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Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…
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Hello, and welcome to episode 244 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.
Following an unexpected diversion with the last episode, we’re back on track this week with a look at Fantastic Four #178. The Brute has joined the Frightful Four, and the team of villains is holding the Fantastic Four hostage in the Baxter Building. Will New York pay the princely sum of… One Million Dollars? Or will Marvel’s First Family pay the ultimate price? »
- Gary Collinson
August marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, and the world is still mourning one of music's biggest losses to this day. Elvis passed away at age 42 when he suffered a heart attack on Aug. 16, 1977, and his funeral was held in his adopted hometown of Memphis just two days later. President Jimmy Carter issued a statement that said Elvis "permanently changed the face of American popular culture," and thousands of mourners flocked to the streets to pay their respects as his casket was driven through town. While an estimated 80,000 people turned up to watch the processional route to Forest Hill Cemetery, more than 30,000 fans attended a public viewing of Elvis's casket at his Graceland home, which was ordered by his father, Vernon. Elvis was buried next to his beloved mother, Gladys, but they were both later reburied at Graceland. Keep reading to see how the world mourned his heartbreaking death 40 years ago. »
- Caitlin Hacker
The singer, 29, sat down with Elvis Duran on The Z100 Morning Show to explain how he stays positive through the tough times, thanking “all the people who support me, and the ones who don’t, because you motivate me.”
“I came out about my history and said I’m attracted to men and women equally. I just can’t live a lie anymore. It’s hypocrisy, even the ones that claim they love you will let you down, »
- Nicole Sands
“I want the humans to be able to hold their own against the strength of the machines.” That was perhaps the most ominous line spoken from the stage at the summer Television Critics Association press tour, and it came not from an actor or showrunner but FX Networks chief John Landgraf.
He wasn’t describing the plot of a new scripted drama. He turned to the classic science fiction trope as a metaphor for the situation that he and other cable programming executives now find themselves in as Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple engage in a “titanic struggle” — Landgraf’s words — for domination in the video entertainment marketplace.
“If you look at the Silicon Valley model it’s to use platforms and algorithms and scale to serve people what they need and grind out the margins of brands,” Landgraf said Wednesday. He added, “It’s about scale, it’s about data and technology and finance to bring »
- Daniel Holloway
From Martha Thomases’s column of August 4: Last week Heather Antos, an editor at Marvel, went out with a bunch of her colleagues for milkshakes at a nearby Ben & Jerry’s and posted a selfie on Twitter. She said “It’s the Marvel milkshake crew! #FabulousFlo.” The hashtag refers to Flo Steinberg, who had just died.
So, you know, a Friday after a long week, Heather and a group of her pals went out to remember a woman who was their friend and mentor. They didn’t go to a bar. They went for ice cream. They posted a photo on Twitter because that’s what the kids do these days. I don’t know what could be more wholesome.
Naturally, there was an upset. To some, this photo represented everything that was wrong with Marvel today. Women and people of color in editorial offices apparently is a menacing concept to them, »
- Mindy Newell
Carter’s rep said in a statement, “Aaron and Madison love each other and respect one another dearly. It was a mutual decision and Aaron’s personal statement released speaks for itself. Now back to the music.”
A source further told Entertainment Tonight that the split was “very amicable,” and happened last week.
Carter, 29, shared an emotional public letter about his sexuality to Twitter, revealing, “when I was around 13-years-old I started to find boys and girls attractive.”
“There were years that went by that I thought about, »
- Lindsay Kimble
The “Lightning Bolt” has struck one last time – although not with as much force as expected.
Usain Bolt completed what he says will be the final 100-meter dash of his career on Saturday night at the 2017 Iaaf World Championships at London’s Olympic stadium, taking third behind two Americans: Justin Gatlin, who won gold, and Christian Coleman, who took silver, reported the New York Times.
The history-making sprinter finished at 9.95 seconds, while Gatlin clocked in a 9.92. Going into the finals, Bolt had placed second behind Coleman.
After the race, Gatlin bowed down to Bolt despite beating the champ. The two also hugged, »
- Lindsay Kimble
María Elena Salinas, one of the best known anchors in Spanish-language TV broadcasting, intends to leave Univision News at the end of 2017, after an on-air tenure of more than three decades.
“I am grateful for having had the privilege to inform and empower the Latino community through the work my colleagues and I do with such passion at Univision every day,” said Salinas, in a statement. “I thank our audience for their trust and loyalty through the years, and want them to know that as long as I have a voice, I will always use it to speak on their behalf. I am excited to begin a new stage in my career, and look forward to new projects to reach new and diverse audiences on multiple platforms.”
Univision said it would unveil plans “in the coming months” for an anchor Jorge Ramos on its flagship newscast, which regularly reaches two million viewers, as »
- Brian Steinberg
The family of Conrad Roy III is outraged after learning that his girlfriend, Michelle Carter, will remain free pending her appeal after being sentenced to 15-months in jail for encouraging Roy to commit suicide in 2014.
Makenna O’Donnell, Roy’s cousin, said she was distraught when a Massachusetts judge suspended half of Carter’s two-and-a-half-year sentence and agreed to allow Carter to remain free as she appeals her involuntary manslaughter conviction.
“I was just sick to my stomach the fact that she can just be free and my cousin, he’s not here. Two-and-a-half years isn’t enough,” O’Donnell »
- Char Adams
Former President Jimmy Carter is back in action, just one day after collapsing from dehydration at a Habitat for Humanity work site in Winnipeg, Canada, on Thursday.
The home-building charity tweeted out a smiling photo of Carter, 92, as he returned to the build site on Friday.
“President Jimmy Carter has arrived at the build site to start the final day of the 2017 #HabitatCWP in Canada,” read the accompanying message.
The Carter Center also released a statement Friday morning: “Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was discharged from St. Boniface General Hospital this morning to return to the Habitat for Humanity build site in Winnipeg. »
- Tierney McAfee
Former President Jimmy Carter was taken to a hospital on Thursday after he collapsed at a Habitat for Humanity work site in Winnipeg, Canada, People confirms.
“President Carter was dehydrated working in the hot sun. President Carter told us he is okay and is being taken offsite for observation. He has encouraged everyone to stay hydrated and keep building,” a Habitat for Humanity spokesperson tells People.
Reporters for CBC News who were on-site covering the build said paramedics and firefighters rushed to the scene after Carter collapsed.
According to Canada’s Global News, a reporter on the scene spoke with »
- Tierney McAfee
When the Hall of Presidents and First Ladies in Pennsylvania shut down in January, Rachel Maddow, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart each bought a presidential wax figure. John Oliver bought five, spending $13,700 on the wax presidents.
On Sunday, Oliver revealed his team purchased the wax figures of Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, William Henry Harrison and Warren G. Harding. The Last Week Tonight host expressed his disappointment that there is no Harding biopic, despite Harding's interesting life story.
"The problem is, who would do it? It would have to be someone with way too much time on their hands, »
- Lorena O'Neil
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Juho Kuosmanen's The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016) is playing July 1 - August 1, 2017 exclusively on Mubi in the United States.The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki is a subtle bait-and-switch of a film, but that’s okay. Certain generic conventions imply that it will head in a certain direction, but I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to tell you that it doesn’t. In fact, the refusal of Olli Mäki—the film and the man—to play by the rules is the most interesting thing it has going for it. The man, like the film, has a very clear trajectory mapped out in front of him, and a super-human form of concentration—the kind that makes “winners”—is demanded of him. Instead, Olli prefers to live a life of distraction, »
“I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me,” Trump tweeted. “She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”
I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came. »
- Stephanie Petit
President Donald Trump attacked the hosts of the talk show “Morning Joe” in a pair of early-morning tweets on Thursday. The president labeled Joe Scarborough “Psycho Joe,” and Mika Brzezinski “low I.Q. Crazy Mika.”
“I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore),” he wrote. “Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”
An MSNBC spokesperson issued the following statement in response to the tweets: “It’s a sad day for America when the president spends his time bullying, lying and spewing petty personal attacks instead of doing his job.”
Shortly after Trump’s tweets were deployed, Brzezinski tweeted out a photo of the back of a box of Cheerios, which showed the phrase “made for little hands.”
- Seth Kelley
Former President Jimmy Carter gave his fellow airplane passengers a memorable experience last week, taking the time to shake hands with everyone on his flight from Atlanta to Washington, D.C.
Footage from the flight on Thursday shared on Twitter by James Parker Sheffield showed Carter making his way down the aisle with a smile on his face as he said hello to other travelers.
“Jimmy Carter is on my plane to DC from Atl and just shook every hand of every passenger,” he captioned the video.
Sheffield tells People that it was “nice to have a warm and humble moment connected to politics, »
- Stephanie Petit
In his final weekly piece, our critic measures his time in Star Wars films and surveys the cinematic landscape they created
All through the summer of 1977, I remember the constant rumblings coming from the distant west, talk of a movie said to be sweeping the post-bicentennial republic that had just elected Jimmy Carter, being seen dozens of times by zillions of kids, and raking in $775m on an investment of $11m. And changing Hollywood studio film-making for ever.
We in England heard the hype and felt our expectations rise, but wouldn’t see it until Christmas. But by the time my dad took me to see it, I was already a different kind of moviegoer, possibly because in the interim I’d discovered 40 years of back issues of Sight & Sound at the school library. I remember having a good time, although I remember nothing of the movie itself. I was »
- John Patterson
Gregg Allman's family and close friends gathered for a private funeral service before heading to the cemetery to lay the Southern rock legend to rest. Allman's ex-wife, Cher, arrived at the service at a small chapel before the group of about 100 people moved to the Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Ga ... the same place his brother Duane is buried. Fans lined the streets from the funeral to the cemetery to pay tribute to The Allman Brothers Band frontman. »
- TMZ Staff
Mika Brzezinski hailed the man known as Chief to his family as “the most inspiring, loving and devoted father any girl could ever have.” She shared family pictures of her father and made mention of his love of sailing his boat to Baker Island in Maine.
“Chief loved making his family laugh. He loved Maine more than anything — where we hiked as a family, swam, played tennis and rode in his broken-down boat to the beautiful islands just off Northeast Harbor,” Brzezinski wrote on Instagram.
Zbigniew Brzezinski was a top advisor to President Jimmy Carter during the tumultuous late 1970s, when the administration was tested by the Iranian hostage crisis, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and other global crises.
A native of Poland, Brzezinski »
- Variety Staff
Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser and advised many Democratic presidential campaigns, died Friday at age 89. His daughter, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, announced the news on Friday night. The elder Brzezinski, a Polish-American diplomat who had advised campaigns from Hubert Humphrey and Barack Obama, had appeared on his daughter’s program to discuss security issues as recently as last November. Mika took to Twitter to honor her father in a series of tweets. My father passed away peacefully tonight. He was known to his friends as Zbig, to his… https://t. »
- Brian Flood
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