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Kate Hudson's Meditating Daughter Is Going to Be a Jedi

Kate Hudson and Danny Fujikawa are raising a future Jedi Knight.

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In the first and therefore best movie in the Star Wars universe — Episode I – The Phantom Menace — a young Anakin Skywalker is declared, by the Jedi council, too old to be trained.

At roughly nine years old, this seems strange — especially since Luke in A New Hope (AKA Star Wars),was not even aware that Force powers existed before the age of 19. But the Jedi, fundamentally a religious order of ascetic monks, subscribe to the belief that training in the temperament and discipline of a Jedi Knight must begin as early as possible.

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Why Is This "Mandalorian" Sitcom Parody so Perfect?

Nerdist's "Grogu Pains" has cracked the code on what makes The Mandalorian so endearing.

With season 2 of The Mandalorian concluding nearly three weeks ago, fans may be starting to get desperate for more of that primo Baby Yoda content, but there's good news!

It turns out that The Mandalorian originally started as a family-friendly show called Grogu Pains back in the early 1990s, and Nerdist has just recovered the show's classic, sax-heavy intro. According to the video description, Nerdist, "dug into [their] VHS tapes and found an old episode of Grogu Pains, a wholesome '90s sitcom about a single dad and his son's hijinks, as well as all the friends they made along the way."

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Is the Boston Dynamics Dance Video Proof That Robots Have Soul(s)?

The elaborate four-robot dance to The Contours "Do You Love Me," showed off some impressive moves.

Legendary dancer and choreographer Martha Graham famously said that "dance is the hidden language of the soul."

If that's true, what does it say that the robots of Boston Dynamics just proved that they can dance better than most humans?

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"The Mandalorian" Fixes Star Wars | *FINALE REVIEW*

Warning | Spoilers ahead for The Mandalorian "Chapter 16: The Rescue"

The Mandalorian's second season has been a light in an otherwise dreary year since its premiere in October.

Critics and fans of the series and of Star Wars in general have more or less unanimously praised the show this year for taking what audiences loved about the first season, improving and expanding on it. Nearly every episode was championed as "the best one yet" upon release, and the Season 2 finale will likely be no different.

This review contains major spoilers for The Mandalorian, Chapters 1-16.

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REVIEW | "The Mandalorian" Season 2, Episode 7

The Mandalorian, "Chapter 15: The Believer" (written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa) premiered Friday, December 11th on Disney Plus

With only one more episode remaining in Season 2, fans will likely be disappointed that Chapter 15 barely hits 32 minutes, excluding credits. And let's be honest, not a lot happened. "The Believer" did however unexpectedly treat us to what is probably the best dramatic performance of the series: Bill Burr (returning) as Migs Mayfeld.

Let's talk Mayfeld and breakdown the best and worst moments of The Mandalorian, Season 2, Episode 7.

Warning: this review contains spoilers.

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Getting to Know Grogu: a "Baby Yoda" Guide

Everything you need to know about the true star of The Mandalorian

Early "Baby Yoda" concept art

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November 12, 2019 marked the series premiere of The Mandalorian, and with it, Baby Yoda's introduction to the world.

At the time, Star Wars fans were simply expecting a delightfully solid-looking new entry to the franchise. We had no idea that the show would birth a cultural phenomenon, uniting nerds and normies across the globe in unanimous adoration. That beautiful gift - that meme that keeps on meming - was none other than "the Child," aka "Baby Yoda."

For over a year the internet collectively obsessed over the little green creature while knowing close to nothing about the character. It wasn't until November 27, 2020 with the release of The Mandalorian, "Chapter 13: The Jedi" that the show finally revealed the Child's true name: Grogu.

At this rate it could be 2025 before we hear Grogu's first words or learn his favorite color. However, the show does find clever ways to tease details about the character's background and importance with each episode. And despite the showrunners' proclivity for secrecy, there is actually a lot of information with which we can at least speculate.

Popdust Presents: The Official Guide to Everything Known, or Theorized, About Grogu (Baby Yoda)

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