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Iconic Franchises, Rebooted: See Before and After Photos of Big Remakes

Planet of the Apes is far from the first franchise to get a blockbuster reboot from a major studio. See some others from cinema history

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the second installment in the Planet of the Apes reboot, hits theaters July 11. Take a look at how other iconic franchises have been rebooted on the silver screen over the years.

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This Is the iPhone’s Incredible Evolution Over the Past 7 Years

Huge changes

Apple; Gif by Joseph C. Lin—TIME

The first-generation iPhone debuted on June 29, 2007, forever altering the landscape of mobile devices. It helped propel the shift from traditional cell phones to smartphones and helped make Apple one of the most sought-after and valuable brands. Take a look back at how the company’s signature product has changed over the past seven years in the GIF above.

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A Photographic History of Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift Being BFFs

It's a (platonic) love story, baby just say yes

What does every successful English singer-songwriter need in their life? Taylor Swift as their BFF, of course. (Who wouldn’t?)

Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift’s friend-scapades know no bounds, with the two pals routinely crashing each other’s concerts for surprise performances, hanging out at awards shows together, Swift making him a Drake needlepoint — you know, typical best friend stuff.

We all wish we could be BFFs with Swift, but until that comes to pass, we’ll have to settle for living vicariously through Sheeran via this gallery of their friendship.

Sheeran’s new album, x,comes out June 23.

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See the Best Instagrams From the Cast of Game of Thrones

See the cast of thrones outside of Westeros.

Another season of Game of Thrones might be coming to an end, but you can still follow the (mis)adventures of your favorite Westerosi on Instagram. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites below:

 

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11 Photos From Behind the Scenes of Ghostbusters That You Need to See

Who you gonna call?

The original Ghostbusters movie premiered on June 7, 1984, which means it turns 30 this year. This comedy of supernatural proportions featured the likes of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson as a team of paranormal exterminators known as the “Ghostbusters.”

Take a look back at some behind the scenes photos from the iconic movie’s production.

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See the First Photos From the Set of Star Wars: Episode VII

Leaked photos give a promising glimpse into the production of the new film

The first photos from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, currently filming in Abu Dhabi, have been leaked by TMZ — and they offer a tantalizing glimpse into what director J.J. Abrams has in store for fans. Production began earlier this month in Abu Dhabi in conjunction with filming at England’s Pinewood Studios.

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The leaked photos show a giant monster as well as a number of extras in bedouin-like garb in a desert environment that has not been confirmed to be the desert planet of Tatooine. None of the primary characters are shown in the photos, but it’s worth checking out anyway for our first look at Abrams’ galaxy far, far away.

[TMZ]

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Angelina Jolie’s Career Over the Years: Her Life in Photos

A look at some of the prolific actress' many roles

The iconic actress’ latest movie, Maleficent, comes out in theaters today. Take a look at the many roles she’s played over the years.

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Hamster Butts Are the Newest Adorable Trend Out of Japan

Who knew rodent rumps could be so kawaii?

From the country that brought you cat cafes and soccer-playing robots comes the next big thing in cute: hamster butts.

The furry pheonemon known as hamuketsu is a portmanteau of hamster and ketsu, the Japanese word for butt. Hamuketsu became a hit in Japanese social media circles around the end of 2013 and becomes the latest example of Japan’s aesthetic for all things kawaii, or cute.

Japanese publishers latched onto this trend and have released two hamuketsu photo books in 2014 already, selling more than 40,000 copies combined. Photos from Why Are Those Hamster Butts So Darn Cute?, Japanese publisher Basilico’s contribution to this emerging genre, can be seen above, while additional user-submitted hamster butts can be seen on their Facebook page.

“The great thing about hamuketsu is that it is delightfully cute. I can’t stop smiling when I see these butts,” Takeshi Takahashi, a spokesman for Basilico, told the Wall Street Journal.

Keep calm and kawaii on.

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PHOTOS: The Newest Walt Disney World Ride

It's inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train officially opens today and is the latest addition to Walt Disney World. Construction of this family-friendly roller coaster in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, has taken 2-3 years and completes the New Fantasyland section of the Magic Kingdom, the largest expansion in the theme park’s history.

Inspired by the Disney animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, riders traverse into a mine and run into the lovable Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey along the way.

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See the X-Men Actors In Days of Present — And Past

The past, present and future of your favorite X-Men

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, respectively, play the younger versions of Patrick Stewart’s Professor X and Ian McKellen’s Magneto in the time-travelling escapades of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Take a look at how these actors and others in the new X-Men movie have aged over the years.

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