This new muppet on Afghanistan’s ‘Sesame Street’ shows kids how to respect women

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Sesame Street has always taught kids valuable lessons. Now, in Afghanistan, those lessons are set to include the importance of gender equality. 

The country’s version of Sesame Street, Baghch-e-SimSim, last year introduced a character whose aim was to inspire Afghani girls. Now, the show is adding a boy muppet who will show kids the importance of respecting women, the Associated Press reported. 

The new muppet is a 4-year-old boy named Zeerak, which means “smart” in both of Afghanistan’s official languages, Pashtun and Dari. His sister is 6-year-old Zari. 

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Reebok subtweets Donald Trump, internet goes wild

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Reebok wants in on the Trump Twitter trolling game and it’s showing absolutely no mercy.

On Friday, the athletic apparel company took a shot at the U.S. President by crafting a graphic that mocked the “compliments” he delivered to French President Emmanuel Macron’s wife last week.

In a moment captured on Facebook Live during Trump’s visit to Paris, he can be seen giving French first lady Brigitte, a once-over before saying, “You know, you’re in such great shape … beautiful.” 

*cringe*

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In response to the cringeworthy interaction, Reebok posted an elaborate subtweet in the form of a handy chart created to help people determine when it’s appropriate to utter the words Trump spoke to Macron’s wife. Read more…

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ offers a peek behind the scenes at D23

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It’s time for the Jedi … to ooh and ahh over the Star Wars: The Last Jedi behind-the-scenes reel.

At D23 on Friday, Lucasfilm unveiled new footage from the set, and not a moment too soon. Check out the video above. 

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Ever since we finished watching the last Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser in April, we’ve been waiting for more details on the movie. After all, as was pointed out on the D23 stage, The Force Awakens “literally ended on a cliffhanger.”  

The upcoming film is directed by Rian Johnson and brings back all those new characters we met and fell for in The Force Awakens: Rey, Finn, Poe, Phasma, Hux, Kylo Ren, and, of course, the inimitable BB-8. Along with some of our favorite classic characters, like Luke, Chewie, and Leia (sob), and new folks played by Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio del Toro, and national treasure Laura Dern. Read more…

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Japan’s latest coffee craze will make you forget all about the Unicorn Frappucino

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The culinary delights of Japan aren’t limited to seafood. No, there is yet another realm of deliciousness to discover: Behold, the coffee ice cream cone.  

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Yes, it is what it sounds like — the sweet caffeinated elixir that helps us go, coffee, lovingly poured into a wide array of ice cream cones. 

It’s both brilliant and potentially sinfully addictive.  Read more…

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Disney’s live-action ‘The Lion King’ goes for that stunning naturalism

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If you thought The Jungle Book had some kind of magical realism going on, just wait until you see what’s in store for The Lion King.

Disney teased a minute or so of its live-action treatment of The Lion King on Saturday at its D23 Expo, and though the film isn’t due until 2019, it certainly looks on track.

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“We know how important this is,” director Jon Favreau (who helped pioneer the naturalism of The Jungle Book) said. “People want to know what our approach is, what are we doing? The team scrambled to pull something together … we just want you to know we’re working hard, we love you so much and we look forward to giving this to you.” Read more…

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This week in apps: Book spa treatments with Google, take retro photos, and more

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Too caught up in the battle for net neutrality to keep up with all the new apps and updates this week?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

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Microsoft Outlook is making our lives a lot easier.

Microsoft Outlook is making our lives a lot easier.

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Something for both Apple and Android users! The email service just made replying a little easier. Now, group conversations automatically open to the first unread message, so you don’t get lost. You can also tag people you’re chatting with by typing the @ symbol. There’s also a new account picker, so if you have email accounts with Gmail, Outlook, and Office365, you can easily access the one you’re looking for much more quickly.  Read more…

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Twitter is trolling the cast of Trump Jr.’s ever-growing clown car meeting

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The world is slowly piecing together more and more of the puzzle that is Donald Trump Jr. meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016. A cascade of revelations on Friday made it clear that the gathering wasn’t as intimate as first suggested. In fact, the latest reports say at least eight ( !!! ) people attended

On Friday, The Associated Press reported that Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin also attended the meeting with publicist Rob Goldstone, who helped set everything up. In addition to those two, CNN reported the meeting included Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, and at least two other people in the room. Read more…

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Gripping ‘Baby Driver’ action sequence is exactly why we’re loving Ansel Elgort

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What some are calling the best scene in Edgar Wright’s new film Baby Driver is now available in its entirety for free on YouTube. 

The six-minute video is basically one long music video, featuring Ansel Elgort as he’s about to lead police on an amazing car chase through the streets of Atlanta. 

While the song “Bellbottoms,” by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, plays, Elgort delivers a compelling bit of chair dancing and cinematic vamping that is reminiscent Tom Cruise’s iconic dance routine from Risky Business at the start of his career. 

Whether this is the start of another epic acting career remains to be seen, but Elgort’s performance is worth your six minutes, and might even pull you into the theater to see the entire movie.  Read more…

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Your favorite tween clothing store reportedly has asbestos in its makeup

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Yikes. Justice, or the Store Formerly Known as Limited Too, has something dangerous happening with its makeup. 

A North Carolina local news report about the tween clothing mall staple found that a highlighter sold by the brand tested positive for asbestosJust Shine Shimmer Powder was found to contain the dangerous material, which can cause cancer and mesothelioma. 

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Usually, people are worried about coming into contact with asbestos when they move into an older house or building. Before the material’s impact on health was known, asbestos was a popular ingredient for insulation. But no one’s really checking for asbestos when they buy a highlighter at the mall.  Read more…

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Neill Blomkamp uses YouTube, Twitter, Steam to fuel new sci-fi series

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There’s a new sci-fi series out that’s must-view material, but it’s not the new season of Black Mirror. This one is from none other than film director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie). 

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Launched on YouTube under the name Oats Studios, the series of 20-minute films takes us on trips through alternate realities featuring invading aliens, rogue parasites, tech-powered jungle myths, and even god itself controlling the fate of mankind with laboratory-style experimentation. 

The latest, titled Zygote, launched on Wednesday and stars Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds, Man on Fire, Twilight Saga) in a terrifying short that has her fighting for her life in a deserted outpost against a creature whose screams will haunt your nightmares. Another episode in the series, called Rakka, stars Sigourney Weaver leading a revolt against an alien horde attempting to enslave the entire planet.  Read more…

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