called out a number of other popular features appearing on Netflix, including the star-studded animated series “Big Mouth,” which makes light of puberty, and the British comedy-drama series “Sex Education,” which focuses on mental health and safe sexuality.
Winter’s letter includes a “cc” to Sen. Tom Cotton, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Mike Lee, Rep. Jim Banks and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard — all of whom have spoken out against the film, alongside a chorus of worried parents on social media. In just over a month, a Change.org petition to have the movie removed from the streaming platform has reached over 650,000 signatures.
Netflix has defended the film by calling it a “social commentary against the sexualization of young children … a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up.”
They also issued an apology following backlash for the problematic images used to promote the film to American viewers — which differed from its European marketing.
“We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description,” they wrote on Twitter last month.
The “Cuties” writer and director, French-Senegalese filmmaker Maïmouna Doucouré, also recently penned an op-ed for the Washington Post. In it, she wrote, “We, as adults, have not given children the tools to grow up healthy in our society,” and she hit back at conservative parents for stifling the message, rather than addressing the core issue.
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