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Matt Groening is making an animated medieval adult fantasy with Netflix

Netflix announced today that Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, will be developing a medieval animated adult fantasy called Disenchantment. It’s scheduled to begin streaming on Netflix in 2018.

The series’s protagonist is a young, “hard-drinking” princess named Bean (Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson), and her two male companions are a “feisty elf” named Elfo (Nat Faxon) and a demon named Luci (Eric Andre). While both The Simpsons and Futurama have dynamic, fleshed-out female characters, this is Groening’s first series with a clear female lead.

Rough Draft Studios, the studio that does the art for Futurama, will animate Disenchantment. From the few details Netflix is offering, it’s easy to imagine a sort of epic-fantasy version of Futurama, with the same acerbic, absurdist humor as Groening’s other shows. In the US, Netflix doesn’t have a series that fits this exact bill, though Archer may come closest. (Netflix also carries Futurama, so Disenchantment should fit in.)

“The series will bear [Groening’s] trademark animation style and biting wit, and we think it’s a perfect fit for our many Netflix animation fans,” says Cindy Holland, Netflix’s vice president of original content.

From the premise, this series sounds a lot like a myriad of other failed adult animated medieval cartoons like Korgoth of Barbaria or Son of Zorn. But both of Groening’s other major shows have been well-received, long-running successes, so it’s hard to see this one not attracting an audience as well.

“Ultimately,” Groening says in the press release, “Disenchantment will be about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you.”

Disenchantment is planned for a 10-episode initial season.

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Gary teen appears in adult court charged with mother’s stabbing murder

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Philly announces adult-literacy partnership

Gladys Stokes and Lyndon Washington, both 53, for years shared something in common with more than a half-million Philadelphians and millions of Americans – they couldn’t read.

What distinguishes Stokes and Washington is their openness about their struggle with literacy. Experts say too many Americans are uncomfortable with their reading difficulties and reluctant to seek help.

“People didn’t want to talk about it at the dinner table,” said Liza McFadden, executive director of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Adult Literacy. “Thirty-six million Americans reading at less than a third-grade level; people don’t realize that’s 15 percent of the folks in the United States.”

Through the foundation’s XPRIZE competition, it hopes to improve adult literacy with mobile education apps. Teams from around the world have been developing apps since 2015, vying for a chance to win $7 million in prize money.

On Tuesday, Philadelphia announced that it would be one of the cities where the competition’s eight semifinalists would test apps. The city is seeking 3,500 eligible adult learners to try one of the literacy apps, and participants will be offered a $25 cash card and six months of free Comcast Internet Essentials.

“Placing cutting-edge mobile learning apps in the hands of thousands of adults in the city is yet another way that we’re making quality education accessible to all in Philadelphia,” Mayor Kenney said at Tuesday’s announcement. The School District also has worked to improve literacy in the city, with its teachers completing a summer institute on new early literacy teaching methods this summer.

The Office of Adult Education worked with some of its learners, such as Stokes and Washington, to develop flyers for the program, and volunteers signed up participants in the City Hall courtyard Tuesday.

Diane Inverso, executive director of the office, said after the announcement that these apps are a different way for people to learn. “Many of our adults … spend a lot of their time concealing their inability to read and write. They can do this on their own time; they can do this in the privacy of their own home,” she said.

Learners from Philadelphia will join those from Dallas and Los Angeles in the search for the best app.

The Barbara Bush Foundation partnered with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and XPRIZE, a nonprofit that aims to spur innovation in various fields through competitions. Shlomy Kattan, head of the literacy competition and a senior director at XPRIZE, said that it filled gaps in the adult literacy-education market.

“Over the last 20 years in real dollars, federal investment in adult basic education and adult ESL has decreased about 25 percent,” Kattan said. Before this competition only two companies were making such apps.

“Forty-one teams submitted a functional and publicly available app that was targeting adults at this level of literacy,” he added, noting that it represented better than a 20-fold increase in 21 months.

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Woman, 64, remains critical after jump from adult home

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A 64-year-old woman who jumped from an adult home in Mariners Harbor on Friday night remains in critical condition, according to a hospital spokesman. 

The woman jumped from the fifth floor of Sts. Cosmas and Damian Adult Home in a suicide attempt, police said. 

She was taken to Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton. 

According to a source with knowledge of the incident, the woman sustained “multiple critical life-threatening injuries” in the five-story drop.

In a similar incident in 2008, a resident jumped six stories from the building and died in what police believed to be a suicide

A spokesman for Sts. Cosmas and Damian Adult Home declined comment Monday.

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Chosen One of the Day: The adult bookstore in Blast from the Past

There is a power that should not be underestimated. It can bring a man to his knees. It can stop a heart. It could, though the jury is still out on this one, even kill a man. It has existed for eons and will likely outlive even humanity itself, our future alien overlords — or the hyper-intelligent apes or AI that eventually take over the planet — will adapt it for their own purposes.

I’m speaking, of course, of sex and pornography. More specifically, I’m talking about the power of the adult bookstore featured in the seminal classic film, Blast from the Past.

This small local shop took down Christopher Walken in moments. He walked through the doors of this unsuspecting realm of erotica a healthy man, and was immediately struck down and forced back into his secluded lifestyle in a bunker buried beneath the streets of Los Angeles.

The effect of this simple local business was so strong, that he warned his own adult son against entering by threatening that it contained poison gas. What must have been contained within its hallowed shelves? Only the finest X-rated content money could buy on the seedier streets of Los Angeles in the late ’90s, I imagine.

Or maybe Pa Walken was just not used to so many breasts in one place… mutant ones too, if one is to believe what he tells his family later that day about his exploits in the world above. Perhaps he was unprepared for what awaited him when he sought refuge from the rain in the cold, dark night. Or perhaps living life in a bunker for three and a half decades really does change a person… or at least, the world around you.

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Teen charged as adult with allegedly killing his mother with hammer …

In what he called a “very tragic situation,” a Harford County District Court judge continued to hold without bail a 16-year-old C. Milton Wright High School student who allegedly beat his mother to death with a hammer in their Bel Air home last week.

Andrew Zaragoza was charged Saturday as an adult with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure in connection with the July 20 death of Donna Zaragoza, 56, in their home in the 1000 block of Jeanett Way in Bel Air, according to a news release posted by the Sheriff’s Office on Facebook.

Andrew Zaragoza appeared via closed-circuit television from the Harford County Detention Center, where he has been held since Saturday, for a bail review Monday afternoon before Judge David Carey.

Public defender Tim Bahr told Carey that Andrew Zaragoza, who turned 16 in January, has no prior record and no contact with the criminal justice system and had suffered abuse, as well as living around people who abused drugs.

"Girls Trip" Is The First Hit Adult Comedy Of the Summer — By A Lot

Taking the No. 1 spot this week is Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed “Dunkirk,” bringing in an estimated $50.5 million in its first week out. That’s a much better opening than anyone expected.

It’s actually the third-best opening for a World War II movie ever, right behind “Captain America: The First Avenger” and 2001′s “Pearl Harbor.”

With such an extensive list of World War II films, it can sometimes be hard to get people excited for yet another movie about fighting Nazis. But luckily for “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan was in the director’s chair. And he’s about as big a star as you’re going to find behind the camera lens.

More importantly though, he delivers. “Dunkirk” carried a 92 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes during its opening weekend and has managed to get some oscar buzz in the process.

Also beating expectations this weekend is “Girls Trip,” bringing in an impressive $30 million in its first week out. 

As far as adult comedies go, this is the first successful debut of the summer. “Baywatch,” “Snatched” and “The House” all tanked in their domestic openings.

“Rough Night” barely broke even at the box office, and it’s practically the same movie. The big difference? “Rough Night” holds a 48 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and “Girls Trip” holds an 89.

Aside from the all-star cast, this film also has a staple of black cinema behind the camera. Director Malcolm D. Lee is responsible for some of the most popular black films to date, chief among them “The Best Man,” one of my favorite movies of all time.

On to No. 3: Dropping one slot this weekend and barely holding off “War for the Planet of the Apes” is “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” bringing in an estimated $22 million in its third week out.

As for next week: Her name is Theron. Charlize Theron.

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Fire damages Lumberyard adult entertainment club in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — A fire Sunday afternoon at a Cedar Rapids adult entertainment club left the building with moderate fire damage and extensive smoke damage.

Fire crews were called to the Lumberyard, 5910 Fourth St. SW, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for a report of a fire alarm with water flow at the business. As firefighters arrived, they noticed water flowing from the club’s door and smoke inside the building. Heavy smoke and activated sprinklers greeted firefighters as they entered.

Officials said in a news release that the fire alarm and sprinkler system worked as designed and helped save the structure, as the sprinklers kept the fire under control until firefighters entered and finished extinguishing a small fire in the center of the building. The heavy smoke was then ventilated.

The fire has displaced the building’s occupants, according to officials.

No one was in the building when the fire broke out. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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LA County leaders to discuss health permit fees for adult film studios

Five years after Los Angeles County voters approved the use of condoms on adult film sets, public health officials Tuesday will ask the Board of Supervisors to take the next step and agree on a set of fees to pay for inspections at film production sites.

Public health officials will propose that adult film producers pay $1,672 for a permit and about $65 for each visit public health inspectors make to a set to ensure condoms are being used.

That doesn’t mean inspectors will make unannounced visits or watch filming, said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, Los Angeles County’s interim health officer.

“The misconception is (public health officials) will go in and observe filming,” Gunzenhauser said. He said inspectors will only visit sets to make sure producers have health and safety signage posted on the walls of sets.

“We do want to make sure they have documentation that they are using condoms,” he added.

However, inspectors will visit sets if a performer lodges a complaint. Gunzenhauser said such complaints are rare.

Formally known as the Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, Measure B was approved in 2012 and requires condoms to be used on all adult film sets county-wide. In addition, adult film studios have to apply for public health permits and pay fees that will fund inspections and enforcement led by the county Department of Public Health.

Though the law was passed five years ago, the fee schedule is only now being released because of delays caused by legal challenges, Gunzenhauser noted. Legal battles between the adult film industry and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which introduced and supported the provision, tied up the ordinance in court for years.

The adult film industry opposed Measure B, saying self-monitoring and regular testing of performers for sexually transmitted diseases are more effective than condoms. Universal City-based Vivid Entertainment filed a lawsuit against the county health department over the regulations. AIDS Healthcare Foundation stepped in as the defendant.

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The issue landed in federal court, where a judge said he was concerned about some parts of Measure B, including that health officials might perform searches of adult film sets without warrants. But the judge did not believe the provisions under Measure B violated freedom of speech or expression.

Last year, a tentative agreement was reached in federal court between the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Vivid Entertainment and Los Angeles County on the terms for Measure B, including inspections and health permits.

It’s unclear how many adult film studios are in Los Angeles County, but the industry has always been largely based in the San Fernando Valley. After the passage of Measure B, film permits for adult films taken out through Film LA by the industry fell dramatically, from 480 in 2012 to 25 in 2015.

The permitting fees will be discussed Tuesday during a public hearing at the weekly Board of Supervisors meeting in downtown Los Angeles. The board meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W Temple St, Los Angeles.

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First Baptist of Marion’s youth and adult group reflect on European trip





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