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The Top 10 Films Of The 2015 Cannes Film Festival

"Inside Out," "Amy" and more.<p>In the dreary apartments of film journalists across the world, suitcases overflowing with dirty clothes sit in bedrooms …

Fifa officials arrested on corruption charges as World Cup inquiry launched

The world governing body of football, Fifa, is facing an unprecedented crisis on the eve of its congress in Zurich after Swiss authorities arrested a string of officials on corruption charges and opened criminal proceedings over the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.<p>More than a dozen …

Cara Delevingne Doesn’t Like Superhero Movies But Says ‘Suicide Squad’ Is ‘F*cking Insane’

Last October, rumors of supermodel Cara Delevingne’s involvement in David Ayer’s then-developing <i>Suicide Squad</i> film swirled. This whispered casting remained largely unconfirmed until the official announcement. Then Ayer tweeted out the first photo of (most of) the cast in makeup. Delevingne was …

Superhero Movies

13 Dream-Related Stories by H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was a prolific American author of poems, short stories and novellas in the horror/fantasy genre. Although he died in poverty and obscurity, he has since been recognized as one of the most influential writers of "weird fiction" since Edgar Allen Poe. In 2005 an edition …

India’s first halal cosmetics store is less religion and more style

When Afreen Shaikh, a 26-year-old resident of Ahmedabad’s Muslim locality of Juhapura, heard there was a new halal cosmetic store called Iba opening near her home, she rolled her eyes.<p>“I have been to such places in Dubai and they think Muslim women should look like ghosts,” Shaikh said. “It is …

India

Island of Eriskay chosen by FIFA as one of eight "remarkable places to play football"

Bumpy pitch to feature in FIFA museum film<p>A bumpy football pitch on the Scottish <b>island of Eriskay</b> has rather unexpectedly been recognised by <b>Fifa</b> as one of <b>"eight remarkable places to play football in the world"</b>. The uneven surface in the Outer Hebrides will feature in a documentary film as part of a …

Sea Level

Google reportedly developing 'Brillo,' an OS for the Internet of Things

To help all manner of smart devices communicate better with each other, Google is reportedly developing "Brillo," an operating system for the Internet of Things.<p>A lightweight version of Google's mobile operating system, Android, Brillo is targeted at low-power devices with 32 or 64MB of RAM, …

Agnes Martin: the artist mystic who disappeared into the desert

Art must derive from inspiration, Agnes Martin said, and yet for decades she painted what seems at first glance to be the same thing over and over again, the same core structure subject to infinitely subtle variations. A grid: a set of horizontal and vertical lines drawn meticulously with a ruler …

Liverpool Transfer News: Latest on Raheem Sterling and Javier Pastore Rumours

Liverpool co-owners John W. Henry and Tom Werner won't sell want-away winger Raheem Sterling this summer "unless there is a massive offer that is too good to turn down."<p>That's the line according to David Maddock of the <i>Mirror</i>, who suggests the Reds are yet to receive a bid from any potential suitor. …

The 52-Storey Treehouse comes out on top at Australian book industry awards

A children’s book has taken home the top prize for the first time in Australia’s national industry book awards’15-year history.<p>Book of the year at the annual Australian book industry awards went to The 52-Storey Treehouse by author Andy Griffiths and illustrator Terry Denton.<p>Actor Alan Cumming and …

Berlin art show pairs impressionist, expressionist paintings

BERLIN (AP) — Camille Pissarro's famous "Boulevard Montmartre at Night" shows a brightly illuminated avenue in Paris — the city lights turned into …

Baghdad history wins Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize

Last Monday, Justin Marozzi won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize for Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood. On Tuesday he was off to Norway, to join in a Nato war-gaming exercise as a media and communications expert. After what he’s been through in recent years, he joked: “The …

A New Zealand Prison Is Giving Inmates Phones and Computers

South Auckland's brand new Kohuora Prison has a phone and computer in every cell and a bunch of people aren't happy about that.<p>New Zealand now has a high security prison with a phone and computer in every cell, and they're accepting inmates in this week. While this move has largely been seen as …

Reese Witherspoon to play Tinker Bell in Disney live action fairytale

Film,Reese Witherspoon,Walt Disney Company,Culture,Cinderella (2015),Maleficent,Angelina Jolie,20th Century Fox,Film adaptations,Books,US news,World news<p>New version of the story of the mischievous fairy announced six months after Twentieth Century Fox leaked details of rival project starring …

How important is Milan Kundera today?

On the first page of Milan Kundera’s new novel published in France last year when its author was 85 a man is walking down a Parisian street in June, just as “the morning sun was emerging from the clouds”. His name is Alain. We don’t know his age, or what he looks like, but we know that he is an …

Marchionne: Next Jeep Wrangler Will be Aluminum and Steel

When Sergio Marchionne suggested that the next Jeep Wrangler would be built of aluminum, the good folks of Toledo screamed, yowled, yelped, and otherwise lamented, as retooling the Ohio town’s plant, the historic home of the CJ-cum-Wrangler, would cost more coin than FCA could justifiably spend, …

Jeep

'Top 10' new species includes cartwheeling spider, 'chicken from hell'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some 18,000 species, great and small, were discovered in 2014, adding to the 2 million already known, scientists said on Thursday, as they released a “Top 10” list that highlights the diversity of life.<p>Life reconstruction of the new oviraptorosaurian dinosaur species Anzu …

Zoology

Fifa should strip Russia of hosting 2018 World Cup, says Zbigniew Boniek

Zbigniew Boniek, the chairman of the Polish football association, has said Russia should be stripped of hosting the 2018 World Cup because of the conflict with Ukraine.<p>“Hosting the World Cup in Russia is a disastrous mistake, it’s a country engaged in war, who invaded another country,” the former …

Rory McIlroy: 'I want to be the best of this generation'

Rory McIlroy dishes on Tiger Woods, retirement and what he wants to accomplish before all is said and done.<p>You should know by now that I love me some …

Was Picasso a misogynist?

The greatest artist of the 20th century has been characterised as a bully, a narcissist and a man who feared as well as desired women. But are the stories really true? Jonathan Jones tackles the six million euro question<p>It is the six million euro question – or much more, if you are Picasso’s …

Art

Disney's new World of Color water show delivers amazement on a massive stage

The new World of Color at Disney California Adventure dials back the spectacle a few notches in favor of storytelling with a water show that still delivers plenty of wonder and amazement on a massive stage.<p>Dubbed "Celebrate," the new hydrotechnic show debuting May 22 on the man-made lake of …

Celebrating the long reign of Al Hirschfeld, 'The Line King'

<b>(CNN) —</b> More than a dozen years after Al Hirschfeld's death, his art remains instantly recognizable.<p>The elastic, almost rubbery line. The cleverly exaggerated eyes, eyebrows and hair of countless movie and Broadway stars. The precisely captured mannerisms that seem to move as if animated.<p>For most …

Jerry Seinfeld

Luis Figo quits Fifa race with scathing attack on Sepp Blatter's 'dictatorship'

Former Real Madrid and Barcelona star claims to have seen incidents that 'should shame anyone who desires soccer to be free, clean and democratic'<p>Luis Figo withdrew from the race for the Fifa presidency on Thursday night with a damning parting shot at the Sepp Blatter-led “dictatorship”.<p>The former …

Meet the Newest State of Matter

Jahn–Teller metals offer new hope for high-temperature superconductivity.<p>It's only slightly less exciting than it sounds: a new state of matter. The discovery, which comes courtesy of an international team led by Kosmas Prassides of Tokohu University in Japan, offers a novel material with an …

Google may reveal internet of things OS at event next week

Google may be the next big company to take on the internet of things, giving it an entry into the world of connected everyday objects. According to <i>The Information</i>, Google has developed software that can run on low-power devices and give them the ability to communicate with other connected devices …

Internet of Things

Meet Ether, The Bitcoin-Like Cryptocurrency That Could Power The Internet Of Things

Plus, the devices will make money on their own.<p>At CES this past January, IBM researcher Veena Pureswaran described the company’s joint plan with Samsung to get home appliances to exchange cryptocurrency with one another. The currency, called Ether, is similar to bitcoin, except that the traded …

Gangsta. TV Anime's 'Promo Video 1.5' Streamed

Series starring Kenjiro Tsuda, Junichi Suwabe to premiere in July<p>The official website for the television anime of Kohske's Gangsta. manga began …

As with all trolls, it’s best to ignore The Human Centipede III

Listing the various ways in which <i>The Human Centipede III</i> deliberately provokes its audience by means of racial slurs, offensive stereotypes, and …

New Cyborg 009 Anime Project Gets Event Screening this Fall

Selected theaters in Japan will reveal poster promoting fall screening on Saturday<p>The Cyborg 009 50th anniversary anime project will get an event …

There's a building in China shaped like Star Trek's USS Enterprise

Trekkies bored of their annual conventions now have a new place of pilgrimage - the offices of a gaming firm in the obscure Chinese city of Fuzhou.<p>As these aerial shots show, the exterior of the NetDragon Websoft HQ in the south-eastern province of Fujian bears a striking resemblance to the shape …