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10 steps toward a better future

(CNN)Their missions vary greatly: To provide loving homes for orphaned children, feed those in crisis or mend war’s psychological wounds. Yet they all share one goal: to improve the lives of those around them. This year’s top 10 CNN Heroes include an amputee who created her own support network, a cop who empowers the children Read more »

This Sculptor Will Mess With Your Head By Making You Think His Work Is Made From Wood

Christopher David White (previous post here) is a talented American sculptor who might actually trick you with his amazing creations. This artist makes you admire his artworks twice by creating an illusion of a completely different material so you always have to go back and check them one more time. White’s sculptures are handmade from Read more »

The NBA has surpassed the NFL as the league of Americas future | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The NFL may still be Americas most popular sport, but its become increasingly clear that football embodies the spirit of a nation as it once was not as it is today Although football has long been Americas favorite child among professional sports, there are clear indicators that the ole pigskin is starting to deflate in Read more »

The corrosion of truth in these strange times is terrifying | Richard Flanagan

Lies have become alternative facts and truth irrelevant in the face of power, while we all give up our privacy In Book 8 of The Odyssey we read that the gods weave misfortune so that later generations have something to sing about. It wasnt a god but a conman who now leads me to describe Read more »

It was acceptable in the 80s: why Magnum PI should be spared reboot hell

The show about a mustachioed investigator looks set to be the next 80s revival but why do the likes of Dallas and Dynasty fail to ignite second time round? By now, people have grown accustomed to television reboots. Whatever surges of fury they may have felt when CBS announced its Hawaii Five-O remake have long Read more »

Just in time for Halloween, here’s a ton of creepy bugs

If Mother Nature is a mad scientist, she saved her weirdest alchemy for the insect kingdom. It’s full of creepy crawlers with strange head appendages and way too many pointy legs. If you want to get a kick out of scaring yourself and your friends this Halloween season, you gotta check out the YouTube channel Read more »

Blade Runner 2049 to Bond 25: yes, Mr Villeneuve, we expect you to direct

Like Christopher Nolan, Sam Mendes and Peter Jackson, Villeneuve is a rare example of a visionary film-maker with franchise nous. Can he get the 007 gig? Sam Mendes may have done more than just reload 007s Walther PPK with box-office bullets when he took on Quantum of Solaces Marc Forster; Die Another Days Lee Tamahori) Read more »

Bricking it: why the Lego movie franchise is on shaky foundations

The Lego Ninjago Movie cant hope to live up to the standard of either the original film or Lego Batman. Has quality already been sacrificed to quantity? When we discuss the fad for cinematic universes, with their unimaginative bloat and paucity of ideas, we tend to overlook Lego. Thats partly because, in terms of sheer Read more »

Gareth Bale seals Real Madrid victory over Real Sociedad in La Liga

After successive league draws Real Madrid returned to winning ways after beating Real Sociedad 3-1 in La Liga on Sunday evening Real Madrid recorded a convincing 3-1 win at Real Sociedad, with Gareth Bale capping the victory with a fine second-half finish. The victory hauls Zinedine Zidanes side back closer to La Liga leaders, Barcelona, Read more »

The best Showtime original series of all time

DexterHomelandThat said, here are our picks for Showtime’s most interesting, entertaining, and effective shows—and some recommended stopping points for you to get out while the shows are still on top. The best Showtime original series 1) Twin Peaks: The Return The ReturnTwin PeaksThe ReturnWhat lacks in prestige it makes up for in terms of entertainment Read more »