There are many reasons to be excited about Marvel’s X-Men: Days of Future Past whichhits theaters on May 23, 2014.
For one, there’s time travel. We get to see Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart as Magneto and Professor X – the roles they played in the earlier “X-Men” movies AND we get to see Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, the actors who played the younger versions of Magneto and Professor X in the 2011 prequel, “X-Men: First Class.”
Secondly, this Marvel film puts together a star-studded cast including Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page and Halle Berry.
And of course, we’re more than excited to see Eurasian actor Booboo Stewart and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing bring life to their much-anticipated characters.
Booboo Stewart plays Warpath, a mutant who posses superhuman speed and strength.
Fan Bingbing plays Blink, a mutant with the ability to teleport.
Fans have been anticipating the portrayal of these new characters and we’re sure these two actors will do them justice. Catch them both in the new trailer below:
To the delight of her many fans, Korean contestant Dami Im won Australia’s X-Factor last night.
The 25-year-old signer was born in South Korea and moved to Australia at the young age of 9. The Sydney Morning Herald notes that Im was teased because of her accent when she arrived in Australia and now suffers from shyness.
Luckily, her humble personality was loved by many. In fact, The Guardian has named Im “the least annoying winner in Australian reality TV history.”
But before she won the love of the public, Im first won over the judges during her audition piece. Though the judges admit to having low expectations, they were blown away when Im belted out Mariah Carey’s “Hero” and were quick to give her a standing ovation.
At one point during “bootcamp”, Im was sent home for forgetting the lyrics. However, a contestant dropped out and she was able to return to the show and and gain her victory.
The Guardian explains that Im quickly became a fan favorite and for good reason.
Not only was Dami the season’s strongest singer, most consistently exciting performer and most stylish coathanger, but her quietly confident and reserved personality was a stark rejoinder to the usual excitably hammy reality show contestant. Finally, here’s someone who can belt out Purple Rain while wearing lace dragon wings and getting doused in water, and still casually act like it’s no big thing.
Im proved to be quite the entertainer. From crazy outfits to outrageous performances, Im clearly became the one to watch.
Last night, with a hand over her mouth in shock and joy, Im sank to her knees when she was announced the winner. Of course, her achievement was not without difficulties. Im was immediately met with twitter comments all generated towards her race. News.com.au reports that some claim Im was not worthy of the title because ”it’s not Australian X Factor if an Asian wins.” Luckily, even more fans rose to her defense.
And what else can silence the viewers who claim Im was not worthy of the title? Maybe the fact that Im’s song already rose to the number one spot on iTunes in less than 24 hours.
Experts are claiming that Im has a good shot at being the first Asian-Australian popstar and we’re waiting anxiously to see when this happens.
We’ve seen our fair share of cute Halloween costumes on children, but we haven’t seen anything as adorably detailed as this. The pair, who happen to be the niece and nephew of Audrey’s Editor-in-chief Anna M. Park, are dressed up as Korra from Avatar: The Legend of Korra and Momo from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
They have everything down from Korra’s hair to Momo’s adorable expression (we’re not sure if the expression was intentionally there for the costume or not, but it deserves to be pointed out anyway).
I suppose you can expect no less from a parent who is a concept artist. When you create superhero looks for a living, impressive costume ideas and attention to detail are always necessary.
Just how cute were these costumes? Apparently, it was worthy enough for Bryan Konietzko, co-creator and executive producer of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, to repost on his blog. He writes:
I CAN NOT HANDLE THE CUTE.
NOPE, STILL CAN’T HANDLE IT.
These are the children of a friend of a friend’s friend, an obviously stupendous parent named Ana, who made the Korra costume. I’m not sure where she got the Momo costume, but it is equally and ridiculously fantastic. I love Halloween. Thanks Awesome Family for sharing.
Halloween is only a few days away! Of course this means pumpkin-carving, candy overloads, scary movies and, unfortunately, a handful of racist Halloween costumes.
Just the other day, we came across an eyeful of “blackface” when a couple of guys thought dressing up as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman would be a good idea.
The public exploded with angry comments towards these guys who made light of a very serious issue. Unfortunately, it is clear that there are many more individuals who see no problem with trivializing serious matters.
Our most recent example is this trio:
Nope, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. These guys actually thought it would be a good idea to dress up as Asiana Airlines flight attendants after crashing the plane.
The costumes reference the crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214 at the San Francisco International Airport. The crash killed two people, injured more than 180 others and left several in critical condition.
The crash itself was pulled into racial controversy when KTVU gave inappropriate nicknames to the pilots on Asiana Flight 214.
Again, the public exploded with angry reactions and yet people do not seem to care. The men with the pilot costumes made sure to include the racist names in their attire.
How people can make halloween costumes out of a tragedy is beyond me. In case these guys didn’t irritate you enough, don’t forget to check out Angry Asian Man‘s list of racist costumes.
Chopra, the 31-year-old Bollywood star and former Miss World adds yet another amazing accomplishment to her name. The stunning beauty was hand-selected by Paul Marciano, Guess’ president, to be the new Guess Girl. This would make Chopra the first Indian Guess Girl. In an industry criticized for its lack of diversity, this is huge news.
“I’m like their first brown model,” Chopra tells Women’s Wear Daily. “For a global fashion brand, for them to move their campaign into a global space, for me it’s an honor.”
“Being the next Guess girl was something that I would have never thought of, but when I met Paul [Marciano], he was like, ‘You’re it. It has to be you.’” she adds.
The new Guess campaign will premiere in the December issues of Harper’s Bazaar, Nylon,Paper, Marie Clare, Elle, and WSJ Magazine.
As we mentioned previously, this is simply adding onto her list of already impressive achievements. For instance, Chopra became the youngest person to ever win Miss World at the age of 17. She has starred in some of the highest grossing Bollywood films of all time, has an album releasing soon, was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child’s Rights in 2010 and wrote for the Times of India.
Clearly, Chopra is a force to be reckoned with. We can only hope that Chopra continues to shape the face of this industry.
Viewers simply could not agree on whether or not the 27-minute-long proposal was cute or too much. However, viewers all seemed to agree on their opinion of the following proposal.
This past Thursday, the Today show was about to interview Simone Jhingoor for her work in Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit organization that provides services to low-income women and their families. Suddenly, her boyfriend Chirag Shah appeared to say a few words. He then got down on one knee and proposed to her on live television.
Apparently, the public doesn’t think so. While the idea of a public marriage proposal sounds nice, just about every media outlet has called this particular proposal “awkward.” The Stir describes the whole ordeal by stating, “Before Simone got a chance to tell us [about her organization], she was interrupted by the most awkward proposal ever. Her boyfriend Chirag Shah apparently thought it was a good idea to show up, grab the microphone from Al, and give a pretty me-centric speech before asking Simone to marry him.”
Bustle described the inappropriate tactic of having Jhingoor believe she was allowed to speak about what she was passionate about.
Jhingoor was duped into thinking she’d just earned a shot to share her professional success and passion with the entire country, giving her a level of professional validation few of us ever have the opportunity to enjoy. It’s a dream come true for any one — man or woman — who’s thoroughly dedicated to their work. But before Jhingoor can even utter a syllable about her job or what she does to help the people of the Bronx, she’s whisked away to hear a diatribe about her now-fiancé and his boyhood dreams
Jezebel agreed with Bustle’s sentiments and seemed irritated with Shah’s “self-centered” speech:
Suddenly, her boyfriend, Chirag Shah, showed up with a rather self-centered (“I moved, MY dream”) over-rehearsed speech that turned into a marriage proposal. Bait and switch, dude.
As Simone realized what was happening, she tried to fix her hair. She had a tight-lipped smile on her face, but she seemed slightly annoyed. Still, Chirag got on one knee and Simone “yes.” Their friends were behind her, cheering. There was a stiff hug.
But immediately afterwards, when Al asked if she had any idea Chirag was about to propose, Simone said, “No! I thought I was here talking about my organization. I’m giving back to the community!” Right. You thought it was your moment — you were excited for your moment — and he made it all about him.
While the public had no problem analyzing the proposal and slamming Shah for his awkward methods, it may be important to hear what the couple has to say. Simone Jhingoor has openly stated that she is upset with the negative reactions and does not believe that her fiance stole her spotlight at all. In fact, the Today show posted a follow-up on Friday with some details about the organization. When YourTango asked Jhingoor to comment on the negative backlash to the proposal, she says:
I am unhappy about the recent backlash that was received from my on-air engagement to Chirag. He does not deserve to be labeled self-centered on feminist websites like Jezebel critiquing the entire experience when he is the most thoughtful person I know. I am moved by the beautiful proposal he arranged out of a genuine intention to make me happy. All of my close friends and family members cried when they saw it because of how sweet it was. My time on the show was never supposed to be about my work as it was about a proposal Chirag wanted to surprise me with on our four-year anniversary. Also, I am generally a very calm and centered person, which is a result of much of the personal change work that I have engaged in. It was disappointing for people to apply their own lens and cultural biases to interpret that I was pissed off and upset about not getting to speak about my work. Plus, Chirag has always been supportive of my social change work and activism, which is what I love about him.
Watch the proposal for yourself and tell us what you think.
Designboom.com receives projects from the public under their “DIY Submissions” feature. One project in particular, which addresses a very real and very scary issue, caught our eye.
The air quality within crowded living environments has been getting worse with every progressing year. Recently, Huffington Post reported on the dangerous smog conditions in China. The northern city of Harbin, for example, has air pollution 40 times higher than the international safety standard set by the World Health Organization. Harbin’s official news site noted that the smog is so overwhelming, it is impossible to even see your own fingers in front of you.
This toxic atmosphere forces Chinese citizens to wear masks, but what happens when the masks aren’t enough? If air pollution is getting worse each day, what other options will we have?
Designer Chiu Chih explores that very question in the project titled “voyage on the planet.” Design boom describes the hard-hitting project below:
The subtle mysteriousness of the planet’s unknown future often forces human beings to adapt – and potentially create new equipment just to survive. The design responds to a sense of curiosity towards this ever-changing environment – where old buildings are demolished and new modern ones continue to rise. Society and culture modify from one moment to the next, which in some cases Chiu Chih believes renders people hopeless, while for others it brings about hope and new expectations. The scary nature of this vulnerability is most poignant in the depletion of natural energy resources. ‘Voyage on the planet’ brings attention to the sate of the earth, and like new energy that is sought after as a replacement, it raises the question of further exploration and continued survival on the planet.
Think of your most embarrassing moment. Got it in your head? Well we’re gonna go ahead and bet that this University of Iowa teaching assistant probably beats you with her cringe-worthy, facepalm moment.
The TA allegedly meant to send her Math for Business students a study guide to their homework. I’m sure all of us have accidentally sent the wrong attachment at one point or sent a text message to the wrong person, but this mistake takes the cake.
Instead of the study guide, the TA accidentally sent more than 80 of her students nude pictures of her and her Asian boyfriend over a googlechat hangout in the middle of a “cybersex session.”
As expected, the students turned to twitter to voice their.. shock at the incorrect attachment.
According to The Daily Dot, the TA walked into class the next day pretending like nothing happened, but everyone in the room felt “extremely awkward.”
UI spokesman Tom Moore issued an email statement confirming that the incident did occur and that the TA deeply regrets the accident.
“This incident was inappropriate, and the university will look into it and take appropriate actions under our policies and procedures,” writes Moore.
Last month, we showed you the rather horrifying results of sleeping with makeup on. Even more stomach-churning, we showed you what happens when you don’t handle blackheads.. for twenty-five years.
Needless to say, skincare is (or should be) important to all of us. The task is to find the right methods to make sure you keep your skin as healthy as possible. All over the web, you can find people who swear by their methods of skincare and provide secret tips for a clear face. Should all of this advice be listened to?
Realbeauty.com, for instance, noted that toilet seat covers can be used as blotting sheets. While we don’t doubt this, we’re go ahead and pass on this beauty tip.
So who do we turn to? How about someone who has over 5 million YouTube subscribers and nearly one billion video views?
For years, viewers have trusted Michelle Phan with makeup tutorials, skincare advice, and now fans have been going crazy over her new makeup line, EM Michelle Phan.
So when Michelle Phan advises us to not wash our face in the morning, people were a bit caught off guard. But don’t worry, the makeup guru has a perfectly fine explanation for this. Huffington Post reports:
I don’t wash my face in the morning. I know that might sound gross to some people but essentially when you’re sleeping and your pillows are clean, all you need to do in the morning is wipe down [your face] with a wet cloth. A lot of the times when you’re constantly washing your face over and over again, it dries the skin and your skin will produce more oil which causes breakouts. So it’s all about keeping balance on your skin and applying a light moisturizer in the day time.
According to Parenting.com, babies are incapable of nightmares because they haven’t yet grasped the concept of fear. Instead, their dreams are filled with silent, vivid images. So what exactly do babies dream about during these sleep-fests? Researchers are still in the dark when it comes to knowing what babies actually dream about, but Queenie Liao certainly has an adorable way of showing what she thinks these dreams consist of.
Liao, mother of three, decided to utilize her baby’s naptime for some creative art. Using household materials such as blankets and stuffed animals, Liao makes every naptime photo an adventure.
Her photo art album, Wengenn in Wonderland, consists of over a hundred naptime adventures with Liao’s son, Wengenn. Trust us, it’s quite a delight.
If baby dreams are anything like the ones Queenie Liao imagines, then we certainly have something to be envious about.
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