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The Jaw-Dropping Finale of The Mandalorian: A Recap and Review

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Warning: Spoilers

Last year, Disney+ became available and promised a slew of original entertainment to its subscribers. While they have yet to follow through on the quantity, the quality of their material, namely The Mandalorian has surely delivered. The finale to the second season was released on Friday and the tale of the lone bounty hunter and ‘the child’ seemingly came to an end. Fans of the series are clamoring with excitement. All of them are asking the same question: what’s next?

Synopsis

In the finale episode of The Mandalorian, our hero must rescue the child from the clutches of the evil Moff Gideon. The Mandalorian recruits the help of fan favorite, Boba Fett along with Cara Dune, Fennec Shand, Bo-Katan, and Koska Reeves – four of the gnarliest heroines the galaxy has ever seen.

Cut to action

The episode wastes no time as Mando and crew literally crash land onto an Imperial vessel and start blasting. They are met with the usual incompetent stormtroopers. At one point, Cara Dune’s machine gun/blaster jams. So, she uses it to bludgeon a whole squad of troopers without sustaining so much as a scratch. Seriously, where does the Empire find these guys? While the stormtroopers don’t provide much opposition, the darktrooper droids are a different story (cue the twisted dubstep). The Mandalorian faces off against one and barely escapes with his life.

Trouble strikes in the end when the child is safely in the Mandalorian’s arms and Moff Gideon is in cuffs. The darktroopers come back in higher numbers. Defeat is surely imminent.

Guess who’s back

And that’s when the show delivers a surprise ending that had every viewer’s jaw on the floor. A young Luke Skywalker shows up to save the day. He arrives in an X-Wing donning his signature green lightsaber.

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The show ended how we knew it always would: The Mandalorian rescued the child and finally delivered him to a Jedi. This was only after sharing a tear-inducing moment.

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We found out that some Imperial troopers could be dangerous. Perhaps the biggest takeaway was the scene after the credits where Boba Fett and Fennec Shand take over Jabba’s Palace with “The Book of Boba Fett Coming December 2021” flashing over the screen.

Series: Success!

The past two seasons of The Mandalorian have developed an aesthetic of simple storylines, dynamic action sequences, and memorable characters – all while staying true to the tropes that Star Wars fans have loved for decades. The series walked the line between a nostalgic tribute and a new approach to a universe beloved by sometimes overly critical fans. The finale was no different. Lightsabers and blasters, TIE Fighters and X Wings – the finale funneled Big Screen cinema into our living rooms. It can be difficult to execute the end of a story arc while keeping fans happy. For this, The Mandalorian busted out the big guns in a way only Star Wars could pull off – with Luke freaking Skywalker! Poor CGI notwithstanding, this made for a satisfying ending.

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What You Know About the Fatal Shooting on Alec Baldwin’ Rust Movie Set

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On October 21, a gun being used as a prop by actor Alec Baldwin went off on the filming site of the Western movie “Rust” in New Mexico. The unfortunate incident had killed the film’s cinematographer and injured the director.  A few months after the alleged Alec Baldwin Rust shooting, the authorities issued a search warrant for the actor’s cell phone. Officials believe that it could hold evidence that might be useful as they investigate the case. 

Baldwin held a revolver in one of the films’ rehearsals when it fired. He had asserted that Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer, herself asked him to point the gun off-cam and toward her armpit before firing it. Joel Souza, the director, was also hurt in the filming site at the Bonanza Creek Ranch.

Baldwin said that he pulled the hammer back at Hutchins cue and that it fired when he let go. Likewise, he said he wasn’t aware that the gun contained a live bullet. 

What Investigators Found

Investigators have assumed “some complacency” in how weapons were used on the movie “Rust” set. They are preparing for charges. Plus, they have been working to identify the source of live rounds found at the filming site. 

Based on the search warrant affidavit, detectives are looking for any text messages, photos, videos, calls, or other information related to the movie and the suspected Alec Baldwin Rust shooting incident. 

Court documents show that Baldwin told investigators during an interview that there were email exchanges between himself and the film’s armorer Gutierrez Reed. In the emails, Reed showed him different styles of guns and that he had requested a bigger one. Baldwin ended up choosing a Colt revolver with a brown handle. 

Moreover, a search of Hutchins’ phone revealed conversations about the production back in July and photos of receipts from businesses in Santa Fe.  

Baldwin: “Someone is responsible” for the incident but “not me.”

In a separate interview with ABC News, Baldwin said he feels mind-boggling sadness and regret over the shooting, but not guilt.

“Someone is responsible for what has occurred, and I can’t say who that is, but it’s not me. Honestly, if I felt I was accountable, I might have killed myself. There is only one question to be resolved, and that’s where the live bullet came from.” – Alec Baldwin.

Baldwin explained that he would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them. He also confirmed that Hutchins directed him to point the weapon just off-camera. 

The actor also shared that 45 minutes to an hour before he figured out that a live round had been loaded in the revolver. At first, he thought that Hutchins might have been hurt or had a heart attack. 

Baldwin said he met with the Rust’s armorer Hanna Gutierrez Reed for a gun training session before the shoot. She appeared capable and responsible, so he assumed that she was fit for the job. 

Gutierrez Reed has been in question regarding the case. However, her attorney said she did not put the round in the gun and believes she was a victim of sabotage. Meanwhile, investigators say they have found no evidence of such a claim. Baldwin recounted no manifestation that crew members were unsatisfied with safety conditions on the movie set.  

Baldwin emphasized that the incident left him emotionally devastated in the same interview. When asked by an ABC reporter if his career is over, Baldwin responded, ‘it could be.’

Production of Rust was suspended indefinitely while the incident is being investigated. 

For other news, read more here in Owner’s Mag!

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Fashion Designer Sues LEGO For ‘Queer Eye’ Jacket

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That’s a mouthful of pop culture, ain’t it? “Fashion Designer Sues LEGO for Queer Eye jacket.” 

It’s true, New York-based fashion designer James Concannon has filed a lawsuit against LEGO. He claims the company made a “blatant copy” of a jacket he designed for Queer Eye cast member Antoni Porowski. 

Somebody’s hard for cash and attention, eh? 

Concannon claims that LEGO didn’t ask for permission to use the “unique placement, coordination, and arrangement of the individual artistic elements.” 

A side-by-side comparison of the jacket by the designer and the LEGO version show obvious similarities. They also show obvious differences in those similarities. The design has been LEGO-fied … or LEGO-ized. I’m not sure of the technical term. 

Well, Did LEGO Steal The Design?

About as much as they stole Star Wars or Harry Potter. The Queer Eye LEGO set is one of the more recent in a line of sets for adult collectors. There are also LEGO sets of Friends and Seinfeld

No word on whether Jerry Seinfeld or Jennifer Aniston are suing the iconic Danish toy company.

LEGO’s lawyers did admit that they copied Concannon’s sweet design. Just like they copied Chewbacca’s design for their Chewbacca LEGO. Or how they copied Iron Man’s design for their Chewbacca LEGO. 

Now, maybe LEGO had Disney’s permission to use those designs. In fact, I’m sure they had a deal worked out. Just like how Netflix, which produces Queer Eye probably has a deal with LEGO. 

Concannon, being a super cool guy about all this, claims that the hit Netflix series had always asked permission to use his designs. That was not the case regarding the jacket in question. Concannon claims he gifted this brilliant and unique jacket to Antoni and never objected to its use on the show in the past. 

It wasn’t until LEGO released the Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft that the designer changed his mind. 

Interesting.

Is LEGO Going To Have To Pay?

According to Julie Zerbo, founder of The Fashion Law:

Concannon’s jacket itself is not protectable. What’s protectable here – and what is at issue in this case – is the skull, the peace sign, the writing, and the placement of those elements on the jacket.

“In order to be able to really make a successful and viable case against LEGO, the court will have to find that these elements are, in fact, protectable by copyright, and that LEGO’s jacket replicates them in a way that is substantially similar.

“I don’t anticipate that this will be an easy case for James Concannon.

I’m not sure Concannon’s PR team is thrilled with the headline “Fashion Designer sues LEGO ‘Queer Eye’ jacket.” Kinda makes the New York designer seem like a whiney, greedy wimp who’s perpetuating a harmful letigious culture this country struggles with. 

But what do I know?

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Logan Paul Bought Fake Pokemon Cards For $3.5 Million

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Logan Paul, YouTuber, fighter, and idiot, is a known Pokemon enthusiast. He wore his $150K Charizard around his neck at one of his fights, if you were unsure of his enthusiasm. He has spent millions on special collections. This very same Logan Paul bought fake Pokemon cards for $3.5 million dollars. 

That’s right. Logan Paul bought fake Pokemon cards for $3.5 million. 

S#@! I Shouldn’t Have Thrown Out My Old Pokemon Cards!

No, you shouldn’t have. There is currently a Pokemon card rush hitting valuations in the thousands. That binder your parents told you to throw out could have been potentially worth millions. 

How Did Logan Paul End Up With Fake Cards?

Paul has shared some of his Pokemon purchases on his YouTube channel. This set in particular had some people buzzing online that it was fake. In response to the speculation, Paul decided to fly to Chicago to see the Baseball Card Exchange (BBCE). 

These are the card guys. The previous owner, card collector Matt Allen, claimed that this potentially fake set had been verified by the BBCE. 

Seems legit, right? 

Well…

In a dramatic reveal, Paul, Allen, the BBCE, and onlookers opened the boxes in question to find that they weren’t Pokemon cards at all. 

They were G.I. Joe collectible cards. 

We all got duped.

How exactly did the BBCE get “duped?” How did the most credible card valuation organization in the country confuse G.I. Joe for Pikachu? Do they even look at the cards they’re valuing? 

In the video, Allen said that he never would have purchased the set if it wasn’t approved by the BBCE. 

Paul, visibly angry, said in his super positive bro tone:

I’m a super positive person, bro, and I’ll always be the one to look at the bright side. And I’m trying by this is very hard.” 

Bro, you spent $3.5 million on G.I. Joe cards. Did you not look at them before you dropped millions? Are you making so much money that you can get “duped” for the views, bro? 

One thing’s for certain. Logan Paul bought fake Pokemon cards.

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