Mad Magazine has amused and outraged readers for nearly 70 years but now it is being pulled from newsstands, triggering testimonials from comedians and cartoonists. The rollicking satirical mag with its freckled, big-eared mascot Alfred E. Neuman will be published monthly with original satire only until September, its publisher DC Comics told ABC news on Thursday. But "after issue #10 this fall there will no longer be new content -- except for the end-of-year specials which will always be all new," it said in a statement. "So starting with issue #11 the magazine will feature classic, best-of and nostalgic content from the last 67 years." Mad -- known for its adult humor and sharp political edge -- was first published in 1952 and became a comic tour-de-force that influenced many well-known satirists. Comedian, musician and former guest editor Weird Al Yankovich tweeted: The Simpsons' writer Josh Weinstein also tipped his hat to the publication's comic power. The publication had more … [Read more...] about ‘Thanks for the laughs’: Satirists mourn, as MAD Magazine folds
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Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has hired two new lawyers, including a woman, making his third change of legal representation barely two months before his trial on sexual assault charges. Weinstein's new lawyers are Chicago-based Damon Cheronis and Donna Rotunno, a former prosecutor who specializes in defending men accused of sexual assault. Their firm confirmed Friday they would be taking on the case. Weinstein faces charges involving two different women -- one who alleges he raped her in 2013, the other that he forced her to perform oral sex in 2006. Their cases were among a cascade of accusations against Weinstein that catalyzed the #MeToo movement. In an interview with Chicago Magazine in 2018, Rotunno questioned the #MeToo movement's insistence on "believing the women." "We are in an era of conviction by allegation in this country right now," she said, "which flies in the face of the entire principle of innocent until proven guilty." Read also: Harvey Weinstein's … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein hires two new lawyers, including a woman
BERLIN:With the popularity ratings of Angela Merkel’s favoured successor plunging and the centre-left SPD in disarray, speculation is growing that Germany’s next chancellor might hail from the Greens. The environmental group recorded rocketing support in European elections in late May, boosted by the youth-led Fridays for Futures school strikes urging action against global warming. With an all-time high 20.5% of votes in Germany, the Greens overtook Merkel’s junior coalition partner, the Social Democratic Party, coming in second place in the May 26 EU vote. Since then, several surveys have put it neck and neck with Merkel’s centre-right CDU-CSU alliance, with one even giving it a one percentage point lead for the first time. With the numbers suggesting that Germany’s highest office may be within reach for the Greens, the buzz is not whether the party could fill the seat at the chancellery but which of its two co-chiefs – Annalena Baerbock or Robert … [Read more...] about Could Germany’s next chancellor be ‘Green’?
Jump Force is a game that celebrates the 50 year anniversary of Weekly Shōnen Jump – an immeasurably influential magazine focused on Japanese comic manga that bred now-legendary titles such as Dragon Ball, Fist of the North Star, One Piece, Naruto and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure – just to name a few. So it's a shame the end result is an experience that feels lacking in every direction. Bland and unoriginal, Jump Force is a waste of its exciting cast of legendary comic characters. A one-versus-one with elements of a group brawler akin to the successful Super Smash Bros series, Jump Force serves up a whopping 42 characters (40 known ones from various manga titles and two originals made for the game) with 9 more coming in the downloadable content (DLC). Safe to say that most players, who are likely manga fans, will find some of their favorites there even if issues of character inclusion and exclusion is part of the course among the fan-base. Pick me: 'Jump Force' features an … [Read more...] about Game review: ‘Jump Force’ brings together manga’s biggest names
LIVERPOOL: The church organist wanted to meet outside Liverpool's Anfield Stadium. Her name is Anne Preston, and she carried the program of a funeral she'd played the day before, as a document of something both ancient and achingly current.She wanted me to see it, so I'd understand how life, death and resurrection are so tied together with football along the banks of the Mersey River.She arrived with her husband, meeting me between the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand and the Kop, the mighty Liverpool Kop. As he went over to sort his tickets for the first leg of the Champions League semifinal in Barcelona, she produced the programme and told me about a musical request from the family.The mom made the request herself. To honor her son, whose funeral program had Anfield on the front and the club crest on the back, she wanted Anne to subtly work in "You'll Never Walk Alone" during the Mass.It's a familiar request to Anne, and to every funeral director and organist in Liverpool.At the crematorium … [Read more...] about What a Premier League title would mean for Liverpool