Lou Ferrigno, TV’s Incredible Hulk, to be sheriff’s deputy in New Mexico

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The actor and former bodybuilder will be sworn in on Thursday to recruit officers for the department and the county

As the Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno brought the bad guys to book with his famous thunderclap, a signature superhero move as loud as a sonic boom or a hurricane.

But the actor most famous for bringing the Marvel Comics legend to life in the long-running 1970s CBS television series will have to rely on more traditional crime-fighting tools in his latest role, as a sheriffs deputy in the New Mexico desert.

The 68-year-old former bodybuilder will be sworn in on Thursday as the newest recruit of the Socorro county sheriffs department.

As a deputy, Ferrigno will continue a journey in law and order that began as the ferocious green alter ego of Dr David Bruce Banner on the small screen and progressed to real-life spells as a reserve deputy in two California counties and as a member of notorious Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaios volunteer posse which targeted illegal immigrants.

According to Socorro county sheriff William Armijo, Ferrigno will be instrumental in recruiting officers for the department and the county. The actor, Armijo says, will be bringing decades of law enforcement experience.

Expected to perform mostly office-bound duties, Ferrigno will be on call to assist patrol officers where needed, though will wear the neat beige uniform of the sheriffs department rather than the torn shorts and pea green body make-up of the giant Hulk.

Since stepping back from an acting career that still sees him accepting occasional roles, such as voice-overs in the Avengers series of movies, Ferrigno has enjoyed success as a fitness coach and motivational speaker.

In an interview on his website, he explained the parallels between life as a fictional crime-buster and his time with the San Luis Obispo sheriffs department in California.

This is not a costume, he said. This is the real thing because Ive played sheriff over the years in different films. This I take very seriously and Im very excited, very proud to be a deputy because my whole life Ive always wanted to be a sheriff.

People assume its just an honorary thing. It isnt, because Im certified and I have police powers which Im very proud of. I went through all the driving, the shooting, the studying and it changed my life and Im very happy to be a real-life hero, protecting life and property.

During an appearance on The Celebrity Apprentice in 2012, Ferrigno struck up a friendship with Donald Trump. In 2018 Trump appointed Ferrigno, a former Mr Universe, to his presidential council on sports fitness and nutrition.

Ferrigno is among a number of celebrities to have had careers in law enforcement. They include the actor Steven Seagal, who partnered his duties as a reserve deputy in Louisiana and Arizona with a reality TV series that was halted when he became embroiled in a sexual assault lawsuit, and the retired basketball star Shaquille ONeal.

An honorary federal deputy marshal, ONeal attended police academy and served as a reserve officer for police departments in California, Arizona and Florida.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/11/lou-ferrigno-televisions-incredible-hulk-to-join-new-mexicos-sheriffs-deputies

20 things to look forward to in 2020

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Welcome to the 2020! Other than being a numerically auspicious date that stands at the gateway of a fresh new decade, the year 2020 will probably be like any other year: Full of confusing and depressing events that will make you wish Earth had some sort of eject button.

1. The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo

Everyone loves the Olympics! When else can you and your fellow citizens get genuinely, collectively excited about beach volleyball? The 2020 games will feature five new sports: Karate, baseball/softball, skateboarding, sports climbing and surfing, as well as a mess of new events in already established categories. And in a tech-savvy, culturally rich city like Tokyo, the games are bound to be particularly festive.

2. A medley of new movies

If watching other people running around and being athletic is too taxing for you, rest assured it will be another eventful year at the box office. Do you like superhero deep cuts? Boom: “Wonder Woman 1984.” “Black Widow.” Franchises that refuse to die? Rev up for “Fast and Furious 9” and a new “Fantastic Beasts” movie. Franchises you thought weren’t franchises because it’s been so long but — surprise — now they are apparently? “Top Gun: Maverick” will look great on you. The remake train continues at full speed as well, making stops at “West Side Story” junction and “Mulan” city. Oh, and don’t forget about “Sonic the Hedgehog!” After what those graphic designers went through, it’s basically your civic duty to see it.

3. The elections

Right, so not many well-adjusted people would call elections “fun.” But this isn’t a list of fun things, it’s a list of things to look forward to. And no matter how many ulcers the 2020 Presidential race will give you, it’s still an important time in US history and it will affect us all. So, do your part by getting more political or learning about voting history or just practicing a few deep, democratic breaths in preparation for November. Other than the main event, 11 states will be holding gubernatorial elections this year, so there’s a chance the fabric of our country could change significantly in a very short period. Haha … fun!

    4. The Mars 2020 mission

    In case the year really does go to hell and you want to launch yourself into space, maybe you can hitch a ride on the new rover headed for Mars in late July or early August. The Mars 2020 rover will join the Curiosity rover on the Red Planet, which hopefully means Curiosity will have a friend to sing Happy Birthday with instead of doing it all alone. Any time scientists get to be rock stars is a time worth celebrating, and the Mars 2020 rover is fully tricked out and ready to roll. It has 23 cameras and two microphones to capture the sounds of the rover landing as well as the haunting, desolate Martian winds that follow.

    5. A newly opened Washington Monument

    Under normal circumstances, tourists can go up to the top of the 555-foot obelisk at the heart of our nation’s capital and gaze out like kings at the tidy grid of humanity below. However, for almost three years, the Washington Monument has been closed to the public while it gets a new security screening area and elevator system. It seems like a long time, but when it comes to elevators, it’s always good to err on the side of caution. Everything should be back up and running for tourists in September.

    6. TV like you’ve never seen it (or paid for it) before

    It’s truly the dawn of a new television era. Not only will 2020 see the launch of several new streaming services like HBO Max and Peacock, there will be innumerable new shows, reboots and spinoffs in which to invest your time. “Lizzie McGuire” is getting the reboot treatment on Disney+, “Riverdale” is spawning a spinoff with the CW’s “Katy Keene,” and a “Clueless” reboot is floating around the schedule (Yes, we said reboot. A TV show inspired by the movie ran for a few years in the 1990s). If you’re more dramatically inclined, Stephen King’s “The Outsiders” is sure to please on HBO, and an adaptation of the Lane Moriarty novel “Nine Perfect Strangers” is coming to Hulu. “Westworld” fans, your long wait is over: Season 3 will premiere on HBO in the spring.

    7. The opening of the Yahoo! Time capsule

    In 2006, Yahoo invited people to place digital artifacts of what life was like in a virtual time capsule. Participants uploaded tens of thousands of videos, pictures, poems, works of art and other submissions of varying value, and the final product was handed over to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, for safekeeping. The plan is to crack open the capsule (digitally, of course) on Yahoo’s 25th birthday, which is in 2020. They better open it carefully: Unsealing that thing may bring forth a whole Pandora’s box full of cat memes and cringey MySpace pics.

    8. A total eclipse

    Remember how fun the Great American Eclipse was in 2017? Well, there’s a Great South American Eclipse coming next year, and eclipse watchers are making plans to congregate in Argentina and stare up at the cosmic spectacle (while safely bespectacled, of course). The solar eclipse will shade the region in brief darkness on December 14, but there are other fun space things happening right around the same time. The Geminid meteor shower will spangle the sky the night before, and a special alignment of Jupiter and Saturn a week later will complete a rare space nerd trifecta.

    9. Historical anniversaries

    While 2020 might be a great year to make history, it’s a pretty good year to observe history, as well. There are plenty of interesting historical anniversaries to geek out to, but these are some of the biggest. Go ahead, memorize a few and make your high school history teacher proud.

    10. A bevy of new books

    Treat yourself to a Kindle shopping spree and pre-order some of 2020’s most-anticipated books. “A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” is sure to be a buzzy release. It’s a prequel to the “Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins. Other new releases from well-loved authors: “Writer and Lovers” from Lily King, whose novel “Euphoria” spawned a TV adaptation, and “It’s All Not Downhill From Here” by Terry McMillan of “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” fame. For all of you recovering English majors, pick up “A Long Petal of the Sea” by iconic Chilean author Isabel Allende, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

      11. A saturated soccer scene

      This is the year the fútbol cosmos finally aligns. The UEFA European Football Championship will go down all around Europe this summer, culminating in a final game at Wembley Stadium in London in July. In South America, the Copa América will take over the continent at the same time. These two major international championships don’t usually fall in the same year (though they did in 2016), but going forward, they’ll happen simultaneously every four years. So, consider 2019’s UEFA championship to be a little extra bonus.

      12. A new hope for peanut allergy sufferers

      It’s 2020, OK? It’s about time for some medical breakthroughs to help people suffering from frustrating, sometimes extremely serious conditions like peanut allergies. Every year the Cleveland Clinic counts down the most anticipated advances in medical technology for the coming year, and one of the 2020 contenders is a new immunotherapy treatment for peanut allergies that was recently given the go-ahead by the FTC. The treatment, Palforzia, won’t eliminate the allergy altogether, but it will train people’s immune systems to help avoid serious reactions to accidental exposures.

      13. An innovative year in Dubai

      If you’ve ever thought about taking a trip to Dubai, this might be your year. The glitzy Arabian city will host the 2020 World Expo for half the year. Expo 2020 is like a World’s Fair, with 192 countries showcasing the newest in art, technology, science and countless other spheres. Expo 2020 will center around a huge, specially built indoor-outdoor area between Dubai and the northern border of neighboring Abu Dhabi. Themes of the event will include happiness and environmental stability and, according to the event’s website, you can “meet Gnasher, the sharp-toothed machine of endless consumption.” (It’s a new recycling technology, not an imprisoned eldritch horror.) Sign us up!

      14. A menagerie of new music

      What will the sound of the new decade be? Well, we can start with some of the most-anticipated albums and tours coming our way in 2020. Keep your ears open for Cardi B’s “Tiger Woods,” Lana Del Ray’s “White Hot Forever,” J. Cole’s “The Fall Off,” Ozzy Osbourne’s “Ordinary Man,” The 1975’s “Notes on a Conditional Form,” plus new album releases from Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Haim, The Strokes, Pearl Jam, Justin Bieber, Drake and Lady Gaga.
      If you’re looking for your next live music thrill, Taylor Swift, Celine Dion, Kenny Chesney and Niall Horan are all hitting the road in 2020. Elton John is continuing his farewell tour through 2021, and after having to cancel 2019 tour dates due to injury, Ozzy Osbourne will return to the stage this year. Fans are holding out hope that other huge artists, like Beyoncé, AC/DC, Adele and K-pop mega groups BTS and BlackPink, will announce 2020 tours.

      15. The next generation of video game consoles (and new games to play on them)

      Video games will continue to take over the cultural mainstream, and they’ll get a huge boost when two new consoles, the PlayStation 5 and the XBox Series X, hit the market in 2020. New video game releases will accompany these next-gen consoles: Halo Infinite and Hellblade 2 for the XBox, and new Call of Duty and Final Fantasy titles for the PS5.

      16. The year of the electric truck

      The world of brawny haul-ems with whisper-quiet, earth-friendly engines is about to explode. We’ve already met the Tesla Cybertruck, and honestly, it wasn’t the gentlest introduction to the world of electric trucks. Don’t worry, the rest are a bit friendlier. Two startup companies, Lordstown Motors and Rivian, will release models this year. For those with very expensive tastes, the Hummer-like Bollinger B2 will be rolling out with a $125,000 price tag. More popular automakers are giving their trucks an electric upgrade. GM is planning an all-electric truck release, and an electric version of the Ford F-150 — the bestselling car in America — is still on the drawing board but is expected to be a 2021 release.

      17. The baseball game of your “Dreams.”

      For the record, baseball is NOT a boring sport. But it will be at its least boring on August 13th when the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox meet in the middle of a corn field in Dyersville, Iowa, to play a special “Field of Dreams”-inspired game. The field is even located near the site of the original movie set. Eight thousand lucky fans will get to experience the full rural splendor in person, but there will be all kinds of special programming and events surrounding the game for everyone else to enjoy.

        18. The rise of high-speed rail

        It is no secret that high-speed rail is the future of land travel, but the concept has been slow to catch on in the US. That may change in 2020. Several high-speed rail systems are due to break ground, and other plans could move forward in big ways. Virgin Trains USA will begin construction in late 2020 on a new $4.8 billion, 170-mile high-speed train line from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas. (Another Virgin Trains line, between Miami and West Palm Beach, is already in operation, and will expand to Orlando in a few years.) A plan for a high-speed line between Houston and Dallas is chugging along, so to speak, and construction could start as early as summer 2020.
        Back on the west coast, Microsoft is helping move along a plan for a rail between Seattle and Vancouver. The company, headquartered in Redmond, Washington, shelled out $223,000 in October 2019 to finish an exploratory study into the project by 2020.

        19. A bustling Broadway scene

        Movie remakes are so last decade. Welcome to 2020, where movies are remade as stage musicals! There are a stunning amount of stage adaptations, some or all of which may see a 2020 premiere on the Great White Way (or somewhere else a little more accessible). If you like romance, watch for takes on “13 Going on 30,” “The Bodyguard,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Some Like It Hot.” “17 Again” and “Magic Mike” and the Archie Comics franchise may get the theater treatment. Ready to get really meta? Another musical in the works is “Bombshell,” which is based on the fictional stage production at the center of the real TV show “Smash.”

        20. A new decade

        If a new year means a new beginning, then what does a decade mean? We have a whole 10 years to shape the trends, events and questionable hairstyle choices that will forever be associated with the 2020’s. We are the makers of our own destiny. Let’s get to it.
          Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the location of the Jeddah Tower, which is in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

          Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/28/world/20-things-to-look-forward-to-2020-upcoming-events-releases-trnd/index.html

          What Fruits And Vegetables Would Do If They Were Alive (30 Pics By Alex Solis)

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          In the parallel universe of “The Freshest Foods,” fruits and vegetables are brought to life and turned into charismatic characters whose daily routines and struggles are not much different from what we, humans, deal with. The creative mastermind behind these humorous digital drawings is illustrator/3D sculptor/b-boy Alex Solis, who is famous for his out-of-the-box ideas. These quirky illustrations might not save fruits and veggies from being eaten, but entertainment and a good laugh are guaranteed.

          Bored Panda reached out to Alex Solis to talk about the passion that he turned into a career. 

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          You can always expect the unexpected when scrolling through Solis’ Instagram feed, and 432k followers know exactly what they have signed up for. “I’m lucky enough that my work is able to touch a lot of people nowadays. I see it as an ongoing art show and a way for me to just share a laugh and also to be able to focus more on my art as a career by having more eyes on it,” said Solis about his popularity on social media.

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          An avocado with a beer belly, a banana on an important call, a piece of broccoli struggling to braid its untamed hair, a hardworking pear-plumber that cracks us all up, a body-image obsessed potato on a weight-loss journey, a goofy carrot, or a raisin addicted to plastic surgery — these are just a tiny fraction of the bizarre and amusing world Solis has created. But the personalities of these edible fellas, and the life situations they find themselves in, somehow make perfect sense. In his clever illustrations, Solis has linked features of simple foods with relatable struggles we all know by heart. And now we can’t unsee it. 

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          “Freshest Foods was a way to challenge myself and to show I can also do stuff not focused on pop culture. It started as one or two drawings and brainstorming with simple objects to create something out of something simple like a carrot,” said Solis. The artist said that he would think of as many concepts as he could for different fruits and vegetables, and was left with around 10 concepts for each to pick what he felt worked the best.

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          Solis loves using humor and satire to experiment with pop culture references and everyday life objects. He has gained fame with his unique and bold concepts that we didn’t know we needed in our lives. “I find it challenging to create new ideas based on exciting art that others wouldn’t think about. But again it’s something I personally love, so it’s more so an exploration of what our culture is,” said the artist.

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          We have previously featured some of Solis’ most ingenious projects on Bored Panda, such as “Icons Unmasked” that shows a collection of clever mashups of our favorite characters with secret identities, “Famous Oldies” with well-known characters and superheroes aging like everyone else, and “Baby Terrors,” where he imagined horror characters as little babies who are so cute, you almost wouldn’t mind being murdered by them. He has also created disturbing yet adorable illustrations of predators vs. prey, rotten foods, and famous characters who have been eating a little too much junk food. He’s produced unexpected creative doodles with ordinary objects and sign language. It’s obvious that Solis’ life revolves around art and the crazy and bizarre ideas he comes up with. 

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          “Ever since I could remember, art has been there for me, through hard times and good. Growing up in a humble environment where I didn’t have much, art has always been it, I’m lucky in that way that it was never a doubt what I wanted to do with my life. Everything inspires me, I see my art as a window of expression of myself and what happens around me.”

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          With such unrestrained imagination and talent, it was a natural progression to turn his life’s passion into a job. With a background in design and web development, Solis was able to combine his artistry and technical skills to create more visual and concept-driven art. A Wisconsin-based artist works full-time on his independent brand, Oddworx, which is dedicated to products based on his art. Oddworx offers a vast variety of merch featuring the artist’s most popular work: from prints and stickers to t-shirts and art figures. 

          We asked Solis about the challenges he faces with his brand; he said: “There are always challenges, especially since a lot of my work is always different, one thing might work great while another fails hard. But the important thing is to keep moving and learning and exploring. If it was simple it wouldn’t be worth it.”

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          “A lot of my ideas are just concepts and day-to-day thoughts,” said Solis, “so, in the end, it also means I do put out some that are not brilliant or even funny. But I think it’s worth doing ideas regardless: to one person they might be dumb, and to someone else, brilliant. Artists always have to adjust and adapt to continue to grow, it’s an ever-changing job, but it’s what keeps me on my toes.”

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          From Bran Stark to Boris Johnson: TV heroes and villains of 2019

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          From Game of Thrones to BBC Parliament via a fascist Emma Thompson, there were champions and tyrants aplenty on our screens this year. Here are the best and the very worst

          Heroes:
          Princess Anne, The Crown

          The royal family didnt exactly cover itself in glory in 2019, but salvation came from a most unexpected place. Princess Anne (previously portrayed in The Windsors as a sort of terrifying vampire) turned out to be the breakout star of The Crown. Played by Erin Doherty, she was funny, sardonic and exactly the right character to counter the dreary poshos that make up the rest of her awful family even if they did miss out the (surely intrigue-heavy) kidnap attempt against her.

          Nadia Vulvokov, Russian Doll

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          Natasha Lyonne in Russian Doll: the role she was born to play. Photograph: AP

          The role that Natasha Lyonne was born to play in the show she was born to star in, Russian Dolls Nadia is a walking, talking wall of scar tissue. The only thing that can soften her up are several traumatising deaths and rebirths. But the miracle of Nadia is that even this isnt a complete success. By the end of the series she has changed, but remains still just as knotted and grouchy as before. What a concept. What a character.

          Ebenezer Scrooge, I Think You Should Leave

          The story of Scrooge traditionally ends with him embracing the spirit of Christmas and asking a boy to buy him a turkey. But only I Think You Should Leave showed the true heroism at the heart of the man. In the bizarre Netflix comedy, Scrooge was then visited by The Ghost of Christmas Way Future, who came with a dark warning about the future of humanity. By Christmas 3050, Skeletrex and his bone brigade have enslaved the human race. Only Scrooge, with his newfound sense of Christmas cheer, can defeat the bonies by smashing their brains out with his cane. Possibly the one real hero in all of television this year.

          Jennie Gresham, Alan Partridge

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          From dismissal to fear to disgust … Jennie Gresham (Susannah Fielding) deals with Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan). Photograph: Colin Hutton/BBC/Baby Cow/Colin Hutton

          Arguably the television performance of 2019, Susannah Fieldings Jennie Gresham felt more strongly about things than any other character this year. She veered from dismissal to fear to disgust to fury to something that briefly approximated seduction, all hidden behind a 6ft blast door of practised BBC cheeriness. Her emotions seeped out only through the sort of involuntary twitches and glances that tend to occur when you sit next to Alan Partridge. A complete professional.

          Dr Manhattan, Watchmen

          Although the finale ended up doubling as a critique of the man a god who lost interest in humanity Dr Manhattan was still the lynchpin of Damon Lindelofs Watchmen reboot. He spent decades exploring the universe until he came to see existence as little more than an abstract. But, still, at the moment of his death, he chose to replay the memories he made with a woman he loved. His last act of selflessness springs the story into exciting new territory.

          Suzie, Stranger Things

          A largely unseen presence who for the majority of the season we assumed was invented, it was Dustins long-distance girlfriend who ultimately saved the world from destruction. She knew Plancks constant, which was the key to defeating the giant blood monster. But she only gave it up on the proviso that Dustin first agreed to perform a duet of Never Ending Story by Limahl in its entirety with her. This is a woman with an appropriate sense of perspective.

          Hamster, Seven Worlds, One Planet

          Only in 2019 could an act of wanton grave desecration count as heroism, but there we are. Of course, it helps that the figure doing the desecration was a chubby cheeked Austrian hamster, carefully bobbing across a graveyard on its way to eat a meal of flowers and candle wax. But as ever, there was a moral to be found. If youre going to eat candles, be prepared to get your head stuck in a jar.

          Bran Stark, Game of Thrones

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          Living like a king … Bran Stark through the ages. Photograph: AP

          All hail the king. While the final season and, in particular, the final episode of Game of Thrones looks set to go down as a historic misfire, at least we have Bran Stark to look up to. A weird little boy who did nothing to help anyone and ended up ruling the world anyway, Bran is everything we should aspire to. May his reign be fruitful and, more importantly, untelevised.

          Villains:
          Mitch Kessler, The Morning Show

          The big bad on Apple TV+s The Morning Show looked and acted like a friendly dad. Mitch Kessler played by Steve Carell at the exact midpoint between Michael Scott and John du Pont was the anchor of a beloved breakfast TV show. The series started at the moment when his world began to crumble at the hands of #MeToo allegations, but it was only as the series progressed that you began to realise what a vile, grasping, self-obsessed monster he really was. Yuck.

          Viv Rook, Years and Years

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          A slow and insidious rise to populist power … Emma Thompson as Viv Rook. Photograph: Guy Farrow/BBC/Red Productions

          For the majority of Russell T Daviess apocalyptic drama, Viv Rook was a figure on TV; her slow and insidious rise to populist power playing out in tandem to the real action. But the scariest scene came when a character came face to face with her, and Emma Thompsons politician revealed herself to be nothing but a dimwitted mouthpiece an empty vessel for larger and darker forces. As with everything that Years and Years offered up, it was only frightening because you suspected that it was true.

          Logan Roy, Succession

          Logan Roy (Brian Cox) spent the second series of Succession huffing and raging like a Shakespearian monster. Once absolute, his power was starting to slip between his fingers, and he reacted with supreme cruelty. A villain so mighty that he happily used his own children as collateral damage, Logans barbarism came to a head with the unquestionable act of abuse that was Boar on the Floor, a game where he forced his family to crawl around begging for sausages. May his comeuppance in season three be swift and violent.

          Prince Andrew, Newsnight

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          Only an oafish moron would use such an alibi … Prince Andrew interviewed by Emily Maitlis. Photograph: Mark Harrison/AP

          The gall of the man. The sheer bumptious idiocy. Only somebody as fundamentally stupid as Prince Andrew would agree to be grilled by one of the countrys most dogged interviewers about the sexual accusations made against him. Only a lumbering berk like him would suggest holding it in the countrys most comically out of touch room. Only an oafish moron would use an alibi (that he doesnt sweat) that would immediately trigger a race to disprove him by every picture agency in the world. And only an unremitting fool like him would come out of it thinking that hed done quite well.

          Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones

          What a baddie. What a dictator. What an all-round awful person. Daenerys curdled hard this year, kicking out whenever her brittle grasp of power was questioned until she spent most of one episode literally destroying the world. Good riddance to a thoroughly nasty dragon queen and, er, Starbucks fan.

          Mary Louise, Big Little Lies

          Was Mary Louise really that bad? After all, she was the mother of a dead man, trying to work out who murdered him. However, in the hands of Meryl Streep, she became an absolute tyrant. Her worst move ripping Celestes children away from their mother came shrouded in faux goodness. Again and again she repeated that she only wanted what was best for everyone, but again and again she pushed everyone perilously close to the brink. May we never have to hear the clatter of her false teeth again.

          Boris Johnson, Nowhere

          The easy thing to do here would be to compare Boris Johnson to Viv Rook (see above), but at least Viv Rook agreed to be on television. Sidestepping almost every opportunity for proper televised scrutiny, Johnson instead turned his back and fled and he won. Not everyone can make Andrew Neils miraculous cloud of hair judder with rage, but not everyone is quite as much of a swaggering baddie as Boris.

          Anthony the hairdresser, Fleabag

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          Hair-raising … Claire (Sian Clifford) with pencil haircut. Photograph: BBC

          He made Claires head look like a pencil and then refused compensation. Yes, sure, she asked for that exact haircut, but that isnt the point. Hair is everything, Anthony!!!

          Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/dec/20/from-bran-stark-to-boris-johnson-tv-heroes-and-villains-of-2019

          J.J. Abrams and Michael B. Jordan discussed Superman with Warner Bros.

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          The future of DC Comics films is starting to shape up with a mix of blockbuster hits (Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Shazam!), character deep-dives (Joker, The Batman), and chaotic team-ups (Birds of Prey, The Suicide Squad). But the future of one of DC Comics most iconic superheroes is still up in the air.

          A lengthy report from Variety details the future of Warner Bros. superhero films, including details on how prevalent Arkham Asylum will be in The Batman and a contract option for several stars of The Batman and Birds of Prey to have their own standalone or show up in sequels. After the runaway success of Joker, Warner Bros. is more open to R-rated superhero movies, especially since Marvel isnt really fulfilling

          Theyre on the upswing, BoxOffice.com chief analyst Shawn Robbins told Variety. They had a rocky period, but theyre starting to find their footing.

          A key Warner Bros. goal is to finally get a Green Lantern movie off the ground with Geoff Johns set to write the script (with J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot expected to get a first look at the project). The Ezra Miller-helmed Flash movie thats been in production hell for several years is still on the docket despite Millers key role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. But the biggest enigma remains one of the publishers most famous comic book character: Superman.

          According to Variety, Warner Bros. discussed Superman and how to make the character relevant to theater-going audiences with both Abrams and Michael B. Jordan, the latter who gave Warner Bros. his own pitch for the character. But with his own slate of films in the works for the next few years, Jordan currently isnt attached to a Superman film, and the chances of seeing a Superman film debut in theaters before 2023 is highly improbable.

          More than almost any character, Warner Bros. has struggled in recent years with bringing Superman to the big screen. Superman Returns fell flat, and although Henry Cavills turn in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Justice League has its fans, those films were largely panned by critics. And while reports that Cavill had left the role (like Ben Affleck did with Batman) surfaced last year, Cavill has since pushed back.

          H/T Variety

          Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/parsec/superman-warner-bros-dc-comics-future/

          Gal Gadot and Chris Pine meet again in trailer for ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

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          (CNN)She will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. That’s because she’s Wonder Woman, and now she’s finally back.

          The first look at the highly anticipated follow-up to “Wonder Woman” shows Diana Prince reuniting with her love, Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine.
          This might have come as a surprise to many as Trevor’s plane blew up in the first film, which was set during World War I, decades before.
            In the trailer, set in the 1980s, Gadot is once again at the center of the action, dodging bullets, crushing guns with her bare firsts, and, of course, saving lives.
            During San Diego Comic-Con in July 2018, Gadot said the movie wasn’t a sequel, but its “own story.”
              “Wonder Woman” is the first major superhero franchise to be led by a woman, director Patty Jenkins. The film earned more than $103 million in its North American opening last June, the biggest ever for a female director.
              The film’s release date is June 5, 2020.

              Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/08/entertainment/wonder-woman-1984-trailer-trnd/index.html

              Walmart Is In Trouble For Selling A Cocaine Sweater | Betches

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              By now, it’s become a time-honored tradition for stores and online retailers to make problematic clothing pieces, only to be called out  and have to publicly apologize. It happened to H&M when they put a black boy in a sweatshirt that said “coolest monkey in the jungle.”  Nike got in trouble for releasing a “Boston Massacre” shirt the same year as the Boston Marathon bombing. And American Eagle had to backtrack after people pointed out that one of their bracelets looked a little too much like shackles used to hold slaves. So many f*ckups, so little time.

              Today, it’s Walmart’s turn in the hot seat. The retail giant issued an apology for a holiday sweater that was sold through the Canadian version of their Marketplace, where third-party vendors can sell their products. The sweater says “Let it Snow,” and features a snowman in front of a table that clearly features lines of… a substance. And in case there was any doubt about what was depicted, here’s the description that went along with the sweater: “We all know how snow works. It’s white, powdery and the best snow comes straight from South America. That’s bad news for jolly old St. Nick, who lives far away in the North Pole. That’s why Santa really likes to savor the moment when he gets his hands on some quality, grade A, Colombian snow.” LMAO.

              Honestly, I think the sweater is kinda funny, and it’s not nearly as offensive as some of the other things retailers have sold. But it’s not exactly on-brand for Walmart’s family image, and and it’s obviously it’s not a great look for them to let third-party sellers put things like this on their site. The Walmart Marketplace, which is similar to Amazon, has clearly come with its difficulties. This isn’t the first time that Walmart has issued an apology for a product that made its way onto their site. Two years ago, they got in trouble for a hat on their site, the color of which was named after a racial slur. Yikes yikes yikes.

              The holiday shopping season is just picking up, and companies with marketplaces like this should probably be on high alert for problematic items, because people suck. Just last week, Amazon got dragged for selling Christmas ornaments and a bottle opener that featured images of Auschwitz. Like, the concentration camp. I don’t know who even thought to make these products in the first place, but obviously Amazon needs to have some more strict guidelines in place.

              While most of the products on Walmart’s site aren’t problematic like these, there are definitely some questionable offerings. I went straight to the men’s graphic tee section of the website, and I was not disappointed. I mean, I was disappointed that people still wear this sh*t, but at least I found plenty of stuff to roast.

              For exhibit A, let’s look at this take on the classic American flag tee. But rather than just a classic ~America~ vibe, whoever made this decided to sh*t on Colin Kaepernick and everyone else who has kneeled for the national anthem. Honestly, this shirt basically just means “All Lives Matter,” but with a fun disguise that you really just care about the fallen troops. We probably all have an uncle who would wear this.

              Aside from the icky alt-right vibes, there are also a LOT of shirts dedicated to being obsessed with video games. I kind of thought we had outgrown this as a society, but apparently all the dudes who still love video games have just been hiding in their parents’ basements, so I didn’t realize they still existed. Maybe you can buy this shirt for your older brother who doesn’t have much direction in his life.

              But my absolute (least) favorite shirt on the Walmart Marketplace has to be this one, dedicated to telling your dad that he’s a superhero to you. Cute sentiment, but the shirt is going to give me f*cking nightmares. Honestly, the word “daddy” has kind of been ruined at this point, so it’s hard for me to look at this and not just think about a hookup horror story. But hey, if you’re still looking for a Christmas present for your dad, go off sis.

              The real crime with this shirt is all the competing fonts and the redundant clip-art.

              What did you think of the cocaine sweater? I didn’t hate it, but it definitely seems like companies like Walmart and Target need to be a little (or a lot) more careful about the restrictions on their third-party sellers. But like, does anyone know where I can still buy the sweater?

              Images: Shutterstock; Walmart (4); AuschwitzMuseum / Twitter

              Read more: https://betches.com/?p=74010

              The best movies and TV shows streaming on Disney+

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              On Nov. 12 Disney+launches for audiences everywhere, bringing with it a massive library of shows and movies featuring some of the biggest properties in cinema and TV history.

              There are thousands to choose from, meaning you might spend your first night with the service just looking through lists. Save yourself some time: Weve scanned the Disney+ library to compile a truly staggering list of the best movies and TV shows available at launch.

              Join us in the wonderful world of Disney with these Disney+ shows and movies.


              Whats on Disney+? Heres everything we know:


              Disney+ movies

              1) Marvel Cinematic Universe(2008-2019)

              Marvel/Disney

              One of the biggest selling points of Disney+ is getting immediate access to the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kicking off with Iron Man and encompassing the entire MCU up through Captain Marvel, you can catch up on 11 years of superhero action from the comfort of your home. Disney+ will also be the first place you can stream Avengers: Endgame later in 2019.

              2) Free Solo(2018)

              National Geographic/Disney

              This Academy Award-winning documentary follows professional rock climber Alex Honnolds attempt to perform the first free solo climb of the 900-meter El Capitan vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park. Full of drama and heart-stopping photography, Free Solo is a thrill ride, even if you arent interested in climbing. It deserves a spot on your Disney+ shows and movies watchlist.

              3) Moana (2016)

              Disney

              Moana is so good it belongs in the canon of all-time Disney greats. You need to add it to your watchlist immediately if you missed it when it was in theaters. Then you need to cancel your plans and watch Moana instead. The film brilliantly reinvents the Disney princess formula while also honoring the Disney classics you grew up loving. The representation, The Rock, the music from Lin-Manuel Miranda: I could go on, but really, if you havent seen the movie yet, just watch it first. Chris Osterndorf

              4) Big Hero 6(2014)

              Disney

              Big Hero 6 introduces us to Hiro, a 14-year-old robotics genius who longs for adventure but is held back by his age. His brother helps him join a world-class research lab. However, tragedy strikes and Hiro must use his skills to create a team to stop an unimaginable evil. Packed with exhilarating action, Big Hero 6s real star is the truly believable relationships at the center of its story. You might even find yourself shedding a tear. Other superhero movies might be darker, but Big Hero 6 has more heart than all of them combined.

              5) Frozen(2013)

              Disney

              Disneys mega-hit adaptation of Hans Christian Andersens The Snow Queen is one of the most beloved modern animated films. Princess Elsa was born with a wonderful, yet terrifying power: to create ice and snow. On the day she is meant to be crowned queen, a horrible mistake plunges the kingdom into permanent winter, causing Elsa to flee. Its up to her sister and a merry band of adventurers to bring Elsa back and unfreeze the kingdom. With wonderful music and beautiful animation, Frozen is among the Disney+ shows and movies that are a treat for the whole family.

              6) The Muppets(2011)

              Disney

              Walter and Gary grew up loving the Muppets. They finally travel to Los Angeles to see The Muppets Studio, but theyre heartbroken to discover it abandoned. When they learn Statler and Waldorf are planning on selling the studio to an oil company, they band together to reunion Kermit, Piggy, and the entire crew to save the Muppet legacy. Written by star Jason Segel, The Muppets is an uproarious reboot of the beloved classic characters, with brilliant musical numbers and hilarious jokes.

              7) Invincible(2006)

              Disney

              Invincible is based on the true story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old South Philadelphia bartender who won a spot playing for the Eagles during an open tryout. Papale became the oldest rookie in the history of the NFL, serving as an inspiration for working-class Joes everywhere. With explosive action andMark Wahlbergs heartfelt performance, Invincible is a classic feel-good sports film hidden among the numerous shows and movies Disney+ offers.

              8) Millions(2005)

              Fox Searchlight/Disney

              There arent too many whimsical crime comedies for families, which makes Millions a wonderful exception. Days before Britain converts to euros, a 7-year-old sees a bag of millions of pounds fall from the sky. The only catch is the criminals who originally stole the money desperately want it back. Danny Boyles heartwarming tale of childhood innocence and crime is a crowd-pleasing comedy.

              9) The Incredibles (2004)

              Disney

              Pixars The Incredibles is truly a wonder. Its not only one of the best Pixar films, but its also unofficially the best Fantastic Four movie ever made. When the forced retirement of all superheroes leaves Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl in a career slump, the duo tackles its biggest challenge of all: raising three kids. But Mr. Incredible still longs for adventure, sneaking out of the house to perform heroic acts in spite of the law. Hilarious and thrilling,The Incredibles lives up to its name and more.

              10) Miracle(2004)

              Disney

              The Cold War was fought on many fronts, sometimes even by underdogs on ice. Miracle adapts the true story of the 1980 U.S. mens Olympic hockey teams battle with Russia for the gold medal. College coach Herb Brooks brings together a scrappy team of brilliant college players to face the elite Russian squad. The action is intense and the story is inspiring, even if you dont buy into nationalistic tales of sports supremacy. Count it among the classic Disney+ shows and movies.

              11) Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl(2003)

              Disney

              Travel back, if you will, to the distant past of 2003. Johnny Depp was not only semi-tolerable, but his Captain Jack Sparrow was a revelation, yet to become a grating parody of itself. Orlando Bloom was a movie star, Keira Knightley was an up-and-comer, and no one knew whether a film based on a theme park ride would work. Moreover, said film had not yet spawned a parade of annoying sequels. Today, its hard to say whats most impressive about the first Pirates of the Caribbean moviethat it still holds up so well or that it even worked in the first place. Chris Osterndorf

              12) Finding Nemo (2003)

              Disney

              Marlin is a clownfish and wonderful father to Nemo, a brave little boy with one abnormally short fin. They live a happy, yet simple life. But one day, Nemo swims too close to the surface and gets caught by a diver. Marlin must break free of his fear of venturing into the world to find his lost boy. A forgetful reef fish named Dory helps him along the way. Packed to the gills with laughs and heart, Finding Nemo is a true classic. Add it to your Disney+ shows and movies queue for when your heart needs warming.


              13) Lilo and Stitch(2002)

              Disney

              Its safe to say Stitch is the second-most beloved alien in family films, after E.T. Movies about kids and their pets are as timeless as a concept can get, and Lilo and Stitch delivers the goods. Lilo, a young Hawaiian girl, and Stitch, an alien whose core directive is wreaking havoc and destruction, are a lovely pair. As the two unlikely friends grow closer and question what really constitutes family, Lilo and Stitch cements its place as a modern Disney classic. Given that Disneys hand-drawn output is nearly nonexistent these days, Lilo and Stitch is worth revisiting for its aesthetic pleasures, on top of the charming story and adorable lead duo. Eddie Strait

              14) Toy Story 2 (1999)

              Disney

              Youll be able to enjoy every chapter of the Toy Story saga among the Disney+ shows and movies, but the second entry deserves special mention. Originally planned as a direct-to-video movie, then rebooted from scratch for a theatrical release, Toy Story 2 probably shouldnt exist. Instead, it became a jewel of the Pixar library, telling an adult story about fear of abandonment in a hilarious, family-friendly package. It also signals one of the biggest leaps in animation technology between films in the Pixar catalog.

              15) James and the Giant Peach(1996)

              Disney

              Get ready to discover one of the lost Disney gems thanks to the expansive Disney+ shows and movies library. 1996s stop-motion animated adaptation of Roald Dahls James and the Giant Peach is a treat.Blending live-action segments with lovingly crafted puppet work, Jamesbuilds a magical world unlike anything in the Disney catalog. Add to it a batch of original Randy Newman songs, and youve got a classic waiting to be found.

              16) Frank and Ollie(1995)

              Disney

              Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston are two of the most important figures in animation history, but you probably dont know their names. They were the chief animators for Walt Disney Animation Studios from its early development through the 70s, when they retired. This heartwarming documentary tells their story, drawing anecdotes from across their careers as they trace the birth of modern cinematic animation.

              17) A Goofy Movie(1995)

              Disney

              Despite becoming a beloved constant for the Tumblr generation, A Goofy Movie has never really gotten its due. Thats a shame because its one of the funniest, most heartwarming modern additions of the Disney animation library. Goofyfearing loss of connection with his teenage son, Maxtakes the family on a hijinks-filled fishing trip. Along the way, audiences learn about the power of family and the wildness of teen angstand get a few incredible musical numbers from Tevin Campbell.

              18) Heavyweights(1995)

              Disney

              Behold Heavyweights, the darkest childrens comedy about body positivity ever to hit cinemas. Summer is supposed to be a time for fun, so when Gerry finds out his parents are sending him to Camp Hope to lose weight, hes heartbroken. Upon arrival, he discovers a place where overweight kids are accepted and lovedat least until the new owners arrive, instituting a mutiny among the campers. Written by a young Judd Apatow and director Steven Brill and starring Ben Stiller, Kenan Thompson, Paul Feig, and David Bowie, this bizarre comedy has earned a devoted cult following over the years. Its more than earned its spot in the Disney+ shows and movies catalog.

              19) The Lion King(1994)

              Disney

              The crown jewel of the Disney library is 1994s beloved animated classicThe Lion King. From the still-stunning animation to the Oscar-winning musical numbers, The Lion King has been a part of childrens lives for almost three decades. Now you can relive the magic time and time again on Disney+.

              20) Newsies(1992)

              Disney

              Newsies isnt an easy sell on paper: Its a full-production movie musical based on the actual newsboys strike of 1899. But this cult hit, which spawned a smash Broadway musical, has all the heart, magic, and infectiously unforgettable music youve come to love about Disney classics. Starring Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Ann-Margret, and Robert Duvall, Newsies is a feel-good musical adventure with incredible dance numbers.

              21) Who Framed Roger Rabbit(1988)

              Disney

              Beyond being one of the finest film noirs ever made, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a landmark in animation history. Its groundbreaking blending of live actors with animated characters is still jaw-dropping to see. Beyond that, it marked the first and last time audiences would ever see Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny on-screen together. Thankfully, well always have this perfect film about a detective and a cartoon rabbit teaming up to save Toontown.

              22) Mr. Boogedy(1986)

              Disney

              Disney+ will give audiences access to every Disney Channel Original Movie, but none is more exciting than Mr. Boogedy. This rare horror film from the House of Mouse tells the story of a family that discovers an evil Colonial ghost is haunting its new home. While its special effects havent aged perfectly, Mr. Boogedys wonderful cast of characters, including a dad who sells gags for a living, raise it above the occasionally low production values.

              23) Return to Oz(1985)

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              While The Wizard of Oz is a beloved family classic, this pitch-black 1985 sequel might be better saved for kids over 12 or very spooky 10-year-olds. Picking up years after the original, Returnfinds Dorothy receiving electrotherapy for telling stories about Oz. When lightning strikes, she escapes back to Oz, where she must fight a new evil that has overtaken the land. It may be too scary for young children, but Return to Oz is a bonafide classic of dark childrens fantasy.

              24) Star WarsOriginal Trilogy(1977-1983)

              Lucasfilm/Disney

              In 1977, cinema was changed for all time with the release of Star Wars: A New Hope. It ushered in decades of big-budget summer blockbusters and redefined sci-fi for an entire generation. Now fans can stream these classic films in one place: the massive list of Disney+ shows and movies. Hopefully in the future Disney will add the original cuts to the library, but getting to stream these films at all is a major win.

              25) Mary Poppins(1964)

              Disney

              Even after all these years,Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way, both movie and character. When the Banks family needs a nanny, they put out a notice only to be surprised by the sudden arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Through a series of adventures, musical numbers, and one stunning animated sequence, Poppins teaches the family about the importance of positivity. Julie Andrews gives the performance of a lifetime in what is arguably the best childrens film ever.

              26) Sleeping Beauty(1959)

              Disney

              Disneys animation department has redefined the art form multiple times, but Sleeping Beauty is in a class of its own. Taking the beloved childrens story and turning it into a hand-painted work of art, Sleeping Beauty is both childrens film and fine art. You get romance, terrifying action, and comedy at every turn, but the design of this movie alone is worth your time.

              27) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

              Disney

              Winner of two Academy Awards, for best art direction and best special effects, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remains a thrilling science-fiction classic. After a sea monster attacks his ship, Professor Aronnax is rescued by the enigmatic Captain Nemo and his experimental submarine. The giant squid attack is still one of the best action sequences in sci-fi, but the entire film is overflowing with incredible adventure.

              28) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs(1937)

              Disney

              Its hard to appreciate just how groundbreaking Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was when it came out. From the advanced animation that stunned audiences to the still-thrilling performances, Snow Whitechanged the future of animation. But what really matters is that even after 80-plus years its still as enthralling as the day it was released. Now its just easier than ever for kids all over to learn the words to Hi Ho!

              Disney+ shows

              1) The Muppets(2015)

              ABC/Disney

              We may have only gotten 16 episodes of ABCs The Muppets reboot, but those 16 episodes rank among the finest modern entertainment satire in history. Mixing The Office with the Muppets, this hilarious love letter to show business focused on the behind-the-scenes antics at Up Late With Miss Piggy. Choosing to keep the avalanche of celeb cameos and goofy jokes from the classic show but spinning it into a modern media satire was bold. While it didnt pay off at the time, on Disney+ shows library it can live on forever.

              2) Gravity Falls(2012)

              Disney

              Cartoon Network gets most of the credit for the modern boom of whip-smart childrens cartoons like Regular Show and Adventure Time, but Disney earned a place in the conversation with Gravity Falls. The show follows twins Dipper and Mabel, who are sent to spend the summer with their great uncle, Grunkle Stan. After finding a bizarre journal, the twins set out to uncover a host of mysteries, often encountering evil along the way. If youve ever longed for a kid-friendly Twin Peaks, Gravity Falls deserves your time and attention.

              3) Phineas and Ferb(2007)

              Disney

              Phineas and Ferb is one of the great absurdist childrens cartoons, a boundlessly imaginative world where kids live out their wildest dreams under their parents noses. Also, sometimes their pet platypus fights an evil spy organization. This joyous cartoon sees Phineas Flynn and his stepbrother Ferb Fletcher build time machines and amusement parks while trying to keep their adventures secret. Brilliantly funny, yet endlessly creative, Phineas and Ferb is a true joy.

              4) Spider-Man(1994)

              Marvel/Disney

              Fox TVs 90s Saturday morning cartoon block was a hotbed of incredible Marvel Comics adaptations. But its take on Spider-Man, in particular, stands out, cleverly adapting some of the comics most adult moments for an all-ages show. Youll see almost every villain and friend Spider-Man has ever made, from the Kingpin to the Punisher to Venom and even the murderous Carnage. While the MCU Spider-Man movies are incredible, this show might just be the best portrayal of the character anywhere outside of comic booksand now its one of the Disney+ shows you can enjoy from your couch.

              5) Gargoyles(1994)

              Disney

              Original childrens cartoons often seem to exist only to sell action figures. Gargoyles is an extremely odd outlier. Sure they made action figures, but the show also developed a deep, surprisingly dark mythology of its own along the way. Viewers join a crew of ancient gargoyles as they fight an evil billionaire with the help of a New York Police Department detective. Dealing with themes of family, time displacement, and corporate greed, the show has surprisingly heavy content for Disney. However, the thrilling fights and deep storylines will keep even the most cynical viewer engaged.

              6) X-Men(1992)

              Marvel/Disney

              Fox understandably gets a lot of criticism for how it butchered the X-Men franchise in theaters, but it deserves as much credit for nailing this cartoon. Drawing heavily from the comic books, often in multi-episode story arcs, and never shying away from the horrific violence mutants face,X-Men is a work of art. The show gives its villains room to have motives and its heroes true moments of tragedy, and it keeps the action intense throughout. Plus, that heavy-metal theme song still rips. If you want to catch up on X-Men lore but dont want to read a million issues, this show is a great start. Add it to your Disney+ shows queue.

              7) The Simpsons(1989)

              20th Century Fox/Disney

              For over 30 years The Simpsons has been part of the American lexicon. The family has taught us lessons, made us laugh, and sold us Butterfingers. Now we can catch up with all their adventures on Disney+. With hundreds of episodes spanning three decades, it will take months of binge-watching before you start saying the early seasons are better. However, thanks to streaming, you can find that the other seasons are just as worth your time. We just hope Disney+ keeps the commentary tracks like FXNow did.

              Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/upstream/disney-plus-shows/

              Marvel’s Kevin Feige brushes off Scorsese superhero movies criticism

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              Studio chief describes as unfortunate the directors claim that the blockbusters were like theme parks and not cinematic

              Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has responded for the first time in public to the controversy surrounding superhero movies first sparked in October by Martin Scorsese, who said they were not cinema and closer to theme parks.

              Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Feige brushed off Scorseses remarks, saying: I think thats not true. I think its unfortunate.

              Feige added: I think myself and everyone who works on these movies loves cinema, loves movies, loves going to the movies, loves to watch a communal experience in a movie theatre full of people.

              Scorseses views were backed up by fellow directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, who described Marvels output as despicable and Ken Loach, who called them cynical. Film-makers such as Joss Whedon and James Gunn, however, defended the Marvel franchise, while Robert Iger, CEO of Disney, which owns Marvel, said: I dont get what [Coppola and Scorsese are] criticising us for when were making films that people are obviously enjoying going to and theyre doing so by the millions.

              However, Scorsese later amplified his criticism of superhero movies with an article in the New York Times, in which he said he felt a terrible sadness about the state of the industry.

              Feige said: Everybody has a different definition of cinema. Everybody has a different definition of art. Everybody has a different definition of risk. Some people dont think its cinema. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. Everyone is entitled to repeat that opinion. Everyone is entitled to write op-eds about that opinion, and I look forward to what will happen next. But, in the meantime, were going to keep making movies.

              Feige, who is generally considered the main creative force behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has overseen the release of 23 MCU films since 2008 with a worldwide box office of over $22bn, making it by far the most successful film franchise of all time. Feige has also been asked to collaborate on a new instalment in the Star Wars series, the second highest grossing franchise of all time.

              Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/nov/11/kevin-feige-martin-scorsese-marvel-studios-superhero-movies

              50 Halloween Costumes You Probably Wish You Thought Of Yourself (New Pics)

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              The holiday season is upon us: we’ll soon be feasting upon pumpkins, followed by turkeys (plump and with tiny pilgrim hats), and, well, more turkeys (plumper and with tiny Santa hats). Since Halloween is closing in on us like the Grim Reaper, you’re probably thinking about what costume to wear if you haven’t ordered or sewn your own already.

              Our Bored Panda witches and warlocks have been busy casting summoning spells and concocting the perfect list of Halloween costumes. We hope you’ll enjoy them and that they’ll inspire you to show everyone who’s boss while you’re out trick-or-treating and dancing all night long at your Halloween bash.

              You think you love Halloween? Odds are, we love it more. Way more. In fact, I’m pretty sure that pumpkin juice flows through our veins. Check out Bored Panda’s posts about Halloween here, here, here, here, and here. It’s scary how many of these we’ve summoned from the Pumpkin Realm. [Roll of thunder followed by an evil cackle]

              #1

              An 88 Year Old Woman And Her 92 Year Old Husband Attend A Halloween Party

              #2

              9-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy Dresses Up As Beetlejuice For Halloween

              #3

              Daughter Becomes Dad As Costume

              Halloween is a great time to let out your inner creative imp. Whether you want to show off to your friends, leave a great impression on that girl or boy that you like, or scare off spooky spirits like Sam and Dean from Supernatural, it’s imperative that you look good.

              And for that, you need a costume. Something different from the crowd. Something that stands out. Something that hasn’t been done before.

              #4

              My Son Is 4 With Cerebral Palsy. Every Year My Amazing Wife Builds Him A Costume To Go On His Wheelchair

              He’s been obsessed with Polar Express so this year he went as a train engineer. Woo woo!

              #5

              The Little Girl That Was Mesmerized By Michelle Obama’s Official Portrait Last March Dressed Up As Her This Halloween

              #6

              Best Halloween Duo I’ve Seen This Year

              However, there’s nothing new under the sun, so instead of going for total originality that might backfire, instead, go for something a bit unusual but make your costume well.

              After all, it’s the quality of the costume and your ability to roleplay that pirate/knight/Jedi/superhero that counts most, not just impressing others with your innovative ideas. We’d rather dress to the nines as Castiel (some of us already wear trench coats almost daily) than pretend to be some niche character from some show nobody’s ever seen.

              #7

              Tripod Got My Vote At The Costume Contest

              #8

              My Heart Melt When This Popped Up On My Feed

              #9

              My 6 Year Old Sister Wanted To Be Coraline For Halloween And For Me To Accompany Her As The Other Mother. Here Is Our Result!

              There are many traditions associated with Halloween and one of them has to do with keeping away fairies if you’re Irish or have ancestors back in the Land of a Thousand Welcomes. According to local folklore, if you don’t want your things stolen by those darn pesky fairies on October 31, you should dress up, carve faces into pumpkins, light blazing bonfires, and keep yourself surrounded by black cats. Otherwise, the fairies might get you. In fact, we heartily recommend surrounding yourself with cats throughout the year. Just in case.

              #10

              I Was Asked “Why Didn’t You Dress Up For Halloween?”

              #11

              Halloween At The Office

              #12

              This Kid’s “Tired Mom” Costume

              #13

              No, No. Too Scary For Me

              #14

              My High School Art Teacher’s Amazing Van Gogh Costume

              #15

              My Nephew Had A Six-Hour Heart Surgery The Day Before Halloween. This Is How They Solved His Walking Restriction For Trick Or Treating

              #16

              She Even Giggles When You Poke Her Belly Button

              #17

              My Wife Was In An Accident About 2 Months Ago Resulting In A Severe Brain Injury. We Thought We’d Make The Most Of The Situation

              #18

              We Won The Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Halloween Costume Challenge

              #19

              Just In Time For Halloween, Anglerfish Costumes

              #20

              I Don’t Know If The Town Is Ready For My Trick Or Treaters Or Not

              #21

              Pretty Unique Halloweeen Costume – Dead Body On Mount Everest

              #22

              She Refused To Smile The Entire Time In Costume

              #23

              My Daughter’s Preschool Had A Costume Party Last Halloween. There Were 9 Princesses, 2 Super Heroes, And 1 Garbage Truck. She Was The Garbage Truck

              #24

              Created A Mask Of My Face For Halloween

              #25

              A Wild Horseshoe Crab In Its Natural Habitat

              #26

              My Daughters As Maria And Luigia

              #27

              I Told A Kid In My Neighborhood I Loved His Costume. He Replied With Asking Me If I Would “Bite His Shiny Metal Butt”

              #28

              Freddy Mercury Halloween Costume

              #29

              Some Cop In My Hometown Winning Halloween

              #30

              My Best Friend Handmade A Skunk Costume For My Kid’s First Halloween

              #31

              What A Fun Guy. Get It. Fun Guy

              #32

              Mexican Climbing A Wall Costume

              See Also on Bored Panda

              #34

              Some Girls Want To Be Disney Princesses For Halloween. Others Walk A Different Path… It’s The Expression That Really Sells It

              #35

              My Friend Won The Halloween Costume Contest. Are You Surprised?

              #36

              Straight Outta Hell

              The hubs and I are super into the holiday and go all out with months of sfx work. Everything is made from scratch and if it’s not, its been reworked to make a custom piece.

              #37

              I Don’t Know Whose Kid This Is But I Love This Costume

              #38

              I Made An Ewok Costume For My Daughter

              #39

              My First Halloween As A Double Below The Knee Amputee. Forrest Gump And Lieutenant Dan

              #40

              Joker: The Beginning

              #41

              Best Costume At My Office Today. The TV Rolls Around

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