How YouTube Made a Star Out of This Super-Smart Film Critic

Lindsay Ellis is just about ready to start shooting a video in her personal studio—aka a tiny second-floor room in Ellis’ western Los Angeles home—and the 34-year-old writer and YouTube essayist is making some final preparations. She gently repositions a couple of pet tortoises resting in a tank nearby, so they won’t noisily thunk their heads against the wall mid-shoot. Then she heads to a shelf stocked with Transformers of varying sizes, colors, and allegiances. “Which Starscream should I use?” she asks, scanning her collection. She eventually selects a handful of figures, including miniature-sized versions of Starscream and Windblade that recently appeared on her wedding cake, and carries them back to her desk. If you’ve seen any of Ellis’ videos …

People Are Still Talking About “The World’s Sexiest Koala”

Humans suck. We treat the planet like it is our own personal trash patch. (All non-human animals be damned.) We film ourselves eating Tide Pods and we use military weapons to light up.  Another terrible, terrible thing our species is wont to do is sexualize other animals. First, there was Shabani the gorilla. Then, there was this hench kangaroo – or roolander (sorry) – and New York’s “hot” duck. Now, we have the “World’s Sexiest Koala” because nothing is sacred. The innocent koala was going about his day, munching on eucalyptus leaves and doing whatever it is that koalas do, when British photographer Ross Long snapped him in an unusual pose. Long then posted a photo on Instagram with the caption “Draw me like one of your French …

‘Captain Marvel’ Soars To $153 Million Launch At Box Office

“Captain Marvel” took in $302 million internationally, giving it an estimated global opening weekend of $455 million ― the sixth highest global debut of all time. “Captain Marvel” will wind up with the 18th biggest domestic opening weekend of all time. Disney’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has the 17th-highest launch frame with $155.1 million in 2016. It will be the biggest opening title since “Incredibles 2” launched with $182 million in June and should post the best start for a standalone superhero film since Marvel’s “Black Panther” launched with $202 million in 2018. Larson stars as Carol Danvers, the pilot who becomes the vastly powerful Captain Marvel after the Earth is caught at the center of a galactic …

Superheroes and freaky cats: how Captain Marvel rewrote the rules

From the story behind Nick Furys eyepatch to the rehabilitation of the Skrull, the latest Marvel film has altered comic-book canon in fruitful ways If theres one thing we should have been primed for, prior to viewing Captain Marvel, it would be to expect the unexpected. Marvel is a studio that, time and again, has chosen to twist comic-book canon to suit new needs, rather than deliver overly faithful adaptations of the original work. The addition of the Skrull, a race of alien shape-shifters, to the Marvel universe, Captain Marvels trailers showed Skrull disguising themselves as human while fighting Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) naturally led observers to suspect they were up to their old tricks. To twist that narrative on …

Beto O’Rourke ready to ‘push the button’ on presidential campaign, source says

El Paso, Texas (CNN)Former US Rep. Beto O’Rourke is ready to “push the button” to launch his presidential campaign, with the announcement expected to first come on social media, a source familiar with his plans told CNN. O’Rourke is in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, this week ahead of his Iowa trip. On Monday, in a short video recorded outside his house, he wore a University of Northern Iowa cap as he urged students at the school to vote in the Democratic candidate in the state Senate special election. A photographer was seen leaving O’Rourke’s house late Tuesday morning, and a close team of aides who worked on his 2018 Senate had gathered in town. Signs that an announcement …

Captain Marvel Has a Very Important Message About Skrulls

Skrulls have been many things in the Marvel Comics over the past 60 years: superhero impersonators, religious extremists disguised as humans, canon fodder in any number of Avengers brawls. In their first appearance, they were even cattle, made bovine by Reed Richards in Fantastic Four #2. (This ended poorly for them in the absurdist 1995 miniseries Skrull Kill Krew when the Cow!Skrulls were slaughtered and turned into hamburgers, resulting in a mad-cow-like disease.) Skrulls are impersonators. Skrulls are terrorists. Skrulls can't be trusted. Angela Watercutter Captain Marvel Is About Female Power—Not Empowerment Graeme McMillan The 5 Comics You Must Read Before Watching Captain Marvel Adam Rogers Captain Marvel and the Long, Strange History of Female Superhero Names (Warning: Spoilers ahead!) …

Captain Marvel Is About Female PowerNot Empowerment

If there's one line, one quote, that will endure from Captain Marvel, it'll likely be this one from Carol Danvers herself: "What happens when I'm finally set free?" It's rhetorical. Danvers says this as she's coming to realize the true awesomeness of her powers. For years, she's had her past hidden from her, been gaslighted into believing she needed to rein in her powers to be a better warrior for the Kree. This was not true. She had been fighting "with one hand tied behind my back," and when she realizes who she should really be fighting for, her might is unleashed. She is unstoppable. Angela Watercutter Marvel Finally Released the Trailer Captain Marvel Needed Angela Watercutter Rotten Tomatoes' Revamp …

‘Captain Marvel’ is here to save the 2019 box office

New York (CNN Business)Marvel superheroes have saved cities, worlds and galaxies and now their newest hero is going to try to save the 2019 box office. “It’s been really bad,” Dergarabedian told CNN Business. “There’s been no films this year that have made people want to leave the warm comforts of their home, but maybe ‘Captain Marvel’ can change that.” M. Night Shyamalan’s horror flick “Glass” is the highest-grossing film of the year so far at $109 million. After that, it’s the Kevin Hart comedy “The Upside” and “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” February was especially rough with ticket revenue down 38% from this time last year when the records-shattering “Black Panther” premiered and went on to …

Hillary Clinton Hilariously Hit Back At Donald Trump With A ‘Mean Girls’ Meme! – Perez Hilton

When Donald Trump is sitting in his prison cell in a couple years, he’ll still be talking about “that time I beat Hillary Clinton.” On a not-so-super Tuesday in March 2019, the President chose YET AGAIN to bring up the 2016 election. We guess he was watching some cable news during his executive time because he found out Hillary was not throwing her hat into the already crowded Democratic ring for the next election. Classy as ever, Trump tweeted in response to the news: “‘(Crooked) Hillary Clinton confirms she will not run in 2020, rules out a third bid for White House.’ Aw-shucks, does that mean I won’t get to run against her again? She will be sorely missed!” “(Crooked) Hillary Clinton …

Here’s Why The Animals Don’t Talk In ‘Dumbo’

Dumbo,” we have to talk about the elephant in the room: Why doesn’t Dumbo talk? From the upcoming movie’s trailers and teasers, it became pretty obvious the new cast of human characters, led byEva Green, Colin Farrell, would be left to do all the talking. Other than Dumbo’s escapades in the air, the animals would basically be held to their real-world limitations of mouse squeaks and elephant trumpets. “One of the things I very much wanted to do was to be able to transport an audience to make them feel like they were part of Dumbo’s circus,” Kruger said. “What an amazing experience it would’ve been if Dumbo were real. If there were a real flying elephant, what would it be …

Taraji P Henson: ‘Hollywood didn’t grasp my talent’

Harvey Weinstein obstructed her rise now, with her new film What Men Want, she is calling the shots. But what does she make of her Empire co-star Jussie Smolletts hate-crime controversy? On a December morning in Los Angeles, the sun blazes down on a large and abundantly decorated Christmas tree in the parking lot at Paramount Pictures. It is upstaged, though, by the actor Taraji P Henson, who swans past wearing an ensemble that calls to mind the futuristic fashion of the 1970s: steampunk sunglasses, a black tracksuit under a puffy gilet and chunky grey, orange and lime sci-fi pumps, possibly with rocket boosters in the soles. Her hair is arranged in tight braids, some piled on her head, others …

‘A race against time’: urban explorers record vanishing Hong Kong

From Bruce Lees mansion to Bauhaus-style Central Market, HK Urbex are documenting the fast-changing citys fading heritage We just had to hop the fence. It was kind of easy, says Ghost, co-founder of HK Urbex, as he explains how the urban explorer group gained access to the former mansion of late martial arts superstar Hong Kong group are quick to distance themselves from people who illegally access rooftops just to take selfies and post them on social media. Once inside Bruce Lees former mansion, HK Urbex took photos and video of the interiors and exteriors to add to the list of more than 100 derelict and demolition-threatened sites they have documented since Ghost and Echo Delta formed the group in …

Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, & More Celebs Celebrate International Women’s Day! – Perez Hilton

From the historic number of women in congress to the movements that have empowered women to stand up for themselves in and out of the workplace, it’s no secret women have made great strides in the past few years. See how Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and more celebs are celebrating the supreme sisterhood on #IWD2019 (below)! Contents 2 Miley Cyrus 4 Elizabeth Banks 6 Amy Schumer 8 Reese Witherspoon 10 Gabrielle Union 12 Katy Perry 14 Sofia Vergara Ariana Grande View this post on Instagram Celebrating some of my favorite #Women ❤️ This cute ass 🐭/ 🐻 is my #1 @arianagrande #HappyInternationalWomensDay A post shared by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Mar 7, 2019 at 5:00pm PST “Celebrating some of my …

Maher compares Trump to Michael Jackson: Both could ‘shoot someone on Fifth Avenue’ and not lose fans

BILL MAHER DEFENDS ILHAN OMAR’S ISRAEL COMMENTS: ‘I DON’T KNOW WHY THIS HAS TO BE SEEN AS ANTI-SEMITIC’ “I’m glad you’re saying that,” Maher told former RNC chairman Michael Steele. “People should be scared.” Maher then explained that he had watched “Leaving Neverland,” which features two accusers’ claims that Jackson sexually abused them as children. Then Maher compared the alleged misdeeds of the King of Pop, who died in 2009, to those of the current president. “It struck me that there are two things that are very similar to Donald Trump,” Maher said. “One, Michael Jackson could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and his fans wouldn’t leave him. And two, both of them commit crimes in the open. “It struck me …

Rotten Tomatoes Claims ‘Bug’ Responsible For ‘Captain Marvel’ Trolling

review-bombed” “ After “Captain Marvel” finally hit theaters, According to THR, “Captain Marvel” was likely being “sandbagged” by a wave of trolls. As of 6 p.m. Eastern, however, the number of ratings had dropped from 58,000 to a little more than 10,000. Rotten Tomatoes sent a statement to HuffPost saying that a glitch had inflated the number of ratings. The website told us it has “identified a bug” that erroneously rolled the pre-release “want to see” ratings into the post-release ratings, resulting in that alarmingly high number: Rotten Tomatoes reiterated that it plans to add more “clarity around fans’ pre and post-release opinions” and “for movies moving forward, the quantity of user ratings should only reflect the number of people …