Why the Momo Challenge Film Might Beat the Meme Movie Curse

Momo is not coming for your children, but she may be coming soon to a theater near you. The creepy face, which became the center of a viral hoax that petrified thousands of parents earlier this year, is reportedly about to be the basis of a horror movie from Orion Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment, and producer Taka Ichise. It's easy to see why. It's Pennywise wishes he could stretch his smile that wide. There's a freakishness to Momo's over-taut skin and bulging eyes, and she's not even moving. Oh, and did we mention she has bird legs? Momo won't be the first meme character to make her way to the movies, but, for a lot of reasons, she might be the …

The Lion King review deepfake copycat ain’t so grrreat

Disneys reboot of its much-loved 1994 animation is a plausibly real retelling of the story of prince Simba and his struggle against wicked uncle Scar After 25 years, during which it gained classic status as the last Disney picture in the old style that Walt himself would have endorsed and enjoyed a long afterlife in theatres all over the world with Julie Taymors staging and costumes, the 1994 animation The Lion King has been remade as a quasi-live-action digital movie. This is an anthro-leonine deepfake of impressive proportions, but the new Lion King gains in shock and awe while losing in character and wit. These are walking, talking animals that are realer than real and whose facial/speech patterns are eerily …

Why does Netflix keep making so many cheap TV movies?

From the studio that brought you Roma comes Secret Obsession, the latest in an increasingly long line of sub-Lifetime channel, semi-ironic duds You dont need to watch Netflixs upcoming movie Secret Obsession to know exactly what its going to be like. Theres the title, which appears to be chosen via some sort of generic thriller tombola. Theres the typography, which has a crack through it. Theres the cast, who all unfailingly look like catalogue models troubled by the incoming prospect of gastroenteritis. But mainly you know exactly what Secret Obsession will be like thanks to its trailer, which does a very good job of explaining the entire story. A woman suffers from amnesia. Her husband takes her back to their …

Stranger Things 3: a flawless finale but what a slog to get there

The ending is spectacular and beautiful TV, but before that, we had to endure Stranger Things: The Soap Opera for hour upon mind-flaying hour The end of Stranger Things 3 is tremendous. Its a blockbuster in every sense of the word; exciting, spectacular, funny and so unbelievably affecting that I cried for about 15 minutes after it ended. The final episode of Stranger Things 3 is a flawlessly executed, truly beautiful piece of television. But theres a problem. To watch the final episode of Stranger Things 3, you first have to watch the preceding seven episodes of Stranger Things 3. And, oh boy, are those a slog. Im starting to get the feeling that nobody expected Stranger Things to last …

Notes from a Hollywood divorce: ‘We had a primal connection. But we hung by a thread for years’

I wrote a part for my husband in my first movie. By the time filming was over, so was our marriage In every city Ive lived, my sister has been the one to set up the printer, testing it by printing me the lyrics to George Michaels Freedom! 90. I am not the only grown woman entwined with their family, as I am not the only British person entwined with George Michael. When, in 2010, he drove his car through the wall of the Hampstead Snappy Snaps, the resulting hole was quickly daubed with the legend WHAM, by a local who meant it in a loving way. Walking to the underground, I saw it (as well as the aftermath and …

Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift

At this point, thinking sober thoughts about a new Taylor Swift song is painfully predictable. It's a here we go again exercise that think-piece writers and social media pundits have come to dread and celebrate in equal measure. Yet, no matter how formulaic the Swift responses are, the internet must be fed. Luckily for all involved, her latest single, "You Need to Calm Down," is irresistible hot-take fodder: It's been hailed as revolutionary, slammed as queerbait, praised as inclusive, and condemned as intolerant. The lyrics and music video nod to Swift's many celebrity feuds, but also include a GLAAD endorsement and a petition to ratify the Equality Act. There is homophobia, and also a food fight. It's a Tayfecta of …

Game of Thrones’ Indira Varma: ‘All I was being offered was women undressing’

She was ruthless Ellaria in the TV epic. As she appears in a Nol Coward comedy, the actor talks about her dreams of returning to mime and why sticking with her name may have hurt her career People always talk about that scream, says Indira Varma over salad and strawberries at the Old Vic theatre. The actor is recalling the howl she lets out in season four of Game of Thrones, after her lover Oberyn has his eyes gouged out by a hulking brute called the Mountain. Splatter flies and we cut to her character, Ellaria, who gives a blood-curdling screech. What personal demons, I wonder, was Varma summoning to produce that? It was the last thing they shot that …

For The Last 10 Years, Ive Been Traveling To Inaccessible Corners Of The World And Photographing Indigenous People (30 Pics)

Alexander Khimushin. I am a traveling photographer born and raised in Sakha (Yakutia) – the coldest region of the world and one of the most isolated regions of Siberia. 10 years ago, I packed a backpack and set out on a journey that continues to this day, traveling alone to the most remote and inaccessible corners of the world. Visiting Indigenous People and learning about their cultures and traditional ways of living has become the most inspiring experience of my life. The last several years I dedicated to The World In Faces photo project that showcases the incredible diversity of our multicultural world through photo portraits and personal stories of Indigenous People. I made it my mission to tell the …

Streaming: Scorsese’s freewheeling Dylan doc

Martin Scorsese is in playful mode with Rolling Thunder Revue, an intimate portrait of a 1970s Bob Dylan tour In a year that has seen Steven Spielberg become the Bob Dylan documentary. I say another, but if youre expecting a direct follow-up to Scorseses 2005 opus The Last Waltz, youll be surprised. Allen Ginsberg bewildering polite midwestern audiences with ornately woolly poetry readings, or Joni Mitchell riffing on her then newborn song Coyote in a backstage jam session alongside the perfectly selected Dylan stage performances youd expect, from a transfixing version of One More Cup of Coffee to electrified renditions of his folkier 1960s standards to a duet with Sam Shepard and some very funny running commentary from Dylan himself, …

2019’s Top Contenders for the Song of Summer

We have entered that restless season of pop maximalism, the post–Memorial Day sprint to chart ubiquity—what will reign as 2019's Song of Summer? Today, even as the music industry moves beyond its decaying center—the result of ferocious, enterprising work from artists like Tierra Whack, Solange, and Bad Bunny—summer remains a period of deep singularity. It is a time that provokes predictability: The songs are titanic in their ambition even if they are only with us for a fleeting few weeks of sunshine and abandon. It is perhaps the last remaining season that welcomes all genres equally, but just as demandingly skews to order. Just as we do, it seeks consensus. It covets audience unity. The contenders are many but there …

How to Manage Your Time: A Book List

This story is part of a series on how we make time—from productivity hacks to long walks to altering the function of our own circadian clocks. A browse through the self-help section of any used bookstore reveals the infinite incarnations of the productivity manual. You’ll find time-management advice for procrastinators, for artists, for wannabe millionaires, for freelancers, for CEOs, for lazy people, for multipotentialites, all promising to turbocharge your four-hour work-week, deliver you from distraction, laser-train your focus, and transform you into a to-do-list ninja. And given all the digital noise that’s coming at us, blurring work-life boundaries while we try to crush our side hustles, it’s no wonder authors want to offer new ways to gain an edge. But …

Han Kang hands over book to remain unseen until 2114

Novelist presented the Future Library manuscript wrapped in a ceremonial cloth as used in South Korean rites marking birth and death Instead of launching her latest work in a bookshop surrounded by readers, the award-winning South Korean novelist Han Kang dragged a white cloth through a Norwegian forest before wrapping it around her manuscript, which she handed over to be locked away for 95 years. Han is the fifth writer to have been chosen for Scottish artist Katie Patersons Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

People are slamming famous punk rocker for complaining about the homeless. But he’s got a good reason.

Homeless people  in Venice Beach by Malingering / Flickr Los Angeles is experiencing a homelessness epidemic with the number of unhoused people rising 75% over the past six years. About 54,000 of the city’s four million residents are currently experiencing homelessness and the root cause is the city’s lack of affordable housing. According to LAist, since 2000, renter incomes have decreased by 3% while rents have gone up 32%. The city recently created a quarter-cent increase in its sales tax to fund programs to help house these residents, but encampments are still popping up throughout the city. Venice Beach, a swanky West L.A. neighborhood famous for its eccentric residents, has seen one of the largest increases in unhoused people. Shell …

A makeup genius transformed himself into Kylie Jenners baby and the results will keep you up at night.

There are countless makeup tutorials online to show people how to do their makeup like the Kardashians. But popular YouTube makeup artist Alexis Stone took things a step further by transforming himself, a 25-year-old man, into Kyle Jenner and Travis Scott’s one-year-old baby, Stormi. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Mar 15, 2019 at 7:25pm PDT Stone’s transformation is genius, but seeing a grown-ass man turn himself into a baby is the stuff nightmares are made of. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alexis Stone (@thealexisstone) on Apr 15, 2019 at 7:33am PDT To achieve the Stormi transformation, Stone put on a bald cap and applied foundation all over his face. …

‘It’s urgent’: controversial history France in the World comes to America

Editors Patrick Boucheron and Stphane Gerson discuss their book, a rejoinder to populists and nationalists that has fuelled debate over identity and culture One Monday in April, the editors of France in the World were preparing to launch their book in America. Then, as the world watched, French history happened. billions were pledged for restoration and Emmanuel Macron vowed work would be neglected by their government, besieged by globalisation and nationalism, set defended white supremacists who marched to save a Confederate statue. In conversation, Gerson points to a new history of America, Jill Lepore of Harvard: that in a time of surging populism, amid domestic and international fracture, historians must not retreat from the public square. France in the World …

Avengers: Endgame Review: Time Is on Their Side

There is nothing more impermeable than time. It's fixed, constant. It may be a human construct, but it is one humanity has built atomic clocks to perfect; there is no stopping its ever-forward march. Except in sci-fi. And comic books. In those worlds, it's fluid. There are rules about not killing Hitler or betting on the World Series, but other than that, the structures of time can be bent. This, more than anything, is the core of Avengers: Endgame. Yes, there is—as most fans expected—some time travel. (More on that later, in the spoiler-y paragraphs below.) But its deeper narrative follows a thread about the years people have devoted to Marvel heroes, the nostalgia those fans already have for them, …