Though it won’t premiere for an entire year, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is already throwing out teasers to get everyone super excited about seeing some of their favorites on the big screen. Except their favorites are being played by brand new actors, which means fans of the Harry Potter franchise have to quickly adjust how they’ve been envisioning these characters. And there was one thing people weren’t prepared for.
Dumbledore is hot now.
I mean, he’s played by Jude Law, who has that face. The hot one. It’s a bit uncomfortable to see someone you’re used to thinking of as a grandpa suddenly look like a truly fantastic beast, but we all have to come to terms with it.
Though it doesn’t seem like Twitter can:
Eh, it’s awkward, but why not enjoy it? Dumbledore won’t be hot forever, but he’s hot now. Or then. Or in the future, when the movie opens? Prequels are too confusing.
Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico, but President Trump didn’t bother to mention the storm for five days. Puerto Ricans are standing in line for food, water, and gas, and 95% of the island remains without electricity. On Friday, San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz unleashed a for immediate help.
Cruz said, “We are dying. What we are going to see is something close to a genocide.”
Not surprisingly, President Trump took the mayor’s desperate cry for help as personal criticism, because this administration has no concept of compassion, empathy, or responsibility for fellow Americans.
Trump attacked Cruz in a series of childish tweets that alternate between defensive and aggressive:
That’s the mayor wading through a flood of sewage in her own city with a bullhorn looking for people in need.
I didn’t grow up decorating my house for Christmas, but there’s nothing I love more than walking out on a chilly night with a huge mug of coffee and taking a stroll through the neighboring towns that go all out during the holidays.
Something about seeing bright red and green and white sparkling lights really warms me up and although I grew up Muslim, I can’t help but get all warm and fuzzy during Christmas time and get in the holiday spirit.
That doesn’t mean I’d go through the trouble of decorating my own house. No, no, I’m much too lazy for that.
But it makes me happy to see that people who work so hard to spread good cheer are getting rewarded for it, like this family from Glen Allen, Virginia.
“Not in a thousand years. I always look at ourself as the house on Wendurst Drive, you know, I make my decorations out of plyboard during the summer and how am I going to compete against these big mega decorators that have the computerized shows and so on. All homemade, a lot of interactive, all that kind of thing played a part, so we were quite surprised.”
The couple said that they planned on giving some of the earnings from the show to their local church while Esther says she wants to use the money to take a trip to Israel. A fitting way to spend money that you won in a Christmas competition. (h/t wric)
It isn’t often that not being able to smell a dead body in the room is a cause for concern.
But that was the case last week at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, when the much anticipated and incredibly pungent bloom of the Corpse Flower (real name Amorphophallus Titanum) didn’t happen as scheduled.
After waiting nearly ten years for this particular one to bloom, the concern is understandable, though luckily things went smoothly today as the flower revealed its striking red interior and utterly foul stench.
The NYBG website gives us an idea as to how rare of a view this is:
“Each day of careful tending and feeding has led up to this moment: a brief yet glorious window in which the enormous plant (up to eight feet high) will unfurl, displaying the striking red interior and uncanny scent to which it owes its name. This is the first time that a blooming titan-arum has been put on display at the Garden since 1939.”
The event only lasts 24 to 36 hours, and the NYBG has extended their visiting hours and set up a livestream so no one would miss it
They will undoubtedly post a time-lapse video after the event
The first Corpse Flower found its way into their garden in 1932 and bloomed five years later. It was adopted as the borough of the Bronx’ official flower soon after in honor of the bloom, and remained the official flower until it was replaced by the Daylily in 2001.