Homemade ‘Lord of the Rings’ trailer features precious cardboard ring



The Lord of the Rings gets one homemade trailer to rule them all, from our CineFix series, Homemade Movies. Here, J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic trilogy comes to life without any fancy visual effects or expensive flights to New Zealand. (Take that, Peter Jackson.) 

This remake is based on the original teaser for the entire trilogy, way back in 2000, so it uses footage from all three films—The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King—which were all shot at the same time.

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The first ‘Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen-X’ blindside victim is real salty about it



Mari Takahashi was the younger tribe’s first casualty in Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen-X, and she’s very salty about it.

The move was a surprising early blindside against a strong player who seemed poised to go far. And it was especially unexpected given that the Millennial tribe already had a strong reason to break up the Figgy/Taylor romance. Couples are a dangerous thing in the game of Survivor.

Even in her short time on the show, Mari stood out. The oldest member of the Millennials crew, at 31, she had what seemed like a good group of allies around her and a smart, chill approach to gameplay in the early days. Read more…

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Princess Charlotte hugged a balloon display and yelled ‘Dada’



Princess Charlotte is just like us. No, really, she is. 

She doesn’t care about crowns, sceptres or orbs. She just wants balloons. 

During Charlotte’s first public engagement during the royal tour of Canada, the 16-month-old attended a tea party for military families on the lawn of Government House in Victoria. 

Shortly after arriving, the princess made a beeline for a multi-coloured balloon display and immediately began hugging and slapping it. 

Somebody loves balloons! Prince George and Princess Charlotte have fun at a children’s party in Canada 🎈🎈🎈 https://t.co/Bt0NyZeRMZ pic.twitter.com/0X46p2eta6

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How Congressmen are celebrating their grilling of Wells Fargo CEO



A “joyous occasion”? Maybe not for Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf, who testified on Capitol Hill Thursday about the bank’s recent scandal. 

The San Francisco-based bank was fined $185 million by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau earlier this month for creating more than 2 million fake accounts, between 2011 and 2015 that used customers’ identities to boost employees’ sale numbers. 

But for members of the House Financial Services Committee Thursday morning, their 5-minutes of grilling left reasons to celebrate. 

Some lawmakers took it as an opportunity to put forth a distaste of the larger banking industry. “We have Wells Fargo before me, but I don’t think you should be alone in this joyous experience,” said Rep. Brad Sherman, a California Democrat.  Read more…

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Here’s what the ‘Kick-Ass’ bazooka scene looks like as a homemade movie



Kick-Ass is already a movie about homemade superheroes—what would it look like if the movie itself were homemade, with absolutely no visual effects?

In this re-creation of the epic climactic scene from the film, our CineFix series, Homemade Movies, makes a pretty ass-kicking DIY rocket launcher explosion out of cardboard and sparklers. 

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