Unnecessary Opinion of the Day: George R. R. Martin Really Liked Ant-Man

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George R. R. Martin is too busy writing about Ant-Man to write the next Game of Thrones book.
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Everyone's favorite part-time author has some Marvel opinions he would love to share with you.

George R. R. Martin, creator of something called Game of Thrones wrote a post on his blog July 21 detailing his satisfaction with the newest Marvel movie Ant Man.

In long form he admits his anxieties that the film would destroy everything he loved about the original Stan Lee character...

I am relieved and delighted to report that they did it right.

Scott Lang is the featured Ant-Man, yes, and Paul Rudd makes him a sympathetic and engaging protagonist, but due honor is done to Hank and his own career as the first Ant-Man as well, with Michael Douglas turning in a fine performance as Pym. There's a lot of humor in this film, but it is not a farce, as I feared it might be. There's a lot of action too, but not so much that it overwhelms the plot and characters, which was my problem with the last AVENGERS film... and the one before it, to think of it. A superhero movie needs a fair share of smashing and bashing and stuff blowing up, of course, but IMNSHO that stuff works best when it is happening to people we actually know and care about, and if you jam in too many characters and don't take time to develop any of them properly, well...

ANT-MAN has a proper balance of story, character, humor, and action, I think. A couple reviewers are calling it the best Marvel movie ever. I won't go that far, but it's right up there, maybe second only to the second Sam Raimi/ Tobey McGuire Spider-Man film, the one with Doc Ock. I've liked most of the Marvel movies, to be sure, I'm still a Marvel fanboy at heart (Excelsior!), but I liked this one more than the first AVENGERS and a lot more than the second, more than either THOR, more than the second and third IRON MAN and maybe just a smidge more than the first (though I liked that one a lot too).



Just so you know, Martin's whole blog post totals 1,040 words. That's like four pages of a Game of Thrones book. Just do that for 3,200 days and baby, you've got a book going.

Martin has already said that the next book, The Winds of Winter will most likely not come out until 2016, though the publisher has yet to set a date.

Of course, we all know what his reaction would be to this entreaty:



In closing, you do you, George. Glad you liked that movie.

Duet of the Day: Chevy Chase Helps Jimmy Fallon Play Piano

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Doctor, will Jimmy Fallon ever be able to play the piano again?

Some thoughtless fan wanted the Tonight Show host to play a song after we all know he almost lost his finger in a truly terrifying accident.

The good guy that he is decided to go ahead and make some music, but he needed some help.

Luckily, Chevy Chase also hurt himself in a filthy way (we'll let him tell you what happened) and he stepped in to give The Tonight Show a little soul.

It's just about time for Chase to start making the press rounds for the return of the Griswolds as the awful-looking Vacation reboot? sequel? opens July 29.

As far as the trailer shows, Chase is only in it for cameo purposes, but marketing is marketing.

Reboot of the Day: Space Jam 2 with LeBron James was Kinda, but Not Really, Announced

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LeBron James might be starring in a new Space Jam?
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Deadspin reported July 22 that Warner Bros. Studios and LeBron James had established some sort of partnership to develop possible movies and TV shows.

SpringHill Entertainment, the company James co-founded with Maverick Carter, already produces television shows and web content, and James has expressed his desire to branch out into the entertainment world. (His largely praised role in Trainwreck is just a start.) "To be able to partner with Warner Bros. will allow me to do some things I've always dreamed of," James said in a statement.



To them, and everyone else, that seems like a pretty clear indicator of a sequel to Space Jam

You want more proof? Fine.

Deadspin also pointed out that Warner Bros. filed a new trademark for 'Space Jam' last month.



Coincidence?

Whew, we are just in an orgy of 1990s renaissance here and it sure feels sticky. Between Xena Warrior Princess, a little Netflix thing called Fuller House, and some show called X Files or something, the entertainment industry just really wants you to feel the dread of mortality by showing how much everyone has aged.

That doesn't really apply to the cartoons in Space Jam or a rebooting with LeBron James but...



Already dreading the 2000s nostalgia train that will leave the station in about five years or so.

Mutant of the Day: A Viral Picture Blames the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown for These Deformed Daisies

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Deformed Daisies probably weren't caused by the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown.
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Two pictures originally posted to twitter by @san-kaido have received a great deal of attention for seeming to show daisies mutated by the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown.

Reddit posted the pictures and it grew wild from there.



Was this mutation really caused by the Fukushima disaster, in which three of the site's six nuclear reactors melted down after the plant was hit by a tsunami?

Probably not.

Depending on which source you most believe, the majority of outlets trying to find an answer to that question have diagnosed those gross flowers up there with suffering from a condition called fascination.

From Wikipedia:

Fasciation (or cresting) is a relatively rare condition of abnormal growth in vascular plants in which the apical meristem (growing tip), which normally is concentrated around a single point and produces approximately cylindrical tissue, instead becomes elongated perpendicularly to the direction of growth, thus, producing flattened, ribbon-like, crested, or elaborately contorted tissue.



It says that fascination can be caused by hormonal imbalances, random genetic mutations or bacterial and viral infections.

Now those all sound like things that could be caused by an even like the Fukushima disaster, but Snopes came along and determined that those daisies were probably suffering from a rare but natural mutation.

While radiation from the Fukushima disaster in 2011 certainly has had an impact on the plant life in the surrounding area, the above-displayed photograph doesn't necessarily show the mutation of daisies due to nuclear radiation. It is much more likely that this image simply displays an example of fasciation.



They also showed some other daisies suffering from the same cruel trick of nature that grew nowhere near Fukushima, or any nuclear disaster site.

Like this ugly Dutch one from 2010:



Or this picture from Island Park, Idaho:



Sorry folks, it seems life doesn't always follow the science of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.

Peacemaker of the Day: Aaron Paul Tries to End the Twitter Feud Between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.

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Aaron Paul wants to help nicki minaj and taylor swift.
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Surely, by now, you are already familiar with the pop music Twitter feud that is slowly destroying the world.

If not then you probably just have some personal problems like 'things to do' or 'a social life'.

But for the rest of us, we're stuck wringing our hands over whether Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift will ever get along again, why Meek Mills dragged Drake into this and when Chrissy Teigen will finally leave her computer?





But in walks Aaron Paul with a solution to create peace and bring the world the order it deserves.



You can tell it's been keeping him up all night. And you can't deny that coffee and pancakes with Aaron Paul would solve many, many problems in the world.

I say send him to finally settle that whole Israel/Palestine thing.

Paranoia of the Day: Google Releases 'Your Timeline' to Make Sure You Never Forget They Always Know Where You've Been

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Google releases Your Timeline to track yourself through them.
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There's no kidding yourself. Google knows where you are, where you've been and where you're probably going to go next.

And they want to share that information with you!

On the evening of July 21, the Mountain View-based company released a new tracking platform called Your Timeline to help you remember where you've been in your life.

Have you ever wanted a way to easily remember all the places you've been -- whether it's a museum you visited during your last vacation or that fun bar you stumbled upon a few months ago? Well, starting today, Google Maps can help. We're gradually rolling out Your Timeline, a useful way to remember and view the places you've been on a given day, month or year. Your Timeline allows you to visualize your real-world routines, easily see the trips you've taken and get a glimpse of the places where you spend your time. And if you use Google Photos, we'll show the photos you took when viewing a specific day, to help resurface your memories.





Google adds that this Timeline is private and you are the only one who can see it. So, phew. No worries there.

Awkward Politics of the Day: Lindsey Graham Destroys His Phone Because Donald Trump

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It seems like only yesterday that Donald Trump gave out Sen. Lindsey Graham's actual phone number.

Oh wait. It was.

Well, Graham came back July 22 with this cloying video of him destroying a number of phones in answer to Trump's taunting, juvenile move.

The video says nothing about any issues, the campaign, justice, America, et al. Instead, it says everything about what we can look forward to over the next year and a half until the general election silences some of this attention-grabbing nonsense.

However, Graham's video just raises a really, really important question:

Does a 2016 Presidential candidate really still use a flip phone?



Politics in the 21st Century, ladies and gentlemen