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Knoxville BrickUniverse LEGO event to showcase local talent – Knoxville News Sentinel

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE The Nimuno Loops project on Indiegogo wants to put Lego blocks in all sorts of exciting places with a flexible Lego-compatible adhesive tape. USA TODAY A LEGO display at a previous BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo. The event will come to Knoxville on Aug. 26 and 27.(Photo: Courtesy of BrickUniverse) When the BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo comes to town next weekend, it will feature a massive…

Silicon Valley’s Nazi Purge Kicks Into Overdrive – Vanity Fair

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Last week, before the white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Airbnb did something few tech companies had done before: it flat-out banned white supremacist users from accessing its platform to rent out rooms or homes around Charlottesville while they attended. C.E.O. Brian Chesky defended the move as a way to censure behavior that is “antithetical to the Airbnb Community Commitment,” and said the company will take action…

Steve Bannon Goes Full Mooch in Bizarre, Unplanned Interview – Vanity Fair

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

With rumors of his imminent ouster percolating in the press, Steve Bannon, the embattled chief strategist and resident “alt-right” ideologue of Donald Trump’s White House, placed a call to an unlikely outlet to vent: The American Prospect, a liberal-progressive magazine that has been highly critical of Trump. “Needless to say, I was a little stunned to get an e-mail from Bannon’s assistant midday Tuesday, just as all hell was breaking…

Syria claims business comeback with international trade fair – ABC News

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Syrian government on Thursday opened the country’s first international trade fair since war broke out in 2011, an event hailed by officials as a “victory” and a sign of renewed confidence in the war torn nation after years of war. The fair is being held in an area few kilometers (miles) away from the rebel-held eastern suburbs of Damascus. The proximity alone underlines Syrian President Bashar Assad’s increasingly confident…

In ‘Defenders,’ Netflix Enlists Marvel Superheroes In Quest For TV Domination – NPR

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Charlie Cox plays a lawyer by day and the costumed Daredevil by night in the Netflix superhero series The Defenders. Netflix hide caption toggle caption Netflix Charlie Cox plays a lawyer by day and the costumed Daredevil by night in the Netflix superhero series The Defenders. Netflix The villains in comic books usually have grandiose master plans, like targeting and defeating an enemy or ruling the world. Netflix, as it’s…

Marvel’s Nick Fury Remains Offscreen, And Perhaps He Should Stay There – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

In this April 20, 2017 photo, Samuel L. Jackson poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP) In an interview with Yahoo Movies, Samuel L. Jackson talked about his sudden disappearance from the Marvel universe. Nick Fury, despite being the character who formed the Avengers, and the glue that held them together, isn’t making an appearance anytime soon. Jackson wasn’t asked to be in Civil War, or,…

Film review: The Dark Tower is a Star Wars cash-in – BBC News

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

When the original Star Wars trilogy concluded in the 1980s, there were quite a few attempts to launch a similar family-friendly science-fiction/fantasy franchise, and The Dark Tower could be mistaken for one of them. It’s apparently set in the present day, but the rumpled fashions and the dated visual effects have a Reagan-era feel to them, and the story has a second-hand clunkiness. If you had watched it on VHS…

The Myth of Jared and Ivanka Meets Charlottesville – Vanity Fair

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Standing before a backdrop of the polished marble and gilded elevators on Tuesday afternoon, President Donald Trump did a full 180 in every sense. A day earlier, he carefully read prepared remarks from a teleprompter in the Diplomatic Room of the White House condemning neo-Nazis, the Klu Klux Klan, and white supremacists. This statement was, in and of itself, a volte-face from this tepid initial response to the violent unrest…

What’s a Major Comic Book Event Even Supposed to Be Anymore? – Gizmodo

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Image: DC Comics/Tyler Kirkham via Twitter Big superhero events are always marketed with promises of permanent status quo changes and shocking developments. The problem is, nobody believes that anymore. As of today, both Marvel and DC Comics are in the process of rolling out new major comic book events that, according to both publishers’ press releases about them, are designed to introduce new developments that are going to change their…

In ‘Defenders,’ Netflix Enlists Marvel Superheroes In Quest For TV Domination – NPR

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Charlie Cox plays a lawyer by day and the costumed Daredevil by night in the Netflix superhero series The Defenders. Netflix hide caption toggle caption Netflix Charlie Cox plays a lawyer by day and the costumed Daredevil by night in the Netflix superhero series The Defenders. Netflix The villains in comic books usually have grandiose master plans, like targeting and defeating an enemy or ruling the world. Netflix, as it’s…

What’s a Major Comic Book Event Even Supposed to Be Anymore? – Gizmodo

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Image: DC Comics/Tyler Kirkham via Twitter Big superhero events are always marketed with promises of permanent status quo changes and shocking developments. The problem is, nobody believes that anymore. As of today, both Marvel and DC Comics are in the process of rolling out new major comic book events that, according to both publishers’ press releases about them, are designed to introduce new developments that are going to change their…

Marvel’s Nick Fury Remains Offscreen, And Perhaps He Should Stay There – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

In this April 20, 2017 photo, Samuel L. Jackson poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP) In an interview with Yahoo Movies, Samuel L. Jackson talked about his sudden disappearance from the Marvel universe. Nick Fury, despite being the character who formed the Avengers, and the glue that held them together, isn’t making an appearance anytime soon. Jackson wasn’t asked to be in Civil War, or,…

A-levels: grades will be fair, UK exam regulator tells students – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

England’s chief exam regulator has pledged that A-level grades awarded to hundreds of thousands of students on Thursday will be fair, despite the more demanding papers and complaints from pupils about out-of-date textbooks and a lack of practice materials. As sixth-formers across Britain anxiously await Thursday morning’s results – with emails and log-ins replacing the traditional envelope – Sally Collier, head of the exam regulator Ofqual, sought to reassure students…

The Insanely Influential Star Wars Sourcebook and Roleplaying Game Are Coming Back – Gizmodo

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

All Images: Fantasy Flight Games If you were a kid in the late 1980s or early 1990s, Star Wars was almost totally gone from the pop culture landscape. However, one place it not only lived, but thrived, was on the page, thanks in large part to two Star Wars volumes: The Roleplaying Game and Sourcebook. First published in 1987 by West End Games, these books were packed not only with…

In ‘Defenders,’ Netflix Enlists Marvel Superheroes In Quest For TV Domination – NPR

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Charlie Cox plays a lawyer by day and the costumed Daredevil by night in the Netflix superhero series The Defenders. Netflix hide caption toggle caption Netflix Charlie Cox plays a lawyer by day and the costumed Daredevil by night in the Netflix superhero series The Defenders. Netflix The villains in comic books usually have grandiose master plans, like targeting and defeating an enemy or ruling the world. Netflix, as it’s…

What’s a Major Comic Book Event Even Supposed to Be Anymore? – Gizmodo

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Image: DC Comics/Tyler Kirkham via Twitter Big superhero events are always marketed with promises of permanent status quo changes and shocking developments. The problem is, nobody believes that anymore. As of today, both Marvel and DC Comics are in the process of rolling out new major comic book events that, according to both publishers’ press releases about them, are designed to introduce new developments that are going to change their…

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 crushes Marvel record for digital downloads – SYFY WIRE (blog)

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Smashing through the record books like the Milano at full afterburner, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has risen to the top of the all-time Marvel digital download charts by eclipsing the previous first week sales winner’s high-water mark. To no-one’s real surprise, Guardians 2 has now become the most accessed movie in the entire Marvel Studios catalog after being released digitally on Aug. 8 via Digital HD…

Trump Is Ready to Go Down in Flames – Vanity Fair

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

So much for shifting the focus to infrastructure. We’ll get to the moral questions associated with Donald Trump’s reaction to the events in Charlottesville, but let’s start with the political ones. This Monday, in an attempt to contain some of the harm he’d done himself with his equivocations Saturday, Trump delivered a statement denouncing hate groups as “repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.” It came too late, but…