io9 Is Proud to Present the Poe Dameron Scale, the Ultimate Star Wars Name-Ranking System

It is well documented that we—we being James and Katharine—are obsessed with the names in Star Wars. We even have our own not-at all-scientific rating system to judge our favorite, comical names from the galaxy far, far away: the Poe Dameron Scale. And we are proud now to introduce the PDS to the world.

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Here's Your First Look At Gillian Anderson As David Bowie In "American Gods"

Oh Gillian, you pretty thing.

Gillian Anderson is, without a doubt, the coolest.

Gillian Anderson is, without a doubt, the coolest.

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And you know who else is the coolest? The late, great David Bowie.

And you know who else is the coolest? The late, great David Bowie.

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So can you imagine just how insanely cool it would be if Gillian Anderson played David Bowie? Well, wonder no more. In the May 28 episode of American Gods on Starz, Anderson plays the iconic rocker — and here’s the first look.

So can you imagine just how insanely cool it would be if Gillian Anderson played David Bowie? Well, wonder no more. In the May 28 episode of American Gods on Starz, Anderson plays the iconic rocker — and here's the first look.

Anderson stars as the New God Media in the show, which is based on Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel. Media assumes whatever form will deliver her message most effectively and is often personified by iconic celebrities. During Episode 2, she took on the form of Lucille Ball.

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Why Director Patty Jenkins Left Marvel’s “Thor 2”

“I wanted to do Romeo and Juliet,” the Wonder Woman director told BuzzFeed News.

Before director Patty Jenkins signed on to make the long-awaited Wonder Woman film — which opens in theaters next week — she had previously closed a deal with Marvel in 2011 to direct Thor 2.

Before director Patty Jenkins signed on to make the long-awaited Wonder Woman film — which opens in theaters next week — she had previously closed a deal with Marvel in 2011 to direct Thor 2.

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Many unnamed sources speculated about the reason behind Jenkins’ exit, and until now, the filmmaker had never revealed what she had envisioned for the Thor sequel, which Alan Taylor ultimately took over.

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While promoting Wonder Woman this week, Jenkins told BuzzFeed News she had originally pitched Marvel a sequel based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

While promoting Wonder Woman this week, Jenkins told BuzzFeed News she had originally pitched Marvel a sequel based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster

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“I pitched them that I wanted to do Romeo and Juliet. I wanted Jane to be stuck on Earth and Thor to be stuck where he is. And Thor to be forbidden to come and save Jane because Earth doesn’t matter. And then by coming to save her … they end up discovering that Malekith is hiding the dark energy inside of Earth because he knows that Odin doesn’t care about Earth, and so he’s using Odin’s disinterest in Earth to trick him,” she said.

“And so it was like, I wanted it to be a grand [movie] based on Romeo and Juliet … a war between the gods and the earthlings, and Thor saves the day and ends up saving Earth.”


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This Guy Broke The Plinko Record On "The Price Is Right" And We’re All Literally Screaming

AHHHHHH.

Fact: Plinko is the best game on The Price Is Right.

Fact: Plinko is the best game on The Price Is Right.

I DON’T KNOW WHY WATCHING A DISK TUMBLE DOWN A PLASTIC MAZE IS SO DAMN ENTERTAINING, BUT IT IS.

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Our friend Ryan here was not only lucky enough to get on the game show, but he got to play Plinko — and boy, did he make it count.

Our friend Ryan here was not only lucky enough to get on the game show, but he got to play Plinko — and boy, did he make it count.

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As if by magic, his first Plinko chip goes straight into that sweet, sweet $10,000 slot.

As if by magic, his first Plinko chip goes straight into that sweet, sweet $10,000 slot.

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Brad Pitt Has Strong Feelings About Sending More Troops Into America's Longest War

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Brad Pitt is a military man in his new movie War Machine. The actor, who also produced the new Netflix film, plays Gen. Glenn McMahon, a headstrong leader with a lot of bravado and a bevy of die-hard loyalists. The character — who is based on the real-life Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal — is called into the war in Afghanistan, which by then had been raging for eight years. Tasked to “assess” the ongoing conflict, McMahon soon promises to do what no one else could do in that country: win the war.

The movie, set in 2009, plays out after the White House gives Gen. McMahon more than 30,000 US and NATO troops, a number he claims can end the war. Skepticism abounds, and the surge only ends up serving to highlight the hubris fueling the war.

War Machine is proving to be prescient.

Brad Pitt in War Machine

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Post-surge in real life, Taliban emerged stronger, ISIS moved into Afghanistan, and the Afghan troops have struggled to secure their country. Now, the US is again considering sending more troops to Afghanistan. This time, the US military has concluded that roughly 5,000 more troops can end what the current top commander in Afghanistan, Army Gen. John Nicholson, called a “stalemate.” The Trump administration is expected to formally announce its strategy shortly after today’s NATO meeting in Brussels.

War Machine, which is out in select theaters and on Netflix tomorrow (May 26), is based on “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan” by journalist Michael Hastings, whose 2010 story in Rolling Stone led to McChrystal’s resignation.

Earlier this month, BuzzFeed News presented a screening of War Machine and a moderated Q&A with Pitt, national security journalist and Hastings’ widow Elise Jordan, and with other War Machine filmmakers. NYU undergrads studying media to politics were invited to observe the discussion about the movie and what it portends for the way ahead in America’s longest war.

In the clip above, Pitt and Jordan talk about why the surge didn’t work then – and what War Machine says about repeating that strategy again.

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What's the Best Order to Watch All the Star Wars Movies Now?!

Bonjour, my bonny mailboxes. Thanks to your abundance of excellent letters, I have an extra big mailbag for you today! So let’s get right to it: What’s the best Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack? Who could save the Transformers movie franchise? Why did WB decide to make the DCEU’s Batman so damn old? And more of …

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People Love How This Theater Responded To Men Who Were Upset About Women-Only "Wonder Woman" Screenings

“We’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed.’”

Wonder Woman, the forthcoming female-led superhero film starring Gal Gadot, hits theaters on June 2.

Wonder Woman, the forthcoming female-led superhero film starring Gal Gadot, hits theaters on June 2.

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To celebrate the big occasion, the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas announced via its Facebook page that they’d be offering a women-only showing of the highly-anticipated film.

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In fact, the theater added a second women-only screening because the initial event sold out so quickly. They’re now both sold out.

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“Apologies, gentlemen,” the theater said on its website, “but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for one special night.”

"Apologies, gentlemen," the theater said on its website, "but we’re embracing our girl power and saying 'No Guys Allowed' for one special night."

The Alamo offered additional details via its website about the women-centered events, saying, “And when we say ‘Women (and People Who Identify As Women) Only,’ we mean it. Everyone working at this screening — venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team — will be female.”

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Following the announcement, some men were upset about being excluded, but the Alamo’s Facebook account said the event has “zip to do with equality.”

Following the announcement, some men were upset about being excluded, but the Alamo's Facebook account said the event has "zip to do with equality."

“Apparently ‘equality’ is only selective nowadays,” a man who opposed the event wrote.

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Geoffrey Rush Reflects on More Than a Decade of Piracy on the Caribbean 

After five movies playing a ruthless pirate, you might think an Oscar-winning actor like Geoffrey Rush would be tired of it. He is not. He relishes playing Captain Barbossa, the longtime nemesis of Jack Sparrow, because he believes Pirates of the Caribbean is the rare franchise that stands out in a world dominated by…

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io9's Best and Most Essential Star Wars Posts

It’s the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, which happens to be something we have written about a lot here at io9. Like, seriously a terrifying amount. After combing through our archives, we’ve assembled our favorite pieces about the Star Wars movies, games, toys, books, comics, and everything else this universe…

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