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Police Arrested A Socially-Distanced Protester & Fined 9 Others At The University Of Sydney



NSW Police have arrested one protester at the University of Sydney and slapped nine more with $1,000 fines after they staged a socially-distanced protest against staff cuts, course cuts and changes to uni fees.

Several demonstrations appeared across the campus making sure to stay in groups of under 19 people – the legal limit for such gatherings. However, around 100 police officers, many in riot gear, ended up dispersing and arresting protesters.

“The small groups all had distinct political intents and we don’t believe it contravened the meeting for a common-purpose requirement,” SRC President Liam Donohoe told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“It is genuinely disappointing that we haven’t been able to articulate our opinions. Some of us have come from classes which have over 30 people in them. We want to talk about that and we have been arrested and fined.”

One of the most prominent issues was USyd’s plan to cut up to 30% of full-time staff in some faculties, which it says is due to financial strains of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, staff and students have argued that the university is exaggerating it financial difficulties in order to move ahead with the mass casualisation of staff.

As the students were protesting against different issues in different groups, police decided that their collective presence (no matter now socially-distanced) constituted a single protest, and therefore it was breaching the public health order.

“I was simply trying to leave, and I was chanting while doing so,” one of the students who was fined told campus newspaper Honi Soit.

The 34-year-old man who was arrested at the protests was “given several warnings and directions to leave the area,” according to a NSW Police spokesperson.

He was taken back to Newtown Police Station and will appear in court on Thursday.

It’s not the first time police have shut down these kinds of protests, with similar incidents occurring in July and August.

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The Flash: Where is Central City in DC Comics?




The Flash has been Central City’s guardian angel for decades, but just where is Barry Allen’s hometown supposed to be located in the USA?

While not as iconic as Batman’s Gotham City or Superman’s Metropolis, the stomping grounds for The Flash, Central City remains one of DC Comics’ signature locations. But just where in the United States is it actually located?

The fictional Central City has been the hub for the second and most famous iteration of The Flash Barry Allen since 1956’s Showcase #4. In the early stages, various comic writers and artists were still to attempting to pinpoint exactly where Flash’s Central City lied on the geographical map. 1974’s The Flash #228, entitled, The Day I Saved The Life Of The Flash, positioned Central City as possibly being the location for Athens, Ohio that is depicted in the here and now. But this has become much more questionable as the titular character and his world have evolved throughout the years.

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Along with The Flash himself, the scarlet speedster’s main supporting cast of allies and villains also reside within the city of roughly 750,000 individuals. Across Central City’s Missouri River lies the neighboring Keystone City, domain of the original golden age Flash Jay Garrick and Barry Allen’s eventual Flash successor Wally West.  It wasn’t until writer Geoff Johns’ (Green Lantern, Teen Titans) and artist Scott Kolins (She Hulk, Blue Beetle) The Flash #188 from 2002 where it was solidified that Central City had made the modern transition to being located in Missouri.

While Central City may be based primarily in the Missouri of the real world, there are certain liberties that the comics take to help make Central its own unique fictional brand. A few of Central’s notable landmarks include the residential area Brookfield Heights, the Native American influenced airport Mounds View, S.T.A.R. Labs, the landmark Flash Museum, and the Flash’s place of residence City Center. Additionally, there are several Central City sports teams, police departments, and an admired newspaper the Central City Citizen to flesh out the mythical city. The beloved Flash TV series starring Grant Gustin as the title character’s depiction of Earth’s 1 Central City follows the comic’s influence of being found in Kansas, Missouri with the show itself typically filmed in Vancouver, Canada.

The series even has Central City existing 600 miles from fellow superhero Green Arrow‘s own base of operations Star City a.k.a. Starling City, located in Washington. Another recent live action iteration of Central City is 2017’s DC Extended Universe (DCEU) crossover Justice League which saw the film’s depiction of Flash’s renowned hometown in Missouri as well, following the groundwork already laid in place from the decades of Flash comics.

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M. Night Shyamalan’s New Movie, ‘Old,’ Is Inspired by a Graphic Novel About Mysterious Aging




A French graphic novel featuring a “Twilight Zone”-esque riff on rapid aging forms the launchpad for Shyamalan’s next film.

M. Night Shyamalan already is in production in his first feature since 2019’s “Glass,” but until now he’s revealed nothing about the upcoming Universal film. This weekend, the Oscar-nominated “Sixth Sense” director and “Servant” executive producer revealed the title and first artwork for his project, as well as a set image, via Twitter. The movie, Shyamalan said, is called “Old.” See below.

As revealed by Collider, “Old” is inspired by the Pierre Oscar Lévy and Frederik Peeters graphic novel “Sandcastle.” Published in 2010 it’s an existential horror tale about mysterious and rapid aging occurring on a beach, where 13 people seem unable to leave. Shyamalan reportedly purchased the rights after he received “Sandcastle” as a Father’s Day gift.

Here’s the “Sandcastle” synopsis, per Booklist: “By a tidal pool near a small beach on France’s Mediterranean coast, a North African–looking man glimpses a young woman stripping to swim. Later, but still early in the morning, three families intent on sunbathing and picnicking encounter the man, then find the girl’s corpse in the pool. One paterfamilias, a racist, xenophobic physician, angrily accuses the North African of murder and calls the cops. While awaiting the police, the doctor’s mother dies. The young children of two of the families start growing, the little ones right out of their swimsuits and the preteens into puberty. The adults are changing, too. Attempts to leave the area prove futile, and further calls don’t go through. At the rate they’re aging, they’ll all be dead by tomorrow morning. Peeters’ accomplished European realist comics style and Lévy’s utterly natural dialogue suit to a tee this maximally eerie, unsettlingly plein air exercise that Kafkaesquely defies all explanation.”

Production is currently underway in the Dominican Republic, with a cast that includes Gael García Bernal, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Vicky Krieps, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Rufus Sewell, Embeth Davidtz, and Emun Elliott.

The release is currently set for July 23, 2021.

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Where the ‘Sister Wives’ Were When the TLC Show Premiered in 2010




Ten years ago, all that many people knew about polygamy they learned from the HBO drama Big Love. But now, after 14 seasons of Sister Wives, TV viewers not only know more about plural marriages but have welcomed the Brown family into their household every Sunday night.

The hit TLC reality series’ premiere, which aired on September 26, 2010, introduced viewers to Kody Brown, his three wives — Meri, Janelle, and Christine — and their 12 children as the fundamentalist Mormon navigated life under one roof in Lehi, Utah, and processed Kody’s courtship with Robyn, who would end up being his fourth wife and first new spouse in 16 years.

“I like marriage, and I’m a repeat offender,” Kody quips in the opening minutes of that first episode. “I have adopted a faith that embraces that lifestyle. In fact, it recommends it and [likes] to reward good behavior, so if you’re good with one marriage, they figure you’ll be good with two. I hope they think I’ll be good with four.”

He takes the camera crew home, and introduces Janelle, Meri, and Christine — pregnant with daughter Truely at the time — and all three wives seem shy to be in the spotlight.

Soon, however, the three women open up about their lifestyle, its benefits, its challenges. “The family functions as a whole, but we all have our own autonomy,” Janelle says, describing the wives’ interconnected apartments in their polygamist-designed house.

“All three of us were married before any of the kids were born,” Christine explains in the episode. “So when we tell you that really the kids are all ours, it’s because we’ve raised all of the kids.”

Toward the end of the episode, the adult Browns reveal to the audience that Kody is courting Robyn, just before breaking the news to their children — some of whom are more surprised than others. (“Are you engaged to her?” Maddie, then 14, asks point-blank as Kody hems and haws during the announcement.)

The episode ends with Kody meeting Robyn for a date, as his wives discuss the impending change to their family structure. “I don’t want to be a boat-rocker, and I don’t like my boat rocked,” Christine tells the camera crew. “And so no, I’m a little hesitant to accept another wife. But if it happens, she just has to be absolutely amazing. Otherwise, it might be a little complicated.”

Kody and Robyn traded vows in the Season 1 finale, officially adding her three children to the Brown brood, and the other wives welcomed her into the family with a meaningful Claddagh ring.

And since Sister Wives’ first episode, TLC cameras have captured many of the family’s highs — including Mariah’s coming out as gay, three daughters’ weddings, the birth of three children and two grandchildren, and Kody’s adoption of Robyn’s children. Viewers have also witnessed the family’s lows — like Meri’s catfish saga, her relationship troubles with Kody and their legal divorce, and the Browns’ failed attempt to overturn Utah’s criminal polygamy law in the U.S. Court of Appeals.

TLC hasn’t yet announced a 15th season, but the network is offering the first season for free on

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