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"The Hateful Eight" Is The Meanest Movie Quentin Tarantino's Ever Made

The Western goes where Tarantino's last two movies didn't — into unapologetic sadism. Warning: This piece contains spoilers!<p><i>The Hateful Eight</i> is the meanest movie Quentin Tarantino has ever made.<p>There are probably more elegant ways to put it, but that feels most accurate. It's been lingering with …

Adele Raps Nicki Minaj and Sings Spice Girls in Epic Carpool Karaoke Session

This was the Carpool Karaoke video you’ve been waiting for.<p>Mariah Carey. Jennifer Hudson. Stevie Wonder. It was all one big prelude leading up to …

Literary travel: around the world in 10 must-read books

Ann Morgan spent a year reading a book from every country in the world – 196 in total. Here she picks 10 favourites that vividly evoke the regions they describe<p>• <b>If</b> <b>you’ve read a book with a powerful sense of place or one that inspired you to travel, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below</b><p>In …

Books

Anthropocene Epoch: Humans May Have Pushed Planet Earth Into A 'New Geological Era'

Humanity's irreversible impact on Earth may have pushed it into a new geological era, scientists have said.<p>The question of "whether humans have …

Earth Science

10 TED Talks That Will Help You Be a Better Parent

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TED Talks

Who Cares About Marlene Pinnock?

When a woman living with bipolar disorder was beaten by a police officer on a video that went viral, her family thought legal action would lead to justice. They couldn’t have anticipated that a battle with her own lawyer would leave them feeling more hopeless than ever.<p><b>Maisha Allums can't</b> recall …

Prepare to fall in love with Daisy Ridley, the breakout lead in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

<i>[NOTE: This post discusses some plot points from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Not quite spoilers, but not *not* spoilers.]</i><p>If you haven’t yet heard of Daisy Ridley, you’re about to. The 23-year-old lead in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” isn’t just a talented actress in the biggest franchise of …

Outrunning the Demons

In this bewildering, terrifying race, quitting isn’t an option.<p>The demons kept advancing as the blazing red sun sank into Cape Cod Bay, doused like a candle. Faster and faster they chased, and faster and faster I ran. I was 61 that day, two years into my diagnosis, and with every ounce of my will, …

Mind

The Savior Of The World Watched As These Trans Women Disappeared

The story of how a group of trans women vanished in the midst of El Salvador's civil war has been passed down from generation to generation, creating a legend that gave them a place in the history of a country that often seems to wish they would disappear. BuzzFeed News' J. Lester Feder set out to …

The overlooked international stories of 2015 (and how they might change 2016)

What was the most important international story of 2015? For many, the obvious answer might be the global threat posed by the Islamic State militant group. Others might say that the nuclear deal between Western powers and Iran could be more important. Another likely suggestion would be the refugee …

Your Must-Listen Podcast Playlist For 2016

Serial was just the beginning: here’s what you should listen to next—helpfully arranged by what you already like.<p>A recent study by the Pew Research Center revealed that less than half of Americans have ever heard of podcasts, and of those, 17 percent only listen to one show. That’s a shame, because …

TV

Pull Quote

From sunken treasure to ceremonial bobcat burials, it's time to look back at the year's biggest finds.<p>2015 was a year when archaeology frequently made headlines around the world, but unfortunately, it was all too often for the same terrible reason. This was the year when ISIS (Islamic State) …

Archaeology

A reading list to expand your mind

This year, we published stories that enlightened, moved and excited us. The BBC Future team share their personal favourites.<p><i>David Robson – Writer</i><p>My pick: How your eyes trick your mind<p>It's been a privilege to see my stories appear alongside the work of some really talented writers this year. Tom …

Carrie Fisher to body shamers: Please stop debating about whether or not I aged well

Carrie Fisher wants people to stop talking about her appearance.<p>“Please stop debating about whether or not I aged well,” the <i>Star Wars: The Force</i> …

Los Angeles

The wit and wisdom of 'Downton Abbey' characters, actors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The costumes were stunning. The manor house was sublime. And the "Downton Abbey" cast members made the most of their …

Eight ways 2015 was a momentous year for girls

Here are eight developments that show girls are getting the attention they deserve.<p>1. Girls get global recognition<p>What started two years ago as the …

World Leaders

Roy Orbison: TV documentary tells rags to riches story of music legend

The Big O's son reveals how his grandmother once turned away a baseball cap-wearing Bob Dylan, who called to the family home looking for Orbison<p>Singing superstar Roy Orbison had a guitar before he had a pair of shoes, according to his son.<p>The star, nicknamed The Big O, came from a poor background …

Anti-Islamic State journalist murdered in Turkey

<b>An anti-Islamic State activist and filmmaker has been shot dead by assassins in broad daylight in Turkey.</b><p>Naji Jerf, 38, was shot with a silenced pistol in downtown Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, Turkish media reported.<p>Mr Jerf was the film director for Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), …

When music makes sense of life – our writers' favourite musical moments of 2015

From Wales to Cambodia, from impromptu choirs to high-end hi-fi, our writers recall the moments music really hit home this year<p>For years, I hadn’t given much thought to My Bloody Valentine’s To Here Knows When, because I gave it rather too much thought when it was first released. In fact, I heard …

Courtney Barnett

The Master of Music Visualization

In the opening bars of Steve Reich's "Piano Phase," two pianists play the same sequence precisely in unison --- then one player speeds up "very …

Piano

The 10 best Australian films of 2015

Much has been written about the performance of Australian films at the box office in 2015, their collective gross totalling one of the biggest hauls in Australian history. But long after the numbers have been forgotten the films themselves will be remembered.<p>10 great Australian albums that flew …

Film Festivals