Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: 5 things to know about Marvel’s hugely anticipated sequel

It’s a big improvement over the first film in almost every way. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 might be the most anticipated film of the year, give or take a Star Wars. The sequel arrives in theaters on May 5, three years after Guardians of the Galaxy — a lighthearted space opera with a great ensemble full of strange characters — became one of Marvel Studios’ biggest surprise successes. Sure, the story was a…

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The Leftovers season 3, episode 2: “Don’t Be Ridiculous” sends Nora on a quest for answers

Carrie Coon is phenomenal in an episode featuring familiar faces and at least one kangaroo The Leftovers, HBO’s critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic drama, is currently airing its third and final season. Below, Vox Culture writers Todd VanDerWerff and Caroline Framke discuss “Don’t Be Ridiculous,” the season’s second episode, in full — so beware, there are spoilers here, and lots of ’em. HBO Todd: In some ways, Nora Durst’s inability to register with touchscreens is the sort…

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European leaders seem pretty happy about the French election results

“Long live France, long live Europe!” A 39-year-old former banker with zero political experience just made a whole lot of European leaders really happy. Emmanuel Macron, a young, centrist, pro-European Union candidate, just came out on top in the first round of voting in the French presidential elections, winning 23.7 percent of the vote, according to exit polls. He was followed closely by far-right populist Marine Le Pen, who pulled in 21.7 percent. The two…

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France's historic presidential election results, explained

Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron come out on top. It comes down to the populist versus the globalist. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and center-left candidate Emmanuel Macron have come out on top in the first round of the French presidential elections and will be moving ahead to the final round on May 7. According to French polling firm IPSOS, exit polls show Macron with 23.7 percent followed by Le Pen with 21.7 percent…

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On The Magicians, knowing the system is rigged to crush you is part of becoming an adult

The Syfy show’s terrific second season succeeded thanks to a surprising thematic depth. Every Sunday, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good. It could be bad. It will always be interesting. You can read the archives here. The episode of the week for April 16 through 22 is “We Have Brought You Little Cakes,” the season two finale of Syfy’s The Magicians. In nearly every episode of The Magicians’ second…

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Tens of thousands marched for science in more than 600 cities on six continents

Aerial footage shows the massive crowds marching for science in Chicago http://cnn.it/2pQDONW ‎Posted by CNN on‎ שבת 22 אפריל 2017 Three months after the largest demonstration in US history, Saturday’s March for Science again brought droves of people into the streets — thanks in large part to organizing efforts on social media — to celebrate values and protest the Trump administration and its policies. And like the Women’s March, the demonstrations happened not just in…

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9 questions for Martha Nussbaum

The philosopher on key intellectual influences and the importance of contrary opinions. How do people form opinions? How do they reason their way through the world? What influences them? 9 Questions is an ongoing series that explores the intellectual habits of the most interesting thinkers in the world. This week, Martha Nussbaum — philosopher, author, and professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago — answers our questions. What’s the first piece of…

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4 rules for making a protest work, according to experts

This is what it takes for a protest to make real, lasting change. Saturday saw thousands of Americans hit the streets for the March for Science to protest President Trump’s proposal to cut billions in funding for scientific research. This mobilization came three months after millions joined in Women’s Marches across the country and separate protests of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants and refugees from entering the country. More mass demonstrations are in…

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Netflix’s Girlboss is way more fun once it stops trying to prove its heroine is “such an asshole”

This “real loose” take on Nasty Gal’s origin story shines when it embraces its weirder, more sentimental side. Halfway through the first episode of Girlboss, Sophia Marlowe (Britt Robertson) storms out of her boring retail job after tearing apart her meek boss for the thousandth time and finally getting fired for it. She calls her best friend to complain, then briefly stops in her tracks to wonder, “Why am I such an asshole?” It’s a…

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The March for Science was a delightfully nerdy celebration of discontent

The most delightfully nerdy signs and messages at the March for Science Thousands of scientists and science enthusiasts braved, cold rainy weather to march in Washington, DC in the name of disciplines they love, the research and discoveries they value, and the policies they oppose. And they came bearing signs — some of the cleverest, most creative, and hilarious ones we’ve seen in an already protest-heavy year Many in the crowd said they never imagined…

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