Somehow the New Thor: Ragnarok Trailer Is Even Crazier Than the First

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The first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok is one of those trailers you never, ever forget. So, the cast and crew had a lot to live up to at Comic-Con, but the new trailer take care of at all. It’s a two-and-a-half-minute ball of action, awesomeness, humor, and insanity that may be the most purely fun Marvel movie trailer we’ve ever seen, all courtesy of director Taika Waititi.

The trailer makes it clear that Thor and Loki will team up to defeat Hela and Ragnarok. Plus, we’ve got the wolf Fenris, Hulk talking, sassy Jeff Goldblum, and Thor and Loki shooting people with laser guns. And, perhaps the biggest of all, we’ve got confirmation that Hulk fights the fire giant Surtur, and that is something I’m very much looking forward to seeing! Check out the trailer for yourself here.

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Somehow the New Thor: Ragnarok Trailer Is Even Crazier Than the First

The New Star Trek: Discovery Trailer Shows a Galaxy on the Brink of… Something

The official series trailer for Star Trek: Discovery is out, and the stakes are bigger than ever… maybe? Actually, it’s a little hard to tell what’s going on.

Discovery takes place during the conflict between Starfleet and Klingons, who are rising up to assert their place in the galaxy. During the San Diego Comic-Con panel, we were told that Klingons on the show will be speaking in Klingon with English subtitles—however, in the trailer, we only see them speaking English. It’s unclear whether that was done solely for the trailer, or if it the Klingons will actually speak both languages. 

We also got a better look at Jason Isaacs’ captain, who Isaacs described during the panel as “probably more fucked up” than your average Starfleet officer. I’m not sure what his motives are, except it looks like he’s trying to avoid a war. But then there’s another guy who looks like he wants to fight. Michelle Yeoh is there looking startled. You’ve got some weird plant things, and then some space drifting. And then, of course, there was that reveal during the panel that our protagonist is actually Spock’s adoptive sister.

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But hey, at least Anthony Rapp gets a boyfriend!

You can check out the trailer below. Star Trek: Discovery debuts September 24 and will have 15 episodes.

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After This Insane Trailer We’re Dying to See The Lego Ninjago Movie, and We’re as Shocked as You Are

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The first Lego Movie had the surprise of its material to work with. Lego Batman had, well, Batman. What can the Lego Ninjago movie do to keep things fresh? we wondered. According to this shockingly great new trailer the answer is: A lot of things, because the movie looks downright insane.

As someone not entirely familiar with the world of Ninjago—not only has it been a line of Lego sets for the past few years, it’s actually had its own successful animated TV series too—I wasn’t entirely sure going into the new movie in terms of what to expect other than Ninjas. The first trailer delivered on that (with a whole heap of daddy drama issues to boot), but this one serves as a reminder that this is still a Lego movie, too, which means jokes flying at a mile a minute and some truly bonkers spectacle.

Spectacle like, say, a live-action cat stampeding through a Lego city. The cat’s pretty great, as is the revelation of how main character Lloyd’s mom met his father, the evil warlord Garmadon. But honestly, the weirdest and best part of this whole trailer comes near the end, when Lloyd seemingly has one of his arms wrenched off, and it’s surprisingly graphic for a Lego movie?

Like, there’s a big hole where his arm used to be! And yet it’s still funny! Well done, Lego Ninjago Movie.

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How to Resign From Your Job

Sometimes you end up in a position, for instance, Press Secretary at the White House, that you’re not exactly cut out for. Everyone has to quit a job at some point. Whether you’ve found a new gig or just get the feeling (perhaps from watching news reports) that your seconds away from being fired when it’s time to walk away, there’s a right and a wrong way to do it.

Write a Nice Letter

Even if this was the worst job you’ve ever had and you’d love to burn the place down, your resignation letter should be polite and professional. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that the world is really a super small place. Presuming you’re working in a professional capacity at your job, then your professional world is probably even smaller. Don’t burn any bridges.

You’d be shocked at how a bad boss or a bad job can pop back up down the line. Ten years from now you might want to get a job at another company where the boss is good friends, or neighbors, or old college classmates with your bad boss from the decade before. Or maybe 10 years from now your boss will have moved on and you’ll want to come back to the company in some capacity. Bosses are temporary, but your employee file is forever. Don’t screw over future you by leaving a nasty note in there to be found.

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Instead, keep your resignation letter to just a few sentences. Try and have a sentence or two of positive comments about your time at the company, and then note the day you would like to be your last. Something like this:

Mr. Smith,

I’ve really enjoyed my time working at Acme Inc., particularly the past few years in the whoopee cushion department. Unfortunately, the time has come for me to accept a position elsewhere. My last day will be August 31st. Over the next month I would be happy to help find and train my replacement.

All the best,

Sally

This isn’t the time to talk about how you were wronged or to point out bad decisions that were made over the years. Keep it short, sweet, and to the point. You’re leaving, all that bad stuff doesn’t matter anymore.

Give Two Weeks

Don’t ruin your years of hard work at your job by catching your boss off guard with a resignation letter. No matter how bad the job is, you should always offer to work for an additional two weeks after you pass in your resignation letter. In some cases, your boss might tell you to go ahead and go as soon as you pass in the letter, in others, you sticking around can help give the company time to find a replacement and/or come up with a plan to handle your job responsibilities until they do.

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If you have a particularly involved job and like your employer, you may want to consider giving a month’s notice or more or to discuss an appropriate end date with your boss. Or your contract might actually stipulate an amount of notice you have to give. The goal here is to give the company a chance to make plans for what they’re going to do without you rather than to leave them unexpectedly hanging.

Be Ready to Go

Before you hand in your resignation letter, be ready for today to be your last. Sometimes employers take resignation letters well and want to keep you around for as long as possible (or want to offer you more cash than that fancy other company did). Other times, an employer might feel betrayed by your resignation or concerned that you will use your remaining time at the company to gather knowledge you’ll take to your new gig, and they might ask you to leave immediately.

Don’t clear off your desk before you head into your boss’s office, but do back up any emails and files you want that your boss might lock you out of once he hears you’re leaving. If you use a company computer, make sure you’ve removed any personal photos or files, and that you’ve deleted those chat messages you and your coworker had about how awful your boss is. That way if he does ask you to leave, you’re ready.


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Seth McFarlane’s Star Trek Spoof The Orville Looks Like a Ton of Fun

Fox’s new scifi sitcom The Orville wowed us in its first look, mainly because it managed to come off as both a loving homage to the campiest aspects of classic Star Trek while also being genuinely funny. The new Comic-Con trailer is much the same—reminding us that exploring the strange new frontiers can be a truly ridiculous endeavor.

Very pointedly dropped just as Star Trek: Discovery began its panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the new trailer delivers a few more glimpses at the show’s premise than we got in the first one, but mainly decides to skip most of the jokes and focus on the big scale scifi action we can expect to see when the titular ship’s dysfunctional crew isn’t running their mouths off ever other second.

Honestly, if The Orville can balance traditional Star Trek style action and its goofy ribbing of the beloved franchise, we could be in for something very fun—at the least, it’ll be nice to get two Trek-ish shows on TV this September with both this and Discovery.

The Orville debuts on Fox September 10.

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Seth McFarlane’s Star Trek Spoof The Orville Looks Like a Ton of Fun

‘The Defenders’ Comic-Con trailer features punching, heroes

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: There’s a threat facing New York, and a few of Marvel’s punch-happy heroes need to clean it up. Based on the new trailer shown tonight at Comic-Con — where, Deadline reports, Netflix screened the entire first episode — the plot of every Netflix Marvel series so far will remain consistent with this eight episode The Defenders mini-series that arrives August 18th.

Of course, fans have quickly devoured most episodes of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist so far, so putting them all together should flow beautifully. Speaking of Iron Fist, Netflix also announced there will be a season two of the Finn Jones project, which will also feature Misty Knight from the first season of Luke Cage. This plan has been more than four years in the making, and similar to the movie MCU, a grand meetup should close a chapter in overall book — at least until The Punisher debuts.

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Netflix drops the full trailer for ‘Bright,’ its $90M+ potential blockbuster hit

Netflix may have its first blockbuster movie on its hands. The new, full-length trailer for the upcoming Will Smith movie, “Bright,” from “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer dropped during San Diego’s Comic-Con yesterday. The trailer gives viewers a longer look into the upcoming film, which takes place in a futuristic world where magical creatures like orcs and elves exist alongside humans, and face discrimination because of their differences.

The movie’s plot sees Smith playing LAPD cop Scott Ward, who’s paired with an orc partner, Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) – one of the first orcs to be appointed to the police department. Despite their issues, the two bond while on a mission to track down a powerful weapon: a magic wand that everyone’s after.

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Plot aside, Netflix’s “Bright” is one of its most ambitious deals to date, and not only because of its price tag or its magical creature-filled storyline.

The company had reportedly outbid Warner Bros teamed up with MGM, who were willing to go as high as $50 million, and PalmStar’s Kevin Frakes, who committed to a budget of $60 million, for the movie.

Netflix swooped in with a promise to invest north of $90 million and stole the whole deal.

Netflix has done high-dollar deals before, in order to score big name talent and unique scripts. For example, the company paid $60 million for the Brad Pitt war comedy, “War Machine.” But that movie was the sort of thing that may not have even been made if not for Netflix. Even star Pitt noted during a press conference, if it did get made at all, “it would have been at one-sixth of the budget.”

Other Netflix films have received critical praise, like its debut movie, 2015’s “Beasts of No Nation.” Netflix bought the film $12 million, which told the story of child soldiers in a West African country. More recently, Netflix’s fantasy movie “Okja,” backed by a $50 million investment, was even cautiously dubbed Netflix’s first potential hit. It may be weird and great, but it’s not yet a mainstream success.

The sorts of movies that appeal at Cannes, aren’t always those that deliver the largest audiences, of course. Take, for example, “Suicide Squad.” The movie was panned by critics, but still pulled in $746 million at the box office worldwide, making it a commercial success. And now its director David Ayer is back, with “Bright.”

Netflix has tried to appeal to the masses before – by scooping up a series of Adam Sandler movies in a 2014 deal, which it expanded this March to include four more films.These clearly have a sizable enough built-in viewership to be worth further investment for Netflix, but they’re not what you’d call blockbusters, by any means.

“Bright,” however, could be a legitimate hit for Netflix – the kind of movie that would have been shown in theaters – at scale, not limited releases –  in years past. It may even be the start of a franchise for Netflix, Deadline had reported. (Assuming it delivers, of course.)

And if “Bright” becomes a true blockbuster for Netflix, it presents a very real challenge the movie industry as a whole, from deal-making to distribution.

As Netflix basically said in its earnings a few days ago, the company aims to save movies by disrupting the movie business as whole, like the way it disrupted TV.

“We understand that our approach to films – debuting movies on Netflix first – is counter to Hollywood’s century-old windowing tradition. But just as we changed and reinvented the TV business by putting consumers first and making access to content more convenient, we believe internet TV can similarly reinvigorate the film business (as distinct from the theatrical business),” the company stated.

Netflix has plans to release 40 feature films this year, from those with big stars to indies from unknown new voices. That’s up from the 16 films it put out in 2016, and part of its larger $6 billion budget for original content.

“Bright” will stream on Netflix on December 22.

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The USMC M16 / M4 Technical Manual – Oorah Manuals!

A Marine and his rifle makes perhaps one of the most individually lethal combinations on the planet. Marines and their rifles, even deadlier, and battalions, supported by individual and combined arms one of the most feared and revered fighting organizations on the planet. However, all that efficiency is not just from Espirit de Corps. Much […]

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RepairClinic.com

If you have an appliance (especially an older one) that has a minor problem and you want to DIY the fix instead of buying a replacement or buying a repair, consult RepairClinic.com. Type in the model number and you get taken to a page that lists the most common problems. The page for that problem lists – most likely/common to least – the various things that could cause a problem. For example, for our 20 year old washer, the page told us “for a small leak at the front of the machine”, it’s most commonly this part. The part arrived in a couple days and the linked video had crystal clear instructions on how to take apart the machine, swap the part and close everything back up. Best of all, in case I forgot, the emailed invoice even had a link to the video.

— Burton Strauss

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