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Oscar Isaac Says 'People Are Afraid' Of Poe And Finn Being Star Wars Lovers

The Stormpilot ship has sprung a few leaks.<br /> A great disturbance in the Force.<br />

It goes without saying that the Sequel trilogy of Star Wars films has stirred up a heap of discussion, some of it valid and some of it ridiculous. But the one thing nearly everyone is onboard with is the undeniable chemistry between Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron and John Boyega’s Finn, so much so that people just want Poe to say “I know” to Finn’s “I love you” before kissing each other.

Find someone who looks at you the way Poe looks at Finn.

But for those Star Wars fans hoping for the long-awaited romantic coupling of Poe and Finn in Rise of Skywalker, Oscar Isaac has some bad news for you.

Chatting with Variety at a junket for Rise of Skywalker, Isaac expressed “regret” over not being able to explore the “natural chemistry” between Poe and Finn, saying that “people were too afraid” to see the pair become something more:

“Personally, I kind of hoped and wished that maybe that would’ve been taken further in the other films, but I don’t have control.

“It seemed like a natural progression, but sadly enough it’s a time when people are too afraid, I think, of… I don’t know what.”

It’s not that hard to deduce what Oscar Isaac meant by “people” in this context and it’s disappointing the powers-that-be quashed what could’ve been a big step forward in the Star Wars universe by introducing the first LGBTQIA+ onscreen couple.

It certainly would’ve been better than that “exclusively gay moment” fiasco we got in Beauty and the Beast that’s for sure.

But onto happier Star Wars-related news…

As for what John Boyega thinks about this whole Poe/Finn ship, he also hinted at the connection between the duo, though on less certain terms compared to Isaac:

“It is a deep bond that these two have, not just because of the trial by fire in which they met, but also because of their willingness to be as intimate as they are, as afraid as they are, as unsure as they are, and still be bold, and still be daring and brave.”

Going by his Instagram posts though, it seems like Boyega is fully onboard with Poe and Finn being Star Wars boyfriends, even if he and Oscar Isaac didn’t exactly get to properly explore it in Rise of Skywalker.

For what it’s worth, J.J. Abrams says Poe and FInn’s relationship is “deeper” than a romantic one before dropping a major LGBTQIA+ representation tease in Rise of Skywalker:

“In the case of the LGBTQ community, it was important to me that people who go to see this movie feel that they’re being represented in the film.”

When asked for more juicy deets, Abrams stayed true to form and kept his cards close to his chest, replying “I will say I’m giving away nothing about what happens in the movie. But I did just say what I just said.”

Fine, be that way, J.J.

We’ll find out soon enough what he means by that when Rise of Skywalker drops. As for Poe and Finn, well it sounds like we’re going to have to make do with what we’re going to get though that isn’t going to stop Star Wars fans from energetically shipping those two, as they absolutely should.

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Olivia Wilde Shouldn't Have To Defend The Sexism In Her New Film 'Richard Jewell'

The onus is on whoever put the made-up problematic scenes in the film.

Hollywood is filled with problematic cliches and one that refuses to die is the old “ambitious, career-focused woman who will do anything to move up her world, even if it means sleeping her way there.” Olivia Wilde’s new biopic, Richard Jewell, employs this tired trope and unsurprisingly, it’s led to some unsavoury comments and defences over the movie’s perceived sexism.

Without diving into spoiler territory, the actress plays real-life journalist Kathy Scruggs and the film reportedly depicts her offering to sleep with a source in exchange for a scoop related to the movie’s titular character – which is a big no no for a journalist to do and a major breach of ethics.

There’s really no defence to be made of this depiction of female journalists in Richard Jewell, yet Olivia Wilde tried anyway and the results weren’t pretty.

Chatting to Variety about this dodgy depiction of Scruggs in Richard Jewell, Wilde says “it’s a shame that she has been reduced to one inferred moment in the film” and tried to make the case that the one’s dissing the movie are in fact the wrong ones:

“It’s a basic misunderstanding of feminism as pious, sexlessness. It happens a lot to women; we’re expected to be one-dimensional if we are to be considered feminists. There’s a complexity to Kathy, as there is to all of us, and I really admired her.”

It’s tough to see how her point relates to the film and its allegation that a female journalist breached the most basic of journalism ethics, but she tried her hardest to make a point:

“She was incredibly dogged and intrepid. She was famous to getting to crime scenes before the police. She was also a woman working in the news in 1996; yeah, she had relationships with people she worked with.

“That’s pretty common in any industry. I don’t see the same thing happening to Jon Hamm’s character, who arguably does the exact same thing. I have nothing but respect for Kathy Scruggs, she’s no longer with us, so I feel a certain amount of responsibility to protect her legacy and tell people: ‘Back off. Don’t reduce her to this one thing.'”

But as unsavoury as Olivia Wilde’s defence of Richard Jewell is, she shouldn’t even be defending the film in any shape or form in the first place.

Following all this sexist hooplah depicted in Richard Jewell, Kevin Riley, editor-in-chief of The Atlanta Journal Constitution which is newspaper where the real-life Scruggs worked at, has come out and said that the film is a load of crap.

Speaking to Indiewire, Riley says “there is no evidence” that Scruggs ever offered to bang a source for info and called the film’s depiction of it “offensive and deeply troubling in the #MeToo era.” before praising Scruggs as “an aggressive reporter and committed journalist who sought always to beat her competition.”

“Perpetuating false tropes about female reporters and journalism itself shouldn’t go unchallenged in a time when our profession finds itself under almost constant attack.”

This means that the onus on defending the highly-questionable choice to depict Scruggs as an unethical journalist willing to sleep with people for info in Richard Jewell falls on the person who made that creative choice in the first place.

And the person who made that choice is none other than director Clint Eastwood.

Olivia Wilde shouldn’t be the one having to make up excuses as to why Scruggs is sleeping around with sources. She’s there to do a good job and to talk it up.

What people should be doing is asking Eastwood why an old white man with conservative beliefs made the decision – or was given the leeway – to reduce a tenacious and complex woman like Kathy Scruggs to an old Hollywood cliche.

Josh Brolin Sunned His Taint For Some Reason, Which Went As Well As You Expected

As as wise man(?) once said, the hardest choices require the strongest wills.

In some news that I certainly didn’t expect to report today, Hollywood star and the face behind Thanos, Josh Brolin, has decided to jump on the “perineum sunning” bandwagon.

For those who are unaware, “perineum sunning” is a nicer name for “butthole sunbathing” and involves dropping your dacks, spread-eagling it like a starfish and aiming your undercarriage at the sun in hopes of getting a tan on your taint.

If that sounds stupid, well that’s because it is. And painful.

Anyway, Josh Brolin is the latest to subscribe to this dumb “wellness” trend and judging by his response on Instagram, it went as well as you’d expect.

In an admittedly-hilarious post, the actor “tried this perineum sunning” he’d been hearing about and his conclusion is “DO NOT do it” because his “pucker hold is crazy burned.” Rather than spending the day “shopping with [his] family,” he’s “icing and using aloe and burn creams because of the severity of the pain.”

While the question of why Brolin even bothered to try this dumb “perineum sunning” thing remains unanswered, he did have some strong words for the one who started this trend, writing “I don’t know who the f**k thought of this stupid s**t but f**k you nonetheless. Seriously.”

Credit to Brolin for painting quite the vivid image of his sunburned butthole using the power of an Instagram caption. It was like toilet-humour poetry of the highest order.

But as hilarious and weird as this whole “Josh Brolin burned his arsehole using the power of UV rays” is, best take his TMI Instagram post with a grain of lubricated salt because the actor is known for posting random offbeat stuff from time to time.

Perhaps he, like the rest of us, just wanted to make fun of this “perenium sunning” thing from that viral post courtesy of some “healer” influencer named Metaphysical Meagan, who claims sunbathing your butthole is based on an ancient Taoist practise and will strengthen your organs, increase creativity, and increase your libido among many other positive benefits.

Yep, uh huh, okay.

Or perhaps Josh Brolin did indeed chug a heap of sunlight through his butthole and is now finding out the hard – and painful way – that advice from a wellness influencer on Instagram isn’t the best source of information related to your health needs.

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