Original Silver Surfer Actor Doug Jones Would ‘Jump at the Chance’ to Return in the MCU

Jones previously played the character in 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which was not a hit with critics or fans. However, Marvel Comics …

Doug Jones would “jump at the chance” to star in a Silver Surfer movie within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jones previously played the character in 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which was not a hit with critics or fans. However, Marvel Comics fans were beyond excited to see Norrin Radd on the big screen and were hoping that his spin-off movie was going to happen in the near future. J. Michael Straczynski was hired by Fox in 2007 to script the spin-off, but it never came into fruition.

In 2018, Fox decided to bring Brian K. Vaughan to develop the Silver Surfer movie, though it would later be gobbled up by Disney’s acquisition of Fox. Now, Marvel Studios has all of the previously owned Fox properties under their umbrella, which includes the Fantastic Four and X-Men characters. In a new interview, Doug Jones was asked whether or not he’d reprise the role of Norrin Radd. He had this to say.

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“If they were going to bring the Silver Surfer back to film, [if] it was offered to me, I would jump at the chance. I loved playing him. He was so heroic and angelic and Christ-like even. He’s the kind of superhero that I want to be in my real life. And beautiful. He had the best ass I’ve ever had on film. So if I could play him again, I would jump at the chance, sure.”

Doug Jones portrayed Norrin Radd in the Fantastic Four sequel, but his voice was provided by Laurence Fishburne. As of now, it’s not clear what Marvel Studios plans to do with the Fox properties that they recently acquired. The overall goal is to incorporate them, though only Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige knows how that will work out.

Ant-Man writer Adam McKay has said that a Silver Surfer movie is at the top of his list to make. “That’s the one I want to do. I would do anything to do Silver Surfer,” he said back in 2018. “Visually… You could do what the Wachowskis did with Speed Racer, with the Silver Surfer. At the same time, there’s a great emotional story in there, where a guy has to make the choice to save his planet.” A lot of comic book fans agree with McKay and hope that Kevin Feige has a solid plan to bring Norrin Radd back to the big screen.

As for incorporating X-Men characters into the MCU, it appears that Marvel Studios could be doing it in a subtle way. The Wakanda Files book was released earlier this week and it holds a ton of MCU info inside of it, including the insinuation that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch may have been mutants this whole time. It certainly looks like there is some retconning going on to bring the Fantastic Four and X-Men characters to the MCU. The interview with Doug Jones was originally conducted by Comic Book.

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Coolie No1 Star Varun Dhawan Enjoys Scuba Diving in the Maldives

The ‘Coolie no.1’ actor is spotted sporting orange coloured shorts, blue and white fitted full-sleeved t-shirt along with fins and other scuba diving …

On an exotic vacation to beat the lockdown blues, actor Varun Dhawan on Friday posted a breathtaking video of scuba diving in the Maldives. The 33-year-old star shared a mesmerising video on Instagram, in which he is seen enjoying his time doing scuba diving. In the clear blue sea, Varun is seen diving freely into the water along with other people. Bigg Boss 14: Vicky Kaushal To Varun Dhawan, Which Of These Actors Can Fit In Perfectly As Guest Host? VOTE

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Adding Coldplay’s ‘Paradise’ song in the video, that matches the actual scene in the video, the ‘Student Of The Year’ actor captioned the post “Paradise does exist on this planet.” Earlier this week, the actor shared a post to the photo-sharing platform that showcased Varun’s new friend – a rabbit, that he had met during the exotic trip.

Bullitt County Public Schools to return to remote learning

Students will learn remotely for the week of Oct. 26 to Oct. 30. “I know this decision is probably met with disappointment from many of you. I can assure …

BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WAVE) – Three days after returning to in-person classes, school officials in Bullitt County made the decision to move back to virtual at home learning.

As new luxury high rise breaks ground, many long for affordable housing

Jennifer Wilford knows all about the issues facing low-income families in Rock Hill. She is the director of housing and neighborhood services for the city.

ROCK HILL, S.C. — On Tuesday, Rock Hill leaders broke ground on a luxury high rise apartment complex, the first of its kind in the city.

Following that event, several people in the community spoke out to Channel 9, concerned about the lack of good, safe and affordable housing.

“That looks good for downtown, but there are people struggling,” said Jazmine Hunt. She grew up in Rock Hill, but said it’s hard to find something that’s nice and affordable here.

“I just want a cheap house, but I want it to look nice. Nice enough to have kids running around outside. Safe enough,” she said.

Antonio Mitchell moved out of an apartment in town because he could no longer afford it.

“I was paying $1,400 for a two bedroom. Not a three. Not a four, a two. I was living check to check for that house,” he said.

Mitchell now pays roughly $200 a month, and lives in an income-based complex run by the housing authority. Many of the complexes considered affordable are HUD-subsidized and have long waiting lists to get in.

When the upscale apartments called the Exchange at Rock Hill broke ground on Tuesday, some saw the $45 million project as a game changer for Rock Hill. Others saw it as the same game. $1,500 a month rent is an amount that many just can’t swing.

Jennifer Wilford knows all about the issues facing low-income families in Rock Hill. She is the director of housing and neighborhood services for the city.

“Affordable housing in Rock Hill, and everywhere. It’s a huge challenge,” Wilford said.

She said change has been slow to arrive, but a new policy put in place this summer requires builders who get certain financial incentives to set aside some units for lower-income renters.

“All of the developers that I’ve spoken with are open to those types of partnerships, but it’s finding those layers of the different programs, different policies, and different incentives to make these things work together,” she said.

One example is the former fairgrounds at Cherry Road and Constitution Boulevard, where a 100-plus unit mixed-use complex will go. It will all be affordable housing.

According to HUD, “affordable” basically means monthly rent is between $800 and $1,100. However, some don’t consider that affordable enough.

Some less expensive options are substandard or viewed as unsafe.

The high end “Exchange at Rock Hill” will have some affordable units when it opens next fall. However, the city and the developer are still negotiating how many there will be.

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2020 Philanthropy

2020 Philanthropy. The charity benefit model of the past is, frankly, history. Local organizations face a new challenge: Taking their annual soirees to …
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Mele Sosa

Mele Sosa

“We were all in different parts of the U.S., but we felt so close. I dressed up, even though I was at home, because for me it was a big celebration!”—Mele Sosa, wine educator and ambassador for Bodega Garzon

A majority of “attendees” of this year’s University of Minnesota WineFest didn’t wear tuxedos or ball gowns. And philanthropists connected to the 2020 Children’s Cancer Research Fund’s Dream Gala didn’t rub elbows with the CEO of This Company or the president of That Group. Instead, participants in two of the Twin Cities’ most successful annual fundraisers cozied up at home with their laptops—just like many of us have for happy hours, birthday parties, and seemingly everything else the last six months.

“We tried to throw the word ‘Zoom’ out of everything we did and said, This is a dedicated link to watch a livestream, to let people know that everything we’re doing is organically driven,” says Nick Engbloom, the University of Minnesota Foundation’s director of community partnerships. “We didn’t want to mimic other events, and we didn’t want it to be your typical Monday-to-Friday Zoom meeting.”

Katie Harms and Dana Harms

Katie Harms; Dana Harms, orthopedic surgeon at Allina

Katie Harms and Dana Harms

“I was surprised I got just as excited about silent auction bidding from a video platform as I would in person!” —Katie Harms, living spaces specialist at Space Options ID

But that’s not easy to accomplish—even when livestream events include emotional messages from young patients and messages from Twin Cities notables. And it comes at a price. WineFest, which benefits the U’s Masonic Children’s Hospital, was on track to raise $2 million at its May in-person gala. After initially postponing until 2021, the event team decided it was too important to the funding of the hospital—and the community—to miss out this year. The team started planning the June 13 virtual event less than two months before it happened, with a new goal of $500,000 (which they met).

Team leaders for another pillar community event, the CCRF Dream Gala, faced the same challenge: cancel and lose key funding for the year, or try something totally new and go digital. The first-ever Dream Stream took place in late April and raised more than $330,000 for cancer research—almost $1 million less than last year’s in-person event.

Mike Moore and Scott Hierlinger

Mike Moore; Scott Hierlinger, vice president at Nelson

Mike Moore and Scott Hierlinger

“This year wasn’t short on fun and helping the U of M Masonic Children’s Hospital! ” —Mike Moore, director of sales at Star Tribune

“It’s hard to say we exceeded our goal or didn’t meet our goal, because we didn’t even know how to set a goal,” says CCRF’s senior events coordinator, Sarah Ober. Raising money virtually—without live auctions, person-to-person connections, and the halo effect that comes from the shared-giving vibe of the room—is challenging. On the flip side, hosting virtually comes at a much smaller investment—no expenses for caterers, venues, florists, and other services that add up quickly. Still, that doesn’t necessarily mean the organizations are coming out on top.

Event teams are quick to acknowledge what they learned and can change and add to future virtual and in-person events. “I’m trying not to see these new virtual events as being temporary fixes for 2020,” Ober says.

Organizations also realize that with free “admission” to virtual galas and the ability to log on from anywhere, more people have access to events—people who previously couldn’t afford a three-figure ticket, or those who may have attended the event in the past but now live elsewhere. Families were able to introduce their kids or parents to philanthropic organizations they’re passionate about. Many in-person galas and fundraisers will still have ticket prices in the future, but organizations are considering free digital elements to engage broader audiences.

“We learned that even in the time that we’re living in, with this pandemic, people still want to make a difference and give back,” Engbloom says. “And we saw our dedicated donors are going to stay dedicated.”