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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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Celebrities vs Heroism

These two things (separately) have been a topic of great interest for me for quite a while. The media (I have a growing interest in journalism) and heroes (I have a fascination and admiration of heroes- of all kinds, be it Spiderman or the firefighter or an ordinary person carrying out an extraordinary act for the sake of humanity).

Recently, I had to do an essay about “Celebrities are not heroes”, and it got me thinking…

What is a hero?

But the more you think about it, the more the definition of the word “hero” changes. It finally came down to “an ordinary person carrying out an extraordinary, courageous act for the sake of humanity, with the single, selfless motive of doing the right thing to help someone else”.

So… then I thought, I need a second opinion on this. LOTS of second opinions…

What’s your definition of a hero? Who is your hero? Do you think celebs are heroes?

Post below and let us know! Anything that has anything to do with heroism, celebrities, media… anything at all.

🙂


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.


Long Shot Kelly Clarkson

Nice song… sounds very Paramore especially the beginning. This is not the official music video (as you might work out by the title) it’s a Vampire Diaries video.
Credit to mayflowersoapqueen for the video. Song by Kelly Clarkson. I also like Katy Perry’s take on this.
Lyrics at the bottom.

Lyrics:
I felt it, the wire touched my neck
And then someone pulled it tighter
I never saw it coming, I started to black out
And then someone said good morning
I took it as a warning
I should have seen it coming
So now I’ll take a chance on
This thing we may have started
Intentional or not, I don’t think we saw it coming
It’s all adding up to something
That asks for some involvement
That ask for our commitment
I think I see it coming
If we step out of that limb

My heart beat beats me senselessly
Why’s everything got to be so intense with me
I’m trying to handle all this unpredictability
In all probability

It’s a long shot, but I say why not
If I say forget it, I know that I’ll regret it
It’s a long shot just to beat these odds
The chance is we won’t make it
But I know if I don’t take it, there’s no chance
‘Cause you’re the best I got
So take a long shot

I realize that there is all this starting
Things we’re both scared about
That we’ll never see them coming
Throw caution to the wind
And we’ll see which way it’s blowing
And to this pulling on
We’ll never see it coming
Until it’s much to close to stop

My heart beat beats me senselessly
Why’s everything got to be so intense with me
I’m trying to handle all this unpredictability
In all probability

It’s a long shot, but I say why not
If I say forget it, I know that I’ll regret it
It’s a long shot just to beat these odds
The chance is we won’t make it
But I know if I don’t take it, there’s no chance
‘Cause you’re the best I got
So take a long shot

Oh I waited for fact to come of fiction
And you fit my description
I never saw you coming
But we’ll make it

It’s a long shot, but I say why not
If I say forget it, I know that I’ll regret it
It’s a long shot just to beat these odds
The chance is we won’t make it
But I know if I don’t take it, there’s no chance
‘Cause you’re the best I got
So take a long shot

There’s no chance, there’s no chance
‘Cause you’re the best I got
It’s a long shot but I say why not
If I say forget it I know that I’ll regret it
It’s a long shot just to beat these odds
The chance is we won’t make it
But I know if I don’t take it
It’s a long shot but I say why not
Oh you never saw me coming


Apple’s new creation: the iPad

I’m in love.

I am in LOVE with the iPad.

Like Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Product Marketing put it “It’s a truly incredible, breakthrough product.”

The product fits you. It’s like it’s custom made for you. The iPad is about YOU not about the iPad.

It’s amazing. It’s simply amazing.

Features?
There’s plenty… but the best:

  • 10 hours of battery life.
  • Super fast net-surfing.
  • Affordable price- starts at USD$499 .
  • It’s super fast.
  • Thin and light weight, 1.5 pounds, o.5 inch thin.
  • Compact size- 9.7 inches diagonally, making it slightly smaller than a magazine… WOW!!
  • iBooks.
  • The quality of the videos is greaaaat.
  • Runs almost 140,000 apps from the App Store.
  • Maps
  • Word on iPad- just brilliant.
  • It’s Accessibility feature- the screen reader making it easier to use for people who are vision or hearing impaired or have a physical or learning disability.

BUT for me the best part is how interactive it is. You’re in control of everything, it’s all a touch away, you can hold it any way you like, it’s gonna reposition itself so it’s convenient for you. It’s almost too good to be true.

And there are heaps more apps and features, including the normal ones you’d find on a iPod Touch/iPhone.

Except…

There are a couple of down sides- the new iPad doesn’t have a camera or USB ports. I think a USB port was necessary, if not a camera. But honestly, I’m still planning on getting one to replace my laptop. And I totally want that cover to go with it. Plus, I love how you can use the wireless keyboard to work with the iPad.

They’ve marketed it really well though. Check out this video… the spirit of the creators of this revolutionary new product is contagious.


Doses Of Magic Page

Want to know the latest Green Day Songs? More information on Meg Cabot’s the Mediator? Need a quote that will inspire you?

Well, you’ve come to the right place because we’ve recently gave one of our pages a huge makeover. After so much work, we now have a brand new Doses of Magic. This time, not only does it have those awesome quotes Alisha found but information about movies, books and music. We’ll be updating it often. So, check out our collection of movies, music, books and quotes! 

Here’s a link to the main page where you’ll find how to get to the individual pages: https://ebonyink.wordpress.com/doses-of-magic/ 

Or you could just look to the right and you’ll find the list of all the pages including the Doses of Magic page! >>>>


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!


New Story Here!

Ebony Ink is putting up another story (written by it’s creators, Alisha and Hafsa-together). This time it’s a romance mixed with superhero story. We will be releasing bits of it weekly on our Facebook group, so if you really want to know what happens next, join us on Facebook and we will notify you when each new part is released!

It’s all very simple… just join the group and enjoy the story…

To catch us on Facebook, simply log on to Facebook and search for Ebony Ink and join the group if you’re interested or you can click the link below:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&ref=search&gid=254762947457

Anyway, you guys can find the story in our Stories and Beyond page under the name Superhero Story. Here is a sneak peak…

Prologue

SETH!!!!”
The silence of the house replied to my un-ladylike shout.
“SETH! You f***ing MORON!”
No reply.
Cautiously I stepped in to Seth’s dark lounge. Everything was dark. When I got used to the dark, shadows of the scattered debris on the floor, along with the presence of the second hand sofa, made themselves slightly visible. Seth’s lounge was very tiny but as messy as a rubbish dump. There was only a long three seater couch, a small, broken television and a small ornament rack which had his keys, a photo of me and last night’s dinner on it. Seth was a slob.
I turned toward the door and searched for the light switch. I found it and switched it on but the light didn’t flicker on. Either bulb wasn’t working or he had forgotten to pay the bills. The latter seemed more possible. Sighing, I turned back to the lounge. Only then I noticed a bigger figure on the lounge. Anxiously, I crept closer. Yep, it was Seth, sleeping when he was supposed to pick me up for our date.
I found a candle and a matchbox on the table that held the keys and photos. In it’s light I saw Seth properly for the first time in the last two weeks.
Ohhh…he slept like a baby. Golden blonde hair tousled unkemptly under a handsome face that, even in sleep, showed his wild side. He was hugging the rugged cushion to himself and looked absolutely cute and at peace. The exact reason for my rage.
I put my hands on his shoulders and shook him as hard as I could.
“WAKE UP!” I shouted.
He jerked awake like someone had punched him on the face (something I barely restrained to do). Baby blue eyes widened as he saw me. For a second he looked confused. Then he sat up, grinning ear to ear.
“Hey, Shweet Shiya!” he exclaimed, removing my hands from his shoulder and standing up as I straightened up. “Why are you dressed up? Headed to a party?”
I had to clench my fists to stop it flinging toward him to beat him up.
“No”, I said, through gritted teeth. “I’m waiting…”
He looked up from trying to straighten out his very messy hair. “Waiting for what?”
That did it.

Read more at the Superhero Story page under Stories and Beyond page or simply click this link to get there https://ebonyink.wordpress.com/short-stories/superhero-story/


We’re giving Ebony Ink a Makeover (finally)

We’ve been thinking about it a while, and now we’re finally putting it to action. We’re renovating the blog, TOTALLY so bookmark us and check back, you’ll find something a little less haphazard and a lot more fresh.

Please help us out by doing this quick poll, any suggestions/comments are much appreciated! =)
It’s only a couple of minutes but it would help us A LOT!! (sorry about the bad format. i’m not on good terms with this thing today)

 

Much loved Sponge turning to scum?

Theatrical poster of The SpongeBob SquarePants...

Image via Wikipedia

I love Spongebob. I really do. Who can’t love a neurotic, immature sponge who lives in a pineapple and is best friends with a brainless starfish? (Well…. my Mum HATES him…) I used to love watching the senseless episodes, lazing about after school, until recently, I have noticed a change…
Has the rating changed from G to PG? The witty humour from the old episodes has been replaced by matter that is a bit too mature for the majority of the audience that are fans of the show (and i’m talking Primary kids here- five to about ten years of age)…
I was flicking through the channels the other day, looking for something to watch so I didn’t have to do my homework (well, that always has been my favourite form of procrastinating) and I just caught the end of a SB episode, where Spongebob, Patrick and Mr. Krabs were going on a panty raid or something similarly sleazy. It wasn’t so much what was being said or done was but how it was being said and done. I found it kind of disturbing… especially when it turned out to be Mr. Krabs’ mother’s underwear drawer they were messing around with.  (I asked someone at school the next day [yes we still talk about cartoons, and no we are not too old to be discussing cartoons in math class] and the episode had been about Mr. Krabs feeling like he was old so he went for a day out with Spongebob and Pat. I later found out [thank you Google!] the episode’s called Mid-Life Crustacean, so check it out if you’re curious). This was only one of those examples.

I mean, after some more research into this (what would I do without Google?) I found that I am not the only person who has noticed this, change. Or have I  just started to notice it? Has it seriously always been like this? I read up a grandparent’s concern on the kind of behaviour that is being  conveyed through the show, and how their granddaughter said something that they didn’t like and they had heard it on a Spongebob episode.

This is a much debated opinion but I think it depends on the child, really, whether they can differentiate between real life and what they see behind the box or not. And here I’m referring to kids around the age of 5-6. This may sound ridiculous and just slightly off topic but seriously, kids know a lot more than what they show, so don’t be fooled by the innocence you see in their eyes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying kids aren’t innocent, (with a 3-year-old brother of my own, I know they are)but their ability to understand and know things should not be underestimated.

Although, as surprised as I was by this ‘change’ and wasn’t totally impressed by it, I have to make a point here; kids perceive cartoons differently from adults. You’d think they would catch on but they don’t or you’d think they noticed but they didn’t… And yes, watch carefully and you’ll notice that almost ALL cartoons have some sort of adult matter cleverly woven into them, just to amuse any parents that may be watching the show with their kids. It’s something I’ve noticed myself. So taking this point, maybe the hidden humour is getting where it should but getting the wrong reaction. Just something to ponder over; maybe what you’re seeing is not meant for the kids but you.

But there is one thing you can’t really deny here and that is that they will hear much worse out on the streets or on a trip to the mall than they will on Spongebob. The best you can do is teach them wrong from right. Talk to them about what’s acceptable and what is not.

I guess it’s also up to parents to censor the shows their kids watch. You’re the best judge here… Innocent fun or not quite so?


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