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Spider-Man 4… Without Tobey Maguire

Yup, you read it right… Spider-Man 4 without the trademark face.

Tobey Maguire is being replaced in Spider-Man 4  by Andrew Garfield (Air, I’m Here, Never Let Me Go).

Andrew Garfield

Before Andrew Garfield was named the new Spidey, he had some pretty tough competition going, with Josh Hutcherson, Logan Lerman, Jamie Bell, Alden Ehrenreich, Aaron Johnson, Anton Yelchin, Zac Effron and the Hollywood hotshot of the moment, Robert Pattinson, all long and short listed for the role. Now that, must have been one tough decision to make!

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Spider-Man 4, currently untitled, but known as ‘Untitled Spider-Man Reboot’, is still in it’s early stages of production. In fact, it’s not scheduled for filming till December this year.

You thought that was a bit of a wait? Release date: July 3, 2012.

Yup. July 2012.  Spider-Man fans, we have a long wait ahead of us.

So, what’s the story that’s been stewing in the media for a while now?
To be honest, I was a bit confused myself, so I did my homework and look what I dug up…

When they say reboot, Sony really means reboot. We’re talking Peter Parker back at high school, a complete reboot of the franchise… new cast, meaning bye-bye Tobey Maguire (as mentioned before… 😦 ) and bye-bye Kirsten Dunst (I think she’s getting a little old to play the high school MJ but all the same, we’re sad to see her go).

Not only are the classic faces gone, but also the classic Spider-Man director Sam Raimi. The new film will be directed by Marc Webb and scripts written by James Vanderbilt, along with Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. There are assumptions that the reboot will be based on the Ultimate Spider-Man comics. Those are the rumours floating about, after creator of comics Brian Michael Bendis met with the movie crew.

Sam Raimi

And what brought this reboot on? Rumour has it that Raimi withdrew after claiming he wouldn’t be able to make the movie’s 2011 release date and maintain the high creative and quality standard expected of any Spider-Man film.

Fair enough, I reckon.

“Working on the ‘Spider-Man’ movies was the experience of a lifetime for me. While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job,” said Sam Raimi.

Sony has also confirmed that the Spidey reboot will be in 3D, so that’s something to look forward to as well.

I’ve summed up what I know and if you want to enlighten me with any more goss on this issue, please go ahead, I’d love to hear. 🙂 After all, we’re huge Spidey fans here at Ebony Ink!

Spider-Man Reboot...

Drop a comment and let us know what you think… Maguire/Garfield, Raimi/Webb… we wanna hear what you have to say!

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Revenge in Rebellion!

This article is dedicated to Ronak, for her ideas and useful suggestions.

Okay so it all started, precisely around 12, when i was on Facebook chatting to Ronak, a friend, and I was asking her about an idea to write about on our blog. Then, she suggests that i write something about being grounded. So i hop on to google, excited, and type it in and it came up with the lamest stuff that anyone can say in the matter of being grounded. Google is infested with too many adults in my opinion. Come on, we should have a little fun once in a while and post up something fun on the net! Anyway, back to the main subject…so she tells me (this friend) that she was grounded for sneaking out to the city as an act of revenge for being banned to go to the 30 Seconds to Mars concert. So, all in all, I was hopping on my feet to write something about teenagers and our truly eccentric ways. So i went on Google (grudgingly this time) and searched for CRAZY THINGS TEENAGERS DO!! This time i found some interesting info…

1)  “my baby boy smokes pot and is a little player, has gotten in trouble and is a smart alec. But he gets straight A’s and is going to one of the top universities at 16. So he is allowed to be a bit rebellious.” —LOL

2) “I wandered around a local supermarket feigning a british accent and pretended to “survey” all the hot young guys there about the qualities they found attractive in a woman. I still have the list to this day lol”

3) “stole watermelons from a fruit farm and went to town and threw them out of the back of a pick-up so our friends could play brake and slide behind us”

4) “I was dared to eat some dog crap…and lets just say I wasn’t feeling good for a couple of weeks after that incident.”

5) “I procrastinate til like 2 AM when I have such little homework”

6) “Egged cars in the winter (frozen on egg eats paint >:)~ )
Scared kids while trick or treating so bad, they drop their candy…free candy for me!
Sr. Year HS – we put over 50 construction horses on the front lawn of school and surrounded them with every real estate sign we could grab…talk about a horse corral
Ran around with squirt guns full of lighter fluid and squirted lit jack-o-lanterns!”

7) “I tipped over a porta potty. I also stole a piece of gum… OH yeah, I’M SOOO BAD.”

All credits to Yahoo Answers and it’s writers for all that info.

I was looking through for more crazy things teens do. Unfortunately I didn’t find anything interesting but i did find an article about the facts and figures surrounding this rebellion problem we face. The technicality of the article amused me…

Compared to adults, teens take about 170 milliseconds more weighing the pros and cons of engaging in high-risk behavior, the researchers conclude. Adults scarcely think about risk, perhaps because they think they recognize risk intuitively. Teens, on the other hand, take time to mull the risk vs. benefit equation.

“In other words, more experienced decision-makers tend to rely more on fuzzy reasoning, processing situations and problems as gists [the essence of their actions] rather than weighing multiple factors,” Reyna said.

Teens often decide that the benefits of risky behavior immediate gratification or peer acceptance—outweigh the risks, Reyna said. She figures its better to teach teens some “gist-based” thinking skills, such as putting risks into general categories rather than lecturing with specific data and details.

All credits to livescience.com for the info.


Taylor Swift Pranked…

This is so funny. Check it out!

Here’s the rest of the interview…

Hope you enjoyed this. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our blog, specially our own creations in the Stories and Beyond Page (here’s a link: https://ebonyink.wordpress.com/short-stories/ ) and come back for more!


Harry Potter Craze

Suddenly, out of the blues, I had this huge inspiration while reading Harry Potter of doing a post on one of my favourite books of all time, Harry Potter. After the 7th book was released, this great phenomena’s success had sort of sunk, not because the book’s lost it’s amazing-ness but because there’s been other huge stuff happening. But we, great fans of HP, have kept track and know that the 7th movie is going to be released in the end of this year. The trailer’s already been released and although i actually prefer reading the books than watching the movies (i’m just not the type to ever enjoy movies as much as reading the books, i have to admit, no matter how geeky it sounds), i cannot wait for the seventh movie to be released. The only part of the 7th book i don’t look forward to is the death of Fred Weasley. Who wants to see that bit, anyway? I reckon it’s as sad as seeing Lupin and Tonks being killed just after having their son…

Anyway, sordid bits aside, i am as always so enthusiastic about HP and so i decided to post this up. After HP 7 you must have been left behind with a huge need to find out what happens to the characters after the book. The epilogue only helped a little. It’s understandable, JKR couldn’t put up everything that happens after the book in a two or three paged epilogue. Now, I have the solution. Maybe you already know, maybe you don’t…either way i’ve found the perfect website where almost everything about anything that involves HP can be found. The website’s awesome and when i feel down or just even bored, I always go to this website and read everything about the characters and all that is available. Yes, i sound like i have no life. Then again, who really has a glamarous life at the age of 15. Anyway, this website is called The Harry Potter Lexicon and it even holds several interviews done by JKR. They are really interesting, specially the ones that she did after the 7th book was released. Since the story is out and she doesn’t have to hold back majority of the information, the interviews are more exciting. This is the link to the website, one click and you’re off… http://www.hp-lexicon.org/index-2.html

The next website is a whole lot more popular i think. This website also gives you the latest events happening in the HP scene. I haven’t explored this site that much but i suggest hard core fans out there check this out as it gives valuable information. Here’s the link… http://www.mugglenet.com/

HPEF announces exclusive event inside Wizarding World theme park for Infinitus 2010 attendees Our friends at HPEF have just announced that their upcoming Infinitus 2010 Harry Potter conference, to be held July 15th – 18th at the Universal Studios Orlando Resort, will include a special event inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, exclusively for Infinitus attendees!

More details concerning events within the park will be coming soon. MuggleCast will also be hosting a podcast at Infinitus and will participate in various activities throughout the entire conference. To learn more information and to register for the event, click here! If you do register, be sure to put “MuggleCast” in the referral box so they know who sent you!

This is an example of what you would find in the website. Sounds interesting right? You should definitely visit this website.

Another website is the Leaky Cauldron. I’ve heard of it but never really got around to exploring it but here’s the link http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/ They’ve actually put up photos of the sets they’ve used in the 7th movie. They’ve obviously been keeping to date…

Photos from Swinley Forest Filming of Deathly Hallows Online

Posted by: Edward

February 12, 2010, 08:54 PM

As readers will recall, filming for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is gearing up to take place in the Swinley Forest area of Berkshire, England. A few new photos from the site are now online care of Oclumencia, and can be viewed via this link. What appears to be a stonework structure leading into the forest alongside large plywood panel backdrops has been constructed in the…

That’s just a snippet from the latest article they have on. You should visit the Leaky Cauldron for more information, on that article and HP.

Something else I found is the HP 7’s trailer. Apparently it was in the 6th DVD but I never found it on my copy. Hmm…I shall try to find it when I have some time to spare. Anyway here’s the trailer…

Hope you enjoyed the tid bits on HP.

Remember to check out the rest of the blog including our stories on our Stories and Beyond Page (here’s the link: https://ebonyink.wordpress.com/short-stories/ ). I can’t say it’s as good as HP but I hope you guys like our stories as well. We haven’t updated much but we will get on to that ASAP!


Taylor Lautner Singing Miley Cyrus Song

lol, this vid is worth checking out. this is two of the most popular stars merging and is a once in a lifetime thing (maybe thats an exaggeration but u get what i mean) so check it out…


Jackson’s Death a Homicide…

Pop star Michael Jackson’s death has been ruled a homicide from an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol and other drugs, and police will refer the case to prosecutors for possible criminal charges, officials said on Friday.

The coroner’s ruling fuelled speculation that his doctor may face a criminal charge of manslaughter or worse.

The Los Angeles County Coroner said in a statement that propofol and the sedative lorazepam were the primary drugs responsible for Jackson’s June 25 death at the age of 50.

Other drugs found in the singer’s body were midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine and ephedrine.

Separately, the Los Angeles Police Department said its investigation was continuing but that police were referring the case to prosecutors for possible criminal charges.

Jackson, whose “Thriller” CD remains the best-selling album of all time, died suddenly after suffering cardiac arrest in a rented Los Angeles mansion only weeks before he was to begin a series of comeback concerts.

Houston-based doctor Conrad Murray was hired to care for the singer while he prepared for the concerts, and he was at Jackson’s bedside the day he died. Murray has admitted to police that he administered propofol, which is generally used in surgery, to help Jackson sleep.

In court documents, police have said Murray is the subject of a manslaughter investigation but officials have also looked into care provided to Jackson by other doctors who may have prescribed other drugs to him.

A spokesman for Murray’s lawyer said the attorney had no immediate comment.

POTENT DRUGS COCKTAIL

The list of drugs in Jackson’s system reads like a cocktail of sedatives, painkillers and one stimulant. Midazolam is a sedative similar to propofol, used to make patients drowsy but not unconscious during procedures such as colonoscopies.

Diazepam, the generic version of Valium, is used to calm anxiety, while lidocaine is a painkiller and ephedrine is a stimulant.

The coroner said the complete toxicology report remained sealed at the request of the Los Angeles police and the Los Angeles County District Attorney.

Forensics expert Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky, who chairs the Department of Science at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is not involved in the case, said that absent the full report, it was difficult to determine whether charges would be filed against Dr. Murray and what those charges would be.

He said prosecutors would be looking at the amount of propofol and other drugs in Jackson’s system, whether errors were made in administering drugs in combination, and whether Murray gave proper dosages or a lethal dosage.

“If he administered a lethal dose of propofol, they could charge him with negligent homicide,” Kobilinsky said.

But for now, police have only said in affidavits obtained to search Murray’s office that he is the subject of an investigation for the lesser charge of manslaughter.

A spokesman for Jackson’s family issued a statement on Friday saying the family commended the actions of the coroner and other law enforcement groups and “looks forward to the day that justice can be served.”

Article from Yahoo! Entertainment


Whittaker’s VS Cadbury

I have to admit, I am a Whittaker girl, so I thought I’d put up the ad that’s been centre of attention for the past few weeks. I think it’s really quirky and unless you’ve watched it before, it’s a slight shocker.

It compelled me to think that maybe this was a contributing factor in Cadbury’s decision to bring back cocoa butter to their chocolate. There is a slight possibility.

I’m not going to say much more… The brilliant ad speaks for itself.

That last part hits the NZ target audience right where it hurts the most… their patriotic ego. This is definitely my favourite ad of the year!

And just so I’m being fair please vote for your favourite chocolate so I have something to prove… WITH STATISTICAL EVIDENCE :


Did you know…

guess what?? u prolly alredy guessed because of the title (maybe) but i’ll give an announcement anyway…i found AWESOME and COOL did you know facts!!!!

….okay, maybe you guys aren’t as excited about this as i am but these facts are preetttyyy cool (lol i tried to get that mysterious feeling there…hmm…). And all it took was a lil’ bit of typing and a click on google (as usual). seriously, don’t you guys think google is reeeaally cool??? i mean, i would’ve prolly failed a lot of my assignments without google! So GO GOOGLE!!!

anyway, back to the (future…no, sorry, i’m kidding and i find that (oddly) funny because i’m on a huge high!) facts thing. Here’s what i found…

So, here we go…did you know…

-six year olds laugh an average of 400 times a day and adults laugh an average of 15 times a day (no wonder having a child in the house lightens up the house although there’s two more adults around as well!).

– When you blush, the lining in your stomach turns red as well (wow, blushes are pretty powerful things).

-When William Shakespear’s Midsummer Night’s dream was performed in London in 1662, Samuel Pepys, an old time critic, said that it was a “the most stupid ridiculous play that i ever saw in my life”(…i wonder how the guy would feel now for saying that!)

Top signs of Internet Addiction:

 * You wake up at 3 a.m. to go to the bathroom and stop to check your e-mail on the way back to bed.

* You name your children Eudora, Mozilla and Dotcom.

* You turn off your modem and get this awful empty feeling, like you just pulled the plug on a loved one.

You spend half of the plane trip with your laptop on your lap…and your child in the overhead compartment.

* You decide to stay in college for an additional year or two, just for the free Internet access.

* You laugh at people with 28,800 modems.

* You start using smiley’s in your snail mail.

* Your hard drive crashes.

* You haven’t logged in for two hours. You start to twitch.

* You pick up the phone and manually dial your ISP’s access number.

* You try to hum to communicate with the modem. And you succeed.

(rigghhtt…and i thought i was addicted to the internet!)

–  Things that make you go ‘hmm…’ (and annoy you ALOT!…these ones are a bit common, maybe you’ve heard of them or maybe you haven’t! =P)

People who point at their wrist while asking for the time…. I know where my watch is pal, where the heck is yours?

  People who are willing to get off their butt to search the entire room for the TV remote because they refuse to walk to the TV and change the channel manually.

When people say “Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too!” Hello! What good is cake if you can’t eat it? Who doesn’t want to have their cake and eat it? What else am I going to do with my cake?

 When people say “it’s always the last place you look”. Of course it is. Why would you keep looking after you’ve found it? Do people do this? Who are they? Where are they? And Why??

When people say while watching a film “Did you see that??” No, I paid $12 to come to the cinema and stare at the floor. Then I miss the next scene for answering the doofus’ question!

 People who ask “Can I ask you a question?”…. Didn’t really give me a choice there, did ya?

When something is ‘New and Improved!’ Which is it? If it’s new, then there has never been anything before it. If it’s an improvement, then there must have been something before it, so it couldn’t be new.

When people say “Life is short”. What?? Life is the longest thing anyone ever does!! What can you do that’s longer?

 When you are waiting for the bus and someone asks “Has the bus come yet?” If the bus came would I be standing here? Yeah the bus came but I decided to wait for you!

Here’s a bit of human stats. They are really weird and make you think: is this for real??? …

– 45% of Americans don’t know that the sun is a star.

-70% of the poor people in the world are female.

-In a day 34,000 children die every day from causes that are related to poverty and hunger.

– In a lifetime, the average driver will honk 15,250 times.

– 1 out of 350,000 Americans get electrocuted in their life.

– Of married couples, 70% of men and 60% of women have cheated on their spouse

– According to research, Los Angeles highways are so congested that the average commuter sits in traffic for 82 hours a year.

– Annually, the amount of garbage that is dumped in the world’s oceans is three times the weight of fish that is caught from the oceans.

When i first started this post, i was admiring Google. So i thought…why not find some good solid facts about google that would interest our viewers and…here i am, giving you facts about our very useful and fast (unless you’re bandwith (did i spell that right?)  finishes) search engine!

– Google’s name is a play on the word googol, which refers to the number 1 followed by one hundred zeroes. The term was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, and was popularized in the book, “Mathematics and the Imagination” by Kasner and James Newman. Google’s play on the term reflects the company’s mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the web.

– Google started as a research project at Stanford University, created by Ph.D. candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were 24 years old and 23 years old respectively (a combined 47 years old).

– Google’s index of web pages is the largest in the world, comprising of billions of web pages. Google searches this immense collection of web pages often in less than half a second.

– Google receives daily search requests from all over the world, including Antarctica.

– Users can restrict their searches for content in 35 non-English languages, including Chinese, Greek, Icelandic, Hebrew, Hungarian and Estonian. To date, no requests have been received from beyond the earth’s orbit, but Google has a Klingon interface just in case.

– Google has a world-class staff of more than 2,668 employees known as Googlers. The company headquarters is called the Googleplex. (i wonder where it is because i want to work there now! Imagine, working at a place called Googleplex (i find the name cute, lol).

– The basis of Google’s search technology is called PageRank™, and assigns an “importance” value to each page on the web and gives it a rank to determine how useful it is. However, that’s not why it’s called PageRank. It’s actually named after Google co-founder Larry Page.

– Googlers are multifaceted. One operations manager, who keeps the Google network in good health is a former neurosurgeon. One software engineer is a former rocket scientist. And the company’s chef formerly prepared meals for members of The Grateful Dead and funkmeister George Clinton.

– The name ‘Google’ was an accident. A spelling mistake made by the original founders who thought they were going for ‘Googol’.

– The infamous “I’m feeling lucky” button is nearly never used. However, in trials it was found that removing it would somehow reduce the Google experience. Users wanted it kept. It was a comfort button.

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And now it comes to an end. But don’t worry we’ll be back with something else that’s interesting (hopefully) soon enough! While we do, go check out the other pages and leave us a message!!!!

Anyway, i hope you enjoyed that little fact field trip and come back soon for more. See yah!!


Michael’s nose MIA at autopsy

Michael Jackson’s nose was missing as he lay in state.

An eyewitness claims he saw the ‘Beat It’ singer’s body on an autopsy table of a Los Angeles morgue with part of his face completely disappeared.

The witness said: “The prosthesis he normally attached to his damaged nose was missing, revealing bits of cartilage surrounding a small dark hole.”

Jackson – who died a month ago today of a suspected cardiac arrest – was believed to have had a number of surgical operations change the shape of his nose, which eventually eroded it away. He was also thought to be obsessed with plastic surgery and altering his appearance.

The witness added: “Jackson’s face – which he had so painfully reworked and concealed from the public for decades now – lay out in the open undisguised under the harsh lights.”

One of the ‘King Of Pop’s former housekeepers has previously told how the singer kept a number of false noses, which he applied using plasters and glue.

Adrian McManus said: “In his closet he had a jar of fake noses and stage glue, which he told me he used for disguises. But some were similar to his real nose, just without the hole.”

Reasons for Jackson’s fascination with surgery are unclear, though he has hinted it was because he was bullied as a child. Other sources said he was desperate not to look like his father, Joe Jackson, whom he had accused of hitting him as a youngster and making fun of his appearance.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles police have named the pop legend’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray as a manslaughter suspect in a probe into the star’s death.

Although toxicology reports have not confirmed the exact cause of Jackson’s death, it is believed he had dangerous levels of intravenously administered anaesthetic drug Propofol in his body at the time of his passing.

Dr Murray was with the singer when he died and also made an attempt to revive him.

A warrant issued by police allowed officers to search Murray’s assets for: “Property or items constituting evidence of the offence of manslaughter that tend to show Dr Conrad Murray committed the said criminal offence.”

Murray denies involvement in the singer’s death.

Well there is only one thing i have to say about this article form Yahoo! Entertainment…have some respect for the deceased. Who really cares what he did in his free time with his nose and stage glue?  Facsinating, yes, but c’mon, it’s been a month since his death… and yes i do know i’m sounding pretty hypocritical here considering i put the article up, but only because i know there are heaps of MJ fans out there who would like to know this stuff-but also because i thought to make a point about what i think, and that is that the media needs to give it all a rest right about now. it’s major news and all but the family is in mourning and besides, the guy really deserves some respect, and it doesn’t make a difference about who he was or what he did with his life.


Prince Michael watched dad die

Michael Jackson’s eldest son was forced to watch his father die, the singer’s family have claimed.

The pop superstar’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, allegedly made 12-year-old Prince Michael I watch his attempts to resuscitate him after he suffered a suspected cardiac arrest as he wanted a witness.

However, the Jackson family believe Michael had already been dead for at least two hours and Murray’s actions left Prince “understandably traumatised”.

Dr. Hoefflin, a family friend speaking on behalf of Michael’s mother Katherine, told Britain’s The Sun newspaper: “I have been told by the family and from talking to the children that on the day Michael died, Dr. Murray actually got one of the Jackson children – it was Prince Michael I – to personally come into the bedroom to watch him perform CPR on his father.

“The family have told me Dr. Murray ensured Prince Michael understood the CPR procedure and that he was doing it correctly. It is the family’s belief that this was intended to show a member of Michael’s family that he was trying to bring Michael back to life.
“In my opinion Dr Murray should have known Michael was already dead and I believe that is the reason he didn’t move him from the bed to the harder surface of the floor to perform CPR.”

While Prince still struggles to come to terms with his father’s death his 11-year-old sister Paris is dealing with her grief by sleeping with a teddy bear her dad gave her.

Michael’s brother Jermaine said: “Paris sleeps with a teddy bear with Michael’s scent on – it’s so cute. It’s a little doll that he gave her and she sleeps holding it every night.”

Prince and Paris are also helping their younger brother, seven-year-old Prince Michael II, known as ‘Blanket’, come to terms with the loss of their beloved father.

Jermaine added: “I think ‘Blanket’ understands his dad has passed because of the ceremony we had. Prince and Paris are very bright and they have tried to explain it to him. And there is therapist with them to get through this time as well.”

Meanwhile, lawyers handling Michael’s estate are seeking a court-ordered allowance for his three children and mother Katherine.

A lawyer representing the temporary executors of his estate asked a judge to approve the allowance and the requests will be considered on August 3.


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