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If you smoke flour, like 99.9% of us reading this site do, you have a serious need to get rid of the lingering odor that smoke graces us with.  I won’t call it a foul odor, because as a weed smoker, I enjoy the aftermath of a good smoke and like it to linger around for a while.  I’m probably in the minority with that thought, but still, there’s a serious need for a product that eliminates blunt smells and other odors associated with smoking marijuana.

Until now!  

I’ve found a product that when I stumbled into it, I thought it was too good to be true.  It promised to “not be your Grandma’s air freshener,” and I can agree, it’s anything but that!  I was shocked that I found this, because I spend a lot of time on cannabis forums, and I’d never heard of this product (and people talk about eliminating odor all the time on those forums.)

These air fresheners, called Blunt Power, are sold in many scents – over 250 of them at the last time I made an order, so you can customize your smelling sensations to your liking.  (I go into which ones I like down below.)  So what was my experience like?  Please read on to hear about my experience with the Blunt Power air fresheners.

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What are Blunt Power Air Fresheners Like?

I have one word for this question:  POWERFUL.

On my first use, I accidentally sprayed myself (I took a bad angle) and the Pine Air scent got into my shirt.  It was a pleasant smell that had me thinking I was in the mountains of Colorado, which I really love, so I wore that around all day.  These air fresheners are easy to use, easy to carry around, and they smell amazing.  Check out the picture below of the few products that I sampled. Again, they have many scents, over 250 in fact, and I just chose a few that I thought would be interesting to try out and see how they performed.  I’ve been recommending these to friends of mine, both people who smoke, and who don’t smoke, because they work that well.  I’ve found they work on the following:

  • Pet Odors
  • Odor from sports equipment
  • Food left in the car overnight on accident
  • Create a pleasant aroma in your home or vehicle – almost like incense does.

What Makes Blunt Power Different?

Almost anything you buy in a big box retail store will be an air freshener that is water and alcohol based.  That’s why the smell disappears so fast!

Blunt Power uses an oil-based formula designed to linger around any room.  It’s as simple as using a few sprays and they will last for many days.  It seems hard to believe, and over my years of smoking marijuana, I’ve tried everything from incense, to Lysol, to those tree air fresheners in my car.  NOTHING works as well as Blunt Power.

At the end of the day, if Snoop Dogg uses this air freshener, is there really a better option?  

Here are the scents I sampled as well as a quick take on each one.

Check Them Out at BluntPower.com.

Blunt Power Reviews

Here’s my take on each flavor I tried:

Coconut Vanilla:

The scent is straight from the beaches of Malibu in my opinion, while their website describes it as a coconut vanilla cream pie scent.  Either way, it’s amazing!

Ocean Breeze:

A rejuvenating, fresh spray that had me feeling the smells of the ocean, no matter how far inland I was!

Pine Air:

Think Mountains and pine needles. Is there anything more wintergreen than that?  

Coffee:

The great smell of espresso beans can clean up the worst lingering odors!

Pineapple:

Imagine smelling a freshly sliced Hawaiian pineapple.  I’ll just leave it right there.  

The company also sells incense, but I didn’t sample any of those.  I find these as the perfect product to have in your car, in your home, at your office, and in your locker.

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Mandy Moore Reclaims Her Power

By Kara Mayer Robinson

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Last May, between seasons of her megahit NBC television series This Is Us, actor Mandy Moore, who plays mother-of-three Rebecca Pearson, took on Mount Everest.

On a weeklong excursion with a group of hikers led by a professional guide, Moore, 35, trekked through the Himalayas to reach Everest Base Camp (elevation: 17,500 feet). No, she didn’t climb to the top of the world’s highest peak — that’s an endeavor that takes 2 months and serious mountaineer training — but it was monumental for someone who’s spent the last 5 years reclaiming her life. “I’m trying to enjoy things and challenge myself,” Moore says. “I’m kind of stepping into my power, owning who I am and what it’s taken to bring me here.”

Standing Still

For the better part of a decade, Moore felt like she was drifting.

At 14, she was “discovered” for her singing talent and was quickly signed by Epic Records. When her first single, “Candy,” sped to the top of the Billboard charts, she burst into the spotlight alongside teen-pop idols like Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. Not long after, she tackled acting, landing roles in movies like The Princess Diaries and A Walk to Remember.

“I was thrust into an adult world that was really unexpected. I just kept putting one foot in front of the other and working hard,” she says. “Then in my mid- to late 20s, I allowed myself to take my foot off the gas and coast. I allowed myself to be a drifter.”

In 2009, Moore married singer-songwriter Ryan Adams. She didn’t immediately realize it, but her marriage took a toll on her emotional health and on her music. “I found myself in a relationship where I allowed myself to be as insignificant as possible to make the other person more comfortable,” she says. “I allowed the idea of music and my role in music and the role of music in my life to be diminished because I was intimidated. I wanted to allow as much room as possible for this other person and what he was doing, so I just kind of abandoned it.”

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Six years later, they split up. “I realized I couldn’t keep going like this,” she says. Moore missed music and acting, and she felt rudderless: “I realized how deeply unhappy I was and how deeply unhealthy the situation was, and that if I wanted to reclaim my life, I had to do the work and take the steps to dig myself out.”

With the help of friends, family, journaling, and therapy, she started rebuilding herself and her life. Talking about her struggles and reflecting on her choices and what motivated them was key — and it still is. “I’m constantly examining things,” she says.

Off on the Right Foot

Last November, Moore married musician and Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith. On their honeymoon to Chile, the newly hitched duo hiked — and hiked and hiked. It wasn’t their first time: They’d already scaled Mount Kilimanjaro. Nor was it the last. Last spring, they trekked through New Zealand.

It isn’t just sky-high summits and far-flung destinations that draw Moore to hiking. On weekends, when she isn’t lolling around her Los Angeles home with Goldsmith and their three cats and two dogs, she loves lacing up and heading to a local trail.

“I’m really interested in getting into the slightly more technical side of climbing and being able to go on peaks like Mount Rainier and Mount Baker,” she says. “But for now, I’m sticking to just slowly walking uphill and enjoying the surroundings. I find it so meditative and grounding. It’s sort of the perfect cure-all.”

She’s onto something. Studies suggest exercising in nature restores your emotional well-being and relieves stress. It’s also a stellar physical workout. It strengthens your quads, hamstrings, calves, glutes, and core, and raises your heart rate for a cardio workout.

Note: If you’re considering stepping up to Moore’s level, it takes serious training to prepare for long days climbing and descending and the physical demands of extreme altitude. “Going up too fast, which many people do, significantly increases your chances of developing altitude illness, which can be fatal,” says Eric A. Weiss, MD, a professor of emergency medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Attempting to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain is another level entirely. “At a minimum, one would need to prepare both physically and mentally and acquire the requisite mountaineering skill set before attempting Everest,” says Weiss. He says you’d need experience climbing technical mountains above 5,000 meters and can’t simply rely on a guide service to get you to the summit and back. The conditions are hazardous, and overcrowding has become a big problem. This year alone, at least 11 people died on Mount Everest.

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Along the Way

To stay fit, Moore supplements her hikes with trainer-led workouts and gym classes. “I try to do it at least three to four times a week to get the blood flowing,” she says. She also watches what she eats. Moore has digestive issues and gluten sensitivity, which often leads to bloating, gas, and lethargy. After seeing various doctors, doing bloodwork, and having an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy, she knows it’s not celiac disease. But she still isn’t sure of the cause. “The only thing that’s helped is a food sensitivity panel,” she says.

“Food sensitivities are a common cause of lethargy, bloating, and gas,” says Peyton Berookim, MD, director of the Gastroenterology Institute of Southern California. “Food sensitivity panels can help identify specific foods a person may be sensitive to. Eliminating them can improve or prevent symptoms.”

Moore discovered that along with a bacterial overgrowth in her small intestine, for which she takes supplements, she’s sensitive to several of her favorite foods, like salmon. “I was a huge salmon fan — I had it pretty much every day! No wonder I felt bad all the time,” she says. Salmon is now out of the equation, along with dairy, beef, gluten, and soybeans.

Her new staples are eggs, chicken, cod, and halibut. She and Goldsmith are big snackers, so they often reach for almonds, cashews, macadamias, and nut cheeses. She also loves homemade gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, which she makes with almond flour. Plus, it’s easy to find healthy options around town. “We live in Los Angeles, the land of salads and green juices,” she says.

Lifelong Expedition

Staying healthy helps Moore deliver the goods onscreen. Simply sitting in the makeup chair to prepare for This Is Us requires endurance. “It takes about 3½ hours to be present-day Rebecca. It took 6 hours to be Rebecca in the future,” she says.

One of the hallmarks of the show is its use of timelines, jumping between flashbacks, present day, and flash-forwards. Moore plays Rebecca at different ages, from her mid-20s to her mid-80s, which she says is the most gratifying experience she’s ever had.

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It’s also a role that landed Moore her first Emmy nomination — for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series this year. (The winner will be announced Sept. 22.)

Moore hints we’ll see more of “future Rebecca,” who first appeared in last year’s season finale, but not necessarily right away. “I think they’re going to parse it out and save it for a little bit later,” she says. (The show was recently renewed for three seasons.) This season, she says, will focus on the courtship of young Jack and Rebecca, which she’s thrilled about. “We get to go back to the ’70s,” says Moore. “I love those happy-go-lucky days working with Milo [Ventimiglia]. And the fun clothes!”

Moore is also excited about her upcoming movie, Midway, which premieres in November and stars Dennis Quaid. “It’s a big, sweeping, epic war saga about the Battle of Midway, a pivotal naval battle that took place in the Pacific Ocean midway through World War II,” she says.

With her acting career on solid ground, Moore is setting her sights on doing more of what she’s passionate about. “I can’t wait to have a family. I can’t wait to continue this career trajectory that I started 20 years ago,” she says. One week after Everest, for the first time in years, Moore returned to the recording studio.

“In Nepal, I was thinking a lot about the things that scare me. I was thinking about the rest of the year, about the next 5 years, like, ‘What do you want to do? What’s holding you back?’ ” she says.

Moore had an epiphany: Instead of letting other people’s definitions of her as a musician hold her back, it was time to reclaim her music. “I was thinking, ‘What prevents me from just getting out there and having some small performances here in Los Angeles?’ It doesn’t have to be the end-all, be-all,” she says. The way to scale a mountain, after all, is one step at a time.

“It’s taken me to this point to recognize I have the power to control the narrative, the projects that I want to do, the people I want to work with, and how I choose to spend my time,” she says. “I haven’t put out a record in over a decade, but I’m not nervous anymore. I’m invigorated and excited to put that behind me and plow forward into the future.”

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Take a Hike!

Inspired to hit the trails like Mandy Moore? Get off on the right foot with these tips.

  • Check the weather. If a rainstorm is in the forecast, reschedule.
  • Always tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to return.
  • Wear good hiking shoes to avoid aches, pains, and blisters. Carry tape or moleskin for blisters and hotspots.
  • Not sure what you need? The American Hiking Society suggests good footwear, a map and compass or GPS, water, food, extra clothes or raingear, a safety light and whistle, first aid, a multipurpose tool, sunscreen, and a daypack.
  • Bring easy-to-carry, nonperishable snacks like trail mix, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, energy bars, and jerky.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink water before a hike, and carry 2 cups for every hour.
  • Go at your own pace. Take rest breaks when you need them.
  • Start easy and work your way up with distance, time, and hills.
  • Mix it up. Try converted railway trails, dirt paths, city parks, or wilderness trails.
  • Ready for the next level? Pick up your pace, try steeper trails, or carry a backpack with weight in it.

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Sources

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Peyton Berookim, MD, director, Gastroenterology Institute of Southern California.

Eric A. Weiss, MD, professor of emergency medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “5 Food Tips for Camping and Hiking.”

American Hiking Society: “Hiking Trails in America: Pathways to Health.”

The Wilderness Society: “Tips for Great Hiking.”

National Geographic: “Nepal: Everest Base Camp Trek.”

Harvard Medical School: “Health benefits of hiking: Raise your heart rate and your mood.”

CNN: “Everest death toll rises to 11 amid overcrowding concerns.”

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Geena Davis Joins DreamWorks’ ‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’

Oscar-winner Geena Davis has joined the third season of DreamWorks’ GLAAD and Emmy-nominated Netflix original series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power in a recurring guest roleOn Friday, She-Ra executive producer Noelle Stevenson joined Davis onstage at the Bentonville Film Festival to share the news during a fireside chat discussing representation and inclusion in entertainment titled “She for She: Power of the Pack.”

Davis voices a character named Huntara, the imposing leader of the Crimson Waste who reluctantly helps Adora, Glimmer and Bow on a quest.

Davis joins an ensemble cast from seasons one and two that includes Aimee Carrero (Young & Hungry), AJ Michalka (The Goldbergs), Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad),Lauren Ash (Superstore), Marcus Scribner (black-ish), Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black) Vella Lovell (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains), Sandra Oh (Killing Eve), Christine Woods (Hello Ladies), Jordan Fisher (Grease: Live), Merit Leighton (Alexa and Katie), Adam Ray (American Vandal) and Krystal Joy Brown (Motown: The Musical).

Executive produced by Noelle Stevenson, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the story of an orphaned princess named Adora, who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the legendary warrior She-Ra. Along the way, she finds a new surrogate family in the Rebellion as she unites a group of magical princesses in the ultimate fight against evil.

The third season of the acclaimed animated series is set to arrive on Netflix on August 2.

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Muscle Power Might Be Key to Long Life

FRIDAY, April 12, 2019 — If you want to celebrate many more birthdays, new research suggests you should speed up your weight-lifting routine.

Boosting muscle power, which is different than muscle strength, translated into longer lives, the Brazilian scientists said.

What exactly is the difference?

For example, climbing stairs requires muscle power — the faster you climb, the more power you need. But holding or pushing a heavy object only requires muscle strength.

“Rising from a chair in old age and kicking a ball depends more on muscle power than muscle strength, yet most weight-bearing exercise focuses on the latter,” said researcher Claudio Gil Araujo. He’s director of research and education at the Exercise Medicine Clinic – CLINIMEX, in Rio de Janeiro.

“Our study shows for the first time that people with more muscle power tend to live longer,” Araujo said in a European Society of Cardiology news release.

The study included nearly 3,900 adults, aged 41 to 85, with an average age of 59, whose maximum muscle power was assessed.

Over an average follow-up of 6.5 years, 10% of the men and 6% of the women died.

Participants with maximal muscle power above the median for their gender had the best survival rates. Compared to those above the median, those in the lowest and second-lowest quarters below the median had a 10 to 13, and 4 to 5 times greater risk of dying during the study period, respectively.

The study was to be presented Friday at a European Society of Cardiology meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. Research presented at meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

“We now show that power is strongly related to all-cause [death]. But the good news is that you only need to be above the median for your sex to have the best survival, with no further benefit in becoming even more powerful,” Araujo said.

“For strength training at the gym, most people just think about the amount of weight being lifted and the number of repetitions, without paying attention to the speed of execution,” Araujo said. “But for optimal power training results, you should go beyond typical strength training and add speed to your weight lifts.”

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more about exercise and physical activity.

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Posted: April 2019

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Monkeys run amok in India’s corridors of power

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s government faces a tough re-election battle next year but first it must deal with an opponent as wily as any political rival, troops of monkeys that have become a big threat around its offices in New Delhi.

Red-faced rhesus macaques have spread havoc, snatching food and mobile telephones, breaking into homes and terrorizing people in and around the Indian capital.

They have colonized areas around parliament and the sites of key ministries, from the prime minister’s office to the finance and defense ministries, frightening both civil servants and the public.

“Very often they snatch food from people as they are walking, and sometimes they even tear files and documents by climbing in through the windows,” said Ragini Sharma, a home ministry employee.

Ahead of Tuesday’s start of parliament’s winter session, an advisory to members of parliament last month detailed ways they could keep simian attacks at bay. Don’t tease or make direct eye contact with a monkey, the advisory said, and definitely don’t get between a mother and her infant.

The rapid growth of cities has displaced macaques, geographically the most widely distributed primates in the world after humans, driving them into human habitats to hunt for food.

Many in Hindu-majority India revere and feed the animals they consider to be connected to the demigod Hanuman, who takes the form of a monkey.

“This socio-religious tradition of feeding has created a vicious cycle,” said ecology researcher Asmita Sengupta.

“They become used to being fed by humans and lose their sense of fear,” said Sengupta, of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment.

“They start actively seeking supplementary food and if we don’t feed them, they turn aggressive.”

A monkey sits on a pavement outside India’s Parliament building in New Delhi, India, November 15, 2018. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

‘APE REPELLERS’

The monkeys have hardly proved an ally for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Hundreds of macaques feasting on optic fiber cables strung along the banks of the river Ganges derailed his plan to roll out wifi in his constituency, the crowded 3,000-year-old holy city of Varanasi, in 2015.

Men were hired to swat the monkeys away with broomsticks and slingshots, when then U.S. President Barack Obama toured New Delhi that year, media said.

Some monkey-human encounters have turned tragic.

In 2007, monkeys pushed the deputy mayor of Delhi, S.S. Bajwa, off his balcony to his death. Last month, one of the animals snatched a 12-day-old boy from his mother and killed him in Agra, home to the famed monument to love, the Taj Mahal.

Monkeys have bred rapidly in Delhi and neighboring states as they have protected status, but there is no official estimate of their numbers.

India has tried several strategies to fight the menace.

Several years ago, it brought in larger, black-faced langurs, feared by the macaques, to patrol key areas but that stopped after it became illegal to keep langurs in captivity.

Authorities stumbled on a partially successful solution four years ago, after hiring 40 men to disguise themselves as langurs and squeal monkey-like to try and terrify the macaques away.

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“We call them ‘ape repellers’ and they are contract employees,” said a government official, who asked not to be identified. The stratagem works temporarily as the monkeys flee on hearing the calls, but they return once the men depart.

Primatologist S.M. Mohnot recommends sterilization and moving the animals to forests, as well as lifting a ban on their capture for biomedical research and resuming exports of the macaques, as components of a solution.

“The monkey menace can be checked only by a multi-pronged approach,” said Mohnot, the chairman of the Primate Research Centre, a federal institute in the western city of Jodhpur.

Writing by Malini Menon; Editing by Martin Howell, Clarence Fernandez and Darren Schuettler

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Exercise May Boost Brain Power in Alzheimer’s, Mouse Study Suggests

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 — There are plenty of reasons to work out, and this may be another: Exercise promotes the growth of new brain cells that improve thinking in mice with a form of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study finds.

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers reported that it may be possible to develop drug and gene therapies that trigger the same beneficial effects in people with the brain disease.

“While we do not yet have the means for safely achieving the same effects in patients, we determined the precise protein and gene targets for developing ways to do so in the future,” study lead author Se Hoon Choi said in an MGH news release. Choi is in the hospital’s genetics and aging research unit.

In mice, Choi’s team said exercise triggered the production of new neurons (neurogenesis) in the brain regions where memories are encoded.

The study’s senior author, Rudolph Tanzi, is director of the genetics and aging research unit at MGH. He said that the research team “showed that exercise is one of the best ways to turn on neurogenesis. And then, by figuring out the molecular and genetic events involved, we determined how to mimic the beneficial effects of exercise through gene therapy and pharmacological agents.”

Results of animal studies aren’t always replicated in people, but Tanzi is optimistic.

“We will next explore whether safely promoting neurogenesis in Alzheimer’s patients will help alleviate the symptoms of the disease, and whether doing so in currently healthy individuals earlier in life can help prevent symptoms later on,” Tanzi said.

The study was published Sept. 6 in the journal Science.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more about Alzheimer’s disease.

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Posted: September 2018

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Genius Brands Raises $4.5M to Power ‘Rainbow Rangers’ S2 & Retail

Genius Brands International has raised a $ 4.5 million investment round of convertible debt. Led by financier Robert Wolf of 32 Ventures, the oversubscribed funding generated strong participation from both existing and new investors. The funds will drive the success of Genius Brands’ original preschool animation property, Rainbow Rangers, which is set to launch Season 1 (52 x 11’) on Nick Jr. on Monday, November 5 — and an extensive retail rollout led by Mattel in late spring 2019.

32 Ventures is the private investment arm of 32 Advisors LLC, a boutique advisory firm serving public and private companies and financial institutions, founded by Wolf (former Chairman & CEO of UBS Americas.

“Genius Brands is entering a powerful growth phase as a leader in the children’s entertainment space,” said Wolf. “They’re equipped with some of the most unique new entertainment brands for kids and have built a global distribution system that reaches children across their platform of choice. I’m thrilled to lead this investment round at this pivotal and dynamic period of expansion.”

The CGI-animated Rainbow Rangers series follows the thrilling rescue-based adventures of seven 9-year-old girls who live on the other side of the rainbow and serve as Earth’s first responders, protecting people, animals, resources, and the natural beauty of our world.

“Our Rainbow Rangers property is poised to become a widely recognized and beloved kids brand – both on screen and on shelves, as we have the support of the #1 rated kids’ network, Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr., and top licensors, like Mattel, ready to unleash product into the consumer market,” commented Andy Heyward, Chairman and CEO, Genius Brands. “We are thrilled that a top former banker and prominent executive such as Robert Wolf shares our enthusiasm for our company and one of our marquee properties, and chose to lead our latest funding round.”

On the licensing roster of more than 20 category-leading partners are global master toy partner Mattel, global master publisher Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group – Imprint, Bentex Group (master apparel), Gershwin Entertainment (live touring), Dynacraft (bikes, trikes, scooters and wagons), Global Brand Group’s American Marketing Enterprises Inc. (sleepwear), Berkshire Fashions (cold weather accessories), Bioworld (bags and backpacks), GBG Socks dba Planet Sox (socks and legwear), Handcraft Manufacturing Corp. (packaged underwear), H.E.R. Accessories (hair and jewelry accessories), Jay Franco and Sons, Inc. (bedding and bath), Kiddieland (foot-to-floor ride-on toys), Kittrich Corp. and Inkology (room décor, stationary and school supplies), Kid Galaxy (bubble toys), T.A.S.T.E. Beauty (health and beauty products), Ceaco Inc. (puzzles), Disguise, Inc. (Halloween costumes) and Spirit Halloween (character costumes and accessories). More than 300 Rainbow Rangers product SKU’s are being manufactured.

Concurrent with its Nick Jr. broadcast debut, the NASDAQ has invited Genius Brands International to host a Rainbow Rangers launch event from New York City’s Times Square on November 5. The event will be live-streamed and key licensing partners will be present.

Chardan acted as exclusive placement agent for this transaction.

Genius Brands filed an 8K with the SEC on Friday, August 17 announcing the funding.

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Cartoon Network, Pixelatl Announce Girl Power Finalists

Cartoon Network Latin America and Pixelatl have announced the ten finalists from Mexico, Peru and Argentina for the “Girl Power: Pitch Me The Future” pitching competition. The pitching competition is an opportunity for female animators and creators from Latin America to pitch their original show ideas to Cartoon Network. The finalists (selected from 289 original ideas) will have the chance to pitch their ideas to Cartoon Network executives at the Pixelatl festival which will take place in Cuernavaca, México between Tuesday, September 4th and Saturday, September 8th.

This year’s Girl Power finalists are:

  • Romy Little Apple and Dr Broccoli by Karen Acosta from Hidalgo, Mexico
  • El Circo de los Hermanos (The Circus of the Twin Brothers) by Jesica Yamile Aran from Argentina
  • Lisa Estufas (Smooth Stoves) by Daniela and Mariana Delgado from Mexico City, Mexico
  • Witchlike by Mirelle Ortega Molina from Veracruz, Mexico
  • Escuadrón Basura (Garbage Squad) by Jimena Montañez Arica from Peru
  • Cuatro Caminos (Four Roads) by Karen Acosta and Ross Marisin from Hidalgo, Mexico
  • Useless by Colectivo Xixo from Mexico
  • El Bosque Olvidado (The Forgotten Forest) by Madelein Treviño from Nuevo León, Mexico
  • Garrido Legacy by Florencia “Ootoro” Torres from Hidalgo, Mexico
  • Baddie and Maddie by Julieta Colás from Nuevo León, Mexico

The show creators will have the chance to pitch their projects to industry veterans Hernán La Grega (Cartoon Network Latin America), Jaime Jiménez (Cartoon Network Mexico) along with Burbank Studio’s artists Kat Morris (Steven Universe) and Hillary Florido (Regular Show), who will also participate in Pixelatl’s giving a panel to talk about creating universe’s for animated shows.

Axur Eneas, the creator of Toontorials” and winner of Pixelatl’s and Cartoon Network’s Pitch Me Evolution 2017 competition has been invited as a special guest at this year’s Pixelatl festival to showcase some of the art of the original show that will be released in the future. Other speakers include Alan Ituriel (Villainous) and Ivanobich Verdusco (Viking Tales) who have been developing shows for Cartoon Network Latin America.

El Festival Pixelatl is the main event linking Latin American artists with the global industries of animation, comics and video games. For five days, the festival brings together executives, professionals, students, and amateurs from all areas of the audiovisual work. For more info, visit https://www.elfestival.mx/2018/en-US

Witchlike

Witchlike

Useless

Useless

Romy Little Apple and Dr Broccoli

Romy Little Apple and Dr Broccoli

Lisa Estufas

Lisa Estufas

Garrido Legacy

Garrido Legacy

Escuadron Basura

Escuadron Basura

El Circo de los Hermanos Twin

El Circo de los Hermanos Twin

El Bosque Olvidado

El Bosque Olvidado

Cuatro Caminos

Cuatro Caminos

Baddie and Maddie

Baddie and Maddie

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Spice Girls Bringing Girl Power to Animation in Superhero Flick

Spice Girls

Spice Girls

UK pop princesses the Spice Girls will be giving a new meaning to their “girl power!” catch phrase by voicing animated alter egos in a new superhero-themed movie.

Variety reports that a source has said all five members have signed off on their likenesses being used for the animated feature: Victoria Beckham (a.k.a. Posh Spice), Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) and Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice). Each tooned up super spice will have a special “girl power” unique to their personality.

The group members,who first united in 1994 and became the biggest British musical sensation since “Beatlemania,” are reportedly “fired up about the idea,” according to the source, who added “The Spice Girls are thinking big in terms of a franchise on a global scale. They’re the most successful girl group on the planet. It’s just what Marvel or Disney needs.”

Throughout their luminous and well-seasoned career, the Spice Girls have sold 85 million records worldwide and earned a number of awards, including five Brit Awards, three American Music Awards, three MTV Europe Music Awards, one MTV Video Music Award, and three World Music Awards. They set new chart records and achieved the highest ever annual earnings by an all-female group in 1998 at $ 49 million USD.

In 1997, the group starred in the live-action musical comedy Spice World, directed by Bob Spiers, which unfortunately only really impressed the Razzy Awards committee — but great art is rarely appreciated in its time. In 1998, a claymated crew of brawling Spice Girls faced off with Hanson in MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch: Deathbowl ‘98 special — which aired during the Super Bowl XXXII, earned top all-time ratings, and turned into a six-season series.

Spice Girls

Spice Girls

Celebrity Deathmatch

Celebrity Deathmatch

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Brief power outage darkens CES tech, electronics show

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – The digital economy’s big annual trade show, CES, suffered a brief, disruptive plunge into darkness on Wednesday because of a power outage the show’s organizers blamed on a glitch caused by heavy rains the day before in usually sunny Nevada.

The irony of a partial blackout at a trade show dedicated to the latest electronic technology did not escape social or industry media. “Lights out at CES 2018. Does anyone have a battery pack?” wrote Endgadget, a technology news site.

Large swaths of the sprawling Las Vegas Convention Center lost power at about 11:15 a.m. local time, shutting down brightly lit company booths and darkening rooms used by hundreds of journalists covering CES. Emergency lights stayed on, and backup batteries kept wireless internet connections functioning.

CES organizers said power was restored within minutes to the convention center’s South Hall, where many gaming companies had exhibits. Other areas took longer. Power was fully restored at 2:10 p.m., CES said in a statement.

A preliminary assessment found that moisture from heavy rains on Tuesday had caused a “flashover” in one of the convention center’s transformers, it said.

Power and rain are not the only challenges CES has faced this year. A central theme of this year’s show is “Smart Cities,” and automakers and other companies have used elaborate virtual reality displays of tree-lined streets with smooth flowing traffic to promote technology and investments aimed at relieving urban congestion.

On Las Vegas’ physical streets, traffic crawled on Tuesday as thousands of CES attendees shuttled between hotels and conference venues in heavy rain. Long lines formed at the convention center for cabs. Ride hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft could not pick up passengers at the convention center, but operated from parking lots a block or more away.

Reporting by Joe White; Editing by Richard Chang

Reuters: Oddly Enough

Mark Hamill, Ron Perlman, Jaime King Power Up for ‘Transformers’

Transformers: Combiner Wars

Transformers: Combiner Wars

Icons of the screen Mark Hamill (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Jaime King (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) will be lending their talents to the final season of Machinima Inc. and Hasbro Studios’ Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy web series, Power of the Primes, according to Hollywood Reporter. This addition to the franchise launched on Verizon’s go90 streaming service in 2016 with Combiner Wars, and just wrapped season 2 Titans Return this week. S3 is due later this year.

Hamill, a prolific voice actor when he’s not donning Jedi robes, has previously played the recurring guest role of Woodrow Burns on Transformers: Rescue Bots. His new role, Megatronus, actually debuted in the finale episode of S2. The character is the first Decepticon, exiled from Cybertron after killing one of the Thirteen Primes — he will continue to play a large part in S3.

Perlman, also no stranger in the recording booth (you can hear him as Bular in Trollhunters and The Lich in Adventure Time), is voicing Optimus Primal, a heroic gorilla character first introduced to the Transformers universe in Beast Wars who is among those enlisted by the Cybertronians to defeat Hamill’s formidable villain.

Also joining the new voices roster with Hamill, Perlman and King are Mikey Way, WWE’s Samoa Joe (as Predaking), and Transformers: The Movie alum Gregg Burger. Returning actors include Wil Wheaton, Judd Nelson and Kari Wahlgren. Transformers: Power of the Primes is overseen by exec producer F.J. DeSanto and written by Adam Beechen.

Mark Hamill / Ron Perlman

Mark Hamill / Ron Perlman

Transformers: Combiner Wars

Transformers: Combiner Wars

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