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Tom Holland got the loudest screams at D23 so he must be Marvel's biggest star now
It was actually ... kind of scary.
By Josh Dickey

To celebrate the event, MCU mastermind Kevin Feige began introducing the cast, and brought out just about everyone. One by one they came: Thanos (Josh Brolin), Dave Bautista (Drax), Paul Bettany (Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) … pretty much the whole crew except Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Captain America (Chris Evans).

Benedict Cumberbatch showed, and got a pretty loud roar, no surprise there.

Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) came toward the end, and holy air horns, Batman! Who knew people like ol’ Bucky that much? It was some serious skull-splitting stuff, easily the biggest scream of the weekend …

… until Spider-Man arrived.

Now, I realize that Tom Holland just opened Spider-Man: Homecoming, he’s the shiny new object in the MCU. People want to give him a warm welcome.

But I am telling you folks, this was not your average whoop of celebrity exultation. This was Beatlemania.

My colleagues and I ducked down and covered our ears until it was over (and it wasn’t over soon enough). It was the sound of thousands of people, most of them with youthful, high-pitched voices, utterly losing control. Not just screaming. Losing. Control.

Ladies and gentlemen, Ton Holland, the 21-year-old song-and-dance-man from Kinston upon Thames, U.K., all 5-foot-8 of him, is the most popular actor that Marvel has at the moment. My newly inflamed tinnitus and I are living, ringing proof.

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The Southwest U.S. heat wave broke dozens of temperature records, giving us a glimpse at our climate future
It's been hot enough to set all-time records, which is hard to do.
By Andrew Freedman

Southwest U.S. heat wave: The 5 most impressive temperature records

1. Tucson’s 115-degree streak

Tucson, Arizona, set its longest-ever streak of 115-degree or higher days, with a high temperature of 115 degrees Fahrenheit on June 19, 120 degrees on June 20, and 115 degrees on the 21st.

Before 2016, the desert city had only reached 115 degrees four times in its entire history.

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David Mazouz Feels We Have To Meet The Joker By The End Of Gotham


Mazouz is currently in Nashville for Heroes and Villains Fan Fest and took some time to sit down with ComicBook.com’s Brandon Davis to talk about Batman’s most notable nemesis, and if he will ever appear on the popular series.

“I feel like we have to by the end of the show. I hope that when the ending of the show is near our writers will know that, and will be able to put final characters, and not just the Joker, but of everybody.”

The series has introduced plenty of villains so far, and Mazouz wants to see Gotham-centric versions of all of them before the series is over.

“I feel like we’re, the show is leading up to a certain point. It’s leading up to the penguin. It’s leading up to the Riddler. It’s leading up to Batman. It’s leading up to Commissioner Gordon, and I feel like, I really hope that we’ll be able to see our versions of those characters be full blown, those characters before the show ends, and I feel like the Joker is one of those characters that really, really is crucial to the Batman lore. I think I’d be comfortable saying that he is the most important character after Batman in the Batman lore.

Whether Gotham eventually says Jerome is their version of the Joker or they introduce someone else entirely, fans definitely want to see the iconic villain in some form or fashion.

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Glee’s Chris Colfer To Celebrate The End of The Land of Stories Series With a Book Tour
The actor shares details about his final book and upcoming tour

For fans of The Land of Stories series, the release of the final book is a great-but-painful moment — especially for author Chris Colfer. His New York Times best-selling fantasy books have overtaken the YA world, and Colfer will celebrate the publication of the sixth and last novel, Worlds Collide, with a 20-city tour starting next month.

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Gotham Season 3 Finale Moment Was The Best Of David Mazouz’s Life

The Batman prequel series on FOX took a major stride toward finally showing Bruce Wayne becoming the Caped Crusader.

But Gotham still has a lot of ground to cover, and Batman doesn’t just Begin overnight, you know. And still the finale of GothamSeason 3 showed young Bruce take his first step on the path toward brutal vigilantism when he stopped a crime while in disguise.

Series star David Mazouz spoke with ComicBook.com about that scene and what it means moving toward the forthcoming fourth season of Gotham. Check out the video above!

“That was one of the best moments of my life. It was amazing,” Mazouz said. “When John Stephens, our executive producer, told me about that moment we were shooting, I think, episode 10 of Season 3 and I was like, oh my god. I was just in shock and I couldn’t really process it. What I was thinking the next week or so was, ‘please don’t change it, please don’t change it, please don’t change it.’ And they didn’t — they made it even better than what he told me was going to happen. I was just so excited.”

And just in case you were wondering or maybe doubting that the series would properly followup this pivotal moment — DON’T. Mazouz was more than excited about the future of the series going into Season 4.

“Another thing I was worried about was we were going to get to Season 4 and the writers were going to go, ‘you know, I think we took it a little too far too fast. Let’s backtrack.’ And the exact opposite happened. The trajectory is just continuing in that direction. I would say, I would know it’s accelerating in that direction. It’s not going to stop.”

But how will the series follow from that scene? Is Bruce going to start tinkering with gadgets now, or maybe learn the best bones to break without killing a criminal?

Nope, the young Wayne heir is going to start separating his two lives.

“Bruce really is taking on this vigilante persona and all the things that go along with that,” Mazouz said. “Whether it be creating another persona, a public persona, that’s also definitely going to be a major part of Bruce’s journey this year. His relationship as this other person. Batman is coming. Absolutely.”

But with great power comes great responsibility, and Mazouz knows there are lofty expectations that come with the cape and cowl. He even admitted that he’s had some difficulty with one important aspect of playing the Dark Knight.

“The tough part was finding a good Batman voice.”

Maybe we’ll get to hear it when Gotham Season 4 premieres later this fall.

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In 'Meddling Kids,' The Scooby Gang Grows Up — Hard
Edgar Cantero's head-kick of a novel about damaged adults who used to be spunky kid detectives mixes bright, pulpy cartoon nostalgia with some seriously dark trauma-survivor subtext.

“Look, I loved this book end to end and I am using my position as Deputy Commander of the NPR Nerd Army to instruct all of you to read it immediately, because it is funny and sad and tragic and pulpy, all in the best possible way. Because it’s so deliriously trope-y that your inner child will melt down from joy.” -Jason Sheehan for NPR on Edgar Cantero’s MEDDLING KIDS  

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Taylor Swift's Upcoming Groping Trial: People Explains

PEOPLE Explains: What to Know About the Upcoming Taylor Swift Groping Trial

Melody ChiuAugust 3, 2017 at 5:03pm EDT
For six months, Taylor Swift—one of the most high-profile stars in the world—has managed to stay largely under the radar. But on Monday in Denver, the Grammy winner will be back in the spotlight as she takes on radio talk show host David Mueller, who allegedly groped Swift, 27, during a pre-concert meet-and-greet when she was 23 years old.

Here are five things to know about the case and trial, which is expected to last nine days.

1. Mueller sued Swift first—two years after the alleged incident.

In September 2015, Mueller filed a lawsuit against Swift, claiming he lost his job after the singer’s security team accused him of groping her butt during a meet-and-greet at the Pepsi Center on June 2, 2013. In his filing, Mueller also accused his colleague, Eddie Haskell, of sexually assaulting the singer. “The radio station was given evidence immediately after the incident. They made their independent decision,” a rep for Swift told PEOPLE at the time.

2. Swift countersued Mueller one month later.

Showing she’s not one to be messed with, Swift hit back at Mueller with a countersuit. “Ms. Swift knows exactly who committed the assault—it was Mueller—and she is not confused in the slightest about whether her long-term business acquaintance, Mr. Haskell, was the culprit,” read the countersuit. In the papers, Swift claimed Mueller and his girlfriend were participating in the meet-and-greet when Mueller “intentionally reached under her skirt, and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate manner, against her will, and without her permission.”

3. Swift is standing up for victims of sexual assault.

Though there is the option to settle, the “Shake It Off” singer is countersuing Mueller to prove a point. “Resolution of this Counterclaim will demonstrate that Mueller alone was the perpetrator of this humiliating and wrongful conduct targeted against Ms. Swift, and will serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts,” read her countersuit. Additionally, the star—who demanded a jury trial—will be donating any money she wins from the suit to “charitable organizations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard,” she added in the filing.

4. Swift won’t be the only familiar face taking the stand.

The entertainer’s mother, Andrea Swift, is just as recognizable to Swifties as the singer herself. Andrea is listed on the names of witnesses planning to testify, and others in Swift’s circle who may be called include her photographer (who captured the photograph that allegedly shows the assault), her manager and bodyguard.

5. Getting a seat in the courtroom might be even harder than snagging one of Swift’s coveted concert tickets.

Only 32 seats—granted on a first-come, first-serve basis—will be held each day for the public, according to TMZ. There will also be an overflow room, and passes will be handed out to the first 32 people in line starting at 7 a.m. (fans can begin lining up an hour before).

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Four U.S. states sue Interior Department over coal leases on public lands

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Four U.S. states have sued Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Interior Department and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to block new leases of public lands for coal mining, according to papers filed on Tuesday in Montana federal court.

State prosecutors for California, New Mexico, New York and Washington are arguing new coal extraction would exacerbate global warming and violate the federal government’s statutory duty to use public lands “in a manner that will protect the quality of scientific, scenic, historical, ecological, environmental, air and atmospheric, water resource, and archaeological values,” according to the filings.

The move was one of several recent attempts to block a broad pledge by U.S. President Donald Trump to roll back environmental regulations put in place under former President Barack Obama. The former president placed a moratorium on new coal mining leases on public lands more than a year ago, in January 2016.

On March 29, Zinke, whom Trump appointed Interior secretary, formally lifted the ban.

The prosecutors argued in addition to harming the environment, more coal mining on public lands would burden state and local governments with expenses related to healthcare, flood control and other infrastructure needs related to potentially harmful effects of nearby mines.

They also argued the United States’ “outdated structure” for collecting royalties from mining companies meant the government was not obtaining as much money for the leases as it deserved.