Here’s When You Can Get ‘Star Wars Rise of the Skywalker’ Tickets

For Star Wars fans across the globe, there’s officially a date when you can get your Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker tickets. On Monday, Oct. 21, tickets will go on sale during the halftime of ESPN’s Monday Night Football game, which begins at 8:15 p.m. EST, according to Deadline. On Twitter, Disney confirmed the final trailer for Episode IX will premiere during the game on Monday, as well.

Fans of the franchise may want to put the date on their calendar, as in the past, Star Wars ticket sales have set records. In 2015, Star Wars: Force Awakens advance ticket sales caused vendor websites to crash, as per Deadline. More recently, Avengers: Endgame caused a similar crash, grossing an estimated $120 million in pre-sale tickets before the movie hit the screen. While Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker might not outsell the last installment of Avengers, the movie will almost certainly be among Fandango’s top openings, which include 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Rogue One, as per Deadline.

The new Star Wars film will be the final installment in the nine-part Skywalker epic which began in 1977 with George Lucas’ film Star Wars: A New Hope. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres on Dec. 20, as per Collider.

Disney kept details of the film out of the spotlight, and unlike other major theatrical releases, chose to debut the full-trailer a couple of months before the premiere date, likely to protect plot details. An image of Rey premiered at the D23 Expo, and it featured her wearing a hood and holding a red lightsaber. The "dark Rey" image sparked many theories about the character’s arc in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Fans have eagerly awaited more details, and the hype around the trailer premiere could boost early ticket sales for the film.

Many of the actors who appeared in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Rogue One will return for the final installment, including the late Carrie Fisher, who producer’s included via formerly unseen footage from The Force Awakens, according to Entertainment Weekly. The movie will also mark the return of Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, who hasn’t appeared in a franchise film since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. Among the all-star cast will also be Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, and Kelly Marie Tran, as per Deadline.

In October, director J.J. Abrams, who co-wrote the film with Chris Terrio, discussed how terrifying it was to write the Star Wars series’ ending, as per Entertainment Weekly. He said: “This is about bringing this thing to a close in a way that is emotional and meaningful and also satisfying in terms of actually answering as many questions as possible."

Abrams went on to note that creating a story which fit in with the rest of the films was a priority. He said, "So if years from now, someone’s watching these movies, all nine of them, they’re watching a story that is as cohesive as possible." Further details about the movie aren’t likely to come out ahead of the release, so for anyone hoping to be among the first viewers, setting a calendar reminder for Monday night is essential.

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Australians show off muscles at bodybuilding championships Melbourne

Welcome to the gun show: Ripped Australians show off their bulging muscles at bodybuilding championships in Melbourne

  • The national championships were held at the Plenary in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Male and female competitors were judged on their symmetry, mass, size and all important stage presence 
  • Bodybuilders can be seen preparing backstage, lifting more weights to make sure their muscles really pop

Australia’s leading bodybuilders have slapped on the oil and slipped into their Speedos and bikinis to strut their stuff at the IFBB Australian Bodybuilding Championships.

The national championships were held at the Plenary in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Sunday and showcased rippling muscles.

Competitors were judged on their symmetry, mass, size and all important stage presence before winners were crowned in each category.

Competitors pose in the Wellness Novice section during the IFBB Australian Bodybuilding Championships at the Plenary in Melbourne

Male competitors pose in tight underwear during the IFBB Australian National Championships

Muscular competitors going head-to-head during the IFBB Australian National Championships 

Eager bodybuilders can be seen preparing backstage, lifting more weights to make sure their muscles really pop.

Women flaunted their sculpted bodies in sequined, bright bikinis as they strutted their stuff on stage, hoping to impress the judges.

Tattooed former champion Belinda Cracknell, 49, showed off her biceps during her backstage workout.

Belinda Cracknell (pictured) prepares backstage for the Women’s Physique section during the IFBB Australian Bodybuilding Championships

Belinda Cracknell (pictured) lifts weights while preparing backstage for the Women’s Physique section

Female competitors work out backstage

Bodybuilders can be seen getting doused in fake tan prior to the competition.

Female contestants competed in a range of categories, including physique, bikini, and wellness.

Male competitors went head to head in a series of weight and age-based categories.

Male competitors prepare backstage. One bodybuilder can be seen getting doused in fake tan prior to the competition

Male competitors work out in preparation for the competition backstage

Bodybuilders flex their muscles backstage before the competition

One female bodybuilder walking around backstage before the competition 

A woman in a sparkly bikini liftf weights backstage 

Woman work out in preparation for the bodybuilding championships 

During showtime, all competitors stepped out on stage an flexed their strength for the judges, letting their muscles shine.

Men were judged in different outfits, depending on the category.

Some wore tight black underwear, while others wore bright metallic undergarments. 

Muscly men posing during the bodybuilding competition 

Men in sparkly underwear posing for the judges on stage 

Male bodybuilders flexing their biceps in black undergarments 

Male bodybuilders posing for the judges on stage during the compeition 

The judges are seen during the IFBB Australian Bodybuilding Championships

Men display their back muscles during the IFBB competition in brightly-coloured underwear 

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UK spy chiefs are searching for dyslexic codecrackers to work at GCHQ base

Spy chiefs want to hire dyslexics to work as analysts at its GCHQ listening base.

They say dyslexics, who can have problems reading and writing but are often very bright, boast skills to “simplify complicated processes” and are good team-players.

GCHQ bosses have also tried to attract middle-aged women by advertising on Mumsnet and used hidden graffiti to impress youngsters interested in a spying career.

GCHQ director Jeremy Fleming said dyslexics were an important part of the “mix of minds” at the secretive base in Cheltenham, Glos.


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Urgent appeal to find boy, 8, missing with teen girl after trip to the library

A desperate appeal has been launched to find an eight-year-old boy who is missing with a teenage girl.

Gibreel Njie, eight, was last seen at Barking Library in London at about 4pm on Saturday.

He was seen by a relative with a girl believed to be Kadiaa Malone, 13, police say.

The pair are friends who live near to each other.

Police have issued an appeal for help in finding the two children and are urging anyone with information to get in touch.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police says: "Police are appealing for assistance in tracing two children who are missing.

"Gibreel Njie, 8, and Kadiaa Malone, 13, are friends who live near to each other in the Barking area.

"Gibreel was last seen at Barking Library at around 1600hrs on Saturday, 19 October.

"He had gone to the library alone, where he was seen by a relative with a girl believed to be Kadiaa.

"While Kadiaa has been reported missing previously, this is the first time that Gibreel has been reported missing."

Anyone who may have seen either of the children should call police on 101 quoting CAD 337/oct20

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Man Utd ratings: Maguire is the leader of the club while Rashford delivered his best in months against Liverpool – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED came agonisingly close to securing the victory as Adam Lallana's late goal rescued an un-deserved point for Liverpool.

Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came up with a tactical masterclass to outfox Jurgen Klopp and his players responded with arguably their best performance of the season in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

SunSport's Duncan Wright gives his ratings on a bright day for United which deserved much more than a point.

DAVID DE GEA

A surprise name on the team-sheet after injury on Spain duty, he was a calming influence behind the defence. Hardly had anything to do, and no chance with the late goal. 6

AARON WAN-BISSAKA

Began by pushing a long way up the pitch to put the pressure on Andy Robertson and deny him the opportunity to attack down the left. But switched off to allow the Scot to cross for the killer equaliser to spoil an otherwise impressive display. 6

VICTOR LINDELOF

Helped restrict Liverpool any space or room to attack in behind him in the first half, though was fortunate the handball was spotted after Mane got in behind him to score before VAR ruled it out. 7

HARRY MAGUIRE

United need leaders and was on the front foot from the off, looking to establish himself as the dominant force. A commanding display which announced him as the number one leader in the Old Trafford squad. 8

MARCOS ROJO

In at the last second after the Tuanzebe injury and started slowly, losing possession just on the edge of the area and was fortunate to escape. But otherwise excellent and a welcome return to form. 7

ASHLEY YOUNG

Steady as you like and a calming influence for his players in an impressive first half for United. But a lapse in concentration saw Lallana run in off him to score. 6

SCOTT McTOMINAY

Stayed disciplined early on, then as the game settled down started to step forward and one driving run led to a low shot well saved. Firmly established as the main man in midfield – can become even better. 7

FRED

Effective in his role destroying Liverpool attacks and almost scored twice. Performances like this might finally show why he cost £50million, one of his best displays for the club. 7

ANDREAS PEREIRA

A constant menace pressing Liverpool's midfield and denying them the time to play out from the back in the opening half. Impressive again. 7

DANIEL JAMES

Playing up front, had the ability to drop off into space and it was his fine pass which found Rashford to score. Fearless and playing beyond his years. 7

MARCUS RASHFORD

Started by shrugging off Van Dijk in their first personal duel, then made a piercing run into the box. On hand to open the scoring and one of his best displays in a United shirt for some time. 8

SUBS

ANTHONY MARTIAL (for Rashford 84mins) 7

BRANDON WILLIAMS (for Pereira 89mins) 6

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ROMERO

WILLIAMS

GARNER

MATA

GREENWOOD

JONES

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Jose Mourinho blows kisses and smiles to adoring Man Utd fans in Sky Sports booth during Liverpool clash – The Sun

JOSE MOURINHO was spotted blowing kisses and waving to the Manchester United fans against Liverpool – ten months after he was sacked for losing against the Reds.

It was a happy return to Old Trafford for the Special One who watched the clash from the Sky Sports studio alongside Roy Keane and Graeme Souness.

Fans even called for him to return to the club after seeing Mourinho's love for the supporters still, as one person tweeted: "Bring him back."

Another added: "I still have respect for Mourinho."

A third simply stated: "Love that guy."

Though one suggested: "Kiss was for the ladies."

Despite the love being shown to Mourinho inside the stadium, supporters weren't smiling come the full-time whistle after Adam Lallana netted a late equaliser as Jurgen Klopp's men earned a share of the spoils.

United looked set to end Liverpool's unbeaten run in the Premier League after Marcus Rashford broke the deadlock in another goal marred by VAR controversy.

Speaking after the match, Mourinho insisted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be proud of the performance from his players.

He said: "Liverpool did something in the last 20 minutes of the game to give Man Utd problems.

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Jared Leto wanted 'Joker' standalone film canned, likely won't reprise role for 'Suicide Squad' sequel: report

What does the success of the film ‘Joker’ say about our culture?

With the blockbuster success of Joaquin Phoenix’s film ‘Joker,’ at least one commentator is sounding the alarm about the rise of the ‘demonic anti-hero,’ a dark character whose evil deeds are somewhat mitigated by our familiarity with them. So is the movie a harmless piece of escapism, or does it signal something very wrong with our culture? Here to debate are Dr. Alex McFarland and Michael Wear.

For Jared Leto, the role of the Joker really was more tragedy than comedy.

In a bombshell piece from The Hollywood Reporter, sources claim that Leto, 47, was so furious about Joaquin Phoenix's standalone "Joker" film that he tried to get his agents to cancel its production entirely.

Insiders alleged to THR that Leto, who starred as the iconic Batman villain in the much-maligned 2016 film "Suicide Squad," complained to his agents at CAA — who also represent "Joker" director Todd Phillips — as well as his music manager, Irving Azoff, to call higher-ups at Warner Bros. to cancel "Joker" in its cinematic infancy. He reportedly lamented that he wasn't being treated appropriately as an Oscar winner.

Jared Leto appears as the Joker in "Suicide Squad" in 2016. He will likely not reprise the role, and insiders claim he was livid at Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips’ standalone film "Joker."
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Phoenix, 44, has been nominated for three Oscars during his career and has generated significant buzz for another nomination for "Joker."

A source close to Leto reportedly denied the claims, while Azoff declined to comment to THR; Azoff no longer works with Leto.

Insiders told The Hollywood Reporter that the studio was unamused by Leto's efforts to get into the character of the Clown Prince of Madness for "Suicide Squad," especially with Leto's bizarre "gifts" to his co-stars, including bullets for Will Smith (who starred as Deadshot), a live rat for Margot Robbie (who played his love interest, Harley Quinn) and a dead pig to the entire ensemble cast.

Director Todd Phillips, left, holds the Golden Lion for Best Film for "Joker," joined by lead actor Joaquin Phoenix at the closing ceremony of the 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival, Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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Further, "Suicide Squad" director David Ayer reportedly wasn't impressed with Leto's over-the-top performance. Leto had about 10 minutes of total screentime in "Suicide Squad."

Leto is reportedly no longer working with CAA, who he reportedly felt should have informed him sooner of the "Joker" standalone project. A rep for the actor, however, told THR he is still happily participating in other projects with Warner Bros.

However, the upcoming James Gunn-directed "Suicide Squad" sequel and "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" won't feature his Joker, indicating that his days as the green-haired baddie are likely over.

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A rep for Leto did not immediately return Fox News' request for comment.

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Francis Ford Coppola Thinks Marvel Movies Are ‘Despicable’

Martin Scorsese previously made headlines for his thoughts on Marvel movies and now his friend Francis Ford Coppola is defending him.

Scorsese previously said that the Marvel movies are “not cinema.” Coppola went even further with his comments and said that movies in the MCU are “despicable.”

“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again,” Coppola said (via Yahoo). “Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

There has been a lot of conversation lately about how Marvel movies and other superhero movies are changing the movie theater business for good.

READ MORE: Robert Downey Jr. Responds to Martin Scorsese’s Criticism of Marvel Movies as ‘Not Cinema’

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FIFA Set to Reward China With World Cup for Clubs

FIFA plans to grant China the rights to host the inaugural version of its expanded Club World Cup, a 24-team tournament scheduled for 2021 that will feature some of the world’s biggest club teams and provide a significant cash infusion for world soccer’s governing body.

The decision to award the hosting rights to China will be announced on Friday in Shanghai after it is confirmed in a vote of FIFA’s governing council at its quarterly meeting, according to several soccer officials with knowledge of the council’s intentions. European soccer officials, who had strongly opposed an expanded tournament for clubs when the plans were raised, now appear set to go along, and to provide a third of the teams in the expanded tournament.

The new quadrennial event, announced in March, will replace the unpopular Confederations Cup, an eight-team national tournament that in recent versions had acted as a tuneup for World Cup hosts. It also will mean the demise of the Club World Cup as an annual event; under its current format, seven teams will play in Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host, both this year and next year.

In choosing China as the first host of the expanded Club World Cup, FIFA will be rewarding a country that, since a 2015 government edict made soccer a national priority, has spent billions of dollars on coaching programs, sponsorship agreements and investments in a big spending domestic league that has lured top players with some of the biggest salaries in world soccer. Hosting the new club championship also could be a boost for a Chinese bid to host the 2030 World Cup, but it also will force FIFA to navigate the same tricky political ground that recently caused serious damage to the N.B.A.’s commercial relationship with China.

FIFA declined to comment on Friday’s vote, with a spokesman saying only that the agenda for the meeting in Shanghai would be released on Monday.

As it does for the World Cup, Europe will provide more competitors for the event than FIFA’s other five regional confederations. Under FIFA’s plan, Europe would have eight places in the 24-team field. South America would have the next largest allotment, with six, and the remainder would qualify from the other regional confederations, including three from CONCACAF, the representative body for North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

The new event is likely to produce a significant increase in revenue for FIFA, which has traditionally relied on the men’s World Cup for almost all of its income. FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino, was forced to back out of a deal to include the tournament in a wide-ranging (and initially secret) deal worth as much as $25 billion with a consortium led by the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank. Those secret talks led to a bitter and public breakdown in relations between Infantino and Aleksander Ceferin, president of UEFA, European soccer’s governing body. Infantino and Ceferin did not speak for a year after Infantino, at a meeting in March 2018, asked FIFA’s board to let him conclude a deal within 60 days with a group he refused to identify.

Infantino had wanted to include 12 European teams in the inaugural event but eventually backed down amid continued opposition from UEFA, which has grudgingly dropped its objections to the concept of the expanded tournament.

Deciding the identity of the participants will be the next step. And with the confederations wanting to take charge of that process, it will likely prove just as controversial as the decision to expand the event itself. Europe’s eight places are expected to go to the winners of its two top club competitions — the Champions League and the Europa League — over each four-year period. Under that proposal, the participating teams from Europe would include the likes of Liverpool, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Atlético Madrid.

Other confederations are expected to send the winners of their own continental club championships, though the details of how the slots would be awarded could be contentious.

Infantino hopes to use the expanded Club World Cup as a springboard to raise the profile of teams outside Europe, notably in Asia and the United States, which will host the 2026 World Cup and is the likely site of the second expanded club championship in 2025.

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Syria critic Lindsey Graham reverses stance, says Trump's policy could succeed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been one of the most vocal critics of President Donald Trump’s decision to move U.S. troops out of northeastern Syria, said on Sunday he now believed “historic solutions” were possible.

In an interview with Fox News Channel, Graham said a conversation he had with Trump over the weekend had fueled his optimism that a solution could be reached where the security of Turkey and the Kurds was guaranteed and fighters from Islamic State contained.

“I am increasingly optimistic that we can have some historic solutions in Syria that have eluded us for years if we play our cards right,” Graham said.

Graham said Trump was prepared to use U.S. air power over a demilitarized zone occupied by international forces, adding that the use of air power could help ensure Islamic State fighters who had been held in the area did not “break out.”

Senator Jim Inhofe, a Republican who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Saturday that Trump understood the need for the United States to maintain air power in the region.

“The U.S. must retain air power to keep the pressure on ISIS, prevent our adversaries Russia and Iran from exploiting this situation and protect our partners on the ground,” he said in a statement. ISIS is an acronym for Islamic State.

Graham also said he believed the United States and Kurdish forces long allied with Washington could establish a venture to modernize Syrian oil fields, with the revenue flowing to the Kurds. “President Trump is thinking outside the box,” Graham said of Trump’s thinking on oil.

“The president appreciates what the Kurds have done,” Graham added. “He wants to make sure ISIS does not come back. I expect we will continue to partner with the Kurds in Eastern Syria to make sure ISIS does not re-emerge.”

Graham, referring to the Kurdish fighters in the region, had previously warned that Trump’s decision to pull out U.S. troops would lead to their “destruction.”

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