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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer: A deep dive

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It’s been a little over two years since George Lucas sold the Star Wars universe to Disney. Those two years have been full of tantalizing rumor and ambitious corporate theatrics. We know that Star Wars: Episode VII will take place many years after Return of the Jedi. We know that the original cast will return alongside an all-star squad of up-and-comers. Director J.J. Abrams has subtly pitched VII as a kind of artisanal Star Wars film: Shot on 35 mm film, with an emphasis on practical effects, a soundtrack by John Williams, and a life-sized Millennium Falcon.

We know that Episode VII will lead into a new trilogy, and also a few spinoffs. We know that the new movie will ignore the last few decades of Expanded Universe mythology, which is sad news for Mara Jade fans and not really news at all for people who have no idea what a “Mara Jade” is. We know that Episode VII will be titled The Force Awakens, which isn’t quite The Empire Strikes Back but is definitely not Attack of the Clones. (I dunno. What would you call a Star Wars movie? Like, I would’ve preferred Star Wars: Showdown on Nar Shaddaa, but that’s why they don’t let me title Star Wars movies.) READ FULL STORY

Here's how the Internet is reacting to the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer

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The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer has debuted (below), and unsurprisingly, the internet had a few things to say about it. Some fans loved it. Others were unimpressed. The most committed used it as an opportunity to flex their Photoshop muscles. The only real surprise is the lack of lens flare jokes.

An assortment of inspired reactions are below. Stay tuned to EW for more thoughts about the trailer later today.

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Shia LaBeouf says he was raped during a performance-art project

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Back in February, Shia LaBeouf staged his #IAmSorry performance art exhibit in a Los Angeles gallery where people were able to enter a room alone with the actor and do and say whatever they wished as he sat silently wearing a paper bag over his head that read: “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE.”

The project resulted in a traumatic experience for the actor which he has revealed in an email interview with Dazed Digital. When asked if anything “unsettling” had taken place during the performance, LaBeouf answered:

One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for 10 minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me… There were hundreds of people in line when she walked out with dishevelled hair and smudged lipstick. It was no good, not just for me but her man as well. On top of that my girl was in line to see me, because it was Valentine’s Day and I was living in the gallery for the duration of the event – we were separated for five days, no communication. So it really hurt her as well, as I guess the news of it travelled through the line. When she came in she asked for an explanation, and I couldn’t speak, so we both sat with this unexplained trauma silently. It was painful.

It’s unclear if LaBeouf has reported the assault to authorities. [Dazed] —Megan Gibson

This story originally appeared on time.com.

PopWatch Confessional: What are you thankful for this year?

We’re keeping things simple this Turkey Day. Here are our lists of the pop-culture stuff we’d cite around our holiday tables today; what would you add?

Hillary Busis, staff editor:
—Jerry Riekert, “a simple man from New York who makes lamps”

—The way Ilana Glazer says “mommy and daddy”

Gotham, network TV’s best new comedy

—Every issue of Dad Magazine

—Mail… Kimp? READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Aniston shows us how not to interview Jennifer Aniston

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Jennifer Aniston recently contributed to the total humiliation of Chris Stark, interviewer best known for introducing Mila Kunis to the concept of “lad bombs”  READ FULL STORY

And here are the movies you absolutely shouldn't watch with your whole family

Yesterday, we passed along a few guidelines for choosing the perfect family-pleasing post-Thanksgiving film. Today, we’re gonna do the opposite—namely, detailing the movies we (mistakenly) thought were safe for cross-generational viewing, only to discover that we were horribly, horribly wrong.

Learn from us, gentle readers: Don’t stream any of these picks after your holiday meal… unless you want to make pie time super awkward. READ FULL STORY

'AHS: Coven,' 'Wolf of Wall Street' among Netflix's December lineup

Although Thanksgiving marathons on television haven’t even begun, Netflix has announced what films and movies subscribers to the streaming service can binge-watch throughout the holiday season.

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The best Black Friday deals for videogames, movies, more

Thanksgiving weekend is a time for being with family, eating a ton of great food, watching your favorite TV shows and… spending a lot of money.

With a number of outlets starting Black Friday earlier than ever, here are some of the biggest discounts that should make any pop culture fanatic’s wallet feel just a bit lighter when they return to work next week.

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EW Lightbulb: The Farrelly Brothers discuss their comedy, and revisiting 'Dumb and Dumber'

Peter and Bobby Farrelly defined a new kind of big screen comedy in the ’90s. Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, Kingpin: The utterly unique Farrelly blend of lighthearted goofery and gross-out shenanigans created some of the great kitchen-sink comedies of the era. A few days before the siblings released their hit sequel Dumb and Dumber To, the Farrelly Brothers talked about their career and their process. It’s all part of Lightbulb, EW’s new series that features today’s leading creators talking about their work and their inspiration. READ FULL STORY

Honest trailer for 'Love Actually' shows how it's kinda like 'Pulp Fiction'

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It was inevitable: Screen Junkies made an honest trailer for the seminal holiday rom-com, Love Actually.

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