HBO Max DMZ TV Pilot Casts Rosario Dawson as its Star

HBO Max is adapting DC/Vertigo comic book series DMZ as a television pilot, setting Ava DuVernay to direct the pilot.

DMZ, the cynically-prophesizing DC Comics-published Vertigo title depicting a United States left literally divided after a second Civil War, is the next comic book-inspired small screen project embraced by HBO. Indeed, the premium cable channel has brought in a prominent name in Ava DuVernay – who happens to have her hands full with DC film adaptation The New Gods – to direct the pilot.

There's certainly an intriguing and potentially controversial Civil War premise with this project; politically-charged peril that HBO recently opted to avoid by officially cancelling Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss's long-stalled TV project, Confederate, which carried similar themes of an alternate universe in which America has experienced a second Civil War. HBO's retention of this project, however, seems to imply that DMZ will take a more nuanced approach to the theme.

An order was made back in October for a DMZ pilot, set for streaming platform HBO Max. The would-be series is under the purview of Robert Patino, who has been appointed showrunner and executive producer, bringing experience from HBO’s Westworld, along with Kurt Sutter shows Sons of Anarchy and the short-lived The Bastard Executioner. Besides directing the pilot, DuVernay will produce via her Array Filmworks shingle, in association with Warner Bros. Television, with which she signed a multi-year deal last year.

DMZ Cast

Rosario Dawson will headline HBO Max’s DMZ, reports Deadline. She will star in the prospective series as Alma Ortego, described as “a fierce medic who goes on a harrowing journey of saving lives while desperately searching for her lost son. As she contends with the gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords that control this lawless no man’s land, she becomes the unlikely source of what everyone here has lost…hope.”

Dawson’s television prospects will next manifest with USA series Briarpatch, which premieres on February 6. She recently appeared in 2019 films Jay and Silent Bob Reboot and Zombieland: Double Tap.

DMZ Details

2005-2012's DMZ comic series – written by Brian Wood, who co-created the title with artist Riccardo Burchielli – was essentially a post-9-11 parable for the broadening political divisions in the U.S., especially under the context of the Iraq War and the country’s overall interventionalist policies. Consequently, the comic’s Second Civil War occurred after the rise of secessionist forces of the Free States of America, which, having formed in Montana, quickly spread, touting isolationism, leading to a bitter war that – amongst several other demarcations – left Manhattan as a DMZ (demilitarized zone) between the now-separate entities of the USA and FSA. Consequently, the comic series begins five years after said war, chronicling life in the eponymous DMZ.

Interestingly, while the DMZ comic tended to focus on the travails of male photojournalist Matthew “Matty” Roth, the HBO Max television adaptation will follow Dawson's female protagonist, Alma Ortego, an apparent remix of comic character Zee Hernandez. As the official logline explains:

“[DMZ] chronicles the harrowing journey of a fierce female medic who saves lives while desperately searching for her lost son. But as she contends with the gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords that control this lawless no man’s land, she becomes the unlikely source of what everyone here has lost: hope.”

This is the second television project for pilot director Ava DuVernay, who recently helmed the Netflix miniseries, When They See Us. She’s currently working on her upcoming directorial turn with The New Gods, adapting the seminal DC Comics otherworld mythology created by Jack Kirby, working off a screenplay by comic book scribe-turned screenwriter Tom King.

HBO Max's DMZ is the second attempt at a television adaptation, with the first attempt going back to early 2014, during which Syfy was set for a version that was to be developed by Mad Men executive producers Andre and Maria Jacquemetton.

DMZ doesn’t have any kind of projected release window, but the pilot is set to begin production sometime in early 2020.

We’ll keep you updated here on HBO Max’s DMZ as the news arrives!

Joseph Baxter is a contributor for Den of Geek and Syfy Wire. You can find his work here. Follow him on Twitter @josbaxter.

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Jan 22, 2020

Ahiru no Sora: The 15 Best Moments From The Basketball Anime

A new sports anime has become the breakout series of the season. We take a look at why Ahiru no Sora is so special.

This article is presented by HIDIVE. Ahiru no Sora’s first season is currently streaming on HIDIVE, with new episodes available on Wednesdays. All opinions expressed in the article are of the author’s.

"Basketball this and basketball that. What the hell is so fun about it?" The sports sub-genre of anime has always been fascinating. There is practically an anime for every sport imaginable. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell which sports anime series are worth your time, and which create something unique within the genre. Ahiru no Sora is a recent example of a basketball anime, but it’s already proving itself to be a creative, entertaining spin on the format that shouldn’t go overlooked.

read more: The Best Anime to Stream and Where to Watch

The series, which premiered in October 2019, centers around unpopular teenager Sora Kurumatani. As a basketball player, he may be under-sized, but what he lacks in height he makes up for in passion. Sora is desperate to join Kuzu High’s basketball team, but he quickly learns that the club is a joke and filled with layabouts who are more interested in beat downs than layups. Sora further indoctrinates himself into the basketball team and a strange camaraderie slowly develops. Against all odds, this joke of a team—with Sora leading the pack—becomes reinvigorated and are suddenly on track for success.

Ahiru no Sora stands out as a particularly special anime series because it’s a curious mash-up of a sports anime with a delinquent high school comedy series. This turns into an unusual series that will appeal just as much to fans of absurdist humor as it will basketball junkies. The series is full of stunning basketball matches, entertaining characters, and unexpected humor that all make Ahiru no Sora such a fun experience. We’ve broken down some of the best and most enjoyable moments that have happened so far in Ahiru no Sora’sfirst season to help you make the jump if you haven’t already!

Ahiru no Sora - Sora's First Basketball Practice

Sora's First Basketball Practice

So much of the first episode of the series revolves around Sora's passion for the sport, but he doesn't actually get to play the game until the episode's final moments. Not only is it a thrilling, satisfying way to cap off the premiere entry of the series, but it also highlights what the show's animation is capable of and what the show's basketball sequences will actually look like. It's an exciting moment that does not disappoint. Even though the following episode features more of this match against Momoharu, it's this first taste of Sora's skill that really resonates.

Ahiru no Sora - Sora Gets Beaten Up

Sora Gets Beaten Up

The opening scene of the series is also perfect in its introduction of Sora because it subverts typical hero expectations. After Sora challenges a bunch of bullies to a battle, the humbling results not only establish that Sora is not a macho protagonist, the plight that he's faced all of his life, but also effectively highlight his intense passion for basketball, his one true escape.

Ahiru no Sora - Momoharu Gets His Groove Back

Momoharu Gets His Groove Back

During the earliest episodes of the series, Momoharu is introduced as an antagonist to Sora and someone who fails to take basketball seriously. It'd be easy to write this character off or let him remain a one-dimensional threat, but a series of flashbacks explain just what broke down Momoharu in the first place.

read more: Robotech Finds New Home at Funimation

It's Sora's dedication to the craft (with 1,000 baskets a day, no less) that dampens Momoharu's rampant aggression and reminds him why he loved basketball in the first place. It's the first time that Momoharu gains depth and sets him on his journey for the season.

Ahiru no Sora - Sora and His Mother

Sora's Pep Talk From His Mother About His Height

One of the most enjoyable aspects of Ahiru no Sora is how exciting the basketball games are, but it's also an anime that resonates on a deeply emotional level. One of Sora's biggest hurdles, and area in which he gets ridiculed, is his short stature. A touching flashback between Sora and his mother sees her point out the advantages of a shorter height to her son. It's a very endearing sequence, but it also marks the impetus of Sora's optimistic attitude and how he's learned to turn a disadvantage into an asset.

Ahiru no Sora - Sora's Three-Point Basket

Sora's Three-Point Basket

The early episodes of Ahiru no Sora deal with Sora attempting to make up for his short size in other major ways. He puts in a ton of practice and training, which culminates in the end of the show's fifth episode. Sora sinks a difficult basket from nearly halfway down the court. It's not just fun to see Sora make the shot, but he's genuinely in bliss after he accomplishes something that used to seem like an impossible goal.

Ahiru no Sora - Kozu High’s First Match

Kozu High’s First Match

There are a lot of stakes and excitement that revolve around Sora and his new team’s first game. Not only are they a member short, but the team is beyond nervous and feel like this may be too early for them. What follows is an exciting example of teamwork and just how skilled Sora and Momoharu are when they pool their talents together. Everyone becomes aware that this team is now something to watch out for.

Ahiru no Sora - Kenji threatening Sora

Kenji's Home Life

In the eighth episode of the series, expelled student Kenji re-enters the picture and nearly gets the boys' basketball team disbanded by his negligence. He's introduced as a major nuisance and threat to Sora and company, but then later Sora overhears a phone call that he has with his younger sister. Kenji has a family that he cares about, but he's been exiled from it. His sister is chastised for talking to her brother. It's a difficult moment that helps humanize a villain and highlight the wealth of problems that are bubbling under his surface. It's also the catalyst that's necessary to bring Kenji into Sora's good graces.

Ahiru no Sora - Chiaki Balancing Basketballs

Chiaki Proves His Worth

There are plenty of honorable characters within Ahiru no Sora, but right from the start, Chiaki comfortably fits into the role of comic relief. The early episodes of the series spend a good deal of time hinting at Chiaki’s immense talent on the basketball court, but they hold off on actually showing it for quite some time. Not only is Chiaki’s return to basketball as satisfying as it should be, but the episode also explores the harsh circumstances surrounding why he stopped playing in the first place. It gives depth to a character who is easy to not take seriously.

Ahiru no Sora - Sora biting a calcium bar

Sora Uses A Basketball To Break Up A Fight

This is the first major bonding moment between Sora and Momoharu. Momoharu is getting seriously beat up, when all of a sudden a basketball careens into the frame in an effort to stop the violence. It's a super powerful entrance from Sora, even if it does result in him getting beat up just as hard as Momoharu. It's a major catalyst in their friendship and reinforces how basketball is often treated as the solution to problems in this show, whatever that may be.

Ahiru no Sora - Momoharu's Apology

Momoharu's Apology

In the middle of the show’s first season, Momoharu takes the injury of another player incredibly hard and gives quite the heartfelt apology to her to show just how much this news plagues him. It's a simple, small moment, but it highlights just how far Momoharu has come, how seriously he takes his position on the basketball team, and that heviews his team as a family.

Ahiru no Sora - Madoka angry

The Boys Gamble Against The Girls With Madoka As The Prize

Ahiru no Sora Episode 12 puts Sora and company into a training camp to improve their skills, and part of this process involves pitting the boys' team against the girls'. Since these are high school students with more hormones  bouncing around than the basketballs, the wager between the teams becomes a little lewd. Madoka is put up for collateral, or rather more specifically, Madoka will need to strip if the boys' team beats the girls'. Although this wager is initially made at the end of episode 10, the payoff doesn’t happen until two episodes later. Ahiru no Sora is not entirely averse to fan service, but they resist the opportunity here. Sora and company receive another humbling lesson in sportsmanship and Madoka thankfully gets to retain her dignity, although her reactions throughout the whole experience are just as priceless.

Ahiru no Sora - Basketball going into the net

Reality Sets In

Once the boys’ team begins Nao’s intense training camp over their holiday, it becomes clear which players on the team are more experienced and which are still new to the sport. There's a dichotomy of game strategies brought up, where players like Kite are incredibly aggressive, but Chiaki has a more empathetic approach to his team. Meanwhile, players like Nabe and Chucky are basically amateurs. This starts the conversation of why they're really on this team, what their end goal is, and the degree of sacrifice that's necessary to achieve it. It starts to shift from a fun group to deciding if someone's lack of skills is going to hold back everyone else and whether that's okay or not.

Ahiru no Sora - The boys team spying on girls

Bathhouse Hijinks

It's become a fairly standard trope for anime series to resort to a gratuitous trip to a hot springs or bathhouse at some point, and Ahiru no Sora indulges in episode 13. During the team's training, they visit a bathhouse as a detour and it results in not only some of the better humor to come out of the series, but also puts many characters in the hot seat while rampant embarrassment sets in. Momohau and Chiaki are especially susceptible to unfortunate misunderstandings that get them pretty eager to return to training. What makes this all the more enjoyable is that during all of the lechery, Madoka and Nao actually have a deep conversation about their doubts on the court.

Ahiru no Sora - Chucky and Nabe crying

"Do You Think Basketball Is Fun?"

In Ahiru no Sora episode 14, Chucky and Nabe become discouraged because they're new to basketball, whereas Sora has been playing since he was three years old. They resent players like him and think it's impossible to get a leg up. Sora tries to commiserate by asking if they at least have fun when they play the sport. They're so flummoxed by the question that they just leave, while Sora is left to think of how basketball can be a very different game for others that don't have the same relationship with it that he does. This realization takes him out of his bubble a little bit. Furthermore, it begins to weigh on Chucky and Nabe and as the show takes an extended look at them, it begins to show how Sora’s attitude slowly influences them.

Ahiru no Sora - Madoka holding Sora's Shoes

Walking A Mile In Nao’s Shoes

Leave it to Ahiru no Sora to take something as pedestrian as running sneakers and turning it into a major plot point that’s heavy with emotion.  Earlier in the series, Sora makes it clear how important his shoes are to him when he plays basketball and that they’re almost like his lucky charm. It’s therefore a major pivot for Sora when his shoes get damaged and Nao lends him her shoes for a few episodes. In episode 15, Sora’s shoes finally get fixed, but he opts to continue wearing Nao’s because they’ve brought him such good results. Whether Ahiru no Sora intends for Sora and Nao to get together or not, the simple gesture turns into a major bonding moment between the two of them. Furthermore, the act fans the flames of rivalry between Sora and Taro, who happens to pine for his cousin (yeah…).

Daniel Kurland is a published writer, comedian, and critic whose work can be read on Den of Geek, Vulture, and Bloody Disgusting. Daniel knows that the owls are not what they seem, that Psycho II is better than the original, and that Hannibal is the greatest love story ever told. His perma-neurotic thought process can be followed at @DanielKurlansky.

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Jan 22, 2020

Justice League Dark Movies and TV Shows in Development from JJ Abrams

JJ Abrams' Bad Robot is considering putting multiple Justice League Dark projects into production.

There are no projects on Warner Bros.' slate of DC superhero movies that have had roads as winding as weird as The Flash movie and Justice League Dark. Both have had seemingly countless directors and writers attached over the last few years (with The Flash even cycling through several release dates), and neither have so much as frame of footage to show for it. And while The Flash has now settled down with Andy Muschietti and Christina Hodson on writing and directing duties, Justice League Dark (which once had none other than Guillermo del Toro set to direct) has remained adrift. That might finally be about to change.

Deadline reports that JJ Abrams' Bad Robot is "developing both film and TV ideas" set around the characters in Justice League Dark. In other words, in addition to the team movie (which this was always in development as) it sounds like they're considering solo movies and TV series for certain characters. For those unfamiliar, Justice League Dark encompasses a number of the supernatural and magical heroes and anti-heroes of the DC Universe, including Zatanna, John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, and others. There's enough characters and rules of dark weirdness that need to be established that this could sustain a little cinematic universe of its own, without necessarily needing ties to the increasingly nebulous DCEU.

Of course, there are a couple of inherent problems here. Swamp Thing was recently (and brilliantly) realized as a TV series in the DC Universe streaming service. Unfortunately, the show was canceled during production and found its episode order cut short, for reasons that still remain conflicting and unclear. 10 episodes of Swamp Thing do indeed stream on DC Universe, and it's difficult to imagine how another TV series could do things better than this one did. Maybe this could mean there's hope to continue this series, but I wouldn't count on it.

And then there's the matter of John Constantine. Matt Ryan has been playing the cynical modern mage on television since 2014. Like Swamp Thing his solo series, NBC's Constantine, was canceled too soon after one season, but Ryan's perfect embodiment of the character garnered enough fan support that Warner Bros. TV brought him back for guest appearances on Arrow, and later as a series regular on Legends of Tomorrow. Ryan's Constantine remains a fixture of that latter show, and while a Hellblazer TV series would certainly work if given the HBO Max treatment it's almost impossible to picture another actor in the role at this time.

On the other hand, a character like Deadman would be unbelievably perfect for a supernatural, R-rated Quantum Leap type TV series, so there's still plenty of room to play and explore here.

Still, Deadline cautions in their report that it's unclear if Abrams himself will be involved as director since everything is in such early stages. And when Abrams signed a massive deal with Warner Media in 2019 to develop both original projects and WB IP, it seemed inevitable that he would eventually take a hand in the DC slate. Still, most fans expected he would apply his nostalgic approach to a property like Superman, a character he flirted with in the early part of the 21st Century. We'll see if anything comes to pass with Bad Robot and the Justice League Dark corner of the DCU, and we'll update you if it does.

Mike Cecchini is the Editor in Chief of Den of Geek. You can read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @wayoutstuff.

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Jan 22, 2020

Inside NeNe’s ‘Quitting’ Drama: Leakes Will Lose Millions If She Leaves ‘RHOA’

Don’t walk away from that money!

NeNe Leakes will lose millions if she quits the Real Housewives of Atlanta, and her non-compete clause could keep her off television for years, exclusively learned.

“She hasn’t asked to be let out of her contract yet, but if she wants out, she would lose her $2.85 million salary,” an insider explained to Radar.

Wendy Williams announced on her show that NeNe sent her a text saying “I am quitting,” on January 21, but the RHOA star denied the claim on her Instagram page.

“NeNe has two more years left on her contract and for that duration she has a non-compete clause,” the source said.

“She would have to get approval from Bravo to film anything.”

According to the insider, NeNe’s text to Wendy was out of frustration with RHOA.

“She is very upset about her edits so far this season,” the source said the OG of the ATL was saying to those close to her.

“She feels like her editing versus Kenya [Moore] is unfair.”

Kenya’s return, after getting fired from the show for refusing to film details of her secret marriage and relationship, was a sore point for Nene.

“Kenya gets away with murder time and time again and NeNe gets all of the criticism,” the source said.

“NeNe feels like she is being used for ratings,” the source told Radar.

“Andy has had everyone else on Watch What Happens Live except her. And he picked on her dress. She’s tired of it all.”

However, the source pointed out that NeNe is ratings gold.

“She is the household name and the episodes that she is in are the highest rated,” the source told Radar.

“Bravo will try and do everything they can to keep her from quitting.”

NeNe’s rep declined to comment to Radar.

Scroll through the gallery for exclusive details about everything NeNe will lose as she threatens to quit RHOA.

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Antonio Brown Accuser Claims Injuries From Truck Attack, Says AB Threw a Rock

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Eli Manning Retires After 16 NFL Seasons with NY Giants

It's all over for Eli Manning ... the NY Giants QB just announced his retirement after 16 seasons in the NFL. Giants co-owner John Mara says, "For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field." "Eli is…

Better Call Saul Season 5 Release Date, Trailer, Cast, and Story Details

After sitting out 2019, AMC's Better Call Saul returns for Season 5, the penultimate chapter of the series.

Better Call Saul Season 5 will end a lengthy hiatus and present criminal lawyer Saul Goodman in his full glory. At the Television Critics Association 2018 summer press tour, AMC went ahead and officially renewed Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould's legal drama for a fifth season the week before the fourth season even aired its first episode.

Better Call Saul is, of course, a Breaking Bad spinoff that tracks the evolution of slick attorney Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) into outright corrupt criminal attorney Saul Goodman. The show has been remarkably well received through three seasons and is a worthy follow-up prequel to one of TV's best ever dramas. That last episode of season 4 sure took a big step in that direction.

However, as the long-awaited fifth season approaches, AMC confirmed the early renewal for a sixth season of Better Call Saul, which will serve as the show's final frame. Consequently, we should expect higher stakes in Season 5 than ever before.

Better Call Saul Season 5 Trailer

The latest Better Call Saul Season 5 teaser previews the inevitable decline of Jimmy and Kim's relationship in the wake of the former's Saul Goodman metamorphosis.

The trailer just below encourages you to step right up, folks.

In the teaser below, Jimmy/Saul emphasizes the point that lying is best performed "with feeling."

Jimmy/Saul takes an ominously inauspicious ride in the clip below..

The behind-the-scenes video just below mixes new footage with cast interviews, reiterating the labor of love nature of the series.

The clips below are character-setting how-to videos, the latest of which shows Lalo (Tony Dalton), the dangerous new Salamanca on the ABQ block introduced last season, showing us how to make tacos.

Better Call Saul Season 5 Release Date

Better Call Saul season 5 finally has a release date! The next go-around in the tale of Jimmy McGill will arrive on February 23. 

Better Call Saul Season 5 took quite the journey to get to a release date. AMC mentioned in passing on a recent earnings conference call that the show has been delayed. Then AMC Networks President Sarah Barnett confirmed the delay in an interview with Vulture.

"Yes. (The delay was) driven by talent needs, which we would not override if it would result in a worse show," Barnett said. It sounds like AMC understands it's nearing the end of Better Call Saul and it needs to savor the time it has left.

"We're certainly getting closer to it," Barnett said of the show's end.

But now Better Call Saul season 5 is almost here and it has a neat new poster to prove it!

Better Call Saul Season 5 Cast

Though no major cast announcements have been made, we'd place strong bets that Tony Dalton's Lalo, a late addition to season four, will be getting significant screen time this year. Other than that, expect all of your surviving favorites to return.

It still remains to be seen whether Bryan Cranston will cameo in the prequel, but with El Camino covering some Walt territory, it's possible that Cranston has done everything he needs to do in the Breaking Bad universe. Also, we wouldn't count out another apperance from Micheal McKean's Chuck via flashback, but this is all mere specualtion at the moment, unfortunately. We'll have official cast details as soon as they are made available. 

Better Call Saul Season 5 Story Details

Sorry, more specualtion here as official story details have yet to surface, but it's safe to assume that Season 5 will focus on the unraveling of Jimmy and Kim's relationship, based on Kim's shellshocked reaction to Jimmy's callous post-hearing comments and his embracement of the Saul Goodman monkier. Also, Lalo will surely shake things up in the already tenuous business relationship between Gus Fring and the Salamancas. We expect Nacho and Mike to be two figures that get caught in the crossfire. 

In a recent interview with the L.A. TimesRhea Seehorn, who portrays Jimmy McGill's love interest Kim Wexler, spoke a little bit about the Season 4 finale and how that will impact the Jimmy/Kim relationship going forward. The entire interview is interesting for Better Call Saul fans, but here's Seehorn's words about Kim heading into Season 5:

"That was a complex ending that was fun to play. It's alarming and then also the fact that she felt scammed. And now she doesn't really understand what he's doing with the Saul Goodman thing, but at the same time, they've been smart to never make ... Kim is not dense. She's not being snowed. So the gulf between how well they actually know each other has been growing, and that's sad and alarming.

"It remains to be seen what that full reaction will be. And where is he going with that? Because sometimes people will say, "I just can't imagine Kim would stay with somebody that would order a hit on someone." I'm like, "Well, Kim hasn't seen 'Breaking Bad.'" I can't play that. [Laughs]"

Alec Bojalad is TV Editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his stuff here. Follow him at his creatively-named Twitter handle @alecbojalad.

Nick Harley is a tortured Cleveland sports fan, thinks Douglas Sirk would have made a killer Batman movie, Spider-Man should be a big-budget HBO series, and Wes Anderson and Paul Thomas Anderson should direct a script written by one another. For more thoughts like these, read Nick's work here at Den of Geek or follow him on Twitter.

Joseph Baxter is a contributor for Den of Geek and Syfy Wire. You can find his work here. Follow him on Twitter @josbaxter.

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Jan 22, 2020

New on Netflix: February 2020 Releases

Here's what's new on Netflix in February 2020! We've got a complete list of what's leaving, too.

Another month has passed so you know what that means. It's time for another Stephen King-adjacent project to receive a streaming adaptation! Netflix's new releases for February 2020 is highlighted by Locke & Key - a horror series based on the graphic novel from Joe Hill. Netflix clearly has Stranger Things level hopes for the show.

If Locke & Key somehow doesn't set the world on fire, some other, more familiar Netflix series will be arriving in February as well. Narcos: Mexico season 2 is set to arrive on February 13. Then Altered Carbon season 2 premieres on February 27.

February looks to be a big month for Netflix in terms of original movies. Horse Girl, To All the Boys P.S. I Still Love You, and All the Bright Places will all be made available in February. The first of the month finds the Police Academy series being added to Netflix. But it comes at a great cost as this will be the last month to watch The Matrix and District 9.

New on Netflix: February 2020


Amit Tandon: Family Tandoncies -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Taj Mahal 1989 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

February 1

A Bad Moms Christmas

A Little Princess

Back to the Future Part III

Blade Runner: The Final Cut

Center Stage

Cookie's Fortune

Dear John

The Dirty Dozen

Dirty Harry

Driving Miss Daisy


Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Fools Rush In


Love Jacked

The Notebook

The Other Guys

The Pianist

Police Academy

Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment

Police Academy 3: Back in Training

Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol

Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach

Police Academy 6: City Under Siege

Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow

Purple Rain

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Scary Movie 2

Sex and the City 2

February 3


Team Kaylie: Part 3 -- NETFLIX FAMILY

February 4

Faith, Hope & Love

She Did That

Tom Papa: You're Doing Great! -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

February 5

Black Hollywood: 'They've Gotta Have Us'



Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story

February 6

Cagaster of an Insect Cage -- NETFLIX ANIME

February 7

The Ballad of Lefty Brown

Horse Girl -- NETFLIX FILM



Who Killed Malcolm X? 

February 8

The Coldest Game -- NETFLIX FILM

February 9

Better Call Saul: Season 4


February 11

Good Time


Q Ball

February 12

Anna Karenina

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You -- NETFLIX FILM

February 13

Dragon Quest Your Story -- NETFLIX ANIME

Love is Blind -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL 

Narcos: Mexico: Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

February 14

Cable Girls: Final Season -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Isi & Ossi -- NETFLIX FILM

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon -- NETFLIX FAMILY

February 15

Starship Troopers

February 17

The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia -- NETFLIX FAMILY

February 19

Chef Show: Volume 3 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

February 20


February 21

A Haunted House



Glitch Techs -- NETFLIX FAMILY


System Crasher -- NETFLIX FILM

February 22

Girl On The Third Floor

February 23

Full Count

February 25

Every Time I Die

February 26

I Am Not Okay With This -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

February 27

Altered Carbon: Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

The Angry Birds Movie 2


Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution -- NETFLIX FAMILY

February 28

All The Bright Places -- NETFLIX FILM

Babylon Berlin: Season 3 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Formula 1: Drive to Survive: Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Jeopardy!: Celebrate Alex Collection

Jeopardy!: Cindy Stowell Collection

Jeopardy!: Seth Wilson Collection

La trinchera infinita -- NETFLIX FILM


Restaurants on the Edge -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL


February 29

Jerry Maguire

Leaving Netflix: February 2020

February 11

Clouds of Sils Maria

February 14

District 9

February 15



Peter Rabbit

February 18

The 2000s: Season 1

February 19

Charlotte's Web

Gangs of New York

The Eighties: Season 1

The Nineties: Season 1

The Seventies: Season 1

February 20


February 21

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

February 26

Our Idiot Brother

February 27

Jeopardy!: Buzzy Cohen Collection

Jeopardy!: College Championship II

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Rapper Juice WRLD died from oxycodone and codeine overdose, medical examiner says – CNN

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Meghan Markle’s Famous Sunglasses Are Back in Stock — For Now

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There has been so much news swirling about Meghan Markle lately that it’s easy to become wrapped up in all of the scandals, theories and ever-changing details. We know we’re staying on top of it, but that doesn’t mean we’re letting our top priorities slide to the side. If Duchess Meghan is in the picture, fashion inspiration always comes first here on the Radar team!

Back during her baby shower in New York, months before the birth of adorable little Archie, Duchess Meghan was spotted not only in elegant maternity style, but this pair of sunglasses too. They, as most things do, looked brilliant on her — and the sellouts started instantly. Luckily, we’ve spotted them back in stock, but who knows how long we have until they’re gone once again?


Get the Le Specs Air Heart Sunglasses at Amazon and Nordstrom! Also available in tortoise here!

Reviewers say these Le Specs sunglasses make them feel like glamorous Hollywood actresses from decades past, and we’re definitely getting major Audrey Hepburn vibes ourselves. Even other modern stars like Olivia Palermo are known to rock these shades!

Shoppers say when they wear them, the compliments come at them non-stop, and they love how the oversized look is actually flattering on their face. They say they’re a go-to pair for no-makeup days because of their coverage, and they love how they actually shield their eyes from the sun with 100% UV protection!

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These sunnies are bold with a sleek cat-eye effect. They may be oversized, but they’re lightweight, the glossy black acetate frame never leaving us feeling weighed down or irritated. That’s even with the gold-tone metal strip on top, adding a serious streak of sophistication to these beauties!

Le Specs is known for its “bold reinvention of classic shapes,” and as shoppers say, you can’t beat the price for the quality of the brand’s releases. And hey, don’t worry about scratching up that high quality, because these shades come with a case! If we’re going to emulate Duchess Meghan, we’re going to do it right, whether we’re on our way to our baby shower or even just to pick up some sandwiches for lunch. These Air Hearts deserve it, and so do we!

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JFK Jr.’s Career and Marriage Were ‘Weighing’ On Him Before Fatal Plane Crash

We’ll never know who he could have been.

Episode 3 of the “Fatal Voyage: John F. Kennedy Jr. Case Solved” podcast takes a closer look at who John F. Kennedy Jr. was becoming before he suddenly died in a plane crash in 1999 — and how turmoil in his personal life may have impacted decisions he made that fateful night.

“He always lived his life with grace and style, and he was the type of person I think we, even now, could remember because he lived above politics, [and was] loved by all people, and there are so few like that anymore,” John Koerner, author of Exploding the Truth: The JFK Assassination, says on the podcast.

“Make no mistake, in the ’80s and ’90s, JFK Jr. was a huge celebrity,” reporter Andy Tillett notes. “He’d not only inherited his father’s name, but he had all his good looks, charm and big personality too. The only question was — what was he going to do with himself?”

In fact, JFK Jr. seemed much less interested in following in the footsteps of his father, John F. Kennedy, and countless other family members by becoming a politician than pursuing the life of a thespian.

“He wanted to be an actor and he could have been a great actor,” author Doug Wead says. “All through history, the children of presidents have been on the stage … he probably would have been great at it, but [his mother] Jackie Kennedy put her foot down, absolutely not. It was kind of like, ‘I’m not saying you have to be president, but you can’t be this, you can’t be that, you can’t be this … ”

“Before her death, she sent him a note that said, ‘You especially have a place in history,’” Wead adds. “He had to have felt that all his life, even though she never said it.”

As much as JFK Jr. clearly cared for his mother, reporter Leon Wagner notes on the podcast that he may have had mixed feelings upon her passing in 1994.

“Obviously it was a blow. He loved his mother,” Wagner says. However, he also seemed to see her death as an opportunity to follow his own dreams. “He told the friends that he had been born again when she died, that he was free, and he would make his own decisions, make his own mistakes, what have you.”JFK Jr.’s Career and Marriage Were ‘Weighing’ On Him Before Fatal Plane Crash

As far as choices go, one of the most important ones JFK Jr. could have made was his decision to marry Carolyn Bessette. They started dating in 1994 and the next year, she moved into his Tribeca apartment and they became engaged. They were married in September 1996 in a private ceremony — quite the challenge, considering the media attention JFK Jr. was constantly plagued by.

But their relationship soon turned sour. “His wife … constantly had drugs all over their apartment and used when they traveled and what have you,” Wagner claims. “And he certainly didn’t want to get arrested, given who he was and all that … She used cocaine regularly, and he had several screaming fights with her.”

The duo continued to fight, and Bessette had an affair with a model during their marriage. “By summer 1999 they were pretty much separated,” Tillett says. At the same time, JFK Jr.’s professional life was also falling apart.

In 1995, JFK Jr. and his friend Michael Berman founded George, a monthly lifestyle magazine. “The tagline was ‘Not just politics as usual,’” narrator and ex-homicide detective Colin McLaren explains. For all intents and purposes, it did very well — at first.

“His old friends, the president’s old friends, told John F. Kennedy Jr. that his ‘dad always wanted to be a publisher. His dream was to be a publisher, he never wanted to go into politics,’” Wead says. “That was a great moment in his life when he published George, and it was a great magazine, and it was a wonderful reflection of him.”

“That was part of his creating something completely on his own and taking charge of his life,” Wanger adds. “Which he had never been allowed to do as long as Jackie was alive because she would always interfere and she would criticize him.”

Unfortunately, the success was short-lived. While George once held the largest circulation of any political magazine in America, readers quickly left — and so did advertisers. Within just a few years, JFK Jr. was scrambling to keep George magazine alive.JFK Jr.’s Career and Marriage Were ‘Weighing’ On Him Before Fatal Plane Crash

“It was just the exact wrong time to start a big flashy magazine,” Wagner says. “It was the dawn of the internet. It was just a different thing. And magazines like that just weren’t going to work no matter how good they were. And George started to flounder.”

Just as his marriage was failing and his pet project was unraveling, JFK Jr. decided to attend his cousin Rory Kennedy‘s wedding in Martha’s Vineyard. “It was against this turbulent professional and personal backdrop that John prepared to fly,” McLaren says. “John F. Kennedy Jr. may have had a death wish when he took that plane up,” Wead speculates.

Fellow pilot Kyle Bailey was one of the last people to ever see the son of JFK alive, and he says on the podcast that he was going to fly the same day JFK Jr. did but decided not to when he became “very concerned with the deteriorating weather conditions.”

When JFK Jr., Carolyn and her sister, Lauren Bessette, arrived, Bailey claims that the couple stood away from Lauren and appeared to be engaging in a “serious discussion.” The podcast notes that the publisher planned to leave no later than 6 p.m. that evening — but didn’t even arrive at the airport until around 8 p.m., and the discussion could have been about them being late.

When the plane finally took off, Bailey watched it go. “You know, I kind of thought to myself then, and I said to my family later … ‘You know, I hope he had an instructor on the airplane with him, because of the conditions,’” Bailey reveals. Sadly, JFK Jr., his wife and his sister-in-law never made it to the wedding.

“The things that were on his mind, the end of the magazine, the end of his marriage, all of this was weighing on him,” Wagner muses on the podcast. “So with all this pressure, he’s trying to fly this plane and he just got lost in the fog.”

The death of JFK Jr. shocked the world, and “Fatal Voyage: John F. Kennedy Jr. Case Solved” promises to go into further detail about his death and the strangeness of the autopsies on the bodies after in future episodes. To learn more, listeners can tune into the series every Wednesday.

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Juice WRLD Cause Of Death: Accidental Drug Overdose

Jarad A. Higgins, who goes by the stage name Juice WRLD, died from a drug overdose, can exclusively reveal.

According to the Cooke County Medical Examiner, they confirmed the manner of death as an “accident.”

“The Office determined that Higgins died as a result of oxycodone and codeine toxicity,” the medical examiner told Radar in a statement.

Federal agents told Radar that the rapper swallowed a number of Percocet painkillers to hide them from police before landing at Chicago’s Midway Airport on Sunday, December 8. The star was flying into town from Los Angeles with his friends and security team to celebrate his 21st birthday.

While still in flight, the private jet’s pilot told Chicago authorities that the rapper and his pals were likely carrying drugs and weapons. As they were about to land, the group was warned that police would be searching their bags upon arrival, at which point Higgins reportedly took the pills.

While officials and sniffer dogs searched the bags, Higgins began convulsing.

An agent on the scene reportedly administered Higgins two doses of Narcan — an emergency treatment used for opioid overdoses — and after 40 minutes, the rapper woke up. He is said to have been conscious but bleeding from the mouth when he was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. He was pronounced dead just one hour later.

In the group’s luggage, police found 70 pounds of marijuana stuffed into 41 vacuum-sealed bags, six bottles of prescription codeine cough syrup, two 9mm pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, a high-capacity ammunition magazine and metal-piercing bullets.

Higgins’s two security guards, Henry Dean, 27, and Christopher Long, 36, were arrested by the Chicago Police Department at the airport after they were found to be in possession of the three guns found in the search.

He was 21 years old.


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Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector Episode 3 Release Date and Details

NBC crime drama Lincoln Rhyme adapts The Bone Collector, the 1999 crime thriller based on the novel by Jeffery Deaver.

The Bone Collector is now an NBC TV series. The network has premiered a serial television adaptation of the Jeffery Deaver crime novel-turned 1999 movie, which starred Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. However, the small screen adaptation will brandish the formal title, Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector, after its main character.

NBC is bringing the murky murder mystery of The Bone Collector to television with a premium script – adapting Deaver’s original 1997 novel of the same name – by the duo of VJ Boyd (S.W.A.T., The Player, Justified) and Mark Bianculli (Doomsday, The Jury, The Good Neighbor). The series – a production of Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television in association with Keshet Studios – will see the scribes joined by executive producers in Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, and Rachel Kaplan.

Serving as director for the Lincoln Rhyme pilot is Seth Gordon, who – besides films like Baywatch, Identity Thief and Horrible Bosses – brings TV experience from episodes of The Goldbergs, The Good Doctor, Modern Family, The Office and the pilot of Sneaky Pete.

Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector Release Date

Lincoln Rhyme premiered on NBC on Friday, January 10, 2020. The next episode is called "Russian Roulette" and it airs on Jan. 31.

Here's the episode synopsis and a preview clip: 

When a young woman from an insular Russian community who witnesses a murder comes to Lincoln and Amelia for help, the case takes a shocking turn when the mysterious murder is linked to a cold case; the Bone Collector's secret is discovered.

Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector Episodes

We'll keep track of all the info about the upcoming episodes of Lincoln Rhyme: The Hunt for the Bone Collector here.

Lincoln Rhyme: The Hunt for the Bone Collector Episode 1 - Pilot

air date: 1/10/20

read our review of the first episode right here!

Lincoln Rhyme: The Hunt for the Bone Collector Episode 2  - God Complex

air date: 1/17/20

Lincoln Rhyme: The Hunt for the Bone Collector Episode 3 - Russian Roulette

air date: 1/31/20

Lincoln Rhyme: The Hunt for the Bone Collector Episode 4 - TBA

air date: TBA

Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector Trailer

Watch the trailers for the show...

Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector Cast

Russell Hornsby is set as the star of Lincoln Rhyme, as Deadline first reported. He will play Lincoln himself, inheriting the mantle of the character famously played by Denzel Washington in the 1999 film; a legendary forensic criminologist, seriously injured in his chase for the elusive Bone Collector, who is called back to aid young beat cop Amelia Sachs in the continuing hunt for the serial killer.

Arielle Kebbel plays Amelia Sachs, described as “a young beat cop who helps him hunt the deadly mastermind while also taking on the most high-profile cases in the NYPD.” The character is the television manifestation of Angelina Jolie’s Bone Collector character, Amelia Donaghy, this time brandishing the original book-adherent surname, “Sachs.”

Michael Imperioli is the series co-star, set to play Rick Sellitto, the NYPD detective partner to Russell Hornsby's Lincoln. Imperioli will, of course, be forever associated with his Emmy-winning 1999-2007 role of the wayward Christopher Moltisanti on HBO’s peak television pioneer, The Sopranos (which has a prequel TV movie in the works), but he’s been showing up recently on several TV shows, with runs on shows like Project Blue Book, Hawaii Five-0, Lucifer and Californication. He’s also known from film roles in The Lovely Bones, Summer of Sam, Bad Boys and, most memorably, Goodfellas.

Additional cast members:

Ramses Jimenez (Vida, Fear the Walking Dead) is Eric Ortiz, described as “an NYPD detective and Sellitto’s (Imperioli) new partners.

Brooke Lyons (The Affair, Life Sentence) is Kate, described as “an invaluable addition to the investigative team.”

Roslyn Ruff (Madame Secretary, Divorce) is Claire, Lincoln’s caregiver.

Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Story

The story of 1999's The Bone Collector centers on Lincoln Rhyme (Washington), a forensic genius who, left paralyzed after an occupational accident, is in retirement. However, said retirement turns out to be short-lived, thanks to a young cop named Amelia Donaghy (Jolie), who seeks Lincoln’s help in her quest to track down a New York City-stalking serial killer who surgically removes the bones of his victims to leave as provocative puzzle clues for the police.

Deaver’s novel would kick off a sizable series of follow-up novels, with the literary franchise – last supplemented by 2014’s The Skin Collector – currently up to 11 books. However, The Bone Collector is still widely associated with the 1999 movie, which was directed by Phillip Noyce, who worked off an adaptation screenplay by Jeremy Iacone. Besides serving as a platform for Oscar-winning superstar Denzel Washington, the film was a key rung on which the then-burgeoning stardom of Angelina Jolie ascended.

Joseph Baxter is a contributor for Den of Geek and Syfy Wire. You can find his work here. Follow him on Twitter @josbaxter.

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Vicki Gunvalson Talks About Retirement, Begs Bravo for a Spinoff

About a week ago, news broke about which Real Housewives have been asked back to or fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County.

With the report not yet confirmed, some fans are skeptical. But now, Vicki is talking about retirement and pushing to at least be given a spin-off.

Vicki Gunvalson All Glammed Up

According to an unconfirmed report, Vicki Gunvalson has been demoted to a "Friend" yet again for Season 15 -- if she even bothers to return.

Instead of confirming this news, Vicki opted to go on vacation with her fiance, Steve Lodge.

"Lookin like retirement," one fan comment reads.

Vicki responded to that fan's words, writing: “Pretty soon."

Vicki Gunvalson on Her Insta

"Is it true you are not coming back?" another fan comes right out and asks.

"No truth to that," Vicki writes.

(We would love to believe her, but recall that she said similar things about a year ago ... but was a "Friend" in Season 14 regardless)

She's not claiming that the show has asked her back as a Full Housewife, admitting: "I don’t know yet."

Vicki Gunvalson is Incredulous

Champion Daily, which sounds like the name of a Gen Z Instagram star, caught up with Vicki and asked her to spill the beans.

"I have no idea what is going on," Vicki freely confessed.

She explained her uncertainty by announcing: "Nothing has been decided."

Vicki then decreed “and any other reports being put out there to the contrary are false reporting and creating a false narrative."

Vicki Gunvalson Says It's Ridiculous

"When I talked about retirement,” Vicki said in clarification. “I was referring to retiring years down the line."

She continued, explaining that she very specifically meant retirement with “my husband to be."

In other words, Vicki is looking forwward to retiring some day, but only after she and Steve are married.

And she doesn't plan to do so any time soon. After all, she's only 57 years old.

Vicki Gunvalson Engaged to Steve Lodge

"Maybe you should create a spinoff about your family and business," a fan suggested this week on social media.

"That’s a great idea," Vicki responded.

She even tagged Andy Cohen in the comment.

"Agree, love you Vicki. Time to move on from those ladies," a fan writes. "You have a great future filled with love. You don’t need that nastiness in your life."

Vicki Gunvalson is Glowing

After the report that includes the claim that Vicki hasn't regained her orange surfaced, Andy Cohen immediately dismissed it.

He asked why anyone would believe an unconfirmed report, and then noted that contract offers had not yet been sent.

That was curious, as it had appeared that Braunwyn was already filming.

Was Braunwyn filming for something else? Was it all misdirection? It's hard to know what to believe, at times.

Vicki Gunvalson SCREAMS at a Producer

Vicki had clearly hoped that her outlandish behavior at the Reunion special would land her a spot on Season 15, orange in hand.

It may turn out that she was successful.

However, some fans and viewers are sick of Vicki and her misbehavior. The rumor-mongering and apparent homophobia in particular are troubling.

Hopefully, soon, we'll get some sort of confirmation of which Housewives are returning and which are hitting the road.

What is Vicki's fate?

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Mike Mignola Launches The Last Knight of St. Hagan #1 in Dark Horse Comics April 2020 Solicitations

Plenty of launches in Dark Horse Comics’ April 2020 solicitations, from The Last Knight of St. Hagan by Mike Mignola, Scott Allie and Andrea Mutti, the original screenplay to Alien before Ridley Scott got his hands on it, being adapted as a comic, a new Black Hammer comic, Colonel Weird: Cosmagog by Jeff Lemire and Tyler Crook, the launch of Dead Dog’s Bite by Tyler Boss, a new series of Everything – Everything II by Christopher Cantwell and INJ Culbard, and Spy Island from Chelsea Cain, Elise McCall and Rachel Rosenberg – all launching in April

Dark Horse Comics April 2020 Solicitations

Against Hope TP

Victor Santos (W/A/Cover)

On sale June 17
FC, 176 pages
TP, 9” x 6”

It has been years since an insane family of neo-Nazi’s murdered her boyfriend and almost killed Hope, now she is tracking them down and exacting her bloody revenge.

Trained by her father in martial combat, Hope grew from an angry and grieving teenage girl into a cold-hearted bounty hunter. When she discovers the family who brutalized her is now running for public office and controlling a cabal of violent white nationalists from the shadows, Hope gears up and hits the road with the intent to slaughter every single Nazi that stands against Hope.

Victor Santos (Polar—now a hit Netflix movie) writes and draws a new story with brutal fight scenes and impactful revelations that echo across decades of the main characters life.

An all new Alien with an all new Alien!

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Alien: The Original Screenplay #1 (of 5)

Cristiano Seixas (W), Guilherme Balbi (A/Cover), Candice Han (C), Dave Stewart (C), and Walter Simonson (Variant Cover)

On sale Apr 22
FC, 32 pages

En route to back to Earth, the crew of the starship Snark intercepts an alien transmission. Their investigation leads them to a desolate planetoid, a crashed alien spacecraft, and a pyramidic structure of unknown origin. Then the terror begins . . .

• Just in time for Alien Day (April 26, 2020)

• Adapted from the original 1976 screenplay by Dan O’Bannon (author of Moebius’s The Long Tomorrow, cowriter of Total Recall, writer/director of The Return of the Living Dead).

• Variant covers by Walter Simonson!


The Art of Last of Us II HC & Deluxe HC

Naughty Dog (W/A) and Robby Johnson (Cover)

On sale June 3
FC, 200 pages
HC, 9” x 12”

On sale June 3
FC, 200 pages
Deluxe HC, 9” x 12”

Follow Ellie’s profound and harrowing journey of vengeance through an exhaustive collection of original art and intimate creator commentary in the full-color hardcover volume: The Art of The Last of Us Part II.

Created in collaboration between Dark Horse Books and the developers at Naughty Dog, The Art of The Last of Us Part II offers extensive insights into the making of the long-awaited sequel to the award-winning The Last of Us.

•The limited edition also features an exclusive cover and slipcase, as well as a gallery-quality lithograph!

Dark Horse Comics April 2020 Solicitations

Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Promise Omnibus TP

Gene Luen Yang (W), Michael Dante DiMartino (W), Bryan Konietzko (W), and Gurihiru (A)

On sale June 17
FC, 224 pages
TP, 6” x 9”

Enjoy the Avatar: The Last Airbender comics saga in a whole new format!

Aang and friends must join together once again as the four nations’ tenuous peace is threatened by an impasse between Fire Lord Zuko and Earth King Kuei! As the world heads toward another devastating war, Aang’s friendship with Zuko throws him into the middle of the conflict! Available for the first time in an omnibus format, this is the official continuation of the Avatar: The Last Airbender series from Nickelodeon™.

Dark Horse Comics April 2020 Solicitations

Bandette Volume 1: Presto! TP (Second Edition)

Paul Tobin (W) and Colleen Coover (A/Cover)

On sale June 3
FC, 144 pages
TP, 6” x 9”

The world’s greatest thief is a costumed teen burglar by the nome d’arte of Bandette! Gleefully plying her skills on either side of the law alongside her network of street urchins, Bandette is a thorn in the side of both Police Inspector Belgique and the criminal underworld. But it’s not all breaking hearts and purloining masterpieces when a rival thief makes a startling discovery. Can even Bandette laugh off a plot against her life?

• Now available as a trade paperback with new cover art.

• The multi Eisner-winning series returns in a new edition.

Matt Kindt! Wilfredo Torres!

Dr. Queen, scientist extraordinaire, is on the cutting edge of technology, industry, and—with the help of her telepathically controlled super car—terrorist butt kicking.

But when things go south in her attempt to take down a hacking supervillain’s diabolical plans, Queen finds that the lines between truth and fiction are blurred, and she’s drafted into a war to save reality itself.

“BANG! is a fun, twisty spy thriller with a great meta-twist.”—Jay Faerber

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Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 5 HC

Kentaro Miura (W/A)

On sale June 24
b&w, 720 pages
HC, 7 1/8” x 10 1/8”
The mutilated Griffith offers up his Band of the Hawk as sacrifices to the Godhand’s demon lords in exchange for a rebirth into terrible power. But the Hawks’ berserker champion, Guts, will take on perdition itself to save his lover, Casca, from the profane violations that only Hell can offer! Collects Berserk volumes 13–15.

Evan Dorkin!

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Blackwood: The Mourning After #3 (of 4)

Evan Dorkin (W), Veronica Fish (A/Cover), Andy Fish (A), and Peach Momoko (Variant Cover)

On sale Apr 8
FC, 32 pages

The students learn about the Dark Wisdom conspiracy, but can they warn everyone else about the planned attack on Dean Ogden’s midnight funeral? Probably not, because we still have an issue to go! Also: Chimp Ho Tep’s second escape attempt, an occult heist scheme, scrying, dying, corpse dumping, a dead art student, and the meat from space that eats your face. WTF?

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The Butcher of Paris #5 (of 5)

Stephanie Phillips (W), Dean Kotz (A), Jason Wordie (C), and Dave Johnson (Cover)

On sale Apr 8
FC, 32 pages

Behind bars, Petiot proclaims himself a resistance fighter and patriot. As the trial begins, a new spectacle presents itself. With the magnitude of the murders coming to light, what possible justice can be served?

“The Butcher of Paris is a gruesome, chilling and nearly hopeless story that is full of genuine horror.” —The Brazen Bull

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Colonel Weird: Cosmagog #1 (of 4)

Jeff Lemire (W/Variant cover), Tyler Crook (A/Cover), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Apr 22
FC, 32 pages

From the world of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series comes a bizarre sci-fi adventure origin story!

Wacky space adventurer Colonel Randall Weird leaves Black Hammer farm and embarks on a strange journey through space and time for something that he’s long forgotten with his sanity and life at stake!

“Jeff Lemire’s Black Hammer feels like it’s walking two roads—one honoring the past of superhero comics, and one forging a path into the future of the genre.”—Cullen Bunn

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Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Volume 2 TP

Jody Houser (W), Olivia Samson (A), MSASSYK (C), and Fiona Staples (Cover)

On sale June 3
FC, 152 pages
TP, 7” x 10”

The unlikely heroes of Vox Machina are back in action!

Join familiar faces from Critical Role’s smash-hit first campaign as their escapades in Stilben lead them toward new adventure—and a dire threat to Grog when he goes missing in the night. Tracking him down will see the party lose one member, gain another, and reveal parts of Grog’s secret past. But first, his friends have to actually find him.

From award-nominated writer Jody Houser (Orphan Black, Stranger Things) and first series author Olivia Samson, with colorist MSASSYK (Isola, Gotham Academy) and letterer Ariana Maher (James Bond, Xena)!

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Cuisine Chinoise: Tales of Food and Life HC

Zao Dao (W/A/Cover)

On sale June 10
FC, 96 pages
HC, 8 1/2” x 11”

From the mind of prodigy cartoonist Zao Dao comes Cuisine Chinoise: Tales of Food and Life featured here in English for the first time!

From insects looking for a meal made of ghosts to a man named Yuzi whose passion for cooking is the only hope of maintaining a family legacy, these wonderfully illustrated stories explore the rich and humorous lives of the characters within. This volume showcases the wonderful relationship between Chinese folklore and culture and food!

• The first work of esteemed cartoonist Zao Dao translated into English.

• Beautifully Illustrated book of Chinese culture through cuisine.

All new, all original stories!

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Cuphead Volume 1: Comic Capers & Curios TP

Zack Keller (W) and Shawn Dickinson (A/Cover)

On sale June 17
FC, 72 pages
TP, 6” x 9”

Prone to unexpected predicaments and thrilling adventures, Cuphead and Mugman feature front and center in a series of short but sweet side stories that reimagine the world of the all-cartoon magical wondergame. This original graphic novel features all-new original tales, authentically drawn to match the glorious, award-winning vintage animation style of Cuphead!

An original graphic novel featuring the colorful characters of the Inkwell Isles.

Cyberpunk 2077

More exciting products inspired by the characters and setting of the beautiful, gritty, and often deadly world of Cyberpunk 2077.

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Night City Mug
This 11 oz. mug features the Night City emblem and text “The worst place to live in America” on the inside of the mug, a title the inhabitants of Cyberpunk voted on in the year 2077.

Nobody ever leaves Night City . . . except in a body bag.

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Silverhand Mug
This 11 oz. mug features the Johnny Silverhand emblem and the text “Wake the f*** up, Samurai. We have a city to burn.” on the inside of the mug.

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Silverhand Patch
Featuring the logo of Johnny Silverhand.
Patch can be sewn or ironed on, with a diameter of approximately 3”

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Johnny Silverhand Pint Glass Set
Featuring logos of your favorite songs from the band Samurai and infamous rockerboy/lead vocalist Johnny Silverhand: “Never Fade Away” and “Chippin’ In.”

Each pint glass set features two glasses packaged in slick-looking window boxes.

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Dead Dog’s Bite #1 (of 4)

Tyler Boss (W/A/Cover) and Ian Bertram (Variant cover)

On sale Apr 8
FC, 32 pages

Cormac Guffin has gone missing. It’s been three days and no one has seen hide nor hair of her. The police have nothing, and the townsfolk are acting more like a funeral procession than a search party. If Cormac has any hope of being found, it rests on the slouching shoulders of her best friend Joe. Joe will need her wits about her though, because, like any story worth hearing, nothing is what it seems.

From award-winning cartoonist Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk into a Bank) comes the story of a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a candy wrapper.

• From award-winning cartoonist Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk into a Bank)

• Twin Peaks meets Lady Bird.

• Featuring a variant cover from Ian Bertram (House of Penance).

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Disney Frozen Adventures: Ice and Magic TP

Alessandro Ferrari (W), Tea Orsi (W), Emilio Urbano (A), Michela Frare (A), Nicoletta Baldari (A), Miriam Gambino (A), Veronica Di Lorenzo (A), Marino Gentile (A), and others

On sale June 2
FC, 240 pages
TP, 6” x 9”

A collection of over 200 pages of short comic stories expanding on the world of Disney Frozen! Brave the elements of ice and snow, and experience the magic of Frozen with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf in this graphic novel anthology!

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Disney Frozen 2 TP

Cecil Castellucci (W), Paola Antista (A/Cover), Francesca Carotenuto (C), and Wes Dzioba (C)

On sale June 3
FC, 72 pages
TP, 6” x 9”

Told from the perspectives of Elsa and Anna, this expanded retelling of the highly anticipated sequel film will give an introspective look at the sisters’ adventure North! Elsa, along with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven, set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey to reveal the secret to her magical powers.

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Disney Moana: The Story of the Movie in Comics HC

Alessandro Ferrari (W), Alberto Zanon (P/Cover), Giada Perissinotto (P), Veronica Di Lorenzo (A), Luca Bertelè (A/Cover), Massimo Rocca (C), Peirluigi Casolino (C), Pasquale Desiato (C), Maria Claudio Di Genova (C), Dario Calabria (C), and Grzegorz Krysinsky (Cover)

On sale June 10
FC, 56 pages
HC, 6” x 9”

Sail the Pacific Islands in search of destiny in this retelling of Disney Moana. Moana is a spirited teenager who loves the ocean that she is forbidden to travel. When darkness begins to consume her island home, Moana knows the solution lies beyond the safety of the island. She sails into the open sea to find the demigod Maui and right a wrong from his past, to save her people and their future.

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Disney Mulan: The Story of the Movie in Comics HC

Disney (W)

On sale June 17
FC, 56 pages
HC, 6” x 9”

Venture to the Great Wall of China in the remarkable tale of bravery in this graphic novel retelling of the animated film, Disney Mulan. The Huns have invaded China. Mulan risks death and dishonor as she goes undercover as a man to defend her land and protect her father. With wit, strength, and determination, Mulan fearlessly enters the battlefield and goes head to head against the vicious leader of the Huns!

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Disney/PIXAR Finding Nemo and Finding Dory: The Story of the Movies in Comics HC

Alessandro Ferrari (W) and Various (A)

On sale June 24
FC, 104 pages
HC, 6” x 9”

Marlin, a clownfish, teams up with a forgetful but friendly Blue Tang named Dory to find his son Nemo in this collection of the films retold as comics! Along the way they’ll meet new friends and they’ll discover just how much Dory is capable of in this heartwarming undersea adventure that brings Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Finding Dory from the screen to your fingertips!

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Disney/PIXAR The Incredibles 2: Slow Burn #3 (of 3)

Christos Gage (W), Jean-Claudio Vinci (A/Cover), Dan Jackson (C), and Kawaii Creative Studios (Variant Cover)

On sale Apr 1
FC, 32 pages

With the Parr family seemingly at the mercy of the evil Slow Burn, Dash realizes he needs to intervene. Even though he was assumed to be on the bench with his speed powers on the fritz, he’ll use his other skills to save the town and his family alike! You will not want to miss the conclusion of the Slow Burn arc!

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The EC Archives: War Against Crime Volume 2 HC

Johnny Craig (W/A/Cover), Al Feldstein (W/A), Harry Harrison (W/A), Graham Ingels (A), John Alton (A), Rudy Palais (A), H.C. Kiefer (A), Fred Peters (A), George Roussos (A), Marie Severin (C), and Carlos Badilla (C)

On sale June 3
FC, 176 pages
HC, 8” x 11”

Cops and criminals clash in these exciting stories ripped straight from police records! The war against crime continues in this volume of digitally remastered full issues from the classic series!

Collecting issues #7–#11 of War Against Crime from the artistic talents of Al Feldstein, Johnny Craig, Graham Ingels, and more.

Where Every Day is Black Friday.

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Everything II #1 (of 5)

Christopher Cantwell (W) and I.N.J. Culbard (A/Cover/C)

On sale Apr 15
FC, 32 pages

The unsettling small-town saga continues in volume 2 of Everything! Lori is the megastore’s newest disciple, but how much power does she really have? After all, Marshall Gooder’s personally overseeing her every move. And as a resistance begins to rise, Everything’s true dark nature will emerge . . .

• Written by Christopher Cantwell, cocreator/showrunner of AMC’s critically acclaimed Halt and Catch Fire.

• Everything Volume One named one of io9 Gizmodo’s Best Comics of 2019.

“Bubbles with energy and inventiveness” —Jeff Lemire

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Finder: Chase the Lady TP

Carla Speed McNeil (W/A/Cover) and Jenn Manley Lee (C)

On sale June 17
FC, 224 pages
TP, 6” x 9”

Rachel Grosvenor doesn’t have time to celebrate her recent Llaverac clan victories, as every win seems come with a price. Her new title comes with too many responsibilities, her new home comes with too many expenses, and the Ascians who have adopted her fill her house with complications. Could Jaeger’s return be enough to quell the storm that’s brewing?

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The Flower of the Witch TP

Enrico Orlandi (W/A/Cover)

On sale June 17
FC, 112 pages
TP, 7” x 10”

Tami has traveled long and far from his home in the south, forbidden to return until he has become a man, in this coming-of-age story. Defeating monsters and saving princesses has not been enough, and now he must find the fabled flower of the witch. But in his quest Tami inadvertently sparks a feud between the villagers who shelter him and the demon Yabra! And when the conflict comes to a head, Tami will have to choose between proving himself as a man, and protecting the villagers he’s come to love.

• Available for the first time in English.

• From Italian creator Enrico Orlandi!

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Frankenstein Undone #4 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W), Scott Allie (W), Ben Stenbeck (A/Cover), Brennan Wagner (C), and Sanford Greene (Variant Cover)

On sale Apr 29
FC, 32 pages

Frankenstein discovers that one of his shipmates has been using him for his own selfish gain. Meanwhile, a mysterious artifact pulled from the arctic ice begins to exert its dark influence on Demmings, awakening the machinations of an ancient cult.

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Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: The Beast of Vargu and Others TP

Mike Mignola (W), Scott Allie (W), Duncan Fegredo (A), Ben Stenbeck (A), Christopher Mitten (A), Adam Hughes (A/C/Cover), Dave Stewart (C), and Brennan Wagner (C)

On sale June 24
FC, 160 pages
TP, 7” x 10”

Face the mysterious Lambton Worm, track down an ancient corpse collector in the untamed wilderness, and more in this collection of monster meet-ups! Some of Hellboy’s most notorious exploits, including the story of Eisner Award-winning one-shot Hellboy: Krampusnacht, await in this new short story collection!

Mike Mignola and Scott Allie are joined by veteran Hellboy artists Ben Stenbeck, Adam Hughes, Christopher Mitten, and Duncan Fegredo to present stories collected for the first time in paperback, complete with bonus sketchbook section.

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Hidden Society #3 (of 4)

Rafael Scavone (W), Rafael Albuquerque (A/Cover), Marcelo Costa (C), and Fabio Moon (Variant Cover)

On sale Apr 29
FC, 32 pages

Our heroes face internal peril as one of their magical members struggles to learn a necessary spell from the grimoire, and unknowing police attempt to stop them from saving the world.

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Kabuki Omnibus Volume 3 TP

David Mack (W/A/Cover)

On sale June 10
FC, 400 pages
TP, 7” x 10”

This edition collects the original Kabuki: The Alchemy in an easy-to-read trade paper back. Includes David’s work with Neil Gaiman, Tori Amos, new Kabuki stories from Dark Horse Presents, the multi-Eisner nominated Lil Kabuki in Dreamland, and more stories.

Loaded with extra material! New pages, commentary, art, and text! Perfect for old and new fans of David Mack and the Kabuki series!

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Kill Whitey Donovan #5 (of 5)

Sydney Duncan (W), Natalie Barahona (A/C/Variant Cover), and Jason Pearson (Cover)

On sale Apr 1
FC, 32 pages

As Atlanta burns around her, Anna finally tracks down and confronts “Whitey” Donovan. But men like him aren’t easy prey, as she and Hattie will soon discover. Blood will be shed and their lives forever changed—all in the name of revenge.

“Don’t miss the stunning conclusion to the series Edgar Award-winning novelist, Mindy McGinnis, says “. . . puts female power on center stage and illuminates it with amazing art.”

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The Last Knight of St. Hagan #1 (of 4)

Mike Mignola (W), Scott Allie (W), Andrea Mutti (A), Lee Loughridge (C), and Sebastián Fiumara (Cover)

On sale Apr 15
FC, 32 pages

A wily Polish spy, pursued by a group of Nazi enforcers, flees through the small town of Torun. The year is 1939, the beginning of the German occupation, and he carries important information for the resistance. But a bullet, a tomb, and a ghost—perhaps even God–have their own plans for the spy, and they will involve the mystical crusader knight St. Hagan.

Mike Mignola and Scott Allie join with artist Andrea Mutti and colorist Lee Loughridge to bring you this dark tale of bloody intrigue and otherworldly horror.

Some hauntings are more potent than others.

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Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Volume 3 TP

Naru Narumi (W/A/Cover)

On sale June 10
b&w, 144 pages
TP, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″

Ms. Koizumi has taken planes and trains in search of noodles . . . but never before a mountain pilgrimage, as she ascends the granite slopes of Mt. Tsukuba in search of the ramen restaurant at the summit! And that’s only her first culinary adventure in the tasty volume three, as she guards the secret of her beauty from the jealous Misa (could it be the backfat in her broth?), dodges pick-up artists in Osaka, and meets a mysterious older woman who reminds her strangely of a certain obsessive classmate . . . !

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Plants vs. Zombies: The Garden Path HC

Paul Tobin (W), Kieron Dwyer (A/Cover), and Heather Breckel (C)

On sale June 3
FC, 88 pages
HC, 6” x 9”

You get to make the choices in this new Plants vs. Zombies adventure with multiple endings! Our story begins with Dr. Zomboss’ latest plan of evil genius—disguising his zombies as each other, to confuse the plants and plant pals Crazy Dave, Nate, and Patrice. Can the friendly fronds get under these dastardly disguises before the zombies sneak into Neighborville tourist attractions to unleash their hungry ways? It’s up to you! Eisner Award-winning writer Paul Tobin (Bandette, Genius Factor) collaborates with artist Kieron Dwyer (Captain America, The Avengers) for a brand-new, interactive Plants vs. Zombies journey!

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Predator Hunters III #3 (of 4)

Chris Warner (W), Brian Thies (A/Cover), Wes Dzioba (C), and Patrick Blaine (Variant Cover)

On sale Apr1
FC, 32 pages
$4.99 (Variant Cover)

The Hunters compete in a game of wits with the Russians to find—and kill—the Predators. As they follow the Predator trail deeper into the treacherous jungle, they make a shocking discovery—there are two Predators! The hunters may become the hunted . . .

• Variant cover features glow-in-the-dark ink.

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Raiders TP

Daniel Freedman (W) and Cristian “Crom” Ortiz (A/C/Cover)

On sale June 10
FC, 136 pages
TP, 7” x 10”

From Daniel Freedman (Undying Love) and Cristian “Crom” Ortiz (Golden Campaign), comes an original graphic novel about family, freedom, and killing monsters for loot.

Marken and Maron, inseparable brothers, are dungeon raiders in a land ruled by corrupt royals and filled with fantastic dangers around every turn. But just as Marken decides that it’s time to give up the raiding life, both brothers find themselves at the wrong end of the powers that be and stumble upon a secret that may unravel the entire political system.

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Return of the Wizard King: The Wizard King Trilogy Book One TP

Chad Corrie (W)

On sale June 3
b&w, 400 pages
TP, 6” x 9”

The gladiator sold his soul for revenge. The knight’s a bigot. The dwarf only cares about regaining his honor. Even the wizardess seems too bookish for anyone’s good. But they’ve all been hired by a blind seer to retrieve some forgotten knowledge long hidden away in a jungle-strangled ruin.

Get in. Get out. Get paid. At least that’s what they thought. Instead, they uncover hidden agendas and ancient power struggles centuries in the making.

• A new fantasy novel by Chad Corrie.

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Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy #5 (of 6)

Jeff Lemire (W), Tonci Zonjic (A/Cover), and Sam Kieth (Variant Cover)

On sale Apr 15
FC, 32 pages

In custody of Detective Reyes after a vigilante outing gone wrong, Skeleton Boy is caught between his desire for revenge and the idea that he may be in over his head. Meanwhile, Skulldigger and Grimjim’s feud threatens to take out innocent bystanders.

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Spy Island #1 (of 4)

Chelsea Cain (W), Elise McCall (A), Rachelle Rosenberg (C), and Lia Miternique (Cover and Variant Cover)

On sale Apr 1
FC, 32 pages

Super spy Nora Freud (no relation) has a plum assignment. She’s stationed on a tropical island. Her mission? Keep an eye on things. Her problem? The island is on the lip of the Bermuda Triangle, where anything can happen. Her other problem? This particular island is a den of intrigue, populated by spies, tourists, and evil villains set on global domination.

Spy Island is a four-issue special limited series by the creative team that brought you Man-Eaters.

• New comics series from New York Times best-selling author Chelsea Cain!

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Starship Down #2 (of 4)

Justin Giampaoli (W), Andrea Mutti (A/Cover), and Vladimir Popov (C)

On sale Apr 22
FC, 32 pages

The discovery of an extraterrestrial ship in Siberia draws the attention of world powers including the Vatican and an underground cell who will stop at nothing to destroy it. Time is ticking down for Jocelyn, a cultural anthropologist keeping the operation from spinning out of control while she deciphers the truth of humanity’s origins.

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Stephen McCranie’s Space Boy Volume 7 TP

Stephen McCranie (W/A/Cover)

On sale June 24
FC, 240 pages
TP, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/4″

To Amy, everyone has a flavor . . . and when Dr. Kim’s chamomile tea and lemon becomes sour with anxiety, it plunges Amy into a conspiracy and new questions about Oliver’s identity!

Life is changing quickly for Amy and her friends. A new romance blossoms between Tammie and Schaefer and Zephy reveals his feelings for Amy. But when Amy discovers startling new information about Oliver and a mysterious military organization, it threatens to come crashing down on her friends . . . with potentially tragic results!

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Stranger Things: Into the Fire #4 (of 4)

Jody Houser (W), Ryan Kelly (P), Le Beau Underwood (I), Triona Farrell (C), Viktor Kalvachev (Cover), Kelly McKernan (Variant Cover), and Evan Cagle (Variant Cover)

On sale Apr 8
FC, 32 pages

An escaped subject from Hawkins Laboratory discovers her twin sister has just burned down the mental hospital that held her captive and is on the loose. Hot on her trail, she tracks her dangerous sibling down, hoping to mend their familial bonds. Will the sisters be able to make up for the lost time and damage done by their time in Hawkins Lab, or have those bridges already been burned?

Playing for Time

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Tomorrow #3 (of 5)

Peter Milligan (W), Jesús Hervás (A/Cover), and James Devlin (C)

On sale Apr 29
FC, 32 pages

To avoid being alone, Cira does the unthinkable . . . but the violent initiation might mean losing her twin brother Oscar, who is further away than ever. Malik and Destiny haven’t lost everything yet . . . but if their father’s time runs out, who will be the link between this seemingly unstoppable virus and the elusive Russian antidote?

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The Umbrella Academy Volume 2: Dallas Deluxe Edition HC

Gerard Way (W), Gabriel Bá (A/Cover), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale June 3
FC, 216 pages
HC, 8” x 12”

The Umbrella Academy is despondent following the near apocalypse created by one of their own and the death of their beloved mentor Pogo. Trouble is, each of them is distracted by their own problems, leading to a blood-drenched face-off with maniacal assassins and a plot to kill JFK!

This deluxe edition hardcover reprints the 2009 limited-edition collection of the complete second series, Dallas, with an expanded 36-page sketchbook. This deluxe edition also includes a portfolio inside the slipcase, and a new unique print by Gabriel Bá.

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Unfinished Business HC

Paul Levitz (W), Simon Fraser (A/Cover), and Cary Caldwell (C)

On sale June 10
FC, 88 pages
HC, 7” x 10”

A priest, a minister and a rabbi walk into a bar . . . except they’re all dead. Not a zombie apocalypse (sorry, Walking Dead fans), but a bit of Unfinished Business that heaven needs the departed clerics to address, if they can. But what awaits them if they succeed—life, afterlife, or oblivion?

A tantalizing original graphic-novel mystery from Eisner Award-winner and Eisner Award Hall of Fame inductee Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes) and Simon Fraser (Kingsman: The Red Diamond, Doctor Who).

• Paul Levitz is a comics industry legend as both an acclaimed writer and as a longtime editor, executive, and publisher at DC Comics.

• Simon Fraser’s work is known for his long-running stints on Nikolai Dante and Judge Dredd in 2000 AD magazine.

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X-Ray Robot #2 (of 4)

Michael Allred (W/A/Cover), Laura Allred (C), David Rubín (Variant Cover)

On sale Apr 29
FC, 32 pages

After meeting his robotic 277-year-old self, Max learns about the incoming threat of the Ultimate Nihlist, a villain determined to take all life to its “Pre–Big Bang” status, leading Max and the robot to travel through different timelines to protect reality and mankind.

“One of the best cartoonists in all of comics has done it again! X-Ray Robot is another Allred homerun!!” —Brian Michael Bendis



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How Star Trek: Picard Lured Back The Next Generation Stars

Next Generation vets Brent Spiner and Marina Sirtis return for Star Trek: Picard.

The minute that Brent Spiner and Marina Sirtis enter a room, the place lights up with the chemistry and rapport that they developed some 33 years ago and have maintained ever since. The two actors first struck up their friendship as the android Data and ship’s counselor Deanna Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation, spending seven seasons on the air before the TNG cast graduated to the big screen, where their four-movie run concluded in 2002 with Star Trek: Nemesis.

But now Spiner and Sirtis -- along with fellow TNG star Jonathan Frakes (Commander Will Riker) and a handful of other Trek veterans -- are back in the Trek universe for the first time in 18 years on Star Trek: Picard, the new CBS All Access series revolving around the captain of the Enterprise-D, Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart). As of this writing, Data has only appeared in a series of vivid dreams/visions experienced by Picard, while Troi and Riker -- still together after getting married in Nemesis -- have yet to make their debut.

read more: The Next Generation Episodes to Watch Before Picard

“I was surprised, but pleased,” says Spiner about getting the call to appear in the series. “And convinced by the pedigree of the people we were going to work with, or potentially going to work with, that maybe it was a good idea to come.”

Both fan favorites, Spiner and Sirtis are ensconced at a hotel in Pasadena, California to speak with the press about Picard, while fully aware that little is known yet about how their roles in the show pan out. “We find out a little bit,” says Sirtis when asked what Troi has been up to for these 18 years. “We don't find out everything. The thing that I was most thrilled about was that I didn't have to wear a space suit.”

read more: Short Treks -- How Children of Mars Sets Up Picard

Sirtis jokes that the rest of the TNG cast found out about the show from Stewart himself, who “put his hand in his pocket for the second time in 30 years to buy us all dinner” as a way to "apologize" that none of them (at first) were asked to appear on the show.

“It was his guilt,” riffs Sirtis as Spiner nods and laughs beside her. “I think he really felt bad that he was doing Picard and we weren't part of it. Because we were an ensemble, you know? I remember talking to Michael Dorn (TNG’s Worf) about it and saying, ‘He felt guilty. He bought us dinner to make up for it.’ And Dorn was like, ‘I don't think so.’ I was like, ‘Well, you're not English. You don't know.’”

But Sirtis admits that when the offer did come to suit up as Troi once again, she jumped on it eagerly. “I remember seeing Carrie Fisher, God rest her soul, on the Today Show and the interviewer asked, ‘Was it a difficult choice to return as Princess Leia?’” Sirtis recalls. “And Carrie said, ‘I'm a 60 year old actress in Hollywood. People aren't exactly throwing scripts at me.’ Which is kind of the place that I'm in. I think it's different for boys, but for women, it's very different. So yeah, it's not like I'm ducking scripts that are coming my way. So it's a job as well as being fantastic to work with my pals again.”

Surprisingly, Sirtis remembers being nearly dropped from TNG in its first season, explaining, “I was this psychologist/empath on the bridge and they didn't know what to do with me. I got written out of shows: ‘Oh God, if she's on the bridge when that happens, she can sense what's happening. So we better get rid of her. Just write her out of the episode.’

“There was a point in the first season where Gene (Roddenberry, ST: TNG creator) felt there was one too many women on the show. Never one too many men. Have you noticed how it's one too many women? Don't get me started. Basically, there were three, and Gene went home one day and said to Majel (Roddenberry), ‘We've got one too many girls, we're going to have to get rid of one.’ They're not going to get rid of the security chief and they're not going to get rid of the doctor, so the psychologist was going to go. It wasn't that important to him, let's be honest.”

read more: Where Star Trek: Picard Fits in Federation History

It was the departure at the end of the first season of Denise Crosby, who played security chief Tasha Yar, which shifted the balance back in Sirtis’ favor: “It was Denise quitting that saved my job,” she reveals. “She quit and solved their problem.”

Both Spiner and Sirtis are impressed with the production values on Picard, as television and streaming have ramped up the quality of their offerings to compete much more directly with movies. “God knows they're spending a lot more money than we used to,” says Spiner. “Really, it's like budgets are incredible. If we had these budgets, we'd still be on the air. But I love what they're doing with the show and how it's going to look.”

That doesn’t mean, however, that even a shiny new product like Picard can’t reach back into the closet for a shortcut or two. “I got the call (about the show) and then I didn't hear anything,” says Sirtis. “So I called and I said, ‘You do know that I wore a wig and black contact lenses.’ And they went, ‘What? What do you mean you wore a wig?’ And I was like, ‘You know what? I think I stole them and have them. Let's just get the contact lenses cleaned because they've been sitting in a lens case for 15 years or whatever it is.’  So (I wore the same contacts and wig) that I wore in Nemesis.”

Star Trek: Picard premieres this Thursday (January 23) on CBS All Access.

Don Kaye is a Los Angeles-based entertainment journalist and associate editor of Den of Geek. Other current and past outlets include Syfy, United Stations Radio Networks, Fandango, MSN, and many more. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @donkaye

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Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston Dating Rumors Will Never Go Away; Here’s Why

Both separately and as a couple that exists only in the imaginations of fans and the fictional ramblings of some of the most unreliable tabloids, it's been quite an award season for Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.

Pitt has already received a Golden Globe and a Screen Actor's Guild Award for his stellar work in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood, and he's the odds-on favorite to take home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston: SAG Awards 2020

Aniston, meanwhile, has racked up numerous nominations and a SAG prize for her Apple TV series, The Morning Show.

Of course, for their adoring public, Brad and Jen's accolades are a mere afterthought.

For Pitt-Aniston shippers -- a very vocal group in some corners of social media -- the big story of the past few weeks has been the subtle indications that the actors are back on friendly terms following a messy divorce and many years of estrangement.

First, there was the sight of Jen looking on appreciatively during Brad's Golden Globes acceptance speech.

Jennifer Aniston at the Globes

(This was reported in the press as Aniston "gazing" at her ex "in adoration.")

Then came the SAG Awards, at which Pitt and Aniston were photographed backstage together.

Granted, this latest "evidence" that Brad and Jen are more than friends is more compelling than anything we'd seen up to that point -- especially the photo of Brad clasping Jen's hand -- but it still sounds as though these two are just exes who have formed a casual friendship in the 15 years since their separation.

“Jen was happy for Brad,” a source tells People of the actors' interaction at the SAG ceremony.

Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston Reunited

“They congratulated each other and that was it.”

The source adds, “It was an emotional night. [Jen] is not dating Brad.”

In case of any lingering conclusion, the insider went on:

“They are friends and happy for each other. They want nothing but happiness for each other.

Brad and Jen SAG Awards Pic

"She is happy to have Brad back in her life as a friend, but that’s it.”

Sounds like a pretty definitive refutation to all that speculation -- but you can bet the rumor mill will keep right on churning.

Why? Well, for one it's impossible to overstate the hold that the Jen-Brad-Angie entanglement had on the public's imagination back when it first unfolded.

Whether it was fair or not, the narrative usually went something like this:

Brad Pitt and Ex-Wife

Despite the fact that he had been in he industry for over a decade by the time they met, and she was born into a Hollywood dynasty, Brad and Jen were a couple of regular folks who happened to be rich, famous, and gorgeous.

Jolie, on the other hand, was the weirdo goth beauty who made out with her brother on the red carpet and wore a vial of Billy Bob Thornton's blood around her neck.

They met on set, Jolie seduced the world's most lusted-after man, and the rest is history.

Is this an accurate account of the situation?

Brad Pitt in Venice

Almost certainly not, but tabloid writers of the early 2000s were basically in the business of penning serial soap operas that appeared in weekly installments in your grocery store checkout line.

The saga of the Jen-Brangelina love triangle was red meat for a gossip press looking to move copies at a time when each week seemed to bring a new indication that print media was in its dying days.

Of course, the marriage flamed out as spectacularly as the magazine industry, when, in 2016, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt after two years of marriage and more than a decade together.

Unlike the Brad and Jen split, there was nothing intriguing or sexy about this one.

Brad Pitt = Handsome

Pitt got into some sort of altercation with his teenage son Maddox aboard a private jet, and whatever happened, it was so repugnant to Jolie that she took steps to pull the plug on her marriage the following day.

It was a messy situation, and one that likely dredged up painful memories for many survivors of broken homes.

It's the kind of story that brings A-list stars crashing down to Earth -- a far cry from the soap opera glitz of Brad's first divorce. 

For many millennials, Jen vs. Brangelina was their first taste of celebrity scandal, and it wasn't uncommon to choose a side and declare your loyalty to friends.

Aniston and Pitt

As the cliche goes, it was a simpler time, and gossip from that era focused on attractive actors and musicians, a far cry from today, when the focus has shifted to reality stars, politicians, and reality star politicians.

While we're sure the split was painful for both parties and for Jen in particular, many saw the unfolding narrative as a form of harmless escapism -- the sort of distraction that many are no doubt clamoring for in these times of near-constant turmoil.

If Brad and Jen get back together, then those who obsessively followed the drama of their split get to both bask in nostalgia and absolve themselves of any lingering guilt from the schadenfreude they may have felt back in '05.

Some have likened fans of the actors to children of divorced parents hoping for an unlikely reconciliation.

That may be a bit of an overstatement, but it seems that for many, the emotional investment in this A-list couple from a bygone era is as strong as ever.

NeNe Leakes Calls Out Wendy Williams: She’s a Rat!

Wendy Williams is really having a tough week.

First, the talk show host garnered probably the most backlash of her career after making fun of Joaquin Phoenix's cleft plate late last week.

The polarizing television personality even issued a rare apology in response to the crap she took for saying such a thing.


Now, however, Leakes is taking heat not from total strangers on the Internet... but from a pretty good friend.

A pretty good famous friend, at that.

Her name is NeNe Leakes.

And here's what transpired over the last few days:

Wendy Williams on the Air

On Tuesday morning, Williams sat down for an interview with Bravo superfan Jerry O'Connell, revealing to the actor that Leakes was finished with The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

How was she privy to such shocking information?

Williams said on air that NeNe herself texted Williams and said simply I'm quitting.

"I took a break in-between commercials. I had to go to the bathroom, so I looked at my phone in between commercials and NeNe texts, 'I'm quitting,'" claimed Wendy.

"9:08 this morning. I'm surprised I got it because I have no service in my office, but I got it," she added.

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Williams went on to make NeNe's private messages public, telling O'Connell:

"I know something about NeNe that you all will cry, be sad, feel bad for her. She's carrying the weight of a huge thing on her shoulders."

Williams claimed this secret was NOT related to NeNe's husband health, and that she (Wendy, that is) "cried" after Leakes shared it with her.

Wendy went on to say that NeNe's health is fine, as it everything with her sons.

"But if she keeps carrying this burden, you know what I'm saying, you know how you carry a secret long enough ..." Williams added, trailing off.

"NeNe, you need that platform to explain, that's all. I'm telling you, NeNe, don't quit! I can't believe I've come to this."

NeNe Leakes Swagg Boutique

Williams, of course, has made a living out of trashing other celebrities.

But this marked the first time she ever seemed to call out -- in a manner of speaking -- her own close pal.

And NeNe is clearly angry over it.

NeNe Leakes' Eyes Widen in Anger

First, a rep for the Real Housewives of Atlanta star reached out to TooFab and said:

"It's been an especially difficult couple of weeks for Nene, and she was venting to her friend in private correspondence. Nothing has been confirmed or officially decided for next season."

Then, Leakes herself jumped on Twitter and basically slammed Williams for being a rat.

“Private conversations should be left in private!” she Tweeted on Wednesday, January 22. “What are girlfriends for if you can’t vent to them on those types of days.”

leakes tweet

Leakes has been a major presence on the Real Housewives of Atlanta since its debut in 2008.

After appearing in the first seven seasons, she was a guest in Season 8 and skipped Season 9 before her Season 10 full-time return.

Will she return next season? We can't say right now.

Will she sign the petition that labels Williams as a horrible person and calls for her to be fired?

God, we hope so.

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Fifty years ago, scientists hit upon what they thought could be the next rocket fuel. Carboranes -- molecules composed of boron, carbon and hydrogen atoms clustered together in three-dimensional shapes -- were seen as the possible basis for next-generation propellants due to their ability to release massive amounts of energy when burned.

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Emerging viral infections -- from bird flu to Ebola to Zika infections -- pose major threats to global public health, and understanding their origins can help investigators design defensive strategies against future outbreaks. A new study provides important insights on the potential origins of the most recent outbreak of viral pneumonia in China, which started in the middle of December and now is spreading to Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and Japan.

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Animal carcasses play an important role in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Scientists have published these findings in PLOS ONE. Carcasses not only provide food for carrion-eating animals. Their nutrients also increase the growth of surrounding plants, which attracts many herbivorous insects and their predators. The researchers recommend relaxing regulations governing the disposal of animal carcasses when applied to conservation areas.

Sea level rise could reshape the United States, trigger migration inland

A new study uses machine learning to project migration patterns resulting from sea-level rise. Researchers found the impact of rising oceans will ripple across the country, beyond coastal areas at risk of flooding, as affected people move inland. Popular relocation choices will include land-locked cities such as Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Denver and Las Vegas. The model also predicts suburban and rural areas in the Midwest will experience disproportionately large influx of people relative to their smaller local populations.

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Vibe Check! Stressed & Struggling Khloe Kardashian Turns To Hypnotherapy

In a desperate bid to conquer her emotional demons, Khloe Kardashian is turning to hypnotherapy, has exclusively learned.

“She’s tried so much other therapy and figures it’s worth doing this if it helps her feel less insecure the whole time,” an insider revealed.

“Even with so many positives in her life, Khloe’s constantly moping around and she’s tired of feeling inadequate and anxiety-ridden,” continue the insider.

As Radar previously reported, Khloe, 35, has had plenty of ups and downs over the past couple years.

Not only has she engaged in some bitter battles with her sisters and suffered after Caitlyn Jenner revealed their rift to the world, she’s had a tough time dealing with heartbreak after Tristan Thompson, the father of their 1-year-old daughter, True, was caught cheating.

“The hypnotherapy sessions are focusing on not beating herself up for the way she looks, teaching her to be positive no matter what and spreading those positive vibes as far and wide as she can,” the insider explained.

So is Khloe’s unique new approach to her mental health working?

Said the source: “So far so good and Khloe’s vowed to keep it going.”

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Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. Animated Series – Cast and Story Details Revealed

An animated M.O.D.O.K. series is coming to Hulu! Expect a full-blown midlife crisis for the Marvel supervillain.

Marvel and Hulu have a handful of intriguing animated series now in the works, and the first of them to arrive will likely be M.O.D.O.K., an adult-themed spin on the iconic supervillain which will see him lose control of both his ever-more-dastardly plans ...and his own personal life.

The original scheme over at Hulu, when this was first announced in 2019, was to produce four new cartoons with Marvel - Hit Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler and Howard the Duck being the other three - culminating in a a special animated event: Marvel’s The Offenders. However, with Tigra & Dazzler now on indefinite hold, we shall have to see if these plans will still come to fruition.

M.O.D.O.K. Quick Shots

Release date: 2020

Where to watch: Hulu

Created by: Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum

Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. story 

An official synopsis for the series has now arrived...

In Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., the megalomaniacal supervillain M.O.D.O.K. has long pursued his dream of one day conquering the world. But after years of setbacks and failures fighting the Earth’s mightiest heroes, M.O.D.O.K. has run his evil organization A.I.M. into the ground. Ousted as A.I.M.’s leader, while also dealing with his crumbling marriage and family life, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing is set to confront his greatest challenge yet: a midlife crisis!

Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. Cast 

Here are the official cast and character details, courtesy of Marvel and Hulu. This is certainly a strong comedic lineup.

Patton Oswalt (A.P. Bio) as M.O.D.O.K. – After being ousted from both his evil organization and his family, super villain M.O.D.O.K. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) must reinvent himself if he ever wants the chance to win back the things in his life that are most important… outside of conquering the world that is. M.O.D.O.K. is about to find out that super heroes are nothing compared to his newest challenge… a midlife crisis.

Aimee Garcia (Lucifer) as Jodie – Jodie, M.O.D.O.K.’s wife and mother to his children, has had a late-in-life awakening -- excited to pursue her mommy-blog turned lifestyle-brand empire and discover who she is as an independent woman in her forties. There are just too many things to do in this world and not enough time to waste being held back by negativity. And unfortunately for M.O.D.O.K., the thing weighing her down the most... is him.

Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Lou – To be honest, M.O.D.O.K. doesn’t really “get” his twelve-year-old son Lou. Not athletic enough to be a jock. Not smart enough to be a nerd. Lou is... well, Lou -- a kid who clearly marches to the beat of his own drum. Lou’s lack of friends, ambition and hygiene is a constant worry for M.O.D.O.K., who often projects his own insecurities onto his overly confident son.

Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as Melissa – Even with her father’s “features,” seventeen-year-old Melissa has risen the ranks to become the Heathers-like queen bee of her school and a star in the world of teen figure skating. Every popular kid either wants to date her or avoid her terrifying wrath. But for all of her success, Melissa secretly yearns for her father’s approval.

Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs) as Monica Rappaccini – Monica is a brilliant mad-scientist at A.I.M. and M.O.D.O.K.’s rival at work. Clearly more competent and qualified than M.O.D.O.K., Monica believes she should be running the organization. After GRUMBL acquires A.I.M., Monica relishes in M.O.D.O.K.’s suffering until the new management begins to infringe on her ungodly experiments. With a common enemy in Austin, M.O.D.O.K. and Monica are finally able to put aside their differences and work together… when they aren’t constantly betraying each other.

Beck Bennet (Bill & Ted Face The Music) as Austin Van Der Sleet – After M.O.D.O.K.’s evil organization A.I.M. is run into the ground, he’s forced to sell it to silicon valley tech-giant GRUMBL. GRUMBL sends slick, twenty-something Austin as a “post-merger-integration-consultant” and M.O.D.O.K.’s new boss. Though M.O.D.O.K. wishes he could just zap Austin to the Negative Zone, M.O.D.O.K. must find new solutions to confront Austin’s corporate jargon-speak and frequent mandatory HR meetings, if he’s ever going to reclaim A.I.M. from Austin’s grip.

Jon Daly (The Kroll Show) as Super Adaptoid – A snarky android with ambitions to live, feel and create, but is instead forced to spend his days massaging the hoverchair sores on his creator M.O.D.O.K.’s scalp. Although the Adaptoid dreams of overwriting his programming and turning on M.O.D.O.K., there is also a begrudging friendship between these two.

Sam Richardson (Veep) as Gary - Gary is a henchman or “beekeeper” at A.I.M. who is fiercely loyal to his boss M.O.D.O.K., even if M.O.D.O.K. struggles to remember his name. As M.O.D.O.K. continues to get demoted within his own organization, Gary is there by his side, always offering his help and unshakeable optimism whether M.O.D.O.K. wants it or not.

"I'm blown away by our insanely talented and hilarious voice cast, who have all brought their specific kind of magic to this weird and wonderful corner of the Marvel Universe,” said series Executive Producer and Showrunner Jordan Blum in a statement about the voice cast reveal.

Karim Zreik, SVP, Original Programming & Production at Marvel TV Studios added “Patton and Jordan have done a phenomenal job in laying the groundwork for this exceptional ensemble, we’re thrilled to include this cast in the Marvel family.”

Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. Release Date

We'll definitely see M.O.D.O.K. on screens in 2020, and we'll bring you a more exact release date when we have one locked down. For now? We wait.

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Posterior Shocker: Tom King Says Adam Strange Has a Better Ass Than Captain America

Superstar comic book writer and former CIA superspy Tom King is no stranger to controversy, but King took things to a provocative new level when he took to Twitter Wednesday to make an incredible claim about a subject near and dear to the hearts of comic book fans. Captain America is well-known for his great ass, as clearly stated in canon in the Avengers films when referred to as “America’s Ass.” However, King claims that another hero has a better ass than Captain America’s: Adam Strange, the star of King’s upcoming DC Comics series with Mitch Gerads and Evan “Doc” Shaner.

King posted artwork by Gerads and said, “I’ll see your America’s ass and raise you the Tush of Two Worlds.” King followed that up with a plug for Strange Adventures, hitting stores in March, and a rocket ship emoji, the science fiction equivalent of an eggplant emoji, symbolizing a dick.

King’s assertion (no pun intended) is sure to spark fervent discussion amongst comic book fans and ass aficionados alike. Of course, it can hardly be considered a true competition when one of the most famously great asses in comics is excluded, as Nightwing’s ass in nowhere in sight.

What do you think, dear readers? Can Adam Strange’s ass compare to Captain America’s? Do either of them hold a candle to Nightwing’s? Let us know in the comments.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 Release Date, Trailers, Story, and News

Everything you need to know about Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7, including latest news, trailers, release date, and much more!

Dave Filoni took to the stage during the Star Wars: The Clone Wars 10th Anniversary panel at SDCC 2018 to announce that the beloved animated series is returning to our television sets! The Clone Wars season 7 will consist of 12 new episodes on Disney+, which is now the exclusive home for Star Wars TV shows

Created by George Lucas, the show first aired in 2008. It followed the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Padmé Amidala while introducing major new characters like Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex. The Clone Wars also brought fan-favorite Darth Maul back from the dead. The series was loved by many fans to say the least.

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But it was never finished. The Clone Wars ended after five 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. Now, Filoni, who worked helmed the original series, will get a chance to complete that story.

"I’m happy for the opportunity to define these things and the end of this part of the Clone War," said Filoni to "It also makes me reflect on all the people that I got to work with over the years. It reinforces the things I learned from George. It reminds me of the important elements that go into making Star Wars. So, it’s nice on several levels, and I think for the crew that’s still here that worked on Clone Wars, they feel that, as well."

Here's everything you need to know about the new season:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 Release Date

Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7 will arrive on Disney+ on Feb. 21! Until then, check out this new poster:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 Trailer

A new story trailer premiered ahead of the premiere! Watch it here:

The Clone Wars panel at Star Wars Celebration 2019 revealed three clips as well as another trailer. Check out all of the footage below:

The first trailer premiered at SDCC 2018. Check it out below:

Here's a complete release calendar of upcoming Star Wars movies and TV series.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 Cast

The Clone Wars season 7 will feature Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex and the clone troopers, James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan, and Sam Witwer as Maul.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 Story

During the Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7 panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, exec producer Dave Filoni revealed some plot details for the upcoming season.

read more: The Best Episodes of The Clone Wars

Season 7 comes from several storylines that have gone unfulfilled in the Star Wars expanded universe history. One of the central storylines comes from the "Bad Batch" concept teased a few years ago after the show was canceled. Also included in the 12-episode The Clone Wars season 7 will be a concept from a scrapped LucasArts Star Wars game, as Ahsoka learns to live in Coruscant's seedy Level 1313.

The new season will also cover the Siege of Mandalore, one of the final battles of the Clone Wars in which the Republic liberated Mandalore from Maul.


At Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019, producers showed three clips of the upcoming season. The first was a standard, yet inventive clip in which a squadron of clones advanced on some droids, taking many out with little EMP bombs. The second featured Ahsoka riding a hover-cycle vehicle through Coruscant before it mysteriously malfunctions.

Finally, the most significant clip was the reunion between Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka for the first time since the latter left the Jedi Order. Ahsoka is touched to see how the clone soldiers still respect her as a commander.

Read More: How Star Wars: The Clone Wars Can Be a Better Show

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7

More news on the return of Star Wars: The Clone Wars as we hear it!

John Saavedra is an associate editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9

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A few months ago, Danielle Bregoli got into a nasty fight with Woah Vicky. But Bhad Bhabie has other feuds that are much closer to home.

She's calling out her mom's Bhabie Dhaddy -- her father -- accusing him of signing away his rights for cash and having multiple affairs with men.

Danielle Bregoli Looks Pensive

Danielle Bregoli is 16 years old. She's famous for roasting Dr. Phil and threatening his studio audience with violence.

These days, she's a couple of years into her record-smashing rap career and launched a very successful reality series.

Her estimated net worth is approximately $4 million, and she stands to make a whole lot more before she turns 18.

At the moment, her mother has legal custody of her. Her biological father, however, clearly does not like this.

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In a Facebook post that we are including here, Danielle Bregoli's father took aim at Danielle's mother, accusing her of continuing physical abuse.

Ira S. Peskowitz claims that video evidence had just been uploaded but then deleted.

He takes aim at a judge whom he holds responsible for endangering Danielle's physical safety.

Perplexingly, he for some reason used the "#pornhub" hashtag which is never appropriate when discussing one's 16-year-old daughter.

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Well, Bhad Bhabie herself took to Instagram and shared a screenshot of her father's post along with a heated caption.

"I want a restraining order against this man," Danielle begins.

She identifies him: "This is my biological father but is also the same man who walked out on my mother when I was three months old."

Danielle accuses him of leaving her mom "for some stripper that he met in Canada."

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Danielle says that her biological father "then got married to her March 27 of 2004 the day after my first birthday which he wasn’t EVEN THERE FOR."

"He never wanted to see me," she accuses. "The one time the court was making him see me he decided to 'cancel.'"

"This man did not want a damn thing to do with me until I got famous," Danielle declares.

It sounds a bit like Justin Bieber and his dad, except even messier and without the happy reunion.

Danielle Bregoli at the Billboard Music Awards

"Not to mention also signed his rights away in exchange for 20k," Danielle alleges.

She complains: "This man makes a big deal out of everything I can’t even post a video as a joke without this man making it seem more than it is."

"All he wants is spot light when he really needs mental help! This man is mentally ill," Danielle opines.

"Wasn’t only cheating on my momma with strippers," she concludes, "but men too."

Danielle Bregoli dad callout post January 2020

The post is generally very serious, but Danielle does get very funny -- perhaps unintentionally -- when responding to a fan's question.

A comment reads: "So he is gayy?"

"He cheats on his wife with men," Danielle's reply reads.

She seems to shrug, writing: "IDK what you call that."

Danielle Bregoli, Contemplative

Now, we have previously reported on the horrifying domestic abuse video filmed by one of Danielle's friends.

Danielle characterizes her mother's violence as "playful," which is sad but not surprising -- many victims make excuses for thier abusers.

It is likely that Danielle will continue to try to excuse her mother's behavior for many years. Countless children do.

Her dad may be a loser, but that doesn't mean that he doesn't have a point. We hope that any alleged abuse is in the past and remains there, at least.

Danielle Bregoli, Pensive on the Stairs

This huge callout post against her biological father comes after Danielle had announced a mental health break from social media.

"Due to my mental health," she wrote, "I will b taking a small break from this app."

"I hate to say it but y'all won! Congrats mission complete!" she decreed. "Y'all made the lil 16 year old completely [lose] it!"

"Social media has not only made me who I am," Danielle said, "but also every reason I can't sleep at night."

"Imagine being called a racist white c--t every second of they day," she concluded. Ouch. Get well soon, Bhad Bhabie.

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Anna Duggar Shares Photo of Awful Husband, Posts About “Unconditional Love”

Many years ago, Josh Duggar got all touchy-feely with his own sisters, initating a disgusting molestation scandal and cover-up that continues for him and his family to this day.

On Tuesday, meanwhile, Anna Duggar went ahead and got all touchy-feely on Instagram.

But in a different, far less literal manner.

Josh Duggar and Fam

Indeed, Josh's social media rehabilitation continued yesterday, not long after he resurfaced on his wife's official feed on the day many folks think belongs to the Lord.

"Happy Sunday! 'I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.' Psalm 122:1," Anna captioned a photo of herself, Josh and their six kids earlier this week.

Yes, the couple really does have six kids.

Fast forward to about 12 hours and Anna once again posted a picture of her and some family members.

Josh Duggar at Church

In this case, the family members include her latest child... her gross husband... and her iin-laws, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

Wrote the busy mother as a caption this time around:

"We enjoyed a double date with Pops & Lolli this evening! It means the world to have parents that unconditionally love us and who are there to encourage us along life’s way."

That's a nice sentiment, to be sure.

A Family of 8

It's just impossible to ever consider any concept of unconditional love when Josh Duggar is in the picture.

This is someone who has molested his sisters, cheated on his wife and who had his place of employment raided in November by federal agents.

It remains unclear exactly why this happened, but Josh lost the benefit of the doubt many years ago and probably did something really sordid in order to invite such a raid.

The guy just seriously sucks, you guys.

Duggars at Play

Continued Anna in her new post:

'The older I get, the more I realize just how much I value and lean on the advice from our parents and the Godly men & women who are a couple decades ahead of us in life.

"Thanks Sweetie, Pops & Lolli for such a fun evening — it was great to chat, laugh and have a great night out together!"

Josh, of course, has not made many appearances on social media since he confessed to cheating on Anna in 2015, which followed the reveal that he molested five little girls as a teenager.

Josh Duggar: Back on the 'Gram

Any time he does pop up, social media users come out as almost one entitity and just tear him apart.

“Room full of people in denial,” one person wrote in response to this new photo, while Another said:

“Still can’t stand seeing Josh and also Anna still with him. She deserves better.”

And then someone else added: “I just can’t even look at Josh. People don’t change and he’s a bad person.”

Josh Duggar at the Zoo

Is this harsh? Some might say so.

Others, however, might say that the Duggars are a cult and Anna is really all alone wiith no one she can count on within that family and that Josh is a pathetic hypocrite who represents all that is wrong with organized religion.

We're not sure who.

But some might say that.

Hero Collector Solicitations April 2020 – DC Hardcovers, Batman, Marvel, Aliens and Rick & Morty Figures

We’ve got the Hero Collector from Eaglemoss solicitations for comic book stores for April 2020, both comics collections and figures. Collectors, time to dig in. And we begin with the harcover comic collections…



Hero Collector brings together some of DC’s most critical superhero adventures in a series of hardback collections, each including classic bonus material from the Golden and Silver Age!

Hero Collector Solicitations April 2020

#121 – JLA: Two Thousand

RRP: £11.99 (not US available)

SKU: DCGUK121, Barcode: 977205437358421

Format: Hardcover, Weight: 516g

Print Spec: 176pp, 175 x 260mm

Author(s): Tom Peyer

Artist(s): Val Semeiks

Product Description: When the evil futurist T.O. Morrow manipulates the timestream, the Justice Society of America are pitted against the Justice League of America – mysterious heroes from the distant future of the year 2000! Collects DC Two Thousand #1-2. Includes classic 1964 backup story from The Flash #143 – T.O. Morrow’s debut!

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#122 – Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds

RRP: £11.99 (not US available)

SKU: DCGUK122, Barcode: 977205437358422

Format: Hardcover, Weight: 516g

Print Spec: 176pp, 175 x 260mm

Author(s): Geoff Johns

Artist(s): Scott Koblish, George Perez

Product Description: Two Supermen. Three Legions. Only one victor! Superboy-Prime, a spoiled brat from a dead universe, has been let loose on the 31st Century. But while one Legion may be doomed, three Legions from three different alternative realities may just have a fighting chance… Collects Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #1-5. Includes classic 1994 backup story Legion of Super Heroes #0 – the future gets a reboot!

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#123 – Supergirl: Way of the World

RRP: £11.99 (not US available)

SKU: DCGUK123, Barcode: 977205437358423

Format: Hardcover, Weight: 516g

Print Spec: 144pp, 175mm x 260mm

Author(s): Kelley Puckett

Artist(s): Drew Johnson, Ray Snyder

Product Description: Supergirl promises to save the life of a terminally ill young boy, but how far can she go to beat death? Will Supergirl succeed in her impossible mission, or will her adopted world teach her the most painful lesson of all? Collects Supergirl # #28-33. Includes classic 1972 backup story: Resurrection Man #1, the first appearance of the unkillable Mitch Shelley!


Experience the life story of Batman from beginning to end, in this Hero Collector series of essential stories starring the Dark Knight and his greatest allies and enemies, each collected in hardcover!

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#60 – Batman: No Man’s Land (Part 2)

RRP: £10.99 (not US available)

SKU: DCLUK060, Barcode: 977251498221960

Format: Hardcover, Weight: 516g

Print Spec: 216pp, 175 x 260mm

Author(s): Chuck Dixon, Larry Hama, Greg Rucka

Artist(s): Mat Broome, Mike Deodato Jr., Dan Jurgens, Damion Scott, Bill Sienkiewicz

Product Description: After the nightmare of Gotham’s downfall, the Dark Knight rallies his scattered forces – including the new Batgirl, Cassandra Cain! Poison Ivy’s self-made paradise faces a serpent in the form of Clayface, Harvey Dent puts Jim Gordon on trial, and Bane sets out to destroy Gotham’s history. Collects Shadow of the Bat #88, Legends of the Dark Knight #120, Detective Comics #735-736 and #738-739, Batman #568 and #571-572.

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#61 – Batman: No Man’s Land (Part 3)

RRP: £10.99 (not US available)

SKU: DCLUK061, Barcode: 977251498221961

Format: Hardcover, Weight: 516g

Print Spec: 216pp, 175 x 260mm

Author(s): Greg Rucka, Devin Grayson

Artist(s): Rick Burchett, Sergio Cariello, Dale Eaglesham, Pablo Raimondi, Paul Ryan, Damion Scott

Product Description: The mysterious figure manipulating Gotham’s plight is revealed, as Lex Luthor announces his bid to rebuild the fallen city as the centre of his new empire – and only the Dark Knight stands in his way! Meanwhile, the Joker seeks to steal the spotlight with a crime that will destroy all hope for the future. Collects Shadow of the Bat #93-94, Legends of the Dark Knight #125-126, Detective Comics #740-741, and Batman #573-574.


Celebrate over 50 years of Star Trek comics with Hero Collector, in a series of hardback collections of the best Starfleet comic and manga stories from publishers such as DC, Marvel, IDW, Malibu, Wildstorm, and TokyoPop!

Hero Collector Solicitations April 2020

#85 – Star Trek The Next Generation: Second Chances

RRP: $19.95/£10.99

SKU: SGNUK085, Barcode: 977239745411785

Format: Hardcover, Weight: 500g

Print Spec: 144pp, 175 x 260mm

Author(s): Michael Jan Friedman, Kevin Ryan

Artist(s): Chuck Frazier, Carlos Garzon, Peter Krause, Pablo Marcos

Product Description: These stories, from regular TNG writer Michael Jan Friedman, see Picard literally bring the Enterprise back together – after separating the ship’s saucer in a conflict with a new species, the Sztazzan! Plus, sleeping crew are abducted by solanagen-based lifeforms, freak Q radiation transforms officers to adolescents, and conflict brews with the Cardassians… Collects Star Trek The Next Generation #42-46 (DC).

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#86 – Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Sole Asylum

RRP: $19.95/£10.99 (n

SKU: SGNUK086, Barcode: 977239745411786

Format: Hardcover, Weight: 463g

Print Spec: 128pp, 175 x 260mm

Author(s): Colin Clayton, Chris Dows, Leonard Kirk, Mark Paniccia

Artist(s): Rob Davis, Craig Gilmore, Leonard Kirk, Terry Pallot, Rod Whigham

Product Description: The Malibu Star Trek DS9 comics told new tales with the cast of the acclaimed sci-fi show. As the Cardassians study William Riker’s duplicate “Thomas” for the secret of duplication, Sisko must secure the release of the man he put in chains. Tuvok and Bashir negotiate their way out of a Klingon cell, Jadzia Dax faces an honour duel on Qo’noS, and a prison break turns bloody… Collects Star Trek Deep Space Nine #29-32 (Malibu).



This definitive Alien & Predator figurine collection captures characters from the Alien, Predator, AVP and Prometheus franchises in realistic detail as hand-painted figurines.

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MEGA – Xenomorph (Vent Attack)

RRP: $149.95/£109.99

SKU: MSCUK039, Barcode: 5059072005951

Material: Hand-Painted Resin

Height: 255mm, Width: 255mm, Weight: 2482g

Print Spec: 4pp, 170 x 210mm

Product Description: As terror on the Nostromo reached new heights, Captain Dallas braved the vents with a flamethrower in search of the alien stalking his crew – only to be ambushed by the creature itself! The xenomorph is captured here part-way through in its iconic lunge, as a mega-size statuette.

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Hero Collector is proud to present a 1:16 figurine collection inspired by every era of Batman’s comic book history!

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Box Set #1 – Batman (1940s, 1970s, 2000s)

RRP: $64.99/£49.99

SKU: DMBUK007, Barcode: 5059072002820

Material: Hand-Painted Resin

Height: 133–137mm, Weight: 119–178g

Print Spec: 12pp, 145 x 190mm (x3)

Product Description: This box-set collects three 1:16 figurines showcasing the Dark Knight throughout his history – from his earliest appearance in the 40s, through to the globetrotting 70s, and the New 52 tales of the 2010s!



The official and definitive collection of characters from the Marvel Studios films, meticulously rendered as 1:16 scale hand-painted resin models.

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#103 – Ronin

RRP: £13.99 (not US available)

SKU: MMFUK103, Barcode: 977205951582803

Material: Hand-Painted Resin

Height: 122mm, Weight: 98g

Print Spec: 16pp, 220 x 285mm

Product Description: Once the heart of the Avengers, Clint Barton lost everything when Thanos wiped out half of humanity. As Ronin he stalked the globe, eliminating those he felt didn’t deserve to have survived “the snap”.

#104 – Yon-Rogg

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RRP: £13.99 (not US available)

SKU: MMFUK104, Barcode: 977205951582804

Material: Hand-Painted Resin

Height: 127mm, Weight: 110g

Print Spec: 16pp, 220 x 285mm

Product Description: Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) was the Kree leader of Starforce and the mentor to ‘Vers’ – an amnesiac Carol Danvers. The two came to blows over the Kree-Skrull war on C-53; Carol’s home planet, also known as Earth.

#105 – Iron Man (QR Suit)

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RRP: £13.99 (not US available)

SKU: MMFUK105, Barcode: 977205951582805

Material: Hand-Painted Resin

Height: 135mm, Weight: 105g

Print Spec: 16pp, 220 x 285mm

Product Description: Tony Stark constructed special timesuits to allow the Avengers to survive the quantum realm – and so travel through time. His own version was a new suit of Iron Man armour, equipped with a Time-Space GPS.

Special #15 – Smart Hulk (Avengers: Endgame)

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RRP: £26.99 (not US available)

SKU: MMFUK815, Barcode: 9781858759494

Material: Hand-Painted Resin

Height: 166mm, Weight: 342g

Print Spec: 16pp, 220 x 285mm

Product Description: In the years after the Avengers’ defeat by Thanos, Bruce Banner fused himself and the Hulk into a single being – with brains and brawn united at last, the Hulk became an adored celebrity the world over.

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This official collection of heavyweight statuettes depicts iconic Marvel Studios characters, meticulously rendered in hand-painted full cast metal and packaged in a collector’s tin.

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#1 – Iron Man (Mark XLVI)

RRP: $39.95 (not UK available)

SKU: MMHUK001, Barcode: 5059072006996

Material: Hand-Painted Full Cast

Height: 135mm, Weight: 272g

Product Description: Playboy, billionaire, philanthropist – and superhero! As Iron Man, Tony Stark battles threats to world stability – but in Captain America: Civil War, his fellow Avengers became one of them!

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#2 – Captain America (Avengers: Infinity War)

RRP: $39.95 (not UK available)

SKU: MMHUK002, Barcode: 5059072007009

Material: Hand-Painted Full Cast

Height: 121mm, Weight: 216g

Product Description: Stripped of his famous vibranium shield, Captain America (Chris Evans) takes up a pair of Wakandan shield-gauntlets to fight off Thanos’ invading alien army in Avengers: Infinity War!

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#3 – Spider-Man (Iron Spider)

RRP: $39.95 (not UK available)

SKU: MMHUK003, Barcode: 5059072007016

Material: Hand-Painted Full Cast

Height: 103mm, Weight: 226g

Product Description: When young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) hitches a ride on an alien spacecraft in Avengers: Infinity War, the stylish new Iron Spider suit keeps Spider-Man alive on his biggest adventure yet!


Hero Collector showcases much-loved characters from across the Rick And Morty multiverse, each recreated at 1:16 scale alongside an in-depth magazine!

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#3 – Mr. Meeseeks

RRP: £15.99 (not US available)

SKU: RAMUK003, Barcode: 5059072006972

Material: Hand-Painted Resin

Height: 116mm, Weight: 66g

Print Spec: 16pp, 145 x 190mm

Product Description: He’s Mr. Meeseeks! Look at him! This obnoxiously helpful homunculus is stood beside the Mr. Meeseeks Box that summoned it, cheerfully awaiting a request for help.

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#4 – Summer Smith

RRP: £15.99 (not US available)

SKU: RAMUK004, Barcode: 5059072006989

Material: Hand-Painted Resin

Height: 110mm, Weight: 63g

Print Spec: 16pp, 145 x 190mm

Product Description: Boo-ya! Morty’s teen sister, Summer often feels like she’s missing out when her genius grandpa and idiot brother go on their adventures. The feeling seldom lasts when she joins in.

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Planters Just Killed Off Mr. Peanut & Twitter Has Mixed Feelings About It

Funny tweets in response to Planers killing off Mr. Peanut, RIPeanut, planters nuts, advertising, super bowl.

In what can only been seen as peak late stage capitalism, Planters announced today on Twitter that their mascot Mr. Peanut has died in an act of heroic sacrifice. According to a pre-Super Bowl advertisement, the beloved monocled peanut passed while saving two friends from a terrifying car wreck. 

According to a press release, the company will be broadcasting Mr. Peanut's funeral during the third quarter of the Super Bowl. Twitter users are reacting to this "news" with a mixture of grief, puns, memes and outrage. The outrage comes from people who think it's absolutely insane that advertising has stopped to the level of "killing" fictional characters before the most profitable advertising event in the country. We're inclined to agree, but some of these jokes (particularly the ones regarding peanut allergies) are too good for us to ignore. 

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My New Dessert Of Choice: Mountain Dew Cheesecake

One immune cell type appears to attack any type of cancer – Ars Technica

  1. One immune cell type appears to attack any type of cancer  Ars Technica
  2. New discovery may lead to 'one-size-fits-all' cancer treatment one day, researchers say  USA TODAY
  3. British Scientists May Have Found Cure For Cancer. By Accident.  The Daily Wire
  4. Surprising discovery could mean ‘one-size-fits-all’ cancer treatment; researcher says ‘nobody believed this c  OregonLive
  5. British scientists accidentally discover immune cell that 'may kill all cancer'  TheBlaze
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One immune cell type appears to attack any type of cancer – Ars Technica

One immune cell type appears to attack any type of cancer  Ars TechnicaView full coverage on Google News

Desperate Wish? Vicki Wants ‘RHOC’ Spinoff Amid Being ‘Offered Friend Status’ Again

Autoimmunity may explain why an important immune system is absent in many bacteria

New findings reveal how bacterial immune systems can be harmful for their hosts and explain why they are not found in many bacteria.

Solving a biological puzzle: How stress causes gray hair

Scientists have found evidence to support long-standing anecdotes that stress causes hair graying. Researchers found that in mice, the type of nerve involved in the fight-or-flight response causes permanent damage to the pigment-regenerating stem cells in the hair follicle. The findings advance knowledge of how stress impacts the body, and are a first step toward blocking its negative effects.

Most rehabilitating sea turtles with infectious tumors don’t survive

Fibropapillomatosis (FP) is the most significant infectious disease affecting sea turtle populations worldwide. FB leads to tumors on the turtles' eyes, flippers and internal organs and is widespread in warmer climates like Florida. A large-scale study evaluated tumor score, removal and regrowth in rehabilitating green sea turtles with FP in the southeastern US from 2009 to 2017, and found that 75 percent did not survive following admission into a rehabilitation facility, irrespective of whether or not tumor regrowth occurred after surgery.

Americans perceive likelihood of nuclear weapons risk as 50/50 toss-up

It has been 30 years since the end of the Cold War, yet on average, Americans still perceive that the odds of a nuclear weapon detonating on U.S. soil is as likely as a coin toss, according to new research.

Residues in fingerprints hold clues to their age

Police have long relied on the unique whorls, loops or arches encoded in fingerprints to identify suspects. However, they have no way to tell how long ago those prints were left behind -- information that could be crucial to a case. A preliminary new study suggests that could change. Researchers report that they could link compounds contained in fingerprints with their age.   

Complex rupturing during 2019 Ridgecrest, California, sequence

The 2019 Ridgecrest earthquake sequence, which startled nearby California residents over the 4 July holiday with magnitude 6.4 and magnitude 7.1 earthquakes, included 34,091 earthquakes overall, detailed in a high-resolution catalog created for the sequence.

First ancient DNA from West/Central Africa illuminates deep human past

Scientists have produced the first genome-wide ancient human DNA sequences from west and central Africa.

Engineers develop recipe to dramatically strengthen body armor

Researchers have formulated a new recipe that can prevent weaknesses in modern-day armor. By adding a tiny amount of the element silicon to boron carbide, a material commonly used for making body armor, they discovered that bullet-resistant gear could be made substantially more resilient to high-speed impacts.

Researchers reverse HIV latency, important scientific step toward cure

Overcoming HIV latency -- induction of HIV in CD4+ T cells that lay dormant throughout the body - is a major step toward creating a cure for HIV. For the first time, scientists have shown that a new approach can expose latent HIV to attack in two different animal model systems with little or no toxicity.

‘Project: Mara’ is Ninja Theory’s new psychological horror game

Microsoft has given us a glimpse of a carbon-negative future – Quartz

Microsoft has given us a glimpse of a carbon-negative future  Quartz

Microsoft has given us a glimpse of a carbon-negative future – Quartz

  1. Microsoft has given us a glimpse of a carbon-negative future  Quartz
  2. BlackRock CEO Fink Sees Climate Change Becoming an Investment Risk  Bloomberg Markets and Finance
  3. Why BlackRock decided now is the time to act on climate change  Yahoo Finance
  4. Top US bankers don't want to lead the climate fight  CNN
  5. Major NorthWestern shareholder puts companies on notice regarding climate risk  Billings Gazette
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Whoopi Thinks Brad And Jen Staged Their Reunion – ET Canada

  1. Whoopi Thinks Brad And Jen Staged Their Reunion  ET Canada
  2. Jennifer Aniston fans rally behind her amid calls for Brad Pitt reunion: 'He literally publicly dumped her for someone else'  Yahoo Celebrity
  3. Jennifer Aniston went bra-less at the SAG Awards, and Twitter has a lot of thoughts  AOL
  4. Brad Pitt Wants Jennifer Aniston Back?! Taylor Swift Makes Justin Bieber LEAVE Gym?! (Rumor Patrol)  Clevver News
  5. Some People Really Think Jennifer Aniston’s and Brad Pitt’s Hair Is a Sign They’re Getting Back Together  Yahoo Lifestyle
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The Bachelor Spoilers: Fans Think They’ve Uncovered the Identity of Peter Weber’s Fiancee!

We're only a few weeks into Peter Weber's season of The Bachelor, but already, the competition for Pilot Pete's heart has yielded enough drama to fill the cargo hold of a 747.

But one thing we haven't seen so far is a definitive answer to the question of who Peter winds up with in the end.

Peter Weber and His Ladies

The Bachelor spoilers are generally easy to come by, and if you've been following ours so far this season, then you know that many of the season's big mysteries have already been solved.

(This is the part where we warn you not to read any further if you wish to be surprised by the events of future episodes.)

For several weeks now, we've known the identities of Peter's final four contestants.

They are, in no particular order -- Madison Prewett, Hannah Ann Sluss, Kelsey Weier, and Victoria Fuller.

Hannah Ann Sluss

Those first two probably don't come as much of a surprise, as they swooped in and grabbed Peter's attention right from the jump.

Hell, Madison has already met Peter's family!

The other two are a bit more unexpected -- Kelsey, because all we've seen her do is cry and take a champagne facial, and Victoria, because we're pretty sure she didn't utter a single word during Monday's episode.

Kelsey may have been a pity pick as she's the first to be eliminated among the final four.

Kelsey W.

Next on the chopping block is Victoria, who's the subject of a late-season twist.

It turns out Ms. Fuller is in the habit of seducing her friends' husbands and breaking up their marriages.

Or at least that's the story her former besties told when they contacted the show to snitch on Victoria.

Even if the allegations are true, it's the married dudes who are most at fault in that situation, but we can see why Peter wouldn't be crazy about the idea of proposing to a woman with that sort of sketchiness in her recent past.

Victoria Fuller Pic

So that leaves Madison and Hannah Ann.

And unfortunately, that's where the incontrovertible proof comes to an end.

But in their effort to crack the case and determine the identity of the future Mrs. Weber, the folks over at Women's Health found some intriguing information in an unlikely place.

You might know Venmo as the app you open at the end of a wild night so you can split a bar tab five ways without laying a poker hand's worth of debit cards on the table.

Hannah Ann Sluss Venmo Page

But it turns out the cash-sending service doubles as a valuable source of information about low-level celebs.

Women's Health looked up the Venmo accounts of Peter and his top four contestants.

They found that Madison, Victoria, and Kelsey's accounts were all public (not surprisingly, several fans had made donations to Kelsey's to help reimburse her for the champagne).

However, Hannah and Peter's were both private.

Peter Weber, Concerned

What does that mean?

Possibly nothing -- but possibly everything.

"Is this totally solid, beyond-a-shadow-of-a-doubt evidence? No, but it's well known that whoever wins the Bachelor has to keep their relationship a secret for months between filming and the season finale," writes the author of the piece, Jennifer Nied.

"So, making popular (and stalkable) app accounts private is a surefire way to do that."

Hannah Ann Sluss on The Bachelor

Nied points out that fans correctly predicted Colton Underwood would propose to Cassie Randolph after noticing that both of their Venmo accounts had been made private last year.

Like we said, it's no guarantee -- in fact, there's a strong possibility that Peter isn't engaged to anyone -- but we'll take whatever intel we can get in this largely spoiler-free season.

It's worth noting that Hannah's other social media accounts -- such as her Instagram page -- are still public.

But hey, the girl's a model -- and sometimes, stealing Kelsey's champagne isn't enough to satisfy your thirst.

Hugo Weaving Says Marvel Made Avengers Return “Impossible”

Hugo Weaving has been talking about why he didn't return to the role of Red Skull in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.

Hugo Weaving's relationship with the character of Red Skull has been consistently evolving since he first appeared as the villain in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.

Just a year after the film came out, he told Collider that reprising the role was "not something I would want to do again", explaining he "did sign up for a number of" MCU movies and "contractually, I would be obliged to, if they forced me to, but they wouldn’t want to force someone to do it, if they didn’t want to" and that "it’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by."

Later, in 2016, he admitted to Yahoo that it was actually "fun to play" Captain America's nemesis, but that he still didn't know if he'd ever do another Marvel movie.

Then, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame happened. Red Skull was back, but Weaving very much wasn't, with the role going to The Walking Dead star Ross Marquand.

Now, in a new interview with Time Out while promoting the National Theatre’s The Visit, in which he leads the cast alongside Lesley Manville, Weaving has revealed that Marvel DID try to coax him back for its blockbuster Avengers projects, but perhaps those endeavours were much too weak to get the job done.

Indeed, on this occasion, the actor was much more enthusiastic about the role, indicating that the blame for his absence lay at Marvel's feet.

"I loved playing that character Red Skull – it was a lot of fun. We were all obliged to sign up for three pictures: I was thinking [Red Skull] probably wouldn’t come back in Captain America but he may well come back as a villain in The Avengers. By then, they’d pushed back on the contracts that we agreed on and so the money they offered me for The Avengers was much less than I got for the very first one, and this was for two films. And the promise when we first signed the contracts was that the money would grow each time. They said: 'It’s just a voice job, it’s not a big deal'. I actually found negotiating with them through my agent impossible. And I didn’t really wanna do it that much. But I would have done it."

Weaving also confirmed that he won't return to be part of the cast in Lana Wachowski's upcoming sci-fi sequel, The Matrix 4, due to scheduling conflicts.

"The Matrix is a very different story. It’s unfortunate but actually I had this offer [for The Visit] and then the offer came from The Matrix, so I knew it was happening but I didn’t have dates. I thought [I] could do both and it took eight weeks to work out that the dates would work – I held off on accepting [a role in The Visit during that time]. I was in touch with [director] Lana Wachowski, but in the end she decided that the dates weren’t going to work. So we’d sorted the dates and then she sort of changed her mind. They’re pushing on ahead without me."

Did you notice Weaving wasn't the one playing Red Skull right away when you first saw Avengers: Infinity War, or were you too taken aback by his sudden appearance on Vormir at the time?

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Massive Brawl Breaks Out Between Kansas & KSU, Player Suspended

Kansas coach Bill Self says Silvio De Sousa has been suspended indefinitely while the Big 12 investigates the altercation. De Sousa was the player who held a stool over his head during the fight. All hell broke loose at the end of the Kansas vs.…

All The Celebrities Who Went Wild Over Jennifer Aniston & Brad Pitt’s SAG Awards Reunion

Fans weren’t the only ones who went wild over Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s Screen Actors Guild Awards reunion.

Celebrities all over social media also expressed shock and excitement after photos of the famous exes chatting and embracing at the gala spread through the internet.

As readers know, Aniston’s Friends co-star and best friend Courteney Cox liked a series of social media posts about the reunion, including a comment posted by a Twitter fan that read: “They still love each other, no doubt.”

Fans know that while the actors divorced in 2005 after seven years together, they recently rekindled their friendship following Pitt’s split from Angelina Jolie. The Ad Astra actor, 56, even attended his ex’s 50th birthday party, and referred to her as a “good friend” in an interview before their SAG run-in.

While both have denied romance rumors, photos of Pitt holding Aniston’s hand and gazing lovingly at her while backstage at the awards show renewed fans’ hopes of a romantic reunion.

“This is my ‘Do not break our hearts again, Brad’ face,” Michelle Monaghan captioned an Instagram selfie.

“Kelly Kapoor losing her sh**,” comedienne Mindy Kaling captioned a photo of Pitt and Aniston’s reunion, referencing her character on The Office.

Various other stars, including Jamie Lynn Spears, Rumer Willis, Morgan Stewart, Jordin Sparks, Stephanie Shepherd and Brooklyn Decker reacted to a post about the reunion shared on E! News’ Instagram.


“My tender heart can’t take this,” Willis, 31, joked.

“I’m not emotionally prepared to handle this at this stage in my life,” Stewart, 30, wrote, possibly referencing her recent split from husband Brendan Fitzpatrick.

“Omg,” Sparks, 30, commented along with a crying emoji.

“I AM NOT OKAY,” Shepherd, 30, admitted.

“Is that a finger UNDER a lapel?!?” Decker, 32, asked.

“Oh,” Modern Family star Sarah Hyland wrote, seemingly speechless.

“AHHHHHHH,” Bachelorette star JoJo Fletcher commented.

Even Blink-182 got in on the action, writing, “Fell in love with the girl at the SAG show,” twisting the lyrics of their 2001 song “The Rock Show.”

At the ceremony, Aniston, 50, won the award for outstanding female in a drama series for her role on The Morning Show, while Pitt took home the SAG Award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role for his part in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Pitt went backstage to watch Aniston give her acceptance speech on a TV nearby. He got emotional while cheering her on in silence. When E! News shared the clip on Twitter, celebrities and fans could not contain their delight.

“Oh em geeeee,” Hilary Duff commented.

“I CANT [sic] DEAL!!!!!! 😢😩😦 CAN NOT,” WWE’s Summer Rae wrote.

The Bachelor alum Becca Tilley and others articulated their disbelief in emojis.

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Tenth and Thirteenth Doctor Whos Together Fighting Weeping Angels and Autons in Titan Comics April 2020 Solicitations

Titan Comics April 2020 solicitations include a new Life Is Strange series, an autism graphic novel, the Black Widow Official Movie Special, the making of the James Bond film No Time To Die and 13th Doctor Who Kawaii vinyl figures including the Doctor in a dicky bow from Spyfall – as well as the comic in which the Thirteenth and Tenth Doctors properly meet.


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Writer: Lavie Tidhar

Artist: Paul McCaffrey

FC, 32PP, $3.99

On Sale: April 8, 2020

Cover Artist: Rian Hughes (A), Paul McCaffrey (B), Victorian Homage Cover (C)

From the World Fantasy Award-winning writer Lavie Tidhar and artist Paul McCaffrey (DC’s Men of War, TMNT) comes an all-new story written in the vein of Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen!

Irene Adler and her team of Victorian heroines encounter a mysterous villain, even more dangerous that Moriarty!

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Writer: Jody Houser

Artist: Roberta Ingranata

FC, 32pp, $3.99

On Sale: April 1, 2020

Cover Artist: Sanya Anwar (A), Photo Cover (B) Comicraft (C)

It all ends in a… blink!? With the Tenth and Thirteenth Doctors finally together, they might actually stand a chance of surviving the swinging sixties. But with Weeping Angels surrounding the Tardis, and Autons not far behind, temporal paradoxes might be the least of their worries!

Climactic conclusion to the first arc of the Tenth and Thirteenth Doctor team-up by Eisner-nominated writer Jody Houser and Witchblade artist Roberta Ingranata.

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Writer: Steven Moffat

Artist: Jay

Co-Creator: Mark Gatiss

B&W, 48pp, $4.99

On Sale: April 1, 2020

Cover Artist: Alice X. Zhang (A), Photo (B), Jay (C)

The critically acclaimed manga adaptation of Sherlock, featuring Irene Adler, reaches the climactic conclusion of its first arc!

It may seem all over for Sherlock, but there are mysteries still to be solved. Will he crack the code for Adler’s phone and reveal the secrets of the scandal? Plus, John follows a call to meet with someone quite unexpected…

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Writer: Stephane Lapuss’

Artist: Renaud Collin

FC, 32PP, $3.99

On Sale: April 8, 2020

Cover Artist: Renaud Collin

Ahead of their next cinematic outing Minions: The Rise of Gru on July 3rd 2020, the Minions are at it again, with even more banana-related mischief in this new series featuring hilarious stories! The Minions are beloved the world over, with 34m Facebook followers, 1.3m Instagram followers, 300k Twitter followers, and over 60,000 comic book sales in the US alone!

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Writer: Michael Green, Mike Johnson

Artist: Andres Guinaldo

SC, FC, 112pp, $16.99

On Sale: July 8, 2020

Cover Artist: Paul Pope

From the rain-soaked dystopic world of Los Angeles 2019 to the never-before-seen promised land of the Off-World colonies, Replicant-hating Blade Runner Ash’s search for the runaway wife and child of a rich industrialist takes her where no other Blade Runner has ever gone before! Written by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Blade Runner 2049, Michael Green, and co-writer Mike Johnson (Star Trek, Supergirl) with artwork by Andres Guinaldo (Captain America, Justice League Dark).

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Writer: Olivier Bocquet

Artist: Jean-Marc Rochette

FC, 232PP, $24.99

On Sale: June 17, 2020

A brand new edition in the globally successful Snowpiercer saga. Features an exclusive photo cover from the upcoming television adaptation appearing on TNT Spring 2020 starring Jennifer Connelly (LABYRINTH, HULK) and Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs!

When a scrap of music piques their interest, the inhabitants of the Icebreaker take the ultimate risk and cross the frozen ocean, a vast expanse with no train tracks… and no way to return to them.

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Writer: Alan Martin

Artist: Jamie Hewlett

FC, 144PP, $24.99

On Sale: May 27, 2020

Cover Artist: Jamie Hewlett

The definitive anthology of Tank Girl – presenting classic stories from original creators, Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett (of Gorillaz fame), in colour for the first time ever! Dive into the outlandish and iconic world of Tank Girl and follow her first load of wild antics that captured the hearts of readers everywhere, then shot them to oblivion (by accident of course)! Collects Tank Girl Full Colour Classics #5-6.


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Writer: Emma Vieceli

Artist: Claudia Leonardi, Andrea Izzo

FC, 32PP, $3.99

On Sale: April 15, 2020

Cover Artist: Ilya Kuvshinov (A), Sarah Graley (B), T-Shirt (C) Kuvshinov B&W Variant (D)


The adventures of Max, Chloe, and Rachel, from the hit game Life is Strange, continue into a new era! Time-rewinding photographer Max has spent the last couple of years in a reality parallel to her own. Lately, she realised she was running from her responsibilities… and from the Chloe she left.

Now… there may be a way for her to get home. With the universe against her, it’s time for the coast-to-coast road trip of multiple lifetimes to find it – following the band The High Seas towards an uncertain destiny!


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Writer: Yvon Roy

Artist: Yvon Roy

B&W, 152P, $19.99

On Sale: July 8, 2020

Cover Artist: Yvon Roy

The award-winning graphic novel autobiography of a father, and the challenges he faces raising his autistic son. This stunning insight into the nature of autism and the daily struggles of a parent uses humor and compassion to convey its message. This is the perfect creative outlet for anyone – from parent to teacher – looking for detailed information on the subject with a more personal touch. Winner of the Disability Fund & Society Award for Best Biography.


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Writer: Michael Moorcock, Mark Shainblum

Artist: Jill Thompson

FC, 144P, $24.99

On Sale: July 1, 2020

Cover Artist: Jill Thompson

The Conclusion of Michael Moorcock’s Epic fantasy! Having outlived his one true love, Corum of the Scartlet Robe has spent decades living alone in isolation. When his dreams are disturbed by strange voices, he embarks on a quest to seek out the only weapon capable of destroying his foes!


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FC, 100PP, $12.99

On Sale: May 6, 2020

A behind-the-scenes guide to the newest, upcoming film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow! This Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie Special includes interviews with cast and crew, along with much more!

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FC, 100PP, $9.99

On Sale: April 1, 2020



-Interviews with screenwriter Chris Terrio and producer Michelle Rejwan about crafting the movie’s story.

-A rare behind the scenes look inside the Lucasfilm Archive

-Discussions with makeup and creature effects legend Stuart Freeborn

-Actor Andy Secombe reveals what it was like to play Toydarian trader Watto in the prequel trilogy.

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FC, 100PP, $9.99

On Sale: April 1, 2020

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in this special behind-the-scenes retrospective edition. Collects together a wealth of features and interviews, including:

– Original cast and crew members

– Behind the scenes photos


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Writer: Tim Lebbon

PB, 384P, $14.95

On Sale: April 8, 2020

The Virgin Zones were established to help combat the effects of global warming. These vast areas were intended to become the lungs of the world. Extreme sports enthusiasts target these dangerous zones for illicit races. When one such team enters the oldest Zone, Eden, they find nature has returned to Eden in a primeval way. And here, nature is no longer humanity’s friend.

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Writer: Dylan Struzan

PB, 640P, $15.95

On Sale: April 15, 2020

The Italian Mob…the Jewish Mob…you’ve read the stories, you’ve watched the movies, you know the names: Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano, Bugsy Siegel, Al Capone. But you’ve never seen it like this before. Informed by more than 40 hours of interviews with the man the FBI called the oldest living Godfather in America, Vincent “Jimmy Blue Eyes” Alo, before his death in Florida at the age of 96, this novel tells the real story, unvarnished and uncensored, of the Mob’s rise to power

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Writer: Mark Salisbury

HC, 192PP, $50.00

On Sale: April 15, 2020

Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. This lavish coffee table book takes readers behind the scenes of No Time To Die and reveals the film’s locations, characters, gadgets, weapons, and cars, with exclusive on-set photography, concept art, stunt breakdowns, and more, accompanied by cast and crew interviews.

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Writer: Sam Siciliano

PB, 352PP, $14.95

On Sale: April 15, 2020

A young woman begs Sherlock Holmes to reclaim some jewels kept from her by her tyrannical stepfather, Captain Grimbold Pratt. But shortly after agreeing to take her case, Captain Pratt comes to Baker Street, not quite so tyrannical as the lady would have them believe. Holmes and his cousin, Dr Henry Vernier, must unravel a family mystery dating back to the Indian Mutiny, where neither of them know who to believe…

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Writer: Paula Block, Terry J Erdmann

HC, 208PP, $39.95

On Sale: May 6, 2020

Star Trek: Discovery, the newest chapter in the Star Trek Universe, follows the exploits of Vulcan-raised science officer Michael Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery as they boldly go where no one has gone before.

The Art of Star Trek Discovery explores behind the scenes of CBS’s hit show, with cast and crew interviews, set photography, concept art and storyboards. With exclusive content from the first two seasons, this book is a must-have for every Star Trek fan.

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Writer: James Lovegrove

HC, 336PP, $24.95

On Sale: April 29, 2020

Mal and the crew take receipt of a sealed crate which they are being paid to transport to Badger, no questions asked. Yet once their cargo is safely stowed aboard, River insists Mal should “space” it out of the airlock, for it contains, she insists, ghosts. The crew desperately need another pay day, but soon find themselves paralysed by hallucinations of their deepest hopes and desires, so vivid they cannot be distinguished from reality.


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Specs: 160 x 65 x 110 mm (3″ Twin Pack box size)

Price: $19.98 MSRP

On Sale: Mid-late March 2020

An all-new 3″ Thirteenth Doctor Kawaii TITAN, dressed in the tuxedo she wore in Spyfall (episode one of season twelve) is time-travelling her way to you for March 2020, alongside an updated 3″ Blue Glow-In-The-Dark TARDIS TITAN!

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Marvel’s ETERNALS: Richard Madden Takes Flight As Ikaris In These Latest Set Photos

As production on Marvel's Eternals continues in London, these latest photos from the set provide a first glimpse of Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, Bodyguard) as the mega-powerful Ikaris. Check it out...

A Negative Harmony Version Of Simon And Garfunkel’s ‘The Sound Of Silence’ (Plus A Bunch Others)

Super Bowl LIV FULL Game Preview – NFL

  1. Super Bowl LIV FULL Game Preview  NFL
  2. Joe Montana guarantees his team will win Super Bowl LIV: 'You heard from me first'  Fox News
  3. Colin questions what people don't see in Jimmy G, pressure is on Chiefs — not 49ers | NFL | THE HERD  The Herd with Colin Cowherd
  4. Super Bowl LIV MVP odds and best bets  49ers Webzone
  5. KC Restaurant sells burgers for $1.69  41 Action News
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Solving a biological puzzle: How stress causes gray hair: Scientists uncover link between the nervous system and stem cells that regenerate pigment – Science Daily

  1. Solving a biological puzzle: How stress causes gray hair: Scientists uncover link between the nervous system and stem cells that regenerate pigment  Science Daily
  2. Link between stress and hair turning prematurely gray revealed in animal study  CNN
  3. Stress speeds up hair greying process, science confirms  The Guardian
  4. How Stress Turns Hair White: Harvard Study Points To 'Fight-Or-Flight' Response  WBUR
  5. Stress Really Does Make Hair Go Gray Faster  The New York Times
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Twenty-Three ‘He Is The Messiah’ Memes Inspired By ‘Life Of Brian’

The night the iguanas fell: Cold snap chills Florida and now iguana meat is up for sale – USA TODAY

  1. The night the iguanas fell: Cold snap chills Florida and now iguana meat is up for sale  USA TODAY
  2. It’s so cold in Florida, iguanas may fall from trees  WJHL-TV News Channel 11
  3. Frozen Iguanas Are Falling From Trees Due To Cold Weather In Florida | TIME  TIME
  4. As Florida temperatures drop, they bring unusual warnings, such as watch out for falling iguanas  TCPalm
  5. Falling iguanas? Amid Florida cold snap, forecasters warn reptiles could plummet from trees  Boston 25 News
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Demi Lovato Will Perform Song She Wrote Days Before OD at Grammys

Demi Lovato's upcoming Grammys performance will mark the fulfillment of a promise she made to herself after nearly dying from an overdose ... so expect it to be very emotional. The singer will perform at Sunday's award show ... her first live…

SHE-HULK: Production Has Reportedly Begun And We May Get Some Casting News Soon

It sounds like She-Hulk will be Marvel TV Studios' next Disney+ to begin production but does it coinciding with shooting on an upcoming Marvel movie mean anything? Find more details after the jump...

Daily Crunch: Saudis probably hacked Bezos’ phone

The $100M ARR club welcomes four new members

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between.

Today we’re adding a few names to the $100 million annual recurring revenue (ARR) club. The new entrants come after we kicked off 2020 with a previous four new members. So far in January, we’ve also highlighted SiteMinder’s $70 million ARR and expected ramp to $100 million, Cloudinary’s $60 million ARR sans venture capital and Seattle’s ExtraHop, which expects to reach $100 million ARR this year.

The $100 million ARR club, in case you’re just joining us today, is a list of yet-private companies that have either reached the $100 million ARR mark, or are close to reaching it and have plans to crest the threshold in short order. The goal of writing and publishing the list is to provide a non-valuation lens through which we can view the private market’s leading constituents. Revenue milestones matter more than valuation bumps.

This morning we’re digging into MetroMile, Tricentis, Kaltura and Diligent (with a caveat). Let’s begin!


The Secrets to Power, Mastery, and Truth Is Now Available on Kindle!

Seattle-area election will let residents vote by smartphone

Native Americans did not make large-scale changes to environment prior to European contact

Contrary to long-held beliefs, humans did not make major changes to the landscape prior to European colonization, according to new research. These new insights into the past could help to inform how landscapes are managed in the future.

Can a time machine offer us the meaning of life?

Kaia Gerber Looking like a Fetus in the Womb for Givenchy

Auburn Basketball Review – Week 12 (Bama, UF)

What Is Up With The Riddler In Batman #87? (Spoilers)

“Pamela Anderson got married for the fifth time, this time to Jon Peters” links

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Robert Downey Jr. woke up like this. [Go Fug Yourself]
Here’s the Honest Trailer for Joker. [Pajiba]
What would Pete Buttigieg bring to the cookout? [Jezebel]
Tulsi Gabbard is suing Hillary Clinton, lmao. [Towleroad]
It feels like every person on Unexpected is a trainwreck. [Starcasm]
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Pearl Jam’s new song sounds like Talking Heads. I’m sort of into it?! [The Blemish]

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Dr. Oz Scoffs at Testicles ‘Taste Challenge’ on TikTok

Dr. Oz doesn't get testy when it comes to TikTok's latest so-called "Taste Challenge" ... he just laughs it off for what it is -- RIDICULOUS!!! We got the doc out Wednesday in NYC and wanted to get his take on the new craze taking over the social…

Candice Swanepoel in a Care Bear Bikini for Vogue Japan

Candice Swanepoel in a Care Bear Bikini for Vogue Japan

EA is shutting down its mobile ‘Tetris’ games

Signals from inside Earth: Borexino experiment releases new data on geoneutrinos

The Borexino collaboration has presented new results for the measurement of neutrinos originating from the interior of the Earth. With this update, the researchers have now been able to access 53 events -- almost twice as many as in the previous analysis of the data from the Borexino detector, which is located 1,400 meters below the Earth's surface. The results provide an exclusive insight into processes in the earth's interior that remain puzzling to this day.

Neutron source enables a look inside dino eggs

Did the chicks of dinosaurs from the group oviraptorid hatch from their eggs at the same time? This question can be answered by the length and arrangement of the embryo's bones, which provide information about the stage of development. But how do you look inside fossilized dinosaur eggs?

Preventing, healing tooth decay with a bioactive peptide

Cavities, or dental caries, are the most widespread non-communicable disease globally, according to the World Health Organization. Having a cavity drilled and filled at the dentist's office can be painful, but untreated caries could lead to worse pain, tooth loss, infection, and even illness or death. Now, researchers report a bioactive peptide that coats tooth surfaces, helping prevent new cavities and heal existing ones in lab experiments.

Potential way to halt blinding macular degeneration identified

It would be the first treatment for dry age-related macular degeneration and could significantly improve treatment for wet AMD.

Climate change could unlock new microbes and increase heat-related deaths

Scientists warn that global climate change is likely to unlock dangerous new microbes, as well as threaten humans' ability to regulate body temperature.

Cognitive function in people with mental illness

A study has shown few differences in the profiles of genes that influence cognition between people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and the general population. This surprising finding could provide new insights into therapies designed to improve cognition.

Scientists isolate biomarkers that can identify delirium risk and severity

Researchers have identified blood-based biomarkers associated with both delirium duration and severity in critically ill patients. This finding opens the door to easy, early identification of individuals at risk for longer delirium duration and higher delirium severity and could potentially lead to new treatments of this brain failure for which drugs have been shown to be largely ineffective.

Ariel Winter is About to get Stoned

Meghan Markle to Canadian Press: Don’t Eff With Me, You Hosers!

It's only been a few weeks since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down as senior members of the royal family.

And already, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are finding that distancing themselves from the escalating tension of their lives in the UK may have solved some of their problems -- but it certainly didn't solve all of them.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Outta There

These days, Meghan and Harry are putting down roots in Canada.

Earlier this week, a photo of Meg hiking while holding baby Archie went viral.

In the pic, Meg is beaming in a way fans haven't seen in quite some time.

We don't want to read too much into a single image, but it's not hard to see why so many took it as a sign that Meghan had no regrets about her decision to relocate.


Unfortunately, there's far more to the photo than meets the eye.

There are many reasons that Harry and Meghan chose to leave their old lives behind, with bad blood among the royals reportedly topping their list.

But the predatory practices of the British tabloid press also played a role in their decision, and it seems Meg was none too thrilled to find that Canadian paparazzi can be just as aggressive.

According to a new report from TMZ, Meghan was deeply upset to have her picture taken without her consent during her walk with Archie.

Markle and Prince Harry

And now, she and Harry have issued a cease and desist letter to British media outlets warning that they'll face legal consequences if they publish or purchase the pics.

The letter also serves as a warning to the Canadian press.

Meghan and Harry are likely to be more litigious than ever now that they're no longer royals.

And they moved across the ocean with the expectation of a modicum of privacy.

Meghan Markle in Canada: A Photo

"There are serious safety concerns about how the paparazzi are driving and the risk to life they pose," reads one portion of the legal document.

The line seems to allude to the death of Princess Diana, and it echoes Harry's previously-stated concerns that the press might put his wife in similar danger.

Before he stepped down from royal life Harry blasted the British press for its persistent harassment of Meghan.

It's clear he expected better treatment in Canada.

And it's clear he'll be happy to go to court if he doesn't receive it.

Bear Robotics, a company making robot waiters, just raised a $32 million round led by SoftBank

Should tech giants slam the encryption door on the government? – TechCrunch

  1. Should tech giants slam the encryption door on the government?  TechCrunch
  2. Can Apple live up to Apple’s privacy ads?  The Verge
  3. Did Apple drop end-to-end encrypted iCloud backups because of the FBI?  Help Net Security
  4. Shaming Apple on Pensacola gunman's iPhones doesn't justify undermining Americans' privacy  USA TODAY
  5. FBI 'persuaded Apple to halt iCloud encryption'  BBC News
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Should tech giants slam the encryption door on the government?

Reuters reported yesterday, citing six sources familiar with the matter, that the FBI pressured Apple into dropping a feature that would allow users to encrypt iPhone backups stored in Apple’s cloud.

The decision to abandon plans to end-to-end encrypt iCloud-stored backups was reportedly made about two years ago. The feature, if rolled out, would have locked out anyone other than the device owner — including Apple — from accessing a user’s data. In doing so, it would have made it more difficult for law enforcement and federal investigators, warrant in hand, to access a user’s device data stored on Apple’s servers.

Reuters said it “could not determine exactly” why the decision to drop the feature was made, but one source said “legal killed it,” referring to the company’s lawyers. One of the reasons that Apple’s lawyers gave, per the report, was a fear that the government would use the move as “an excuse for new legislation against encryption.”

It’s the latest in a back and forth between Apple and the FBI since a high-profile legal battle four years ago, which saw the FBI use a little-known 200-year-old law to demand the company create a backdoor to access the iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino shooter. The FBI’s case against Apple never made it to court, after the bureau found hackers who were able to break into the device, leaving the question of whether the government can compel a company to backdoor their own products in legal limbo.

The case has prompted debate — again — whether or not companies should build technologies that lock out law enforcement from data, even when they have a warrant.

TechCrunch managing editor Danny Crichton says companies shouldn’t make it impossible for law enforcement to access their customers’ data with a warrant. Security editor Zack Whittaker disagrees, and says it’s entirely within their right to protect customer data.

Zack: Tech companies are within their rights — both legally and morally — to protect their customers’ data from any and all adversaries, using any legal methods at their disposal.

Apple is a great example of a company that doesn’t just sell products or services, but one that tries to sell you trust — trust in a device’s ability to keep your data private. Without that trust, companies cannot profit. Companies have found end-to-end encryption is one of the best, most efficient, and most practical ways of ensuring that their customers’ data is secured from anyone, including the tech companies themselves, so that nobody other than the owner can access it. That means even if hackers break into Apple’s servers and steal a user’s data, all they have is an indecipherable cache of data that cannot be read.

But the leaks from last decade which revealed the government’s vast surveillance access to their customers data prompted the tech companies to start seeing the government as an adversary — one that will use any and all means to acquire the data it wants. Companies are taking the utilitarian approach of giving their customers as much security as they can. That is how you build trust — by putting that trust directly in the hands of the customer.

Danny: Zack is right that trust is critical between technology companies and users — certainly the plight of Facebook the past few years bears that out. But there also has to be two-way trust between people and their government, a goal thwarted by end-to-end encryption.

No one wants the government poking their heads into our private data willy-nilly, scanning our interior lives seeking out future crimes à la Minority Report. But as citizens, we also want to empower our government with certain tools to make us safer — including mechanisms such as the use of search warrants to legally violate a citizen’s privacy with the authorization of the judiciary to investigate and prosecute suspected crimes.

In the past, the physical nature of most data made such checks-and-balances easy to enforce. You could store your private written notebooks in a physical safe, and if a warrant was issued by an appropriate judge, the police could track down that safe, and drill it open if necessary to access the contents inside. Police had no way to scan all the private safes in the country, and so users had privacy with their data, while the police had reasonable access to seize that data when certain circumstances authorized them to do so.

Today, end-to-end encryption completely undermines this necessary judicial process. A warrant may be issued for data stored on let’s say iCloud, but without a suspect’s cooperation, the police and authorities may have no recourse to seize data they legally are allowed to acquire as part of their investigation. And it’s not just law enforcement — the evidential discovery process at the start of any trial could similarly be undermined. A judiciary without access to evidence will be neither fair nor just.

I don’t like the sound or idea of a backdoor anymore than Zack does, not least because the technical mechanisms of a backdoor seem apt for hacking and other nefarious activities. However, completely closing off legitimate access to law enforcement could make entire forms of crime almost impossible to prosecute. We have to find a way to get the best of both worlds.

Zack: Yes, I want the government to be able to find, investigate and prosecute criminals. But not at the expense of our privacy or by violating our rights.

The burden to prosecute an individual is on the government, and the Fourth Amendment is clear. Police need a warrant, based on probable cause, to search and seize your property. But a warrant is only an authority to access and obtain information pursuant to a crime. It’s not a golden key that says the data has to be in a readable format.

If it’s really as difficult for the feds to gain access to encrypted phones as they say it is, it needs to show us evidence that stands up to scrutiny. So far the government has shown it can’t act in good faith on this issue, nor can it be trusted. The government has for years vastly artificially inflated the number of encrypted devices it said it can’t access. It’s also claimed it needs the device makers, like Apple, to help unlock devices when the government has long already had the means and the technologies capable of breaking into encrypted devices. And the government has refused to say how many investigations are actively harmed by encrypted devices that can’t be unlocked, effectively giving watchdogs no tangible way to adequately measure how big of a problem the feds claim it is.

But above all else, the government has repeatedly failed to rebut a core criticism from security engineers and cryptography experts that a “backdoor” designed only for law enforcement to access would not inadvertently get misused, lost, or stolen and exploited by nefarious actors, like hackers.

Encryption is already out there, there’s no way the encryption genie will ever float its way back into bottle. If the government doesn’t like the law, it has to come up with a convincing argument to change the law.

Danny: I go back to both of our comments around trust — ultimately, we want to design systems built on that foundation. That means knowing that our data is not being used for ulterior, pecuniary interests by tech companies, that our data isn’t being ingested into a massive government tracking database for broad-based population surveillance, and that we ultimately have reasonable control over our own privacy.

I agree with you that a warrant simply says that the authorities have access to what’s “there.” In my physical safe example, if a suspect has written their notes in a coded language and stored them in the safe and the police drill it open and extract the papers, they are no more likely to read those notes than they are the encrypted binary files coming out of an end-to-end encrypted iCloud.

That said, technology does allow scaling up that “coded language” to everyone, all the time. Few people consistently encoded their notes thirty years ago, but now your phone could potentially do that on your behalf, every single time. Every single investigation — again, with a reasonable search warrant — could potentially be a multi-step process just to get basic information that we otherwise would want law enforcement to know in the normal and expected course of their duties.

What I’m calling for then is a deeper and more pragmatic conversation about how to protect the core of our system of justice. How do we ensure privacy from unlawful search and seizure, while also allowing police access to data (and the meaning of that data, i.e. unencrypted data) stored on servers with a legal warrant? Without a literal encoded backdoor prone to malicious hacking, are there technological solutions that might be possible to balance these two competing interests? In my mind, we can’t have and ultimately don’t want a system where fair justice is impossible to acquire.

Now as an aside on the comments about data: the reality is that all justice-related data is complicated. I agree these data points would be nice to have and would help make the argument, but at the same time, the U.S. has a decentralized justice system with thousands of overlapping jurisdictions. This is a country that can barely count the number of murders, let alone other crimes, let alone the evidentiary standards related to smartphones related to crimes. We are just never going to have this data, and so in my view, an opinion of waiting until we have it is unfair.

Zack: The view from the security side is that there’s no flexibility. These technological solutions you think of have been considered for decades — even longer. The idea that the government can dip into your data when it wants to is no different from a backdoor. Even key escrow, where a third-party holds onto the encryption keys for safe keeping, is also no different from a backdoor. There is no such thing as a secure backdoor. Something has to give. Either the government stands down, or ordinary privacy-minded folk give up their rights.

The government says it needs to catch pedophiles and serious criminals, like terrorists and murderers. But there’s no evidence to show that pedophiles, criminals, and terrorists use encryption any more than the average person.

We have as much right to be safe in our own homes, towns and cities as we do to privacy. But it’s not a trade-off. Everyone shouldn’t have to give up privacy because of a few bad people.

Encryption is vital to our individual security, or collective national security. Encryption can’t be banned or outlawed. Like the many who have debated these same points before us, we may just have to agree to disagree.

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THE BATMAN: Colin Farrell Reveals When He Starts Shooting And Comments On His White Hair

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Ex-Grammys President Neil Portnow Calls Rape Allegations “Ludicrous” and “Untrue” – Pitchfork

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DAREDEVIL Actress Rosario Dawson Set To Star In Ava DuVernay’s DMZ Pilot For HBO Max

We found out late last year that New Gods director Ava DuVernay would helm a small-screen adaptation of Brian Wood's DMZ for HBO Max, & it's now being reported that Rosario Dawson will play the lead role.

Wednesday Auburn basketball, football & other Tiger Tidbits – 247Sports

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Larissa Lima Reveals Debilitating Mental Health Struggles

Right on the heels of sharing how a crazed stalker tried to ruin her life, Larissa Lima is opening up to fans on another sensitive topic: mental health.

In addition to sharing how anxiety and depression are impacting her life, she explains why past treatments have always failed.

Larissa Lima on 90 Day - could be deported for a crime like this

"Hi guys!" Larissa begins. "I know I have not been posting as often as I normally do."

Her acknowledgement continues: "Or interacting with some of you as I had before."

It's because, just as you suspected, she hates you. Kidding!

"For this, I apologize," Larissa expresses, "and I would like to explain why."

Larissa Lima Takes a Thoughtful Selfie

"As many of you know," Larissa writes, "I have depression and anxiety."

She explains that this is a pernicious combination of mental illnesses, a combination "which is often debilitating for me."

Larissa reveals: "I'm currently battling bouts of depression and severe anxiety."

This is not her first mental health battle. But this time, things aren't quite the same.

Larissa Lima: The Queen Takes a Bath

"This time it is different," Larissa explains, "because I cannot stop taking my medication because I 'feel good.'"

She notes: "I have been questioned about why I go on and off meds when it has been a life long struggle."

"And that is a fair question," Larissa freely admits.

"The answer," she reveals, "is that I have been wrong in knowing I know what to do for myself in this regard."

Larissa Lima is Visibly Frustrated

That is an extremely difficult admission to make, but also an important one. 

"I am again on a path of treatment and therapy," Larissa announces.

"As of today," she shares, "it will be approximately six weeks before I see the positive results."

Larissa made this (now-deleted) post to Instagram over the weekend. It takes weeks for anti-depressants to build up in your system enough to help.

Larissa Lima Says Who Is Against the Queen Will DIE!

"Words can't express how sad I feel when I want to post and reach out to my IG family," Larissa laments.

She adds: "But I'm unable [to at] the moment."

On a business note, Larissa does clarify: "I'm always available for cameos."

"It gives me such happiness," she concludes, "to give a person a direct message from a loved one."

Larissa Lima mental health post IG January 2020

As we mentioned, Larissa later deleted the post. Sometimes, posts on social media are meant to be ephemeral. 

Even so, this was a very good post to read in two ways.

First of all, it's courageous of her to share her struggles on her mental health journey with fans, especially knowing that some people just hate her.

Second of all, this is a great reminder to others who may be struggling that they are not alone.

Larissa Lima is Single Again

Anxiety and depression often coincide in the same people, though they can be very different.

For example, this time of year, many people with depression fare for the worse due to less sunlight. This is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder.

In contrast, people with anxiety disorders often find that excessive light makes their anxiety worse.

Those of us who only have anxiety disorders but not depression can only imagine how difficult it is to grapple with these contradictory struggles.

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While medication may help Larissa to treat both anxiety and depression, some fans have speculated about the root cause.

Both mental health struggles can be inborn -- simply who people are, particularly because of inherited traits, childhoods, or both.

But some of Larissa's fans cannot help but wonder if both her anxiety and depression have been made worse by something else -- PTSD.

After the difficulties and real horrors that she experienced during her marriage, could Larissa be suffering from PTSD?

We don't know, and we can't know -- that is a diagnosis that no one could make without meeting and speaking to Laissa. We wish her the best.

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What TV Do The X-Men Watch on Krakoa? Rick And Morty, Apparently… (Marauders #6 Spoilers)

While today’s Dawn Of X X-Men titles have a lot to say – or play with – about death, Marauders #6 also sees the L’il Hellfire Club launch a new assault on Krakoa by crossing over an Impossible Mission with Big Brother and implant a camera crew into Pyro.

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And reporting back with one of the now-familiar Dawn Of X typed reports, that also reveals their media tastes as they head back towards Krakoa. Apparently watching the mating rituals of Cyclops, Jean Grey and Emma Frost isn’t enough. Sometimes you just need some decent telly.

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And Rick And Morty is their choice of viewership. Of course, you know what this means…

Maybe pick up a couple of back issues while you’re at it…

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Marauders #6 is out today from Marvel Comics… I bought mine from Piranha Comics in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Piranha Comics is a small south London comic store chain with a small south-east store in Kingston-Upon Thames’s market centre, which runs Magic The Gathering nights on Fridays, and a larger south-west store in Bromley, which also runs Magic nights and has an extensive back issue collection and online store. If you are in the neighbourhood, check them out.

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Twitter Users Share Their Worst Interview Horror Stories

Funny tweets about bad job interview experiences | tweet by so_bad_ass went an interview really hungover interviewer came meet and show room, she held out her hand guiding way my hungover state stood up and held her hand! Both us were too embarrassed let go so walked interview room hand hand. tweet by q1t3d0 Got date wrong, ended up at interview after dentist. Arrived late and flustered. 2-page questionnaire fill Stabbed finger lifting staple read 2nd sheet. Tried drink coffee

Interviewing for jobs is like a full-time job in and of itself. And honestly, way more stressful. The pressure, the anxiety, the sweating, the fear of eye contact. Wait -- that's not your experience? Whatever your interviewing habits, we're sure they haven't all been positive. Twitter user Harriet Williamson had that same hunch. She asked her followers to share their worst-ever job interview stories, and boy are some of them wild. They almost rival the weird date tweets we talked about earlier this week. Most of all, we hope none of this stuff happens to us. 

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Netflix is still saying ‘no’ to ads

Despite ongoing speculation and investor pressure, Netflix is still declining to adopt an advertising-based business model as a means to boost its revenue, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed on Tuesday. The company on its Q4 earnings call again shot down the idea of an ad-supported option, with Hastings explaining there’s no “easy money” in an online advertising business that has to compete with the likes of Google, Amazon, and Facebook.

Explained the exec, “Google and Facebook and Amazon are tremendously powerful at online advertising because they’re integrating so much data from so many sources. There’s a business cost to that, but that makes the advertising more targeted and effective. So I think those three are going to get most of the online advertising business,” Hastings said.

To grow a $5 billion to $10 billion advertising business, you’d need to “rip that away” from the existing providers, he continued. And stealing online advertising business from Amazon, Google, and Facebook is “quite challenging,” Hastings added, saying “there’s not easy money there.”

“We’ve got a much simpler business model, which is just focused on streaming and customer pleasure,” he said.

The CEO also noted that Netflix’s strategic decision to not enter the ad business has its upsides, in terms of the controversies that surround companies that collect personal data on their users. To compete, Netflix would have to track more data on its subscribers, including things like their location — that’s not something it’s interested in doing, he said, calling it “exploiting users.”

“We don’t collect anything. We’re really focused on just making our members happy,” Hastings stated.

That’s not exactly true, of course. Netflix does track viewership data in order to make determinations about which of its original programs should be renewed and which should be canceled. It also looks at overall viewing trends to make decisions about what new programs to greenlight or develop. And it tracks users’ own interactions with its service in order to personalize the Netflix home screen to show users more of what they like.

The company also this quarter introduced a new viewership metric — “chose to watch,” which counts the number of people who deliberately watched a show or movie for at least two minutes. That’s far longer than Facebook or Google’s YouTube, but isn’t a great way to tell how many people are watching a show to completion, as on TV.

However, none of this viewership tracking is on the scale of big tech’s data collection practices, which is what Hastings meant by his comment.

“We think with our model that we’ll actually get to larger revenue, larger profits, larger market cap because we don’t have the exposure to something that we’re strategically disadvantaged at  — which is online advertising against those big three,” he said.

This isn’t the first time Netflix’s CEO has had to repeat the company’s stance on being an ad-free business. In Q2 2019, Netflix reminded investors in its shareholder letter that its lack of advertising is part of its overall brand proposition.

“When you read speculation that we are moving into selling advertising be confident that this is false,” the letter said.

Analysts have estimated Netflix could make over a billion more per year by introducing an ad-supported tier to its service.

To some extent, the increased push for Netflix to adopt ads has to do with the changes to the overall streaming landscape.

Netflix today is facing new competition from two major streaming services, Disney+ and Apple+ — both of which have subsidized their launch with free promotions in order to gain viewership. In the next few months, Netflix will have to take on several others, including mobile streaming service Quibi, WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, and NBCU’s Peacock. The latter features a multi-tiered business model, including a free service for pay-TV subscribers, an ad-free premium tier, and one that’s ad-supported.

The service was introduced to investors last week where it was well-received.

Other TV streaming services also rely on ads for portions of their revenue, including Hulu and CBS All Access. Meanwhile, a number of ad-supported services are also emerging, like Roku’s The Roku Channel, Amazon’s IMDb TV, TUBI, Viacom’s Pluto TV, and others.

Netflix’s decision to keep itself ad-free is likely welcome news for its subscriber base, however, who see the lack of ads as being a key selling point.




Antonio Brown’s Trainer Faces Judge In Cuffs After Alleged Moving Driver Assault

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United Airlines doesn’t expect to fly the Boeing 737 Max this summer – CNBC

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10 Major Mistakes Made By Marvel Television During Jeph Loeb’s Mostly Disastrous Reign

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Jessica Simpson Reveals Sexual Abuse as a Child, Battle with Addiction

Jessica Simpson is sharing her truth in her upcoming memoir, appropriately titled "Open Book."

No matter how ugly or troubling this truth may be too some folks out there.

Jessica Simpson in the Snow

Speaking to People Magazine about the tome, and also sharing excerpts from it, Simpson explained to the publication this week that she was approached about the writing idea six years ago.

"I didn't feel comfortable talking about myself in a way that wasn't honest," Simpson says in the latest issue of People. "I'm a horrible liar."

Eventually, however, the artist warmed to the idea, spilling many new personal details on a biography that may take fans by surprise.

For example, the 39-year-old shares for the first time that she was sexually abused.

Jessica Simpson Is Skinny

At six years old, "when I shared a bed with the daughter of a family friend," she writes, according to the outlet. "It would start with tickling my back and then go into things that were extremely uncomfortable...

"I was the victim but somehow I felt in the wrong."

At the time, Simpson was concerned that she was at fault for the incent and felt afraid to share her story.

It took her six years to finally tell her mother and father what had happened.

Jessica Simpson Holds a Baby

She was 12 years old when this conversation took place on a road trip.

She recalls mother Tina slapping father Joe’s arm and saying: “I told you something was happening.”

However, Joe "kept his eye on the road and said nothing,” Jessica writes, sadly adding:

"We never stayed at my parents’ friends house again but we also didn’t talk about what I had said."

With Eric Johnson

As time passed and Simpson's singing and reality TV career took off, the Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica alum attempted to bury her trauma ... yet found herself turning to coping mechanisms instead.

“I was killing myself with all the drinking and pills,” she writes in the book.

This battle with addiction lasted for years, with Simpson doing an impressive job of keeping it away from the public eye.

But then she hit rock bottom in 2017 after hpsting a Halloween party.

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It was then that the mother of three -- Maxwell Drew, 7, Ace Knute, 6, and Birdie Mae, 10 months -- turned to her friends for help.

"When I finally said I needed help, it was like I was that little girl that found her calling in life again," the singer, who is married to Eric Johnson, says. "I found direction and that was to walk straight ahead with no fear."

How is she doing these days?

For how long has she been clean?

Jessica Simpson with Husband

Since November 2017, Simpson proudly tells People readers, continuing in this interview:

"Giving up the alcohol was easy. I was mad at that bottle. At how it allowed me to stay complacent and numb."

Therapy, however, was a more significant challenge.

"With work," she adds. "I allowed myself to feel the traumas I'd been through."

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Today, Simpson hopes her story helps others find their way.

"It's been a long hard deep emotional journey, one that I've come through the other side with pure happiness and fulfillment and acceptance of myself," she says.

"I've used my pain and turned it into something that can be beautiful and hopefully inspiring to people."

The latest issue of People, which includes an excerpt from this memoir, hits newsstands on January 24. Open Book will then be on shelves beginning February 4.

Unearth the future of agriculture at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI with the CEOs of Traptic, Farmwise and Pyka

Farming is one of the oldest professions, but today those amber waves of grain (and soy) are a test bed for sophisticated robotic solutions to problems farmers have had for millennia. Learn about the cutting edge (sometimes literally) of agricultural robots at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI on March 3 with the founders of Traptic, Pyka, and Farmwise.

Traptic, and its co-founder and CEO Lewis Anderson, you may remember from Disrupt SF 2019, where it was a finalist in the Startup Battlefield. The company has developed a robotic berry picker that identifies ripe strawberries and plucks them off the plants with a gentle grip. It could be the beginning of a new automated era for the fruit industry, which is decades behind grains and other crops when it comes to machine-based harvesting.

Farmwise has a job that’s equally delicate yet involves rough treatment of the plants — weeding. Its towering machine trundles along rows of crops, using computer vision to locate and remove invasive plants, working 24/7, 365 days a year. CEO Sebastian Boyer will speak to the difficulty of this task and how he plans to evolve the machines to become “doctors” for crops, monitoring health and spontaneously removing pests like aphids.

Pyka’s robot is considerably less earthbound than those: an autonomous, all-electric crop-spraying aircraft — with wings! This is a much different challenge from the more stable farming and spraying drones like those of DroneSeed and SkyX, but the choice gives the craft more power and range, hugely important for today’s vast fields. Co-founder Michael Norcia can speak to that scale and his company’s methods of meeting it.

These three companies and founders are at the very frontier of what’s possible at the intersection of agriculture and technology, so expect a fruitful conversation.

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Taylor Swift Shows Rare PDA With Boyfriend Joe Alwyn In ‘Miss Americana’ Trailer

Taylor Swift’s Miss Americana trailer is here, and fans are already going wild!

In the 2:00 minute clip — which the “Cruel Summer” singer, 30, shared on Instagram on Wednesday, January 22 — she opens up about crossing boundaries in her career: going from the “nice girl” producers wanted her to be, to the strong woman she is today.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Swift captioned her post.

The video starts off with a scene of Swift getting ready for a show, giving herself a pep-talk backstage with her mother, Andrea. It then goes to a scene of Swift running towards boyfriend Joe Alwyn after a concert, closing her eyes while giving him a passionate hug. readers know this is one of the first times Swift has given fans a behind-the-scenes look at her and Alwyn’s relationship. The stars — who have been dating for over three years now — are rarely spotted out together and avoid talking about each other on social media and on interviews. Still, Swift dedicated part of her latest album to the Harriet actor, 28, most famously, the song “Lover.”

Between scenes of her singing on stage and enjoying free time at home and in nature with her loved ones, Swift explains in the teaser what she went through after being publicly slammed by so many fans and A-listers — Kanye West and Kim Kardashian included. She says that she disappeared for an entire year because it’s what she thought everyone wanted, but with the help of her album Reputation, she came back even stronger.

“It woke me up from constantly feeling like I was fighting for people’s respect,” she says of her much-needed break from the spotlight and her powerful comeback. “It was happiness without anyone else’s input.”

In Reputation, Swift got candid about her many industry feuds and made it a point to address — through song — every issue she’s been blasted for. In her album Lover, she showed her new approach to life: romantic, mature, relaxed yet empowered.

“I feel really good about not feeling muzzled anymore, and it was my own doing,” she says in the teaser. “I need to be on the right side of history.”

Radar readers know Swift recently made headlines by bashing nemesis Scooter Braun during her Billboard Women in Music speech, when she took home the award for best female artist of the decade. In an interview with Variety, she said she’s proud of herself for making that speech, as she would not have forgiven herself had she stayed silent.

Readers know her feud with Braun, 38, centers around Swift’s claims that Braun and Big Machine Records CEO Scott Borchetta bullied her into giving up the rights to her music. Braun is the owner of her first six albums — which the singer now plans to re-record.

“It feels f***ing awesome,” Swift says in the clip.

Miss Americana, a film directed by Lana Wilson, premieres Thursday, January 23, on Netflix.

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Amazon Music, the streaming music service from the e-commerce and cloud giant that competes against the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, announced a milestone in its growth today: it has passed 55 million customers across the six different pricing tiers that it offers for the service, ranging from $15 per month through to a free, ad-supported tier.

The numbers represent a strong leap forward for the service, which launched in October 2016. But in the bigger race to tie down consumers making the move to streaming services with recurring subscriptions, Amazon still lags behind Apple Music, which last summer said it passed 60 million paying users, and Spotify, which last quarter said it now had 248 million users globally, 113 million of them paying.

Amazon does not break out how many users are in each of its tiers, although we are asking and will update if we learn more. The overall figure, Amazon said, includes growth of more than 50% for the top tier, called Amazon Music Unlimited, which includes HD-quality tracks for about 50 million songs in the U.S., UK, Germany, Japan and most recently Brazil. Other countries without HD-quality where Amazon Music is available include France, Italy, Spain, and Mexico, and it notes that customers more than doubled in these four countries.

“We’re proud to reach this incredible milestone and are overwhelmed by our customers’ response to Amazon Music,” said Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music, in a statement. “Our strategy is unique and, like everything we do at Amazon, starts with our customers. We’ve always been focused on expanding the marketplace for music streaming by offering music listener’s unparalleled choice because we know that different listeners have different needs. As we continue to lead in our investment in voice with Alexa, and in high-quality audio with Amazon Music HD, we’re excited to bring our customers and the music industry even more innovation in 2020 and beyond.”

As with other Amazon products and services, the company has built its music offering around cross-selling existing customers — namely those who are already using or considering its Prime membership service — which helps Amazon with its economies of scale (promotions to customers who are already getting promotions cost less, for starters); and target consumers who are happy with the convenience of having all of its services under one bill. The discount for Prime users also serves as a sweetener for those considering subscribing to the membership tier.

Prime users get a discount on both single subscriptions the Unlimited service ($7.99/month or $79/year) and Family plans. Similarly those who only subscribe on a single device, either the Fire TV or Echo, can pay $3.99/month for the service. The ad-supported service gives a smaller range of tracks, playlists and stations for free with advertising interspersed.

The general stickiness of Amazon media services — which include storage, video, reading, games and more — is a model that Apple is also following, building out a range of its own content offerings alongside those of the third-party apps in the App Store. Spotify has taken a more music- and audio-first approach, with its forays into areas like video never quite gaining traction. In its last earnings, the company addressed its place in the market.

Specifically, it noted that Amazon appears to be picking up more ad-supported than paying users at the moment, leaving an opening for Spotify to continue growing that business.

“We continue to feel very good about our competitive position in the market,” it noted in a statement. “Relative to Apple, the publicly available data shows that we are adding roughly twice as many subscribers per month as they are. Additionally, we believe that our monthly engagement is roughly 2x as high and our churn is at half the rate. Elsewhere, our estimates imply that we continue to add more users on an absolute basis than Amazon. Our data also suggests that Amazon’s user base skews significantly more to ‘Ad-Supported’ than ‘Premium’, and that average engagement on our platform is approximately 3x.”




Stephen Amell Suffers Abrupt Panic Attack During Interview

Arrow is coming to an end. Stephen Amell is hanging up his bow, and Oliver Queen cannot be replaced.

Stephen is the first to admit that the end that he asked for is hitting him hard. In one interview, he suffered a sudden panic attack.

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Stephen Amell and Michael Rosenbaum both starred on long-running DC series. Stephen, of course, plays Oliver Queen on Arrow.

Michael played Lex Luthor on Smallville and also voiced The Flash (Wally West) on Superman The Animated SeriesJustice League, and Justice League: Unlimited.

Michael opted out of reprising his role for the massive Crisis crossover event that featured countless callbacks and surprise guests.

Still, Michael was a natural choice for the actor who started Arrow and therefore heralded its many spinoffs that dominate The CW and beyond.

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In recent interviews, such as the one that we have included here, Stephen has been extremely honest about his emotions.

Was he ready for his role as Oliver Queen to end? Yes. In fact, it was his request, during Season 6. 

Greg Berlanti talked him into the eighth season as a farewell, which was a smart move.

Stephen admits that he cries "every day." All things considered, that sounds healthy as he bids farewell to the past decade of his career.

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But in his podcast interview with Michael Rosenbaum, Stephen did not do nearly so well.

He was speaking about how he had been "struggling" to accept that the hsow is coming to an end.

Stephen opened up about how the reality of it all had left him "mentally exhausted."

He mentioned that it got so bad that he "laid on the couch" and "didn't eat" for two days. That's not good for you.

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"Is it hot in here or am I just sweating?" Stephen abruptly asked at one point.

Overheating can be horrifying on its own, but it can also be a symptom. As Michael tried to open a window, Stephen bowed out.

"I'm not feeling well at all. I think I just got to go,":Stephen told him. "I just kind of want to walk. I just need fresh air."

That was the end of his portion of the podcast interview. Afterwards, Michael explained that Stephen had suffered a panic attack and had to leave.

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Michael commended Stephen for his resolve, and Stephen returned to finish the interview two weeks later.

He explained that he is currently working hard on his mental health and on self care.

That means communication with his wife, meditation, and working out.

"You want to fix it immediately but that's not the way it works," Stephen acknowledged. True.

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Some symptoms of anxiety and mental illness manifest only in the face of direct triggers.

That's like, say, when someone with severe claustrophobia has a meltdown in an elevator or on a crowded train car.

Panic attacks, in contrast, can happen without any apparent triggers whatsoever.

It's a little like having an allergic reaction hours after exposure -- there's little to no logical explanation for it when it's happening.

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We're glad that Stephen Amell is taking care of himself as he looks to where his life and career will take him next.

Ten years ago, he was just the guy whose butt showed up on the intro to Season 1 of Dante's Cove.

Now, he's just finished eight years on one of the most successful shows in The CW's history and has spawned a small army of spinoffs.

He's also a father with a six-year-old. We're so glad that he is taking this time for himself and for his family. We've all enjoyed his work on Arrow.

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The formation of deep water, which is an important component of the climate system, takes place in only a few parts of the ocean: In the subpolar North Atlantic and in a few places in the Southern Hemisphere. There, the so-called Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) is formed. While today AABW is circulating northwards into the other ocean basins, results of a new study show, that this was different under extreme climatic conditions in the past.

Deep-sea osmolyte makes biomolecular machines heat-tolerant

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Shared inbox startup Front raises $59 million round led by other tech CEOs

Front is raising a $59 million Series C funding round. Interestingly, the startup hasn’t raised with a traditional VC firm leading the round. A handful of super business angels are investing directly in the productivity startup and leading the round.

Business angels include Atlassian co-founder and co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes, Atlassian President Jay Simons, Okta co-founder and COO Frederic Kerrest, Qualtrics co-founders Ryan Smith and Jared Smith and Zoom CEO Eric Yuan. Existing investors including Sequoia Capital, Initialized Capital and Anthos Capital are participating in this round as well.

While Front doesn’t share its valuation, the company says that the valuation has quadrupled compared to the previous funding round. Annual recurring venue has also quadrupled over the same period.

The structure of this round is unusual, but it’s on purpose. Front, like many other startups, is trying to redefine the future of work. That’s why the startup wanted to surround itself with leaders of other companies who share the same purpose.

“First, because we didn't need to raise (we still had two years of runway), and it's always better to raise when we don't need it. The last few months have given me much more clarity into our go-to-market strategy,” Front co-founder and CEO Mathilde Collin told me.

Front is a collaborative inbox for your company. For instance, if you want to share an email address with your coworkers ( or, you can integrate those shared inboxes with Front and work on those conversations as a team.

It opens up a ton of possibilities. You can assign conversations to a specific person, @-mention your coworkers to send them a notification, start a conversation with your team before you hit reply, share a draft with other people, etc.

Front also supports other communication channels, such as text messages, WhatsApp messages, a chat module on your website and more. As your team gets bigger, Front helps you avoid double replies by alerting other users when you’re working on a reply.

In addition to those collaboration features, Front helps you automate your workload as much as possible. You can set up automated workflows so that a specific conversation ends up in front of the right pair of eyes. You can create canned responses for the entire team as well.

Front also integrates with popular third-party services, such as Salesforce, HubSpot, Clearbit and dozens of others. Front customers include MailChimp, Shopify and Stripe.

While Front supports multiple channels, email represents the biggest challenge. If you think about it, email hasn’t changed much over the past decade. The last significant evolution was the rise of Gmail, G Suite and web-based clients. In other words, Front wants to disrupt Outlook and Gmail.

With today’s funding round, the company plans to iterate on the product front with Office 365 support for its calendar, an offline mode and refinements across the board. The company also plans to scale up its sales and go-to-market team with an office in Phoenix and a new CMO.

Kate Middleton & Prince William: Loving Life Free From Meghan & Harry?

Well, it's official -- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have stepped down as senior members of the royal family.

Like it's namesake, Brexit, Megxit may take a long time to reach its completion, but the process has begun in earnest, with the Sussexes putting down roots in Canada this week.

In Sydney

Recent photos of Meghan show the Duchess looking ecstatic with her new home.

And it seems she's not the only who's happy that she's put an entire ocean between herself and Buckingham Palace.

According to a new report from Radar Online, Prince William and Kate Middleton are breathing a sigh of relief this week.

It seems the Cambridges are not only pleased that the worst of the Megxit debacle is behind them, they're also happy that they'll no longer be forced to interact with the Sussexes on a regular basis.

A Fab Four

“They are so happy Meghan has left,” an inside tells the outlet.

“They do not like Meghan,” the source adds.

“They are celebrating for sure.”

Now, that last part seems like a bit of an overstatement.

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Have the Cambridges had issues with Meghan? Will their lives probably somewhat easier/less competitive with her out of the picture?

Certainly. But do they really flat-out dislike her as a person?

Well, according to the source, the feud between Kate and Meghan will never really be over.

The two have never quite gotten along, and the insider claims that the nail in the coffin was a remark Meghan made shortly after the birth of baby Archie.

Prince William and Kate Middleton Smirk Together

It seems Kate and Will stopped by to see the little tyke for the first time, and the visit did not go as planned.

“Kate and William spent time with the new baby and Harry and Meghan,” the insider recounts.

“As they were leaving but before they were out of earshot, Meghan said, 'I don’t want any advice from HER,'" apparently referring to Meghan.

Yeah, we suppose that would just about do it.

Prince William and Kate Middleton Get Fancy

Of course, this obviously pro-Cambridge source might be leaving out a number of important details with regard to why Meghan felt so salty toward Kate.

“It seems like Meghan just hated Kate and no matter what she did, tried to be nice, Meghan wasn’t going to be nice back," the insider adds.

It's worth noting that this information might be slightly out of date.

Earlier this week, Harry was back in the UK for informal "peace talks" with his family at Sandringham House.

Royal Newlyweds Together

The summit went well, and insiders say William and Harry ended their feud after two years of bickering.

So is the source behind the times and doesn't realize the two couples have buried the hatchet? Maybe.

Of course, it's worth noting that Meghan was not on hand for the peace talks.

So it's possible that the bad blood between Meg and Kate is still flowing -- and it sounds like the duchesses have zero interest in making nice.

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Inside Skip’s plan to appeal San Francisco’s scooter permit decision

Electric scooter operator Skip is gearing up to appeal San Francisco’s decision to not grant it a permit to operate in the city. When the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announced the permit grantees in September, it came as a surprise to Skip, which had previously received a permit to operate as part of the city’s pilot program.

Ahead of the appeal hearing last Thursday, TechCrunch caught up with Skip CEO Sanjay Dastoor to learn about the company’s game plan and why he thinks it can prevail in a battle that other electric scooter providers have lost.

Prior to the city’s decision last year to grant permits to Lime, Uber’s JUMP, Bird’s Scoot and Ford’s Spin, Skip was one of only two companies operating shared electric scooter services in San Francisco. Leading up to the new permitting application process, Skip said it had been working to ensure its electronic locks would be fully integrated by the beginning of the new permit period, Dastoor told TechCrunch. The company did this with guidance from the SFMTA, so when Skip was denied a permit, the team was caught off guard.

“It was a huge surprise,” Dastoor said. “We found out basically the same time as the press did that we didn’t get that permit, so it was pretty surprising to all of us.”

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Wuhan Coronavirus Inspires Tons Of Plague Memes On Reddit

Dank memes about the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak, funny memes, anxiety memes, plague memes, 2020 plague memes.

The internet was rich with 2020 plague memes around the new year, and with the news of the deadly Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak, memers are back to the meme drawing board. So, Photoshop. The virus has already sickened hundreds and claimed six lives in China - but the news of the first case in the United States is causing some anxiety. While it's being said that the risk to the public is low, comedy flourishes in times of tension, and the memes are proving to be unstoppable. And that's all good - it's better to laugh at fear than succumb to it. 

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Industrial technologies get a big backer with Anzu Partners’ new $190 million fund

Advances in biology, biochemistry, sensors and automation have the potential to reshape the ways manufacturing in America is done and a relatively new firm called Anzu Partners has just raised $190 million to invest in companies turning these scientific achievements into new products and services.

Far from Silicon Valley, Anzu is investing in technology companies coming from places as disparate as Durham, Omaha, and Santa Fe, in addition to the traditional technology hub of Boston and its surrounding area.

“We started in early 2016 with a focus on venture capital and early stage private equity,” says firm managing partner Whitney Haring-Smith. “The majority of the transactions that we do are minority, but there are a subset that are control.”

One of those acquisitions, for the optical electronics equipment manufacturer Axsun Technologies, yielded one of the firm’s early exits when the Massachusetts-based company was sold to Excelitas in a roughly $80 million transaction. The firm saw at least one other exit last year when Siemens bought its portfolio company MultiMechanics in November.

Co-founded and managed by former Boston Consulting Group leadership David Seldin and David Michael, the leadership team has expanded to include another BCG, alum, John Ho, who was just named partner with the close fo the fund.

Anzu Partners writes checks in the $3 million to $8 million range and follows that capital with commitments of up to $15 million, according to Haring-Smith.

“We focus today on investing in the technologies that enable tomorrow’s industries,” Haring-Smith said of the firm’s thesis. “We don’t know whether this biologic drug or that biologic drug will succeed but we know that all biologic drugs will need certain things.”

Examples include the company’s investment in the Santa Fe-based NTX Bio, which was made not because the startup manufactures particular biologics for the pharmaceutical industry, but because it makes technology which can produce lower cost, higher purity and higher stability biologics. “It doesn’t make vaccines, but makes vaccine manufacturing more cheap and efficient,” says Haring-Smith. 

The firm has already made six investments from its new fund since it first began fundraising efforts last April.

Portfolio companies include the Durham-based BioSkryb, which makes technologies to improve gene sequencing; Boston Microfluidics, which develops blood collection devices; GelSight, which makes 3D imaging systems to improve quality control in manufacturing; immunoSCAPE, which profiles immune systems to provide better data on potentially applicable therapeutics for patients; Sofregen, which tissue support and regeneration products based on a novel process for manufacturing silk proteins, and Solchroma Technologies, which uses a unique manufacturing process to make digital displays.

Anzu operates from offices in Tampa, San Diego, Washington, and Boston and Haring-Smith believes that the geographic diversity gives the company a leg up on deals.

With the new fund, the firm expects to expand its geographic footprint to other under-capitalized regions around the U.S.




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Jessica Simpson Reveals She Was Sexually Abused By Family Friend In Upcoming Memoir

Jessica Simpson leaves no stones unturned in her upcoming memoir “Open Book.”

The star, 39, reveals, for the first time, that she was sexually abused at a young age. The traumatic experience, she says, caused her to fall into a vicious cycle of pills and alcohol.

“I was killing myself with all the drinking and pills,” she writes in an excerpt obtained by PEOPLE.

Simpson admits that she only became sober in November 2017, and hasn’t had a drink since.

“Giving up the alcohol was easy,” she writes. “I was mad at that bottle. At how it allowed me to stay complacent and numb.”

The fashion designer explains that therapy helped her through it all, but at the same time, getting help was the hardest thing she has ever had to do.

“With work, I allowed myself to feel the traumas I’d been through,” she says.

Simpson explains that the abuse began when she was 6 years old, and “shared a bed with the daughter of a family friend.”

“It would start with tickling my back and then go into things that were extremely uncomfortable,” she writes.

Frozen with fear, she worried it was somehow all her fault. “I wanted to tell my parents. I was the victim but somehow I felt in the wrong,” she writes.

At 12 years old, she summoned the courage to tell her parents, Tina and Joe Simpson, while on a road trip.

“I told you something was happening,” her mother yelled as she slapped her father’s arm.

“Dad kept his eye on the road and said nothing,” Simpson writes. “We never stayed at my parents’ friend’s house again, but we also didn’t talk about what I had said.”

Years later, Simpson rose to fame with her music, and later, with her hit reality TV show, Newlyweds, with then-husband Nick Lachey.

In 2010, she managed to create a billion-dollar clothing line: the Jessica Simpson Collection.

She married her longtime partner Eric Johnson in 2014, and now shares three kids, daughter Maxwell, 7, son Ace, 6, and baby girl Birdie, 10 months, with him.

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Google’s new experimental apps focus on reducing screen time — including one that uses a paper envelope

In October, Google debuted experimental apps focused on digital wellbeing, including one that offered a notification mailbox, another that tracked how long you went between phone unlocks, and even one that let you print out the information you needed from your phone for the day so you wouldn’t have to use it, to name a few. Now, Google has added three more apps to its unique collection with the launch of a Screen Stopwatch for tracking screen time, another that lets you visualize your phone usage as bubbles, and a third which lets you put your phone in an envelope…wait, what?

Envelope is not a joke, as it turns out, but rather the latest bit of creativity from London-based design studio, Special Projects. The group had already created the phone info printout app, Paper Phone, which arrived when Google’s Digital Wellbeing Experiments platform first launched last year.

The team’s new Envelope app helps you to still use your phone for basic functions, like making or receiving calls or using the camera to take photos. But all this is done from inside a paper envelope custom-designed for your phone. To wrap up your phone, there’s a printable PDF for Google Pixel 3a phones which you print at full scale, then cut, fold and glue. The end result is a paper phone sleeve that leaves room for the camera and offers a numberical keypad on the front, in case you need to make calls.

The app, meanwhile, helps to make the buttons light up to be seen through the paper.

Envelope is clearly more of a design experiment rather than a practical tool. While touchscreens do work through paper, wrapping your phone up for the day will certainly complicate things — like when you need to get someone’s phone number (because no one memorizes these anymore!) or to look up directions, among other things. But it would allow you to challenge yourself to see how long you could make it before ripping the envelope open, we suppose.

Another new app, Activity Bubbles, creates a new bubble for each phone unlock during the day. The bubble then grows larger the longer you use your device. Your bubbles can be set as a live wallpaper so you can continually keep track of your screen time.

Screen Stopwatch tracks how long you’ve been on your phone each day by counting the hours, minutes and seconds of screen time with every unlock. This, too, can be set as a live wallpaper so you can see your phone usage grow throughout the day.

These latter two apps were put out by Google Creative Lab, as were many of the first apps launched last fall.

Google explained at the time the goal with its Digital Wellbeing Experiments is to inspire designers and developers to keep digital wellbeing at top of mind when building technology. While some of the experiments may be “out there” — like envelopes for the phone — the overall goal is not to make these mainstream apps, but rather to get people thinking about our phone and app addictions. Major tech companies, Google included, are increasingly focused on what they can do better in this area — adding features like “take a break” reminders, alerts that tell you when you’re “all caught up” with your feed, or rolling out tools to help reduce screen time, like app limits or the ability to turn off distracting notifications. 

The Digital Wellbeing Experiments platform is open to contributions, but new additions are reviewed before they’re added to the site, a process that could take weeks. The apps themselves will work on recent Android handsets.


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Audrey Roloff Explains New Baby Name: Where Did Bode Come From?!?

Audrey Roloff knows you have questions, dear readers and loyal followers.

And now she's here to answer at least one of them.

The former Little People, Big World star is here to tell you all about her second child's first name.

A Kiss for Bode

As you likely know by now, Audrey and Jeremy welcomed little Bode James Roloff into the world on January 8.

He was a couple days late (just like his sister, Ember, back in 2017) and he weighed a strong nine pounds, two ounces -- while measuring 21 inches in length -- upon his arrival.

In the days since this blessed event, Audrey has been very candid with her fans -- explaining, for instance, why she's struggling a little bit these days with the look of her body.

"Postpartum has been hard on my body, but cuddling with these precious little loves makes my heart so full. What an honor it is to be their mama," she wrote as a caption to the photo below.

Resting with Her Kids

But while Audrey has suffered a little bit physically (she's also been diagnosed, again, with mastitis), it's clear she could not be happier with this addition to her family.

And now, along those lines, the podcast host has shared new photos of young Bode, along with never-before-told details behind his name.

"Bode’s name means messenger.

"We pray for our Bode to be a messenger of the Gospel. That his life would be a message of hope, truth, and love to many," she told Instagram followers late on Tuesday.

Ember and Bode Photo

That's a pretty special and moving basis for the name right there.

But Audrey then went on to say there's even more to it.

"His name is a nod to my maiden name “Botti” pronounced “bo-tee,” as a way to honor my side of the family," added Audrey, elaborating as follows:

"His middle name “James” is a family name on the Roloff side. Jeremy, his dad, his grandpa and his great grandpa all have the middle name James."

Audrey Roloff, Post-Birth

As for the process behind arriving at this sort of unique moniker?

'We were pretty set on Bode (pronounced “bo-dee”) during my pregnancy but we’re still tossing around other ideas into my 3rd trimester," she says.

"Then one day randomly Jer’s grandma called him and said, “I have a really good name suggestion for you! What about Bode?!” We were shook. It was a confirming affirmation."

Wow, look at that! Made it easy we guess, huh?

Audrey Roloff and Jeremy Roloff and Baby

In conclusion, Audrey only had one thing to say:

"We love you so much already Bode James Roloff."

Really, what else is there for her to say, right?

Check out a handful of Bode James Roloff photos right here... and now!

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UN calls for investigation into alleged Saudi hacking of Jeff Bezos

UN calls for investigation after Saudis linked to Bezos phone hack

United Nations experts are calling for an investigation after a forensic report said Saudi officials “most likely” used a mobile hacking tool built by the NSO Group to hack into the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ phone.

Remarks made by U.N. human rights experts on Wednesday said the Israeli spyware maker’s flagship Pegasus mobile spyware was likely used to exfiltrate gigabytes of data from Bezos’ phone in May 2018, about six months after the Saudi government first obtained the spyware.

It comes a day after news emerged, citing a forensics report commissioned to examine the Amazon founder’s phone, that the malware was delivered from a number belonging to Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. The forensics report, carried out by FTI Consulting, said it was “highly probable” that the phone hack was triggered by a malicious video sent over WhatsApp to Bezos’ phone. Within hours, large amounts of data on Bezos’ phone had been exfiltrated.

U.N. experts Agnes Callamard and Davie Kaye, who were given a copy of the forensics report, said the breach of Bezos’ phone was part of “a pattern of targeted surveillance of perceived opponents and those of broader strategic importance to the Saudi authorities.”

But the report left open the possibility that technology developed by another mobile spyware maker may have been used.

The Saudi government has rejected the claims, calling them “absurd.”

NSO Group said in a statement that its technology “was not used in this instance,” saying its technology “cannot be used on U.S. phone numbers.” The company said any suggestion otherwise was “defamatory” and threatened legal action.

Forensics experts are said to have began looking at Bezos’ phone after he accused the National Enquirer of blackmail last year. In a tell-all Medium post, Bezos described how he was targeted by the tabloid, which obtained and published private text messages and photos from his phone, prompting an investigation into the leak.

The subsequent forensic report, which TechCrunch has not yet seen, claims the initial breach began after Bezos and the Saudi crown prince exchanged phone numbers in April 2018, a month before the hack.

The report said several other prominent figures, including Saudi dissidents and political activists, also had their phones infected with the same mobile malware around the time of the Bezos phone breach. Some whose phones were infected including those close to Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi critic and columnist for the Washington Post — which Bezos owns — who was murdered five months later.

U.S. intelligence concluded that bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s death.

“The information we have received suggests the possible involvement of the Crown Prince in surveillance of Mr. Bezos, in an effort to influence, if not silence, The Washington Post’s reporting on Saudi Arabia,” the U.N. experts said.

The U.N. experts said the Saudis purchased the Pegasus malware, and used WhatsApp as a way to deliver the malware to Bezos’ phone.

WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, filed a lawsuit against the NSO Group for creating and using the Pegasus malware, which exploits a since-fixed vulnerability in the the messaging platform. Once exploited, sometimes silently and without the target knowing, the operators can download data from the user’s device. Facebook said at the time more than the malware was delivered on more than 1,400 targeted devices.

The U.N. experts said they will continue to investigate the “growing role of the surveillance industry” used for targeting journalists, human rights defenders, and owners of media outlets.

Amazon did not immediately comment.

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Our biological clock plays crucial role in healing from surgery

If you have just had knee, shoulder or hip surgery, you may want to take anti-inflammatories in the morning or at noon, but not at night. A new study shows, for the first time, that circadian clock genes are involved in healing from surgery. Indeed, the researchers demonstrated that anti-inflammatory medications are most effective in promoting post-operative healing and recovery when taken during the active periods of our biological clocks.

How giant viruses infect amoeba

Host cells infected with giant viruses behave in a unique manner. To gain deeper insight into the infection mechanism of giant viruses, scientists developed a specialized algorithm that can track the movement of host cells. This method could also be used to study any other type of cells, such as cancer cells, neurons, and immune cells, serving as an efficient tool in the field of cell biology.

Inner complexity of Saturn moon, Enceladus, revealed

A team developed a new geochemical model that reveals that carbon dioxide (CO2) from within Enceladus, an ocean-harboring moon of Saturn, may be controlled by chemical reactions at its seafloor. Studying the plume of gases and frozen sea spray released through cracks in the moon's icy surface suggests an interior more complex than previously thought.

Earth’s oldest asteroid strike linked to ‘big thaw’

Scientists have discovered Earth's oldest asteroid strike occurred at Yarrabubba, in outback Western Australia, and coincided with the end of a global deep freeze known as a Snowball Earth. The research used isotopic analysis of minerals to calculate the precise age of the Yarrabubba crater for the first time, putting it at 2.229 billion years old -- making it 200 million years older than the next oldest impact.

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Fortnite just officially became a high school and college sport

Fortnite, one of the world’s most popular games, will now be an official high school sport and college sport thanks to an LA-based startup called PlayVS .

The company has partnered with Epic Games to bring competitive league play to the collegiate and high school level. This also marks PlayVS’s entry into colleges and universities.

PlayVS launched in April of 2018 with a mission of bringing esports to high school, with a league akin to traditional sports like basketball or football. Though a partnership with the NFHS, high schools (or parents, or the students themselves) can pay $64/player to be placed in a league to compete with neighboring schools, just like any other sport.

But PlayVS partnerships go deeper than the NFHS (the NCAA of high school sports), as the company is also partnering with the publishers themselves. This is the part that puts PlayVS a step ahead of its competition, according to founder Delane Parnell .

While other companies are setting up paid competitive leagues around video games, very few if any have partnerships at the publisher level. This means that those startups could be shut down on a whim by the publishers themselves, who own the IP of the game.

PlayVS is the first to score such a partnership with Epic Games, the maker of the world’s most popular video game.

These publisher partnerships also allow PlayVS to productize the experience in a way that requires almost no lift for schools and organizations. Players simply sign into PlayVS and get dropped into their scheduled match. At the end, PlayVS pulls stats and insights directly from the match, which can be made available to the players, coaches, fans and even recruiters.

For PlayVS, the college landscape presents a new challenge. With high school expansion, the NFHS fueled fast and expansive growth. Since launch, more than 13,000 high schools have joined the waitlist to get a varsity esports team through PlayVS, which represents 68% of the country. PlayVS says that just over 14,000 high schools in the United States have a football program, to give you a comparison.

The NFHS has a relationship with the NCAA, but no such official partnership has been signed, meaning that PlayVS has to go directly to individual colleges to pitch their technology. Luckily, they’re going in armed with the most popular game in the world, and at a time when many colleges are looking to incorporate esports scholarships and programs.

And it doesn’t hurt that PlayVS has quite a bit of cash in the bank — the company has raised $96 million since launch.

Unlike the rest of the PlayVS titles, the first season of Fortnite competition will be free to registered users, courtesy of the partnership with Epic Games. Registration for the first seasons closes on February 17 for high schools, and February 24 for colleges and universities. The season officially kicks off on March 2.

The format for competition will be Duos, and organizations can submit as many teams of two as they like. The top teams will be invited to the playoffs with a chance to win a spot in the championship in May.

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