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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ is a sweet and surprisingly savvy take on the web

Ralph and Vanellope meet Yesss in Ralph Breaks the Internet.Image: Disney “The internet is nothing to laugh at. It’s new and different and we should fear it.” It’s an odd line to hear in 2018, when everyone from your 4-year-old nephew to your 95-year-old grandmother knows their way around a Facebook page.  In Ralph Breaks the Internet, though, it’s being said to what might be the last demographic to never have heard of the internet: fictional characters whose video games have never been connected to wifi. And if the version…

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Artists honor late Stan Lee with stunning Marvel-inspired portraits

Image: bob al-greene / mashable The death of Stan Lee, age 95, has been felt by many, but the loss has been particularly profound for the many fans-turned-artists who were inspired by Lee’s legendary career. In the wake of Lee’s passing, as notes of honor and remembrance have flooded social media, stunning portraits of the renowned comic-book writer have stood out. Many of the tributes are accompanied by short anecdotes noting the impact Lee has had on the lives of so many, particularly in the worlds of illustration and animation.…

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SNL’s newest rap video features Lil’ Wayne and Future respecting that booty

You like booty? Great, but Saturday Night Live‘s “Permission” video is here to remind you that butts have boundaries. Future, Lil’ Wayne, Kenan Thompson, Chris Redd, and Pete Davidson in character as someone called “Uncle Butt” spit bars about respecting women’s space, donating to civil rights causes, and generally keeping the club a safe environment for all to enjoy.  Standout line: “Treat that booty right, ’cause we allies in this bitch.” Read more: https://mashable.com/video/snl-permission-music-video/

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Unique gifts for men: Fun, funny, and interesting gift ideas for the men in your life

Getting a gift for a man can be a tough thing to swing, especially if he’s an eccentric and unique individual. (And what man isn’t?) You don’t want to get your brother something boring that he’d only use once and never again, or see the look on your dad’s face when you realize he already owns the thing you just gave him. We are here to eliminate a lot of the guesswork when it comes to finding unique gifts for your brother, father, cousin, boyfriend, husband, or male friend who…

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Actual wizard Eddie Redmayne performs a little magic for Jimmy Fallon

Eddie Redmayne is truly a wizard, both onscreen and IRL. Chatting to Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday about the new Fantastic Beasts film, The Crimes of Grindlewald, the subject naturally moved to magic. The star, who plays protagonist Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter spinoff series, said he used to have magicians at his birthday parties as a kid, and has learned a few tricks since — one of which he performed on The Tonight Show. Notably, Redmayne says he wore a rollneck sweater specifically for the show, “because I feel…

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Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’ takes nightmarish realities of military service to the Twilight Zone

Image: prime video Spoilers for Homecoming: Season 1 lie ahead. Very few Americans serve in the United States Armed Forces.  According to the Council on Foreign Relations, approximately 1.2 million citizens—less than 0.5% of the U.S. population—were recorded as active military personnel in 2016. At present, that relatively high number reflects the world’s third largest armed force. But it could be dropping fast. SEE ALSO: The skills kids need to avoid getting fooled by fake news Lacking motivation, obesity rates, and a competitive civilian job market are among many factors…

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David Attenborough’s latest nature documentary has a gloriously original twist

David, the focus of episode one of the BBC's new Attenborough documentary 'Dynasties', tucking into some tasty ants.Image: BBC NHU An iguana desperately fleeing a horde of snakes. A bird struggling to find love. A giraffe fending off a lion in a heroic bid for freedom. When it comes to nature documentaries, it tends to be the individual stories that we remember best. It happened again and again in Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II — an event in the life of one specific creature, combined with the sweetly…

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‘Boy Erased’ leaves mark with tale of gay-conversion therapy

(CNN)There’s plenty of big-name talent in “Boy Erased,” including the Australian triumvirate of Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and director-writer-co-star Joel Edgerton. The film, however — based on Garrard Conley’s memoir about his experience with gay-conversion therapy — largely belongs to Lucas Hedges, in a movie that doesn’t oversell its message in exposing the damage such intolerance can inflict. Edgerton — who previously directed the 2015 thriller “The Gift” — brings tremendous sensitivity and quiet strength to those scenes in particular. “Boy Erased” is similarly understated regarding its core issues, letting…

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Alec Baldwin arrested in New York

(CNN)Actor Alec Baldwin was arrested Friday for assault related to a dispute over a parking spot, according to New York police. In addition to portraying president Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” Baldwin currently hosts a Sunday talk show on ABC, called “The Alec Baldwin Show.” A representative for Baldwin has not yet responded to CNN’s request for comment. As he was heading to a campaign event on Friday, President Trump was asked about Baldwin’s arrest. In response, Trump shrugged his shoulders and said, “I wish him luck.” Story developing……

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Rowan Atkinson says foolish spy Johnny English is also quite brave

Image: hbo In the very first scene of Game of Thrones’ mammoth saga, viewers were confronted with a haunting reality—the people of The Seven Kingdoms have way bigger fish to fry than some spiteful infighting.  The Night King’s army of the dead has been teased endlessly since then. Countless speeches about the importance of The Wall and numerous promises of something much worse to come have more than belabored the point.  Now, with the series finale just around the corner, it’s time to get this show on the road. And…

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Netflix docuseries ‘Haunted’ may have created a fake serial killer and its creators dont understand who that hurts

Image: netflix “You call ‘em strays. They were disposable. Human life meant nothing and that’s what he tried to teach, that people—once you got what you needed from them—the best thing you could do was get rid of them. That way, it would never come back onto you.”  That’s Jacob, a middle-aged man from upstate New York, recounting a childhood consumed by terror. Jacob sits alongside his mother and aunt, Sadie and Terrilyn. A camera pans across their gaunt faces as each subject recounts the realities of living with their…

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Lady Antebellum scores Vegas residency

(CNN)Lady Antebellum is bringing a taste of Nashville to the Vegas strip. Power of country Lady Antebellum is the first country act to score a residency at the Palms Casino Resort’s Pearl Concert Theater. The venue is also home to shows from Blink 182 and Billy Idol. Jon Gray, vice president and general manager of Palms Casino Resort, said the trio’s power to transcend the country genre and “crossover appeal” make them “the type of act that people will travel from around the world to see.” “We have recently had…

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There’s a Pokmon movie coming to theaters for only four days

Pokémon: The Power of Us — a sequel to 2017’s Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! — is making a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance in U.S. theaters right around Thanksgiving. Here’s a new trailer to get you in the mood. The movie will screen Nov. 24, Nov. 26, Nov. 28, and Dec. 1 in a limited number of theaters, with theater locations and tickets available through the Fathom Events website. Read more: https://mashable.com/video/pokemon-power-of-us-trailer/

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