Proud citizen Barack Obama has reportedly been called for jury duty

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In his farewell address this January, President Obama said that the “most important office in a democracy” was that of the citizen.

We wonder if he’ll still be saying that after jury duty.

The former president has reportedly been called for jury duty in Chicago’s Cook County, where he is registered to vote. It’s unclear whether he’ll be considered for criminal or civil proceedings — that will be determined once he appears in court next month. Even still, chances are high that, ultimately, he won’t be selected to serve. Read more…

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Why Movies Anywhere Might Be the Streaming Solution We’ve Been Waiting For

Finally, all of your movies in one place.

Back in the day, it was a point of pride for many of us to display our racks upon racks of DVD cases at home for every visitor to see. People damn near defined themselves by their collections: were you a rom-com person, a kung fu afficianado, an Italian neorealism buff? Were you the type to alphabetize or organize cases by color? I’d venture to bet that some new relationships were made or broken based on a quick perusal of a potential paramour’s DVD fare.

With the advent of streaming, DVD shelves disappeared. While creating a lot less waste and providing a much bigger selection at our fingertips, streaming also brought about the hassle of having to remember where the heck we purchased each film, and switching services and possibly even devices to watch them. No more walking over to the shelf and grabbing the case you wanted, which could be found exactly where you left it. A new service called Movies Anywhere aims to change that, claiming to let you “seamlessly store your favorite movies in one place so you can watch them when and where you want.”

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Superhero Bits: Liam Hemsworth Could Have Been Thor, Justice League Credits Scenes & More

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Will the Nightwing movie in the works make reference to the character’s past? Did you know Billy Ray Cyrus was once given his own comic book? Is Marvel Comics finally done with the evil Captain America? Will Justice League have any post-credits scenes? Did you know Marvel once wanted Liam Hemsworth to play Thor more than Chris Hemsworth? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Descendants 2 star Sofia Carson guests on Marvel’s Spider-Man on Disney XD as Sandman’s estranged daughter.

Justice League star Ezra Miller apologizes, but The Flash will not have his suit come out of a ring that he wears.

Gotham released a new promo for the fourth season, teasing all sorts of new villain action, now with young Batman.

Chris McKay says the Nightwing movie will have plenty of references to the character’s past as a circus performer.

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A new Justice League banner appeared on the official site for the movie, but still no sign of Superman‘s return yet.

The latest edition of The Spoiler Room at EW features some new info for Supergirl, Arrow and The Punisher.

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Never forget that Billy Ray Cyrus once got his own comic book when his song “Achy Breaky Heart” was popular.

The second season of Jessica Jones has officially wrapped production according to the show’s star Krysten Ritter.

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The eclipse: From ancient paganism to American history, it’s been a thing

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Nothing reminds us that we are on a celestial island surrounded by the abyss like watching our planet’s energy source turn into a gaping black hole. 

But don’t take my word for it. From occult and pagan lore to American history and yes, Hollywood, solar eclipses have been harbingers of doom, transformation, and revolution since time immemorial. 

And can’t you just … feel it?

At a time when the fabric of American reality appears on the verge of collapse, maybe we can take comfort in the ancient beliefs that an eclipse isn’t just a phenomenon. It’s a sign. Read more…

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New findings reveal humans have been in Australia earlier than we thought

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The Indigenous people of Australia have lived there for a very, very long time, but just how long has been a source of contention.

Now there’s perhaps a more concrete answer. New evidence published in the journal Nature points to humans inhabiting Australia for 65,000 years — much earlier than the 47,000 years estimated by some archaeologists.

It’s the result of more than 10,000 artefacts discovered at the lowest layer of a site called the Madjedbebe rock shelter, which uncovers some of the complex behaviour of the earliest modern humans. Read more…

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Microwave what?! Research suggests we’ve been drinking tea all wrong

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Here’s something that might make you spit out your tea.

According to food scientist Dr Quan Vuong, from the University of Newcastle in Australia, microwaving your cup of tea is the key to getting more health benefits from the beverage. 

He’s done years of research on the matter, but still, people aren’t taking it well.

“Microwaving is one of the advanced technologies to get more bioactive compounds from the products,” he told ABC News

According to Dr Vuong, the best tasting and most effective method of microwaving your tea is putting hot water in the cup with a teabag, then heating it in the microwave for 30 seconds on half power, and finally letting it sit for a minute. Read more…

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Kauai, Hawaii has been home to some of Hollywood’s biggest films

Kauai is the oldest of Hawaii’s main islands and that mature natural beauty has courted its fair share of film makers for well over half a century, beginning with 1934’s White Heat. The lush flora of the “Garden Island” has served as the backdrop of many films, some noteworthy participants being: The Jurassic Park Franchise The original film from 1993, Jurassic Park III and the more-recent Jurassic World involved this island in its location shoots. Jurassic Park was shot along the Napali Coast and within the Hanapepe Valley. Although claiming to be taking off the coast of Costa Rica, 2015’s Jurassic World was actually filmed around Mt. Waialeale and the Olokele Valley, among other locales. With a fifth Jurassic Park movie filming, and considering only Jurassic Park II avoided using Kauai for any location shoots, it stands to reason that this island will make it to the silver screen once again. James Cameron’s Avatar Franchise The filming schedule for 2009’s Avatar included five days of practical material within the Keahua Arboretum. Rumors are also growing that Avatar 2 will return to the area for filming. Tropic Thunder (2008) Most of this comedy was filmed in various places throughout Kauai. Lilo &..

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‘The Dark Tower’ Has Been Delayed Again

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If everything had gone according to plan, we would have seen Nikolaj Arcel‘s adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower by now. The film was originally scheduled for a January 13, 2017 release date before being pushed back to February 17. From there, it was pushed back to July 28. And now, it looks like the quest for reach Dark Tower has just gotten a little longer, as Sony has delayed the film once more.

The Dark Tower has been pushed back a week and will now arrive on August, 4 2017. The news that the film is being delayed shouldn’t come as much of a surprise – folks outside of CinemaCon have yet to see any footage at all. In fact, our own Peter Sciretta was at CinemaCon, where he noted that the footage on display didn’t even look close to finished. As he noted on Tuesday:

…the footage had some visual effects that looked very early and unfinished for a July 28, 2017 release. With no trailer yet released for this film, I wonder if Sony will delay the movie yet again.

Well, they did move the release date, albeit not by much. An additional week isn’t a very long time, so I have to wonder if the delay has more to do with getting The Emjoi Movie (which will now open on July 28) in that date rather than giving Arcel and his team more time to finish up those visual effects shots. Still, we have to put this all in perspective: 2017’s other major Stephen King adaptation, It, doesn’t open until September and it already has a trailer. The Dark Tower is a tough sell to the uninitiated, so something’s got to give. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if Sony delayed to the movie again. After all, they intend for this to be the start of a huge film and television franchise – they can’t botch this one.

The reactions to the footage have been all over the map. Non-readers were baffled by the glimpse of story and enthralled by the visuals. Readers were more torn, citing some pretty major departures from how King’s post-apocalyptic fantasy story was described on the page. This film needs to somehow win over both groups. The Dark Tower is in a tricky position at the moment – it’s a movie that needs the biggest possible spotlight, but it keeps on dodging it.

So place your bets: does The Dark Tower make its August release date? And when do we see a trailer?

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‘Logan’ Star Hugh Jackman Also Wishes Wolverine Could’ve Been an Avenger

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Although Hugh Jackman has made it very clear that Logan will be his last movie as Wolverine, he’s not above indulging in some what-ifs. He hedged his bets when asked about a potential Wolverine / Deadpool movie, and now he’s entertaining the hypothetical possibility of a Wolverine / Avengers movie. No, it’s never going to happen — but Jackman admits that he might have been tempted to stick around if it had been an option. 

Although Wolverine’s hung out with the Avengers plenty of times in the comics, it’s a completely different story on the big screen. 20th Century Fox retains the rights to the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, while Marvel Studios owns most other characters from the Marvel Comics. While it’s technically possible for Marvel to strike up a sharing agreement with Fox — like they did with Sony to bring Spider-Man into the MCU — it seems very unlikely that Fox would want to. The X-Men films are still doing fine. There’s just no reason Fox would agree to overhaul the entire franchise to bring it in line with the rest of the MCU.

Still, a fan can dream. Screen Rant played the what-if game with Jackman, asking whether he’d be interested in an Avengers movie. His answer might make some of you sigh with regret:

If that was on the table when I made my decision, it certainly would have made me pause. That’s for sure. Because I always love the idea of him within that dynamic, with the Hulk obviously, with Iron Man but there’s a lot of smarter people with MBAs who can’t figure that out [laughter]. You never know.

He added, “At the moment, honestly, if I really did have them there, I probably wouldn’t have said this is the last. It just feels like this is the right time [to leave the character].” But that didn’t happen, so now not only are we never getting a Wolverine / Avengers movie, we’re never getting another Jackman-as-Wolverine movie.

Of course, it’s easy enough for Jackman to play along right now, when he’s under no obligation to make another Wolverine movie. It’s probably better, PR-wise, for him to agree that he’d like Wolverine to join the Avenger than it would be for him to shut down this line of questioning with a flat “no” — especially since it’s a safe bet no one will ever call his bluff. If I had to guess, I’d say that Jackman is probably really and truly done playing Wolverine. (And after 17 years, it’s hard to blame him for wanting to move on.) But never say never, right?

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