Different Rapids Levels on a Full Grand Canyon Rafting Trip

The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most amazing wonders. It’s home to different rock formations and rivers that can’t all be traveled within the day. One of the reasons why people love this Canyon is that it’s also home to many rapids.

River rafting is one of the activities you’ll be doing in the Grand Canyon. If you didn’t know, rapids in the Grand Canyon are rated in levels from I-X with X (or Class X) being the most difficult rapids. It’s important to know what levels of rapids you’re only allowed to go in especially when you’re not a seasoned river rafter. At the end of the day, it’s your safety that matters.

So what are the different rapid levels you can find in the Grand Canyon?

Class I: Easy

For a large Canyon, there are still several rapids that even kids can enjoy. If there weren’t, families won’t be able to raft through the Grand Canyon. Class I rapids have very few obstacles and when they do, you can spot them a few meters away. The water is still fast-moving, but there aren’t any obstructions to hit, so it’s really kid-friendly.

Class II: Novice

Compared to Class I rapids, Class II rapids are a little more challenging but not to the point that you’ll struggle. For this level of whitewater, there are a few obstacles and boulders that you have to avoid. The waves are medium-sized so you’ll feel a few bumps along the way. If you have children, your guide might have to give extra assistance for additional safety. Don’t worry, injuries and accidents are rare for this level of rapids.

Class III: Intermediate

Intermediate rapids already include having eddies and large waves. While they’re noticeable from afar, it’s still not as easy given that you have to maneuver around them or risk getting turned over. The water is fast and strong, and it’s ideal that you are able to maintain control of your raft easily for a safer trip.

Class IV: Advanced

Class IV rapids require more advanced skills when it comes to handling eddies and waves. For this level, kids are not allowed given that the whitewater is already powerful. Turbulence may also occur. Sometimes, even adult beginners in rafting are not given leave to go through Class IV rapids.

Class V: Expert

Class V rapids require experts and skilled rafters to go through this type of rapids. If you’re not one of them, then you won’t be allowed to take this route. Rapids in the Class V level means there are unavoidable waves that you won’t be able to see right away. There are several obstructions, but the more challenging parts are the steep holes and congested areas.

Class VI-VIII Extreme

The Class VI-VII rapids are extreme rapids. This means that there are big and long waves. Strength and endurance are key traits required to pass through these types of rapids. There is also unpredictable danger all the time, so even the slightest error can cost your life. What’s even more difficult in rapids like these is that rescue, when needed, is not always guaranteed.

Class IX-X: Turbulent

Is there anything more difficult than extreme? In the Grand Canyon, there is. The Class IX-X rapids are for those who are skilled and professional but find the Class VI-VII rapids too uneventful. At this point, these rapids are only for those who are looking for an adrenaline rush and the thrill of risking life and limb.

There are different rapid levels found in the Grand Canyon. Hopefully, this guide will help you in identifying what type of rafting trip you’ll take with your family or friends.

Who Is Liable if You Slip and Fall in a Store?

A slip-and-fall accident can cause serious injuries. Of all the activity that can occur in a store, there may be dangers that lead to a slip and fall. Large crowds, pallets, products left in the aisles, and even product spills can all lead to slip-and-fall accidents. When an accident occurs, there are often many parties that are potentially liable. A personal injury attorney can help you understand who may be liable in a slip-and-fall accident. 

Liability for a Slip-and-Fall in a Store 

There are a number of parties that may be liable for a slip-and-fall accident in a store. The store owner may be liable for the injuries because of negligent actions. Even the building owner or manager can have legal liability. A company that sells products in the store may be liable. Finally, customers can also be liable for a slip-and-fall accident. 

Store Liability for a Slip-and-Fall Accident 

Perhaps the most apparent entity that may be liable for a slip and fall accident is the store owner. Most of the responsibility for shoppers to have a safe shopping experience is on the store owners themselves. The employer is responsible for the actions of the employees. A store owner may have personal injury liability for a slip-and-fall when any of the following circumstances occur: 

  • Spills aren’t cleaned up quickly enough
  • There are too few employees to notice spills and clean them up
  • Products are left in the aisles where shoppers can trip on them
  • Employees are not properly trained to keep the premises safe
  • Carts are not cleaned up from the parking lot
  • There are broken steps or pavement in the parking lot
  • Objects fall from the shelves
  • There are too many customers in the store at one time 

It’s up to the store to keep their property safe. When a slip-and-fall occurs because store owners didn’t take appropriate measures, a personal injury attorney can help you determine if they are legally at fault. 

Product Seller Liability 

Even the company that sells a product can be liable for a slip-and-fall that occurs in a store. The product may not be appropriately packaged. The producer may not have given the store sufficient instructions for how to sell the product. The result may be legal liability for the manufacturer because of a product defect

Third-Party Security Company

There may be a third-party security company that is charged with security at the store. When the security company is part of keeping shoppers safe, they may have legal liability if they make errors that lead to a slip-and-fall. Your personal injury attorney can help you investigate in order to determine if there is a third-party security company that may have blame. 

Customer Liability

Customer liability for a slip-and-fall accident may occur when a customer is negligent in a store. Even shoppers have an obligation to look out for other shoppers. Jostling in the store or even not carefully handling products as customers shop can lead to liability for the customers. Customer actions are one factor that may play a role in who has legal liability for a slip-and-fall accident in a store. 

Evaluating Legal Liability

As you evaluate legal liability for a slip-and-fall in a store, remember that multiple parties can be liable. If the store is liable, a customer may be liable, too. If the property owner is liable, store security may also have played a role. As you evaluate liability, remember that multiple parties may be to blame. Your personal injury attorney can help you name these parties appropriately so that you win the compensation you deserve.

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Choosing a Google Pixel 3a Case

Do you currently have the Google Pixel 3a and are looking for a new case?

With thousands of cases on the market, it may be difficult to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. Practically everywhere you go, there’s yet another option. The mall, the grocery store, even the gas station, probably offers some sort of Pixel phone case.

So how do you know which case to invest in?

The easiest place to start is by browsing through Google’s custom cases as they are specifically made to fit the Google Pixel 3a and will most likely arrive without complications.

Google Cases

The Google Pixel 3a case released by Google is characterized by its exclusive polyester and polyamide fabric and soft microfiber lining for cushioned scratch protection. These cases are designed from scratch and knit to fit. They come with raised-edges to protect from day-to-day wear and a 1 year warranty.

Unfortunately, there is only a limited range of colors to choose from ― carbon, fog, and seascape.

The Pixel 3a case is also compatible with Active Edge™ which allows you to squeeze your Pixel to access google assistant. This is one feature that may not be available with off-brand products.

These cases only fit the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL so if you have a different version, you will need to shop Google’s other releases for your specific model.

Currently, Google is selling the Pixel 3a case for $40 and is offering free shipping.

Google Compatible Cases

Although Google provides its own range of cases, most people tend to browse for off-brand cases that have a touch more pizazz.

Google’s cases are more likely to provide the best fit and compatibility but, as I’m sure we are all thinking, some of them can be a bit on the blander side.

Maybe you are looking for different materiality or a case that offers more protection and is shatter-resistant. Or maybe you want a thin, sleek case that has your favorite character on the back. Either way, there are many third-party sellers that offer cases in a variety of sizes and colors that are still made to the Pixel 3a.

Common places to buy unique Google Pixel 3a cases are online from Amazon, Etsy or eBay, or in person at Best Buy, Target, or Walmart.

These places will offer a variety of brands that fit the Pixel 3a. Some of the most common companies you will come across are

  • Spigen
  • SUPcase
  • Otterbox
  • Urban Armour Gear
  • Crave

Unfortunately, the majority of these phone case providers will not provide a warranty with your purchase.

While everybody has a different vision for their smartphone case, there are definitely some favorites that have popped up, due to their dependability.

You can check this article to browse some of the most popular Google Pixel 3a cases out there that offer both visual variety and functionality.

Custom Cases

There is also the option to design your own case from scratch.

Websites such as case24 and skinit offer custom Google Pixel 3a cases that you can create yourself. Whether you want to upload your own picture to frame the back of your phone, or design a clear case that keeps your phone looking slick, these options allow the most flexibility when it comes to design.

Keep in mind, these cases are not typically the most resilient when it comes to durability and lifespan.

Reed Pop Announces Second Wave of New York Comic Con Panels.

ReedPop – the world’s leading producer of pop culture events  – announced the second wave of panels for this year’s all-digital New York Comic Con’s and MCM Comic Con’s Metaverse. From October 8-11, the New York Comic Con YouTube channel will exclusively live stream panels from leading entertainment brands.

Coming off the heels of last week’s first wave of content and programming, you will again see that New York Comic Con’s Metaverse will bring huge names from pop culture and entertainment to YouTube over the four day event for an amazing fan experience:

PANELS

Inside the World of Wolfwalkers from Apple TV+

Join directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart for a deeper look at Wolfwalkers, a new Apple Original Film. Alongside Cartoon Saloon’s Maria Pareja (production designer), Sandra Andersen (character designer), and Mark Mullery (assistant director), they’ll offer insights into the creative process and answer questions directly from fans.

From Cartoon Saloon, the Oscar-Nominated animation studio behind The Secret of Kells and co-producer with Melusine Productions, comes a magical tale of an unlikely friendship between two girls in 17th-century Ireland. A young apprentice hunter, Robyn Goodfellowe (voiced by Honor Kneafsey), and her father, Bill (Game of Thrones’ Sean Bean), journey to Ireland to help wipe out the last wolf pack. But everything changes when Robyn befriends a free-spirited girl named Mebh (Eva Whittaker) from a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night.

Coming Soon to App TV+

In the Writers’ Room of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous 

Join executive producers Colin Trevorrow and Scott Kreamer, consulting producer Zack Stentz, story editor Josie Campbell, and staff writers Sheela Shrinivas, Rick Williams and Bethany Johnson as they take you inside the writers’ room of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: The Final Season

Take a final journey inside the post-apocalyptic wonderland of Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts before season three hits Netflix October 12. Join executive producers Radford Sechrist and Bill Wolkoff, story editors Joanna Lewis and Kristine Songco, Karen Fukuhara, Sydney Mikayla and Coy Stewart as they preview the final season. 

Smallville Cast | 20 Years of Fandom, Friendship & Flying

Join Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Sam Witwer, Laura Vandervoort, and Michael Rosenbaum on this look back at this groundbreaking show and a look ahead at what’s next for this Super-group.

Adam Savage’s Favorite Costumes

Adam Savage is well known for his love of cosplay and his “Adam Incognito,” in which he walks the floor in costume, has become a convention staple. In this show and tell from his shop, Adam takes you through three of his FAVORITE costumes — Alien, Captain America and astronaut — one of which is handmade by Adam himself, one of which was a collaboration with multiple makers, and one of which was a commission.

Dylan O’Brien Takes Fans Behind-the-Scenes of Love and Monsters 

Go behind the scenes of the wildly imaginative, post-apocalyptic adventure that’s filled with LOVE AND MONSTERS. Starring Dylan O’Brien, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker and Ariana Greenblatt, the film arrives on premium video-on-demand and Digital October 16.  #LoveAndMonsters

Katherine Langford & Charlie Plummer Talk Blowing Up & Growing Up in Spontaneous 

Katherine Langford, Charlie Plummer, director Brian Duffield and more share behind-the-scenes stories about making the explosively funny movie SPONTANEOUS, an outrageous new teen love story about high school students who begin inexplicably exploding…literally.  The film debuts on premium video-on-demand and Digital on October 6.  Based on the novel Spontaneous, the satirical comedy also stars Hayley Law, Yvonne Orji, Rob Huebel and Piper Perabo.  #SpontaneousMovie

50 FREAKin Years Later – A Conversation with the Star-Studded Cast and Team Behind The Freak Brothers 

Based on Gilbert Shelton’s acclaimed comics “The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers” that sold 40 million copies worldwide, this new adult animated series is set in modern day San Francisco and features four cannabis-loving, time-travelling “Freaks” from the late 1960s – Freewheelin’ Franklin Freek (Woody Harrelson), Phineas T. Phreakears (Pete Davidson), Fat Freddy Freekowtski (John Goodman) and Fat Freddy’s Cat aka “Kitty” (Tiffany Haddish). Join some of the cast, Executive Producers and Showrunners for what is sure to be a hysterical conversation as they discuss bringing this 50-year-old comic book series back to life as an adult animation. This incredible cast (which includes Workaholics alums Adam Devine and Blake Anderson) and veteran Hollywood production team are set to release their 3 Freaks, Cat and bevy of other characters into the wild later this year.

All Aboard the Crazy Train! The Osbourne Family Goes Paranormal

Crazy…but that’s how it goes! Get ready as the First Family of Darkness makes their NYCC debut! In a Travel Channel special event, Jack Osbourne is taking his family – including Ozzy and Sharon – on their first-ever paranormal investigation. For the first time ever, the Osbournes are giving fans a sneak peak into their hilariously haunted experience. Viewers will hear about their investigations, ghostly findings, paranormal beliefs and all of the antics one would expect with an Osbourne family ghost hunt. All aboard!

A Conversation with Executive Producers and Cast Members from ABC’s The Good Doctor 

Join the Cast and Executive Producers from the hit ABC & Sony Pictures Television series, The Good Doctor. David Shore, Freddie Highmore, and the cast will break down the season three finale and give fans an exclusive inside peek into what’s to come in the two-part season four premiere “Frontline,” about the Covid-19 pandemic.

A Discussion with the One Day at a Time Executive Producers and Cast 

Join the Cast and Executive Producers to discuss One Day at a Time returning to CBS after forty years, the future of the Sony Pictures Television series and importance of Latinx representation on television. Moderated by Ariana Romero, Senior TV Critic at Refinery29.

A Discovery of Witches S2 | Behind the Magic 

Take a journey to the fascinating and treacherous world of Elizabethan London as Sky original drama A Discovery of Witches returns for season two. Enjoy a sneak peek at the new magical series, adapted by Bad Wolf from Deborah Harkness’s bestselling All Souls trilogy, including an introduction by Deborah herself and Bad Wolf Executive Producer Lachlan MacKinnon, as well as a Q&A with key cast Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer, Ed Bluemel, Adelle Leonce and Steven Cree who will gather from the set of the infamous Congregation- in Wolf Studios Wales- where witches, demons and vampires meet and where they are also filming season 3.

VIZ & Powerhouse Animation Present Seis Manos

Join the creative team and cast members on a deep dive into Seis Manos as they reflect on their favorite moments and reveal lots of behind-the-scenes secrets. Panelists include: Brad Graeber (Co-creator), Álvaro Rodríguez (Co-creator), Daniel Dominguez (Writer), Willis Bulliner (Director), Jonny Cruz (Voice of Jesus), & Angélica Vale (Voice of Garcia).

The Adventure Zone Graphic Novel – The Crystal Kingdom

They’ve done it again! The co-creators of The Adventure Zone have THREE #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novels—The Adventure Zone: Here There Be GerblinsThe Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited!, and now The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal. And if you haven’t read them yet, now’s the time to catch up, because co-authors Clint McElroy, Justin McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Travis McElroy, and co-adaptor and illustrator Carey Pietsch are coming together to discuss each of these books, the process of adapting a podcast into a graphic novel, and to share an exclusive sneak peek of The Adventure Zone: The Crystal Kingdom (you heard that right! There will be a fourth book!) coming in 2021 from First Second. This conversation will be moderated by Erika Ishii (Destiny 2).

Graphix Out Loud – Kids Comics Come to Life

Graphix comes to life with live readings of some of the best new and upcoming graphic novels, featuring Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright (Author and Illustrator, Twins), Maria Scrivan (Author, Forget Me Nat), Penelope Bageiu (Illustrator, The Witches Graphic Novel), and hosted by Raina Telgemeier (Author, SmileSisters, and Guts).

IDW Presents – The World of Locke & Key

Unlock what’s next in the world of Locke & Key, now a hit Netflix original series! Join New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Full ThrottleNOS4A2Dying is Easy) and legendary artist Gabriel Rodríguez in conversation with series editor Chris Ryall, as they welcome you back to Keyhouse. Be the first to hear more about the next wave of comics and graphic novels in the Locke & Key franchise!

X-Men | The Art and Making of the Animated Series 

Meet the creative team behind one of the most celebrated, revolutionary animated TV shows of all time as they discuss their new book, X-Men: The Art and Making of the Animated Series, by Eric Lewald (series showrunner) and Julia Lewald (series writer). The Lewalds are joined by other celebrated creators who helped make X-Men: The Animated Series, including Larry Houston (series producer/director), Rick Hoberg (series artist), Stephanie Graziano (production), and Sven Larsen (VP, Licensed Publishing for Marvel). Panelists will discuss what it’s like to develop, pitch, design, write, draw, direct, and produce a hit animated series, while showcasing never-before-seen production and promotional materials from the art book.

Marvel’s Black Panther: Sins of the King

Step into Wakanda with Emmy-nominated William Jackson Harper and the award-winning writing team for Marvel’s Black Panther: Sins of the King, from Serial Box. Get an inside look into the upcoming immersive e-book and audiobook series and be the first to hear an exclusive audio excerpt from William Jackson Harper (The Good Place), who will be narrating the series.

In Conversation with All the Anime!

Missed your regular fix of MCM Anime? Join familiar faces Andy Hanley and Jeremy Graves from Anime Limited as they give a rundown of All the Anime’s latest exclusives, festival features and new releases. Continue the conversation over on the NYCC x MCM Metaverse Discord channel when the panel is over!

A Celebration of Revolutionary Girl Utena

Hear from iconic Manga Writer, Chiho Saito (Kanon, Revolutionary Girl Utena, The World Exists For Me) and Director, Kunihiko Ikuhara (Sailor Moon, Revolutionary Girl Utena) as they answer fan questions and take a look back at the critically acclaimed and highly influential anime series. Panel hosted by Anime Limited. 

Jackbox Games is back with the Jackbox Play Along area during NYCC x MCM Metaverse!

Join us on the New York Comic Con x MCM Metaverse channel for the chance to play along in the audience during some rounds of your favorite Jackbox titles, including new games from The Jackbox Party Pack 7 (coming later this fall).

The Jedi Mind – Lessons in Mindfulness from Star Wars

The code that all Jedi strive to follow offers principles for being at peace and learning. In fact, these tenets are useful not just in a galaxy far, far away, but here in our own world. While the Force isn’t present in our galaxy, we can still learn from how the Jedi use it to guide their lives. And we can use these lessons about the Force as a gateway to studying mindfulness and putting practices into action. Join us for an exploration of how the practice of mindfulness inspires and empowers some of our favorite Star Wars characters, and how we can bring some of that inspiration into our everyday lives. Panelists include Amy Ratcliffe, Managing Editor of Nerdist and author of The Jedi Mind; Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, and founder of Her Universe; and Dr. Drea Letamendi psychologist and co-host of the Lattes with Leia podcast.

Titans of Graphic Novels

From memoir to retelling to identity exploration, these female graphic novel titans created their stories to entertain and inspire the next generation of women. Join Robin Ha, Kathleen Gros, Lily LaMotte, and Shannon Hale as they talk with Comics Beat editor-in-chief, Heidi Macdonald about their process, their visions, and how they managed to carve out a space for their excellence in a male-dominated world.

From Page to Screen – An Exclusive Talk with the Hunger Games Creators

For the first time ever, the creative professionals behind the Hunger Games come together for one must-see event. David Levithan (Editor of the Hunger Games books) joins in conversation with Nina Jacobson (Producer of the Hunger Games films) to share their behind-the-scenes experiences in bringing  this wildly popular series to life. From bookshelf to big screen, it’s a lot of work being the real-life Gamemasters of a worldwide phenomenon! Watch as these creative forces reminisce about their time with The Districts and learn more about the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Let the games begin!

V.E. Schwab Spotlight – The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue

Join New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab, as Tor Books presents this exclusive panel about The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue. As part of this special event, V.E. Schwab will be doing a reading of an excerpt from her new novel and answering your fan questions! Tickets purchased will include a copy of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Grishaverse | Collaboration and Adaptation with Leigh Bardugo and Eric Heisserer

Leigh Bardugo (King of ScarsNinth House) is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. The Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix in an original series titled Shadow and Bone) spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows DuologyThe Language of Thorns, and the King of Scars Duology—with more to come. In this virtual NYCC program, she’s joined by the showrunner of the Netflix adaptation, Eric Heisserer (BirdboxArrival) to discuss all things Grishaverse, including two new October titles: The Lives of Saints and Shadow and Bone: The Collector’s Edition.

Exclusive Meet and Greet with Leigh Bardugo  

Here’s your chance to meet Leigh Bardugo (King of ScarsNinth House) in a personal online one-to-one video meet and greet! Tickets purchased will include a branded video recording of the entire experience as a memento, a copy of The Lives of Saints (with a signed bookplate) and a pre-order of Rule of Wolves

For more information, please visit FindTheMetaverse.com and NYCC’s social media pages (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram).

How Is The Online Gaming Legalization Process Expected To Change In 2020

The gaming world has been growing rapidly worldwide, especially in certain regions of the United States, South Africa, Europe, and Australia. Every day, the database and the industry’s net price have led to thousands of online casinos on the web. One of the most prominent options online is royalbet.com.

Thus, there is an urgent need for precise and well thought out regulation and changes to its process in the future. Below you can see some regulatory changes that can be expected in online casinos in 2020 by region.

United States Of America

The United States is currently looking to become the world’s leading market for online games. But there is a problem in terms of regulation because it is not centralized.

In this case, each state can decide whether to legalize online gambling or not. This will be implemented as law by the respective governed who is in charge of signing.

Expected Growth In The United States

Gaming laws at the federal level and the legality of online gambling remain a grey area. These laws have the Illicit Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), which does not help.

Instead, it relies on the roles of the payment processors who are with the online casino websites. Currently, two states prohibit online gaming, and they are Hawaii and Utah. But in these states, there are games of skill like poker allowed, which can lead to confusion.

The United States has 50 different states, and only four states have access to online poker and are regulated. The four states are Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

There are certain states where they are promoting laws to regulate online gaming. But there are always opponents to legalizing online gambling, and they have been able to keep it at bay.

It is difficult for this regulation to be centralized shortly so that each state will follow the regulations of online casinos. What is certain is that more and more states will legalize online gambling. In terms of taxes, they will have a lot to gain, and they will be able to improve their economy.

Europe

Each country in Europe can vary and have its regulations when it comes to online gaming. Most adhere to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Many European countries allow online games.

One of the progressive countries in terms of online gambling is the UK. They allow games such as slots, bingo, sports betting, online poker, lotteries, scratch cards, and online casinos.

Make sure you choose online casinos that are licensed and regulated by law to avoid scams. Avoid using online casinos that are anonymous and look for popular casinos.

 South Africa

In the global casino market, South Africa is another big contributor. The 2018 Gaming Amendment law admits that the authority is held by the National Gaming Regulator of the National Gaming Board.

This improves regulation and management in games and represents a better operation for the National Central Electric Monitoring System. For lovers of online games, South Africa represents a paradise for adults.

What’s Next?

All experts expect the online gaming market to see a surge in 2020 as long as states and countries legalize it. On the other hand, technology will make this industry continue to grow and reach a new level.

2020 Upcoming Marvel Movie Black Widow Preview and How to Decrypt DVDs

Black Widow (2020)
Release date: November 6, 2020 (USA)
Director: Cate Shortland
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Robert Downey Jr.
Production Co: Marvel Studios, Zak Productions

Marvel and Black Widow fans have been clamoring for a Black Widow solo movie for years, and they are getting satisfied. Seeing the epic success of DC’s Wonder Woman, Marvel finally decided to add more women-centric films. Black window originally scheduled for hitting on theaters in May 2020 moved its release date to November 6 due to the coronavirus pandemic. There’s a chance the Marvel blockbuster could be delayed again.

The upcoming Black Widow standalone movie is a blast from the past. It sets between the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018), telling a prequel story set before Black Widow in Infinity War. In the movie, we know more about the Red Room – a mysterious and creepy school that trains deadly Soviet assassins and spies. Natasha’s former teammates and fellow graduates, Yelena Belova and five-time graduate Melina Vostokoff play major roles in Black Widow.

What to Expect from the Black Widow Film?

  1. Who is the real Black Widow villain? Taskmaster?

It has been confirmed by Marvel that the main antagonist in Black Widow is Taskmaster. He is a villain using artificial intelligence in his mask to help instantly mimic his enemies’ fighting styles. It seems that Taskmaster is in control of the Red Room or works for science-terrorists Advanced Idea Mechanics. Some fans point out that OT Fagbenle is under Taskmaster’s mask and hood.

  1. What happened to Black Widow and Hawkeye in Budapest

Budapest was mentioned several times in the MCU, establishing a history between Black Widow and Hawkeye. What exactly happened in Budapest? Black Widow focusing on the past of Natasha Romanoff sets to answer this age-old question. Natasha and Clint Barton had a mission there. The most mysterious event of Black Widow is going to be revealed.

  1. Who is Black Widows Father

Black Widow’s father is Ivan. Released trailers didn’t reveal who Ivan was. Perhaps Ivan is a member of the Red Room or one of those who trained Natasha. Or Natasha’s parents were killed and she was sent to Read Room right away. It remains unclear whether the Black Widow will give more information about Natasha’s parents.

  1. Is Black Widow alive?

Natasha Romanoff died to retrieve Soul Stone in Avengers: Endgame. However, a new Marvel theory points out that Natasha is still alive. It was Natasha Romanoff’s ‘sister’ Yelena Belova that died in Avengers: Endgame, the new theory suggested. Some fans also believe that Hulk brought Natasha back from the dead and Natasha was stuck on Virmir when the Avengers were fighting Thanos, but the Avengers didn’t realize it. Yelena is introduced into the MCU in the upcoming Black Widow film. The solo Black Widow movie might reveal the truth.

How to Decrypt and Copy Marvel, DC, Disney, Sony DVDs

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Why Are Car Accident Reports So Important?

A car accident report refers to the comprehensive information gathered at an accident scene. It states the location, the time and date, and the parties involved in an accident. It also contains the names and contact information of the individuals involved in the incident. Any damage to the car and injuries sustained from the crush is noted. Witnesses at the accident scene give statements that the police file. The report also provides a conclusion on the case based on the officer’s analysis. 

When you get involved in a car accident, you should file a report with the police. An officer will come to the accident scene and collect information from witnesses, drivers, and passengers. Here are the reasons why car accident reports are so important: 

Proof of Evidence 

It could be difficult to recall everything that happened at an accident scene. A police officer documents the information that can be used as proof when you file for compensation. The report includes the time, location of the crime, any damages caused, and its occurrence. 

Witnesses, too, can give a different version of the car accident, complicating the case further. When you file for a lawsuit, you will need a car accident report to argue your case.

Determining the Liable Party 

A car accident report can help to establish the individual at fault by analyzing several factors, hence avoiding the blame game. With this report, you can also bring to account the liable individual. This way, you get the necessary compensation. 

The police officer might mention who he thinks is at fault. However, the report is not conclusive because insurance firms will look into the matter before agreeing to process compensation. Hiring a car accident lawyer is vital in such scenarios. 

Other benefits of having a car accident report include getting compensation for unforeseen damage to the individual and the vehicle. For instance, an accident can cause internal injuries that can manifest several weeks after the incident. Through this report, you can file for settlement regardless of the elapsed period. 

How Do You File a Car Accident Report? 

You must report the incident to the police immediately, either in person or via the website. The police will interview you and request more information that helps in documenting the event. When reporting, ensure that you give accurate information, lest you jeopardize your innocence. 

If you notice incorrect information, request that the officer adjust it. After reporting, request a copy of the report, review it, and send it to the guilty party’s insurance firm for compensation. The insurance company might call you for a discussion on settling. 

Things to Do After the Crash 

Though some accidents may lead to severe injury, you should do several things, if possible. You are supposed to remain at the accident scene until you’ve filed the necessary report. You can then call the police and report the incident. 

Regardless of the accident’s magnitude, you should file a report. This way, you can get a settlement for any hidden damage on the vehicle and the victim. Besides, reporting helps you provide facts about the incident if the other party sues you for negligence or refuses to take responsibility. 

Engage with the other driver, exchange information about insurance companies and driver licenses. You can also take pictures of the scene and identify the nearby landmarks. If possible, talk with the available witnesses. 

You should contact your insurance provider and inform them of the incident. You can also file a settlement claim. When done, you can visit a health facility to ascertain your wellness. 

What if the Police Don’t Come to the Scene? 

An officer might not come to the crime scene for several reasons, such as an incident’s location (estates) and an emergency service provider’s presence. If this happens, you can call the police and inform them of the incident. You can also document the events at the scene. 

In conclusion, filing a lawsuit against the other driver requires evidence for you to receive justice. A car accident report helps significantly in pursuing your compensation. A settlement case could be challenging to pursue, especially if you do not have a car accident lawyer.

New York Comic Con Announces First Wave of Digital Panels

ReedPop – the world’s leading producer of pop culture events – announced the first wave of panels for this year’s all-digital New York Comic Con’s Metaverse. From October 8-11, the New York Comic Con YouTube channel will exclusively live stream panels from leading entertainment brands.

In addition to panels streaming live & on-demand exclusively via YouTube, fans will be able to participate in talent Q&A’s during panels, turn every panel into a watch party and geek out with other fans using YouTube’s Comments, Community Tab, and Live Chat features. 

As you’ll see below, New York Comic Con’s Metaverse will bring huge names from pop culture and entertainment to YouTube over the four day event for an amazing fan experience:

  1. Get Heated with the Cast & Creator of Hulu’s Helstrom 
  1. There’s about to be one hell of a Helstrom family reunion and you are all invited! Join the cast and creator of Hulu’s upcoming horror series, Helstrom, as they discuss what went into bringing this twisted comic to life and answer fans’ burning questions. All 10 episodes of Helstrom premiere Friday, October 16th on Hulu.
  2. Conversation and Behind-The-Scenes Look at Hulu’s New Horror Series Monsterland 

 .               You can’t escape what lives within! Discover the monsters and unpack the thought-provoking tales brought to life in Hulu’s new series, Monsterland, based on the collection of short stories from Nathan Ballingrud’s “North American Lake Monsters.” Join cast members and creator/showrunner Mary Laws as they delve into the nightmares and share a look at what happened behind-the-scenes. All 8 episodes of Monsterland premiere Friday, October 2nd on Hulu.

  1. Cast of Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. Reveals First Look At Hulu’s New Animated Series 

 .               First Look At Hulu & Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. Everyone’s favorite big-headed, egomaniacal supervillain is coming to Hulu! Get an exclusive first look at the upcoming adult animated series, Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., hear from creators Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum and meet our hilarious cast of characters voiced by Aimee Garcia, Ben Schwartz and Melissa Fumero. Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. is coming soon to Hulu. 

  1. From the Nightmares of Clive Barker | A Conversation with the Cast of Hulu’s BOOKS OF BLOOD

 .               Step into uncharted and forbidden territory, joining the cast and creator of Hulu’s upcoming film BOOKS OF BLOOD for a conversation around the film. Based on Clive Barker’s acclaimed horror anthology, the film will take audiences on a journey through three uncanny tales tangled in space and time. 

  1. It’s time for AN-I-MAN-IACS! Voice Cast & Producer Panel 

 .               The Warner brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and the Warner sister Dot are heading home to the Warner Bros. Water Tower.  But first they’re making a quick stop at NY Comic Con to give the fans an exclusive first look at their brand-new series coming soon to Hulu. Join executive producer Wellesley Wild, co-executive producer Gabe Swarr and voice cast members Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Jess Harnell and Maurice LaMarche for a lively panel that will most definitely be zany to the max.  Animaniacs is produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation and premieres on Hulu on Friday, November 20. 

  1. Metaverse Presents: ‘Lost’ Anniversary Fan Q&A With Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse

 .               Join the showrunners of the hit tv series for this special, one-time event where they’re answering fans’ burning questions, moderated by Josh Horowitz! Be sure to submit your own using the #lostinthemetaverse hashtag.

  1. Archer Cast Trivia Showdown (FXX) 

 .               Archer Cast Trivia Showdown (FXX) – Archer, FX Networks’ award-winning animated comedy series about the world’s greatest spy and his cohorts, returns to NYCC for the ultimate trivia battle royale in celebration of the show’s 11th action-packed season, premiering Wednesday, September 16 at 10pm ET/PT on FXX. Play along with series stars H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash and Lucky Yates as they mine their memories and test their knowledge for this not-to-be-missed foray into the trivia daaaanger zoooone, hosted by Executive Producer Casey Willis. And don’t forget to catch up on all seasons of Archer, available for streaming via FX on Hulu.

  1. What We Do in the Shadows (FX) Q&A  

 .               What We Do in the Shadows (FX) Q&A – Fresh off its eight (8!) Emmy® nominations, What We Do in the Shadows returns to New York Comic Con for a LIVE discussion with the cast and producers. Come with your burning questions about vampires, slayers, ghosts, necromancers and… Jackie Daytona! Named “TV’s funniest comedy” by Rolling Stone, What We Do in the Shadows is a documentary-style look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of four vampires who’ve “lived” together for hundreds of years. Joining the conversation will be series stars Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén, Mark Proksch and the creative team. Seasons 1 and 2 are now available on FX on Hulu.BAAAAT!

  1. Spotlight on Doctor Who Featuring Stars Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill | BBC AMERICA 

 .                BBC AMERICA, in partnership with HBO Max, spotlight Doctor Who and the series’ return to New York Comic Con with the Doctor herself, Jodie Whittaker, and companion Yaz, played by Mandip Gill. Together with moderator Melanie McFarland, TV Critic for Salon.com, they will look back at their epic past two seasons in the TARDIS, which have been packed with shocking twists, turns and surprises, and discuss their favorite moments to date. The two stars return in BBC AMERICA’s highly-anticipated Doctor Who Festive Special, “Revolution of the Daleks,” premiering this holiday season. Doctor Who is a BBC AMERICA co-production with BBC Studios. In the U.S., Doctor Who premieres exclusively on BBC AMERICA with past seasons available to stream exclusively on HBO Max.

  1. The Watch: A First Look At BBC AMERICA’s Newest Series

 .               Dive into the thrilling fantasy world of BBC AMERICA’s newest series The Watch, featuring a discussion with cast and executive producers, special guests and a first look at the series. The Watch follows an unlikely group of misfits, The City Watch, who are forced to find the guts to save the world, surprising even themselves in the process. The comedic yet thrilling series pits trolls, werewolves, wizards and other improbable heroes against an evil plot to resurrect a great dragon which would lead to the destruction of life as they know it. Moderator – actress Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) – joins panelists and series stars Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones), Lara Rossi (I May Destroy You), Adam Hugill (1917), Jo Eaton-Kent (Don’t Forget the Driver) and Marama Corlett (Blood Drive), along with executive producers Simon Allen (The Musketeers) and Richard Stokes (Broadchurch).

  1. AMC’s The Walking Dead 

 .               The Walking Dead will present a panel at NYCC spotlighting episode 1016, “A Certain Doom,” which will air as a standalone episode Sunday, October 4 at 9 PM ET/8c. 

In The Walking Dead’s, “A Certain Doom,” Beta engages in the final battle of the Whisperer War. 

12.           AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead 

a.              Fear the Walking Dead will present a panel for the series’ upcoming sixth season, premiering Sunday, October 11 at 9 PM ET/8c. 

Season six of Fear the Walking Dead explores what has become of the unlikely family once united by a mission to help those in need. After being torn apart by Virginia (Colby Minifie) and her Pioneers, the group is now dispersed across her far-reaching settlements. Morgan’s (Lennie James) last message at the end of season five implored the group to “Live” and this season we’ll see what that means to each of them. Some will find the stability and opportunity within Virginia’s communities to be intriguing, some will sink into darkness, while others will fight back against what has been forced upon them. Life behind Virginia’s walls will test each and every one of them in different ways, forcing them to define who they are in this new world.

13.           AMC’s The Walking Dead: World Beyond 

a.              The Walking Dead: World Beyond returns to NYCC as the third series in wildly successful The Walking Dead Universe. The series is set to premiere Sunday, October 4 at 10 PM ET/9c

b.              The Walking Dead: World Beyond delves into a new mythology and story that follows the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world. Two sisters along with two friends leave a place of safety and comfort to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead on an important quest.  Pursued by those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them, a tale of growing up and transformation unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves and each other.  Some will become heroes.  Some will become villains.  But all of them will find the truths they seek. 

14.            Cast of Starz’s American Gods Tease Season 3 Details

 .               AMERICAN GODS – #GodSquad are you ready for divine intervention? Stream with your favorite gods as they journey to Lakeside and talk all things Season Three of the hit STARZ Original Series “American Gods.” Following his discovery last season that Mr. Wednesday is his father, Shadow attempts to break away and assert himself as his own man. As he settles into life in Lakeside, he uncovers a dark secret while exploring questions of his own divinity. Guided on this spiritual journey by the gods of his black ancestors, the Orishas, Shadow must decide exactly who he is — a god seeking veneration or a man in service of the “we.”    

15.           The Sound of “The Sandman” with Neil Gaiman and Friends – presented by Audible and DC 

 .               In celebration of the first-ever audio adaptation of “The Sandman” — based on the bestselling DC graphic novel series that rewrote all the rules — Audible will bring together master storyteller Neil Gaiman, aural auteur Dirk Maggs, and other special guests to reveal the creative process behind this groundbreaking audio production. Panelists will discuss how the source material, including the detailed notes for illustrators in Gaiman’s original manuscripts, was painstakingly taken off the page and brought to life in a fully-immersive listening experience featuring a 68-member, all-star cast led by James McAvoy, cinematic soundscape, and original music score.

16.           DC’s Stargirl Cast & Producer Panel 

 .               DC’s Stargirl creator/executive producer Geoff Johns joins series stars Brec Bassinger (Bella & the Bulldogs, All Night), Yvette Monreal (Rambo: Last Blood, Faking It), Anjelika Washington (Tall Girl, Girl’s Room), Cameron Gellman (Heathers), and Meg DeLacy (The Fosters), as they relive the first season’s most epic moments. Join your favorite Blue Valley residents as they share behind-the-scenes tales and scoop on what’s to come for Season 2. DC’s Stargirl: The Complete First Season is currently available to own on Digital, Blu-ray, DVD, and now streaming on The CW app.

17.           The CW’s NANCY DREW Panel featuring the Cast & Producers

 .               NANCY DREW stars Kennedy McMann (Nancy Drew), Scott Wolf (Carson Drew), Alex Saxon (Ace), Leah Lewis (George Fan), Maddison Jaizani (Bess Marvin), Tunji Kasim (Ned “Nick” Nickerson) and Riley Smith (Ryan Hudson), will be joined by creator/executive producer Noga Landau and showrunner/executive producer Melinda Hsu Taylor to discuss The CW’s hit drama.

18.           Exclusive Interviews with the Creators of Steven Universe – The End of an Era

 .               Join Steven Universe series creator Rebecca Sugar and author Chris McDonnell as they discuss Steven Universe: End of an Era (Abrams Books), the new art book that features concept art, storyboards, background paintings, and exclusive interviews about one of the most progressive, imaginative, and beloved animated series of our time. Joined by Kat Morris (writer, storyboard supervisor, supervising director) and Alonso Ramirez Ramos (producer, director on Steven Universe Future), the panel will explore the process of creating season four through Steven Universe Future, as well as the show’s incredible legacy. Moderated by journalist Charles Pulliam-Moore (io9/Gizmodo).

19.           The Godfather of Gaming – An Exclusive Conversation with Sid Meier

 .               Join us for an exclusive talk with one of the most influential game changers in the industry. For years, video games were regarded as just another form of mindless entertainment, devoid of meaning and entirely mechanical. Today, video games are significant cultural commodities and an acknowledged art form because of the contributions of video game giants. Watch as Sid Meier, the game designer and developer behind the Civilization series, discusses the tales of his video game pioneering in a sneak peek of his upcoming book release.
SID MEIER’S MEMOIR!: A Life in Computer Games (W. W. Norton & Company) takes fans through the life and legacy of one of the most influential creative forces in video game history. The memoir will dive into the challenges he faced and how he influenced the strategy game genre we know today. As part of New York Comic Con’s Metaverse, Sid Meier will also be joined in conversation by Soren Johnson (Lead Designer, Civilization IV), as they reminisce about the joys of creation, the excitement of expanding possibilities, and the very heart of playing video games—and of being human.

20.           Dungeons & Dragons & cooking!

 .               The authors of the new official D&D cookbook, Heroes’ Feast, share how they developed recipes and culinary backstory from the different realms of the fantasy RPG. Join Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, and Jon Peterson as they talk about their process and share some of the dishes featured in the new book.

21.           Lucasfilm Publishing | Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away 

 .               Join some of the biggest and best Star Wars authors as they talk about some of their exciting new projects set in a galaxy far, far away. Featuring Daniel José Older, Preetei Chhibber, Phil Szostak, Katie Cook, Zoraida Cordova and Amy Ratcliffe. Moderated by This Week In Star Wars host Kristin Baver.

22.           Valiant Heads to Hollywood

 .               Before Paramount’s HARBINGER movie hits the big screen in 2021, learn all about Valiant Entertainment’s upcoming comic [CLASSIFIED] and witness this bold new take on the classic franchise. Plus, exclusive reveals from NINJAK, BLOODSHOT, X-O MANOWAR, RAI, and more!

Moderated by Tiffany of YouTube’s ComicPOP, join writers [CLASSIFIED], [CLASSIFIED], Jeff Parker, Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum, and Senior Editors Heather Antos and Lysa Hawkins for an exclusive look at the future of the Valiant Universe and its must-read new comics.

23.           Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Seven Seasons of Amazing Gear & Gadgets with Prop Master, Scott Bauer and Live Auction Preview

a.              Prop Store is bringing over 500 lots of original props and costumes from all seven seasons of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to an online auction this October 8th to November 10th (go to Propstore.com/Marvel for more information). Join series Prop Master, Scott Bauer, as he talks about his experiences working on Marvel Television’s longest running television series and as he reveals the stories behind some of his favorite pieces in the auction.

Panic Fest Presents Tricks & Treats – A Halloween Celebration

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Trick or Treaters. Candy bingeing. Horror marathons. Pumpkin carving. Costume contests. Even though this Halloween turned out to be more gnarly than Regan projectile vomiting green pea soup – that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the best time of the year together! Panic Fest won’t let Halloween die! Panic Fest Presents: TRICKS AND TREATS, a special virtual Halloween celebration that runs Oct. 30 through Nov. 1. 

Every year we look forward to these traditions but with the pandemic they are in real jeopardy of not existing this year. Fear not, Panic Fest is here to satisfy your horror appetite.The three day event features new and classic films, shorts, live events including horror themed trivia, live podcasts, special guests and more. Best of all, you, the horror community get to participate with each other throughout the weekend. Hell, we even have a ‘Best in Show’ style pumpkin carving contest. So, grab your costume and bowl of candy and join us for a jam packed weekend celebrating our favorite time of year. Tickets are now on sale with full programming coming in October. 

Have a feature or short? Submissions are open: https://filmfreeway.com/TricksTreats

Tickets on sale now: https://panicfilmfest.com/tricks

Panic Fest enters it’s 9th year and has been recognized for three years running as one of the top 25 best genre festivals in the world by MovieMaker Magazine. Panic Fest is scheduled to take place Jan. 29th – Feb. 4 2021.

Reasons Why Watching Movies is Actually Good for You

The key to a balanced life lies in weaving the elements of ‘work’ and ‘play’ equally into your daily routine. If you overwork, you put your physical and mental health in jeopardy. On the other hand, if you engage yourself in excessive leisure, you fail to fulfill your responsibilities and more. So, giving time to both activities is important to lead a wholesome life. What is the best way to entertain yourself? Experts suggest watching movies. Movies are more than just plain, cinematic wonders. They have been known to have beneficial effects on your mind and body. This post gives you several reasons why watching movies is actually good for you. Hang tight and read on.

Manage Your Time Better

In contrast to seasons and TV shows that run endlessly, movies are short-time events. An average movie runtime is 90 to 100 minutes. You can squeeze a movie into your daily routine and still have time to do other things. It is also easy to convince your friends to have a movie night together every weekend. Otherwise, they might be too busy to sit down and binge episodes with you. You can order a special movie on-demand before your sleepover with Cox cable packages, which include both the timeless classics and the latest blockbusters to suit every taste.

Learn about Cultures

If you are interested in learning about new cultures and looking at historical moments from a modern viewpoint, then you should definitely watch movies offering an insight into the socio-political-cultural mindsets of characters close to human history. For example, Schindler’s List (1993) takes you back to the Holocaust; Bend It Like Beckham (2002) shows you the cultural identity crisis of a South Asian teen in Great Britain, and Coco (2017) centers on quintessential Mexican traditions of the Day of the Dead, etc.

Disconnect from Reality

Movies, especially the 3D ones, have a strong pull. They take you away from the mundane everyday reality and indulge you into fantastical worlds. While watching a 3D movie, you forget about the unpaid bills, the unstable relationships, and the pile of work sitting at your desk. For instance, Avatar (2009) creates a sense of visual depth and helps you disconnect, unlike anything.

Face Your Fears Head-On

Do clowns give you the heebie-jeebies? Then, watching Stephen King’s It (2017) will place you into the shoes of seven young outcasts, as they face a shape-shifting monster, knows as the clown Pennywise, which preys on their fears in a little town of Maine. Seeing the kid’s resilience against the horrifying prospect of death will make you feel more alive than ever before, and ignite courage inside you.

Laugh & Cry the Stress Away

Movies are like emotional roller-coaster rides. They make you laugh and they make your cry. Little Miss Sunshine (2006) is a popular example in this regard, producing all sorts of feelings in the viewers. Research also suggests that laughter dilates blood vessels by 22%, increasing the blood flow and venting pent-up energy. Similarly, crying releases oxytocin and endorphins – which are the ‘feel-good’ hormones. In other words, movies bring on a catharsis, removing all possibilities of stress and enabling you to feel relaxed, calm, and relieved.

Develop New Skills

Just as video games improve cognitive skills, movies also hone different kinds of skills in the viewers. Watching foreign language films with subtitles increases visual acuity, and helps you pick up linguistic signals. Movies like National Treasure (2004) and The Da Vinci Code (2006) teach you how to decipher codes, how to read between the lines, how to differentiate between appearance and reality, and how to effectively dodge villains, and do what is right, etc.

Deal with Loss & Heartbreak

Cinema has a therapeutic value in the sense that it allows you to process grief through relatability and even find a way to deal with it. For instance, Big Fish (2003) shows how a son finally comes to understand his dying father, with whom he had been estranged throughout life. Marley & Me (2008) depicts the loss of a loving pet and how the family copes with it. Legally Blonde (2001) is a perfect example of how to deal with heartbreak and rise up from the ashes, stronger than before.

Drive Social Change

Movies, under the guise of fiction, raise some politically charged questions about real-life facts. They increase awareness around taboos and teach viewers about the need for social reform. For instance, apocalyptic movies like The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and 2012 (2009) bring attention to climate change and its destructive effects on a global scale. They act like simulations of what could go wrong if we continued expanding our carbon footprint and dumping plastic in the oceans. Similarly, movies like 12 Years a Slave (2013) and The Help (2011) highlights the plight of the African American community in the modern world, which is also the core debate of the ongoing Black Lives Matter campaign.

The Takeaway

Movies are so much more than mere capsules of entertainment. They are full of lessons, coping techniques, and messages of social change. Watching movies is not only a good time pass, but it actually has numerous benefits, which this post covers.

How Does Premises Liability Work in California?

California laws state that an individual who accrues injuries due to a negligent property owner is eligible for compensation. These laws are called premises liability, and they dictate that the premises owner should maintain safety and warn occupants of imminent hazards on the property to reduce injuries and accidents.

Most California property owners are not diligent about these regulations and may cause harm as a result. A personal injury lawyer will help in drafting your demand letter and navigating the complicated California laws. This post will guide you on what California premises liability entails.

Property Proprietor’s Duty of Care

California protects its visitors as well as citizens by practicing reasonable premises maintenance and care. It’s the landlord’s fundamental duty to ensure injury prevention when a visitor or resident is in the building. California classifies the three categories of apartment visitors, and each visitor is liable to different state laws.

In California, courts consider the motive of being in the building to make a reasonable and sound verdict in premises liability claims. The following are considerations are how the law judges property visitors and their reasons for being on the premises.

Guests

Guests are people who have the landowner’s approval to use the commercial or residential structure. They are familiar folks, such as extended family members, neighbors, loved ones, and friends. The building proprietor has to offer reasonable safety measures to ensure the home is safe for any guests.

Licensees

These are individuals with implied or real consent to access a commercial or residential property. Licensees include solicitors, postal carriers, contractors, and other individuals of the same caliber. A property proprietor owes a licensee less consideration, but they should maintain the house’s exterior, driveways, porches, and sidewalks.

Trespassers

People that are not authorized to enter commercial and residential buildings are trespassers. Owners are not responsible for trespassers unless one is a child. For instance, if there is an unprotected swimming pool and a kid falls and sustains injuries, the landowner will carry the responsibility for failing to erect barrier walls.

Determining Negligence

To obtain a settlement for your injuries in the premises liability claim, you must first prove that the landowner owed a care duty. This is according to what a reasonable premises owner would do in similar situations. You will then verify that they infringed on that duty of care. The jury will consider various factors regarding the property and elements of your injury to ascertain if the proprietor violated the duty of care. You have to prove that your injuries occurred due to the defendant’s negligence.

Determining Responsibility

When injured within someone’s property, you can sue the individual or party that leases, owns, controls, or occupies the structure. Mostly, responsible entities don’t have to possess and manage the property. They only have to be in charge of it. When multiple companies or individuals are involved, the party that shoulders the burden will depend on the property type.

Statute of Limitations

In California premises liability petitions, the injured individual has two years from the day of injury to bring their case in court. Failure to file a lawsuit before the deadline lapses will lead to case dismissal.

However, there are some exceptions to the two-year limitations statute. For instance, if you sustained injuries on a government property, you have to file an administrative petition within half a year. Another exception is when the injured individual is below 18 years of age; in which case, the limitations statute will not start running until the injured individual is 18. A prudent way to make sure you file for compensation in time is by seeking a slip-and-fall lawyer immediately after your injury. 

The Crucial Elements in the Production of a Sport-based Movie

Experts and sports fans are used to terms such as the box office, Hollywood, and thriller. These are the words used when describing a hallmark moment. You can attend one or two sporting events to have a first-hand experience of this undeniable fact. There is a high likelihood of hearing similar words in a pitch, ring, or court at least once. Sport can be defined through various attributes such as dramatic, visceral, and unpredictable.

The silver screen lights up at the combination of such factors. A feature-length movie can be designed through the blueprint of the narratives, arc, and redemption stories following specific players and teams all through the season. It is hardly surprising that the cinema industry has made several attempts to distill the stories. IMDb has 4,385 film titles that are based on sports. There is a lot of moment in the sports film making business. The greatest ten sports film hits on IMDb have collectively made $1.9 billion.

Even though the subject matter attracts good cash, it is a bit more complex to make a film. For sports films like Goal III: Taking on the World, there will always be a Rocky. In this case, you may want to know the magnificent from the apparent absurd aspects of it. Towards this end, this article has looked at the top sports movies listed on IMDb and explores the exceptional anatomy in some of them.

The realism factor is one that cannot go unattended. There needs to be a possibility of the events depicted in the film happening in the real world. The movie needs to inspire real emotions to meet the popular choice criteria set by makers in the film industry. Winners and losers are two sides of the same coin. It is probably the fact that it creates some similarities between sports film and an online casino. There will be various emotions when you throw in the probability of a defeat.

When done correctly, you can create the perfect sports film guaranteed raw emotions from the audience. For you to sell this aspect in a sports film, you must convince the audience of the realism degree in your story. You could end up with a parody if this side of the show becomes a miss. Amateur setups still have a lot to learn when it comes to achieving a realism level. On the other hand, professional sports are making the cut here with top thirty IMDb sports films going the extra mile to center their stories on professionals.

It is impossible to spot the difference when this is done to perfection. A lead character, Tom Hardy, was involved in fight scenes where he suffered from real physical injuries on his ribs and right arm during filming. Developing stories that have happened in real-life is also another strong selling point for the silver screen. Nothing can be as convincing as something that happened. It is a strong suit exploited by thirty-one films on the list. Real-life stories with a perfect execution are the real jackpot.

The Winsome Personality And Acting Talent Of Michael Everest DeMarco

Most people would agree that it would be difficult to think of a more competitive career to try to break into than being a Hollywood film star. And if you were not born into a performing arts family, and are young and inexperienced, your chances of making an impression would be slim indeed. Unless that is, you have the striking looks, winsome personality, and astonishing talent of rising star Michael Everest DeMarco of New Orleans.

Early Auditioning Experiences as a Teen Model

As a 13-year-old boy, DeMarco’s olive complexion and almost exotic appearance gave him enough photogenic appeal to land him extensive modeling work. This was his first exposure to an outer fringe of the theatrical industry, and Michael decided he enjoyed it and determined to excel. But good looks and poise alone would have seen him stuck in modeling, and DeMarco had aspirations for advancement, with an outgoing personality to match. DeMarco, however, was not the usual ambitious youngster, obsessing over dreams of future fame. His keen interest was, and remains, other people. With his open and frank manner and a surprisingly mature set of values and work ethic, DeMarco quickly came under the notice of talent scouts. His break into theatre began with the lead role as Joe Bonaparte in Clifford Odets play “Golden Boy.” DeMarco’s portrayal of Bonaparte’s emotionally intense character, an Italian American musician, was a triumph, and invitations to auditions soon increased.

After an impressive performance as Buckingham in the Shakespearean tragedy “King Richard III,” Michael Everest DeMarco, the boy from New Orleans, gained remarkable traction. What began to set DeMarco apart, however, was not just his undeniable abilities, but his passion for the Arts and his consistent desire to be mentored and to hone his craft still further. His willingness to be mentored, deferring to others, and taking time out to add to his acting skill set indicates DeMarco’s sense of humility. Engaging with people of all walks of life, being a student of human frailties and personalities, has helped him develop robust performances for many character types.

Training For Future Great Roles

The moment of Demarco’s pivot from theatre into film came as a result of a landmark performance as Bartolomeo Romagna in Maxwell Anderson’s famously dramatized poem “Winterset.” Although a challenging role, the audience and critics alike pronounced his rendition of Romagna as superb. From this point, DeMarco sought to strengthen his acting flexibility and prowess by training in both Classical and the Stanislavski methods, and by being instructed under such greats as Sal Dano, renowned principal of the Actors Studio workshops in Los Angeles. His first film roles came soon after, and DeMarco set his sights on Hollywood.

Michael Everest DeMarco’s attention has not been exclusively on personal advancement, however. His likable personality and growing fame have lately made an opening for him in philanthropic pursuits. It is becoming apparent to those who know him that DeMarco’s passion for acting is rivaled only by his enjoyment of making a difference to the lives of the underprivileged, championing worthy causes whenever possible.

DeMarco’s latest film appearances have included roles in “Over the Line” and “The Fine Stallion” as he continues to distinguish himself and turn admiring heads. As an up and coming talent, it would seem cliché to romanticize DeMarco’s potential legendary stardom, but that would be to overlook the incessant hard work and tenacity he has invested in this challenging career pathway. There is no doubt that DeMarco is deserving of Hollywood’s current attention, and as the mountain of his namesake, it is reasonable to expect that Michael Everest DeMarco’s pinnacle will peak above all peers.

Oscars delayed by two months in 2021!

Might Hollywood be on the brink of change? Irrevocable change that goes beyond the rescheduling of celebrity awards events.

The 93rd Annual Academy Awards have been pushed back while the film industry continues to grapple with the massive upheaval brought on by the global coronavirus pandemic. A return to normal can’t come too soon.

Hollywood understands only too well that the show must go on, that adapting is the only course before it. To what extent though is it prepared to go before the old ways are lost and long-established business models and practices are irrevocably changed?

It’s anybody’s guess.

The 2021 Oscars have been pushed back by two months, the latest celebrity event to be directly affected by the on-going global coronavirus pandemic after both the Golden Globes and Baftas settled on postponement next year.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (AMPAS) announced it was moving the star-studded event from February 28 to April 25, a move that requires similar proportional extensions to the eligibility period (moved from December 31 to February 28) and the relaxing of some of the Academy’s stringent qualification rules.

President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said jointly in a statement by the Academy, “Our hope, in extending the eligibility period and our Awards date, is to provide the flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something beyond anyone’s control.”

Whether the coronavirus crisis will cooperate with the new timetable is impossible to say. There is genuine speculation about all the big celebrity events actually going ahead as planned next year. Then, if and when they do go to plan, the question becomes logistical.

How will they go ahead? Will it be back to normal? With the usual pomp and ceremony of the red carpet and the whole shebang. Or will it be the “Zoom” Oscars? Forced into the virtual realm, with Academy members and nominees zooming into the event while sat at home in all their designer finery.

The only thing certain these days is uncertainty. But the Academy nevertheless remains optimistic. Somehow, someway, the show will go on.

Like many other industries the film industry was hit particularly hard by the public health crisis. The shuttering of cinemas wreaked havoc on film release dates and the shuttering of studios put a stop to films that were in pre-production, mid-production and post-production. Everything ground to an abrupt, screeching halt.

The verb “to adapt” is, arguably, the underlying theme of 2020 – a most trying and tough year thus far. Working remotely, Zoom meetings, virtual social gatherings, sheltering and social distancing–are just of the many bywords representing the new normal that many people around the world have had to accept.

That Hollywood studios would do their own adapting during this unprecedented time was inevitable, but few could have anticipated the magnitude and implication of some of the measures.

Hollywood studios took the pandemic as an opportunity to experiment with digital-first outputs. For the most part, small to mid-size budget titles skipped cinema release dates in favour of streaming services – motivating this move is the fact that film studios get a larger percentage of the revenue when going direct-to-digital than they do at the box office.

The defining moment, however, came when Universal studios decided in May to give Dreamworks-made Trolls World Tour a digital release at $19.99, instead of delaying its box-office release as some other films have done. The film made $100 million in its first three weeks in the United States. To illustrate the significance: the first instalment of the Trolls film needed a five-month sojourn at the box-office to gross $120 million.

With Disney now announcing it too was taking its big-budget film Mulan directly to digital next month, bypassing cinemas entirely and offering it for $29.99 on its Disney+ channel, a seismic shift has occurred.

Mulan, which was projected to be a $1bn-plus blockbuster, is among some of the early odds-on favourites for the 2021 Oscars Taking it out of the hands of box offices is a big deal.

Suppose, the Academy relaxing the rules for qualification and giving entry to films that would have otherwise qualified but were forced to go to digital outputs was the first significant step towards change. One that may be provisional due to the unprecedented pandemic but, equally, may not be easily undone in a post-pandemic world. This may be the cusp of whole new era in the film industry.

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