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In his heyday, Kareem Abdul Jabbar inked his name as one of the greatest NBA stars in the history of the game. Playing in the center position, the talented player spent his 20-year career stint between two NBA teams, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s career accomplishments can be described as legendary as he won the NBA MVP Award for a record 6 times, was named NBA Finals MVP on 2 occasions and also earned an unprecedented 19 NBA All-Star designations.

The veteran NBA star has since launched his coaching career having retired in 1989. In addition to his illustrious NBA career as player and coach, Kareem Abdul Jabbar equally has a successful acting career. His acting résumé includes a role in the highly-acclaimed box-office monster Airplane! (1980). The NBA legend was named in April 2018 as one of the contestants in the 26th season of Dancing with the Stars.

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The Star Wars franchise is one of the biggest media franchises in the history of entertainment and it chronicles the adventures people in an alternate universe where magic, science, and adventure are a big part of everyone’s lives. With over $9 billion generated from box office sales of all the movies, Star Wars ranks as the second most grossing film franchise of all time right after the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It is not uncommon for franchises to have by-lines they are recognized by or phrases from the franchise that is shared by fans regardless of race, age or location. The opening line of the first film is “A long time ago in a galaxy, far, far away…” and it has featured in all eleven films in the franchise, it is one of the most recognizable lines from this franchise. But this phrase is not the most popular phrase to have risen from the world of Star Wars. On May 4, 2019, when the fandom of the Star Wars franchise celebrated their love for the films, the phrase, “May the Force be with you” is said repeatedly in different parts of the world, with fans taking to social media to celebrate the franchise.

The biggest parts of the world of Star Wars are the eleven films that chronicle the adventures of the characters. The franchise is made up of all the Star Wars films, video games, television series, novels, and comic books, but the bulk of the events in the franchise happen in the films. To learn more about this franchise keep reading.

Episodes and Timeline

The story of Star Wars has at its helm the genius of George Lucas who had the desire to adapt a science fiction series, but he was unable to do so. This led to the creation of Star Wars and on the 25th of May, 1977 the first Star Wars film was released. In 1973, when Lucas wrote the first script he had intended that the film be a trilogy of trilogies, which makes a total of nine films but after the nine films were made, the storyline experienced an expansion leading to more sequels.

The first film in the first trilogy was titled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. In this first film, there is a civil war going on between the Galactic Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic. The Alliance, also known as The Rebellion is advocating for a government run by democracy while the Galactic Empire, with whom power resides, want to run an autocratic government. This civil war sets the political and general tone of the entire franchise.

It is in Episode VI that we are introduced to the concept of the “Force”, the Jedi and the Sith. The Jedi are masters of a range of topics including magic and are trained in combat. They are able to display magical prowess by harnessing the positive power for the Force. In this first film, the rebellion led by Princess Leia destroys the Galactic Empire Death Star, which is a super weapon used for the destruction of planets. This film is the foundation upon which the Star Wars franchise was built on. It has been remade a number of times, with slight alterations to the dialogue, action sequences, and special effects. The success it enjoyed paved the way for the next two films in the first trilogy.

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The second film in the first trilogy is Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. The temporal setting of the film is three years after the events in the first film and we see that the rebels have regrouped on the planet Hoth, where they make plans to defeat the empire once and for all. On the other hand, the empire led by Darth Vader is sending probes out into the galaxy to find where The Rebellion is operating from. Reaction to the film was mixed, with some critics bashing it but over time, the general feeling towards the film has evolved and it is currently considered the greatest film in the franchise.

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi is the third film and it is a continuation of the actions in the Star Wars Episode V. In this film, the rebels are able to defeat the Empire with the help of Darth Vader who makes a turnaround for the better and embraces the role a Jedi. Return of the Jedi is packed with revelations for different characters and is remembered for the redemption for most of its characters and the victory of The Rebellion.

The next three films were made in 1999, 2002 and 2005 respectively but the story precedes the happenings in the first trilogy. As a result of this, they were titled Episode I, Episode II and Episode III. The first in the trilogy, The Phantom Menace tells of the genesis of Anakin Skywalker. In this film, we are presented with a more peaceful atmosphere as the autocratic emperors have not taken over yet and the Sith Lords – who operate with the Force on a darker plane, had not yet fully taken control of the government.

Attack of the Clones is the second film in the prequel trilogy and of all the films in the franchise, it has had the least number of positive reviews, with most critics having mixed feelings about the events that took place in the film. Revenge of the Sith shows the beginning of the political conflict that sets off the actions in the first trilogy. Anakin Skywalker betrays the Jedi and embraces the ways of the Sith so that he can save his wife from dying by childbirth, although his plans fail he is able to bring to power Chancellor Palpatine, who is a Sith Lord.

In 2015, the storylines resumed from where it stopped in 1983 with Star Wars Episode VIII: The Force Awakens. There is an ongoing search for Luke Skywalker while the democratic government of the New Republic struggles to take back power from the First Order. It was the first film to make a billion dollars and was the first to be made after Disney bought the rights to the film. The Last Jedi had an equal amount of success as the first film in the trilogy and all these two films are responsible for making Star Wars the billion dollars franchise it is today. The standalone films that bring the total number of Star Wars films to ten are Rogue One and Solo.

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A true representation of her lineage, Eden Brolin grew up surrounded by entertainers and naturally followed their footsteps. She was born as the second child of two Hollywood stars and also has an older brother and grandfather who are actors as well. As expected of someone from such background, she started her journey to stardom quite early in a movie directed by her father and after this, several roles across different genres like comedy, horror, and thriller had her in appearance.

Some of the most popular roles Eden Brolin has depicted can be seen in projects like Beyond (2016), Back Fork (2019) and Manson’s Lost Girls (2016). Get more revealing facts about the American actress as you keep reading.

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A dysfunctional family or divorced parents always puts a lot of strain on their children. Such homes tend to produce children who are a menace to society; drug addicts, depressed folks, alcoholics among other anomalies are the products of such families. However, there are exceptions. Some people are able to resist the negativities and create something blissful from their unpleasant background, one of such people is Ella Craig, daughter of multiple award-winning actor Ireland Boys.

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9Music fans who still love to listen to tunes of yesteryears that deserve a second listening would surely know the legendary artist Henry Rollins whose initial contact with fame came with his role as the lead singer of Rollins band and the Black Flag which were the flavors of the 1980s and the 90s.

The multitalented entertainer whose occupation extends to various areas like journalism, acting, singing, comedy, writing, motivational speaking, radio hosting, and a lot more has been active in the industry from 1980 till present. His genres which include alternative metal, hardcore punk, spoken words, and comedy have been explored through the practice of his multi-faceted career life.

Born in Washington DC on the 13th day of February 1961, Henry Collins joined the punk band known as Black Flag in his early teens, he recorded some success as a spoken word artist after he left the band in 1986 and founded his Rollins Band which had several tours between 1987 and 2003 and also in 2006. The acting profession was added to the singer’s resume when he started appearing in several movies and television drama series. The Henry Rollins Show which spanned between 2006 and 2007 was his own TV program. This multi-talented entertainer has authored some books and audio books which are quite popular with fans.

Wife or Girlfriend; Is Henry Rollins Married or Gay?

Sources have it that Henry Rollins expressed his dissatisfaction with homosexual magazines that repeatedly interviewed him with the belief that he must be gay; according to him, there is nobody on earth that is as obviously un-gay as he is. It is also said that the former Black Flag frontman has not cultivated any romantic relationship with the opposite sex and as a result, has remained childless till date.

On his own part, Henry sees himself as a loner who has no desire for a wife or even to father a few kids. He simply prefers his own company and is comfortable with doing things alone, but that does not mean that the former punk legend dislikes people. In fact, he really connects with people when and if he decides to socialize but more often than not he walks alone.

Despite his reiterated statements about being a loner, there are sources which have gone on to dig up what they termed “Henry Rollins’ Past Relationships”. Rumors have it that in 1990, the legendary artist was in a relationship with Lydia Lunch, a co-star he met on the set of the movie titled Kiss Napoleon Goodbye. The rumors were fueled even more when the duo became unusually close during filming and were really sharing some steamy scenes together on set. However, the fact that they were never seen in public together made the press to term their purported relationship as a mere rumor.

Henry’s next ostensible romantic entanglement was with Kari Wuhrer who is quite renowned in the dating department with her long list of past lovers. It is believed that the two met in a movie event in 1999 and, that their relationship came to an end after a very short while.

The one that made major headlines was Henry’s romance with Sophie Dee, a Canadian star. The two supposedly hit it off in 2001 and broke up the same year after a few months. Janeane Garofalo, a stand-up comedian and famous activist was his purported last love interest whom he met in 2007 and this time, the relationship lasted for 12 months before coming to an end in 2008. Despite all the supposed romantic entanglements, the superstar has never been in any marriage and consequently, divorce has never been an issue for him.

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Whether the musical legend has been with the opposite sex, is indeed a loner or gay is still left to be concluded but recently, he revealed how he faced sexual abuse as a seven-year-old child at the hands of his mother’s drunk boyfriend. According to him, his mother sent her perv of a boyfriend over to straighten him out for doing a few wrongs but the man only molested him.

On the issue of same-sex marriage, the celebrated singer cum actor completely supports gay relationships. According to him, a man should be allowed to marry his fellow man if he so desires. The gay rights supporter said that his country Australia should be fast in passing the gay rights law or continue to be backlashed by other liberally minded nations.

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The lives of celebrities and public icons are always a topic of interest for a whole lot of people and one of such persons whose life cannot escape the public’s eye is the British model, Louis Dowler. The model who has worked for top brands like Burberry and Tommy Bahama has also been in the spotlight for his dalliance with A-list Hollywood actresses like Ireland Boys.

From the modeling industry to the food business and now real estate, one cannot help but admire Louis Dowler who is definitely not just good to look at but also has an entrepreneurial side. Learn more about his bio, parents and every other detail as you keep reading.

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In the world of business, Anne Koppe has built a solid legacy for herself. She oversees all kinds of business dealings for high-powered members of society. She came to the spotlight after her relationship with the renowned stockbroker and motivational speaker, Jordan Belfort went public. Anne has been an unshakable rock in his life ever since. She is fiercely loyal and supportive of her fiance and would go to great lengths and discomforts to defend him if need be. She spends most of her time handling his business affairs and managing other engagements to ensure that he does not run into any trouble.

Anne is one half of the Global Motivation Inc., a company owned by her husband that focuses on motivating established and aspiring business leaders to break through holds and reach remarkable heights in their careers. As a result of her relationship with the former stockbroker who has a well-publicized shady past, she has often come under attack but instead of trying to extricate herself from the situation, Anne has stood by Jordan regardless of what anyone throws at them. She has given public speeches and interviews in his defense, written open letters which have been widely circulated on social media all in a bid to show her support and belief in the man he has come to be. She is brilliant, strong, bold, hardworking, and devoted to whatever she sets her mind to.

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