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Seattle Police Hope To End Swatting Tragedies With Database

With swatting incidents still popping up from time to time, the Seattle Police Department has come up with a measure they hope will help prevent additional “pranks” from turning into legitimate tragedies. The measure allows folks to opt-in to a potential swatting database, with the hope being that officers will then proceed to a reported incident with a different mindset.

This news comes to us from Ars Technica (via Gameinformer), which is reporting that the Seattle PD has implemented a measure to help prevent swatting that’s so simple, it’s surprising it has taken this long to go into practice. While their plan certainly won’t stop swatting from taking place (perhaps more severe penalties that stick would serve as a solid deterrent), the hope is that it will help prevent these instances from leading to more dramatic outcomes.

First, for those who are unaware what swatting is, it’s the practice of calling the police department and reporting a crime severe enough to get the SWAT team to respond, such as kidnapping. This primarily takes place in the world of streamers, specifically folks who stream while playing video games. While this isn’t always the case, the plan is usually to report the crime and witness the incident unfold while a person is streaming. The motivation is typically petty grudges from a lost match or an ongoing feud. Hard to believe, but some people think it would be hilarious to watch their rival, mid-stream, have the police bust through their door and restrain them all because they beat them in Call of Duty or Fortnite.

The issue, obviously, is how horrendously irresponsible and illegal this is. In fact, swatting has resulted in things such as damaged property and, as recently as last year, loss of life. A swatting attempt led to the death of Andrew Finch, of Kansas, as he lived at the previous address of the person a group of individuals were trying to swat.

While Seattle’s new measure probably wouldn’t have helped in that situation due to it being the wrong address, the hope is that it will at least cut down on the number of incidents going horribly wrong. In short, individuals who feel they might become the target of a swatting attempt can register their address with the police department. If you’re a streamer living in the area, it might not be a bad idea to contact your local authorities and look into the process. Apparently, all you have to do is submit your details and make it clear that you have “swatting concerns” and, once you have been approved, you’ll be added to their database.

The Seattle PD has made it clear that being in the database will not change their standard procedures, so they will still respond to these addresses even if they are included in the database. The idea is that, if you’re in the database, they will be able to proceed with the mindset that you are a potential victim of swatting.

Best Women’s Loafers for Fall 2018: Easy and Stylish Flats and Platforms

During the summer wearing shoes is easy. All you have to do is slip your toes into a pair of sandals and you’re done. Fall makes things a little more complicated. It isn’t that boots aren’t amazing, but sometimes things get awkward when you try to pair them with jeans or with socks or with tights. But until it’s chilly enough to worry about that, may we suggest taking a look at the best loafers to wear this season.

Like with sandals, you can just shimmy into a pair of loafers and you’re done. Some of the best loafers right now don’t have backs (also known as ‘the mule’) which means you can wear them solo on a warmer fall evening. Some have platforms which means they give you the height of a heel with the ease of a flip-flop. Other look more like a slipper (complete with fluff and cushioning, thank you Gucci) which means you can basically roll out of bed and wear them right out. Almost all of them look great with tights or knee high socks as demonstrated by Chloë Sevigny and Alexa Chung.

So if you’re starting to think about what shoes are best to invest in this fall, loafers are probably the way to go. Shop below for our top picks and all the best ways to wear them.

How One Horror Legend Helped Make Netflix’s Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Even Creepier

If you have seen the trailer and teaser images leading up to the release of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, then you know audiences are in for a lot of lush and stunning horror visuals. Well, it turns out the comic-based series got a helping hand in creating some of the haunting imagery that punctuates its heroine’s surroundings. The revelation involves a specific set piece and its ornamentations, specifically the art adorning the walls of the Academy of the Unseen Arts, which come form the private collection of works from legendary horror author and filmmaker Clive Barker.

The Academy of the Unseen Arts will was the temporary home to over 150 paintings crafted by Books of Blood author Clive Barker. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s production designer Lisa Soper revealed to io9 that Barker had actually contributed most of the artwork that can be seen in the mystical school, sharing that the man behind Hellraiser and Candyman was enthusiastic to contribute his pieces, going so far as to let her spend a weekend looking through his artwork and picking out what she wanted. Wondering how big the set must be to see all of Barker’s works?

That turns out to be more simple and complex than one would expect. The set actually isn’t all that big, since the schoolrooms are all shaped identically, so Clive Barker’s works will be featured within a single interchangeable set-piece that stands in for whatever room of the Academy characters are supposed to be occupying. Different rooms mean different sets of Barker’s artworks popping up, an added touch will undoubtedly provide a reason worth pausing the show to take a closer look at. Whether it potentially clues viewers into the story’s dark twists or not, one will have to watch carefully to discover.

The spooky imagery being brought in does not mean necessarily mean any of it hints at something specific to the story. Clive Barker’s works will undoubtedly lend an disturbingly penetrating backdrop for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, with the illustrations setting it closer to its horror comic roots. Barker does know a thing or two about supernatural evil, after all. And it’s flourishes such as these that serve a subconscious and pivotal role in enriching the series‘ visual pedigree. Based on early glimpses, the show will be leaning into its genre precursors.

Fans are drawing ever closer to the premiere of the highly-anticipated new series, which will be a drastic change of pace from what viewers saw of the eponymous character in Melissa Joan Hart’s sitcom. They do not have to much longer to wait before they get a complete look at Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and the artwork that pervades the Academy of the Unseen Arts. The mysterious Dean of said academy has been glimpsed before in previously released images, hinting at an ominous show set to cast a spell on viewers.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will premiere just in time for Halloween, with the first season available to watch in its entirety starting on October 26 on Netflix. The supernatural drama will be joined by countless other shows making their debut before the end of the year on the streaming giant, including a fellow horror series. And tune into our fall TV premiere schedule to see what else is on the way soon.

Venom Should Make A Lot Of Money Worldwide Opening Weekend

If all goes as predicted, Venom is going to be a box office powerhouse, which should be music to Sony’s ears, as the studio has been pushing for it to be the first installment of Spider-Man-related spinoffs, like Morbius. Critically, on the other hand, Venom is already getting off to a rocky start. Early reactions have ranged from mixed-to-negative, with CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell saying that the movie was plagued by “rough CGI, poor story plotting and a schizophrenic tone.” Nevertheless, as we’ve seen with the Transformers movies, just because a theatrical tale doesn’t earn the best critical reception doesn’t mean it won’t make a lot of money, and Venom appears to be on that track. And, of course, commercially exceeding expectations will likely result in Sony green lighting a Venom sequel, which could see either Venom and Carnage clashing or, fingers crossed, Venom going mano a mano with a certain Web-Slinger.

One Roseanne Character We’ll Probably Never Seen On The Conners

When Roseanne returned to the airwaves after many years back in midseason 2018, original series fans saw many of their favorite characters back on the small screen. The revival managed to nab most of the original cast to reprise their roles, even bringing both Beckys on board for an arc! One character that didn’t appear in the first season of the Roseanne revival was Jackie and Fred’s son, Andy, and fans shouldn’t get their hopes too high for an Andy appearance on The Conners. The spinoff showrunner Bruce Helford weighed in on Andy, saying this:

Andy was born as the son of Jackie and Fred in a Season 6 episode that aired in August 1994. He wasn’t old enough to be much of a player in the Roseanne shenanigans when the original series was still on the air, so his absence in the revival wasn’t altogether distracting. Still, longtime fans were undoubtedly taken aback by the fact that there was no mention of Andy at all. Jerry at least was established as on a boat. According to Bruce Helford’s comments to TVLine, Andy may not have been mentioned because he may not exist!

As many undoubtedly recall, the ninth and then-final season of Roseanne was a bonkers batch of episodes that seemingly featured the Conner family after they won the state lottery, but the finale revealed that the entire final season actually took place in Roseanne’s imagination as a way to cope with her husband’s death. Since Dan was very much alive (and John Goodman was almost in Emmy contention) for the revival, the dream season obviously didn’t happen, and the show could remove Andy from the Conners universe.

That possibility isn’t perfect, as Andy wasn’t born in the dream season. He was born back in Season 6 and was around in episodes well before Roseanne Conner started concocting a story that was better than dealing with her husband’s death. If The Conners wants to use the dream season as an excuse for the omission of Andy, it will have to expect viewers to fudge the timeline. Then again, most viewers probably won’t be too upset about a character who appeared for a few seasons as a very young child back in the 90s.

All of this said, it’s possible that The Conners will reveal that Andy has been off at college this whole time. He’d be 24 or so by this point, so higher education could have kept him out of the Roseanne revival. Now that Roseanne Conner has been killed off for the sake of the spinoff, perhaps there will be more time for characters like Jackie. Bringing her son back into the mix could certainly provide her with some stories. If Johnny Galecki and one more can come back, surely Andy can come back!

Find out how the characters are coping with the death of Roseanne Conner when The Conners premieres in the fall TV lineup on Tuesday, October 16 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, ahead of the premiere of The Kids Are Alright.

Watch These Sexual Assault Survivors Confront Republican Senators at the Airport

While the FBI continues its investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, more women are coming forward to share their personal stories in hopes of swaying the opinions of senators who will eventually vote on whether or not to confirm the conservative judge.

But one group of women isn’t waiting until the vote for a change of heart. Over the weekend, The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) organized their staff and volunteers to speak candidly with senators returning to Washington, D.C. at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. And as it turns out, some of those senators were left speechless.

“We were saying ‘look us in the eyes, actually have a conversation with us,'” the group’s President and Co-Executive Director Jennifer Epps-Addison told Bustle about confronting the men. She told the outlet that the group spent the weekend studying photos of both Democratic and Republican senators so they could recognize them on sight.

On Monday, Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) was approached by Epps-Addison, Patti Serrano, and Arizona State Representative Isela Blanc as he made his way through the terminal.

After complaining about being touched, he ducks into a men’s bathroom to avoid the women.

“How can you not talk to women who have been assaulted?” Epps-Adison asks. “How can you ignore our pleas?” Blanc continues, “You represent not just your state’s choice, but every American in this country, and every person that is vulnerable. This is a legacy, and a moment in history that will not be forgotten.”

“He [Perdue] really is demonstrating what women across the country are saying: It’s not only that you are not listening to us, but you are overtly hostile to us when we say that we want the full rights and dignity that everybody in this country deserves,” Epps-Anderson said in her interview with Bustle.

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell also found himself on the receiving end of public criticism and questions. “Do you want the Republican party to be the party that is known for supporting rape and sexual assault?” a woman asks.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen women confront senators in the past week. Many believe that Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-Ariz.) decision to call for the delayed vote and a limited investigation came in part because of a confrontation in an elevator by two brave sexual assault survivors, Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher.

“I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me,” one said to Flake. “I didn’t tell anyone, and you’re telling all women that they don’t matter, that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to them, you’re going to ignore them. That’s what happened to me, and that’s what you’re telling all women in America, that they don’t matter, that they just keep it to themselves.”

The vote on whether or not Kavanaugh gets a seat on the Supreme Court bench is scheduled to take place at the end of this week.

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What The Deadpool 2 PG-13 Re-Release Might Be Called

Captain America doesn’t have to cuss in his movies to sell tickets, but Deadpool does. Or at least, so we thought. In probably this past week’s most unexpected movie news, we heard that one of this year’s biggest movies, Deadpool 2, is heading back to theaters seven months after its initial release. Only this time it will be with a PG-13 cut. The PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 will reportedly be released on December 21st, just in time for Christmas. Now it seems like this re-release of Deadpool 2 will be leaning into the spirit of the season with a new title. Take a look:

Fox has yet to confirm the title reported by Lizo Mzimba on Twitter, but The Deadpool Before Christmas sounds about right. Deadpool 2 received a lewder, cruder, longer cut for its home video release, titled the Deadpool 2 Super Duper [email protected]%!#& Cut. So it makes sense that each new version of this film get a fun moniker. Considering that this Deadpool will be a bit more family friendly and is a holiday release, might as well embrace all of that with a title that references the Christmas classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Given Ryan Reynolds’ initial tweet teasing the re-release, which referenced The Princess Bride, you might have thought that this cut might be called The Princess Merc or Deadpool 2: Prepare to Die or simply Inconceivable!, which would echo many initial thoughts about a PG-13-rated Deadpool movie. But The Deadpool Before Christmas is also great.

Deadpool 2 and The Nightmare Before Christmas actually bear some similarities too, making the title quite appropriate. Like Jack Skellington, Deadpool is a bit of a deranged character that puts on a red suit and makes a terrible mess of things. While Jack Skellington learned the true meaning of Christmas, Wade Wilson found his purpose and learned the importance of family. Presumably the PG-13 cut will simply be omitting some of the raunchier dialogue and gorier violence. But given this title and the film’s release date, it will be interesting to see if The Deadpool Before Christmas adds in some holiday-themed dialogue and the like.

This PG-13 Deadpool is an intriguing experiment. Deadpool and the rest of the Fox X-Men characters will soon be under the Disney umbrella, along with Jack Skellington– where naughty words and R ratings are generally big no-nos. Bob Iger, keenly aware of the financial incentive to keep Deadpool R-rated, has indicated in the past that there may be an opportunity for a Marvel-R brand for the character to call home. So is this just a test run for the character under the restrictions of PG-13 or just a great way to let more people see this movie and add a few dollar signs to fifth biggest movie of the year domestically? Either way, it is a curious thing and there are certainly worse ways to spend the holidays than with Deadpool Claus.

We’ll keep you updated if The Deadpool Before Christmas becomes official and when we learn more about this re-release. In the meantime, to see all the movies coming to theaters this holiday season, head on over to our release schedule.

Your Boyfriend Noah Centineo Just Got a Part in a Huge Movie

Noah Centineo is finally ready to make the transition to the big screen. After a busy summer that included star-making turns in the back-to-back Netflix rom-coms To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, Centineo has signed on to Sony’s Charlie’s Angels reboot, Variety reports.

Centineo will join the previously announced trio of Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balins, who are set to play the titular Angels, while Patrick Stewart and Djimon Hounsou will star as two of the Bosleys. Elizabeth Banks, who will also direct the film, will play the third Bosley.

Jenny Han, author of the To All the Boys novel, tweeted a congrats to Centineo shortly after the news broke.

Fans of the original series, which took the world by storm in the 1970s, will likely point out that there was originally just one Bosley, the enigmatic head of the show’s fictional detective agency. That the film will have three Bosleys instead of one will likely be just one of the many changes being made, as the studio looks to usher in the Angels for a whole new generation of fans.

That’s exactly why adding someone like Centineo is a huge step in the right direction; he will reportedly play a love interest of one of the Angels. Not much else is known about the plot, other than that it will center on the three Angels as they work for the Townsend Agency, which has “expanded globally,” The Wrap reports.

As for Centineo, expect this to be the first real entry into his new career as a major movie star. In fact, he may have hinted at the project in a recent interview with Esquire. “There’s one specific script out now that I want to do. It’s f*cking incredible,” Centineo said. “It’s a romantic comedy action film. It’s just so perfect. So great — oh, my God.” The film he was referring to was reportedly a Sony project, which just so happens to be the same studio behind the Charlie’s Angels reboot. Does this mean we’re about to get our first look at Peter Kavinsky: Action Hero?

We’ll find out, when Charlie’s Angels hits theaters on September 27, 2019.

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How to Wear a Turtleneck For Fall

A turtleneck is a very specific type of sweater. When you’re wearing one, you can’t really hide it—you can only dress it up, if anything at all. And though throwing on a pair of jeans and going about one’s merry way continues to be the easiest, most consistently solid styling approach, there are plenty of ways to make a turtleneck feel like more than a “basic.” You can double up on knits, or find a sweater that’s extra-oversized or extra-thick to contrast a more fitted bottom; you can wear them in a color that’s… not black. (Revolutionary, we know.) The comfort a turtleneck sweater can be as comforting as your preferred warm, seasonal beverage, so why not wear one every single day this fall? We have at least a month’s worth of outfits covered with the street-style inspiration, below, at least: Start brainstorming all the different ways you can wear a turtleneck during the cold-weather months with a little help from fashion’s best dressed.

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Nicolas Cage Thinks He’d Make A Great Lex Luthor

Since reports of Henry Cavill’s potential exit broke, Superman fans have been contemplating the future of the on-screen Man of Steel. Some even looking to the past of one actor who once slipped into the blue and red suit in the late 90s: Nicolas Cage. The actor was once attached to a Tim Burton project called Superman Lives that never came to be. It hasn’t stopped fans from fantasizing about the potential of Cage as the DC superhero, because it would have no doubt been memorable. While Cage did lend his voice to a cartoon-y Superman in this summer’s Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, he thinks his on-screen Superman days are long gone. The actor is still a huge fan of the comic book character though — his youngest son is even named Kal-El, he was asked what Superman villain he might be interested in, to which he said:

As vivid memories of his villainous role in 1997’s Face/Off hang over our heads, Nicolas Cage as Lex Luthor is an interesting idea to contemplate. The actor has been known to play quite a few eccentric characters throughout his career, so giving him a crack at the iconic billionaire baddie could bring freshness to the role. Some of the strongest comic book genre films have weighed their villains just as heavily as their heroes, so while Cage knows he wouldn’t hit the gym and transform into a superpowered savior anymore, playing Lex could be his ticket in.

Despite Nicolas Cage’s comments to The Guardian, the most recent Lex Luthor (played by Jesse Eisenberg) isn’t the actor in reports to exit the DCEU. While Eisenberg’s future as the villain is anybody’s guess, he has expressed interest in returning to play the character. Lex first showed up in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. But considering the reception of the film and with both Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck potentially leaving their characters, Eisenberg may have seen his last days as the baldheaded billionaire already. Smallville’sLex Luthor Michael Rosenbaum also showed his willingness to step back into the role following the news about Cavill, so Cage can step in line with him.

While in recent years, Nicolas Cage has become more of a sweetheart of the internet memes than of the big screen, the actor is making quite the comeback this year. His recent indie-horror flick, Mandy has been highly-praised by critics, bringing him back into the spotlight and interesting the likes of Jason Blum for a potential Blumhouse collaboration. The actor will also enter the Spider-Verse this holiday season as Spider-Man Noir in the animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, coming to theaters on December 14.