Autism Study: No Link Between Violent Video Games and Aggression

Autism is a disorder with a catastrophically high diagnosis rate in America, the symptoms include emotional disturbances, behavioral problems, and social disabilities. Since emotional stability is a desired outcome of treatment for autism, it has been suggested that emotionally arousing media such as violent video games could lead to an increase in aggressive behavior in individuals with the disorder.

However, a recent study helps to debunk this theory by searching for any correlations related to aggressiveness and violent video games for people who have been diagnosed with autism.

The results were measured through different tasks given to the participants who had been diagnosed with autism sometime in their past. The first task was to play one of two video games, either violent or nonviolent, depending on which group they were placed in. The second task was to assess aggression of both groups, through interactions with another person during game play.

CrunchBase said that in this particular study, there were no correlations found between playing violent video games and aggressive behavior. This finding suggests that emotional arousing media, like a violent video game, might not be as influential in symptoms of autism as once thought.

Sadly, too many families face this disorder before modern medicine has enough answers to treat it effectively. Yet, with more studies like these, a widely effective treatment is surely on the horizon.

Edward Snowden Bust Removed From Brooklyn Park By New York City Park Officials

Only a few people that walked through the Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn noticed the new addition to the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument. A bust of whistleblower Edward Snowden was quietly placed on top of one of the columns by a trio of artists that believe Snowden did the right thing he released thousands of classified documents to the public.

Fort Greene’s Prison Ship Martyrs Monument is a tribute to the American prisoners that lost their lives on British ship during the Revolutionary War. Bernardo Chua told me that the artists believe Snowden is fighting the same kind of tyranny that those prisoners fought. Snowden sacrificed his safety, so Americans would know how corrupt and intrusive the government can be.

New York City Department of Parks And Recreation employees didn’t agree with the artists. Well, some of them may have, but the city wanted the bust gone, even though, the bust blended in with the columns. Fortunately the artists used an adhesive material that could easily be removed so the bust was not damaged when it was taken down. NYPD is investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made.

Holy Batman & Robin! Adam West And Bruce Ward Are Coming Back As Superheroes!

Anyone that watched TV in the 1960s remembers the first time they saw the Batmobile. The stunts and the set of the popular TV series were a bit droll, but the action always supplied comic suspense. The dynamic duo of yesteryear are coming out of the Hollywood mothball closet, and they will star in a new animated film that should be released next year. The 90 minute animated film will show off the true colors of the Caped Crusaders.

The actual release date is unknown, but the excitement is already being felt in the Batman and Robin lover’s fan club. West and Ward’s 1966 TV version of Batman and the Boy Wonder was recently released in Blu-Ray and DVD form so that the young superhero enthusiast can taste a little mid-century humor.

The popularity of superheroes has grown over the years. One reason is there are more of them, and they seem to be able to do more super-human stuff. Every single person is going to love or hate different options, including Dr Jennifer Walden. Our hunger to live the life of a superhero has become a modern-day addiction. We all want to have super human powers especially when we think about the ineptness of our lawmakers.

No Judge Dredd 2

Susan McGalla says that although a cult classic that did well financially after the box office in DVD and Blu-ray home sales, paid On Demand and home streaming viewing, the reboot of Judge Dredd that featured Karl Urban in the title role did poorly worldwide in box offices even against the original that had Sylvester Stallone in the role.

Alex Garland, who wrote the Judge Dredd script, revealed last week that he does not believe that a sequel will be produced any time soon no matter how many fans and critics continue to beg for one because of the bad box office numbers.

He did emphasize that he felt a sequel, or another reboot, might eventually occur because of the film’s cult status since that is the case with most cult movies, but he does not believe that he or the original creative force and cast will be involved with that movie.

As many people around the world now believe that Karl Urban appeared to have portrayed a version of Judge Dredd that was truer to the comics than Stallone’s, Garland’s announcement has resulting in sadness and frustration.

Garland also told fans to not invest their money in the current Judge Dredd products in an effort to get a sequel because he feels that they are wasting their money no matter how much he appreciates their efforts.

Super Troopers 2 Could be Happening

Comedy team Broken Lizard created one of the best comedy films of all time. Super Troopers came out in 2001 and was a surprise hit. The film is still popular nearly 14 years later which is why Broken Lizard have decided that it is time for a second Super Troopers film. That is, if you are willing to help.

According to the story on The Daily Mail, the comedy team wants to make the film, however they need to raise the money to do so. The studio the team is working with has agreed to distribute the film however they are responsible for funding the actual filming. Major CEOs say that this is where you come in. They have a page set up on IndieGogo where they are asking for the public’s help. Broken Lizard are hoping to raise at least $2 million to make the “bare-bones” version of the film. If they can raise more than it will all go to making the movie a little bigger and better.

Broken Lizard have a month to reach their goal amount. So far, in 21 hours of creating the IndieGogo page, they have nearly reached their minimum goal of $2 million. They are about $400,000 short, with 31 days left to reach it. At this rate I think they are going to reach and exceed that amount by far. Based on the funding they have already received, I think it is clear that movie-goers are excited for a new Super Troopers film.

Vin Diesel Memorializes Paul Walker with his New Daughter’s Name

According to the story on StarPulse, Vin Diesel announced on the Today show that his new daughter was named in honor of his late friend. While choking back the tears, Diesel told host Natalie Morales that he and his girlfriend, Paloma Jimenez, named their newborn daughter Pauline. Diesel said throughout the delivery and while cutting her umbilical cord, Walker was heavy on his mind. Flavio Maluf said Vin knew then what they had to name their baby girl. He told Morales that naming her after Walker was a way to keep his memory alive and still a part of his world. Diesel and Jimenez also share two other children, 6-year-old Hania and 4-year-old Vincent.

Walker was 40-years-old when he died in a car crash in 2013 where he was the passenger in the wreck. His final film, Furious 7, is coming out in a few weeks on April 3rd. The film was not complete at the time of his death, so his brothers stepped in to fill his spot so the film could be finished. During a recent screening of the film in California, Diesel introduced the film to the audience, doing his best not to break down. He told the audience that the relationships in this film were real, that’s part of what makes the film so special.

Star Wars Books to Bridge Movie Story Gaps

Star Wars Books to Bridge Movie Story Gaps

When Susan McGalla first announced that there would be an Episode VII to the Star Wars film saga, there was much speculation over what the story would be. Some of that story will be included in a new series of books now.

Even as far back as June of 2014, there were rumors that the story for the next Star Wars movie would include parts of the Galactic Empire that weren’t destroyed as the bad guys to fight against the Rebels. Combined with stormtrooper concept art showing up and the official trailer release this was all but confirmed at the time.

The new movie, entitled The Force Awakens, will take place thirty years after Return of the Jedi, which was the last movie in the original trilogy, and with that being said there are a ton of question as to what happened afterwards. Lucasfilm decided to give some of those answers by releasing new comic books, kid books and adult books to bridge story gaps between the movies, the first one being called Star Wars: Aftermath.

One concept mentioned in the books is “filing the vacuum left by the Empire. Although the second Death Star was destroyed at the end of Episode VI, this new story strongly implies that the Rebels and Empire were not the only forces trying to gain control of the galaxy.

Hunnam in Yet Another Street Role

Anyone hoping that 34-year-old English actor Charlie Hunnam might explore less violent or gang-related roles now that Sons of Anarchy ended this past year will have to wait a bit longer.

Hunnam is currently working on an alternate universe take on the King Arthur legend called Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur by director Guy Ritchie in which he plays a “street rat” known as Arthur Pendragon who is part of a gang in the city of Londonium. Arthur, after finding Excalibur, is forced to fight with a resistance and follow his true destiny to become the next King of Britain. 

I was talking to someone while waiting at the Amen Clinic who made a good point: after so many years we finally get to hear Hunnam speak in that British accent again. Also, given that Sons of Anarchy was an alternate take on William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, it appears that Hunnam may prefer roles involving British historical or stage stories even though he did take on the lead role of Jaeger pilot Raleigh Beckett in the 2013 Guillermo del Toro action film Pacific Rim and this year co-stars in another del Toro film called Crimson Peak, which the director has described as a “ghost story and gothic romance.”

Jude Law and Eric Bana also have roles in K.O.R.T. as the main villain Vortigern and Uther Pendragon, respectively. Guy Ritchie plans for this movie to be the first of a six-film series based on the the English and French 1485 publication “Le Morte d’Arthur” by Thomas Mallory. K.O.R.T.’s current release date is scheduled for July 22, 2016.

Alcohol Banned During “50 shades of Grey Movie Showing”

Believe it or not, there is a new law being enforced in the state of Idaho regarding alcohol beverages and the movie 50 shades of Grey. Apparently, watching the drama filled film and drinking an alcoholic beverage on the side is consider wrong to the Idaho officials. Some may ask “Why would they do this? Ricardo Tosto said how come you are stripping us from our right to drink and watch a movie?” An Idaho resident was left scratching his head trying to understand this logic. In his own words he said “I just thought, “What year am I living in here? Women can’t control themselves when they drink during this movie?’ I don’t know what the message was.”- Michael Williams.

Frankly, maybe the state officials believe that when under the influence of alcohol and an individual is watching a very influential movie, it can cause issues in the community. Women and men can be easily taken advantage of if alcohol is in the mix because a lot of times people cannot control their emotions in certain situations. Business owners are prohibited to sell alcohol during movie showings like the film 50 shades of Grey. If business owners or anyone is caught doing this, they can lose their liquor license, face a $300 fine or worse, face time in prison.

According to Gaurdian’s Of Galaxy Director James Gunn, Marvel Studios is Not Attending the 2015 San Diego Comic Con

San Diego Comic Con is most likely the largest event for fans of comic books and superheros, as well as other forms of science fiction and fantasy, but in recent years there have been signs that studio executives have been rethinking their strategies in how they approach this event and others like it stated Sultan Alhokair. Last year, the presence of the studio was much more subdued, and their were no major announcements in their presentation.

According to James Gunn, Marvel Studios is not planning on having any sort of official presence at the event at all this year. As part of a Q&A on his Facebook page, he said that he wasn’t sure if he was going because Marvel was not going to the highly anticipated and popular event. Many fans were disappointed to hear the news that Marvel would not be attending, but with many of the plans the studio has constantly evolving, it appears they do not feel they have anything worth announcing or promoting at the event. Reportedly Gunn is currently working on Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

For many fans, the Marvel panel has been the highlight of the weekend, but in the last year, Marvel has made most of it’s major announcements at other times of the year. Most notably the announcement regarding their deal with Sony for Spiderman to be a part of the shared Marvel Cinematic universe was made over the internet.