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All Disney Animated Movies From 2011-2020, Ranked


Ah, the Disney movies. The subject that keeps on giving. I’ve already talked about the Disney Renaissance films from 1989-1999, as well as all the Walt Disney Animation Studio films from 2000-2010. Now, I’m going to cover Disney Animation Studio’s most recent films from 2011 to 2020. Consider this my personal trilogy of articles on the subject. But, also consider that Encanto and Raya and the last dragon won’t be on this list, since both of these films were released in 2021.

It doesn’t matter, since the films of 2011-2020 are so spectacular that some might even consider it a second revival. It was a time when a song like “Let it Go” was actually heard on the radio. The era was a period of new films, as well as sequels, and it also represents a time when I feel like society was more aware of the messages they were sending to their young audiences, which is why I would much rather my daughter watch recent disney movies like Moana than classics like The little Mermaid. But enough talk and place in the ranking. Here’s every Disney animated movie from 2011 to 2020, ranked.

Oh, and some spoilers ahead.

Baymax and Hiro Hamada in Big Hero 6

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7. Big Hero 6 (2014)

Big Hero 6 is set in a high-tech alternate universe called San Fransokyo, where a young robot-loving child must unite with his brother’s health robot and his friends, who become high-tech superheroes, to stop a villain mask. It’s loosely based on a Marvel comic and even has a shocking Marvel cameo at the end. It’s so much fun!

So why, pray tell, is at the bottom of this list? Well, I think that’s just a testament to the quality of movies at that time, since Big Hero 6 is a great movie. In fact, I think the movie is super underrated, and I wish more people would talk about it. The superhero stuff is amazing and the story hits all the right emotional beats.

But, when we have some of the other movies on this list, well, I just didn’t have the heart to put it above any of those other movies. It sucks, but that’s how lists like this work. There must be something down there.

The group therapy scene in Wreck-It Ralph

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6. Ralph’s Wrecks (2012)

A “bad guy” video game character is fed up with his label, so he wants to do something and become a “nice guy”. But, in the process, he accidentally sets things in motion that could destroy all the games in his arcade. Adventure (and heartwarming antics!) ensue.

Ralph’s Wrecks was the first film of the 2011-2020 era, and it was something totally unique after Tangled (which is better than Frozen). But, I digress.

It’s great to see all the video game references in Ralph’s Wrecks, and I love the third act with the racing, but the rest of the movie meanders a bit for me. Yeah, it’s all fun, but I think some of it isn’t entirely necessary. So while I love it and am super glad it brought Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz into the Disney universe, I feel like the second act could be a little stronger. The rest totally gives me a sugar rush, though.

Olaf in Frozen

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5. Frozen (2013)

A princess must help end the perpetual winter her sister accidentally created in order to unfreeze their kingdom. There’s also an adorable snowman, a moose, and an ice-loving mountaineer. But, why am I explaining the plot of Frozen yours? You have already seen it. And, if you’re a parent, maybe multiple times.

Look I’m digging Frozen. It’s a good movie, and nothing I’m going to say will take away from its cultural impact or significance, but…Frozen is a bit overrated. I love the story, as well as the message that brotherly love is more powerful than any love from a male suitor, but “Let It Be”, as a showtopper, kinda interrupts the stream of the movie, and the other songs are almost as good. Also, the story ends when the trolls come out.

Honestly, I put it at that number because I understand how much people love this movie, and I know the boost it gave Disney that led to a streak of success years after success monumental, but the first Frozen is just ok for me. It’s like that.

The cast of Ralph Breaks The Internet

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4. Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

After Ralph and Vanellope accidentally break Vanellope’s game, they have to go online to get enough money to buy a new piece. Along the way, Vanellope learns that she may belong somewhere else, and Ralph must deal with her.

Ok, so I KNOW most people prefer the former Ralph’s Wrecks to the second (even though the sequel has a slightly higher critical score, but a MUCH lower audience score), however, I just think the second film is better in every way. The first film was a bit disjointed. I mean, you had these old arcade games like Street Fighter IIand Q Bertbut the world of sugar rush felt super modern. I know it’s part of the story – old versus new – but the sequel’s modernism feels much more cohesive and enjoyable.

I also love the emotions we get more of in the sequel, giving Vanellope more to do and consider, and how Ralph feels left out in the cold. Finally, having all the Disney Princesses was the icing on the cake for Wrecks of Ralph 2. So while I really like the first movie, I LOVE the second. It’s just a better movie, overall. I think so, at least.

Jonathan Groff's Kristoff in Frozen II

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3. Frozen II (2019)

Elsa hears a voice from there and follows it, only to find the voice is coming from within. Wow, trippy.

Okay, so I’m well aware that this choice might be even more controversial than putting Wrecks of Ralph 2 on the first, but hear me out. Frozen II is the better movie because it has a lot more depth. We learn that Arendelle’s ancestors actually had a very dark past, and the overall tone of this sequel is just darker, overall. Olaf dies (DIES! – but he’s brought back, of course), Anna struggles to hold on to the newly formed relationship with her sister, and poor Kristoff keeps trying to marry Anna, only to be thwarted at every opportunity.

I also like the music a lot more in this one, as it feels more organic to the overall story. The setting is also more interesting. In every way I think Frozen II is the best movie, and you’ll never convince me otherwise. It’s simply the superior film.

Screenshot of Moana

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2. Moana (2016)

A teenager with a calling for the sea embarks on an adventure with a demigod (and a chicken) to bring the heart of the ocean back to its rightful place.

Moana freak out at everything. The songs are beautiful, the story moves at such a fast pace it’s almost a little too fast, Moana is a phenomenal protagonist, and The Rock raises eyebrows. I mean, Moana would be by far my choice for the best film of this period if not for another…

Nick Wilde in Zootopia

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1. Zootopia

A city where predators and prey live together in harmony sees that harmony disrupted when some citizens begin to go feral. We soon learn that the peace the citizens thought they knew may never even have existed in the first place.

I’ve actually already explained why I think zootopia is Disney’s best recent animated film, but, in a nutshell, zootopia is the best because it really feels like it has something important to say about many different topics, such as race, identity, bigotry, and class. zootopia isn’t just fun (even if that’s it), or just a great movie to watch (that’s it too). zootopia is both those things, and so much more, making it the best movie of this era. Seriously, I love this movie!

Disney doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon with its animation division, and I’m looking forward to its future. For more information on all things company, be sure to drop by here often.

Kid Cudi’s ‘Entergalactic’ Album, Netflix Show Make For ‘TV Event’


Jabari is a street artist and comic book creator, who just moved into a weirdly awesome apartment in Manhattan (think Friends Where sex in the city strangely awesome). An ex sees him cycling past a nearby sidewalk cafe. Later, they have drinks, and more, but Jabari prefers to dive into Manhattan as a bachelor with a new pad while pursuing a creative new gig in a “bright, white, and light” workplace. Then he meets an interesting new neighbor with her own budding creative career and a fabulous apartment.

This is the configuration for entergalactic, “the TV event” which debuts Friday on Netflix as an animated feature (but not a characteristic Where an episodic series, Netflix spokespeople repeatedly recall) show creator/star Scott Mescudi and executive producer Kenya Barris (writer/producer of Blackish and its many spin-offs, Girls trip). On the same day, an album of all the great music from the show, along with four other songs, will be released by prominent hip hop producer/artist Kid Cudi, who technically is the same person as Scott Mescudi.

The story doesn’t break much narrative ground: guy meets girl, guy has minor complications with ex and loses girl, guy and girl (2) find out. But this one comes from black creators and characters, presenting specific sensibilities and cultural touchstones that aren’t getting enough airplay in mainstream media. Throw in some great animation and music, and it’s a different take on a familiar genre.

The “TV Event” is definitely for adults, an animated rom-com featuring ample and relatively explicit sexual scenes and conversations, lots of smoking, and foul language.

The show has a packed cast, led by Mescudi and Jessica Williams, but also featuring Timothee Chalamet, Vanessa Hudgens and Keith David.

The show itself was built in an iterative process around each of the tracks Mescudi created, he said, as he considered stringing songs together in a narrative line.

“The music was kind of informed by the story and what I wanted to tell,” Mescudi said. “I had to piece the story together before I even went in and started writing the scripts, because I wanted to be the narrator throughout the show. I would sit and think, ‘Okay, he has to there’s a moment when he sees Meadow for the first time. What’s it like? When they first have sex, what’s it like? Their first unofficial date, I guess when they walk in the rain what does it look like and I just re-enacted all those moments together.

As Kid Cudi, Mescudi has been a distinctive presence in seemingly every corner of hip hop, including producer, vocalist, DJ, and film composer. But he also had a long string of acting performances as Scott Mescudi, with major runs on shows such as How to do it in America, Westworldand we are who we are. Mescudi said he was tempted to structure the show more from a television perspective than a music one, but backed away from what made him famous.

“Ultimately, I approached it like I was doing any other album I’ve ever done, and everything every album I’ve ever done has been about (is) the feeling”, said Mescudi. “I didn’t just want to say, ‘Oh, I’m doing this with this TV show component. Let me start thinking about it like a producer and doing all these other things. It’s like, ‘No, let me stay in the art, and just work from that perspective,’ you know?”

About this animation. I told Barris that his super-saturated colors, fractured imagery, and often trippy scenes reminded me of “impressionism meets street art.” Barris quickly agreed, “Exactly right. That’s what it’s called.

Guillaume (2 Dope Queens podcast co-host, Love life), who voices neighbor/love interest Meadow, had never done animation work before, but said she was drawn to the opportunity to work with big-name creators such as Mescudi and Barris.

“I had to trust that their vision would turn out well, which I think it does,” Williams said. “And I just had to be interested in the spirit of Kid Cudi and want to do it, which was 100% why I did it. And I think Meadow is a really good character because she She’s warm, she’s strong, she’s independent and thoughtful. And I think it’s really cool to see someone who looks like her in animated form falling in love in New York.”

Unlike Mescudi and Williams, this was not Barris’ first animation tour, having directed an animated episode of Blackish among some small projects, “but not at this level”.

“I really feel like this process is as collaborative as ever,” Barris said. “And I really felt like I was lucky to be on a (Netflix) contract at the time, and I could help do that because that was…one of the things that I’m the proudest ever.

Barris said he liked “the lack of boundaries you can have in animation”.

The project was originally conceived as a live-action project, but the executives involved in the process pushed to make it an animated project. This decision was important. Barris said animation can have a more timeless quality, name checking Bambi, heavy metal and the fact that his own children are still watching 2016 Moana in strong rotation.

“When you take music and animation, it can go on forever,” Barris said. “And we also felt the idea of ​​what we could do in terms of using New York as a character. And using modern culture and fashion and things like that in a way that budget restrictions wouldn’t be there, we could do things that felt really exclusive and special to us, and I think the idea of ​​the music blending in with everything else makes it such an, excuse me, it’s such an immersive experience.

Dead Space Remake features never-before-seen characters


The remake of dead space will feature characters who were previously unseen in the original game, but mentioned or heard in audio logs and other forms. dead space is one of the most renowned survival horror games because it mixed the gameplay of something like Resident Evil, updated it a bit and put it in a sci-fi setting. It was incredibly effective and terrifying with the first game in the series with unique settings, gross monsters, creepy body horror, and a quiet protagonist to immerse yourself in. By all accounts, it was a massive hit and paved the way for an arguably much better sequel that updated a lot of those ideas and increased the scale.

In a new EA blog postthe EA Motive team noted that the dead space remake will take in all the learnings and advances from the latest entries in the series and also mix them with new ideas. As we already know, the remake will give Isaac a voice again, include polished new sections that were cut from the original game, and add all sorts of new improvements. One of the new things about the game is that characters who were previously only heard in the audio logs, but never seen, will get real screen time in the remake.

“It’s true, we wanted it to fit better into the general history and lore of the dead space universe that evolved after the first,” says creative director Roman Campos-Oriola. “For example, Isaac has a voice here, just like in Dead space 2 and Dead space 3. And some characters that were a bit more secondary, that only appeared in the audio logs, like Dr. Cross, we gave them real screen time. And we wanted to give a little more context and agency to some of the cast characters, like Nicole. So we’re creating a whole series of narrative side quests that will let you see, for example, what happened to Nicole during the outbreak.”

For now, it really remains to be seen how different the two games are from each other. Either way, it looks like the Motive team is putting a lot of effort into providing a great experience for newcomers, but also making sure veterans of dead space. Whether this leads to a remake of the sequel or a new sequel also remains to be seen.

dead space remake versions for Xbox Series X | S, PS5 and PC on January 27, 2023. What do you think of the changes to dead space? Let me know in the comments or contact me Twitter @Cade_Onder.

Scientists Honored for COVID-19 Tracker, Prenatal Test



NEW YORK (AP) — A Johns Hopkins University scientist who created a website to track COVID-19 cases around the world is the recipient of this year’s Lasker Award for Public Service.

The $250,000 prizes, announced Wednesday by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, recognize achievements in medical research.

The public service award went to Lauren Gardner, an engineer who studies the spread of disease. She worked with her lab team to develop the COVID-19 tracker as the coronavirus began spreading around the world in January 2020. The dashboard has become a key resource and now tracks cases, deaths, vaccines and more around the world. Through it all, the team has made the tracker freely available to the public.

The dashboard set “a new standard for public health data science” and helped inform both personal decisions and policy, the Lasker Foundation said in a statement.

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The medical research prize was awarded to Yuk Ming Dennis Lo, a molecular biologist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, for creating a prenatal blood test to detect Down syndrome and other genetic diseases. Lo discovered that the DNA of the fetus was in the mother’s blood, making it possible to do genetic screening with a blood test rather than a more invasive procedure.

The basic research prize was shared by three scientists: Richard O. Hynes from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Erkki Ruoslahti from the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in California, and Timothy A. Springer from Harvard Medical School. They have been recognized for their research on key immune proteins called integrins, which help cells attach to other nearby cells and molecules. Their work helped launch the field of integrin research, which has since led to new disease treatment strategies.

The Associated Press Health and Science Department is supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

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IMF urges UK to ‘reassess’ tax cuts amid inflation fears


By DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund has urged the British government to “reassess” a package of unfunded tax cuts it says could fuel inflation and increase economic inequality.

The value of the pound fell Wednesday morning after the IMF’s rare warning of a Group of Seven economy, trading below $1.07.

Treasury chief Kwasi Kwarteng was meeting investment bank executives on Wednesday as the new Conservative government seeks to calm markets.

Prime Minister Liz Truss’ government unveiled a 45 billion pound ($48 billion) tax cut package on Friday in a bid to spur economic growth. But the plan was not accompanied by spending cuts, or even an independent estimate of costs, raising fears it could inflate public debt and add to inflation which is already at a peak of 9 .9% in 40 years.

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“Given high inflationary pressures in many countries, including the UK, we do not recommend large, untargeted fiscal programs at this stage, as it is important that fiscal policy does not work against the grain of the monetary policy,” the IMF said in a statement. . “Furthermore, the nature of the UK measures will likely increase inequality.”

The pound fell to a record low against the US dollar on Monday, at $1.0373, amid investor concerns over government policies, which also include borrowing billions to help protect homes and businesses. businesses from soaring energy prices.

The Bank of England has sought to stabilize markets, saying on Monday it was ready to raise interest rates “as much as necessary” to contain inflation. But the bank’s next scheduled meeting isn’t until November, and the lack of immediate action has done little to support the pound.

The British currency is still down 4% since Friday and the pound has fallen 20% against the dollar over the past year.

The turmoil is already having real-world effects, with UK mortgage lenders pulling hundreds of offers off the market as the Bank of England is expected to hike interest rates sharply to offset the inflationary impact of the recent fall in the pound.

The UK government has announced that it will present a more detailed budget plan and independent analysis from the Office for Budget Responsibility on November 23.

“The November 23 budget will provide a first opportunity for the UK government to consider ways to provide more targeted support and to reassess tax measures, particularly those that benefit high-income earners,” the IMF said.

In response, the UK Treasury said the government was “focused on growing the economy to raise living standards for all”.

The November statement will provide further details on the government’s plan and ensure debt declines as a share of gross domestic product “over the medium term”, a spokeswoman said.

Susannah Streeter, senior investment and market analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said the IMF’s scathing criticism also comes at a time when yields on UK gilts – the interest paid on government debt – are “exorbitant”, with the yield 10-year gilts hovering around 4.4%, up more than 340% in one year.

“The IMF decision has added to concerns that the UK is rapidly adopting the characteristics of an emerging market economy and risks abandoning its status as a developed country,” Streeter wrote in an analyst note.

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The Academy Museum Celebrates LAIKA’s Groundbreaking Films


Throughout the month of October, The Academy Film Museum will celebrate the artistry of one of the world’s most renowned animation studios with The magic films of LAIKApresented as part of our Family Mornings series.

This series marks the first studio program partnership in which the Academy Museum will screen the studio’s entire filmography. LAIKA’s mastery of stop-motion storytelling, characters, and artistic craftsmanship will be on full display in all-new 4K with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos remastered versions of each of the studio’s five award-winning films.

In addition to the screenings, there will be a specially curated selection of LAIKA products available in the Academy’s museum shop, LAIKA artists will visit the studio to share their expertise and artistry with our guests, and walking characters from the films will be on hand to take pictures.

Every weekend, the Academy Museum screens films for families of all ages. All movies in this series are rated G or PG unless otherwise noted. The museum also offers accommodating screenings with open captioning, dim lighting, and reduced volume for neurodivergent viewers.

Guests are encouraged to cosplay* for scheduled movies.

Screening details

October 1 | 11am | Missing link: LAIKA’s newest stop-motion feature – and, like all of their previous films, an Academy Award nominee for Animated Feature – Missing link tells the story of a scientist-explorer who thinks he’s made the discovery of his life when he meets a Sasquatch, only to find that the Sasquatch has an agenda of his own that leads to a cross-world adventure and an unexpected friendship .

October 8 | 11am | Kubo and the two ropes: Kubo, a young musician and storyteller, must embark on a dangerous journey with the help of a snow monkey (voiced by Charlize Theron) and a beetle warrior (Matthew McConaughey) in this stop motion adventure influenced by the Japanese art and culture. One of LAIKA’s most visually ambitious productions, it received nominations for Animated Feature as well as Visual Effects, only the second all-stop motion film to be nominated in this category.

October 22 | 11am | The Boxtrolls: Alan Snow’s Fantasy Novel Here come the monsters! inspired this beautifully crafted stop-motion comedy about an orphan boy, raised by an adorable pack of underground trolls, who must save his unconventional family from an evil exterminator. Nominated for Animated Feature, the film features a stellar vocal performance from Ben Kingsley as the villainous Archibald Snatcher, backed by an impressive voice cast including Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Richard Ayoade, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.

October 29 | 11 a.m. / Oct. 30 | 3 p.m. | Paranormand: Kodi Smit-McPhee (The power of the dog) provides the voice of Norman in this visually imaginative and surprisingly emotional stop-motion animated feature from LAIKA, now celebrating its 10th anniversary. Norman Babcock is a teenager with the ability to communicate with the dead who finds himself forced to save his hometown from the curse of a witch. Paranormand was nominated for Animated Feature and features a charming score by Jon Brion (Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind).

The 10th anniversary screening for Paranormand (2012) on October 30 at 3 p.m. will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers Chris Butler (writer/director), Arianne Sutner (producer) and Deborah Cook (costume)

October 30 | 11am | Coraline: For his first feature film entirely in stop-motion since the classic The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), director Henry Selick adapted Neil Gaiman’s short story for this elegant, delightfully chilling and dazzling horror fantasy, LAIKA’s first feature production and nominated for Animated Feature. Dakota Fanning is the voice of Coraline Jones, a daring 11-year-old girl who walks through a tunnel from her new home to a seemingly perfect alternate home and family, but things aren’t as ideal as they seem.

Come dressed in your best Coraline and Paranormand cosplay* and dating costumed characters of the two films until 2:30 p.m.


Additional activities

Through the Education Department of the Academy Museum, LAIKA artists will participate in two days of activities. The calm morning gathering on Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to noon and on Walk-in workshop for families Sunday, October 30 from 1-3 p.m. will feature two of LAIKA’s brightest stars:

  • Collaborative Costume Design Art Project with LAIKA’s award-winning costume designer Deborah Cook.
  • Paranormandtheme toilet paper zombie doing activity with LAIKA stop-motion rigger Lindzay Irving.

The Academy Museum Shop will feature a wide assortment of LAIKA merchandise, including early concept art from the LAIKA films as well as sweatshirts, t-shirts, tote bags, a postcard book, and collectible enamel pins. All items are exclusive to the Academy Museum Shop.

Also available will be items celebrating ParaNorman’s 10th anniversary and the Halloween season, with a Paranormand design that gives a nod to vintage horror comics.


Visitor info

Tickets at the Academy Museum are only available by advance reservation online via academymuseum.org and the mobile app.

Movie screening tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (62 and older), and $5 for students and children (17 and older). Matinees are $5 for everyone. Ticket prices for members of the Academy Museum are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students, children, and matinee goers.

General admission tickets for museum exhibits are $25 for adults, $19 for seniors (62 and older), and $15 for students. Admission is free for visitors 17 and under and for California residents with an EBT card.

Visitors are required to follow all COVID-19 public health guidelines by the State of California and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in place at the time of their visit.

*Cosplay restrictions at the Academy Museum: body paint, functioning props or weapons, full body coverings. Guests in costume may be searched at the discretion of Academy Museum staff at any time; the site reserves the right to refuse entry for any reason.

A new rule will indicate the “actual cost” of plane tickets


By SEUNG MIN KIM and DAVID KOENIG, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday announced a new initiative that would eventually allow consumers to see a more comprehensive price on airline tickets — including baggage and change fees — before buying, as the White House continues to seek ways to reduce costs for Americans amid persistently high inflation.

White House says DOT’s proposed rule will prevent airlines from hiding the ‘true cost’ of airfare, which would help consumers save money and encourage greater competition between airlines airlines to offer better fares. The requirement will apply not only to airlines directly, but also to third-party search sites such as Kayak and Expedia.

“You should know the total cost of your ticket as soon as you do comparison shopping,” Biden said Monday, citing fees charged by airlines for checking baggage or seating families together. The new rule, the president said, will help consumers “choose the ticket that’s actually the best deal for you.”

Airlines earned nearly $5.3 billion in baggage fees and nearly $700 million in cancellation and change fees last year, according to Transportation Department figures. Airlines charge a variety of other fees for extra legroom and other benefits that are not tracked by the government.

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A trade group for the largest US airlines said carriers already disclose the terms and total cost of a ticket. “This includes transparency around taxes and government fees on airline tickets, which make up more than 20% of many round-trip domestic tickets,” said Katherine Estep, spokeswoman for Airlines for America.

The proposed rule is intended to target a typical situation faced by consumers where the price of a ticket is listed on an airline or search website, but with information often listed elsewhere about the airline’s additional charges. airline, such as checking in or carrying baggage, securing a guaranteed seat next to your child, or changing or canceling a flight – fees that vary widely from airline to airline. another and could quickly add up to hundreds of dollars more in the price of a ticket after the initial purchase. According to the proposal, this information would be made available from the first display of the indicated airfare.

Fare information would be required for all commercial flights to, within and from the United States.

The proposal dates back to the Obama administration and was scrapped in 2017 by then-President Donald Trump after airlines complained it was unnecessary and would incur significant costs. It must now go through a 60-day comment period before final approval.

The proposed rule comes as tension mounts between the Biden administration and airlines, with each blaming the other for an increase in canceled and delayed flights this summer.

The Department of Transportation has also started releasing information to help consumers know what each airline offers when flights are canceled or delayed for reasons beyond the airline’s control. This has prompted several airlines to update their policies regarding finding a new flight and covering hotel and meal costs for stranded travellers.

Biden made the announcement Monday afternoon during a meeting of the White House Competition Council, created last year to help his administration find cost-cutting measures for consumers. This was the third meeting of the group, chaired by the director of the National Economic Council, Brian Deese.

“Capitalism without competition is not capitalism,” Biden said at the event, which was held in the State Dining Room of the White House. “It’s exploitation.”

At the meeting, Biden also pushed other federal agencies to take similar steps to cut costs, including increasing transparency about hidden fees that can inflate the true cost of goods and services.

One example is a Federal Communications Commission proposal that would require Internet service providers to better define fees and charges on what the administration calls a “broadband nutrition label.” And the Ministry of Agriculture will also unveil new actions on Monday to encourage competition in various agricultural markets.

The administration has taken similar action on bank and credit card fees, which the White House says saved consumers $3 billion a year compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.

Koenig reported from Dallas. Associated Press writer Hope Yen contributed to this report.

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Meet the new Monster High animated series boos, including Felicia Day


This is monster raised mania over at Nickelodeon and Paramount+! In October, the Mattel franchise is rolling out a live-action musical, Monster High: The Moviebefore presenting their brand new animated series monster raised just in time for Halloween. Today, Nickelodeon and Mattel shared an exclusive sneak peek with Collider, along with official key art featuring the all-new animated ghoul cast, plus a line-up of voice talent joining this monster crew!

The new 26-episode anime series follows Clawdeen Wolf, voiced by Gabrielle Nevaeh Green (Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai), and friends as they learn to sail growing up together. The titular high school welcomes its monster students of all types, and the halls are filled with teenagers of the most legendary movie monsters of all time. In the new key art, we see their latest designs, which still feature their signature bright colors, but all of the main monsters have updated glam looks for the new school year.


As Nickelodeon gears up for the big premiere, we have a brand new cast of monster stars joining the previously announced cast! Reno 911it is Ken Marin is on board as Draculaura (Courtney Lin) father, the infamous 4,000-year-old Dracula, who constantly strives to be a good father to his daughter; Felicia day (Supernatural) as Ghoulia Yelps, a smart zombie with lightning-fast fingers, who just happens to be Monster High’s top player; Valeria Rodriquez (The Valley of Tearslisten)) as Spectra Vondergeist, a talkative ghost eager to be seen by his peers; Scott Menville (The Teen Titans Go!) as Romulus, the leader of the pack who still has some learning and growing to do; Cole Massie (Tic and Tac: Rescue Rangers) as Finnegan Wake, the mermaids’ nephew who is a newt who uses a wheelchair to maneuver through the halls of Monster High, and like his aunts, he has an enchanting voice. Also registering for monster raised animated series are victoria t washington like Howleen, a natural leader who always speaks her mind; Jordan R.Coleman like Manny Taur, the bull-headed Minotaur who has a brain as big as his muscles and Kyrstina Alabado like Nefera De Nile, the most popular mummy with a heart literally made of gold (preserved in a jar).

RELATED: ‘Monster High: The Movie’ Releases Music Video For All-New Original Song ‘Three Of Us’ [Exclusive]

The new cast of voice artists will join the talents of Green, Lin, Iris Menas like Frankie Stein, Tony Revolori like Deuce Gorgon, Kausar Mohammad like Cleo De Nile, Valeria Rodriguez like Lagoona Blue, Alexa Kahn like Torelei Stripe, Alexander Polinksi like Heath Burns and Debra Wilson as headmistress of Bloodgood School.

As the monster raised Expanding from its 2010 roots, Mattel aims to focus the franchise on accepting and empowering its young audience. The message of being proud of your authentic self is reflected in each of their uniquely reimagined characters, fleshing out their stories and cultures for a richer foundation to build upon. Still inspired by the original range of dolls, these fangtastic monster raised the personalities are pushing a new generation to assume responsibility and have fun expressing themselves.

Shea Fontana (Polly pocket) serves as showrunner and co-executive producer of monster raisednext to Nick Filippi (Big Hero 6: The Series) as supervising producer. Production is overseen for Nickelodeon by Claudia Spinellisenior vice president for Big Kids Animation and Nikki PriceAnimation Franchise Director. Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mattel Television Fred Soulieand Christopher Keenansenior vice president of Creative, are executive producers for Mattel.

monster raised the animated series premieres on Nickelodeon and Paramount+ on October 28 at 7 p.m. ET. Check out the exclusive clip and key art below:

Apple Inc will manufacture the latest iPhone 14 in India


By KRUTIKA PATHI, Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — Apple Inc. will manufacture its latest iPhone 14 in India, the company announced on Monday, as makers move production from China amid geopolitical tensions and pandemic restrictions that have disrupted supply chains. many industries.

“The new iPhone 14 lineup introduces groundbreaking new technologies and important security capabilities. We are excited to manufacture iPhone 14 in India,” Apple said in a statement.

Apple unveiled its latest line of iPhones earlier this month. They will have improved cameras, faster processors and longer lasting batteries at the same prices as last year’s models.

India is the world’s second largest smartphone market after China, but Apple’s iPhone sales have struggled to capture a significant share of the market against competitors’ cheaper smartphones.

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The Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s announcement comes as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push for local manufacturing, which has been a key goal of his government since taking office in 2014.

The tech company has bet big on India, where it started manufacturing its iPhone SE in 2017 and has since gone on to assemble a number of iPhone models there. Apple opened its online store for India two years ago, but the pandemic has delayed plans for a flagship store in India, according to local media.

The latest model will be shipped by Foxconn, a major iPhone assembler, whose facilities are on the outskirts of Chennai, a city in southern India.

Apple is likely to shift about 5% of its iPhone 14 production to India from the end of this year, increasing it to 25% by 2025, according to a JP Morgan report cited by the agency. Press Trust of India.

Analysts expect nearly a quarter of all Apple products to be made outside of China by 2025, up from around 5% currently. Supply chain risks such as the strict COVID-19 lockdowns seen in China are likely the trigger for these relocation efforts that will continue over the next two to three years, according to the report.

Most of Apple Inc.’s smartphones and tablets are assembled by contractors with factories in China, but the company started asking them in 2020 to look into moving some production to Asia. Southeast or other locations after repeated closures to combat COVID-19. disrupted its global product flow.

Apple has not released details, but reports indicate the company plans to set up assembly of tablet computers and wireless headphones in Vietnam.

Other companies maintain or expand their manufacturing in China to serve the domestic market while shifting export-oriented work to other countries due to rising wages and other costs, as well as difficulty in foreign executives to travel to China due to anti-COVID-19 travel. limitations.

AP Business Writer Joe McDonald in Beijing contributed.

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Ceremony and controversy await Harris during his visit to Asia


By CHRIS MEGERIAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attending a funeral on behalf of the United States is normally a straightforward task for a vice president, but Kamala Harris will face controversy at almost every turn as she travels to Asia for the memorial in honor of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

US allies are seeking clarification after mixed messages over whether President Joe Biden would send troops to defend Taiwan from a Chinese invasion, a potential conflict that could quickly engulf the rest of the region. There is potential for more provocations from North Korea, which tested a missile shortly before Harris left Washington on Sunday.

Meanwhile, South Korea and Japan are moving toward a reconciliation that would heal some of the wounds left by World War II, with the United States cautiously trying to push the process forward. And there’s resentment over a new US law that makes electric vehicles built outside of North America ineligible for subsidies.

Even Abe’s state funeral on Tuesday is itself a sensitive topic in Japan, where such memorials are rare and the late leader’s legacy remains disputed. Abe, a conservative nationalist in a country that embraced pacifism after World War II, was murdered with a homemade gun nearly three months ago.

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Reflecting deep divisions, an elderly man is believed to have set himself on fire to protest the funeral, with more protests expected in the coming days. The controversy has politically weakened Japan’s current prime minister, Fumio Kishida, at a time when his government plans to pursue Abe’s goal of bolstering the country’s military.

If Japan goes ahead with its proposed military spending, it will have the world’s third-largest defense budget in years to come as tensions rise between China and the United States over Taiwan. The island is a self-governing democracy, but Beijing considers it part of its territory and has pledged to reunite it with the mainland.

Harris, who is leading a delegation of current and former US officials to the funeral, plans to spend three nights in Tokyo. She is expected to meet Kishida, South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Harris plans to meet with Japanese business leaders as the United States seeks to expand computer chip manufacturing and to visit American sailors serving on a US destroyer at a nearby naval base.

This will be the vice president’s second trip to Asia since taking office in January 2021.

During a layover in South Korea, she plans to see President Yoon Suk Yeol and host a panel discussion with leading women – a touchy subject in a country where Yoon has faced criticism for his administration. predominantly male.

Relations between South Korea and Japan remain strained due to the legacy of Japanese aggression during World War II. Koreans are asking for compensation for the forced labor and sex slavery that took place when Japan occupied their country.

Kishida and Yoon announced at the United Nations on Thursday that they would accelerate their work to repair relations between their two countries.

Biden has met with each leader separately, and the United States is eager to see the two allies resolve their issues as they seek a united front against China.

Taiwan remains a hot spot and tensions have increased in recent months.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, visited Taiwan in August, sparking outrage from Beijing, which responded with military drills. Although Chinese leaders have said they seek peaceful reunification with Taiwan, the exercises are a reminder of the possibility that Beijing could use force.

China also fired missiles into waters near some of Japan’s southern islands, a reminder that any dispute over Taiwan would pose a threat to other countries as well.

The United States has 55,000 troops based in Japan, more than half of them on the southern island of Okinawa. Earlier this month, Okinawa re-elected a governor who calls for a reduction in the US presence there.

Biden said in a recent CBS “60 Minutes” interview that the United States would send its own troops to defend Taiwan if China invaded. But there is no formal defense treaty with Taiwan, and administration officials have repeatedly said Biden’s comments did not reflect a shift in policy, muddying the waters on exactly what the US would do. United.

“It’s ambiguous,” said Ja-Ian Chong, an associate professor of political science at the National University of Singapore. “But if it’s strategically ambiguous, I don’t know.”

More controversy awaits Harris in South Korea, where new US rules that make electric cars built outside North America ineligible for US government subsidies are sparking outrage. The policy was included in the Cut Inflation Act, a landmark law that includes nearly $375 billion for climate change initiatives.

Yoon, South Korea’s recently elected president, had spent his first months in office emphasizing his country’s close ties to the United States, but now officials are expressing a sense of betrayal. They want the rules delayed until 2025, when Korean automaker Hyundai plans to complete a new plant in Georgia.

Yoon’s government is also considering filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization over the law, which it sees as a potential violation of trade rules and an agreement between the two countries.

South Korean officials are also seeking cooperation with European countries such as Germany and Sweden, which they say share similar concerns over their electric vehicles being exported to the United States, to put more pressure on Washington. concerning “discriminatory” withdrawals of subsidies.

The dispute is a nasty follow-up to Biden’s trip to Seoul earlier this year, when he celebrated automaker Hyundai’s plans to invest $10 billion in the United States. About half of that money goes to the Georgia plant.

Associated Press writers Yuri Kageyama and Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo and Kim Tong-Hyung in Seoul, South Korea, contributed to this report.

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Don’t Look Up: Close Encounters of the Disaster Movie Genre


This is not a movie. Or a drill.

But do not worry. Apparently we have this. Or at least NASA does.

On Monday, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, spacecraft is expected to collide with Dimorphos, a small “moon” orbiting the near-Earth asteroid Didymos. NASA’s big idea here is to see if using such unmanned hardware to push incoming space junk out of harm’s way will protect Earth in the future.

It’s admirable, but somehow it kind of deflates after decades of what I call “Chicken Little” movies, where humanity is threatened from above by a cosmic mess that can’t be reasoned with. only by drastic means.

You know the routine. Someone finds unmistakable evidence of a) an asteroid, b) a meteor, c) a comet, d) a rogue moon, or e) an entire planet closing in on us. Who believes these warnings? Exactly no one, until the sky was riddled with fast-moving debris slithering and tugging at the impending object. Then we a) panic, b) submit, or c) send some of our own humans up there to save us all.

Consider the most recent example of this subgenre, “Don’t Look Up”. Released last year in theaters and on Netflix, writer-director Adam McKay’s unruly political satire is sparked by two Michigan State University astronomers (Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio) who discover a comet that seems to have appeared out of nowhere and in six months collide with our planet hard enough to extinguish all life.

Their findings initially sparked disbelief and even ridicule from the government and the media. But once the inevitability sets in, the world at large and the United States in particular engages in crisis as it seems to engage in everything else in the 21st century: narcissism, denial, and blaming all bad people. It’s enough to make you think the world as we know it has already ended before it does.

The impending apocalypse has always been an exploitable metaphor for our seemingly inescapable madness. (Paging “Dr. Strangelove”?) But we haven’t always been so cynical about natural disasters from space. As recently as the turn of this century, we were so solemn and determined to talk about our abilities to engage peril from above that it was sometimes, well, laughable.

In 1998, multiplexes had not one, but two big “Chicken Little” blockbusters: Michael Bay’s “Armageddon” and Mimi Leder’s “Deep Impact.”

The first, whose threat was an asteroid the size of Texas, was a crowded, explosive action-thriller, undulating with broad humor and even broader settings with barely enough time for audience members to catch their breath. breath.

What will be visible when the DART spacecraft crashes into a tiny asteroid

This last film, whose threat was, as with “Don’t Look Up”, a comet, was a more serious, carefully assembled and much less troubled variation on this theme.

Both did well at the box office, though Bey’s explosive epic earned around $554 million, while Leder’s thrill ride earned around $350 million, according to the Box Office website. Mojo.

“Armageddon” manages the danger by setting up a few space shuttles (remember those?) with oil drilling crews, the most crack of which is Bruce Willis, neck-deep in John Wayne mode, as Harry Stamper. His motley support comes from, among others, Billy Bob Thornton (by far the coolest cat in the room as a NASA executive), Steve Buscemi, Will Patton, Michael Clarke Duncan, William Fichtner, Peter Stormare (tubular as the only guy left on a Russian space station), Ben Affleck (who is dating Willis’ daughter to Dad’s violent annoyance), and Liv Tyler (the daughter).

The complications and idiosyncrasies of these and other characters swirl around long enough to make us forget to watch parts of Manhattan and all of Paris being leveled by bits of the asteroid.

The central character of ‘Deep Impact’ is an investigative TV reporter (Téa Leoni), who thinks she’s caught a cabinet member in a sex scandal, only to discover the US president (Morgan Freeman, of course) is on the hook. point to announce that the aforementioned comet is on a year-long collision course with Earth. They try everything, including a space shuttle commanded by Robert Duvall loaded with nuclear bombs, to deflect the trajectory of the comet.

Robert Duvall, right, with Ron Eldard, commands a spacecraft trying to plant nuclear weapons on a comet in

So, in what version of impending extinction can we continue our lives? That would spoil things for those who haven’t seen either film. All we feel safe divulging is that the science in “Deep Impact” is far more reliable and trustworthy than in “Armageddon.” Or for that matter in “Don’t Look Up”. Draw your own conclusions.

By the way, I bet you’re wondering if a “Chicken Little” feature film has ever been made. There was of course a digital animated film released in 2005 by Disney (without Pixar). This version begins with the main character being crushed over the head by what he thinks is a piece of heaven. After panic sets in all around, the “piece of heaven” is identified as an acorn, making Chicken Little a laughing stock for months until he finds unexpected redemption in another, more ominous piece of an alien spaceship. All I will say here is that it looks a lot more interesting than the movie did.

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If the actual DART is successful in its mission, we may be able to relax more when asteroids start to approach too close. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the movies will abandon “Chicken Little” themes altogether.

After all, the reason the original “The Sky is Falling!” The phrase passed down from generation to generation is that at some point, history revolves around whether we earthlings believe or, worse, care about impending doom.

Gene Seymour is a critic who has written about music, movies and culture for The New York Times, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @Gene Seymour.

10 memes that sum up the show perfectly


With the success of Bob’s Burgers movie information and a highly anticipated thirteenth season on the way, Bob’s Burgers has secured its place as one of the most beloved animated sitcoms since The simpsons and it’s all thanks to an equally iconic and adorable family. Bob and Linda Belcher and their three children are unique and memorable in their own way.

This makes them perfect as the subject of fan-made memes of the series. Although everything Bob’s Burgers‘ Different subplots mean it’s not the easiest show to sum up, the creators of these memes have done an amazing job.


ten Bob’s Burgers is perfect for all situations

While other shows demand the full attention of viewers at all times or are too quiet and soothing to watch as concentrated activity, Bob’s Burgers is one of the few shows that works no matter how the viewer wants to enjoy it. Once they get into the rhythm of the show, its straightforward episodic nature means it can just slip into the background.

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However, it’s also a show that rewards the viewer for their attention in the form of subtle character development, hilarious visual jokes, and real surprises that reveal even more about the show’s lovable characters.

9 Linda is always underrated

Bob’s Burgers There’s certainly no shortage of underrated supporting characters, but some fans have noticed that even a main character like Linda can be overlooked at times. While “Bob and Linda’s Burgers” doesn’t quite sound the same, it’s true that Linda is fundamental to running the shop and deserves appreciation for it.

Not only that, but it feels like there are still things viewers don’t know about Linda. When it comes to her childhood and what led her to be the bright, outgoing character she is today, there’s still a lot the show has to explore and it’s only deserved for a character that fans have learned to love.

8 A well-balanced cast of characters

Even shows with casts as big as Bob’s Burgers might struggle to complete a roster chart that captures their personality, but that’s no problem at all for the animated sitcom. While not everyone agrees on the placements, with Louise being in a “Legal” category one of the more debatable, it’s undeniable that most categories apply perfectly.

The upside is that whichever alignment the viewer most identifies with, there’s a character in the show that they can relate to as well. This is why people end up having such strong affinities with the characters of Bob’s Burgers.

seven An amazing movie too

It is worth remembering Bob’s Burgers isn’t just a show with an incredible 12 seasons as it can now add a critically acclaimed movie to its list of accomplishments. Even though it kept the same tone as the show, with a murder mystery at its heart and Bob potentially having to sell his shop if they can’t solve it, there were real stakes.

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Not only that, but there were moments of real emotional weight that elevated a film that expected to be like any episode in the series only for much longer. That’s why even though people who haven’t seen it yet might not understand, fans are happy to admit the movie brought them to tears.

6 A realistic portrayal of siblings

Bob’s Burgers has its flaws, but the way the show captures what it’s really like to be part of a family is a big part of why it’s one of the best sitcoms on TV. While Tina, Gene, and Louise clearly love each other, they also spend a lot of time arguing and getting angry.

Just like with real families, they can be sassy with each other and even exchange harsh words and this only strengthens their closeness. It also helps that Louise, the most chaotic member of the family, has no problem putting words to the things that everyone sometimes thinks but can’t say.

5 Bob is all of us

What makes Bob Belcher the perfect face for memes is that while he’s grounded and no-nonsense, he also happens to be one of the most easily exasperated characters. Surrounded by a family often full of energy or facing struggles he’s completely ill-equipped to handle, the dry humor and tired expressions he uses to deal with it all are hilarious and relatable.

When other animated TV dads are usually portrayed as angry, stupid, and generally over the top, it’s obvious that fans love a balanced character like Bob so much. Plus, Bob works perfectly as an icon for anyone who has been dragged down unwillingly by their most energetic friends and family.

4 Bob’s Burgers is the top animated sitcom

While there’s no need to argue over the best animated sitcom on TV, it’s true that Bob’s Burgers feels a step above rival family shows. The simpsons was undoubtedly a trailblazer and a lot of the shows were obviously inspired by his family dynamics and focused on everyday struggles.

However, with its charming characters, hilarious visual jokes, and carefully crafted stories full of subtle lessons, Bob’s Burgers evoked The simpsons at its best unlike shows like family guy which relies heavily on absurdity and non-sequence jokes. Both have their merits, but we understand why Bob’s Burgers fans tend to think their show is the superior option.

3 Why Bob’s Burgers is Special

When it comes to laughing Bob’s Burgers is easily one of the funniest animated sitcoms on TV, but that’s not all that makes it great. From Tina and Louise helping Gene love music again, to the family reunion to search for Linda’s lost engagement ring, there were so many great moments that confirmed the family’s deep bond.

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For fans who can’t help but be moved by their sincerity and commitment when it really matters, those moments define the show even more than any great comedy.

2 Bob’s Burgers is super rewatchable

While heartfelt moments and big set-piece jokes still hit hard on re-watches, which really makes Bob’s Burgers an incredibly re-watchable show is the fact that there are tons more to notice the second, third or fourth time around. From subtle visual jokes to running gags that only get better with age, there’s a reason fans always end up coming back to Bob’s Burgers.

With over 200 episodes and Bob’s Burgers movie information to boot, committing to a new watch should be difficult but, in reality, knowing exactly how much it’s going to be a much easier decision to make than committing to watching a new show instead.

1 A long wait for season 13

Maybe Bob’s Burgers fans were spoiled in 2022 with season 12 running in the spring then Bob’s Burgers movie information out, but that doesn’t make the wait for season 13 any easier. The first episode is set to air in late September, and fans can’t wait for it to finally happen.

With the series running steadily for over a decade now, everyone has gotten used to there almost always being a new episode to look forward to and that only makes the long waits between seasons all the more so. painful. Luckily, there’s not that long left until Season 13 kicks off and fans can celebrate once again.

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10 MCU Characters We’re Glad Are Not Accurate


As an adaptation of decades of comic book history, the Marvel Cinematic Universe often strives to be as faithful to the source material as possible. It makes sense, since fans want to see their favorite characters on the big screen. In fact, they tend to criticize Disney’s creative changes every time a new project is launched. However, as with any rule, there are exceptions. Some MCU characters are simply better than their comic counterpart.

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Whether it’s because Marvel Studios revamped the characters and gave them a bigger role in this universe or because they left behind some of their worst traits. Either way, some characters that were drastically changed from their comic book counterparts won the hearts of fans.

ten Arthur Harrow went from boring to one of the MCU’s scariest villains (Moon Knight)

Created by Alan Zelenetz and Chris Warner for Moon Knight #2, Arthur Harrow was a respected doctor who secretly experimented on humans at Auschwitz. In the Disney+ series Moon KnightEthan Hawke portrayed Harrow very differently: he was a religious fanatic and cult leader who wanted to meddle in the Egyptian pantheon to punish humanity.

Gone are the days when villains were always two-dimensional Nazis, and Marvel Studios knows it. The MCU’s Arthur Harrow was a more complete character, with trauma from his time as Khonshu’s avatar. Harrow definitely left a more lasting impression than his comic counterpart.

9 Falcon just got way cooler

Created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan, Sam Wilson debuted as Falcon in Captain America #117, but it was very different from the MCU version. Instead of being a U.S. Air Force-trained aviator with expertise in his wingsuit, the comics portray Sam as an ordinary guy who gained the ability to communicate with birds.

Of course, fans think Sam’s power in the comics is a bit lame, especially when compared to Marvel’s most powerful superheroes. Luckily, the MCU gave him a new perk, giving Falcon a winged suit and a combat drone instead of a telepathic connection to a real falcon, making him a more modern and cool character.

8 Fans are glad Thor didn’t have a human alter ego in the movies

When it comes to origin stories, Thor has a pretty convoluted one. Once an arrogant god, he was punished by his father and sent to Earth as a mortal named Donald Blake to humiliate him. It wasn’t until Donald discovered his true identity that he was able to embrace the power of Mjolnir and become Thor again.

It would have taken up a lot of unnecessary screen time in movies. Fortunately, the MCU chose to get rid of Donald Blake, aside from a small Easter egg in Thor. This left plenty of time to develop Thor as a character into other areas, such as a tortured god, an Avenger, and even a boyfriend.

seven Karen Page is much more independent and balanced in the series (Daredevil)

Now that Charlie Cox has officially joined the MCU, fans are hoping Deborah Ann Woll will also reprise her role as badass Karen Page, who has quickly become Daredevil’s valued ally. If that were to happen, audiences would be happier if Karen didn’t change much about herself. daredevil version.

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In the Netflix series, Karen is Matt and Foggy’s office manager, a woman with a strong sense of justice, but the comics portray Karen on a more self-destructive journey. During Frank Miller’s run, Karen found herself as a sex worker with a heroin addiction. Eventually, she sold Daredevil’s identity to pay for her addiction. Disney will surely ignore this arc.

6 Baron Zemo is better as a tortured man than a twisted Nazi

One of the MCU’s favorite villains, Helmut Zemo is a member of Sokovia royalty and a former special ops soldier who blames the Avengers for the death of his family. Given this, Baron Zemo released The Winter Soldier, creating a conflict between Iron Man and Captain America that fractured the superhero community.

The MCU version of Baron Zemo is infinitely more complex than his comic counterpart. While the MCU Zemo manages to gain public empathy, in the comics he believes in Nazi ideology due to his father’s teachings, which makes him far from an empathetic character.

5 Taskmaster fits Black Widow perfectly

Created by David Michelinie and George Pérez, Taskmaster is the secret identity of Tony Masters, a mercenary with photographic reflexes that allow him to mimic the moments of everyone he sees. This character is one of the main antagonists of Black Widow, but the MCU version changes a lot, including the character’s gender. In Black WidowAntonia Dreykov is the daughter of General Dreykov, who experimented on her, brainwashing her like he did with the Black Widows.

Some fans were unhappy with this change as they wanted to see Tony Masters. However, others see Antonia as a perfect addition to the story, as she represents exactly how ruthless Dreykov is, even with his own blood. With a bit of luck, Love at first sight will explore that, now that she’s an official member of the team.

4 Thanos’ Motivation in Movies Makes Him a More Complex Character

One of the biggest changes the MCU has made to the Marvel Universe is a central part of the Infinity Saga: Thanos agenda. In Infinity Gauntlet, by Jim Starlin, George Perez and Ron Lim, the Mad Titan only wanted to wipe out half the universe to woo Mistress Death. However, in the movies, his genocidal agenda comes from the idea that it’s the only way to prevent the universe’s eventual demise.

Most MCU fans agree that Thanos was a more complete character. His obsession with being the savior of the universe underscores his megalomania and grandiose attitude, whereas in the comics he was more of a two-dimensional villain.

3 Paul Rudd Made Fans Fall In Love With Scott Lang (Ant-Man)

Since Hank Pym is an OG Avenger, fans were surprised to know that Scott Lang would be the official MCU Ant-Man. While some weren’t sure, it turned out to be the right choice, thanks in part to the charisma of Paul Rudd. While the comic book version of Lang is already a fun guy, Paul Rudd made him hilarious

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Ultimately, choosing Lang over Pym to be Ant-Man was the best option for the MCU. It allowed Rudd to develop his talent for comedy, but in addition, it allowed Marvel to ignore some shameful parts of Hank Pym’s past, like his anger issues, which he took on his wife, Janet. Van Dyne.

2 Benedict Wong steals the show as Wong

Certainly one of the best supporting characters in the MCU, Wong has slowly and steadily gained popularity with his many cameos, especially since Phase Four. Of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings at She-Hulk: Lawyer placeBenedict Wong turned out to be the perfect actor for the role and people love him.

Since his introduction to the MCU in strange doctor, Wong became Sorcerer Supreme. Unlike his MCU version, Wong is quite an annoying character in the comics. He primarily serves as Doctor Strange’s sidekick and his arcs depend on Strange’s adventures.

1 Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark Is Far More Charismatic Than Iron Man In The Comics

Many fans think Robert Downey Jr. is the perfect choice for Iron Man, and they’re right. However, the MCU version of Tony Stark was quite different from the comic book version. Since he first performed in Iron ManRDJ’s portrayal of this genius billionaire was a major influence on the character in the comics.

Before RDJ turned Tony Stark into a charismatic know-it-all, he was just an arrogant rich man in the comics. While his genius-level intelligence is worthy of admiration, Iron Man was mostly annoying beyond the armor. The best thing RDJ could have done is give him some humanity.

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Hobart cartoonist wins national award


September 23—Hobart resident Scott Jensen recently received an award from the National Cartoonists Society for his work on greeting cards.

Jensen has been designing greeting cards for Oatmeal Studios for over 35 years. He said he mostly draws birthday cards.

“I’ve always been up for doing many forms of cartoons, but greeting cards are the area I’ve enjoyed the most, so I’m happy with that,” he said in an email. mail. “I love the two-part form of a greeting card gag – the placement on the outside of the card, then the punchline on the inside.”

In addition to creating greeting cards, he draws and writes “Digby’s Hardware”, a comic strip in The Hardware Connection, a trade magazine for hardware retailers.

“It’s fun too. There are four panels, so it’s a different way to play the joke,” he said. “I appreciate everything.”

Jensen is director of visual communications at Cazenovia College. “I teach a range of design classes, as well as a cartooning class,” he said. “It’s a long drive, but I appreciate the energy of the students, and I think being with them makes my own job better and more fun.”

Jensen said he got his start when he was 14, drawing a weekly editorial cartoon for the Deposit Courier. He then attended Delaware Academy and Delhi’s Central School District, and drew editorial cartoons for the Delaware County Times throughout high school and college, he said. He studied communications, art, and photography at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and later earned an MFA in advertising design from Syracuse University.

Jensen received the National Cartoonists Society’s Best Greeting Card Award at the annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri on Sept. 15-16, according to a press release. He received his award from presenter Hilary Price, the designer behind Rhymes With Orange.

Jensen said he has been participating in the competition since he joined the company in 2010 and said he was a finalist last year and decided to submit his works again this year. “I considered the mere nomination a major achievement,” he said. “I never seriously thought that I could actually win. When they called my name, I was surprised, excited, nervous and grateful. The moment I walked on stage, I felt intimidated and humbled to be honored by my peers in front of so many legendary cartoonists I grew up admiring.”

During the awards ceremony, Edward Sorel received the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year and special awards were presented to Jeanne Schulz, widow of Charles Schulz; Mort Gerberg, magazine designer; Gary Trudeau, creator of Doonesbury; and Patrick McDonnell, creator of Mutts, according to the statement.

Vicky Klukkert, editor, can be reached at [email protected] or 607-441-7221.

Vicky Klukkert, editor, can be reached at [email protected] or 607-441-7221.

Moseying Out Into the Multiverse With the Quantum Cowboys: Geoff Marslett Probes Memory and Many-Worlds Theory in His New Animated Film at AFS Cinema – Screens


Quantum Cowboys

Shocking news. Hollywood lied to you. The cavalcade of multiverse movies, well, that’s just not how the multiverse theory works. Apologies to Doctor Strange and Time travelling machine, but many-worlds interpretation theory does not mean a bunch of realities that are the same but with hot dog fingers or all in sepia. And in his new film, Quantum Cowboys, director Geoff Marslett uses animation and a Wild West tale to map out what’s really going on in our subjective world. Marslett said: “I like how the multiverse is used in the movie to let you do anything, but the theories that you see, they’re really not that close to what physics is really saying. is going on with the multiverse. And part of me is like, wouldn’t it be cool to use cinema to let people experience something close to what science says it is?”

Think of it this way. For his Boulder students, Marslett is the academic who teaches them film animation at the University of Colorado. For Austinites, he is one of the pivotal local filmmakers of the past decade. At the same time, he studies philosophy, mathematics and physics and studied theoretical physics at the Naval Research Lab. All of this being true, this leads to Quantum Cowboyswhich receives its Austin premiere at AFS Cinema, presented by Fantastic Fest.

“With the gift of being able to totally control comes the curse of having to create totally.” – Geoff Marslett

Perspective again: Marslett is perhaps most famous for his 2013 live-action tragedy, love his gunbut his presence is arguably more ubiquitous as an animator – most recently in shorts like “Phantom 52”, but on the grandest scale with his 2010 animated sci-fi rom-com, March. What brought him back to the medium? “Bad decision making,” he said, shrugging with a smile. It’s real indie cinema, which he likened to “being an unsigned band…when you make something unlike anything else on the market, for better or for worse, you make facing this wall of people saying, ‘It’s amazing, I really like it, it’s going to be fine somewhere else. “” It was a phrase he heard a lot with March, but, he added, “Give it enough years, and you’ll forget what this challenge looks like.”

Every alternative vision in Quantum Cowboys has its own unique look, from rotoscoping and puppetry to collage and acrylic paints, each from a different animation house, including Austin’s Minnow Mountain (Apollo 10½), California studios Mystery Meat Media and Artless Media, and award-winning Slamdance animator and illustrator Shunsaku Hayashi. If you’re very careful, the director said, you can follow each intertwined thread through these stylistic differences. Every decision is deliberate but, he added, “with the gift of being able to totally control comes the curse of having to create totally”. That’s why Marslett’s hand is in virtually every frame of Quantum Cowboys. “I personally worked on this film, five days a week, until 4 a.m., for 2½ years.” Without that level of commitment “this movie wouldn’t exist for less than $5 million,” but the end result, he added, is the kind of movie “on which the 15-year-old in me would have liked to be able to fall”.

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Pentagon introduces new food and housing programs for troops


By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday announced a number of new programs aimed at helping service members who face housing shortages and high food and living expenses when moving from base to base. other.

Gil Cisneros, undersecretary for personnel, told reporters that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ordered the moves, which also include programs to extend childcare and make it easier for young people to find jobs. spouses.

The new programs, he said, will help “ensure that we continue to offer a competitive suite of benefits that make DOD the employer of choice for those who serve so selflessly.”

With growing competition from companies looking to hire young people in a tight labor market, the military services are struggling to meet their recruiting goals.

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Housing has been one of the main issues over the past two years. Service members transferred to new duty stations have complained of difficulty finding rentals, especially those they can afford, as rising housing costs exceed their military allowance. In response, Austin ordered increases to the base housing allowance in 28 areas where rent has risen more than 20% above current allowances.

Austin also spearheaded a permanent increase in temporary housing spending for service members moving to areas with housing shortages. Troops will now get 14 days – up from the previous 10 – of temporary living expenses for moves within the United States, and up to 60 days in areas with housing shortages.

Both housing changes will take effect next month.

Austin also ordered price reductions to base commissioners.

Brig. Pentagon press secretary Gen. Pat Ryder said the department is eliminating the requirement that commissioners maintain a specific profit margin to cover their operating costs, allowing them to lower prices on staples like bread, milk and eggs. He said that in about two weeks, members of the service should see some prices drop by about 25%.

Austin also ordered the department to increase funding for child care centers so they can accommodate more children. And he made it standard policy to give servicemen working at the centers a 50% discount for a child going there.

And he said the department will work faster to put in place interstate agreements to help military spouses transfer their professional licenses when they move to another state. Spouses often have difficulty finding new jobs when the service member is deployed to a new base because their professional licenses or certifications are not recognized in that state.

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‘Love to see people’s reactions’: Student artists don’t just sell commissions for cash


A massive 48 x 60 inch canvas explodes with deep blues, vibrant pinks and bold orange. The abstract piece appears against the pristine white wall, the raised texture of each brushstroke still visible in an Instagram post. The artist, Lota Agbim, looks at her phone, gazing proudly at the photo of her creation on display – a custom painting in her sister’s house.

Agbim, a second-year Global Management and Marketing student, loves to create. She started expressing her creativity through bold and colorful paintings in elementary school. She said that over the years she hasn’t found school as rewarding as the art itself.

“Ever since I discovered art classes in elementary school, I love creating things,” said Agbim. “I never really felt fulfilled in school because I feel like you have to think inside the box. But with art, you can do whatever you want.

Some student artists at Pitt gave up traditional part-time jobs and turned to selling their own artwork for a little extra cash. Commissioning art is a rewarding side-hustle for these artists, but not in the way you might think.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Agbim began selling its brightly colored 8 x 10 inch paintings from cartoon characters and celebrities to friends who have requested them. But post-lockdown, she quickly expanded her inventory to include personalized song plates and used online marketplace platforms to sell clothes as well as her art.

“During the pandemic, I was selling clothes on Depopsaid Agbim. “I started getting more outside orders using Depop, then I started making small glasses Spotify Plates. So I made them and sold them, I sold my artwork and whatever people would ask me to do.

Maggie Knox, a freshman environmental studies major, also felt inspired to experiment with art during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns. She said she took up art as a hobby during her quarantine.

Knox said she’s always enjoyed art classes, but only started commissioning her work from close friends last year. She likes to create minimalist lines of delicate flowers, butterflies or moon phases for his tattoo designs. She also sometimes commissions realistic portraits for her family and friends.

“About a year ago my friend asked me if I would get her a tattoo,” Knox said. “So that’s the kind of commission I do. I also do drawings for my family if they ask me, or paintings too.

Knox said it can be difficult to get people to pay for his designs, especially his friends. But she don’t mind charging only a few bucks because she likes to create her designs, which are mostly simplistic, clean lines that don’t take a lot of time to draw.

“I feel horrible charging people,” Knox said. “I make $5-$15 for tattoos because it’s not like I put a ton of effort into it, unless I do – then I’ll charge more.”

Agbim also struggled to assess her art, especially when she started. She said that since orders began in 2020, she has raised prices to reflect the time and effort put into each of her pieces.

“I raised my prices,” Agbim said. “Because when I started, I was selling [the paintings] for $35, which is a little low considering how long it takes me. I’m going to work on it for about three to four days, but it takes drying time and stuff, so it usually takes me a week.

Agbim said she does commissions as a hobby instead of a substantial way to earn money because too many commissions can become overwhelming.

“I don’t really charge much at the moment because I still like it. It’s still one of my hobbies so if I have time I will and charge you an average price” , said Agbim. “I don’t know if I would like to [my commissions] to be on a large scale because I still want it to be something that I enjoy. I don’t want this to become a chore.

Amarachi Onwuka, graduate in molecular biology and portraitist, started running errands in high school. Onwuka said she started doing portraits for family friends who recognized her distinct ability to create realistic images. portrait drawings. Over time, she expanded her network and started selling more custom pieces through Instagram and word of mouth.

“Someone might ask me to do a portrait of their daughter and her favorite toy,” Onwuka said. “I would draw this the traditional way, then use a printing service, get an actual poster of it, then I [mail] that to them. Or people who knew me in high school, I would just draw it the traditional way and then give it to them during school.

At the height of the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020, Onwuka donated the money she earned from commissions to victims of police brutality and their families, such as David McAtee and Elijah McClain. She also donated to Breonna Taylor’s family’s legal expense fund.

Onwuka said that in the future she would like to continue fundraising for social justice efforts.

“That month, I opened my commissions, and a lot of people started commissioning me because they wanted to donate to causes,” Onwuka said. “So I found a bunch of nonprofits and community efforts, and would donate to them on GoFundMe.”

Having just started doing commissions, Knox said the most rewarding part of the process was seeing customer reactions to her work. Despite going back and forth to make sure a client was happy with a design, Knox said she loved seeing the end result and getting feedback from clients.

“I love seeing people’s reactions,” Knox said. “Anytime I finish a tattoo for someone and send it to them, or even in person, that’s my favorite part of the whole process, that’s for sure.”

Onwuka also enjoys seeing reactions to her work, especially since many of her clients over the years have given her commissioned pieces as gifts.

“Sometimes when it’s gifts for people, I like to see people’s reactions upon receiving the artwork,” Onwuka said. “It’s also fulfilling for me.”

Onwuka loves making art and would like to continue doing so in the future, but she hopes to avoid doing so many regular commissions so she can keep making art that reflects her.

“Sometimes it’s a bit exhausting to continually do commissions because it’s not always artwork you want to do,” Onwuka said. “It’s kind of like someone’s asking you to do something for them, so it’s like it’s not yours in some way.”

Onwuka said that while it is rewarding to see reactions to her work and to give gifts to others, making her own pieces to sell would be more desirable for her goals as an artist in the future.

“It’s fun to bring other people’s ideas to life, draw portraits for family members, and make gifts for people,” Onwuka said. “But I kind of want to avoid doing commissions and maybe start making art that people like and feel free to buy and support me that way.”

Agbim similarly said that she often feels limited by commissions because most of the time she follows the guidelines of the client. She said that in the future, instead of focusing on commissions, she would like to be recognized for the art she creates on her own.

“I want it to be where you recognize it’s my piece,” Agbim said. “My end goal is just to have people order big pieces from me because they want it to be a centerpiece. I want to be known as someone who creates art that grabs people’s attention.

Indian children find hope in a new language



BENGALURU, India (AP) — Eight-year-old Jerifa Islam only remembers the river running wild, its waters eating away at her family’s farmland and waves pounding their home during rainy season floods. Then one day in July 2019, the mighty Brahmaputra River engulfed everything.

His home in Darrang district in the Indian state of Assam was swept away. But calamity set Jerifa and her brother, Raju 12, on a path that eventually led them to schools nearly 2,000 miles (3,218 kilometers) from Bangalore, where people speak the Kannada language which is so different from the native bangla children.

Those first days were tough. Lessons in free public schools were taught in Kannada, and Raju could not understand a word of the instruction.

But he persisted, believing that just being in class was worth more than the months spent in Assam when submerged roads kept him away from school for months. “At first I didn’t understand what was going on, then with the teacher slowly explaining things to me, I started to learn,” he says.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is part of an ongoing series exploring the lives of people around the world who have been forced to move due to rising seas, drought, scorching temperatures and more. caused or exacerbated by climate change.

The children were born in a low-lying village, flanked by the Himalayas and the river. Like many parts of northeast India, it was no stranger to heavy rains and natural flooding.

But their father, Jaidul Islam, 32, and mother Pinjira Khatun, 28, knew something had changed. The rains had become more erratic, the flash floods more frequent and unpredictable. They were among an estimated 2.6 million people in Assam state affected by floods the year they decided to move to Bengaluru, a city of more than 8 million people known as Silicon Valley in India.

No one in their family had ever moved so far from home, but the lingering doubts were outweighed by dreams of a better life and a good education for their children. The couple spoke a little Hindi – the most widely spoken language in India – and hoped that would be enough to get by in the town, where they knew nearby villagers had found work.

The pair packed what little they could salvage into a large suitcase that they hoped to one day fill with new belongings. “We left home with nothing. Some clothes for the children, a mosquito net and two towels. That was it,” Islam said.

The suitcase is now full of school exercise books – and the parents, who have no formal education, said their lives were centered around making sure their children had more opportunities. “My children will not face the same problems as me,” the father said.

The family fled the lower district of Darrang, which is experiencing heavy rains and natural flooding. But rising temperatures with climate change have made the monsoons erratic, with most of the season’s rainfall falling in days, followed by dry spells. The district is one of the most vulnerable to climate change in India, according to a New Delhi-based think tank.

Floods and droughts often occur simultaneously, said Anjal Prakash, research director at India’s Bharti Institute of Public Policy. The natural water supply systems in the Himalayan region that people have relied on for millennia are now “broken”, he said.

Over the past decade, Prakash said, the number of climate migrants in India has increased. And over the next 30 years, 143 million people worldwide are likely to be uprooted by rising seas, drought and unbearable heat, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported this year.

India estimates that it has around 139 million migrants, but it is unclear how many have had to move due to climate change. According to a 2021 World Bank report, by 2050 cities like Bangalore are expected to become the preferred destination for nearly 40 million people in South Asia forced by climate change to leave their homes.

“Especially if you have aspirations for your second generation, you have to move,” Prakash said.

In the suburb where Jerifa and her family now live, most people are from the state of Assam, many have been forced to migrate due to climate change and dream of a better future: there is Shah Jahan, 19 years old, a security guard who wants to become a YouTube influencer. There’s Rasana Begum, a 47-year-old cleaner who hopes her two daughters will become nurses. Their homes were also washed away by the floods.

Both Pinjira and Jaidul have found work with a contractor who provides housekeeping staff to the offices of American and Indian tech companies. Jaidul earns $240 a month and his wife around $200, compared to the $60 he earned from farming. Tuition at Raju’s new private school costs a third of his income and the family saves nothing. But, for the first time in years, in their new home – a 10-by-12-foot (3-by-3.6-meter) room with a tin roof and sporadic electricity – they feel optimistic about the future.

“I like the fact that I can work here. In our country, there was no work for women. … I’m happy,” Pinjira said.

For now, Raju dreams of succeeding in his new school. He benefited from a year-long program run by the Samridhi Trust, a non-profit organization that helps migrant children re-enter the education system by teaching them the basics of Kannada, English, Hindi and mathematics. Teachers test students every two months to help them transition to free state schools that teach in Kannada – or in some cases, like Raju’s, in English.

“My favorite subject is maths,” said the 12-year-old, adding that his favorite part of the day was the bus ride to school. “I like to look out the window and see the city and all the tall buildings.”

His sister, who wants to be a lawyer one day, learned Kannada faster than him and happily chats with new classmates at her nearby government school, switching easily from her mother tongue to her adopted language.

Their parents work shifts to make sure someone is home in case of an emergency. “They are young and may get in trouble or get hurt,” Khatun said. “And we don’t know anyone here.”

Their anxiety is not unique. Many parents worry about safety when sending their children to schools in unfamiliar neighborhoods, said Puja, who uses only one name and coordinates the Samridhi Trust after-school program.

Migrant children often tend to drop out, finding the lessons too difficult. But Raju finds his school’s “discipline” refreshing after a chaotic life in a poor neighborhood.

Her mother misses her family and talks to them on the phone. “Maybe I’ll go back while they’re on vacation,” she said.

Her husband doesn’t want to return to Assam – where floods have killed nine people in their district this year – until the children are in a higher grade. “Maybe in 2024 or 2025,” he said.

Every afternoon, the father waits patiently, scanning the street for Raju’s yellow bus. Once home, the boy regales him with stories about his new school. He says he now knows how to say “water” in Kannada, but none of his new classmates know what a “real flood” sounds like.

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Fed attacks inflation with another big hike and expects more



WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up its fight against high inflation, the Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate on Wednesday by a substantial three-quarters of a point for the third consecutive time and announced more rate hikes to come — a pace aggressive which will increase the risk of a possible recession.

The Fed’s decision raised its benchmark short-term rate, which affects many consumer and business loans, to a range of 3% to 3.25%, the highest level since early 2008.

Officials also forecast that they will raise their benchmark rate further to around 4.4% by the end of the year, one point higher than they had envisaged last June. And they expect to raise the rate again next year, to around 4.6%. It would be the highest level since 2007.

By raising borrowing rates, the Fed is making it more expensive to take out a mortgage or car or business loan. Consumers and businesses are likely to borrow and then spend less, which cools the economy and slows inflation.

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Falling gasoline prices slightly lowered headline inflation, which was still a painful 8.3% in August from a year earlier. That drop in gas pump prices may have contributed to a recent boost in President Joe Biden’s approval ratings, which Democrats hope will improve their prospects in November’s midterm elections.

Speaking at a press conference, Chairman Jerome Powell said that before Fed officials consider halting their rate hikes, they “will want to be very confident that inflation is coming back down” to their 2% target. He noted that the strength of the labor market is fueling wage gains that are helping to drive up inflation.

And he underscored his belief that controlling inflation is key to ensuring the long-term health of the labor market.

“If we want to pave the way for another period of very strong labor markets,” Powell said, “we have to put inflation behind us. I wish there was a painless way to do that. ‘there is not any.

Fed officials said they were looking for a “soft landing”, whereby they would manage to slow growth enough to bring inflation under control, but not so much as to trigger a recession. Yet most economists are skeptical. They say they believe the Fed’s steep rate hikes will, over time, lead to job cuts, rising unemployment and a broad-based recession later this year or early next year. .

“No one knows if this process will lead to a recession, or if so, how big that recession would be,” Powell said at his press conference. “It will depend on how quickly we reduce inflation.”

In their updated economic forecasts, Fed policymakers expect economic growth to remain weak over the next few years, with rising unemployment. They expect the unemployment rate to reach 4.4% by the end of 2023, up from its current level of 3.7%. Historically, economists say, whenever unemployment has risen by half a point over several months, a recession has always followed.

Fed officials now forecast economic growth of just 0.2% this year, significantly lower than their growth forecast of 1.7% just three months ago. And they envision slow growth below 2% from 2023 to 2025.

Even with the big rate hikes planned by the Fed, it still expects core inflation – which excludes the volatile food and gas categories – to be 3.1% by the end of the month. next year, well above its 2% target.

Powell acknowledged in a speech last month that the Fed’s actions will “bring some pain” to households and businesses. And he added that the central bank’s commitment to bringing inflation back to its 2% target was “unconditional”.

Short-term rates at a level the Fed is now considering would make a recession more likely next year by sharply raising the costs of mortgages, auto loans and business loans. Last week, the average fixed mortgage rate rose above 6%, its highest level in 14 years, which explains why home sales fell. Credit card borrowing costs have reached their highest level since 1996, according to Bankrate.com.

Inflation now appears increasingly fueled by higher wages and consumers’ constant desire to spend and less by the supply shortages that had plagued the economy during the pandemic recession. On Sunday, Biden told CBS’s “60 Minutes” that he believed a soft landing for the economy was still possible, suggesting his administration’s recent energy and health care legislation would lower prices of pharmaceuticals and health care.

The law may help reduce prescription drug prices, but outside analysis suggests it will do little to immediately reduce headline inflation. Last month, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office ruled that this would have a “negligible” effect on prices through 2023. University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Wharton budget model went even further, saying that “the impact on inflation is statistically indistinguishable from zero” over the next decade. .

Even so, some economists are beginning to express concern that the Fed’s rapid rate hikes — the fastest since the early 1980s — will cause more economic damage than needed to bring inflation under control. Mike Konczal, an economist at the Roosevelt Institute, noted that the economy is already slowing and wage increases – a key driver of inflation – are stabilizing and, by some measures, even declining a little.

Polls also show that Americans expect inflation to come down significantly over the next five years. This is an important trend because inflation expectations can become self-fulfilling: if people expect inflation to fall, some will feel less pressure to accelerate their purchases. Less spending would then contribute to moderating price increases.

The Fed’s rapid rate hikes mirror actions taken by other major central banks, contributing to concerns about a possible global recession. The European Central Bank last week raised its key interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point. The Bank of England, the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Bank of Canada have all made big rate hikes in recent weeks.

And in China, the world’s second largest economy, growth is already suffering from repeated government blockages. If the recession sweeps through most major economies, it could also derail the US economy.

Even at the accelerated pace of Fed rate hikes, some economists — and some Fed officials — say they have yet to raise rates to a level that would actually limit borrowing and spending and slow growth.

Many economists seem convinced that widespread layoffs will be needed to slow the rise in prices. A study released earlier this month under the auspices of the Brookings Institution concluded that unemployment may need to reach 7.5% to bring inflation back to the Fed’s 2% target.

“The risk is that the Fed will act more aggressively in its mission to bring inflation back to its 2% target, pushing the funds rate higher than expected and holding it longer,” Nancy Vanden Houten said. , chief US economist at Oxford Economics. , said Wednesday after the Fed meeting.

AP Economics Writer Paul Wiseman contributed to this report.

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News Summary: Keshet Int’l to Sell ‘Cuba Libre’; Peacock enters adult animation; Espresso brews German offerings; Lineup & Gil connect


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Keshet Int’l Takes Selling Rights to “Cuba Libre”

Keshet International has acquired the international distribution rights for the Portuguese period drama Cuba Libre.

Produced by Hop! Films for pubcaster RTP, the 6 x 45 minute series tells the true story of a young Portuguese woman who gave her all to the Cuban Revolution and Che Guevara.

Beatriz Gordinho plays Ana Maria Silva Pais, the only daughter of the director general of PIDE, the Portuguese secret service, who is secretly in love with the Cuban revolutionary.

Anke Stoll, Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions of Keshet International, said: “This is the incredible true story of a woman who changed so many lives to follow her passion and strong political beliefs. The Hop! The films did a fantastic job of bringing its vibrant story to life for viewers.

Peacock enters adult animation

NBCUniversal streamer Peacock has ordered his first adult animated comedy series, Awareof Beavis and Butthead creator Mike Judge.

Judge will create, executive produce and star in the series, which comes from Universal Television and executive producers Bandera Entertainment.

The series follows Lauren Caspian, who is NPR’s third most popular host; a well-meaning, hypocritical nimrod. He is also a stop motion puppet. Each episode follows the making of an episode of Lauren’s show In the Know, in which Lauren conducts in-depth interviews with real-world human guests.

Zack Woods (Silicon Valley) and Brandon Gardner will co-create and executive produce, while Woods will also star alongside Judge. Greg Daniels (Office) and Dustin Davis executive producer for Bandera Entertainment.

Aware will capture the conversations many of us have in our daily lives in a hilarious and hilarious way,” said Lisa Katz, President of Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “We are thrilled to work with the best in the business, namely Mike, Greg, Zach and Brandon, and our partners at Universal Television.”

Espresso strikes deals with Germany

German broadcasters Deustche Welle, Spiegel TV and Welt have acquired a slew of factual content following deals with distributor Espresso Media International.

Deutsche Welle took over open the road (1 x 52 minutes), which follows filmmaker Kelly Mason’s mission to solve the environmental crises of plastic waste and road pollution in Costa Rica, as well as Above Ground (1×52 minutes), which examines the new industrial frontier in space from the commercial flights of Elon Musk and Richard Branson to manufacturing.

Meanwhile, Spiegel TV will present the German premiere of The largest airplane in history (7 x 45 minutes). Funded by A+E UK and CEEMEA, this seven-part series examines some of the greatest contributions to modern warfare, capturing and celebrating some of the greatest icons in aviation history.

Welt took a space documentary The story of Saturn V (1 x 52 minutes). The title follows the story of Saturn V, the most powerful machine ever built, and the colossal challenges NASA faced to get it to fly.

Lineup & Gil Formats Reach Distribution Deal

Lineup Industries has signed an agreement with Gil Formats of Israel to represent the company’s content roster for global sales.

Additionally, the two format specialists are establishing a creative fund to develop in-house and third-party formats for broadcasters and platforms in Israel, Europe and the United States.

The distribution deal includes all Gil Formats series, including hits such as life in service, Capture the momentand pregnant and platonic as well as newly launched shows such as laugh to the bank. Lineup Industries will represent titles in all available territories worldwide, with the exception of Israel.

Ed Louwerse, Founder of Lineup Industries, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity to collaborate with one of the industry’s leading format specialists and pool our respective expertise and market insights to develop revolutionary and remarkable new ideas for channels and platforms.

“As we look to expand our list of top factual and entertainment formats for the international market, we are also very excited to welcome Gil Formats’ content library to our offering as we head into MIPCOM.”

Rohit Sharma’s ‘animated’ antics on the pitch lead to social media meme war


Rohit Sharma was quite lively on the pitch against Australia in the 1st T20I | Screenshot


  • Rohit Sharma put on quite a lively show on the pitch against Australia in the first T20I.
  • The Indian skipper is generally considered a calm and collective person.
  • Since becoming captain of India, Rohit’s body language seems to have changed.
The opening T20I between India and Australia did not go as the hosts expected. Although the batting unit did very well to muster a total of 208 runs on the board, skipper Rohit Sharma failed to express himself with the bat, going for 11 runs from 9 balls. Rohit may have been expressionless with the bat, but his on-court expressions while Indian bowling set Twitter ablaze.

Rohit is seen as a calm and collective person who doesn’t express himself much on the pitch. However, Mohali’s case was quite different. The 35-year-old’s antics have seen many fans frown. The way Rohit behaved with his teammates and the friendly or rather notorious demeanor gave fans a great opportunity to flood social media with memes.

The way Rohit caught wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik’s batter’s header was probably the highlight of the game for the memers. Here are some of the memes that have gone viral on social media since the first T20I:

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As for the match, Hardik Pandya put on a fine show with the bat, scoring 30 71s to take India’s tally to 208 runs. Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul have also contributed heavily to India’s cause. However, India was disappointed with the bowling unit as no one except Axar Patel managed to keep the save rate below 10.
Cameron Green’s 71 from 30 and Matthew Wade’s 45 from 21 were enough to guide the tourists to a 4-wicket win with 4 balls in reserve.

Speaking of the loss, Rohit was quick to point out that the bowlers weren’t up to snuff.

“I don’t think we played well. 200 is a good score to defend, and we didn’t take our chances on the field. It was a great effort from our hitters, but the bowlers weren’t everything. There are some things we need to look at, but it was a great game for us to figure out what was wrong. We know this is a high-scoring pitch. You can’t help yourself. relax even if you get 200. We took the wickets to some extent but they played really well. They played some amazing shots.

“If I was in that locker room, I would expect to chase that total. You can back up to defend 60 runs in the last 4 overs. We couldn’t take that extra wicket. That was the turning point, if “We wanted to have taken another wicket, things would have been different. You can’t score 200 every day, you have to hit well. Hardik hit very well to get us there. We need to review our bowling before the next game,” did he declare.

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India vs Australia: ‘We will try to learn from the mistakes we made in the Asian Cup’, says KL Rahul

India would now look to win the second T20I on Friday and tie the series 1-1.

Two She-Hulk Characters Had Ms. Marvel Cameos We All Missed


Marvel Fans Missed Two She-Hulk character cameos in Ms. Marvel. Most people who watch the Disney+ series didn’t even realize that those nods were intentional. On Reddit, u/anilsoi11 points out that a character present in She-Hulk The trailer and Titania are on Agent Cleary’s big board on Iman Vellani’s show. It would have been hard to get your bearings without the show’s trailer in hand, but here it is in black and white. Disney+ shows have been keen to become a little more interconnected after the events of last year. She-Hulk, in particular, began to connect some of the dots in Phase 4. Eternals fans wondered when the bigger MCU would address the fact that there’s a huge celestial head sticking out of an ocean on Earth. The show referenced this and continued to add fuel to the X-Men’s fire by nodding towards a man with claws who was fighting in a bar. So, keep your eyes peeled for any connections to other MCU shows as things roll on. She-Hulk.

A previous interview with Ginger Gonzaga showed that there are more Marvel surprises waiting behind the scenes. It’s not like there are a ton of MCU newcomers on the stash. But, longtime comic book fans have already been treated to The Wrecking Crew, and LeapFrog has a big place in the future.

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“The show is now definitely shifting towards what it looks like when you have small, silly supervillains and superheroes that antagonize you or need to be portrayed by you,” Gonzaga previously explained. “The thing about working in a superhuman law division is we can represent anybody, so we get comic book characters that haven’t entered the Marvel universe yet, that you haven’t seen in none of the trailers. And you can see the silliness of the ridiculously funny superheroes who are in legal trouble and who may or may not listen to their lawyers. I’m really excited for people to see these guest stars who are in the comics.

Here is the latest description of She-Hulk: “Directed by Kat Coiro (episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9) and Anu Valia (episodes 5, 6, 7) with Jessica Gao as head writer”,She-Hulk: Lawyerfollows Jennifer Walters as she navigates the complicated life of a single 30-something lawyer who also happens to be a 6-foot-7 green superpowered hulk. The nine-episode series welcomes a host of veterans from the MCU, including Mark Ruffalo as Smart Hulk, Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/the Abomination and Benedict Wong as Wong. The cast also includes Ginger Gonzaga, Josh Segarra, Jameela Jamil, Jon Bass and Renée Elise Goldsberry. Executive producers are Kevin Feige , Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Kat Coiro and Jessica Gao. Co-executive producers are Wendy Jacobson and Jennifer Booth.”

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August Housing Data Reflects Market Slowdown | Economy


Residential construction was mixed in August, with housing starts rising 12.2% while permits fell 10%, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday.

Housing starts were at an annual rate of 1.575 million while permits for future homes came in at an annual rate of 1.52 million.

“Housing starts rose in August, with the majority of the gain coming from multi-family housing starts which were up nearly 30% from their July numbers,” said Kelly Mangold of RCLCO Real Estate Consulting.

“Single-family home starts edged up slightly as homebuilders continue to moderate production levels as the cost of building materials remains at elevated levels and buyers react to rising mortgage rates,” she added.

Regionally, the biggest drop in permits came in the South, where markets were among the hottest. Multi-unit housing starts also fell more than single-family housing starts.

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“With mortgage rates surging past 6%, consumers are feeling the pinch of declining affordability, which may further drive down the price for potential buyers, especially rate-sensitive first-time buyers,” said Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist at title insurer First American. before the report. “In response, builders are likely to innovate on fewer single-family homes.”

“A slowdown in new construction is concerning as the housing market remains underbuilt relative to demand,” Kushi added. “The demographic tailwinds of millennials continuing to age in their prime home buying years and the lack of inventory of existing homes mean that building new homes is essential to meet housing demand.”

The decline in construction is unlikely to alter the upward path for interest rates, with the Federal Reserve expected to raise interest rates by 75 basis points on Wednesday. The Fed said it would do everything possible to stamp out inflation, even at the expense of the job market and the economy in general.

“As the Fed continues to push short-term interest rates higher to slow the economy, recession risks will remain a concern for investors,” said Jeffrey Roach, chief economist at LPL Financial, on Monday.

“While we don’t think a recession is likely this year, we think it’s roughly a 50/50 proposition in 2023,” Roach added. “And as long as there are concerns about a slowing economy, we could see stable or lower long-term (interest) rates.”

NC budget director Perusse retires; Walker is the successor


By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press

RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — Charlie Perusse, who served as North Carolina’s state budget director for three Democratic governors, including current Gov. Roy Cooper, is retiring this fall, Cooper announced Monday.

Succeeding Perusse as budget director is Kristin Walker, the current chief deputy in the Office of Budget and State Management.

Perusse, who will retire Nov. 1, served in state government for 31 years, with stints as acting budget director at the end of Governor Mike Easley’s term in 2008 and for two years in as Governor Beverly Perdue’s permanent budget director until early 2011. He then became director of system operations for the University of North Carolina.

Perusse returned as manager in early 2017 at Cooper’s request. As director, he executed what is now a $27.9 billion annual state budget and other spending guidelines approved by the legislature. He also worked with governors on preparing their spending recommendations to lawmakers.

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“I am deeply grateful for Charlie’s years of service to our state,” Cooper said in a press release. “He has worked tirelessly to help North Carolinians and has been instrumental in developing fiscally responsible budget proposals that invest in the education, health care and daily needs of North Carolinians. “

Perusse has been forced to react to ever-changing incomes — from large shortfalls in 2009 during the Great Recession and in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, to multibillion-dollar surpluses in 2021 and 2022.

There have also recently been massive influxes of federal dollars from pandemic relief and US bailout laws approved by Congress. Perusse also had responsibility for carrying out government spending without a conventional budget when a 2019 negotiation impasse between Cooper and Republican legislative leaders was never fully resolved.

The budget director also performs other roles, such as serving on the state debt affordability review committee and a panel that awards economic incentives to businesses seeking to build in the state.

Walker, who will be North Carolina’s first female budget director, became a deputy in 2017. She worked for 10 years as a budget analyst on the General Assembly’s nonpartisan staff, with budget development as her job. main. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

“I know the finances of the state are in good hands with Kristin Walker and I look forward to continuing to work with her to responsibly manage the state budget and taxpayer dollars,” added Cooper.

Perusse, known for his laid-back style, also lobbied the legislature on the spending priorities of the chief executives under whom he served.

Senate Leader Phil Berger praised Perusse in a brief interview, saying his staff could speak candidly to him about spending issues. Things wouldn’t always be resolved, Berger added, but “you can’t get mad at him even if you don’t agree with him.”

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Spanish projects at the Cartoon Forum: detailed analysis


Eight animated television series projects involving Spanish companies will be presented to buyers and producers participating in the pitch sessions of the Cartoon Forum 2022, the main attraction of the event.

Well-known production companies showcasing their latest cartoon shows include In Efecto Atlantis, the Spanish-French studio behind Disney’s “Tara Duncan” series; “Sygnatia, the producer of the multi-award-winning animated film ‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’. and Peekaboo Animation, creator of the worldwide hit series ‘I, Elvis Riboldi’.

Two of the selected Spanish projects (“My Brother is a T-Rez” and “Polka Dot Zebra”) target preschoolers; five titles (“Bertie’s Brainwaves”, “Best Friends Forever… Stranded!”, “Mervyn’s Album”, “The Little Orchestra” and “Zoey Oceans”) are intended for older children; “Firsts” is aimed at a family audience.

“The eight magnificent Spanish series demonstrate the wealth of knowledge and talent that Spain has generated since we started developing the industry in the 1960s,” says Nico Matji, president of Diboos, the Spanish federation of film producers. animation and VFX production companies.

Nine other Spanish production companies will present their latest projects in the promotional videos shared during the Cartoon Forum Croissants and Coffee Shows: 3 Doubles Producciones (“The Book of Dreams”), Barrios Producciones (“Annunaki Files”), DeAPlaneta Kids & Family (“Magic Lilly”), Hampa Studio (“Melbits”), Imagic Telecom (“Les Wawies”), Koyi Talent (“Yanco, Dina and the dinosaurs”), Pikkukala Barcelona (“Taste Buddies”), Teidees Audiovisuals (“ Jasmine & Jambo”) and Verjim Animation Studio (“Counting Sheep”).

Additionally, two Barcelona-based companies, Peekaboo Animation and GoldBee, are nominated for this year’s Cartoon Tributes for Best Producer and Best Investor/Distributor respectively.

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“Bertie’s Brainwaves” (TBC, Spain-UK)

Spanish-French studio In Efecto Atlantis, producer of Disney’s French Princess Sam Pictures series “Tara Duncan”, is teaming up with Britain’s Flickerpix to adapt David Roberts’ best-selling “Dirty Bertie”. In Efecto co-founder Raúl Carbó is producing this 52-episode, 11-minute adventure series project about a 10-year-old boy with a wild imagination.

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“Best Friends Forever… Stranded!” (José Balbuena, Spain)

Barcelona-based Peekaboo Animation, producer of the hit series ‘I, Elvis Riboldi’ – sold in over 140 territories worldwide – is seeking co-production partners for this project, which centers on a clever rooster who dreams of becoming a famous writer. Peekaboo co-founder Iván Agenjo discovered Balbuena’s potential during a Cartoon Springboard edition. The goal is to start production in 2024.

Best Friends Forever… Stranded!

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“Firsts” (“Primeras”, Paloma Mora, Bambú Orellana, Spain-Chile)

An 11-minute anthology show in 13 episodes, retracing the life stories of women around the world who have become pioneers in fields hitherto reserved only for men. The project is produced by Paloma Mora of Valencia-based TV ON Producciones in partnership with Typpo Creative from Chile.


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“Mervyn’s Album” (Jody Gannon, Spain, Germany)

Produced by screenwriter Marie Beardmore at Barcelona’s Kick the Door, teaming up with Germany’s BigB, the project follows 10-year-old Mervyn, who is able to enter the world inside postage stamps. But the Stamp Realm also has a darker side: a group of questionable types plot to cross the gap between fantasy land and reality. A 52-episode 13-minute adventure series, targeting ages 6-9.

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“My brother is a T-Rez” (Javi Peces, Spain-Portugal)

Directed and produced by Javi Peces at Mr. Klaus Studio (“Bento”) in Madrid in co-production with Celine Fernandes of Lusco Fusco Animation in Portugal. A 52-episode show featuring Coco, a 6-year-old girl who loves to spend her time inventing stories with her little brother, a real big pink T-Rex.

My brother is a T-Rez

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“Polka dot Zebra,” (“Cebra con lunares”, Laura Blanco, Margarida Madeira, Spain-Portugal)

Upper preschool television series adaptation of the inclusive book of the same title by Ana Paula Catarino and Helena Perim. The story centers on Bella, a little zebra who, instead of stripes, was born with spots. Produced by Xosé Zapata at Sygnatia Studio (“Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles”, “Dragon Keeper”) and co-produced by Catarino’s Bro Cinema in Portugal, the series was bought by the Spanish public channel RTVE.

Polka Dot Zebra

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“The Little Orchestra” (“La orquestita”, Juan Carve, Martín Guido, Spain-Peru-Uruguay)

The adventures of a cool children’s rock band traveling the world, meeting strange characters and trying to reveal the secrets of music. Produced by Peter Keydel, founder of Mago Audiovisual Production from Barcelona, ​​in co-production with Apus Animación y Contenido from Peru and Chucho TV from Uruguay.

“Zoey Oceans” (Alice Guimarães, Spain)

A 13-minute, 26-minute adventure comedy about a 9-year-old girl who built an amphibious vehicle to search for her father, lost at sea. Only the cargo of rubber ducks she was carrying remains, appearing in the darkest places. more disparate on the planet. Awarded by Netflix and the female animation lobby Mianima, the project is produced by Carlota Pou at Studio Kimchi in Barcelona.

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One Piece Episode 1033 Shows Next Level Animation


One Piece has gone so far with the latest installment of the series that it has become a major showcase that Toei Animation has taken to a whole new level with the series! Although One Piece is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, the anime adaptation is still finding ways to surprise fans as the series has featured some major animations with some notable episodes seen over the past few months. The series received a major overhaul when it kicked off the Land of the Wa arc a few years ago, and it clearly shows no signs of stopping as the Skull Dome rooftop fight reached an important stage.

The final episode of the anime ends the second phase of the fight on the roof of the Skull Dome, with Luffy being the only one to face Kaido. It’s a pretty big moment for the show as a winner is declared, and the team behind Episode 1033 really went all out with the animation to show what a phase it really is for the arc . This included moments such as Luffy’s fight with Kaido on the roof, spotted by @OpPerfectShots_ on Twitter:

And also includes the standout moment of Big Mom using her Maser Cannon as spotted by @RoronoaTiaum on Twitter below:

But those were just a few moments in a stellar episode overall, and it marks a major turning point for the rest of the series as the Wano County arc reaches its climax. Luffy’s defeat against Kaido is really just the beginning of the fight we’ve seen unfold in the manga, and in fact, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that the manga ended the fight for good. Wano bow. And even then, there’s still so much to explore that anime now has a long and varied road ahead of it where we may get even more of these standout moments.

As the anime reaches this turning point in the fight between Luffy and Kaido, and a turning point for many other battles around Onigashima, it’s clear that the team behind the series at Toei Animation are just getting started as far as we’re concerned. then wait. . But what did you think of One Piece episode 1033? Let us know all your thoughts on this in the comments! You can even contact me directly about all things anime and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!

12 Actors Who Have Played More Than One Character In The MCU


It’s not uncommon for an actor to play more than one comic book character role. Sometimes that means they’re starring in a DC movie for the first time before switching sides for the Marvel movies (and vice versa) or appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe years after playing an entirely different Marvel Comics character. in a film that predates the creation of the shared universe.

However, what if I told you that there are also many cases of actors who have doubled in the MCU? Although the timeline of Marvel movies is usually pretty tight, there are a surprising number of times the same actor has played more than one character in the same interconnected franchise and the following are just 12 examples of those movie characters. Marvel – starting with one you might have already known.

Sean Gunn as Rocket Raccoon and Kraglin

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Sean Gunn – Rocket Raccoon, Kraglin (Guardians of the Galaxy Movies, Avengers: Endgame, Thor: Love And Thunder)

Guardians of the Galaxy furry weapons expert Rocket Raccoon is a role shared between Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper who lends his voice to the Boston accent and director James Gunn’s brother Sean Gunn, who plays the mo-cap on the set. Gunn also appeared “by his side” three times as the former Ravager, Kraglin.

Laura Haddock as Autograph Seeker and Meredith Quill

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Laura Haddock – Autograph Seeker (Captain America: The First Avenger), Meredith Quill (Guardians of the Galaxy Movies)

Speaking of guardians of the galaxy stars, most fans will likely recognize British actress Laura Haddock as Peter Quill’s mother, Meredith, in the cold, open flashbacks of the first film and its sequel. However, the Downton Abbey: A New Era The MCU actor’s tenure actually dates back to 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger, in which she plays a 1940s woman affectionately approaching Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) for an autograph.

Kenneth Choi as Jim Morita and Principal Morita

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Kenneth Choi – Jim Morita (Captain America: The First Avenger), Principal Morita (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

Speaking of Captain America: The First Avenger stars, Private Jim Morita – Steve Rogers’ Japanese-American teammate in the Howliing Commandos – was played by Kenneth Choi. The actor (who is also part of the DC Extended Universe as Yakuza Boss in suicide squad) will appear later in Spider-Man: Homecoming as Morita’s grandson, who also happens to be Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) high school principal.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Dormammu

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Benedict Cumberbatch – Doctor Strange, Dormammu (Doctor Strange)

Here’s another interesting example of a Marvel actor appearing as two different characters in the same movie. Benedict Cumberbatch debuted as former Sorcerer Supreme Stephen Strange in 2016 strange doctor, in which he also provided the voice of the Dark Dimension’s ruler, Dormammu. Talk about being your own worst enemy.

Clancy Brown as Major Schoonover and Surtur

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Clancy Brown – Ray Schoonover (Daredevil, The Punisher), Surtur (Thor: Ragnarok)

Another actor who gave a memorable performance in a Marvel movie as a giant CGI villain is Clancy Brown, who was the voice of the fire demon, Surtur, in 2017. Thor: Ragnarok. That same year, the Sponge Bob SquarePants star (also famous for voicing Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor in numerous DC animated titles) would resume his daredevil role of Major Schoovover in the short-lived spin-off, The Punisher.

Patton Oswalt as one of the Koenig brothers and Pip the Troll

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Patton Oswalt – The Koenig Brothers (Agents Of SHIELD), Pip The Troll (Eternals)

Comedian Patton Oswalt has lent his distinct voice to many, many comic book characters, including a troll named Pip in the mid-credits scene of Eternals in 2021. Before that, he would appear in several episodes of Agents of SHIELD as four different characters: identical quintuplets Sam, Eric, Billy, and Thurston Koenig, making him the current record holder for most MCU-canon characters portrayed by a single person.

Enver Gjokaj as Young Cop and Daniel Sousa

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Enver Gjokaj – Young Cop (Avengers), Daniel Sousa (Agent Carter, Agents of SHIELD)

An example of an actor who debuted in the MCU with something small before reappearing with something much bigger is Enver Gjokaj. He played an anonymous police officer in the years 2012 The Avengers before playing Agent Carter and the last season of Agents of SHIELD as World War II soldier-turned-strategic operative Daniel Sousa.

Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva and Sersi

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Gemma Chan – Minn-Erva (Captain Marvel), Sersi (Eternals)

Outside of those who have played two characters in the same film, English actor Gemma Chan has one of the smallest windows of time between her first MCU character and her second. In 2019, she wore blue makeup to play Imperial Kree warrior Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel and, literally the same year, was announced as part of the Eternals cast in the role of Sersi.

Alfre Woodard as Miriam Sharpe and Black Mariah

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Alfre Woodard – Miriam Sharpe (Captain America: Civil War), Black Mariah (Luke Cage)

Someone who can top Gemma Chan’s record for the time between her characters’ official appearances is Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard, who appeared in a memorable 2016 scene. Captain America: Civil War, opposite Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark as Miriam Sharpe – a woman mourning the unseen death of her son in the final act of Avengers: Age of Ultron. That same year, a few months later, she made her debut on Luke Cage as Mariah “Black Mariah” Dillard, whose cousin is Harlem crime boss Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes.

Mahershala Ali as Cottonmouth in Luke Cage

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Mahershala Ali – Cottonmouth (Luke Cage), Blade (Eternals)

Speaking of Cottonmouth, the crime boss on Luke Cage would only be the beginning of Mahershala Ali’s legacy in the MCU. While the new take on the two-time Oscar-winning vampire hunter Blade has yet to be seen, he debuted the character in a voice cameo by Eternals‘ post-credits scene.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor and one of Hajo's Three Heads

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Chris Hemsworth – Thor, one of the three heads of Hajo (Thor: Ragnarok)

It’s hard to imagine a Marvel character better suited to Chris Hemsworth than the God of Thunder, but believe it or not, the title hero of Thor: Ragnarok isn’t his only role in the fun 2017 blockbuster. Only eagle-eyed fans noticed that the Aussie actor also played one of the three heads of Hajo – a gladiator from Sakaar who tried to help save Asgard from Hela (Cate Blanchett).

Taika Waititi as Korg and one of Hajo's Three Heads

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Taika Waititi – Korg, one of the Three Heads of Hajo (Thor: Ragnarok)

In fact, Chris Hemsworth isn’t the only well-known star of Thor: Ragnarok share the role of Hajo. The film’s own director, Taika Waititi, also appeared as one of the Gladiator’s three leads, in addition to providing the voice of fan-favorite rock-skinned alien Korg, and in the same setting as well!

I don’t know if there is or could be a weirder example of the MCU’s double-dipping phenomenon than these last two. However, I would like to see a challenger take over one day. Of course, given that the franchise is now in a stage known as “The Multiverse Saga”, it seems like a distinct possibility.

10 Cliché Cartoons With Predictable Endings


With thousands of series available for consumption, it’s no wonder there are shows with beats that feel a bit familiar. Audiences will come to recognize recurring themes, character types, and plot points, especially if they are the central focus of a show. Depending on the viewer, these familiar themes can be tolerated or downright unbearable.

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While familiar tropes don’t always make a series impossible to watch, it certainly makes it less memorable, especially if other shows deal with the same theme better. Also, unpredictability is far from the most crucial factor when crafting a satisfying conclusion, but if executed poorly, it can leave audiences with a disappointing and even forgettable finale.

ten Fry Finally Gets (and Keeps) Futurama’s Daughter

Futurama explores a plethora of new worlds and characters within its futuristic setting. Yet he also tends to fall back on a cliché that practically predates the dinosaurs, and which becomes the girl. For most of the series, protagonist Philip J. Fry relentlessly pursues spaceship captain and friend Turanga Leela, usually with lackluster results.

The two have a recurring romance throughout the series, a romance that most viewers have seen countless times. The series finale, “Meanwhile,” is no different, as the couple’s relationship must once again be tested under extraordinarily zany circumstances. While the latest episode of Futurama is widely deemed satisfying by fans, the ending also offers a future that they could easily predict.

9 Inuyasha is a feudal and very familiar fairy tale

adventure anime Inuyasha immediately tells its viewers that the story is a feudal fairy tale, which already hints that there will be a few hints of familiarity. The series delivers that, with everything from a hero who’s in over his head, Inuyasha, to a treacherous enemy, Naraku, to an ongoing love triangle between the two female leads, Kagome and Kikyo.

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While the series is solidly fleshed out with excellent character development, it certainly doesn’t bring anything new to the table. The finale is heartwarming yet predictable as a storybook, as any other fairy tale ending would be.

8 Danny Phantom has no nasty surprises

The premise of Danny Ghost may already sound familiar to many anime watchers in that it centers on a hero who must harbor a colossal secret that is also the key to saving the day. Danny Fenton is just an average teenager with phantom powers who must live a double life to protect those he loves. The show, while entertaining and creative with its haters, is nothing viewers haven’t seen before in other stories with undercover locals.

The end of the Nickelodeon show follows this same trend. The series finale, “Phantom Planet,” has everything audiences have come to expect from this type of setup, including high-stakes battles, an evil adversary, and even confirmation of the romance between Danny and his love, Sam Manson. . The episode is a satisfying ending, but it probably won’t thrill viewers.

seven The end of the American dragon fades in a puff of smoke

The Disney Channel Series American Dragon: Jake Long has all the makings of a good adventure story, but it also stumbles upon a few annoying cliches that keep the series treading on its own heels. While the series features a variety of creative characters and situations, it’s not immune to common tropes. For example, protagonist Jake Long has to keep his identity as a dragon a secret for most of the series, which leads to the expected fanciful situations and possible big reveals between friends and family.

American Dragon: Jake Long also uses the trope of the forbidden romance between Jake and his high school crush. His love, Rose, happens to work for the Huntsclan, an organization specially designed to kill dragons. While the series finale offers a sweet resolution that fixes the issues, there are only a limited number of options for ending a series that, on the whole, didn’t cause anything new.

6 Totally Spies Squad Has Totally Inferior Premises

Despite the clever gadgets and daring missions in Totally Spies, the concept is one that viewers have seen dozens of times. Unfortunately, high school kids going on secret missions at night while dealing with typical teenage problems during the day is an all too familiar formula.

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While protagonists Sam, Clover, and Alex all have unique and identifiable personalities, their day-to-day problems are anything but extraordinary from an adventure standpoint. The series finale, “So Totally Versailles!” is much the same, featuring typical villains, go-to fashion statements, and teenage girls gushing about their crushes. Despite the occasional fun adventure, even the most fashionable gadgets can’t save a show from being a little old hat.

5 Phineas and Ferb rarely strays from its formula

There are 104 days of summer vacation, and while the characters in Phineas and Ferb maybe doing something new every day, it’s the same for the public. While containing likable characters and abstract designs, the show relies heavily on its repetitive formula. The series also includes several familiar tropes, including Dr. Doofenshmirtz as the over-the-top villain foiling every episode and Candace, the character who always tells the truth but is never believed.

While most viewers agree the series is quite enjoyable, it’s also a show no one expects to deviate from its tried and true equation. The series finale “Last Day of Summer,” while grander than the typical episode and no doubt bittersweet, is still grounded in familiar ideas as seen in Bill Murray groundhog day,us as well as other time travel adventures.

4 Snow White With Red Hair Isn’t As Unique As Shirayuki’s Locks

snow white with red hair is often considered a feel-good anime among fans for its predictable and calm nature. The series takes an old tale and adapts it to new characters introduced while adding very few significant changes. Without watching from start to finish, most viewers can guess the arc of young girl and protagonist Shirayuki, who must carve out a new life for herself in a different realm.

From her expected growth as a palace herbalist to her forbidden romance with her love interest Prince Zen, it’s easy to see why many audiences view this story as safe. However, from start to finish, the most distinct thing about this Snow White is already there in the title.

3 WITCH pulls out the same old magic

Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia and Hay Lin can make up the team and spelling of WITCH, but they also spell the same regular characters in any other superhero team-up show. The plot relies on tired character archetypes that never see significant growth as the series progresses.

The main villain, Phobos, isn’t particularly memorable either, and his evil reign plays out much as it began, with minimal flair. As expected, the series ends with the day saved and most of the main characters in their desired romantic relationships. Honing the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Absolute Energy may sound daunting, but when placed in the hands of mundane characters, it proves to be anything but magical.

2 Sword Art Online must restart its scenario

Whereas Sword Art Online has a lot to offer with its dynamic characters and timely virtual reality premise, many watchers are continually frustrated with the anime’s hero, Kirito. Of course, the protagonists are expected to end up saving the day. Still, with a protagonist as seemingly invincible as Kirito, the average fan stands little chance of thrills or investment.

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The cliché of the White Knight protagonist has been replicated many times and is only likely to be memorable for an engaging plot or dynamic personality. Kirito, while certainly noble and well-meaning, quickly loses the viewer’s interest when it becomes apparent that even the most dangerous situation poses no real threat to him. Sometimes a character that is too powerful ultimately cannot be saved from himself.

1 Everything about ReLIFE is truly predictable

the anime ReLIFE, though harmless, it has such a predictable premise that most viewers can foresee every step of the main protagonist’s journey. Arata Kaizaki is a 27-year-old man stuck in a dead-end existence before he gets the chance to go back to high school to gain a new perspective on life – and viewers can probably figure out the rest from there.

Arata’s changing outlook and softening heart are predictably paired with the precious new friendships he makes along his journey. The story is certainly touching at times, but it offers nothing new compared to a typical coming-of-age story or, in this case, a re-aging story. If audiences want a plot filled with new twists, ReLIFE is a little too comfortable to deliver the right kind of kick.

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King Of The Hill is a sweetly funny slice of animated Americana


What sets “King of the Hill” apart from its animated comedy contemporaries is its tone. The series somehow manages to be completely serious and sincere, while being absolutely hilarious. It’s a fine line to walk, but it’s executed masterfully by co-creators Greg Daniels and Mike Judge.

Those who know Judge best from the inconsequential and ridiculous antics of his “Beavis and Butt-Head” series might be disappointed to find there’s a bit more depth here, but there’s still plenty of goofy humor. , sometimes juvenile. While “Beavis and Butt-Head” can be very mean at times, “King of the Hill” has nothing mean about it. Sure, some characters will do hurtful things, but the show always shows the negative impact of their actions. “King of the Hill” is full of life lessons for people of all ages, but it never feels like an after-school special. It’s not preachy, his heart is just firmly in the right place.

Much of the humor in “King of the Hill” comes from how weird but relatable the characters are. I’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who lived in a working-class suburb in the southern United States and didn’t meet a good old boy with a heart of gold like Hank Hill, or a conspiracy theorist who doesn’t know his head from his behind, like Dale Gribble (Johnny Hardwick). The characters are all flawed and sometimes frustrating, just like real people, and that makes “King of the Hill” feel like more than just a cartoon.

Tunisia raises cooking gas and fuel prices in a bid to cut subsidies


TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia said on Saturday it was raising the price of cooking gas cylinders by 14% and fuel by 3% as part of a plan to cut energy subsidies, a policy change sought by the country’s international lenders.

The energy ministry said the price of cooking gas will rise from 7,750 dinars to 8,800 dinars, in the first increase in 12 years.

The price of gasoline will be raised Tuesday to 2,400 dinars per liter instead of 2,330 dinars, an increase of 3%, the ministry said in a statement.

The increase in fuel prices is the fourth this year. Tunisia expects its budget deficit to reach 9.7% of gross domestic product in 2022, against 6.7% previously forecast, due to the appreciation of the dollar and a sharp increase in the price of cereals and Energy.

The North African country, which is suffering from its worst financial crisis, is trying to agree on a new financing program with the International Monetary Fund.

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The energy balance deficit doubled to 6 billion dinars in the first eight months of 2022 from 2.9 billion dinars last year, as a result of the war in Ukraine.

(Reporting by Tareq Amara; Writing by Tareq Amara and Moaz Abd-Alaziz; Editing by David Gregorio and Leslie Adler)

Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.

The Little Mermaid’s Racist Critics Pollute The Magical Underwater World With Bigotry | Arwa Mahdawi


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Adult males are triggered by a little mermaid. Disney recently released a trailer for a new live-action version of The Little Mermaid starring Black actor Halle Bailey, and it sparked a depressing and predictable racist backlash. The trailer received 1.5 million dislikes on YouTube and caused many fanatics to connive. If you get a sense of déjà vu about all of this is because the same people already had a meltdown in 2019 when the live-action remake was first announced.

It’s not just the Little Mermaid: people on the right, people who like to tell liberals to harden snowflake, regularly get their panties in a twist on lively entertainment aimed at the four-to-12-year-old crowd. There seems to be a backlash to on-screen diversity every five minutes. Earlier this month, for example, the right worried about a lesbian family of polar bears in Peppa Pig. I don’t know how they have the energy to care about cartoon polar bears; it must be really exhausting.

While there may not be anything new about fanatics raging on animated entertainment, this particular backlash is notable because of how lopsided the response has been. An anonymous computer scientist, for example, went to the trouble of using artificial intelligence to whitewash Halle Bailey’s appearance in the trailer. A Twitter account (now suspended) gleefully shared the edited trailer, announcing, “Thank you to our AI scientist meme. He fixed The Little Mermaid and turned the awake actor into a red-haired white girl. Shortly after, the Twitter account added, “This is purely for educational purposes, please don’t misinterpret this racistly.” Uh huh.

Conservative political commentator Matt Walsh has also spent far more time thinking about the physiology of fictional creatures than health. Walsh told viewers of his eponymous show that “from a scientific point of view, it doesn’t make much sense to have someone with darker skin living on the bottom of the ocean. If anything be it, not only should the Little Mermaid be pale, it should actually be translucent. If you look at the deep sea creatures, they are translucent. They don’t have any kind of pigmentation… [The Little Mermaid] should be totally pale and skeletal where you can see his skull through his face.

Walsh later said what all racists say when people call them: his statement about an unscientific black mermaid was a joke! Which would have been a much more compelling argument had Walsh not built his brand on far-right views.

Walsh clearly has an active imagination, so I’d like to suggest a little thought experiment: try imagining a world where you grew up rarely seeing someone like you being a hero on screen. Walsh is an able-bodied white male in his thirties. He grew endlessly from TV shows and movies featuring boys who looked just like him. If you take this representation for granted, it can be difficult to understand how important it is to see yourself included in popular culture. It can be hard to understand how dehumanizing it is to constantly receive the message that people like you can never be heroes. I’m speaking from personal experience here: the other day I found myself unexpectedly shedding a tear because Mo Amer was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon talking about how his new netflix show, Mo, is “the very first show created by, starring a Palestinian, and showing a Palestinian family on television”. As a Palestinian, I wish there was something like Mo on TV when I was little.

The nine millionth remake of The Little Mermaid might not be something you’re personally interested in, but try to imagine how important it is for a little girl to see someone who looks like her play a heroine in the movie. ‘screen. There’s a very healthy TikTok trend of black girls watching The Little Mermaid trailer and ecstatic that she’s like me! She is like me ! If your reaction to little girls feeling included is to dismiss that as “woke,” then there’s something wrong with you. Not only are you a bad human, you are also a bad capitalist. The United States is becoming more and more diverse, whether people like Walsh like it or not. In 2019, non-whites and Hispanics made up the majority of people under the age of 16 for the first time. Forgive my cynicism, but I don’t think Disney isn’t trying to be “woke” with The Little Mermaid. It simply responds to good old market forces.

PMS is a ‘key global public health problem’, new study finds

Researchers surveyed 238,000 people in 140 countries about the effects of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). They found (unsurprisingly!) that PMS is incredibly common and “a majority of women said their PMS symptoms interfered with their daily life at least occasionally.”

How have history and science shaped the gender of our emotions?

This week I spoke to Pragya Agarwal about her new book, Hysterical, which examines how we gender emotions. You can watch the event, hosted by the RSA, for free here.

A growing number of men are experiencing leg pain lengthening surgery

It costs $75,000 for the procedure which adds between three to six inches to your height and involves breaking both of your femurs. A man interviewed by GQ said he was keeping the operation a secret and was going to tell everyone his extra centimeters were a side effect of the Covid vaccine. While it’s hilarious, the story itself is a sad reminder that gendered expectations affect both men and women equally.

Appeal raises $150,000 for girl ordered to pay family of accused rapist she killed

A tiny bit of good news in a story that will make your blood boil.

Floods in Pakistan put pregnant women at risk

A third of the country is flooded and nearly 650,000 women in the affected areas need maternity services.

Beige flags: the warning signs that say you’re too boring to go out with

Having strong opinions about where pineapple should fit on a pizza is apparently one of them.

The week in pawntriarchy

A few weeks ago, a Reddit user with a very active imagination came up with a crazy theory that a chess champion had used vibrating anal beads that indicated the best moves. This theory somehow came to life and became a huge scandal in the chess world. Now, a popular cam site is offering grandmaster Hans Niemann $1 million to broadcast naked playing a live game of chess in order to refute the charges. It’s up to you, Niemann.

Zack Snyder’s Darkseid battles the Teen Titans in an epic official crossover


DC The Teen Titans Go! cartoon aired for almost an entire decade. Not only that, but the animated program, which airs on Cartoon Network, has also spawned video games, direct-to-video adaptations, and even a theatrically released feature film.

The show, which is sort of a spiritual successor to the original Teen Titans series broadcast from 2003 to 2006, is undeniably lighter than its predecessor. The 2003 incarnation was darker and more mature in its stories and characters, while The Teen Titans Go! is a very silly and irreverent comedy.

Of course, few DC projects are darker than the films directed by Zack Snyder. The filmmaker crafted his own take on DC characters and mythos in his movies Steel man and batman versus supermanas well as his own cup of Justice League.

Snyder Guest Stars on The Teen Titans Go!


Steel man director Zack Snyder recently starred in the Cartoon Network series Teen Titans Go!, aAnd he brought with him his inimitable dark and gritty style as he transformed the series’ kid-friendly characters into lifelike animated versions of themselves in battle against Darkseid and his Parademons.

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Check out some clips that were posted on Twitter below.

Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg, and Raven come face to face with Snyder himself:

This clip shows a bit more of the battle between the Titans and Darkseid, with Robin riffing on Batman’s infamous dialogue from Batman vs. Superman- “Tell me, Darkseid, do you bruise easily?” »

The Titans return to their roots

The Teen Titans Go! It’s been running for so long that it’s easy to forget just how action-packed the original 2003 release was. Even though Go! borrows the same voice from the actors and the general sense of aesthetics, it is a a lot different show and one that’s much goofier and more slice of life.

So for the Titans, returning to an animation style that resembles their original look and battling Darkseid in an action-packed sequence, however briefly, is sure to be a treat for longtime fans.

After all, Zack Snyder played the lead role in the show’s 365th episode, so such a gift to the audience was certainly warranted.

Since Zack Snyder’s Justice League was dropped on HBO Max in 2021, die-hard fans are clamoring for more DC movies from the director. Warner Bros. Discovery, however, has very different plans and wants to distance itself from Snyder and his films.

The Teen Titans Go! has been renewed for an eighth season and likely shows no signs of slowing down. And as mentioned above, it airs on Cartoon Network, with previous seasons available to stream on HBO Max.

Uganda reacts angrily to EU resolution against pipeline


By RODNEY MUHUMUZA, Associated Press

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Ugandan leader warned Friday that his government may “find someone else to work with” as French partner TotalEnergies faces growing pressure to pull out of a partnership for pipeline construction opposed by climate activists.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s remarks followed a resolution by the European Union Parliament urging the international community “to exert maximum pressure on the Ugandan and Tanzanian authorities, as well as on the developers and stakeholders of the project”, to stop oil activities around Lake Albert.

This resolution cited human rights concerns centering on fair compensation for affected communities as well as environmental fears. More than 120,000 people will lose land to make way for the oil project, according to an assessment by environmental group Friends of the Earth.

The 897-mile (1,443-kilometer) East African crude oil pipeline, planned by TotalEnergies and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, is increasingly in trouble as activists, accusing it violates the spirit of the Paris climate accord, are trying to deprive it of funds by plaintiff banks and insurers.

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But in Uganda, an East African country whose authorities see the pipeline as key to economic development, opposition to the project has sparked outrage. Ugandan officials say oil wealth can lift millions of people out of poverty and that stopping the pipeline immediately would be detrimental to the country’s interests.

The National Assembly on Thursday issued a statement affirming Uganda’s sovereignty and condemning the European Parliament’s resolution.

Museveni said TotalEnergies had assured him the pipeline – which would link the oil fields of western Uganda to the Indian Ocean port of Tanga in Tanzania – would go ahead, but warned on Twitter that “ if they choose to listen to the European Parliament, we will find someone else to work with.

“Anyway, we will have our oil coming out by 2025 as planned. So the people of Uganda should not worry,” he said.

Uganda is estimated to have recoverable oil reserves of at least 1.4 billion barrels. The China National Offshore Oil Corporation and TotalEnergies said in February that the total investment would be more than $10 billion.

Oil wells will also be drilled in Murchison Falls National Park in western Uganda. Here the Nile plunges 130 feet (40 meters) through a gap just 20 feet (6 meters) wide and the surrounding wilderness is home to hippos, egrets, giraffes and antelopes. The pipeline would then cross seven forest reserves and two game parks, skirting Lake Victoria, a source of fresh water for 40 million people.

This ecological fragility is one reason some activists oppose the project despite assurances from TotalEnergies that the pipeline’s state-of-the-art design will ensure safety for decades.

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Craig Newmark aims to defend democracy through philanthropy


By GLENN GAMBOA, AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Craig Newmark twists a quote from “Batman” to jokingly refer to himself as “not the nerd you want, but maybe once in a while I’m the nerd you need.”

Newmark, the founder of Craigslist, has since retired from the pioneering website that made him ultra-rich by expanding the world of internet classifieds. But the 69-year-old self-proclaimed nerd says he’s now busier than ever as a philanthropist, with what he calls his special skills – nurturing talent, leading people to a goal, synthesizing expert knowledge – in high demand.

Through Craig Newmark Philanthropies, he started the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York and has donated to numerous charities that support trustworthy journalism, voter protection, veterans and their families and encourage girls to pursue careers in technology.

And in April, he committed $50 million in donations to the Cyber ​​Civil Defense initiative. It is intended to help protect Americans against escalating cybersecurity threats.

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Newmark sees much of his philanthropic work as a way to help protect democracy, a cause to which he has already donated more than $250 million. This includes his latest donation – funding for the Newmark Civic Life Series of Recanati-Kaplan Talks and an initiative of the 92NY Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact, which runs through October 11 in New York City.

Topics include “The Big Truth: Maintaining Democracy in the Age of the ‘Big Lie,'” moderated by CBS News anchor John Dickerson, with participation from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, journalist and author of the New York Times, Maggie Haberman, and the founders of Axios. .

The Associated Press recently spoke with Newmark about the lecture series and why he thinks democracy is in danger. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.

Q: Why did you want to sponsor this series?

A: Basically, our country and our democracy are under threat. And a guy like me, who doesn’t know much, says to himself, “I can work with other people to stand up and defend the country. I do this in several ways. One way is to work with 92NY. They have people who really know their stuff and who speak for the country. I’m not the good guy. It takes a kind of common sense that I, as a nerd, lack.

Q: How does bringing together people with different viewpoints help build democracy?

A: Well, democracy is about getting people with different viewpoints to work together and get along. The trick is that some people will have strengths where others will have weaknesses and vice versa. There is always a lot to learn. I’m trying to learn how to counter misinformation, and that’s a theme of these discussions. But the more I learned, the more I realized that my confrontation with a disinformation professional made me the person bringing a knife to a shooting.

Q: How do you cut through disinformation, especially as the midterm elections approach?

A: I don’t know how to get out of this, but I can tell simple truths. Like the argument that things are completely corrupt. You could show people that it’s wrong. And generally speaking, the argument of corruption comes from people pushing the message that says, “Give up hope. If you give up hope, you’ve lost. There is still plenty of time to support democracy. It won’t be easy. My contribution will be to support people who do it well. As if I heard that pre-bunking, vaccinating people against misinformation could be really helpful, while flooding the area with facts. There are a lot more good actors than bad actors. 92NY programs are all about telling people who are potentially good actors that it’s time to get up.

Q: And what should “good actors” do?

A: You need to find people willing to take an honest look at what’s going on and challenge their own assumptions. And then act accordingly. It’s hard, because we all have confirmation bias. I have confirmation bias. I have learned over the decades that I have sometimes been wrong. This is why I act in a rather restrained way. There are a lot of good people doing a lot of this work. They need to talk to each other. They have to work with each other. Then the efficiency is amplified. When people work together like that, people are also safer. If they’re working together en masse, creating such a target-rich environment, it’s much harder for really bad actors to target them.

Q: Does this idea of ​​collaboration extend to your philanthropy?

A: I have the disadvantage of being an amateur in philanthropy. But my greatest advantage is that I am an amateur in philanthropy. I’m not limited by annual budget cycles, etc., although I have to deal with things like adjusting my burnout rate because the biggest expense item is democracy support. I try to lead by example. And all I know is how to lead from the bottom up and from the bottom up. I have no skill in leading from the top down. I’m a black hole of charisma, you know; I absorb it without emitting it. So all I know is stand up for things and push people to do it relentlessly.

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Star Wars Rogue Squadron movie removed from release schedule


Disney removed the previously announced Thieves Squadron film from its release schedule. The news came in a programming update sent to media today, which also included release updates for 10 other films in the company’s pipeline.

Thieves Squadron was originally announced on Disney Investor Day in 2020 and was targeting a December 2023 release. The film was to be directed by wonder woman director Patty Jenkins. Since then, however, the project has suffered production delays, and in May Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said the film had been “shelved for the time being.”

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By now, however, the Star Wars spin-off seems to have been pushed off a cliff. Disney has not officially announced Thieves Squadronis the cancellation, but it’s safe to say that it will be released soon, if ever.

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In the new “Little Mermaid”, black daughters and mothers see each other


Precious Avery remembers how rare it was to see black characters growing up on TV, so she started recording as her 3-year-old Emery soaked up the trailer for the new movie “Little Mermaid.”

As the turtles swam through the coral reefs, an image of a mermaid appeared, and then Halle Bailey, a black actress and singer, was revealed as Ariel. “I think she’s Brown,” Emery said with a smile. “Ariel Brown!”

Emery said she loves Bailey’s long hair and mermaid tail. It reminds her of her swimming lessons and how she trains to hold her breath underwater. She knows all the Disney princesses and wants to live in a castle one day.

But her mother sees something bigger. It always made him “feel good” to see black characters on TV, said Avery, 33, and now his daughter was experiencing it.

Black parents across the country are snapping up their daughters in response to Disney’s new trailer. Videos of children screaming for joy, dancing, tearing up or proclaiming “She’s brunette like me” have gone viralgarnering millions of views and triggering a marketing boon for Disney.

Parents say the videos show why it’s important for kids to see people who look like them in movies and TV shows. But for some black moms, the moment was powerful in another way, allowing them to relive a piece of their childhood through a new lens.

Bailey is the latest iteration of the fairytale mermaid, replacing the cartoon redhead from the 1989 Disney film. The original rebellious undersea princess had huge blue eyes and wore a purple bikini top made of seashells. Instead of legs, she had a green fishtail. For Bailey, “seeing the reactions of these little babies makes me so emotional,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “Thank you all for your unwavering support.”

The live-action movie “The Little Mermaid,” slated for release in May 2023, won’t be the first Disney movie featuring a dark princess. Princess Tiana in ‘The Princess and the Frog’ made history as Disney’s first black princess in 2009, and the 1997 remake of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’, in which singer Brandy Norwood took on the lead role, started streaming on Disney Plus last year.

Parents take to TikTok to share videos of their young daughters’ reactions to Halle Bailey, who will play Ariel in ‘The Little Mermaid,’ which premieres in May 2023. (Video: Allie Caren/The Washington Post)

Dariana Fleming, 26, remembers how important it was for her to see Cinderella played by a black woman as a child. Inspired by videos of black girls reacting to the ‘Little Mermaid’ teaser, she decided to make her own. Her daughters Rylie, 2, and McKenzie, 4, smiled as they watched the first few seconds of the trailer. Their smiles turned to gasps and laughter when Bailey appeared onscreen.

Rylie was seduced. McKenzie says she was impressed that Ariel’s hair had dreads like her father. The video documenting their response to the new Black Ariel has been viewed on TikTok over 2 million times. “For me, I haven’t really grown them up, so it’s nice to have that representation for their generation,” Fleming said.

Ashley Potts, 26, says she doesn’t talk about skin color with her 5-year-old daughter, London, but it was clear she was shocked to see an Ariel who looked like her. London already loved ‘The Little Mermaid’ and has an ever-growing collection of mermaid dolls, including a prized Disneyland Ariel doll she received for her birthday.

While watching the trailer, she pointed to the mermaid princess several times while her mother was recording, but once the toddler saw Ariel’s face, she fell silent. “It was a natural reaction for her,” Potts said. “I want to cry.”

“It’s so surreal that the mermaid I grew up with is going to grow up with my kids in a whole different way,” said Dariyan Bell, a 30-year-old mother of five. In a video, which Bell posted to her TikTok account, 3-year-old Zavae suddenly stopped performing once she heard Bailey sing “Part of Your World.” With her back to her mother, Zavae is seemingly mesmerized by Bailey’s on-screen image.

The outpouring of reactions from little black girls was a huge marketing boost for the film. But these feelings of joy and awe were not universal. Bailey’s casting announcement in 2019 was initially met with some backlash. Some critics on Twitter used the hashtags #NotMyAriel and #NotMyMermaid to claim that the person chosen to play Ariel should have been white, like the Danish author of the story and in the original animation.

Many of his fans used the same Twitter hashtags, along with #MyAriel, to come to Bailey’s defense. They noted that mermaids are mythical creatures that appeared in legends and folktales around the world, including in the African diaspora. The Disney Freeform Network also supported Bailey on social media with “An Open Letter to Poor and Unhappy Souls.”

The Disney Network defends the casting of a black actress in the remake of a classic film

Bailey isn’t the only actor of color to be harassed for playing characters originally portrayed by white actors or in predominantly white movie franchises. John Boyega faced so much racist abuse from fans when he was cast as Finn in 2015’s ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ that he told SiriusXM he wasn’t interested to return to the “Star Wars” franchise. Leslie Jones and Kelly Marie Tran received similar hate for their roles in the reboot of “Ghostbusters” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” respectively.

Although Disney has included more diverse characters such as Princess Tiana in recent years, the changes were long overdue, said Kaila Story, associate professor in the departments of Pan-African Studies and Women’s, Gender and Gender Studies. sexuality at the University of Louisville.

Shows with white actors have always been presented as appropriate for all audiences, Story said, while films with black actors and filmmakers were intended only for black people. Still, featuring more characters of color on TV and in movies is more reflective of what the world looks like, she said.

What sets Ariel in the new “Little Mermaid” apart from some of Disney’s other non-white protagonists, such as Pocahontas, is that “the core of her story doesn’t have to be that she simultaneously unpacks her racial identity.” History says.

For 33-year-old Devyn Coulson, sharing Disney movies with her 3-year-old daughter Khloe has always been a time of closure and a chance to relive her childhood. “It makes me feel like I can get a glimpse of how my mom felt when I found so much joy in Disney movies,” she says.

But Khloe’s reaction to the new ‘Little Mermaid’ trailer was special. In the video, Khloe fixes her gaze on the screen, her eyes appearing to fill with tears. “Are you crying?” Coulson asked Khloe, who immediately denied. “Oh, sweet girl,” her mother cooed.

Adelia Chaiyakul, 31, said she also felt like she was back in her own childhood after watching the ‘Little Mermaid’ video with her 9-year-old daughter Ava, who told her mother she was famous at school after his reaction video. , in which she smiles and covers her mouth in shock at seeing the new Ariel, has gone viral on TikTok.

Chaiyakul said that because she didn’t see herself reflected in the characters growing up, she just had to imagine. But in the comments to the viral TikTok video, she realized how reaction videos like her daughter’s made many white women realize how much they took for granted to see themselves in white princesses and other characters.

That dynamic will change with the next generation, Chaiyakul said. “I kind of made it up in my head that I was a princess,” she said. “She actually sees that she’s a princess.”

Woman arrested in South Korea after bodies found in New Zealand


By NICK PERRY and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A woman was arrested Thursday in South Korea for two murders in New Zealand, where the bodies of two long-dead children were found last month in abandoned suitcases, officials said. authorities.

Authorities did not immediately say whether the 42-year-old suspect was the mother of the deceased children. New Zealand police had previously told their South Korean counterparts that the mother may be living in South Korea.

South Korean police said they detained the woman in the southeastern port city of Ulsan on the basis of an arrest warrant issued by a South Korean court after New Zealand requested his extradition.

The unidentified woman covered her face with the hood of her coat as officers escorted her outside a police station in Ulsan and put her in a car bound for the capital, Seoul.

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She will face a review at the Seoul High Court to see if she should be extradited, said Park Seung-hoon, an official with the National Police Agency. Park said no date has yet been set but the review is expected to take place within two months.

New Zealand police said the warrant related to two murder charges and sought the woman’s extradition under the terms of a treaty between the two nations. They said they asked South Korean authorities to keep the woman in jail until she is extradited.

“To have someone in overseas custody in such a short period of time, it’s all down to the help of the Korean authorities and the coordination of our New Zealand Police Interpol staff,” Detective Inspector Tofilau Fa’amanuia Vaaelua said in a statement.

He said the investigation had been “very difficult” and that inquiries were continuing in New Zealand and overseas.

Vaaelua said the police were not going to comment further as the matter was now before the courts. New Zealand authorities generally do not comment on ongoing court cases to avoid the possibility of influencing the outcome.

The bodies were discovered last month after a New Zealand family bought abandoned possessions, including two suitcases, from a storage unit in Auckland during an online auction. Police said the New Zealand family had nothing to do with the deaths.

The children were between 5 and 10 years old, had been dead for several years and the suitcases had been stored for at least three or four years, according to the police.

According to South Korean police, the woman was born in South Korea and later moved to New Zealand, where she was granted citizenship. She returned to South Korea in 2018, according to immigration records.

South Korean police said they suspected she might be the mother of the two victims, as her old address in New Zealand was recorded in the storage unit where the suitcases were kept for years.

Perry reported from Wellington, New Zealand.

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California governor approves mental health courts for homeless people


By JANIE HAR and ADAM BEAM, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With more than 100,000 people living on the streets of California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed a first-of-its-kind law that could compel some of them to seek treatment under a program he describes as “care” but opponents argue it’s cruel.

Newsom signed the Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment Act on Wednesday. This would allow family members, first responders and others to ask a judge to develop a treatment plan for someone diagnosed with certain disorders, including schizophrenia. Those who refuse could be placed under guardianship and ordered to comply.

Right now, homeless people with severe mental disorders are bouncing off the streets into prisons and hospitals. They can be held against their will in a psychiatric hospital for up to three days. But they should be released if they promise to take medication and follow up with other services.

The new law would allow a court to order a treatment plan for up to one year, which could be extended for a second year. The plan could include medication, housing, and therapy. Although it shares some elements of programs in other states, the system would be the first of its kind in the country, according to the office of Democratic Senator Tom Umberg, co-author of the law.

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For decades, California has primarily treated homelessness as a local problem, funneling billions of dollars to city and county governments for various treatment programs each year. But despite all that spending, homelessness remains one of the state’s most pressing and visible problems.

“Keep doing what you’ve been doing and you’ll get what you’ve got. And look what we have. This is unacceptable,” Newsom said Wednesday before signing the law. “This (law) was designed completely unlike anything you’ve seen in the state of California, presumably in the last century.”

In a year when Newsom is on course for a re-election bid with speculation about his future presidential aspirations, the new program has drawn criticism from both sides of the political spectrum, with some on the left saying it goes too far while d others on the right saying it doesn’t go far enough. Some progressives have spoken out against Newsom blocking certain priorities, including vetoing a bill that would have allowed supervised safe injection sites for drug addicts and opposing a new tax on millionaires that would pay for more of electric cars.

Newsom signed the law over strong objections from the American Civil Liberties Union of California, Human Rights Watch, Disability Rights California and many other organizations that work with homeless people, minority communities and people with disabilities who say the new program will violate civil rights.

They say the courts are a scary place for many people with serious mental illness and that coercion is contrary to the peer-based model that is essential to recovery. In other words, say the critics, a person has to want to get help and it can take months or years.

“This outdated and coercive model of placing people with disabilities in courtrooms will cause trauma and harm to Californians in vulnerable situations and reinforce institutional racism,” the ACLU of Southern California said in a posted message. on his Twitter account. “We will continue to fight back, and expect to see legal challenges to stop this misguided plan from harming our community.”

The program is not exclusively for the homeless. It only applies to people with serious mental illness – mainly psychotic disorders – and only if they are unlikely to survive safely in the community without supervision or if they are likely to be harm or hurt others.

This means that people struggling with alcohol and opioid addiction will not qualify unless they have a diagnosed psychiatric disorder.

The Newsom administration estimates that around 12,000 people could get help under the program. James Gallagher, the Republican leader of the state Assembly, said that was not enough.

“While better than nothing, the (community assistance, recovery and empowerment) tribunal essentially amounts to yet another bureaucratic half-measure,” said Gallagher, who like most of his fellow Republicans voted for it. the bill in the state legislature. “This is not the revolutionary policy change we need. This will help some people with serious mental illnesses to seek treatment, but will not stop the explosion of homeless camps in our communities. »

The program would not begin until next year, and only seven counties: Glenn, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Stanislaus and Tuolumne must establish programs by October 1, 2023. All other counties would have until on December 1. 2024.

Each of California’s 58 counties should set up special courts to handle these cases. Counties that don’t participate could be fined up to $1,000 a day.

Newsom said the biggest challenge will be finding and keeping enough healthcare workers to treat everyone who needs them. The state budget this year includes $296.5 million for the “Workforce for a Healthy California for All” program, which aims to recruit 25,000 community health workers by 2025.

California’s National Alliance on Mental Illness supports the proposal, as do professional organizations and dozens of cities, including the mayors of Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Diego.

They say treatment patterns and antipsychotic medications have changed significantly since people have been institutionalized. The individual should be able to thrive in the community with the right clinical support team and the right housing plan, proponents say.

Newsom said he was “worn out” by arguments from civil liberties groups that the program goes too far.

“Their perspective is expressed by what you see on streets and sidewalks across the state,” he said.

Beam reported from Sacramento, CA.

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‘The 101 Scariest Moments in Horror Movies’ #88-#76


The 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time started out with a bang as it included some of the most iconic scary movies of all time. The first eleven films were filled with well-known names such as Tobe Hooper, Mario Bava and Alfred Hitchcock. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing for the rest of the series, as episode two immediately shows.

The episode opens with one of the most talked about horror directors and what is arguably his most polarizing film. It’s a great start as it will be instantly familiar to most viewers and immediately spark conversation. The point of any countdown is to promote conversation, and this entry is sure to do the trick. The interviews during the segment are also very interesting.

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After the first two episodes, it’s clear just how all-encompassing The 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time will be. Each installment contained films from different eras and countries. It’s a wonderful primer for those new to the genre while also serving as a window to see horror in other parts of the world. And for those worried that the top of the countdown will suffer from recency bias as the classics get mixed up, the first two films discussed in the episode were made within the last seven years.

Italian horror is arguably the star of Part 2. Although there are only two films that are mentioned, they are two of the most popular. What many consider to be the greatest eye trauma scene of all time is shown with a cult favorite. These are some of the most fun parts of The 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time. The series continues to do a great job of making horror movies as terrifying as possible, they’re also a lot of fun.

The 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time airs new episodes Wednesdays on Shudder.

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Google showcases new Android emojis ahead of launch, including an animated collection


Google announced a some updates regarding his work on emojis on Android as well as other Google products. These include 15 Unicode emoji additions, animated versions of Android emojis and more!

In a blog post by Jennifer Daniel, Google’s Creative Director of Emoji and Emoji Chef, Google outlines its designs for 21 new Unicode 15 emojis. Additionally, Google said the emojis will be added to AOSP “in coming weeks” and will be coming to Android with updates starting in December 2022.


In addition to this, Google is also releasing its first official animated versions of the emoji used in Android. However, not all emoji are supported, but the nearly 200 different animated emojis should come in handy in your chats and can be found on Google’s website.

Google is also releasing a colored version of its “Noto Emoji” font, an open-source emoji font that can be used online and is used by Chrome and other Google products. Previously, the font only supported emoji in black and white, but now Google is giving it a splash of colors.


The blog post also announced GoogleM’s support for color-changing emojis, which you can see here. However, you need to be running the latest version of Chrome for this to work.

So, what do you think of these new emojis? Share your thoughts and emoji reactions with us in the comments below and stay tuned to TechNave for the latest tech news!

Did Apex Legends just confirm the romance of the season? New Comic Brings 2 Characters Closer Than Ever


A new chapter of Summit Legends The Season 14 comic left fans delightfully confused about the status of Fuse and Bloodhound’s relationship.

Released today, the new comic is part of the eight-issue series that provided context for Vantage’s inclusion in the Summit Games. Each season, the game’s latest legend meets up with the rest of the cast and gets the chance to share more of their story through several brief issues.

In Chapter Four, titled “Certainly, Maybe,” Vantage seeks to befriend fellow Apex Games competitors. She talks to Bloodhound and Fuse about becoming their friend when she brings up a particularly sensitive topic: their relationship. Bloodhound attempts to explain the idea of ​​friendship to a confused Vantage by likening it to a hunt: “What Walter was trying to explain is that…friendship is like a hunt. It may take time to get closer,” they say.

The next page is where things get interesting. Bloodhound continues: “You have to be attentive and listen. Take Walter and me, for example–” Vantage chimes in, clarifying, “Oh, no, I’m talking about FRIENDLY friendships, not ROMANTIC friendships, like you have. Fuse and Bloodhound dance around the subject in disagreement, with Fuse implying that the two are a romantic object and Bloodhound denying it. The comic ends with Fuse telling Bloodhound that they have “a lot to unpack”, with Bloodhound postponing the conversation for another time. Fuse seems disappointed that Bloodhound thinks there is nothing between them. Vantage then leaves the two, blissfully unaware of the damage she has caused.

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This isn’t the first time the season’s comic has teased a relationship between two legends. In Chapter Two, Respawn hinted at potential feelings between Wattson and Crypto as she attempted to repair one of his communication devices.

Hands on Wisconsin: A lousy weekend of football sparks interest in the Bucks | Cartoons


The Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers lost their football games this weekend. Both teams played poorly against mediocre opponents. Fans are now looking forward to the start of the basketball season as a distraction.

Idaho Computer Chip Factory Makes Us More Resilient


By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Chipmaker Micron’s planned $15 billion investment in a new plant in the hometown of Boise will help protect the United States from vulnerabilities in a globalized semiconductor market , US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said Monday.

“It’s time for America to do things again, with American parts and American labor,” Granholm told a crowd of about 250 guests and invited Micron workers in a field of ground covered with tents for a groundbreaking ceremony. The event included the triggering of a ground clearance explosion away from the crowd that emitted red, white and blue smoke.

The United States and Europe are scrambling to boost their chipmaking capabilities and reduce their reliance on producers now mostly based in Asia. Semiconductor companies have also tried to diversify their operations to avoid bottlenecks caused by problems – such as a natural disaster or pandemic lockdown – in a specific region.

Micron officials said the sagebrush-steppe desert area east of Boise is expected to have the largest chip-making cleanroom, or fab, in the United States by the end of the decade, covering 600,000 square feet (55,000 square meters) and creating 17,000 jobs. Construction is expected to begin in 2023, with cleanroom workspaces ready by 2025 and expanding in phases.

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Micron is one of the nation’s largest chipmakers, with product development sites in five other states and eight countries. Research and development is centered in Boise.

Sanjay Mehrotra, President and CEO of Micron, said the company is committed to investing in the Idaho community, with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. both K-12 and higher education. He said the company will focus on reaching underrepresented and rural school populations.

Micron will “inspire young minds to learn the STEM skills they need to succeed in our tech-driven world,” he said.

In recent years, Republican state lawmakers have caused consternation among the Idaho business community by launching attacks on public education spending, which succeeded in 2021 with a $2.5 million cut in universities despite a budget surplus.

Late last year, Micron officials announced plans to build a 500-worker memory design center in Georgia, in part to take advantage of that region’s education system. This caused tremors in the business and political landscape of Idaho.

But earlier this year, lawmakers approved a record $300 million increase for education. And earlier this month, lawmakers added another $410 million from a budget surplus in a special legislative session called due to high inflation.

“We really needed this (semiconductor factory) in the United States and not overseas,” said Republican Senator Scott Grow, who attended Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony and helped pass legislation beneficial to Micron. “To get a big company like this and to get enough workers, we need to do everything we can here in Idaho to help provide that kind of education so it can continue to grow, and they don’t. don’t have to just bring people in. from out of state.”

Last year, several chipmakers expressed interest in expanding their US operations if the US government is able to facilitate the construction of chip factories. Samsung announced plans in November to build a $17 billion factory outside Austin, Texas, and Intel opened a new $20 billion computer chip facility in Ohio last week.

Micron’s $15 billion investment was made possible by the passage last month of the CHIPS and Science Act, a $280 billion bill aimed at strengthening the United States’ competitiveness against China and to avoid another chip shortage like the one that derailed the auto and tech industries during the pandemic. The act sets aside $52 billion to bolster the semiconductor industry, which due to COVID-related supply chain constraints has struggled to make the chips.

In addition to the CHIPS Act, Micron also benefits from tax breaks in Idaho. And earlier this year, lawmakers passed legislation, signed by Republican Gov. Brad Little, that eliminates sales taxes on expensive equipment Micron will need to purchase to produce the chips.

Of the 17,000 jobs planned, 2,000 will be employed directly by Micron and 15,000 are expected to come from other companies working in support of the new plant.

LaMarr Barnes, CEO of Tokyo-based Kurita, said the company would bid to help create the supply of ultra-pure water needed to manufacture chips. If successful, he plans to hire several hundred workers for the Boise area.

“We would like to be able to do the work for this new factory, and if we do, we will have to hire quite a few engineers,” he said.

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Rick and Morty Season 6 Reminds Us That This Animated Comedy Is TV’s Most Horrifying Show


There’s a reason the horror-comedy genre is so popular – the only real difference between things that make us laugh and things that make us scream is the tone in which they’re presented. The situation in last night’s episode could have been a hard-hitting animated episode of “The Twilight Zone,” if it weren’t for the fact that all of the main characters were voiced by Justin Roiland.

On the other hand, sometimes we laugh because it’s the only way to escape the existential dread of what we’re watching. In the first, when Mr. Frundles takes over the world, it’s horrifying. The lovable Mr. Frundles is essentially a zombie on steroids, infecting not only living creatures but inanimate objects, and at an incredibly fast rate. If it existed in the real world, humanity wouldn’t stand a chance. It’s a moment that reminds us of just how absurdly fragile life is on this show; a doomsday alien is just sitting in Rick’s garage, waiting for an ignorant Jerry to open his cage. An entire planet of living beings is destroyed due to a random event far beyond their control or understanding; the horror of it all is so overwhelming, and all we can do is laugh.

At the start of Season 3, Rick told Morty that it would be their darkest season yet, and he was mostly right about that. (The show definitely got a little nicer in Seasons 4 and 5.) But Season 6 opens with two delightfully screwed up plotlines, so it’s worth wondering if this will take Season 3’s place. Will season 6 be the most horrifying season yet? Looking forward, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Back in hip style, Chinese Mid-Autumn celebrations grace Australia’s ‘cultural capital’


Without even waiting for the full moon in the sky, celebrations have already unveiled the curtains on Saturday midday in Melbourne, which the state of Victoria has called “Australia’s cultural capital”.

Throughout the weekend, the main stage of Meat Market, an iconic state heritage with over 200 years of history, hosts festive Chinese performances, not limited to chic Chinese music, martial arts and dances. moon-worshipping rituals, while the whole venue spins into a mid-autumn street market, where East meets West and the present interacts with the past.

Walking through a curtain, hearing the sound of the guzheng resonate, and adjusting their eyes to the interior lights, visitors then begin an immersive experience of how an ancient Chinese may possibly mark a Mid-Autumn Day with families. and friends, such as playing a real-life role-playing game: wearing the traditional clothes of the Han “hanfu” ethnic group, picking up a rabbit lantern from a stand by the side of the street, and asking a calligrapher to write down some blessings related to the moon.

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Beginning his learning of Chinese calligraphy at the age of three, Dongdong attributed his writing technique to his grandparents’ upbringing, chose “Four Treasures of Study” to represent his role, and decorated his stand with well-written wish tags.

“Many locals came to my booth, asking if I could translate their names into Chinese and write them down,” she said. “Everyone loves this art form.”

Dongdong now helps run a Chinese cultural organization in Melbourne. Upon receiving the invitation to the event, she and her teammates also decided to perform the classic Moon Praise Ceremony for the public. “We produced a play to help people understand the festival,” she said.

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According to Dongdong’s observation, Chinese culture is gaining popularity around the world, with Chinese at home and abroad focusing on cultural protection.

“I remember when I went out wearing ‘hanfu’ earlier this year, people came up to me asking if it was a Chinese costume.” Dongdong said at that time that she felt her culture promotion efforts paid off.

As one of the models in the “hanfu” fashion show, Jessica wore a green and red dress typical of the Tang Dynasty style, with floral makeup on her face and, more importantly, a pipa in her hands, whose dance reminded people of the flying Apsaras in Dunhuang.

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“I started learning pipa at an early age. And both of my parents majored in Chinese literature in college. I developed a keen interest in classical Chinese culture from childhood,” Jessica said. at Xinhua.

She said that in Melbourne, many young people from the post-2000 generation love “hanfu” and have a keen mind to connect traditional culture and pop culture.

For Jessica, music and dance play a decisive role in intercultural exchanges, because they can overcome all linguistic or cultural barriers.

Inspired by a young member of her “hanfu” society, who used traditional Chinese instruments to perform the theme song for the phenomenal Chinese cartoon “Big Fish and Begonia”, Jessica also pinched her beloved pipa to perform the music track of “Story Of MingLan”, a Chinese television drama set in the Northern Song Dynasty, as part of their weekly street performance.

At the Meat Market, those unfamiliar with China and its culture can rediscover a multi-dimensional country through its food, costumes, etiquette as well as folk arts, such as face-changing in Sichuan opera and the spectacle of leather silhouettes.

Meanwhile, 360-degree video shooting, hip-hop songs, and Chinese jazz dance add a modern touch to the cultural experience.

Originating in China, the Mid-Autumn Festival is now celebrated by many countries, including South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam.

Born and raised by a Vietnamese-Italian family in Australia, Ariana Yen borrowed her 30-year-old mother’s wedding ao dai (a traditional Vietnamese costume) embroidered with the Chinese character “Double Happiness”.

For the first time out of the Chinese New Year celebrations, Yen said the festive atmosphere and traditions of Mid-Autumn Festival felt very familiar to her.

For Vietnamese, “trung thu” also means a family gathering time. “We eat mooncakes. We don’t have a specific type of mooncake, but I tend to choose the red bean mooncake. And on that day, I will bless my bunny with lots of love,” Yen said.

Every Clint Eastwood Comic Book Character Has Died (Including Batman)


Here is every cartoon character Clint Eastwood went to play. Eastwood rose through the ranks through small or uncredited roles in movies like Creature’s Revenge – one of only two horror roles for Eastwood – before his first big role came with a TV series Rawhide. He had no way of knowing it would be a low-budget Italian western dubbed A handful of dollars it would elevate him to stardom, and in addition to returning for two sequels, he appeared in more hits like where eagles dare or the dirty harry movies.


Today, Eastwood is recognized as much as a director as an actor, thanks to films like unforgiven, Mystical Riverr and defile. As a performer, Eastwood tended to stick to the kind of characters he played best, who were often men of few words. Apart from the 1982s firefox Eastwood also tended to shy away from blockbusters, although he turned down some good offers. He dropped James Bond in the 70s – believing the role shouldn’t be played by an American – and Die Hard’s John McClane.

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He also completely avoided comic book movie adaptations or superheroes. He’s every comic book movie Clint Eastwood has passed on.


When Superman was in pre-production, it feels like nearly every actor who loosely fits the character has been approached, with everyone from Nick Nolte to Charles Bronson and James Caan offered the role. This also includes Eastwood, who recalled in a 2010 Hero Complex interview (via MTV) that the head of Warner Bros. came to the star about the role, but he immediately turned it down. According to Eastwood, “I’ve always liked characters that are more grounded in reality. Maybe they do great things or more than human things – like Dirty Harry, he has a knack for doing crazy things, or the guys at the West – but, still, they are not caped crusaders.” Considering how iconic Christopher Reeve Superman the performance became, it worked in everyone’s favor.

Dick Tracy

Dick Tracy is a detective character who first appeared in comic books in the 1930s, but it was a long way to the eventual film adaptation in 1990. Development of this film began in the 1980s, with directors like Walter Hill and John Landis working on different takes. While Warren Beatty would eventually direct and star in Dick Tracy – in addition to securing the rights to the character – Mel Gibson, Richard Gere and Clint Eastwood have also been approached. The latter passed on the role, although his 1930s buddy comedy city ​​heat saw him play detective not too far from Dick Tracy.

men in black

men in black is based on a relatively obscure comic book from the early 90s, and the taciturn Agent K provided Tommy Lee Jones with one of his best roles. the original men in black The film also cemented Will Smith’s stardom, but a very different take on the film would have been directed by Eastwood and Chris O’Donnell. The former turned down the role – probably not being a fan of the sci-fi angle – while director Barry Sonnenfeld later admitted to intentionally underselling the project to O’Donnell so he could approach Smith in place.

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batman beyond

batman and robin founded the franchise on the big screen for almost a decade, which was finally revived with 2005 batman begins. In the meantime, several different locations have been laid out for a potential reboot, including a live action riff on Batman: The Animated Series sequel show batman beyond. It took place decades in the future, where a retired Bruce Wayne worked with a young Batman named Terry McGinnis.

Remember the titans director Boaz Yakin has been hired to direct batman beyond, that he wanted to be dark and gritty. He had Clint Eastwood — who has died multiple times on screen — comes to mind for the former Bruce Wayne, who is near-perfect casting. Sadly, Yakin’s R-rated take on hardware saw Warner Bros walk away from batman beyondby putting it on hold before canceling it completely later.

Calvin and Hobbes Original Daily goes for $216,000 (and other original artwork sales) The Daily Cartoonist


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Calvin and Hobbes Original Daily goes for $216,000 (and other original artwork sales)

Original art for a Calvin and Hobbes Comic,
dated February 6, 1992, sold at auction for $216,000.00.

Admittedly, this strip was hand-colored by Bill Watterson
and personally enrolled fellow cartoonist Garry Trudeau.

Other original artwork we mentioned last month also sold out.

The 15th Flash Gordon sunday by Alexander RaymondApril 15, 1934 went for $33,600.00
while a very early ca. 1911 Krazy Kat daily by George Herriman was sold at auction for $8,250.00.

Among the other renowned original comics sold at auction, we have selected:

A Dark Knight throwback page from 1986 by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson was worth $228,000.00 to someone, a 1968 Captain America homepage by Jack Kirby and Syd Shores sold for $168,000.00. The home page of an early Spider-Man (1964) drawn by Steve Ditko approached half a million – for $432,000.00.

A few George Herriman Krazy Kat Sunday Pages were available; the one from 1933 (top left) got $30,000.00, the 1921 page (top right) went for $19,200.00. Among many Charles Schulz comics was a daily from 1994 of Peanuts last decade (bottom left) selling for $18,000.00 while a daily from 1958 decade premiere featuring four of the band’s stars (bottom right) earned $40,800.00.

A few more of the dozens and dozens that went under the hammer:

Original art from a famous Berni Wrightson the comic book cover (top left) got $31,200.00. A Basilisk Wolverton a comic book essay featuring the destruction of the Earth (top right) cost $18,600.00. A spooky splash by Richard Corben (bottom left) costs $28,800.00. An undated Joe Shuster drawing of a full face Superman sold for $16,800.00.

Below is a first sample of Robert Crumb. Part of Crumb’s Harlem Sketchbook, he appeared in Help! The 1964 artwork sold at auction for $22,800.00.

If you are interested, register on Heritage auctions to check out their endless auctions of comics and collectibles (and coins, antiques, books, movies and other memorabilia, etc.). Heritage Auctions doesn’t bother you with emails (you have to log in to find out what’s on the auction block), although they can send the occasional brochure by post. Click on that Basil Wolverton above, then click again to see how close you can get to the original art when logged into the HA website.

Why Disney Had to Put Two Unfinished Movies Together


Over the past century, the evolution of animation and the process of its creation has evolved rapidly. The industry has been able to survive and even thrive under the pressure of a global emergency like COVID-19, and anyone with the drive and talent is capable of creating something truly substantial entirely on their own. Of course, it wasn’t always like that. When you look specifically at feature animation, for the first half of the 20th century. there was practically only one game in the United States: Walt Disney Animation Studios. After the unprecedented success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Disney’s mascot, Mickey Mouse capturing the hearts of a nation, Walt Disney had created an empire of imagination with his studio pursuing with Pinocchio, Fantasy, Dumbo, and Bambiand many more in preparation.


However, a handbrake was pulled in the 1940s, for several reasons. The first was an animators’ strike in 1941, in which non-union employees at Walt Disney Studios expressed their anger over unequal pay, privileges, and given credit. This resulted in many of those responsible for creating the stories Disney wanted to tell being fired and blacklisted from the company. This was in addition to other layoffs due to the financial disappointments of Pinocchio and Fancy, so they were already in hot water before an even more pressing problem arrived in America: World War II. With striking animators fired, many drafted into combat, and the rest being ordered into the military to make instructional and propaganda films, the studio had to improvise, downsize, reuse, and recycle.

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Packaging films

This resulted in a series of “packaged films” created by Walt Disney Animation Studios, with Greetings Amigos and The Three Caballeros model definition. Using the small budget they had, they took cut scenes and discarded ideas, and put them all together into shorter anthology films. This brings us to Free fun and fantasythe second of those anthologies which, like Ichabod and Mr. Toad after this one, contains only two short films: Mickey and the Beanstalk and bongo. There’s so much more to this story than what we see on screen, it wasn’t two brand new shorts, it’s a movie made up of two halves of movies that could have been, each with stories that are unique to them.


bongo follows the story of a choked circus bear who flees into the wild, only to find that it’s not all he expected. If the escaped circus animals sound familiar to you, it would make sense that this movie, based on the Sinclair Lewis short story, was originally meant to be a half-sequel to Dumbo, part of the Dumbo Cinematic Universe, if you will. Naturally, with the transition from feature film to short film, a lot was cut from the story of bongo to condense and streamline the story. Originally there was going to be a chimpanzee sidekick, similar to Timothy Q. Mouse from Dumbo, as well as minor character appearances from the previous film, and the character design was drastically changed to something more lighthearted and cartoonish, rather than realistic.

The film also received a narrator rather than a voice cast, i.e. the popular singer, actress, and television personality. Dinah Shore play itself. Package films often implemented this to appeal to modern (for the time) audiences, whether adding animation to popular music or adding famous personalities to their films, these celebrity cameos added a kind of flavor to films that needed to be made and produced cheaply.

Mickey and the Beanstalk

After a confusing live bridge, the second short, Mickey and the Beanstalk, begin. This wasn’t the first time Mickey was placed in the Jack and the Beanstalk story. A black-and-white short followed the same formula minus Goofy and Donald Duck, but had it been released as a planned feature, it would have been the first to have the Disney mascot featured throughout. Although appearing in many short films, Mickey Mouse has not had a starring role in a feature film. Naturally there were also elements cut from this short, it was going to have Honest John and Gideon from Pinocchio conning Mickey with the magic beans, but was later changed to a Queen Minnie Mouse giving them to him before that part was completely removed.

However, what is most historic about this segment is that it is the last appearance of Walt Disney himself as the voice of Mickey Mouse. So to imagine an entire film with such an element, there is definitely a loss. Neither bongo neither Mickey and the Beanstalkthen named The Legend of the Happy Valley, have been developed or sophisticated enough to become animated features. So as the studio recovered its losses of money and personnel from the strike and the war, and to save for bigger pictures, chief among which was Cinderella, the two were stitched together and both stories were scaled down significantly.

Fill in the blanks

As much as Free fun and fantasy excerpts from two stories that would have had their own feature films, they add a fair share to fill in the blanks. The first is Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio. When you wish for a star is still the theme song of the Disney brand, and whoever sang it is a kind of secondary mascot, an epicenter of the values ​​that the brand conveys: optimism and good conscience. He is the host of Free fun and fantasy, opening the film with a song taken from his own film, I am a cheerful guy. It sets the light and evasive tone of the film and bridges the gap between these two completely independent stories.

What also ties the film together is the aforementioned “confusing live-action scene”. The scene is of a birthday party with a young guest being entertained by a ventriloquist and his puppets as he tells the story of Mickey and the Beanstalk. Ventriloquist and comic personality Edgar Bergen was already a Disney friend and collaborator, so he was easy to fit in, just like Luana Pattena child actress who starred in southern song, it was therefore already available. These are all examples of Disney using what they already had, from actors to characters, to cut songs, to save time and money that would be spent creating content from scratch.

The directions Disney could have gone

While all anthology films are weird scrapbooks of cheaply produced scraps of ideas, there are bits to remember about each of them. There are many things that can be extrapolated from the production of Free fun and fantasy beyond what we see on screen. We can see the directions Disney might have gone in and the pre-war ideas they had about their future. Movies, characters, and worlds would be interconnected, we’d see Gideon and Honest John interact with Mickey Mouse, and Dumbo would receive an expanded lore. We may never visit Happy Valley, but we see its ghost in the large-scale collaborations Disney would do in the future. We can only guess what Walt Disney’s intentions were with his fictional worlds before the war, the strike, and his death, and how far he could have expanded his empire on his own. The production of the films in the package, what could have been the two films that came together for Free fun and fantasy, gives us something very intriguing to think about.

Things the Movie Changes From the Comics


Say what fans, critics and internet trolls who claim to be fans will say Morbiusbut there are many ways to stay true to the source material of Marvel Comics. Dr. Michael Morbius may have failed in cinemas and the hearts of most, but there are places where he managed to follow the original comic book villain/antihero arc.

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While many aspects remained true, there are a number of ways the comic book character had to be changed in order to fit into a modern big-budget movie.


6 Emile Nikos

The Morbius The origin remains surprisingly similar to what originally happened in Marvel Comics. Dr. Michael Morbius, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist with a rare blood disease, went to try an experiment involving vampire bat DNA and electricity on his private yacht. Unfortunately, he turns into a living vampire and kills his best friend Emil Nikos, who has become a scientist with him in an attempt to cure Morbius of his illness.

In the film, the character of Emil Nikos does not exist. Jared Harris plays Dr. Emil Nicholas, a similarly named but very different character who is more of a father figure to Morbius and Lucien, who is more like the character of Emil Nikos. In the film, Morbius turns into an experiment on a boat and goes on a rampage, but only kills shady mercenaries before escaping. Made to ease the burden of such a heavy death on his conscience, the film still doesn’t shy away from showing that Morbius feels guilty for those he killed.

5 Hunger

Hunger or Loxias Crown is a Marvel Comics villain who was a frequent opponent of Spider-Man, Blade, and Morbius himself. Matt Smith’s character Lucien appears to be an adaptation of Hunger, which Smith was originally set to play. Changes have been made to the character, however, making him a character more similar to Morbius himself.

While many have praised Matt Smith and his performance in the film, the changes to Hunger are significant. In the comics, Hunger was originally a HYDRA agent with dark force manipulation armor. Eventually he was gutted by Morbius and became another living vampire, but the film skips much of the original run he had with HYDRA, as well as his time living in the New York sewers.

4 His relationship with bats

Another notable change to Morbius is his unique relationship with bats in the film. In the comics, Morbius does not have the power to control bats, but this was added for the film in a number of scenes, as an important aspect of his powers.

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In the movie, Lucien doesn’t have a similar power, and the bats in the lab avoid him altogether. There was no explanation given for this, the most likely scenario is that since Morbius was the only living vampire created by the initial genetic process, he is the only one the Bats will listen to.

3 Transform its victims

Another major aspect of Morbius’ power is that he doesn’t appear to turn his victims into vampires after draining them in the film. Not only is that a huge part of his powers in the comics, but it’s also the very way Hunger was created as a villain.

Instead, the film eschews the nature of what happens to most of his victims, often unclear if he’s drained all their blood, until the end when Dr. Martine’s love interest Bancroft is revived with his own vampiric powers. So far, the movie hasn’t explained why only some of its victims turned around, but hopefully if there’s a sequel attempt, it will be explored further.

2 Dracula’s lack of dialogue

Many dialogues are used throughout the film. But a certain kind of dialogue is missing, and maybe it’s for the best that it wasn’t included. In his original comic in particular, Morbius used dialogue akin to old vampire movies, even the original Book of Dracula, like the excerpt below from one of his earliest comic book appearances:

“Night! Only then can I bear the thought of – what I am. Daylight saps my will – dead men’s faces glare at me – lifeless fingers point – hoarse voices say: “I accuse!””

It’s not necessarily a problem to miss this type of dialogue in the movie, but it’s definitely a change from the comics.

1 The suit

This is another point that was a particularly necessary change. The comics Morbius The costume featured a high neck, v-neck, and red wings which gave a particularly unique look. Although Jared Leto hasn’t worn anything similar so far, it’s not impossible that we’ll see something similar to this look in the future.

Morbius’ look in the film is a lot more low-key, usually sporting a hoodie and slightly less pale skin than the comic book character, who doesn’t turn into a super ripped dude when he’s had the proper amount of blood. That day. Nevertheless, whether Morbius was a great movie or not, there were both positive and potentially negative changes made to its original run in wonder Comics.

Morbius is now available on Amazon Prime Video

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Dead End’s Hamish Steele Talks Season 2, Animation Industry

Characters from Dead End: Paranormal Park

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It’s been a tough year for animation, not because of a lack of quality material; if anything, there are more great series and movies to watch in 2022 than ever before. But as the industry faces abuse and mishandling by corporate interests, it is becoming increasingly difficult for ideas to thrive. That’s why it’s so good that one of the best of the year gets a second run.

It’s of course, Netflix Impasse: paranormal parka comedy series adaptation Dead Endia showrun by series creator, Hamish Steele. Telling the story of Barney, a young trans boy looking for acceptance after problems at home in the form of a job in an institution haunted theme park, the series took our hearts when its first season hit Netflix earlier this year. Now, just in time for Halloween, the show has been confirmed to return for a second season.

To find out what fun awaits Barney, Norma and the rest of the crew when they return, we spoke to Steele via email. Check out the interview below!

James Whitbrook, io9: Congratulations on the announcement of Season 2! How does it feel to finally have this in the world?

Hamish Steele: Surprising! I was so excited to announce another season because even in the last two weeks I really felt the fandom grow and grow. I see so much fan art, tiktoks and theories going around—IIt feels good to share this good news with everyone.

io9: The first season came out when we were really stuck in this horrible wave of attacks on trans rights that is still going on. What did it mean to you to write and champion Barney’s journey through it all – and to see his reaction when the first season hit Netflix?

Steel: When the show launched in 2018, I naively thought that maybe things would be better when it came out, that Barney wouldn’t be so bad. Now, I don’t know if it came out at the right time or the wrong time, to be honest. Especially doing a show in the UK where transphobia seems to be our main export, it was sometimes scary to be so visible. But it also makes me proud that we were able to be a production company where we could secure our team and be clear about where we were at. When I created Barney in the original webcomic, I had no hesitation in making him trans. He represented a boring normality to me, to contrast with the fanatical world of demons. It took me a while to get used to it being so unique as a TV protagonist. For many viewers, children and adults alike, he might be the very first trans person they really get to know. I’m really glad the response he received was so positive.

io9: By the end of the first season, Barney and Norma had largely overcome some of their greatest personal struggles. What challenges will they face in Season 2?

Steel: Barney and Logs will take their relationship to the next level and we’ll see them try to become boyfriends in a world filled with ghosts, demons, and zombies work. Part of Barney’s struggle will be the lure of wanting a normal life with Logs, but still being so caught up in the supernatural. For Norma, she shifts her particular interest to demonology and starts a podcast with Badyah, who she may develop feelings for. I’m a little nervous about some fans seeing Norma’s story this season. If people have read book 2, they might know what I’m talking about. All I will say is that I’m really proud of the story and it comes from my own experiences. I hope it’s very relevant even if it’s not the sunniest and most rainbow direction people were hoping for. Our show has always tried to have one foot in reality, even with all the paranormal shenanigans. Sometimes things don’t always have a happy ending, but fighting the pain and coming out the other side is what’s important.

io9: What can we expect from the Angels, the mysterious villains teased at the climax of the first season?

Steel: Why do you say bad? What about a mysterious masked creature zapping sfirst season‘s big bad makes you say bad? Haha! Well yes… Season two will concern what is above rather than what is below. We will meet angels, but we will also explore more demons and explore more of their planes. An angel we’ll meet was a major character in the books but wasn’t in sfirst season. It will be Fingers, played the hilarious Jamie Demetriou. He is now a season regular, appearing in every episode. But again…friend or foe??

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io9: Can fans expect the show to play with more genres as we enter the new season, like with the first season’s musical episode?

Steel: Yes! We feature a few more songs and we have a whole episode of Sports Movie when Barney joins the Demon Wrestling Federation. Our season finale will be even more epic than last time. But we also have episodes that feel much more like proper sitcom plots than sfirst season. We also have two types of experimental episodes later in the season, which take place at the same time from the point of view of two different characters.

io9: Where do you hope Dead end goes beyond that – do you see a future where it goes beyond what was planned in Deadendia?

Steel: There are three books (book 3 is on the way, promise) so I would love three seasons to tell the whole story. But that’s up to the Netflix gods to decide. I’ve also had spinoff ideas, but I don’t want to get anyone too excited. What matters at the moment is that ssecond season is an even greater success than sfirst season.

io9: You will be discussing the show more at Gayming Live Online this weekend. Given the importance of queer themes in Dead endhow important is it to you to continue to promote the series at outlets and events like these?

Steel: Honestly, I always knew there would be hatred for the show from fanatics and the right. It never concerned me—haters will hate, etc etc. What was important to me was making sure that the community we made this show for knew it existed. Because I know so many people would love this show if they only watched a little bit of it. I come from the fandom. I’ve been this queer animation fan watching Rebecca Sugar’s streams and drawing adventure time fan art. So it’s only right to be that person for others and to engage as much as possible with the kind of fandom that I know I would have been a part of if it wasn’t my show. I love hosting events like this and speaking to gay-oriented media because I know they get us, and I don’t have to put on the LGBTQ+ 101 kid gloves.

io9: The animation industry has recently found itself tossed between Netflix’s own cost-cutting methods and the recent crises at Warner Bros. As you present your own series, how have you been through these news cycles of corporate mismanagement, and what do you hope industry executives learn from the backlash that there has been to this bad treatment of anime series?

Steel: I mean it’s not great! And honestly, I’m afraid that this “backlash” will not be heard at all. Most people are not on Twitter, most people don’t read news about the entertainment industry. And while much, much, LOTS of confidence has been lost this summer from workers in this industry, I’m afraid all they care about are the customers who have never heard of it. So we have to keep being loud and keep demanding better treatment. I feel lucky to the point of blaming the survivor for being able to release 20 anime episodes this year. My heart goes out to all the teams at all of these canceled shows. I really hope there is a better future on the horizon.

Impasse: paranormal park returns to Netflix on October 13.

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King of the Hill Revival will not take place on Fox


King of the Hill may be set to make a comeback, but it won’t be at Fox.

During an interview with The Hollywood ReporterFox Entertainment president Michael Thorn explained that the network would not be involved.

“It won’t be with Fox,” he revealed. “We love this team and we love this show. It’s obviously part of our animation heritage. But what we’re really focused on in animation is kicking off the genre of the next wave of our signature animated series, while maintaining our great legacy shows.

King of the Hill creator Mike Judge recently teased the show’s return, saying it “has a really good chance of coming back.”

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the show set for a revival either, with judge and co-creator Greg Daniels launching a new animation company, Bandera Entertainment, in January while hinting that something is up. in preparation for.

“We were really excited about using different tones and different styles and trying to expand the art form of animation,” Daniels said of Bandera’s animation slate. “We’re in a golden age for content, right? It’s also animation. That was one of the things we were talking about when we started the company:” Let’s push animation into all these different genres. “”

However, Daniels later clarified that no deal had been reached for King of the Hill.

Going back even further, writer Bent Forrester claimed there had been “hot negotiations” for the show as early as 2021.

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“They are in tough negotiations to bring King of the Hill back,” he said. “The Trump administration suddenly made it very relevant. The characters are all 15 years old. The project is too good. Alright, I’ve said too much.

Whether or not King of the Hill will return to our televisions remains to be seen. Either way, it looks like the show’s original network won’t be involved.

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Ryan Leston is an entertainment reporter and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

Eighty years of blue-eyed love with Pogo The Daily Cartoonist


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Eighty years of blue-eyed love with Pogo

According comic book historians who keep track of these things,
Animal comics #1 from Dell Publishing was released 80 years ago today.

His claim to fame is that the comic featured the debut
of Pogo Possum and Albert the alligator by Walt Kelly.

The occupants of Okefenokee are not born fully formed,
their presentation in appearance and style would evolve.

[The evolution would happen so quickly that the authorship of that first story is uncertain:
“‘Albert Takes the Cake’ is easily imaginable as a children’s picture book. so much so that it is open to question how much of that first story is Walt Kelly’s and how much is [editor] That of Oskar Lebeck. “Albert Takes the Cake” bears little resemblance to the stories with Albert and Pogo that follow, which show all the signs of being entirely Kelly’s work. Frank Thomas explained how Lebeck “usually sparked off the original idea for the feature” before handing it over to one of his artist-writers; Gaylord Dubois, who wrote for Lebeck but did not draw, spoke of such a process when he and Lebeck collaborated on children’s fiction. The genesis of ‘Albert Takes the Cake’ may have been similar.
– Michel Barrière, funny books (Univ. of California Press, 2015) page 70]

But here, from 1942, it’s “Albert Takes the Cake” by Walt Kelly.

These pages are taken from Comic More website where Animal Comics #1 – #30 are available, allowing us to read the progression of Pogo and Albert and his companions up to 1947.

Pogo would appear, mostly fully formed, in comic book form October 4, 1948.

Animal Comics #1 - 30 have been determined to be public domain. Otherwise ...
Pogo Possum and Albert the Alligator are © The Okefenokee Glee & Perloo Inc.

‘Pinocchio’ represents a key test case for Disney+


No, Robert Zemeckis Pinocchio Is not very good. As much as any of Walt Disney’s little remakes over the past decade, it alternates between a redundant reworking of the 1940 animated feature and an unnecessarily watered down adaptation of it. I could joke about a drinking game based on every time Tom Hanks’ Geppetto shouts ‘Pinocchio’, but Hanks doesn’t phone it and delivers as many ‘act against nothing’ performances as he managed Zemeckis’ Castaway. Additionally, Zemeckis clearly took interest in the visuals of the film, with nearly every central character existing as a visual effect. I would say that the film offers moments of deserved glare. Keegan-Michael Key (as Honest John the Fox) proves unable to deliver a dull or inauthentic performance no matter what is going on around him (see also: Prom).

In the void, Pinocchio is less of an abomination than an unmistakably expensive and sometimes visually captivating “thing”. It exists primarily to tick a box. Disney is tapping its animated movies for live-action content from Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland. I would say the end game was creating the definitive live-action version of these respective oft-told tales to accompany their already classic anime adaptations. Pinocchio again commits the cardinal sin of “fixing” alleged flaws found in the initial films, as in this case (for example), making our protagonist less tempted by the perils of Pleasure Island. While a few of them (Pete’s Dragon, The Jungle Book, Cinderella and i would say Maleficent: mistress of evil) function as standalone motion picture entertainment, they only exist in relation to their animated predecessor. That makes them less valuable on Disney+, where they sit alongside the animated classic, than in theaters.

I’m not saying that Pinocchio should have played in theaters. It would have been lucky to draw revenue on par with that of Tim Burton Dumbo (another of these which, as Pinocchiotakes some pretty explicit shots in their cast studio), which grossed $115 million domestically and $353 million worldwide on a budget of $170 million at the start of 2019. In a non-Covid world, when theaters weren’t product starved, a smaller scale, lower tier remake like Pinocchio would belong alongside the Lady and the Tramp like the one that (despite the value of the production) does not belong to the theaters. As reported in 2019, as the public flocked to Batman doesn’t mean they wanted a big budget version of The shadow. Similarly, whether the public has come to the theaters for Aladdin doesn’t mean they would do it for Dumbo. However, in a world where streaming is now dominated by top tier IP and cinematic movies, Pinocchio benefited from a theatrical release?

The Nielsens just dropped for the week of August 8-14, and Light year won 700 million minutes. That’s a steep drop from last week’s 1.3 billion-minute premiere, suggesting that most people who waited to catch the whiff of Pixar did so over the weekend. ‘opening. the excellent Prey did well in its first week, earning 480 million minutes (-18%) on Hulu compared to its “opening weekend” of 585 million minutes. Meanwhile, perhaps proving my point about theatrical releases in favor of streaming performance, Sony Unexplored was the best movie of the week, with 1.1 billion minutes after a first movie of 1.014 billion minutes. That’s after $400 million in worldwide revenue. Most Netflix biggies (originals or otherwise) rise slightly in the first full week before crashing after the tenth day. It makes leggy underdogs like purple hearts (229 million hours worldwide in 28 days after a start of 48 million hours) even more impressive.

UnexploredNetflix’s strength is proof that the lucrative first-window pay-TV deal Sony has signed with Netflix will be mutually beneficial. Netflix gets high-end third-party movies while Sony gets cushion and financial incentive to take a chance on the next one Where the Crawdads sing or the next baby driver. Morbius dropped yesterday, and yes, it’s already their most-watched movie in America. As we’ve seen, anything remotely theatrical or mainstream tends to do well on initial intake. This caused a kerfuffle (mostly online) when Ugly (an Oscar-winning and Best Picture nominated film that grossed $169 million in 2011) became Netflix’s most-watched film during a time of intense civil protest against arguably inappropriate (and racially-motivated) police brutality. ). Ugly still plays like a blunt “don’t be racist, asshole” melodrama, at least more than, I don’t know, Hillbilly Elegy. But I digress.

Return to Pinocchio and Light year. I argued last week that Light yearDisney+’s terrific opening weekend was proof that a box office bombshell would work better on a streaming platform than a streaming-only original. Think, casually, the (justly) Emmy winner Tic and Tac: Rescue Rangers movie from last May. The argument I’ve been making for the past two years is that a theatrical movie, in terms of production value, budget, and big-screen pizzazz, always means it’s more interesting than a streaming-only movie. . That’s not always true, especially for the prolific Netflix and especially not for Netflix’s usual year-end award contenders. Prey is the best Predator movie from the first Predator movie, and flippant The more they fall may be the best mainstream western since Open range. However, there is a clear difference between Mulane and turn red and the Lady and the Tramp and Pinocchio.

The awareness, promotion and media coverage created by an admittedly expensive theatrical marketing campaign can make the difference. Movie titles regularly dominate the VOD charts. Most non-Netflix platforms get more viewership from movie titles than streaming-centric originals. Disney+ is dominated by MCU TV shows (whose success was built on the theatrical popularity of Marvel movies), Marvel theatrical movies (Thor: Love and Thunder debuted today), star wars Disney/Pixar animated shows and movies. Box Pinocchio pull the number of viewers on par with a title that was supposed to be in theaters like turn red or a title was in theaters like Light year? If so, that’s an important feather in the Disney cap. If not, well, reviews notwithstanding, then maybe Disney should start considering theatrical releases for movies like (say) Hocus Pocus 2 and Disillusioned just for glory streaming. It’s too late for them, but it’s worth considering for the future.

Marketing a movie to theaters is expensive, which is a key reason why studios are less inclined to distribute more mid-budget, less than four-quadrant titles to theaters. It might not be worth spending tens of millions of dollars on a movie like Pinocchio to bombard theaters (with bad press and tisk-tisking from pundits like me) to increase its streaming potential. The theatrical release creates additional notoriety for the title. It cements it as a Tier A streaming offering. However, I don’t know if there is an equation for “losing X dollars in theaters for Y gains in streaming viewership”. As for Pinocchio, it’s a disappointment, of course. My whole family gave him ten thumbs down. However, it’s also a way for Zemeckis to satisfy his decades-long interest in pushing technical boundaries now that Hollywood can no longer afford to spend $100 million on movies like Contact and Castaway.

Pinocchio release date and voice cast confirmed for Guillermo del Toro’s new film


When is Guillermo del Toro’s animated film Pinocchio released for global OTT streaming on Netflix and who was chosen?

This weekend, the streaming world returns to Geppetto’s woodcarving shed and the classic tale of Pinocchio with the live-action Disney Plus adaptation.

However, the new movie isn’t actually the only Pinocchio film to be released in 2022, with Guillermo del Toro’s highly anticipated stop-motion production set to premiere later this year.

Here’s everything fans need to know about Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Pinocchio feature, including the release date, voice cast, and a tough production story.

Pinocchio: confirmed release date for the Netflix feature

Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro is set to be released for OTT streaming via the Netflix platform on Friday, December 9e2022.



The film will premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on October 15.eafter which it will have a limited theatrical run starting November 25e.

Interestingly, the movie was originally slated to debut in 2021, before the release was pushed back to 2022, then to Q4 2022, then finally to early December – see the last section for more on why.

Pinocchio will loosely follow the story of Carlo Collodi’s original fairy tale, but will have the infamous Guillermo del Toro-twist to his style; being noticeably darker and more mature in its themes than either the original story or Disney’s new live-action adaptation.

In fact, Netflix also has describe the feature film as “Set during the rise of fascism in Mussolini’s Italy, PINOCCHIO – a musical directed by del Toro and Mark Gustafson (FANTASTIC MR. FOX) with a score by Alexandre Desplat – is a story of love and disobedience as Pinocchio struggles to live up to his father’s expectations.

Speaking via Arthive, del Toro explained how “the original story is much more evil, scary and semi-necrophiliac in some ways”.

“No art form has influenced my life and work more than animation and no character in history has had such a deep personal connection to me as Pinocchio.” – Guillermo del Toro, via Arthive.

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Pinocchio | Official trailer | netflix






An all-star voice cast revealed

While the recently released live-action Pinocchio on Disney Plus features an iconic cast of Hollywood legends, Netflix’s upcoming Guillermo del Toro movie has its own star-studded cast of voice actors.

These include:

  • Gregory Mann as Pinocchio
  • Ewan McGregor as Sebastian J. Cricket
  • David Bradley as Master Geppetto
  • Christoph Waltz as Count Volpe
  • Tilda Swinton as the Turquoise Fairy
  • Ron Perlman as Podesta
  • Finn Wolfhard as Candlewick
  • Cate Blanchett as Sprezzatura the Monkey
  • Tim Blake Nelson
  • Burn Gorman
  • John Turturro

IMDB currently labels the film as having a runtime of one hour and 30 minutes.

An extended production cycle well worth the wait

With a reported budget of $35 million, a legendary filmmaker at the helm, and an outstanding voice cast, you might have expected the production to be a fairly uneventful story in itself.

However, Guillermo del Toro’s anime adaptation has had a long and arduous journey to full-scale production, having been originally revealed by the acclaimed director in 2008.

The original plan was to release Pinocchio in 2013 or 2014, but production would take a frustrating turn when del Toro explained in 2017 that no studio was willing to fund the $35 million budget he would need.

” This is inappropriate. But the idea was to do Pinocchio during the rise of fascism in Italy, with Mussolini. It was a good time to discuss the idea of ​​being a puppet or being a human, but you know, it’s not ongoing. —Guillermo del Toro, via IGN.

It was even considered that the adaptation should be turned into a 2D animated feature, but del Toro would ultimately settle for stop motion (although that added further financial strain), with Netflix funding the production in 2018.

Filming took place in Guadalajara, Mexico and Portland, Oregon in 2020.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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Seth MacFarlane isn’t ruling out an animated Orville episode


The creation of “The Orville” was a big change for MacFarlane. The show’s direction was a bit unclear at first, despite his insistence that this was the show he had “came to Hollywood” to do. The series’ sci-fi elements initially took precedence over humor, and the series began to look like another MacFarlane “Family Guy” clone, albeit in better disguise. But as the show entered its second season, it began to find a better balance between the two genres it found itself in, and began to embrace the complex and expansive world that the show’s conceit allows.

Now comfortable in his new show, MacFarlane is open to all ideas, including a short return to animation. When discussing the possibility of an animated episode of the series in a recent interview with Gizmodo, MacFarlane didn’t seem entirely sold, but was open to the idea:

“I think at some point during the pandemic we had, in desperation, said, ‘Listen, what if what if we did a few anime episodes in the meantime to hold people over? and there was just no appetite for it. But again, it all depends on how the series is received. If it appears suddenly and people gravitate towards it, then anything is possible.

Thomas the Tank Engine will feature the first autistic character | Television & radio


Thomas the Tank Engine will get its first autistic character in the latest move to diversify on-screen representation in the hit TV series.

Bruno the Brake Car, voiced by nine-year-old autistic actor Elliott Garcia from Reading in the UK, will start appearing in episodes of the latest Thomas & Friends series from the end of the month.

Mattel, the American toy giant behind franchises such as Barbie and Hot Wheels which acquired Thomas the Tank Engine in 2011, said it had “carefully curated the character of Bruno to ensure an accurate fictional representation of the character. ‘autism”.

The company says Bruno rides in reverse at the end of the train – “giving him a unique perspective on the world” – and likes the schedules, the routine, the timings and “when everything goes according to plan”.

Bruno can signify to other characters when he is overwhelmed, worried, or excited by “waving his scales” and has a lantern to “indicate his emotional state”. He sometimes wears earmuffs when there is a loud noise.

Bruno the Brake Car will have “a unique perspective on the world”. Photography: Mattel

Mattel worked with organizations such as Autistic Self Advocacy Network and National Autistic Society UK (NAS UK), which helped Garcia cast Bruno, to bring the character to the show, which is popular with many autistic children.

The company said its collaborative efforts mean “Bruno is opening the door to a global audience”, with the character also set to appear in a YouTube series, music album, Thomas & Friends Storytime podcast and an upcoming TV special. as well as a range of merchandise due to launch later this year.

Mattel – which has taken steps in recent years to diversify the series by introducing more feminine and ethnically diverse trains, such as Nia from Kenya, Ashima from India and Yong Bao from China – admitted that Bruno might not resonate with all viewers.

“While Bruno thoughtfully reflects the traits and preferences of some autistic people, an animated character could never encompass the real-life experience of every autistic person,” the company said.

NAS UK said that with 700,000 adults and children with autism across the country, the inclusion of a character on the show was an “amazing moment for people with autism”.

“It’s important that everyone sees autistic characters on our screens because there are 160,000 school-age children with autism in the UK and they want to see their stories told,” said guidance manager Tom Purser. , volunteering and the association’s campaigns.

“But it’s also important that children without autism have insight and an understanding of what it can be like to be autistic.”

Other popular children’s television series have taken similar steps in recent years to improve on-screen representation. In 2020, the hit show Paw Patrol featured a disabled pup called Rex, although he only appeared sporadically.

Hard work, unions and the men behind the cartoons | Columnists



You never missed a chance to catch the mouse.

You may have seen it on TV as a kid, with Annette or Darlene, Britney or Justin. You’ve seen it on the big screen, in books and comics, on watches and beach towels. The mouse has existed your whole life, even when – as in the new book “Disney’s Uprising: The Great Labor War of the Golden Age of Animation” by Jake S. Friedman – it’s a mouse in trouble.

When you think back to the life of Walter Disney, you can see how an idyllic youth, his mercurial father, poverty and loss shaped him. These things prompted Disney to focus on a new way to make a living: young Walt loved to draw.

His father, however, thought Walt was “wasting his time”, that the cartoons wouldn’t pay the bills, and the Disney senior insisted that Walt go to work in the failing family business. Instead, Walt, who had fallen in love with the new animation medium and landed a job as an illustrator at an art studio, began thinking about owning his own animation studio. He went into debt several times to do it, which was another harbinger of things to come: as an adult, once Disney had an idea, he would move mountains to make sure it become reality.

You could almost say that Arthur Babbitt’s mother was an activist.

She taught her sons to knit for soldiers in World War I, she collected food for the poor, and celebrated the armistice with a one-woman parade. His “all for one” attitude shaped the Art, but he also realized he had to make his own success. As a young man, he learned the animation business in a small studio, grabbing everything he had; when he landed at the Disney Productions Studio, he clawed even harder and soared to the top to become someone Walt Disney was willing to pay very, very well.

But Disney had made some stumbles in the years leading up to World War II, and there were grumblings in its ranks. Rumors swirled about canceled bonuses and upcoming layoffs – then Art heard whispers of unionization at the studio…

When you think of Disney World or Disneyland, it can be hard to separate the happy thoughts from the thoughts of those people behind the scenes who make it that way. But that’s okay – “The Disney Revolt” does it for you.

It takes a (pleasant) while to get there, though, and you won’t mind. Author Jake S. Friedman begins his story with deep regret and overview, making readers eager to watch the growth of the two main protagonists as the twin subjects of labor and unions lurk in the background with a tinge of sinister 1940s crime. Then you’ll see how it all went wrong and how trouble arose along with the making of beloved childhood movies.

Another happiness: “The Disney Revolt” is easy to read with its business side and its trip to the past. If you are interested in labor relations or if you have always been a fan of The Mouse, this book will trap you.

After school shootings, are states making classrooms safer?


The shooting last May that killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, prompted several state governors to pledge to make classrooms safer.

But their tracking speed varied.

Here’s a look at the status of school safety plans in several states as students return to school.

After the Uvalde shooting, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson reinstated a school safety commission he formed after the 2018 shooting in Parkland, Florida. The group is expected to release its final recommendations in October. In August, the Legislative Assembly approved the setting aside of $50 million for a school safety grant program. The grants will be based on the recommendations of the commission and the rules for distributing the funds are being worked out.

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In California, which already had some of the toughest gun laws in the country, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a dozen more this legislative session. He also ran advertisements in Texas newspapers criticizing the state’s positions on guns. In July, Newsom signed gun control legislation modeled after a Texas anti-abortion law, allowing private citizens to sue to enforce the restrictions.

Lawmakers included $10 million in the budget for a school safety fund that was created in 2018 but had not received money in the past two fiscal years. Lawmakers also approved bipartisan legislation expanding permitted uses of the school safety fund to include lockdown drills, school threat assessments, prevention training and the hiring of enforcement personnel. laws. The bill was introduced in late April, before the Uvalde shooting, and initially proposed to only allow agents to be hired with money from the fund. The bill was not heard in committee until after the Uvalde shooting, and Democratic Gov. John Carney has yet to sign the bill, which received final approval in late June.

The Florida Legislature passed a bill in March that changes school safety law passed after a 2018 shooting at a Parkland high school that killed 17 people. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill on June 7. The bill DeSantis signed directs the State Board of Education to enact requirements for emergency drills, requires law enforcement to participate in active-fire school drills, and requires school districts to certify that 80% of school staff have completed youth mental health awareness training.

Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, announced in June that the state was providing $2.6 million to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center to increase training capacity and courses for school resource officers. He said the state would use $1 million in federal funds to bolster school protection efforts, including training staff and school resource officers. Local and state law enforcement will be able to compete for $4.5 million in grants for school safety, use of force and de-escalation training, and mental health needs. The state is also seeking $3 million in federal grants to increase training and improve school climate.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill in August that requires the state’s nearly 600 school districts to set up threat assessment teams aimed at stemming violence in schools. The bill requiring the assessments was introduced two days after Uvalde’s shooting. The measure comes into force at the start of the 2023-2024 school year.

Three days after the Uvalde shooting, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine announced the state would use $100 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to improve school safety. In August, he announced that more than 1,100 schools were receiving $47 million of that money for upgrades like security cameras, automatic door locks, visitor badge systems and outdoor lighting. The remaining $53 million will be distributed to schools that request it in the future.

Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt issued an executive order a month after the Uvalde shooting aimed at helping prepare schools and law enforcement for mass shootings. He orders law enforcement officers to undergo active shooter training. It also calls on the Oklahoma School Security Institute to provide risk assessments to all public and private elementary and secondary schools in the state. The order also directs school districts to implement by September the Rave Panic Button, a phone app that allows teachers and staff to immediately notify law enforcement and other staff of a emergency.

In Pennsylvania’s budget this year, lawmakers earmarked $200 million for school safety and mental health, with base funding of $200,000 for each district to be split equally between safety and mental health. Funding for mental health is new in this year’s budget. Funding was first established for safety and security grants in 2018 after the Parkland shootings. The money has always been used to improve security, including adding cameras, secure entrances and staff to school buildings.

Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican, signed an executive order in June calling for more training and resources for school safety. He said his administration would increase resources for schools and law enforcement in the fall. Earlier this month, ahead of the new school year, Lee also encouraged parents to download a “SafeTN” app so they can confidentially report suspicious activity with schools.

After the Uvalde shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott and other top Republican leaders announced the transfer of $105.5 million for school safety initiatives. Nearly half of that money was for bulletproof shields and $17.1 million was for districts to buy silent panic alert technology. The state has also earmarked $7 million for the state’s School Safety Center to conduct onsite assessments.

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10 Predator Comics As Good As The Movies


With the recent release of Dan Trachtenberg Preythe Predator the franchise is more popular than ever. Shortly after the film’s release, Marvel Comics released the first issue of their Predator series – a comic by Ed Brisson and Kev Walker. Considering that critics’ and fans’ reactions to the film have been largely positive, this new Marvel comic is likely to attract considerable attention.

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While the output of Predator comics under Marvel signifies the start of a new era for the franchise, Predator has a long comic book history under many publishers. Although almost all Predator comics aren’t as recognized as movies, many are just as good.

ten Predator Cold War takes the Yautja to Siberia

A four-issue miniseries by Mark Verheiden and Ron Randall, Predator: Cold War was released in 1991. A book published by Dark Horse Comics, Cold War focuses on Detective John Schaefer, the original’s brother Predator the film’s main character, Dutch Schaefer.

In the comic, American and Soviet soldiers work together on a joint rescue mission, soon realizing they are in the presence of a technologically advanced alien killer. Located in Siberia with an icy environment in a vast isolated landscape, Predator: Cold War displays the Yautja’s ability to hunt in different environments.

9 The deadliest of species takes place in the future

A series of twelve issues that ran from 1993 to 1995, Aliens vs. Predator: the deadliest of the species is an Alien/Predator crossover comic published by Dark Horse Comics. Written by comics legend Chris Claremont – with art by Jackson Guice and Eduardo Barreto – The deadliest of the species is a much stronger example of an Alien/Predator crossover narrative than the two Aliens vs Predator movies.

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For one thing, the comic isn’t distracted by constant action like the movies are, and it presents a relatable human story with societal commentary. Set shortly after humanity has been freed from xenomorphs invading the planet, the comic follows Caryn Delacroix, who is a genetically engineered trophy wife.

8 Hell Come A Walkin’ is set in the American Civil War

A comic set during the American Civil War, Predator: Hell Come A Walkin is a two-issue series by Nancy A. Collins and Dean Ormston. Another comic published by Dark Horse Comics, hell come a walkin uses the American Civil War as a dramatic backdrop for an action-packed bloodbath with a compelling cast of main characters.

The story begins with a group of pro-Confederate militiamen who, while patrolling the Ozark Mountains, are forced to team up with Union soldiers against a rogue Yautja. Similar to the Predator movies, hell come walking Perfectly combines action and horror elements to create an engaging Predator story.

seven Primal inspired one of Prey’s best scenes

Considered one of the most exciting Predator comics, Predator: Primal was released in July 1997. A story that inspired a popular action sequence in Prey, Primitive is a two-issue series by Kevin J. Anderson and Scott Kolins.

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A comic strip with only three characters, Primitive does a great job of replicating why the franchise became popular in the first place. For example, Yautja are empowering creatures with incredible abilities. True to its title, Primitive features a fight between a Yautja and a Grizzly Bear, which un