Shazam! Fury of the Gods Brings Back the “Shazamily”: Inside DC’s New Superhero Adventure

In Sandberg’s words, it was nothing less than “a dream come true” to work with the trio who brought the goddesses to life. They’re not the only mythical beings in the sequel either, as the director teases that the film will feature many fantastical creatures, including Minotaurs, Harpies, and a Ray Harryhausen-inspired Cyclops. That juxtaposition of the magical and the mundanity of real-world Philadelphia was key to the tone but never posed a challenge to Sandberg. “It wasn’t really like, ‘Oh, it has to be like it’s part of our world.’ They just had to feel cool.”

They also had to feel scary. Sandberg cut his teeth on horror flicks like Annabelle: Creation and Lights Out before entering the DC pantheon. He used that experience to bring a very specific and effective blend of fear and fun to the first film, and he promises that the sequel will continue that thread. “When I was a kid, I loved seeing things that had that edge to them or had a little bit of danger. I love Raiders of the Lost Ark, faces melting off…I love that stuff. So to me, when you bring that little bit of scariness and edge to it, it makes the danger feel more real.”

Those unexpected tonal shifts are a large part of what made the first Shazam! movie feel so special. Combining the heart of a family film with the epic scope of superheroes and the spookiness of classics like Gremlins and Dark Crystal, it immediately stood out among its DC peers. So does that give the crew more freedom to tell a different kind of story? “I think so,” Sandberg says, “to a certain degree. That’s what I love about Shazam, that wish fulfillment you can’t do with any other character.”

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Be at Rugby World Cup 2023 in France with Gullivers Sports Travel

RWC 2023 kicks off later this year in France – and you can be there with Gullivers Sports Travel

The Rugby World Cup 2023 is taking place this year, so why not experience France and watch the all-important matches with Gullivers Sports Travel.

Visit the world-renowned Paris and visit the famous sites you’ve only seen from afar. Escape to Bordeaux and spend an afternoon trying the exquisite wines from the famous vineyards.

Stroll along the Promenade des anglaise in Nice whilst trying the many gelato flavours on offer, or why not extend your tour and visit many of the beautiful areas France has to offer, with fantastic rugby as the piece de resistance! Gullivers tours could allow you to try all that and more.

As the UK’s leading and longest-established rugby tour operator, Gullivers Sports Travel are now in their ninth appointment as an Official Rugby World Cup Travel Agent. Gullivers offer a variety of great value packages, from short match-breaks to longer trips which cover the full tournament.

You can curate your Gullivers trip to get the most out of your Rugby World Cup experience, with accommodation and match tickets guaranteed.

Packages will follow home nations such as England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland but packages are also available to see current World Cup holders South Africa, the legendary All Blacks and host nation, France, in action.

So why not experience the best of France and immerse yourself in what the host nation has to offer with peace of mind, knowing everything has been taken care of with Gullivers Sports Travel.

Visit Gullivers Sports Travel now to book your Rugby World Cup 2023 experience.

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World’s best hotel to be crowned this year in new list

The World’s 50 Best lists are famous for turning restaurants into household names. Take Noma, which went from a little-known Copenhagen restaurant to international phenomenon after it was crowned No. 1 in the world in 2010.

Now the company that has become a kingmaker for the globe’s top restaurants and bars is preparing to do the same for hotels.

The inaugural list of the World’s 50 Best Hotels will be released at a ceremony in September. As usual, the company will do its best to drive the hype: The winners will be revealed during a live countdown, culminating in the announcement of the No. 1 destination.

UK-based William Reed Business Media, which operates the World’s 50 Best rankings, sees an opportunity to fill a gap in the market.

“The hotel awards business has been quite locked up with advertisers/big business predominantly being the deciders of who are the winners,” says Yolanda Edwards, one of the new award’s nine unpaid regional “academy chairs” and the former creative director of Condé Nast Traveler U.S. “To have an independent award list that actually surfaces real favorites can not only bring to light incredible properties that might otherwise go unnoticed, it can also surface best practices that might have incredible impact on larger hospitality groups.”

Various companies publish star ratings or awards for hotels, such as Forbes and Condé Nast. Michelin includes hotels in its guides, which were originally produced to encourage road trips, and in 2021 expanded its hotel program. Countries or regions maintain standards for what they consider to be a 1-star to 5-star hotel.

None of them, arguably, singularly focus the public’s attention quite like a global rankings list that determines the best offering in the world.

And that raises a question: How can you determine that one

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UAE: Global Village Announces Special School Packages Offeri…

(MENAFN- Khaleej Times)

Published: Wed 4 Jan 2023, 12:05 PM

Dubai’s Global Village on Wednesday announced the launch of its Season 27 school packages, inviting teachers and students on a cultural journey around the world with fun learning activities for all ages.

To introduce students to a more wonderful, and sometimes unusual, world Global Village has created bespoke student experience packages.

  • School trips (starting from Dh85)

For an action packed morning, students will learn about different cultures and traditions from around the world at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, the only franchise of Ripley’s in the region with more than 260 unbelievable and incredible displays from all over the world.

Students will take a whole new look at themselves at Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze where they will learn about the laws of reflection, refraction and optical illusions, through more than 100 mirrors.

The tour also includes the Ripley’s Moving Theater 4D immersive experience that will introduce the students to the latest multi-sensory technology. As an additional add-on, students can enjoy the Snowfest Ice Rink a brand new synthetic outdoor ice rink, giving students the same experience as real ice skating but without the wet feet and runny noses. The School trip also includes a meal, a teacher’s educational kit with activities and exercises for their students.

  • After-school trip (starting from Dh100)

The Global Village after-school trip includes a full Ripley’s Believe It or Not! tour, and a dance workshop at the Kids’ Theatre taught by the Global Village Bollywood and Hip Hop dance crews. These classes are guaranteed to get the heart pumping and body moving.

Optional add-ons include the Snowfest Ice Rink experience, or a Caricature Workshop which provides a unique opportunity for budding artists to work with one of Global Village’s highly talented

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Life of grand adventure was a cheap fable | Comment

Perhaps the lesson is never to trust anyone who claims to believe in “the religion of kindness”. Apparently this was the travel writer Jan Morris’s professed creed. In fact, as her daughter Suki Morys wrote in The Sunday Times last weekend, Morris was a narcissistic bully whose parenting style alternated between neglect and abuse.

Jan told Suki she felt “utter contempt” for her and would often ask her to look over the will she had written — a will from which Suki was conspicuously excluded. Maybe we should put Morris down as “religion of kindness (non-practising)”.

Suki concedes that Morris was “a wonderful writer”. To this I feel compelled to reply: no she wasn’t. Morris will be remembered as the great Times journalist who scooped the news of Sir Edmund Hillary’s ascent of Everest. She will be remembered as a transgender pioneer. Her reputation as the greatest travel writer of her time cannot last. Her books are entertaining but they are also over-written, dense with cliché and filled with a pervading atmosphere of falsity.

Travel writers must tell the truth about the world. Especially when that truth is ugly or difficult. Morris did not. Her books repackage tourist fantasies: Venice is romantic and fading, Oxford is romantic and scholarly, Trieste is romantic and melancholy. Etc.

In great writers the coexistence of personal cruelty and artistic genius is confounding. How could Philip Larkin write such sensitive poems yet treat women so abysmally? With mediocre writers the connections between personal and literary failing are all too evident.

In Suki’s account, Morris was a self-mythologist interested not in the unhappy realities of family life but in a twee make-believe in which her daughter was not a depressed and insecure teenager but a picturesque person “as merry as a dancing star”. This, by

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Disney’s ‘Strange World’ is a family friendly adventure for kids

NEW YORK CITY — A new Disney animated movie features an all-star cast lending their voices to characters who go on an incredible journey. “Strange World” lives up to its title and the family film arrives just in time for the long Thanksgiving weekend.

With a movie that seems so perfect for kids, Eyewitness News Entertainment Reporter Sandy Kenyon enlisted the help of 9-year-old movie buff Floyd Horan who said the animated adventure was cool: “fun, exciting, exotic, and amazing.”

Entering a “Strange World,” audiences share a sense of wonder with a farmer, his wife and son who have traveled from their homeland to try and repair the source of its power.

Their journey takes them down a sinkhole where Searcher meets his father, a famous explorer who went missing years before.

Dennis Quaid lends his voice to Jaeger Clade, while Jake Gyllenhaal gives life to the son of the patriarch. Gabrielle Union plays Searcher’s wife.

Their characters are the parents of a gay son Ethan, voiced by Jaboukie Young-White.

“It’s three generations learning to be OK with everyone charting their own course,” Young-White said. “I love that.”

Ethan’s sense of amazement is shared by Horan who watched the movie too.

“My pupils like expanded a lot,” Horan said. He was wide-eyed with wonder at the sights and sounds.

It’s “never boring,” says the third grader, who’s urging all his friends to see “Strange World.”

“I’ve watched a lot of movies in my life and that was one of the best,” Horan said.

“Strange World” is from Disney, owned by the same parent company as this station.

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Mountaineer Rick Ridgeway on Chasing a Life of Adventure

Mountaineer Rick Ridgeway spent five decades traveling to uncharted regions, conquering the world’s most treacherous mountains, sometimes before anyone else. Here are his keys to achieving peak performance. — As told to Charles Thorp

Seek Inspiration

I’ve always had a passion for books, and I’ve been a big reader since I was a boy. It’s had a profound effect on my life on multiple occasions and initially inspired me to become a climber. I read a National Geographic story about the first American to climb Mount Everest and wanted to be like him. That guy was Jim Whittaker, and little did I know he’d be the leader of our first American ascent of K2 in ’78. It was around the time of my own K2 ascent when another book came out called The Snow Leopard. The naturalist George Schaller, who’s the main character, become my mentor and one of my best friends. I set up an expedition with Galen Rowell, Conrad Anker, and Jimmy Chin to find the birthing ground of the chiru, an endangered Tibetan antelope, to supported George’s research and help protect the animal. It was the most meaningful trip of my life. My home has a room where I’m completely surrounded by books, including the first one I bought when learning to climb called Freedom of the Hills. That room is one of my favorite places to be.

Redefine Peak Condition

I don’t remember any of my friends who were climbing back in the ‘60s or ‘70s ever going to a gym. None of us had a training regimen. We just climbed all the time and went on long hikes to get to the mountains before expeditions. The on-foot approaches to the landmark climbs people are familiar with were a lot longer than they are

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Video: Explore Your Boundaries – Argyll and The Isles explores Scotland’s Adventure Coast

From Markus Stitz: “After the success of their first two Explore Your Boundaries films, round the world cyclists Mark Beaumont and Markus Stitz have teamed up with Jenny Graham, the fastest woman to cycle around the world, and filmmaker and photographer Maciek Tomiczek to explore the boundary of Scotland’s Adventure Coast.

Their 500-mile (800km) route is a key feature of Wild About Argyll’s Pedaddling initiative, led by Argyll & The Isles Tourism Cooperative with funding from VisitScotland, which is showcasing the wealth of people-powered adventures available to the novice and the enthusiast across the breadth of Argyll and the Isles, easily accessible by public transport.”

Directed by: Markus Stitz

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Kenpong Travel and Tours ladies storm Achimota Golf Club with 2022 World Cup packages

Sports News of Saturday, 30 July 2022


Kenpong is raising fans to support Ghana at the World Cup Kenpong is raising fans to support Ghana at the World Cup

The campaign by Kenpong Travel and Tour to woo Ghanaians to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup is still underway with the team visiting the Achimota Golf Club on Saturday, July 30, 2022.

The visit by the eye-pleasing ladies of Kenpong Travel and Tours to the Achimota Golf Club which is composed by some of Ghana’s foremost businessmen and entrepreneurs was to evoke their interest in the 2022 World Cup and encourage them to go to Qatar and support the Black Stars.

The Kenpong Travel and Tour team provided exhaustive education on the awesome and bespoke packages on offer.

The official explained that the World Cup is a football festival that everyone must endeavor to be part of and that Qatar as a host is great venue for tourism and relaxation.

They intimated that with the availability of world-class hotels, interesting tourist sites and history-laden museums, patrons will not only enjoy the football festival but also experience one of the world’s highly-ranked tourism destinations.

Already, members of the East Legon Executive Fitness Club led by Osei Kwame Despite and Ofori Sarpong have confirmed their patronage of the premium package being offered by Kenpong Travel and Tours.

Their readiness follows visits by the Group chairman of Kenpong Group of Companies, Kennedy Agyapong (Kenpong) in which he explained in detail the packages and the need for them to be in Qatar in November.

It is expected that the team will in the coming days visit other prestigious groups, clubs and organizations to get them to be part of the global football showpiece.

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