Scores of users? Check. Tons of traffic? Check. Fish playing Pokemon? Check.+ READ ARTICLE
The duo play For A Dollar: Emmy Edition
The host of the 66th Emmy Awards and the man famous for shouting at people on sidewalks joined forces for a special edition of the Billy on the Street game “For a Dollar” during Monday night’s awards ceremony. Seth Meyers and Billy Eichner polled (harassed?) unsuspecting pedestrians about Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany’s snub, Orange Is the New Black binge-watching, Maggie Smith’s attitude and excitement (or a lack thereof) about the return of Community.
Watch the segment above — after you turn the volume on your speakers down.
A throwback for Seinfeld fans
Long before he was Walter White on Breaking Bad, a bearded Bryan Cranston played dentist Tim Whatley and dated Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Elaine on Seinfeld. While the two stars presented the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Louis-Dreyfus joked about Cranston’s resemblance to Whatley before brushing it off like her Veep character Selina Meyer brushes off Washington sycophants.
But when she approached the stage to accept her award for Outstanding Lead Actress in the Comedy Series, Cranston intercepted, locking lips with his former co-star in sitcom reunion that was full of ’90s nostalgia (and possibly some tongue).
So your four-legged friend can enjoy the beach like you would+ READ ARTICLE
Have you ever brought your dog to the beach only to see a sign of your best friend with an “X” on top?
You won’t see any such thing at Italy’s “Baubeach,” one of the few places that welcomes both two-legged and four-legged guests, according to the Agence France-Presse. The dog-friendly beach is located on the outskirts of Rome and features a play circuit, parasols for shade and, of course, the sea–open to all pooches, whether they want to jump some waves or simply paddle in the shallow water.
The star is the subject of a new documentary+ READ ARTICLE
There’s a Japanese word that shows up repeatedly in the new documentary, To Be Takei (Aug. 22) about the life of George Takei: “gaman.”
“Gaman translates into English as ‘to endure with dignity, or fortitude,’” the Star Trek actor tells TIME. Gaman was, he says, a source of strength for Japanese-Americans sent to internment camps during World War II — and he would know. Takei spent his childhood, up until almost his 9th birthday, in such a place. Even after the internment ended, the young Takei found himself in a hostile world, where housing and employment for Japanese-Americans were scarce, and his family, penniless after the war, lived on Skid Row in Los Angeles.
And gaman continued to prove necessary as Takei got older. When he became an actor, his first roles were ones he regretted even before filming them, stereotypical Asian caricatures he says his agent convinced him were worth it for the visibility. And, even after his acting career was established, he faced different struggles as a gay man — first with concealing his sexuality, later with getting the right to marry.
But he endured. As he tells TIME, he did so with a smile.
“I think being optimistic is ensuring your success. If you start out saying ‘I’ve got this problem or I’m angry at that,’ you will not succeed,” he says. “My father said, ‘Be confident of who you are, but also work hard to be the best that you can be.’”
It’s clear by now that his optimism is well-founded. The science-fiction devices he used on Star Trek have become reality (except, he notes, for the transporter), he’s married, he’s enjoying a major wave of popularity — and, of course, he’s the star of a movie about himself.
“The future,” he says, “is today.”
There's nothing quite like the feeling of blowing through your data plan.+ READ ARTICLE
And it has a lot of twerking in it+ READ ARTICLE
After weeks of teasers and promos and think pieces, Nicki Minaj has at last dropped the video for her track “Anaconda.”
The video (above) is a little NSFW — depending on where you work — but that’s not at all surprising for anyone who’s familiar with Minaj’s music. Featuring loads of twerking, sexual references and a cameo from Drake, the video for “Anaconda” is Minaj’s tribute to all the women who “ain’t missing no meals,” while also denouncing all “the skinny bitches in the club.” (It’s also sure to spawn countless articles on any and all of the following: female sexuality; sexual objectification; sexual objectification in hip-hop; and race.)
The track, which was released as a single on Aug. 4 and hit number one in iTunes shortly afterwards, takes its title from Sir Mix-a-lot’s “Baby Got Back,” which is also sampled in the song. “Ananconda” marks the second single from Minaj’s upcoming album The Pinkprint.
Well, that's annoying.
All the livelong day, YouTube videos have been autoplaying in my web browser (I’m using Google Chrome). I just opened 19 tabs at once, and my computer basically threatened to walk off the job. My other browsers aren’t affected, so this appears to be a Chrome-YouTube joint.
A fix is coming. It’s apparently a problem on YouTube’s end, and the team is aware of it. Check out this Google thread for updates.
Watch the premiere of the U.K. quartet's latest music video+ READ ARTICLE
Manchester’s MDNGHT (pronounced “midnight”) take their inspiration from a number of sources: the house revival that acts such as Disclosure and Clean Bandit have made the top trend of the U.K. and now, increasingly, the U.S. as well; the drifty, tropical dance music that’s swept Europe for the past several years; the synths that strobe across dance floors during the, well, midnight hour.
Last year’s Into the Night EP earned the quartet acclaim abroad, and “Breeze,” out in September, expands on their nocturnal sound. Flecks of guitar, piano stabs and wall-of-sound background vocals gathering around Jordan Lewin’s breathy falsetto; the lyrics may be about faffing about and going where the breeze blows, but sonically, it’s a gust. The video nods to MDNGHT’s live-house background while providing an ideal dusky, half-urban half-beachside visual accompaniment. Watch it below.