‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ is the best film Adam Sandler’s been in for a long, long time

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If there’s one thing people have been talking about a lot at Cannes this year, it’s Netflix.

The distributor’s inclusion in the festival’s main competition has kicked off a huge back-and-forth debate — stoked by comments from jury members Pedro Almodovar and Will Smith — that doesn’t look like it’ll be dying down anytime soon.

Now that their two films have been shown, one thing is clear: whether you agree or disagree with them being here, Netflix has certainly brought something special to the festival.

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The Meyerowitz Stories, which was shown on Sunday, is Netflix’s second film In Competition. It’s moving, it’s funny, it’s incredibly well written, and — perhaps most memorably — it’s a reminder of just how damn good Adam Sandler can be when he’s cast in the right role. Read more…

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Tom Hanks revives David S. Pumpkins and can we have more please?

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Nearly two dozen emcees appear in Saturday Night Live’s new hip-hop video, but only one is worth remembering. 

It’s David S. Pimpkins.

That’s right — as in David S. Pumpkins.

Pimpkins is the (super stereotypical) pimp alter ego of Pumpkins, the delightful Halloween boogeyman played by Tom Hanks.

Pumpkins first blessed us with his presence last fall as an exuberant, dance-happy creep in a haunted elevator ride. In the latest iteration, Hanks’ character totes firearms and dons an orange velour coat and hat. So, not exactly a work of creative genius, but still. He’s David Pumpkins, man! Read more…

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How to protect yourself when social media is harming your self-esteem

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Social media can help us feel more connected to our friends, even when we’re far away. But, for many of us, the culture of of oversharing and #humblebragging can have a serious impact on our self-esteem.

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With 10 million new photographs uploaded to Facebook every hour, experts say social media is a mine of endless potential for young people to be drawn into appearance-based comparisons. Instagram has been recently ranked worst for young people’s mental health, and causes feelings of inadequacy and anxiety.  Read more…

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These smart sprinkler systems will change your lawn (and maybe your life)

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There are many frontiers in the quest to add intelligence to our homes — even on the outside.

You may be blessed with a small yard, as I am. Lawns require a lot of attention, much of which I am not willing to give. I hate yard work and hate every-other-day watering most of all.   

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So, I got a sprinkler system. The system was automated in that I set a schedule via bunch of physical sliders and there was even a rain sensor outside that would shut off the system if it started to rain. But most of the time I found myself running down to my basement to set off extra watering cycles, wondering if the system ran as I wanted, or growing frustrated because it would water the morning before a day’s worth of storms were predicted or the day after soaking rains. Read more…

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‘SNL’ says goodbye to Bobby Moynihan with one more Drunk Uncle for the road

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Only one SNL character could possibly be interested in Making America Drunk Again.

After nine seasons on SNL, Bobby Moynihan did his last show on Saturday, and of course Drunk Uncle stopped by “Weekend Update” to talk about Donald Trump.

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He said some stuff but … pfffffthbbllltlbt.

Moynihan took on many roles during his long SNL tenure — he was Chris Christie during the campaign — but his rambling, blubbering take on everyone’s least intelligible relative will be the one for which he’s best remembered. Read more…

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Alec Baldwin bid a poignant farewell to Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live’ finale

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Alec Baldwin performed his now infamous Donald Trump impression for perhaps the final time on Saturday Night Live’s season finale, and it was as moving as it was hysterical. Well, depending on how you think this presidency is going to turn out. 

Baldwin’s Trump played a soulful piano version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” a winking callback to the way Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton handled the post-election episode in November.

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But unlike Kate’s solitary Hillary, Trump was not alone in his sorrow. 

Out came Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway, joined soon by Beck Bennett’s Mike Pence. Not to be missed are the Bobbsey Twins, Alex Moffat and Mikey Day as Eric Trump and Donald Jr., looking simultaneously douchey and bewildered, as always.  Read more…

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Dwayne Johnson and Tom Hanks seem kinda serious about a White House run

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When Dwayne Johnson told a journalist earlier this month that a run for president was “a real possibility,” there was a part of us that kinda … took it seriously? Why not, right? 

Well, start the countdown clock for 2020, because you’re going to love his choice for running mate.

Johnson, who’s hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend, took the stage, ostensibly to receive his “five timers” jacket from Alec Baldwin. “A lot of people have been telling me that I should run for president,” Johnson said, and then went right for it: “Starting tonight, I’m running for president of the United States.” Read more…

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Schwarzenegger says he’ll be back for ‘Terminator’ sequel with James Cameron

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Heeeeeeeeee’s back.

Maybe.  

Arnold Schwarzenegger is expecting to return to play a role in yet another Terminator movie, according to a report coming from the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday. 

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With the mixed reactions to the latest Terminator film, some wondered if the franchise might be shuttered for good. 

Alas, that all changed back in January when news dropped that Terminator 2 director James Cameron is planning to jump back into the Terminator franchise (as producer) in 2019 when he regain some rights to the franchise. Given that change in direction, it’s no surprise that Schwarzenegger revealed to Screen Daily that he recently met Cameron about being involved in an upcoming Terminator movie.  Read more…

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Microsoft Research shows off its augmented reality glasses

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Because we’re spoiled and don’t appreciate amazing technology unless it’s immediately convenient, some tech pundits are dismissing VR in favor of AR, but the fact is that we’re still years away from easy to use AR glasses. For now, mainstream AR is limited to your smartphone, like most other apps. 

However, a team at Microsoft Research is looking to speed up the progress on wearable AR devices and have introduced a prototype as proof. 

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Before Snap can turn its Spectacles wearable camera into a vehicle for its augmented reality app filters, Microsoft’s team presented a pair of glasses on Friday that use near-eye displays to produce holograms to the wearer.  Read more…

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This 25-second trailer of two boys falling in love is going to make you cry

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Get ready to feel a lot of warm and fuzzy feelings.

A 25-second trailer for the animated short film In A Heartbeat has social media users buzzing, particularly for its brief but beautiful portrayal of young love between two boys. 

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In the trailer, no words are spoken. Viewers just see a sweet redheaded boy try to control his heart (literally) when he sees his crush — another boy.

The super short animation left many social media users with a whole lot of feelings. Clearly, because only a heartless person would not completely swoon over this trailer. Read more…

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