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Watch All the Trailers for This Summer’s Biggest Movies

From Magic Mike XXL to Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Summer movie season is already well underway thanks to early releases like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Pitch Perfect 2, but there’s much more to come. In the mood for more superheroes? Look out for Ant-Man and Fantastic Four. Want young adult? Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Paper Towns should be on your list. Need to take your kids to something? Inside Out and Minions are sure to entertain. Nostalgic for the movies of your past? Jurassic World and Terminator Genisys are set to make their debuts.

Here are the trailers and release dates for some of the summer’s most highly anticipated films.

June 3 – Entourage

June 5 – Spy

June 5 – Love & Mercy

June 5 – Insidious: Chapter 3

June 12 – Jurassic World

June 12 – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

June 19 – Inside Out

June 19 – Dope

June 26 – Ted 2

July 1 – Terminator Genisys

July 1 – Magic Mike XXL

July 3 – Amy

July 10 – Minions

July 17 – Ant-Man

July 17 – Trainwreck

July 17 – Irrational Man

July 17 – Mr. Holmes

July 24 – Paper Towns

July 24 – Southpaw

July 24 – Pixels

July 31 – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

August 7 – Fantastic Four

August 7 – Ricki and the Flash

August 7 – Dark Places

August 14 – The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

August 14 – Straight Outta Compton

August 19 – Masterminds

August 28 – We Are Your Friends

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Omar Sharif Suffering From Alzheimer’s Disease

Chain Of Hope Ball - Inside Arrivals
David M. Benett—Getty Images Omar Sharif attends the Chain of Hope Ball, raising funds for children suffering from heart disease, at The Grosvenor House Hotel on November 21, 2014 in London, England.

The film star is resting at his home in Egypt

The star who won accolades for his role in films including Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Omar Sharif’s agent said Monday that the 83-year-old actor was resting at his home in Egypt, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The Egyptian-born Sharif began his career in the 1950s and claimed international fame for his role in Lawrence of Arabia in 1962, starring with Peter O’Toole and winning an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

He also played the lead role in Doctor Zhivago in 1965, and starred in Funny Girl with Barbara Streisand in 1968.

[LA Times]




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Amy Schumer Plans Mother-Daughter Comedy

Amy Schumer and her sister are collaborating with Paul Feig.

Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck still has yet to come out, but she’s lining up another enticing comedy for the big screen.

Fox confirms to TIME that the comedian will star in a mother-daughter comedy set to be produced by Paul Feig, who directed Bridesmaids, The Heat, and this summer’s Spy.

Schumer and her sister, Kim Caramele, are bringing Schumer’s voice to a script originally by Katie Dippold, who wrote The Heat and is working with Feig on the new Ghostbusters, and will be an executive producer on this film. Caramele is a writer and producer on Schumer’s show Inside Amy Schumer.

The film “centers on a mother-daughter duo trapped in a vacation gone wrong,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news.


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Mad Max Gets His Own Feminist Tumblr

Hey girl

Mad Max, meet Ryan Gosling. George Miller’s action hero, as played by Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road, now has his own series of “hey girl” images, thanks to the Feminist Mad Max Tumblr.

“Hey girl,” one post reads. “I don’t need to see the pain and humiliation you suffered as a sex slave. I believe you.” Another references a moment in the film in which Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa uses Max to take an excellent shot.

It only makes sense that this Tumblr would come along, given how much of the discussion around the film has focused on its feminism. Miller brought in Vagina Monologues writer Eve Ensler to consult on the movie, which focuses on Furiosa’s mission to save women kept as wives for the villainous Immortan Joe. Ensler told TIME: “I think George Miller is a feminist, and he made a feminist action film.”

Now, the movie has elicited a feminist Tumblr.


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Watch Zac Efron as a DJ in the Trailer for We Are Your Friends

DJs are the future!

Being a DJ is serious business in the trailer for We Are Your Friends.

The movie, written and directed by Catfish‘s Max Joseph, follows an earnest DJ/party promoter named Cole Carter, played by a tank top-wearing Zac Efron. You know he’s a serious DJ because he theorizes about DJing and he won’t play “Drunk in Love.” (That may make him a technically good DJ, but it doesn’t make him very fun.)

Apparently, Cole still needs to find himself, because, in the trailer, he gets some coaching from Wes Bentley’s character and jogs in slow-motion while staring at trees with his headphones off.

Emily Ratajkowski (of Gone Girl and “Blurred Lines” fame) also stars (and dances) in the movie, which comes out August 28.

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James Franco Just Announced His New Class in the Most James Franco Way Possible

He revealed the news on Instagram

James Franco announced on Instagram Tuesday that he’ll be teaching a film class this fall, in which three fully financed student features will be made. And in keeping with Franco’s slightly bizarre reputation, the actor revealed the news by posting a shirtless pictures of himself sporting shades and tattoos.

The classes will be taught through Franco’s film school, Studio4, which holds acting, writing, improv, audition, directing and producing classes in Los Angeles and New York City. It is not immediately clear from the Studio4 website which classes will be taught by Franco. The school is operated in conjunction with Franco’s production company, Rabbit Bandini productions, which has produced Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto and Franco’s adaptations of Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God, and William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and The Sound and The Fury.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Dominates Box Office for Second Weekend

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON poster.

Hot Pursuit was a distant second

Avengers: Age of Ultron remained atop the domestic box office for its second weekend, pulling in an additional $77 million for a North American total of $312 million.

Disney and Marvel’s film soared ahead of the debut of the Reese Witherspoon-Sofia Vergara cop comedy Hot Pursuit, which scored just $13 million in the domestic market, according to box office tracker Rentrak.

Despite its domestic success, Age of Ultron doesn’t appear to be on track to break the box office records set by its 2012 predecessor, The Avengers. The original movie scored $103 million during its second weekend, down from its unprecedented $207 million opening weekend.

Age of Ultron also saw a strong performance in the foreign box office, Variety reports, racking up another $68 million overseas for an international total of $562 million.

Here’s how the top 5 rounded out: The Age of Adaline brought in $5.6 million, Furious 7 nabbed $5.27 million and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 wrangled another $5.19 million.

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Watch This 102-Year-Old as She Looks at Old Footage of Herself as a Young Jazz Dancer

This is beautiful and amazing

Alice Barker, now age 102, was a chorus-line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1930s and ’40s and danced with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

She danced in many movies, commercials and TV shows but had never seen herself on film.

With the help of Mark Cantor of Jazz Film and David Shuff, researchers managed to dig up three “soundies” — the music videos of the day — that Barker appeared in and were able to go to her nursing home and show her the incredible footage for the very first time.

“It makes me wish I could get out of this bed and do it all over again,” she says.

Read next: Queen Elizabeth Turns 89 As She Awaits Fifth Great-Grandchild

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The Coca-Cola Bottle is Getting Its Own Documentary

Assorted Antique Bottle Caps
Blank Archives—Getty Images An assortment of American soda, juice, and beer bottle caps mostly from the 1950s and early 1960s. Some are flipped-over to show cork backing. (Photo by Blank Archives/Getty Images)

It's the bottle's 100th anniversary

A documentary about the classic Coca-Cola bottle? It’s about time.

Timed to its 100th anniversary, Matthew Miele will produce a documentary this year on the bottle’s history, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film will focus on the bottle since its invention in 1915 and its influence on pop art, cinema and artists like Andy Warhol.

“When I can hold up a Coca-Cola bottle and ask, ‘is this art or is this commerce?’ and most commonly hear ‘it’s both,’ that sets the stage for an intriguing narrative,” said Miele, who intends to interview personalities and luminaries across various industries.

Coca-Cola has approved the project and will help pay for marketing.


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‘Madam, I’m Adam': Meet the Reigning World Palindrome Champion

His name is actually Mark, though his brothers have been known to call him Kram

Eat poop tea.

When he was a kid, Mark Saltveit would sit in the car with his two young brothers, bored silly during 500-mile drives on family trips. Eventually he and his siblings turned to palindromes to pass the time. They had learned about these delightful strings of wordplay in school, a row of letters that read the same backwards as forwards. Poop, to the grade-school boys, was of course the consummate example. And when they worked out “Eat poop tea,” they felt like the Albert Einsteins of palindromy—until they realized that it didn’t quite work.

“We were crushed,” laughs Saltveit, now 53, as he recalls the cruel realization that the actual mirror image would be Eat poop tae. But during a bout of insomnia during his 20s, he remembered how he had filled the hours in the family car. Saltveit broke out the dictionary and embarked on what would become his life’s work. Within hours, he had written his first palindrome, at a length that most people couldn’t achieve in a month, or maybe ever. He called it “The Brag of the Vain Lawyer:”

Resoled in Saratoga, riveting in a wide wale suit, I use law, Ed. I, wan, ignite virago, tar a snide loser.

Within three decades, he would become the reigning world palindrome champion.

Saltveit is the star of a new documentary short that filmmaker Vince Clemente is hoping will inspire people to pay for making the feature-length version, as he follows the world’s leading palindromists up to their showdown at the next world championship in 2017. A Kickstarter campaign to fund the initial stages of A Man, a Plan, a Palindrome went live this week. The short debuted in March at—where else—the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, an annual gathering of people who like to debate whether puzzles are better solved using .3 mm or .7 mm lead in mechanical pencils.

“I am drawn to niche worlds. I feel that they need to be explored,” Clemente says. “If you are a palindromist, you are an artist and a genius. There is no doubt. The amount of skill that goes into each one is beyond calculation. Sure, when one is done anyone could look at it and say, ‘Duh, that was easy.’ And I think that is a sign of great artistry.”

Doc, note, I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod.

In a rare cultural moment, some of the world’s greatest palindromists have just been given the Hollywood treatment — even if palindromes aren’t even mentioned in the film.

These men are the stars of The Imitation Game, which tells the story of the mathematicians who unraveled Nazi codes during World War II. Peter Hilton (Matthew Beard), plays a background character in a biopic that focuses on Alan Turing, but he is the stuff of palindrome legend. Taking a break from his work, Hilton puzzled out the above palindrome over five hours. The skills these men brought to code-breaking, says Saltveit—who may know more about the cultural history of palindromes than any other living person—are the same skills one needs to mentally run through all the possible letter combinations that might build out a grammatical, coherent sentence in opposite directions.

“The amazing thing about Peter Hilton is he did this all in his head,” Saltveit says. “But that was his gift. That’s why he was famous even among the code breakers, because he had that ability.”

Constructing a palindrome starts with the middle, Saltveit explains. In the case of Hilton’s famous work, that was:

never prevents

That leaves a “ts” dangling on one end that must become “st” at the end of a word on the other. So one runs through all the words they can think of that end in “st”—last, vast, past, amast. When Hilton decides that a fast jibes well with never prevents he then knows he has to work with this:

a fast never prevents a fa

And on he goes, running through his mental Rolodex of words that being “fa,” until he has created the deceptively straightforward three-sentence masterpiece, without so much as a pencil or a piece of paper.

As an avid student of palindrome history, Saltveit was bequeathed rare copies of the journals of British mathematician and word-artist Leigh Mercer, who died in 1977. While people don’t generally know his name, they’re probably familiar with his most famous palindromic creation:

A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!

In the journals, it’s clear that he also worked from the middle outward. On one page, Saltveit says, is this revealing fragment:

Panama, a man a p

Saltveit, of course, used this same method when he took home the world’s first World Palindrome Championship title.

He and the other few but proud souls who can call themselves true palindromists (pronounced pal-IN-droh-MISTS) gathered in Brooklyn, New York in March 2012. Each was called to the front of a ballroom at the Marriott, in front of about 700 or so eager audience members, and given a choice of three challenges: write a palindrome that contains an x and a z; write a palindrome about someone who has been in the news in the past year; or write a palindrome about this competition.

They were given 75 minutes to craft up to three palindromes off-stage, as the audience was entertained with other wordplay. The winner was to be decided by audience vote. Each attendee had a little sign they could use to convey their approval or disapproval: It read “huh?” on one side and “wow!” on the other.

Saltveit, who is also a freelance writer, stand-up comedian and editor of the Palindromist magazine, was going up against the likes of cartoonist Jon Agee, who Saltveit describes as the only person to ever make money off this art. Agee was and is a formidable foe, a man who understands how to balance the ridiculous and sensical in just the right measure. He is the author of this book and its famed, eponymous palindrome:

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A great palindrome, in Saltveit’s estimation, is a little weird. It should be basically grammatical and follow some rules of natural language, but more important is telling a story or creating an absurd image in the reader’s head. Take this example, he says:

Enid and Edna dine.

“It’s a perfectly good palindrome. There’s nothing flawed with the English. It’s just boring,” he says. Now tweak it just a little bit, swap a verb and a name, and you’ve got this:

Dennis and Edna sinned.

That’s basically the same palindrome, he says, “but it’s a heck of a lot more interesting.” Much like this one:

Sit on a potato pan, Otis.

“There’s no such thing as a potato pan and nobody has ever told anybody to sit on a pan anyway. So the absurdity of it is its strength,” Saltveit explains. “You’re almost kind of showing off how far you had to jump to make this work, like you really had to push yourself to heroic bits of cleverness to pound your way through. And that’s the trade-off, versus being smooth. You can be too smooth.”

So when Saltveit sat down for his 75 minutes, he started with the already silly, vivid phrase trapeze part. Like other palindromists, he keeps his own “dictionary,” a collection of tens of thousands of mirror-image fragments that he encounters in daily life—reading every sign, advertisement and text message forwards and backwards. Sometimes, in fact, he so busy inverting letters that he neglects to read them forwards at all. It can become so distracting that he makes himself stop for a time.

When he emerged with the six other contestants, Saltveit revealed a palindrome that—in its charming, barely sensible senselessness—could not be beat:

Devil Kay fixes trapeze part; sex if yak lived.

The “wow!” signs sprung into the air. “The audience went for the dirty one, which is not surprising,” says Saltveit. “I threw in a y just to show off.”

Part of what Clemente’s documentary seeks to record is the training that Saltveit and other palindromists are already doing in advance of the 2017 championship, with about two years left on the clock. In Portland, Ore., Saltveit is already running himself through timed trials, asking his wife to throw him a topic—any topic—and seeing what he can come up with. (I asked him how she felt about this hobby of his. “I was completely open about my palindromy before the marriage.”) Unlike most palindromists, Saltveit also has a personal trainer who has crafted a regimen of progressive exercises designed to increase the blood flow to his brain.

It’s hard to imagine anyone who professes to love words not donating a few dollars to see what else these brains get up to—and whether Saltveit can defend his title. There is a rich history of palindromes to weave into the tapestry. Saltveit has traced their origins back to the Hellenistic era, when people stood in the shadow of the world’s first library and stumbled across these magical, symmetrical strings of letters that they believed must be the blessings of god and the curses of demons. As God tells Moses from the burning bush when a man dares to challenge his identity, in what is a word-unit palindrome in Hebrew: I am who I am.

“There’s so much more to explore and share,” says Clemente. To donate to the campaign, visit the Kickstarter page here.

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