now bring me that horizon...
17 August 2017 @ 01:26 am
nk jemisin's fifth season has been  
optioned by tnt Its gonna be a TV SERIES!!!

I am SO happy!
16 August 2017 @ 08:11 pm
Save $6 On Your Next Jar of C4 Pre-Workout Supplement  

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C4 by Cullucor is America’s top-selling pre-workout supplement, and you can try it out for $6 off today. The $6 Amazon coupon will be reflected at checkout, and it should work on all flavors shipped and sold by Amazon (though it seems like Fruit Punch is the cheapest option right now).


17 August 2017 @ 12:00 am
Superhero Bits: Kevin Smith Returns to Supergirl, Hawkeye May Get a Mohawk & More  

Posted by Ethan Anderton

Spider-Man Homecoming Concept Art

Want to see a fanmade trailer for Man of Steel 2 with Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam? Do Nightwing and Harley Quinn have sex in the Batman and Harley Quinn animated movie? Was Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition getting an IMAX release at one point? Does Jeremy Renner have a mohawk in Avengers: Infinity War? Which DC Comics character would Karen Gillan like to play? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Aquaman Atlantean Soldier Action Figure

This image of an action figure of an armed Atlantean soldier from the Aquaman movie popped up on Reddit.

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos addressed whether The Defenders would ever crossover explicitly with Marvel movies.

Kevin Smith will be returning to direct more of Supergirl for the upcoming third season of the DC Comics TV series.

Some new characters have been revealed for Marvel’s upcoming Cloak and Dagger TV series coming to Freeform.

A fanmade trailer for Man of Steel 2: Man of Tomorrow fhas an appearance by Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam.

The Defenders will kick off what will be Phase Two of Marvel’s TV shows on Netflix in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Ryan Meinerding shared some more Spider-Man: Homecoming concept art, this time from the parachute scene.

In a recent interview, Tom Cavanagh teased that we might see another version of Harrison Wells on The Flash.

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16 August 2017 @ 06:00 pm
Question of the Day  

Posted by Melissa McEwan

Suggested by Shaker Ros: "What activity brings you satisfaction and joy that lasts beyond the time you spend doing it?"

16 August 2017 @ 11:30 pm
How a Hotel Guest Book Prank Inspired the Creator of ‘My Name is Earl’ to Create His New Comedy [Int  

Posted by Fred Topel

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It’s not too late to catch up on TBS’s new comedy The Guest Book. This week brings the third episode, and even though it’s an anthology series, you’ll want to keep up. Set at the Froggy Cottage cabin, each week sees a new guest check in with a new story. However, the manager Wilfred (Charlie Robinson) and the strippers from nearby Chubby’s are always there, and single father Andrew Brown (Garret Dillahunt) seems to be staying longer.

Creator Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope, The Millers) got the idea when he  started writing funny stories in guest books where he stayed. The Guest Book is based on those stories, and they will all pay off in the season finale. Garcia spoke with /Film by phone last week, in a good mood since episode two saw increased viewership.

This is not a single location. You’ve got Chubby’s and various locations leading up to the cabin.

We’re all over the place. It wasn’t like Room 104. That’s why it’s funny to me that we got compared to that show just because first logline. It couldn’t be more different. We not only have Chubby’s and the rental place and what have you, but every story we go outside of the house a ton and some stories there’s a lot of lead up before you even get to the cabin. Other stories, there’s flashbacks. We did not get cabin fever, as you might say.

And you still have to watch The Guest Book in order, right? You can’t skip around.

I mean, look. When I showed it at the Austin ATX, I showed episode seven just because I love all my children, but that was one where Michael Rapaport just killed it. He was amazing. So that’s what I showed and people weren’t lost. They weren’t confused. It was fine. Now, they would have enjoyed what was going on with the regulars a lot more had they watched one through six in order before they watched seven. So it’s not 100% necessary but you’re going to enjoy it more if you watch them in order. Especially once the season comes to an end, now you’re really going to want to have seen at least a few leading up to it, if not all of them, to really fully appreciate the show.

Did you have some fun making the “previously on…” different every week?

Yeah, because I knew I had to do a “previously on…” just real quick just in case you missed one. There’s always the fear in this show that [viewers] hear “anthology,” they know it’s mostly a new show every week so they do miss one. So I wanted the people to be able to be caught up and enjoy which is why I think at ATX people probably were fine with it because they got caught up real quick. If you’re going to do a “previously on…” how are you going to do it. You want to try to do it different and fun. I always loved Shameless’s “previously on.” I know that short-lived show BrainDead did a song every week. Seemed like a lot of work but it was fun. So I wanted to have something I could shoot in one day that has one camera. I thought, “What about these two guys and one of them just loves the show and the other guy isn’t interested?” which felt very real to me. I can see that happening all over the place. Some people get into things and some people don’t so I thought we would have fun with that.

Speaking of music, who’s the band that plays in the bar?

Oh, HoneyHoney. They’re fantastic. I went out to see this singer-songwriter Hayes Carll in L.A. one night which is unusual for me because I usually don’t leave my house. I’d had a couple beers and I was sitting there and I was watching this guy. I was standing around and I’m like, “I like live music. It’s fun. What if we had a band that played at Chubby’s every Sunday and we just use them for the ending music?” Music isn’t cheap and I always like to use music in my shows, but if you do a cover version, it’s half price because you’re just paying for the publishing. I thought if we found a great band, maybe they could record a cover version and an original song for each episode and that’s what we did. My music supervisor found this band, HoneyHoney, he knew them. They came in for a meeting, read the script. They totally were into it. We just got along instantly. Suzanne [Santo] and Ben [Jaffe] are their names. They wrote an original song and did a cover song for every episode. In editing we figured out which works best for the episodes. Sometimes we used covers and sometimes we used originals.

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Are you going to put out HoneyHoney’s soundtrack?

We’re working on it, yeah. They have their own albums and they each have solo albums. She had a party last night for her album release but like I said, I don’t leave my house so I didn’t end up going to it. We would love to put out an album. I know our music supervisor is all over it.

You’d written these stories in guest books, but since each episode leads into the next, how did you connect your own stories in the right order?

What I did with that is I have 14 or so stories that I wrote in guest books. I laid them out at the beginning when I knew I was going to do 10 of these for a season. I picked the ones that I thought I would use and then the last episode is not from a guest book because that’s a culmination of all the stuff that’s happening with the regulars. The guest book stories didn’t have regulars in them. They just were all standalone stories. I knew with the TV show I was going to have regulars. Then I also came up with new stories, episodes five and six. What I had to do was lay out the stories and match them with what I would have happening with the regulars. Then I’d place them in a way that stories I felt weren’t going to require as much time to tell, I put later in the series because I knew I would be using more time at that point with the regulars. As the show goes on, we spend more and more time with the regulars and their stories start to get more and more interesting.

So the Garret Dillahunt and Charlie Robinson story was just for the show?

That was just for the show. I didn’t even know where I was going. Even around episode five or six, I still didn’t know where I was going with that. I just let it breathe and do what it did. I found my way to the ending. I wrote all nine episodes before we started shooting and then I waited to write episode 10 until I saw the chemistry with the regulars and I saw how things were working. I had an idea of what it would be but I waited until a few weeks into the season until I started writing episode 10, which is not unlike how I used to write these stories in guest books. I would just sit down and start writing, had no idea where the stories were going which is completely opposite of how I would normally write a TV show where I need to know everything before I start writing dialogue.

How did you remember all these guest book stories?

Here’s the thing. I’d write it in the book and then I’d always type out a copy on my laptop and take it with me. At first it was because I just wanted to read it to people on set and my family and make them laugh. They would just be like, “Oh my God, you left another one. What did you write this time? Then, after I’d written three or four of them, I thought I’m going to do a book at some point of short stories, so that’s why I was making copies of them. Then towards the end I was like no, I’ve got to do this as a TV show. I even think my writing became a little bit more visual as I was starting to really picture this as a TV show towards the later stories I wrote in the books.

Has TBS been cool with the language and sexuality?

Yeah, they’re great. From day one, they basically told me, “We’re a cable channel. If you say f*** or c*** we’re going to bleep it and if you show frontal nudity we’re going to blur it.” Those were the rules. I’m not a big fan of bleeping or blurring on TV shows because it just takes me out of it. So I just made sure I didn’t say those words and when we had nudity, I shot it in a way that just the natural focus of the camera would do the blurring for us, put people in the background, focus on something in the foreground, don’t have to have that shot of pixelation.

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16 August 2017 @ 10:51 pm
New ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Trailer Features One Strange Doctor  

Posted by Jacob Hall

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The bulk of this new Japanese trailer for Thor: Ragnarok consists of footage we’ve seen before, cut in a different order. However, the opening moments should perk up the ears of Marvel fans, as they tease a meeting between the God of Thunder and the not-quite-Sorcerer Supreme himself, Doctor Strange.

Of course, Marvel Cinematic Universe die hards – you know, the ones who stay after the end credits – already knew this meeting was coming. Once the credits had rolled on Stephen Strange’s debut adventure last year, we were treated to a bonus scene in which Thor met with the good doctor in the Sanctum Sanctorum. The scene was played mostly for laughs (thanks to a certain magical beer mug), but this footage suggests that their meeting won’t be all gags and chuckles.

“Thor, I sense a great change in your future. Destiny has dire plans for you, my friend,” Doctor Strange tells his fellow superhero. To which Thor responds, “I have dire plans for destiny.”

Since Thor is wearing the same clothes seen in the Doctor Strange post-credits scene, it’s clear that this exchange takes place during that same meeting. However, it’s only grown more intriguing since the release of other Thor: Ragnarok trailers, which tease Thor being exiled to an alien planet and given a new haircut so he can fight in a gladiatorial ring. This footage certainly suggests that the meeting between Thor and Strange comes early in the story, before Cate Blanchett’s Hela arrives on the scene to wreak havoc. The evidence implies that we’re looking at pieces of what’s probably a very quick cameo, but who knows? Marvel Studios has hidden bigger secrets before.

For the record, here’s that Doctor Strange post-credits scene, where Thor says that his plans on Earth involve tracking down his missing father with the help of Loki, last seen impersonating Odin on the throne of Asgard in Thor: The Dark World.

While it remains to be seen how much Stephen Strange will figure into Thor: Ragnarok, it’s moments like this that keep me so invested in the MCU. I thought I’d eventually get over watching these various superheroes from different worlds meet and collide, but I definitely felt a little tingle go down my spine during this new footage. After all, it’s only right that two of the MCU’s more magical characters (and enough of the first Thor movie’s “magic is just science by another name” nonsense) get to share the same space and have a little chat.

Plus, I will never say no to more Doctor Strange, as he is my favorite Marvel superhero. Double plus, my mother, who has informed me that Stephen Strange is the most attractive of the Marvel heroes, now has a reason to get excited about a Thor movie after not quite caring for the first two. Look at that, Marvel – you’ve hooked the dedicated fans and their mothers. Quite the operation you’ve got going here.

Thor: Ragnarok opens on November 3, 2017.

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16 August 2017 @ 10:30 pm
‘The Exorcist’ Director William Friedkin to Appear on ‘The Simpsons’ Halloween Special  

Posted by Hoai-Tran Bui

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Who better to cameo in The Simpsons annual “Treehouse of Horror” special than one of the masters of horror himself?

William Friedkin, the director of the 1973 horror classic The Exorcist, will make a cameo in the Fox animated show’s annual horror special, “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII.”

TV Line reports that Friedkin will voice Dr. Kenneth Humphries in one of the special’s segments titled “MMM… Homer,” which finds Homer “cannibalizing himself after he runs out of food while Marge and the kids are away from home.” Maybe Humphries will discover that some demonic force is what compels Homer to engage in these destructive eatings habits?

Friedkin won an Academy Award for directing 1971’s The French Connection before getting nominated two years for The Exorcist. His 1973 tale of demonic possession is considered one of the most influential films of all time, setting the groundwork for many modern horror movies that followed it. With Friedkin lending his voice to the “Treehouse of Horror” episode, it’s likely that the chapter he stars in will reference one of the film’s many iconic moments. Maybe the head-spinning scene to the priest falling down those steep outdoor stairs?

But then again, the 29th “Treehouse of Horror” may save one of those Exorcist homages to its other chapter with Exorcist ties. Ben Daniels, who plays Father Marcus in Fox’s currently airing Exorcist series, will appear in the chapter titled “Exor-sis.”

The Simpsons‘ “Treehouse of Horror” has become a horror staple in its own right, eschewing the long-running animated series’ 30-minute narratives for short three-part segments that veer from campy horror movie homages to creepy surrealism. The “Treehouse of Horror” episodes are known for being much darker than an average “Simpsons” episode, and has become a creative outlet for animators of the popular animated series to experiment and tell stories that diverge

The Simpsons season 29 will start on October 1, 2017. The Simpsons’ “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII” episode will air Sunday, October 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

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16 August 2017 @ 10:00 pm
‘Han Solo’ Movie Will Have An Imperial Presence, But What Does This Actually Mean?  

Posted by Ben Pearson

Han Solo Empire

“The Empire Looms Large.” That’s what Ron Howard, the director of Lucasfilm’s still-untitled Han Solo movie, tweeted today, along with a photo of a Death Star trooper’s helmet. So what might that mean for the new film? Let’s take a look at some Star Wars history to potentially find out.

Before we go any further, here is Howard’s photo from the film’s set:

What Could This Mean For Han Solo?

That distinctive helmet, the control panels, and the production designs visible in the background are pretty good hints that the Death Star will be featured in the upcoming movie. That doesn’t really tell us much about the timeline, since we already know from Alden Ehrenreich’s casting about the age they’re looking to explore in Solo’s backstory in this movie. (The actor is 27 years old right now.)

But while we’ve seen the Death Star extensively in the Star Wars films already, from the destruction of it in A New Hope to the creation of the original’s superweapon by Galen Erso in Rogue One (and we even got a quick peek at it during the closing moments of Revenge of the Sith), Solo himself doesn’t see the Death Star for the first time until the events of A New Hope. So there’s no chance he sees it in this movie, and since we don’t know very much about the film’s supporting players, it’s hard to speculate who among them might be taking a tour of the likely-still-under-construction space station.

(I find it a little odd that the Death Star would feature in the first two Star Wars standalone films, but I suppose its imagery is recognizable enough that Disney would want it out there to pull in the normals who don’t know when this takes place on the timeline.)

The Empire Strikes Back - Han Solo

The Imperial Connection

Disney and Lucasfilm announced that all of the Extended Universe material is no longer canon, but in that material, Solo first meets Chewie when Han is – are you ready for this? – serving in the Imperial army. Yup, Han Solo once fought for the bad guys. He gets booted from the army when he saves Chewie from being beaten by Imperial captors (a very Moses move), which causes Chewie to swear him a life debt; thus began their smuggling partnership and long-time friendship.

But again, that information is no longer canonical, so it remains to be seen how it could factor into the Han Solo movie. Will Han still serve as an Imperial cadet? Could he step foot onto the Death Star and somehow have his mind wiped to forget about it? Or, perhaps most likely, were the Death Star trooper helmets simply worn on any other ships Han and Chewie may have encountered in their travels?

We’ll find out when the untitled Han Solo film hits theaters on May 25, 2018.

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16 August 2017 @ 09:30 pm
‘Vice Principals’ Season 2 Trailer: Gamby Enters the Belly of the Beast  

Posted by Jack Giroux

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This is the end for Neal Gamby (Danny McBride). The second season of Vice Principals is also its last. In his final hours at North Jackson High School, Gamby will search for the assassin who failed to finish him off in the riveting season one finale. With the help a suspect and sociopathic friend, Lee Russell (Walton Goggins), Gamby goes hunting.

Below, watch the Vice Principals season 2 trailer.

While season one was influenced by the films of John Hughes, season two is more in the vein of a Brian De Palma movie. Season one was already fairly dark in nature, but it looks like it’s about to get a little darker and more vicious. Vice Principals is a show in which there’s almost always conflict: Sometimes it’s ridiculous; sometimes it’s life-threatening. With Gamby and Russell, there’s always going to be some friction, chaos, and laughs but when they unite, things only seem to escalate.

More powerful than before, the two stars of the show will join forces to search for the fool who dared to try to take out Vice Principal Gamby. A huge mistake, as the shooter will probably learn in season 2 of Vice Principals.

Vice Principals Season 2 Trailer

Even after facing a near-death experience, Gamby doesn’t seem to have changed much. It might take more than a bullet to make him evolve, but I’m excited to see what Gamby “coming for payback” looks like. Based on the trailer for season 2, it looks fantastic: more unhinged, more silly, and more dangerous. As they search for the shooter, I’m happy to see Gamby and Russell can still find time for a beach day. Those two hanging out and starting fires is always entertaining, albeit sometimes repulsive. How they manage to bond and connect is always surprising and unsettling.

The tumultuous school year at North Jackson High continues and a new semester brings lots of changes. Gamby and Russell are about to learn that the only thing harder than gaining power is holding on to it, as the darkest comedy on television returns to finish what was started. Danny McBride (Gamby) and Walton Goggins (Russell) star in part two of HBO’s hit comedy series, created by McBride and Jody Hill and directed by David Gordon Green. McBride, Hill and Green are joined as executive producers by Jonathan Watson and Stephanie Laing. Also starring in VICE PRINCIPALS are Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Georgia King, Busy Phillips, Shea Whigham and Sheaun McKinney.

Vice Principals returns to HBO on September 17.

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16 August 2017 @ 09:23 pm
We Asked Five Security Experts If Smart Locks Are Ever Safe  

Posted by Nick Douglas

An automatic firmware update broke LockState’s internet-enabled “smart locks” for around 500 customers earlier this month, including around 200 Airbnb hosts who use the locks to remotely manage rental access. Customers have to replace their locks or ship them back for repairs. (The locks can still be operated with a…


16 August 2017 @ 05:46 pm
Peter Weisz, Puzzle Tov!: Short book of Jewish-themed brainteasers, some of them based on pretty old jokes and some requiring mathematical cleverness. I enjoyed it and was stumped by more than a few, but had the appropriate head-slapping reaction when I read the answers. For a puzzle-loving kid (or even adult) in your life.

Alan Dugatkin & Lyudmila Trut, How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution: Short but fun book about the Soviet/Russian project to breed tame foxes. Wolves and foxes are related enough to make the attempt plausible, but zebras and horses are also closely related enough to breed, and zebras haven’t been successfully domesticated despite numerous attempts, nor have deer except reindeer (even though they live near humans and aren’t usually aggressive towards us, not to mention being important food animals, all of which suggests domestication would be favored if it were feasible). The Soviets picked the least reactive and aggressive foxes and bred them; calmer foxes appeared within three breeding seasons. And slightly greater tameness also shortened their breeding cycle and raised fertility a bit higher, bolstering the theory that in-bred tameness had complex effects on the whole animal. (Unfortunately, these shorter mating cycles didn’t allow multiple fox generations within the same year—although the scientists had sold the project to the Soviet government on the promise of increasing fur production, the shorter cycles meant that the mothers didn’t produce enough milk for their pups, whom they ignored. The scientists hypothesized that a longer transition might have let milk production catch up with increased fertility, as with dogs and cats and pigs and cows.)

Later generations began to exhibit tail-wagging, whining, licking hands, and rolling over for belly rubs—still later, some of the tame foxes’ tails curled, again like dogs. Tamer foxes retained juvenile behaviors longer than wild foxes—wild fox pups are “curious, playful, and relatively carefree when they are very young,” but that changes at around 45 days, when they become more cautious and anxious. After only a decade of breeding, tamer pups stayed curious and playful twice as long.

Tame foxes began gazing into humans’ eyes, which for wild animals is a challenge that can start an attack. Humans themselves, though they weren’t supposed to interact differently with the foxes, couldn’t resist talking to them, petting them, and loving them. When dogs and owners gaze at one another, both see increased oxytocin, leading to increased interactions/petting, “a chemical lovefest.” Adult foxes began to engage in object play—extended play with objects that are known—which wild animals don’t do. (Birds, chimps, and even ants play (with mock fights), but play is usually skill practice.) The tamest fox one year lived with the main researcher for a while, like a dog, and when she returned to her group, she began seeking out caretakers when other foxes were being aggressive toward her. Tame foxes began to demonstrate loyalty to particular caretakers (unlike simply being calm around humans) and jealousy of other foxes who might take their favorites’ attention. They began to bark like guard dogs when strangers appeared. They learned social intelligence: tame fox pups were as smart as dog pups in interpreting human behavior, and smarter than wild fox pups. So selection acting on tameness brought social intelligence along with it, suggesting that there was no need for humans to have bred dogs to be smarter: it could just happen.

The Soviets also tested their work by creating a line of incredibly aggressive foxes using the same selection procedures. Workers were terrified of the new line. When aggressive fox pups were swapped with tame fox pups and raised by mothers from the other line, the pups behaved like their genetic mothers. Genes clearly played vital roles, though tame foxes’ bonds with individual people also showed the role of learned behaviors. The genetic changes worked by changing production of hormones and neurochemicals, like oxytocin. These chemical pathways might help explain why the changes could happen so fast. Tame foxes had higher levels of serotonin than their wild cousins, as dogs have more than wolves.

The evidence supports a theory of destabilizing selection—genes may be similar, but the activity of those genes is very different as between wolves and dogs, chimps and humans. The dramatic changes of domestication seemed to come not primarily from new genetic mutations that were then favored by selection, though that played a role, but from changes in the expression of existing genes that led to very different results. For example, tame foxes started being born with white stars on their foreheads, which happened because the embryonic cells responsible for coloring hair had been delayed in migrating to their places by two days, causing an error in the production of hair color. The expression of the relevant gene was affected by the other changes caused by selecting for tameness. We may even have selected ourselves for tameness using similar mechanisms—we have lower levels of stress hormones in groups than our chimp cousins, we can breed all year round, and our kids stay juvenile longer, like those of other domestic species. And the bonobo may be in the process of doing the same thing, though I’m not sure they’ll have a planet to inherit when their brains get as big as ours.

Speaking of which, the collapse of the Russian economy nearly led to the fox project’s demise. Many foxes starved or nearly starved; others were selected for sale for fur to keep the project alive, a process that also deeply traumatized their caretakers. In 1999, however, a popular science article about the project came out in the US, and they received enough donations to stay afloat, because humans are sentimental. Maybe someday you’ll be able to get your own tame fox pup.

Duncan Green, How Change Happens: Green works in international anti-poverty programs, and argues for a systems approach in which one iteratively works with groups at different levels of the system, leveraging elite points of entry while taking direction from people on the ground. I thought the concept of “positive deviance” was useful—find people in the group you’re trying to help who’ve overcome the problem you’re trying to solve, and see if you can help other people do the same thing, using the positive deviants as the model.
16 August 2017 @ 03:45 pm
Sessions Continues Trump's White Supremacist Campaign Against Chicago  

Posted by Melissa McEwan

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16 August 2017 @ 09:00 pm
The Perks of Being an Adventurous Eater  

Posted by Patrick Allan

“I like what I like,” you tell yourself as you eat the same meals over and over. Now, there’s nothing wrong with having preferences, but you could be doing yourself a serious disservice. Being an adventurous eater comes with some great benefits.


16 August 2017 @ 08:45 pm
How to Keep the Automatic Flushing Toilet From Scaring the Crap Out of Your Kid  

Posted by Leigh Anderson on Offspring, shared by Michelle Woo to Lifehacker

One of the darker moments of my parenting career saw me holding a terrified three-year-old on a toilet that repeatedly automatically flushed at a volume that is only appropriate for the whooshing sound of the gates of hell. It was a men’s room at a computer store in Manhattan, I was kneeling in a puddle of urine, and…


16 August 2017 @ 08:30 pm
The ‘Justice League’ Batman Will Be Very Different Than the ‘Batman v Superman’ Batman  

Posted by Jack Giroux

Justice League Batman

Ben Affleck‘s future as Batman appears uncertain with the rumor mill suggesting he wants out. Just yesterday his own brother said he doesn’t think he’ll star in The Batman. Affleck, however, recently dismissed these rumors at Comic-Con. The Argo director is still Batman until he (or Warner Bros.) says otherwise. This Fall, he’ll be back as the character in Justice League, which he says features a less vengeful and more heroic Batman.

Below, Ben Affleck talks about the differences between the character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

Batman wasn’t exactly a happy camper in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He was more of a brute whose sole motivation was to destroy Superman after he saved the world. Batman’s intentions were misguided, but by the end, he was a new and improved hero. Affleck tells Entertainment Weekly the character is more invested in saving lives in Justice League than he was in Batman v Superman:

BvS departed a little bit from the traditional Batman. He started out with all this rage directed at Superman, because of his coworkers who had died in the fight Superman had with Zod. He was holding on to a lot of anger, in a little bit of an irrational way. Whereas this is a much more traditional Batman. He’s heroic. He does things in his own way, but he wants to save people, help people.

Batman’s conflict this time around is keeping the band together, says Affleck:

He’s put in this position of having to reach out, find other people, convincing them to do something. Part of the drama of the movie is the question of whether or not the team is going to come together. It’s very different from the tenor of the last movie.

When the team presumably does come together, we’ll see a more traditional Batman:

This is more in keeping with the canon of how Batman’s usually been portrayed, and how he’s portrayed vis a vis the Justice League in the comics. This is more the Batman you would find if you opened up your average Batman comic book.

The Batman Affleck played in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was more akin to Frank Miller‘s take on the character, which has always been a huge inspiration for director Zack Snyder. It was a bleak but strangely refreshing depiction of the Caped Crusader. During his brawl with Superman, he was a superhero bridging on villainy. Wayne sometimes talked more like he was in a revenge film than the average time-to-save-the-day comic book movie. When he was saving lives, it wasn’t pretty either. The Bat looked like he stepped out of a horror movie during his first appearance.

What if an aging and battle-scarred superhero started to get the wrong ideas and lost their way? That’s what Affleck’s Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was all about. He was back to his old heroic ways at the end, but I’m going to miss the angry Bruce Wayne Affleck gave us with his first turn at bat with the character.

We have enough near-perfect superheroes already. They can’t all always be good and righteous. That take probably isn’t for everybody’s taste, especially younger fans of these movies, but I know I wouldn’t mind more superheroes as deeply flawed as Affleck’s Bruce Wayne. He’s a superhero who doesn’t just make mistakes, but makes a lot of them – at least in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Considering Affleck calls Justice League a story about “multilateralism,” we’re probably not going to see much more of Bruce Wayne’s dark side in the film.

Justice League opens in theaters November 17, 2017.

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16 August 2017 @ 08:00 pm
When to Stop Trying to Win an Argument  

Posted by Patrick Allan

Welcome back to Mid-Week Meditations, Lifehacker’s weekly dip into the pool of stoic wisdom, and how you can use its waters to reflect on and improve your life.


16 August 2017 @ 08:00 pm
‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ Trailer: The Director of ‘The Lobster’ Reunites With Colin Farrell  

Posted by Hoai-Tran Bui

the killing of a sacred deer trailer

The Lobster was a bit of a shock for everyone who went in expecting an off-kilter black romance — instead director Yorgos Lanthimos served up a disquieting social satire with underpinnings of horror as his first English-language feature.

Now, reuniting with his Lobster star Colin Farrell, Lanthimos is going full psychological horror with his newest film The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The trailer burns with a cold intensity, as cryptic scenes from the film play over a girl’s a capella rendition of Ellie Goulding’s pop hit “Burn.”

The film reunites Farrell with his The Beguiled co-star Nicole Kidman, who plays the wife to Farrell’s prominent surgeon.

“I don’t understand why I should have to pay the price, why my children should have to pay the price,” Kidman says to Dunkirk‘s Barry Keoghan in the trailer. Keoghan responds: “It’s the only thing I can think of that’s close to justice.”

The movie follows Farrell’s character as he forms a bond with an enigmatic young man (Keoghan) that results in tragedy, with an apparent curse from the boy causing the surgeon’s patients to become partially paralyzed. Several scenes of the patients eerily contorting their bodies through stark hospitals flash through the trailer, lending a horrific quality to the slow-burn of a preview. Though the rest of the trailer remains vague and cryptic, its moody dread reminds me of Ingmar Bergman’s work, specifically Persona.

Here’s the brief official synopsis of The Killing of a Sacred Deer:

A prominent surgeon adopts a teenager into his family, but as the teen’s actions grow increasingly sinister, the doctor is forced to make a terrible decision.

The poster for the film was also released, seen below.

the killing of a sacred deer poster

The Killing of a Sacred Deer premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year, where it was nominated for the Palme D’Or and praised by critics as “Sophie’s Choice as a suburban horror movie.” The jury awarded Lanthimos its Best Screenplay award, which he shared with You Were Never Really Here writer-director Lynne Ramsay. It’s another film from the exciting upstart indie studio A24, which has taken a keen interest in subversive horror and genre films.

Despite not enjoying horror movies myself, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by all A24 releases, absolutely adoring It Comes At Night and The WitchThe Lobster too was one of my favorite movies from last year, after I got over the trauma of its shocking tonal shifts. The Lobster was so inventive and strange that I would gladly watch any of Lanthimos’ next works, and the fact that it reunites Farrell — who has really found his stride undermining his alpha-male archetype in indie prestige flicks — and the always excellent Kidman makes me quite excited for The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is set to hit theaters on October 27, 2017.

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16 August 2017 @ 06:23 pm
Some Tips If You Plan On Driving During The Solar Eclipse  

Posted by Kristen Lee on Jalopnik, shared by Melissa Kirsch to Lifehacker

Hey nerds! A total solar eclipse is headed our way on August 21. Get ready for some sacrificial offerings made to unknown gods and general witchcraft afoot. And if you’re planning on driving around during the big event, here are some tips that’ll help you avoid any mishaps.


16 August 2017 @ 03:20 pm
Miss Fisher Movie Trilogy - filming for real?  
More 'Miss Fisher' Coming in 2018, As Movie Trilogy Gears Up For Filming

Here's to hoping that this is for real! Also that Dot and Mac are in it! Miss Fisher isn't the same without Dot and Mac (or Bert and Cec and Mr. Butler and Jane, but Dot and Mac are my favorites).