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V.24 No.43 | 10/22/2015

The Daily Word in Lego, Sexism, and the possible Alien mega-structure

The Daily Word

Another police brutality case, but this time there's actual consequences.

Learn about the feud between a Chinese artist and Lego.

Pintrest made it look so easy.

A Republican House Speaker is nominated.

Science takes a step away from sexism.

Two NASA astronauts start their first spacewalk today.

There may be new movies with the quality of Jem and the Holograms. Yay.

Scientists getting closer to learning the truth behind the possible Alien mega-structure.

V.21 No.36 | 9/6/2012

Film News

Cinematic Superheroes and Box Office Bozos

A look back at the winners and losers of summer 2012

The last day of summer hits Sept. 21. But for most folks, the season has a Memorial-Day-to-Labor-Day symmetry to it: 15 glorious weekends to luxuriate in swimming pools, ice cream trucks and air-conditioned movie theaters. For the box office, however, summer petered out weeks ago, coming to a dead stop the weekend after The Bourne Legacy got released and limping forward for another three weeks on cheap-ass horror movies (The Apparition, The Possession). So, now that it’s all over, who triumphed and what got marked as a tragedy in the dog days of 2012?

Winners:

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V.19 No.5 | 2/4/2010

We’ve Created a Monster

To no one’s surprise, the number one movie at this weekend’s box office was ... (wait for it) ... Avatar. The damn thing raked in $31.3 million in its seventh week in theaters. At this pace, the film is expected to become the highest grossing film of all time in the U.S. (beating Titanic’s $600.8 million) as early as Tuesday.

So, the question is, what is it gonna take to unseat this film from the number one spot? When is the moviegoing public going to buy tickets for something different? Will this weekend’s romantic comedy Dear John unseat Avatar? (Doubtful.) Will next weekend’s teen fantasy Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief do it? (Maybe.) How much longer can this phenomenon hold out?