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New Fantasy Trilogy by Marlon James

Alternate universes and faraway lands are homes of sci-fi and fantasy stories, but they all have one thing in common; it doesn’t matter if the setting is in King’s Landing or the Middle East, pretty much everyone is white. Marlon James has an upcoming trilogy that will be a fantasy with much more diversity. That is the exact thing this genre needed.

James is the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his book A Brief History of Seven Killings. His The Dark Star Trilogy is said to be the “African Game of Thrones.” The Boy, the Moon and the Tracker will be the main three characters in the book. They will try to find out what happened during a search for a missing child.

Our three main characters are mercenaries. They were hired to find a kidnapped child by a slave trader. At the beginning, there were eight mercenaries, but at the point where the book takes place, five of them are already dead, as well as the missing kid. Using not that reliable witness testimony, the book tries to realize what the missing pieces are. We are looking forward to some new magical techniques, underworld darkness, new dwarf race and much other geeky stuff.

Entertainment Weekly had an interview with James in which he stated that he is frustrated that there are much less characters of color in exciting fantasy books. So that inspired him to write The Dark Star Trilogy. James said:” Originally it came from a fight that I had with somebody. I think it was when they announced the casting for ‘The Hobbit’. I remember saying, ‘You know, if an Asian or a black hobbit came out of the Shire, nobody would have cared. We would have just moved on.’ And my friend said, ‘Well, Lord of the Rings is all this British and Celtic mythology.’ And I said, ‘Well, you know … Lord of the Rings isn’t real.’ It just turned into one of these arguments we have about diversity and inclusion.”

James talked about the Man of the World magazine about his standpoint and among other things, said:” I realized how sick and tired I was of arguing about whether there should be a black hobbit in Lord of the Rings.”

Some of the works that influenced on James to create the trilogy are Marvel’s Luke Cage, Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and even some Salvador Dali paintings. But, the things that helped James the most to shape his books are The Epic of Askia Mohammed and The Epic of Son-Jara, the African epics. They were made around the time when Beowulf was created.

James also said to the Entertainment Weekly:” It made me start to think about the fantastic African epic traditions — some of the stories I grew up with, like ‘Anansi the Spider.’ I just realized that there is this huge pool of fantastic stories to draw from. It’s sort of like my being a scholar of African history and mythology, and my being a total sci-fi/fantasy geek who rereads things like The Mists of Avalon, they just sort of came together.”

By the end of 2017, James should finish the trilogy and their release is expected in the fall of 2018. 12-year-old geeks and sci-fi heads, prepare yourselves!

Alternate universes and faraway lands are homes of sci-fi and fantasy stories, but they all have one thing in common; it doesn’t matter if the setting is in King’s Landing or the Middle East, pretty much everyone is white. Marlon James has an upcoming...

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U2 2017 : Joshua Tree Tour

Stadiums all across America and Europe will not be the hosts for just sports events this year, but also for the well known U2. The group will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree by performing the 1987 album from beginning to the end. OneRepublic, Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers will rotate as opening acts. The tour starts at BC Place on May 12th and ends in Cleveland at FirstEnergy Stadium on July 1st. Then, the group will fly to Europe and run shows with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

The first time in the history of U2, The Joshua Tree Tour will be an event where the group will play a classic album in concert. The album that they picked is probably one of the greatest and full of hits like “With or Without You”, “Where The Streets Have No Name”, and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Some of the rarely played songs like “In God’s Country”, “Trip Through Your Wires” and “Exit” will make those hardcore fans very happy. Also, “Red Hill Mining Town” will live up to its first live performance.

The structure of the show is still under construction. U2 guitarist The Edge said:” The show might not necessarily start with Track 1, Side 1 “Where The Streets Have No Name” because we feel like maybe we need to build up to that moment and we are still in the middle of figuring out exactly how the running order will go.”

Last year, at the time the group was working on the finishing touches for their new album Songs of Experience, the idea for The Joshua Tree tour was born. The Edge said:” The election happened and suddenly the world changed. We’ve got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what’s going on in the world.”

Guys in the group came to the conclusion that worldwide political situation is very similar to like it was back in 1987 when The Joshua Tree was made. So the band saw the opportunity to make a tour and give themselves some time to think about the new album. Edge said:”The Joshua Tree album was written in the mid-1980s, during the Reagan-Thatcher era of British and U.S. politics. It was a period when there was a lot of unrest. It just felt like, ‘Wow, these songs have a new meaning and a new resonance today that they didn’t have three years ago, four years ago.’ We needed to put the album on ice for a minute just to really think about it one more time before putting it out; just to make sure that it really was what we wanted to say.”

The singer, Bono, also had a few words to say about The Joshua Tree and the upcoming tour:” Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years and it’s quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current: love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarization … all the greats. I’ve sung some of these songs a lot, but never all of them. I’m up for it and if our audience is as excited as we are, it’s going to be a great night.”

If you are interested to hear U2 again, tickets sale starts on Tuesday, January 17th, for the US shows.       

Stadiums all across America and Europe will not be the hosts for just sports events this year, but also for the well known U2. The group will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree by performing the 1987 album from beginning to the end...

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Chris Brown is About to Face Bankruptcy

We all know that Chris Brown is a big spender. His ex-manager said that his reckless spending habits will soon dry out his bank accounts and that he is getting too close to bankruptcy. If he doesn’t act quickly, a financial disaster could come even this year.

Michael Guirguis, Chris’s former manager, testified on the court that the star is spending an enormous amount of his money and that it is way beyond his means. He also said that at this pace, Chris won’t be able to get out of this situation and that his bankruptcy is inevitable.

Court paperwork is saying that the biggest problem is that Brown is spending more than he is earning by far. If you combine that with his unpaid bills and debt that is getting bigger and bigger, a major financial disaster doesn’t seem that weird.

His manager Michael Guirguis, who in the business world goes by “Mike G”, has seen these large amounts of money being spent with his own eyes. On December 22nd, Guirguis outlined Brown’s great amount of unpaid debt and his serious spending habits in a sworn statement for LA Superior Court.

“Brown’s Spending Habits and Solvency” is the title of one section of Guirguis’s testimony where he explains some aspects of Brown’s finances. The testimony says:” I have worked with Brown since 2012 and have witnessed firsthand Brown’s lavish spending habits. For example, Brown’s music video shoots often have exceeded his record label’s budget and Brown has paid out-of-pocket for the additional costs. These were, at times, six-figure overages.”

Brown also has a private jet and when it comes to traveling, the only transportation vehicle is that jet. Guirguis said:”Brown also travels on private jets domestically and internationally, and spends anywhere from $50,000 to $200,000 per trip.  He pays for this himself.” Another interesting fact is that Drai’s Nightclub in Las Vegas, who paid Brown almost 3 million dollars a year, fired him in July 2016 for unprofessional and violent behavior. This was just one of Brown’s self-destructing and self- sabotaging acts. On that matter, Guirguis stated in the testimony:”In July 2016, Brown was fired from his Las Vegas residency at Drai’s Nightclub.  Drai’s had paid Brown approximately $3 million a year.  Prior to terminating Brown, Drai’s Management Group, LLC had sent a letter warning Brown about his behavior.” Should we say that this gig was easy millions?

Guirguis gave the testimony because NiteVision, his management team, and he are suing Chris Brown after a violent argument between them. To make it short, after a disagreement, Brown attacked Guirguis, and the result was a break-up and subsequent lawsuit. Guirguis has a concern that if he wins at this court, Brown won’t be able to pay after all. We are talking millions in damages. Guirguis said:”As NiteVision’s chief executive officer, I am concerned about Brown’s future solvency and his inability to satisfy a judgment in NiteVision’s favor.  NiteVision will suffer great or irreparable injury if Brown is allowed to continue dissipating funds that are unlikely to be replenished through new sources of income.”

Chris Brown is not the only musician who managed to spend all of his money and drive himself to bankruptcy. Among many others, that list includes Toni Braxton, DMX, Lauryn Hill, Scott Storch, Rick Ross and 50 Cent.

LA Superior Court will proceed with a trial against Chris Brown on March 7th.

We all know that Chris Brown is a big spender. His ex-manager said that his reckless spending habits will soon dry out his bank accounts and that he is getting too close to bankruptcy. If he doesn’t act quickly, a financial disaster could come even this...

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The Five Greatest Pianists From the 20th Century

The piano, one of the most popular musical instruments in the world, is so diverse that it can be heard in almost all music genres. In this article, I will introduce you to the five greatest pianists who lived during 20th century. If you don’t recognize some of the names, I’m sure you’ll be glad to listen to their artwork.

  1. Emil Gilels (1916-1985)

Emil Gilels was a Soviet classical pianist who started playing piano when he was six years old. He’s most famous for performing Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No.2, Vocalise, Op.34: No.14, Sonata in C major, K.159 and Piano Sonata No.3 in A minor, Op.28. He won the USSR State Prize, 1st Prize-All Soviet Union Piano Competition (1933), a Gold Medal of the City of Paris, France and he was named  Hero of Socialist Labour and an Honorary Member of Royal Academy of Music, London.

  1. Thelonious Monk (1917-1982)

Thelonious was an American jazz pianist and composer who was best known for his distinctive style in suits, hats, and sunglasses. He’s recognized by his unique improvisational style and major contribution to the jazz repertoire. His most famous compositions are Ruby, My Dear; Blue Monk; Round Midnight and Well, You Needn’t. He became a Grammy Hall of Fame member and won a Pulitzer Prize from the Special Citations and Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

  1. Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982)

The famous Arthur Rubenstein was a Polish-American classical pianist, known as one of the greatest Chopin interpreters of his time. His sound and the remarkable combination of simplicity and directness of thought, whit, supreme, and elegance made him unique. He performed in public for eight decades. He’s well known for his performances of Bach’s Chaccone; Franck’s Prelude, Chorale, Fugue; Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor; and Chopin’s Nocturnes, Ballades, and Scherzos. He won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Album (1977), Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra) and became a member of the Grammy Hall of Fame.

  1. Artur Schnabel (1905-1951)

Schnabel was an Austrian classical pianist, composer and professor, known as “the man who invented Beethoven”. He specialized in playing core German composers and made his first complete recording of the Beethoven sonatas. Schnabel was well known for his intellectual seriousness as a musician and avoiding pure technical bravura. In Berlin University of the Arts, an intern piano competition is named Artur Schnabel Wettbewerb in his honor. His solo piano compositions include Three Piano Pieces, Three Fantasy Pieces, Dance Suite, Sonata for Piano, Piece in Seven Movements and Seven Piano Pieces. He also became a member of the Grammy Hall of Fame.

  1. Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989)

The great Vladimir Horowitz is a Russian-born, American classical pianist and composer known for his perfect technique and unprecedented ear. During World War II, he championed contemporary Russian music, giving the American premieres of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas Nos.6,7,8; and Kabalevsky’s Piano Sonatas Nos.2,3. Horowitz is best known for his performances of Romantic piano repertoire. He was also well known for his versions of several of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies. He was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom, Grammy Award for Best Classical Album, Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra) and Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra).

The piano, one of the most popular musical instruments in the world, is so diverse that it can be heard in almost all music genres. In this article, I will introduce you to the five greatest pianists who lived during 20th century. If you don’t recognize...

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Superheros that Are Bound to Die in 2017

The year 2017 will, without question, be a superhero year. Over the course of the next 12 months, the theaters will be full of amazing comic book movies. However, the stakes are being raised higher than ever before. Throughout this year, many superheroes will hit the big screens. Unfortunately, not all of them have a bright future. Before we talk about the ones in danger, lets get the safe heroes out of the way to ease your minds: Spider-Man, Hulk, Doctor Strange, X-23, Superman, Aquaman, Gamora, Iron Man, Drax, Thor, Star-Lord and Wonder Woman. Now, although in the world of superheroes nobody is actually safe, they have the best shots of surviving this year. Another reason is that all of them already have sequels that are announced for the future, so it will be off beat to kill them now.

-Here are those you probably won’t see in 2018-

A Green Lantern

Rumors are that during the events of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the Green Lantern Corps will lose at least one member. They are an easy target because there are many of them. These intergalactic cops will show in some numbers considering that the bigger threat is coming from the stars. It could be Hal Jordan or Abin Sur. In the matter of fact, it could be someone else entirely, but one thing is certain; Green Lantern will not be the same in this year.

Rocket Raccoon

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will probably bring us the death of one of the Guardians of the Galaxy team members. The one with the biggest chance of leaving us is the Rocket Raccoon. There are a couple of reasons for that. First, the main protagonist is Star-Lord, and Rocket Raccoon is nothing like him. Second, his character is not explicitly linked to the conflict with Thanos (Josh Brolin), like Gamora or Drax are. However, the fact that is probably the most important is that Rocket Raccoon is the absolute favorite among Marvel fans, and his dramatic death will have a strong influence and emotional impact on audience.

Valkyrie

During the events of Thor: Ragnarok, Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie will have a debut. Nobody knows much about her character, but she doesn’t get many chances of surviving because of the fact that Thor and the Hulk pretty much can’t die. If she does die, one thing is certain. Her death will be memorable and she will go in a blaze of glory.

Wolverine

We will probably have at least one dead Wolverine in March this year. The reasoning behind this is that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is pretty exhausted and burned out and his powers are slowly beginning to fade out. In addition to that fact, Jackman has said many times that he wants to retire from the X-Men Universe. Even further, Wolverine has done so much and it will probably be a good time for him to pass the claws down to X-23 and die.

Professor X

Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier (Professor X) is presented as an old man who is losing his abilities and powers. If you like to gamble, here is one really great tip: Put your money that Professor X will die in 2017. Fans all around the world have already put him in the hands of The Reavers. Charles, you were a dynamic father and a great mentor, but it could be that its your time to see yourself out the door. We wish you the best!

The year 2017 will, without question, be a superhero year. Over the course of the next 12 months, the theaters will be full of amazing comic book movies. However, the stakes are being raised higher than ever before. Throughout this year, many superheroes...

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The Great Pyramids of Giza

The Egyptian Pyramids are some of the greatest structures that man has ever made. The most famous of them all is the Great Pyramids of Giza. At the time, Egypt was one of the most powerful civilizations in the world and certainly one of the richest. The massive scale of pyramids pointed at Pharaoh or at the king’s special and unique role in ancient Egyptian society. Men started building pyramids in the beginning of the Old Kingdom and all the way to the fourth century A.D. and the close of the Ptolemaic period. However, building pyramids had the biggest peak at the time of the late third dynasty and lasted until the sixth. That was around 2325 B.C. Egypt today, still has this magnificent structures. Even after 4,000 years, pyramids provide great insight into the glorious and rich past that Egypt once had.

 

A Little Bit of Background

The Great Pyramids of Giza are located just outside of the border line of today’s Cairo and on the west shore of the Nile River. These are the most famous and celebrated pyramids of all. There are three pyramids in Giza and the Great Pyramid is the only wonder of the Seven Wonders that is still standing. Cheops pyramid was built for the second of the eight kings of the fourth dynasty, Khufu. Beside of his magnificent pyramid, there is not much known about Khufu accept that he ruled from 2589 B.C. to 2566 B.C. The original height of this pyramid was 147 meters and the four sides have the length of 230 meters. Khufu’s queens also had their own pyramids. These three are standing right next to the Great Pyramid.  The tomb of Queen Hetepheres, the king’s mother, was found nearby and it contained an empty sarcophagus. To support and accompany him in the afterlife, the king’s relatives and officials were buried in mastabas surrounding the pyramid.

 

The King’s of the Pyramids

Kafare, the son of Khufu who lived from 2558 to 2532 B.C., had the middle pyramid. The Great Sphinx, a statue with a body of the lion and a head of a man carved in limestone, was built inside the complex of Khafare’s pyramid to guard him. With the length of 73 meters and height of 20 meters, it was the biggest statue in the ancient world. It became the image of the God Horus and was worshiped around 1500 B.C at the time of te 18th dynasty. Khufu had another son Menkaure and another pyramid for him. It is the most southern and shortest pyramid of the three at Giza wit the height of 66 meters.

Every block of stone weighs about 2.5 tons and it took approximately 2.3 million of those to be carved, transported, and put together to build the world’s biggest pyramid, the Great Pyramid. By the words of Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian, there were 100,000 men put to work for 20 years to build this pyramid. Archaeological evidence later suggested that the number of people who were building it was closer to 20,000.

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The Pyramids Today

Funeral goods and bodies were removed by vandals and tomb robbers in ancient time as well as in our modern time. The exterior of the pyramids is also plundered. Today, the height of the pyramids are no longer the same as they were before because their coverings of smooth white limestone are stripped off. Despite all that, Egypt’s glorious and rich past still draws millions of people all around the world to come to visit the pyramids.

The Egyptian Pyramids are some of the greatest structures that man has ever made. The most famous of them all is the Great Pyramids of Giza. At the time, Egypt was one of the most powerful civilizations in the world and certainly one of the richest. The...

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South Park Lovers Will Love These Fun Facts

We all know that “South Park” and its producers are brilliant and incorporate satire into the episodes, making them more genius than ever. We found some very interesting facts about the show that will make you appreciate the subtle brilliance even more. Read along and enjoy! 

 

  1. In the episode “Fishsticks” starring Kanye West, there is a deleted ending where Kanye’s lifeless body is recovered by the Coast Guard after he drowns.
  1. September 11th is Butters’s date of birth.

  1. Comedy Central has been put “on the map” and TV executive Doug Herzog credits “South Park” for doing that.
  1. Glenn Hughes of the Village People and Mr. Slave have an uncanny resemblance.
  1. The Church of Scientology hired some private investigators after “Trapped in the Closet”. They wanted to dig up dirt on Matt Stone and Tray Parker (the creators of the show), and even tried to blackmail them. As it turns out, they couldn’t find anything on them.
  1. To make one episode, today the crew needs somewhere from three to six days. For the first episode, the pilot took almost three months to create.
  1. Jenna Miscavige Hill, the niece of the Chairman of Scientology and author of “Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape” left the Church right after she learned about Xenu, the alien dictator and how he brought millions of ancient humans to earth from “South Park”.
  1. In episode “200”, Buddha is snorting cocaine. Because of that, “South Park” is banned in Sri Lanka.
  1. Matt’s and Trey’s birthdays are May 26th and October 19th, respectively. That is the same as Kyle and Stan.
  1. Theodore is Cartman’s middle name.
  1. When you combine the first letter of Kyle’s name with “Ike”, his adopted little brother’s full name, you get a very offensive slur. Matt Stone gives voice to both of them, and he is Jewish.
  1. A mutated gene called kep1 causes adult fruit flies to die within two days after bacterial infection. It is alleged that Dr. Sophie Rutschmann of the University of Strasbourg named this gene after Kenny McCormick.
  1. Comedy Central and Frito-Lay sold 1.5 million of Cheesy Poofs at Walmart back in 2011.
  1. Trey’s high school classmate Matt Karpman was the inspiration for Cartman’s character. They are still friends.
  1. Trey’s childhood also brought the inspiration for the character of Mr. Hankey. His father warned him that Mr. Hankey would come out of the toilet and eat him alive if he didn’t flush the toilet.
  1. In episode “The Succubus”, there is a picture of a white token in the background of Mr. Garrison’s classroom; he as a ‘T’ on his shirt.
  1. Randy Marsh has had a lot of jobs: geologist, mall security, Sarcastaball coach, chef, Blockbuster owner, Lorde, boy-band singer, Broadway playwriter, and last but not the least a cock magician.
  1. Tray and Matt wrote “Scott Tenorman Must Die” so that they could introduce the real Eric Cartman, “the most evil kid in the world” and as the series went on, Cartman was becoming more evil every episode.
  1. “South Park” employees usually spend around 100 to 120 hours per week in the six days it takes to make one episode.
  1. Cartman has been arrested just six times, list of his felonies include: war crimes, child abuse, vandalism, murder, rape, arson, animal abuse, hate crimes, grave robbery, prostitution, enforced cannibalism, attempted genocide, manslaughter, theft, piracy, and embezzlement, smuggling, armed robbery, shoplifting, terrorism and many more.

 

We all know that “South Park” and its producers are brilliant and incorporate satire into the episodes, making them more genius than ever. We found some very interesting facts about the show that will make you appreciate the subtle...

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The Five Best Drummers of the 21st Century

These guys certainly know how to lay down the beat. Their weapons are sticks and their special power is speed. In this list, we’ve picked up 5 best drummers of the 21st century!

Luke Holland

Born: June 14, 1993 (age 23)
Music Group: The World Alive

Unlike many drummers, Luke is completely self-taught. He started playing drums when he was only eleven, after taking jobs around the neighborhood in order to save up for drum kit of his own. At the age of sixteen, Luke got a chance to stand-in as the drummer for Texas in July. Luke also notorious on YouTube – his most popular video being his drum cover of Skrillex’s Cinema, which has over five million views. Other than YouTube, he’s known as the drummer of metalcore band The World Alive, which he joined in 2013.

Matt Greiner

Born: October 28, 1985 (age 31)
Music Group: August Burns Red

His powerful, precise, fast, groovy and creative drumming has been turning heads and earning him accolades all over the world. As a toddler, Matt played beats with his hands on every surface he could make sound with, pretending it was the drums he was playing. At the age of ten, Matt’s mother signed him for piano lessons, where he developed his sense of dynamics and melody, but after a while, he realized he wasn’t enthralled, so he quit playing the piano. At the age of sixteen, Matt purchased his first drum set. He is now one of the most popular drummers in the world, also known as the drummer of the band August Burns Red. Matt Greiner is definitely on the way to becoming one of the greatest drummers that heavy-metal has ever seen.

Larnell Lewis

Born: March 22, 1984 (age 32)
Music Group: Snarky Puppy

The legendary Larnell Lewis is a Toronto-born musician, composer, producer, educator, clinician, and drummer. Lewis has been featured on the cover of Drums Etc, a national drumming magazine. He was first introduced to drums in church when he was only four years old. This is where he started to learn to play a variety of styles including gospel music. Larnell was a student at Humber College in which he was the 2004 recipient of the “Oscar Peterson” for Outstanding Achievement in Music ($5000 scholarship reward) – the highest reward given by the institution. He is known as a drummer for Snarky Puppy (jazz, jazz fusion, pop, jam band), and he has also performed with many music artists and musicians, such as Dave Holland, Michael Brecker, and Jully Black.

Chad Smith

Born: October 25, 1961 (age 55)
Music Group: Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Chickenfoot

Widely is regarded as one of the best rock music drummers, Spin magazine places him at #10 on their list “100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music” in May 2013. He started playing drums at the age of seven, mainly listening to music groups including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and so on. Chad Smith is best known as a drummer of Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Travis Barker

Born: November 14, 1975 (age 41)
Music Group: Blink – 182, Antemasque, Box Car Racer, Yelawolf, Transplants

Travis can play beats all day long. Thanks to his hardcore sensibility, punk rock energ, and hip hop groove, he brings a new style of drumming to this millennium’s scene. In 2014 and 2015, Travis Barker was named the best rock drummer based on the results of the Rhythm Magazine’s poll. He is also ranked #99 on the Rolling Stones Magazine’s list “The Best Drummers of All Time”. He started playing drums at the age of 4. Now, he’s best known as the drummer of Blink – 182.

These guys certainly know how to lay down the beat. Their weapons are sticks and their special power is speed. In this list, we’ve picked up 5 best drummers of the 21st century!
Luke Holland
Born: June 14, 1993 (age 23)
Music Group: The World...

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Get Your Popcorn Ready for these Hit Shows in the Big Screens

New versions of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Wonder Woman” are some of the potential blockbusters that are going to break records in theaters this year. But maybe the biggest news yet is that one TV show will be coming on big screens in the first week of September this year. The reason for this is that Marvel Television and ABC Television recently partnered with the giant movie screen company Imax Corp. The upcoming superhero series Inhumans will first be available in cinemas even a couple of weeks before it comes to homes and our little screens.

This could be the biggest and the boldest move yet because shows for the small screen and movies for the big screen already have some fuzzy lines between them. There is a pretty big wave of critical prestige that TV is enjoying. Movies used to have a cultural cachet that has now been taken over by the television screen. Featuring some of the biggest stars, Netflix’s “The Crown” and HBO’s “Westworld” look fairly expensive and seems to be a big budget movie. Ted Mundorff, chief executive of Landmark Theatres said: “Production values are fabulous on the small screen right now, so they translate to the large screen. If you want to see ‘Game of Thrones’ on the big screen, that’s pretty awesome.”

In the age where entertainment options at home are growing, both of these industries are having big challenges when it comes to the battle for audience’s attention. This comes at a time when TV is having a big push.

In the middle of a glut of original programs that have high quality, television companies are trying to find some ways to build hype around their new shows. Over 500 scripted shows are being prepared for this year for streaming services and TV. Cable network FX has estimated that it is about 200 less than in 2015.

Because the box office is becoming highly unpredictable, theater owners are hoping to diversify their businesses and are trying to fill their seats during the slow periods like the autumn months. In Imax, they really don’t like these gaps in the release schedule because they almost entirely rely on the major studios and their big spectacle movies. At the time when Inhumans will have its debut, the only potential blockbuster following it is the horror remake It by Warner Bros. Imax has around 1,200 theaters and they can’t say for sure how many of them will play Inhumans, but as it is expected, it will push for a worldwide release. Benjamin Mogil, an entertainment industry analyst with the financial services firm Stifel said: “The push Imax is making with Marvel for ‘Inhumans’ is indicative of a need to push out to content beyond movies.”

When auditoriums tend to go empty, theater owners played alternative programming like concerts, opera and sports such as professional basketball and football. This has been going on for several years now. But when that wasn’t enough, they expanded to include entertainment like major news events and competitive video gaming.

After the success of bringing popular small-screen shows to the multiplex, executives of big theater chains are looking forward to more TV shows that will come to their big screens. There are some shows that already appeared in cinemas like BBC’s Doctor Who and Sherlock andalso HBO’s Game of Thrones.

New versions of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Wonder Woman” are some of the potential blockbusters that are going to break records in theaters this year. But maybe the biggest news yet is that one TV show will be coming on big screens in the first...

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When Psychological Warfare Becomes an Art

No one in the near quarter-century history of modern mixed martial arts has ever had quite a year like the one Irish superstar Conor McGregor experienced in 2016. McGregor did what no fighter in the history of the UFC (Ultimate Fighter Championship) could ever pull off – he held two weight class titles at the same time. Its not even that he appears to be a better Mixed Martial artist than others, his unique ability to use psychological warfare makes him rise above the rest.

Psychological warfare (PSYWAR) has been around for centuries and is one of the oldest weapons in the arsenal of human beings. Alexander the great of Macedonia, for example, used this technique. He conquered most of the world during his reign. Each area he conquered, he left a portion of soldiers behind to stay and occupy the cities. Alexander soon came to realise that he had spread his army too thin and was in danger of losing to a larger army. Alexander was forced to flee and regroup with the armies he left behind. He knew that the opposing army would pursue him, catch up with him, and then turn him into mincemeat. So what did Alexander do? He ordered his armourers to make several over-sized breastplates and helmets that would fit ‘giants’, men 8 feet tall. He then scarpered during the night with his small army, leaving behind the giant armour. The opposing army eventually found the armour that Alexander left behind. This left the opposing army as scared as a hog at a barbeque because they thought they would have to fight an army of giants. Coupled with the rumours spread around the villages about Alexander’s army, the opposing army decided not to chase him. Pretty clever, huh?
So, what is Psychological warfare? It is intended to demoralise and break the enemie’s will to fight. Various techniques are used and are aimed at influencing the opponents value systems, belief systems, emotions, motives, reasoning, and behavior. It is intended to cause terror, which encourages the opponent to mentally retreat. It is used in political campaigns, war, business, sport, and even in some everyday households between families. There are varying degrees to PSYWAR ranging from mild to extreme. You can say that ‘reverse psychology’ is one of the PSYWAR tactics.

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Now lets bring back the focus on Conor McGregor.

4 tactics Conor McGregor uses:

1) Learned Helplessness

McGregor’s opponents are made to feel that It’s useless to resist his verbal attacks because everything they say makes things worse. He frequently turns his opponents into objects of laughter in front of the media, putting them into an awkward and embarrassing situation. In time, opponents get used to past effects of their words and start limiting their expressions because of the fear of being humiliated again.

2) Discrediting

Discrediting is a major goal of most psychological warfare campaigns. The way it’s used is through third parties rendering a judgement against opponents. Prior to the judgement, McGregor will often discredit his opponent in the eyes of onlookers through a combination of harassment by his large base of loyal fans and some more PSYWAR with the goal of changing his opponent’s perception of the people and the world around them. This leads to the opponent putting doubts in their own mind.

3) Invisible Control

Since Conor McGregor is the most valuable UFC fighter due to his major earnings, many of his opponents believe that the company is on his side and that he is a “favorite” employee. This results in suspicion among other employees which can lead to a moral loss.

4) Reputation Attack

Conor has a habit of verbally insulting and tiring his opponents, causing them to feel furious and over-react while they’re in the octagon. When the opponents lose control over their emotions, Conor aims to make them unable to stay focused during the fight. Talk about genius, right?!

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting”. -Sun Tzu

No one in the near quarter-century history of modern mixed martial arts has ever had quite a year like the one Irish superstar Conor McGregor experienced in 2016. McGregor did what no fighter in the history of the UFC (Ultimate Fighter Championship) could...

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Look Into the Future of Music for 2017

2016 staged some unexpected comebacks like All Saints, Craig David and Rick Astley. There is so much upcoming music that we can look forward to listening to and possibly even dancing to by ourselves at 4 am while no one else is watching! Of course, 2016 had brought us major music that had exceeded our expectations, but the wait for more music is already showing us what is in store. Continue reading this article to feel the excitement and joy.

1. Ed Sheeran

Our dear Ed Sheeran has completed his work on his third album which doesn’t have a title yet. Except for the fact that several songs were recently registered with his publisher, there is not much that we know about the record. Some titles, though, have come up such as 21th Century Fox, Sure, and Fall. Amy Wadge, Ed’s Thinking Out Loud co-writer seems to be very enthusiastic about the release. We now have a reason to blame Ed Sheeran if our email gets hacked, because Amy told to Newsbeat that the new material would “break the internet”.

2. Katy Perry

The one and only Katy Perry is also in the studio working hard. Donald Trump’s US election victory forced Katy to ditch half of her fourth album so that she could make some songs about the situation. Earlier this month she wrote: “It’s funny, sometimes people who disagree with me just say, ‘Shut up and sing’. Boy, will I do so in a whole new way… next year. Hell hath no fury like a woman REBORN”. The US inauguration should be one entertaining show to watch; we will obviously see how many musicians there will be that will come out in support of Mr. Trump, and Katy will be one of those who will stay thousands of miles away.

 

3. Drake

Mr. Drake is being very serious and shows no sign of stopping. The world’s most-streamed artist has booked an eight night residency in London’s O2 arena. The Canadian singer and producer has two or maybe even three records coming in the next year. The first one, More Life, is billed as a “playlist project” featuring the artists signed to Drake’s OVO record label and Drake himself. Another masterpiece under construction is a collaborative album with Kanye West. There is also an album that is rumored to be a collaberation with Taylor Swift, and if the story is true than the excitement will keep everyone anxious to hear it.

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4. Liam Gallagher

Liam’s debut solo album will also be an attempt to show who he really is and what he’s made of. Noel Gallagher, Liam’s brother, has seen his career from the beginning when Oasis split, and also watched while Beady Eye fell apart very ingloriously. The expectations from star’s new album are pretty high, but there won’t be a shortage of critical drubbing. He said: “The press will probably hate it but they hate everything anyway. I don’t think people care any more. Music’s judged by social media now, not by The Guardian.” And those are the wisest words that one could say regarding the news.

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This has been a short list, but there will definitely be more artists coming out with the most prestigious music we will be hearing. In the meantime, look up these artists and embrace their music that has been previously released. Happy listening!

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Beware- Alien: The Covenant is Coming to Theaters

Alien, directed by Ridley Scott in 1979, is a combination of sci-fi and horror where a monster called Xenomorph was stalking the crew of the Nostromo. But that only lasted until Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) defeated this creature to the grave. At that point, this film had become a classic and a whole franchise was started. Three sequels were made throughout the ’80s and ’90s. Ridley Scott returned to the franchise in 2012 and started a prequel series in Prometheus, and later a follow-up,  Alien: Covenant.

Alien: Covenant, starring Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), shows a colony ship and its crew on a distant planet that looks like a really great place. As it turns out, it’s not so lovely after all.

Looking into Alien: Covenant, we will see that it fits into the overall franchise as a sequel to Prometheus. Waterston said: “I think it has elements of both films. Like, it’s got some aspects that are similar to Prometheus and then it does feel, in many ways, like a return to the original. But again, it’s its own thing, too, and sometimes I think describing things in those terms limits it in a way and gives the audience information it’s better for them not to have”.

When I first saw the original Alien, I didn’t even know what I was about to see, I had never seen a trailer or anything. My friend’s older brother put it on to traumatize us — which it did – and I think that will be the most fun way to watch this movie too — with fresh eyes. So I don’t like to give too much away about that. But obviously you look at IMDB, you know Michael Fassbender’s in it, so there is going to be a connection from Prometheus.”

Katherine Waterston’s colleagues in this movie will be Michael Fassbender as Walter, in addition to reprising his role as the Prometheus android David; Guy Pearce and Noomi Rapace will play Peter Weyland and Dr. Elizabeth.

There are not many details about the connection between Alien: Covenant and Prometheus  and the original Alien movie. Because Waterston didn’t want to say much about it, the movie will probably be a story Scott and Fox are trying to keep from fans all over the world so that they could go into Alien: Covenant with fresh eyes. That is one reason. Second is that there could be another movie before the prequel series connects to Alien. Scott did reveal his plans for potentially a third and fourth movie in the Alien series in which the last prequel will be directly connected to the first 1979 film.

After the rebooted series, starting with Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, there will most likely only be two more movies. But, it seems like Fox has another film in development: Alien 5, directed by Neill Blomkamp, which takes place after the event of Alien: Resurrection and it should complete Ellen Ripley’s story. There is a lack of details about the connection between Alien: Covenant and the original Alien but it shouldn’t bother us because Ridley Scott’s world is coming to us soon. Alien: Covenant will hit theaters in May next year.

Alien, directed by Ridley Scott in 1979, is a combination of sci-fi and horror where a monster called Xenomorph was stalking the crew of the Nostromo. But that only lasted until Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) defeated this creature to the grave. At that...