Former Blink-182 Guitarist Tom DeLonge To Bring His Paranormal Truther Career To TV With New TBS Series

first_imgFormer Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge is really going all-in on his relatively new career as a paranormal truther. DeLonge has focused more on non-musical ventures since parting ways with his former band back in 2015, which ironically included releasing new solo material in addition to co-writing and releasing a handful of novels under the banner of Strange Times. Now, it appears that DeLong’s expertise in extraterrestrial life and paranormal activity is strong enough that cable network channel TBS is bringing his ideas to the small screen with a new TV series which already has the green light to begin development.The forthcoming series has yet to receive an official title, but it the pilot is being written and executive produced by Aaron Karo, with Tom DeLonge, Stan Spry, Jeff Holland, and Russell Binder also joining the project as executive producers. “This is a dream I’ve had for over 10 years and it’s finally a reality,” DeLonge mentioned with the show’s announcement on Monday. “All the stories and themes I work on are meant to be shared through multiple mediums and on different platforms — film, TV, books, music and so on.”DeLonge also went on to explain how he hopes the new series will help establish more opportunities and maybe even a potential Marvel-esque entertainment franchise for his steadily growing sci-fi empire, which began as a website called “Strange Times”. The cast of characters found within the “Strange Times” book series are actually inspired by some of the “degenerate skateboarders” who DeLonge grew up with. It was that same skateboarding scene which ultimately helped a young Tom find his way into the punk-rock music world, and eventually lead to him join up with Blink 182 bassist Mark Hoppus. DeLonge also sounded hopeful that punk and new wave bands including New Order, Depeche Mode, the Queers, Bad Religion, and The Cure would join in on the fun with inclusion into the network show’s soundtrack.“I don’t like working on one-offs,” Tom DeLonge continued. “One reason I created ‘To The Stars‘ was to be able to build dynamic and rich worlds for everyone — whether you’re visual and prefer graphic novels and film or an avid reader who likes to pore over every detail and imagine the world on your own.”Blink-182, on the other hand, just wrapped up their 2018 Las Vegas “Kings of the Weekend residency at the Palms’ Pearl Concert Theater back on November 17th. In other Blink-182 news, Twitter recently melted down over differing opinions of how to pronounce the band’s name.[H/T Variety]last_img read more

Women of Troy expect breakthrough

first_imgAfter back-to-back Final Four appearances, the No. 5 USC women’s volleyball team will look to make it three years in a row as it is again poised for a deep postseason run.“Every year, our expectation is to get back to the Final Four and win,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “We’ve been to the Final Four seven times in the [past 11 seasons], which is more than any other team in the country. We want to win a national championship. We know realistically we can’t win every year, but we’re going to try and see how far we can get.”Though the Women of Troy have produced a decade of excellent on-court performance, it will be 10 years this season since they last held up that NCAA championship trophy. After consecutive national titles in 2003 and 2002, each new season brings lofty expectations.The 2012 squad heads into the year ranked fifth in the most recent American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, despite losing three All-Americans to graduation.Among the departed are middle hitter Lauren Williams, Pac-12 Setter of the Year Kendall Bateman and, maybe most importantly, AVCA National Player of the Year outside hitter Alex Jupiter.Haley will have a difficult time replacing Jupiter, who holds the USC all-time record for career kills (1,918) and points (2,255.5), and Bateman, who was widely considered the heart and soul of the 2011 squad.Though the losses are great, USC, like any major athletic powerhouse, can recover very quickly; the presence of junior All-American libero Natalie Hagglund and senior outside Katie Fuller will help cushion the blow.“[Fuller], a senior and one of our captains, is really trying to step it up. She produced a large number of points for us last year and should be a primary candidate for All-American this year,” Haley said. “Hagglund is back, and those two kids are really driving us.”In addition to the two headliners, the Women of Troy will be bolstered by a veteran supporting cast.“We have a lot to build around with our junior class,” Haley said. “We have [outside hitter] Sara Shaw, who’s one of the best passers in the country, and [middle blocker] Alexis Olgard, who’s pretty intimidating patrolling the middle.”Slowed by mononucleosis early last season, Olgard came on strong during USC’s postseason push and impressed during its tournament run. With a full summer under her belt, the rest of the Pac-12 should be very wary  come the regular season.An infusion of incoming talent should also help supplement the hungry upperclassmen intent on winning it all.  One early camp surprise, according to Haley, has been 17-year-old freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio, who hails from Guadalajara, Mexico and stands at 6-foot-2.“We do have a lot of talent,” Haley said. “We’re very physical this year, and I think by the middle of October we can be pretty darn good.”last_img read more

Sun hope to rise again in 2020 after losing in WNBA Finals

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ After a 14-20 first season, Miller has led the Sun to the postseason three straight times, losing to the Phoenix Mercury in the second round in both 2017 and 2018. The Sun earned a double-bye into the semifinals by finishing the regular season 23-11 and 15-2 at home.Sun players Jonquel Jones, Alyssa Thomas and Jasmine Thomas have been together since 2016. Point guard Courtney Williams joined them in 2017. All four finished the season averaging double figures in scoring.“I think we asserted ourselves and wanted to make ourselves known in this league, not just as individuals but as a team,” said Jasmine Thomas, the only player on the team over 30. “You know, we have taken pride in team basketball all season.”They also were fueled by a perceived lack of respect from pundits, one of whom described them as a group of role players before the Finals.Fans wore T-shirts to the Mohegan Sun arena that read, “Role Players Did That.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “They became household names,” Miller said. “They were not considered megastars. Well, that locker room is filled with a bunch of megastars.”It’s not clear whether the Sun will add another player in the offseason. But Miller has said the fan base makes Uncaseville and the 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun arena an attractive destination for players. It draws many of the same people who have cheered UConn to 11 NCAA titles.“Everybody cheers when you have good plays and things are rolling, but they also know how to give us that little extra boost that we need when you can tell, maybe we’re starting to lose our legs; were getting tired, the game has settled in and maybe we need that,” Miller said. “They are really an educated fan base.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Liverpool player gets 2-week ban for mocking Harry Kane View comments LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “This is going to sting for a long time for our players,” Miller said following the 89-78 loss in the final game. “But it will also motivate that core group that’s back, that they know they can play championship-level basketball.”The Mystics became the second team in the last four years to win a WNBA title after losing in Finals the year before. Minnesota accomplished the feat in 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manMiller took over a team in 2016 that hadn’t been to the playoffs since 2012. That was the year they fired Mike Thibault, who led the Sun to eight playoff appearances and back-to-back Finals in 2004 and 2005, but never a championship.“I got mine first,” Thibault, now the Mystics coach, noted Thursday. MOST READcenter_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Connecticut Sun’s Bria Holmes, left, and Natisha Hiedeman celebrate a basket against the Washington Mystics during the first half in Game 4 of basketball’s WNBA Finals, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Connecticut fell one game short of winning its first WNBA championship, but the Sun’s title hopes don’t end with Thursday’s loss to the Washington Mystics in Game 5 of the Finals.Coach Curt Miller will return a young team in 2020 that he believes could be perennial contenders.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own manlast_img read more

Southern Baptists Repudiate Racism and White Supremacy after Showdown

first_imgShare31TweetShareEmail31 Shares“Protest March, Trump not Welcome, 24 May 5 PM – Brussels North Station” by Miguel Discart June 15, 2017; ABC News (Associated Press)ABC News reports that gauntlets were thrown down last week at the annual national meeting of Southern Baptists when a resolution declaring that the conference stood squarely against white supremacy was delayed.The declaration, which did eventually repudiate “every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ” and denounced white supremacy “and every form of racial and ethnic hatred as a scheme of the devil” was passed, but only after it was held back by the resolutions committee and a backlash began.The delay, according to Barrett Duke, who leads the resolutions committee, was due to the need for a redrafting away from inflammatory and broad language “potentially implicating” conservatives who do not support the so-called “alt-right.”Of course there are many stories and much history behind this story.Debate also underscored ongoing tensions among Southern Baptists whether Donald Trump, a thrice-married casino and real estate mogul, was morally fit to be president.[Rev. Russell] Moore vehemently condemned candidate Trump. At the same time, several prominent Southern Baptists, including former presidents of the denomination, signed on as evangelical advisers to the Republican’s campaign. They remain among the president’s most steadfast supporters.When Trump won with 80 percent of the white evangelical vote, Moore faced a backlash within the denomination. That landslide support for Trump left black evangelicals feeling alienated and disappointed given their concerns about Trump’s past treatment of blacks, his rhetoric about Mexicans, and his promised policies.Doing battle in one’s own community can be excruciating, but the fruits are perhaps sweeter for it.“We are saying that white supremacy and racist ideologies are dangerous because they oppress our brothers and sisters in Christ,” said Moore, who leads the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist public policy arm. “If we’re a Jesus people, let’s stand where Jesus stands.”According to the Wall Street Journal, Moore’s open criticism of “religious right” priorities and attempts “to lead evangelicals in a new direction” has split the Southern Baptist Convention and caused the denomination to be excluded from Trump White House access. The initial draft resolution that was eventually edited and passed was written by the Rev. William McKissic of Arlington, Texas, one of the 15 percent of the denomination who are people of color, and had repudiated “retrograde ideologies, xenophobic biases and racial bigotries of the ‘alt-right’ that seek to subvert our government.”McKissic later received an apology from Duke for the way his draft proposal was handled, especially since he was not consulted in the redraft of the new statement, but he did say that the outcry from white and black Christians that brought the issue to a vote was encouraging. “We’re turning the corner,” McKissic told reporters. “I see the heart of the majority.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare31TweetShareEmail31 Shareslast_img read more