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The Umbrella Academy Season 2: Premiere date, plot, and more




The Umbrella Academy Season 2 is coming to Netflix this summer, so now is the perfect time to rewatch the stylish series before it returns.

Fans of Netflix’s superhero television show based on the Dark Horse Comics series of the same name, The Umbrella Academy don’t have to wait too much longer for The Umbrella Academy Season 2.

According to Deadline, the second season of the hit show is set to debut on the streaming service on July 31. It seems a little far away now, but it’ll be here before we know it, and it gives us all something to look forward to this summer, especially considering we might not be able to go outdoors as much as we’d like to.

The series, which My Chemical Romance frontrunner Gerard Way created and wrote, will continue forward with a ten-episode sophomore season.

The main cast from the first season, including Tom Hopper, Ellen Page, Emmy Raver-Mapman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, David Castañeda, and Justin H. Min, are expected to reprise their roles.

Deadline also reported that three newcomers, Marin Ireland, Yusuf Gatewood, and Ritu Arya, have also joined The Umbrella Academy Season 2. Showrunner Steve Blackman, who signed an overall deal with Netflix earlier this year, will return to helm the second season, too.

While it is still too early for Netflix to release a teaser video or official trailer, they did share a fun date announcement video to reveal the upcoming release date to fans. The video recreates a popular scene from the first season. It looks like the cast filmed their segments while in quarantine.

You can check it out for yourself below:

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Are you looking forward to The Umbrella Academy Season 2? What do you hope happens in the second season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Season 1 of The Umbrella Academy is currently available to watch on Netflix. The Umbrella Academy Season 2 will premiere on July 31.

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DC Extended Universe Movies Ranked from Worst to Best




The DCEU has had a rough start, but keep in mind that the MCU didn’t have a smooth liftoff. Iron Man was fantastic, but then they had to figure out The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2. The DCEU has generated its fair share of controversy, but to its credit, it’s also trying to find its own path, keeping the formula of superhero crossovers, but with a tone that’s separate from Marvel. It hasn’t been easy, and I don’t think we’re quite done with the growing pains, but it’s fascinating to see how Warner Bros. is attempting to get their superhero movies flying.

Please note that a DCEU movie has to have some link with other DC movies, so that’s why we haven’t included films like Joker or Catwoman even though they come from DC Comics.

We’ll continue to update this list as more DCEU movies are released, and here’s how they currently rank from worst to best.

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The Age Apologises For Article Claiming Protesters Were Planning To Spit On Officers




The Age has apologised for citing an anonymous source in an article today, alleging that protesters were planning to spit and use physical violence at tomorrow’s Stop Black Deaths in Custody protest in Melbourne.

The “unnamed senior government source” in the article had claimed that demonstrators “threatened police with spitting and abuse”, despite the fact that protest organisers – Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance – have been explicit about the protest being non-violent and the importance of protesting safely.

“This is the first I’ve heard of it,” collective member Tarneen Onus-Williams had stated, in response to the allegations. “We don’t want to put the public at risk or those participating. We want to keep everyone safe.”

This evening, The Age added a “clarification” at the bottom of the OG article:

“The headline and opening paragraphs of the original version of this story reported concerns within the Victorian Government about the potential for some activists to provoke physical confrontation with police during planned protests,” the publication’s apology reads.

“The story fell short of The Age’s editorial values and standards and caused understandable offence to many members of the community. ”

“The claim that some activists had threatened police with spitting and abuse was not backed up beyond one unnamed senior government source. The story put undue emphasis on these claims. The main organisers of the rally, the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, clearly stated that they had no knowledge of any threats to police. The Age apologises.”

Readers have since called on the publication to post a front page apology tomorrow in order to rectify the harmful article.

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on COVID, Protests and Not Being a Knucklehead




“Don’t Be a Knucklehead” — the signs glow above highways all over New Jersey like the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg in The Great Gatsby. Just as the faded optician sign stood in for God in the 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, the highway signs sub in for Governor Phil Murphy, gazing sternly yet benevolently across the coronavirus-addled landscape of the second most-infected state in the nation. “Stay home,” he chides via the signs, “Wash your hands.”

Murphy has become one of a recognizable cast of characters in the COVID-19 era: The governors working with — and sometimes against — the federal government to keep their populace safe from the spread of the virus. He has been the 56th governor of New Jersey since January 2018, perhaps most notable at that time for proposing the legalization of marijuana in the state. Previously, he spent 23 years at Goldman-Sachs before switching to politics, serving as U.S. Ambassador to Germany under President Obama and before that as finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee under Howard Dean in 2006.

Just a few weeks before COVID-19 hit the U.S. hard, Murphy was undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor for his kidney. He hoped to spend a few weeks recovering but instead was thrown into the midst of one of the most dire public health emergencies in American history. 

Not long after Murphy ramped up testing efforts and managed to flatten the curve of the virus — with daily deaths down from hundreds to the double digits — protests over the police killing of George Floyd began to erupt throughout the country, ever-expanding Murphy’s role as caretaker and peacekeeper of New Jersey. 

We spoke with Gov. Murphy in early May, the second in a series of interviews by Rolling Stone with U.S. governors about how they are handling the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus pandemic. (Read the first, our interview with Washington state governor Jay Inslee, here.)

You had your own health situation right before this started. How did that affect how you viewed the pandemic and its spread?
If this were ever, God forbid, to become abstract, that certainly makes it very real. When you go through major surgery and you go into recovery and you’re back in your bed and you pick up your phone and the first text you get is that you’ve got your first [COVID-19] case in New Jersey, it makes it even more real than it otherwise would have been. 

I had plans to come back pretty slowly and that went out the window. Thank God I’m now two-plus months later and I’m doing OK. I’m grateful for that. 

I know in late April you went to D.C. to meet with the president. Can you tell me a little bit about that meeting and what you discussed?
Clearly, we’re in different parties and there’s a whole long list of things we probably don’t agree on, but I would say, to his credit and to mine and our team’s credit, we’ve been able to check a lot of that, if not all of it, at the door and find common ground. We got out of that meeting a big chunk of money for our hospitals, a lot of personal protective equipment direct to long-term care facilities, which has been a huge tragedy in our state as it has in so many others. 

Was it a face-to-face meeting?
Oh, yeah. You get your temperature checked. You then go in and get tested for COVID-19. I was with my health commissioner, chief of staff. We came in with face masks and then we got tested and we had a face-to-face meeting with not just the president but many members of his senior team.

Were they all wearing masks, too?
There weren’t any in the meeting. I assume it’s because all of us had been tested pretty recently. That was my first test and only test because I’ve been asymptomatic, thank God, but it’s at that moment in time you’re negative. We did not wear masks in the meeting.

What has been your reaction to the protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police — and President Trump’s handling of the protests?
Inequality and systemic racism have long been allowed to run rampant in our nation, and our black and brown communities have lived an unjust reality for far too long. The protests around our state and nation are emblematic of that struggle, and I unequivocally support peaceful protests that have emerged across the country in response to the murder of George Floyd. I pray that this is a transformational moment for our nation and that we march toward justice together.

Are there specific metrics that you want to see in terms of new COVID-19 cases and fatalities before fully opening the state back up?
Remember the fatalities, as tragic as they are — and we mourn each and every lost life — they are a lagging indicator. These are folks who were infected some number of weeks ago. We’re much more focused on the currents coming down on new cases, on hospitalizations, ICU bed use, ventilator use, heat maps of our counties. Those are all going in the right direction, which is allowing us to take some of these steps. [On June 15th, New Jersey plans to reopen non-essential businesses — with social-distancing and mandatory face coverings.]

It must take an emotional toll to report these deaths every day and be in the trenches.
It does take a toll. I’m not patting myself on the back. It’s nothing compared to the emotional toll on the folks who have lost loved ones. I speak every single day to a handful of families. I had a particularly hard time yesterday. I talked about a woman who lost both her husband and her daughter, both of them medical doctors. If that weren’t enough, she’s a medical doctor and she’s got two other daughters who are also medical doctors. A family of five medical doctors, two of whom were treating COVID-19 patients, her husband and her daughter who were killed by it. That’s just one example. It just rips your heart out.

What would you like to be remembered for when this is over?
My hope is that we shot straight with people, we told them the truth even when it was ugly, that we [asked] them to do the things that we knew would help us win this, which is overwhelmingly staying at home and keeping distance. 

We’ve lost so many lives but, please God, when we look back we’ll say that we were able to save a whole lot more.

Are you aiming for a higher office once this is over?
Never occurred to me. My focus is 1,000 percent New Jersey, and right now my focus is 1,000 percent saving as many lives in New Jersey as possible.

You’ve made this campaign against COVID-19 so personal, with your “Don’t Be a Knucklehead” highway signs. How did you inject your personality, your levity into this crisis?
You just told me the best example. In what is a very dark chapter, if there is an opportunity to be a little bit lighter, we have to find those ways.


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