It is the beginning of the end of the Marvel Universe and it’s all being told in a universe shattering New Avengers #30. As previously announced, Marvel will end the comic universe created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the 1960s with a new iteration of Secret War. If this sounds a little like what’s going on in DC, then you would be correct, as DC will end its world, so to speak, with Convergence. And if the plots sound similar, you would be correct on that too since both series will involve bringing the “multi-verse” (which I thought only existed in DC) together and having the heroes duke it out in one titanic battle.
The actor/director, best known for playing Spock in the classic series Star Trek, died at the age of 83. Nimoy was perhaps one of, if not the most prolific actors of all who played on the sci-fi series. After Trek was canceled in the 60’s he went on to play in another classic series Mission Impossible.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, this evening Jon Stewart announced to his studio audience he was leaving the Daily Show after 15 years. The man is a cultural icon and a liberal firebrand. What does this mean for Comedy Central???
His departure comes at a time of big change in Comedy Central’s late-night lineup. It was barely two months ago that Stephen Colbert left his post at The Colbert Report in preparation for his new gig as host of CBS’ The Late Show later in 2015. The 11:30 p.m. half-hour is now occupied by Larry Wilmore‘s The Nightly Show. Finding a replacement for Stewart extends the game of late-night musical chairs that began last year when Jimmy Fallon took over for Jay Leno on NBC and David Letterman announced his own retirement.
If Colbert’s exit stung Comedy Central, Stewart’s is a sharp blow — albeit an inevitable one. The Daily Show ranks as the cable network’s highest-rated program, dominating its time period with adults 18-49 and young men on the four nights a week that it airs. Comedy Central did not respond to questions about the timing of Stewart’s exit or plans for a successor, but Ganeless’ statement certainly seems to emphasize the network’s faith the in franchise.
USATODAY links to a story from Newser.com that seems so far fetched it should be in WorldNetDaily. In 2010 a woman in Hong Kong bore a girl who was thought to have two tumors in her abdomen. The baby, it turns out, was born carrying 8-10 week old fetuses.
Weighing half an ounce and a third of an ounce, they were far enough along to each have four limbs, a spine, a rib cage, intestines, and an anus, and to be connected through an umbilical cord to a single placenta-like mass. “Since it is impossible for the little girl to have conceived the pregnancy on her own, the fertilization of the twin fetuses, of course, belongs to her parents, which has gone to the wrong place,” a local doctor tells the South China Morning Post.
Via CNET, Apple breaks world record for quarterly profits:
The Cupertino, Calif., electronics giant on Tuesday reported the best sales quarter in its 38-year history, as demand for its newest smartphones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, soared beyond analysts’ expectations.
The company said it sold a record 74.5 million iPhones during the period, much higher than the 66.5 million estimated by analysts, according to a poll by Fortune. That’s 46 percent more devices than the record 51 million sold in the year-earlier quarter. This was the first full quarter of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales since their debut.
Tim Cook credits the growth to sales of iPhone 6, not to existing customers but to new ones:
The executive says that only 12 percent of Apple’s current installed base has upgraded to a new iPhone and that the iPhone 6 had the largest amount of “Android Switchers” since the iPhone 4S, which shows that Google’s OS’ dominance may be slightly waning. Finally, Cook says the iPhone 6 had millions of sales from consumers buying their first iPhone, or even their first smartphone. For awhile, especially abroad, there will be plenty more of those.