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Posted by Alissa Walker

Last month Madame Tussauds asked you , the American public, which tech icon should be the next to be depicted in wax. Competition was stiff among the ten nominees, with everyone from Elon Musk and George Lucas in the running. But the American public has decided, nay, demanded: WE MUST HAVE A WAX WOZ!

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Posted by Brent Rose

The problem is simple enough. You’ve got a raw egg, and it’s going to be dropped from a high place. You have to build a contraption so that it doesn’t break when it hits. Easy? Maybe. But how do you make it as light as possible? Or as small as possible?

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(Note: We launched a new feature called LEGACY OF BRUTALITY today. So it felt like a good time for a voodoo, horror-punk themed installment of THE MORGUE!)

By WALLACE McBRIDE

Death hasn’t stopped Marie Laveau from entertaining guests.

Her tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is among one of New Orleans' most popular tourist attractions. If you sign up for a walking tour of the city, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself at the door to her final resting place, leaving coins or some other trinket as an offering.

The Queen of Voodoo was born a “Free Woman of Color” in 1794 and lived to almost see the turn of the next century. Her death in the summer of 1881 was a celebrated event, with The Times Picayune praising her as a “Woman with a Wonderful History.” 
Marie Laveau
Those who have (passed) by the quaint old house on St. Ann, between Rampart and Burgundy streets, with the high, frail looking fence in front over which a tree or two is visible, have, till within the last few years, noticed through the open gateway a (decrepit) old lady, and a smile of peace an contentment lighting up her golden features. For a few years past she has been missed from her accustomed place. The feeble old lady lay upon her bed with her daughter and grandchildren around her ministering to her wants.

On Wednesday, the invalid sank into the sleep which knows no waking. Those who she has befriended crowded into the little room where she was exposed, in order to obtain a last look at the features, smiling even in death, of her who had been so kind to them.

The Times Picayune, June 17, 1881
Marie Laveau’s name will not be forgotten in New Orleans,” the story concludes, setting the stage for decades of misadventures in local cemeteries. Among those events was the arrest of horror-punk band The Misfits slightly more than 100 years after Laveau’s death. Following a concert at the long-defunct Tupelo’s Tavern on Oct. 17, 1982, The Misfits — accompanied by the kind of spiky haired kids you'd expect to see hanging out with a punk band  — decided to go looking for Laveau’s resting place. It was either an amazing night or a terrible one, depending on your point of view.

"Punk-rock musicians arrested in cemetery"

Four members of a punk-rock group and 14 of their fans who claimed to be looking for the tomb of a voodoo queen were arrested early Monday morning at a downtown cemetery, police said.

At the time of their arrest at St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, the members of the band called the Misfits were still wearing makeup, including dramatic facial painting, and one woman wore a black dress, fishnet hose and chains, said Carlos Diaz of Metairie, who was one of those arrested.

Diaz said the musicians, who are based in New Jersey, were looking for above-ground graves, including the tomb of voodoo queen Marie Laveau.

But according to tradition, she is buried in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

Fifteen of those arrested, including members of the Misfits, were adults and were booked with criminal trespass. They are free on $75 bond until their arraignment at noon Tuesday before Municipal Judge Joseph R. Bossetta.

The Times-Picayune/States-Item
Yes, The Misfits were exploring the wrong graveyard in search of Marie Laveau's crypt. According to James Greene Jr.’s book, “The Music Leaves Stains,” the visitors were ratted out by residents of a housing project near the cemetery. In all, 18 people were arrested at the site. The Necros, an Ohio-based hardcore band touring with the Misfits, managed to evade arrest after convincing the cops that they weren’t part of the night’s scavenger hunt.
The Misfits at the Ritz in Texas, 1983. Photo by Bill Daniel.
The Misfits, though, spent the night in jail.

“Of course, (the police) started their assumptions immediately: We were robbing graves, we were Satan worshipers and all of the above,” remembers Mike IX Williams, one of the people arrested that night at St. Louis Cemetery No. 2:
"They lined us up along the street and interrogated (us) in the most fucked-up way that only New Orleans policemen can pull off (believe me, this is the South, they’re very original in their brutality). Me and two of my friends were singled out after they found out that we were juveniles and were way under the age of eighteen. One of us, a female, had a mohawk haircut, so they picked on her more than the rest, asking her “What are you? You a boy?” Obviously, she was not. She remained silent, so the prick in the blue uniform smashes her face and nose with his department-issued flashlight, right next to me, about six inches to my right side.”
The Misfits had a show in Florida the next day and opted to forfeit their $75 bonds and skip their day in court. The charges against them were dropped, but that was not the end of the story. More than a week later, The Times-Picayun reported that seven of the people arrested that night had filed false arrest and/or battery charges. I have a feeling their complaints didn't get far, even though the assault was witnessed by enough people to staff a baseball team.
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Posted by Blair Marnell

The Ancient One is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And she’s not who you would expect.

Tilda Swinton is reportedly in talks to join Doctor Strange as the Ancient One, the enigmatic Tibetan mystic who serves as Strange’s’ mentor and friend. Benedict Cumberbatch was cast as Strange late last year.

In Marvel’s comic book universe, the Ancient One was a man who was sought out by Strange after an accident robbed him of his ability to perform surgery. The Ancient One refused to simply cure Strange, and instead taught him the mystic arts that allowed him to become the Sorcerer Supreme. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the character was originally a man in the adaptation before Marvel reconsidered the part.

Swinton is no stranger to genre, with appearances in DC’s Constantine movie, The Chronicles of Narnia, Only Lovers Left Alive (pictured above), and Snowpiercer. Swinton’s next film will be Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck; she appears opposite Amy Schumer. It should be noted that Swinton’s deal with Marvel has not closed yet, but seems likely.

Scott Derrickson is slated to direct Doctor Strange, which is set to be released on November 4, 2016. It’s unclear which characters will be included within the movie besides Strange and the Ancient One, but Wong, Clea, and Baron Mordo appear to be safe bets.

What do you think about Tilda Swinton’s potential role as the Ancient One? What other characters do you want to see in the film? Cast a spell and let us know in the comment section below!

HT: The Hollywood Reporter

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Posted by Amy Ratcliffe

The week is picking up steam and so is news. Today offers a nice selection of reveals and videos to pull us out of the long weekend slump. I don’t want to waste any more time getting to the goods, so please continue reading to find out about Dylan Bruce’s new role, to get an inside look at Legends of Tomorrow, and to theorize about new characters appearing in the next season of Game of Thrones.

Get the Scoop. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow seems like a show with endless possibilities. Team-ups, time travel, heroes, villains, etc. I’m intrigued by the premise. We’ve seen a promo for the series, but DC Entertainment talks to the cast to give us an idea of what to expect and I’m even more on board. And not just because of Wentworth Miller’s pitch perfect Captain Cold. [TV Fanatic]

More Ghost Detecting. If you’re a fan of Deadbeat, leave the show in your Hulu queue because it’s coming back for another season. Hulu has given the supernatural comedy starring Tyler Labine the green light for a 13-episode Season 3. [Variety]

Team POTUS. Mike McLintock’s job skills have always been questionable, but the most recent episode of Veep piled onto him–to funny effect. Read about that and more in RV’s recap of “Mommy Meyer.”

Murdock & Nelson. What if Marvel’s Daredevil was a little less superhero and a little more courtroom drama? It might look like Law & Order. YouTuber David Johns put a Law & Order spin on the Daredevil opening credits, and it works much better than you’d think it would.

A Medicine Woman. Lifetime’s pilot for The Clan of the Cave Bear (adapted from the book by Jean M. Auel) is still happening and has just gained another cast member. Charlene McKenna (A.D. The Bible Continues) will join Millie Brady, Johnny Ward, and Hal Ozsan for the pilot and will play the Clan’s medicine woman Iza. [Deadline]

Interesting, This Is. You never know what you’ll see on Twitter. Sometimes it’s ton of Imperator Furiosa fan art (that’s a lot of my feed right now), and sometimes it’s Gary Whitta announcing that he’s writing an episode of Star Wars Rebels. Interesting, no? I’m not jumping to any conclusions because Whitta could be writing any episode about anything, but I do want to point out that he wrote the story for Rogue One and that Rogue One takes place in roughly the same time period as Star Wars Rebels. One does not necessarily have to do with the other. But maybe there’s a connection? Also, I want Star Wars Rebels pajamas–preferably ones covered with Chopper.

Using The Sight. I’m sorry to break the news to you, but Season 5 of Game of Thrones is nearly over. Those 10 episodes go by so quickly. Filming for Season 6 will start soon and some vague casting breakdowns have been released. However, the character descriptions aren’t so vague that we can’t make guesses based on A Song of Ice and Fire. Go read Alicia’s theories about who’s who right here.

Dumbledore to Churchill. Another story about Sir Winston Churchill is headed to television. PBS will air Churchill’s Secret, an adaptation of Jonathan Smith’s The Churchill Secret: KBO, in 2016, and Michael Gambon will star as Churchill. Dear PBS: You had me at Gambon. [Deadline]

Moving On. WARNING: Spoilers ahead for the May 23 episode of Orphan Black. Stop reading if you haven’t watched it yet.
Are we all good? Good. Since Dylan Bruce has wrapped on Orphan Black, he has availability and it looks like he’ll be joining the cast of NBC’s Heroes Reborn in a recurring role. Details are under wraps, but I’m hoping he has special powers. The event series will premiere this fall. [A.V. Club]

Do you think Gary Whitta writing an episode of Star Wars Rebels means Rogue One tie-ins? Let me know your opinion in the comments or come talk to me on Twitter.

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Posted by Jason Torchinsky

I’m watching a Lancia Ypsilon come right at me, leading a line of other cars. As we barrel toward the Lancia, we’re passing cars on my right: Gullwings, Alfas, sinuous, low red blurs. The sound is deafening, a massive muffler rumbling just to my left and wind all around. I glance at the speedo and see the needle creep, 100, 110, 120.

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While mourning the loss of our beloved Garfunkel & Oates, fans of Riki Lindhome could take comfort in knowing that she was already set to star in the new Comedy Central series Another Period. Along with her co-star Natasha Leggero, this teaser features the ladies pulling the early 20th century version of a red carpet arrival, complete with Lindhome’s merkin-revealing paparazzi crotch shot. It’s not much, but it’ll have to tide us over until the show’s premiere on June 23. Billed as a reality TV spoof following dimwitted socialites in turn of the century America, the show also includes turns from Christina Hendricks, Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster, and more. Here’s hoping the debut goes more smoothly than the flash of an old timey camera does for Leggero and Lindhome’s characters.

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Driven by the success of Archer, FX is steering around the animated roadkill (Chozen and Unsupervised, anyone?) littering its lineup and moving forward with another pilot from Floyd County Productions, the company behind the hit spy spoof. This time it’s Cassius And Clay, an action/buddy comedy hybrid that sounds like a mashup of Laverne & Shirley and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Former Community writer Megan Ganz will co-write and executive produce the pilot with Archer creator Adam Reed and his Floyd County Productions partner Matt Thompson. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s Kaitlin Olson and Lake Bell (Children’s Hospital) have been cast as the titular duo, described as Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid-inspired bandits. Olson will play Ordwood Cassius, a drunk who runs her mouth opposite Bell’s Shopcarter Clay, an ace gunslinger. Cassius and Clay put up with and look out for each ...

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And so, that's it for another year. The Cannes Film Festival has rolled up its allegedly non-flats-allowing red carpet (more on that below), and returned from its fortnight's flirtation with the biggest stars in the international filmmaking firmament to being merely one of the most glamorous, sophisticated and costly places on earth anyway. Yesterday we ran down our top 10 titles of the festival, but there is other stuff that goes on in Cannes that also makes an impression, whether it's the coincidence of a motif that reappears across several unconnected titles, an actor you just can't escape or a song that you can't get out of your head (a phenomenon for which we now have scientific explanation, thanks to Pixar's "Inside Out").

So just before we turn the lights out on our Cannes coverage for 2015, here are a few of the trends, themes and tunes that characterized the 2015 festival. And while we know you've all been slavishly following our coverage (including 45-odd...
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Posted by Kevin Melrose

Spider-Man isn’t all that friendly in this ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ mod

Superman isn’t the only costumed hero getting his moment in Grand Theft Auto V‘s yellow sun: There’s now a Spider-Man mod that allows players to swing from building to building, killing people as they go (it is GTA, after all). The man of (apparently) many costumes, Trevor Phillips can exchange Superman’s red-and-blue threads for Spider-Man’s, […]

Better Call Saul 1×09 ‘Pimento’

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From Cultdom Collective Podcast:

Cultdom Commentary: Better Call Saul – Pimento

Dave, Mike and Ian are waiting around in a parking garage for a secret meeting. Unfortunately someone scheduled it for lunchtime so the only thing to eat is Mikes sandwich. Finally their contact arrives with this weeks Commentary: Better Call Saul – Pimento (Season 1 Episode 9)

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Posted by Anthony Silva

The Women of Comicbook Cosplay are at it again! Fearless leader Derek Fuego and his staff of tireless geeks, nerds, and pretty sure at least one marsupial have been strong supporters of the coplay community for years. Gathering submissions from conventions and photo shoots from around the world, WoCC has showcased women of all of cosplay skill and sizes so they can get the praise they deserve for their dedication, as well as helping costumers and photographers raise awareness of their talents.

For five years the crew at WoCC have been gathering twelve of the year’s best submissions into one outstanding calendar for cosplay enthusiasts to enjoy year ’round. This year is no different; twelve beautiful cosplayers have been chosen and the only thing left to do is to choose a cover girl for 2016!

Read OnVote for Women of Comicbook Cosplay’s Calender Cover Girl

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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: Nine Hours, Give or Take
AUTHOR LINK: Bad Dickens
RATING/WARNING(S): All ages | None
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 2457
MAIN CHARACTERS: Donna Noble, Tenth Doctor

FIC SUMMARY: Donna in the toilet, the Doctor in the broom cupboard. Exciting? Oh, yes.

RECCER'S NOTES: During Partners in Crime, Donna and the Doctor spent about nine hours in their respective hiding places. Nine hours. Donna and Ten. Yes . . . How exactly did they pass the time? Bad Dickens has the answer here, and the result is far more entertaining than a tale of a toilet and a broom cupboard has any right to be.
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Posted by Dan Wickline

LoEG120th Century Fox is in the process of rebooting League of Extraordinary Gentlemen based on the series by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill with the idea of launching a film franchise. Their first attempt in 2003 starred Sean Connery and opened #2 at the box office behind Pirates of the Caribbean only to get blasted by the critics and burn out at only $178 million. Plans for a sequel at the time were killed and Connery retired from the industry shortly after.

The new film will not be related to the first in anyway. Nor will it be tied to Fox’s attempt to turn the franchise into a television series in 2013. The pilot commissioned then was rejected.

According to Deadline, the project is now in the hands of Ira Napoliello and Matt Reilly, and produced by John Davis.

 

 

Alan Moore's League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen To Get Film Reboot

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Posted by Rich Johnston

X-Men ’92, the Secret Wars spinoff published first as a decampi comic by Marvel Infinite, before moving to print next month, lies to you.

The title does it. X-Men ’92. The year that Jim Lee and Chris Claremont‘s X-Men hit, as well as Liefeld on X-Force, Portacio on Uncanny X-Men, Silvestri on Wolverine and Davis on Excalibur. And it was also the the year in which X-Men: The Animated Series began. And this comic merges those tones together very effectively in the Secret Wars domain of Westchester, home of the Xavier Institute For Gifted Children.

Lots of flash, lots of pouches, lots of silly looking guns (and a plot point that actually makes them make some kind of sense). It’s the nineties X-Men seen in the rear view mirror and a place for fun, shiny, bombast full of sanitised and suggested sex and violence  signifying everything.

x2Also, what could be more nineties than laser tag, from a firm with the year 2000 in its title?

Even Senator Robert Kelly, now Baron of Westchester, is appearing like a good guy in this time of relative mutant/human peace.

x1 And look, he’s riding Warwolves.

So what is helping cause this time of peace? Well here is where those lies come in. Because we are introduced to the person responsible for much of these good times – though we don’t yet know the cost.

But it is a lie.

Because the final page reveal changes everything.

x3It’s X-Men ’92 who could it be? The Genegineer of Genosha? Lady Deathstrike? Omega Red? Stryfe?

No… it’s someone a lot… newer.

Deceived! We have been deceived!!!

 

Secret Wars: X-Men '92 Lies To You (SPOILERS)

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The latest addition to the cast of Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE may be one of the more unique choices for the comic book behemoth. Acclaimed actress Tilda Swinton is in negotiations to portray the mentor to Benedict Cumberbatch's Stephen Strange. The character has traditionally been male in all versions of the comic book, but the switch would be made specifically to get Swinton on...
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Today, our own Eric Walkuski spoke in-depth with writer/creator Mark Millar about KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, as well as some of his future comic-to-film projects, including STARLIGHT, CHRONONAUTS, and KINDERGARTEN HEROES. While there is much more in the full interview, we have some highlights below that give some insight as to where these projects are in terms of making it ot the big screen and which...
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Chrome for Android Update

May. 27th, 2015 12:07 pm
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Posted by Jason Kersey

The Chrome team is fired up to announce the launch of Chrome 43 for Android. Chrome 43.0.2357.78 will be available in Google Play over the next few days. New fun in this release includes:
  • Faster Checkout - Quickly and securely complete checkout forms with data from Google Wallet
  • Touch to Search - Learn more about words and phrases by touching them on your screen. 
  • Bug fixes and speedy performance improvements.
Please note, Chrome is now available for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and higher. A partial list of other changes in this build are available in the Git log. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug. More information about Chrome for Android is available on the Chrome site.

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Posted by Beth Skwarecki on Vitals, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker

When you look at your yoga instructor (or that super talented person in the front row), you may realize your pose doesn’t look quite the same as theirs. But you don’t want to imitate others exactly. In fact, doing so can be detrimental to you.

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Posted by Melanie Pinola

You probably already know that a touch screen laptop is more expensive than the non-touch version. But there are other, non-monetary premiums you have to pay for the touch capability, including a bigger drain on your battery.

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