The Curse of La Llorona: Teaser Trailer for James Wan Produced Horror Film

The Curse of La Llorona tells a more modern version of a Mexican folklore story.

News Matthew Byrd
Jul 19, 2018

New Line Cinema horror film The Children has been re-titled The Curse of La Llorona ahead of its April 19, 2019 release date. 

This title change was announced at the ScareDiego presentation that runs ahead of SDCC. At this time, it's not entirely clear why the name of the film was changed. However, it's entirely possible that the number of movies that have been called The Children in the past - including a 2008 horror title - may have had something to do with the decision to go with something a little more specific. 

Regardless of the name change, the premise of the film remains seemingly unchanged. The Curse of La Llorona is a Michael Chaves-directed horror movie that follows a social worker trying to raise her two children in 1973 Los Angeles. When she notices some eerie similarities between a case she is working on and a scary situation that is plaguing her own family, she begins to investigate the story of a Mexican folklore figure known as La Llorona who once lost her own children and supposedly brings bad luck to her victims. 

The film is being produced by James Wan, and early reports about the title indicate that it is technically similar to films like The Conjuring. That is to say that it utilizes an almost haunted house-style atmosphere to build tension for some effective jump scares. 

Those same reports, which largely come from the ScareDiego audience that saw an extended preview of the title. Director Michael Chaves, as well as leading actors Raymond Cruz and Patricia Velasquez, grew up hearing the story of La Llorona and brought an inherent sense of fear to the production. 

Given that The Curse of La Llorona will release ahead of IT: Chapter Two, it should have a great chance to find an audience sometime next year. 

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Returns with SDCC Trailer

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming back! Here's your first look at the new series...

News John Saavedra
Jul 19, 2018

Dave Filoni took to the stage during the Star Wars: The Clone Wars 10th Anniversary panel at SDCC to announce that the animated series is returning to our television sets! 

Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be returning with 12 all-new episodes on Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service. Created by George Lucas, the show first aired in 2008 and became an entry point into Star Wars for an entire generation, following fan-favorites like Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Padmé Amidala, while introducing major new characters like Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex. Its stories were complex, its heroes and villains were perfectly imperfect, and its look was captivatingly beautiful. It became a multi-Emmy winner and is now regarded as essential Star Wars.

But it was never finished. The Clone Wars ended after five broadcast seasons — just as Ahsoka left the Jedi Order. A few post-Season Five episodes were later released as “The Lost Missions,” but the story wasn’t over. Fans have clamored for Disney and Lucasfilm to finish what was started ever since. And now it’s actually happening.

StarWars.com recently caught up with Filoni, supervising director and shepherd of the series, to discuss the shocking return of The Clone Wars. You can also check out the trailer above, which debuted at the panel, and a striking new poster below.

Here's the trailer for the new series:

And here's the poster:

This is a developing story. We will continue to update it...

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San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Biggest News and Highlights

What are the must-know stories out of this year's SDCC? We've got the comic-con news and highlight round-up here!

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Ivan Huang
Jul 19, 2018

The biggest geeky event of the year, San Diego Comic-Con, is finally up and running! From amazing cosplays to to Team Coco's #ConanCon event to exclusive Comic-Con merch and more, SDCC 2018 is shaping up to be yet another great one. Likewise, the staff at Den of Geek is working no less than our hardest to bring you the most important news and best highlights coming out of this year's press rooms and panels.

Before you get started with the news...

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Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer and Release Date Revealed

Everything we know about Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!

Stargirl TV Series Coming To DC Universe

DC's new streaming service, DC Universe, has announced Stargirl as its seventh original series.

The Walking Dead: Andrew Lincoln Exit Confirmed

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Aquaman Gets First Woman Writer

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The Curse of La Llorona: Teaser Trailer Released

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Returns with SDCC Trailer

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New Batman and Joker Team Book Coming from Marc Silvestri

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New Graphic Novels Coming from DC Young Reader Imprints

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Power Rangers and Street Fighter Team Up For Live-Action Short

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Godzilla 2: First Teaser Clip Features Millie Bobby Brown

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More details have been revealed about DC Universe, the one-stop streaming and comic book service for DC superhero fans.

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DEADPOOL 2 Actress Zazie Beetz Is In Talks To Join Joaquin Phoenix In The JOKER Movie

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The Predator Trailer, Cast, Release Date, Story, and News

Shane Black's reboot movie, The Predator, will depict humans fighting genetically-upgraded Predators. Here's everything you need to know.

News Mike Cecchini Joseph Baxter
Jul 19, 2018

There's a new Predator movie on the way, and thankfully, it's not a reboot. The latest installment, known simply as The Predator has been described by director and co-writer Shane Black as "an inventive sequel" so that's good.

See? Totally not a reboot. Oh, and the best thing about this not being a reboot? They don't have to even think about trying to top Stan Winston's original creature design. So what if none of the sequels lived up to the promise of the original? This one has a creative team that gives it the best chance to hit the mark.

Shane Black (Iron Man 3Lethal Weapon, Hawkins in the original Predator film...do we really need to introduce him?) wrote a treatment, with Fred Dekker (Monster Squad) handling the actual script. Mr. Black is also directing.

The Predator Trailer

The new trailer is here, revealing...an evolution.

And not only is this set in the suburbs...it's set at Halloween. Perfect for its fall release date.

Check out the earlier trailer, too!

The Predator Release Date

"I'm gonna have me some fun" on September 14, 2018. 

The Predator Posters

Here is the new poster revealed at San Diego Comic-Con 2018. That's uh...that's a lot of skulls.

And here is a somewhat friendlier earlier version. 

The Predator Story

Here's the official synopsis:

From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

That’s right, folks, DNA-upgraded Predators!

As if they didn’t already enjoy advantages in size, strength, agility, natural thermal vision, as well as advanced technology, now humanity has to contend with genetically-juiced Predators! Let’s just hope that the aforementioned crew is “ragtag” enough to get the job done while cracking the occasional joke.  

...It might still bleed, but can we kill it?

The Predator Cast

This one has put together quite a cast. Boyd Holbrook is our leading Predator fighter this time around. Room star Jacb Tremblay plays the son of Boyd Holbrook's character (via THR). That same THR report gives us the first details about Holbrook's character and the story, saying that he's "an ex-Marine who discovers the existence of fierce aliens but finds that no one believes they exist."

Olivia Munn will play a scientist in the film as the female lead. 

Emmy-winner Sterling K. Brown (who also recently joined the stellar cast of Black Panther) is on board. THR says Mr. Brown plays "a government agent who jails Holbrook’s ex-Marine character, but later needs his help with the Predators." Note the "Predators" plural there.

Emmy nominee Keegan-Michael Key is in the cast as well, and THR says he'll be teaming up with the two main characters to fight the alien menace. No other details are available.

Trevante Rhodes plays the best friend of Holbrook's character, and both are said to be former marines (via THR).

Former Punisher and current Expanse star, Thomas Jane is on board, too. The news comes via THR, but unlike some of their earlier casting breaks there's no other info on his character. Hopefully he's a badass of some kind. He's good at that.

Chuck actress Yvonne Strahovski will play the mother of Jacob Tremblay's character — a troubled boy accidentally drawn into the conflict with the fierce alien creatures by Strahovski's character's ex-husband. 

Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen will play an ex-Marine who joins the perilous efforts of the film’s recently revealed militants in their hunt for a group of elusive ambush-happy alien warriors. In a contextual tidbit that might be considered news in its own right, the setting of said hunt will be in the middle of affluent suburbia.

Jake Busey, in a truly poetic piece of casting, will play the son of his father Gary Busey's Predator 2 government agent character Peter Keyes.

Is it possible we'll see "Dutch" Schaefer make some kind of appearance? It seems like a long shot and certainly nothing is confirmed.  "I haven’t talked with him (Shane Black) yet but I’m going to meet with him for lunch sometime soon," Schwarzenegger told The Arnold Fans last year. "Just as soon as I’m finished with this (Arnold’s Sports Festival) and The Apprentice and all this stuff. But I will get together with him. If there is any news, we’ll of course let you know right away." 

It doesn't sound promising for ol' Dutch, does it?

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Aquaman’s Jason Momoa Auditioned For Guardians of the Galaxy

In an interview Aquaman, himself, Jason Momoa revealed that he was very nearly part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe prior to DC's.

News Alec Bojalad
Jul 19, 2018

Jason Momoa is all over the pop culture landscape currently. His rippling muscles and charming demeanor have led to many an opportunity in this comic book and fantasy-saturated scene.

Currently the former Khal of the great grass sea is finishing up his role as Arthur Curry in this December's Aquaman. He's a big piece of Warner Bros. plan for the DC Universe. If things had gone a little differently, however, he could have already been placed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In a recent interview with EW, Momoa revealed that he auditioned for a role in Guardians of the Galaxy back in 2014.

"I met the Russo brothers (who directed Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War), who are amazing," Momoa said. "It was one of the best meetings I’ve ever had. I was going to do something with them, which unfortunately didn’t work out. I don’t know. It was going to be a villain, I think. People always want to hire me to play a villain, you know? I did an audition for Guardians of the Galaxy, which was super cool. I got to audition with (Chris Pratt), who’s just a legend and a gentleman. That didn’t work out. And then really the other one after that was my audition for Batman with Zack."

So not only did Momoa audition for Guardians but also some other unnamed Russo Marvel movies and Batman as well. One season on Game of Thrones really opens up a lot of doors. 

The most intriguing bit here is Guardians of the Galaxy because it seems like the most plausible. Momoa was clearly auditioning for the role of Gamora. Just kidding, it was clearly Drax the Destroyer which was actually reported at the time

Momoa would have been an excellent fit for the muscle-bound, comedic Drax but then again Momoa is likely an excellent fit for most things. We'll never know just how close we were to an alternate universe in which Khal Drogo was in the MCU. Maybe the ripple effects would have taken Dave Bautista all the way to Atlantis.

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Bristol Palin to Join Cast of Teen Mom OG!

Well, she may not be an OG, but she's definitely one of most famous former teen moms of all time.

TMZ announced moments ago that Bristol Palin is joining the cast of Teen Mom OG in time for the long-running series' upcoming season.

Needless to say, fans of the show are buzzing with anticipation.

TMOG remains a ratings powerhouse, but almost a decade into its run, producers have made no secret about the fact that they've been on the lookout for a way to keep things fresh.

Casting the daughter of the most bonkers vice presidential candidate in US history should certainly help them to achieve that goal.

Here's what we know about the situation so far:

1. The Governor's Daughter

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The daughter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Bristol first gained national attention during her mother's vice-presidential campaign.

2. A Reluctant Celebrity

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Just 17 at the time, Bristol's pregnancy was announced while her mother was serving as John McCain's running mate in 2008.

3. Speaking Out

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Bristol made headlines not only for her pregnancy, but for her outspoken views about birth control and abstinence that did not always align with the conservative right so aggressively courted by her mother.

4. Coincidence?

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Interestingly, Bristol's rise to fame coincided with the launch of the 16 and Pregnant/Teen Mom franchise on MTV.

5. Big Shoes to Fill

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Now, Bristol will be taking the spot vacated by Farrah Abraham, who was fired by producers for either being difficult or refusing to give up her porn career. (It depends on whom you believe.)

6. Up to the Task

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It's impossible to imagine a new cast member delivering as much drama as Farrah, but if anyone on the planet is capable, it's Bristol ...
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Microsoft just hit a $10 billion milestone with its gaming business, and it’s a huge sign for the future of the Xbox – Business Insider


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Show Shakeup! Bristol Palin Joining ‘Teen Mom OG’ Cast

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Bristol Palin is headed to Teen Mom OG.

RadarOnline.com can confirm the most famous teen mom there is will be joining the MTV reality show next season.

Sarah Palin’s daughter was just 17 when she had her first kid, Tripp, with ex-fiancé Levi Johnston in December 2008.

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Just three months later, Palin and Johnston ended their engagement.

Bristol went on to marry Dakota Meyer, a former Marine and Medal of Honor recipient whom she is now divorcing. The now 27-year-old added two more children to her brood with Meyer — Sailor Grace and Atlee Bay.

Sources reveal Sarah Palin’s daughter will take fired Farrah Abraham’s place on the hit series.

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Bristol will make number five in the cast alongside Amber Portwood, Mackenzie McKee, Maci Bookout and Catelynn Lowell.

It seems the cast is blindsided by the move. Sources tell Radar the other girls didn’t see this coming, and even Teen Mom 2 star Kail chimed in on Twitter, questioning the producers motives. “Our producers sure know what to do,” she wrote with a worried face emoji.

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Jido Maps is building a ‘save button’ for persistent AR worlds

Augmented reality tech is in this incredibly weird position where it has the world’s biggest tech companies cheerleading consumer-facing products highlighting it but there are some very base issues that haven’t been solved yet.

Jido Maps, which just graduated from Y Combinator’s most recent class, is another startup aiming to deliver the backend technologies needed to give a great fundamental AR experience. They have just raised a $2.1 million seed round led by Khosla Ventures with participation from GREE, Seraph Group, Outpost Capital and others.

Persistence is a big part of what current consumer technologies are lagging in. Jido sees itself as a “save button” for the digital AR world where after gaining an understanding of the space, it can recall where your augmented reality session ended and how the objects within that experience were left in the space.

So, more practically, if you are holding a digital banana and you put that on the table, Jido may enable that to remain in that space when you return at a later date or time. That process of relocalizing a device and helping it remember its former position is at the core of this technology.

What’s interesting about the rhetoric that Jido’s leadership is putting out there is that the company is less focused on the point clouds and seems to be more focused on underlying structure of a space and deciphering the relationship between objects and what fixtures are permanent. The company says that this approach will ultimately give the platform more strength in ignoring changes so if you’re scanning a space with people moving around, Jido can ignore them and focus on the static fixtures without everything breaking.

“To actually have a robust, integrated augmented reality experience you have to take a different approach,” Jido Maps CEO Mark Stauber told TechCrunch. “The reason why we’re excited about our higher level approach to semantic data is because when we go into a space, we’re not there to catch a couple of nice interesting points about the scene, we actually try to understand the structure of a space and the relationship between objects…”

The startup is aiming to get studios working with their lightweight API and is highlighting its simple multiplayer process which focuses on building the mesh as you play rather than pre-scanning an environment at the beginning to entice devs. Earlier this week, game studio Happy Giant announced QuasAR which will be utilizing Jido Maps tech for multi-player laser tag.

SDCC: ‘Stargirl’ Joins The ‘DC Universe’

SDCC: 'Stargirl' Joins The 'DC Universe'

Courtney Whitmore gets her own show

Source: The Next DC Universe Streaming Show Will Be Stargirl

Writer Geoff Johns announced at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) that a Stargirl show will be joining the DC Universe streaming service's lineup of programming. Not the Doris Lee Stargirl, but the Courtney Whitmore Stargirl which Johns had a hand in creating.

Prior to appearing as Stargirl in the comics, Courtney Whitmore was the second Star-Spangled Kid, written by Johns in 1999. She eventually gets Starman's Star Rod, assumes the identity of Stargirl and joins the Justice Society of America.

This new show is presumably a live-action show, and wouldn't be the first time Stargirl would appear in a live-action show. It does seem that this would be a new iteration though. The 13-episode series would be:

"… following the adventures of Courtney Whitmore, the original Stargirl, as she inspires an unlikley group of young heroes to come together and form the original superhero team, the Justice Society of America."

 

You probably wouldn't have to worry too much about her telling anyone to f-off like in Titans, as Johns says that younger-skewing version of the character. For Stargirl, Johns promised a lighter, PG-13 tone.

Wait, what age group was his Green Lantern comics aimed at?

A start date for Stargirl hasn't been revealed yet.



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Reality star Ashlee Simpson is hoping there ain’t no mountain high enough to keep mother-in-law Diana Ross from joining her new show.

RadarOnline.com has learned Simpson, who is returning to TV with her husband Evan Ross, is desperate for his famous mother to join them.

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“Ashlee and Evan would love to get Diana Ross on the new show,” a source told NaughtyGossip.com’s STRAIGHT SHUTER. “Diana is not only a superstar, she is Evan’s mother and the grandmother to Ashlee’s kid.”

Ashlee and Evan will star in an upcoming docuseries on E!, which will follow the married couple as they record an album together and raises daughter Jagger Snow, 2, and Bronx Mowgli, the singer’s 9-year-old son with ex-husband Pete Wentz.

“They are both nervous about the show’s success and hoping that the addition of Miss Ross will bring in more viewers,” the source added. “So far, Miss Ross has not committed.”

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Diana is said to want to help out her son, but at the same time she is famously very private.

“When you are as talented as Diana Ross is, you don’t need to be on reality TV,” a friend of the couple warns.

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Walmart acquiring Shopify is no longer a laughable idea

As competition between Walmart and Amazon intensifies, the acquisition of Shopify’s merchant marketplace may be the boost that the Walton family’s juggernaut needs to move ahead.

In May this year, Amazon published its small business impact report in which it disclosed that there are 20,000 small and medium sized businesses that make a million dollars or more in sales on its platform

Amazon boasts about 5 million third-party sellers on its marketplace today, with an estimated 100,000 sellers hopping onboard every month.

At 100,000 sellers a month over the next 5 years, there could be an estimated 11 Million sellers on Amazon’s marketplace by 2023.

E-commerce intelligence firm Marketplace Pulse estimates Amazon’s Gross Merchandise Volume or GMV for 2018 at $280B, set to triple over a 5-year period, concluding that the marketplace contribution to Amazon’s GMV would surpass 70% by 2023.

Combined with Prime and FBA, this high-level picture sounds like Amazon can afford to not worry about its marketplace. But an uneasy trend seems to simmer within its 5 million cohort. Looking at Feedvisor’s survey of Amazon marketplace merchants from 2017 and 2018 and some interesting trends surface. 

Marketplace merchants are looking to keep their advertising costs low and are worried about rising fees one the Seattle-based company’s e-commerce platform. They’re also concerned about competition coming from Amazon as it continues to launch its own brands. Indeed, 60% of merchants told Feedvisor in 2017 that they planned to diversify to other channels. Walmart emerged as the most preferred channel, followed very closely by Shopify and eBay. 

About 10% of those surveyed in 2017 was making a million dollars or more in annual sales. A year on, this figure is up by 90% to 19%. One can tell where these first-time millionaires are heading when we see that Walmart today supports 9% more Amazon merchants than it did in 2017.

In its pursuit for parity with Amazon, Walmart has clearly overtaken eBay in merchant preference. The latter supports 12% fewer Amazon merchants today than it did in 2017 and is closely trailed by Shopify and Jet.com.

Shopify is one of Canada’s biggest tech success stories.

Can Walmart afford to be conservative?

Walmart’s marketplace has 18,000 sellers, 36% of whom make at least $2 Million in sales – all of whom sell on Amazon!

With its e-commerce business struggling to see gains since 2016 when it acquired Jet.com, Walmart has recently been making the waves with its string of partnerships and acquisitions. In May, it announced that it was partnering with Postmates and Doordash for expanding its last mile delivery of online grocery.

In what seemed to be a rebuttal to Amazon’s private label push, Walmart acquired Bonobos, Shoebuy, Modcloth, and Moosejaw. It also announced in May that it was adding 4 fashion brands to its kitty.

While it continues to be hard-fisted about who sells on its marketplace, a trend seems to be emerging wherein Walmart is not just competing with Amazon but is also striving to bring reputed retail brands under its banner and attempting to re-shape consumer perception of it being low-price and inexpensive.

Walmart may be second in line to Amazon but it has its cons. Its process to qualify a third-party seller is more stringent. Sellers need to request an invitation to join and must fulfill certain quality requirements pertaining to product mix, price point, and fulfillment.

Unable to differentiate among millions of sellers on Amazon and faced with rigorous screening from Walmart, the best bet for Amazon’s third-party sellers to diversify seems to be to set up their own store.

They can either create their own website or set up a store on an e-commerce platform like Magento or Shopify .

Shopify – The network is bigger than the software

Shopify, the e-commerce platform for small and medium-sized businesses isn’t too far behind eBay and Walmart in merchant preference.

A seller can set up her own store on Shopify’s basic version for as little as $29 a month. It also has a premium version for a $2000 monthly fee called Shopify Plus aimed at Enterprise-level sellers and wholesalers. An estimated 3600 merchants have already bought into Shopify Plus and among them are popular logos such as Tesla, Kylie Cosmetics, and Budweiser.

Shopify has an estimated 600,000 merchants on its e-commerce platform and has seen its merchant base grow annually in excess of 100% since 2014.

What particularly makes Shopify attractive – and gives it an upper hand over marketplaces like Walmart – is its third-party network of developers, photographers, digital marketers and designers that merchants can leverage for their business. Shopify today is a more turnkey platform than Walmart! Of all digital commerce revenues in 2017 – totaling $2.3 trillion, Shopify sellers’ GMV was 1% worth $26 billion, which shows just how important Shopify is next to Walmart.

Analysts are betting big for the next 10 years despite its recent volatility in stock price.

Around the same time when Amazon published its small business impact report, Shopify announced that it would open a brick-and-mortar store in the US by the end of summer this year to provide in-person advice and consulting services to its customers.

Such a showroom would also provide Shopify the opportunity to cross-sell its hardware products to merchants who are looking to go brick-and-mortar.

For these reasons, Shopify will continue to attract more merchants and will become more important in the days to come and as it does, it will get noticed by the big players – Amazon & Walmart.

Shopify and Amazon share history

Shopify partnered with Amazon in 2015 as its preferred migration partner for webstore merchants. Many Shopify merchants already sell on Amazon; they have the option to use Amazon’s FBA and Payment gateway. And more than 50% of Shopify’s 3600 odd ‘Plus’ merchants sell on Amazon as opposed to less than 1% who sell on Walmart.

Clearly, the preference for Walmart.com is abysmal among Shopify merchants.

At a market cap of $17B, Shopify can be acquired by Amazon without much hassle. While this may not be on Amazon’s cards considering the call it took 4 years ago to shut its webstore business and the ease with which it gets inbound interest from the long tail e-commerce companies (which forms 90% of the independent e-commerce companies base), Walmart should start figuring in Shopify into its strategic plans.

When your competition is Amazon, nothing is enough

In its SEC filings for the fiscal year ended January 2018, Walmart said that it is looking to increase investments in grocery and technology. Much of Walmart’s moves in these spaces continue to come across as reactive responses to Amazon.

  • Recently, in its overseas battle against Amazon, Walmart acquired a 77% stake in India’s ‘Flipkart’ for $16B.
  • In what could be seen as a long overdue answer to AWS, it revealed its own cloud network
  • It has also kickstarted efforts to take on Amazon Go. With FBA and Prime seeming invincible, Walmart will never be able to catch up to the giant. But, it can prove to be a serious rival if it decides to acquire Shopify.

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Why Shopify?

The non-Amazon destination

Today, eBay has more Amazon merchants on its platform than Walmart does. However, Walmart is picking up pace and is evidently becoming more attractive.

Between 2017 and 2018, the percentage of Amazon sellers on eBay reduced from 65% to 52%. At the same time, Walmart and Jet.com combined saw an increase from 17% to 25%.

Given 2018’s stats, if Shopify were to become Walmart-owned, about 42% of Amazon’s sellers today, would be selling via either Walmart, Jet or Shopify. This would bring the difference between eBay and Walmart (Jet & Shopify included) down to 10%, in turn narrowing the competition gap between Walmart and Amazon.

Interestingly, there were rumors in 2017 that eBay was planning to acquire Shopify. The stocks reacted positively but there were no signs that eBay was interested in such an acquisition.

The perfect complement

The fundamental difference between Walmart and Shopify is that the former is a marketplace while the latter is an e-commerce platform.

It is hard for a seller with no distinct brand identity to differentiate herself on a marketplace unlike on a platform. As revenue channels, they are both necessary for a merchant’s omnichannel strategy.

While Amazon will rule the roost in the marketplace arena for a long time to come, merchants should start betting on Shopify. This acquisition will be an opportunity for Walmart to write its story in a market that Amazon tried and quit.

Shopify does not get you shoppers and Walmart does not get you the support services. As a combined entity, their value proposition becomes very compelling.

The apparent weakness is an actual strength

Shopify is not without faults. As with all e-commerce platforms, the majority of their e-commerce merchants are long-tail with little to no revenue. But critics including Andrew Left of Citron Research fail to understand that long-tail is sort of a deal pipeline to identify sellers who are likely to grow and contribute significantly to the revenue.

A study of Shopify’s marketplace will validate their claim that the merchants are there for the value of a ‘one-stop platform and extended services’ and not just for Facebook data of their shoppers.

As Brian Stoffel put it in his article, “The moat is strong and growing, even as recent protests have tested the company”.

Shopify’s long-tail merchant base isn’t a weakness. It’s the pipeline that Walmart should value. It could be Walmart’s answer to Amazon’s merchant acquisition spree.

The neighborhood store is actually a Shopify Store

Shopify is an e-commerce platform provider but that’s no reason to dismiss it as a competitive threat to Walmart. Both target merchants and both are focused on making them sell online albeit differently.

Walmart handpicks merchants. Shopify doesn’t.

Walmart is a legacy brand and has a perception problem in the market. Shopify is a born millennial, like Jet.

Walmart is competing with Amazon on multiple fronts. Amazon closed its webstore business and switched to an integration with Shopify!

Walmart has no equivalent to FBA. Shopify’s merchants can opt to have their merchandise fulfilled by Amazon.

Brett Andress of KeyBanc Capital Markets drives home the importance of Shopify – “Emerging brands on Shopify are getting larger, and more established brands are gravitating to Shopify to be more nimble”.

While Walmart continues to shop for private label brands in a bid to throw a new spin on its brand identity, it needs to look a few yards away. There are 600,000 of them. Either Walmart could hope for them to come list on its marketplace someday or make itself the very technology that powers their business.

Shopify is known for its ability to attract e-commerce merchants. Its tools – like the name generator, domain name generator, to name a few – are subtle retention hacks to get intending sellers hooked onto its platform. Should a seller decide to sell her business, Shopify has an exchange on which she can list her store for sale. On the partner front, developers, marketers, designers have helped create many success stories, while writing their own. Overall, it seems like the stickiness is here to stay.

With e-Commerce still 12% of global retail trade and with an expected growth rate of 47% over the next 3 years, Shopify is well positioned to capture a lot of the e-commerce upside. The neighborhood grocer is now more likely to open on Shopify or sell on Amazon than at the neighborhood. This is also why it makes sense for Walmart to acquire one of the two default portals of entry into e-commerce.

To compete with Amazon, it needs to make moves that shift the ground beneath the foot and Shopify acquisition could be one of those bets still open.

Can Walmart afford it?

The retail analysts’ consensus is that Walmart needs to expand its e-commerce base, as the default for the younger demographic shopper is still Amazon. Walmart’s marketplace strategy, so far, hasn’t been about becoming that default.

Shopify is a credible option to expand its e-commerce base. Shopify was recently chided by activist investors like Andrew Left for being over-reliant on the top 10% of the merchant base.

There are about 4500 e-commerce companies with 100M+ revenue out there and Shopify’s entry into the enterprise commerce market is a reactionary response to the inherent weakness in its own business model (of over-reliance on mid-market and longtail e-commerce companies). The problem for Shopify and to an equal extent Magento, BigCommerce, WooCommerce, and PrestaShop is that the enterprise e-commerce is the territory of Hybris, Demandware, NetSuite etc.

The tough phase for Shopify would be when its mid-market cash cow customers migrate to Hybris or WebSphere or Demandware. It has to backfill from its growing long tail unless it competes head-on with IBM, Adobe, Oracle NetSuite, Demandware or Hybris. This is one of the reasons Magento aligned with Adobe.

The problem for Walmart in making this acquisition though is Wall Street’s view that it’s a mature business with steady returns. Amazon, on the other hand, continues to treat e-commerce as a business which is in its Day 1.

You could observe the pressures Walmart has had in the past. It took Walmart over 2 years to finally pull the lever on the Flipkart deal, which is going to drain billions from its cash reserves (notwithstanding the revolving credit of $5B it has raised to fund the deal).

With the current market cap of $17B, Shopify isn’t pocket change. But for reasons mentioned above, Shopify’s growth will be tested. Expanding GMV of existing merchants is easier than conquering the enterprise market, especially if it aligns with Walmart.

Walmart’s cash reserves are under $10B making it a relatively expensive pursuit likely needing a leveraged buyout and the market isn’t new to such deals. Amazon, on the other hand, has $265B to deploy, but it’s a buy that it doesn’t need. And that sums up Walmart’s predicament as a challenger to Amazon.

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Wiz Khalifa Thinks Eating A Banana Whole In Public Is Gay 

Fresh off from refusing to apologize for his racist lyric about Korean eyes, Wiz Khalifa is getting more attention for a dumb dingle that fell out of his mouth. Wiz was on The Breakfast Club when he declared that a straight dude eating a whole banana in public is “sus,” which means it’s “suspect,” which means it looks like he’s sucking a dick and that’s 100% gay. Who knew that a dude who dresses like a Boca Raton grandma  going to bingo would suffer from stage 10 fragile masculinity.

Wiz and Charlamagne tha God got into the gay banana talk because everyone was talking about fruits or some shit. Wiz gave Charlamagne a tip: unless you want to look like a flaming dick-sucking flamer, break the banana into pieces. For being such a giant “no homo” hetero, Wiz sure does think about dick a lot.

Wiz: You gotta break it in half. Cause if you bite a banana, you sus.

Charlamagne: Goddamn, Wiz. That’s how you want to start the interview off?

Wiz: If you a n**ga, n**gas gotta break the banana in half. Pause.

Charlamagne: What you mean? You just peel it and bite it.

Wiz: No see, that’s the thing. You gotta break it in pieces, bro.

Charlamagne: Whyyyyy? It’s just a fruit.

Wiz does have a point. Even though I am a big homo, I don’t want to look like one while eating a banana. So what I do is I lube up the banana with Crisco, pull my chonies down and then shove it up my ass. Your body absorbs the nutrients faster that way, anyway.

The gay banana talk is in the beginning:

Since Wiz really cares about looking gay, he should take a tip from Chelsea Peretti and mush the banana up and lick it like he’s licking a cooze if a cooze was like a mushed banana.

But really, Wiz Khalifa probably doesn’t eat a banana whole, because he can’t. Every time he puts a hard banana to his lips, it goes soft and rottens. I understand, banana.

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Somebody Call An Exorcist, Jenny McCarthy Thinks She’s Being Haunted!

Actually, I should change that. Usually an exorcist is the person you call when a loved one is haunted by the supernatural and is talking all kinds of nonsense. Jenny McCarthy, on the other hand, has been known to say some crazy things without the aid of a demon possession. This situation might actually just call for regular, old Ghostbusters.

On Monday, Jenny posted 47 seconds of home security footage to Facebook in an attempt to prove her house might possibly be haunted. In it, you see Jenny walk out of her living room and out of frame, then hear the piano being played. Jenny then shouts for her husband Donnie Wahlberg to see if the piano player was him. Jenny becomes very concerned when she realizes that Donnie hasn’t been in the living room. Oh no! But who was playing the piano then?!

HAUNTED! Just happened in my house! I had to look at the security tape to prove it. Ahh!!

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Jenny writes:

“HAUNTED! Just happened in my house! I had to look at the security tape to prove it. Ahh!!”

I’m sure this is real, and definitely not an attempt to land a guest spot on SyFy’s Ghost Hunters and a sponsorship with Nest home security. But as Jezebel points out, it’s probably not even a damn ghost at all, but the sound of a Google Home turning off and on again.

The fact that the spirit went for something that sounds very much like a Google Home tells me it’s probably a spirit that appreciates modern advancements in technology. And what leader of research and forward-thinking has every right to haunt the hell out of Jenny McCarthy? The ghost of Jonas Edward Salk, the man who discovered the vaccine for polio. Luckily, Jenny has a vaccine of her own that will remove the haunted spirit from her home. She just has to set up a television in every room in her home that plays the 2005 film Dirty Love. 10 minutes into that mess, and the ghost will be on it’s way to Elle Macpherson’s house.

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Get ready for the most chaste Fantasy Suite ever, Bachelorette viewers!

Yes, if Duggar fans have their way, two of the most dissimilar reality franchises on TV might soon collide, and the result is sure to be even more awkward than every other season of The Bachelorette.

Jana Duggar on Counting On

According to In Touch Weekly, Duggar fans on Reddit are campaigning to have Jana star in her own season of one of television's most popular dating shows.

Apparently, they're willing to ignore the small fact that she has no interest in dating.

"Maybe Jana should be the next Bachelorette!!" one fan commented.

"I’ve never watched that show, but I’d totally watch it for Jan," wrote another.

Wow.

Well, for starters, we're all for referring to Jana as "Jan," mostly so we can hit her with the sarcastic Marcia Brady response when she pretends that she's perfectly happy doing all the work around the Duggar homestead.

Jana Duggar on Valentine's Day

More importantly, we totally believe that commenter when she says she's never seen an episode of The Bachelorette.

A Jana season is an amusing concept, but in practice, it would be the most boring thing to happen to television since the World Cup.

Even casual fans know about the famous Duggar courtship rules, that would prevent Jana from even kissing any of the candidates, much less spending the night with them.

(We're not sure how Jim Bob and Michelle about handing out roses as a symbolic gesture, but we're sure they consider it sinful.)

Fortunately, many commenters realized what a horrendous idea this would be:

"I don’t think a season of side hugs would bring in the ratings," remarked one.

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"Uh, not going to happen. Does she even date at all?" wrote another.

The answer to that question, of course, is "no" -- or at least, "not publicly."

Jana courtship rumors seem so surface about once per month, but thus far nothing has come of any of them.

The latest reports have Jana dating Laura DeMasie, her longtime BFF and partner in homeschooling the many offspring of Michelle and Jim Bob.

Is there anything to those rumors?

Frankly, we have no idea, and we probably never will.

Sadly, Jana's parents would probably giver her permission to go on The Bachelorette before they would allow her to come out as gay.

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‘Free Man!’ Tristan Goes Wild Without Khloe During ESPYs Afterparty

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Once a cheat, always a cheater!

Just months after he was caught red handed stepping out on his baby mamaTristan Thompson went wild while at a club over the weekend without Khloe Kardashian, RadarOnline.com learned exclusively.

“Tristan felt like a free man,” a source snitched of the NBA star, who was spotted flirting up a storm with women at an ESPYs afterparty.

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Thompson, 27, hadn’t been out in a club without Kardashian, 34, by his side since the cheating scandal blew up, so the baller took “full advantage” once the reality star loosened the leash.

“He had the biggest smile on his face and was flirting with several cute girls and took one in the corner and exchanged numbers,” the insider told Radar exclusively. “He was real slick with it.”

The sleazeball went incognito in a hoodie at the club after his baby mama begged him not to go.

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“He convinced her he had to make an appearance for business reasons and to catch up with his friends since everyone was in town for ESPYs, and she feel for it!”

As Radar readers know, just days before Kardashian, 33, gave birth to their daughter True, her baby daddy was caught on camera kissing another woman at a New York City nightclub.

Surveillance footage then surfaced of Thompson getting cozy with two women at a hookah lounge near Washington, D.C. on October 7, 2017. In the video, he kissed the woman to his left, as he then rubbed his face against the second woman’s breasts while she grabbed his crotch.

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Hasbro kicked off its Comic-Con presence with a special Hasbro Breakfast presentation. The company showed off some upcoming Star Wars, Marvel and Transformers products hitting stores later in 2018, as well as some of the exclusive items being sold at the show.

Check out our slideshow for a closer glimpse of the many goodies on display this morning.

This lineup includes several new additions to the Star Wars Vintage Collection line, which features modern figures in retro-inspired packaging, and the larger-scale Black Series line. Hasbro previewed several Black Panther-themed Marvel Legends figures as well as their MCU-focused Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years line. As for Transformers, the lineup included a mix of new toys geared towards the upcoming Bumblebee movie and their Vintage G1 series, which recreates the classic Transformers toys from the '80s.

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Who’s Hotter: Bikini Models Elizabeth Turner and Danielle Herrington Turn Heads Partying Together

Take special note of the swimsuit top that Danielle Herrington is wearing. I was once out in a group and there was a girl wearing a similar top. One of her friends then pulled down said top to expose a pierced nipple.

There is nothing more to that story, I only wanted to let more people know that it happened and that it was awesome. I will carry that memory with me until the day I die. My only regret is that I was so drunk by that point in the night I am not sure if I can trust my own memory. That was perhaps the worst time in my life to reach that level of intoxication.

You might think I could just ask the other people who were present to confirm if it happened or not. But the only other people I know for sure would have seen it would be the girl who pulled down the top and the girl who was wearing the top. And if I am wrong, and I only dreamt up the whole incident, then I am in for a very awkward conversation with them. Besides, I am happier believing it to be true.

 

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Glass: Unbreakable Sequel Release Date, Trailer, Cast, Photos, and News

Well, it looks like he's finally going to do it! M. Night Shyamalan is giving us a proper Unbreakable sequel: Glass.

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M. Night Shyamalan's resurgence is moving along nicely. After delivering the low-budget and properly creepy The Visit in 2016, he returned with another low-key horror thriller in 2017 with Split, starring James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy. Split is a lot of fun, both leads are tremendous in it, and the movie topped the U.S. box office its opening weekend with a surprising $40 million take and did a more than respectable $276 million worldwide, off a $9 million budget.

So, what's a writer/director who has found his stride again to do? Well, in this case, it might be to finally deliver on the promise of a proper follow-up to one of his most popular films. It seems that he's finally ready to get down to business on Unbreakable 2. For years, fans were teased with the possibility that he had envisioned Unbreakable as the first piece of a trilogy, but it seemed like it just wasn't something he was going to get around to. Not anymore!

Glass Trailer

The final character-centric teaser for Glass has arrived. Of course, it's yet another appetizer for the actual full trailer that's set for Friday, which, not-so-coincidentally, is the same day as the Glass panel at San Diego Comic-Con. The latest teaser focuses on Samuel L. Jackson's titular Mr. Glass, who ominously teases, "It is time to show the world what we are capable of."

Here is the previous snapshot, showing James McAvoy's Kevin Wendell Crumb, or whoever he wants to go by.

And here's the next one...for Bruce Willis' Unbreakable.

Glass: Unbreakable Sequel Photos

The first proper images from Glass have arrived. Check out the full set in our gallery!

While director M. Night Shyamalan released the first poster for his dual Unbreakable and Split sequel, teasing the film’s upcoming Comic-Con panel, a group of photos from EW now provide more insight into what’s happening. – Well, insight for anyone who wasn’t present at CinemaCon back in April, where teaser footage was shown to an exclusive audience.

The photos provide interesting glimpses of returning characters in Samuel L. Jackson’s Elijah Price/Mr. Glass, Bruce Willis’s David Dunn and James McAvoy’s Kevin Wendell Crumb/The Horde and a figure close to home for the latter in Anya Taylor Joy’s Split character, Casey Cooke. We also get a first look at Sarah Paulson’s character, Dr. Ellie Staple, who Shyamalan describes to EW as someone who “deals with people that think they’re comic-book characters,” adding, “It’s kind of the modern-day equivalent of ‘I think I’m Jesus’ or ‘I’m an emperor.’ ”

Glass: Unbreakable Sequel Poster

Director M. Night Shyamalan recently revealed that he will hold a Hall H Comic-Con panel for Glass on July 20. He will be joined by the cast of the film and teases “a surprise.” Moreover, Shyamalan used the occasion of that news to unveil the first poster for Glass.

Brandishing the tagline, “You cannot contain what you are,” the poster depicts a scenario that lines up with footage that was shown exclusively to an audience at CinemaCon back in April. The scene showed the film’s Shyamalan Universe crossover trio in Unbreakable characters Mr. Glass (Jackson) and David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Split character Kevin Wendell Crumb, a.k.a. Horde (James McAvoy), all stuck in an institutional setting, teasing a team-up. Indeed, the reflections of the characters on the floor – including an absurdly swole Crumb – convey kick-ass intentions. 

Glass: Unbreakable Sequel Release Date

Glass will open on January 18, 2019.

Glass: Unbreakable Sequel Cast

Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson will return, of course. Variety reports that Spencer Treat Clark, who played Bruce Willis' son in Unbreakable will return to the role, while Charlayne Woodard will return as Mr. Glass' mother. Sarah Paulson also stars.

Ummm...scroll past the photo if you want more of this discussed with some pretty major spoilers. If not, you're good here.

Ready? OK, so if you're still here, I'm going to assume that you've seen Split. If not, go see it and don't read the rest of this! 

As we detailed extensively here, Split takes place in the same universe as Unbreakable. In an interview with Den of Geek UK, Shyamalan even explained that the character of "The Horde" was in an early draft of the Unbreakable script, and that the next one "will be a sequel to Unbreakable, but also a sequel to Split."

Anya Taylor Joy and James McAvoy will also both return.

Glass: Unbreakable Sequel Story

Here's the official synopsis:

Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds David Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Elijah Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men. This riveting culmination of his worldwide blockbusters will be produced by Shyamalan and Jason Blum.

We're excited.

Spanish Model Lucia Rivera Romero In A Bikini Might As Well Be A Jenner

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Oh Romero, Romero, wherefore art thou Romero? Saucy Madrid-based actress and model Lucia Rivera Romero might not be well-known stateside, but her almost 67K Instagram followers will be the first to tell you that she has a Jenner face and a Kardashian bod, and that it will be any day now until she makes a name for herself across the globe.

Speaking of globes, Romero has a perky pair that she recently flaunted in a naughty striped two-piece at the beach. This is far from the time that the twenty-one-year-old has shown off her wares, but the fact that these pap pics are getting picked up across the most esteemed titty sites on the web means that Romero is going places. Check out the exclusive pics below and let us know if Lucia drives you Mad…rid.

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Alice Wetterlund Says Everyone Enabled T.J. Miller’s Behavior On “Silicon Valley”

Even if you’ve never watched a single episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley and the words “This guy fucks” mean absolutely nothing to you, I’m sure you’re at least familiar with the indisputable fact that former star T.J. Miller was a huge mess on set before he was politely written off the show. T.J. allegedly showed up to work drunk or on drugs, and had a bit of an ego problem. It made it seem like everyone else on set probably spent a lot of time thinking of clever ways to call in sick. But according to Alice Wetterlund – who played one of the show’s limited female characters, a programmer named Carla (seen above on the left) – pretty much everyone was happy to let T.J. be T.J.

This all comes after several people on the internet asked how it was possible for T.J. Miller to still keep getting work. His reputation includes accusations like how he acted like prick with his co-workers, beat up an Uber driver, called in a bomb threat on a female train passenger he didn’t like,  got violent with a former girlfriend, and just general creep behavior.

Alice, easily the best part of Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, decided to chime into the conversation with her two cents on T.J.’s sudden career comeback. Alice played Carla on Seasons 2 and 3, so it’s safe to say she got to know T.J. Miller during that time. She’s clearly not a fan.

Then she called out T.J.’s fellow core co-stars (Kumail Nanjian, Thomas Middleditch, Martin Starr, and Zach Woods) on allegedly enabling T.J. while he acted like a massive dick.

Someone asked Alice why she stuck around so long if things were such trash on set. She says it was her first recurring role and she didn’t know things weren’t supposed to be like that.

HBO released a statement saying they really didn’t know anything about it.

“While this is the first time we have heard Alice Wetterlund comment on her experiences on Silicon Valley, we are disappointed to learn of her concerns. HBO and the producers have always taken very seriously our responsibility to create a welcoming and congenial environment for everyone who works on the show.”

No one from Silicon Valley has said anything in response to Alice Wetterlund.

If the #MeToo movement has taught me anything, it’s that you didn’t have to look very hard in Hollywood to find some douche who felt entitled to act like a damn fool whenever the mood struck them. So I’m not shocked about T.J. Miller. But I am a little surprised all those guys put up with him and didn’t say shit. I’ve worked in mostly-male environments, and there’s usually one or two alpha guys who are always looking for any reason to square off with the office asshole. Hell, the bare minimum would have been to puff out their chests and threaten to change the locks on T.J.’s dressing room door while he took a nap.

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Desiree Hartsock: Pregnant With Baby #2!

It hasn't been quite two years since Desiree Hartsock gave birth to her baby boy.

But Desiree and husband Chris Siegfried -- one of those rare, rare examples of a Bachelor fam match that actually lasts for any time at all -- already have more good news.

Desiree is pregnant with baby number two!

Desiree Hartsock and Husband Chris Siegfried

In an Instagram post, Desiree made the announcement to her fans and followers.

Desiree writes: "We are beyond excited to finally announce that we’re expecting baby number two!!"

That is such good news! 

"And it’s safe to say," Desiree continues. "After Asher realized he was going to be a BIG brother he wasn’t so happy!"

She is kidding. Here is a photo of the now-toddler with his parents sporting a casual Fourth of July look.

Desiree Hartsock, Chris Siegfried, and Son

"Lol," Desiree writes. "Actually he just didn’t want to take direction (what kind of toddler is he?) and had a tantrum."

Awww, poor thing. Toddlers might not really understand what it's like to be an older sibling just yet. They're also overwhelmed with emotion because the whole world is still so new to them.

"BUT," Desiree says. "We are glad to share our good news with you all."

Of course! Good news is always fun to share.

"And can’t wait to take you along for the ride!" Desiree concludes.

Desiree Hartsock, Chris Siegfried Together

Desiree does follow up with a plug and an answer.

"Read more of our family planning and baby announcement over at @usweekly," Desiree writes. "(Link in profile)."

We have the contents of those statements below, for your convenience.

"We don’t know gender yet," Desiree admits. "But will find out and share when the time comes."

Finally, Desiree writes: "Thanks for all the support and love during this time!!!"

Desiree Hartsock Talks Bridal Designs

Speaking to Us Weekly, Desiree Hartsock gushed about this second pregnancy.

"We both felt joy," she says of herself and husband Chris Siegfried, who won her season of The Bachelorette and also her heart.

Desiree says that there's a major difference between the first pregnancy and this one.

"I wasn’t working during the first pregnancy," she reveals.

She is a bridal gown designer, and she's doing extra work now because she knows that she won't be able to, later.

Desiree says: "I’ve been putting in the work."

Desiree Hartsock Engagement Photo

Chris says that he's been doing what he can to be helpful during this time.

"I’ve jumped back into it,” Chris tells Us Weekly.

By "it," he means activities around the house.

Chris says: “I cook and let Des relax as much as she can.”

That's good! Though we're sure that Chris is not suggesting that he normally doesn't do things around the house and leaves it to Desiree.

Desiree and Chris also reveal what some of her current cravings are. Pregnancy cravings can be a little odd.

The couple reveals that Desiree has a recent hankering for “Italian sandwiches and vinegar."

You know what? We've heard stranger things. The placenta makes all sorts of demands on the mother's body by introducing its own hormones into the bloodstream. Sandwiches and vinegar is, all things considered, pretty mild.

‘Brady Bunch’ House Hits The Market For $1.9M — See Photos Inside!

Here’s the story…of a lovely home for sale. RadarOnline.com has learned the iconic Los Angeles home that provided the exterior shots for the classic television series The Brady Bunch is now on the market. Check out the inside of the house in this Radar gallery.

Predator Movie Cast to Appear on Conan at Comic-Con 2018

The cast of Shane Black's Predator reboot will be sitting down with Conan O'Brien as part of his massive SDCC 2018 presence.

News Alec Bojalad
Jul 19, 2018

TBS late night host Conan O'Brien's residency at San Diego Comic-Con continues today as Coco invites the cast of The Predator to Spreckels Theater. 

Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown and more will join Conan at a live-taping of his usual show to discuss all things Predator....and presumably plenty of other things non-Predator.

Conan will be all over the place at this year's Comic-Con, hosting live-tapings of Conan at the Spreckels Theater and also curating a comedy pop-up, Teamcocohouse, a few blocks away from the convention center.

Here are the scheduled guests for Conan's "Spreckels Tapings" for today:

THURSDAY

July 19, 4:45 p.m.

The Cast Of The Predator

- Olivia Munn

- Keegan-Michael Key

- Sterling K Brown

- Thomas Jane

- Trevante Rhodes

- Alfie Allen

- Augusto Aguilera

- Shane Black

Read the Den of Geek SDCC 2018 Special Edition Magazine Here!

If the Spreckels Tapings aren't enough to sate nerd appetites, the Conan team has also set up a nightly comedy pop-up called Teamcocohouse. Teamcocohouse will operate out 27 Fourth Ave, a few blocks away from the convention center, and feature stand-up comedy, podcasts, screenings, panels, prizes, and more!

Here are the lineups for today:

THURSDAY

- 3 p.m. - Sci-Fi Comedy Death Match w/ Matthew Broussard

- 5 p.m. - Kondabolu Brothers Live Podcast

- 7 p.m. - Rory Scovel Stand-Up Set

- 9 p.m. - Conan’s Writers Hosted by Flula Borg

- 11 p.m. - Eat-A-Slice w/ Final Space

Click Here For the Complete ConanCon SDCC 2018 Schedule

Traveling to the sun: Why won’t Parker Solar Probe melt?

This summer, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will launch to travel closer to the Sun, deeper into the solar atmosphere, than any mission before it. Cutting-edge technology and engineering will help it beat the heat.

Relaxor ferroelectrics: Relax, just break it

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SDCC: Begun The Clone Wars Have (Again)

SDCC: Begun The Clone Wars Have (Again)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars returns for another short tour of duty

Source: SDCC 2018: Star Wars: The Clone Wars to Return with New Episodes

Star Wars: The Clone Wars was an animated television series (which started with a movie), that ran for 5 televised seasons starting in 2008 (13 more episodes were aired on Netflix after the show ended). If you were disappointed in the Star Wars prequel movies, this series may have helped lessen that blow. Set in the prequel era, during the (shock) Clone Wars, it followed Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) and pre-Darth VaderAnakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) on many adventures. The show also introduced Anakin's padawan Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) and clone trooper Captain Rex (Dee Bradley Baker), who both went on to appear in the next animated series Star Wars Rebels.

Well it looks like you can't keep a good clone trooper down, as the series is set to make a return. At the 10th anniversary Star Wars: The Clone Wars panel at San Diego Comic-Con today, showrunner Dave Filoni announced that 12 new episodes of Clone Wars will be airing on Disney's upcoming streaming service.

Check out the trailer for the upcoming Clone Wars which continues the story…

 

starwarsclonewarssavedsdcc18.jpgNew Star Wars: The Clone Wars poster

 

No release date has been announced for more Clone Wars yet.



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2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is ready for the drag strip – Digital Trends


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Batman and Joker Join Forces in New DC Comic

DC held its Meet the Publishers panel at Comic-Con today, with Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio spotlighting a number of major upcoming projects. The biggest news from the panel is that The Darkness creator Marc Silvestri is writing and drawing a new mini-series called Batman/Joker: Deadly Duo.

Batman/Joker: Deadly Duo art by Marc Silvestri. (DC Entertainment) Batman/Joker: Deadly Duo art by Marc Silvestri. (DC Entertainment)

As the title suggests, this series features the two characters joining forces for a change. Their alliance comes in response to an unknown enemy who is simultaneously tormenting the Joker from afar and torturing a kidnapped Commissioner Gordon. The series will be set outside traditional DC continuity and be published through the DC Black Label imprint.

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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder in Hell’ Announced at SDCC!

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder in Hell' Announced at SDCC!

Hey if Godzilla can go there, surely the greatest enemy of the Turtles can go there too.

Source: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder in Hell' Coming in 2019

Way back in IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #50, Oroku Saki, the Shredder committed seppuku after being beaten in a duel by his archfoe Splinter aka Hamato Yoshi who then decapitated him. Not soon after, Saki's ally the fox god Kitsune attempted to resurrect him but was foiled in her attempt by Splinter who had hidden the head of his foe.

Even death and a foiled resurrection attempt cannot keep the Shredder down, because starting in early 2019, the Shredder is returning in a five-part mini-series aptly titled TMNT: Shredder in Hell (as announced today at the IDW panel at SDCC).  The mini will be written and drawn by longtime veteran of the ongoing Mateus Santolouco. Here's the teaser cover:

shredderinhell

 

The story will feature the archenemy of the Turtles deal with being in the afterlife, and learn his place between just a pawn of higher deities. The exclusive was revealed over at CBR (I know right? They still do articles over there?! Exclusive ones even?! Miracles do exist!), and that this mini-series is being called by Santolouco as a sequel to "History of the Foot Clan" (a prior mini that dealt with the origins of the Foot Clan and of Saki himself). Given the premise, this also feels like a sequel to the Shredder one-shot from awhile back as well (even though Santolouco didn't have any part of that). Just given the fact that this is the second time, Saki is being thrown into the afterlife, and that one dealt with him fighting Death (with a neat twist). 

Here's what Santolouco himself had to say about the story:

I'm very humble and thankful to help expand the rich universe of TMNT, adding new layers to the Turtles' main villain. We're not only revealing Shredder's role in a conspiracy of divine proportions, but we'll have a better understanding of his fears and ambitions. Oroku Saki is more human than ever...and this will only make him an even stronger force for the TMNT to face.

For all intents and purposes, this sounds very much like the set-up for #100 of the main series as well. Though, with Ch'rell (the Utrom Shredder) recently being stepping forth in the mainline of comics as well. Is there a possibility that a Shredder War is on the horizon of IDW's TMNT comics? Not only that but will we see another TMNT foe in hell as well? Given Saki wasn't the only TMNT enemy to meet their end. I guess we shall see when the mini slashes into stores...

 

 

 

 



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Annabelle 3 Confirmed, Set in Warren House

Gary Dauberman, writer of The Nun and Annabelle, is helming Annabelle 3, a 1970s-set horror where the doll comes for Judy Warren.

News David Crow
Jul 19, 2018

At a certain point, it was going to become difficult continuing to set each continual Annabelle film further into the past by way of prequel. And yet, Annabelle, a real-life Raggedy Ann doll turned demonic, grayscale nightmare in James Wan’s The Conjuring movies, is still a star and must therefore have her demands. Particularly when there is a franchise to build. Luckily screenwriter Gary Dauberman and executive producer James Wan were on hand at “Scare Diego,” the New Line Cinema horror hound-event on the eve of San Diego Comic-Con. And thanks to both, we now know Annabelle 3 will be moving closer to current events in the timeline… and it will be set in the notoriously “treasured” Warren Museum of allegedly possessed and haunted artifacts.

The news came at the end of a gloriously grim night that included new footage from It: Chapter 2, The Curse of La Llorona, and The Nun. With Wan and Dauberman both producing the latter two, they had plenty to celebrate, including how the audience cringed in The Nun’s cold open when a sister of the cloth snaps her own neck via rope while attempting to escape a demon, or how slowly creeped out the non-initiated became about the real Latin legend of Lalorona (a weeping ghost). And yet, the biggest news they saved for last: After working on the screenplays for both Annabelle films, The Nun, and each chapter of It, Dauberman is finally sitting in the director’s chair for Annabelle 3… and the evil doll is now coming for poor, sweet Judy, the adorable little Warren girl played by Sterling Jerins in both of Wan’s Conjuring movies.

Describing the malevolent effect Annabelle will have on all the other malicious artifacts in the Warrens’ museum/garage, Dauberman teased the audience by saying, “She really awakens evil within that room, and they set their sights on the Warrens’ 10-year-old daughter Judy.” Noticing some groans of sympathy for the poor child who already was quite tormented in the original Conjuring by that mean, mean doll, Dauberman promises things will probably work out for Judy. Maybe. If she keeps a level head.

However, Wan, ever the showman of what he increasingly describes as his own universe within the larger Conjuring umbrella, amusingly deadpanned, “Annabelle basically activates all the other haunted artifacts in that room. So it’s basically Night at the Museum with Annabelle!”

So there you have it, a 10-year-old’s only hope of surviving this might be to call on Ben Stiller. Now there is a crossover event. Especially as if Judy is only 10, this is still set in the 1970s.

As per Dauberman, Annabelle 3 will be out in summer 2019, but in the meantime, there is still the Nun to contend with in September…

Duggars Making Big Dollars! Jason, 18, Scores $135K Flipping Arkansas Home

Jason Duggar Job Makes Thousands Flipping House

Jason Duggar may not have to live off parents Michelle and Jim Bob anymore, because RadarOnline.com can exclusively report he’s currently making big bucks flipping houses!

Property records obtained by RadarOnline.com prove the 18-year-old has spent the last year gutting and renovating a home in Prairie Grove, Arkansas.

The teen – with the help of his dad – purchased the home in December 2016 when he was just 16 years old!

Radar can confirm the reality TV teen sold the home in June 2018 for $167,000, leaving him with a $134,000 profit.

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Jason’s new flip is a single-family home complete with 1.5 baths, and is redone with both modern and rustic touches. The home features brand new hardwood floors, an open floor plan and a color scheme of gray and white.

The teenager opted for a countryside feel during the redesign, as the house features distressed wood in some areas of the home.

According to records, the home is a total of 2,275 square feet.

Jason’s first flip was originally built in 1958. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s son redid the outdoor space by providing a new wooden deck sitting on one acre of land.

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As Radar readers know, Jason is one of the only Duggar children with a job.

His brother-in-law, Derick Dillard, has been unemployed for nearly a year after being fired from the family’s TLC show, Counting On.

Radar recently reported that Dillard is planning on going to law school this fall.

What do you think of Jason’s fancy new job flipping houses? Let us know in the comments!

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Sophie Campbell to Write and Draw the Leonardo Macro Issue for IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

There’s lots of news coming out of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles panel at San Diego Comic-Con that will make you want to shout “COWABUNGA!”

First, we learned that Mateus Santolouco will be writing and drawing a five-issue mini-series bringing Shredder to hell, appropriately titled Shredder in Hell, in early 2019. Doubling down on that commitment to writer/artists, IDW also revealed that Sophie Campbell will be writing and drawing the Leonardo macro issue, part of a series of one-shots that prepares the turtles for the TMNT ongoing’s 100th issue spectacular.

We don’t have a press release on that one, but we do have a tweet from Campbell showing off some of that art, which is better than a press release in our opinion. Check it out:

Brittany Peer will be coloring the issue. Look for it in stores this fall.

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Kim Kardashian Sheds Some Perspective On Her Fat Anus For Kimoji Perfume

Kimoji Fragrances available now on Kkwfragrance.com @kkwfragrance

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My level-headed coworker with more self-worth than I ever hope to possess just asked “Isn’t this what Kim Kardashian’s butt has always looked like?” Poor, poor, self-respecting co-worker. THIS is what Kim Kardashian’s ass has always looked like. THIS. THIS. Kim’s a fucking monster, but after her Groupon ass fillers have settled, and before they begin to break down, she has a grace period in which her ass is fat and smooth and Kris Jenner-approved. During these periods we get a glut of Insta ass selfies, and this latest one – promoting her jizz fruit perfume – has the Internet saying “Ya baby. Give me that big fat anus.” Or something. People are buying it. Which pisses me off. Because THIS. THIS.

The Jenndashians are so obsessed with having huge asses that simply acquiring snowman proportions through FDA-laughed at procedures isn’t enough. They need to stick their iPhone cameras up their twats to warp perspective and achieve angles that make us weep for the future of female body standards. Kim’s new Kimoji perfumes – available for $45 a pop – allegedly made $5 million in five minutes after their release without any advertising outside of social media. The line consists of three perfumes, and much like Kylie’s cum-encrusted makeup branding, two of the perfume bottles  – one of a peach (like the one balanced on her ass in the pic) and one of a cherry – are embellished with a drippy white substance. No one’s really talking about it, but, you could call this perfume her semen-al work. But more importantly, just remember, no matter what the media tells you, THIS. THIS. THIS.

 

Photo Credit: KKW Fragrance Photos From Instagram / Splash News

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Godzilla 2: First Teaser Clip Features Millie Bobby Brown

Godzilla: King of Monsters is headed straight for us in 2019. Here's everything we know about the movie...

News Mike Cecchini Joseph Baxter
Jul 19, 2018

Gareth Edwards' 2014 Godzilla movie did what Roland Emmerich's 1998 version couldn't do: successfully re-launch the iconic franchise for an American audience. There have been some bumps along the way, though, notably the departure of Mr. Edwards from the director's chair and a release date shuffle. 

The movie is now called Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which is a throwback to the original franchise, and a bit more of a mouthful than Godzilla 2. Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields, who recently worked together on Krampus, have been hard at work on a script. Since both Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla: King of the Monsters are building up to a new Godzilla vs. Kong movie in 2020, Dougherty and Shields are now two members of a giant monster-verse writer's room to plan the future of these franchises. 

But Dougherty won't just be writing, the Trick 'r Treat and Krampus director will also occupy the director's chair for Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Variety). This is good news as Dougherty also brought us the cult classic and essential staple of Halloween viewing, Trick 'r Treat and co-wrote X2 and Superman Returns. With the studio locking him up as director, this is probably a good sign about how happy they are with the script. Hopefully we'll have more on Godzilla 2 soon.

Godzilla 2 News

Millie Bobby Brown dropped the first official bit of footage for Godzilla: King of Monsters. Check it out:

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EW has revealed the first images of Godzilla: King of Monsters, including first looks at the King himself as well as characters Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) and Madison (Millie Bobby Brown).

Check out the images below:

Godzilla 2 Release Date

Godzilla 2 will destroy your local movie theater on May 31, 2019. That is a better release date than the one that had been planned for March. This is going to be a big movie in every sense of the word.

Read the Den of Geek SDCC 2018 Special Edition Magazine Here!

Godzilla 2 Story

Here's the official synopsis:

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Is this a new version of Destroy All Monsters? Because that would be pretty cool.

Godzilla 2 Cast

Casting news has so far been vague. Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown will have a role in the film with Kyle Chandler (Bloodline) and Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) as her parents. But now what should really intrigue folks is the inclusion of Charles Dance, aka Game of Thrones fans' beloved Tywin Lannister, to the cast.

Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins reprise 2014 Godzilla roles as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa and Vivienne Graham, respectively.

Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) and O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton) will also appear.

Zhang Ziyi plays a mystery character character that will apparently figure prominently into not only this Godzilla sequel, but the overall Monster Movie Universe that Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment are building, which will not only introduce classic kaiju such as Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah, but eventually link itself to the recent Kong: Skull Island to see a certain skyscraper-climbing ape himself jump into the giant monster mix.

Elizabeth Ludlow is also in the cast. While details about Ludlow's character have yet to be revealed, her current television run on AMC's The Walking Dead has proven that she can embody cold, ruthless characters. She debuted in Season 7 as Arat, a loyal member of apocalypse extortionists The Saviors, led by Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan; a role in which Ludlow was seen delivering humiliation to the show's survivors and even dealt the shocking, comic-book-diverging death of a prominent character. Ludlow also fielded a TV run on USA's nixed 2014-2015 gigolo drama Satisfaction and appeared in films such as 2017's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and 2016's Max Steel.

We'll update this with more information as it becomes available.

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Is Coming Back! Check Out The First Trailer And Poster

The 10th Anniversary panel for Star Wars: The Clone Wars just wrapped at San Diego Comic-Con, and we're very happy to announce that the beloved animated series is returning with all-new episodes!

Instagram adds a status indicator dot so people know when you’re ignoring them – TechCrunch


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FCC issues ‘de facto merger death sentence’ to Sinclair-Tribune deal

A broadcast merger that has been the poster boy for the FCC’s pro-industry agenda has been ordered to undertake a lengthy and potentially embarrassing process that amounts to, in the words of one commissioner, a “de facto merger death sentence.”

The proposed takeover of Tribune by Sinclair has been criticized by many as an unnecessary and potentially dangerous consolidation of media properties. The resulting company would have incredible reach and influence, especially combined with other recent rule changes that have further unshackled big media companies.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has himself been the target of many a sharp inquiry from the public, lawmakers, and even the Office of the Inspector General. The general feeling seems to be: We understand that you have a deregulatory to-do list here, and that’s valid, but practically everything you do benefits Sinclair directly or indirectly. Justify yourself.

Whether it was because of this unremitting scrutiny or simply because Sinclair’s merger proposal was blatantly disingenuous, Pai decided to do an about-face and put the brakes on the deal. He announced his intentions earlier this week and today brings the actual “hearing designation order,” which would require Sinclair to appear before a judge in an adversarial courtroom setting and explain its misdeeds.

What misdeeds, you ask? Well, the main one cited in the HDO is this: Sinclair was required to divest itself from certain media holdings, but instead of doing so, it set up one (WGN-TV) to be sold massively below market price to a corporate confederate, who would then effectively cede control back to Sinclair.

Here’s how the order puts it:

The record raises significant questions as to whether those proposed divestitures were in fact ‘sham’ transactions.

…One application proposed to transfer WGN-TV in Chicago to an individual (Steven Fader) with no prior experience in broadcasting who currently serves as CEO of a company in which Sinclair’s executive chairman has a controlling interest. Moreover, Sinclair would have owned most of WGN-TV’s assets, and pursuant to a number of agreements, would have been responsible for many aspects of the station’s operation.

…There is a substantial and material question of fact as to whether Sinclair affirmatively misrepresented or omitted material facts with the intent to consummate this transaction without fully complying with our broadcast ownership rules.

There are pages and pages of allegations and hints regarding the cozy relationship between Fader and Sinclair, as well as a few other entities that would be part of this obvious sweetheart deal. The order says, essentially, that Sinclair will be given the chance to explain all this — but it would be on the record, in court. Only after they offer sufficient justification could the merger go forward.

But does a company like Sinclair really want to appear publicly before a judge and attempt to convince them that this was all just an innocent mistake? That it was planning to sell a major media property to a good friend for 90 percent off while retaining editorial and operational control? Not only that, but it would take a non-trivial amount of time and money to prepare for this debacle.

Sinclair’s board and stakeholders may understandably choose rather to abandon the merger than subject the company to that kind of scrutiny — not to mention the financial disincentives of delays, extra costs, and any other concessions that might need to be made to put the deal forward. It’s already been revised again and again, with less favorable terms for Sinclair — at some point it stops being a deal worth pursuing.

That’s why Commissioner O’Rielly, in a rather sour-sounding accompanying statement, calls the order a death sentence. Not only would the Administrative Law Judge process be potentially damaging to Sinclair’s reputation, but it would be a mess of red tape. He managed to slip in some revisions, however, which “some may refer to as an initiation of a hint of due process.” Corporations do have rights, too.

Although for now the Sinclair-Tribune merger is only temporarily halted, the end result is as likely as not that it will be withdrawn. That’s entirely up to the company, of course, but it may be that the FCC has in this case succeeded in effectively regulating its industry. That would be cause for celebration.

Open Post: Hosted By Jennifer Lopez’s Return To Rom-Coms 

Meryl Streep better park her ass for this year’s Oscar race because Jennifer Lopez took off that scarecrow wig she wears as a cop on NBC and got back into her bread and butter role of rags-to-riches lady in a rom-com. If your afternoon has been missing a little bit of 2003, have no fear! The trailer for Second Act, a movie starring Jen and Leah Remini (oh, yeah, and Vanessa Hudgens), dropped earlier.


Downtrodden woman stuck in a rut at an underpaid job? Check! Douchey boss with a chip on his shoulder check! Sassy sidekick friend who doles out one-liners in a Z-formation? Check, check, check, henny! Second Act is the standard J. Lo movie that will last approximately two weeks in theaters before going straight on OnDemand. The cheese-tastic movie basically mimics how I got into college: lying about accomplishments! It looks like Jen is way smart but way bored working at a big box store. So one of her kids corporate catfishes some fancy-pants company by giving Jen a new online identity.

JLo twirls her way into a job that offers her free housing and credit cards just because she had fake photos on Facebook of her in front of Mount Kilimanjaro and with the Obamas. Coincidentally, that’s exactly the same reason Michael K hired me for this job. I’m still waiting on my housing and credit cards, though. Anyway, we all know she’ll somehow get found out but somehow get to keep the gig, so I just saved you $900 or however much they’re charging for movies these days. However, the one thing that made me LOL was how she somehow had to speak Mandarin and got her vet to translate in her ear. Some dude asks why someone at dinner was so pissy, and Jen replies in perfect Chinese, “His anal glands need milking.” That’s always the reason behind any of my frowns, so this movie is really tapping into some authenticity!

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SJP Goes M.I.A. As Former Friend Cynthia Nixon During Run For N.Y. Governor

Sarah Jessica Parker Missing As Cynthia Nixon Rally’s Support For Governor Bid

While Cynthia Nixon hastily hosts a ton of expensive fundraisers to raise money for her Gubernatorial bid, RadarOnline.com has learned her Sex and The City friend and co-star Sarah Jessica Parker is nowhere to be found!

“Sarah threw a big $40,000 per person fundraiser at her West Village townhouse for President Obama, yet she hasn’t had one for Cynthia,” sources tell NaughtyGossip.com’s STRAIGHT SHUTER “It would be easy for Sarah to call a bunch of her super-rich friends and have an event to raise money, but she just doesn’t seem interested.”

As Radar revealed, Parker, 53, was the last of the SATC ladies to offer her endorsement, and waited more than a week before posting a public message of support on Instagram.

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“In reality, Sarah has never been close with any of her co-stars,” the source told Shuter. “Now her actions are speaking louder than any words.”

When Nixon first announced her plans to run for Governor of New York back in March, her fashionista co-stars almost immediately congratulated her. Since then, donations from Hollywood’s biggest names have come pouring in.

Alec Baldwin has donated $16,000 to her campaign, while Susan Sarandon and Lena Dunham have each gifted $10,000. Even Mr. Big himself, Christopher Noth, has kicked in $2,500.

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In all, Nixon has reportedly raised over $16 million in her fight against incumbent governor, Andrew Cuomo, but records reveal Parker has contributed only $5,000 to that total.

The lack of support is raising questions about just how close the ladies really are following the six year run of their hit tv show and two movies.

As Radar readers know, Kim Cattrall and Parker have been locked in a bitter feud ever since plans for a third SATC movie fell through.

“Kim is the only one to speak up and publicly confess to the truth about the ladies’ friendship,” the source confessed.

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Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott: Broken Up Following Massive Fight?!

The new issue of GQ features Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott on the cover, and the racy photo is accompanied by the couple's most revealing interview to date.

Clearly, the Kris Jenner hype machine is in full gear, and these two are being "sold" to a new generation of Kardashian fans.

Their Debut!

Unfortunately, it looks like all of that effort may have been for naught, as Radar Online is reporting today that Stormi's parents have called it quits following a blow-out fight.

Now, rumors of Kylie and Travis breaking up seem to surface about once per week, but this time, there are actual witnesses to the aftermath.

Onlookers tell Radar that Jenner and Scott butted heads during their trip to New York City this week.

The fight reportedly began during dinner at hot spot Carbone's, with the couple storming out the establishment after just 45 minutes.

And it seems this was no case of overcooked appetizers or shoddy service.

No, observers say the tension followed Kylie and Travis back to their hotel room where the situation deteriorated further.

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Just about an hour after they returned from the restaurant, Travis stormed out the building, leaving Kylie on her own.

"He seemed angry and was walking really fast,” the eyewitness claimed. 

“It was super abrupt, their bodyguards didn’t even notice and when they figured it out, had to chase after him!”

And the onlooker speculates that it wasn't Travis' decision to spend the night elsewhere:

“It definitely looked like Kylie kicked Travis out," the source claims.

For months now, we've been hearing reports that Travis and Kylie are ill-suited for one another and are trying to make their relationship work for the sake of their daughter.

Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner, Post-Baby PDA

One insider who's close to the couple says Travis is beginning to buckle under the pressure of dating the world's most famous 20-year-old.

“Travis loves Kylie, but he isn’t used to being in the spotlight in this way,” the insider claims.

“The harsh reality of what being a Kardashian boyfriend really means is slowly starting to dawn on him and he’s struggling with it.”

Sure, Travis was famous in his own right before the relationship began.

But Kylie is soon to be a "self-made" billionaire, and she has one of the largest social media followings in the world.

We're sure there are many times when that feels impossible to live up to.

Jimmy Kimmel Compares Donald Trump to… Taylor Swift?!?

Note to Jimmy Kimmel:

Hasn't Taylor Swift been through enough of late?

Isn't it sufficient that her wildly anticipated new studio album sort of tanked? Or that she was snubbed by the MTV Video Music Awards?

Did you really need to drag her name so deeply through the mud by comparing her to President Donald Trump?

This unexpected statement came during Kimmel's monologue on Wednesday night, as he mocked Trump for how he handled his press conference with Vladimir Putin.

How he's handled America's entire relationship with Russia, really.

"It’s all very crazy. And yet, with all of this Moscow madness happening, according to a new poll from Reuters, 71 percent of Republican voters have a favorable view of how Trump has been dealing with Russia," Kimmel said, adding:

"Which is nuts, but I was thinking about this today and I think there’s a simple explanation for it."

This was his explanation:

"They might not like what he’s doing, they might not like him, but they love how pissed off it makes Democrats and so they want it to keep happening," he reasoned.

Kimmel is not the first person to basically say Trump and his base care more about owning the liberals than anything else.

But he is the first person, as far as we know, to then say Trump is akin to Swift.

"Trump kept his base going — by calling out his ‘haters’ today on Twitter," Kimmel said. "He’s the Taylor Swift of treason. He really is."

The Taylor Swift of treason. LOL.

This were the Tweets to which Kimmel was referring:

"So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki. Putin and I discussed many important subjects at our earlier meeting. We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match. Big results will come!"

"Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russia. They would rather go to war than see this. It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome!"

Swift is yet to respond to this semi-dig.

Kimmel, meanwhile, wasn't done with Trump.

"If it is a syndrome named after Trump, I assume it's sexually transmitted," Kimmel quipped. "Fortunately help is on the way."

Check out the monologue and Swift reference above!

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Robin Says “F*** Batman” in NSFW Debut Trailer for ‘Titans’ TV Series (VIDEO)

 

With Marvel sitting out this year’s San Diego Comic Con, DC has had a chance to dominate the headlines, and the debut trailer for their upcoming series Titans is here to kick your notion of DC superheroes in the balls! Arguably, television has been the one form of media in which DC has managed to dominate their Marvel counterparts, so it’s no surprise that they’re taking a major risk with their newest series.

The team for this series will be comprised of the classic Teen Titans lineup including Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Starfire (Anna Diop), Raven (Teagan Croft), and Beast Boy (Ryan Potter), as well as Hawk (Alan Ritchson) and Dove (Minka Kelly). There’s also some interesting DC characters listed among the cast on IMDB, including Robotman (Jake Michaels), Negative Man (Dwain Murphy), Elasti-Girl (April Bowlby), and Donna Troy (Conor Leslie).

The only catch for Titans is that it will air exclusively on DC’s new streaming platform, which was also officially announced with an introductory price point of $74.99 for a year. However, that will give you access to these new original shows as well as DC’s entire print library spanning over 80 years worth of comics.

If this trailer is any indication, though, they’re going super dark with this superhero team, which is an interesting change of pace from the various cartoon versions of the team we’ve seen in the past. Fingers crossed they actually manage to pull this thing off.

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Matt Lauer: FURIOUS About $50 Million Divorce Payout to Annette Roque!

In November of 2017, Matt Lauer was accused of serious sexual harassment in the workplace, which included an allegation of rape. He was fired.

Annette Roque is divorcing him, and now we know what she'll be getting in this hefty settlement.

Lauer is absolutely furious over how much he's losing.

Matt Lauer, wife Annette Roque

Us Weekly has the scoop on how much Matt Lauer's divorce will cost him.

"He’s going to be forking out around $50 million in a settlement," the insider reveals.

That is not the same thing as receiving $50 million in liquid currency. Only about half of that is cash.

"She will receive the horse farm," the source explains.

Roque will also receive "their current residence and a one-time payment of $25 million."

That's a nice sum. It's no surprise that Roque is keeping the house after she booted Lauer out of it.

Matt Lauer is Terrible

"There will be no child or spousal support and they will split the costs for the kids," the insider adds.

Lauer and Roque have three children together.

Jack is 16. Romy is 14. Their youngest, Thijs, is 11.

(Please do not make fun of kids' names -- they did not choose them)

So it sounds like they'll be working hard to co-parent on an equal basis.

Annette Roque

Incredibly, Lauer apparently feels like he got a raw deal.

"Matt is furious," the insider reports. "He is essentially handing over half of his net worth to Annette."

Isn't that literally how divorce is supposed to work?

"He could fight for a better deal in court," the source admits.

Lauer knows that he could contest this arrangement, "but that would only result in dragging this out longer."

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He wants to avoid a (divorce) war of attrition, the source says, "and negative headlines."

Ugh. This isn't the first time that we've heard people say that Lauer is obsessed with media coverage of his divorce.

But it gets worse.

"He is ready to move on with his life," the insider reveals.

We're sure that the various women at NBC whose careers may have been discouraged or sabotaged by his sexual harassment wish that they had so easily been able to move on.

What's worse, though, is that Lauer actually thinks that people want to see him on TV again, the source says, "and truly believes that a television comeback is possible."

Matt Lauer, wife Annette Roque, Throwback

Well, that's gross. Remember, Lauer didn't get fired for being a serial cheater. He was fired for sexual harassment. He was accused of rape.

There are a lot of people who believe that all rapists belong behind bars -- at least.

It takes a hell of a lot of audacity for someone who has tens of millions of dollars and his freedom (post-divorce) to whine about dividing assets.

It takes nothing short of hubris to try to restart your television career after you've been exposed as a sex monster.

Good for Annette Roque for getting what was owed to her, though.

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It’s Begun. Kylie Jenner Pierces Infant Stormi’s Ears

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You’re only officially indoctrinated into the Jenndashian family when your mother advocates painfully altering your body to make you look worse. Or filming yourself choking on a black cock. Kylie Jenner’s infant baby Stormi isn’t quite ready for the latter yet – though grandma Kris Jenner certainly has the milestone marked on her calendar. For now, Kylie is starting small by piercing her baby’s ears (the piercings were first visible in the Snapchat video above) to make her look just a little trashier than she was before. Welcome to the family, Stormi.

This is one of those divisive mothering decisions that has sparked heated conversation for decades. Should parents be allowed to inflict unnecessary pain on their children? If Britney Spears sings around the kids, then it’s sadly gone too far. While some are slamming h8er Kylie for punching a hole in her kid’s head, others are defending her by pointing to other cultures and geographical regions, such as India and Nigeria, in which the practice is the norm. Of course, female genital mutilation is also prevalent in Nigeria. Let’s not use Nigeria as the gold standard for child care.

 

 

 

Do you think Kylie should be able to pierce her baby’s ear and that Stormi should just be glad that she doesn’t already have a snowman-proportioned body with silicon dripping out of her ears, or is this fucked up and Kylie is just common trash? Or all of the above?

 

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Marc Silvestri’s Batman/The Joker: Deadly Duo Finally Announced at San Diego Comic-Con

We’ve been waiting a while. But today we got the first inkling…

We first reported that Marc Silvestri was working on a Batman comic back in 2014. But we understand it had already been a while in the telling.

Then it was to be part of DC Rebirth.

Last year we learnt it was a Batman/Joker Team-Up six-issue mini-series. Written and drawn by Marc Silvestri and edited by Matt Hawkins. But then nothing again…

And then today at the DC Publishers panel (thanks to Bleeding Cool reporter Marcos Salinas) it all went official.

Batman/The Joker: Deadly Duo from Marc Silvestri. And DC Comics. Honest to goodness this time. Seven… and a half issues long apparently. Because Silvestri couldn’t help himself.

Here’s a look from long ago…

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‘Joker’ Will Be Released in 2019

'Joker' Will Be Released in 2019

Yes, Joaquin Phoenix attached to this crime

Source: Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie gets a title and release date

The standalone Joker film now has a release date and an official title. The film being directed by Todd Phillips has the title -- hold on to your butts -- Joker and will be released on October 4, 2019. That was quick.

As rumored, Joaquin Phoenix is the star of the show which:

"… centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips' exploration of a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale."

 

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Denis Ten, Olympic Bronze Medalist, Stabbed to Death

Denis Ten, a figure skater who won a Bronze Medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, died on Thursday after being stabbed during a dispute in Kazakhstan.

He was 25 years old.

Denis Ten

According to BBC News, Ten died of the wounds he suffered after two men tried to steal car mirrors during a mugging.

It's unclear at this time whether Ten fought back or just what precipated the fatal stabbing, but "he is not with us anymore," a Kazakh government spokesman has said on record.

The Olympian was in his home city of Almaty when the tragedy occurred.

Canadian skater Patrick Chan, who won silver in the same competition four years ago, wrote on Twitter he was "honored and grateful to have shared the ice" with Ten.

Denis Ten Picture

"One of the most beautiful skaters to have graced our sport. My thoughts are with his family during this unimaginable time," Chan added.

As news of this murder has spread around the Internet and the skating community, tributes have come flooding in from all areas of the globe.

This is what American figure skater Adam Rippon has said in the wake of the terrible news:

"My skating friend, @Tenis_Den, passed away today. He was so kind to everyone and a huge inspiration to me and so many other people."

"Murdered in the streets of Kazakhstan."

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"Denis, thank you for showing us how to be a champion. Your time with us was way too short. Love you forever."

The International Skating Union said it was "deeply saddened" by news of Ten's death.

Kazakhstan Olympic Committee president Timur Kulibayev said in a statement:

"Today is truly a dark day for all of us who knew and loved this young figure skater and were inspired by his talent and creativity."

"Throughout his sporting career, Denis set an example with his motivation, strength of spirit and his champion's personality."

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Ten also won the Four Continents championships in 2015 and was a world championship silver medalist in 2013.

However, he struggled with injuries in recent years and could manage only 27th at the Olympics in Pyeongchang in February.

He had hinted at retirement at various points since then, talking in public about his studies in economics and his plans to write a movie script.

"Completely devastated by the passing of Denis Ten," Tweeted Johnny Weir, adding:

"He was as bright and kind as he was talented. This is such an incredible loss and tragedy. My heart is with his family and loved ones."

"Denis Ten was an incredible figure skater, the legend of our sport, our pride," said the minister of culture and sport of Kazakhstan Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, via BBC.

"This is an unthinkable tragedy and irreparable loss."

Our thoughts go out to his family members, friends and loved ones.

May Denis Ten rest in peace.

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PREDATOR: There Are Skulls Everywhere On This Amazing Comic-Con Poster For The Movie

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Slender Man Movie Release Date, Trailer, Cast, and News

Slender Man will haunt your nightmares in August. Here's what we know about the movie...

Trailers Joseph Baxter
Jul 19, 2018

The foremost example of Internet creepypasta, the Slender Man, is set for a bit of a pop culture surge. As HBO’s 2017 documentary, Beware the Slender Man, brought more exposure to the legend, the upcoming movie adaptation is looking to tap into deep dark fears that have already wrought tragic consequences in real life.

Sony Pictures and Screen Gems appointed Sylvain White as director. For White, it’s a critical and poetic selection, since he made his directorial breakthrough for Screen Gems with the 2007 bellwether Hip-Hop dance drama hit Stomp the Yard. With Slender Man, White works off a script by David Birke, a horror-minded screenwriter of films such as 13 Sins and clown serial killer biopic Gacy, who recently took a dramatic plunge with 2016's Elle, directed by Paul Verhoeven.

Stories of the Slender Man, a tall, skinny, suited scourge sporting a smooth, white, hairless, featureless face, originated on the Internet in 2009. Manifesting through an array of frightening anecdotes and purportedly random pictures in which he is seen ominously lingering in the background, the Slender Man is often depicted appearing in the woods at night, utilizing supernatural abilities, instigating sickness in witnesses and is claimed to be connected to the disappearances of children. However, the line between folklore and reality tragically blurred in a 2014 incident in which two 12-year-old girls in Wisconsin murdered a classmate, stabbing her 19 times, claiming to mollify the irresistible influence of the Slender Man.

Consequently, Slender Man presents unique challenges for Sylvain White with so much genuine tragic baggage attached. White’s body of work mostly resides in the arena of television, having directed episodes of several notable shows such as EmpireScorpionSleepy Hollow and Hawaii Five-0. Besides the aforementioned Stomp the Yard, White was in the director’s chair for the 2010 film adaptation of the DC Comics/Vertigo comic book series, The Losers, which featured names such as Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba and a pre-Captain America (post-Fantastic Four,) Chris Evans.

Slender Man Release Date

Slender Man was originally scheduled for May, and then August 24, but has now moved to August 10, 2018.

Slender Man Trailer

The Slender Man trailer is a morbid montage of mutilations and monstrous encounters – the unholy union of a teen high school drama with a Nine Inch Nails video.

As one would reasonably expect, given the subject of this horror film, the terrifying incorporeal presence of the Slender Man has – true to his Internet origins – gone viral, except here he’s done so quite literally in the minds of four Massachusetts high-school girls, played by Joey King (Fargo), Annalise Basso (Captain Fantastic), Julia Goldani Telles (The Affair) and Jazz Sinclair (Paper Towns). The girls’ attempt to debunk the creepypasta creature results in the disappearance of one of them, presumed to be a Slender Man victim. Consequently, the remaining girls begin to experience nightmarish, dark inducements, seemingly at the behest of the creature.

Here’s the official Slender Man poster, showcasing a silhouette that you’d never want to see under any circumstances.

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Searching Movie: Release Date, Trailer, Cast, and News

John Cho stars in a very modern thriller, as he hunts for his missing daughter using his computer. What we know about Searching...

News Simon Brew
Jul 19, 2018

After earning plaudits at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the new thriller Searching is making its way to theaters.

It’s a film that stars John Cho, who we see using social media, the web, and digital things to try and track down his missing 16-year old daughter. It sounds, on the surface, like it has something in common with the Blumhouse horror Unfriended, which is getting a sequel this summer too.

Debra Messing, Joseph Lee and Sarah Sohn star in the film, that’s directed by Aneesh Chagantry. Chagantry co-wrote the script too with Sev Ohanian.

Here's what else we know...

Searching Release Date

Searching opens on August 24, 2018.

Searching Trailer

Here’s the trailer for the movie…

Here's the official synopsis:

After David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.

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White Boy Rick Release Date, Trailer, Cast, and News

White Boy Rick stars Matthew McConaughey as the father of a teenage drug kingpin-turned FBI informant.

News Joseph Baxter
Jul 19, 2018

White Boy Rick will expand the scope of the typical rise of a crime lord-type drama by adding an intriguingly dysfunctional family dynamic.

Indeed, the fact-based film, directed by an up-and-comer in Yann Demange, stars Matthew McConaughey as a small-time player patriarch to an embattled family in Detroit in the 1980s. However, it’s the arc of the character’s unassuming teenage son – the titular White Boy Rick – that goes from Scarface to Goodfellas’ Henry Hill.

Here's everything else we know about the film:

White Boy Rick Release Date

White Boy Rick hits theaters on September 14, 2018.

White Boy Rick Trailer

The White Boy Rick trailer might just briefly trigger the reflexes of old-school VCR owners to adjust the tracking, since the clip is presented through a static-strewn low-res retro filter.

The visual effect helps drive home the film’s 1984 setting, depicting a criminal version of a Cat’s in the Cradle moment between Richard Wershe Sr. (Matthew McConaughey) and son Richard Jr. (Richie Merritt), whose troubled family live deep in Detroit. Yet, Richard Jr. seems to have a drive that old dad doesn’t and manages to hustle his way through the criminal underworld under the name "White Boy Rick" to become one of the city’s top drug kingpins by the age of 15.

Of course, with any meteoric rise comes the inevitable descent, which lands Richard Jr. in hot water from the enemies that come with such a position. Consequently, motivated by a desire to finally free his family from the cycle of crime, Richard Jr. becomes the youngest informant in the history of the FBI, overseen by a duo of agents played by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Rory Cochrane.

Bel Powley, RJ Cyler, Bruce Dern, Piper Laurie, Brian Tyree Henry and Eddie Marsan also appear in the film.

Director Yann Demange is known from the 2014 war drama, ’71 and television work on episodes of Top Boy, Criminal Justice, Dead Set and Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Demange – also once a rumored candidate for Bond 25 – works here off a screenplay credited to Andy Weiss, Logan Miller, Noah Miller and Steve Kloves, based on the real-life story of Richard Wershe Jr.

White Boy Rick kicks off a trio of 2018 films for star Matthew McConaughey, which will be followed by the October-scheduled drama, Serenity, and, on a date to be determined, stoner comedy movie Beach Bum (a film that, one could say, he was destined to headline).

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Little Women Remake Release Date Confirmed

Greta Gerwig is writing and directing a new Little Women movie and it arrives next year! Here's what we know about the movie...

News David Crow
Jul 19, 2018

A classic never goes out of style. Hence with barely a full month passing since PBS/BBC’s American broadcast of a Little Women miniseries, Hollywood is turning its attention once again to that Louisa May Alcott novel for a bigger budget and more lavish production. Further the latest Little Women movie is being spearheaded by writer-director Greta Gerwig after her Oscar nominated work on Lady Bird. The movie is set for a Dec. 25, 2019 release date.

News of Gerwig’s Little Women first broke out of Variety last week, which revealed the movie is being developed at Sony’s Columbia Pictures. It was quickly confirmed Saoirse Ronan, Emma Stone, and Timothée Chalamet, and Florence Pugh would also star in the film. At the time full castings had not been revealed, but The Los Angeles Times has since revealed that Streep is indeed signed onto the film... but not in the role many expected. For those who have read Alcott's novels (or at least seen previous film adaptations), many assumed Streep was in talks to play Marmee, the mother of the March girls. However, as revealed by producer Robin Swicord, Streep is actually playing Great-Aunt March... the elderly, widowed, judging, and rich relative down the road.

This certainly makes a little more sense given in the original text, Aunt March is an older woman than Marmee, and as hard as it is to believe, the formidable Streep is 69-years-old. However, what is more intriguing, as Swincord apparently revealed to the LA Times, is that the film will depart drastically from all previous Little Women films and focus on the lives of the March girls after they have grown up and moved away from the house, using flashbacks to recall their girlhood, but potentially moving much further down the paths of their adult lives (and thus possibly into the sequel novel Little Men). It might make sense for Swincord to wish to differentiate this Little Women from the 1994 film also made by Columbia... after all, she wrote it. (And it too was produced by Denise Di Novi and championed by Amy Pascal, both of whom now are producing what is sounding more and more like a sequel.)

“It’s really taking a look at what it is for a young woman to enter the adult world,” Swicord says, adding that Gerwig’s screenplay jumps back and forth in time, focusing more on themes than narrative.

“It’s very adult and interesting and thoughtful … and, of course, given the material, it’s always going to be romantic,” Swicord says. “Greta has a wonderfully associative, well-furnished mind. Her take on the novel more than convinced us that we could bring something new to the screen.”

As such, this would allow Aunt March to have a larger role than Marmee; it also might explain casting the "little women" older than many fans could have expected. Indeed, The LA Times has since further confirmed the roles everyone had speculated for this cast are accurate: Gerwig's eponymous Lady Bird, Saoirse Ronan, will play the main heroine and strong-willed Jo March, and fellow Lady Bird alum Chalamet is the boy-next-door who becomes a romantic interest for several of the sisters, Laurie. Stone will meanwhile play the eldest and most romantic sister Meg, while Pugh is to play the youngest and most practical sister Amy. No one has been cast as Beth yet, the ill-fated sister who never left home.

Little Women is the timeless American classic that with each new generation tends to find fans given its astute study of domestic and family dynamics between sisters and their friends, even if it is precisely rooted in Alcott’s own childhood of growing up with three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts during 19th century hardship. One of the more liberal and progressive conclaves of New England, the forward thinking ideals of the March family are tested as the girls grow and the expectations of society, including marriage and lives without careers, are placed on the family and their neighbors, even before death comes calling.

Apparently Sony and producer Amy Pascal have long been interested in developing a new Little Women movie and originally attracted Gerwig to the project in order to write a new draft of the screenplay. However, after her directorial debut became the toast of the awards circuit, Columbia was eager to lure Gerwig on to also direct the film.

This will be at least the fourth major Hollywood adaptation of Little Women after golden age productions in 1933 and 1949, the first with Kathrine Hepburn and the latter with a woefully miscast Elizabeth Taylor. However, the definitive adaptation of the book remains Gillian Armstrong’s 1994 version (also at Columbia Pictures), which featured a stacked cast for its own time, including Winona Ryder as Jo, Claire Danes as Beth, Kirsten Dunst as Amy, Susan Sarandon as Marmee, and Christian Bale as Laurie.

Personally, the idea of topping that seems dubious. And Thomas Newman’s score? Nigh impossible. Listen to it for yourself:

We'll have more as this one develops.

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Mark Zuckerberg: I Didn’t MEAN to Defend Holocaust Deniers!

Remember in late 2016 when it looked like Mark Zuckerberg was testing the waters for an eventual Presidential run? That ship has clearly sailed.

In a recent statement, Zuckerberg seemed to make excuses for Holocaust deniers on Facebook, claiming that the classic neo-nazi talking point is just an honest misunderstanding.

Now, he's trying to walk back his statements ... but not doing a great job of it.

Mark Zuckerberg Speaks

On a Wednesday appearance on the Recode Decode podcast, Mark Zuckerberg reminds listeners: "I’m Jewish."

That is definitely relevant to the conversation of Holocaust denial and other abhorrent content that spreads via Facebook.

"And there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened," Zuckerberg admits.

"I find that deeply offensive," he says.

For the record, saying that Holocaust denial is offensive kind of misses the point.

'But at the end of the day," Zuckerberg continues. "I don’t believe that our platform should take that down."

Yikes.

Mark Zuckerberg Talking

He does explain his point of view.

Zuckerberg says that he doesn't want to block thta content "because I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong."

Some would argue that people who believe evil, untrue things are never intentionally getting it wrong. Other say that most Holocaust deniers are deliberately lying.

"It’s hard to impugn intent," Zuckerberg says. "And to understand the intent."

Many would say that the intention behind spreading such misinformation doesn't really matter.

"I just think, as abhorrent as some of those examples are," Zuckerberg says. "I think the reality is also that I get things wrong when I speak publicly."

Mark Zuckerberg Stands Like a Human

Zuckerberg sent a follow-up email to clarify his wildly controversial statements.

"I enjoyed our conversation yesterday," his email begins. "But there’s one thing I want to clear up."

A lot of people are better-spoken in emails than they are in interviews.

"I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive," Zuckerberg repeats. "And I absolutely didn’t intend to defend the intent of people who deny that."

That's ... reassuring?

"Our goal with fake news is not to prevent anyone from saying something untrue," he clarifies. "But to stop fake news and misinformation spreading across our services."

That sounds like a subtle distinction for those who don't actively work in social media.

Mark Zuckerberg Explains It All

He goes on to explain how he hopes that Facebook will accomplish this goal.

"If something is spreading and is rated false by fact checkers," Zuckerberg describes. "It would lose the vast majority of its distribution in News Feed."

"And of course," Zuckerberg continues. "If a post crossed line into advocating for violence or hate against a particular group, it would be removed."

That is probably welcome news to the people who have reported direct threats against them on Facebook only to have Facebook respond with the formal equivalent of a shrug.

"These issues are very challenging," Zuckerberg admits. "But I believe that often the best way to fight offensive bad speech is with good speech."

"I look forward to catching up again soon," he concludes. "Mark."

Mark Zuckerberg On Stage Photo

There are a few issues with his statement.

First of all, addressing direct and explicit violent threats just allows people to play word games. Holocaust denial is a popular word game.

A number of white supremacist groups enjoy presenting the Holocaust as a fabrication, concocted by an all-powerful Jewish cabal in order to procure international sympathy.

Zuckerberg himself is unlikely to be impacted by the spread of anti-semitism, because his status as a billionaire means that he does not face the everyday experiences that non-billionaire minorities do.

And that goes for his entire family.

Mark Zuckerberg Baby Photo

He might be offended by their rhetoric, but he is not the person who is likely to have his home or place of work vandalized by someone who worked themselves into a frenzy after consuming hour after hour of conspiracy theories.

Many have pointed out that Zuckerberg cares more about making money off of avowed racists on his platform than he is about the real world consequences of helping nazi ideology to spread.

In Zuckerberg's defense ... he's not the best at public speaking.

Also, YouTube's video suggestion algorithm, which points so many teens to a cesspool of conspiracy theoriest and white nationalist media, is definitely worse.

Still ... defending Holocaust deniers isn't a great platform for a political run. Unless you're Trump, apparently.

How Facebook configures its millions of servers every day

NOMINATIONS: For Moment of the Week 7/18/18 *Spoilers*

NOMINATIONS: For Moment of the Week 7/18/18 *Spoilers*

Which moment from a comic this week caught your interest?


 

 

 

 

   

 

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Moment and Indie Moment of the Month for June have begun! Vote now or forever hold your peace!!! 

 

 Your WINNER(s) for MOMENT OF THE WEEK 7/11/18:

 

 

bart1

bart2

 

Bart Allen is back - The Flash #50

 

and (because this moment deserves the victory too from last week)...

petemj1

petemj

 

 

Peter gets back together with MJ. - Amazing Spider-Man #1

 

2upcnwx

 

 

 

This thread will contain SPOILERS!!! And lots of them. If you haven't read this week's comics yet, go read them before continuing into this thread, or risk being spoiled!

 

PLEASE NOTE!!!!!! ]Remember to include the title and issue number of the comic you are nominating. Otherwise I will be forced to disqualify your nomination, and nobody wants that!

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The Rules:

1. Each nomination must be a moment in a comic released the week of the thread. This does not include weekly previews, trade paperbacks, or back issue digests. For new comics check out Midtown Comics release dates.

 

2. Everyone can make ONE nomination. You can either nominate a moment yourself or second/third/fourth/fifth an already existing nomination. However, second/third/fourth/fifth will not count per nominating and thus earn entry above in Top Nominations. You want in that list you must nominate something.

 

3. It must be an actual moment involving the actions or statements of a comic character in an issue. No "This writer returns to the series", "this artist draws this character", "the book is better", etc.

 

4. If you want to change your nomination, there are a few factors involved:

---> A) No one can have seconded your nom.

---> B) If it is clear for you to change your nom, you must edit your original post or the new post will be disqualified as being a double nomination.

---> C) You can change your second, third, etc. by editing your original post before the nomination period ends.

 

Moments on the poll do not have to be seconded. If there is room in the poll, moments that were nominated but not seconded will be added based on the order they were nominated.

 

6.  Again, please be specific on the comic title, issue number and moment. Also be clear that you are actually nominating or seconding something ... statements such as "Yeah, that was a cool moment" aren't clear. You must nominate a single moment in the comic and can't nominate the whole issue. Once more, if you don’t include the issue and number the moment will not be included.

 

7. The thread for nominations will go up on Wednesday (new comic day) at 11:00 PM (Central) or when Zechs arrives later that night and posts in the previous week thread announcing voting is closed. The nominations will go until 2:00 PM (Central Time) Sunday Afternoon, or whenever Zechs arrives and will post in the thread stating, “It’s over.” and will start the poll. If a new comic day falls on a holiday week in American, then the thread will be made for that day (be it Tuesday or Thursday). Regardless, nominations will STILL conclude on Saturday deadline.

 

8. Please be civil when commenting on other people's nominations. But feel free to discuss them in this thread.

 

9. In case there is debate on WHEN exactly a title came out, http://www.midtowncomics.com  or the official websites of said publishers (be it Marvel, DC, Darkhorse, etc.) will be the final word on the quarrel.

 

10. Any nominations not following the above rules will be disqualified. Unless of course if Zechs, who is feeling sad for the person who missed the rule and might give them time to provide the correction. Then he will pester bk into putting the nomination in the poll. Of course this wouldn’t be a problem if Zechs wasn’t granted the glorious powers of a moderator, which one day such power will be Zechs, oh yes they will his.

 

11. If at five nominations are not made, Zechs will choose some, but they will all count as one nomination, not multiple thus making sure balance is preserved.

 

12. AKA the Rulk rule. If several moments are tied past the deadline of 11:00 PM (Central Time) Wednesday (or holiday date when new comics arrive in the US) or when Zechs arrives that night, then voting will continue on in sudden death for eight more hours, until one is decided. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE.

If one isn’t still decided, then Zechs will provide the deciding vote, regardless if he has voted already. So if that isn't enough reason to get a ton of votes on that additional day than you're just dooming yourself to give Zechs another vote.

 

13. AKA the Hobgoblin rule. Roderick Kingsley Hobgoblin moments when winning for three days straight automatically win the poll. No last day or second voting changes it to troll the ruler of this thread.

 

Only ONE can rule as the Moment of the Week!

 

 

Top Ten Nominators of All Time...

 

1.) GLX- (458 Nominations)

 

2.) Zechs- (454 Nominations)

 

3.) e_galston- (202 Nominations)

 

4.) IvCNuB4 - (183 Nominations) 

5.) Johnny Smith (174 Nominations)

6.)  Kravis (145 Nominations)

7.) Stephen Day- (126 Nominations)

8.) blcdude (114 Nominations)

9.) rdrsfn82- (102 Nominations)

10.) fieldy RICHARDS- (93 Nominations)

 

 

Honorable Mentions

 

HNutz (87 Nominations)

Porcelain38- (92 Nominations)

Starlord- (81 Nominations)

Nicola Marshall (73 Nominations)

DudeistMonk (67 Nominations)

God-Man (63 Nominations)

BubbaKanoosh- (57 Nominations)

Greg- (52 Nominations)

Knuckles McSmasher- (44 Nominations)

doombug - (43 Nominations)

48THRiLLS- (40 Nominations)

Demarcoa (39 Nominations)

jephd (37 Nominations)

SilverPhoenix (34 Nominations)

guitarsmashley (34 Nominations)

Amoebas (31 Nominations)

karmakaze (31 Nominations)

TimDrake'sDumbWings- (30 Nominations)

Chap22- (28 Nominations)

Mr. Batman- (27 Nominations)

Dragavon- (27 Nominations)

locuas (26 Nominations)

VinnyPic- (25 Nominations)

Flynn the Pirate (21 Nominations)

habitual- (19 Nominations)

Grayson (19 Nominations)

Agent Panic (18 Nominations)

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PaulSebert (18 Nominations)

Glacier16 (18 Nominations)

MrBlack (17 Nominations)

Punchy- (16 Nominations)

OneWhoIsAll (15 Nominations)

Belle-Tain Summer (54 Nominations)

capjr (12 Nominations)

ThatRomanGuy (12 Nominations)

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PatricioUPMA (11 Nominations)

GOFM - (10 Nominations)

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Peter Parker (10 Nominations)

SuperSoldier Washout (9 Nominations)

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Octacon (8 Nominations)

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eypcrew2- (7 Nominations)

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Eli Katz (7 Nominations)

Flamebird (7 Nominations)

pat (6 Nominations)

TheSecondLex (6 Nominations)

Juan Cena (6 Nominations)

Kid Impulse- (5 Nominations)

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Mammon, Fool Breaker (5 Nominations)

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C-Matty- (4 Nominations)

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Earth-2 NoctourneM (4 Nominations)

Ben- (3 Nominations)

McKeagan- (3 Nominations)

carl999- (3 Nominations)

Alex Delarge- (3 Nominations)

MrWadeWilsonHimself (3 Nominations)

pat (3 Nominations)

blastmaster (3 Nominations)

thefourthman (3 Nominations)

BlueKitKat (3 Nominations)

americanslime (3 Nominations)

SolRey34 (3 Nominations)

GOSD- (3 Nominations)

MysticKnightJoe (3 Nominations)

GratefulFred- (2 Nominations)

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Dooz - (2 Nominations)

Jack Burton- (2 Nominations)

Zenguru- (2 Nominations)

God Impulse2k1 (2 Nominations)

skywatcher (2 Nominations)

avengingtitan (2 Nominations)

Rebis (2 Nominations)

Justin M. Campbell (2 Nominations)

PhoenixEquinox (2 Nominations)

Timbales (2 Nominations)

dairydead (2 Nominations)

Lord Solaris (2 Nominations)

Aeon Flux (2 Nominations)

PinkDaddy (2 Nomination)

Ntikrst (2 Nominations)

Jude Terror (2 Nominations)

Major Tool (2 Nominations)

LoatheMe (2 Nominations)

Richie Heap (2 Nominations)

Chicanery (2 Nominations)

syxxpakk (2 Nominations)

batarang614 (2 Nominations)

Arkanian (2 Nominations)

Fifthletter (2 Nominations)

ObsceneBinary (2 Nominations)

Josh Hartung (2 Nominations)

TurboSmurf (2 Nominations)

Randy Robertson (2 Nominations)

Peter-J-DeadPoole (2 Nominations)

GiveWaraChance (2 Nominations)

Guderian- (1 Nomination)

Black Kryptonite- (1 Nomination)

Colonel Angus- (1 Nomination)

barrylincoln - (1 Nomination)

Dooz Ex Machina- (1 Nomination)

Thrillhouse- (1 Nomination)

Chesscub- (1 Nomination)

TheyShouldBeTheBats- (1 Nomination)

The Bass (1 Nomination)

GOD Impulse- (1 Nomination)

Deadfett (1 Nomination)

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Miracloman (1 Nomination)

Alex Delarge (1 Nomination)

blastmaster (1 Nomination)

Jonathan (1 Nomination)

NeverReady ( 1 Nomination)

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BAMJoe (1 Nomination)

False Prophet (1 Nomination)

xaraan (1 Nomination)

Holland Oats (1 Nomination)

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hatmasta (1 Nomination)

TheSecondLex (1 Nomination)

Pink Daddy (1 Nomination)

Sunless (1 Nomination)

Jim Gramm (1 Nomination)

tomc (1 Nomination)

John Condor (1 Nomination)

B1CaNobody (1 Nomination)

Socky (1 Nomination)

bluemanhattangroup (1 Nomination)

TimH (1 Nomination)

Bilal Khawaja (1 Nomination)

Scintillant-H (1 Nomination)

Arkanian (1 Nomination)

the_isolator (1 Nomination)

Arkanian (1 Nomination)

Manuel Prez (1 Nomination)

Ameht Dominguez (1 Nomination)

James Burke (1 Nomination)

 Sporkbot (1 Nomination)

agf029 (1 Nomination)

jay042 (1 Nomination)

Draco X (1 Nomination)

RobThompson (1 Nomination)

Amoebas (1 Nomination)

FuzzyBarbarian (1 Nomination)

 

Hall of Shame

 

sdsichero (-1 Nomination)

John Lewis Hawk (-25 Nominations)

 

 

 



Written or Contributed by Zechs


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Pierce Brosnan Thanks Wife For a Life of Love on 25th Anniversary

James Bond heartthrob Pierce Brosnan is celebrating the 25th anniversary of meeting his wife, journalist Keely Shaye Smith, and their enduring love for each other is #relationshipgoals both in and out of Hollywood. 

 

Today, Brosnan marked 25 years in love with his wife with an Instagram post showing the two of them embracing and looking into each others' eyes. "Thank you for the love my love of these past 25 years, onwards..." the Irish actor wrote, adding heart and rose emojis for extra adorableness. 


Look at the true love that is coming out of both of their eyes like lasers. 

Just when you thought that Hollywood was a graveyard of broken relationships, 65-year-old Brosnan and 54-year-old Smith are showing everyone how it's done. The pair met in Mexico in 1994, three years after the tragic death of Brosnan's first wife, Cassandra Harris, who succumbed to ovarian cancer at the age of 41. They took things slow and dated for eight years before tying the knot in 2001, and they have two sons together, 21-year-old Dylan and 17-year-old Paris. 

Later this summer, they'll celebrate 17 years of marriage. 

This isn't the first time that Brosnan has gushed about his wife. Brosnan told People last year that his perfect day involves watching the sunset with his wife and a glass of champagne–while they talk about their day. 

He also told The Independent in 2016 that, “I love her vitality, her passion. She has this strength that I wouldn’t be able to live without. When Keely looks at me, I go weak.”

 

And these two smitten kittens aren't just ga-ga for each other on paper. Earlier this week, the two met for lunch, along with their son, fashion model Dylan, and shared a passionate kiss and embrace as if they hadn't been together for literal decades.

The couple then headed to New York City, where they are celebrating the opening of Mama Mia! Here We Go Again! There, Brosnan snapped another picture of the couple for Instagram, this time with him in a dapper hat and Smith carrying a bouquet of sunflowers. Can we somehow bottle their love for each other, please? 

The Bachelorette: Are Becca Kufrin and (Spoiler) Still Engaged?!

As with any season, there have been plenty of Bachelorette spoilers, rumors and teasers leading up to the finale in a few weeks.

Specifically, however, there's recent chatter that leading lady Becca Kufrin will change her mind after the finale and change fiances.

How's that for irony?

Becca.

We all know what happened on The Bachelor, so the idea of Becca pulling an Arie after the same thing happened to her is choice.

Some supposed insiders have claimed that Kufrin has started to feel regret regarding the choice she made at her final rose ceremony.

According to The Bachelorette spoilers kingpin Reality Steve, though, she may well have regrets ... but there's no sign of a switcheroo.

Not yet, at least.

Becca K.

Obviously, spoiler alert ... Jason Tartick, Blake Horstmann and Garrett Yrigoyen are the final three men standing this season.

Becks is set to oust Jason this coming week, then picks Garrett over Blake and will be leaving the Maldives engaged to him.

Then comes the big speculation, especially given the controversy regarding Garrett's social media activity prior to the series.

Without a doubt, that poses an obstacle for a duo that - like any other to leave the show engaged - faces steep odds already.

But it hasn't broken them.

Becca on the Farm

Becca and Garrett are still together and engaged, according to Steve, who has heard nothing about a breakup between the pair.

Moreover, he's heard nary a word about Blake Horstmann since the finale wrapped, so it seems unlikely that they're still in touch.

"Nowhere in that story," Steve writes of the report," does it ever say that she actually is going to or has pulled an Arie."

"Nowhere," he repeats. "It’s not in there. It’s click bait to get you to read. Becca has not and is not going back to Blake."

Garrett, 29

Of course, that only pertains to whether they're broken up right now (they're not) and whether Blake is involved (he isn't).

Doubts she may have in the aftermath of the season, perhaps upon realizing that Garrett is not what she envisioned?

That's a viable hypothetical, and will sure make for an interesting end to the summer, as Garrett's apology isn't going to cut it.

Becca seemed to back him up in her many damage control comments throughout the season, but the worst is yet to come.

Garrett Yrigoyen with Becca

His prior Instagram posts may not seem like a big deal, but it sheds light on what appear to be major differences in values.

Moreover, not all fans read or fully believe The Bachelorette spoilers, so him winning may still come as a surprise to many.

Those fans may then learn about the Instagram scandal for the first time, as the media will certainly waste no time bringing it up.

Yeah. It'll be interesting to say the least.

The scrutiny is always intense when it comes to Bachelor or Bachelorette winners, and this increases tenfold After the Final Rose.

For Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen, expect a lot of hard questions, which may push them to the brink of a breakup.

Unless she pulls an Arie, of course. Not that we're expecting that by any means, but ... hey, we weren't from Arie either.

Okay, we sort of were. But just saying.

Beach Boys Founder Brian Wilson Heard Voices, Had Delusions During Band’s Peak Fame

Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson had schizoaffective personality disorder throughout his years in the California-based rock band. His disease caused him to have low moods and reclusive behavior, as well as things like hallucinations and delusions.

“His ability to be in touch with reality would’ve been compromised throughout his life,” says Psychologist Dr. Linda Papadopoulos in the teaser for REELZ’s new docuseries, Breaking the Band: The Beach Boys.

When he was just a child, Brian began hearing voices—a frightening symptom of his mental illness which greatly affected his personality and social behavior.

“Right from the start, the band’s kind of laid on foundations of ill health. It’s not a surprise that everything disintegrates relatively early on,” adds Papadopoulos.

RadarOnline.com readers know The Beach Boys broke up for good in 2012, though main members of the band were kicked out, or passed away throughout the years. Mike Love was the one who ousted his talented cousin Brian, nearly 50 years after he helped form the beloved musical group.

Breaking the Band: The Beach Boys airs Sunday, July 22 at 10:00 ET / PT on REELZ.

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Marvel Masterworks Collection Delivers Bank Account Breaking Prop Replicas From Your Favorite MCU Movies

With Comic-Con in full swing, Marvel Studios has announced plans for a series of screen accurate replicas which will hurt your bank balance but look seriously cool as part of any collection. Take a look...

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Following Death Threats Over BATMAN #50, Writer Tom King Was Assigned A Bodyguard For SDCC

To the disappointment of fans, Batman #50 didn't see Bruce and Selina tie the knot. And in response far too many death threats were sent to Tom King, causing the writer to be assigned a bodyguard for SDCC.

Comcast Concedes to Disney in Fox Bid

After Disney outbid Comcast for 21st Century Fox, Comcast bows out of the battle, narrowing its sights to only a partial acquisition.

News David Crow
Jul 19, 2018

Comcast will no longer pursue its multi-million dollar deal for 21st Century Fox in the closely watched bidding war between the cable giant and Disney to acquire the IP of Fox's production arm. Instead, Comcast has narrowed its focus to acquire Fox's coveted 39% share of UK's Sky, conceding the entertainment properties to Disney but remaining in the fight for an international foothold. The new bid is still an impressive $34 billion for Sky, but it appears that Disney has won the war for franchises like Avatar and X-Men among other entertainment properties.

The Walt Disney Company had upped its offer to 21st Century Fox from its originally agreed upon figure of $52 billion to $71.3 billion after Comcast tried its cash bid of $65 billion. Indeed, Disney made the offer just as a regularly scheduled meeting of 21st Century Fox’s board members was about to begin. Between the stock and cash bid, which would include Disney paying $38 per Fox share, the Walt Disney Company is actually offering a total transaction of $85.1 billion, a figure that was a full 10 percent higher than Comcast’s offer earlier this month.

Now the question becomes whether Fox will choose to split its assets between the two rival bids, especially with many considering Sky a "crown jewel" of the Fox assets. The aggressiveness of Disney’s counteroffer speaks to how the companies view the rapidly shrinking creative space for media production in the 21st century, given the pricy push to obtain a media portfolio that, besides Sky, includes 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, FX, 20th Century Fox Television, Star India, 30 percent of Hulu, and regional sports networks. Oh, and there might be some superheroes in there too, somewhere…

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In a statement, Disney CEO Bob Iger said this about the desire to reclose a deal with 21st Century Fox: “The acquisition of 21st Century Fox will bring significant financial value to the shareholders of both companies, and after six months of integration planning, we’re even more enthusiastic and confident in the strategic fit of the assets and the talent at Fox. At a time of dynamic change in the entertainment industry, the combination of Disney and Fox’s unparalleled collection of businesses and franchises will allow us to create more appealing high-quality content, expand our direct-to-consumer offerings and international presence, and deliver more personalized and compelling entertainment experiences to meet growing consumer demands around the world.”

Despite the emphasis on the consumer, this seems to be a whole lot more important to the content creators, or at least the board members and executives they answer to. Both Comcast and Disney see the value of Fox’s assets, which includes a strong media presence in the UK and India, and features a century’s back catalogue of film. As Disney is scheduled to launch its own streaming service to compete with Netflix and Hulu next year—even though this deal would potentially give Disney nearly a one-third stake in Hulu—the value of that content cannot be overstated, even from the Mouse House’s coffers.

Iger has also said more persuasively that Disney’s acquisition would likely move through regulatory oversight more quickly and smoothly than Comcast, which is a bigger media corporation, and like Disney already owns one movie studio (Universal Pictures). However, given this month saw the Justice Department fail to stop AT&T from consuming Time-Warner, we imagine that this argument might not be as persuasive, which is something Comcast betted on when the company offered $65 billion for Fox.

It’s worth noting that Fox initially preferred Disney over Comcast anyway in the battle for its assets. It was 21st Century Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch who approached Disney about spinning off his company’s media production assets—Murdoch wants to refocus his efforts on his news empire, including its right wing propaganda machine Fox News, as well as bow out of the entertainment industry before what he and many assume is the paradigm shift of streaming becoming the dominant form of entertainment in the future. As such, Murdoch’s company would still retain its “news” divisions, Fox Sports Network, and FOX Broadcasting (Disney legally cannot own the network since it already owns ABC).

Comcast, however, became an alternative suitor in December, but Murdoch was wary, at least partially due to the regulatory hurdles that deal might face. In the wake of AT&T’s success at acquiring Time-Warner, this seems less detrimental to a deal so much as whether Comcast can successfully split Sky off from the rest of the deal with Disney.

For Fox shareholders, they may enjoy seeing Comcast try, but for Fox employees…

Oh yeah, somewhere in all this Disney will also acquire the Marvel licenses Fox has had for about two decades, including the X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four. But if you think that’s the most important aspect of this news story, you might be missing the forest for the trees.

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Zombieland 2 is a go. Ten years after the first, the sequel will arrive in 2019 with Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and more.

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Jul 19, 2018

As it turns out, there are more than a few rules left to learn if you want to survive a Zombie Apocalypse. And why not? When the first Zombieland came out way back in 2009, The Walking Dead was still simply a comic book, and the ghoulish undead were far less hip than all those sexy vampires running around. As pop culture has since been infested with the dreaded brain-eaters, Zombieland 2 has long seemed like a no-brainer. Sony would appear to agree.

Hence it was announced that Sony Pictures is moving ahead with Zombieland 2 with the four main actors from the original film: Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin, will be reprising their roles as Wichita, Tallahassee, Columbus, and Little Rock. Hopefully, they’ll find a way to swing by Bill Murray’s again too. (He might not be all dead, right?). 

Zombieland 2 is also developing very quickly, with an aim to begin production in January of next year and to release on October 11, 2019. The quick turnaround hopefully means a committed, down and dirty aesthetic for the film, like the first movie.

We even have an official synopsis:

Through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, the Zombie slayers must face off against many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.

The news is sure to make comedy-zombie fans salivate (it’s a niche genre with only Shaun of the Dead and Warm Bodies as the only other participants, but it exists!). Especially since the same creative team is returning, including director Ruben Fleischer and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. While Reese and Wernick have become fan culture royalty in recent years for co-writing both Deadpool and Deadpool 2, the latter alongside Ryan Reynolds, the fast-tracking of this and the return of Fleischer is hopefully a positive vote of confidence in Venom, another off-center superhero adaptation that Fleischer is directing for Sony Pictures. Presumably, they must be seeing something they like, right?

Admittedly, Zombieland 2 has been long speculated about but rarely seeming in danger of occurring. Rumors of a sequel started percolating after the original film was a surprise hit with college-age millennials in 2009, grossing $102.4 million on a $23.6 million budget (and back when the international box office wasn’t such a boon). Additionally, since then, Eisenberg and Stone have grown into bonafide stars, with Ms. Stone particularly rising so high as to win an Oscar last year for La La Land. For that same reason, a sequel increasingly seemed remote, even after Sony was rumored to be looking to do one in 2014. Add on a failed attempt at a pilot for a Zombieland TV series in 2013… it just seemed like too much time had passed.

Apparently, things have changed. Stone especially appears to have a good relationship at Sony, having starred in two of their Spider-Man movies and most recently signing on to star in their Greta Gerwig-directed remake of Little Women. Now comes a blockbuster sequel where she can be as much as the star as the male lead.

The original Zombieland was a surprise hit about four loners thrown together while surviving on the road during a zombie apocalypse. Meeting up in the back of a superstore where a series of double-crosses lead them to each attempt to rob the other of automotive vehicles, the quartet realize it is safer to travel together than in tenuous pairs as they head for the supposed safety of Hollywood and Bill Murray’s mansion. It is an open question what they’re up to 10 years after we last signed off from Zombieland with them driving away from an amusement park, enjoying perhaps the last Twinkie in the world.

With any luck, Tallahassee has discovered the Twinkie recipe and is hard at work at making sure the most valuable aspects of our culture survive on to the next generation.

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Celebrate San Diego Comic-Con With These Great Comics and Movies

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SDCC 2018 begins today, and the little funny-book convention that could is now a gigantic media event, with celebrities and stars all coming together with fans to celebrate everything great about the world of comics, toys, comic book movies, and television shows. Get into the spirit of Comic-Con with these books and movies, and don't forget to follow our live SDCC 2018 coverage direct from the show.

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SDCC: Masters of the Universe’s Snake Mountain is a Coming!

SDCC: Masters of the Universe's Snake Mountain is a Coming!

You thought your wallet was safe. You thought there were no huge ass playsets that you didn't want to own. Well.. Super7 says-- YOU'RE WRONG!

Source: Snake Mountain is Coming! - Masters of the Universe Figure Reveals Super7 Hordak's Lair SDCC 2018

So if you go to Super7's shop over at SDCC, which is currently called Hordak's Lair. You will. No, wait. This doesn't seem right. This article needs a theme that you can listen too when reading this bit of toy news.  

NYAH! That's so much better don't you think you blundering fools?! Now you meatheads over at Hordak's Lair, Super7 finally revealed that yes Snake Mountain (yes it's been that long since it was originally teased. So long, in fact, I can't even find the link to the article I posted of it years ago. It's been that long I forgot where I put it!) is FINALLY coming. 

YouTube reviewer/He-Man fan Pixel Dan revealed the big news in his SDCC Super7 video entry last night. There's still no official word on how it will be released, but if it won't be a preorder, it's highly likely it'll be on Kickstarter (aka Super7 trying to do what Hasbro did earlier this year). 

As you can see though, from these screencaps from Dan's video. Even somewhat unpainted the playset looks huge and utterly amazing.  

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Sadly the Super7 store and display will end today. So get there and see this all while you can! Yes, you musclebound buffons I also know Super7 had more Masters of the Universe figures shown off. 



Written or Contributed by Zechs


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SDCC: Morrison & Sharp Relaunch 'The Green Lantern'

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Source: The Green Lantern Relaunch by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp Focuses on Hal Jordan's Life as a Space Cop - Comic-Con 2018

There might be less of a focus on rainbow Lanterns in the near future. Writer Grant Morrison and artist Liam Sharp are relaunching The Green Lantern, and are going back to basics™. Morrison cut to the point of the new series:

"Instead of the big, epic, 12-part stories, we're focusing down on the everyday life of a space cop. Basically, it's no more apocalypse-ending storylines" … "The basic concept is that [Hal Jordan] is like a space cop that patrols a sector of the universe where anything can happen. We've made it more like a police procedural."

 

As noted, the series will star Hal Jordan, and Sharp provides his take on how the character will be portrayed in the series:

"I love this idea that he's an idiot savant. In a way, he's a genius. He can just turn up and kind of assess the situation really quickly, and then just smack it with a giant fist, and it's all fixed."

 

Hal won't be completely alone. Though Morrison probably won't show the other Lanterns from Sector 2814 much, the Guardians of Universe will still be his boss, and there will be other Lanterns, either obscure or new.

Here's a preview of issue #1:

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The Green Lantern #1 takes off in November.



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Beach Boys Nightmare! Drummer Dennis Constantly Passed Out On Stage From Drug OD

The Beach Boys enchanted the American public with summery hits like “God Only Knows, “Surfin’ USA” and “Good Vibrations” in the 1960s. The rock band—which was formed by the Wilson brothers and their cousin Mike Love—was a breath of fresh air in the music scene, that is until drugs and tensions caused irreparable damage and tore the group apart.

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As fans can discover in the show teaser, the group’s reclusive singer/songwriter Brian Wilson was terrified of performing live on stage; meanwhile, his brother Dennis Wilson and cousin Mike were constantly getting into fiery arguments before performing.

“He looked like somebody who really didn’t wanna be there and was not up to the challenge” an insider says of Brian in the trailer.

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“Playing the drums for Dennis could happen at any moment that I was called upon, it could be in the middle of the show,” recalls Figueroa.

Bryan’s cousin Mike Love, was the polar opposite of Dennis. He was healthy, clean, and often prepared himself mentally before shows to ensure he’d put his best foot forward. Due to their difference in personalities, he and Dennis would often break out into fights out of nowhere, making life hard for the rest of the crew.

Breaking the Band: The Beach Boys airs Sunday, July 22 at 10:00 ET / PT on REELZ.

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SDCC: New Wave of DC Ink & Zoom Comics Announced!

SDCC: New Wave of DC Ink & Zoom Comics Announced!

DC Comics has announced the next wave their young adult and middle grade (aka for kids) lines of comics.


The first wave of DC Ink & Zoom prints aren't even fully out yet (they're set to release next year), but today DC Comics announced the second wave of graphic novels/comics that'll be debuting in the line. 

Here's what to expect in the next wave of books:

 

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Marieke Nijkamp, the #1 New York Times best-selling YA author of This Is Where It Ends, will bring her storytelling to DC's young adult line of graphic novels—DC Ink—with an original tale about a teenage Oracle, the superhero alter-ego that Barbara Gordon assumes after an encounter with The Joker confines her to a wheelchair. ORACLE: RISING will be joined by another tale about a teenage Batgirl, Cassandra Cain, in SHADOW OF THE BATGIRL, written by acclaimed author Sarah Kuhn, known for her popular Heroine Complex novels.

Additional DC Ink titles announced today include: TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: A JACK HYDE STORY, the working title of an Aqualad story written by award-winning author Alex Sanchez (Rainbow Boys); DICK GRAYSON: LOST CARNIVAL, written by critically acclaimed comics writer Michael Moreci (Roche Limit); and Leigh Bardugo's WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER, which will be adapted from its prose form into a graphic novel by writer Louise Simonson.

DC Zoom, DC's middle grade graphic novel line, will introduce its first story starring Wonder Woman in DIANA, PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS, written by Shannon and Dean Hale. Past collaborations from the husband-and-wife duo include the Eisner-nominated Rapunzel's Revenge graphic novel and Marvel's bestselling The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl prose novel series. Shannon Hale is also the Newbery Honor-winning author of the Princess Academy series and the New York Times best-selling Real Friends.

New artists and on-sale dates for previously announced titles were also revealed today. Gurihiru Studios will provide illustrations for Gene Luen Yang's SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN, Andie Tong will draw Minh Lê's GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY graphic novel, Gustavo Duarte will join author Michael Northrop on DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE and Thomas Pitilli has been tapped to illustrate Melissa de la Cruz's GOTHAM HIGH graphic novel. DC also announced Chris Wildgoose as the artist for Stuart Moore's adaptation of Marie Lu's BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER and revealed the graphic novel's official cover, which can be seen above.

Both publishing lines will launch in April 2019 with previously announced titles MERA: TIDEBREAKER (DC Ink), written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne; and SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT (DC Zoom), written by Ridley Pearson with art by Ile Gonzalez.

 

More info of these books can be learned at the DC for Young Readers panel at SDCC on tomorrow at 5:00 pm (PST) in room 9. Whatever new info is learned at the panel you can expect us to report on whatever new details arise from it. 



Written or Contributed by Zechs


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