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Great News for Fans of The Simpsons

The Simpsons have been going strong for 30 years and are not going to be going anywhere soon.  The Fox TV show has been one of TV’s most iconic series and recently moved over to Disney +.  It was hoped that fans would head over to the channel and stream the show but their reaction has been less than enthusiastic.

So what’s the problem?

One of the main reasons for the popularity of The Simpsons was its ability to deal proactively with and even predict some key events in real life.  It is also well known for its clever jokes and visual humor.  The problem is that the show was not designed to be shown on the huge screens that we find on modern TV sets.

Until series 20 the show was produced to be viewed on older style screens at an aspect ration of 4:3.  In the 1990s, this was the standard TV screen size, but Disney+, when it streamed the show, used the 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio.

This might be sounding a bit technical but the upshot of it all was that many of the key visual gags got cropped out and fans were not best pleased, to say the least.  There was a furious backlash online and now Disney has responded positively to address the situation.

In a recent statement, Disney+ confirmed that they had changed the aspect ratio to achieve consistency in quality across all seasons.  However,  in early 2020 the company will return the first 20 seasons of the show to the original aspect ratio and give fans the choice as to how they wish to view the show.

Although the decision by Disney to change the aspect ratio is understandable this latest move is great for the fans who just want to see their favorite show as it was originally intended.  Disney made a good call when it took complaints seriously and went straight in to rectify the problem.

The Simpsons Are Not Disney’s Only Controversy

Alongside the drama surrounding The Simpsons, Disney has also come under fire for some of its marketing of other programs including The Mandalorian.  The series, part of the Star Wars canon has also received criticism.

The Disney team has also been criticized for refusing to include some of the older content like Song of the South, made in 1946, and some of its shorter animated films. There has also been some censorship of jokes in Toy Story 2 and the “Maclunkey” change to Star Wars: A New Hope has received widespread derision from fans.

It seems that Disney is fast becoming a monopoly when it comes to modern popular culture and while it could be argued that omitting potentially controversial movies like Song of the South is a good call, it does mean that Disney can now change just about anything in the offerings that it controls including Fox, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic and now Marvel.

It should be of some concern that control rests in the hands of just one company who will decide what we can see and what will no longer be available.

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President Trump to honor Jon Voight with National Medal of Arts

For the first time since Trump became president, the prestigious National Medal of Arts will be awarded. The White House announced four recipients of the medal as well as four recipients of the National Humanities Medal in a statement on Sunday night. Trump plans to distribute the awards on Thursday during a ceremony at the White House.

One of the recipients that have drawn the most attention is Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight. The 80-year-old has been involved in quite a few films in his time, but, in addition, he has been a staunch supporter of Trump since the beginning, calling him “the greatest president of the century” as well as the “greatest president since Abraham Lincoln,” who died in office in 1865.

In past administrations, the awarding of these honors has been an annual affair, but this will be the first time since Trump was inaugurated in January 2017. President Obama was the last to give arts or humanities medals in September 2016.

A Long Career of Complex Characters

Voight starred in Midnight Cowboy, a film from 1969 that won an Academy Award for best picture. His starring role in the film Coming Home in 1978 won him an Oscar award for the best actor. In addition, he has appeared in the Showtime series, Ray Donovan. Now, he will receive this medal “for his exceptional capacity as an actor to portray deeply complex characters.”

Alison Krauss, Sharon Percy Rockefeller, and The Musicians of the United States Military will also be receiving the National Medal of Arts while The Claremont Institute, Teresa Lozano Long, Patrick O’Connell, and James Patterson are the recipients of the National Humanities Medal.

Voight often reprimands the Democratic party for their opposition and even explained in full on Twitter why Trump is such a good president.

“This is not peace,” he wrote. “This is not love. This is hate among the radical left. No amount of book smart will show the given policy of what truth stands for. Truth is a powerful emotion. Love … is what we should be voting for.

“And I must say that we — the Republican Party — have voted for renewal, for a place of safety, a community where all can have peace. But this is war among the left. They have hate. It’s like a venom. No words of God, no words of love, but a radical emotion of hate.”

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Chrissy Teigen Made Fun of John Legend’s Remake of “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

While making an appearance on the Kelly Clarkson show, model Chrissy Teigen talked about John Legend’s recent remake of the classic Christmas song, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” which was a duet he performed with, none other than, Kelly Clarkson!

It seems that Legend’s voice coaches decided to update the song by removing the controversial lyrics, making it more appealing to the younger Me Too movement generation. What they were not ready for, the backlash was actually quite intense, telling Teigen “they ruined Christmas”.

Clarkson, 37, said people were so mad and Legend had no idea when the Me Too movement pulled the song from any radio stations like a lot of stations do during Christmas.

She added that she loves the original song that John and Clarkson recorded as a duet It seems that the duet got backlash so they decided to give up on the original and recorded a different version that apparently killed Christmas!

During Teigen’s conversation with Clarkson, she criticized people’s various comments, especially from Sharon Osborne. She basically said that Sharon assumed you guys burned them in the backyard and can never listen to them again. She sarcastically added, something about creepy songs and Christmas??

The Argument Against Re-Writing Songs

During the debut of the newly “rewritten” song, Osborne slammed Legend and Clarkson saying that no one should re-record a song just because they find it offensive. She added, what if 40 years from now, someone rewrote one of Legend’s songs because someone found it offensive?

Paraphrasing, she equated it to masterpieces in museums that are nude statues all around the world and millions of people visit each and every year. Would it be OK if she just decided to draw a bikini top on one of those nudes? It’s still a classic form of art.

Osborne said that she loves John Legend, he’s an amazing artist that she respects so why do this? It’s just not right.

To update any who do not know, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” was an Academy Award-winning song written by Frank Loesser in 1944. It gained recognition in 1949 when it was performed in the film “Neptune’s Daughter”.

It really was never considered a Christmas song, but a winter song. The song has been sung by many artists including Rod Stewart, Dolly Parton, Idina Menzel, and Michael Buble.

Another issued that has risen more than a few eyebrows, this song is copyrighted and owned by someone. Legally, no one has the right to change any part of the song.

To date, the song has been taken off the radio playlist after all the criticism floating around the original as well as Legend and Clarkson rather strange new lyrics.

Someone I met said that in their personal opinion, you do not have to listen to a song you find offensive but you have no right to alter a song and make it your own. For more than 50 years, there have been television shows and movies that people would demand the entertainment industry get rid of saying this one or that one has had a bad effect on “my child”.

Well, mom and/or dad, change the station or don’t take them to that particular movie. You are the parents, you cannot expect the entertainment industry to bring up your kids. The same should be said about lyrics to any number of songs, no one is forcing you to listen to them nor do you have the right to take it away from others.

I really can’t argue with that…

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Henry Cavill Reportedly Out As Superman

Bad news Henry Cavill fans: The British actor’s tenure as the Man of Steel has reportedly come to an end.

It was reported by The Hollywood Reporter that Henry Cavill would be leaving his role as Superman after talks with the Warner Bros. broke down. The actor has played the iconic DC comics character in three films of the cinematic universe, Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and Justice League (2017). The actor was expected to appear in a cameo role in the upcoming superhero movie Shazam!, however, scheduling conflicts prevented this from happening.

The same source told The Hollywood Reporter, “Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors.” Warner Bros. is eager to “reset” the under-performing franchise, according to the source.

The actor has since responded cryptically on his Instagram page in a video post showing him staring with a stony expression at the camera while lifting a Superman figure into view and then moving it back down out of the shot. “The Blue Danube” waltz, sung by barking dogs, plays over the short clip with Cavill sporting a “Krypton Lifting Team” T-shirt.

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A representative for Warner soon released a statement stating that no decision had been made yet. “While no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films, we’ve always had great respect for and a great relationship with Henry Cavill, and that remains unchanged,” they said.

Cavill’s manager, Dany Garcia, also responded to the news through Twitter, writing, “Be peaceful, the cape is still in his closet. Warner has been and continues to be our partners as they evolve the DC Universe.”

The initial report claimed that the breakdown in talks was in part due to the studio’s plan to focus on Supergirl rather than Superman, with the former’s origin story featuring the last son of Krypton as an infant due to the timeline of the story. This suggests Cavill would not have made an appearance in any Supergirl film.

If the rumors do stack up and Cavill leaves the role, it would mark the second high-profile exit from the Warner Bros. franchise after Ben Affleck vacated his role as Batman. The rest of the Justice League will reprise their roles, however. Gal Gadot will return for Wonder Woman 1984, set for theaters in November 2019; Jason Momoa will headline a solo Aquaman movie this December; and Ezra Miller is set to star in a Flash movie, which is due to shoot in early 2019.

Cavill recently starred as the antagonist in Mission: Impossible – Fallout opposite Tom Cruise. He has also been cast as Geralt of Rivia in big-budget Netflix television series The Witcher (an adaptation of the cult fantasy books and video game series).

Deadline reports that Warner Bros. “has been mulling a completely different direction with its Superman canon for some time.” The studio is reportedly considering a future in which Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan could play the famous Kryptonian. Actress Kat Graham, of The Vampire Diaries fame, added her support telling TMZ it’s time for Kal-El to be played by a black, Latino or Asian actor.

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4 Netflix Originals You Will Probably Binge In 2019

For some time now, it’s been easy to see Netflix as one of the most exciting names in the entertainment industry. Forever producing amazing new content from their own studio, Netflix has far moved on from being a depository to watch on-demand TV as and when you wish. With a studio cranking out some truly tremendous content for 2019 and beyond, what can we expect from Netflix in the near future?

Central Park 5

This will especially be interesting to those of a political mindset. It’s built around the story of the Central Park Five; all sentenced to years in jail for attempted murder. Exonerated following confession, this TV series – directed by Ava DuVernay – is putting together a tremendous looking drama that shines a light on the sordid story that took place here.

This four-episode series is well worth looking out for, especially thanks to a certain someone’ proclamations about the case.

The Last Dance

Another interesting TV series about to come to Netflix is based around basketball star Michael Jordan. It’s going to focus on the basketball legend, who became a legend of competitive sport with his performances for the Chicago Bulls back in the day.

It’s going to be taken on by the excellent Jason Hehir, so we can expect that this will be able to make a positive story come to life. Jordan is easily one of the most influential sportsmen of the modern era, and is a wonderful example of what can be achieved.

Jinn

Cashing in on the substantial love for the supernatural at the moment, 2019’ Jinn is going to really tap into that in the right way. It’s six episodes long, and is going to focus on a group of teenagers who want to try and stop the spirit, Jinn, from being able to wipe out the planet.

It sounds very interesting, and with Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya behind it, it’s likely to be very fun for all of those looking to see what it has to bring to the table. Definitely worth your time if you are looking for a new supernatural show to enjoy.

The Umbrella Academy

Set in the world made up by My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way, The Umbrella Academy is another comic book adaption turned ‘real’. It’s based around an America where JFK is never gunned down, and it’s going to star some pretty big names in it like Ellen Page and Mary J. Blige. It’s sure to be exciting and if you ever spent any time reading the comic book series then you’ll realise just why there is so much excitement around this at the moment.

It’s going to be arriving in 2019, and is written and produced by Steve Blackman. Definitely one to keep an eye out for.

So, what are you most excited by? With so many interesting stories set to be on their way to Netflix, what will you be looking to add to the list of shows that you presently watch?

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Final Doom 2 Secret Discovered After 24 Years

After 24 years of blasting demons, one fan has unlocked the final secret of the 1994 video game, Doom II.

Doom II: Hell on Earth, originally released on MS-DOS on 30 September 1994,  followed up to its namesake predecessor Doom to become one of the most successful games of the decade. The highly rated sequel helped establish the long-lasting legacy of the popular video game series. The second installment takes the protagonist, the aptly named “Doomguy”, from Mars to the apocalyptic regions of Earth. Doom II was bigger and bloodier than the original and remains one of the progenitors of the first person shooter genre.

For the first time in game’s history, gamers can celebrate 100% completion of the game without any mods or cheats all thanks to YouTuber Zero Master. John Romero, co-creator of the Doom series, confirmed through a Tweet that the door to the game’s final secret had indeed finally been unlocked. He offered his congratulations and then explained how it can be achieved.

Since the game’s debut all those years ago, fans the last of the 10 secret areas found in the game’s Industrial Zone was a hot topic among fans. Although fans were able to uncover the secret, activating it proved challenging without using cheat codes. According to both Zero Master and Romero, in order to activate the final secret, Doomguy needs to be pushed into the teleporter by an enemy. As the video demonstrates, Zero Master managed to activate the secret following a cat and mouse chase as they used a Pain Elemental enemy to nudge themselves to the teleporter.

Many Doom experts had long considered the secret to be a glitch in the game’s code as nobody was able to unlock it for so long. Romero, however, clearly pointed out that he had always known how to unlock the final piece of this head-scratching puzzle in the game’s 15th level and simply waited until someone figured it out.

In an age where gamers are used to exploring every nook and cranny of a video game in order to collect every last trophy and easter egg, waiting over two decades to find a game’s last secret is truly a noteworthy feat. Whether by chance or by process of elimination, Zero Master can proudly claim the title of being the person to ever complete Doom II as it was intended.

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The Big Bang Theory To End In 2019

The Big Bang Theory will end with the upcoming 12th and final season it has been announced.

The top-rated comedy in US television will air its final episode in May 2019. “We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past 12 seasons,” Warner Bros Television, CBS, Chuck Lorre Productions announced in a joint statement. “We, along with the cast, writers, and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and [the] series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close.”

Jim Parsons who plays Sheldon Cooper, along with his four original costars Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg, all stood to make more than $50 including profits if they agreed to stay on the show for two more years. However, Entertainment Weekly report, “Parsons was ready to say goodbye to the ensemble sitcom that made him a household name. Since there is no show without Dr. Sheldon Cooper, next spring’s 12th season finale” will be the show’s last episode.

Parsons, won four Emmy awards, a Golden Globe, and has a voice role in spin-off show Young Sheldon, for his portrayal of the theoretical physicist and in deciding to walk away from The Big Bang Theory has ended the show in the process. He expressed “intense gratitude” for the crew, writers and his fellow castmates on his Instagram page. “I will miss all of you and all of this more than I can say and more than I can know at this time.”

With 279 episodes racked up at the conclusion of the sitcom, it will end the show’s run as the longest-running multi-camera series in television history. Last season 18.5 million US viewers tuned in to watch season 11 of the show. The series has won 10 Emmy Awards and received a further 52 nominations during its 12-year run.

The final series of The Big Bang Theory will begin airing in the US on Monday, September 24 and is expected to finish next May. Producers have promised an “epic creative close” for the ending of the show.

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Watch: Dave Grohl On All Instruments In New Song “Play”

For many years Dave Grohl has led the Foo Fighters to thrill thousands of people in crowds and concerts all over the world. So it is news that he has released a spectacular video showing him performing an almost impossible feat playing seven musical instruments. The video which lasts for 23 minutes has gone viral with the fans of Foo Fighters flooding the comment section with accolades. The documentary which was directed by Grohl was shot in two parts; the aim was to show how much dedication he has put into making good music for the world.

The first part of the documentary shows Grohl behind the scenes talking about music and the efforts put into creating the sounds that the fans have come to like for many years. In the second part of the documentary, Grohl is seen playing seven instruments with so much expertise for 23 minutes. The show was recorded from different angles to enhance the experience, and the sound was particularly configured to promote the different unique sounds of the instruments that were played.

In the press release, it was noted that the project was more about showing the fans a peek into the background activities that create the music they love. It also attempts to express the passion of a musician and his attachment to musical instruments without which it will be impossible to create the amazing sounds they love. Grohl also speaks about the challenges they face behind the scenes and the efforts the band puts into making the music sound the way the audience expects every time.

Grohl’s spectacular performance features him playing an instrumental with the seven instruments on after the other. It was a revealing show that indicated all instruments could produce the sounds we want if only the user knows how they work. Grohl attributes his expertise with the instruments to the need for self-development which pushes musicians like him to put in more efforts in making good music.

To express his passion for music and playing the instruments, Grohl describes the instruments arranged on a stage like a playground where the instruments are the toys, and he is an excited child who cannot wait to start exploring the different sounds each instrument produces. While addressing the challenges, he encounters while making music Grohl compares the experience to a puzzle that you need to keep working on until it is solved.

The documentary titled “Play” has been released online to give the viewers an interactive opportunity to study Grohl’s performance using the seven instruments. It can also be downloaded for use by educational institutions where the documentary can be used to teach students learning about music.

Grohl did mention that the documentary was shot from different angles on purpose. It was done to increase the level of engagement the viewers can have while studying his expert use of the instruments. In our opinion, that was the best feature of the entire documentary.

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Will POTUS Trump Lose His Hollywood Star?

For a celebrity, few things can be more damning to be told: losing your Hollywood Star. Easily one of the most important accolades that a celebrity can get, the fact that you can actually lose your star is a major kick in the teeth. Well, it looks like one person might be finally about to stand up to the President of the United States, Donald Trump, in the most innocuous way: removing his Hollywood star.

While we suspect that the Teflon-infused POTUS will just laugh it all off and make some wild comments about it on Twitter, it’s nice to see the celebrity world take a bit of a stand for once. The celebrity world is loaded with a lack of fire when it comes to making a political message stand out, and it’s nice to see self-preservation take a back seat for a change.

The five-member West Hollywood City Council has apparently voted unanimously to have the star removed from the ground. While the council lacks the authority to do so itself, it intends to try and send out a formal message to Eric Garcetti, the Mayor of Los Angeles, to see if he’ll do something about it. They also messaged the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the key decision maker, and the Los Angeles City Council, to push for the star to be binned.

Citing all manner of reasons to remove the star, including “disturbing treatment of women and other actions that do not meet the shared values of the City of West Hollywood, the region, state, and country,” it’s likely that this will fall on deaf ears.

According to John D’Amico, the West Hollywood Mayor, this isn’t to do with political affiliation, but that the star is an “honor” and that when one belittles and attacks minorities, immigrants, people with disabilities or women—the honor no longer exists.”

Turning Up the Heat

While such superficial battles won’t make one bit of difference in the long-run, it’s nice to see a bit of backlash against Trump. The Walk of Fame star that he has in Hollywood has already been the victim of vandals, and was even chipped away at by someone with a pickaxe. It’s also been spray-painted with Nazi imagery and various other profane stickers, so it might just be for the best to remove the star in the long run.


Given that other stars in the past have not been removed, though, it’s not likely to happen. According to ex-President and CEO f the Chamber, Leron Gubler, it’s not something to consider. Speaking in 2015 regarding the removal of Bill Cosby’s star, Gubler said: “once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”

If that’s the case, expect this bit of drama to carry on for a good while yet.

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Bringing Sixty Back: Maddona Turns 60

“People say I’m controversial,” Madonna, who turns 60 today, told a music-industry audience in 2016. “But I think the most controversial thing I have ever done is to stick around.”

The celebrated pop star, actress, writer, and director was born on the 16th of August 1958 and given the name Madonna Louise Ciccone by her Catholic parents. Since first breaking onto the music scene in the late 1970s, The Material Girl has now sold more than 300 million records worldwide and performed on 10 concert tours. According to Guinness World Records, she is the best-selling female recording artist of all time.

In 1977 the Queen of Pop moved to the Big Apple to study dance while working as a model. She soon decided to pursue a musical career and began to record demos with her boyfriend Stephen Bray. After a stint as a band member in the Breakfast Club, she decided to embark on a solo career.

Holiday” was Madge’s first breakthrough hit in the US, peaking at number 16, with “Material Girl” reaching number 3 and “Like A Virgin” being the first of her twelve number-one hits. 1985 proved to be a landmark year for “M” as her debut tour sold out. She also played at the historic Live Aid charity concert. The same year she featured in her first mainstream film, Desperately Seeking Susan for which she received generally positive reviews from both critics and viewers.

A polarizing figure, the Queen of Reinvention has never been one to shy away from controversy. From burning crosses and kissing a black saint in her hit single “Like A Prayer“, tackling teenage pregnancy in “Papa Don’t Preach“, supporting the LGBT community during the peak era of HIV news, publishing a controversial “coffee table” photo book of herself in a number of explicit poses in the early 90s, locking lips with Brittany Spears and Christina Aguilera on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2003, the MDNA singer has certainly had her fair share of iconic moments. Throughout the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s, Madonna has maintained her unapologetic sex-positive, no-holds-barred image.

The singer’s list of accomplishments include Grammys, MTV awards, Billboard awards, and a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role as the eponymous Evita in a musical or comedy, among numerous others. In 2008 Maddy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility. She is also the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time with over $1.4 billion earned from concert tours alone. She has also written a series of children’s books, having released seven picture books and twelve chapter books so far.

Twice married, once to American actor Sean Penn, and once to English director and Producer Guy Ritchie with whom she had a son, Rocco. Madonna is the mother to six children, including four she adopted from Malawi where she has focused most of her charity work. She had her first child Lourdes Maria with then-boyfriend and fitness trainer Carlos Leon.

Recently, Madonna told the BBC in 2017 that performing at smaller intimate shows “is something I’m exploring right now”. She said she is looking to perform at a set venue as opposed to touring, “The idea of doing a show that doesn’t travel the world but stays in one place.”

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Oscars Announce New “Popular Film” Category

Change is coming to the Academy Awards, it was announced on the Oscar’s official Twitter page. A new category is being designed to honor “outstanding achievement in popular film”.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also revealed in a statement sent out to its members that the live broadcast would be shortened to 3-hours in length, with certain award categories (unknown as of yet) being announced during ad breaks. “To honor all 24 award categories, we will present select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined). The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast.”

With the eligibility requirements and other key details for the new category to be forthcoming, there has been heavy criticism for the move. It has been described as being ham-fisted at best and discriminatory at worst. The decision has been dubbed insulting as being popular has never before been seen as an artistic achievement.

The message seems to suggest that a popular product can’t be high art, or that a high-quality product can’t be popular, is insulting. And as such, many feel that’s what the Oscars do every year. This also solidifies the feeling among producers who worry that should their film become a blockbuster, it may ruin their artistic credibility.

With this year’s edition of the Academy Awards being the lowest-rated telecast on record, the board attempted the bridge the widening gap between films people want to see and the films the academy wants to reward.

Dubbed the “Popcorn Oscar”, the films likely make up the list of nominees for this category are bound to be predicted based on their worldwide box-office gross. This means blockbusters like Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, as well as their fan-favorite stars, will be guaranteed a presence at the ceremony.

Some say, the Oscars’ ratings are tanking for the same reason TV ratings are declining across the board: The outdated monoculture supporting it simply doesn’t exist anymore. Hence, this change doesn’t make Oscar voters seem more in touch, they argue, as all it does is make their elitism that much more clear. The Academy has a long reputation of snubbing hit films whose genres aren’t usually considered Oscar material.

Actor Rob Lowe perhaps best summed up everyone’s feelings, “The film business passed away today with the announcement of the ‘popular’ film Oscar,” he tweeted. “It had been in poor health for a number of years. It is survived by sequels, tentpoles, and vertical integration.”

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Musician Plays Guitar to Break World Record

Another world record has been broken as Australian musician Scott Burford finished playing the guitar for 125 hours straight. After kicking off his attempt for the longest guitar playing session on July 15, Burford completed the demanding task after 5 days on July 20th.

The attempt took more than just one man with a guitar. Burford resorted to using superglue to hold the skin together on his fretting hand after his fingers began to crack. A nurse and paramedic checked on Burford’s health during the marathon, receiving round-the-clock support. Onlookers at the Engadine music shop also boosted the guitarist’s spirits by picking up acoustic axes and jamming with him.

The 49-year-old had to abide by some interesting rules to beat the record. According to Mike Miller, the general manager of the shop, “Scott Was allowed a 30-second break in between songs, so that’s when he got his food in. “For every hour he played, he accrued five minutes of rest time.”Guinness’ rules also state that he needed to be filmed 24 hours a day and perform only published songs, which could be repeated just once every four hours. For his attempt, Burford had a repertoire of 500 songs to sift through.

“This has been one of the best week’s of my life playing music,” Burford told The Leader. “I’m pretty tired and can’t wait for a long lie down, but super excited to have achieved my goal. I’m extremely grateful to everyone who helped keep me focused and awake.”

Scott Burford has succeeded to surpass the official world record of 114 hours and six minutes, along with an unverified record of 124 hours and 30 minutes set by a Canadian guitarist earlier this year.

This was not all just for personal glory as Burford used his attempt to break the world record to raise funds for Musicians Making a Difference, a charity which supports vulnerable young people suffering through emotional abuse, neglect, and disadvantage while empowering youths through music, dance and mentoring.

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Game of Thrones Just Broke Another Record

For some time now, Game of Thrones has been the biggest fantasy release in a decade. It comfortably matches – and in some ways beats – The Lord of the Rings in terms of its overall popularity. People who used to laugh at ‘Warcraft nerds’ are now engrossed in a fantasy collection made specifically for those very audiences. It’s great to see that we’re moving away from a world whereby people who like fantasy stuff are considered nerds – but I digress.

GoT, then, has managed to create a world whereby more or less everyone can enjoy fantasy without feeling uncomfortable. It’s part of the reasons why it has become such a record breaker: people from all backgrounds love the show!

Well, that popularity was proven in the most silent but significant of ways. How so? Because it picked up a whopping 22 Emmy nominations. That’s a record for a TV show or any program and immediately shines a light on the massive popularity of this incredible TV show.

Part of the reason why it is so immensely popular is the fact that it just has so much depth to the characters. With so many people taking part, there’s a character for everyone to fall in love with should they so choose. One of the Emmy’s that it was put forward for, though, is a genuine history-maker – something increasingly rare in the showbiz world.

It all comes down to the work of Peter Dinklage. He was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and is now the actor to have the most nominations for that particular part of the Emmy awards. That’s hugely impressive. He’s been nominated for that role in every series of Game of Thrones – seven in total. That beats the likes of Bruce Weitz and Will Geer, who were all nominated for it six times in the past.

Winning the Emmy in 2011 for the first season, he also won it in 2015 and is the only actor who has won an Emmy award for their work in Game of Thrones. However, he’s not the only nominee. For example, Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau were both nominated for roles as well.

While some people might not be a huge fan of the show, even its biggest detractors can do a lot of work to really bring the show together in style.

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Finally: Zombiland 2 Has An Official Green light By Sony

In 2009 Sony released Zombieland, a post-apocalyptic comedy about A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park as they join forces to travel across a zombie-infested America. The movie became a sleeper hit earning just over $100 million worldwide on a $24M budget.

Since its release, the film continued to build itself a cult following that craves a sequel. In the past few years, many rumors were spread around that a second movie is happening but most times the rumors were debunked by officials until now, that is.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the story that Sony is moving forward with Zombieland 2 and have all the pieces in place. The sequel has been written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese who just came off panning both Deadpool scripts, and will be directed by Ruben Fleischer (who directed the first movie) , following his upcoming Venom project.

But fans will probably be more excited hearing that all four original cast members will be returning, such as Jessy Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin. They all signed on to the sequel.

The report indicates that Production is slated to begin in early 2019 with the intention of releasing Zombieland 2 sometime next October around the first film’s tenth anniversary.

President of Columbia pictures (film division of Sony Entertainment) Sanford Panitch had this to say about the project: ““This is one of those projects that fans have wanted to see happen for a long time — and no one wanted to see it happen more than Emma, Woody, Jesse and Abigail, These are some of the most in-demand actors, and I think they are making this movie because they love these characters. We are thrilled Ruben was willing to come back to direct the sequel, as his work on Venom has been truly amazing.”

He is not kidding about the actors being more in demand than ever, Woody Harrelson just came off a role in Solo: A Star Wars Story and the Oscar nomination for  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Eisenberg’s in the meantime starred in The Social NetworkBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the Now You See Me franchise since the first Zombieland. And let’s not forget Emma Stone who won an Oscar for her work in La La Land and can be next seen in The Favourite.

We will need to wait a while further until we will able to see the first trailer or get an official release date but the wait should be much more bearable for fans now that they know that the franchise is indeed returning to the silver

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Meme Heaven: Infinity War Spins Memes Like No Other

Given the tremendous nature of Marvel: Infinity War, it’s no surprise that it has immediately become a major movie industry hit. The hype was real, and it looks like the movie appears to have lived up to expectation. It has also, though, met another expectation: the expectation of the meme brigade of social media and the wider internet.

This movie has obviously produced a huge amount of positive goodwill in recent weeks. It has also set a whole new standard of comical memes. It’s built around the ‘I don’t feel so good….’ moment from Spider-Man, right before he essentially turns into nothingness. As they start to turn into dust, everyone had their own reaction; though the words that Spider-Man spoke to Stark soon became quite a major meme.

Some of the most memes that we’ve seen of this genre so far include:

Uncle Ben, Reprised.

In a fun swap from the scene in A:IW, people have taken the classic Toby Maguire Spider-Man movies and used the scene when Uncle Ben gets shot. They’ve got Ben fading away ala the Infinity War style, before they simply banish entirely. It’s a comical take on one of the most meaningful moments in Marvel history.

Doctor Who?

Another comical take was that of David Tennant’ Doctor Who vanishing, complete with the famous caption and a face of terror to boot. It’s a comical take on the famous “I don’t want to go….” scene from Doctor Who, just before he regenerates. It’s a fantastic snap for this particular meme to make sure that it works both in context and in terms of the comedic value produced by its usage.

Scooby, Scooby Do.

This nice take on Shaggy vanishing was another wonderful take on this unique new meme. It’s a great choice for the meme, not least because it perfectly fits in with the scene from the movie itself.

While the meme culture has its pros and cons, more cons than pros in my opinion, to things like comedic culture, some of these memes spawned by Infinity War have been pretty damn funny. There’s lots of good examples of these memes, from the Bill Gates one below to the three listed above. Take a look around on social media yourself; you should find ample examples of people having a wonderful time at the expense of this comical meme!

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