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‘Midsommar’ Director’s Cut Edition Features An Introduction By Martin Scorsese



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Ari Aster’s 2019 horror film Midsommar is now being released with a 171-minute director’s cut featuring Martin Scorsese’s introduction.

The collector’s edition includes a 62-page book created by Ragnar Persson, whose illustrations were included in the film. Persson took inspiration from murals in Sweden to do up the art, which was painted, drawn, and stitched onto various props in the film.

“A couple of years ago, I watched a first film called Hereditary by a director named Ari Aster,” Scorsese wrote. “Right from the start, I was impressed.”

The new collector’s edition of Midsommar can be preordered via A24’s website, and will be shipped by 20 July 2020.

Everything gets reborn, including @AriAster's @MidsommarMovie Director's Cut. Special collector’s edition Blu-ray now available at https://t.co/VmI0iBcCLY 🌻 pic.twitter.com/24EaHMCvO7

— A24 (@A24) June 30, 2020

[via Dazed, cover image via IMDb] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410557/Midsommar-Director-s-Cut-Edition-Features-An-Introduction-By-Martin-Scorsese/

Reese Witherspoon Adorably Gushes After Fan Mistakes Her For Carrie Underwood



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Reese Witherspoon had the best reaction when she was mistaken for another Hollywood celebrity.

The actress was at a barbecue restaurant in Nashville when a fan approached her asking if she was Carrie Underwood.

The blonde beauty took to Twitter to express her delight when a fan saw the resemblance, saying, “To the woman in the parking lot who just asked me if I was Carrie Underwood: you officially made my day!”

The tweet got the attention of Underwood, who gushed, “Your day?! That lady just made my whole life!”

The exchanges got better when it was made known the fan had taken to TikTok to explain her side of the story before Witherspoon announced it on Twitter.

Blogger Noha Hamid said she was with her husband in Nashville when she spotted Witherspoon wearing a mask and a big cowboy hat. She couldn’t make out her face, though, so she approached Witherspoon after her meal and asked if she was Underwood.

Witherspoon allegedly replied, “Hey, no, I’m not Carrie Underwood, but have a great day.”

When Witherspoon went on Twitter to talk about the encounter, Hamid replied with her TikTok.

“I swear when I walked away I was like wait, that was totally Reese Witherspoon!” she concluded.

YOUR day?!?!?!?! That lady just made my whole life! ❤️❤️❤️

— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) June 28, 2020

OMGGGG! That was ME. Haha, I swear when I walked away I was like wait, that was totally Reese Witherspoon! I could barley see your face cause the mask and hat but I knew you looked so familiar haha. I LOVE YOU ❤️ @ReeseW pic.twitter.com/Kvy9RcDtMv

— Noha Hamid (@nohaehamid) June 29, 2020

[via Refinery29, opening image via Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com, Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410559/Reese-Witherspoon-Adorably-Gushes-After-Fan-Mistakes-Her-For-Carrie-Underwood/

Banksy’s Rare Prints Sell For World-Record Prices At Art Auction



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Banksy’s prints racked up around US$138,000 in an art auction at the International Art Centre in Auckland, New Zealand.

Three of the prints were sold for world-record prices for the editions, and raked in US$45,000 to US$52,000 each.

Banksy’s Golf Sale print fetched US$45,000, his Super Mare print sold for US$41,000, while the artist’s Soup Can print sold for US$52,000.

“Banksy had this idea that Andy Warhol’s image of the Campbell’s soup was just so expensive and so overpriced… and he painted the Tesco version,” International Art Centre director Richard Thompson told 1 News about Banksy’s Soup Can art.

New in #Banksy #Tesco soup can pic.twitter.com/3IE0s8AOO0

— Fierce Gallery (@fiercegallery) February 1, 2015

Banksy Weston Super Mare SIGNED Original Print 2003 + Pest Control COA Dismaland https://t.co/AdMDnz6tyr #Art pic.twitter.com/4YOzqDF964

— VintageDealFinder (@ClassVintages) September 20, 2017

Golf Sale was one of the very first Banksy prints ever officially released, in 2003. Well-known & regularly in demand; its low edition size contributes to its desirability. Almost entirely identical to Tiananmen Square Tank Man photograph taken by Jeff Widener 🎈 #BanksyAU pic.twitter.com/Ggkd4NCChV

— The Art Of Banksy Exhibition (@BanksyAU) September 1, 2019

[via TVNZ, cover image via Mark Hillary / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410554/Banksy-s-Rare-Prints-Sell-For-World-Record-Prices-At-Art-Auction/

Gigi Hadid Shares Fashion Illusion Trick That Hid Her Pregnancy For Six Months

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When couples announce their pregnancies is a personal choice. While some celebrities don’t mind wearing their glowing new mom looks out and proud, others prefer to keep things private until they’re ready.

As for Gigi Hadid, she chose to keep her pregnancy under wraps for half a year before confirming that she and longtime boyfriend Zayn Malik are with child. What particularly amazed fans was that she never stayed away from the public eye during these months, but still managed to avoid suspicion.

The supermodel finally unveiled her styling secret on an Instagram Live, where she was seen in a tan jumpsuit that revealed no sign of her pregnant belly. Hadid was discussing the Black Lives Matter movement with chef and welfare advocate Sophia Roe during the live stream.

An expectant mother asked her, “How do you not have a tummy? I’m four months into my pregnancy and my tummy is huge. You look great, though!”

To which, Hadid responded, “This angle and the really baggy jumpsuit make for an optical illusion,” implying that she has been cleverly using this trick to keep her pregnancy a secret.

However, she acknowledged, “From the side, it’s a different story!… Wishing you the best!”

The model is expecting the birth of her baby with Malik in September.

Gigi Hadid respondeu um comentário sobre o tamanho da sua barriga de grávida no seu Instagram. pic.twitter.com/ToSUCQnQFS

— Gigi Hadid Brasil (@GigiHadidBR) June 25, 2020

[via InStyle, cover image via Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410561/Gigi-Hadid-Shares-Fashion-Illusion-Trick-That-Hid-Her-Pregnancy-For-Six-Months/

Instagram Is Testing New Stories Design That Stacks Them On One Full Screen



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Instagram is working on having Stories placed on both the homepage and a new Stories-only page.

Select users will first see two rows of Stories, but tapping on a “See All Stories” button directs them to a full-screen Stories-only section.

The feature was discovered by social media manager Julian Gamboa last week, who shared a screenshot of the experiment on Twitter.

Instagram confirmed to TechCrunch that the test will carry on with a small group of users.

You've heard of two rows of Instagram Stories…

Now prepare for "SEE ALL STORIES" pic.twitter.com/vs42wwHuh0

— Julian Gamboa (@JulianGumbo) June 26, 2020

[via TechCrunch, cover image via Instagram Brand] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410555/Instagram-Is-Testing-New-Stories-Design-That-Stacks-Them-On-One-Full-Screen/

Paris Jackson As ‘Lesbian Jesus’ In Upcoming ‘Habit’ Movie Incurs Outrage



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Upcoming film Habit, which stars Bella Thorne as “a street smart, party girl with a Jesus fetish” and Paris Jackson as Jesus, has received backlash for portraying Christ as “a lesbian woman.”

The Janell Shirtcliff-directed movie has wrapped up filming, though there are no release plans at this time. It follows Thorne’s character, who finds herself in the midst of a violent drug deal. She tries to find her way out by pretending to be a nun. Jackson’s character later appears to Thorne as Jesus.

This film, unfortunately, has incurred the wrath of Christian groups.

A petition was created on Change.org by Vivian N., who describes Habit as a “new blasphemous Hollywood film.”

“Distributors haven’t picked it up as of yet, so lets please spread awareness and wake people up to the Christianophobic garbage that is spread nowadays,” the statement in the page reads.

The petition has received over 275,000 signatures, with commenters arguing that “portraying Jesus as a lesbian is heresy and wrong.”

This is a film about "lesbian jesus" very disrespectful to my religion. Sign this petition to get this movie cancelled. If your following Paris Jackson DONT.
Warner Brothers: PREVENT THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE FILM “HABIT” – Sign the Petition! https://t.co/tSPQY6UkJB via @Change

— Keira (@Bstina_) June 25, 2020

they’re trying to portray Jesus as a lesbian in a upcoming movie and personally it’s disrespectful to my faith so sign the petition to get stopped.https://t.co/SuKnx369TF

— joyce🇨🇩 (@itssssjoyce) June 24, 2020

[via Yahoo Movies UK, opening image via IMDb] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410546/Paris-Jackson-As-Lesbian-Jesus-In-Upcoming-Habit-Movie-Incurs-Outrage/

IKEA Employees Share What Customers Shouldn’t Do While Shopping In Display Halls



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IKEA is known for offering furniture and other household products at affordable prices. This has allowed the Swedish giant to expand across the globe.

To help ensure that IKEA employees always provide good customer service, Insider asked staffers to share what customers shouldn’t do at the stoes. Scroll down for some key takeaways.

Refrain from eating while browsing

According to current and former employees of the flat-pack company, you should avoid eating and drinking in the display areas. Former IKEA employee Sonny Cartright said that customers who consume food in the furniture display areas usually “leave marks behind.” Stick to eating at food halls instead of taking your snacks with you to look for furniture.

Ensure your children do not mess up the furniture

If you bring kids to an IKEA store, do keep a close eye on them. “There is nothing worse than children running through the store screaming, messing things up, and leaving sticky handprints everywhere,” Cartright said. “It’s taxing on the staff and unfair to other customers.”

IKEA’s merchandise associate Kelly Roberts also urged for parents to keep drinks out of the hands of their kids. “It’s a recipe for disaster and if they end up spilling it we’re the ones that end up cleaning it up,” Roberts told Insider.

Parents can opt to have their kids play in IKEA’s Småland playground, where trained staff members can watch them while you shop.

Don’t ask employees for staff discounts

Asking employees for staff discounts is frowned upon, Roberts revealed. “Not only does this put us in an awkward situation, it can also put our jobs in jeopardy,” she said.

If you wish to save money, sign up for the IKEA Family card.

Avoid getting too comfortable on the display furniture

Cartright advised customers not too get “too comfortable on the display furniture.”

“We once found that someone had used a display toilet for their own needs,” Cartright explained. “There have been interesting finds in the beds, as well.”

While it is completely alright to test out furniture, getting under blankets or compromising on personal hygiene is discouraged on the store floor.

For a comprehensive list of things not to do at IKEA, read the full rundown here.

[via Insider, opening image via LCV / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410556/IKEA-Employees-Share-What-Customers-Shouldn-t-Do-While-Shopping-In-Display-Halls/

Mississippi State Is Redesigning Its Flag To Omit Confederacy Symbol



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Black Lives Matter voices are finally being heard. After numerous failed attempts to fix its state flag over the years, Mississippi passed a bill to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag on 28 June.

The redesigned flag will feature the US motto seen on all paper bills—“In God We Trust”—therefore replacing the blue saltire cross with white stars that was picked up by white supremacists during the civil rights movement in the 50s and 60s, according to Dezeen.

The decision is in response to a call to remove symbols representing the Confederacy, which was established in 1861 by the seven slave-holding states Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas. Mississippi is the last state to vote out its Confederacy emblem.

Legislature will be previewed the revamped look by 14 September, and members of the public will then vote on whether to keep this new version at a special election on 3 November.

The state will greenlight the redesign if the majority votes for it, but return to the drawing board if reception towards it is poor.

The bill reads, “If a majority of the qualified electors vote against the new design, then the commission shall reconvene to recommend another new design for the Mississippi state flag to be presented to the legislature during the 2021 regular session.”

It also behests the takedown of the current flag from all Mississippi public buildings within 15 days.

[via Dezeen, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410558/Mississippi-State-Is-Redesigning-Its-Flag-To-Omit-Confederacy-Symbol/

Dua Lipa Goes Braless Under Stylish Sequin Blazer In Edgy ELLE UK Magazine Shoot



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Dua Lipa took center stage on the cover of ELLE UK magazine’s August issue.

The cover saw a headshot of the singer rocking her stylish tresses while looking away. Lipa wore a pair of bold dangly earrings; and in the beauty department, her lips were painted in a soft pink hue with fluttery lashes.

The singer wore a series of stylish garments in the accompanying shoot, including a black bold armor top. Another photo saw her going topless, posing only with a striking black sequin blazer with structured shoulders and a pair of shorts.

Lipa discussed about female equality in the interview with the publication, and opened up about her growing pains of being a woman in society.

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Dua Lipa On Future Nostalgia, Affirmations And Women's Rights https://t.co/RTUZZpLm9E

— ELLEUK (@ELLEUK) July 2, 2020

DUA LIPA x ELLE UK
2018. 2020. pic.twitter.com/MZ4w1c93xi

— CDLBR Media (@midiacdlbr) July 2, 2020

[via Metro, opening image via ELLE UK] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410553/Dua-Lipa-Goes-Braless-Under-Stylish-Sequin-Blazer-In-Edgy-ELLE-UK-Magazine-Shoot/

Takashi Murakami Confirms His Company Is Facing Bankruptcy In Poignant Video



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Artist Takashi Murakami released an emotional 15-minute clip about the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Murakami stated that his Tokyo-based gallery and arts organization, Kaikai Kiki, is now facing bankruptcy, leading to a number of his projects being canceled, as well.

His sci-fi feature film Jellyfish Eyes Part 2: Mahashankh, for one, has terminated production due to the spread of the virus. “For nine long years, I had persevered! It was a film that was to realize my childish dreams!” Murakami shared in the clip.

However, he suggested that the film might be available in a series of videos focusing on the disruption. “I don’t know how many episodes the series will end up being, but a series it will be, so please come along with me on this journey for a little while,” he added.

Watch his heartfelt message below.

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This spring, I streamed a series of cooking show of a sort on Instagram Live. I’m sure those who watched them were utterly confused, but I was trying to buoy my own thoroughly sunken feelings through these streamings. With the sudden swoop of COVID-19 pandemic, my company faced bankruptcy and I had to give up on a number of projects, the most symbolic of which being the production of my sci-fi feature film, Jellyfish Eyes Part 2: Mahashankh. For nine long years, I had persevered! It was a film that was to realize my childish dreams! The enormous budget I poured into this project, as well as my tenacious persistence, put a constant and tremendous stress on my company’s operation for the past nine years. But at the same time, I was able to endure various hardships because I had this project. Faced with the current predicament, however, I was persuaded by both my business consultant and tax attorney that I must, simply must try and drastically reduce our business tax by filing the film’s production cost as tax-exempt expenditure. To that end, I am going to produce and release a series of videos to publicly announce the discontinuation of the film’s production. (To be clear, this is an entirely legitimate procedure—I’m not trying to evade tax!) These videos will be released against the backdrop of our struggle to avoid an economic catastrophe, but perhaps it may have a cathartic effect on the viewers/my followers to see the story of stupid Murakami’s failure. Long story short, I’m a silly human being for whom the moment of bliss is when I am thinking my truly childish sci-fi thoughts. I don’t know how many episodes the series will end up being, but a series it will be, so please come along with me on this journey for a little while.

A post shared by Takashi Murakami (@takashipom) on Jun 30, 2020 at 8:02am PDT

[via Artnet News, cover image via Michael Gordon / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410551/Takashi-Murakami-Confirms-His-Company-Is-Facing-Bankruptcy-In-Poignant-Video/

Charlize Theron Says People Have Been Pronouncing Her Name Wrongly All Along

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It turns out that most fans have been pronouncing Charlize Theron’s name wrongly.

The actress finally decided to clear things up during an appearance on The One Show. Theron was asked by host Gethin Jones if fans should put emphasis on the first or second syllable of her name, and she

revealed that it was neither.

“The truth of the matter is those are not even remotely close to the real pronunciation,” she laughed. She shared that her last name is actually enunciated more like the word “throne,” with a slight roll of the “r” instead of “Therrone.”

“It’s actually French,” she clarified. “It’s a French name, but in South Africa, if you are Afrikaans-speaking, you would say ‘Thron,’ and if you were English-speaking you would say ‘Therrone’.”

[via Digital Spy, opening image via Cubankite / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410550/Charlize-Theron-Says-People-Have-Been-Pronouncing-Her-Name-Wrongly-All-Along/

Kendall Jenner Holds Captivating At-Home Photoshoot For Burberry’s Ad Campaign



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Kendall Jenner took it upon herself to shoot a series of photos for Burberry’s latest ad campaign.

Jenner propped up her camera at home during the coronavirus pandemic to capture new self-portraits using her own computer.

The model is seen wearing the brand’s TB summer monogram collection with an updated look of the Peter Saville-designed TB logo prints first introduced by chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci in 2018.

The new TB logo is a little bigger and comes with new shades like azure blue, graphite, and cobalt blue with orange accents. The initials pay tribute to the founder Thomas Burberry.

The collection features summer pieces, including a sporty bikini and a bright bodysuit worn by Jenner. The project was directed with the help of creatives Nick Night and Katy England, who worked on the video featuring CGI geometric designs that reflect skateparks and swimming pools.

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Introducing the TB Summer Monogram collection . Captured in a series of self-portraits created at home by #Kendall, the new collection embodies the free spirit and optimism of the season . #Burberry #TBSummerMonogram #ThomasBurberryMonogram

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#Kendall photographs herself at home wearing our #TBSummerMonogram bodysuit . A celebration of the #ThomasBurberryMonogram, created by #RiccardoTisci and #PeterSaville and refreshed in a larger-scale print . #Burberry

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#Kendall photographs herself at home for the new TB Summer Monogram collection, wearing a sports-inspired bikini in our larger-scale #ThomasBurberryMonogram print . #TBSummerMonogram #Burberry

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A journey from reality to fantasy, the campaign blends real-life capture with a digital reverie inspired by geometric skateparks and swimming pools – created by photographer #NickKnight, art director #PeterSaville and stylist #KatyEngland. . #Burberry

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[via PAPER Magazine, cover image via Burberry] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410549/Kendall-Jenner-Holds-Captivating-At-Home-Photoshoot-For-Burberry-s-Ad-Campaign/

Disney’s Honest Mugs Place Villains In Memes Showcasing Everyday Adulting Evils



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Disney is well aware no one is as saintly as its princesses. In fact, if it had to be frank, adults are more like its moody and raging villains on most days. These flaws make us interesting, and it turns out, superb ideas for mug designs.

If the only takeaway you have after an hours-long meeting is, “This could have been an email,” Disney’s new drinkware will be your cup of tea. The company’s official store has rolled out a series of Disney villain-themed mugs splashed with memes that describe everyday adulting pains.

The two-sided mugs pair imagery of Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficient, The Little Mermaid’s Ursula, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ Evil Queen, and Aladdin’s Jafar, with jokes about real-world pains, such as when you haven’t had your caffeine fix or when group chats get too annoying.

The hilarious yet painfully honest drinkware collection is available to purchase at US$14.99 per coffee mug via shopDisney.



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[via POPSUGAR, images via shopDisney] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410552/Disney-s-Honest-Mugs-Place-Villains-In-Memes-Showcasing-Everyday-Adulting-Evils/

Trump Awards Himself With Gallant New Nickname, But Internet Finds It Iffy



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President Donald Trump gave himself a new nickname last Tuesday.

On Twitter, he described himself as “the lone warrior,” complete with an exclamation mark in true Trump fashion. His son, Eric Trump, agreed with his father’s tweet, replying, “You truly are.”

POTUS gave himself the moniker after claiming to know about a Russian military unit that had been paying bounties to Afghan militants for murdering American soldiers. He also called himself a “wartime president” as he remained clear during the coronavirus pandemic.

Twitter users, of course, were quick to reply to the label, and many disagreed with Trump’s tweet. Some called him out for not serving during the Vietnam War due to his bone spurs.

One user said he was “the lone warrior hiding in his bunker,” backing the claim up with a photo of Trump peeking through the blinds.

THE LONE WARRIOR!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2020

You truly are and it’s why America loves and appreciates you! https://t.co/VFAW7zt4gM

— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) June 30, 2020

trump was a "lone Warrior" during Vietnam. He stayed at home "alone" while the real warriors served. Lone warrior, my ass. He is a damn coward.

— American Veteran (@amvetsupport) June 30, 2020

Trump seems to be calling himself "The Lone Warrior," which doesn't make a lot of sense.

1. He isn't a warrior. He dodged the war with bone spurs.
2. Maybe he wants to be like "The Lone Ranger," but the Lone Ranger at least wore a f***ing mask.

— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) June 30, 2020

You’re so embarrassing. pic.twitter.com/nGl4CX2ks3

— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 30, 2020

THE LONE WARRIOR! pic.twitter.com/HkGg4VfDZe

— Trumpy Trumpy (parody) (@outofcontroljb) June 30, 2020

The lone warrior hiding in his bunker. pic.twitter.com/hUvinqM9kM

— Happy Canadian (@macarthur54) June 30, 2020

A LONE WARRIOR https://t.co/8Riim6YHkM pic.twitter.com/0IgH6eSiji

— Mike Madrid (@madrid_mike) June 30, 2020

[via HuffPost, opening image via Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410545/Trump-Awards-Himself-With-Gallant-New-Nickname-But-Internet-Finds-It-Iffy/

CNN Reporter Gets Unsettlingly Attacked At Knifepoint On Live Broadcast



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A live broadcast captured a CNN reporter in Brazil being mugged by a homeless man.

Bruna Macedo and her news crew were stationed near the Bandeiras Bridge in São Paulo to report about the rising water level in the Tietê River due to heavy rainfall.

As Macedo was speaking to her anchor colleague, Rafael Colombo, the suspect was seen in the background, looking over the bridge barrier. He then walked towards Macedo, who greeted him while her coworker spoke about the flooding points in the city.

The man then pulled out a knife, which shocked Macedo. She took a few steps back and handed over her smartphone before the camera panned away and focused on the shot of the street. Macedo also handed over her second smartphone before the mugger left the scene.

Colombo told Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo that Macedo was not injured, and that she returned to the CNN center after the incident.

Colombo said she “had a terrible scare” but was “fine.”

CNN Brazil reporter is mugged live on air at knifepoint by homeless man who demanded both her cellphones
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مراسلة لشبكة CNN في البرازيل تعرضت، لحادث سطو مسلح أثناء نقلها للأخبار على الهواء مباشرة في ساو باولو .https://t.co/euPM3aMrzb pic.twitter.com/WgyIJx5Rgj

— Randa Ahmed (@Rimas_Rosa) July 2, 2020

[via News.com.au, opening image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410547/CNN-Reporter-Gets-Unsettlingly-Attacked-At-Knifepoint-On-Live-Broadcast/

Samsung Might Have Just Leaked Galaxy Note 20 Ultra On Its Own Website

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Smartphone makers tend to be incredibly secretive about upcoming products, so it’s especially amusing when they end up being the ones to shoot themselves in the foot. For Samsung, this has happened more than once. In 2018, the South Korean tech giant unintentionally dropped the launch video for the Galaxy S9 a mere day ahead of the supposed debut. Now, it seems to have leaked images of the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 Ultra on its official website, even though an unveiling is only expected in August.

Russian tech YouTuber Techno Harry recently uncovered images of what looked to be the anticipated smartphone on the Samsung Russia website, under the Galaxy Note 8 landing page. The model was evidently not the Galaxy Note 8, and if earlier leaks are to be believed, the design instead matched that of the forthcoming Galaxy Note 20 Ultra instead.

The photos appeared to depict the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in a ‘Mystic Bronze’, along with a camera configuration of three sensors aligned vertically on the left and the others on the right.

The listing was taken down shortly after it was discovered.

Samsung is only expected to announce the Galaxy Note 20 series during the Galaxy Unpacked event, which is speculated to take place virtually on 5 August. A less significant detail the rumor mill hasn’t fully agreed on is the name of the larger model; apart from Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, some are calling it the Galaxy Note 20+.

Damn the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra accidentally got leaked 😍It looks so nice! Who's gonna get the Note 20 Ultra? pic.twitter.com/JtcId1MZNM

— Ricky Huynh (@Flash_snaps) July 1, 2020
Images from Samsung Russia via @Flash_snaps

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Featured in a Russian site.
The early looks are amazing!
– Release date might be August 5 pic.twitter.com/2pkrG1mqAn

— A GRAPHIC DESIGNERS WORLD (@MahlatjieJoy) July 1, 2020
Image from Samsung Russia via @MahlatjieJoy

[via BGR, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410544/Samsung-Might-Have-Just-Leaked-Galaxy-Note-20-Ultra-On-Its-Own-Website/

Charming Camera-Themed Playing Cards Double As A Quick Photography Cheat Sheet



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When you’re dealt a bad hand at your next photoshoot, vexing won’t be an option. Simply keep your poker face on and get these playing cards out.

The Photography Deck is an intriguing and educational take on classic playing cards that intertwines card games with photography rules and methods. The set, designed by filmmaker Eric Bohring, serves as a pocket-sized cheat sheet to help you shuffle new concepts into your photography work in a flash.

Here, the traditional suits—spades, hearts, clubs, and diamonds—are respectively replaced with the categories of Camera Basics, Composition, Technical Info, and Shooting Styles. Perhaps even more amusingly so, the court cards—King, Queen, Jack, and Joker—have been given cameras, too.

While novices might chance upon ideal photographic conditions now and then, this deck ensures you won’t have to take that gamble. Find out more about The Photography Deck, which is currently on Kickstarter mode, here.



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[via PetaPixel, video and images via The Photography Deck] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410543/Charming-Camera-Themed-Playing-Cards-Double-As-A-Quick-Photography-Cheat-Sheet/

Influencer Suffers Backlash For ‘Inappropriate’ Squats Near Religious Ceremony



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An influencer has sparked outrage after filming a fitness workout near a religious ceremony.

In the footage, the blonde lady was spotted doing squats in a one-piece swimsuit while her friend filmed from the back. Both women appeared rather unconcerned about the nearby group of Balinese people, who were dressed in traditional clothing and seemed to be preparing for a ritual. The video was believed to have been recorded at a beach in Canggu, Bali.

NZ Herald reported that that the Balinese women were preparing for a ritual called Canang Sari, a daily offering by Balinese Hindus to thank “The Divine Order” Sang Widhi Wasa.

Social media users were unhappy seeing the tourists being disrespectful to the locals, and branded the two as “ignorant.”

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[via Independent, opening image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410517/Influencer-Suffers-Backlash-For-Inappropriate-Squats-Near-Religious-Ceremony/

Apple Announces Its Favorite Creativity Apps & Video Games Of 2020

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With working from home taking over as the norm, you might be on the lookout for quality apps to not only simplify your workflow but also keep you thoroughly entertained during the COVID-19 downtime.

In a timely fashion, Apple unveiled its picks for the Apple Design Awards 2020 during the WWDC developer conference, revealing a curation of apps to consider installing especially if you’ve been in a bit of a creative rut lately.

This year, Apple commended four creativity apps and four games from the App Store and Apple Arcade that it deems to be the best-designed of 2020. Check them out below.

Best apps

Shapr3D for iPad

Shapr3D is an iPad drawing app that lets you create 3D drawings without having to use a desktop computer or CAD software. Designs created in this “pro-level” tool are compatible with major CAD file formats and support instant exports for 3D printing.

Looom for iPad

Looom lets you create hand-drawn animations within the iPad. It also doesn’t matter if you use your finger or Apple Pencil, or if you have animation experience or not. The interface is deliberately simple so anyone can animate their illustrations to life.

StaffPad for iPad

Another iPad tool on the list is StaffPad, an app for writing music. Here, you’ll be able to scribble notes, add articulation marks, and then play your composition using virtual orchestral instruments.

Darkroom for iPhone and iPad

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Everyone needs a good photo editor in their phone, and Apple thinks Darkroom is among the best of them. The powerful app arrives not only with basic editing toggles and moody filters, but also pro features like a curves editor and the ability to open RAW files, batch-edit, as well as create custom filters.

Best games

Sayonara Wild Hearts for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and AppleTV

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a poetic arcade game that embodies 80s music video vibes. The objective of the artsy game is to heal your broken heart, which you’ll have to work towards on journeys across dreamy landscapes on a motorbike and “the occasional detour into balletic battle sequences.” The experience gets even more euphoric with the game’s synth-fueled soundtrack… and Queen Latifah’s voice.

Song of Bloom for iPhone and iPad

Song of Bloom is an abstract nonlinear puzzle game that forces you to think out of the box to solve challenges. There is more to this, but as Apple mentions, “Giving too much away [about the game] would spoil the fun.”

Where Cards Fall for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and AppleTV

Where Cards Fall is a puzzle game that has you building houses of cards to travel across trance-like levels. However, there’s a twist. Each level signifies a unique memory, and as you advance through the game, you will piece together fragments to learn the full surprising and “tearjerking” story of the protagonist.

Sky: Children of the Light for iPhone and iPad

The compelling Sky: Children of the Light—created by the makers of award-winning game Journey—is a relaxing, visually-rich multiplayer game that rewards you based on generosity, of all things, instead of stealth and physical strength. Players team up to help one another solve puzzles and unlock secrets.

[via TechRadar, cover image via Apple] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410542/Apple-Announces-Its-Favorite-Creativity-Apps-Video-Games-Of-2020/

LEGO Unveils Eye-Popping Art Sets For Adults To Build Up Serenity Amid The Chaos



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The imaginative young at heart will soon be able to rekindle one of their most joyous childhood activities yet. The LEGO Group has announced a collection of arty sets, designed specifically for pop culture-loving adults, to serve their need for creative fulfillment.

The new LEGO® Art series features four nostalgic sets created in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation, The Beatles, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm. Fans start out with a blank canvas and build their way to recreating Andy Warhol’s 1967 screenprint of Marilyn Monroe, portraits of The Beatles, an artwork of Iron Man in one of three suits of armor, as well as portraits of Star Wars villains, using 2D LEGO tiles.

To further divert your attention from adulting stresses, you can listen to accompanying bespoke soundtracks of interviews with professionals familiar with these pop culture icons. The relaxing anecdotes “dive deep into the inspiration behind each design to help adults fully immerse themselves in the building experience and unwind while they explore their love of music, art or film in a new way,” LEGO shared in a press statement.

Once you’re done with the therapeutic setup, you can display the stunning art in your room or office and look at it all day with a renewed sense of accomplishment.

The Marvel Studios Iron Man set will debut in LEGO retail stores and LEGO.com on 1 August, and the other three kits will be released in stores from 1 September in the US.



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[via LEGO] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410541/LEGO-Unveils-Eye-Popping-Art-Sets-For-Adults-To-Build-Up-Serenity-Amid-The-Chaos/

‘Queer Eye’s Fab Five Give Gritty The Philadelphia Flyers Mascot A Makeover

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The Queer Eye members spent the whole of season five giving Philadelphia a glow-up, and even stopped by to zhuzh up Gritty the Philadelphia Flyers mascot.

The cast members of Netflix’s award-winning series met America’s second-most famous orange character in a bonus episode, shown below. Gritty should be well aware of the attention his unusual looks have been getting—when he debuted in September 2018, the bearded ice hockey mascot was ridiculed for his ferocious presence, intense gaze, and exaggerated grin.

All the memes about his appearance were bound to make the endearing icon question his self-esteem now and then. Luckily, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, and Tan France were here to make the gritty a little more pretty.

Gritty was nominated by Phillie Phanatic, the green bird mascot of the Phillies Major League Baseball team. “I don’t think Gritty needs to change a ton. Maybe you guys can convince him that he doesn’t need to eat a cheesesteak for every meal,” Phillie Phanatic wrote in his letter.

The Fab Five then did their magic, grooming his eyebrows, showing him how to transform his outfits along with the signature French tuck, overhauling his locker room, and teaching him self-love. Not forgetting his fellow mascot friend’s advice, they showed him other meals to incorporate into his diet besides Philly cheesesteaks.

At the end of it, Gritty became the very best version of himself.

[via Bustle, video and cover image via Netflix] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410540/Queer-Eye-s-Fab-Five-Give-Gritty-The-Philadelphia-Flyers-Mascot-A-Makeover/

Instagram Account Reveals Bottom Half Of Zoom Calls Where Cameras Aren’t Looking



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Working from home has become the new norm during the coronavirus pandemic, and many companies have turned to video conferences to hold meetings and discussions. Though most people seem to be presentable and ready on camera, there is more to that frame that you don’t get to see.

Dubai-based agency Nomads has collected several images and videos of people during video calls and uploaded them to an Instagram page called The Bottom Half. As the name suggests, the photos and videos depict what goes on beneath the camera’s normal view.

The page hopes to bring a smile to everyone’s face by shedding light on the reality of working from home amid these rough times.

Have a glimpse at some of the best scenes below. To take part, all you have to do is send a direct message to The Bottom Half’s Instagram account.

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[via Muse By CLIO, cover image via Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410534/Instagram-Account-Reveals-Bottom-Half-Of-Zoom-Calls-Where-Cameras-Aren-t-Looking/

‘The Simpsons’ Will Stop Casting White Actors To Voice Characters Of Color



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With anti-racism protests taking place around the world, many are calling out culturally offensive characters in television shows and films. One such culprit is the longstanding hit series, The Simpsons.

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, an Indian character, was played by Hank Azaria, a white man. Azaria has since dropped the character, as well as the other characters of color he voiced in the show, namely Carl, Lou, Julio, and Bumblebee Man.

The show’s producers have promised that “moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters,” per Deadline.

Jenny Slate also stepped down from her role as Missy in Big Mouth. In addition, Mike Henry decided to quit being the voice of the Brown character in Family Guy.

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It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years. I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role. pic.twitter.com/FmKasWITKT

— Mike Henry (@mikehenrybro) June 26, 2020

[via Fizzy Mag, cover image via IMDb] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410529/The-Simpsons-Will-Stop-Casting-White-Actors-To-Voice-Characters-Of-Color/

Ryanair Pilots Ruffled Feathers After Using Rubber Chicken To Operate Throttle



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Two Ryanair pilots are currently under investigation after a video of them operating a throttle lever of an aircraft using a rubber chicken surfaced online.

The air carrier criticized the “unprofessional” conduct of its pilots after watching the video of the pilots in the cockpit of the parked aircraft. The clip was said to have been filmed while passengers were boarding.

The pilots were playing with their toy, and one of them squeezed and used it to push the lever of the aircraft. The clip also showed rosary beads hanging from one of the levers inside the cockpit.

The scenes circulated online, prompting anger from internet users. “This is so unprofessional and makes me worry what else is going on in the cockpit. This is a terrible look for Ryanair,” one concerned user said,

A spokesperson for Ryanair said that the photos and video showed the crew was on the ground and in a parked aircraft. “While the images are unprofessional, the actions in them posed no risk and safety was never compromised,” they said. “We encourage our crew to enjoy their work, however, we expect them to remain professional at all times and we are investigating the matter further.”

Fury as Ryanair pilot uses rubber chicken to work throttle:https://t.co/BGLaZm0iTP#Aviation #Airline #Aircraft pic.twitter.com/A51r6s6lpG

— SpeedBird (@SpeedBird_NCL) June 29, 2020

Headline: Ryanair probes pilots after video shows them operating throttle with rubber chicken.

I don't know about you, but a pilot doing zany prop comedy is not the way I want to fly during a pandemic…https://t.co/nDpbanMh3y pic.twitter.com/nwPl7tKrnL

— Grumpy Dingo Radio (@RadioDingo) June 30, 2020

[via NZ Herald, opening image via Rebius / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410537/Ryanair-Pilots-Ruffled-Feathers-After-Using-Rubber-Chicken-To-Operate-Throttle/

TGI Fridays Reveals New Name & Logo, Customers Find It Difficult To Swallow



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TGI Fridays in the UK is reopening its doors to customers once again under a new brand identity and logo.

The restaurant now goes by a spanking new name: Fridays. With a “simplified” menu, the brand decided to drop its catchy TGI prefix that rolled off the tongue since the restaurant opened its doors in 1965.

Now known as “Fridays,” the company has also unveiled its new logo on its official Twitter account.

The new wordmark sees the removal of the letters “TGI” and the word “Fridays” housed in a decorative black border. The mobile logo, on the other hand, has more character as the brand is plastered against a red-and-white striped background.

The word “Fridays” is spelled out with a plain sans serif font. The social media avatar features the letter “F” in a black condensed border. According to Brand New, the Fridays wordmark isn’t properly aligned inside the border, therefore it looks heavy on the left side.

According to the restaurant, the rebrand aims to bring back “that Fridays feeling” among consumers along with a brand new menu.

New logo, new menu, new look! You may notice a few more changes happening – stay tuned to find out what else is coming 👀

Find out more: https://t.co/M7Zu0zECJh pic.twitter.com/xGNPRQZ7au

— Fridays UK (@TGIFridaysUK) June 23, 2020

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— Hudgens News (@Hudgenews) June 26, 2020

When try and fix something that isn’t broken… the Fridays I know and love is gone 😢 logo looks like something I could have made on Paint…

— Charlie Mills (@Charlie_James94) June 23, 2020

Is this a poor joke? Have I missed the punchline because there is zero incentive to visit again. 😭 Fridays at TGI will be no more.

— Emma Holmes (@EmmaSmileHolmes) June 23, 2020

Thanks i hate it

— samantha (@samttorrance) June 23, 2020

Listen lockdown has been tough for everyone, just go back to being TGI Fridays, put the old menu back and we’ll say no more on the matter okay? But also sack everyone who is making these moronic decisions, thanks 😂👍🏻

— Big Al (@Eval_Hell) June 23, 2020

[via Creative Bloq, opening image via Fridays UK] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410536/TGI-Fridays-Reveals-New-Name-Logo-Customers-Find-It-Difficult-To-Swallow/