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Paul McCartney's 'Carpool Karaoke' takes a sad song and makes it better

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:32:28 +0000
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Imagine singing an emotional duet to "Let It Be" in the car with an actual Beatle.

That little bucket list item was ticked by James Corden, who dropped the full instalment of "Carpool Karaoke" featuring legendary Beatle Paul McCartney on Thursday night's The Late Late Show.

A jolly good sport, McCartney runs through some of his best numbers, from the thematically necessary "Drive My Car," to the first song he ever wrote. 

Corden takes McCartney on a little trip down memory lane around Liverpool in the episode, including a visit to the legend's former childhood home, and of course, Penny Lane, and it all ends in a local pub to sing "Hey Jude," to some surprised locals.  Read more...

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LGBTQ truckers talk embracing identity and finding community over thousands of miles

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:04:44 +0000
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Long-haul truck drivers already face plenty of dangers on the road, but if you also happen to be a gay couple or a trans woman emerging from the cab at a gas station or rest stop, these can potentially expand to discrimination, violence, and hate.

That's why Shelle Lichti, a 25-year veteran of the trucking industry, created an online community for the disparate and wide-ranging truckers who identify as LGBTQ. 

Lichti was one of six panelists Uber Freight brought Thursday to its San Francisco offices to speak about driving, technology, and identity. When Lichti came out, she was told she was supposed to look like the assigned stereotype of a lesbian trucker: flannel shirts and combat boots. "It doesn't matter your orientation to get the job done," she said. Read more...

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ABC picks up 'Roseanne' spinoff without Roseanne

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 01:17:57 +0000
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The Conners are coming back – minus one.

After Roseanne Bar's racist tweet immediately resulted in ABC canceling the wildly popular revival, rumors about a spinoff show circulated. 

Now, ABC has finally confirming that The Conners will premiere next fall, taking over the Tuesday 8 p.m. slot left open by Roseanne

It will feature the entirety of the revival cast, aside from the very character who used to be the show's namesake. The current order calls for an initial ten-episode run.

Having reached an agreement with executive producer Tom Werner, Barr will not be financially or creatively involved with the new show. Read more...

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Surprise! If you've already binged 'Queer Eye' Season 2, there's more to cry over

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:31:45 +0000
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If you've already wept your way through all of Season 2 of Queer Eye, here's a little bite-sized cry for ya.

The Fab Five dropped a surprise episode set in Australia, in which they visited the real life town of Yass — and were made official Yass Queens.

The mini-episode still includes a makeover from Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, and Tan France — this time, it's George, a cattle farmer and former rodeo cowboy nominated by his son.

While Jonathan, Tan, and Karamo work on George, Bobby and Antoni work on the local Yass pub, giving it a much-needed makeover, renovating the bistro and introducing a new signature dish to the menu. Read more...

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YouTube just made it easier for creators to make money without ads

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 23:45:00 +0000
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Just one day after Instagram revealed its new, YouTube-like service, YouTube is announcing new features meant to entice its most influential users.

The Google-owned platform announced two new features that will help video creators make more money from their channels: the ability to sell merchandise alongside their videos, and the ability to sell paid memberships.

For creators, these updates represent two potentially significant forms of additional revenue that aren't advertising.

Until now, merchandising has been available to a handful of beta testers but hasn't been widely available. Beginning tomorrow, it will be available to any U.S.-based channel with at least 10,000 subscribers. The result of a partnership with e-commerce platform Teespring, the feature lets channel-owners sell branded T-shirts, phone cases, mugs, and other items. Read more...

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New report finds abysmal diversity numbers among film directors in 2017

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 23:32:09 +0000
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Organizations like Time's Up are fighting long, hard battles against systemic discrimination in Hollywood. And a new study on the state of diversity among film directors shows not only how much work lies ahead, but how desperately needed these movements for change are.

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) released its annual inclusion report for 2017 on June 21, and the numbers leave a lot to be desired. 

The study found that a mere 16% of women directed the 651 feature films accounted for by the DGA, which run the gamut from big budget blockbusters to modest indie productions. When it came to movies that grossed over $250,000 at the box office, that number plummeted even further down to 12%.  Read more...

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Kim Kardashian West said she wants President Trump 'to win' and people are not happy

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:31:34 +0000
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In May, Kim Kardashian West met with President Donald Trump in a successful effort to free a great-grandmother serving a life sentence in prison for a first-time drug offense. Now it seems as if her willingness to believe in the Trump administration is still holding strong.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian West took a break from selling beauty products at her KKW Beauty pop-up store to talk politics. She shared her thoughts on the ongoing "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that's separated families at the U.S. and Mexico border — but it's her comments about Trump and his administration that have people cringing. Read more...

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MoviePass is launching surge pricing — but it's not as bad as you think

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:21:34 +0000
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MoviePass isn't going down without a fight. The subscription-based movie ticket service is about to face major competition from AMC and will introduce several new measures in July to fight financial ruin

Among those changes are a bring-a-friend option, IMAX and 3D movies, and surge pricing – like Uber.

MoviePass C.E.O. Mitch Lowe told Business Insider that "high demand" movies will incur an additional $2 fee when purchased through MoviePass (depending on time as well). That's $2 on top of the $9.95 most users are paying per month for unlimited movies in theaters, and less than a box of Sno-Caps.  Read more...

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Melania's tone deaf jacket gets instantly burned by memes

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:49:12 +0000
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The First Lady made it too easy.

Melania Trump made a surprise visit to Texas on Thursday to meet detained immigrant children at the U.S. border. Considering she's been laying low for the past few weeks, you'd think it's a step forward for her as a public figure. Remember that whole "where's Melania" debacle in May? 

But in some sort of bizarrely insensitive fashion no-no, Melania decided to board the plane to the middle of a major human rights debate wearing a long green jacket that said "I don't really care, do u?" on the back. Read more...

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Did Apple Know About 'Touch Disease' All Along?

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:43:41 +0000
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Elon Musk gets into it with former Tesla employee he sued for alleged data hacking

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:23:20 +0000
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been quieter than usual on Twitter for the past day — maybe because he's too busy emailing a former employee he called out for "sabotage" and proceeded to sue for stealing trade secrets and data about the electric car company.

The Washington Post obtained an email exchange between Musk and Martin Tripp, the former Nevada Gigafactory process technician worker, Tesla sued Wednesday. The emails were sent the same days the suit was filed in a district court in Nevada.

Bizarrely enough, Musk — the eccentric billionaire CEO who is also heading space projects, hyperloop transit systems, and more — went head on with the accused hacker, leaker, and framer.  Read more...

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8 mind-bending questions 'Westworld' needs to answer in its Season 2 finale

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:13:58 +0000
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There is no other show on television quite like Westworld when it comes to keeping an audience guessing until the last minute. The entire first season of the show was predicated on not knowing who certain characters really were, when certain events were happening, and what all of its cryptic philosophical catchphrases really meant. The second season is more of the same.

While some of the lingering questions of Season 1, like “what is the Maze,” “what happened to Elsie,” and “why do the welcome hosts insist on making guests pick a hat before they enter the park,” have been answered over the course of Season 2, each answered question has spawned several others. With the season finale of Westworld Season 2 approaching next Sunday, here are the questions the show will hopefully answer before the season’s end.  Read more...

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'Last Jedi' director begs angry fanboys to remake movie: 'Please please please'

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:33:52 +0000
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Did you hear? The Last Jedi is an Objectively Bad Movie. 

Never mind that it raked in $1.3 billion worldwide to become the 11th highest grossing film of all time (and second most successful Star Wars film ever), or that it was a critical sensation with a 91% score on Rotten TomatoesThe Last Jedi is bad because a bunch of angry dudes with tiny Twitter follower numbers say so! 

Now anywhere between one and several of those dudes have banded together under a Twitter account called Remake The Last Jedi. The avowed intent by this anonymous "team of producers" is to fund and crowd-write a new version of the movie, which cost north of $200 million to make.  Read more...

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'The Year of Spectacular Men' is the indie romcom millennials need

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:17:39 +0000
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The Year of Spectacular Men follows a recent college grad, Izzy Klein, highlighting the turmoil in love, family, and career millennials face in their 20s.

Lea Thompson and daughter Madelyn Deutch sit down with Mashable to discuss their writing and directing roles, what it's like working as a family, and why millennials are having such a hard time connecting with one another and finding their passions.

The Year of Spectacular Men is currently in select theaters and OnDemand nationwide. Read more...

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Google makes it easier to control your account settings with a new search feature

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:10:17 +0000
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It seems that now more than ever, tech companies are paying close attention to user privacy and making it easier to adjust your settings.

Now, Google is revamping the Google Account hub to make security and privacy settings easier to navigate. The biggest change: You'll now be able to use a search bar to hunt for specific settings.

The redesign is rolling out to Android starting today, and will reach iOS and web versions later this year. The core focus of this update is making relevant information much easier to find — and easier to adjust to your specific needs.

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Melania Trump boards plane to meet immigrants wearing 'I really don't care' jacket

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:54:01 +0000
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Good fucking lord, Melania.

The first lady made a surprise visit to McAllen, Texas, on Thursday to visit shelters and facilities for immigrant children at the U.S. border. Pre-arrival, however, she did something so deeply bizarre that it would probably get cut from a movie script for being "too unrealistic." 

Here, fellow void-screamers, is the choice Melania made. Before Melania boarded her plane to an epicenter of the U.S. immigration crisis, she chose to put on a jacket that reads, in enormous letters: "I really don't care, do u?"

Are you f*cking kidding me, Melania?

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Massive snake crossing the street brings traffic to a standstill

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:32:03 +0000
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You can complain about traffic all you want, but have you ever had your entire commute derailed by a massive anaconda?

The snake — which was approximately 11.5 feet long — slithered out of the forest and started crossing the street in Manaus, Brazil. Taking its sweet time getting to the other side, the huge anaconda was longer than the width of a car lane. 

The video ends before the jaywalker (jay-slitherer?) gets to the other side, so we never get to know why the anaconda crossed the road.  Read more...

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Get two Fire HD 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets for kids from Amazon and save $50

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:29:21 +0000
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Amazon has a deal going on today that saves you $50 when you buy either two Fire HD 7 tablets or two Fire HD 8 tablets for kids. 

For starters, either of the Fire HDs are an awesome choice as far as kids' tablets go. Both models come with a year of FreeTime included, which gets your kid access to more than 15,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games. (Once your year of free access is up, the monthly fee is a *very* reasonable $2.99.) The available titles are great for any kid between the ages of 3-12 (think PBS, Nickelodeon, Disney.) 

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This steadicam operator lets her work do the talking, inspiring other women in the industry through her hustle, dedication to craft and creativity

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:08:46 +0000
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Known on Instagram as Steadijess, Jessica Lopez is a rising star when it comes to mastering the art of steadicam. Having worked on big projects, including 'A Wrinkle In Time', Jessica is hustling to achieve her dreams and goals as a creator

She's also working to end bullying and the unnecessary politics that can arise on set.   Read more...

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An extinct gibbon was found buried in an ancient tomb. Did humans kill them off?

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:01:00 +0000
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Inside a desk drawer at a Chinese museum, a British paleontologist came across the face and jaw bones of a long-dead gibbon in 2009.

Five years earlier, scientists had discovered the bones inside an elaborate 2,200-year-old tomb belonging to a woman of Chinese royalty. It's not unusual to find the bones of bears, leopards, and gibbons in these imperial burials, but there is something curious about these particular gibbon bones.

"The specimen remains are not just a unique species, but a new genus," James Hansford, a researcher at the Zoological Society of London, said in an interview. Hansford is the co-author of a new study in the journal Science detailing the gibbon finding. Read more...

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Amazon has Garmin GPS devices on sale for $30 off

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:44:27 +0000
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Real talk: It's still very easy to get lost while driving. Whether its the gridded streets of New York City or the hills of California, one wrong turn can take you 30 minutes away from your destination. Invest in a Garmin GPS, like this one Amazon has on sale, and avoid those issues again.

The Garmin Drive 51 USA LMT-S GPS is currently available on sale at Amazon for $119.99, down from $149.99. The Garmin Drive comes with lifetime maps for free, that way you're never left out in the cold when it comes to any route changes. It also includes traffic updates, so long as you have a smartphone with the free link app. And to ensure safety, the GPS will provide alerts should any delays or crossings come up. Read more...

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Eminem's ASL interpreter stole the show at Firefly

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:36:32 +0000
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If you've been to a big concert recently, you may have witnessed the mesmerizing skills of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. 

Their skills are as enthralling as the performers on stage, and the latest viral video of one interpreter at an Eminem concert in particular is proof.  

The original video, uploaded to Facebook by Kate Starr Fillingame, shows famed interpreter Holly Maniatty to the side of the stage, signing along to "Rap God" with Eminem as he performs at the Firefly Music Festival

Maniatty has become a star in her own right after numerous appearances alongside rappers like Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Wu Tang Clan, Beastie Boys, and more over the years — in addition to previous Eminem concerts.  She's also the same interpreter that garnered internet attention after a video with Waka Flocka showed the rapper confusing her signing for dancing.  Read more...

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Watch this compelling ad for hero pilot and Texas congressional candidate MJ Hegar

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:58:51 +0000
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Despite the ongoing hellstorm of political debate surrounding Russia, North Korea, and immigration, we can't forget there's a pivotal midterm election coming up in November. It's going to take a lot to garner attention with so much going on.

Big ups to MJ Hegar, then, for capturing the eye of many with this effective ad for her campaign in the 31st Congressional District in Texas

A former military pilot injured in the line of duty, Hegar's ad (soundtracked by a "Gimme Shelter"-esque tune) traces her life and the battles she faced after her injury, including successfully suing the Pentagon to lift their ban on women in combat. Part of her journey was the inability to get a meeting with her representative, Rep. John Carter (R), a member of the Tea Party because she wasn't a donor. Now, she's made Carter her opponent. Read more...

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This colorful vortex ring collision is almost too mesmerizing

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:45:50 +0000
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Five years ago, Destin Sandlin of the YouTube channel SmarterEveryDay saw a video of two vortex rings colliding with each other. As he watched, something caught his attention: a group of tiny rings appeared in the collision's wake.

Sandlin spent years trying to recreate that phenomenon. Along with his collaborator David Linderman, he worked to capture a similar collision in high resolution. After roughly four years of work, they pulled off the reaction. And on Wednesday, they finally published high-res, slow motion video of their work.

Watch the whole thing — it's worth it. And prepare to be mesmerized. Read more...

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Humble Bundle is offering a 'pay what you want' deal on cybersecurity software and it's for a good cause

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:14:11 +0000
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With the sheer amount of hackers and scammers out there on the internet just waiting to gobble up your precious information, you might consider getting web software that will help you better navigate your browsing experience on your desktop and mobile devices. The good people at Humble Bundle are offering new users like you a complete cybersecurity bundle for as little as $1.

What’s in the Humble Bundle you might ask? You get five pieces of software that work together, so you can surf the interwebs better and more securely. Let’s run them down:

Dashlane

Having trouble remembering passwords for all your various services and accounts, like Gmail, Netflix, Twitter, and Amazon? Dashlane can help generate unlimited and unique passwords every time you log in. Now you just have to remember one password for everything you do on the internet and Dashlane will do the rest. Read more...

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Online shopping is about to get more expensive

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:54:53 +0000
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Gird your (digital) wallets!

The Supreme Court has ruled that states can charge online retailers sales tax, even if they don't have a physical presence in the state. That means that some of the biggest online retailers — including Wayfair, Overstock.com, and Newegg, who were named in the suit against the state of South Dakota — may soon have to pass on that additional cost to consumers.

"Each year, the physical presence rule becomes further removed from economic reality and results in significant revenue losses to the States," Justice Kennedy wrote in his Court Opinion.

How does this affect the gargantuan elephant in the room, Amazon? Amazon actually already charges sales taxes on the goods that it sells directly. But the third party sellers on Amazon do not. So you might have to start paying sales tax alongside those non-Prime shipping charges. Ouch. Read more...

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New malware is being disguised as Fortnite for Android

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:44:23 +0000
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Don't download the game Fortnite: Battle Royale, Android users.

The year's most popular video game (which made almost $300 million last month) is currently available on all major gaming platforms except for Android. So of course, malware developers have noticed and are taking advantage of the vacuum by creating fraudulent Fortnite apps for Android devices.

The malicious developers typically earn money when an eager player downloads the fake apps, which is a common hoax that malevolent developers use whenever there is a lot of hype surrounding a video game's release.

The legitimate Fortnite: Battle Royale for Android is slated to go live this summer, but in the meantime, antsy gamers are finding phony (read: malicious) downloads online through search engines. It's important to note that the fake apps are not available in the Google Play Store, so the tech giant can't do anything about the issue. Read more...

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Rogue hot dog gives Philadelphia Phillies fan a black eye

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:40:30 +0000
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Turns out fly balls aren't the only things you have to dodge during baseball games.

Kathy McVay experienced that firsthand while watching the Philadelphia Phillies play the St. Louis Cardinals from behind home plate on Monday night. Per Philadelphia's ABC affiliate station, at one point during the game, the Phillies mascot Phillie Phanatic brought out a massive hot dog launcher and pelted food at the crowd, accidentally hitting McVay in the face with one.

"The next thing I know he shot it in our direction, and bam! It hit me like a ton of bricks. My glasses flew," McVay told WPVI. Read more...

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'Game of Thrones' set images could foreshadow a new ruler of Westeros

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:27:36 +0000
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As filming on Season 8 Game of Thrones comes to an end, fans continue to scour the sets for clues on what lies ahead for Westeros. After all, these final weeks of shooting are our last chance to ever gleam information about the final season from behind-the-scenes leaks. 

The latest fan images captured a drastic change to a central and important set. It could spell out  something huge — or it could be a whole lot of nothing. 

We're entering full-on tinfoil speculation territory, but isn't that half the fun of Game of Thrones?

For months now, all eyes have been on Titanic Studios in Belfast. After spending nearly a year building an enormous King's Landing set on the backlot, we've seen evidence of it burning (from friendly dragonfire or undead dragon fire?) and one tantalizing glimpse at a never-before-seen wing of the the Red Keep. Read more...

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Netflix drops charming trailer for 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before'

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:21:36 +0000
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Netflix released the first trailer for its film adaptation of To All the Boys I've Loved Before, and the film looks just as lovely as the novel by Jenny Han. Lara Jean Song Covey (Lana Condor) writes letters to all her crushes, never with the intent of sending them – but then, somehow, they get out.

Lara describes her five crushes – crushes so intense that writing those secret letters is all she can do to handle it. The bubbly trailer shows her interacting with those boys and fighting the seemingly never-ending adolescent battle to find her true self. Read more...

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