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Beyond the Con # 9

Beyond the Con # 9

Beyond The Con 9

9th of June 2018

Another fortnight or so and a bunch more news and people to thank or yell at in exasperation. Read on and find out the best and worst of June so far!


Benedict Cumberbatch rescues a Deliveroo!

Dr Strange/Sherlock Holmes himself did something very heroic his week when the famous actor leaped out of his Uber and fought off four men who he had spotted robbing a cyclist.

The poor young man had just had a bottle smashed over his head when Benedict swooped in and pushed the men off him, telling them to leave the guy alone. They teamed up to take on the attackers with the Uber driver also joining in, finally the thugs were overwhelmed and took off, fleeing down the block towards of all places, the real life Baker st in London.

Dias his driver said : “I had hold of one lad and Benedict another. He seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He was very brave. He did most of it, to be honest. They tried to hit him, but he defended himself and pushed them away. He wasn’t injured. Then I think they also recognized it was Benedict and ran away.”

You seriously can’t make this stuff up, Mr Benedict was quoted by The Sun as saying: “I did it out of, well, I had to, you know.”

His wife Sophie Hunt had been sitting in the Uber the entire time and one can only wonder what was going through her head. Much like a similar incident last year with Tom Hardy it shows that some actors can do more than talk the talk..

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Black Panther Stuntman bails out broke family

A family was set upon by four women at a gas station in LA the other night, they punched and robbed the mother and father in front of their children in a brazen attack.
They also stole a purse with over $700USD tucked away inside. All the money the poor, beleaguered family had to pay the rent from a week of selling fruit at a roadside stall.
After stunt actor Tony Todd saw a report of the horrible incident on local TV, he knew what he had to do.


Todd, who played one of the members of the Border Tribe in Black Panther said the first thing he thought about when he saw the footage of the attack was his own mother, who worked hard to raise three children.
He drove all the way from Santa Monica to their suburb of Lancaster to hand over the cash in person and, he said, “give the young lady a hug.”

He said the recipients were crying when he gave them the money.
Two of the offenders have been arrested and hopefully the rest are caught soon, in the meantime people like Tony continue to restore our faith in humanity!

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Real life Spiderman from Mali saves a toddler from certain death!

This guy hasnt been in a movie or had any special training, he just knows immediately when its time to step up and do the right thing.

While the kids father was apparently off playing ‘Pokemon Go’ his unattended 2 year old managed to climb out onto the fourth floor balcony and was soon hanging by his fingers from the railing. His tiny legs dangling above the pavement far below.

22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama risked his life as he climbed up the side of the building to rescue the boy, who was clinging to a railing and glancing at the ground below as horrified witnesses looked on.
People cheered as he got to the kid in record time and pulled him back over to safety. The father was arrested and charged with neglect while Mr Gassama was given French citizenship (he is a Malian immigrant), a job with the fire department and got to meet the French president where he was given a bravery award.

If it hadn’t been all over world news and reported on heavily for days I don’t think I would have believed it, especially that fairy tale ending. Can you imagine Malcom Turnbull giving a refugee a passport because he rescued a small child?
I have a feeling there is a lot less red tape in the land of cheese and wine..



Bill Morrow for blaming slow and overburdened Internet services on Gamers

Information Technology Professionals Association (ITPA) said on Thursday that it is “appalled” at attempts by NBN’s outgoing CEO Bill Morrow to lay the blame for congestion and service degradation on its fixed wireless network at the feet of gamers.
ITPA president, Robert Hudson said that comments made by Morrow during a parliamentary enquiry in Sydney were “misinformed, ill-conceived and bordering on core foundation principles of the internet in terms of neutrality and independence.

“The whole concept of net neutrality is that one type of traffic should not be given preference over another. If today, it’s gamers who are throttled, next it might be something more political or commercial in motivation.”
Hudson also claimed that NBN itself even contradicts that gamers are the problem in a blog post: “Where streaming 4K video can use as much as 7 gigabytes (GB) per hour and high-quality audio streaming gets up to around 125 megabytes (MB) per hour (but usually sits at around half that), certain online games use as little as 10MB per hour,” the post says.

If this mindest goes ahead unchallenged then gamers will be unfairly targeted and will have their ability to enjoy their hobby threatened by having speeds throttled just so Bruce and Carol down the street can stream Netflix in all its glorious 4k perfection.
All because they didnt invest enough in infrastructure in the first place.

Nice one Bill.

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This bespectacled Idiot who stole a priceless Thor hammer prop from a bar

A group of what look like accountants and mortgage brokers had a boozy night out in Melbourne’s Mjølner, a Viking-themed bar and restaurant.All well and good until one of these bright sparks decided it would be a good chuckle if he threw a jumper around the hammer and smuggled it out.

The one tiny flaw in his plan he didnt consider was the power of the internet which promptly plastered his face all over social media. Also he had to catch a plane home to Perth, whether he realised it might be hard to explain at the security scanner or knew the game was rumbled he binned it in Melbourne airport.

A few days later the now sober and hopefully very ashamed middle aged man handed himself into a Perth police station.
Maybe next time a mate dares him to steal a priceless artifact (one of only two in the world and custome made by the prop master who worked on Lord of the Rings) he will think twice.

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The Instagram troll that was the final straw on the camels back for Kelly Marie Tran

The big news in pop-culture was the Star Wars actresses decision to delete her instagram account due to endless trolling from basement dwelling mouth breathers who couldn’t think of anything more valuable to do with their time than harass Ms Tran.

Once her had film opened in theaters, her “Star Wars” Wookieepedia entry was vandalized with racist comments. Her name there was changed to “Ching Chong Wing Tong” and a fake quote was attributed to her character: “Heil Hitler and I don’t know why I was casted [sic] in a good movie like Star Wars.”

After months of enduring racist and sexist comments from trolls, Tran deleted every photo on her Instagram page.  Following in Daisy Ridleys footsteps who deleted hers for similar reasons she posted one sentence before hitting the big red button on her phone..

“Afraid, but doing it anyway.”

Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill were among many of her friends and celebrities who tweeted in support

We can’t put it any better than the director himself!

“Done with this disingenuous bulls%#t. You know the difference between not liking a movie and hatefully harassing a woman so bad she has to get off social media. And you know which of those two we’re talking about here.

On social media a few unhealthy people can cast a big shadow on the wall, but over the past 4 years I’ve met lots of real fellow SW fans. We like & dislike stuff but we do it with humor, love & respect. We’re the VAST majority, we’re having fun & doing just fine”

So of course #notallfans but holy lightsabers, the loud minority that are absolute dicks? Seriously guys, pull your head in.
Until she feels comfortable again to jump on social media we still have many more movies to enjoy her in, as long she doesnt suffer the same fate as some actors from the earlier films who were type cast for decades after.

In the meantime there has been an awesome outpouring of love from the right sort of fans, many creating beautiful artwork like this in tribute to her character.

Showbiz News

Solo delights some critics but the ticket sales disappoint.

Solo made an estimated $83.3 million in the Friday-Sunday period, which gives it the worst three-day opening weekend box office figure of any of the new Star Wars films by a very, very large margin. Here are the three-day domestic opening-weekend figures for the three previous new era Star Wars films.

The Force Awakens ($248 million)
Rogue One ($155.1 million)
The Last Jedi ($220 million
Solo made around $65 million in the Friday-Sunday window from international markets–including China–which is not the greatest.

Given all the drama with fired directors, concerns about the stars acting, re-shoots and the fact that we already had a blockbuster heavy few months in the cinemas it was expected to struggle but not this much, especially given the largely flattering reviews.

Creators have basically confirmed that the next two films in the series have been put on hiatus and its more likely that the character will show up in cameo roles rather than helm his own film again.
A pity as this author enjoyed the movie but these days even 80M plus over three days isn’t enough for a Star Wars movie. The numbers better rebound for the ninth instalment of the saga proper. If not then its likely a huge shake up will follow.

‘The Happytime Murders’ gets to keep referencing ‘Sesame street’ in their marketing!

Sesame Street’s parent had tried to sue STX Entertainment, who is behind the Brian Henson-helmed Happytime Murders.
The complaint sought to get a temporary restraining order and ultimately a jury trial for the movie’s “No Sesame. All Street” tagline. U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick has now rejected that argument, ruling in favor of the film and allowing continued use of the slogan.

STX responded “We fluffing love Sesame Street and we’re obviously very pleased that the ruling reinforced what STX’s intention was from the very beginning — to honor the heritage of The Jim Henson Company’s previous award-winning creations while drawing a clear distinction between any Muppets or Sesame Street characters and the new world Brian Henson and team created. We believe we accomplished that with the very straightforward NO SESAME, ALL STREET tagline. We look forward to continued happytimes as we prepare to release Happytime Murders this summer.”

It certainly looks like an interesting movie, like a cross between ‘Meet the Feebles’, ‘ American Pie’ and, well every buddy cop movie ever.

Vin Diesel’s now DOCTOR Diesel to you!

The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ star returned to Hunter College of the City University of New York nearly 30 years after he left the school to chase his Hollywood dreams …he is seen here  proudly holding his honorary Ph.D .

He also gave the school’s commencement speech in front of nearly 2,000 lucky graduates at Radio City Music Hall.

Thats all for this fortnight, till next time!





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