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is both an in-world propaganda image for Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her rebellion against the Capitol,
It also, through beautiful design, sends some interesting signals for fans of both the film franchise and Suzanne Collins’ book series. The most obvious, of course, is the prevalence of roses, which symbolize the Capitol’s President Snow (Donald Sutherland). The leader of Panem always wears white roses and leaves them as threats for Katniss. He also, as we learned in
, uses them to cover up the fact that he smells like blood from years spent poisoning people.
Blood red is the only other color on this poster besides black and white, and you’ll notice it drips from the petals surrounding Katniss’ eye—the one that she uses to aim her bow and arrow and the one that is trained on Snow. Their final face-off is coming, but as this poster warns, nothing can prepare you for the end.
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Taking off your shoes. Removing your belt. Putting your laptop in a separate bin. Going through the TSA security check at the airport is kind of a pain, but it makes you feel safer. But is that all the TSA check does, just make you
, airing tomorrow on truTV, comedian Adam Conover explores the “security theater” of the TSA screening process and examines why it’s not much different than the tamper-resistant protections put on medication.
It’s an interesting—and funny—bit. But is it entirely accurate? Conover welcomes you to fact-check him.
“In its highest aspirations, the show hopes to inspire people to think more critically about the world around them,” Conover says. “I don’t claim to have all the answers; after all, I’m just a comedian who reads a lot. That’s why we put our sources on screen—to empower the audience to check our work and do their own research.”
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We may bemoan the loss of the real-life meet-cute, but today, the internet offers us hope: Through the troubled skies of Tinder swipes and breakups via emoji, the art of the heartrending, life-altering love letter still shines.
Picture it: Boston, 1972. It’s New Year’s Eve, and a Vietnam vet wanders through a deluge; tortured with thoughts of the lives he ended as a bombadier, he searches for a reason to live, hoping that the rainstorm “might wash away the patina of guilt that had coagulated around my heart.” Lo and behold, he meets a teary woman in a ball gown, who grabs his hand and whisks him to a lunch counter for coffee. They talk, they laugh, he goes to collect his thoughts in the restroom—and she disappears. But through her vitality, she convinces him that life is worth living. And now, he wants her to know how she affected him.
You see, in these intervening forty-two years I’ve lived a good life. I’ve loved a good woman. I’ve raised a good man. I’ve seen the world. And I’ve forgiven myself. And you were the source of all of it. You breathed your spirit into my lungs one rainy afternoon, and you can’t possibly imagine my gratitude.
I have hard days, too. My wife passed four years ago. My son, the year after. I cry a lot. Sometimes from the loneliness, sometimes I don’t know why. Sometimes I can still smell the smoke over Hanoi. And then, a few dozen times a year, I’ll receive a gift. The sky will glower, and the clouds will hide the sun, and the rain will begin to fall. And I’ll remember.
Read more in “I Met You in the Rain on the Last Day of 1972,” a self-published masterpiece available only on… Craigslist. Yes, this bracingly eloquent tale, somehow the child of Nicholas Sparks and Tim O’Brien, is a Missed Connections gem. Anonymous M4W in Boston, GO FIND HER. And then turn your love story into the greatest Craigslist-self-published tragic romance of our time.
video for Justin Bieber’s latest hit “What Do You Mean?” is basically just a lot of neon, flirting with an attractive girl, and skateboarding. Fairly standard Bieber fare.
video (above), however, is much cooler. Choreographed, filmed, and edited by YouTuber David Moore, it’s a sleek dance crew clip performed entirely on those two-wheel self-balancing scooter thingys that everyone seems to have now. Moore, based on the outtakes at the end, also seems to have used one of the scooters as his dolly during filming, which is pretty sweet. To sum up: Scooter dancing is really taking off, and—well—it’s your move, Bieber.
Every so often, Facebook proves its worth—like when Erykah Badu announces a new mixtape,
, by dropping a cover of Drake’s summertime lost-love jam “Hotline Bling.” Rather than simply sing over Noah “40” Shebib’s original production (and honestly, why does no one just refer to dude as 40?), Erykah worked with a trio of musicians to re-create the track, which is just about as fire as you’d expect. We haven’t yet confirmed how many incense sticks went into the making of this gem, but we’re guessing it’s at least three dollars and six dimes’ worth.
So here’s something to take away that case of the Mondays. Jack Antonoff just released a remix/covers/etc. album of his band Bleachers’
and you can snag it right now for free. The record, which reimagines the 2014 album with various female pop stars—Charli XCX, Sia, Carly Rae Jepsen—on vocals, is available to stream on YouTube or on Google Play here. Do give it a spin, won’t you?
6. “Reckless Love” (feat. Elle King)
7. “Take Me Away” (feat. Brooke Candy & Rachel Antonoff)
8. “Like A River Runs” (feat. Sia)
10. “I’m Ready To Move On/Wild Heart Reprise” (feat. Susanna Hoffs)
11. “Who I Want You To Love” (feat. Natalie Maines)
— The Martian Movie (@MartianMovie) September 28, 2015
First, a quick mostly spoiler-free tidbit about
for folks who don’t know: It’s about an astronaut stranded on Mars who has to find a way to grow his own food to survive until he can be rescued. Since Mars is an arid planet where, as Watney puts it, “nothing grows,” he must “science the shit” out of his circumstances to make water and grow a crop.
Today, however, NASA announced that new evidence shows actual liquid water might be present on the Red Planet. Whoops!
quickly responded to the news today with the above tweet and video, which cuts together the announcement from NASA’s planetary science head, Jim Green, with Watney/Matt Damon’s wry “Surprise!” from the film. It was a fun, smart reaction. But does today’s news blow
Not really. Today’s news still doesn’t indicate that Mars has enough water for modern farming. This also isn’t the first time whispers of water on Mars have surfaced—something author Andy Weir even struggled with after he finished writing
and Curiosity started sending back data suggesting Mars might have once had water.
“There’s nothing I can do about it, they found it after I had already finished the book and it was on its way to print,” Weir says. “But I can still get away with it, because I can just say, ‘OK, Curiosity found a whole bunch of water in Gale Crater but that doesn’t mean that there’s a bunch of water in Acidalia Planitia [where Watney is stuck].’ So until somebody sends a probe there, they can’t prove me wrong.”
But would NASA agree? A couple weeks ago, before the agency’s announcement today, WIRED asked Green about the fact that there might be more water, or evidence of water, on Mars than appears in Weir’s book or
] certainly has a lot of fabulous aspects of it that are really quite true about Mars—and there are some things that aren’t,” Green says. “But in reality, I tell my science friends, ‘Hey, check the science at the door. Go on in and enjoy the movie.\'”
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