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Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka aren’t the only brand new shows to get the spotlight at Star Wars Celebration. Saturday afternoon hosted an arena full of Star Wars fans eager to find out more about a new Disney+ animated series titled Tales of the Jedi.

Host Amy Radcliffe introduced series creator and writer Dave Filoni, who came onstage to probably his dozenth standing ovation of the weekend. But the man deserves it considering that he’s probably responsible for almost as much beloved Star Wars canon as George Lucas himself between The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, Ahsoka, The Bad Batch, and now Tales of the Jedi.

The origin of the new animated series is an unlikely one. “When I fly back and forth to work on The Mandalorian, I’d work on these little stories to pass time on the plane. I showed one to [Senior VP , Development and Production] Carrie Beck and I said, ‘Check this out.’” She said that she wanted to make it, and Filoni bluffed, “If you can find the money.” Of course she did, and then Filoni had to write more and more tales.

Tales of the Jedi allows Filoni to translate what he’s learned from working in live action on The Mandalorian and Boba Fett back into animation, where he got his start. “It requires a different type of eye when you do them, but it’s all just Star Wars to me. The team I work with in animation, I think they’ve told some of the best Star Wars stories that have ever been told.”

So, what is Tales of the Jedi? It’s a series of six animated shorts split into two halves. Three episodes will focus on Ahsoka Tano. “I chose Ahsoka of course. I’ve raised her since she was 14.” These three stories span a large portion of Ahsoka’s life, stretching from her birth into her Jedi training (we see concept art of her training at the Jedi temple) and her young adulthood (another piece of concept art shows an older Ahsoka squaring off against Darth Revan in front of a burning village).

The other character was Count Dooku, a reveal accompanied by a character design that makes young Dooku look very much like Hammer Horror era Christopher Lee. “I don’t think people grasp that Dooku was a Jedi,” said Filoni. “I think that’s so important to understanding how the politics of the prequel era unfold. Dooku does things for the right reasons, which is the trap that Darth Sidious lays.” Filoni says that Ahsoka and Dooku show two different paths that Jedi can take.

There’s another character who will be part of Dooku’s chapters: his padawan Qui-Gon Jinn. Filoni wanted to tell a story about masters and students, and that gave him the chance to explore the unexplored dynamic of Qui-Gon and Dooku. And yes, Liam Neeson will return to voice Qui-Gon as an adult, and, because Filoni loves keeping it in the family, Neeson’s own son will voice young Qui-Gon Jinn.

The panel included a screening of one Ahsoka installment, a tale of Ahsoka’s birth and a rite of passage around her first birthday. It’s a tale of Ahsoka and her mother as they take part in a traditional ritual, wherein the mother teaches the child to not fear death. This tale also hints at Ahsoka’s latent Jedi abilities and gives us insight into the unique philosophy that Ahsoka will hold dear and fans will respond to.

“I will warn you, though, as nice as that [episode] is, it’s sweet and kind,” says Filoni, “there’s a balance in the Force. There are some dark ones.” As for why he chose to write about Ahsoka’s mother at first rather than Ahsoka herself, he said, “Moms are so important, and we haven’t had a lot of mother figures in Star Wars. I wanted to show that Ahsoka’s first experience with someone saying. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ was her mother.”

He added: “We could’ve brought one with more lightsabers, but you’ll get to those.”

The panel closed with a full-length trailer for Tales of the Jedi, which included a who’s who of prequel-era Jedi — we’re talking Darth Revan, Mace Windu, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and even Yaddle! While a release date has not been released, it was announced that the six shorts will be released in fall 2022.




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Now taking a cab doesn’t even keep you safe from gunfire!

Two young men enjoying an evening out in the Big Apple became the latest unintended victims of gunfire, when they were hit by bullets while sitting in a taxi early Saturday.

The pair were with a group of friends at about 3:50 a.m., in the cab heading from Brooklyn to Manhattan, when shots that were intended for others hit them, sources said.

The bullets flew as the cab drove down West 36th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, near Vito’s Slices and Ices pizza shop, which was closed at the time.

Investigators believe three shooters were aiming at a couple wearing a lot of jewelry outside the shop, sources said.

Police recovered three bullet casings.

“It’s getting out of hand,” said Alexander Franklyn of Staten Island, whose 24-year-old son, Nicalus, was hit in the arm. “You don’t seem to be safe anywhere.”

Franklyn said his son was in the back seat of the cab and the bullet shattered a bone in his arm. He was heading into surgery at Bellevue Hospital on Saturday afternoon.

Investigators believe the victims were struck by stray bullets as three shooters were aiming at a couple outside the shop.
Investigators believe the victims were struck by stray bullets as three shooters were aiming at a couple outside the shop.
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Nicalus, a case worker for a social services agency, and had been with three other friends, all pals from playing rugby, and was going to the Manhattan apartment of one of them when he was shot, his dad said.

“I’m not sure what the future’s going to hold,” Franklyn said of his son’s ability to continue playing.

The other victim, 22-year-old Samy Shelbaya, was grazed in the arm by a bullet, Franklyn said.

An Instagram page for Shelbaya says he’s a medical school student who played rugby at Michigan State University.

Police investigate the scene of the shooting.
Police investigate the scene of the shooting.
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The Taxi and Limousine Commission said it was investigating the shooting but would not release information on who owned the cab.

A neighborhood resident who gave her name as Jazzy said she was out with friends and came across the crime scene Saturday.

“The violence is overwhelming. The violence is totally out of control. At one time we can attribute it to drugs. Now it’s unexplainable violence,” she said.




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20-year NYPD veteran retires by giving the department the finger

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A 20-year decorated veteran of the NYPD celebrated Independence Day a little early by retiring and giving the department the finger — literally.

Thomas J. Gambardella, 41, of Staten Island, posted a photo on Facebook of himself flipping the bird at a memorial inside NYPD headquarters, while wearing a T-shirt reading “Let’s Go Brandon,” following his official retirement from the force two weeks ago.

The statue Gambardella took aim at depicts a police officer watching over the child of a slain cop.

“I’m officially retired today!” he wrote in a post at the time. “From this sorry excuse of a s–t job. Thank God, I’m free at last!… I loved everyone I worked with and ‘some’ of the people I’ve worked for. But this job is no one’s friend. Time to live free. I’ll see you all out there!”

Gambardella, who was most recently a detective sergeant, told The Post on Saturday that he loved his job when he started out — but the gig turned “s–t” due to the city’s increasingly soft-on-crime policies.

“I was a true believer,” Gambardella, who comes from a police family, said of his early years on the beat. “I wasn’t a bag of s–t. I worked some intricate details. I gave a lot of my blood, sweat and tears. But no more.”

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Thomas Gambardella posted a photo on Facebook of himself flipping the bird at a memorial inside NYPD headquarters.
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A combination of increasingly liberal policies and what he said was the NYPD’s stranglehold over every aspect of his life led him to sour on the gig.

“It’s the worst f–king job in the world,” Gambardella said. “They own you. They’re not your friends. All that talk about the ‘big blue family.’ They don’t care. If I die tomorrow they wouldn’t give a sh-t. If I needed something it ain’t gonna happen. I’m better off just saying a prayer.”

The potty-mouthed former officer said he was disgusted by the increased hostility toward police, calls to defund the NYPD and crackdowns on what cops could or could not do.

“Crime is soaring and cops are leaving in droves,” Gambardella said. “Anybody can see that. All this liberalism is obviously a failure. But this is what they wanted. It’s a stupid experiment and it’s the people who will pay in the end.”

Gambardella said he has gotten some backlash to his posts and photos, though not much.

“I have a disease,” he said. “It’s called diarrhea of the mouth. People who know me know I’m like this. I don’t cower down.”

Gambardella, who is divorced with three kids, said cops were treated well under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former police commissioner Ray Kelly, and that the public was better off with them, too.

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“The minute they stopped the quality of life enforcement that was the beginning of the end,” he said. “Just having people know they could get a response from a noise complaint was a big deal. But that’s all long gone.”

Gambardella, who said he was named Officer of the Year in 2006 when he worked in the 68th precinct in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, joined the force in July 2002. He was most recently in the detective squad at the 70th precinct in Kensington.

According to city records, he made $164,000 last year.

More than 2,119 NYPD officers have either resigned or retired so far this year – on pace to be the biggest exodus of officers since the statistics have been available.

Some 524 cops have resigned and 1,072 have retired as of May 31, NYPD pension stats obtained by The Post last month showed. In June alone, 523 officers left, with 400 retiring and 123 resigning, the most resignations in a single month in at least a decade.

Of the 2,119 who are leaving, 1,472 are retiring and 647 are resigning, a 38% spike over the previous record of 1,535 for the first six months of 2020, the attrition numbers show. 

“The majority of officers who are retire are proud of their careers and their service with the NYPD,” a high-ranking police source told The Post when asked about Gambardella.

Several current and retired NYPD detectives said they were stung and angered by seeing the photo of Gambardella giving the finger to the memorial statue at One Police Plaza.

One retired NYPD detective said that officers will often buy miniature versions of the statue for families of slain police officers with the officer’s shield number on it.


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Cristiano Ronaldo tells Manchester United he wants to leave

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United return could prove to be short-lived.

Just 11 months after Ronaldo was triumphantly announced at Old Trafford, the Portuguese superstar has told the club he would like to leave if they receive a strong enough offer, per multiple reports, after United failed to qualify for the Champions League last season.

Ronaldo scored 24 goals in all competitions to lead United, but the campaign was largely a disaster, as the club was sixth in the Premier League — tied for its second-worst finish of the Premier League Era — and lost in the Champions League Round of 16, failing to secure any trophies. Ronaldo, who came to United at the last minute after being linked to Manchester City, struggled to fit within Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s system before Solsjkaer was replaced by the polarizing Ralf Ragnick.

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According to The Athletic, newly minted Chelsea owner Todd Boehly met with Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, last week to discuss the idea of him playing in London. The website also named Bayern Munich and Napoli as potential suitors, while Paris Saint-Germain is not considered interested.

Ronaldo reportedly has a year left on his deal with United, which does not view him as being for sale, according to The Athletic.

A five-time Ballon D’Or winner, Ronaldo’s 141 Champions League goals are the most of any player. If he is with United next season, it will be the first year in which he won’t take part in the top European competition since 2002-03, when he was 17 years old and playing for Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon.


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