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Oh Joy, Another Cringeworthy The Wolverine Poster

Where to start? I was staring at horror at the awful tinting job until Susana pointed out that his claws are coming from between his fingers, not his knuckles. And they don’t even look like they’re in the same poster.

Fox, can you fire whoever’s been doing  your poorly Photoshopped, occasionally ninja-filled posters and bring back the person who designed this one? This is embarassing.

(via: SuperHeroHype)

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New Pacific Rim Viral Video Gives Us Our First (Shaky) Look at the Kaiju [VIDEO]

Are you excited about Pacific Rim yet? If not, take a look at this viral video, featuring the first look at the alien monsters (or Kaiju) that serve as the film’s antagonists. It might do the trick.

Admittedly, watching the video I found myself getting distracted by how similar it is to Cloverfield, so my thoughts were only 75% “I’m so excited for Pacific Rim!” to 25% “This whole monster-showing-up-and-destroying-a-bridge thing is very familiar.” That’s not a concern that should carry over to the film itself though, as it starts after the whole alien-invasion thing has already gone down.

Hit the jump for a (relatively clear) screencap of the Kaiju chilling atop an aircraft carrier.

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UPDATED: Security Breach Sends Harry Potter Fans Into A Panic After J.K. Rowling’s New York Appearance Tickets Oversell

J.K. Rowling fans in the United States were both terrified and giddy with excitement when the author announced she’d be making just one U.S. stop this year. The Harry Potter scribe would be promoting her upcoming book, The Casual Vacancy, at New York’s Lincoln Center to a crowd of just over 1,000. There’s just one problem now – tickets accidentally went on sale early and now the highly anticipated event is oversold. 

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Good Message For the Kids: Teach Girls to Survive Zits, Teach Boys to Survive Frostbite

So, we’re not going to get too outraged over this because it’s ridiculous. But let this be a guide to what not to buy the grade-schooler in your life. Ryan North at What Are the Haps came across these books in a bookstore — in the year 2012 — and provided a list of the chapters contained within both the “Girls Only” edition as well as the “Boys Only” one. If you’re thinking that both books provide children of both genders useful survival skills in the face of actual emergencies … you are about half correct. Unless you consider “becoming rich” an emergency. (Spoiler: “How to Survive Becoming Rich” is in the girls’ book. Good to know the author has faith that girls can become rich, but only in a way that causes them severe psychological problems.)

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In Case You Were Wondering About How Bad Hurricane Irene Was Going to Be …

I’m not saying we’re arming ourselves with dead squirrels, but this hurricane is supposed to be insane. It is scheduled to start hitting the New York area tonight, and people are expressing their panic by buying tons of wine at Trader Joe’s and joking about zombies. And the fact that they might have to read books by candlelight. But we at The Mary Sue are intent on surviving this thing and posting as much as we can before our power is interrupted completely. Even if we have to use smoke signals! … In the rain and wind! … Yeah, that might not work either. But dammit, we’ll try it first!

(BuzzFeed)

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The Sendai Earthquake in Pictures

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has called the Sendai earthquake the “most difficult crisis” for his country since World War II and says that he has faith that his country will have the strength to overcome this disaster. The official death toll still stands around 1,200 with another 1,000 reported missing and 1,700 injured. However, the badly-hit coastal town, Minami Sanriku, in Myagi Prefecture, cannot account for nearly 10,000 of its residents — half its population. At the same time, the country is struggling to prevent a nuclear meltdown at its damaged power plants as well as a potential second explosion. (According to Noriyuki Shikata, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister, the situation at the Fukushima Denai power plant is “under control.”) As of this writing, 160 people have been tested for radiation exposure which may have occurred while they were waiting to be evacuated.

Japanese officials have increased the earthquake’s magnitude to 9.0 and they continue to feel strong aftershocks. And because of the sustained activity at the faults, there is a chance that another magnitude 7.0 earthquake could occur. More images from the aftermath after the jump.

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Update on Japan: Over 1,000 Feared Dead, Explosion at Nuclear Power Plant

At about 3:30 pm local time in Japan (about 1:30 am EST), an explosion occurred at the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant, which is located about 155 miles northeast of Tokyo. Four workers were injured and 45,000 people in the area are being evacuated, however Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan says the amount of radiation leaked is “tiny.” He has declared a state of emergency at the power plant until they determine the risk of a meltdown and iodine — which is used for radiation sickness — may be distributed as a precaution. It should be noted that the explosion itself was not a nuclear blast, it was an explosion at the site. And while radiation levels initially rose, they have since fallen.

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8.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan, Tsunami Follows

At 2:46 pm local time, a massive earthquake hit Japan, causing between 200 and 300 deaths and hundreds more reported missing (at the time of this writing). Thousands of residents are evacuating in the wake of the tsunami that followed, and coastal flooding has resulted in extensive damage to rice fields, homes, and entire towns. The quake itself sparked at least 80 fires, according to Japan’s Kyodo News Service, and residents have felt 67 aftershocks with magnitudes as big as 7.1.

The epicenter was approximately 230 miles to the northeast of Tokyo. Japan is no stranger to earthquakes, but this 8.9 event is being called the biggest in 100 years. Waves from the tsunami have rocked the Pacific Ocean and reached the shores of Hawaii. They are expected to reach the west coast of the United States this morning but serious damage is not expected. Residents of California are not, however, advised to visit the shores today.

The Red Cross is now accepting donations for earthquake relief.

(Top pic via Business Insider, Story via CNN)