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The Wicked Movie Has ‘Started Gearing Up’

After over a decade on Broadway, it seems like the right time for the blockbuster musical Wicked to make its way to the big screen, but despite the occasional flash of interest from directors, development on the project has been stalled for a long time. That may all change soon, … More »

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Watch a Supercut of Every Community Film Reference

If you’ve ever watched Community, you know the show loves itself a pop-culture reference. But maybe you didn’t know how much it loves them. For that, we have this delightful supercut of every film reference the show has ever made. (Well, almost ever. The film’s editor Anne Thomas pointed out … More »

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Prince William and Kate Middleton Share Family Photo with Labeled Baby

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Pippa Middleton’s hella embarrassing dork family released an official portrait over the weekend to celebrate the UK-specific holiday of “Mother’s Day (UK).” The public neither sought out nor sought to avoid this picture. Just turned around and there it was. A can of soup you don’t remember putting in your cart. OK, fine.Read more…

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Pharrell Is Your New Voice Coach

He’ll replace Cee-Lo, who’s had it with the spinning chairs and will not be back for season seven. But: Pharrell! On national television! Talking about women talk-show hosts and Mars rovers and rooms without roofs (or whatever the hell else he’s into). This should be highly inspirational viewing. Congratulations to … More »

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Xi wins EU pledge to weigh free-trade deal

<!– google_ad_section_start –> President Xi Jinping won a promise from the European Union yesterday to consider a multibillion-dollar free-trade deal with his country, a long-held goal for Beijing which divides Europe. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Billy Zabka on How I Met Your Mother, the Zabkatage, and Sweeping the Leg

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Few actors have portrayed a bully quite as convincingly as William Zabka, a.k.a. Billy Zabka. Starting with 1984’s The Karate Kid, in which he played Johnny Lawrence, a headband-wearing rich kid making life a living hell for Ralph Macchio’s pipsqueak underdog, Zabka became Hollywood’s go-to preppy goon, also stealing scenes … More »

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Ratings: The Walking Dead Finale Attracts Massive Viewership

The Walking Dead scored predictably massive ratings on Sunday: 15.7 million viewers watched the season four finale, making it the most-watched finale yet for AMC’s zom-dram. The episode earned an 8.0 rating among viewers under 50, crushing all broadcast and cable competition Sunday and easily making Dead the No. 1 … More »

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Nurse Jackie Renewed for 7th Season

Showtime has renewed Nurse Jackie for a seventh season, the network announced today. Jackie’s sixth season starts April 13, so this is a pretty early renewal by Showtime standards. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Peter Facinelli will not be a regular on season seven, which is probably a good thing, … More »

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Real hippies drink beer made from tree branches

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If you really care about the planet, you’ll eat, sleep, and especially drink the outdoors. That’s why one Canadian brewery is making beer out of tree branches, because NATURE. Sarah FarthingPrairie Sun Brewery isn’t just proving its hippie bona fides — it’s also raising money for outdoorsy pursuits. The brewery created Meewasin 80 ale to help expand the Meewasin Trail in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Adding 10 miles to the trail will connect two public parks, but the Meewasin Valley Authority still needs a little over $1 million to finish the job. Graciously, Prairie Sun is donating all proceeds from Meewasin 80 to the project! But what’s it taste like? Writes CBC News: It’s quite authentic … It is brewed with branches from spruce and pine trees. The branches come from trees along the Meewasin Valley. “It doesn’t taste like spearmint gum. It’s more of an aroma thing. It’s a very refreshing light-tasting beer,” said Prairie Sun’s Heather Williams. According to Cameron Ewen, who brewed it for Prairie Sun, it’s a light spring brew with “earthy, herbal notes and woodsy flavors” (hopefully no aroma of dog poo). The white ale launched on Thursday at a fundraising event, and now it’s on sale to the public until it runs out. But it looks like you can only find it in Saskatoon, which is too bad. Word on the street is it’s superb.Filed under: Food, Living

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10 How I Met Your Mother Running Bits As Infographics

With How I Met Your Mother coming to a close tonight, now is a good time to look back at what the series has given us over the years. The show’s most enduring legacy will likely be its many recurring bits: the slap bets, Barney’s various theories and catchphrases, Robin Sparkles, etc. Vulture … More »

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What to Know About Sam Smith, the Musical Guest on Last Weekend’s Saturday Night Live

Did you watch this weekend’s Saturday Night Live? Louis C.K. did his Louis C.K. thing (which mostly consisted of dad jokes). But what about that Sam Smith, huh? The man with the relatively forgettable name luckily happens to have an extremely memorable voice. He’s like your new Adele, except he’s … More »

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See Lee Pace in AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire Teaser

Here’s the first teaser for AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, an ’80s-set drama about the early days of personal computing in Texas’s Silicon Prairie. Eyebrow heartthrob Lee Pace stars as a (fictional) former IBM executive who decides to reverse-engineer a PC by gathering a ragtag team of rebels, including Scoot … More »

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Musharraf charged in treason case

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A court in Pakistan charges former military ruler Pervez Musharraf with treason, the country’s first army chief to face such a prosecution.

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New account of cockpit last words

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“Good night Malaysian 370″ were last words spoken from cockpit of missing airliner, Malaysian transport ministry says.

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Here are the fair-trade hipster shoes you’ve been waiting for

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OlibertéForget giving hipster shoes to people in Africa (cough, TOMS). How about giving them jobs? Oliberté is that shoe company — with the added perk of giving you a way to buy your chukka boots and flats with less guilt. OlibertéOliberté bills itself as a fair-trade, sustainable clothing brand based in sub-Saharan Africa, paying its workers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, more than double the minimum wage. The factory is the world’s first to be certified by Fair Trade USA. So in addition to fair pay, workers get benefits like 90-day maternity leave, reasonable work hours, no exposure to certain toxic chemicals, and decisionmaking via employee committee. Adds Treehugger: The shoes and bags are made from locally sourced leather, purchased from farmers who raise free-range cattle that typically live six to eight years. The company works with a tannery that is careful not to pollute and recycles its chrome … Although not all of the components are sourced from Ethiopia, the natural rubber used from the soles is also local. They work to make the factory zero-waste, recycling and reusing anything that’s left over from leather scraps to glue cans. And although the shoes aren’t cradle-to-cradle, you can mail ’em back to Oliberté when they’re worn out, and the company will find ways to recycle them. Other than the carbon emissions from shipping shoes halfway around the world — and yeah, that’s a big caveat — they sound pretty spiffy.Filed under: Business & Technology, Living

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Watch an Exclusive Clip From Joe, Starring an Acclaimed Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage has earned a recent reputation for picking up paycheck roles, of imbuing his wild energy into projects not entirely deserving of his skills, such as Drive Angry or Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. That’s why his back-to-basics turn in David Gordon Green’s Joe comes as such a relief: The … More »

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What the U.N.’s new climate report says about North America

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Global warming is a global crisis, but the effects of climate change are being felt differently in different corners of the globe. The latest report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns of a world wracked by hunger, violence, and extinctions. But the IPCC also dedicates chapters to impacts that are underway and anticipated in individual regions and continents. For North America, the report states there is “high confidence” of links between climate change and rising temperatures, ravaging downpours, and declining water supplies. Even if temperatures are allowed to rise by just 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 C), which is the goal of current international climate negotiations (a goal that won’t be met unless everybody gets a lot more serious about curbing greenhouse gas pollution), such severe weather is going to get a lot worse. North America’s coastal regions will continue to face a particularly long list of hazards, with climate change bringing growing risks of “sea-level rise, warming, ocean acidification, extratropical cyclones, altered upwelling, and hurricanes and other storms.” Here are some highlights from the North American chapter of the IPCC’s new report: Observed climate trends in North America include an increased occurrence of severe hot weather events over much of the US, decreases in frost days, and increases in heavy precipitation over much of North America … Global warming of approximately 2°C (above the pre-industrial baseline) is very likely to lead to more frequent extreme heat events and daily precipitation extremes over most areas of North America, more frequent low snow years, and shifts towards earlier snowmelt runoff over much of the western US and Canada. Together with climate hazards such as higher sea levels and associated storm surges, more intense droughts, and increased precipitation variability, these changes are projected to lead to increased stresses to water, agriculture, economic activities and urban and rural settlements. The following figure from the report shows how temperatures have already risen — and how they are expected to continue to rise in different parts of the continent under relatively low (“RCP2.6″) and high (“RCP8.5″) greenhouse gas pollution scenarios: IPCCClick to embiggen.And this figure shows that rain and snow are falling more heavily in parts of central and eastern U.S., but that the changes are more mixed in the West: IPCCClick to embiggen.Care about other parts of the world? Good for you! So do we. Here are links to chapters on other regions, along with our brief summaries of their findings: Africa. This already overheated continent can expect to experience faster warming than other parts of the world – we’re talking about as much as 11 degrees F of warming by the end of the century. Couple that with worsening water shortages in many areas and more severe floods, and many Africans are staring down a hellish long-term weather forecast. Europe. Worse floods and droughts, peppered with brutal winter winds over Central and Northern Europe. Asia. A bento box of impacts varying widely across the region. Water shortages and rising seas are among the big worries. Farmers in some countries might benefit, but rice growers will generally find it more difficult to feed Asia. “There are a number of regions that are already near the heat stress limits for rice,” the chapter states. Australasia. Crikey, them cyclones are gonna hit Down Under harder than a ‘roo on a bonnet. And that’s not all. Fires, heat waves, and flooding will continue to get worse in many areas of Australia and New Zealand. Central and South America. Temperatures will continue to rise, and rain and snow will fall harder in some places but grow scarcer in others. The Andes will continue to lose snow. Polar Regions. As the poles melt and grow more balmy, new biomes will appear. The report notes that the “tree line has moved northward and upward in many, but not all, Arctic areas … and significant increases in tall shrubs and grasses have been observed in many places.” Which sounds like a good thing, except that the melting permafrost is unleashing climate-changing methane. Small islands. Those island bits that remain above sea level will be buffeted by salty floods, which will make freshwater harder to come by. The coral reefs that foster the ecosystems that support the livelihoods of islanders will continue to bleach and die. The ocean. Three words: acidic rising seas.Filed under: Article, Climate & Energy

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15 Years Later, The Matrix Still Has Us

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In the early months of 1999, Americans were met with something strange and intriguing: the first trailers for a mysterious new film called The Matrix. They offered a series of haunting images: people leaping across skyscrapers; a woman suspended in air, mid-kick, while a camera swirled around her; and — … More »

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The Walking Dead Characters Have Dumb Ideas

The Walking Dead tried to shake up its formula this half-season, with character-driven episodes vaguely reminiscent of Lost: Behold Michonne, a grieving mother turned samurai. Observe Daryl, the unloved son who struggles with intimacy. Consider Carol, the domestic-abuse survivor who now mercy-kills evil children. That should have made the show … More »

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Fiona Apple Was on a French Superhero Show

There are no subtitles on this clip, so it’s on you to decipher what, exactly, happens on this episode of the French TV show H-Man. We can tell you that Fiona Apple has green eyes, and seems to be speaking German, and there is some tricky stuff with a giant … More »

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