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Food trucks bring school lunch to kids in Grand Junction in summer

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At 4 years old, Jade Peak has no doubts about her favorite dish: grilled cheese sandwiches.

She was lucky on a recent summer day when a Lizard lunch a food truck pulled into a parking lot under a sprawling shade tree in Grand Junction’s Lincoln Park. A team of “lunch ladies” jumped out and opened a large window. A worker has set up a menu on a sandwich board in front of the truck. The best deal of the day was the grilled cheese.

A group of kids converged on the truck heading for the jungle gym and swimming pool. They soon fell into irregular queues and the lunch ladies wasted no time distributing bags of food they had prepared early that morning to the kitchens of two local schools. Lunches included grilled cheese kept warm in an oven in the food truck – the “hot meal” of the day – or PB+J sandwiches and Lunchables cheese and meat platters for those not so keen on cheese. grilled than Jade.

Each lunch came with carrot sticks, frozen strawberries and milk — edibles that meet federal nutrition guidelines. Many kids also requested a seemingly popular item: a small cup of homemade ranch dressing to dip the carrots into.

By noon, this Lunch Lizard truck and a second truck will have toured seven parks, schools and neighborhood centers and distributed approximately 800 lunches. This meant that 800 mostly low-income children did not have to go hungry on a long summer day.

With the exception of questions about their menu preferences, this is a no-questions-asked summer catering service for children and youth 18 and under in a high-needs county. More than half of the 21,000 students in School District 51 in Mesa Valley County are eligible for free lunches as part of the USDA Financial Guidelines.

During the school year, their needs can be met with free lunches in the school cafeteria. This will be complicated in the coming year as Congress recently halted funding for “universal free school meals” that were authorized during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Universal availability during the pandemic meant families no longer had to submit eligibility requests to receive free lunches. Any child who wanted a lunch could have one.

This free-for-all method is how the Lunch Lizard program has operated for eight years and how it will continue, said Dan Sharp, director of school district nutrition services.

Handing out lunches from trucks that mimic commercial food trucks is about eliminating the stigma of getting a free lunch as much as satisfying hunger, Sharp said. The kids who come in the trucks aren’t decried as “free kids” because kids of any socio-economic status can grab a Lunch Lizard. The colorful trucks are designed to be familiar, accessible and fun, with their cartoon depictions of local landmarks and a well-known local reptile, the collared lizard. “Lonnie” the Lunch Lizard smiles and offers a shiny red apple to the side of each truck.

Judging by the rows of kids jostling outside the truck, it seems to be working.

“We love taking the grandkids to the Lunch Lizard. The kids love it,” said Jade’s grandmother, Phyllis Taylor, who cares for four grandkids over the summer and relies on lunches to stretch a tight budget.

Logan Torvic greets a customer from the service window of the Lunch Lizard food truck in Grand Junction. (Luna Anna Archey, special at the Colorado Trust)

The first Lunch Lizard truck hit the streets of Grand Junction in 2015 after a hunger was acknowledged by school officials and community organizers. In Mesa County, the median household income is just over $57,000far behind Colorado’s median income of over $82,000. In some Mesa County schools, about 90 percent of students are eligible for free lunches.

“In some difficult circumstances, this might be the only meal they get in a day,” said Anne Wenzel, president and CEO of the Western Colorado Community Foundation and founder of the Lunch Lizard food distribution program.

The program began after Wenzel and Sharp discussed summer nutritional needs. Wenzel thought it would be good to bring food, via a mobile unit, to places where children could congregate on summer days. Sharp, who has a background in hotel management, was considering a similar idea. Funding for a truck was quickly put in place with the help of local donors from the Grand Junction Lions Club, Alpine Bank and Rocky Mountain Health Plans.

Sharp found an old commercial food truck in Denver that could be redesigned for lunch deliveries. That first truck soon blew its generator and had to be repaired, but eight weeks later the Lunch Lizard was painted, loaded with food and ready to roll.

Sharp said he was so excited to participate in this program because he knows how important food is for academic success, as well as lifelong health.

“Studies have shown that school nutrition is one of the main determinants of student well-being. This directs their ability to learn and their overall health into adulthood,” Sharp said. “Providing adequate nutrition also helps reduce obesity rates.”

Eventually, the first Lunch Lizard truck was replaced with a second, modernized Chicago bread truck. A brand new custom-built truck was added this summer, funded by a private donor. With more than $100,000 in other donations, Wenzel said the program could add another custom truck. The community foundation has donated over $250,000 to keep the Lunch Lizard program running smoothly.

“I just think it’s a great program,” Wenzel said. “People here are just appalled and upset to hear that the children are hungry.”

The success of the program is confirmed by the numbers. In the first year of the Lunch Lizard, 4,185 lunches were distributed; in 2021, the number of lunches was 29,225. In addition to distributing individual packed lunches to young people, the trucks also provided meals for daycares, camps and summer schools. But with the new federal cut to universal free school meals, those handouts will no longer be possible next summer, Sharp said.

Nor is the possibility of bringing lunch home. The federal return to pre-pandemic rules means children will have to stay and eat their lunches near trucks. This will again require having volunteers at each stop. Before the pandemic, volunteers would meet in the trucks and read, do puzzles or play hoops with the kids until lunches were over.

The Lunch Lizard program covers summer meals. Other organizations in Mesa County are working to fill other gaps in food accessibility. The Mesa County Hunger Alliance, a coalition of 21 churches, social service agencies and health care providers, carries out the mission of the Mesa County Plan to End Hunger program, a local spin-off from a statewide initiative.

Other program partners provide meals for migrant workers, food banks, food deliveries for seniors, food giveaways for the church, and a fledgling school effort called Snack Stations. Unopened but discarded snacks – components of about 37% of school lunches, according to Sharp – are stored in coolers and cupboards for all students to grab during the day when hunger strikes.

The child help The backpack program fills a weekend need when the Lunch Lizard is not on the road. Kids Aid distributes bags of shelf-stable food that children can easily prepare themselves. Groceries are placed in backpacks, where possible, in another attempt to eliminate the stigma of receiving free food.

“We’re kind of teaming up with the Lunch Lizard to provide those weekend grocery bags,” said Tessa Kaiser, executive director of Kids Aid.

Kids Aid volunteer JoEllen Foutz distributes bags of non-perishable groceries to families in Lincoln Park. (Luna Anna Archey, special at the Colorado Trust)

The local program is also based on the national program No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices for advice on mobile food distribution.

Sharp said it has received so many questions from other entities about how the Lunch Lizard program works that it has created a video to explain the ins and outs. At least one other county in Colorado has used the same idea: neighboring Garfield County painted its food trucks with cartoon characters and called its program monkey meal mobile delivery.

There’s an added benefit that goes with the Lunch Lizard program in Mesa County: Beyond the pounds of food distributed and the number of kids served, the food comes with extra helpings of affection.

” Hi my darling. I like your seahorse,” lunch lady Kim Torbic says to a shy young girl holding a stuffed animal outside the window.

“Here’s a milk for you, darling,” she said to another child.

“Oh, you’re so sweet,” Ashley Lenhardt, another lunch lady, says to a group of children who have red eyes and trail the smell of chlorine from the pool.

The children run away clutching their lunch. Some look into their bags as if they were looking into a Christmas stocking. Soon nearby picnic tables and grassy shaded spots are filled with lunch eaters.

The lunch ladies secure everything inside and the lunch lizard heads to the next site. Some of the children pause in their meal and wave. They know the Lunch Lizard will be back tomorrow. They know where their next lunch will come from.


Freelance journalist Nancy Lofholm wrote this story for The Colorado Trust, a philanthropic foundation that works on health equity issues statewide and also funds a reporting position at the Colorado Sun. This appeared on coloradotrust.org on August 2, 2022, and can be read in Spanish at collective.coloradotrust.org/es.


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Ionescu helps New York overtake Los Angeles 64-61

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By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu scored eight of her 20 points in the 2:18 final and the Liberty rallied from a 15-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Los Angeles Sparks 64-61 on Wednesday night.

The Liberty (13-18) picked up two wins over the Sparks (12-19) in the space of 24 hours, sweeping the straight set. New York had a much tougher time than their 102-73 win the night before to stay in the hunt for the playoffs.

Heading into Wednesday night’s games, one game separated seventh through 11th in the standings. With the win, New York moved into a tie with Phoenix for seventh place.

Trailing 50-35 with 5:23 left in the third quarter, New York held Los Angeles scoreless for the remainder of the period to cut its deficit to five.

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Los Angeles finally ended its nearly 7-minute scoreless drought and regained a 55-47 lead before New York scored 13 of the next 17 points to take its first lead of the game on two free throws from Ionescu with 1:14 to go. .

After a miss from Los Angeles, Ionescu was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 34.1 seconds left. She made two of three to give the Liberty a 62-59 advantage.

Jordin Canada was fouled driving to the basket and made both free throws to bring the Sparks to within one with 29.6 remaining.

After a timeout, Ionescu worked the clock before heading into the lane and taking a shot from the free-throw line with 6.9 seconds left.

Los Angeles had one last chance but Lexie Brown missed a 3-pointer from the wing just before the buzzer.

Nneka Ogwumike scored 19 points to lead Los Angeles.

The Sparks took a 24-8 lead after the first quarter as Ogwumike scored seven points. She passed Swin Cash for 20th place on the league’s all-time goalscoring list. Ogwumike now has 5,137 career points.

New York rallied to within seven points late in the first half before Los Angeles scored the final four points to take an 11-point lead at the break.

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Kidscreen » Archive » HBO Max is moving away from live kids content

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“Live children’s and family programming will not be part of our focus for the immediate future,” an HBO Max spokesperson said. And Children’s screen confirmed that the streamer has canceled the comedy from Sony Pictures Television Chronicles of Gordita (photo) as part of this change in strategy.

The comedy, which ran for one season, features a 12-year-old Dominican girl who must adjust to life in a new country when her family moves to Miami. Actress Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) serves as an executive producer on the series and directed its pilot.

The company also dropped two big-budget movies for younger viewers – live-actioner bat girl and Scoob! : The holiday haunt— apparently as part of a move to return to theatrical releases instead of direct streaming.

This move away from live kids content at HBO Max follows some major post-merger shakeups in Warner Bros.’ kids divisions. Discovery. Tom Ascheim (president of kids, young adults and classics) left in May and his tenure was merged with the portfolio of Discovery’s lifestyle brand manager Kathleen Finch. She now oversees all linear networks, including Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

Several other staff members have also left the company in recent months, including APAC children’s manager Leslie Lee. The leadership changes come as Warner Bros. Discovery is seeking $3 billion in savings expected from the companies merging in April.

In the months that followed, HBO Max’s kids and family strategy was split between ordering and acquiring animated and live-action content. It lights up green Chelm: the smartest place in the world by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and took over animation from Silvergate Media Octonauts series for Latin America. But he’s also taken steps to expand his live-action slate, ordering a new Degrassi series from WildBrain and teaming up with Cartoon Network to order a pair of American Girl specials, a musical and a teen romance. in two parts called B-liked.

Interestingly, research firm Parrot Analytics calculated that children’s content was one of the most requested genres on HBO Max in the fourth quarter of 2021. With a 14.7% share of total demand, it doesn’t was surpassed only by animation (15.4%), comedy (22.7%). %) and drama (24.9%).

Batgirl: DC Comics movie shelved by Warner Bros after poor reviews at test screenings | Ents & Arts News

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The DC Comics movie ‘Batgirl’ has been shelved by Warner Bros after receiving poor reviews in test screenings, according to US media.

The film, which reportedly cost up to $100m (£82m) to make, ranks among the most expensive films to have been shot in post-production.

This was due to star Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon, or Batgirl, and JK Simmons as her father, Commissioner Jim Gordon.

Michael Keaton was set to reprise his role as Batman, and Brendan Fraser would appear as the villainous Firefly.

The film was due to appear on the HBO Max streaming service, with reports suggesting in April that Warner Bros was also considering releasing the film in theaters.

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However, it was shelved entirely following negative feedback at a test screening that took place in anticipation of a late 2022 debut, according to the New York Post.

“They think an indescribable ‘Batgirl’ will be irretrievable,” a source told the newspaper.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. insiders insist the decision to scrap the film was driven not by quality, but by a desire for the studio’s DC movie slate to be on a blockbuster scale, according to the American entertainment news website Variety.

The studio has made a business decision to refocus its priorities on feature-length theatrical films, Variety adds.

It comes after the film, directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, failed to receive a mention at DC’s Comic-Con panel in San Diego, Calif., in July.

The highly publicized event is designed to increase the visibility of these productions.

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Batgirl has joined an exclusive club of movies so bad they never saw the light of day. Here, we take a look at these films and the Hollywood stars who appeared in them.

BIG BUG MAN: This animated TV movie would have starred Hollywood great Marlon Brando alongside Brendan Fraser – who, coincidentally, would have appeared as the villain of Batgirl. The film was about a man named Howard Kind (Fraser) who gained special abilities after being bitten by insects. It was to be released between 2006 and 2008.

GODS MISBEHIND: This 2013 film starred Hollywood stars Christopher Walken and John Turturro as the Greek gods Zeus and Hades respectively. The film was shown at a film festival in Italy but never released. The Hollywood Reporter compared it to a bad Saturday Night Live skit.

NOTHING LASTS FOREVER: This 1984 sci-fi comedy starred Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. It was shelved by MGM shortly before its release date after poor reviews at press screenings.

FANTASTIC FOUR: This unreleased 1994 superhero film was based on the Marvel Comics superheroes of the same name. However, the film was never released – with many believing that Marvel executive Avi Arad paid producers millions of dollars not to release the film so it wouldn’t tarnish the brand.

DON’S PLUM: This 2001 black-and-white film would have starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. It was reportedly so serious that DiCaprio and Maguire refused to allow it to be released.

Grace told Variety in April that she had preliminary discussions with El Arbi and Fallah about a potential sequel for Batgirl.

“There are crazy stunts, crazy drops,” Grace said of the film. “She’s a biker, so you’re going to see her doing a lot of badassery… It was a lot of long days, but it was totally worth it.”

The decision to suspend Batgirl comes as Warner Bros. decides what to do with DC’s adaptation of The Flash, which was set to hit theaters in 2023.

The film’s star Ezra Miller has faced repeated allegations of abuse and misconduct.

Princess Charlotte’s lively display steals the show at the Commonwealth Games alongside Prince William and Kate Middleton

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Princess Charlotte has joined her parents, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, for their first appearance at the Commonwealth Games.

The family were spotted arriving and sitting in the swimming and later hockey audience cheering on the athletes on Tuesday.

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They also made an appearance in gymnastics, watching the men’s high bar and women’s floor exercise finals.

Seven-year-old Charlotte wore a white and navy striped dress, with a white collar and sandals.

She had her hair in two braids for the occasion.

Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte. Credit: chris jackson/Getty Images
An excited Princess Charlotte. Credit: Marc Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images
Prince William and Princess Charlotte. Credit: Marc Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

Meanwhile, Kate was all in white, wearing a pantsuit and belt with her hair in her signature loose curls.

Similar to Prince Louis’ memorable appearance at the Queen’s Jubilee weekend, Charlotte was seen making animated faces as she watched the competition.

On the final day of the Jubilee celebrations in June, Louis was seen making faces and jumping as he sat in the royal box.

The Cambridges in the men’s horizontal bar and women’s floor exercise finals. Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images
Princess Charlotte watches the swim. Credit: chris jackson/Getty Images
Princess Charlotte celebrates a victory. Credit: David Davies – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images
Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte visit Sportsid House. Credit: chris jackson/Getty Images

This is the Cambridge family’s first appearance at the Commonwealth Games since they started on Friday.

As well as watching the sport, the family visited SportsAid House, of which the Duchess is a godmother.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall were also in Birmingham for the Games.

The future king opened the Games by arriving at the ceremony in a vintage Aston Martin.

Prince Louis performs at the Platinum Jubilee concert. Credit: Marc Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

Prince Charles opens the Games

Charles then read a special message from Queen Elizabeth, which had been placed in the relay that has traveled across the Commonwealth over the past nine months in the run up to the Games.

The Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, and his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Princess Anne attended the Games on Friday.

The Commonwealth Games, originally the Empire Games, have been held every four years outside of wartime since 1930.

The Birmingham Games – which brought together the 56 countries currently members of the Commonwealth – take place from July 28 to August 8.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles arrive at the opening ceremony. Credit: david ramos/Getty Images

Princess Charlotte’s appearance comes after she and her father Prince William made a sweet video for England’s women’s football team, the Lionesses.

Alongside William, Charlotte wished the Lionesses good luck in their final game against Germany at Women’s Euro 2022 on Sunday.

“We both want to wish the Lionesses good luck tonight, you did incredibly well in the competition and we’re supporting you all the way!” The Duke of Cambridge, 40, started the post.

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Seven-year-old Charlotte added, “Good luck! I hope you win. Goodbye!”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posted the video on social media on Sunday with the caption: “Good luck tonight @lionesseswe encourage you all!”

The football team then released the video before the match, in which they beat Germany 2-1.

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Blur Studio and Chaos reveal the lighting tricks behind David

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KARLSRUHE, Germany, Aug. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — From fight club at man, David Fincher is a master at using muted lighting and dark palettes to explore the pitfalls of human morality. Now the director has taken his signature aesthetic to bad tripa thriller about a dishonest crew sailing alien seas – and a monster who makes a murderous deal with the ship’s captain.

The Love, Death + Robots The episode marks Fincher’s first fully computer-animated film. It is also the first time that he has contributed directly to the Netflix anthology he is producing alongside Tim Miller. To create the nautical world of bad tripFincher worked with the team at Miller’s animation and visual effects company, Blur Studio, which used V-Ray for 3ds Max lighting tools to help Fincher embrace the dark.

“David Fincher read the original short story that inspired bad trip 15 years ago, and I guess the idea never really left his mind,” said Blur Studio co-supervisor Jean-Baptiste Cambier. “Even though bad trip was his first animation project, we quickly realized that Fincher was naturally curious, always looking for new ways to explore his craft. However, there were definitely new things for him to learn about working with animation as a medium. Unlike live action, animation often doesn’t leave much room for happy accidents on set or instinctive decisions – it’s all thought out, planned and calculated.

To counter this, the Blur team used V-Ray’s Light Selects and Physical Camera Exposure controls to bridge the gap between live action and CG. By rendering footage this way at an early stage, they were able to achieve more intuitive results with shots that didn’t seem cluttered. The team also built a proprietary tool for Nuke called Light Rig, which allowed them to process V-Ray’s Light Selects like a cinematographer would on set. The exposure of each individual light could be controlled interactively, without re-rendering, ensuring that the fluid environment, characters, and simulations could be illuminated on the fly, in real time.

Lighting like Fincher

Lighting work began early in Blur’s lookdev process, which involved refining the aesthetics of each sequence before the assets were created. “Fincher is keenly aware of the practicality of different textures, surfaces and materials, and the physics of how they react to light in the real world,” said Nitant Ashok Karnik, compositing supervisor at Blur. “His eye for color is incredibly precise. For example, when we were setting the lighting for the ship’s hold, Fincher made it clear that he only wanted oil lanterns and moonlight – in particular 1,800K and 4,000K respectively.And of course, they were all perfect in terms of look and feel.

In addition to lighting and color, Fincher was also very intentional about how the audience should feel during key scenes. The sunset in the story, for example, must have been ugly with greenish hues reminiscent Se7fr. Meanwhile, the ship where the film is set was to be disgusting, with a dark cargo hold below deck that would feel hellish and dank – exactly the kind of place the story’s crustacean monster would be found.

“We worked hard to make these characters feel like they were in a horrible, miserable place, and to make the audience feel as uncomfortable as the characters looked,” Karnik said. “We also played with the lighting on the characters. For the anti-hero, Torrin, our art director came up with the idea of ​​using a 50/50 lighting style, where only half of his face was lit. Conceptually, we thought this lighting reflected how morally gray his behavior was. You can see this transition from the start of the short, where light shrouds Torrin’s face, to the end where he’s murdered his entire crew and his face is half-lit.

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Being able to create a realistic and horrifying seascape was also key to ensuring the final animation was immersive. To do this, the Blur Studio team used V-Ray’s infinite VRayPlane to define the horizon lines throughout each sequence.

“All in bad trip happens on a boat at sea,” Cambier said. “It represents a relatively confined space, so we knew our representation of parallax and scale was key to making the final render look realistic.”

Once the horizon lines were set, the team had to create the illusion of constant rocking ocean waves, which needed to be verified in the animation previews. There were two ways to do it: swing the whole boat and all the characters on it, as well as the fabric and the hair; or just move all around the boat to give the illusion of swinging.

“The choice was quickly made to rock everything around the boat, as it would have been a nightmare to animate everything on deck,” Cambier said. “Using the VRayPlane was also essential for this. It allowed us to do simple coding to include and capture this infinite ocean in all our renders, from animation to lighting to final composition.

Delivery in record time

Despite only having six months to deliver 386 shots, the Blur Studio team was able to complete bad trip on time by optimizing their workflow. “Chaos has been our partner in crime for a very long time. Even David Fincher’s relationship with V-Ray goes back a long way: his video for Nine Inch Nails’ “Only” (created with Digital Domain) was the first time V-Ray’s photorealistic ray tracing was used in a commercial project. Cambier said.

“For a studio like Blur, each new version of V-Ray has a faster render time, which is a real game-changer. We can either decide to render our shows faster, thus allowing us to move more quickly from one project to another, or we can decide to push our quality, by enabling features such as shutter imperfections, caustics or textures in the fog. Either way, we have more power to keep a show within its original scope and schedule, giving artists time to strike a healthy work/life balance, without sacrificing the quality of our final rendering.

To read an in-depth interview with the team at Blur Studio, check out the Chaos Blog.

About chaos

Chaos develops visualization technologies that enable artists and designers to create photorealistic images and animations across all creative industries. The company’s physical rendering engine, V-Ray, received both an Academy Award and an Engineering Emmy for its role in the widespread adoption of ray-traced rendering in film and television.

In 2022, Chaos merged with Enscape, a leading provider of real-time rendering and design workflow technologies for the AEC industry. Enscape offers innovative solutions that connect directly to modeling software, seamlessly integrating design and visualization workflows into one. Together, the newly merged company is creating an end-to-end ecosystem of 3D visualization tools available to everyone.

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A rich tribute to cartoonist Shankar on his 120th birthday – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Maneesh Kumar is a standard 12 student. For him, the cartoon exhibition is a whole new experience. He is passionate about painting and cartoons. However, the cartoons of the legendary Shankar (K Shankaran Pillai) were a disconcerting experience for him. ”It was a fascinating experience for me. I have always loved cartoons. However, when I see these types of cartoons, I wonder how beautifully and sarcastically conveys the big picture,” Maneesh said.

Maneesh was visiting the two-day cartoon exhibition, which was opened by Kerala Chief Secretary VP Joy on Sunday at Ayyankali Hall to commemorate cartoonist Shankar’s 120th birthday. He was one of the renowned cartoonists known for his humor and sarcasm, and the most relevant cartoonist of all time. Born in Kerala, he started his career as a freelance cartoonist and later as a senior cartoonist at the Hindustan Times, which he left after 15 years of service and launched India’s first sarcastic magazine “Shankar’s Weekly”. The magazine was known for its sarcastic essays and cartoons, which were popular among students. “A sarcastic cartoon has always been an inspiration to any democratic society,” said freshman journalism student Varsha B.

The exhibition, organized by the Public Relations Department and the Kerala Cartoon Academy, had featured 75 Shankar cartoons. Cartoons that take a satirical look at the era of emergency, economic liberalization, stock market scams, Indo-USSR relations, the Cold War era, and the creation of the non-alignment movement, and many other creations, which explain fate in a more humorous way.

The legendary cartoonist once said, “We should laugh at everything that is made fun of. Laughter of varying hues spread across the faces of onlookers as they gazed at the walls of the Ayyankali Hall where the cartoons were displayed. Lakshmi Balachandran, a ninth grade student who was at the exhibit, was seen taking notes once her laughter died down. ”It’s the first time I’ve taken part in an exhibition. It was a pleasant experience. These lessons will help me develop my creativity,” she said.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Maneesh Kumar is a standard 12 student. For him, the cartoon exhibition is a whole new experience. He is passionate about painting and cartoons. However, the cartoons of the legendary Shankar (K Shankaran Pillai) were a disconcerting experience for him. ”It was a fascinating experience for me. I have always loved cartoons. However, when I see these types of cartoons, I wonder how beautifully and sarcastically conveys the big picture,” Maneesh said. Maneesh was visiting the two-day cartoon exhibition, which was opened by Kerala Chief Secretary VP Joy on Sunday at Ayyankali Hall to commemorate cartoonist Shankar’s 120th birthday. He was one of the renowned cartoonists known for his humor and sarcasm, and the most relevant cartoonist of all time. Born in Kerala, he started his career as a freelance cartoonist and later as a senior cartoonist at the Hindustan Times, which he left after 15 years of service and launched India’s first sarcastic magazine “Shankar’s Weekly”. The magazine was known for its sarcastic essays and cartoons, which were popular among students. “A sarcastic cartoon has always been an inspiration to any democratic society,” said freshman journalism student Varsha B. The exhibition, organized by the Public Relations Department and the Kerala Cartoon Academy, had featured 75 Shankar cartoons. Cartoons that take a satirical look at the era of emergency, economic liberalization, stock market scams, Indo-USSR relations, the Cold War era, and the creation of the non-alignment movement, and many other creations, which explain fate in a more humorous way. The legendary cartoonist once said, “We should laugh at everything that is made fun of. Laughter of varying hues spread across the faces of onlookers as they gazed at the walls of the Ayyankali Hall where the cartoons were displayed. Lakshmi Balachandran, a ninth grade student who was at the exhibit, was seen taking notes once her laughter died down. ”This is the first time that I have taken part in an exhibition. It was a pleasant experience. These lessons will help me develop my creativity,” she said.

The Gray Man: Netflix only gets eight days at No. 1 for $200 million

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“Purple Hearts” is Netflix’s new chart-topping film, a low-budget original romance starring Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine.

After eight days, it’s over. This is how long the Russo Bros. ‘The Gray Man’ tops Netflix’s national chart for most-watched films – to be replaced by the new version of another Netflix original, ‘Purple Hearts’, a low-budget military romance starring the singer-actress Sofia Carson (“Descendants”) and Nicholas Galitzine (“Cinderella”). “The Gray Man” hasn’t gone away — it’s dropped to No. 2 — but that can’t have been Netflix’s expectation for a $200 million action movie from the makers of “Avengers: Endgame,” the biggest theatrical release in six years, starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas.

The streamer reported that “Gray” racked up over 88 million watch hours worldwide in its debut weekend, the fifth highest for an original film. That’s 60 million fewer hours than last year’s “Red Notice” starring Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. “Red” has spent 12 days as No. 1, including two full weekends, but more important is the staying power of an expensive original. “Red” placed in the top 10 over 11 weeks; “Gray” will need to stay until mid-October to accomplish the same, with total hours considered the most important metric.

New to the Netflix chart this week are Argentinian mystery “Recurrence” at No. 4 and documentary “Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl” at No. 7.

“Sing 2”

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“Sing 2,” which spent more days on a Netflix No. 1 than “Gray,” is still No. 3, the highest among non-original titles. Its staying power is impressive: it spent five weeks in the top three, and that’s after five weeks on VOD and $162 million in theaters. It’s a performance that bolsters the argument that extended play improves performance on a streamer.

VOD has remained mostly static this week with no recent theatrical releases for inventory. “Jurassic World: Dominion” (Universal/$19.99) remains #1 on Vudu (ranked by revenue) as well as iTunes and Google Play (both ranked by activity). This is the third week for its lead across the board, which was last accomplished by “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (Sony) when it became a unanimous No. 1 for five weeks.

Universal, including its Focus unit, continues strong with 11 of the 30 slots on the cards. Their standard early release of titles after the third or fifth weekend of theatrical play (depending on the raw opening weekend) continues to show strong results. “The Black Phone,” also at $19.99, is still #2 on iTunes and Google Play.

Aside from the two Universal titles, “Uncharted” (Sony/$5.99) and “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” (Warner Bros./$5.99) are on all three charts.

The only new entry this week is “Green Lantern: Beware My Power” (Warner Bros./$19.99). DC Comics’ original made-for-home viewing is the fifth title in its series of animated Tomorrowverse titles, which began with “Superman: Man of Tomorrow” in 2020. Warners released it for home viewing a few days after its release. “DC League of Super-Pets” debut in theaters, where it opened at No. 1 but below expectations at $23 million.

August’s sequel should be livelier on VOD, with releases expected for “Thor: Love and Thunder” and “Lightyear” (Disney) as well as “Minions: The Rise of Gru” and “Nope” (Universal) . Still to be determined are “Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount) and “Elvis” (Warner Bros.); their strong theatrical grips may mean home viewers will keep waiting.

iTunes and Google Play rank movies daily based on the number of transactions. These are the lists for August 1st. The distributors listed are the current rights holders.

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1. Jurassic World: Domination (Universal) – $19.99

2. Everything everywhere at once (A24) – $4.99

3. Uncharted (Sony)- $5.99

4. The Black Phone (Universal) – $19.99

5. Downton Abbey: The New Era (Tune Up) – $5.99

6. The bad guys (Universal) – $5.99

7. The unbearable weight of massive talent (Lions Gate) – $5.99

8. The Northman (Tune Up) – $5.99

9. Highway to Heaven (Lions Gate) – $6.99

10. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets (Warner Brothers) – $5.99

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1. Jurassic World: Domination (Universal) – $19.99

2. The Black Phone (Universal) – $19.99

3. Everything everywhere at once (A24) – $4.99

4. Uncharted (Sony)- $5.99

5. The unbearable weight of massive talent (Lions Gate) – $5.99

6. Morbius (Sony)- $5.99

7. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Priority) – $4.99

8. Spider-Man: No Coming Home (Sony)- $5.99

9. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets (Warner Bros.) – $5.99

10. The Lost City (Priority) – $4.99

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Vudu ranks by revenue, not transactions, which elevates Premium VOD titles. This listing covers July 25-31

1. Jurassic World: Domination (Universal) – $19.99

2. The Black Phone (Universal) – $19.99

3. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets (Warner Bros.) – $5.99

4. Villains (Universal) – $5.99

5. Justice League (244 min version) (Warner Bros.) – $14.99

6. Doctor Strange in Madness Multi-Verse (Disney) – $5.99

7. Uncharted (Sony)- $5.99

8. Green Lantern: Beware of My Power (Warner Bros.) – $19.99

9. Highway to Heaven (Lions Gate) – $6.99

10. The Northman (Tune Up) – $5.99

Netflix Movies

Most Viewed, current ranking on Netflix’s Daily Chart as of Monday, August 1. Originals include both Netflix-produced and acquired titles that it initially shows in the United States. Netflix releases its own weekly top 10 on Tuesdays based on watch time.

1. Purple Hearts (Netflix Original 2022)

2. The Gray Man (Netflix Original 2022)

3. Sing 2 (theatrical release 2021)

4. Recidivism (Argentine Netflix Original 2022)

5. Les Miserables (theatrical release 2019)

6. Sea Beast (2022 Netflix animated original)

7. Shania Twain: Not just a girl (Netflix Original British Documentary from 2022)

8. The Toronto Man (Netflix Original 2022)

9. 12 Loud (theatrical release 2018)

ten. Persuasion (UK Netflix Original 2022)

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10 Most Iconic Horror Movie Villains

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Villains are the foundation of horror, especially when it comes to movies. That’s why many horror franchises go on for as long as they do – they focus on villains, rather than a hero or protagonist. Eventually, these evil beings become cultural icons in their own right, much to the delight of horror fans.

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The great thing about horror villains is that they span the spectrum of the genre itself. Everything from old human killers to supernatural slashers, and even fantasy creatures are easy to adapt. They share a single common denominator – a shared penchant for evil, sadism, and depravity.

10) Master of Wishes

Source: Wishmaster, Artisan Entertainment

The saying “be careful what you wish for” generally applies to comedy. There’s usually a trickster who turns the wish into something wacky or silly. Master of wishes decided to take this concept and apply it to horror.

It takes the premise of a jinn who is angry and bitter at the restrictions on his power, and uses that as motivation to go after ordinary people. What’s scary is that the concept makes a lot of sense, because who wouldn’t be pissed off having unlimited power that can only be used for others?

9) Leather face

Source: Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Cannon Group

The thing about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is that the movie wasn’t explicitly about Leatherface, but he’s such a towering figure that he had to command attention. Jason has a machete, Freddy has his glove, and Leatherface has a chainsaw. This is the image that stuck in the minds of horror fans.

He also doesn’t have the most typical build of a slasher. Rather than a tall, hulking boogeyman like Michael Myers or Jason, Leatherface has a wig and, most terrifying of all, a skinned human face as a mask. No wonder he’s a horror icon.

8) Michael Myers

Source: Halloween Kills, Dimension Films

Halloween can be considered the measuring stick for all slasher movies, and that’s largely down to Michael Myers. A horror movie like this had never really been made before, and John Carpenter is an innovator for what he achieved with such a stoic figure.

Michael’s story and origins have changed over time as Halloween the franchise has exploded with sequels and reboots, but the fact remains that he is the epitome of psychotic evil and will live on in the halls of horror infamy.

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7) Leprechaun

Source: Leprechaun, Trimark Pictures

Some of the best horror stories are those that took something innocent, even sweet, and turned it into something despicable. It’s exactly there Leprechaun falls. What was typically an amusing creature from Irish mythology soon turned into something much more sinister.

Just as Freddy Krueger is portrayed by Robert Englund, the leprechaun is synonymous with Warwick Davis. He’s also not the first choice to become a major horror villain, but the franchise was only so successful because the actor completely owned the role.

6) Jason Vorhees

Source: Freddy vs. Jason, New Line Cinema

Jason’s evolution to become a horror icon has probably been the most interesting. The first one Friday 13 was simply produced as a counterfeit Halloween, and Jason wasn’t even the main villain. It didn’t show up in force until the sequel, which only came about due to the success of the first.

Yet somehow Jason, who only got his iconic hockey mask in the third entry, became a pop culture sensation without uttering a word. Its eerie presence has returned time and time again to kill teens and delight audiences for decades.

5) Pinhead

Source: Hellraiser, MGM Studios

Pinhead is a rather unusual horror icon as he is part of a group of extra-dimensional demons called the Cenobites, whose job is apparently to torture any human unfortunate enough to summon them. Although Pinhead is the most notable of the group, he also shares the hellraiser projector with the puzzle cube, which summons them.

Together, Pinhead and the Cube, which is called the Lament Setup, represent a level of horror and torture that surpasses almost any other villain on record. That being said, Pinhead is by far one of the most complex horror villains out there, and it was hard to classify him as purely evil, at least until his dark identity was severed from his consciousness in Hellraiser III.

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4) Jigsaw

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John Kramer is perhaps the most cerebral of the horror villains on this list. In fact, Jigsaw is just a nickname given to him by the media. What makes him unique is that he doesn’t kill anyone directly. Rather, all of his victims perish because of the circumstances he creates rather than through his direct actions.

What’s even more impressive is how powerful Jigsaw’s legacy has become. Unlike other human killers who have a nickname that others have adopted, there can only be one puzzle, no matter how many imitators it inspires.

3) Ghost Face

Source: Scream, Dimension Films

After a slew of slashers in the 80s and 90s, the genre seems to be playing out. Then came Ghostface which breathed new life into the trope with equal parts terror and humor. Wes Craven essentially parodied and ridiculed the genre he helped define, while creating a truly chilling and entertaining horror film at the same time.

The weird thing about Ghostface is that it’s not about a single person, as much as a title. The first killers to don the Ghostface mask aren’t as important as what the mask itself represents, which is a love of horror and the fact that anyone can pick up a knife and become an icon.

2) Chucky

Source: Child’s Play, Universal Pictures

When the phrase “horror slasher” comes to mind, there is a certain image that resonates. It could be a brooding killer like Jason or a demonic creature like Pinhead. Chucky blows all of those notions out of the water by simply being a killer doll.

More than that, Chucky has a real personality. He would never have been so successful as a horror villain if he was just a killer doll on his own, but since Charles Lee Ray was a crass degenerate, he makes the idea all the more to be killed by a two-foot-tall children’s toy. creepy.

1) Freddy Kruger

Source: A Nightmare on Elm Street, New Line Cinema

It’s hard to top Freddy Krueger in almost any aspect of horror. The clumsy combination of Christmas sweater, wide-brimmed hat, scorched face, and slasher glove only added to the already terrifying thought that he could kill people in their sleep.

More than that, Freddy has evolved with his films. Each episode showed Freddy growing as a villain with Robert Englund’s passion for the role. Some might say it actually watered down the character at the same time, and there’s some truth to that. However, Englund’s versatility as an actor has given the character a charisma that makes Freddy worthy of the top spot on this list.

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Sony Reveals First Look at Spider-Woman Cyborg (Photos)

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Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse is about to be a big multiversal adventure with many variations of the titular web-slinger. The highly anticipated sequel to Into the Spider-Verse is confirmed to bring back Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, and Peter B. Parker while introducing new characters like Oscar Isaac’s Spider-Man 2099.

While exact plot details are still being kept under wraps, it’s been confirmed that the Spider-Variants will unite to take on a spooky new villain called The Spot. Not only that, but the film’s directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, have revealed that Through the Spider-Verse has “240 characters” and “takes place in 6 universes.”

Now, it’s been confirmed that a new character will appear in the upcoming animated sequel based on an official merchandise image from the movie.

Another Spider-Man joins the multiverse epic

twitter user @preterniadotcom discovered evidence that a new variant of Spider-Man will join the adventure of Miles Morales and his allies in 2023 Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse.

Based on the image of the new official movie merchandise, Cyborg Spider-Woman is set to appear in the Marvel sequel:

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The collectible figure reveals the muscular body of Cyborg Spider-Woman, which is highlighted by a huge cannon on her right hand:

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In Marvel Comics, the only reference to Cyborg Spider-Woman dates back to the Edge of Spider-Verse storyline, a team-based miniseries between several never-before-seen characters from across the multiverse, such as a Spider-Man who transforms into a real-life spider and Spider-Gwen.

The character’s animated debut in the spider worms sequel is potentially his first screen appearance:

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How Cyborg Spider-Woman Fits Into The Spider-Verse Sequel

This latest merchandise confirmed that Cyborg Spider-Woman will be joining Team Spider-Man alongside Spider-Punk, Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, Peter B. Parker, and Spider-Man 2099 in the film.

Since Cyborg Spider-Woman doesn’t have a significant role in Marvel Comics, it’s possible that Through the Spider-Verse will include the character in a major way in the script of the film.

In the original version spider worms comic, Cyborg Spiderman played a major role in defeating Karn, a member of the Inheritors who is obsessed with killing those with spider powers across the multiverse. However, the character died when Daemos, a totem hunter, destroyed it upon the arrival of the heirs to his Earth.

In the movie, it’s likely that Cyborg Spider-Woman (a gendered version of Cyborg Spider-Man) will be recruited by Miles Morales or Miguel O’Hara into the battle against The Spot. The character’s combat expertise combined with his cybernetic enhancements could prove to be a solid advantage for Team Spider-Man in Through the Spider-Verse.

Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse is set to hit theaters on June 2, 2023.

Sunday morning up and down The Daily Cartoonist

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It happened to this, as Non Sequential (AMS) remind us.

It’s not even a case of good old Proverbs 26:4 anymore, Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him also., although it’s certainly true that you have to distinguish between someone wanting a chat and someone just throwing mudballs.

Even then, we must skip a chapter at Proverbs 27:22, Even if you grind a fool like grain with a mortar and pestle, his madness will not go away from him.

Usually the answer lies between the two, in Proverbs 26:17, Like the one who grabs a dog by the ears is a passerby who gets involved in a quarrel that is not histhat some of us quote from Vietnam and most of us have since forgotten in the age of social media.

Anyway, to quote another typeface, the line is drawn, the curse is castand no one will hear what you have to say.

They will only judge which side it is coming from and react accordingly.

So let’s move on to lighter fare, and allow me to commend Dave Coverly for that. Retarder (AMS) not because it’s so brilliant, even if it made me laugh, but to know what a sea ​​Dog looks like. It’s just a small silhouette in the background, but such things matter.

But I don’t know what to do with it Flying McCoys (AMS)because the two youts in the file should be called Biff and Chip, but I won’t say more than that, because here we have a kind of cowtipping code of silence that keeps the sport alive.

You’ll just have to trust me that no one named Bubba has ever been caught in the act.

It must be because country boys are so experienced in the game. Yeah right.

But I’ll give the McCoys a compensatory LOL for that Duplex (AMS), because it really pissed me off. I finally started hitting the ball around 13, and the first few times I got to goal it was the result of stunning the defence.

Speaking of countries, as we were, Edison Lee (KFS) makes people laugh not so much for the joke as for the memory of a guy who got lost on mount elbert last fall and stayed there for 24 hours, not because he forgot his cell phone, but because he didn’t answer repeated calls from a number he didn’t recognize.

It was the search and rescue team.

As always, it’s not so much that you can’t make these things up, but that you don’t have to.

As Guillaume Haefili reminds us of the importance of being prepared when stepping out into the midday sun. Ready to laugh.

I used caps this summer, but a few years ago I had a good budding boater that was cool, protected my head, and looked good. For a certain time. Until he got thrown into the passenger seat a few too many times between rides.

But he had no chin guard.

(Yes, I know. Coverage is important. My ex-stepfather was very prone to skin cancer so wore a kepi when he mowed the lawn. It looked unusual, but not corny. There is a difference.)

To which I will add that it is really hot, here as in from Banx native Britain, where they walk their dogs across.

The park where my dog ​​recreates includes a large sports field that she’s not supposed to go to, in any sense of the word, but it’s been largely ignored this summer, due to understaffing at Parks and Rec and the fact that the city has built a sports complex on the other side of the city.

The interesting thing is that, despite near-drought here, the native grass in the other three-quarters of the place seems to be doing quite well, but the magical green velvet planted on the ground is indeed turning into hay.

There is an ecology lesson here for anyone looking to learn something.

And another quibble today, for Real Live Adventures (AMS)because I can’t imagine how a child could grow old enough to talk without trying peas.

It’s normal not to like them. My little brother didn’t like frozen peas, but not because he was a stranger. He didn’t like the texture.

But, my goodness, there was a time in my two sons’ lives when frozen peas and Cheerios made up a pretty big percentage of their between-meal consumption, as well as a pretty big percentage of the stuff strewn under their high chairs. and therefore an important part of the regular diet of dogs.

The assault on things that, if you can’t explain them, probably don’t work, continues to Sherman’s Lagoon (AMS)and this topic probably seems safe from the danger of a comic book delay on the page after the cyberbeaniebabies miraculously recovered and are now worth more than you paid for them.

In any event, Paul Krugman and I have doubts.

The joke here being that Sherman is usually the lunatic, but we’ve all seen how that played out. Someone should turn this tape into an NFT and sell it for $50,000 in bitcoins.

Still on the subject of the bafflegab, I’ve been to enough meetings that all I can say to today’s Madame & Eve is that in the end, that’s what it is. is.

One more of those meetings and I was going to be Mr. Stevenson.

Inside the super secure Swiss lab trying to stop the next pandemic

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SPIEZ, Switzerland (Reuters) – The setting is straight out of a spy thriller: crystal-clear waters below, the snow-capped Swiss Alps above and in between, an ultra-secure facility for researching pathogens deadliest in the world.

The Spiez lab, known for its chemical, biological and nuclear threat detective work since World War II, was commissioned last year by the World Health Organization to be the first in a global network high-security labs that will develop, store and share newly discovered microbes that could trigger the next pandemic.

WHO’s BioHub program was born in part out of frustration over the obstacles researchers faced in obtaining samples of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, first detected in China, to understand its dangers and develop tools to fight it.

But just over a year later, the scientists involved in the effort have encountered obstacles.

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This includes securing the necessary safeguards to accept samples of coronavirus variants from multiple countries, the first phase of the project. Some of the biggest countries in the world might not cooperate. And there is not yet a mechanism to share samples to develop vaccines, treatments or tests without infringing intellectual property protections.

“If we have another pandemic like the coronavirus, the goal would be for it to stay where it started,” Isabel Hunger-Glaser, BioHub project manager at Spiez, told Reuters in a rare media interview at the lab. . Hence the need to get samples to the hub so that it can help scientists around the world assess the risk.

“We realized it’s a lot harder” than we thought, she said.

Spiez Lab’s exterior leaves no trace of the high-stakes work inside. Its angular architecture resembles European university buildings erected in the 1970s. Occasionally cows graze in the grassy central courtyard.

But the biosecurity officer keeps his shutters closed. Alarms go off if his door is open for more than a few seconds. He monitors multiple screens showing lab security cameras with the highest biosafety level (BSL) precautions.

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID, is studied in BSL-3 laboratories, the second highest security level. Samples of the virus used in the BioHub are stored in locked freezers, Hunger-Glaser said. A decreasing air pressure system means that clean air would flow into the most secure areas, rather than contaminated air flowing out, during a breach.

Scientists working with the coronavirus and other pathogens wear protective suits, sometimes with their own air supply. They work with samples in a hermetically sealed containment unit. Waste leaving the lab is superheated to 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,830 F) to kill any pathogens that cling to it.

To date, Spiez has never had an accidental leak, according to the team. That reputation is a key part of why they were chosen as WHO’s first BioHub, Hunger-Glaser said.

Proximity to WHO headquarters, two hours from Geneva, also helped. WHO and the Swiss government are funding the annual budget of 600,000 Swiss francs ($626,000) for its first phase.

Researchers have always shared pathogens, and there are regional networks and repositories. But the process is ad hoc and often slow.

The sharing process has also been controversial, such as when researchers in rich countries get credit for the work of less well-connected scientists in developing countries.

“A lot of times you just swap gear with your buddies,” Hunger-Glaser said.

Marion Koopmans, head of the Erasmus MC department at Viroscience in the Netherlands, said it took her lab a month to get hold of SARS-CoV-2 after it emerged in China’s central city of Wuhan in December 2019.

Chinese researchers were quick to post a copy of the genetic sequence online, which helped researchers begin early work. But efforts to understand how a new virus transmits and how it responds to existing tools require living samples, the scientists said.

Luxembourg was the first country to share samples of novel coronavirus variants with the BioHub, followed by South Africa and Britain.

Luxembourg sent Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta variants, while the latter two countries shared Omicron, the WHO said.

Luxembourg obtained samples of Omicron from South Africa, via the hub, less than three weeks after its identification, allowing its researchers to begin assessing the risks of the now dominant strain. Portugal and Germany have also received samples of Omicron.

But Peru, El Salvador, Thailand and Egypt, all of which signaled in early 2022 that they wanted to send variants found in the country, are still waiting, mainly because it is unclear which official from each country should provide the necessary legal safeguards, Hunger- said Glaser.

There is no international protocol on who should sign forms providing security details and user agreements, she added. None of the four countries responded to requests for comment.

The WHO and Hunger-Glaser stressed that the project is a pilot project and that they have already accelerated certain processes.

Another challenge is how to share samples used in research that could lead to commercial gain, such as vaccine development. BioHub samples are shared for free to provide broad access. However, this raises potential problems if, for example, drugmakers profit from the discoveries of unpaid researchers.

The WHO plans to tackle this problem in the longer term and bring labs online in every region of the world, but it is not yet clear when or how this will be funded. The voluntary nature of the project can also slow it down.

“Some countries will never ship virus, or it can be extremely difficult – China, Indonesia, Brazil,” Koopmans said, referring to their stance during recent outbreaks. None of the three responded to requests for comment.

The project also comes amid heightened attention to labs around the world after unproven claims in some Western countries that a leak from a high-security lab in Wuhan may have triggered the COVID-19 pandemic, a a charge that China and most international scientists have rejected.

Hunger-Glaser said thinking about emerging threats needs to change after COVID-19.

“If this is a real emergency, the WHO should even take a plane” to transport the virus to the scientists, she said.

“If you can prevent the spread, it’s worth it.”

(Reporting by Jennifer Rigby; Editing by Michele Gershberg and Nick Macfie)

Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.

10 Live Action Movies With Amazing Animated Scenes

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Animation can be a valuable tool even for live-action movies, popping off the screen for an extra touch. Sometimes it’s used to tell an exposition, others it’s a way of telling a story within a story. However it is used, it can be a useful tool as well as a unique visual expression of its history.



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Now some movies can use animation to create an entire character, likeWho Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) which saw cartoon characters come into real life. Then there’s animation to support the live-action scenes, like the myriad of exciting animation decals on Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010). However, in other live-action movies, the story takes an entire scene and dives completely into animation.

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“Under the Silver Lake” (2018)

under the silver lake stars Andrew Garfield as a young Los Angeles resident who embarks on a conspiracy-driven search to find his missing neighbor. The film follows the screenwriter director David Robert Mitchellthe breakout horror movie It follows (2014), with under the silver lake plunge into a dirty world of paranoia.

Sam comes across a zine that tells scary stories of dog killers and a handsome killer in an owl mask, which turn into several animated scenes in the film. This leads Sam to the author of the zine, credited only as a comic book fan (Patrick Fischler), but only serves as a springboard into Sam’s paranoid investigation.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” (2010)

In the epic finale of Harry Potter series, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) continuously evading Voldemort’s minions. Hermione eventually deduces that they should visit Xenophilius Lovegood (Rhys Ifan) who was seen wearing the symbol earlier in the film and then explains that it is the hallmark of the Deathly Hallows.

This brings them to the story of the Three Brothers told through animation. Hermione recounts how three brothers were given items to help them cheat death, the Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone, and Invisibility Cloak, items which are incorporated into the three forms of the Deathly Hallows symbol.


‘Tank Girl’ (1995)

tank girl stars Lori Petty and the title character, Naomi Watts like his clever sidekick, Jet Girl, and Malcolm McDowell as Kesslee, the evil ruler of Water & Power, who corruptly controls resources in a desolate setting.

Inspired by the comic, the film still incorporates comic book transitions and sets shots into the film as an homage. Teaming up, Tank Girl and Jet Girl steal a tank and escape the evil W&P corporation and Jet Girl hits her head on the tank and falls into an animated reality. The thrilling animation exaggerates movement in a wild burst of lopsided fun, with Tank Girl spinning through the air, slapping her face to press a button, and taking the tank for a ride.

‘Vertigo’ (1958)

Considered one of Alfred Hitchcockthe classics vertigo (1958) stars James Stuart as a former detective who developed an extreme fear of heights and added dizziness after an incident while on duty. The film features many innovative filmmaking techniques, including the first use of a cart zoom, as well as special effects and animations to create its nightmarish sequences.

Initially, the film opens with a very old computer animation, which rotated geometric shapes over the title credits. Additionally, the film uses animation during its nightmarish sequences, a clever way to push the surreal nature of the dreams.

‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’ (2008)

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), reunites the BPRD, whose titular character Hellboy (Ron Perlman), Liz (Selma Blair) and Abe, now played and voiced by Doug Jonesin a new adventure protecting the human world from supernatural threats.

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In the opening sequence, Professor Broom (injured john) describes a time when humans and magical creatures coexisted. Modeled in the form of animated wooden figures, the scene erupts into a war, under the gaze of the king of the elves. Then a goblin blacksmith comes to the Elves to suggest building a mechanical army, 70 times 70 soldiers, and the young Elf Prince, Prince Nuada (Luke Goss), is eager to accept. So, with the clanking of hammers and gears in the orange glow of fiery forges, the creative animation sets up the conflict Hellboy is about to face.


‘Watchmen: Ultimate Cut’ (2009)

watchmen (2009) is Zack Synder’s adaptation of the 1986 comic of the same name, written by Alan Moore. The film features an ensemble cast to complement its large collection of heroes, including: Silk Specter II (Malin Akerman), Night Owl II (Patrick Wilson), The comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Rorschach (Jackie Earl Haley), Ozymandias (Matthew Goode) and Doctor Manhattan (Billy Crudup).

As in the original watchmen comic book, The Tales of the Black Freighter is a comic book that a young boy reads in the story. Featured in grimy 2D animation, the main character, voiced by actor Gerard Butlerleads a dark pirate story that was later woven into the live-action Ultimate Cut of the film.

‘Kill Bill: Vol 1’ (2003)

From the bloody spirit of Quentin Tarantino comes the first of his martial art action epic Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003). It features Uma Thurman as The Bride, an assassin left for dead who swears revenge, going on a killing spree against many other assassins, the Deadly Vipers. One of these assassins is that of O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Him), which gets a unique anime-inspired retelling of its origin story.

The animation comes to life as The Bride recounts the trauma of young O-Ren and the violent murder of her parents. Determined to avenge her parents, O-Ren waits until she’s 11 to seduce the vile murderer, killing him with a Katana in his bed, and without missing the blood spray the film is known for. From there, O-Ren becomes one of the Yakuza’s top assassins and The Bride’s formidable next target.

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (2005)

The 2005 movie The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is based on the Douglas Adams book of the same name, and presents a comical cosmic adventure using a practical encyclopedia. movie stars Martin Freeman as a monotonous Earthman, Arthur Dent, and his alien best friend, Ford Prefect (Def. Mos). With Earth’s destruction imminent, Ford grabs his unsuspecting friend, sticks his thumb out, and the two hitch a ride in space.

Once there, Arthur is understandably full of questions, when Ford directs him to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Within its digital pages is a comprehensive database of everything Arthur needs to know about life in the cosmos, and the film transports audiences to colorful, minimalist animation to display its facts.

“A Monster Calls” (2016)

A monster is calling (2016) follows a young boy, Conor (Lewis McDougall), whose mother (Felicity Jones) is terminally ill and is visited by a monstrous tree with the voice of Liam Neeson. Struck with anger and grief, young Conor faces many hardships and finds solace in interactions with the monster and the three stories it presents.

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Like drawings scribbled on paper, rough and warm, the animation is just as beautiful as it is dark. One story sees medieval knights, skeleton warriors and dragons clash as ink blots and rough figures interact like in a children’s book. The other sees factories pounding nature and Connor later tells his own story, with the film using animation to tell its emotionally restorative story.


“Jurassic Park” (1993)

jurassic park (1993) was monumental for its use of visual effects as it brought dinosaurs back to life. The film mainly follows three scientists Sam Neil, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, who are invited to experience an all-new amusement park that features living, breathing dinosaurs. There they are given a guided tour by park creator John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) who felt that a pleasant animation would help the tour.

Unattached to the theater-based ride, the scientists are presented with an animation of a DNA strand that explains to them and the audience how they created the dinosaurs. The exposition scene is able to simplify the explanation for the kids and the not-so-brilliant lawyer, and provide the science for the movie before moving on to all the dinosaurs avoiding the peril ahead.

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‘Clone Wars’ Fans Praise One of the Best ‘Star Wars’ Scenes

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fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars referred to one of Darth Maul’s scenes as one of the best star wars scenes of all time.

The scene in question is from the final season of The Clone Wars, from season seven episode ten, “Phantom Apprentice”. The final four episodes of the final season followed Ahsoka and Maul’s actions during the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sithand the Clone Wars spinoff, Order 66.

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The scene was posted by a Redditor who praised everything about it, but he specifically pointed out how good Sam Witwer is in the role. Sam Witwer, known for his roles in Mist, super girl, Battlestar Galactica, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashedplayed Darth Maul all along The Clone Wars and reprized his role in Solo: A Star Wars Story. The character was originally voiced by Peter Serafinowicz in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

It’s been a little over two years since the episode came out, but it still remains a favorite among star wars Fans. This episode and this showdown between Ahsoka and Maul is iconic because it’s essentially the only time the pair talk honestly about the wars, and they almost discover the secret behind them, that Sidious is Palpatine.

In fact, a Redditor points out that Maul is basically telling Ahsoka exactly that in the scene, while also pointing out why Ahsoka and Anakin’s relationship is tragic, “Maul is almost basically explaining that Sidious is Palpatine. You’d think Ahsoka could have done it. notice knowing how close Anakin was to him.

Another fan commented, “I love the confidence the maul had in an anxious tone, even outside of this scene or other settings he had this hesitation like he was shy to say what not he is methodical so as not to spoil what he has thought. This shows Maul’s growth, as slow throughout The Clone Wars he understood almost exactly what Palpatine was planning.

Another Redditor summarizes what the majority of The Clone Wars The community thinks of this scene, and this episode as a whole, “All that dialogue and lightsaber fight between Ahsoka and Maul is really my favorite scene in all of Star Wars.”

There is no doubt that this scene is one of the greatest scenes of all star warsIn fact, The Clone Wars is full of great scenes. It might be a good time for a rewatch.

‘Hamster and Gretel’ – The comedy superhero buddy show with a normal third wheel • AIPT

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Dan Povenmire has had a long career in animation having worked on shows such as The simpsons, Rocko’s modern life, Sponge Bob SquarePantsand family guy. He also co-created the influential Phineas and Ferb. In a few weeks he has a new series, Hamster and Gretelhappening that takes place in the same universe.

Povenmire’s latest project is a superhero comedy that follows the titular duo with Gretel’s older brother serving as their chaperone. The cast and creatives attended San Diego Comic-Con 2022 to promote the series. Ahead of their panel, we spoke with Povenmire (Creator/Executive Producer), Joanna Hausmann (Co-Producer/Editor), Michael Cimino (Kevin), Liza Koshy (Veronica Hill), Alyson Stoner (Lauren/The Destroyer), Meli Povenmire (Gretel ), Caroline Ravassa (Caroline – mom) and Brock Powell (Lyle/FistPuncher).


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Origins and premise

Hamster and Gretel started with Dan doodling a hamster in a superhero cape flying over the city. He thought it was something fun to build and then introduced brother and sister where the brother is left out to get superpowers. He wanted to explore this dynamic and use it as a starting point.

Additionally, the elder Povenmire wanted to bring a more relevant superhero to his universe who also shares Phineas and Ferb and Milo Murphy’s Law, and play with it, but focus on the sibling relationship. Hausmann described the series even further. It’s “a superhero comedy that, at the end of the day, is a heartfelt family show.” It’s the story of a brother and sister trying to save the world and finish their homework on time.

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A family matter

Meli was not always meant to be part of Hamster and Gretel. Her dad was developing it during the pandemic and since he didn’t have access to his regular voice actors, he let his daughter do the temporary lines during the storyboard as they live in the same house. At each casting, Meli continued to voice the role of Gretel even as other voice actors were replaced.

It ended up fitting because she has her father’s type of humor and can instill it into the lines, and her lower voice made the character feel more real. Sometimes Meli doesn’t feel like it’s work because it’s a more chilled and relaxed environment with Dan. They are able to record at home and the duo like to have a little fun while working.

Likewise, Hausmann incorporated several family members into the series. As Ravassa shared, her character, Carolina, “is based on Joanna’s mother who is awesome. She has a really deep voice…and has a slight Latino accent but it’s not too heavy. She’s really smart . Very funny.” In order to prepare for the auditions, she listened to videos of Hausmann’s mom online for hours in order to understand her cadence and how loud she was. Another family connection is that Carolina is named after the producer’s sister.

Life Influencing Art

Kevin and Gretel’s inspiration is actually Dan and his own younger sister. Like the animated characters, he had to serve as a driver and take her to all of her activities. Also, the Povenmires are a multicultural family like the protagonists with a Venezuelan mother. Hausmann also brought her own experiences as a Venezuelan. Additionally, Koshy plays Veronica Hill, a journalist, and the actress drew inspiration from her previous career as an internet personality doing interviews for the role.

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The villains

All superhero stories need a great villain and in the case of Hamster and Gretel, there are two: the twins the Destructress and the FistPuncher. If you listen to the voices, you can pick up a valley girl/guy vibe. Stoner talked about their half of the evil duo. “I tend to want my ideas to go exactly my way. I’m very self-righteous, quite attitudinal, very fierce. As an actor, this is my first time playing the villain in an animated series. I’ve often been the voice of reason, the moral compass, a sincere and supportive friend, and now I feel like we’re wreaking havoc!

Powell’s FistPuncher whines and gets a country club aura about them. They also shared their theory on how the characters can be the MCU’s next Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver. Hamster and Gretel “exist with Phineas and Ferb and Milo Murphy’s Law. Phineas and Ferb met the Marvel characters. So conceptually, I would say, at least adjacent, there’s a Marvel Universe multiverse that we also inhabit. Powell voices another villain on the show named Big Baby.

to be left out

It can be hard to lose superpowers, but Kevin pulls it off. Cimino discussed the Hamster and Gretel premise and character. “This whole power dynamic is also interesting. I feel like Dan is so smart in overturning this dynamic, stereotypical boys are stronger than girls. His sister is so much stronger than him and far more skilled and suited to handle everything.

He continued, “I love that Dan is changing this archaic narrative and turning it around. It’s such a smart way of thinking. Now Kevin is just the guy in the chair or the guy in the van really. He’s just there to support his little sister as much as he can. Obviously, he really wanted to be a superhero, but he didn’t.

Hamster and Gretel airs August 12, 2022 on Disney Channel.


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5 new murals celebrate the real Portland

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Portland’s Old Town has a secret: if you find the right wall, you can dance under the raindrops even on a sunny summer day.

The “It’s Rainin’ Love” mural at the Maybelle Center for Community in Portland on Southwest Sixth Avenue near Couch Street is an augmented reality experience. Scan the QR code, download an app, and soon you’ll find yourself in front of a wall covered in moving pictures as choirs sing through your phone speaker.

This mural is just one of new projects across Portland that celebrate the city as it is, a complicated tapestry of people living in all sorts of conditions, trying to find joy in the wake of a pandemic. that changes the world.

Crystal Menesis Enable Arts is the organizer of the “It’s Rainin’ Love Project”, which brought together the Maybelle Center, three choirs, artists and animators.

“I’ve been researching augmented reality for a while now,” Meneses said as she stood in front of the brightly colored wall in the Old Town in early July.

The hustle and bustle of life in downtown Portland moved around her – trucks dropping off deliveries, visitors to the neighborhood with cups of coffee, people living outside on the streets. The mural occupies the side of an entire building, and shapes and words, even static in ordinary reality, spring from the wall.

Crystal Meneses, (right) of Activate Arts, and Michelle Meyer, of the Maybelle Center for Community, at The Maybelle Mural located at 121 NW 6th Ave., Portland, Ore., July 1, 2022. Mark Graves / The Oregonian

“I was just waiting for the right moment,” she said. “My relationship with Maybelle was the perfect relationship to build something like this and try it for the first time.”

The Maybelle Center next door was created to help build community and breaking social isolation. They provide affordable housing and services to help people connect, including arts programs and a choir.

“Our members, they speak this creative language,” Meneses said.

The mural was born from this creativity.

“We created it on purpose as a collective,” Meneses said. She wrote a Pride anthem, based on listening to Maybelle’s queer and ally band. This song, “It’s Rainin’ Love”, is sung by three choirs – Portland Lesbian Choir, Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. and Maybelle Community Singers.

Designer and illustrator Ridan Arellano did the visual design and Maybelle members and volunteers and even passers-by on the street did the painting.

The mural outside Badlands, which was once Embers’ iconic gay bar, was completed in late June.

Old Town is the hub of many Portlands – home to people of all economic backgrounds, shops, restaurants and nightclubs. Recently, the old town has become contested ground. City sweeps have cleared the streets of tents, but the area is a service center for the homeless and the sweeps have not improved the lives of homeless people, some of whom are still in the area but with less of shelters.

Homelessness in Portland has been the subject of local and national interest, particularly in recent years. What these larger narratives may miss are the stories of real people living homeless on the streets.

Murals can tell a more personal story. On Southeast 34th Avenue and Belmont Street, on the Belmont Market side, another new mural celebrates Leroy Sly Scott, who spent 30 years living homeless in the Sunnyside neighborhood.

Portland Street Mural

A mural dedicated to Leroy Sly Scott located at Southeast 34th Avenue and Southeast Belmont Street in Portland, Oregon, taken Tuesday, July 26, 2022.Sean Meagher / The Oregonian

Scott died in 2020 of cancer, shortly after moving into a home, but his friends, the artists and the Portland Street Art Alliance worked together last winter to create a mural in his honor where he spent so much time.

Now Scott’s face and a quote he loved — “All over the world the same song,” inspired by a song by Digital Underground — adorn the side of the market.

“Leroy was a very colorful person,” said Caleb Ruecker, an artist and friend of Scott’s. told Oregon Public Broadcasting in June. “He was just loving, caring and cheerful. He always greeted people on the street. We wanted a mural to pay homage to his life and bring his porch to life.

Murals are a perfect form to humanize people who are often seen in the abstract.

“Public works of art help us realize our humanity and our common relationships,” said Tiffany Conklin, executive director of the Portland Street Art Alliance, which is behind many of the murals that stand in Portland.

“It’s free and openly available to everyone,” Conklin said, “not just a select few who can afford to go to art museums or are welcomed into art galleries.”

Another recent project the Portland Street Art Alliance has been involved in, completed in January, is “We are Portland”. It spans an entire city block southeast of Seventh Avenue and Division Street on Gerber Collision and Glass, is made up of warm, welcoming faces, nearly a story high.

Portland Street Mural

A portion of the “We are Portland” mural located at the corner of Southeast 7th Avenue and Division Street in Portland, Oregon, taken Tuesday, July 26, 2022.Sean Meagher / The Oregonian

“’We are Portland’ is a mural focusing on several portraits, showing the diversity of our city; LGBTQIA+, people of color, diverse ages, and gender identities, homeless people, and people with disabilities,” said artist Devin Finley in a statement on Instagram. “I wanted to move away from the typical skin tones used to represent people and experiment with a range of other colors.”

The faces are set in front of blue mountains and interspersed with graffiti, a nod, Finley said, to his roots, but also to his family – his children’s names are part of what is written in the graffiti.

The fresco is huge and best seen from afar. Keep your eyes peeled as you cross the 99W bridge.

Another Portland Street Art Alliance mural you might miss if you’re not careful is “Inheritance” at 250 SW Taylor St. To find this mural, stand at Southwest Second and Salmon Street, facing north and look up.

Portland muralists Alex Chiu and Jeremy Nichols had to undergo special training and certification, then spent 10 days and 11 floors painting this mural this spring.

A mural depicting a pair of hands holding a bowl full of flowers, on top of which a bird perches, is seen on the side of a building

A mural titled “Inheritance”, by Jeremy & Nichols and Alex Chiu, is located on the southeast side of a building at 250 SW Taylor Street in downtown Portland. She is seen here on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.Dave Killen / The Oregonian

The mural, which shows an elderly person’s hand passing a bowl filled with Pacific Northwest symbols to a younger person, is “a celebration of the beauty of life in the Pacific Northwest”, Chiu said in a statement.

“The theme of inheritance has become important to me as a father of young

kids, and something I constantly think about as my parents grow up,” he said. “For me, the mural is a hopeful depiction of the relationship between older and younger generations.”

Hope and fantasy are also part of the fabric of Portland. And the art that wraps three sides of Salt & Straw’s production kitchen at Southeast Second Avenue and Ankeny Street is the perfect example of next-level whimsy.

There, among the warehouses, trucks and tents of the industrial Eastside, colorful cartoon characters and treats will compel you to stop and reorient yourself through the building.

Portland Street Mural

A mural outside Salt & Straw’s Production Kitchen by Portland Street Art Alliance, located at Southeast 2nd and Ankeny Street in Portland, Oregon, taken Tuesday, July 26, 2022.Sean Meagher / The Oregonian

The work on the building is a pure and sweet nostalgia. There are characters from Candyland and characters from “The Year Without Santa,” an animated holiday special from the 1970s.

This is another Portland Street Art Alliance project completed in December 2021 with 17 Portland artists.

“These artists are incredibly talented and giving them a canvas to display their art is truly an honor,” Salt & Straw CEO Kim Malek said in a statement. “We feel so lucky to be honored with their great work every day when we come to work – it makes every day better for hundreds of people in the area!”

This is, in fact, the purpose of the whole public art project – to celebrate the place where we live and to bring joy to all the people who live here.

-Lizzy Acker

503-221-8052 [email protected], @lizzzyacker

Pac-12’s Kliavkoff hits Big 12, touts future after USC and UCLA

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By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Reporter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff says his conference is far from over, despite defections from Southern California and UCLA.

Kliavkoff confirmed the Pac-12 was actively exploring expansion and delivered several fiery jabs at the Big 12 during a turbulent keynote at his conference’s football media day on Friday — likely his last on the second largest media market in the country.

While painting a promising picture of the league’s future even after USC and UCLA leave for the Big Ten in 2024, Kliavkoff said the Pac-12 intends to keep its current members. while welcoming new additions.

The commissioner also acknowledged his frustration with the upheaval created by the defections, saying he had spent the last month “trying to defend himself against the grenades thrown from all corners of the Big 12 trying to destabilize our remaining conference.”

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Kliavkoff responded to Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark’s recent statement that his league was “open for business” in expansion by suggesting those moves could include Big 12 schools, instead of the reverse.

“As far as the Big 12 being open for business, I appreciate that,” Kliavkoff said. “We haven’t decided whether we’ll shop there or not.”

“I understand why they do it, when you look at the relative media value between the two conferences,” Kliavkoff added later. “I get it. I get why they’re scared, why they’re trying to destabilize him. I was just fed up. That’s probably not the most collegial thing I’ve ever said.

The Pac-12 has lost its Los Angeles flagships after nearly a century of history, and Kliavkoff acknowledged widespread speculation about the long-term health of his relatively underfunded West Coast conference. The commissioner insisted that the Pac-12 will have a stronger footing after its new media rights deal, and that footing could lead to expansion.

Kliavkoff naturally did not identify specific schools as candidates for expansion, although San Diego State was repeatedly mentioned by others. He reiterated the league’s determination to maintain a football presence in the talent-rich and heavily populated California tip.

“Southern California is really important to us,” Kliavkoff said. “I think there are different ways to approach staying in Southern California. We could end up playing a lot of football games in Los Angeles.

Kliavkoff speculated that the remaining Pac-12 schools are likely to get a significant boost in Southern California’s fertile recruitment in all sports except football, given that many Olympic sports athletes do not won’t want to regularly fly to the Midwest and East Coast for competition.

He reiterated that the Pac-12 expects to keep its remaining members despite widespread speculation about the Big 12 and Big Ten looking to expand. Oregon and Washington were linked with a future move to the Big Ten immediately after USC and UCLA announced their departures, while the Big 12 has been linked with numerous Pac-12 schools.

Kliavkoff is confident after holding “two board meetings a week for the past four weeks” with his members.

“Looking my colleagues in the eye, understanding their commitment, that their first priority is to make sure the Pac-12 survives, thrives, grows and succeeds,” Kliavkoff said. “They are attached to the conference.”

It also opened the door to a highly unlikely comeback for UCLA: The public school was torn apart by California Governor Gavin Newsom over the move, and the UC Board of Trustees ordered a review of the decision at a hearing scheduled for October 11. 17.

“I would say UCLA is in a really tough position,” Kliavkoff said. “There are a lot of voters tied to UCLA who are very, very, very unhappy with the decision. Student-athletes, families of student-athletes. Faculty, staff. Politicians, fans, alumni … I can’t give you a percentage chance. I think it’s unlikely. But if they came back, we would welcome them.

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Asian stocks mixed on US rally, Chinese economic growth woes

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By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed on Friday as Chinese stocks fell after executives acknowledged that the official growth target of 5.5% for this year will not be met.

Investors appear to have grown more confident that the Federal Reserve could temper its aggressive interest rate hikes aimed at controlling inflation after the Commerce Department announced that the US economy had contracted at an annual rate of 0. .9% in the last quarter. This follows a 1.6% year-on-year decline in the first quarter.

Investors were also cautiously watching regional tensions over China’s stance on Taiwan after President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping spoke for more than two hours on Thursday. China has left no doubt that it blames the United States for deteriorating relations, but the White House said the purpose of the call was to “responsibly manage our differences and working together where our interests align”.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 2.4% to 20,123.55 and the Shanghai Composite Index fell 1% to 3,250.64 after Chinese leaders acknowledged the struggling economy will miss its official growth target of 5.5% this year.

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The announcement after a ruling Communist Party planning meeting on Thursday said Beijing will try to support lower consumer demand but stick to tough anti-COVID-19 tactics that have disrupted manufacturing and trade. This underscores the high cost Xi’s government is willing to incur to stop the virus in a politically sensitive year when he is widely expected to attempt to extend his term in power.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.2% to 27,801.64, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 1.0% to 6,945.20. The South Korean Kospi added 0.7% to 2,451.50.

Japanese government data showed factory output in June jumped 8.9% from the previous month, marking the first rise in three months. The recent easing of pandemic lockdowns in China has helped boost Japanese production.

“On the economic data front, China’s easing of restrictions also led to stronger-than-expected June production for Japan, with China’s reopening potentially having a positive impact across the region as well as in the second half of the year,” Yeap said. Jun Rong, market strategist at IG in Singapore.

A rise in COVID-19 infections to record levels in many parts of Japan has raised concerns. But Robert Carnell, regional head of Asia-Pacific research at ING, believes Japan’s second-quarter GDP, or gross domestic product, will rebound slightly from the first-quarter contraction.

On Thursday, the S&P 500 rose 1.2% to 4,072.43, while the Dow gained 1% to close at 32,529.63. The Nasdaq gained 1.1% to 12,162.59. The Russell 2000 rose 1.3% to 1,873.03.

Consecutive quarters of falling GDP are an informal, but not definitive, indicator of what economists call a technical recession.

The GDP report pointed to weakness across the economy. Consumer spending slowed as Americans bought fewer goods. Business investment fell. Inventories fell as businesses slowed their restocking of shelves, losing 2 percentage points of GDP.

The Federal Reserve has made slowing the U.S. economy to tame the highest inflation in 40 years its goal by raising interest rates, most recently on Wednesday. The latest GDP report, along with other recent weak economic data, may give some investors reassurance that the central bank will be able to mitigate the magnitude of any further rate hikes.

The central bank on Wednesday raised its main short-term interest rate by 0.75 percentage points, taking it to its highest level since 2018. The move sparked a broad market rally led by tech stocks that helped to give the Nasdaq its biggest gain in more than two years. . The major indexes are now all on pace for a weekly gain, extending Wall Street’s strong rally in July.

In a busy week of corporate earnings reports, investors focused on what companies are saying about inflation and the impact of rising interest rates on their businesses and earnings. clients.

Shares of Spirit Airlines rose 5.6% after JetBlue announced it had agreed to buy the low-cost airline for $3.8 billion to create the nation’s fifth-largest airline. A day earlier, Spirit’s attempted merger with Frontier Airlines had failed. Frontier Airlines jumped 20.5%.

In energy trading, benchmark U.S. crude gained 40 cents to $96.82 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It lost 84 cents to $96.42 on Thursday.

Brent crude, the international price standard, gained 36 cents to $102.19 a barrel.

In currency trading, the US dollar fell to 132.67 Japanese yen from 134.27 yen on Thursday evening. The euro traded at $1.0247, down from $1.0199.

AP Business Writer Alex Veiga contributed.

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FILMS: Animation x2 with radically different objectives and a film exploring revenge

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It is not common to have two animated films in the same week. But one is big, being part of the ongoing battle between DC and Marvel. The other is only partially animated to illustrate memories of a great disappointment. Add a small Canadian drug addiction film and a small English film with several big themes, and we have an interesting week.

Here is the list :

DC League of Super Pets: 2 ½ stars

My old school: 4

Revenge: 3 ½

River route: 3

Ali and Ava: 3 ½

DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-FAMILIES: I’ve complained about it before and this film gives me another chance to say it. These days, major animated films have action, flash and noise, but rarely emotional content. It’s what makes a movie memorable, but the producers don’t seem to need it. They could learn a lesson from the Minions, yet. Even without a lot of emotion, you can be a big hit if you have characters that kids can relate to. DC didn’t care about that here. This film is driven by marketing.

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Background: DC reunited many of its heroes in the Justice Society of American in the 1940s, let it expire when interest waned, brought it back as the Justice League in the 1960s in the comics and on television and as a counterpart to Marvel’s Avengers. So what can you do again? Kids will love this: a movie about their pets. Superman (John Krasinski), Batman (Keanu Reeves), Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and more have been captured by super villain Lex Luthor (Marc Maron). They are locked in cages. Who should try to save them? Their pets, of course, led by Krypto (Dwayne Johnson) and Ace (Kevin Hart). Spectacular animation (made in Vancouver) ensues with great chase scenes, a collapsing building, a stomping monster but little to stir your heart. Good family entertainment for undemanding families. (Theatres everywhere) 2 ½ out of 5

MY OLD SCHOOL: It’s a documentary but not like anything I’ve seen before. And with an utterly unbelievable story, except it’s true, and it’s been a legend in Scotland since 1993, when it happened. A new pupil arrives at a Glasgow high school with a strange personal story: Canadian, son of an opera singer mother who died in a car accident and get this, his name: Brandon Lee. Remember that Bruce Lee’s son, Brandon, died that year in a filming accident. This Brandon was into hip music like Joy Division and Husker Du and very smart judging by his surprisingly advanced classroom comments on relativity and an Arthur Miller piece. Nobody suspected something was wrong?

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Director Jono McLeod, who attended the same school, tells it all. Brandon was actually Brian, not a teenager but 32 (how the staff and students were duped is a mystery) and his family situation was stranger than he let on. And there was the question of his great ambition: to be a doctor. It’s a key part of the evolving story. To tell it, McLeod had to resort to a unique format. Brian was to appear in the film then backed out. He had, however, told his story on audio tape and actor Alan Cumming appears syncing his lyrics. Former students and staff recount what they remember and these stories are presented in animation. As a film, it is one of the most captivating and confusing of all time. (Two theaters now–Toronto (Hot Docs Cinema) and Vancouver (Vancity). More to come). 4 out of 5

REVENGE: For a police film a bit light this film is heavy with ideas. Too much maybe and ultimately not perfectly clear is what they stand for but certainly interesting along the way. The writer, director and star is BJ Novak who was a writer and producer on The Office TV. That same mix of thoughtful and funny is evident here, although the funny isn’t very high. Good, because it would be a case of city intellectuals making fun of country hicks. Novak doesn’t stoop to that as he dramatizes a New York podcaster and New York writer’s investigation into a woman’s death. He had slept with her; got a call from Texas letting her know she had died, attended the funeral, and stayed to find out what happened to her to talk about her on a podcast. Her producer (Issa Rae) already has a title for it: “Dead White Girl,” a sly take on the true-crime podcasts that are so popular these days.

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In Texas, Novak’s character receives widely varying theories about what happened to him. One suggests a drug overdose, even though she was not a user. Her brother says she was killed by a Mexican immigrant who had a crush on her for years. Another theory involves a local record producer played by Ashton Kutcher. She wanted a singing career and he worked with her, while expounding a house philosophy. Kutcher has a few long scenes laying out his thoughts on storytelling, small town thinking, and what he considers a real no no: refusing to go along with your creative ideas. Novak’s thesis is really about a more common failure these days: avoiding the truth and instead embracing conspiracy theories. In this story, what people believed and suspected is just not true, not really. Point well done, amusing even, but wobbly in what it means. (In theaters) 3 ½ out of 5

RIVER ROAD: There have been a lot of movies about drug addiction. This one isn’t groundbreaking but it’s a good take on the basic story. The rock musician is exhausted after a long tour. A woman who saw him in Brooklyn and came all the way to Vancouver to meet him urges him to take cocaine. Oops, turns out it’s heroin. They want more, the price is high, the dealer is a badass and they turn to petty crime for money. Eventually, as predicted in the very first scene of the movie, they rob the convenience stores.

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The story as written and directed by Rob Willey is much more involved than that, but it shows the downward path that these characters are on. Cody Kearsley as Travis and Lexi Redman as Zoe go through both the drug’s hold on them and the attraction. They separately tell their stories to A.A. sponsors. As he puts it, he “felt like all my friends were hugging me at the same time.” The scenes with the drug dealer are quite different as Steven Roberts portrays him as a menacing and intimidating loudmouth. He steals this movie with this performance, even bragging about not cutting the H with fentanyl (“for the good of the community”). The film, which played at several festivals, has little new but knows it’s stuff. It also has lots of Vancouver and nearby Delta scenery where the real River Road is. (Starts Wednesday on Apple TV and August 12 on Amazon and Google Play) 3 out of 5

ALI & AVA: This real-life movie is so observant that sometimes you might think not much is going on. In fact, there’s a lot going on. Issues of race, class, age differences, regrets over wrong turns and unfulfilled dreams, difficult relationships with parents and children are all subtly wrapped around a love story. Some might shout and lecture about them, but writer-director Clio Barnard has them in the background, affecting things but never taking over. They co-exist with ordinary everyday events, don’t feel forced, and help make the romance feel authentic as it grows.

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The story is set in Bradford, the Yorkshire town in England where Barnard herself is from. Adeel Akhtar plays Ali, a landlord’s son who, driving a girl to school, one day meets her teacher, Ava, played with cheerful goodwill by Claire Rushbrook. Later, when it rains, he takes her home and a relationship begins. They are both alone, both immigrants (he is of Pakistani origin, she is Irish) and both have stories that they gradually share. He is married, although separated. She is a widow. Both his sister and son oppose the growing affair. They continue anyway. They find that the biggest difference between them is the music they prefer. He likes rock and punk. She loves country and folk. That will be key and part of what makes this low-key movie so engrossing. (Played in nine art house theaters from Ottawa to Vancouver, two in Toronto) 3 ½ out of 5

MTV Launches Best Metaverse Performance Category for Video Game Concerts

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A new type of gig has been making waves in the music industry – one that swaps the tour bus for the Battle Bus from “Fortnite”. MTV on Tuesday announced a new award category for the growing number of headlining musicians hosting interactive concerts in video games: Best Metaverse Performance.

The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards will be the first show in company history to feature this category. The six nominees are Ariana Grande, Blackpink, BTS, Charli XCX, Justin Bieber and Twenty One Pilots, all of whom have performed virtual concerts over the past year.

While some music lovers might consider virtual concerts a fad, their popularity is undeniable. Over 12.3 million concurrent players watched Travis Scott’s astronomical tour in “Fortnite.” (The YouTube recording of the concert has over 190 million views). Experts say this new wave of virtual performances won’t usurp in-person gigs anytime soon, but it will reshape the future of touring in one way or another.

“I don’t believe in-person gigs will ever be replaced,” wrote Matthew Ball, author of “The Metaverse,” a new book about the burgeoning technology, in an email to The Washington Post. “But virtual ones will continue to grow in popularity, capacity and creativity. And eventually, we’ll see the two merge into something entirely new.

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The metaverse is still a vague concept, with several competing definitions championed by companies trying to implement the technology. A common point of reference is the idea of ​​the metaverse as a 3D version of the internet, or an entirely virtual version of real life. Some technologists envision the technology as heralding a future where real and virtual experiences are seamlessly integrated.

Pieces of this vision already exist in the form of video games. Think “Pokémon Go,” the augmented reality game that uses real life as the backdrop for its virtual world. There are also massively multiplayer games such as “World of Warcraft”, where players constantly communicate with each other, barter goods, exchange money for services and own items.

MTV’s latest VMA category appears to define a metaverse performance as any concert taking place in a digital (sometimes interactive) space that is “performed” by digital artists and attended by a digital audience. (Most virtual concerts feature unique mixes of recorded music – not live). “Interactive” and “space” are the keywords here, because without either of those things, the result would just be a pre-rendered CGI gig similar to an animated movie.

If that sounds a lot like a video game to you, then you’re right. Five of the six nominees for Best Metaverse Performance 2022 have hosted their gigs in wildly popular video games. BTS held their nominated performance in “Minecraft,” where the phenomenally successful boy band “sung” and “danced” like blocky avatars. Ariana Grande’s Rift Tour in ‘Fortnite’, which players witnessed live in the popular battle royale game, was a surreal roller coaster in which viewers battled a giant demon on biplanes, danced alongside an Ariana Great digital on a sparkling ocean and struck logic – defying the stairs of an Escher’s Greek dreamscape.

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The appeal of virtual concerts lies in convenience and merchandising. For example, Travis Scott’s “Fortnite” concert was free, so all players had to do was show up on time (“Fortnite” itself is also free). Even still, for him and Epic Games, the event was a lucrative merchandising opportunity to sell in-game items like character skins, emotes, and more.

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, who has invested heavily in the metaverse, has described the technology as the internet’s great salvation against users who are locked in by ads and content creators caged in by tech companies. social media. Sweeney is not alone in this view. As more video game companies invest in the Metaverse and adjacent technologies, expect to see more virtual gigs in the future.

The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards will take place on August 28 at 8 p.m. EST at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Anime, Literature, and New Aesthetic Imagination ‹ Literary Hub

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One of the hardest times I cried during a movie was when I first watched Makoto Shinkai 5 centimeters per second. My laptop’s screen wasn’t big enough or its speakers deft enough for me to fully appreciate the film’s sultry surroundings, all the quivering flowering branches and the hissing whisper of the swirling wind. But like a plaintive ballad played as two characters come together almost for the first time in years, whatever combination of sights and sounds my machine could emit was enough to open an emotional trapdoor beneath my body, and I welcomed the fall.

When the movie was released in 2007, the only people I knew who had seen it were my mates on an anime graphic design forum. Nine years later, my first watch still tapped into a cult cultural vein. “Manga” (usually Japanese comics) and “anime” (usually anime adaptations of these comics) remained catch-all terms for girls with Manic Panic hair and dilated saucer eyes, or men shaped like Doritos screaming as they punched each other. with fists and/or various elemental powers, or whatever else you might remember from Cartoon Network Toonami. In the Western imagination, “anime” was shorthand for all Japanese animation, the same way people use “YA fiction” or “beach read” to compress wildly disparate titles into a stylized genre.

Anime is ascendant in culture, otherwise the ascending art form of our time.

I’ll use this iteration of “anime” to make an assertion: anime is bottom-up in culture, otherwise the ascending art form of our time. I say this as someone who cultivates their literary art in the garden of anime influence. But when I pitch my first novel, baby beating heart, for librarians and teachers, one of the things that grabs their attention is the fact that anime is central to both its inspiration and content. Among Gen Z and the generations after them, anime is as much a fabric of their cultural consumption as “Netflix Originals” are for Millennials.

The most obvious reason for anime’s growing popularity is that in an oversaturated information culture where a clear and obvious distinction between “true” and “false” no longer exists, anime is impossible. To be clear, all animation is impossible: it is an artistic medium in which nothing real should exist, even if its creation requires considerable manpower and material. But while Western animation has its own dominant aesthetic (e.g. Disney/Pixar style, where character and infrastructure designs are consistently rounded, as if a potter is constantly throwing them on their wheel), anime has a unique sensory language of its own.

Perhaps the most striking example of anime’s Japanese origins is its use of the natural world to complement emotional moments, an impact of the country’s broad Shinto religious influences. All anime fans know these seasonal sensory cues: cherry blossoms for spring, endlessly buzzing cicadas and tanabata ribbons for summer, red maple leaves for fall, snow and the distant howls of dogs for winter.

Perhaps the most striking example of anime’s Japanese origins is its use of the natural world to complement emotional moments, an impact of the country’s broad Shinto religious influences.

Almost a decade after its release 5 centimeters per secondShinkai released their 2016 hit your name, which draws directly from Shinto traditions and expresses its now iconic celestial imagery. He’s poised to become the anime director most likely to inherit the overseas influence of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, as his films are steeped in beautiful “moments” of life: the same way Whether netizens are salivating over the food of the Ghibli films, viewers now also obsess over the details of rain hitting the sidewalk or light streaming through train windows or shimmering objects streaking across Shinkai’s immersion-dyed sky.

The anime’s hyperstylization paradoxically heightens its underlying human spirit. When I started to build the frame of baby beating heart, I immediately looked to anime for inspiration, focusing on a hyper-emotionality that blends and builds with the characters and their environments. And as I fleshed out my characters, I realized that I had to include an aspect of anime that was particularly personal to me: an exploration of gender and sexuality as something more fluid, malleable core aesthetic that places gender ambiguity in a more neutral space than “representation.”

To be clear, East Asian culture is still largely patriarchal and heteronormative, and anime reflects that. Most of the time, when characters’ genders are mislabeled or misinterpreted, it’s in the service of comedy, whether mildly off-putting or deeply offensive. And yet, the medium flourishes with gender-ambiguous characters like Haku in narutothe jewels of Land of the Shiningcrona in soul eaterand Ed of cowboy bebopwho inhabit their respective series as features rather than bugs, illuminating viewer self-conceptions of gender readability and perhaps desire without forcing moral judgment or obvious self-identification.

Think of those Sailor Moon Proportions – “even” the bodies of cisgender characters can be exaggerated or obscured beyond the most trailing IRL transformations. Gender elisions are often part of a fantasy story mechanic, such as in the series Ranma ½and this greater tolerance for genre play has led some on the right to blame anime for MTF transition trigger. But the transition increasingly becomes a character detail or an arc on its own merits.

As I fleshed out my characters, I realized that I needed to include an aspect of anime that was particularly personal to me: an exploration of gender and sexuality as something more fluid.

I watched Satoshi Kon’s movie from 2003 Tokyo Godfathers a decade after its release and still considered it a pioneering portrayal of gender-neutral trans characters. Since then, I’ve encountered a (usually) thoughtful treatment of trans and gender-nonconforming characters in shows like Paradise Kiss, Our dusk to dawn, Blue periodand Wonder Egg Priority. Although the most popular anime series always do their part to humorously codify heteronormative gender roles, the iconic juggernauts Hunter X Hunter and A play innovated by introducing trans characters in key roles. Relationships and identities that were once subtext can now enjoy the full breadth and depth of anime’s aesthetic freedom.

But despite the growing prominence of “marginalized” identities in the media, any cultural observer can understand that the boundaries of art seem to contract as an increasingly reactionary chorus demands a static definition of gender and identity. identify. While anime is not immune to this conservatism, its existence as an art form that pushes the boundaries of credibility makes it a unique weapon in the multi-generational struggle between the “true” present and the imaginary future.

Anime isn’t the only arrow in my quiver as I aim for the forces that would rather erase me and people like me. But it’s the one that just might fly the furthest, arriving at a story that seeks to expand our perceivable universe, where emotions spill off the page like meteor showers and characters don’t act as they should, but as they would, in a world somewhat freed from the cellulo of reality. Carrying my solitary melody like a bag of seeds, a golden record for distant gardens, to become new songs far from home.

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Powerful earthquake kills 4, injures dozens in northern Philippines

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By JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A strong earthquake caused landslides and damaged buildings in the northern Philippines on Wednesday, killing at least four people and injuring dozens. In the capital, hospital patients were evacuated and terrified people rushed outside.

The magnitude 7 quake was centered in a mountainous region of Abra province, said Renato Solidum, director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, who described the mid-morning tremor as a major quake. .

“The ground shook like I was on a swing and the lights suddenly went out. We rushed out of the office, I heard screams and some of my companions were in tears,” said Michael Brillantes, a security officer from Abra town in Lagangilang, near the epicenter.

“It was the strongest earthquake I’ve felt and I thought the ground was going to split open,” Brillantes told The Associated Press by cellphone.

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At least four people died, mostly in collapsed structures, including a villager hit by falling cement slabs in his home in Abra, where at least 25 others were injured. In Benguet province, a worker has been pinned to death after a small building under construction collapsed in the strawberry-growing mountain town of La Trinidad.

Many homes and buildings had cracked walls, some of which collapsed in Abra, where President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who took office less than a month ago, planned to visit Thursday to meet with victims and local officials.

Marcos Jr. told a press conference that he was in his office at the Malacanang presidential palace complex by the river when the chandeliers began to sway and make clicking noises. “It was very strong,” he said of the quakes.

The Red Cross released a photo of a three-storey building leaning precariously towards a debris-covered road in Abra. Video taken by a panicked witness showed parts of an old stone church tower peeling off and falling in a cloud of dust on top of a hill.

Patients, some in wheelchairs, and medical staff were evacuated from at least two hospitals in Manila, about 300 kilometers (200 miles) south of Lagangilang, but were later told to return after engineers failed to found only a few minor cracks on the walls.

The strength of the earthquake has been lowered from the initial magnitude of 7.3 after further analysis. The quake was triggered by movement in a local fault at a depth of 17 kilometers (10 miles), the institute said, adding that it expected damage and further aftershocks.

The Philippines sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world’s earthquakes occur. It is also hit by around 20 typhoons and tropical storms each year, making it one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world.

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake killed nearly 2,000 people in the northern Philippines in 1990.

Associated Press reporters Joeal Calupitan and Aaron Favila contributed to this report.

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Bill to boost semiconductor industry passes key Senate test

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By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday introduced a $280 billion bill aimed at boosting the U.S. semiconductor industry and accelerating high-tech research that funders say will be essential to the economy in the decades to come.

The Senate needed 60 votes to move the bill forward, and the vote was 64-32. The bill is now on its way to final passage in the Senate later this week. The House is also expected to pick up the package this week.

The White House has backed the bill, along with industry leaders who say government subsidies are needed to compete with other nations that are also spending billions of dollars to lure manufacturers. They say the pandemic has exposed the dangers to the economy and national security of relying too heavily on foreign-made computer chips.

The bill provides about $52 billion in grants and other incentives for the semiconductor industry as well as a 25% tax credit for companies that build chip factories, or fabs, in United States. The cost of the tax relief should be around $24. billion over 10 years. The bill also authorizes about $200 billion to improve scientific research over the same period.

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The Congressional Budget Office projected the bill would increase deficits by about $79 billion over 10 years. Critics have objected to the spending requested in the bill as inappropriate or excessive.

“At a time when working families in this country are falling further and further behind while the very wealthy are getting much richer, let’s get our priorities straight,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

But the bill has drawn support from bipartisan lawmakers who say the investment is essential for American innovation and for staying ahead of its economic rivals in the decades to come, namely China.

“I firmly believe that the passage of this bill will mark a turning point for American leadership in this century,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. “The benefits of this legislation will reverberate across the country for years and decades to come.”

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell led a group of 17 Republican senators who voted to limit debate and move the bill forward. While some Republicans have expressed concerns about the bill’s spending, others have pointed to the need to address national security vulnerabilities stemming from the United States’ reliance on factories in Taiwan and Korea. South for the most advanced computer chips.

“We’re not used to providing these kinds of financial incentives to companies, but when it costs 30% less to build these manufacturing facilities across Asian seas and our access to this supply chain is potentially compromised by very real threats, it’s a necessary investment for us to make,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

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Why is Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion animation in live-action movies always awesome?

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CGI is cool, but have you ever considered using stop-motion in your film?

There’s something charming about stop-motion animation. Stop-motion has the power to bring our imaginations to the screen through detailed movements and hand-crafted models, which could make it the most human, personal and heartfelt type of cinema. It’s special to see the creative spirit come to life in 24 frames per second, especially when stop-motion comes in live.

With Marcel the shod shell Warming our hearts using stop-motion to blend the wholesome creature into the real world, we wonder why stop-motion has fallen out of favor with filmmakers, even though it has such a powerful effect on viewers. Of course, the realism is favorable, but stop-motion in live-action movies can present stories in an impressive way similar to the animation of Who Framed Roger Rabbit Where coolworld.

Old school classics like King Kong and fantasy-filled creatures combining live-action and stop-motion, and The Royal Ocean Film Society breaks down exactly how stop-motion pioneer Ray Harryhausen created his most memorable sequences through Dynamtion and the desire to push the boundaries of what was possible at the time. You can watch the full video here.

What is dynamization?

Dynamization is the technique developed by animator Ray Harryhausen. The process involves a sandwich composite of rear-projected footage, an animation table, a layer of matte glass, and a 35mm camera. The projector used is modified to play one frame at a time, allowing it to slightly move the stop motion model in the frame.

The idea behind Dynamation was to incorporate stop-motion into the images in a believable way. Crosscuts between a creature and the howling masses can only be done so many times before it gets boring. By using multiple layers to create the illusion of a creature emerging from the water behind crates, Harryhausen brought a level of depth never seen before.

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Harryhausen’s process was slow and methodical, often handled solely by Harryhausen. He pushed the boundaries of what was possible with stop-motion in live action, encouraging productions to have characters interact with creatures to blend the two mediums.

To make these interactions believable, the actors would be lifted by wires, and Harryhausen would fill in the animation by replacing the actors’ contact points with animated parts. You can easily spot this shift from real to animated if you go frame by frame or look at Harryhausen’s earlier work, but the animation became smoother and barely recognizable as he developed the craft.

One of the hardest touchpoints to spot is the skeleton fight sequence in Jason and the Argonauts. As the swords clash, the sword quickly transforms into a model, then back to a normal sword. At normal speed, the fast animation is barely noticeable. This is due to Harryhausen’s ability to cleverly seal off layers of reality and stop-motion and suspend our disbelief for a brief moment.

As on-set editing became more complex, Harryhausen was able to find creative ways to incorporate stop-motion patterns. As technology evolved, more and more films moved away from static wide shots of stop-motion creatures interacting with live action to embrace dynamic camera movements and compositions with more depth. Harryhausen also embraced advances in technology, finding ways to make his model’s movements more subtle and eerie.

Harryhausen’s designs were beautiful, but he inevitably faced limitations that were beyond his control. In his memoirs, A bustling life, Harryhausen said: “When designing such a creature, I always have to ask myself, ‘Can I put this on screen?’ If I didn’t have such limitations, my imagination would run wild, but in the end, time and money dictate practicality…”

As we’ve seen recently with VFX artists working for Marvel, tight deadlines can limit an artist’s ability to create great visual effects. If the time allotted to visual effects artists is short, the work created will not look good. It’s not the fault of the artists. They produce the best possible work within the limits presented.

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Stop-motion will always be in a state of evolution. Dynamic camera movements and intricate wire work can push the boundaries of what’s possible in stop-motion if artists have the time and budget to develop these intricate, highly detailed movements. It is our duty as filmmakers to embrace the unique mediums of art that can integrate with live action to add another layer of depth to visual storytelling.

Harryhausen’s goal with his stop-motion was to open up the possibilities of cinema to those who had not experienced certain mediums of the craft. Some great stop-motion artists are creating amazing short films today, but it would be great to see stop-motion combined with live-action make a comeback in cinema. It would be a welcoming burst of creativity that could spark the imagination of the next generation.

What’s your favorite live-action movie that uses stop-motion? Let us know in the comments below!

Bruce Campbell says the show could continue as an animated series

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Four years have already passed since the three seasons of Ash vs Evil Dead ended on Starz – and when the show ended, evil Dead Franchise star Bruce Campbell has announced that he is officially stepping down from the role in Ash. At least when it comes to physically playing the character on screen. Since then, writer/director Lee Cronin has made a new evil Dead movie called Evil Dead Risewhich does not have Campbell in the cast and will be released via the HBO Max streaming service, and Campbell has vocally reprized the role of Ash for the recently released Evil Dead: The Game. Now, during a new interview with Collider, Campbell revealed that Ash vs Evil Dead may continue as an animated series, with him providing the voice of Ash!

After mourning the cancellation of Ash vs Evil Dead, which would have shown Ash battling the forces of evil in a high-tech future had it had a fourth season, Collider’s Perri Nemiroff asked Campbell if there was any hope for this story to continue. Campbell replied

Yeah, like an animated series. You pick up where the show left off. You can make the future much easier in animation. You know, and I still sound like Ash. My voice hasn’t been as battered as my body has been, so I can still do this shit. So I’m still going to do the video game and we’re already talking about an animated series.

Seven months ago, Campbell said he would be willing to provide the voice of Ash for an animated film. evil Dead series, and it looks like the idea has progressed to such a point that he and franchise creator Sam Raimi are now in talks to start such a series. This is very exciting news for me. It will be a different experience to watch an anime movie evil Dead project, but I’ll take all the Ash I can get, however Campbell can.

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Netflix’s Upcoming ‘Ghostbusters’ Animated Series Gets Incredible Throwback Fan Speech

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As revealed as part of this year’s Ghostbusters Day, Netflix is ​​currently developing a new Ghostbusters animated series.

With little known about the project other than those responsible for last year’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife cast Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan attached as executive producers, fans are eager to voice their preferences. on what they would like to see, including the tone of the animation style.

Given that the story of Ghostbusters: Afterlife was steeped heavily in nostalgia, with strong ties to the 1984 film, it wouldn’t be too surprising if the Netflix series took a similar example, deciding to make one. little more, ahem, “real.”

We’re of course referring to the wildly popular 1980s series The Real Ghostbusters, which was a financial juggernaut for Columbia Pictures Television, quickly becoming a beloved cartoon show and spawning Kenner’s famous toyline, as well as ties food and other merchandise.

Favorite Ghostbusters News Fan Artist Badoochi Studioswho took part in the official Ghostbusters Day celebrations last year, shared his potential pitch for an animated series that brings back The Real Ghostbusters, tying them together with the cast of Afterlife.

Whereas Badoochi decided to keep the original team as it was in 1986 because, you know, it’s cartoons, after all, some changes have been made. These include a spectral version of Egon, as he appeared in Life after deathas well as the character’s granddaughter, Phoebe, receiving a slight makeover, adapting her to the lively Spengler family.

Various Ghostbusters gadgets have also been designed to resemble the cartoon series, including the modified Remote Trap Vehicle, as well as the Podcast Controller, likely being a nod to early concept art. Oh, and I love the adorable renditions of Muncher and the Mini-Pufts!

The upcoming Netflix series will mark the third Ghostbusters animated TV show, with previous entries including the aforementioned The Real Ghostbusters, which aired for 140 episodes between ABC and syndication from 1986 to 1991. In the fall of 1997, a series of a follow-up called Extreme Ghostbusters was introduced, which aired for 40 episodes in syndication, continuing the characters and stories featured in the previous anime series.

Dodgers fans covet Soto, Red Sox fall apart

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A glimpse of what’s happening around the majors today:

Washington star Juan Soto is sure to be asked about his near future during a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. As the August 2 trade deadline approached, there was growing speculation that Soto could be on the move.

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Soto was serenaded with chants of “Future Dodger!” during the All-Star Game last week at Dodger Stadium. The Nationals have the worst record in the majors and Los Angeles has the best.

Tony Gonsolin (11-0, 2.02 ERA) is coming back from his All-Star Game loss to start in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won a season-high eight in a row overall and 11 in a row at home, including a four-game sweep against the Giants over the weekend.

Xander Bogaerts and the ailing Red Sox have lost five straight as they begin a four-game series against Cleveland at Fenway Park.

Boston made three errors and a string of other blunders in an 8-4 loss Sunday as the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep that included a 28-5 record.

“The brand of baseball we play is awful,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.

“We don’t catch the ball. We don’t bat good ones. We do not call strikes. It’s bad. It’s really bad right now,” he said. “But we are talented. And we can turn around quickly, and it starts tomorrow.

The Red Sox are just half a game from last place in the AL East. They lost nine of 10 and 13 of 16.

Right-hander Zach Plesac (2-7, 4.02 ERA) starts Game 1 for the Guardians. Right-hander Nick Pivetta (8-7, 4.50) pitches for Boston.

Brewers left-hander Aaron Ashby is making his first start since signing a five-year, $20.5 million contract.

Ashby (2-7, 4.57 ERA) faces Colorado’s Kyle Freeland (4-7, 4.96) in the conclusion of a four-game series in Milwaukee.

Ashby, 24, made his big league debut in June 2021, and he went 3-2 with a 4.55 ERA in four starts and nine relief appearances. He is the nephew of Andy Ashby, who pitched for five major league teams from 1991 to 2004.

Astros right-hander Jake Odorizzi pitches Game 1 against Oakland at the Coliseum — it will be his third straight start against the Athletics.

Odorizzi (4-2, 3.56 ERA) picked up the win on July 10 at Oakland with seven shutout innings. He had a no-decision against the A’s in Houston on July 17, allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings.

The AL West-leading Astros have won five straight since the All-Star break. They swept a home double against the Yankees, who had the best record at the majors, then won three in a row in Seattle – the Mariners had a 14-game winning streak before that.

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Yuri Lowenthal is as much Spider-Man as Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire

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Superhero comics have been a mainstay of popular culture for action comics introduced Superman in 1938. The popularity of these characters has risen and fallen over the decades thanks to moral panics and organizations such as the Comics Code Authority, but modern society is more saturated with superhero media than ever. Marvel’s MCU film and TV series is a big contributor, but individual characters like Spider Man received various live iterations long before Marvel Studios Iron Man teased the Avenger Initiative in 2008.

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DC Comics’ Caped Crusader, Batman, is one of the clearest examples of how different takes on a comic book character work. Fans have long debated the merits of Bruce Wayne’s performances, from Adam West’s campiness in the 1960s to Robert Pattinson’s more serious turn in 2022. The Batman. However, simply voiced takes on the character are just as often part of the discussion, with many expressing their love for Kevin Conroy in Batman: The Animated Series and Rocksteady Arkham Games.

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Likewise, voice actor Yuri Lowenthal becomes as recognizable for playing Spider-Man as the character’s live-action counterparts. Lowenthal’s experience covers a wide range; games like Titanfall 2, Injusticeand Super Smash Bros Ultimate on TV shows like young justice, Ben 10and Esoteric. But as soon as Marvel’s Spider-Man 2When released in 2023, he’ll have reprized his role as Peter Parker in six different games, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.


The Long History of Spider-Man Performances

Although Spider-Man was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko some 30 years after Superman, DC Comics’ golden boy, introduced in 1962 amazing fantasy nope. 15, it received about as many adaptations. While Adam West and Burt Ward portrayed Batman and Robin in live-action, a Spider Man animated series debuted in 1967 starring the late Paul Soles. This low-budget iteration became known for memes like Spider-Man pointing the finger at himself, and the Japanese “tokusatsu” series from the late 1970s is equally recognized for its humorous potential – starring Shinji Todo in the role of Takuya Yamashiro, who uses the robot Leopardon. .


In the late 1990s, Marvel went bankrupt and began selling the rights to various characters. This led to popular film franchises in the 2000s, such as Fox’s x-men titled by Hugh Jackman and Sony’s take on Spider Man with Tobey Maguire. Director Sam Raimi worked on three Spider Man films between 2002 and 2007, bringing the superhero a unique style fostered by his work on projects like the evil Dead series. However Spiderman 3 came out with a whimper, thanks in part to studio interference according to Raimi, the treble of Spiderman 2 left audiences thrilled about his return to Marvel with Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness.


Once the MCU took off, Sony tried again with the amazing spider man series of films starring Andrew Garfield. Marc Webb was only able to direct two films for it, released in 2012 and 2014, as they weren’t as well received as Raimi’s trilogy. Just two years later, a third live-action Spider-Man hit the big screen when Tom Holland debuted in Captain America: Civil War. Holland would receive a series of MCU films co-produced by Sony, leading to messy negotiations between the conglomerates in 2019, resulting in Marvel receiving more revenue.

This renewed agreement gave way to 2021 Spider-Man: No Coming Home, a movie centered around multiversal shenanigans in which Maguire and Garfield return alongside a handful of villains like Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin and Jamie Foxx’s Electro. Although the importance of Sony Spider Man the films made Maguire, Garfield and Holland key exponents of the character, many others put on the mask. For example, Jake Johnson plays an older Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse alongside Shameik Moore’s Miles Morales, and there have been several animated TV shows with Peter voiced by Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Keaton, Robbie Daymond, and more.


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Yuri Lowenthal’s Ongoing Run As Spider-Man

Among this pantheon of Spider-Men, Lowenthal is best known for bringing the character to life in Marvel’s Spiderman – developed by Insomniac Games and released in 2018. However, this isn’t the first time Lowenthal has taken on the role. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the voice actor also played Garfield’s Peter Parker in the 2014 video game adaptation. The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

It’s the Insomniac title that really matters, because Marvel’s Spiderman became one of the biggest first-party releases for the PlayStation 4. It put Peter Parker alongside icons of the era like God of the war (2018) Kratos, Horizon Zero Dawnis Aloy, and the last of us 2‘s Ellie, all of which benefited from Sony’s marketing power in the PS5 generation. Lowenthal returned for Spider Man‘s DLC, and in a tertiary role as a mentor to Nadji Jeter’s Miles in Spider-Man: Miles Morales although the remastered original game included with some versions of Miles Morales was controversial for redesigning Peter Parker’s face model to better reflect Lowenthal’s performance.


The fact that Insomniac decided to rebuild its main character in an ongoing franchise based on the voice actor is telling, and Lowenthal’s performance was immediately iconic enough to earn him appearances in other games. Lowenthal reprized the role in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order and Marvel Future Revolutionaccording to IMDb, and Firaxis Games made headlines by announcing that Lowenthal would be playing Spider-Man in Marvel’s Midnight Suns. He will also return alongside Jeter in the PS5 exclusive. Spiderman 2and there’s no doubt more to come for this branch of the Marvel Universe as Insomniac is developing a Wolverine Game.

That being said, Lowenthal is not de facto Spider Man in all projects off the big screen. Sean Chiplock, known for video game roles like Revali in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wildtook over in Crystal Dynamics’ PlayStation exclusive Marvel’s Avengers DLCs. Still, it’s not hard to see Lowenthal gaining a Batman-like reputation from Conroy in non-real-life projects. If Conroy can stand out among the likes of Christian Bale and Michael Keaton, Lowenthal can also stand the test of time alongside Maguire, Garfield and Holland.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is planned for 2023 on PS5.

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Tim Miller announces the release of the animated film “The Goon” on Netflix

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The creative relationship between directors Tim Miller (“dead Pool”) and David Fincher dates back more than a decade. The first two teamed up to bring the 1980s anthology genre film to life”heavy metal“, this project eventually evolving into the famous”Love, Death + Robots.” The duo even attempted a comic book adaptation with “the moron.” An animated film based on Eric Powell comic published by Dark Horse Comics which has been sitting in development hell for ages, despite word in 2019 that 20th century workshops picked it up.

READ MORE: David Fincher on his first experience directing animation for ‘Love Death + Robots’

During ColliderDirectors on directing” panel to San Diego Comic-Con On Friday, Miller revealed that the comic book project rose from its grave and landed at netflix, the current home of “Love, Death + Robots”. Powell is working on the script with patrick osborne (“Love, Death + Robots”) with Osborne also set to direct the animated pic.

If you’re unfamiliar with Powell’s satirical comic, here’s a breakdown:

The series mixes both a comedic and violent atmosphere with a supernatural streak, which pits the main character against undead creatures/zombies, ghosts, ghouls, mutants, skunks with an abnormal craving for pies, squids giants, mob/gang leaders, extras. aliens, mad scientists and robots.

It originally had actors Paul Giamatti (“Billions“) and Clancy Brown (“mountaineer”) in major voice-over roles and even test footage have made their way online (see below). Although both have not been confirmed for this latest incarnation at Netflix.

Miller is also a producer of the popular and financially successful “sonic the hedgehog” films as a director Jeff Fowler, cut his teeth working on short films for Miller at his animation studio, Blur. So it’s easy to see why the animation side might take off with Blur’s recent successes.

Adorable Pokemon animation shows Ditto transforming into Bulbasaur

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A creative Pokemon fan shows off a simple animation he made that shows Ditto’s transformation process into Bulbasaur.

Over the years Pokemon introduced some unique and interesting creatures. Some pocket monsters stand out from others in their appearance, abilities, or nature. Pokémon such as Mimikyu, Mr. Mime, and Unown don’t stick in most players’ minds not because they look good, but because they’re unusual.

One Pokémon that has always stood out is Ditto. The pocket monster stands out for its ability to transform into other Pokemon and is one of the few that can learn the Transform move. Ditto is one of the most memorable creatures because of it and has always been one that many players immediately recognize.

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An animator by the name of CatGutzArt on Reddit shared a short animation he made showing off the Ditto transformation. The video begins with the pocket monster in its natural state, which then goes through the transformation process. The Pokémon becomes a Bulbasaur, though it retains Ditto’s signature eyes and smile that it is known to have when it transforms. It’s a cute clip that shows one of the RPG series’ weirdest creatures at work as she tries to disguise herself.

A number of Redditors showed their appreciation for CatGutzArt’s piece with the post sitting at over 500 upvotes. One user said he liked it, while another called it very smooth. A commenter mentioned that he would like to see Ditto transform into Pokemon Hydreigon, as he would like to know if only the main head ends up with the goofy grin or all three.

CatGutzArt isn’t the only one showing Ditto some love. A Reddit user known as bbobblob shared a clip featuring a Ditto they knitted that can turn into an electrode. Bbobblob’s piece started off as the Electric-type Pokemon, though it has the Ditto face instead of the giant eyes and smile it usually sports. The video shows the designer folding the knitted piece inside out, which turned it into a pink pocket monster.

The work is interesting because it’s two very different pocket monsters stitched into one. The user was even able to retain many aspects of both creatures in one doll, such as Ditto’s face and Electrode’s two-tone body. The piece is hugely popular and currently has over 10,000 upvotes on Reddit, with a number of fans expressing how much they appreciate the work. With CatGutzArt’s animation, it’s a great way to show the Pokémon’s transformation process.

Pokemon scarlet and violet will be released on November 18 on Nintendo Switch.

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Wildfire near Yosemite National Park explodes in size

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WAWONA, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire near Yosemite National Park erupted Saturday and prompted evacuations even as firefighters made progress against an earlier blaze that was burning at the edge of a grove of giant sequoias.

The Oak Fire, which started Friday afternoon southwest of the park near Midpines in Mariposa County, grew to 10.2 square miles (26.5 square kilometers) Saturday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry. and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire.

“Explosive fire behavior is a challenge for firefighters,” Cal Fire said in a statement Saturday morning that described fire activity as “extreme with frequent runs, spot fires and group fires.”

By Saturday morning, the fire had destroyed 10 residential and commercial structures and damaged five others, the Mercury News reported. The rapidly growing fire prompted Caltrans to order numerous road closures, including the closure of Highway 140 between Carstens Road and Allred Road, blocking one of the main roads into Yosemite National Park.

Hot weather and dry vegetation caused by the worst drought in decades were fueling the blaze and challenging fire crews, said Daniel Patterson, spokesman for the Sierra National Forest.

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“The fire moves quickly. This fire was throwing embers ahead of it up to 2 miles yesterday,” Patterson said. “These are exceptional fire conditions.”

About 1,700 residents of the area were placed under mandatory evacuation orders on Friday evening.

A barefoot elderly man trying to flee crashed his sedan into a ditch in a closed area and was helped by firefighters. He was led safely out of the area and does not appear to have suffered any injuries. Several other residents remained at home Friday night as the fire continued to burn nearby.

There is no immediate word on what started the fire.

Meanwhile, firefighters made significant progress against a wildfire that started in Yosemite National Park and burned through the Sierra National Forest.

The Washburn Fire was 79% contained on Friday after burning about 7.5 square miles (19.4 square kilometers) of forest.

The fire broke out on July 7 and forced the closure of the south entrance to Yosemite and the evacuation of the community of Wawona as it burned on the edge of Mariposa Grove, home to hundreds of giant sequoias, the largest trees in the world by volume.

Wawona Road is tentatively set to reopen on Saturday, according to the park’s website.

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‘Spider-Man Freshman Year’, ‘X-Men ’97’ Preview at Comic-Con – The Hollywood Reporter

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Marvel Studios has gotten thousands of fans pretty excited by launching its first-ever panel centered around a growing slate of animated content.

The presentation and expansion comes after the studio’s inaugural series, What if…?, garnered three Emmy nominations. The response to the show saw Marvel greenlight the second season and announce series from last year such as Spider-Man: Year Onea revival of the 1990s X-Men cartoon titled X-Men ’97and a series of short films, I am Groot. All of these series were showcased during the panel, drawing oohs and aahs from the cheery devotees.

“When we did the first season of What if…?, we realized we wanted to do more,” said Brad Winderbaum, head of streaming, television and animation at Marvel Studios. The longtime Marvel exec, who started out in the studio’s live-action division, said growing up animation was his gateway to film and comic books. “It just means a lot to expand the MCU into new areas. Animation is a great way to do this.

Next to him was another longtime Marvel-ite, head of visual development Ryan Meinerding, who had a sizzle reel focused on his key work in the live-action sphere. With Meinerding on stage, Marvel emphasized that he takes directing the animated series just as seriously as his other endeavors.

“It’s not that different,” Meinerding said. “We meet with filmmakers early on, researching comics to find the most iconic things to shoot.”

With preliminaries completed and key creative players highlighted – Bryan Andrews, director of What if…? and executive producer of Marvel Zombies; AC Bradley, writer and executive producer of What if…?; Beau DeMayo, writer and executive producer of X-Men ’97; Kirsten Lepore, writer, director and executive producer of I am Groot; and Jeff Trammell, writer and executive producer of Spider-Man: Year One — Marvel entered the presentation.

I am Groot will be a five-part short series featuring the adorable guardians of the galaxy character engaging in a variety of hijinks and dancing through new worlds. The CG-animated shorts debut August 10 on Disney+, and executives announced during the Friday noon panel that the second batch of five episodes is already on the way.

Spider-Man: Year One will see Peter Parker in high school with a new team of friends and a cast of villains, including Chameleon, Rhino, Unicorn, Doctor Octopus, and Scorpion. Doctor Strange will make an appearance in the Disney+ series, as will Daredevil, who will be voiced by actor Charlie Cox, who plays the live-action version of the character. Whereas First year won’t debut until 2024, a second season has been announced, aptly titled Spider-Man: Year Two.

While no footage was shown, Marvel did reveal plenty of character designs. The Influencer was Steve Ditko-meets-Alex Toth and featured a diverse and reimagined cast of supporting characters. For example, Parker’s best friend on the show will be a girl named Nico Minoru, also known as a character from the Marvel Runaways hero band. Spider-Man’s costume is homemade and isn’t the look that audiences recognize the most because the producers wanted to “give him a place to grow.”

What if…?, which was the MCU’s first animated series, reimagines great MCU moments with multiple possibilities. It was announced that the second season would arrive in 2023, with a third season already in the works. Captain Carter, Scarlet Witch, Iron Man, Black Widow, and Doctor Strange will appear in the second season alongside new MCU entries like Shang-Chi. The second season will feature a medieval episode set in 1602 and a racing episode with Valkyrie and Iron Man on the trash planet Sakaar of Thor: Ragnarok.

Marvel Zombies comes from a What if…? Season 1 episode featuring undead superheroes. The series will include zombie versions of Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch and Captain America cut in half, while living heroes include Yelena from Black WidowKatie from Shang Chi and Jimmy Woo of Wanda Vision.

Perhaps no series has received a more enthusiastic response than X-Men ’97. The original series, a big Saturday morning cartoon hit, was a precursor to the wave of live-action comic book movies that emerged in the early 2000s – and Marvel, by showing a reel featuring the cast of the original voice and show makers, is acutely aware of its legacy and impact.

“It’s a huge legacy,” acknowledged executive producer De Mayo. He also noted that the series will be the first onscreen content featuring the group of alien mutants since Disney acquired 21st Century Fox.

The first look at X-Men ’97, which is due out in fall 2023, showed Wolverine, Rogue, Gambit, Jubilee, Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey, and Beast in programming outside of the Xavier Institute. A second image showed Cable, Bishop, Forge, Morph, Nightcrawler, and Sunspot. It was revealed that in the new animated series, Magneto will be the new leader of the X-Men while Mister Sinister will take over as the main villain. Season two of X-Men ’97 is already in preparation, with the Newton brothers (The Haunting of Hill House) marking the series.

De Mayo said the show would retain its ’90s identity as much as possible: “It’s a great soap opera. It’s about who wants to kiss who, who looks at who awkwardly. … That’s who they are at the base.

He also said that the show will always address themes of prejudice, which the world unfortunately still has to deal with. “I am a gay, adopted black child who survived living in Florida. This show taught me to be who I am. For the best or for the worst, [X-Men] are timeless. And the world has a lot to learn from them.

Top Netflix movies and shows: what are the trends for July 21, 2022?

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Remember how I said some things never change when talking about trending Netflix movies and TV shows a few days ago? Well, Netflix’s Top Movies and Shows list is making me crow eat a few days later, as both rankings have undergone major changes (the TV side more so). With the long-awaited arrival of one of the most popular romance shows on the platform sending headlines like stranger things and resident Evil down the river and an animated musical persuading Netflix subscribers stuck in a moment to try something else, Netflix’s Top 10 is a much different landscape than it was just 24 hours ago.

Sing 2 characters look surprised.

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Top 10 Movies on Netflix in the US – July 21, 2022

The kids must be home from summer camp because the 2021 animated musical Sing 2who had been climbing the rankings for a few days now, overtook the Dakota Johnson headed Persuasion for #1 on Netflix’s trending movies chart in the US Another Animated Movie, The beast from the searemains in second place again, followed by Persuasion, FRIESand 12 Strong in the Top Five.

The second half of the list remains almost identical to yesterday’s ranking, the only change being the return of The dark knight rises just a day after Christopher Nolan’s latest Batman movie celebrated its 10th anniversary. Now would be a good time to see how the movie turned out.

  • 1. Sing 2
  • 2. Sea Beast
  • 3. Persuasion
  • 4. CHIPS
  • 5. 12 Strong
  • 6. Saucepan
  • 7. Girl in the photo
  • 8. The Toronto Man
  • 9. Mean Girls
  • 10. The Dark Knight Rises

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Top 10 TV Shows on Netflix in the US – July 21, 2022

it didn’t take long to Virgin River to swoop in and claim the top spot on Netflix’s trending shows list. Just a day after the series’ long-awaited return, the popular romantic drama has hit stranger things (number two) and resident Evil (number three) up to second and third place respectively. In fact, the other members of the Top Five have all been affected by All Americans: Homecoming and Only also when going down one place.

The bottom half of the list was also shaken up a bit. Alba starts in sixth place, followed by The Umbrella Academy (unchanged since yesterday), DB Cooper: Where are you? !, Married at first sight (also unchanged), and Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight.

  • 1. Virgin River
  • 2. Stranger Things
  • 3.Resident Evil
  • 4. All Americans: Homecoming
  • 5. Alone
  • 6. Alba
  • 7. The Umbrella Academy
  • 8. DB Cooper: Where are you? !
  • 9. Married at First Sight
  • 10. Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight

With the weekend just a few days away, we can expect the changes seen on the TV side to find their way into the list of trending movie titles, like the Russo Brothers’ big-budget spy thriller. The gray man is finally coming to the streaming service (opens in a new tab). And the jury is still out on how the movie will do with subscribers, but there’s a chance it could make it onto Netflix’s top movies list in the very near future.


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Best cosplay on day one of San Diego Comic-Con 2022

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The highly anticipated San Diego Comic-Con is back.

From July 21 to July 24, the annual comic book convention is back after a two-year hiatus. People attend this great event to see their favorite actors, artists, writers and more. Many also enjoy strolling through the many kiosks available, as well as dressing up as their favorite fictional characters in a practice called cosplay.

Newsweek takes a look at the best cosplay spotted at San Diego Comic Con 2022.
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Newsweek has a round-up of the best cosplays spotted on day one of San Diego Comic-Con 2022.

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A participant dresses as the Marvel superhero, Doctor Strange. The last movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on Disney+.

The Joker

Depicting Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker from the 2008 film, The black Knight, this cosplayer is wearing an awesome costume, as well as makeup and green hair.

Geralt de Riv and Yennefer

Geralt de Riv (Henry Cavill) and Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) are characters from the hit Netflix series, the witcherbased on the popular video game series.

Boba Fett

This young fan showed off his Boba Fett costume while standing in front of others star wars disguises.

The Mandalorian, Ahsoka Tano, Grougu and Rosalina, Jinx and Mona

The Mandalorian, Ahsoka Tano and Grogu (also known as Baby Yoda) are pictured at left as a family attends San Diego Comic Con. They are characters in star wars universe.

In the photo on the right, these participants are dressed as (from left to right) Rosalina from Mario TennisJinx’s Arcane: League of Legendsand Mona from Genshin Impact.

Kuzco (L) and Kronk (R)

Another family attends as Disney’s characters The Emperor’s New Routine. The child on the man’s back is meant to represent a scene from the film where his character is carrying the villain, Yzma, in a similar transporter.

Just today, fans got a sneak peek at upcoming movies and TV shows, including Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Thieves and Teen Wolf: The Movie. Throughout the convention, fans will receive exclusive content from shows such as Dragon House, The Lord of the Rings: The Power of the Ring and more. Attendees can attend panels to take a look at some of the hottest celebrities today, including Keanu Reeves, Matt Smith, Dwayne Johnson and Zachary Levi.

In 1972, the comic book convention was named the “West Coast San Diego Comic Book Convention”, but the event changed its name in 1995 to what we know today as the “Comic-Con International: San Diego”. With hundreds of thousands of people expected throughout the long weekend, San Diego Comic-Con is the focal point of comic conventions around the world.

Browns to sign Rosen as team awaits Watson decision

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By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Reporter

CLEVELAND, AP — The Cleveland Browns reached a deal Thursday with free agent quarterback Josh Rosen on a one-year contract, giving them another veteran pending a decision on Deshaun Watson, The Associated Press told someone familiar with negotiations.

Rosen, who was on Cleveland’s radar before the 2018 draft, will officially sign the contract on Friday, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.

Rosen, 25, trained this week for the Browns with AJ McCarron as they make contingency plans in case Watson is suspended by the NFL.

The Browns want to open training camp next week with four quarterbacks, according to the person.

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Watson faces possible suspension from the NFL after being accused by two dozen female massage therapists of sexual misconduct during sessions while the three-time Pro Bowler was playing for the Houston Texans.

Former federal judge Sue L. Robinson, the league’s disciplinary officer, is deciding whether Watson, who was traded to the Browns in March, violated the personal conduct policy.

If Watson is suspended, the Browns intend to go with veteran Jacoby Brissett as the starter and Rosen as the backup.

Brissett has started 37 games during his professional career with New England, Indianapolis and Miami. He signed as a free agent a day after Cleveland pressured Watson to waive his no-trade clause with a fully guaranteed, five-year, $230 million deal.

Josh Dobbs is also on Cleveland’s roster, but the 27-year-old has never started an NFL game and the Browns wanted to bring in another veteran in case Watson is out for several games.

Rosen was one of the best college quarterbacks the Browns considered signing with the first overall pick in 2018 before picking Baker Mayfield. Cleveland sold Mayfield to Carolina earlier this month after agreeing to recoup $10 million of his 2022 salary.

Rosen was drafted 10th that year by Arizona. He went 3-13 in starts for the Cardinals and Miami. He was with Atlanta last season and played in four games.

McCarron, 31, came close to coming to Cleveland in a 2017 trade from Cincinnati, but the deal was canceled when the Browns failed to file the proper documents with the league in time. McCarron also played for Oakland and Houston.

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Retirement expenses are too difficult to predict

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(Bloomberg Opinion) – Most people don’t budget for real emergencies – which are, thankfully, rare – but for what we might call predictable surprises. For example, there is no emergency vehicle or home repair. All cars and homes will need repairs and maintenance, even if you don’t know when. For true automotive or household emergencies, there is insurance.

Saving for retirement in the United States is so difficult, in part because the surprises are so UNpredictable – not to mention unpleasant: inflation, outliving your money, going to a retirement home. And our insurance – social security – is inadequate. The impossible task of retirement planning reminds me of a New Yorker cartoon I cut out and saved for so long it turned yellow: A member of a couple looks up triumphantly from a kitchen table covered with papers and said, “If we retire late and die early, we’ll just miss it.”

Social Security should be a near-perfect way to handle retirement uncertainty: Social Security pays a benefit regardless of how long you live and is adjusted for inflation. But it’s too small to live on, so you have to have other sources of income.

Only a few Americans who are very wealthy or who live on traditional defined-benefit pensions don’t worry about running out of money. My mother, for example, lived on less than $25,000 a year. She was so preoccupied with money that she avoided visiting her friends. When she died suddenly at age 84, she had plenty left. Seeing all the money she saved for emergencies made me sad.

But of course, none of us know when his time will be up. Planning for retirement involves playing the guessing game about longevity. Compared to actuarial mortality tables, men tend to overestimate and women to underestimate their life expectancy. To more accurately predict the unknowable, you can look to US vital statistics: in 2019, a 65-year-old white woman could expect to live another 21 years; his black male counterpart still 17 years old. Life expectancy calculations by socioeconomic class are more complicated, but the Brookings Institution provides one of the best. According to them, women born in 1940 in the 10% highest household incomes who lived to age 50 were expected to live another 28.5 years. Women in the bottom 10% who lived to age 50 were expected to live only 22.2 years longer. The rich have more of everything, including lifespan.

All this uncertainty complicates retirement planning. Consider: Someone earning, on average, about $70,000 a year, at age 65, needs $750,000 to top up Social Security to maintain their standard of living for 25 years. Assuming a life expectancy of 85 years, not 90 years, the number is reduced to $650,000. That’s a big difference!

You can plan perfectly and still be surprised. I knew a couple, married for 40 years, who worked good professional jobs longer than necessary to make sure they had enough. Two months after leaving their cold northern town to spend their golden years in the sunny South West, the woman was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Prior to her diagnosis, longevity tables predicted that she would live another 20 years. Instead, she died three years later. They had followed the advice of experts to the end. Premature death was possible, but not likely or foreseeable.

What about saving for a retirement home? This is an area where most of us worry more than we should. Only about a third of Americans currently between the ages of 57 and 61 will spend money on nursing home care at any point in their lives — and for 43% of people, private or public insurance will pay for it all. Only 5% of us will finance long stays in nursing homes, costing $47,000 or more. (Commercial long-term care insurance is a bad bet for most people.)

Many people can save for life’s bad surprises because they are predictable. With retirement planning, the only predictable thing is that it will be expensive. For decades, personal finance experts have nagged and shamed Americans into saving more, but the average retirement account balance for people over 65 is just $225,000. About half of the people saved nothing at all. The vast majority of retirees do not have enough, regardless of their lifespan. We need universal retirement savings accounts, low-cost, inflation-indexed annuities, a strong social security system, and Medicare that pays for long-term care.

Due to the self-contained nature of retirement savings, too many people are outliving their savings or hoarding money they should be spending – and everyone is overly anxious. To plan properly in this system, you need to know unknowable things. The United States needs better systems to help people cope.

Note: Email me with a financial surprise you’re concerned about, and I’ll write some tips on how to plan for it.

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Mexico City’s Frida Kahlo experience gives “Frida-Mania” its logical final form: dreamlike animation and inspirational quotes

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Would Frida Kahlo have liked “Frida: La Experiencia Inmersiva,” the eye-catching immersive art experience currently at Foro Polanco in Mexico City? I can’t really say no. Kahlo was a complicated person, obsessed with promoting a personal legend but also passionately politically concerned.

What does Kahlo’s leap to immersive art status suggest about contemporary “Frida-mania”? “Frida: La Experiencia Inmersiva” has the stamp of approval from the Kahlo family itself (as does “Immersive Frida Kahlo,” another Frida attraction opened in cities across North America). Keep in mind, though, this is the same arm of the family that announced last year that it was planning a Frida Kahlo and Family Metaverse (supposed to launch in the second quarter of this year, but until present silencer).

Lasting approximately 45 minutes, this immersive Frida experience fills two large chambers (there’s also a side chamber with additional selfie ops, kids’ activities, and interactive Frida-themed games). The walls are animated with super-scale, high-resolution projections featuring swirling images from Kahlo’s greatest hits, the Two Fridas (1939) at the Broken column (1944) to its funny final tableau, a still life of a watermelon with the words “Viva la Vida” (Live life!) engraved on it.

The images are animated and repeated so that crowds can enjoy versions of the same show wherever they walk through the galleries. Foliage grows and moves. The atmospheres of his paintings change from day to night.

The giant central figures are sometimes invaded by tides of brushes, human hearts, chairs or nails. Sometimes these animated swarms only leave Frida or Diego Rivera’s eyes, unwittingly conjuring up that meme of a frozen Homer Simpson sinking backwards into a hedge in embarrassment. Warm, shimmering music plays.

by Frida Kahlo Portrait of Diego Rivera (1938) projected within Frida: La Experiencia Inmersiva. Photo by Ben Davis.

A handful of Kahlo quotes on the soundtrack create an atmosphere of biographical communion. These hit the familiar fat beats of Frida’s lore: the accident that left her in pain for life, her all-consuming passion for Diego, her shame for her business. It ends with a quotation, pronounced in the tone of a wise and mischievous grandmother: “No vale la pena irse de este mundo sin haberle dado tantito gusto a la vida” (something like: “It’s not worth the hard to leave this world without taking a little pleasure in life.”)

Like “Immersive Van Gogh,” which it echoes in style, “Frida: La Experiencia Inmersiva” does the job it sets out to do very well: providing an effective and spectacular take on visual arts mythology and a pause family in the air. conditioning. Just as Vincent Van Gogh was honed by media culture into his most commercially simple idea of ​​”tortured genius,” so Frida Kahlo was honed into becoming a “passionate woman.”

Frida: The Immersive Experience

An animation by Frida Kahlo The wounded deer (1947) to Frida: La Experiencia Inmersiva. Photo by Ben Davis.

This particular immersive Frida doesn’t really go out of its way to tell Frida Kahlo’s actual story, but the new Batman movie doesn’t bother to retell Bruce Wayne’s origin story either. The point of today’s bestselling IP-based media is to provide you with content so familiar that you don’t have to read up on it. Instead, you can just enjoy watching it creatively reinterpreted.

In Mexico City, Frida Kahlo is more than familiar, of course. Dolls and tchotchkes in his image are sold everywhere; she looks at murals and T-shirts, in cute cartoon form. But there are also plenty of readily available Fridas that give a sense of the harsher, less marketable political side that nearly every modern take on “Frida-mania” seems bent on burying in kitsch.

See Diego Rivera’s famous cycle of murals at the Secretariat of Public Education. Inside there is an image called At the Arsenal, from 1929, centered on the image of Frida in a worker’s red shirt, with a communist red star on it, distributing weapons to the workers. The Soviet flag flies behind her.

The image of Frida Kahlo by Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera, At the Arsenal (1929). Photo by Ben Davis.

Even in the disappointing and overly touristy Frida shrine that is Casa Azul, where they sell all sorts of harmless Frida products, they still keep her bed with the five pictures staring down at her at night, like saints watching over her sleep . : Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and Mao. When I was there for my time slot, the American tourist in front of me was very angry to find out that Frida was a Marxist. “You know, I read that shit in college, but I’m an adult now, and it’s not cute anymore!” he shouted at his girlfriend.

No one will have similar adverse revelations during “Frida: La Experiencia Inmersiva”, which is sponsored by a bank, Citibanamex.

Defending “political Frida” from “commercial Frida” is now its own critical trope. But the topic of Frida’s politics is also tricky, and I wouldn’t trust Citibanamex or its immersive art engineers with its intricacies. Usually, this goes in the direction of a simple heroization of “political Frida”. But his politics were complex and contradictory. For example, Frida was an anti-Stalinist, then an ardent Stalinist in her last days. (She returned to the Mexican Communist Party, Hayden Herrera argues, because her vision of a muscular, actually existing world communism offered an image of strength that served her psychic function while her own body was failing.)

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by Frida Kahlo The broken column (1944), animated in Frida: La Experiencia Inmersiva. Photo by Ben Davis.

You might actually be able to create an immersive show that would give a sense of Kahlo’s complexity, but that would require some creativity and thoughtful engagement with the story, which could take away from the smoothness of the audience. It would also be necessary to break with certain emerging clichés of “immersive art”, which privilege the floating atmosphere and the predigested narration.

The introductory text that welcomes you outside “Frida: La Experiencia Inmersiva” almost says that it expects its audience to come mainly to the show prepared by Salma Hayek’s 2002 film, Frida (which, by the way, some Mexican critics criticized at the time for its glamorous Hollywood treatment of the entertainer). It is said:

There are many paths that lead to the famous Frida Kahlo: the medical path, the scientific path, the historical path, the biographical path, and the emotional path. Since the release of the Hollywood film, it is this last path that has led the greatest number of people around the world to Frida Kahlo: it has moved them and awakened great empathy.

And now, that multimedia immersive experience is here…

What does this mean – taking the “emotional path” to Frida, as opposed to the “biographical” or “historical” paths?

Perhaps because we’re already talking about how Hollywood today deals with art, my immersive experience of Frida reminded me of an article by critic Alison Wilmore, who recently asked in Vulture: “Jane Is Austen just a vibe now?” Wilmore takes a look at the contemporary “Jane Austen Industrial Complex” (but specifically the new Netflix Persuasion) and how a set of tropes – “beanie hats, country walks, piano sessions in the living room, a vague sense of a stuffy British accent” – came to crowd out the complex psychological and social observations that made reality of Austen. books so durable.

“Frida: La Experiencia Inmersiva” in Mexico City makes me think that immersive experiences are perhaps best understood as agents of a similar process – or perhaps what happens when that process takes its final shape. They are a preeminent contemporary vibration-ification technology.

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Video of fatal Minneapolis police shooting shows few details

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By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police released body camera video on Wednesday of a six-hour standoff that ended with officers fatally shooting a black Minneapolis man, but the footage did not show his death. he was holding a gun or threatening police officers.

Andrew Tekle Sundberg, 20, was shot dead by two police snipers early last Thursday, authorities said. His family said he was suffering from a mental health crisis.

Mayor Jacob Frey and Acting Police Chief Amelia Huffman declined to characterize the footage of officers at the scene, citing an investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Arrest. They answered some questions from journalists during a press conference.

Police spokesman Howie Padilla said the city has yet to identify any video “that shows the clearest picture” of what happened, and he urged anyone who may have d other videos to come forward.

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The mayor and the police have come under heavy pressure to speed up the release of videos and other information about the police shootings. Sundberg was killed just over two years after the killing of George Floyd by officer Derek Chauvin, and months after the killing of Amir Locke by a member of the Minneapolis SWAT team just seconds after the team broke into an apartment on a no hit search warrant. .

The police videos included audio recordings of shots fired and officers saying “shots fired”, but the recordings did not clearly indicate whether it was Sundberg or the police who fired the shots.

Huffman said she met with Sundberg’s parents and they saw the videos.

Family attorney Jeff Storms said Sundberg’s parents “send their deepest condolences to everyone affected by Tekle’s mental health crisis.” He added that they also hoped any bystanders with video of the shooting would come forward.

Police attended the scene on the night of July 13 after a 911 call from a Sundberg neighbor who said he fired a gun into her apartment, putting her and her sons in danger 2 and 4 years old. Video of an officer in a stairwell showed officers pulling them to safety, an action that Frey and Huffman highlighted.

Officers “rescued a frightened and vulnerable mother and two children – all during an active shooter situation,” Frey said. Huffman said the officers “showed bravery under fire, a commitment to protecting the public, and a determination to use communication whenever possible.”

Police tried for hours to persuade Sundberg to turn himself in and brought his parents to the scene. Officers can be heard on video, of an officer at ground level telling him minutes before he was shot at 4.18am that he was under arrest.

“We don’t want to hurt you, we just want to go home,” an officer said.

Ground-level video showed Sundberg leaning in and out of his third-story window, but it did not clearly indicate what he might have been holding, nor did it show him doing it. to shoot on.

A video from one of the snipers across the street didn’t show Sundberg at all, but an officer could be heard asking “Is that a cell phone?” before saying the word “gun”. The other officer also seemed to say “gun”. Two shots were heard, which also appeared to show an officer pulling the trigger on his rifle.

Investigators recovered a .38 caliber handgun with a magazine extended from a bed in Sundberg’s apartment, and live .45 caliber cartridges from a closet and bowl in the living room, according to warrant affidavits from search released on Friday.

John Baker, a professor of criminal justice studies at St. Cloud State University who trains officer candidates, said in an interview Tuesday that the key question in determining whether the shooting was justified was whether there was an imminent threat to officers or others at the specific location. when they fired.

The shooting of Sundberg, who often went by his middle name of Tekle, has stoked some activists’ mistrust of the Minneapolis Police Department and their perception that officers are quick to take black lives while doing bigger things. efforts to capture white suspects alive.

Trahern Crews, a Black Lives Matter Minnesota leader who led a protest at the scene on Saturday, said he hopes a clearer video exists because the video released Wednesday does not show whether Sundberg was holding a gun when he was shot.

“It is difficult for us to accept the story of the police. … You can hear the shooting and what happened, but you can’t really see what happened,” Crews said.

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Anchorage Digital Bank to provide custody of iHeartMedia NFTs

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In a rare tie between traditional banks and token cartoon characters, Anchorage Digital Bank, the storage tech startup that became a national trusted bank last year, is now the custodian of a set of tokens not fungi owned by iHeartMedia which include a CryptoPunk, a Mutant Ape, and several Quirkies.

A New York-based broadcast and podcast company, iHeartMedia, has purchased NFTs — tokens representing digital artwork — and created podcasts that feature characters based on those tokens. The first, “Prop Culture”, started in June. It’s hosted by writer, producer and TV voice actor Matt Harrigan (who performs “Loot Bag #2020”), director and writer Jiyoung Lee (the voice of “Quirkies #1988”) and TV producer and musician Dave Bonawits. (“Unusual #307”).

Two of the Anchorage Digital Bank NFTs that will be curated for iHeartMedia are CryptoPunk #2821 (left) and Mutant Ape #10144.

“Not only did it allow us to experiment with Web 3.0 by creating these new experiences to entertain audiences, but it also allowed us to explore how NFTs, art, content and fan communities interact together” , said Conal Byrne, CEO of iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group.

Byrne also sees NFTs as a way to protect digital rights.

“I think that’s what makes NFTs so interesting and so powerful,” he said. “When we think of content, intellectual property, art, ownership, is that you have a digital asset related to a work of art or content that is demonstrably unique, rare, and held on a decentralized public ledger and on a chain of your choice All of this is run to some extent in a trustless, permissionless framework It will be interesting how this plays out, but ultimately it will provide us with an interesting perspective as content creators to experiment with.

He does not know if iHeartMedia will sell its NFTs in the future. For Non-Fun Squad’s NFTs, “the primary goal was to focus solely on creating great IP and content for the enjoyment of our audience.”

San Francisco-based Anchorage Digital Bank started as tech startup providing crypto custody services. Last year he received a national bank charter of trust from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. iHeartMedia chose Anchorage as its custodian because it has the technical expertise to keep NFTs secure and there is peace of mind in partnering with a federally chartered bank, Byrne said.

Anchorage already has NFTs in custody. For example, this is the CryptoPunk Visa custodian purchased in August for $150,000.

“In a way, Visa forced our hand. They came up to us jokingly and said, wouldn’t it be great if we did this? said Diogo Monica, co-founder and president of Anchorage Digital. “And we were like, OK, we’ll support you. And so they were the first to come in and get us through this.

After Visa’s announcement was released, other customers and businesses also asked Anchorage to keep their NFTs, Monica said.

“Think similarly that you wouldn’t really leave a Picasso in your garage,” Monica said. “If an NFT happens to be rated at a certain number, you now need an institutional way to store it. The same way you would store your Picasso in a temperature-controlled, humidity-controlled safe, you would store also an NFT in an institutional bank.

NFT art seems to have remained popular even during the crypto winter this summer.

According crypto.news, the average price of NFT art is $232.24. Over $317 million worth of NFTs have been sold in the last 30 days.

News site’s analysis of CoinMarketCap data on NFT collections found that the top 20% of NFT artists earn more than $96,000 a year.

The most expensive NFT collection is Bored Ape Yacht Club, which had an average price per NFT of 101.96 Ether, or $108,948, over the past 30 days. More than half of all NFT purchases are made with Ether, according to the site.

“Like traditional art, the value of NFTs can be very subjective,” a spokesperson for crypto.news said. “However, NFTs can offer owners something more, as in the case of the Bored Ape Yacht Club where owners have access to an exclusive community. This exclusivity can drive values ​​even higher.

Valuable NFTs are a strong use case for Anchorage’s technology, alongside other digital assets including bitcoin and ether, Monica said.

“Imagine having an NFT on your computer that’s worth a million dollars,” he said. “It’s a password you have that’s worth a million dollars. It’s not something anyone wants to do on their own. There is a high risk of cyber theft.

Anchorage offers multi-person integrity, which means no one in Anchorage or working for Anchorage customers can move any of the NFTs.

“That means they’re protected against theft,” Monica said. Customers decide how many and which people are allowed to do anything with NFTs.

Anchorage stores assets in hardware security modules that are offline; at no time are they directly connected to the Internet.

In April, Anchorage signed a CCO Consent Order in which it agreed to take certain steps to improve its bank secrecy law and anti-money laundering programs.

“We like the fact that we’re a regulated bank,” Monica said. “We like that there is scrutiny. We love that we’re actually audited by the oldest banking regulator in the United States. The past six months have shown a massive flight to safety during the bull market. People fly safe and flying safe means flying in Anchorage under a clear regulatory charter.

Biden to Announce Climate Actions at Former Mass Coal Plant.

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By SEUNG MIN KIM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will announce new climate change action he can take on his own just days after a influential Democratic senator dashed hopes for a sweeping legislative package of new environmental programs this year.

Biden is due to unveil the latest efforts during a visit on Wednesday to a former coal-fired power plant in Somerset, Massachusetts, which is transitioning to manufacturing offshore wind turbines. It’s the embodiment of the clean energy transition that Biden seeks but has struggled to achieve in the first 18 months of his presidency.

Wednesday’s executive actions include new initiatives to bolster the nation’s offshore wind industry as well as efforts to help communities cope with soaring temperatures through programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a White House official.

But the actions Biden announces on Wednesday will not include a declaration of national emergency to address the climate crisis — something that has been sought after by Democratic activists and lawmakers after Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., last week scuttled talks on a legislative package.

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White House officials said the option remains under consideration, although press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday declined to outline a timeline for a decision in addition to saying no such order. would not be issued this week.

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said he was “confident the president is finally ready to do whatever it takes to address this crisis.”

“I think he made that clear in his statement last Friday, and I think coming to Massachusetts is a further articulation of that goal,” Markey told reporters Tuesday.

Biden has come under considerable pressure to issue a climate emergency declaration, which would allow him to redirect federal resources to bolster renewable energy programs that would help accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels.

Jean-Pierre declined to detail internal deliberations on such a statement, which would be similar to one issued by Biden’s Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, who declared a national emergency to build a wall on the southern border when lawmakers refused. to allocate money for this. effort.

Biden pledged major executive action on climate last week after months-long talks between Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., stalled. The West Virginia senator cited stubbornly high inflation as the reason for his hesitation.

For now, Manchin said he would only agree to a legislative package that strengthens subsidies to help people get insurance under the 2010 Health Care Act and allows Medicare to negotiate the prescription drug prices that will ultimately reduce the cost of pharmaceuticals to consumers.

The White House has indicated that it wants Congress to accept this deal, and the president will address the climate issue himself.

“I will use all the powers I have as president to continue to deliver on my promise to move forward in the fight against global warming,” Biden told reporters over the weekend in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after talks between Schumer and Manchin have derailed.

Biden will tour the former Brayton Point power plant on Wednesday, which closed in 2017 after burning coal for more than five decades. The plant will now become an offshore wind turbine manufacturing site.

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Italy faces parliamentary showdown over government survival

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By Angelo Amante and Crispian Balmer

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi will address the upper house of the Senate on Wednesday over a political crisis that could bring down his government and trigger a snap election at a time of international tumult and economic upheaval.

Draghi tendered his resignation last week after the Populist 5 Star Movement refused to back his broad coalition in a parliamentary vote of confidence.

President Sergio Mattarella rejected the resignation and instead asked him to address parliament, hoping he would find a solution allowing him to remain in office until the end of the legislature in early 2023.

The senators were summoned for 9:30 a.m. (0730 GMT) and the result of a vote on the Prime Minister’s speech was expected for 7:30 p.m. (1730 GMT). A debate on the future of government is also expected to take place in the lower house on Thursday.

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Little appears to have changed on the political front since last week, when the 5-star boycotted the vote of confidence on measures to ease the high cost of living, complaining that its own concerns had been ignored.

It remains unclear if Draghi remains determined to step down at some point over the next couple of days, or if he might change his mind and stay in power, as many inside and outside have demanded. outside Italy, fearing his departure would trigger chaos.

The former head of the European Central Bank has enough support to remain in office without 5 stars, but he has so far rejected this option as his original mandate was to lead a national unity coalition with parties from all over the world. political horizons.

Five-star leader Giuseppe Conte said over the weekend he wanted Draghi to signal he was ready to implement some of his political priorities before renewing his support for the government, including introducing a minimum wage system.

Complicating efforts to overcome divisions, the right-wing League party and its Forza Italia allies said they no longer wanted to share power with 5-Star.

The 5 star has held repeated meetings in recent days to try to decide on its strategy, but remains deeply divided. Two party MPs told Reuters that on Tuesday evening they had received no guidance on how to vote in Wednesday’s debate.

If Draghi thinks his government cannot be revived, he will submit his resignation once again to President Mattarella, almost certainly paving the way for elections in late September or early October.

Italy hasn’t had an autumn election since World War II because that’s the time normally set aside for budgeting.

Ratings agency Fitch said Monday that Draghi’s resignation would make structural reforms and fiscal consolidation even more difficult in Italy, which has the second-highest debt-to-GDP ratio in Europe after Greece.

(Reporting by Angelo Amante, editing by Angus MacSwan)

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Saudi Arrested for Lying to FBI Shows Kingdom’s Reach in US

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By ISABEL DEBRE, Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It all started with a message that appeared on Danah al-Mayouf’s phone from an anonymous Instagram account — a promise to help him ‘crush’ a $5million lawsuit dollars she had to face a pro-government Saudi model.

But, the mysterious texter said, she had to meet him in person.

It was December 2019, a year after the murder and dismemberment of prominent US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and al-Mayouf feared he would be kidnapped and brought back to the kingdom as a d ‘others.

“I can’t meet someone I don’t know,” al-Mayouf finally replied. “Especially with all the kidnappings and murders.”

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Now she’s glad she didn’t go. US federal prosecutors have arrested the man behind the posts, Ibrahim Alhussayen, 42, accused of lying to federal officials about using the fake account to harass and threaten Saudi critics – mostly women – living in the United States and Canada.

An FBI spokesperson declined to comment on the charges. A lawyer for Alhussayen did not respond to multiple requests for comment, nor did the Saudi Embassy in Washington.

An unsealed complaint last month in federal court in Brooklyn points to a broader probe into online harassment campaigns targeting Saudi dissidents in the United States and their relatives — part of a transnational crackdown that has alarmed US officials in recent years as various autocratic governments seek to punish critics abroad.

Earlier this year, for example, the Justice Department exposed a plot by agents acting on behalf of the Chinese government to stalk, harass and surveil dissidents in the United States.

The complaint comes as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman continues to suppress opposition, both at home and abroad, while working to restore his image as a liberal reformer. The Saudi government has argued in the past that its critics incite violence, broadly defined, and pose a threat to the kingdom’s security.

Nevertheless, President Joe Biden met – and shared a heartfelt thumbs up with – Prince Mohammed during a diplomatic summit last week in Saudi Arabia.

The scenes drew scathing criticism from fellow Democrats and rights groups after Biden vowed to treat the kingdom as an “outcast” and held Prince Mohammed responsible for Khashoggi’s murder.

From Jeddah, Biden said he discussed the “scandalous” Khashoggi killing with Prince Mohammed and was “straightforward” on human rights issues, without giving further details.

“If something like this happens again,” Biden said of the Saudi government’s efforts to target dissidents abroad, “they’ll get that answer and more.”

While some accuse Biden of abandoning his promise to put human rights at the heart of his foreign policy with his trip to the kingdom, Alhussayen’s arrest in New York underscores that federal officials are increasingly scrambling in addition to prevent these rights violations from occurring on American soil. .

The kingdom’s campaign to silence critics has been going on in America for some time. In 2019, US prosecutors alleged that Saudi Arabia recruited two Twitter employees to spy on thousands of accounts, including those of US citizens and Saudi dissidents.

“This guy is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Abdullah Alaoudh, Gulf research director for Democracy for the Arab World Now, a Washington-based human rights watchdog. Alaoudh alleges that he was also harassed by Alhussayen although he is not named in the complaint. “It’s a much larger campaign by the Saudi government to reach people outside.”

Alhussayen was a graduate student at two universities in Mississippi. But online, the FBI says it was “@samar16490”, an account that ruthlessly insulted and threatened young women on Instagram in an apparent attempt to help the Saudi government.

Between January 2019 and August 2020, he reportedly had regular contact with a Saudi government employee who reported to a royal court official.

Prosecutors also said Alhussayen took screenshots of Khashoggi’s Twitter posts from a year before his death and kept photos of Khashoggi on his phone this year, revealing an obsession with Saudi dissidents.

Alhussayen has been accused of lying to federal authorities in three interviews between June 2021 and January 2022. The FBI says he told investigators he did not use any social media accounts other than those in his own name. .

Alhussayen’s victims regularly checked their phones to discover new waves of vitriolic attacks. As women critics of the Saudi government, they said Alhussayen’s warnings were part of a powerful campaign unleashed by legions of social media trolls.

“MBS will wipe you off the face of the earth, you will see,” Alhussayen reportedly told al-Mayouf, the Saudi activist, referring to the crown prince by his initials.

He allegedly threatened al-Mayouf with the fate of well-known Saudi women imprisoned in the kingdom, filling his texts with swear words.

From New York, al-Mayouf hosts a popular YouTube show that delivers biting takes on Saudi news and criticizes top officials.

For her and a few other victims, there were signs that Alhussayen’s intentions went beyond offense.

After al-Mayouf rejected his help in the trial and refused to meet, he went on a rampage. He attempted to obtain her whereabouts, according to the court filing, “to monitor and further harass her” in person. The complaint did not give details.

“I believe some of them are here in the United States,” she said of the online bullies who inundate her and her American fiancé with death threats every day. “I’m afraid something will happen to me.”

She and her fiancé moved after pro-government accounts posted their home addresses on Twitter.

Moudi Aljohani, a prominent Saudi women’s rights activist who has sought asylum in the United States, also believes Alhussayen was trying to gain her trust and lure her into a face-to-face meeting.

After denouncing the country’s male guardianship system on social media, Aljohani fled the kingdom and her parents’ suffocating grip in 2016. She fears her family will kill her if she returns.

Aljohani said she was shaken when Alhussayen contacted in 2020 from her fake Instagram account with a cryptic photo of a close family member.

But she, too, deserved his wrath when she didn’t respond. Alhussayen would have told him that he wanted to spit in his face. He said he hoped she met the same fate as Nada al-Qahtani, a Saudi woman who was shot and killed by her brother in a so-called “honor killing” in the kingdom in 2020.

In recent years, Aljohani has refrained from publicizing her views critical of the government due to what she described as a relentless smear campaign.

But a lower political profile didn’t help. She and the others live in fear of the reach of their government.

“The Saudis are paying a lot of money to fix their image and the way they see it, we are ruining it for them,” Aljohani said. “I feel like there is no safe place.”

Associated Press writer Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.

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Recommendations from the Comic-Con panel | KPBS Public Media

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International Comic-Con starts Thursday and here are my recommendations for some signs to look out for.

I rarely go to any panel anymore. Trying to cover the news means I don’t have time to queue for big panels or free up a few hours each day to attend smaller ones, but I always try. And, I have always been rewarded by the panels in which I participate.

So if you’re looking for panels that are small and intimate, to dive deep into something, or panels that look intriguing, here’s my suggestion for Thursday. I will post other suggestions for the rest of the convention as well as booth recommendations.

To start, here’s a warning for one of the hidden treasures of the convention, it’s the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF). This takes place daily and each day begins at 10:00 a.m. with a Comic-Con Film School panel on different topics followed by a themed film block at 11:05 a.m.

CCI-IFF takes place at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel, adjacent to Concourse A of the Convention Center. The Film Festival Hall is on the second level of the Marriott Grand Ballroom 6. With the awards ceremony Sunday at 11:00 a.m. So watch the program and make time to check out some of the shorts, feature films and documentaries that will be featured.

Below are the Thursday panels with times, locations and program descriptions.

Representation of disability on and off screen
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Room 6A

This panel will explore the representation of disability both on screen and behind the camera and will serve to raise the profile of disability as a key pillar of diversity, it will also celebrate the diversity that exists within the disability community. . This panel will feature talent such as Lauren Ridloff, Steve Way, Josh Feldman, Jillian Mercado, Timothy Omundson and moderator Abbey White.

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Osamu Tezuka’s famous creation Astro Boy (Frontispiece/Daisan no Majutushi no Maki/Shonen/Kobunsha/1962).

Comics Arts Conference Session #1: Tezuka 33 years later
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Room 26AB

This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the loss of Osamu Tezuka, the god of manga and father of anime. Bill Field (Institute of Comics Studies) leads a discussion on Osamu Tezuka’s legacy that intersects comics and animation with Kuni Tomita (Akira), Karen Green (Columbia University), Ron English (Popaganda), and Jerry Beck (Woodbury University).

Write for the young you
11:00 – 12:00
Room 5AB

Stories have the power to transport you to many places, including taking you back in time to when you were a child. Comic-Con special guests Tomi Adeyemi, Lorena Alvarez, Soman Chainani, Keithan Jones and Lilah Sturges are joined by moderator Katie Pryde (Owner, Books with Pictures, Portland, OR) to discuss how they craft the stories that attracted them in their youth and created the tales they missed.

The forgotten trio: letters, colorists and inkers
11:00 – 12:00
Room 9

Comics bring us much more than superheroes. Jessica Tseang (International Comics Historian) chats with Dave Lanphear (Letterer, DC Comics, Marvel), Beth Sotelo (Colorist, DC Comics, Marvel) and veteran inkers about the importance of their careers in bringing stories to life, the impact of their work in recent years and what we can expect in the future. Discover what it takes to stand out and be noticed by publishers of all sizes. (NOTE: Highly recommend for a deep dive into an aspect of comics you may not know much about.)

Collecting comics from A to Z
12:00 – 13:00
Room 28DE

Jeff Shinn (San Diego-based comic book store owner, Into the Void Comics; professional comic presser), Harry Lee (San Diego-based comic book dealer, major West Coast convention dealer, salesman online), John Cunningham (San Diego-based high profile comic book collector, investor), Richard Guevara (San Diego-based high profile collector, speculation market expert, comic book seller, investor) and Nathalie Chavez (ShortBoxed Team Member, Content Creator, Chat with Nat Instagram Live Show Host, Top Collector) discuss all aspects of comic book collecting in today’s market.

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David Walker, one of the creators of “Bitter Root,” will be a panelist on Thursday.

Diversity and comics: Multimodal media and comics
12:00 – 13:00
Helen Price Reading Room, San Diego Central Library

Aaron Grizzell (NorcalMLK Foundation, Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival) hosts a conversation with David F. Walker (“Naomi,” DC; “Bitter Root”), Angelique Roché (“Marvel Voices”; “My Super Hero is Black”) , Marco Finnegan (“Lizard in a Zoot Suit,” “The Keeper”), Angela Sanchez (“From Cocinas to Lucha Libre Ringsides: Latinographix Stories of Sports,” “Food & Madness”), and Stanford Carpenter (Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival) on how the construction of various modes of communication and information transfer has affected and socialized our culture and how comics and picture stories are powerful tools for visual communication and expression.

Spotlight on Jim Lee
12:45 – 13:45
Room 6DE

DC comic artist, writer, editor and chief creative officer Jim Lee (“Batman,” “Superman,” “Justice League,” “Suicide Squad”) talks about his more than 25 years in the entertainment industry comic and draw your favorite characters live on the big screen in this captivating panel.

Filipino voices in pop culture
13:00 – 14:00
Omni Grand Ballroom DE, 4th Floor, Omni Hotel

Filipino/Filipino-American influences can be found in all facets of pop culture. But were there times when this culture was left out of representation? Does the general population know how many Filipinos are behind their favorite media? Alix Catherine (content creator, “The Welcome Party”) is joined by Earl Baylon (voice actor, “Tomb Raider” series), Mitch Narito (actor, “The Good Place”), Andrea A. Walter (director and photography), Law Sharma (Senior Content Producer, Cinemablend), and JPG (Pop Culture Consultant, InterMyth) for a fun and educational all-Filipino panel.

Turning knowledge into something more: a myth reimagined in fantasy fiction
13:00 – 14:00
Room 32AB

Storytelling has long played a central role in the formation of cultural identity. Tomi Adeyemi (“Children of Virtue and Vengence”), Wesley Chu (“The Art of Prophecy”) and Rebecca Roanhorse (“Fevered Star”) discuss the role tradition plays in their work and why to return and reinvent figures and themes traditions, and stories are important both in commemorating the past and creating the future. (NOTE: I’ll moderate this one.)

The Art of the Holocaust: Art as a Lifeline
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Bedroom 4

David Beck Brown (Artist/Creator, “The Unknown Artist-History Erased”), Sandra Scheller (USC Shoah Foundation Interviewer), Stephen D. Smith (CEO, StoryFiles), and Heidi S. Straus (USC Interviewer Shoah Foundation, Holocaust Educator) examine and discuss drawings, illustrations, and graphics made by Holocaust prisoners facing life-threatening consequences. They will discuss imprisoned artists such as Horst Rosenthal, Dina Babbitt and Otto Ungar and offer a special tribute to Neal Adams, creator of the Auschwitz Artist graphic.

The Early Years of the SDCC El Cortez Hotel
14:00 – 15:00
Room 23ABC

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the first con to be held at the San Diego El Cortez Hotel, come hear interesting, humorous, and amazing stories from the people who were there during those magical early years. Panelists: Mike Towry (SDCC Founder), Jackie Estrada (Eisner Awards Trustee, Attended All SDCCs), Scott Smith (SDCC Media Department Founder and Former Board Member), Clayton Moore (Artist and former SDCC committee member), Milt Gray (1972 SDCC host and guest). Paul Sammon (writer and director) and Greg Koudoulian (longtime SDCC participant and friend of George Clayton Johnson).

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Artist Shag will be on a panel about Godzilla and he’ll be selling an exclusive print featuring Toho’s famous kaiju.

Up from The Depths: Toho’s Godzilla: Collectibles Past, Present, and Future
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Room 29CD

Chris Mowry (Creative Head of Toho International and host of the web series Godzilla CHOMP) is joined by Brian Flynn (Founder of Super7), Hector Arce (Mondo), Jody Dankberg (Stern Pinball), famed artists SHAG and Attack Peter, and Jazmine Joyner (IDW Publishing) discusses the collectibles side of Godzilla and why classic movies continue to inspire products in new and creative ways.

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Hernandez Brothers Spotlight: Love and Rockets 40th Anniversary
15:00 – 16:00
Room 25ABC

Award-winning artists Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez discuss 40 years of creating their iconic comic book series. They’ll be joined in conversation by Carol Hernandez (photographer and actress) as they talk about comics, the punk scene and creating art over the decades.

Todd McFarlane Celebrates Spawn’s 30th Anniversary
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Room 6DE

Megastar Artist, CEO of McFarlane Toys and President of Image Comics, Todd McFarlane (“Spawn”, “Venom”) celebrates the 30th anniversary of the debut of Image Comics and Spawn, which changed comics forever!

women on the dark side
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Room 24ABC

Whether it’s comics, movies, novels, or art, these women create content that connects with the deepest, darkest side of us all. With Sandy King Carpenter (President, Storm King Productions), Anne Toole (“Horizon Zero Dawn”), Debbie Smith Daughetee (CEO, Kymera Press), Dr. Suzana Flores (“Untamed: The Psychology of Marvel’s Wovlerine”). Moderated by Susan Lee (Founder, Women on The Dark Side).

Celebrating Indigenous Comics and Pop Culture
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Bedroom 2

This panel of Indigenous writers and illustrators celebrates Indigenous comics! Among the participants are Sonny Chargualaf (Chamorro illustrator of “Guam”, “The Dark Reaches”), Aaron Cuffee (co-founder of IndigiPop X, Indigenous Comic Convention), Mark Nazal (Diwata Komiks) and Dr. Stanley Rodriguez (professor and Kumeyaay expert and member of the tribe).

Comic-Con 2018: The Legal Geeks and the Court Martial of Poe Dameron

Jaws: the trial
19:00 – 20:00
Grand 12 and 13, Marriott Marquis Marina San Diego

The town of Amity is being sued by the families of shark attack victims! Was it fair for Mayor Vaughn to keep the beaches open after Chrissie Watkins died? Was the medical examiner right to change Watkins’ cause of death to a boating accident? Lawyers Michael Dennis, Mark Zaid, Danna Nicholas and Kathy Steinman argue in front of Judge Carol Najera. Starring Valerie Tosi as Mrs. Kitner and Jeff May as Mayor Vaughn. Organized by The Legal Geeks. (NOTE: These are always fun and you will learn something about the law.)

The Chainsmokers perform on the edge of space

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By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the Chainsmokers’ latest hits is “High,” and they hope to live up to their words.

The hit duo of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall have signed up to enter a pressurized capsule attached to a stratospheric balloon in a few years and fly some 20 miles above Earth.

The feat would make Taggart and Pall the first musical artists to perform on the far reaches of space, Ryan Hartman, chief executive of space tourism startup World View, told The Associated Press.

World View says The Chainsmokers will be on one of the company’s inaugural flights scheduled for 2024 and will record a performance from inside the capsule, giving viewers the chance to experience the music and the journey first-hand.

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“We have always dreamed of going to space and are thrilled to partner with World View to bring this adventure and experience to life,” The Chainsmokers said in a statement. “We know the sights of Earth and space are going to be amazing and inspiring and we hope to leverage this flight for creativity on future projects.”

The Chainsmokers have had five Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including “Closer”, “Paris”, “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Something Just Like This” with Coldplay in 2017.

Hartman said that while most people who have flown in space are scientists and engineers, World View hopes sending artists could “inspire them to do something different than they otherwise would have done.” “.

“We believe in inspiring new insights and how those new insights can lead to a radically improved future for our Earth,” Hartman said. “Being able to reach The Chainsmokers audience through the work of Alex and Drew also helps our mission. It’s something that inspires me personally and excites me.

World View is part of a new wave of private space exploration companies offering seats to the public, a list that includes Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and SpaceX. Each World View balloon capsule is designed to seat eight passengers and reach a maximum altitude of 100,000 feet (30,480 meters). Each flight will last 6 to 12 hours.

Choosing The Chainsmokers for the honor was, in part, a personal decision as well as an attempt to excite younger audiences. Hartman said he watched his youngest son sing the lyrics to the duo’s songs and was inspired by the band’s popularity. He explained the theft to the couple over dinner.

“I just saw firsthand and personally how their music reaches many different groups, many different age groups and how passionate they are about their music and their art. It matches our passion for what we do,” did he declare.

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Pain for Europe now, later for Russia

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Across Europe, signs of distress are growing as Russia’s war in Ukraine drags on. Food banks in Italy are feeding more people. German authorities are refusing air conditioning as they prepare plans to ration natural gas and restart coal-fired power plants.

A giant utility is asking for a taxpayer bailout, and more could be on the way. Dairies wonder how they will pasteurize the milk. The euro has fallen to its lowest level in 20 years against the dollar and recession forecasts are on the rise.

These pressure points are signs of how the conflict – and the Kremlin gradually choking off the natural gas that powers the industry – has caused an energy crisis in Europe and increased the likelihood of a return to recession just as the economy was rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, war-fueled high energy costs are benefiting Russia, a major oil and natural gas exporter whose nimble central bank and years of experience with sanctions have stabilized the ruble and the euro. inflation despite economic isolation.

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In the long term, however, economists say that Russia, while avoiding complete collapse, will pay a heavy price for the war: the worsening of economic stagnation through the loss of investments and the decline in the incomes of its people.

Europe’s most pressing challenge is in the shorter term: tackling record inflation of 8.6% and weathering the winter without crippling energy shortages. The continent is dependent on Russian natural gas and rising energy prices are impacting factories, food costs and fuel tanks.

Uncertainty hangs over energy-intensive industries like steel and agriculture, which could face natural gas rationing to protect homes if the crisis worsens.

Molkerei Berchtesgadener Land, a large dairy cooperative in the German town of Piding, outside Munich, has stored 200,000 liters (44,000 gallons) of fuel oil so it can continue to generate electricity and steam to pasteurize milk and keep it cold if the electricity or natural gas to its turbo-alternator goes out.

This is an essential guarantee for the 1,800 member farmers whose 50,000 cows produce one million liters of milk per day. Dairy cows need to be milked daily, and one stop would leave that ocean of milk with nowhere to go.

“If the dairy isn’t working, the farmers can’t either,” said managing director Bernhard Pointner. “Then the farmers should throw away their milk.”

In one hour, the dairy uses the equivalent of a year’s worth of electricity for a house to keep up to 20,000 pallets of milk cool.

The dairy has also stocked packaging and other supplies to guard against suppliers hit by a power shortage: “We’ve stockpiled a lot…but it will only last a few weeks.”

Economic woes also appear at the table. Consumer groups estimate that a typical Italian family is spending 681 euros (dollars) more this year on food.

“We are really concerned about the situation and the continued increase in the number of families we support,” said Dario Boggio Marzet, president of the Lombardy Food Bank, which brings together dozens of charities that run soup kitchens and provide basic commodities to the needy. Their monthly expenses are up by 5,000 euros this year.

Jessica Lobli, a single mother of two from the Paris suburb of Gennevilliers, is paying close attention to soaring grocery prices. She cut down on her milk and yogurt intake and gave up on Nutella or brand name cookies.

“The situation will get worse, but we have to eat to survive,” said Lobli, who earns between 1,300 and 2,000 euros a month working in a school kitchen.

His monthly food budget of 150 to 200 euros fell to 100 euros in June. She said her family doesn’t eat as much in the summer, but she worries about September when she will have to buy school supplies for her 15-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son, which will further squeeze her budget.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the government was aiming to save energy by turning off public lights at night and taking other measures. Similarly, German authorities are pleading with individuals and businesses to save energy and ordering lower heating and cooling settings in public buildings.

It follows Russia cutting off or reducing natural gas to a dozen European countries. A major gas pipeline was also closed for scheduled maintenance last week, and there are fears that flows via Nord Stream 1 between Russia and Germany could restart.

Germany’s biggest importer of Russian gas, Uniper, has asked for government help after it was caught between soaring gas prices and what it was allowed to charge customers.

Carsten Brzeski, chief eurozone economist at ING Bank, predicts a recession at the end of the year, with high prices undermining purchasing power. Europe’s longer-term economic growth will depend on governments’ ability to tackle the massive investments needed to transition to a renewable energy-based economy.

“Without investment, without structural change, the only thing left is to hope that everything will work as before – but it won’t,” Brzeski said.

While Europe is suffering, Russia has stabilized its ruble exchange rate, stock market and inflation through massive government intervention. Russian oil is finding more and more buyers in Asia, albeit at reduced prices, as Western customers shrink.

After being hit with sanctions following the seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea region in 2014, the Kremlin has built a fortress economy by keeping debt levels low and pushing businesses to stock up on spare parts and food. Russia.

Although foreign companies like IKEA have closed and Russia has defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time in more than a century, there is no sense of impending crisis in downtown Moscow. . Affluent young people are still dining out, even though Uniqlo, Victoria’s Secret and Zara stores are closed in the seven-story Evropeisky mall.

McDonald’s successor, Vkusno-i Tochka, serves more or less identical dishes, while the mall’s former Krispy Kreme has changed its name but sells essentially the same offerings.

In less affluent provinces, Sofya Suvorova, who lives in Nizhny Novgorod, 440 kilometers (273 miles) from Moscow, has felt the pressure on the family budget.

“We hardly order takeout anymore,” she said while shopping at a supermarket. “Before, it was very practical when we had young children. We go to the cafe less often. We had to reduce some entertainment, such as concerts and theatres; we try to keep this for the kids, but the adults had to cut it.

Economists say the ruble’s exchange rate – stronger against the dollar than before the war – and falling inflation paint a misleading picture.

Rules preventing money from leaving the country and forcing exporters to exchange most of their foreign oil and gas revenues for rubles have rigged the exchange rate.

And the inflation rate “has partially lost its meaning,” wrote Janis Kluge, an expert on the Russian economy at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, in a recent analysis. Indeed, this does not take into account the disappearance of Western goods, and lower inflation probably reflects the slump in demand.

Some 2.8 million Russians were employed by foreign or mixed companies in 2020, according to political scientist Ilya Matveev. If suppliers are taken into account, up to 5 million jobs, or 12% of the workforce, depend on foreign investment.

Foreign companies can find Russian owners, and protectionism and a glut of government jobs will prevent mass unemployment.

But the economy will be much less productive, Kluge said, “leading to a significant decline in average real incomes.”

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Why Insomniac Should Break With The Wolverine Comics And Movies

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Expectations are high for Marvel’s Wolverines, which is understandable given the popularity of the character Insomniac Games will focus on and the success of the studio’s recent games. Not only has Logan received many iconic comics over the past few decades, but Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of the character in the x-men the films were extremely popular.

However, while Insomniac has plenty of sources it can leverage to ensure it delivers a crowd-pleasing game, it should aim to chart its own course. Logan was a great movie, and comic book fans love to see their favorite stories adapted, but the developer had already shown the strengths of doing something new through its Marvel’s Spiderman series. As such, however Marvel’s Wolverines can and should take some things from other sources, Insomniac should strive to do its own thing.

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Create a never-before-seen look for Logan

A great thing about Marvel’s Spiderman was Peter Parker’s advanced suit. Although there was initially some negativity surrounding the athletic look of the costume and the removal of the black spider symbol, fans eventually warmed to the outfit, with some even considering it their favorite Spidey design. The Advanced Suit’s biggest strength is that it’s distinctly insomniac, which means every time Marvel fans see that big white symbol, they know which version of the hero they’re looking at.

With the decision to give Peter an entirely original costume in Marvel’s Spidermanthe developer should not miss the opportunity to do the same with Marvel’s Wolverines. While the yellow and blue or yellow and brown color combinations could be repurposed, the developer should shake things up instead. Whether he modifies Logan’s mask or changes the color that accompanies the yellow part of the design, it would be fun to see the studio make an entirely original costume the main costume of Marvel’s Wolverines.


Giving Logan a New Story in Marvel’s Wolverine

Instead of Insomniac Games ripping a story out of the comics with Marvel’s Spiderman, he told his own story about a seasoned version of the friendly neighborhood hero. This proved to be a major strength, as players were thrown into a universe where Peter had broken up with MJ, worked with Doc Ock for a time, and established a working relationship with the police. By crafting an entirely original tale, Insomniac could once again surprise gamers, which it undoubtedly did with Marvel’s Spidermanis a heartbreaking ending.

A similar approach can be taken with Marvel’s Wolverines. While Insomniac will obviously have to use some of Logan’s iconic friends and foes, his takes on these characters should be unique, similar to the Tinkerer in Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Speaking of Miles Morales, Insomniac might surprise the characters by introducing another Wolverine during Logan’s story. Perhaps X-23 could be uncovered as part of the narrative, with the character possibly taking his own spin-off game further down the road.


Although it might be too similar to The last of us and other games that follow the trend of parent-child storytelling, with a slightly older version of X-23 might prevent that from happening. She might feel more like a friend to Logan than a daughter, being a true ally who can stand on her own instead of needing constant protection. The whereabouts of the X-Men is also a question that needs to be answered, as fans don’t know if the game takes place before, after, or during Logan’s time with the group. No matter what kind of story Insomniac tells, the developer should aim to deliver a version of Logan that feels like its own creation instead of the one fans have seen time and time again.


Marvel’s Wolverines is currently in development for PS5.

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5 Obscure Comic Characters James Gunn Improved (And 5 He Should Do Next)

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James Gunn proved with guardians of the galaxy, The suicide squadand Peacemaker that he could take largely unknown characters from the comics and turn them into great characters. Whether he emphasized their inherent humor, as with The Detachable Kid, or created new depths, as with Bloodsport, James Gunn has made the most of who he put in his films.



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Gunn has a second season of Peacemaker and a spin-off in the works for DC and has two more Guardians projects at Marvel coming out. Fans are waiting to see which characters are next on his roster and how he’ll elevate them beyond the source material.

ten Improved: Rocket Raccoon

Rocket started out as the chief ranger of a planet called Halfworld, where he was one of many animals with human-level intelligence. Rocket Raccoon has always been a fun character in the comics, but he felt a bit whimsical in his original form. Although he had some depth at times, his main appeal was that he was a cute animal who acted gruff and was an expert in weapons.

In guardians of the galaxy, James Gunn preserved Rocket’s original personality but changed him to be more of an outcast. Fans got to see some of Rocket’s insecurities. Guardians 2 taken this theme a step further. A character who started out as a cute gimmick has suddenly become one of the emotional centers of a big-budget movie.

9 Should do: Big Bertha

Big Bertha is often played for laughs, as are the rest of the characters that appear in the Avengers of the Great Lakes books. While there’s nothing wrong with a comedic character, the comedy surrounding Bertha was a bit more mean-spirited and focused on her weight.

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James Gunn’s ability to treat all of his characters with empathy and make them well balanced could help revamp Bertha as a character. Instead of presenting a stereotypical caricature, Gunn could develop a relatable persona that positively represents a group often underrepresented in superhero media.

8 Improved: Peacemaker

Originally published by Charleton Comics, Peacemaker was originally quite a contradictory character. Christopher Smith was a pacifist. Despite this, he designed a variety of different weapons and stored them away, vowing never to use them. When the Peacemaker character was acquired by DC, he was turned into a violent vigilante who openly killed.

In The suicide squad, Gunn leaned into Peacemaker’s inherent contradiction between his methods and his ideology, using him to craft a comedic villain that audiences loved to hate. Next, Gunn surprised fans with a sympathetic look at the character of the Peacemaker series. After learning about Peacmaker’s terrible upbringing, viewers felt sorry and might even root for the character they weren’t supposed to love.

seven To do: the king of condiments

Its massive roster of largely unknown characters helped make 2021 The Suicide Squad refreshing. Not only was it good for a few laughs, but it also created tension when fans realized that any character could die at any time. If Gunn creates a sequel to the movie, Condiment King would fit right into that dynamic.

While this villainous ketchup and mustard shooter has appeared in several animated iterations, Condiment King has always been seen as a joke character. James Gunn has done a great job of taking characters from jokes and giving them surprising depth. He’ll probably relish a chance to tackle this one.

6 Improved: Polka-Dot Man

When Polka-Dot Man first appeared in Detective comics in 1962 he was named Mister Polka-Dot. He was kind of a wisecracking villain who threw polka dots from his costume which were actually a variety of different weapons. Since the 1960s, the comics have done little to significantly evolve his character.

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While Gunn kept Polka-Dot Man as a comic character in The suicide squad, he also gave viewers more insight into the character’s past and his reasons for being a villain. Audiences were slowly won over to Polka-Dot Man as he began to show more of his heroic side, making the death one of the most tragic in the entire film.

5 Should do: Swashbuckler

A few different DC Comics characters have called themselves Swashbuckler. One of them was a hero and the nephew of one of the many characters named Vigilante. Although not the same Vigilante who appeared in Gunn’s Peacemaker series, this character is obscure enough to reinvent himself.

In Peacemaker, there are some references to Vigilante having an older brother. Knowing how Adrian Chase turns out, chances are his brother shares similar traits. Seeing a Vigilante nephew try out being a superhero would be a great way to continue exploring the impact fathers have on their sons.

4 Improved: Rat Catcher

In DC Comics, Ratcatcher is a rarely used villain who lives in Gotham City and has the power to control rats. He’s merely a gimmick villain, an allusion to the Pied Piper, and never had much of a character. When James Gunn uses Ratcatcher in The suicide squadhe radically changed things.

Ratcatcher fans see in The suicide squad is a completely different character, keeping only the original character’s ability to control rats. Now a young woman named Cleo, Ratcatcher serves as the emotional center of the team. Her love for the rats she controls even underscores one of the film’s most important themes, which is that all life has value.

3 Should do: Kite Man

In HBO Peacemaker, Kite Man has been referenced several times as a villain that Peacemaker has defeated in the past. This has fans excited that the character could make an appearance in the show’s upcoming second season. If true, the character could serve as an interesting foil to Peacemaker.

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In more recent comics, Kite Man has become a villain in revenge for his son’s death. Peacemaker became a villain on the show to try and live up to his father’s expectations and make up for his past. Both characters deal with the theme of fatherhood, a topic that Gunn has often touched on in one way or another in most of his superhero work.

2 Improved: Vigilant

Vigilante was a mantle that was assumed by 9 different characters in the main DC Comics universe. The version Gunn chose to adapt was Adrian Chase, originally a district attorney with ties to the Teen Titans. He became Vigilant after his family was killed.

James Gunn decided to completely revamp the character, mostly keeping his name and costume. This new version of Vigilante had a unique behavior. Acting polite and respectful in some ways, he clearly enjoyed killing others. Gunn took a fairly standard anti-hero and turned him into a character viewers couldn’t stop staring at.

1 Should do: Kindness Silva

Kindness only appeared in 7 issues of Avengers of the Great Lakes in 2017, making her one of the more obscure comic book characters. She is a human girl who has the power to transform into an anthropomorphic male wolf named Good Boy. Its unique design and powers make it an interesting choice for adaptation.

James Gunn is never shy about using characters that people have never heard of, and that gives him the freedom to make the characters his own. Goodness is a conceptually interesting character with very little published history, which gives Gunn a lot of creative freedom to make her a new fan favorite.

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The Orioles surge like they did in 1989 – and also have the first draft pick

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By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer

When Baltimore took Ben McDonald with the first pick in the 1989 draft, it was just a small part of an exciting season for the Orioles.

They had the No. 1 pick because the previous year had been terrible, but by the time they made the selection, the Orioles were in first place in the AL East, on their way to becoming one of the classic stories. baseball underdog. In fact, McDonald was drafted on June 5, 1989 — the same day Baltimore won a season-high eighth straight game.

This year’s Orioles are suddenly drawing comparisons to that 1989 team. After entering the season amid a tough rebuild — Baltimore will pick first in the draft on Sunday for the second time in four years — the Orioles have become one of the game’s biggest surprises in recent weeks. A 10-game winning streak put Baltimore above .500. Heading into All-Star Break, the Orioles have almost as many wins (46) as they won all of last year (52).

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A playoff berth still seems unlikely, but at this point Baltimore is only 2½ games behind the American League’s last wildcard.

“It was fun watching this team, man,” said McDonald, a right-hander who kicked off nine seasons in the majors and is now on Orioles TV shows. “It reminds me a lot of that 89 side in some ways, where they got some confidence and then took off.”

The 1989 team holds a special place in the hearts of Baltimore fans. The 1988 Orioles lost 107 games, and that didn’t do justice to how laughing stock they were after an 0-21 start. There wasn’t much reason to expect a quick turnaround in 89, but surprisingly Baltimore led the AL East by 7½ games in mid-July.

The split ultimately ended in the final series of the season in Toronto. The Orioles lost the first two games, allowing the Blue Jays to clinch the title. Baltimore won the final, with McDonald – who was already in the majors the same year he was drafted – earning his first career victory.

The current Orioles have gone from similar depths to that 1989 team. Baltimore lost 110 games last year, including a 19-game skid that nearly tied the 1988 team’s mark for the longest streak of defeats in American League history. Even before that July push, the Orioles looked more competitive, thanks in part to an improved but still fairly anonymous bullpen.

Then Baltimore started its winning streak with a victory at Minnesota before sweeping the series against the Rangers, Angels and Cubs. It came as a pleasant surprise to Orioles fans, who expected to spend much of the season monitoring the progress of minor league prospects and viewing the draft and trade deadline as opportunities to add more. others.

“I think we have a lot of good things in store here for the next few years,” general manager Mike Elias said. “I am very happy that this is reflected at the moment during this period of play so clearly for our supporters.

This Orioles run could actually complicate the rest of the month for Elias. Baltimore thought it was a deadline-day seller — Trey Mancini, 30, might have some value, and Rougned Odor and Jordan Lyles have one-year contracts — but amid the team’s first truly successful stretch in a moment, there could obviously be a temptation to get out of it and chase the playoffs.

With the playoffs expanded, it’s not uncommon for a team to pick the No. 1 in the draft and then qualify for the playoffs in the same year. Minnesota did it in 2017.

“Everything I do, or what we do, has tradeoffs,” Elias said. “All I can say is that we’re doing everything from a very holistic, very thoughtful perspective, about what’s the right thing to do for the health of the Orioles Franchise. And that’s all taken into consideration. for the repechage, but also for the trade deadline.

For all the excitement of 1989, it was essentially an outlier. The Orioles fell back below .500 the following year and lost 95 games in 1991. Baltimore traded Pete Harnisch, Steve Finley and Curt Schilling – all of whom were on the 1989 team – for slugger Glenn Davis in a move that backfired badly.

The lesson is that while Baltimore’s long winning streak has been a fun story for fans, the Orioles still need to make some smart roster moves if they’re going to build on it.

Elias didn’t say much about tipping Baltimore’s hand ahead of the draft, but he said there’s a general feeling in the industry that the first player picked will be a position player, not a pitcher. .

Whatever happens over the next few weeks, the good news for Baltimore is that there seems to be more help on the way. In right-hander Grayson Rodriguez and infielder Gunnar Henderson, the Orioles have two of the game’s top five prospects, according to MLB Pipeline. Rodriguez was sidelined with a lath injury, but Henderson hit Triple-A well.

Wide receiver Adley Rutschman, the first pick in the 2019 draft, made his league debut with Baltimore earlier this year.

“I think this organization is in a very healthy place, and a lot of that has to do with the players and the way they’re playing here at the major league level right now,” Elias said. “So obviously having a great group of minor league prospects behind them.

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After GOP Jockeying, Nashville House Redraw Heads to Primary

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By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republicans in Tennessee have spent months laying the groundwork to try to overturn Nashville’s representation in Congress, meticulously redrawing political boundaries and eliminating their slate of candidates. Now voters are finally getting involved.

GOP lawmakers divided the left-leaning city into political districts earlier this year, dividing its seat into three to help Republicans secure a seat. This new opportunity sparked infighting, leading party state leaders to exclude President Donald Trump’s preferred candidate and two others.

Republicans have plenty of options as the 5th congressional district heads into the Aug. 4 primary. Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper decided not to seek re-election, saying he couldn’t win any of the three new seats that split Nashville.

Among the nine Republican candidates are: Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles of Columbia; former State House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville; Retired Tennessee National Guard Brig. General Kurt Winstead of Franklin; Geni Batchelor, retired small business owner from Lebanon; and five others from Nashville: legislative staffer Tres Wittum; Jeff Beierlein, who served as a helicopter pilot in the military; Natisha Brooks, who runs a homeschool academy; Timothy Bruce Lee, paramedic; and Stewart Parks, a real estate businessman.

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The only Democratic candidate is State Senator Heidi Campbell of Nashville.

The GOP candidates hardly disagree on policy and instead present themselves as tough conservatives, Trump supporters and staunch opponents of President Joe Biden.

Winstead and Harwell shot television commercials at the US-Mexico border about immigration. Ogles posted a video saying, “Here’s what I think of Biden’s politics,” before firing a flamethrower into the air. He also highlighted his fight against COVID-19 mandates. Parks said during a debate that he cannot currently carry a gun because he was charged after entering the Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising.

Each is looking to stand out enough to advance to November, likely to face Campbell in a six-county district that favored Trump over Biden in 2020 by 12 percentage points.

Ogles, Harwell and Winstead attracted the first attacks in television commercials by outside groups, an indication of what might be seen as their favorite status.

A PAC powered by the Club for Growth targets Harwell and Winstead. The ads criticized Harwell for supporting a state gasoline tax increase.

The PAC also criticized Harwell for winning the endorsement of the Tennessee Education Association in the 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary, when she finished 4th.

Harwell’s campaign responded that it “has eliminated state income tax, death tax, and reduced state sales tax twice,” saying it “has ended the common core and supports the state’s ban on critical race theory”.

The PAC blames Winstead for voting in the Democratic primaries in 2008 and before, and for donating more than $2,500 to Democratic campaigns a dozen or more years ago. His federal donations to Republicans exceed $36,000.

In a statement, Winstead said he never planned to run for Congress and was not as involved as he should have been before 2010, saying that changed due to administrations. Obama and Biden.

“In the military, we were taught the importance of owning up to our mistakes,” Winstead said. “Voting in the wrong primary and contributing to the wrong candidates certainly falls into this category.”

Meanwhile, a PAC fueled by Oracle executive chairman Larry Ellison attacked Ogles on several tax-related issues, including his support for a 2020 referendum that raised the local sales tax by 2.25. % to 2.75%, which he said dealt with budget issues. Recently, Ogles vetoed a property tax increase.

Harwell said she was not seeking the endorsement of Trump, who remained silent after his preferred candidate, Morgan Ortagus, was dropped from the ballot. Ortagus was a spokesperson for the US State Department under Trump.

Video producer Robby Starbuck received an endorsement from Senator Rand Paul.

Trump’s endorsement upset some Republicans, who criticized Ortagus for recently moving to Tennessee. State Sen. Frank Niceley, a Harwell supporter, later helped pass residency requirements for federal candidates, but election officials determined that could not apply retroactively.

The Tennessee Republican Party ultimately expelled Ortagus, Starbuck and small business owner Baxter Lee over complaints about their votes. Instead, Ortagus joined Winstead’s campaign as a national security adviser.

Starbuck sued and was briefly returned on the ballot, only to have the state Supreme Court overturn it. He presents himself as a written candidate.

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“Kids always ask me for Shakalaka pencil and Sonpari’s magic wand to finish their homework,” says writer Neeraj Vikram

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Anime shows usually strive to provide knowledge, a clear message, and entertainment all rolled into one, so when it comes to the animation business, you have to think beyond the box. Motu Patlu, Dabangg, Shiva, Veer The Robot Boy, and Gattu Battu are some of the best-known cartoon series that have fascinated the cartoon industry, which has recently become the ultimate means of artistic expression.

Neeraj Vikram, who created well-known Indian animated shows such as Motu Patlu, Shaka Laka Boom Boom and Son Pari, works around the clock to connect with children to bring the greatest stories to life.

Talking about the thought process behind animated shows, he said, “For me, working a normal story is a bit difficult because you really put a lot of thought into it, but when we write stories in the world of animation, it’s very different, imagine as if a sonpari rounds his stick so that the person lands with his magic stick in a corner of the earth and lands in the dark. It’s a completely different process, but sometimes it’s easy because the real observation helps a lot, and then processing and writing in a cartoon connection. Real connections also play a very important role”.


He added: “The best thing that I love and sometimes I feel cute is that children sometimes come to me. And ask for the Shaka Laka Boom Boom pencil and this magic stick from Sonpari so that they can finish their duties”.

For the uninitiated, Niraj Vikram served in the military as a short term officer for five years and came to Mumbai to pursue his dream of joining Bollywood. Later, he was recognized as an incredible writer. He is also a well-known producer and actor.

Work-wise, he showed his acting skills in series like Tiger, Panther: Waqt ki Raftar, All the Best, Andaaz and Sonpari. Apart from this, he has also produced various short films like Daadu Ji, Ting Tong, a short film about Swachta Abhiyan, The Pandavas and Lallan Babban Jumman among others.

‘Close Enough’ Canceled at HBO Max – No Season 4 for the Animated Comedy

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Close enough closes shop: HBO Max has canceled the animated comedy after a three-season runour sister site reports Deadline.

Created by Regular showby JG Quintel, Close enough centered on Josh and Emily, a married couple with a young daughter who share a cramped LA apartment with their divorced best friends Alex and Bridgette. Quintel, Gabrielle Walsh, Jason Mantzoukas, Kimiko Glenn, Jessica DiCicco, Danielle Brooks and James Adomian led the cast.

“After three great seasons, Close enough is coming to an end,” HBO Max said in a statement. “We are so proud of the series and grateful to creator JG Quintel and our partners at Cartoon Network Studios, who made this show an instant fan favorite on HBO Max.”

Quintel also tweeted the news: “It’s true, Close enough ends after 3 seasons. I feel lucky to have worked on this project with so many talented people. Thank you to everyone who helped bring it to life, and to everyone who watched it!”

Close enough was originally developed at TBS, eventually landing at HBO Max and debuting there in July 2020. It returned for a second season last year, with Season 3 premiering in April. The cancellation caps the series at a total of 24 episodes. HBO Max also recently dropped the ax on the sci-fi comedy made for love and futuristic drama Raised by wolves.

TVLine’s streaming scorecard has been updated to reflect the news. will you miss Close enough? Hit the comments and share your thoughts on the cancellation.

Cinematic representation of dinosaurs. Exact? | @theU

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Have you ever wondered if “Jurassic Park” was realistic? Jeff Goldblum’s sexual magnetism is certainly accurate, but what about dinosaurs?

Enter Mark Loewen, a paleontologist at the Utah Museum of Natural History and an associate professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at U. In June, Loewen criticized the accuracy of Hollywood depictions of dinosaurs for Vanity Fair in a video that racked up nearly 2.5 million views on YouTube. You can watch the video below.

“I love those movies – some of them are awful, but I still love them,” Loewen said. “Before becoming a paleontologist, I became a geologist because I wanted to travel through time. Looking at the rocks, you can literally see what past worlds looked like! Seeing reconstructed dinosaurs in movies is the same thing. It’s fun to see how we can use fossils to imagine what these animals might have looked like.

Loewen is perfectly suited for this job. In the early 2000s, he and his mentor Scott Sampson created a class called World of Dinosaurs, GEO 1040, where students watched movie clips and analyzed the veracity of dinosaur depictions. He expanded on this idea to create Science and Cinema, GEO 1000, a science non-major class that analyzes science in movies. By studying the dinosaurs, natural disasters and science fiction presented on screen, students learn the fundamentals of science while having fun celebrating or scolding various films.

“I consider myself a science evangelist,” Loewen said. “Movies are a sneaky way to show U students how cool these concepts are. I mean, isn’t this one of the most awesome courses you can take? Get science credit to watch movies and learn about science!

A former Science of Cinema class now works at Vanity Fair and recommended Loewen for the video series, which coincides with the release of “Jurassic World: Dominion” (2022). A professional film crew shot his interview in the museum’s paleontology collections. If you watch the video carefully, you can see dinosaur specimens that Loewen himself discovered and named. U students can use their UCard to visit the museum for free, and during the museum’s annual Behind-the-Scenes event, you can visit the collections and see fossils and specimens not on display on the ground floor.

“I named 13 dinosaurs, and a lot of them are in the museum,” Loewen said, “My favorite is Lythronaxan old cousin of the T-Rex. Lythronax stands for “King of Gore” or “Gore King”. It’s a big, bloody dinosaur on the way to becoming a T-Rex.

Loewen cites the classic Disney segment “Fantasia” (1940), “Extinction of the Dinosaurs,” as an early catalyst for his love of dinosaurs. He analyzes the scene in the Vanity Fair video and gives it props for being the first film to show dinosaurs living in their ecosystem. He calls it an important movie because it “sets the scene that dinosaurs are those iconic beasts of the past.” However, he explains that the animation reflected people’s understanding of creatures in the 1940s – animals were slow moving and dragged their tails while moving. It wasn’t until much later that we realized that many dinosaurs were agile and fearsome hunters.

For all the older millennials, be relieved – Loewen confirms that fossils of long-necked baby dinosaurs such as Little Foot in “The Land Before Time” (1988) had big puppy eyes and delicate little beaks – so they were really as cute as the cartoon. However, Sara the Triceratops and Little Foot the Brontosaurus did not co-exist at the same time, so would never have met to become friends.

It also criticizes certain aspects of the original “Jurassic Park”. However, Loewen applauds the film for its accuracy based on our understanding in the early 90s.

“’Jurassic Park’ was one of the first accurate depictions of dinosaurs. They don’t act like lizards. They act like ferocious birds of prey,” Loewen said. “But when it came out, we didn’t know dinosaurs had feathers. Back then, many scientists would have told you that dinosaurs did not become birds. Forty years later, 100% of dinosaur paleontologists will tell you that birds are actually dinosaurs, and we have feather evidence for almost every type of dinosaur. In the new movies, most dinosaurs have feathers.

Editor’s Note on Conflicts of Interest: The author’s favorite movie is “Jurassic Park.”

Watch Mark Loewen’s review for Vanity Fair

CASETiFY launches a limited edition Dragon Ball Z collection

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The Dragon Ball Z x CASETiFY collection celebrates the iconic anime loved by fans around the world, with designs based on popular characters and memorable scenes from the series, while giving their technology the power to protect (backing up phones drops up to 9.8 feet). Dragon Ball Z fans can portray fan-favorite characters including Goku, Piccolo, and Frieza on custom Impact cases in orange, green, and purple colorways.

The partnership will also introduce an all-new collection of battle-inspired holograms and lenticular cases featuring Frieza and Goku’s “Kamehameha” move – unlocking power from every angle. Customers looking to grab even more anime memorabilia can do so with the AirPods 3D “Dragon Radar” case, available worldwide.

“We are thrilled to partner with Toei Animation to introduce some of the most recognizable characters to a new everyday lifestyle accessory platform,” said Wes Ng, CEO and co-founder of CASETiFY. “This collection brings a sense of familiarity that every generation can be a part of, with the protective power that only CASETiFY offers.”

Images for the press available here.

The collection sells for $35$85 and includes phone cases made with 65% recycled materials, coated with the brand’s antimicrobial coating, DEFENSiFY (eliminating 99% of bacteria on the surface of the case), with unbeatable drop protection up to 9, 8 feet. As well as designs extending to accessories for AirPods, AirPods Pro, MacBook cases, MagSafe wallets, MagSafe wireless chargers, Apple Watch bands, AirTags and a limited edition water bottle only available in select Asian countries.

The Dragon Ball Z x CASETiFY collection launches online with products shipping to over 100 countries, in the new CASETiFY Co-Lab app (available now in the App Store) and CASETiFY Studio stores. The collection announcement will also debut alongside a social campaign, in which CASETiFY will give away exclusive items from the collection to seven lucky winners. Fans looking to win free Dragon Ball Z x CASETiFY merchandise are encouraged to check out the Co-Lab CASETiFY Instagram page for more details! To learn more about the collaboration, visit CASETiFY.com and follow on instagram, Facebook, ICT Tac and Twitter.

About CASETiFY

CASETiFY is the global lifestyle brand and home to the first and largest platform for personalized technology accessories. Created with the highest quality materials and the most cutting-edge designs, CASETiFY products transform your personal electronics into stylish, drop-resistant accessories. Known for harnessing top artists and creatives for its Co-Lab program, CASETiFY gives brands and individuals the opportunity to share their unique visions with the world. For more information about CASETiFY, its stores, partners and products, please visit www.CASETiFY.com.

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Optimism in the leader of New Colombia, but concern over the murders

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By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The UN special envoy for Colombia said Thursday that “there are good reasons to be optimistic” about the country’s new leftist administration, but he warned that the Violence targeting former combatants remains a major obstacle to peacebuilding.

Carlos Ruiz Massieu told the UN Security Council that four former combatants had been killed in the past two weeks alone, bringing the total number of ex-combatants killed to 331 since the signing in 2016 of a peace accord. peace between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

The agreement ended more than 50 years of war in Colombia that has caused more than 220,000 deaths and displaced nearly 6 million people, but it has not been supported by left and right elements in the South American country.

Ruiz stressed that a priority for any peace agreement “must be to protect the lives of those who laid down their arms in good faith with the assurance that they would be protected.”

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“Illegal armed actors continue to target local leaders in conflict-affected areas marked by poverty, illicit economies and limited state presence,” he said. “Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities are among the most seriously affected by violence and insecurity.

He also pointed to recent reports regarding “the alleged misuse of considerable resources from hydrocarbon royalties” which were supposed to go to development projects in rural areas where the war has had a major impact. He called for transparency and investigations into all possible acts of corruption.

Ruiz said the incoming administration of President-elect Gustavo Petro, a former guerrilla fighter who is due to be sworn in on Aug. 7, “has a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to accelerate the implementation of the peace accord.”

Petro narrowly won a runoff election in June, beating a millionaire political foreigner and ushering in a new political era for Colombia by becoming the country’s first leftist elected to the presidency.

Ruiz noted that Petro called for national unity, expressed his intention to deepen the implementation of the peace agreement and called for negotiated solutions with the remaining illegal armed groups in the search for what he calls it “total peace”.

The UN envoy said Petro “strongly reaffirmed that peace would be the cornerstone of his government” when they met two weeks ago, and the president-elect said “he counts on the support United Nations”.

Ruiz said she also met Vice President-elect Francia Marquez, the first African-American woman to hold that position in Colombia. She reiterated “that peace, with a territorial and ethnic approach, will be high on the government’s agenda,” Ruiz said.

“There are good reasons for optimism,” the UN envoy said, “and I think the United Nations and the international community should do all they can to provide support.”

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Idaho Republicans set to reject 2020 election results | Idaho News

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By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Republican Party will consider 31 resolutions at its three-day convention starting Wednesday, including one already passed by Republicans in Texas that says President Joe Biden is not the leader. legitimacy of the country.

The Idaho resolution in the deeply conservative state that Donald Trump won with 64% of the vote in 2020 is almost identical to the Texas resolution that passed last month, stating: “We reject the certified results of the 2020 presidential election; and we contend that Interim President Joseph Robinette Biden was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States.

The Idaho and Texas resolutions argue that secretaries of state bypassed their state legislatures, even though both states have Republican secretaries of state.

The Idaho resolution goes further than the Texas resolution in that it incorrectly states that audits found the vote count for the 2020 election to be fraudulent in Wisconsin and Arizona.

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In Wisconsin, claims of voter fraud have been dismissed by the courts or dismissed by the state’s bipartisan Election Commission.

In Arizona, where Republicans submitted a list of fake voters, Trump supporters hired inexperienced consultants to conduct “a forensic audit” that was discredited. FBI agents investigating events surrounding Trump’s efforts to reverse his 2020 election defeat recently subpoenaed the Republican president of the Arizona Senate, who orchestrated a discredited review of the election.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a Trump ally, even accused Idaho of enabling voter fraud. But the Idaho secretary of state said a partial recount of ballots validated the accuracy of the 2020 results.

Among other resolutions proposed by the Idaho Republican Party this week is one calling for not recognizing “imagined identities,” a resolution aimed at transgender people.

Several resolutions involve voting, with several focusing on people who aren’t deemed Republican enough to vote in Republican primaries.

A resolution, titled “A Resolution to Protect Rural Representation,” calls for changing Idaho’s system for statewide elections to a national-style electoral college, a process that sometimes leads to candidates winners without receiving the most votes.

Trump, for example, in 2016 defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by winning more electoral college votes despite losing the popular vote by about 3 million votes. The proposed system for Idaho would count county electoral votes. Such a change in Idaho would require amending the state constitution.

Among other resolutions proposed by the Idaho Republican Party this week is one calling for not recognizing “imagined identities,” a resolution aimed at transgender people.

Another proposed resolution calls for privatizing Idaho Public Television, a longtime target of far-right Republicans.

The Idaho Republican Party will also elect officers at the rally. Incumbent first-term President Tom Luna, who served two terms as head of state schools, is being challenged by Republican Rep. Dorothy Moon. Moon ran unsuccessfully in the Republican primary in May for secretary of state, saying the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent and Biden was not president.

Idaho’s mainstream Republicans, who would be considered far-right in many states, dominated the state for three decades. But they became the target of far-right members of their own party and labeled RINOs – Republicans in name only.

May’s primary was a mixed bag for both groups, and the power struggle will likely continue at the convention.

In the primary, first-term incumbent Gov. Brad Little crushed Trump-backed Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, and most of the other statewide races went to more traditional Republicans from Idaho. But Raul Labrador, a Tea Party favorite during his eight years in the U.S. House, beat five-term Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, well known for his strategy of simply calling balls and strikes that often irritated his Republican colleagues when he gave them a legal mandate. advice they didn’t want to hear.

Several far-right lawmakers in the House lost their seats, but the Senate became decidedly more conservative with dominating losses that included the co-chair of the legislature’s powerful budget-setting committee.

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Nintendo acquires an animation studio that will become “Nintendo Pictures”

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Nintendo has acquired production company CG Dynamo Pictures and will rename it “Nintendo Pictures”, the company announced. The new subsidiary “will focus on visual content development using Nintendo IP” and “visual content planning and production, including CG animation”. The company’s IMDB page lists credits for dozens of titles, including motion capture work on Death Stranding and personas 5and post-production work on Metroid: Other Mr.

The acquisition comes as Nintendo prepares for the biggest cinematic release in years; an animated film based on the Super Mario Bros. franchise. with Chris Pratt. The film is currently slated for release in the spring of next year, nearly thirty years after the last major film adaptation: the 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. with Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo. A live adaptation of Detective Pikachu based on the Pokémon franchise was released in 2019.

The acquisition comes amid a flurry of interest in turning video games into movies and TV shows. A second animated movie based on the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise was released earlier this year, and a TV show based on Naughty Dog’s The last of us is currently in production for HBO. Sony, which also recently released a movie based on its Uncharted games, indicated that it wants to continue expanding its PlayStation IP outside of video games at a recent Investor Day.

Nintendo’s shareholder notice says it is acquiring 100% of the outstanding shares of Dynamo Pictures, which will become a wholly owned subsidiary of the video game company. He expects the acquisition to close on October 3, 2022.

Princess Mononoke: the masterpiece that shook the United States

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When Princess Mononoke was first released in Japan on July 12, 1997, 25 years ago this week, it represented something of a departure for master animator and director Hayao Miyazaki. By the late ’80s, Miyazaki had built his reputation (with the success of Studio Ghibli, which he founded with fellow director Isao Takahata) on films like Kiki’s Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro; formally ambitious works, thematically rich, but generally assertive in tone and family in nature. But something changed in the ’90s. First, it began to bristle at the popular idea that Studio Ghibli only makes soft films about the grandeur of nature. “I’m starting to hear Ghibli referred to as ‘sweet’ or ‘healer,'” he grumbles in Princess Mononoke: How the Film Was Conceived, a six-hour documentary about the film’s production, “and I crave to destroy it.” Yet even more significant was his growing desperation at a world he had increasingly come to believe was cursed.

“He was once what he called a left-wing sympathizer, a supporter of people power,” says Shiro Yoshioka, professor of Japanese studies at Newcastle University. But for obvious reasons [the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the escalation in ethnic conflicts across Europe]his political convictions were totally shaken in the early 1990s.”

Japan itself was also going through something of an existential crisis. The country’s bubble period, an economic boom in the late 1980s, burst in 1992, locking Japan into a seemingly endless recession. Three years later, in 1995, the country was hit by the Kobe earthquake, the worst earthquake to hit Japan since 1922. It killed 6,000 people and destroyed the homes of tens of thousands of others. Just two months later, a terrorist cult by the name of Aum Shinrikyo launched a sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway, killing 13 people and injuring thousands. Miyazaki, who was sickened by the materialism of the bubble period, now lived in a country traumatized and confused – both by his relationship with nature and by a creeping sense of spiritual emptiness.

“He started thinking,” Yoshioka said, “maybe I shouldn’t do this fun, light-hearted thing for kids. Maybe I should do something substantial.”

A new anger

Set in the 14th century, the Muromachi period of Japan, Princess Mononoke tells the story of Ashitaka, a young prince cursed with hatred of a dying boar god, who has been corrupted by an iron ball lodged in his body. . “Hear me loathsome humans,” said the boar, “you will know my agony and my hatred.” To seek a cure for his curse, Ashitaka travels across the land, hoping to find the Shishigami, a deer-like forest spirit with the power to bring life and death.

Along the way, Ashitaka discovers an unbalanced world. The Tatara Ironworks community, led by the enigmatic Lady Eboshi, ravages the nearby forest in search of resources, angering the fierce wolf god Moro and his wild human daughter San (the titular Mononoke, which roughly translates to spectrum or spectrum). Caught in the middle is Ashitaka, who must figure out how to navigate this difficult world with “clear eyes”. “I’ve always liked it [phrase]“says Gaiman. “Not clouded by evil. Not darkened by fear, not darkened by hate. You just have to see what’s actually there.

Compared to Miyazaki’s earlier work, it’s a dark and angry film, full of strange spectacle and startlingly violent scenes. The hands are cut off. The heads are cut off. Blood spurts from both humans and animals. “I believe that violence and aggression are essential parts of us as human beings,” Miyazaki told reporter Roger Ebert. “The problem we face as human beings is how do we control that impulse. I know little children can watch this movie, but I intentionally chose not to protect them from the violence that lies within the Human being.” Indeed, the cursed boar god, whose anger spurted out of him like a nest of oily worms, was inspired by Miyazaki’s own struggle to control his rage.

Hayao Miyazaki is an avowed set of contradictions. Read his writings, listen to his interviews, watch him speak, and he portrays an artist caught between idealism and nihilism, optimism and despair. He’s the pacifist with a fascination with warplanes; the demanding boss who despises authority but who, as manager, exercises it without mercy; the father who believed passionately in the spirit of children but was hardly at home to raise his; the staunch environmentalist who struggles to live an ecologically ethical life. “When I see tuna being carried on a line, I think ‘wow, humans are terrible,'” he once told Japanese author Tetsuo Yamaori in 2002, in an interview republished in the anthology from Miyazaki Turning Point’s 2014 essay, “but when someone offers me tuna sashimi, of course I eat it and it’s delicious.”

10 comic characters who could appear in season 4

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Season 3 of The boys was a jam-packed thrill ride with memorable moments on every level. The show presents a satirical take on the concept of superheroes and how they might actually work in real life. Many major superheroes have been portrayed in a hilarious light, with Homelander being by far one of the show’s most compelling characters.



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The show brought to life some of the many comic book superheroes who are all remarkable in their own way. That being said, some superheroes have yet to debut in the live-action adaptation. Keeping that in mind, here are some of the most notable superheroes in The boys who could ideally make an appearance in the next season.

ten Knight Tek

Tek Knight is basically a parody of Batman and Iron Man. He also suffers from a rather strange disease that causes him to foul anything with a hole in it…which leads to a rather awkward moment with his sidekick.

As a result, Tek Knight becomes one of the most hilarious and sad characters in comics. He was mentioned twice in the first and second season of The boysand only time will tell if he makes a worthy appearance on the show.

9 Mr Marathon

Mister Marathon was the first speedster featured in The Seven before being replaced by A-Train. As a result, not many people know much about this character outside of this background fact.

In the comics, he’s actually part of the disaster show that caused a plane to crash into the Brooklyn Bridge. Homelander was carrying the speedster and did not realize that his reckless actions had resulted in his partner’s death.


8 Big game

The leader of the Teenage Kix, Big Game is one of the most corrupt superheroes in comics. He gets his just desserts when the boys decide to step in and stop the Teenage Kix from going crazy with their irresponsible antics.

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Big Game gets his face smashed by Butcher while Hughie accidentally kills his teammate. Seeing this character on the show will be a treat for fans, especially if they see Billy give his face away again.

seven Dogknot

A parody of The Beast from the X-Men, Dogknott is another member of the Teenage Kix. Needless to say, he is anything but a good character and deserved to be beaten by The Boys.

The series can certainly have a unique take on Dogknott, but that remains to be seen. His powers are pretty engaging and can definitely make him a pretty engaging part of a show with some pretty strong character writing across the board.

6 To yell

Another member of the Teenage Kix makes its way onto the roster in the form of Shout Out. His electric powers got him in hot water when he tried to escape from Butcher using those powers.

After getting fried, a furious butcher violently beat Shout Out and ripped his thumbs off too! Seeing this character on the show would be great for fans to see him share the same gruesome fate.


The boys doesn’t paint all superheroes in a bad light. One of the groups, Super Duper, is a genuinely good-hearted group trying to fight crime and live up to the superhero name.

One of the Super Duper members is Stool Shadow, who is an obvious parody of Raven. He’s a fairly airy character, but at least his heart is in the right place.

4 aunt sister

Auntie Sis is another member of Super Duper who tries her best to fight crime and save civilians. However, she is ridiculed by then-team leader Malchemical for being such a good pair of shoes.

Her replicating powers are quite interesting, with each copy of her character having its own personality. This caused Auntie Sis a ton of trouble at first, but she managed to keep her powers in check.


3 Malchemical

Malchemical is one of the most vile superheroes in comics. After a period of bad publicity, Malchemical is cast as the leader of Super Duper and instantly despises this group as a bunch of dummies.

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Her obnoxious nature reaches its peak when Malchemical uses the fear of Aunt Sis’ claustrophobia against her. Fortunately, Hughie and Butcher come to save the day, burning Malchemical to a crisp in the process.

2 Blarney Rooster

The funnily named Blarney Cock was a member of the Teenage Kix before being pulverized by Hughie. A bunch of Compound V treatments brought him back as a lifeless zombie.

The funny part here is that Hughie was the one to once again get rid of Blarney Cock in this state. If the show decides to bring Blarney Cock back, fans can only hope that Hughie uses his superpowers in some way to destroy him again.

1 Jack of Jupiter

An obvious dig at the Martian Manhunter, Jupiter’s Jack is one of The Seven’s members in the comics. He’s nowhere near as bad as his other members, but his condoning their actions should still be criticized.

It doesn’t help that Jack participates in his fair share of vices as a morally corrupt superhero. It may be overkill, but bringing this character into Season 4 would be a great addition to The Seven.

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Partial List of Emmy Nominees | USA News®

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A partial list of nominees for the 2022 primetime Emmy Awards, announced Tuesday by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. For the full list, visit Emmys.com:

Comedy Series: “Abbott Elementary”; “Barry”; “Calm down your enthusiasm”; “Hacks”; “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; “Only the murders in the building”; “Ted Lasso”; “What we do in the shadows.”

Actor, Comedy Series: Donald Glover, “Atlanta”; Bill Hader, “Barry”; Nicholas Holt, “The Great”; Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso” Steve Martin, “Only Murders in the Building”; Martin Short, “Only Murders in the Building”.

Actress, Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Quinta Brunson, “Abbott Elementary”; Kaley Cuoco, “The Air Hostess”; Elle Fanning, “The Great”; Issa Rae, “Insecure”; Jean Smart, “Hacks”.

Drama Series: “Better Call Saul”; “Euphoria”; “Ozarks”; “Break”; “Squid Game”; “Stranger Things”; “Succession”; “Yellow jackets.”

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Actor, Drama Series: Jason Bateman, “Ozark”; Brian Cox, “Estate”; Lee Jung-jae, “Squid Game”; Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”; Adam Scott, “Separation”; Jeremy Strong, “Succession”.

Actress, Drama Series: Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”; Laura Linney, “Ozark”; Melanie Lynskey, “Yellow Vests”; Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”; Reese Witherspoon, “The Morning Show”; Zendaya, “Euphoria”.

Limited or anthology series: “Dopesick”; “The Stall”; “Inventing Anna”; “The White Lotus”; “Pam and Tommy. »

Variety Talk Series: “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”; “Jimmy Kimmel Live”; “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”; “Late Night with Seth Meyers;” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie: Colin Firth, “The Staircase”; Andrew Garfield, “Under the Banner of Heaven”; Oscar Isaac, “Scenes from a Wedding”; Michael Keaton, “Dopesick”; Himesh Patel, “Station Eleven”; Sebastien Stan, “Pam & Tommy”.

Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie: Toni Collette, “L’Escalier”; Julia Garner, “Inventing Anna”; Lily James, “Pam and Tommy”; Sarah Paulson, “Impeachment: American Crime Story”; Margaret Qualley, “housekeeper”; Amanda Seyfried, “The Stall”.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Anthony Carrigan, “Barry”; Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso”; Toheeb Jimoh, “Ted Lasso”; Nick Mohammed, “Ted Lasso”; Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Tyler James Williams, “Abbott Elementary”; Henry Winkler, “Barry”; Bowen Yang, “Saturday Night Live”.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Hannah Einbinder, “Hacks”; Janelle James, “Abbott Elementary”; Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”; Sarah Niles, “Ted Lasso”; Sheryl Lee Ralph, “Abbott Elementary”; Juno Temple, “Ted Lasso”; Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso”.

Guest Actor, Drama Series: Adrien Brody, “Succession”; James Cromwell, “Succession”; Colman Domingo, “Euphoria”; Arian Moayed, “Succession”; Tom Pelphrey, “Ozark”; Alexander Skarsgård, “Succession”.

Guest Actress, Drama Series: Hope Davis, “Succession”; Marcia Gay Harden, “The Morning Show”; Martha Kelly, “Euphoria”; Sanaa Lathan, “Succession”; Harriet Walter, “Estate”; Lee You-mi, “Squid Game”.

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Nicholas Braun, “Succession”; Billy Crudup, “The Morning Show”; Kieran Culkin, “Estate”; Park Hae-soo, “Squid Game”; Matthew Macfadyen, “Succession”; John Turturro, “Severance”; Christopher Walken, “Separation”; Oh Yeong-su, “Squid Game”.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Patricia Arquette, “Severance”; Julia Garner, “Ozark”; Jung Ho-yeon, “Squid Game”; Christina Ricci, “Yellow Vests”; Rhea Seehorn. “You better call Saul”; J. Smith-Cameron, “Estate”; Sarah Snook, “Estate”; Sydney Sweeney, “Euphoria”.

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or TV Movie: Murray Bartlett, “The White Lotus”; Jake Lacy, “The White Lotus”; Will Poulter, “Dopesick”; Seth Rogen, “Pam and Tommy”; Peter Skarsgard, “Dopesick”; Michael Stuhlbarg, “Dopesick”; Steve Zahn, “The White Lotus”.

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie: Connie Britton, “The White Lotus”, Jennifer Coolidge, “The White Lotus”; Alexandra Daddario, “The White Lotus”; Kaitlyn Dever, “Dopesick”; Natasha Rothwell, “The White Lotus”; Sydney Sweeney, “The White Lotus”; Mare Winningham, “Dopesick”.

TV movie: “Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers”; “Ray Donovan: The Movie”; “Reno 911!: The Hunt for QAnon”; “The survivor”; “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas.”

Guest Actor, Comedy Series: Jerrod Carmichael, “Saturday Night Live”; Bill Hader, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; James Lance, “Ted Lasso”; Nathan Lane, “Only Murders in the Building”; Christopher McDonald, “Hacks”; Sam Richardson, “Ted Lasso”.

Guest Actress, Comedy Series: Jane Adams, “Hacks”; Harriet Sansom Harris, “Hacks”; Jane Lynch, “Only Murders in the Building”; Laurie Metcalf, “Hacks”; Kaitlin Olson, “Hacks”; Harriet Walter, “Ted Lasso”.

Structured reality program: “Antiques Roadshow”; “Fixer Upper: Welcome Home”; “Love is blind”; “Strange Eye”; “Shark Aquarium.”

Unstructured Reality Program: “Beneath the Mediterranean Bridge”; “Cheer”; “Love on the Spectrum”; “RuPaul’s Drag Race Unreturned”; “Sell the sunset.”

Reality or competition program: “The Amazing Race”; “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls”; “Nailed it!”; “RuPaul’s Drag Race”; “Excellent leader”; “The voice.”

Variety Sketch Show: “A Black Lady Sketch Show”; “Saturday Night Live.”

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Julius Onah to Direct Marvel’s Fourth ‘Captain America’ Movie

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The fourth Captain America the film now has its director: Julius Onah.

According The Hollywood Reporter, the Nigerian-American filmmaker has been tapped by Marvel Studios to direct the next chapter in the Captain America saga. Anthony Mackie will star, returning to his longtime role as Sam Wilson. “But not, however, [as] Wilson’s longtime alter ego and Captain America’s sidekick, Falcon…thanks to the events of [the] Marvel/Disney+ 2021 series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldierwhich saw Wilson, after much doubting himself, finally accept Captain America’s shield and mantle,” adds THR.

Onah was first discovered by Spike Lee, who produced his first shorts after being impressed with the director’s thesis project at NYU. He then collaborated with JJ Abrams on The Cloverfield Paradox in 2018 — a film set in the Cloverfield universe which garnered attention for its unique marketing campaign, but failed to resonate with critics. In 2019, he directed the dark drama Luce, which starred Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Octavia Spencer and Kelvin Harrison Jr. in the title role. After its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Luce garnered three Indie Spirit Award nominations, including one for Best Director.

Malcolm Spellman, creator and editor of The Falcon and the Winter Soldierwill write the script for the new film with Dalan Musson, who previously served as the series’ screenwriter.

Neither plot details nor a production schedule for the film have been disclosed at this time.

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Fed Bullard: Strong US Economy Can Handle Rising Rates | Economic news

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By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last week’s jobs report pointed to a strong U.S. economy with few signs of a recession on the horizon that can withstand higher interest rates, the Reserve Chairman said Monday. Federal of St. Louis, James Bullard.

Financial markets are showing flashing signs that an economic slowdown could come next year as Americans grapple with the highest inflation in four decades and the Federal Reserve raises borrowing costs. But Bullard said in an interview with The Associated Press that the central bank would not have to plunge the economy into a recession or dramatically increase unemployment to bring inflation back to its 2% target.

“We now have a lot of inflation, but the question is can we bring (inflation) down to 2% without disrupting the economy? I think we can,” he said.

Bullard’s optimism coincides with a rapid pace of interest rate hikes by the Fed, intended to tackle the highest US inflation in 40 years.

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Higher rates limit the ability of consumers and businesses to borrow and spend, which can dampen growth and inflation. But they also carry the risk of tipping the economy into a slowdown.

Consumer prices rose 8.6% in May from a year ago, and a government inflation report on Wednesday could show they rose.

Bullard also said he currently supports a 0.75 percentage point hike in the Fed’s benchmark short-term interest rate at its next meeting later this month. Its rate is currently in a range of 1.5% to 1.75%, after rising 0.75 percentage points at its June meeting, the largest since 1994.

The Fed typically moves rates in quarter-point increments, but Chairman Jerome Powell said the Fed wants to move “quickly” to a level of around 2.5%, which won’t boost or dampen growth. .

The government’s jobs report on Friday showed employers added 372,000 jobs, a healthy increase, while the unemployment rate remained at 3.6% for the fourth month in a row, slightly above the trough. of five decades reached just before the pandemic.

The robust numbers contrast with signs of a slowing economy, from falling home sales to falling industrial production to slowing consumer spending. The economy contracted in the January-March quarter and real-time data trackers, like the one maintained by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, suggest it did so again in the April quarter. -June.

Two quarters of falling output would be a rule of thumb for a recession. But the official definition of a recession, compiled by the National Bureau of Economic Research, looks at a much wider range of data to determine whether a downturn has occurred.

Bullard said other measures of the economy, such as a large measure of worker and business incomes, suggest the economy likely grew in the first six months of this year. Businesses and other employers also added 2.7 million jobs during this period, a solid total that reflects the optimistic outlook for businesses.

“It just doesn’t look like the US economy has been in a recession for the past two quarters,” Bullard said.

Other Fed officials have said they support a three-quarter point increase in the Fed rate in July, including Atlanta Federal Reserve Chairman Raphael Bostic.

“I fully support the 75 basis point move,” Bostic told the CNBC Financial Network on Friday, using financial terminology for a three-quarter point hike. “The tremendous momentum in the economy suggests to me ‘the Fed could implement such an increase’ and not see much prolonged damage to the broader economy.”

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The 10 Best Mad Hatter Comics

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Mad Hatter is one of the oldest villains in Batman’s legendary rogues gallery, first appearing in Batman #49 in October 1948. Inspired by the Mad Hatter featured in Lewis Carroll’s novel, Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandDC’s Mad Hatter, real name Jervis Tetch, is obsessed with the famous character.



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Although Jervis Tetch started out as an ordinary criminal who adheres to the themes of The Mad Hatter, like most Batman villains from the Golden Age of comics, his origins have changed. His character’s evolution turned him into an unstable loner capable of hypnotizing people. Mad Hatter is one of many underrated Batman villains who doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. Nonetheless, he’s appeared in many great comics that surround the Batman mythos.

ten Through The Looking Glass features a unique team of villains

Set in the continuity of the fan-favorite Batman animated series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, “Through the Looking Glass” features a team-up story with Mad Hatter and Mirror Master. Combining their respective abilities to create confusing illusions, Mad Hatter and Mirror Master create a wacky world filled with mirrors and white rabbits.

Teaming up with Flash, Batman is tasked with battling the villainous duo to find a way back to the ordinary world. Following the theme of Batman: The Brave and the Bold“Through The Looking Glass” features a Silver Age take on Mad Hatter that builds on the campy aspects of early Batman.

9 Mad Hatter was released from prison in “Mad Hatter Flips His Lids”

A story featuring Mad Hatter right after his release from prison, “Mad Hatter Flips His Lids”, occurred in Detective comics #573. Centered around Batman and Robin, the story begins with Batman telling Robin how frustrated it makes him to see so many of his old villains become repeat offenders.

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Meeting Mad Hatter outside the gates of Gotham State Prison after his release, Batman tells Mad Hatter that he needs to go back to a normal life and that he is lucky to have a second chance in the first place. Ignoring Batman’s words, Mad Hatter creates a hat out of newspaper, meaning he has no intention of changing his life.

8 Robin tracked down the Mad Hatter in “Robin: Year One”

A four-issue miniseries that chronicles Dick Grayson’s origin as Robin, Robin: first year features four separate stories around Robin and four different Batman villains. In the first story, aptly titled Robin: first year #1, Batman and Robin meet Police Captain James Gordon, who tells them about several kidnappings taking place in Bristol – a town north of Gotham.

Learning that one of the victims is a school classmate, Robin (rather ambitiously) tries to solve the whole case himself. Robin eventually realizes the kidnapper is none other than Mad Hatter, who lured young teenage girls to him with the promise of free headphones.

seven Mad Hatter created a team in the wonderland gang

Written by legendary Batman writer Paul Dini, “The Wonderland Gang” performed in Detective comics #841, featuring the debut of Mad Hatter’s villainous group, The Wonderland Gang. Yet another Carroll reference Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandThe Wonderland Gang is made up of other Carroll-inspired characters like Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

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Eventually tracking Mad Hatter and his gang to Gotham amusement park, Batman finds Mad Hatter with a mind control chip taped to his neck. Realizing that Mad Hatter is not the leader of the group, Batman discovers that Tweedledum and Tweedledee have hatched an elaborate plan to frame Mad Hatter.

6 The impostor changed his ways in Mad Hatter Goes Straight

A one-issue storyline in which Mad Hatter becomes sheriff, “Mad Hatter Goes Straight”, occurred in Batman #297. Although the name of the villain featured in this story is Mad Hatter, it’s not the version of Mad Hatter that most Batman fans are familiar with.

After Jervis Tetch surrenders to Arkham Asylum, an impostor whose true identity has never been revealed takes to the streets of Gotham and calls himself Mad Hatter. In the script, the impostor Mad Hatter is saddened that crime no longer excites him. Reminiscing about his childhood, Mad Hatter decides to become what he always wanted: a mounted sheriff who stops crime.

5 Mad Hatter outsmarted the GCPD in ‘Unresolved’

A four-issue story ark in Gotham Center issues 19-22, “Unresolved” focuses on a handful of Gotham police officers like Harvey Bullock, Marcus Driver, Josie MacDonald and Renee Montoya. Although the story features an elaborate plan hatched by Mad Hatter, the Carroll-inspired villain only appears in a few major panels throughout the comic.

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Either way, Mad Hatter’s warping technology plays an important role throughout the series, reminding the reader of its presence in the background. “Unresolved” does a great job of showing how, despite Mad Hatter’s physical limitations, he’s capable of dealing high-level damage.

4 Tea time dives deep into the Mad Hatter’s psyche

One of the weirdest stories around Mad Hatter, “Tea Time” is a story from the one-shot comic book, Joker’s Asylum: The Mad Hatter. A story within a story, the comic features Joker telling a story about Mad Hatter, who is writing a story about himself and Alice.

A dive into Jervis Tetch’s psyche, “Tea Time” does an outstanding job of highlighting Mad Hatter’s paranoia and how it causes him to act irrationally. Along with a well-written exploration of the Mad Hatter characters, the comic also features a highly detailed art style that makes Jervis appear as a grotesque yet likable man.

3 The Mad Hatter trapped Batman in hats and bats

Written by Scott Snyder, one of the many Batman writers who redefined the character, “Hats and Bats” is a story of Batman All Star #8. The story revolves around Batman as he finds himself in a nightmarish world surrounded by his greatest enemies, including the Riddler, the Joker, and Bane.

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Soon realizing he is trapped in some kind of illusion, Batman is forced to fight for his life in perhaps the most dangerous gauntlet Mad Hatter has ever thrown down. The story gives readers greater insight into Mad Hatter’s motivations; he wants his victims to feel irrational paranoia by making the things they hate the most seem unstoppable.

2 Mad Hatter faked his death in ‘But A Dream’

While there haven’t been many adaptations of DC’s Mad Hatter over time, fans have received one top-notch adaptation in the form of DC’s Mad Hatter. Batman: The Animated Series. A spin-off comedy series set in the continuity of Batman: The Animated Series“But A Dream” revolves around Mad Hatter and the woman he once obsessed over getting married.

Faking his death out of sympathy, the wife, Alice, calls off her wedding after suffering extreme depression. Eventually revealing himself alive to Alice, Jervis unveils his own disturbing plans.

1 Mad Hatter cemented his status in ‘Batman Madness’

One of the best comics ever drawn by comic book legend Tim Sale, “Batman: Madness” is one of three stories told in Batman: Haunted Knight, which is a Halloween-themed Batman anthology series. The comic begins with Barbara Gordon boarding a train with her uncle to go shopping. Suddenly, Batman and Mad Hatter crash into the top of the train.

Chasing Mad Hatter to a nearby rooftop, Batman suddenly falls victim to a form of hypnosis, which gives Mad Hatter a chance to escape. Shortly after, Barbara Gordon is kidnapped by Mad Hatter and wakes up in the middle of a re-enactment of the tea party scene from Alice in Wonderland.

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Blue Jays’ Guerrero Has a Break Mitt Throw, M’s Win 8th in Row | Sports News

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By DAIMON EKLUND, Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a throw through the strap of his glove and the Seattle Mariners capitalized on it for their eighth straight victory, beating Toronto 6-5 on Sunday on two Carlos Santana circuits.

“Baseball can be cruel sometimes when things aren’t going well,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said.

A day after Santana hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning for a 2-1 win, he connected for a two-run go-ahead in the eighth. The Mariners are 16-3 for their best 19-game streak since 2003.

“Everything is positive right now, so we have to keep going,” Santana said. “The energy is tremendous. The support from the fans, at the clubhouse, the teammates are great. When you see that, everything is fine.

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Blue Jays starter Max Castillo was drawn in the fifth with a 4-1 lead after giving up two one-out singles, and reliever David Phelps walked Justin Upton to load the bases.

Sam Haggerty then came back to Phelps, who pitched home to start what looked like an easy double play late in the inning. But catcher Gabriel Moreno’s throw went through Guerrero’s first baseman’s glove, allowing a run to score.

Guerrero continued to stare in amazement at his glove as Phelps, who had started twirling off the mound in celebration, suddenly stopped. Julio Rodriguez followed with an RBI single that cut Toronto’s lead to 4-3.

This is the second time in a month that Guerrero has had problems with his glove. He drove a ball through the canvas in a win over the Orioles on June 13.

“You know it changed the game,” Montoyo said. “I’ve seen it twice this year. Usually it doesn’t happen to the same guy and it happened to the same guy.”

Bo Bichette homered, two singles and drove in three runs for the Blue Jays, who were swept in the four-game series and lost nine of their last 10.

George Springer homered on the first pitch of the game for the Blue Jays, his 17th home run of the season and his 51st career first home run. Raimel Tapia has also filmed for Toronto.

Santana, acquired from Kansas City in late June, hit a first homer in second.

“It’s like he’s been here all year,” said Ty France of Seattle. “He’s part of the family now and we’re happy to have him here and we’ve been riding.”

Moreno dropped a JP Crawford popup to start Seattle’s eighth. Santana connected Adam Cimber (8-3) for his seventh home run this season, three for the Mariners.

The Mariners tied at 4 on Cal Raleigh’s sacrifice ball in the sixth. Bitchette homered in the seventh.

Seattle starter Logan Gilbert allowed four runs on nine hits, both matching his season highs, over six innings.

Matt Festa (1-0) threw a perfect eighth for the win and Paul Sewald caught his 10th save.

The series sweep tied the Mariners with Toronto for the AL’s third wildcard spot. The Mariners are looking to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2001. “You can’t celebrate anything. We’re not there yet,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. But everyone knows drought. It’s raining a lot in Seattle, so we need to end the drought.

Rodriguez was named to the All-Star team during the game. France, who were one of two finalists for the AL first baseman spot, were not selected. “There are a lot of good players, and not to take anything away from any of them, I really think I played my way there,” France said.

On Saturday, the Mariners moved to rookie starter George Kirby at Triple-A Tacoma to reduce his workload. Seattle manager Scott Servais said he expects Kirby to make a two- or three-run start in Tacoma and return to the Mariners’ rotation after the All-Star break. In his place Wednesday in Washington, Seattle could have a bullpen day or start long reliever Tommy Milone, Servais said. Marco Gonzales will start Thursday in Texas.

Blue Jays: Toronto has the day off Monday and hasn’t announced a starter for Tuesday’s home game against Philadelphia.

Mariners: RHP Chris Flexen (5-8, 4.00 ERA) will open Seattle’s two-game series at Washington on Tuesday. Flexen has won his last three starts.

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Love and Thunder opens with $143 million at the box office

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Thor: Love and Thunder will mark the third-biggest box office opening of the year and the biggest ever for a Thor film. Marvel Studios’ latest film will gross $143 million in its first three days at the domestic box office, matching domestic projections, albeit at the lower end. Together with the international transport of the film, this is enough to recoup its considerable production budget. The total is a career opening for director Taika Waititi as well as Natalie Portman, who returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Jane Foster, now with the power of Thor (Portman’s best prequel was Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith with $108 million, a movie Waititi forgot she appeared in). Opening ranks behind only Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ $187.4 million opening and Jurassic World Dominion$145 million in 2022.

Thor: Love and Thunder received mixed reviews from critics. Jenna Anderson of ComicBook.com gives the film a rating of 3.5 out of 5. In her review, she writes:

Thor: Love and Thunder is definitely a change of pace, whether from Thor: Ragnarok, the MCU’s Phase Four, or even the greatest tapestry of superhero adaptations. The film’s heartfelt, reverential core feels perfect for its crop of characters and for the current cultural moment, but that perfection is hampered by bizarre structural choices and inconsistent CGI. Sometimes this mess just adds to the charm of love and thunder and its flawed crop of characters, but that prevents the film from becoming another game-changing entry within the MCU. Fortunately, just enough Thor: Love and Thunder manages to charm and delight — especially its stellar ensemble cast — to always make it a worthy callback.

Also at the box office this weekend, Minions: The Rise of Gru continues to perform well. The animated film will cross $200 million this weekend. The full list of this weekend’s top 10 box office movies follows.

1. Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor embarks on an unprecedented journey – a quest for inner peace. However, his retreat is interrupted by Gorr the Butcher God, a galactic killer who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie, Korg, and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who – to his surprise – inexplicably wields his magic hammer. Together they embark on a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s revenge.

Taika Waititi directed Thor: Love and Thunder from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Waititi, Russell Crowe and Natalie Portman

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2. Minions: The Rise of Gru

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  • second week
  • Weekend: $45.55 million
  • Total: $210 million

In the 1970s, young Gru attempts to join a group of villains called the Vicious 6 after ousting their leader, legendary fighter Wild Knuckles. When the interview turns into a disaster, Gru and his Minions go on the run with the Vicious 6 hot on their heels. Fortunately, he finds an unlikely source of advice – Wild Knuckles himself – and soon discovers that even the bad guys need a little help from their friends.

Kyle Balda directed Minions: The Rise of Gru. The film’s voice cast includes Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, RZA, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews and Alan Arkin.

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3. Top Gun: Maverick

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  • seventh week
  • Weekend: $15.5 million
  • Total: $597.4 million

After more than 30 years of service as one of the Navy’s finest airmen, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is in his place, pushing the envelope as a brave test pilot and dodging the rank advancement that would ground. Training a detachment of graduates for a special mission, Maverick must confront the ghosts of his past and his deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who choose to pilot it.

Joseph Kosinski conducts Top Gun: Maverick from a screenplay written by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie. The film stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris and Val Kilmer.

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4.Elvis

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  • Third week
  • Weekend: $11 million
  • Total: $91.1 million

From his rise to fame to unprecedented stardom, rock ‘n’ roll icon Elvis Presley has enjoyed a complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker, over the course of 20 years. At the center of Presley’s journey and happiness is one of the most influential people in his life – Priscilla.

Baz Luhrmann conducts Elvis from a screenplay he co-wrote with Sam Bromell, Craig Pearce and Jeremy Doner. The film stars Austin Butler as Elvis, along with Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge, Helen Thomson, Richard Roxburgh, Luke Bracey, Natasha Bassett, David Wenham, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Xavier Samuel and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

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5. Jurassic World: Dominion

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  • fifth week
  • Weekend: $8.4 million
  • Total: $350.3 million

Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, dinosaurs now live and hunt alongside humans all over the world. This delicate balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether humans are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures.

Colin Trevorrow directed Jurassic World Dominion from a screenplay he co-wrote with Emily Carmichael, based on a story by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Isabella Sermon, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, DeWanda Wise, Mamoudou Athie, Campbell Scott, Scott Haze and Dichen Lachman .

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6. The Black Phone

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  • Third week
  • Weekend: $7.66 million
  • Total: $62.3 million

Finney Shaw is a shy but intelligent 13-year-old boy who is being held in a soundproof basement by a masked, sadistic killer. When an unplugged phone on the wall starts ringing, he soon discovers he can hear the voices of the murderer’s previous victims – and they’re determined to make sure what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.

Scott Derrickson directed The black phone from a screenplay he co-wrote with C. Robert Cargill, based on the 2004 short story by Joe Hill. The film stars Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, James Ransone and Ethan Hawke.

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7. Light Year

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  • Week 4
  • Weekend: $2.9 million
  • Total: $112.3 million

Legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear embarks on an intergalactic adventure alongside ambitious recruits Izzy, Mo, Darby and his robot companion, Sox. As this ragtag crew tackles their toughest mission yet, they must learn to work as a team to escape the evil Zurg and his army of devoted robots who are never far behind.

Angus MacLane directed Light year from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jason Headley. The film’s voice cast includes Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, James Brolin, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules, Uzo Aduba, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez and Isiah Whitlock Jr.

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8. Marcel the shell with shoes

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  • Third week
  • Weekend: $340.00
  • Total: $963,400

Marcel is an adorable 2.5cm tall shell who leads a colorful existence with his grandmother, Connie, and their pet, Alan. Once part of a sprawling seashell community, they now live alone as the sole survivors of a mysterious tragedy. However, when a documentary filmmaker discovers them, the short he uploads brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented danger and new hope of reuniting with his long-lost family.

Dean Fleischer-Camp directed Marcel the shod shell from a screenplay written by Jenny Slate and Nick Paley, and based on Flescher-Camp’s 2020 short film of the same name. Slate voices Marcel, with Rosa Salazar, Thomas Mann and Isabella Rossellini also starring.

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9. Everything everywhere at once

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  • Week 16
  • Weekend: $241,100
  • Total: $67.5 million

When an interdimensional rift exposes reality, an unlikely heroine must channel her newfound powers to battle the strange and confusing dangers of the multiverse as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert directed Everything everywhere all at once. The film stars Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., James Hong and Jamie Lee Curtis.

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10. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens a portal to the multiverse. However, a threat emerges that may be too big for his team to handle.

Sam Raimi directed Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness from a screenplay written by Michael Waldron. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, alongside Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg and Rachel McAdams.

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10 of the best animated films from your childhood that you forgot

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Childhood movies get blurrier as you get older. Sometimes all that’s left is a snippet of a long-forgotten catchy track or a specific animated scene that lives deep in your brain. You will often ask yourself, “Where does it come from?” just to realize that The Mouse Family on a Train was an obscure movie you saw in your youth.



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Many remember the golden years of disney animation in the 90s, with world famous classics like The Lion King and Aladdin. They are an integral part of pop culture thanks to Disneyland and disney streaming services that bring these movies to every new generation of kids. However, many don’t remember the hazy collection of ’90s animated children’s films that house some of the most imaginative premises that helped shape a generation.

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‘Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland’ (1989)

Little Nemo gets lost in his dreams at night, transported to worlds of which he has already seen parts in his real life. One night, he dreams of a man he saw in a circus, Professor Genius, and is assigned to be the playmate of the princess from another kingdom. He accepts and is taken to Slumberland, a land of beauty and chaos, where he soon encounters the evil Nightmare King.

Based on the comic Little Nemo in Slumberland, this fantasy musical animated film is marvelous in every way. Much like how children sometimes can’t tell the difference between their dreams and reality, it weaves dreams and nightmares together, creating a vivid, whimsical world of frolicking and madness. The Oscar Winner Sherman Brothers also wrote the soundtrack.

‘Rock-A-Doodle’ (1991)

In one of the most ambitious crossovers in 90s animation, Rock-A-Doodle based on a rooster character Elvis Presley and created a one-of-a-kind rockabilly phantasmagoria. While many reviewers slammed the film, kids and families enjoyed the bright animation and humorous dialogue.

The film tells the story of a rooster named Chanticleer, who crows every morning to help the sun rise on his farm. He has bigger dreams and sets off to become a rock star after being tricked by the Great Owl Owl. Without Chanticleer singing every morning, the land becomes plagued with incessant rains and floods. It’s up to Chanticleer and a young human boy to bring back the sun.


“The Pebble and the Penguin” (1995)

The pebble and the penguin is a touching story about the love of penguins. It is based on the actual mating rituals of penguins, in which they search for the most beautiful pebbles to bring to their partners as gifts and in recognition of their relationship. It’s a fun and fantastically animated film that brings forth beautiful themes of selflessness and friendship.

The film focuses on the shy and stuttering Hubie, a penguin who wants to impress the beautiful Marina. He embarks on the adventure of his life when he decides to offer him a pebble fallen from the sky. He and his friends must keep her away from the evil Drake, who wants Marina for himself.

‘Thumbite’ (1994)

Like many other animated films adapted from books, Thumbelina was based on the classic fairy tale story of Hans Christian Andersen. Thumbelina tells the story of a girl born inside a flower and only two inches tall. She fears she will be condemned to a life of loneliness and will never find someone her size to love. She manages to attract the attention of Prince Cornelius of the fairies, but before they can fall in love, she is kidnapped by Mrs. Toad.

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The film was a favorite among young kids of the 90s, with its beautiful animation and touching story about all things whimsical – fairies, princes and talking animals. Thumbelina reminded many young girls Barbieand many toys accompanied its release.

‘The Swan Princess’ (1994)

The Swan Princess is based on classical ballet Swan Lake. Unfortunately, the film ran into a re-release of The Lion King in theaters and bombed at the box office. Despite this, The Swan Princess achieved success through home video releases and spawned numerous sequels and spin-offs.

The beautiful princess, Odette, falls in love with the handsome Prince Derek in the film. An exiled dark magician conjures up a spell to turn her into a swan and keep her all to himself. The prince and princess are aided by charming creatures on their journey to free Odette from the binding spell.


‘Antz’ (1998)

Antz was the first film of dream animationand only the third computer-animated feature film in history, after toy story and Cassiopeia. The film shares many similarities with one of Pixar better, The life of an insectwhich resulted in a public feud between Dream works co-founder Jeffrey Katzenbergand Pixar John Lasseter.

Despite the production chaos, the film was released to a triumphant box office reception. Many reviewers praised its humor and animation style – where many of the bug characters resemble their voice actors. The film follows Z, a worker ant who dreams outside of her common ant colony. While striving to gain his individuality, he falls in love with the ant princess, Bala, and must save his colony from collapse.

“The Princess and the Goblin” (1991)

The Princess and the Goblin contains every fantasy trope a child could dream of: a beautiful and brave princess, a brave peasant boy turned hero, and evil goblins. In the film, a peaceful kingdom is devoured by menacing goblins. A princess and a fearless boy must save the noble king from them, using only their gift of singing and a magical, sparkling thread.

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The film is based on a novel of the same name and is one of the most charming animated films of the 90s. The film is also home to one of the most memorable bits you will ever get out of your head. While walking through the eerie forest at night, Curdie sings the song “Spark Inside Us,” which probably still haunts you to this day if you heard it as a kid.


“A Troll in Central Park” (1994)

Whereas A troll in Central Park is vaguely remembered by many, the film was a huge box office failure and is considered Don Bluthis the worst movie. Bluth was the director of various childhood favorites like The land before time, The NIMH Secretand Anastasiait is therefore not his talents that have not been manifested.

Although the movie was filmed, it still has a level of charm that maybe only kids can relate to. The troll, Stanley, has a magical talent for growing greenery. He finds himself in Central Park when he is banished from his kingdom and befriends two children who help him adapt to his new surroundings.

‘An American Tail: Fievel Goes West’ (1991)

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is a sequel to 1986 An American tailmade by Steven Spielbergthe ephemeral workshop of, Ambition. It was the only one Ambition film which used cel animation and was the last of its kind to be released theatrically.

It found huge success in home video releases and became a phenomenon among children. It made numerous best-of lists and is an essential film about Jewish immigrants. In the film, the Mousekewitz family still has trouble with the cats chasing them. They decide to move to a new place in the west, where they are promised a life of peace.

“Once Upon a Time in the Forest” (1993)

In this Hanna Barbera production, a toxic spill from a construction site threatens the life of a badger. Three woodland creatures set out to rescue their friend and brave a harrowing journey to find a cure. The three animals race against time as humans close in and pose greater danger to their friends and family.

The film was a hit due to its lively animation style, adorable anthropomorphic animals, and important message about the environment and human destruction of the earth. Animals go by “Furlings” to appeal to kids, and the movie is an underrated classic for many people growing up in the ’90s.

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Jack Black dons a black and white costume at the Los Angeles premiere of Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight

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Jack Black dons a black and white costume and shows off his fighting moves at the Los Angeles premiere of Netflix’s animated series Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight

Jack Black channeled his iconic animated character Po on the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight.

On Saturday, the 52-year-old veteran comic actor donned a panda-inspired black and white costume as he attended the Netflix Family Summer event at the Autry Museum of the American West.

The School of Rock star showed off his kung fu moves as he struck a series of poses for the cameras.

In character: Jack Black channeled his iconic animated character Po on the red carpet at the Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight premiere in Los Angeles

The double Golden Globe nominee’s suit featured a two-tone blazer over a black t-shirt with black pants.

Jack wore black sneakers and shielded his eyes from the sun with a pair of clear-framed sunglasses with amber lenses.

The California native wore his curly brown hair pulled back from his face and sported a thick salt-and-pepper beard.

Lookalike: On Saturday, the 52-year-old veteran comic actor donned a panda-inspired black and white costume and posed with character actor Po during the Netflix Family Summer event at the Autry Museum of the American West

Lookalike: On Saturday, the 52-year-old veteran comic actor donned a panda-inspired black and white costume and posed with character actor Po during the Netflix Family Summer event at the Autry Museum of the American West

While on the mat, Jack humorously confronted a character actor who was wearing a Po costume.

The two also showed off their coordinated looks as they stood side by side for some red carpet snaps.

The Tenacious D frontman was also joined by his co-stars Ed Weeks, Della Saba and Rahnuma Panthaky for a group photo.

Skills: The School of Rock star showed off his kung fu moves as he struck a series of poses for the cameras

Skills: The School of Rock star showed off his kung fu moves as he struck a series of poses for the cameras

Ed, 41, was dressed in a dark blue suit with a blue and white checked button-up shirt and tan leather dress shoes.

Della, 32, wore a short-sleeved, ankle-length blue dress with white sneakers.

Rahnuma, who wore a colorfully patterned sundress and strappy blue platform sandals, beamed as she posed between Jack and Po’s character actor.

Castmates: The Tenacious D frontman was also joined by his co-stars Ed Weeks, Della Saba and Rahnuma Panthaky for a group photo

Castmates: The Tenacious D frontman was also joined by his co-stars Ed Weeks, Della Saba and Rahnuma Panthaky for a group photo

The upcoming series is based on the popular Kung Fu Panda feature film trilogy which starred Jack as the titular giant panda and martial arts master.

This is the actor’s first time portraying the character Po since 2016’s Kung Fu Panda 3.

The official plot synopsis reads: “When a mysterious pair of weasels turn to a collection of four powerful weapons, Po must leave home to embark on a global quest for redemption and justice that finds him partnered to a nonsensical English non-knight named Wandering Blade (Rita Ora).

“Together, these two mismatched warriors have embarked on an epic adventure to first find the magic weapons and save the world from destruction – and they may even learn a thing or two from each other along the way. .”

Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight hits Netflix on July 14.

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Coming soon: Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight hits Netflix July 14

Sri Lanka imposes curfew as cops fire tear gas at protesters | Economic news

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By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI, Associated Press

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Police imposed a curfew in Sri Lanka’s capital and surrounding areas on Friday, a day before a planned protest demanding the resignation of the country’s president and prime minister due to the economic crisis which caused severe shortages of essential goods and disrupted people’s livelihoods.

Hours before the curfew was announced, police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesting students wearing black clothes, holding black flags, shouting anti-government slogans and wearing banners saying “Enough – now go”.

Protesters and other critics have blamed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the worst economic crisis since the country’s independence in 1948. They also blame Ranil Wickremesinghe, who became prime minister two months ago, for failing to delivered on its promises to end the shortages. .

Civic and opposition activists said thousands more protesters would gather in Colombo on Saturday. But the police announcement of the curfew said it took effect at 9 p.m. and will last until further notice in Colombo and its suburbs.

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The announcement of the curfew drew criticism from government opponents and the Sri Lanka Bar Association, who said “the curfew is manifestly illegal and a violation of fundamental rights”.

The bar association’s statement called on police to immediately withdraw what the association called an “unlawful order” imposing the curfew.

Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa called the curfew a “fraud”.

“Take to the streets tomorrow. Challenge the dictatorship and join the people to make democracy triumph. Yes we can,” he said in a tweet.

US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung called on people to protest peacefully and called on the military and police to ‘give peaceful protesters the space and security to do so’ .

“Chaos and force will not fix the economy or bring the political stability that Sri Lankans need right now,” Chung said in a tweet.

Sri Lanka is on the verge of bankruptcy and has suspended repayment of $7 billion in foreign debt due this year. It has to repay over $5 billion a year until 2026. Its foreign exchange reserves are nearly depleted and it is unable to import food, fuel, cooking gas and medicine.

Lack of fuel to run power plants has led to long daily power outages. People have to queue for hours to buy fuel and gasoline. The country has survived mainly on lines of credit from neighboring India to purchase fuel and other essentials.

Due to the economic crisis, inflation has soared and the prices of basic necessities have soared, dealing a severe blow to poor and vulnerable groups.

Due to fuel and electricity shortages, schools have been closed for weeks and the government has asked state employees other than those in essential services to work from home.

The country is negotiating with the International Monetary Fund over a bailout, but Wickremesinghe said this week the negotiations are difficult because Sri Lanka is effectively bankrupt. He said earlier that the country’s economy had “collapsed”.

The economic crisis has triggered a political upheaval, with numerous anti-government demonstrations. Protesters blocked major roads to demand fuel, and residents in some areas fought for limited supplies.

In Colombo, demonstrators have occupied the entrance to the president’s office for nearly three months to demand his resignation. They accuse him and his powerful family, which includes several siblings who until recently held Cabinet positions, of precipitating the crisis through corruption and mismanagement.

Months of protests have nearly dismantled the Rajapaksa political dynasty that has ruled Sri Lanka for most of the past two decades.

One of Rajapaksa’s brothers resigned as prime minister last month, and two other brothers and a nephew left their cabinet posts earlier.

President Rajapaksa admitted he had not taken steps to avert economic collapse soon enough, but refused to leave office. It is almost impossible to oust presidents under the constitution unless they step down on their own.

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Guto Harri: Fingers point to PM’s ‘blunder-prone’ communications chief after fall | Policy

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When he entered Downing Street five months ago as Boris Johnson’s director of communications, Guto Harri made a splash with an interview that described his new boss as ‘not a complete clown’.

Now, in the autopsy and recriminations that inevitably follow the downfall of any prime minister, fingers are pointing Harri at a tenure some describe as almost as gaffe-prone as his boss’s.

He was also one of the last people to urge Johnson to “stay and fight” on Wednesday night as it became clear that dozens of ministers had resigned and Johnson’s government was crumbling before their eyes.

“He was nothing if not loyal to Boris, at least while he was on payroll. He did the best, loyally, he could do. But there were tactical misjudgments and he loves the briefings,” said a Tory aide who witnessed Harri’s modus operandi.

“To be fair to him, he inherited the job when government communications were quite troubled, and it would have been an amazing job if he had been able to turn the ship around at that time.”

Journalists found Harri, who was also Johnson’s communications adviser during his London town hall, to be more amiable and charming than some government spinners – and happy to pick up the phone. Many also appreciated the colorful quotes he gave for their stories, some of which may have been inadvisable from a PR standpoint.

“He’s a very lovely guy and I have a thing for him, but I never know how seriously he takes the job,” said a veteran reporter who has known Harri for decades. Harri’s friends say he would have liked to be judged mainly by political journalists, and they respect him.

However, those who have known him from No 10 and as special advisers react with wide eyes when asked about his work for Johnson, describing him as too laid back and relaxed about communications work.

Harri was pitted by a government aide against another figure – Deputy Chief of Staff David Canzini – brought in as part of attempts to ‘reset’ operations in No 10. The aide claimed that Harri was “a total clown” while Canzini had been very effective, and compared the two men to cartoon characters Pinky and the Brain.

At a Spectator party on Thursday night, with tensions high over Johnson’s resignation, Harri was confronted by Josh Grimstone, a special adviser to Michael Gove, over the circumstances of Johnson’s ‘revenge’ of the secretary’s sacking. of upgrade.

A former PR for Rupert Murdoch’s News UK, Harri had moments of efficiency in Downing Street. Privately, he took credit for killing the Times story that Johnson tried to appoint his then-girlfriend Carrie to a £100,000 Foreign Office job after having been removed from the journal for its second edition.

While some senior Tory MPs are pricing Harri for removing some of the toxicity of No 10 since the Dominic Cummings era – and supporters say he has managed to pivot Johnson towards greater broadcast exposure and outlets with mass appeal – others blame it for contributing to the sense of chaos around Johnson’s communications.

The Chris Pincher affair was a flashpoint for this when Harri informed the No 10 press team that the former Deputy Chief Whip was vulnerable amid allegations of drunken groping, and drew a comparison to the suicide of Iraqi weapons expert David Kelly. This comment went so badly that it was later leaked.

There was also anger among Tory MPs over the handling of Johnson’s impromptu trip to Ukraine last month, which meant he failed to show up for the Northern Research Group conference in Doncaster. While the media were told by Harri early in the day that Johnson would miss the event as he was in Ukraine, Tory MPs were told until midday to expect the Prime Minister to attend.

“If you were to blame the Doncaster car crash on someone creating a story of unnecessary process that upstaged and pissed off colleagues, it’s all Guto,” a source said.

The source added, “Guto clearly thinks he’s a passenger and he’s just here for the ride. He has a nice CV, a track record with the PM and seems to tick all the boxes. But from a political management perspective, he has no idea.

Harri’s past business dealings have also come under scrutiny since entering No. 10. He has been dubbed “Huawei Harri” for joining Hawthorn Advisers, a public relations company that has made pressure for the Chinese technology company. Several other Hawthorn staff members later joined the press office.

Harri reportedly alienated already frustrated special advisers at a meeting last month, where he told them to be as good at getting the government’s message out as they were briefing the press on the meeting’s content. “It was probably meant to sound self-effacing and be a bit realpolitik, but it ended up tarnishing the room full of people like deceitful shit,” one attendee said.

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However, one of the clearest examples of Harri’s MO came during Johnson’s trip to the G7 and NATO summits, when he caused a storm over defense spending.

After Johnson’s civil service spokesman briefed reporters at a hotel in Austrian Tyrol across the border about the G7 gathering in Bavaria, Harri sat in silence before intervening in a discussion over whether Johnson could deliver on his promise to raise the defense budget above inflation, as promised in the 2019 Conservative manifesto.

There was a need for a “reality check” on promises made before the Covid pandemic and near-single-digit inflation, Harri said. As reporters scribbled quotes in their notepads, Johnson’s official spokesperson stared at the ceiling, grimly aware that damaging reporting had been created. The row lasted for the rest of the trip, forcing Johnson to use his final press conference at NATO to promise an increase in the defense budget to around 2.5% of GDP.

Harri was approached for comment.

Correction: Genndy Tartakovsky will direct Sony Pictures Animation’s first R-Rated movie, which will be a 2D feature about a dog!

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Animated children’s show Quentin Tarantino has praise for

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Quentin Tarantino and “Peppa Pig” go as well together as oil and water. They have totally disparate sensibilities, with Tarantino setting out to create controversial works of art, while ‘Peppa Pig’ exposes children to valid morality, except for the moment he tried to convince children not to be afraid of spiders. That’s why he’s utterly thrilled to hear that the famed director is such a huge fan of the British children’s series.

Before you get too confused, he watches the show with his son. In an interview with Empire, the filmmaker said, “I actually like ‘Peppa Pig’;’ I watch it a lot. I’m going to say it – ‘Peppa Pig’ is the biggest British import of this decade.” That’s high praise, given that the children’s series has to take on ‘Paddington 2,’ but Tarantino has spoken .

It’s not the only children’s medium that Tarantino has taken an interest in lately. Apparently, her son is also a big fan of “Despicable Me 2”, as it’s the first movie he’s ever seen, albeit in small bits. Tarantino goes on to say, “He seemed to be interested in the opening credits, so I go, ‘Okay, I guess we’re watching ‘Despicable Me Part 2.’ He gets up and walks behind the couch, but he’s still watching TV. We watched it for 20 minutes, until it was time to go to the park, then the next day we watched another 15 minutes. And so, within a week, in small bites, the first movie Leo ever watched was ‘Despicable Me Part 2’.”

Could these projects influence Tarantino’s next film? It would certainly be a sight to see Tarantino tackle a movie about talking animals, but we’d love to see it.

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Democrats want to tax high earners to protect Medicare solvency | Economic news

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By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats want to raise taxes on some top earners and use the money to expand Medicare solvency, the latest step in the party’s election-year bid to craft a scaled-down version of the package. economic crisis that has collapsed in the past year, Democratic aides told The Associated Press.

Democrats expect to submit legislative language on their Medicare plan to the Senate congressman in the coming days, aides said. It was the latest sign that Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., and Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., might be heading for a compromise the party hopes to push through Congress this summer in the face of a strong Republican opposition. Manchin scuttled last year’s bill.

Under the latest proposal, individuals earning more than $400,000 a year and couples earning more than $500,000 should pay a 3.8% tax on their income from tax-advantaged businesses called pass throughs. Until now, many of them used a loophole to avoid paying this fee.

That would bring in about $203 billion over a decade, which Democrats say would be used to delay until 2031 a shortfall in the Medicare trust fund that pays for hospital care. This fund is currently expected to start running out of money in 2028, three years early.

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Most US companies are intermediaries, which include partnerships and sole proprietorships and range from one-person law firms to some large corporations. Owners count profits as income when paying personal income tax, but these businesses do not pay corporation tax, which means they avoid paying two levels of tax.

Democrats also this week sent the House a separate 190-page document on the emerging Schumer-Manchin compromise that would lower prescription drug costs for patients and the government. Provisions include requiring Medicare to negotiate drug prices, limiting out-of-pocket expenses for beneficiaries to $2,000 a year, and increasing federal subsidies for copayments and premiums for certain low-income people.

As the November election for control of Congress nears, Democrats are hoping the two proposals will be a cure for a campaign season that so far looks bleak. Republicans are favored to win a majority in the House and could do the same in the Senate.

Democrats say both plans will show voters they are fighting to lower health care costs and protect the wildly popular Medicare program, positions they say will be dangerous for Republicans. Polls show widespread public alarm over the past few months’ historically high inflation rates, supply chain issues and other economic issues which, along with President Joe Biden’s dismal approval ratings, are pushing voters into their leadership, according to the GOP.

Schumer and Manchin have been negotiating privately for weeks over a package that aides say could include about $500 billion in spending and tax credits, more than paid for with about $1 trillion in revenue and other savings . Schumer described the talks as productive but acknowledged that some issues remain unresolved.

Energy and environmental programs, corporate taxes, increases to the IRS budget to strengthen tax enforcement, and the renewal of soon-to-expire federal subsidies for people purchasing health insurance under the President Barack Obama’s health care is also under discussion, according to aides.

It is unclear what will come out of the talks. The aides described the latest proposals and the status of the negotiations only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information by name.

The suggestions for progress emerged seven months after Manchin derailed a roughly $2 trillion 10-year social and environmental bill, dealing a blow to a cornerstone of Biden’s domestic agenda.

The Democratic-led House approved the measure in November, but Manchin abruptly announced that he could not support the legislation because of its cost and fears it would fuel inflation. Similar provisions lowering the prices of pharmaceuticals and increasing taxes for certain high-income people were included in this bill.

The West Virginian’s support remains crucial in the 50-50 Senate. Democrats are using special procedures that would allow them to pass the streamlined package over the expected unanimous opposition from the GOP with the deciding vote of Vice President Kamala Harris.

Democrats should unanimously support Medicare’s solvency and prescription drug plans, a Democratic aide said.

“Medicare is a lifeline for millions of America’s seniors, and Senator Manchin has always supported pathways to ensure it remains solvent. He remains optimistic that there is a pathway to get there” , said his spokesman Sam Runyon.

Senate Congresswoman Elizabeth MacDonough will have to certify that the provisions of the new bill meet the budget rules of the chamber. Last year, she ruled that language making it easier for immigrants to stay in the United States should be removed because it violated prohibitions on using special procedures to pass major policy changes.

Medicare has 64 million beneficiaries. Its trust fund covering hospital services, called Part A, is funded largely by taxes deducted from people’s paychecks.

This trust fund gained two years of solvency, through 2028, in last month’s report from the program’s board. He attributed the improvement to the economy’s recovery from the recession sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

But Medicare and Social Security face long-term funding challenges, and administrators suggested lawmakers act “as soon as possible” to bolster them. Without congressional action, the Medicare hospital trust fund would only be able to pay 90% of its costs in 2028 and less thereafter, administrators said.

The proposal to raise taxes on some wealthier Americans would raise $203 billion over the next decade, according to AP-reviewed information that the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation provided to Senate Democrats. Federal actuaries told Democrats that such funding would delay the trust fund deficit until 2031, according to another document.

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Explained – Nuclear Power Inflation: What’s at Stake in Japan’s Election | world news

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will vote in upper house elections on Sunday that will have implications for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s grip on the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and his ability to push through legislation.

Here are some details on why the poll is important and some key policy issues:

WHY IS THE ELECTION IMPORTANT?

While the upper house is the less powerful of the two chambers of parliament, the vote is a pledge of support for the ruling bloc. If the LDP wins by a solid margin, as polls suggest, Kishida would be able to consolidate control of the party with three years to push through legislation before another election is due.

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A setback for the government could expose Kishida to challenges from rivals within the factional LDP.

Rising prices are the key issue. Global commodity prices rose and the decline in the yen in turn pushed up the prices of fuel, electricity and food. Voters are sensitive to even small price increases due to years of deflation and stagnating wages.

The government has rolled out 2.7 trillion yen ($20 billion) in additional budget to help. This includes plans to soften the hit to oil prices via subsidies to gasoline wholesalers and other measures.

The additional budget will be financed by bonds, which could put additional pressure on the public debt already more than twice the gross domestic product (GDP). Kishida said he was ready to take further action, but did not give details.

Kishida has promised to “substantially” increase defense spending in response to what he sees as fragile security in the region. Japan’s main concern is China’s growing power, concerns to which Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has given new urgency.

Kishida did not say how much the defense budget will increase in the next fiscal year or how any major increases will be funded. The defense budget for this fiscal year is 5.4 trillion yen, less than a quarter of what China spends.

In its election manifesto, the LDP called for doubling defense spending to 2% of GDP, which would be the minimum level that members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have pledged to spend .

Opinion polls show that nearly two-thirds of voters support strengthening the army.

Soaring energy prices and the threat of power shortages during a recent heatwave have bolstered expectations that the government will restart some of the dozens of nuclear reactors idled after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Japan derives most of its primary energy needs from crude oil, while liquefied natural gas (LNG) accounts for more than a third of its electricity production. LNG supply has been complicated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Only 10 of Japan’s nuclear reactors are operational, down from 54 before 2011. Kishida said Japan needed to make “better use” of nuclear energy. Last month, he said Japan would use nuclear power “as much as possible” as long as safety was assured.

Revising the constitution, particularly Article 9 renouncing war, has long been a goal of conservatives who see the US-drafted document as out of touch with today’s needs.

A strong performance by the LDP, its junior coalition partner Komeito and smaller right-wing opposition parties, such as the Japan Innovation Party, which is gaining ground, could create momentum for change constitutional.

The public has traditionally been skittish about the overhaul, although the crisis in Ukraine has bolstered support for a tougher defense.

Kishida, who hails from Hiroshima, the first city to suffer an atomic bombing, was on the more accommodating side of the LDP but has since veered to the right.

He said parts of the constitution might contain “outdated and missing” elements and hoped discussion on revising it could continue.

The search for the next Governor of the Bank of Japan (BOJ) is expected to intensify after the election. The incumbent, Haruhiko Kuroda, will complete his second five-year term in April.

Kishida’s choice is likely to determine whether the bank will stay on a dovish trajectory or change tack after years of ultra-loose policy that has now weighed on the yen and sparked public fire as prices rise.

Two people seen as the best candidates are outgoing deputy governor Masayoshi Amamiya, who orchestrated many of the BOJ’s stimulus measures, and former deputy governor Hiroshi Nakaso, who hinted that the short-term goal of the bank should be to end the revival of Kuroda.

(Reporting by Elaine Lies; Additional reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto, Tim Kelly and Leika Kihara; Editing by David Dolan, Robert Birsel)

Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.

Marvel Comics in Penguin and Folio Update Editions, Reviews

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I didn’t grow up in the Marvel universe. Between the ages of 8 and 13, I was passionately devoted to DC Comics, the adventures of Superman, Flash, Green Lantern and the entire Justice League of America team. In fact, one of the happiest days of my life happened when a friend just gave me two dozen DC comics he no longer wanted. After riding his bike home, I spread out this miraculous bounty under a living room lamp, then spent a long evening with a plate of freshly baked cookies while reading, reading, reading, my heart almost bursting with joy .

So all this past spring, I’ve been looking forward to recapturing some of that ancient enchantment by immersing myself in six colorful volumes of Marvel superhero comic books: three Penguin Classics collections from the early adventures of Spider-Man, Captain America, and Black Panther, and three Folio Society best-of collections featuring Spider-Man, Captain America and Hulk.

Old mysteries and adventure stories deliver a dose of comic book action

For fans, both series are desirable and overlap little. Penguin Publishing editor Ben Saunders, a University of Oregon comics scholar, provides historical insight into how Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others co-created these modern legends. Contemporary writers such as Qiana J. Whitted, Gene Luen Yang, Jason Reynolds and Nnedi Okorafor contribute additional introductions or winning personal forewords. The appendices contain recommended reading lists and sometimes additional essays, such as Don McGregor’s memoir of how he wrote the multi-issue “Panther’s Rage”, which provided some of the plot elements for the film” Black Panther”. Each of these collectible Penguin hardbacks is around 350 pages and costs $50. Paperback editions are $28.

Folio Society volumes are $125 each, but for purists, they offer a slightly more authentic reading experience. While Penguin’s imagery is bright and crisp, its paper looks a little too shiny, smooth and white. Folio reproduces slightly faded colors and pulp more faithfully original comics. Former Marvel editor Roy Thomas not only picked the content for each omnibus, but also outlined the creative decisions behind these landmark adventures of Hulk, Spider-Man and Captain America. Each volume is housed in a sturdy slipcase and comes with an important supplement – a separate facsimile of the actual issue in which the superhero first appeared.

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Now comes the saddest part: Being a fan of older popular fiction, I was surprised — no, appalled — that those Marvel comics never really cast a spell on me. Maybe I expected too much of them. While the art and layout are dynamic and highly imaginative, the writing ranges from hokey to downright utilitarian to histrionic. The stories feature few surprises, and the majority contain the same general plot engine: a sharp tension between each protagonist’s real self and their public persona, between the all-too-human beings inside those skin-tight outfits and the formidable superhumans that they were. called to be.

As a result, nearly every Marvel superhero – at least as far back as the Fantastic Four of the 1960s – is troubled and unhappy. They accept that with great power comes great responsibility but don’t know if they can handle the burden. In principle, their self-doubt, sometimes bordering on self-pity, invests them with a humanizing psychological complexity. Similarly, we are even brought to sympathize with their adversaries, who regularly see themselves as deeply wronged or entitled to revenge. Anguish, in both heroes and villains, is the predominant emotion in the Marvel Universe.

Thus, the teenage Spider-Man tears himself apart as a social misfit and feels guilty for the deaths of several loved ones. Thawed from a cryonic freezer, WWII-era Captain America feels alienated in the modern age and misses his long-dead junior partner, Bucky Barnes. Black Panther endures both physical hardships and serious questions about his ability to carry on the traditions of the Kingdom of Wakanda. And the invincible Hulk is stupidly aware that inside his green skin lingers an unwillingly transformed Bruce Banner. Banner’s own Hulk-inducing rages eventually, almost inevitably, turn out to be a consequence of childhood abuse.

Compared to the DC comics I enjoyed in elementary school, Marvel targets a slightly older audience, mostly teenagers and 20-somethings who can easily relate to emotionally sensitive characters. upset. There’s no doubt that this shift was partly driven by the market – older readers have deeper pockets than 10-year-olds dependent on the allowance. But Marvel’s top writers and artists also had a hunger to “do something new,” to explore and expand the aesthetic possibilities and cultural impact of their medium – something that underground “comix” went against the grain. had already done.

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After all, before this drastic shift still in progress, superhero comics generally offered a suburban, stockade view of American life and hurtfully ignored social, sexual, and racial realities. In that sense, today’s Marvel Universe represents a very welcome step forward. Nevertheless, as they became more and more relevant and naturalistic, superhero comics – not just from Marvel – gradually lost much of their joy as well as their naivety.

This process, however, has barely begun in these albums, which focus on work released in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Here, the story arcs still tend to be just as action-oriented. as one might wish, pitting costumed good guys against highly melodramatic villains, mad scientists and unlikely monsters. By contrast, contemporary superhero comics – from various publishers – are an entirely different matter: the brightly colored dreamland of my childhood has turned into a world of nightmares and case histories. Walk into any specialty comic book store – the days of drugstore shelves are sadly long gone – and darkness will surround you. Much of the artwork you’ll see is dark, stylized, and brutal, while many of the covers spotlight busty supergirls in shiny leather.

But, as I said, it is now. For the most part, these Penguin and Folio Society retrospectives only hint at the gloom to come. However, the pretensions to artistic greatness seem exaggerated to me. You may feel differently.

At least I continue to be childishly delighted by adult cosplay, the practice of dressing up as a favorite fictional or movie character. As our troubled superheroes know, putting on a mask can be liberating, a way to unleash your inner self. Fittingly, Andrew Liptak opens his talkative “Cosplay: A History” by examining costume balls, pageants, Halloween, and the tradition of masked night at sci-fi conventions. Still, his heart truly belongs to the Star Wars franchise.

As a result, the book is teeming with white-armoured stormtroopers and ragtag rebel legions. There are also scattered photos of outfits inspired by comics, manga and anime, but where are the steampunks in their elaborate Victorian glory? Or Conan’s Sword wannabes?

That bullshit aside, Liptak’s story is generously packed, almost overpacked, with information about the cosplay fandom, including chapters on legal issues and costume making. Fittingly, San Diego Comic-Con – the Carnegie Hall of cosplay – will soon be in full swing this year, July 21-24.

Michael Dirda will be out for the rest of the summer. Its Thursday book columns will resume on September 8.

Penguin Classics Marvel Collection Series

Black Panther, Captain America, The Amazing Spider-Man

Series edited by Ben Saunders. $50 hardcover editions. $28 paperback editions.

Folio Society Comic Collections

Hulk, Spider-man, Captain America

Selected and presented by Roy Thomas. $125 each.

By Andrew Liptack. Gallery/Saga Press. $24.99.

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Charity Digital – Themes – A Charity Guide to Animation

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For more than a century, animation has been an integral part of popular culture, on television screens, in cinemas and in advertising.

Across 20th century animation, from pioneers such as French cartoonist Emile Cohl to the popularity of Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse and the digital innovations of Pixar Studios and Dreamworks, the medium’s appeal doesn’t seem to end. .

But with budget options now widely available, this art form is no longer the exclusive domain of movie studios. Charities and others can now easily create their own engaging animation to promote their work and attract new supporters.

This can be done through 2D, 3D, or stop-motion animations involving puppets and sets, such as Aardman Studios’ Wallace and Gromit movies.

Here we look at the benefits for charities, how animation can be created, the tools available, and the outsourcing options available.

The benefits of animation

According to recent research, more than half of brand supporters will engage more easily after watching a video on social media.

The speed of the moving image helps cement the mission of charities in people’s minds. The animation is also perfect for engaging short clips for a charity on social media. Benefits include:

An eye-catching animation can make a memorable impression on viewers and encourage long-term donations.

Animation is highly visual and easy to understand, with complex messages easily conveyed through short, eye-catching text and animated characters to explain a charity’s mission and impact. This in turn can increase the likelihood of fans giving.

The cost-effective nature of animation can be vital for small charities looking to achieve engaging video marketing on a shoestring budget.

Animation Production Guide

Regardless of the platform or online tool used, there are common themes in all animation production. These are the following.

A good idea

The first process of making an animated film is to create a story. No matter how good the animation, if the dialogue, characters, and plot are poor, they will fail to engage viewers.

Style

The visual style of animation is important for conveying different messages. Be sure to choose a style that matches the message. For example, a movie about serious issues around abuse or homelessness might need a darker, darker style.

Storyboard

This is an essential part of the animation process, it allows a charity to watch the story, scene pacing and dialogue. It can be seen as a comic book version of the final film.

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The next step is to create an animated version of the storyboard to show what the final film might look like. This is a sketch before adding additional elements.

Adding and creating assets

This is where the final film begins to take shape, with things like characters, backgrounds, and props added. For 3D animation, charities are advised to create a preview of scenes, so that cameras and props are in the right places before filming.

Shooting

Once the vital prep work is done, charities can begin filming. This is where characters move through sets, and music and dialogue are added.

Post production

This is where digital tools are used to improve certain aspects of the film, such as lighting and texture. Scenes can also be edited and colors corrected.

A key part of post-production is making sure the entire movie looks the same from start to finish. Another is to ensure that the music and sound effects used are mixed at the correct levels.

Platforms

There is a range of software available for charities to create their own animation.

A subscription to an Adobe Create Cloud All Apps plan (£54.29 per month) includes the use of three useful tools for creating animation.

Adobe’s Character Animator tool allows charities to use a webcam and microphone with motion capture technology to animate characters, including lip sync.

The Animate tool, formerly Flash Professional, allows users to create high-quality graphics that are scalable and reusable for cartoons, games, and interactive content.

Meanwhile, the After Affects tool allows users to create effects, add text, and import characters.

Another similarly priced animation tool is Cinema 4D (£49.24 per month). This 3D animation software can be integrated with Adobe and includes a range of animation tools such as realistic cloth simulation and transforming images into a 3D model.

There’s also a slew of free animation software, including the open-source program Blender, with features like effects, editing, and motion tracking.

Outsourcing

Alternatively, charities can hire outside expertise to create eye-catching animations. This is great for charities looking to create professional animations if internal teams don’t yet feel confident creating their own content.

This can be expensive, but costs can be reduced by outsourcing to companies based in Eastern Europe.

In addition, a freelance specialist in animation can be recruited. These can be found through platforms such as Fiverr or Bark.

The average cost of renting an animation studio in the US is around £123 per hour, while the average in Western Europe and Asia is £82 per hour. Eastern European studios, including Poland, can cost as little as £41 per hour.

Depending on the complexity of the project, hiring external expertise can cost between £1,500 and £21,000.

Animation Guild Contract Closes Gender Pay Gap

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Teri Hendrich Cusumano has entered contract negotiations with major studios in an effort to achieve major wins for animation color designers. These workers choose the color scheme for animated films and TV shows, and traditionally they tend to be women.

They were also paid around $300 less per week than designers who create characters, backgrounds and props. Although she highlighted the gender disparity in her presentations to the Alliance of Film and Television Producers, this argument did not convince employers.

“The studios don’t want to acknowledge that they are discriminating based on gender,” she said. “They just ignore it.”

She also provided testimonials from animation bosses — art directors and showrunners — about the value color designers bring to a project. That argument played out better, she says. The AMPTP did not agree to remove the pay gap for color designers, but reduced it by a third.

The Animation Guild represents 5,000 artists, writers and technicians in the industry. On Tuesday, the union announced that 87% of voting members were in favor of ratifying the new contract with the AMPTP. Turnout was also exceptionally high, with more than two-thirds of eligible people voting.

Since late last year, the union has rallied social media support for a “New Deal for Animation”. This spring, the union also held an in-person rally to show support for members. The final contract doesn’t go as far as some members had hoped, but it does bring additional payoffs, and organizers hope it sets the stage for future talks.

“This is not the change we deserve,” said Mairghread Scott, co-chairman of the union’s writers’ craft committee. “But it’s a bigger change than we’ve seen in a long time.”

Animation writers, who make up less than 10% of the guild, had entered the negotiation hoping to narrow the pay gap between them and live-action writers, who are represented by the Writers Guild of America. For live-action television writers, WGA minimums range from $4,154 to $5,302 per week. The minimum for animation writers under the old contract is just $2,064 per week.

The new deal creates four pay levels for animation writers, with minimums ranging from $1,834 to $2,900 for supervising writers. While it doesn’t come close to what WGA writers do, it does create a career ladder for writers in animation, Scott said.

“In live action, you have this set tier system, where every year someone gets a bump,” she said. But in animation, she said, “most writers will literally work their entire career on one rate.”

Animation workers like to point out that during the pandemic, they were able to continue working from home while live production was shut down. The new contract includes a provision that could allow continued flexibility for remote workers.

Under the old agreement, the workers would no longer be covered by the contract if they left Los Angeles County. The new agreement gives employers the discretion to allow employees to leave the county while still covered by the contract.

The contract also includes three percent raises for each of the three years, matching what other IATSE unions have already received.

“More money is always a proposition that a union will make,” said Steve Kaplan, commercial director of the union. “We made more money, but certainly not as much as we wanted.”

For color designers, the increase will be between 4% and 12% above the annual increases of 3%. Supervisors will also receive an additional 15%.

“It’s an outsized gain,” Hendrich Cusumano said. “We see it as a restitution of wages withheld from a category of workers because of their identity.”

Political cartoonist talks about confusing Texas politicians for 48 years

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With Pulitzer Prize-winning credentials and an acid pen in hand, 73-year-old Ben Sargent heads into battle, flat cap in hand. The minefield of political commentary where he forged his legacy – over a 35-year career drawing editorial cartoons in Austin American Statesman—remains ripe as ever. An ink born to a family of journalists, his jabs, now issued in the name of the Texas Observer, hit their targets with Sargent’s wit and ferocity. His battle cry is simple. “Raise the hell up,” he said, “and try to point out that the Emperor has no clothes. Here, the cartoonist reveals his unwavering approach to turning current events into thought-provoking images.

Much of the editorial cartoons rely on symbols and the messages they subconsciously evoke, Sargent says. “Usually it’s by setting up a little situation in the cartoon and using that as a symbol of what it’s trying to get across.” Take, for example, Greg Abbott’s Rickety Ship, which finds the big ship Texas shaking on choppy coronavirus waters. “A ship on a heaving sea like that is kind of the ultimate symbol of control or lack of control.”

Each Sargent character has an inherent craziness in their tiny heads and even smaller hands. “It’s just the way they seem to come out of the paddock,” he laughs. These skills are still put to the test when faced with the bulk of editorial cartooning of cartoons. The secret is in those defining features, from Ann Richard’s huge up-do to Greg Abbott’s squint. The ultimate challenge? Asset. “He’s a walking caricature himself,” Sargent explains, “so it’s hard at first to exaggerate or ridicule.” Sargent kept it simple: Nail his “strange facial expressions…then the cartoon really gets more carried away with what he’s being made to do or say.”

Still preferring an old-school approach, Sargent draws every line first, including his signature cross-hatching that he picked up as a child while flipping through the pages of a Harper’s Weekly book of engravings—in blue pencil. He then covers these lines in ink. Only then would he turn to the computer, using Photoshop to add color, as he has since introduced more vibrant hues into his work at the Statesman circa 2007. In total, that’s about five hours per cartoon.

In the age of 24-hour news cycles, where stories never really seem to end, cartoons also have an increased staying power. That’s why Sargent plans to return to his 2021 panel “Out With Democracy,” which featured the democracy ballot box in a Republican Party trash can. “I’m playing with an extension of this,” he shares, “showing the dumpster behind the Republican Party headquarters. It’s full because they also threw decency, truth, rights .

As Texas politics change, so does Sargent’s approach to representing warring legislators under the Capitol dome. “When I started, I drew them like little Mickey Mouse characters and clowns,” he recalls. “Now there is a kind of evil edge.” Legislators like Dolph Briscoe, Tom Delay, and Bob Bullock used to collect Sargent’s depictions for their personal ink self-erasing collections. But we somehow doubt that today’s legislators will do the same.

The Sea Beast: cast and director talk about Netflix’s animated film (EXCLUSIVE)

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The beast from the sea hitting Netflix on July 8, promises to be the perfect classic adventure animated film to add to your watch list this summer. This Netflix Original was written, produced and directed by Oscar winner Chris Williams, one of the masterminds behind some of the most beloved animated films of the past few decades: Moana, The emperor’s new routine, Mulana, and Big Hero 6.

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During our interview with him, Chris Williams said that with The beast from the seahe hoped to bring back the kind of classic adventure story he grew up watching and loved, drawing inspiration from films such as Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Where The Raiders of the Lost Ark. His goal was to bring this feeling to a new generation.

The beast from the sea is the story of the great Jacob Holland (Karl Urban), a sea monster hunter, whose life changes completely overnight when a fiery young girl, Maisie (Zaris-Angel Hator), is secretly aboard his ship . Together, they will experience the most epic, perilous and unexpected journey across the seas and find new meaning in the word “family”. Karl Urban stated the following:

“I was quite blown away by the visuals (…) and I certainly fell in love with the whole world they are in, and the idea of ​​sailing the seas and living in these exotic places. This is very fun.”

The beast from the sea is full of treasures and surprises, but Jacob and Maisie’s relationship is probably one of the film’s greatest strengths. Zaris-Angel Hator, Disney lover and ultimate Moana fan, found her dream role as she was joined by Moana co-director Williams. The young actress told us how much she loved Maisie’s humor and personality:

“There’s so much to love about being Maisie. I love the different emotions she has (…) and I especially love her sass (…). It’s almost like I know her , I definitely felt close to her.

As an adventure film, the soundtrack needed to convey as much emotion and epicness as the story itself. Williams said the following:

“I knew Mark Mancina, the composer, from having worked on Moana, and he was very enthusiastic about working on this film. We wanted it to feel, on some level, like a classic adventure story, to make it feel like it would evoke some of those great movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark or Lawrence of Arabia (…) but we also wanted to feel fresh and new at the same time”.

The beast from the sea is a breath of fresh air, with the perfect dose of adventure, humor and heart and it will be available for stream July 8 on Netflix!

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The Baymax Show achieves its first goal

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Baymax! is the first television series from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and while it was a success, there was one major thing that made it a missed opportunity.

Walt Disney Animation Studios had a major goal for the release of the Baymax! television show, and while the series achieved that goal, it still hasn’t reached its full potential. Baymax! is the third spin-off series from the Oscar-winning series Big Hero 6 franchise, following Big Hero 6 The Series and Baymax dreams. With the same director and the film’s voice actors on board, including Scott Adsit reprising the lead role, the series was released on Disney+ on June 29.

Baymax! follows the healthcare companion as he helps the people of the town of San Fransokyo, scanning their bodies to check on their health and offering his unique brand of emotional support. The series introduces many new characters, with only short post-credit cameos from Baymax’s best friend Hiro. Each episode’s storylines are simple but still fun and well-executed, paired with its signature beautiful animation style.

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Baymax! is the first series in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ line of television productions, which will also include spinoffs from Zootopia, Moana, and a hand drawing The princess and the Frog series. It seems likely that the main goal here was to prove that Disney’s main animation studio could create TV series that matched the same quality of their movies. Baymax! has certainly proven they can do it, but despite the positive reception the series has received so far, there is one thing that makes Baymax! the impression of being a missed opportunity: the episodes are much too short.



The series has six episodes, none of which are longer than 12 minutes. That’s 72 minutes in total for the Baymax! series when the original Big Hero 6 the film was 102 minutes long. For Walt Disney Animation Studios to really cement themselves in the television space, they should have taken advantage of this new format to allow audiences to explore the world of San Fransokyo more and spend more time with it. Big Hero 6Baymax’s adorable robot character. As it stands, the short length of each episode makes the series feel more like a proof of concept than a fully realized series, which is a shame.


Walt Disney Animation Studios have long proven their mastery of the short narrative format, having been releasing shorts for as long as they have been releasing feature films. As wonderful as Baymax! that is, it still feels like a familiar series of shorts rather than a cohesive TV narrative. Ultimately, the success of Baymax! it looks like it comes from the studio playing it safe and sticking to their tried and tested short film format. Hopefully, with the next set of TV series they have prepared, the studio won’t be afraid to try something new with a longer and more satisfying runtime.

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100 of the best Marvel characters in film and TV history

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(Clockwise, left to right) Alan Cumming as Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United (Image: 20th Century Fox), Jon Bernthal as Punisher in The Punisher (Image: Netflix), Jamie Foxx as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Image: Sony Pictures), Tom Hardy's Venom in Venom (Image: Sony Pictures), Pom Klementieff as Mantis in Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol.  2 (Image: Marvel Studios) and James Spader's Ultron in Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Image: Marvel Studios)

(Clockwise bottom left to right) Alan Cumming as Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United (Image: 20th Century Fox) Jon Bernthal as Punisher in The Punisher (Image: Netflix) Jamie Foxx as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Image: Sony Pictures), Tom Hardy’s Venom in Venom (Image: Sony Pictures) Pom Klementieff as Mantis in The Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (Image: Marvel Studios) and James Spader’s Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron (Picture: Marvel Studios)
Chart: Rebecca Fassola

Long before it was officially a cinematic universe, wonder has been a mainstay of pop culture, not only telling stories (some well-established, others entirely original) that have entertained audiences around the world, but inspiring them through characters, ideas and even stories. values. Given Marvel’s vast pantheon, choosing favorite characters – at least since the company’s canon began to be translated into movies and TV shows – requires careful triangulation of casting, cinematic creativity and, in some case, of pure longevity.

For example, everyone loves Spider Manbut who Spider Man? The same applies to daredevilHulk and a variety of x-men characters, each of which offered different dimensions of iconic comic book characters that many of us have revered since we were in short pants.

To this end, The audiovisual club put together our ranking of the top 100 Marvel characters on screens big and small. Some served as de facto cornerstones of the MCU’s evolution, highly active across multiple storylines and platforms, while others simply made an immediate and unforgettable impression, illustrating a complex, believable heroism – or villainy. , even sympathetic. There are also those characters we’re excited to see on screen, creating a fun and unforgettable moment, a TV show or a movie that stands out in the ever-growing Marvel canon.

Our countdown starts with characters ranked 100-81 (check back tomorrow to see who landed in our 80-61 section). You might not agree with our placement for some of these beloved heroes, sidekicks, and villains, and that’s okay. These fictional beings resonate with each of us in different ways. And while the placement is subjective, based on our big, nerdy hearts, it’s also expected to change as new Marvel projects arrive.

Reddick wins at Road America for 1st NASCAR Cup victory | Sports News

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By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Reporter

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Tyler Reddick needed a little longer than expected to win in the NASCAR Cup Series.

The circumstances of his triumph were worth waiting for.

Reddick won on Sunday at Road America, edging out Chase Elliott, the defending on-course champion and current points leader. The win came on the 92nd start of his Cup career, which has included five second-place finishes.

“It was just a huge sense of relief,” Reddick said.

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Richard Childress Racing driver won by 3.304 seconds over Elliott, who took pole position and led for 36 of the 62 laps. Elliott was looking for his eighth career Cup road circuit victory to tie Tony Stewart for second place – one behind Jeff Gordon’s record.

“He’s the guy who’s won more road races in the last two years than anyone,” Reddick said.

Kyle Larson finished third, followed by Ross Chastain and Daniel Suárez.

Both Elliott and Reddick were well ahead of the field before making pit stops with around 20 laps to go. Elliott had a narrow lead over Reddick coming out of the pits, but Reddick eventually got past him as they came back to the front of the field.

Reddick took the lead definitively on lap 47 once all the cars ahead of him made their pit stops.

“I just let him stay close enough to put the pressure on me there when we had decent tires and could never get enough of a gap,” Elliott said. “I made a few mistakes. I was gaining a gap there a few times and made a few mistakes and let it come back close enough to get me out of sync and then after that I started to struggle.

Elliott took pole position and led for much of the day as he tried to follow up his victory last week in Nashville with another. He was aiming for his third victory of the season.

No one has won more than two races in the first 18 events, the first time there has not been at least one triple winner this late in the season.

Instead, Reddick became the fifth winner for the first time this year.

Each of the first three road races this year had a first-time winner, with Reddick breaking through at Road America after Chastain won Circuit of the Americas and Suárez at Sonoma.

Other first-time winners were Austin Cindric at Daytona and Chase Briscoe at Phoenix.

Reddick, who won the Xfinity Series in 2018 and 2019, looked set to earn his elusive first multiple win ahead of Sunday.

Perhaps the most notable example came in Bristol in April. Reddick and Chase Briscoe were battling for the lead that night when both cars lost control, allowing Kyle Busch to pass them for the win. Reddick also led for 90 laps at Fontana earlier this year but finished 24th after William Byron hit him against the wall.

“This year has been a fall short of greatness all year,” Reddick said. “We finally did it today.”

Team owner Richard Childress sensed the breakthrough was imminent and made it clear during a Sunday morning pep talk with the driver.

“I said to him this morning, ‘You’re going to win this race. We just can’t fight and (have to) be strong,” Childress said.

Reddick made sure his boss’ prediction came true.

The Cup Series heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway next Sunday. Kurt Busch won last year.

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‘Jurassic World 3’ crosses $800 million as ‘Lightyear’ continues to tumble

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In box office news that isn’t about Minions: The Rise of Gru Where Top Gun: MaverickWarner Bros. Discovery’s Elvis held over the holidays against brutal competition. Baz Luhrmann’s $85 million rock biopic, starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, grossed another $19 million (-39%) during the Friday-Sunday leg of a likely 22-hour holiday haul .5 million from Friday to Monday. This will give Elvis a cumulative $71 million over 11 days, positioning him for a domestic finish mostly tied to Dunes ($108 million).

It grossed an additional $15.7 million overseas (-28%) for a new worldwide cume of $113.5 million, which puts the film in place (give or take huge escapes in Latin America or in South Korea the week of July 15) for an overall finish of around $190 million. However, given the reviews, buzz, and lack of (non-horrifying) biggies for adults by High-speed train August 5th I would expect a $200+ million finish, roughly in line with Rocketman in the summer of 2019.

Jurassic World Dominion earned $15.65 million (-41%) over weekend four for a 24-day domestic total of $331 million / 25-day $336 million. Colin Trevorrow and Emily Carmichael’s $185 million Dino Threequel grossed $492.7 million overseas for a new worldwide runup of $824.5 million. It might not hit $1 billion (it will only gross around $130 million in China compared to $227 million and $267 million for the previous two jurassic world films), but Amblin will be content to quintuple the budget solely from theatrical receipts.

by Blumhouse The black phone earned $12.3 million (-48%) on the Friday-Sunday period and $14.6 million on the holiday. That gives Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill’s $19 million chiller $50 million domestic and $75 million worldwide. Dream works’ The villains has $96 million domestic and $244.5 million global on an $80 million budget. Universal has three films in the top five and (with Focus Features’ Downton Abbey: A New Era) accounts for 83% of the total weekend box office.

Pixar Light year earned $6.57 million (-64%) for a paltry 17-day total of $105.4 million. It’s less than Minions 2$108.5 million on Friday-Sunday opening weekend. The $200 million film grossed $191 million worldwide for a likely less than $240 million worldwide finish. Again, I would say the culprit was sending the best and most interesting Pixar movies (Soul, Luca and turn red) to Disney+ while saving relatively cynical IP operation/money (despite quality) for theaters only to watch it pull a Solo: A Star Wars Story.

With the exception of MCU movies, Walt Disney is the only major studio that has yet to recover. The few seemingly infallible pre-Covid hits that have stumbled over the past two years have mostly been (Raya and the last dragon, Jungle Cruise, Encanto and Light year) The big names in Disney. Now the MCU movies (Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) could well total around $3 billion worldwide. Moreover, they have Avatar: The Way of the Water in December.

Still, it’s depressing how the rush for Disney+ subscriptions has conditioned families to watch Walt Disney’s tentpoles on Disney+ (which we’ve known for Raya and the last dragon skyrocketed once it became free on the service). We’ll see if Walt Disney Animation strange world may turn around over Thanksgiving weekend. Otherwise, as Minions 2 is aiming for $1 billion worldwide, it will be hard not to argue that the commercial struggles with Disney animated films aren’t entirely about Disney.

Mickey Mouse May Exit Disney Soon As 95-Year Copyright Expiration Approaches | Walt Disney Company

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As a result of US copyright law, entertainment giant Disney may soon lose exclusive rights to some of the characters most responsible for universal brand recognition, including the mouse that serves as its mascot.

Mickey Mouse will enter the public domain in 2024, nearly 95 years after its creation on October 1, 1928 – the length of time after which copyright in an anonymous or pseudo-anonymous work of art expires.

Daniel Mayeda is the Associate Director of the UCLA Law School Documentary Film Legal Clinic, as well as a longtime media and entertainment attorney. He stated that copyright expiration is not without limits.

“You can use the Mickey Mouse character as it was originally created to create your own Mickey Mouse stories or stories with this character. But if you do it in a way that people think of Disney – which is probably because they’ve been investing in this character for so long – then, in theory, Disney could say that you violated my copyright.

Mickey Mouse first appeared in the black-and-white cartoon Steamboat Willie. The cartoon pioneered animation for its use of synchronized sound – where on-screen movement matches music and sound effects, launching one of the most recognizable images in film and television.

According to the National Museum of American History: “Over the years, Mickey Mouse has undergone several transformations in his physical appearance and personality. In his early years, the mischievous and mischievous Mickey looked more like a rat, with a long pointed nose, black eyes, a small body with spindly legs, and a long tail.

While this first iteration of rat-shaped Mickey Mouse will be stripped of copyright, Mayeda said Disney retains copyright to all subsequent variations from other movies or artwork until they reach the 95 year mark.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida. Photography: AugustSnow/Alamy

Other characters have already entered the public domain: with unpredictable and somewhat shocking results.

Honey-loving bear Winnie the Hundred Acre Woodland Pooh and most of his animal friends entered the public domain in January this year and some wasted no time capitalizing on the beloved characters .

Actor Ryan Reynolds gave a playful nod to the now free Winnie the Pooh in a Mint Mobile advert. In the ad, Reynolds reads a children’s book about “Winnie the Screwed,” a bear with an expensive phone bill.

Even more disturbingly, Pooh and his close friend Piglet are now the stars of Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, a soon-to-be-released horror film written and directed by Rhys Waterfield, which sees them engage in bloody slaughter. after being abandoned by their old friend, Christopher Robin.

Mayeda said it’s important for artists like Waterfield not to cross the line when it comes to creating new work based on old characters. Certain aspects of a character that the general public recognizes as part of the Disney brand are prohibited for artists who wish to take advantage of copyright expirations. If a particular work confuses the public into believing that it is actually affiliated with Disney, there could be major legal consequences.

“Copyrights are time-limited,” Mayeda said. “Brands are not. So Disney could have a trademark essentially in perpetuity, as long as they continue to use various things as they are trademarked, be it words, phrases, characters, or whatever.

Disney may still retain trademarks on certain slogans or signature outfits worn by characters, such as Pooh’s red shirt, which Waterfield intentionally avoided using in his film.

In an interview with Variety, Waterfield said, “We tried to be extremely careful. We knew there was a line between that and we knew what their copyrights were and what they had done. So we did everything we could to make sure [the film] was only based on the 1926 version of it. No one will be wrong [for Disney]. When you see the cover of this and you see the trailers and the stills and all that, there’s no way anyone would think this is a kid’s version.

Disney still retains exclusive rights to the bouncing tiger, Tigger, for another year since its first appearance wasn’t until 1929 in The House at Pooh Corner, the series of stories written by the creator of Winnie the Pooh. ‘Ourson, AA Milne.

Politicize the bear

The Walt Disney Company has a long history with US copyright law. Suzanne Wilson, once assistant general counsel at the Walt Disney Company for nearly a decade, now heads the US Copyright Office, underscoring the company’s relationship with the government.

In May 2022, Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri made headlines for threatening the corporate giant’s long-running copyright list after Disney publicly opposed the parental rights bill. in Florida education, commonly referred to as the “don’t say gay” bill.

Hawley said: “The era of Republican corporate donations is over. Thanks to special congressional copyright protections, woke companies like Disney have earned billions while bowing increasingly to woke activists. It’s time to retire the special privileges of Disney and usher in a new era of creativity and innovation.

Mayeda called Hawley’s reaction “purely political.”

“It has no chance of passing,” Mayeda said in reference to Hawley’s copyright clause restoration bill that seeks to “limit new copyright protections to age 56 and make retroactive change for big companies like Disney who got unnecessarily long copyright monopolies”.

“Disney has been very active in trying to extend copyright terms,” Mayeda said. “Successfully they extended their terms for Mickey and so on, but I doubt they can get further extensions. I think that will be the end of the line.

Baymax, the new animated series for children from Disney! shows a transgender man buying tampons in a supermarket

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A new Disney+ animated children’s series Baymax!, features what is believed to be the company’s first transgender character, buying tampons in a supermarket.

The Big Hero 6 spin-off, which is a series of shorts, stars the robotic nurse Baymax who tends to the residents of the futuristic, fictional city of San Fransokyo.

In the controversial episode, Baymax walks through the menstrual aisle of a supermarket on behalf of a 12-year-old girl, when he asks his fellow shoppers for help.

One such customer is a trans man, dressed in a transgender flag shirt, who hands him a box of towels and says to the robot, “I always get the ones with wings.”

The scene was shared by Disney Entertainment Studio’s YouTube page this week.

A new Disney+ animated children’s series Baymax!, features what is believed to be the company’s first transgender character, buying tampons in a supermarket

In the controversial episode, Baymax walks through the menstrual aisle of a supermarket on behalf of a 12-year-old girl, when he asks his fellow shoppers for help.  One of these customers is a trans man, dressed in a transgender flag shirt, who hands him a box of towels and says to the robot:

In the controversial episode, Baymax walks through the menstrual aisle of a supermarket on behalf of a 12-year-old girl, when he asks his fellow shoppers for help. One such customer is a trans man, wearing a transgender flag shirt, who hands him a box of towels and tells the robot, “I always get the ones with wings.”

Conservatives were quick to condemn the appearance of a trans character on a children’s show.

Texas State Rep. Bryan Slaton, 44, kicked off the criticism, writing on Twitter, “This is so sick and weird. We need to protect children from sick adults who want to sexualize them and let them be children.

Opinion writer for the Star Telegram, Nicole Russell has pointed out how uneasy society is around period culture as women are often expected to discuss it behind closed doors for fear of upsetting others comfortable.

She wrote: “I have four children, aged eight [to] 15, who would watch this and it would make them all uncomfortable. What is the point?’

Another said the period talk was about ‘stealing children’s childhoods’.

She wrote: “You are an adult. It’s a children’s cartoon. Children don’t need or want to talk about periods.

Rufo even accused the company of promoting “the idea that men can menstruate to children as young as two.”

The transgender character (right) can be seen offering Baymax a pink box of pads with wings, saying he preferred those.  This is believed to be Disney's first transgender character