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ATT/TW Merger Approved: FOX Watch Begins…

It was in October of 2016 that a report surfaced that AT&T was attempting to acquire Time Warner.  The deal would give AT&T significant holdings in the media industry.  The following February Time Warner shareholders approved the merger.  This was quickly followed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai refusing to review the deal.  That left it in the hands of the Justice Department.  Every other country involved has since approved the merger.  It was only the U.S. that kept it from being final.

President Trump’s Justice Department filed an anti-trust lawsuit last year in November.  That pushed the merger deadline till the 21st of this month.  Today a judge stepped into the fray and approved the merger.

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… People are dicks. Not for the first time, a young girl has been bullied for liking Star Wars, because – wait of it – Star Wars is for boys. Hm. Let’s tell that to all the ladies you passionately wrote opinion pieces about the casting of Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it looked like there was only one new female character. But this isn’t a story about complaining. No, this is the story about the real heroes, the men and the women of the 501st Legion. Star Wars fans par excellence, the Legion took it upon themselves to remind girls everywhere that Star Wars is for everyone. (more…)

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The Interview is a gift that keeps on giving at the this normally slow news time of year. Last week, Sony Pictures pulled the film from its domestic and international Christmas Day release after a threat was posted by the group of hackers that cyber-attacked the company, implying a 9/11-style attack on any theater showing The Interview. On Friday, President Barack Obama said it was a bad move, and Sony execs tried to downplay the idea that they caved, saying that they do plan/hope to release The Interview at some point in the future. But there’s more than just the will to release the movie, there’s the means. And despite rumors to the contrary over the weekend, there’s still no solid word on when or how The Interview will be seen by audiences no matter where they are. (more…)

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That would be a-mazing! But unlikely. While making some remarks during a “manufacturing innovation event” this past week at the White House, President Barack Obama joked that the industry innovators gathered there were building Iron Man noting the technological innovation and research into new metal alloys being conducted. After some polite laughter, the President said he was just kidding, or maybe he wasn’t… Watch the clip from CNN embedded below: (more…)

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It’s been a standard of modern times that there’s a constant allegory between Superman and Jesus Christ. Of course, the Biblical metaphor works better with Moses, but hey, I’m not a religious scholar. Of course, the marketing team at Warner Bros. aren’t religious scholars either, but that apparently hasn’t stopped them from calling on church leaders to help them sell Man of Steel.

A story on CNN’s religous blog recently discussed Warner’s unique marketing approach to Man of Steel: “Jesus: The Original Superhero.” Several pastors from local parishes were invited to advanced screenings of Man of Steel, and were given notes and materials to help them formulate potential sermon material. “How might the story of Superman awaken our passion for the greatest hero who ever lived and died and rose again?” the sermon notes ask for instance.

“There was an actual push to say `We’re putting out something that speaks to your group,'” said Quentin Scott, a Baltimore pastor at the Shiloh Christian Community Church. “When I sat and listened to the movie I actually saw it was the story of Christ, and the love of God was weaved into the story. It was something I was very excited about that with the consultation of our senior pastor, we could use in our congregation.”

This isn’t the first time Hollywood’s pitched their blockbusters to regular church-goers, Les Miserables, The Book of Eli and The Blind Side were also pitched to the faithful, and some who are more on the critical side of Hollywood are actually okay with that.

“I think it’s a very good thing that Hollywood is paying attention to the Christian marketplace,” according to Ted Baehr, who runs a Christian-friendly movie review website called. Movieguide. “Where it gets sticky is when they try to manipulate the market and when Christians try to manipulate Hollywood. But here I think we have the right balance.”

Still, not everyone’s impressed.

“Any pastor who thinks using `Man of Steel Ministry Resources’ is a good Sunday morning strategy must have no concept of how high the stakes are, or very little confidence in the power of God’s word and God’s spirit,” writes P.J. Wenzel, a deacon and Sunday School teacher at Dublin Baptist Church in Ohio. “As they entertain their congregants with material pumped out from Hollywood’s sewers, lives are kept in bondage, and people’s souls are neglected.”

Well seems a little extreme, but I guess were all entitled to our opinion. And isn’t that what The Bible is all about?

I guess not.

Any of you Christian Bastards see Man of Steel this weekend, and was it Jesus-y enough for you? Sounds off below.

Source: CNN

The last time Christian Bale dealt with Chinese authorities, he was delivering an ass-kicking on the set of The Dark Knight Returns. This time, however, he didn’t have multiple takes or Christopher Nolan calling “cut” to help him out. Bale, accompanied by senior CNN correspondent Stan Grant and his camera crew, were simply trying to meet the blind human rights activist, Chen Guangcheng, in order to bring attention to his 15-month-long house arrest.

Christian and his company were assaulted by Chinese authorities and later pursued for over thirty minutes as they attempted to leave the area. The man spends 8 hours in a van only to be pushed back and practically chased away by the Chinese authorities. They should be lucky Bale wasn’t method acting at the time or his training with the league of assassins would have kicked into overdrive.

Details and footage of the dramatic events are contained in the video below which comes courtesy of Mediaite.

Via: Comic Book Movie

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