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George RR Martin: FREE Master Class on Storytelling

George RR Martin: Master Class on Storytelling<p>George RR Martin is one of the most beloved and hated storytellers of his generation. He’s best known …

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These 10 Smart Sci-Fi Films Set the Table for 'Arrival'

Because science fiction doesn't all have to be huge explosions and distracting CGI.<p>Every summer is filled with big, schlocky, popcorn sci-fi films. …

Moonlight Review [TIFF 2016]

<i>Moonlight</i> is proof that stories which are more specific and focused on idiosyncrasies and particulars of individuals are often more equipped to …

Janelle Monáe

10 Amazing Tattoo Artists to Follow on Instagram

Consider us ink-spired (I'll see myself out).<p>While we may not all be blessed with the courage to ask for a body of tattoos like Rihanna (we're more of the Kendall Jenner "tiny ink dot aaaaaaand we're done" mentality), we're always here for a vicarious glimpse into the lives of the brave souls who …

Interview special! 'American Masters Podcast, 'Hitchcock/Truffaut,' 'Blank on Blank'

The popularity of podcasts and the ease of making them has exponentially multiplied the hours of talk stored in the silos of our server farms. Even a midlevel comedian nowadays might leave a <i>T. rex</i>-sized audio footprint in the digital ether. (This is all sounding very sci-fi.) Just as we have …

15 Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Arriving This August

The end of summer is slowly approaching, but there’s no wrong time to do some lazy-day reading. Or, as the case may be, …

People Photoshopped Pokémon Into Popular Movies and It's AWESOME

Just in case you needed more Pokémon in your life, here's some extra geeky fun that you actually won't mind seeing. People on DesignCrowd took the time to photoshop Pokémon characters into popular movies for a contest — and the results are pretty freaking awesome! You'll see photos like Pikachu as …

Top 10 Bad Ass Screenwriting Podcasts

Indie Film Hustle’s Top 10 Screenwriting Podcasts<p>Screenwriting Podcasts are a treasure trove of knowledge for the aspiring or professional …

Scandalous New Study Claims Cat Owners Are Smarter Than Dog Owners

When you think you’ve heard of the last of studies on cat owners versus dog owners, another study always pops up on our radar. This time a new study …

Pets

The New York Times piece on Ben H. Winters’ new book totally ignores sci-fi’s history of dealing with slavery.

Look, I want to read <i>Underground Airlines</i> by Ben H. Winters. It sounds like a good book. A book set in an alternate universe where the Civil War never …

The IMF's Warning to the U.S.

The IMF’s chief said while the U.S. economy was “overall, in good shape,” it needed to overcome declining labor-force participation, lower productivity growth, income inequality, and “very high levels” of poverty.<p>The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday cut its estimate for U.S. economic growth …

The India-Pakistan masterpiece that fell through the cracks

<b>A 1958 Pakistani film, considered by critics as the best ever made in the country and boasting a curious collaboration with India, is haunted by its spectacularly jinxed past more than half-a-century later, writes Faizal Khan.</b><p>At the 69th Cannes film festival last month, a feature film from Pakistan …

Review: SCOSCHE’s light-up reversible Micro USB cable is impossibly convenient and well-made

One of the undoubted benefits of USB Type-C is the fact that it’s reversible. It doesn’t matter which way around it is, you can just shove it in your phone and know it’ll work. Of course, it has other benefits too, which is why Samsung’s decision not to use it in the Galaxy S7 series was a little …

Gear & Gadgets

For Native Americans, Health Care Is A Long, Hard Road Away

Cody Pedersen and his wife, Inyan, know that in an emergency they will have to wait for help to arrive.<p>Cody, 29, and his family live in Cherry Creek, a Native American settlement within the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in north central South Dakota.<p>The reservation is bigger than Delaware and …

Health Care

Forget the Hoop! Embroider White Canvas Sneakers for Spring

We’re falling more and more in love with embroidery everyday. I personally might need to make a new Instagram account to keep track of all my embroidery heroes and inspiration. Recently we discovered Liz Payne and were blown away by her designs (check out her Etsy and Instagram). I mean, her work …

“My Films Are About Pleasure, Fun, and Cinematography”: The Independent Adult Cinema World of Erika Lust

The titles <i>His Was First in My Ass</i>, <i>Titty Titty Bang Bang</i>, and <i>My Moaning Neighbor</i> could easily be mistaken for your average porn flicks. But these are …

Vocabulary

Juno wants to woo Uber drivers with a more ethical ride-sharing app

And I was the first user to hail a ride<p>It was a sunny afternoon in Manhattan and I needed a ride from Rockefeller Center to The Verge's office on West 40th Street. So, like thousands of people do everyday, I pulled out a smartphone, tapped an app, and requested a ride. Minutes later, a black GMC …

Here's What Lingerie Ads Would Look Like if They Were Realistic

"It's about showing that lingerie is for everyone to enjoy."<p>Last month, Cora Harrington of lingerie blog The Lingerie Addict got together with three of her fellow lingerie bloggers to take part in a photo shoot celebrating the diversity of women too often overlooked by the mainstream lingerie …

A rainbow of total chaos: a photographer goes street level at India’s Holi festival

NIKOLA SMERNIC IS AN AWARD-WINNING Croatian photographer who had a chance to be in India for Holi last year, camera in hand. Check out these …

'Born to Be Blue' strikes right tone telling a basic yet insightful Chet Baker story

Most biopics of musicians try to cover too much ground, telling artists' stories from birth to death while focusing more on their weaknesses than their work. In "Born to Be Blue," writer-director Robert Budreau doesn't shy away from jazz legend Chet Baker's addiction to<p>heroinor his struggle to …

Ta-Nehisi Coates On The Fight Over 'Nina Simone's Face'

Lots of people are fuming about <i>Nina</i>, an upcoming biopic about legendary singer Nina Simone. According to its critics, the filmmakers butcher important parts of Simone's biography (in part, by attributing much of her success to the men in her life), but that their larger sin was casting actress Zoe …

Film Industry

10 Secrets Nutritionists Tell Their Friends About Weight Loss

Navigating those healthy eating rules is easier than you think.<p>The basics of losing weight are easy: Nix processed junk, fill up on superfoods, and hit the gym. Except we all know that once temptation, distraction, and motivation (read: real life) get involved, leveraging that formula for <i>actual</i> …

World's First Solar Airport No Longer Pays Electricity Bills

Cochin International Airport, the world’s first 100 percent solar airport, is generating so much power from its massive solar array that the airport …

SXSW 2016: How Do This Year’s Filmmakers Make a Living?

SXSW 2016: How Do This Year's Filmmakers Make a Living?<p>READ MORE: The 2016 Indiewire SXSW Bible – Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During …

Maris Curran Interviews Mira Nair about the Job of the Film Director

Filmmaker Maris Curran, who we talked with about her Toronto premiere, <i>Five Nights in Maine</i>, last Fall, forwarded this interview she did with a …

Employment

Directors Close-Up Recap: Sean Baker “Phones In” The Year’s Most Innovative Indie

Reach into your pocket. Pull out your iPhone (or Android). Look at it. Would you believe that this small, sleek bit of tech contains more raw …

Michael Mann’s ‘Heat’: A Complex, Stylistically Supreme Candidate for One of the Most Impressive Films of the Nineties

Michael Mann’s crime thriller <i>Heat</i> was a project whose development path started all the way back in 1979, but when it finally hit theaters in 1995, it …

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