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Drone riding soccer official skates on air to deliver game ball

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New rule: From now on, all sporting events must begin with an official bringing the game ball to the referee via the magic of drone-style hoverboard vehicles. 

That can be the only conclusion after watching the absolutely insane demonstration recorded at the Portuguese Cup Final on Sunday, which started with a man riding on air, Green Goblin style, and landing delicately in front of a ref to deliver the game’s soccer ball. 

It was flawless. It was weird. It was what every sports event with a ball should have from this very moment on.  Read more…

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Here are the most popular ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketches of the year

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On top of the highest ratings in 20 years, Saturday Night Live‘s YouTube channel has garnered over a billion hits since October.

The channel, which launched in 2013, racked up 750 million views and counting for Season 42, which wrapped up on May 22. Unsurprisingly, this is the most-viewed season for SNL in the history of its YouTube channel.

Take a look at the biggest hits, below. 

Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer wins big, duh

One of the season’s defining impressions was not only a smash hit in its debut, but became the most-viewed video on SNL‘s entire YouTube channel. Read more…

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Could Game of Thrones eventually be 20-minutes and on your smartphone? Well, maybe.

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As AT&T gears up to acquire Time Warner, mobile content is top-of-mind for teams at both companies. AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson spoke of these plans on Tuesday, singling out HBO as a Time Warner brand that has become a household name.

But how would something like Game of Thrones look on mobile? Shorter — much shorter. “Maybe you want a 20-minute episode,” Stephenson suggested, noting before that the mere suggestion would be terrifying for HBO CEO Richard Plepler.

“Let the content geniuses and creative geniuses think about this, but curate the content uniquely for a mobile environment,” he added. Read more…

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Offers of help flood in online after Ariana Grande concert explosion

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Look for the helpers. 

Within hours, if not minutes, of the events at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that saw several people dead and dozens more injured, offers of help were flooding in online.

On Twitter, one of the first hashtags to emerge from the incident was #roomformanchester, in which local people advertised rooms in their homes for anyone affected by the incident and the ensuing travel chaos. 

#roomformanchester

Anyone needing somewhere to stay can come to our Manchester headquarters in the city centre

127 Portland St M1 4PZ

— Steven Bartlett (@SteveBartlettSC) May 22, 2017 Read more…

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Diddy unveils documentary trailer in tribute to Biggie Smalls

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After an emotional tribute to friend and mentor Biggie Smalls, Sean “Diddy” Combs unveiled the trailer for his upcoming musical documentary Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story. The film tells the story of Combs’ record label, to which Biggie signed in 1992.

The film will release in conjunction with Bad Boy’s 20th anniversary and detail its origins from Harlem and Brooklyn in the early days. Smalls’ death in 1997 was a shocking and formative experience for Combs and his collaborators.

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story releases on Apple Music June 25. Read more…

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Celine Dion performed ‘My Heart Will Go On’ at the Billboard Awards and the internet cried an ocean of tears

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Few songs stick to film’s as firmly as Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” to the 1997 Academy Award-winning Titanic.

In honor of the film’s 20th anniversary, Dion took the stage at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night in Las Vegas to belt out her iconic hit.

After an introduction from Lea Michele, Dion appeared inside a massive floor-to-ceiling chandelier in a bright white dress while clips of Titanic played on the screen. 

💎💙💎💙💎💙💎💙💎#MyHeartWillGoOn +@celinedion +#BBMAs
EVERYONE RN =😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/XpH9HDBMgM

— BillboardMusicAwards (@BBMAs) May 22, 2017 Read more…

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This 25-second trailer of two boys falling in love is going to make you cry

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Get ready to feel a lot of warm and fuzzy feelings.

A 25-second trailer for the animated short film In A Heartbeat has social media users buzzing, particularly for its brief but beautiful portrayal of young love between two boys. 

In the trailer, no words are spoken. Viewers just see a sweet redheaded boy try to control his heart (literally) when he sees his crush — another boy.

The super short animation left many social media users with a whole lot of feelings. Clearly, because only a heartless person would not completely swoon over this trailer. Read more…

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NFL star says his team is the ‘perfect place’ for Colin Kaepernick

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Colin Kaepernick’s extended unemployment has been a dominant storyline this NFL off-season, even if the quarterback seems to making great use of his time. 

Many analysts and insiders believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by league execs after peacefully protesting police brutality during the national anthem before games last season. But at least one NFL star says his team would be a “perfect fit.” 

“I think that Kaepernick getting the opportunity to be on our team would be really cool, would really be a good place for him because you have a coach like coach (Pete) Carroll who is up for challenges like that,” Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett said in an interview with ESPN Radio on Tuesday.  Read more…

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Amazon built Fire TV directly into a cheap 4K set

 There’s the $90 Fire TV, the $40 Fire TV Stick and now, for the dongle-averse, Amazon is giving the world its first set with the company’s streaming media offering built-in. It’s up now for pre-order, debuting on the internet’s most powerful billboard, Amazon’s own homepage. The simply named Amazon Fire TV Edition was built by South Carolina-based Element… Read More

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Jennifer Lawrence tears her heart out for you in the poster for ‘Mother!’

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Ah, Mother’s Day. It’s a time when our feeds are clogged with people pouring their hearts out for their loved ones, but director Darren Aronofsky couldn’t resist a grotesque tie-in for his upcoming film Mother!

The first cinematic poster for the film, posted on Twitter by Aronofsky on Sunday, features a sullen-looking Jennifer Lawrence with her hands drenched in blood. 

Lawrence also happens to be holding her heart in her hands, seemingly freshly taken out of a gap in her chest. We know Mother! is meant to be a psychological horror film, but just, wow. Read more…

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Paul McCartney revealed his ‘Pirates 5’ character and honestly just WHY?!

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Yo ho yo ho, it’s apparently going to be a pirate’s life for McCartney! 

Paul McCartney — yes, Sir Paul McCartney from The Beatles, that’s the guy — on Sunday posted a photo of his Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales character, which was announced last March.

McCartney will be starring in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Yeah, no — we have no idea why or how this is happening either. But it’s happening.

A 74-year-old McCartney posted a promo poster for the fifth Pirates film that shows him looking remarkably like his now co-star, Johnny Depp. McCartney’s pirate hair, beard, makeup, bandana, hat, rings, AHH this man is almost unrecognizable.  Read more…

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Katy Perry’s cannibalism video for ‘Bon Appétit’ is finally here

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Katy Perry is on the menu in the “Bon Appétit” video. The pop star is brined, breaded, and accessorized with garnishes by an army of chefs who don’t bat an eye. 

But then the whole thing turns out to be a a revenge plot. The platter transforms into a pole, and the tables turn on the diners. 

Anyone available to check in on Taylor Swift? Can I get a Haim sister? Read more…

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Steph Curry lifted his social media blackout for the most adorable reason

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Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry recently said he’s temporarily logging off social media to focus on the NBA Playoffs. An assistant might post to one of his accounts here and there, but he’s trying to eliminate distractions. 

As the Warriors await their opponent in the Western Conference Finals, though, Curry showed up on social media in a big way — and for an adorable reason. 

“When you’re really trying to zone in and keep your focus, you don’t want to have any unnecessary distractions during this point of the season,” Curry told ESPN last month of his online hiatus. “We have goals to accomplish, and you want to make sure you’re giving your all.” Read more…

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Scared, lonely and confused: What concussions inflict upon NFL legends

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Nick Buoniconti is an NFL legend. He was a defensive star on the 1972 Miami Dolphins, still the only team to go undefeated and win the Super Bowl in the same season. 

Buoniconti, of course, is still a legend — legends never die, as the saying goes. But he’s declined precipitously over the past few years, following 14 seasons of big hits and playing through pain as a pro football demigod.

That decline — equal parts harrowing and heart-breaking — is the focus of a long, painstakingly intimate profile of Buoniconti in Sports Illustrated, written by S.L. Price. You may have read more concussion stories than you can count at this point, but it’s time to make room for one more.  Read more…

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Was Fyre Festival a Ponzi scheme? Lawsuit says organizers knew it was fraud

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Pottermore announces the official ‘Harry Potter’ book club of your dreams

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Harry Potter fans, it’s time to channel your inner Hermione: on Friday, Pottermore announced its official Wizarding World Book Club.

The club will start in June in honor of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone‘s 20th anniversary. 

New readers as well as seasoned superfans are welcome to join the group — the only starting requirement is that you read one Potter book per month. You’ll get more time to read as the books get longer.

As for exactly how book discussions will work, Pottermore says there’s more info to come — but we do know that (1) each week will focus on a unique theme in the series and (2) some of the discussion will take place on Twitter. Read more…

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Let’s run down the 5 (five!) end credits scenes in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

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Spoiler alert: This post contains major spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The reports are true: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has a whopping 5 (five!) end-credits scenes.

That’s a lot to take in, even if you’re the kind of diehard Marvel fan who’d give your left eye to spend your days flying around with Rocket.

Fortunately, that’s where we come on. Here’s a rundown on what those sequences are – and what they might mean for the future of the Marvel universe.

1. Kraglin learns to use an arrow

Kraglin is played by Sean Gunn, younger brother of Guardians director James Gunn and the on-set stand-in for Rocket (who is voiced by Bradley Cooper).

Kraglin is played by Sean Gunn, younger brother of Guardians director James Gunn and the on-set stand-in for Rocket (who is voiced by Bradley Cooper).

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‘American Idol’ is back from the dead, fulfilling the Ryan Seacrest prophecy

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*Cue theme music* Thisss … is a day Ryan Seacrest knew would come.

It was just over a year ago when the American Idol host, signing off the “final” (ahem) episode of the show after a 15-season run on Fox, said: “And one more time — this is so tough — we say to you from Hollywood, goodnight America.” Then he added cryptically, “for now.”

Well it looks like “for now” is over.

Thirteen months after Seacrest’s sign off, ABC has a deal in principle with producer FremantleMedia to bring back American Idol, Mashable has confirmedIdol could return as soon as March for a Sunday night slot, according to Variety, which first reported the revival deal on Friday afternoon. Read more…

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LeBron James puts Cleveland brewery in check for using his image on Twitter

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After LeBron James pretended to sip a beer, the brewery ran with the viral moment — but King James wasn’t happy. 

This is a beef about beer. But it’s really a story about social media and the unscripted moments that catch fire online, then gain a life of their own. 

During his Cleveland Cavaliers’ romp over the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Playoffs on Monday, James was fouled on a breakaway. His momentum carried him out of bounds — where he jokingly grabbed a beer from a vendor and pretended to take a sip. 

The beer happened to be a Dortmunder Gold, made by Cleveland’s Great Lakes Brewing Company. Photos of the spontaneous comedic moment were shared far and wide on social media.  Read more…

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Saints’ Twitter finally settles it once and for all: Is Adrian Peterson ‘AP’ or ‘AD’?

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The New Orleans Saints posted to Twitter on Tuesday a photo of newly signed running back Adrian Peterson wearing the team’s black and gold colors. 

And so opened a can of worms. 

AD in the Black and Gold #Saints pic.twitter.com/5m5LiqfOUU

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) May 2, 2017

Peterson has been among the NFL‘s best running backs for the better part of a decade now. If you walked into any sports bar in America during that time, you’d stand a reasonable chance of hearing a football fan refer to Peterson simply as “AP” — those are, after all, his initials. But he’s also been known by another, less used nickname: All day.  Read more…

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