A little rain must fall: the tragic secret of a musical movie masterpiece

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, a life-enhancing 60s sensation, is about to enrapture a new generation of filmgoers Voguish director Damien Chazelles pick for the greatest movie ever made isnt his masterwork La La Land, or even Citizen Kane. Its The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Chazelle claims to have watched this New Wave classic more than 200 times, and regards his own not-quite-Oscar-winning 2016 musical as a Jacques Demys entirely sung-through phenomenon. It wasnt love at first sight. Initially, Demys film, with its strange operatic style, threw me for a loop, says Chazelle. On its debut in 1964, it provoked a similarly perplexed response. Yet it went on to win the Palme dOr and five Oscar nominations; it pulled in more than …

Serial thrillers: the science behind our box set addiction

Hour after hour, were glued to the TV as the latest series unfolds. It feels like a thoroughly modern phenomenon. But, as Will Storr reveals, what keeps us gripped goes right to the heart of what it is to be human Not long ago, I was bingeing on the second series of Jill Soloways award-winning television series The Domesticated Brain, has left us with brains that are exquisitely engineered to interact with other brains. Wed become brilliantly expert at controlling an environment of other human minds. And thats who we are today. If dogs live principally in a world of smell, and moles in a world of touch, then the human realm is that of other minds. In order to …

#NowforNI: The campaign to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland

Image: NurPhoto via Getty Images Abortion is still illegal in Northern Ireland, but the #NowForNI campaign is here to change that. On Tuesday #NowForNI campaigners protested in Westminster, London, where they delivered over 62,000 signatures from people calling for the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.  #NowForNI wants to ensure that Northern Irish women and people who can get pregnant have the right to the same medical care as women elsewhere in the UK.  SEE ALSO: A survival guide for being a woman on the internet 28 women marched with suitcases towards Parliament, representing the 28 women who have to leave Northern Ireland each week to have an abortion in England, Wales, or Scotland. Among the 28 protestors were a …

‘Game of Thrones’ launches challenge to find thrones worldwide

In better news, a beautifully meaningless meme is on the rise. And did you know I’m baby? The internet loves nothing more than absurd inside jokes. If you know, you know, and if you don’t, you’re not baby. I’m baby.  SEE ALSO: ‘They did surgery on a grape’ is the weird meme that’s your new obsession Maybe it’s because we’re all exhausted from the pressure of existing in this capitalist hell, or maybe it’s because we’re all secretly longing for the simplicity of being a literal baby, but there’s one thing for certain: I’m baby. There are few captions that can be universally applied to both thirst trap selfies and semi-public emotional breakdowns on the finsta, but “I’m baby” somehow …

These warming ‘space pants’ use technology to help people with chronic pain Future Blink

Image: James Devaney/GC Images/Getty Images Justin Bieber has stopped crying in public long enough to announce his soon-to-be parenthood. Don’t get your hopes up – it was a terrible prank. The singer conveniently revealed his wife Hailey Baldwin’s pregnancy on April Fools’ Day, posting a sonogram dated  Feb. 2. The screenshot lists 8.3 cm, which is right in the ballpark for a three-month-old fetus, according to the Cleveland Clinic. This is one of the first indications the that the photo was likely a prank.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Apr 1, 2019 at 1:02pm PDT It’s worth noting that the ultrasound Bieber posted is literally a photo from the Wikipedia page about …

Keira Knightley: Iraq was the first time Id been politically engaged

The actor talks about Official Secrets, in which she plays Katharine Gun, the whistleblower who tried to stop the Iraq war The role of Katharine Gun in Official Secrets is played by Keira Knightley. Earlier this summer, a few weeks before her second child was born, Knightley, 34, sat down and talked exclusively to the Observer about why she took the part, and why she felt she believed that the film was coming out at a timely moment. Did you spend much time with Katharine to prepare for the part?Not a huge amount. I had lunch with her, and she came to the set once. I really liked her. Gavin Hood, the director, had said he didnt want a characterisation …

An exclusive interview with Missandei Good Day Westeros

Watch out, Cersei.Image: HBO Warning: This story contains spoilers for Season 8 of Game of Thrones. Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones is supposed to be a big one. Per Emilia Clarke’s recommendation, you should watch it on the “biggest TV” possible. Sunday is also Mother’s Day, which has viewers wondering: Is this the day Cersei meets her end? The theory makes sense. For one thing, Daenerys is ready to burn sh*t down after Cersei had Missandei killed. For another, Cersei is pregnant (unless she’s lying about being pregnant, which is possible).  Ahh it’s a beautiful morning for Cersei Lannister to die pic.twitter.com/vRzoRWZjkh — Alex Faction (@AlexFaction) May 12, 2019 Still, there’s also the possibility she’ll die in childbirth, which …

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby may not be a Prince or Princess

Image: Getty Images The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced that they’ll be welcoming their first child in spring 2019. But the latest addition to the royal family might not be a Prince or Princess.  SEE ALSO: Harry and Meghan are expecting a baby and yes we are screaming right now Royal etiquette expert William Hanson told Mashable that the royal baby’s title all depends on the Queen’s decision.  “Any title given to the child will be at The Queen’s discretion and whim,” Hanson explained. “Due to Prince Harry’s status as 6th in line to the throne, and as the child’s as 7th once born, it is unlikely it will be made a Prince or Princess, but we won’t …

Lena Dunham on Love Island: I’m asking the same question they do can you love after hurt?

When the writer and director arrived in Wales to shoot a new drama, she was nursing a broken heart and romantic ideas of British life. Then she discovered the reality soap opera… As I planned my summer in Wales, my head filled with visions of romance, I supposed Id do what the heroines of novels did when they crossed the pond for a new life: go to the shore to take the healing air. Meet a man and move into his stunning manor, possibly watched over by a sinister housemaid. Scurry through cobblestoned streets and into dusty bookshops, furtively pulling up the hood of my cloak. Go to a banquet and dance to piano music in a great hall. Taste …

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West name fourth child Psalm

Reality TV star and musician blessed beyond measure with arrival of baby boy Kim Kardashian West and her husband, the musician Kanye West, have named their new child Psalm after its recent birth via surrogate. Kardashian West posted a picture of the boy on social media with the caption Psalm West. The picture was accompanied by a message that read: Beautiful Mothers Day. With the arrival of our fourth child. We are blessed beyond measure. We have everything we need. pic.twitter.com/F0elQd1cJq Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

The fantasy world of pre-wedding photos: inside China’s billion-dollar industry

The black-and-white wedding photos of couples married in China used to resemble ID cards. Now a much more elaborate tradition is emerging, writes Jenny Valentish The photographer and his crew sit outside the tank, grinning. Beauty, how long can you hold your breath under water? one calls out to the sopping wet woman in the wedding gown. A moment later, he addresses the groom-to-be: Handsome, when you dive down, just suck your tummy in a bit. Your bum as well. Its not the most romantic scenario but the end results post-Photoshop are stunning. As is a custom in modern-day Only Photo is a pre-wedding photography studio in an industrial park just out of Shanghai, with three floors of old world …

Mothers who have abortions: what to do with TVs third rail?

Most women who terminate a pregnancy are already mothers but we rarely see that on screen. Australian comedy The Letdown is the latest show to tackle the taboo We got a beautiful email from a viewer last week, says Sarah Scheller, co-creator of the ABCs The Letdown. It said, That was my scenario. I cant believe I just saw it on screen. Women who have abortions are only just now beginning to see themselves depicted on screens, but for a certain subgroup women who are already mothers when they decide to terminate the taboo is stronger than ever. Its a taboo that Schellers low-key comedy was determined to quietly break. The Letdown follows Audrey: a middle-class woman, played by Schellers …

Lady Gaga reacts to pregnancy rumors with a truly A+ tweet

Lady Gaga knows exactly how to handle pregnancy gossip.Image: Randy Holmes via Getty Images What to do if you’re a famous person constantly trying to field a sea of dating gossip and pregnancy rumors? Well, if you’re Lady Gaga, you use it as a marketing opportunity. SEE ALSO: Lady Gaga won an Oscar for ‘Shallow’ and her speech was inspiring AF Gaga’s path through awards season has been hounded by rumors about her personal and magazine front covers like this one: Rumors I’m pregnant? Yeah, I’m pregnant with #LG6 — Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 12, 2019 As any hardened Gaga fans will know, #LG6 refers to her sixth album. There were many responses to that glorious tweet, but this one …

A subscription for baby food? It’s not as crazy as it sounds.

Image: Mashable composite; Jose Luis Pelaez Inc Welcome to Small Humans, an ongoing series at Mashable that looks at how to take care of – and deal with – the kids in your life. Because Dr. Spock is nice and all, but it’s 2019 and we have the entire internet to contend with. Internet marketed direct-to-consumer subscription services are the new black – and bonus points if they’re aimed at a person with children. Offering expecting and new parents anything and everything from smart bassinets to leather playmats, the new products extend a gleaming promise of being better, more hands-on, attentive, and nurturing parents than the previous generation (also known as “your parents”). Upwardly mobile millennials are an eager audience, …

Unproductive weekend? Well, this politician casually cycled to hospital to give birth.

Sundays are usually a lazy, uneventful affair for many of us. Not for the 42-week pregnant New Zealand Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, who made her way to hospital for an induction. SEE ALSO: This Instagram influencer started her own clothing line to promote body positivity That’s all very normal, except perhaps for her mode of transportation. Instead of getting in a car, she cycled to the hospital instead. “My partner and I cycled because there wasn’t enough room in the car for the support crew… but it also put me in the best possible mood!” she wrote on Instagram. A post shared by Julie Anne Genter (@julieannegenter) on Aug 18, 2018 at 3:42pm PDT Genter added in a …

The ugly truth about giraffes

Those who are never born, cannot suffer.Image: ANIMAL ADVENTURE PARK Having tasted the viral birth highs of 2017, it was only a matter of time before April the giraffe came back to YouTube for another sweet hit of the good stuff.  That’s right, everyone’s favorite cam star is back at it again. According to the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, April gave birth to a healthy male calf at 12:43 p.m. ET on March 16.  A Facebook post announcing the birth neglected to mention that we are all born into suffering.  SEE ALSO: April the giraffe is pregnant again, and we’re already tired “Approximately 11:00 am, Jordan entered the barn to check April, who laid with her back …