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Fictional Homes Transform Into Polly Pockets That Pop Culture Buffs Would Buy

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Unlike LEGO, Polly Pocket hasn’t shed its image as a toy for young children. Toy review site TheToyZone believes this can be turned around if Mattel had banded together with popular franchises to create pocket-sized Polly Pocket sets for pop culture fans young and old.

“Where’s our teeny-weeny Polly Pocket: Death Star Edition?” the website shared in a press release.

To prove how brilliant this idea actually is, it has teamed up with CGI artist Jan Koudela to “do a LEGO” and reimagine recognizable homes in Stranger Things, Friends, The Simpsons, Lord of the Rings, The Shining, and The Royal Tenenbaums as miniature toy sets à la Polly Pocket.

Koudela worked with TheToyZone’s art director, Povilas, to put together a scrapbook of iconic elements and Easter eggs from the shows and films, before starting on the 3D models with Cinema4D.

The team also ensured to make the sets look plasticky without detracting from the onscreen versions or Polly Pocket’s design “language” of sticker backgrounds, trap doors and plexiglass windows.

The final step involved using Photoshop to make the CGIed toys appear color-accurate.

The end results, which you can revel in after the scroll, are so satisfying to look at. Take notes, Mattel.

The Byers residence (Stranger Things)

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Monica’s apartment (Friends)

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The Simpsons’ home

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Hobbit house (The Lord of the Rings)

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The Overlook Hotel (The Shining)

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The Tenenbaums residence (The Royal Tenenbaums)

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There Are Five Types Of Couples—And Only Three Are Happy, Study Reveals

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Every relationship comes with its own unique blend of joys and struggles, but there are certain signs pointing at chemistry that isn’t working out.

The Gottman Institute, which has been studying relationship health for over 40 years, observes that there are five distinct types of couples: Conflict-Avoiding, Validating, Volatile, Hostile, and Hostile-Detached. Only the first three—originally identified by Harold L. Raush in his 1974 book, Communication, Conflict, and Marriage—are likely to be successful.

Conflict-Avoiding couples acknowledge they have differences but look for common ground. For instance, one partner might be a dog lover while the other has only grown up with cats. They’re open to understanding why their partner favors the other and come to the conclusion that they’re both animal lovers.

Despite their label, Volatile couples are considered to be in positive relationships, too. They engage in lighthearted banter and often end their teasing with laughter.

Validating Couples, the third successful type, prioritize being supportive and understanding of their partners, and strongly believe in finding a compromise.

The other two types, discovered by the Gottman Institute’s own Love Lab, are Hostile and Hostile-Detached. In the former group, partners are defensive and only insist on their personal standpoints, refusing to take in their significant other’s differences. In the latter, both partners are on attack mode “with no clear victor.”

So, what sets happy relationships apart from those who are always struggling?

Three of the groups are likely to be successful because they practice a 5:1 golden ratio, which suggests that for every hurtful interaction, you’ll have to make up for it with five positive ones.

These five gestures can include a compliment, helping out with chores, or simply hugging it out. With that being said, everyone expresses affection differently, so you might want to consider your partner’s love language when attempting to alleviate conflict.

For more examples on which type your relationship falls under, swipe through the Gottman Institute’s set of infographics below.

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John Cena Stars In HBO Max’s ‘Suicide Squad’ Spinoff Series ‘Peacemaker’

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HBO Max is working on a television series spinoff from James Gunn’s 2021 film The Suicide Squad. The show, titled Peacemaker, will see famed WWE wrestler John Cena taking on the titular role based on the DC comics.

Gunn is set to write all eight episodes of the first season, and even direct some of them. The show will dive deep into the character’s origin story and how he came to be the Peacemaker.


In an interview back in 2019, Cena described the character of Peacemaker as a “douchey Captain America,” which sounds like an interesting take on the beloved American superhero.

“Working alongside @JamesGunn on #SuicideSquad was an absolute masterclass in how to best bring beloved characters to life in a new and fun way,” Cena wrote. “I cannot wait for the #DCUniverse to experience more of absurdity that is the Peacemaker in this new project on @hbomax!”

Working alongside @JamesGunn on #SuicideSquad was an absolute masterclass in how to best bring beloved characters to life in a new and fun way. I cannot wait for the #DCUniverse to experience more of absurdity that is the Peacemaker in this new project on @hbomax!!! pic.twitter.com/PZ9dOa7Dzj

— John Cena (@JohnCena) September 23, 2020

I'm over-the-moon excited to be working on #PEACEMAKER with my pals @JohnCena & #TheSuicideSquad producer Peter Safran on this new @hbomax original series from @warnerbrostv @DCComics pic.twitter.com/EsAkOVXB44

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 23, 2020

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Disney Gets Sued Over ‘Toy Story 4’ Character’s Similarity To Evel Knievel

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Disney and Pixar have been sued for allegedly creating a character in Toy Story 4 based on stunt performer Evel Knievel.

According to documents obtained by TMZ, a company called K&K Promotions, which is headed by Knievel’s son and claims to own all the rights to Knievel’s likeness, brand and trademarks, stated that Disney “did not get any type of approval” for the inspiration for the character, Duke Caboom.

Duke Caboom, voiced by Keanu Reeves, is arguably a toy version of the stuntman and bears similarities to the old-school Knievel toys which “[come] with an energizer to wind up and release his bike,” per the documents.

K&K Promotions also stated that Disney had instructed people involved in the production of Toy Story 4 to avoid mentioning Knievel’s name during interviews.

K&K Promotions has asked Disney for “big-time damages” to be paid out for the infringement.

[via Comicbook, cover image via IMDb] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411648/Disney-Gets-Sued-Over-Toy-Story-4-Character-s-Similarity-To-Evel-Knievel/

Horror Films & Shows Coming To Streaming Platforms In Time For Halloween

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Halloween is around the corner, but the coronavirus pandemic is still dauntingly present. This year, opt for festivities that keep you and your loved ones safe.

You can try hosting horror movie marathons, but be sure to have the screenings only with members of your household.

There are bountiful frightening films coming to various streaming platforms this spooky season. Here are some of them you can consider watching.

The Lie

The 2018 psychological horror film surrounds two parents who attempt to cover up a fatal mistake done by their daughter. Directed by Veena Sud, the film features Mireille Enos, Peter Sarsgaard, and Joey King.

The Lie will be available on Amazon from 6 October 2020.

Evil Eye

The upcoming film echoes the adage, “mother knows best.” The thriller is directed by Elan and Rajeev Dassani and stars Sarita Choudhury, Sunita Mani, and Omar Maskati.

Jason Blum and Priyanka Chopra also served as executive producers for the film under their respective production houses, Blumhouse Productions, and Purple Pebble Pictures.

Evil Eye will be released on Netflix on 13 October 2020.

The Haunting of Bly Manor

The American supernatural horror series is loosely based on the 1898 horror book The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. The movie was created and directed by Mike Flanagan, who is known for his expansive list of horror flicks including Doctor Sleep and Oculus.

The Haunting of Bly Manor is set to be out on 9 October 2020 on Netflix.


The 2020 television series is based on the Marvel comic characters Daimon and Satana Hellstrom, who are the children of a powerful serial killer. However, it will be a standalone series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The two roles are played by Tom Austen and Sydney Lemmon respectively.

Helstrom will be released on Hulu on 16 October 2020.

His House

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If dark and intense films intrigue you, check out His House. Directed by Remi Weekes, the thriller premiered during the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year in January. It is now scheduled to be released on Netflix on 30 October 2020.

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Dunkin’ Unintentionally Uses Blink-182’s Famous Song To Promote Its Fall Menu

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Dunkin’ has amused fans for using a Blink-182 pun for an ad—but it turns out that the reference was just an accident.

The company unveiled its fall menu featuring sweet treats and decadent drinks. The offerings include the Pumpkin Spice Latte, apple cider donuts, pumpkin munchkins and maple sugar bacon sandwich.

To advertise this delicious lineup, Dunkin’ printed “All The Fall Things” on its ad, which seemed as though it had taken a spin on Blink-182’s All The Small Things.

The band’s fans noticed the phrase and took to Twitter to voice their opinions. “Us scene kids appreciate the gesture, @dunkindonuts,” a Twitter user wrote. “@dunkindonuts did @blink182 approve this copy?” another said.

Blink-182 itself saw the pun and shared the ad on its Instagram, writing, “We see you @dunkin.”

The company, however, has confirmed with AltPress that the wordplay was not intentional. Dunkin’s vice president of brand stewardship Drayton Martin said the tagline was not inspired by the band’s song, but the company is “honored” to receive positive comments from customers and fans of the band.

“While ‘All The Fall Things’ store signage wasn’t inspired by Blink-182’s popular song All the Small Things, we are honored with the positive response from the band and their fans and encourage them to enjoy a Signature Pumpkin Spice latte when they can!” Martin said.

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we 👀 you @dunkin

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Whether you’re sipping, swirling or tasting – the Fall legend is back in class, starting 8/19. 🎃

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There’s some new kids joining this year’s class ☺ Say Bacon Egg & Cheese! 📸 #SignaturePumpkinSpiceLatte #Chai

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Honestly… you can't go wrong here. Let us know which duo is giving you all the Fall vibes. ✌️🎃🍂

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Cozy up to your OG Fall fave, Pumpkin 🎃 and this year's newest arrivals, Chai and Oatmilk. ✨ Which one are you grabbing first? ⬇️ . Use the Dunkin’ App for a contactless way to order and pay ➡️ pick up via the drive-thru or carry-out.

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Us scene kids appreciate the gesture, @dunkindonuts pic.twitter.com/Drv8pCORbA

— SCENE/DADDY (@SceneDaddy) August 23, 2020

Is Dunkin trolling Blink-182 now?

— Michael Kofoed (@mikekofoed) August 30, 2020

why is dunkin getting all blink 182 all of a sudden pic.twitter.com/D6N5wqv1Sx

— indigowo says acab (they/them) (@IndigoFinamore) August 19, 2020

@dunkindonuts did @blink182 approve this copy?? pic.twitter.com/BfJ6UyA7kF

— chooch (@chooch709) August 25, 2020

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Cardi B Makes A Statement In Full-Bodied Pearls With Daring Side & Torso Cutouts

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Cardi B dressed to impress in the latest pearl number she shared on Instagram.

The rapper wore a daring pearl encrusted dress complete with sexy cutouts. The dress also featured high side slits that went all the way up to her waist and are held together by strings. The design of the dress showed off the rapper’s leg tattoo, featuring her peacock at the right side of her thigh.

Cardi B also showed off her intricate headpiece that matched her dress. She continued the jewel-covered themed by opting for a pair of slip-ons that is embellished with gems and rhinestones. “All white and pearly,” she captioned her post.

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All white and pearly.

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I love myyy hair .I send @tokyostylez a pic of this hairstyle and she execute !❤️

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Wes Anderson Is Already Working On A New Film, Shooting Will Begin In 2021

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Although Wes Anderson’s 2020 movie The French Dispatch has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the filmmaker is not taking the backseat for the rest of the year as he has already written a new film.

According to a Production Weekly listing, Anderson has a yet-to-be-titled project that will begin shooting in spring 2021.

The reported romance film is set in Rome, per The Film Stage. Unfortunately, casting has yet to be revealed.

For now, check out the trailer for Anderson’s latest film, French Dispatch, below.

Wes Anderson already prepping a brand new movie to shoot in Spring 2021! pic.twitter.com/osGRmD8cVw

— Jason (@jasonosia) September 9, 2020

[via Dazed, cover image via Cineberg / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411662/Wes-Anderson-Is-Already-Working-On-A-New-Film-Shooting-Will-Begin-In-2021/

TikTok’s ‘Ghost’ Trend Leaves Internet Users Aghast For Resembling KKK

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A new TikTok trend involving participants dressing up as ghosts has sparked a debate online.

TikTok users have been posting videos of them posed in white bedsheets under the hashtag “#GhostPhotoshoot.” The challenge involves wearing a white bedsheet with cut-out eye holes, with some teens deciding to add sunglasses for more personality in their images.

The videos either saw them posing alone, or together with their ghost friends and pets.

The trend, however, has incurred a fair amount of criticism due to the costume’s supposed resemblance to the Ku Klux Klan uniform.

Although the ghost costume doesn’t involve a pointed hood, people are calling the snaps “tone-deaf” and “insensitive,” especially with the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement.

“I can imagine the diversity behind these sheets isn’t very different than the color of the sheets they’re behind,” a Twitter user weighed in. “Please think about the possible associations with this ghost trend,” another said.

Other users claimed there was nothing wrong with the trend, with one user tweeting, “Nothing malicious in kids putting an old-timey ghost costumes and taking pics with friends.”

The conversation about the #GhostPhotoshoot went viral after New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz posted a thread about it. While the trend did not sit well with a few internet users, Lorenz defended it by posting videos of people of color who participated in the challenge.

“People of all races and backgrounds are participating in this trend. It’s a fun spooky Halloween thing that’s easy to do and safe in COVID times,” she tweeted. “Please stop trying to cancel ghosts.”

Writer Nylah Burton fired back by stating that Lorenz’s defense seemed like she was belittling “the trauma and impact this could have on actual black folks… whose families have actually been terrorized by the Klan.” Lorenz eventually apologized for her tweets.

A tiktok trend rn that’s big with teens is to dress up in sheets and take ghost photos. It’s the first day of fall, so here’s a thread. pic.twitter.com/zWH0H13Acx

— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) September 22, 2020

👻 pic.twitter.com/YM0uwhr07X

— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) September 22, 2020

If you’re one of the many people trying to cancel literal children for dressing themselves and their pets up as ghosts while trying to celebrate yet another holiday they’re largely being robbed of b/c of COVID please unfollow me and go away pic.twitter.com/7CDLGmJE44

— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) September 22, 2020

Bedsheet ghosts have been around for hundreds of years (since Shakespeare days) and are frequently portrayed in pop culture. I didn’t anticipate how angry ppl would be that this is still a popular kids Halloween costume! but I appreciate everyone who shared their thoughts. pic.twitter.com/7GVkqu2aKM

— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) September 23, 2020

*whispers* cuz she knows it’s right at the cusp of… nvm. She doesn’t want to see it. This reminds me of the hand symbol game that had white supremacist ties and the kids were allowed to keep going cuz it was just “harmless fun” despite being called out for it.

— a Junt. (@easy_mfpeasy) September 22, 2020

I think people are more interested in cancelling you for belittling the trauma and the impact this could have on actual Black folk like me, whose families have actually been terrorized by the Klan https://t.co/xK1X0QU5xZ

— nylah burton (@yumcoconutmilk) September 22, 2020

There’s no way I’m the only one thinking this is insensitive, right? Like, do you not see the similarity between this and KKK costumes? And with #BLM still having to defend that their lives do in fact matter, no one had the thought of like, let’s not?

— Bae Laya (@baelaya) September 23, 2020

I can imagine the diversity behind these sheets isnt very different than the color of the sheets theyre behind.

— Ari Wagner (@AriHoopsWagner) September 22, 2020

if i saw a group of people dressed up like this, i would run for my life.
please think about the possible associations with this ghost trend. https://t.co/oF01rXnYYl

— superbloom track 2&8 (@sgfgdel) September 22, 2020

If you're choosing to see something malicious in kids putting on old-timey ghost costumes and taking pics with friends, they you really need to get off Twitter and find some joy in your life. SMH.

— Gini (Jeanette) Ponder (@giniponder) September 22, 2020

People walking around wearing white sheets is probably not the greatest idea ever

— anthonyquintano (@AnthonyQuintano) September 22, 2020

white kids in the replies calling this a reach… with blm in their bio and names… as expected… pic.twitter.com/YnIwNAfqxX

— yeng ✨ (@waevelite) September 22, 2020

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Scott Disick Gets Flak For Promoting Photo App Filters That Change His Ethnicity

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Photo editing app Gradient, endorsed by celebrities like Scott Disick, has suffered backlash after unveiling a new feature that allows people to alter their ethnicity in images.

The feature, called AI Face, uses artificial intelligence to adjust the user’s face and show how “you would look if you were born on a different continent,” per Gradient’s website. It alters skin colors and face shapes based on physical attributes apparent in continents or countries like Brazil and India.

The feature was promoted by television personalities Scott Disick and Brody Jenner. Jenner and Disick posted their altered images on Twitter, showing how they would look if they were from “Europe,” “Asia” and “Africa.”

“You need to try this new feature in the Gradient app,” Jenner tweeted last Tuesday.

Their tweets have angered several internet users, who slammed the feature for being “racist” and promoting “blackface.” A TikTok user responded, “This doesn’t sit right with me,” after seeing influencer Danielle Cohn also trying out the app.

Disick and Jenner have taken down their posts but have not commented on them.

Scott Disick and Brody Jenner criticized for promoting app that can make white users appear Black #SmartNews “what words do we have for this “ https://t.co/SqEYkjytj2

— Sinbad (@sinbadbad) September 24, 2020

The layers….there are so many obvious wrongs in one place…it's blowing my mind actually. Also there is something so bleak in itself about being Brody Jenner and tweeting a sponsored post about the Gradient app

— Bolu Babalola (@BeeBabs) September 22, 2020

i’m trying to understand how this kind of app has brody jenner and scott disick level budget. also why their managers wouldn’t have warned them that it was a bad idea 🤦🏻‍♀️

— katy (@KatyWellhousen) September 23, 2020

Brody Jenner’s back to back tweets about voting and an app that turns you Black/Asian/Indian are peak 2020 pic.twitter.com/7lmzBmPzJn

— meghan (@mjhorgss) September 24, 2020

[via Insider, cover image via s_bukley / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411656/Scott-Disick-Gets-Flak-For-Promoting-Photo-App-Filters-That-Change-His-Ethnicity/

Zayn Malik Welcomes His Newborn Baby Girl With Gigi Hadid In Adorable Photos

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As a sprig of good news, Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid have welcomed their first child, described to be “healthy and beautiful” by her father.

The couple shared the sweet news on social media in separate posts. Both black-and-white photos show the newborn tenderly holding her father’s hand.

“Our baby girl is here, healthy and beautiful,” Malik confirmed. Washed by the newfound love, he shared, “To try [to] put into words how I am feeling right now would be an impossible task.”

“The love I feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding,” Malik expressed. “Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine, and thankful for the life we will have together.”

Hadid later posted another version of the image, penning, “Our girl joined us earth-side this weekend and she’s already changed our world. So in love.”

The private couple had been relatively reserved about being with child until the latter months of Hadid’s pregnancy.

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The New Yorker Magazine Grippingly Mourns Loss Of RBG On Negative-Space Cover

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The New Yorker turned its 5 October 2020 cover black and white to pay tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who held her position until she died on 18 September.

In the impactful piece by American illustrator Bob Staake, Ginburg’s legacy of bringing change to women’s rights and gender equality can be felt in her absence.

The reader’s eyes fills in the blanks of the haunting optical-illusion portrait, helped simply by a quintessential collar with female symbols as the lace.

The artist explained that he needed a graphic metaphor that “embodied Ginsburg’s life and legacy.” One that, of course, also represented Ginsburg’s “honest and no-nonsense” character.

The depicted lace collar not only symbolizes the late American icon, but also “women everywhere,” shared Françoise Mouly, the publication’s art editor.

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Wikipedia Is Getting Its First Desktop Website Redesign After A Decade

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Wikipedia has played an essential role for internet users for almost 20 years, helping many discover new information through its crowd-sourced encyclopedia submissions. Now, it is taking care of itself—the website will be getting a facelift after a decade.

According to a post on MediaWiki, the desktop version of the site will be modernized with quick navigations and fewer elements in the full view.

Some of the new changes include improving its search functions, shifting the Table of Contents section to the top right for easy access, and making the left sidebar collapsible. The website aims to be more comfortable for users to browse and read its text-heavy content.

The company announced in a blog post that the changes will be made “incrementally over a long period of time,” so users can test out the features before they are officially rolled out.

The full redesign is set to be spearheaded by Wikipedia. However, this is only for the desktop version, and Wikipedia hasn’t mentioned any updates to the mobile version as of yet.

[via PC Magazine, cover image via Alexey Boldin / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411652/Wikipedia-Is-Getting-Its-First-Desktop-Website-Redesign-After-A-Decade/

Japan Lets A Life-Sized Gundam Robot Take Its First Steps In The City

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Last week, Japan unveiled a life-sized Gundam robot, based on the 1979 titular animation series, in the city of Yokohama. 2020 seems to truly be full of surprises, as a fictitious superhero has now been brought to life.

The creators built the robot to a 1:1 scale replica of the RX-78-2, meaning it stood at 18 meters (59 feet) in height.

The beloved humanoid made its first public appearance on Tuesday for a test run to flex its movements, and it managed to walk, kneel, move its fingers, point to the sky, and stare at humans on the ground.

The gigantic cyborg will be featured in Gundam Factory, an entertainment center set to open in October 2020 in Japan.

Life-sized Gundam in Yokohama is now in testing mode.pic.twitter.com/51HVoraPb7

— Catsuka (@catsuka) September 21, 2020

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Watch: SpaceX’s Starship Test Ends Up In A Massive, Cloudy Explosion

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SpaceX’s new Starship trial tank intentionally erupted last night during a pressure test set to fail at the company’s experiment site in Boca Chica, Texas.

The tank, known as SN7.1, is a follow-up version of its predecessor SN7. It was previously tested on the steel alloy construction of the spacecraft’s cryogenic fuel tanks.

In the latest experiment, the SN7.1 was tested with a new steel alloy by pressurizing it until it failed, resulting in a massive explosion with clouds of white fumes in the air.

“Witness!” Chris Gebhardt, NASA SpaceFlight managing editor wrote in a tweet as a reference to the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road. “Test Tank SN7.1 has entered the gates of Valhalla!”

The private space agency has been taking gradual steps in its endeavor to transport everyday humans to the Moon, and even Mars.

The next trial will feature the SN8, which will be more of a prototype spacecraft. It will try to shoot up to a height of 12 miles in the skies, and even perform a little trick before it slowly falls to the ground.

In the meantime, watch the blowup at the 6:28:53 mark below.

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Uncle Ben’s Unveils New Name & Logo To Step Away From Racist Stereotypes

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Uncle Ben’s is going against the grain of its 70-year-old branding. After Black Lives Matter protests and years of criticism about perpetuating racial bias, the packaged rice company has now dropped the tired “Uncle” and will go by Ben’s Original.

The overhaul also includes the removal of the Uncle Ben mascot, who was modelled after a Chicago chef and waiter named Frank Brown. As it seems, the redesigned logo will simply feature the Ben’s Original name.

The “Uncle” title has been a feature of controversy, as it refers to one of the ways white Southerners would call Black men so as to avoid using their last names or honorifics like “Mr.”

In an announcement posted to the Uncle Ben’s website, parent company Mars said the change will hopefully help “create more equitable iconography” and drive the brand towards “a more inclusive future.”

The new identity is the culmination of insights from “thousands of consumers, our Associates and other stakeholders from around the world,” Mars explained.

Apart from the visual transformation, Ben’s Original shared that it has adopted a new corporate vision to “create opportunities that offer everyone a seat at the table” in hopes of bringing more inclusion.

A full transition will, however, take time. The company still uses the old branding on its digital channels, possibly to allow customers to look it up first, and says it will take on the Ben’s Original name “moving forward.”

Meanwhile, the Ben’s Original packaging will start appearing on shelves early 2021.

We listened. And we learned. Moving forward, Uncle Ben's will be known as Ben’s Original™. Read our full statement to find out more about our brand's new purpose to create opportunities that offer everyone a seat at the table: https://t.co/0tSE0lnMa1 pic.twitter.com/741JQU1qTI

— Uncle Ben's USA (@UncleBens) September 23, 2020

[via AP News, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411655/Uncle-Ben-s-Unveils-New-Name-Logo-To-Step-Away-From-Racist-Stereotypes/

Megan Thee Stallion Is TIME’s Golden Girl As She Lands On Its ‘Influential List’

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Megan Thee Stallion has reached another milestone as she landed on TIME’s annual list of the 100 most influential people of 2020.

Stallion looked stunning on the cover photo, as she rocked a mustard-colored dress with a long-braided ponytail that could make Rapunzel envious. The rapper was photographed in front of Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.

The accompanying TIME shoot saw her donning a black velvet dress with a slit that went up to her thigh. She paired the gown with a red lip and golden smokey eye look.

“I love the fact that we have so many women in music right now,” she said in her TIME magazine interview video. “So I just feel like it’s better to work together because we could really just take over all of this.”

Stallion was profiled by actress Taraji P Henson. “She’s lot much of her family—her mother, her father, her grandmother—yet she is the epitome of tenacity, of pulling herself up by her bootstraps,” Henson wrote. “She was shot this summer, and till people tried to tear her down. She’s enrolled in college, she’s an entertainer, she’s a free spirit.”

Other 2020 game-changers who made it on the list include Black Lives Matter founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi; actress Gabrielle Union; and founder of #MeToo movement Tarana Burke.

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Growing and mf glowing everyday 🖤

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.@tarajiphenson on Megan @theestallion: “The industry might try to pigeonhole her in this rap game, but she’s got a plan that’s much bigger. And we got her. I just want her to keep winning” #TIME100 https://t.co/hiAS1QMCAw pic.twitter.com/HKTd2vffuv

— TIME (@TIME) September 23, 2020

.@SybrinaFulton on the BLM Founders: "Make sure people are hearing your voice saying, 'Black lives matter.' We can’t give up. @OsopePatrisse, @aliciagarza and @opalayo won’t" #TIME100 https://t.co/VTrbuUy4rb pic.twitter.com/XQwRcvpWWv

— TIME (@TIME) September 23, 2020

[via TIME, cover image via Megan Thee Stallion] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411647/Megan-Thee-Stallion-Is-TIME-s-Golden-Girl-As-She-Lands-On-Its-Influential-List/

Retailer Sends Internet In Hysterics For Selling Curtains Resembling Cigarettes

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British retailer Argos has become the butt of jokes after promoting a pair of curtains that looked similar to a pack of cigarettes.

The store advertised some printed border eyelet curtains at the price of £5.99 (US$7.61). The curtains have drapes in a mustard color, while the rest of them are in an off-white shade.

The ad showed the curtains hanging from a pole and falling in waves, making them look like 10 vertical cylinders. People pointed out that it bore a striking resemblance to a pack of cigarettes.

“These new curtains at Argos are smoking,” a Twitter user joked. “For just £5.99 you can have a pack of Superking cigarettes as curtains,” another chimed in.

Argos have released these curtains that appear to look like Richmond Superkings pic.twitter.com/XNE8inGP6B

— Wardy (@wardy10124) September 16, 2020

£5.99 for a set of curtains that look like a packet of cigarettes from @Argos_Online https://t.co/wRW0H0I2Y4 pic.twitter.com/SpqLYRbwTb

— Ryan H 👍 (@r281285h) September 16, 2020

These new curtains at Argos are smoking 👀 pic.twitter.com/EqqFqGUgGs

— ⚽ Simon BRFC Hopkins ⚽ (@HopkinsBRFC) September 17, 2020

Argos selling curtains that look like Benson and Hedges. It's no wonder they are trying to get shut of them in their clearance range. pic.twitter.com/WLXlFtXTAi

— Andrew (@officialDB3K) September 17, 2020

For just £5.99 you can have a pack of Superking cigarettes as curtains pic.twitter.com/j7bmDhjzTO

— James Cusack (@JamesCusack) September 17, 2020

[via B&T, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411649/Retailer-Sends-Internet-In-Hysterics-For-Selling-Curtains-Resembling-Cigarettes/

Pornhub Teams Up With Fashion Brand Namilia For A Kinky High-Fashion Adult Video

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Pornhub has teamed up with Berlin-based fashion brand Namilia for a collaboration like no other.

The collaboration sees several Pornhub actors like Asa Akira, Ana Foxxx, Daisy Taylor, Janice Griffith wearing the Herotica capsule collection designed by Namilia for its first-ever high-fashion porno.

According to the brand, the collection aims to fight for sexual empowerment and change the stereotypes and fantasies associated with women in porn.

“The cosmos of sexual pleasure has been restricted to a few boring and chauvinistic narratives for the pleasure of the male gaze, up until rather recently,” Namilia wrote on Instagram. “Porn isn’t something existentially male, most women just have been previously excluded from determining the narrative.”

The steamy ad, directed by Gogy Esparza, sees the adult stars posing sultrily while decked in the brand’s collection, which includes cropped harness tees, hoodies and moto-cross dresses, to name a few.

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🎥Sound on PORNHUB X NAMILIA This season, talent from Pornhub’s model program continue the fight for sexual empowerment as they “un-dressed” in the new Pornhub x Namilia collection. The short film directed during quarantine from home through Zoom by Gogy Esparza features @asahole @foxy_locksy @here_on_neptune @rejaniced @raelilblack “The cosmos of sexual pleasure has been restricted to a few boring and chauvinistic narratives for the pleasure of the male gaze, up until rather recently. Porn isn’t something existentially male, most women just have been previously excluded from determining the narrative“ The capsule collection in collaboration with Pornhub of five looks comprise the world of HEROTICA – a world where women are in charge of the dialogue, the narrative, and every inch of their bodies, turning the tables on the straight male perspective. HEROTICA can be viewed on Pornhub’s YouTube channel (SFW) and the Pornhub x NAMILIA channel (NSFW) The PORNHUB x NAMILIA collection consists of NAMILIA’s signature velour tracksuits in Hot Pink and Black with white crystal embellishments that scream quarantine bling, while cropped harness tees, hoodies, and moto-cross dresses round out the dominant themes of the collection. The collection is available for purchase on www.PornhubApparel.com and www.NAMILIA.com and in our Berlin Studio Store Directed and edited by @_gogito Models @asahole @foxy_locksy @here_on_neptune @rejaniced @raelilblack All Clothing @_namilia_ Music by @baltra Intro music by @official_sadboyz Title VFX by @reggie_dankwa and @jesseseegers

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HEROTICA drop out now! Crystal slogan velour set, printed racing dress, crop hoodie and crop T-shirt with detachable chest harness Namilia x @pornhub

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[via Page Six, cover image via Namilia] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411650/Pornhub-Teams-Up-With-Fashion-Brand-Namilia-For-A-Kinky-High-Fashion-Adult-Video/

IKEA’s Delightful Sleep Posters Mock ‘Fad’ Products With The Most Effective Cure

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If eye creams and supplements won’t cut it, you might want to check your nearest IKEA. While the furniture giant isn’t branching out into the drugstore business, it holds the antidote to making you feel youthful again.

In remarkable posters by advertising agency Mother London, IKEA UK rebukes and spoofs “fad” items like supplements, energy drinks, and anti-aging creams with an age-old natural product tried and tested by generations.

IKEA guarantees a level up in focus and memory with the help of ergonomic pillows, the ultimate energy boost after a good night’s rest with soft flat sheets, and the regaining of some years thanks to beauty sleep with its double duvets.

The prints, photographed by Amy Currell and designed by Andy Knight Ltd, are part of IKEA’s Tomorrow Starts Tonight campaign which advocates the effects of quality sleep.

The only things you shouldn’t be sleeping off are these eye-opening visuals. Click on the posters to view them in detail; you won’t regret it.

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[via Ads of the World, images via Mother London for IKEA UK] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411646/IKEA-s-Delightful-Sleep-Posters-Mock-Fad-Products-With-The-Most-Effective-Cure/

‘Friends’ Gets Revived With An All-Black Cast At Table Read

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Fast forward 26 years later, and the lack of diversity in nearly all-white sitcom Friends is glaringly obvious. The show’s creators have since regretted this shortcoming and have expressed their wish to do things differently if they could.

Back then, they didn’t know what we knew what they didn’t know, but what if they did know?

On Tuesday, fans finally got a glimpse at The One That Could Have Been as eight talented Black celebrities gathered for a table read organized by Zoom and Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote nonprofit.

The session was hosted by Gabrielle Union, who cameoed in an episode from the series, and was joined by British singer and actress Cynthia Erivo, who performed a powerful rendition of the show’s theme song, I’ll Be There For You.

The cast reenacted moments from The One Where No One’s Ready, where Ross’ prompts to get prepared for an important black-tie event were unheeded by his uncooperative circle.

Ross and Rachel were played by real-life married couple Sterling K Brown (from This Is Us) and Ryan Michelle Bathe (First Wives Bathe). Uzo Aduba of Orange is the New Black fame reprised the role of Phoebe, 9-1-1’s Aisha Hinds played Monica, Hollywood’s Jeremy Pope brought out his inner Chandler and How to Get Away with Murder’s Kendrick Sampson took on the role of Joey. The scene was produced by Stephanie Allain and directed by Salli Richardson-Whitfield.

The actors also took liberties with the original script and threw in some improvisations relatable for a Black audience. For instance, Brown—who played a frustrated Ross—threw in the line, “Oh great, it’s starting to rain. That’ll make it easy for a Black man to get a cab.”

The session made up the second episode of a brand new table read series called Zoom Where It Happens, which aims to promote “voting rights and electoral justice through culture and entertainment.”

Enjoy some highlights from the heartwarming event below.

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What’s your #VotingPlan ✊🏾 I love Us. I love #BlackPeople ✊🏾🤎👏🏾🙏🏾 #Friends with @SterlingKBrown @ryanmichelle @UzoAduba @AishaHinds @kendrick38 @jrmypope. #CynthiaErivo@StephanieAllain Producing @itsgabrielleu Hosting @sallirichardson Directing #ZoomWhereItHappens pic.twitter.com/dJf8chPoZ7

— Mickaëlle X. Bizet (@MickaelleXBizet) September 23, 2020

Yessss Cynthia!!! Sing! #ZoomWhereItHappens #WhenWeAllVote pic.twitter.com/KQlFLXtDCp

— Brandee (@Therealbrandee) September 23, 2020

Wow @UzoAduba is perfect as Phoebe #ZoomWhereItHappens pic.twitter.com/FcGyYtxPpg

— Jeremy Wein (@thismyshow) September 23, 2020

[via NME, cover image via IMDb and DFree / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411645/Friends-Gets-Revived-With-An-All-Black-Cast-At-Table-Read/

Amazon Raises Alarm For Selling Pork Spray To Repel ‘Muslim Rape Gangs’

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Amazon, purveyor of outrageous and insensitive goods like Nazi festive ornaments, sexist political merchandise and racially-abusive AirPods, is once again at the chopping board for letting a pig oil-infused pepper spray retail on its platform.

Spotted by Boing Boing, the racist spray called ‘Porktector™’ is marketed as a weapon against “Muslim rape gangs” in Europe and the United States.

“Just warning an Radical Islamic attacker, like the rape gangs all through Europe, that there is pig oil in the spray may be enough to send them running without having to spray,” the product description read.

“We would hope that just threatening to spray the attackers with our swine oil infused pepper spray would be enough to stop them, and send them running for fear of going to HELL,” it continued.

The listing has since been removed, but the company’s social media accounts are still live. Its Twitter profile describes the spray as “THE self-defense weapon for all your needs” and features a stream of tweets against radicalized Muslims.

For obvious reasons, the product has been described by social media users as “completely f**ked up” and “breathtakingly racist.”

Here we go. Get this very special keyring unit. Go to www.porktectorspray,com

Posted by Porktector LLC on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

[via Boing Boing, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411644/Amazon-Raises-Alarm-For-Selling-Pork-Spray-To-Repel-Muslim-Rape-Gangs/

Facebook Debuts Image Copyright Tool For Creators To Protect Work Around The Web

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For years, artists, photographers and other creators have been hesitant to upload their images on Facebook and Instagram, for fear of where they will end up. Admittedly, this can be counterproductive as social media is where your work gets the most eyeballs.

Creators can finally rest easy, as Facebook has announced a new Rights Manager for Images tool, available in the Facebook Creator Studio platform, that helps them trace where their images have popped up on Facebook and Instagram, as well as in embeds around the web.

The feature is an extension of Facebook’s existing Rights Manager for videos, and also requires rights holders to provide a copy of which images they wish to monitor, along with a CSV file containing the metadata. Facebook will then run a check across Facebook and Instagram to locate the same content on profiles and pages.

Publishers and creators can then opt to either monitor the image use, block it with a takedown request, or add credit through an ownership link, TechCrunch reports. They can also adjust their control for global or geographical use, and customize access for partners.

Note that the images don’t have to be publicly posted on Facebook or Instagram for the tool to work.

However, the feature is more suited for creators and publishers who own a large collection of intellectual property or who post content regularly. Users who face misappropriations of their work now and then can simply fill out Facebook’s IP reporting form.

You can apply for access to the new Rights Manager for Images tool by visiting here.

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[via TechCrunch, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411643/Facebook-Debuts-Image-Copyright-Tool-For-Creators-To-Protect-Work-Around-The-Web/

Lingerie Brand’s Halloween-Themed Ad Gets Accused Of Worshipping Satanism

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Australian lingerie brand Honey Birdette has received immense backlash after it shared a racy Halloween-themed campaign accused of “promoting Satanism.”

The brand released a 30-second advert that showed a red devil seducing a model dressed in a red one-piece ensemble, complete with straps and hooks.

The clip was meant to promote the brand’s 666 Club line, and began with the message, “Don’t forgive them Father, for they do know what they do,” a twist on the line, “Forgive me Father, for I have sinned.”

Other parts of the spot showed a same-sex couple kissing while dressed in bondage costume.

The clip amassed over 60,000 views and many negative comments. “What in the satanism,” one unhappy Instagram user said, while another followed with, “Why the blatant Satan worship? Who is paying you?”

Others thought the concept was brilliant, and offered support to the brand. “People are so triggered while I’m over here panting like HOT HOT HOT f**king YES,” a fan commented.

The criticism began last week after the brand released a sneak preview of its ad. The New York Post reported that the ad did not sit well with Australian consumers, who actually went to its stores to see if it really worshipped Satan.

Honey Birdette simply brushed off the critics, with its founder Eloise Monaghan saying that it was meant to “stimulate people.” “It’s time to have some fun and we need to do that visually at the moment,” she said.

The brand’s Halloween-themed ad is inspired by a Berlin nightclub, complete with models dressed in latex, leather and chains.

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Feeling a little devilish? Enter this way… #honeybirdette

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Take a walk on the wild side, baby! The best-selling KUKURO collection is back, in Leopard! ONLINE NOW… #honeybirdette

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Booty bound 💥 the best-selling bondage collection is back in Leopard #honeybirdette

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[via New York Post, cover image via Honey Birdette] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411638/Lingerie-Brand-s-Halloween-Themed-Ad-Gets-Accused-Of-Worshipping-Satanism/

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Removed Death Scene Gruesome Enough For NC-17 Rating

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Actor Matthew Modine, who played deputy police commissioner Peter Foley in The Dark Night Rises, went on CinemaBlend’s ReedBlend podcast to promote the 4K release of the 1987 film, Full Metal Jacket.

Besides talking about his role in Full Metal Jacket, Modine revealed that his death scene in the Batman film was so “violent,” it had to be removed to prevent the film from getting “an NC-17 rating.”

Modine spoke about the scene towards the end when his character, Foley, was fatally hit by a car and left on the ground. The actor said that the scene was actually filmed with a stunt double to show how the car visually crashed into him.

He explained how the stunt double got hit by the car, which had a “plexiglass thing” on the front. “They had ropes to pull him into the air, but he went up and they dropped him from about 15 feet, and the sound of his body hitting the cobblestone street in front of the New York Stock Exchange, it was sickening,” Modine said.

He further detailed how the film’s director Christopher Nolan had his face turn “white” after the scene was shot.

Check out the edited scene below to refresh your memory.

[via Digital Spy, cover image via IMDb] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411636/The-Dark-Knight-Rises-Removed-Death-Scene-Gruesome-Enough-For-NC-17-Rating/