en-US How To Handle The Boss Who Doesn#039;t Know What They Want The Clueless Chameleon is the type of boss who isn’t really clear on what they want, but they’re still going to hold your feet to the fire when it’s not delivered. In my experience there are two basic varieties of the Clueless Chameleon. Here are specific tips for how to manage each type. Thu, 25 2019 11:00:00 GMT Mickey Rooney ‘wore out’ casting couch for auditions that didn’t exist, new book claims Mickey Rooney “wore out” the casting couch by lining up young aspiring actresses for “auditions” that didn’t exist, according to the explosive claims of a new book on the Hollywood legend. Thu, 25 2019 10:24:24 GMT Avengers: Endgame gets back to the best part of the series — the characters Since Marvel first teamed up a bunch of its marquee superheroes in the 2012 megahit The Avengers, the ranks of that squad have swollen. The Avengers ended with a relatively modest group of six defending New York City from an alien invasion, but by the time Marvel got to last year's Avengers: Infinity War, the movie often felt like an Avengers sequel in name only. Its dozens of crossed-over characters never felt like a coherent team so much as the movie's entire population. Avengers: Endgame, the new follow-up to Infinity War (and quasi-finale to this “phase” of the Marvel movie machine), is a better fit with the series' earlier entries. It gets back to basics by pulling way back not just on superheroes, but on their powers, too. That's not to say Endgame is light on fantastical nonsense. Its heroes down spaceships, pursue magical rocks all across the galaxy, and experiment with time travel. Even the more stripped-down ensemble is the result of heavy fantasy — Infinity War ended with mega-bad guy Thanos obtaining six ultra-powerful jewels and disappearing half the universe's population with the snap of his fingers. As it happens, none of the original six Avengers disappeared while plenty of popular newer arrivals (Black Panther, Spider-Man, Falcon, etc.) turned to dust. Though the new movie's carefully withholding trailers have revealed that Endgame includes an appearance from newly minted (and extremely powerful) hero Captain Marvel, much of the movie is about the original core of Captain America (Chris Evans), Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Those last two might not make a lot of fans' lists of their favorite Marvel superheroes (especially not frequent punchline Hawkeye). Technically speaking, they're not superpowered at all. Black Widow is cunning, athletic, and a well-trained fighter; but she's a spy, not an alien or a supersuited genius. Likewise, Hawkeye is an expert marksman and a quick thinker, but he doesn't command the power of lightning or industrial-strength smashing. But it turns out that these two are a real key to making The Avengers feel like The Avengers. Most of the MCU heroes are compelling because they mix otherworldly abilities with human frailty. Black Widow and Hawkeye are thornier than that, their abilities yoked together with physical limitations and potential moral murkiness. Outside of a superhero context, they're basically government-sanctioned murderers. Both characters disappear for long stretches of Endgame; almost everyone does at some point, because even with half the world dusted, this is an all-star cast of both actors and characters, which sometimes turns unwieldy. When the movie does find focus, Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor receive the most attention, as befitting their status as stars of three popular solo movies apiece. That's where the two humans are separated in status from their teammates: Though a Black Widow movie is rumored to be on deck for the next year or two and Hawkeye will apparently star in a Disney+ streaming series, these two characters have so far only appeared as either support in other characters' stories or as members of the Avengers. But their scarcer moments in these big movies resonate, in large part because of the work done by writer-director Joss Whedon. He wrote Black Widow as both slyer and more conflicted about her past in The Avengers (she was introduced as a standard seductive badass in an Iron Man sequel) and made her buddy Hawkeye (and the revelation that he has a loving family hidden away on a farm) the emotional linchpin in the sequel Age of Ultron. There, most of the other characters grappled with their potential to become monsters, while Hawkeye stood for decency even as mightier heroes wondered aloud what he was even doing there. In part because their stories are blessedly free of mythic origins, and in part because Johansson and Renner work so well in the roles, Black Widow and Hawkeye have a certain unforced gravitas that other characters sometimes labor to demonstrate. One might even argue that Infinity War, in which Renner was absent and Johansson's screentime was minimal, is a feature-length demonstration of that labor. Anthony and Joe Russo, who have taken over stewardship of the main Avengers series from Whedon, didn't display his deft character-juggling abilities that time around. But the increased presence of Hawkeye and Black Widow in Endgame seems to inspire the Russos to give character-building a better shot — just as their first Marvel movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, benefited enormously from Black Widow's expanded role. Endgame is little sketchy at first; Renner gets the opening scene, which rides a fine line between emotional shading and shameless manipulation. But — without giving too much away — the Russos do pull off a neat flip as both characters react to the newly depopulated world. Hawkeye unleashes his inner killing machine, while Black Widow searches desperately for ways to do good with a skeleton crew of heroes. As the Avengers re-assemble for a bigger mission, Endgame feels very much informed by these characters' de-powered aesthetics. Tony Stark spends more time than ever outside of his Iron Man suit. Thor is no longer such a golden specimen of manliness. The movie has a major role for Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), who has a Stark-like super-suit, but lacks the genius-level intellect. The characters have room to breathe. When Hawkeye and Black Widow do blast off into crazier territory (no spoilers!), they're inevitably and touchingly paired together. Though the MCU remains skittish about romance, the filmmakers have a stronger handle on friendship, and Endgame manages to turn the old superhero trope of heroes fighting each other into something sort of affecting. Infinity War may have proved that Marvel can pull off a massive superhero crossover event, but Endgame shows how much better these movies are when they pay attention to people, too. Thu, 25 2019 09:50:01 GMT Why Nick Bosa erased his politics with a move to liberal San Francisco looming The touted No2 pick in this week’s NFL draft has scrubbed his social media of conservative views. But fans and teammates value winning above politicsTake a trip through Nick Bosa’s social media accounts and you will find something interesting: the projected No2 overall pick has been deleting tweets and Instagram likes in the run-up to the NFL draft.Bosa and his representatives have taken to systematically scrubbing the player’s social media, removing supportive references to President Trump, tweets about Colin Kaepernick (who he called a “clown”), and removing likes from Instagram posts on pictures that included the n-word and homophobic slurs in their captions. Continue reading... Thu, 25 2019 09:00:45 GMT Man Gets Apple Watch Back 6 Months After Losing It At The Beach Robert Bainter lost his Apple Watch body surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif., only to have someone find and return it six months later. It still worked, according to KTLA. Thu, 25 2019 09:12:37 GMT Save $50 On The Bose Solo 5 Sound System If you've been looking for an opportunity to score an excellent soundbar for less than $200, this is that chance. The Bose Solo 5 is currently on sale for $199, cutting $50 from the $249 list price, for a 20 percent savings! Wed, 24 2019 18:00:00 GMT Lupita Nyong#039;o To Discuss Debut Children#039;s Book #039;Sulwe#039; In New York at BookExpo Author Breakfast Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o will discuss her debut children's book Sulwe at a BookExpo breakfast in New York May. The book, illustrated by Vashti Harrison and aimed at children ages 4 to 8, is set in Kenya and addresses colorism, also the topic of a 2014 Essence Awards speech by Nyong'o. Wed, 24 2019 13:20:00 GMT Duterte threatens to dump garbage back to Canada, embassy The Philippine president has threatened to ship truckloads of garbage back to Canada and dump some of it at Canada's embassy in Manila if Canadian officials don't take back the waste that Filipino officials say was illegally transported to the country years ago. Wed, 24 2019 11:30:24 GMT Enjoy Music At The Beach Or Around The Pool With This New Wireless Speaker From Kew Labs This compact and water-resistant wireless speaker is inexpensive enough to take on holiday and is tough enough to cope with life around the pool or on the beach. I won't win awards for sound fidelity but makes for an ideal travel companion. Wed, 24 2019 09:07:00 GMT New Book On Account-Based Marketing Provides Framework For Success B2B marketers face challenges in building ABM programs without a roadmap for a systematic approach. The leadership team at Demandbase, decided to write a guide book with that challenge in mind to help marketers demystify the process. Here is my conversation with the book's authors. Wed, 24 2019 10:00:00 GMT