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<![CDATA[No, The Daily Show Didn't Get Hacked]]>

Earlier tonight, the broadcast of The Daily Show was briefly interrupted by a blip of stock war footage, a spinning ballerina, and a web address with a Russian domain name. The internet quickly assumed that the late night comedy show had been hacked. It wasn’t.

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<![CDATA[Motion-tracking projector puts a laser show on moving faces]]> The combination of face-mapping and video projections makes for a trippy experience. The technology transforms the human face into a canvas for digital art. When a bright red lightning bolt appeared on Lady Gaga's face during her David Bowie tribute... ]]> https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/29/motion-tracking-projector-puts-a-laser-show-on-moving-faces/ 877039@leegovatos.com/fever Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:09:00 GMT <![CDATA[Nintendo Switch Review: Tiny Console, Huge Potential]]>

Andrew broke his “no early adoption” rule for Nintendo’s latest.

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<![CDATA[Tesla's Latest Update For The Model S Finally Makes It Good Again]]>

Tesla’s approaching the launch date for production of the Model 3, and in the meantime continues to roll out the latest software update for owners with the latest hardware, including notable safety features and tasteful conveniences.

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<![CDATA[Anarchist bitcoin hacker flies to Syria to join a 4-million person anarchist collective the size of Massachusetts]]>

Amir Taaki is a well-known anarchist bitcoin hacker whose project, Dark Wallet, is meant to create strong anonymity for cryptocurrency transactions; when he discovered that anarchists around the world had gone to Rojava, a district in Kurdish Syria on the Turkish border, to found an anarchist collective with 4,000,000 members "based on principles of local direct democracy, collectivist anarchy, and equality for women," he left his home in the UK to defend it. (more…)

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<![CDATA[Deadpool: The Musical Is A Lot Better Than It Has Any Right To Be]]>

We don’t run that many fan-films on Bleeding Cool. But this one just burst through the ceiling.

A mashup of Deadpool and the song Gaston from Beauty And The Beast. From people who have a lot more time and money than you do.

Go on, let’s run the credits…

Listen to just the song/lyrics on SoundCloud HERE: https://soundcloud.com/deadpool-said/…

*This is a non-profit unofficial fan-film that is not intended for commercial use. It was made solely for fun. Characters are owned by 20th Century Fox/Marvel Studios and this fan-film is not connected in any way to said companies.*

Directed/Edited by Julian Higgins (http://www.julianhiggins.com)

Executive Producer – Michael Parker
Producers – Julian Higgins, Brian Danner, Paul Bianchi

Written by Paul Bianchi
Concept by Michael Parker and Julian Higgins

Director of Photography: Pierce Cook (http://www.piercecook.com)

Production Designer: Paul Bianchi
Art Director: Jo Crandall

Wardrobe Supervisor: Bridget Desjarlais

Stunt Coordinator and Fight Choreographer: Brian Danner

Key Makeup and Hair: Angel Garcia

A loving parody of “Gaston” from “Beauty and the Beast”
Composed by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
(Our original arrangement by Dirty Ink Music)

First Assistant Director: Alec Schiff

Cast
Deadpool: Michael Parker
Deadpool (Stunts): Adam Critchlow
Bartender: Mack Dugger
Black Widow: Monette Moio
Rogue: Jennifer Wenger
Psylocke: Christina Benthall
Spider-Man: Christopher Troy
Beheaded: Brian Ludens
Wolverine: Brian Danner

Stunts Performed by Sword Fights, Inc. (http://www.swordfightsinc.com)

Stunt Performers:
Orion Barnes
David “Dax” Bauer
Kristopher Blount
Michaela Cavazos
Joseph Faifili
Melanie Freidrich
Killian Funke
Michael S. Garcia
Jordan Gleaton
Juan Carlos Gough
Noah Harrington
Reed Imhoff
Paul Jacobson
Noah Kaplan
Drew Knigga
Ryan Larson
John Mackey
Katy Madzar
Raven Miles
Kevin Moran
Christy Newbie
Melanie Obregon
Piper Power
Alexis Quinn
Jacqueline Rosenthal
Jennifer Ruckman
Marcus Rucks
Hannah Saxton
Alana Schoen
Ava Scott
Kort Turner
Savira Windyani

Stunt Rigging: Nick Dunn

First Assistant Camera: Karis West
Second Assistant Camera: Patrick “Pappy” Faulkner
Stedicam Operator: Evan Zissimopulos

Production Sound Mixer: Sky Adams

Gaffer: Matt Hingstman
Best Boy Electric: Tim Otholt
Key Grip: Joseph Baltazar
Best Boy Grip: Tony Villa

Deadpool Costume: Professional Cosplay
Marvel Heroine Costume Designer: Paul Bianchi
Costume Assistant: Stephen Desjarlais

Key Production Assistant: Tommy Howard
Production Assistants: Justine Zins. Amber Len Holmes

Visual Effects Compositors:
Ryan Wieber
Nicholas Acosta
Michelangelo Frisoni
Julian Higgins
Gary Scullion
Robert Angier

Catering: Clever Foodies, The Federal Bar

Music Mixing: Mike Bouska
Studio Recording Engineer: Vinny Mentry
Sound Design & Mix: Julian Higgins
Additional Singers:
Matt Hingstman
Julian Higgins
Paul Bianchi
James “Bo” Howe

Second Unit
Director of Photography: Nick Harris
First Assistant Camera: Tony Villa
Gaffer: Joe Baltazar
Best Boy Electric: Jorge Lopez
Key Grip: Tim Otholt
Production Assistants: Thomas Howard, Keren Lin

Communications: Wilcox Sound
Camera & Lens Rental: Whispering Statues

The Producers Wish To Thank
Rob Liefeld
Tim Miller
Ryan Reynolds
Rhett Reese
20th Century Fox
Marvel Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
Steve Simon & The Federal Bar
Dan Martinez
Austin Herring
Will Sampson
New Rule FX
Jose Arias
Vic Mignogna
Our Supportive Friends and Loved Ones

No actual unicorns were harmed in the making of this non-profit, non-commercial fan film.

Just gently loved.

Created 2017. Zamurai Productions, LLC.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DeadpoolMusical
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SaidDeadpool
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/DeadpoolSaid

 

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<![CDATA[How to Get Through European Customs As Fast As Humanly Possible]]>

You’ve probably heard of Global Entry as a faster way to get through customs, but it only works when you’re coming back into the U.S. of course. Luckily, the U.S. isn’t the only country that has a program aimed at making customs go more quickly—some European countries do, too.

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<![CDATA[Cook My Meat Helps You Cook the Perfect Steak With Science]]>

If you’ve ever prepared a steak and wished you could see what the meat actually looked like on the inside before you cut into it, Cook My Meat can offer a glimpse.

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<![CDATA[Big Trouble in Little China: The Game Looks Fan-Freaking-Tastic]]>

We first heard about Big Trouble in Little China: The Game last summer, and today we’re getting a first glimpse of what the box art, game art, and—most excitingly—the miniatures will look like in the final product. Three words: Mini Egg Shen.

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<![CDATA[Hilarious New Trailer and Poster Art for SILICON VALLEY Season 4]]>

HBO has released a hilarious new trailer for Silicon Valley Season 4 that fans are going to love! This is one of the best comedies on TV and if you're not watching you're missing the party! In the upcoming season Thomas Middleditch's Richard Hendricks will embark on a journey to build a new internet. 

Season four will consist of ten episodes and will continue the story and crazy adventures of Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) and his friends as they try to build a tech company called Pied Piper in Silicon Valley. It's been an incredibly funny three seasons and looks like season four could be the best season yet. This is one of those shows that just gets better and better with ever season.  

The series is inspired by creator Mike Judge's own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late ‘80s. The series also stars TJ Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Suzanne Cryer, and Jimmy O. Yang.

Silicon Valley Season 4will premiere on Sunday, April 23rd! 

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<![CDATA[An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power]]> An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To PowerIn the decade since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, there have been signs of hope and crushing defeats in the fight against climate change. Electric cars, climate agreements, and...

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gold-kushkloudz:

I had to post this!!! Ppl so disgusting

LOL white men like to act tough as shit until they realize that for the first time in their life there might actually be consequences for their actions

LMAO

Is that Tinder??  Is he literally swiping right on Black people JUST to say racist shit to them?  WOW.  WOOOOOOOW.

“I feel my future will be ruined by this.”

DONT??? BE RACIST???

I’m okay with his future being ruined. 

RUIN MORE WHITE MALE FUTURES

Don’t be Conner, kids.

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<![CDATA[Today's Congressional Hearing on Climate Change Was a Colossal Train Wreck]]>

In the midst of today’s highly-anticipated House Science Committee hearing on climate science and the scientific method, right around the time that Congressman Dana Rohrabacher thundered that certain witnesses (the one mainstream climate scientist in the room, specifically) should be ashamed of themselves for daring…

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<![CDATA[Fantastic Fest Favorite A DARK SONG Gets A New Trailer]]>

You guys are gonna love this weird little movie.

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<![CDATA[Johnny Depp to Play Crazy Anti-Virus Software Mogul John McAfee in New Movie]]>

For anyone who really wanted a movie about John McAfee, the anti-virus software mogul who basically went balls to the wall crazy in Belize, I have some very good news. Someone's going to make a movie about it. The movie will be about the time Wired magazine writer Joshua Davis went to visit McAfee and McAfee was just all sorts of crazy, holed up in a compound with teenage girls in bikinis and bath salts. Lots of bath salts. And not for taking baths. 

The movie is to star Johnny Depp as John McAfee, which sounds like a good fit. Most of my favorite Depp roles are him on drugs, most famously as Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. It will be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who wrote Bad Santa and I Love You Phillip Morris, and it will be written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who recently wrote the miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

I am excited about this. It can often be said that truth is stranger than fiction, and if anyone can prove that true, it's John McAfee. The movie will be titled King of the Jungle. No release date has been announced, but we will deliver more news as it comes. For more about John McAfee, check out the documentary about his life called Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee.

Via: Gizmodo

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<![CDATA[10 Banned, Censored, and Controversial Movies That Are Now Cult Classics]]>

Recently, we shared a clip from Ken Russell’s The Devils, a racy 1971 horror film that’s finally available for streaming on Shudder after years of obscurity. That got us thinking about other cult movies once deemed so scandalous they were either censored, banned, or taken out of circulation for years.

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<![CDATA[mattfractionblog: cinephiliabeyond: Born in Berlin in 1892 to a...]]>

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Born in Berlin in 1892 to a Russian Jewish émigré running a dressmaking company, Ernst Lubitsch got into show business through the stage. Around 1910, he was a regular member of Max Reinhardt’s Deutches Theater and quite famous for playing comedic characters. It took him thirty acting gigs to switch to directing: in 1914 he debuted in the director’s chair with Miss Soapsuds, and started building a career which would, in the course of the next three decades, take him to the top of the world. Impressed by his work and its commercial results, Hollywood star Mary Pickford invited him across the Atlantic to direct his first American film, Rosita, in 1923. The success of the film led to a three-year six-movie deal with Warner Bros. and his Hollywood career was soon in full swing. He made a uniquely effortless transition to sound pictures when he charmed the American audience with a series of musical comedies. In the following years, Lubitsch made a series of highly praised movies, many of which are today considered indisputable classics, such as Trouble in Paradise, The Merry Widow, Ninotchka, The Shop Around the Corner, To Be or Not to Be, Heaven Can Wait, and many others. Leaving a deep mark and wielding immeasurable influence on his peers and the generations that followed, Lubitsch inspired and directly influenced the likes of Orson Welles, François Truffaut, Alfred Hitchcock, just like he had tremendous impact on the professional path of his protégé and fellow immigrant Billy Wilder, whose first real success in Hollywood came from writing the screenplay for Lubitsch’s Ninotchka in 1939. How much he respected Lubitsch and admired his craft can be seen in the fact Wilder had a big sign above his office door saying “How would Lubitsch do it?,” turning to the old master in times of creative drought or production difficulties. At Lubitsch’s funeral in the December of 1947, Wilder allegedly hopelessly concluded “No more Lubitsch,” to which the great William Wyler added: “Worse than that—no more Lubitsch films.”

“None of us thought we were making anything but entertainment for the moment,” John Ford later mused. “Only Ernst Lubitsch knew we were making art.” The mystifying quality of Lubitsch’s films—the lighthearted and playful approach to sex and love, the subtle humor, the mastery in visual storytelling without any tedious exposition, the charming visual wit, you name it—has been recognized as the famous and frequently used “Lubitsch touch,” a phrase first coined for the marketing purposes of turning Lubitsch’s name into a brand of itself that would later be acknowledged as the easy-way-out description of the filmmaker’s style and modus operandi. There are more than several definitions of what this phrase actually means, but it could be said the definition is as fluid and individual as are the people admiring Lubitsch’s works of art: watching a Lubitsch picture, it’s more than likely you’ll understand the meaning of the phrase without any help. It’s the witty, elliptic dialogues, suggestive visual cues, it’s the way he uses powerful images to convey messages and emotions others might spend ten pages of the screenplay to do… It’s the Lubitsch touch of gold.

Once again we’re excited to return to the famed Mise-en-Scène magazine, the Case Western Reserve University Film Society’s ill-fated publication. The magazine stopped coming out four decades ago after a promising start, but a few copies have managed to survive, and after featuring precious articles on the filmography of the great Fritz Lang, on John Ford’s Grapes of Wrath and his beloved westerns and on the productive and influential partnership of John Huston and Humphrey Bogart, we now explore the German-born master of intelligent comedies in John K. Barry’s four-page essay entitled Ernst Lubitsch and the Comedy of the Thirties. Grab a coffee, sit down and enjoy the ride. You can download the PDF here:

‘Ernst Lubitsch and the Comedy of the Thirties’: One More Hidden Chest in the Mise-en-Scène Magazine’s Treasure Trove

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<![CDATA[How East Germany's Stasi tried to drive activists insane, and how they resisted]]> mostlysignssomeportents:

East Germany’s secret police, the Stasi, were the most aggressive surveillance force of their day – at the Stasi’s peak, one in 60 East Germans was snitching for the agency.

The tactics that the Stasi deployed to recruit informants – blackmail, cash, patriotism, immunity from prosecution, and gamification – are less interesting than the things the Stasi did to their adversaries, inflicting mental torture of various types to drive the opposition to attack itself, or simply give up.

Just by spreading rumors about the existence of informants, the Stasi were able to drive a wedge into the opposition, as activists turned their suspicions on one another.

But by forming circles of trust and mutual aid, demonstrating intergroup solidarity, and deploying active countermeasures, a resistance was able to form and, eventually, depose the hated, oppressive government and its army of spies.

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<![CDATA[On "Eastern European Women"]]>

“A Serb makes a good wife: she can pull the cart out of mud.”

That old Serbian proverb, its genius author has no name. It’s like the earthy quip from a hospital that I once heard in real life; after her severe car crash, the emergency doctor told her worried husband: Don’t you worry man, those Herzegovinian vipers are hard to kill!

I’m personally half Serb and half Herzegovinian, so I take these attitudes to my heart, half proud and half offended. But my American friend said: what about the Serbian and Herzegovinian husbands? Are they pleased about their mud-carting vipers? Is that the kind of proper home-girl that a local guy just has to have?

Good questions! If enough years go by, a man gets used to the woman of the house, muddy viper or not. But what about the opinions of the rest of the world?

Our world is a big place, so maybe a Serbian Herzegovinian woman is considered just one regional sub-class of East European womanhood. I might be called Balkan, from that mountain region of many fractured grooves, or a historical, fossilized ex-Yugoslav. I was never “Warsaw Pact,” although that arrangement meant “Eastern Europe” in the eyes of the Cold War West. I’m from a shatter-belt, a corner cushion among conflicting empires, a little regional federation that has vanished like the Austro-Hungarians and often resembled the modern European Union. It broke up in blood, but that’s been the fate of most European alliances, eastern or western, northern or southern.

These days, though, in the fractious nation of Italy, a minor scandal has broken out. A female TV talk-show host on the RAI national network suddenly recommended, more or less out of nowhere, that Italian men ought to marry “Eastern European women.” She offered six good reasons, or rather six sexist stereotyped points, about how these foreign easterners made much better wives than Italian women.

They may be foreign, yes, but they stay in the kitchen and cook. They’re women who clean the house. They forgive adultery. They become mothers but don’t get fat. They always dress decently. They don’t whine, nag and complain. And they obey a husband’s commands. These six female virtues make them great wives.

To tell the truth, I’ve been hearing these myths and traditions for decades now. I grew up in Italy and can pass for Italian, although when Italians hear that my name is Tesanovic, they often assume that I must be a Slav off the factory-line or collective farm. I was offended by that, but more as an East European than as a woman.

It’s annoying to hear that we non-Unionized Europeans are supposed to be poor, desperate and therefore obediently at the feet of the West. After all, aren’t Italians aware that this same stupidity, ignorance and machoism is also applied to Italian emigrants? If anybody’s women have the reputation of scheming gold-diggers, it’s those seductive, Machiavellian Italian women, and not us meek and lowly Balkan creatures, so blandly pretty and matrimonially faithful. We’re wholesome. We’re naively honest. We’re tiresome and boring, we’re no trouble at all!

However, the traditional Eastern European concept of us kerchief-headed creatures has clearly changed a lot since Yugoslavia split up, the Soviet Union fell and the EU fortress hastily erected its own walls in response. New prejudices always arise with new walls. Nowadays, instead of being a communal peasantry, we’re becoming world-class sultanas and empresses. Slovenian model Melania Knauss Trump is the First Lady of the USA!

Most of the current American President’s harem women have a Balkan air about them, even American-born Ivanka, the daughter / heiress who seems to be managing the Washington palace while the current wife keeps her head down in her gilded skyscraper in New York. We’re witnessing a modern psychological drama that closely resembles the intrigues of Hurrem, the abducted Ukrainian concubine, who became the Ottoman Empress of Suleyman the Great. Why her, why Eastern European Hurrem? Because Hurrem was a viper, and she could pull that muddy cart, and also because Suleyman the so-called Great didn’t have any other real friends.

Melanija Knauss is an ex-Yugoslav, just like me. She and I both sang patriotic hymns to Tito in our primary schools, with red kerchiefs around our necks. Nowadays those Communist adornments are more ragged and forlorn than Janis Joplin’s dirty red bandanna: freedom is just another word for losing your entire nation. We thought Marshall Tito was our family more than our leader. The school song was: Comrade Tito, we vow we will not go astray. Now far-straying Melania is decked out in Ottoman jewels as an offshored one-percenter bride of a mogul. Still, this is modernity, so, presumably, that fate had to happen to somebody.

Hell has no fury like someone’s national womanhood scorned, so TV mayhem broke out over this Italian RAI TV talk show. The commentator got promptly fired from the focussed social-media rage of vengeful Italian netizens, and even her boss was purged and her show was cancelled. Italian women certainly don’t care for invidious comparisons. But there’s nothing new about people making them.

Back in Italy in the 1970s, it was the Swedish girls who were cast as the ideal exotic brides. These Swedes were blonde and not dark, tall and statuesque and Nordic, un-Catholic and sexually emancipated, ready to hop fully-clothed right into the Trevi Fountain, dolce-vita style. But Italy survived that female threat somehow.

Now the entire RAI programme has been blown off the air scorched-earth style, as if Italian bachelors were in desperately short supply and all the girls have to scrabble. Why are Italian women protesting about an Italian female talk-show? Wouldn’t it make more sense if the women directly confronted their men?

And for that matter, why aren’t the Italian men complaining about their possible prospect of having to court and marry Poles, Ukrainians, Belarusians and whomever?

Plus — what about the grievances of us East European women who happen to be in Italy? To think that we never complain and lament is absurd — we’ve got enough daily grievances to fill the Roman Colosseum. We’re the women of a soulful people with vast intellectual conceptual fields of grief, sorrow and historical disappointment, and the near-infinite spectrum of the sorrows of a Russian woman is, in fact, shockingly different from the handwringing of any Polish one. Right now the Ukrainian women are bitterly upset about Russia. What if you’re an Eastern European woman from one of those small and awful “frozen conflict” zones, where your ethnicity doesn’t even have any proper nation for foreigners to get stereotypical about?

But, well, who cares about all that mess? RAI certainly doesn't. The network has only one concept for all of us splintered ethnics, mostly because their TV programs are never about the many sorrows of women of the world, they’re mostly about young, prancing, pretty Italian women who are half nude and seem available. Berlusconi used to be the master-of-ceremonies for that kind of regional showgirl parade, but it goes on with him or without him.

Italian TV culture ranks with the most blissfully vulgar TV in the world, because it really knows what sells on a glass screen. RAI is second to none in kitsch, misogyny and casually racist sexism, but those values go unchallenged because Italian national TV is a closed moral universe. It’s by no means all about us East European women in Italy, we’re merely the occasional collateral damage off their NATO airwaves.

Besides, there remains the primal source of the real anxiety in this little scandal, which is that foreign people really, truly are alluring. They’re hot. Nobody mentioned this prospect: but what about the Italian woman in bed with the Eastern European guy? How scary could that be, really? What if this intimate encounter with the Other turns out to be incredibly fun?

You never know what the night may bring to a woman, as my Mom used to say. But you see, I really can pull a cart out of mud, I am a Serbian woman all right, for better or worse. Plus I am a feminist pacifist who is always, Always Disobedient!

(Image: Cautious Matryoshka, Bradley Davis, CC-BY-ND) ]]> http://boingboing.net/2017/03/29/pull-the-cart-out.html 876773@leegovatos.com/fever Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:20:26 GMT <![CDATA[How East Germany's Stasi tried to drive activists insane, and how they resisted]]>

East Germany's secret police, the Stasi, were the most aggressive surveillance force of their day -- at the Stasi's peak, one in 60 East Germans was snitching for the agency. (more…)

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<![CDATA[The Anger of Jack Nicholson]]> The Anger of Jack NicholsonJack Nicholson is a very angry man. Or, the characters he portrays seem to be prone to outbursts of anger — in every way, shape, or form imaginable. From the...

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<![CDATA[Tokyo travel tips, day 2: busy Takeshita street and quiet alleys of Harajuku]]>

Carla and I took a one-week trip to Tokyo. It was my sixth visit to Japan's capital, and it was my favorite so far. For the next few days, I'll be writing about recommended things to do there. See them all here.

After walking around peaceful Yoyogi Park, we crossed the street and entered one of the busiest pedestrian streets in the world: Takeshita-dōri. This youth-oriented strip has fashion boutiques, restaurants, candy and ice cream shops, and the (now commonplace in Japan) cat and owl cafes, where you pay by the hour to spend time with animals. The crowd on Takeshita-dōri is made up of about 20% tourists and 80% Japanese teenagers. There are long lines to get into some of the stores and restaurants. The longest line was for a place called Johnny's. At least 100 people were waiting to get in. Every person in line was a Japanese teenage girl. The line was broken up into two separate queues. One line was in front of Johnny's. And another line was down the street, next to Harajuku station. The girls were waiting patiently for a uniformed guard to escort them into the main queue in batches. We thought Johnny's was a clothing store, so we decided to go back in the afternoon when the crowds had thinned to see if there were things to buy for our daughters, but when we went inside it was just a big maze-like room with thousands of small photographs of teenage boys taped to the walls. The photos had numbers on them and the girls were all carrying clipboards as the studied the photos and made marks on the clipboard. As far as we could figure out, the photos are of teen idols, and the girls were choosing which photos to buy once they reached the cashier at the end of the line.

For some reason, there was a long queue for the lackluster American chain restaurant, Eggs N Things:

We wouldn't have eaten there even if there was no line. Instead, we walked a little further and found a place called Eco Farm Cafe 632 (open 9am - 11pm). It looked good inside. When we entered, the server asked if we didn't mind sitting in the smoking section, because the non-smoking section was full. As there were no people in the smoking section, we said OK. I'm surprised Japan still allows smoking inside restaurants.

We ordered a set meal, which included coffee or tea, a croissant, ham, salad, and an egg in a bowl of polenta. It was delicious. The meal for the both of us cost about $15. They have a lot of tasty looking pastries. The coffee is roasted on the premises and the vegetables come from the restaurant's organic farm.

We spent most of the rest of the day wandering around the streets between and around Omotesandō and Takeshita. The streets are small, twisty, and slightly hilly. Surprises in this quiet neighborhood -- which has a mix of houses, apartments, cafes, bookstores, antique shops, and clothing stores -- are around every corner. We found tiny stores with closed metal doors that you had to open to see what was inside. Some of the doors were only five feet high so we had to duck to get in. We visited Rockin Jelly Bean's art gallery, Erostika (12pm - 8pm), and a steampunk gothic lolita fashion store with custom outfits that looked like they weighed 20 pounds with all the hoses, straps, and brass things attached to them.

In the same area is a place called Koffee Mameya (10am - 6pm) , which I'd heard about before we left the US. It's in the middle of a residential neighborhood. It's a black wooden box with a short door and no sign to let you know what it is. When you step inside, the box has another door that lead to a small, dimly lit room with two uniformed men behind a counter. The men are standing in front of small bags of coffee. There's an espresso machine, a grinder, and a pour over coffee set-up. The men spoke English and gave me a sheet of paper that had the different kinds of coffee available that day, arranged in order of how darkly they'd been roasted. I picked one in the middle and asked to have it served as espresso. It cost 500 yen (about $4.50). It was very flavorful, so I bought a 150 gram bag of beans for 2000 yen (about $18). The barista asked me what kind of grinder and espresso machine I have at home and he filled out a small form with information (weight of beans, water temperature extraction time) about how I should make the coffee using my equipment. Koffee Mameya was one of my favorite experiences of a day filled with wonder.

For dinner, we went back to our neighborhood and ate at Tanbo, a wonderful and inexpensive place where you mix rice, grilled food, and green tea in a bowl. Read a review at the NY Times: In Tokyo, Lots to Eat For Very Little.

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The new trailer for Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets just dropped and you've gotta watch it now! This film looks like an insane and vibrant sci-fi adventure, and I can't wait to see it up in the big screen in all its glory! This is one of those films that was made to be seen on the big screen. Not only are the visuals stunning, but it looks like it tells a wonderfully wild and unique story that audiences will enjoy.

The movie stars Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad), and this is the synopsis that was released:

Valerian (DeHaan) and Laureline (Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner — blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.
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The film also has a great supporting cast that includes John GoodmanRihannaRutger Hauer, and Ethan Hawke. It's set to be released in theaters on July 21, 2017

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