Controlling children’s behavior with screen time leads to more screen time, study reveals

Researchers investigated the impact of parenting practices on the amount of time young children spend in front of screens. They found a majority of parents use screen time to control behavior, especially on weekends. This results in children spending an average of 20 minutes more a day on weekends in front of a screen. Researchers say this is likely because using it as a reward or punishment heightens a child’s attraction to the activity.
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5 Obscure Aquaman Characters Who Deserve Screen Time

Aquaman’s solo movie will hit U.S. theaters soon, and fans can’t wait to see high-profile supporting characters like Mera and Vulko in action. But there are still quite a few Aquaman-adjacent and lesser-known characters who seems to be missing in action. So, here are five obscure comic book characters we would like to see in Aquaman, a future Worlds of DC film, or a DC animated movie.

Deep Blue


Deep Blue Aquaman

Deborah Perkins, better known as Deep Blue, is Aquaman’s half-sister. Though the siblings weren’t close for many years, Deep Blue eventually became a longtime ally to him after he asked all of the underwater kingdoms to unite against the Hunter/Gatherers. She stuck around for a while after that, assisting in various fights.

Because of her close family ties to Aquaman and the rest of the rest of the Aquaman Family, Deep Blue would be a good candidate to appear in a future Worlds of DC film. Her unique powerset — she can enlarge and control sea life, in particular — and long history would create interesting subplots in an Aquaman-centric film. Also, her connection to the next character would add much more drama to Arthur’s supporting cast.

Neptune Perkins


Neptune Perkins Aquaman

Another close ally to Aquaman, Neptune Perkins also happens to be the stepfather of Deep Blue. He was born with extraordinary powers, such as superhuman durability and animal empathy similar to Aquaman, due to his exposure to a powerful energy known as the Vril. He became an ally to the All-Star Squadron and ended up joining the Young All-Stars, where he met his future wife, Tsunami. Later, he joined his daughter when Aquaman called the underwater kingdoms together. Unfortunately, he was killed during Infinite Crisis.

In the comics, he eventually became a U.S. Senator for Hawaii and used his influence to monitor various superheroes. Since government involvement in superhero activities has been a major theme in recent films, it’s possible that we could see him as a politician playing a slightly antagonistic role towards the hero community in a future Worlds of DC movie.

Tula


Tula Aquaman

Tula, known as Aquagirl in New Earth, the dominant reality before DC’s 2011 reboot, is a fairly obscure character in the Aquaman comics. In New Earth, she was an honorary member of the Teen Titans and had many adventures with them. She also had a short-lived relationship with Tempest, but it didn’t last very long. Sadly, she was killed by Chemo during Crisis on Infinite Earths. However, in Prime Earth, the current continuity, Tula is alive and well and living in Atlantis and was the regent of Atlantis during Aquaman’s absence.

Tula would be a perfect candidate to appear in the upcoming film, as her Prime Earth version is more of a military and political figure than an adventurer. In the Worlds of DC, she could play a role similar to that of Okoye in this year’s Black Panther. Even if she doesn’t make a live-action appearance any time soon, she’d still make a great addition to an animated film due to her long and fun history in the comics.

Koryak


Koryak Aquaman

Koryak, Aquaman’s illegitimate son, is the result of a relationship between Aquaman and an Alaskan woman named Kako. Koryak didn’t meet his father until he was well into his teens, and the two got off to a rocky start. Eventually, their relationship improved, and Koryak took up residence in Poseidonis, Atlantis’ capital city.

Unfortunately, Koryak (and much of the rest of Atlantis) were killed during the Spectre’s rampage at the beginning of Infinite Crisis. It’s thought that he later came back from the dead as Narwhal, but this has yet to be confirmed. He and Deep Blue were also romantically involved, but, of course, this ended at his death. Either way though, it’d be great to see his complicated and somewhat scandalous past on the big screen. Plus, in the event that both Koryak and Deep Blue appear, we’re sure to see more romance in the Worlds of DC.

Lagoon Boy


Lagoon Boy Aquaman

Lagoon Boy — one of the many outsiders let into Atlantis shortly before Aquaman and Mera’s wedding — is a fairly unknown character. He has been a member of both Landlubbers/Landlovers and Titans East, but not much else is known about him. Sadly, toward the end of New Earth, Lagoon Boy was left in a coma after a mission with Titans East went wrong. Plus, he was just killed off in the first issue of Heroes in Crisis in Prime Earth without receiving much backstory.

Though the original comic iteration of Lagoon Boy hasn’t been expanded upon as much as his Young Justice version, it would still be great to see him on the big screen because of his interesting powers, including being able to blow up like a pufferfish and controlling water like Mera. But, if the upcoming season of YJ features Lagoon Boy prominently, we’re almost sure to see him in a movie, as he plays a sort of comedic relief in the comics, which is something that has been sorely lacking in previous Worlds of DC.

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Downton Abbey Is Returning—This Time to the Big Screen. Watch the Trailer

If you missed the Grantham, their servants and the grandeur of their English estate, you’ll be happy to know that the cast of Downton Abbey is returning in 2019. Only this time, it’s on the big screen.

The show’s Twitter account on Friday teased the trailer for the movie, which is simply named Downton Abbey.

The show, a PBS series available on Amazon Prime Video, won three Golden Globes and 15 Emmys during its six seasons, which began in 2010 and wrapped up in 2016.

Focus Features confirmed in July that the popular show was being made into a feature film, with the main cast, including Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, and Michelle Dockery, returning for their roles, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes, who following the show was busy with a book project for an unrelated story, wrote the screenplay for the movie, Entertainment Weekly reports. The series follows a family through the changes of the early 1900s, including with historical events such as the sinking of the Titanic, World War 1 and Adolf Hitler’s first attempt at seizing power in Germany.

The show garnered a high viewership for the public broadcaster, bringing in 9.9 million viewers for its final season premiere. Merchandise associated with the show has brought in about $ 24 million in 2013, Forbes reports.

The storyline of the movie hasn’t yet been revealed, but it is set to be released in theaters on September 20, 2019, CNN reports.

“It’s a return to these really beloved characters and seeing them in new sets of circumstances and how they will deal with those, and hopefully, a good mix of the drama, comedy, and romance that had been the mainstays of it all,” Executive producer Gareth Neame told Entertainment Weekly.

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A Star Is Born led the film nominees for the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The guild aims to recognize outstanding individual performances, as well as cast and ensemble performances in both film and television, and has often been a good indicator of possible Academy Award nominees.

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Children’s sleep not significantly affected by screen time, new study finds

As young people spend an increasing amount of time on electronic devices, the effects of these digital activities has become a prevalent concern among parents, caregivers, and policy-makers. Research indicating that between 50 percent to 90 percent of school-age children might not be getting enough sleep has prompted calls that technology use may be to blame. However, new research has shown that screen time has very little practical effect on children’s sleep.
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‘The Color Purple’ Will Hit the Big Screen Again in Musical Form; Here’s Everything We Know

'The Color Purple' Will Hit the Big Screen Again in Musical Form; Here's Everything We Know

As long as you're going to remake a movie, you might as well do something different with the material. That's why musical remakes are so much more interesting than straight rehashes. They tend to follow the original movie being turned into a Broadway musical with that stage production then being re-adapted for the screen. We've seen it recently with Hairspray and The Producers, but music-infused remakes used to be a pretty common occurrence in Hollywood.

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Rest in Power: Feminist Filmmaker Audrey Wells Brought Women’s Lives to the Big Screen

Last week, after a courageous and years-long battle with cancer, feminist filmmaker and activist Audrey Wells passed away at 58 years old.

Wells was a screenwriter for The Hate U Give, in theaters now. The film, an adaptation of an Angie Thomas novel, is about a young black woman who is called to action after she watches police officers unjustly kill her best friend. Discussing such serious issues through her work was no new task for Wells, who always focused on representing characters multi-dimensionally and writing strong female leads. (Wells was perhaps best known for writing and directing the 2003 film Under the Tuscan Sun, which followed a woman intent on rebuilding her own life as she traveled to Italy for solace.)

Wells began her life as Audrey Ann Lederer. Born in San Francisco, California, in 1960, she grew up in a loving home with her parents who sparked her imagination and passion for learning. She received an undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkley, and held jobs in radio before pursuing film; she ultimately obtained a graduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Creative, innovative, unique and progressive are some of the words that were often used to describe her films and Wells herself—but words alone cannot do justice to her work or her passion for social justice. Wells was an outspoken feminist intent on changing culture through her art, and a vocal supporter of feminist organizations. She was known in her field for leveraging a feminist lens in her work and using media to stand up for what she believed in.

Wells is survived by many family members, including her husband and daughter. Instead of flowers and cards, her family has asked that anyone grieving the loss of her life send donations to organizations including the Feminist Majority Foundation, which publishes Ms.

Miranda Martin is a feminist writer and activist and an editorial intern at Ms. She has written for a variety of publications and been published by The Unedit and Project Consent. Miranda recently graduated from University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a major in Interpersonal Communications and a double minor in Creative Writing and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She loves to travel, read, exercise and daydream about the fall of the patriarchy.

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The Joker: Dos and Don’ts of Bringing the Iconic Batman Villain to the Screen

Seventy-eight years is a hell of a run for a character that was supposed to be limited to one appearance — in issue one of Batman in 1940, alongside Catwoman, no less — but all these years later and The Joker is still with us. Still causing mayhem for Batman. Still his greatest adversary. Still, to paraphrase the words of the great Alfred Pennyworth, ‘watching the world burn’.

Created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane or Jerry Robinson (or more likely, all of the above – as with all classic DC creations, there’s some argument about who exactly did what), next year sees the release of Joker, the first in a series of DC-based films separate from the DC Extended Universe, recently officially renamed Worlds of DC. This time, Joaquin Phoenix plays The Crown Prince Of Crime. You’ve probably seen the test footage doing the rounds, with Phoenix in clown make-up, set to the song “Laughing” by The Guess Who.

What better time then, to look at some classic screen Jokers – not an exhaustive list, but the principal depictions from cinema and television (apologies to the Joker from The Lego Batman Movie) — and advise Joaquin what he maybe should and shouldn’t do when putting the iconic face-paint on…

DO… Have Some Fun

He’s called The Joker for a reason. Played by Cuban-American actor Cesar Romero, The Joker of the 1960s’ live-action Batman TV series was camp, colourful, and due to Romero’s insistence on not shaving his moustache off and covering it up with stodgy white face paint instead, rather more hirsute than interpretations to come. The first ever live-action Joker, Cesar’s take was essentially a clown in a comedy. Executive producer William Dozier, who’d never read the comics before coming onboard, once described the show as the only situation comedy on the air at the time without a laugh track. Romero’s Joker’s mirth may have been mild, but the gleeful mania he brought to the role was an influence on all that followed. As Romero’s Joker was fond of saying, “A joke a day keeps the gloom away!”

DON’T… Get a Grill


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Is the grill a step too far?

It’s not completely fair to wade in on Jared Leto’s street-smart take on The Joker, the rotten garnish on a bad movie, which allegedly, is some distance from what Leto expected 2016’s Suicide Squad to be. Leto later said he’d felt “tricked into doing something that had been pitched to him very differently”.

Tattooed and emaciated, it’s a portrayal that’s been divisive. Leto describes his take as “nearly Shakespearian”. Other influences include Mexican cartel bosses, the avant-garde films of the creative polymath Alejandro Jodorowsky and, according to make-up artist Alessandro Bertolazzi, the 1928 silent romantic drama (viewed by many as a horror movie) The Man Who Laughs. David Bowie is another influence, whom Bertolazzi has described as “the best Joker ever”. It’s certainly an arresting take. Either way, everyone agrees the grill was too much, right?

DO… Steal the Show


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Jack Nicholson's deranged Joker.

Tim Burton’s 1989 screen version of Batman was quite unlike anything that had been seen at the time, and is arguably responsible for the superhero-movie mania that remains to this day. Key to the movie’s goth grandeur was the casting of Jack Nicolson as The Joker. Nicolson’s Joker got a new origin story – in Burton’s world, it was his pre-Joker self, the gangster Jack Napier, who pulled the trigger on Bruce Wayne’s parents – but the silliness of Romero’s take 21 years prior remained, only this time with a genuinely psychotic edge. Of course, Michael Keaton, excellent as the film’s lead, played the role of a straight Caped Crusader with stoic grit, amplifying the mania of Nicolson’s part. But while the movie was called Batman, it really could have been named after his arch nemesis, and nobody would have batted an eyelid (pun intended).

DON’T… Use the Force

Few expected great things when Mark Hamill came onboard as the voice of the Joker in 1992’s brilliant Batman: The Animated Series. You can’t blame them. Few would have expected the man who was Luke Skywalker, arguably the most wholesome character in all of genre movie-making, to be the voice that would define the animated Joker for years to come (and in video games, providing the voice for Mr J in 2009’s Arkham Asylum and 2011’s Arkham City).

Hamill exceeded all expectations, drawing upon Hannibal Lecter and the (really quite creepy) rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis for inspiration. He’s cited the influence of The Invisible Man actor Claude Rains as well as the comedian Jay Leno. There’s a bit of Noel Coward in there too. A little bit of Robin Williams at his most manic, even. If you were in any doubt at all about Hamill’s brilliance at nailing the part of a deranged maniac, YouTube the recording of him reading the tweets of Donald Trump in his Joker voice. Chilling stuff. In short, Joaquin needs to shrug off any previous roles he’s known for and take a whole new approach. Just like Hamill.

DO… Be In Sync With the Age


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Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight.

It’s hard to view Heath Ledger’s Joker independent of the real-world tragedy that befell him. Released six months after his tragic passing at the age of 28, there’s a poignancy to the Australian actor’s take on the character in Christopher Nolan’s second movie, The Dark Knight, that is all about circumstance. We are watching one of the greatest movie performances ever, a one-act deal, never to be repeated.

Not that Ledger’s version doesn’t define what the character means in 2018. It was certainly on the button in 2008, the year The Dark Knight first hit screens. The actor played the character as a terrorist, only interested in sadism, in making people hurt in ingenious ways. As Alfred says, “Some people just want to watch the world burn”. It was a performance that could only be conjured up by staring into the abyss… and laughing at it. Fittingly, Ledger posthumously won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2009 at the 81st Academy Awards, his daughter Matilda collecting his award onstage in his much-felt absence.

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A Subtle Twist Of Line: Richard Berner Live Screen Printing Event

Meet Richard Berner, the host of this month’s Live Edition Printing evening with The Private Press.

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What links Audrey Hepburn, Amy Winehouse, the Houses of Parliament and a tentacle-wielding creature from the deep? Unless you have any other (we’d like to say unlikely) suggestions, the answer to that would be Brighton-based artist Richard Berner.

A regular feature on the walls at artrepublic Brighton, Berner’s work blends fine ink work and cultural iconography with a dusting of dark humour. While some of his images are straight-up homages to famous figures, such as David Bowie, Charlie Chaplin and, erm, Storm Troopers, each finished with watercolour hues, drips and splodges, others have the hallmarks of those classic political caricatures found in famous international newspapers and journals for centuries. You know, the ones that take familiar forms and figures but toy with them just enough to make a clever commentary or subtle joke.

Bowie by Richard Berner

Whether it’s a beautiful moth that turns out to be made up of hundreds of tiny skeletons and ghoulish creatures, or a King Kong-like figure ascending Big Ben, drawn in a way that references Dali’s dripping clocks, Berner’s illustrative images definitely reward close inspection. The great news is, you can get up really close to the artist’s next limited edition, as he’s producing it at this month’s Live Edition Printing evening at the gallery, run in collaboration with The Private Press.

Join us at artrepublic Brighton on 26 October, from 6-8pm, as Berner unveils, hand-finishes and signs an edition of just 50 prints, which you can buy there and then. As usual, the after-work creative session will also feature drinks at the gallery and a chance to meet the artist and have a chat about his work.

 

To find out more about the event, and to save yourself a space at (or near) the printing press, check out our eventbrite page.

 

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Apple acquires Danish company with futuristic green screen technology

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One of Apple’s strengths is that it doesn’t acquire companies without a mapped out strategy in mind. Every time Apple makes an acquisition, it’s because Apple has a specific idea of how to incorporate the target company’s technology into its own line of products and services. In stark contrast, some other tech giants — like Google, for example — tend to go on acquisition sprees and snatch up companies without really thinking about or expressing an end-goal. Google’s 2013 acquisition of Boston Dynamics is a prime example.

With that said, every Apple acquisition tends to be big news because it can often signal the type of features we might eventually see in future Apple products. When Apple purchased AuthenTec in 2012, for example, the company’s fingerprint authentication technology was built into the Touch ID feature that shipped on the 2013 iPhone 5s. With that said, Apple a few months ago made a rather interesting acquisition that hasn’t been made public until now.

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Tesla will screen ‘Cars 3’ at Gigafactory as thank you to employees

Tesla will host a "family night" to thank Gigafactory employees this weekend, with an outdoor screening of "Cars 3," plus bouncy houses, food trucks and concessions.
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