New Star Wars: Episode IX Rumor Teases the Return of Padmé Amidala

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Lucasfilm Ltd.

​With J.J. Abrams back in the director's chair to helm the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX, fans are excited to see what magic he will bring once again to the galaxy far, far away. After Rian Johnson's divisive The Last Jedi, many fans are just grateful the approach will probably be similar to Abrams's The Force Awakens instead of the most recent film.

And so far, ​rumors for the final film in the Skywalker Saga have been nothing short of wild. From a leak alleging ​Emperor Palpatine's return, to a rumor claiming Rey will finally have a ​family reunion, the as-yet-untitled film has to bring it in order to live up to these expectations.

Now there's yet another Episode IX rumor brewing, which yet again is teasing the possibility of seeing another classic character return: Natalie Portman's Padmé Amidala. According to ​We Got This Covered, one plot point will see the following:

"... Kylo Ren witness his own grandmother’s funeral on Naboo, as well as the moment where Anakin chokes Natalie Portman’s character in Revenge of the Sith. How is this possible? Well, it’s said that Ben Solo will take advantage of 'the world between worlds' previously seen in Star Wars Rebels. This mysterious realm consists of a collection of doors and pathways that connect moments in time and space, allowing Kylo to journey back into the past."

We're not sure where this rumor comes from, but many fans have been suspecting and hoping for the return of Padmé. YouTuber Mike Zeroh even released a ​video showing how it could be possible.

Though all these rumors are just that—rumors—we certainly wouldn't mind seeing Portman reprise her role.

Golden Girls Prayer Candles Are a Great Way to Say 'Thank You for Being a Friend'


Golden Girls fans have a new piece of kitschy memorabilia to add to their collections. These prayer candles, featuring all four of the leading ladies, make the perfect gift for devoted followers of the show.

The set comes with four candles depicting each of the Girls: Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and Sophia. Standing 8 inches tall, they come with enough wax to burn for 100 hours. The pack of four is available for a total price of $60 on Amazon.

Shopping for the Golden Girls fan in your life should be easy this holiday season. If pop culture prayer candles aren't their thing, you could buy them Golden Girls Monopoly, socks, or even Funko Pops inspired by the beloved sitcom. And if they'd appreciate something even more offbeat, this Halloween-themed "Golden Ghouls" shirt should do the trick.

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The First Full Trailer for The Crown Season 3 Is Here

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Des Willie, Netflix

Star Wars obsessives aren't the only people in for a trailer treat today: Nearly two years after the second season of The Crown debuted, the award-winning series about the early days of Queen Elizabeth II's reign is just weeks away from its return. And on Monday morning, Netflix released the first full trailer for The Crown's new season.

While we've known some of the basic details about the new season—like the time frame in which it takes place and that Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies would be taking over the roles of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip—this is the first in-depth glimpse we've gotten at what's in store for season 3.

The role duty plays in the lives of the British royal family appears to be an overarching theme, with the trailer showing the country in distress but each of the characters putting on a smiling face for the public. While Elizabeth and Philip's relationship will continue to take center stage in the pricey period drama, Princess Margaret (now played by Helena Bonham Carter) will struggle with her role of being the Queen's sister. And Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor) will have to choose between his love for Camilla Parker Bowles (played by Killing Eve writer Emerald Fennell) and his duty as the heir apparent to the throne.

Netflix will debut The Crown season 3 on November 17, 2019.