Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3 Would’ve Focused on Ancient Sith

Obsidian had big plans for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3, and although the game never saw the light of day, one of its writers has given us a look into what could have been for this planned next entry in the beloved KOTOR series.

At Reboot Develop, VG247 spoke to lead writer and designer for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords and asked him if Obsidian had ever started work on a story for Knights of the Old Republic 3.

Avellone confirmed that work was underway, as the team always envisioned the KOTOR story to be a trilogy.

“When we finished the second one we were all trying to restore our lives back to sanity,” Avellone remembers. “We did start working on the third game pitch, because we always imagined the trilogy. Even when working on the second game, we

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Quarterback Jared Goff Named Banana Republic Ambassador

Banana Republic has named Jared Goff, quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, as its latest brand ambassador.
The two-time NFL Pro Bowl selection and the fastest number-one overall draft pick in the history of the League to advance to the Super Bowl will help shine a light on the company’s performance-driven men’s collections by appearing in advertising campaigns, making public appearances and promoting the relationship on social media and through activations.
He will also serve on Banana Republic Men’s Style Council, a group of stylish professional athletes created by the company in 2017 to highlight its performance apparel. Others in that group include quarterback Matt Ryan, pro baseball shortstop Didi Gregorius, pro basketball guard C.J. McCollum and pro-basketball power forward Kevin Love.
“Banana Republic is a premiere destination for modern men’s wear designed for a life with no boundaries,” said Banana Republic’s chief marketing officer Mary Alderete. “Jared has become a fan of our pieces over the past year, so making this official was a natural next step. We’re excited to welcome him to the BR family and add his confident sense of style to our men’s playbook.”
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Czech Republic to Ban Fur Farming

FUR CHECK: PETA Germany on Friday confirmed that the Senate of the parliament of the Czech Republic has passed a bill prohibiting fur farming, starting 2019, pending the endorsement of the country’s president, Milos Zeman.
“It’s great news that the Czech Republic will join Austria, Croatia, the Netherlands, Slovenia, the U.K., and a host of other countries in implementing a ban on fur farming, sparing nearly 20,000 minks and foxes a living hell and horrific death every year,” said Elisa Allen, director of PETA U.K., noting that the industry is “rapidly running out of places to set up shop.”  
Five more countries in Europe are said to be holding parliamentary debates on the topic, according to the Fur Free Alliance, while partial bans have been adopted by Denmark — where fox farming now is prohibited — and Hungary, which has banned the farming of mink and foxes for fur.
Germany has just passed a law that imposes such high standards for animal housing on fur farms that it’s expected, in effect, to shut down the five mink farms that remain there, according to PETA. 

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Banana Republic Creates Men’s Style Council

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Banana Republic has put together a collective of men’s wear ambassadors.
The retailer has tapped Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons quarterback, Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees shortstop, and C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers guard, to join Banana Republic brand ambassador Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers power forward, to form its first men’s style council.
These athletes will  appear in campaigns and make personal appearances.
“The Men’s Style Council showcases some of the most dynamic and stylish athletes in sports today who exemplify the spirit of the men’s collections we are designing at Banana Republic,” said Lexi Tawes, Banana Republic’s senior vice president of global merchandising and digital. “Our customers admire the individual style of each accomplished player on and off the field and court. We are honored to work with these celebrated athletes and extend their personal style through our men’s collections as they make each look their own.”
For the first campaign, members of the Style Council are promoting the Banana Republic Rapid Movement Chino, which is made from a dual-FX fiber that’s engineered to resist stretch and soft cotton fabrics fortified with a special stain and water repelling finish. It will be available in four different fits

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Film Republic Picks Up Karlovy Vary Competition Title ‘The Line’ (EXCLUSIVE)

London-based sales agency Film Republic has picked up the international rights, excluding Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Ukraine, to the Slovak-Ukrainian coproduction “The Line,” which has its world premiere in the competition selection at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival. The first official co-production between Slovakia and Ukraine, “The Line” tells the story of a… Read more »

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Dominican Republic Production on the Rise

Releasing an unprecedented average of 20 homegrown films a year since 2014, the Dominican Republic held its first cinema confab, the Congreso Nacional de Cine, over March 24 – 25, where authorities and the audiovisual sector convened to hammer out ways to build on some of the most impressive gains in the Caribbean or Central… Read more »

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Night of the Republic

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An urgent and timely collection by one of America’s most inventive and accessible poets In Night of the Republic, Alan Shapiro takes us on an unsettling night tour of America’s public places-a gas station restroom, shoe store, convention hall, and race track among others-and in stark Edward Hopper-like imagery reveals the surreal and dreamlike features of these familiar but empty night spaces. Shapiro finds in them not the expected alienation but rather an odd, companionable solitude rising up from the quiet emptiness. In other poems, Shapiro writes movingly of his 1950s and 60s childhood in Brookline, Massachusetts, with special focus on the house he grew up in. These meditations, always inflected with Shapiro’s quick wit and humor, lead to recollections of tragic and haunting events such as the Cuban missile crisis and the assassination of JFK. While Night of the Republic is Shapiro’s most ambitious work to date, it is also his most timely and urgent for the acute way it illuminates the mingling of private obsessions with public space.

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Giro Republic Road Cycling Shoe – Men’s Size 43 Color Army/Gum

Giro Republic Road Cycling Shoe – Men’s Size 43 Color Army/Gum

INSPIRED BY ADVENTURE AND THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED Cycling shoes can do more than just provide a great connection to the pedals–they can also get you where you want to go in comfort, confidence and style, even when the ride ends. The Giro Republic Road Cycling Shoe for men combines a supple, perforated microfiber upper with a stout nylon outsole for great pedaling efficiency and high-traction walking pads for stable footing on roads, sidewalks and gravel when you’re off the bike. Dupont sole Aegis Anti-Microbial Precision Fit Upper : High-quality, perforated microfiber upper; Laced closure with non-slip laces; Micro-suede heel counter Outsole : Injected nylon with 2-bolt cleat mount; Replaceable, high-traction walking pads; Mid-foot scuff guard Footbed : Molded EVA footbed with microsuede top sheet and medium arch support; Aegis anti-microbial treatment Weight : 315 grams (size 42.5) *Please Note : Cleats are not included. Compatible cleats may be purchased separately here. Size 43 Color Army/Gum
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Greg Lauren, Banana Republic Partner for Made in L.A. Men’s Collection

Banana Republic is following Greg Lauren down the path of artisanally crafted, domestically sewn fashion for its new men’s collaboration.
Lauren, who’s known for designing clothes that meld Old World tailoring with resourcefulness in incorporating vintage fabrics at his namesake Los Angeles-based label, is offering 16 pieces that have undergone multiple washings and hand-done techniques in local factories. In a partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Gap Inc.’s Banana Republic is embarking on the new capsule collection to follow a women’s project designed with Timo Weiland last March.
“We want to challenge our customers, the ones that are forward thinking,” said Michael Anderson, the retailer’s senior vice president of design. Having observed Lauren’s emergence in the industry, he added, “What really interested me in him is: His reference points in his collection are very similar to our reference points.”
Fond of whimsical details, such as inserting a red whipstitch on a denim jacket as it’s being slipped into a box for shipping, Lauren recalled that his initial response to the CFDA’s proposition from Banana Republic was: “Wow — that’s interesting. Are you sure they really want to work with me?”
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Giro Republic LX Road Cycling Shoe – Men’s Size 46 Color SepiaLeather/Black

Giro Republic LX Road Cycling Shoe – Men’s Size 46 Color SepiaLeather/Black


TIMELESS LUXURY, INSPIRED BY ADVENTURE Cycling shoes can do more than just provide a great connection to the pedals–they can also get you where you want to go in comfort, confidence and style, even when the ride ends. The Giro Republic LX Road Cycling Shoe for men combines a supple, elegant leather upper with a stout nylon outsole for great pedaling efficiency and high-traction walking pads for stable footing on roads, sidewalks and gravel when you’re off the bike. Dupont sole Aegis Anti-Microbial Precision Fit Upper : High-quality, leather upper; Laced closure with non-slip laces; Micro-suede heel counter Outsole : Injected nylon with 2-bolt cleat mount; Replaceable, high-traction walking pads; Mid-foot scuff guard Footbed : Molded EVA footbed with microsuede top sheet and medium arch support; Aegis anti-microbial treatment Weight : 315 grams (size 42.5) *Please Note : Cleats are not included. Compatible cleats may be purchased separately here. Size 46 Color SepiaLeather/Black
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Banana Republic Summer 2016

Michael Anderson, senior vice president of design for Banana Republic, took his design team on an inspiration trip to the South, stopping in Savannah, Ga., New Orleans and Nashville. “The South is known for color and prints and its joy of life, and also for dressing up a bit,” he said.
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As for the men’s side, “There’s a sartorial elegance with some of the older guys in the region, but you are seeing it more with the younger kids, too,” Anderson said. Those references translated into a collection of easy pieces that were dressed up with softly tailored items. The linen crew neck T-shirt, which was a foundation piece in the assortment, was paired with linen and seersucker blazers, slim, tailored trousers and indigo shorts with pinstripes.
A plaid linen blazer that had a wool-like appearance was a standout. “Linen is a luxury yarn to buy,” Anderson said. “You have a short window to

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Banana Republic Summer 2016

Michael Anderson, senior vice president of design for Banana Republic, took his design team on an inspiration trip to the South, stopping in Savannah, Ga., New Orleans and Nashville. “The South is known for color and prints and its joy of life, and also for dressing up a bit,” he said.
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As for the men’s side, “There’s a sartorial elegance with some of the older guys in the region, but you are seeing it more with the younger kids, too,” Anderson said. Those references translated into a collection of easy pieces that were dressed up with softly tailored items. The linen crew neck T-shirt, which was a foundation piece in the assortment, was paired with linen and seersucker blazers, slim, tailored trousers and indigo shorts with pinstripes.
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Lonely Planet Prague & the Czech Republic

Lonely Planet Prague & the Czech Republic


Lonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Prague & the Czech Republic is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore Prague Castle, stroll across the Charles Bridge, and sample the best beer in the world, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Prague & the Czech Republic and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet’s Prague & the Czech Republic Travel Guide: Colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips – hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience – architecture, history, Czech lifestyle, film, literature, music, visual arts, theatre, beer. Free, convenient pull-out Prague map (included in print version), plus over 50 maps Covers Prague Castle & Hradcany, Mala Strana, Stare Mesto, Nova Mesto, Ceske Budejovice, Cesky Krumlov, Plzen, Brno and more eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience Seamlessly flip between pages Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash Embedded links to recommendations’ websites Zoom-in maps and images Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Prague & Czech Republic, our most comprehensive guide to Prague and the Czech Republic, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled. Looking for just the highlight

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Is Banana Republic The New J.Crew?

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Banana Republic has a new designer, and in case it isn’t obvious from these spanking-new pictures of the brand’s Summer 2015 collection, she used to work at J.Crew.

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Marissa Webb, who designed for Polo Ralph Lauren and Club Monaco before spending 10 years at J.Crew, debuted her highly-anticipated first collection for Banana Republic this week. And thank goodness. Though BR has always been a reliable source for clean-cut work staples, the overall assortment has been increasingly lackluster lately. Safe, but boring.

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Looks like all that is changing with Webb in the house. Webb’s Banana is filled with pieces that, while still wearable for work, are also much more cool. The designer has injected the brand’s classics pieces—button-downs, a-line skirts, safari jackets—with tons of personality in the form of high-contrast prints, bright solid hues, and laser-cut textures.

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Webb’s also added plenty of new, on-trend silhouettes to the mix: oversized moto jackets, boxy-sleeved oxford shirts, sleeveless trenches, and even (gasp!) wide-leg culotte pants.

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Accessories also got a jolt of energy; the leather purses in ice cream hues are especially appealing, as are the black-and-white high heel sandals and airy lace-up flats.

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Best of all, none of it is too wild. It’s on-trend and definitely much more exciting than recent past seasons, but still highly wearable. These are the kind of pieces that are nondescript enough to easily mix into your wardrobe—but still fresh enough to add a little pizazz. Which, ultimately, is exactly the way Banana Republic should be.

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A New Republic of Letters: Memory and Scholarship in the Age of Digital Reproduction

A New Republic of Letters: Memory and Scholarship in the Age of Digital Reproduction


A manifesto for the humanities in the digital age, A New Republic of Letters” argues that the history of texts, together with the methods by which they are preserved and made available for interpretation, are the overriding subjects of humanist study in the twenty-first century. Theory and philosophy, which have grounded the humanities for decades, no longer suffice as an intellectual framework. Jerome McGann proposes we look instead to philology–a discipline which has been out of fashion for many decades but which models the concerns of digital humanities with surprising fidelity. For centuries, books have been the best way to preserve and transmit knowledge. But as libraries and museums digitize their archives and readers abandon paperbacks for tablet computers, digital media are replacing books as the repository of cultural memory. While both the mission of the humanities and its traditional modes of scholarship and critical study are the same, the digital environment is driving disciplines to work with new tools that require major, and often very difficult, institutional changes. Now more than ever, scholars need to recover the theory and method of philological investigation if the humanities are to meet their perennial commitments. Textual and editorial scholarship, often marginalized as a narrowly technical domain, should be made a priority of humanists’ attention.

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