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    You voted, and now, after over 1,000 ballots were cast, here are the results of your votes for your favorite comic book storylines of all-time (this is the third time we’ve done this countdown. We’re on an every four year schedule)! We started with ten storylines a day, and now we’re down to five storylines a day (until the last week, which will be three storylines a day). You can click on the Top 100 Comic Book Storylines tag either here or at the end of the post to see the other entries, in case you missed one. To recap, you all sent in ballots ranking your favorite storylines from #1 (10 points) to #10 (1 point). I added up all of the points and here we are! And yes, it was probably a bad idea to use a foil cover for the featured image. But I just couldn’t help myself. 55. “Anatomy Lesson” by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette and John Totleben (Sage of the Swamp Thing #21-27) – 186 points (1 first place vote) When Alan Moore took over Swamp Thing, he did something drastic in his first issue. He killed off Swamp Thing. That then led to the beginning of his first storyline (as the death of Swamp Thing was wrapping up the previous writer’s storyline) and the introduction of one of the most mind-blowing twists in comic book history. There had been a number of other significant retcons with titles before, but they all paled in comparison to what Alan Moore did with “Anatomy Lesson,” where Jason Woodrue, the Florenic Man, reveals that the entire origin of Swamp Thing was false – Alec Holland was not transformed into Swamp Thing during a chemical explosion – instead, the chemicals animated a group of vegetation into THINKING it was Alec Holland. This was a great shock to Swamp Thing’s system and he was sort of stuck in shock. Moore would use this time to explain the various inconsistencies of Swamp Thing’s origin by saying that there were many different Swamp Things who all had the same basic origin. Clever meta-fiction work by Moore. Woodrue, though, was driven insane by the situation himself so Swamp Thing had to get over his/its shock over this new revelation to stop the crazed Woodrue (this includes the famous issue where Moore shows how the world views the Justice League as sort of detached god-like beings). By the end of this initial arc, after a brilliant re-introduction of Jason Blood and the Demon back into the DC Universe, Swamp Thing finally comes to terms with its new state of being and officially buried Alec Holland and prepares to embrace his/its new life. Moore was ably assisted by the art team that was there when he joined the book, penciler Stephen R. Bissette and inker John Totleben – together, Bissette and Totleben delivered a stunningly rich art style, that was perfect for the moody stories Moore told. 54. “Grand Guignol” by James Robinson and Peter Snejbjerg (with Paul Smith) (Starman #62-73) – 192 points (4 first place votes) In the climax to James Robinson’s Starman series, Jack Knight returns from a trip to outer space to discover that his home of Opal City is under siege by a collection of Jack’s villains, seemingly led by the Shade, who, while nominally a villain, had never acted quite like this. Robinson’s Starman was not some rainbows and puppies type of book, but there was also a general lack of the same grim and gritty style of storytelling that had become so prevalent in comic books of the time. When something bad happened, the people involved truly reflected on how bad it was. You wouldn’t see stuff like buildings knocked down and it being no big deal. So when Jack returned to see such devastation in his town, it was like a slap in the face and Robinson and Snejbjerg handled it beautifully… The epic tale continued through a series of clever battles (the Shade has cut Opal City off from the rest of the world, so the only heroes the city has are whoever was in the town at the time, including Jack, Elongated Man, Black Condor and Jack’s father, the Golden Age Starman) intermixed with flashbacks. There were plenty of twists, of course, including the revelation of who was REALLY behind the whole thing. The storyline ended with a sad, dramatic sacrifice. This was one of those perfect sort of mixes of action and character-driven drama that made Starman such a special comic book. Robinson’s Golden Age collaborator, Paul Smith, even had the chance to return to sort of say goodbye to that era with Robinson with a flashback about the wives of the Justice Society of America. 53. “Knightfall” by Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, Jim Aparo, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan, Jim Balent and a number of inkers (Batman #491-500, Detective Comics #659-666) – 196 points (3 first place votes) The basic gist of Knightfall is that this fellow named Bane shows up in Gotham City with basically one goal – “break” Batman. Bane first studied Batman for a few months and then he came up with his plan. He first freed all the inmates of Arkham Asylum to force Batman to capture them all before they can do too much damage. This resulted in a frantic series of stories as Batman hunts down all the escapees, allowing writers Moench and Dixon to feature the whole gamut of cool Batman villains. Meanwhile, the man formerly known as Azrael (who had been trained to be a killer by a cult – he is the latest assassin to to take on the name Azrael – he did not even know that he had been programmed to become a killer until his father died and he was triggered so that he could become the new Azrael), Jean-Paul Valley, has been training with Robin to be a hero (and to get past his evil programming). When Batman finally captured all the villains after a whole pile of issues, Batman is naturally exhausted. He had already been dealing with exhaustion even before this storyline – tackling all of his greatest villains in a row was too much for him. He was happy, though, to know that it was finally over. Unknown to him, though, this is the time that Bane chose to strike, as he is smart enough to figure out Batman’s secret identity and so he is waiting for Batman at the Bat-Cavs and he ultimately deals Batman a tragic blow. However, Bane is shocked when he thinks that this now makes him “king of Gotham,” as Batman decides to instead name Jean-Paul Valley as his successor. Jean-Paul, of course, was not ready for the mantle of Batman, as he was still dealing with all of that assassin training that had been programmed into him, and as a result, he slowly became more and more violent as Batman. He also began arming himself with special armor and new weapons, much harsher stuff than what Batman normally used in fights. While this was unusual stuff, it is fair to note that “Batman” (he soon became known as Az-Bats) DID go out and defeat Bane, succeeding with his violent weapons where the previous Batman failed. This story was a bit of a social experiment on the part of Batman editor Denny O’Neill. 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    Saying that Doomsday Clock is a delicate, controversial series for comics fans would be putting it lightly. Since its announcement earlier this year, nearly everything about Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s new collaboration has been divisive — from the legal and moral entanglements revolving around the original Watchmen property to the potential implications of just what the book might mean for Rebirth’s future since Johns’ last comics work was penning the original DC Universe Rebirth #1 issue back in March of last year. Add to that the fact that Johns has been admittedly reluctant to share too many details about the plot or its relationship to both Watchmen and Rebirth has been…well, a little concerning to say the last. Thankfully, the anxiety of just not knowing what Doomsday Clock is and where it stands is finally coming to an end: issue #1 is hitting shelves this Wednesday. The slow and steady tick-tock-ticking of the countdown is just about up. RELATED: Doomsday Clock Trailer, Team, Release Date, And Every Update We Know So it’s time to take a spoiler-free look at just how the first issue shakes out, and, most importantly, if it’s worth your time. At New York Comic Con this year, Johns explained that he wanted Doomsday Clock to stand alone, stating that “the only thing you need to read beforehand is Watchmen.” That much is definitely true — the context of issue #1 is definitely reliant on some background understanding of the state of the world immediately following the finale of Watchmen, but that really is all you’re expected to know. The structure of the book out to be incredibly familiar to anyone who’s taken more than a passing glance at Watchmen, and it’s not just because of the repeated nine panel grids, but rather the feel of the art itself. It’s obvious that neither Johns nor Frank are trying to imitate Moore or Gibbons wholesale, but they are certainly wearing their inspirations on their sleeves. The world of Doomsday Clock feels set apart from the rest of the DCU immediately — it’s claustrophobic, busy, and crumbling. Each panel is packed with detail and it’s immediately, exceedingly obvious that a ton of care has gone into the construction of this book. Brad Anderson’s colors elevate Frank’s art in such a way that, despite how busy the world is, it’s never quite distracting or intimidating to process. Narratively, Doomsday Clock is likely to surprise both skeptics and fans — it’s probably not the book you think it is. Or, at least, it probably doesn’t sound the way you’re expecting it to sound. Johns’ narration keeps the familiar, terse cadence of Moore’s work, but it’s punched up with an unexpected amount of humor. Doomsday Clock is definitely not a comedy, but it is funny in a way that’s totally self aware of it’s own cynical roots. It’s not making fun of itself in so many works, but it’s clear that Johns wants readers to know that he gets it, and that he gets the polarity of a story like Watchmen in the current hope-and-joy filled landscape of Rebirth. It’s witty, charming, and even a little goofy at times, all in the face of it’s all-but-post-apocalyptic world. Now, whether or not that levity in the face of disaster is going to work for you is another question entirely. The liminal space between Watchmen and Rebirth isn’t going to be comfortable for everyone — at New York Comic Con, Johns described Watchmen as a critique on the DC Universe of the 80s, and went on to say that Doomsday Clock is the DC Universe’s chance to respond in kind, and that much is already readily apparent in the first issue. But, if you’re a Watchmen purist willing to approach the story with an open mind, you’ll absolutely find a worthy successor and an engaging mystery to top it off. RELATED: DC Comics Hypes Doomsday Clock #1 – With Pancake Mix? Whether by virtue of the titans they’re standing in the shadows of, or by the pressure of living up to the legacies they’re attempting to build from, both Johns and Frank are at the top of their game here. The book is beautiful and worth studying, both for the plot and for the technicality of the storytelling — the nine panel grid is having a really good year at DC, that much you can be sure of. So, is Doomsday Clock what you expect? Probably not. Will that surprise be welcome? That depends on where you stand on your own Watchmen based puritanism. But is it a meticulously crafted, well constructed comic? Absolutely. Doomsday Clock #1 hits shelves this Wednesday, November 22. The post REVIEW: Doomsday Clock #1 is a Well-Crafted Watchmen Successor appeared first on CBR.

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  • 15 Times Marvel And DC Broke The Internet15 Times Marvel And DC Broke The Internet

    Marvel vs. DC. It’s a rivalry older than time itself. Well, maybe nothing that dramatic, but this rivalry has spanned years of multiverse-shattering and internet-breaking tales and big crossover events. Each publisher has had plenty of moments to shock its audience, from the death of Superman and the rise of Dark Phoenix to Crisis on Infinite Earths and Civil War. Both publishers have pushed so many big stories over the years that it’s hard to pick one as better than the other. Ultimately, that decision comes down to the fans, who almost always prefer one company and stable of heroes. RELATED: 15 DC Superheroes Who Made National News (For All The Wrong Reasons) No matter which team you choose, both Marvel and DC’s archives are an embarrassment of riches. There are just so many big stories. And while talk about comic books used to be reserved for passionate debates at your local comic book shop, things have changed quite a bit in the age of the internet. Yes, people are still debating, but now they’re able to react to a book in real-time, tweeting or chatting on forums. Both Marvel and DC now have the ability to break the internet. DC has done so quite a few times with things like its Rebirth relaunch, while Marvel has been breaking the internet with its cinematic universe and more. THE STARFIRE SCANDAL The changes to classic Teen Titan character Starfire were symptomatic of the larger issues that plagued DC’s New 52 relaunch, which turned many of the publisher’s biggest characters into grittier or more sexualized heroes. In the hands of the New 52, Starfire turned into a character with barely enough clothes to make the cut of what could be and couldn’t be shown in a mainstream comic. But what DC hoped would be a transformation into a sex symbol for Starfire soon caught the ire of fans who thought the publisher had gone completely overboard with the character. Many fans felt that Starfire had turned into a character that was constantly objectified by her male comrades. They felt that a Teen Titan, a character who’s supposed to inspire younger readers, should be heroic and not a girl in a bikini who practices free love. MCU PHASE ONE CULMINATES WITH THE AVENGERS It seemed too good to be true: after several movies starring many of Marvel’s greatest heroes, including Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk, it was time to bring them all together for a team-up movie. While we sort of take big superhero event movies for granted these days because there are so many — Justice League is out now, after all —  The Avengers was a HUGE deal back in 2012. It proved that a movie studio could create a cohesive universe of movies that told separate stories and also spoke to each other. The announcement and success of The Avengers, which was directed masterfully by Joss Whedon, broke the internet to say the least. It also set the foundation for Hollywood’s current era of cinematic universes. If it weren’t for The Avengers‘ success, there might not be a DC Extended Universe at all. CAPTAIN AMERICA JOINS HYDRA What could be more fitting for 2016 than a Nazi Captain America? That’s exactly what happened under the guidance of writer Nick Spencer and artist Jesus Saiz. Through a convoluted process of reality altering shenanigans at the hands of Kobik, Steve Rogers, the most patriotic superhero of all time, was suddenly Hydra’s greatest enforcer. Even the Red Skull must have done a spit take when it was revealed in Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 that Rogers had been a Hydra double agent all along… well, if it wasn’t his plan the whole time (even if it did backfire). The following months saw Captain America, Agent of Hydra, consolidating his power and leading the organization. His ultimate goal was to create a world in Hydra’s image, taking over the United States and then the rest of the planet. This outraged Cap fans to say the least, especially since the book was happening at the same time as the contentious Presidential Election. JASON TODD IS BACK FROM THE DEAD If the internet had been in every home back in 1988, then “Death in the Family” would have completely shattered the web with its big climax: the death of the second Robin, Jason Todd, who’d come face to face with the maniacal Joker and lost big time. The death of Jason raised the stakes for Batman comics. After all, killing off one of the most popular heroes in Gotham City is no small task. When Jason died, everyone thought he was dead for good. Of course, that was before DC decided that death was bogus and everyone could come back to life in comics. In 2005, Judd Winick and Doug Mahnke brought back Jason as the second Red Hood, a vigilante like Batman but who wasn’t afraid to use lethal force to get the job done. The reveal that it was Jason under the hood completely rocked the internet. DC KILLS BATMAN (MORE THAN ONCE) DC has teased or brought about the death of Batman quite a few times in the last decade. The publisher first made headlines in 2008 when Grant Morrison announced his “Batman R.I.P.” story, which you would think would have killed off the Dark Knight, but it actually didn’t. Confusing, yes, but Batman did ultimately “die” a little while later in Morrison’s Final Crisis crossover. The event saw the Caped Crusader face off against Darkseid, who sent the Dark Knight into the past, much to the surprise of fans, who thought he was dead, with Dick Grayson taking over as Batman. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo killed off Batman again in “Endgame,” which saw the Dark Knight face off against the Joker for the “final” time. There was no winner in their fight to the death and both men were crushed by a cave in at the end of the story. DC fans went berserk. CYCLOPS KILLS PROFESSOR X Unlike his death in X-Men: The Last Stand, Professor X’s demise in the “Avengers vs. X-Men” storyline is pretty epic. When the Phoenix Force returns to Earth, it possesses Cyclops, Emma Frost, Namor, Magik and Colossus, turning these characters into the dreaded Phoenix Five. The Phoenix Force-possessed group sought to build a new Utopia for mutantkind, which caught the attention of the Avengers, who didn’t trust the mutants. This led to a war between the two groups that culminated in one of the most tragic deaths in Marvel history. In a last ditch effort to defeat Cyclops and Emma Frost, the Avengers, along with Professor X, face the possessed mutants in a climactic battle that ends with the death of the X-Men leader. This was a very big deal at the time, since Professor X had always been such a big staple of Marvel Comics. SPIDER-MAN REVEALS HIS IDENTITY DURING CIVIL WAR There’s a long history of Peter Parker revealing his true identity to people. In fact, it’s a miracle that it’s a secret at all. You think the switch between Clark Kent and Superman is obvious? At least Kal-El doesn’t go around telling everyone he meets that he’s the Man of Steel. Peter on the other hand? He can’t keep a secret to save his life. The time he did it during Marvel’s Civil War event was by far the one covered most by the media. When he decided to team up with Iron Man against Captain America’s team during the fight over the Superhuman Registration Act, Peter did something very bold (and stupid). He went on live television, took off his mask and revealed who he really was. There was no reason for him to do it, either. Yikes, Spidey! PETER PARKER DIES Marvel has killed off Peter Parker quite a few times. We’re not exactly surprised when a new death of Spider-Man story pops up. We know Pete will be back eventually. In 2011, Brian Michael Bendis decided to kill Spidey once again in a heroic last stand against the Green Goblin and the Sinister Six. The result was Spider-Man heroically saving Aunt May, Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane from certain doom while being mortally wounded in the process. Spider-Man died in Mary Jane’s arms, but not before realizing that he’d been able to make up for Uncle Ben’s death. He tells his friends that he was glad he had a chance to save them. Peter’s death in the pages of Ultimate Spider-Man would allow for the introduction of Miles Morales, another fan-favorite Spidey. SUPERMAN DIES (AGAIN) Back in the early ’90s, it was a very big deal when DC killed Superman. The “Death of Superman” story was a huge success and the media was all over this huge moment in DC Comics. It’s greatest hero killed by Doomsday? Wow. On the other hand, 2016’s Superman #52 didn’t quite feel as epic. After all, New 52 Kal-El’s death felt more like a return to the old status quo of a smiling Superman as part of the Rebirth relaunch than a tragic moment. The pre-Flashpoint Superman had returned to take his place as the one and only Man of Steel. Still, Superman’s death is always a big talking point on the internet. His demise was also a fresh start for Superman comics, which were due for a bit of a refresh anyway. The new Superman debuted in the blue and red tights just a few weeks later. BATGIRL SLEEPS WITH BATMAN Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke is not as popular a book as it used to be. Sure, it’s the definitive Joker origin story that most other storytellers use for their own tales about the Clown Prince of Crime, but the implied rape of Barbara Gordon by the Joker has earned the ire of many contemporary fans. That’s why the decision to sexualize Barbara even further in the animated adaptation of the story wasn’t such a hot idea. Written by Brian Azzarello, the film takes Barbara’s arc in The Killing Joke and adds a creepy love story with Batman to boot. There’s even a sex scene between Batman and Batgirl on a rooftop and shirts come off. The way this was handled was controversial to say the least. It’s no wonder fans and critics were outraged online. THE GODDAMN BATMAN Frank Miller and Jim Lee on a new Batman book set in Miller’s Dark Knight Universe? Seemed like a really solid idea back in 2005, but the execution was a bit muddled in the end. In fact, Miller’s grim take on Batman didn’t quite strike a chord with readers the third time around. Just look at the dialogue in the panel above. It’s really no wonder why All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder is one of the most parodied Batman stories ever created. “The goddamn Batman” line still sends shivers up many readers’ spines. Not only does Bruce sort of kidnap poor Dick Grayson, but he also treats him more like a soldier than a son and is verbally abusive. Their relationship is, at best, questionable throughout the book. There’s also that one scene where Dick calls the Batmobile “queer.” Not a good look. DC’S NEW 52 RELAUNCH Back in 2011, DC had a brilliant idea to boost sales and streamline its continuity so that new readers could jump on board. The publisher decided to reboot their entire line and bring all ongoing series back to #1, which means that you could pick up a new Batman #1 or Superman #1 from your local comic shop. It was the first time the publisher had rebooted its universe on this scale and with a plan to release 52 books a month! To put it lightly, DC’s plan was pretty ambitious and not all of it worked. In fact, some fans think the New 52 might have done more bad than good. Still, you can’t deny how much attention DC got for this reboot, which gave new readers a clear jumping on point. DC FORBIDS BATWOMAN FROM MARRYING MAGGIE SAWYER Although DC really wanted to push bold new stories and status quos on all of its heroes during the New 52 era, the publisher wasn’t very excited about Batwoman marrying Maggie Sawyer, which would have made them the first married lesbian couple in mainstream DC comics. When DC told Batwoman co-writers J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman that they couldn’t marry the two women, they decided to leave the publisher. Even though DC cited the decision as being part of a wider mandate against married heroes in general, it was a huge scandal in the comic book world that many fans thought showed just how old-fashioned and conservative the publisher still was. Williams and Blackman’s exit was a big deal and even caused some fans to boycott Batwoman, which was one of the most popular DC books at the time. MARVEL STOPS PUBLISHING FANTASTIC FOUR BOOKS You don’t really have to think too hard — and you definitely don’t need Reed Richards’ IQ — to figure out why Marvel just completely quit on the Fantastic Four. 20th Century Fox owns the movie rights to the team and the studio is not willing to share the characters with Marvel for its cinematic universe. So, if Marvel can’t put the Fantastic Four in a movie, what does the studio do? Stop giving 20th Century Fox free promotion! Although the Fantastic Four stories leading up to the team’s cancellation — Jonathan Hickman’s Secret Wars event was especially good and involved quite a bit of the team — were delightful, it didn’t stop the team from being shoved to the side in order to stick it to Fox. At the time of this writing, the Four still haven’t come back to comics, though that seems to finally be changing soon. DC’S REBIRTH RELAUNCH 2016 was an interesting year for the comic book world. One of its biggest events was a new DC relaunch called Rebirth, which would see DC’s classic heroes sort of turn back to the way they were before the New 52 relaunch nuked their backstories. But this wasn’t a reboot. Rebirth was more of a tonal restructuring that brought back legacy characters and re-established classic origin stories. The obsession some people had with the mysterious Rebirth when it was first announced bordered on mania. Fans and outlets speculated for months about what Rebirth might be. They were worried that this might be another continuity reboot, but it was soon revealed that the relaunch was just a much-needed course adjustment. It turned out to be a great way for DC to freshen things up! Can you think of any other time DC or Marvel broke the internet? Let us know in the comments! The post 15 Times Marvel And DC Broke The Internet appeared first on CBR.

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    Star Wars. Just the mention of the multimedia franchise invokes images of epic space battles, emotionally riveting lightsaber duels, and of course the iconic John Williams score. But just as famous as the cinematic elements of the galaxy far, far away is the cast that consistently brings to life a roster of engaging and unique characters. Star Wars has been a launching point for legendary acting careers, making Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill household names. The series has become so synonymous with elevating careers that when the long awaited seventh film entry came out, seasoned actors like Simon Pegg, Daniel Craig, and even Max von Sydow were climbing over each other to get even minor roles. RELATED: Just A Phase: 15 Embarrassing Roles Star Trek Actors Want You To Forget Fortunately, all the leads either went to returning veterans or fresh faces who could take the space opera in a different direction. But Star Wars is only so big and sometimes the support it gives can’t eclipse the mistakes an actor made in the past. And sometimes it makes a brand-new star with limitless possibilities who immediately makes a considerable misstep in their career path. With that in mind, here are 15 embarrassing roles that Star Wars actors would like for you to forget. BENICIO DEL TORO IN BIG TOP PEE-WEE An incredibly talented and versatile actor, Benicio Del Toro has become a fan favorite of foreign film buffs and a known name in the mainstream. His magnetic accent, strangely captivating charisma, and rapturous presence have been around for decades in critically acclaimed films like The Usual Suspects, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Snatch. But where did this acting hero get his big break? As Duke the Dog-Faced Boy in Big Top Pee-Wee. That’s not a joke, that’s not a lie. Not only was Benicio Del Toro in a Pee-Wee Herman production, he played a character that was half-dog, half-man, and involved multiple facial prosthetics which only served to make his involvement in the film all the more hilarious. Del Toro must be constantly thanking his lucky stars that his career didn’t end there DONNIE YEN IN BLADE II Donnie Yen has apparently inherited the torch originally borne by Bruce Lee as the unofficial ambassador of Eastern martial arts to Western audiences. As the blind monk Chirrut, he brought an air of levity to Rogue One while maintaining an intimidating aura of enigmatic strength. The same can not be said for his role of Snowman in Blade II. In the sequel to the revolutionary vampire superhero movie, Yen played a wordless member of the Bloodpack, a team of vampires who the titular hero reluctantly aligns with. Though he does get a semi-impressive action sequence where he gets to show off his sword skills, his involvement in the movie is cut short when his teammate turns into a monstrous reaper and kills him. Yen’s performance is only a shadow of what he is capable of, but even Brando would have struggled to find any meat in the role. LAURA DERN IN JURASSIC PARK III Laura Dern is perhaps best known for her role of botanist Ellie Sattler in 1993’s Jurassic Park. The passionate, confident, and capable scientist fit Dern’s acting style like a glove and her tentative romance with Sam Neil’s Alan Grant formed the heart and soul of the film. Which is why it was a horrible idea to bring her back for the extremely lackluster third entry to the Jurassic Park trilogy. Sattler didn’t get to do anything and Dern’s brief appearance in the film felt more like desperate fan service than a winking nod. On top of that, her cameo shows her married to another man, though still friends with Grant. 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She never got to explore the role because it was abruptly cut short, probably for the best considering the backwards direction the series was indicated to go in. IAN MCDIARMID IN SLEEPY HOLLOW From his first appearance as Emperor Palpatine in the original trilogy to his final evolution into the character in Revenge of the Sith, Ian McDiarmid has been known as the lovable ham of the Star Wars cast, always chewing his scenes with the gusto of a gluttonous food critic. As a respected Shakespearean actor and world-renowned director, it feels like McDiarmid had earned a role he could visibly enjoy playing up. This was not the case in 1999’s Sleepy Hollow. As Doctor Lancaster, a fairly minor role in the film, McDiarmid is forced to downplay his act while other actors known for their over-the-top style like Johnny Depp, Christopher Lee, and especially Christopher Walken get to over exaggerate every aspect of their performances. It must have been torture for McDiarmid to play and it’s equally painful to watch. ANDY SERKIS IN 13 GOING ON 30 At this point, Andy Serkis has become the undisputed master of motion capture performances, so much so that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is legitimately considering making an Oscar category for such roles mostly because of his contributions to the form. Outside of motion capture, however, he’s still considered a talented performer and is a much sought-after addition to any cast. But for all his accomplishments, he was, and always will have been, in the 2004 rom-com 13 Going on 30, wherein a 13-year-old girl wakes up as Jennifer Garner after a birthday wish gone wrong. Serkis plays an eccentric and demanding fashion mogul. He’s visibly hamming up the role to an unnecessary degree, but is one of the most entertaining part of the film with his snarky attitude. Still, it’s a notable departure from his acting style and one best left forgotten. ANTHONY DANIELS IN I BOUGHT A VAMPIRE MOTORCYCLE For over 40 years, Anthony Daniels has been C-3P0, the gilded android of the Star Wars universe, and basically nothing else. And in his defense, he doesn’t really have to do anything else. Daniels has landed himself a cash-cow of a role that nobody else could possibly emulate and can easily support him throughout the rest of his life. And his choice of films outside of the Star Wars franchise demonstrates that maybe it’s for the best if he limits himself. In 1990, he featured in I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle, which is about as B-movie as it gets. The film follows a motorcycle that gets cursed after its rider kills a Satanist and then goes on a murder spree. Daniels plays a priest tasked with defeating the demon bike. He overacts his way through the whole thing and everyone is grateful he stayed true to Star Wars ever since. ADAM DRIVER IN THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Inarguably, Adam Driver is one of the most enigmatic young actors working today. After virtually stealing the entire series with his role on Girls, he followed up his immediately iconic performance with a slew of quality roles in independent films where he got to show off his passion and range. His biggest success in his still-young career has been absolutely nailing the role of Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens. Before that, however, he was in This is Where I Leave You, a dramatic comedy that, despite its A-list cast, was about as entertaining as a waxing. Driver, as the obnoxious and unlikable youngest member of a grieving family, doesn’t help proceedings as his zeal for the role showed off more of his flaws as an actor than his strengths as a star. GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE IN THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS As the silver-suited Captain Phasma, Gwendoline Christie’s involvement in The Force Awakens was largely overhyped and criminally underutilized. But while it appears her role may be upped in the upcoming Last Jedi, it doesn’t fix the fact that Star Wars is the second place where Christie mishandled. The first place, for better or for worse, was in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. Back in the 2009 cinematic tragedy that very nearly sank Terry Gilliam’s career, the future Brienne of Tarth was then known by the simple moniker of ‘Classy Shopper 2.’ She had a brief scene where she was almost unrecognizable from her signature look today. It was one of her first film roles so it makes sense that she’d start small, but her talent should have been visible even back then. HARRISON FORD IN MORE AMERICAN GRAFFITI Forget Star Wars, forget Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford is George Lucas’s greatest creation. Ford was a fairly active actor before Lucas cast him as Bob Falfa in his 1973 film American Graffiti, but his career took a significant uptick when he continued his collaboration with the young director. Since American Graffiti was their first film together, it made sense for Ford to reprise his role in some small way for the sequel six years later. But while the first Graffiti is remembered as the first real success for what would eventually become one of the most polarizing auteurs in cinema, More American Graffiti is remembered as being the drastically sub-par follow up from the guy who directed Cisco Pike. In that sense, Ford’s very brief cameo as a grown up Falfa is mercifully short and even goes unremarked on in the film’s credits. EWAN MCGREGOR IN ALEX RIDER: OPERATION STORMBREAKER If there was any definitively good aspect of the rightfully condemned prequel trilogy, it was Ewan McGregor as a young Obi-Wan Kenobi. Portraying the same character that Alec Guinness originally portrayed in the ’70s, McGregor completely emulated the incorruptible sage character. On top of that, he has a storied career with an impressive filmography and several accolades to his name. So much so that even when he signs on to a complete and total dud like Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, he made sure to in the most impressive action sequence in the movie, square off against the only other good actor in the film, and do both in one scene before being killed off by Jude Law. It’s still something to be ashamed of, to be sure, but at the very least he escapes the film with something resembling dignity. JOHN BOYEGA IN THE CIRCLE Though he’d accumulated something of an underground following and critical respect as one of the best up and coming young actors in the business today, John Boyega didn’t really become a household name until he starred as turncoat Stormtrooper Finn in The Force Awakens. After his stardom was more or less confirmed, Boyega had his veritable pick of where to take his marquis status. So he took it to the failed Emma Watson vehicle The Circle. In his defense, bigger names than his were attracted to the film, including Tom Hanks and Patton Oswalt. 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Basically, Bryan Singer took the reincarnation of Laurence Olivier and decided he’d work best as a mouthpiece for faux-Wagnerian arias of genetic superiority, like a eugenics professor desperate to fill his class. Needless to say, Singer was wrong and Isaac’s momentum ground to an abrupt halt, making his performance in the upcoming Last Jedi less of a victory lap and more of a tentative reminder that he’s actually amazing. CARRIE FISHER IN DROP DEAD FRED The amount of influence the late, great Carrie Fisher exerted over Hollywood can never be understated. An underappreciated comedian, an advocate for mental health support, and one of the most talented screenwriters and editors of the last 40 years, Fisher first dropped into the limelight as the incomparable Princess Leia in the first Star Wars movie. But nobody can have such a prolific career without the occasional poor decision. For Fisher, it was Drop Dead Fred. 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    It’s been a long time coming, but the release of Justice League is finally here. It seems like forever ago that Henry Cavill’s Superman took his first flight in Man of Steel and saved the entire world from General Zod and his forces. What’s surprising is that the movie was released in 2013, at a time when there was only one series on television devoted to characters published by DC Comics: Arrow. Soon after, though, The Flash would start, and a few years later, we would not only have Supergirl on television, but also a team known as the Legends of Tomorrow. RELATED: Meme Of The Crop: 15 Hysterical Justice League Memes As more and more characters and series joined this universe, who would eventually come to be known as the Arrowverse, the DC Extended Universe would also grow, albeit in a slower manner with the release of movies like Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Wonder Woman. Both universes started around the same time and, while they both feature the best DC has to offer, one is decidedly better than the other. Today, CBR hops backs and forth between the Arrowverse and the DCEU to list 15 reasons that the movie universe is so much better than the television one. THE SUPERHEROES AREN’T NERFED FOR THE SAKE OF DANGER From a Batman-like Green Arrow and the fiery wrath of Firestorm to the god-like super-speed powers of the Flash, the Arrowverse has quite a few very powerful DC characters in its arsenal that deliver super-heroics on a weekly basis. But, to keep the drama elevated, more often than not, these characters will be knocked out, left powerless or suddenly weak just for the sake of danger. How many times have Professor Stein and Jax been separated, instead of forming Firestorm? How many times did Oliver Queen lose a fistfight he should have easily won? Arrowverse characters are constantly weakened to make a case for a certain threat, whereas the DCEU superheroes are always allowed to be their fully powered selves, from Wonder Woman in the Great War, to Superman taking on the forces of Zod in Metropolis. NO POINTLESS RELATIONSHIP DRAMA Week in and week out, characters from the Arrowverse go through many hardships of the heart. From Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak’s constantly on-and-off relationship to Barry Allen and Iris West’s complicated relationship that started out as surrogate brother and sister who fell in love (which then went through many complications before they were finally engaged), there is quite a lot of relationship drama to be found on any show. To be fair, that is the nature of the melodramatic beast. On the other hand, the DCEU doesn’t feature any such complications. They allow their characters to fall in love, like Diana Prince and Steve Trevor, or Clark Kent and Lois Lane, but it never gets overly saccharin. There are no complicated ups and downs, just characters doing right by themselves and each other. No forced complications are introduced to push them apart for a time; none, that is, other than death. VILLAINS ARE ACTUAL CHARACTERS, NOT PLOT DEVICES The villains of the DCEU movies are just as important as the superheroes. In fact, not only did we already see the likes of Ares, Lex Luthor, General Zod and the creature known as Doomsday, we also got an entire movie dedicated to villains with Suicide Squad. Even Deadshot, Harley Quinn and to an extent Joker were complicated, three-dimensional characters with depth. But whether you turn your attention to Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow or Supergirl, you will easily find many villains who were only given one episode to feature in – villains who barely got any depth. On top of that, bigger villains like Vandal Savage, Zoom and the Weather Wizard are mostly one-note, and never fully fleshed out. They are evil for the sake of villainy, and simply brought on to bring about a new threat for the heroes to deal with. FILLER EPISODES; NO FILLER MOVIES Admittedly, this is another “nature of the beast” thing, but it does speak to the inherent strengths capitalized by the cinematic medium. Each series of the Arrowverse has quite a few seasons under its belt, where each season usually deals with one long overarching story, like the Flash’s battle with Savitar, or Damian Darhk’s bid for control of Star City. But since each season features as many as 22 or 23 episodes, there are many filler episodes added in to pad what would have been an otherwise concise 12-episode season. On the DCEU side of things, the movies simply don’t have that problem, because there is no time wasted. There is no need for filler movies, because every movie is one stepping stone that leads to another, from Man of Steel, to Batman v. Superman and Justice League. Despite some fans’ problems with them, none of the movies have been pointless, as each of them have given us new pieces to a puzzle that only gets bigger and bigger. KEEP IT STREAMLINED Before the Arrowverse, there was just Oliver Queen and his crusade. Later, the Flash would be introduced. Then the Hawks, Firestorm, Black Canary, Wild Dog, Atom, Heatwave, White Canary, Citizen Steel, Wally West, Guardian, Mister Terrific and the Elongated Man. While it’s great for DC fans to see so many characters hit the small screen, the truth of the matter is that the Arrowverse is cluttered with heroes and villains. Nowhere is this more obvious than on The Flash and Arrow, where so many other superheroes operate alongside the main characters. While the DCEU is also working to introduce new heroes to its universe, it does so in a more streamlined approach, without adding too many all at once to take focus away from anyone. Each character introduced serves a purpose, and they get their time to shine. THERE IS NO NEED FOR “TEAMS” Supergirl works alongside her sister, Winn and the Martian Manhunter for the DEO. The Flash works at S.T.A.R. Labs alongside Cisco, Caitlin, Wells and the rest of his family. The Green Arrow also has his team, with Felicity, Diggle, Black Canary, Wild Dog and Mister Terrific, who all provide support and backup. For some reason, all of these superheroes need their respective teams to be operational in the city they protect. This simply isn’t the case for any hero in the DCEU so far. The Superman we have seen in action is one who works alone. The same can be said for Batman, who outside of Alfred doesn’t have any other allies left. And while Wonder Woman had help in the Great War, she didn’t need anyone to defeat Ares – she did it all by herself. The DCEU is a place for heroes to find themselves, before uniting together. THE DCEU NAILS THE PANTHEON VIBE In the comic books published by DC, the entire pantheon of superheroes have a legendary quality to them. They are bigger than life, and they truly feel like gods who walk among men. In the DCEU, the characters feel appropriately epic, like they were lifted straight from the comic book page. The way they are portrayed, from Superman and Batman to Wonder Woman and Aquaman, truly is grand, like living icons. For all of the characters the Arrowverse has brought to the screen, the television shows were never able to convey that same god-like feeling, even with characters who have great power, like the Flash and Supergirl. Mostly, they feel like down-to-earth people with extraordinary abilities, and while that is perfectly fine, they should always feel like legends, inspiring beacons to the world that could have statues made out of their likenesses. A DIFFERENT KIND OF DARKNESS On television, the original difference between The Flash and Arrow was that the Scarlet Speedster’s series was the brightest of the two, while the Emerald Archer’s own show was the darker one, that took place in a more violent city with more dangerous and gritty criminals. But while even The Flash would fall into darker territory, it was always nothing compared to the levels the movies could go to. DCEU movies like Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad didn’t go out of their way to tell us they would be dark. Instead, they plunged us into a heavy world that was critical and fearful, a world that was brutal and violent, and that would throw everything at you to try and defeat you. These movies weren’t heavy-handed in their darkness – it was a mood and a reality that was ingrained, something that is inherently DC. THE HEROES ARE ACTUALLY HEROIC In the Arrowverse, heroes like the Arrow and the Flash have proven to be quite villainous on more than one occasion. Although the two refer to themselves as superheroes, one has been on a killing streak for quite a long time, while the other hasn’t hesitated to play around with time in order to obtain what he wanted — consequences be damned — to the point that he was as bad as any villain he had faced. In the DCEU, the heroes are actually allowed to be heroic – even the villains (looking at you, Suicide Squad). Sure, Superman might be darker than his comic book counterpart, but he killed Zod because he had no choice, not because he could, like the Arrow. Wonder Woman brought hope to the entire world by defeating Ares and even Task Force X team managed to defeat the Enchantress’ evil machinations. THEY CAN PULL OFF DARKSEID As the DCEU built itself toward Justice League, as Batman v. Superman set the pieces on a board for the invasion of Earth, we realized that the forces of Apokolips were coming. With the Parademons and Steppenwolf as the antagonists of the superhero team-up movie, the big screen was the only place where Darkseid and his forces could be done complete justice – no pun intended. But if we are to turn to the Arrowverse, there is simply no way that these shows could even come close to using Darkseid in a convincing manner. Simply put, while the saga of the New Gods is something that is at the heart of the comic books, it’s something that is simply too big for the Arrowverse to deal with. The Dominators were the biggest threats Flash, Arrow and Supergirl have faced yet, and we don’t see it getting any bigger than that. SUPERIOR ACTION SCENES When it began, Arrow was a series that prided itself on its inventive action scenes. But as the series progressed beyond its second season, it became increasingly obvious that the show was now just retreading old ground, with many more characters added to the mix to blur the lines and take away from the excitement. As for fight scenes involving The Flash or even Supergirl, they never take up a whole lot of time and end up being pretty lackluster. But time and time again, the DCEU has given us movies that have featured the most amazing and exciting actions scenes befitting of superheroes. On the big screen, Superman’s battle with Zod was devastating. Batman’s takedown of an entire ring of criminals in a warehouse was hard-hitting in a way we had never seen, and Wonder Woman was allowed to prove how god-like she really was. This, of course, has something to do with the bigger budget of the films, as well as the bigger names attached, but it absolutely constitutes a huge reason for the movie universe’s superiority. COMIC BOOK-WORTHY SUPERHEROES On The CW, the Arrow may have gotten his own series, but Oliver Queen’s superhero alter ego was more in line with Batman than his own comic book counterpart. Similarly, Barry Allen’s Flash acted a lot more like Wally West. Even characters like Captain Cold and the Atom were far cries from what they are supposed to be in the comics. However, when we consider the superheroes featured in the DCEU, we can see that they very closely resemble their comic book counterparts. Sure, Superman may have started out darker, but he is getting there, becoming who he was meant to be in a world that fears him. The same can be said for Batman. As for Wonder Woman, her portrayal was so spot-on that she managed to redefine the character entirely. WONDER WOMAN: THE QUINTESSENTIAL FEMALE LEAD It might have taken a little while, but the DCEU finally found its most enthralling and hopeful lead character in Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. With a single movie, the character, as well as the actress, shattered records and expectations, proving herself worthy of the role, all while coming to the head of the pack as the universe’s most engaging and popular character. Diana Prince has become the quintessential female superhero lead in a genre that has far too many male characters in leading roles. Sure, Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl might come as a close second as the female lead of the Arrowverse, but her character is still no Wonder Woman, a character who has proven herself to be a true leader — one who can easily order the various members of the Justice League around. NO LIMITS FOR SCALE Whether it’s the invasion of Metropolis, an all-out brawl between Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Doomsday in the port of Gotham, the destruction of Midway City, an entire country at war in 1918 or the arrival of the Parademons, there is simply no limits to the scale the DCEU movies can reach. But the superhero proceedings in the Arrowverse tell a much different story. In fact, many times over, whether on The Flash, Arrow or Legends of Tomorrow, the various series have proven that they are very limited by their budget and the reach of their stories. 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The DCEU has a tried and true Batman. A caped crusader. A dark knight. That’s all that matters. DCEU or Arrowverse, which universe do you prefer? Let us know in the comments! The post 15 Reasons The DCEU Is Better Than The Arrowverse appeared first on CBR.

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On the big screen Jessica Alba and Ioan Gruffudd brought life to their love story. In Fantastic Four they were former lovers who found their way back to each other after the accident that gives them superpowers. In this case, it’s not that they have no chemistry, it’s that it seems off balance. For example, they have a much stronger connection as arguing exes, than as two people finding their way back to one another. Even worse, Michael Chiklis and Chris Evans are a much more interesting pair as Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm. They do slightly improve in the sequel but, there was really no place to go but up. BLAKE LIVELY AND RYAN REYNOLDS IN GREEN LANTERN Here’s the thing, Ryan Reynolds can have chemistry with a wet paper bag, so connecting with his future wife Blake Lively should be no problem right? Wrong. There is literally no moment in Green Lantern where Reynolds and Lively are believable as childhood sweethearts Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris. 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It feels like they never truly commit to being together because they know Portman’s Jane will never be seen again. In fact she only ever got two more mentions in the whole MCU. This is a case of the actors not working on the chemistry since it doesn’t really matter. FAMKE JANSSEN AND JAMES MARSDEN IN X-MEN Any great love triangle has to have a rooting interest on all ends. This is a major factor in the neverending X-Men love triangle between Jean, Logan and Scott. Everyone talks about Logan and Jean (and we’ll get to that later) but, the other part of that triangle, Jean and Scott also provides a lot to unpack. They’ve grown up together at the Xavier School, learning to control their powers and feeling like no one else understood them. As adults Famke Janssen and James Marsden play their love story across four movies. Sadly, their story is the most boring part of every X-Men movie they’re in. With Hugh Jackman waiting in the wings, there is absolutely nothing about this couple that screams lifelong romance. Janssen and Marsden do their best but, ultimately there’s just no spark. ROBERT DOWNEY JR. AND GWYNETH PALTROW IN IRON MAN 3 The Iron Man movies could also be called The Curious Case of Tony Stark and Pepper Potts. In a weird turn of events, as the movies continue and they grow from friends to lovers, Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow somehow have less chemistry. In Iron Man there’s a fun His Girl Friday banter to their relationship. In Iron Man 2 they’re obviously in love but, take the scenic route getting there. Luckily, it’s still a little charming. In The Avengers they’re still in the honeymoon phase. By the time we get to Iron Man 3, they’re living together and are in a real grown up relationship. Unfortunately, they’ve turned into an old married couple who just seem to be going through the motions. There’s nothing interesting left to add. Whether true or not, it feels like Downey Jr. and Paltrow are there to cash a huge Marvel check. HUGH JACKMAN AND LYNN COLLINS IN X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE X-Men Origins: Wolverine has a lot of issues. Chief among them is Logan’s backstory. He runs away from a government sanctioned mutant hit squad, makes a life in Canada (where all superheroes go to hide out) and falls in love with Lynn Collins’ Kayla. When she is killed, he goes back to the government and they make him into Wolverine. The major problem with this is that Jackman and Collins do not portray the kind of epic love story that would lead a man to altering his genetics so he can go on a revenge spree. They feel more like two people who happen to be stuck in Canada and decided to hook up with the best looking person in town. It seems implausible that Hugh Jackman could have bad chemistry with anyone but, in this instance the actors just always seem like they’re in two different movies. 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    Trump’s lawyers deny that the president’s continued receipt of business from foreign, federal, and state governments violates the Constitution. They may be right. And it may be difficult to persuade a court that anyone has standing—the appropriate injury—that would permit a lawsuit in the first place. But while profiting from the presidency may not violate the Constitution’s Emoluments Clauses, refusing to follow routine conflict of interest practices shows a contempt for norms. We might quibble about what counts as an emolument, but we should raise questions about a president unconcerned about mixing private profit and public duty.

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  • The Splendid Baron Submarine, by Eric Bower | Awareness TourThe Splendid Baron Submarine, by Eric Bower | Awareness Tour

    Come along with author Eric Bower on the The Splendid Baron Submarine awareness tour. Pirate treasure? A clandestine meeting? A terribly rude monkey with personal boundary and hygiene issues?

    The Childrens Book Review / 5 d. 2 h. 32 min. ago
  • Win a Multicultural Holiday Prize Pack, Including a $50 Amazon Gift CardWin a Multicultural Holiday Prize Pack, Including a $50 Amazon Gift Card

    Enter for a chance to win a complete autographed book set of the If You Were Me and Lived In series, written by award-winning author Carole P. Roman; plus a $50 Amazon gift card and a $50 donation, made in the winner’s name, to a non-profit organization dedicated to children in need and improving the quality of education. Giveaway begins November 15, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends December 11, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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  • Thought-Provoking Books for the Business-Minded ReaderThought-Provoking Books for the Business-Minded Reader

    Economist Richard H. Thaler is the author of Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness and Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics. This year he received the Nobel Prize in Economics for his contributions to behavioral economics. Do you have anyone on your gift list who wants to know how everything works? Help them conquer at least some of their curiosities with these eye-opening recommendations about the art of persuading, the history of Wall Street, and more from Thaler."In selecting these books I thought about what readers of Nudge and Misbehaving might want to read next," Thaler says. "Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow is a great companion to Misbehaving—and Kahneman and I have been friends for forty years. The Undoing Project tells the story of Kahneman's friendship with his collaborator Amos Tversky." "My ringer is a classic by Tom Schelling, an early friend of behavioral economics, on a topic that is unfortunately current." What books would you recommend to business fans? Share them with us in the comments!See the complete coverage of our Gift Guide including:Great Books for the Classics LoverTasteful Cookbooks for FoodiesCoffee Table Books for Bookworms posted by Hayley on November, 14

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  • Louise Erdrich Delivers A Dystopian Feminist Thriller In 'Future Home'Louise Erdrich Delivers A Dystopian Feminist Thriller In 'Future Home'

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  • Year One: Rhetoric & ResponsibilityYear One: Rhetoric & Responsibility

    The Trump problem is probably somewhat self-limiting, he and his ilk being so very strange. But there are older, deeper problems. A substantial part of the American public seems to have lost interest in ideas, therefore in substantive controversy. This worrisome depletion has affected the whole of society, universities included. In saying this, I am making a criticism of institutions I value profoundly, as I do the politics of democracy, more for their splendid potential than for their present influence.

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  • We've Been Had: How Bunk Became Embedded In American LifeWe've Been Had: How Bunk Became Embedded In American Life

    Hooey, hogwash, baloney or bull – it's all bunk.(Image credit: Melanie Dunea)

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  • Tove Jansson: Beyond the Moomins?Tove Jansson: Beyond the Moomins?

    For anyone familiar with Tove Jansson from the Moomins alone, the most surprising works in the exhibition—which aims to rectify the fact that less attention has generally been paid to her range as a visual artist—will be her early self-portraits and her wartime political cartoons. The exhibition’s progression has two somewhat contradictory results. On the one hand, by opening with unfamiliar parts of Jansson’s oeuvre it emphasizes her breadth. On the other, it gets that out of the way before moving on to better-known material. Its momentum ends up flowing toward the Moomins rather than away from them.

    The New York Review of Books / 5 d. 21 h. 14 min. ago more
  • Fiction: After ‘Mad Men,’ Matthew Weiner Turns to a Novel of MadmenFiction: After ‘Mad Men,’ Matthew Weiner Turns to a Novel of Madmen

    A psychopathic construction worker, a violently overprotective father and an adolescent girl form a dangerous triangle in “Heather, the Totality.”

    NYT: Books / 5 d. 23 h. 45 min. ago
  • This Is It: The Final Round of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards Starts Now!This Is It: The Final Round of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards Starts Now!

    Vote now in the Final Round! »It's all come down to this: It's time to pick from the best of the best to determine the winners of the 9th annual Goodreads Choice Awards. It's the only major book awards decided by you, the readers!In the first two rounds of this year's Choice Awards, you cast 2.19 million votes (which also included your 19,000 write-in nominations). Those votes have been tallied and now we’ve narrowed down the field from 20 to ten favorites in each of the 20 genres. Be sure to check out who made the final cut and vote your favorites onto victory in each of the categories including Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Nonfiction, and Debut Goodreads Author. This final round lasts from November 14 until November 27.We know that you stand by your vote, so share your picks with your friends, family, and followers on social media with the hashtag #GoodreadsChoice.All of the Goodreads Choice Award winners will be announced on Tuesday, December 5. So, what are you waiting for? Get to voting! Check out more recent blogs:Goodreads' Very Bookish Gift GuideAnne Lamott's Books for Hope & InspirationThe Best Young Adult Books of November posted by Cybil on November, 13

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  • 7 Highly Anticipated Books That Hit Shelves Today7 Highly Anticipated Books That Hit Shelves Today

    Need another excuse to go to the bookstore this week? We've got you covered. In addition to highly anticipated sequels from Brandon Sanderson and David Baldacci, check out these brand-new standalone titles Goodreads members are loving. Artemis by Andy Weir You should read this book if you like: Science fiction, The Martian, intricate heists, moons (specifically Earth's), criminals with hearts of gold Read our interview with Weir here. Queen Victoria's Matchmaking by Deborah Cadbury You should read this book if you like: History, meddling grandmothers, the Victorian era, royal scandals and revolutions, family drama The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty You should read this book if you like: Fantasy, Cairo in the 18th century, ruthless magic, secret cities and legendary warriors, unlikely heroes American Drifter by Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray You should read this book if you like: Romantic suspense, Brazil, former stars of One Tree Hill, taking down drug lords, deadly cat-and-mouse games Bunk by Kevin Young You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, exploring our "post-factual" world, the history of famous hoaxes, truthiness Read our interview with Young here. Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi You should read this book if you like: Middle-grade fantasy, magical strangers, overcoming grief, the healing power of friendship Read Mafi's recommendations for middle-grade readers here. Mean by Myriam Gurba You should read this book if you like: Memoirs, caustic humor, brazen coming-of-age tales, unveiling (and combating) racism, sexism, and homophobia What catches your eye? Let's talk books in the comments!Check out more recent blogs:Books that Celebrate the SpiritThe Best Young Adult Books of NovemberBook Look: A Tribute to Typewriters posted by Hayley on November, 13

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  • MIT Reads community discussion: AmericanahMIT Reads community discussion: Americanah

      The MIT Libraries invites you to join the discussion about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, chosen in partnership with My Sister’s Keeper. Americanah is a story of love, race, and identity centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria. As their stories unfold, tracing journeys from Lagos to London to Princeton, New Jersey, they face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. Learn how to get your copy of the book. Event details Location: W20-407 Feel free to bring your lunch; desserts will be served. Open to the entire MIT community; pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Register

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  • Celebrating Turkmenistan culture and art at MITCelebrating Turkmenistan culture and art at MIT

      (Left to right, Sharon C. Smith, His Excellency Meret Oravoz, Mrs. Irina Orazov) On Thursday, 9 November 2017, Sharon C. Smith, Ph.D., Program Head of the Aga Khan Documentation Center (AKDC), welcomed His Excellency Meret Orazov, Turkmenistan Ambassador to United States, Canada, and Mexico, Mrs. Irina Orazov, and Ms. Keya Bayramova, Founder and Executive Director, Durdy Bayramov Art Foundation, to MIT in honor of AKDC-sponsored exhibition Through the Eyes of Durdy Bayramov: Turkmen Village Life, 1960-80s, currently on display in Rotch Library. His Excellency and Ms. Bayramova presented during a mid-day lecture highlighting Turkmenistan culture and art. The lecture was open to all and attended by MIT Libraries’ staff, faculty, students, and members of the community beyond MIT. The festive day culminated with a private reception in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Orazov and Ms. Keya Bayramov organized by AKDC for all Aga Khan Program affiliates (MIT and Harvard) and their guests. The exhibition, on view through November 26, 2017, is free and open to the public during normal library hours.      

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  • Climate Fiction: A Glimpse into the Growing GenreClimate Fiction: A Glimpse into the Growing Genre

    In Midnight at the Electric, it is the year 2065, and teenager Adri is part of a carefully selected group departing Earth forever to live on Mars. Although the story takes place less than 50 years from now, massive planetary destruction has already taken place. As Adri puts it early on, "there's no Miami and hardly any Bangladesh and no polar bears…and they're paying billions of dollars to start a colony on Mars because humans need an exit strategy." Considered by some to be a sub-genre of science-fiction, and by others to be an entirely new genre, climate-fiction highlights climate change and its potential ramifications. Although books exploring man-made climate change date back to the '70s, it was only in 2007 that journalist Da... [More]

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  • Remembering our friend and colleague, Christine MoulenRemembering our friend and colleague, Christine Moulen

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  • The Afterlife of a MemoirThe Afterlife of a Memoir

    The writer of a memoir must necessarily reveal a great deal about herself or himself, and often about other people, too. You sacrifice your own privacy, and you sacrifice the privacy of others to whom you may have given no choice. To be the author of a memoir is also to become a confessional for other people. All over the world, people tell me their stories. Sometimes, sharing their stories with me is all they want, and it is enough. Sometimes, they want a wider recognition for their stories. To them, I say this: write, but only if you are sure you want to live with the consequences every day for the rest of your life.

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  • Book Review: 'In Sunlight or In Shadow'Book Review: 'In Sunlight or In Shadow'

    This book review originally aired on December 12, 2016. The book is coming out soon in paperback. - Prolific mystery writer Lawrence Block, creator of characters Matt Scudder, Bernie Rhodenbarr and Evan Tanner, has never been lacking in ideas. He writes books with colleagues, works under pseudonyms and writes guides for aspiring writers, such as Telling Lies for Fun and Profit .

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  • Survey on Reading ListsSurvey on Reading Lists

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  • Joseph Conrad’s JourneyJoseph Conrad’s Journey

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    The New Yorker / 6 d. 23 h. 46 min. ago
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    “I set out over the / unknowable earth / once more.”

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    “Pentimento / the word for a painter’s change of heart.”

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  • Pirated ebooks threaten the future of book seriesPirated ebooks threaten the future of book series

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  • Playwright Tom Stoppard wins lifetime achievement awardPlaywright Tom Stoppard wins lifetime achievement award

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    Bookbrowse.com / 7 d. 10 h. 46 min. ago
  • Is reading in bed a thing of the past?Is reading in bed a thing of the past?

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    The New Yorker / 9 d. 10 h. 6 min. ago
  • Coffee Table Books for Bookworms Coffee Table Books for Bookworms

    Kenneth Breisch is the author of American Libraries 1730-1950, which traces the origin of America's libraries from roots in such examples as the British Library to the 1950s. "Are you looking for the ideal gift for the bookworm in your life, but aren't quite sure which labyrinthine narrative they're dying to dive into, and which one they'd rather avoid?""With the following list of coffee table books for lovers of literature, you'll be guaranteed to please even the most discerning of tastes. From the sartorial choices of literary giants to a comprehensive overview of how the library has influenced American identity, these books combine substantive content with stunning visual beauty," Breisch says. What coffee table book would you recommend? Share it with us in the comments!See the complete coverage of our Gift Guide including:Great Books for the Classics LoverIrresistible Books for History BuffsTasteful Cookbooks for Foodies posted by Cybil on November, 10

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  • Thrilling Pageturners for Mystery LoversThrilling Pageturners for Mystery Lovers

    Shari Lapena is the author of The Couple Next Door, a 2016 Goodreads Choice Award finalist for Best Mystery & Thriller. In her latest book, A Stranger in the House, obsession and paranoia threaten to overtake one woman's seemingly perfect marriage. We all have at least one armchair detective in our lives, the astute reader who solves crimes—or, more often, follows along—with the real sleuths. For those readers, we've got you covered with recommendations from Lapena. "I love to give (and receive) books for the holidays," Lapena says. "They make the best gifts! The following list contains, in no particular order, some of my favorites—some old, some new. What they have in common is that they are all utterly engrossing reads." What books would you recommend for amateur investigators? Share them with us in the comments!See the complete coverage of our Gift Guide including:Irresistible Books for History LoversGreat Gifts for Middle-Grade ReadersCoffee Table Books for Bookworms posted by Hayley on November, 10

    Goodreads.com / 9 d. 11 h. 52 min. ago more
  • Great Books for the Classics Lover Great Books for the Classics Lover

    Emily Wilson is the first woman to translate The Odyssey into English. Here the expert on the ancients helps find the perfect books for your friends and family who like to keep it very old school. "My favorite television show when I was very small was The Clangers, a wonderfully low-tech British series about strange pig-like creatures who lived on a planet far from ours, ate blue string pudding, and spoke in unintelligible squeaks. As I grew older, I loved books about other worlds (like the Earthsea trilogy, the Narnia books, the Lord of the Rings, Elidor, or the Chrestomanci books of Diana Wynne Jones). I loved the idea of going through a looking-glass, through a wardrobe, or through my own drawings (as in Marianne Dreams) to find an entirely different, but still comprehensible, way of life. "The past is another country"—as the great novelist L. P. Hartley famously wrote (in The Go-Between, another highly recommended novel). I love reading and studying the literature of ancient Greece and Rome because it takes me to worlds that seem in some ways even more distant and strange than the planet of the Clangers—and yet, like the Clangers, these people's stories can be touching, funny or terrifying, and can give us a quite different perspective on our own culture and world. Part of the joy of watching The Clangers is the soothing, gentle voice-over style of the narrator, the late great Oliver Postgate, who interprets the utterances and actions of the characters for the viewer. Translators are often unnoticed or invisible, but a good translator can bring as much to the reading experience as Postgate's voice brings to his strange creations—to interpret, contextualize, and bring to life the words and actions of these strange beings from another time and place. This is a great time to read or re-read classical literature in translation, because there are so many great new versions of ancient texts, which bring them to life in entirely unfamiliar ways." The Greek Plays: Sixteen Plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides edited by Mary Lefkowitz and James Romm "This is a collection of new translations of some of the greatest tragedies staged in fifth-century Athens, including famous works like Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus and also lesser known but equally fascinating plays like Euripides' Helen (in which the beautiful wife of Menelaus turns out to have spent the whole Trojan War innocently stuck in Egypt, waiting to go home)." The Golden Ass by Apuleius translated by Sarah Ruden "This is the entertaining, twisty traveler's tale of a man who gets turned into a donkey by some witches—with hilarious, scary, and sexy results. Written by a North African living in the Roman Empire in the second century CE, this gripping, influential, wonderfully meandering, and funny novel has also been read as a philosophical or religious meditation on the journey of the soul. It includes the famous story of Cupid and Psyche, Love and the Soul, which is echoed in the later fable of Beauty and the Beast. Ruden's carefully-crafted translation brings out the stylistic range and downright zany weirdness of the original in all its crazy glory." Metamorphoses by Ovid translated by Charles Martin "What we tend to think of as 'Greek Myth' can also be called 'Stories from Ovid.' This subversive anti-epic poem, which probably infuriated the then-emperor Augustus, tells the story of the world from the time of the Flood, weaving in tales of gods, goddesses, and mortals. Ovid's tone is smooth and sly, but his poem—which is about power, art, time, change, sex, and power—includes many brutal acts of violence or rape; readers should be careful of possible triggers. The Charles Martin translation is fluent, metrical, and wonderfully readable as it takes you on Ovid's circuitous journey through the dark woods of mythical fantasy." The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault "This absorbing novel, set in Athens in the time of Socrates, brilliantly evokes the period of the Peloponnesian War and provides a dense portrait of classical Athenian culture, including a sympathetic and intimate treatment of the relationships between elite men and teenage boys." If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho by Anne Carson "The great poet-classicist Carson provides a precise and bittersweet version of the poems and fragments of the only surviving female poet from archaic Greece—with the Greek text printed on the opposite side of the page." The Collected Greek Novels edited by Bryan P. Reardon "If you like tales of adventure and true love foiled by pirates, abductions, shipwrecks, and misunderstandings, you'll love this absorbing collection of romances and melodramas from around the second century CE—which gives us a rare glimpse of what people in antiquity read for fun. The collection also includes the ancient sci-fi/fantasy novel Lucian's True History, which features a journey to the moon." Histories by Herodotus translated by Robin A.H. Waterfield "Often dubbed the 'father of history,' Herodotus was also the first anthropologist; his entertaining, richly anecdotal account of the wars between the Greeks and Persians shows a deep curiosity about the cultures and customs of non-Greek people, including the Egyptians." The Age of Caesar: Five Roman Lives by Plutarch translated Pamela Mensch "Plutarch, a Greek who lived under the Roman Empire (first to second centuries CE), was one of Shakespeare's favorite authors; this set of five of his Roman biographies tells the story of Rome's dramatic and violent shift from republican government to one-man rule, with Plutarch's usual keen psychological insight." War Music: An Account of Homer's Iliad by Christopher Logue "Logue knew no Greek, but his wonderfully anachronistic poetic 'account' of Homer's Iliad brilliantly evokes the ancient Olympian gods and makes vivid cinematic use of the Homeric simile." Six Tragedies by Seneca translated by Emily Wilson "Seneca—a philosopher who was Nero's tutor and then political advisor and speechwriter—wrote the only surviving tragedies from ancient Rome. These bloody, bombastic, often darkly funny plays trace characters whose emotions and behavior are wildly out of control—providing a terrifying picture of the horrors that humans are capable of." The Aeneid by Virgil translated by John Dryden "Virgil's great epic, about the founding of Rome and the tension between duty and love, has been translated many times, but one of the greatest versions is still Dryden's (1697), which maps the struggles of imperial Rome onto the Britain of his time." D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d'Aulaire and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire "A beautifully illustrated retelling of some central classical myths; sex and violence are kept to a minimum, so kids of any age, and parents of any ideological persuasion, should be able to enjoy it." What books would you recommend for fans of the classics? Share them with us in the comments!See the complete coverage of our Gift Guide including:Thought-Provoking Books for the Business-Minded ReaderBooks that Celebrate the SpiritIrresistible Books for History Buffs posted by Cybil on November, 10

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  • Bone-Chilling Books for Horror FansBone-Chilling Books for Horror Fans

    Joe Hill is the author of Horns, Heart-Shaped Box, NOS4A2, and The Fireman, last year's Goodreads Choice Award winner for Best Horror. His latest book, Strange Weather, is a collection of four terrifying novellas that explore the darker, weirder side of the imagination. Not everyone wants a pleasant story. Have readers on your gift list who prefer chills and thrills? Scare them silly with recommendations from Hill."Goodreads asked me to share the 12 books that terrified me most—innocently forgetting that 12 is one short of the devil's lucky number," Hill says. "Here are 13 to thrill, a butcher's dozen to cure you of your need to sleep." What books would you recommend for horror fans? Share them with us in the comments!See the complete coverage of our Gift Guide including:Books That Celebrate the SpiritCoffee Table Books for BookwormsFantastic Books for Fantasy Fanatics posted by Hayley on November, 10

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  • Irresistible Books for History BuffsIrresistible Books for History Buffs

    Dan Jones is the author of The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England and The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors. His latest book, The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors, brings the dramatic history of knights, warriors, bankers, priests, and heretics to life. Some readers are stuck in the past. Help them feed their obsession with fascinating recommendations from Jones that explore true tales of monarchs and explorers, conquests and politics. "Life is boundlessly complex, but good history is simple," Jones says. "These eight books, all published in the last decade, cover more than two thousand years of human endeavor, ranging from the rise of the Roman Republic to the election of Donald Trump. What they share is masterful, vivid storytelling by authors totally in command of their material." What books would you recommend for history fans? Share them with us in the comments!See the complete coverage of our Gift Guide including:Great Books for the Classics LoverBooks That Celebrate the SpiritFantastic Books for Fantasy Fanatics posted by Hayley on November, 10

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  • “A Man and a Woman, Say What You Like, They’re Different”: On Marguerite Duras“A Man and a Woman, Say What You Like, They’re Different”: On Marguerite Duras

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    The New Yorker / 9 d. 23 h. 46 min. ago
  • The Best Young Adult Books of NovemberThe Best Young Adult Books of November

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  • Object Lesson: Arts at MIT features new artist book acquisition at Rotch LibraryObject Lesson: Arts at MIT features new artist book acquisition at Rotch Library

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  • Book Look: A Tribute to Typewriters Book Look: A Tribute to Typewriters

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  • The Origins of the Kashmir DisputeThe Origins of the Kashmir Dispute

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  • Quick & Dirty Data Management: Five Things You Should Absolutely Be Doing with Your Data NowQuick & Dirty Data Management: Five Things You Should Absolutely Be Doing with Your Data Now

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  • Find more energy data in SNL EnergyFind more energy data in SNL Energy

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  • Writing a data management plan?Writing a data management plan?

      Have an upcoming project or already have a pile of data from your current research? Creating a data management plan can help you manage your data, meet funder requirements, and help you or others use your data in the future. Not sure how to get started? The MIT Libraries Data Management Services team can help. We provide guiding resources on our website and offer a great web-based tool, the DMPTool, with funding-specific templates to help you draft your data management plans. Got questions about what to include in your upcoming data management plan? Email us at data-management@mit.edu and request a consultation.

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