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Here’s why button-pushing Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke chooses not to cut.

Starting his career in 1970s German television, Micahel Haneke has made 16 films since 1989. In the U.S., he first became more well known for Funny Games, an English remake of his own film, with action moved from Austria. He rose to further acclaim here in 2012 with Amour, which was nominated for two Academy Awards. The quality common to all his work, according to an essay on the director from n+1, is that his films are “’taxonomic’: [Haneke’s films] examine the possibilities of contemporary (haute) bourgeois life and consistently shows its protagonists to be at best trapped and ineffectual and at worst, much worse.”

“In a film, you’re constantly manipulating everything, but at least you can eliminate this kind of manipulation.”

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‘Will and Grace’ Revival First Look: Still Very Much The Same, With More Fox News Jokes

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Will and Grace have made a miraculous comeback, and it’s all thanks to a “Get Out the Vote” sketch. No one was expecting a late ’90s/early 2000s sitcom about two gay guys and their straight girlfriends to be so relevant in 2017, but a hop, skip, and a Fox News joke later, and we’re as timely as you can get!

The first look at the Will and Grace revival teased new footage from the series return on NBC this month, interspersed with some footage from the good old days when ’90s TV was slightly grainier, and the world was a little less terrible. At least Jack has Grindr now.

Watch the new Will and Grace trailer below.

Current jokes about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce, Newt Gingrich, and Fox News aside, it feels like Will and Grace never left. The preview features scenes updated for this time period, like the foursome playing Heads Up with a phone app for game night.

“He’s a man, but he has aged into a lesbian,” challenges Will (Eric McCormack).

“Steven Tyler! Jon Voight! Newt Gingrich!” Debra Messing’s Grace guesses, acing it on the last one.

More of your usual jokes from Jack about Will being an old, middle-aged lady, Karen jamming to a song on her headphones only revealing it to be Fox News, and Will’s obvious meta-joke:  “All the other times we’ve done this, we thought it would be different, but we knew it would be exactly the same.”

It’s on the nose, but it gets to the point: Despite updating for the modern era with a few jokes and a refurbished kitchenWill and Grace still feels comfortably the same — and that’s good. I was a casual fan of Will and Grace back in the day — though I admit, I didn’t get a lot of the “queen” jokes — and the tone and characterization is so spot on that it would seem like the sitcom was created in this decade. This benefits Will and Grace as one of the first series in NBC’s planned slate of revivals, as it proves that many of these classic comedies can be updated for modern times. Though it may also be a case of lightning in a bottle, as Will and Grace feels much more adaptable to today’s climate than Arrested Development‘s awkward revival ever did.

Plus, look at all the Grindr jokes you can make.

Will and Grace premieres Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 9 pm ET on NBC.

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This tiny dog braved Harvey flooding in his very own bucket boat

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Brave Houston residents are doing their best to stay safe in the wake of historic flooding that’s rocked their city since Friday.

On Saturday, a resourceful dog became an internet hero for dragging an entire bag of pet food with him while wandering the Houston streets. And now a little pup Kiwi is getting noticed for braving the storm with assistance from his makeshift bucket boat. 

Her owner shared footage of the tiny boater via Instagram:

Kiwi warned us.🚣🌀 #hurricaneharvey2017. #tornado #lilboat

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Very hungry caterpillars could be the answer to the Earth’s massive plastic bag problem

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A Spanish biologist and amateur beekeeper may have discovered a way to deal with some of the trillion plastic bags humans use and toss annually — and the answer lies in the humble caterpillar.

Or, more specifically, the Galleria mellonella, or wax moth.

Federica Bertocchini, from Spain’s Institute of Biomedicine & Biotechnology of Cantabria, was actually working away at her side hustle—beekeeping—when she made the discovery that could make a huge dent in Earth’s plastic problem.

Finding a bunch of wax moths in her hives, where they were busy munching on the wax that her bees need to make honeycomb, she dumped the pesky critters in a plastic bag. On her return, she discovered they’d eaten their way out of the bag. Read more…

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Post-Infinity War MCU Will Be “Very, Very Different,” Plus A Look At The Future Of Marvel Movies

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With the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 press junket happening this week in Los Angeles, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has been participating in numerous interviews talking about the future of the company’s films. We’ve collected a few choice quotes below, including Feige talking about how the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be “very, very different” after Avengers: Infinity War, his plans to hire more top caliber Hollywood veterans, and an update on the studio’s filming slate.

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Post-Infinity War MCU Will Be Very Different

Feige tells Collider that the post-Infinity War Marvel Cinematic Universe is “gonna be very, very different.” In the same interview, Feige teased some uncertainty in MCU’s future:

“We’ve been lucky that [contract expirations] haven’t factored in too much. We’ve had people under contract for certain films, then we’ve had new ideas and new directions like Civil War like we wanted to do, and we’ve been lucky enough to make new contracts. … Certainly, as we get to Infinity War there is a sense of a climax if not a conclusion to, by the time we’re at untitled Avengers 4, the 22 movies that will have encompassed the first three phases of the MCU. And what happens after that will be very different. I don’t know if it’s Phase 4, it might be a new thing.”

This is something we’ve expected for some time. We’ve heard that Infinity War would change the MCU in huge ways, and I’m excited to find out what that actually means. I imagine we’ll be seeing a lot of old favorites exiting the spotlight, leaving the center stage open for a new set of heroes.

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Expect More High Caliber Hollywood Veterans in Future Marvel Movies

Marvel movies are beginning to attract some huge Hollywood veteran actors. Past Marvel movies have featured the likes of Robert Redford, Michael Douglas and Anthony Hopkins, while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 introduces both Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Speaking with Fandango at the junket, Feige admitted that Robert De Niro and Al Pacino met with Marvel at one point, and while they are not currently in the studio’s plans, Feige says that we’ll be seeing more Hollywood veterans in the very near future:

“There are a few that are coming up, actually. I’ll keep this spoiler-free, but be assured that there are more surprises of that caliber heading into our universe in the next few films.”

So the question is, who might Feige be thinking about? Black Panther is done shooting and Infinity War is already cast, but there is still room to add a big player to Ant-Man and Wasp, the yet-to-be-titled Avengers 4, and Captain Marvel.

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Marvel’s Filming Schedule

We know that Black Panther is in its last few weeks of shooting, while Spider-man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok are currently in post production. As for the upcoming filming schedule, Feige told Collider that, assuming everything stays on schedule, this is what we can expect:

  • Avengers: Infinity War is currently filming, and the yet-to-be-titled Avengers 4 will film immediately afterwards, not simultaneously as first announced.
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp will begin shooting in June 2017.
  • Captain Marvel should begin filming in February 2018

When the next two Avengers movies were first announced, they were presented as Avengers: Infinity War Part I & II. Marvel has since walked back on that two-parter idea, claiming that the fourth Avengers movie would not be the second part of Infinity War. The big news here is that Marvel is now shooting the films separately back-to-back instead of simultaneously.

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Very good dog receives the wrong gift and is more grateful than we’ll ever be for anything

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Fact: Good dogs are great dogs. It’s just the way it is. It’s science.

But we think we’ve found the greatest of all the good dogs. A dog so grateful that we wish we could shower it with all the treats and presents and kisses it truly deserves. 

But doesn’t ask for. 

Because it is a very good dog.

Twitter user pae❁ posted these photos of her pup that received a gift that maybe wasn’t exactly the most exciting present. But this very good pup is eternally grateful regardless: 

so my mom accidentally ordered an xs dog bed but he’s still grateful.pic.twitter.com/Lm5rfdIWeL

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So much for Equal Pay Day: Google accused of ‘very significant’ pay discrimination

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The Labor Department claimed Friday that Google has fostered an “extreme” gender pay gap across its entire workforce.

The bombshell accusation stems from an ongoing investigation into the search giant’s payroll practices, The Guardian first reported. It also comes three days after the company sang its own praises on Equal Pay Day.

A department official testified in a San Francisco courtroom this week that enough “compelling evidence” had already been found to make a case for systemic discrimination. The agency first filed suit against Google in January in a bid to force the company to turn over salary data in accordance with anti-discrimination laws. Read more…

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Why is the world’s best golfer missing the Masters? A very serious investigation.

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The Masters golf tournament was rocked on its opening day Thursday when Dustin Johnson — the world’s top-ranked golfer — was forced to pull out of the competition. 

Here’s where it gets weird: Johnson injured his back falling down a small staircase in the house he was renting near August National Golf Club. (Don’t worry — Johnson’s not mortally wounded or anything. He took some practice swings Thursday before deciding his back was too “tight” to compete.)

Now, we don’t yet know exactly how or why Johnson fell down those stairs.  Read more…

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Dance on top of the (very high) Sydney Harbour Bridge like no one’s watching

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a popular spot to climb for your average tourist, but celebrities love it too.

Zoolander has been up there. So has Oprah. Even the musical genius behind “Sandstorm,” Darude, has graced the Australian bridge’s great heights.

But now you can embarrass yourself and scare the crap out of yourself at the same time, by busting a move on a light-up dance floor installed on top of it. 

It’s called “Dance Floor in the Sky” and across May and June (as part of the city’s Vivid Festival), it’ll offer locals and tourists alike a chance to pull a Saturday Night Fever on a frighteningly-small looking patch of d-floor.  Read more…

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‘Homeland’ recap: Quinn has a no good, very bad day

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This recap contains spoilers for Homeland Season 6, episode 5, “Casus Belli.” Refresh your memory with our recap of episode 604.

After a slow start, the Homeland we know and love is back with Season 6’s fifth episode, “Casus Belli,” which means “an act or situation provoking or justifying war.”

The act in question is the bomb in Sekou’s (J. Mallory Cree) van, whose detonation in midtown Manhattan miraculously left only two people dead, Sekou being one of them. It seems the bomb went off so early that not very many people were at work yet — though the episode’s assertion that the bomb decimated three blocks really makes it seem like more people should have died, even if it was early in the morning, but that’s a small quibble in the world of TV dramas. Read more…

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