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    Disney has started laying off 21st Century Fox executives after officially closing on its $71.3 billion dollar deal to acquire the studio.

    More than 20 executives, who worked at the 20th Century Fox Studios lot, were let go. Another 3,000 people are expected to be laid off in the coming months because of the merger.

    Departments with a lot of overlap such as marketing and distribution are expected to be most affected by the reductions in staff.

    Disney also announced Thursday it was shutting down Fox 2000, a division that produced films such as?Fight Club," ?The Devil Wears Prada? and ?Love, Simon.?

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    "Swole" is now in the dictionary.

    https://apnews.com/60ed55cd28d34281bc949d324a0208eb

    BOSTON (AP) ? Get swole, prepare a bug-out bag, grab a go-cup and maybe you?ll have a better chance of surviving the omnicide.

    Translation: Hit the gym and bulk up, put a bunch of stuff essential for survival in an easy-to-carry bag, grab a drink for the road, and perhaps you?ll live through a man-made disaster that could wipe out the human race.

    Swole , bug-out bag , go-cup and omnicide are just a few of the 640 additions to Merriam-Webster?s dictionary added Monday.

    Deciding what gets included is a painstaking process involving the Springfield, Massachusetts-based company?s roughly two dozen lexicographers, said Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster?s editor at large.

    They scan online versions of newspapers, magazines, academic journals, books and even movie and television scripts until they detect what he calls ?a critical mass? of usage that warrants inclusion.

    The words are added to the online dictionary first, before some are later added to print updates of the company?s popular Collegiate Dictionary, which according to company spokeswoman Meghan Lunghi, has sold more than 50 million copies since 1898, making it the ?best-selling hardcover book after the Bible.?

    ?So many people use our website as their principal dictionary and we want it to be current,? Sokolowski said. ?We want to be as useful as possible.?

    The latest additions include mostly new words, or phrases, but also some old words with new meanings or applications.

    Take unplug and snowflake, for example. Unplug means to literally tug an electric plug from a wall socket, but now, it also has a more metaphorical meaning, as in to disconnect from social media, he said.

    And yes, a snowflake is still a beautiful ice crystal that floats from the sky during winter, but it now also has a usually disparaging meaning of ?someone who is overly sensitive,? according to Merriam-Webster?s definition.

    Some of the words have been around for decades, but are included in the dictionary because of increased usage.

    Omnicide, which means ?the destruction of all life,? dates to the Cold War and was used in reference to the threat of nuclear annihilation, but lately it has been used to define the risk of other man-made disasters, primarily climate change.

    Popular culture ?movies, TV and sports ? is a common source of new words, such as buzzy , an adjective that literally means creating a buzz, such as a ?buzzy new movie.?

    And then there?s EGOT , a noun that refers to an entertainer who has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Mel Brooks and Whoopi Goldberg are among the elite group .

    Garbage time, those painful final minutes of a game when one team has an insurmountable lead and both teams empty their benches, has been around since 1960, but is on the latest list of new words.

    With the rapid advance of science, many new words come from the fields of technology and medicine.

    In the internet age when it?s sometimes difficult to determine whether the vast amounts of information we?re exposed to is accurate, the dictionary is a rock, Sokolowski said.

    ?We need the dictionary more than ever now that we have information flying at us from all directions,? he said.

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    RIP Chewie

    Harrison Ford Releases Statement on Passing of Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew

    Star Wars fandom was shocked today with the announcement of the tragic passing of Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew, who played the lovable Wookiee in five different films in the saga. Mayhew's warmth resonated on the screen as Chewbacca, despite being covered in in pounds of fur. And it was his relationship with Han Solo that many Star Wars fans latched on to.

    Han Solo actor Harrison Ford issued a statement to ComicBook.com in response to the passing of Mayhew, expressing his sorrow with kind words to his on-screen counterpart. Read his statement in full below:

    "Peter Mayhew was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character. These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca. We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him. He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience."

    Ford added, "Chewbacca was an important part of the success of the films we made together. He knew how important the fans of the franchise were to it?s continued success and he was devoted to them. I and millions of others will never forget Peter and what he gave us all. My thoughts are with his dear wife Angie and his children. Rest easy, my dear friend..."

    Mayhew's passing was announced so close to the annual Star Wars holiday May the 4th, and this year's event might prove to be bittersweet among some fans.

    Mayhew and Ford last appeared on screen together in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, reviving their roles more than three decades after Return of the Jedi. That film was a swan song for both actors, as Ford's character was written out of the saga while Mayhew passed the mantle on to new actor Joonas Suotamo.

    Mayhew is survived by his wife Angie and his three children.

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    Car manufacturer Renault certainly knows how to roll a performance check! A recently released commercial in Brazil for the KWID Outsider highlights the adventures you can find in the new SUV. To help them on this epic quest, the characters of the classic 1980s Dungeons & Dragons cartoon step out of animation into a fiery real-world adventure that begs to be watched over and over.

    Hank, Eric, Diana, Presto, Sheila, Bobby and, oh yes, Uni face off against an appropriately menacing and imposing-looking Tiamat in this unforgettable commercial.


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    Ryan Reynolds Commits to Blowing Every Glass Bottle for His Limited Run, Signature Aviation American Gin


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