The daily gossip: December 20, 2019

Scott Meslow

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If you're seeing Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this weekend, keep an eye out for a stormtrooper with piercing green eyes and an unusually shaggy head of hair. Star Mark Hamill has dropped a series of social media clues that indicate the singer has a secret cameo as a stormtrooper. No word, sadly, on the rest of the One Direction gang — but if a gang of stormtroopers starts singing about what makes Chewbacca beautiful, you've probably spotted them. [CNN]

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Earlier this year, Avatar's decade-long reign as the highest-grossing movie in history came to an end with the release of Avengers: Endgame. But don't feel too bad for director James Cameron: According to the man himself, it's a "certainty" that his upcoming Avatar 2 will reclaim the box-office crown. "They beat us by one quarter of a percent," said Cameron, adding that Avengers edging out Avatar amounted to a "rounding error," because that's the kind of thing you can say about tens of millions of dollars when you're a Hollywood director. [USA Today]

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You can always count on America's inexhaustible appetite for dudes getting hit in the groin, which is why it's so shocking that the Jackass franchise has lain dormant for nearly a decade since 2010's Jackass 3D arrived in theaters. Never fear, pranksters: A new Jackass is bound for theaters, with co-creator Johnny Knoxville likely to return. Unfortunately, the new Jackass won't be in theaters until 2021, because coming up with good new fart jokes takes time and care. [Entertainment Weekly]

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We're not quite sure what to do with this advice, so here it is: Rob Lowe says if you're only using water to keep your Christmas tree fresh, you're doing it wrong. Instead, the actor recommends using a concoction of half water, half 7 Up, which he swears will keep your Christmas tree alive longer. "I am obsessed with this. This is all I care about during the holidays," says Lowe — so let's hope he didn't draw your name for Secret Santa. [People]

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Ever since season one of the TV adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs & Ham arrived on Netflix, binge-watchers have been clamoring for an answer to one instantly iconic cliffhanger: Does he like green eggs and ham? Does he like them, Sam-I-Am? With no news of a season two, viewers fretted they'd never get an answer — but now that the show has officially been picked up for a second season, fans can breathe a sigh of relief (and start hoping that Netflix green-lights One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish for a whole Seuss Cinematic Universe). [Deadline]

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