A 5-step guide to having a great time at ‘Alien: Covenant’

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The reviews are in, and they’re … well. Much like Prometheus before it, Alien: Covenant is turning out to be a severely polarizing movie. 

But that doesn’t mean Alien: Covenant isn’t worth seeing, or that you won’t like it. You just need to know how to like it. 

That’s where we come in.

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Much of the mixed reaction to Alien: Covenant seems to stem from the fact that it’s not necessarily the movie that Alien fans were expecting. So we’re to run down everything you need for a guaranteed* good time at Alien: Covenant

(* Note: good time not actually guaranteed. See #6.) Read more…

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Chris Cornell quote is an eerie reflection on what happens when an artist dies

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The sudden death of Chris Cornell has sent shockwaves among first-generation grunge fans and the younger ones who appreciated his later solo works or with the Audioslave super group.

SEE ALSO: 7 times Chris Cornell made us weep with his amazing voice

Cornell, one of the most powerful, soulful, eclectic voices of his generation, wrote some eerily prophetic words about David Bowie’s death last year.

Musing for Rolling Stone on the meaning of art, Cornell seems to say that an artist’s work isn’t fully appreciated until their death: 

Formed in 1984, Cornell’s Soundgarden were among the architects of the Seattle-based grunge movement in the 1990s.  Read more…

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There’s another hacking attack right now, and it’s making more money than WannaCry

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WannaCry, the hacking attack that took thousands of computers’ data for ransom over the last week, hasn’t apparently been very lucrative for its makers so far. But another, apparently larger and smarter hacking attack that uses the same exploits, is silently using vulnerable machines across the globe for profit. 

This is according to a report by security company Proofpoint, which has discovered the “very large-scale” attack that, instead of encrypting user data and asking for ransom, silently installs a cryptocurrency miner on the victims’ computers. 

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Detachable cut-out jeans are genuinely the worst thing we’ve ever seen

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Something terrible is happening to jeans. First we had Topshop’s clear plastic jeans. Then Nordstrom decided to sell fake mud jeans for $425. 

SEE ALSO: Dear Topshop, stop trying to make clear plastic jeans happen. Love, the internet.

And, now Opening Ceremony is trying to make “detachable cut-out front jeans” happen. Can you not. We really, really mean it.

These detachable jeans — designed by Y/Project — can be worn two ways. You can wear them as full-length trousers, with your under-butt and groin exposed. Nice.

“These 2-in-1 Y/Project trousers come in a straight-leg silhouette with slim-fitting, detachable shorts that feature high-rise cutouts along the front,” reads Opening Ceremony’s product description.  Read more…

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There are now more people on this Chinese platform than on Twitter

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You’ve probably never heard of this platform, but it’s already surpassed Twitter in terms of users. 

According to Weibo’s first quarter results, it has a whopping 340 million active monthly users, a 30% increase from its previous year. 

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Twitter has around 328 million active monthly users in comparison.

Of course, it doesn’t help that Twitter is blocked in China, along with other social media giants like Facebook. 

Some 154 million people each day use Weibo, which has been deemed China’s equivalent to Twitter — 91% of which access the website from their phones. Read more…

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7 times Chris Cornell made us weep with his amazing voice

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Chris Cornell, the voice of grunge giants Soundgarden and a fantastic vocalist in his own right, died Wednesday night in Detroit, while on tour, the singer’s representative confirmed to the Associated Press. He was 52. 

SEE ALSO: Amazing pictures of Chris Cornell’s final concert will break your heart

Cornell was one of the few singers who could scream his heart out for two minutes straight (his vocal range was four octaves) and then ease into a subdued, gentle performance, like it was no big thing. And then he’d scream some more. 

He rose to stardom with Soundgarden, one of the darker bands to emerge in the early ’90s grunge movement. Perhaps best known for the ultimate chillout rock anthem “Black Hole Sun,” Soundgarden is normally a lot harder to swallow on the first listen, with atypical song structures, irregular rhythms and inaccessible lyrics. Check out a more recent acoustic rendering of one of the band’s songs from the “Superunknown” record from 1994.  Read more…

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That eyebrow wig trend isn’t what everyone thinks it is

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Move aside microblading, bloggers are hailing stick-on eyebrow wigs as the next biggest beauty trend. But, this new trend may well be a step too far for the internet

People have been taking to Twitter believe that bloggers are appropriating the wigs, which have long been used by people experiencing hair loss due to alopecia and chemotherapy.

SEE ALSO: Feather eyebrows are a trend now and it’s tearing everyone apart

Makeup artist Hung Vanngo posted a video demonstrating a wig being placed over a woman’s eyebrow. The video has gained over 65K views on Instagram, and hundreds of people have commented with their thoughts on the purported trend.  Read more…

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Watch Daredevils climb the highest bridge in England in this nail-biting video

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We can’t determine if this is brave or just plain idiotic.

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In the video above, a group of daredevils from the Youtube channel Night Scape film themselves scaling the Humber Bridge in Grimsby, England. The guys climb the beams and wires in the vertigo-inducing footage and make it to the top in time to watch the sun rise.

We don’t recommend that you try this at home. Keep your two feet on the ground where possible, please. Read more…

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Amazing pictures of Chris Cornell’s final concert will break your heart

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Chris Cornell was one of the most charismatic, powerful singers of his generation, the one that architected the ’90s grunge movement from Seattle. 

Just a few hours before his “sudden and unexpected” death, Cornell performed his final gig in Detroit with Soundgarden. 

SEE ALSO: Chris Cornell has died and everyone on Twitter is heartbroken

His last tweet paid tribute to the “rock city:” 

#Detroit finally back to Rock City!!!! @soundgarden #nomorebullshit pic.twitter.com/BqXx9veFoD

— Chris Cornell (@chriscornell) May 18, 2017

Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 due to tensions in the band. Cornell later pursued a solo career, joined the Audioslave supergroup but in 2012, he and Soundgarden reunited and released the band’s sixth studio album.  Read more…

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‘Mario Kart’ just removed this ‘offensive’ gesture that you may not have noticed

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Bet you didn’t notice this little gesture the last time you played Mario Kart — and now you never will.

A new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe update has just been released, in which developers did away with what could have seen as an offensive gesture. 

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The character Inkling Girl was first seen in the game with her hand resting flat on her bicep while raising a fist — something that could have been perceived as an insult in parts of Europe.

Netizens were also quick to pick up on it.

Did Nintendo slip an “up yours” pose into Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or is it a reference to “We Can Do It!”? pic.twitter.com/oOrmL29dOs

— Sam Schultz 🌵 (@Lunick_Fiore) April 28, 2017 Read more…

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