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When it comes to saving the world some times the best person for the job is not a hero–but a villain! That is the new twist Marvel Comics is dishing out as its latest line up of Avengers are some of the greatest super villains in the Marvel Universe!

Red Skull takes Professor X's brain

Red Skull takes Professor X’s brain

Apparently, Captain America’s archenemy, The Red Skull (in the story line, “World War Hate”) has decided to spread his message of hate to mutantkind. He plans to use the vast telepathic powers of the X-Men’s founder, Professor X (Charles Xavier) to reform the entity, Onslaught (an amalgamation of Magneto and Professor X) to obliterate mutants and enslave the world.

 

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Sure, the X-Men and Avengers are trying to fight him tooth and nail to keep the world in one piece, but when “Stark Sentinels,” robots designed by Tony Stark AKA “Iron Man,” to take down superheroes in general come into play, their plans fall to Hell in a handbag.

Magneto, who in recent years, has been a member of The X-Men; assembles “The Astonishing Avengers:” Dr. Doom, Asgardians  Loki, Amora The Enchantress, Hobgoblin, Deadpool, Jack O’ Lantern, Mystique, Carnage, and Sabretooth to take down the machines and rescue the heroes.

This in turn allows a spell to be cast to giving Professor X control of his mind again. However, the spell also alters the personalities of everyone involved. The heroes become villainous, and the villains in turn leave heroic. It’s a new world and the soldiers of good, just got a bad ass face lift!

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Needless to say this is a lot. Marvel has definitely changed their universe in the comics a lot in recent years. In just the last year both Wolverine and The Fantastic Four are no more, there are two teams of X-Men, the Avengers and X-Men went to war with each other, Thor no longer has Mjolnir (his hammer), Dr. Octopus was Spider-Man for awhile, Professor X was murdered by Cyclops, there’s a female Thor, and Falcon is now Captain America! This twist with The Avengers is interesting, however. Whereas, we have seen Magneto be both a hero and villain the other characters have only faked heroism when it served their nefarious purposes. Still others, like Carnage and Jack O’Lantern have NEVER been good. Does serial killing ring a bell?

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Rumor has it Marvel may make a cinematic version of this Avengers team as an answer to DC Comics/Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad!” I have to admit Marvel has a better line up of villains, but I wonder how it would play into their overall phases for their cinematic universe? Time will tell!

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Slinging Into Success! DeAndre Lemans’ Slingshot Headshot is ATL’s New Hot Spot for Great Head Shots!

When it comes to the entertainment world there are a few things every actor, artist, and model should have–comp cards, a professional bio, and above all else a head shot! Having all of these just shows you’re serious about your craft–think of it as part of your resume. However, head shots–good ones at least–can be expensive and hard to come by for many in the industry.

Thankfully one company has realized, and is capitalizing off that need, SlingShots Headshots! Ran and owned by noted model, cinemaphotographer, and actor, DeAndre Lemans (Freefall), SlingShots, has become the one stop shop of Atlanta for all of your head shot needs!

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When it comes to the entertainment world there are a few things every actor, artist, and model should have–comp cards, a professional bio, and above all else a head shot! Having all of these just shows you’re serious about your craft–think of it as part of your resume. However, head shots–good ones at least–can be expensive and hard to come by for many in the industry.

DeAndre Lemans slingshots headshots

DeAndre Lemans

Thankfully one company has realized, and is capitalizing off that need, SlingShots Headshots! Ran and owned by noted model, cinemaphotographer, and actor, DeAndre Lemans (Freefall), SlingShots, has become the one stop shop of Atlanta for all of your head shot needs!

We came across SlingShots after a few noted Web Stars and producers like Tripp Ali, Lyrik London, Sherrod Willis, and Jaquay Wilkerson posted their own amazing head shots from the company. We were even more amused and surprised to learn the price of these professional photos was a mere thirty five dollars! In an interview with us DeAndre discussed his company’s origins in depth. “I myself, have been in the entertainment and fashion industries for a number of years, and I’ve always noticed that there was a need for head shots among the community…Atlanta is full of actors and quite a few of them just did not have the essentials they needed to move and be noticed in the industry. Head shots are definitely one of the basic tools they need, but many of them either can’t afford them or find a photographer that captures them correctly. That’s what we do at ‘SlingShots Headshots,’ provide quality and affordable photos for the public.”

We have to admit we initially thought the affordability and production had to be a fluke or have some Catch-22, but we are happy to admit we were wrong. Our very own, Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning was invited to get his own complimentary head shots and the results were magnificent. See below:

The process was simple. We made an appointment with DeAndre via SlingShots’ Instagram page, @slingshots.atl, showed up, and followed his directions to a “T.” “I can make anyone look great each head shot is only thirty five dollars, and any additional edits are only five dollars a piece. You can pay me cash or Cash App me at ‘$DeAndreGresham.’ I figure even a starving artist can afford those prices [he laughs]. We also shoot on weekends to make it more convenient for everyone.” We definitely endorse DeAndre and his sprawling business as legit and a surefire investment in yourself. We live in an age of imagery, and how you present yourself is everything! Do it right and start here! Mr. Lemans wants everyone to know “when you come to ‘SlingShots’ you’re going to have a great experience, receive amazing customer service, and you’re going to want to tell a friend–so please do so!” 

**Check out his website for more information and booking, https://www.lemanscinema.com/slingshots!**

BOOK TODAY!

 

 

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Travel Asia! 4 Countries To Visit “Crazy Rich Asian” (@CrazyRichMovie) Style!

Looking to jazz up your next vacation with something a little more exotic, then take a trip through the Orient–“Crazy Rich Asian” style! Whether you want to take in some culture, relax on the beach, hike the trails, or shop ‘til you drop many countries that make up the mysterious Orient can offer you all that and more. We’ve decided to offer four hot spots and the reason they should be tops on your list of places to get away from it all!

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Written By: Dartangnan Johnson

Looking to jazz up your next vacation with something a little more exotic, then take a trip through the Orient–“Crazy Rich Asian” style! Whether you want to take in some culture, relax on the beach, hike the trails, or shop ‘til you drop many countries that make up the mysterious Orient can offer you all that and more. We’ve decided to offer four hot spots and the reason they should be tops on your list of places to get away from it all!

Brunei

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If you’re a Millennial you probably grew up watching “The Fabulous Life” in which case you’ve probably heard talk of the Sultan of Brunei and his many golden toilets, and with good reason, the country is super in black gold, Texas tea or as the lay folks like to say oil. The capital Bandar Seri Begawan is known as one of the most opulent cities in the world, with the crown jewel being the golden tipped Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. The mosque has marble minarets and golden domes, courtyard and is surrounded by several trees and floral gardens. The mosque’s most recognizable feature, the main dome, is covered in pure gold. The main minaret is its tallest feature, it mixes Renaissance and Italian architectural styles. The minaret has an elevator to the top, where a visitor can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. The interior of the mosque is for prayer only. You can also check out Istana Nural Iman the largest governmental building on Earth, home of the Legislature of Brunei.

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If prayer temples and parliamentary procedure isn’t your idea of a good time, then you can take a hike along the rope bridges and canopies of the Ulu Temburong National Park which is a state sponsored conservation effort that a natural rainforest ecosystem. After you’ve hiked the trails, you can rest your weary legs on the beaches of Kuala Belait which is on the western edge of the Sultanate.

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Serving Up Beautifully Presented Summer Cocktails at Your Next Summer BBQ

If you are one of the many people that love to entertain at home, one of the things you will be used to doing is working out what to serve in terms of food and drink. While dinner parties are all about decadent dishes and fine wines, if you plan more of an afternoon or early evening event outside in your garden, you need to look at alternatives.

In terms of food, hosting a party in your garden could involve simple finger buffet food or even a BBQ if the weather is great. Summer BBQs are a great way to come together with family and friends without having to actually go out. However, what about the drinks for your BBQ event? While drinks such as soda, wine, and beer are always firm favorites, there is nothing to say you cannot push the boat out and serve up something a little more exotic such as summer cocktails.

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If you are one of the many people that love to entertain at home, one of the things you will be used to doing is working out what to serve in terms of food and drink. While dinner parties are all about decadent dishes and fine wines, if you plan more of an afternoon or early evening event outside in your garden, you need to look at alternatives.

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In terms of food, hosting a party in your garden could involve simple finger buffet food or even a BBQ if the weather is great. Summer BBQs are a great way to come together with family and friends without having to actually go out. However, what about the drinks for your BBQ event? While drinks such as soda, wine, and beer are always firm favorites, there is nothing to say you cannot push the boat out and serve up something a little more exotic such as summer cocktails.

Delight your guests with your cocktail selection

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Whether you decide to serve cocktails simply to greet guests as they arrive at your summer BBQ or whether you want to serve them throughout the afternoon or evening, you will undoubtedly impress many people with your ambition. You should never be nervous about trying new things when it comes to cocktails, as the guests will no doubt love sampling them. For instance, you can create incredible summer cocktails by adding grapefruit infused vodka, which is ideal for those balmy summer evenings when you want something cool and refreshing. Of course, you need to ensure you don’t make life difficult for yourself, so when you are choosing cocktail recipes make sure you opt for ones that have plenty of color and flavor but do not involve huge amounts of work.

In addition to this, make sure you don’t forget your guests with special requirements. When it comes to your BBQ food, you need to make sure you take into consideration guests such as vegetarians or vegans otherwise they will be left with empty plates. When it comes to drinks, you need to remember those that cannot drink or prefer not to. Just because some people don’t drink, it doesn’t mean you can’t whip up a delicious cocktail for them. There are some excellent virgin cocktail that contain no alcohol but are still packed with flavor and color. So, when you are doing your research, make sure you add some of these alcohol free cocktails to your list.

To add the perfect finishing touch and really impress your guests, you need to ensure that your summer cocktails are well presented. Think about this when you are purchasing glasses to serve up your cocktails and make sure you purchase decorations that can go into the cocktail glasses to add a special sparkle. In addition, have some frozen fruits on hand, as these are great for garnishing, adding color, and adding flavor to a wide range of delicious cocktails.

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