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Batman-Superman Titled ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’

Matches Malone:

Or, how to make the Justice League movie, without calling it Justice League. If the Aquaman casting rumor turns out to be true, you’ve got five of the seven members of the league appearing in this film. Kudos to DC Entertainment for allowing the Nolanverse to rule the day.
I’ve always said, “Treat these characters with respect, and they will treat you the same way.”

Stay sane, my friends.

The rest of you now know what you must do. <3

Originally posted on Variety:

Warner Bros. has officially titled the Batman-Superman pic “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” with principal photography starting today in Detroit.

Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck star in the film with Zack Snyder directing. Pic also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from “Man of Steel,” Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter.

Film is written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing. Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns also serve as executive producers.

Plot details are unknown.

Production will take place in Detroit as well as areas around Illinois; Africa; and the South Pacific. Film is set to bow May 6, 2016.

The title seems to hint to an origin tale for the untitled “Justice League” film that Snyder has…

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Praying with open eyes.

Matches Malone:

More thoughts o’ the day from Jon Swanson. Enjoy, and discuss. Thanks!!!

Originally posted on 300 words a day:

The king was up early, before the rest of the household. It was an old habit from years of living in caves and in fields. He couldn’t forget being watchful of sheep and soldiers, watching for wolves, both animal and human.
He slipped through the building and out the door, nodding silently at the salute from the sleeping sentinel. He sat on the portico, in David’s chair. He looked east, across a valley. The top of the hill, in later years to be known for it’s olive trees, was tinged with pink.

“Bless the Lord, my soul.”

It’s how he started every day. A man who spent his life giving direction to others, regularly gave direction to himself.

O Lord my God, You are very great;

This wasn’t one of his best mornings. “God you are great.” It reminded him of the little children’s prayer. God is great, God…

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Episode 2: Some of the Things that Molecules Do

Matches Malone:

My only argument here is with the phrase, “Indisputable fact, etc.” Otherwise, great writing by a good friend.

Originally posted on thecosmosblog:

(First aired 16 March 2014)

Science works on the frontier between knowledge and ignorance. We’re not afraid to admit what we don’t know. There’s no shame in that. The only shame is to pretend we have all the answers.

It would be easy to dismiss Episode 2 of COSMOS as simply “The Evolution Episode”; the first episode to really deal with those big issues that are likely to trigger the ire of Creationists. And whilst this episode certainly represents a push-back against the encroachment of religion in the scientific domain, there is a great deal more to be valued in the subtext.

Turning wolves into dogs was the first time we took evolution into our own hands, and we’ve been doing it ever since…

The episode starts out by looking at the history and mechanisms of dog breeding.  This presentation of artificial selection immediately establishes a relatable premise from which…

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‘Godzilla’s’ Gareth Edwards to Direct ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff

Matches Malone:

Okay, so how soon before we get to see Godzilla traipsing around the Death Star? #starwars #godzilla

Originally posted on Variety:

“Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards has been tapped to direct Lucasfilm’s first standalone “Star Wars” film — not related to the next planned trilogy — that Disney has dated for release on Dec. 16, 2016.

Gary Whitta (“The Book of Eli”) will write the script.

Lucasfilm, which made the announcement on StarWars.com on Thursday, did not reveal the subject of the new movie, although there have been rumors that the new spinoffs would focus on characters like bounty hunter Boba Fett and Yoda. Disney has said it plans to produce at least three of those films.

Disney also has said it intends to release a new “Star Wars”-related movie (including spinoffs) every year starting with next year’s “Star Wars: Episode VII,” that J.J. Abrams is currently directing.

SEE ALSO: Disney CEO Sees Growth in the Movie Business

Along with his love for classic monster movies, Edwards has also been a longtime fan of George…

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First Look: Ben Affleck as Batman

Matches Malone:

Okay, so, here it is. I’m anxious to write something about this, however, as usual, none of what I think will make any difference anyways, and the brothers Warner are going to end up doing what they want….

Originally posted on Variety:

While the Batman-Superman movie is still two years away from hitting theaters, director Zack Snyder posted the first look of Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight on Tuesday, alongside his new Batmobile.

The Batmobile is somewhat obscured by Affleck but the black and white image gives fans a chance to debate how the new suit compares to past costumes. The Batsuit has always been a divisive feature of every Batman pic – especially since George Clooney’s costume in “Batman and Robin,” which came complete with the now-infamous “Batnipples,” gave fans an advanced warning that the Joel Schumacher production might be troubled.

The untitled Batman-Superman film co-stars Henry Cavill (Superman) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and begins filming this summer in Detroit.

Batman-Superman opens in U.S. theaters May 6, 2016.

https://twitter.com/ZackSnyder/status/466249462348644352

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Forever Evil #6 – Review

Matches Malone:

The reviewer didn’t like this issue as much as I did. Or, will, depending on when you read this post….

Originally posted on Weekly Comic Book Review:

By: Geoff Johns (story), David Finch (pencils), Richard Friend (inks), Sonia Oback (colors)

The Story: Not only is morality topsy-turvy on Earth-3, the spelling is off, too!

The Review: After I reviewed the first issue of Forever Evil, commenter Invasionforce and I had a slight disagreement about its merits.  Invasionforce was of the mind that the storyline served as a kind of political allegory, with “evil” as a stand-in for social Darwinism, where one’s fitness for survival need not include scruples or any humanist sentiment whatsoever.  I was of the mind that Forever Evil was just another splashy event drenched in mindless superpowered battles.

No offense to Invasionforce, but at this point, I’m convinced that history will validate my perspective on things.  It’s been many months since we’ve seen the Ultraman, Luthor, or anyone else espouse their views on anything; they’ve been too busy fulfilling their intended roles in…

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My title is optional?

Fascinating.

You’d think that you’d want to post a title, simply for people to find you.

Clearly, I have to relearn everything I almost know, for the year of the Bad Christian.

Two Pussy Riot Members Released From Prison During Amnesty

Matches Malone:

The juvenile response to this story is, “They said pussy!” However, the bigger issue is, freedom of speech vs. freedom of religion. In America, where most of US live ;) They probably would’ve simply been slapped on the wrist, or the bare bottom in this case, and given a ticket.
Pay the fine, and move on.
They had the audacity to express themselves in a country that doesn’t allow that type of expression. What I believe is irrelevant, as the bigger issue is, oppression.
I’m truly glad I live in a country wherein the ability to say things that I don’t necessarily believe in is allowed. At the same time, I want my beliefs respected.
Am I asking too much?

Let me know in the comment section after you read the referenced story.
72 and sunny in Redondo Beach.
Adjust your expectations accordingly….

Originally posted on World:

Updated: 9:24 a.m. EST

Feminist punk rockers Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova walked free from prison on Monday, months ahead of their scheduled release in March.

Both were imprisoned for “hooliganism” in 2012 for performing a “punk prayer” in a Moscow cathedral in protest to Putin’s ties to the Russian Orthodox church.

Tolokonnikova left a prison colony in the city of Krasnoyarsk, eastern Siberia, on Monday, just hours after Alekhina was freed in another part of the country.

“There is no new Putin,” Tolokonnikova told BuzzFeed, shortly after her release, pushing back against the notion that recent prisoner releases signal a softening tack by the Russian leader. “This is a small step back, but a small one. There are still plenty of people in the jails.”

The members’ imprisonment was largely seen as an effort by Putin to silence myriad forms of dissent sprouting across Russia after the strongman controversially took…

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Announcing “A Great Work”

Matches Malone:

I don’t know how I came across Jon’s site, however I’m glad that I did. Such a simple concept writing 300 words a day. Anyone can do that, and I’ve done so on more than one occasion. However, I get to write about the entertainment industry.

Jon writes about God. Everyday! Impressive, to say the least. I think I’ll refer everyone to this post when I review it for him on Amazon. That way, I don’t have to write everything twice ;)

Originally posted on 300 words a day:

300 words will complete 5 years on January 1. Thank you for reading when you do, responding when you do, and encouraging when you do. It’s a humbling thing.

Along the way, a couple people said, “We’d read a 300 words version of the Bible.” I couldn’t figure out how to do that.

This week I’m announcing the first book that feels to me like it fits with the 300 words a day style, without consisting of old posts. 

A_Great_Work_Cover_for_Kindle

A Great Work is my book-length conversation with the book of Nehemiah.

Why Nehemiah? When I started, I thought the book was about doing something big, that it was for people wanting to do that once-in-a-lifetime project.

The more I read and wrote, the more I discovered that Nehemiah isn’t a project management book, or a five easy steps book. This is the memoir of a human who lived a faithful…

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Quotes from Linkedin.com: Why film producers were shot down as contestants on the TV show ‘Shark Tank’

Matches Malone:

I’ve been getting re-educated on what it takes to make a movie in the 21st Century, and came across this guy who has the only accredited IR firm in Vegas, which I think is pretty cool.
The logical follow up question is, I’ve been developing a package of films for the last ten plus years, with what I would consider to be no actual development money, however, my life can be documented, therefore the question is, should I give up control of more than half of my company? It’s a scary thought to be sure. Please leave a comment after you read the article, and the comments at the site. PS, most of them are spam, except for mine. There probably should be an asterisk somewhere…. ;)

Originally posted on Finance topics, trends, & specific term sheets:

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Hedge Private Equity and Private Film Financing http://www.linkedin.com/

Quote from Dave Gregory, film producer

“Just watched that segment of SHARK TANK online. I don't take anything I see on reality shows too seriously, but I do like the "cast" of investors on that show.

Mark Cuban was instantly out because the filmmakers only offered 30 or 35% of the equity for 100% of the funding. That's ridiculous…and insulting to any investor, IMO.

At first I thought they were hawking a documentary but then, once they talked about obtaining cast and writing a script, I realized it was a narrative feature based on the subject and they hadn't even gotten through development. And really, a teaser with nothing but annoying GC title graphics doesn't tell me a damned thing.

I would never approach an investor until full development, a breakdown, a schedule…

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