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Actor Andrew Garfield arrives for the premiere of Sony Pictures 'The Amazing Spider-Man' in Los Angeles on June 28, 2012.
“Amazing Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield, who you’ll also be seeing in next year’s sequel, is no stranger to the character. Garfield says he’s loved Spider-Man since he was a kid. However, he’s got one more nontraditional idea: Spider-Man should be gay.
Garfield pontificated on the idea with Entertainment Weekly in this week’s Comic-Con issue. He said he brought the idea up to producer Matt Tolmach half-joking, but half not. “I was like, ‘What if MJ is a dude?’ Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking! … So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”
While Garfield could be right about it not being groundbreaking, superhero fans aren’t known for being excited about change. Recent Superman movie “Man of Steel” received online fan backlash when word came out that Jimmy Olsen was going to be Jenny Olsen instead, though the final film barely even mentioned the character’s name.
Mapping the United States by beer and liquor brands.
Thrillist took to mapping the United States by our nation’s greatest asset: its variety of alcohol. From the Samuel Adams shores of Massachusetts to California’s Sierra Nevada mountains/beers, there’s a little bit of everything.
Some are more well known, like Tennessee’s Jack Daniel’s, Kentucky’s Jim Beam, Wisconsin’s Miller and Missouri’s Budweiser. Then you’ve got your more niche/local brews that aren’t on the tips, either figuratively or literally, of everyone else’s tongues — Dakota Spirits Distillery, anyone?
California offers a number of spirited options for your spirits. The California Craft Brewers Association represents over 270 breweries, according to the organization. Los Angeles County brewers include Golden Road, Angel City and more.
What’s your favorite Southern California brewery? Let us know in the comments. You can also check out the full size Thrillist beer and liquor map here.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks at the 2013 Financial Education Summit at the Melbourne Convention Centre on June 14, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.
Paramount confirmed Thursday that it’s working on a reboot of the Terminator franchise, and that the next film — set for June 26, 2015 — is planned to kick off a new Terminator trilogy. The current title? Simply enough, “Terminator.”
They wouldn’t confirm former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appearance, but he announced earlier this month that he was set to return, telling attendees at the 21st Century Financial Education Summit in Australia, ““I’m very happy that the studios want me to be in Terminator 5 and to star as the Terminator, which we start shooting in January,” Entertainment Weekly reports. Schwarzenegger has been in all four Terminator films to date, though his appearance in the last film, “Terminator Salvation,” was through the magic of CGI due to him being busy governing a state.
A screenshot from the game "Mass Murderer of Steel," satirizing the film "Man of Steel."
The new Superman movie, “Man of Steel,” has come under some criticism from fans upset with a third act that includes massive destruction in the city of Metropolis — particularly with Superman not doing more to take the battle outside the city.
Santa Monica-based cartoonist Kyle Baker decided to parody that with a Web game satire, “Mass Murderer of Steel.” You can send a battling Superman and General Zod into buildings, helpless bystanders and even school buses.
Here’s the game’s official description:
Enjoy high-flying mass destruction as you ignore the hideous death screams of the millions you are pledged to save! Use your super powers to wage a never-ending battle for self-important allegorical bombast! Bludgeon your senses into numbed awe!
BuzzFeed hired a third party consulting company to estimate the damage done to Metropolis in the film in the midst of Superman’s battle with Zod — they estimate 129,000 known killed in the immediate aftermath, over 250,000 missing and nearly a million injured. They also say the initial physical damage estimate would be $700 billion, with the total impact coming to $2 trillion. Oops.
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Dr. Sally Ride, the first U.S. woman to travel into space, speaks to the media at the San Diego Aerospace Museum February 7, 2003 in San Diego. Ride gave her condolences to the families of the lost space shuttle Columbia astronauts and spoke about the future of the space program.
NASA made news Monday by announcing a new class of astronauts that was half-female, but Tuesday marks the 30th anniversary of Encino native Sally Ride becoming the first American woman in space.
Ride died late last year of cancer, but she avoided earlier disaster based on the timing of her flight — Ride rode the shuttle Challenger, which exploded after launch a few years later. She was buried in Santa Monica. It was also revealed in her obituary that she had a female partner for the past 27 years, making her the first known homosexual to travel to outer space.
Watch Ride describe the “spectacular view” of Earth from space in this video NASA released last year:
Ride described the launch in her book, “To Space & Back”:
"3 … 2 … 1 … The rockets light! The shuttle leaps off the launch pad in a cloud of steam and a trail of fire. Inside, the ride is rough and loud. Our heads are rattling around inside our helmets. We can barely hear the voices from Mission Control in our headsets above the thunder of the rockets and engines. For an instant I wonder if everything is working right. But there’s no more time to wonder, and no time to be scared.
"In only a few seconds we zoom past the clouds. Two minutes later the rockets burn out, and with a brilliant whitish-orange flash, they fall away from the shuttle as it streaks on toward space. Suddenly the ride becomes very, very smooth and quiet. The shuttle is still attached to the big tank, and the launch engines are pushing us out of Earth’s atmosphere. The sky is black. All we can see of the trail of fire behind us is a faint, pulsating glow through the top window.
"The atmosphere thins gradually as we travel farther from Earth. At fifty miles up, we’re above most of the air, and we’re officially ‘in space.’"