Final Season of Glee Begins: What to Expect

Well, after many thrown slushies, inappropriate relationships and over-the-top musical extravaganzas from high school hallways to New York sidewalks, our time with Glee is coming to an end. This show has been up and down for me - but something about it kept me coming back. Probably the musical performances, because I kind of lost interest in the plot. After the terribly tragic passing of Cory Monteith, I think it was inevitably hard to come back to how things would've been. But they've done a great job of pushing forward with alternative storylines, and now the adventure is coming to an end. The final season starts tonight! Vulture has a great article on what to expect from this final season: "With Corey Monteith’s untimely death just before season five began filming, Glee's endgame underwent a shakeup. Reportedly, a Monteith-inclusive season six would have focused on Finn reuniting with Rachel in Ohio. Now the season looks to place Rachel into the role of Glee Club reviver, with Sam likely playing some part, since he’s fully embedded in McKinley, too. As far as couples, there's Kurt and Blaine, naturally. Brittany and Santana, who wrapped filming on the season earlier than many of the other characters, look to get their own happy ending, and other favorite pairs will at least get cursory moments as Ryan Murphy ties a big bow on his teenage musical." Somewhat inevitably, I suppose, the attached trailer shows that Lea Michele will at some point be singing "Let It Go!" If you follow the attached Vulture link, they also have a recap of where we're at in the story and where the current characters are at. I'm actually pretty excited to see how things end!

SciFi and Fantasy Films to Watch in 2015: 6-10

There are some pretty awesome movies waiting just around the corner in 2015 - and I can't wait to get to them! I previously posted a card with the first five of my list of SciFi and Fantasy movies to watch this year (http://www.vingle.net/posts/661455), picked out of the very long list of movies coming out compiled by io9 (link attached). Now, here are my next five picks: 6. The Lazarus Effect (Feb. 27) This movie seems to be based on the very classic premise of the fantasy-horror story "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs from 1902 (and basically every genie story). The basic lesson? Be careful what you wish for - you might get something you don't want. The plot of this one is that some medical students have figured out how to bring dead people back to life. They start with a dead student named Zoe (played by Olivia Wilde). The question is whether they've really brought her back - or if it's something more sinister. It also is very much like the anime "Full Metal Alchemist" and also Frankenstein. So the premise is definitely not new, but I'm still curious to see what they do with it. Also Mark Duplass and Troy from Community are in it, which is great. 7. Home (March 27) Pretty much the most adorable alien invasion movie ever made. It's an animated movie based on the children's book "The True Meaning of Smekday." In the story, a girl named Tip befriends an alien. However, there are more of his kind coming to Earth! I don't think I'll be able to resist. Oh, and Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna do voice acting for it. 8. Ex Machina (April 10)

Solidarity for Satirists Killed in Terrorist Attack

People have already been talking about free speech lately because of the near-cancellation of the movie The Interview because of threats from North Korea. Now the struggle for freedom of expression is in the headlines because of a horrifically tragic attack on the French satirical magazine "Charlie Hebdo." According to NBC News, 12 people were killed, including writers, cartoonists and 2 Paris police officers, when 2-3 hooded men entered the Paris offices with AK-47s and opened fire. Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, and was actually firebombed three years ago. You can follow the attached link for more details. People around the world have been speaking out in solidarity for the victims and to defend the right to freedom of expression - from religious and political figures like the Pope and President Obama to satirical comedians like Tina Fey, Jon Stewart and Conan O'Brien, who have a particularly close perspective because of their shared profession. I've attached some of those videos here. As Jon Stewart points out in his comments, comedy shouldn't have to be an "act of courage," but all too often - for comedians and many other types of writers and creators, expression and the will to continue it does become an act of courage. Let's stand behind these people who bravely stand for our right to freely say what we wish to say, whether it's a joke or an essay.
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