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Captain Planet cameos in OK K.O.!

  • Mashable can exclusively reveal that the blue-skinned, eco-friendly superhero will cameo in an upcoming episode of Cartoon Network's OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, premiering Monday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Original series stars David Coburn (Cap himself) and LeVar Burton (Kwame) will reprise their roles for the episode, which sees the evil Lord Boxman (Jim Cummings) polluting the air around the plaza, prompting K.O. and his friends to combine powers with the iconic superhero. 
She played the game perfectly to get to the top; now that she’s there, I hope that — like Beyonce has the last couple years — she gets to more or less opt out of the fame game, shake it off, and make some honest art, however that manifests. Magazine article? No thank you. Goofy late night appearance? Not if she doesn’t find it funny. Who’s she dating? Some hot dudes. Jealous much?
—  Erin Strecker for Mashable (X)
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Women in Menswear, 1900

Mashable has a cool story about two Norwegian photographers and their gender bending experiments in the late 19th century. Between the years of 1895 and 1903, Marie Høeg and Bolette Berg operated a small commercial photography studio in Horten, a town in Vestfold county, Norway. During their off hours, they’d dress up in men’s clothing, or put on fake mustaches while wearing dresses, as a way to explore the boundaries of gender. An except:

Høeg was an active and outspoken suffragist, and used the studio as a meeting place for fellow activists and women interested in the suffrage movement. (Women won the right to vote in Norway in 1913.)

More than three decades after Høeg’s death in 1949, a box of the partners’ glass plate negatives marked “private” was discovered on a farm where they once lived.

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Høeg’s defiant suffragist spirit shines through the images, her costume choices allowing her to occupy traditionally male roles and personas as she campaigns for women’s right to an equal place in society.

You can see the rest here. 

(story via Christina Binkley)

Wonder Woman became WB/DC’s top grosser in just four weeks of release, beating out the entire 14-week run of Suicide Squad earlier this week, then zooming past Batman v Superman just before the weekend. All the more estimable when you realize that Wonder Woman’s opening weekend ($103 million) was significantly lower — meaning its high quality and great word-of-mouth have given it powerful legs.

The breakdown:

Wonder Woman (4 weeks): $325,083,830 (through Tuesday), earning more than $3 million daily on average this week, for an estimated $331 million to $332 million

Batman v Superman (12 weeks): $330 million

Suicide Squad (14 weeks): $325 million

Man of Steel (14 weeks): $291 million

So if you want an in-universe explanation, consider that Kylo Ren worships his grandfather Anakin… — and probably wanted his scar to look a little more like [him].

The decision to keep his scar didn’t work out too well for Anakin, who lost his wife and fell to the Dark Side soon after. We can’t imagine his facial modification will endear Kylo Ren to Rey, either.

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Chris Taylor, Mashable: Last Jedi director moves scar on Kylo Ren’s face, chaos ensues

This dude just casually alluded to Kylo’s “crush” on Rey, in an article not even about their dynamic, and basically mentioned them in the same breath as Anidala, lol! It’s spreadingggg…

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MashReads Podcast: 'Glee' star Chris Colfer talks about his new novel 'Stranger than Fanfiction'
A book about the powerful connection between characters and the fans who love them.
By Aliza Weinberger

There’s a powerful connection between characters and the fans who love them.

Anyone who scribbled Harry Potter fanfiction or dissected the latest teen drama with their friends knows. And the line between actor and character is often completely muddled for viewers that live far beyond the realities of Hollywood.

But what if those same fans were stuck on a road trip with the object of their obsessions? That’s the idea behind the most recent book from Glee star and bestselling author Chris Colfer, Stranger than Fanfiction.

Colfer is best known in the literary world for his popular middle grade series The Land of Stories. In his latest novel, Colfer explores the world of television fandom and the trials and tribulations of teenagers on the brink of major life changes.

Stranger than Fanfiction follows four best friends who’ve bonded over nearly a decade of watching their favorite sci-fi show. As the group embarks on an end-of-high-school road trip, they impulsively invite the star of said show. When he actually shows up to join them, all five begin a journey full of misadventures, mayhem, and secrets revealed.

In a special episode of the MashReads Podcast, MashReads spoke to Colfer about his return to YA and the inspirations behind the story, from both sides of passionate fandoms.

Then, as always, we close the show with recommendations. Colfer recommends:

  • The Demonologist by Gerald Bittle, which explores the career of the famous paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in a documentary fashion. “The facts are scary enough by themselves,” said Colfer.
  • Intimacy Idiot by Isaac Oliver, a collections of essays and stories about finding love and intimacy in New York. To Colfer, “It’s the gay man’s manifesto, in a way.”
  • Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher, the first memoir by the late actress, based on her one-woman show. It’s also one of Colfer’s all-time favorite books. “Parts of that book I felt she wrote just for me”
  • Sage-ing While Age-ing by Shirley MacLaine, a book that is part memoir and part life advice from the actress. “It’s just fantastic.”
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'Divide' is a choose-your-own adventure Ed Sheeran experience.
Ed Sheeran wants you to know that he contains multitudes.
By Tricia Gilbride

Excerpt mentioning Taylor:

The album is technically 12 tracks, but is there a soul alive that will listen to it that way? It’s unlikely that most listeners will even realize that the 16 track version available online is comprised partially of bonus tracks — the blessing and the curse of the digital music era.

“Sex With Me” by Rihanna and “New Romantics” by Taylor Swift are bonus tracks on the singers’ respective albums despite being better than plenty of music that made the cut, and it doesn’t matter much. Swift even gave “New Romantics” a video — an honor not awarded to half of the album’s actual tracks.

Speaking of Swift, Sheeran’s learned from the best. His first brush with international fame came form his association with Tay and a duet on Red, which is a pretty good template for pop stars testing the waters of what they can be. Swift learned she could be a Pop Star beyond her country roots, and the blockbuster success of 1989 came together according to plan. Now she appears to be doing her own market research by zig zagging all over the music scene, ghostwriting for Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Little Big Town and possibly working with Drake without revealing her cards until a hit was a done deal.

Divide, taken as a whole, feels like a resume. Like Swift and Drake, Sheeran’s in a place right now where he’s too big to really fail. It’s everything Sheeran is and could possibly be. And for now, he can have his cake and eat it, too. So why not fill his pockets and jump off the plane knowing there’s a parachute?

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Liam Payne rocks up to meet the Queen looking like Harry Potter
A One Directioner or the boy who lived?
By April Hautea

Harry Potter, sorry we mean Liam Payne, shook hands with the Queen while attending an event in Buckingham Palace.

The singer and other young entrepreneurs, like Anita Rani and Caspar Lee, gathered to share their stories of leadership at the Young Leaders Awards.

Those in attendance met the Queen and Prince Harry. Liam shared a picture of him exchanging pleasantries with Her Majesty to his social media pages.

“It was an absolute honour to meet the Queen today,” he said on Instagram. “Privileged to share the room with such inspirational @queensyoungleaders, hear their stories and how they are helping to rebuild and preserve a sometimes broken world.”

While fans of the singer praised him for his achievement, they were more freaked out by the singer’s striking resemblance to Harry Potter.

The glasses. The hair. His general Harry Potter-esque expression.

Channeling the boy who lived works for the singer. We’re here for the new look.

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Why 'Handmaid's Tale' costumes are the most powerful meme of the resistance yet
The symbolism is almost too real.
By Rebecca Ruiz

“… The sight of even a dozen women wearing the handmaid costume, while staying silent and keeping their heads down, offers a stark contrast to a group of mostly white men deliberating over what happens to their bodies. The imagery is practically made for the digital era. “ —Rebecca Ruiz, Mashable

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A blind man and a double amputee planted 10,000 trees.

“I am his hands. He is my eyes.”

Jia Haixa talks of his symbiotic relationship with his friend Jia Wenqi — a double amputee. The pair work together to plant trees in Yeli village, just outside of Shijiazhuang city, northern China. 

The friends approached the local government and leased a 7.5 acre stretch of land along the riverbank. They hope to transform it by planting 1,000 trees every year, and have been doing that for a decade.