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Blank Space: What Kind of Genius Is Max Martin?

Among the stranger aspects of recent pop music history is how so many of the biggest hits of the past twenty years—by the Backstreet Boys, ’NSync, and Britney Spears to Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and the Weeknd—have been co-written by a forty-four-year-old Swede. His real name is Karl Martin …

Ozzy Osbourne

How Focal Length Affects the Background of a Photo

The choice of lens for your camera can significantly affect two major aspects of your photos: the angle of view that you capture and the extent of …

Hillary Clinton opens up to Lena Dunham: “I’m a feminist, and I say it whenever I’m asked”

Sandra Bland, campus sexual assault and feminism are all tackled in this wide-ranging interview<p>Described as a "a snark-free place for feminists to get information: on how to vote, eat, dress, f---, and live better," the online newsletter from "Girls" star Lena Dunham debuted today with a much hyped …

The Long, Slow End for CSI

The crime drama, once the most popular thing on television, went out Sunday night after steadily declining ratings and a series of reboots.<p>One of America’s most beloved TV shows in recent years, <i>CSI: Crime Scene Investigation</i>, ended its 15-year run on Sunday night with a feature-length special, …

TV

Tall vs short: Which is it better to be?

Is bigger better, or do the best things really come in small packages?<p>Your height is a simple biological fact that you can do little to change, yet it may be influencing your destiny in ways you didn’t realise. BBC Future combed through the evidence to size up its impact on everything from your …

British Humour

Red velvet cake recipe

The Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York shares the recipe for its legendary red velvet cake<p><b>SERVES</b><br>10<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p><b>For the cake</b><br>3 ounces (or 85g) dark chocolate, chopped<br>2 cups (or 400g) granulated sugar<br>4 large eggs<br>1 ½ cups (or 450ml) vegetable oil<br>1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract<br>2 cups (or 220g) plain flour<br>2 ¼ …

Dessert

4 Tips to Help You Get the Perfect Exposure in Your Photographs

In photography, light is everything. However, the most important element thing to remember is the amount of light that should be utilized in creating …

Landscape Photography

6 Eye-Catching Photos and How They Can Help You Improve Your Photography

Each photographer has their own way of approaching a scene, choosing which settings on their camera will best reflect their vision, and then crafting …

Keep Your Night Light Looking Natural

Just ’cause the sun disappears after a certain time of day doesn’t mean your camera has to!<p>If you prefer using natural light in your photos, then …

Mobile Photography

A Beginner's Guide to White Balance

Getting your first serious camera is an exciting moment. So much to learn, so many buttons and dials to understand, complex menu systems to decipher, …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

Getting Started With Low Key Portraiture

Most people take low key for granted, and think that one just needs to underexpose and all is set. The reality, however, is quite different. First of …

'The Captive': Cannes Review

Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos play parents whose daughter is abducted while Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson are the cops on their case in Atom …

'That Lovely Girl' ('Loin de mon pere'): Cannes Review

Israeli writer-director Keren Yedaya’s third feature takes a controversial look at incest and masochism.<p>In Israeli writer-director <b>Keren</b> <b>Yedaya</b>’s third …

Cannes Q&A: Turkish Culture Minister Omer Celik

Turkish culture minister Omer Celik is jetting into Cannes to celebrate this year’s centennial of Turkish cinema amid an increasingly upbeat outlook …

CANNES: Jason Sudeikis-Alison Brie Comedy Gets Financing

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment will independently finance and co-produce romantic comedy “Sleeping With Other People,” starring Jason Sudeikis and …

A Woman’s Place

“The Immigrant” and “Belle.”<p>At the start of James Gray’s sombre half-masterpiece, “The Immigrant,” Ewa Cybulska (Marion Cotillard) sails past the Statue of Liberty to Ellis Island. It’s January, 1921, and Ewa and her sister, Magda (Angela Sarafyan), arriving from Poland, are both in trouble: Magda …

Filmmaking

First Look at ‘Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts’ Ride in Orlando

Universal Orlando Resort has provided a more detailed look at its “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts” ride inside Diagon Alley, the expanded …

Box Office: ‘Neighbors’ Proves R-Rated Comedies Are Summertime Gold

Raunch sells.<p>Case in point: Universal’s “Neighbors,” the dirty-minded comedy starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron that debuted to a glittering $49 …

Schedule Spitball: A Wild Guess at the ABC, CBS Fall Lineups

After (shockingly) getting some key pieces of the NBC and Fox lineups correct, it’s time to turn our attention to ABC and CBS.<p><b>ABC</b><p>This was the …

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Film Review

Original franchise stars Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart join reboot recruits Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender …