Actor fired from 'Mandalorian'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lucasfilm says Gina Carano is no longer a part of "The Mandalorian" cast after many online called for her firing over a social media post that likened the experience of Jews during the Holocaust to the U.S. political climate.

A spokesperson with the production company said in a statement on Wednesday that Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm with "no plans for her to be in the future."

"Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable," the statement read.

Carano fell under heavy criticism after she posted that "Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors.... even by children."

The actor continued to say, "Because history is edited, most people today don't realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?"

Carano, who played the recurring character Cara Dune on the "Star Wars" series, deleted the post but it was widely shared online and spurred the #FireGinaCarano hashtag to trend. Her character appeared in several episodes of the second season of "The Mandalorian," a series about a bounty hunter and his quest to unite a powerful, young user of the Force with a Jedi Knight.

Swift rerecords album 'Fearless'

NEW YORK (AP) — Last year, Taylor Swift gave us a lot of new music. This year it will be old — the pop star has announced she's dropping the first of her re-recorded albums.

Swift said online Thursday that "Fearless: Taylor's Version" is finished and "will be with you soon," featuring re-recorded songs from Swift's sophomore album, "Fearless."

The new set will have 26 songs — the original album had 13 — and also contain six never-before released songs, tunes which "almost made" the album. She said listeners will get a chance to hear the collection in all its "whimsical, effervescent, chaotic entirety."

Swift has vowed to re-record her first six albums after music manager Scooter Braun announced that his Ithaca Holdings company had acquired Big Machine Label Group, the home to Swift's first six albums. He then sold Swift's catalogue without the singer-songwriter being given a chance to acquire her masters.

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