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Here’s a fun trailer for the upcoming CW show, The Flash. In it we see a cop on the side of the road waiting for speedsters to go over the speed limit. So far everyone’s obeying the law…until we see a fast streak of red coming up really fast. It clocks in at 760 mph. Now that’s impressive.

Check out the trailer below to see what happens next.

The Flash premierse on Tuesday, October 7th at 8/7c.

Synopsis: After a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only “meta-human” who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion – and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Barry partners with S.T.A.R. Labs and dedicates his life to protect the innocent. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash.

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Disney has just announced two new actors to Disney’s live-action/CG animated movie, The Jungle Book, Christopher Walken (Batman Returns, Sleep Hollow) and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Revolution). Walken will be playing the ruler of monkeys and apes, King Louie, and Esposito will be portraying the wolf pack leader, Akela.

They will be joining Sir Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3) as Bagheera; Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: Episode 7)as Raksha, Idris Elba (Thor) as Shere Khan and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa. Newcomer Neel Sethi will be playing Mowgli and will be the only actor to be seen on screen.

The Jungle Book is being directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) and penned by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li). It will be released in theaters on October 9, 2015.

Yep, looks like Disney is taking a lot of talent under the Marvel Cinematic Universe films and using them to create this movie. That’s not a bad thing, and I’m hoping this live-action Disney movie will knock it out of the park.

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tumblr_n9eugzOJB51qzfdjzo3_500Yay! Here’s a great post-Comic-Con news, everyone. The test footage for the long awaited Deadpool film has finally leaked online. No word yet just how this video made its way to the internet earlier this morning, but it seems like it is here to stay despite Fox’s attempts to remove it from every video streaming service.

During Fox’s press tour for Days of Future Past, both of the film’s producers still expressed an interest in seeing a Deadpool standalone movie. While a large majority of fans have been heavily behind the project the studio seemed to be dragging its feet with bringing to life the Merc with a Mouth. It was also last year, that Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld revealed that he had seen test footage shot by director Tim Miller featuring Ryan Reynolds in the role he was born to play. Looks like thanks to the leak we all finally get a chance to see.

Judging from the clip, a large majority of the video seems to be in CGI. You can distinctively hear Ryan Reynolds voice as Deadpoool. Definitely looks like Tim Miller has the over-the-top zaniness. We can only hope that the leak of the test footage will generate enough buzz to get Fox’s attention and help move this film forward.

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For our first #WWACBookClub chat we discussed Vicious by V E Schwab. A dark, aviciousction packed tale of two college roommates – Victor Vale and Eli Ever.

Both driven by their brilliance and ambition they discover the secret to developing superpowers – adrenaline filled near death experiences. In their efforts to turn themselves to ExtraOrdinarys or EOs, something goes horribly wrong. They both get powers, but Victor also ends up in jail and Eli begins a mission to eradicated all other EOs he can find. Ten years later Victor breaks out determined to track down Eli, get revenge and put an end to the madness.

Schwab explores a number of different themes throughout Vicious but in our discussion the question of what makes someone a hero or villain really stood out.

 

Victor

At first glance Victor looks like the villain of the story. He’s the one who has escaped from jail and he’s the one seeking revenge against Eli.

We first asked the question of motivation. Is Victor driven to stop Eli simply by vengeance? That certainly doesn’t fit the general idea of a hero. But is he also driven by a sense of the greater good as well? He knows Eli’s plan is wrong – maybe that’s what pushed him over the edge.

But regardless of his motivations the results of his actions are arguably heroic. He is a hero to Sydney (the young girl he finds abandoned at the side of the row) and other EOs that he saved from Eli. So do results factor into someone being a hero? Or is it all about motivation?

But what about Eli?

Eli

We decided the big difference between Victor and Eli is that Eli was never really presented as a heroic figure. There’s always something a little off about him. Victor describes his personality as “glittering and sharp, like broken glass” (page 29).

@PositronicWoman also brought up a good point about the agenda of the author:

“I think a hero is whoever the writer makes a hero,  because it is unlikely that an antagonist sees themselves as the villain”

Flashbacks

Though there were a lot of thought provoking elements to Vicious there were some concerns about the mechanics. There are a number of flashbacks throughout the story that explain how Victor and Eli got to the point they’re at now. This worked for some people:

But not everyone:

Casting Call

We ended the chat on the lighter side. Vicious has been optioned for film by Ridley Scott’s production company, so we thought it would be fun to do a little fan casting. Here are our top picks.

Eli

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling

Andrew Garfield, looking serious, in a suit

Andrew Garfield

Victor

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Sebastian Stan

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Tom Felton

Sydney

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Elle Fanning

Serena

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Natalie Dormer

Have you read Vicious? Do you think any of the characters are heroes or villains? Do you think the flashbacks added to the story? Or did they slow down the pacing? And do you have any more casting suggestions?

Next Month’s Selection:

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The earth is in the middle of WWIII in Insignia, the first entry in S. J. Kincaid’s fast-paced sci-fi adventure trilogy perfect for fans of Ender’s Game.

The planet’s natural resources are almost gone, and war is being fought to control the assets of the solar system. The enemy is winning. The salvation may be Tom Raines. Tom doesn’t seem like a hero. He’s a short fourteen-year-old with bad skin. But he has the virtual-reality gaming skills that make him a phenom behind the controls of the battle drones.

As a new member of the Intrasolar Forces, Tom’s life completely changes. Suddenly, he’s someone important. He has new opportunities, friends, and a shot at having a girlfriend. But there’s a price to pay. . . .

Join us August 18th at 8:30 pm EST for our next #WWACBookClub chat. We’ll be discussing Insignia by S J Kincaid.

 

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QUICK: What did you think Kate wore to a sporting event? Jeans, a blue blazer, a (very subtly) blue-and-white striped top and great hair? YOU ARE CORRECT. PS: William’s in The Dreaded Casual Pant. PPS: Harry’s there, too. PPPS: There’s minor canoodling. Read More ...


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There's a lot up in the air for all things EVIL DEAD and as far as I'm concerned, that's a good thing! Whether or not any of these come to fruition . . . well, we've heard talk about Evil Dead news before, so let's get right to it. For those of you who were fans of the EVIL DEAD remake (I certainly was), last we heard was that director Fede Alvarez had a sci-fi project in the works, but still had some ideas...
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Jul. 28th, 2014 11:47 am
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My nephew and sister (not his mom, different sister) spent the last week at my place, having "cooking camp." Which basically meant a fair amount of cooking inbetween the nephew playing Kingdom Hearts and seeing Hercules. Cut for brief reaction spoilers. )

The end of cooking camp was to drive back up to my mom's house and make a four course dinner for his family and my mom with me, my wife, and my sis as sous chefs. It was a blast and went very well! We said a lot of "yes chef!" and made him make executive decisions. It was awesome. He had a good time, as did we, and everything turned out tasty. :D

Cut for length and discussions of adoption (abandonment), fighting, discussions of marital states and asexuality, and probably more, who knows, I ramble. )

So that's that. Hope you enjoyed your ramble for today. It's time for me to get some work done.

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Jul. 28th, 2014 05:03 pm
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  • The story of female volleyball fans in Iran was covered by many sites, including France24. "[T]hese sporting events are only for male eyes, since the 'morality police' — a special police force that seeks to fight 'moral corruption' and to combat those who violate Islamic law — have been systematically preventing women from attending volleyball tournaments since 2005. However, this prohibition does not apply to foreign women." While some women were able to get into games with the aid of foreign fans and by wearing the other team's jerseys, 50 women were arrested for attempting entry. As one woman said, "I don’t want to have to resort to ruses in order to support my team. I want to be able to walk into a sports stadium proud of my identity as an Iranian woman and a fan of my national team."
  • The Korea Times reported on how Korean fans making subtitles were being sued by U.S. drama producers. "Police are now questioning the 15 who were booked without physical detention. Investigators said they made Korean subtitles of American television dramas and movies without getting prior consent from the original producers and circulated their translations among Internet users through large online cafes. A police officer said on condition of anonymity that U.S. television drama producers tend not to exercise their copyrights if individual citizens violate the law. But, he said, the U.S. producers took legal action against illegal subtitle makers as they believed that the violators circulated their subtitles rapidly through the Internet and as a result the original producers experienced negative fallout on their earnings."
  • The Telegraph India talked with fans about their World Cup passions and which countries they supported. "Germany’s clinical 7-1 demolition of Brazil not just reignited the clash of continents at the Fifa World Cup but also confirmed that Calcutta has diversified its allegiance. Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, England, France and Italy now evoke equal passion among the city’s football faithful as the traditional Selecao and La Albicileste." Part of this difference is generational and star driven but "[w]hile age is a rough line of division that splits loyalties, it is not a watertight one. Families too apparently help shape who supports whom."

What stories do you have to tell about your local fandoms? Write about them in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

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Posted by Kaili Joy Gray

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Did you hear that the editorial board of the New York Times is calling on Congress to repeal Prohibition 2.0 and allow adult U.S. Americans to smoke ‘em if you got ‘em?

It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.

The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.

It’s a fairly Bold! stand for the Times to take, and bravo and clap clap clap to the editors for recognizing what a growing number of Americans already know: that prohibition on marijuana is as stupid, expensive, and pointless as the oldey times days of prohibition on alcohol, so let’s stop doing that now, okay?

It’s an especially Bold!!! stand for the Times, given its recent Reefer Madness reporting about how Colorado is maybe going to hell in a hemp-woven hand basket, since it legalized recreational use. That’s according to some totally not biased organizations that oppose legalizations and also based on a few sketchy anecdotes about some dudes getting way too high and doing crimes, even though the Times acknowledged in the same article that “there is scant hard data,” and also violent crime is down in Denver, and also, per the State Patrol, “marijuana-impaired drivers have made up about 12.5 percent of all citations for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” which, for those of you doing the back-of-the-cocktail-napkin math, means the overwhelming majority of effed up drivers on the road are getting effed up on perfectly legal booze, but no one is seriously asking whether it really is safe for booze to be legal, which is different somehow because reasons. Shut up, REASONS!

And of course no one can drink enough bleach to ever forget the painfully-bad-even-for-her column by Maureen Dowd, about that one time at band camp that she got super high on a marijuana chocolate bar — a diversion from her usual preferred “more mundane drugs of choice, chardonnay and mediocre-movies-on-demand” — and spent hours tripping balls in a hotel room because no one had told her not to eat the whole damned candy bar, even though, presumably no one has ever told her not to drink the whole bottle of chardonnay either, especially not when she is writing her cute little columns with her oh-so-clever nicknames and patented pettiness, although maybe someone should.

So hooray for the editorial board of the Times for ignoring its own pages and recognizing that it is HIGH time (get it? high time? get it?) to end our outrageously expensive and also a little bit very racist war on stoners who, despite the oooooh scary reefer madness anecdotes, are a mostly harmless bunch whose greatest crime is usually eating the WHOLE late-night delivered pizza and laughing at cartoons.

But sigh and alas, the Times is not willing to follow its own prescription (or as the medical marijuana industry calls it, “recommendation,” since marijuana is not FDA-approved).

But the editorial board’s new stance doesn’t mean incoming Times employees can partake. As Gawker recently noted, the Times is one of several big media companies that require prospective hires to take a drug test. A Times spokeswoman told HuffPost that the paper’s policy for drug testing hasn’t changed, despite the editorial board’s decision.

“Our corporate policy on this issue reflects current law,” the spokeswoman said. “We aren’t going to get into details beyond that.”

While one might point out that the editorial board does not dictate corporate policy, and one would be correct in said pointing, one might also laugh out loud because there is no “current law” requiring the Times to drug test potential employees, and one might also laugh even harder at the idea that people who write words for a living can only do so if they are drug-free, because come on, writers and drugs go together like chocolate and peanut butter, and one might also wonder why the Times would worry about its employees doing drugs but not have a problem with Maureen Dowd’s Not So Excellent Marijuana Adventure “for journalism,” or, for that matter, why the Times would not have a problem with Maureen Dowd in general, but that’s a gripe for another day.

Editorial Page Editor Andy Rosenthal confessed on Sunday that he has smoked the marijuana and has never asked, and doesn’t care, if his employees smoke the marijuana, because seriously, WHO CARES? Excellent point, Andy, so perhaps you might send an internal office memo to the corporate policy deciders of the Times so that everyone — not just you and MoDo — can have the freedom to smoke or ingest all the drugs they want if they want because seriously, WHO CARES?

Editor Rosenthal may want to cc David Brooks on that memo while he’s at it, and then maybe Brooks can forward it to his listserve of Very Serious Pundits who are still convinced that reefer madness, unlike their three-martini lunches, will destroy America.

One, the effects on the teenage brain really are pretty significant. They acknowledge that in the editorial. And I just don’t think we can sanction, say, “Adults, fine. But if you’re 18, you can’t do it.” That’s just not going to work I don’t think. Second, I just don’t think the government should be sanctioning activity that most of us mature out of, most of us age out of.

A person whose teenage brain was not significantly affected by the marijuana and can still form basic thoughts might ask Brooks to explain how we’ve managed to sanction boozing for adults but not for not-adults, and somehow that has sort of kind of worked, although even not-adults still booze pretty hard and they also do lots of other things adults tell them not to do, with the sexting and the pull up your goddamn pants and stop taking selfies at concentration camps and whatnot, because they are teenagers, and teenagers are THE WORST.

Even a person whose teenage brain was significantly affected by the marijuana could probably figure out that David Brooks should shut his stuffy button-down piehole with that “real grown-ups don’t do weed” nonsense. Plenty of grown-ups do weed. I can name a long list of accomplished, capable, smart grown-ups who do weed, but I will not do that because many of those grown-ups have to hide in the grow closet so pretentious schmucks like David Brooks don’t chastise them for not “maturing” out of doing weed, whatever the hell that is supposed to mean.

TPM also mentions some other Very Serious People who are Very Concerned about the end of civilization as we know it if Editorial Page Editor Andy Rosenthal is allowed to say, “Not only have I smoked weed, but I smoked some just last night, and it was great!”

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said at the time he didn’t “get the legalization thing” and offered a pithy defense of prohibition.

“Pot just makes you dumb,” he said.

Former Newsweek/Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown said that “legal weed” will make the United States “a fatter, dumber, sleepier nation even less able to compete with the Chinese.”

God forbid anyone should contradict Joe and Tina, but there is plenty of dumb out there that cannot be blamed on pot. See, for example, Joe and Tina. Also, too, even if pot makes you fat and stupid, so does watching Fox “News” and eating Big Macs, but last time I checked, none of these Very Serious People were on the Sunday shows pearl-clutching about that. Also too furthermore, for those who have not smoked away their long-term memories, recall that Michael Phelps has been known to take hits from the bong, and he’s the fastest swimming motherfucker on the planet, and he is not fat or dumb and can compete with the Chinese just fine, thanks, and he has eleventeen trillion gold medals to prove it, so, you know. There’s that.

Anyway, what was my point? I forgot on account of all the marijuana I have done. Oh right. Congratulations to the editorial board of the Times for doing the right thing. Boo and hiss to the corporate policy-makers of the Times for not doing the right thing. And please fuck ALL the way off, David and Joe and Tina and MoDo and all the other smug bastards who no doubt think sipping expensive cocktails is quite mature and acceptable, but there is simply no reason at all — unless, of course, you consider ALL the reasons, like the absurd way our criminal justice wastes time and countless monies enforcing a pointless law against a pretty harmless drug; like all of the miraculous medical applications of marijuana, which is why even the most conservative doctors have been recommending it on the sly to their patients since FOREVER; like how this is America, and we allow adults to engage in all sorts of vices and as far as vices go, marijuana is much better and safer than booze or smokes or the golden arches — to pull the prohibition stick out of our collective asses and allow grown-ups to smoke drugs if they want to smoke drugs because ENOUGH ALREADY.

[NYT/TPM]

Follow Kaili Joy Gray on Twitter. She may or may not be high on weed. For a friend. Allegedly.

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Auctorial Warning Labels

Jul. 28th, 2014 12:29 pm
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Sharon Lee discusses the warning labels that apply to different writers.  Here is mine:

WARNING: May cause permanent damage to narrow minds.

That's humorous, but it's also true.  People have hurt themselves on my writing, and on my personality.  It's really better for everyone's safety and sanity if rigid, small-minded people stay far away from me and don't read my words.

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Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico street art sculpture miniature Mexico cement

Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico street art sculpture miniature Mexico cement

Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico street art sculpture miniature Mexico cement

Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico street art sculpture miniature Mexico cement

Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico street art sculpture miniature Mexico cement

Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico street art sculpture miniature Mexico cement

Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico street art sculpture miniature Mexico cement

Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico street art sculpture miniature Mexico cement

Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico street art sculpture miniature Mexico cement

Artist Isaac Cordal (previously) is well-known for his creation and placement of miniature cement figures in public places around the world as part of an ongoing series called Cement Eclipses. While the meaning behind each tiny sculpture is intentionally ambiguous, it’s impossible to look at each piece without imagining a story. The pieces often appear in scenes of mourning or despair, as part of what Cordal says is commentary on humankind’s disregard for nature and as foreshadowing of potential consequences. From his artist statement:

Isaac Cordal is sympathetic toward his little people and you can empathize with their situations, their leisure time, their waiting for buses and even their more tragic moments such as accidental death, suicide or family funerals. The sculptures can be found in gutters, on top of buildings, on top of bus shelters; in many unusual and unlikely places.

These new skeletal works are part of a 2013 series he created in Chiapas, Mexico, and he also had work this summer at ArtScape 2014 in Sweden. You can see more over on Facebook. (via Supersonic)

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Jessica Alba attends  The Sin City: A Dame To Kill Comic Con Presentation in San Diego jessica-alba-shoes-comic-con-AG040242_05 
This has a lot of aspects that, taken alone, I totally hate: Very bare bandeau top, sheer-paneled skirt. But while I am not really in love with that top and never will be, I am tolerating it because I think she’s kind of pulling it off — sort of like when your friend is dating Read More ...


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Washington DC in the near future (artist's conception)In a great ruling for anyone who wants to walk around Our Nation’s Capitol while packing heat, a federal judge on Saturday struck down Washington DC’s ban on carrying guns in public, because the Second Amendment wants you to have a gun with you at all times:

Senior District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr., a former Army colonel appointed to the court by President George H.W. Bush, ruled that the right to a weapon extended outside the home both for residents and visitors to Washington.

Going well beyond the Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia vs. Heller, Scullin found that carrying arms outside the home for self-defense fell within the legal definition of the right to bear arms enunciated in the 2nd Amendment.

Whoohoo! Even though the Supreme Court has not actually ruled that the Second Amendment actually does make packing heat legal outside the home, Scullin was pretty sure that’s its only possible meaning; his ruling “relied heavily on U.S. appellate court rulings striking down public carry bans in San Diego County and Illinois.”

D.C. rewrote its gun law following the Heller decision, giving police the ability to issue gun permits, but for self-defense inside the home only. The plaintiffs in the new case argued that this was unfair to visitors as well as to residents who might need Second Amendment Solutions outside the home.

Scullin was willing to allow maybe “some reasonable restrictions” on the right to carry handguns, such as not allowing them in schools, or restrictions based on age and mental illness. Scullin also did not stay enforcement of the decision pending an appeal, which led gun-fondlers to “assert that it was now legal to openly carry a handgun in Washington.” The city, ever the party pooper, has announced it will seek a stay of the order. In the meantime, D.C.’s police chief has ordered that officers not arrest people for carrying handguns, as long as the shootin’ irons are registered.

So hurry to Washington with your guns before that happens, Patriots! Has Adam Kokesh heard about this?

[LA Times via LGF/ WaPo]

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