Rising from the sea of movies based on other media comes the galactic empire science fiction thriller Jupiter Ascending.
“This newly discovered planet is relatively young, approximately 13 million years old, and still glows from residual heat from its formation. The planet is about 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit, and emits most of its energy as infrared, rather than visible light. Its mass is eleven times that of Jupiter, and it orbits more than 20 times farther from its host star than Neptune from our sun.”
This new 3D galactic space war game from Barbily Game Ltd. for iOS and Android looks, feels and plays a lot like ‘HomeWorld”, except for the strange preschooler-appropriate funny animal theming.
Join us this evening at 9PM Pacific as we have a great conversation with four of the six members of the San Francisco improv group ‘Phasers on Stun!’ It’s a fascinating conversation about what it’s like to work in an improv troupe as an actor, and the special conditions being a Star Trek improv group places on them. If you love Trek, you won’t want to miss this one.
Idina Menzel delivers the animated performance of her life in Frozen as Elsa, the Ice Queen, who has just revealed her secret to the world, and now finds herself alone in the wilderness, but finally free.
Accused of inciting rebellion in the Districts of Panem by the Capitol and President Snow, Katniss and Peeta are thrust into the 75th Hunger Games. Alicia Glass reviews.
She had posted farewells on the internet a few days ago:
I want to thank you all for your good wishes and prayers. I fear my condition is deteriorating. I am doing the best I can to be positive but I probably don’t have an awful lot of time left. I want you all to know that I am receiving excellent care and am surrounded by family and friends.
Iain Banks was best known for his novels ‘The Wasp Factory’, ‘The Crow Road’ and ‘Complicity’
The celebrated Crow Road novelist had announced he was suffering from the disease on April 3, saying he had less than a year to live and that his latest novel, The Quarry, would be his last. Following his diagnosis Banks withdrew from all planned public engagements and married his long-term partner. He has now died of cancer, at the age of 59.
The Quarry was begun by Banks in March after he’d been diagnosed with gallbladder cancer in March. The book’s focus is on how its main character deals with the final weeks of his life after being told that he is terminally ill.
In a statement from his publisher Little, Brown said the following: “Banks has been one of the country’s best loved novelists for both his mainstream and science fiction books since the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory. Just three weeks ago he was presented with finished copies of his last novel, The Quarry, and enjoyed celebration parties with old friends and fans across the publishing world. Iain Banks’ ability to combine the most fertile of imaginations with his own highly distinctive brand of gothic humour made him unique. He is an irreplaceable part of the literary world.”
A message on the website set up to provide updates to family, friends and fans, quoted his wife Adele saying: “Iain died in the early hours this morning. His death was calm and without pain.”
Banks published his first novel The Wasp Factory in 1984 and his debut sci-fi title, Consider Phlebas, came three years later in 1987.
His novel The Crow Road, which opens with the memorable line “It was the day my grandmother exploded”, was adapted for a popular television series in 1996.
Chemotherapy is tough for anyone diagnosed with cancer, especially if that someone is a child. But the A.C. Camargo Cancer Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil has teamed up with Warner Bros. (both clients of the worldwide ad agency JWT ) to create something truly… well… super… to help combat the most sinister villain of all.
From the ad agency press note:
Covers for intravenous bags were constructed based on characters from the Justice League, creating…. a child friendly version of the treatment. Co-developed with doctors, the covers are easy to sterilize and handle and meet all hospital hygiene standards.
(The) experience went far beyond the covers by also providing a new look to the entire Children’s Ward: the game room was turned into the Hall of Justice, corridors and doors were decorated in the same theme, and the exterior acquired an exclusive entrance for those little heroes.
Along with the new “Superformula”, JWT even took an extra super leap and worked with Warner Bros. to produce a special series of comic books in which Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern go through experiences similar to those of kids with cancer, and recover their strength, thanks to the Superformula.
As any good cancer doctor will tell you, the most important step in fighting the disease is believing in a cure. And although it uses D.C. Comics characters, this heroic effort is a marvel, helping kids gain knowledge, courage, and faith in themselves– truly the ultimate super powers.
The Dark Knight joined Wonder Woman and Spiderman at Georgetown where their superhero powers comforted children fighting life-threatening illnesses.
While the news and speculation about Batman being pulled over by local Maryland county police has been extensively covered by national news outlets, the complete story of the Caped Crusader’s run-in with the law has not been known until now. Batman left his underground cave last Wednesday to travel to Georgetown Hospital in Washington, DC to visit with children with cancer and other serious illnesses as part Hope for Henry’s annual Superhero Celebrations.
“Fortunately, the FAA did not intercept Wonder Woman’s invisible plane and Peter Parker was able to swing ‘under the radar’ to get to the hospital without being accosted,” said Laurie Strongin, Executive Director of Hope for Henry. “Once local law enforcement understood Batman’s critical mission they were quick to get him on his way.”
The kids visited by Batman, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man – hematology/oncology inpatients and outpatients being treated at Georgetown – enjoyed their time with the superheroes, and were treated to time in the Batmobile; gifts of superhero toys and books; caricatures of themselves posed as superheroes; superhero photo booth pictures; and much, much more.
The superheroes return to Washington, DC on Monday, March 26, at 10:30 am to spend time with pediatric cancer patients at Hope for Henry’s Superhero Celebration at Children’s National Medical Center.
About Hope for Henry
Hope for Henry Foundation (HFH) improves the lives of children with cancer and other serious illnesses by providing carefully-chosen gifts, like iPads, and specially-designed programs, like in-hospital birthday parties, to entertain and promote comfort, care, and recovery. To date, Hope for Henry Foundation has served more than 5,500 children at hospitals primarily in Washington, DC.
Hope for Henry brings smiles and laughter, hope and magic into the lives of these children and their families. The organization was founded almost 10 years ago to honor the legacy of Henry Strongin Goldberg, who died at age seven of a rare, fatal disease. Henry’s struggles were featured in a New York Time Magazine cover story in 2001, and more recently chronicled in a best-selling memoir, Saving Henry, penned by Henry’s mother and executive director of Hope for Henry, Laurie Strongin.