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Kevin Spacey's 'Billionaire Boys Club' opened to $126 — and no, that isn't a typo

Mashable - 13 hours 13 min ago

Yes, you read that rightBillionaire Boys Club, starring Kevin Spacey, made just $126 at the box office during its opening weekend. 

The film opened Friday in only 10 theaters in the U.S. 

Despite its all star cast — including Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Emma Roberts, Jeremy Irvine, Cary Elwes, Judd Nelson, and Billie Lourd — it brought in an abysmal $126 in total. 

SEE ALSO: 'House of Cards' star Robin Wright says she didn't really know Kevin Spacey 'the man'

The Hollywood Reporter breaks down the numbers: each location averaged $12.60, which is approximately less than two tickets per viewing if the average cost of a ticket is $9.27.  Read more...

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Toronto is finally filling this sinkhole because annoyed residents turned it into a tomato garden

Mashable - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 23:00

Fed up Toronto residents managed to push the city into fixing a sinkhole by passive aggressively planting tomatoes in it. 

SEE ALSO: I tried the Amazon Plants Store and got covered in wet dirt

A huge pothole has marred Poplar Plains Road "for months now," according to CityNews reporter Brandon Rowe.

Fed up with the city's slow progress on getting it fixed, the gardeners of Toronto banded together and planted tomatoes in the pothole. 

No this isn’t a community garden! Some fed up residents in the Summerhill area planted tomatoes in this sinkhole as they wait for the city to fix it. One woman tells me that the crater has been on Poplar Plains Cres. for months now@CityNews

— Brandon Rowe (@CityNewsBrandon) August 16, 2018

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Jennifer Lopez thinks we need more romantic comedy in our lives

Mashable - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 22:07

Jennifer Lopez knows what the people want, and what the people want are romantic comedies.

On Friday night's Tonight Show, Lopez talked to host Jimmy Fallon about her upcoming film Second Act, in which she stars as a woman who enters the corporate workforce in her forties, per Entertainment Weekly. She'll act opposite Milo Ventimiglia of This Is Us and Gilmore Girls fame. 

SEE ALSO: Here's to all the TV romances that didn't make it

After gushing over "heartthrob" Ventimiglia, Lopez and Fallon moved onto the topic of romantic comedies, a genre the singer and actress feels people "need."

"You need that funny, quirky look at life sometimes — that romantic look at life," she said.  Read more...

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Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra made their engagement official, and people have FEELINGS

Mashable - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 20:54

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's engagement went Instagram official, and the internet can't handle it.

Jonas reportedly popped the question a month ago on Chopra's 36th birthday. The couple didn't make the official announcement until Saturday morning, however, after a traditional engagement ceremony in Mumbai. 

SEE ALSO: Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are reportedly engaged and fans are crying

Jonas and Chopra both posted adorable photos from their Roka ceremony — one of the traditional Indian pre-wedding events — on Instagram. 

"Future Mrs. Jonas," Jonas posted. "My heart. My love." 

"The only way to do this ... with Family and God," Chopra said. "Thank you for all your wishes and blessings."  Read more...

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NASA cameras spot extremely bright meteor streak through the sky over Alabama

Mashable - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 20:26

Dozens of people in the Southeast U.S. were treated to a special cosmic show in the wee hours of Friday morning.

An exceedingly bright fireball meteor streaked above that part of the country at about 1:19 a.m. ET on Friday, and it was caught in the act by NASA's all sky cameras in Alabama. 

SEE ALSO: NASA is searching for meteorites that splashed down into the Pacific Ocean. Here's why.

"Early results indicate the fireball, which was at least 40 times as bright as the Full Moon, was caused by a small asteroid 6 feet (2 meters) in diameter," NASA said in a Facebook post

It's possible that some small pieces of the meteor made it to the ground — where they're known as meteorites — but it's unclear whether any small chunks made it all the way through the atmosphere, NASA added. Read more...

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Geek Trivia: What Was The First Song Performed In Space?

How-To Geek - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 19:37
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New panda mom doesn't know she has twins thanks to these sneaky zookeepers

Mashable - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 19:16

Crafty zookeepers are keeping a set of newborn panda twins alive by switching them out every day. 

Although twins aren't uncommon, when pandas have multiple babies they tend to devote all of their attention to only one of their cubs, leaving the other to starve. 

SEE ALSO: Someone tried to smuggle a snake onto a plane by hiding it in a hard drive

But these zookeepers have managed to get new panda moms to care for both babies by rotating them out, tricking the pandas into believing they only have one cub to care for.

A BBC Earth video — narrated by the one and only David Attenborough — shows the keepers' technique.  Read more...

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Antoni from 'Queer Eye' holding a wombat is the purest thing we've seen this week

Mashable - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 19:00

This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week.

Forget for a moment our current government drama, and savor this lovely palette cleanser in the form of Antoni Porowski from Queer Eye holding a wombat. 

The QE food expert shared a delightful Boomerang of the pair enjoying a beautiful moment together. In the clip, the wombat chills on the avocado chef's lap, and Antoni looks like he's about to melt.

Wooly wombat ❤️.

A post shared by Antoni Porowski (@antoni) on Aug 15, 2018 at 1:44pm PDT

It's unclear when and where exactly the video was taken. Could it be from the Fab Five's trip to Australia a few months ago to give the residents of Yass a makeover? Possibly! And if so, really Antoni? Why would you wait so long to post this? Read more...

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Ariana Grande tears up discussing her song about anxiety and the Manchester attack

Mashable - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 18:03

For Ariana Grande, the song "get well soon" off her new album sweetener is a deeply personal one, inspired in part by the 2017 Manchester terrorist attack at one of her concerts that left 22 people dead. 

In a Friday interview with Ebro Darden on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio, Grande spoke through tears about the song and her experiences following the attack.

But early in the interview, Grande notes that the song isn't just about Manchester. 

"It's also about personal demons and anxiety, and more intimate tragedies, as well," she said. "Mental health is so important. People don't pay enough mind to it... People don't pay attention to what's happening inside... That's why I felt like it was important. I just wanted to give people a hug, musically." Read more...

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Here's to all the TV romances that didn't make it

Mashable - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 18:00

It’s Summer Lovin’ Week here at Mashable, which means things are getting steamy. In honor of the release of Crazy Rich Asians, we’re celebrating onscreen love and romance, looking at everything from our favorite fictional couples to how Hollywood’s love stories are evolving. Think of it as our love letter to, well, love.

Entertainment fans love love, but this Romance Week we wanted to take a moment to appreciate the TV couples that didn't make it. Where would any of our romantic journeys be without a little (okay, a lot) of failure?

SEE ALSO: We made a bracket to help you choose the best fictional boyfriend Read more...

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Deadly, 40,000-foot fire tornado revealed in new videos

Mashable - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 17:11

Harrowing new footage released by California's firefighting agency Cal Fire reveals the massive fire tornado that led to the death of a firefighter on July 26.

The fire tornado was part of the Carr Fire that's engulfed 223,610 acres of land in Northern California so far. A report from Cal Fire breaks down the details surrounding the fiery phenomenon.

SEE ALSO: A fire tornado hit California. Here's how it happened.

Per the report, the tornado "was a large rotating fire plume that was roughly 1,000 feet in diameter at its base" and managed to reach a height of 40,000 feet. 


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How Slender Man embodies the fears of our digital age

Mashable - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 16:00

When the internet created the Slender Man, it did not realize it had made manifest the fears of a whole generation adrift in the digital age.

Faceless, amorphous, and boundless, the tall black-suited figure sprang from the crowdsourced anxieties of our online hivemind. Countless internet urban legends existed before and after him. But Slender rose above all, his empty face an uncanny reflection of the virtual void we summoned him from.

Recently Hollywood tried to capitalize on his internet phenomenon with a movie that received a resounding "meh." Unsurprisingly, movie execs fail to grasp exactly what makes the legend of a nefarious man in a business suit so terrifying to millennials. Read more...

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Things might get steamy with Joyce and Hopper in ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3

Mashable - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 15:42

No matter how upside down the world becomes, there's always room to find love.

At least that's what Stranger Things star David Harbour is hinting at when it comes to Season 3 of the Netflix phenomenon. 

More specifically, Harbour teased fans about the undeniable chemistry between his character Hopper and Winona Ryder's Joyce during a Q&A at an Emmy nomination celebration event on Friday.

So, what can we expect from the newest season when it drops in 2019? In a word: heat.

SEE ALSO: Joyce and Hopper seriously need to hook up in 'Stranger Things 3'

"It’s the summer of love in Hawkins, Indiana," he said during the event at Hollywood Forever Cemetary.  Read more...

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Best Camera Straps for Every Need

How-To Geek - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 14:00

The strap that comes with your camera sucks. It screams tourist, holds your camera awkwardly, and is just generally terrible.

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Cars are the new hot spot for companies to sell you things

Mashable - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 14:00

When everyone's a passenger instead of a driver, the car experience really starts to change.

As we take more and more Lyft and Uber rides — and eventually once autonomous cars drive us around — the purpose of the car will transform. The space once centered on getting us from point A to point B is already becoming yet another portal to sell us stuff.

SEE ALSO: New smart car feature alerts you if you leave something in the back seat

Services like Cargo and Vendy bring products like gum or earbuds into cars tied to ride-hailing services so you can have them there and then. It's a vending machine in the age of ride-hailing apps. Uber has already exclusively partnered with Cargo as a side hustle for drivers. Grab in Singapore similarly has partnered with the in-car commerce startup with a captive customer base in the back seat. Read more...

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Cat S61 review: Tough as nails but not for everyone

Mashable - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 13:15
Cat S61 $1,022 View Product The Good Lots of unique features • Durable to very high specifications • Different than anything else on the market The Bad Buggy software • Mediocre specs • especially considering the price The Bottom Line The Cat S61 is an interesting phone, which is a label that doesn't fit too many phones these days. However, the software needs work, and the price tag is too high for what it offers. Mashable Score3.0 Cool Factor4.0 Learning Curve2.0 Performance3.0 Bang for the Buck3.0

Here's a quick test to see whether you need a phone like the Cat S61: Do you work in construction? Do you often repair stuff around the house? Do you drop your phone once a week or more? Do you use your phone in very inhospitable conditions, such as extreme cold or wet places? Read more...

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24 times 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before' was too cute to handle

Mashable - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 13:15

It’s Summer Lovin’ Week here at Mashable, which means things are getting steamy. In honor of the release of Crazy Rich Asians, we’re celebrating onscreen love and romance, looking at everything from our favorite fictional couples to how Hollywood’s love stories are evolving. Think of it as our love letter to, well, love.

Spoilers ahead for To All the Boys I've Loved Before, though if you've ever seen a romcom before, you can probably guess how it ends. 

There's a lot to be said for watching a romcom in theaters. The picture is better. The sound is clearer. There are fewer distractions, give or take a noisy kid, but it's also a communal activity. Read more...

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Recycling in the United States is in serious trouble. How does it work?

Mashable - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 13:00

You probably have no idea how recycling works.

Most Americans — who recycle nearly 87 million tons of waste each year — likely think that the plastic and paper thrown into those special blue bins gets sorted by some nebulous government agency and automatically becomes an environmentally-friendly product.

But that's not how it works. Recycling, first and foremost, is a business.

When recycled goods get picked up by the state's waste management corporation, they are taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where everything is separated and packaged up to be sent to another facility where it's processed depending on the material.  Read more...

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The Best Cloud Gaming Services for Streaming Video Games

How-To Geek - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 12:40
Around 2015, a few companies started to pop up that offer “cloud gaming,” a service promising to turn your cheap laptop into a high powered gaming rig through the power of “the cloud” (and a fast internet connection). A lot has changed in the few years, and cloud gaming is now a fully realized service, with many different options from which to choose.
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Save $60 on this device that's seven chargers in one

Mashable - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 11:00

Between your tablet, e-reader, smartphone, and every other smart gadget on the market, you have a lot of devices you use on a daily basis. The problem is, you only have a limited number of outlets and USB ports and don’t have enough time to charge each item one by one. It’s even worse when you live with someone who has just as many — if not, more — gadget as you.

SEE ALSO: The very best cases for your iPhone 8

Turns out, all you really need is Okra’s Desktop Universal Charging Station. 

There are a lot of chargers out there, but this might be one of the smartest designs to date. Okra’s charger sits nicely on your desk or kitchen counter and can charge up to seven — count ‘em, seven — gadgets simultaneously.  Read more...

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