Arya Stark’s sexual awakening on ‘Game of Thrones’ is a big deal

(CNN)A sex scene on “Game of Thrones” doesn’t normally constitute news. Sex is practically punctuation for the HBO series — more noticeable in its absence than its presence. And still others expressed surprise that the keen assassin even wanted to have sex at all — isn’t she satisfied by all that killing she seems to enjoy so much? Arya, HBO assures us, is now 18. She’s spent most of her time in Westeros until now taking brattish, bloody vengeance on her enemies. Were she male, the audience might assume that a virile young warrior would want to kick back and indulge between executions. It shouldn’t be surprising that Arya can contain more than one urge in her human body. But …

Why blend? Exploring the art and science of blending

Humans are the blending species, says philosopher of the senses Barry Smith, but what makes some blends work when others don’t? What does the skill of a good blender consist in? And is blending an art or a science? Whether your favourite drink is tea or coffee, champagne or Scotch whisky, you may be surprised to learn that what you’re drinking is probably a blend. Whisky lovers often prize single malt whiskies more highly than the blended Scotch that combines them, but even single malts will be mostly blends of spirits from different casks. The urge to blend, it seems, is everywhere, and it is also a distinctly human act. We alone go in for these repeated experiments of combining …

What now for Stormont after McKee murder?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“Why in God’s name does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman with her whole life in front of her to get to this point?” He welcomed the symbolism of the DUP and Sinn Féin leaders standing together in the Creggan last week – but pointed out how rare it is to see in these strained political times. There are some who now feel Lyra McKee’s death could be the turning point, a wake-up call for the political parties to resolve their differences. Many hope it will be. But sometimes optimism needs to be supported with a dose of realism. Image copyright PAUL FAITH Mrs Foster summed up the DUP view …

Michael Che Berates Culture Writer In Vulgar Rant For Mocking ‘SNL’ Co-Star Colin Jost

Michael Che publicly lashed out against a culture writer following the publication of an op-ed calling his “Weekend Update” co-anchor the show’s “most despised cast member.” Why Does Everyone (Still) Hate ’SNL’s Colin Jost?” Steve Hyden took aim at Jost’s personal life, “lack of on-camera experience” and the politically “centrist, dispassionate pragmatism” of his comedic routines: But the remarks didn’t go over well with Che, who berated Hyden as a “mediocre ass white dude” in a series of Instagram posts, suggesting he engages in bestiality. The messages appeared on the app’s “story” feature ― meaning they disappear after 24 hours ― but screenshots were posted on Twitter. Appearing to hit back at objections to his remarks, Che wrote that he …

Silencing Kate Smith is not the answer

(CNN)Oh for the love of James Weldon Johnson! So now they’re dragging out the corpse of singer Kate Smith to be pilloried because nobody in the upper reaches of popular culture had the humanity and common sense more than 80 years ago to acknowledge African Americans as anything but “darkies” and “pickaninnies.” To review: It was disclosed last week that two of the songs from the 1930s heyday of the Virginia-born Ms. Smith, who died in 1986 at age 79, contained racist imagery — even in their title: 1931’s “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” and 1933’s “Pickaninny Heaven.” (Trust me. The lyrics are even worse, and no amount of retrospective irony can shave off such an accumulation of sticky, rotten …

Mads Mikkelsen: One word wrong and you’re a dead person

The star of Hannibal, The Hunt and new film Arctic doubts frank conversation is possible in the wake of #MeToo. But is he really also sceptical about climate change? Dogme 95, the notorious Danish DIY film movement that launched the career of among Revolutionary, yelled by the critic Mark Kermode at a Cannes screening of Von Triers The Idiots). With its 10-point manifesto targeting 1996 crime drama Pusher, the 53-year-old actor has since become, alongside Von Trier and Viggo Mortensen, arguably the countrys most famous cinematic export. In Europe he has gained a reputation for committed performances in complex indie dramas such as Casino Royales Le Chiffre) and the Marvel universe (cult leader Hannibal. Mikkelsen in Hannibal. Photograph: NBC/NBCU Photo …

Watch RuPaul School LL Cool J On The Power Of Drag Culture In 1995

In the House” is perhaps best remembered for bringing rapper LL Cool J to network television. But the sitcom, which ran from 1995 through 1999 on NBC and UPN, also featured a guest appearance by none other than In the latest installment of his “Matt Baume breaks down the episode of RuPaul’s appearance, “Boyz II Men II Women.” The installment aired in late 1995 ― a time that Baume describes as “a pivotal moment” for TV depictions of drag and gender roles. At the time this episode aired, RuPaul was a star on the rise. His 1993 dance-pop album, “Supermodel (You Better Work).” “Prior to the ’90s, drag in the media was usually a punchline, a way to mock someone for not conforming to …

John Cho Recalls ‘Trauma’ Of Immigrating To The U.S.

John Cho still remembers the pain and confusion he experienced immigrating the the U.S.  New York Times, Cho recalled how terrifying it was to leave South Korea for a new country at 6 years old. The “Searching” actor told the outlet that it was “a great trauma to move countries and not speak the language and be made fun of for the way I looked and talked.” “So he made a little book with a map and pictures, like a little photo album, and sent it off with me,” he told the outlet. “He didn’t realize people brought in their teddy bears, and I was deeply, deeply embarrassed, but what could I do? My teacher was so excited that she …

20 years after Columbine, former Principal Frank DeAngelis is still learning how to move on

Arvada, Colorado (CNN)Frank DeAngelis stood in his home office, his hair graying over his ears, and pointed to each frame on the wall, telling the story behind the mementos he’s collected over the last two decades. Even so, Frank was unsure what he wanted to study in college, his brother said. But they had both played sports growing up, so when Frank told his brother he’d become an educator, Anthony DeAngelis assumed it was for the sake of athletics. “I thought, ‘He’s probably going to be pretty good at this,’” Anthony said. As with all things, Frank dove in deep. Early in his career, Frank’s principal once forced him to fork over his keys to the school for a weekend. …

‘Amsterdam is a cat city pretending to be a dog’ a cartoon

A dog city comes to you with its tail wagging, but cat cities like Amsterdam are more reticent and harder to judge, says artist Jan Rothuizen My drawings are best described as written maps or graphic reportages. These pieces are from my book Please Please Please Please Jan Rothuizen has published several books and exhibits his works internationally. His drawings are published monthly in Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant. He made the prize winning interactive documentary The Illustrated City series, email us at Twitter, Instagram to join the discussion, catch up on weekly newsletter

She dedicated herself to covering Northern Ireland. Murdered investigative journalist ‘tirelessly pursued the truth’

(CNN)Lyra McKee, the young investigative journalist shot dead during violence in Northern Ireland on Thursday, had been widely viewed as a rising star within the industry. McKee, who was 29, dedicated herself to journalism aged 14, starting a newspaper while still at school in Belfast. Her work as an investigative reporter explored the aftermath of The Troubles, the decades-long conflict between Irish nationalists and British unionists in Northern Ireland that left more than 3,500 people dead. The reverberations of the sectarian struggle was the setting for McKee’s murder in Londonderry, also known as Derry. McKee had an affection for the region she frequently covered, referring to it in a TEDx talk as “Legend-derry.” “Avoid that Londonderry/Derry thing. I hate that,” …

30 Artists Tributes To The Iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral

Scroll down to see the list of these beautiful tributes to the beloved cathedral. #1 The construction of Notre-Dame started back in 1163 and it was finished almost 200 years later in 1345. It’s important to mention that the iconic spire was added only in the 19th century. Notre-Dame isn’t only known for its incredible architecture, it was also the cathedral in which Napoleon’s coronation by Pope Pius VII took place in 1804. #10 #11 Recent news declare that there have been €1 billion donated to the reconstruction of the Notre-Dame Cathedral which has caused some controversy online. Many people claim that during the past few years there have been many tragic losses around the world, with many people losing …

Someone Great review – another run-of-the-mill romcom from Netflix

Despite fine performances from Gina Rodriguez and Lakeith Stanfield, the debut film from Jennifer Kaytin Robinson never strays from the genres cliches Someone Great, a new Netflix original comedy written and directed by the first-time film-maker Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, is the kind of movie thats both undeniably of its time and still curiously rote. At times it plays like an uninterrupted torrent of memes and millennialisms, as though its attention to the parlance and particularities of contemporary urban life might disguise the fact that its otherwise a standard, paint-by-the-numbers buddy-romcom, in which three girlfriends two are on the heels of a breakup; the third has sworn off committed relationships ring in their sisterhood and their sorrows at a trendy music …

Netflix’s New Comedy Lunatics Is Dizzying, Tone-Deaf

Watching Netflix’s latest stab at edgy comedy, Lunatics, is like scrolling through Instagram at 3 am. Fragments of lives flicker by—self-aggrandizing, specific, bizarre, sometimes obscene. Pretty soon, they all start looking fundamentally, headspinningly the same. We are, the show seems to be suggesting, the many faces of Chris Lilley. The new Netflix comedy is strikingly similar to the Australian comedian’s previous work. Like the popular Summer Heights High (and its spinoffs, Ja’mie: Private School Girl and Jonah from Tonga, which was pulled from the air in 2017 for being racist), Lunatics is a mockumentary following a bevy of characters all played by Lilley. In place of unseemly students and teachers, the characters are a celebrity pet psychic, a boy Instagrammer, …

Why are the gorillas in this super-cute viral selfie posing like humans?

A photo of two gorillas at a sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo has gone viral because they posed just like humans. In the selfie taken by a park ranger, female gorillas Ndakazi and Ndeze have a laid-back stance with their arms at their sides and look like they’re posing for the cover of an indie rock album. ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE… Photo: Ranger Mathieu Shamavu (c) NOTE: UNAUTHORIZED USE OF THIS PHOTO WILL BE REPORTED TO FACEBOOK Posted by The Elite AntiPoaching Units And Combat Trackers. on Thursday, April 18, 2019 “Those gorilla gals are always acting cheeky so this was the perfect shot of their true personalities!” Virunga National Park said in a Facebook post. “Also, it’s …

Why was Natalie Portman at the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ premiere?

WhileMarvel is keeping a tight lid onAvengers: Endgamespoilers, last night’s premiere gave fans plenty to talk about. The film’s all-star cast turned out to celebrate the biggest superhero franchise of all time, kicking off with what may be Robert Downey Jr.’s final Tony Stark entrance to the red (actually purple) carpet. It was an emotional night for many, with Chris Evans admitting that he cried “like six times.” Our spoiler-free review will arrive soon, but in the meantime, here are the top three things we spotted at theEndgame premiere—including one genuinely surprising guest. 1) Brie Larson and Scarlett Johansson wore Infinity Gauntlet jewelry Brie Larson and Scarlett Johansson are both known for choosing great red carpet looks, and this time …