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03/03/2015

Disney Is Bringing The World of 'Avatar' To Life - VIDEO

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When “Avatar” first hit theaters back in 2009 the film was lauded for the technical innovation used to create a uniquely immersive experience. James Cameron brought Pandora, the home planet of the alien Na’Vi people, to life in a way that invited viewers to lose themselves in the vibrant world.

Though we’re still more than two years out from the first of three Avatar sequels, Disney’s team of Imagineers are hard at work building a real-life analogue to Pandora for Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in Florida.

When plans for the Avatar theme-park were first announced, Cameron and his team described a multi-sensory journey that would transport people to the fictional planet that captured their imaginations. Everything from the sprawling landscapes to the lush, bioluminescent forests would be recreated to the T, offering park-goers the chance to experience the most fantastic aspect of the planet from a first-person perspective.

A new video from the park’s production team gives us our first look at what Cameron described, and from the looks of it there’s a good chance you’ll be going to Pandora long before you see the next Avatar film.

Check out some early footage of the real world Pandora AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Mar. 3,2015 at 6:40 PM EST by in Disney, James Cameron | Permalink | Comments (0)


Ohio-Based LGBT Activist Adam Hoover Fakes His Own Kidnapping

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At the age of 17 Ohio-based activist Adam Hoover made a name for himself by being one of Ohio’s youngest agitators for LGBT equality and founding Marriage Equality Ohio. More recently Hoover has made his way back into the news under slightly less auspicious circumstances. Earlier this week Hoover took to Facebook in a panicked message claiming that he had been kidnapped and was trapped in a trunk:

“Please help me I'm in the trunk of my ford escort red 2000 gbh 2812. They said they are going to kill my family please call 911 I don't want them to hear me. Please please call. I don't want to die.”

His kidnappers, Hoover explained, warned him that they would kill him if he attempted to call for help. He posted his mother’s phone number and address, imploring anyone reading to reach out to her to help him. Hoover’s post was quickly brought to the attention of local police who soon found his car empty in nearby Miami Township. Hoover himself was found not long after, completely unharmed.

"Once we get him and determine he's okay, the investigation is able to proceed from there, including interviews, things like that. We start backtracking,” explained Green Township police Lieutenant Jim Vetter.  “After a little while we started getting indications that maybe this did not happen as he said it happened and then after the investigation was concluded, determined it was in fact, fabricated.”

Hoover left the local sheriff's office early this morning after being charged with making false alarms, a misdemeanor in the first degree. Hoover has yet to comment on why he made false claims of being kidnapped but his mother took to Facebook seeking to assuage the concerns of friends and family.

"This is Adams mom Anna. Thank you for your support and prayers,” she wrote. “I have a special request. Social media is powerful. Could every[one] please remove posts and tags and give us some time to figure this all out. Adam has helped so many please help me help him."

Posted Mar. 3,2015 at 6:20 PM EST by in News, Ohio | Permalink | Comments (0)


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Posted Mar. 3,2015 at 5:57 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (1)


How Many Dates Should You Go On Before Having Sex?

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According to Time Out, that’s the number of dates you should go on with that new beau of yours before the two of you have sex for the first time. Time Out surveyed 11,000 people across the world in major metropolitan cities asking them a wide variety of questions about what turned them on in potential partners and their general dating habits. Respondents reported finding British accents the most attractive, meeting the bulk of their dates online, and thinking that halfway through the fourth date was as good a time as any to take a roll in the hay.

What say you all? How many dates should one go on before letting things get physical? Sound off in the comments.

Posted Mar. 3,2015 at 5:16 PM EST by in Sex | Permalink | Comments (12)


Three Men In Thailand Become The World's First Married 'Throuple'

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In a move that will have conservative pundits champing at the bit to claim that they'll be forced to marry their dogs before the year is out, three gay men in Thailand have entered into what is thought to be the world’s first three-way same-sex marriage, reports The Mirror.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c737d130970b-800wiThe three men in their 20s - Joke, Bell and Art - exchanged vows on Valentine’s Day in Uthai Thani Province.

Art and Joke have been together since 2010. The couple met Bell and after he was hospitalized with a congenital disease, Joke and Art proposed a three-way marriage.

Bell said:

"Some people may not agree and are probably amazed by our decision, but we believe many people do understand and accept our choice. Love is love, after all."

Joke added that the three men "love each other and live together like brothers", something he hoped the world could understand.

Although same-sex marriage is not recognized in Thailand, the trio were able to marry under Buddhist law.

In January, we reported that an amendment to Thailand’s constitution will bring legal recognition for a third gender.

Posted Mar. 3,2015 at 4:51 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Gay Marriage Quotes, News, Thailand | Permalink | Comments (13)


23 Gay Rights Activists Arrested In Idaho State Capitol

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Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 1.19.19 PMAn estimated 23 gay rights activists were arrested in Idaho yesterday morning after protesting in the Idaho House and Senate chambers, attempting to pressure lawmakers to pass anti-discrimination protections reports Boise State Public Radio. The activists, wearing black shirts that said, "Add the 4 words Idaho," warned they would not leave until legislators added sexual orientation and gender identity to the Idaho Human Rights Act. Protesters risked arrest if they did not disperse before the House and Senate convened; Police began to arrest protesters that refused to leave on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing, two of whom were juveniles. The group issued a statement to the media on the matter.

Said Protesters: 

"Plain and simply, it is time the Idaho Legislature to use its voice to set the field level for those who live quiet lives in all our communities, those who are your own daughters and sons, those who deserve for our state to set in law that unfair businesses practices and intentional cruelty and discrimination against them is wrong."

This protest follows similar protests held during 2014s legislative session; up to 100 protesters were charged and arrested with misdemeanor trespassing during those protests. Republican lawmakers rejected legislation that would have amended the state’s Human Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity earlier this year. A House committee heard over 20 hours of testimony, with most in favor of passing the bill however, concern over the bill’s impact on religious freedoms caused the panel to vote the measure down.

Posted Mar. 3,2015 at 4:20 PM EST by in Boise, Discrimination, Gay Rights, Idaho, Law - Gay, LGBT, Religion | Permalink | Comments (5)


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