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Christina Aguilera

Will return as a judge on the fifth season of The Voice for a reported $12 million

Randy Jackson

Said this season of American Idol–the lowest rated in its history–will be his last


I, Little Pony

Have you ever wished the My Little Pony ponies weren’t actually, well, ponies? Hasbro’s got your back: in its forthcoming movie Equestria Girls (out in limited release on June 16), the toymaker will turn its prized creatures into … animated high school girls. And no, it’s not a horror flick.


New York City–based Danny Ghitis and London-based Daniella Zalcman might live on opposite sides of an ocean, but thanks to Instagram, they can still collaborate on art. After uploading iPhone shots taken in their respective cities, the photographers–who met at a workshop in 2009–use the app Image Blender to combine them two at a time and upload the results to their @echosight Instagram account. To learn more about their work, visit lightbox.time.com




Step aside Spicy Taco, you’re no longer the funkiest flavor in the potato-chip aisle. This new combo–dreamed up by a mother in Wisconsin–won a vote to become Lay’s latest offering, beating out Chicken & Waffles and Sriracha (which will be available this summer).

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Simon Pegg

Spock and Kirk may get top billing, but it’s Pegg’s Scotty–the starship engineer of “Beam me up!” fame–who truly breaks out in Star Trek Into Darkness (out May 16). Here, the 43-year-old actor, who’s also in Shaun of the Dead threequel The World’s End (out Aug. 23), talks with TIME.


You share screen time with aliens in both Star Trek and The World’s End. Do you believe they exist?

I think you’d be foolish not to, to be honest, with the statistics involved. There are billions and billions of planets. But I don’t believe that they’ll visit us. It’s way, way too vast to travel. Even at warp speed.

What if we found signs of alien life?

That’s going to change everything. I’m sure the various religions of the world will explain it away, but it is going to completely remove the notion that we are the center of the universe. It isn’t just Earth, and Earth wasn’t created [on its own]. It was part of a bigger something going on that had nothing to do with us.

And then we’ll need a Starfleet.

Yeah, we’ll get a Starfleet together and we’ll base it in San Francisco, a progressive city, and take off for the stars.

Star Trek fans would be happy.

A lot of Star Trek has come true already! I think there’s an entire book on how the technology from Star Trek has inspired things like flip-up phones and touchscreen technology and various other little bits.

Speaking of Star Trek inspirations, Scotty wears a pretty ridiculous shirt when he’s out of uniform–it’s, like, orange velour.

Isn’t it disgusting? Our costume designer showed it to me, and I was like, “Yes. Absolutely.” Sometimes when you’re trying to create future fashion, the temptation is to try to look cool, whereas Scotty’s leisure wear is … interesting. In a way, that makes it slightly more timeless.

So people will still be wearing loud shirts in the future?

I don’t doubt it for a second.


Space Jams

Commander Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut who delighted earthlings with fun dispatches from the International Space Station, finished his rotation by recording a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” which quickly went viral. But Hadfield isn’t the first to make music in space.


The crew of Apollo 9 sings “Happy Birthday” to NASA flight director Christopher Kraft


Apollo 17 astronauts Harrison “Jack” Schmitt and Eugene Cernan dance on the moon


Astronaut Ellen Ochoa plays classical flute on the space shuttle Discovery


International Space Station astronaut Don Pettit makes a didgeridoo from a discarded vacuum-cleaner hose


It’s raining art–literally. Wherever you walk in the Rain Room at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, a steady stream of water will pause overhead, reversing the cartoon concept in which dark clouds follow characters. The exhibit, which runs through July 28, is part of a festival called EXPO 1: New York, which explores the roles that science, technology and human ingenuity can play in stabilizing our environment.


$160 million

Reported budget for Fast & Furious 6, out May 24, featuring such cars as a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, a 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda and a 2010 Nissan GT-R


Looney Toon

An infamous boxer, a talking pigeon and a magical face tattoo. No, that’s not the world’s worst man-walks-into-a-bar joke premise. It’s the crime-solving combo on Adult Swim’s forthcoming Mike Tyson Mysteries, in which an animated Tyson plays detective with help from a fowl friend and his signature tattoo (now imbued with special powers). Sounds … great?


1. More Stefon shenanigans.

SNL star Bill Hader–who birthed the creeptastic character–said this season will be his last.

2. Feeling weird about naming your baby after a Game of Thrones character.

Everyone’s doing it! Arya was the fastest-growing girl’s name in the U.S. last year.

3. Tarnishing Whitney Houston’s legacy.

An airline passenger has already done it for you: a woman was kicked off a flight for repeatedly singing “I Will Always Love You.”

The original version of this article misstated the location of the Museum of Modern Art’s Rain Room exhibit. The exhibit is located at the West Lot, directly adjacent to the museum’s Manhattan location.

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