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All Of The Marvel Movie Character Rights Explained In One Graphic

Jon Negroni

Recently, The Geek Twins put together this fantastic guide for which movie studios own the rights to every Marvel Comics character.

From X-Men, Spider-Man and even the often ignored Namor, you can now see in one clear picture how it’s all laid out (for now) in this graphic illustrated by Maurice Mitchell.

Be sure to show those guys some love by checking out thegeektwins.com

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GRAMMY Predictions

I have literally been lacking in posting on this blog for a while and I apologise, with work for school piling in up and everything it has just been a very stressful few weeks. But I will be post a lot more regularly (I hope, no promises) in the near future, and since the GRAMMYs is on tonight (well tomorrow morning, like 4am my time to be exact), I will be posting about the Grammys from today to about tomorrow, talking about the nominees, performances, and winners of this year’s GRAMMYs. But on this post, I’ll be predicting the winners of the main categories. I’ll also be pointing out my preferred winners as well as the ones I think will win regardless. Read the list below. The bolded nominee would be my predicted winners and the nominees in italics would be my preferred winners.

Record of the Year:

  • Get Lucky – Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
  • Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
  • Royals – Lorde
  • Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars
  • Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell 

Album of the Year:

  • The Blessed Unrest – Sara Bareilles
  • Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
  • Good Kid, M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar
  • The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Red – Taylor Swift

Song of the Year:

  • Just Give Me A Reason – Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
  • Locked Out Of Heaven – Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
  • Roar – Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
  • Royals – Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
  • Same Love – Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert

Best New Artist:

  • James Blake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Solo Performance:

  • Brave – Sara Bareilles
  • Royals – Lorde
  • When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars
  • Roar – Katy Perry
  • Mirrors – Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

  • Get Lucky – Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
  • Just Give Me A Reason – Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
  • Stay – Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko
  • Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke Featuring TI & Pharrell
  • Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake & Jay Z

Best Pop Vocal Album:

  • Paradise – Lana Del Rey
  • Pure Heroine – Lorde
  • Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars
  • Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
  • The 20/20 Experience: The Complete Experience – Justin Timberlake

Best Dance/Electronica Album:

  • Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
  • Settle – Disclosure
  • 18 Months – Calvin Harris
  • Atmosphere – Kaskade
  • A Color Map Of The Sun – Pretty Lights

Best R&B Song:

  • Best Of Me – Anthony Hamilton & Jairus Mozee, songwriters (Anthony Hamilton)
  • Love And War – Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper, Jr., LaShawn Daniels & Makeba Riddick, songwriters (Tamar Braxton)
  • Only One – PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring Stevie Wonder)
  • Pusher Love Girl – James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)
  • Without Me – Fantasia Barrino, Missy Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert, Harmony Samuels & Kyle Stewart, songwriters (Fantasia Featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliot)

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

  • Power Trip – J. Cole Featuring Miguel
  • Part II (On The Run) – Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé
  • Holy Grail – Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake
  • Remember You – Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd
  • Now Or Never – Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige

Best Rap Album:

  • Nothing Was The Same – Drake
  • Magna Carta…Holy Grail – Jay Z
  • Good Kid, M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar
  • The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Yeezus – Kanye West



Okay, I know this is a Pop Culture blog so I’m going to keep this New Year’s resolution related to pop culture. I’ve compiled a list of things I’m going to attempt my hardest to avoid. Here it goes:

  1. Minimise my use of file sharing websites: We’re all guilty of it, but I’ve created a habit of downloading or watching albums or TV shows before I actually decide to purchase them. I want to appreciate the work and art that they’ve created much more than just saying “I watch them all the time” or “I listen to that album all the time” and actually purchase it, because if I’m enjoying their work and its content, why shouldn’t I pay for their work?
  2. Be less hateful towards artists: Fandoms. I’m in a fandom myself, and I have been since I’ve joined Twitter in 2009. I’ve been part of Beyonce’s fandom for nearly 5 years and throughout that I’ve sent such abusive tweets to fans of other musicians and the musicians themselves, causing them to block or report me. I want to retire from these immature acts as I have recently turned 18, and I’m off to university. I want to start fresh, mature, and be less hateful, because at the end of the day, they’re still successful and giving them any dose of attention just generates more publicity for them, which goes against what you’re bashing them for in the first place.
  3. Appreciate: This is going to link with fandoms but I want to appreciate the works of more of these musicians as they have different styles and musical inspirations.

This list was very short but as I said these are my pop culture resolutions, my personal list is much longer. 




QUEEN of R&B, Beyoncé, shocked the UK when she released her self-titled 5th album, with no prior warning or promotion. Beyoncé’s surprise album, BEYONCÉ, is X-rated, sensuous and thoughtful, says Neil McCormick, putting Beyoncé’s vocal gifts put the rest of 2013’s pop stars in the shade. The self proclaimed “visual album”, features 14 original tracks as well as 17 videos, a video for each track and extras, such as a new video for Pepsi’s promo single, “Grown Woman”, a revamped version, featuring her long time friend, and band mate, Kelly Rowland, and her mother, Tina Knowles. The album also has features from husband Jay Z, rapper Drake, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Frank Ocean, who has also written Beyoncé’s “I Miss You” and her one year old child, Blue Ivy.

Below is a run down of my opinions on each track, as well as stills from her music videos.

PRETTY HURTS: Bey begins with an inspirational song, basically stating how the only thing that she aspires for in life is to be happy. This song is an amazing empowering song for the insecure, and for those who feel as if they’re not good enough. The supporting video is very emotional, and is definitely one of her best and most personal video of her career, covering topics such as body image and creating a discussion on the amount of pressure girls are put under regarding the idea of “perfection”.

HAUNTED: Starts with a younger Beyonce accepting an award, thanking her parents and, of course, her beloved H-town. In the track, she talks about hating record labels and how this album won’t sell. Only time will tell if her prophecy comes true, as predictions are coming in at the fact that BEYONCÉ is expected to sell 200k+ copies within just 4 days. The unexpected dance beat in the middle of the song is a welcome surprise and caught myself dancing along the beat while reviewing the song.

DRUNK IN LOVE (FEAT. JAY Z): What a difference 10 years make! In 2003, Bey and Jay were “Crazy in Love,” but now it appears as though they’ve gotten a bit more grown and sexy on this track. Personally, I’m a bigger fan of the former, however, it’s probably due to the fact that I’ve become accustomed to the beats and moves of “Crazy In Love”, that I expected something up tempo from their collaboration.

BLOW: This Timbaland-produced track has a groovy sound that’s easy to listen and dance to. It’s also a little risque with the refrain “I want you to turn that cherry out.” May be provocative to come from some artists, Bey manages to keep it classy.

NO ANGEL: More groove than actual song, this is another sexy slow jam, with a stripped-back hip-hop beat and a vocal flipping sensuously between breathy falsetto and deep come-on. “Tell me do you wanna ride?” She’s not going to win awards for lyrical subtlety.

PARTITION: This album is full of sexual desire, and “Partition” doesn’t disappoint. This one makes for a fun going-out-with-the-girls pre-game song. An electro-throbbing track with a Rihanna-style Caribbean hip-hop flavour, it builds into a slinky club groove with Beyoncé supplicating herself before her apparently uninterested husband: “Take all of me, I just wanna be the girl you like.” What happened to the Independent Woman? “I sneezed on the beat and the beat got sicker.” Yes, that just happened.

JEALOUS: “I cooked this meal for you naked, so where the hell you at?” Beyoncé’s latest batch of songs leaves even less to the imagination than her saucy videos. A slow, distorted, echoing sound builds without quite achieving lift off, yet there is something impressively dramatic about the restraint she maintains in a song of emotional tension. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…especially if that woman is Beyonce. Say hello to “If I Were A Boy” 2.0.

ROCKET: Warning: This song is only for the grown and sexy. If you’re looking for a “special song” to surprise your significant other with a “special performance,” here you go. “Let me sit this ass on you”. Oh well, if you insist. Another slow jam sex song accompanied by shots of Beyoncé writhing on a bed. Timbaland and Justin Timberlake are credited as co-writers on this and several tracks – perhaps deemed superfluous to Timberlake’s own comeback earlier this year. Not much of a song but a very naughty video. At this point in the album, I’m personally a little over hearing about Bey’s sex life.

MINE (FEAT. DRAKE): An intriguing song about delayed gratification, it starts as a piano ballad, adds a speedy hip-hop beat and keeps threatening to burst into a monster groove without ever quite exploding. Sex goes on the backburner in a lyric dealing quite explicitly with post-maternity relationship problems: “I’m not feeling myself since the baby, are we gonna even make it?” An oddly structured yet compelling track, with a satisfying contribution from Drake. The few guests on Beyoncé’s album are very well chosen. This track is quintessential emo Drizzy with a bit of Bey mixed in, which actually works in a weird sort of way.

XO: After all the sexed-up slow jams and spaced-out ambient beats this comes as a sugary relief, a straight-up pop anthem written with serial hitmaker Ryan Tedder. Even the video has a happy innocence, with Beyoncé and her girls running loose in a fairground. I can see this crowd-participation song making a good encore at the Mrs. Carter World Tour, which has been extended into 2014, in case you missed the memo.

***FLAWLESS (FEAT. CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHE): Punchy off-beat hip-hop blast. Not quite sure how Beyoncé squares her aggressive “Bow down b—-es” hook with the feminist empowerment speech of Nigerian author Adichie, but it’s pleasingly weird. Think “Run the World (Girls)” on steroids.

SUPERPOWER (FEAT. FRANK OCEAN): Ocean penned “I Miss You” on Bey’s album, so it’s only right that the two collaborate on her latest release. A stand-out track, as might be expected from collaborators Frank Ocean and Pharell Williams. With a doo wop vocal undercurrent, string washes and orchestral drum rolls, the backing is like listening to an unusually restrained Phil Spector production through a digital future prism. Like most of the songs on the album it never quite takes off, as if restraint was the watchword.  I’m really digging this simplistic love song.

HEAVEN: This is just speculation, but after watching Beyonce’s HBO documentary earlier this year I can’t help but wonder if this song is in honor of the baby she lost to a miscarriage? With lyrics such as “heaven couldn’t wait for you/so go on, go home” this is definitely the most sentimental track on the album. It’s the album’s only straight ballad with simple piano chords and a tearjerking vocal about the death of a loved one. Despite the gospel hints, Beyoncé keeps it tight and close rather than big and blousy.

BLUE (FEAT. BLUE IVY): Opens, like several other tracks, on simple piano chords, and gradually develops into something groovier. There’s a lovely transition to the beat with Beyoncé’s voice high and sweet, almost fragile in its exposure, that sounds just right on a song about parental love. Toddler Blue Ivy makes one of those cutesy guest appearances that will either make you go “aww”, or make you throw up.





Overall, this has instantly grown on me, and has become my favourite release from Beyoncé, and would give this album  9/10 VS faces.