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Bananananananana BAT STAR! 

In honor of Bat Appreciation Day today, we bring you the colorful bat of the sea – the bat star! Found in several of your national marine sanctuaries, bat stars may not be quite like the famed superhero Batman, but they do play an important ecological role. Bat stars help clean dead organisms and algae from the seafloor. 

What other “bats” of the sea can you think of? 

(Photo: Dwayne Meadows/NOAA, taken in Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary)



Actor Vin Diesel, Maria Menounos, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Musician G-Eazy and Kehlani attend “The Fate Of The Furious” New York Premiere at Radio City Music Hall.

The Fate of the Furious (alternatively known as Fast & Furious 8 and Fast 8, and often stylized as F8) is a 2017 American action film directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Chris Morgan. It is the eighth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise and stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.

The Fate of the Furious marks the first film of the franchise since The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) not to star Paul Walker, who died in a single-vehicle crash on November 30, 2013, during the filming of Furious 7 (2015).

Plans for an eighth installment were first announced in March 2015 when Diesel appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and disclosed that the film would be set in New York City. Preparations for the film began immediately after the release of Furious 7 with Diesel, Morgan and producer Neal H. Moritz re-signing. After setting an initial release date in the same month. Principal photography began in March 2016 in locations such as Mývatn, Havana, Atlanta, Cleveland, and New York City, continuing the franchise’s tradition of filming in different locations around the world.

The film premiered on April 4, 2017 in Berlin and will be released in the United States on April 14, 2017. The film will be released in 3D, IMAX 3D and 4DX internationally.
Gedalia and Daya

Last thanksgiving I was hanging out with my grandmother who is in her late eighties and has Alzheimer’s and I was looking at People’s sexiest man of the year edition because I had nothing better to do while we waited for food. I, of course, was laughing at the priorities of whoever wrote the list so she asked what I was looking at. I showed her the cover, which had a photo of Dwayne Johnson along with the headline “sexiest man of the year”, and her immediate response was “I don’t care about that kind of thing but I do like him” and I’m still not over the fact that my grandmother who is almost 90 and has Alzheimer’s knows for a fact that she likes Dwayne Johnson

Karen Gillan's 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' Costume Explained, but Does the Reason Make It Okay?
Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black on the set of ‘Jumanji’ (Photo: Dwayne Johnson/Instagram)

by Lorena O’Neil, The Hollywood Reporter

When Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle released a first look photo of the characters in the film, there was public outcry over Karen Gillan’s nonsensical jungle attire. Star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson promised that her wardrobe would “make sense once you know the plot” and Gillan herself assured fans there was a valid reason for why she was dressed in a crop top and leather vest-turned-bustier. “The pay off is worth it, I promise!” she said.

When the first footage of the film was released during CinemaCon, the reason for her ensemble was revealed. The plot involves four high-school students who are forced to clean out the basement of their school while in detention. They find an old video game (rather than a board game like in the version of the movie starring Robin Williams) and each chooses a character to play. The teenagers become the characters they selected, leading a nerdy boy to become The Rock’s character and a popular girl to become Jack Black‘s character.

A more shy, reserved teenage girl ends up becoming Karen Gillan‘s character. The video game is old and dusty, so presumably the reason that she is dressed in tiny clothing is because that’s how female video game characters used to be dressed.

Is that enough of a reason for a movie to dress the character this way? Should the objectification of the female lead in the movie become permissible because Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’s film creators wanted to be hyper-accurate to old video games? Does the fear of being anachronistic by giving Gillan pants or a fully formed top justify the male gaze? Do the critics who hated Gillan’s outfit feel soothed by this explanation?

Watch a trailer for the original ‘Jumanji’ starring Robin Williams:

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