Study on The Last Jedi's Twitter Haters Finds That Yup, Many Were Bots or Bad-Faith Political Trolls

For months before and after the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi—a widely critically acclaimed movie and box office titan—what appeared to have been a small number of fans made it known they were rabid haters of the movie’s twist on the franchise’s formula. They were mad about everything, from plot holes and…

Facebook Got Mad at Us, Samsung Note 9, and Ajit Pai: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

First, the bad news: Sunday is the anniversary of the disastrous white supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that culminated in a neo-Nazi car attack that killed local woman Heather Heyer and wounded scores of others, as well as resulted in the deaths of two police officers. The organizer of…

Love Conquers All, at Least When It Uses Our Special Valentine's Day Cards

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and—what?! You haven’t bought your loved one a valentine yet? Or, rather, you bought one and it sucked because it wasn’t from io9? Lucky for you, we’re here to help with our annual batch of super-special Valentine’s Day cards for all the nerds and geeks in your life. Because we just love…

Rian Johnson Explains #35: Here's Why Han's Funeral Never Made It Into The Last Jedi

When The Last Jedi’s official novelization comes out next month, it’ll include a few extra moments that weren’t just cut from the movie, but added specifically for the book. That list includes a glimpse at how Leia and the resistance marked the fall of a Star Wars hero—a moment that, the director says, he just…

Everything Rian Johnson Has Been Forced to Explain About The Last Jedi (So Far)

It’s been just under a month and a half since Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters, and whether they loved or hated the movie, many, many people have had questions about the things that happen in in it. In age where a director like Rian Johnson is both widely available on social media and willing to talk to an eager…

The Fascinating Ways Star Wars and Star Trek Are Challenging Their Own Franchises

It’s very rare to see contemporary versions of Star Wars and Star Trek make similar creative choices. After all, part of what’s fueled the age-old Wars v. Trek debate are the series’ wildly different approaches to scifi. But with The Last Jedi in theaters and Discovery airing online, both franchises seem to be…

The Last Thing I Want Right Now Is Another Nostalgic Star Wars Movie

It’s hard to comprehend given how we just went through the release of The Last Jedi, but in just over four short months, a new Star Wars movie will be out. While Last Jedi honored Star Wars’ legacy by passing the torch to a new generation, with new possibilities, Solo will rosily indulge in Star Wars’ past. And I…

The Painstaking Work The Last Jedi Put in Resurrecting a Classic Star Wars Character

For all that was rumored about The Last Jedi before its release, one of its greatest surprises was a brief, but special appearance by a very familiar Star Wars face. But bringing back such a beloved character was a daunting prospect for the team behind the film—not just for story reasons, but from a physical design…

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