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This song really took me by surprise in how much of an impact it had on me from Prequelle. It's heartbreaking. It makes me think of mortality and two (dare I say) star-crossed lovers, dancing (literally or figuratively) one last time before they are separated or death takes them. I mean it's no secret the album has a medieval theme, black plague type setting, and in those days you didn't live long, death could take you at any time and you had to let go of people you loved too soon. It seems, to me at least, to be questioning whether a love can span beyond one physical lifetime.
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If you watch the video (not sure if this is Ghost-official or not: <a rel="nofollow" href=" http://https://youtu.be/hvMiSWqvi7w">youtu.be/&hellip ;</a>) you see a happy young couple falling in love. In a sudden plot twist, the girl is happily surprised by the guy with a glowing pentagram where (SPOILER ALERT!) he proceeds to nail her to a cross and then set her on fire. She's clearly consented to being sacrificed to Satan, presumably (to me, anyway) with the promise of eternal life together in Hell. Not to be overlooked is a brief moment where the girl sees that the guy is wearing the same Ghost necklace that she is, and she laughs like it's just the funniest thing ever, despite her impending demise.
Ladies, this is what real love looks like. Don't even waste my time if you're not going to let me sacrifice you to Satan. \m/ <3
On a deeper level, I suspect that we're meant to see that a crucifixion or a human sacrifice as a pathway to eternal life is batshit crazy bullshit, not to be believed by any thinking person.
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- Life Eternal
Can you hear me say your name forever? Can you see me longing for you forever? Would you let me touch your soul forever? Can you feel me longing for you forever, forever?
I know the light grows darker down below But in your eyes, it's gone before you know This is the moment of just letting go, she said If you had life eternal
Can you hear me say your name forever? Can you see me longing for you forever, forever? Would you let me touch your soul forever? Can you feel me longing for you forever, forever?
We dance once more, I feel your hands are cold Within your heart, a story to be told This is the moment of just letting go This is the moment of just letting go (This is the moment of just letting go) (This is the moment of just letting go, she said)
Can you hear me say your name forever? Can you see me longing for you forever, forever? Would you let me touch your soul forever? Can you feel me longing for you forever and ever?
Forever (forever), forever (forever), forever (forever) Forever (forever), forever (forever), forever (forever) Forever (forever), forever (forever), forever (forever) Forever (forever), forever (forever), forever (forever) Forever (forever), forever (forever), forever (forever) Forever (forever), forever (forever), forever If you had life eternal
¿Puedes oírme decir tu nombre para siempre? ¿Puedes verme anhelando por ti por siempre? ¿Me dejarías tocar tu alma para siempre? ¿Puedes sentirme anhelando por ti por siempre, por siempre?
Sé que la luz se vuelve más oscura abajo Pero en tus ojos, se ha ido antes de que te des cuenta "Este es el momento de dejarse llevar", dijo Si tuvieras vida eterna
¿Puedes oírme decir tu nombre para siempre? ¿Puedes verme anhelando por ti por siempre, por siempre? ¿Me dejarías tocar tu alma para siempre? ¿Puedes sentirme anhelando por ti por siempre, por siempre?
Bailamos una vez más, siento tus manos frías Dentro de tu corazón, una historia para contar Este es el momento de dejarlo ir Este es el momento de dejarlo ir (Este es el momento de dejarlo ir) (Este es el momento de dejarlo ir, dijo)
¿Puedes oírme decir tu nombre para siempre? ¿Puedes verme anhelando por ti por siempre, por siempre? ¿Me dejarías tocar tu alma para siempre? ¿Puedes sentirme anhelando por ti por siempre y para siempre?
Por siempre (por siempre) por siempre (por siempre) por siempre (por siempre) Por siempre (por siempre) por siempre (por siempre) por siempre (por siempre) Por siempre (por siempre) por siempre (por siempre) por siempre (por siempre) Por siempre (por siempre) por siempre (por siempre) por siempre (por siempre) Por siempre (por siempre) por siempre (por siempre) por siempre (por siempre) Por siempre (por siempre) por siempre (por siempre) por siempre Si tuvieras vida eterna
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It didn’t seem to have a ghost of a chance of becoming a hit.
Instead, “Ghost” would forever redefine what constitutes a summer blockbuster. The romantic fantasy about Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze, in the role that would make him a bona fide sensation), a murdered Manhattan banker in spirit form who relies on con-artist psychic Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg, feisty and funny) to help him save endangered sweetheart Molly ( Demi Moore , who turns crying on cue into an Olympic sport), didn’t just wipe out such surefire winners as “Total Recall,” “Die Hard 2” and “Back to the Future III.” The supernatural weeper also would go on to claim the box-office crown as the top-grossing picture of 1990, with a worldwide gross of $505.7 million.
This Hollywood anomaly also cashed in big time during awards season. The rare summer-release contender from a major studio that didn’t qualify as either sci-fi (“Star Wars,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”) or action (“Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Apocalypse Now”) would compete for a best-picture Oscar as well as earn four other nominations.
I must confess I was among the critics initially less than impressed with “Ghost” as it ambitiously if awkwardly attempted to blend a love story, an afterlife fable, a crime thriller and a comedy into a somewhat cockamamie confection for the masses. My dismissive summation? “With more boo-hoo than ‘boo,’ ‘Ghost’ will please those who think hokey is okey-dokey.”
But that was before it became clear that “Ghost” was not about to fade away quickly. After opening at number two behind “Die Hard 2,” it would rise to number one in its second week and continue to linger in the top 5 until Thanksgiving. Such longevity is all but unheard of these days.
That is when I knew that I had completely underestimated the universal attraction of the film’s beyond-the-grave premise of everlasting love and the tactile ooey-gooey eroticism of that now-iconic pottery-wheel scene.
There were reviewers who were far more condescending and dismissive than I was, including Time’s Richard Corliss, who declared it, “A bad movie that a lot of people will like.”
But more than a few sensed there was something innately magical about this haunting concept, including Philadelphia Enquirer’s Carrie Rickey: “Given its obviously commercial aims, ‘Ghost’ is remarkably appealing on a purely personal level. It is about how you deal with death.” In a summer filled with mayhem, this was a rare outing that dared to deal directly with the human consequences of such violence – in this life and beyond.
Here are eight reasons why, despite its lapses in logic and quasi-believable special effects, “Ghost” possesses the power to transfix audiences – then and now.
1. A belief that counter-programming can work if you trust your instincts. In a 2002 article for USA TODAY in 2002, I listed “Ghost” alongside nine other influential blockbusters — including “Jaws” and “Star Wars” — that not only changed how summer movies are made and marketed, but also had lasting impact on pop culture. As director Jerry Zucker then observed about the unlikely success of his $22 million romantic comedy-fantasy hybrid, “Nobody saw this as a summer blockbuster. But ‘Ghost’ did something they can’t do anymore.”
Namely, it opened at only $12 million and was allowed to find moviegoers the old-fashioned way — by word of mouth. He gave most of the credit to screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin for why the film touched so many. “It’s a movie that was guided by a passion and a belief rather than trying to make a hit.”
“Ghost” afterlife: Before “Ghost,” adult fare was usually relegated to the fall. But such a massive out-of-nowhere smash was hard to ignore. Not only did the film open the door for other supernatural summer releases aimed at older audiences such as “Phenomenon,” “The Sixth Sense,” “The Others,” “Signs” and “The Conjuring” but it paved the way for hot-weather efforts that weren’t easy to categorize such as “Forrest Gump,” “Babe,” “Crash,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and even Pixar’s “Inside Out.”
2. A story that can make grown men cry. While Molly and Sam see a production of “Macbeth” before their fateful street encounter, screenwriter Rubin was primarily inspired by Hamlet’s father, whose ghost tells his son to avenge his death. In “Ghost,” Sam gets to avenge his own death.
But he based Sam’s struggles to profess his feelings to Molly on his own conflict with such emotions, one that many other males apparently share. As he revealed USA TODAY in 1990, as a young man in his 20s, he preferred to reply “Ditto” whenever someone told him, “I love you.”
Rubin was glad to see his personal experience opening up a floodgate of feelings for other men by allowing Sam to have a second chance to say the L word to Molly. Said Rubin, “One of the things I’m seeing at screenings is how they hold their wives’ hands differently after the movie. When we first showed it to a roomful of Paramount executives, everyone walked out with red eyes.”
Of course, not everyone likes to be manipulated in such a manner. As he noted, “Certain people are angered by being made to feel that way by a movie. They are embarrassed by it. But I wanted to wake them up and tell them not to take other people for granted.”
“Ghost” afterlife: Rubin, who won an Academy Award for his original screenplay for “Ghost,” had another movie top the box office later in 1990: the psychological thriller “Jacob’s Ladder.” He would go to write and direct 1993’s “My Life” with Michael Keaton and Nicole Kidman. His last screenplay was for 2009’s “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” He also wrote the stage adaptation and lyrics for “Ghost The Musical,” which premiered in the UK in 2011 and was performed on Broadway in 2012.
3. A song and a soundtrack that does a lot of the emotional heavy-lifting. Many classic tear-jerkers employ music as an emotional cue, including “Love Story.”” Dr. Zhivago,” “The Way We Were” and “Beaches.” “Ghost” producer Linda Weinstein knew when she heard the ballad “Unchained Melody” playing on an oldies station on her car radio one day that she found the right love theme to set the mood.
Several artists had done versions of the Oscar-nominated song written by famed movie composer Alex North for the mostly forgotten 1955 prison drama “Unchained.” But the filmmakers went with the most popular version sung by Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers, which was produced by Phil Spector and reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965.
North told USA TODAY in 1990, a year before he died at age 80, that he wrote the melody right off the top of his head. “I got a call from the producer of ”Unchained” and just sat down and did it. The muses were on my side.”
Hatfield, who died in 2003 at age 63, said in the same article that the duo’s hits, including “Top Gun’s” “You’ve Lost That Loving Feelin’,” have such longevity because, “They’re from period of time when certain songs meant a whole lot to a lot of people. As Bill (Medley, his partner) says in our act, ‘This song created a lot of junior high schools.’”
Composer Maurice Jarre’s transporting Oscar-nominated score beautifully meshes with the ‘60s chestnut, which is used during the famous pottery-wheel scene, when Sam and Molly dance together as a precursor to making love, and when Sam dances one last time with Molly by inhabiting Oda Mae’s body near the end of the film.
“Ghost” afterlife: The popularity of the movie rubbed off on The Righteous Brothers, who experienced a revival on the Billboard charts after the original recording of “Unchained Melody” was re-issued for play on Top 40 radio and hit No. 13 on the Hot 100. The pair also quickly did a new version of the song, which would reach No. 19 on the chart.
4. A director who wanted to spread his wings. Zucker initially found fame as part of a three-man filmmaking team with his brother, David, and pal Jim Abrahams. Known collectively as ZAZ, they were responsible for co-directing such laugh riots as 1980’s “Airplane!,” 1984’s “Top Secret!” and 1986’s “Ruthless People.”
But Zucker decided to go it alone for the first time with something completely different – a bittersweet love story that explores the world beyond and laced with humorous elements thanks to the chemistry between sassy Goldberg and exasperated Swayze. Critics were, for the most part, pleasantly surprised by what they saw.
Newsweek’s David Ansen gave Zucker his due, admiring how he “navigates the preposterous plot twists and careening mood swings with speed and confidence (and strong support from editor Walter Murch). It’s not surprising that Zucker can make us laugh (thank God Whoopi finally has a part that lets her strut her best stuff) but who knew he’d be good at the sexy, poignant stuff?”
Taking a huge risk gave Zucker the biggest success of his career and his lone brush with the Academy Awards. But given the huge influence that the humor publication had on his work, he has said that, “My greatest thrill was the day Mad magazine spoofed ‘Ghost.’ ”
“Ghost” afterlife: Zucker would go on to direct a historical romance based on the Arthurian legend, 1995’s “First Knight”, with Sean Connery, Richard Gere and Julia Ormond. But the film only did modest business, thanks to being upstaged by a pair of competing swashbucklers,” Rob Roy” and “Braveheart,” that opened earlier that year.
5. An attractive male lead who is equal parts sexy and sensitive. Rubin believed that Swayze would be a perfect Sam after he saw him break down and cry while discussing his late father during a TV interview. But Zucker thought the he-man actor would be all wrong for the role.
Not only that, Swayze had lost some box-office steam since the surprise sleeper “Dirty Dancing” came along in 1987. While they would become cult favorites after the fact thanks to cable and home video, his macho posturing in the 1989 action flicks “Next of Kin” and “Road House” did not please his newfound fan base and his performances earned him a Razzie nomination.
Zucker reached out to everyone from Paul Hogan and Tom Hanks to David Duchovny and Bruce Willis (Moore’s then-husband). But many turned down the role, because they thought playing a ghost would be too corny. The director finally gave in and allowed Swayze to audition. The result, according to Zucker: “We all had tears in our eyes, right there in the office – and we knew how it ends. I saw a side of Patrick that I never knew existed.”
“Ghost” afterlife: After the actor’s heartfelt handling of what he would call his most difficult role, Swayze ascended to a whole new level of stardom. Even critics who brushed him off before were impressed, such as the Chicago Tribune’s Dave Kehr: “Swayze, who somehow became a movie star without developing a personality, seems a confident presence for the first time.”
He scored another success as a charismatic Big Kahuna of a gang of bank-robbing surfers in 1991’s “Point Break”, and People magazine would declare him their Sexiest Man Alive that summer. Swayze’s death from pancreatic cancer at age 57 – that same age as his dad — in 2009 adds an extra layer of poignancy to watching “Ghost” today. As he told People in 1990, “”Ghost was about living your life for the moment, because that’s all you’ve got … If you don’t communicate with the people you love, you set yourself up for incredible pain if you lose them.”
6. A wistful female lead who can weep on demand. Demi Moore’s first starring role in 1986’s “About Last Night …” opposite fellow Brat Pack member Rob Lowe did well enough to promote her to lead status. But a string of disappointing follow-up films – 1986’s “Wisdom,” 1988’s “The Seventh Sign” and 1989’s “We’re No Angels” – did her no favors.
Therefore, it was no surprise that filmmakers were considering almost every hot actress at that time – Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathleen Turner, Debra Winger, Molly Ringwald, Meg Ryan and even Madonna – for the role of Molly.
Legend has it that Moore’s ability to cry out of either eye at will won her the role. And, re-watching the film now, it is true that few other mere mortals would look quite so lovely while rivers of tears are streaming down their face. That adorable gamine haircut doesn’t hurt, either. Gene Siskel got right to the point when he wrote, “Moore has never been more fetching.”
But it is also hard to imagine any of these other choices pairing half as well – and with such unaffected passion and honesty — opposite Swayze. The actor called the pottery scene the sexiest thing he has ever done on film – and, as they say, it takes two to tango especially if it involves caressing a rather suggestive moist mound of clay together.
“Ghost” afterlife: At a 2013 AFI event where the film was shown, Moore talked about her own uncertainty about doing “Ghost,” even though she herself was drawn by the script. As she said in her intro, “It’s a love story, and it’s a guy — a dead guy — trying to save his wife, and there is a comedy part, but really, really it’s a love story, and I thought, ‘Wow, this is really a recipe for disaster … It’s either going to be something really special, really amazing, or really an absolute bust.’ ”
Instead, Moore’s career took off like a rocket afterwards with meaty parts opposite top-notch co-stars in high-profile projects – 1992’s “A Few Good Men,” 1993’s “Indecent Proposal,” 1994’s “Disclosure,” 1995’s “The Scarlet Letter,” 1996’s “Striptease,” 1997’s “G.I. Jane” — once she got over a brief slump in 1991 with the likes of “The Butcher’s Wife.”
7. A funny character actress who can link all the elements together. Hollywood didn’t really know at first how to best utilize a unique talent like Whoopi Goldberg, who went from doing character monologues on Broadway to earning a best actress Oscar nomination as the much-abused Celie in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 adaptation of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple “.
Somehow, she ended up spending the rest of ‘80s in a bunch of oddball action films such as “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Burglar” and “Fatal Beauty.” But that all changed when TV actress Jackee Harry dropped out of “Ghost” after being hired as the bogus clairvoyant and Sam’s reluctant go-between Oda Mae Brown, who is key to convincing the audience that she and Sam have a connection while it often looks as if she is arguing with herself.
Critics had a renewed appreciation for Goldberg at her back-talking best even if some criticized her role as being an example of the “magical other,” an African-American woman who unselfishly agrees to help out a Tribeca-loft-inhabiting yuppie couple.
As Sheila Benson wrote of her charlatan medium’s arrival in the film in her Los Angeles Times review, “This little spun-sugar movie gets some needed vinegar. Oda Mae, stunned to discover that her gift is real, is Goldberg in her element, giving the film its kick and energy. In the three-way scenes with Sam and Molly, as Sam’s mouthpiece on Earth, translating, transposing, deleting in outrage when his language offends her, Goldberg is gleefully, wickedly funny.”
“Ghost” afterlife. Through the years, Goldberg acknowledged that it was Swayze’s recommendation that got her the audition and she even mentioned him during her acceptance speech when she won her supporting-actress Oscar. Because of “Ghost,” she started to be cast in roles more suited to showcasing her talents, including the 1991 comedy “Soapdish,” the 1992 singing-nun hit “Sister Act” and its sequel, 1993’s “Made in America,” 1994’s “The Lion King” and 1995’s “Boys on the Side.”
8. The scene that probably launched countless adult-ed pottery classes. Yes, the pottery- wheel interlude continues to be lampooned and referenced, especially on TV shows through the years. They include “In Living Color,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Family Guy,” “Futurama,” “Community,” “30 Rock,” “Ellen,” “Glee” and “Bob’s Burgers.” But nothing can top one of the first tributes paid to clay-molding foreplay done by Zucker’s older brother, David, in the trailer for 1991’s “Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear” with stars Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley sitting behind the wheel.
As the Naked Gun director explained at the time: “I make my living punching holes in serious movies . After watching that pottery scene the third time, I thought, ‘How ironic if I poked fun at ‘Ghost.’”
Jerry was a good sport about the parody, even loaning his brother the actual jukebox used to play “Unchained Melody” for the one-day shoot. After all, as David has said, he taught Jerry “everything he knows.”
“Ghost” afterlife: Matters got truly meta, however, when Ashton Kutcher – Moore’s ex-husband – and his “Two and a Half Men” cast mate Jon Cryer re-created the scene last year during the sitcom’s closing credits.
Another sign of “Ghost’s” lasting impact is a bit of rap slang that first showed up in the early ‘90s – “I’m Swayze.” The phrase is similar to another reference, “I’m ghost,” meaning, “I’m out of here.” Notorious B.I.G. was particularly keen on employing the reference in his songs and Swayze even put in a cameo appearance in Ja Rule’s “Murder Reigns” video, acknowledging his place in hip-hop culture.
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Deepfake stands for a face swapping algorithm where the source and target can be an image or a video. Researchers have investigated sophisticated generative adversarial networks (GAN), autoencoders, and other approaches to establish precise and robust algorithms for face swapping. However, the achieved results are far from perfect in terms of human and visual evaluation. In this study, we propose a new one-shot pipeline for image-to-image and image-to-video face swap solutions - GHOST (Generative High-fidelity One Shot Transfer).
Deep fake synthesis methods have been improved a lot in quality in recent years. The research solutions were wrapped in easy-to-use API, software and different plugins for people with a little technical knowledge. As a result, almost anyone is able to make a deepfake image or video by just doing a short list of simple operations. At the same time, a lot of people with malicious intent are able to use this technology in order to produce harmful content. High distribution of such a content over the web leads to caution, disfavor and other negative feedback to deepfake synthesis or face swap research.
As a group of researchers, we are not trying to denigrate celebrities and statesmen or to demean anyone. We are computer vision researchers, we are engineers, we are activists, we are hobbyists, we are human beings. To this end, we feel that it's time to come out with a standard statement of what this technology is and isn't as far as us researchers are concerned.
- GHOST is not for creating inappropriate content.
- GHOST is not for changing faces without consent or with the intent of hiding its use.
- GHOST is not for any illicit, unethical, or questionable purposes.
- GHOST exists to experiment and discover AI techniques, for social or political commentary, for movies, and for any number of ethical and reasonable uses.
We are very troubled by the fact that GHOST can be used for unethical and disreputable things. However, we support the development of tools and techniques that can be used ethically as well as provide education and experience in AI for anyone who wants to learn it hands-on. Now and further, we take a zero-tolerance approach and total disregard to anyone using this software for any unethical purposes and will actively discourage any such uses.
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Swap to many person in the video. You must set multiple faces for source and the corresponding multiple faces from the target video.
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You may set the target face, and then source will be swapped on this person, or you may skip this parameter, and then source will be swapped on any person in the image.
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Ahsoka: Anakin’s Force Ghost Can Change Star Wars Forever
Posted: November 6, 2023 | Last updated: November 6, 2023
- By featuring Anakin’s Force ghost more prominently, Ahsoka Season 2 can explore the most interesting part of the former Sith Lord’s journey: his redemption.
- As part of his redemption arc, Anakin could use his experience with both the Empire and the Mortis gods to aid Ahsoka and her allies.
- Exploring the guilt and responsibility a redeemed Dark Side-wielder like Anakin feels for his crimes could break new ground for Star Wars and expand viewers’ understanding of the Force.
Hayden Christensen's equally maligned and beloved version of Anakin Skywalker has now appeared in two Disney+ Star Wars series. On Obi-Wan Kenobi , he appeared both in flashback as his younger self and in the main story as Darth Vader at the height of his powers. On Ahsoka , he appeared to the title character in the World Between Worlds to teach his former padawan one final lesson and as a Force ghost in the season finale. While these appearances effectively served the stories of both shows, the Star Wars franchise has yet to make the most interesting use of Hayden Christensen's willingness to revisit the role that made him famous.
Throughout the movies and TV shows that make up the Star Wars saga, Sith Lords and Dark Side Force-wielders of all kinds have bedeviled the Jedi and their allies. Often, these villains are former heroes who, for myriad reasons, give into their baser instincts and embrace lives of violence and domination. This conversion is usually permanent, but sometimes, characters like Darth Vader and Kylo Ren eventually see the error of their ways and turn back to the light. Unfortunately, death always seems to follow close on the heels of this change. As a result, Star Wars has never depicted a former Dark Sider grappling with the weight of their crimes. Ahsoka could change this by making Anakin's Force ghost a much bigger part of Season 2.
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Star Wars mythology often depicts succumbing to the Dark Side as akin to becoming an entirely different person. In Return of the Jedi , Obi-Wan tells Luke that in becoming Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker died, as though there was a clear demarcation separating the two identities. To a certain extent, the prequel trilogy bears this out. Many smaller things presage Anakin's fall, but he specifically turns when he sides with Palpatine against Mace Windu. In the span of a moment, he becomes Darth Vader . The same is true in reverse. When he chooses to save Luke from Palpatine, he becomes Anakin again.
Is this a literal identity shift, or is it simply a shorthand the movies use to illustrate the magnitude of both conversions? Ben Solo's struggles and the comparatively performative nature of his Kylo Ren persona in the sequel trilogy suggest the latter. Light side or Dark side, the Force-wielder is still the same person. However, if this is the case, do Jedi who return to the light still bear responsibility for their actions on behalf of the dark? Is Anakin guilty of Vader's sins? So far, this question has no canonical answer because no redeemed Jedi has lived long enough to provide one.
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Luckily, Jedi are perfectly capable of communicating long after death. Force ghosts are not merely smiling apparitions who provide the occasional bit of silent encouragement. They can talk and—as evidenced by Yoda and Luke's actions in The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker , respectively—even physically interact with the living world. Because of this, Anakin needn't be a passive observer in Ahsoka's Season 2 adventures. He can take part and provide his apprentice with guidance from beyond the grave.
Then again, the last time Ahsoka saw Anakin before he died, he tried to kill her. The two of them would need to talk some things out before she could trust whatever advice he might try to impart. Such a conversation would be the perfect opportunity to lay the groundwork for a new chapter in Anakin's story and add an entirely new dimension to Force lore. Anakin spent the last quarter-century of his life as a mass-murdering agent of oppression. A single act of repentance moments before death couldn't possibly erase all the guilt he must feel. With Ahsoka's help, he could reckon with the ramifications of his life as Darth Vader and begin his journey toward true redemption.
A cornerstone of this journey would, no doubt, involve working to make up for the litany of atrocities he committed as Emperor Palpatine's apprentice. While he may never be able to do enough to wash all of the blood off his hands, Ahsoka 's first season finale sets up at least two opportunities for him to try. Having helped build the Empire into what it became and having previously interacted with the Mortis gods—assuming death restored his memories of that encounter—Anakin would be uniquely qualified to aid in the fight against Grand Admiral Thrawn and shed light on what Baylan Skoll's endgame might actually be .
Star Wars Can Break New Ground By Exploring Anakin's Guilt
Based on the relatively limited capacity in which Force ghosts have offered assistance in previous installments of Star Wars , it is likely that Anakin will only be able to do so much to directly support Ahsoka. She and her living allies will have to do most of the heavy lifting. However, by engaging with problems he helped set in motion during his long career with the Empire, Anakin can gain a deeper understanding of the enormity of his crimes. This understanding could lead to the most important and most groundbreaking part of his quest for redemption: remorse.
In the short time between their respective Dark Side renunciations and their deaths, neither Anakin nor his grandson had a chance to sit with their guilt or express true sorrow for their actions. Ben Solo has a moment of forgiveness with the father he killed but not with any of the untold billions he helped slaughter in the Hosnian System. Star Wars movies are largely about action. They don't have time to let their characters feel the full weight of grief or shame. The villains have their final acts of selflessness and die as heroes. As a TV series, Ahsoka has the flexibility to take a different tack.
The Light/Dark binary of Star Wars often robs the series' moral code of any nuance. The Light Side is good. The Dark Side is bad. Taking the time to allow Anakin to feel remorse and all of its attendant emotions at such horrors as killing younglings and destroying planets could introduce some welcome messiness to the ethics of Star Wars . Does the Force forgive easily, or does it require penance? Perhaps it doesn’t follow any recognizable paradigm of right and wrong. The truth is a mystery the so-called “Chosen One” can help solve.
For as much as Star Wars has focused on the conflict between the Light and Dark Sides of the Force over the years, it has revealed surprisingly little about what it means to move between those two poles. What pieces of the original Jedi survive in a Sith? How much do the Sith's actions weigh on the redeemed Jedi's conscience? By giving Anakin a more prominent place in Season 2, Ahsoka can answer these questions and take both the Force and the entire Star Wars Universe in new and exciting directions.
Created by George Lucas, Star Wars began in 1977 with the then-eponymous film that would later be retitled Episode IV: A New Hope. The original Star Wars trilogy centered on Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa, who helped lead the Rebel Alliance to victory over the tyrannous Galactic Empire. This Empire was overseen by Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine, who was aided by the cybernetic menace known as Darth Vader.In 1999, Lucas returned to Star Wars with a prequel trilogy that explored how Luke’s father Anakin Skywalker became a Jedi and eventually succumbed to the dark side of the Force.
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This Blox Fruit has unique skills controlled from the dead and it gives the user a good mobility and a strong passive which is " Resurrection ".
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Abilities [ ]
Overview [ ], general [ ].
- Decent for grinding and PvP.
- Fast cooldowns.
- Small knockback.
- Very short cast time and endlag.
[Z] Shivering Possession [ ]
- Stuns slightly, good damage.
[X] Spectral Release [ ]
- Very strong when paired with [V] Ghost Busters .
- Decent AOE.
[C] Cries of the Underworld [ ]
- Great move and deals constant damage.
- Decent range.
- Strong with [V] Ghost Busters .
- Drains Instinct.
- This move deals damage, unlike its previous version Revive .
[V] Ghost Busters [ ]
- Strong interactions paired with other moves.
- Great for meat shielding.
- Spawns copies of yourself, also copying the moves you do.
- Uses your current fighting style's m1's.
- Due to the fact m1 slightly stuns, can be useful in pvp.
- Can confuse players to attack to ghosts instead of the player, giving you an advantage.
[F] Wandering Soul [ ]
- Can be used to control your Ghosts.
- Useful for travel and escaping.
- Not the best for combo starters
- Hard to control.
- The distance you travel past the enemy after hitting is inconsistent.
- When using this move when close/mid range away from an npc you may get hit after using the move, which isn't useful for grinding.
- Effects can block vision, making combos harder.
- Enemies can punish you if you miss.
- Close ranged.
- Move pushes enemies away.
- Maximum damage isn't possible if the enemy is not close.
- Can be dodged by Instinct .
- Need to be close to enemies for the ghosts to target them.
- Can sometimes hit allies under certain circumstances.
- Have a small amount of HP (the same amount as you do).
- This Blox Fruit was added in Update 16 as Revive , and was reworked and renamed in the Ghost Event .
- This Blox Fruit is the 3rd fruit to have a change in rarity, the first being Portal and the second being Love .
- Now you don't need to use a skill to activate resurrection, unlike Revive . Now it is automatically activated when you spawn.
- From the V move the ghosts that spawn give you melee exp when they kill NPCS .
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‘Losing her would forever change the fabric of our lives’: Family reacts after Belmont freshman shot at Nashville park
The family told wsmv4 jillian ludwig died wednesday night..
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PREVIOUS STORY: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - On Tuesday, the Ludwig family was at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as 18-year-old Jillian Ludwig fights to stay alive.
Metro Nashville police said Ludwig, a freshman at Belmont, was shot on the track in the Edgehill Community Memorial Gardens Park on Tuesday afternoon and is in critical condition.
WSMV4′s Marissa Sulek spoke with Ludwig’s father on the phone, on Wednesday. Her family said it is too difficult for any family member to talk to us on camera right now, however, her Aunt Geri Wainwright, sent a text to give some insight into who Jillian is.
Jillian graduated from Wall High School in New Jersey in June 2023. She has two younger brothers and her parents, Matt and Jessica.
She is an accomplished student, musician, and vocalist who chose to study music business at Belmont University.
WSMV4 found on Facebook Jillian loved to give back to her community. She started her own charity organization called “Play it Forward.” Jillian would play at events back home and all her tips and donations would go to charity.
In a statement to WSMV4, Wainwright said:
“Her fearlessness, spontaneity, love of laughter, kindness and compassion make her irreplaceable to our family. Losing her would forever change the fabric of our lives.”
Her family is also aware of the shooting suspect, 29-year-old Shaquille Taylor, who has a record of violent crime.
Wainwright added in the statement:
“So, we have to ask, why was this man free? What kind of world do we live in where it’s not safe to take a walk near your college dorm in broad daylight? How could someone so carelessly dim the light of a star destined to shine so bright?”
The Nashville District Attorney’s Office prosecuted Taylor back in May on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. However, he was released after doctors testified, he was incompetent to stand trial.
Her Aunt, Geri Wainwright, wrote this statement in full:
“Jillian has such a beautiful soul. Her smile lights up any room and she is loved by everyone lucky enough to know her. Jillian graduated from Wall High School last June. As an accomplished student, musician, and vocalist, she chose to study Music Business at Belmont University. She loved the short time she’s spent at Belmont. She loves her life, her friends, parents and her younger brothers, Shane & Trevor. Jillian is fierce. She lives every day with passion. Her fearlessness, spontaneity, love of laughter, kindness and compassion make her irreplaceable to our family. Losing her would forever change the fabric of our lives. We have been made aware that the suspect in her shooting had a record of violent crime. We sent our girl into the world to do amazing things. Given the opportunity, she would have. So we have to ask, why was this man free? What kind of world do we live in where it’s not safe to take a walk near your college dorm in broad daylight? How could someone so carelessly dim the light of a star destined to shine so bright?”
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Netanyahu rejected ceasefire-for-hostages deal in Gaza, sources say
Israeli PM said to have turned down proposal in early talks and continues to take tough line
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Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a deal for a five-day ceasefire with Palestinian militant groups in Gaza in return for the release of some of the hostages held in the territory early in the war, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.
The sources said the Israeli prime minister rejected the deal outright in negotiations soon after Hamas militants staged an unprecedented incursion into Israeli territory on 7 October, killing an estimated 1,400 people .
Negotiations resumed after the launch of the Israeli ground offensive on 27 October, but the same sources said Netanyahu had continued to take a tough line on proposals involving ceasefires of different durations in exchange for a varying number of hostages.
Others indicated that negotiations which took place prior to the ground invasion involved a far larger number of hostages, with Hamas proposing the release of dozens of foreign nationals captive in Gaza .
The Israeli prime minister’s office was asked to comment on the hostage negotiations but had not given a response by Thursday evening.
An estimated 240 people were taken hostage after fighters from Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other groups based in Gaza, as well as civilians, crossed the reinforced border fence separating the territory from Israeli towns and kibbutzim.
Public anger and demands that Israel prioritise hostage negotiations have increased, with families of those held in Gaza rallying outside Netanyahu’s residence earlier this week.
According to three sources familiar with the talks, the original deal on the table involved freeing children, women and elderly and sick people in exchange for a five-day ceasefire, but the Israeli government turned this down and demonstrated its rejection with the launch of the ground offensive.
Israeli bombardments as well as a continuing ground invasion of the northern end of the Gaza Strip, home to 2.3 million people, have killed more than 10,300 people in the past month and injured in excess of 25,000, according to the Hamas-run health ministry. Abu Obeida, the spokesperson for Hamas’s militant wing, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, has said that the group is unable to release more hostages amid the mounting attacks.
On Thursday the US national security council spokesperson John Kirby said Israel had agreed to daily four-hour “humanitarian pauses”, with the aim that the small breaks in bombardments could aid the passage of hostages out of Gaza. Kirby said Israel had also agreed to open a second corridor for civilians to flee Gaza City.
Lt Col Richard Hecht, an Israeli army spokesperson, said: “There’s no ceasefire, I repeat there’s no ceasefire. What we are doing, that four-hour window, these are tactical, local pauses for humanitarian aid.”
Palestinian Islamic Jihad released a video it said showed two hostages, a woman in her 70s and a 13-year-old boy, held in Gaza. A spokesperson for the group’s military wing said it was “ready to release them on humanitarian grounds when the security conditions on the ground are met”. Hecht said the footage amounted to “psychological terrorism of the worst kind I’ve seen in my life”.
Indirect negotiations between Israeli officials and Hamas, mediated by Qatar as the two groups do not officially have contact, have recently focused on the possibility of a ceasefire lasting between one and three days, tied to the release of between 10 and 15 hostages.
A source with knowledge of the negotiations said the push to cease hostilities for a short time and exchange a small number of hostages was a litmus test and a gateway to further hostage talks.
Officials from Egypt and the United Nations and a western diplomat told Associated Press that the deal on the table would also allow more aid, including small amounts of fuel, to enter Gaza after Israel largely cut supplies of food, water, aid and fuel days after Hamas’s incursion. US officials told AP that the Biden administration suggested linking the length of the ceasefire to the number of hostages for release.
Negotiations to free the hostages resulted in the release of four women, including two American citizens and two Israelis, on 20 and 24 October. The Egyptian cable news channel Al Qahera said Egyptian mediators were close to reaching a deal that would bring a “humanitarian truce” in Gaza and a hostage exchange.
Noam Sagi, whose 75-year-old mother, Ada Sagi, is being held hostage, said: “We have heard plenty of rumours in the past 30 days. We are in the midst of psychological torture for the last 34 days. Rumours come and go. We expect from everyone involved to bring all of the hostages back home now. It is the number one priority.”
Yehuda Beinin, whose daughter, Liat, 49, and son-in-law, Aviv, 49, were kidnapped from Kibbutz Nir Oz, said the reports emerging about a ceasefire were “very unclear”.
“What we have to say to the government of Israel is: it is your job to secure the release of the hostages. How you go about doing that, that’s your problem,” the 70-year-old said. “I do not feel that a month has passed by, I have no concept of time. It’s one big total blur and it’s very unreal, very unnerving.”
One source with knowledge of the talks, which slowed after the Israeli ground invasion, said a central point of discussion was a demand by the Israeli side for Hamas to provide a full list specifying the name and details of each person held in Gaza. The Israeli side was unwilling to cease bombardments without receiving this list.
Hamas responded that it was unable to provide the list without a pause in the fighting, as the estimated 240 hostages were held by a number of different groups in places across Gaza. That suggested even Hamas leaders do not know for sure how many people are held captive, their locations or the number who have survived the bombardments.
Another source said Hamas originally demanded prisoner exchanges, fuel and other supplies in return for the hostages, but these demands were dropped in favour of a halt to the airstrikes alone.
“Each time the Israeli counter-demand got harder,” the source said. Members of Hamas have previously said they took hostages in order to exchange them for the thousands of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.
The negotiations have also brought splits inside the Israeli establishment to the fore, pitting hawks in the military, government rightwingers, and particularly Netanyahu, against the Mossad intelligence agency, which is the lead agency in hostage negotiations, and some of the generals.
“Each time a deal would go back to Bibi [Netanyahu] it would come back with tougher demands,” one source said. Netanyahu has repeatedly publicly rejected any idea of a ceasefire, and has instead opted to intensify attacks on Gaza.
In mid-October, the former Mossad operative David Meidan, who negotiated the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from Gaza over a decade ago, told Haaretz : “There’s no doubt that the first issue the state has to deal with is the matter of the captives … The window of opportunity for this is very narrow. We have to finish this … within a week.”
Talks have focused on attempts to find figures within the Israeli camp who are receptive to the argument that further hostage releases would be impossible amid an escalation in the fighting.
“The war is moving forward with force that Hamas has never seen,” Netanyahu declared in a forceful speech marking a month since the incursion. “There will not be a ceasefire without the return of our kidnapped.”
Israeli media reported that the current Mossad director, David Barnea, and the former director Yossi Cohen recently visited Doha to discuss hostage negotiations. Their visit, as well as an increased role of the Mossad in negotiations, appeared to shift discussions towards the possibility of a limited hostage release tied to a temporary ceasefire.
The CIA chief, William Burns, visited Cairo and Israel earlier this week, meeting the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Burns met the Mossad chief Barnea and the Qatari prime minister in Doha on Thursday.
Sources briefed on the talks told Reuters that the group discussed allowing small amounts of fuel into Gaza for humanitarian purposes, which Israel has so far refused, as well as the deal to free a small number of hostages in exchange for a ceasefire of one or two days. The outcome of the talks, however, remained unclear.
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