Baby Yoda: the Mandalorian’s adorable alien co-star, explained

Baby Yoda is perfection, and I won’t hear otherwise. Not that I’m worried anyone will disagree, because this is one take the world seems to stand behind.

The TV show that birthed him, the Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian, got off to a slow start, in part because it’s full of big-name character actors playing unfamiliar intergalactic heroes and villains. But the final moment of its otherwise unexciting premiere gave many Star Wars fans a sign that The Mandalorian would be more than an expensive exercise in bringing the franchise to streaming TV.

When the Mandalorian saved an …

Peloton’s terrifying new ad is the best horror movie in recent memory

To this day, there has never been a filmed sequel to the 1993 masterpiece that is Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. But now, modern society has been gifted a certain kind of nightmare before Christmas of its own: a commercial for the luxury stationary bike company Peloton that has the internet equal parts horrified and in horrific fits of laughter.

“This holiday, give your loved ones the opportunity to discover their strength, whenever they want it, all year long,” Peloton wrote in a description for the ad, officially known as “The Gift That Gives Back.” It’s a message open to …

Want to help animals? Here’s where to donate your money.

If you care about animals and want to reduce their suffering, but aren’t sure exactly how, Animal Charity Evaluators has you covered.

Just in time for Giving Tuesday, the day when millions of people donate to causes they care about, the California-based nonprofit has released its annual list of top recommended animal charities.

These charities focus on strategies that aim to improve conditions on factory farms — or to get around factory farming altogether by promoting the transition to a plant-based diet.

Concentrating on factory farms makes sense, because they are sites of suffering on a massive scale. …

How will 2020 Democrats deal with jobs eliminated by artificial intelligence?

To find out how 2020 Democratic candidates would use their presidential powers to address different aspects of technology, we sent seven key questions to every campaign. This post includes five candidates’ answers to the fifth question. You can find answers to the other six questions on the landing page.

How, if at all, should tech companies be held responsible for the jobs they eliminate with their innovations?

Bernie Sanders: [I] will tell corporate America that artificial intelligence and robotics are not going to be used just to throw workers out on the street. This exploding technology must serve human needs, …

Vox Sentences: Gun control in the crosshairs

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A gun case at SCOTUS

  • The Supreme Court heard its first gun case since 2010 on Monday — and one of the big questions is whether a decision was necessary at all since the regulations in question have already been rescinded. [Washington Post / Robert Barnes]
  • The case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York,

“That’s not the truth, Ellen”: How Dakota Johnson won her birthday feud against Ellen DeGeneres

On Wednesday, November 27, as most Americans prepared to celebrate Thanksgiving, a time when we are supposed to reflect on the blessings in our lives, actress Dakota Johnson was waging a thrilling and terrifying war on the battlefield known as the Ellen show.

“Actually, no, that’s not the truth, Ellen,” said the star known for anchoring the 50 Shades of Grey movie franchise and for being the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. “Ask everybody. Ask Jonathan, your producer.”

The truth in question was whether Johnson — who also played a witch who tears apart evil women, muscle from …