Ok, so I've been holding off on reporting too much about this because it was at wild rumor stage for the past 6 months. Well, there have been some big announcements over the last 24 hrs, so let's review what we know.
[like] an old Western; we have a lot of lone gunmen and sheriffs in town, and this one is very much an ode to things like ‘The Magnificent Seven’ or those great heist pics like ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ where you get all of those colors at the same time, and a true ensemble, and that was the fun of it.... [sic] And then you want that Rat Pack-y kind of vibe of all this crew hanging out, as disparate and as different as they are.”
In the new series, Kendra Saunders is a young woman who is just beginning to learn that she has been repeatedly reincarnated over the centuries. When provoked, her ancient warrior persona manifests itself, along with wings that grow out of her back, earning her the moniker Hawkgirl.
Rip Hunter, is described as a roguish time traveler who hides the strains of being responsible for history itself behind a facade of charm and wit...
We are all a little skeptical about the trend of making live-action versions of Disney classic animated films. I mean, The Rock's skit on SNL last Saturday pretty much nailed it. But on the other hand, Disney announced they just bought a script from FEMALE writers Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek for the story of Hua Mulan - which the animated feature was based on.
No casting or schedule set yet, but who's excited! (Probably not the Huns)
I think we can all agree that The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was not what we all hoped it would be. For those of us who are fans of the Cassandra Claire books (I preferred the Infernal Devices series, personally) we know that the world she created is a pretty fascinating one that lives just under the surface of our reality.
Here's hoping they cast actors with better chemistry for the TV Show than the movie had...
Maisie Williams, known for being Arya on Game of Thrones (and generally being amazing), is going to guest star in Season 9 of Doctor Who!
In a press release from BBC One, Steven Moffat says,
We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.
We love Maisie and couldn't be more excited to see her wit and sass in the mix with Peter Capaldi's rather surly Doctor.
I wasn't a fan of Daniel Craig's Bond until Skyfall. Now I am ALL. IN. on this one!
So, episode 2! This week we get to see the opening credits, which are comic book style in tribute to the shows roots. The graphic novel title sequence give you the basics of the characters in the story line then launches you straight into crime of the week!
This week her part is trying to solve the murder of a famous artist who was stabbed in the eye with a paintbrush. Our friendly neighborhood Detective Babineaux, is looking for quick answers from, Ravi, the coroner and his new "pet psychic." Of course, answers don't come without 'brains' - and a lot of hot sauce.
After a quick brain snack, vision #1 ends up a little X-rated, as Liv sees that the victim/artist was having an affair - which she describes in great and flowery detail. Or what the the detective calls "50 shades of psychic." Which he thinks proves "the wife did it." Period.
Meanwhile, Liv is still dodging Major (her Mr. Perfect ex-fiance) despite the fact he's still clearly in love with her, and nightmaring about the menacing zombie who turned her on the boat.
In the end, we are left more to wonder about Blaine's motives than the who-done-it of the murder mystery (surprise! it was the wife - Detective B. told you so...) - But did Blaine purposely infect people as a power play in the drug underworld? Is he building a zombie gang? Will he try and stop Ravi from trying to cure zombie-ism? Or was all this an accident that a shady underling character is just taking advantage of?
Seeing Neil deGrasse Tyson live was a check off my bucket list I didn't even know I needed - until I found out he was coming to Atlanta. Live, in our very own Fox Theater! I didn't know what to expect from his lecture, only that it was gon’ be good.
And NdGT rocked the house. His stage presence is just as rallying as you’d expect – more so, even. He spoke with eloquence, yes, but he also joked, ranted, made off-collar comments, and even FaceTimed Bill Nye right from our stage (more about that later). You could tell the man was having a blast, and he had the audience eating out of his hand.
Almost everyone there was a die-hard NdGT groupie, save a few he outed from the very beginning: “How many of you were dragged here by someone? Raise your hands.” Only a couple dozen hands went up in a sea of 4,000. “Then you guys may not get this next slide.”
The slide said “PLUTO.” Followed by “(It’s still not a planet).” And then a shot at any Pluto mourners:
But first Tyson started with an even touchier group. He bemoaned the loss of the scientific Golden Age of Islam, of the billions of Muslim minds that are not being put to their optimal scientific use in our modern age. He followed up with a passing comment on the intellectual repression of half of the population over most of history, i.e. women. NdGT just wants everyone to science, man.
He went on to point out that since we sent humans to the moon, the U.S. has experienced a noticeable decline in scientific progress. He blames, among other phenomena, religious steadfastness to erroneous beliefs in the face of scientific evidence, in particular the seeping of religious doctrine into our education system and into politics. He showed us maps of scientific spending per country to see the downward trend in scientific research in the U.S. compared to other parts of the world. This map showed the trend between 1990 and 2001.
At the same time, Tyson made it clear that he supports freedom of religion and freedom of speech. He emphasized that as long as he fulfills his scientific responsibility of alerting religio-politicians to the consequences of their words, they are then welcome to do as they please. NdGT doesn’t want to get involved in politics. “Don’t identify me with anything other than being a scientist, because I’m fricking thinking for myself,” he asserted.
Tyson also touched on environmentalism. He joked that he pictured himself explaining to an alien that we use coal and oil as energy sources – non-renewable resources that cause political turmoil and pollute our breathing air? Silly humans.
He mused that it took going to the moon to start caring about our Earth. He pointed out that the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association were founded in the years following this iconic “Earthrise” photo taken by William Anders of the Apollo 8 mission in 1968.
His message to us, in a nutshell, was this: We can do better. We must do better.
Between his serious points, NdGT made us howl in laughter. As I mentioned above, he FaceTimed Bill Nye the Science Guy during his presentation. Two of the world’s most famous science communicators, together, talking directly to us! Geek heads were exploding left and right. Someone kindly put the call on YouTube here, though it is a little hard to make out everything Bill Nye says (the Fox Theater better step up its wifi game if they want more science talks).
Bill Nye, natch, was wearing a bow tie.
NdGT nearly brought tears to my eyes more than once. He reminded us of the infinitesimal scale of Homo sapiens - both on the level of Earth’s many species, and, of course, on the level of the universe. He showed us pretty pictures of Saturn from the point of view of the Cassini spacecraft, including this “Pale Blue Dot” photo of the Earth from under Saturn’s rings.
A beautiful quote from his role model, Carl Sagan, drove home how small we are in the cosmos.
Tyson’s impassioned response was that studying the unknown is what leads to progress here at home. He cited the applications of magnetic resonance imaging and quantum physics, both developed from physicists’ research of space. He left us with food for thought: Don’t ever assume that studying the unknown is a waste of time, and don’t ever study anything other than what you love.
Having seen him in action, I’m more convinced than ever. If there’s anyone who might be able to lead our generation in changing the world for the better, it’s Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The following is a heap ton of my favorite things - a capella music, The Flash, Firefly, and crowd-sourced films!
As a 'thank you' for Joss Whedon donating “an outstanding amount” for Jesse L. Martin's musical short film kick-starter, The Letter Carrier, he and two of his Flash cast mates sing The Ballad of Serenity - and it is aca-awesome. Enjoy.
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