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Millie Bobby Brown wants people to know that hair does not equal beauty

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 05:46

Turns out telekinesis isn't even her most powerful ability.

SEE ALSO: Millie Bobby Brown is going to be a big-screen detective next, yes please

Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown tweeted on Sunday about having a shaved head. It started out pretty simple.

i miss my shaved head

— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) January 14, 2018

Then Brown elaborated.

shaving your head is so empowering. You don't need hair to be beautiful. You are beautiful with or without. I learnt that too x

— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) January 14, 2018

Finally she shared a video of the first time she had her hair shaved off, and the significance of it. Read more...

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Tom Hanks is adorably impressed with Maisie Williams' 'Game of Thrones' stamp

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 05:26

If ever there's a wedding happening in Central Park, an event that needs some added martinis or just generally something that requires somebody to be adorable, you can pretty much count on Tom Hanks to deliver.

Game of Thrones stamps are no exception.

SEE ALSO: Maisie Williams confirms Arya Stark has 3 new names on her kill list

On Friday, Hanks appeared alongside Maisie Williams and Anthony Joshua on The Graham Norton Show — and as soon as Norton brought out the new Arya Stark stamp, Hanks enthusiastically donned his glasses to take a look.

If you can somehow make the simple act of looking at a stamp awesome, you know you've got it made. Read more...

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Maisie Williams confirms Arya Stark has 3 new names on her kill list

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 05:08

Arya Stark's list is a nightmare: no matter how many people she kills, the damn list just keeps getting longer.

SEE ALSO: Maisie Williams' Instagram post about not going to the Golden Globes is epic

Appearing on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, Maisie Williams described an unusual request she often gets from Game of Thrones fans.

"They want me to recite the names, but then add their name," explains Williams in the clip.

Before long some ominous music is playing, Williams is staring dead into the camera, and Graham Norton — along with fellow guests Anthony Joshua and Tom Hanks — have all been added. Read more...

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Apparently Trump actually said 'sh*thouse', and people are questioning if it's a word

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 02:06

Yes, we're having this discussion.

As the fallout over Trump's alleged remark about the U.S. accepting people from "shithole" countries continues, we might be all getting angry about the wrong word.

SEE ALSO: How foreign media translated Trump's 'shithole' comment

The word uttered, according to a tweet by Washington Post's White House reporter Josh Dawsey, apparently might be "shithouse."

White House official told me tonight there is debate internally on whether Trump said "shithole" or "shithouse." Perdue and Cotton seem to have heard latter, this person said, and are using to deny.

— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) January 15, 2018

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This chatbot wants to cut through the noise on climate science

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 01:39

Noise and misinformation, especially on climate, has long been a problem on social media.

To counter this, Australian not-for-profit the Climate Council has created a Facebook Messenger chatbot to inform people about climate science.

SEE ALSO: Facebook announces a big News Feed change — and just wants you to be happy

Launched on its Facebook page last week, it's an effort to connect with younger people who are interested in issues like climate change, but aren't the most engaged with the organisation — largely due to broader information overload.

"Young people are saturated on social media because they're the most active on it, we know that they care and that they've got the thirst for information," Nelli Huié, digital manager at the Climate Council, explained. Read more...

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A bunch of truly annoyed cats (and one sad chug) looking sharp on Dress Up Your Pet Day

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 01:10

Guys, it's been a very special day.

A day of delight for internet animal enthusiasts and overbearing pet owners, and the bane of existence for actual pets. It's Dress Up Your Pet Day — an actual, genuine thing.

SEE ALSO: Very good dog keeps interrupting his human's shower for a very good reason

Apparently started by U.S. animal advocate Colleen Paige, Dress Up Your Pet Day was designed to promote pet adoption and generally showcase pets for the delightful, dress-upable creatures they are.

Falling this year on Jan. 14, the day saw hundreds of social media posts featuring four-legged critters in tiny costumes. Read more...

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'The least racist person you have ever interviewed': President Trump responds to 'sh*thole' comment

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 23:23

President Trump is "not a racist." At least that's what he says.

Following a veritable shitstorm of backlash after he referred to places including Haiti, El Salvador, and some African countries as "shithole countries," Trump has declared that not only did he not say the derogatory comment, but that he isn't racist. Wait, the "least racist person."

SEE ALSO: People from 'shithole countries' share their accomplishments to prove Trump wrong

“I’m not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you,” Trump said on Sunday night. The president was interviewed by reporters before having dinner with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at Trump International Golf Club in Florida. Read more...

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Aziz Ansari accused of sexual misconduct, he responds

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 21:22

Aziz Ansari issued a statement Sunday night following an anonymous report from Babe 24 hours earlier, where a woman accused Ansari of sexual misconduct during a date the two went on in September.

In a statement to Mashable, Ansari essentially agreed with the woman's account of the evening, ending his note by stating that he "continue[s] to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue."

"Grace," a 23-year-old photographer based in Brooklyn, told Babe that she and Ansari went to a restaurant and then to his home, where, very quickly, things started to escalate with a speed that made her uncomfortable. Read more...

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'Milkshake Duck' is a dictionary's 2017 word of the year, and damn right

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 20:32

Last year had a reappearing internet phenomena: The "Milkshake Duck."

The term has been named 2017's word of the year by Australia's Macquarie Dictionary, as of Monday. "Milkshake Duck" comes to define internet idols who become dizzyingly viral, only to fall just as fast due to their unpleasant backstories.

SEE ALSO: Nobody has ever heard of Oxford Dictionary's word of the year

Coined by cartoonist Pixelated Boat in a June 2016 tweet, the term comes from a tale about a duck who drinks milkshakes. The duck turns out to be racist.

The whole internet loves Milkshake Duck, a lovely duck that drinks milkshakes! *5 seconds later* We regret to inform you the duck is racist

— Pixelated Boat (@pixelatedboat) June 12, 2016

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This VR gym makes you work out by playing games

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 19:37

Black Box VR has created one of the world's first virtual reality full-fitness gyms. Read more...

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Carrie Brownstein's memoir 'Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl' inspires new Hulu series

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 19:35

Carrie Brownstein's best-selling memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, will form the basis of a new series for Hulu.

Confirmed to Mashable as in development, and first reported by Deadline, Hulu has ordered a pilot episode of Search and Destroy. It's a new TV project from Portlandia co-creator, Sleater-Kinney guitarist and Peabody Award winner Brownstein, along with Annapurna Television.

SEE ALSO: Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein gave us a crash course in punk music

According to the publisher, Search and Destroy will be written, directed and executive produced by Brownstein, and will somewhat draw from her 2015 memoir Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl Read more...

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This smart kitchen uses ingredient recognition to suggest recipes

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 19:34

Whirlpool has teamed up with Yummly to create the kitchen of the future.

Ingredient recognition helps scan foods and find recipes, step-by-step instructions assist in preparation, and appliances are controlled remotely via smartphone. Read more...

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Sorry, Trump: 'The Handmaid’s Tale' was saying MAGA before you

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 18:21

In case anyone still doubted the prescience of The Handmaid's Tale, this anecdote should clear things up.

At a Television Critics Association panel on Jan 14., show creator Bruce Miller revealed that the writers foresaw Trump's MAGA campaign slogan before it became seared into our unwilling brains during the 2016 presidential campaign.

When asked about whether or not the show ever had to do rewrites because of the events in the news, Miller said: "We had a few things in Season 1. We said 'Make America Great Again' in a scene long before the primaries even started. So we had to change that line." Read more...

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Elizabeth Moss says 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2 will be 'darker' — somehow

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 17:25

The Handmaid's Tale feels unstoppable at every award show, and Season 2 appears to have no intention of slowing down — or letting us off the hook.

Over the weekend at the TV Critics Association press tour, Elizabeth Moss warned reporters: "It's a dark season. I would say arguably it's darker than Season 1 — if that's possible."

SEE ALSO: 2017 was the year women took back their own narratives

At the forefront of that darkness is the conflicting, traumatizing experience of being an expecting mother in Gilead. "[Show creator Bruce Miller] and I always talked about this impending birth of this child growing inside her like a ticking time bomb." Read more...

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Eliza Dushku's legal guardian confirms sexual assault allegations

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 16:40

Actress Eliza Dushku accused the stunt coordinator for the film True Lies of sexual assault, and her legal guardian has now confirmed it.

"I was on the True Lies set for 3 weeks and reported Joel Kramer's inappropriate sexual behavior towards 12-year-old Eliza to a person in authority," Sue Booth Forbes said in a statement. "I was met with blank stares and had the sense that I wasn't telling that person anything they didn't already know."

SEE ALSO: Eliza Dushku says she was 'sexually molested' at age 12 while working on 'True Lies'

In a post to her official Facebook page on Saturday, Dushku detailed how Kramer ingratiated himself to her and her parents and allegedly lured her to a hotel room and assaulted her. While filming on True Lies continued and Kramer got wind that Dushku had told a friend about the assault, she ended up with broken ribs from a stunt injury "by no small coincidence," she wrote. Read more...

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Chelsea Manning confirmed it: She's running for Senate in 2018

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 16:15


In a five-word Twitter statement on Sunday, Chelsea Manning formally announced her intention to run for a Senate seat in Maryland. Manning's candidacy was the subject of much speculation on Saturday when a Federal Election Commission filing in her name surfaced.

SEE ALSO: Mitt Romney changed his location on Twitter, and that's bad news for Donald Trump

The tweet included her brief confirmation, a handful of emojis, the #WeGotThis hashtag that appears frequently in Manning's timeline, and a YouTube link to her first campaign ad.

yup, we're running for senate 😎🌈💕 #WeGotThis

— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) January 14, 2018

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PSA: 'ER' is now streaming for the very first time – yes, all 15 seasons of it

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 15:41

If you're looking for another excuse to avoid going outside, Hulu just dropped a great one right onto your screen.

The company has just brought ER to its streaming service (or any streaming service) for the first time ever – all 15 seasons of it

SEE ALSO: What's coming to Hulu in January 2018

An impressive 331 episodes of the show aired between 1994 and 2009. At about 45 minutes each, that amounts to over 10 straight days of nonstop viewing. You may never have to go outside again.

I like Hulu a lot, as we all know, but their BEST news isn’t some new show they picked up but, rather, that they SECURED THE RIGHTS TO ER. ER IS COMING, BABY. ER. AMBULANCES. SIREN NOISES! GEORGE CLOONEY! ER! #tca18

— Todd VanDerWerff (@tvoti) January 14, 2018

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'This place is a shithole' projection appears on Donald Trump's D.C. hotel

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 14:24

"This place is a shithole."

The five-word proclamation appeared as a projection above the entryway at Washington, D.C.'s Trump International Hotel on Saturday night. The projection also included an arrow pointing directly at the hotel's entrance and a crowd of poop emoji.

SEE ALSO: How foreign media translated Trump's 'shithole' comment

The projection is, of course, a reference to Trump's at-best-questionable, at-worst-openly-racist comment referring to Haiti, El Salvador, and the sum total of Africa as "shithole nations" during a recent immigration policy meeting. Understandably, Trump has taken a lot of criticism for the remark. Read more...

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Hugh Grant objected to the 'Love Actually' dancing scene, but not for the reason you think

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 13:45

It's one of the best remembered moments in a movie we haven't stopped talking about for 14 years: Hugh Grant, as the British prime minister, dancing through 10 Downing Street in Love Actually.

SEE ALSO: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were always meant to be and this 'Love Actually' meme proves it

But as much as we might love that scene, it turns out Grant took issue with it – and not (just) because he felt shy about dancing on camera.

The real reason why @HackedOffHugh didn’t want to do that epic #LoveActually dance scene. 😱 Watch the full interview here:

— PeopleTV (@peopletv) January 14, 2018

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Oprah asks the big question looming over Time's Up: Now what?

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 13:07

In a powerful discussion with the women at the forefront of Hollywood's Time's Up campaign, Oprah Winfrey asked where we go from here in terms of combating sexism in entertainment and beyond. Winfrey asked the panel pressing questions, including about Dylan Farrow and her accused abuser, Woody Allen.

SEE ALSO: Oprah speaks with Reese Witherspoon and more on 'CBS Sunday Morning' about Time's Up, and yup, we're inspired

The interview took place after the Golden Globes and aired just under a week later on CBS Sunday Morning. Right off the bat, Oprah addressed the privilege in the room: How can the powerful women of Hollywood create a movement that truly spreads and affects women in every industry? Read more...

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