In an exclusive preview session put on for the TVR Car Club, the new TVR Sagaris 2 prototype was revealed in a flourish of vents and Britishness. Details have not been made public, but the new Sagaris appears to get a revised rear fascia and replaces the bizarre side exit rear exhaust with a more traditional straight cut rear facing set of tips. But the biggest visual changes are on the inside. The cabin gets the biggest visual upgrades with a new center console and a big touch screen panel for vehicle systems control. We're not yet sure what happened to the sweet inline six, but we'll keep our ears perked up for all the details on the freshened baby TVR. [TVR Car Club] Advertisement … [Read more...] about TVR Reveals Sagaris 2 Prototype, Sending Fender Vent Futures Up Sharply On Early Morning Trading
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I admit that I instinctively hated the Kony 2012 Campaign as soon as I watched 15 seconds of the effort's new viral video, produced by non-profit Invisible Children, which pledges to make extremely evil Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony famous, "not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice." Okay, to be perfectly honest, I was skeptical before I even pressed play, since no less than 15 of my Facebook friends had posted about the video, beseeching everyone to "stop tweeting" and pay attention to the video's 30 minute message. Fine, I thought, clicking on the video and wondering why the people who usually bombarded me with cat memes and status updates about getting high and eating McDonalds were suddenly fervent supporters of Ugandan children. "Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come," proclaims the video, which was uploaded yesterday and already has over four million views on YouTube. That idea is to make Kony, who … [Read more...] about Think Twice Before Donating to Kony 2012, the Charitable Meme du Jour
Oscar-nominated Ray of Pure Joy and Light Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is one of the best superhero movies of all time. It’s a movie so visually stunning, that we just couldn’t wait to get our hands on its accompanying art book to learn just how one of the most inventive animated features of recent memory came to be—and it’s packed with cool little details about the making of the film. Advertisement 1) The production team had a very cute (but grim) name for Earth-1610's Peter Parker. The practically perfect Spider-Man we and Miles meet early on in Spider-Verse—voiced by Chris Pine, in a major boost to his rankings among the Hollywood Chrises—exists in the movie to...well, die. Given that his limited role is defined by the fact he needs to fall in battle in front of a young, recently powered-up Miles led to the team behind the film giving this version of Spidey a rather grim nickname: RIPeter. Get it? Advertisement 2) Mahershala … [Read more...] about 8 of the Coolest Details We Learned From
An international team of researchers say they’ve found fossils dating back to at least 3.77 billion years ago, making them the oldest fossils ever found on our planet. The discovery, though sure to attract scrutiny, has implications for our understanding of how life got started on Earth—and how it may have emerged elsewhere. Published today in Nature, the new study provides direct evidence of microbial activity in and around ancient hydrothermal vents. Found on a beach in northwestern Quebec, the fossils date back an astounding 3.77 billion years, which is less than a billion years after the formation of the solar system and our planet. This discovery suggests that habitable conditions appeared very early in Earth’s history, highlighting the apparent ease with which life is capable of emerging—whether it be on our planet or somewhere else. Advertisement Where and when life first emerged on Earth is still a mystery. This latest research suggests that some … [Read more...] about Scientists Claim to Have Found Our Planet’s Oldest Fossils
What Are You Watching? is a weekly space for The A.V Club’s film critics and readers to share their thoughts, observations, and opinions on movies new and old. Funny how that happens. Out of all the movies I’ve watched for non-work-related reasons in the past few weeks, the two I thought were the most interesting both used the deadliness of firearms as an important metaphor. The first of these was The Profession Of Arms—a demanding, persuasive, very smart Italian historical film about 16th-century European warfare, made in 2001 by Ermanno Olmi (The Tree Of Wooden Clogs, Il Posto), a post-neorealist whose name recognition in the United States probably exceeds his viewership. I have a nagging suspicion that I myself have never given the man his proper due. In watching The Profession Of Arms, the first things a viewer learns about political life in the Europe of the early 1500s is that it was inhospitable—drafty rooms, muddy landscapes barely visible through fog … [Read more...] about Movies vs. guns
We're excited for the new, compact 2015 Jeep Renegade. But, will it go off-road? We called up Jeep's chief engineer and asked. He gave us exclusive, never-before-seen specs and details. The Renegade is an all-new Jeep, based on the parent company's new "Small Wide" platform, also used by the Fiat 500L. It's scheduled to go on-sale this December. Advertisement We're excited about it because, as a subcompact or "B Segment" vehicle, it promises to provide the frugality and urban practicality of a small car with the adventure capability of, well…a Jeep. Living in a city — Los Angeles — a small car makes a ton of sense for me. I need good fuel economy, a car that's easy to park and, since I spend all my money on motorcycles and camping, a low price is a big help too. But, I also spend virtually every weekend out in the mountains or desert, so I need a car that can make it down a difficult dirt road that may be washed out, full of deep sand or covered in slippery … [Read more...] about Will The 2015 Jeep Renegade Be Any Good Off-Road?