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  1. TL;DR: The All-In-One Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle is on sale for £25.04 as of Oct. 18, saving you 98% on list price. Microsoft Excel is a platform many of us are familiar with but have never mastered. In fact, there's a pretty good chance you're not using the software to its fullest potential. From intense data analysis to the fundamentals of VBA, there are so many layers to Excel. To get a deeper understanding of the leading spreadsheet program, sign up for this All-In-One Microsoft Excel Training Bundle while it's massively discounted. This online course collection features over 650 lessons and over 50 hours worth of training. And you'll be learning from the best of the best — including Jordan Goldmeier, who was the former Chief Operating Officer at Excel.TV. He's the author of Advanced Excel Essentials and Dashboards for Excel, and is currently working on his third book, Becoming a Data Head. So, it's safe to say he knows a thing or two about the spreadsheet software. As you work your way through the lessons, you'll figure out how to do things on Excel you've likely never done before. For instance, there is a section on the programming language VBA and another on automating basic tasks to save you time. Portions of the masterclass will have hands-on demonstrations and analysis of real-world case studies, such as San Diego burrito ratings, shark attack records, MLB team statistics, and more. This way, you'll have concrete examples of how these concepts can be applied. A major thing to note is that the Microsoft Excel software itself isn't included, but depending on the type of computer you have, it likely comes with it already installed. On a regular day, the All-In-One Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle is valued at a whopping £1,500. While that's a good sign you'll learn way more than a thing or two, that's a pretty steep price tag. Luckily, you can take advantage of this massive discount and virtually enroll for only £25.04 for a limited time. Credit: Jordan Goldmeier Save 98% on the All-In-One Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle Buying Options £25.04 at the Mashable Shop http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Mashable/~4/2hZkQZd8BIQView the full article
  2. A showdown that featured guest appearances from Roxanne Shanté, Eric B, Das EFX, and others. Listen to a playlist.View the full article
  3. In the new trailer for the upcoming move The Batman starring Robert Pattinson, there are explosions, balls of fire, gritty voiceovers about retribution, and...latte art? Yep, one of the most talked-about moments involves a cup of coffee. Specifically, an artisanal flat white with a foam pour that depicts Batman villain Riddler's (Paul Dano) calling card: A question mark. "I think the latte art really stole the show," Rohan Cooke, a long-time Melbourne barista who runs the TikTok account for his coffee roastery, gear, and media company, Golden Brown Coffee, said. The opening scene of the trailer shows (probably) Paul Dano, who plays Riddler, sitting at the counter of a grimy late night diner. The cops bust in, and he puts up no fight as he's taken into custody. The camera then pans to the coffee mug sitting in front of him, showing the message in the coffee, the question mark. If latte art could ever be menacing, this is it. Terror, thy name is latte art. Credit: Warner bros / screenshot by mashable But, of course, the internet has questions. How did Riddler get this latte art? Did he specifically ask the server for it? Or is Riddler himself the artist working at the diner, which would make the man at the counter taken into custody a faker? How did he happen to have a perfectly formed, non-faded question mark latte art in front of him at the exactly moment he was hauled away by the cops? "I like to think that the Riddler received his latte with just a circle of milk foam on top of his latte and then drew the question mark himself, perhaps with a spoon or utensil," barista Morgan Eckroth, a latte art pro who has 5.4 million followers on their TikTok, @morgandrinkscoffee, said. "Or even with his finger, perhaps!" Yes, yes, the answer to most of these questions is Because The Movies. But we all know that's not good enough. Mashable spoke with TikTok baristas Eckroth and Cooke for their takes on the mystery of the question mark latte art. 1) How is the question mark latte possible?Eckroth: "The latte art that was shown in the trailer is probably not possible through a "free pour". Since the question mark is of a darker color and placed within a circle of milk foam, it would have had to be hand-drawn on top of the milk foam after adding it to the latte. It'd take a good amount of knowledge and steady hands to make something as crisp and precise as what was shown." Cooke: "The one in the video looks fantastic. Whoever did that had a lot of skill. But for any other barista, you need to steam the milk, pour it into the center to create that big white circle, and then with another shot of espresso, you can spoon around the creamer to make that question mark on the top. "The funny thing with this latte art, is that normally latte art would be a brown background with a white drawing. But obviously the director really wanted the question mark to stand out, so they've inversed the colors to really make it pop." Spooky! 2) How do you think this latte appeared before the Riddler just at the right moment before his arrest? Good timing on the barista's part!Cooke: "He must have been working in cahoots with the barista behind the bar for that coffee to arrive just at the right time. "The other theory is that the Riddler was a barista in a past life. I can tell you as a barista, making hundreds of coffees a day, you can go a little loopy. So maybe there's a new origin story." 3) How long does latte art last before it starts to lose its shape? Eckroth: "Latte art will generally begin to lose its shape after a few minutes. I'd say that it's a pretty safe bet to say that your latte art will begin to look very blob-like after five minutes, when the milk and air have really started to separate." Cooke: "Latte art isn't necessarily going to lose its shape. But between 2-5 minutes, it's going to start to bubble, it's going to start to dissipate. So we can safely say by the latte art sitting on the counter, that that was fresh. That milk looks silky, and looks all one texture. So you know that that was definitely put down in the last 30 seconds or one minute." Hmmm, Eckroth's finger drawing method is sounding more and more convincing... Unless the barista was in on it! 4) Did you find it odd that this latte art appeared in what seemed like a dingy diner?Cooke: "That was my first thought, I'm thinking, do they have an espresso machine? Do they have the equipment to be pulling this? You'd think he was behind the counter at a Stumptown or Blue Bottle." 5) As a master latte artist, how did it feel to see latte art appear in a trailer for a huge new movie?Eckroth: "It was quite exciting! It's always fun to see an everyday part of my job appear in such a major way in pop culture. While not a traditional latte art pour, I think the shot of the question mark in milk foam was very clever." Cooke: "If you had asked me beforehand, do you think latte art is going to appear in the new Batman trailer, I'd never think that that was going to be the case." 6) What would you do if a customer (the Riddler??) asked for a question mark in their latte?Eckroth: "I'd absolutely oblige to the best of my ability! I've actually had customers request designs before and while they're not always possible, it's a fun challenge to do something out of the ordinary." Cooke: "To be honest, I've been asked to draw a lot worse things. So probably wouldn't think twice about it. However, if the police raided my cafe, I probably think the question mark was a little suspicious. Careful for anyone who gets a question mark in their coffee. If you do, it's probably time to get out of there." http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Mashable/~4/Mfv9yJSuheIView the full article
  4. Apple wants to be the privacy Big Tech company. But it won't say no to some extra cash as a result. Earlier in 2021, Apple instituted a new App Store policy that limited apps' ability to track user behavior without getting express permission first, which has made targeted advertising more difficult. The result may very well be less snooping on our iPhone habits by companies like Facebook and Google. However, a new report from Financial Times shows there was an unexpected (for us, at least) upside for Apple, too. Speaking with multiple analytics firms and advertisers, FT found that Apple's own App Store advertising business skyrocketed after initiating the policy change. Apple sells advertising space in the App Store. For example, if you search for a specific iPhone game, you will see sponsored results for other games, or other related apps, at the top of the results. This is a form of targeted advertising, according to the FT. One analytics firm noted in the report that, in the last six months, Apple went from capturing 17 percent of all sponsored app store downloads, to now having 58 percent. Its revenue from this business is expected to double, and advertisers said they were spending more advertising with Apple, as opposed to Google. The advertisers said they could get more granular, real-time data, with retargeting capabilities through Apple ads — something advertisers like Facebook can no longer offer. If this is all too much business and ad talk, the simple takeaway here is: Apple's move to safeguard user privacy is also enriching Apple itself. Why? Less outside advertising appearing in your App Store feeds means more room for Apple-hosted ads. SEE ALSO: AppleToo organizer faces online harassment—some of it from coworkers Mashable reached out to Apple but did not hear back before the time of publication. Apple told the FT that the new advertising policy was about protecting users, not "advantaging" Apple. Apple's privacy updates were a welcome change for users. But that doesn't make the FT's report any less eyebrow-raising, especially as Apple continues to be investigated for monopolistic business practices. Even if making things more difficult for its competition while creating some new business for itself wasn't Apple's (public) intention, we're sure the company is not mad at the result. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Mashable/~4/OEFPEzxTn6EView the full article
  5. In a devastating turn of events, Y: The Last Man showrunner Eliza Clark confirmed on Sunday that FX decided against moving ahead with a Season 2. It's a surprising move for a series that is still three episodes away from finishing its first season, and one which has also received relatively high praise from critics and audiences alike. In sharing the news, Clark made it clear that she'll do what she can to ensure the story doesn't end here. "Y: The Last Man is about gender, about how oppressive systems inform identity. We had a gender diverse team of brilliant artists, led by women at almost every corner of our production," Clark wrote. "It is the most collaborative, creatively fulfilling, and beautiful thing I have ever been a part of. We don't want it to end." She goes on to praise FX as "an amazing partner" despite the parting-of-ways. But, she adds, the focus now is on ensuring the story, which is adapted from an excellent though now somewhat outdated comic book series by Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerrera, continues. "[W]e know that someone else is going to be very lucky to have this team and this story. I have never experienced the remarkable solidarity of this many talented people. We are committed to finding Y its next home." She concludes with a hashtag: #YLivesOn. The long-in-the-making TV adaptation of Y: The Last Man has taken on many forms and creative configurations over the years. It's a tricky story to adapt for today's audience, with the comic's original premise of "all men on Earth are wiped out by a plague that targets people with a Y chromosome" not really resonating with a 2021 audience whose understanding of sex and gender has deepened in the almost 20 years since the first issue published. The FX on Hulu take conceived by Clark and her team moves the setting to our modern world. It intentionally strays from the source as it expands on certain characters and adds new ones in a way that allows the story to engage more directly with the gender politics of this current moment, but not in a way that betrays the spirit of the original. In my own review, I called the show a "lovingly unfaithful" adaptation that asks and attempts to answer many of the questions the comic either didn't address or only lightly touched upon. You should definitely read this excellent deep dive into the show's handling of the "tricky trans politics" from Vox's Emily VanDerWerff. There's a long history of cancelled TV shows being picked up by networks and (more often) streaming services. Y, with its mix of a compelling story, its direct engagement with ongoing conversations, and its deep IRL history as a comic book series and long-in-the-making adaptation, seems on the surface like the perfect candidate for such a revival. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Mashable/~4/dKyrvI7tA0YView the full article
  6. In internal documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal, a whole host of people have been pushing back against Facebook for hate speech for some time now — and that list includes pop star and Only Murders in the Building comedy breakout Selena Gomez. It all started in 2016 when Gomez visited the company's Menlo Park headquarters to celebrate becoming the most-followed account on Instagram. When a particularly hateful response to her post on the photo opp stuck with Gomez, a spokesperson told the Journal, she reached out to Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg during the pivotal 2020 election year, urging them to take action in DMs that she later shared widely. Now, thanks to the WSJ's reporting, we know Gomez also emailed the Facebook executives privately to voice her issues. Sandberg responded, saying that Facebook's AI detected 91 percent of the 1.5 million posts it removed for violating its rules on hate speech. That was not enough for Gomez, who responded firmly. "You refuse to even mention, let alone address, the problem Facebook has with white supremacists and bigots," Gomez wrote in an Oct. 10, 2020 email to Sandberg and other executives. She included screenshots of Facebook groups that she says promoted violent ideologies, according to the Journal, and said there were plenty of groups "full of hate and lies that might lead to people being hurt or, even worse, killed." Gomez apparently took her concerns to email after her private DM to Zuckerberg and Sandberg went unanswered, and her attempt to publicly shame their lack of a response went nowhere. She told them in her previously shared DM that there was a "serious problem" at Facebook, with the platform "being used to spread hate, misinformation, racism, and bigotry." "I am calling on you both to HELP STOP THIS," she said in her note, which later surfaced for public viewing in one of her Instagram Stories. Her subsequent email outreach is what's new here, and it comes from the Journal's ongoing bombshell Facebook Files reports. The documents revealing Gomez's attempt to reach Facebook leadership were released as part of a story by the Journal that depicts how Facebook uses AI to detect hate speech — even though its AI kind of sucks. According to the Journal, the platform cut the human reviewers' focus on hate-speech and became more dependent on AI two years ago. But the company's AI has trouble consistently identifying the differences between videos like first-person shootings, car crashes, and cockfighting. This comes at a particularly difficult time for the tech giant, due, in no small part, to the Facebook Files reporting. Whistleblower Frances Haugen, who leaked the documents to the Journal, also attended a Congressional hearing and plans to brief the Facebook Oversight Board. Shortly after Haugen revealed on an episode of 60 Minutes that she was the source of the leaked documents, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp shut down for nearly six hours. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Mashable/~4/oCQOJuA9x4cView the full article
  7. Sony’s upcoming Sinister Six movie should take some inspiration from Spider-Man: No Way Home and introduce a new version of Miles Morales. Sony has had plans for a Sinister Six film since The Amazing Spider-Man film franchise was in progress. The second film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, ended with a clear setup for the villain team, with the Green Goblin (Harry Osborn) and The Gentleman (Gustav Fiers) equipping allies (and possibly members) of Oscorp with advanced weapons and devices. The plans, unfortunately, never came to fruition, but Sony’s new villain-focused Spider-Man universe, which began with 2018’s Venom, has led to new plans for the iconic team. Miles Morales - whose comic debut was in 2011’s alternate universe Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man - is his reality’s second web-slinger, taking Peter Parker’s place after his apparent death in a final confrontation with the Green Goblin. Miles and his stories were well-received, quickly growing in popularity among readers, and he made his cinematic debut in 2018’s animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. As the star of numerous comics, an animated film, and a recent video game, it won’t be long before Miles has his long-awaited live-action debut. With Sinister Six reportedly being the endgame of Sony’s Spider-Man films, it’s reasonable to assume that the movie will be a crowd-pleasing epic with more than one payoff. Sony will reportedly work alongside Marvel Studios to tie their film in with the MCU, meaning that Tom Holland’s classic Peter Parker Spider-Man may face off against the six villains. Although Spider-Man was often on his own against the six in the comics, the film can easily justify introducing a second Spider-Man to even the odds and give viewers a live-action Miles Morales simultaneously. Not only is Sony and Marvel Studious working together on the Sinister Six film, but the multiverse will be unleashed in the upcoming No Way Home. While the Miles Morales who appears in the Sony film could be their iteration, he might alternatively be from the MCU, creating a new kind of character dynamic for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, who’s typically mentored by characters like Iron Man or Doctor Strange. The Sinister Six’s villain roster can be comprised of characters from multiple realities as well. In addition to introducing the first live-action iteration of Miles Morales, the film can bring back actors like Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, and Willem Dafoe for yet another performance. With No Way Home bringing the iconic villains back, Sony could take advantage of their fan-favorite status, adding to the already crowd-pleasing introduction of Miles. Spider-Man: No Way Home will be the first live-action Spider-Man movie to use the multiverse for crossovers. In addition to bringing back characters from bygone film eras, they’ve also allowed for interaction with Sony’s Spider-Man universe. If Sony intends to make the Sinister Six film their franchise’s endgame, they’d make it an even more effective grand finale by bringing in Miles Morales. View the full article
  8. Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Supergirl season 6, episode 15, "Hope For Tomorrow." The Supergirl season 6 episode "Hope For Tomorrow" enhanced the story of the Superman movie Superman 4: The Quest For Peace in every respect. The final movie to star Christopher Reeve as Kal-El of Krypton, Superman 4 is widely considered to be the worst of the classic Superman films. Given that, it would be all but impossible for Supergirl to revamp The Quest For Peace and not improve it, but the episode "Hope For Tomorrow" successfully addressed nearly every common complaint about the movie. The central storyline of the second half of Supergirl season 6 found Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) competing with the exiled 5th Dimensional Princess Nyxly (Peta Sergeant) for control of seven magical totems, tied to the seven cosmic forces of Hope, Love, Courage, Humanity, Dreams, Destiny and Truth. Each totem required its wielder to pass a test proving their mastery of each force. The Test of Hope in the Supergirl season 6 episode "Hope For Tomorrow" proved particularly difficult, as it required the victor to "inspire a hope that burns longer and brighter than the sun." While this might ordinarily have been an easy task for Supergirl, this test came at a time when nuclear war seemed imminent between the nations of Kaznia and Corto Maltese and hope was in short supply. The story of Superman 4: The Quest For Peace, was likewise based around the fear of nuclear war and Superman acting to end the threat after receiving a letter from a concerned boy. Sadly, the movie did so poorly it sunk any chance of a Superman 5. While the story of Superman 4 made a noble effort to tackle a serious issue, the film suffered from budget cuts and editing issues that eliminated most of the film's more thoughtful moments in favor of recycled flight scenes and nonsensical padding. The Supergirl season 6 episode "Hope For Tomorrow" takes most of the story elements from Superman IV and builds upon the base concepts to create something far better. Roughly halfway through the Supergirl season 6 episode "Hope For Tomorrow," Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) asked the same question as the worried boy in Superman 4: The Quest For Peace; why can't Supergirl just take away all the nuclear weapons and throw them into the sun? Kara gave the same basic answer as Superman in the movie, saying that she was "forbidden from interfering in human history." However, Kara further explained to her friend Lena Luthor that human nations needed to be free to determine their own destinies without some all-powerful alien imposing their beliefs on them. Kara also pointed out that even if she could get rid of all the nuclear weapons in the world, it wouldn't solve the conflicts that lead to war. (Ironically, Kara did wind up having to throw several nuclear missiles into the sun before the episode's end.) This point was driven home by another scene, in which the United States diplomat overseeing the peace talks between Kaznia and Corto Maltese asked J'onn J'onzz (David Harewood) to use his telepathic powers to make the leaders of the two delegations sign a peace treaty. The Martian Manhunter refused, saying that while he was glad to use his powers to pacify the two leaders after Nxyly used the Totem of Courage to make them afraid of looking weak during the negotiations, he refused to directly control their actions. Both of the Supergirl scenes did a far better job of showing why heroes have a responsibility not to use their powers than every speech Superman made regarding that point in Superman 4: The Quest For Peace. The Supergirl season 6 episode "Hope For Tomorrow" featured a subplot that centered around Esme, a foster child adopted by Alex Danvers/Sentinel (Chyler Leigh) and Kelly Olsen/Guardian (Azie Tesfai), and the Super Friends' efforts to help the young girl get acclimated to her new home. A victim of an abusive situation in her previous foster home, Esme was shy and fearful of being sent back to the group home she had been in. Restoring Esme's hope in the future went beyond being a test of Supergirl's ability to inspire hope and became a test for the whole team, as well as a central part of the theme of "Hope For Tomorrow." By contrast, despite being the inspiration of Superman's effort to bring an end to nuclear war in Superman 4: The Quest For Peace, the boy who wrote to Superman disappeared from the movie after Superman took him to the United Nations to hear him speak. Originally set up as a romantic interest for Kara Danvers in Supergirl season 5, reporter William Dey (Staz Nair) has been one of the more divisive characters created for the Arrowverse, with many fans finding the character annoying and wondering what purpose he served after he and Kara agreed to be just friends in Supergirl season 6. Comparisons could be drawn between William Dey and Lacy Warfield (Mariel Hemingway) whose only purpose in Superman 4: The Quest For Peace was acting as a hostage and pushing an unconvincing love triangle between herself, Lois Lane and Clark Kent. However, the Supergirl season 6 episode "Hope For Tomorrow" redeemed William, who was far from a passive figure after being taken captive by Nyxly. Indeed, it was William's quick thinking that enabled the Super Friends to take the Totem of Courage away from Nyxly. While Superman 4: The Quest For Peace saw legendary actor Gene Hackman return as Lex Luthor, his role in the film was far from extensive. Apart from creating the monstrous Nuclear Man, Luthor had surprisingly little to do with the action of the film and most of his scenes were comedic non-sequiturs. By contrast, the Arrowerse Lex Luthor does not appear on camera in the Supergirl season 6 episode "Hope For Tomorrow," but nevertheless had a major impact on the episode's final scene. As "Hope For Tomorrow" came to a close, Supergirl elected to throw the Totem of Hope into the sun, knowing that Nxyly needed all seven totems as part of her scheme to defeat Supergirl and the Super Friends. Shortly after Nxyly learned what Supergirl had done, a box fell through a portal in front of her. The box contained a watch and a note from a secret admirer telling her not to "lose hope." When Nyxly put on the watch, it formed one of Lex Luthor's trademark armored Lexo-Skeletons around her, revealing the identity of her mysterious new ally in a clever fashion. It was certainly more subtle than most of Gene Hackman's scenes trolling Superman in Superman 4: The Quest For Peace. This, coupled with the other connections throughout the episode, highlight how Supergirl was able to successfully revitalize the failed film's story arc. View the full article
  9. The latest The Flash trailer suggests that Michael Keaton's Batman has a bigger role in the film than many initially assumed. Ezra Miller makes his DCEU return as the Scarlet Speedster after starring in Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Directed by Andy Muschietti, The Flash's first trailer was released at DC FanDome 2021, offering a sneak peek at what to expect from the standalone flick. It's no secret that The Flash was in production limbo for quite some time with a few director changes. But, the movie finally kicked into production in 2021 and is currently filming. Specific plot details are still scant at the moment, although a few pertinent details have been confirmed. That includes the return of Kiersey Clemons as Iris West and the introduction of Sasha Calle as Supergirl/Kara Zor-El. Barry Allen is also joined by two Batman variations: the first one being Ben Affleck's and the other one being Michael Keaton's. Obviously there's a lot of excitement surrounding their involvement, but there's heightened anticipation about Keaton's Batman iteration simply because this is the first time he will reprise the superhero role in two decades. Considering the fact that it's the Flash's solo outing, it was initially unclear how involved Keaton would be in the film. Set photos revealed him back as the Bruce Wayne persona, and the actor's personal interviews confirmed that he's indeed wearing the cape and the cowl again. Still, with very little known about the movie's plot, there were questions about the extent of his appearance. Some argued that it wouldn't be anything more than an extended cameo, with the primary focus on Barry Allen instead. This makes sense since he is the movie's headlining character. However, The Flash's trailer suggests that Batman's role in the film is going to be more prominent than initially perceived; much of the trailer focuses on him, including both versions of the Flash visiting Tim Burton's Wayne Manor and then, his Batcave. It even ends with the tease of the 1989 Batmobile reveal. Interestingly, despite all the references to Keaton's Caped Crusader, the hero doesn't properly appear in The Flash trailer. Instead, there's only a shot of his iconic cowl looking outside the Batcave. But, the fact that he provides the narration for the majority of the trailer further indicates the extent of his appearance. At one point, it seems like the two Barry Allens and Supergirl recruit him for a mission, and it's safe to say that he at least considers joining his fellow DC heroes in the movie. It's worth noting that The Flash appears to be an adaptation of the Flashpoint storyline from the comics. Barry's time-traveling likely fractured space-time which has had ripple effects in other universes, including that of Supergirl and Keaton's Batman. The voice-over dialog is Bruce Wayne making sense of everything that's happening. The question now is, how does Affleck's Batman fit into all of this? Based on what's known about The Flash production, the actor didn't start to film his scenes until the middle of principal photography. Some theories suggest that Affleck's Batman dies in the movie, and that it could serve as motivation for Barry's time travel. Furthermore, many are also curious if Affleck's version of the hero will cross paths with Keaton's Caped Crusader. Fans will likely have to wait for the movie's debut to find out. View the full article
  10. Robert Pattinson’s Batman takes multiple bullets to the chest in the latest trailer for The Batman, indicating how bulletproof his version of the Batsuit is. Although he lacks superpowers, Batman fights crime in Gotham City with superlative fighting skills, a genius-level intellect, and state-of-the-art gadgetry. A common piece of equipment for live-action Batman adaptations is a Batsuit made of bulletproof material. Not all the Dark Knight's costumes have the same level of protection, so how does Pattinson’s suit compare to the others and the comic source material? In his first comic book appearances, Batman wore no armor, using a simple, lightweight, and flexible costume with an intimidating appearance instead. One of the earliest uses of an armored Batsuit comes from the first standalone Batman book in 1940, in which the Caped Crusader survives a gunshot wound from The Joker thanks to a layer of armor underneath the main suit. Modern comic iterations of Batman wear fully armored Batsuits, offering significant protection against gunshots; partially inspired by the various film adaptations and their many shout-outs. In the latest trailer for The Batman, Robert Pattinson’s Batsuit is put to the test multiple times. While fighting a gang of criminals in clown makeup, Batman is shot point-blank with a handgun, but he shrugs this off rather quickly and continues fighting. Later in the trailer, Batman walks towards a group of assault rifle-toting assailants, who pepper him with gunfire. Batman walks through the hail of bullets mostly unimpeded before counterattacking. This indicates that Pattinson’s Batman uses an extremely durable material that can withstand more gunfire than most versions of the Dark Knight. While Adam West’s Batman wore no armor, Michael Keaton’s iteration in the Tim Burton films had a highly durable suit that could take direct gunshots. However, as shown multiple times in Batman and Batman Returns, while the suit kept gunfire from proving immediately lethal, the force often knocked Batman off his feet and left him winded on some occasions. Pattinson’s gear provides more protection, allowing him to remain in fighting condition even when shot numerous times. Christian Bale’s first Batsuit in Batman Begins also offered protection from gunshots, though Lucious Fox explicitly advised against taking direct hits. While protective, the suit proved to be too restrictive, so Bale’s Bruce wore a modified` suit in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Bale’s second Batman suit offered far more flexibility, though it was even more vulnerable to gunfire, which Bruce learned firsthand when facing off against Two-Face. The only live-action Batman iteration whose suit provided similar levels of protection to Pattinson’s is the DCEU Batman. As shown in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck's Batman wears a light and flexible suit that allows him to take gunshots to the head at point-blank range with little impediment. The suit has some vulnerable points, as evidenced by an assailant’s knife puncturing the suit near the shoulder, but this may have been a lightly-armored area for the sake of articulation. Ben Affleck’s Batman armor, like Pattinson’s Batsuit in The Batman, is fully bulletproof, protecting Batman from gun-toting enemies. View the full article
  11. Katey Sagal played one of the most important characters in Sons of Anarchy, but what has she done since the show came to an end? In 2008, Kurt Sutter took the audience to a small town in California to meet a motorcycle club and all the drama in their daily lives in the TV series Sons of Anarchy. The series premiered on FX in 2008 and lived on for a total of seven seasons, coming to an end in 2014. Sons of Anarchy got positive reviews throughout its whole run, with most praise going towards the themes it addressed (such as corruption and racism) and the performances of the main cast. Sons of Anarchy tells the story of Jackson “Jax” Teller (Charlie Hunnam), VP of the motorcycle club Sons of Anarchy in the fictional town of Charming, California. The series kicks off when Jax finds a manifesto written by his late father, John “JT” Teller, one of the founding members of the MC. In it, JT shared his plans and vision for the club, which were very different from those of the current President and Jax’s stepfather, Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman). Reading his father’s ideas and seeing how different the club was, among other events, send Jax on a personal journey that leads him to question his path, role in the club, relationships, family, and more. Sons of Anarchy also introduced the audience to Gemma Teller-Morrow (Katey Sagal), Jax’s mother and the matriarch of the club, who even though wasn’t a member of it, had a lot of influence in it and the town in general, but she was also a very dangerous woman. In addition to an incredible acting career that has covered almost every genre, Katey Sagal has a musical career and released her first solo album in 1994, and she also contributed with at least one song per season in Sons of Anarchy. Katey Sagal is a woman of many talents, and while many will always remember her as Gemma Teller-Morrow, it’s definitely worth checking out her other works in both film and TV. View the full article
  12. Using a combination of moves and items, players can maximize Pikachu's build in Pokémon Unite. Players will need to fight both wild Pokémon and those on the opposing team to score points and win. As an Attacker Pokémon, a well-built Pikachu can work great for an offensive, ranged strategy. Pikachu's Best Moveset Thunderbolt: Charge and shoot a bolt of lightning that stuns and damages opponents in the area. Upgrade Thunderbolt to increase the damage dealt.Electro Ball: Throw an electric orb that damages and stuns enemies in the area of effect. Missing HP will increase damage to opponents. Electro Ball can be upgraded to increase damage.Best Held Items for Pikachu Wise Glasses: Increase Special AttackChoice Specs: Increase the damage of movesBuddy Barrier: When using the Unite move, Pikachu and the nearby ally with the lowest HP will gain a shieldAlternative - Float Stone: Increase movement speed when Pikachu isn't in combatBest Battle Items for Pikachu X-Attack: Boost the damage of attacks and special attacksAlternative - Potion: Restore a Pokémon's health.Using a strong combination of moves and items will help players gather Aeos energy and score points. While using Pikachu, players should focus on dealing as much damage as possible while being aware of their health loss. Since Pikachu is also a Ranged Pokémon, it's recommended that players keep their distance when possible to avoid being knocked out. Pikachu can stay near a Defender Pokémon for extra protection and stun enemies that come within range. View the full article
  13. A new mod for Dark Souls 3 pits the final boss of the game's last DLC against the final DLC boss from fellow FromSoftware title Bloodborne. FromSoftware has developed a reputation for challenging bosses over the past decade and seems to be continuing that trend with the upcoming Elden Ring, which fans have been awaiting eagerly for some time now following its initial reveal at E3 2019. A more in-depth trailer released at Summer Games Fest earlier this year revealed many of the hallmarks fans have come to expect from the upcoming title. Another unique aspect FromSoftware titles have cultivated over the years is a dedicated modding community that still puts out content for installments as far back as the original Dark Souls. As with other communities, the mods cover a wide range of changes and additions, including one that brings sports into Dark Souls 3. Thanks to the work of the modding community, one fan was recently able to answer a unique question: who is the ultimate final DLC boss? YouTuber Garden of Eyes started their channel at the end of 2020 with the focus of pitting Bloodborne bosses against one another. Since then, however, that goal has expanded to encompass more FromSoftware titles, and their latest fight features Dark Souls 3's Slave Knight Gael from "The Ringed City" DLC against Bloodborne's Orphan of Kos from "The Old Hunters." The video consists of three bouts between the two bosses, featuring an updated version of Orphan of Kos from a mod named "Call of the Abyss." Each fight takes place in a different boss arena from Dark Souls 3. Despite a victory in round one, the Orphan of Kos ends up losing to Slave Knight Gael in the following two rounds, culminating in a neck and neck competition in the finals. Watch Slave Knight Gael and the Orphan of Kos do battle on YouTube here. There is an undeniable appeal in watching Dark Souls and Bloodborne bosses savagely beating each other instead of a helpless player. It comes from a shared struggle every player of From Software's games has had at some point, particularly when going through these titles for the first time. It also helps that the bosses themselves are imposing figures, and make for thrilling adversaries when turned against each other. Elden Ring will likely add more notable bosses that will not only make seasoned players feel right at home, but bring a new generation of players into the fold that have not yet taken on the FromSoftware experience. Until then, however, players can continue to fight against what came before and, if ever things become too difficult, watch the likes of Gael and the Orphan smack each other around for a change. Source: Garden of Eyes/YouTube View the full article
  14. Mon-El actor Chris Wood recalls the silly "stunt" that resulted in him breaking his jaw while filming Supergirl. The Arrowverse series has enjoyed a long run, but it will be coming to an end very soon. Supergirl, which stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers, started out on CBS before moving to The CW for season 2. During the show's 6-season run, Supergirl has faced countless enemies and teamed up with fellow Arrowverse heroes like The Flash (Grant Gustin) and Batwoman (Ruby Rose). The sixth and final season is currently airing and will conclude in November. Supergirl has featured a wide and eclectic group of characters over the years, but some are more memorable than others. One of the most controversial is perhaps Mon-El, a Daxamite prince who joined the series in its second season. Mon-El initially hid his royal heritage from Kara, but after they formed a romantic relationship, he came clean. Wood remained a series regular on Supergirl for 2 seasons before departing, though he's come back several times as a guest star. He'll even be among those returning for the series finale, along with Jeremy Jordan (Winn Schott) and Mehcad Brooks (Jimmy Olsen). During this weekend's DC FanDome event, Supergirl received a special farewell panel featuring the entire cast. When looking back on some of the wildest stunts from the show, Wood mentioned a scene from season 2 when he had to bite into 10 pancakes at once. His castmates were quick to laugh, but Wood pointed out that it wasn't all that funny because "my jaw sort of dislocated a little bit." The Supergirl cast also teased him for deeming it a stunt, but he defended the qualification. "It was a big stack of pancakes and I was like, 'Oh, this is gonna be so funny,' and then my jaw went like," Wood said before demonstrating the painful moment. Injuries on the set of a superhero production aren't uncommon, and the Arrowverse itself is no stranger to these kinds of incidents. Before departing Batwoman, Rose had to get emergency surgery after sustaining a neck injury on set. When considering that example, Wood's Supergirl experience isn't as drastic. However, a dislocated jaw is far from fun, and to have it happen during an innocuous kitchen scene probably came as quite a shock. While Supergirl's end is bittersweet for the fans and those who worked on the show, there are some reasons as to why this is the perfect time to conclude it. Kara has been on quite the journey over these past 6 seasons, and hopefully she'll go out on a high note. For her part, Benoist admitted during the DC FanDome panel that she will miss playing a superhero, though she'd said before that she will not be sorry to leave Supergirl's flying scenes behind. This cast has endured plenty of bumps and bruises, but now they can rest and content themselves with a job well done. Source: DC View the full article
  15. The Sith are the primary antagonists of the Star Wars saga, but they’re largely absent from the sequel trilogy, having been seemingly replaced by a different dark side religion: The Knights of Ren. All conflicts in the Skywalker Saga lead back to the Sith sooner or later, specifically their deadliest and most brilliant Dark Lord, Darth Sidious, aka Palpatine. The Sith seemingly died with Palpatine in Return of the Jedi, but The Emperor survived, and, thus, the Sith Order did, too. With Sith influence remaining behind the scenes yet again, the Knights of Ren became the new face of the galaxy’s dark side menaces, with their leader, Kylo Ren, being second in command of the Galactic Empire’s successor state, the First Order. Although the Jedi are the galaxy’s most effective and famous Force users and the Sith the most powerful dark side users, the two are hardly the only Force religions in the franchise. The Sith created a splinter group, the Inquisitors, as a means to use corrupted Jedi as Imperial agents. Star Wars: The Clone Wars included a significantly reimagined version of the Legends-era Nightsisters, who use the dark side in the form of spells. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story introduced the Guardians of the Whills, a Force-using religion separate from the Jedi who guarded the Kyber crystals on Jedha. Considering how many Force-using religions exist in the Star Wars franchise, the sequels' introduction of a dark side group other than the Sith was fitting. The Sith orchestrated the Separatist Crisis and the Clone Wars in the Star Wars prequels, paving the way for Palpatine to replace the Republic with the Galactic Empire with Darth Vader at his side. With the Sith seemingly gone at the end of the original trilogy, the sequels introduced Kylo Ren, the son of Leia Organa and Han Solo, as the successor to Vader and the leader of the Knights of Ren. The Knights had only a brief appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a small role in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but their origins and philosophies were expanded on in the four-issue comic miniseries Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren. Thousands of years before the events of Star Wars' Skywalker Saga, a group of fallen Jedi formed the Sith Order on Moraband. Although they began as a Jedi splinter group, the Sith Order has a fundamentally different outlook on the Force and the galaxy than the Jedi. Using the corrupted power of the dark side rather than the Force, the Sith believed in dominating the galaxy from the shadows and imposing their absolute rule over all other beings. The Sith also developed the Rule of Two as a means to keep the order alive and reduce in-fighting. The Rule of Two, created by Darth Bane, kept the Sith two only a master and apprentice, each trying to replace the other. The exact origins of the Knights of Ren are unknown, but at some point a gang of dark side-using marauders established themselves in the galaxy’s Unknown Regions, terrorizing the people of the galaxy. Unlike the Sith, the Knights of Ren had a far more passive philosophy and use of the dark side. While the Sith sought to control the dark side and use it to control the galaxy, the Knights of Ren followed the dark side, following its pull wherever it took them and stealing, pillaging, and murdering wherever their travels brought them. Unlike the Sith, the Knights of Ren didn’t limit their members, but given their dark side use, only the strongest and most ruthless could join their ranks. While the Sith and the Knights of Ren have fundamentally different philosophies, the two do share some commonalities. Aside from using the dark side of the Force, both organizations also used similar weapons, in some cases. The signature weapon of the Sith is the red-bladed lightsabers, which they created by corrupting Kyber crystals with the dark side and making them “bleed.” While the Knights of Ren use various scavenged weapons, their leader also uses a red-bladed lightsaber, though theirs tend to be different from Sith weapons. Ren, the earliest known leader, built a self-destruct mechanism into his weapon, and Kylo Ren modified his weapon with a cross-guard to vent the unstable blade’s excess energy. Two of the Star Wars sequel trilogy’s main villains, Snoke and Kylo Ren, are not Sith. Kylo Ren, despite worshipping his Sith Lord grandfather, never became a Sith himself. After leaving Luke’s revived Jedi Order, Ben Solo joined the Knights of Ren, eventually killing their leader and taking his place as their new master, Kylo Ren. As a Knight of Ren, Kylo wore body armor and a fearsome mask, which served multiple functions. In addition to protecting his head and indicating his knighthood, the mask also allowed Kylo to feel more like his grandfather and idol, Darth Vader. Snoke wasn’t officially part of any dark side religion, Sith, Knights of Ren, or otherwise. Snoke was an unaffiliated dark side user and the Supreme Leader of the First Order, though he did mentor Kylo Ren, serving as his dark side master, which gave him a degree of authority over the Knights of Ren. Snoke was, ultimately created as a proxy for Darth Sidious, so despite his free will and incredible strength in the dark side, Snoke was yet another tool of the Sith Order, and his betrayal by Kylo Ren followed the Sith Rule of Two perfectly. Despite never having joined the Sith, Kylo Ren became an ally of the order in The Rise of Skywalker. Working with Palpatine, Kylo combined the First Order with the Sith Eternal, forming the Final Order. The Knights of Ren followed Kylo Ren into this alliance as well, continuing to serve Palpatine after Kylo became Ben Solo once more. This was a fitting move for the Knights of Ren since they follow the dark side, rather than rule over it. With Palpatine, the galaxy’s most powerful dark side user, growing in strength, it makes sense that the Knights would follow his incredible dark side power and serve him. The key difference between the Sith and the Knights of Ren in Star Wars is revealed in their names. The Sith Lords rule over the dark side of the Force in the Star Wars saga while the Knights of Ren serve the dark side. View the full article
  16. Dolph Lundgren shared a photo of his reunion with Sylvester Stallone from the set of The Expendables 4. The new film in the ensemble action franchise comes almost a decade after The Expendables 3, which was released in 2014. The film is being directed by former stunt coordinator Scott Waugh with an eye toward a 2022 release. Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, and Randy Couture are all reprising their franchise roles along with Expendables newbies Andy Garcia, 50 Cent, Tony Jaa, and Megan Fox. In the Expendables franchise, Dolph Lundgren plays Gunner Jensen, a chemical engineer with a wild streak, a reference to the fact that the Swedish actor has a degree in chemical engineering in real life. Jensen is known for his crass jokes, and is an original member of the Expendables team, having appeared in all three previous films. He has worked under Stallone's character Barney Ross for years, though he can't always avoid butting heads with him. Although Stallone has wrapped shooting on The Expendables 4, Dolph Lundgren shared a throwback photo from the set on his Instagram. It's a black and white shot of him and Stallone relaxing between scenes. In his caption, Dolph expresses his gratitude that the film was being shot in London at the same time as Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, in which he will be reprising his role as King Nereus. It looks like he will be keeping Nereus' long hair in the Expendables film as well, unless they put him in a wig before rolling the camera. Check out the post below: Click Here to View the Post on Instagram The Expendables is the second action franchise to unite Stallone and Lundgren. Lundgren originally rose to prominence in the Stallone vehicle Rocky IV, in which he played Soviet boxer Ivan Drago. Lundgren's casting in the original Expendables was certainly due to this connection, given that the series' intent was to gather as many classic action stars as possible into one explosive film. Given the fact that Stallone himself directed and co-wrote the film, Lundgren was an obvious choice for the character. With both The Expendables 4 and Aquaman 2 gearing up for release next year, it's going to be a big 2022 for Dolph Lundgren. To add to his busy promotional schedule, he will also be appearing in the World War II thriller Operation Seawolf and the animated sequel Minions: The Rise of Gru. His renaissance on the silver screen is well-earned, considering that the actor has devoted himself to entertaining audiences, appearing in nearly 100 titles across his career. Source: Dolph Lundgren View the full article
  17. Over the past decades, hundreds of popular ‘pirate’ sites have come and gone. This includes the likes of isoHunt, ExtraTorrent, and KickassTorrents. These shutdowns have a serious impact but, as time passes, estranged users eventually move on. The same can’t be said for all anti-piracy organizations. Hunting Pirate Ghosts As it turns out, sites that have long disappeared are still seen as a ‘threat’. That is, judging from the takedown notices they send to Google. While browsing through the Lumen Database this week we spotted a takedown notice targeting NYAA.se, for example. While the NYAA brand is still used today by a different operation, the original NYAA.se site shut down more than four years ago. At the time of writing Google no longer indexes any NYAA.se URLs. However, that doesn’t stop takedown notices from coming in. This unusual request prompted us to take a deeper dive into the matter to see if other dead sites are still alive in anti-piracy circles. We didn’t have to look very far to get confirmation. KickassTorrents and ExtraTorrent Five years ago marked a turbulent time for the torrent ecosystem as some of the top sites were taken offline. This includes KickassTorrents, which was shut down following a criminal investigation from US law enforcement. At the time, the site was operating from KAT.cr which immediately went offline. While someone else picked up the domain name after it expired, the site never returned in its original form. When we look through Google’s DMCA takedown database, however, it’s clear that anti-piracy organizations still see a threat. The domain was targeted in dozens of requests this year, filed by multiple reporting agencies. This includes the one below that came in this week. We see a similar pattern for ExtraTorrent.com, which decided to go offline in 2017, a few months after KickassTorrents disappeared. While Google no longer indexes any ExtraTorrent links after all these years, new takedown requests continue to come in. Defunct Pirate Bay Domains We can repeat these findings for pretty much every prominent piracy site that shut down in recent years. Not just that, it also works for domain names that were suspended or abandoned, including those of The Pirate Bay. Thepiratebay.se domain, for example, was previously the main domain of the notorious torrent site. After a legal battle, it was eventually handed over to the Swedish police in 2017. However, hundreds of new takedown notices come in for this domain every month. While the reported links lead nowhere, the anti-piracy groups may have a better reason here, as there are still several ancient Thepiratebay.se links indexed by Google’s search engine. How Far Can We Go Back Google only started reporting its takedown requests ten years ago so we can’t go back indefinitely. However, we can certainly go beyond 2016, starting with FilesTube, which once was the top target for Google takedown notices. FilesTube transformed itself into a legal platform in 2014 and later it disappeared completely. Today, takedown notices for FilesTube are rare, but we were still able to spot six separate reports this year. The most recent one was filed last month. If we go back yet another year, we arrive at 2013, when Hollywood took down Hotfile and isoHunt, which many considered to be pirate sites as well. After roughly eight years, anti-piracy groups haven’t forgotten about these two either. Both continue to be targeted occasionally. For example, just this week Google was asked to remove an isoHunt.com URL from its search engine, which probably hasn’t been indexed for over half a decade. The main question we have is why these sites are still being reported? It’s clear that reporters don’t always confirm that the links are actually live. We will ask some of the reporting agencies to shed a light on this, so perhaps we’ll find out more on that in the near future. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  18. A prolific live performer and session musician, Tutt also worked with Billy Joel, Neil Diamond, Jerry Garcia, and many others in his six-decade careerView the full article
  19. From Get Out to Us, Jordan Peele has taken on directing his share of horror films about racism. Up next? A biopic about Prince that turns into a horror film about racism. That is, if you're watching Saturday Night Live. During a sketch on the latest SNL, Kenan Thompson, Rami Malek, and surprise guest Daniel Craig each audition to earn the starring role in Peele's (Chris Redd) pretend film. At first, the competition is only between Thompson and Malek — playing themselves — as they're asked to have a "Prince-off." Redd has them each act out things like Prince stepping on a Lego brick or getting hit with a football. Thompson earns the role because Malek is not Black, but when Craig enters the room it flips. Craig is dressed as a prince, not the Prince, and he still takes the role from Thompson. This is because, after all, Craig is (was) James Bond. This isn't Craig's first time on SNL — he hosted the show in 2020, and his appearance turned into a legendary meme. His latest, and final, film as James Bond, No Time to Die, is in theaters now. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Mashable/~4/x9xht2ckhqEView the full article
  20. Saturday Night Live's latest Weekend Update segments were highlighted by some actually-strong one-liners about COVID-bearing bats and, unexpectedly, trickle-down economics. But Chris Redd's appearance cast a shadow over all of it. It's not just his rant wanting to know who the hell drive blimps, though that part is hilarious. It's also not his incisively funny take on angry people overreacting to a bisexual Superman. The bit that really lands is when Redd is forced to face an off-the-cuff comment he made on a Feb. 2020 Weekend Update, where he declared — in a very poorly aged attempt at humor — "Black people can't get the coronavirus!" To his credit, Redd is a great sport about the whole thing. He's also a gifted comedic talent who doesn't always get his due. So watch, and be entertained. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Mashable/~4/5t3NbZvfcG8View the full article
  21. Travis Barker sat in on drums, while Gunna and Nate Ruess joined Thug on the latter trackView the full article
  22. There's nothing like a good Saturday Night Live earworm, especially when it's Pete Davidson (and his uncanny lookalike Rami Malek) doing the singing. This absolute winner of a musical comedy sketch finds Davidson and Malek crooning a heartfelt country number about loss, desperation, and a homicidal game show popularized by Netflix. Yup, it's time for the inevitable marriage of classic country music tropes and... Squid Game? It works. It works so well! You'll be humming this tune in your head long after the sketch is over. And probably firing up the old Netflix app to find out just how much of the over-the-top bloodletting seen here is a reflection of the actual series. (All of it. This is Squid Game.) http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Mashable/~4/o4Wrf_9_W5MView the full article
  23. Grab your magnifying glass and get ready to investigate as Mashable uncovers Big/Little Mysteries. Who doesn't like a good fictional detective? The genre, which sprang out of nowhere in the 19th century, has become arguably our most enduringly popular over the last 120 years. Sherlock Holmes spawned armies of imitators, many with quirks as curious as his coke habit. The amateur sleuth begat the PI, the superhero detective, and more police inspectors, pathologists and lieutenants than you can shake a rumpled trenchcoat at. Personally, my tolerance for detective fiction is limited. I can take a story or an episode at a time — but in a binge watch or binge read, the unreality of endless mysteries leaves me cold. How many murders are taking place in this sleepy town? What grim dystopia is this, with crime rates far higher than our real-world average? Why we love paranoia-inducing stories about nice people turning out to be stone-cold killers: this itself is a mystery. But hey, since we're apparently never going to lose the cultural obsession, why not lean in and celebrate the bload-soaked ridiculousness of it all? What follows is a kind of fictional detective Olympics. Here we award medals to the meddling kids and other gumshoes who achieved the most unrealistic superlatives: worked for the most decades, solved the most cases, found themselves dealing with the most inexplicably large body count over their inexplicably long careers. Using the little grey cellsWe examined dozens of beloved and historically important detectives from TV, movies, books and comics over the last 180 years. Our definition of detective: a main character who investigates crimes. Yes, Batman fans, this includes the superhero who got his start in Detective Comics and styles himself the "world's greatest detective;" whether his Olympic performance lives up to the hype remains to be seen. Where a detective is popular in multiple media, which is pretty much all of the heavy hitters, we've entered the version with the most stories or episodes into consideration. (For example, Agatha Christie wrote 88 novels, plays and short stories featuring Hercules Poirot, which beats the 77 episodes of the Poirot TV show.) But let's begin at the beginning, with a winner you've probably never heard about. The first detectivesGold medal: C. Auguste Dupin (1841). Silver: Sherlock Holmes (1880). Bronze: Father Brown (1910). Timeline featuring a sample of our contenders: Detective books and shows are a mostly 20th-century phenomenon. Credit: BOb Al-Greene / Mashable Sorry, Sherlockians. Arthur Conan Doyle may have created the best-known detective in history (with 60 stories and novels to his name, plus dozens of TV adaptations and movies), but an American author got there first. Edgar Allan Poe wrote his short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" in 1841, in which a Frenchman named C. Auguste Dupin methodically solves the grisly killings of a mother and daughter in a room that was locked from the inside. That plot isn't the only element that sounds like it was ripped from today's crime dramas: there are also clueless police officers, a wrongful arrest, and a twist ending. (Spoiler alert: An orangutan did it.) These days, Poe's pilot would have networks scrambling to pick it up for a full season. As it was, he penned just two more Dupin tales before he died. But the stories influenced Conan Doyle, as well as fellow Victorian author G.K. Chesterton, who created the crime-solving Catholic priest Father Brown (53 stories, expanded to 80 by a BBC adaptation in 2012). What's way before Watson? Brother Cadfael (left, played by Derek Jacobi in the ITV adaptation) Credit: ITV PLC Honorable mention: Shout-out to Cadfael, a murder-solving monk from the 12th century. He's far from the first in our world (Historian Edith Pargeter, writing as Ellis Peters, created him in 1977). But he is first in the fictional timeline of detectives, beating Friar William of Baskerville (played by Sean Connery in The Name of the Rose) by all of two centuries. Longest detective careers, immortal character category The Hardy Boys in their very first adventure, 1927. Franklin Dixon is a pseudonym for many authors over the years. Credit: penguin group Gold medal: Frank & Joe Hardy (94 years). Silver: Nancy Drew (91 years). Bronze: Dick Tracy (90 years). Here's the first event where you might expect Batman, created 82 years ago and still not looking a day over 30, to romp to victory. Bad news, Bats: There are four detectives as ageless as you, who started life before you did, and have also been solving crimes constantly ever since. Some small consolation for Bruce Wayne: he comes in fourth rather than fifth, because two of the characters ahead of him are effectively joined at the hip. We speak of course of the Hardy Boys, those forever adolescent sleuths from the fictional town of Bayport. Their multiple book series' began in 1927, and haven't slowed down since; even in the 21st century, Hardy Boys adventures sell more than a million copies a year. Nancy Drew was created by the same publisher in 1930, and has also starred in endless books, some of them co-starring her elder crime-fighting brethren. But Nancy was no mere knock-off. She went on to appear in more TV and movie adaptations than the relatively bland brothers, and became far more of a cultural icon. And then there's Dick Tracy, the daily comic strip character created by Chester Gould in 1931. One of the earliest fictional police detectives, Tracy was created as an homage to real-life Chicago investigator Eliot Ness. But he soon became known for his array of crime-fighting technology, years before Batman arrived on the scene. And as if to rub it in the Caped Crusader's face, Tracy's most famous gadget actually anticipated the future. That two-way wristwatch radio is very Apple Watch. Longest detective careers, mortal category Retired and loving it: David Suchet, the longest-running Poirot on screen. Credit: lwt / photoshot / getty images Gold medal: Hercules Poirot (59 years). Silver: Sherlock Holmes (34 years). Tied for bronze: Philip Marlowe and Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins (29 years). Sometimes, fictional detectives actually grow old and die — even when their age stretches beyond the bounds of reason. Case in point: Hercules Poirot. Agatha Christie's fastidious Belgian investigator first appeared in The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920 but set in 1916. A World War I refugee, Poirot was already supposed to be retired at this point. But he went on to assist the British police (and to solve murders whenever he went on vacation, on the Orient Express, on the Nile) for decades in real time until the publication of Curtain in 1975, where Christie finally killed off the detective she'd come to loath. "What a mistake I made there," the author said of Poirot's first retirement, admitting that it made him well over 100 years old at his death. At least Christie wasn't forced to bring her creation back. That was famously the fate of Conan Doyle, who bowed to public pressure and brought Sherlock Holmes back after sending him to his apparent death at Reichenbach Falls in 1893. Holmes would go on to investigate cases through His Last Bow, a series of stories set during his retirement. Though we never see Holmes' actual death, His Last Bow ends in 1914. We also never saw the ends of our bronze medalist book detectives, Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe and Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins. Mosley, at least, is still alive, and once suggested he'd bring Rawlins' story (which so far covers 1939 through 1968) closer to the present day. If he does, Rawlins — America's most famous African American detective — could slide past Marlowe in the longevity stakes, moving up to challenge the most famous detective of all. Munch and Benson: Longest careers, TV detective subcategory. Credit: Will hart / NBC universal Honorable mentions: On the television side of detective life, we must give shout-outs to Olivia Benson and John Munch. The two stars of the Law & Order franchise have recently become the longest-lasting prime-time TV characters of all time. Benson wins, with an astonishing 505 episodes to her credit since she first hit our screens in 1999. Meanwhile, the Baltimore-based Munch (370 episodes) has the distinction of appearing in more series than any other detective ever. He began in Homicide in 1993, and now you can catch him in shows as varied as The Wire, X-Files and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Most murders, big city category "Excuse me, Mr. Olympic Judge, just one more thing. Are you aware that your gold medalist ... is a killer?" Credit: NBCUniversal via Getty Images Gold medal: Dexter Morgan (138). Silver: Lt. Frank Columbo (92). Bronze: Adrian Monk (82). Again, Batman should romp to victory in this category. He's been around for roughly 2,500 issues in various comic book titles; even if the average is way less than one murder per issue, there must have been many hundreds of killings coming to the Dark Knight's attention in Gotham during all that time. But any judge of a fictional detective Olympics will run into a couple of problems here. The first is that Batman has been rebooted enough times in the comics (in 1956, 1986 and 2011, we literally started following alternate universe Bruce Waynes) that you're not sure which Batman we're dealing with. The second is that no reader, to our knowledge, has ever take on the daunting task of reading every Batman comic and counting the number of murders. The same holds true for Batman rival Dick Tracy and his decades of appearances. So until a comics nerd can come forward and give us definitive body counts, we are reluctantly forced to disqualify them both. In their absence, the gold medal goes to a vigilante detective who's actually creating the body count himself: Dexter. (The character is about to return to Showtime, so expect this number to climb.) Columbo racked up an impressive 92 murders solved in his decade on screen, and Monk comes in third with 82. Though given that Monk had less time on TV (7 years) and lived in San Francisco, which is smaller than Columbo's LA or Dexter's Miami, you could say Monk has solved the most city murders per capita. But, uh, just one more thing. Neither of them hold a candle to the most blood-soaked TV detective of all time, a resident of the tiny fictional Maine town of Cabot Cove. Most murders, small town category Don't let the smile fool you. Jessica Fletcher has solved more confirmed killings than any other detective, real or fictional. Credit: CBS via Getty Images Gold medal: Jessica Fletcher (274). Silver: Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby (210). Bronze: Father Brown (71). Step forward to receive your medal, Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury), star of Murder She Wrote. In fact, we could easily give her two gold medals. The 274 slayings she solved over 268 episodes isn't just a TV record. It's also a per capita record. Cabot Cove has a mere 3,500 residents, which according to one calculation, gives it a murder rate more than twice that of the most murderous countries in the world. Solving this many murders in a small town likely puts Fletcher ahead of any other detective in the world, living or dead, real or fictional. She has a good claim to be the world's greatest murder detective. Which begs an unsolved mystery that was occasionally, briefly referenced in the show: how come all these murderers tend to congregate around Fletcher, anyway? As for the unknown Batman and Dick Tracy murder numbers: Gotham is said to have 10 million residents, and Chicago has nearly 3 million, so even thousands of deaths over those series' would not make their locations as deadly per year as Cabot Cove, 1984-2003. The silver medal goes to the star of Midsomer Murders, a UK show little known in the U.S. outside of hardcore PBS viewers. Technically, it has starred two consecutive detectives — but since Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby's successor was Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby, his cousin, we're going to give them a Hardy Boys-style pass. Midsomer has been on TV for 24 years and still going strong, which should give the Barnaby boys time to catch up to Fletcher's total body count. Another case of cloning: The 'Inspector Morse' series (right) was replaced on TV by a prequel about his younger years, 'Endeavour' (left) Credit: ITV PLC Midsomer is a fictional county roughly the size of Oxfordshire. Which, as we saw in the multiple Inspector Morse series, was pretty murdery in itself. Again, Morse is mostly known to the PBS crowd — but as a student in Oxford during the years he was most active on British TV, I can confirm that there are not that many Oxford professors mysteriously falling from bell towers. Midsomer was clocked at murder rates three times higher than the Oxfordshire average. Ultimately, the case of Cabot Cove and Midsomer's 2.6 murders per episode are prime examples of the strange inversion of detective fiction: the more charmingly rural a location, the more likely it is to kill you. This is why, if you ever enter the alternate universe of murder mysteries and get invited to a country estate for the weekend, you should run as far away as possible. Team event The LA PI: Denzel Washington as Watts' own Easy Rawlins in "Devil in a Blue Dress" (1995.) Credit: sony pictures Gold medal: Los Angeles. Silver: New York City. Tied for bronze: London, San Francisco and Miami. It wouldn't be an Olympics without the opportunity for team sports. When applied to detective fiction, this raises the question: Which city has the largest number of famous fictional detectives? There's no question about the answer: It's Los Angeles, home of the hardboiled. Columbo, Marlowe and Rawlins all ply their trade in the city of angels, as do Perry Mason, Jim Rockford (The Rockford Files) and Alex Delaware (hero of the Jonathan Kellerman novels). New York City can be proud of its strong showing too, with Olivia Benson and fellow Law & Order franchise star Robert Goren leading the charge alongside other famous fictional detectives like Jessica Jones. London (Holmes, Poirot), Miami (Dexter, Crockett & Tubbs) and San Francisco (Sam Spade, Adrian Monk) had two famous fictional detectives each in our list, so we're giving them all bronze medals. Each location could make the argument that they deserve more detectives included, but let's leave that debate to the next fictional detective Olympics. In the meantime, let's give a special global Olympics commendation to Mma Precious Ramotswe of Botswana, star of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series over the last 23 years. She's the hardest-working detective who doesn't work the mean streets of the U.S. or Europe. And sure, let's give a shout-out to that one lonely contender waving the flag for somewhere called Gotham City. He really did try his hardest. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Mashable/~4/beOvkk3pQRsView the full article
  24. Another week, another case of the National Football League stumbling over attempts to explain and address the deep-rooted bigotry of one of its top names. By now, most of us know that former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is out of a job because he couldn't keep his hateful opinions on women referees, gay players, and racial justice protests to himself. It's been headline news all week. That's what led Saturday Night Live to ditch some rather obvious political targets in favor of a cutting takedown of the NFL for its latest cold open. While the chaos of this mock press conference is littered with reminders of the NFL's "we'll deal with it when it's news" strategy for addressing the toxic leadership issues of individual teams, the inevitable appearance of Colin Kaepernick (Chris Redd) is the sharpest because of the brutal contrast it draws. Here was a talented young quarterback who got pushed out of a career in sports when he used his very public platform to say something meaningful about racial injustice in the United States. All while management dipshits like Gruden — don't fool yourself into thinking he's alone here — snickered behind Kaepernick's back as the NFL held a torch to his career in pro football. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Mashable/~4/CbpWb_JSvtgView the full article
  25. The title of the debut album from AREA21 has been revealed — Greatest Hits Volume 1, due out November 12. The duo of Martin Garrix and Maejor has released 13 tracks to-date, including yesterday’s new single, “Own The Night.” The tracklist for the album will be revealed soon, but based solely on the title, we can safely assume that it will include their latest singles with updated track art (noticeable on Spotify), as well as possibly some of their earliest tracks? We’ll have to wait and see. As for “Own The Night,” it’s come with a new music video, the latest in a series of music and visual releases detailing the adventures of alien travelers, M & M. The alien duo have found their way to Hollywood and, as portrayed in the video, are struck by the many masks that humans put on to conform to society’s norm. The track is incredibly catchy, but also carries a sense of social awareness, which is exactly what AREA21 are trying to transmit through their music. The CD pre-sale link for the album is now live at AREA21’s official merch store HERE. Check out the video for “Own The Night” below. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: AREA21’s Debut Album To Be Titled ‘Greatest Hits Volume 1,’ Release New Single View the full article
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