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  • ‘Party Of Five’ Reboot With (Illegal) Immigration Twist Set At Freeform As Put Pilot

    01/18/2018 11:02:15 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 17 replies
    Deadline ^ | January 18, 2018 | Nellie Andreeva
    Freeform has given a put pilot commitment to Party of Five, an immigration-themed reboot of the popular 1990s family drama revolving around Mexican-American siblings. It hails from the original series’ creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman and studio Sony Pictures TV. The original revolved around on the five Salinger siblings who become orphans after their parents are killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. The reboot will follow the five Buendias children as they navigate daily life struggles to survive as a family unit after their parents are suddenly deported back to Mexico.
  • Stunning aerial pictures offer rare bird's-eye view of the American landscape

    01/18/2018 10:59:16 AM PST · by mairdie · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18 January 2018 | Jennifer Newton
    These are the stunning pictures that offer a rare bird's-eye view of the landscape across the United States. Photographer Jassen Todorov snapped the aerial images of rivers, lakes and mountains to show a different angle to American life than skyscrapers and fast food outlets. Some of the destinations that Mr Todorov has photographed from such a height include rock formations in Utah, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Tiny Islands in Florida and Yosemite National Park. He said: 'I have been exploring the US from above for the past four years - I love flying and photographing remote locations - most of...
  • Has Tutankhamun's tragic teenage wife finally been found?

    01/17/2018 3:30:31 PM PST · by mairdie · 104 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 January 2018 | Tim Collins
    The mystery of the final resting place of the wife of Ancient Egypt's most famous ruler has moved a step closer to being solved. Egyptologists previously discovered what they believe is the burial chamber of Ankhesenamun, Tutankhamun's wife, in the Valley of The Kings. If confirmed, it could help to unravel the final fate of the boy king's wife, who suddenly disappeared from historical records after her second marriage. The teen bride is believed to have had a tragic life, marrying her father, her grandfather and her half-brother Tutankhamun. Archaeologists have now begun to excavate an area near a tomb...
  • Soap bubble blown in sub-zero temperatures turns into stunning ice crystals before bursting

    01/17/2018 12:09:56 PM PST · by mairdie · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 January 2018 | Tim Collins
    This is the incredible moment a bubble transformed into a delicate snow globe, before freezing completely and shattering. Mesmerising footage shows a bubble balanced on a straw that quickly crystallises in sub-zero temperatures, creating a stunning swirl of delicate icy flakes. The clip captures ice crystals dancing along the fragile surface of the bubble before it collapses in on itself, all in just 14 seconds.
  • MRAs Make 46-Minute Cut Of ‘The Last Jedi’ That Edits Out All The Women

    01/17/2018 9:54:32 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 27 replies
    Pedestrian TV ^ | January 15, 2018 | Ben McLeay
    Heads up: this post contains spoilers for The Last Jedi. Why are you reading this article if you haven't seen it and, furthermore, WHY HAVEN'T YOU SEEN IT YET? It is utterly tragic that MRAs aren’t given the respect they deserve. It’s truly galling that just because their entire worldview was formed around a profound sense of entitlement induced by watching thousands of hours of harem anime, no one takes them seriously. It’s heartbreaking to think that people dismiss them out of hand just because – instead of addressing actual issues like the rates of suicide and depression among men...
  • A flame-haired Norwegian and a starry night in the desert among winning photos

    01/16/2018 9:41:49 PM PST · by mairdie · 49 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 January 2018 | Julian Robinson
    A baby humpback whale, a flame-haired Norwegian and the starry sky above a desert are among winning photos in a prestigious international contest. Judges picked out 11 stunning images from among 30,000 entrants submitted for the awards, run by Swedish camera manufacturers Hasselblad. Winners, from nine different countries around the world, included a picture of a bride in a flowing wedding dress embracing her new husband and an elderly couple holding hands as they walk past a housing block.
  • Botched Photo Shoot Brings Viral Glory To Missouri Family

    01/16/2018 5:21:17 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 48 replies
    Yahoo! / HuffPo ^ | 1/15/18 | David Moye
    It’s a fact of life: Nice family photos never go viral, as one family in St. Louis recently discovered. Pam and Dave Zaring hired a photographer to take what they assumed would be lovely family photos. When they received the final prints, they were shocked because the images had been retouched to the point where the family looked more like Legos or robots rather than their usual selves. Their 8-year-old son, Connor, couldn’t believe what he was seeing. “I was thinking, like, ‘What the heck is this?’” he told “Inside Edition.” Pam Zaring was also shocked ― especially after she...
  • Still Friends? The trouble with old sitcoms (90's sitcom "Friends" was sexist and homophobic!)

    01/15/2018 4:30:05 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 62 replies
    BBC ^ | January 15, 2018 | Emma Saunders
    Ahh, Friends. The US sitcom that took over the world. Millennials may look back fondly to the heady days of the ultimate 20-something Manhattan lifestyle enjoyed by our favourite flatmates - Monica, Ross, Chandler, Joey, Rachel and Phoebe. But nearly a quarter of a century - yikes! - since the show began, a new generation of fans are discovering the hit show for the first time on Netflix. And some of them are clearly finding it a bit uncomfortable. christina @cxorlando There is nothing I hate more than Ross in the male nanny episode of Friends. He is SO SEXIST...
  • Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories

    01/15/2018 6:23:58 AM PST · by Daffynition · 57 replies
    NYT ^ | Jan 12, 2018 | SAM ANDERSON
    [snip] Such radical simplicity is surprisingly complicated to produce. Since 1889, the General Pencil Company has been converting huge quantities of raw materials (wax, paint, cedar planks, graphite) into products you can find, neatly boxed and labeled, in art and office-supply stores across the nation: watercolor pencils, editing pencils, sticks of charcoal, pastel chalks. Even as other factories have chased higher profit margins overseas, General Pencil has stayed put, cranking out thousands upon thousands of writing instruments in the middle of Jersey City.
  • Nancy Kerrigan has very little to say about ‘I, Tonya’

    01/14/2018 4:18:06 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 86 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | January 11, 2018 | Dan Shaughnessy
    Picked-up pieces while wondering whether “bomb cyclone” and “survive the ground” have ever been used in the same sentence . . . ■ For the record, Nancy Kerrigan has not seen “I, Tonya” and doesn’t care to discuss the cinematic softening of Tonya Harding. “I, Tonya” is a terrific film, perhaps Oscar-worthy, and Harding is on a redemption tour 24 years after her goons kneecapped Kerrigan before the Lillehammer Olympics. Tonya was a guest of honor at the recent Golden Globes and the subject of a TV special that aired on ABC Thursday night. Dollars to doughnuts she’ll be at...
  • The Paintings of Vincent Van Gogh," to 4 of Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn

    01/14/2018 12:22:46 PM PST · by mairdie · 31 replies
    It's the art history/physics major in me, but the video is divided into chronological rough chunks: 1 - 1881-1887; 2 - 1888; 3 - 1889; 4 - 1890. Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) was one of the post-impressionists. The son of a minister and nephew of an art dealer, Vincent worked for his uncle in Paris. At first he was determined to follow his father's profession and became an evangelist to the poor, but he couldn't connect with the people he was trying to mentor. The bible in the still life in the first part was his memorial to his father....
  • Aziz Ansari Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

    01/14/2018 7:02:43 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 32 replies
    Screen Rant ^ | January 14, 2017 | Corey Hutchinson
    Actor/comedian Aziz Ansari has been accused of sexual misconduct. The allegations leveled against the Master of None star are the latest in a string of claims that have been made against some of the biggest stars in Hollywood over the last several months. At last week’s Golden Globe awards, many of Hollywood’s stars wore black and sported “Time’s Up” pins in order to raise awareness and show support for victims while announcing to the world that the industry would no longer tolerate such behavior being swept under the rug. It seems that the Time’s Up movement accomplished all of those...
  • President Trump and Norwayphobia

    01/14/2018 3:09:52 AM PST · by Architect of Avalon · 18 replies
    Architect of Avalon ^ | 1/14/2018 | Architect of Avalon
    President Trump recently advocated that more immigrants from Norway be welcomed. His inclusiveness was met by vitriol and Norwayphobia from the bigoted Fake News Media.I stand with President Trump, and propose that all beautiful Norwegian women be given instant citizenship. Of course, that may be merited for beautiful women of other countries too. If you want to suggest other countries that have beautiful women to whom this policy should be applied, please do so in the comments below, following the rule that your case needs to be made with one or more pictures.
  • Sean Penn: ‘Donald Trump Is the Enemy of Compassion’

    01/13/2018 9:33:58 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 71 replies
    Time ^ | January 12, 2018 | Sean Penn
    Within days of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, 29 American volunteers and I became quickly embedded with the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. Alongside our military mentors, our hands and souls touched the bodies of the dying and the dead. Our doctors tended the injured. Our educators moved swiftly to establish schools and normalcy for the youth, many of whom had been abruptly orphaned in the disaster that killed as many as 300,000 Haitians. President Barack Obama deployed about 22,000 U.S. service men and women to Haiti, on one of the most extraordinary...
  • Hollywood to Introduce Award Show Honoring Award Shows (Parody)

    01/11/2018 7:09:33 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 8 replies
    Vanity | January 11, 2018 | EdnaMode
    The never-ending awards season is about to get even longer. Debuting in December 2018, The "Awardies," the first-ever award show honoring award shows, will honor the best from all award shows including film, television, theater, and music awards. Categories for the "Awardies" will include best award show, host, presenter, speech, reaction by a winner, reaction by a loser, musical performance, best outfit, red carpet interview, and best reaction shot by an audience member. Reaction to the news about the Awardies has been mostly negative so far. "Ugh. How many award shows do these out-of-touch, bubble-dwelling elitists need?" wrote a prominent...
  • Joyless Town Wants Grandmother To Take Volkswagen Beetle Out Of Tree

    01/11/2018 1:13:08 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 84 replies
    Jalopnik MSN ^ | 01/11/2018 | Jason Torsinsky
    Janis Zettel of Clearfield City, Utah was given a non-running ‘73 Volkswagen Super Beetle as a gift by her son. While neither her nor her son was that interested in getting the Beetle running, Zettel liked the car, which she named Lucy and painted to look like a ladybug. Deciding the car made her happier as lawn art, she had it placed in a tree in their front yard. Now, Clearfield officials are demanding it be removed because, I suppose, they hate fun. The Super Beetle had its engine removed and most of the interior stripped prior to being made...
  • Texas Woman Faces Life in Prison for Alleged Destruction of Andy Warhol Paintings

    01/11/2018 5:26:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 10, 2018 | Bob Price
    A woman from Dallas, Texas, faces up to life if prison if she is convicted on charges she damaged more than $300,000 worth of art at the end of a first date. The damaged art, owned by a prominent Houston attorney, includes two paintings by famed artist Andy Warhol.
  • Stunning 'oil painting' image of Jupiter captured by Nasa’s Juno probe (tr)

    01/11/2018 2:21:52 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Jan 11, 2018 | Phoebe Weston
    A stunning new Nasa image shows raging storms on Jupiter with clouds that stretch for thousands of miles - and it looks just like an oil painting. Nasa's Juno spacecraft was a little more than one Earth diameter from Jupiter - or 8,292 miles (13,345 kilometres) - when it captured this mind-bending view of the planet's tumultuous atmosphere. The incredible colour-enhanced image was captured at a latitude of 48.9 degrees and depicts vasts swirling cloud formations that travel at about 129,000 mph (60 km/s) over the gas giant planet's surface. The spacecraft, which has been orbiting the planet since 2016,...
  • Marvel’s Standalone ‘Black Widow’ Movie Gains Momentum With Jac Schaeffer Writing

    01/10/2018 5:51:02 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 22 replies
    Variety ^ | January 10, 2018 | Justin Kroll
    Marvel is finally pushing ahead with the highly anticipated “Black Widow” standalone movie starring Scarlett Johansson, with Jac Schaeffer penning the script. Sources say this is still very early development, as the film has no greenlight, but naming a writer is the closest the studio has come to moving forward on a standalone pic. Marvel President Kevin Feige met with several candidates before tapping Schaeffer, and Marvel execs met with Johansson to discuss what they wanted from a “Black Widow” writer. Schaeffer is an up and coming scribe who broke out with her Black List script “The Shower,” a comedy...
  • Hotel themed on the TV show made entirely from ice and snow opens in Lapland

    01/10/2018 3:50:57 PM PST · by mairdie · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10 January 2018 | Jennifer Newton
    This is the Game of Thrones-themed hotel that has been carved entirely out of ice and snow and comes complete with dragons, direwolves and even the dreaded White Walkers. The hotel has been built in collaboration with HBO, the network behind the smash-hit series, and has opened at Lapland Hotels Snow Village in Finland. Intricate ice sculptures depicting themes and characters from the show grace the 14 bedrooms and 10 suites with one room even featuring an enormous carving of a demonic White Walker looming over the bed.