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Thor Is Now A Woman

In: Donovan, Random Reads
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If you thought Archie’s death was shocking, this one will rock your comic world even more. Thor is now the Goddess of Thunder. Time to take those estrogen pills Chris Hemsworth ;)

Marvel Comics announced it’s reintroducing the hammer-wielding superhero as a woman in a new comic series due out this October.

Marvel editor Wil Moss says, “The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription…” He continues, “The new Thor continues Marvel’s proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”

Writer Jason Aaron explains further, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

The female Thor is now Marvel Comics’ eighth title to feature a lead female character. The move is an effort to bring new readers and to appeal to women and girls, whom have long been ignored in comics. Whether this gimmick attracts new readers or diminishes readership remains to be seen. I predict the latter. Check out a couple of illustrations of the new Thor below and weigh in afterward.

check out the new Thor after the jump

June 2014: Five Must-See Movies

In: Matt, Movies, Random Reads
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Has everyone seen Maleficent yet? What a let down. Fortunately there are a ton of great films to check out this month that will make up for that 2 hour nap I took. No beef with Angelina, she was flawless but the rest of the movie was. Just. So. Boring.

We’ve got a mixed bag again this month with an animated film, a musical, a drama, an action and a thriller. I’m seriously excited about each and every one of these movies so it looks like I;’ll be hitting up the theatre often this month.

Check out my picks for must-see movies below!

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No typo there. For the first time in 52 years, two spellers were declared co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, New York, and Ansun Sujoe of Fort Worth, Texas become only the fourth co-champions in Scripps’ 89-year history and the first since 1962.

Sriram entered the final round as the favorite after finishing in third place last year. He was nearly flawless in his performance only misspelling one word (“corpsbruder,” a close comrade). Luckily for him, it was the same round that Sujoe also made an error (“antegropelos,” waterproof leggings). The final word of the competition which Ansun needed to spell correctly to become co-champion was “feulletion,” the features section of a European newspaper or magazine.

“The competition was against the dictionary, not against each other,” Sriram said after both were showered with confetti onstage. “I’m happy to share this trophy with him.”

Hathwar and Sujoe continue the dominance of Indian-Americans in the competition. The past eight winners and 13 of the past 17 have been of Indian descent. It all began in 1999, when Nupur Lala won and was later featured in the documentary Spellbound. Who knew a movie about spelling would be so riveting? I loved it.

check out the co-winning moment after the jump

Ronald McDonald Gets A Makeover

In: Donovan, Random Reads
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He’s still got his trademark red shoes but Ronald McDonald recently received a makeover. Albeit not a drastic one, but a new look nonetheless. Begone tacky unflattering yellow jumpsuit ;) For me, he still looks as creepy as ever.

Why the new look? Prep yourself for an onslaught of selfies from the redheaded spokesperson. McDonald’s stated its famous clown will take an active role on social media for the first time, using the hashtag #ronaldmcdonald. The company says Ronald McDonald won’t have his own Twitter handle, but that it will post photos and videos of him on its existing social media accounts.

It’s a turnaround from recent years where the company slowly faded Ronald to the background under criticism for using him to market to children. With declining sales, the fast food giant is hoping a higher profile for Ronald will boost weak numbers. Check out his new two-piece look below.

check out more images after the jump

Superheroic Beards By Braun CruZer

In: Donovan, Random Reads, Totally GAY!
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Like most people these days I’m all about the facial hair. Nothing hotter than a bit of scruff to give a guy a sexy edge. Braun agrees and jumps on the beard trend to promote their CruZer product in a creative way. While definitely interesting to look at, I’m not sure how I’d feel if my man was sporting one of these iconic designs on their face.

Symbols for Spider-Man, Batman and Superman are shaped using Braun CruZer’s precision abilities. Some might argue that these images are fabricated using Photoshop. They do look too good to be real. Check out more images below and judge for yourself.

check out more after the jump

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The United States Postal Service release their Harvey Milk commemorative stamps next month. However, their Finnish counterparts have outdone them with their decision to honor one of the most influential gay artists in history. Pretty progressive for a country where same-sex marriage is still illegal.

Touko Laaksonen better known as Tom of Finland remains a towering and iconic figure in the gay art scene with his unapologetic depictions of gay sex. With over 3,500 illustrations to his credit, choosing which ones to highlight proved a daunting task. Graphic illustrator Timo Berry was tapped to select the artwork to be printed on the stamps released this Fall.

“The sheet portrays a sensual life force and being proud of oneself. There is never too much of that in this northern country,” says Timo Berry.

The release of the stamps will coincide with an exhibition of Laaksonen’s work at Finland’s Postal Museum. The above picture is one of three featured on a miniature sheet which contains three 1st class self-adhesive stamps. Check out the slightly NSFW sheet below.

check out the full sheet after the jump

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I’ve always found those brief interviews Alex Trebek conducts with Jeopardy contestants always a bit awkward. There’s only so much magic you can squeeze into 15-20 seconds of banter. This one, however, takes the cake.

When Trebek asked previous champion Tom Cavanaugh what he plans to do with this winnings, he revealed to complete a documentary about sweatshop labor he’s been working on. Tom then jokingly said, including “the 8-year-olds who made your fancy suit there, Alex.” A combination of gasps and nervous laughter then followed from the audience. “Was that a too low? Was that a low blow?” Tom asked, as Trebek recoiled.

My only question during this is where does Tom’s shirt and pants came from. I’m willing to do the investigative work and read the labels. Time to undress there Mr. Cavanaugh. Does anyone else think he’s kinda cute? Watch the entire thing go down below. To get to the juicy bits, skip to the 1:28 mark.

watch the clip after the jump

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Love Game of Thrones? Obsessed with House of Cards? Do you prefer Quiznos over Subway? If you’re three for three, this clip is for you. The fast food submarine sandwich establishment teamed up with Toasty TV for an oddly entertaining mashup parody titled House of Thrones.

Seriously, it’s so whacky you can’t help but finish the clip. The guy playing Kevin Spacey, Ross Marquand, does a sensational impression of the actor. It’s one of the best I’ve seen of Spacey. In fact, Kevin himself approves of the spoof. He tweeted, “We weren’t sure what should happen in #HouseOfCards Season 3 but I think I’ve figured it out,” as he linked to the video. Check it out below.

watch the clip after the jump

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