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Remembering Bruce McCall, satirist and complete Canadian



Bruce McCall, who passed away earlier this week, was recognized by those of us who knew and loved him as almost unique among artists and writers of his stature. Many creative people with original gifts live at right angles to their talent, the difference between who they are and what they do is striking, but no one has ever been more rectangular – transcendent talent for the human type – than Bruce. With a brush in hand or fingers on a laptop, he was the most inspired of satirists. In what used to be called a “caustic” tone, he mixed a wild surreal sensibility – found in the impeccable technique of an illustrator, always manifesting visions, dreams, impossibilities in scrupulous hyperrealism – with a sharp, sometimes caustic tone, beautifully accentuated melancholy. None of those who saw his countless covers for this magazine, will not forget them: disgruntled giant apes awaiting the casting for “King Kong”; or a Francophile New York wine cellar specializing in caviar and champagne; or the “quiet car” in the New York subway, frozen in the library; or a wall of Egyptian hieroglyphs, strikingly revealing our endless demolition of the city center; or an exotic 1940s nightclub hiding under a sunroof. . . and many others.

But in life, Bruce was, despite his sometimes rough appearance, the most likeable and least abrasive man: a perfect Canadian, raised in Simcoe and then in Toronto, in a large, tense and varyingly unhappy family, whose fate he documented in his masterpiece. , memoirs”thin ice“. A tale of hoary good Scots-Presbyterian Canada and its city of Queen Dowager Toronto at its drabest and nicest, the book describes the humiliations of a young Canadian yearning for the south. Yet Bruce remained, even in New York, the most accomplished Canadian with all the key Canadian traits: self-deprecating to an often comical degree, polite to an almost ferocious mistake, and equally shocked and attracted by the crazy circus energy of his adopted country. (With a fellow Canadian, he secretly traded Crisp coffee, a strange-tasting but addictive Canadian snack once unavailable in America.)

Selflessly devoted to his wonderful wife Polly and brilliant daughter Amanda, he was the sweetest person at any Thanksgiving table, appearing confidently with a bit of verse, making sure to include teasing references to each guest, and then quietly listening to the jokes and absurdities that rush through Turkey. He was an unsurpassed listener to all tales of personal pain and pleasure, and his phlegmatic, almost grumbling normal demeanor suddenly lit up with a beautiful smile of sympathy and friendship, always deserved in the Northern manner, but not in the Southern manner. He was given to everyone randomly. everywhere– around the block, six streets for lunch – and then insisted on taking you home through the park after dinner. Somehow he always found a parking space. (Bruce kept them in his pocket as we talked.)

Yet the charm of his art surpassed the sweetness of his presence. His muse was tireless and inventive. Like any first-class artist of any kind, he was incomparably industrious. When we collaborated on a children’s fantasy”Steps through the water“, he amazed me by superimposing sober, accurate imagery on top of my own slightly hazy imaginary scenes. He worried that he had misdrawn the ten-year-old protagonist—a New York girl in a purple coat—and agonized over it. He courageously tried to realize every detail of every scene he ever painted, no matter how fantastical, to a degree that seemed unnecessary given the wit and beauty of what he did with such alacrity.

But for Bruce, making the right recording was not just a professional job, it was even more of an artisan job. It was a supernatural meaning, a key to his life, a form of self-rescue he developed for himself when, as a lonely child with sore ankles (an unimaginable curse in Ontario hockey) who shared a crowded room with his siblings, he saved himself from misfortune by painting. First, he created his imaginary world from comics, and then moved on to illustration. (After all, he was so expensive that he was almost ambushed from New Yorker becoming an advertising illustrator, drawing outrageously elongated and refined cars of the fifties – a high automotive style that he caustically dissected, with the proportions of cars stretched further and further like toffees.) Drawing was a way to demystify the world, to understand correctly – a way to assert oneself, find one’s space, manage your destiny. It has put your destiny in your own drawing hand. He could tolerate, even sympathize with, disorder in emotional relationships, and adored the ambivalence of meaning in art. Sloppiness in conception and execution was the only anathema.

Although his imagery is inspired, it would not be wrong to say that his greatest contribution was the way imagery fit into his writing—in his many screams and mutterings, as well as in Thin Ice and his other touching memoirs:How did I get here?In writing the preface to the latter, I accurately mentioned his genius, and he laughed and snorted as he read it, in his best Simco-Scottish way. But he didn’t want it removed. He knew his worth.

nothing New Yorker random or instrumental vehicle for him. His parents – intelligent, disgruntled people – loved the magazine, and he served as a beacon of style, sophistication and pure fun in a gray world. I once wrote in the catalog of Bruce’s work that of all the artists who graced this magazine, Saul Steinberg and Bruce McCall were the ones whose work seemed to live the longest and be the loudest. Bruce’s absence here to shock and horrify (and secretly delight) with such praise is part of the grief of losing him. All we can do is keep looking at his completely unique visions of lone polar explorers sharing an abandoned Antarctic opera house with a pair of desolate penguins and be grateful that he has come south to Surprise us. ♦

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Guardians of the Galaxy 3 post-credits scenes affect the MCU



BEWARE, SPOILERS: This story discusses major story events and post-credits scenes in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 currently in theaters.

By this point, it’s no secret that Marvel Studios has lost some of its luster in the post-Avengers: Endgame era. Between the rapid expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney+ and the departure of stars like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and the late Chadwick Boseman, the Marvel saga has often felt both too big and not enough: a sprawl without a center.

It’s a problem that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is particularly ill-equipped to deal with. First, the film is completely out of touch with everything else that has happened in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Endgame – there is no hint of Kang, or the multiverse, or the invasion, or Talokan, or, ironically, Thor, even though that the Guardians made a special appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder last summer. Second, the Guardians themselves – at least as audiences have come to know and love them – are also leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe, along with stars Zoë Saldanha and Dave Batista. clarification They finished with his roles, and writer/director James Gunn is leaving Marvel to run DC Studios with Peter Safran.

To be clear, these are great assets for the film itself, filling Vol. 3″ with a sense of creative freedom and melancholy rarely found in Marvel games. And to be honest, the movie doesn’t fully reveal the Guardians either. In the first post-credits scene, the audience sees Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) become the new leader of the recreated Guardians: Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Adam Warlock (Will Poulter), Kraglin (Sean Gunn). ), Cosmic Dog Cosmo (Maria Bakalova) and the newest addition, Phyla (Kai Zen), one of the genetically engineered children the Guardians save from the High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji). (Phyla is also the name of a Marvel comics character who was part of the Guardians, but her backstory is this. radically different movie character)

Even Peter Quill has his own shaggy post-credits scene after his reunion with his human grandfather (Gregg Henry) on Earth in which they poke fun at cereal and why the grown-up neighbor son won’t mow the lawn for her, then note that “Legendary Star The Lord will return.”

However, while both of these scenes are charming, they really only manage to contribute to the looming headache of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Over the past 21 months, Marvel has used their signature post-credits scenes to tease as many as six – or more! – Upcoming films. They are:

• Sequel – or sequels! – to “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, which tells about the titular hero (Simu Liu), the extraterrestrial origin of his titular rings, and/or the remaking of the titular Ten Rings criminal cabal by Shang-Chi’s sister Xialing. (Meng’er Zhang).

• A sequel to The Eternals, in which Starfox (Harry Styles) helps Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), Druig (Barry Keoghan) and Thena (Angelina Jolie) save their compatriots from the judgment of Heavenly Arishem.

• Sequel to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, in which Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), along with the sorceress Clea (Charlize Theron), eliminates the invasion of the Dark Dimension.

• Sequel to Thor: Love and Thunder, in which Zeus (Russell Crowe) sends his son Hercules (Brett Goldstein) to kill Thor (Chris Hemsworth).

• Sequel to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, in which Shuri (Letitia Wright) and Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) struggle with the revelation that the late T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) had a son and rightful heir to the kingdom of Wakanda

• And now the sequel – or sequels! – to “Guardians of the Galaxy, Part 3”, which focuses on the newly assembled titular Guardians and/or Star-Lord’s exploits after returning to his family on Earth.

None of these alleged feature films have been officially confirmed by Marvel Studios, and there have been no solid reports on the creative development of any of them. However, Marvel has never been a studio with empty promises. Why bother secretly hiring Stiles, Theron and Goldstein for just a 90 second cameo? In that case, why portend the mystery of Shang-Chi’s rings or the potential of T’Challa’s noble lineage if you’re never going to pay the price? Why end Guardians Volume 3 with the tagline “The legendary Star-Lord will return” when you know he won’t?

Here’s where things get tricky: Marvel head Kevin Feige has made it clear that Avengers: Secret Wars will end the Multiverse saga in much the same way that Avengers: Endgame ended the Infinity saga – and to date, there are only three open release dates for Marvel properties before Secret Wars premieres on May 1, 2026 (the dates are July 25, 2025, November 26, 2025, and February 13, 2026).

Of course, some of the aforementioned “sequels” may find themselves drawn into the events of Secret Wars and its predecessor, 2025’s Avengers: Kahn Dynasty. Instead, others can become part of the Disney+ show. But the overall effect remains too great, like a child who keeps building up a tower of toy blocks without worrying that they might end up tipping over. With Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania almost certain to lose money, and superhero fatigue hitting the box office overall, Marvel’s best hope is that by borrowing lyrics from the first Guardians soundtrack, things will get easier. – and so on.

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23 Celebrities in Unrecognizable TV and Movie Roles



23 Celebrities in Unrecognizable TV and Movie Roles

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King Charles and Queen Camilla crowned



Despite overcast skies and drizzling rain, hardy souls emerged from their tents, and others began to flock to central London on Saturday morning to witness the coronation ceremony of King Charles III.

Among those already in position were friends Bryant and Alicia from Mobile, Alabama, who arrived in London on Thursday.

“I’ve been following the royal family since Will and Kate’s wedding and looked forward to the coronation one day,” Alicia told CBS News.

“We met good friends,” Bryant added.

“It’s wonderful, especially all the people from all over the world!” Alicia said.

Bryant and Alicia, friends from Mobile, Alabama, speak to CBS News at a mall near Buckingham Palace in central London, hours before the coronation of King Charles III on May 6, 2023.

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Denise, from Fall River, Massachusetts, also arrived on Thursday and spent the night camping at a mall near Buckingham Palace to reserve a good viewing spot.

“I just love the royal family, I’ve been following them for years and wanted to be a part of that story,” she told CBS News, adding that she thought King Charles would make a good monarch.

“I think he will follow in his mother’s footsteps with a few changes. He will contribute to it, but he is a traditionalist,” she told CBS News, adding that she has always felt a connection to the British royal family.

“I always said I was born on the wrong side of the pond,” she told CBS News.

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