Kat Graham On Playing The First Black April O’Neil In ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Reboot

(Photo Credit: PR Photos) 

Nickelodeon has ordered a 26-episode second season of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the announcement came ahead of the series premiere. The network made the announcement during Viacom’s presentation at TCA last month.

The animated series is set to debut September 17, 2018, but fans were treated with a sneak preview on July 20, when the first 5 episodes of the series were released online the same day.

Ant Ward and Andy Suriano serve as EP’s on this re-imagined series, which will have the Turtles go on new adventures as they seek to unlock the mystical secrets of New York City.

The cast includes Ben Schwartz, Omar Benson Miller, Josh Brener, Brandon Mychal Smith, Eric Bauza, John Cena and Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham voices April O’Neil — a human friend of the Ninja Turtles.

This series’ version of April will be the first-ever black depiction. Her early appearance in the comics is a Caucasian Irish-American red-haired woman.

“They decided to go with an African-American actress and African-American character. I knew that being part of Ninja Turtles was going to be a big deal, but I had no idea the weight of that decision and how important it would be because when I was growing up, there were no young Black cartoon characters — female, anyways — that were in this position,” said Graham during TCA.

Adding, “By the time there were, I was a little older; too much older to appreciate it. My take on this character and what I hope to bring to this character is not just what comes with being a young Black girl, but the fierceness, the being able to hang with the boys, the playfulness, the strength. I want young girls to see this and see that there’s a brown cartoon character that they can relate to, that they can say, “Well, April O’Neil did it, so I can do it too!” If you have a daughter, I want her to watch it and see that she relates to it. So that’s my dream for this character and that’s what I see for her.”

Voiceover actor Robert Paulsen, whose roles include Raphael and Donatello from the 1987 cartoon and 2012 cartoon respectively of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, serves as voice director for this TV series.

“He’s incredible,” Graham said. “He’s done so many iconic characters, but he has such a demeanor about him and he’s really coached us. When we were doing the first couple episodes, we’re trying to figure out the character. We’re trying to figure out the groove, the rhythm of all that,” she explained.

“And he really — especially for me — he guided me into a really great place for this character. He’s just so humble and so — he’s just a really great person. I know that might sound a little vague but I think that he’s just — I can keep going on and on about Rob Paulsen,” she added.

Besides voice directing, Paulsen will also be providing voice work on the project, which Suriano described as “an exciting cartoon for today’s generation.”

“There’s certain inherent qualities of the Turtle franchise that have been so resilient and popular. I mean it’s 34 years old, from the ’80s comic books, to the cartoons, and all the iterations. So we — Ant and myself, we looked at it and we said what we liked about all of it, what we thought it worked from all of it. We kind of played with it like a chemistry set and distilled the elements that we thought would be, and an exciting cartoon for today’s generation.”

[ione_media_gallery id=”231582″ overlay=”true”]

READ MORE STORIES ON BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM:

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER: 

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM

Entertainment – Black America Web

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

4 Essential Tips Before You Start Playing ‘We Happy Few’

It can be daunting when first starting We Happy Few. Dropped into a terrifying alternate version of Britain in the 1960s, all you have at the start is the clothes on your back and a dream of freedom. Exactly where do you go from there?

Even though We Happy Few doesn’t rely on its survival mechanics to quite as an extent as it did during the Early Access release, it can still be very important to ensure you’re gathering enough resources from the world around you in order to stay alive and make progress right from the go.

So, let us be your guide in your opening moments in this intimidating new land. Keep these tips in mind in order to survive the psychedelic nightmare that is Wellington Wells.

Fill your pockets with loot

Sure, We Happy Few isn’t the intense survival game it started out to be, but you’ll still need to do a fair bit of scavenging throughout the game. Pretty much everything you gather — whether it’s from sneaking into someone’s house or rooting in the nearest — has a use to you. Food? Water? Bits of old metal? You want it all.



If you do rummage through everything in sight, it won’t be long before you’re inventory is full to the brim with all sorts of components for crafting materials, but there are definitely a few things you should prioritize. One of the absolute essentials is Gilead Petals, which can be picked from the red-flowered bushes dotting the countryside and mushed together to make Healing Balm. It’s always useful to have some of these on you to heal in a pinch.

You’ll also want to keep an eye out for Bobby Pins, which are needed to create lockpicks. Security is pretty tight in many of the game’s areas, so being able to break in through a back door to avoid the Bobbies is always a bonus. They can also be used to open sealed chests and lockers to yield even more loot, though we would recommend keeping some saved for their main purpose.

Speaking of Bobbies, one other item to loot whenever you see it is Scotch. You can use this as an intoxicating bribe to get past a pesky guard blocking your path, so it’s always worth having a bottle or two with you.

Choose the right skills

In the first act of We Happy Few, you’ll play as Arthur. He’s a pretty terrible fighter, but he’s stealthy and quick on his feet. And while many of the choices on offer aren’t all that exciting, there are a few options that take best advantage of Arthur’s proficiencies.



Sensibly, the game’s tutorial encourages you to take “Sweet Dreams” first, which allows you to choke enemies unconscious from behind or suffocate them while they’re sleeping. It’s an incredibly powerful ability that’ll have you clearing out rooms or entire buildings without making a peep.

Further down in the stealth category, both “Ear to the Ground” and “Tech Friendly” are nice pickups. The former allows you to see an enemy’s footsteps from further away, while the latter means many of the game’s high-tech surveillance options won’t be able to see you. Both make the whole sneaking approach so much easier. In the same branch, “Oh You” is a useful timesaver as it stops people from being suspicious of you if they see you running or jumping about. That’s just what you’re like!

Elsewhere, “Herbalist” is worth consideration if you keep finding yourself getting into scrapes. The bonus healing will significantly lessen the demand on some of your resources. As of the others, they can be avoided unless they really suit your own playstyle. Outside of the handful of standout options, the choices you make on the skill tree aren’t massively impactful.

Don’t be afraid to run

Often you’ll find the stealthy approach is optimal in We Happy Few, given how easy it is to knock out enemies from behind and how clunky the combat can be if a mob of Joy-guzzling citizens descends upon your Downer. And while it may be tempting to wildly swing back at them with a cricket bat, fleeing is often the more sensible approach.

The tactical retreat is especially effective when playing as Arthur in act one. He’s not exactly the greatest fighter, but he does have the ability to sprint away very quickly from his pursuers. Fortunately, anyone who becomes hostile to you doesn’t give chase for too long either. Call it a fault of awkward AI — or maybe all the citizens are tripping so hard that they suffer from rapid memory loss.



Essentially, if you put enough distance between you or duck out of sight for long enough, they’ll return to their seemingly pleasant routines in no time. You can even go back to talk to them and they’ll have forgotten all about you!

Benches can also be very useful blending-in spots if you think you might get caught. If your dose of Joy is about to expire or you think a local is getting suspicious, just take a seat and whip out the daily paper for a quick browse until the moment passes. Or duck into one of the many hideouts across the world for instant safety.

Expand your wardrobe

If you want to make it a lot less stressful to blend into the various regions of Wellington Wells, then it’s important to have a diverse wardrobe. Wherever you go on the island, the locals can be incredibly judgemental folk, deciding whether they want to give you a pleasant hello in return or chase you down with a frying pan with one quick look at your clothing.



The less fortunate souls on the outskirts will want to see you in a Torn Suit, something effortlessly made if you find a rock to scuff the hell out of it. Be sure to save a Proper Suit and Shoes for when you return to the fancier regions, though, or they’ll look down on you as a Wastrel.

We Happy Few offers a number of other more specialized outfits, too. It can be handy to have a Boiler Suit on you when entering municipal or construction areas — no one will think twice about someone fiddling around with electronics wearing that. Fisticuff fans might want to consider the Padded Suit for some extra damage reduction, though it doesn’t seem necessary. On the other hand, a Gas Mask is definitely essential when heading into some locations to avoid damage from toxic fumes.

As for the Rubber Cat Suit? Well, we’ll let you discover all about that one for yourself!

And there you have it: a few words of wisdom for your new life in Wellington Wells. Remember, if it all goes wrong, you can always just pop a Joy and live in blissful ignorance forever!

We Happy Few is now available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

The post 4 Essential Tips Before You Start Playing ‘We Happy Few’ appeared first on FANDOM.

FANDOM

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Are ‘Counting On’ Stars John David Duggar And Abbie Grace Burnett Playing Matchmaker For Jeremiah Duggar?

Counting On star John David Duggar and his fiancée Abbie Grace Burnett set a Duggar family record last month with the quickest courtship so far. There was less than a month between their courtship and engagement announcements, and now fans are wondering if the couple is trying to play matchmaker for their siblings.

After John David and Abbie Grace posted a pic on Instagram earlier this week with his brother Jeremiah and her twin sisters, fans are losing their minds over the romantic possibilities between the Duggar and Burnett kids, as well as the chances of John David and Abbie Grace having their own set of twins.

“Wait, so there are twins on Abbie’s side as well as the two sets on JD’s? They just became front-runners for the first couple to have twins of their own,” wrote a fan on Reddit.

Jill Duggar and Anna Duggar also commented on the pic, with Jill writing “Nice!” and Anna adding, “Y’all have fun!”

Some of John David and Abbie’s followers were also crushing on 19-year-old Jeremiah — who also has a twin brother, Jedidiah — and wanted to know if he was single and looking. There are currently three boys in the Duggar family who are single and of courting age, the 19-year-old twins and 18-year-old Jason. 28-year-old Jana Duggar, John David’s twin sister, is the only single Duggar woman who is old enough to court.

After their whirlwind engagement, there is a lot of excitement in John David and Abbie Grace’s future. As In Touch Weekly reports, they announced their courtship on June 26th, and by July 25th they were engaged.

The Duggar family made the engagement announcement, and they said in a statement that John David and Abbie Grace are a wonderful match, and they make a beautiful couple. They added that they love weddings and can’t wait for this one.

Eat more chicken all night long @chickfilaofada #cfafirst100 @chickfila

A post shared by johnandabbie (@johnandabbie) on

After knowing of each other for years, 28-year-old John David and 26-year-old Abbie Grace really got know each other when he flew to Oklahoma for a church event earlier this summer. Before they started courting, John David had talked about being a “Bachelor to the Rapture,” but once he connected with Abbie Grace, he changed his tune.

Because they are quite a bit older than the other Duggars who have courted, it appears that the rules were a bit more relaxed for John David and Abbie Grace, with the couple allegedly going out unchaperoned and displaying a bit of PDA during a trip to Walmart.

To find out more about John David Duggar and Abbie Grace Burnett, plus get an inside look at the rest of the married Duggar kids, tune into new episodes of Counting On, which air Monday nights on TLC.

Celebrity Insider

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Mick Jagger Said He’d Rather ‘Be Dead’ Than Sing ‘Satisfaction’ at 45. Now He’s 75 and Still Playing It

The following feature is excerpted from LIFE The Rolling Stones: Their Rock ‘n’ Roll Life, available at retailers and on Amazon.

Of the many things that Mick Jagger has said in public—aside, that is, from the lyrical improvisations and the onstage declarations he has made across more than 2,000 live performances over 56 years—among the more enduring is this bit of bravura from 1975: “I’d rather be dead than sing ‘Satisfaction’ when I’m 45,” he told People magazine. Jagger was 31, and he and the Rolling Stones had recorded the game-changing single 10 years before, in the early stages of a decade in which the band reframed the blues, the British Invasion and rock ’n’ roll itself. The hubris of Mick’s comment, the implication that there were other worlds to be conquered and, more ominously, that the Stones might leave behind the world they had forged, struck the metaphorical chord. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” was the band’s axe-grinding soul: Keith Richards came up with the hook and the title while drifting to sleep one night and recorded it, bare bones, on a cassette player by his bed. Jagger later wrote the lyrics poolside at a Tampa hotel while the band was on tour. Add drums. Add bass. Book it at 3:45. When the song landed in America in June of ’65, it went to No. 1 and stayed there.

Jagger certainly was singing “Satisfaction” at age 45 (actually he’d just turned 46), snapping it out as a set-closer on the Stones’ bristling Steel Wheels tour in 1989. He was singing it onstage in 2015 as well, as a guest of Taylor Swift, who was born in 1989. Over the many years, Jagger’s “I’d rather be dead” pronouncement has evolved away from arrogance and toward happy irony. He and Richards both turn 75 this year, and as the Stones opened their 2018 tour, with dates in the U.K., there was “Satisfaction” on the set list—the predetermined final encore, the classic and quintessential rock ’n’ roll song.

Despite the portentous demise of guitarist Brian Jones in 1969 and the band’s historical fondness for hard drugs, despite the departure of backbone bassist Bill Wyman in the early ’90s, and despite the Keith-vs.-Mick feuds that have long dotted the landscape, time has remained improbably on the Rolling Stones’ side. They’re not only still together, they’re still more or less doing what they’ve always done. Their latest album, 2016’s Blue & Lonesome, by way of example, is made up of covers of songs written by the same folks the Stones were covering 50-some years ago—blues colossi like Willie Dixon and Howlin’ Wolf.

And of the 19 songs that anchored the 2018 tour, 17 of them were Jagger/Richards numbers composed during the 1960s and early 1970s, soul-lifters off of one monumental album after another (Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers . . .) Another song on the list was 1981’s “Start Me Up,” which, along with “Satisfaction” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” hinges upon one of the Richards riffs that have burrowed unstoppably into auditory history. Keith, in 2018, is still out there on his Fender, after the sound. Mick is still glorious: preening and plaintive. Charlie Watts still swings, driving the action, cool on his simple kit. And that’s still Ronnie Wood playing the tasty guitar. Ladies and gentlemen: the Rolling Stones.

They’ve aged of course, to be sure, and some fans grumbled about the U.K. shows. A ticket at 250 quid? Reviewers allowed that there were some imprecisions in the gigs, some softened edges. Yet by and by the crowd and the critics could not help themselves. They’d been elevated. And they were acutely aware, as the old Stones ripped through the songs that will never die—“Sugar,” “Shelter,” “Sympathy”—that even now you could see and hear straight into their beating hearts. Straight into the heart of, yes, that’s right, wait for it, the greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world.


Entertainment – TIME

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Cuomo is playing ‘Chicken Little’ over abortion rights

Another Supreme Court nomination by a Republican president, another attempt to use cynical scare tactics by the Empire State’s own version of Chicken Little. An executive order signed last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a knee-jerk attempt to protect his left flank from his current rival and newly minted “democratic socialist” Cynthia Nixon. In…
Opinion | New York Post

SPECIAL SHOE DISCOUNT:

Everyday Savings: Up to 40% Off on over 2,000 Styles at DSW! Shop Now!

6 Villainous Actors Perfect for Playing Doctor Doom in the MCU

Fans may be disappointed that Noah Hawley’s Doctor Doom standalone film will probably not see fruition anytime soon, but they shouldn’t abandon hope about getting the legendary Marvel villain back on the big screen. The Disney-Fox merger has taken an important step towards becoming reality with Kevin Feige revealing he’s waiting on a certain important phone call. Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed has even expressed interest in directing a Fantastic Four film for the MCU.

All of this suggests Marvel’s First Family could play a big role in Phase 4 of the MCU. So, the question is: who should play Doctor Doom? Several suitable actors are already well known for a villain role that appeals to a particular aspect of Doom’s character. Here are six villainous actors perfect for playing the MCU version of Doctor Doom.

Ben Mendelsohn


Ben Mendlesson as Director Orson Krennic in Rouge One: A Star Wars Story

Mendelsohn was Noah Hawley’s choice to play Doom in his film and for good reason. As Director Orson Krennic in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Mendelsohn’s character exhibits many of Doom’s important traits. Both characters are steely, exhibit hubris, and even wear a cool cloak.

Most importantly, like Doom, Krennic is determined to see his own ambitions come true while callously disregarding anything and anyone else. Krennic’s desire to ascend to the top of the Galactic Empire is akin to Doom’s quest to become the most powerful being in the universe. In this quest, Krennic plays a pivotal role in the creation of the Death Star and demonstrates the superweapon on Jedha City. His loving admiration over the resulting death and destruction would be a classic Doom moment. Mendelsohn’s portrayal of Krennic has indeed prepared him to illustrate Doom’s evilness.

Ralph Fiennes


Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldermort

As Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter films, Fiennes is quite haunting in his portrayal of the powerful wizard. He conjured up particularly gruesome ways to try and kill Harry, starting with the Avada Kedavra curse when Harry is just a baby.

Doom can be downright horrifying at times in the comics, especially when it comes to his dealings with the Fantastic Four, whom he considers his sworn enemies. He once used mystical abilities to switch their powers just to torture them. This aspect of Doom’s character has sorely been lacking in every Fantastic Four movie so far. Fiennes would be the perfect choice to portray a version of Doom that sends a chill through the audience.

Bryan Cranston


Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad

The man responsible for bringing to life antihero Walter White in Breaking Bad deserves a chance to portray the legendary Marvel villain. Perhaps the most important aspect of Doom’s personality is his intelligence, and Cranston would shine in bringing this aspect of Doom to life. After all, it is Walter’s expertise in chemistry that begins his meth empire.

Even more impressive than their backgrounds in science is both Walter’s and Doom’s strategizing abilities. Walter always seems to have a clever solution for wading his way through a harrowing situation. Similarly, Doom masterminds creative methods for eliminating his adversaries. Walter maintains the confidence necessary for clearly thinking things through. Such gravitas puts Cranston in a uniquely ideal position to play Doom.

 Shasha Roiz


Shasha Roiz as Captain Sean Reanard in Grimm

Roiz’s role as Captain Sean Renard on NBC’s hit series Grimm may lean more heroic than villainous, and this positions him to play off a unique side of Doom. There have been times in which Doom isn’t the villain of the story, whether he’s battling a greater threat or, yes, flat out aiding the Fantastic Four or another hero. For Renard, it’s the opposite.

Renard ultimately comes off heroic, but you question his allegiance throughout the series. He lies to Nick from the start about his knowledge regarding Nick’s ancestors and even had associate Adalind Schade attempt to kill Nick’s Aunt Marie. Such dichotomy in a character is no easy feat to pull off. It would be great seeing Roiz portray a more complicated version of Doom.

Denzel Washington



It’s time we got to see Doctor Doom in his natural habitat: in his homeland of Latveria where he rules with an iron fist as King. Doom’s rule over the country is that of an absolute monarchy. What he decrees is law, and no one has the power to question his authority. Sure, Latveria may seem like a utopia at times, but this comes at the high cost of sacrificing freedom.

A unique source of inspiration for this more manipulative version of Doom could draw from Washington’s role as corrupt police detective Alonzo Harris in Training Day. Harris uses his authority and intimidation to successfully put other corrupt cops and gang members in his pocket to do his bidding. Despite being known by some as crooked, Harris is a decorated officer who’s able to cleverly disguise his misdeeds as legitimate police work. Washington could be just what the doctor ordered in illustrating Doom’s tyrannical side.

 Jennifer Lawrence


Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique

Gender swapping characters in the MCU is not a new concept. Tilda Swinton and Carrie-Anne Moss have both portrayed characters that are usually male in the Ancient One and Jeryn Hogarth respectively. Doctor Doom’s prominence in the Marvel Universe would make it a huge gamble to cast the character as female. Such a gamble could pay off in spades if the right person is chosen, such as Jennifer Lawrence.

It certainly helps that she’s already played another Marvel baddie: Brotherhood Mutant Mystique. Both Mystique and Doom come from tragic backgrounds. Lawrence would do well in showing that Doom can sometimes elicit sympathy as well as occasionally have a conscience. Perhaps the MCU should introduce us to Victoria Von Doom rather than Victor Von Doom.

The post 6 Villainous Actors Perfect for Playing Doctor Doom in the MCU appeared first on FANDOM.

FANDOM

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Serena Williams on Heading to the Wimbledon Final: ‘It’s Not Inevitable For Me to Be Playing Like This’

Serena Williams is headed to her 30th Grand Slam singles final after beating Julia Goerges in the 2018 Wimbledon semi-final on Thursday. Her win sets the stage for a redux of the 2016 Wimbledon final in which she defeated Angelique Kerber, who will also be her 2018 opponent.

It was an especially sweet victory for Williams, a 23-time champion, who survived harrowing complications when she gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia just 10 months ago. Following the baby’s delivery, Williams had a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and a hematoma, which led to her having multiple surgeries.

Williams isn’t taking her time at Wimbledon for granted, noting in a post-game interview that she “didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back.”

“It’s not inevitable for me to be playing like this,” Williams said. “I had multiple surgeries and nearly didn’t make it when I gave birth. I’m enjoying every moment.”

Williams will face off with Kerber on Saturday; if she is victorious, she’ll tie Margaret Court’s all-time record for grand slam singles titles.

Sports – TIME

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Elle Fanning says playing Mary Shelley was a unique challenge

OHMYGOSSIP — Elle Fanning admits playing Mary Shelley proved to be a unique challenge.
The 20-year-old actress stars as the iconic writer – who is best known for her Gothic novel ‘Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus’ – in the period-drama about Shelley’s life, and Elle has revealed how the movie-making process has changed her outlook on life.
She confessed: “I felt like Mary Shelley taught me how to be a woman in a way. I don’t know, [she taught me] a little bit of womanhood.”
Despite this, Elle admitted it was a challenge having to play Shelley, because there was no audio or video footage to guide her performance.
The novelist was born in 1797 and so even though she’s one of the world’s most revered literary figures, Elle didn’t have many points of reference while making the movie.
Speaking to ITV’s ‘Lorraine’, she shared: “Definitely a challenge because you can’t look like a painting of her. There’s not a video of the way she moves or the way she talks.
“It’s also a love story, you know? I also think it’s a relationship of people who relate to one another that’s messy and not perfect.”
Meanwhile, Elle previously revealed she considers the movie to be a milestone in her life because it was the last film she made before graduating from high school.
She explained: “When I filmed the movie, I was 17, about to turn 18.
“This was the last movie that I had to do school on the set. It was a milestone movie for me. I really felt wiser and more mature after.”

Find us also on Twitter @OHMYGOSSIP and @OHMYGOSSIP_USA

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Seth Meyers Tears Into Trump For Playing the Hero With Executive Order

NBC

Over the course of his 10-minute “A Closer Look” segment Wednesday night, Seth Meyers set out to prove why President Donald Trump’s constant lying is so pernicious.

“Trump’s only political skill is his total and complete lack of shame,” the Late Night host began. “His malignant narcissism allows him to confidently and brazenly lie in the way that most other politicians would be too embarrassed to even try.”

Sometimes, these blatant lies are relatively victimless. But that is not the case this week as Trump attempts to take credit for ending a “cruel” policy of separating immigrant families at the border that he himself implemented.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here

The Daily Beast — Entertainment

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Seth Meyers Tears Into Trump For Playing the Hero With Executive Order

NBC

Over the course of his 10-minute “A Closer Look” segment Wednesday night, Seth Meyers set out to prove why President Donald Trump’s constant lying is so pernicious.

“Trump’s only political skill is his total and complete lack of shame,” the Late Night host began. “His malignant narcissism allows him to confidently and brazenly lie in the way that most other politicians would be too embarrassed to even try.”

Sometimes, these blatant lies are relatively victimless. But that is not the case this week as Trump attempts to take credit for ending a “cruel” policy of separating immigrant families at the border that he himself implemented.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here

The Daily Beast Latest Articles

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

CHARITY UPDATE:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Kendall Jenner Shades Donald Trump While Playing Family Feud with Kanye West and the Kardashians

The Kardashian edition of Celebrity Family Feud got political when Kendall Jenner cracked a joke about President Donald Trump — whom her brother-in-law Kanye West ardently supports.

During Sunday night’s episode (which was taped in February), the Kardashians/Jenners faced off against the Wests while competing for $ 25,000 benefitting the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. And model Kendall had the whole family in stitches when she answered host Steve Harvey’s question: “If you had a wild party and everybody’s naked, who is someone you would hate to see show up?”

“Donald Trump,” said Kendall, 22, as everyone, including West, erupted into laughter. (She got the point, since Trump counts as a “celebrity,” one of the six answers.)

The 41-year-old rapper has praised Trump, 71, in controversial tweets, though wife Kim Kardashian West supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

RELATED VIDEO: PEOPLE Writer Natasha Stoynoff Breaks Silence, Accuses Donald Trump of Sexual Attack

In the end, Kendall, Kris Jenner, Khloé Kardashian, cousin Cici Bussey, grandma M.J and pal Jonathan Cheban bested Kim, Kanye and his cousins — though Kimye got to play the Fast Money Round.

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

The superstar couple are huge fans of the game show, and Kim noted how happy her husband was to participate..

“Kanye has a permanent smile on his face during this whole Family Feud episode,” she tweeted.

Celebrity Family Feud airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


PEOPLE.com

Fashion Deals Update:

Playing Youth Tackle Football Is Linked to Earlier Symptoms of Brain Disease

Playing football professionally has been linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease. But what happens to children who start the sport early, before they even turn 12?

That’s the question neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee, whose groundbreaking work on CTE has uncovered the neurological risks of playing football, set out to answer in a new study published in the Annals of Neurology. In her team’s analysis of the brains of 211 deceased football players who had been diagnosed with CTE, along with detailed behavioral questionnaires filled out by their relatives and interviews with family members, McKee expected to find more severe signs of the condition in people who started the game young. These would be visible in more pronounced deposits of tau protein, which kills brain cells, in the brains of men who sustained hundreds — if not thousands — of extra head impacts as children.

To McKee’s great surprise, however, early exposure to tackle football was not associated with more severe signs of CTE, or other brain diseases like Alzheimer’s. Instead, she found something perhaps even more disturbing. Football players who played tackle football as children suffered the devastating symptoms of brain disease, like cognitive impairment and mood swings, earlier in their lives.

By analyzing the 211 brains, McKee and her team found that those who played tackle football before age 12 — 84 players in total — had an earlier onset of cognitive, behavior and mood symptoms by an average of 13 years, compared to those who started after age 12. Every one year younger the participants began playing tackle football predicted earlier onset of cognitive, behavioral and mood problems by about 2.5 years. Of these 211 men with CTE, 76 were amateur players, and 135 played at the professional level.

“It’s as though the brain of these people who started playing early football was less resilient to pathology,” says McKee, chief of neuropathology at Boston VA Healthcare System, and director of Boston University’s CTE Center. “It’s sort of like they have a weakened nervous system, and set you up for earlier onset of any of these disorders. That was a surprising finding.”

Evidence suggests that even if you don’t end with up CTE — a disease closely linked to football that can only be diagnosed after a brain autopsy — strapping on a helmet as a kid can be risky. Among the 35 players without CTE in the study, those who played football before age 12 had an earlier onset of cognitive symptoms by an average of 20 years, and behavior and mood symptoms by 22 years. (Because of this small sample size of players without CTE, however, this finding is not statistically significant). Of those 35 players, 26 had other neuropathological diagnoses such as Alzheimers, Lewy body pathology, frontotemporal lobar degeneration and axonal injury.

This study has limitations. The brains used in this study may not represent those of the broader tackle football population, because most ex-football players, and their families, chose to donate their brains to shed light on their cognitive and behavioral struggles. Still, the results are alarming. “The data supports that you should not play tackle football until you’re more physically mature,” says McKee, whose future work will attempt to define a sort of tipping point for tackle football: how long can kids play before the risks rise exponentially?

Last week, California lawmakers dropped legislation banning tackle football for children under 12, and a similar measure has stalled in Illinois. But the momentum for limiting hits is expected to keep growing. “The cost-benefit of playing eight years before high school is so far on the side of being foolish, it’s inevitable that this change takes place,” says former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, who retired in 2015 at age 24 because he was concerned about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma. Borland started playing football in the ninth grade. “The research is going to continue to come out. It gets harder to justify young kids playing.”

Football can still thrive if the youngest kids stopped playing tackle. Tom Brady, for example, did not play Pop Warner, the largest youth football program in the U.S. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh — who loves football more than anyone — has said that kids should play soccer until eighth grade, to learn footwork and agility, before strapping on shoulder pads in high school.

The stakes in this debate are high. “We all want our kids to grow up to be the most productive, most successful of society they can possibly be,” says McKee. “And this is something that may limit their ultimate potential to be highly successful and highly productive in later life.”

Sports – TIME

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Emily Blunt has finally opened up about playing the iconic Mary Poppins

We’re feeling nostalgic AF.

Emily Blunt at The Girl on the Train premiere
Rex

Ever since it was announced that a Mary Poppins sequel was in the works, we have been counting down the days till its official release – with small updates over the past few months exciting us beyond belief.

While we still have a bit of a wait for Mary Poppins Returns to hit our screens, debuting at cinemas in December, Disney  chose the Oscars 2018 as its moment to release the film’s first official teaser trailer, and we already know that Emily Blunt is the Mary Poppins of our dreams.

Emily Blunt finally spoke out about playing the iconic role in a recent interview with People, and we’re more excited for the film than ever.

‘Really this is my version of her,’ Emily said about playing Poppins. ‘I did not watch the original during the process of making it. I had seen it as a kid but I didn’t watch the details of it all because I had to do my version of her.’

She continued: My perception of her in the books is that she is batty, eccentric, hilarious and incredibly rude and vain. I like that idea that she sweeps in and takes it all over and makes everything great.’

The upcoming film, starring Blunt as Mary Poppins, is based on P.L. Travers’ book series, with the plot following on from the 1964 Disney classic that we all know and love.

Mary Poppins Returns will take place 20 years later, following the story of a now-grown Michael Banks as he is reunited with his magical childhood nanny Mary Poppins who helps him to sort out his relationship with his own children.

The 35-year-old actress was confirmed as the iconic role in July last year, with Walt Disney Studios taking to Twitter to share a video of Emily Blunt in character, captioning it: ‘Emily Blunt is Mary Poppins in the upcoming sequel, #MaryPoppinsReturns. The brand new film opens in theatres December 2018. #D23Expo’

The new film, directed by Rob Marshall, is set to be a big change from the original, promising an all-new soundtrack (no ‘Spoonful of Sugar’ for us) and boasting a star-studded cast.

Aside from Blunt, Colin Firth has also joined the project, set to play Bank president, William Weatherall Wilkins, and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda has been cast as Bert’s equivalent – a street lamp lighter called Jack – even Meryl Streep has been given a cameo. It’s just too much.

Bring on December 2018.

The post Emily Blunt has finally opened up about playing the iconic Mary Poppins appeared first on Marie Claire.

Marie Claire

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Style Your Home’s Outdoors with All the Perfect Additions from MacKenzie-Childs! Save on Tables, House Letters & Chairs. Shop Now!

Hader: ‘Barry’ co-star Winkler worried about playing an ‘a–hole’

On HBO’s “Barry,” a disenchanted hit man (Bill Hader) thinks he has found salvation when he wanders into a Hollywood acting class while zeroing in on someone he’s been hired to kill. Barry is surprised to find a welcoming community of struggling artists looking for their big break. The acting teacher, Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler),…
Entertainment | New York Post

SPECIAL DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Lebanese cleric’s piano playing strikes wrong note for some

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A Muslim cleric has been expelled from his seminary in Lebanon after a video of his piano playing, posted online, drew criticism from conservatives who felt it was undignified behavior for a man of the cloth, he said.


Reuters: Arts

SPECIAL DEAL UPDATE:

Save anywhere from 35-55% off combined admission prices with the Explorer Pass from Smart Destinations!

Zach Braff delights in playing ‘a guy in over his head’

Alex, Inc. Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., ABC Alex Schuman (Zach Braff) quits his job as a journalist to start his own podcast company in the new ABC comedy “Alex, Inc.” Based on the popular podcast StartUp created by Alex Blumberg, it was the kind of project that brought Braff back to a regular series role after…
Entertainment | New York Post

SPECIAL DISCOUNT UPDATE:

EXCLUSIVE: John Cena Get Emotional Over Playing ‘Ferdinand’

John Cena is best known for being a brash star in the ring and on screen, so it’s quite a departure to see the wrestler-turned-actor get emotional over the role.

In a new clip from the exclusive Target release of Ferdinand (arriving on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD 3/13), Cena talks about seeing his the character — the bull Ferdinand — for the first time.

“If I see a match of myself or if I see a movie with myself — even though I may be playing a different character — I see myself,” Cena reflected. “The animation, you totally just lose it, and you see Ferdinand. It’s pretty cool.”

The wrestler also discusses how he was inspired by the animation. Director Carlos Saldanha called Cena “the perfect match” for the role, and praised how he embodied the character.


Ferdinand movie John Cena
Ferdinand is literally a bull in a china shop.

Ferdinand based on the beloved children’s book written 82 years ago about the tale of a gentle bull who prefers flowers and friendliness to fighting.

The animated feature is not only an interpration of the 1936 tale by author Munro Leaf, but also an homage to the country of Spain and its beautiful countryside.

John Cena Reacts To All The John Cena Memes We Can Throw At Him

The post EXCLUSIVE: John Cena Get Emotional Over Playing ‘Ferdinand’ appeared first on FANDOM.

FANDOM

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Bulls warned against playing weak team for good pick: reports

(Reuters) – The NBA has warned the Chicago Bulls for resting healthy players in what appears to be an attempt to lose intentionally to boost their chances of a top draft pick, according to several reports on Tuesday, including the Chicago Tribune.


Reuters: Sports News

FOOTLOCKER SPECIAL DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Check out the Sales Outlet with prices starting as low as $ 19.99!

‘Deadpool 2’: Who Is the Actress Playing Domino?

When Deadpool returns to the silver screen this May, there’ll be a new face coming with him. Domino, who appears in the comics as a member of the Cable-led mercenary team Six Pack, will be played by Zazie Beetz. But who is the actress and how did she get the role of the sharp-shooting mutant with superhuman luck?


Domino

Beetz is best known for playing Van on Donald Glover‘s FX series Atlanta. Van is the ex-girlfriend of Glover’s character, Earnest Marks, and the mother of his daughter.

When Atlanta finally returns for Season 2 on March 1 (the show went on a brief hiatus after premiering in 2016 due to Glover’s involvement in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story), it will continue to explore the leftover feelings that Van and Earn still seem to have for each other.


Donald Glover and Zazie Beetz in 'Atlanta'

Beetz is full of effortless charisma on Atlanta, playing Van as a woman who can easily go toe-to-toe with anyone who gives her a hard time. And it’s that ability to not fade into the background, no matter who she’s acting opposite of, that helped land her the role of Domino.

According to Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld, it was the actress’ sass and her ability to keep up with Ryan Reynolds’ quick wit that secured her the job.

“I’m telling you, having been around Ryan multiple times … I don’t think he can say the jokes as fast as they are backed up in his head,” Liefeld told ComicBook.com. “I think Ryan Reynolds is gonna have to work hard to keep up with Zazie. I mean, wow. You just go ‘That chemistry is going to be spectacular.’ And that’s what it comes down to is the chemistry with these characters.”


Zazie Beetz as Domino

So if you like watching Beetz on Atlanta, then it looks like you’ll love her as Domino. And if the young actress is new to you, it looks like you’re about to fall in love when Deadpool 2 hits theaters on May 18.

What Are Domino’s Powers in ‘Deadpool 2’?

The post ‘Deadpool 2’: Who Is the Actress Playing Domino? appeared first on FANDOM.

FANDOM

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Glenda Jackson on Quitting Parliament, Playing Lear and Returning to Broadway

After winning two Oscars, she stopped acting for decades to fight Thatcherism. Now, at 81, she’s tackling an Edward Albee classic. But she insists, “I lead a very dull life.”
NYT > Arts

SPECIAL TRAVEL DISCOUNTS:
$ 20 Credit for Future Bookings Opportunity Using Promo Code: FlexCredit20

Fans Were Not Pleased When Theater Started Playing Fifty Shades Freed Instead of Black Panther

Moviegoers were 50 shades of confused when their screening of the highly anticipated action film Black Panther was accidentally hijacked by Fifty Shades Freed.

Atlanta’s Regal Atlantic Station mixed up the two movies on Thursday night, according to those in the audience, meaning a crowd amped up for a Marvel blockbuster was met, instead, with the final installment of the erotic drama series starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.

One Twitter user, @ChefWaites, pulled out his phone to capture the hilarious reactions. As a wedding from the drama played on the big screen, patrons could be heard laughing and shouting, “No!”

“Aiight so this happened at Atlantic Station. They played instead of ,” he captioned the videos. “I never laughed so hard. I’m happy I came to the black theatre.”

Responding to another Twitter user, Waites claimed the wrong film played for “a good 5 min” before the mistake was corrected.

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Another Twitter user, @TreDay421, joked that despite having ACL surgery five months ago, “I sprinted through the theater to get that turned off so d— fast.”

RELATED VIDEO: Chadwick Boseman Teases Black Panther: He’s the Anti-Hero Superhero

Black Panther’s estimated three-day domestic gross of $ 192 million marks the highest debut ever for a February film, smashing previous record holder Deadpool’s $ 132.4 million, according to EWGiven the four-day weekend, thanks to President’s Day on Monday, the movie’s box office is expected to hit $ 218 million.

Fifty Shades Freed won the top earning spot last week but dropped down to third place with an estimated $ 16.9 million through Sunday, EW reports.


PEOPLE.com

Fashion Deals Update:

Playing ‘Ni No Kuni II’ Feels Like Embarking On Your Very Own Ghibli Adventure

There’s a certain indescribable charm that defines every Ghibli adventure. Whether the studio’s beautifully drawn stories are conveying the horrors of war or just goofing around with giant cuddly bear-cats, it’s their blend of the heart-warming with the fantastical that makes each vastly different creation still feel unmistakably Ghibli.

Yet, despite the beloved studio becoming synonymous with Japanese animation, it wasn’t until 2010 when Ghibli decided to cut its teeth on its first ever video game – Ni No Kuni.

With Ghibli making its name by creating some of entertainment’s most charming and unforgettable worlds, seeing them collaborate on a brand new RPG with the developer behind the Dragon Quest series was pretty much every anime fan’s wildest dream.

Unsurprisingly — given the talent of the two companies involved — Ni No Kuni was well received commercially and critically, and fans assumed that it heralded the start of an exciting new Ghibli era of video games.

Yet, sadly for fans, Studio Ghibli’s first ever official video game collaboration was also its last. Shortly after beloved creator Miyazaki announced his retirement, Ghibli followed suit, officially (but temporarily) closing its doors after its 2014 animated swansong, Marnie Was There.

A Ghibli Game In All But Name


Areas like the casino-inspired town of Goldpaw simply ooze that classic Ghibli charm.

Eight years after the release of the original, developer Level-5 is now gearing up to release Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. But without Ghibli’s name adorning the box, is this a sequel that’s worth getting excited for?

While you may not see a mention of Ghibli in the credits, it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief – because this sequel is very much still a Ghibli game. Although its recent move away from feature production meant Studio Ghibli wasn’t technically involved with Ni No Kuni II at all, many of the studio’s key animators (including Yoshiyuki Momos, who worked on Spirited Away) jumped ship to Level-5 and have been hard at work on this gorgeous RPG ever since.

This time around, the collaboration between Level-5 and Ghibli has been a far more organic affair — and, boy, does it show. While the last game saw Level-5 basing their gameplay around cutscenes sent to them by Ghibli, Ni No Kuni II’s development has seen the Ghibli alumni overseeing every aspect of its creation.

Here, every environment, every character and even the way the game plays has been guided by the hand of the experienced Ghibli veterans at Level-5.

Easier, Prettier, Faster, Stronger?


This time there are no 2D cutscenes, Level-5 has instead managed to create an in-game engine that matches the majesty of Ghibli’s big screen productions.

Where the ambitious original was held back slightly by the aging PS3’s hardware, thanks to the additional horsepower afforded to the artists by the PS4, Level-5 and Ghibli have come startling close to creating a fully playable anime.

With barely a polygon in sight, each wonderfully designed character and environment looks remarkably smooth, as if it has been ripped straight from the sketch artists’ page before being magically injected with a welcome sense of depth. Here, everything from fearsome fantasy creatures to friendly townsfolk looks every bit as charming and expressive as anything Ghibli has released on the big screen.

Ni No Kuni II isn’t just a prettier experience than its predecessor, but a deeper one too. After being taken off guard by the overwhelming Western response to the original, Level-5 has attempted to make this sequel even more appealing to players outside of Japan.

For starters, the battle system is a completely different beast to what came before. Ditching the quasi-turn-based, Tales series meets Pokemon combat model from the original, Revenant Kingdom instead gives players full control of an entirely human party. With no familiars in sight, you are free to switch party characters at will, using a mix of melee, ranged and skill-based attacks to make short work of your foes.

Fit For a King


Combat is a far more fast-paced affair this time around.

Running at a rock solid 60 frames per second, combat feels just as satisfying as you would expect – if a little simplistic. We’ve only spent a few hours with the game so far, but we hope that as characters level up and unlock new abilities, battles will require more of a considered, tactical approach than the frantic button mashing that helped us coast through the early game.

Yet, the most radical departure from the original No No Kuni comes with the new elements that tie into the ‘Kingdom’ of the game’s namesake. Where the first game saw a young boy called Oliver transported to a strange new world, this sequel instead tells the story of an entirely new young hero. Put in the shoes of Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum, players find themselves trying to reclaim his kingdom after having his throne usurped.

Yet, this narrative setup is more than just cutscene fodder, it actually ties into everything you do in game. As you travel the land taking on quests and battling monsters, you find yourself actively recruiting new subjects for your Kingdom. Once you’ve earned the respect of your new loyal subjects, you can return to your Kingdom of Evermore, and manage your little town — Clash of Clans-style.


Kingdom management plays a big role in Ni No Kuni II.

This game mode feels pretty simplistic, merely requiring you to upgrade structures and research new abilities and upgrades by acquiring citizens with the right skills and spending kingpoints.

Revenant Kingdom‘s RTS elements don’t end there though. While most of the battles you engage in will take place in the Tales’ series inspired realtime combat style, between objectives you will have the option to engage in an entirely different type of warfare. Known as skirmishes, these Pikmin-esque encounters see you leading legions of chibi-styled troops into battle. Armed with just basic attacks and four special AOE abilities, the few early skirmishes we got to experience seemed to be lacking in both depth and satisfying combat.

How Is Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom shaping up?

Still, this is a game that could well span a hundred hours, and with only three hour testing time — we’ve barely scratched the surface. While Level-5 could easily have just produced a copy and paste sequel to the last game, it’s admirable to see the studio attempting to weave so many new mechanics into Revenant Kingdom. Whether this experimentation will pay off remains to be seen, but even if the extraneous RTS elements do end up feeling a bit lacklustre, the core of Ni No Kuni II still looks to be a wonderfully charming Ghibli RPG. And really, that’s all we ever wanted.

The post Playing ‘Ni No Kuni II’ Feels Like Embarking On Your Very Own Ghibli Adventure appeared first on FANDOM powered by Wikia.

FANDOM powered by Wikia

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Love Island’s Georgia Harrison cools off in the pool in just her underwear after working up a sweat playing volleyball in Dubai

GEORGIA Harrison has been pictured soaking up the sun as she took a dip in her underwear after working up a sweat playing volleyball.

The Love Island star debuted a dramatic new brunette hairdo while enjoying a break in Dubai.

Love Island star Georgia Harrison cooled off in her underwear
BackGrid

Georgia took to the water in her matching Calvin Klein workout gear after a gruelling game of volleyball.

Debuting a new brunette hairstyle, Georgia showed off her incredible figure as she posed in the pool.

23-year-old Georgia had earlier been seen clutching a ball while chatting on the phone.

Making the most of the winter sun, Georgia went barefoot as she larked about in Dubai.

The reality star had worked up a sweat in Dubai
BackGrid

In the time since being on this year’s series of Love Island, Georgia has still been on the lookout for love – and briefly appeared to find it with fellow participant Sam Gowland.

However, after just a few weeks of dating, Georgia announced that they had gone their separate ways – even suggesting that Sam had cheated on her during their romance.

Sam has now joined the team of Geordie Shore, and has moved on from Georgia with MTV favourite, Chloe Ferry.

Georgia had been working up a sweat playing volleyball
BackGrid
Georgia looked incredible as she soaked up the winter sun
BackGrid


Georgia meanwhile, has been connected to radio DJ Roman Kemp – after the pair met at V Festival and then his Faces nightclub in Essex together.

Georgia met Roman the day after confirming her split with Sam, telling fans “for some men one girl isn’t always enough.”

TV and Showbiz – latest celebrity news, gossip, photos, TV and film reviews | The Sun

BEST DEAL UPDATE (UK):

5 Cool Things I Learned While Playing Halo

Walking into GameStop as a 10-year-old, Halo: Combat Evolved beckoned to me. My father bought me a copy, and I raced home to pop the disc into my laptop. As I played, I experienced something I’d never felt before: escapism. Assuming the persona of the Master Chief and gazing upon the beautifully realized world of Installation 04 enabled my imagination to run wild. In short, I became hooked on the franchise. As I progressed through each Halo game, Bungie’s masterful use of storytelling and worldbuilding taught me some very valuable lessons that I will never abandon.

The Importance of Relationships



More than any other game franchise I’ve played, Halo made me feel a deep, emotional connection with the characters I encountered. Cortana became much more than a chatty, holographic companion who told me what to do. She became a trusted friend, with her own lively personality and strong moral compass. When I crash-landed on Installation 04, she yelled “Chief! Chief, can you hear me?” I was touched by this moment, as Cortana was invested in me and I valued that relationship.

Similarly, I developed a strong bond with Sergeant Johnson. He was a man who distinguished himself from my other allies with his unforgettable quotes, sarcastic attitude, and unwavering sense of duty. Playing Halo during my childhood helped me realize how important strong relationships are, as they foster friendships and make life meaningful.

Teamwork


Three is always better than one.

If you’re a Halo fan like me, it’s impossible to talk about the series without bringing up the multiplayer. Sure, the Halo franchise does an incredible job of putting you in fast-paced, action-packed battles against other players. However, it also emphasizes something many first-person shooters shy away from: teamwork. When I jumped into multiplayer, my teammates weren’t just in the game for themselves. We would communicate, coordinate different strategies to capture the enemy team’s flag, and run like hell whenever zombies approached us.

I relished every multiplayer match, whether it was Capture the Flag, Zombies, or Grifball. I knew I could depend on my teammates to win games and enjoy our collaboration. My experiences with Halo’s multiplayer taught me to put my trust in strangers when I otherwise wouldn’t have. In doing so, my team achieved its goal and had an incredible time.

The Value of a Good Story



The best part of the Halo franchise is by far its story. Joseph Staten’s writing in Halo: CE, Halo 2 and Halo 3 was epic in scope and scale. It took me on a journey through a universe with expertly-crafted lore, ferocious enemies, and characters for whom I cared.

The Covenant wasn’t your typical alien foe. It had its own social and military structure, with Prophets at the top and the unfortunate, impish Grunts at the bottom. Moreover, the Flood inspired fear whenever I saw them, with their mutated, misshapen limbs, disfigured heads, and bulbous chests. The Forerunners added an additional layer of complexity to the universe. They were the enigmatic, dominant race in the galaxy before their demise at the hands of the Halo Array. All of these races and characters contributed to the richness of Halo’s universe, and I relished being a part of such an expansive story.

The Importance of Discussing Real-World Issues



Halo is not usually known for including aspects of controversial, real-world issues in its games. However, the Halo series’ focus on religion piqued my interest in the subject. Bungie mindfully incorporated elements of religion into the Halo franchise, and its influence can be felt in nearly every corner of Halo’s universe. The name “The Covenant” is a reference to mankind’s agreement with God in the Bible. However, in the Halo universe, it’s defined as the Covenant Empire’s worship of the Forerunners and the Halo rings.

However, the Halo franchise also discusses the dangers of the Covenant’s religious fundamentalism and theocracy. It examines the ways in which such constructs and worldviews can cause immense destruction. The Covenant’s extremism is represented in the real world by groups such as al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Ku Klux Klan, to name a few. In short, the way in which Halo approached the nature of religion is admirable and thought-provoking.

Perseverance



I can guarantee that any Halo player has encountered the theme of perseverance at one time or another. When I stepped inside the armor of the Master Chief, perseverance wasn’t only a theme. It became wisdom that I’ve carried with me throughout my life. As I improved at Halo, I began to push myself, trying to beat the campaign of every game on Legendary.

Sure enough, I got frustrated. Angry. Confused. “Why the hell is The Library so damn hard?” I asked myself. “Why can’t I beat Cortana without getting killed by a Combat Form every three seconds?” Fortunately, I didn’t give up. I worked hard, conquering level after level, until I had finally beaten every Halo game on Legendary. The Halo franchise taught me the simple maxim, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” I can say, without a doubt, that I’ve become a better person because of it.

Halo was a very important part of my childhood. It was more than a series of games to me. Instead, it imparted a wisdom unlike any other form of entertainment or work of art that I’d experienced. At its core, that’s what Halo is: a multifaceted piece of media from which all kinds of lessons can be learned. And that, I believe, is the sign of something indelible, something to be cherished.

The post 5 Cool Things I Learned While Playing Halo appeared first on FANDOM powered by Wikia.

FANDOM powered by Wikia

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Confession: I hate playing with my child

by

Maggie Downs

posted in Life

I am sitting criss-cross applesauce on the floor with my 3-year-old son.

Joining us are two stuffed animals — one a seal that my son named ContaDontaSaurus, the other a cat named Pineapple. There are also three robot magnets. Their names are Dinglebutt, Quincy, and Not Yet. Scattered about are enough mini trains to populate the island of Sodor several times over and gazillions of Legos.

“Let’s play!” my son says, and it’s a sentence that strikes fear in my heart.

A small boy playing with plastic Lego-looking toys

I love my son. I cherish our time together. I hate playing with him.

My son holds Pineapple up, and we make some small talk with Not Yet. It’s worse than the conversation I have with the dentist when she asks, “So how are things going?” as she jams cold metal instruments into my mouth. It’s excruciating, and I wish I didn’t have to play along.

I mean, what does a cat have to say to a robot anyway? (If you’re curious: Pizza. They talk about pizza.)

We carry on for a few minutes like that until I make some excuse and scurry off to the kitchen to start dinner. I’m relieved, but I also feel guilty about that relief.

To be clear, I don’t hate all types of play with my child.

My son and I go adventuring, take scent walks to smell the flowers in our neighborhood, make road trips to the beach, and toss sand dollars into the ocean. We run around the park, spend hours at the library, visit the art museum and talk about what we see. We’ve never met a trail we didn’t want to explore, and I would happily hike with him to the ends of the earth. Plus we have the best playdates with other little friends.

A boy emerges from the ocean with water in his face

But ask me to squat on the floor and vroom cars around, and I’m out. I just can’t do that kind of pretend play. After five minutes of constructing Lincoln Log forts, I’m ready to send the pioneers packing. Ten minutes of Legos are my longest year.

I think the reason why I don’t enjoy playing with my son is this: When I sit on the floor and play pretend, I bring with me all the constraints and barriers of the adult world. No, cars don’t move like that. Cats don’t fly invisible helicopters. A house has four walls and a roof, not three walls, two propellers, and a napkin. I’ve lost much of the magic and whimsy that exists naturally at childhood, and though I struggle to recapture it, I just can’t.

My son lives in a world where a half-bitten pancake is a ship, sailing an ocean that only he can see. His best friend is the wish-granting, albeit unfortunately named, stuffed turtle that he calls CockSofa. Give my son tissues, pipe cleaners, and some construction paper, and he’ll make you a fairy kingdom.

So that’s why I often shoo away my precious muffin to play by himself. Because my play places limits where there shouldn’t be any.

Do you enjoy pretend play with your child?

BabyCenter Blog

BABY CARE UPDATE:

Perfect Gifts for the Perfect baby

The Crown Season 3 Cast: Who Is Playing Prince Philip Opposite Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth?

The CrownThe Crown season two is just days away, yet there is already a lot of attention on the upcoming third season which is set to feature new actors playing Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and the…

E! Online (US) – TV News

EMPLOYMENT SEARCH UPDATE:

Eliminating state and local tax deductions will create a more level playing field: GOP senator

While eliminating state and local tax deductions will "hurt in some places," it's something that has to be done, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said.
Politics

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Save 50% Today! Get 24/7 Access to Your Credit Scores & Reports with TransUnion

How much time do you really need to spend playing with your kids?

by

Deidra Romero

posted in Parenting

When my son was 18-months-old I read a parenting book in which the author confessed she didn’t like playing with her kids. I was appalled.

Who doesn’t like playing with their kids? That’s messed up.

My son was so fun and curious and cute and he did the sweetest things when we played together on the floor for hours a day. Then he got older and we played the same blasted things over and over and over again.

Now I get it.

I don’t love playing with my 5-year-old son. There. I said it.

After about 20 minutes of focused playtime, I am like a caged animal. I’m ready to move on and do something productive in the adult world. Let me fold the clothes or pluck my eyebrows or do my taxes. I just need a break!

child hangs on broom while mom tries to sweep

There’s a guilt that creeps in on me particularly about playtime. I spend a lot of time with my kids–going to the park, running errands, doing crafts and taking walks. But actually sitting on the floor playing? I don’t do a lot of that.

I mean, how much time do kids actually need of one-on-one playtime with parents?

We all know it’s crucial for their development.

Not only is it important for skill-development, but it forges the bond that your parenting relationship is built on. I learn a lot about my son through our playtime together. I’m able to gauge his strengths and growth-points. Sometimes when we role play we can work out issues that have occurred earlier in our day.

Kids need to play with other kids too.

As an adult I can’t always give him what he needs. He needs to play with kids on his own level. He needs to problem solve and work his way through sharing issues. Kids need to play with other kids to learn to get along with other kids.

mom working while child watches

Independent playtime is so important.

Before you start feeling like the worst parent ever for not spending all the hours of your days crouched on the floor building blocks, let’s talk about the importance of independent play. I love the quote by Sherry Turkle, an MIT professor: “If you don’t teach your children how to be alone, they only know how to be lonely.”

When kids play by themselves it fosters creativity and independence. These are important skills! If we are constantly entertaining them, they will never go into their rooms and discover an amazing new game with their old toys.

Reframe what you think of as play.

I’ve been trying to answer this question of how much playtime my kids need from me, but in doing so I realized that we play in bits and pieces throughout our day. We play I spy in the car on the way to the store, color together before dinner and take walks to find bugs. All of this is actually play. And it’s play that I truly enjoy

mom with child on her back

So how much time should we really play with our kids?

A 2015 study revealed that parent-child time can actually become harmful to children at one point. When parents were stressed, sleep-deprived, and anxious, their time spent with their children led to behavioral and emotional problems for their kids.

The bottom line?

Parents who enjoy spending time with their kids actually have more of an impact on their children.

Quality over quantity.

So maybe it is just 15 minutes in the car on the way to school or 5 minutes spent discussing the day’s events around the dinner table. Maybe we are asking the wrong question altogether. Maybe instead of asking if we are playing with them enough, we should ask ourselves this: Are we connecting with them enough?

Images by iStock

Do you worry about not playing with your kids enough?

BabyCenter Blog

BABY CARE SPECIAL DEAL UPDATE:

Aden & Anais Logo

Here’s when you can start playing the first ‘Destiny 2’ raid

Destiny 2 raid start time

We’re less than a week away from Destiny 2one of the most anticipated games of the year. Bungie has kept its cards much closer to the vest this time around in order to let players discover the mysteries of the game for themselves when it launches next week, but on Friday, the team did let one piece of information slip out: the release date for the first raid in Destiny 2.

Continue reading…

Trending right now:

  1. Report: iPhone X is the name of Apple’s game-changing new iPhone
  2. A colossal asteroid will cruise by Earth today, and you’ll actually be able to see it
  3. What is T-Mobile going to reveal next week?


BGR

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

All Deals on HP, Dell and Lenovo!

The Emotional Toll of Playing a Pedophile | Greenleaf | Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

CHARITY UPDATE :

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Daniel Craig Epically Confirms He’s Returning As James Bond After ‘Playing Hard To Get’ — Watch

It’s Craig. Daniel Craig. On Aug. 15, the 49-year-old English actor revealed to Stephen Colbert that he will be returning as James Bond for the upcoming 007 film and we’re dying! Get our exclusive details here!


Hollywood Life

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Save Up to 50% Off ROXY Sale Styles!

A new Geno Smith (in his mind) is playing for more than this job

Geno Smith will take the field Friday night for the first time in nearly 10 months, playing for the first time since suffering a torn ACL. Smith will step on to the same MetLife Stadium field he called home for his first four seasons, walking out for the first time without the Jets. “I’ve been…
Sports | New York Post

EMPLOYMENT SEARCH UPDATE:

Marwan Kenzari: 5 Things To Know On Hottie Playing Jafar in Live Action ‘Aladdin’

Princess Jasmine might have to reevaluate her choice in men. Marwan Kenzari was cast as Jafar in the live-action remake of ‘Aladdin,’ and now, ladies around the world are dying to know more!


Hollywood Life

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Save Up to 50% Off ROXY Sale Styles!

Limited Too is Playing to Our ’90s Nostalgia With a New Mobile Pop-Up

Limited Too — official ‘tween mall retailer of the ’90s, purveyor of glittery slogan T-shirts and embellished denim and chief clothier to every Lizzie McGuire wannabe — is making a retail comeback. After experiencing fizzling sales and absorption into Justice stores several years back, Limited Too …

Continue reading

Fashionista

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Kevin Harvick The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black

Kevin Harvick The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black


Prove your loyalty to the faster driver on the asphalt with this Kevin Harvick Playing the Game tee! The Game gives you a new look that is ready to keep up with the speed of Kevin Harvick at every turn. Grab this sweet tee to ensure your fandom is clear whether you’re at the track or just hanging out with friends.
List Price: $ 24.99
Price: $ 24.99

Carl Edwards The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black

Carl Edwards The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black


Prove your loyalty to the faster driver on the asphalt with this Carl Edwards Playing the Game tee! The Game gives you a new look that is ready to keep up with the speed of Carl Edwards at every turn. Grab this sweet tee to ensure your fandom is clear whether you’re at the track or just hanging out with friends.
List Price: $ 24.99
Price: $ 14.99

Shelter Cats Playing On iPads Are A Glimpse Into Our Feline-Ruled Future

It turns out you can teach an old cat new technology.

Felines in the care of the Regina Humane Society in Saskatchewan, Canada, now enjoy playing interactive games on iPads — usually games that feature moving fish, mice or insects that the cats try to “catch” with their paws.

“Cats love to hunt and stalk things, and what these programs do is they give the cats the opportunity to do that on the iPads,” the humane society’s executive director, Lisa Koch, told the CBC.

The humane society started experimenting with the cat-oriented iPad games ― which he said they simply downloaded from the iTunes store ― in the fall. Shelter spokesman Bill Thorn said they incorporated the games as a formal part of the volunteer program in late 2016.

“It is geared toward our younger volunteers (as young as 12 years) as the technology aspect appeals to them,” Thorn told The Huffington Post in an email.

Thorn noted that the cats have other toys to play with, as well — including items hand made by volunteers — and the iPads are just one method the shelter uses to keep the cats happy and calm.

The most surprising thing about introducing the iPads, Thorn said, was how good the cats seem to be at sharing.

“We usually use the iPads in our communal areas where there are multiple cats roaming freely in one room,” he said. “They will gather around it and almost take turns playing with it by chasing the images on the screen. Often, this eventually leads to them playing with each other, which is a nice bonus in that they are not only playing the game, but increasing their socialization with each other too!”

While Thorn said he’d recommend people try out iPad games with their own cats at home, they’re not for every feline. Some cats at the shelter, he said, were unimpressed. 

“The key is to provide toys and activities that your pet likes and engages in – that could be an iPad or a simple ball or other toy,” he said.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Comedy – The Huffington Post
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS-Visit Mobile Playboy today for the hottest adult entertainment online!

John N. Hansen Cribbage with Playing Cards Travel Set

John N. Hansen Cribbage with Playing Cards Travel Set


John N. Hansen Cribbage with Playing Cards Travel Set When youre ready to slow things down a little, enjoy this classic game of cribbage. It makes a perfect gift to tell that person in your life you want to spend some quality time with them. Cozy up at the fireplace, a campfire or your boats deck with a hot beverage and let the games begin! Includes a folding board, pegs, and playing cards in a leatherette case. Folding wood score boardMetal PegsComes with playing cardsIncludes leatherette travel case
List Price: $ 16.99
Price: $ 4.55

Carl Edwards The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black

Carl Edwards The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black


Prove your loyalty to the faster driver on the asphalt with this Carl Edwards Playing the Game tee! The Game gives you a new look that is ready to keep up with the speed of Carl Edwards at every turn. Grab this sweet tee to ensure your fandom is clear whether you’re at the track or just hanging out with friends.
List Price: $ 24.99
Price: $ 24.99

Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black

Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black


Prove your loyalty to the faster driver on the asphalt with this Dale Earnhardt Jr. Playing the Game tee! The Game gives you a new look that is ready to keep up with the speed of Dale Earnhardt Jr. at every turn. Grab this sweet tee to ensure your fandom is clear whether you’re at the track or just hanging out with friends.
List Price: $ 24.99
Price: $ 24.99

Chase Elliott The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black

Chase Elliott The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black


Prove your loyalty to the faster driver on the asphalt with this Chase Elliott Playing the Game tee! The Game gives you a new look that is ready to keep up with the speed of Chase Elliott at every turn. Grab this sweet tee to ensure your fandom is clear whether you’re at the track or just hanging out with friends.
List Price: $ 24.99
Price: $ 24.99

Matt Kenseth The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black

Matt Kenseth The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black


Prove your loyalty to the faster driver on the asphalt with this Matt Kenseth Playing the Game tee! The Game gives you a new look that is ready to keep up with the speed of Matt Kenseth at every turn. Grab this sweet tee to ensure your fandom is clear whether you’re at the track or just hanging out with friends.
List Price: $ 24.99
Price: $ 24.99

Kasey Kahne The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black

Kasey Kahne The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black


Prove your loyalty to the faster driver on the asphalt with this Kasey Kahne Playing the Game tee! The Game gives you a new look that is ready to keep up with the speed of Kasey Kahne at every turn. Grab this sweet tee to ensure your fandom is clear whether you’re at the track or just hanging out with friends.
List Price: $ 24.99
Price: $ 24.99

Danica Patrick The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black

Danica Patrick The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black


Prove your loyalty to the faster driver on the asphalt with this Danica Patrick Playing the Game tee! The Game gives you a new look that is ready to keep up with the speed of Danica Patrick at every turn. Grab this sweet tee to ensure your fandom is clear whether you’re at the track or just hanging out with friends.
List Price: $ 24.99
Price: $ 24.99

Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black

Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black


Prove your loyalty to the faster driver on the asphalt with this Dale Earnhardt Jr. Playing the Game tee! The Game gives you a new look that is ready to keep up with the speed of Dale Earnhardt Jr. at every turn. Grab this sweet tee to ensure your fandom is clear whether you’re at the track or just hanging out with friends.
List Price: $ 24.99
Price: $ 24.99

Chase Elliott The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black

Chase Elliott The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black


Prove your loyalty to the faster driver on the asphalt with this Chase Elliott Playing the Game tee! The Game gives you a new look that is ready to keep up with the speed of Chase Elliott at every turn. Grab this sweet tee to ensure your fandom is clear whether you’re at the track or just hanging out with friends.
List Price: $ 24.99
Price: $ 24.99

Kyle Busch The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black

Kyle Busch The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black


Prove your loyalty to the fastest driver on the asphalt with this Kyle Busch Playing the Game T-Shirt! The Game gives you a new look that is ready to keep up with the speed of Kyle Busch at every turn. Grab this sweet top to ensure your fandom is clear whether you’re at the track or just hanging out with friends.
List Price: $ 24.99
Price: $ 24.99

Matt Kenseth The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black

Matt Kenseth The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black


Prove your loyalty to the faster driver on the asphalt with this Matt Kenseth Playing the Game tee! The Game gives you a new look that is ready to keep up with the speed of Matt Kenseth at every turn. Grab this sweet tee to ensure your fandom is clear whether you’re at the track or just hanging out with friends.
List Price: $ 24.99
Price: $ 24.99

Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black

Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Game Playing the Game T-Shirt – Black


Prove your loyalty to the faster driver on the asphalt with this Dale Earnhardt Jr. Playing the Game tee! The Game gives you a new look that is ready to keep up with the speed of Dale Earnhardt Jr. at every turn. Grab this sweet tee to ensure your fandom is clear whether you’re at the track or just hanging out with friends.
List Price: $ 24.99
Price: $ 24.99

Women's Tennis Strategies: Win More Matches by Playing Smarter

Women's Tennis Strategies: Win More Matches by Playing Smarter


Learning to master the mental side of tennis has always been a difficult part of the game. Some players have decided to simply not train mentally or simply ignore it which is a big mistake. It is said that winning in tennis is 80 – 90 % MENTAL! Just take into account that key points in a tennis match such as match point, game point, break points, and set points, are all crutial situations that can decide the outcome of any particular competition. SO WHY DO MOST PEOPLE SKIP MENTAL TRAINING? Take into account that on average a tennis match lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes. Focusing for such an extended amount of time is not easy task but with the right concepts and ideas to get you there things will become more obtainable. Start reading and putting into practice the concepts and ideas provided in this book so that you can get the most of your game and win more often. The best tennis strategies to win more in your league, junior, professional, and recreational matches. Knowing what to do and how to do it in your matches can make all the difference in the world. What should you do against a consistent player? What can you do against a hard hitter? Is there a strategy for lobbers? How can I overcome players who hit only with slice? How should I play against someone who hits with a lot of topspin? These and many more questions are answered in this book. Do you know any tennis player who doesn''t play as well as the others but for some reason finds a way to win? That''s because they are using the right strategy for the right player and winning against players above their level. Written and created by a professional tennis player and coach. For this and many more books and DVD''s go to www.tennisvideostore.com
List Price:
Price:

David Duchovny Discusses The Difficulty Of Playing A Violent Cop On ‘Aquarius’

In “Aquarius,” David Duchovny plays a cop who isn’t afraid to use violence to get the job done — a tricky line to walk in a time when police brutality has become such a controversial topic. In the video above, Duchovny chats with “The HuffPost Show” host Roy Sekoff about playing a character with a moral code that is “personalized” rather than “dogmatized.”

Watch more from “The HuffPost Show” here.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Entertainment – The Huffington Post
Entertainment News-Visit Adults Playland today for the hottest adult entertainment online!

Cats at Piano. Two funny singing cats playing piano illustration. Musical notes are in the air, happy cats pressing piano keys with puffy paws. Greeting Card

Cats at Piano. Two funny singing cats playing piano illustration. Musical notes are in the air, happy cats pressing piano keys with puffy paws. Greeting Card


7 x 5 Paper Greeting Card
List Price: $ 3.50
Price: $ 3.50

Playing for Love: 2 Truths

Although our generation is no stranger to the idea that our reliance and commitment to technology is hindering the quality of meaningful relationships — not just in maintaining them, but in establishing them to begin with — we still seem to be a little hesitant and guarded about finding love online. If you have ever been on Tinder or similar dating apps, you would be hard pressed to not come across at least one person who makes a joke in their profile along the lines of, “I’ll lie about where we met.”

2015-06-02-1433255124-4773828-newonlinedatingapp.jpg

Some people are embarrassed to be on them, or stubborn about their ineffectiveness. And their reasoning is understandable. It’s is a lot easier to act like you don’t care about finding someone, right? To act like you are such a catch that you’d have no trouble meeting someone the “traditional” way. That, and the fact that online dating apps can feel impersonal and superficial. You scan people’s profiles, judge them on what they look like, and make snap decisions.

Then there also is the problem of establishing a connection. Online dating apps have the same nature as others apps, like Instagram: they are essentially a numbers game. Your Instagram worth is essentially based on how many “likes” you get. Running parallel to this is the idea that online dating apps are only effective if you are matched with as many people as possible — validating your worth.

Winning Their Heart

When it comes to dating apps, there are different kinds of games people find themselves playing: the ones where getting to know one another is playful and fun, and the other kind, the numbers game, where acquiring matches has no further purpose or intent. If you are looking to establish meaningful connections, you need the former. It’s not that online dating apps don’t work — just that they need to be used the right way.

And if there is anyone who knows how to incorporate the fun, informality of a game into establishing a meaningful connection, it’s Tyler Adams — this season’s winner of The Amazing Race. For people who haven’t already heard about it, the reality show mixed things up this season by having half the contestants meet for the first time on a blind date — Adams being one of these pairs. And although he and his partner, Laura, didn’t’ find romantic love, they did establish a bond strong enough to rely on one another for 21 days, ultimately winning the entire race.

Ironically enough — or in a way that kind of makes perfect sense — Adams also happens to be the co-founder of the new “dating” app 2 Truths, a modern spin on the age-old icebreaker game, “Two truths and a lie.”

You can’t force love, chemistry or even a connection. Those have to happen organically. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to help it along — which is exactly what the new app 2 Truths does. It fixes one of the biggest disconnects between hating and loving online dating: getting matched then never actually building a connection. Because you can only be matched with someone after you learn a little bit about them, taking the impersonal atmosphere off the table, and you do so in a fun, game-like manner, it doesn’t feel forced, overly-formal or shallow.

“It’s incredible how much you can learn about someone’s personality from 3 short statements,’ said Adams. “Especially when one of them is a lie. It’s the first dating app with a sense of humor.”

There is no shame, especially for our generation, in finding people online that have similar interests, someone you would be interested in getting to know more. But you can’t expect the intimacy and spark between two people to just happen because there’s a match. You can’t expect to determine whether or not you “click” with someone through a screen. That is something that can only be done through conversation and, eventually, in person.

I like comedian and actor Aziz Ansari’s approach to online dating: “Don’t think online dating as dating — it’s an introduction service.” Essentially, that is what it is. You aren’t dating this person online. Online dating apps hand pick and deliver people you might hit it off with. They let you realize these people exist, and give you a platform to introduce yourself on. But beyond that, it’s up to you.

Not only is the 2 Truths app backed by the impressive credentials brought to the table by Adams alone, but it was also developed by the same team who won the Startup weekend in Los Angeles in 2014–which is, modestly, the largest competition for startup ventures in the world. Although still relatively new, considering who the app has been developed and started by, it seems to have a whole lot of potential.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Style – The Huffington Post
FASHION NEWS UPDATE-Visit Shoe Deals Online today for the hottest deals online for shoes!

“Playing It Cool” Has Two Leads With Chemistry

Movie Review – Jackie K Cooper
“Playing It Cool” (Voltage Pictures)

Sometimes you get a movie with a silly premise, and all the information about the movie makes it look like a dud. Then you see the movie and the chemistry between the two leads is so good it almost makes the movie worthwhile. Note I said almost.

“Playing It Cool” is about a screenwriter (Chris Evans) who is tasked with writing a romantic comedy. He has a difficult time fulfilling the assignment as he has never been in love and doesn’t really think love exists. That is until he meets an immensely likeable woman (Michelle Monaghan) at a party and is immediately smitten. Sparks fly between them as they first touch hands.

Problem is she has a boyfriend (Ioan Gruffudd), and wants to stay true to him. However our hero talks her into going out on a “friend” date. And then another one. His friends (Luke Wilson, Aubrey Plaza, Martin Starr and Topher Grace) try to warn him away from this woman but he persists until she tells him they have to stop.

The story goes on from there and even if it is predictable I am not going to reveal all here. It is enough to say he imagines a variety of scenarios wherein they might be reunited and the audience gets to see them all. They aren’t very imaginative but it does break up the monotony of the film.

Chris Evans has a strong fan base because of his “Captain America” role and they doubtlessly will watch this movie just because he is in it. Still it has to be said this is not one of his strongest performances. Monaghan has been in quite a few movies and has never made a real impact on Hollywood. In this film she is adequately charming but nothing to write home about. Still when these two are on screen together they do have chemistry and you do root for them as a couple to make it.

The supporting cast is competent but they do not have strongly written roles. Topher Grace’s is the most detailed but the audience never feels they know him. Plaza gets the most attention of this group but a little of her personality in this movie goes a long way.

The movie is rated R for profanity and adult situations.

Apart Evans and Monaghan are mildly entertaining but when they are together it is movie magic one more time. Their chemistry makes the movie better than it has any right to be.

I scored “Playing It Cool” a chilly 4 out of 10.

Jackie K Cooper
www.jackiekcooper.com

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Entertainment – The Huffington Post
Entertainment News-Visit Adults Playland today for the hottest adult entertainment online!

Adorable Stoneware Sitting Cupid Playing Musical Instrument in Moss Finish

Adorable Stoneware Sitting Cupid Playing Musical Instrument in Moss Finish


Adorable and charming, the Adorable Stoneware Sitting Cupid Playing Musical Instrument in Moss Finish will add charm and accentuate your gardens or lawns with its divine and majestic appeal. Perfect for adding a gothic and traditional tone to your outdoor environment, the cupid figure is made from stone ware and features weathered accents and a moss finish for a truly worn look. The stoneware figure depicts a cute cupid sitting on a globe like stand. The dimensions of the Adorable Stoneware Sitting Cupid Playing Musical Instrument in Moss Finish are 6″x6″x15.5″H.Features:CeramicMoss6″x6″x15.5″HDimensions: 6″L x 6″W x 16″H
List Price: $ 61.99
Price: $ 61.99

Helix Season 2 – Playing God Has A New Price

Don’t miss the new season of HELIX on SyFy beginning January 2015

After barely escaping with their lives, the survivors of Season One attempt to move on from the horrors that took place at Arctic Biosystems. But when their work takes them to a mysterious and remote wooded island, they quickly discover the Ilaria Corporation’s reach is deeper and darker than anyone imagined, and a deadly new virus will present a threat that no one thought possible.

Genre: Sci-Fi | Thriller
Executive Producer: Ronald D. Moore
Starring: Billy Campbell, Kyra Zagorsky, Jordan Hayes, Hiroyuki Sanada, Catherine Lemieux, Neil Napier, Mark Ghanime, Meegwun Fairbrother
Uploads by Sony Pictures Entertainment

Fandango Now Tickets for AMC Theatres!

Playing the Married Name Game

2014-11-07-501243119.jpg

After saying “I do” there’s a whirlwind of well wishes, honeymoon travel and settling into newlywed life. Typically as soon as the wedding ring is on her finger, a bride is inundated with questions about changing her name from everyone including well meaning relatives (ahem Mother-in-Laws), TSA, friends, and colleagues. You may be thinking “Why all the name change drama in 2014?” The truth of the matter is that name change has been and still is a highly charged topic.

Amal Alamuddin made major waves after she changed her name to Amal Clooney last month. Many feminists were outraged that a high profile international lawyer would take her spouse’s last name, while other women applauded what they saw as a romantic gesture. Regardless of what side they were on, the general public had an opinion on what should be a newlywed woman’s private decision on her name change.

Similarly, Michelle Nunn is facing controversy around keeping her maiden name after marriage. As a Democratic Senate candidate her competitors were voicing concerns that she kept her maiden name to cash in on the political goodwill associated with her father. There’s also speculation that Hillary didn’t take Clinton as a last name until her lack of name change was implicated as part of the reason Bill Clinton was not re-elected as Governor back in 1980.

With all of these high profile women dealing with name change turmoil, what is a newlywed to do? Follow this five steps to ensure that playing the married name game results in your perfect name:

  1. Know Your Options Today’s brides can opt to hyphenate their maiden name with their spouse’s, take two last names sans hyphen, take their maiden name as a middle name, take their spouse’s last name or keep their maiden name post marriage. The multitude of choices allow women to find the options that best suits them and their lifestyle.
  2. Understand State Laws The state you live in dictates what name change options are available to you, so it is important to research your state’s laws. For example, brides living in CA, WA, NJ and OH cannot take their maiden names as a middle name and brides living in NY and PA have to file their government forms in a specific sequence in order to do so.
  3. Consult Your Spouse Knowing your spouse’s thoughts on name change is a must. They may be adamant that you take their family name or they might offer to take yours. Starting newlywed life with open communication and compromise is the key to a happy marriage.
  4. Consider the Future Do you plan to have children and/or build a business off of your current name or career? Is it important that you have the same name as your family or to be recognized under your maiden name? Thinking about future plans can lend clarity to your name change choice and prevent years of regret.
  5. Be True to You At the end of the day, your name change is your choice. While it is wise to consider the various aspects of your life and relationship that may influence that choice, you need to make the decision that you feel most comfortable with. Remember you’re the person who will use that name for the rest of your life!

Weddings – The Huffington Post
FASHION NEWS-Visit Shoe Deals Online-Fashion News today for the hottest deals online!

Liberty Mountain Bicycle Clear Playing Cards

Liberty Mountain Bicycle Clear Playing Cards


Our most durable cards are ready for play in the hot tub pool beach or at the children’s table. Way beyond typical all-plastic playing cards they’re washable flexible and easy to shuffle packaged in a clear reusable plastic case. Impress your friends with the cool see-through look. Grab a deck and take it on your next vacation or picnic and let the fun follow. Clear See-ThruWater Resistant
List Price: $ 6.95
Price: $ 6.95

Jimmy Fallon Playing The Vanilla Ice Board Game Makes You Stop, Collaborate And Listen

Ice is back with an embarrassing invention.

In Jimmy Fallon’s first installment of his “Do Not Game List,” the “Tonight Show” host introduced us to a bunch of different awful games, but Vanilla Ice Electronic Rap might be the most terribly awesome of them all.

In the game, players are given an electronic beat box and rap different rhyming words that don’t make a lot of sense.

Fallon doesn’t really explain how to win the game, but this might just be one of those cases where there aren’t any winners.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.
Comedy – The Huffington Post
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS-Visit Mobile Playboy today for the hottest adult entertainment online!

Sams Teach Yourself E-Music Today: Finding, Playing, Recording, and Organizing Digital Music (with CD-ROM)

Sams Teach Yourself E-Music Today: Finding, Playing, Recording, and Organizing Digital Music (with CD-ROM)


New – In this easily accessible resource to the online music industry and MP3 players, readers learn the basics of MP3, including how to install, find, and download software and files and create custom effects. The book is written in a clear, conversational style and filled with practical examples.

Price: $
Sold by Alibris UK: books, movies

Hoyle Jumbo Official Playing Cards: 041187012028

Hoyle Jumbo Official Playing Cards: 041187012028


Hoyle has been producing quality playing cards for generations. You are going to instantly recognize the superior quality that Hoyle puts into each deck they manufacture. The Jumbo Deck features standard sized cards with jumbo print. The cards feature the famous Shell back design.
List Price: $ 3.99
Price: $ 3.99

Cats at Piano. Two funny singing cats playing piano illustration. Musical notes are in the air, happy cats pressing piano keys with puffy paws. Greeting Card

Cats at Piano. Two funny singing cats playing piano illustration. Musical notes are in the air, happy cats pressing piano keys with puffy paws. Greeting Card


7 x 5 Paper Greeting Card
List Price: $ 3.50
Price: $ 3.50

Bicycle Robocycle Playing Cards Game: 073854238242

Bicycle Robocycle Playing Cards Game: 073854238242


Bicycle Robocycle Playing Cards Game: Who doesn’t love robots? From the Twilight Zone to C-3PO to Cylons, robots are an iconic part of pop culture. That’s why Bicycle(R) Playing Cards created the Robocycle Deck, a one-of-a-kind deck featuring a circuit-inspired back and all-robot court cards. In red,
List Price: $ 4.99
Price: $ 4.99