Monthly Archives: April 2016

Today, Kenya Is Torching 5% Of The World’s Stockpiled Ivory

Earlier today, Kenya set ablaze 105 tons of stockpiled ivory in a measure designed to discourage the poaching of elephants and rhinoceros in the country. The blaze is the biggest such blaze in history. Read more… Continue reading

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Another DC Movie Director Might Be Departing Their Film

Just a day after The Flash lost its director over creative differences, it looks like the DC Cinematic Universe could be losing another director for the same reason: James Wan, who is slated to direct Aquaman.Read more… Continue reading

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We Might Now Know Why Ebola Keeps Popping Up In West Africa

While the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has officially ended
, isolated cases have appeared in Sierra Leone
and Guinea
earlier this year, prompting worries that the virus will likely have a constant presence in the region. A new study brings up so… Continue reading

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12 Novel Adaptations That Should Get a Do-Over Reboot

We’ve all been there: a favored book is snapped up for adaptation, with a whole lot of potential behind it: solid cast, crew, production values, etc. When it hits theaters, you walk out wishing that they’d done everything differently.

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Marko Kloos On Turning His Military Service Into Kickass Space Adventures

Last week, we reviewed the latest two books from Marko Kloos: Angles of Attack and Chains of Command, which we really enjoyed
. We particularly liked the authenticity that he’s imbued in his world, and wanted to ask about how his military service played into his fiction.

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Here’s How Spacecraft Dashboards Evolved, and Where They’re Headed 

When you drive, the second most important thing you should keep your eyes on is the dashboard of your car (the first thing being the road). In space, however, it’s the controls that are the most essential for navigating and operating your spacecraft. From Gagarin to Scott Kelly, here’s a brief visual history of the human-spacecraft interface.

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In Myke Cole’s Javelin Rain, Even Undead Navy SEALS Cope With PTSD 

I’ve been a big fan of Myke Cole’s novels for a while now – his last book, Gemini Cell
, was a particularly good blend of zombie, military and romance genres. His latest, Javelin Rain, isn’t quite so innovative, but it carries the momentum of the series forward nicely.

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Clive James: ‘Ben Affleck has overcome the handicap of his absurd good looks’

‘Redford got so bored by his own beauty that he would go off and direct something. Affleck probably has the same motivation, but he has a lot more directorial flair’

My copy of the 2012 Ben Affleck movie Argo lay around unwatched for a long time. A few nights ago, I fought my way in through the shrink-wrap and took a look. It revealed Affleck to be a terrific director as well as a fine actor.

That latter quality was probably the reason I had left the shrink-wrap intact for so long. In Pearl Harbor, Affleck had overcome the handicap of his absurd good looks and done a creditable job of bringing to life his role as a brave young pilot, instead of doing what the script deserved and setting fire to it before placing himself under citizen’s arrest for having signed the contract in the first place.

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Special Correspondents: Ricky Gervais is far from the man he used to be

The comedian’s new Netflix film is a crude and not-that-current affair

If you asked Ricky Gervais to explain the backlash against him, you can imagine him telling you it’s us who have changed, not him. In today’s culture of safe spaces and preferred pronouns, his brand of caustic wit is no longer acceptable, and won’t be until we all regain the sense of humour we had in 2001, when The Office first went out. It’s a neat story, but as his new Netflix vehicle Special Correspondents makes clear, Gervais is far from the man he was 15 years ago.

Related: Ricky Gervais: ‘It’s always about people, it’s always about ego’

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Richard Linklater: ‘someone’s living back there, and he’s murdered somebody’

As his lodger, a convicted murderer, is sent back to prison, the director talks about the Texan justice system, the art of storytelling – and why he’ll always be a slacker at heart

At the start of Richard Linklater’s 1992 breakthrough movie Slacker, a passenger in a cab monologues away about life and hope and the randomness of it all. The young man, played by Linklater himself, tells the driver about his weird dreams: having lunch with Tolstoy, being Frank Zappa’s roadie. He proceeds to create an alternate reality in which he stays at the bus station, rather than gets the cab, meets a cute girl, plays pinball with her, falls in love. Three minutes later, he gets out, saying: “Man! Shit. I should have stayed at the bus station.” It’s beautifully constructed, and in a way it became the template for all the films that followed.

Linklater doesn’t do drama. There is often no plot. His characters wander about, talk (how they talk!), fall in and out of love, get stoned and drunk and disappointed, make good and bad decisions. His films amble along gloriously, eavesdropping on life.

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Celebrity cameos: has the joke worn thin?

From the new Absolutely Fabulous movie to Zoolander 2, Ryan Gilbey reflects on what separates the unforgettable star turns from the excruciating B-list cash-ins

In her BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, Jennifer Saunders was never slow to rope in famous chums to add an in-jokey authenticity to her portrait of the fag-end of the high life. The forthcoming movie version promises to be a similar model of celebrity democracy, with a cast that runs from A-list to Z-list. Where else would you find Kate Moss rubbing shoulders with Judith Chalmers? Or Alexa Chung and Daisy Lowe cosying up to Christopher Biggins? If a bomb had dropped on set, it would have been goodbye to Hello! magazine. Heat might have frozen over.

No big-budget comedy is complete until the producers have milked their contacts book dry for star cameos. Overkill was part of the gag in the third Austin Powers film (Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, Steven Spielberg) and the second Anchorman (Will Smith, Marion Cotillard, Liam Neeson, Kanye West). But this trick had worn thin by the time of Zoolander 2. A devilishly funny opening sequence shows Justin Bieber being gunned down; he reaches for his phone, takes a selfie, selects a filter, posts it on Instagram – and then expires. The remainder of the film suggested that its makers had inserted a star cameo whenever inspiration was flagging. Unfortunately, Anna Wintour and Susan Boyle proved to be no substitute for decent jokes.

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Alec Baldwin Plays an Shouty Mastermind in Dystopian Game-Show Thriller Andròn

Andròn, the first feature from Italian filmmaker Francesco Cinquemani, stars a cast of unknowns alongside two Hollywood stars (Alec Baldwin, Danny Glover) Its concept appears to meld The Hunger Games’ fight-to-the-death competition, The Truman Show’s all-seeing overlord, and the greenish-black palette of a thousand scifi films that’ve come before.

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This Candidate for President Claims He’s Traveled Through Time

If the current frontrunners in this year’s presidential race just don’t appeal to you, perhaps you’d like to really think outside the box. Seattle lawyer Andrew Basiago is also running for president, as an independent. And he cites his extensive experience traveling through time as one of his strongest qualifications for office.

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Sophie Turner Revealed X-Men: Apocalypse’s Best Easter Egg

If you’re going to do an X-Men movie set in the ’80s, which record album are you going to show Cyclops and Jean Grey picking up? There’s really only one option.

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Elisabeth Moss Is Starring in Hulu’s Adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale

Today, Hulu not only announced that they are adapting Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s also already ordered a full season of the show and cast the lead.

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Someone Is Finally Trying to Stop This Underground Garbage Fire That’s Burned for Six Years

For six years, an underground garbage fire has been steadily burning outside of Saint Louis, Missouri, right next to landfill filled with nuclear waste buried in the mid-70s. So why hasn’t anyone managed to extinguish it yet?

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Shia LaBeouf apologizes to lookalike who got sucker-punched

‘It’s happened to me before,’ LaBeouf said in a voice message left to a man in New York City, who was allegedly attacked for resembling the actor

A man assaulted in New York for looking like Shia LaBeouf got a call from the actor himself in commiseration.

Mario Licato, an advertising art director, was sucker-punched in a Lower East Side subway station on Saturday night. “While I was falling down the stairs, all I hear was, ‘This is because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf,’” Licato told Gothamist.

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io9 Was Founded on the Idea That Science Fiction Belongs to Everyone

When I started working on io9 in 2007, we didn’t have a name for the site yet. We hadn’t come up with any real plans for how we were going to cover science fiction, science and futurism. But there was already a central idea that the site was based around: That science fiction is for absolutely everybody who enjoys it.

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This New Preacher Clip Is 30 Seconds of Pure Insanity

“This is how you make a bazooka.” If you weren’t already incredibly excited for AMC’s Preacher, this new 30-second sizzle-reel should do the trick. It’s jam-packed with the kind of violence, insanity, and action that’ll hopefully define the show once it airs.

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A Collection of the Weirdest Shit I’ve Found on Spotify

The way I see it, everybody has a “thing” they do when they get high. Some people gorge themselves on as many edible objects as will fit in their cottony mouths. Other people lay in the dark and listen to Phish. Still other people sit on their couch and look at Vine
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