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AITH Podcast: The Final Episode

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast is coming to an end. This is it fifes--the final episode of the Arrow in the Head podcast! But before we get all morose (i.e., drunk), we have a lot of shenanigans to get through before we leave. For one thing, Eric wraps up his final days of his 31 Days of Horror, giving a certain INVISIBLE MAN (12:38) the honor of being the best of the month. Eric also checks out his twin brother Bill Pullman in BRAIN DAMAGE (25:08) and fifes all over it... because it also features the great Bill Paxton. It might be the last show, but that doesn't mean we forgot about our John Carpenter retrospective! We talk the greatness that is Carpenter, from IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (50:16) all the way back to his first feature-length film ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1:05:15). AND... that's it. To our loyal listeners, thanks for being there all these years, we have a High Life (or six) in your honor. Farewell, fifes! GRAVEYARD SHIFT forever!

AITH Podcast: The Halloween Show with special guest PJ Soles!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast is proud to present our Halloween episode... with special celebrity guest PJ Soles! We talk to PJ about the newly-released 35th Anniversary Blu-ray version of HALLOWEEN (21:00) and we even get her insight into the new CARRIE remake. After we part ways with PJ, we dive into all sorts of Halloween horror goodness, including HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (58:29), THE SHINING, PLANET TERROR, classic Universal monster movies, and POLTERGEIST! But wait, there's more! Eric finally takes on PARANORMAN (1:18:15), and we dish on our Halloween traditions! And to cap it all off, we finally give our two cents on the latest season of THE WALKING DEAD (2:03:13)! It's Halloween here at the AITH Podcast and we couldn't e happier--so sit back, grab your pumpkin ale, get on your costume, and listen in on this very special episode of the AITH Podcast!

AITH Podcast: The Shout Factory Extravaganza!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast gets into bed with The Shout Factory and have nothing but praise to give the biggest and best thing to happen to retro horror movies in the last decade! In this episode, we talk about the Shout Factory's releases of THE FOG, THE HOWLING, DEADLY BLESSING, PRISON, LIFEFORCE, THE BURNING, HALLOWEEN 2, HALLOWEEN 3, PRINCE OF DARKNESS, THEY LIVE, DAWN OF THE DEAD, THE FUNHOUSE, TERROR TRAIN, PSYCHO II, PSYCHO III, THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, DEATH VALLEY, THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN, I COME IN PEACE, SCANNERS 2, SCANNERS 3, TERROR VISION, THE VIDEO DEAD, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR TRILOGY, and so much more! Is it possible we're able to cover all of these epic releases in one podcast? You're goddamn right it's possible, and we do so with flying colors. So sit back, relax, and prepare to fall in love with The Shout Factory in this week's episode of the AITH Podcast!

AITH Podcast: Everything Stephen King is discussed, plus AHS: Coven and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast love Halloween and Stephen King so much that we decided to have a show where we talk about King and all of his awesome goodness as we gear up towards Halloween! But first, we take a good look at the first episode of AMERICAN HORROR STORY COVEN (4:25), which shows more promise than the previous season. Then we dive into the original CARRIE (9:53) and bask in its glow of awesomeness... and dread what the remake has instore for us. We also talk about King's sequel to THE SHINING called DOCTOR SLEEP (26:35), which is King doing what King does best. All that, plus we talk THE MIST, DREAMCATCHER, GRAVEYARD SHIFT, TRUCKS, 1408, ROOM 237, SALEM'S LOT, SILVER BULLET, and so much more! Then gives us a ton of movies to round out his 31 Days of Horror, including ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE (1:05:07), which didn't live up to its hype (in Eric's opinion). All this and so much more in this week's episode of The AITH Podcast... tune in now!

AITH Podcast: Curse of Chucky plus the entire Chucky franchise reviewed!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast hangs out with Chucky this week as we talk the entire Chucky collection, from CHILD'S PLAY all the way through CURSE OF CHUCKY. We talk the cheesy greatness of CHILD'S PLAY 2 (12:46), the lackluster CHILD'S PLAY 3, the comical BRIDE OF CHUCKY, the shitty SEED OF CHUCKY, and end things right by talking the new and improved CURSE OF CHUCKY (49:53). After so much Chuck, it's hard to believe we have anything else, but we do! Eric takes on I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2 (1:06:11), GRAVITY, EMBRACE OF THE VAMPIRE, and MACHETE KILLS (1:11:03), and Ammon talks some TV with SLEEPY HOLLOW and the lame season finale to UNDER THE DOME. Is this too much Chucky for one to handle in a single podcast? Hold on to your butts, it's gonna be an epic ride!

AITH Podcast: Fright Night 2, plus our Killer Clown show!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast kicks off the official first podcast of October right with our Killer Clown theme show! We talk all things killer clown movies, including KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (8:14), STEPHEN KING'S IT, POLTERGEIST, DRIVE-THRU, CLOWN TOWN (18:55), and STITCHES (25:37), with dips into HOUSE OF FEAR and SCARY OR DIE and many others! Then Eric gives us a frightening look at this week's big release: FRIGHT NIGHT 2 (49:12), which is surprisingly worse than you'd expect. And Ammon fifes all over ROSEMARY'S BABY (58:34), as well as other re-visits to the horror era of the 1970s. All this and so much more on this very Fall episode of the AITH Podcast!

AITH Podcast: Prisoners, World War Z, Warm Bodies, and Alfred Hitchcock flicks!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast is full into Fall and inching ever forward towards the greatest time of year: October and the Halloween festivities. To start things off, we look at all things Alfred Hitchcock by taking on his 1972 serial killer flick FRENZY (5:15), as well as touch on other titles like THE BIRDS, PSYCHO, and even the PSYCHO remake (17:30). Then Eric gives us his take on the superbly intense thriller PRISONERS (30:35), of which he gives his seal of approval. Ammon has a weekend of zombie madness and finally checks out WORLD WAR Z (37:05) and WARM BODIES (43:45), though he likes one way more than the other. So be sure to tune in to hear all that, plus we preview the weeks ahead and talk our Pumpkin Ale's of choice in this week's episode of the AITH Podcast!

AITH Podcast: Insidious: Chapter 2, Friday the 13th, classic Universal Monster movies!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast kicks off Halloween Season Eve by bringing the results to last week's question: what is better, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 5 or PART 6 (7:59)? The people have spoken and the answer may surprise you. We both make it out to see INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (23:31) and there's some fifing going on, but not as much as you might expect. Then we dive into the Universal Monster movies of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, and take on such classics as THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (59:47), THE WOLF MAN, THE INVISIBLE MAN, THE MUMMY, and DRACULA (1:00:15), putting us in the right state of mind of the Halloween season. So sit back, relax, and give a listen to this week's special episode of the AITH Podcast!

AITH Podcast: Riddick, Frogs, Slugs, and a Friday the 13th Debate!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast is celebrating Friday the 13th and the unofficial kick-off to the Halloween movie-watching season this week with a few killer animal flicks, a few Jason Voorhees flicks, and a modest-budgeted Vin Diesel flick! First up, FROGS (16:00), about killer amphibious creatures starring the great Sam Elliot before his mustache. Then we continue the fun times with SLUGS (27:25), an equally good time with double the gory money-shots as FROGS with even more slimy nastiness going for it. Then Eric tells us all about RIDDICK (39:23) and whether it's worth your money or not, and we have a heated FRIDAY THE 13TH debate: which is better, PART 5 or PART 6 (49:18). It's up to you to vote and see which one of us is right. All this, plus the ROBOCOP trailer and a preview to the week's ahead in this very special Friday the 13th episode of the AITH Podcast!

AITH Podcast: The Hole, 10 to Midnight, Sand Sharks, and Jurassic Park

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast tries and fails again to stick with a theme show of their own devices, this time it's horror trapped in a confined space. We do talk about THE HOLE (5:58) at great lengths, as well as other movies like THE DIVIDE, CUBE, and DEVIL, but we still see ourselves as failures. Eric takes on Charles Bronson vs. a serial killer in 10 TO MIDNIGHT (33:10) and finally has a chance to watcher Podcast favorite Brooke Hogan be all that she can be in SAND SHARKS (28:38). Meanwhile, Ammon takes on THE EXPERIMENT, and revisits DREDD, CABIN IN THE WOODS, THE LAST STAND, and the mother of all revisits, JURASSIC PARK (39:50). And yeah, he has a fantastic time with all of them. So sit back , relax, and enjoy the latest episode of the AITH Podcast! You won't be disappointed!

AITH Podcast: Devil's Pass, R.I.P.D, The Initiation, and Carrie reviews!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast is going back to school in the most figurative way possible as we take on horror movies that take place at school... or at least, we try. So we take on THE INITIATION (4:53) and drool over Daphne Zuniga, and we even catch a glimpse of George Clooney in RETURN TO HORROR HIGH (15:38), but nothing holds a candle to the mother of all horror high school flicks, CARRIE (20:08! We also take on the latest Renny Harlin flick which also happens to be a found footage movie called DEVIL'S PASS (36:07), which was good... until it wasn't. Ammon catches R.I.P.D. and doesn't hate it, and Eric has a surprise review that you'll only find here around the 55 minute mark (but he's embargoed so he can't really talk about it). All this and so much more on this week's episode of the AITH Podcast!

AITH Podcast: My Amityville Horror and the Amityville Horror franchise discussed!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast is at its drunkest yet as we take on the grindhouse classic EATEN ALIVE (10:02) from director Tobe Hooper and revel at how insanely nasty and dirty it is. We then take on Richard Matheson's THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE (15:32) for the week's Netflix Movie of the Week. But wait--there's more! Like getting down and dirty with MY AMITYVILLE HORROR (26:32), a flick that shows just how nuts the whole Lutz family was and how it's more likely than not the whole thing was a hoax. Which gets us gettin' deep with the entire AMITYVILLE franchise including the ridiculously bad 2005 remake (37:15). They made 8 movies in the series? Our minds are quite literally blown away. Finally, we touch a bit on OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN (awesome) and update the listeners that UNDER THE DOME is still a pile of crap. Yup, all this and so much more in this week's epic episode of the AITH Podcast! - See more at: http://www.joblo.com/manage/arrow/news.php?mode=arrow&action=preview&id=41202#sthash.fSoVlJuq.dpuf

AITH Podcast: Dead Silence, Barracuda, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Karen Black remembered!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast is back and drunker than ever before as we try and read some fan mail written by some of our most intoxicated of fans (thanks Jordan!). We also take on this week's Instant Queue movie BARRACUDA (13:44), which had promise but ended up failing miserably. Eric tributes the late great Karen Black by checking out a few of her movies, including the haunted house flick BURNT OFFERINGS (26:10). Ammon can't get enough of creepy dolls, scary ghosts, or James Wan, so he re-visits the highly underrated ventriloquist flick DEAD SILENCE (30:43) and is so glad that he did. He also hits up FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (36:24) and is happy to say the flick still holds up. All this and UNDER THE DOME still sucks ass... so grab a drink and listen to this week's episode of the AITH Podcast! - See more at: http://www.joblo.com/manage/arrow/news.php?mode=arrow&action=preview&id=41068#sthash.4RXZOcN4.dpuf

AITH Podcast: The Conjuring and the scariest movies ever, plus Elysium!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast is excited to take on THE CONJURING (4:41), one of the best, if not THE BEST horror movies of the year (at least, according to Ammon). We then dive into our picks for the scariest movie experiences ever (24:15) and wind up scaring ourselves in the process. Our Netflix Instant Movie of the Week is NOT OF THIS EARTH (1:03:29) and is as awesome as we thought it might be (Jim Wynorski, you're our hero!). Ammon also has a chance to check out THE LAST EXORCISM PART II (57:45) and Eric takes on ELYSIUM (53:31). All this and more as we play a little game of Hide and Clap on this week's very special episode of the AITH Podcast!

AITH Podcast: No One Lives, The Purge, and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast goes crazy and watches a bunch of shit this week... which, in hindsight, is pretty much what we do EVERY week. But this week we take on NO ONE LIVES (12:30) and chuckle over how much bigger star Luke Evans is now than when he made this movie. We also take on this week's Instant Queue Movie fof the Week BAY OF BLOOD (5:30), which Eric dug for it's Mario Bava-ness, and Ammon loathed for its boring-ness. Then Ammon poops all over THE PURGE (34:45), calling it the worst movie he's seen this summer (and maybe all year), and yet is pleasantly surprised by how much "fun" HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS (47:44) turned out to be. All this and so much more on this week's episode of the AITH Podcast!

AITH Podcast: Comic-Con 2013 recap! You're Next, At World's End, More!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast gives a full-on report from San Diego as Eric relays his experience at this year's Comic-Con 2013! So many movies reviewed, including YOU'RE NEXT (1:52), ESCAPE PLAN, and AT WORLD'S END (7:14)! So many panels and movie news to discuss, including GODZILLA, the new 300 movie, WARCRAFT, and some silly werewolf shit called WOLVES. If you wanted to hear first-person about what it's like to be at Comic-Con, then this is your chance! Then we dive into this week's Netflix Instant Queue movie of the week THE ABCs OF DEATH (39:25), which had about 2 segments worth watching... out of 26. And finally, Ammon gives Sylvester Stallone a chance with BULLET TO THE HEAD (51:30), but no matter how hard he tried... he pretty much hated it. So hunker down and download this week's episode of the AITH Podcast! You'll be happy you did!

AITH Podcast: Pacific Rim, Mimic, Hellboy, and Evil Dead discussed!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast fifes all over Guillermo del Toro in this very special edition of the AITH Podcast! First up, we take on Mira Sorvino in MIMIC (3:24), a creepy little genre flick that still holds up after all these years. We also take on THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE, HELLBOY, BLADE 2, HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY, and... of course... PACIFIC RIM (18:39)! Does Eric love it? Does he hate it? You gotta tune in to find out. Eric also has an EXCLUSIVE first look review of this Friday's R.I.P.D. (35:56)! Is it worth your hard-earned money? Again... you gotta tune in, yo! Plus, Ammon checks out the new EVIL DEAD remake (42:44), a movie he's already calling his favorite horror movie of 2013! All this and so much more on this week's episode of the AITH Podcast!

AITH Podcast: 6 Souls, our Hannibal recap, and Under the Dome!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast promises an exciting episode of TV shenanigans spiced with horror and other cool shite. But first, we dive into Julianne Moore's latest supernatural thriller 6 SOULS (8:30) as this week's Netflix Instant Queue movie of the week, andA well, it wasn't as bad as HELLGATE! Then we take on some serious TV as we discuss our final thoughts on the first season of HANNIBAL (20:52), especially the eventful season finale. Then we get into ABC's Stephen King mini-series UNDER THE DOME (35:13) and are scratching our heads as to why we even give a f*ck at this point. And finally, Ammon gets all trashy in the living nightmare known as SPRING BREAKERS (51:18). All this and so much more in this week's episode of the AITH Podcast! - See more at: http://www.joblo.com/manage/arrow/news.php?mode=arrow&action=preview&id=40579#sthash.IraggcvK.dpuf

AITH Podcast: Reviews of Zombie High, VHS2, Under the Dome, and Stoker!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast is rocking the summer vacation harder than ever before as we review the high school "horror comedy" ZOMBIE HIGH (5:33) and wonder how it is that all these high school kids are like 30 years old. Ammon takes on VHS2 (18:35) and digs it more than part 1, while Eric takes on Park Chan-Wook's STOKER (29:30), where he effectively fifes all over its face. TV is going strong this summer, as we take on UNDER THE DOME (34:44) and preview the finale of HANNIBAL. All this and so much more on this week's episode of The AITH Podcast!

AITH Podcast: Reviews of World War Z, Hellgate, plus Silent Hill Revelations!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast stumbles into a shit sandwich of utter and complete garbage this week, starting with our Netflix Instant Queue choice, HELLGATE (11:56). What a waste of time. Then Ammon continues the punishment by checking out HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET (21:35) and SILENT HILL REVELATIONS (30:56), both of which were not very good movies (i.e, they both sucked ass). Eric gives us his thoughts on the suprisingly entertaining WORLD WAR Z (41:57), thus making his week less of a waste of time than Ammon's. All this and so much more on this week's episode of the AITH Podcast! - See more at: http://www.joblo.com/manage/arrow/news.php?mode=arrow&action=preview&id=40370#sthash.FxgsbafA.dpuf

AITH Podcast: The obscure 80s horror show! The Vineyard, The Uninvited, Superstition, more!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast welcomes a very special guest this week, Facebook fan Patrick Grenko joins the program to discuss his thoughts on some of the most obscure 80s horror flicks you've ever seen. We take on James Hong's THE VINEYARD (6:59), the cat-tastic horror-at-sea romp THE UNINVITED (23:55), and the classic birthday flick, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME (36:48). Plus, we go in depth on shit like SUPERSTITION (44:28), THE CHILDREN, BLOOD HOOK, PIN, FORTRESS, MORTUARY, and of course, GRAVEYARD SHIFT. Yes folks, be prepared to hear about a bunch of awesome horror flicks you've never seen nor heard of! - See more at: http://www.joblo.com/manage/arrow/news.php?mode=arrow&action=preview&id=40263#sthash.C4dttJSi.dpuf

AITH Podcast: Reviews of Hatchet 3, VHS 2, Rodentz and The Killing!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast comes at you with two (count them, two) reviews for new and upcoming VOD horror releases, as well as some recaps of horror TV, and even a chat about killer rat movie. Yep, it's gonna be one of those episodes! First up, we talk about RODENTZ (9:34) and how crappy / awesome a 7 foot giant rat can be. Then Eric gives us the scoop on V/H/S 2 (23:06) and HATCHET 3 (31:24), one of which is pretty good and the other is horrendously terrible. Then Ammon lets loose about the latest season of THE KILLING (38:32), and we summarize our thoughts on the first season of BATES MOTEL now that it wrapped like 5 weeks ago already. All this and so much in this very special episode of the AITH Podcast! - See more at: http://www.joblo.com/manage/arrow/news.php?mode=arrow&action=preview&id=40205#sthash.qqaraS0S.dpuf

AITH Podcast: The home invasion show! Funny Games, The Purge, Dark Skies, More!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast gets invaded this week as we take on Home Invasion flicks like it's nobodies business. We start things off classy with FUNNY GAMES (1:45), then move on to more contemporary home invasion flicks like THE STRANGERS (11:50). And after we throw around other titles like STRAW DOGS, MOTHER'S DAY, CHERRY TREE LANE, and KIDNAPPED, Eric gives us an early review of this week's new release THE PURGE (21:00). And what's crazier than a home invasion flick? How about one where the invading is from aliens? Ammon gives us his take on DARK SKIES (32:00). All this and so much more on this week's episode of The AITH Podcast!

AITH Podcast: The Alien rip-off show with Creature, The Rig, and Leviathan!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast goes all-out ALIEN rip-off mode in this episode, where we go out and find as many ALIEN-wannabes as we can find. Starting with the Netflix Instant Queue Movie of the Week CREATURE (5:42). Ammon takes on The Asylum's ALIEN VS. HUNTER (15:27), and we both discuss how LEVIATHAN (17:27) is way better than it should be. Other flicks that we end up choking down this week include THE RIG, PROTEUS, XTRO, DEEP STAR SIX, and... ALIEN 2 ON EARTH (26:19). Plus, we give our thoughts on the new RIDDICK trailer and give a glimpse as to what to expect for next week's show! All this and so much more on this episode of The AITH Podcast!

AITH Podcast: The STD Sequel Show! Howling 3&4, Tremors 2&3, plus Texas Chainsaw and More!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast has a huge hard-on for shitty straight to DVD (STD) sequels, and we go all-out crazy for them this episode, starting with THE HOWLING 3: THE MARSUPIALS (5:10) and THE HOWLING 4: THE ORIGINAL NIGHTMARE! Then we take on a few of the TREMORS sequels (27:14) as well as the FROM DUSK TILL DAWN movies (29:42). But that's not all, we go deep in the DRACULA 2000 franchise, the LEPRECHAUN franchise, the PROPHECY franchise, and even the STARSHIP TROOPERS franchise... nothing is safe! Plus, Ammon gives his take on TEXAS CHAINSAW (48:09)! All this and so much more on this very special sequel-centric episode of The AITH Podcast!

AITH Podcast: The Troma Show! Toxic Avenger and Surf Nazis, plus Shakma, Black Rock, more!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast takes on the house that Troma built with a look at some of their biggest hits, including THE TOXIC AVENGER (6:14), CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH, and of course... SURF NAZIS MUST DIE (14:15)! Eric reviews some truly awesom baboon slasher flick known as SHAKMA (36:26) and gives us a look at the week's latest VOD release, BLACK ROCK (53:00). Plus, we get a look at STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS and OBLIVION, Ammon takes on SHARK WEEK and we crap all over ARENA... oh Netflix, you never cease to amaze us with all the crap you have to offer! So tune in and listen to this very special episode of the AITH Podcast... do it now!

AITH Podcast: The Eli Roth Show! Reviews of Aftershock, Hemlock Grove, plus Storage 24!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast takes on the films of horror meister Eli Roth as we give an early review to the disaster horror flick AFTERSHOCK (6:56)! We also take on CABIN FEVER, HOSTEL, HOSTEL: PART II, THANKSKILLING, and his most recent dip into television with HEMLOCK GROVE (25:00). After we're done spending some time with Eli Roth, we take on the Netflix Instant Queue alien-invasion movie of the week STORAGE 24 (33:36). Eric gives us a few pre-theatrical reviews of the vampire flick KISS OF THE DAMNED and the killer chick / revenge flick AMERICAN MARY (49:45). All this and so much more on this week's episode of the AITH Podcast!

AITH Podcast: The Serial Killer show! Reviews of Maniac (2013), Cold Prey 2, and more!

Blood Bullets & Broads: The AITH Podcast takes on the Serial Killer subgenre with Eric's take on the upcoming MANIAC remake (6:31). We also revisit FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009) (24:09), and review THE RIVER MURDERS, THE ALPHABET KILLER, THE COLLECTION, and BLOODY BIRTHDAY for shits and giggles. Then Eric gives us a sneak peak at COLD PREY II (37:32), which is the Norwegian version of HALLOWEEN 2 (awesome). And finally, Elijah Wood is on the other side of a murder spree with THE OXFORD MURDERS (40:59), as this week's Netflix Instant Queue Movie of the Week. All this and so much more on this week's episode of the AITH Podcast!

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The 99% Invisible City: Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design

From the creators of WebUrbanist and 99% Invisible comes a new beautifully designed and illustrated guide to cities. In their New York Times best-selling book, The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design, Kurt Kohlstedt and Roman Mars zoom in to tell fascinating stories behind everything from power grids …

Urbanist Exploration: Discover Over 5,000 Compelling Architecture, Art & Design Stories

For over a decade, WebUrbanist has featured a wide range of innovative and inspiring urban art and design projects from around the world. The website has attracted more than 500,000 subscribers and been visited over 100,000,000 times since it was launched in 2007. And while WU will remain online, we are not currently planning to …

Wondering About: Deserted Cities, Derelict Buildings & the Allure of Abandoned Places

Before it was abandoned in the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Pripyat was a thriving Ukrainian city with a population of nearly 50,000. The relatively sudden exodus of its inhabitants left behind a physical snapshot of the times, preserved by the absence of humans intervention for fear of fallout. Despite the dangers of returning, …

Clean Vandals: Invisible Paint & Reverse Graffiti Artists Work in Gray Areas

The word “graffiti” usually conjures images of people with spray cans illegally making murals or jotting down tags using colorful paints. A lot artistic interventions use other tools and materials, though, subverting expectations and working in (literal and legal) gray areas to create works without leaving a conventional trace. Consider, for instance, the massive deep …

Redressed to Impress: Uncovering Camouflaged Facades & Architectural Fake Overs

The world is full of architectural fake overs, from individual facades to entire buildings designed to look like something other than what they really are. Historically, some of these disguises have been less well-intentioned than others. During World War II, Nazis gave the Red Cross access to a concentration camp but they controlled the experience, …

Billy Henham was abeaten unconscious, stripped naked and thrown off balcony on NYEa, court hearsA

The victim, who was studying at Brighton’s abandoned building on New Year’s Eve, was beat unconscious and stripped naked by the killers. 24-year-old Billy Henham was the victim of a’sustained and substantial’ attack in the abandoned building on January 1, 2020.A The police found the body of his lifeless, battered corpse on their roof terrace […]

Steve Coogan kisses Princess Dianaas hand during 1983 hospital visit for BBC series The Reckoning

Controversial new BBC series The Reckoning has recreated the moment Jimmy Savile greeted the Prince and Princess of Wales at the 1983 opening of theA National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.A Steve Coogan is the role of the disgraced Dj in this drama. He looked stunning as he kissed Princess Diana in one touching […]

NASA is monitoring two British adventurers as they attempt to trek across the Antarctic

NASA monitors two British adventurers who trek 2,500 miles through Antarctica to determine if humans might one day be able to live on Mars. Former soldier Justin Packshaw, 57, and 37-year-old doctor and ex-Army medicA Jamie Facer Childs are trying to reach the continent’s most isolated spot, the so-called Pole of Inaccessibility, in 80 days. They […]

Charles and Harryas relationship is aat rock bottoma, say royal experts

PrinceA Harry’s decision to take a public swipe at Prince CharliesA about the donor at the heart of the ‘cash for access’ scandal now engulfing his father shows the relationship between father and son is now at ‘rock bottom’, royal experts told MailOnline today.A After he claimed he had “severed all ties” with Mahfouz Marei Mobarak bin […]

aLewis Hamilton canat deny heas a part of thisa : Relative of Grenfell fire victims blasts F1 star

Grenfell Tower’s victims’ families have criticised Lewis Hamilton for failing to call out Mercedes because of a sponsorship deal with the company. Family members of victims criticised the F1 driver’s decision to isolate himself from Kingspan’s partnership rather than speak out. He was accused of accepting ‘blood money,’ according to them. Last night Hamilton tried […]

Rescuers dig out body of boy, 13, from the piles of ash left by Indonesian volcano

The body of a thirteen-year-old boy was found by rescuers on Monday. In East Java Province, Mount Semeru, Lumajang District in Lumajang, erupted thick columns of ash up to 40,000 feet in the air in an abrupt eruption that occurred Saturday after heavy rain.A Many tons of volcanic debris covered villages and towns nearby, and […]

Kate Garraway lifts the lid on alonelinessa during husband Derekas adevastatinga long Covid battle

Kate Garraway revealed she feels ‘very lonely’ amid husband Derek Draper’s ongoing battle with long CovidA in a Sunday appearance of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories. 56-year-old Good Morning Britain host broke down while revealing that she missed her former partner and was unable to foresee the future. After falling seriously ill, the 54-year-old former political adviser […]

Last text anti-vaxxer bodybuilder, 42, sent to his twin sister shortly before Covid killed him

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Wiganas new police chief vows to take the fight to townas ahardcore baddiesa

Wigan’s newly appointed police chief has pledged to wage war on the townas ahardcore villainsa and threatened to seize their homes and cars. In September, Wigan’s District Commander was named as Chief Superintendent Emily Higham (50), of Greater Manchester Police.A Speaking today, Higham, who previously had the the nickname ‘Dirty Harriet’ inA a nod to the […]

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Billy Henham was abeaten unconscious, stripped naked and thrown off balcony on NYEa, court hearsA

The victim, who was studying at Brighton’s abandoned building on New Year’s Eve, was beat unconscious and stripped naked by the killers. 24-year-old Billy Henham was the victim of a’sustained and substantial’ attack in the abandoned building on January 1, 2020.A The police found the body of his lifeless, battered corpse on their roof terrace […]

Steve Coogan kisses Princess Dianaas hand during 1983 hospital visit for BBC series The Reckoning

Controversial new BBC series The Reckoning has recreated the moment Jimmy Savile greeted the Prince and Princess of Wales at the 1983 opening of theA National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.A Steve Coogan is the role of the disgraced Dj in this drama. He looked stunning as he kissed Princess Diana in one touching […]

NASA is monitoring two British adventurers as they attempt to trek across the Antarctic

NASA monitors two British adventurers who trek 2,500 miles through Antarctica to determine if humans might one day be able to live on Mars. Former soldier Justin Packshaw, 57, and 37-year-old doctor and ex-Army medicA Jamie Facer Childs are trying to reach the continent’s most isolated spot, the so-called Pole of Inaccessibility, in 80 days. They […]

Charles and Harryas relationship is aat rock bottoma, say royal experts

PrinceA Harry’s decision to take a public swipe at Prince CharliesA about the donor at the heart of the ‘cash for access’ scandal now engulfing his father shows the relationship between father and son is now at ‘rock bottom’, royal experts told MailOnline today.A After he claimed he had “severed all ties” with Mahfouz Marei Mobarak bin […]

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Rescuers dig out body of boy, 13, from the piles of ash left by Indonesian volcano

The body of a thirteen-year-old boy was found by rescuers on Monday. In East Java Province, Mount Semeru, Lumajang District in Lumajang, erupted thick columns of ash up to 40,000 feet in the air in an abrupt eruption that occurred Saturday after heavy rain.A Many tons of volcanic debris covered villages and towns nearby, and […]

Kate Garraway lifts the lid on alonelinessa during husband Derekas adevastatinga long Covid battle

Kate Garraway revealed she feels ‘very lonely’ amid husband Derek Draper’s ongoing battle with long CovidA in a Sunday appearance of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories. 56-year-old Good Morning Britain host broke down while revealing that she missed her former partner and was unable to foresee the future. After falling seriously ill, the 54-year-old former political adviser […]

Last text anti-vaxxer bodybuilder, 42, sent to his twin sister shortly before Covid killed him

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5 Offbeat Ways to Show Off Your Succulents

Do you tend to kill plants? Try your hand at succulents, and check out some of these interesting ways to show them off.

Invite Pollinators into Your Garden with a Bee Habitat

Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is a serious threat to our food future. Bees pollinate around 1/3 of the food that we see on store shelves. If we are going to continue to feed ourselves, we need to protect bees and other pollinators. This bee habitat is a great way for you to help native bees in your area!

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Watch Appleas aUnleasheda event live right here

Apple is set to announce new hardware today. The company is holding a (virtual) keynote at10 AM PT (1 PM in New York, 6 PM in London, 7 PM in Paris). And youall be able to watch the event right here as the company is streaming it live.

Rumor has itthat the company is set to announce some new Macs. Over the past year, Apple has updated its entry-level computers with new custom-designed M1 chips. And now, the company could bring its own chips to higher-end computers, such as a 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, a new Mac Mini and a 27-inch iMac.

Apple could use this opportunity to redesign its laptops from the ground up with new display technologies, a new array of ports and a new form factor in general. But thatas not all. Apple has also been working on an updated version of its entry-level AirPods.

You can watch the livestream directly on this page, as Apple is streaming its conference on YouTube.

If you have an Apple TV, you can open the TV app and look for the aApple Special Eventa section. It lets you stream todayas event and rewatch old ones.

And if you donat have an Apple TV and donat want to use YouTube, the company also lets you livestream the event from theApple Events sectionon its website. This video feed now works in all major browsers a Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome.

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China Could Be Exploiting Internet Security Process to Steal Data, Cyber Experts Warn

To access the data of unsuspecting users, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) could take advantage of a universal authentication process that is believed to be secure but may not actually be, cybersecurity experts warned, although encryption is still the preferred method of protecting digital data and Protection of computers - in some cases, the same digital certificates used for internet authentication allow the Chinese regime to infiltrate and wreak havoc on various computer networks, they said.

Digital certificates that verify the identity of a digital entity on the Internet. A digital certificate can be compared to a passport or driver's license, according to Andrew Jenkinson, CEO of cybersecurity company Cybersec Innovation Partners (CIP) and author of the book Stuxnet to Sunburst: 20 Years of Digital Exploitation and Cyber aaWarfare.

"Without it, the person or device you are using may not meet industry standards, and the encryption of critical data could be bypassed so that what should be encrypted remains in plain text," Jenkinson told The Epoch Times Used to Encrypt internal and external communications that prevent a hacker, for example, from intercepting and stealing data. But "fake certificates" or invalid certificates can tamper with any data.

Sense of security, "said Jenkinson. Cybersecurity firm Global Cyber aaRisk LLC said digital certificates are generally issued by trusted CAs and then the same level of trust is passed on to intermediaries However, there are opportunities for a communist entity, malicious actor, or other untrustworthy entity to issue certificates to other "hideous people" who appear trustworthy but are not, he said.

"If you issue a certificate from a trusted authority, you will trust it," said Duren. "But what the issuer could actually do is pass that trust on to someone who shouldn't be trusted. Duren said he would never trust." a Chinese certification authority for this reason, stating that it is aware of a number of companies that have banned Chinese certificates because they were issued to untrustworthy agencies.

Jenkinson said that Chinese certification bodies make up a small portion of the overall industry and the certificates they issue are generally limited to Chinese companies and products.

Prince, a member of the hacking group Red Hacker Alliance who declined to give his real name, uses his computer at their office in Dongguan, Guangdong Province,China, on Aug. 4, 2020. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images).

In 2015, certificates from China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the state agency overseeing domain name registration in China, were challenged. Mozilla revoked CNNIC certificates because it knew of unauthorized digital certificates associated with multiple domains. Both Internet companies opposed CNNIC delegating its authority to issue certificates to an Egyptian company that issued the unauthorized certificates. According to Jenkinson, CNNIC certificates were banned because they had "back doors".

A back door means that [the Chinese certification body] could literally take administrative access and send data back to the mothership, ahe said. Since 2016, Mozilla, Google, Apple and Microsoft have also blocked the Chinese certification authorities WoSign and their subsidiary StartCom due to unacceptable security practices.Vulnerability Despite these bans on Chinese digital certificates in recent years, the CCP has not been deterred and has long-term gambling, Jenkinson said, referring to an alarming discovery by his cybersecurity firm two years ago that it was a multinational consulting firm.

Digital certificates are typically valid for a few years depending on the certification authority, and a renewal is required to keep them valid and keep the data they are supposed to protect secure, he said. "But in 2019, CIP Chinese discovered certificates that had been valid for 999 years," Jenkinson said. His company made this discovery by researching the laptops of a leading global consulting firm.

Jenkinson made the company aware of the vulnerability and offered, "They are either incredibly accommodating or complicit," he said, noting that the company's customers include government agencies.This multi-billion dollar company's failure to fix this problem means hundreds of thousands of people could be exposed to Chinese infiltration through the company's lax safeguards, Jenkinson said. The company engages its customers every time someone uses one of its laptops, he said.

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A Sinister Six Movie Should Copy Spider-Man: No Way Home & Bring In Miles

Sonyas upcomingSinister Six movie should take some inspiration from Spider-Man: No Way Home and introduce a new version of Miles Morales. Sony has had plans for a Sinister Six film since The Amazing Spider-Man film franchise was in progress. The second film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, ended with a clear setup for the villain team, with the Green Goblin (Harry Osborn) and The Gentleman (Gustav Fiers) equipping allies (and possibly members) of Oscorp with advanced weapons and devices. The plans, unfortunately, never came to fruition, but Sonyas new villain-focused Spider-Man universe, which began with 2018as Venom, has led to new plans for the iconic team.

Miles Morales - whose comic debut was in 2011as alternate universe Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man -is his realityas second web-slinger, taking Peter Parkeras place after his apparent death in a final confrontation with theGreen Goblin. Miles and his stories were well-received, quickly growing in popularity among readers, and he made his cinematic debut in 2018as animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. As the star of numerous comics, an animated film, and a recent video game, it wonat be long before Miles has his long-awaited live-action debut.


With Sinister Six reportedly being the endgame of Sonyas Spider-Man films, itas reasonable to assume that the movie will be a crowd-pleasing epic with more than one payoff. Sony will reportedly work alongside Marvel Studios to tie their film in with the MCU, meaning that Tom Hollandas classic Peter Parker Spider-Man may face off against the six villains. Although Spider-Man was often on his own against the six in the comics, the film can easily justify introducing a second Spider-Man to even the odds and give viewersa live-action Miles Morales simultaneously.

Not only is Sony and Marvel Studious working together on the Sinister Six film, but the multiverse will be unleashed in the upcoming No Way Home. While the Miles Morales who appears in the Sony film could be their iteration, he might alternatively be from the MCU, creating a new kind of character dynamic for Tom Hollandas Spider-Man, whoas typically mentored by characters like Iron Man or Doctor Strange.

The Sinister Sixas villain roster can be comprised of characters from multiple realities as well. In addition to introducing the first live-action iteration of Miles Morales, the film can bring back actors like Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, and Willem Dafoe for yet another performance. With No Way Home bringing the iconic villains back, Sony could take advantage of their fan-favorite status, adding to the already crowd-pleasing introduction of Miles.

Spider-Man: No Way Home will be the first live-action Spider-Man movie to use the multiverse for crossovers. In addition to bringing back characters from bygone film eras, theyave also allowed for interaction with Sonyas Spider-Man universe. If Sony intends to make the Sinister Six film their franchiseas endgame, theyad make it an even more effective grand finale by bringing in Miles Morales.


How Supergirl Revamped Superman IV's Story And Made It Work

Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Supergirl season 6, episode 15, "Hope For Tomorrow."

The Supergirl season 6 episode "Hope For Tomorrow" enhanced the story of the Superman movie Superman 4: The Quest For Peace in every respect. The final movie to star Christopher Reeve as Kal-El of Krypton, Superman 4 is widely considered to be the worst of the classic Superman films. Given that, it would be all but impossible for Supergirl to revamp The Quest For Peace and not improve it, but the episode "Hope For Tomorrow" successfully addressed nearly every common complaint about the movie.

The central storyline of the second half of Supergirl season 6 found Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) competing with the exiled 5th Dimensional Princess Nyxly (Peta Sergeant) for control of seven magical totems, tied to the seven cosmic forces of Hope, Love, Courage, Humanity, Dreams, Destiny and Truth. Each totem required its wielder to pass a test proving their mastery of each force. The Test of Hope in theSupergirl season 6 episode "Hope For Tomorrow" proved particularly difficult, as it required the victor to "inspire a hope that burns longer and brighter than the sun." While this might ordinarily have been an easy task for Supergirl, this test came at a time when nuclear war seemed imminent between the nations of Kaznia and Corto Maltese and hope was in short supply.


The story of Superman 4: The Quest For Peace, was likewise based around the fear of nuclear war and Superman acting to end the threat after receiving a letter from a concerned boy. Sadly, the moviedid so poorly it sunk any chance of a Superman 5. While the story of Superman 4made a noble effort to tackle a serious issue, the film suffered from budget cuts and editing issues that eliminated most of the film's more thoughtful moments in favor of recycled flight scenes and nonsensical padding. The Supergirl season 6 episode "Hope For Tomorrow" takes most of the story elements from Superman IVand builds upon the base concepts to create something far better.

Roughly halfway through the Supergirl season 6 episode "Hope For Tomorrow," Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) asked the same question as the worried boy in Superman 4: The Quest For Peace;why can't Supergirl just take away all the nuclear weapons and throw them into the sun? Kara gave the same basic answer as Superman in the movie, saying that she was "forbidden from interfering in human history." However, Kara further explained to her friend Lena Luthor that human nations needed to be free to determine their own destinies without some all-powerful alien imposing their beliefs on them. Kara also pointed out that even if she could get rid of all the nuclear weapons in the world, it wouldn't solve the conflicts that lead to war. (Ironically, Kara did wind up having to throw several nuclear missiles into the sun before the episode's end.)

This point was driven home by another scene, in which the United States diplomat overseeing the peace talks between Kaznia and Corto Maltese asked J'onn J'onzz (David Harewood) to use his telepathic powers to make the leaders of the two delegations sign a peace treaty. The Martian Manhunter refused, saying that while he was glad to use his powers to pacify the two leaders after Nxyly used the Totem of Courage to make them afraid of looking weak during the negotiations, he refused to directly control their actions. Both of the Supergirl scenes did a far better job of showing why heroes have a responsibility not to use their powers than every speech Superman made regarding that point in Superman 4: The Quest For Peace.

The Supergirl season 6 episode "Hope For Tomorrow" featured a subplot that centered around Esme, a foster child adopted by Alex Danvers/Sentinel (Chyler Leigh) and Kelly Olsen/Guardian (Azie Tesfai), and the Super Friends' efforts to help the young girl get acclimated to her new home. A victim of an abusive situation in her previous foster home, Esme was shy and fearful of being sent back to the group home she had been in. Restoring Esme's hope in the future went beyond being a test of Supergirl's ability to inspire hope and became a test for the whole team, as well as a central part of the theme of "Hope For Tomorrow." By contrast, despite being the inspiration of Superman's effort to bring an end to nuclear war in Superman 4: The Quest For Peace, the boy who wrote to Superman disappeared from the movie after Superman took him to the United Nations to hear him speak.


Originally set up as aromantic interest for Kara Danvers in Supergirlseason 5, reporter William Dey (Staz Nair) has been one of the more divisive characters created for the Arrowverse, with many fans finding the character annoying and wondering what purpose he served after he and Kara agreed to be just friends in Supergirl season 6. Comparisons could be drawn between William Dey and Lacy Warfield (Mariel Hemingway) whose only purpose in Superman 4: The Quest For Peacewas acting as a hostage and pushing an unconvincing love triangle between herself, Lois Lane and Clark Kent. However, the Supergirl season 6 episode "Hope For Tomorrow" redeemed William, who was far from a passive figure after being taken captive by Nyxly. Indeed, it was William's quick thinking that enabled the Super Friends to take the Totem of Courage away from Nyxly.

While Superman 4: The Quest For Peace saw legendary actor Gene Hackman return as Lex Luthor, his role in the film was far from extensive. Apart from creating the monstrous Nuclear Man, Luthor had surprisingly little to do with the action of the film and most of his scenes were comedic non-sequiturs. By contrast, the Arrowerse Lex Luthor does not appear on camera in the Supergirl season 6 episode "Hope For Tomorrow," but nevertheless had a major impact on the episode's final scene.

As "Hope For Tomorrow" came to a close, Supergirlelected to throw the Totem of Hope into the sun, knowing that Nxyly needed all seven totems as part of her scheme to defeat Supergirl and the Super Friends. Shortly after Nxyly learned what Supergirl had done, a box fell through a portal in front of her. The box contained a watch and a note from a secret admirer telling hernot to "lose hope." When Nyxly put on the watch, it formed one of Lex Luthor's trademark armored Lexo-Skeletons around her, revealing the identity of her mysterious new ally in a clever fashion. It was certainly more subtle than most of Gene Hackman's scenes trolling Superman in Superman 4: The Quest For Peace. This, coupled with the other connections throughout the episode, highlight howSupergirl was able to successfully revitalize the failed film's story arc.


The Flash Trailer Confirms Batman Will Have A Bigger Role Than We Thought

The latest The Flash trailer suggests that Michael Keaton's Batman has a bigger role in the film than many initially assumed. Ezra Miller makes his DCEU return as the Scarlet Speedster after starring in Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Directed by Andy Muschietti, The Flash's first trailer was released at DC FanDome 2021, offering a sneak peek at what to expect from the standalone flick.

It's no secret that The Flash was in production limbo for quite some time with a few director changes. But, the movie finally kicked into productionin 2021 and is currently filming. Specific plot details are still scant at the moment, although a few pertinent details have been confirmed. That includes the return of Kiersey Clemons as Iris West and the introduction of Sasha Calle as Supergirl/Kara Zor-El. Barry Allen is also joined by two Batman variations: the first one being Ben Affleck's and the other one being Michael Keaton's. Obviously there's a lot of excitement surrounding their involvement, but there's heightened anticipation about Keaton's Batman iteration simply because this is the first time he will reprise the superhero role in two decades.


Considering the fact that it's the Flash's solo outing, it was initially unclear how involved Keatonwould be in the film. Set photos revealed him back as the Bruce Wayne persona, and the actor's personal interviews confirmed that he's indeed wearing the cape and the cowl again. Still, with very little known about the movie's plot, there were questions about the extent of his appearance. Some argued that it wouldn't be anything more than an extended cameo, with the primary focus on Barry Allen instead. This makes sense since he is the movie's headlining character. However, The Flash's trailer suggests that Batman's role in the film is going to be more prominent than initially perceived; much of the trailer focuses on him, including both versions of the Flash visiting Tim Burton's Wayne Manor and then, his Batcave. It even ends with the tease of the 1989 Batmobile reveal.

Interestingly, despite all the references to Keaton's Caped Crusader, the hero doesn't properly appear in The Flash trailer. Instead, there's only a shot of his iconic cowl looking outside the Batcave. But, the fact that he provides the narration for the majority of the trailer further indicates the extent of his appearance. At one point, it seems like the two Barry Allens and Supergirl recruit him for a mission, and it's safe to say that he at least considers joining his fellow DC heroes in the movie. It's worth noting that The Flash appears to be an adaptation of the Flashpoint storyline from the comics. Barry's time-traveling likely fractured space-time which has had ripple effects in other universes, including that of Supergirl and Keaton's Batman. The voice-over dialog is Bruce Wayne making sense of everything that's happening.

The question now is, how does Affleck's Batman fit into all of this? Based on what's known about The Flash production, the actor didn't start to film his scenes until the middle of principal photography. Some theories suggest that Affleck's Batman dies in the movie, and that it could serve as motivation for Barry's time travel. Furthermore, many are also curious ifAffleck's version of the herowill cross paths with Keaton's Caped Crusader. Fans will likely have to wait for the movie's debut to find out.


How Bulletproof Is Pattinson's Batsuit In The Batman?

Robert Pattinsonas Batman takes multiple bullets to the chest in the latest trailer for The Batman, indicating how bulletproof his version of the Batsuit is. Although he lacks superpowers, Batman fights crime in Gotham City with superlative fighting skills, a genius-level intellect, and state-of-the-art gadgetry. A common piece of equipment for live-action Batman adaptations is a Batsuit made of bulletproof material. Not all the Dark Knight'scostumes have the same level of protection, so how does Pattinsonas suit compare to the others and the comic source material?

In his first comic book appearances, Batman wore no armor, using a simple, lightweight, and flexible costume with an intimidating appearance instead. One of the earliest uses of an armored Batsuit comes from the first standaloneBatmanbookin 1940, in whichthe Caped Crusadersurvives a gunshot wound from The Joker thanks to a layer of armor underneath the main suit. Modern comic iterations of Batman wear fully armored Batsuits, offering significant protection against gunshots; partially inspired by the various film adaptations and their many shout-outs.


In the latest trailer for The Batman, Robert Pattinsonas Batsuit is put to the test multiple times. While fighting a gang of criminals in clown makeup, Batman is shot point-blank with a handgun, but he shrugs this off rather quickly and continues fighting. Later in the trailer, Batman walks towards a group of assault rifle-toting assailants, who pepper him with gunfire. Batman walks through the hail of bullets mostly unimpeded before counterattacking. This indicates that Pattinsonas Batman uses an extremely durablematerial that can withstand more gunfire than most versions of the Dark Knight.

While Adam Westas Batman wore no armor, Michael Keatonas iteration in the Tim Burton films had a highly durable suit that could take direct gunshots. However, as shown multiple times inBatmanandBatman Returns, while the suit kept gunfire from proving immediately lethal, the force often knocked Batman off his feet and left him winded on some occasions.Pattinsonas gear provides more protection, allowing him to remain in fighting condition even when shot numerous times.

Christian Baleas first Batsuit in Batman Begins also offered protection from gunshots, though Lucious Fox explicitly advised against taking direct hits. While protective, the suit proved to be too restrictive, so Baleas Bruce wore a modified` suit in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Baleas second Batman suit offered far more flexibility, though it was even more vulnerable to gunfire, which Bruce learned firsthand when facing off against Two-Face.

The only live-action Batman iteration whose suit provided similar levels of protection to Pattinsonas is the DCEU Batman. As shown in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,Ben Affleck'sBatman wears a light and flexible suit that allows him to take gunshots to the head at point-blank range with little impediment. The suit has some vulnerable points, as evidenced by an assailantas knife puncturing the suit near the shoulder, but this may have been a lightly-armored area for the sake of articulation. Ben Affleckas Batman armor, like Pattinsonas Batsuit in The Batman, is fully bulletproof, protecting Batman from gun-toting enemies.


What Katey Sagal Has Done Since Sons of Anarchy Ended

Katey Sagal played one of the most important characters in Sons of Anarchy, but what has she done since the show came to an end? In 2008, Kurt Sutter took the audience to a small town in California to meet a motorcycle club and all the drama in their daily lives in the TV series Sons of Anarchy. The series premiered on FX in 2008 and lived on for a total of seven seasons, coming to an end in 2014. Sons of Anarchy got positive reviews throughout its whole run, with most praise going towards the themes it addressed (such as corruption and racism) and the performances of the main cast.

Sons of Anarchy tells the story of Jackson aJaxa Teller (Charlie Hunnam), VP of the motorcycle club Sons of Anarchy in the fictional town of Charming, California. The series kicks off when Jax finds a manifesto written by his late father, John aJTa Teller, one of the founding members of the MC. In it, JT shared his plans and vision for the club, which were very different from those of the current President and Jaxas stepfather, Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman). Reading his fatheras ideas and seeing how different the club was, among other events, send Jax on a personal journey that leads him to question his path, role in the club, relationships, family, and more. Sons of Anarchy also introduced the audience to Gemma Teller-Morrow (Katey Sagal), Jaxas mother and the matriarch of the club, who even though wasnat a member of it, had a lot of influence in it and the town in general, but she was also a very dangerous woman.


Katey Sagalas role as Gemma in Sons of Anarchy was one of the most praised elements of the series, and she was one of the few characters from the first seasonwho made it to the final one, though not to the series finale, as she was killed by Jax in the second last episode. Gemma Teller has become one of Sagalas most memorable roles, but it definitely isnat her most famous one, as she has played a variety of characters before and after Sons of Anarchy. Prior to living in Charming, Sagal did a lot of voice work in film, such as in Recess: Schoolas Out (playing Mrs. Flo Spinelli) and the Futurama movies, voicing Turanga Leela. In TV, she became known for playing Peggy Bundy in the sitcom Marrieda| with Children from 1987 to 1997, and other notable roles include Edna Hyde in That 70as Show and Cate S. Hennessy in 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.

While working on Sons of Anarchy, Sagal continued doing voice work, most notably in Futurama, and once the show came to an end, she explored other genres in TV. Sagal played Annora of the Alders in The Bastard Executioner, Pennyas mother in one episode of The Big Bang Theory, and Lanie Schultz in This Is Us. Sagal reprised her role as Gemma in one episode of Mayans M.C, the spinoff series of Sons of Anarchy, and after that, she went on to play Dr. Ingrid Jones in Shameless, Louise Goldufski in The Conners, Teresa Williams in Grand Hotel, and Eleanor Hale in Dead to Me. Her most recent work is in the legal comedy-drama Rebel, inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich, and in which she plays the lead role of Annie aRebela Bello. On the big screen, she played Lee Ann in Thereas Always Woodstock, Katherine Junk in Pitch Perfect 2, and Louise Pazienza in Bleed for This.

In addition to an incredible acting career that has covered almost every genre, Katey Sagal has a musical career and released her first solo album in 1994, and she also contributed with at least one song per season in Sons of Anarchy. Katey Sagal is a woman of many talents, and while many will always remember her as Gemma Teller-Morrow, itas definitely worth checking out her other works in both film and TV.


PokA(c)mon Unite: Best Pikachu Build (Tips, Items, & Moves)

Using a combination of moves and items, players can maximize Pikachu's build inPokA(c)mon Unite. Players will need to fight both wild PokA(c)mon and those on the opposing teamto score pointsand win. As an Attacker PokA(c)mon, a well-built Pikachucan workgreat for an offensive, ranged strategy.

With 5-on-5 matches between trainers, and wild PokA(c)monin each stage, a well-rounded, carefully built team will be vital for success. Players just getting started inPokA(c)mon Unite may need to test different skills in order to find the best build.Having a strong offensive PokA(c)mon will help players knock out their opponents and collect their Aeos energy to score points. As Pikachu gains experience, more moves will become available, and it can becomea powerful fighter.


Each PokA(c)mon in the game, such as Pikachu or Gengar, has an ideal build. Pikachu is a Ranged Attacker class inPokA(c)mon Unite, so it can deal high damage but has low endurance. Focusing on moves and items that maximize damage and utilize Pikachu's stun abilities will create the best build for this character. Players can also equip items that compliment or increase Pikachu's strengths and damage output.

There are two ways for players to obtain Pikachu in PokA(c)mon Unite: they can either choose it as their first PokA(c)mon upon completing the tutorial or purchase it from the Unite Battle Committee. Pikachu costs 6000 Aeoscoins or 345 Aeos gems. Once obtained and leveled up, players can focus on using the right moves and items tocapitalize onPikachu's offensive potential. PokA(c)mon can have two moves active and three items equipped at a time. The best options for Pikachu appear below.

Pikachu's Best Moveset

  • Thunderbolt: Charge and shoot a bolt of lightning that stuns and damages opponents in the area. Upgrade Thunderbolt to increase the damage dealt.
  • Electro Ball: Throw an electric orb that damages and stuns enemies in the area of effect. Missing HP will increase damage to opponents. Electro Ball can be upgraded to increase damage.

Best Held Items for Pikachu

  • Wise Glasses: Increase Special Attack
  • Choice Specs: Increase the damage of moves
  • Buddy Barrier: When using the Unite move, Pikachu and the nearbyally with the lowest HP will gain a shield
  • Alternative -Float Stone: Increase movement speed when Pikachu isn't in combat

Best Battle Items for Pikachu

  • X-Attack: Boost the damage of attacks and special attacks
  • Alternative -Potion: Restore a PokA(c)mon's health.

Using a strong combination of moves and items will help playersgather Aeos energy and score points. While using Pikachu, players should focus on dealing as much damage as possible while being aware of their health loss. Since Pikachu is also a Ranged PokA(c)mon, it's recommended that players keep their distance when possible to avoid being knocked out. Pikachu can stay near a Defender PokA(c)mon for extra protection and stun enemies that come within range.


Dark Souls 3 & Bloodborne DLCs' Final Bosses Fight Each Other In New Mod

A new mod for Dark Souls 3 pits the final boss of the game's lastDLC against the final DLC boss fromfellow FromSoftware title Bloodborne. FromSoftware has developed a reputation for challenging bosses over the past decade and seems to be continuing that trend with the upcoming Elden Ring, which fans have been awaiting eagerly for some time now following its initial reveal at E3 2019. A more in-depth trailer released at Summer Games Fest earlier this year revealed many of the hallmarks fans have come to expect from the upcoming title.

Another unique aspect FromSoftware titles have cultivated over the years is a dedicated modding community that still puts out content for installments as far back as the original Dark Souls. As with other communities, the mods cover a wide range of changes and additions, including one that brings sports into Dark Souls 3.Thanks to the work of the modding community, one fan was recently able to answer a unique question: who is the ultimate final DLC boss?


YouTuber Garden of Eyesstarted their channel at the end of2020 with the focus of pittingBloodborne bosses against one another. Since then, however, that goal has expanded to encompass more FromSoftware titles, andtheir latest fight featuresDark Souls 3'sSlave Knight Gael from "The Ringed City" DLCagainst Bloodborne's Orphan of Kos from "The Old Hunters." The video consists of three bouts between the two bosses, featuring an updated version ofOrphan of Kos from amod named "Call of the Abyss." Each fight takes place in a different boss arena from Dark Souls 3. Despite a victory in round one, the Orphan of Kos ends up losing to Slave Knight Gael in the following two rounds, culminating in a neck and neck competition in the finals.

Watch Slave Knight Gael and the Orphan of Kos do battle on YouTube here.

Boss vs boss battles are not the only FromSoftwarecontentGarden of Eyes posts. Sometimes the fights featureNPCs ornotoriously difficult mini bosses taking on the actual bosses as well asone another. The channel alsofeatures some unique FromSoftware mods such as a Bloodborne first-person camera mod. It goes to show how much creativity can be found in the gaming industry, even in the player base of such a brutally difficult franchise as Dark Souls.

There is an undeniable appeal in watching Dark Souls and Bloodbornebosses savagely beating each other instead of a helpless player. It comes from ashared struggle everyplayer of From Software's games has had at some point, particularly when going through these titles for the first time. It also helps that the bosses themselves are imposing figures, and make for thrilling adversaries when turned against each other. Elden Ring will likely add morenotable bossesthat will not only make seasoned players feel right at home, but bring a new generation of players into the fold that have not yet taken on the FromSoftware experience. Until then, however, players can continue to fight against what came before and, if ever things become too difficult, watch the likes of Gael and the Orphan smack each other around for a change.


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The Supergirl "Stunt" That Made Mon-El Actor Dislocate His Jaw

Mon-El actor Chris Wood recalls the silly "stunt" that resulted in him breaking his jaw while filmingSupergirl. The Arrowverse series has enjoyed a long run, but it will be coming to an end very soon.Supergirl, which stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers, started out on CBS before moving to The CW for season 2. During the show's 6-season run, Supergirl has faced countless enemies and teamed up with fellow Arrowverse heroes like The Flash (Grant Gustin) and Batwoman (Ruby Rose). The sixth and final season is currently airing and will conclude in November.

Supergirl has featured a wide and eclectic group of characters over the years, but some are more memorable than others. One of the most controversial is perhaps Mon-El, a Daxamite prince who joined the series in its second season. Mon-El initially hid his royal heritage from Kara, but after they formed a romantic relationship, he came clean. Wood remained a series regular onSupergirlfor 2 seasons before departing, though he's come back several times as a guest star. He'll even be among those returning for the series finale, along with Jeremy Jordan (Winn Schott) and Mehcad Brooks (Jimmy Olsen).


During this weekend's DC FanDome event,Supergirl received a special farewell panel featuring the entire cast.When looking back on some of the wildest stunts from the show, Wood mentioned a scene from season 2 when he had to bite into 10 pancakes at once. His castmates were quick to laugh, but Wood pointed out that it wasn't all that funny because "my jaw sort of dislocated a little bit." TheSupergirl cast also teased him for deeming it a stunt, but he defended the qualification. "It was a big stack of pancakes and I was like, 'Oh, this is gonna be so funny,' and then my jaw went like," Wood said before demonstrating the painful moment.

Injuries on the set of a superhero production aren't uncommon, and the Arrowverse itself is no stranger to these kinds of incidents. Before departingBatwoman, Rose had to get emergency surgery after sustaining a neck injury on set. When considering that example, Wood'sSupergirl experience isn't as drastic. However, a dislocated jaw is far from fun, and to have it happen during an innocuous kitchen scene probably came as quite a shock.

WhileSupergirl's end is bittersweet for the fans and those who worked on the show, there are some reasons as to why this is the perfect time to conclude it. Kara has been on quite the journey over these past 6 seasons, and hopefully she'll go out on a high note. For her part, Benoist admitted during the DC FanDome panel that she will miss playing a superhero, though she'd said before that she will not be sorry to leaveSupergirl's flying scenes behind. This cast has endured plenty of bumps and bruises, but now they can rest andcontent themselves with a job well done.


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Star Wars: How The Knights of Ren Are Different From The Sith

The Sith are the primary antagonists of the Star Wars saga, but theyare largely absent from the sequel trilogy, having been seemingly replaced by a different dark side religion: The Knights of Ren. All conflicts in the Skywalker Saga lead back to the Sith sooner or later, specifically their deadliest and most brilliant Dark Lord, Darth Sidious, aka Palpatine. The Sith seemingly died with Palpatine in Return of the Jedi, but The Emperor survived, and, thus, the Sith Order did, too. With Sith influence remaining behind the scenes yet again, the Knights of Ren became the new face of the galaxyas dark side menaces, with their leader, Kylo Ren, being second in command of the Galactic Empireas successor state, the First Order.

Although the Jedi are the galaxyas most effective and famous Force users and the Sith the most powerful dark side users, the two are hardly the only Force religions in the franchise. The Sith created a splinter group, the Inquisitors, as a means to use corrupted Jedi as Imperial agents. Star Wars: The Clone Wars included a significantly reimagined version of the Legends-era Nightsisters, who use the dark side in the form of spells. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story introduced the Guardians of the Whills, a Force-using religion separate from the Jedi who guarded the Kyber crystals on Jedha. Considering how many Force-using religions exist in the Star Wars franchise, the sequels' introduction of a dark side group other than the Sith was fitting.


The Sith orchestrated the Separatist Crisis and the Clone Wars in the Star Wars prequels, paving the way for Palpatine to replace the Republic with the Galactic Empire with Darth Vader at his side. With the Sith seemingly gone at the end of the original trilogy, the sequels introduced Kylo Ren, the son of Leia Organa and Han Solo, as the successor to Vader and the leader of the Knights of Ren. The Knights had only a brief appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a small role in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but their origins and philosophies were expanded on in the four-issue comic miniseries Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren.

Thousands of years before the events ofStar Wars' Skywalker Saga, a group of fallen Jedi formed the Sith Order on Moraband. Although they began as a Jedi splinter group, the Sith Order has a fundamentally different outlook on the Force and the galaxy than the Jedi. Using the corrupted power of the dark side rather than the Force, the Sith believed in dominating the galaxy from the shadows and imposing their absolute rule over all other beings. The Sith also developed the Rule of Two as a means to keep the order alive and reduce in-fighting. The Rule of Two, created by Darth Bane, kept the Sith two only a master and apprentice, each trying to replace the other.

The exact origins of the Knights of Ren are unknown, but at some point a gang of dark side-using marauders established themselves in the galaxyas Unknown Regions, terrorizing the people of the galaxy. Unlike the Sith, the Knights of Ren had a far more passive philosophy and use of the dark side. While the Sith sought to control the dark side and use it to control the galaxy, the Knights of Ren followed the dark side, following its pull wherever it took them and stealing, pillaging, and murdering wherever their travels brought them. Unlike the Sith, the Knights of Ren didnat limit their members, but given their dark side use, only the strongest and most ruthless could join their ranks.

While the Sith and the Knights of Ren have fundamentally different philosophies, the two do share some commonalities. Aside from using the dark side of the Force, both organizations also used similar weapons, in some cases. The signature weapon of the Sith is the red-bladed lightsabers, which they created by corrupting Kyber crystals with the dark side and making them ableed.a While the Knights of Ren use various scavenged weapons, their leader also uses a red-bladed lightsaber, though theirs tend to be different from Sith weapons. Ren, the earliest known leader, built a self-destruct mechanism into his weapon, and Kylo Ren modified his weapon with a cross-guard to vent the unstable bladeas excess energy.


Two of the Star Wars sequel trilogyas main villains, Snoke and Kylo Ren, are not Sith. Kylo Ren, despite worshipping his Sith Lord grandfather, never became a Sith himself. After leaving Lukeas revived Jedi Order, Ben Solo joined the Knights of Ren, eventually killing their leader and taking his place as their new master, Kylo Ren. As a Knight of Ren, Kylo wore body armor and a fearsome mask, which served multiple functions. In addition to protecting his head and indicating his knighthood, the mask also allowed Kylo to feel more like his grandfather and idol, Darth Vader.

Snoke wasnat officially part of any dark side religion, Sith, Knights of Ren, or otherwise. Snoke was an unaffiliated dark side user and the Supreme Leader of the First Order, though he did mentor Kylo Ren, serving as his dark side master, which gave him a degree of authority over the Knights of Ren. Snoke was, ultimately created as a proxy for Darth Sidious, so despite his free will and incredible strength in the dark side, Snoke was yet another tool of the Sith Order, and his betrayal by Kylo Ren followed the Sith Rule of Two perfectly.

Despite never having joined the Sith, Kylo Ren became an ally of the order in The Rise of Skywalker. Working with Palpatine, Kylo combined the First Order with the Sith Eternal, forming the Final Order. The Knights of Ren followed Kylo Ren into this alliance as well, continuing to serve Palpatine after Kylo became Ben Solo once more. This was a fitting move for the Knights of Ren since they follow the dark side, rather than rule over it. With Palpatine, the galaxyas most powerful dark side user, growing in strength, it makes sense that the Knights would follow his incredible dark side power and serve him. The key difference between the Sith and the Knights of Ren in Star Warsis revealed in their names. The Sith Lords rule over the dark side of the Force in the Star Wars saga while the Knights of Ren serve the dark side.


Sylvester Stallone & Dolph Lundgren Reunite in Expendables 4 Set Photo

Dolph Lundgren shared a photo of his reunion with Sylvester Stallone from the set ofThe Expendables 4. The new film in the ensemble action franchise comesalmost a decade afterThe Expendables 3, which was released in 2014. The film is being directed by former stunt coordinator Scott Waugh with an eye toward a 2022 release.Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, and Randy Couture are all reprising their franchise roles along withExpendables newbiesAndy Garcia, 50 Cent, Tony Jaa, and Megan Fox.

In theExpendablesfranchise, Dolph Lundgren plays Gunner Jensen, a chemical engineer with a wild streak, a reference to the fact that the Swedish actor has a degree in chemical engineering in real life. Jensen is known for his crass jokes, and is an original member of the Expendables team, having appeared in all three previous films. He has worked under Stallone's character Barney Ross for years, though he can't always avoid butting heads with him.


Although Stallone has wrapped shootingonThe Expendables 4, Dolph Lundgren shared a throwback photo from the set on his Instagram. It's a black and white shot of him and Stallone relaxing between scenes. In his caption, Dolph expresses his gratitude that the film was being shot in London at the same time asAquaman and the Lost Kingdom, in which he will be reprising his role as King Nereus. It looks like he will be keeping Nereus' long hair in theExpendablesfilm as well, unless they put him in a wig before rolling the camera.Check out the post below:

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The Expendablesis the second action franchise to unite Stallone and Lundgren. Lundgren originally rose to prominence in the Stallone vehicleRocky IV, in which he played Soviet boxer Ivan Drago. Lundgren's casting in the original Expendables was certainly due to this connection, given that the series' intent was to gather as many classic action stars as possible into one explosive film. Given the fact that Stallone himself directed and co-wrote the film, Lundgren was an obvious choice for the character.

With bothThe Expendables 4andAquaman 2 gearing up for release next year, it's goingto be a big 2022 for Dolph Lundgren. To add to his busy promotional schedule, he will also be appearing in the World War II thrillerOperation Seawolf and the animated sequelMinions: The Rise of Gru. His renaissance on the silver screen is well-earned, considering that the actor has devoted himself to entertaining audiences, appearing in nearly 100 titles across his career.


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Did Squidward Have A Wife? SpongeBob SquarePants Theory Explained & Debunked

Even though SpongeBob SquarePants is aimed at children, it hasnat been safe from all types of theories, of which many donat make much sense, such as one that says the reason why Squidward is always sad is that he misses his wife. Nickelodeon has been home to a variety of cartoons that have become very popular with viewers, but the most successful Nicktoon to date is SpongeBob SquarePants, created by Stephen Hillenburg. The show made its debut in 1999 and has since become one of the longest-running animated series, allowing it to branch out to other media as well.

SpongeBob SquarePants takes viewers to the bottom of the ocean to visit the underwater city of Bikini Bottom, where the title character and his friends (and a couple of enemies) live and get involved in all types of trouble. Throughout his different adventures, SpongeBob is often accompanied by his best friends Patrick Star and Sandy Cheeks, his neighbor and coworker Squidward Tentacles, and his greedy boss Mr. Krabs, as well as his pet snail Gary, who joins the fun from time to time. Every character has their own personality and quirks, and one who has become popular with viewers is Squidward, as heas the opposite of SpongeBob, and this has made way for some strange theories.


As mentioned above, Squidward is SpongeBobas neighbor and coworker at the Krusty Krab, so he has to spend a lot of time with the always cheerful sponge, much to his annoyance. While SpongeBob is optimistic, childish, and clueless, Squidward is bad-tempered, stubborn, and rude, and nothing seems to work out in his favor. This has made fans come up with all types of theories on why Squidward is like this, and one suggested that Squidward was once married, but his wife left him and his life hasnat been the same ever since a and, of course, SpongeBob had something to do in this, though not as you might think.

The theory went viral on TikTok and has now been deleted, but descriptions of it can be found online. The author of the video explained that Squidward wasnat always mean, but the failures in his love life have driven him to be a pessimistic character. They also added that during those hard times nobody listened to him except for SpongeBob, so the famous sponge is the only one whoas fully aware of what Squidward has gone through, and that he alooked after Squidward more than you thinka. The reason why the show has never addressed this is because it was atoo darka, and so Squidward is always sad and grumpy because he wants his wife back in his life. Squidward did have a love interest in one episode of SpongeBob SquarePants: Squilvia, a woman who looks like him but with short black hair, long eyelashes, and dark pink lips. Squidward and Squilvia met at the Krusty Krab, and SpongeBob actually helped Squidward ask her out, and while at the end of the episode they were shown together, she hasnat shown up again.

Thereas no truth to the aSquidwardas wifea theory that was once a hit on TikTok, and he has never mentioned being married and Squilvia was only a date,though the status of their relationship remains unknown. Not every amysterya or strange thing found in SpongeBob SquarePants needs an explanation, as itas ultimately a cartoon, and it doesnat always have to make sense. Squidward surely has other reasons to be bitter and grumpy, but a lost love definitely isnat one of them.


Breakfast Club Star Anthony Michael Hall Says The Brat Pack Never Existed

The Breakfast Club star Anthony Michael Hall says the so-called teenage friendship group, The Brat Pack, never existed. Currently celebrating his debut as Tommy Doyle in the slasher sequel Halloween Kills, some of Hall's most iconic roles hail back to his adolescence. The now 53-year-old actor formerly starred in the likes of National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles, and Johnny Be Good.

Though he has since broken free of his more satirical roles, Hall is undoubtedly best known for his portrayal of Brian Johnson in The Breakfast Club. It was a role that kept him in close quarters with co-stars Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, and Sheedy, all of whom became synonymous with the fabled "Brat Pack". Joining them under the teen-star banner were St. Elmo's Fire castmates Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, and then-teen-idol Rob Lowe. Throughout the 1980s this collective of teenage stars was glorified for their personal chemistry both on and off-screen. The Brat Pack label was first given life by a 1985 headline 'Hollywood's Brat Pack', which alleged that the teen stars hung out regularly off set and portrayed some of their behavior in a negative light. Several Brat Pack members have since blamed the article for typecasting them and preventing their ascension into more serious work.


Now, in an interview with Insider, Anthony Michael Hall has dismissed The Brat Pack label entirely. "It didn't exist."He goes on to point out that he was an underage teenager at the time of the article and that while his co-stars, Emilio and Judd, were in their 20s and were perhaps going out to drink together, he was not present. Hall goes on to say that he had never even met some of his alleged 'friends', including Andrew McCarthy. When the interviewer says that Hall's claim makes their childhood a lie, The Breakfast Club star answers that audiences want to believe the actors they watch are friends in real life. Read Hall's full comments, below:

"It didn't exist. It was a media ploy. Whoever was the editor of New York Magazine at the time, it was a set up. 'Let's get all these guys together and get them talking shit.' The truth is in that time frame, I was at the very young end of that group. I was literally still in high school. When we did "The Breakfast Club," Emilio and Judd were in their early 20s and they are going out and having beers and I was a teen. So when they did that article I did feel that was a ploy to get all them yapping.

"I have never met him [McCarthy].And I also think audiences want the actors that they watch together in projects to be actually connected in life. They expect that. People will be like, 'How are Emilio and Judd?' And I'm like, 'I don't know. I haven't seen them in 14 years.'"

While Hall's comments might come as a surprise to some and a disappointment to others, they mark the first time that an alleged Brat Pack member has outright disparaged the friendship group's existence. Though other members haven't quite gone so far, individuals like Emilio Estevez have said that their friendships weren't as broad nor as close as the media suggested. Regardless, this latest statement might have some old fans re-evaluating their perceptions of beloved childhood actors and being more mindful of media hyperbole.

Despite the Brat Pack name following him, even now, Hall has seemingly managed to cut himself free and allowed viewers to enjoy his portrayal in more serious roles. Since 1985, some of his most notable performances have been in The Dark Knight, Foxcatcher, Live By Night, and War Machine. Even so, there will be more than a few fans of those early teenage days in The Breakfast Club, who will have eagerly and loyally awaited the release of Halloween Kills.


Masked Singer: Artist Who Was Cupcake Dishes on Unmasking

The celebrity formerly known as Cupcake on The Masked Singer opened up about competing on the show. In the latest episode, the Cupcake was revealed to be Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters. The show recently returned for season 6, with Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger all returning to the panel. Nick Cannon is back as host. The Cupcake was first introduced as a member of Group B and got to perform twice before being unmasked. Prior to the Cupcake's unmasking, the identities of Octopus, Mother Nature, Pufferfish and Baby were revealed. The stars under those masks, respectively, were Dwight Howard, Vivica A. Fox, Toni Braxton and Larry the Cable Guy.

One key clue from the Cupcake's first clue package alluded to the star being in a musical group and being used to sharing the spotlight. Right before the Cupcake's unmasking, Nicole disregarded her first-impression guess of Roberta Flack and decided that she thought the Cupcake was Ruth. This earned Nicole her first point towards this season's Golden Ear Trophy, in which the Masked Singer panel competes to see who can guess the most celebrities correctly. Ruth also revealed that she was supposed to perform as a duo with her sister Anita, who bowed out of the competition due to health concerns.


Now Ruth is telling EWall about her experience on the show. She revealed that she convinced her manager to book her as a contestant. "I had been sort of hammering at my manager to get on the show. He had another client that had been on it, and I said, 'I want to do that show!'"She confirmed that when Anita was a part of the act, they were planning to perform as two cupcakes. They wouldn't have been the only duo this season, with the Banana Split still in the competition. Ruth said she wasn't surprised that Nicole guessed her, but she wasn't expecting some of the panel's other guesses. They included Tina Turner, RuPaul and Roberta. When asked what the hardest part of performing as the Cupcake was, Ruth insisted that it wasn't too challenging. But she mentioned that "the stage is a little intimidating because it's so big and it was like a black lacquer."She expressed how much she enjoyed her time on The Masked Singerand even said she would return to the show in the future.

Since thisMasked Singerepisode was called "Date Night," all of the celebrities offered clues that had to do with their love life. While performing as the Cupcake, Ruth said that she's a hopeless romantic. "When I fall in love with a guy, I'm all in. I have learned a lot about love, particularly falling out of it." She joked that she would date Nickand even said, when asked to give dating advice, "Date, don't marry." Ruth has been married five times and has five children.

Had Ruth been able to perform with Anita,fans can onlywonder if the outcome would have been different. Perhaps it would have been easier for fans and the judges to identify the sisters based on their vocal performance. The clue packages may have been altered to focus more specifically on Ruth. Since she has always performed with her sisters, she may have been out of her elementwhile competing as a solo singer, not to mention many contestants explainhowtough it is to perform in their costumes. Despite these challenges,The Masked Singeris a great platformfor all of the celebrities toconnect with their fans and even gain new ones.


D&D: Why Spelljammer Is Likely To Return

TheDungeons & Dragonsplayers of the world could soon be hanging a flag at the end of the mast and taking to the stars as explorers or pirates, as there is mounting evidence to suggest that the Spelljammer campaign setting is returning. Wizards of the Coast has slowly been updating theclassicD&D campaign settings for use with the current edition ofD&D, even though many groups still default to the Forgotten Realms for their games.

The most popularD&Dcampaign settings are the ones inspired by European folklore andThe Lord of the Rings, but there were more released in the past that went in drastically different directions. The desert world of Athas from Dark Sun was controlled by the powerful Sorcerer-Kings, who ruled the small pockets of civilization with an iron fist, while the only dragon in the world was so powerful that it could decimate any opposition. Ravenloft was a gothic horror plane that trapped the unwary residents of other worlds, forcing them to reside in lands governed by the wicked Darklords, who were just as much a prisoner as their captives. The Ghostwalk campaign was set in the location where life ends and the afterlife begins, where players could use their deceased characters to explore the mysterious boundaries between the living and the dead. All of these campaigns offered different experiences to the standard adventures set in Faerun or Oerth.


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One of the strangestD&Dcampaign settings was Spelljammer, which involved traditional sailing ships that had been empowered with magic so that they could fly through the void of space, and explore different worlds. Spelljammer debuted inthe days ofAdvanced Dungeons & Dragons, but it has yet to receive an official revival in a later edition. There's a good chance that Spelljammer will be returning within the next few years, allowing the many newD&Dplayers to sail the stars and carve their own destiny in the multiverse.

Wizards of the Coast has revealed that three classic settings are returning. Two of the classic settings will return in 2022, while a third classic campaign setting will return in 2023. In recent years,D&Dhas brought back Ravenloft inVan Richten's Guide to Ravenloft, as well as Eberron inEberron: Rising from the Last War. There are lots of potential candidates for these returning campaign slots, including Athas from Dark Sun, Krynn from Dragonlance, or Oerth from Greyhawk. It's likely that Dragonlance will be one of the next two classic settings, as new Dragonlance novels are on the way. There is evidence to suggest that Spelljammer is on the way and it could be the third campaign setting that is coming back in 2023.

The news regarding the third classic setting was revealed during D&D Celebration 2021, where it was included as part of a discussion regarding the growing multiverse ofD&D. It was also revealed that new settings will be introduced in the future. There's a good chance that these settings will be planes fromMagic: The Gathering, as several of these already have sourcebooks, withStrixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaosadding another later this year. If Wizards of the Coast is fleshing out theD&D multiverse, then Spelljammer is the perfect setting to accompany the existing campaign settings. A big part of Spelljammer is controlling a magical spaceship, which has the ability to sail the stars and visit otherD&Dworlds. There has already been an example of Spelljamer content appearing within the lore of fifth edition, as a Mind Flayer ship appears inBaldur's Gate 3, as well as in one of the campaigns published by Wizards of the Coast.

The smoking gun in the discussion of Spelljammer's return is the recentUnearthed Arcana article that featured Spelljammer races.TheUnearthed Arcanaarticles released by Wizards of the Coast contain playtest material for fans to use. The intention is for players to send in feedback, based on their experiences using the content, and this is used to refine it for publication. The recent "Travelers of the Multiverse"Unearthed Arcanaarticle featured playable races that debuted in Spelljammer. These include the giff, which are a race of humanoid hippos that have no homeworld and act as mercenaries to those with gold or the promise of plunder. The hadozee were also featured, which are humanoid apes with skin flaps on their arms that resemble the "wings" of a flying squirrel, allowing them to glide through the air. The hadozee are skilled ship hands, who can use their gliding ability to quickly travel from mast to mast. The autognomes also appeared, which are a race of robotic gnomes that were created by the tinker gnomes of Krynn. The fact that so many Spelljammer races appeared in the latestUnearthed Arcanaarticle suggests that it's coming back unless Wizards of the Coast is trolling the fans.


It bears mentioning that not all of the material inUnearthed Arcanaarticles makes it into aD&D. An upcoming example of this is happening inStrixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos.Wizards of the Coast released anUnearthed Arcanaarticle for the "Mages of Strixhaven" subclasses, which were unique, in that multiple classes could take them. Usually, the subclasses inD&Dare restricted to a specific class, such as the Assassin for the Rogue. The feedback to this new type of Strixhaven mage subclass was so negative that it ended up being scrapped. In this case, it feels as if the decision to revive Spelljammer is set in stone. The "Travelers of the Multiverse" races will likely be tweaked in the future, but it's unlikely that any of them will be scrapped completely.

The other contender for a multiverse-spanning campaign setting is Planescape. This was the setting that went in-depth regarding the different planes of existence, as well as challenging some of the notions about celestials, demons, and devils. The hub of Planescape was the city of Sigil, which was home to the incredibly powerful Lady of Pain. It's said that any plane can be reached in Sigil, so long as the traveler knows the location of the correct portal.As it stands, thePlanescape campaign setting is best known for being the setting for theincredible classic video game RPGPlanescape: Torment. The setting has its fans, but there seem to be considerablymore people clamoring for the return of Spelljammer toDungeons & DragonsthanPlanescape. There's still hope for Planescape to arrive in the future, but Spelljammer seems the more likely prospect at the moment.


9 Best Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg Movies, Ranked By IMDb

Ever since the instant classic high school comedy Superbad put them on the map and the subsequent release of action-packed buddy picture Pineapple Express proved they werenat one-trick ponies, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been two of the most prolific and sought-after screenwriters in Hollywood. Theyave moved into producing streaming shows like The Boys and Invincible, but Rogen and Goldberg havenat lost sight of their big-screen roots.


Not all of their movies have been as great as Superbad and Pineapple Express, but a bunch of their scripts a including the ones they directed themselves a have impressive scores on IMDb.

9 Drillbit Taylor (5.7)

The screenplay for Drillbit Taylor was written by Rogen, in his only screenwriting effort without Goldbergas contributions, and Kristofor Brown, based on a story by John Hughes, the legendary director of Ferris Buelleras Day Off and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Owen Wilson stars as a bodyguard whoas hired by three kids to protect them from bullies.

As the movieas mediocre IMDb rating would suggest, the execution doesnat match the greatness of its premise. But a typically charming performance by Wilson as the title character makes it at least watchable.

8 The Watch (5.7)

Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade star in The Watch as a band of bored suburban men who form a neighborhood watch to escape the mundanity of their lives and unwittingly stumble upon an alien invasion stemming from the local Costco.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Watch was initially conceived as a PG-13 vehicle in the vein of Ghostbusters. When it was retooled as a raunchy R-rated affair, Rogen and Goldberg were brought aboard the project to inject it with a healthy dose of curse words and sex references.

7 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (5.7)

After Mac and Kelly successfully ousted a fraternity that moved next door to them in the first Neighbors movie, the second one sees a sorority moving into the very same house. It couldave come off as a rehash of the original, but Sorority Rising adds a unique twist as the couple reluctantly teams up with Zac Efronas frat boy Teddy, the villain from the first one.

After they resisted the urge to pen sequels to Superbad and Pineapple Express, Neighbors 2 marked the first time Rogen and Goldberg had written a follow-up to one of their movies.

6 The Green Hornet (5.8)

Despite its critical panning, Rogen and Goldbergas movie version of The Green Hornet is a fun superhero adventure carried by Rogenas palpable on-screen chemistry with Jay Chou, who takes on Bruce Leeas iconic role as Kato.

A lot of diehard Green Hornet fans were upset that Rogen and Goldberg adapted the property as a straightforward comedy, but their script has a nice balance of action and humor and director Michel Gondry brings some dazzling visuals to the proceedings.

5 Sausage Party (6.1)

Rogen and Goldberg brought their particular brand of raunchy hard-R humor to the typically kid-friendly realm of computer animation in 2016. Sausage Party is a hysterical riff on Pixaras premises about anthropomorphized objects in which food products at a grocery store learn that their ultimate fate is to be eaten alive by giants.


On top of all the gags about sausages resembling penises, Sausage Partyas story of foods learning they worship a false god, and that their faith in aThe Great Beyond,a is unfounded is a brilliant satire of religion.

4 The Interview (6.5)

Rogen and Goldbergas second directorial effort after This is the End, The Interview, stars Rogen as a tabloid TV producer and James Franco as a late-night celebrity interviewer whoas invited to North Korea to interview Kim Jong-un. When the CIA catches wind, they task him with assassinating the infamous dictator.

This movie has the distinction of being the only movie in Rogen and Goldbergas filmography to cause a geopolitical crisis that almost led to World War III. Despite the controversy it caused, The Interview actually has a lot more scatological gags and crass wordplay than biting political satire.

3 This Is The End (6.6)

After observing the work of directors like Michel Gondry and David Gordon Green bringing their scripts to life over the years, Rogen and Goldberg finally tried their hand at directing in 2013 with the apocalyptic comedy This is the End.

With all the actors in Rogen and Goldbergas regular company a Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, etc. a playing satirical riffs on themselves, This is the End is a must-see for fans of self-aware comedy.

2 Pineapple Express (6.9)

Almost every Seth Rogen movie is about weed in some capacity, but his most overtly marijuana-oriented effort is Pineapple Express, in which he plays a process server who goes on the run with his pot dealer after witnessing adrug lord commit a murder.


After the runaway success of Superbad, Pineapple Express proved it wasnat a one-off and that Rogen and Goldberg were a screenwriting team to be reckoned with.

1 Superbad (7.6)

The modern comedy classic that put Rogen and Goldberg on the map, Superbad is a coming-of-age gem about two high schoolers a aptly named Seth and Evan a trying to secure booze for a big party. Itas set up as a typical American Pie riff about sex-obsessed teens trying to lose their virginity, but Superbad is really about Seth and Evanas separation anxiety as they prepare to go todifferentcolleges.

According to The Guardian, Rogen and Goldberg began writing Superbad when they were 13, which explains why the teen angst rings so true. Superbad was the script that launched Rogen and Goldbergas screenwriting career and, having been finetuned over more than a decade, it remains their strongest script to date.



Son of Monarchs Review: Visually Stunning Masterpiece By Auteur Alexis Gambis

Fromits opening shot, Alexis Gambis'Son of Monarchsis a captivating, thought-provoking film. The very first image audiences see a even before meeting protagonist Mendel (Tenoch Huerta) a is a close-up of a chrysalis being carefully, almost lovingly, dissected in a pool of clear liquid. This moment sets up the entireemotional experience of the movie: an uncomfortable clash between science and spirituality, the mundane and the sacred, precariously balanced on the quiet, hunched shoulders ofa man struggling to reconcile his present station in lifewith thedemons of his past.Written and directed by French Venezuelan film director (and biologist) Alexis Gambis,Son of Monarchs is an expertly crafted visual experience that weaves disparate themes and images.

The man cutting into the butterfly cocoon is Mendel, a scientist working on identifying and isolating the gene responsible for the monarch's distinct wing color. Specifically, he's involved in researching the optix gene,identifying how it determines color and patterns, and finding ways to manipulate the isolated gene (turning what should be orange scales on the butterfly's wings blue). It'sa mildly controversial topic a at one point, a character compares it toDr. Frankenstein's research in Mary Shelley's classic novel a but for Mendel, it's deeplycontradictory work: his grandmother instilled in him a reverence for the monarch butterflies, which wouldmigrate to theMichoacA!n forests surrounding his hometown en masse each year. Mendel may have dedicated his professional life to studying these delicate creatures, but in doing so, destroys countless. It's this inner conflict that drives the narrative.


The movie lacks a clear plotline, instead offering a story told through vignettesthat offer a glimpse intothe protagonist's inner life. A Mexican biologist working in New York City, Mendelis an outsider a both among his peers in America but also back home in Angangueo, Mexico. The scientist clearly does not go home often, possibly because of the bad blood between him and his brother, Simon (NoA(c) HernA!ndez); yet, he seems out of place in New York City as well. He's growntoo dependent on his friendship with fellow Mexican-scientist Pablo (Juan Ugarte), and as a single, never-married middle-aged man, appears reluctant to form any meaningful relationships or lay down roots in his new home.

Played gently byHuerta,Mendelseemsslightly uncomfortable wherever he goes, often slipping on and off various social masks as he performs the roles of happy-go-lucky peer, uncle, and boyfriend.Huerta offers a beautifully nuanced performance in Son of Monarchs; the actor imbues each moment, each glance, with a depth of meaning and feeling. Although he's soft spoken, Huerta's eyes are bold a brimming with emotion in one scene, thenreflecting the dull luster of a traumatized mind in the next. As Mendel goes through his transformative journey, he holds himself slightly differently, slowly disregarding his "masks" and allowing his true self to emerge. Scene after scene, Huerta is a joy to watch.

Son of Monarchsis a bold film. Gambis maintains thematic tension throughout the story, constantly pulling Mendel between two very different worlds. The colors orange and blue are a dominant motif representing this, demonstrating the contrast of Mendel's spiritual and secular lives.Thematically, Mendel's inner turmoil isextended tooffer alook at contemporary society: the inherent violence of scientific study, juxtaposed very intentionally with the environmental devastation, all done for the sake of progress. Son of Monarchs does not outright condemn these actions,instead suggesting humanity and Mother Nature must find a way to coexist. It's a mature choice thatopts for a more pragmatic approach to environmentalism a without villainizing people, like Simon, whosecircumstances force them to workin occupations that they know harms the local environment.

Son of Monarchsis a visual treat, embracing a truncated, almost dream-like pacing, which compliments the various surreal shots of Mendel's memories and nightmares. Interspersed betweenscenes are various scientific images from monarch butterfly research, presented for artistic effect. The movie rides the lineof being artistically indulgent without feeling pretentious or gratuitous; however,Son of Monarchsis a challenging film, and no doubt some audiences will be put off by its psychological drama and visual storytelling. The loose structure of the plot adds an additional barrier that may turn off some viewers: this is a film that must be actively watched and savored a for those simply looking to be entertained, the work required to watch won't feel worth the effort. Cinephiles, on the other hand, will rejoice at the lush visuals and daring mise-en-scene inSons of Monarchsa and will no doubt keep an eye out for Gambis' next project.


Why The Seinfeld & Elaine Romance Subplot Went Nowhere After Season 2

Seinfeld did have the makings of a long-term Jerry-Elaine romance, but it ultimately went nowhere - here's why. Seinfeld explored multiple romantic relationships Elaine and Jerry had with other people, but rarely addressed the prospect of bringing the two back together. Instead, Elaine remained one of the core members of Jerryas circle of friends up until the end of the show in season 9.

When Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) was brought into the fold in the showas second episode, it was explained she and Jerry had a brief relationship. Apparently, they had just broken up but decided to maintain their friendship. This served as the beginning of Elaineas presence on the show, which involved frequent visits to Jerryas apartment, lunches at Monkas CafA(c), and all sorts of misadventures with Jerry, George (Jason Alexander), and Kramer (Michael Richards). One thing Seinfeld avoided was Jerry and Elaine becoming an item for longer than an episode.


Seinfeld actually delivered a story where they started dating again, but this was abruptly dropped. In Seinfeld season 2 episode aThe Deala their failure to work out a afriends with benefitsa relationship resulted in them getting back together at the end. However, they returned to the status quo in the following episode. It took almost a whole season before this was finally explained. In Seinfeld's season 3's "The Pen", the show dropped a throwaway line from Jerry which revealed he and Elaine had broken up offscreen. Apparently, the reason it took so long for this to be addressed can be attributed to aThe Deala airing out of order. It was originally intendedas the season 2 finale. At the time, the writers werenat even sure if the show would be renewed, so this was also seen as a possible happy ending for the pair if it really was the finale.

As for why Seinfeld decided to limit the Jerry-Elaine romance to just a one-episode story, aThe Deala was ultimately a product of discussions Seinfeld creator Larry David had with NBC executives. The home video release of Seinfeld season 2 revealed NBC was highly interested in Seinfeld pursuing a awill-they-wonat-theya subplot with the two, but David and Jerry Seinfeld were opposed, as both felt Jerry and Elaine should not be romantically involved. NBC was insistent, so to please them, David wrote aThe Deala as a form of compromise, understanding that once he gave the network what they wanted, he could return to the original formula without issues.

Thatas essentially what Seinfeld did, and though the series did hint at feelings they may have had for each other occasionally, it kept the two apart. When considering how a romance would have greatly disrupted the friendship dynamic between Seinfield's main cast of charactersthat made the show so popular, itas likely for the best the story was abandoned so quickly.


Apple activist reportedly fired after deleting files on work device

Janneke Parrish, an Austin-based employee who worked on Apple Maps, is a leader of #AppleToo.

An Apple program manager who posted anonymous stories of discrimination against employees at the tech giant has reportedly been canned.

Janneke Parrish, an Austin-based employee who worked at Apple Maps, runs #AppleToo, an online story-sharing group. of alleged "racism, sexism, inequality, discrimination, intimidation, repression, coercion, abuse, unjust punishment, and unlimited privilege" faced by Apple employees.

According to The Verge, she was fired last week for deleting files - including the Google Drive, Robinhood, and Pokemon Go apps - from her work device during a company investigation.

In a tweet, Parrish, 30, hinted that she was fired in retaliation for her work with #AppleToo. the right thing, "he said. But we're doing the right thing because it's the right thing. # AppleToo is about asking Apple to do better to end systemic discrimination, abuse, and pay inequality.


How Squid Game Stays A Secret Despite So Many People Going Missing

Netflix's Korean survival dramaSquid Gamehas captured the imagination of a global audience, but how exactly does the game stay a secret despite so many people going missing? TheNetflix smash hitestablishes that a group of wealthy individuals recruit competitors with massive debts to vie forSquid Game's 45.6 billion Won prize, and it follows 456 of these competitors as they engage in the titular games. The premise of the game - and the show - is that 455 participants will die during the games, leaving one winner to take the prize money, pay off their debts, and live in comfort for the rest of their life.

Through the investigation of Jun-ho, a policeman who infiltrates the game disguised as one of its masked workers, it's revealed that the games have been running for 30 years. Assuming that each game has around 400 participants and (as the epilogue implies) that one occurs roughly once per year, that would mean an estimated body count of 11,970 - which is an awful lot of missing people to cover up. The theory that Jun-ho is still alivemight see him bring the game's existence to light in a potential Squid Gameseason 2, but the real question is: just how has it been kept a secret for so long?


The show does imply an answer, but it's one that requires a lot of clarification. The game is run by the Front Man - later revealed to be Jun-ho's brother, In-ho - but it exists in order to entertain some of the world's wealthiest and most powerful people, known inSquid Gameas the VIPs. With this level of financial backing behind it, it can be surmised that large sums of money are able to secure the game's continued existence.Squid Game's Old Mantwist reveals that Oh Il-nam, also known as Player 001, is the game's founder, but it doesn't specify exactly how he has been able to keep it hidden for so long - although one of the most likely answers lies within the show's narrative theme.

Squid Game's story is rooted in South Korea's class divide and highlights the massive disparity of wealth within the country as well as examining the way in which the wealthy look at the people they deem beneath them. The most likely explanation for how the game remains a secret is that its selected players are all desperate people whose disappearance can be easily explained - Sang-woo is wanted by the police, Sae-byeok is a North Korean defector, and Gi-hun is a gambling addict with massive debt. The common theme is thatSquid Game's cast of charactersall exist on the bottom rung of a society that doesn't value them and that their disappearance will largely go unnoticed.

This is evidenced in episode 2 when Gi-hun approaches the police, and they laugh him off. They dismiss his story as outlandish as he has no real credibility, with only Jun-ho willing to investigate in an unofficial capacity in hopes of finding his brother. It certainly appears that choosing its competitors carefully is key to the game's continued secrecy, but it may even be more important that its workers are chosen carefully. From the events Jun-ho witnesses during his infiltration of the island, it's clear that complete obedience is required of the workers, and steps are surely taken to chooseSquid Game's workers carefullyin order to ensure their silence.

It seems thatSquid Game's VIPs are the largest contributors to the game's ability to remain hidden, but this is something that's implied rather than stated. However, money and influence alone can't guarantee silence, so it's most likely that the game employs other contingencies against those seeking to expose it. Exactly what those methods might look like will surely come into play inSquid Game's hypothetical season 2, as Gi-hun made his intentions to expose the game all too clear.


Why You Season 3 Needed To Kill [SPOILER]

Warning: This post contains major spoilers for You Season 3.

The explosive ending of Youseason 3 sees Penn Badgley's Joe once more free of his crimes - despite an increasingly heinous rap sheet - but with his soul mate Love (Victoria Pedretti) killed off after turning on him. It's a shocking turn of events that splits up the couple after some of the best drama of the season saw them negotiating the "safety" of married, suburban life as well as their dark impulses. But removing Joe's wife (and son) in one fell swoop does serve a purpose for the future of the show.

Youseason 3 is only partly based onCaroline Kepnes' books, after the first two seasons were based on her first two titles, You and Hidden Bodies. As such, while there are elements of the story adapted from third Joe Goldberg book You Love Me, the majority of the plot was invented for the Netflix show. The librarian storyline comes from the book, but the fate of Love is changed significantly: in the third book, Vitoria Pedretti's killer wife is initially not involved because the Quinn family have paid Joe $4m to stay away from them, but she appears to try and exact revenge on him. Here, of course, Love and Joe are somewhat "happily" married, and it's not until the end when Joe's new stalking victim is revealed that Love turns on him and is killed.


In both cases, Love ends up dying, but in the book it's by her own hand (after she shoots Joe in the head) - sowhy did You season 3's ending change the specifics of Love's death? And why was she killed in the first place? It comes down to the opportunity to continue Joe's story into the newly announced Youseason 4, which couldn't happen with Joe still tied to suburbia, and also fits with Joe's darkness within and the curse that he will never be happy. As revealed in You season 3, Joe's evil manifests because of his "mommy issues" (or so he claims) and his innate need to be the saviour after he was forced to kill his father to protect his mother. After she rejected him for what he did, Joe was forever cursed to chase the perfect opportunity to save his victims - as a power trip and a realization of the fantasy his mother robbed of him - and a stable, happy ending with Love simply didn't fit that. In order for Joe's story to continue, in other words, Love had to die in You season 3's ending.

You season 3 goes some way into exploring Joe's origin story in a new way, giving him some insight into why he craves the power over his victims that drives him, but stops short of offering him the realization that he will never be happy with any of his "conquests". As soon as the chase is over, Joe will always become bored and look to his next possible victim, who could still feed his saviour complex from afar, without the stability andmundanity of familiarity. Joe isn't just stalking women, he's stalking the happy ending and the validation from his mother he feels he's due, and settling down destroys his opportunity to do that, blunting his edge.

On top of that, the reality of Love is nothing like the fantasy he'd created in his own head that had been fed by his need to save her. As soon as she revealed that she could be just like him, he was repulsed, almost killing her but choosing not to because of her shock reveal of her pregnancy. From there on, Joe was simply playing a role, performing to fit in and be what he thought he needed to be to save his son from becoming just like him. But his quick infatuations with Natalie and then Marienne proved without doubt that it was all a lie hiding his true impulses. Now that Love has been removed from the scene, Joe can continue to chase what he will never achieve: satisfaction in his "hunt". Additionally, Love's death at the end of You season 3 potentially gives season 4 its antagonist, as the Quinn family are unlikely to allow his death to go fully investigated, which may put them on a collision course in France when Joe Goldberg returns.


Michael Keaton's Batman Returns To The Batcave In The Flash Movie Image

DC'sThe Flash movietrailer reveals Michael Keaton's Batman return, with the actor donning the Batsuit again in the upcoming movie. Ezra Miller will lead The Flash film as Barry Allen, reprising his DC Extended Universe rolein his first solo movie. However, he'll be joined by other DC heroes in The Flash movie including Keaton's Batman from Tim Burton's 80s & 90s movies, Ben Affleck's DCEU Batman and new-to-the-universe Sasha Calle as Supergirl. IT helmer Andy Muschietti directs The Flash from a script by Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey: Harley Quinn).

During production on The Flash, Muschietti posted teaser images of Miller's Flash suit, Keaton's Batman suit and Calle's Supergirl suit that just showed their respective logos, but never revealed the full costumes. An additional teaser image featured a Batman logo with the Flash's red and gold logo painted over it,though it wasn't clear what exactlythe image meant for the film's story.Further looks at the movie were revealed unofficially by photographers, with The Flash movie set photos revealing Keaton's Bruce Wayne, Calle's full Supergirl costume and Affleck's Batcyle. However, now officiallooks at the movie are unveiled.


During DC FanDome 2021, a first look at Keaton's Batmanreturn in The Flash movie was revealed. Check it out in the video below.

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Superman Officially Gets New Motto, Drops 'The American Way'

On Friday, it was revealed Superman is getting a brand-new catchphrase, as the iconic DC Comics hero will fight foraTruth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow." At DC FanDome,DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee revealed the Man of Steel will officially be dropping the "American Way" from his motto and instead, which will be replaced by the phrase "a Better Tomorrow." The new catchphrase better embodies the hero's ultimate mission of making the world a better place.

Superman is one of the most recognizable pop culture figures on the planet, as he originally debuted in Action Comics #1 in 1939. The hero has always been connected to the United States, as The Man of Tomorrow crash-landed on Earth and ended up being raised in Smallville, Kansas in the United States. However, despite his longtime motto suggesting he fights for the American Way, Supermanhas long fought for everyone across the globe - meaning his motto hasn't been all-encompassing as it should be. Now, Superman is officially losing "The American Way" from his iconic catchphrase. MORE DETAILS WILL BE ADDED SOON.





How Star Wars LEGO Special Pokes Fun At Kylo Renas Need For Wearing A Mask

LEGO Star Wars: Terrifying Tales, the latest comedic holiday-themed Star Wars television special, is the latest official property to poke fun at Kylo Renas mask. Kylo Ren, formerly Ben Solo, is one of the main antagonists of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, despite often being the subject of mockery both in-universe and in the real world. Like Darth Vader, Kylo Ren is a powerful dark side user who wears a menacing armored mask. Though Vader wore his mask as part of a cybernetic survival suit, Kylo wears his for a variety of other reasons -- namely, vanity.

Darth Vader, the grandfather of Ben Solo, was a Sith Lord who required his suit following grievous injuries sustained in a battle against Obi-Wan Kenobi. As Kylo Ren, Ben Solo worshipped Vader, but there were numerous differences between the two. Kylo was never a Sith. He was a Knight of Ren using the dark side with a different philosophical outlook from the Sith. While Vader resigned himself to his new Sith identity, Kylo craved his, killing and sacrificing everything any everyone necessary to ascend to his position as Master of the Knights of Ren.


The humorous take on Kylo Renas origin in the non-canon Terrifying Tales took some inspiration from the canonical four-issue Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren comic series, with Ben becoming intrigued by the Knights of Ren during his Jedi days. In the LEGO parody, Ben joins the marauding gang, but receives his armor, robes, and mask immediately, since the Knights needed to maintain an intimidating appearance. Though it wasnat meant to be taken seriously, this iteration of Kylo Ren wears his mask for similar reasons in the Star Wars canon universe.

There were several reasons why Kylo wore a mask in the Star Wars sequels, but the main one is that all Knights of Ren wore armored suits, complete with battle helms. After renouncing his ties to the Jedi, Kylo usurped Ren as the Knightsa new leader and devoted himself to their philosophy and customs, including the use of an armored mask. Aside from indicating his affiliation with the Knights and protecting his head, Kyloas mask served another, more sentimental, purpose.

Kylo Ren worshipped his grandfather, Darth Vader, seeking to become a similarly fearsome dark side user, thanks in part to telepathic goading by Darth Sidious. When wearing his armored mask, which deepened his voice, Kylo felt more like Vader. Kyloas dark side master, Snoke, brutally criticized Kylo in the comics and films for his attempts to mimic his grandfather.

Snoke, along with Poe Dameron, also complained about the maskas distortion of Kyloas voice, making it the subject of frequent criticism in-universe. Aside from Kylo Renas desires to follow in Vaderas footsteps the traditional helmets worn by the Knights of Ren were meant to strike fear into their victims. This makes the satirical reason for Kylo Ren wearing his mask fitting in LEGO Star Wars: Terrifying Tales, as both he and the Knights of Ren were concerned with appearances.



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In an extraordinarily frank podcast, which was released today and saw William walk through the Sandringham Estate, the future King described how he was deeply affected by what he experienced.

A mother stayed with her former wife after she came out as a man despite stillA being a lesbian

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Zara and Mike Tindall joinA Peter Phillips at Legoland's Christmas winter wonderlandA

Zara Tindall, 40, and husband Mike, 43, joined Peter Phillips, 44, for a festive family day out at Legoland as the Windsor resort launched their Christmas celebrations this afternoon.

AFL great on 'scariest' two weeks of his life in ICU with Covid after 'bad reaction' to Pfizer jabA

Paul Dimattina spent six days in ICU and four days in a ward at The Alfred in Melbourne after suddenly becoming very ill. Despite having three vaccine jabs, he caught Covid as he is immunocompromised.

Stalker harassed ex-girlfriend with 288 phone calls, 30 letters and violent threats - from jail

Jason Andrew Botha, 36,A made 288 phone calls - including many while he was behind bars - and sent her 30 letters and packages in his campaign of terror in Brisbane.

US urges Equatorial Guinea not to let China build base for Beijing's warships in ATLANTIC Ocean

The Biden administration is growing increasingly concerned about China's efforts to convince Equatorial Guinea to house a military base off their coast, according to a report.

Is that a threat, Chris? Fired CNN host says network chief Zucker knew 'all the details'A

Chris Cuomo's spokesman on Sunday issued an extraordinary statement, claiming the CNN's president Jeff Zucker was fully aware of his star anchor's communications with his brother's team.

Cleo Smith: 'Nanna' of accused abductor Terence Kelly says she fears for his safety in jail

Terence Darrell Kelly's 'nanna' Esther Mingo supported her grandson as he made a brief court appearance in Carnarvon on Monday.

Championship footy player Jake Lever suddenly collapses during Demon's first training session

Jake Lever feinted from exhaustion on his first day back at training going 'too hard, too early' after the Melbourne Demons claimed their first flag in 57 years.

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Frustrated children reveal the reasons why they HATE their stepparents

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People share VERY bizarre pictures they saw online

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Veteran newsreader Peter Hitchener, 75, 'taking step back' from Channel Nine

Peter Hitchener is reportedly cutting down his weekly news bulletins.A

Texas substitute teacher is relieved of duty after singing Britney Spears in class

The unidentified male substitute was dismissed early on Friday after breaking into song with an accompanying light show during first period at Bowie High School in Austin.

Golf icon Woods is snapped practicing his swing at his charity Hero World Challenge

The trophy presentation Sunday came on the heels of Wood's highly anticipated announcement on whether he plans to take part in this year's PNC charity championship.

Anthony Albanese copies Barack Obama by cribbing 'yes we can' slogan

Mr Obama first used the slogan in 2004 when he ran for the US Senate in Illinois and the phrase became a rallying cry during his 2008 presidential campaign.

Pope Francis calls neglect of migrants the 'shipwreck of civilisation' as he visits camp on Lesbos

Pope Francis's visit to Lesbos comes a day after he delivered a stinging rebuke to the nations of Europe, which he said were 'torn by nationalist egoism'.

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Sudan's military coup and the stifling of speech | The Listening Post

Sudanas flirtation with democracy ends in a coup daetat - how far will its leaders go to control what we know about the story? Contributors: Mohanad Hashim - journalist Jonas Horner - deputy director, Horn of Africa, Crisis Group Yassmin Abdel-Magied, writer and broadcaster Raga Makawi - editor, Africa Arguments On our radar: As Myanmaras military courts sentence journalists arrested after the coup that removed democratically elected Aung San Suu Kyi, producer Nicholas Muirhead talks Richard Gizbert about the release of American journalist Danny Fenster. Eric Zemmour: The political rise of Franceas far-right polemicist Far-right French journalist Eric Zemmour has yet to declare himself a presidential candidate - but has he already set the tone for next yearas election? Contributors: Rokhaya Diallo - contributor, C8 and The Washington Post newspaper Christophe Deloire - secretary-general, Reporters Without Borders Aurelien Mondon - associate professor of politics, University of Bath

Hate speech and misinformation in Ethiopiaas war | The Listening Post

As Ethiopia stares down the barrel of all-out civil war, a government-imposed communications blackout is allowing hatred and disinformation to thrive. Contributors: Berhan Taye - Digital researcher Nima Elbagir - Senior international correspondent, CNN Claire Wilmot - Research officer, LSE On our radar: This week, a routine news conference in Athens turned into a shouting match between a Dutch journalist and the Greek prime minister. Meenakshi Ravi tells Richard Gizbert about the media furore that ensued. War and PiS: An attack on Polandas biggest news channel: Back from the brink, still on the air - the Polish 24-hour news channel that remains in the governmentas crosshairs. Contributors: Brygida Grysiak - Deputy editor-in-chief, TVN24 Tomasz Lis - Former anchor, TVN & editor-in-chief, Newsweek Poland ElA1/4bieta Rutkowska - Journalist, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna Beata Tadla - Former anchor, TVP & host, Onet.Pl

Climate crisis: Can journalists make the world care? | The Listening Post

Climate change: News organisations, fossil fuel companies and audiences all need to do better on the story that could mean the end of us. Contributors: Meera Selva - deputy director of the Reuters Institute Genevieve Guenther - founder and director, End Climate Silence George Monbiot - author and columnist David Gelber - co-founder, The Years Project On our radar: A year after war broke out in the northern Tigray region of Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmedas government has declared a six-month state of emergency. Producer Flo Phillips joins Richard Gizbert to discuss the effect it is having on freedom of expression. The hate crimes going viral in India: Violence against Muslims, filmed by the perpetrators, is the latest ugly trend among Indiaas Hindu vigilantes. Contributors: Alishan Jafri - journalist, The Wire Hate Watch Angana Chatterji - anthropologist, University of California, Berkeley and co-editor of Majoritarian State: How Hindu Nationalism is Changing India Saba Naqvi - author of Shades of Saffron 00:00 Intro 02:15 The climate crisis 11:29 Ethiopiaas ongoing conflict 13:42 Violence against Muslims in India 23:48 End note

Arrests & defamation: Bollywood in the dock in Modias India | The Listening Post

Aryan Khan, the son of one of Indiaas biggest movie stars, Shah Rukh Khan, was charged with possessing and trafficking drugs. We take a look at the drug bust that tells a story of the conflict between the Indian authorities and Bollywood. Contributors: Namrata Joshi - Journalist and film critic Vivek Agnihotri - Film director Sucharita Tyagi - Film critic Tejaswini Ganti - Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Film Studies, NYU On our radar: Facebook is again in our news feeds, and once again for the wrong reasons. Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Nic Muirhead about the continuing fallout from the whistleblower that has a consortium of news outlets on the companyas case. Alarm Phone: The refugee hotline and lifeline We discuss Alarm Phone, the hotline for refugees at sea that is helping to get their stories heard. Contributors: Jacob Berkson - Activist, Alarm Phone Giorgos Christides - Reporter, Der Spiegel Giorgos Kosmopoulos - Greece researcher, Amnesty International Notis Mitarachi - Greek Minister of Migration and Asylum 00:00 Intro 02:12 Bollywood in the dock in Modias India 11:17 Facebook whistleblower fallout 13:45 Alarm Phone: The refugee hotline & lifeline 24:05 End Note

The Beirut blast probe: A tale of distrust and disinformation | The Listening Post

Accountability for the blast that destroyed Beirutas port proves elusive in Lebanon and journalists are not helping. Contributors: Lara Bitar - Editor-in-Chief, The Public Source Alia Ibrahim - Co-founder and CEO, Daraj Jad Shahrour - Journalist and writer; Communications Officer, Samir Kassir Foundation On our radar: Obituaries of former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell have been too kind. 'Foreign agents' and 'undesirables': Kremlin's media labels Authorities in Russia have been systematically clamping down on journalism with the help of so-called apatriotica activists. Contributors: Vitaly Borodin - Federal Security & Anti-Corruption Project Roman Badanin - Founder & Former Editor-in-Chief, Proekt; John S. Knight Senior International Fellow, Stanford University Lilia Yapparova - Special Correspondent, Meduza

What this year's Nobel Prize says about the global media climate | The Listening Post

For the first time in 85 years, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to two journalists. What does this tell us about the state of global journalism? Contributors: Rana Ayyub - Journalist Agnes Callamard - Secretary General, Amnesty International Julie Posetti - Global director of research, International Center for Journalists Ilya Yablokov - Lecturer in Journalism and Digital Media, Sheffield University On our radar: Singaporean authorities have passed a new "foreign inference" law that has put journalists there on alert. Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Nic Muirhead about the law and its worrying implications. Just a game?: The US military-gaming complex War is not a game. But it is for the video games industry and it is proving to be a useful ally for the United States military. Contributors: Nick Robinson - Associate Professor of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds Matthew Gault - Reporter, VICE Rami Ismail - Video game developer

Outages, leaks and bad headlines: Facebook's nightmare week | The Listening Post

A whistleblower, a system crash and the United States Congress on its case; Facebook goes under the microscope, yet again. Contributors: Pranesh Prakash - Co-founder, Centre for Internet and Society; affiliated fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School Siva Vaidhyanathan - Professor, University of Virginia; author, Antisocial Media Marianne Franklin - Professor of global media and politics, Goldsmiths, University of London Mahsa Alimardani - Researcher, Oxford Internet Institute On our radar: The Pandora Papers - the largest investigation in journalism history - are reverberating through the financial world of the rich and powerful. Producer Flo Phillips tells Richard Gizbert about the biggest ever leaks of offshore data and who they have exposed. The case of Egyptas jailed TikTok stars The Egyptian government has been progressively tightening its grip on cyberspace and female social media influencers are the new targets. Contributors: Yasmin Omar - Egypt legal associate, The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy; human rights lawyer Joey Shea - Non-resident scholar, Middle East Institute Dalia Fahmy - Associate professor, Long Island University, Brooklyn

Kidnap or Kill: The CIAas plot against WikiLeaksa Julian Assange | The Listening Post

An exposA(c) detailing the CIAas war on WikiLeaks - a Trump administration plan to silence Julian Assange and the organisation - has been published. But like so much of the Assange story, it's got nothing like the media coverage it deserves. Contributors: Michael Isikoff - Chief investigative correspondent, Yahoo News Kevin Gosztola - Managing editor, Shadowproof.com Carrie DeCell - Staff attorney, Knight First Amendment Institute Rebecca Vincent - Director of international campaigns & UK bureau director, Reporters Without Borders On our radar: Project Amplify - Facebookas PR initiative - backfires. Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Meenakshi Ravi about the scrutiny Facebook is under, yet again. Lost in translation: How texts change as they travel The translation of literature - from one language to another - is a tricky business. Translators become cultural mediators, balancing faithfulness to the original with the needs of a new audience. When translators fail, context can be sacrificed, and stereotypes can get reinforced. Contributors: Layla AlAmmar - Author, Silence is a Sense & Academic, University of Lancaster Susan Bassnett - Translation theorist & emeritus professor, University of Warwick Muhammad Ali Mojaradi - Translator & founder, @persianpoetics Leri Price - Literary translator End Note: And, after 16 years of leading the country as its chancellor, Germany is saying goodbye to Angela Merkel. Puppet Regime - a comedy series produced and published by GZERO Media - pays tribute to her work, Kraftwerk style.

Drone exposA(c): The journalism that forced the Pentagonas mea culpa | The Listening Post

United States drone warfare is finally being exposed. But why did it take American news outlets so long to get to such a big story? Contributors: Emran Feroz, Founder, Drone Memorial Christine Fair, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University Spencer Ackerman, Author, Reign of Terror Vanessa Gezari, National Security Editor, The Intercept On our radar: Producer Tariq Nafi and host Richard Gizbert discuss a voting app that was developed by Russian opposition activists to fight Vladimir Putin in the recent elections - but was censored by Big Tech. 100 Years Too Late: Canadaas Residential School Reckoning Months after the story of mass graves at so-called residential schools in Cananda broke, the nation is still reckoning with the trauma of mass graves. Contributors: Cheryl McKenzie, Director of News and Current Affairs, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada Connie Walker, Host, Stolen: The Search for Jermain Wab Kinew, Leader, Manitoba New Democratic Party

China: Regulating superstars, superfans and big tech | The Listening Post

Xi Jinping's China has embarked on a campaign that could transform the country's technology, entertainment and media industries. Contributors: Chris Buckley - China correspondent, The New York Times Kaiser Kuo - Host, The Sinica Podcast and editor-at-large, SupChina Bingchun Meng - Associate professor, Department of Media and Communications, LSE Rui Zhong - Program associate, Wilson Center, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States On our radar A month of Taliban rule in Afghanistan, Meenakshi Ravi and producer Johanna Hoes discuss how the Taliban is already leaving its mark on the countryas news industry despite initial promises to the contrary. Structures of oppression? Colombiaas falling statues Indigenous Colombians have been toppling statues of European colonisers - challenging how the countryas history is remembered. Contributors: Didier Chirimuscay - Misak community leader Rodolfo Segovia - President, Colombian Academy of History Amada Carolina Perez - Historian, Javeriana University

Reporting the aenda of the Afghan war 20 years after 9/11 | The Listening Post

Two decades on from the 9/11 attacks, American news coverage of the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan reveals how much has changed - and how much has not - in the mediaas approach to US wars. Contributors: Alexander Hainy-Khaleeli - Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter Catherine Lutz - co-director, Costs of War project; professor of International Studies, Brown University Fariba Nawa - author, Opium Nation; host, On Spec Azmat Khan - contributing writer, The New York Times Magazine; assistant professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism On our radar: Meenakshi Ravi speaks to producer Flo Phillips about the latest developments in the Afghan media space, including the Talibanas mistreatment of journalists covering this weekas protests. Afghan journalists under threat A report on the past, present and future of the media in Afghanistan, as told by three Afghan journalists. Contributors: aNa - Journalist & media safety specialist aMa - Photojournalist aLa - Regional radio & TV reporter

The Forever War: 20 Years After 9/11 | The Listening Post

Twenty years after the 9/11 attacks, this special edition of The Listening Post looks at the climate of fear that undergirded the so-called "War on Terror" and how the US news and entertainment industries helped produce it. Contributors: - Chris Hedges - Former foreign correspondent for The New York Times; author of Collateral Damage - Sinan Antoon - Co-editor at Jadaliyya; poet and writer; associate professor at New York University - Jill Abramson - Former executive editor of The New York Times - Deepa Kumar - author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire; associate professor at Rutgers University - Robert D Kaplan - Former contributing editor at The Atlantic - Lexi Alexander - Movie and TV director

Pegasus: Flying on the wings of Israeli acyber-tech diplomacya? | The Listening Post

A global cyber-surveillance scandal - spyware developed in Israel - has put the government there under the media microscope, and its story does not add up. Contributors: Jonathan Klinger - Cyberlaw lawyer Marc Owen Jones - Assistant professor, Hamid Bin Khalifa University Omer Benjakub - Tech & Cyber Reporter, Haaretz Marwa Fatafta - Policy Analyst, Al Shabaka On our radar: Tunisia is in political turmoil after the president declared a state of emergency - or what critics are calling a coup. Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Flo Phillips about how journalists there are feeling the heat. Africaas PR Push: How governments manage the message: Handling public relations for governments is lucrative work - and for Western PR firms, Africa has emerged as a new hunting ground. Contributors: Alex Magaisa - Former adviser, prime minister of Zimbabwe Alexander Dukalskis - Author, Making the World Safe for Dictatorship Kathleen Ndongmo - Communications specialist

Pegasus Project: Malware used against journalists and dissidents | The Listening Post

A global consortium of media outlets blew the lid off a huge surveillance scandal revealing how the hacking tool Pegasus has been used by governments around the world to spy on dissidents and journalists via their mobile phones. Contributors: Rohini Singh - Reporter, The Wire Bradley Hope - Co-founder, Project Brazen Laurent Richard - Founder, Forbidden Stories Eva Galperin - Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation On our radar: American media outlets have been feasting on a story a the billionaire space race. Richard Gizbert and producer Meenakshi Ravi discuss how the mass of coverage squares alongside another story about the planet that is far more consequential - climate change. Bild's battle for political influence in Germany There is a crucial election coming in Germany, and its biggest tabloid, Bild, is trying to preserve its place at the heart of German politics. Contributors: Julian Reichelt - Editor-in-chief, Bild GA1/4nter Wallraff - Investigative journalist & author, The Lead Moritz Tschermak - Editor-in-chief, BILDblog & author, How Bild divides society with fear and hate Margreth LA1/4nenborg - Professor of journalism, Free University Berlin - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/

Cuba: Protesters move from social media to the streets | The Listening Post

Cuba is witnessing something historic - the biggest anti-government demonstrations in 60 years - and the authorities have imposed temporary blocks on the internet, making credible media coverage and reliable information that much harder to find. Contributors: MA3nica Rivero Cabrera - Cuban journalist Tracey Eaton - Cuba Money Project Angelo R Guisado - Center for Constitutional Rights JosA(c) JasA!n Nieves - Editor-in-chief, El Toque On our radar: Whether they are taking penalty kicks or taking a knee, Black footballers playing for England are dealing with online abuse. Richard Gizbert and producer Tariq Nafi discuss the debate that has resulted - about racism in the United Kingdom. Sports activism in the era of social media On tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields and in hockey rinks, athletes are putting their political and social activism out there for sports fans to see. Contributors: Shireen Ahmed - Journalist & writer Musa Okwonga - Co-founder, Stadio Football & author, One of Them Frank Guridy - Associate professor, Columbia University Khalida Popal - Former captain, Afghanistanas womenas football team

Hong Kong: Broken promises | The Listening Post

Twenty-four years since Britain handed Hong Kong back to China, the city has undergone a transformation. In recent years, Beijing has intensified the silencing of political dissent and the squeezing of media freedom - through new laws drawn up in the name of security, the jailing of critics, and the reigning in of adversarial journalism. Contributors: Chris Yeung - Chairperson, Hong Kong Journalists Association Bao Choy - Freelance journalist, RTHK Linda Wong - Journalist, Citizen News Keith Richburg - Journalism and Media Studies Centre, Hong Kong University; president, Foreign Correspondents Club Holden Chow - Vice chairman, Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong Hong Kong: The assault on free speech Three Hong Kongers talk about the shrinking space for freedom in their city, and the way it has affected their lives and work. Contributors: Lee Cheuk-yan - Founder, June 4th Museum Wong Kei Kwan (Zunzi) - Political cartoonist Nathan Law - Democracy activist - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/

Iranas new president: What's next for the countryas media? | The Listening Post

Iranas new president-elect is heading into the job carrying some baggage from the past that neither he nor the countryas state-friendly news outlets care to talk about. Contributors: Mahsa Alimardani - Iran researcher, Article 19; researcher, Oxford Internet Institute Ghanbar Naderi - Iranian affairs analyst Pardis Shafafi - Anthropologist and researcher, ERC Off-Site Project Arash Azizi - Author of Shadow Commander On our radar Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Meenakshi Ravi about the targeting of female social media influencers in Egypt as two more women are jailed for their TikTok videos. The struggle for freedom of expression in post-Castro Cuba From protests to viral videos, Cuban activists test the limits of dissent as they demand greater cultural freedoms. Contributors: Amaury Pacheco - Poet and activist, Movimiento San Isidro Fernando Ravsberg - Journalist; former correspondent, BBC Fernando Rojas - Cuban Deputy Minister of Culture Marta Maria Ramirez - Independent journalist - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/

Nigeria: The tweet that got Twitter banned | The Listening Post

The tit-for-tat in Nigeria that saw Twitter banned by the government. Contributors: Mercy Abang - Journalist Lai Mohammed - Nigerian minister for information and culture Gbenga Sesan - Executive director, Paradigm Initiative Fisayo Soyombo - Editor-in-chief, Foundation for Investigative Journalism On our radar It's election time in Algeria and the government is feeling the heat on the streets. Richard Gizbert and producer Flo Phillips discuss its response - arresting journalists, and taking broadcasters off the air. A snapshot of empire: The racist legacy of colonial postcards How the golden age of postcards left behind a legacy of racism that continues to shape perceptions of Africans today. Contributors: Sarah Sentilles - Writer and critical theorist Olubukola Gbadegesin - Associate professor, Saint Louis University Stephen Hughes - Senior lecturer, SOAS Julie Crooks - Curator, Art Gallery of Ontario - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/

From Sheikh Jarrah to Gaza: Journalism under apartheid | The Listening Post

Just days after the ceasefire in Gaza ended 11 days of bombing, The Listening Post spoke with two Palestinians who have tilted international attention towards their struggle. Contributors: Muna al-Kurd - Sheikh Jarrah resident and activist Hosam Salem - Gaza Palestinian photographer On our radar Richard Gizbert and producer Tariq Nafi discuss Israelas crackdown on reporters in East Jerusalem, and the international journalists calling out their own media operations for sanitising the oppression of Palestinians. How to cover apartheid: A human rights perspective with Hagai El-Ad Human rights groups are reframing the discussion about Israel's domination of Palestinians. Richard Gizbert interviews Hagai El-Ad, executive director of Israeli human rights organisation, BaTselem. Contributors: Hagai El-Ad - Executive director, BaTselem - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/

Lab leak reloaded: The media brings back COVID origin debate | The Listening Post

A year and a half into the pandemic and people are still asking where the COVID-19 virus originated. The so-called lab-leak theory is gaining momentum among some scientists and journalists who contend this story has the makings of a mass cover-up. Contributors: Nicholas Wade - Former science reporter, New York Times James Palmer - Deputy editor, Foreign Policy Amy Maxmen - Senior reporter, Nature Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz - Epidemiologist, University of Wollongong; columnist, The Guardian On our radar One journalist in Pakistan is beaten up. Another is being censored. Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Tariq Nafi about the countryas red lines that you cannot cross. Forced to forget, determined to remember: The Tiananmen massacre Chinese officials have tried to erase the Tiananmen Square massacre from the countryas history but dissidents outside the mainland are doing what they can to keep the memory alive. Contributors: Lee Cheuk-yan - Founder, June 4th Museum; chairman, Hong Kong Alliance Wuaer Kaixi - Tiananmen protest leader Yaqiu Wang - China researcher, Human Rights Watch

Israel-Palestine: The double standard in American newsrooms | The Listening Post

News coverage in the US of the Palestine-Israel conflict has always favoured Israel but that is beginning to shift. The question is - to what extent and will it last? Contributors: Linda Sarsour - Executive director, MPower Change; Author, We Are Not Here to be Bystanders Omar Baddar - National Policy Council, Arab-American Institute Lara Friedman - President, Foundation for Middle East Peace Philip Weiss - Founder and senior editor, Mondoweiss On our radar Belarusian authorities went to extreme lengths to arrest opposition journalist Roman Protasevich. Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Meenakshi Ravi to find out why. Slovenia: The prime ministeras awar with the mediaa Another European leader shows his authoritarian side; Sloveniaas prime minister, Janez JanA!a, says he is at "war with the media". Contributors: Marko MilosavljeviA - University of Ljubljana, Chair of Journalism AnuA!ka DeliA - Editor-in-chief, OA!tro BlaA3/4 Zgaga - Reporter, Nacional.hr and investigative journalist Boris TomaA!iA - Host and chief editor, Nova 24 - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/

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