Spider-Man: Far From Home Continues to Rule the Box Office

Hello! Welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's culture news roundup. What's in store this fine day? Well, for one, Spider-Man: Far From Home is still a blockbuster. For another, there might be a new 007 soon, and Avengers: Endgame just lost a box-office battle. Keep reading to catch up. Spidey Swings in to No. 1—Again Spider-Man: Far From Home continued its box-office domination this weekend, bringing in $45.3 million domestically. With no new tentpole movies hitting theaters on Friday, it was a pretty easy victory for the web slinger, whose latest film has made $850 million globally. His dominance, however, likely won't last long. Disney's remake of The Lion King hits theaters this weekend and is already making …

Stunning Fish Found Lurking In Africa’s Twilight Zone Named Wakanda After Black Panther Nation

Deep beneath the waves in Zanzibar’s mysterious Twilight Zone lurks a small yet vibrantly colored fish called Wakanda. The newly discovered species, Cirrhilabrus wakanda, has been named in honor of the fictional African country from Marvel’s Black Panther thanks to its deep purple scales that reminded the researchers of costumes and motifs from the recent film. In addition to its scientific name, the new species’ common name is a nod to the world of Wakanda. The fish has been dubbed the vibranium fairy wrasse – vibranium is a fictional metal in the Marvel Universe that crashlanded in Wakanda as a comet. It’s rare, and according to study author Luiz Rocha, it’s “totally awesome”. The fairy wrasses are the second-largest group of wrasses …

Denise Nickerson Of ‘Willy Wonka’ Fame Dead At 62

taken off life support following a seizure, to reports. She was 62. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” Nickerson, who was born in New York City, worked on the vampire soap opera “Dark Shadows” from 1968 to 1970, and she also appeared in “The Electric Company,” “Search for Tomorrow” and the film “Zero to Sixty.” She left acting in 1978 to become a nurse. Tributes, including one from “Willy Wonka” castmate Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt, poured in: RELATED COVERAGE 'Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory' Stars Reunite: Where Are They Now? Download Join HuffPost Plus Original Article : HERE ;

9 Magical Pictures Of Hummingbirds Wings Shining Like Rainbows

Christian Spence captured the sun illuminating a black Jacobin hummingbird Image credits: Image credits: It created is a prism effect which makes it look as though the creature’s body is as colorful as a rainbow christianspencerphoto christianspencerphoto Image credits: Image credits: In 2011, Spencer captured the bird’s movements for a film called My Modern Met. His latest creative endeavors resulted in a series called Winged Prism, and for Spencer, the images reveal “a secret of nature that cannot be seen with our eyes.” Image credits: Image credits: Spencer said he didn’t use any digital manipulation while creating the series. “There is no special technique,” he explained, “just diffraction of light through the wings of this special hummingbird.” Image credits: People were completely …

Italian forest rangers on the hunt of ‘escape genius’ bear

Animal climbed over three electric fences and four-metre high barrier to escape Italian forest rangers are on the hunt for a bear that has been described as an escape genius after managing to climb over three electric fences and a four-metre high barrier at a wildlife enclosure in the northern province of Trentino before disappearing into the woods. Code-named M49, the 149kg (23 stone) brown bear fled the Casteller centre within hours of being captured with a tube trap overnight on Sunday in Val Rendena. An order for its capture was issued by the president of Trentino, Maurizio Fugatti, more than a month ago after deeming the animal to be a risk to humans after it was seen close to …

The San Andreas Fault Is About To Crack Heres What Will Happen When It Does

The director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, Thomas Jordan, made an announcement recently that would have sent a chill down the spine of every Californian: that the San Andreas fault appears to be in a critical state and as such, could generate a large earthquake imminently. Of course, the reiteration of the seismic hazard to Californians will be nothing surprising, but what is new is the warning that the southern portion of the fault “looks like it’s locked, loaded and ready to go”. Why is this eminent seismologist making these alarming statements? Well, the fact is that there has not been a major release of stresses in the southern portion of the San Andreas fault system since 1857. In …

Storyboards, Marvel’s Parts Unknown, Is Coming to Disney+

Ever since Disney announced its forthcoming streaming service, Disney+, there's been a question in the back of comic book fans' minds: What about Marvel? There's been talk of stand-alone shows for Loki, Wanda Maximoff, and Hawkeye; an animated series based on the Marvel's What If … ? comics is also in the works. Yet those shows are expected to be a year or two away. Today, Marvel is finally revealing one of the shows that'll arrive when the Disney+ service launches: Storyboards. Adam Rogers Here's How Disney+ Will Take Over the World Angela Watercutter John Wick's Writer Is Heading to Marvel's Falcon & Winter Soldier Brian Raftery The Streaming Wars Began in 2018—and They'll Only Get Worse Unlike the Star …

Sarah Jessica Parker reports ‘countless’ cases of on-set harassment

Sex and the City star comments on NPR about impact of #MeToo and reveals harassment by a big movie star Sarah Jessica Parker has spoken about countless incidents of men behaving inappropriately on film and TV productions, including one with a big movie star that was only resolved after her agent threatened she would walk off the set. on the NPR Original Article : HERE ;

Why Amanda Seyfried And Arielle Charnas Are Feuding Betches

Yes, you read that headline correctly: the most unexpected social media feud is ever happening right now, between Amanda Seyfried and Arielle Charnas. I’ll be the first to say that I don’t follow @ariellecharnas, but I’ve heard of her before and I’m vaguely aware that she’s one of the bigger fashion influencers, with 1.2 million followers on Instagram and her own fashion brand called Something Navy. Amanda Seyfried, as you’ll recall, is best known for playing Karen Smith in the iconic film Mean Girls. (No, I have not seen Mamma Mia, and no, I will not be taking any questions at this time.) So why are Amanda Seyfried and Arielle Charnas feuding on Instagram, you ask? Well, it all started with a bikini selfie. …

Hundreds Of Thousands Of People Have Signed Up For A Not-So-Secret Invasion Of Area 51

More than 280,000 people have already declared that they will be attending a Facebook event later this year called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.” What happens if this joke event actually goes ahead is anyone’s guess. Maybe they’ll find the Roswell alien hanging out with Elvis and Tupac, maybe they’ll discover the film set where the Moon landings were staged, or maybe they’ll all get stopped. If I were a betting man, I’d probably put my money on the latter. After all, Area 51 is fiercely guarded by an army of so-called “camo-dudes” whose sole purpose in life seems to be to keep trespassers out of the top-secret military base. Ironically, it’s located just 129 kilometers …

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson plays real-life hero as ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ premiere delayed by electrical sparks

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures’ “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” at Dolby Theatre on July 13, 2019 in Hollywood. Johnson assured audiences were safe after electrical sparks reportedly flew in the theater before the viewing. (Getty) Before the movie resumed, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took time to address the audience, letting attendees know that he was waiting in the wings to make sure crowd was safe. However, “Jason Statham ran his a– out of here”, he added. VANESSA KIRBY SIGNS ON TO ‘FAST & FURIOUS’ SPINOFF ‘HOBBS & SHAW’ The delay lasted only around 15 minutes before the film began playing again. In “Hobbs & Shaw,” Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as …

Why the Momo Challenge Film Might Beat the Meme Movie Curse

Momo is not coming for your children, but she may be coming soon to a theater near you. The creepy face, which became the center of a viral hoax that petrified thousands of parents earlier this year, is reportedly about to be the basis of a horror movie from Orion Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment, and producer Taka Ichise. It's easy to see why. It's Pennywise wishes he could stretch his smile that wide. There's a freakishness to Momo's over-taut skin and bulging eyes, and she's not even moving. Oh, and did we mention she has bird legs? Momo won't be the first meme character to make her way to the movies, but, for a lot of reasons, she might be the …

Robinson jailed for contempt of court

Later, journalists filming on College Green outside the Houses of Parliament were verbally abused, physically intimidated and had their equipment attacked before police officers arrived. The BBC News at One cut short a broadcast from College Green as protesters interrupted a live report. Police said no arrests had yet been made in relation to Thursday’s protests. Brand Tommy: Rancour, rhetoric and riches But officers did arrest three people for affray, and one for a public order offence in relation to a protest that happened outside court on the day of Robinson’s conviction last Friday. Four other people had already been arrested for affray on Friday. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protesters also gathered in large numbers outside the Old …

Be prepared for the ‘Lion King’ cast photo

(CNN)Cast of “The Lion King,” now let’s get in formation. Not included is James Earl Jones, who reprises his role as Mufasa. The group photo was released almost a week after individual photos showing the stars opposite their characters. If these new cast photos don’t get you hyped for ‘The Lion King,’ we’re not sure what will Jon Favreau is directing the shot-for-shot remake, which will use technology to make it look like a realistic version of the hit animated 1994 film. “The Lion King” roars into theaters July 19. Original Article : HERE ; Curated & posted using : RealSpecific

By Dying, MAD Gets Its Best Shot at a Second Life

The first MAD magazine I ever read flew so far over my 7-year-old head I'm surprised I could hold onto it. The cover, a parody of Time's Person of the Year starring Pac-Man, was an utter mystery; I'd heard of Pac-Man by that point, but hadn't played it. I definitely hadn't read Time. Brian Raftery The Return of MAD Magazine and Its All-New Gang of Idiots WIRED Staff Morgan Spurlock Maps The Simpsons' Supersize Impact Bess Kalb The Onion Is the Last Newspaper That Jaded Cynics Still Read Confusion only grew as I read, and slowly turned into fascination. Mad was shaped like a magazine but felt like a comic book—and talked about stuff I'd only heard on the news …