‘True Blood’ star Stephen Moyer reveals how Nelsan Ellis touched the cast with acting excellence


The outpouring of love and professional respect for True Blood actor Nelsan Ellis, who died on Saturday, has been overwhelming. 

But aside from the social media well wishes from his co-stars and fellow film and TV actors, one message stands out, and it’s from none other than Ellis’ True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer, aka the vampire Bill Compton. 

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Posted to Moyer’s Facebook page on Sunday morning, the long message isn’t simply a letter to a dear departed friend, it’s the best example yet of just how much Ellis’ colleagues respected his acting skill. Describing an iconic scene from the series set in the town’s diner, Moyer remembers the hold Ellis had on the other cast members and crew.  Read more…

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RED’s Hydrogen One patent drawings reveal how it’s really a camera pretending to be a phone


We haven’t touched it, and we’re not even sure how it’ll work, but RED’s Hydrogen One phone is so mysterious that even its patent filing drawings are fascinating. And revealing. 

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The modular phone, which promises to switch between “traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games,” looks fairly minimalist in the shadowy photos released so far. But in the patent filing drawings, the phone looks a lot more interested in filmmaking than the photos would indicate.  Read more…

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Crafty orangutan escapes his zoo enclosure because the apes have had it with our crap


Given the current state of the world, let me be the first to say it: I, for one, welcome our new ape overlords.

The Planet of the Apes movies aren’t a reality… yet, but proof that primates are getting antsy surfaced on Sunday in South Carolina. A male orangutan at the Greenville Zoo escaped his enclosure, prompting a brief lockdown while zoo staff attended to the matter.

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All of this played out rather quickly, so — thankfully — there are no videos of an orangutan running amok and terrorizing zoo attendees. The escape itself, however, was captured on video by a witness — identified by Fox Carolina as “Emilie S.” Read more…

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Greenpeace activists charged after unfurling ‘Resist’ banner at Trump Tower in Chicago


Activists protesting the Trump administration’s rollback of U.S. environmental and climate policies are facing felony charges after unfurling a banner from Trump Tower in Chicago.

Six people, including four Greenpeace USA activists, were charged on Sunday after “causing a disturbance” during a July 7 action, according to Chicago Police Department. The 50-by-35-foot sheet they unfurled from the tower’s 16th floor caused “extensive damage to the building,” police said in an emailed statement.

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The banner, emblazoned with the words “Resist” and “Defend,” was meant as a show of defiance to the President Trump’s anti-climate agenda, Greenpeace said. Read more…

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Why is everybody so worked up about Donald Trump’s Twitter account?


A ridiculous trend I’ve noticed among the public recently is how worked up everybody is over Donald Trump’s Twitter account. Yeah, a Twitter account for cryin’ out loud. Freaking seriously? It’s just Twitter. It means nothing

Why is everybody so worked up over his Twitter account? All it is is a direct, unmediated source of his thoughts and opinions, viewable on a global scale. It’s just the internet. It’s not that big of a deal! 

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His tweets are only the thoughts and words of a 71-year-old reality TV star who rose to fame in large part for his unpredictable and bombastic behavior (who also just happens to represent the United States at its very highest level) which anyone, literally anybody with internet access, including the leaders of hostile nations, can read at any time, anywhere.  Read more…

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Bollywood’s dad, Anupam Kher, on the unique warmth of ‘The Big Sick’


When Kumail Nanjiani was casting his father in The Big Sick, his real father posed a challenge: Get Anupam Kher.

For more than one generation of moviegoers who grew up with Indian cinema, Kher is the quintessential father figure. He’s been in over 500 films and played a dad for a good three decades now. He’s familiar to Western audiences because of Bend It Like Beckham, E.R., Silver Linings Playbook, and Sense8. Surely there could be no one better suited for the part.

As someone who grew up with Kher’s movies (he’s been playing a dad since before my dad was my dad), seeing him in The Big Sick elicits an immense sense of pride. He is, for millions of South Asians, our collective fictional father. He’s family, and he knows it.  Read more…

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Peppy doge chasing its own tail is all of us in 2017


I know you’re feeling it too. The current year feels like a marathon where you’re expected to sprint with every step. Different, often competing forces pull you in any number of directions each day. And yet, nothing changes. We’re spinning around in one place without ever going somewhere.

Kind of like this sweet, confused, little doge.

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Enjoy the sight of a Shiba Inu pup fruitlessly lunging at its own tail again and again. It’s cute. It’s cuddly. It’s totally a metaphor for the reality we currently know.


— Shibes (@shibacentraI) July 9, 2017 Read more…

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This week in apps: ‘Pokémon Go’ turns one, Google Earth live streams, and photo tricks


It wouldn’t surprise us if you were so caught up in picking the best foods to eat at your Fourth of July party that you lost track of the new apps and updates this week. If that’s the case, there’s no need to worry. We’ve got you covered.

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Each week we round up the most important app news along with some of the coolest new and updated apps to help you stay on top of it all. Here’s what caught our eye this week. And if you’re looking for more, be sure to take a look at last week’s roundup.

Enlight Photofox

Introducing #EnlightPhotofox. Here to amaze you with the #art you’ll create on #iPhone. Get now for free: https://t.co/stO6UsD3gg pic.twitter.com/Y7mYRaWzcp

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Aerial videos capture terrifying wildfires scorching California


Menacing red-orange flames and towering plumes of smoke smothered parts of California this weekend amid record-breaking heat and bone-dry gusts.

Firefighters and scientists filmed the latest rash of Western wildfires from helicopters, drones, and stationary cameras, offering smoldering views. Dozens of structures have been destroyed and thousands of people fled their homes, though no deaths have been reported.

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Videos taken on Saturday evening from the Oroville Dam in Northern California showed the ebb and flow of the Wall Fire in Butte County, which has so far scorched 4,400 acres. Read more…

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ is a hit, but it’s still #2 behind that horrible one with Venom


Face it, Spidey fans: emo Peter Parker and dumpster fire Venom will never be scrubbed from our collective memories.

Spider-Man: Homecoming opened with $117 million at the U.S. box office, based on Sunday estimates. That’s a great start for Sony’s second reboot, but it’s still not enough to unseat the wall-crawler’s top opener to date: Spider-Man 3 (2007), with $151.1 million.

SEE ALSO: ‘Homecoming’ is the best ‘Spider-Man’ movie ever made

As painful as it is to accept this reality, don’t let it get you down. For one, Homecoming firmly establishes Spidey’s place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in which Disney has invested heavily. There’s plenty more to come from Tom Holland’s wall-crawler. Read more…

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