In state capitals and street protests, women’s rights activists have been wearing red robes and white bonnets based on “The Handmaid's Tale,” the 1985 novel that is now a series on Hulu.
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- A Handmaid’s Tale of Protest
By CHRISTINE HAUSER - Friday Jun 30, 2017
- ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Writer Talks Building the Biblical End of Caesar’s Saga
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- Friday Jul 14, 2017
‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Writer Talks Building the Biblical End of Caesar’s SagaWhen forming the epic conclusion to the “Planet of the Apes” reboot trilogy and deciding how to end Caesar’s journey from research facility captive to legendary ape liberator, writer Mark Bomback, along with director and writing partner Matt Reeves, took inspiration from a couple of classic films starring Charlton Heston.In “War for the Planet of the Apes,” Caesar becomes a primate fusion of both of these icons, as his quest to avenge his wife and child’s death at the hands of Woody Harrelson’s ruthless human Colonel transforms into a mission that makes him the first famous historical figure of this ascendant civilization of apes.In an interview with TheWrap, Bomback also spoke more about how these two Heston films, along with others like John Wayne’s “The Searchers,” inspired the arcs of other characters like the apes’ mute human ally, Nova, and the film’s comic relief character, Bad Ape.[...] Read: 'War for the Planet of the Apes' Star Andy Serkis to Awards Voters: I'm a Real ActorThe film starts with the humans and apes battling like the end of “Dawn” promised, but by the end it’s really about Caesar and the apes trying to survive while the humans are fighting each other.[...] it started with that one idea with the virus and the one little girl and sort of expanded into the idea that the Colonel is fighting a battle on two fronts, with both the Apes and humans who disagree with how he’s dealing with this virus.Bad Ape evolved from a scene in “Ben-Hur” where there’s a colony of lepers that Ben-Hur encounters quite late in the film, so we thought, “Maybe there’s a colony of people who are suffering from the virus who are mute.”[...] we started running with that idea and it really started cracking us up as we realized that he would have learned all his language from captivity in a human zoo.[...] we really want to try to get some new characters into this trilogy and find a way to add some humor to a very dark story, sort of like how Yoda adds lighter moments to “The Empire Strikes Back” without being cute.What sort of reception have you received from “Apes” fans, and are you surprised that such a large summer blockbuster audience has been willing to take this dark journey with you?[...] I saw their script and I thought, “This is the greatest hour-and-a-half pilot episode I have ever read!” So it was a privilege to even enter this universe having been a fan of “Rise” like Matt is, and to work with Matt on his incredible vision.Read original story ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Writer Talks Building the Biblical End of Caesar’s Saga At TheWrap
- The Albany School Sellout
Friday Jun 30, 2017
The politicians all get something, but poor kids are the losers.
- Bald eagle threat: Lead ammo left behind by hunters
By MARY ESCH, Associated Press - Sunday Jul 16, 2017
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Bald eagles have made a remarkable recovery across the United States since the pesticide DDT was banned 45 years ago, but the majestic birds are still dying from another environmental poison: lead from bullets and shotgun pellets in wildlife carcasses left behind by hunters.In New York, which has been a leader in the bald eagle restoration in the Northeast for four decades, state wildlife researchers have documented a growing number of eagle deaths from lead poisoning in recent years.In New York, lead poisoning was confirmed as the cause of death in 38 of 336 bald eagles brought to a Department of Environmental Conservation lab near Albany between 2000 and 2015, said state wildlife biologist Kevin Hynes, who does the necropsies."Eagles are doing very well, their recovery is a great success story largely supported by excise taxes paid by hunters" on lead ammunition and guns, said Lawrence Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Association.Virginia wildlife advocate Clark said that rather than a ban on lead ammunition, his group is seeking a public education campaign so hunters are aware of the problem and how they can help.
- “It’s Shame On Us If We Blow It”: Highlights From NY Seizes the Momentum
By Ben Fidler - Wednesday Jun 7, 2017
Mike Foley, a drug industry veteran and director of the Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute, has a pointed message for the New York life sciences industry: Don’t waste the moment. Changing the course of New York biotech has been a saga that dates back to the 1990s, and as Xconomy has detailed, progress has been made […]
- 'Game of Thrones' fans can have Arya Stark's direwolf loaves made by the actual Hot Pie
By April Hautea - Friday Jul 14, 2017
Who remembers Hot Pie? He's the sweet, soft-spoken Game of Thrones character who accompanied Arya on the road to the Wall in the first half of the series.
The friends parted ways after Hot Pie was taken on as a baker at the inn, but before parting ways, he gifted Arya with a direwolf-shaped loaf of bread.
Thankfully, Hot Pie's baking skills have improved since his first attempt at a direwolf loaf.
Ben Hawkey — the actor who plays Hot Pie on the series — has teamed up with Deliveroo to open up a limited-time bakery called 'You Know Nothing John Dough' to celebrate the seventh season of the HBO show. Read more...More about Entertainment, Uk, London, Bread, and Game Of Thrones