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March 2014

Three Trailers Later and I’m Still Hella Skeptical About Maleficent

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The third trailer for Maleficent came out today, oh boy. You can watch it below:

Well, it certainly looks cool and…

You know what, I can’t do this. Is anyone else skeptical as hell about this movie?

I mean, don’t get me wrong, it certainly looks cool and will probably end up doing Snow White and the Huntsman better than Snow White and the Huntsman did.* And yay female lead movies from a major studio that will likely feature some sort of character development for one or more leads!

But it’s the angle the film is going for is what bothers me. “Disney-fying” is the wrong word for it. That’s more of what you’d use to describe what Saving Mr. Banks did to P.L. Travers.** No, it’s Wicked-fying Maleficent.

I'm not just saying that because of the green skin. [herocomplex.latimes.com] I’m not just saying that because of the green skin. [herocomplex.latimes.com] If you’re not familiar, Wicked: The Life and Times…

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Epic Illustrations by Julian Callos

Textured Illustrations by Masha Manapov

A Gorgeous Art Book from Rebecca Guay

Imaginative mixed media art by Sarah Illenberger

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Sarah Illenberger is a multi-media artist  based in Berlin working at the intersection of art, graphic design, and photography. With a focus on analog craftwork using everyday items, Sarah is renowned for creating vivid, witty images that open up new perspectives on seemingly familiar subjects.

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E-Cigarettes Don’t Discourage Smoking Among Teens

Health & Family

Are e-cigarettes the lesser of two evils, or just another method of nicotine exposure?

It’s a question public health experts are debating. Some question the benefits of steering smokers towards less harmful products on the nicotine product spectrum. And a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics suggests what medical experts dread: that people who use e-cigarettes are also likely to be regular cigarette users.

Adolescents who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke other tobacco products and regular cigarettes. The researchers surveyed 17,353 middle and high school students in 2011, and 22,529 young people in 2012 as part of the National Youth Tobacco Survey.

Youth who reported ever using e-cigarettes or currently using them had a greater likelihood of experimenting with regular cigarettes, smoking on a regular basis, or being a current cigarette smoker. Among young people who had used tobacco cigarettes, trying an e-cigarette was linked to being an established smoker. The…

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International Women’s Day: Putting the ‘ale’ in female

Eatocracy

Two women’s beer organizations, the Pink Boots Society from the United States and Project Venus from the United Kingdom, have teamed up to create a global, all-female brew day on March 8 in order to raise awareness of women in the industry.

International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day will allow women from more than 60 breweries around the world to create their own version of the collaborative, girl-powered recipe called Unite Pale Ale.

“The beauty of the recipe is that it still leaves room for creativity and uniqueness to the individual brewsters,” says Denise Ratfield, of the Pink Boots Society and San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. (Industry jargon uses brewster as the feminine form of brewer.)

Sophie de Ronde, head brewer of Brentwood Brewing Company in Chelmsford, England, came up with the idea that has since spread stateside with the help of Ratfield and the Pink Boots Society.

“Our goal is…

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Publishers Weekly Ignores The Real Scandal At LA Times Festival of Books

David Gaughran

PWLATimesPublishers Weekly whipped up a storm on Wednesday with news of a deal between Amazon and the LA Times Festival of Books , resulting in calls for the publishing community to boycott the event. But Publishers Weekly is ignoring the real scandal.

Amazon isn’t listed as a sponsor or scheduled to appear. The “deal” in question pertains to the LA Times Festival of Books signing up as an Amazon affiliate so they can earn a percentage from sales made through their website. Mary Williams, of Skylight Books in Los Angeles, complained that sales will be “siphoned away” by Amazon.

I’m not so sure that charge sticks. Either someone at the event buys the book in front of them or they don’t. I can’t see how the festival website being an Amazon affiliate changes that. If readers are going to spot a book, then check the price on Amazon (or wherever)…

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Passenger’s Sexist Note to Woman Pilot Goes Viral

NewsFeed

A passenger on a recent WestJet flight left a crude, sexist note scrawled on a napkin denouncing the flight’s female pilot.

“To Capt./WestJet,” the note says. “The cockpit of airliner [sic] is no place for a woman. A woman being a mother is the most honor not as “captain” Proverbs 31 (Sorry not P.C.) P.S. I wish WestJet could tell me a fair lady is at the helm so I can book another flight! Were [sir] short mothers not pilots Westjet.”

The genius passenger—who, by all indications traveled safely from point to point on the woman-piloted flight—did not leave a name.

The pilot, Carey Smith Steacy, posted the note to Facebook where it began its viral journey across the Internet. On social media people have been offering words of support for Steacy.

WestJet told ABC News, “We are enormously proud of the professionalism, skills and expertise of our…

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