Sunday, December 11, 2016

Yes, The Women’s March Is Still On — And It Has A Starting Location

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The Women’s March on Washington is still due to take place the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration next month ― despite media claims that it’s been barred from nearly all of the capital’s major public protest spaces, rally organizers say. And they’ve secured a starting location.

“People from across the nation will gather at the intersection of Independence Ave and Third Ave SW, near the U.S. Capitol, at 10:00am” on Jan. 21, march organizers said in a statement on Friday.
Planning would continue right up to the march and for security reasons, organizers would not release more logistical details until a later date, the statement added.

News reports have made much of the fact that the march would not have access to the Lincoln Memorial, the site of many historic civil rights and Vietnam-era protests. Reports this week said that the National Park Service ― on behalf of Trump’s Presidential Inauguration Committee ― blocked the Lincoln Memorial, as well as large sections of the National Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue.
The National Park Service confirmed on its Facebook and Twitter pages on Friday that the Lincoln Memorial may not be available for additional permitted events on Jan. 21, but that’s because the Presidential Inauguration Committee submitted its application first. The National Park Service “continues to work” with the nonprofit Gathering for Justice, which is helping to organize the march, the NPS added.

Rally organizers have said for weeks that it is not their intention to stage the event at the Lincoln Memorial.  In the early days of the march’s organization ― when it was just an idea coming together on Facebook ― there was discussion of the memorial, leaders clarified in a Nov. 30 press call.  But that changed soon after professional organizers came onboard to address logistical challenges, as well as concerns over diversity and inclusion.

To date, 140,000 Facebook users have indicated on the site that they would attend the march, and there is also now a website where people can register. Organizers indicated during the November press call that they were planning to accommodate 200,000 people.

“We know that some things in this process seem to move quickly and others will seem like they aren’t moving fast enough, but in order to accommodate the number of people that we anticipate, we want to do this right,” the website says.

“The Women’s March on Washington is happening.”

'Wonder Woman' Director Patty Jenkins: How to Make a Female Heroine "Vulnerable," But Not "Lesser in Any Way"

The Hollywood Reporter
by Patty Jenkins, as told to Rebecca Ford

The first feature about the invisible-jet-flying heroine, out next summer, also is the first studio superhero film helmed by a woman. Jenkins talks pressure — and why heroes should be nice.

The first feature about the invisible-jet-flying heroine, out next summer, also is the first studio superhero film helmed by a woman. Jenkins talks pressure — and why heroes should be nice.
I met with Warner Bros. right after I made Monster [her only previous feature, the indie hit] more than 10 years ago, and I said, “I want to make Wonder Woman.” I’ve always been moved by the idea of movies that are personal but still have a huge reach. Superman had that effect on me when I was a kid — it rocked my world. That kind of movie was always the brass ring of what I wanted to do with my career.

Because of my love of Wonder Woman and the genre, I felt this project was absolutely the right thing for me to do, though I definitely knew what I was taking on — that there’s a huge amount of responsibility that comes with it. I knew just making a movie about Wonder Woman for the first time was going to matter to people and what I was stepping into with that.

When I’m asked if I feel additional pressure because I’m a filmmaker who is female, I say that I think it’s important but there’s really nothing you can do about it. Every step of my career has been that way — every project is something no one has done before, male or female, the pressure is always high, and I’m always doing it as a woman, so I think you just have to learn to mute it out and just be a great director and give everything you can.

Our film really draws from the original [1940s] Wonder Woman comic book by William Moulton Marston. The goal was to tap into what always spoke to me about her — to honor who she was, her legacy, and to make her as universal as she was to all of us little girls who ran around pretending to be Lynda Carter when we were kids. Wonder Woman is the grand universal female hero who didn’t have to be lesser in any way. She wasn’t less powerful, she wasn’t less of a woman. She’s as beautiful as any woman and as strong as any man. That, to me, is so enduring. There have been so few female characters like that — who weren’t small, niche characters or sidekicks. She’s a full-blown superhero who lives up to all of your dreams in every way.

It also was important to me to make sure she was as vulnerable, loving and warm as she should be. It’s important for her to be multidimensional.

It’s been incredible to make something about a superhero that stands for a message of fighting for a loving, thoughtful government, especially in this current climate. It’s been a special process to make something with the beautiful message that it’s difficult to be a hero and stay kind and thoughtful in everything that you do. There’s going to be a lot of conversation about her being a woman in these times, but I think the greatest part about the character is that she’s so much bigger than all of that.

#WonderWoman #SuperHero #DC #Goddess #Amazon 

Witchcraft And Bees Help Recover Stolen Motorcycle


I know, right? That has to be the most bizarre title you've read here relating to motorcycles, but, allegedly, a man from Kenya whose motorcycle has been stolen asked the help of a witchdoctor do help him retrieve his machine. And apparently, it worked...

The story comes from Mbooni, Makueni in Kenia, where local news report that a witchdoctor has summoned a swarm of bees to scare off a motorcycle thief and help the owner retrieve it.

"A few days later, angry bees disrupted normal business at the local market before settling on the stolen bike," mpasho reports on the strange case."Fearing the dire consequences, everyone avoided getting close to it until the owner came and took it home. It is reported that the thief fled after he saw the bees approaching.”
That sounds like it's coming straight from the Middle Ages, isn't it? Well, after some digging, it appears that the witchdoctor who allegedly produced a swarm of bees from out of nowhere and send them on the bike took credit for a simple act of nature.

According to local Assistant Chief, Patrick Mwanzia, the swarm of bees has most likely arrived on the motorcycle after their queen got caught in the handlebars protecting foam. And that isn't an isolated case, as just days before, a similar event happened with another bike.

So, in case you were already looking for witchcraft ads to cast a spell on your bike that will punish a potential thief, we'd suggest you to stop searching and better invest in other deterrents to protect your two-wheeled machine.

Nothing will stop a highly-qualified thief from snatching your ride if he has enough time to do it, but at least you can make it harder by using disk locks, chains, and alarms. Ultimately, you can fit a small GPS tracking device to it and even if it gets stolen, you can send the police to the location.

#Funny #Witchcraft #Theft #Bike

Star Wars: Rogue One - 'Fans are going to lose their s***!'

Daily Mail
By Justin Enriquez For

The Twitterverse was buzzing as the very first impressions of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit the social network.

The highly-anticipated Star Wars spin-off had it's world premiere in Los Angeles on Saturday night and some of the lucky few in attendance were able to voice their opinions.

It seems as if most if not all who got the first look had nothing but glowing reviews of the picture starring Felicity Jones.

Heroine: The Twitterverse was buzzing as the very first impressions of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit the social networkHeroine: The Twitterverse was buzzing as the very first impressions of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit the social network

Actor and filmmaker Kevin Smith was among the first to get their word in on Twitter as he posted:  'Holy Sith! @RogueOneMovie is unbelievably wonderful! No lie: it is #EmpireStrikesBack great! An excellent chapter in the @starwars Universe!'
 Film critic for Access Hollywood, Scott Mantz, gushed over the film in several tweets.

He wrote: '#StarWars #RogueOne is AWESOME!! SO GREAT!! LOVED it even MORE than #TheForceAwakens!! Fans are going to LOSE THEIR S***!!!! 

The Force is strong! Film critic for Access Hollywood, Scott Mantz, gushed over the film in several tweets

Impressed: Actor Rainn Wilson, best known for his work on NBC sitcom The Office was another star lucky enough to view the film

 'It's so AMAZING how #StarWars #RogueOne ties into #ANewHope!! GREAT SURPRISES & many "HOW'D THEY DO THAT?" moments!! 100% FUN! Great ACTION!'

 Actor Rainn Wilson, best known for his work on NBC sitcom The Office was another star lucky enough to view the film.

The 50-year-old took to the microblogging site as he wrote: '1sr Rogue One review. It was actually AMAZING!!! Super fun & exciting. Ties in w/episode 4 perfectly. #StarWars'

In the flick Felicity Jones leads The Rebellion in a risky move to steal the plans to the Death Star.

The Gareth Edwards-directed film co-stars Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn and Mads Mikkelsen.

It also features an all-star lineup including Forest Whitaker, James Earl Jones and Jimmy Smits.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is scheduled to hit theatres on December 16. 

Coming soon: The cast and crew posted together for the world premiere of the flick in Hollywood on Saturday night

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Can Women save the DC Extended Universe?

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The new Wonder Woman trailer is here in all of it's glory!

Tell me if you think the Amazon Princess can save the extended DC universe...

Sunday, October 30, 2016

What This Muslim Syrian Woman Wants All Westerns to Understand


AHS: Ryan Murphy announces Murder House and Coven crossover season

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Entertainment Weekly

During the star-studded Ryan Murphy and Friends panel at EW’s PopFest Sunday, moderator Tim Stack quizzed Murphy about comments he made earlier this month about American Horror Story possibly revisiting its third season Coven, which famously followed witches in New Orleans and is arguably the series’ campy cult-favorite season.

Stack asked if such a Coven return would be a prequel, sequel, or something entirely different. Turns out, it’s the latter, and Murphy already knows what that entails.

“We do know what we’re going to do,” Murphy revealed to the crowd in Los Angeles. “It’s not going to be next season, but we are going to do a season that’s a crossover between Murder House and Coven together, which is very bizarre.”

Naturally, the packed house cheered at the news (including Emma Roberts, who played Madison Montgomery on Coven and spoke about her desire to return to the show earlier in the panel). Then Murphy clarified his vision, saying, “There will be characters from Murder House and characters from Coven together.”

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Because of the planning, Murphy reiterated that it won’t be the show’s seventh season, simply out of scheduling, but really, the wait is a good thing if it means the return of Murder House alumni like Connie Britton, who has not returned to the series since, or Dylan McDermott, who disappeared after season 2, Asylum.

“I’ve [already] started going to actors from both of the seasons, quietly, saying, ‘I think in this window, if you could fit us in,’” said Murphy. “So yeah, it’s fun. It’s weird.”

Murder House premiered in October 2011 and followed the Harmons (Britton and McDermott) after they relocate from Boston to Los Angeles, hoping for a new lease on life for their family, only to discover that they’ve purchased a haunted mansion and are surrounded by suspicious neighbors. Coven, the third season of AHS, premiered in October 2013.

The current season, Roanoke, is nearing the end of its 10-episode run; new episodes air on FX on Wednesdays at 10 pm.

Friday, October 28, 2016

This Cat’s Dobby The House Elf Costume Is So Magically Perfect



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I call Bullshit! - Feminist Comic Book Author Quits Twitter Amid Storm Of Abusive Tweets

Chelsea Cain got tired of strangers yelling at her “because I was a woman.”

Huffington Post

Ryan Grenoble Reporter, The Huffington Post

This comic book author isn’t laughing.
Chelsea Cain, the writer of Marvel’s recently canceled feminist comic series “Mockingbird,” deactivated her Twitter account midweek, after she said she received “thousands” of mean-spirited tweets celebrating the end of the series. The tweets attacked her personally, she explained in a blog post on Thursday, and celebrated the end of “Mockingbird.”
“Mockingbird is canceled,” Cain had tweeted early last week. “But we need to make sure @Marvel makes room for more titles by women about women kicking ass.”
She also tweeted out the cover of the last “Mockingbird” issue and encouraged followers to buy that issue and “send a message to @marvel that there’s room in comics for super her stories about grown-up women.”
The cover features the superhero main character sporting a T-shirt that reads, “Ask me about my feminist agenda.”
On the cover of the last issue of “Mockingbird,” the main character wears a T-shirt that reads, “Ask me about my feminist agenda.”
She’s used to a certain level of online abuse and understands that those who engage in such negativity comprise only 1 percent of comics readers, Cain said in her blog post. But after the cancellation news, the rush of hatred-spewing tweets came in far greater numbers.
“The tweets that bothered me were never the ones concerned with content,” she wrote, “they were the ones that questioned my right to write comics at all, and were disgusted by the idea of a female hero having her own series.”
She noted there had been a surge of such tweets this week: “Strangers, yelling at me because I wrote a comic book that they didn’t like, and because I was a woman.”
I did not leave Twitter because of rape threats or because someone had posted my address ... I left Twitter because of the ordinary daily abuse that I decided I didn’t want to live with anymore. Chelsea Cain
It kept getting worse: “I woke up to find that my Twitter feed had exploded. Comments were coming in, fast and furious, every second. I’d never seen anything like it.”
Some messages were supportive, some were just “people yelling at one another,” and “a lot of them just seemed mad at women in general.”
So, she wrote, “I deactivated my account. I got up. I walked my dogs.”
In response, Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso spoke out against the harassment and voiced his support for Cain, as did several other Marvel employees, according to company spokesman Joseph Taraborrelli.

As for why Marvel canceled “Mockingbird,” Taraborrelli told HuffPost that the decision to continue or scrap a series is less about subject matter and more about numbers. 
“If a series is not making money due to low sales,” he said, “then it’s cancelled.”
Taraborrelli noted that Marvel has 22 other female-led series currently in production, including “Ms. Marvel,” “Jessica Jones” and “Black Widow.” (See a slideshow of some of the covers below).
Female-Led Comic Books From Marvel
In the end, Cain wrote, “know that I did not leave Twitter because of rape threats or because someone had posted my address ... I left Twitter because of the ordinary daily abuse that I decided I didn’t want to live with anymore.”
“That’s the power we have, right?” she added. “If a stranger yells at you on the street? You walk away.”
In other Twitter news, the social platform announced Thursday that it would be closing down its video-looping platform Vine, amid reports that potential buyers have passed on Twitter because of rampant bullying and harassment on its main service. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Adam Driver Says 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Is Like 'Empire Strikes Back' — But Not How You'd Expect

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For those looking for clues about what to expect from the follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren himself, Adam Driver, wants you to know that it's just like The Empire Strikes Back, except not in the ways that you'd expect.

Calling the screenplay for Episode VIII great during a recent interview with Collider, Driver explained, "it's similar to how The Empire Strikes Back has a different tone [to the original movie]. For that people always go 'oooh, it's dark,' but I don't know that it necessarily is. It's just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear. [Writer/director Rian Johnson] trusts [that] his audience is ready for nuance and ambiguity. He's not dumbing anything down for someone and that's really fun to play."

The actor also praised Johnson for the way in which he stepped in to take over writing for Driver's character Kylo Ren immediately after his introduction in 2015's The Force Awakens, written by director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.

"Rian is coming into something that we kind of set up and he just took it to the next level in a really great way," he said. "He wrote it, too, and Rian's writing is so clear. I learned a lot of things about my character through his writing… To understand what J.J. was doing and take ownership from there is kind of a remarkable thing."

As to what kinds of things Driver learned about Kylo during the production of the movie - or whether the audience will learn them too while watching - the actor was suitably tight-lipped. More will undoubtedly be revealed between now and Dec. 15 2017, when Star Wars: Episode VIII is released.
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