Fopinions February: Pets

Monday, 18 February 2019 06:34 pm
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This Fopinions February is for [personal profile] delight, and originally meant to be on the 16th, but I had to be out of town for the weekend, so it comes late. Happy late birthday, delight's dog!

I currently live in an apartment where pets are forbidden, but I don't really care that much; may the pet-allowing apartments be for people who have/want to have pets. We never had pets per se while I was growing up – unlike all the neighbors, who had dogs – and I never wanted any, either. Partly I suppose it's not wanting to wake up to walk a dog and thinking "oh no what if I step on a cat"; partly I suppose being too recently off the farm in some respects. (Dogs are for hunting and cats are mousers. What are these housepets you speak of?) All in all, I am pet-neutral: I don't seek one out, but neither do I loathe them.

However! I did spend a lot of time with horses, which I really enjoyed. They're large and one can do stuff with them, from on top as well as from the ground. It's really clear why they were OP war machines back in the day, especially when one is riding a smart, athletic, and responsive one. They are also very expensive and time consuming, and I am currently not-rich and lazy.

Further into the realm of non-traditional pets, I have occasionally thought about getting a reptile of some sort, like a snake, but again: lazy. Even if a snake would be a nice noodle who doesn't require being taken for walks, merely a UV lamp to bask on and some food every now and then. However, I won't be in a place where I can sit down and expect to stay in the house for a decade plus (or even half that), so that's all best left in the realm of daydreams. (Especially given that I might need to move internationally, and importing snakes is not something I want to figure out the bureaucracy for.)

But fear not – I have a plush shark a meter long. Very good for hugging!

The Flash Year One Starts Running in May

Monday, 18 February 2019 04:51 pm
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In a shocking event that is sure to send ripples of envy throughout the world of comics journalism, Bleeding Cool Rumourmonger-in-Chief Rich Johnston has obtained and posted the full DC Comics May solicitations catalog before they’ve been “officially” released.

“It’s gettin’ bloody harder to sneak into the DC Comics offices while dressed as a potted plant with all of these budget cuts,” Johnston told us when asked for comment, noting that even the publisher’s potted plant budget has been slashed by 60%. “Oi used to dress up as a nice sansevieria, but that’s a bit too ritzy these days, so now Oi have to infiltrate as a shabby philodendron.”

So as other websites scramble to get someone from DC on the phone, complaining of blown EX-X-XCLUSIVES and begging to post the solicits themselves, Bleeding Cool can sit back and mine the solicits for individual articles to spin out of them, all the while reaping the sweet, sweet clicks.

“Pip pip,” Johnston said, his eyes glowing with the thought of all the clicks.

Teased last year at New York Comic Con, The Flash ongoing series will return to Barry Allen’s roots (and retell his origin again) with The Flash Year One. It seems that story will begin in May, as the solicits for The Flash #70 and #71 below show. From Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter:

“The Flash Year One” starts here! Barry Allen feels helpless in his life in Central City. As a forensic scientist, he’s always catching criminals after they’ve committed their crimes. All that changes one fateful night when Barry is struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals. When he wakes from a coma, he realizes he can run at incredible speeds. Can Barry master these powers and be the hero his city needs… or will the powers burn through him?

Well, considering there’s been many decades of Flash comics since this happened, we can assume he makes it out alive.

It all starts… again… in The Flash #70 in May.

 

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Well that, as they say, is that. To the surprise of precisely no one, Netflix has put the final nail in the coffin for the Marvel series. According to Deadline Netflix as decided not only to cancel The Punisher after its second season aired last month but has also announced that the upcoming third season of Jessica Jones will also be the last.

“Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix,” Netflix confirmed today to Deadline. “Showrunner Steve Lightfoot, the terrific crew, and exceptional cast including star Jon Bernthal, delivered an acclaimed and compelling series for fans, and we are proud to showcase their work on Netflix for years to come,” the streamer added.

Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle in “Marvel’s The Punisher” season 2.
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This was something that fans have been expecting but no one really thought that Netflix would cancel Jessica Jones before the season even airs. The statement went out of the way to acknowledge the many awards that the show won and to say that the third season will air despite the fact that the show has already been canceled.

“In addition, in reviewing our Marvel programming, we have decided that the upcoming third season will also be the final season for Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” Netflix also made official this President’s Day. “We are grateful to showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, star Krysten Ritter and the entire cast and crew, for three incredible seasons of this groundbreaking series, which was recognized by the Peabody Awards among many others”.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Netflix ended the statement by thanking Marvel and the fans for the five years of work and passion that went into these series.

“We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning.”

Despite the fact that no one is really surprised about this it’s still the end of an era. The Marvel Netflix shows were the first hint that Marvel Studios could do mature programming. While the experiment gave us some amazing shows ultimately it all started to fall apart with the first season of Iron Fist and then with how much of a letdown The Defenders ended up being. It’s a shame but we got some amazing stories out of this partnership and propelled some amazing c-list characters to the forefront of popular culture. It’s a shame but at least we got some great shows out of it.

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We are on a roll here at Bleeding Cool! We predicted the latest reveal on FOX‘s The Masked Singer a few weeks ago. With Week 7 “All Together Now,” the celebrity contestants are trimmed down to the Top 5 and only the best singers remain in the game. Lion, Bee, Rabbit, Peacock, and Monster will compete in next week’s semi-finals for a “Double Unmasking” – but before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s recap the performances and clues from “All Together Now” with a little commentary from Leigh Kade and I following…

Rabbit

THE MASKED SINGER: Rabbit in the “All Together Now” episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Feb. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX. © 2019 FOX Broadcasting.

Lion

THE MASKED SINGER: Lion in the “All Together Now” episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Feb. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX Broadcasting. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Peacock

THE MASKED SINGER: Peacock in the “All Together Now” episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Feb. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Bee

THE MASKED SINGER: Bee in the “All Together Now” episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Feb. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX Broadcasting. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Monster

THE MASKED SINGER: Monster in the “All Together Now” episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Feb. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX Broadcasting. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Alien

THE MASKED SINGER: Alien in the “All Together Now” episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Feb. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX Broadcasting. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

So who was it that didn’t make the cut?

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The Joy Wheel (Ruskin Group Theatre)I recently passed the 30 year milestone at my place of employ (what, you think I write up theatre for a living‽). Unsurprisingly, questions of retirement have started to cross my head, although I’ve still got a good 10 years to go). For many men, the sense of identity you get through your job is central to your life, and when you retire, that identity goes “poof”. What then? What do you hold on to? What anchors you?

I think that’s the question at the heart of the world premiere play, The Joy Wheel, by Ian McRae (FB), which just opened at the Ruskin Group Theatre (FB) in Santa Monica (and which we saw Sunday afternoon). The play explores the relationship between Stella and Frank Conlin. As the play opens, Frank is in the process of retiring from a 45 year career at some unnamed plant or factory, getting the retirement party, the de rigueur gold watch, and presumably the hearty handshake. This momentous occasion has unsettled Frank: he’s nervous about his future, and nervous about having to give the speech, and desperately needs his wife to hang on to. But Stella has been talked out of the house to participate in a community play — a mounting of a show very similar to The Vagina Monologuesand in doing so is getting in touch with parts of herself that she had long neglected or fogotten. Frank had been neglecting those parts as well, leaving the two of them to grow apart.

So where did Frank grab instead? His friend, Stew. Stew used to work with Frank at the factory but had been laid off for some unspecified reason (although there was an implication that he had gone at little batshit at work); he grew close to Frank after that, and after Stew’s wife left him. Stew is a prepper, a survivalist who believes that the government and society is out to get him, and who must establish elaborate bunkers and facilities in order to survive the coming apocalypse and repopulate the world. Stew has convinced Frank to drain his pool, and turn the space into an underground bunker, and to buy into his survivalist beliefs (which Frank does, a little half-heartedly).

Frank’s retirement brings everything to a head, however. Stella isn’t there for him, and he screws up his speech. Stella is drawn into the show, and the sphere of influence of her wisecracking liberal and liberated friend Margie, whose attitudes bring her into direct conflict to the toxic masculinity and attitudes of the prepper, Stew. It doesn’t help that Stella is upset about the pool conversion and the change in Frank.

With this setup, the play explores how Frank regains his anchor, and what happens to Stew when he loses his. The title of the play, The Joy Wheel, relates to an old-time spinning amusement park ride. If you’re at the edges, the centripetal force will spin you off. But if you can make it to that pole in the center and hold on, you’re stable. But if someone else grabs you along the way, you can lose your stability and go spinning off to the void.

The Joy Wheel (Ruskin Group) - Publicity PhotosThis is the second show we’ve seen at Ruskin (the first was Paradise), and they are two for two. This production was funny and touching and just a joy to watch. As usual, there are many factors that contributed towards this.

Ian McRae’s story, under the direction of Jason Alexander, hit a realistic nerve. Although I do not understand the prepper mentality, I can understand your identity being closely tied to a long-held job (as I’ve been doing cybersecurity for 33 years), and being adrift when that identity goes away. I can also understand the couple in the show, growing apart as different interests, friends, and hobbies pull and tug at you, and try to get you to the edge of that wheel. I recognize the struggle shown in the show of holding onto that center: of figuring out what really keeps you stable in your life.

The point the show makes by its conclusion is a strong one: what keeps us centered isn’t our work, and it isn’t our hobbies. It is our closest relationships: the family we are born with, or the family we choose to make. That’s a good point.

The journey the show makes to get to that point — the journey that allows the central characters to find that pole and hold on (to use the metaphor of the title) — is an interesting one. Each character has something trying to pull them out of the central relationship. Stew is trying to pull Frank into the prepper world: questioning and trusting no one, believing that the world is out to get him. Margie is similarly tugging at Stella to get out into the liberated world, to pull away from Frank and his craziness and to explore the wild side of herself. Each are strong pulls, but the central relationship is like a novelty finger toy, tugging back the harder one tries to escape it. It makes for good theatre.

This brings us to the second factor that makes the show so good: the performances. I recall reading somewhere that the essence of performance for an actor is listening: listening to the audience, and listening to the other actors. This is one of the first shows where I really noticed the listening going on, and it made a big difference. If you see the show (and I suggest you should), watch the actors in the background as they listen and react to the performers in the foreground — especially in the final scenes. These performers are communicating the story non-verbally through their attention. It is fascinating to watch.

Portraying the central characters are Dann Florek (FB) as Frank Conlin and Gina Hecht (FB) as Stella Conlin. My wife likes to refer to LA Theatre as an actor’s playground — it is where actors from TV and film go out to play and exercise their acting muscles — and where we the audience benefit from their having fun. This was a prime example of these: these are two name actors primarily from the film and TV side who give remarkable performances, having loads of fun inhabiting these characters and playing off the other actors, and amplifying the audience. Further, as any audience member will tell you, when the actors are having fun, the audience has fun, and a performance feedback loop is created making the show even better.

Florek and Hecht make these characters come alive, and turn the potential caricatures into real people you might enjoy knowing in real life. You feel they have been married for 45+ years, that they know each other’s foibles and truly care about each others. It was fun to watch.

Supporting the central characters are Lee Garlington (FB) as Margie and Maury Sterling (FB) as Stew.  Garlington’s Margie is a wise-cracking gem. As written by McRae, she has the words to fight back against the attitudes of Sterling’s Stew. What Garlington is able to add, however, is the perfect attitude to go with the lines. That attitude also shows is her interactions with Hecht’s Stella, subtly encouraging subversion through the wordless interaction on top of the written words. She is just a joy to watch. Sterling’s performance brings the appropriate level of paranoid and BSC to Stew (and what is it with folks named Stew being BSC — I know one from work as well). Yes, Stew is more of caricature, but the performance brings a nice depth to it.

Understudies (who we did not see) are: Christine Kaplan (FB) [Margie]; Jim Stapleton (FB) [Frank]; and Mercer Boffey (FB) [Stew].

This brings us to the third factor that makes the show work: creativity. The Ruskin is a tiny tiny space. Think of a rectangle with seating on two of the four sides. Around the rest they have to fit the set. Set designer John Iacovelli (FB) somehow figured out how to get both the inside of the house as well as the prepper’s pool into all of this. The figures to the right will give you an idea of the house set; for the prepper pool, they brought in rolling carts with all the prepper supplies, and arranged it so that the normal door in the back up a small flight of stairs was tilted at perhaps a 50° angle, increasing the perception you were going down into a pool. This necessitated complicated scenery changes, which the director, Jason Alexander, addressed by having a single character give their dialogue (essentially a brief monologue) with a single light on them, allowing the scene change to go on behind in the dark while the audience was distracted. It all worked well. This scenery was supported by the property design of Props Master David Saewert (FB). The lighting and sound design of Edward Salas worked well to establish time, place, and mood. Sarah Figoten‘s costumes seemed appropriate for the place and era, and worked to establish the characters well. Other production credits: Nicole Millar (FB) [Stage Manager]; Hamilton Matthews (FB) [Asst. Stage Manager]; Laura McRae (FB) [Asst. Director]Amelia Mulkey Anderson [Graphic Design]Paul Ruddy [Casting]Judith Borne [Publicity]; Nina Brissey [Videographer].  The Joy Wheel was produced by John Ruskin [Artistic Director, RGT] and Michael Myers (FB) [Managing Director, RGT].

The Joy Wheel continues at Ruskin Group Theatre (FB) through March 24, 2019. It is a fun and enjoyable show; well-worth seeing. Tickets are available online through Ruskin; they do not appear to be listed on Goldstar.

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Ob. Disclaimer: I am not a trained theatre (or music) critic; I am, however, a regular theatre and music audience member. I’ve been attending live theatre and concerts in Los Angeles since 1972; I’ve been writing up my thoughts on theatre (and the shows I see) since 2004. I do not have theatre training (I’m a computer security specialist), but have learned a lot about theatre over my many years of attending theatre and talking to talented professionals. I pay for all my tickets unless otherwise noted (or I’ll make a donation to the theatre, in lieu of payment). I am not compensated by anyone for doing these writeups in any way, shape, or form. I currently subscribe at 5 Star Theatricals (FB), the Hollywood Pantages (FB), Actors Co-op (FB), and the Ahmanson Theatre (FB). Through my theatre attendance I have made friends with cast, crew, and producers, but I do strive to not let those relationships color my writing (with one exception: when writing up children’s production, I focus on the positive — one gains nothing except bad karma by raking a child over the coals). I believe in telling you about the shows I see to help you form your opinion; it is up to you to determine the weight you give my writeups.

Upcoming Shows:

Next weekend brings our annual trek to the Anaheim Hills for Lizzie at the Chance Theatre (FB).

March starts with Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at the Ahmanson Theatre (FB), followed by the annual MRJ Regional Man of the Year dinner at Temple Beth Hillel. The next weekend brings “Disney’s Silly Symphony” at the Saroya [nee the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC)] (FB). The third weekend of March brings Cats at the Hollywood Pantages (FB). The following weekend is Matilda at  5 Star Theatricals (FB) on Saturday, followed by Ada and the Engine at Theatre Unleashed (FB) (studio/stage) on Sunday. March concludes with us back at the Hollywood Pantages (FB) for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Lastly, looking into April: The month starts with Steel Magnolias at Actors Co-op (FB) and the MoTAS Men’s Seder. The next weekend has a hold for OERM.  April will also bring Fiddler on the Roof at the Hollywood Pantages (FB) and the annual visit to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire.

As always, I’m keeping my eyes open for interesting productions mentioned on sites such as Better-LemonsMusicals in LA@ This StageFootlights, as well as productions I see on GoldstarLA Stage TixPlays411 or that are sent to me by publicists or the venues themselves. Note: Lastly, want to know how to attend lots of live stuff affordably? Take a look at my post on How to attend Live Theatre on a Budget.

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Based on the Eisner award-winning comic book series created and written by Gerard Way, Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy follows an estranged group of gifted siblings who have to come together to solve a mystery surrounding their adoptive father’s recent death. Ahead of the ten-episode first season hitting Netflix last…

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All the TV you should have watched this weekend

Monday, 18 February 2019 03:53 pm
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Here’s everything The A.V. Club reviewed this weekend, from the RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season-four finale to a Supergirl Valentine to the debut of not one, but two ensembles of powerful misfits. Read more recaps and pre-airs on our TV reviews page.

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Thank you for your gratifying reactions to the Count's name, y'all. ^_^ Preliminary signs suggest that I'll probably always include "the" when using the name; during that first trial run, I was cheerfully saying things like "Good job, the Count!" *g*

I wonder what the odds are that we can find little fang stickers for him. (I suppose they'd probably be fairly simple to make.)

I used to bake a fair bit--not a vast amount, but I used to make my own muffins for breakfast and make other things pretty routinely. It sort of fell gradually by the wayside, and because anxiety messes me up at least a little about rather a lot of things, somewhere along the line I vaguely concluded that I'd stopped because I was anxious about it. (And it doesn't help that it wasn't really a process I actively enjoyed--I liked the satisfaction of having done it, as well as having the results.)

Last weekend, when I was in a household-puttering mood and [personal profile] scruloose was mostly focused on dealing with toilet installation, I tackled a corner of the pantry...which translated into throwing out or composting basically everything baking-related, because most of it was long past its expiration date, not having been touched in forever. >.< And that sucked.

But it also got me thinking about timelines, and I realized that there was a factor to my losing the baking habit that I hadn't really considered at all: somewhere in the vicinity of the same time, [personal profile] scruloose and I started spending a lot of time hanging out with Kas. Kas, who actively bakes to relax. Who was in the habit of just turning up for hangouts with a tin or two of tasty baked goods. (Who, once he had a permanent key to our place, would sometimes swing by even if [personal profile] scruloose and I were out someplace and leave baked goods on the counter.)

COULD THERE BE A CONNECTION??? Clearly it's a mystery for the ages.

(I shared this revelation with him the other night when he and Ginny were here for supper...when he had just unexpectedly brought me a lemon loaf. *g* [I had mentioned to Ginny at work that Kas' lemon loaf was probably my single-favorite thing that he makes, and I missed it a little; he's been more focused on other things for a couple of years. It was not meant as a hint! But she relayed it and boom, lemon loaf. {He also said he'd literally had lemons on the counter that he was planning to make use of anyway, so the timing was good. But still. He's one hell of a friend.}])
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(n.b.: this is public mostly because Dreamwidth mobile doesn't let me change the privacy settings; please don't link it around. Also, I realise that this is "jammern auf hohem Niveau"[1] and that fandom doesn't specifically cater to me, nor should it. I'm just whinging. And yes a lot of this is probably the depression talking and yes of course this frustration will pass, but it's not the first time and it keeps coming back.)

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Happy Birthday, Round 2

Monday, 18 February 2019 11:16 am
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      . . . . This is what it's like having a family in Cooba -- and probably everywhere. OK, no birthday stuff, OK?????? 

So no bd stuff on the 16th, beyond the down lo bd cake in my room shared out downstairs, and then the bd tarte at dinner from Jesus.

BUT!!!!!

Last night wasn't my birthday any more so Cary and familia fixed me.

Orquesta Aragon sang a lovely, lovely, sweet arrangement in Spanish, wishing me feliz cumpleanos, under a nearly full moon, surrounded by all the members of our Cuban family, and their best friends.  

And TW
 cakes! Not many people can boast this for their birthday.

Plus Orq Arg is so very very very good -- 80 years in existence this year -- I ended up despite the messed up ankle and back, dancing.  Dancing not only with Cary and my sisters, but with some of the professionals from Regla's folkloric group. As my Cuban mamita isn't able to get out and go places much these days, that she was there
, with her whole family and close friends, able to again see live this musical group with whom she grew up with, knowing all the words to all their songs -- made Cary particularly happy.  Anyway, as it wasn't really my birthday, I really enjoyed it.  Go figger.  (Well, honestly? I really enjoyed how surprised the Travelers were -- except for two of them, there was no idea about bd, and that was fun.)

Still good weather.  Despite delays people have to still check in at their scheduled times so the Travelers have left for the airport, including the two who have been with us on several trips already, and with whom we've become close friends, particularly as they also live in Manhattan, so seeing each other continues an easy opportunity.







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I saw the Sandra Bullock thriller The Net at some point not long after its initial release. Yesterday I rewatched it with my spouse (who'd never seen it) and realized I remembered nearly none of it. It's trying to say something kind of interesting, and the giant technical inaccuracies and TV movie-level plotting/characterization/cinematography aside, there's still something there worth watching.

(This is a kind of successor post to my review of Antitrust, another Internet-centric thriller from a few years later.)

Angela Bennett (Sandra Bullock) is a schlubby, isolated beta tester who lives in Los Angeles, works remotely for a San Francisco software firm, and is about to go on her first vacation in six years when her colleague tells her about a weird new virus-or-something. She forgets about it until she starts to get hunted -- the dude she meets on vacation tries to kill her, all records of her existence seem to be scrambled or lost, etc. All that you can probably get from the trailer.

Some disjointed responses follow.

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Posted by Rich Johnston

You’d have thought that the cancellation and pulling of Second Coming from DC Comics would have taught them.

But no, it seem that if a Christian far right group isn’t made aware of your comic, you’re fine. And none of them read The Green Lantern a month ago, so these scenes were totally cool and down with the kids.

I wonder what The Terrifics will want with him in May?

THE TERRIFICS #16  art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA written by GENE LUEN YANG cover by EVAN “DOC” SHANER

The Toadies have entered cyberspace for a bottle unlike any they have faced before. It’s a battle against…God? Well, the science is still out on that, but as our heroes face off against all manner of monstrous plagues, things do seem to be reaching biblical proprtions. Could the key to all this be the mysterious Pixel?

On SALE 05.22.19 S3.99 32 PAGES FC  RATED T

And I wonder if it will be Plastic Man who does the punching this time?

 

 

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Posted by Kaitlyn Booth

The DC universe has once again found itself in a healthier state. It was like between the release of Wonder Woman and Justice League but ever since the latter underperformed and got a critical mauling people have been wondering what the future holds for this franchise. Then Aquaman came along and became a massive hit. Now, everyone is a little more positive about the future going forward and DC has found itself in a similar position. They had once massive hit and less than a year later they have another movie on the way. If Shazma does well it could prove that the DC universe has finally stabilized.

For star Zachary Levi this isn’t the first time he’s been in a superhero movie. He played Fandral in the latter two Thor movies for Marvel but the character met his end in Thor: Ragnarok. Empire shared a new image from Shazam while Levi explained that he felt a bit cheated when it came to the fate of his Thor character.

“I just don’t think those characters were quite utilised to the best of their abilities,” he tells Empire in the April 2019 issue. “Thor and the Warriors Three could have been a really cool little trilogy of team movies, and we didn’t really have that much impact. Particularly not in Ragnarok – I mean, I didn’t even have a line.”

He has his own franchise now and looking forward to the future. While there aren’t any plans currently for another Justice League movie Levi is very much hoping he could join the team someday and detailed meeting Jason Momoa at San Diego Comic-Con.

“I hope I get to be part of the Justice League,” he says of his hopes for Shazam’s continuation. “At San Diego, Jason Momoa quite literally took me under his wing, put his arm around me and was like, ‘Welcome to the family.’”

Thus far people seem pretty excited for Shazam and its tone looks so different from anything we’ve seen from DC. That variety of tone and genre is the thing that will give this franchise life. They stuck one landing so now it’s time to see if they can stick another.

Summary: A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.

Shazam!, directed by David F. Sandberg, stars Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Asher Angel, and will be written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. It will be released on April 5th, 2019.

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Leinil Yu: Marvel Exclusive No More?!

Monday, 18 February 2019 04:23 pm
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Posted by Jude Terror

It’s been more than thirteen years since superstar artist Leinil Yu worked for DC Comics, having signed a Marvel exclusive contract back in 2005. Since then, Yu has been a mainstay at Marvel, but all of that seems to be about to change, as revealed in DC’s May solicitations.

Bleeding Cool has been mining the DC solicitations, for now a Bleeding Cool EX-X-XCLUSIVE as we obtained them ahead of their official release date and we’re not on the embargo list, for articles all morning, much to the chagrin of other comic book websites who probably had official PR EX-X-XCLUSIVES lined up for some of the reveals.

“It’s gettin’ bloody harder to sneak into the DC Comics offices while dressed as a potted plant with all of these budget cuts,” Johnston told us when asked for comment, noting that even the publisher’s potted plant budget has been slashed by 60%. “Oi used to dress up as a nice sansevieria, but that’s a bit too ritzy these days, so now Oi have to infiltrate as a shabby philodendron.”

But thanks to Johnston’s sacrifice, Bleeding Cool can reap the sweet, sweet clicks before anyone else.

“Pip pip,” Johnston said, his eyes glowing with the thought of all the clicks.

One of DC’s May solicits teased a big Batman event coming up this year, but hidden with little fanfare in that solicit appears to be the official announcement of Leinil Yu’s first DC Comics work in over a decade, as a Little Bleeder pointed out in the comments, a variant cover for Batman #70.

 

Is this a sign of more to come? Well, perhaps. It seems Yu revealed the news himself on Twitter a few weeks back, calling his foray into DC Comics covers a “brief detour” from his Marvel work.

But exclusivity, it seems, is no more, which is nice, because giving up DC work was tough for Yu back in 2005, as he said in a CBR interview:

I want it to be known that this was really hard for me. DC and its people are awesome to work with and I had a grand time. I felt I’ve let down a lot of people including Dan Didio and Jim Lee. I just felt that I am not a DC fan favorite and that I have a bigger audience at Marvel. I hope this proves out to be correct.

No need to feel bad for Dan and Jim any more, it seems.

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New York Toy Fair staple Quantum Mechanix is always a fun visit on the show floor. Full of wonderful, passionate people, they have been putting some of the most fun figures with their line of Q-Figs for years now. At this years show, they brought the first piece in a new line, known as Q-Master. These things are going to be huge, if the Bat Family one is to be believed. Featuring all of the extended Bat Family posed on Bruce’s shoulders, this one is almost too cute.

A healthy mix of available and upcoming Q-Figs were also on hand, including the upcoming Captain Marvel one. The Harry Potter kids and Voldemort look insanely cool, as do their new Deadpool, Squirrel Girl, and Venom ones. Nothing beats an open Alien egg with a facehugger offering Free Hugs though, so that was my favorite on the display.

They also had their new Star Trek: Discovery badges on display! Seven new badges in all, each with awesome attention to detail that make theirs some of the finest Star Trek badges available on the market.

 

Finally, they had some of their 1/6th scale figures on display, including Valak from The Nun, Pennywise from the IT remake, and figures from Star Trek, Supernatural, and The Princess Bride. You can see all of those down below.

 

 

 

 

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Batman: The Last Knight On Earth was originally announced as a three-issue 48-page oversized series, with the dimensions used for Batman: Damned. As of today’s May 2019 DC Comics solicitations, they are specifically saying that this comic will no longer be oversized.  The original preview copy told us:

Batman wakes up in a desert. He doesn’t know what year it is or how the Joker’s head is alive in a jar beside him, but it’s the beginning of a quest unlike anything the Dark Knight has undertaken before. In this strange future, villains are triumphant and society has liberated itself from the burden of ethical codes. Fighting to survive while in search of answers, Bruce Wayne uncovers the truth about his role in this new world—and begins the last Batman story ever told.

Instead, at the DC Nation panel at Toronto’s Fan Expo, we were told that Bruce Wayne rather wakes up in Arkham Asylum. A place he has been for twenty years, after being arrested for killing his own parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne. He finds Joker’s living head in a jar as they set off for an adventure together. As you do.

Either way, it still felt a little Head Lopper-ish… Today we get the actual solicitation, And discover that Batman… isn’t Batman. And seems to be a bit more Old Man Batman in the process.

No it couldn’t. From Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion, $5.99 from Black Label/DC Comics on the 29th of May, 1 of 3. 56 pages. No Batpenis.

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If You Seek His Monument....

Monday, 18 February 2019 03:42 pm
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Aleister Crowley, the Great Beast 666, died in Hastings- of acute bronchitis that turned to pneumonia." He was 72.  I wonder if there's any sort of memorial", I said, as we drove past the gates of Hastings cemetery and crematorium.

Ailz did the research- and there isn't. He wasn't even cremated in Hastings but down the coast in Brighton. There was a commital service at Woodvale Crem, featuring readings from Crowley's works and a recitation of his Hymn to Pan- which is not a family-friendly piece of verse. This upset the citizens of Brighton so much they held a special service in St Peter's church to persuade the Almighty to turn aside his wrath.

It was attended by no fewer than 10 clergyman and seems to have worked.

According to rumour, Crowley's ashes were parcelled up and dispatched to an admirer in New Jersey who buried them under a tree in his back garden. There's no memorial there either.

Reading Children of Blood and Bone: Chapters 1-8

Monday, 18 February 2019 04:00 pm
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Welcome to the first installment of our reread of Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone. This week, we’re focusing on chapters 1-8—in which Zélie gets herself into all kinds of trouble, Princess Amari commits high treason, Prince Inan learns the full scope of his father’s violence, and Tzain gets dragged into the middle of a mess he didn’t start and doesn’t want to finish.

 

Recap

For months now, Zélie has waited for her chance to compete in her graduation staff-fighting match and finally she is chosen, going up against her nemesis, Yemi. She’s eager and angry after Yemi goads her by calling her “maggot,” a “miserable, degrading slur.” Two soldiers arrive to extort a “maggot tax” and Zélie can’t stop herself from antagonizing them even though it nearly costs her her life.

After the soldiers leave, Zélie’s brother Tzain bursts in and they race home, bickering over leaving their father alone (Tzain was training for the Orïshan Games). Apparently Baba was swept out to sea when he tried to go fishing after guards demanded more taxes, threatening to sell Zélie into slavery if he could not pay. Tzain rescues him just in time. Out of desperation, the kids ride Nailah, Zélie’s lionaire, to Lagos to make some fast cash.

In the royal palace, Princess Amari overhears her father, King Saran, and his military leaders talking about an ancient scroll that has recently resurfaced. It can awaken latent magic, turning divîners into maji. Saran tests it on Binta, Amari’s beloved chambermaid, but before her evolution is complete he murders her. Lost to grief and fear, Amari steals the scroll.

A guard accosts Zélie on the way into Lagos, the second that day to threaten her with sexual violence. Her instinct is to fight back, but she restrains herself, for once thinking of those who would be harmed by her impulsiveness. All that goes out the window, however, when a mysterious girl (Amari) begs for help. Heeding Mama Agba’s clarion call to “protect those who can’t defend themselves,” Zélie grabs her as Prince Inan chases after them. At the last minute, Tzain and Nailah rescue both girls, but not before Zélie catches Inan’s eye and something sparks between them.

“Duty before self.” Inan steels himself as he returns to the palace empty-handed. He can practically already feel his father’s fists against his skin, meting out punishment for Inan’s failure. The king shocks his son by revealing that the fugitive he was chasing was Amari—the prince thought it was some random thief. Saran speaks of the personal loss he suffered at the hands of the maji and his work to find the means to sever the bond between the maji and their magic. Inan offers to go to Ilorin after Zélie and Amari. His father’s last orders are to burn the village to the ground.

On the road back to Ilorin, Amari tells her rescuers she’s a princess and shows them the scroll. Zélie deduces Binta was a Lighter (of the Ìmọ́lè clan of maji, connected to Ochumare); Zélie’s mother was a Reaper (of the Ikú clan, connected to Oya). As intriguing as the scroll is, the Adebola siblings need to get back to Baba; Amari has no choice but to go with them.

 

Commentary

Yemi is the bastard daughter of an Orïsha nobleman, which affords her just enough privilege to never have to work. Zélie, on the other hand, is low on the social hierarchy, not just because of her dark skin but because she’s a divîner. “[The kosidán] don’t hate you, my child. They hate what you were meant to become.” Although Mama Agba believes that, I’m not sure I do. I think during the age of wicked maji, the kosidán hated divîners for their potential. Now that the tables have turned, magic is an excuse for hatred, but not the main cause, not anymore.

To make a real world comparison, let’s look at the enslavement of African people by colonial powers. It wasn’t the darkness of their skin that made white Europeans hate Africans. That came later. Skin color became the excuse for oppression and enslavement, and from there, accusations of inferior intellect, savagery, drapetomania, the idea that African enslavement was God’s will, and so on. Before all that, colonists needed to make Africans seem less than human or the system wouldn’t work—you can’t build an entire nation and fuel an economic engine on the blood and bones of actual people, but you can if they’re treated like tools and chattel, as less than human. The hatred is baked in. They feared what the enslaved might become—rebels and revolutionaries—but they hated what they were: people.

The same process is at work here: The kosidán fear the power the divîners once had (and might have again), but they hate the idea that these people are as human as they are. The goal of oppressors is to convince themselves that they are different, better, more worthy than those they oppress. They hate the differences as much as they hate the similarities.

Later, Zélie proves my point when she notes that Orïshans are trying to breed out the physical traits of divîners, all while oppressing and exploiting them as prisoners and laborers. The kingdom used indentured servitude way back when, but now it’s mutated into slavery. For divîners, this slavery-by-another-name is an inescapable death sentence. Citizens reap the benefits of being able to work their way out of debt, but those that are treated as less than aren’t afforded that opportunity.

Speaking of skin color, let’s talk about Amari. She mentions that she and Inan have darker skin and lighter hair than is desirable amongst the upper class due to an attempt generations before by the kosidán to restore magic to the royal line. Magic didn’t reappear in the bloodline, but the physical traits did. Now, the upper class dye their hair and bleach their skin.

Colorism serves not only to create a false sense of division within a racial group, but to reinforce white supremacy. We see that in our own world in a variety of ways. It’s how you end up casting light-skinned Zoe Saldana as dark-skinned Nina Simone and thinking it’s fine to blackface her and stick her in a fat suit. Hey, they’re both Black women—it’s all the same, isn’t it? Except it’s not. As a light-skinned Black woman, I have access to things that my darker sisters don’t. I don’t experience the same vitriol they do, especially since I’m light enough to pass as white. Our society values whiteness and devalues Blackness (and by extension any non-white skin colors). And since white supremacy is a helluva drug, we see this internalized racism applied within our own Black community, from the paper bag test to the concepts of high yellow and good hair and so on. So too is it in Orïsha.

Lastly, on Saran’s retaliatory violence: Why kill the maji after stripping them of their power? Because he knew they would fight like hell to get it back. But the children who hadn’t yet come into their magic, a.k.a. the divîners, posed no threat. Instead they serve as a warning, not to mention an endless labor supply. Again, however, there’s so more to this story than just fantasy fiction—U.S. history is full of white people like Saran who executed horrific acts of violence against dark-skinned people.

Even after abolition, throughout the country—not just in the South—white people formed KKK chapters, lynched Black people, and razed entire neighborhoods, all because Black people had the temerity to exist in the same space as whites. It wasn’t enough to punish one person; entire families and communities had to suffer. It’s why slaveholders prior to the Civil War were so fearful of slave rebellions (and there were far more of those than you realize). White supremacy had to be reinforced in the extreme in order to quash any future pushback.

 

Terminology

  • Ashê: the “divine power of the gods,” or what turns a divîner into a maji. Based on às̩e̩, a Yorùbá spiritual or philosophical ideology that gives all things the power of creation or change.
  • Divîner: person with the potential to become maji; they have dark brown skin and snow-white hair.
  • Ikú: the maji of life and death. The name comes from the Yorùbá word for death.
  • Ìmọ́lè: the maji of darkness and light. The name comes from feared spirits or deities in Yorùbá mythology.
  • Kosidán: person who doesn’t have the potential to become a maji; often have light brown skin. According to Google Translate, it means “neutral” in Yorùbá, but I haven’t been able to verify this.
  • Majacite: alloyed metal that can dampen divîner magic.
  • Maji: person with full use of magic.
  • Ochumare: deity of Lighters. Based on Osumare, an òrìṣà of rebirth. Osumare also means “rainbow” in Yorùbá .
  • Oya: goddess of Reapers. Based on Ọya, a warrior òrìṣà of lightning, storms, wind, and death and rebirth.
  • Ryder: a fantastic beast like Zélie’s horned lionaire, noble hyenaires, the guards’ black panthenaires, and Inan’s snow leopanaire.
  • Yoruba: the language of the maji. Based on the Yorùbá people of Benin and southwestern Nigeria and their language and cultural beliefs.

 

Place names

  • Alâfia: heaven or the afterlife. Inspired by alafia or alaafia, a word that means something like “peace” or “health” and is sometimes used as a greeting.
  • Calabrar: a coal mining region. Inspired by Calabar, a port city in Nigeria near the southwestern border.
  • Gombe: an industrial region. Inspired by Gombe, the capital of Gombe State, Nigeria.
  • Ibadan: the Adebola’s hometown. Inspired by Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, Nigeria.
  • Ilorin: a village floating on the ocean. Inspired by Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, Nigeria.
  • Lagos: the royal city. Inspired by Lagos, a Nigerian state, and the city of the same name.
  • Minna: grain-producing region. Inspired by Minna, the capital of Niger State, Nigeria.
  • Orïsha: the kingdom where Zélie lives. Inspired by the Òrìṣà, spirits/deities of Yorùbá mythology.
  • Warri: small coastal village. Inspired by a growing commercial city in southern Nigeria that used to be a colonial provincial capital.
  • Zaria: a northern city. Inspired by a university city in northern Nigeria.

 

I’ve talked about some pretty heavy topics today, but there’s just so much juicy historical context to pore over. This is what you get when a reviewer who studies and writes about Black history and reads mostly young adult science fiction and fantasy is asked to pick apart a book like Children of Blood and Bone…what can I say? This is the perfect niche column for me.

Next week, we’ll be discussing chapters 9-17.

Alex Brown is a high school librarian by day, local historian by night, author and writer by passion, and an ace/aro Black woman all the time. Keep up with her every move on Twitter and Insta, or follow along with her reading adventures on her blog.

New Captain Marvel WNBA TV Spot

Monday, 18 February 2019 03:55 pm
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Marvel movies usually find a way to advertise with some sort of sports program. Mostly because Disney owns ESPN and it just makes sense. They are a staple of the Super Bowl so it isn’t that surprising that Captain Marvel ended up advertising with sports. The WNBA is just kind of ingenious though considering the themes of Captain Marvel. The new TV spot doesn’t seem to have much in the way of new footage, however, which is kind of a shame. Then again the movie is less than three weeks away at this point. Maybe we’ve seen enough.

Summary: Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

Captain Marvel, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, will also star Brie Larson, Jude Law, Gemma Chan, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Samuel L. Jackson. The film is set for release on March 8th, 2019.

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The next stage of what could be a new era is complete. It’s kind of amazing that it took eighteen years and eight movies for us to get a true spin-off of Fast and Furious series but here we are. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw was willed into being based entirely around the chemistry between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in The Fate of the Furious, the raw charisma and star power of Johnson, and the need to keep both him and star Vin Diesel in the universe without the two men actually interacting. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw started production back in September and according to Johnson on instagram they have wrapped production. He also shared a new behind-the-scenes picture.

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Last men standing. HOBBS & SHAW is officially wrapped. Easily the most challenging film I’ve ever produced and starred in, however based on the fans’ insanely hyped “break the internet” reactions to our first trailer — this film is also shaping up to be my most rewarding. A HUGE bald and brotherly MAHALO to the man who trusted me and our chemistry and “pushed all his chips in” to make something bad ass and fun for the fans. My uso @jasonstatham. He’s one legit talented and tough bastard and the pure joy I got from making him laugh so fucking hard during the our takes he couldn’t even talk, I will always remember with evil 😈 glee. Finally, one of the best heli pilots in the world @fred_north demonstrating here our extreme commitment we all had to deliver the goods to our worldwide audience. #ThatsAWrap #LastMenStanding #AllChipsIn #HOBBSANDSHAW AUGUST 2nd @sevenbucksprod

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The Fast and Furious movies have sort of come into their own since around the fifth entry so it’s going to be interesting to see how this one turns out. We can hope it doesn’t take this spin-off franchise five movies to figure out what it wants to be.

Summary: Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, directed by David Leitch, stars Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby, Eiza Gonzalaz, and Idris Elba. It will be released on August 2, 2019.

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Light-based production of drug-discovery molecules

Monday, 18 February 2019 11:00 am
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Photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells are widely studied for the conversion of solar energy into chemical fuels. They use photocathodes and photoanodes to "split" water into hydrogen and oxygen respectively. PEC cells can work under mild conditions with light, which makes them also suitable for other catalyzing reactions that turn organic molecules into high added-value chemicals, like those used to develop drugs.
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The rich levels of biodiversity on land seen across the globe today are not a recent phenomenon: diversity on land has been similar for at least the last 60 million years, since soon after the extinction of the dinosaurs.
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From fathers to children, the delivery of hereditary information requires the careful packing of DNA in sperm. But just how nature packages this DNA to prepare offspring isn't clear. Using new technology to reveal the 3-D organization of DNA in maturing male reproductive cells, scientists revealed a crucial period in development that helps explain how fathers pass on genetic information to future generations.

There’s a Fine Line Between Theatre and Fantasy

Monday, 18 February 2019 03:00 pm
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As some readers might be aware, my other job involves the theatre. So believe me when I say that nothing provides unexpected drama quite like live theatre and its lesser cousins, galas and proms. Any event in which a collection of disparate egos come together to provide grand spectacle (in spite of participants who may be unfamiliar with the material, not to mention trifling differences over goals and ethics, as well as sporadic technical mishaps) has the potential to transform a mundane effort into something legendary…for better or worse.

Even minor changes in technology may exacerbate the challenges faced by the creative staff. Although not conventionally thought of as a work of science fiction, Singin’ in the Rain depicts an industry transformed by technological progress. Adding soundtracks to movies begins as a simple technical challenge; it soon becomes clear there are unforeseen secondary complications, such as a formerly popular actor revealed to have a voice as euphonious as a disconcerted owl.

Actors are simultaneously necessary and frustrating. Without actors, theatre is merely creatively lit furniture. Add actors and we get issues like forgotten lines, misbegotten showmances, and clashing egos . I am sure that every director and stage manager in history must at some point have contemplated replacing the actors with remotely controlled robots, bound infernal spirits, or necromantically energized corpses. But the transition from living actors to pliable alternatives presents challenges; Walter M. Miller’s “The Darfstellar” documents the lengths to which living actors will go to keep their place at stage centre.

Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera suggests an alternative method of producing better actors: mentorship. The Phantom uses his intimate knowledge of the performance space, his acting experience, his clarity of vision to mentor Christine, a talented but unfocused potential star. As so often happens in stories about the theatre, lesser minds do not properly appreciate the Phantom’s genius. The story takes an unexpectedly tragic turn as the lesser minds that surround the misunderstood visionary confound his pragmatic methods.

Robertson Davies (Canadian literary and beard icon) wrote about the stage in his Tempest-Tost. This book lacks the overt fantasy found in some other Davies novels, such as Murther and Walking Spirits, and in his short story collection, High Spirits. It does, however, heavily feature Shakespeare’s extremely fantastical The Tempest. A provincial theatre group, a collection of ambitious amateurs, have undertaken to perform this highly challenging play. I treasure this grand rant delivered by an irate stage manager on discovering that an actor has inconsiderately tried to off himself in mid-performance:

“What the hell do you mean by trying to kill yourself in the middle of a performance?” said she. “Before a performance, perhaps: after a performance, possibly. But what in the name of common sense possessed you to do it while you still have an entrance to make? Do you realize that there are eight hundred and thirty-two people out there, of whom seven hundred and ninety have paid admission, whose pleasure you have imperilled? Do you realize that you have very nearly ruined the effect of seven weeks’ rehearsal? Get up at once, and pull yourself together.”

The scene is very much played for laughs, but the callous disregard for the actor’s well-being is no news. I could tell you stories about stage managers that would turn your hair white. What struck me is the unbelievable attendance numbers: 832 (790 paying) patrons at an amateur performance of Shakespeare in a backwater Ontario town (a town one could probably bike across in five minutes )? Granted, the novel is set long ago, when there were fewer competitors for audience attention but still, 832 patrons at a single little theatre performance? That’s fantasy! Glorious fantasy.

You may think I’m down on actors. No! Not at all—special effects, set design, and direction are nothing without actors, who can make or break the play. Consider Stephen King’s Carrie. This ends with a high school prom, which is not a play, but…bear with me, here, folks…I’ve always thought that Carrie White should serve as an inspiration to actors. Under the right circumstances and with the right support, even the most unassuming ingenue can have their moment in the spotlight, inflaming their audience with a transcendent performance that will be spoken of in awed tones for decades. It might not be pleasant; it might even be downright traumatic. But in the end, isn’t that what theatre is all about…those immortal moments of transcendence?

 

In the words of Wikipedia editor TexasAndroid, prolific book reviewer and perennial Darwin Award nominee James Davis Nicoll is of “questionable notability.” His work has appeared in Publishers Weekly and Romantic Times as well as on his own websites, James Nicoll Reviews and Young People Read Old SFF (where he is assisted by editor Karen Lofstrom and web person Adrienne L. Travis). He is surprisingly flammable.

Giraffe House

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Giraffes don’t really understand the Monty Hall problem.




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