Lexington, Kentucky Residents Can Pay Parking Tickets With Canned Goods

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Racking up parking fines? If you live in Lexington, Kentucky, you can pay off your tickets with canned food donations.

For the fifth year in a row, the city's “Food for Fines” program will help stock the shelves of God’s Pantry Food Bank—a member of Feeding America—throughout the holiday season. Through Friday, December 14, 2018, the city’s local parking authority is allowing residents with outstanding citations to donate preserved goods in lieu of cash.

Ten cans will get residents a $15 credit on any parking citation. And for drivers with a drawer full of tickets, they can bring as many cans as they can carry to earn a $15 credit per 10-can donation. (Yes, even past due citations are eligible.)

"Food for Fines continues to showcase what so many of us love about Lexington—the ability of our community to give back in a profound way," Lexington Parking Authority chairman James Frazier said in a press release. "At its core, LEXPARK is a service to support the community, and we’re always excited to find new and creative ways to serve."

Over the past four years, the city has collected more than 32,000 cans of food—totaling more than 16 tons—via the Food for Fines program. If you're planning on donating, make sure to give the item a once-over: Expired, damaged, and/or opened items will not be accepted.

Scarlett Johansson Had No Clue About the Avengers 4 Trailer or Title Drop

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Marvel Studios

Last week, the Russo Brothers finally gave the people what they wanted: a name and a trailer for the next Avengers film. But it seems as if some of the film's biggest stars—including Scarlett Johansson—were as much in the dark as the rest of us about the film's title until the trailer dropped.

The epic trailer for Avengers: Endgame went live on Friday, December 7 and became the most viewed trailer in history with 289 million views in 24 hours.

At an event she was hosting for Black Panther, Johansson was asked about the new trailer. According to Fandango managing editor Erik Davis, not only did Johansson not know about the trailer, but she also wasn’t privy to the title of the new movie (despite being in it).

Fellow Avengers actor Sebastian Stan also recently admitted that he had no clue about the movie’s title.

“I didn’t have anything to do with [the title],” Stan said at the 2018 Comic Con Experience festival. “We didn’t know, but also the last thing I filmed was in 2017, which was earlier 2017, so that was a long time ago.”

While there hasn’t been much new information since the trailer and title drop, the Russo Brothers did give fans some insight when they alluded to the fourth film's title while on a press tour for Infinity War. Joe Russo explained that the Avengers 4 title would break new ground in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"I don't think there are any comics that correlate to it," Joe told ComicBook.com. "I think we're in pretty fresh territory with Avengers 4. If anything, I think it's interesting after to go back and look at some of the Marvel films and view them through a different lens. But I can't think of any comics in particular that would have value."

Avengers: Endgame is set to hit theaters on April 26, 2019, which is a few weeks earlier than it was originally scheduled to arrive.

JK Rowling Confirms She Has Finished Writing Fantastic Beasts 3

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Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images

While Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald turned out to be rather divisive among Harry Potter fans, true Potterheads have still been eagerly anticipating JK Rowling’s next project, whether it be another companion novel, a project under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, or the third installment in the Fantastic Beasts series. Fortunately, they no longer have to wonder as Rowling has confirmed that she just finished writing Fantastic Beasts 3.

Taking to Twitter earlier today, the acclaimed author responded to a couple of fan messages, which is not unusual for the avid social media user. When one gushed about the second film, Rowling decided to share a bit of major information. “That's a very lovely thing to hear on the day I finish writing the next one,” she tweeted back.

Of course, the fan replies started flowing from there. Besides many messages of congratulations, Rowling was met with plenty of questions as to what we can expect from the third installment. When asked to describe the book in three words, the author simply said: "Answers are given."

While this obviously doesn’t tell us much about what will happen, fans can at least rest easy knowing that some of their most burning questions will be addressed. Which is fortunate, since we have a lot of them—like whether Dumbledore knows about Credence.

The first and second films in the series were released just two years apart, so we wouldn’t be surprised if filming on the third film begins next year, especially considering how fast Rowling churned out the book.

Although some people were disappointed with The Crimes of Grindelwald, we have high hopes that the third book—and film—will right any perceived wrongs.

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