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In a board post written by gameplay producer Michael “SpaceNorth” Chu, Riot detailed how these Experimental Modes differ from other timed content like the Ultra Rapid Fire mode that comes and goes: “With experimental modes, we’re looking for something that could last a while—maybe even as a permanent addition to League.”

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In the lead-up to launch, we’ve compiled all the news, trailers, rumors, and gameplay details about Battlefield 5, from initial rumors to its official announcement and beyond.

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Ubisoft Ends Long-Running Battle with Investor Vivendi, Tencent Acquires New Stake

The long-running battle between Ubisoft and Vivendi has finally come to an end, with Vivendi agreeing to sell its entire stake in Ubisoft.

The agreement stipulates Vivendi will sell all of its shares in Ubisoft, which amounts to 27.3% of Ubisoft’s share capital (and 30,489,300 shares). Ubisoft will buy back all shares owned by Vivendi, and Vivendi agrees not acquire any shares in Ubisoft for the next 5 years.

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Chinese social media and game development giant Tencent will also enter as long-term investors in Ubisoft as part of the transaction.

Tencent and Ubisoft have signed a strategic partnership agreement to expand Ubisoft’s reach in China moving forward. According to Ubisoft, Tencent will operate, publish, and promote “several of Ubisoft’s most successful titles on PC and mobile in the Chinese market.”

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Battle of the Bots: Uber and Waymo Gear Up for Driverless-Car Trial

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Jesse Williams and Minka Kelly Split Amid Grey’s Anatomy Actor’s Divorce Battle

Jesse Williams and Minka Kelly have split.

After months of dating, the Grey’s Anatomy actor and Friday Night Lights alum have called it quits, multiple sources confirm to PEOPLE.

Williams, 36, and Kelly, 37, began dating last summer after reportedly meeting while working on a video game, and PEOPLE confirmed their pairing in July, just three months after Williams separated from his wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, with whom he shares two children: daughter Sadie, 3, and son Maceo, 2.

Kelly denied allegations of infideity in October.

“I hope the cheating rumors aren’t true. It would be disappointing,” an Instagram follower wrote in a now-deleted comment on Kelly’s selfie with hairstylist Mark Townsend, E! News reported.

“They’re not,” Kelly shot back. “Hate for you to be disappointed. Glad I could clear that up for you. Now f— off.”

Later, Kelly told another user that she stands by her words. “Anyone and their assumptions about my personal life can do the same,” she said.

Williams filed for divorce  April 11. The actor first met Drake-Lee, a real estate broker, while working as a schoolteacher in New York. The pair wed in September 2012 after more than five years of dating.

In July, Williams also addressed infidelity rumors surrounding his divorce in JAY-Z‘s short film Footnotes for 4:44, the visual accompaniment to the rapper’s latest album.

Without mentioning his ex by name, the father of two subtly referenced the rumors and revealed how difficult the breakup was.

“I was in a relationship 13 years, 13 real years, not 5 years, not 7 years — 13 years,” he said. “All of a sudden motherf—ers are writing think-pieces that I somehow threw a 13-year relationship.”

“Like, the most painful experience I’ve had in my life with a person I’ve loved with all of my heart — that I threw a person and my family in the trash because a girl I work with is cute,” he continued.


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Trista Sutter Mourns the Loss of Her Grandmother Who Passed Away After Painful Battle with Alzheimer’s

Trista Sutter is mourning the loss of her grandmother, who passed away after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Bachelorette alum took to Instagram on Monday evening to grieve the loss of Rosemary, as well as pay tribute to the “feisty” and “fearless” woman that Trista was fortunate to call grandma.

“In the book of my life, roses have consistently played a special role.🌹But long before dramatic televised ceremonies existed, they represented two beautiful women who helped create my story…my mother, Roseanne and my grandmother, Rosemary,” the first Bachelorette star began her touching post, which accompanied a smiling picture of her late grandmother who passed away Monday.

“Today, my Grandma Rose’s chapter has ended…at least the one here on earth…and even though I’ve shed many tears today and will continue to grieve her passing, I can’t help but be thankful that it was finally her time. 🙏🏼” she continued.

Though the mother of two is heartbroken over the death, she is thankful that her grandmother is no longer in pain.

“I am thankful that she has found the peace that she deserves after years of Alzheimer’s & pain. I am thankful that I now have another angel to watch over me & my family,” she wrote. “Most of all, though, I am thankful that she is forevermore divinely reunited with her one true love…my grandfather. ❤️”

Trista, 44, concluded the post, “Rest in peace, gma. You and your feisty, fearless self will always be a favorite story in the book of my life. I love you. 😘❤️#rip #grandmarose #loveroffamily #loveroffootball #loverofpurdue #boilermaker #youwillbemissed.”

The past two months have been an emotional season for Trista, who suffered a seizure while on vacation in Croatia with her husband, Ryan, and their children — son Maxwell ‘Max’ Alston, 9, and daughter Blakesley Grace, 8 — in early June.

“This was me yesterday. …two hours after I had a seizure. …two hours after I fell on my daughter’s chest & she watched, along with her brother & grandparents, in confusion & horror as her mommy stared blankly off into the distance & started turning blue. …two hours after we were supposed to have an adventure. An adventure to one of the most beautiful National Parks in Europe,” she wrote in a candid Instagram post the day after the life-threatening incident.

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Although the seizure shook both Trista and Ryan emotionally, it was a “moment of awakening” for the couple.

“This sort of weird thing happened with Trista and I. It sort of reprioritized our life a little bit,” Ryan, 42, previously told PEOPLE.

“It’s kind of hard to explain the effect, but it’s been profound in the fact that we just don’t worry about things quite as much as we used to or stress about things quite as much as we used to,” he said, and added, “One, because I think stress played a factor in Trista’s seizure and two, because you just realize that life is kind of short and precious and that worrying too much — I mean obviously there are things you have to worry about in life — but too much of that is just wasting your time.”

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Princess Kate Recycles Dress from Princess Charlotte’s Christening at Battle of Passchendaele Anniversary Event

Prince William and Princess Kate took their royal duties to Belgium on Sunday, where they attended a ceremony marking the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele — with Kate donning a familiar outfit. 

Kate wore white for the occasion, donning a chic coat-dress with a matching hat and her hair swept into a low bun. She accessorized with a pair of grey heels and matching purse.

The Alexander McQueen ensemble was first worn by Kate at Princess Charlotte‘s christening in 2015.

The royal couple joined soldiers at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Ypres or Menin Gate Memorial, where William spoke about the brutal fighting that took place one hundred years ago. They also took part in the Last Post ceremony, performed at the site every night at 8 p.m. since 1928.

The Menin Gate is covered with the names of over 54,000 British dead who have no known grave, according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Two hundred descendants whose ancestors are named on the Gate were also in attendance.

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“Members of our families; our regiments; our nations; all sacrificed everything for the lives we live today,” William said, according to the BBC. “During the First World War Britain and Belgium stood shoulder to shoulder. One hundred years on, we still stand together, gathering as so many do every night, in remembrance of that sacrifice.”

Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium also arrived at the Last Post ceremony, as did British Prime Minister Theresa May.

William joined Philippe in laying wreaths at the Menin Gate.

Philippe added that both countries will continue to honor the soldiers’ “immense sacrifice.”


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Tom Holland Has One Regret About His Rihanna Getup from His Epic Lip Sync Battle Routine

 

Tom Holland redefined what singing in the rain means — or at least lip-synching in the rain.

The Spider-Man: Homecoming star gave a showstopping performance of Rihanna’s 2007 pop hit “Umbrella” on an episode of Spike’s Lip Sync Battle in May, complete with elaborate choreography, pyrotechnics and stage precipitation.

“It was more nerve-wracking than Spider-Man,” Holland, 21, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “That was so stressful; it was probably the biggest thing I’ve had to get over.”

Holland, who spent most of his early life as a talented young dancer, performed the song in a Rihanna-inspired getup. “I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t mind being in drag,” he says, but reveals he declined to dance in heels — a decision he now regrets.

“I said, ‘You want me to dance in the rain and do a front flip? I can’t do that in heels,’ ” he says. “I wish I had now. That would have shut things down.”

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Since songs aren’t confirmed for the show until hours before filming, Holland had a backup plan that involved a little Britney Spears just in case.

“I didn’t have approval on ‘Umbrella’ until like five hours before we did the show,” he says. “There’s the contingency of, ‘If you don’t do this, then you’ll be doing Britney and we’ll teach you a new dance.’ ”

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His episode, which first aired on MTV in May ahead of the MTV Movie & TV Awards, pit him against his Spider-Man costar Zendaya, who performed “24K Magic” in full Bruno Mars regalia.

“Zendaya got sent flowers from Bruno Mars and I keep saying new song is about me as a joke,” Holland says. “But I haven’t heard from her.”


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End Your Battle With Time

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We stopped by my mom’s house after school. The sky was cloudy and the air crisp. I crossed my arms against my chest while my son rang the doorbell. “Chilly in August?” I thought to myself, “It’s too early.”

Mom came to the door looking beautiful, as she always does. Her sky blue eyes lit up at the sight of her grandson. I could tell she had missed him. We were squatters at her house during the summer, when the days were hot and the pool was cool. But the last two weeks had been different.

He walked inside and flopped onto the rug in the foyer. We both joined him and Mom asked him questions about the new school year. He answered them — short and (not all that) sweet. He wasn’t over the moon about school and working his way through transition.

I thought of my niece as well, she had started school the day before. “The kids are in 5th and 6th grade now,” I thought to myself as Mom and Sam chatted. I realized how quickly the years are passing. I suddenly felt hollow in my chest, like Time had carved a crevasse with a spoon. I was lost in my thoughts when Mom said, “I guess it’s time to close the pool since everyone is back in school. Swimming seems to stop when school starts up — it’s the signal that summer is over.”

Her statement shocked me and something in me wailed, “Summer is over?”

Sure, Sam had been back in school for over a week. Yes, my niece had started too. Of course I’d noticed the crazy morning traffic. Yes, I’d been back at work full time. My brain held the facts, but somehow my spirit had denied them until now.

As the truth sunk in, my body caved under the weight of realization. Spent were the Sundays that didn’t turn into busy Mondays. Expired were the evenings when we’d sit on the tailgate and watch the sun to go down. Over were the impromptu trips with a free flowing ending. Finished was the freedom of summer.

“How can this be?” I asked myself. Without saying anything, I got up and walked out back. I flung off my flip flop and stuck my foot in the pool. It was cold to the touch — not May cold and warming up with longer days ahead, but Fall cold and getting colder as the nights grew longer instead. Reality set in as I said to myself, “Summer. Is. Over.”

Mom had followed me outside. My gaze met hers and we both knew more than summer was gone. Gone was the only season the kids were 10 and 11 and adored hanging out with each other. Gone was the hope of finally getting the whole family to the ocean. Gone was the time we’d gather by her pool and order pizza and listen to the kids beg to spend the night. Gone were the days of kayaking the river just because the water was right. Gone was our grip on yet another season, another year. It was a stabbing reminder that we cannot stop time.

My son and I headed home to take care of our afternoon duties. Though the sun had come out, darkness held me. I took a walk. The strands of golden sunlight passing through the trees brightened my mind a bit.

I moved gingerly through the evening. Aware of how fragile my feelings were, I stayed present and gave thanks for the little things.

I set my phone alarm for an early school morning and crawled into bed. I thought more about summer passing too quickly but this time honesty trumped nostalgia. I realized in the summer months, I had complained about time too. I worried about not having enough time to get my work done while we played. Then I fretted over the time I worked and put my son in front of the TV and his tablet. It seemed I was perpetually battling time.

I turned onto my right side, pulled the covers up over my face and tucked my head in shame. My sleep was restless and torn, but a rich smell wafted in as my coffee maker began its brewing at 5 a.m. It was enough to get my feet to the floor and shuffling to the kitchen.

I pulled a mug from the cabinet, placed a bit of sweet in the bottom and splashed cream over it. I poured from the pot slowly until the color in my cup got just right. The first sip is Sabbath so I sat down and took my time with it.

I noticed in my “trying ever so hard to get quiet” mind, that I was already fighting about time again. I considered all I had to think about and pray for prior to the house waking up. Before that could happen with clarity, I’d have to wait for my thoughts to stop jumping around like corn in a hot skillet. “I’m already behind, and I’ve barely gotten started.” I whimpered.

And somewhere in the midst of it all, truth broke through.

“Why can’t I just make peace with time?” The words were foreign. Everything in me paused and stood like a solider at full attention waiting for what followed:

I say, ‘Time passes too quickly.’ But I am the one who passes too quickly. Time moves along at a perfectly predictable pace.

I say, ‘There is not enough time.’ But that is like saying there is not enough sun or sky. Time is eternal.

I say, ‘I need to manage my time better.’ But that is like saying I need to manage the ocean’s tide. Time lies in God’s hands, not mine.

I say, ‘I’ve run out of time.’ But that is like saying the Mississippi River has run out of water. Time flows perpetually.

I say, ‘She has more time than I do.’ But that is like saying time doesn’t treat everyone the same or share itself equally. Time does not discriminate.

I say, ‘Time is not on my side.’ But I am the one who is adversarial with Time- blaming, criticizing, controlling, kicking and screaming at its stride. And Time takes my tantrums, humbly and dutifully marching on.

This is Time’s job to march on. If Time didn’t do its job, there would be nothing advancing me. Time propels me into decisions… awareness… action… forgiveness… growth. Time underpins the urgency I feel to live and love and serve and savor the moments.

The real story is, Time is my ally. Time lets me participate. Time includes me out of the goodness in its heart.

Today, I am making a peace treaty with the clock, the seasons and the mirror — the places where Time most shows itself marching on. I will recognize and respect Time’s loyal nature and stop blaming it for my problems and pain. In return, Time will give me today… and hopefully tomorrow and next week and years to come — but that is up to Time.

I wrote these things down and closed the journal in my lap. Sam’s alarm clock sounded off in his room. It was time for the day to begin. But before I stood up, I dropped my head to pray, “Thank you, Father Time, for letting me participate. May I make a peace with you that passes all understanding.”

Yes, summer is gone where I live, but the opportunity to change the way I partner with Time has just arrived.

Do you battle time, too? What would it be like to make peace with it? Leave a comment on Facebook or the blog. I’d love to hear from you.

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The series of images is titled “Faces of the Revolution” and features portraits of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Johanna (Jena Malone), Finnick (Sam Clafin), Prim (Willow Shields) and Boggs (Mahershala Ali), their faces painted with a red mockingjay. 

Entertainment Weekly shared Gale’s poster, which shows him staring straight at the viewer, his eyes a piercing blue, with the words “Brothers Unite” and “The revolution is about all of us” printed across the bottom of the frame. 

Katniss’ poster is equally dramatic, with her intense stare evoking the strength and determination that made her “The Mockingjay” in the first place. 

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The posters come just a few days before Comic-Con, where the cast will be on hand for a Q&A about the final film in the franchise. 

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Every Saturday morning when Evan Hegge was growing up, he, his sisters and his parents would do their chores while listening to the radio and dancing around the house to pass the time.

“We would make fun of my parents for how they danced and they would make fun of how we danced,” Hegge told The Huffington Post.

So when Hegge tied the knot with Jenna Van Heek on Saturday in Yankton, South Dakota, he and his mom Pam incorporated the family pastime into the big day and went head-to-head in a surprise dance-off in front of all of the guests.

“The only people who knew were my immediate family and the DJ,” Hegge said. “In fact, Jenna told me the day after the wedding that after my mom and my slow dance to ‘What a Wonderful World,’ she was really bummed we didn’t do anything. She thought we were lame until the dance-off took place.”

At the reception, Hegge and his mom hit the dance floor, bustin’ a move to a medley of popular songs including “Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown, “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham and “Teach Me How To Dougie” by Cali Swag District.

“Everyone seemed to love it and kept asking if someone recorded it,” Hegge said. “It was great watching people smile and laugh. That’s what I love most about the dance-off is that it makes people smile and laugh, which everyone needs in their life.”

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‘League Of Legends’ Introduces Automated System To Battle Abusive Language

The world’s most popular computer game is taking a bold new step to counter harassment.

“League of Legends” publisher Riot Games announced in a blog post last week that North American players now have access to a new “reform system” that works to correct abusive behavior in the competitive online game.

If you’re playing a game and experience abusive language from a teammate or opponent, you can report that player at the end of the match — as usual. But now, a system is in place to automatically process the content of a player’s chat messages. It will “validate” the report and deliver a “reform card” to the offending player, detailing their negative behavior and the punishment they’re receiving in hopes of improving their interactions moving forward.

“If a player shows excessive hate speech (homophobia, sexism, racism, death threats, so on) the system might hand out a permanent ban to the player,” Jeffrey Lin, Riot Games’ lead social systems designer, elaborated in a comment on the blog post.

Punishment is supposedly handed down within 15 minutes after a game concludes. But how accurate can an automated system really be?

“In terms of false positives, we recently flew in Player Support and Player Behavior team members from all around the world to hand-review thousands of chat logs, and we saw false positive rates in the 1 in 6000 range,” Lin said.

The reform system is currently in a “testing” period, meaning that actual Riot Games employees will review the first several thousand reports. If all goes well, it’ll be introduced to all other regions that “League of Legends” is available in — Europe, Korea, China and Southeast Asia.

Ben Kuchera of Polygon noted Monday that it’s already rolling out for European players.

“League of Legends” has long led the charge in terms of how popular video games deal with online trolls, introducing innovative ways to counter harsh language and improve player behavior. The game is tremendously popular, boasting over 67 million monthly players in 2014. Because it’s typically played competitively with other humans — rather than against computer-controlled players — tensions can sometimes run high during matches.

Riot Games’ blog post notes that moving forward, the reporting system could also be used to reward players who display good behavior, rather than just punishing those who do not.

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Bandai Power Rangers Double Battle Action Blue Ranger

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The Bandai Power Rangers Double Battle Action Blue Ranger is ready to protect earth from evil. Keep villains away by using the innovative lever control on the back of each figure that controls the weapons in both hands. Utilizing Bandai’s toy technology, this superhero is posed with unique battle gear in each hand ready for training or a battle. Place your thumb in the lever and move side to side to activate both Ranger’s weapons. Each one moves independently, allowing you to choose which one will make the next move. As seen in the TV series, this battle action enables him to protect earth, and now you can practice training moves with your own one in order to defeat evil. Add the other Rangers with the Power Rangers Blue Ranger to complete the set, that are sold separately. Have fun with one character or collect them all.

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Bakugan Battle Brawlers Case 9 Figures & 8 Cards

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Awesome Bakugan set!, Includes 9 figures and 8 metal cards in case, Makes a great gift set, Brand new, Collect them all

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Taylor Negron Dead At 57 Following Cancer Battle

Actor and comedian Taylor Negron has died at age 57 after a long battle with cancer.

Negron’s cousin, Chuck Negron, announced the news of Taylor Negron’s death in a Youtube video posted on Saturday.

“I want to inform you that my cousin Taylor Negron just passed away,” Chuck Negron said in the video.

“His mother, his brother Alex, my brother Rene, and his wife were all there with him. May he rest in peace. I just wanted all you people who knew him and loved him to know that he just passed.”

The veteran actor and comedian’s credits include “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Angels in the Outfield” and “Stuart Little.”

Fellow comedian Ben Stiller paid tribute to Negron in a Twitter post on Saturday:

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Battle of Gettysburg

Battle of Gettysburg


Little Round Top, The Wheatfield, The Peach Orchard, Devil’s Den, the Railroad Cut, Pickett’s Charge – these were the turning points within the most important battle of the bloodiest war in American history. But Gettysburg was not a single battle; it was a whole series of mini-battles. And even careful students of engagement can find themselves disoriented when reading about, or visiting, the battlefield. Here, finally, is a convenient guide for serious student and casual visitor alike that makes plain the sweep of events and the geography of the battlefield. This easy-to-follow guide will help you find all the important locales and understand what the participants saw in 1863, even if you have no prior knowledge of the battle. Designed to enhance the experience of both those reading about the battle for the first time, as well as Civil War “Ahololics”, this guide can be used on its own to learn about the battle, or as a great way to prepare for a future visit to the field. The “standard” U.S. Park Service tour of the battlefield, and its limited number of tour stops, is designed for the Park’s primary customers – the millions of visitors who want to make the battlefield circuit in one day, before zipping back to the hotel and restaurants. But the battle wasn’t fought with day-tripping tourists in mind, and there were more major engagements during that three day battle than what you’ll find in the standard Park tour. This book covers them all. Clearly written and illustrated with maps photographs and illustrations, this is the guide to have if you really want to understand what happened during those three terrible days at Gettysburg. So whether you’re a fresh recruit to the Battle of Gettysburg or a grizzled veteran on the subject, I guarantee that you’ll come away knowing a lot more about the battle after reading this book. Jack Kunkel

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Mom’s Movie Minute – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Is The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies too intense for your child? Angela Hoover has the bottom line on this week’s Mom’s Movie Minute.
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Drop the Hobbit, Go with the Selkie: Hour of the Wolf Movie Review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armiesand& Song of the Sea

2014-12-26-Hobbit_HBT3066511r_410.jpgThere’s a bit of OCD that goes along with genre film fandom — once you’ve signed on to a franchise, you’re kind-of obligated to follow it wherever it will take you, for good or ill. Thus the sullen air hanging over screenings of Revenge of the Sith or any of the Wolverine spin-offs — it really does sap the energy out of an auditorium when attendance is more dutiful than enthusiastic.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the final installment of Peter Jackson’s latest J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, and to say it’s long-awaited is to say that fans of fantasy have been eager to get this bloated, unnecessary epic over with and move on to better things. I give my thoughts on how Jackson wraps up this prequel tale in my review for Jim Freund’s Hour of the Wolf, and also give my verdict on the much more engaging, Irish animated fantasy, Song of the Sea. Click on the player to hear the segment, or right-click the link to download.

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The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug’s lair; but can Bilbo and the Dwarves reclaim Erebor and the treasure? And, if so, can they hold on to it?

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Just Played Terra Battle

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Ben and Brandon have been playing Terra Battle for a while and are finally sharing their thoughts on this unique mobile RPG from Mistwalker and Final Fantasy legend Hironobu Sakaguchi.
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Tennessee Williams Battle of Angels Signed Autograph 1st Edition Rare Book

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The Woman Who Helped Raise Billions in the Battle Against Breast Cancer – The Oprah Winfrey Show

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Eventually, Susie lost her battle with the disease; however, her memory lives on thanks to her sister, Nancy. In 1982, Nancy founded the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. To this day, the organization has invested more than $ 2.5 billion in breast cancer research. Watch as Nancy shares how her life’s work has affected hundreds of thousands of women.

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A Taekwondo Match Unexpectedly Turns Into a Dance Battle; Everyone Wins The Round

A Taekwondo match can sometimes look like a beautiful, choreographed fight, almost like a dance. But sometimes, it can be an actual choreographed dance.

Watch the fighters above get down to the “We No Speak Americano” song as they put the combat aside, and battle with their dance moves instead.

Kevin Bacon would be proud.

Though the video made rounds on the Internet in 2013, we are thankful America’s Funniest Home Videos reposted the clip this week to remind us that combining dancing and fighting never gets old.

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WWE WrestleMania Ultimate Warrior vs. Sheamus Battle Pack Action Figures, 2-Pack

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This 2-Pack of WWE WrestleMania Action Figures features Ultimate Warrior vs. Sheamus, a fantasy match-up for many fans. With these characters, you’re able to imagine what would happen if wrestling’s Superstars who’ve never had a WrestleMania match together actually had a chance to battle it out. Each figure comes with signature ring gear, Superstar expressions, iconic accessories and battle objects. Details are realistic, right down to hair and accessories. Articulated limbs make actions look lifelike. Get the entire collection and host the ultimate fantasy match-up. It’s a fun activity for children, enthusiasts and collectors alike. Two action figures in one pack means the battle can start as soon as you open the package. Each battle pack of WWE WrestleMania figures is sold separately, including the wrestling ring, and is subject to availability.

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Singer Simone Battle Of ‘X Factor’ Found Dead

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Girl group singer Simone Battle was found dead in her West Hollywood home, authorities said Saturday.

Battle, 25, gained notoriety through performances on the television show “X Factor.” Her five-member band — G.R.L., originally a reboot of the Pussycat Dolls — had been signed by mega-hit maker Dr. Luke. Battle was found at home Friday, according to Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department Lt. David Smith. No further details were released. An autopsy was expected Sunday.

In a written statement, G.R.L.’s record companies RCA and Kemosabe called Battle an exceptional young talent and human being.

The group was featured on rapper Pitbull’s hit song “Wild Wild Love” earlier this year. Battle told The Associated Press in July that the collaboration gave the group a platform to launch its debut single, “Ugly Heart.”

Pitbull “has so many hits and he’s really done a great job … showing us the ropes,” Battle said. “This was the first time that we heard ourselves on the radio together.”
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This Is What Happens When Artists Take On Ninja Turtles In An Epic Rap Battle

We didn’t think there would be much beef between artists and green, weapon-wielding toy reptiles — but apparently, there is.

And it is awesome.

In this video from Epic Rap Battles of History, the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Raphael — take on the iconic artists they were named for in a truly epic and hilarious rap battle.

Who wins? You decide.

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Sonic Boom: Napster, P2P and the Battle for the Future of Music

Sonic Boom: Napster, P2P and the Battle for the Future of Music


Used – The first book to tell the inside story of the battle for control over the future of music and how technology is ripping up the traditional rules of business. As the internet grew throughout the 1990s, software was developed, such as Liquid Audio and MP3, that could deliver music anywhere and most importantly for free. Bands were reaching fans without record company support; entrepreneurs made money distributing digital music files without licensing agreements; the music industry executiv

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In Battle for Peace (The Oxford W. E. B. Du Bois): The Story of My 83rd Birthday

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W. E. B. Du Bois was a public intellectual, sociologist, and activist on behalf of the African American community. He profoundly shaped black political culture in the United States through his founding role in the NAACP, as well as internationally through the Pan-African movement. Du Bois’s sociological and historical research on African-American communities and culture broke ground in many areas, including the history of the post-Civil War Reconstruction period. Du Bois was also a prolific author of novels, autobiographical accounts, innumerable editorials and journalistic pieces, and several works of history. One of the most neglected and obscure books by W. E. B. Du Bois, In Battle for Peace frankly documents Du Bois’s experiences following his attempts to mobilize Americans against the emerging conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. A victim of McCarthyism, Du Bois endured a humiliating trial-he was later acquitted-and faced political persecution for over a decade. Part autobiography and part political statement, In Battle for Peace remains today a powerful analysis of race in America. With a series introduction by editor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and an introduction by Manning Marable, this edition is essential for anyone interested in African American history.

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Battle of the Sexes Fun Size Game

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It’s couples vs. couples as they draw cards and try to correctly guess their partner’s answers. The couple with the highest score at the end of the game wins-proving they now the most about their partner. Includes 100 cards, 4 pencils, score pad, timer, and player guide. For 2 or more
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Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Volume 4: Dan and Drago

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‘The Case Against 8,’ Which Debuted As Sundance, Recalls California’s Gay Marriage Battle

Two gay couples who waged a five-year court battle to restore same-sex marriage in California are back in the spotlight, in a new film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, and lesbian couple Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, finally achieved their goal last June. But “The Case against 8” recounts the long and often dispiriting judicial battle they fought to get there.

The documentary, by filmmakers Ben Cotner and Ryan White, is in official competition at the independent film festival, which wraps up next weekend in the Utah ski resort of Park City.

The story begins on November 4, 2008 — the day Barack Obama became the first ever African American US president, but also the day Californians voted in a referendum on so-called Proposition 8 to outlaw same sex marriages.

The “Prop 8” decision came only a few months after the western US state’s top court had legalized gay marriage, and some 18,000 same-sex couples had already tied the knot before the referendum blow.

Gay rights campaigners acted immediately, creating the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) to take the case to court, where they filed a first lawsuit in May 2009.

“We heard about the case very early on, before it was filed and we asked them about the possibility of making a documentary about it, without knowing that someday it would become a bigger case,” Cotner told AFP.

“At the time, we had no idea that it would go all the way to the Supreme Court,” he added.

As well as the roller-coaster legal fight — from the plaintiffs’ first court victory in San Francisco to the US Supreme Court in Washington — the film also focuses on the two couples at the heart of it.

The four became the face of gay marriage in California, putting huge pressures on them.

“I’ve never been so nervous in my life. Even though we’re ready, there is the weight of ‘I can’t mess this up. I have to represent so many people,'” Katami says in the film.

The two couples “never knew that the case would become so big and they didn’t know that they would become the cement of the story,” co-director White told AFP.

“But on top of that, the idea of having a documentary crew following them probably was not the thing that they wanted most at the beginning,” he added.

A third duo also plays a central role in the film: lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies, nicknamed “The Odd Couple” by the media.

The pair, who had been on opposing sides in the infamous legal battle which resulted in George W. Bush’s 2000 election win over Al Gore, united “to fight for LGBT rights together,” White said.

“That was the heart of the case and probably the heart of the film too,” he added.

Olson, a fervent Republican, drew harsh criticism for supporting gay marriage, even though, as he says in the documentary, “marriage is a conservative value.”

“It’s two people who love one another and want to live together in a stable relationship, to become part of a family and part of a neighborhood and part of our economy,” he said.

The filmmakers said they were careful not to get carried away by the strong emotions on both sides, over the five years.

But their objectivity was seriously challenged when the US Supreme Court restored the right of gays to marry in California, on June 26 last year.

“Two days later, we were at the weddings and that day was the hardest day to film because it was so hard for me to concentrate on the film,” said Cotner.

“I just wanted to be a part of the wedding with them. “I didn’t want to be a filmmaker at that moment. I wished I was just a participant at the wedding,” he said.


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Prime Minister’s Office And ‘Rock Star’ Neil Young Battle Over Oilsands

After taking Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the federal government to task yesterday during a Toronto press conference and concert last night, Neil Young received an official reply from the Prime Minister’s Office earlier today regarding his comments on the Alberta oilsands development.

A press release from the PMO defended the government’s position stating it was a fundamental part of Canada’s economy. The statement also seemingly took a shot at Young in the process.

“Even the lifestyle of a rock star relies, to some degree, on the resources developed by thousands of hard-working Canadians every day,” Jason MacDonald said in a statement. “Our government recognizes the importance of developing resources responsibly and sustainably and we will continue to ensure that Canada’s environmental laws and regulations are rigorous.”

Young was quick to respond to the PMO’s statement, issuing a statement of his own through his label Warner Music.

“If rock stars need oil is an official response, how does that affect the treaties Mr. Harper’s government of Canada is breaking,” Young wrote. “Of course, rock stars don’t need oil. I drove my electric car from California to the Tar sands and on to Washington DC without using any oil at all and I’m a rock star.”

The singer — who said the issue is “with the government breaking treaties with the First Nation and plundering the natural resources the First Nation has rights to under the treaties” — stated he and the First Nations people “have respect for all working people” but were concerned with “the job they are working on.”

“They are digging a hole that our grandchildren will have great trouble digging their way out of,” Young wrote. “There are better jobs to be developing, with clean energy source industries to help make the world a safer place for our grandchildren.” He also noted the amount of CO2 being created by every gallon of gasoline being produced from the oil sands, reportedly three times as much CO2 as the cleanest oil sources.

“As a Canadian citizen, I am concerned that this government is not acting within the advice of science,” the singer said. “When people say one thing and do another, it is hypocrisy. Our Canadian environmental laws don’t matter if they are broken.”

In an interview with CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi yesterday which ran on Q this morning, Young was quick to respond to some of the backlash he received in Alberta following comments last year comparing Fort McMurray to Hiroshima. One radio station even banned Young’s songs from their playlist while some politicians including Alberta Energy Minister Ken Hughes said the comments were offensive.

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“I don’t even react to them, they don’t mean anything to me,” Young said in response to Hughes comments. “It’s senseless, a man in a position like that whose elected by the people of the province of Alberta should be able tell the difference between a metaphor and a direct quote. If he doesn’t understand that Fort Mac stands for the oilsands, then he doesn’t even know where he lives. That was a ridiculous thing to do.

“And as far as burning my [records], whatever they want to do with my records, I could care less,” Young added. “My records are still there, you can burn them and break them and you can do whatever you want with them but they will stand the test of time and still be there. So I’m not worried about that. Doesn’t bother me at all. I say they missed the point.”

Young also said people should look at the motivation behind the development versus the motivation behind the First Nations people regarding the issue. During yesterday’s press conference, three seats remained empty with Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq. Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Bernard Valcourt invited to attend but absent.

“This is not a myth, this is true,” Young said. “You can either believe me and the First Nations people or you can believe the oil companies and the Canadian government. And you got to look at the motivation. Why would anybody say anything? Why would I say anything? And why would the First Nations people say anything if there wasn’t something wrong? Then look at the motivation of the Canadian government and the oil companies that they’re working with.”

Young’s benefit tour for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Legal Defense Fund continues later this week with shows in Winnipeg, Regina and Calgary. Young’s interview with Ghomeshi will air on CBC’s The National Wednesday evening.
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Star Wars Battle Packs Mos Espa Arena

Star Wars Battle Packs Mos Espa Arena


This four-pack of intense Star Wars figures includes C-3PO, Anakin Skywalker, Sebulba and two Pit Droid figures, two flags for each team in the podraces and a pair of 3D glasses. With this Star Wars Battle Packs Mos Espa Arena, kids can use the included game cards and die to play the Galactic Battle Game. These exclusive Star Wars Battle Toys have almost everything kids need to have all kinds of interplanetary adventure. With 3D glasses, these Star Wars Action Figure Toys allow you to see the awesome 3D effect in the included Star Wars image on the package. Each figure in this Star Wars Battle Packs Mos Espa Arena include bases, allowing you to stand them in your collection. This Star Wars Battle Toy gives almost everything needed to re-enact the podrace in the Mos Espa Arena. This pack includes five figures, five battle bases, five galactic battle game cards, a die, 3D glasses and accessories.

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