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Morning, folks! Not much in the way of videos caught my eye lately, but the following crew struck me as particularly toothsome. First up, LeVar Burton being LeVar Burton.
Next up, libraries that circulate more than books. Things like . . . pelts! Cause where else are you gonna find a beluga vertebrae on such short notice.
Thanks to Kate for the link.
I’m not particularly familiar with illustrator Sydney Smith, so it was rather nice to see this piece on using stencils to illustrate.
Thanks to 100 Scope Notes for the link.
Hard to keep track of all the movies coming out in the future but here’s one that has my interest. Sort of similar in some ways to what they did to Bridge to Terabithia.
As for today’s off-topic video, if your Thanksgiving is anything like mine then it consists of a bit of “Have you seen this YouTube video?” “No. Have you seen this one?” This was one of the more successful ones I saw. I don’t know if you’re an Adele fan or not. I just find it rather charming.
Here’s more from The Wrap: “The newest trailer delves deep into the backstories of each of the team members and their adventures through time. Darvill’s character, Rip Hunter, gets particular focus as he’s the man who assembles the eight-member team in order to stop Vandal Savage (Casper Crump), a supervillain who takes over the whole planet unless they go back in time and stop him.”
The cast includes actors Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, Franz Drameh as Jay Jackson, Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold, Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein, and Caity Lotz as Sara Lance. The premiere episode is scheduled to air on Jan. 21, 2016. (via Tor.com)
Marvel Entertainment has unleashed the first trailer for the Captain America: Civil War.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the plot “was inspired by the seven-part storyline written by Mark Millar in 2006-07 which pitted heroes against heroes in a crossover event that had the entire world of characters choosing up sides behind either Captain America or Iron Man. That happens in this movie, too, with veteran characters Black Widow, Falcon, Hawkeye, Ant-Man, and Scarlet Witch, among others, taking up arms against each other.”
Paramount Pictures has unveiled a second trailer for The Big Short film adaptation. The video embedded above features scenes with Brad Pitt as Ben Hockett, Christian Bale as Michael Burry, Ryan Gosling as Greg Lippmann, and Steve Carell as Mark Baum.
Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “The actors are positioned as the collective David against Goliaths like Merrill Lynch, Chase and Lehman Brothers…Adam McKay directed the The Big Short, based on Michael Lewis’ book that chronicles the 2008 financial collapse following the mortgage loan crisis.”
Rapper Nicki Minaj (pictured, via) recently recited the verses of another: the famous poem “Still I Rise” by the lateMaya Angelou. Follow this link to read the poem in its entirety.
The video embedded above features the hip hop artist’s performance at an A&E television special called Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America. Click here to watch a video with Angelou’s own reading of “Still I Rise.” (via BuzzFeed)
Netflix has unleashed the first teaser for season two of Marvel’s Daredevil series on Twitter. The video embedded above offers glimpses of a new “watering hole” in Hell’s Kitchen.
Actors Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, and Elden Henson have signed on to reprise their roles as Matt Murdock, Karen Page, and Foggy Nelson. Two new members of the cast include Elodie Yungas Elektra Natchios and Jon Bernthalas The Punisher.
Design & Trend reports that the second full season of episodes will be posted online in 2016. Follow this link to watch a sizzle reel for Matt Murdock.
Marvel Entertainment has unleashed the first teaser for season two of Agent Carter. The video embedded above offers glimpses of actress Hayley Atwell taking on the titular role.
According to Variety, “new cast additions for season two include Kurtwood Smith as Vernon Masters, a veteran of the War Department; Wynn Everett as Whitney Frost, a brilliant inventor and actress; Currie Graham as Whitney’s high-powered businessman husband Calvin Chadwick; and Lotte Verbeek as Ana Jarvis.” The premiere episode will air on Jan. 5, 2016. (via The Wall Street Journal)
Whitney Avalon has posted a new Princess Rap Battle video has been posted on her YouTube page. The video embedded above stars two children’s book heroines pitted against one another: Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy and Hermione Granger from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
The piece, set at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, also features cameos from headmaster Albus Dumbledore, Capitol escort Effie Trinket, and the Sorting Hat. Which fictional literary characters would you nominate to appear in future rap battles?
Few can deny the sheer significance of religious belief to human society, a topic of study that has provided much insight into how we lived previously, how we live today, and how we will live in the future. However, for what purpose, exactly, did religion originate?
Health care reform in the United States has promoted policies and practices that are evidence-based. Prevention, diagnoses, and treatment decisions are to be guided by the best available empirical evidence. Decisions about what treatments are to be provided are to be informed by findings of randomized, controlled, research studies when such evidence is available.
Half of November has passed which means National Novel Writing Month participants have hit the halfway point with an incredibly daunting writing challenge. Today’s NaNoWriMo Tip comes from a TED-Ed lesson: be confident.
The animated video embedded above offers three tips on how to boost one’s confidence. Over at the TED-Ed website, viewers can access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources.
This is our eleventh NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. To help GalleyCat readers take on the challenge of writing a draft for a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, we will be offering advice throughout the entire month.
So. Book trailers. I’ve seen my share. They are good. They are bad. Do they sell books? Probably some of them do, and considering how relatively cheap they are to produce it’s no wonder folks are encouraged to make them. But when you face facts, not all of them are winners. Very few, in fact, are worth watching.
Ladies and gentlemen . . . today’s video is worth watching.
Now I could just be saying that because I’m offering the premiere. But consider the evidence. The trailer is for a book by Kristen Kittscher, author of the critically-acclaimed middle grade mystery The Wig in the Window. Did you read The Wig in the Window, by any chance? If not, you’re in for a treat. Good mysteries for kids are enormously tricky to write, but that book was not only smartly conceived, but a hoot to boot. Now the sequel is on the horizon and things are looking good. Unless you’re this group of executives, that is. Then things are looking a bit more complicated:
My favorite line? “Guys! Cake!”
About Kristen: It’s no mystery why her middle grade debut, The Wig in the Window, was an Indie Bestseller, celebrated by School Library Journal (starred review), Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly, and was named to ten Best of Year lists, including “Best Books of the Year” by A Mighty Girl. Kristen is a graduate of Brown University, self-proclaimed “childhood spy,” and former 7th grade English teacher who wrote the book with her former students in mind. Kristen lives in Pasadena.
The Tiara on the Terrace:Inspired by the Tournament of Roses, get ready for parades, pageantry, suspense, and a hefty dose of hilarity as 7th grade spies Sophie Young and Grace Yang trade their high tops for high heels to investigate a deadly crime in this clever Miss Congeniality set in middle school! When the director of the Winter Sun Festival meets an untimely end, it’s up to our favorite savvy, wise-cracking sleuths to solve the case–before they become its next victims. Back by popular demand, this funny, fast-paced follow up to Kittscher’s acclaimed debut will thrill fans of the funny, clever humor and suspense in Pseudonymous Bosch and Gordon Korman’s books.
Disney has unveiled the second trailer for The Finest Hours. The video embedded above offers glimpses of actor Chris Pine playing a coast guard captain named Bernie Webber.
According to Deadline, the story comes from a nonfiction book with the same title written by authors Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias. This movie, helmed by filmmaker Craig Gillespie, will hit theaters on January 29, 2016. (via SlashFilm)