Be prepared for the ‘Lion King’ cast photo

(CNN)Cast of “The Lion King,” now let’s get in formation. Not included is James Earl Jones, who reprises his role as Mufasa. The group photo was released almost a week after individual photos showing the stars opposite their characters. If these new cast photos don’t get you hyped for ‘The Lion King,’ we’re not sure what will Jon Favreau is directing the shot-for-shot remake, which will use technology to make it look like a realistic version of the hit animated 1994 film. “The Lion King” roars into theaters July 19. Original Article : HERE ; Curated & posted using : RealSpecific

By Dying, MAD Gets Its Best Shot at a Second Life

The first MAD magazine I ever read flew so far over my 7-year-old head I'm surprised I could hold onto it. The cover, a parody of Time's Person of the Year starring Pac-Man, was an utter mystery; I'd heard of Pac-Man by that point, but hadn't played it. I definitely hadn't read Time. Brian Raftery The Return of MAD Magazine and Its All-New Gang of Idiots WIRED Staff Morgan Spurlock Maps The Simpsons' Supersize Impact Bess Kalb The Onion Is the Last Newspaper That Jaded Cynics Still Read Confusion only grew as I read, and slowly turned into fascination. Mad was shaped like a magazine but felt like a comic book—and talked about stuff I'd only heard on the news …

Spider-Man is showing our boys that normal guys can be heroes too | Gaby Hinsliff

Youngsters are growing up with a much broader concept of masculinity and even Hollywood is catching up, says Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff Not all superheroes wear capes. But if they come in many guises, what they tend to have in common is a desire to save the world. And thats what makes the new not to run for the Tory leadership because she didnt want to leave Scotland and has just had a baby. He is the Prince William of superheroes, visibly conflicted about the prospect of becoming king. Welcome to Work-Life Balance Man, who isnt sure he wants to make it to the top of the Avengers pantheon if that means theres no time left for anything else; a …

Prosecutors unlikely to charge Trump Org executives, sources say

(CNN)A federal investigation into whether Trump Organization executives violated campaign-finance laws appears to be wrapping up without charges being filed, according to people familiar with the matter. In January, one month after Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison, prosecutors requested interviews with executives at the company, CNN reported. But prosecutors never followed up on their initial request, people familiar with the matter said, and the interviews never took place. Meanwhile, there has been no contact between the Manhattan US Attorney’s office and officials at the Trump Organization in more than five months, one person familiar with the matter said. There is no indication that the case has been formally closed, and former federal prosecutors cautioned that it is …

Incredible Footage Shows Giant Manta Ray Asking” A Snorkeler For Help

While they might look like giant dopey kites, manta rays are among the smartest fish in the sea. As this footage highlights, these oceanic titans are capable of some incredible levels of social intelligence and sensitivity.  The stunning footage appears to show a giant manta ray “asking” for help, as they say, to save her life. The 3-meter-wide (9.8-foot) ray, named “Freckles”, was spotted by a group of snorkelers from Ningaloo Marine Interactions off the waters of Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. The ray began edging closer to Jake Wilton, a wildlife guide who was leading a group of divers, before she flipped over onto her back and revealed a fish hook caught under her right eye.  “You could see she trusts …

‘We are a family – and an art collective’

Image copyright National Trust/Jason Lock Image caption The family in costume for their film at Dunham Massey Artists Jeremy Deller and Bob and Roberta Smith and singer Jarvis Cocker are among the others taking part in the National Trust’s People’s Landscapes project. One of the family’s films will be shown at Quarry Bank, a historic mill in Cheshire, where the family have filmed around 100 local schoolchildren drumming around the site. Doing interviews about their creations is not nearly as interesting as making them, and at Quarry Bank, Merrick gets bored and disappears from the cafe table less than three minutes after the family start telling me about their work. He’s bursting with energy. He’s a nine-year-old boy. Hope is …

Disney Unveils First Look At ‘Mulan’ Live-Action Remake

Mulan” is set to hit the big screen once again, this time in a live-action version. Disney dropped its teaser for the remake of the 1998 animated film. It features Liu Yifei as the warrior heroine who, in disguise, joins the Chinese military to spare her father from serving. Deadline reported. according to The Hollywood Reporter. The role is an apparent departure from the original flick’s bad guy, Shan Yu, who led the Hun army invasion. “Mulan” will make its debut on March 27, 2020. Eugene Lee Yang of 'The Try Guys' Explains How 'Mulan' Helped Him Come Out Shang Might Not Be In Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan,' And People Aren't Taking It Well REAL LIFE. REAL NEWS. REAL VOICES. Help …

India Gears Up For Lunar Landing Using Tech That Costs Less Than A Hollywood Blockbuster

India is gearing up to become the fourth lunar nation with a newly confirmed launch of its Chandrayaan-2 satellite set for 2:51 am local time on July 15. If successful, India would join China, Russia, and the US in soft landing on the lunar surface and the first ever to head to the lunar South Pole. And it will cost less than a Hollywood blockbuster. “Chandrayaan 2 is an Indian lunar mission that will boldly go where no country has ever gone before – the Moon’s south polar region. Through this effort, the aim is to improve our understanding of the Moon – discoveries that will benefit India and humanity as a whole,” wrote the Indian Space Research Organization. As the …

Florida Mom Arrested After Video Of Daughter Licking Tongue Depressor Goes Viral

Florida woman was jailed on felony charges thanks to a licking a tongue depressor at a tampering with a consumer product without regard for possible death or bodily injury, according to location station Ward was arrested after she posted a Snapchat video of her 10-year-old daughter licking the tonaccording to a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office report. Someone pointed out the video to the clinic, which asked police to investigate. “Don’t tell me how to live my life.” The clinic said it immediately removed medical items in the exam room and sanitized the area, according to Ward told “I mean honestly I wasn’t thinking,” she said. “I know what it’s like to, you know, have to worry about your kids’ health and stuff. …

Woody Allen says he won’t retire ‘no matter what happens in my family or with politics’

Director Woody Allen poses during a photocall for the film “Cafe Society” out of competition, before the opening of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 11, 2016. (REUTERS/Eric Gaillard – LR1EC5B0VAK7R) Allen’s latest film stars Spanish actors Elena Anaya and Sergi Lopez alongside Gina Gershon, Wallace Shawn, Christoph Waltz and Louis Garrel. Following news of Farrow’s allegations against him as well as comments he made about the #MeToo movement, several of the stars that have worked with the director have publicly distanced themselves from him such as Timothy Chalamet, Rebecca Hall, Greta Gerwig and Colin Firth. WOODY ALLEN’S ALLEGED FORMER LOVER CLAIMS AFFAIR STARTED WHEN SHE WAS 16 However, Deadline reports that Gerson and Anaya addressed the …

The nuclear battle on the Suffolk coast

Then in 1989 the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) proposed a Sizewell C and Joan decided she had to do something. At a fractious meeting at the Leiston Film Theatre in the High Street opposite the fish and chip shop, she founded Community Against Sizewell C. Joan and an array of other anti-nuclear groups won that fight. Sizewell C was cancelled. The plan was resurrected in 1993 and Joan helped fight and win that one as a local councillor. But she has no illusions about what swung the argument. Image caption Jim Crawford – Project Development Director at Sizewell The nuclear argument In the 1980s, while Joan was campaigning against Sizewell B, Jim Crawford was starting his career at Torness …

How an app made hiking easier with unintended consequences

Guthook Guides maps and crowdsourced information have made outdoor adventures far less wild In March 2012, the Pacific Crest Trail changed for good when Hollywood version. From 2013 to 2018, PCT applications nearly quadrupled. But Wild wasnt the only thing that transformed the trail that March. The same month, a thru-hiker named Ryan Linn quietly released an iPhone application thru-hiking a map, compass, guidebook and water reports and consolidated them into a single virtual location. It functioned offline and crowdsourced updated information about trail conditions and campsites when online. Such an app might have been inevitable, but for ultralight-obsessed thru-hikers, it was a revolution. Linns timing couldnt have been more perfect. In the last three years, the app has been …

How a genuine love affair killed off Catfish

After years of exposing frauds, the discovery of a legitimate romance killed the thrill of the chase once and for all Kicking off in 2012 on MTV, Nev Schulmann and his silver-fox sidekick Max Joseph would travel all over the US, helping out lovelorn Americans who had fallen for gorgeous models all of whom had a broken iPhone camera, so they couldnt FaceTime. Or Skype. Or get on a webcam. Or meet up. No, nothing dodgy: they were just really busy with their international modelling career. Honest. Early episodes of the show based on Nevs real-life experience of being tricked by a stranger on Facebook, documented in the catfish moved into popular lexicon and, armed with Googles reverse image search …

How to Shoot Stellar Slow-Motion Video on Your Phone

Slow motion has long been one of the coolest (and overused) effects in video. The technique was once exclusive to fancy, expensive cameras, but as portable device technology improves, slo-mo has become better and better. Whether you want to emphasize a cinematic moment or prolong the embarrassment of a friend you recorded in a compromising situation, slo-mo is a great tool that you should learn to wield. How It Works To get the most out of slow motion, it helps to understand the basics. Let’s start with the very concept of video itself. Video is just a series of still images (each one is a “frame”), displayed in quick enough succession that it gives the illusion of motion. Most video …

Jeffrey Epstein hobnobbed with Hollywood, media elite despite dirty past as registered sex offender, reports say

This March 28, 2017 image provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. The wealthy financier pleaded not guilty in federal court in New York on Monday, July 8, 2019, to sex trafficking charges following his arrest over the weekend. Epstein will have to remain behind bars until his bail hearing on July 15. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP) “Equally troubling are Epstein’s long-cultivated relationships within Hollywood and New York media circles, where he moved with ease well after his high-profile 2008 conviction for soliciting prostitution from girls as young as 14,” THR’s Tatiana Siegel and Marisa Guthrie wrote. The report says that Epstein has been escorted to A-list events by “New York society doyenne” Peggy …

How Midsommar Turns A Breakup Into A Wicked Fairy Tale

Midsommar” is an eerie elegy. The director, Ari Aster, who emerged a promising new talent thanks to “Hereditary,” has crafted a perverse blend of terror and pitch-black comedy that lulls its characters — and us — into a daze. A24 William Jackson Harper, Will Poulter, Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor in “Midsommar.” Those who saw “Hereditary” might expect some seismic twist that never comes. If “Midsommar” has one principal surprise, it’s the story’s forthrightness. Aster’s sophomore feature is, in his own words, a “breakup movie” about a bad boyfriend. Not a disgraceful monster, just a workaday bad boyfriend. You know the type: aloof but decent enough to obscure it. Horror has a history of casual misogyny, but “Midsommar” presents a …