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The Theatre

Kenneth Branagh's return to the West End is the stuff of fairytales

Dominic Cavendish welcomes the return of the sometime gilded youth of British theatre to the London stage<p>It’s the stuff of fairytales: Kenneth Branagh’s coming back. A generation ago, a 27-year-old stage-actor who had become so swiftly famous he was already widely known simply as “Ken” shot an …

Kenneth Branagh

Revealing Photos of Skylines and Apartment Windows Capture Solitude of City Life

Living among millions of other people and bumping shoulders on overflowing sidewalks doesn't always equate to a sense of community. Ironically, the most thriving metropolis can create the strongest feelings of isolation. French photographer and graphic artist Floriane de Lassee offers an …

Skyscrapers

Emoticons are improving the English language

txt msgs r running language<p>*ruining<p>^lol, jk!! :)<p>In many casual discussions of language and the internet, it’s not uncommon to hear about how such “textspeak ruins language”—how technology has made everybody lazy with their speech and writing. Major media outlets such as the LA Times, the BBC and …

Language

This Guy Turned A Quadcopter Into A Star Wars Speeder Bike And It’s Amazing

Okay, this is the last quadcopter-to-“Star Wars Universe”-thing we (or at least I) will post*, I promise.<p><i>[* this week]</i><p>BUT SERIOUSLY, LOOK AT THIS THING. It is perfection. About 30 seconds into the video, I actually stood up and whooped.<p>We’ve seen the Millenium Falcon quadcopter. We’ve seen a TIE …

Star Wars

How Designers Built The World Of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” By Hand

Anderson’s avoidance of CGI and freakish devotion to handmade, old-fashioned production design lends his latest epic its fantastical charm.<p>In his Oscar-nominated 2014 film <i>The Grand Budapest Hotel,</i> Wes Anderson didn’t just tell a story-within-a-story about murder, purple-suited lobby boys, and …

Eastern Europe

A theatre of narrative

Flickr/Bahman Farzad. Some rights reserved.<p>Some literature is not written to be read but to be spoken. Shakespeare is an obvious example. The works …

It Follows review – sexual dread fuels a modern horror classic

David Robert Mitchell’s tale of a fatal curse that can only be transmitted to an unwitting lover taps into primal anxieties so effectively you can’t help but be traumatised<p>A friend confessed to me recently that this was the only film to have given him, in adult life, a proper wake-up-sweating …

Horror
Creativity

Spider-Man to join Marvel superheroes in shared movie universe

The sticky-fingered superhero is to be rebooted again, as Sony and Marvel agree that he can re-enter the fold alongside regular Avengers<p>Spider-Man will appear in a Marvel superhero movie for the first time after the Disney-owned studio signed a deal with rival Sony to integrate the comic-book …

Marvel Universe

Little Kids Learn The Same Way Pigeons Do

We often point to language as evidence of our species' superiority. But the way humans <i>learn</i> language may not be so foreign to other animals, after all.<p>A new study has found that the lowly pigeon may provide insight into how young children acquire language. Researchers at the University of Iowa …

University of Iowa
Darkest Hour

Could Chris Pratt be the man for another Indiana Jones crusade?

Reports suggest Chris Pratt, hot off Guardians of the Galaxy and the forthcoming Jurassic World, could be picking up Indy’s hat and whip – and he could provide just the right mix of gravitas and comedy<p>There hasn’t always been a great deal of buzz around the idea of reviving Indiana Jones on the big …

Movies

Japanese Army Builds Gigantic Star Wars Snow Sculpture

May the force be with you! The 66th annual Sapporo Snow Festival kicked off today and the most impressive snow sculpture of all features Darth Vader, his three stormtroopers and TIE fighters. This Star Wars snow sculpture was created by Japan's army troopers, or the 11th Brigade of the Ground …

Star Wars

Macro Photos Show Amazing Details of Everyday Objects

In his macro photo series <i>Amazing Worlds Within Our World</i>, artist Pyanek demonstrates the enormous complexity of everyday objects. Through the modified Canon T3i lens, squiggly fibers in book pages come into sharp focus, dramatic pit marks on the tip of a matchstick become visible, and beautiful …

Amazing

Photographer Captures an Eerily Empty New York City

It was suppose to be the snow storm that paralyzed New York City, but it in the end it turned out to be a bust. Still, a few days ago, everyone cleared out, making it the perfect place to shoot a rarely ever empty New York City. Who else was there on hand but photographer Vivienne Gucwa, a native …

New York City

What's in a Dream?

Not all dreaming is the same. Dreaming runs the gamut of human experience (and sometimes beyond), incorporating a dizzying range of emotions and events, often with elements of the bizarre. Dreams can be funny, frightening, sad and strange. Flying dreams can be euphoric; chasing dreams can be …

Sleep

How to Build a Camera Dolly Out of LEGO Pieces

Photographer Pascal Kulcsar of Mainz, Germany wanted to add some movements to his time-lapse videos, so he built himself a fancy dolly using LEGO …

Peter Bradshaw’s top 50 films of the demi-decade

We are now midway through the 2010s. So what trends are emerging in cinema? Peter Bradshaw takes a look – and picks his top 50 films of the demi-decade<p>As far as actors are concerned, the first five years of the 2010s proved that you can’t make it big unless you’re prepared to get into the Lycra and …

The 13 Best Things to Watch on Netflix When You're Hungover

<b>1. You've Got Mail and/or Sleepless in Seattle</b><p>Photo: Warner Bros.<p>Absolutely nothing cures a hangover like a greasy breakfast sandwich eaten over a rom-com, and absolutely no '90s movie couple warms the soul like Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. Just sit back and let the dulcet flirtations of Annie and Sam …