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Garfield Creator Teams with Marvel for New Galactus Story

In the late 70s and early 80s, there was nothing hotter than Garfield when it came to newspaper comic strips. Sure, Garfield’s day in the sun has cooled a bit, especially after a couple of mediocre live-action movies with none other than Bill Murray voicing the lasagna-loving feline. But Garfield mania has started to hit up again in recent years, with 80s nostalgia at an all-time high. Marvel is now cashing in on that, bringing the creator of the comic into their fold to draw a new Galactus story for their hugely popular Squirrel Girl run.

While Marvel has been making a killing at the box office in the past couple of years, and turning the tide when it comes to superheroes on the small screen, their narrative has been tied into one fairly cohesive story that will end with Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. When it comes to Marvel Comics, though, there is definitely more room to bump around and try new things. The comics allow for a wide range of different storytelling techniques, discovering what does and doesn’t work before any ticket paying fans are even brought into the fold.

That’s where Squirrel Girl comes in. Originally conceived for the world of Marvel Comics, the title was created to have some fun, with the unbeatable Squirrel Girl proving to be so popular that she’s now getting her own TV show. The comic book has brought compassion, kindness and a very wacky sense of humor that has been missing from other titles, including the most recent spat of Marvel movies and TV shows. Now, Marvel wants to take that even further.

Issue number 26 of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl arrives in November, and the creators of the comic, which include writer Ryan North, artist Erica Henderson, and colorist Rico Renzi, have invited a number of artists to create a book that is styled more as a zine. One of the big gets is Jim Davis, who created the phenomenon known as Garfield. He has illustrated a story from the perspective of Galactus. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Davis had this to say about his unexpected partnership with Marvel Entertainment.

“Ryan North sent me an email last winter about this idea to do a special Squirrel Girl issue drawn by the cartoon characters themselves, with different artists for each style. He explained Galactus seemed like a logical one for me, because of Garfield, having the appetite of the planets, and being one of the biggest and oldest of the Marvel characters. Garfield will be 40 next year, and is himself reaching iconic status.”

Ryan North has written the Galactus story with Davis drawing the action, helped along by his assistants Gary Barker and Dan Davis. Galacus is basically a stand-in for Garfield, with Silver Surfer taking the place of Garfield’s owner Jon Arbuckle. Continues Davis.

“Ryan explained to me, he wanted it to be done in our style. He likened and wrote Galactus as Garfield and Norin Radd as Jon. That determined what they were going to look like. When you look at the Silver Surfer, he’s 75 percent of the way there anyway with Jon, all we had to do is give him the big eyes. That was a natural. John kind of hangs around Garfield anyway, he’s the straight man to Garfield’s gags and has to get him food. He’s like Garfield’s herald. Galactus was tougher. We were throwing stuff back and forth, and the initial sketches just weren’t working for Galactus. I said okay, we gotta make him fat. The guy eats planets, for god’s sake! Once we do that, it’s a little less Galactus but certainly a lot more Garfield. It looked more natural. Obviously, Galactus has put on a few mega-tons for this strip.”

You can get your hands on this unique issue of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl when it hits newspaper racks and magazine stands on November 8. Entertainment Weekly even provided a sneak peek at what Galactus and Silver Surfer look like in their Garfield drag. Other contributing artists for this book include Michael Cho’s Kraven the Hunter story, Rahzzah’s Spider-Man story, Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson’s Howard the Duck story, and Rico Renzi’s Tippy-Toe story.

Garfield creator Jim Davis drew a Galactus story for new Marvel comic https://t.co/Jh6o60HS44

— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) October 16, 2017

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Burnt Zombie Child Halloween Costume Causes Massive Backlash in U.K.

The 2017 Halloween backlash for tasteless costumes continues, but this time the outrage is taking place in England. Retailers are getting slammed for selling a burnt zombie child costume after the tragic Grenfell Tower tragedy in June in which at least 80 people died, 18 of the victims being children. The news comes just days after work started to cover the haunting reminder of the many deaths and hundreds of people left homeless after the catastrophic blaze. Scaffolding is being set up along with white sheeting to hide it from public view.

More than 200 firefighters and 40 fire engines were involved in battling the blaze and it affected most floors of the building and destroyed 151 homes, both in the tower and surrounding areas. The fire started on the 4th floor and blazed on for hours, creeping up the side of the Grenfell Tower, trapping residents with many being burned alive, which is why the specific backlash is happening around the burnt zombie child Halloween costume that is currently being sold in England. Many see the costume in very poor taste since the fire wasn’t even 5 months ago. And it doesn’t help that the death toll hasn’t been accurately reported following the California wildfires, which is also helping push the backlash.

Furious parents have slammed the firm for its insensitivity, with 99% of polled parents saying they would ban their child from wearing it. As retailers unveil their Halloween costumes this week, the annual study from parenting site ChannelMum.com showed two thirds of parents now claim some Halloween costumes are ‘too frightening’ for young children, up from just 48% last year. The burnt zombie child costume did come around at an unfortunate time, as it was more than likely made without any harmful intent, but parents are still fighting to get the costume banned immediately.

The banning of the costume comes at a time where there are quite a few new costumes for Halloween 2017 that have caught negative attention. An Anne Frank costume was being sold for a short amount of time and has since been taken down due to the controversy that it received. Another costume that is catching fire right now is the “sexy” Eleven from Stranger Things costume. Many believe that it is sexualizing a minor and are demanding that the costume gets taken from the web. And finally, there’s a new costume that is said to be modeled after Pink Floyd’s The Wall record, but many believe that it’s a direct reference to Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

2017 Halloween costumes seem to be trying a little too hard this time around and sparking controversy left and right. Regardless, it seems really hard to do much of anything these days without offending someone, so might as well go big or go home. You can read more about the burnt zombie child costume and other offensive Halloween costumes via the Mirror U.K..

Retailers slammed for selling ‘burnt zombie child’ costume in wake of Grenfellhttps://t.co/2UujpEBOi7pic.twitter.com/XsTCIqXSNE

— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) October 16, 2017

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Cute Kitty Hilariously Photobombs Cougar Warning on Live TV

Someone’s adorable house cat in Mississippi is now an internet superstar for its perfectly-timed photobomb during a news broadcast reporting on a cougar spotted in the area. FOX13′s Scott Madaus discovered a very different kind of feline when he started his report about the cougar in the area. Madaus says, “There have been spottings of a cougar,” in a teaser for a story on the Mississippi station. With that, he turns and points to a clearing where the cougar had reportedly been seen. Sitting in the exact spot he points is a house cat, staring blankly at him, much like cats do, just bored by human behavior and more than likely waiting to get fed.

The tiny stray cat has obviously stolen the thunder of the large cougar that was filmed in the exact same spot earlier in the day. The best part about the whole video is that the bored cat is just staring at the camera with the words “Large Cat Spotted” right underneath the adorable little troll. Scott Madaus said, “and that’s not it, that looks like a house cat” as the camera man zoomed in on the clearly disinterested photobomber.

Madaus admits the shot of the cat was planned but didn’t expect it to become the internet sensation that it is now. The video has racked up more than 69,000 views on Facebook and just keeps getting liked and shared all over the internet. “It had come out from this brush from underneath a tree and it was just standing there, staring at me, and I thought how ironic is this that we’re doing a story about a 100-pound-plus possible cougar and here’s this small, little house cat,” he said. Madaus quickly phoned his producer and told them to cut live to him before the commercial break so he could “tease” his story to viewers with footage of the cat. He continued to say, “If you look at the video, it’s just methodically staring at me.”

Even so, Scott Madaus was just trying to have some fun and put some smiles on some Mississippi resident’s faces and had no idea that the video would go on to be a viral sensation. The kitty troll is now all over social media and has all but erased that there was a cougar there in the first place, which could be dangerous if people go looking for the tiny, cute cat and run into the hundred pound-plus cougar looking for a human snack instead. But who knows, maybe the little house cat is the ambassador for the cougar and was just there to send a cute warning.

The photobombing cat is now an internet superstar that even celebrities are tweeting about. Roots drummer Questlove laughed about the video and shared it in the morning, saying, “good morning kids.” While national news journalist Katie Couric captioned the video, “when local news goes wrong.” Regardless of how it got here, the cat is here to stay. You can check out the adorable video below, courtesy of Scott Madaus’ Twitter account. In addition, you can check out the video of the cougar that started the madness below as well.

Apparently a lot of people are talking about the cat who stole the show. If you missed it, here ya go. pic.twitter.com/cYSvanti3R

— Scott Madaus FOX13 (@scottmadaus) October 14, 2017

???????????????? & good morning kids https://t.co/j3oERPGZLI

— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) October 14, 2017

When local news goes wrong. #beentherebutnotquitethisbadhttps://t.co/ixhzPfpPNU

— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) October 13, 2017

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Why Marriage Is Hard, According To Pink

Pink is nothing if not honest, and we love her for it.

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Game Of Thrones’ Sophie Turner Is Engaged To Joe Jonas

Wedding bells are coming up for Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas. Perhaps there will be some wedding cake by the ocean?

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CBS Veteran Jed Kapsos Named Pop’s CFO

Jed Kapsos, the CBS Corp veteran most recently SVP Finance at CBS Television Network, has been appointed Chief Financial Officer at Pop, the network owned by CBS and Lionsgate. He will relocate from New York to Los Angeles and report to Pop president Brad Schwartz, with responsibility for the network’s finance and accounting operations.

“We are thrilled and incredibly fortunate to have Jed’s expertise as we continue building Pop as a premium media brand,” said Schwartz in a release. “Since rebranding in 2015, we’ve been on quite a run, and with nine scripted series set for 2018, Jed will be integral to our continued growth.”

Jed Kapsos

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At CBS Kapsos oversaw all of the network’s accounting, shared services, and West Coast operations finance. He also served as the liaison with CBS Corp and other CBS divisions for network finance matters including financial systems, business processes and controls, and program modeling. Before that he was Chief Financial Officer for CBS’ digital media division, which eventually merged with CBS Interactive. He joined CBS in 1998 from Price Waterhouse.

“Pop is a dynamic, fast-growing network with a strong slate of programming and great momentum across all areas of its business,” Kapsos said. “It’s an exciting time to join the team, and I am looking forward to being part of the network’s bright future.”

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Clinton Foundation Will Not Return Harvey Weinstein Donations: It’s Been Spent

The Clinton Foundation says it will not return contributions it received from Harvey Weinstein, having already used those dollars to fund charitable programs.

“We are a charity. Donations, these included, have been spent fighting childhood obesity and HIV/AIDS, combating climate change, and empowering girls and women, and we have no plans to return them,” the foundation said in a statement.

Weinstein’s most recent contribution was made in 2014; estimates on the amount vary from $100K to $250K. At either end of that spectrum, that makes Weinstein a relative minor compared to such mega-donors who, according to the foundation’s web site, include:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Canada)
Fred Eychaner and Alphawood Foundation
Frank Giustra, The Radcliffe Foundation
Nationale Postcode Loterij
The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
UNITAID

Hillary Clinton last week broke her silence about the growing number of women claiming they were sexually harassed, assaulted or raped by the Hollywood producer who contributed mightily to Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid as a donor and as a bundler.

Hillary Clinton, dinged for waiting so many days after The New York Times published its bombshell report on Weinstein to denounce her major campaign donor, gave her first televised interview on the subject to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria; the money quote was unspooled on Tuesday:

“I was just sick. I was shocked. I was appalled. It was something that was just intolerable in every way,” Clinton began. “And, you know, like so many people who’ve come forward and spoken out, this was a different side of a person who I and many others had known in the past.”

In the wake of the Weinstein scandal, a number of Democratic senators and other party figures have announced that they were contributing Weinstein’s contribution amounts to charitable organizations.

And in his interview with Clinton, Zakaria noted Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal called on people to give back the money Weinstein donated to them. “He donated money to you, directly and indirectly — would you give the money back?”

Responded Clinton, “Well, there’s no one to give it back to.”

She added: “What other people are saying, what my former colleagues are saying, is they’re going to donate it to charity, and of course I will do that. I give 10% of my income to charity every year. This will be part of that. There’s no – there’s no doubt about it.”

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‘Black Panther’ Trailer: Chadwick Boseman Ascends To The Throne, But Heavy Weighs The Crown

Diosney and Marvel are out with a new trailer for Black Panther, the latest stand-alone superhero pic whose sights are set on vanquishing the box office. Check it out above.


Chadwick Boseman plays T’Challa, who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and Black Panther — is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film also stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright and Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis. Coogler wrote the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole. Marvel’s Kevin Feige serves executive producer along with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee.

Have a look at the trailer,  and let us know what you think.

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