Brit Awards: Skepta and Bowie expected to take home prizes – BBC News

February 22, 2017

Willis, a mum-of-three who presents The Voice UK and Big Brother, said she hoped she could “do him proud”. “Every part of me sends so much love and all the best wishes in the world to Michael and his family at such a difficult time,” she said. Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk. Related Topics Music More From this publisher : HERE Recommended …

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Already a smash hit in China, ‘The Great Wall’ fails to land in the U.S.

February 21, 2017

Image: Legendary East / Le Vision Pictures / Atlas Entertainment / China Film Group The Lego Batman Movie is #1 in the U.S. for the second straight weekend, but that’s not the big story. Instead, eyes are on The Great Wall a Zhang Yimou-directed blockbuster starring Matt Damon which opened at #3 domestically, with an estimated $18.1 million at the box office. It’s an underwhelming start for a movie said to be budgeted at $150 million, but U.S. ticket sales present an incomplete …

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NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving is a flat-Earth truther

February 19, 2017

Another unanswered question in 2017. Image: christian petersen/Getty Images In 2017, is anything even surprising anymore? Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers guard and NBA All-Star, thinks the Earth is flat and that it’s “not even a conspiracy theory.” Irving shared his view of the world and its 2D shape during the podcast “Road Trippin’ with RJ & Channing,” ESPN reported. He was joined during the podcast by his teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing …

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Nike’s Middle East ad promotes women competing in any sport they choose

February 19, 2017

Image: nike middle east The recent debate over Under Armour and its CEO’s apparent support for President Trump pushed the politics of the leading sports apparel brands into the spotlight. In contrast to Under Armour‘s recent political controversy, Nike has long enjoyed a mostly positive profile when it comes to its position on inclusion and being generally progressive. SEE ALSO: Nike shows it’s no Under Armour with LeBron ad that slams discrimination Yes, the company is …

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Bureau of Labor Statistics uses data to map out the ‘Hunger Games’ districts vs. real places

February 19, 2017

Image:  Lionsgate Films If you thought the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics was boring, just look at how pop culturally relevant they’ve become with their latest blog post. Although the latest Hunger Games movie came out months ago, the Bureau took its own data on employment (based on industries, occupation, employment numbers and geography) to figure out the eternal question of how the dystopian future country of Panem from the book and film series lines up with the real U.S. …

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Bruce Springsteen just made this young guitar player’s life

February 19, 2017

… know it all on guitar? You do? Come on up,” Springsteen said. Testa jumped on stage and was handed an acoustic guitar by one of the techs. Oh, and he had a pick handy, launching straight into the song as Springsteen sang and played along. Image: Youtube/msether76 Before Springsteen let Testa finish the song, the rock legend offered a few pointers on power stance. “When I was your age, I got my first guitar. I brought it home. And I realised it wasn’t about how well you …

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Yes, time is moving slower in Trump’s America

February 18, 2017

Image: ambar del moral/mashable Remember the mild, scandal-free days of the Obama years, when the biggest breaking news of the day was the holy war against Frappucino cups or the First Lady escaping the White House to go to CVS? Yeah. Neither can we. In less than a month, Trump has laid the groundwork for war in fill-in-the-blank, appointed a reality show loser to guard our nuclear weapons, put a white supremacist in charge of national security and made a nationwide call for more “easy …

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The best industries to intern if you want to get a job, according to LinkedIn

February 18, 2017

Try engineering … or retail? Image: Shutterstock / pogonici It’s hard to get an internship, but it’s even harder to know whether that internship has a chance of becoming a job. Unless you’re in an industry where post-internship employment is virtually guaranteed, it’s pretty much anyone’s guess. LinkedIn analyzed the profiles of students who landed full-time jobs after summer internships to find out which industries have the most long-term promise for …

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The helter skelter story of the Cavern Club – BBC News

February 18, 2017

Image copyright Le Caveau de la Huchett Image caption The Cavern was inspired by a Paris jazz club Peter Morris was a friend of the club’s first owner, Alan Sytner, who modelled the basement venue on Le Caveau de la Huchette – a jazz place he’d seen in Paris. He recalled how they were drinking at The Grapes pub in Matthew Street when the idea was formed. “Alan said, ‘We should have a place like [Le Caveau]’. He said, ‘I’d love to find a …

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You can now ‘sponsor’ Olympians on GoFundMe with new Special Olympics partnership

February 18, 2017

Image: YouTube / GoFundME A new partnership will help Olympians get to Austria next month for the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, and it’s empowering the intellectual disability community in the process. Crowdfunding platform GoFundMe announced a “global sponsorship” with the Special Olympics on Thursday, launching nearly 500 online campaigns to support athletes, teams and delegations. The effort not only encourages people around the world to pitch in, but also …

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Apple will likely unveil iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 at WWDC 2017 in June

February 17, 2017

Image: mashable Mark your calendars, because Apple just announced its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will take place on from June 5-9 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. Apple is expected to announce new versions of iOS (11?), macOS (10.13?) and possibly software for tvOS and watchOS (4?). SEE ALSO: Apple’s war against you repairing your iPhone is pure corporate greed The change in location from San Francisco to San Jose raises a few questions, but according to …

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Donald Trump needs to learn who April Ryan is

February 17, 2017

Journalist April Ryan. Image: Earl Gibson III/Getty April Ryan is a journalism institution. She has covered three sitting presidents as White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, regularly appears on MSNBC and is among the most visible black female journalists in the U.S. Donald Trump clearly doesn’t know all that based on how he treated Ryan during Thursday’s press conference. Ryan asked Trump a question about his previously stated commitment to improving …

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Comcast takes your shows on the road with new Xfinity Stream app

February 16, 2017

Image: comcast Comcast Xfinity subscribers will be treated to a tricked-out new mobile TV experience later this month. Xfinity Stream is an overhauled app that will serve as a replacement for the cable giant’s current on-the-go platform, Xfinity TV. The new app adds a slew of features to Comcast’s mobile entertainment suite but perhaps most importantly, it will serve as a stepping stone for the cable provider’s $15 a month cord-cutting internet TV service, Stream TV, as it …

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IMAX VR launches in L.A., kicking off the dawn of the VR arcade era

February 16, 2017

Image: ImAX VR  For the last couple of years, I’ve been telling any VR company I meet that to truly take the technology mainstream, they need to move beyond mobile to virtual reality arcades. On Wednesday, the industry took a giant step in that direction with the launch of the very first IMAX VR location. SEE ALSO: Now you can climb Mount Everest in VR Just one block from the movie theaters of The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles, IMAX VR will house 14 pods. Well, they …

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London Dungeon is being dragged for sexist Valentine’s campaign

February 16, 2017

Image: facebook/screenshot One of London’s most popular tourist attractions is being dragged on social media for their “sexist and tasteless” marketing campaign for Valentine’s Day. SEE ALSO: Hillary Clinton assures ‘the future is female’ in inspiring video comeback The London Dungeon, which recreates the city’s gory and macabre historical events in a gallows humour style, has apologised after posting a series of dark “jokes” on its …

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Philip Pullman tweets back at fans who can’t wait for his new books

February 16, 2017

Philip Pullman meets The Gruffalo Relaunch of the Waterstones Oxford store, Oxford, Britain. Image: Geoffrey Swaine/REX/Shutterstock The celebrated author of His Dark Materials has announced the publication of a new trilogy which will constitute an “equel” to the series of fantasy novels that sold more than 17.5 million copies worldwide. SEE ALSO: This ‘Harry Potter’ compilation might be the most brilliantly ridiculous to date Philip Pullman said the follow-up will be …

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Facebook is letting you apply for jobs on Facebook

February 16, 2017

Image: facebook The fear of a job recruiter stalking your Facebook account just got shook up. Starting Wednesday, Facebook users can apply to a job directly on the social network. So if you’re browsing Facebook all day because your job is boring, you’re really in luck with this new feature. Facebook Pages in the U.S. and Canada can now put up a job posting just as they would “a photo or a cat video,” Facebook exec Andrew Bosworth said with a smile as he presented his …

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Self-employment ‘reduces tax take’ as firms avoid responsibilities – BBC News

February 14, 2017

… themselves, or businesses are creating forms of work, to try to avoid tax. Tax lost “I think what should drive businesses is efficiency, productivity, innovation – not trying to evade tax. “So, if we can make the system one where those incentives are less strong, then that would be an improvement.” Image copyright AFP Image caption Several companies have been involved in legal disputes over the status of their workers “It is clear to me the review I am …

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Lena Dunham brought penis talk to morning TV and scared the hell out of Maria Shriver

February 14, 2017

Image: Sipa via AP Images Well, that just happened. Lena Dunham, creator and star of Girls, appeared on Today Friday morning to promote the final season of the HBO show. While being interviewed by Maria Shriver, Dunham threw everyone into shock and confusion when she casually started talking about penises on live morning television. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsGraphPlayer Agency License Explaindio Video Creator One Explaindio Video Creator SoftwareWP Shields Up …

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Michelle Obama is bringing her tastebuds to reality TV

February 14, 2017

Image: Patsy Lynch/REX/Shutterstock Could the Obamas finally be returning from their insanely enviable vacation? (Please come back.) The upcoming fifth season of Masterchef Juniorhas announced a guest that might just cure our February blues: you guessed it, former FLOTUS and beloved health-food enthusiast, Michelle Obama. SEE ALSO: Let us now remember 11 of Michelle Obama’s coolest moments The cooking competition, which premiered Feb. 10 on FOX, will be replacing former judge Graham …

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A Twitter bug has birthed a fiery Trump conspiracy theory. Here’s what’s real about it

February 13, 2017

Image: Vicky leta/mashable Imagine signing onto Twitter to fire off a couple responses to @realDonaldTrump’s latest 140-character missive. Immediately, you start getting a ton of likes and replies, but within several hours, the entire conversation just…evaporates into thin air. What happened? Whether in support or in anger, those taking the time to tweet at Trump are now seeing this glitch happen all the time. Users’ tweets are increasingly being “orphaned” or …

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First ‘Saturday Night Live’ Snap story hilariously features couple boycotting Trump

February 13, 2017

Aidy Bryant and Beck Bennett in SNL’s Snap Story “Boycott.” Image: nbc/snap inc Now you can get your Saturday Night Live politics fix on Snapchat. The NBC sketch comedy show on Friday rolled out its first SNL Story titled “Boycott,” featuring cast members Aidy Bryant and Beck Bennett. The short sketch follows a couple as they attempt to to boycott products associated with President Donald Trump including Uber, Lyft and Facebook but find it harder than they …

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Illuminating facts about the UK’s art collection – BBC News

February 13, 2017

North approached Kew and offered to build the gallery in return for her life’s work being displayed in it. It opened in 1882. 2. The most painted monarch is Charles I Image copyright Tate Image caption JMW Turner (b. 1775), Sketch for East Cowes Castle, the Regatta Beating to Windward No.2, Tate, Art UK Maritime trade, sailing and naval power have long captured the imagination of artists. We counted up the words used to describe the paintings in the collection. Boat (12th), …

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A random company briefly double in value after being mistaken for Snapchat

February 10, 2017

Lindsay Lohan in “The Parent Trap.” Image: Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock Oh, Snap (Interactive). In what is almost surely a case of mistaken identity, investors sent shares in a little known startup called SNAP Interactive Inc., ticker SNAP Interactive makes mobile dating apps, while the IPO aspirant is the parent of the popular Snapchat photo-sharing app. Image: Bloomberg Volume in New York-based SNAP Interactive starting rising in late January amid reports that Snaps IPO …

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New children’s book celebrates iconic artist Keith Haring’s rebellion and generosity

February 10, 2017

Image: Penguin Random House Famed artist Keith Haring was once just a boy who kept drawing. Now, 27 years after his death, Haring’s work and passion will inspire kids today all through a new children’s book encouraging them to use art to change the world. SEE ALSO: 7 inspiring children’s books to motivate your young activist Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing celebrates the lasting impact of the artist’s life, art and activism. The 40-page book, created for …

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NHS Health Check: Five examples of innovation in the UK – BBC News

February 10, 2017

… and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. “For a lot of patients that actually meant self care – so these were patients who, with the right reassurance, could actually manage the condition themselves.” Image copyright SPL Alternatively, patients would be redirected to a pharmacist or to their GP so they could get an appointment for a later date. The trial worked so well that it has been adopted full time. They currently divert between 60 and 90 patients a day. …

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