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NASA honors ‘Hidden Figures’ inspiration with a new research facility

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More than 50 years after Katherine Johnson first helped send astronauts into space, the once “hidden figure” is hidden no more at NASA. 

The federal agency named a new research facility in Johnson’s honor this week. The Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia opened Friday. 

Johnson was part of a group of black women mathematicians whose calculations — done by hand — were essential to NASA’s early space missions. She was memorably portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the movie Hidden Figures last year.  Read more…

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Jimmy Kimmel isn’t done being Senator Bill Cassidy’s biggest pest

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When you’re only trying to save health care for 30 million people, you’ve got to be a little persistent.

The man you’d least expect to be on the front foot for saving health care in America, Jimmy Kimmel, is far from resting in his battle to ensure the Graham-Cassidy bill doesn’t cut funding to the most vulnerable. 

Entering into round three of the debate on Thursday night, Kimmel took aim at President Donald Trump, who recently got involved in the debate on Twitter (where else). 

For Kimmel, Trump’s support for the bill is more about politics than it is about a bill that’s, you know, actually good. Read more…

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I Created A Lego CV To Stand Out From Other Resumes

Applying for jobs is a boring process that involves mountains of paperwork. This is not only tedious for the applicant, who must fill out each and every sheet while ensuring that everything looks aesthetically appealing, but can also bore the employer, who must sort through each applicant and their paperwork. Because of the tedium, standing out and creating a fresh spin on resumes and CVs has become popular.

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Alicia Vikander’s neck looks just fine in the first ‘Tomb Raider’ trailer

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Lara Croft is back — and hey, her neck seems pretty normal!

In this first trailer for the upcoming Tomb Raider film, Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) takes on the video game heroine’s role as she explores her father’s disappearance on a sinister island. (And, this being a Hollywood action-adventure blockbuster, of course “the fate of humanity something-something” is a part of it.

This is the first on-screen Tomb Raider adventure since 2003’s The Cradle of Life, sequel to the 2001 Tomb Raider film starring Angelina Jolie. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug with a script from Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Toby Gard. Read more…

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Nicole Kidman’s powerful Emmy speech sheds light on domestic violence

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It’s a long time coming, but Nicole Kidman took home her first ever Emmy on Sunday night.

The actress won the Emmy for outstanding actress in a limited series or movie for her role as Celeste Wright in Big Little Lies, and Kidman made sure to use the spotlight for an important issue.

In Big Little Lies, Kidman’s character is involved in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship. It’s a role the actress acknowledged how difficult it was to play

During her acceptance speech, Kidman thanked her family for their sacrifices in letting her work on the show, but also how it brought to light the issue of domestic violence. Read more…

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So … what is Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘mother!’ really about?

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Warning: Major spoilers for mother! are ahead.

Well, that was something.

Jennifer Lawrence’s mother! has finally arrived in theaters, and the general reaction can be summed up in three letters: WTF?

It’s clear that writer-director Darren Aronofsky is trying to say something with his new work, and that he wants to get people talking about that something. The problem is that no one quite seems able to agree on what that something is. 

Ask 10 people who’ve just seen this movie what they think it’s “really” about, and you might get half a dozen different explanations. I know, because I did just that after seeing mother! for the first time at TIFF. Read more…

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Watch a guy build the 7,500-piece Lego Millennium Falcon in 34 hours of time-lapse video

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Lego’s updated, newly-released “Ultimate Collector’s Series” Millennium Falcon is the largest playset the company has ever produced, with a whopping 7,541 pieces, a 494-page instruction booklet, and an $800 price tag.

All those bricks may not look like much when you tip them out of the box, but she’s got it where it counts — as you can see from this spectacular video on Gizmodo, which documents reporter Germain Lussier’s intrepid quest to put the Star Wars set together over the course of 34 hours (spread across eight days).

What follows is a journey of joy and pain, hope and despair, light and darkness — the build is beset by problems, from wrongly-placed pieces to attacks from ravenous beasts — and it seems at various points as if Lussier might give in to his anger and destroy the toy like so much rebel scum.  Read more…

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The most romantic movie of 2017 is about a woman who loves a merman

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The most enduring stories last because they’re more than the sum of their parts. They’re never just about a king, or an orphan girl, or a monster. They stand for something greater and mean something deeper. They offer warning or comfort or instruction, helping us to make our way through the world.

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is about so many things: war, sexuality, cinema, maybe even God. It pits the courage of the marginalized against the casual cruelty of American imperialism. It’s a plea for all of us to be kind and brave and good, in a way that actually counts. And all of this comes from a swooning romance about a mute janitor and a fish-man from the sea. Read more…

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What ‘Star Trek’ star LeVar Burton learned as first-time podcaster

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LeVar Burton just can’t stop reading.

The former Star Trek and Roots star just wrapped the first season of his weekly podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, where Burton lends his reassuring, emotive voice to various works of short-form fiction. The term “season” is a loose one — the books are a grab bag of authors and genres, from Daisy Johnson’s exploration of solitary life in The Lighthouse Keeper to one of Neil Gaiman’s modern fantasy stories, Chivalry.

Though all 12 episodes are finished, subscribers still have something to look forward to: Burton just finished recording a bonus episode of the podcast at the Now Hear This podcast festival in New York City where he read one of the stories from Five-Carat Soul by James McBride and was joined by the author on stage. Read more…

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‘The Florida Project’ is the best 2017 movie that you haven’t heard of

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This world has never suffered from an overabundance of empathy. Even when we’re trying to be kind, we have a bad habit of falling back on judgment and condescension, of projecting our own issues and beliefs onto the decisions of others. 

So when something like The Florida Project comes along, it feels all the more remarkable. 

In his last film, Tangerine, director Sean Baker chronicled a night in the life of two trans sex workers, just blocks away but a world removed from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. 

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Listen to the 14-year-old Australian singer who just made Elton John ‘give up’

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Imagine you just did something, anything, heck, walked in a straight line, and Elton John was so impressed that he said, “I give up.”

There’s a 14-year-old singer in Australia brushing hefty amounts of dirt off his shoulder, after receiving that high praise and airplay from Rocket Man himself.

Aussie songwriter Ruel’s single ‘Don’t Tell Me’, featuring his mentor M-Phazes, was played by Sir Elton on his Beats 1 show Rocket Hour on Sept. 5, first spotted by news.com.au

On air, John praised the track, saying “It’s astonishing someone so young can write something so good. I give up.” Read more…

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Crunch Report | Marvel and Star Wars going exclusively to Disney streaming

Crunch Report Star Wars Today’s StoriesĀ  Disney’s streaming service will exclusively get Marvel and Star Wars movies Amazon is looking for a 2nd headquarter city, a ‘full equal to Seattle’ Spotify and Hulu partner on a discounted entertainment bundle, first aimed at students HotelTonight to expand booking window to 100 days Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony Ha Filmed by: Matthew… Read More

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The ‘Suicide Squad’ sequel you didn’t ask for is barreling ahead with a new director

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Looks like the #SKWAD’s got themselves a new leader.

The Accountant director Gavin O’Connor is in final negotiations to write and direct the Suicide Squad sequel, Mashable has confirmedVariety first broke the news.

Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, and Will Smith are all expected to reprise their roles as the Joker, Harley Quinn, and Deadshot, respectively. 

For those keeping count at home, that makes three Joker movies now in development: Suicide Squad 2, the Harley Quinn and Joker spinoff, and the “young Joker” prequel – the last of which will not star Leto.  Read more…

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Crunch Report | Apple And Amazon Want Bond, James Bond

Crunch Report Today’s StoriesĀ  Apple and Amazon reportedly pursuing James Bond franchise rights U.S. House of Representatives passes new bipartisan self-driving car bill Kobo takes on Audible with its own audiobook subscription service Verizon’s new opt-in rewards program requires users to share personal data for ad-targeting Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony Ha Filmed and Edited… Read More

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‘Pokémon Go’ bounces back after its disastrous Fest with a new lineup of events

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Niantic Labs isn’t letting something like a little old day-long public relations disaster get in the way of more public Pokémon Go events.

After a struggling through Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago — where long lines and network issues turned what was meant to be a mass gathering of happy fans into an angry mob, resulting in the CEO of Niantic Labs being booed on stage — Niantic effectively hit pause on future Pokémon Go events until it could sort out just what went wrong. But now the studio is ready to talk about what’s next: A series of Pokémon Go Safari Zone gatherings in Europe.

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Scary clowns have nothing on cruel everyday reality in Stephen King’s ‘It’

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You don’t have to wait long for the scares to arrive in It. The newest adaptation of Stephen King’s novel serves up its frights early and often, starting with the gruesome disappearance of a little boy in the opening scene. 

It takes a little longer, however, to see where the real horror lies in It. At its best, It captures the very specific terrors of early adolescence – the stuff that feels all the more haunting because they’re scrubbed clean from our idealized notions of youth, the stuff that happens in the corners where no one else is around to see, the stuff that maybe even happens at the very hands of the people who are supposed to protect you. Plus, you know, the occasional creepy painting or two. Read more…

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Matt Damon explains the obnoxious requirement for filming in a Trump building

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Movies that want to shoot inside one of Donald Trump’s buildings must feature him in a shot, Matt Damon says.

The actor explained the truly obnoxious rule in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. “You have to waste an hour of your day with a bullshit shot,” he said, referring to an instance of that occurring on the set of director Martin Brest’s Oscar-winning Scent of a Woman

“Donald Trump walks in and Al Pacino’s like, “Hello, Mr. Trump!”—you had to call him by name—and then he exits.”

Fortunately, most of these Trump scenes apparently end up on the cutting room floor—although a few, like Trump’s cameo in Home Alone 2, inexplicably remained in the final cut. (Why, Chris Columbus? We trusted you with Harry Potter.) Read more…

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Please let The Friendship Code and its tech-savvy girls be the new Babysitters Club

 Okay, full disclosure, I never read any Babysitters Club book. But you know what I’m talking about, right? We all had some endless series we read where a few kids just like us navigated the vicissitudes of life, teaching us lessons along the way. I’m hoping that The Friendship Code, which aims to do that — but with tech and coding woven in — will become that series for… Read More

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Melbourne could soon be naming its train stations after locations in ‘Game of Thrones’

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While there are no trains to speak of in Westeros, Melburnians plan to make their daily commute from Winterfell nonetheless.

Melbourne’s railway authority Melbourne Metro has invited the public to suggest names for five new Metro Tunnel stations across the city. More than 10,000 suggestions were made in the first 48 hours, with numerous Game of Thrones references amongst the most pitched. 

Winterfell is the most popular Game of Thrones-inspired station suggestion, according to Melbourne Metro, and has been nominated for every station except Domain — the southern-most outpost. No true Northerner would dare call this Winterfell. Read more…

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