x Though Spider-Man is part of the MCU due to a rare co-production deal with Marvel Studios, Sony’s still working on its own cinematic universe built around the other heroes, anti-heroes and villains that populate Peter Parker’s corner of the Marvel world. First up, of course, is October’s Venom, directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Tom Hardy as the symbiote-infected Eddie Brock. Exactly what the longterm plans Sony has for this franchise isn’t totally clear at present, though, but Vulture’s done their best to get to the bottom of it by talking to numerous individuals who’ve been involved behind the scenes. First off, one anonymous writer clarified Sony’s approach to creating a successful cinematic universe: make good movies first. “At the core of the endeavor to make a universe lies a deep cynicism. The audience thinks you’re just trying to take their money. It’s not unfounded. You have to prove them … [Read more...] about Insiders Reveal Interesting New Details On Sony’s Spider-Man Universe
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BBC quiz show University Challenge's Grand Final takes place tonight in a hotly contested showdown between two teams who were comfortably victorious in their semi-finals. Jeremy Paxman is returning for his 24th final to put the teams through their paces. Here's the latest on the BBC Two show... Where can I watch the University Challenge 2018 final? The final is on BBC Two TONIGHT, Monday, April 23, at 8:30pm. Once aired, it will be available to catch up on BBC iPlayer. University Challenge originally aired on ITV from 1962 until 1987 before it was rebooted by the BBC. Balliol College, Oxford, are the current title holders after winning the last series in April 2017. Who’s in the University Challenge final? St John’s College Cambridge will take on Oxford's Merton College in tonight's final. It is the fifth straight year in which the final has been contested by two teams from Oxbridge. However, neither of this year's finalists have won University Challenge since Merton … [Read more...] about Who’s in the University Challenge final tonight and who are the St John’s and Merton College teams from Cambridge and Oxford?
A s a champion of public housing, I had a front-row seat to Gov. Cuomo the City for mismanaging NYCHA. He shined a spotlight on the humanitarian crisis in public housing, promised a new way forward and delivered. The end result: an executive order that empowers the tenants with a seat at the table for the first time ever and gives the city powerful new tools for delivering better, cheaper and faster repairs. An executive who moves that boldly and swiftly is hard to come by in a political culture that prefers to stand still. In America’s political discourse, it has become fashionable to glibly dismiss experience as little more than a code word for “establishment.” But experience matters when governing within an entrenched system. The best intentions will only bring you so far and yield you so much. Political mastery, in the end, is what drives change in a place like Albany. Andrew Cuomo is a political master in the tradition of Lyndon Johnson. Mastering the levers … [Read more...] about Gov. Cuomo: N.Y.’s Lyndon Johnson
The activist core of a small liberal state party has come to the conclusion that Gov. Cuomo — despite having hiked the minimum wage, won paid family leave, made public college free for most and slapped a moratorium on fracking — is too much of a triangulator. It’s the Working Families Party’s right to make that judgment, but count us puzzled by the progressive bear-hug of unproven first-time candidate Cynthia Nixon. The choice is reshaping the left flank of New York’s political scene, and not for the better: Progressive activism unmoored from pragmatism and fiscal sanity will not be good for this state. The Working Families Party was born back in 1998 as a coalition of grassroots organizations and labor unions dedicated to advancing economic fairness. It owes a good deal of its power, as all smaller New York parties do, to odd state fusion voting laws that let candidates run on more than one party line in general elections. In 2010 and 2014, the WFP … [Read more...] about N.Y.’s left-wing crackup: What comes next for the Working Families Party and Gov. Cuomo
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Captain America: Steve Rogers No. 15] Even as Marvel's comic book universe heads toward being overrun by Hydra in this summer's Secret Empire storyline, the latest issue of Captain America: Steve Rogers reveals that one mainstay of the fascist organization surprisingly won't be part of the new regime. The climax of the new issue of the Steve Rogers series has been building to this month's launch of Secret Empire for almost a year at this point. It sees Rogers — the original Captain America, whose past has been rewritten so that he's now an undercover Hydra agent — confront the Red Skull, who's been in charge of the terrorist organization for some time … and kill him. The confrontation was inevitable; one of the running plots of the Steve Rogers storyline has been that Rogers has become transformed into a zealot who believes in the ideals behind Hydra, and sees the Skull as someone who has perverted them for … [Read more...] about ‘Captain America: Steve Rogers’ Twist Shifts Balance of Power in Marvel’s Comic Book Universe