Vanity Fair recently visited the set up JJ Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars sequel, and has just released a handful of photos from the cover shoot. There aren’t a ton of new images we already haven’t seen glimpses of in the trailers, but they do offer a cool look at Abrams’ Star Wars universe. Enjoy, and may the 4th be with you ... Discuss
The newest member of Britain’s royal family came into the world on Saturday, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (otherwise known as Will and Kate, the darlings of monarchy fanatics), just announced the name of their daughter Monday morning. The full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, but the “spare to the heir”—who is fourth in line to the throne after her big brother, Prince George—will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. Will and Kate are covering all their bases with the name, which honors the new princess’ grandfather (Prince Charles) great-grandmother (Elizabeth II, the current queen of England), and grandmother (the beloved Princess Diana, who died in 1997). Welcome to the world, Princess Charlotte ... Discuss
Kanye West has decided to take a less religious approach to his new album—maybe. The hip-hop star tweeted this weekend, “I’m changing my album name to SWISH" though he also posted "I might change it again but that’s the name now.” In March, West announced that his follow-up to Yeezus would be titled So Help Me God, sending out the message accompanied by an emblem recognized as a Catholic symbol for the Virgin Mary. At this point, no release date has been announced ... Discuss
Two gunmen were shot and killed by police after they reportedly opened fire on an art exhibit showcasing cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, submitted as part of a contest. Many Muslims consider depictions of Muhammad blasphemous. According to the reports, two gunmen drove to the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest" outside of Dallas and shot an unarmed security guard outside the event. Police returned fire, killing the shooters. The security guard, who was shot in the ankle, was treated and then released from the hospital. A bomb squad was also dispatched to the scene, though it is unclear if the suspects also had explosives.
Though police haven’t named the suspects or revealed a motive, event organizers drew comparisons to the shooting at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which two Islamic extremists killed 12 people after the publication released numerous cartoons of Muhammad. The president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, Pam Geller, told CNN, “The Islamic jihadis are determined to suppress our freedom of speech violently. They struck in Paris and Copenhagen recently, and now in Texas.” Copenhagen has also been home to violent attacks linked to radical Islam. Before the attack, an individual who supports ISIS on social media tweeted that an attack would take place in Texas. Geller and controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders—who was a keynote speaker—have been criticized in the past for their openly anti-Islamic statements and views ... Discuss
Apparently, people are having trouble reining in their strange pets lately. A few months ago it was llamas in Arizona, now it’s an emu in Devon, England. The bird somehow escaped and went sprinting down a street Thursday evening, startling bystanders. One woman managed to catch the bird on video as it barreled past her while she was on her way to get some groceries. It’s a good thing she had video evidence, too, according to Metro.uk, when she reported the incident to the police, they asked her if she was on any drugs. The bird was eventually caught by its owner and safely returned home ...