TIME Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy’s Life in Memorium

Live long and prosper

Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Spock on Star Trek, died Friday. He was 83 and had lung disease. “I loved him like a brother,” said William Shatner, who starred alongside Nimoy as Captain Kirk. “We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.”

Watch his life in memorium above.

TIME Media

One of the Most Useful iOS Apps Is Finally Back

VLC lets you play all sorts of different media

A popular video-playing app is finally back in the App Store.

VLC, the cross-platform multimedia player that plays a variety of different file types, is once again available on iOS devices after being pulled from the App Store around the time iOS 8 released in September. The app makes it easy to play format types that aren’t easily compatible with Apple devices.

In addition to the iOS version, VLC updates are rolling out for Android, Windows Phone and desktop, CNET reports. The Android version will support Android TV, while the desktop version will automatically rotate vertical videos for easier viewing. An upcoming update plans to add Chromecast support.

[CNET]


 

TIME brazil

Watch this Hilarious Reply to a Brazilian Politician’s Calls for ‘Heterosexual Pride’

“In a country like Brazil, with so many beautiful guys, it must be really hard to keep straight!”

Activists in Brazil have made a poignant parody video after a senior politician announced that there should be a day to celebrate heterosexual rights.

Eduardo Cunha, the president of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies, asked the government to consider making Dec. 3 “heterosexual pride” day, reports the BBC.

Cunha’s remarks, not surprisingly, caused offense and inspired a group of filmmakers called Põe Na Roda to make a parody video exploring the fictional problems that straight people face.

Problems like, “Yesterday I was arrested because I was straight.”

The video has gone viral in the South American country, clocking more than 100,000 YouTube views in just a few days.

But the tongue-in-cheek video has a serious message.

“There’s no reason for straight people to have their own day,” Pedro Henrique Mendes Castilho, who made the film, told the BBC. “They have all the rights, they are not a minority group. I made the video in an ironic way to criticize [Cunha].”

[BBC]

TIME Art

Watch a Video of British Artist Banksy in Gaza

Several of Banksy's latest graffiti pieces are highlighted

British graffiti artist Banksy, known for his subversive street art, released a two-minute video from war-torn Gaza on his website Wednesday.

“Make this the year you discover a new destination,” it wryly says, in the style of a tourism video. But instead of sandy beaches, it offers viewers a glimpse of what a Gazan sees “well away from the tourist track”: tunnels, rubble and children gazing at some of the 18,000 homes destroyed last July in Israel’s Operation Protective Edge.

The video also spotlights several of Banksy’s latest graffiti pieces, including images of children swinging from a surveillance tower, a parent grieving over a child in a bombed-out setting, and a kitten donning a pink bow.

“A local man came up and said ‘Please — what does this mean?’ I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website — but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens,” Banksy writes.

“The cat found something to play with,” a Palestinian man says during the video. “What about our children?”

TIME Music

Watch the First Video from Best Coast’s Upcoming Album California Nights

Bring on the summer

Californian duo Best Coast have dropped the first video for their upcoming third album California Nights.

The single of the same name has a grown-up but still dreamy sound, matched in the video by trippy, summery landscapes.

California Nights is the band’s first major label debut after a move to Harvest Records, reports Rolling Stone. Along with the video, Best Coast unveiled the track listing and the dates of an upcoming U.S. tour that will run from March to June.

California Nights will be out on May 5.

[Rolling Stone]

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