Firefighters capture video of ‘fire tornado’ in Portugal


Both wildfires and tornadoes are pretty terrifying things by themselves, but together? Next level.

During the most recent deadly wildfire that broke out in central Portugal on Oct. 6, local firefighters managed to capture the natural phenomenon known as a “fire tornado” or “fire whirl.”

The fires, which started near Pampilhosa da Serra and spread to the city of Arganil, have killed at least 41 people. More than a hundred have now been killed in fires in the country over the last four months. Read more…

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Kellyanne Conway as Pennywise is everything you’ve ever wanted from ‘Saturday Night Live’


Maybe you see it. The resemblance. Kellyanne Conway. Pennywise from IT. Kellywise the Dancing Clown.

The writers at Saturday Night Live sure did.

Tonight’s offering in the ongoing cinematic saga of Kellyanne vs. Anderson Cooper featured Alex Moffat’s Cooper (clad in a yellow raincoat, natch) finding a reason to peek down a storm drain — while everyone and their brother shouted at home, “DON’T GO NEAR THE STORM DRAIN, COOP! 

Hiding inside was the disturbingly clownish Conway, played expertly as always by Kate McKinnon. Read more…

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If Mario is supposed to be a human (and not an abomination), how do you explain this music video?


With the upcoming release of Super Mario Odyssey, a debate has grown over whether Mario is a human being or notNintendo insists he is human, despite the fact that he looks nothing like the other humans walking around in Odyssey.

Now Nintendo is adding more fuel to the “but is Mario a real human” fire with a newly released music video, in which Mario jumps around and dances among IRL humans in a realistic rendition of New Donk City.

Listen: It’s not right. Mario isn’t human. I don’t care what Nintendo says and I don’t care what anyone else thinks. This thing that’s known as “Mario” isn’t human. It’s an abomination. Read more…

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This video of Armie Hammer dancing won’t fix everything wrong in the world, but it’ll help


When life and the endless misery of the 24-hour news cycle get you down, sometimes you just need to watch a dreamy actor dancing to ’80s electropop. Enter: Armie Hammer, who is definitely going to become the internet’s new favorite boyfriend when Call Me By Your Name is released on November 24. 

Director Luca Guadagnino has created a balm for our weary souls in the coming-of-age romance that got everyone hot and bothered at Sundance, thanks in large part to the raw, poignant performances of Hammer and Timothée Chalamet.  Read more…

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Aminé’s new ‘Spice Girl’ video has an actual Spice Girl in it


“Caroline” rapper Aminé is back with a brand new single “Spice Girl,” a genuine, highly catchy tribute to the iconic British girl band who dominated Discmans, Chupa Chups and Impulse cans in the ’90s.

In the video, the rapper gets a big ol’ serve from a real Spice Girl, Mel B, aka Scary Spice, who turns up for a cheeky cameo at the end of the clip. 

Aminé also receives a casual prison visit from Insecure actor Issa Rae.

Zigazig ah. Read more…

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Someone’s already showing off the iPhone X out in the wild


The iPhone X doesn’t drop for another agonizingly-long month — if you’re one of the lucky few who snags a pre-order reservation early, that is — but there are some even luckier people out there who already have their hands on Apple’s next-level handset.

A video of one of the brand new smartphones was posted on Reddit, then spotted by MacRumors. The short clip doesn’t show off anything particularly notable like animoji or a Face ID fail — but it does give us a good look at the X’s edge-to-edge screen sporting one of the new Dynamic Wallpapers. Read more…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Almost Like Praying’ video is here to inspire you


On Friday Lin-Manuel Miranda released his Hurricane Maria relief song to benefit Puerto Rico, and now he’s giving the world a behind-the-scenes look at the recording process.

Miranda released a video to accompany the song, which fosters an even greater feeling of togetherness in wake of the tragic natural disaster. 

After opening with a shot of the island the video shows talented celebrities like Marc Anthony, Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Luis Fonsi, Gloria Estefan, and Gina Rodriguez belting out their verses in the studio.

All proceeds from the song will go to the Hispanic Federation‘s Unidos Disaster Relief Fund. Read more…

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Dude smoking a cigarette at a gas station gets a load of instant karma


If there’s anywhere you shouldn’t smoke, it’s at a gas station. 

A dude enjoying a cigarette at his car at a gas station in Sofia, Bulgaria received a healthy dose of instant karma when he apparently refused to extinguish his butt when asked. 

In the clip, the young man can be seen smoking next to his car and briefly arguing with someone off camera. Then, the gas station attendant slowly approaches the pump and calmly removes a fire extinguisher from its holder. Without warning, he then douses the man at the pump with foam.  Read more…

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You’ll never look at the zombie polar bear from ‘Game of Thrones’ the same way after this video


After seeing the Night King take down a dragon with an ice javelin, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about all of the other epic moments in episode 6 of Game of Thrones Season 7, but a new behind-the-scenes video from HBO sheds a little light on another intense scene from “Beyond the Wall.”

The Magnificent Seven’s terrifying encounter with a wight polar bear was a perfect illustration of the collaboration between departments that goes into every scene. The actors were working in what Kit Harington describes as “a big CGI box,” and some of them admitted that they had a hard time visualizing their undead foe, considering what was on set for them to play against.  Read more…

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Ever wondered how prank calling would work on ‘Game of Thrones’? ‘The Simpsons’ has the answer


Everyone is obsessed with Game of Thrones these days — even the The Simpsons. America’s favorite TV family is paying homage to the HBO hit in the Season 29 premiere, “The Serfsons,” and we’ve got an exclusive sneak peek at the episode.

After almost 30 years on air, long-suffering bartender Moe Szyslak has had to endure countless prank calls from Bart Simpson — but how would Bart get his laughs if phones didn’t exist? Our clip has the answer, and let’s just say Samwell Tarly wouldn’t approve.

The Game of Thrones-themed premiere also features the vocal talents of one of fantasy series’ stars, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (aka Jaime Lannister), in a role that Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman describes as “a character not unlike Jaime. He has a surprising and sexy connection to one of the main characters.” Read more…

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Netflix’s ‘Big Mouth’ celebrates puberty with a uterus crop circle you can see from space


Netflix’s Big Mouth is about all the horrors of puberty, and what more wonderfully weird way could there be to celebrate that than a “space uterus?” In a new Netflix video, show creators Nick Kroll and Jessi Klein literally walk us through a crop circle in the shape of the female reproductive system.

Ah, anatomy.

The crop circle is located outside of Los Angeles, in Ventura County. It takes up two acres and is extremely detailed; Klein and Kroll enter through the vagina and walk up a fallopian tube to an ovary. The characters in Big Mouth are focused on their own bodily changes, but it’s important to understand biology, at any point in life! Read more…

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Air Force superintendent condemns racism after slurs were posted on academy message boards


After racial slurs were written on message boards in the USAFA Preparatory School this week, Air Force Academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria spoke in front of cadets, faculty, and candidates to condemn racism.

Silveria delivered a five-minute speech before members of the Academy to reiterate the power of diversity and the responsibility each human being has to fight hate.

“If you’re outraged by those words, then you’re in the right place,” Lt. Silveria said. “That kind of behavior has no place at the Prep School, has no place at USAFA and has no place in the United States Air Force.” Read more…

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Comcast is launching a live TV streaming service for cord-cutters


Comcast is launching yet another video streaming service for you to consider purchasing.

The cable giant announced today it’s launching Xfinity Instant TV, what is essentially a bundle of local broadcast networks, for $18 per month. The service will only be available to Comcast broadband subscribers.

The company said the new service is currently available in select areas and will be rolled out nationally in markets where Comcast is offered over the next two weeks.

This type of “over-the-top” offering is far from new. Comcast will be pitting itself against other services such as Sling TV, YouTube TV, and Hulu Live TV that also offer live television over the internet rather than a traditional cable subscription. Read more…

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Twitter is making some legitimately great video—and it’s impossible to find


Twitter TV—it’s here, sort of.

The world’s most stressful social network has signed a flurry of deals for live video in recent months, bringing original content from major media companies and professional sports leagues.

Not that you could find it.

Twitter’s recent foray into live video has resulted in plenty of content and impressive partners, but same old Twitter—questionable execution and general confusion.

Buzzfeed just launched a new show on twitter

Looking at twitter, how would I know this

— Mike Murphy (@mcwm) September 25, 2017

Major League Baseball is just one of many major media partners now making high-quality live video for Twitter. There’s already live games weekly on Twitter, but now there’s also an original show, The Dugout. It’s a 3-hour weekly program where MLB broadcasters, reporters, and analysts discuss game highlights and other topics of the league.   Read more…

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