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    Disney has started laying off 21st Century Fox executives after officially closing on its $71.3 billion dollar deal to acquire the studio.

    More than 20 executives, who worked at the 20th Century Fox Studios lot, were let go. Another 3,000 people are expected to be laid off in the coming months because of the merger.

    Departments with a lot of overlap such as marketing and distribution are expected to be most affected by the reductions in staff.

    Disney also announced Thursday it was shutting down Fox 2000, a division that produced films such as?Fight Club," ?The Devil Wears Prada? and ?Love, Simon.?

    https://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...1r_lTiRHz4YhNM

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    "Swole" is now in the dictionary.

    https://apnews.com/60ed55cd28d34281bc949d324a0208eb

    BOSTON (AP) ? Get swole, prepare a bug-out bag, grab a go-cup and maybe you?ll have a better chance of surviving the omnicide.

    Translation: Hit the gym and bulk up, put a bunch of stuff essential for survival in an easy-to-carry bag, grab a drink for the road, and perhaps you?ll live through a man-made disaster that could wipe out the human race.

    Swole , bug-out bag , go-cup and omnicide are just a few of the 640 additions to Merriam-Webster?s dictionary added Monday.

    Deciding what gets included is a painstaking process involving the Springfield, Massachusetts-based company?s roughly two dozen lexicographers, said Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster?s editor at large.

    They scan online versions of newspapers, magazines, academic journals, books and even movie and television scripts until they detect what he calls ?a critical mass? of usage that warrants inclusion.

    The words are added to the online dictionary first, before some are later added to print updates of the company?s popular Collegiate Dictionary, which according to company spokeswoman Meghan Lunghi, has sold more than 50 million copies since 1898, making it the ?best-selling hardcover book after the Bible.?

    ?So many people use our website as their principal dictionary and we want it to be current,? Sokolowski said. ?We want to be as useful as possible.?

    The latest additions include mostly new words, or phrases, but also some old words with new meanings or applications.

    Take unplug and snowflake, for example. Unplug means to literally tug an electric plug from a wall socket, but now, it also has a more metaphorical meaning, as in to disconnect from social media, he said.

    And yes, a snowflake is still a beautiful ice crystal that floats from the sky during winter, but it now also has a usually disparaging meaning of ?someone who is overly sensitive,? according to Merriam-Webster?s definition.

    Some of the words have been around for decades, but are included in the dictionary because of increased usage.

    Omnicide, which means ?the destruction of all life,? dates to the Cold War and was used in reference to the threat of nuclear annihilation, but lately it has been used to define the risk of other man-made disasters, primarily climate change.

    Popular culture ?movies, TV and sports ? is a common source of new words, such as buzzy , an adjective that literally means creating a buzz, such as a ?buzzy new movie.?

    And then there?s EGOT , a noun that refers to an entertainer who has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Mel Brooks and Whoopi Goldberg are among the elite group .

    Garbage time, those painful final minutes of a game when one team has an insurmountable lead and both teams empty their benches, has been around since 1960, but is on the latest list of new words.

    With the rapid advance of science, many new words come from the fields of technology and medicine.

    In the internet age when it?s sometimes difficult to determine whether the vast amounts of information we?re exposed to is accurate, the dictionary is a rock, Sokolowski said.

    ?We need the dictionary more than ever now that we have information flying at us from all directions,? he said.

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    RIP Chewie

    Harrison Ford Releases Statement on Passing of Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew

    Star Wars fandom was shocked today with the announcement of the tragic passing of Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew, who played the lovable Wookiee in five different films in the saga. Mayhew's warmth resonated on the screen as Chewbacca, despite being covered in in pounds of fur. And it was his relationship with Han Solo that many Star Wars fans latched on to.

    Han Solo actor Harrison Ford issued a statement to ComicBook.com in response to the passing of Mayhew, expressing his sorrow with kind words to his on-screen counterpart. Read his statement in full below:

    "Peter Mayhew was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character. These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca. We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him. He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience."

    Ford added, "Chewbacca was an important part of the success of the films we made together. He knew how important the fans of the franchise were to it?s continued success and he was devoted to them. I and millions of others will never forget Peter and what he gave us all. My thoughts are with his dear wife Angie and his children. Rest easy, my dear friend..."

    Mayhew's passing was announced so close to the annual Star Wars holiday May the 4th, and this year's event might prove to be bittersweet among some fans.

    Mayhew and Ford last appeared on screen together in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, reviving their roles more than three decades after Return of the Jedi. That film was a swan song for both actors, as Ford's character was written out of the saga while Mayhew passed the mantle on to new actor Joonas Suotamo.

    Mayhew is survived by his wife Angie and his three children.

    https://comicbook.com/starwars/2019/...hn7p88-WqzA5xo

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    Car manufacturer Renault certainly knows how to roll a performance check! A recently released commercial in Brazil for the KWID Outsider highlights the adventures you can find in the new SUV. To help them on this epic quest, the characters of the classic 1980s Dungeons & Dragons cartoon step out of animation into a fiery real-world adventure that begs to be watched over and over.

    Hank, Eric, Diana, Presto, Sheila, Bobby and, oh yes, Uni face off against an appropriately menacing and imposing-looking Tiamat in this unforgettable commercial.


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    Ryan Reynolds Commits to Blowing Every Glass Bottle for His Limited Run, Signature Aviation American Gin


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    Pilot dead when helicopter crashes into Manhattan high-rise


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    The Strongest Man in History premieres on the History Channel on July 10

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    Laugh-In and Voice Actor Arte Johnson Dies at 90

    Arte Johnson, a prolific actor whose work included Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and Love at First Bite, has passed away at the age of 90. Johnson's family announced (via The Hollywood Reporter) that the actor died on Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His cause of death was reportedly heart failure, after a three-year battle with bladder and prostate cancer.

    Johnson's most iconic Laugh-In appearances included his role as Wolfgang, the former German stormtrooper known for his catchphrase of "verry interesting". He also was known for playing Tyrone F. Horneigh on the series, an old man who harasses Gladys (Ruth Buzzi) on a park bench. The actor ultimately earned an Emmy for his work on the show.

    Johnson was born in 1929 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. His first step into the business came when he impulsively stepped into an audition line, and was ultimately cast as a 65-year-old Frenchman in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

    From there, Johnson began a prolific film and television career that included It's Always Jan, Bewitched, and the Twilight Zone episode "The Whole Truth". He also appeared in the Lost in Space episode "Princess of Space", and "The Flip-Side of Satan" episode of Night Gallery.

    After Laugh-In, Johnson made appearances on Match Game, The Gong Show, and Wheel of Fortune. His career as a voice actor included Misterjaw on The Pink Panther Laugh-and-a-Hal-Hour-and-a-Half Show, Devil Smurf on The Smurfs, Newt on Animaniacs, and Dr. Ludwig Von Strangebuck and Count Ray on Ducktales. He also lent his voice to more than 80 audiobook recordings.

    Before retiring from acting in 2006, Johnson's final role was voicing Virman Vundabar in the 2005 Justice League Unlimited episode "The Ties That Bind".

    Johnson is survived by his wife, Gisela, as well as his brother and Laugh-In co-star Coslough Johnson. Donations in his name can be made to Actors & Others for Animals.

    https://comicbook.com/tv-shows/2019/...6gI3QaFOyu1PgY

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    Star Wars Fans Direct Traffic With Lightsabers During New York Blackout

    https://comicbook.com/starwars/2019/...I96sfu8pueKNRc

    On Saturday night, a power failure in New York City left the West Side of Manhattan in the dark. Some of the city’s denizens became trapped in subway cars. Others had to navigate the roads of the city without the aid of streetlights or stoplights. Some good Samaritans took to the streets, using what light sources they could find to help direct traffic through the city. These included cell phones as well as lightsaber blades.

    Some in the city, including The New York Times reporter Liam Stack, took photos of the Jedi in action. “Now that it’s getting dark the civilians directing traffic in Hell’s Kitchen are using whatever light they can get, including cellphones and... light sabers #NYCblackout,” Stack tweeted with a photo on Twitter.

    The one in Stack’s photo wasn’t alone.

    Directing traffic is a difficult and necessary job during incidents like this one. "I know how tricky it is when it comes to that intersection and I just saw in my mind car accidents people getting hit, people screaming," a woman told CNN, saying she learned the skill from her police officer father. "So I felt like I should have just tried."

    The power outage lasted for approximately three hours. Con Edison said that a mechanical problem — an explosion and fire, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo — at a substation was the cause of the blackout. The substation problem led to issues in six power sectors, leading to the power outage in portions of Manhattan.

    The power came back on around 10 p.m. “Power has been restored after today's #blackout, but New Yorkers should continue to exercise caution as everything returns to normal,” Cuomo tweeted. “When things are at their worst, New Yorkers are at their best, and they were at their best tonight.”

    Parts of Midtown and Hell’s Kitchen were also affected by the blackout. The outage occurred on the 42nd anniversary of the 1977 blackout that left the city in darkness.

    Some found themselves trapped in elevators waiting for the power to return. Broadway shows canceled their performances.

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    44 Injured by 'Tsunami' in Malfunctioning Wave Pool Accident

    A park employee confirmed an "accidental breakdown in machinery" caused the incident, and not a disgruntled worker.

    44 tourists have been injured by a "tsunami" in a malfunctioning wave pool in China.

    Videos of the incident published online show dozens of adults and children being smashed together after faulty equipment suddenly caused a giant wave to sweep through the attraction at Yulong Shuiyun Water Amusement Park in Lonmgjing.

    Five people were still being treated in hospital on Tuesday for injuries such as fractured ribs, the South China Morning Post reported.

    "According to the initial stages of the investigation, the incident was caused by a power cut that damaged electronic equipment in the tsunami pool control room, which led to the waves in the tsunami pool becoming too big and injuring people," a government notice posted on Weibo said.

    The park was shut down while an investigation took place.

    The footage shows families screaming in terror as they attempt to flee the freak wave, with some children being thrown out of the pool completely and onto the pavement; swimmers were pulled from the water afterwards bloodied and crying.

    A park employee confirmed an "accidental breakdown in machinery" caused the incident, and not a disgruntled worker.

    "Online rumors say that a worker wrongly operated the controls, but in reality it was a problem with the equipment," they said.

    https://toofab.com/2019/08/01/44-inj...jT9PZE81bnGUTc



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