LEGO Is Creating Its Own Star Wars Holiday Special

Rey and friends in the upcoming LEGO special.
Rey and friends in the upcoming LEGO special.
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In 1978, CBS aired The Star Wars Holiday Special, a goofy, musical program featuring the film cast, Chewbacca’s entire family, and several frankly puzzling cameos (Bea Arthur and Jefferson Starship among them). The special, meant to keep the Star Wars craze alive and strong between films, wasn’t exactly a hit. But it’s definitely become an unforgettable part of the franchise’s history.

This year, Disney+ is debuting a new kind of Star Wars Holiday Special—specifically, a LEGO one. Executive producer Josh Rimes told USA TODAY that the program will “give a wink and a nod to the original” with LEGO versions of certain characters and a celebration of “Life Day,” the Wookiee holiday at the center of the 1978 special.

Luke doesn't usually get Christmas gifts from his father.Disney+

We’ll also get to see plenty of favorites from the latest trilogy, including Rey, Finn, Poe, Rose Tico, and BB-8. As Nerdist reports, the story focuses on Rey, who gets tossed back in time after stumbling into a Jedi Temple. On her journey, she encounters heroes and villains from all the Star Wars films—like Yoda, Darth Vader, and even an inexperienced young Luke Skywalker.

“It becomes a much different take on a teacher and apprentice with the more seasoned Rey and a younger Luke,” Rimes said. “A lot of characters will be interacting with different characters and perhaps even different versions of themselves at different ages.”

A holiday party, Star Wars-style.Lucasfilm Ltd.

According to a Disney+ press release, Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and a number of voice actors from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars will reprise their roles. With inspirations ranging from 1946's It’s a Wonderful Life and 1987's Planes, Trains and Automobiles to Burl Ives’s classic Christmas music, the 45-minute program promises to be a festive addition to the holiday season and a cheeky tribute to the first Star Wars Holiday Special. You can stream it on Disney+ starting November 17. If you don't have a subscription, head here.

[h/t Nerdist]

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Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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Larry David Shared His Favorite Episode of Seinfeld

Larry David at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009.
Larry David at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009.
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Last week, Seth Meyers hosted a virtual Seinfeld reunion with Larry David, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Jason Alexander to benefit Texas Democrats. Amid all the other reminiscing, the sitcom veterans got to talking about their favorite episodes of the show.

Louis-Dreyfus answered with “The Soup Nazi,” in which her character Elaine inadvertently causes the greatest (and most high-strung) soup chef in town to shut down his shop. For Alexander, it was “The Marine Biologist,” where his character George masquerades as a marine biologist on a date and ends up rescuing a beached whale.

Larry David’s response, “The Contest,” generated almost as much conversation as the episode itself did when it aired during season 4. In it, the show’s four main characters compete to see who can abstain from self-pleasure the longest, proving themselves to be the “master of their domain.” Though the actors managed to skirt around the word masturbation for the entire episode, the concept was still pretty provocative for network television.

“This one, I didn’t even put on the board because I didn’t want them asking. I just wanted them to come and see the read-through,” David said, as InsideHook reports. “[When they did] I had worked myself up into a lather because the read-through really went great. I was watching [the network executives] and I couldn’t tell how much they liked it. But I was ready to pack the whole thing in if they didn’t let us do this show: ‘I’m quitting. I’m quitting. I’m gonna quit.’ Fortunately, they didn’t say a word. I was shocked.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Louis-Dreyfus’s trepidation about the episode lasted through the shoot. “When we were making this episode, I was convinced we were going to be shut down. I was convinced that the network was going to come in and say, ‘This is not going to work out,’” she said. Needless to say, they never did, and Louis-Dreyfus now looks back on Elaine’s participation in the contest as “a very important cultural moment for women.”

David went on to explain that “The Contest” not only helped popularize Seinfeld among viewers, but it also helped its creators carry more clout in the industry. “That show changed something about how we were perceived in television land,” he said. “It really catapulted us to another place. It moved us to another level, I think.”

[h/t InsideHook]