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  • Kullervo: Tolkien's fascination with Finland

    08/27/2015 4:43:56 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 13 replies
    On Thursday JRR Tolkien's early story The Story of Kullervo will be published for the first time. The dark tale reveals that Tolkien's Middle Earth was inspired not only by England and Wales… but also by Finland. "Hapless Kullervo," Tolkien called him. Kullervo, an orphan boy raised into slavery, a tragic hero who commits incest in the dark forests of Karelia and hurls himself on his own blade.
  • Vanity - WD Passport drive not compatible with Windows 10

    08/23/2015 7:17:44 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 47 replies
    I had to go back to W8.1 tonight because my passport drive was not compatible with W10. Unless I am doing something wrong. I check the WD website and it said it was not compatible. Has anyone else experienced this?
  • Bond girl Honor Blackman talks about turning 90, Sean Connery and her career highlight

    08/22/2015 7:20:08 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 42 replies
    She may be celebrating her 90th birthday but Bond girl Honor Blackman is not ready to slow down yet. Speaking to the Press Association from her house in Spain, she revealed she would still like to travel, watch more theatre and see more movies. Blackman found international stardom as Bond Girl Pussy Galore aged 38, alongside Sean Connery, in 1964′s Goldfinger.
  • Frederick Forsyth: Interview

    08/21/2015 7:58:23 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 16 replies
    In Frederick Forsyth’s eventful Forsyth began, as many journalists retelling of his life story, the thriller writer—famous for bestsellers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War, The Fourth Protocol and most recently The Kill List—reveals how penury first prompted his move into fiction writing, how he almost started the Third World War and what he really thinks of the BBC, for which he briefly worked as a reporter. Forsyth is a private man and his memoir is indicatively titled The Outsider. He dislikes publicity—even when his books are published—and says he had long resisted the offer...
  • Megan Fox And Brian Austin Green Separate After 5 Years Of Marriage – Report

    08/19/2015 2:56:11 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 83 replies
    Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green have reportedly separated after five years of marriage. Gossip Cop has reached out to reps, but did not immediately hear back. Us Weekly quotes an “insider” as saying, “Megan has separated from Brian.” The source further says, “They decided on it six months ago.” The magazine does not give a reason for the reported split, but cites another tipster, who claims “things have been rocky.”
  • Vanity - When will lawfare be used against Trump?

    08/17/2015 3:21:50 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 39 replies
    I am not endorsing Trump, I am on Cruz-control. But since both parties establishments want Trump out of the way, it looks like the more they trash him the more popular he becomes. The only option they have left is lawfare. Will it come from Gloria Allred or from DoJ? Predictions and comments.
  • The Future (As Predicted By Science Fiction)

    08/16/2015 8:10:42 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 35 replies
    Based on speculative fiction, the following visualization analyzes 62 'foretold' future events (social, scientific, technological, or political). Many are catastrophic, but, in the end - good news - in 802,701 the world will still exist and everything will be more or less ok... 62 'foretold' future events
  • THE HATEFUL EIGHT - Official Teaser Trailer - The Weinstein Company

    08/16/2015 7:50:14 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    THE HATEFUL EIGHT - Official Teaser Trailer - The Weinstein Company
  • Henry Cavill is super bad in ‘Man from U.N.C.L.E.’

    08/15/2015 10:48:10 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 44 replies
    Armie Hammer has given several of the worst performances in recent years — see, or rather don’t, “Mirror Mirror” and “J. Edgar.” The big surprise in “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” is that Henry Cavill is even worse. Much worse: Cavill gives the most slappable performance of the year as Napoleon Solo, a CIA agent who, in 1963 Europe, is forced to work with Russian counterpart Illya Kuryakin (Hammer) to help the daughter (Alicia Vikander) of a German atomic scientist stop neo-Nazis from acquiring the Bomb.
  • Seven dead, 300 hurt as huge blast hits China's Tianjin: reports

    08/12/2015 3:21:56 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 53 replies
    A massive explosion at a warehouse in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin killed seven people and sent a fireball ripping through the sky, state media reported Thursday. The blast, which could be felt kilometres (miles) away, was triggered when a shipment of explosives detonated in the container where it was being stored, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
  • A lost 'Lord of the Rings' story is about to be published (The Story of Kullervo)

    08/11/2015 6:27:40 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    A lost story set in the "Lord of the Rings" universe is about to see the light of day in a new book out later this summer. "The Story of Kullervo" is about the titular Kullervo, a boy sold into slavery who vows revenge on a cruel wizard who killed his father. Here's how the novel's Amazon listing describes it:
  • Frank Gifford, New York Giants legend and husband to Kathy Lee Gifford, dead at 84

    08/09/2015 11:59:08 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 94 replies
    Legendary New York Giants star Frank Gifford, the pro Football Hall of Famer who transferred smoothly to the announcers’ booth after retiring, died Sunday morning. He was 84.
  • Vanity - MI5 "Rogue Nation" Surprisingly Fun Ride

    08/02/2015 7:27:01 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 52 replies
    I know that there are a lot of Tom Cruise haters and yes, he is beginning to really show his age, however, if you can put these issues a side I think you would really enjoy this film. The plot involves a group called "the Syndicate" led by a mysterious man named Solomon Lane and a subplot emerges involving the CIA whose director, played by Alec Baldwin, is trying to shut down the IMF. The cast includes Ving Rhames, Jeremey Renner,Simon Pegg, Sean Harris, and the very beautiful Rebecca Ferguson, Jingchu Zhang and Hermione Corfield. There are the typical car...
  • SPECTRE: Will Radiohead Perform the Next Bond Theme? Place Your Bets!

    08/01/2015 7:27:34 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 10 replies
    We recently posted the betting odds for the artist who has been tapped to sing the new theme for Sam Mendes’ upcoming James Bond film, Spectre, but a new frontrunner has emerged. Apparently, an anonymous bettor wanted to place a £15,000 ($23,000) wager down on the English rock band Radiohead. (Mendes and Daniel Craig are both reported to be big fans, for what it’s worth.) That was a big enough chunk of change to necessitate a suspension of all betting on the Spectretheme by that particular bookie. And yet it’s clearly not going to stop the anticipation mounting for the 24th Bond film, which is due to open October 26th in...
  • Vanity - When did France hit rock bottom?

    07/26/2015 5:22:37 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    I am reading Day of Jackal, I had read it 30 years ago but in my re-reading I have realized that France, even though unstable politically, was run by competent individuals interested in securing the history and legacy of France. Charles de Gaulle might have a autocratic and I am opposed to such, but he is miles ahead of Francois Holland. When did France turn the corner for the worse? Was it the 70s?
  • Ellie Goulding hints she is singing Spectre theme

    07/16/2015 3:29:39 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 5 replies
    In a move that seemingly confirms rumours swirling around the upcoming Bond film Spectre, singer Ellie Goulding has tweeted a message quoting one of the series most iconic lines. Without further explanation the singer, who recently sang ‘Love Me Like You Do’ for the 50 Shades of Grey feature, tweeted out to her followers the simlpe message: ‘Live and let die’. The tweet has seen the internet erupt in rumours and speculation that this confirms that Goulding will take the mantle from Adele in helming the Spectre theme. The other former-frount-runner Sam Smith also recently admitted to Capital FM that...
  • Michael Masser, Composer Who Wrote Hits for Whitney Houston, Dies at 74

    07/14/2015 3:55:51 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 6 replies
    Michael Masser, a stockbroker-turned-composer whose lush melodies were recorded by Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack and many other star vocalists, died on Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 74.
  • Ennio Morricone to score 'Hateful Eight,' his first Western in 40 years

    07/12/2015 9:04:46 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 30 replies
    While “The Hateful Eight” nearly never saw the light of day after the script was leaked in January 2014, the film is now rounding into shape for a Christmas 2015 release. Quentin Tarantino and much of the cast -- including Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Dern -- descended on Comic-Con Saturday (July 11) to tease the flick and announce that legendary composer Ennio Morricone will score the film.
  • John Kerry 'hopeful' an Iran deal is near (deal to be announced tomorrow - AP)

    07/12/2015 7:09:08 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 52 replies
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said he is "hopeful" about the U.S. and the other world powers being able to reach a deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program. This followed a marathon series of meetings in Vienna on Saturday, including two sessions with the 6 allies and Iran -- one going to midnight. There were also separate sessions on Saturday between Kerry, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
  • Vanity - what are my rights as a homeowner in dealing with dogs and people parking in my drive?

    07/11/2015 5:00:11 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 95 replies
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  • Kid Rock tells Confederate flag protesters to 'kiss my a--'

    07/11/2015 5:08:07 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 26 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | First posted: Friday, July 10, 2015 12:57 PM EDT | Updated: Friday, July 10, 2015 01:08 PM EDT
    Rocker Kid Rock has refused to bow to pressure from activists calling for him to stop using the controversial Confederate flag in his shows. The All Summer Long hitmaker regularly uses the symbol on stage, but he has been asked to drop it from his act after Dylann Roof, the suspect accused of gunning down nine people in a South Carolina church in June, was pictured posing with the flag
  • Greek Referendum Polls Close: "No" Seen Ahead By Most With Over 51% Of The Vote

    07/05/2015 9:16:11 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 114 replies
    Zero hedge ^ | 07.05.15
    At 7pm local time the Referendum polls closed. Here is what the early exit polls predict: A poll by GPO on Mega TV gave 51.5% in favor of “no” and 48.5% in for “yes” Metron Analysis on Antenna TV showed “no” leading with 49% vs 46% for “yes” MRB on Star TV showed “no” leading with 49%-54% vs 46%-51% for “yes” Marc opinion poll for Alpha TV shows “no” ahead with 49.5%-54.5% vs 45.5%-50.5%
  • Vanity - Need recommendations for a good coffee maker

    07/04/2015 11:23:42 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 163 replies
    I just bought a place and I am not a huge fan of coffee, I use diet Mountain Dew to get me started in morning. I realize that if I am going to entertain a lady (or two) at my place I am going to have be able to serve coffee. My sisters are also big coffee drinkers, and if they visit me, of course, I am going to have to provide them with coffee. I am looking for a coffee maker that is not too expensive, I am interested in quality, but I do not want one that will...
  • Copa America 2015 Final preview: Start time, schedule..

    07/04/2015 10:37:42 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 1 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 07.04.2015
    The Copa America 2015 Final between Argentina and Chile takes place on Saturday, and both teams will be desperate to claim the win to end their long wait for international honors. Today's game takes place from Santiago, Chile with a kick off time of 4 p.m. ET.
  • Romney: Trump's immigration comments hurting GOP

    07/04/2015 10:22:15 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 193 replies
    KCCI ^ | 07.04.2015
    WOLFEBORO, New Hampshire (CNN) —Mitt Romney said Saturday that Donald Trump's comments on Mexico and undocumented immigrants have hurt the Republican Party, making the 2012 presidential nominee the latest Republican to slam the billionaire over his controversial remarks.
  • Box Office: ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ ‘Terminator Genisys’ No Match for ‘Inside Out,’ ‘Jurassic World’

    07/03/2015 6:20:44 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 39 replies
    Variety ^ | 07.03.2015
    Arnold Schwarzenegger and a team of male strippers are no match for a plucky pre-teen and the mighty Indominus rex. “Inside Out” and “Jurassic World” are racing ahead of newcomers “Magic Mike XXL” and “Terminator Genisys” in the lead-up to the July 4th holiday. The Disney and Pixar animated blockbuster about the emotional life of a young girl racked up $7.7 million on Thursday, bringing its North American haul to $216.1 million, while Universal’s dinosaur thriller added $6.9 million to its $527.2 million domestic haul.
  • Arrogant Cat Perfectly Blocks Girl’s Perfect Yoga Pose (Video at Link)

    07/03/2015 9:30:59 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 41 replies
    The cat even seemed to make an arrogant face like it knew what it was doing. Cats are funny creatures. Sometimes, it seems like we humans love them more than they love us back. Snoky Hootan was performing a difficult yoga handstand pose in front of her camera and was about to pull it off perfectly when her cat decided to sit right in front of the camera, completely blocking her from view.
  • ‘Terminator Genisys’ Review: Nonsense and Insensibility

    07/02/2015 4:31:06 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 34 replies
    Terminator Genisys” tries to squeeze blood from a corpse, and the ghastliness isn’t confined to its star. At least Arnold Schwarzenegger has clearly been assigned the task of comic relief as the guardian robot who is now called Pops by the heroine he was sent from the future to guard. The whole thing is moribund, notwithstanding vast spasms of action gibberish, and despite the intricacies of good and bad outcomes that have been plotted on alternate timelines. On an alternate line with a better outcome, this movie, which was directed by Alan Taylor, would never have been produced. Yet here...
  • COPAS AMERICAS SEMIS: Chile v Peru 06/29 (630pm EDT) and Argentina v Paraguay 06/30 (630pm EDT)

    06/29/2015 3:09:39 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 5 replies
    Chile vs Peru - June 29th 6:30pm EDT Argentina vs Paraguay - June 30th 6:30pm EDT
  • SCOTUS upholds the use of Death Penalty drugs

    06/29/2015 7:18:40 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 16 replies
    5-4.
  • 140 movie sequels currently in the works

    06/28/2015 6:28:08 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 53 replies
    Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming months. Without further ado... Read more:
  • Our letters policy on same-sex marriage - an explanation and an apology: John L. Micek

    06/27/2015 11:04:01 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 11 replies
    About 10 or 15 minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which made gay marriage legal across the country, including the 13 states that up until now had banned it, a colleague of mine walked into the PennLive newsroom. A smile lit up her face and there were tears in her eyes. Up until about 10 a.m. on Friday, my gay colleague sat on pins and needles, waiting to see if nine lawyers were about to throw the life and her and her partner into absolute upheaval. We embraced and I offered...
  • Vanity- Maybe the States can refuse to recognize any marriage

    06/27/2015 9:32:46 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 28 replies
    Maybe some of the States could pass legislation not recognizing any marriage. This would be in line the SCROTUS rulings. SCROTUS said that Homosexual marriage was protected under "equal protection". Therefore, if there is no provision for any marriage, it would be "equal protection".
  • US Supreme Court Issues and Opinions - 9:30am EDT (SCOTUS Blog to start at 9am) 6-25-15

    06/25/2015 3:41:45 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 206 replies
    US Supreme Court Issues and Opinions - 9:30am EDT (SCOTUS Blog to start at 9am) 6-25-15
  • Viral video: 7-Minute Miracle, the cleaning process of Japan's bullet train (Video at link)

    06/25/2015 3:38:26 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    Tokyo: A video showing the fast and meticulous cleaning process of Japan's Shinkansen bullet train, has gone viral on the internet with over 2.5 million views in the last few weeks. The video, titled "7-Minute Miracle," is shot by New York-based journalist Charli James and was posted by the Japanese government on its YouTube account.
  • College World Series Preview/Gamethread: Vanderbilt vs. Virginia for ALL THE MARBLES

    06/24/2015 3:16:32 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 7 replies
    Philip Pfeifer deserved better in what may have been his final start as a Vanderbilt Commodore. Bad luck and an ill-timed error at first base sent him off as the losing pitcher in yesterday's 3-0 Virginia win at the College World Series. Now, the two teams will play a Wednesday night rubber match that will decide the 2015 national champion. Clutch hitting and stingy pitching have defined this series so far. Both teams have used two-out rallies to crack otherwise unflappable starters en route to a victory. Vanderbilt struck first when Will Toffey broke open a 0-0 tie in the...
  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announces cancer diagnosis

    06/22/2015 1:08:31 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 26 replies
    cnn ^ | Mon June 22, 2015 | Tom LoBianco
    Gov Hogan has cancer may step down.
  • Jordan Spieth wins US Open (Second Major of the Year)

    06/21/2015 7:22:17 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 63 replies
    Dustin Johnson pared on the last hole giving Spieth the win.
  • Vanity - Is Pope Francis turning out to be 'Petrus Romanus'

    06/21/2015 12:08:09 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 25 replies
    Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oves in multis tribulationibus, quibus transactis civitas septicollis diruetur, & judex tremendus judicabit populum suum. Finis. I am generally skeptical of the St Malachy prophecy, but seemingly it appears to be coming fulfilled.
  • The Man with the Olden Gun

    06/20/2015 12:06:57 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 34 replies
    The Man with the Olden Gun: Sir Roger Moore reveals bid to bring back all the ex-James Bonds to star in a blockbuster together - but Sean Connery isn't keen. Seven time James Bond star Sir Roger Moore has revealed movie bosses are trying to shake-up the franchise by uniting all the men to have played 007 in one blockbuster film - but admitted Sir Sean Connery just can't be stirred. The screen icon has claimed producers are hoping to feature Sir Roger, Connery, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan together on screen in a Bond equivalent of The...
  • Will Damian Lewis Replace Daniel Craig as James Bond? Bookies Slash Odds

    06/16/2015 7:45:30 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 29 replies
    Rumors that Damian Lewis could become the next James Bond have forced U.K. bookmakers to slash their odds on him taking the role. Meanwhile, 007 production company Eon Productions has released behind-the-scenes footage of the opening sequence of the latest Bond film, “Spectre.” Odds on the former “Homeland” star stepping into Daniel Craig’s shoes have tightened from 25/1 to 3/1, according to Britain’s biggest bookmaker William Hill. The bookie’s favorite remains former “The Wire” and “Luther” star Idris Elba, who is 5/2. Other actors in the running include Tom Hardy (4/1), Henry Cavill (5/1), Michael Fassbender (7/1) and Orlando Bloom...
  • ‘Jurassic World’ Destroys Record for Global Box Office With $511 Million Debut

    06/14/2015 4:21:27 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 46 replies
    More than two decades after Steven Spielberg created a new era of the summer blockbuster with “Jurassic Park,” dinosaurs again ruled the Earth with “Jurassic World’s” $511.8 million worldwide opening — the best global rollout in history. It’s the first time a film has ever grossed more than $500 million in one weekend, and Universal and Legendary’s “Jurassic World” opened at No. 1 in all 66 foreign markets in which it debuted.
  • King John: the most evil monarch in Britain's history

    Tomorrow, you can hardly have failed to notice, marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the document famously issued by King John at Runnymede on June 15, 1215. Most people are understandably a little hazy about the charter’s contents (it runs to 63 clauses and over 4,000 words). But they are aware that it was a “good thing” – a significant step in the direction of the liberties we enjoy today.
  • Michael Sam leaves Montreal Alouettes training camp a day before first CFL preseason game

    The professional football career of Michael Sam hit another bump on Friday when he left the Montreal Alouettes training camp to return to Texas because of personal reasons. The team confirmed Sam’s departure in a statement. “Friday morning, Michael asked the team for special permission to leave training camp and return home for personal reasons,” it said. “Out of respect for Michael Sam, the nature of this decision will remain confidential.” It continued: “The Montreal Alouettes fully respect Michael Sam’s decision and we rally around him to offer all the support needed. The team has left the door open and...
  • Record industry's global release date change to Fridays gets a start date

    06/13/2015 12:00:52 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 20 replies
    Those who once built their music-buying week around new albums coming out on Tuesdays will have to change their schedules. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry -- a trade group representing more than 1,300 international record labels -- has announced that beginning July 10, its members and a consortium of other retailers, artist reps and other groups in over 45 countries will shift to a single global Friday release date for new albums.
  • TCM Remembers Christopher Lee (1922-2015)

    06/13/2015 8:44:04 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    The new schedule for Monday, June 22 will be: 6:15 AM The Mummy (1959) 8:00 AM The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) 9:30 AM Horror of Dracula (1958) 11:00 AM Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966) 12:45 PM Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969) 2:30 PM Horror Express (1972) 4:00 PM The Three Musketeers (1972) 6:00 PM The Four Musketeers (1975)
  • Liberal Claim That Jurassic World Is Sexist Is Hilarious

    06/12/2015 4:36:58 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 44 replies
    I’m not sure if I’ll see Jurassic World but if I do, it will likely be for the reasons summed up by New York Post film critic Kyle Smith:
  • Actor Christopher Lee dead at 93

    06/11/2015 4:48:12 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 73 replies
    Christopher Lee, the British film icon known for his roles in "Star Wars" and "Dracula," has died. He was 93.
  • Hope Solo’s half-sister, new documents reveal ugly details of domestic violence incident

    06/07/2015 3:17:17 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | By Cindy Boren June 7 at 4:26 PM
    A day before the U.S. women’s national team opens its World Cup play, the sister of goalie Hope Solo has spoken up and documents reveal new details about a domestic violence incident involving the family last June. On ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Mark Fainaru-Wada reports that police records, depositions and an interview with Teresa Obert, Solo’s half-sister and one of the alleged victims in the incident, are at odds with Solo’s comments on what happened on “Good Morning, America,” on Facebook and in a new ESPNW story. Charges against her in Kirkland, Wash., were dismissed last winter, but prosecutors have...
  • No Chance of a Relaxing Shower in This House (Siamese Cats)!!

    06/07/2015 7:53:39 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 52 replies
    It’s true that Siamese cats are very fun loving and adventurous, they also have a reputation for being very chatty.