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By Bufo Calvin | A geeky mix of pop culture, tech, and the weird world, from Bufo Calvin (of The Measured Circle blog and Bufo's Weird World)

Amazon Launches An Affordable Fire TV Stick Streamer With Added Alexa Voice Smarts

Amazon’s latest weapon in its bid to take control of our TVs is the new, improved Fire TV Stick. It’s a cheap, accessible streaming device with the company’s voice-recognition system Alexa baked in. The new Amazon Fire TV Stick sells for a little more than last year’s model but offers features the …

Amazon Echo

The 2017 Writers Guild Awards Give Well-Deserved Honors to Arrival, Moonlight, and Atlanta

<i>Arrival</i> was one of my personal favorite movies of the year, so it’s been great to see the movie clean up in awards nominations. However, <i>Arrival</i> …

The Predator: First look at cast of Shane Black's monster reboot

We may not know exactly what the titular extraterrestrial creature in filmmaker Shane Black’s franchise reboot <i>The Predator</i> is going to look like — but we do now have our first look at most of the film’s main (human) characters. Earlier Monday, Black posted on twitter a photograph of the <i>Nice Guys</i> …

Movies

Why so many ghosts?

All old cities have their tales of ghosts, djinns and the so-called paranormal activities and Delhi, a city that has been in existence for more then …

History

Radioactive, a Biopic Based on a Marie Curie Graphic Novel Finds Its Director

While a great many of us are fully aware of the great Marie Curie and her contributions to science, we’ve yet to see a feature film based on her life …

Anna Kendrick's Pitch Perfect 3 director teaches 'vagina' the verb

Anna Kendrick is learning a lot from her director on <i>Pitch Perfect 3</i>, Trish Sie — like how “vagina” can be used as a verb.<p>The actress took a break from filming the three-quel in Atlanta to chat with Seth Meyers on <i>Late Night</i> in New York on Monday, and she praised the filmmaker, who made a name for …

Movies

Leylines: From the old straight track to the Ghostbusters vortex

A few years ago, a paranormal investigator acquaintance who knew I was a geologist asked me what I thought about ley lines related to paranormal …

In Africa, locally produced comic books are starting to catch on

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Comics

Stephen Colbert joshes Uma Thurman for turning down Lord of the Rings role

Diehard <i>Lord of the Rings</i> fan Stephen Colbert couldn’t ignore one of Uma Thurman’s biggest “what ifs”: The <i>Kill Bill</i> star passed on playing Eowyn (a role that went to Miranda Otto) in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy all those years ago.<p>When Thurman appeared on <i>The Late Show</i> Monday night, the host didn’t …

Movies

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator to publish modern day Jane Eyre graphic novel

Aline Brosh McKenna, co-creator of <i>Crazy Ex-Girlfriend</i> and screenwriter of <i>The Devil Wears Prada,</i> will publish a graphic novel, <i>Jane,</i> that reimagines Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel <i>Jane Eyre</i>, EW can announce exclusively.<p>Illustrated by Eisner Award winner Ramón K. Pérez, <i>Jane</i> transposes our heroine to …

Literature

UFO becomes visible after it is hit by lightning and MORE

<b>PurpleSkyz</b><p>Admin<p>Posts : 55303<br>Join date : 2012-01-04<br>Location : Woodstock Nation<p>UFO becomes visible after it is hit by lightning strike – Video …

UFOs

UFO Analysts Battle over Accuracy of Sightings Analyses

UFO Researchers Battle over Accuracy of Sightings Analyses<p>One of the most famous UFO battles of the 20th century was the Battle of Los Angeles, which …

Mystery animal caught on film in Australia

A mysterious animal has been caught on a dash camera lurking around bushland in Australia. Video after the jump.<p>Posted by<p>The Crypto Blast at<p>7:00 AM

Lady Ev is one of a kind. #EmeraldCity https://t.co/WjN1mgVayk

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr collaborating on new music

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have been working like dogs together in the studio.<p>The surviving members of The Beatles took a photo together as they broke from collaborating on new material for Starr’s forthcoming album, EW has confirmed with the Liverpool native’s representative.<p>Starr, who played …

Music

Using Your Heartbeat as a Password

Your fingerprints. Your voice. The irises of your eyes. It seems that these days any part of your body can be used for biometric authentication—the …

Innovation

Prosecuting a Poltergeist: The Defamation Trial of the Curé of Cideville

<i>“These days, there are angry ghosts all around us – dead from wars, sickness, starvation – and nobody cares. So you say you’re under a curse? So</i> …

Gralien Report Daily News for February 21, 2017 - The Gralien Report

Here are today’s headlines…<p>Thanks to Mark Brady, Janet Fitzgerald and Lindsay Morrison for links in today’s roundup.

The UFO Trail

<b>Romanek Trial</b> <br>A Feb. 17 pre-trial conference in the case of Stan Romaek was postponed to Feb. 24 when prosecutors, defense attorneys, Romanek and …

Fish Girl creators talk writing mermaids and blending fantasy with reality

Reality gets a splash of fantasy in <i>Fish Girl</i>.<p>The middle grade graphic novel from three-time Caldecott medal winning illustrator David Wiesner (<i>Mr. Wuffles</i>) and Golden Kite-winning writer Donna Jo Napoli (<i>Stones in Water</i>), tells the story of Mira, a young mermaid who resides in a boardwalk aquarium, …

Mermaids

Mystery surrounds Europe radiation spike - Unexplained Mysteries

What could have caused the radiation spike ? Image Credit: Christian Fischer<p>An unexplained spike in radiation was picked up across a number of …

Remembering Nina Simone today, on her birthday. Her music inspired me, and her voice will always be in my head. https://t.co/Q0jTkD8Nzm

See the Coolest Movie & TV Toys at Toy Fair 2017

Chloë Grace Moretz Is Here to Break Your Heart in Brain on Fire Trailer

I don’t know about you but I thoroughly enjoy movies that make me feel like I’ve been continually running into a glass door, pain be damned. That’s …

Chloë Grace Moretz

The Anomalist - Cthulhu's flowers!

Pixelthreads: Final Fantasy XV‘s Fashion is Deceptively Simple

<b>Spoiler alert: this article contains minor spoilers for the latter half of Final Fantasy XV.</b><p>It took an entire decade of development before release, …