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SAN FRANCISCO — A dog that survived the catastrophic wildfire in Northern California apparently protected the ruins of his home for almost a month until his owner returned.

Madison was there waiting when Andrea Gaylord was allowed back to check on her burned property in Paradise this week.

Gaylord fled when the Nov. 8 fire broke out and decimated the town of 27,000. An animal rescuer who responded to Gaylord’s request to check on Madison first spotted the male Anatolian shepherd mix several days later.

Shayla Sullivan said the outdoor guard dog was apprehensive and kept his distance. Sullivan left food and water for him regularly until Gaylord got back on Wednesday.

Madison was reunited with his owner, Andrea Gaylord, when she was allowed to check on her burned property in Paradise, California, on Dec. 7.Shayla Sullivan / AP

“If [the evacuees] can’t be there, I’m going to be and I’m not going to give up on their animal until they can get back in,” Sullivan said.

She also helped locate Madison’s brother Miguel, another Anatolian shepherd mix that was taken to a shelter 85 miles away in the confusing aftermath of the wildfire.

The dogs reunited Friday when Gaylord came back to the property with Miguel and brought Madison his favorite treat: Wheat Thin crackers.

Gaylord told news station ABC10 she couldn’t ask for a better animal.

“Imagine the loyalty of hanging in in the worst of circumstances and being here waiting,” she said.

“Their instinctual job is to watch the flocks and we’re part of them,” Gaylord said about her dogs. “It’s a comforting feeling.”

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SNL: Robert De Niro as Mueller reassures a naive Eric Trump – Vox.com

It was a huge week for special counsel Robert Mueller, so unsurprisingly he appeared on Saturday Night Live, for the third time, in the form of Robert De Niro.

This time, it was Eric Trump he was visiting, a man who the show has decided doesn’t know anything. Except of course, that he wasn’t supposed to be talking to Mueller. But he didn’t quite know why — after all, it’s just “Robert Mueller, your dad’s friend from work.”

The sketch opened with a scene-setting shot of a Christmasy Trump Tower, just a few blocks away from where it was really being shot, before transitioning to a scene of Donald Trump Jr. (played by Mikey Day) checking in on his brother Eric (Alex Moffat) in his race car bed, a portrait of a pouting Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) hanging overhead.

“Eric, what are you doing awake? It’s past your bedtime,” Don Jr. said. Eric was feeling anxious about the boogeyman — something many in Trump’s orbit might be worried about this week. He was also concerned that his big brother was going to get indicted, though “indicted” was on the long list of words he doesn’t know.

“Have you been watching the news again?” Don Jr. said. “You can’t watch that stuff, bud. It’s too grown-up.” Eric was frightened by a noise coming from his closet, but Don Jr. reassured him that it was “just the cheap steel dad uses to build his towers,” opening the closet, without looking, to reveal De Niro, who used his “I’m watching you” gesture — popularized in Meet the Parents, the movie from which this recurring cameo springs — to silently warn the terrified Eric.

“Eric… nobody likes a fibber,” Don Jr. said, before exiting the room to take a call from his lawyer: “How bad is it? … But can I flip on him?”

While the “Eric Trump is an idiot” gag is always worth a few laughs, it’s not really clear what Mueller was doing in Eric’s room, or if anyone had shown De Niro his lines in advance. De Niro’s Mueller appeared suddenly at Eric’s bedside, but rather than looking at Moffat, he was straining his eyes to read cue cards on the other side of the stage.

“I’m not allowed to talk to you,” Eric said, as De Niro peered past him.

“That’s fine, Eric,” said De Niro. “It was pretty clear early on that you don’t know anything. I wish I could say the same for some of your dad’s friends.” (As Eric knows them, “Mr. Pillowfort” and “Mr Papa John’s Pizza.”)

One assumes De Niro’s Mueller was there to try to get information from the more naive Trump brother, but that never happened. At some point, a cue card appears to have been skipped, because De Niro’s line “that depends on how much you want to visit your family” comes from nowhere.

The messy sketch ended on a reassuring message for those unhappy with the Trump presidency. “Mr Mueller, people say you’re the worst thing that ever happened to my dad,” said Moffat’s Eric.

“No Eric,” De Niro’s Mueller said. “Getting elected president was the worst thing that ever happened to your dad.”

Lines like this can often feel more like liberal catnip than anything else, but in this case, it might just be true.

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Last Week’s ‘Best’ Trailer Wasn’t For ‘Avengers 4’ Or ‘Captain Marvel’ – Forbes

‘Brightburn’Courtesy of Sony Pictures ©2018 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved.

A hearty kudos to Marvel and Walt Disney, as their anticipated teaser for Avengers: Endgame snagged a record-breaking 289 million online views in the first 24 hours. That’s around 50 million more views than the first 24 hours for Avengers: Infinity War back in November of 2017. So even while Sony ended up delaying that first Spider-Man: Far from Home teaser until later this week, it was still, thanks to Avengers 4 and Captain Marvel, a fine week for superhero movie trailers.

I don’t know why Sony didn’t offer that Spidey teaser online following its debut at CXXP in Brazil yesterday afternoon, but I’d like to think it’s because they knew they didn’t need Peter Parker to win the hype wars. They had another ace up their sleeve, and in a week which offered the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame and the second look at Captain Marvel, it was Sony’s other skewed superhero flick that offered the most interesting trailer of the week.

I will admit, I didn’t know much about Brightburn until yesterday other than that it was an original horror flick produced by James Gunn. The marketing campaign was supposed to start last July at the SDCC, but Sony pulled back after Walt Disney unexpectedly dismissed Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 following the reemergence of some old off-color/offensive tweets. Since then, he’s hooked himself to directing DC Films’ Suicide Squad sequel, which makes Brightburn all the more ironic.

As you’ll notice when you watch the teaser, it’s essentially a very obvious homage to Warner Bros.’ still-glorious marketing campaign for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. It features similar font, music not unlike Hans Zimmer’s still-glorious Man of Steel theme, and a rich sense of small-town Americana before slowly revealing that this Superman origin story is going down a different path. It’s a bait-and-switch worthy of that first Red Eye teaser.

Penned by Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn and directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive), the movie isn’t just Gunn’s theoretical return to the kind of smaller-scale horror on which he made his name prior to Guardians of the Galaxy. Although it does share a leading lady (Elizabeth Banks) with Gunn’s Slither. It has such a simple and primal hook/high concept that I am aghast that I’ve never seen it explicitly tried before outside of a few indie comic books here and there. It’s essentially “What if Superboy or Smallville… but evil?”

It’s such a killer concept, rooted in the idea that superheroes are essentially terrifying creatures with unthinkable power who just happen to be on our side. We’ll see if this one will bother to interrogate the conventional superhero movie as a mix of white dude power fantasy and white dude martyr complex, but neither would be out of line from the man who directed Super.  I don’t know how the film will play out, or specifically if it will build up its corker of a premise before essentially becoming a conventionally small-scale horror movie. But what we got yesterday looked incredibly promising and out-of-nowhere surprising.

In a week which saw big trailer launches for comparatively conventional superhero flicks, this comparatively unconventional riff on superhero mythology stood out. The only thing that could have made this trailer debut better was if it dropped in theaters unannounced. That’s what happened in April of 2015 when M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit got a teaser before Unfriended and stole the thunder from the second The Force Awakens trailer and the first Batman v Superman teaser.

The trailers for Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame got the job done. But the first teaser for Brightburn, which turned out to be (as my wife put it) a “Bizarro Superman movie,” got the blood pumping. Brightburn will open next Memorial Day weekend alongside Walt Disney’s Aladdin and Fox’s Brad Pitt James Grey-directed sci-fi flick Ad Astra. We’ll find out in a five months whether the actual movie is anywhere near as cool as the idea. That goes double for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass next month. Both films combine the two most popular sub-genres of the moment, the superhero movie and the high concept horror flick. But that’s for another day.

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‘Brightburn’Courtesy of Sony Pictures ©2018 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved.

A hearty kudos to Marvel and Walt Disney, as their anticipated teaser for Avengers: Endgame snagged a record-breaking 289 million online views in the first 24 hours. That’s around 50 million more views than the first 24 hours for Avengers: Infinity War back in November of 2017. So even while Sony ended up delaying that first Spider-Man: Far from Home teaser until later this week, it was still, thanks to Avengers 4 and Captain Marvel, a fine week for superhero movie trailers.

I don’t know why Sony didn’t offer that Spidey teaser online following its debut at CXXP in Brazil yesterday afternoon, but I’d like to think it’s because they knew they didn’t need Peter Parker to win the hype wars. They had another ace up their sleeve, and in a week which offered the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame and the second look at Captain Marvel, it was Sony’s other skewed superhero flick that offered the most interesting trailer of the week.

I will admit, I didn’t know much about Brightburn until yesterday other than that it was an original horror flick produced by James Gunn. The marketing campaign was supposed to start last July at the SDCC, but Sony pulled back after Walt Disney unexpectedly dismissed Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 following the reemergence of some old off-color/offensive tweets. Since then, he’s hooked himself to directing DC Films’ Suicide Squad sequel, which makes Brightburn all the more ironic.

As you’ll notice when you watch the teaser, it’s essentially a very obvious homage to Warner Bros.’ still-glorious marketing campaign for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. It features similar font, music not unlike Hans Zimmer’s still-glorious Man of Steel theme, and a rich sense of small-town Americana before slowly revealing that this Superman origin story is going down a different path. It’s a bait-and-switch worthy of that first Red Eye teaser.

Penned by Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn and directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive), the movie isn’t just Gunn’s theoretical return to the kind of smaller-scale horror on which he made his name prior to Guardians of the Galaxy. Although it does share a leading lady (Elizabeth Banks) with Gunn’s Slither. It has such a simple and primal hook/high concept that I am aghast that I’ve never seen it explicitly tried before outside of a few indie comic books here and there. It’s essentially “What if Superboy or Smallville… but evil?”

It’s such a killer concept, rooted in the idea that superheroes are essentially terrifying creatures with unthinkable power who just happen to be on our side. We’ll see if this one will bother to interrogate the conventional superhero movie as a mix of white dude power fantasy and white dude martyr complex, but neither would be out of line from the man who directed Super.  I don’t know how the film will play out, or specifically if it will build up its corker of a premise before essentially becoming a conventionally small-scale horror movie. But what we got yesterday looked incredibly promising and out-of-nowhere surprising.

In a week which saw big trailer launches for comparatively conventional superhero flicks, this comparatively unconventional riff on superhero mythology stood out. The only thing that could have made this trailer debut better was if it dropped in theaters unannounced. That’s what happened in April of 2015 when M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit got a teaser before Unfriended and stole the thunder from the second The Force Awakens trailer and the first Batman v Superman teaser.

The trailers for Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame got the job done. But the first teaser for Brightburn, which turned out to be (as my wife put it) a “Bizarro Superman movie,” got the blood pumping. Brightburn will open next Memorial Day weekend alongside Walt Disney’s Aladdin and Fox’s Brad Pitt James Grey-directed sci-fi flick Ad Astra. We’ll find out in a five months whether the actual movie is anywhere near as cool as the idea. That goes double for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass next month. Both films combine the two most popular sub-genres of the moment, the superhero movie and the high concept horror flick. But that’s for another day.

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