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22 May 21:00

Watch: Entertaining and Instructive Video Essay on Jackie Chan’s Action Filmmaking

by Russ Fischer

Action Filmmaking Tips

We’ve been talking a lot about Mad Max: Fury Road for the past couple weeks, and one reason is that it is, as I argued in my review of the film, incredibly precise and clear storytelling from a visual perspective. There is virtually nothing as good as Fury Road in action films of late. But there is in older work, such as the remarkable run of ’80s and early ’90s movies from Jackie Chan.

A couple weeks ago I came across a video essay that is itself very precise about breaking down just what works in Chan’s films, and why. I’ve watched this essay many times now, and despite the fact that it isn’t “new,” having debuted late last year, I wanted to share it as an explanation of exactly how and why some visual storytelling works so well.

Whether you aspire to make films, or just want to gain a better understanding of how they work, you must watch this video.

This essay is titled “How to Do Action Comedy,” but that particular blend of elements is only part of its appeal. What this really reveals is how to achieve clarity in action. Doing so isn’t easy, but it is pretty simple. Keep the camera wide, and steady. Stage the action to provide context, keeping action and reaction in one shot. Cut with a rhythm. These are all things we see in the success of Fury Road, too.

Persistence is the key ingredient. As Jackie says in one interview clip, “it’s not [that I’m] good! You can do it! Except, do you have the patience?” That goes along with a point that Tony Zhou makes in the essay, that Jackie doesn’t win fights because he’s the best fighter, he wins because he doesn’t give up.

I saw a full collection of Jackie Chan’s great ’80s films in a Boston-area theater in the summer of 1993, and they changed my view of action filmmaking. His work, especially when seen all at once, makes a tremendous impact.

If you haven’t seen these films, I can’t recommend strongly enough that you seek out the first three Police Story films, Project A parts one and two, the pair of Armour of God films, Jackie’s two Drunken Master movies, and Wheels on Meals. Yeah, that’s ten Jackie films that are stone-cold essential, and that only scratches the surface of his career. The guy is a phenomenon.

If you want a taste, this supercut will give you a heaping faceful.

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22 May 17:34

Silk Road Survival: In conversation with 'Deep Web' director Alex Winter

by Chris Velazco
An unassuming, Mormon family man. A brilliant physics and engineering student with a goofy smile. Five years ago, neither of these men knew each other, let alone suspected that they'd be drawn into a web suffused with libertarian dogma, hard drugs an...
23 May 04:49

Senate blocks NSA reform bill and Patriot Act extensions

by Richard Lawler
The USA Freedom Act aimed at addressing the NSA's bulk collecting of phone call metadata was approved by the House of Representatives ten days ago, but blocked by the Senate tonight (live video stream here). The Section 215 provisions of the Patriot ...
22 May 05:45

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23 May 03:05

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19 May 22:30

Chris Pratt Will Be in Non-‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Marvel Films

by Angie Han

Chris Pratt may be shooting down casting rumors left and right, but one thing we know for sure is that he’ll be back for another Guardians of the Galaxy. And, it seems, for another several Marvel movies after that — including multiple non-GOT projects. Read the Chris Pratt Marvel future quotes after the jump. 

Speaking with GQ, Pratt revealed he’s sticking around the Marvel Cinematic Universe for quite some time:

I’m tied to doing three more, or five more, Guardians of the Galaxy or whatever it is, you know, two more Guardians plus another couple.

The GQ writer interprets this as meaning Pratt “is committed to at least two sequels, as well as spin-off projects where his character will appear with other Marvel characters.”

Basically, it sounds like the same six-picture deal that most of Marvel’s leads have. Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (which is already dated for May 5, 2017 and starts shooting in February) take up two of those slots. If the sequel does well, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will almost certainly claim a third.

Less clear is which films will use up the other three spots on Pratt’s contract. The first Guardians of the Galaxy occupied a very different corner of the MCU than the other films have, and had very little overlap with The AvengersAvengers: Age of Ultron, and their related films.

But the two-part Avengers: Infinity War seems more likely to involve Pratt’s Star-Lord. The Power Stone figured prominently into the first Guardians of the Galaxy, and Thanos will have to get his hands on it eventually if he wants the complete set.

Other possibilities for Star-Lord are 2019’s Inhumans, which deals with a race of superhumans created by the Kree (Ronan’s people from Guardians of the Galaxy), and 2018’s Captain Marvel, which centers on a character who’s had extensive contact with the Guardians of the Galaxy in the comics.

In the meantime, Pratt has already begun prepping for his next outing as Star-Lord. “I got teary-eyed,” he said of his first Guardians of the Galaxy 2 briefing with director James Gunn. “He’s so fucking smart and peculiar.” But there’s still a lot he doesn’t know about it, like the plot. “[Gunn] just knows me too well to tell me too much,” said Pratt.

For now, Pratt seems perfectly happy to keep playing Star-Lord for the foreseeable future. After teasing the idea of retiring early to spend time with his son Jack, Pratt admitted, “I think I would do it and then three months later I would be tired of bird hunting and I would be like ‘…Guardians Ten?'”

 

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20 May 14:00

LOL: Peter Dinklage Sings About Character Deaths in ‘Game of Thrones’ Musical [Updated]

by Ethan Anderton

Game of Thrones Musical

Not long after we saw Anna Kendrick star in a teaser for a female-led remake of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, we have some more amusing fun being teased for Red Nose Day. For those who don’t know, Red Nose Day is a comedy fundraiser that started in the United Kingdom and is making its way to the United States for the first time with a primetime special on NBC airing on Thursday, May 21st at 8pm Eastern. It’s a star-studded event featuring a slew of comedians, actors, musicians and more, and we just got another tease of something Game of Thrones fans will enjoy.

Peter Dinklage is teaming up with Coldplay to deliver a Game of Thrones musical, and NBC has unveiled a tease of the fan favorite actor singing a song about the various character deaths on the show. So if you happen to be way behind on HBO’s most popular show, beware of spoilers. Watch the Game of Thrones musical tease below!

Update: We’ve now got the full Game of Thrones musical production video, narrated by Liam Neeson.

Here’s a tease of the Game of Thrones musical fun that will happen on Red Nose Day (via NBC):

This is just a tease of the Game of Thrones musical fun that will happen on Red Nose Day. Chris Martin and his band Coldplay are involved in the musical proceedings that will air during the comedy fundraiser. In fact, here’s a quick glimpse of what they’ve been working on, complete with a whole slew of cast members from the hit HBO show, including Kit Harrington, Rose Leslie and many more:

Funnily enough, this won’t be the first time Game of Thrones has had ties to Coldplay. The band’s drummer, Will Champion, actually had a cameo on the series as a member of the band who was playing at the infamous Red Wedding. It should be interesting to see how the world of Westeros comes to life in the form of an abridged stage musical, especially with much of the cast on hand to help out.

Update: Here’s the full 12-minute video, narrated by Liam Neeson. Watch long enough to see Martin doing ‘Rastafarian Targaryen’ about three minutes in.

If you want to know more about Red Nose Day, check out the official description and talent roster from NBC:

Red Nose Day, the U.K.’s #1 television fundraising event, is coming to America in a spectacular live star-studded special Thursday, May 21 (8-11 p.m. ET) on NBC.

Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jodie Foster, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, Coldplay and more, are coming together to have fun, raise money and change lives in an incredible “fun-raising” special. Featuring great comedy, videos produced by Funny or Die, incredible music performances and almost 100 of Hollywood’s favorite stars, the benefit event will help 12 charity organizations lift children and young people out of poverty in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities in the world.

Julianne Moore and Jack Black, will also appear, along with John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Michelle Rodriguez, Gwyneth Paltrow, “Voice” coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams, Richard Gere, Jennifer Garner, Keith Urban, John Mellencamp, One Direction, Zac Efron, Helen Mirren, Robert Pattinson, Liam Neeson and Nick Cannon. Sienna Miller, Paul Rudd, Olivia Wilde, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Leslie Mann, January Jones and Simon Cowell will also be joining the fun, as well as Matt Lauer, Carson Daly, Nick Offerman, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pine, Jeff Goldblum, Billy Eichner, Martin Short, Laura Linney, Anna Kendrick, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, John Michael Higgins, Bill and Melinda Gates, Stephen Merchant, Naomi Campbell, Anna Camp, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Yvette Nicole Brown, Retta, Natalie Morales, Danny Pudi and Rob Huebel.

In addition, Matt LeBlanc, Hugh Bonneville, Dame Diana Rigg, Kyle MacLachlan, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss, “Saturday Night Live” cast members Jay Pharaoh, Colin Jost and Michael Che, Hoda Kotb and Gilbert Gottfried are slated to appear, along with Cheryl Burke, Nicole Scherzinger, Jeff Dye and Australian comedy sketch trio SketchShe.

The star-studded event for charity will also feature “Game of Thrones” cast members Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Iwan Rheon, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Mark Addy, John Bradley, Rose Leslie, Alfie Allen and Charlotte Hope. “Orange Is the New Black” cast members Dascha Polanco, Samira Wiley, Yael Stone, Selenis Leyva, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore and Jackie Cruz will also be part of the charity special.

A sketch film documenting the creation of “Game of Thrones: The Musical,” written by Coldplay and featuring a number of the HBO show’s cast members, will be one of the many highlights on “Red Nose Day,” along with John Mellencamp and Keith Urban performing “Pink Houses.”

The benefit event will also feature short appeals films that shed light on those in need. Jack Black travelled to Africa to visit children in Uganda living on the streets, witnessing firsthand the devastating effects of preventable diseases at a hospital. Blake Shelton visited a mobile health clinic in Los Angeles that is providing free, life-changing care to underprivileged children. In Peru, Michelle Rodriguez met children having to work to survive and saw how projects there are helping them get the education they need.

The money raised during Red Nose Day will be used to fund programs that address the immediate needs of children and young people living in poverty in the U.S. and internationally in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The money will be split between domestic and international poverty issues. The pre-selected charity partners are Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity: water; Children’s Health Fund; Feeding America; Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund; LIFT; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children and United Way.

Will you tune in for Red Nose Day? If you want to donate, head over here.

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21 May 16:00

‘Neuromancer’ Gains Funding, Loses Vincenzo Natali

by Angie Han

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After many years in development, the Neuromancer movie has taken a big step forward by securing new funding. At the same time, though, it has lost director Vincenzo Natali, who’s been attached for the past five years. Get all the details on the Neuromancer Vincenzo Natali news after the jump. 

Screen Daily reports Chinese company C2M Media Group has stepped up to co-develop and co-finance Neuromancer with the UK-based GFM Films. With Natali gone, producer Lucas Foster (Equilibrium, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is in talks with new writers and a new director. No names have been revealed as of yet.

Based on the 1984 cyberpunk classic by William Gibson, Neuromancer follows a “console cowboy” (the fancy future term for “computer hacker”) called Case whose life and career were ruined after he was caught stealing from the wrong people. He’s offered a chance at redemption by a mysterious ex-military officer named Armitage.

Said Foster:

William Gibson’s books have been very prescient on the topic of Super Intelligence, which people variously call Machine Intelligence or A.I. As we surrender more and more of our thinking and imagining over to software, we lose something important and tangible in ourselves. Neuromancer tells the story of that (near) future.

Neuromancer has been in development for several years. Around 2000, Chris Cunningham (director of the Aphex Twin “Windowlicker” video) was trying to get a film made. That version never took off, and in 2007 Joseph Kahn (of the Taylor Swift “Bad Blood” video and the film Detention) signed on to direct. Needless to say, that version didn’t come together either.

In 2010, Natali replaced Kahn. Initially, Natali’s hiring seemed to inspire some forward momentum. GFM announced the start of pre-production in 2011, Lorenzo di Bonaventura signed on to produce in 2012, and big names like Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson were courted to star. And then nothing. Wahlberg and Neeson aren’t currently attached and neither is di Bonaventura.

It’s been a long time since we got any real updates on this project, so it’s unsurprising, if disappointing, to hear Natali has dropped out. But you don’t need to worry about him. He just recently signed on to helm In the Tall Grass, based on a short story by Stephen King and his son Joe Hill.

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22 May 11:05

Huge 8K panels shipping from China this year

by Dave James
Huge 8K panels shipping from China this year

Thirty-three million. That's the approximate number of pixels Chinese display manufacturer BOE is jamming into its latest panels.

That's right, 8K screens are starting to do the rounds this year.

According to reports by Digitimes BOE recently showed off its 98-inch and 110-inch 8K panels and is looking to supply them to the Japanese market this year.

The new screens are rocking Advanced Super Dimension Shift (ADSDS) panel technology, which sounds like some serious quantum physics kinda extra-dimensional voodoo, but is actually another liquid crystal tech allowing the wee molecules to be rotated in a more efficient way.

The advantages of this technology is it's capable of dealing with incredibly high resolutions (lucky as we're talking about 7680x4320 here…) with low levels of power consumption. Another bonus of ADSDS - and why it's part of these big screens - is that it has a seriously wide viewing angle of 178º.

OLED on the other hand is still sat at a slightly more limited 160º viewing angle.

These first panels aren't really aimed at the home user however - BOE is looking to supply the screens with apps for medical, finance and transportation uses. That said, Japan's broadcast service, NHK, is reportedly looking to start trial testing of 8K content on its network some time next year with a full launch in 2018.

NHK though is also going to be filming the Women's World Cup from Canada in 8K next month. Teaming up with FIFA it will be showing various matches at public screenings in Japan, the US and Canada via 300-inch screens.

No wonder LG is stepping up its high-tech OLED plans - showing off a 0.97mm thin bendy display - with increasing technological competition coming from China…

But BOE is by no means the only player in the 8K market, with LG itself outing Apple's plans to release an 8K iMac sometime this year and Sharp showing off 8K panels at CES in January.

Via Digitimes








21 May 08:05

Rolling Stones Play All Of 'Sticky Fingers' At Small Club Show

by AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour.


The band announced Wednesday morning it would perform a "club show" that night to kick off its Zip Code tour, which launches Sunday in San Diego. The surprise concert at the 1,300-person-capacity venue instantly sold out. And one fan outside the theater offered $4,000 for one ticket.


The Stones played for an hour and a half, including the entire "Sticky Fingers" album, with the same enthusiasm they had when the record was released in 1971.


"So this is our first show of our tour," an animated Jagger told the crowd. "Tonight we're doing something we've never done before... We're going to do the whole of 'Sticky Fingers.'"


The group is re-releasing the album next week.


They played each of the tracks as promised, with Jagger exhibiting the energy of a high-school cheerleader throughout. (Doesn't he know he's 71?!) He strutted and boogied, puffed out his birdlike chest, punched the air and wiggled his wiry frame. He grinned and clapped and urged the audience to join along. And he was in exceptionally fine voice. Who cares if he can't hit the very highest notes anymore?


Keith Richards was in fine voice, too, and extra smiley. With his white hair and gray pallor, The 71-year-old guitarist kind of looks like he's made of cigarette ashes, but his guitar is ever young, and Richards looked like he was having fun.


Same for Ronnie Wood, all cheekbones and sinew, and drummer Charlie Watts, who shared a toothy smile with Jagger.


At times, there were as many as 11 musicians on stage, with two keyboardists, two backup singers, two saxophone players and a bassist joining the four Stones members.


Jagger was the master of ceremonies, and he was in great spirits.


"I should have warned you before, but there may be a lot of '60s drug references on this record that may puzzle some people. It was a great, groovy scene," he said as he introduced "Sister Morphine."


"That's seriously a bit of a down song," he said when they finished it. "And there's more to come!"


Jagger strapped on an acoustic guitar to perform "Wild Horses," and Richards sat down with a 12-string for "You've Got to Move." The set also included "Start Me Up," ''When the Whip Comes Down" and "All Down the Line."


The band used its encore to pay tribute to the late BB King, who died last week.


"He was one of our favorite guitarists," Jagger said, "a wonderful guy who played with us on a number of occasions."


The Stones' version of "Rock Me Baby" featured a harmonica solo by Jagger. They also played "Jumpin' Jack Flash" before finishing with Otis Redding's "Can't Turn You Loose," capping the night with an all-band bow.


The secret-show-before-the-tour is becoming tradition for the Rolling Stones, who played at an even tinier Los Angeles club before launching its "50 and Counting" tour at Staples Center in 2013.


"Next year we'll come back and do the whole of 'Satanic Majesties,'" Jagger quipped.


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21 May 15:30

Pro gaming doesn't need balls to be considered a 'sport'

by Jessica Conditt
The hockey game on the flat-screen behind the bar had served as a pleasant background visual as I ate dinner. But with my plate cleared, the action on-screen drew my full attention. I took a sip of beer as players converged on the puck, white jerseys...
20 May 03:25

iZombie: "Mr. Berserk" Review

by Amy Ratcliffe

Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.

It's hard to bounce back from the events of last week's iZombie -- for the audience and for Liv. After being cleared of murdering Lowell thanks to the zombie lieutenant, Liv decided to fast forward through the stages of grief by eating the brains of an alcoholic journalist. Eating another person's brains doesn't seem to stifle all existing emotions but investigating a murder gave Liv purpose and investigating the bottoms of bottles of booze gave her solace.

Her grief took on different forms, but she lost it at the end of the episode and the emotion was important to see. It's part of the whole humanizing zombies thing. She turned it into a revenge plan against Blaine which is surprising since her plot to kill him last time didn't work out so well. She arguably has more motivation now, but she'll still face the same question of right and wrong she did when she almost pulled the trigger last time. Hopefully Ravi will talk her down from the ledge.

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19 May 18:22

iZombie: Liv Deals With Last Week's Shock by Getting Drunk

by Eric Goldman

Spoilers for the most recent episode of iZombie follow.

Last week’s iZombie was a turning point for the show, as the zombie Lowell (Bradley James) attempted to stop the show’s villain, Blaine (David Anders) – only for Blaine to shoot Lowell in the head, seemingly killing him.

So what happens next and how will Liv (Rose McIver) react to what Blaine has done? IGN has an exclusive new clip from Tuesday night’s episode, showing Liv will apparently respond in an old fashioned way... by getting drunk.

To learn more about what’s going on here and what’s next for Liv, check out what Rose McIver told me about what’s coming up on the show, as Liv uses her abilities to gain the traits of those whose brains she eats in clever and unusual ways.

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20 May 01:00

The Flash: Season 1 Finale Review

by Jesse Schedeen

Warning: full episode spoilers follow!

And thus ends the first season of The Flash. You have to hand it to the show for bucking the usual trend and not framing the finale around the big, climactic battle between hero and villain. We already got our showdown between Reverse-Flash and the proto-Justice League last week, where his super-speed was no match for Oliver Queen’s ability to shoot an arrow real good. This week’s conflict was much more emotional than visceral. It presented Barry with a terrific conundrum and really played on the various relationships the show has built up over the past year. I’ll take that over a superhuman slug-fest any day of the week.

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21 May 00:11

The Flash: What Those Glimpses of the Future Mean

by Joshua Yehl

Warning: this article contains spoilers for the Season 1 finale of The Flash!

The Season 1 finale of The Flash was packed with a lot of awesome moments, but the big talking point has been the Speed Force sequence where Barry Allen sees several images from his past, present, and future. Let's dig into what we saw.

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Justice_League_of_America_Vol_3_7.2_Killer_Frost_TextlessIn the comics, Caitlin Snow is the real name of villain Killer Frost -- a woman with blue skin and deadly ice powers. In the show, Caitlin is a scientist working to help the Flash during Season 1, so it's interesting that in the comics Killer Frost is a straight up villain, meaning something pretty messed up would have to happen to Caitlin in order for her to turn from the path of good.

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21 May 11:28

These Stone Tools Are the Oldest Ever Discovered

by Matt Porter

Stone tools have been found at the Lomekwi 3 excavation site in Kenya that predate the Homo genus.

According to Nature, the international weekly journal of science, the tools are the oldest ever discovered at 3.3 million years old. Previously we had thought that species within the Homo genus were the first to learn how to use tools, but the genus only goes back 2.8 million years.

Some large stones were used as anvils upon which cores would be placed, while others were used as hammers in order to create stones with sharp edges. It is thought that these tools are actually too sophisticated to be the earliest examples, so the origins of tools may go back even further.

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21 May 20:29

Greg Grunberg Returning for Heroes Reborn

by Matt Fowler

Joining fellow former Heroes stars Jack Coleman, Masi Oka, and Jimmy Jean-Louis on NBC's Heroes Reborn is Greg Grunberg, who will once again be playing the mind-bending Matt Parkman.

Heroes Reborn Trailer Description

Per EW.com, Grunberg is on board for a "guest star arc" on the upcoming 13-episode event series. As you'll recall, Grunberg's Parkman was an LAPD officer who discovered he had telepathic abilities, and what started out as mind reading eventually evolved into mind control.

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20 May 22:31

The Pirate Bay Loses Its Iconic Swedish Dot SE Domains

by Jason Mick
Domain takedown is the latest attempt by Swedish officials to silence the persistent pirates
20 May 21:35

LG's 'Wallpaper' TV Prototype is Basically a Sticker

by Chloi Rad

LG Display recently unveiled its proof-of-concept for a 55-inch TV that's only 4 pounds and 0.97mm thick. It's being referred to as a "wallpaper" TV for the way it can be stuck to a wall via a magnetic mat, and of course for how ridiculously thin it is.

Photo courtesy LG Display Co. Photo courtesy LG Display Co.

The Seoul-based LCD panel manufacturer showed off the prototype at a press event in Korea yesterday as a way to broadcast its future plans, including that commitment to OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology that LG brought up earlier in the year.

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20 May 22:47

Marvel Universe to Have 2 Spider-Men

by Steve Watts

As reported by Newsarama, during a live chat with Brian Michael Bendis, the longtime Ultimate Spider-Man writer confirmed that there will be two Spider-Mans -- Peter Parker and Miles Morales -- in the Marvel Universe after Secret Wars ends

Miles originally became the Spider-Man of the Ultimate Universe after Peter died, only for Peter to return later and give Miles his blessing to continue fighting evil as Spider-Man. Miles did once meet the regular, 616 Peter in a story called Spider-Men, but now it seems they'll be spending a lot more time together.

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19 May 19:10

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20 May 14:08

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20 May 15:24

Spotify will play music, podcasts and video based on your mood

by Terrence O'Brien
Spotify has been chipping away at the problem of choice for years now. When you have instant access to so many millions of albums at some point you cross over from being a perk, to being a hindrance. Its latest effort to expose people to new music an...
20 May 14:45

Uber poached Carnegie Mellon's robotics lab to make self-driving cars (updated)

by Jon Fingas
Remember how Uber forged a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University to get its ambitions for self-driving cars off the ground? It turns out this deal wasn't exactly balanced. The Verge understands that Uber poached much of the autonomous vehicle t...
20 May 13:45

'Logjam' browser vulnerability fix will block thousands of websites

by Steve Dent
Researchers have discovered a new browser and website encryption vulnerability called Logjam, and there's good news and bad news. On the plus side, the vulnerability has largely been patched thanks to consultation with tech companies like Google, and...
20 May 07:32

Women's final off after 'gay remark'

The Coppa Italia Women final is cancelled after an official allegedly referred to players as a "bunch of lesbians".
19 May 22:08

Here Are Gifs Of All The Times Alicia And Kalinda Drank Together On 'The Good Wife'

by Joe Satran
Warning: This post contains spoilers from the first six seasons of "The Good Wife," up to and including the season 6 finale.

When the sixth season of "The Good Wife" came to a close on May 10, it marked the end of one of TV's most powerful, complicated relationships: Kalicia. Up until this point of the marvelous show, attorney Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and investigator Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) were alternately the best of friends and the bitterest of enemies. There were runs of episodes where they almost always shown together, and much longer runs where they were never in the same room. Gossip around Hollywood chalks the latter up to a vicious but completely mysterious fight between Margulies and Panjabi, which only makes the on-screen relationship between the two characters more fascinating.

Amidst all the turmoil, there was one thing you could count on with these two: They would drink. They loved drinking, a trait they share with several other powerful female protagonists on TV dramas.

So to commemorate their glorious friendship, The Huffington Post combed through six seasons of "The Good Wife" to find all the scenes where Kalicia drank together. Here they are.

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The ritual began in the show's pilot, meaning it predates even the appearance of such staple characters of the show as Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) and David Lee (Zach Grenier). That's how integral it is to the show! In this first episode, Alicia and Kalinda work together to crack a difficult murder case involving a faked carjacking. After Alicia presents their killer evidence, and the jury goes out to deliberate, Kalinda tells her that it's a Stern Lockhart & Gardner tradition for lawyers to take tequila shots after their first jury trial.

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After Alicia takes her shot, Kalinda reveals that this was a trick: no such tradition exists. For a moment, it seems like Kalinda won't drink her tequila. But then, of course, she does. Alicia smiles.

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The next nine episodes feature lots of interactions between Alicia and Kalinda, but none of them involve alcohol, sadly. They don't drink together again until the 11th episode. Even then, it's not in a bar, but in a room in their office: they drink beer and eat kettle corn while watching TV news related to the two cases of the week.

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In episode 14, though, Alicia and Kalinda hit the bar again, because they have some personal matters to discuss. (Glenn Childs has asked Kalinda to testify against Alicia's husband Peter.) This time, Kalinda orders a dark beer...

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...while Alicia drinks what looks like tequila again. But she sips it instead of shooting it.

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This drinking session apparently goes well, because they go to another bar in episode 21. Alicia drinks what appears to be a martini with olives.

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Kalinda gets another dark beer.

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The very next episode, the second-to-last of season 1, opens with Alicia and Cary finding out that Alicia got the one full-time position they had been competing for all season. Kalinda waits for Alicia down the hall and, knowing that Alicia will likely feel crummy for beating out Cary, insists that they go to get drinks. They start by ordering two tequila shots in a row.

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They keep drinking, as is evident from the plethora of glasses that accumulate on the bar top.

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All that tequila gets them pretty wasted. A cute, younger guy hits on them, sending them into a giggle fit. He buys them yet another round of drinks.

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These extra drinks send them into the truthbomb-dropping stage of drunkenness, prompting Alicia to ask Kalinda whether she's a lesbian.

Kalinda refuses to answer, much to Alicia's chagrin. But then a call to Alicia's cell phone saves her. Will tells Alicia she has to go see a client, so she composes herself and goes to Colin Sweeney's house, where she finds him handcuffed to a dead female body. Alicia maintains admirable composure, considering her inebriation. Close call!

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Alicia and Kalinda next drink together in the sixth episode of season two, at an office party to celebrate a huge class action settlement. While drinking champagne, Alicia notes that Kalinda doesn't look as happy as everyone else at the firm.

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Just three episodes later, in "Nine Hours," one of the best episodes of the entire series, Alicia and Kalinda work on a stressful death row case from Alicia's apartment. At a particularly trying moment, Alicia grabs them two beers out of the fridge.

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They drink them on Alicia's bed. Slash fic alert!

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They actually only visit a bar one time in the second season, in the 17th episode. They return to their beloved tequila shots.

A couple episodes later, Alicia discovers that Kalinda had slept with Peter, one time, many years ago, before they were friends. She's completely furious. The revelation creates a rift between her and Peter -- and, more importantly, between her and Kalinda. Throughout most of season 3, they only speak when work requires them to. Some have speculated that the real-life tiff between Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi first emerged around this time, though Margulies attributed the break to natural developments in the plot.

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In any case, they finally drink together again in the final episode of season 3. Though it begins as a kind of "Parent Trap" situation -- Cary invited them both to the same bar -- they actually manage to have a bit of fun.

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They even take tequila shots together!

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This bar visit sets off something of a renaissance in their friendship. They visit bars three times in the first half of season 4. They sip red wine and whiskey in episode 6.

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Cary joins them for some cocktails of an indeterminate nature in episode 9.

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And then in episode 10, they go back to tequila shots. Kalinda is uncharacteristically late to the drinks in this episode, which worries Alicia.

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When she shows up, a few minutes after Alicia takes her first shot, she reveals that the drama surrounding her relationship with her erratic husband is over. What exactly happened to him is unclear, though when Kalinda says there's no chance of his ever returning, it's hard not to suspect that she killed him. He was a jerk, though, so this is an occasion for tequila.

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One of the sweetest of their drinks sessions comes in the next episode, when Alicia is staying at a remote hotel while waiting to be allowed to depose a key witness in a case. Kalinda brings her fresh clothes -- and a bottle of red wine.

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They lie in side-by-side beds glumly, chatting about this and that while drinking glasses of red wine. It's cute. It seems like maybe they're on track to be best friends again.

But then -- nothing. In a big way.

Alicia and Kalinda see each other briefly in the next episode, but after that, don't share a scene for more than two seasons after this hotel tryst. There's no on-screen blowout to explain their bizarre separation, so this is when many (starting with Buzzfeed) speculated that Panjabi and Margulies got in some terrible fight. No one in the press has ever managed to figure out what transpired; it's one of the best-kept secrets in Hollywood.

Whatever happened, though -- and something must have happened -- it kept Alicia and Kalinda apart right up until the very end of season 6.

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They sort of reunite in the season's penultimate episode, after Kalinda has fled town to avoid being killed by Lemond Bishop, when Alicia thinks back to two times they'd met before. But the flashback scenes are either filmed in such a way that the two actresses may never have even been in the same room, or are repurposed footage from season 1. Fun fact, though: although this same tug-of-war over Alicia's phone was shown in the drunken bar night in Season 1, Episode 22, the exact moment above is shot from two different camera angles in the two episodes.

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In the season 6 finale, they finally reunite for real. Kalinda surprises Alicia at a bar just before she leaves town for good. She orders two tequila shots for old time's sake.

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Then, though, something curious happens: Most of the shots in the scene show only one of the two actresses clearly. For that reason, many people started to speculate that they hadn't actually filmed most of it together.

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On May 15, TVLine reported, based on some anonymous inside intel, that the scene had indeed been faked. The shots that show only one face clearly were filmed with body doubles filling in for the obscured actor, while Panjabi and Margulies filmed the shots that include both characters separately, and then the footage was merged together in post-production.

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The fact that Panjabi and Margulies couldn't overcome their rumored enmity even for a day of filming made the parting -- likely the last time these two characters ever see each other, since Kalinda is now officially on the lam -- even sadder. Kalicia is, or, was, a friendship for the ages. These drinking buddies will live in our hearts and livers forever. And we look forward to revisiting the early season heyday of their relationship many times to come.

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19 May 21:25

KFC's Tray Typer keeps you clicking even with greasy fingers

by Andrew Tarantola
Horror of horrors, you've just downed a plate of Colonel Sander's famous fried chicken only to have that text you've been waiting for suddenly ping your phone. What do you do? Clearly the answer isn't to reach for the napkins. No, instead you do what...
18 May 14:52

Green Room Review

by Leigh Singer

Green Room was reviewed at the Cannes Film Festival and will hit screens worldwide later in the year.

Punk audiences’ notoriety for brutal mosh pits and spitting at the bands onstage is nothing compared to the homicidal intent inflicted on a struggling young hard rock band by members of their psychotic neo-Nazi gig’s crowd in sledgehammer new siege thriller Green Room. Director Jeremy Saulnier’s follow-up to 2013’s much-admired slow burn revenge flick Blue Ruin, shares a colour-coded title and screw-tightening intensity; but what’s new here is the pedal-to-the-metal, adrenalized action. There’s also enough gore and guts to best most grindhouse movies. Blue or Green, Saulnier likes to decorate his sets in blood red.

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19 May 07:00

Here's How Many Miles Frodo & Sam Walked to Get to Mt. Doom

by Lucy O'Brien

How many miles did Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee walk to get from Bag End to Mount Doom? Quite a lot, actually.

Clever Imgur user mattsawizard  (via io9.com) calculated that the pair walked 1350 miles, which equals 440 hours worth of walking.

For Americans, he worked out that's the same as walking from LA to Austin. For the British, it's like walking from London to Niš in Serbia. For Australians...I'm sorry, that info wasn't provided and I'm not smart enough. Check out the full breakdown here.

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