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[Batman Forever/MCU] Happy Hogan is in Batman Forever (which means Batman and Iron Man exist in the same universe)
2020.07.09 01:46 mranimal2[Batman Forever/MCU] Happy Hogan is in Batman Forever (which means Batman and Iron Man exist in the same universe)
In both Batman Forever and the entire MCU, Jon Favreau plays the assistant/partner of a rich guy who has a double life as a superhero. Coincidence? OR maybe Happy actually was the assistant from Batman Forever, having just gotten an internship with Wayne Industries. Perhaps he managed to become Stark's head of security once he moved from Gotham to L.A. Which means that the DC and Marvel universes (or at least the 90's Batman universe) exist in the same universe. Perhaps the reason Batman himself wasn't in The Avengers (or is never mentioned) is because, in the MCU, he only focuses on Gotham City, which is why he was never a candidate in the first place.
With last week’s airstrike assasination of Iran’s top military commander Qasem Soleimani, President Trump has put the U.S. on the precipice of war with Iran. Happy new year!
Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani was the head of Quds Force, an elite, covert military unit that coordinates Iran’s proxy forces across the Middle East. He was killed in an airstrike at Baghdad International Airport early on Friday morning. Soleimani was the second most powerful official in Iran, and there’s a strong case to be made that his targeted killing qualifies as an act of war.
The airstrike was supposedly Trump’s extreme response to rocket attacks by an Iranian-backed militia that killed an American contractor, and protestors who attacked the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. Pentagon advisors reportedly put Soleimani’s assassination on Trump’s list of response options as the wacky choice to make the other choices look more appealing, and, because they had been hatched in a lab that very day, were shocked that he took it.
Congressional leaders were not informed ahead of time, and neither were vulnerable U.S. allies in the region, nor Iraqi officials, though the strike was carried out on their soil. The administration has justified the move by claiming Soleimani was planning imminent attacks against Americans. Even if we accept that claim without evidence, which there’s zero reason to do, killing Soleimani has put American troops, diplomats, citizens, and allies in the Middle East at drastically greater risk. Soleimani had been dangerous for years, and the Bush and Obama Administrations had both decided that eliminating him would ignite more problems than it solved. Trump, out on the Mar-a-Lago golf course, and having already been impeached, decided he does not care.
On Friday Trump insisted his aim was to “stop a war,” not start one. Here’s what Trump stopping a war looks like:
American elites wasted the weekend rehashing whether Soleimani was a bad person, and whether it’s a good thing that he’s dead. These are interesting questions that are ultimately irrelevant, because the president arguably just started a war without congressional authorization, and put American lives in jeopardy. Democrats have an obligation to make that point quickly, clearly, and unambiguously. Read more →
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What will it take to defeat Donald Trump in November? In season 2 of The Wilderness, Jon Favreau looks for the path to victory in 2020 by talking to voters, strategists, organizers, and candidates in the battleground states that will decide the election. Episode one drops Monday 1/13, and the trailer is out right now →
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A new artificial-intelligence system can diagnose brain tumors faster and more accurately than human pathologists. The new system can diagnose brain tissue samples in under 150 seconds, while the patient is still on the operating table. Diagnoses by a trained pathologist involve over a dozen labor-intensive steps, and in the U.S. there aren’t enough pathologists to go around. The new technique could free up significant time and resources, and offers the possibility of fast, accurate diagnoses in settings where expert neurologists aren’t available. The A.I. may also prove useful in diagnosing other types of cancer.
2019.12.13 11:03 cgknight1Jon Favreau on the production process for The Mandalorian
Let's start with your virtual production process for The Mandalorian. How did it grow out of work that you did for The Lion King? In The Lion King, we built a tool set, basically a "multiplayer VR filmmaking game," using the Unity game engine. We built a bunch of tools working with [lead VFX house] MPC and [tech developer] Magnopus and Unity, and we developed a way by which you could actually create environments and set up cameras and shots within VR. In The Mandalorian, we used a lot of the same tools to plan the entire production, working with the Unreal engine [from Epic Games]. But Lion King was a much different production because there was no actual photography. For Mandalorian, we take that cut, and instead of going right to animation and render like we did on Lion King, we build sets and a digital environment that we project onto a video wall. We partnered with Unreal and [VFX house] ILM and put together this system for The Mandalorian. All the people that we worked with then took that technology, and they're doing their versions of it. They're all slightly different, but basically we did research and development for The Mandalorian, and now everybody is building on the innovation that we collectively did and making that available to other people who might be curious about this process as well. Didn't production for The Mandalorian take place at Manhattan Beach Studios? It's on a large soundstage with a full ceiling and a 360-degree view. We change the environment every day. Sometimes it's a spaceship, sometimes it's a desert, sometimes it's in ice or in mud. There's limited location work [on the series], but it's all within the L.A. area. But we also go all over the world, like Iceland and Chile, and we actually shoot assets that we put into the layers of the video wall. So, there is real photography being incorporated, but the actors aren't brought on location. The location is brought to the actors. What can you tell us about the creation of Baby Yoda? He's mostly a puppet. When it's CG, we try to make him obey the same physical laws that he would if he were a puppet. I think a lot of times CG makes itself too obvious where you don't create parameters creatively that allow the character to keep the same identity and charm. … We'll learn more about him over the course of the season. I think what's great about what George created is that Yoda proper, the character that we grew up watching, was always shrouded in mystery, and that was what made him so archetypal and so mythic. We know who he is based on his behavior and what he stands for, but we don't know a lot of details about where he comes from or his species. I think that's why people are so curious about this little one of the same species. You worked with Disney to keep Baby Yoda out of the prerelease marketing and the initial wave of toys. How did you manage to pull that off and why? I think that part of what people really value is to be surprised and delighted, and I think that's becoming all too rare. It's very difficult to keep secrets about projects you're working on. By holding back on that one product, we knew that we may have had the disadvantage of not having toys available day and date, but what we got in exchange was an excitement surrounding the character, because everybody felt like they discovered him together. That emulated more what my experience growing up was like. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/why-jon-favreau-chose-baby-yoda-we-dont-know-a-lot-details-his-species-1259164
2019.04.03 14:35 JediPaxisLeaked Details About The Mandalorian: Characters, Locations, Aliens and More...
With Celebration Chicago beginning in just a matter of days, now is the time to get in those last few leaks before official news reveals and hopefully confirmations of what we've already learned. In that spirit, here are several previously unknown things about The Mandalorian that I have been told by one of my reliable sources:
Tatooine is a main location of the show and where many of the leaked set photos take place.
My source is aware of at least one more location in the show that conceptually looks "like a mix between Endor and Kashyyyk." The name of this location is currently unknown to me.
As many people have speculated, the assassin droid previously pictured in Jon Favreau's social media is believed to be IG-88 by my source. In addition to this, the droid is believed to be a main character and a sidekick/partner of sorts to the Mandalorian.
He will be getting a new costume for the series.
Other Trandoshans are supposedly in the show as well.
According to my source, his appearance may or may not be "different."
Moderator's Note: My source said he didn't see scars on Dengar, although this could mean that the makeup was not yet applied. I don't know at what stage of the development process Dengar was seen in.
No word on his costume or physical appearance.
Apparently, no 4-LOM
Moderator's note: I'm not going to go so far as to say that he's definitively not in the show, but if he does appear, my source is unaware of it.
Gina Carano's character:
Her plot line is said to be heavily intertwined with the Mandalorian's.
Her hair is long and dark.
She's shown in concept art on the forested planet.
No main OT characters (e.g., Han, Luke, Leia, etc.) in the show's first season.
My source has seen concept art of a blurrg transporting our main characters (the Mandalorian and (presumably) IG-88) across the Tatooine desert. The blurrg was said to be hauling stuff behind it with the Mandalorian perched atop.
While on Tatooine, several familiar species seen in Jabba's palace appear as thugs/gangsters in the show.
My source describes the Klatooinian outfits as looking similar to that of the Uruk-hai from the Lord of the Rings trilogy (think Lurtz, with guns and the getup being more suited to a sandy environment and that'll get you pretty close).
Supposedly appear to "help" the Mandalorian in some way, but the specifics are unclear.
Speculation disclaimer: I would imagine that considering what Jawas do, it'll be related to scavenged materials, but who knows.
A large Quarren brute makes an appearance. He's nearly a foot taller than the Mandalorian, and beefier than any other member of his species we've ever seen. Other Quarren are said to be fairly slim and almost fragile appearing when compared to this guy.
His costume is pretty nondescript. Think a simple Solo/smuggler-esque vibe, in muted tones.
When asked about Tusken Raiders, my source was not aware of any in the show.
Speculation disclaimer: Considering all the other species that my source threw out there, I wouldn't be surprised if we saw a Tusken Raider or two, but I have nothing to back that up.
No word on Gamorreans
The Mandalorian's gear gets some upgrades throughout the course of the show
Moderator's note: This particular bit of information is something that I've heard from multiple sources over time.
The new armor is more uniform in color than what we can see in the initial teaser image, and mostly silver (similar to the helmet in the image).
The little armor that Gina Carano's character wears is dark gray in color with a turquoise belt and gauntlets.
A Mandalorian blacksmith is featured in the show.
Speculation disclaimer: I assume to create these armor upgrades, but I wasn't explicitly told that.
Various background characters use cobbled together stormtrooper parts for armor - a helmer here, a gauntlet there, etc.
Moderator's note: Speaking of reused armor, it was recently pointed out to me that the Mandalorian's right shoulder pad is that of a Scarif shore trooper (or at the very least, very similar in shape, size and color). I don't think this is anything revealing or significant, just a fun little tidbit.
My source has seen concept art of the Mandalorian on an in-flight TIE fighter, blasting at one of the wings with his flamethrower.
An interesting droid appears on the forested planet
The head is of a R4 astromech with an antennae. The R4 head is attached to a very small, non-astromech body, standing on long, thin, inverted legs with bird-like feet, and two small arms shown holding a tray. Mounted to the the back of the small body is a bucket. The droid appears to be quite tall (at least average human heigh, perhaps even taller). There are some similarities to this image that Making Star Wars put out a while back, but the shape and specifics are different.
This is the sum total of what I know about The Mandalorian. Everything I have at this point in time is represented here and it's certainly enough to get me interested and excited for what this project will be. Hopefully we'll know a lot more about this show shortly.
2019.03.20 05:16 kittehgoesmeowWhat A Day: Devin Nunes' Newsletter by Brian Beutler & Crooked Media (03/19/19)
"My favorite word: reciprocity"—Donald Trump. cc Russia, Stormy Daniels, Trump business partners, several felons, etc.
There is growing recognition among Democratic presidential candidates that their more ambitious proposals will be nearly impossible to enact if they oppose abolishing the filibuster. In an interview with Pod Save America host Jon Favreau, which will air in its entirety on Wednesday, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) acknowledged that he will keep an open mind about changing Senate rules, if he wins the Democratic nomination and becomes president. “You fire a lot of people up on your podcast and they come to me [about the filibuster] and make…very practical arguments,” Booker said. “I’m going to tell you that for me, that door is not closed.” This represents something of a reversal for Booker. “We should not be doing anything to mess with the strength of the filibuster,” he told Politico recently. And in his Pod Save America interview, he explained why his preference would be to preserve the filibuster if possible. But in cracking open the door to endorsing filibuster abolition down the line, Booker joins Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA), and others who, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, have accepted that filibuster reform may be necessary if Democrats hope to turn the varied, bold policies the candidates are running on into law. This recognition is critical because it shows that Democratic politicians increasingly grasp that Republican leaders, if not Republican voters themselves, remain committed to not negotiating with Democrats in good faith, and are poised to revive the strategy they adopted during the Obama administration of opposing and filibustering Democratic priorities in lockstep. It’s also important because it comes as the Democratic Party has oriented itself toward defending democracy from conservative forces at all levels—from opposing voter suppression to ending partisan gerrymandering to curbing the influence of money in politics to reforming the electoral college. That project isn’t compatible with a rule that allows a minority of senators, representing an even smaller minority of the population, a silent veto over policies that command overwhelming popular support.
What Year Is It?
Florida lawmakers have advanced legislation to strip Floridians with outstanding court fines and other legal fees of their right to vote. Republicans consolidated political power in the state in 2018, even as citizens there voted overwhelmingly to pass Amendment 4, which restores voting rights to most people in the state who have completed sentences for felony convictions. The current legislation, which may not pass constitutional muster if it ever becomes law, looks like an effort to counteract the effects of Amendment 4, which threatens Republican political dominance over the state, in defiance of popular will.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein won’t be leaving the Justice Department imminently after all. Rosenstein telegraphed both his impending departure and his commitment to remaining in his role until Special Counsel Robert Mueller completed his investigation, which fueled speculation and reporting that the investigation was near completion. The fact that he’s now slated to remain in his role indefinitely may mean Mueller isn’t as close to being done as is widely believed. Former House Speaker and still-running joke Paul Ryan has joined the board of Fox News’s parent company so he can continue enriching himself and his friends while telling reporters that racism is bad. The Supreme Court’s five conservative justices ruled that ICE may indefinitely detain unauthorized immigrants who have been convicted of crimes, even if they’ve long-since completed their sentences. Reminder that this would be a 5-4 liberal court if Mitch McConnell hadn’t stolen a Supreme Court seat. President Trump welcomed Brazil’s new aspiring military dictator Jair Bolsonaro to the White House, praised him effusively, congratulated him on adopting the term “fake news,” and attacked deceased Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in front of him. The left-wing journalist David Sirota has officially joined the Bernie Sanders campaign, but the campaign now acknowledges that Sirota has been privately advising Sanders for months—a stretch of time during which Sirota vehemently criticized other Democratic candidates and accused critics and journalists of having conflicts of interest that biased their work. NOT GREAT! Beto O’Rourke ran for Congress in 2012 advocating “significant” spending cuts to rein in an “extravagant government,” but it may have all been a practical joke like the time he collected a “verdant turd” from one of his children’s diapers and tried to convince his wife it was an avocado. This primary truly has something for everyone, except maybe avocado-toast loving millennials. The State Department hosted a press briefing for “faith-based” media only, and has refused to disclose who attended or release a transcript. For the first time since its introduction in 2003, a woman has won the annual Abel Prize—math's equivalent of the Nobel. The most prestigious prize in mathematics, awarded every four years to mathematicians 40 years of age or younger, is called the Fields Medal, and only one woman has won it since it was established in 1924.
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You've Gotta Be Fucking Kidding Me
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the conspiracy theorizing, justice obstructing, propaganda spewing former chairman of the House intelligence committee, has sued Twitter, #NeverTrump Republican Liz Mair, and the Twitter accounts “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow” for defamation, because the latter three wrote mean tweets about him. The suit is doomed to fail because it's an embarrassing farce, but it is also a dangerous escalation of the right’s bad-faith campaign to accuse social media companies of anti-conservative bias, and of its program of using frivolous lawsuits to bankrupt journalists, critics, and media outlets that scrutinize conservatives. Nunes is not a wealthy member of Congress, but he is one of President Trump’s favorites. He promises this will be the first of many suits to come, and it’s almost certain that Trump or one of Trump’s rich cronies is funding the effort. In the meantime, please don’t share this screengrab, because it has hurt Devin Nunes’s feelings very badly.
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), who chairs the House judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee, has called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Facebook has violated anti-monopoly laws, and makes a compelling case here that the company’s conduct leaves it exposed to fines, regulation, being broken up, or multiple of the above.
2019.02.14 03:20 NealKennethWhat if the MCU had started a few years earlier?
The year is 1998. Marvel, having sold film rights to many of their characters in the early 90s, were frustrated that no films had yet arrived. Most of these deals were 7 years old, and were going to expire soon. FOX was approaching them for renewal of the deal. Meanwhile, SONY was about to sue, claiming that they still had rights to Spider-Man - despite the rights having expired already. Not seeing any other way to bring their characters to screen...Marvel renewed these deals. Marvel didn't know it at the time, but it would be over 20 years until they had the rights to all of their characters again. The purpose of this post is to explore an alternative history - a history where Marvel realized that they were on the edge of greatness, and got off to an earlier (and better) start. The point of divergence is 1998 or 1999. In our timeline, this is when Marvel delayed greatness - renewing their contracts with FOX, and settling their lawsuit with SONY. I will be trying to keep things as realistic as possible. I will be considering the history of CGI/special effects, so no, there won't magically be a convincing Thanos in 2002. I will be considering the budgets of studios and their release schedules - every single release on this timeline will replace a different one. The money to make the film won't magically appear, and the studio won't suddenly have new releases on the schedule. I will be considering the histories of key actors - Tom Holland won't be Spider-Man in 2005, when Holland was 9 years old. All of this will propagate from a single, seemingly simple change: Marvel has more confidence at the negotiation table. Starting in 1998, when Marvel renewed deals, they reduced the expiration date to 4 years (down from 7 years.) Having been frustrated by studios for decades, their hope was that the reduced time limit would help a studio to finally get a film out there, rather than letting it languish in development for years on end. As we will see, this tactic paid off. Let's get started. For the first few years, things are about the same. The year 2000 sees the release of X-Men, followed in 2002 by X2, Blade 2 and the big one: Spider-Man. But the success of Spider-Man triggers another success. Since 1998, Avi Arad and Kevin Feige had been attempting to secure funding to produce their own films under a new entity named Marvel Studios. But it wasn't until Spider-Man broke box office records that the banks caught on. So it was in the summer of 2002 that Marvel Studios is granted a loan of about $525 million to produce 10 films, about four years earlier than they were able to do so in reality. This is a more assertive Marvel. Noticing that Universal's deal had expired, Marvel demands production cease on the wayward Hulk film, bringing the character home. Ang Lee's Hulk (2003) is never released. Daredevil, however, hits its deadline and sees release. But Marvel, having already secured independent funding, is not as helpful during it's difficult reception and therefore Elektra (2005) is never filmed. The same happens to other smaller budget films like The Punisher (2004) and Ghost Rider (2007) - with Marvel busy working on their own films, and without Avi Arad executive producing - they simply don't happen. Hulk is now the most popular character in Marvel's roster. Due to the timing of their latest round of renewals, Marvel still does not have access to Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, or X-Men. So their strategy is exactly the same as in real life - to build a series of solo films before a massive crossover with The Avengers. Here is the rough outline for their release schedule:
May 2004 - Hulk
July 2004 - Captain America
Nov 2005 - Thor
May 2006 - Iron Man
May 2007 - Hulk 2
July 2007 - Ant-Man
May 2008 - The Avengers
Nov 2008 - Thor 2
Without the damage done by the 2003 film, Hulk is now by far the safest character to premiere the series - not Iron Man. So the character is fast-tracked for a solo film for release in May 2004. Marvel, very happy with his work on Blade 2, hires Guillermo del Toro to direct. Instead of Hellboy (2004), del Toro directs Hulk for the MCU - with Mark Ruffalo as the lead instead of Edward Norton. Unfortunately, despite this film being a great success, Marvel is unable to work through their distribution problems with Universal (just like real life.) They make the controversial decision to cancel Hulk 2, tentatively moving Thor 2 up a year earlier instead. For Captain America, Marvel approaches Paul Greengrass. Known mostly for his period pieces and war films, Greengrass sees potential for the series and accepts Marvel's offer. These two films (Hulk and Captain America) are able to start the MCU off with a much tighter one-two punch than Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk were able to in reality (2008.) For the first Thor, Marvel hire director Andrew Adamson, who takes on the project instead of The Chronicles of Narnia films. As with the Narnia films, these are co-produced with Disney. Unlike Prince Caspian however, there is no release schedule conflict with Walden Media, and Thor 2 is therefore able to release on time for Christmas 2007. Meanwhile, despite Hulk 2 being cancelled, del Toro is not left on the bench. With the mediocre profits from Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005), the producers and distributors are looking at possible sequel options, with Jackson suggesting del Toro may be able to help. Rather than attempting a direct sequel, however, the studio decides that art and set assets can be re-purposed for a project with Marvel. Mid budget ($60 to 90 million) with eyes on one of the less competitive release windows like October or January. After reading an early script for Captain America 2, del Toro concepts an expedition to Wakanda by Peggy Carter and Howard Stark at the start of WW2, prior to recruiting Steve Rogers and creating the super-soldier serum. In this concept, Wakanda has dinosaurs and Welsey Snipes stars as a WW2-era Black Panther. The release ends up roughly replacing the budget and release date of Ghost Rider (2007.) Due to issues with Edgar Wright, Ant-Man is delayed until Phase 2. Captain America 2 takes its release date, with Paul Greengrass returning to direct. His Captain America duology ends up taking the place of his award-winning work on Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) - the first film set in The Pacific Theatre of WW2, and the second split between The European Theatre and modern times. So, with all the changes to the schedule, here is what Phase 1 actually ends up looking like:
May 2004 - Hulk
July 2004 - Captain America
Nov 2005 - Thor
May 2006 - Iron Man
Jan 2007 - Agent Carter
July 2007 - Captain America 2
Nov 2007 - Thor 2
May 2008 - The Avengers
The riskiest release ends up being Iron Man. Just like in real life, director Jon Favreau had met with Avi Arad on the set of Daredevil (2003) and had gained clout for his huge hit Elf...but still, the pick is out of left field. Paramount is not sold on the project until production on Mission Impossible 3 becomes too problematic. Paramount decides to delay it and release Iron Man instead. Favreau convinces the studio to hire Don Cheadle instead of Terrence Howard. As for The Avengers, Joss Whedon is hired to direct, alongside his common collaborator Drew Goddard. Both are hired partly because Marvel is also interested in developing property for television. But unlike in our timeline, Whedon's being hired to direct The Avengers does not cause very much controversy within Marvel. This is because Favreau was not the one who debuted the MCU this time around, and he wasn't rushed to pump out Iron Man 2 in just two years...so when Phase 2 comes around, Favreau is still happy to direct for Marvel. Iron Man 2 is scheduled for May 2009. Around this time, two things have happened already that cause significant change moving forward. First, the Thor series has been a surprise hit with teen girls. In this timeline, Hemsworth and Hiddleston were both in their early 20s when they debuted their roles and, working on a budget, the relatively unknown (but much younger) Kristen Stewart was cast instead of Natalie Portman. So unexpectedly the god/teen girl relationship has triggered the otherwise Twilight fans, and the sequel had used this to their advantage - hinting at a love triangle possibility between Thor, Jane and Loki in the future. Deciding to maximize on this idea, the Thor films get put on an annual release schedule. For distribution, Marvel partners with Summit Entertainment, targeting November and February (Valentine's Day) release dates. This has the butterfly effect of delaying the Twilight films by just long enough that they miss their window...Thor mostly takes their billion-dollar box office earnings instead. The second major change is that the rights to Daredevil have reverted to Marvel much earlier. With four years passing since the 2003 film, no sequel was made. Drew Goddard is now at Marvel pitching a Daredevil film in 2007, at least five years earlier than he did in our timeline. Back then, Netflix was still in your mailbox, and there's not really anything at all like a streaming studio. But Marvel doesn't want to just sit on the property when Goddard has such a good pitch. So Marvel makes a call...to HBO. Daredevil premieres on HBO in September 2008, replacing True Blood on their release schedule. Moving forward into Phase 2 gets trickier to predict. The MCU has been a lot more successful so far, so they have more options in this timeline than in ours. But, here's my best guess:
Feb 2009 - Thor 3
May 2009 - Iron Man 2
Aug 2009 - Ant-Man
May 2010 - Avengers 2
Jul 2010 - Captain America 3
Nov 2010 - Thor 4
May 2011 - Iron Man 3
Aug 2011 - Guardians of the Galaxy
Nov 2011 - Thor 5
Jan 2012 - Black Widow
May 2012 - Avengers 3
Aug 2012 - Ant-Man and The Wasp
Nov 2012 - Thor 6
By 2012, the MCU has expanded to four films a year. Besides coasting on sequels, three new series have debuted.
Edgar Wright's first draft for the Ant-Man movie is from 2003. As noted earlier...Marvel is much more assertive in this timeline. By 2009, they had waited long enough and decided to film it without Wright.
Guardians of The Galaxy
The release date for Guardians is changed a few times. After Rise of The Silver Surfer, FOX continued to attempt a third Fantastic Four film, but Marvel would counter-respond by moving Guardians to the same weekend. After this happened three or four times, FOX surrendered, giving up on their shaky sequel. But by this point Guardians was already filming so, by a happy accident, the Guardians enter the MCU in 2011, at just about the exact same time the rights to Fantastic Four revert to Marvel.
This one wasn't originally announced with the rest of Phase 2. Instead, once Marvel heard about Steven Soderbergh's desire to make a female action flick, they convinced him out to adapt it into a Black Widow movie (for a huge director's fee.) On television, Marvel is just as busy. Following the huge success of season 1, Daredevil is renewed for season 2, and Marvel pushes forward with other offers - teasing a mini-series each for Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Punisher. The only major re-casting needed here is Elektra. Elodie Yung was way too far under-the-radar until 2013 or so...I recommend Tania Raymonde. Using their partnership with HBO, Marvel also explore other options. Agents of SHIELD is deemed too similar to Fringe, so that idea is shelved. Instead, noticing that Jeremy Renner is also thinking about network television, he is approached about a possible Hawkeye series. At first, Marvel is unable to convince HBO to help them expand in time for the fall 2009 schedule, but after the success of Daredevil season 2 and the lukewarm reception to FlashForward, ABC orders 8 to 13 episodes of Hawkeye from HBO/Marvel to round out their Spring 2010 schedule. One final possibility is Captain Britain. HBO and BBC have partnered together several times, it's not out of the question that they might pursue a comedy series starring someone like Simon Pegg. Think of a show like Chuck, but with a much higher budget. With the super-soldier, espionage, and medieval elements, a Captain Britain series would be a fun way to parody the MCU as a whole. I'm skipping ahead a few years at this point, because I am now building guesses on top of guesses. Here are some general assumptions for Phase 3 and beyond:
Infinity War is a true two-parter
Unlike with our timeline, Marvel put the team front and center, with a film every two years allowing them to quickly outpace all solo series. Because of this, Civil War is the fourth Avengers film (instead of Captain America 3) and Thanos debuts two years early (2016) with the fifth Avengers film. But rather than releasing a year apart, Infinity War part 1 and 2 are released more traditionally - May and November of 2016 - only six months apart. This is similar to how many major franchises have done it before, like The Matrix, Twilight, and Harry Potter.
Spider-Man is a series
SONY misfires with their follow-up to Spider-Man 3. Just as with our timeline, they keep going back and forth with Raimi on Spider-Man 4, debating whether or not to reboot. The difference is, in this timeline, this ends up causing them to wait too long to make a decision. After 3 years of production, SONY realizes they will miss the 4-year deadline and ask Marvel for an extension. Marvel declines and the rights revert in 2011. By 2013, Marvel has Holland on set filming scenes for a potential series. He also films his scenes for Civil War. The schedule is a serious problem by now, with five or six films a year...it's hard to find room for all of them. Unsure of what to do, Marvel gets their answer the next year when ABC officially orders 22 episodes of Spider-Man for the fall 2014 season. It is the most expensive television show of all time, only possible because of toy sales and profits from the films.
Daredevil continues to dominate
By 2015, when in reality Daredevil debuted his first season, Daredevil is on his seventh season. The rest of the HBO shows are much more interconnected with the overall MCU. Captain America crosses over with a season of Luke Cage to fight The Serpent Society, War Machine vs The Punisher, Black Widow and Daredevil have a romance etc. Each of the other street heroes besides Daredevil have had 2 to 4 mini-seasons (6 to 12 episodes.) As the first to debut, and the most popular, Daredevil is the only one who maintains an annual release of a full season (10 to 13 episodes.) And with that, I'm going to wrap it up. This has gone on a long time, and I do have more thoughts if anyone has questions...it's just that past this point we are getting so far away from what's really happened that it's basically fan-fiction. Let me know your thoughts. I hope you enjoyed reading!
2019.01.04 06:21 kittehgoesmeowWhat A Day: Welcome to our House by Priyanka Aribindi & Crooked Media (01/03/19)
"Let me be clear, House Democrats are down with N.D.P.,"—House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries referencing Naughty by Nature while nominating Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi as the next Speaker of the House
Out With The Old
A new Congress was sworn in today, with Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2011 and Nancy Pelosi taking the Speaker’s gavel from Paul Ryan’s newly unemployed hand. (Metaphorically speaking—the new House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was the one to actually hand it over.) After receiving 220 votes—more than the 216 she needed from members of the House—Pelosi took the oath to become Speaker of the House of the 116th Congress while surrounded by the children of the newly instated members. Fast facts about the 116th Congress:
This Congress includes the first-ever Muslim and Native American women elected, as well as the youngest woman.
Under Pelosi, Democrats have pledged to vote to reopen the government, keeping funding for the closed agencies at current levels. Pelosi has emphasized that there will be “nothing for the wall” in the package, though it will keep border security funding at $1.3 billion. The White House responded today, issuing a formal threat to veto the House bill because of what they call inadequate funding. Meanwhile, the partial government shutdown continues into its 13th day, as Trump’s allies urge him to keep the government closed while he seeks money for his wall, saying that even if he isn’t ultimately successful in receiving the $5.6 billion he’s asking for, it’s too soon to reopen the government. But mostly he’s worried about looking dumb. Tell that to the 800,000 people who aren’t bringing home paychecks, and D.C. residents whose city is overflowing with trash. Tomorrow, Trump is scheduled to meet with House and Senate leaders from both parties to discuss the shutdown and the wall. Meanwhile, Democrats are plowing ahead with their agenda, which in addition to reopening the government, includes anti-corruption reforms that will limit the influence of lobbying, implement campaign finance reform, require the president to release tax returns, and expand voting rights.
The New Dumbest Thing I Have Ever Seen
Conservatives are back to dunking on themselves in attempts to make Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) look bad—this time by trying to circulate a video of her doing a dance from “The Breakfast Club” while she was in college. The biggest takeaways from this video are as follows:
According to officials, the White House is considering former Democratic senator Jim Webb to serve as the next Defense Secretary. Webb is highly critical of the Iraq war and China, and as Trump seeks to withdraw from Syria and Afghanistan and be more aggressive with the Chinese, Webb may surpass other Republicans in the running. The position opened after Jim Mattis resigned last month following Trump’s announcement of rapid withdrawal of American forces from Syria. The Trump administration is considering a broad rollback of civil rights laws that would weaken federal rules against discrimination in education and housing. Through “disparate impact” regulations, certain actions that have uneven effects can be deemed discriminatory, regardless of what they were intended for on paper. The DOJ recently told civil rights officials to determine how various areas of American life would be impacted if these regulations were changed or nixed entirely. The House easily passed the new Democratic rules package, including a “PAYGO” provision that requires any new spending to be offset by cuts to current spending (or met with an increase in revenue). Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ro Khanna worried that this rule would hinder progressive policies from being implemented, though they were two of only three Democrats to vote against the package. The Justice Department is now investigating whether former Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to inspector general investigators—a potential criminal violation. Hope you look good in orange, buddy. Because he couldn’t handle two and a half minutes out of the spotlight, President Trump took to the White House briefing room with border patrol and ICE agents soon after the new Congress was sworn in to insist that he has support for his wall (he doesn’t). For the first time in 16 years, Apple decreased its revenue expectations yesterday, citing slowing sales of iPhones in China. The announcement was met with increased fear about the Chinese economy and its effect on global markets. China landed a probe on the far side of the moon yesterday for the first time in history. When reached for comment, Pink Floyd said, “told you so.” A new study found that the Nazis killed almost 1.5 million Jews in three months. That’s equal to 25 percent of the victims of the Holocaust, at a rate that is much higher than previously thought. Trump is really leaning into Game of Thrones memes of himself, though it doesn’t seem like he has any fucking clue what happened on the show because (spoiler alert!) the wall didn’t quite work out. When you play the game of memes, you win or you die.
Look No Further Than The Crooked Media
Pod Save America is back! On today's episode, Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer talk through the shutdown, PAYGO, Elizabeth Warren's presidential bid, and Mitt Romney's op-ed. Then, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) joins them to discuss the shutdown, immigration, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus's priorities. Listen →
You've Gotta Be Fucking Kidding Me
When asked about complaints by women who worked on his 2016 presidential campaign that sexual harassment, mistreatment, and pay disparities went unaddressed,Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) apologized to “any woman who feels like she wasn’t treated properly,” but closed by reiterating that he didn’t know it was happening because he “was a little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case.” Your staffers—the people who spent all day every day trying to get you elected—say they were harassed and mistreated on your campaign. Maybe don’t sound so fucking dismissive.
The president of the Outback Bowl, a college bowl game played by third place teams that generates $11.9 million in revenue, is paid over $1 million for organizing a single football game each year—played by college students who are all unpaid. We watch and wager on college athletes, off of whom universities profit endlessly, while they work for hours, often up to seven days a week, for nothing. And that’s if all goes according to plan, and they don’t get hurt. Meanwhile, in nearly 80 percent of states, the top coach takes home the largest paycheck of any state employee. Pay college athletes. And maybe reconsider how much you’re paying everyone else.
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Is That Hope I Feel?
Today Maine’s new Democratic governor Janet Mills signed an executive order to implement Medicaid expansion after being sworn into office on Wednesday evening. The order, which expands healthcare to more than 70,000 people in Maine, comes over a year after Maine voters voted to expand Medicaid, though former GOP Governor Paul LePage refused to implement it at the time. Elections matter.
2018.11.07 09:53 tombstoneshadows28(Whether wide or limited) The complete chronological listing of what's currently-scheduled for theatrical exhibition within the next five years. (Updated to the second as of time of posting.)
2018.09.28 20:21 Tales_of_the_TrivialThe Original IRON MAN
In 2004, New Line Cinema was developing IRON MAN from a script by David Hayter ("X2: X-Men United") and Al Gough & Miles Miller ("Smallville"). Nick Cassevetes ("The Notebook") was attached to direct, with Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx and Famke Janssen circling the lead roles of Tony Stark, James Rhodes and Bethany Cabe. Cruise ultimately passed on the role, and Hugh Jackman was briefly approached before the project was retooled into what would become Jon Favreau's movie starring Robert Downey Jr. This was the original treatment, which as you can see, inspired the final product quite a bit.
Genius inventor Tony Stark is the estranged son of weapons manufacturer Howard Stark, who blames Tony for his mother’s death in a boating accident. Tony refuses to build weapons and leaves his father’s conglomerate, Stark Ironworks, to start his own company, Stark Innovations, whose greatest achievement is the Repulsor technology primed to revolutionize space flight. Tony’s best friend, engineer James Rhodes, reluctantly decides not to accompany him and instead becomes Howard’s chief of security, straining their friendship. Tony’s ex-girlfriend, Homeland Security agent Bethany Cabe, confronts him with newly-acquired evidence that someone is arming America’s political rivals with advanced weapons technology based on his designs. Tony accuses Howard’s business partner, Justin Hammer, of stealing his creations, and is later targeted by a drone and severely wounded, forcing him to wear an advanced chestplate to prevent heart failure. Rhodes realizes Tony was right about Hammer and is in danger, and extracts him to a secret workshop at Catskills Mountains, where Tony and Rhodes work together to build an advanced prototype exoskeleton. Meanwhile, Cabe is captured and tortured by Hammer after learning that Stark Ironworks is financing criminal organization Rising Dawn, but Tony finds and rescues her with his prototype. Tony attempts to alert his father of Hammer’s crimes, only to learn that Howard is the true mastermind behind the conspiracy and is planning to assassinate the President of the United States at the behest of his associate, corrupt Vice-President Peter Benton, who will then authorize the use of Stark Ironworks' Repulsor-based weaponry by the U.S. military to subjugate foreign countries, as part of a larger masterplan to subjugate the entire planet. Howard intends to disable the President's Stark-issued "biochip" that allows the Secret Service to track him, causing a fatal heart attack. Tony survives an assassination attempt by Howard and disables the satellite that Howard would use to sabotage the President's biochip, but his suit is damaged by the altitute and crash-lands in the ocean, allowing Rising Dawn to capture Tony and study his design before he rescued by Bethany and Rhodes. Tony informs the President of Howard’s crimes, but is despondent when the President orders an airstrike on Howard’s yacht, blaming himself for his father’s death. Exposed, Rising Dawn attacks Washington, D.C. with advanced Repulsor-based weaponry provided by Howard. Bethany and Rhodes encourage Tony to fight on, and Tony confesses his feelings for Bethany before joining the battle against Rising Dawn in a heavily armed suit, earning him the designation “Iron Man” from the military. Tony manages to lure Rising Dawn into a trap and disables their weapons with a secret kill switch he had installed in all his designs, allowing the military to subdue them. While he is away, his radio's signal is traced to the workshop, which is attacked by the mysterious War Machine, who kidnaps Bethany to lure Tony into a confrontation at Stark Ironworks's headquarters in Los Angeles. Arriving there, Tony learns that Howard is War Machine, having survived the yacht’s explosion and develop his own suit based on Tony’s design. Howard kills Bethany, leading to a vicious battle in which Tony defeats him, but chooses to spare him. Refusing to accept defeat, Howard attempts to kill Tony with a missile, but it malfunctions, killing him instead. Tony replaces Howard as CEO of Stark Ironworks, which he rebrands as “Stark Industries” and turns into a humanitarian organization. Hammer is arrested and provides Homeland Security with information on which terrorist organizations Howard armed as part of his plan. Rhodes intercepts the intel, and Tony sets out to honor Bethany’s memory by dismantling the organizations and destroying the weapons he inadvertently created, embracing the mantle of Iron Man.
2018.09.18 06:33 kittehgoesmeowWhat A Day: The Brett Offensive by Priyanka Aribindi, Brian Beutler & Crooked Media (9/17/18)
"I hope he fucking sues me"—Elon Musk in August about the man who he keeps calling a pedophile. Guess who’s now getting sued?
Senate Confronts Kavanaugh Allegations
Brett Kavanaugh stands credibly accused of attempting to rape Dr. Christine Blasey Ford when the two were at a small gathering of high school students in the early 1980s. Her decision to attach her name and voice to the allegation, and to testify to the Senate about the incident, has placed Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination in serious jeopardy. Most Republicans appear inclined to forge ahead with their plan to confirm Kavanaugh by early next month. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ranted dishonestly on the Senate floor about Democrats’ role in surfacing the allegation. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), said even if Kavanaugh assaulted Ford “I think it would be hard for senators to not consider who the judge is today. That’s the issue. Is this judge a really good man? And he is.” However, multiple Republicans, including Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), called upon Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to delay the vote on whether to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate. Grassley has obliged, and intends to hold a public hearing with both Ford and Kavanagh next Monday. According to Axios, Republicans believed they could bluff Ford into declining their invitation by insisting she testify right away. She has called their bluff, which is good, but that doesn’t make Republicans’ efforts to intimidate her back into silence any less disgusting. President Trump has, somewhat surprisingly, accepted “a little delay,” for a “full process” to “hear everybody out.” But the conservative media is gearing up to smear Ford, and Kavanaugh himself is encouraging it by denying not just that he assaulted her, but that he was even at the gathering where the alleged assault occurred. From Brian: This story is evolving very rapidly, and it’s hard to say where it’s heading next, let alone how it will end. But Kavanaugh’s denial deserves scrutiny beyond the fact that he’s disputing the assault allegation. Ford has also recalled that one of Kavanaugh’s friends, Mark Judge, witnessed the incident, and that four others were in attendance at the party—some of whom she says spoke with Kavanaugh after the attack. He is going in all in on a bet that nobody will corroborate that part of Ford’s account.
At least 31 people in North and South Carolina have died as a result of tropical depression Florence, which made landfall as a hurricane on Friday.Typhoon Mangkhut has killed at least 69 people in the Philippines and China, with dozens more missing after landslides and flooding. Here’s what to do to help. Special Counsel Robert Mueller says President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is ready for sentencing and has asked a federal judge in Washington, DC, to schedule a sentencing hearing for him. Flynn has been cooperating with Mueller since pleading guilty to lying to the FBI last year. Both parties had previously requested multiple sentencing delays, suggesting Flynn cooperated extensively and completely. Lot of due process for a witch hunt if you ask me. Internal investigators have referred FEMA administrator Brock Long to federal prosecutors for allegedly misusing federal funds during frequent commutes between Washington, DC, and his home in North Carolina. So now we have an administration that is historically terrible at disaster response being led by a FEMA administrator who is distracted by his own self-preservation in the midst of hurricane season. Great. President Trump ordered the declassification and public release of documents related to the Russia probe requested by House Republicans, including unredacted texts from James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr, the FISA application related to Carter Page, and FBI interviews with Bruce Ohr. Once again, Trump is doing everything in his power to compromise and undermine the Russia investigation short of firing Bob Mueller, which he also clearly wants to do. Salesforce co-founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne Benioff have purchased Time for $190 million as a personal investment.Time becomes the latest outlet to be purchased by billionaire buyers, joining the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and the Los Angeles Times. (Oligarchy! Terrific! Hope Bezos fixes everything with the money he didn’t pay in taxes!) The Trump administration has capped refugee admission into the U.S. to 30,000 people in 2019—the lowest cap since the program was created in 1980. This is 15,000 fewer than the cap that exists this year. When Trump took office in 2017, the cap was 110,000. Indicted insider trader Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) announced that he will seek another term in the House, reversing his previous decision to suspend his campaign at the advice of lawyers who said removing himself from the ballot would be a complicated process that would open him to a lawsuit and negatively affect the GOP’s chances of holding his seat in the fall. Republicans: because federal criminals are better than liberals. This weekend Eliud Kipchoge broke the marathon world record with a time of 2:01:39 at the Berlin Marathon. That’s a 4:38 mile, 26-plus times in a row. TOO FAST. SLOW DOWN. Donald Trump, Jr. posted a fake letter on Instagram, mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Don Jr. is a disgusting human being but at least he makes up for it by being so smart.
Look No Further than the Crooked Media
On The Wilderness: In Chapter 14, “The Ceiling,” Jon Favreau interviews women about the unique challenges they face in politics, and tags along on the campaign trail with first-time candidate Anna Eskamani. From Jon: “Unexpectedly relevant to this week, this chapter also includes Anita Hill’s story, the Clarence Thomas hearings, and how 1992 became the Year of the Woman.” Listen → Also, for FOTPs in NY on 9/20, join Hysteria co-host Blair Imani and panelists Donna Hylton, Robin McGinty, and LaTonya Yvette to discuss the importance of supporting women who are often left out of our conversations about equality. Go → On Crooked.com: Brian writes that if the GOP alliance with sexual abusers foils its scheme to control the Supreme Court, it will be justice for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford—and poetic justice, too. That’s why Republicans will stop at nothing to ruin her life. Read →
Under the Radar
As a GOP coalition of 20 states pushes ahead with a lawsuit aimed at invalidating Obamacare’s pre-existing conditions protections, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is promising that people with pre-existing conditions will still be covered in his state. Relatedly, Scott Walker is lying. According to the New York Times, the most popular theme of Democratic campaign ads ahead of the midterm elections is healthcare—specifically protections for those with pre-existing conditions—and polling shows that an increasing percentage of the public ranks healthcare as a key issue for them ahead of elections. This may explain the aforementioned lying.
You've Gotta Be Fucking Kidding Me
Over the weekend, New York magazine published a profile of Soon Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, and wife of Farrow’s former partner Woody Allen. Allen stands accused of molesting his own daughter, Dylan. In the profile, written by a longtime friend and lifelong fan of Allen’s, Previn alleges Mia Farrow has “taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan as a victim,” coaching her allegations against her father, and raising Previn and her other children in an abusive household. Dylan Farrow and five of her siblings, including journalist Ronan Farrow, have since issued statements defending their mother, and criticizing the outlet for how it handled coverage: “Letting a friend of an alleged predator write a one-sided piece attacking the credibility of his victim is disgusting.”
Did You See That Thing?
Yesterday during halftime of a football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Chargers, Bills’ cornerback Vontae Davis left the team and retired. According to Davis, he didn’t intend to “disrespect” his teammates and coaches with his decision—he instead realized he wasn’t playing to his own standards and decided he could not keep sacrificing: “It’s more important to me and my family to walk away healthy than to willfully embrace the warrior mentality and limp away too late.” 👏
2018.09.15 06:00 kittehgoesmeowWhat A Day: From Riches to Snitches by Priyanka Aribindi, Brian Beutler & Crooked Media (9/14/18)
"Such respect for a brave man"—Donald Trump re: Paul Manafort, less than one month ago
Happy Friday! Everyone's Guilty.
After holding out for nearly a year, President Trump’s former campaign chairman/convicted felon Paul Manafort struck a plea agreement with the government, requiring him to cooperate fully with federal prosecutors, including Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He has reportedly already begun sharing information with the Justice Department. Looks like snitches get stitches (beautifully sewn into an ostrich jacket). Trump has done a poor job hiding the fact that he believes Manafort can implicate him in crimes and has publicly encouraged Manafort not to cooperate with Mueller’s team, clearly implying he’d eventually reward Manafort with a pardon. Manafort apparently concluded he could not depend on Trump, and agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States, and to obstruct justice. He said he did so to protect his family. Even when he does the less-wrong thing, Manafort still sounds like a mobster. The plea agreement leaves Manafort’s alleged financial crimes uncharged, which means he may still face criminal exposure at the state level. This is notable because Trump can only pardon him for his federal crimes. The agreement also requires Manafort to surrender his significant, ill-gotten fortune, which will more than cover the cost of Mueller’s entire investigation. Maybe now the government can finally turn the garage into a rumpus room like they always wanted!! President Trump’s lawyers issued a statement after the agreement became public, which read, “the President did nothing wrong and Paul Manafort will tell the truth.” They quickly amended the statement to simply claim, “the President did nothing wrong,” suggesting they believe Manafort will incriminate Trump, and they will respond by calling him a liar. It’s sometimes baffling just how bad they are at crimes. From Brian: Manafort joined Trump’s campaign after his gravy train, consulting on behalf of a pro-Russian party in Ukraine, dried up. He was in league with Russian intelligence and deeply in debt to a Russian oligarch, yet eagerly pursued a leadership role in Trump’s campaign and agreed to work for free. The case that he was a Russian agent of influence planted in Trump’s campaign is easy to make. A big unanswered question is why, having nabbed Manafort on serious crimes, Mueller worked so hard to flip him. One simple answer is that Mueller believes Trump knew that Manafort was a conduit for Russian election assistance, and that Manafort can substantiate it.
Ronan is Watching You
A woman who knew Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when the two attended rival high schools says he tried to force himself on her at a party and covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming, while a classmate of his turned up the music playing in the room to drown out her protests, according to Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer of the New Yorker. The allegation first appeared in a letter the accuser wrote to members of Congress, which eventually reached Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein alerted the FBI, which is responsible for running background checks on the president's nominees, but decided to conceal the allegation from her colleagues because the accuser has asked for privacy. Kavanaugh has “categorically and unequivocally den[ied] this allegation,” and insists he “did not do this back in high school or at any time.” The classmate who allegedly abetted the incident only said, “I have no recollection of that.” Sounds convincing. As the allegations surfaced, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley released a letter signed by 65 women who claim to have known Kavanaugh in high school attesting to his character, suggesting many Republicans are inclined to press ahead with the nomination, despite the accusation. (This is like 65 friends of OJ Simpson releasing a letter saying “Well, OJ never murdered me.”) From Brian: The organizers of the Kavanaugh-support letter claim they began gathering signatures this week, when news of the assault allegation broke. Their efforts are self-undermining, insofar as none of them were Kavanaugh’s classmates (he attended an all-boys school), and they are trying to get him confirmed. Also from Brian: Only in Trump’s America is an allegation that a Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted a classmate not the leading news story of the day, week, and month.
Hurricane Florence has made landfall in North Carolina, and five people have already died as a result of the storm. It’s been downgraded to a category one hurricane. Meanwhile, thousands in the Philippines have been evacuated ahead of Super Typhoon Mangkhut, a category five-equivalent storm that is expected to make landfall on Saturday, with four million people in its path. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo defeated his primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, yesterday, but a surge of activism across New York paid off in other races. Six incumbent “Independent Democrats,” who partnered with Republicans to flip control of the state Senate lost their primaries to progressive candidates, and Letitia James made history by becoming the first black woman to win a major-party statewide nomination in New York in her bid to become attorney general. Earlier today, the New York Timespublished a story insinuating that U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley spent $52,701 in taxpayer money on curtains for her government-provided residence in New York, burying the fact that the purchase was planned by the Obama administration’s State Department in 2016, and Haley had no say in the matter. In response to backlash, the Times issued a statement admitting and correcting their mistake. A string of gas explosions in the Boston suburbs killed one and left 20 people injured on Thursday. The blasts, which officials attribute to gas leaks, resulted in large fires, damaging dozens of homes and forcing thousands to evacuate. FEMA will reportedly test the Emergency Alert System next week, which will allow the president to reach us all by text message in the event of a national emergency. From Priyanka: I think I speak for us all when I say that Donald Trump’s unfettered ability to reach us via text message is emergency enough. Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are reportedly legally married now, but it’s fine because there’s a new thirst trap in town. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) have both been indicted by federal prosecutors recently, and it has apparently helped them forge a bond. A real tearjerker.
Look No Further than the Crooked Media
On Pod Save America: Live from the El Rey theater in LA, Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor, Dan Pfeiffer, and Erin Ryan discuss Trump’s Hurricane Florence prep technique of denying the deaths caused by Hurricane Maria, and how Democrats are spending the last months before the midterms. Then, Mike Levin, the Democratic candidate in CA-49 stops by. Listen → On Crooked.com: Sally Smith breaks down the lessons we can learn from the Rohingya genocide, including from actors like Facebook, and international organizations, which enabled or ignored the catastrophe, but will likely play a role in the push for justice. Read →
You've Gotta Be Fucking Kidding Me
A run down of police misconduct nationwide: Police in Dallas face yet more backlash after leaking the “news” that they found marijuana in the apartment of Botham Jean, the black man who was killed in his own home by a cop who mistakenly thought his apartment was hers. True story: Murdering someone isn't retroactively justified by the discovery of marijuana on or near the body. For something far more worthy of your time, read Adam Serwer’s piece on the NRA’s Catch-22 for black men shot by the police: “If innocent unarmed black men like Jean are shot, it’s because they lack firearms; if innocent black men who are armed like Castile or Sterling are shot, it’s because they had a gun. Heads, you’re dead; tails, you’re also dead.” Seven NYPD members were arrested earlier this week after a three-year investigation of their roles within a local prostitution and gambling ring run by a retired detective. They stand accused of providing protection and services, sometimes in exchange for sex. The former cop kingpin used his knowledge and training to avoid being caught. Among those arrested were two detectives, two police officers, and three sergeants. In Florida, a former police chief has been found guilty of framing three innocent black men for a series of unsolved home and vehicle break-ins in order to maintain his department’s 100 percent clearance rate on burglaries.
Did You See That Thing?
Julie Chen, the host of Big Brother and The Talk, and wife of ousted executive Les Moonves, appeared on-air for the first time since her husband’s departure last night, signing off as “Julie Chen Moonves," which she had never done before. Chen spoke out about her support for Moonves after the first sexual assault allegations against him were made public in July, and has not commented on the allegations or his firing since.
2018.09.14 14:05 Anonymous_1-2-3-4-5MCU Movies Behind the Scenes Facts *Wanted to do this for fun* Day 3: Iron Man 2
So i'm going to go on IMDB and look at each MCU movies behind the scenes facts and POST THE MOST INTERESTING ONES here, I will post each movie a day instead of what I did before where I did 10 posts, I will start with the first Iron Man and each day will be the next MCU movie after it, ending with Guardians 3, I will also do the Netflix Shows, Agents of Shield and Agent Carter
IRON MAN 2
1. Jon Favreau had a lot of friction with the Marvel higher-ups, due to their constant intervention, to the point that they were having him rewrite the script as the film was still shooting. In particular, elements such as the increased prominence of the S.H.I.E.L.D. subplot, were the result of a need to establish the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe in preparation for The Avengers (2012), at the expense of the coherence of the film's own plot. These disputes got so bad, that Favreau turned down directing Iron Man 3 (2013) 2. Scarlett Johansson dyed her hair red before she even got the part of Natasha Romanov, a.k.a. Black Widow, because she wanted the role so badly. 3. (At around fourteen minutes) When first talking with Senator Stern (Garry Shandling), Tony Stark says he would gladly accept the position of Secretary of Defense. In the comics, Tony Stark actually was appointed the Secretary of Defense. 4. Samuel L. Jackson was promised that Nick Fury would be given more screentime by Jon Favreau. Jackson almost didn't return to play Fury due to problems with contract negotiations, but secured a landmark nine-picture deal to play Nick Fury not only in this movie, but in many other Marvel Studio productions. 5. A lot of Whiplash's identifying features were suggested by Mickey Rourke. He wanted to perform half of his role in Russian, and consulted on the character's tattoos and gold teeth, as well as having a pet cockatoo. In fact, Rourke paid for the bird and the gold teeth out of his own pocket. 6. Although Mickey Rourke spent several months on a treadmill and weight training, he initially was still unable to move around and use the whip prop in the Whiplash outfit test, due to its sheer weight. To get around this problem, Rourke would wear heavy vests in subsequent physical training sessions to accustom his body in moving while wearing heavy armor. 7. Not being tech literate, Mickey Rourke found the most challenging part about playing Whiplash was pretending to know his way around a computer. 8. Don Cheadle replaced Terrence Howard as Rhodey, due to a falling out between Howard and Marvel Studios. The two actors worked with each other in Crash (2004). 9. To prepare for her role, Scarlett Johansson trained six weeks before the movie started principal photography and the entire six months of shooting the movie. 10. According to director Jon Favreau, the technology in this film was portrayed as more futuristic: "After the first film, a number of tech companies talked about how uncanny a lot of our depictions of technology had turned out to be, and how many different films and videogames ended up being inspired by the imagery we used. This forced us to go a bit further into the future, and try and change the nature of this technology. If we'd just duplicated what happened in the first one, we would be behind the curve. So now we're dealing with holograms, the interface within the suit, and the suit being upgraded too." 11. Writer Shane Black recommended that Tony Stark's characterization be inspired by J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who led the team that developed the atomic bomb. After witnessing his creation's destructive potential, Oppenheimer defamed himself as "the Destroyer of Worlds" and sank into depression. 12. Robert Downey, Jr. gained twenty pounds of muscle to reprise his role of Tony Stark. 13. Scarlett Johansson had an initial freak-out moment when she first saw her character's catsuit, wondering how she was going to be able to move in such a tight costume. 14. (At around forty-seven minutes) The photo of Ivan being arrested that Tony Stark views in his research is an actual media photo of Mickey Rourke being arrested on a drugs charge when he was younger. 15. According to Mickey Rourke, he carried out a lot of research in Russia choosing what tattoos Ivan Vanko should carry on his body. He wanted authentic Russian tattoos, which would represent Vanko's Russian heritage, prison societies, and special clubs he might be in. 16. Mickey Rourke almost dropped out of the film when Marvel's initial pay offer to him was just $250,000. 17. Numerous news clippings shown in the film show Tony Stark and Ivan Vanko when they were younger men. Most of these are actual photos of Robert Downey, Jr. and Mickey Rourke, both of whom came to fame in the 1980s. 18. (At around twenty-two minutes) According to Jon Favreau, the Asian man who hands Vanko false papers, in order to get to Monaco, is a member of the Ten Rings, the terrorist organization Stark encountered in the first film. This organization is reportedly headed by Iron Man's nemesis, the Mandarin. 19. When Marvel first hired Samuel L. Jackson to play Nick Fury in the first two Iron Man movies, they wanted to keep it very secret. They actually drove Samuel's car onto the middle of the set, and they surrounded it with dressing trailers so that no one could see him get out of the car, and get into character, until Iron Man (2008) was released in theaters. 20. (At around one hour and thirty minutes) The dance Sam Rockwell (Justin Hammer) does before presenting the drones at the Expo was improvised, and something he does to help himself get into character. It may also be a nod to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who was known for his energetic stage presence. 21. Tony Stark's race car at Monaco was supposed to be Iron Man red, but Robert Downey, Jr. insisted on driving the blue and white car. 22. Hammer's factory is really Elon Musk's SpaceX facility in Hawthorne, California. The people walking in the background are actual employees, even though filming took place at night. 23. Kenneth Branagh directed the post-credits scene that sets up Thor (2011). 24. To prepare for his role as Ivan Vanko, a.k.a. Whiplash, Mickey Rourke paid a visit to Butyrka Prison, Moscow: "I tried to incorporate the whole Russian philosophy. It's a culture of its own, and I really enjoyed doing the research, and meeting the people, and they were very gracious there at the prison." Rourke also commented that Vanko's dialogue is in a Slovakian accent. 25. It has been confirmed by actor Tom Holland, who plays Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Kevin Feige, that his character appeared in the movie, and was the little boy at the Stark Expo wearing the Iron Man helmet when the expo is attacked by Hammer Tech drones. 26. Mickey Rourke complained that many of his scenes were cut, especially scenes that provided more character development for Ivan Vanko. 27. In the comics, Tony Stark possesses a suitcase containing a portable suit of armor. This famous "suitcase armor" has been revised for the film. The suitcase converts into a series of plates that slide over a wire framework. 28. The year in which Anton Vanko is said to have defected to the U.S., 1963, is actually the year in which Vanko first appeared in the comics (as the Crimson Dynamo) and defected. 29. Tony Stark refers to the suitcase armor as "the football", a reference to the briefcase with nuclear launch codes that accompanies a U.S. President. 30. Though Black Widow is a Russian, she is given an American accent for the films, as the character is a flawless linguist. 31. In the comics, Justin Hammer was a shrewd but elderly businessman. He was re-worked as a younger character in the film, to make him a contemporary rival to Tony Stark. The original purpose of the character in the comics was to explain why the various enemies Iron Man fought somehow gained unique and extremely advanced weapons, but usually kept them for themselves to commit violent crimes instead of making money by bringing them to market. Iron Man eventually discovers the reason is because Hammer gives the weapons to various criminals as part of their contracts to become his mercenaries, with the agreement that they hand over a percentage of the loot from their crimes. 32. Terrence Howard was replaced in the part of Rhodes for no perceived reason. The actor claimed that his contract wasn't honored. Entertainment Weekly stated that director Jon Favreau did not enjoy working with him, often re-shooting or cutting his scenes. There was also speculation that Marvel had gone to Howard asking him to accept a pay cut for appearing in this movie, as Howard had been the first actor cast for Iron Man (2008), he was paid the most. 33. According to Don Cheadle, he tried to make the role of Stark's right-hand man Rhodes his own, but eventually stole as much as possible from Terrence Howard's performance in the first film to bring him to life. 34. (At around three minutes) One of the very few Marvel Cinematic Universe films that has a full opening credits sequence, which plays over footage of Ivan Vanko building an arc reactor. 35. (At around fifty-eight minutes) Near the end of Tony Stark's fight with Rhodes, he says "You wanna be the War Machine? Then take your shot!" This is an homage to War Machine, Rhodes' superhero alias in the comics. 36. In an interview with MTV.com, Don Cheadle revealed that before Iron Man (2008) was released, he thought the hero was a robot. 37. Sam Rockwell, who was one of the original choices for the role of Tony Stark in Iron Man (2008), plays Stark's antagonist Justin Hammer in the film. 38. Sam Rockwell accepted the role of Hammer without even reading the script, as he had enjoyed filming Made (2001) with Jon Favreau, while screenwriter Justin Theroux is a long-time friend of Rockwell's. 39. The character of Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) is a combination of Iron Man's enemy the Crimson Dynamo (Dr. Vanko, who wears weaponry and armor that can control electricity), and the supervillain Whiplash (who possesses a specially designed razor and acid whip). In addition, the character is portrayed as the son of Anton Vanko, who was the original Crimson Dynamo in the comics, and assumes the identity of B. Turgenev (Boris Turgenev, in the comics, the second Crimson Dynamo). 40. Tony making Pepper the CEO of Stark Industries is taken from The Invincible Iron Man comic, though under different circumstances. 41. (At around one hour and twenty-nine minutes) When Hammer starts berating Ivan for failing to complete the drones, Vanko replies in Russian to Hammer's frustration. Vanko's comment roughly translates to "you talk too much." 42. Don Cheadle only had a few hours to accept the role of Rhodes. Although a comic book fan, Cheadle had never made one before due to the lack of black superheroes in the comic book universe. 43. Jessica Biel, Gemma Arterton, Natalie Portman, Jessica Alba, and Angelina Jolie were considered for the role of Natasha Romanov a.k.a. Black Widow. Alba played Susan Storm in the first Fantastic Four film franchise, and Portman played Jane Foster in Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013). 44. Emily Blunt was set to star as Natasha Romanov a.k.a. Black Widow, but had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts with her movie Gulliver's Travels (2010). 45. The layout, and many of the buildings of "Stark Expo 1974", were based on the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. In the Expo promo film outtakes shown in the movie, young Tony Stark picks up the Bell System Pavilion. 46. Tanner Foust took the role of driving Stark's racing car. 47. The part of Tony Stark getting drunk at his birthday party in the film is an homage to the comics where Stark has a recurring problem with alcoholism. 48. Mickey Rourke's Oscar-nominated performance in The Wrestler (2008) was the main reason why the producers wanted him to play Vanko. 49. (At around one hour and fifty-five minutes) The medals presented to Rhodes (Don Cheadle) and Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) at the end of the movie are actual military medals: Rhodes is awarded a Meritorious Service Medal, and Stark is awarded the Army's Distinguished Service Medal. 50. This is Scarlett Johansson's third foray into comic book films. Her previous comic book films were Ghost World (2001) and The Spirit (2008), in which her character worked for the Octopus (played by Samuel L. Jackson). In this film, Johansson is again working under Jackson (as Nick Fury). Johansson had earlier expressed interest in playing the Marvel supervillain Moonstone. 51. This is the only film where Tony Stark is called by his legal name "Anthony Stark". Justin Hammer addresses Tony Stark as "Anthony Stark" twice in the movie. 52. Robert Downey, Jr. recommended Justin Theroux (who wrote Tropic Thunder (2008)) to Jon Favreau, to write the script. 53. The vintage automobiles seen in Stark's private collection, the 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe by Ghia, once owned by Rita Hayworth (a present from Prince Aly Khan); a 1949 Mercury "lead sled" customized by Sam Barris (brother of George Barris, was provided by the Petersen Automotive Museum. The 1932 Ford flathead Roadster belonged to director Jon Favreau. 54. This film has cameos for two actresses that co-starred in movies based on Marvel Comic characters. Kate Mara plays a U.S. Marshal that serves Tony Stark with papers. She played Susan Storm in Fantastic Four (2015). Also making a cameo is Olivia Munn, who plays the television show presenter at the Stark Expo. Munn starred as Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). 55. The new element Stark creates comes from the Zeeman effect (a magnetic field) and the Stark effect (static electric fields). 56. In total, eleven different visual effects companies worked on the film. 57. (At around one hour and thirty minutes) As Justin Hammer is introducing each group of Hammer Drones, the anthem of each respective branch of the military plays in the background: The U.S. Army's "The Army Goes Rolling Along (The Caisson Song)", the U.S. Navy's "Anchors Aweigh", the U.S. Air Force's "The U.S. Air Force (Into the Wild Blue Yonder)", and the U.S. Marine Corps' "Marines' Hymn". 58. Al Pacino was considered for the role of Justin Hammer. 59. Chapter Three of Phase One in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 60. Tony Stark's artificial intelligence "J.A.R.V.I.S." stands for "Just A Rather Very Intelligent System". 61. During Stark's birthday party, partygoers begin throwing items into the air for a drunk Stark (suited up as Iron Man) to blast. One girl throws a watermelon, and Stark comments "Oh, you want the Gallagher?" This is a reference to Gallagher, whose famous Sledge-O-Matic comedy routine splatters produce (usually juicy items, like watermelons and tomatoes) onto the front rows of the audience. 62. Jon Favreau's first sequel as a director, and as an actor. 63. Five authentic vintage formula one race cars were used in the Monaco race. Among them is a 1976 Lotus type 77 owned by collector Chris Locke. In the starting list of drivers shown on the television, one of the drivers names is Locke while another is Chapman, after Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus and their F1 team manager until his death in 1982. 64. Composer John Debney recorded the score in only four days. 65. Renowned animator Genndy Tartakovsky was hired to storyboard the film's action sequences. 66. The idea of being poisoned by the suit is a reference to the Mark XVI in the comics, where Tony had to abandon it because it created health problems. 67. The first appearance in the cinematic Marvel comic book universe of Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. 68. Edward Norton was rumored to reprise his The Incredible Hulk (2008) role as Bruce Banner, in a cameo for this film, as a foreshadowing of The Avengers (2012). 69. Eliza Dushku actively campaigned for the role of Natasha Romanov a.k.a. Black Widow. 70. According to the January 2012 Air & Space Magazine, Tony Stark's character was also inspired by South African-born (SpaceX and PayPal co-founder) Elon Musk. A statue of Iron Man, complete with company ID, "stands guard" at SpaceX, along with a Battlestar Galactica (2004) Cylon. 71. Tim Robbins was considered to play Howard Stark, Tony's father. Robbins appeared as a father character in Green Lantern (2011), a superhero film based on a DC Comics character. 72. Six Formula One cars were provided by the Historic Grand Prix Association. 73. Sam Rockwell (Justin Hammer) and Leslie Bibb (Christine Everhart) have been in a relationship since about 2008. In this movie, they play against their real-life romance, as journalist Everhart is especially unimpressed by Hammer, both as a potential romantic partner and as a story for her magazine. 74. The film's plot has a resemblance to a storyline in the comics called "Armor Wars II", which was published in 1990. In the comic, a man named Kearson DeWitt accused Tony Stark of stealing his father's designs, and uses technology given to him by Desmond and Phoebe Marrs, owners of the Marrs Corporation, to infect Tony with a techno-organic virus, and eventually battles Stark in a large armored suit. James Rhodes also helps Stark in the final battle. In the film, DeWitt is replaced by Ivan Vanko, and the Marrs siblings are replaced with Justin Hammer. The comic story also utilized remote-controlled empty armored suits, which appear in Iron Man 3 (2013). 75. (At around fourteen minutes) Tony is surprised to see Rhodey (Don Cheadle) at the Senate hearing. Rhodey says to Tony, "Look, it's me. I'm here. Deal with it. Let's move on." This is not only Rhodey speaking to Tony, but could also be perceived as Cheadle speaking subliminally to the viewers making a fuss about Rhodes being re-cast between Iron Man (2008) and this movie. 76. Principal photography took place over seventy-one days. 77. The only solo Iron Man film (as opposed to superhero team up films) that doesn't end (post-credit scenes excluded) with Tony Stark saying "I am Iron Man". 78. Features two Oscar winners: Gwyneth Paltrow and Sam Rockwell; and four Oscar nominees: Robert Downey, Jr., Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, and Samuel L. Jackson. 79. CAMEO: DJ AM: (At around fifty-three minutes) The D.J. at Tony's birthday party is DJ-AM, who died after principal photography had wrapped, making this his last film project. During the end credits, the film is dedicated to him. 80. CAMEO: Elon Musk: (At around twenty-seven minutes) Musk was introduced to Stark in the restaurant in Monaco. 81. CAMEO: Stan Lee: (At around ten minutes) The man wearing suspenders, who Stark identifies as Larry King. 82. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Garry Shandling reprised the role of Senator Stern. In Winter Soldier, it is revealed that Stern is a sleeper Agent of Hydra, which explains why the character was trying so hard to take Tony Stark's Iron Man suits and technology in this movie. 83. Scenes in the film explicitly foreshadow The Avengers (2012): -When Tony goes through his father's case, an old Captain America comic book can be seen inside. Later, he uses Captain America's shield (a prototype) to build a reactor. -When Tony is watching the old reels of his father, and going through his notebooks, one of the sketches is of a Tesseract, drawn in the form of a so-called "Schlegel diagram". The Tesseract is a very important item in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and The Avengers (2012). -News report of The Incredible Hulk (2008)'s campus battle is seen near the end of the film. -Stark and Fury discuss Stark's membership throughout the film. -Agent Coulson finds Thor's hammer in a crater in the post-credits scene. 84. The film's basic storyline (Stark must cope with the government confiscating his armor, and a mid-life crisis of depression and alcoholism, with his manipulative rival Justin Hammer scheming to ruin him) is inspired by the Iron Man comic "Demon in a Bottle". 85. The map locations on the monitors in the S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters at the end, correspond to characters and events from the Marvel Comic books. The location in Africa, is a reference to Black Panther. Other locations refer to Thor, Captain America, Hulk, and others. 86. The post credit scene shows Mjolnir, a hammer in the open land of New Mexico. Teasing the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor (2011). 87. The film takes place 13 years after Captain Marvel (2019).
2018.09.05 19:33 DariusFontaine50 Titles for 50 Days
As of today there are 50 days left until the release date of Red Dead Redemption 2, so here are 50 movies and shows to get you excited for our new adventure: The Arrival of a Train (Lumière Brothers-1896) A train arrives at La Ciotat station. The Great Train Robbery (Edwin S. Porter-1903) A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels. Stagecoach (John Ford-1939) A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process. My Darling Clementine (John Ford-1946) The Earps battle the Clantons at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. Red River (Howard Hawks-1948) Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston-1948) Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. High Noon (Fred Zinnemann-1952) A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train. Shane (George Stevens-1953) A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settlerancher conflict forces him to act. The Searchers (John Ford-1956) An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches. 3:10 to Yuma (Delmer Daves-1957) Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks-1959) A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy. The Magnificent Seven (John Sturges-1960) An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford-1962) A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed. A Fistful of Dollars (Sergio Leone-1964) A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge. The Sons of Katie Elder (Henry Hathaway-1965) Ranch owner Katie Elder's four sons determine to avenge the murder of their father and the swindling of their mother. Major Dundee (Sam Peckinpah-1965) In 1864, due to frequent Apache raids from Mexico into the U.S., a Union officer decides to illegally cross the border and destroy the Apache, using a mixed army of Union troops, Confederate POWs, civilian mercenaries, and scouts. Django (Sergio Corbucci-1966) A coffin-dragging gunslinger and a half-breed prostitute become embroiled in a bitter feud between a Klan of Southern racists and a band of Mexican Revolutionaries. The War Wagon (Burt Kennedy-1967) The story of a man who was shot, robbed and imprisoned who returns to steal a large gold shipment from the man who wronged him. The gold is transported in an armored stage coach, the War Wagon. Hang ‘Em High (Ted Post-1968) When an innocent man barely survives a lynching, he returns as a lawman determined to bring the vigilantes to justice. Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone-1968) A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. True Grit (Henry Hathaway-1969) A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill-1969) Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heals. Their solution - escape to Bolivia. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah-1969) An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. The Valley of Gwangi (Jim O’Connolly-1969) Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out to have an aversion to being shown in public. Another film featuring the stop-action special effects talents of Ray Harryhausen. Duck, You Sucker (Sergio Leone-1971) An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. Westworld (Michael Chrichton-1973) A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. High Plains Drifter (Clint Eastwood-1973) A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago and is hired to bring the townsfolk together in an attempt to hold off three outlaws who are on their way. Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks-1974) In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. The Shootist (Don Siegel-1976) A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity. The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood-1976) A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family. Silverado (Lawrence Kasdan-1985) A misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices which exist in a small town. Young Guns (Christopher Cain-1988) A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted. Lonesome Dove (Simon Wincer-1989) Two former Texas Rangers renew their spirit of adventure as they and several other residents of a small Texas town join a cattle drive to the Montana Territory. Back to the Future Part III (Robert Zemeckis-1990) Enjoying a peaceable existence in 1885, Doctor Emmet Brown is about to be killed by Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen. Marty McFly travels back in time to save his friend. *I just want to point out that the title number in the url ends with 88 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (Steven Spielberg-1991) A family of Emigre mice decide to move out to the west, unaware that they are falling into a trap perpetrated by a smooth talking cat. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood-1992) Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. Tombstone (George Cosmatos-1993) A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating. Wyatt Earp (Lawrence Kasdan-1994) The story of Wyatt Earp as he interacts and battles other famous figures of the Wild West era. Tall Tale (Jeremiah Chechik-1995) A young boy draws on the inspiration of legendary western characters to find the strength to fight an evil land baron in the old west who wants to steal his family's farm and destroy their idyllic community. Shanghai Noon (Tom Dey-2000) A Chinese man travels to the Wild West to rescue a kidnapped Princess. After teaming up with a train robber, the unlikely duo takes on a Chinese traitor and his corrupt boss. Deadwood (HBO-2004) A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime. The Proposition (John Hillcoat-2005) A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik-2007) Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader. 3:10 to Yuma (James Mangold-2007) A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher. No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers-2007) Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. True Grit (Coen Brothers-2010) A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer. Cowboys and Aliens (Jon Favreau-2011) A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way. Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino-2012) With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino-2015) In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters. Westworld (HBO-2016) Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence. Godless (Netflix-2017) In the 1880s American West murderous outlaw gang leader Frank Griffin hunts for ex-protege Roy Goode. Frank's chase leads him to La Belle, New Mexico - a town inhabited, after a mining disaster, almost entirely by women. Add any more of your favorites below.
2018.08.07 05:27 kittehgoesmeowWhat A Day: Enemy at the Gates by Priyanka 'Who's Brian Beutler' Aribindi, & Crooked Media (8/6/18)
Alex Jones responds to being banned from the Internet —A video Alex Jones posted on the Internet.
"My Wonderful Son"
On Sunday morning, President Trump publicly admitted that the 2016 meeting in Trump Tower between Don Jr., and Russians with ties to the Kremlin was, in fact, “to get information on an opponent.” “Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!,” he tweeted. First of all, it is illegal to accept help from a foreign government in this way, so let’s just get this out of the way:
It’s a crime for a U.S. presidential campaign to receive or solicit anything of value from any foreign entity.
It’s a crime to conspire to commit the aforementioned crimes.
Also, it should be a crime to think we’re dumb enough to believe it was about adoptions.
This also destroys a year’s worth of lies from the Trump camp claiming that this meeting was collusion-free. When knowledge of the meeting first became public in July of 2017, Trump dictated a statement that Don Jr., issued, which claimed the meeting was held to discuss adoption policy between the U.S. and Russia. Bullshit detectors went off long before the New York Times published emails between Trump Jr. and Rob Goldstone, the man who arranged the meeting. The emails were clear: The meeting was held to give the Trump camp politically damaging information on Clinton. The president’s legal team and the #MAGA media have pivoted to the “collusion isn’t a crime” defense. Instead of claiming “no collusion,” as Trump often tweets, they’re painting this as something that’s “totally legal,” and happens “all the time.” Narrator: It’s not, it doesn’t, and it shouldn’t.
Trump signed an executive order re-imposing sanctions against Iran that had previously been lifted as part of the Iran nuclear deal. According to National Security Adviser John Bolton, the US is not trying to change the regime in Iran, but instead pressure the government to act differently regarding its nuclear weapons program. From Crooked contributor Ben Rhodes: “Alienating the rest of the world, including our closest allies, is precisely the wrong way to try and pressure Iran.” Apple became the first company to remove Alex Jones and five of Infowars’ six podcasts from their platforms. Spotify and YouTube followed suit, as did Facebook, which permanently unpublished multiple pages operated by Jones and Infowars. Even Pinterest gave him the boot, so users can no longer pin his vile conspiracy theories alongside gluten-free dessert recipes and DIY decor inspo. Bummer. "It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation,” answered Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, when asked to weigh in on Trump’s comments against James over the weekend. After watching a rerun of James’ recent interview with Don Lemon on Friday night, Trump tweeted insults at both men, demeaning their intelligence and saying he preferred Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan, however, prefers LeBron. Speaking of, James is also producing a three-part documentary for Showtime about the role of athletes in today’s culture and how it’s evolved, entitled “Shut Up and Dribble.” How’s that, Laura Ingraham? Against the advice of his aides, Trump endorsed Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a “strong and early supporter of his,” for Kansas governor over the Republican incumbent. Kobach is infamous for pushing unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and swindling towns into paying hefty legal fees for his work defending anti-immigration legislation. All around great guy. As the trial of Trump’s former campaign manageostrich-coat aficionado Paul Manafort continues, his former associate Rick Gates testified that the two of them “committed crimes” together. He’s also admitted to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort at the same time. If you can’t trust your partner in crime not to commit separate crimes against you, who can you trust? PepsiCo’s longtime CEO Indra Nooyi is stepping down later this year, after twelve years at the head of the company. She is the latest woman Fortune 500 CEO to depart her post, and is one of only three women of color currently leading a Fortune 500 company. Beyoncé’s September Vogue cover is here, the first to be shot by a black photographer. The photographs, shot by 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell, are stunning. Beyoncé also wrote personal stories to accompany each picture. It’s good. A legal defense fund started to help Trump’s staffers with legal fees associated with constantly being dragged into court over their boss’s penchant for crimes pulled over $200,000 in the second quarter of 2018, with the vast majority of the funds coming from three of the president’s wealthy friends. Up there with the Harvard endowment on the list of worthy causes. Vice President Mike Pence once argued that a president should be held to the highest moral standards when determining if he or she ('she' is our inclusion, certainly not his) should resign from office. Please, try not to let your eyes roll back into your brain. Fox News’ “hard news” shows have a “soft ban” on appearances from noted Hungarian fugitive/former Trump administration official Seb Gorka. Sad!
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On The Wilderness: In Chapter 7, “The Newcomers,” Jon Favreau asks what’s the best way to fight for a humane immigration policy? He speaks with immigration advocates about the decisions that shaped the debate and where the Democratic Party should go from here. Listen →
You've Gotta Be Fucking Kidding Me
The massive #MeToo movement has taken hold in nearly every industry and facet of society, including politics, but apparently not for many legislators around the country, who stand accused of misconduct, harassment, and more, but are still on the 2018 ballot. Read →
What In The World?
Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro survived an assassination attempt this weekend via what his administration says were armed drones during a televised ceremony in the nation’s capital on Saturday. They blamed the attack on far-right opposition and the outgoing leadership of neighboring Colombia, but it has raised concerns that Maduro will use it as an excuse to come down hard against opposition. Reminder: Venezuela has been in crisis over the past three years, with people starving, facing violence, and fleeing the country while Maduro has held onto power.
Very few things have have given me as much joy as reading about bike aficionado LeBron James.
2018.07.31 07:05 kittehgoesmeowWhat A Day: Yes Collusion by Priyanka Aribindi, Brian Beutler & Crooked Media (7/30/18)
"My client didn't do it, and even if he did it, it's not a crime."—Rudy Giuliani “defending” Trump on Fox. Are we sure this guy passed the Bar?
Objection: So What?
President Trump’s allies, including his criminal defense lawyeguy who looks like he asks for a to-go box at a buffet, Rudy Giuliani, are test-driving a new defense. Instead of denying that Trump and the Russians colluded, they’re arguing that any such collusion wouldn’t be illegal and might not even be that bad. In multiple cable-news appearances Monday, Giuliani entertained the possibility that Trump “colluded” with Russia, but that because “collusion” is not a relevant legal term of art, he can’t be guilty of a crime. “I have been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime. Collusion is not a crime,” he said on Fox News. "I don't even know if that's a crime—colluding about Russians,” he told CNN. “The hacking is the crime. The president didn't hack! He didn't pay them for hacking." Fun code of ethics! In the same CNN interview, he denied that Trump “participate[d] in any meeting about the Russia transaction.” (Transaction is an interesting word! What was the transaction exactly?) This line of argument has been gaining traction on the right, including among elected Republicans.
“If he’s proven to have not told the whole truth about the fact that campaigns look for dirt, and if someone offers it, you listen to them, nobody’s going to be surprised,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) told Fox News this weekend. “There are some things in politics that you just take for granted.” Guess whose district is also in the Crooked 8 →
“Look, I don’t think—it’s bad if campaigns are turning to foreign governments for dirt,” Trump apologist and former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy said last week. “It’s not collusion. It’s not something that’s impeachable; it’s icky, but that’s what this is.”
The Federalist—a right-wing propaganda site that’s basically Breitbart after a semester at Liberty University—has also lined up behind the view that collusion is fine.
The right is preparing to defend Trump for having worked with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton because Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen seems to have turned on his former boss/father figure. Cohen reportedly is prepared to testify that Trump knew about the infamous Trump Tower meeting, where Trump officials met Russian agents for dirt on Hillary Clinton, in advance, and approved it. According to Giuliani, Cohen is pitching another story, which places Cohen and other members of the campaign in a strategy session to prepare for the meeting with the Russians. Giuliani has been traveling from cable studio to cable studio giving bonkers interviews where he has a) called Cohen a liar and b) begun to lay the groundwork for new incriminating information about Trump to prove Cohen right. As he said today, "My client didn't do it, and even if he did it, it's not a crime." Rudy wants the media to treat the Trump-Russia conspiracy as normal politics. It’s not. And they know it! That’s why Trump and his allies have been lying about this meeting for a year.
The Trump administration wants to bypass Congress to give a $100 billion tax cut to the wealthy by reducing the capital gains tax to account for inflation—a move that’s long been on the wishlist of conservatives and wealthy investors. This tax is paid almost entirely by the nation’s highest earners, and analysis indicates that 97 percent of the benefits of the administration’s plans would go to the top 10 percent of earners, with nearly two-thirds benefitting the top 0.1 percent. After pretending (again) to have deeply-held principles, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says he will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh also met with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a vulnerable Senate Democrat, for two hours today, bringing the total number of senators he’s met with up to 39. Meanwhile, Republicans are resisting Democratic demands that the White House turn over Kavanaugh’s communications as a top staffer to President George W. Bush, which is completely fucking outrageous. Trump says he’s open to meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: "No preconditions. They want to meet, I'll meet." From Crooked contributor Ben Rhodes: “President Trump isolated the US and sacrificed the high ground when he pulled out of the Iran Deal, despite the fact that his own intelligence community and Secretary of Defense said that Iran was complying and our closest allies were united in supporting the deal. Rather than erratic Twitter diplomacy, he’d be better off listening to his own experts and America’s allies by sticking to a deal that accomplishes the goal of preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and avoiding another war in the Middle East.” President Trump is threatening to shut down the government ahead of midterm elections if Congress does not fund a wall on the southern border. Keep that in mind when the government shuts down and Republicans, who control the entire government, pretend it’s the Democrats’ fault. Numerous women have accused CBS CEO and Chairman Les Moonves of sexual assault and harassment in Ronan Farrow’s latest New Yorker article. Ahead of its release, CBS announced an internal investigation into Moonves’ conduct, and today the company’s board decided to allow Moonves to remain in his position while the allegations are investigated. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she thinks she has at least five more years on the Supreme Court in her, and holy hell do we hope she’s right. Following YouTube’s lead, Facebook has blocked Alex Jones of InfoWars from posting content for 30 days, finding that four of his videos also violated their community standards. Leading from waaaaay behind. According to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Paul Manafort earned more than $60 million as a political consultant in Ukraine. Must have been some pretty incredible advice! A huge Northern California wildfire, which began as the result of a vehicle’s mechanical failure, and has spread rapidly amid high temperatures and heavy winds, has killed six people and destroyed hundreds of homes and buildings. Beyoncé will reportedly be on the cover of the September issue of Vogue, and editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has reportedly given her an “unprecedented” level of control, including over the cover itself and the photographs of her that appear inside the magazine. She has selected 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell for the project, who will become the first black photographer to shoot a Vogue cover.
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On The Wilderness: In Chapter 6, “The Big We,” Jon Favreau follows up on last week’s episode about race and the Democratic Party by asking how Democrats can build a multiracial coalition that adds up to an electoral majority, and whether it’s necessary or possible for them to win back voters they’ve lost. Listen →
Under the Radar
“The age of the 3D-printed guns in America is here.” Defense Distributed will make a template to 3D print a gun widely available online starting this Wednesday, August 1, after efforts to block the organization failed. This means untraceable guns without serial numbers will be available to those without permits and background checks. Terrifying. Eight states have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for allowing the organization to move forward, while 21 state attorneys general have urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to withdraw from the previous settlement with the organization.
You've Gotta Be Fucking Kidding Me
The former personnel chief at the Federal Emergency Management Agency who resigned two weeks ago is under investigation for creating an environment that encouraged sexual harassment, by hiring his friends, along with women he and his colleagues could target as sexual partners, and promoting them without the proper paperwork.
New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger accepted a meeting with Donald Trump earlier this month at the White House’s request. It was supposed to be off the record until Trump tweeted about it misleadingly on Sunday morning. With Trump, it’s always a trap.
Did You See That Thing?
Trump reportedly joked that he "could've had Tom Brady" as a son-in-law, but "instead, I got Jared Kushner." 😂 Poor Jared. It must be deflating.
Is That Hope I Feel?
LeBron James may have relocated to Los Angeles, but not without leaving his mark on his hometown of Akron, Ohio, where the public “I Promise School” he opened for at-risk students held its first day of classes today. In addition to a longer school year and activities to occupy students, the school provides services to students whose parents are struggling to provide, and offers job placement and a food bank to those parents. In a nod to James’ own childhood, each child will also receive a bike to encourage them to explore. Read →
2018.07.15 20:00 countygeneralThe Van Jones Show: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Pod Save America Co-Host Jon Favreau, Van in the Van with David Urban (July 14, 2018)
Good evening. I'm Van Jones. Welcome to the VAN JONES SHOW. This time in Los Angeles, California, we have the mayor himself, Eric Garcetti is in the building tonight. I can't believe it. Such a big honor. Listen. You guys know who he is because you live here. But if you have never heard of Eric Garcetti, get ready. This guy already runs a city as a size of a country. And some people think he may someday run the country. Maybe as soon as 2020. So I'm gonna ask him about that. Also, if the anti-Trump resistance had an official podcast, it would have to Pod Save America. It's one of the most successful, digital dentures ever. And one of the big reasons it is so successful is going to be here tonight. The great Jon Favreau is going to join us on this stage on the VAN JONES SHOW. Plus, I get back in my van. That's right, Van in the van. That's what I do. And I head for Pennsylvania. This time, I'm going visit my on-air sparring partner, David Urban in his hometown. I want to see how is this Trump revolution pairing, how stuff going in the industrial heartland. You really going to want to see what happened when we got out there together. Link
2018.03.09 11:48 kittehgoesmeowWhat A Day: Mutually Assured Introduction by Priyanka Aribindi, Brian Beutler & Crooked Media (3/8/18)
A Tete-a-tete To Regret
President Trump has agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by May to discuss “the goal of denuclearization,” a South Korean National Security Adviser announced tonight. The White House said the date and location of the meeting are TBD, but Trump tweeted “meeting being planned!” This comes after North Korea “clearly stated” its willingness to negotiate with the U.S. on denuclearization earlier this week. Tonight, South Korea also noted Kim Jong Un “pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests” until the meeting. In the interim, the White House said “all sanctions and maximum pressure [on the regime] must remain.” The news came as a surprise to virtually everyone—not even the Pentagon knew what Trump was referring to when he teased the announcement beforehand. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had said “we’re a long ways from negotiations” earlier in the day. If he follows through with the meeting, Trump will become the first sitting American president to meet with a North Korean leader, marking a major diplomatic and personal shift. If you’ll recall, he referred to Kim Jong Un as “little rocket man” just six months ago. Here’s how North Korea is reporting it: From Tommy Vietor: Getting a meeting is the easy part, it's what North Korea has wanted for ages. Getting what the U.S. wants out of it is the hard part. It’s disconcerting that Trump’s response is based on South Korea’s interpretation of the meeting. The details are VERY important and North Korea has a long track record of lies and manipulation. So right now, the real question is whether it's an intelligent move to meet at this level when it's doubtful that there has been any preparation or diplomacy.”
Oh, Also Tariffs
Trump announced today that his proposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum will go into effect on March 23. Mexico and Canada, which account for a combined 25% of steel imports, are exempted from the tariffs, and all countries have reportedly been invited to negotiate exclusions of their own. What will it take to get those countries off the tariffs list? A Mar-a-Lago membership? Perhaps a loan to prop up the Kushner empire?? Stay tuned! Reminder: China and the European Union have both threatened retaliatory action should the tariffs be implemented. Bad news for every American business and job that depends on exports to these regions. Lawmakers, like Trump’s staff, had no idea what Trump would actually propose today, and many issued statements against the tariffs. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said that he will introduce legislation to nullify the tariffs—an important reminder that this is only happening because Congress is allowing it. This White House is run like a junior prom committee with nukes. Meanwhile, 11 other nations, including American allies, signed an updated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the agreement upon taking office, so although TPP was our idea, those nations will now get to write global trade rules without us.
Trump’s Interior Department is spending $139,000 to upgrade doors in Secretary Ryan Zinke’s office—a revelation that comes right on the heels of Ben Carson’s $31,000 dining set at HUD. From Dan Pfeiffer: “This is the sort of corruption that enrages voters and flips the House and Senate, but it requires aggressive, sustained and creative paid and earned messaging.” Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and 21 other GOP senators are reintroducing a measure that will allow opponents of same-sex marriage to ignore federal anti-discrimination rules. According to First amendment litigator Greg Lipper, this “First Amendment Defense Act” violates the trifecta of the Free Speech Clause, the Establishment Clause, and the Equal Protection Clause. If Republicans in Washington were nicer to gay people, maybe they’d have fewer interior decorating scandals. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is overhauling leadership at the VA after a new investigation revealed “failed leadership” put patients at risk. Apparently, that “failed leadership” doesn’t include him using taxpayer funds to take a trip to Europe with his wife, and then having his chief of staff forge documents to justify the expense. The White House is considering filling Gary Cohn’s vacant position with Andy Puzder, who was forced to withdraw from consideration to be the Trump administration’s labor secretary after his ex-wife’s abuse allegations resurfaced. In most White Houses this would be disqualifying, but in Trump’s, it gets you a provisional security clearance (hi, Rob Porter). Trump’s former Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell returned to Goldman Sachs, and apparently Goldman employees aren’t thrilled. Neither is Jon Lovett, who wrote an open letter to Dina. Keep a spot in that Goldman revolving door warm for Gary Cohn too. Sam Nunberg now plans to fully comply with Special Counsel Mueller, saying it wasn’t that hard to find his emails after all. Mueller witnesses—they’re just like us! A judge is recommending that Trump mute Twitter followers, instead of blocking them, to avoid a First Amendment lawsuit. Her analysis appears to derive from the Constitution’s RTs ≠ endorsements clause.
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On Crooked Conversations: Jon Favreau asks former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power and legal scholar Cass Sunstein how safe our democracy is, and Power describes hopeful acts of resistance during some of our nation’s darkest hours.Listen→
Overlooked: On International Women’s Day, the New York Times is celebrating the lives of 15 groundbreaking women whose obituaries never made the paper’s pages in their times. Read →
The New Dumbest Thing I Have Ever Heard
"I haven’t put a second’s thought into this. It’s not on my radar screen." —Paul Ryan, staying true to his fundamental weakness and cynicism, when asked about Trump and Stormy Daniels. Trump is reportedly not thrilled that Sarah Huckabee Sanders indirectly confirmed that he is a party to a non-disclosure agreement meant to silence a porn star with whom he had an affair. Looks like Ryan won’t be making that mistake.
New polling shows 65% of Americans would support a national gun ownership database to register every gun in the country. Among gun owners, a majority (52%) of those who aren’t affiliated with the NRA also feel this way. The majority of NRA members (69%) and 83% of the American public agree that comprehensive background checks for gun buyers should be required.
2017.09.07 21:56 Spartan5961 Month after my 5 year relationship, how it's been going and what I've been doing. (Long)
Hey guys, I just want to start by saying that this will be pretty long, I don't know if you guys will actually read this, but it will be pretty therapeutic to write, and I gained some relief by reading the stories of others. Honestly I have been waiting for this day, exactly 1 month after my girlfriend left me, just so I can write about how this last month has gone for me. I plan to write a new update every month to keep track of the differences, this one will probably be the longest because I am also going to explain the relationship a bit. I am a 26 year old Man and I met my girlfriend when I was 21 and she was 18. Just 10 days before our fifth anniversary she broke up with me. She texted me that she wanted me to come over to her house to talk, which of course I knew was a bad thing, she had only ever done this once before, a year ago, and that was because she thought that I was losing interest, which I wasn't. Just like everyone else here she was my best friend, someone that I dared to share my intimate side with and fall in love with. Unfortunately I didn't see this coming at all and as she read her letter to me crying I sat there in shock wondering where the hell it all went wrong. She said to me "while its obvious that we love each other very much I don't think we are soulmates". After talking so much about the future and marriage this just blew me away. We had our differences yes but we so seldom disagreed, we barely argued or fought, we were always mature and respectful to each other. It's astounding to see how problematic some of the relationships of my friends are only realize that they are still in it and mine, that I thought was going so well was over. Week One This is as best as I can describe it what hell on earth must feel like. You are all familiar with it because you have either felt it or still feel it now. The night she broke up with me I slept maybe an hour over the course of the whole night, and I must of eaten a hundred calories in 5 days. I lost 10 pounds almost it seems like over night. She gave me the note she wrote to me and I couldn't stop just going over it, and when I wasn't reading it I would just stare at it folded up on the desk as if it was a nightmare that would end. It's odd having someone you plan to spend to rest of your life with, someone you talk to every day, someone you have elected share all your weird quirks with, and then all of a sudden you aren't meant to speak to them again. The day after she broke it off I decided I had to try and fight for her back. I wrote my own letter and asked her if she would give me a chance to say my piece to her. A couple days after the break up she agreed to meet with me, and so we sat in my car at the park. I bared my soul to her, I told her that even though her fears of the future are valid, everyone has fears, and that we could fight them together. I was absolutely sure that I could convince her. After I finished reading the note (which was difficult through all the sobbing) I asked her to give us one more chance. She said "I'm sorry, I can't" I asked why not and she said very sternly "I can't okay??" she then got out of my car closed the door and drove away. Shock, dismay, confusion, sadness, frustration, anger, disappointment. What happened?!?! Just the day before we spent the whole day together, getting breakfast, going to the movies, heading to a friends house to watch the new Game of thrones episode, you told me you loved me before you went home. And just like that you ended it. Week 2 Week 2 was not a lot easier than week 1, it was still a living hell, I wrote her a goodbye letter. Crazy huh? You are in love making plans of the future one day, then the next day you are saying goodbye forever, if that doesn't break someone I don't know what does. Week 2 I made the decision that I hated feeling this way and that I wanted to get better. I decided to read this subreddit and and ton of articles for advice on how to feel better, and vowed to follow all the advice I could, and I have done just that. I have gone to the gym daily since the second week (which is easy for me I have been a gym goer for 4 years). I signed up for a drawing class a piano class, and an animation class as I am an aspiring animator. I immediately started looking for jobs in other countries: Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, only to realize that they aren't going to take you unless you have a ton of experience under your belt. At this point I am going through the same things that everyone else is going through, I dream about her every night, I wake up only to realize my life has been flipped upside down into some kind of hell, and I think about different scenarios throughout the day, the what if's and what not. I disabled my facebook and unfollowed her from Instagram and snapchat. Not that it really mattered she barely ever posted anything, but I have like 40 of her family members on my facebook, and her dad posted a picture of all of them at the park. It killed me, it wasn't even a big deal, just a stupid park picture, but man did it hurt. So I decided I am done with most social media until I can go onto facebook and not care about the things I see her in (this might take a while). Week 3 I got some advice from another redditor who had posted in breakups four years ago. I thought it was crazy he was going through a tough break up when my relationship was just getting started. He gave me all sorts of advice, but with him and many others the biggest advice has been to latch onto friends and family. I have done exactly this, I have seen my friends almost daily since this happened. I have always been there for them through tough times and they have been more than ready to be there for me through this tough time. The redditor told me the advice and said to me "If all else fails watch Swingers". A 1996 film starring a young Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, about what we are going through, a tough break up and Jon's healing process. I felt instantly better after the movie was over, it was amazing, the next day which will have been about exactly three weeks later was the most normal I felt after the relationship. The emotions were still around of course, but I was doing my absolute best to accept my new reality. She did so many drawings for me over the years, it killed me to take them down, she made me an album every year on our anniversary too. I looked through each one one more time and gave all of these things to my parents. They have been so strong for me, they told me whatever I want to give to them I can give and they will put away for me at which point I can choose to look at these things one day or not, its up to me. My parents are awesome. Seriously, maybe give it some time, but watch Swingers. Week 4 In the last month there has been only three full days that I have not cried over this situation, I have never been one that is very good at hiding his emotions. I got very angry yesterday with her, why the hell didn't she think that it would be a good idea to MAYBE talk to me before ruining my life? She told me these things the night she broke up with me about her fears of the future and things she wanted to do with her life. She didn't trust me to support her or possibly go on these journeys with her, she thought we were growing apart. What she didn't understand is that I didn't care where I lived or when I got my dream job, I was with my dream girl and I would have done anything to keep her around. But you know what? She wouldn't have done everything to keep me around. I guess my mistake was loving someone more than they loved me. And if she thinks for a second she loved me the same then that's bullshit, she would have fought for it, she would have talked to her partner of five years before blindsiding him... I guess it doesn't matter now does it, none of it matters. There is no point in wondering why she didn't talk to me first, or wondering if I had said certain things at certain times, perhaps this was always going to happen. Doesn't make it hurt any less. I think the things I will miss the most are just the little cute things she did. The things that I never told anyone about that I loved, the laugh she did if I was slightly tickling her, there was a noise she would make if she saw something cute on the internet. I miss touching her, I always touched her, she was always so soft and delicate to me, but so damn strong willed. We always talked about how perfect together we were... Last night my friend was in the passenger seat of the car and noticed a heart that she had drawn on the inside of my windshield in the top right corner. It had been there for at least a year and I loved it, I never washed it and I would yell at people who noticed it not to touch it. I have been reluctant to clean it off, it was a part of her and a part of me. Last night he noticed and he held an alcoholic cloth to it and said "you tell me right now if you want me to clean this off or not" I said "just do it..." he wiped it off and I drove away crying all over again. The things we find important in our lives... So a month in, and I am doing my best to accept my new life, I am following all the advice being given about bettering myself and doing the best I can not to feel this way. I am not interested in wallowing in self pity, I have not taken a blow to my self confidence or self esteem, I know that I did everything I could in that relationship, and I will never have to wonder "what if" because I didn't break it off. I have a lot of life to live and a lot of love to give, and I know that someday I will find someone willing to give that love back. If you have read this far then I appreciate you, you're awesome, I'm awesome, and one day we will find happiness again. It's okay to feel sad, let the emotions out when they want to come out, and by god please latch onto your friends, become a yes man and go out whenever they ask. I miss my girl very much, but this life is about me, my happiness is what's important right now and I aim to be happy again as soon as possible. If anyone has any questions for me or just wants to talk feel free to PM me, I did that to a couple of people, and just typing out what I was feeling helped a lot. Good luck my friends, we are all in this together, and we will come out better on the other side.
Haunting Of Cellblock 11 (Director: Andrew P. Jones)
Healing (Director: Craig Monahan)
Heaven Knows What (Directors: Ben Safdie + Joshua Safdie)
Hector And The Search For Happiness (Director: Peter Chelsom)
Helen Alone (Director: Henrik Bech Poulsen)
Hellion (Director: Kat Chandler)
Hollows Grove (Director: Craig Efros)
Honeymoon (Director: Leigh Janiak)
Horrible Bosses II (Director: Sean Anders)
House At The End Of The Drive (Director: David Worth)
I Origins (Director: Mike Cahill)
Iceman (Director: Wing-Cheong Law)
In Order Of Disappearance (Director: Hans Petter Moland)
In The Blood (Director: John Stockwell)
In The Courtyard (Director: Pierre Salvadori)
In The Name Of My Daughter (Director: André Téchiné)
In The Name Of The King: The Last Job (Director: Uwe Boll)
Indigenous (Director: Alastair Orr)
Infinitely Polar Bear (Director: Maya Forbes)
Inherent Vice (Director: Paul Thomas Anderson)
It Follows (Director: David Robert Mitchell)
Jarhead II: Field Of Fire (Director: Don Michael Paul)
Jersey Boys (Director: Clint Eastwood)
Jersey Shore Massacre (Director: Paul Tarnopol)
John Doe: Vigilante (Director: Kelly Dolen)
John Wick (Director: Chad Stahelski + David Leitch)
Julia (Director: Matthew A. Brown)
Just Before I Go (Director: Courtney Cox)
Kelly & Cal (Director: Jen McGowan)
Kill Me Three Times (Director: Kriv Stenders)
Kill The Messenger (Director: Michael Cuesta)
Kilo Two Bravo (Director: Paul Katis)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (Director: Matthew Vaughn)
Kite (Director: Ralph Ziman)
Kony Montana (Director: Patryk Depa)
Labyrinth Of Lies (Director: Giulio Ricciarelli)
Laggies (Director: Lynn Shelton)
Land Ho! (Directors: Aaron Katz + Martha Stephens)
Lap Dance (Director: Greg Carter)
Last Shift (Director: Anthony DiBlasi)
Learning To Drive (Director: Isabel Coixet)
Leprechaun: Origins (Director: Zach Lipovsky)
Let’s Be Cops (Director: Luke Greenfield)
Leviathan (Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Life After Beth (Director: Jeff Baena)
Life Partners (Director: Susanna Fogel)
Like Sunday, Like Rain (Director: Frank Whaley)
Locker 13 (Directors: Bruce Dellis, Jason Marsden, Matthew Mebane, Adam Montierth + Donovan Montierth)
Lords Of London (Director: Antonio Simoncini)
Lost River (Director: Ryan Gosling)
Love Is Strange (Director: Ira Sachs)
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Lullaby (Director: Andrew Levitas)
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Making The Rules (Director: Jimbo Lee)
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Maps To The Stars (Director: David Cronenberg)
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Matthew 18 (Director: Roy Belfrey)
Mea Culpa (Director: Fred Cavayé)
Men, Women & Children (Director: Jason Reitman)
Mercy (Director: Peter Cornwell)
Mommy (Director: Xavier Dolan)
Monsters: Dark Continent (Director: Tom Green)
Mr. Turner (Director: Mike Leigh)
Muffin Top: A Love Story (Director: Cathryn Michon)
My Man Is A Loser (Director: Mike Young)
Neighbors (Director: Nicholas Stoller)
NightLights (Director: David Midell)
Nightcrawler (Director: Dan Gilroy)
Northmen - A Viking Saga (Director: Claudio Fäh)
Obvious Child (Director: Gillian Robespierre)
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Out Of The Dark (Director: Lluís Quílez)
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (Director: Christopher Landon)
Parts Per Billion (Director: Brian Horiuchi)
Phantom Halo (Director: Antonia Bogdanovich)
Plastic (Director: Julian Gilbey)
Playing It Cool (Director: Justin Reardon)
Predestination (Directors: Michael Spierig + Peter Spierig)
Premature (Director: Dan Beer)
Pride (Director: Matthew Warchus)
Private Number (Director: LazRael Lison)
Puncture Wounds (Director: Giorgio Serafini + James Coyne)
Reasonable Doubt (Director: Peter Howitt)
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Revenge Of The Green Dragons (Directors: Wai-Keung Lau + Andrew Loo)
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Rob The Mob (Director: Raymond De Felitta)
Rosewater (Director: Jon Stewart)
Rudderless (Director: William H. Macy)
Runoff (Director: Kimberly Levin)
SEAL Patrol (Director: Nicholas Aaron Mezzanatto)
Sabotage (Director: David Ayer)
Saint Laurent (Director: Bertrand Bonello)
Samba (Directors: Olivier Nakache + Eric Toledano)
School Dance (Director: Nick Cannon)
Search Party (Director: Scot Armstrong)
Sector 4: Extraction (Director: Olivier Gruner)
See No Evil II (Director: Jen Soska + Sylvia Soska)
Serena (Director: Susanne Bier)
Sex Tape (Director: Jake Kasdan)
She’s Funny That Way (Director: Peter Bogdanovich)
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (Directors: Frank Miller + Robert Rodriguez)
Sins Of Our Youth (Director: Gary Entin)
Skin Trade (Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham)
Small Time (Director: Joel Surnow)
Some Kind Of Beautiful (Director: Tom Vaughan)
Something Wicked (Director: Darin Scott)
Son Of A Gun (Director: Julius Avery)
Space Station 76 (Director: Jack Plotnick)
Stage Fright (Director: Jerome Sable)
Stretch (Director: Joe Carnahan)
Suburban Gothic (Director: Richard Bates, Jr.)
Swelter (Director: Keith Parmer)
T-Rex (Director: Mickey Reece)
Tammy (Director: Ben Falcone)
Tapped Out (Director: Allan Ungar)
Teen Lust (Director: Blaine Thurier)
Tell (Director: J.M.R. Luna)
That Awkward Moment (Director: Tom Gormican)
The Angriest Man In Brooklyn (Director: Phil Alden Robinson)
The Appearing (Director: Daric Gates)
The Bag Man (Director: David Grovic)
The Barber (Director: Basel Owies)
The Blackout (Then There Was) (Director: Louis Mandylor)
The Blood Lands (Director: Simeon Halligan)
The Blue Room (Director: Mathieu Amalric)
The Calling (Director: Jason Stone)
The Captive (Director: Atom Egoyan)
The Connection (Director: Cédric Jimenez)
The Dark Horse (Director: James Napier Robertson)
The Dead Lands (Director: Toa Fraser)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (Director: Ned Benson)
The Drop (Director: Michaël R. Roskam)
The End Of Something (Director: Colin Rivera)
The Equalizer (Director: Antoine Fuqua)
The Forger (Director: Philip Martin)
The Four 3 (Director: Gordon Chan)
The Gambler (Director: Rupert Wyatt)
The Giver (Director: Phillip Noyce)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Director: Wes Anderson)
The Guest (Director: Adam Wingard)
The Homesman (Director: Tommy Lee Jones)
The Humbling (Director: Barry Levinson)
The Hungover Games (Director: Josh Stolberg)
The Interview (Directors: Evan Goldberg + Seth Rogen)
The Judge (Director: David Dobkin)
The Keeping Room (Director: Daniel Barber)
The Last Diamond (137 Karat) (Director: Eric Barbier)
The Living (Director: Jack Bryan)
The Loft (Director: Erik Van Looy)
The Lost Legion (Director: David Kocar + Petr Kubik)
The M Word (Director: Henry Jaglom)
The New Girlfriend (Director: François Ozon)
The November Man (Director: Roger Donaldson)
The One I Love (Director: Charlie McDowell)
The Popcorn Chronicles (Director: Emilio Portes)
The Possession Of Michael King (Director: David Jung)
The Prince (Director: Brian A. Miller)
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The Pyramid (Director: Grégory Levasseu)
The Raid II (Director: Gareth Evans)
The Reckoning (Director: John V. Soto)
The Riot Club (Director: Lone Scherfig)
The Road Within (Director: Gren Wells)
The Rover (Director: David Michôd)
The Salvation (Director: Kristian Levring)
The Scribbler (Director: John Suits)
The Silent Storm (Director: Corinna McFarlane)
The Skeleton Twins (Director Craig Johnson)
The Sound And The Shadow (Director: Justin Paul Miller)
The Suicide Theory (Director: Dru Brown)
The Taking Of Deborah Logan (Director: Adam Robitel)
The Target (Director: Chang)
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)
The Toy Soldiers (Director: Erik Peter Carlson)
The Voices (Director: Marjane Satrapi)
The Water Diviner (Director: Russell Crowe)
The Young Kieslowski (Director: Kerem Sanga)
They Came Together (Director: David Wain)
They Exist (Director: BuAli Shah)
This Is Where I Leave You (Director: Shawn Levy)
Throwdown (Director: Timothy Woodward, Jr.)
Top Five (Director: Chris Rock)
Trash (Directors: Stephen Daldry + Christian Duurvoort)
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