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Godzilla shochu comes in a porcelain action figure
Godzilla's success is being commemorated with a special, alcohol-filled action figure just for adults.
The new Godzilla movie has made $477.6 million in box office revenues worldwide, and one Japanese company is celebrating by releasing a special new collectible just for adults: a porcelain Godzilla statue filled with alcohol.
According to Rocket News 24, the scaly green porcelain monster is the product of Japan’s Konishi Brewing Company, which originally came out with its limited edition Godzilla shochu in honor of the 55th anniversary of Godzilla in 2011. Now they’ve decided to re-release the product in honor of the new movie, and because there’s never a wrong time to fill a toy monster with alcohol.
Boozy Godzilla holds 720 ml of the company’s Choujugura shochu, which is a grain alcohol made from barley and water. The collectible porcelain bottle was created by sculptor Shigeaki Ito in conjunction with Godzilla special effects director Koichi Kawakita. The 2014 re-release will include 3,000 bottles that are expected to sell for 10,800 yen, or about $106 each.
The Best Monster Movies That Aren't Really About Monsters
At the core of every great monster movie is a metaphor that captures real-life struggle. "Frankenstein" is about the dangers of playing God. "The Wolf Man" explores our hidden animalistic urges. Even "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is essentially a story about drug addiction.
Sometimes, however, the metaphor takes center stage. The monster movie then becomes a powerful allegory about social injustice, human misery, or historical currents, given new significance through the horror movie tropes used. Such films invite multiple viewings, as audiences peel back its layers of meaning to face uncomfortable truths.
We're here to take a closer look at those horror films where the monster isn't just some computer-generated spectacle, but a twisted reflection of our own deep-rooted flaws. From a physical manifestation of nuclear war to a new embodiment of narcissism, these monsters are the living symbols of our traumas, insecurities, and prejudices — which just makes them that much scarier.
How Barbra Streisand and James Brolin Have Kept Their Marriage Strong for 20 Years
The two were completely unlucky in love before they met each other.
Barbra Streisand and James Brolin are known as one of Hollywood's biggest power couples. But before they got together more than two decades ago, the singer and the actor had been unlucky in love &mdash and the story of how they ended up together is beyond sweet.
Both husband and wife had been married to others previously. Streisand was married to actor Eliot Gould from 1963 to 1971, and has one son, Jason from that marriage. Brolin was married twice before, first to Jane Cameron Agee, with whom he had two children, Josh (a high-profile actor in his own right) and Jess. He then married Jan Smithers, with whom he has a daughter, Molly. And before they met, Streisand had become comfortable with being single. "Without being in despair, I was finally liking my solitude," she told People.
Streisand and Brolin first met when they were set up at a party. "I met him at a dinner and expected a bearded mountain-man type, and he had cut off all his hair and was clean-shaven," she told W magazine. "I asked him, 'Who screwed up your hair?' He later told me that's when he fell in love with me. My fella likes to hear the truth, which is unusual."
Their first date was July 1, 1996, and it went so well that they talked until 3 a.m. and then fumbled while trying to decide whether to go in for the kiss. For Streisand's part, she said it took "a couple of months" before she knew he was the one. And around that time, Brolin went to Ireland to direct My Brother's War, so their relationship was often over the phone. By November, he had moved in with her.
Some of the first people who knew Streisand and Brolin were getting married were fellow A-listers. People reported that John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Marlon Brando were kept waiting at a dinner party because Streisand was meeting the rabbi who was set to marry them. "After her mother, Kelly and I were the first to know the big news," Travolta told the magazine. "We got misty-eyed, then thrilled that we were in on it so quickly. But Barbra asked us to keep it a secret."
The two were married in 1998 at Streisand's estate in Malibu, California. She wore a crystal beaded Donna Karan gown with a 15-foot veil. The wedding date, July 1, was the second anniversary of their first date. And in classic, fabulous diva style, according to the New York Daily News, Streisand insisted the caterer return the Pellegrino they mistakenly brought instead of the Perrier she requested. Another celebrity move? She put loudspeakers outside her home so the press outside couldn't hear them recite their vows.
Guests reportedly included Travolta, Preston, Hanks, Wilson, Quincy Jones, and Sydney Pollack. Streisand sang two love songs and Brolin gave an emotional speech. "I can't tell you how lucky I am that this would happen to me so late in life," he said, according to People. "Every night is a new adventure. Sleeping is a waste of time. I can't wait to see her again in the morning."
Nowadays, Streisand is proud her marriage has lasted for two decades. "Twenty years in Hollywood is like 50 years in Chicago, I always say," she told Extra. She said she's learned how to tell the truth in a way that preserves emotions. "The Dalai Lama says, 'Give truth with compassion. ' I used to use truth as a weapon years ago, actually, 'Well, you look fat 'cause you're fat . I'm telling you the truth.' Truth with compassion would say it a different way &mdash I don't think you can take each other for granted."
There are other secrets to their long-lasting marriage which are far more practical. Brolin said a key to their relationship happiness is keeping separate bank accounts. "We've bifurcated, and I love it that way," he told HuffPost Live. "I have my own money and she has her own money. [&hellip] This is my third marriage, and I know what trouble can come out of marriage, so I didn't want any reason that I would ever have to be either divorced or married again. We've been in heaven for 20 years, so it works."
Brolin also has said couple's counseling is a great way to resolve conflict. "I do believe in counseling if anybody ever has a problem in their marriage," he told Entertainment Tonight. "Bring in a referee, talk it over, and I swear to you, it will dispel by the end of the session, each time!"
Streisand, for her part, keeps the romance alive by leaving him notes. "I'm always welcome when I get home," Brolin told ET. "I always get notes, 'Hurry home!' When I get there, there's always something kind of great waiting for me, some plan, and I try to reciprocate."
Nick Offerman Gets His Own Lagavulin Scotch
Ron Swanson makes a drink Ron Swanson can be proud of.
Played by Nick Offerman, Ron Swanson was Parks and Recreation’s surly, rugged individualist waging a war against small-town bureaucracy from the inside. While scotch never earned a spot on his famed Pyramid of Greatness, it was essential to Swanson/Offerman’s particular brand of masculinity to the point that an episode involved a pilgrimage to Lagavulin’s Scotland distillery.
Now, liquor and life are imitating art, as Offerman is helping to make his very own edition of the brand’s famous scotch. According to press materials cited by The Takeout, Lagavulin Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky: Offerman Edition is a limited edition offering, billed as an 𠇊uthentic collaboration” that incorporates Offerman’s actual input into the finished product.
Offerman, who’s enough of a Lagavulin fan to film a Yule Log video of him drinking their booze by a fireplace, seems like he’s relishing the chance to partner with one of the finest purveyors of Scotch whisky: “I have traveled the world and sampled many attempts at pleasing nectars, but it is solely this distillation of Islay a tiny, charismatic Scottish isle, that has claimed my palate. Yea, and my heart into the bargain.”
In terms of the finished product, the 11-year-aged will feature “the signature Lagavulin peatiness but with extra spices and notes of dried fruit to carry the smoke,” as well as what they’re describing as 𠇊 more direct flavor journey”. It also should offer a pretty direct alcohol journey, as the Offerman Edition weighs in at 46% ABV/92 proof. There’s no word about how well it pairs with bacon or any of the other animal proteins Ron Swanson would consider fundamental to greatness, however.
This bottle of scotch that would surely make Ron Swanson proud will only be available “until supplies last,” and retails for $74.99. That may feel steep to the amateur scotch drinker, but owning a bottle with Offerman’s face plastered on it makes it a keepsake worth treasuring.
Uber’s Party Is Over: New Curbs on Alcohol, Office Flings
Uber’s board adopted workplace report recommendations, including limiting company spending on alcohol.
Alcohol-soaked parties, controlled substances, office romances and free dinner: those are the hallmarks of Uber Technologies Inc.’s raucous workplace—and many other startups.
A report Uber commissioned from the law firm of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, released Tuesday, called out such details as part of what’s wrong with Uber’s culture. Uber’s board of directors unanimously adopted Mr. Holder’s recommendations, such as limiting company spending on alcohol.
A freewheeling culture of marathon late-night work sessions and frat-boy behavior often goes hand-in-hand with a startup’s fast-paced growth, experts say. But it can become detrimental as a company matures—in Uber’s case, to a $68 billion valuation and 12,000 employees. “What worked for 200 people doesn’t work for a couple thousand and can spin out of control,” said Ranjay Gulati, an organizational growth expert and professor at Harvard Business School.
Many startups stumble as they transition to a corporate culture, contributing to Silicon Valley folklore. Zenefits, the health-insurance brokerage startup, instituted a no-alcohol policy last year amid reports that employees were having sex in the office stairwells.
In 2011, two years before Twitter Inc.’s public offering, an impromptu party replete with marijuana broke out at its offices when the rapper Snoop Dogg and his entourage visited while top executives were away.
Ex-music teacher avoids jail for battery, alcohol offenses after lawyer calls victims 'prima donnas'
An ex-music director at Crystal Lake Central High School apologized Friday to former students for misdemeanors committed against them and disagreed with his defense attorney that the victims were “prima donnas.”
Justin Hubly, 36, was sentenced Friday to a combined one year of court supervision and conditional discharge for supplying alcohol to underage people and a battery conviction stemming from unwanted advances made to former students.
He must also pay thousands of dollars in fines, undergo a sex offender evaluation and refrain from contact with Community High School District 155 or any of the victims.
The victims were former students of Hubly’s who visited him at his home after graduating and were adults when the crimes occurred.
Two female former students testified that they had viewed Hubly as a trusted friend with whom they could talk about their lives. They both said that on separate occasions in 2016 while home on breaks from college, they went to Hubly’s home and he gave them alcoholic drinks and made unwanted sexual advances toward them. One said he put his hand down her shirt and the other said he forcibly kissed and groped her.
But because the women were not students of Hubly’s at the time, his attorney, Henry Sugden, dismissed as “absolute nonsense” prosecutors’ contention that Hubly crossed the line with them. Sugden has repeatedly stressed that school officials were wrong to contact police after learning of the encounters.
He contended that Hubly had paid enough, having lost an $82,000 a year job and suffered public humiliation. Hubly resigned from the district in 2016 after the accusations came to light. Sugden called his client a “popular teacher” who never had a problem in 13 years as a teacher until a group of “prima donnas” came along, looking at the victims in the courtroom as he used the phrase. Sugden argued that it was the former students who initiated contact with Hubly and said they often brought their own alcohol to his home.
However, McHenry County Assistant State's Attorney Brette Dunbar said Hubly had used his position to get close to them and that he crossed the lines many times “over the course of years … kid after kid after kid. This is not an isolated incident.”
Addressing the court, Hubly himself said he did not agree with his attorney that the former students were “prima donnas.” He apologized to his colleagues, the community and the former students, saying he didn’t know his actions made anyone uncomfortable. He also said he’d been vilified but he is human. He admitted he was wrong and said that what he did should be used as a teaching tool.
Judge Robert Wilbrandt said he believed Hubly “was an excellent teacher” and deserved a second chance, but that potential future school employers should be aware of his conviction.
In issuing his verdict in April, Wilbrandt said Hubly “crossed the sometimes blurry line between being a friendly mentor and becoming an active participant in his ex-students’ socially questionably activities.”
The sentencing had been delayed in May when Sugden asked for time to conduct a pre-sentencing investigation, not typical in a misdemeanor case. He also wanted the judge to consider several letters in support of Hubly submitted by former colleagues and ex-students.
What things would you have changed / added to Godzilla vs. Kong?
I would’ve changed a tiny part where MG and Godzilla had the beam fight. Like MG starting to lose but then firing his shoulder rockets mid-beam to weaken Godzilla, then basically that part has the same end as the movie. Would’ve been cool to see that mg beam couldn’t compete with Godzilla’s, tho mg still kicked his teeth in.
Godzilla 2-0's Kong. I don't think he should be able to stand a chance against Mechagodzilla.
He also blew a hole to the center of the earth right before he fought kong, so it makes sense that he couldn't win the beam lock with MG. If he didn't have to tell Kong and Apex to get of his lawn it would have been a different fight.
I’m sure you mean plot wise, but personally, I miss Bear McCreary’s score more than anything. I loved his work on KOM. The soundtrack for GVK was (in my opinion) lackluster.
I just mean changes or additions in general. I liked some tracks on the Godzilla vs. Kong soundtrack, but overall, I don't think it's as good as Godzilla: King of the Monsters's soundtrack.
This times 100. Not gonna lie, half the reason I love KOTM so much is because of the score.
Something else would be the camera angles and monster speed. The way the fights are done makes it so the sense of weight and scale of the monsters gets lost. They should have taken their cues from KOTM for the camera angles and from Pacific Rim for the monster speed.
The whole “conspiracy theory” part of the plot was completely pointless and can be made a lot better with minimal changes.
Instead of having the tech dude be a blatant bad guy, have him just be a clueless billionaire who is manipulated by Ren into giving him control over MechaG. Tech dude thinks he’s made something amazing, so he invites Mark and Maddie to Hong Kong so he can show it off. Cue Skullcrawler killing scene.
Maddie clearly sees that it’s a horrible idea, but Mark isn’t initially opposed to it since he still kinda hates Godzilla and only sees him as a necessary evil. Then you can give Maddie a big speech where she emphasizes the importance of Godzilla to the world or something. This changes the mind of Mark and the tech guy, and tech guy decides to shut Mecha down. However, this happens right as the energy is transmitted, and Ren reveals himself as the real bad guy and takes over the operation, killing tech dude and capturing Maddie and Mark.
Kong and Godzilla fight just like in the movie, and Ren uses this time to explain his relationship with Serizawa and why he hates Godzilla (and it’s hinted that he’s gone crazy after linking with Ghidorah). Eventually the Kong fight ends, and Ren straps into Mecha. The fight goes as usual, though now Ren is deliberately using Mecha to destroy Hong Kong due to the Ghidorah influence. Kong jumps back into the fight, they double team for a bit, but Mecha still has the upper hand.
Then, instead of just dumping liquid on the panel to disable Mecha, it’s Mark and Maddie forcing Ren out of the machine that cause Mecha to glitch. That gives Kong the time to get the upper hand, as Ghidorah struggles to control the body by itself. Film ends basically the same.
The saddest story in rock
I f writing a batch of rock's most exhilarating hit singles is a good way to gain admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, becoming entangled in high-profile lawsuits brings a different kind of immortality. John Fogerty has achieved both. Weirdly, even tragically, his solo career has been marred by his involvement in a string of legal disputes with his erstwhile record label, Fantasy, and clashes with his ex-bandmates from Creedence Clearwater Revival, of which he was the lynchpin until it split in 1972. It remains to be seen whether he will be remembered for his music or his lawsuits.
Fogerty, 55, is now sweeping across Europe supporting Tina Turner on her farewell tour. But he remains an ambiguous figure. During his heyday in Creedence Clearwater Revival it was he who wrote the band's hits, from Proud Mary (1969) to their last million-seller, Sweet Hitch-Hiker (1971). Since then, his solo career has produced gems such as Centerfield (1985) and Blue Moon Swamp (1997), both of which have demonstrated Fogerty's knack for concocting songs that are "about as contrived as the weather", as critic Greil Marcus put it.
But a total of six albums in 27 years (only five of them comprising new material) seems a barely adequate return from so legendary a performer. For when Fogerty should have been in the studio, he was consulting lawyers or sitting in court.
"I have had a lot of trouble with Fantasy Records. " Fogerty told me while promoting the release of Blue Moon Swamp. "In 1988 I had to go through a plagiarism trial where I was sued for sounding like myself, and people tell me this was unprecedented. I spent more than three years trying to resolve these issues, but sadly it didn't work."
In the bizarre self-plagiarism case, Fantasy and its boss Saul Zaentz claimed that Fogerty's 1985 song Old Man Down the Road was merely his old Creedence song, Run Through the Jungle, with a new title. The label wouldn't have been able to bring the suit if Fogerty hadn't sold them the rights to his old material, something any aspiring pop star would be strenuously advised not to do in these more artist friendly days. Fogerty won the case, but then had to jump through further legal hoops to win back $1.35m dollars in costs.
While countless musicians, from George Michael to Spandau Ballet, have found themselves in litigation with managers, record companies or each other, they have eventually reached some sort of conclusion, even if they're not very happy with it. But Fogerty seems doomed never to achieve the outcome he thinks he deserves. The problems date right back to Creedence Clearwater's original contract with Fantasy.
"We were the only artists that mattered on the label. We were selling almost 99.9% of the company's records. We had signed a contract thinking we were all in it equally. I thought we would share to a great degree in the company's success. But then it didn't happen. Fantasy own the songs and they're supposed to pay me as the songwriter, but I've had to fight to get royalties from 1980 and every year after that. Basically, to get paid I had to sue them, that was their stance."
After Creedence split, Fogerty found himself bound to Fantasy as a solo artist. His awareness that he was a bankable asset at the peak of his powers merely increased his sense of outrage. "I felt like I was their little prisoner in their dungeon, their little mouse in a cage that they played with," he shuddered. "To take somebody that was at their height, like Elvis or The Beatles, and then treat them so badly is really a horrible thing."
During the late 70s and early 80s, he grew so sick of it all that he abandoned music and lived with his family on a farm in Oregon. Then in 1985, he re-emerged with a new record deal with Warner Bros and the album Centerfield. It looked as if he'd turned a corner - until the plagiarism lawsuit came along.
That was not the worst of it. In 1990, his brother Tom died from respiratory failure following a long struggle with tuberculosis. The five Fogerty boys had been brought up by their single mother in California, and Tom had been Creedence's rhythm guitarist, but not even their family bond could survive John's feelings of betrayal. "Tom ended up over the years evolving mentally into some sort of weird Patti Hearst syndrome," said John. "That's what I call it when they kidnap you and you end up siding with your captors, and that's what Tom did. In some trick of mental agility, he ended up befriending Saul Zaentz against me. By the end of his life Tom was saying 'Saul is my best friend'. He even wrote me nasty letters saying things like 'Saul and I will win'. It was very unresolved and very sad."
How does he remember Tom? "I have very confused feelings for my brother because there was a time when things were happy. The best I can say in Tom's case is he was the older brother and the younger brother had a lot more talent, therefore he was jealous even to a greater degree than the other two in Creedence Clearwater Revival."
Tom's death didn't soften John's attitude towards the other band members. In 1993, when Creedence were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Fogerty refused to allow drummer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook to perform with him at the traditional end-of-ceremony jam. Cook and Clifford have responded by forming Creedence Clearwater Revisited and going on the road playing the old Fogerty hits, though he has tried to throw a spanner in the works. In 1996, he sued Cook and Clifford, seeking to prevent the use of the Creedence Clearwater name. He won a temporary injunction, but the band are now using their chosen name again, and toured Germany last month.
It saddens Stu Cook. "I'm sure that doctors have all kinds of names for this sort of behaviour," he commented. "It's the saddest story in rock and one of the longest ongoing stupid feuds."
Meanwhile, Fogerty has become a litigation junkie. At the end of last year, he even sued his former attorney Kenneth Sidle, who had helped him to win back his costs following the plagiarism case. John Fogerty should be remembered as a great songwriter. Instead, he risks becoming better known as an appellant in textbooks of precedent-setting case law.
John Fogerty appears with Tina Turner at Wembley on Saturday and Sunday. Box office: 020-8902 0902.
Superman Has No Alcohol Tolerance
Superman may be the Man of Steel, but it turns out that Clark Kent is actually a lightweight when it comes to holding his booze.
Thanks to his powers, Superman cannot be harmed by conventional means. Bullets bounce off of his skin. Fire won’t burn his flesh. Even deadly poisons have no effect on his solar-infused Kryptonian physiology. So, it goes without saying that Superman can’t get drunk… as long as he has his superpowers.
Whenever he loses those superpowers, however, it’s a different story. Because Clark Kent possessed superpowers for his entire life (in most storylines), he never had to build up an alcohol tolerance. Unfortunately, this means that when he loses his powers through magic, Gold Kryptonite, or his solar flare power, it’s actually really easy to get the Last Son of Krypton drunk.
In both the comics and movies, Superman has had an ambiguous relationship with alcohol. Christopher Reeve’s Superman politely told Margot Kidder’s Lois Lane, “I never drink when I fly” during their interview. In Superman III, however, a counterfeit-Kryptonite-infected Superman drank a lot of liquor in a bar and showed he could be a pretty mean drunk. More recently, Henry Cavill and Brandon Routh’s Superman were both shown drinking and even working in bars, but seemed to suffer no ill effects from the alcohol.
In the comics, it’s established that Superman gets his main nutrients directly from the sun, meaning he doesn’t even need to eat or drink, although he’s capable of doing both. He generally doesn’t drink alcohol, turning away Lois Lane’s offer of wine and brie during one of their initial meetings. This changed in recent years, however, thanks to the introduction of Superman’s new “solar flare” power.
This power enabled the Man of Steel to expel all the solar energy out of his body at once, essentially turning him into a living bomb. While this was an effective power move, it also left Clark powerless until his body could absorb sufficient amounts of solar radiation. During this time, Clark was essentially human, letting him experience all the joys and frailties of regular life. To everyone’s surprise, Superman felt this temporary power loss was a gift as he could finally feel the full spectrum of human sensation and even found eating and drinking a much more pleasurable experience without powers.
Unfortunately, the Justice League decided to take advantage of this by giving Clark a night out on the town. Clark ended up in a bar with the League, took one sip of his light beer, and promptly became so drunk that he started babbling about how his new super flare power would encourage bad guys to be less bad before he passed out on the table. The League found this hilarious and commented that Superman has the alcohol tolerance of a flea. Clark woke up the next morning with a fraction of his powers and a massive hangover. Although he still managed to take down some criminals, the pounding in his head made him swear never to go out drinking again.
Given that Superman does lose his powers on a semi-regular basis, it’s actually very possible that Clark Kent could get drunk every now and then. Due to his weak alcohol tolerance, however, Superman likely stays away from bars as a rule – which is a good thing for the rest of us. Considering how dangerous regular humans can become when under the influence of alcohol, an inebriated Superman is likely a danger Clark Kent would rather spare the rest of the world.
Disney’s “Gargoyles” Are Back With a Brand New Official Board Game!
While we continue waiting for a reboot of the series, Disney’s “Gargoyles” is at least spawning a line of action figures from NECA, and we’re also getting a brand new official board game!
Via Nerdist, Ravensburger Games will be releasing Gargoyles: Awakeningthis summer, a cooperative board game that allows you and your friends to become the titular Gargoyles.
“In the game, players take on the role of one of six heroes: Goliath, Brooklyn, Lexington, Broadway, Hudson, or Detective Elisa Maza. Working together, they’ll take on Xanatos and Demona in four different scenarios. Players do battle on three-dimensional cityscape board showing Manhattan as it was presented in the cartoon, complete with Xanatos’ castle—topped skyscraper, the police clock tower, and more.”