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The 30 Greatest Rock & Roll Movie Moments

The movies have a long history of glorious rock & roll moments. Whether the story is about gangsters, lovers, warriors or vampires, the right song can jolt an ordinary flick into something loud and wild. 

So behold, the 30 all-time greatest rock & roll moments in film history: from Goodfellas to Hot Tub Time Machine, from Elvis to the RZA, from Lloyd Dobler to Spinal Tap to the Dude.

HERE are just a few of Rolling Stone Magazine’s favorite eruptions of cinematic rockingness. Play these movies loud.

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Who Won A Grammy Last Night?

It’s a wrap for the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show, officially known as the 63rd GRAMMY Awards! 

Female performers including Beyoncé and Taylor Swift had a record-making night at the 2021 Grammy Awards, a jam-packed but socially distanced show highlighted by live music sorely absent during the pandemic era.

Four women won the top four prizes Sunday, including Swift, who became the first female performer to win album of the year three times. Beyoncé — with her 28th win — became the most decorated woman in Grammy history.

H.E.R. won song of the year and Billie Eilish picked up her second consecutive record of the year honor, telling the audience that best new artist winner Megan Thee Stallion deserved the award. Though women have won all top four awards in the past – including Eilish’s sweep last year – it marked the first time four separate and solo women won the top four honors.

The full list of winners within each of the 83 categories can be found HERE.

The 63rd GRAMMY Awards recognize recordings released between Sept. 1, 2019, and Aug. 31, 2020.

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Here Is The 2021 Golden Globes Winners List

The 78th annual Golden Globes aired last night with long-time collaborators Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the event from different sides of the country. Like other award shows during this ongoing pandemic, the 2021 Golden Globes featured a mix of virtual and in-person appearances.

This year’s winners list both came with surprising and expected wins as the competition in most major categories proved to be strong and difficult to predict. The Golden Globes made history last night with Nomadland director Chloe Zhao winning her first Golden Globe for Best Director – Motion Picture which makes her the first Asian woman to win the coveted award as well as the second woman filmmaker to claim it over 30 years since Barbra Streisand’s groundbreaking win in 1983.

Check out the list of winners HERE.

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The 2021 TIME100 Next List

TIME Magazine has assembled their second annual TIME100 Next list—an expansion of their flagship TIME100 franchise that highlights 100 emerging leaders who are shaping the future.

Amid a global pandemic, deepening inequality, systemic injustice and existential questions about truth, democracy and the planet itself, the individuals on this year’s list provide “clear-eyed hope,” as actor, composer and director Lin-Manuel Miranda puts it in his tribute to poet and TIME100 Next honoree Amanda Gorman. They are doctors and scientists fighting COVID-19, advocates pushing for equality and justice, journalists standing up for truth, and artists sharing their visions of present and future.

As with Miranda and Gorman, many of the TIME100 Next profiles are written by TIME100 alumni—a testament to the ways that influence flows across generations. One example: Dr. Anthony Fauci, who recently turned 80, calls his fellow immunologist and National Institutes of Health colleague Kizzmekia Corbett, 35, “a rising star” whose work—which was key to the development of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19—“will have a substantial impact on ending the worst respiratory-disease pandemic in more than 100 years.”

Equally powerful is the influence flowing between these emerging leaders themselves. Greta Thunberg, 18, TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year, writes about 24-year-old Uganda-based Vanessa Nakate, whose Rise Up movement focuses on the disproportionate impact of climate change on the African continent and the Global South. “In this moment of intersecting crises—from COVID-19 to racial injustice, from ecological problems to economic inequality—Vanessa continues to teach a most critical lesson,” Thunberg writes. “She reminds us that while we may all be in the same storm, we are not all in the same boat.”

Although recognizing the leaders of tomorrow lends itself to a younger group, TIME intentionally had no age cap, an acknowledgment that ascents can begin at any age. The youngest person on this list, for example, is 16-year-old entertainer Charli D’Amelio, who counts more than 100 million followers on TikTok. Among the eldest is 51-year-old Raphael Warnock, a Democratic Senator from Georgia, whose recent election represents “the dawn of a new South,” writes Rev. Bernice A. King, the CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

See the full list HERE.

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The Fire Wire’s Top 10 Graphic Novels

Here is a list of my all-time 10 favorite graphic novels largely dominated by early Frank Miller. If you have not read any of these, I highly recommend them as most are still in print. Links have been included to order. Enjoy…

Daredevil: Born Again

  

Daredevil: Born Again” is a 1986 comic book story arc that appeared in the Marvel Comics series Daredevil. Written by Frank Miller, and drawn by David Mazzucchelli, the storyline first appeared in Daredevil #227–231. Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli present one of the most defining Daredevil runs of all time! When Matt Murdock’s super hero identity is outed by Karen Page, Kingpin makes moves to destroy Matt on every level, targeting his relationships, his career and his very will to live. But just because Daredevil’s in Purgatory, doesn’t mean he’ll end up in Hell…

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 

I stopped reading comics in the 70’s and after reading an article in Rolling Stone about Frank Miller, I picked this issue up and was immediately hooked. My all-time favorite comic book!

Rolling Stone Magazine #470 March 27, 1986

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is a 1986 four-issue prestige comic book miniseries starring Batman, written by Frank Miller, illustrated by Miller and Klaus Janson, and published by DC Comics. 

Writer/artist Frank Miller completely reinvents the legend of Batman in this saga of a near-future Gotham City gone to rot, 10 years after the Dark Knight’s retirement. Forced to take action, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of fury, taking on a whole new generation of criminals and matching their level of violence. He is soon joined by a new Robin—a girl named Carrie Kelley, who proves to be just as invaluable as her predecessors.

Can Batman and Robin deal with the threat posed by their deadliest enemies, after years of incarceration have turned them into perfect psychopaths? And more important, can anyone survive the coming fallout from an undeclared war between the superpowers—or the clash of what were once the world’s greatest heroes?

Hailed as a comics masterpiece, The Dark Knight Returns is Frank Miller’s reinvention of Gotham’s legendary protector. It remains one of the most influential stories ever told in comics, with its echoes felt in all media forms of DC’s storytelling.

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Watchmen

In an alternate world where the mere presence of American superheroes changed history, the US won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the cold war is in full effect!

Watchmen begins as a murder-mystery, but soon unfolds into a planet-altering conspiracy. As the resolution comes to a head, the unlikely group of reunited heroes–Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias–have to test the limits of their convictions and ask themselves where the true line is between good and evil. 

In the mid-eighties, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created Watchmen, changing the course of comics’ history and essentially remaking how popular culture perceived the genre. Popularly cited as the point where comics came of age, Watchmen’s sophisticated take on superheroes has been universally acclaimed for its psychological depth and realism.

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Batman: Year One

Batman: Year One is a comic book story arc published by DC Comics in 1987 which recounts the superhero Batman’s first year as a crime-fighter. It was written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzucchelli, colored by Richmond Lewis, and lettered by Todd Klein. Batman: Year One originally appeared in issues #404–407 of the comic book title Batman.

This groundbreaking graphic novel reinterprets the origin of Batman—who he is, and how he came to be. Sometimes careless and naive, this Dark Knight is far from the flawless vigilante he is today. 

In his first year on the job, Batman feels his way around a Gotham City far darker than the one he left. His solemn vow to extinguish the town’s criminal element is only half the battle; along with Lieutenant James Gordon, the Dark Knight must also fight a police force more corrupt than the scum in the streets.

Batman: Year One stands next to Batman: The Dark Knight Returns on the mantle of greatest Batman graphic novels of all time. Timeless in its appeal, Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s masterpiece would stand apart from the crowded comics field even today.

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Batman: The Killing Joke

Batman: The Killing Joke is a 1988 DC Comics one-shot graphic novel featuring the characters Batman and the Joker written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland. 

Critically acclaimed author Alan Moore redefined graphic novel story-telling with Watchmen and V for Vendetta. In Batman: The Killing Joke, he takes on the origin of comics’ greatest super-villain, The Joker, and changes Batman’s world forever.

ONE BAD DAY.

According to the grinning engine of madness and mayhem known as the Joker, that’s all that separates the sane from the psychotic. Freed once again from the confines of Arkham Asylum, he’s out to prove his deranged point. And he’s going to use Gotham City’s top cop, Commissioner Jim Gordon, and his brilliant and beautiful daughter Barbara to do it.

Now Batman must race to stop his archnemesis before his reign of terror claims two of the Dark Knight’s closest friends. Can he finally put an end to the cycle of bloodlust and lunacy that links these two iconic foes before it leads to its fatal conclusion? And as the horrifying origin of the Clown Prince of Crime is finally revealed, will the thin line that separates Batman’s nobility and the Joker’s insanity snap once and for all?

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Elektra Lives Again

Elektra Lives Again is a 1990 graphic novel by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley, published through Marvel Comics’ imprint Epic Comics. It is a spin-off from Miller’s run on Daredevil and tells the story of the return of ninja warrior Elektra from death.

Despite the fact that Elektra died in his arms, Daredevil is plagued by recurring nightmares and terrible premonitions that his former lover and world’s top assassin-for-hire is not only alive, but active once more.

Out of print but used copies can be ordered HERE.

Frank Miller’s Sin City Volume 1: The Hard Goodbye

Legendary artist Frank Miller opened a noir opus in Sin City. This critically acclaimed triumph – honored by both an Eisner Award and the prestigious National Cartoonists’ Award – combines the pulp intensity of writers like Spillane and Cain with the gritty graphic storytelling that only Miller can deliver. 

Sin City is the place – tough as leather and dry as tinder. Love is the fuel, and the now-infamous character Marv has the match … not to mention a “condition.” He’s gunning after Goldie’s killer, so it’s time to watch this town burn!

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The Sandman: The Deluxe Edition Book One

One of the most popular and critically acclaimed graphic novels of all time, Neil Gaiman’s award-winning masterpiece The Sandman, is a rich blend of modern and ancient mythology in which contemporary fiction, historical drama, and legend are seamlessly interwoven.

This book collects the first two paperback volumes of the critically acclaimed series Sandman, issues 1-16, and Sandman Midnight Theatre 1.

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Kingdom Come

Kingdom Come is a four-issue comic book miniseries published in 1996 by DC Comics under their Elseworlds imprint. It was written by Mark Waid and Alex Ross and painted in gouache by Ross, who also developed the concept from an original idea.

In the near-future world of Kingdom Come, superheroes are ubiquitous, but heroism is rare. After decades as Earth’s champions, the members of the Justice League have all retreated out of the public eye, replaced with a new generation of crime-fighters whose brand of justice leaves humanity terrified, rather than inspired. But with the planet’s future in jeopardy, Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman must come out of retirement to make one last stand for truth and justice…

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Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome To Lovecraft 

Now a Netflix original series! The graphic novel The A.V. Club named a “modern masterpiece,” Locke & Key tells a sprawling tale of magic and family, legacy and grief, good and evil. Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times-bestselling author Joe Hill (The Fireman, Heart-Shaped Box) has created a gripping story of dark fantasy and wonder—with astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez—that, like the doors of Keyhouse, will transform all who open it. The epic begins here: Welcome to Lovecraft. 

Following their father’s gruesome murder in a violent home invasion, the Locke children return to his childhood home of Keyhouse in secluded Lovecraft, Massachusetts. Their mother, Nina, is too trapped in her grief—and a wine bottle—to notice that all in Keyhouse is not what it seems: too many locked doors, too many unanswered questions. Older kids Tyler and Kinsey aren’t much better. But not youngest son Bode, who quickly finds a new friend living in an empty well and a new toy, a key, that offers hours of spirited entertainment. But again, all at Keyhouse is not what it seems, and not all doors are meant to be opened. Soon, horrors old and new, real and imagined, will come ravening after the Lockes and the secrets their family holds. 

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The FIRE WIRE’s 20 Most Anticipated 2021 Movies

2021 is FINALLY here and it’s time for THE FIRE WIRE to present our 20 Most Anticipated 2021 Movies. Check out the list below!

20. A Quiet Place Part II (April 23)

Following the success of 2018’s A Quiet Place, John Krasinski returns (as both actor and director/writer) to helm A Quiet Place: Part II. The sequel again follows the Abbott family as they adapt to the outside world plagued by creatures that hunt by sound (among other things). Joining the cast is Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou.

19. Uncharted (July 16)

The long-awaited take on Naughty Dog’s beloved Uncharted series finished filming this year. Ruben Fleischer’s film stars Tom Holland as Nathan Drake, Mark Wahlberg as his mentor Victor Sullivan, and will serve as a prequel to the video games. Here’s hoping it’s even remotely as faithful as that Nathan Fillion fan film from 2018. 

18. West Side Story (December 10)

Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name will explore forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The cast includes Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, and Ariana DeBose.

17. Encanto (November 24)

The Colombia-set Encanto with Zootopia co-director Byron Howard (Zootopia, Tangled), co-writer Jared Bush (Zootopia), and co-director Charise Castro Smith (The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez) follows a young girl named Mariana, who grows up being the only non-magical member of her family. The film features all-new songs by Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana, In the Heights). 

16. Elvis (November 5)

Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic stars Austin Butler (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Dead Don’t Die) the King alongside Tom Hanks, who is playing Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker. Olivia DeJonge will play Presley’s only wife Priscilla. It will star Maggie Gyllenhaal as Gladys Presley, Rufus Sewell as Vernon Presley, and English musician Yola as Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

15. Halloween Kills (October 15)

2018’s Halloween brought the iconic slasher franchise back to its roots (serving as a direct sequel to the 1978 original) and returning Jamie Lee Curtis to the role of Laurie Strode. Halloween Kills will continue the “adventures” of Michael Meyers and company on October 15, 2021.

14. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (June 25)

Andy Serkis directs the second Venom film after appearing in two Marvel Studios movies. Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage sees Tom Hardy his role as Eddie Brock alongside Michelle Williams as Anne Weying. Venom’s archenemy, Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage (Woody Harrelson), who was briefly introduced in the first film, will serve as the antagonist as Venom’s archenemy. Naomie Harris will also play the role of villain Shriek, who is Carnage’s love interest and accomplice.

13. F9 (May 28)

Fast & Furious 9 reunites Justin Lin ( Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6) with the franchise in an entry that sees the bulk of the original cast starring as well as newcomers John Cena, Cardi B, Michael Rooker, Finn Cole, and Keanu Reeves himself. It peels into theaters on May 28, 2021.

12. Top Gun: Maverick (July 2)

Top Gun: Maverick sees Tom Cruise again as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell as he mentors a new generation of fighter pilots and rides another Kawasaki Ninja (presumably). The film also star The film stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer. 

11. No Time to Die (April 2)

Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as James Bond sees 007 leave retirement to help Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) rescue a kidnapped scientist, leading to a mysterious villain (Rami Malek) with a treacherous plan. No Time to Die is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and also stars Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Christoph Waltz, Rory Kinnear, and Ralph Fiennes, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen, and David Dencik. 

10. Godzilla vs Kong (May 21)

In the culmination of the monster-verse, Godzilla and King Kong will square off in an epic battle for dominance as humanity deals with the two’s destructive existence. The film stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir.

9. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (July 9)

Destin Daniel Cretton’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu (Blood and Water, Taken) as the titular hero in Marvel Studios’ first Asian superhero-led movie. Joining Liu are Golden Globe-winning actress Awkwafina (The Farewell) and renowned Hong Kong actor Tony Leung, who is portraying the role of The Mandarin. 

8. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (June 11)

Ignoring 2016’s lackluster Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters: Afterlife will serve as a sequel to the original two films while simultaneously adopting a new look and feel. It stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Paul Rudd, while Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts reprise their roles from the original films.

7. Mission: Impossible 7 (November 19)

Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible 7 will be his third entry in the franchise. It will see Tom Cruise return as MIF agent Ethan Hunt alongside Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, and Angela Bassett, all of whom reprise their roles from the previous films. Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, and Esai Morales join the franchise as new characters. 

6. Eternals (November 5)

Marvel’s game-changing Phase 4 film about a group of immortal (kind of) humanoids tasked with defending earth is set to redefine the MCU. Its star-studded cast includes Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh, Salma Hayek, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Gemma Chan, and Kit Harington.

5. The Suicide Squad (August 6)

Famed Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad will serve as a quasi-sequel/spiritual reboot of 2016’s Suicide Squad. It stars Pete Davidson as Blackguard, John Cena as Peacemaker, Idris Elba as Bloodsport, Alice Braga as Sul Soria (new character), Nathan Fillion is T.D.K. (another new character), Michael Rooker as Savant, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Sean Gunn as Weasel, Peter Capaldi as the Thinker, Flula Borg as Javelin, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2 (presumably related to the original Ratcatcher), and Mayling Ng as Mongal. Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, and Jai Courtney will be reprising their roles from 2016’s Suicide Squad. 

4. Black Widow (May 7)

After her demise in Avengers: Endgame, Black Widow will see Scarlett Johansson reprise her role in a prequel, taking place between Captain America: Civil War and Endgame, might feature the rumored return of Tony Stark (and a handful of other characters from the comics). The main cast also includes David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz.  

3. Dune (October 1)

This new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s source material by director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) will be the first of two parts. Its ensemble cast includes Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. 

2. The Matrix 4 (December 22)

Lana Wachowski returns to helm The Matrix 4. The film will see Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, and Daniel Bernhardt reprise their roles from previous films in the series and Yahya Abdul Mateen II will reportedly play a young Morpheus. How will Neo and Trinity return? Will time travel/flashbacks be involved? 

1. Untitled Spider-Man 3 (December 17)

The untitled Spider-Man Far From Home sequel will see Tom Holland reprise his role as Peter Parker (whose secret is out). It will also see the return of Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, and Marisa Tomei. Joining them will be Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange who will presumably be dealing with some multiverse madness. That said, Jamie Foxx and Alfred Molina are reprising their roles from past Spider-Man films and Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are heavily rumored to appearing as their versions of the web-slinger. With the multiverse open, there’s no telling who may show up in this movie or the Marvel Cinematic Universe at large moving forward. 

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Must-Have Children’s Toys That Are Worth Your Money This Christmas

Christmas looks set to be a little different this year. As the pandemic continues to weave its course, it’s increasingly likely that our festivities will be limited by some form of social distancing. Yet despite the challenges of 2020, there are still plenty of ways to keep the magic alive for little ones.  

Writing wish lists for Santa Claus is one tradition that will be safe to continue. Toy sales have fallen in recent Christmas periods, but each year still brings a raft of new models and gadgets that sell out weeks before the big day. 

Many parents will be keener than ever to find great-value gifts while managing funds carefully. Thankfully, MadeForMums has tested and reviewed hundreds of this year’s hottest toys to offer gift recommendations you can rely on.  

Gotta Go Flamingo

As you may guess from the name, this interactive flamingo toy comes with a special toilet that it uses when nature calls. Kids can feed him reusable flamingo food until he sings ‘Uh oh, gotta go!’.  This might grate on you when you hear it for the tenth time in an hour – but it’ll make little ones laugh every time!

Little Tikes First Washer-Dryer

Is it time your child started helping out around the house? This mini washing machine and tumble dryer contraption offers fun ways to prepare them for adult life.  It comes with spinning dials, a rotating drum, a detergent drawer and bottle, laundry baskets and convincing sound effects.  

Lamaze 3 in 1 Airtivity Center

The emphasis is on ‘Airtivity’ with this great toy. It features an entrancing air-powered sea scene with floating seaweed, fish, and a whale complete with a spinning spout.  Handily, you can set the center at floor level or table height, making it ideal for those still finding their stability.  

Smoby Chef Corner Restaurant

Is your child becoming interested in what you do around the kitchen? This mini kitchen and café offers lots to see and do, with a fridge, oven, coffee machine, hotplate, sink, ingredients and more. The tap squirts real water too! It’s a bulky choice for any playroom, but if you have the space this toy will keep any budding chef entertained.  

Lego Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course 

Super Mario and Lego are two classic creations for kids – so why not combine the two? This set comes with a speaker that plays authentic video game sounds as you send a mini Mario around a freshly built course to earn coins.  The instructions come on a free app, and the variety of course combinations creates lots of different play opportunities. 

Could any of these toys put a smile on your little one’s face come December 25th?

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TIME Magazine 100 Best Inventions of 2020

Every year, TIME highlights inventions that are making the world better, smarter and even a bit more fun. 

To assemble our 2020 list, TIME solicited nominations both from their editors and correspondents around the world, and through an online application process. They then evaluated each contender on key factors, including originality, creativity, effectiveness, ambition and impact.

The result: 100 groundbreaking inventions—including a smarter beehive, a greener tube of toothpaste, and technology that could catalyze a COVID-19 vaccine—that are changing the way we live, work, play and think about what’s possible.

See the full list HERE.

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The 45 Best Toys of 2020

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that kids today are extremely lucky when it comes to toys. The toys that came out this year are incredibly innovative, designed to spark their imaginations, allow them to become their favorite characters and teach them everything from STEM concepts to social-emotional learning. 

From toddlers to teens, everyone will find a new toy this year that can become their very favorite.

So, what trends did Good Housekeeping identify from the hottest toys of 2020? Kids still love to be surprised: mystery unboxing, blind bags and collectible surprises are still big this year. Water is also a hot new ingredient in toys, and you can find lots of items that transform or change colors when dipped in liquid. And kids still love getting their hands dirty, messing around with compounds that you can squish, squeeze or stretch.

Parents will be happy to know that environmental sustainability is becoming a big buzzword, too: Plant-based plastics are on the rise, as are toys where the packaging is either recyclable or re-used as part of a playset.

Check Good Housekeeping’s list of the 45 Best Toys of 2020 HERE.

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50 States, 50 Scares – A List of Scary Novels Set In Each State

Ah, October — crisp nights, apple-picking, leaf-peeping, Halloween. To celebrate the spookiest season, The New York Times made a list of the scariest novel set in every state. Before you pick up one of these hair-raising, shiver-inducing novels, you’re going to want to close the curtains and check the locks (twice).

Of course, my favorite author, Stephen King earned two picks, one for Colorado and one for Oklahoma but surprisingly not Maine?

Stephen King, “The Shining” – Colorado

When Stanley Kubrick’s famous movie version was released in 1980, our critic Christopher Lehmann-Haupt revisited the original King novel. “It isn’t often that a book and a film relate to each other in such an intriguing way,” he wrote. “We miss in the film Mr. King’s careful development of the fact that the hotel is steadily coming ‘alive’ to a degree that the ghosts, which at first only Danny could recognize, gradually gain the power to act physically.”

Stephen King, “The Outsider” – Oklahoma

What begins as a police procedural about the murder and mutilation of a child swiftly morphs into something much more sinister. “I don’t want to spoil anything, but come on, this is Stephen King,” our reviewer, Victor LaValle, wrote in 2018. “Monsters of one kind or another are what the man does best, and ‘The Outsider’ delivers a good one.”

Check out the full list HERE.

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