‘The Legend of Korra’ react: 15 moments that prove Korrasami is real

Originally posted on EW Community:

After The Legend of Korra series finale on Thursday night, fans buzzed over the amazing ending to this great show. Despite all of the action scenes and hilarity the two-part episode gave us, there was one thing the fandom couldn’t stop talking about: Are Korra and Asami really a couple? Although it seems obvious that they are, here are 15 moments that should prove to the naysayers once and for all that the “Korrasami” ship has sailed.

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As Box Office Sputters Toward Christmas, Can Ticket Sales Rebound?

Originally posted on Variety:

Hollywood isn’t feeling particularly festive with Christmas just around the corner.

Despite a massive debut for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” and the openings of two big-budget movies in “Annie” and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” ticket sales this weekend were down more than 4%. Year-to-date the movie business is off by more than 5% from 2013’s record breaker and may have a tough time catching up to 2012’s figure.

“To not have seen an uptick last weekend is disconcerting,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations.

This weekend is the fifth straight that grosses have lagged behind those of the previous year. Bock believes some of the downturn is attributable to too much of the same.

“If you look at this weekend, we had two sequels and a reboot,” Bock argued. “People don’t like what Hollywood is offering. They want…

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The Best Movies of 2014

Originally posted on Variety:

Halfway through 2014, our top three critics found themselves in a rare moment of agreement: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was one of the year’s best films so far. Several months later, Wes Anderson’s delightful comic caper still ranks high on two lists, while rating an honorable mention on a third — a sign, perhaps, of the impossibility of total unanimity in a year of such rich and diverse cinematic pleasures. (Other movies that scored top-10 mentions from at least two of our critics: “Foxcatcher,” “Winter Sleep,” “Gone Girl,” “Interstellar” and “Selma.”)

Here are our critics’ choices for the year’s finest achievements in film:

Justin Chang’s top 10 films of 2014 | Read more
1. Boyhood
2. Under the Skin
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Winter Sleep
5. Foxcatcher
6. Bird People
7. Gone Girl
8. Selma
9. Mr. Turner
10. Interstellar

Peter Debruge’s top 10 films of 2014 | Read more
1. Calvary
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
3. Birdman or…

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‘The Interview’ Fallout: Theater Owners Angry at Sony for Shifting Blame

Originally posted on Variety:

Theater owners are incensed that Sony Pictures Entertainment has insisted in public statements that they are the major reason the studio canceled the release of “The Interview.”

Exhibitors believe that they are being made the scapegoat for the cancellation when many of them only wanted the film’s premiere to be delayed or modified, three theater industry executives tell Variety.

After hackers threatened theaters that screened “The Interview” and moviegoers who bought tickets to the film while evoking the memory of 9/11, Sony said in a statement last week that the majority of exhibitors cancelled their bookings. That characterization has been disputed in exhibition circles. The exhibition executives said that several chains asked only to delay playing the movie until the authorities could discover who was behind the message or had apprehended the criminals who hacked the studio.

Authorities have since said that North Korea is behind the hackings as punishment…

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Soldier returns to surprise his daughters at Rams-Giants game in touching video

Originally posted on For The Win:

The Sunday game between the New York Giants and the St. Louis Rams got a little brawly, but a redeeming moment came when a soldier came home to surprise his two daughters at midfield, making for the best Christmas gift ever.

His wife, who knew he’d be returning from duty in Afghanistan, was in on the heartwarming surprise, but the two girls had no clue. Watch the touching video in full above.

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A day of Ronaldo: Real Madrid star erects statue of himself, thinks Real can win Champions League again

Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

Along with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo is the most noteworthy soccer name across the world, and he paid homage to this view by unveiling a statue of himself in his home island of Madeira.

Additionally, subsequent to Real’s 2-0 Club World Cup victory over Argentina’s San Lorenzo, signifying a 22nd straight win for Los Blancos,  Ronaldo noted that his club will be in excellent position to contend for another Champions League crown.

[RELATED: Real Madrid come away with FIFA Club World Cup]

Carlo Ancelotti’s crew currently holds the highest UEFA club coefficient rankings and sit at the head of Champions League Group B with a significant 18-point total.

“I hope that 2015 will be just as good as 2014 and we can win everything we have won this year,” Ronaldo said. “Especially the Champions League. Winning the Club World Cup is an historic moment that will have a…

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Tranformers: Generations – Windblade

Originally posted on My Life in Scale:

Windblade was a hard lady to track down.  I finally had to breakdown and get her off of Amazon.  I am in the toy hobby for the hunt as much as the toys themselves, but I figured with Windblade being a Fan’s Choice figure, as well as being the rare female Transformer, I should get her while the deal was good.  That and with enough other stuff for Christmas presents, I was able to get free shipping.  Always a bonus.

Windblade’s vehicle mode is a jet. An Autobot jet is not too common, but we see them from time to time. She looks like Hasbro took some cues from Prime’s Starscream. She has her legs standing tall there on the jet’s back. Not a very good design in that respect. Nothing I hate more than a “robot in disguise” that has body parts hanging out there for everyone to see…

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BENGALS-STEELERS TO BE NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME ON DECEMBER 28

Originally posted on NBC Sports Pressbox:

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12/21/14

The Week 17 Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers game on Sunday, December 28 will be played at 8:30 PM ET on NBC, the NFL announced tonight.  The final Week 17 NFL schedule will be announced following the Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals game tomorrow night.

The NFL uses “flexible scheduling” to ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots and to give teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 4:25 PM ET time slot on CBS or FOX.

For the first time this season, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.

For ticket information, fans may visit www.nfl.com/tickets.

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NOTES & QUOTES FROM NBC’S “FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA” – WEEK 16

Originally posted on NBC Sports Pressbox:

“He’s a battler. He plays as competitively and courageous as anybody we’ll ever see.” – Jerry Jones to Kathryn Tappen on Tony Romo

“Matthew Stafford talked about finding ways to get better. He needs to start with himself because he’s been inconsistent all year.” – Rodney Harrison

“They finally have a quarterback that they can build the pieces around for the future.” – Tony Dungy on Vikings rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater

“The decision has not been made. The co-owners of the Giants, John Mara and Steve Tisch, need to have a conversation about this. They haven’t had it yet.” – Peter King on Tom Coughlin’s job status

STAMFORD, Conn. – December 21, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. — site of Super Bowl…

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NGC 2441; A SEA OF BLUE & SUPERNOVA TOO

Originally posted on danspace77:

A curious supernova in NGC 2441

Image Credit & Copyright: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Here’s an amazing Hubble image of spiral galaxy NGC 2441 in the constellation Camelopardalis (The Giraffe).  It resides a mind bending 180 million light years away which means this is what the galaxy looked like 115 million years before the dinosaurs got smacked into extinction.  This image shows long sweeping arms of blue stars mixed with bands of gas and dust throughout.  The normal sign of older yellow stars can be seen orbiting near the nucleus.

I love seeing these distant galaxies, not just for their beauty and structure but because when you look, the space beyond them is littered with galaxies.  Some of those distant galaxies are still infants as we see them and some, like the one at the upper left corner of this image, show a full grown beautiful spiral where who knows, millions of intelligent beings could be…

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