Zoe Saldana partner

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Audio-Drama.com links from August 2 to August 8, 2020

2020.08.08 19:52 Hitch42 Audio-Drama.com links from August 2 to August 8, 2020

Audio-Drama.com is an online directory of audio drama and spoken word websites, with at least one new link added to it each day. As of this post, there are 5,000 published articles. Here are the newest articles from the previous week:
  1. The Dichotomy (Full Cast Superhero Comedy Series) Follow the everyday whacky adventures of a superhero/"retired" supervillain power couple facing equally whacky villains.
  2. The Mistress Files (Full Cast Thriller Series) There's no such thing as true evil in this world. Evil is only defined by which side of the line one stands. Follow the tales of The Mistress, one of the most feared criminal masterminds the world has ever known, and ask yourself: Which side are you on?
  3. Fresh New Shorts (Narrated Multigenre Anthology) Original short stories from an award-winning short story writer.
  4. The 3:57 (Narrated Drama Series) The 3:57 is an anthology of serialized stories from comedy to drama to supernatural hosted by William Spear.
  5. Grounds (Full Cast Drama Series) GROUNDS is the story of 5 Black Professors at a 4 year PWI. A fictitious college and town in the rural south, which is the home of a predominately white 4 year college with students totaling 1700 with 15% of those self-identifying as students of color. 7% of those are Black. The story follows the lives of five Black professors. The only full time, tenure track Black lecturers who work at Morris & Wilkins University. It highlights the trials, obstacles, and joys of maintaining a Black existence within a white academic structure.
  6. Filled Cups Waiting To Be Spilled (Narrated Science Fiction Anthology) Welcome! Filled Cups Waiting To Be Spilled is a collection of 3 short stories, written by yours truly, in celebration of Ray Bradbury's 100th birthday.
  7. The Audio Drama Show (Narrated Multigenre Anthology) Bringing you the best of original and adapted English language drama - classical and modern - from talented independent writers and producers.
  8. Lucky Dip (Full Cast Multigenre Anthology) Lucky Dip is an anthology series of full-cast audio drama from a wide range of genres.
  9. Dam the Distance (Full Cast Multigenre Anthology) Dam the Distance is Oregon State University Theatre's podcast. This feed includes audio dramas and interviews with theatre professionals on making a life in the theatre.
  10. Loud Whispers (Full Cast Drama Series) Loud Whispers is about the untold sexual and reproductive health and rights challenges of adolescent girls and young women in Nigeria. From issues of unplanned pregnancy, to sexual assaults, to worries about unsafe abortion, unprotected sex etc are addressed in this radio drama in 18 episodes.
  11. Voidless (Full Cast Science Fiction Series) After an anomaly seperates Rebel Captain Elyss Glasse from her team, she finds herself in an unknown place with an incomplete mission and a damaged scout ship. Desperate to find her way home, but unable to stop herself reflecting, the Void may not be as desolate as it first appears.
  12. HEXADEC (Full Cast Multigenre Anthology) HEXADEC is an anthology podcast featuring standalone episodes of a variety of themes and styles. It's not just limited to fiction – we'll have nonfiction, too! But what makes them a part of the anthology? Every episode is inspired by a hexadecimal color code.
  13. The Patron Saint of Suicides (Full Cast Thriller Series) Haven Otomo spends her spare time saving people from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. She also owns a private suicide hotline. Possessed with unnatural powers of persuasion, she's always been good at talking people in and out of things. When a rash of suicides hits the city, a detective reaches out for her help on the investigation, and her insight into why people kill themselves. When the crime becomes more complicated, she must question the people she trusts most, and whether they are involved.
  14. DBP Radio Theater (Full Cast Comedy Thriller Series) From the minds that brought you Spit-Take Theater and dozens of other classic sketches that you don't know, comes Disgruntled Bit-Players Radio Theater, a podcast that will present original radio plays designed to make you chuckle warmly so hard that you'll puke.
  15. The Others (Full Cast Science Fiction Series) Mabel, a young troubled botanist takes a job on a space station bound for a new world and a new life. But when the ship collides with unknown debris new alien life finds her instead. Mabel must outwit her pacifist AI and win a war against the aliens if she hopes to survive.
  16. Fifty Shades of Dave (Full Cast Comedy Series) 'Fifty Shades of Dave' has been best described as a brutally honest, 'warts and all' exposé of the perception of male mental health in modern society; specifically, the north of England.
  17. STOR14S (Narrated Children's Multigenre Anthology) STOR14S is a podcast featuring short stories for children, all submitted by the general public as part of a Yahoo writing competition held during the 2020 Coronavirus Lockdown. [...] We are proud to partner with Yahoo! to present STOR14S, a children's fiction podcast series supporting our coronavirus initiatives. Listen to stories read by acclaimed actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan, David Oyelowo, Zoe Saldana, Jeff Daniels, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and more.
  18. Dispatch from the Desert Planet (Narrated Science Fiction Series) Broadcasting to listeners in 268 planets, 126 fixed location space stations, and 12 recently terraformed meteors the 89.x1 team works diligently to bring the best in non-news information while complying with Coalition mandates. Stay safe, stay informed, and stay tuned. Black written. Afrofuturism. BIPOC Podcast.
  19. Left Luggage (Full Cast Comedy Anthology) Award-winning theatre company Clown Funeral takes you into a multitude of strange and exciting worlds in this brand new series of short radio plays.
  20. The Visitation: Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year (Narrated Historical Fiction Series) This podcast is a reading of Daniel Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year, an account of the plague that afflicted London in 1665. Published in 1722, the work represents itself as the testimony of an eyewitness living in London at the time of the plague, but it is actually a work of fiction, based on exhaustive historical research.
  21. Eberron: A Chronicle of Echoes (Full Cast Fantasy Series) Alufi Haskal d'Sivis and Sylas d'Sivis are here to bring you the latest news and wonderful discussions from our House Sivis Broad Casting Station at the top of Sharn, City of Towers. From discussions on the Treaty of Thronehold, to the latest and greatest Cathith inventions. Tune in with your personal Echoer Device!
  22. Mysterious Creatures (Narrated Comedy Folklore Anthology) Mysterious Creatures is a historical fiction which dramatizes encounters with cryptids that are prevalent in folklore. Basically it's a fake news broadcast about cryptids that is satirical with bits of historical truth. The episodes are short because you don't have that much time and we're not that creative.
  23. Friday Fiction (Narrated Multigenre Anthology) Short fiction stories delivered monthly. Genres include (but are not limited to): Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thriller
  24. Evenstar: Space Wrestler (Full Cast Science Fiction Series) The adventures of J. Evenstar Morgans, an escaped space wrestler traveling through the galaxy.
  25. Story Time for Weirdos (Narrated Multigenre Anthology) A story telling podcast for those who like weird stories. Topics range from kidnappings, superheros to high fantasy and sci-fi. Some of the stories are serialized and others are stand-alone. You have to listen to follow them all.
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2020.07.31 16:23 Dagenspear Changing the main story parts of The Last Jedi

I don't particularly hate TLJ, but I think the movie is not well done, to me, and I think I had different references for. I think they could've stood to have Rey be Luke's daughter and structure a story about the burden of legacy in TLJ. Lord willing, these are the ideas that God blessed me with:
First, an exploration of backstory:
I don’t fully mind what they did with Luke. In concept I like it, but I think there’s things left out that could round out the character and explore his characterization and reasons for his actions. Luke began a new jedi order. He married Mara Jade, they have a daughter, Rey, but then the emergence of a new dark side force begins, the first order rises and Luke doesn't understand why this has happened again. Anakin destroyed the sith. It should be over. While I don’t know if I’d go for this, but Mara Jade is killed in battle defending her daughter in the midst of a raid by the first order, maybe even the Knights Of Ren do it.
Luke, tormented by this, furiously digs for information about why this has begun again, and finds out the meaning of it, that the balance is a cycle, not a single event. When he senses the dark side in Ben, senses Snoke’s influence, he feels it all happen again, the fall of the jedi, the rise of the empire, the destruction of the family he has left. In that moment of fear and pain, shaken by the perception of his family being destroyed by a rise of another Vader, he allows his fear to drive him, and considers killing his nefew, maybe even in a way to almost spare him the pain that his future could bring him, taking out his lightsaber, but not igniting it, realizing that it would be wrong to do, maybe even seeing his robot hand, reminding him of the events of ROTJ.
But Ben senses that and lashes out in rage. The new jedi order is burned, his daughter gone, her dead he thinks and his powers gone. Luke sees this as almost the force punishing him for what he did. Casting out those remaining, among them a partner in his training Lor San Tekka, sending R2D2 with him.
Luke himself not realizing that Ben had taken Rey, feeling tempted to kill her to avoid a threat to his rightful Skywalker lineage, but being unable to kill his cousin, he wiped her mind of any training she’d gotten by Luke and abandoned her on Jakku. Lor San Tekka discovered Rey and that’s why he was there and was willing to reveal the map to Luke at this time. He believed the knowledge of his daughter being alive, would reignite the spark of hope inside him, a message he never had the chance to relay to Poe, before the first order attacked. Han considered this to be the case as well after meeting her and Leia sensed it after they met as well. Kylo began to see it after hearing about it.
The movie would open with no title, no crawl, not yet. But the scene that we left the last movie off on. Rey walks up to Luke, extends her hand with the lightsaber, her feeling an overwhelming emotion she doesn't understand, placing it into the robotic hand of his, him looking from it, to her. All silence. Then he gives it back. He begins to turn away, but she reaches out, grabbing his real hand, and in that moment she registers it, their connection and vocalizes it, that he's her dad. It catches Luke off guard, his eyes swelling with emotion and he sees it to be true himself, in her eyes. And with that he says her name, "Rey", and hugs her. And in that we fade out and into...
STAR WARS
EPISODE VIII
THE LAST JEDI
Everything is divided. The new republic has been destroyed. The First Order, in the midst of their defeat with the destruction of the Starkiller Base, has regrouped and, with the non violent planets being at their weakest lacking the new republic's protection, plunders their resources.
Leaving only the Resistance to defend them. Led by General Leia Organa, who grieves the loss of her former husband Han Solo. Their victory against the First Order a short lived and bittersweet one, the Resistance stretches itself thin trying to battle against the their tyranny.
As the galaxy stands on the brink, the Resistance has dispatched a fleet to assist the planet of Naboo in an attempted takeover by the First Order...
Establishing the conflict, the First Order are opposed b the fleet of resistance fighters, the First Order's main ship managing to escape.
Luke over the course of the movie does grow to rediscover his goals by the end. Dealing with the loss of Han and him blaming himself for that, seeing his failure with Ben as the cause.All through finding out that Rey is his daughter and connecting to her and admitting what he did with Ben, feeling like he's disconnected from the force as a punishment, seeing him considering killing Ben as not much different than what Vader had done when killing the younglings. He sees his 2nd chance in Rey. But this is hurt when Rey discovers that Luke didn't try to find her after she was taken. Luke is in shame by this, as Rey leaves. Luke is then confronted by either Yoda or Obi-Wan (or both), who explain to him that he's seen Vader in himself and thus saw his failure as if he would be like him, saying that Luke has lost sight of what made him him, and it wasn't being a jedi. Them telling him the folly of not seeing his own humanity, underneath being a jedi, confronting him with truth of what happened to Padme, who Luke has no memories of and hasn't connected with (seeing only the VadeAnakin in himself), telling him that they sensed in her that the children were beginning to die in the womb, but she gave up every ounce of life force she had left to keep alive, in spite of not being a jedi or force sensitive. In the midst of this Luke realizes that he cut himself off from the force in his shame and self loathing, he wasn't being punished. He reaches through the force and out to Padme, seeing her after she's given birth to him, even in the present feeling the touch of her energy on his face, hearing her call his name, seeing her and Anakin. Luke resolves to go after Rey.
Leia still grieves for the loss of Han, but almost refuses to see her son as gone, this building to her outright attacking a first order village raid to try and lure Kylo to them, her confronting Kylo and practically daring him to kill her. He can't. But Kylo is forced to bring Leia to Snoke. We'd also develop Leia having trained as a jedi with Luke.
Rey was never raised, to her knowledge, with the idea of what potential she had. Into adulthood, she's confronted and dragged into that potential. After meeting Luke, she thinks he must've left her on Jakku. But Kylo, still through their link, tells her that he didn't do that and that he (Kylo) took her to kill her, but couldn't. Now, after discovering the pain and loss that comes with being a Skywalker, to the point of feeling abandoned and betrayed by Luke, her dad, after finding out that Luke didn't come looking for her, out of fear of finding her dead, she lashes out at him, angry and hurt, feeling abandoned and betrayed, telling him he has nothing to teach her. Then hunting down Kylo for the death of Han and Finn being hurt.
On the flipside there's Ben, someone who was raised in the Skywalker family, with knowledge of his potential, of his legacy, the idea that his bloodline has potential power that he thinks is his birthright, but it's just out of his reach, and he becomes bitter and feels cheated out of what he sees as rightfully his. And when tempted by the darkside, he doesn't choose to resist, seeing it as his way to get the true power of a Skywalker. He could resent Han for being normal, a mere pilot, seeing him as apart of his weakness. After killing his dad, his pain is crippling, something he takes out on training fodder, in the midst of his final training with Snoke. This grows to a rage and resentment against Snoke and the first order, as he and the Knights Of Ren are used as a weapon to invade worlds and plunder children, and particularly after Snoke forces Kylo to bring Leia to him.
Finn may be more committed to Rey, but he himself also has begun to see what these people are dying for, and does decide to help Poe and the resistance, when Leia gets herself captured as a way for them to pinpoint a location of Snoke. Helping them break into a stormtrooper training facility to use their network to track Kylo's ship to Snoke, them seeing children being taken by the first order, and him deciding to try and help them, only to fail when Phasma, rather than let the kids go free, has some of them killed. Leading to Finn seeing the unfortunate side effect of caring, the pain of failure and loss. Him reacting badly to this and in a rage hunting down and killing Phasma.
With Poe, detail his backstory as almost someone with a death wish, whose looking to die in a blaze of glory in his mind. His parents, former rebels, killed by the last remnants of the empire, him becoming someone who doesn't get particularly attached. This is established in his opening scene where he tries to kamikaze himself to destroy the First Order ship to prevent it from escaping, in spite of Leia's orders, who then calls for another fighter to stop him and they do so. His arc being him finding something to live for, instead of die for, as he and Finn try and rescue the children taken to be indoctrinated by the first order. He realizes the error of his ways in trying to kamikaze himself, when he finds out that that ship was what was housing the abducted children. When pinned in some rubble, he cuts his hand off to ensure he can protect the children and secure their way out. Him doing this with the help of Jess Pava (the fighter who stopped Poe from kamikaze-ing himself), played by Jessica Henwick. Maybe even connecting with her and him seeing her as apart of something to live for, maybe leading into a romance at some point.
All of these plots begin to converge on Snoke's ship. Leia is brought to Snoke by Ben. But Leia shocked to discover that Snoke is a force projection.
In a reveal, we'd see that Ben, seeking the power he felt he deserved as a Skywalker, tapped into the dark side and in mental disconnection, it has manifested itself as Snoke, the darkest parts of Ben's mind given life by the dark side energy he'd absorbed.
It pushes Kylo to kill Leia, as she tries to reach him. He lashes out in a rage and kills the Snoke manifestation, taking it into himself and taking in all the power of the dark side.
Rey charges Kylo in her rage, and tries to kill him, but Kylo defeats her. His powers outmatching hers, tossing her off to the Knights. Luke arrives in time, brandishing his green light saber, facing Kylo and (though this is more a suggestion) but Luke taking Anakin's lightsaber and passing it off to Leia, to assist. As Rey steals one of the Knights weapons and tries to fight them off. Them both battling Kylo and trying to reach him. Kylo exclaiming that he's building a legacy, beyond the Skywalkers now. Luke and Leia firing back that all he is another dark sider leading a stormtrooper army.
Kylo, realizing they're right, uses his powers to turn all the ships of the first order on eachother, stating a new path, "No more stormtroopers, no more death stars, no more empire." Making the statement of the dark side being the only thing left, and using the ships weapons to destroy eachother, even Snoke's ship, Kylo casually protecting himself from the destruction. Rey is the first the recover and tries to catch Kylo off guard, who stomps her, wounds her and in a petty slash of vengeance, slices the lightsaber over Rey's left eye, blinding her in it and scarring her. He lifts his lightsaber up and brings it down as a final blow, but Leia takes the hit for Rey. Kylo, for all his villainy, is still enraged at this and tears the already damaged ship apart in his pain and anger. This allows Luke and Rey to escape with a dying Leia. (I did this in the hindsight of Carrie's passing.)
Leia tells Luke she knows what happened and she forgives him. Luke apologizing for Han and what he did, promising he won't give up again. Rey, devastated at what she sees as her fault, tries to help, refuses to believe there isn't a way. Luke holds her off, her crying, as she apologizes to Leia. Who simply reminds her that they all make mistakes and apart of her believes her son isn't gone. Luke reaffirming that with the no one's ever really gone line. And with that Leia peacefully passes away.
And with that we end the movie:
Luke having re-established his goal of heroism and maybe even left as a resistance member.
Poe, seeing himself as having found something to live for.
Finn being driven by a desire for revenge upon any remnants of the FO.
And Rey, as she stands out in front of the forcefield of the x-wing bay, in the starship, over looking an ocean of stars, holding Anakin's lightsaber. She, in a rejection of the Skywalker legacy and the pain and death that comes with it, throws the lightsaber into space.
The movie ending on her standing in front of that ocean of stars.
THE END
Maybe as a fun post credits scene, a ship emerges out of hyperspace where the lightsaber floats, days after Rey has thrown it out. The ship pulling it to itself, it going into a porthole on the ship, which opens and closes to receive it, then it landing in the hand of someone, someone we know, Ahsoka Tano. Played by Zoe Saldana.
Please review and tell me what you think!
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2020.06.17 02:13 aa_diorr If you choose your partner based off of appearance solely because you want your kids to come out looking a certain way, or to have certain features, then thats kinda weird. I get wanting your kids to have good genes, but still, just hear me out

I think this is an unpopular opinion because of how so many people say “people like what they like, you can’t change preferences” and I agree with that. Regardless of race, sexual orientation, or gendesex, people like what they like and that’s okay. But usually preferences are in terms of what you find attractive in a partner. Not in a child.
This came across my mind because I remember one time earlier in the year, before quarantine shut down our campus, my classmate, who is 6’5” mentioned that later in life when he gets married, he plans on marrying a women who is about 5’9” and over so he can ensure that his future kids are tall. He thinks tall people are attractive. I can understand wanting to marry a tall woman. That’s okay because that’s your preference in a partner and that’s fine. But I do not understand why he wants this tall feature to be passed down to his kids. The height of his kids should not matter because his kids do not owe him physical attraction.
If you have a “preference” for what your own child looks like, then that’s kinda weird to me. Having a preference in your partner is fine because you’re going to be in an actual, romantic and/or sexual relationship with your partner. You aren’t going to be in a romantic/sexual relationship with your kids. So it shouldn’t matter if you will find your kids attractive or not because that attraction will serve no purpose to you. You are not you’re kid’s romantic partner. And even if your kid does inherit a feature that you subjectively don’t find attractive, then that’s fine because your child’s future parter will find that attractive later in life and that’s all that matters.
Consider the following scenario: Let’s say you are personally attracted to blonds with small lips, and you are not attracted to red-head/gingers with big lips. So then you marry a partner that’s blond with small lips. Lets call her Stacy. So let’s say Stacy’s mom is a red-head/ginger with big lips. So then you and Stacy have a baby. Lets say the gingebig lips genes that came from Stacy’s mom passed a generation (because it didn’t go to Stacy herself, Stacy is blond with small lips) and went to you and Stacy’s kid. Now your child has features that you personally find unattractive. This should not matter because: a) Stacy is your partner and your kid isn’t b) your child inheriting features that you find unattractive will serve as no relevance to you, seeing as how you won’t be kissing your kids lips/making out with your kid, or caressing her hair in a flirty fashion as you do Stacy, your actual partner c) you are just one person. Just because you don’t find red heads with big lips attractive doesn’t mean the world doesn’t. There are lots of people that your kid will meet when they get older that could very much love gingers with big lips, and will be a great partner to your kid. Just because they have features that you don’t like does not mean they won’t find love or it will be harder for them to date. Everyone is different.
Even if your future kids come out looking as good as Beyoncé or something then that still will serve you literally no purpose. Good looking children are not status symbols. You’re not gonna get a pat on the back for having good looking kids. And even if you do, it means nothing. You can’t live vicariously through your good looking kids.
Kids are not video game characters who’s figures/physique/features can be controlled. You do not have a monopoly over the beauty of your own child. Your future child is not an automatic beauty pageant contestant for the world to view. They do not owe it to you for you to find them attractive. Your kids owe you nothing in terms of attraction.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that its okay to acknowledge your partner’s beauty and be happy that your kids will inherit such beauty. Or the generic comments like “oh she’s so cute, her parents have great genes” or “he’s so handsome, his parents gave him the genetic lottery” or something. That’s fine. I even once watched this move with Ashton Kutcher and Zoe Saldana (I can’t remember the name of the movie) and there was this really cute scene where Ashton said something like “I think you’re so beautiful and I can’t wait to have kids that look like you”. And I think that’s really sweet and adorable. Stuff like that is fine.
But once you start pinpointing specific physical features or traits you claim your child must have to in order be beautiful, then that’s kind of weird to me.
As long as they are physically healthy, practice good hygene, and are not at risk for inheriting features that are dangerous to their health, then that is all that matters.
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2020.06.03 15:50 Icehydros [M4F] Blackmail or Back market

I am 18+ and all participants and characters must be 18+
Two scenes that I would love to play out and hopefully finish. So here's hoping for a good partner!
They are long term scenes with plenty of buildup. So, yes, they're slow going but that makes it more fun I think.
Blackmail
This idea involves me at some sort of celebrity function (guest, worker, fan at a show etc) and I find you (the celeb) in some kind of compromising position of your choosing which I ten record and save. I use the footage to blackmail you into being my personal plaything. Making you do what ever I want just to make sure I don't release the footage. The thing is you never get into it completely. Every time i have you do something you curse me out, call me names etc. But here's the rub...your body LOVES what I do. It's like it reacts on its own despite what you're saying. At first it may not but it will over time.
This idea also has a potential set up to be a harem where you help me gather your famous friends just to keep me pleased. This is not a sure thing. this can be discussed, but if you choose to go this route, you'll need to play multiple girls, but only as many as you're comfortable with at one time.
One thing that is a must for this is your character has to be in some sort of relationship. It could their real one or a fake one.
Kinks include: cheating, risky/sneaky sneak, noncon, clothing control, spanking, anal, internal cummng, name calling, light bdsm, and anal.
BLACK MARKET
You play a high profile celebrity of your choice and get kidnapped, taken to a non English speaking country and sold into slavery. You are put up for auction on the black market, of which I attend. No one in attendance realizes who they have or how much money they could actually get for you, so I am able to buy you dirt cheap in the nation's currency. Once you realize I'm American, you believe I'm taking you back to be free. Instead, you find yourself stuck with me while I trick you into thinking you want to stay. Eventually you come to lean on me and depend on me for everything, forgetting your life outside, not even recognizing yourself on tv.
Kinks include: caging, collaring, brainwashing, emotional/mental manipulation, anal, internal cumming, name calling, light bdsm, clothing control, and Stockholm Syndrome
Celebrities I like include, but not limited to: Scarlett Johansson, Selena Gomez, Elizabeth Olsen, Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Zoe Saldana, Anne Hathaway, Anna Kendrick and many others so there a lot of options.
Limits are: Blood, scat, death, and anything way too extreme
I play in the first person, and hope you do to. Please be literate. Replies can fit the scene, meaning longer replies aren't needed, unless it helps progress the scene. Just make sure it's something to build off of, not just a spoken sentence
I would prefer it if your characters put up resistance to make it more realistic. Examples would be asking when we would go home, making statements about your friends and family missing you, etc.
If interested message me on kik: icehydros
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2020.05.14 23:03 Dagenspear The Last Jedi Basic Outline Re-Do

I don't particularly hate TLJ, but I think the movie is not well done, to me, and I think I had different references for. I think they could've stood to have Rey be Luke's daughter and structure a story about the burden of legacy in TLJ. Lord willing, these are the ideas that God blessed me with:
First, an exploration of backstory:
I don’t fully mind what they did with Luke. In concept I like it, but I think there’s things left out that could round out the character and explore his characterization and reasons for his actions. Luke began a new jedi order. He married Mara Jade, they have a daughter, Rey, but then the emergence of a new dark side force begins, the first order rises and Luke doesn't understand why this has happened again. Anakin destroyed the sith. It should be over. While I don’t know if I’d go for this, but Mara Jade is killed in battle defending her daughter in the midst of a raid by the first order, maybe even the Knights Of Ren do it.
Luke, tormented by this, furiously digs for information about why this has begun again, and finds out the meaning of it, that the balance is a cycle, not a single event. When he senses the dark side in Ben, senses Snoke’s influence, he feels it all happen again, the fall of the jedi, the rise of the empire, the destruction of the family he has left. In that moment of fear and pain, shaken by the perception of his family being destroyed by a rise of another Vader, he allows his fear to drive him, and considers killing his nefew, maybe even in a way to almost spare him the pain that his future could bring him, taking out his lightsaber, but not igniting it, realizing that it would be wrong to do, maybe even seeing his robot hand, reminding him of the events of ROTJ.
But Ben senses that and lashes out in rage. The new jedi order is burned, his daughter gone, her dead he thinks and his powers gone. Luke sees this as almost the force punishing him for what he did. Casting out those remaining, among them a partner in his training Lor San Tekka, sending R2D2 with him.
Luke himself not realizing that Ben had taken Rey, feeling tempted to kill her to avoid a threat to his rightful Skywalker lineage, but being unable to kill his cousin, he wiped her mind of any training she’d gotten by Luke and abandoned her on Jakku. Lor San Tekka discovered Rey and that’s why he was there and was willing to reveal the map to Luke at this time. He believed the knowledge of his daughter being alive, would reignite the spark of hope inside him, a message he never had the chance to relay to Poe, before the first order attacked. Han considered this to be the case as well after meeting her and Leia sensed it after they met as well. Kylo began to see it after hearing about it.
The movie would open with no title, no crawl, not yet. But the scene that we left the last movie off on. Rey walks up to Luke, extends her hand with the lightsaber, her feeling an overwhelming emotion she doesn't understand, placing it into the robotic hand of his, him looking from it, to her. All silence. Then he gives it back. He begins to turn away, but she reaches out, grabbing his real hand, and in that moment she registers it, their connection and vocalizes it, that he's her dad. It catches Luke off guard, his eyes swelling with emotion and he sees it to be true himself, in her eyes. And with that he says her name, "Rey", and hugs her. And in that we fade out and into...
STAR WARS
EPISODE VIII
THE LAST JEDI
Everything is divided. The new republic has been destroyed. The First Order, in the midst of their defeat with the destruction of the Starkiller Base, has regrouped and, with the non violent planets being at their weakest lacking the new republic's protection, plunders their resources.
Leaving only the Resistance to defend them. Led by General Leia Organa, who grieves the loss of her former husband Han Solo. Their victory against the First Order a short lived and bittersweet one, the Resistance stretches itself thin trying to battle against the their tyranny.
As the galaxy stands on the brink, the Resistance has dispatched a fleet to assist the planet of Naboo in an attempted takeover by the First Order...
Establishing the conflict, the First Order are opposed b the fleet of resistance fighters, the First Order's main ship managing to escape.
Luke over the course of the movie does grow to rediscover his goals by the end. Dealing with the loss of Han and him blaming himself for that, seeing his failure with Ben as the cause.All through finding out that Rey is his daughter and connecting to her and admitting what he did with Ben, feeling like he's disconnected from the force as a punishment, seeing him considering killing Ben as not much different than what Vader had done when killing the younglings. He sees his 2nd chance in Rey. But this is hurt when Rey discovers that Luke didn't try to find her after she was taken. Luke is in shame by this, as Rey leaves. Luke is then confronted by either Yoda or Obi-Wan (or both), who explain to him that he's seen Vader in himself and thus saw his failure as if he would be like him, saying that Luke has lost sight of what made him him, and it wasn't being a jedi. Them telling him the folly of not seeing his own humanity, underneath being a jedi, confronting him with truth of what happened to Padme, who Luke has no memories of and hasn't connected with (seeing only the VadeAnakin in himself), telling him that they sensed in her that the children were beginning to die in the womb, but she gave up every ounce of life force she had left to keep alive, in spite of not being a jedi or force sensitive. In the midst of this Luke realizes that he cut himself off from the force in his shame and self loathing, he wasn't being punished. He reaches through the force and out to Padme, seeing her after she's given birth to him, even in the present feeling the touch of her energy on his face, hearing her call his name, seeing her and Anakin. Luke resolves to go after Rey.
Leia still grieves for the loss of Han, but almost refuses to see her son as gone, this building to her outright attacking a first order village raid to try and lure Kylo to them, her confronting Kylo and practically daring him to kill her. He can't. But Kylo is forced to bring Leia to Snoke. We'd also develop Leia having trained as a jedi with Luke.
Rey was never raised, to her knowledge, with the idea of what potential she had. Into adulthood, she's confronted and dragged into that potential. After meeting Luke, she thinks he must've left her on Jakku. But Kylo, still through their link, tells her that he didn't do that and that he (Kylo) took her to kill her, but couldn't. Now, after discovering the pain and loss that comes with being a Skywalker, to the point of feeling abandoned and betrayed by Luke, her dad, after finding out that Luke didn't come looking for her, out of fear of finding her dead, she lashes out at him, angry and hurt, feeling abandoned and betrayed, telling him he has nothing to teach her. Then hunting down Kylo for the death of Han and Finn being hurt.
On the flipside there's Ben, someone who was raised in the Skywalker family, with knowledge of his potential, of his legacy, the idea that his bloodline has potential power that he thinks is his birthright, but it's just out of his reach, and he becomes bitter and feels cheated out of what he sees as rightfully his. And when tempted by the darkside, he doesn't choose to resist, seeing it as his way to get the true power of a Skywalker. He could resent Han for being normal, a mere pilot, seeing him as apart of his weakness. After killing his dad, his pain is crippling, something he takes out on training fodder, in the midst of his final training with Snoke. This grows to a rage and resentment against Snoke and the first order, as he and the Knights Of Ren are used as a weapon to invade worlds and plunder children, and particularly after Snoke forces Kylo to bring Leia to him.
Finn may be more committed to Rey, but he himself also has begun to see what these people are dying for, and does decide to help Poe and the resistance, when Leia gets herself captured as a way for them to pinpoint a location of Snoke. Helping them break into a stormtrooper training facility to use their network to track Kylo's ship to Snoke, them seeing children being taken by the first order, and him deciding to try and help them, only to fail when Phasma, rather than let the kids go free, has some of them killed. Leading to Finn seeing the unfortunate side effect of caring, the pain of failure and loss. Him reacting badly to this and in a rage hunting down and killing Phasma.
With Poe, detail his backstory as almost someone with a death wish, whose looking to die in a blaze of glory in his mind. His parents, former rebels, killed by the last remnants of the empire, him becoming someone who doesn't get particularly attached. This is established in his opening scene where he tries to kamikaze himself to destroy the First Order ship to prevent it from escaping, in spite of Leia's orders, who then calls for another fighter to stop him and they do so. His arc being him finding something to live for, instead of die for, as he and Finn try and rescue the children taken to be indoctrinated by the first order. He realizes the error of his ways in trying to kamikaze himself, when he finds out that that ship was what was housing the abducted children. When pinned in some rubble, he cuts his hand off to ensure he can protect the children and secure their way out. Him doing this with the help of Jess Pava (the fighter who stopped Poe from kamikaze-ing himself), played by Jessica Henwick. Maybe even connecting with her and him seeing her as apart of something to live for, maybe leading into a romance at some point.
All of these plots begin to converge on Snoke's ship. Leia is brought to Snoke by Ben. But Leia shocked to discover that Snoke is a force projection.
In a reveal, we'd see that Ben, seeking the power he felt he deserved as a Skywalker, tapped into the dark side and in mental disconnection, it has manifested itself as Snoke, the darkest parts of Ben's mind given life by the dark side energy he'd absorbed.
It pushes Kylo to kill Leia, as she tries to reach him. He lashes out in a rage and kills the Snoke manifestation, taking it into himself and taking in all the power of the dark side.
Rey charges Kylo in her rage, and tries to kill him, but Kylo defeats her. His powers outmatching hers, tossing her off to the Knights. Luke arrives in time, brandishing his green light saber, facing Kylo and (though this is more a suggestion) but Luke taking Anakin's lightsaber and passing it off to Leia, to assist. As Rey steals one of the Knights weapons and tries to fight them off. Them both battling Kylo and trying to reach him. Kylo exclaiming that he's building a legacy, beyond the Skywalkers now. Luke and Leia firing back that all he is another dark sider leading a stormtrooper army.
Kylo, realizing they're right, uses his powers to turn all the ships of the first order on eachother, stating a new path, "No more stormtroopers, no more death stars, no more empire." Making the statement of the dark side being the only thing left, and using the ships weapons to destroy eachother, even Snoke's ship, Kylo casually protecting himself from the destruction. Rey is the first the recover and tries to catch Kylo off guard, who stomps her, wounds her and in a petty slash of vengeance, slices the lightsaber over Rey's left eye, blinding her in it and scarring her. He lifts his lightsaber up and brings it down as a final blow, but Leia takes the hit for Rey. Kylo, for all his villainy, is still enraged at this and tears the already damaged ship apart in his pain and anger. This allows Luke and Rey to escape with a dying Leia. (I did this in the hindsight of Carrie's passing.)
Leia tells Luke she knows what happened and she forgives him. Luke apologizing for Han and what he did, promising he won't give up again. Rey, devastated at what she sees as her fault, tries to help, refuses to believe there isn't a way. Luke holds her off, her crying, as she apologizes to Leia. Who simply reminds her that they all make mistakes and apart of her believes her son isn't gone. Luke reaffirming that with the no one's ever really gone line. And with that Leia peacefully passes away.
And with that we end the movie:
Luke having re-established his goal of heroism and maybe even left as a resistance member.
Poe, seeing himself as having found something to live for.
Finn being driven by a desire for revenge upon any remnants of the FO.
And Rey, as she stands out in front of the forcefield of the x-wing bay, in the starship, over looking an ocean of stars, holding Anakin's lightsaber. She, in a rejection of the Skywalker legacy and the pain and death that comes with it, throws the lightsaber into space.
The movie ending on her standing in front of that ocean of stars.
THE END
Maybe as a fun post credits scene, a ship emerges out of hyperspace where the lightsaber floats, days after Rey has thrown it out. The ship pulling it to itself, it going into a porthole on the ship, which opens and closes to receive it, then it landing in the hand of someone, someone we know, Ahsoka Tano. Played by Zoe Saldana.
Please review and tell me what you think!
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2020.04.22 22:07 gamedemon24 [OC] The 150 Greatest Characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: #30-21

At the beginning of the list, I was talking about why certain characters weren't really that great. Now, we're at the point where I get to rant and rave about how great each character is. It's getting a lot more fun to write!

30. Gamora

This might be considered an underrate by some, but I stand by it. Gamora had a touching arc as she learned to accept her new family, her old family (well, Nebula more than Thanos), and her feelings for Peter Quill, but she didn't develop a whole ton outside of that. Gamora's scenes on Ego where her and Nebula hashed out their differences were by and large the least compelling parts of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But enough negative stuff about her, how about the positive? One of the ultimate badasses of the MCU, regardless of the whole 'girl power' factor. And her scene with Quill dancing to the old Walkman tape on Nowhere was a touching moment of personal growth and a moment of great subtle acting from Zoe Saldana.

29. Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter (Bullseye)

The secondary antagonist of Daredevil's third season was nearly as enthralling as its primary one. Where at first he was your average exemplary FBI agent, as Dex got more and more tied up with Wilson Fisk and his inside plot, the duct tape holding together his mental sanity began to rip open and come undone. Dex became a true danger to Matt Murdock in his quest to lock the Kingpin up and end his reign over Hell's Kitchen once and for all. The scenes in the New York Bulletin office and the Catholic church showed that, when the setting is on his side, Dex is not only a deadly but a truly dangerous adversary.

28. T'Challa (Black Panther)

Ever since his introduction back in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther has done a lot to cement himself into the greater pantheon of the MCU. He was the greatest surprise in his debut, and with his own solo outing he quickly became a pop culture icon all across America. Though T'Challa may not have been a massive key player in the grand scheme of things come the next two Avengers movies, he was a scene-stealer: sprinting ahead of the crowd alongside Captain America and later running Jim Brown-style through the battlefield to protect the nanotech infinity gauntlet were great reminders of just how damn cool this character really is.

27. Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch)

Another candidate for most powerful Avenger, Wanda went from being a rough equal to her Avenger teammates in Age of Ultron to practically throwing mountains around just three years later in Infinity War. And it was a welcome progression to see; it's realistic that Wanda might take a little while to grow into her 'no more mutants' comic self. And now that Marvel has reclaimed the rights to the X-Men, we very well may see that exact line uttered on the big screen. Fingers crossed!

26. Phil Coulson

Film Phil Coulson probably would've landed somewhere between #50 and #100 on this list, but having spent more time with him than perhaps anyone else due to his time on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Phil has really grown from likable side character to true fan favorite. Having experienced the discovery of aliens, being impaled through the chest by a Norse god, pulling the entirety of S.H.I.E.L.D. back together with his barehands, getting his hand chopped off by a shotgun axe, and fighting a couple more different alien races along the way, he's probably been through the most out of anyone in the MCU by now. He also continues the cherished comic tradition of dying numerous different times only to not really go anywhere.

25. Leo Fitz

Continuing with the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. characters, Fitz was another character who grew from being fairly one-dimensional to having one of the most complex character arcs ever put to screen. He was one half of the strongest couple in the MCU (yes they are, fight me), he overcame brain damage, he was betrayed by his best friend, he slept in ice for the second longest time of any MCU character, he literally died, and he crossed the universe to rescue his love from her desertment on a desert planet with a 100% mortality rate. Maybe there's a couple characters with a bit higher intellect than Fitz, but nobody has quite the rap sheet that he does.

24. Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow)

I have a strong feeling Nat's gonna get bumped up into the top ten once her solo movie comes out this year. Had it released on schedule, it'd have been worked into this list and she would've already been there. Nat has been one of the ever-present forces in the MCU, adding a needed groundedness to balance out all the bombast of some of her teammates. The only thing keeping her from placing higher is that she had relatively little development outside of Age of Ultron and Endgame. But the role she did play across all those other films is enough to immortalize her as one of the absolute icons of the MCU so far.

23. Drax the Destroyer

I'm sure I'll get flack for putting Drax above Widow. You either love Drax's humor or you don't, and I'm unashamed in how much I love it. His total cluelessness in sarcasm and metaphors just never gets old. Yes, he's a layered character with a sympathetic backstory and fleshed-out development, but if he had none of that I'd probably still have him top forty. He's just the best. And although James Gunn had to go to bat with Disney to get Dave Bautista the part, I don't think there could be anyone in the world better to play that part. The machismo somehow blended with subtlety is a perfect realization of Gunn's vision for the character. Drax is just the freaking best.

22. Peggy Carter

The highest ranking character on the list who would technically be called 'a love interest' is Peggy Carter, because she's just so much more than that. Peggy is the ultimate personification of female excellence in World War II America, rising through the ranks in a man's job and taking absolutely no garbage from the men around her. None. And beyond her stellar career with the U.S. Army, Peggy went on to cofound S.H.I.E.L.D., where she'd make as much if not more of a difference there than she did in the war. And you know, writing this little feature on her made me realize something else...she's the only 'love interest' in the MCU that you can write a whole passage about without once mentioning her male partner. Eat your heart out, Cap.

21. Mariah Dillard

While Bushmaster might object to calling her Mariah Dillard, he and all the other villains of Netflix's Luke Cage have a lot of catching up to do to realize the sheer greatness of Mariah as an antagonist. Mariah was interesting in Season 1, sure, but she grew into a true tour de force in the show's second season. Uninhibited by the calculated ways of Cornell, Mariah used her know-how in the political field and her twisted Bill-Hillary dynamic with Shades to become the most powerful force of destruction the streets and corner offices of Harlem alike had ever seen. Nothing, nothing compares to her speech to her daughter while hiding out from Bushmaster and his men. If you've seen it, you know the one. I'm not gonna spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, but it's a nearly unrivaled moment of pure despicable evilness.
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2019.08.08 14:25 BaratheonNightfury Bi Visibility Leaflet Ideas!

Hi there, at my job I've been tasked with creating a Bisexual visibility leaflet in time for Bi visibility day next month. As a gay man I want to make sure I'm representing the B in LGBT properly and I was hoping you guys had some great suggestions for topics, imagery or content to include in the leaflet.
I think testimonies and experiences would be a great start from bi sexual people who've ever felt invisible (whether that be in your daily life, job, relationships or experience with different LGBT communities) coming out stories etc.
Positive and negative experiences as a Bi person and views from partners of Bisexual people.
I was also planning on including pictures/information about famous Bisexual people and I'd love some more suggestions of not just famous people but notable activists, figures or great achievements in other jobs.
some examples I have already are Freddie Mercury, Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox, Lady Gaga, Kristen Stewart, Drew Barrymore, Demi Lovato, Zoe Saldana, David Bowie, Alan Cumming, Cynthia Nixon.
I would also like to include a brief history on how Bi visibility day started, I'd appreciate a reliable source on this, thank you!
I look forward to hearing your responses!
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2019.08.08 12:51 BaratheonNightfury Bi Visibility Day Leaflet Idea's

Hi there, at my job I've been tasked with creating a Bisexual visibility leaflet in time for Bi visibility day next month. As a gay man I want to make sure I'm representing the B in LGBT properly and I was hoping you guys had some great suggestions for topics, imagery or content to include in the leaflet.
I think testimonies and experiences would be a great start from bi sexual people who've ever felt invisible (whether that be in your daily life, job, relationships or experience with different LGBT communities) coming out stories etc.
Positive and negative experiences as a Bi person and views from partners of Bisexual people.
I was also planning on including pictures/information about famous Bisexual people and I'd love some more suggestions of not just famous people but notable activists, figures or great achievements in other jobs.
some examples I have already are Freddie Mercury, Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox, Lady Gaga, Kristen Stewart, Drew Barrymore, Demi Lovato, Zoe Saldana, David Bowie, Alan Cumming, Cynthia Nixon.
I would also like to include a brief history on how Bi visibility day started, I'd appreciate a reliable source on this, thank you!
I look forward to hearing your responses!
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2019.07.09 18:38 ryandaman24 Drama about Bank Heists similar to Breaking Bad but with more comedic relief

A drama show about 3 people who meet and become bank robbers: Ryan Reynolds, John Krasinki, and Zachary Levi. Krasinki and Levi are brothers. Bryan Cranston is the head police officer or the antagonist in the show and has a young partner (John David Washington) he trains throughout the show. John Krasinki is romantically involved with Zoe Saldana. Zachary Levi is romantically involved with Natalie Portman. Jamie Lee Curtis is Bryan Cranston’s wife. Ryan Reynolds is retired special forces who was suffers from PTSD and believes he was screwed over by US Military which forces him to turn to robbing banks. He eventually meets Krasinki at a military support group. They begin to work together and Krasinki gets his little brother (Levi) into rob banks. Throughout the show they work together at robbing banks and grow to become pros. They must also deal with their own life outside, of their job, with their spouses. Bryan Cranston and John David Washington begin to grow as partners throughout the show while working the bank robber’s case. Bryan Cranston’s wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) wants him to retire and spend more time with his children and grandchildren but Bryan Cranston’s character will not until he catches the bank robbers. Halfway through the show when escaping after what will be their biggest heist (at the time) Ryan Reynold’s character is separated during the escape and is caught. He becomes an informant and for the rest of the show he is wearing a wire and working Bryan Cranston and John David Washington to catch his two partners (Levi and Krasinki). At the end of the show while escaping their biggest heist Ryan Reynolds’ character turns on his partners and they all have a stand-off. Reynolds’ character decides to kill him self because of his unhealthy mental state as a result of his PTSD becoming worse towards the end. John Krasinki and Zachary Levi escape and find that Ryan Reynolds’ character left him everything in his will and the two brother retire with their families. Bryan Cranston gives up on the case as he feels that he has won now that Ryan Reynolds has commit suicide. He retires and leaves John David Washington who gets a promotion and takes his place. John David’s character now realizes from his partner not to let his work take over and decides to quit.
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2019.04.13 07:56 OldmanRevived i saw two movies (Missing Link, Little)

first up was Missing Link
Laika is a marvelous animation company that has produced great stop-motion work so far in their history. "Paranorman" was an exciting horror story about a child who can see the spirits of the deceased. "The Boxtrolls" had charming characters and a bittersweet message concerning them. "Kubo and the Two Strings," quite easily the awe-gazing of the company's films, dealt with grief and loss in a wonderful balance and pervaded gorgeous animation in the process. along with Aardman, they're one of the only groups that's willing to keep the claymation art form alive and well.
"Missing Link" centers around Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman), who has a lifelong ambition of becoming a well known adventurer. with a sophisticated presence, and an ego bigger than Oprah's, he searches all around the globe in order to find some of earth's mythical creatures and announce their presence in the world. doing so will get him accepted into a society formed by other hunters, led by Lord Piggot-Dunceby (Stephen Fry). Frost receives a letter acknowledging the existence of Bigfoot, making a deal with Piggot-Dunceby that would allow him to join the society if he proved Bigfoot was real.
Frost travels to the Pacific Northwest in search of Bigfoot, eventually stumbling upon him in the forest. Frost is quickly able to grasp the two magnificent abilities of this sasquatch. he learned how to talk by observing people, and getting his giant hands on some books. however, the one thing that seems to elude him are social cues. he's still not adjusted to modern characteristics, like figures of speech or blatant sarcasm. turns out, Bigfoot (Zach Galifianakis) is the one that sent him the letter, and he has a personal dream of his own. he yearns to be in a more open environment, with other species of his kind. Frost gives Bigfoot a promise on bringing him to his true home, and their journey begins.
nearly every aspect of the movie is full of absolute whimsy. the sharp dialogue, the humorous physical and sight gags, even some of the bonus characters that are included. early on, we find that Piggot Dunceby hired a bounty hunter named Willard Stenk to track down Frost and the newly dubbed Mr. Link. he's a short-statured, gun-slinging madman that will do anything to get a kill, even if no money is involved. also thrown into the mix is a previous lover of Frost, Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), a free spirit that begrudgingly decides to help them on their trip to the Himalayans.
the Link himself is a lovable ball of fur. he's naive, easily distracted, and prone to take things a little too literally. all of that adds to his undeniable wholesome charm. we get to witness him progress from being a sweet bystander to a proclaimed partner of Frost. their companionship grows naturally, as they themselves do. in terms of their journey, it's full of absolute thrills and suspense. the action heavy sequences maintain a heightened intensity with the stakes involved. and, the writing dodges the chance of having two conflicts overlap into one. they allow each seperate sequence to hold its own ground, and the threading of the plot is played moreso by ear than by page.
overall, "Missing Link" is a fun, energetic ride filled with unlimited originality. better yet, it doesn't just limit itself to children's entertainment. it throws enough in there to keep the parents from drifting off into sleep. if you're interested, i would recommend it.

next up was Little
from now on, any time i see a movie trailer that says "from the producers of 'Girls Trip' and 'Night School'" i will instantly grow weary. there is still something left undetermined, however. what type of bad movie will this be? is it "meh" bad? forgettably bad? or just so bad that it's unwatchable? it's like a game of Whack A Mole, trying to see exactly which one will sneak up on me.
"Little" doesn't even try to be good. its setup is dead in the water right at the very beginning. Regina Hall stars as Jordan Sanders, and during the opening scene, we get a glimpse at the bullying she endured at a school talent show when she was 13 years old. years later, she's made a name for herself by becoming the owner of a large tech company. her mongul lifestyle is comprised of manipulating her employees, both mentally and physically, and acting like a pretentious snob to everyone else that walks her path. when someone says to her "good morning!" she responds with "how do you know?" her overworked assistant, named April (Issa Rae), gets the most of Jordan's visceral behavior. in her introductory scene, she sits in a calm position and listens to a meditation tape called "Slapping Your Boss."
after an especially stressful day of not finding a partner that will buy into their next big idea, Jordan storms around the office, ordering instructions at a maximum speed. an innocent child, who likes to play around with magic tricks, uses her wand and wishes for Jordan to be younger, just so she will know how difficult it is to be in someone else's shoes (does it really count if it's your younger self, though?) sure enough, that's what happens. sorcery has no part in anything else concerning the plot, yet i guess it apparently exists in this exhaggeration of our world. she calls April for help, and both unexpectedly get a visit from a CPS worker. Young Jordan (Marsai Martin) is forced to go to school, while April fills in for her spot at the company. there's another small storyline dragged in about Young Jordan meeting some of the outcasts of the school, who all sit at the same ignored lunch table in the corner. these kiddos have a plan to get their way out of the nerd zone and become cool like the others, and what do you know, it has to do with a school talent contest, where they plan to coordinate a dance that will somehow get them recognized and respected.
meanwhile, Jordan is facing troubles trying to distract her usual peers from her grown exterior's absense. her boyfriend thinks that this younger girl is a sign that Jordan was a single mom, and that causes some saucy conflict. he gets kicked out, but comes back a couple days later with gifts as an apology. after having a heart-to-heart, they hug, and Young Jordan gets a little to intimate. the boyfriend immediately gets weirded out, and leaves. he is not seen again after that point.
and everything else, honestly, is just filler. random things happen for no reason other than some wretched soul in the audience might possibly find it humorous. take the scene where Young Jordan and April are in a restaurant, and out of nowhere one of them gets up on the bar and starts singing karaoke (with no karaoke machine in sight, i might add) using a breadstick as a microphone. it serves no purpose, it doesn't alter or further the story, it's just one big dead zone devoid of any laughs.
i don't think i even have to describe the rest of the movie in order for you to predict what happens. will April learn how hard it is to run a business? will Young Jordan realize the pains of being at a lower scale than she once was? will the group of nerdy kids win the talent contest, and the respect of those around them? why am i asking you all of these questions?
the entirety of "Little" is annoying and almost impossible to sit through. body-morphing comedies can only work to a certain extent. when Fred MacMurray turns into the Shaggy Dog, it's funny. when a bright young kid turns into Tom Hanks, it's funny. when a bratty adult is turned into an even brattier child, it's time to send them to a counselor.
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2019.04.12 20:12 I_Am_Sam13 IJW: Missing Link (2019)

Animation is a medium that frequently gets labeled as children’s films despite the expert craftsmanship and design that goes to each release. The limitations of live action and believability can be forgotten in a world of exaggerated features and cartoonish designs, and the beauty of a story can shine through. And slowly but surely, a studio that understands this completely is gaining ground on the dominance of the major studios like PIxar and Disney. Laika continues their streak of hits with their newest release, Missing Link.
Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr Link (Zach Galifianakis), who is 8 feet tall and covered in fur, recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), the trio encounters their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world. Through it all, they learn that sometimes one can find a family in the places one least expects.
Outside of a slight misstep here or there, Hugh Jackman is generally a good piece to add to your film. And as Laika steps away from the children protagonists that have led their first four releases, Jackman feels like as safe a bet as you can get to portray the confident explorer Lionel Frost. Then partner him up with Zach Galifianakis as the comedic half of the adventuring duo, and you’ve got the first part of charming characters, the voice work, down.
The other half of the memorable character coin is the writing. Though the story isn’t terribly original, the characters that populate it and the messages it delivers feels genuine, retaining the Laika charm that is slowly allowing the smaller animation studio to gain creative ground on the behemoth Pixar. When a film ends, and you feel the need to spend more time with these characters as they just travel the globe, you know there is something special and interesting on display.
However, despite all of this praise to character and story, the crown jewel of any Laika film is the animation. Each new release from the studio feels like a step up, a constant improvement, even little details, that make their films stand out. The same excellent production design and style are present, but elevated as the story travels to nearly every corner of the globe and brings a new gorgeous setting along with it. While the visual inventiveness of Kubo and the Two String and its fantasy setting are not here this time, it would not be shocking to see Missing Link grab another Visual Effects nomination when the time comes.
Missing Link may not be the best offering from Laika, but it showcases the studios continued drive to push the medium forward. The technical achievements of the film are remarkably beautiful, even awe inspiring to those who know the effort that it takes. The story and characters are as charming as they come and the messages some through loud and clear even though the story beats are far from unique. It’s impossible to know for sure where Laika goes next, but everyone needs to see where it is when they do.
Review: http://www.iamsamreviews.com/2019/04/missing-link-review.html
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2017.06.19 13:13 feedreddit ONE DEAD in London terror attack -- INSIDE Trump’s tech meeting -- JARED back to Israel -- DEMS to try to weaponize Trump's ‘mean’ comment -- BRITTANY BRAMELL to TSA -- KEVIN SHERIDAN engaged -- B’DAY: Jeff Mason

ONE DEAD in London terror attack -- INSIDE Trump’s tech meeting -- JARED back to Israel -- DEMS to try to weaponize Trump's ‘mean’ comment -- BRITTANY BRAMELL to TSA -- KEVIN SHERIDAN engaged -- B’DAY: Jeff Mason
by [email protected] (Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
URL: http://ift.tt/2rMulnv
Good Monday morning. THE PRESIDENT is at the White House today, where he’ll meet with the president of Panama and then with a number of tech leaders. (Scroll down a bit if you’d like to see who from the administration and business is expected to attend.)
TERROR IN LONDON -- THE SUN -- “LONDON MOSQUE TERROR: Finsbury Park Mosque terrorist screaming ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims’ drives van into worshippers killing one and injuring ten,” by Ben Leo, Gemma Mullin, Neal Baker and Lauren Fruen: “ONE person has been killed and ten injured in a suspected terrorist attack after a hired van ploughed into Muslim worshippers leaving a mosque after late-night Ramadan prayers. The attacker – a 48-year-old white man – ran down pedestrians before being pinned down by hero bystanders and arrested by police.
“Scotland Yard has confirmed one man was pronounced dead at the scene and officers are in the process of informing his next of kin. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism, this morning said: ‘This is being treated as a terrorist attack. ‘The attack unfolded whilst a man was receiving first aid from the public at the scene, sadly, he has died. ‘Any causative link between his death and the attack will form part of our investigation. It is too early to state if his death was as a result of the attack.’ The attacker struck outside the Muslim Welfare House, close to Finsbury Park mosque, in north London as the area was busy with worshippers who had been attending Ramadan night prayers.” http://bit.ly/2sJEoPt
**SUBSCRIBE to Playbook:http://politi.co/2lQswbh
WE ARE STILL AT WAR -- “As U.S. Adds Troops in Afghanistan, Trump’s Strategy Remains Undefined,” by NYT’s Mark Landler and Michael Gordon: “When President Trump made his first major decision on the war in Afghanistan, he did not announce it in a nationally televised address from the White House or a speech at West Point.
“Instead, the Pentagon issued a news release late one afternoon last week confirming that the president had given the defense secretary, Jim Mattis, the authority to send several thousand additional troops to a war that, in its 16th year, engages about 8,800 American troops. Mr. Trump, who writes avidly on Twitter about war and peace in other parts of the world, said nothing about the announcement. But its effect was unmistakable: He had outsourced the decision on how to proceed militarily in Afghanistan to the Pentagon, a startling break with how former President Barack Obama and many of his predecessors handled the anguished task of sending Americans into foreign conflicts.
“The White House played down the Pentagon’s vaguely worded statement, which referred only to setting ‘troop levels’ as a stopgap measure -- a tacit admission of the administration’s internal conflicts over what to do about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.” http://nyti.ms/2sriOvO
-- WAPO: “Afghan war faces flurry of setbacks as new U.S. military policy nears,” by Pamela Constable and Sayed Salahuddin in Islamabad: “[C]omplicating the picture are questions about how to deal with neighboring Pakistan and balance separate fights against Afghan and foreign-based insurgents. In the latest attack Sunday morning, Taliban fighters stormed a police base in southeastern Paktia province after detonating a suicide car bomb outside. At least five members of security forces and several civilians were killed, officials said. The attack came one day after an Afghan army commando shot and wounded seven U.S. troops inside an army base in northern Balkh province.” http://wapo.st/2rGZlu9
SYRIA -- “U.S. aircraft shoots down a Syrian government jet over northern Syria, Pentagon says,” by WaPo’s Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Kareem Fahim: http://wapo.st/2sOe4Do
-- “Israel Gives Secret Aid to Syrian Rebels,” by WSJ’s Rory Jones, Noam Raydan and Suha Ma’ayeh: “Israel has been regularly supplying Syrian rebels near its border with cash as well as food, fuel and medical supplies for years, a secret engagement in the enemy country’s civil war aimed at carving out a buffer zone populated by friendly forces. The Israeli army is in regular communication with rebel groups and its assistance includes undisclosed payments to commanders that help pay salaries of fighters and buy ammunition and weapons, according to interviews with about half a dozen Syrian fighters. Israel has established a military unit that oversees the support in Syria—a country that it has been in a state of war with for decades—and set aside a specific budget for the aid.” http://on.wsj.com/2rH5ZQQ
INSIDE THE WEST WING: PLAYING FAVORITES -- “Trump demands face time with favored Cabinet heads,” by Tara Palmeri and Andrew Restuccia: “Every president has regular contact with key Cabinet members, but Trump, who remains deeply mistrustful of career agency officials, has turned the White House into a hangout for his chosen department heads. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has met with the president at least 34 times since he was confirmed in February, according to a POLITICO analysis of Trump’s interactions since taking office. ...
“Senior aides say Trump demands facetime with his appointees in part because he doesn’t trust bureaucrats who do the day-to-day work of the federal government. The president shuns them as tools of what he often refers to as the ‘deep state,’ and blames them for the frequent, unflattering news stories coming from his White House, according to two White House aides. But for Trump’s Cabinet members, proximity is a plus. Being physically present at the White House ensures that they have a say in policymaking — and serves as an indication of status with the president.” http://politi.co/2sh7lR2
LEGAL SHUFFLE -- “Kushner Is Said to Be Reconsidering His Legal Team,” by NYT’s Ben Protess Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Sharon LaFraniere: “Representatives of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, have quietly contacted high-powered criminal lawyers about potentially representing him in the wide-ranging investigation into Russia’s influence on the 2016 election, according to three people briefed on the matter.
“Some of Mr. Kushner’s allies have raised questions about the link between his current lawyer, Jamie S. Gorelick, and Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel appointed to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, according to one of the people who spoke on condition of anonymity. Before the Justice Department named him to the special counsel post, Mr. Mueller was a law partner with Ms. Gorelick at the Washington firm of WilmerHale. ...
“‘After the appointment of our former partner Robert Mueller as special counsel, we advised Mr. Kushner to obtain the independent advice of a lawyer with appropriate experience as to whether he should continue with us as his counsel,’ the statement from Ms. Gorelick said. …
“Among the lawyers contacted, one person said, was Abbe D. Lowell, a prominent trial lawyer whose previous clients include Jack Abramoff, the powerful Republican lobbyist, in a corruption scandal that shook Washington in 2005. Mr. Lowell is currently defending Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, against federal corruption charges. Mr. Lowell declined to comment.” http://nyti.ms/2ruJPNX
KUSHNER’S NEXT BIG TASK -- “Trump aides Kushner and Greenblatt to visit Israel, Palestinians this week,” by Reuters’ Steve Holland: “U.S. President Donald Trump is sending two top aides to Jerusalem and Ramallah this week to discuss potential next steps in his bid to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, a White House official said on Sunday. Going on the trip will be White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is Trump’s son-in-law and husband of his daughter Ivanka Trump, and Jason Greenblatt, a top national security aide. Greenblatt will arrive in the region on Monday and Kushner on Wednesday.
“The talks follow Trump’s discussions last month with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Behind-the-scenes conversations have been taking place since the Trump trip, the White House official said. … Kushner and Greenblatt will have meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah to hear directly from the Israeli and Palestinian leadership ‘about their priorities and potential next steps,’ the official said.” http://reut.rs/2tiT30O
DEM’S GEORGIA CATCH 22 -- “Democrats sweat the details in Georgia special election,” by Gabe Debenedetti in Sandy Springs, Georgia: “Democrats are closer than they ever could have imagined to winning a House seat in the Republican suburbs of Atlanta, and dealing a resounding blow to Donald Trump. But they’re also gripped by anxiety about what happens if they fall short Tuesday. A loss in Georgia’s special election here could leave the party demoralized, with little to show for all the furious organizing, fundraising and spending in a handful of congressional special elections in the early months of the Trump administration. As a result, Democrats are now straining to throw everything they have at Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District to push Jon Ossoff over the top against Republican Karen Handel, aiming to prove they can win the suburban districts that may pave the way to a House majority in 2018.” http://politi.co/2srqj5S
THE NEW DEM TALKING POINTS -- “Democrats use Trump ‘mean’ comment to tar GOP,” by Josh Dawsey and Seung Min Kim: “Democrats are seeking to capitalize on President Donald Trump calling the Republican health care bill ‘mean’ ahead of the Senate's vote to repeal Obamacare, seeing it as a pivotal moment in an issue that could drive the 2018 midterm elections. The comments from Trump, made privately to senators last week, were largely overshadowed by a mass shooting at a Congressional baseball practice and new developments in the special counsel’s investigation into Trump and his associates.
“But a senior Democratic aide said the party plans to revive the ‘mean’ comment part of floor speeches, press conferences and social media, and consultants said they craved the image of Trump celebrating in the Rose Garden with House members over a ‘mean’ bill that hurt poor Americans. ‘We will be weaving mean into the broader attack in a prominent way,’ the aide said.” http://politi.co/2sGAnKv
-- It’s important to note: There are just nine legislative days left before Congress breaks for the July 4 recess. Senate Republicans have still not released an Obamacare repeal bill for public review. It is crunch time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to find a path forward for a health care bill that can pass before the break. ALSO, WE HEAR that House Republicans aren’t going to necessarily take up whatever the Senate passes. They do plan a vote on something, but it’s not yet clear what the House will be able to stomach.
HAPPENING TODAY -- The much-discussed tech summit organized by President Donald Trump’s Office of American Innovation is bringing together Trump administration heavy hitters with a slew of tech bigwigs.
-- WHITE HOUSE ATTENDEES: Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Chris Liddell, Reed Cordish, Gary Cohn, Dina Powell, Stephen Miller, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Tom Bossert.
-- AGENCY ATTENDEES: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Homeland Secretary Ret. Gen. John Kelly, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and CMS Administrator Seema Verma.
-- CEOS: Ajay Banga, CEO of MasterCard; Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon; Zachary Bookman, CEO of OpenGov; Safra Catz, Co-Chief Executive of Oracle; Tim Cook, CEO of Apple; John Doerr, Chairman of Kleiner Perkins; Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware; Alex Karp, CEO of Palantir; Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel; Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai; Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP; Steven Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm; Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft; Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe; Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM; Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet; Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture; and Peter Thiel, Founders Fund.
-- “White House meetings add to tech’s awkward dance with Trump,” by Steven Overly: “Amazon, Google, Facebook and Lyft have all hired lobbyists with connections to Trump or his Cabinet members, as they seek to influence the administration on everything from taxes to immigration.” http://politi.co/2ruMXsV
THE JUICE …
-- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: DNC CHAIR TOM PEREZ is endorsing Puerto Rico statehood. Perez, who has two siblings born in Puerto Rico, said in a statement provided to Playbook that he believes Puerto Ricans should have the same rights as those on the mainland and that his personal view is that statehood is the best method to provide full representation in government and equal rights.
-- STOPTERRORNOW.ORG is dropping $100,000 for a USA Today ad as part of its campaign to push Trump and Congress to put political and economic pressure on Qatar. The full-page ad is an open-letter from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews founder and president Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. It also includes digital ads on the USA Today website. The adhttp://politi.co/2sOdIfN
-- BRITTANY BRAMELL has left Uber, and is starting today at TSA as the assistant administrator of public affairs.
A BI-PARTISAN KUMBAYA MOMENT -- “Israel trip calms some D.C. tensions,” by Daniel Lippman: “A number of former top Trump campaign officials and prominent Democrats say that their trip last week to Israel helped them dial down the bitter partisanship of current-day Washington. Trump campaign alumni Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, former Obama White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton, and Paul Begala were among the participants in the seven-day trip that ended Saturday. … The trip was sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation and organized by AIPAC political director Rob Bassin; other trip-goers included Juleanna Glover, Corry Bliss, Trey Nix, Brad Todd and Jef Pollack.” With a pic of the full group in front of the Knessethttp://politi.co/2sOcEJ4
WEST COAST WATCH -- “These Democrats feel guilty for sitting out the 2016 elections, and they aren’t waiting to register voters for the midterms,” by L.A. Times’ Javier Panzer: http://lat.ms/2rH3Y7i
MEDIAWATCH: HADAS GOLD -- “Fox’s Bolling talks of a future Senate run”: “Fox News anchor Eric Bolling may have just signed a new multi-year contract, but he’s also eyeing a possible career change: A future run for Senate. For now, Bolling is secure in his job as co-host of the new show ‘The Fox News Specialists.’ But In a recent telephone interview from Fox News headquarters in New York City, Bolling said that ‘when the lights go down on the TV career’ he wants to make a primary challenge against a sitting Republican senator in the South.
“‘A lot of Republicans run as conservatives only to be elected, and we find out they’re not conservative at all,” said Bolling, who considers himself one of President Donald Trump’s longest and most loyal supporters. Bolling, who grew up in Chicago and went to college in Florida, declined to specify which state in the South he’d run, which senator he would challenge or even when it would happen (it could be ‘never’ or when his current contract runs out in three years, he said). He also denied he’s taking any concrete actions to run, including speaking with consultants -- ‘no, no, friends’ he said when asked if he’s had conversations about planning a campaign.” http://politi.co/2sO3yMf
-- JACK SHAFER on “Megyn Kelly Pantses Alex Jones”:http://politi.co/2sFCQ8i
SPOTTED: HHS Secretary Tom Price on the Sunday afternoon ATL-DCA flight. Flying coach with two security agents.
ENGAGED -- Kevin Sheridan, founder of the Sheridan Media Group and a Romney/Ryan and RNC alum, got engaged to Erika Gutierrez, founder of epgPR.com and daughter of former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. They met at an event in 2015, and were reintroduced at the Jefferson through friends a year later. He proposed at their new home Saturday evening. Pic http://bit.ly/2rM6tAH
WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- Ari Schaffer, research analyst in the White House communications shop and an America Rising alum, married Marissa Schwartz, a senior analyst at The Advisory Board Company, on Sunday at the Rockleigh Country Club in New Jersey. The two met at Kesher Israel Synagogue in Georgetown. Picshttp://bit.ly/2sGzT79 ... http://bit.ly/2tEqg66 ... http://bit.ly/2sO4i4d
--Alessandro Ago (Alex), son of D.C. publicist Janet Donovan and Amb. Pietro Ago, married Emma Bernstein at the Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, CA. Ago is director of programming and special projects at USC while Bernstein is assistant to the president at Imagine Entertainment. “In keeping with their cinematic interests, they created a movie poster in honor of their wedding.” Pichttp://bit.ly/2sJzphx ... The posterhttp://bit.ly/2sNUOpy
BUSH ALUMNI -- Glynda Becker, director of federal relations at Washington State University and a Bush administration alum, married Tom Fenter in an outdoor ceremony at the Suncadia resort located outside of Seattle. The couple was introduced by former Bush alumnae Susan McColley Benhoff when she invited her brother last minute to join the group at Outer Banks for their annual Memorial Day Weekend beach trip. Picshttp://bit.ly/2sO9pRyhttp://bit.ly/2tjwzwX
SPOTTED: Susan McColley Benhoff and Kevin Benhoff, Suhail Khan, Warren and Emily Tryon, Mike and Rhonda Gallagher, Connie and Gary Partoyan, Kelle Strickland and Chad Adams, Rob McKenna.
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Jeff Mason, WH correspondent for Reuters and president of the WHCA. How he’s celebrating: “I’m spending the day in Bonn, Germany, where I’m accepting the Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Award on behalf of the White House Correspondents’ Association. It’s an honor to be here to discuss the work of the WHCA and extra special to me personally because I was born in Germany -- my folks were stationed here with the U.S. Air Force in the 1970s. I’m celebrating with my twin bro, Brian, (happy birthday, dear brother!) and with close family friends from the village we lived in as kids.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A:http://politi.co/2rMsdfP
BIRTHDAYS: David DiMartino, a Boston native and Bruins fan, now at Blue Engine Message and Media (h/t Erik Smith) … former SEC chairwoman Mary Schapiro ... WaPo’s Anne Gearan ... Marcus Brauchli, co-founder and managing partner of North Base Media, the pride of Boulder, and a WSJ and WaPo alum, is 56 (h/t Ben Chang) ... Politico’s Alex Isenstadt, the pride of Piedmont, Calif. (h/t Tim Burger) ... Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is 72 ... Salman Rushdie is 7-0 ... actor Paul Dano is 33 (h/t Nadia Szold) ... David Lat, founder and managing editor of Above the Law, is 42 ... Lara Spencer of “Good Morning America” and the pride of Garden City ... Politico’s Tim Starks ... Slate contributor Seth Stevenson, author of “Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World” ... Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) is 38 ... Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) is 63 ... Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) is 6-0 ... Slate’s Isaac Chotiner, a Houston Rockets fan and TNR alum ... former Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.) is 46 ...
... CBS News producers Louise Dufresne and Christina Ruffini (h/ts Caitlin Conant) ... Tariq Smith, proud NC State Wolfpack alum (h/t Andrew Bates) ... Cragg Hines ... Mary Dalrymple of Eagle Hill Consulting and a Booz Allen alum ... Earl Whipple ... Mike Naple is 34 ... Jenna Sakwa, Speaker Ryan’s new director of media affairs. She celebrated with colleagues on the speaker’s balcony on Friday, with family in NYC this weekend, and will BBQ with friends on Monday (h/t Ryan press team) ... Michelle Ringuette … Liz Richards ... Samantha Finke … Darren Bearson … Sean Kevelighan … Hilary Richards ... Michael Akin, president of DC-based strat comms and engagement firm LINK Strategic Partners (h/t wife Wendi) ... Jennifer Fedor ... Raytheon’s Aimee Strudwick Gilroy … Marilyn Miller (h/t Teresa Vilmain) ... former Bush 43 White House and DHS alum Tom Hoare (h/t Ed Cash) ... Michael Robbins … Ruth Elliott ... Sean Kevelighan ... Bonnie Goldstein ... Matt McKillop is 33 ... Leslea Byrd ... CRC Public Relations is 28 … Liz Richards … Paula Abdul is 55 ... actress Zoe Saldana is 39 ... Macklemore (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis) is 34 ... actor Atticus Shaffer is 18 (h/ts AP)
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2016.02.25 05:58 JubbyO CMV: The depressing okcupid/dating studies tells black women we should use skin bleaching creams to lighten our skin if we want to find a date.

This is actually a serious question and controversial. I hope this recieve a good response.
Please do not give me feel-good answers. Be honest. We all know (studies show) how much all races of men loathe black women, so please don't lie to me.
For what it's worth, I have no interest in bleaching my skin, but why do people act as if it is illogical for a black woman to do so?
I am a black woman. I have been single for almost all my life. I am slim, a corporate attorney. I look very similar to Zoe Saldana but I am not mixed. I am African-American.
It has suddenly occurred to me after perusing dating statistics and studies that ALL RACES of men apply biases against black women. Men rate Asian, Latina, and white women much differently than the way they rate black women. This is universal.
The only difference between an Asian/Latina/white woman to a black woman is lighter skin and straighter hair. (At least for myself and many black women. I have slim facial features but I am dark-skinned.) Black women can and do make their hair straighter but people look down on black women who choose to lighten their skin, even though this is appealing to men ACCORDING TO EVERY STUDY. People also look down on black women changing our hairstyles EVEN THOUGH THIS IS ALSO APPEALING TO MEN. Basically, black women can't be appealing to men or do things to make us more appealing to them?
I want to be married/find love/find a date. I don't want to be alone all of my life much more than I care about people saying I have self-hatred issues. Studies show that I as a black woman am less likely to be married than any other group of women and that I am less likely to find a suitable partner. Even if I get slim, have a good-paying job, speak proper English, wear make-up and curl my hair, I will still not be seen as equal to a white/Asian or Latina woman.
I am saddened that I can see how easy it is for my Asian/Latina friends to date, especially in college, but it is so much harder for me. If my skin were only lighter, I could date similar kinds of men.
So, please. Let's make some controversy. Change my view. If I were to simply take myself and lightened my skin tone, I would have more access to more men so it is not illogical for a black woman to do so. Perhaps, it should be encouraged?
If it shouldn't be encouraged, should we just tell black women to settle for whomever they can get?
Let me provide statistics. Google search item 1: Race and Attraction Oktrends. Google search item 2: NPR. Odds favor white men and Asian women. Google search 3. http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/social-mobility-memos/posts/2015/04/09-race-assortative-mating-inequality-reeves.
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2016.01.22 00:52 Mcheetah2 Random Shit 50: Height II (Part two to Random Shit 30)

The Perfect Man is 5'11" tall and the Perfect Woman is 5'6" tall.

...According to THIS You.Gov.UK poll, the "ideal height" for a man is a (short, measly, pathetic) 5'11", but only for women 5'7" and under. While the "ideal height" for a woman is a (mediocre, unimpressive) 5'6" for men that are 5'10" and under. It also says that the ideal 'range' between male and female partners is that the man be four to five inches taller than the woman (with the ideal couple being 5'11" and 5'6" or 5'7", respectively).
So five-foot-eleven is the ideal man's height for non-tall women and five-foot-six is the ideal woman's height for non-tall men. Both of these, coincidentally, are two inches (1.5 inches technically) above the "average" heights of men and women in North America and The UK. Which is to say, at least in most of the Western world, the ideal heights for men and women are 1.5 to 2 inches above the National Average.
Of course, when you get to taller women, 5'8" and above, 5'11" becomes much too short on men, and their 'Ideal man' becomes a minimum of 6'1".. For tall men (6'1" and up, at least), the idea of a 'tall' changes drastically in their minds (what with them already being tall men, as it is), but oddly enough, their ideal woman only ends up being one inch taller at 5'7".
That is to say, few men want tall women (5'8" and above where "tall" for women begins, according to this survey), but also, few women want short men and are only desiring "tall" men (which begins at 5'11" and up, again, only according to this survey.)
That means, for MOST men, short to tall, the ideal woman's height is 5'6" to 5'7". But for non-tall women, the ideal man's height is 5'11", but for tall women (5'8" and up, according to YouGov's definitions of "tall women"), no less than 6'1" will do for any kind of 'ideal' man.
the majority of people in a given 4-inch height range picked a height within their own range as a personal “ideal”.
This study also notes what is "too tall" for men and women and what is "too short." It says, for the average 5'4.5" woman, 6'3" and up is 'too tall' for men. (Though we all know that's bullocks and most women don't have a 'too tall.') While it also says that 6' is the point where women become 'too tall' for diminutive men 5'9.5" and shorter.
It also says 5'3" and less is "too short" of a man for the 'average' British woman and 4'11" and less is "too short" of a woman for the 'average' British man.
Also, if you look at Hollywood's leading actors, actresses and eye candy, you'll see this somewhat fits there, too. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Orlando Bloom, Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Grant, Michael Fassbender, Jake Gyllenhaal, Seann William Scott, Adam Levine, and Tyrese are all 5'11" (or really close to it).
And Jessica Alba, Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana, Kaley Cuoco, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rose Byrne, Rachel Weisz, and Beyonce, are all 5'6" without heels (or super close to it).
And Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Olivia Wilde, Emily Blunt, Jessica Biel, Sofia Vergara, Keira Knightley, Kate Beckinsale, Katy Perry, Gabrielle Union, and Alexandra Daddario are all 5'7".
You can read the full data here or here.
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2014.10.21 22:28 cinephgeek Carmen Sandiego

Why isn't there a Carmen Sandiego movie? There were failed attempts but come on. First there would be the nostalgia since it's never been done. Second she does impossible heists (get the guys who make up the crazy shit from Mission Impossible). They never from my recollection ever showed how she pulled off many of her heists. Third she's a hispanic female. Get Zoe Saldana for Carmen and either Hiroyuki Sanada or Ken Watanabe for Suhara (her ex partner) tracking her down.
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2014.08.18 15:31 BlackSheepCritic IJW: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Marvel’s latest release hit the theaters this month, breaking almost every August opening record there is, and is now set to overtake the Transformers as biggest movie of the summer. The big question is was it a success due to the roughly 40 different trailers released over the past 6 months along with a massive marketing blitz, or was it deserving of its win fall based solely on its own merits? Well, in my humble opinion, this is simply the best all around movie so far this year. Is it the funniest, nope that’s Bad Neighbors. The most gripping story line, not even close. But it has such a well balanced story, filled with engaging characters, set in a beautiful universe and a script that knew when to be serious and when to laugh at itself.
The film follows Peter Quill (Chris Pratt, Parks and Recreation, Lego Movie) who is abducted by aliens when he is a young boy and grows to be a space outlaw. He finds himself in over his head when he steals an orb that is desired by Ronan (Lee Pace, the Hobbit). Ronan dispatches his assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana, Star Trek, Avatar) to hunt Quill down and retrieve the orb while the bounty hunters he beat to the punch put a price on his head. The bounty attracts the attention of Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper, The Hangover), a genetically modified raccoon, and his partner, a living tree named Groot (Vin Diesel, Riddick). The three attempt to nab Quill but end up getting all four of them arrested. In jail they meet Drax (David Bautista, WWE), a rage fueled beast of a man who seeks revenge on Ronan. Gamora reveals that she planned on betraying Ronan and selling the Orb for a huge profit and will split it with them if they help her setting in motion events that will pit them against a slew of enemies and finding them as being the universes greatest hope for survival.
The films strongest point is its balance between characters. Each of the Guardians is given enough time to develop a bit of their back stories without really overdoing it. While Quill is the presumed leader, the film doesn’t revolve solely around him. You get to invest just as much time into the rest of the Guardians and that gives you a better feel for the entire movie. All of the characters have such strong personalities that if they had given Quill more attention then there would have been lulls in the movie when the other characters where being focused on.
The pace of the story was superb. It starts off fast and barely slows down keeping you engaged the entire way. The movie introduces the audience to a whole new universe but does it in such a way that it feels familiar without having to stop the story with plot points. The actors play off each other so well that when there isn’t pop corn munching action on the screen the audience doesn’t lose attention because they are too busy laughing. The soundtrack is a character all its own. Quill is never without his trusty walkman jamming to classics and it keeps the energy high.
It is also very important to point out what this movie does for the Marvel universe. While there are no current plans to merge the Guardians with the Avengers (it’s totally gonna happen though!) they do take place in the same universe and share the villain Thanos. This expands the Marvel universe immensely, meaning we can expect to see a more constant release of movies, maybe even as many as twice a year. Plus with a non Avengers franchise having success it opens the doors for more lesser know Marvel heroes to finally get a chance in the spotlight.
So if you haven’t seen it yet, this is defiantly a movie that you want to put on your list and see before it leaves the theaters. And bring friends because you will be quoting it for weeks!
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2014.08.05 01:56 MikeArrow My thoughts on the major characters in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

In lieu of a more traditional review I'd like to open up discussion about the major characters in the film, since I loved watching them so much.
Cast:
Chris Pratt - Peter Quill is the kind of devil may care man of action that the cinema of the 80's adored. The smooth, cocky confidence of Harrison Ford combined with the good natured buffoonery of Kurt Russell. Pratt makes him fallible, slightly book dumb but adept at using his wits and guile to get by. If you compared Quill with Marvel's other big personality, Tony Stark, the difference between the two is palpable. Where Stark is a lone wolf, holding deep resentment against the world, Quill is more of a social butterfly. He knows he doesn't know enough to play on the same level as his (much more technologically and physically advanced) adversaries, so he avoids the game entirely.
Zoe Saldana - Gamora is the kind of character that requires absolute finesse to play. An incredibly painful and dark past gives her the outward appearance of practised disaffection, but underneath the surface the core of a good person waits to come out. The moments allowed to Saldana to play these little subtleties are among the best in the film. The sequence where she walks through the Prison being jeered at and taunted for her villainous past is a wonderfully humanising moment for a character that would otherwise be standoffish and difficult to empathise with. As with Peter Quill and Tony Stark, Gamora's is closest to Natasha Romanoff in temperament and impact on the story. However, while Scarlett Johansson keeps Romanoff at arms length from the audience at all times, knowing very smartly that Romanoff's power is in her projecting that unassailable confidence at all times, Saldana's portrayal is much more vulnerable, and thus much more human. We quickly see her fiery nature and the extent that her aloneness has caused her to become distrustful of others. The budding love story between Gamora and Quill is one of the best in all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with all the slow build up and subtlety allowing the audience to invest themselves in the characters' relationship, resulting in one of the few truly earned emotional payoffs in the series.
Dave Bautista - Drax is one of the true unsung heroes of the movie. At first blush, like all the characters in the film, Drax is a total cliche. And, like all the characters in the film, right off the bat he is given lots to do to completely upend the cliche and forge a rounded persona in his own right. From the unexpectedly thoughtful and emotionally grounded performance by Bautista, to the many, many one liners that resulted in some of the biggest laughs of the whole movie. Drax is a revelation, not only in terms of his integration into the story on a fundamental level, but the degree to which his character can bounce off each member of the Guardians and hold his own is wonderful to see. His role in the story can be likened to Thor's role in The Avengers. A hardy warrior with a heightened vocabulary, unfamiliar with Earth culture and deriving a lot of his appeal from that disconnect.
Vin Diesel - Groot. Anyone who's seen The Iron Giant knows Diesel is the go to for strong, childlike characters with the potential for both massive amounts of destruction and unlimited humanity and kindness. Groot is the best kind of side character, funny without being obnoxious, well defined in his own right without taking over the story, and the amount of fun the filmmakers get to have with that combination is truly staggering. From his ability to grow various tree and plant related appendages, to his extremely expressive face and physical mannerisms, Groot says more with three words that most characters do with whole sentences. Groot is, oddly enough, like Hawkeye. He's the beta partner in a duo with a lot of history, and due to his unique abilities, best served on his own instead of alongside the group.
Bradley Cooper - Rocket is a foul mouthed, sarcastic talking raccoon. Cooper knows exactly what to do with character and thanks to these filmmakers, they let him loose with gusto. A technically savvy, street smart seen-it-all type, Rocket would in any other movie be as rank a cliche as seeing Joe Pesci (an influence on Cooper's voice performance here) play a mobster. But at every turn the filmmakers insist on giving him depth, motivation and purpose, putting Rocket front and center with all his idiosyncrasies and foibles. His anger and frustration never boil over into toxicity, however. He's hurting badly inside, but the filmmakers ensure that he never comes across as whiny or unlikeable, allowing his skills and his smarts to more than justify his place as an essential part of the team. Rocket is like the Bruce Banner of the Guardians, constantly balancing the internal struggle between his sheer rage at the world for the injustice of his creation and his desire for simple human dignity and respect.
Lee Pace - Ronan the Accuser is a classic villain, in the mold of Grand Moff Tarkin and Ian McKellen's Magneto, he's a fascist dictator with a thirst for revenge. The filmmakers have taken to heart the essential rule of villains in comedy, to never portray the villain as the butt of the joke. Through and through he's a serious, no bullshit leader and a powerful force to be reckoned with for our heroes. He has the trappings of a religious fanatic, but this aspect of his personality is simply present, it doesn't define him or lock him in to that one dimensional characterization. The visual design of the character is amazing, the use of practical costuming and make-up really give Pace a sense of weight and strength as he moves. The way the light shines off the metal plates of his headpiece show off the aged quality of the material, as if it's an ancient heirloom or relic he's using in respect of his Kree ancestors. Like Loki, Ronan is full of himself, with delusions of grandeur much higher than his current station. Also like Loki, he seeks to gain ultimate power by taking control of an Infinity Stone. Where Loki is constantly in conflict over his more human traits, his seeking of approval from Odin, brotherhood from Thor, of respect from the rest of the Asgardians, Ronan is resolutely one-minded and has already proven that he has the power to back up his authority.
Michael Rooker - Yondu, in the great tradition of the villainous mentor, is a rough and tumble man who is a father to his men but ultimately is cold and mercenary to a fault. You could say he's reliably vicious, as Quill and the Guardians take advantage of time and again throughout the story. Rooker uses all of his immense personal charm to inject life into the character, with Yondu's many quirks allowing him to come across as instantly relatable to the audience. Like Heimdall in Thor, Yondu is a small role that dominates every time he is on screen, just by how darn magnetic he is, with his western attire, unconventional choice of weapon, and a preternaturally Eastwood-esque sense of commanding authority.
Karen Gillan - Nebula. Officially my new favorite Marvel character. An augmented humanoid with a vicious side, coolly dissatisfied about everyone and everything in that rebellious teenager kind of way. Nebula doesn't get much to do, but like Boba Fett teases your senses in such a way that makes you long to see more. Gillan knows exactly how to play this kind of character, chewing the scenery with gusto at every opportunity. The scene where she comes into conflict with Gamora is one of the best one on one fights in the Marvel movies, right up there with Thor-Loki on the rainbow bridge.
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2014.08.03 22:55 MikeArrow [Minor Spoilers] My thoughts on the major characters of 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

In lieu of a more traditional review I'd like to open up discussion about the major characters in the film, since I loved watching them so much.
Cast:
Chris Pratt - Peter Quill is the kind of devil may care man of action that the cinema of the 80's adored. The smooth, cocky confidence of Harrison Ford combined with the good natured buffoonery of Kurt Russell. Pratt makes him fallible, slightly book dumb but adept at using his wits and guile to get by. If you compared Quill with Marvel's other big personality, Tony Stark, the difference between the two is palpable. Where Stark is a lone wolf, holding deep resentment against the world, Quill is more of a social butterfly. He knows he doesn't know enough to play on the same level as his (much more technologically and physically advanced) adversaries, so he avoids the game entirely.
Zoe Saldana - Gamora is the kind of character that requires absolute finesse to play. An incredibly painful and dark past gives her the outward appearance of practised disaffection, but underneath the surface the core of a good person waits to come out. The moments allowed to Saldana to play these little subtleties are among the best in the film. The sequence where she walks through the Prison being jeered at and taunted for her villainous past is a wonderfully humanising moment for a character that would otherwise be standoffish and difficult to empathise with. As with Peter Quill and Tony Stark, Gamora's is closest to Natasha Romanoff in temperament and impact on the story. However, while Scarlett Johansson keeps Romanoff at arms length from the audience at all times, knowing very smartly that Romanoff's power is in her projecting that unassailable confidence at all times, Saldana's portrayal is much more vulnerable, and thus much more human. We quickly see her fiery nature and the extent that her aloneness has caused her to become distrustful of others. The budding love story between Gamora and Quill is one of the best in all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with all the slow build up and subtlety allowing the audience to invest themselves in the characters' relationship, resulting in one of the few truly earned emotional payoffs in the series.
Dave Bautista - Drax is one of the true unsung heroes of the movie. At first blush, like all the characters in the film, Drax is a total cliche. And, like all the characters in the film, right off the bat he is given lots to do to completely upend the cliche and forge a rounded persona in his own right. From the unexpectedly thoughtful and emotionally grounded performance by Bautista, to the many, many one liners that resulted in some of the biggest laughs of the whole movie. Drax is a revelation, not only in terms of his integration into the story on a fundamental level, but the degree to which his character can bounce off each member of the Guardians and hold his own is wonderful to see. His role in the story can be likened to Thor's role in The Avengers. A hardy warrior with a heightened vocabulary, unfamiliar with Earth culture and deriving a lot of his appeal from that disconnect.
Vin Diesel - Groot. Anyone who's seen The Iron Giant knows Diesel is the go to for strong, childlike characters with the potential for both massive amounts of destruction and unlimited humanity and kindness. Groot is the best kind of side character, funny without being obnoxious, well defined in his own right without taking over the story, and the amount of fun the filmmakers get to have with that combination is truly staggering. From his ability to grow various tree and plant related appendages, to his extremely expressive face and physical mannerisms, Groot says more with three words that most characters do with whole sentences. Groot is, oddly enough, like Hawkeye. He's the beta partner in a duo with a lot of history, and due to his unique abilities, best served on his own instead of alongside the group.
Bradley Cooper - Rocket is a foul mouthed, sarcastic talking raccoon. Cooper knows exactly what to do with character and thanks to these filmmakers, they let him loose with gusto. A technically savvy, street smart seen-it-all type, Rocket would in any other movie be as rank a cliche as seeing Joe Pesci (an influence on Cooper's voice performance here) play a mobster. But at every turn the filmmakers insist on giving him depth, motivation and purpose, putting Rocket front and center with all his idiosyncrasies and foibles. His anger and frustration never boil over into toxicity, however. He's hurting badly inside, but the filmmakers ensure that he never comes across as whiny or unlikeable, allowing his skills and his smarts to more than justify his place as an essential part of the team. Rocket is like the Bruce Banner of the Guardians, constantly balancing the internal struggle between his sheer rage at the world for the injustice of his creation and his desire for simple human dignity and respect.
Lee Pace - Ronan the Accuser is a classic villain, in the mold of Grand Moff Tarkin and Ian McKellen's Magneto, he's a fascist dictator with a thirst for revenge. The filmmakers have taken to heart the essential rule of villains in comedy, to never portray the villain as the butt of the joke. Through and through he's a serious, no bullshit leader and a powerful force to be reckoned with for our heroes. He has the trappings of a religious fanatic, but this aspect of his personality is simply present, it doesn't define him or lock him in to that one dimensional characterization. The visual design of the character is amazing, the use of practical costuming and make-up really give Pace a sense of weight and strength as he moves. The way the light shines off the metal plates of his headpiece show off the aged quality of the material, as if it's an ancient heirloom or relic he's using in respect of his Kree ancestors. Like Loki, Ronan is full of himself, with delusions of grandeur much higher than his current station. Also like Loki, he seeks to gain ultimate power by taking control of an Infinity Stone. Where Loki is constantly in conflict over his more human traits, his seeking of approval from Odin, brotherhood from Thor, of respect from the rest of the Asgardians, Ronan is resolutely one-minded and has already proven that he has the power to back up his authority.
Michael Rooker - Yondu, in the great tradition of the villainous mentor, is a rough and tumble man who is a father to his men but ultimately is cold and mercenary to a fault. You could say he's reliably vicious, as Quill and the Guardians take advantage of time and again throughout the story. Rooker uses all of his immense personal charm to inject life into the character, with Yondu's many quirks allowing him to come across as instantly relatable to the audience. Like Heimdall in Thor, Yondu is a small role that dominates every time he is on screen, just by how darn magnetic he is, with his western attire, unconventional choice of weapon, and a preternaturally Eastwood-esque sense of commanding authority.
Karen Gillan - Nebula. Officially my new favorite Marvel character. An augmented humanoid with a vicious side, coolly dissatisfied about everyone and everything in that rebellious teenager kind of way. Nebula doesn't get much to do, but like Boba Fett teases your senses in such a way that makes you long to see more. Gillan knows exactly how to play this kind of character, chewing the scenery with gusto at every opportunity. The scene where she comes into conflict with Gamora is one of the best one on one fights in the Marvel movies, right up there with Thor-Loki on the rainbow bridge.
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2014.08.02 00:06 MikeArrow My thoughts on the major characters in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

In lieu of a more traditional review I'd like to open up discussion about the major characters in the film, since I loved watching them so much.
Cast:
Chris Pratt - Peter Quill is the kind of devil may care man of action that the cinema of the 80's adored. The smooth, cocky confidence of Harrison Ford combined with the good natured buffoonery of Kurt Russell. Pratt makes him fallible, slightly book dumb but adept at using his wits and guile to get by. If you compared Quill with Marvel's other big personality, Tony Stark, the difference between the two is palpable. Where Stark is a lone wolf, holding deep resentment against the world, Quill is more of a social butterfly. He knows he doesn't know enough to play on the same level as his (much more technologically and physically advanced) adversaries, so he avoids the game entirely.
Zoe Saldana - Gamora is the kind of character that requires absolute finesse to play. An incredibly painful and dark past gives her the outward appearance of practised disaffection, but underneath the surface the core of a good person waits to come out. The moments allowed to Saldana to play these little subtleties are among the best in the film. The sequence where she walks through the Prison being jeered at and taunted for her villainous past is a wonderfully humanising moment for a character that would otherwise be standoffish and difficult to empathise with. As with Peter Quill and Tony Stark, Gamora's is closest to Natasha Romanoff in temperament and impact on the story. However, while Scarlett Johansson keeps Romanoff at arms length from the audience at all times, knowing very smartly that Romanoff's power is in her projecting that unassailable confidence at all times, Saldana's portrayal is much more vulnerable, and thus much more human. We quickly see her fiery nature and the extent that her aloneness has caused her to become distrustful of others. The budding love story between Gamora and Quill is one of the best in all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with all the slow build up and subtlety allowing the audience to invest themselves in the characters' relationship, resulting in one of the few truly earned emotional payoffs in the series.
Dave Bautista - Drax is one of the true unsung heroes of the movie. At first blush, like all the characters in the film, Drax is a total cliche. And, like all the characters in the film, right off the bat he is given lots to do to completely upend the cliche and forge a rounded persona in his own right. From the unexpectedly thoughtful and emotionally grounded performance by Bautista, to the many, many one liners that resulted in some of the biggest laughs of the whole movie. Drax is a revelation, not only in terms of his integration into the story on a fundamental level, but the degree to which his character can bounce off each member of the Guardians and hold his own is wonderful to see. His role in the story can be likened to Thor's role in The Avengers. A hardy warrior with a heightened vocabulary, unfamiliar with Earth culture and deriving a lot of his appeal from that disconnect.
Vin Diesel - Groot. Anyone who's seen The Iron Giant knows Diesel is the go to for strong, childlike characters with the potential for both massive amounts of destruction and unlimited humanity and kindness. Groot is the best kind of side character, funny without being obnoxious, well defined in his own right without taking over the story, and the amount of fun the filmmakers get to have with that combination is truly staggering. From his ability to grow various tree and plant related appendages, to his extremely expressive face and physical mannerisms, Groot says more with three words that most characters do with whole sentences. Groot is, oddly enough, like Hawkeye. He's the beta partner in a duo with a lot of history, and due to his unique abilities, best served on his own instead of alongside the group.
Bradley Cooper - Rocket is a foul mouthed, sarcastic talking raccoon. Cooper knows exactly what to do with character and thanks to these filmmakers, they let him loose with gusto. A technically savvy, street smart seen-it-all type, Rocket would in any other movie be as rank a cliche as seeing Joe Pesci (an influence on Cooper's voice performance here) play a mobster. But at every turn the filmmakers insist on giving him depth, motivation and purpose, putting Rocket front and center with all his idiosyncrasies and foibles. His anger and frustration never boil over into toxicity, however. He's hurting badly inside, but the filmmakers ensure that he never comes across as whiny or unlikeable, allowing his skills and his smarts to more than justify his place as an essential part of the team. Rocket is like the Bruce Banner of the Guardians, constantly balancing the internal struggle between his sheer rage at the world for the injustice of his creation and his desire for simple human dignity and respect.
Lee Pace - Ronan the Accuser is a classic villain, in the mold of Grand Moff Tarkin and Ian McKellen's Magneto, he's a fascist dictator with a thirst for revenge. The filmmakers have taken to heart the essential rule of villains in comedy, to never portray the villain as the butt of the joke. Through and through he's a serious, no bullshit leader and a powerful force to be reckoned with for our heroes. He has the trappings of a religious fanatic, but this aspect of his personality is simply present, it doesn't define him or lock him in to that one dimensional characterization. The visual design of the character is amazing, the use of practical costuming and make-up really give Pace a sense of weight and strength as he moves. The way the light shines off the metal plates of his headpiece show off the aged quality of the material, as if it's an ancient heirloom or relic he's using in respect of his Kree ancestors. Like Loki, Ronan is full of himself, with delusions of grandeur much higher than his current station. Also like Loki, he seeks to gain ultimate power by taking control of an Infinity Stone. Where Loki is constantly in conflict over his more human traits, his seeking of approval from Odin, brotherhood from Thor, of respect from the rest of the Asgardians, Ronan is resolutely one-minded and has already proven that he has the power to back up his authority.
Michael Rooker - Yondu, in the great tradition of the villainous mentor, is a rough and tumble man who is a father to his men but ultimately is cold and mercenary to a fault. You could say he's reliably vicious, as Quill and the Guardians take advantage of time and again throughout the story. Rooker uses all of his immense personal charm to inject life into the character, with Yondu's many quirks allowing him to come across as instantly relatable to the audience. Like Heimdall in Thor, Yondu is a small role that dominates every time he is on screen, just by how darn magnetic he is, with his western attire, unconventional choice of weapon, and a preternaturally Eastwood-esque sense of commanding authority.
Karen Gillan - Nebula. Officially my new favorite Marvel character. An augmented humanoid with a vicious side, coolly dissatisfied about everyone and everything in that rebellious teenager kind of way. Nebula doesn't get much to do, but like Boba Fett teases your senses in such a way that makes you long to see more. Gillan knows exactly how to play this kind of character, chewing the scenery with gusto at every opportunity. The scene where she comes into conflict with Gamora is one of the best one on one fights in the Marvel movies, right up there with Thor-Loki on the rainbow bridge.
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2014.04.16 19:07 tabledresser [Table] IamA Ahmed Best actor/writer/director, best known for playing Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars Ep. 1,2,3. Ask me Anything!

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*Sigh* guess I'll be that guy... How does it feel to have played one of the most unintentionally hated characters in movie history? I like the fact that you said unintentional. I feels great to be a part of movie history regardless of how anyone feels about him.
I guess most questions will be on the same theme but... After filming Episode 1 and before it was released, how did you expect Jar Jar to be received? Did you manage to not take the hatred personally? No, it hurt a lot. You put your heart and soul in to something groundbreaking for two years and it gets slammed, that hurts. But It made me stronger. Cheesy answer, but it's true.
Knowing what you know now about how your character in Star Wars would be received, by fans, critics, and the general public, would you still have said yes to taking on the role of Jar Jar Binks, and why? YUP! I'm a skinny kid from the Bronx. I'm not supposed to be alive let alone a pro artist. Opportunities like SW come once in a lifetime. Those are the ones you say yes to.
What's your favourite Star Wars movie? Empire Strikes Back.
Did you come up with Jar Jar's voice and speech patterns, or was that given to you by the writers? If the latter, what was that conversation like? It was all scripted. I just did the voice.
Hey Mr. Best, I don't think you get nearly as much credit as you deserve, having played the first fully digital main character in film history. Without anywhere in filmmaking to look or research for previous experiences, how did you prepare for that kind of role when you were cast? Thanks my man. It was tough because the tech was being invented as I was doing it. A lot of the inspiration for Jar Jar was from Buster Keaton. George and I would watch a lot of Buster Keaton together and he would tell what he liked and what he wanted. The final battle scene in Phantom Menace is almost all Buster Keaton.
So how did you end up being the actor for Jar Jar? Was there any competition for the role? I auditioned. Michael Jackson really wanted to do it but George picked me. Marinate on that one. I still am.
In the special features on the Episode I DVD, you seem to be full of enthusiasm and always in good spirits. What are some of your favourite fun moments you had making the movie? The submarine scene with me Liam and Ewan. We laughed through most of that. We were all very close, but Liam and I had a special thing when we were on screen together. I always thought we should do a buddy cop flick.
How do you feel about all the people that found Jar Jar to be annoying? They all have a right to their opinions. Star Wars belongs to the fans as much as it does all of us who were in the movies.
Are there no Ahmed's better than you? I'm sure there are many. But not one with the birth right title of Best.
You're a brave man coming here. What project that you worked on are you most proud of? Can't choose. I'm proud of all of them for different reasons.
STOMP blew my mind as a kid in New York, and I've been fascinated with it ever since. I was wondering about the collaborative process on the show. Since the ensemble has to work in such close harmony, was there an evolution to the bits when a new cast member joined? Or was it more static and everyone just had to keep up? STOMP was the best training I've ever had. Each person has a role and that role has a track that you follow. So new folks would learn each routine in the show following the role and track they were assigned. Some learned faster than others. in the beginning you have to hold on and keep up, but everyone catches up and flies really quickly.
Hi Mr Best! What was it like being directed by George Lucas, and how would you compare him to other directors you've worked with? George and I worked very well together. He has the movie in his head before he shoots so he's super smart and efficient. He's also one of the kindest most generous directorsI've worked with. He doesn't say much. He let's actors act.
Thanks for the reply. Mesa your humble servant. Word.
Aside from JarJar, which role are you proudest of / do you wish people knew you from instead? I'm probably most proud of STOMP. I was the lead in that show off and on for 10 years. That show felt tailor made for me. There would be no 'instead' for me. i love all the things I've done for their reasons.
What is the difference from an actor's perspective between a digitally rendered character and a cartoon? The acting is the same. The difference would be performance. The animated cartoon is mostly realized by the animation artist. The CG Character is mostly realized by the actor, the animation artist then translates the actors performance in to animation.
As far as you know, did George Lucas ever consider making any changes to Jar-Jar Binks in light of the general negative reaction towards him? Not to the character, but to the story arc there were huge changes.
That's really interesting, could you elaborate on that by any chance? I think George wanted to give the fans what they wanted. That meant more lightsabers and less Gungans.
How did you feel being passed over for an Oscar? Never thought about it until you asked. excuse me while i cry in my Dunkin Donuts mug.
How do you feel about the assertions that Jar Jar (and other alien characters in the Prequels) were racist caricatures? Additionally, what's your opinion on the "fan-edits" that gave Jar Jar an entirely alien language with subtitles to detract from the issue? The racism charge has no legs. There is no legit argument for it. P.S. I'm really good at debating racism and Jar Jar so please no takers you will be sonned. I love the fan edits. Star wars is as much the Fan's as it is ours. Be creative. I'm doing a sci-fi webshow called the Nebula and I will be encouraging fan edits.
What is your personal opinion of the Star Wars prequels? Were you a Star Wars fan before signing onto them? I was a huge Fan! First movie I ever laid eyes on was SW A New Hope. So I grew up with it. I am biased to the prequels, so I love them.
Have you found Jar Jar Binks enthusiasts? Many. contrary to popular belief there are more enthusiasts than non-enthusiasts. But, I appreciate all. I don't discriminate.
How is your day going so far? A bit hung over. Not enough coffee.
Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized Rancors, or one Rancor-sized duck? One rancor sized duck. plus the aftermath would be delicious. No dis to vegetarians.
Hi Ahmed, with all due respect, anyone can come up with your Bio, and anyone can post a link to that website. Please provide proof with you holding a sign up saying Hi, Reddit today is . In the meantime, How You doin??? :) I'm doing good. how are you? Working on my sign now, and getting coffee inside me.
Link to www.ahmedbest.com
Proof is above.
What's your favorite dinosaur? Triceratops.
Was there any sense on-set during the prequels, particularly during filming of Episode 1 that it might not be up to the audience's expectations as it now has a reputation for, much in the same way that there was famously a lot of ridicule from the cast and crew during the filming of A New Hope? Or was everyone generally happy with the job they were doing and just excited to be apart of Star Wars? Happy and excited. We were doing Star Wars!
Do you ever bust out in your Jar-Jar voice at random times. Mostly to impress everyone around you and to be swarmed by fans? Not really. I will only do it for kids.
You did voice work for jar jar on several star wars video games. which was your favorite to work on? to play? have you considered doing VG voice work for non-jar jar parts? CLone wars and RObot Chicken were my favorites. I do a lot of VO work.
Who was your favorite actor to work with in Star Wars, and why was it Ewan McGregor? I love them all. Most of my scenes were with Liam, but Ewan and Natalie and Liam were all wonderful.
Is there any chance Jar-Jar gets in the new Star Wars movie? Don't think so. I would love to be someone in the Solo family. Maybe his drunk uncle Jed solo.
If they made a movie about your lIfe, who would play you (other than yourself)? Zoe Saldana. She gets everything.
Did you get/Are you still getting royalties from any of the Jar Jar merchandise? Nope.
Let's talk about your music. You're writing, producing, and I assume performing music in and around New York, yeah? What defines your personal style of performance, and do you have a musical crew that you run with (perform regularly?) My musical style is very influenced by soul music. I have a jazz background and a R&B foundation. But I have rock n roll stage performance attitude. But if it's honest and comes from the soul I'm in.
What was the hardest part of filing the star wars movies? Also where do you see yourself in 10 years? Tunisia in 100+degrees in that latex suit was tough. I will tell you in 5 years.
Hi Ahmed, and thank you for doing this AMA. What project(s) do you have that you'd like to talk about? Doing a bunch of stuff. Mostly Web. Best thing to do is Check my website, www.ahmedbest.com. most of my work will be there I also write regularly on my blog. I have a webshow called 2blackdudes that's out soon that's very funny, and a scifi comedy called th NEBULA out soon.
1) Do you still talk with the rest of the cast from the Star Wars prequels? 2) Apart from acting, what hobbies do you enjoy? I drop them a line form time to time. I'm a martial artist and a musician.
What Star Wars memorabilia from the set did you get? If anything? Nada. IT's all in the Smithsonian.
What is the best advice ever given to you? We are all married to the same woman.
What were some of your favorite memories of being part of the Star War prequels? Tunisia was the best. There's something about that place that made me feel at home. I loved it. I saw an Oasis there that would make you cry.
I personally enjoyed your performance in the Star Wars franchise, maybe it is because I was 36 when Phantom Menace was released and realized that it was just a friggin movie. People who have that much hate over a work of fiction and can't appreciate the amount of work that went into it need to get over it, or watch Gigli and see if they still have so much hate for episodes 1-3. :o) I was wondering did you do any of the touring shows with Stomp? If so, how is life on the road with a touring company? I did. I love the road. it's tough when you're away from home for months at a time, but i love new places and people.
Listening to the joe rogan podcast recently they talked how jar jars lines and demeanor could be construed as racist. Do you find this to be accurate? No.
If you could travel to past and change your decisions, would you take the role again or would you refuse it? I would take it every time. If I didn't I wouldn't be able to talk to you guys.
Mr. Best! I hear you are a jiujitsu bad ass. How and why did you get involved with this most noble of martial arts? I've been doing martial arts since I was very young. I've done many of them. As I got older i was tired of hitting and being hit. I also love wearing a GI. I found john Machado and machado BJJ and immediately felt at home. Been with John for 10 years now. i love BJJ. It's a part of me.
How did you come up with the voice for Jar Jar? Who or what inspired it? I'd been doing voices for jingles and commercials. I gave george about 5 options. the one in the movie was the one he chose.
Can you give us some cool moments from the set of episode one ? So Many. A big one was when R2D2 rolled on. We all turned in to kids when that happened.
How did your cameo in Attack of the Clones in the nightclub scene happen? Did you ask for it or did they ask you to do it? Anthony Daniels. (C3PO) he made it happen.
Thanks for doing the AMA, Ahmed! In episode II, Jar Jar is basically the one that gives Palpatine the support to use the Clone Army, which starts the wars that led to the Empire's rise. Does this mean everything bad in the Star Wars universe can ultimately be traced back to Jar Jar Binks? Was this intentional on Lucas' part? I guess the answer is yes to both. Although palpatine manipulates everyone in to launching the Empire. Jar Jar just brings the motion to the floor.
When Jar Jar dives into the lake to lead the Jedi to the Gungan city...Was the yell/cry he lets out part of the script? How hard was it to get the lines down after Jar Jar gets shocked by Anakin's podracer? It's a yell that I made up it's not anything specific or scripted. The lines after Jar Jar was shocked was a suggestion by George. He asked if I could talk like the Bill Cosby dentist bit from Bill Cosby Himself Link to www.youtube.com I said sure.
Hey Ahmed, Thanks for doing this! What happened to Jar Jar after episode 3? Thank you for asking. According to George he's reduced to a powerless Senator.
Do you keep up with the technology and technique behind making digital / motion-capture characters that Jar Jar paved the way for? It really is amazing how quickly it went from groundbreaking technology to the going thing! I do. Andy Serkis is really moving everything forward. Imaginarium in London is rocking the house.
I've heard that Ewan Macgregor made lightsaber noises while filming the scenes where he's using that kickass weapon. Did you, or any of the cast, feel tempted to fill in your own effects or anything similar? I could imagine just being on the set of Star Wars would make it tempting. He did. we all did sound effects on set. it was fun.
Monsters out there, leaking in here. Weesa all sinking and no power. Whena yousa thinking we are in trouble? Hahaha. favorite scene.
Favorite flavor of Doritos? Cool ranch Link to www.youtube.com
As the assistant editor of this Jared commercial I just want to say it was an honor to work with you (or rather, your footage). Do you do a lot of commercial work? I do now. I really love it. weird I know but I do. Thanks for the great editing.
If you were to play a Sith what name would you like to have? Darth Wup-yo-ass.
What was your favorite moment out of all three movies? Obi wan, Anakin fight.
Does it ever bother you that even over the course of your entire lifetime, more women will have fondled your action figure than you? Yes.
Favorite ice cream flavor? Rum raisin.
What is your favorite beer? More of a wine guy.
Ahmed, what's your favourite videogame? Streetfighter.
I think Star Wars 1-3 really were the 1st big studio movies to use digital environments for sets from beginning to end. It revolutionized hollywood filmmaking and is everywhere now. As someone who has had to perform in that kind of completely imagined environment and worked with vets while doing it, do you think it's difficult for actors to create a truer sense of character with their scene partners when… (I don't know exactly what Im trying to say)… When they can't feel actual breeze of wind on their face or can't actually feel a wall 4 feet from them as it will be when its added later. I guess...Do you think this is a problem in modern filmmaking? It' challenging, but the nature of acting and filming is play and imagination. It's not that much of a stretch, although there is a lot of blue and green to play with.
Don't know if you'll answer, but... Did you ever get headaches during rehearsals/performances of "Stomp?" No. I've been playing drums all my life. STOMP was quiet compared to that.
What's a non Star Wars, non STOMP project that you really enjoyed working on? Scifi comedy webshow the Nebula.
And this new webshow i'm on called 2blackdudes.
Ahmed, Still doing MMA? Wassup!!!
I actually thought jar jar was pretty cool, but maybe that was in Lego Star Wars videogames Me too.
Meesa will find youu!! And meesa will kill youu!! Hahahahah. Bring it. I'm hard to kill.
Hi Ahmed, I know that you probably get a load of flak for Jar Jar, but I want to say thanks for the last arc you had in the Clone Wars - the one with Mace Windu, it made Jar Jar seem like a character that cared about something rather than a supporting character. Thanks. Clone wars was something special. We had a great time doing those.
I found Jar Jar funny and didn't have a problem with him at all so I wondered what your take is on why there was so much opposition to him. Everyone has their reasons. I'm glad you liked him.
Nice try, Ahmed. Send me a picture of you to prove you're real. Make sure it has today's date on it.
I'd just like to point out that when I play games, I include Jar Jar in my name just because they'd be uber pissed off to see they'd been owned by someone with Jar Jar in their name. Hahahah.
You are a brave man. Nah. Just a man.
Your attitude about the reaction the character got is awesome. You rule. You rule!
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Damn, lot of great news today.
World News
"A report on the underrepresentation of women in science and math by the American Association of University Women, to be released today, found that although women have made gains, stereotypes and cultural biases still impede their success."
"In particular, young girls have to negotiate sexually in order to get shelter from the rains and access to food aid."
"Around 30 activists, mostly from the Muslim community, as well as filmmaker Gauhar Raza and lyricist Javed Akhtar gathered at the Jantar Mantar observatory to protest comments made by Lucknow-based Muslim cleric Kalbe Jawad regarding women’s reservation bill. 'Where were these Muslim clerics when over 400 Muslim women were raped in Gujarat’s communal riots?'"
"Afghanistan's amnesty for war criminals is not playing well in a therapy theater group for Kabul women victimized by years of violence. They wait for a form of justice while perpetrators of violence get impunity and a chance to hold positions of power."
"A judge at Riyadh Summary Court has ridiculed calls for the construction of extra floors just for women at the Grand Mosque in Makkah in order to prevent them from mingling with men during tawaf (circling of the Holy Kaaba) and prayers."
"To address the problem, UNICEF and the Ministry of Public Health have trained 30 people to help families apply simple clean-water techniques at home – including chlorination, boiling of water and exposure of drinking water in transparent bottles to solar energy."
"For feminists, arguments about sex work have become an ugly, obstructive shibboleth. The debate about whether feminism can ever tolerate the sale of sex has raged for over five decades, and in recent years the question has opened old wounds in the fabric of feminist unity, leading to such embarrassing flashpoints as the verbal abuse and police intimidation of sex workers and their allies at the Reclaim the Night march in 2009."
"Ms Thokozani Khupe is Zimbabwe’s first-ever female Deputy Prime Minister. She is also the first female Vice-President from the Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)."
US News
Ten months later, California insurance regulators ordered Kaiser to cover Galeotti's care, saying that Kaiser had no basis for denying payment "other than to achieve a significant financial windfall" at the expense of her family, the hospital and the state's Medicaid program.
"Members of the Kansas state House and state Senate met yesterday to negotiate on a law that would restrict some access to late abortion in the state. According to the Associated Press, the bill will likely include a provision allowing women or their families to sue doctors if they can present evidence that their late abortion was illegal. The bill would also require doctors to report the exact medical reason for abortions past 21 weeks."
"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey celebrated women's history month yesterday at an event at the US Capitol. The reception was hosted by Speaker Pelosi and honored Secretary Clinton."
"In an effort to be extremely (overly?) sensitive, NPR has instructed staffers to no longer use the terms "pro-choice" and "pro-life." They're not "neutral" enough, apparently, so they're going to tiptoe around from here on out."
"Goodbye and good riddance: prisons in Washington state will no longer be able to use leg irons or waist chains on pregnant women, and cannot use restraints of any kind during labor or childbirth except in "extraordinary" circumstances."
"A lesbian banned from her school's celebration in Mississippi gets an invite from students across the country."
Media/Other
Sexist ad from Calgary pulled after complaints. There was another ad in the series with the headline “A $20,000 down payment is easier than scoring on a four-minute 5 on 3. And way, way easier than scoring with your waitress.”
"The online promotional push for Black Marriage Day glosses over the history of black marriage, disregards the economic impediments to marriage and ignores black gay marriage."
"Nobody’s booing her now; in fact, we’re cheering."
"Wouldn’t a working mother be less stressed out if her husband or partner assumed an equal share of the financial, household and childcare duties? Isn’t a husband less stressed out if his wife helps to earn money while he is also competent and fully up to speed on running the house? This makes sense, but it’s still kind of radical to say out loud."
"However, often in these conversations and news stories, language is used that’s confusing or inaccurate, and some statements are made about abortion or women who choose abortion which are false, unrepresentative or misleading."
"And over at Nylon, a fashion magazine that hasn't featured a non-white cover girl in seven years, they asked her similar questions about being brown, and she replied with similarly fantastic quotes."
"Can’tstoplisteningtoDessa! The only woman in the highly acclaimed underground hip hop collective, Doomtree, Dessa brings a literary beauty to hypnotic rhythms that left me (re)examining the super old and super problematic feminist consensus that hip hop, even what comes from woman artists, is too caught up with rampant sexism to see outside that bubble."
"So do we have to wait until 2014 for domestic violence to not be an impediment to obtaining insurance? The way the high risk pool is set up, you first have to be uninsured for 6 months (and will someone please explain how the ugliness of that black hole got into any of this)–so if you get raped during that 6 months, are you sh*t out of luck??"
"Fucking while feminist presents a peculiar set of challenges for the pro-sex single. How do you talk rape culture on a first date while still managing to get laid once in a while? How do you find the feminist guy who won’t self-flagellate to the point of unfuckability?"
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