Doctor Who Fans Can Soon Watch The 12th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver
Jul16

Doctor Who Fans Can Soon Watch The 12th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver

Each summer, San Diego Comic-Con brings together the biggest names in comics, film and television — along with thousands of their fans — in celebration of the most beloved parts of pop culture and geekdom. Few shows are as universally adored among Comic-Con guests as Doctor Who, that long-running British program that chronicles the Doctor’s adventures through time and space. To give Doctor Who die-hards a special treat, The Wand Company has announced it would unveil its new Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote exclusively at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. According to DoctorWhoWatch.com, the sonic screwdriver remotes went on sale in limited-edition quantities at Comic-Con’s BBC America booth from July 8 through 12. For the rest of the world, these remotes will go on sale to the general public in September. While The Wand Company has previously made remotes that resembled the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors’ sonic screwdrivers, the company decided to make a version based off the Twelfth Doctor’s sonic screwdriver in response to requests from fans. While Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor technically still uses the exact same Sonic as his predecessor, the Twelfth Doctor remote is able to extend like the on-screen model does. The Twelfth Doctor’s remote comes with a vertical stand and is programmed with 12 Morse-coded Twelfth Doctor phrases and 12 sound effects. And, of course, it’s a fully-functioning television remote that actually works; the remote can store up to 39 programmed commands, Digital Spy reported. Even if it weren’t a remote, reports are saying it’s so well-crafted that it would make a great piece of show memorabilia for Doctor Who fans to have. Television viewers across the country use an incredible 335 million remotes to access their favorite shows — but why settle for an ordinary remote when you could control your television with your very own sonic screwdriver? It might not be able to open locked doors, track alien life or destroy a Weeping Angel, but it’s still pretty...

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Amy Schumer Talks Feminism, Comedy, and Cellulite with ‘Glamour’
Jul15

Amy Schumer Talks Feminism, Comedy, and Cellulite with ‘Glamour’

Glamour magazine interviewed Amy Schumer for the upcoming August 2015 issue, and the comedian had plenty to say on the subject of women’s bodies — including her own. Schumer is known for her sketch show on Comedy Central, Inside Amy Schumer. The magazine released some excerpts of her interview to give readers a snippet of what she had to say on the subjects of love, humor, and her body. Most notably, she pointed out a serious double standard when it comes to men’s and women’s looks. “For women, we’re taught to eat less until we disappear. And trained to believe that if you don’t look like everyone else, then you’re unlovable,” Schumer said. “And men are not trained that way. Men can look like whatever and still date a supermodel.” Schumer also commented that she’s proud of her feminist message and doesn’t shy away from that particular “f-word.” “I don’t try to be feminist,” she said. “I just am. It’s innately inside me.” In particular, she pointed to her message of body positivity. “I think it’s good to see somebody saying, ‘I have a belly, and I have cellulite, and I still deserve love,” she commented in her interview. An estimated 98% of all women have cellulite, which leads many to consider using different treatments, from topical lotions to laser cellulite removal. Schumer isn’t the only body-positive woman to appear on a magazine cover this month. ESPN previewed the six different covers of its “Body Issue” online last week, and American track and field hammer thrower Amanda Bingson showed off her figure in one edition. The annual special issue shows athletes with different body types to promote diversity in the sports world. The athlete, who said her weight fluctuates between 210 and 215 pounds, received an outpouring of support from readers, who liked Bingson’s message about loving herself at any size. “I’ll be honest, I like everything about my body,” Bingson said in her interview. “You might be prettier and skinnier than me, but I’ll kick your ass in a game of one-on-one.” And that’s a message that Schumer, too, has embraced in her comedy. At the Glamour U.K. Women of the Year Awards, she commented (in somewhat crude terms) that she weighed about 160 pounds, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t get a man to sleep with her. The Glamour issue, with Schumer on the cover, hit newsstands on July 14; Trainwreck, starring Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, comes out in theaters the same week on July...

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Nuns ‘Roar’ Over Katy Perry’s Attempt to Buy Their Convent
Jul03

Nuns ‘Roar’ Over Katy Perry’s Attempt to Buy Their Convent

Katy Perry may be one of the top selling pop stars in the world, but she may need divine intervention if she wants to get a particular piece of luxury real estate in Los Angeles. The singer reportedly signed a $14.5 million deal with Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez to buy a home that once served as a convent for the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Yet the nuns say that already sold the hilltop, villa-style property two weeks ago for $15.5 million to a restaurateur. At one time, there were as many as 52 nuns living in the home. But after the diocese moved most of them to other locations, only five nuns remain at the convent, and they believe that the property is theirs to own and sell. Perry tried to convince the owners that she should have the property, even meeting with the sisters and singing the gospel song “Oh Happy Day” to them. Some of the sisters were impressed, but Sister Rita Callahan wasn’t swayed by the Katy Perry she saw on the internet. “Well, I found Katy Perry and I found her videos and… if it’s all right to say, I wasn’t happy with any of it,” the sister told the Los Angeles Times. Although she’s now known for songs like “I Kissed a Girl” and “Roar,” Perry’s first album had actually been filled with contemporary Christian songs. There’s no word on exactly what Perry will do if her offer on the home is approved. Chances are the property will need extensive updates of everything from custom bathroom vanities to a kitchen island; the latter feature is preferred by 61% of Americans surveyed. The issue is further complicated because the diocese didn’t approve the initial sale by the nuns, which was a formal agreement. On May 20, the nuns agreed to sell the convent to Dana Hollister, who plans to turn the large building into a hotel, restaurant and bar. Meanwhile, the diocese says the agreement is void and seems more interested in letting Perry have the property for $1 million...

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Buffalo’s Canalside Offers Various Summer Attractions to the City
May28

Buffalo’s Canalside Offers Various Summer Attractions to the City

The summer season at Buffalo’s Canalside will officially commence on Saturday. The Buffalo News reports that the city’s Canalside attraction, a development that took years to organize and build, is finally underway for the summer season. City officials hope that Canalside will revitalize the downtown area and provide Western New York residents something fun to do in the city. “Those who said Buffalo doesn’t have a waterfront to be proud of can now say we have an extraordinary waterfront,” said Sam Hoyt, a board member of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. (ECHDC), the organization responsible for Canalside. “Especially when you look at where we were seven or eight years ago, when the canals and HarborCenter were a vacant lot.” Among Canalside’s attractions are ice cream vendors, craft beer, bicycle rentals, and small shows and venues. The canals themselves are an 18-each deep pool filled with more than 487,000 gallons of water. They used to serve as an ice-skating rink in the winter. “We want to appeal to the masses, and make this a fun place to come down,” said Tom Dee, the President of ECHDC. “I expect this will be a destination for office workers to also come and hang out.” One especially exciting activity at Canalside is boat racing. Remote-controlled model boats can be raced in the canals. Though the miniature sailboats are wind rather than power-driven, the operators can control them by moving the boat’s rudder and sail. “It’s old-time sailing,” said John Barbieri, the Director of Project Development for model boat company Freeze Frame. “It takes a very specific location to make this worthwhile operationally, and fun for everybody, and this area exceeded our expectations.” Outside of the water, the Canalside features a sea-themed playground with two spacious picnic pavilions. The playground includes a tube slide, climbing tubes, and a balancing bar, and is all surrounded by soft rubber matting for safety. In addition, it features a landscaping design that vary the topography and masks the unsightly parking lots nearby. The landscaping services industry in the United States is considerably large, generating an estimated $80 billion by the end of this...

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Advertisers Making Big Splashes as They Abandon the Sinking Ship of 19 Kids and Counting
May27

Advertisers Making Big Splashes as They Abandon the Sinking Ship of 19 Kids and Counting

Advertisers have made some serious waves upon abandoning the sinking ship that was TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” as they not-so-subtly pull their advertising. Social media marketing is a powerful advertising tactic. In fact, about 47% of marketers believe Facebook is a necessary tool for brand advertisement. So rather than quietly pulling its advertising, Walgreens announced its stance via social media on the subject of Josh Duggar, an alleged child molester who appears on the show. The former sponsor wrote in a Facebook post, “In the wake of recent news, we are no longer advertising on the ’19 Kids and Counting’ program.” They weren’t the only ones, either. Choice Hotels International and Payless ShoeSource both publicly announced they were jumping ship, also, using Twitter as their medium. “We share your concerns and we have decided to remove our advertising from the show,” tweeted Choice Hotels International in response to a question from a follower, who asked if the chain wanted to be associated with child sex abuse. “Our ads ran during this show as part of a larger buy w/ TLC,” explained Payless ShoeSource in a tweet. “We are taking steps to have them removed from future episodes.” The debacle began when In Touch magazine obtained a police report, revealing that Duggar family patriarch Jim Bob had waited over a year to contact police after his son, Josh, confessed to sexually molesting several female minors when he was a teenager. A day later, TLC pulled all episodes following the report. The network has not, however, commented on whether or not it will decide to cancel the program. Although last October, TLC did cancel another of its programs, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” shortly after allegations surfaced that the series’ matriarch, “Mama June” Shannon, had rekindled a romantic relationship with a man convicted of molesting her own children. With a strong stance already having been taken on a similar matter, and the utter abandonment of sponsors, it seems likely that “19 Kids and Counting” has in fact counted its last...

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Kansas Woman Paints Her Garage, Infuriates Neighbors By Doing So
May13

Kansas Woman Paints Her Garage, Infuriates Neighbors By Doing So

Is it still graffiti if you’re painting on your own property? Bianca McCollough’s neighbors seem to think so. After McCollough, a graduate student from Olathe, KS, turned her garage door into an homage to vintage British comedy hallmark Monty Python, she was overjoyed at the end result. According to WNEM, McCollough turned to painting her garage door as a form of stress relief. “I let the inspiration take me and it took me to Monty Python,” she said. The painting, which depicts a man’s silhouette high-stepping across a background of blue and gold, references “The Ministry of Silly Walks,” one of Monty Python’s famous sketches. Now, the mural McCollough painted has grabbed the attention of the city of Olathe, after several of her neighbors complained the mural was ruining property values in their neighborhood. The city sent her a letter to demand she paint over the mural or remove it some other way, as her artwork was technically a violation of Olathe’s municipal code. I think that what we’re trying to do is balance the concerns of the property owners when it comes to their property values with her ability and her right to express herself,” said Erin Vader, a city employee. Nearly 70% of American say a garage’s organization (or lack thereof) is a reflection of its owner — it’s safe to say a garage’s exterior appearance matters just as much. In response to the city’s letter, McCollough hasn’t taken her mural down — in fact, she decided to paint another one on the side of her house itself, WNEM reports. The city of Olathe is currently reviewing its graffiti laws; in the meantime, McCollough said she plans on adding to her new mural until a final decision is made. “The whole reason I moved into a neighborhood without a homeowners association is because I don’t want people telling me what color my house should be,” she said. “But now I have the city trying to limit my freedom of expression, freedom of speech. Who are they to judge what is art and what is...

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