Today, we will be changing the multiverse ID and removing the Gatherer card image for the card Invoke Prejudice, originally printed in 1994. The card is racist and made even worse by the multiverse ID it was unfortunately codified with years ago. There’s no place for racism in our game, nor anywhere else.
But to that point, it should never have been published nor placed in the Gatherer. And for that we are sorry. The events of the past weeks and the ongoing conversation about how we can better support people of color have caused us to examine ourselves, our actions, and our inactions. We appreciate everyone helping us to recognize when we fall short. We should have been better, we can be better, and we will be better.
To that end, we will be removing a number of images from our database that are racist or culturally offensive, including:
- Invoke Prejudice
- Stone-Throwing Devils
- Pradesh Gypsies
Replacing those card images will be the following statement:
“We have removed this card image from our database due to its racist depiction, text, or combination thereof. Racism in any form is unacceptable and has no place in our games, nor anywhere else.”
Additionally, these cards will be banned in all sanctioned tournament play.
There’s much more work to be done as we continue to make our games, communities, and company more inclusive. Know that we work every day to be better and that we hear you. We look forward to sharing more of our plans with you as our games and organization evolve.
At AMC Theatres, we think it is absolutely crucial that we listen to our guests. Accordingly, and with the full support of our scientific advisors, we are reversing course and are changing our guest mask policy. As we reopen theatres, we now will require that all AMC guests nationwide wear masks as they enter and enjoy movies at our theatres.
Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, announced today that it will publish a script book based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II, a new play by Jack Thorne. The Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book will be published in print in the United States and Canada at 12:01 a.m. on July 31, 2016. Published in hardcover under Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books imprint, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (ISBN 978-1-338-09913-3; All Ages), the eighth Harry Potter story, will be priced at $29.99 U.S. and $39.99 Canada. The script eBook will be published by Pottermore simultaneously with the print editions by Scholastic in the US and Canada, and Little, Brown Book Group in the UK.
In making the announcement, Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic Trade, said, “As the U.S. print publisher, Scholastic introduced Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World to American readers nearly 20 years ago and experienced firsthand the anticipation and excitement of the publication of each of the books over the years. We are thrilled to publish Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this summer.”
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth Harry Potter story, and the first to officially be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.
SOURCE: Scholastic Corporation
Fathom Events, New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures will present all three extended editions of The Hobbit Trilogy across a three-night theatrical event, featuring The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Monday, October 5; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Wednesday, October 7; and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on Tuesday, October 13. Each of the features will play at 7:30 p.m. local time. This is the first time that the extended editions have been shown in movie theaters, including the never-before-seen extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. In addition to the events, there will be a special on-screen introduction from the Trilogy’s director, co-screenwriter and producer Peter Jackson.
Tickets for The Hobbit Trilogy are now on sale and can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com, or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 500 movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) – Monday, October 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who—along with the Wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves, led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield—is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug. Along the path, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of a “precious” ring tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways he cannot begin to know.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) – Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, continue their journey to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Along the way they encounter the skin-changer Beorn, giant Spiders of Mirkwood, Wood-elves led by Legolas, Tauriel, and King Thranduil, and a mysterious Man named Bard, who smuggles them into Lake-town. Finally reaching the Lonely Mountain, they face their greatest danger – the Dragon Smaug.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) – Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
The Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed their homeland, but now must face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon, Smaug, upon Lake-town. As Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor under the weight of his reclaimed wealth, Bilbo is forced to make a desperate and dangerous choice, not knowing that even greater perils lie ahead—Sauron, the Dark Lord, has returned to Middle-earth. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide—unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends as five great armies go to war.
“We are excited to give fans the first chance to see the extended editions of this Trilogy in cinemas,” said Fathom Events CEO John Rubey. “The incredible cinematography and action in each feature will be even better on the big screen and will give Hobbit fans a chance to binge-watch as a community!”
SOURCE: Fathom Events
New Covenant Productions proudly presents chart-topping country legends WILLIE NELSON and MERLE HAGGARD live in concert on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Indiana University Auditorium in Bloomington, Indiana located at 1211 E 7th Street.
TICKETS: Tickets are on sale NOW at the IU Auditorium box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.
New Covenant Productions proudly presents Rock & Roll Hall of Famers LYNYRD SKYNYRD live in concert on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at Emens Auditorium in Muncie, Indiana located at 1800 West Riverside Avenue.
Tickets on sale now.
$86 | $66 | $56 | $46
$1.00 per ticket sold will be donated to The Skynyrd Foundation
Tickets can be purchased at the Emens Auditorium box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. All tickets are subject to service fees.
STEPHEN PEARCY, Legendary voice of Ratt will open the Rushville’s Riverside Park Amphitheater 2015 Free Summer Concert Series, bringing to life classic metal music and new songs including the current PEARCY hit single, “I Can’t Take It” from his newest solo release titled “SMASH.”
Special guests: The Easthills.
Saturday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Rushville’s Riverside Park Amphitheater
100 West Water Street
Rushville, IN 46173
Fathom Events and Disney are working together to present a special screening of “Insider Access to Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’” in select U.S. movie theaters on Tuesday, June 16, 2015—three days before “Inside Out” hits theaters nationwide. Kicking off at 6 p.m. CT and 7 p.m. ET/MT/PT/AK/HI, this one-night event will include 15 minutes of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from Pixar Animation Studios, the new “LAVA” short, a screening of the full-length feature “Inside Out,” plus a Q&A with director Pete Docter, producer Jonas Rivera and the voice of Joy, Amy Poehler, via satellite from their Australian tour—live in ET /CT zones and tape-delayed everywhere else. In addition, event attendees will receive a limited edition “Inside Out” commemorative poster and lanyard that includes a special code for access to digital extras.
Tickets for “Insider Access to Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’” are now available at online at www.FathomEvents.com and at participating theater box offices. Audiences will be able to enjoy the event in more than 600 select movie theaters around the country. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“‘Inside Out’ gives us a chance to take the audience to a world that everyone knows about but no one has ever been before—inside the mind,” said Docter. “So many people contribute to a movie like this and we can’t wait to share a little bit of what goes on behind the scenes—it’s a long journey, but it’s so much fun.”
“We’re excited to offer moviegoers the ultimate fan experience for ‘Inside Out’ and an exclusive look into the creation of the film,” said Fathom Events CEO John Rubey. “Hearing the cast and crew discuss the film live from Australia is an opportunity not to be missed.”
“A movie like ‘Inside Out’—with its original story and incredible characters—really inspires and intrigues people of all ages,” said Dave Hollis, executive vice president, Disney’s theatrical exhibition sales and distribution. “We love it when we can immerse fans in our movies with really special opportunities like this.”
Columbus has made a name for itself with its collection of cutting-edge, forward-thinking architecture. To complement that, ArtFEST will offer visitors a chance to see the world-renowned designs and the works of nearly 100 local, regional and national artists.
The fifth annual ArtFEST will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 23 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 24 in the Columbus Arts District. The event is free. The juried art show showcases the talents of nearly 100 artists from 16 states and will on both Washington and 4th streets in the historic downtown.
In addition to artists, there are plenty of opportunities for hands-on experiences. The Columbus Area Arts Council is hosting Meltdown, its annual Iron Pour and Glass Forming Workshops, where participants can create their own art objects. Lisa Pelo of Hot Blown Glass Studios will lead glass-blowing demonstrations and hands-on workshops where 45 participants will make their own glass paperweights (register in advance by calling 812-276-253).
For those who want to extend their stay and make it a long weekend, there will be an iron pour at 7 p.m., Aug. 22, in Mill Race Park where artists and foundry employees will work side-by-side for iron pour demonstrations where they will pour molten iron into 3D forms and scratch blocks to create pieces of art. Lead sculpture artist Jim Brenner considers Columbus the perfect place for an iron pour, because of the city’s historical relationship between industry and the arts. Columbus is home to Cummins, which designs and manufactures diesel engines.
3D works from artists working with glass and metal will be featured in an invitational group show at Mill Race Center, in conjunction with the Arts Council’s Meltdown. Works by many of the artists leading the Iron Pour will be featured in the show.
Eight new large-scale, outdoor sculptures by nationally recognized artists can be viewed at various locations throughout the Columbus Arts District. These pieces, part of the 2014 Columbus Indiana Sculpture Biennial, supplements the city’s permanent public art and will be on display through May 2016.
Fourth Street will come alive during the weekend with local and regional bands playing a wide array of musical styles, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Aug. 23 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 24.
“ArtFEST is the perfect time for people to experience Columbus,” said Lynn Lucas, executive director of the Columbus Area Visitors Center. “In addition to the festival, local shops and restaurants will be open, and there are a variety of walking and bus tours.”
The Columbus Architecture Tour is at 10 a.m. Friday and at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tours of the Miller House (the country’s most highly regarded example of a mid-century modern residence, which epitomizes the international modernist aesthetic) are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations are required for all tours.
For more information about ArtFEST or to schedule a tour, go to: www.columbus.in.us.
Crystal Light is kicking off its presenting sponsorship with Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert and her 30-city “Platinum” Tour by debuting the U.S.’s first-ever “Playable Poster” at concert venues across the country. The beloved low-calorie drink mix is launching the new, innovative technology – in partnership with U.K.-based conductive ink startup, Novalia – to allow fans who attend Lambert’s shows to touch a Crystal Light poster and literally “spin” her record, unlocking audio tracks from her new album.
“We’re excited to bring this cutting-edge Playable Poster technology to legions of Miranda Lambert fans nationwide,” said Jennifer Dahlgren, Senior Brand Manager for Crystal Light. “These posters will give our consumers a really unique way to experience Miranda’s music that is both memorable and fun.”
The Playable Poster combines touch and sound with printed graphics to “hack” paper – or reimagine the way paper is printed and how consumers interact with it. How it works: Conductive ink is printed on the reverse of the poster, creating touch sensors that can pick up electrical signals from fingers. The conductive ink is connected to a processor – similar to an iPad, but on paper – and an electric speaker is attached to the back, turning the poster into a megawatt speaker.
“I’m always thrilled to introduce new ways for my fans to interact with my music,” said Lambert. “What better way to kick off the ‘Platinum’ Tour than with my favorite brand Crystal Light, and a fun, unique way for concert-goers to enjoy my album.”
The posters, designed by Chicago-based agency VSA Partners, will be found at concerts on the Crystal Light Presents “Platinum” Tour, which kicked off on July 10(th ) and continues through September.
“Once consumers touch a product, we have observed that they are significantly more likely to purchase or remember it, and this is what conductive ink enables for printed graphics,” said Kate Stone, Founder of Novalia. “Posters create high visibility, while sound is what the concert experience is all about. Bringing the two together is a natural fit for on-site product sampling for fans of Crystal Light and Lambert alike.”
Novalia was first discovered and matched with Crystal Light by Evol8tion, a NY-based innovation boutique that specializes in connecting early-stage technology startups with brands.
“Conductive ink changes the game by bringing printed out-of-home and point-of-sale creative to life,” said Joseph Jaffe, CEO and Co-founder of Evol8tion. “This kind of early stage innovation surprises and delights consumers and turns events into truly interactive experiences.”
SOURCE: Kraft Foods Group