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Emma Watson Says Becoming a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Gave Her a ‘Sense of Peace’

The actress took on the role of ambassador in the summer of 2014

Emma Watson has played many roles throughout her acting career, but she says the one that’s given her the greatest sense of purpose is that of U.N. Goodwill Ambassador.

Watson, 25, opens up about her work with the United Nations in an interview for Vogue U.K.’s September issue.

“Part of me relaxed after I took on that position, it gave me a sense of belonging and purpose,” Watson tells the mag.

The actress took on the role of ambassador in the summer of 2014 and gave an empowered speech at the U.N. that September, launching the HeForShe campaign. The campaign’s goal is to motivate men and boys to push to end gender inequality.

“Everything clicked into place, in a way that it hadn’t before. I understood what I’m here to do and knew where to channel all this energy that has been coming at me,” Watson says. “I now feel this sense of peace. People say that I’m different since I did it.”

The actress, who studied at Oxford and Brown University, now juggles her role with the U.N. with her busy acting career.

Watson is currently filming Disney’s live-action musical version of Beauty and the Beast, starring as the titular beauty Belle.

The September issue of Vogue U.K. will hit newsstands on Thursday.

This article originally appeared on People.com


Watch Amy Schumer Tell Jon Stewart Who’s the Coolest Chick You’ll Ever Meet

They talk about the Lafayette shootings and her friendship with Jennifer Lawrence

Comedian Amy Schumer kicked off the final week of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart where she lamented the tragic shooting at a screening of her latest film, Trainwreck and talked hitting the Hamptons with Jennifer Lawrence.

Standing next the Hunger Games star in pictures, the comedian told Stewart she felt like her “coach.”

“She’s the coolest chick you’ll ever meet,” Schumer said of Lawrence. “In all the pictures we took together I look like her coach. I look like I just got finished telling her to take a knee.”

The two chatted it up about Schumer’s acting chops given that the comedian turned down an opportunity to host the Daily Show after Stewart leaves. “You’re like an actress-star,” Stewart told Schumer. Earlier on Monday, Schumer spoke at a press conference with Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat who is also her cousin, where the two called for stricter gun control laws.

” I was like legit heartbroken just to get that news,” the actress told Stewart about the shooting. “I got a call and I had a lot of missed calls so assumed there was a sex tape of me out, or something…To hear that news, it broke my heart. It was so horrible.”

Watch the full clip below.


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This Is How ‘Lady Authors’ Were Told to Promote Their Books in the 1960s

"The new sort of lady author is always photographed in bed"

Modern advice for any writer looking to make a living might include working tirelessly to hone one’s craft, striving to understand the business and considering whether one’s narrative would work in a movie adaptation. But in 1969, when model-turned-author Jeanne Rejaunier was promoting her new novel, The Beauty Trap, the advice was a little more gender-specific.

In a LIFE photo essay called “What it takes to be a lady author anymore,” Rejaunier posed for shots that demonstrated how a woman should promote her literary work. A successful lady author, the captions suggested, must “swim a little,” “exercise in a bikini” and be “photographed in bed.” The essay attributed the success of her book, a novel based on the dark side of the modeling world, to Rejaunier’s beauty rather than her literary talents: “Just possibly because she smiles so prettily on the book jacket (the back and the front of the book) The Beauty Trap is now in its fourth printing.”

It’s difficult to know, in retrospect, whether the captions might be tinged with a hint of satire, or whether Rejaunier’s participation was entirely voluntary or urged by eager publicists. Whatever the intent, the effect was to suggest that a few sultry glamor shots would go further than any serious engagement with the substance of the book.

Whether or not Rejaunier enjoyed fulfilling the role of a “lady author” as LIFE proscribed it—a former model, she was at least used to posing for photos—there were certainly forces beyond her control influencing the marketing strategy for her novel. “There is a difference of opinion about whether or not Jeanne put herself inside The Beauty Trap as a character,” read the article. “The publisher is responsible for putting her outside it.”

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.


Star Trek Actress Nichelle Nichols to Fly on NASA Mission

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Gustavo Caballero—Getty Images Nichelle Nichols attends Florida Supercon at the Miami Beach Convention Center on July 4, 2014 in Miami Beach.

She's be flying on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy

It’s been 49 years since Nichelle Nichols took on the role of Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek series, but her relationship with space exploration is continuing.

The actress, 82, revealed on Friday during a Reddit AMA that she will be a passenger on an upcoming flight of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), an aircraft equipped with a powerful telescope used to study the planet’s atmosphere, investigate comets and more. The flight takes off on Sept. 15.

Nichols – who has recovered from a minor stroke she suffered in June – clarified on Reddit that no, she won’t actually be heading into the final frontier, however.

“SOFIA does not, sadly, fly into space,” she said. “It’s an airborne observatory, a massive telescope mounted inside a 747 flying as high as is possible. I was on a similar flight, the first airborne observatory, back in 1977. It’s an amazing experience, you get a totally different perspective than from Earth. I do hope someone gets some great pictures.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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This Is the Taylor Swift–Harry Potter Mashup You Didn’t Know You Needed

Anyone who’s a fan of Taylor Swift and Harry Potter — just a few people — may wonder what the two have in common. Here’s the latest answer.

YouTuber weasleysweaters (Kate Parkin) turned some of Swift’s 1989 songs into Potter-referencing tracks, which she sings dressed up as your favorite Hogwarts characters. There’s Harry, Ron, and Hermione. It’s only fitting she does most of the work, belting “Welcome to Hogwarts.” (It’s been waiting for you.)

A snotty Malfoy also appears and is rightfully shunned out of the frame, berated for creating “Bad Blood” with his “Mudblood” diss. Luna Lovegood pops up, and J.K. Rowling is dubbed “our queen” in the lyrics.

“And of course, thank you J.K. Rowling for writing these beautiful stories,” Parkin writes in the video’s description. “Happy birthday to you and the Boy Who Lived – I released this video as close to July 31st as I could in your honor! And thank you T.Swift for writing such catchy tunes!!”

Catch the whole thing above and imagine the frantic parody of “Out of the Woods” led by Hagrid’s sultry pipes. (Please make this happen.)

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Having a Tough Day? This Pep Talk Generator Is Exactly What You Need

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"You rock. You might not realize it at times, but you really do."

Feeling uncertain about your career path? Stressed about your lack of a 401(k)? Or maybe just feeling the Monday blues? Then head over to this pep talk generator and prepare to feel so much better about yourself.

The generator is a project from Babe Vibes, “a collection of work by creative women” run by designer Kara Haupt. (Past projects include Smashing the Patriarchy and Heartbreak Stories.) The pep talks mostly come from creative women who will encourage you to stop comparing yourself to other people and focus on being the best possible version of yourself. Oh, and they’ll also remind you that hard work is key.

Here are some examples:

You are a ball of fire. You are a flaming, feisty, bold ball of fire. You may feel like you get extinguished a lot, but you are set ablaze more times than you are drowned. You are smart, you are unique, you are interesting, you are creative, you are capable and you are important. You can kick ass when you set your mind to it. There is no obstacle you can’t overcome. Don’t stop believing in your ass kicking skills, ever!

The sooner you stop thinking about/focusing on/worrying about what other people are doing, the sooner you’ll stop comparing yourself to them and feeling inferior. That’s when you can do your best work and figure out what you really want.

For the love of God, ask for help. You can still be a badass independent woman even if you ask for assistance. Despite what you may think, we all need a little support. We all need our friends. And speaking of friends: call them up! Text them back! Make time for them! Because they are important and there’s more to life than working. (I know you’re quietly singing Stacie Orrico’s “(There’s Gotta Be) More To Life” right now. You’re welx.)

You were built to tackle the world. You are not the cheerleader for someone else. You are not meant to sit on the sidelines. You were built to create your own life and challenge yourself daily. Go out there and tackle today, I believe in you.

Though many of the quotes are targeted specifically at young women, the sentiments are pretty universal. Head over to the generator to get your own dose of motivation.

TIME viral

Watch a Blogger Turn His Smartphone Into a 3D Hologram Projector

Finally, something to do with your old CD cases

A YouTube channel that dishes out technology advice “Mrwhosetheboss” appears to have a strategy for turning smartphones into 3D hologram projectors that involves a plastic CD cover, a glass cutter, a sheet of graph paper, some tape, and a pen. The video has racked up more than 2.3 million views in two days.

Other YouTube users have posted tutorials about this trick before, but this clip has just become the most popular on the video-sharing website. Inventors have even tried to crowdsource a gadget that turns iPads into hologram projectors.

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These Are the Top 10 Ranked Party Schools in America

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The University of Illinois is number 1 on the Princeton Review list

Princeton Review announced the top 10 party schools in America on Monday, one of more than 60 rankings in the 2016 version of its The Best 380 Colleges guide.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign leads this year’s list. Some online reviews give the school an A+ for party scene, touting “Tuesday wine nights,” while the area has been known for letting anyone age 19 and older in bars.

Here is the full list:

1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2. University of Iowa
3. University of Wisconsin-Madison
4. Bucknell University
5. Syracuse University
6. University of California-Santa Barbara
7. West Virginia University
8. University of Georgia
9. Tulane University
10. Colgate University

West Virginia University, the University of Iowa, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Syracuse are no strangers to this list, while Tulane graduates might be relieved to see the school is also ranked in the top 10 of Princeton Review’s newest list, “Students Most Engaged in Community Service.”

TIME Music

Watch This French Trio Perform the Summer’s Most Popular Songs in Three Minutes

From OMI's "Cheerleader" to Pharrell's "Freedom"

The French trio L.E.J, short for Lucie, Elisa and Juliette, decided to take a few of the summer’s most popular songs and condense them all into one three-and-a-half-minute mashup.

The musicians call their video “Summer 2015″ and it features 11 wildly popular tunes, including “CoCo” by O.T. Genasis, “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson, “Cheerleader” by OMI and “Bitch Better Have My Money” by Rihanna. The trio records these tunes on a gorgeous secluded beach for optimal summertime vibes.

You’ll notice that a few so-called songs of summer are missing, like “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap, “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon and “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift. Who knows–maybe L.E.J will make another video incorporating those jams too.

Read next: One of These Songs Will Be This Year’s Song of the Summer

TIME Food & Drink

PEZ to Dispense an Animated Movie

The candy company has struck a deal with a production company

PEZ and Envision Media Arts announced Monday that the companies are teaming up to make an animated movie about the tiny brick-shaped candy and its dispensers, written by Brothers in Law screenwriter Cameron Fay.

“The name PEZ was derived from the German word for peppermint… PfeffErminZ. Today, over 3 billion PEZ Candies are consumed annually in the U.S.A. alone,” according to the PEZ website.

No word on the plot, so may the speculation begin about whether the PEZ dispensers will be used as weapons that dispense poisonous candies or fire missiles at enemy combatants . . . or whatever.

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