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The 10 best rule-breaking movies of all timeOpen in a New Window

What makes a "rule" of cinema? Why do rules exist? Most importantly, what happens when you break them and defy the audience's expectations?

Sometimes it feels like every new movie is just a remake of some other. That’s why it’s so great when a film shakes things up and makes us look at cinematic arts in new and unexpected ways. Here are 10 of the best rule-breakers in movie history. 

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A 'safe' Note7 exploded and destroyed this guy's MacBook Pro with itOpen in a New Window

Stop me if you heard this one before: A Samsung Galaxy Note7 exploded.

Hui Renjie, 25, who purchased a Note7 in China that was deemed "safe" with a non-defective battery, claims his phone blew up Monday and burned two of his fingers and damaged his MacBook Pro in the process, according to Bloomberg.

In China: Samsung customer says his new Note 7 phone burst into flames

— Charles Riley (@CRrileyCNN) September 27, 2016

The phone was charging when it started to smoke, before bursting into flames, he said. Read more...

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We need to talk about Colin Kaepernick becoming the 49ers starting quarterbackOpen in a New Window

SAN FRANCISCO — Well, this would certainly turn up the heat. 

The guy whose silent national anthem protests sparked a movement and ignited backlash? It's one thing when he's a reserve who fades into the background after the song's final note. 

It's quite another when he's the starting quarterback for one of the most iconic franchises in professional footballColin Kaepernick isn't there yet, but the scenario is becoming more and more plausible as his San Francisco 49ers struggle to find any sort of offensive momentum. 

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Best sports-movie showdowns, from soccer to boxingOpen in a New Window

The team coming together. The underdog emerging victorious. The realization of so much previously unrealized desire. 

There’s a reason sports movies are so popular: What could be a more dramatic climax than an epic showdown on the field or court? Here CineFix presents ten favorite showdowns in a variety of sports.

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The most incredible slow-mo moments in film historyOpen in a New Window

Slow motion is one of the oldest (and still best!) tricks in the filmmaker’s playbook. Slowing down the action at precisely the right moment can add gravitas and drama to an important scene. 

Here,  CineFix presents some of our favorite serious and not-so-serious slow-mo scenes.

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People asked Elon Musk some very bizarre questions at the SpaceX Mars eventOpen in a New Window

Turns out, the prospect of sending people to Mars elicits some pretty strange questions, statements, requests ... and even smooches.

On Tuesday, SpaceX founder Elon Musk unveiled the company's plans to send humans to the Red Planet in a highly anticipated speech at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Mexico.

Then came the Q&A segment.

Musk spent about an hour and a half discussing SpaceX's strategy to fund and execute human colonies on Mars — and, certainly, several attendees asked him about that. But a few had more personal inquiries: one person wanted to pass a comic book, The Future of Fusion, to Musk onstage, and another asked if she could kiss Musk "on behalf of the ladies." Read more...

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Take a look at Snapchat's new 'Spectacles'Open in a New Window

The glasses give users the ability to snap videos and then share them right to the app. While the company, which recently re-branded itself as Snap, says the product is only a toy ... we know to never underestimate the power of Snapchat.  Read more...

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The first woman to wear a hijab in Playboy is an activist and journalistOpen in a New Window

For the first time ever, a Muslim woman wearing a hijab was pictured in the historically risqué pages of Playboy.

But it wasn't the kind of spread the publication is famous for. Along with her headscarf, Tagouri wore a leather jacket with jeans and sneakers. And the real focus was on her words. 

SEE ALSO: Why this Muslim teenage girl created a hijab emoji

The magazine named her one of its 2016 Renegades, a series honoring men and women in industries from media and porn to comedy and video game development. It's part of Playboy's no-nude efforts since it stopped publishing naked photographs last October.  Read more...

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Escape the Pale Man in this 8-bit version of ’Pan’s Labyrinth’Open in a New Window

How would Guillermo del Toro's dark fantasy film, Pan's Labyrinth, look and play as an old-school video game?

The answer: still dark and fantastic. At least, that is, if this animated short in our CineFix series, 8-Bit Cinema, is any indication. Complete the three tasks and escape the pixelated Pale Man in this 8-bit retelling of the film.

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Solo 3 review: Beats solves the 3 things that make most wireless headphones suckOpen in a New Window

There are three reasons why wireless headphones mostly suck and I've steered clear of dropping serious dough on a pair: poor sound quality, frustrating pairing and weak battery life.

Beats' new Solo 3 wireless on-ear headphones solve all three. And they do so while looking stylish and recognizable on top of your head for hours.

Announced with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the Solo 3 headphones improve on the Solo 2 in every possible way. 

They're still a little pricey at $300, but for the wireless pairing convenience and battery life alone, I think it's money well spent. Sure, you could get a pair of sleeker B&O BeoPlay H8 or noise-cancelling Bose QC35 for $100 and $50 more, respectively, but the Solo 3 hit the sweet spot. Read more...

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Dude flushes 240 pounds of mercury down a toilet for inexplicable reasonsOpen in a New Window

Mercury: Good for thermometers, bad for toilets. How do we know this? Well, someone actually went out and purchased a toilet expressly used to test how well the toxic liquid metal holds up against flushing water. 

Sounds dangerous, but we'll admit we're oddly hypnotized.

[H/T: Digg]

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Groovy '20th Century Women' trailer teases 'growing disrespect for government'Open in a New Window

It's shaping up to be a big fall for four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening, who not only co-stars in her husband Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes movie Rules Don't Apply, but is said to steal the show in Mike Mills' new film 20th Century Women, which just dropped a groovy first trailer.

Set in 1979, the A24 release casts Bening as a Bohemian single mother raising her teenage son in Santa Barbara with the help of a free-spirited artist (Greta Gerwig) living in their home and the alluring girl next door, played by Elle Fanning. This makeshift family forges fragile connections that will mystify and inspire them for years to come.  Read more...

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What a lovely day for this 8-bit version of ’Mad Max: Fury Road’Open in a New Window

This recreation of Mad Max: Fury Road as an old-school arcade game may be the coolest thing you've witnessed all day.

Our CineFix series, 8-bit Cinema, "gamifies" your favorite Hollywood Blockbusters into '80s arcade- and NES-inspired action.

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5 beautiful tributes to José Fernández from Monday night's gameOpen in a New Window

Marlins Park was a somber place Monday night, as the Marlins organization mourned the loss of José Fernández, the 24-year-old pitcher who died early Sunday in a boating accident.

But in the midst of all that grief came a handful of powerful moments.

Of course, the one that stole the show and will go down as one of the most incredible moments in baseball history belonged to Dee Gordon, who hit a home run in his first at-bat of the game.

Gordon's homer was surreal and unpredictable, but there were other touching tributes to Fernández on Monday.  Read more...

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3 lessons I learned from bombing an interview that I thought was a sure thingOpen in a New Window

Early in my career, my boss made the terrible mistake of telling me that I was the best interviewee he’d ever met. “It was evident from the beginning that we should hire you,” he said, “and the only thing I’d tell you to do differently next time is to ask me for a one billion dollar salary.”

OK, the last part of that quote isn’t entirely accurate, but the damage was all the same. Not only was I convinced that I was the best candidate on the planet, but I also thought it would be crazy for anyone to pass on me ever again. After all, if things were going this well with such a lack of experience, imagine how they’d go when I had real skills under my belt. Read more...

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'I never felt this way till now:' Young girl breaks down as she speaks of violence around herOpen in a New Window

A young girl broke down as she gave an emotional account of her life in Charlotte over the past week, pleading for an end to violence against black residents of her city.

Amid an intense and protest-filled meeting between black residents of Charlotte and city council members on Monday, 9-year-old Zianna Oliphant stood and said what she felt about the treatment of black people in the Queen City, where she says she was born and raised. 

"I feel like that we are treated differently than other people," Oliphant began. "I don't like how we're treated, just because of our color doesn't mean anything to me." Read more...

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Etsy proposes 3 ways to improve the gig economy in new reportOpen in a New Window

Etsy has been thinking hard about the gig economy. 

The online marketplace for handmade goods knows its sellers aren't traditional gig economy workers. They're not paid hourly, and they're not delivering food or driving an Uber. Etsy sellers would be more likely to think of themselves as small business owners than contract workers. 

Still, Etsy is part of the gig employment marketplace. Its users depend on an outside platform for their livelihood, and their work on Etsy doesn't come with traditional employee benefits. 

That's why Etsy has a few proposals for how to improve economic security for gig workers, and for its sellers. In a report released this week, Etsy proposed three ways the federal government could create a "social security net" for independent workers.  Read more...

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‘Inception’ gets dreamed up as an 8-bit video gameOpen in a New Window

In case thought you were dreaming for a moment, this is indeed an 8-bit version of Christopher Nolan's hit movie Inception. But you may still be dreaming.

8-Bit Cinema "gamifies" your favorite Hollywood blockbusters into '80s arcade- and NES-inspired action.

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Here are all the 'Game of Thrones' actors who have been spotted so far in IrelandOpen in a New Window

LONDON — It may be eight nightmarishly-long months until we can watch Game of Thrones again, but that doesn't mean its too early to start getting exciting about it.

Far from it. Over the past month, sightings of Game of Thrones cast members in Belfast, Ireland — the place they do a large bulk of the filming each year — have increased ten-fold.

In other words, Season 7 is well underway. From familiar faces to long-lost bastards, here are the stars that have been spotted so far by fans...

Jon Snow

The people at George Best International airport knew nothin Jon Snow but we spotted Kit in a

— Tové Kane (@tovekane) September 6, 2016

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Toddler horrified at the idea of being Donald Trump for HalloweenOpen in a New Window

"No Trump!"

Halloween is one of the greatest days of the year for kids, mostly because the holiday is centered around eating gobs of sugar and dressing up however their little hearts desire.

Although it may be a popular costume for adults this year, dressing up as Donald Trump is the last thing any kid wants, especially this little dude who clearly had a hard time accepting a Trump presidency.

Don't worry though, this toddler had a change of heart and he eventually embraced the Trump mask.

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A tax-evading robo adviser could save you a lot of moneyOpen in a New Window

"Tax drag" doesn't sound very pleasant, and it isn't. It's the friction that taxes inflict on your investment returns, robbing you of easy, risk-free additional money you could be making to live on in retirement.

Why aren't you making it? Because it means spending time thinking about taxes. And not just taxes, but the even more stultifying topic of tax efficiency.

But when you think about amassing more assets for retirement without (a) hoping and praying for higher returns, and (b) having to save even more than you already are, it starts to sound pretty good. At least, that's what the automated-investment service Betterment hopes, as it announces a new algorithmic service today that minimizes tax drag.  Read more...

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Bone Thugs-n-Harmony rapper struck by errant drone during concertOpen in a New Window

Please enjoy today's installment of Drones Behaving Badly.

An errant drone crashed into rapper Stanley "Flesh-N-Bone" Howse during Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's performance at the High Life Music Festival on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. 

Luckily, Howse appeared to be unharmed, despite briefly grabbing his head, and the show went on as planned. 

At the time of writing, the drone's owner and intended use remain unknown.

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Serena Williams on police violence: 'I will not be silent'Open in a New Window

Serena Williams is joining the ranks of outspoken athletes using their platforms to raise awareness and spark dialogue about police violence in America. 

In a Facebook post published Tuesday afternoon, the tennis superstar and arguably the greatest athlete ever penned a statement on a recent experience she had while driving with her 18-year-old nephew. 

Williams recounted her day, writing that while her nephew was driving, she saw a police officer on the side of the road. Her immediate reaction was to see if he was driving at the speed limit, but she also thought of the people who have been killed this summer — referring to Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, among many others — because of their encounters with police.  Read more...

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These dudes tried to take a selfie with a snake and it ended terriblyOpen in a New Window

Get your selfies out of here.

A bunch of men holding a massive snake had the very bright idea to take a nice group photo. Holding such a majestic creature is clearly a special moment, which must be remember forever.

The python seemed pretty chill with the photo op until a selfie-wielding man in a pink shirt decided to hop in quickly from the right, causing the snake to pounce. The snake makes contact for just a moment before the men are fortunately able to remove its bite from the man's shoulder. 

Image: Jukin

Clearly this snake just hates selfies. 

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Vivica A. Fox is the first black woman to play the U.S. President in a movieOpen in a New Window

LOS ANGELES — Just as Hillary Clinton is campaigning to become the first woman elected President of the United States, it seems that another milestone is in the offing, as Vivica A. Fox will be the first black actress to play the president in a live-action feature film — to the best of Mashable's knowledge.

Fox has signed on to play the president in the independent sci-fi movie Crossbreed, which Brandon Slagle will direct for Jaguar Motion Pictures. Per the Hollywood Reporter, the story follows a group of retired war heroes who are sent by the President to retrieve an alien from an illegal medical facility that has been using its DNA to manufacture weapons. Production begins in October. Read more...

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Charlotte girl delivers tearful plea to city council to end the violenceOpen in a New Window

At a city council open forum in Charlotte, North Carolina, 9-year-old Zianna Oliphant begged for an end to the violence and discrimination black Americans in her community face. Her sorrow comes in the wake of the Keith Lamont Scott shooting by police and subsequent protests. Read more...

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If ‘The Hunger Games’ were an '80s arcade gameOpen in a New Window

If you've always wanted to participate in the Hunger Games trials from the young-adult dystopian franchise (we won't ask why), this may be the closest you can get.

Our CineFix series, 8-Bit Cinema, presents The Hunger Games retold as an old-school action video game. Enjoy your dystopian battle royale.

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‘The Princess Bride’ book and movie are inconceivably differentOpen in a New Window

The Princess Bride is a romantic comedy about love, revenge, kidnapping, torture, rodents of unusual size, and much more. It's also a book within a book that was adapted into a book within a movie that garnered most of its success on home video. 

Our CineFix series, What's the Difference, reads between the lines to find the differences between the book and the film. Or, you know, between the book within a book and the book within a movie.

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eStream: Previewing ESL One NYOpen in a New Window

eStream gets you ready for ESL One New York and takes a look at Dota 2's game-changing VR. Read more...

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'Havana Moon' will let fans experience the Rolling Stones' historic Cuban concertOpen in a New Window

The Rolling Stones have been taking the world by storm for decades now. 

The band that performed groundbreaking performances in China, Russia and even on the Internet held a free concert in Cuba earlier this year, and on Nov. 11 The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon can be experienced on DVD and digital video.

Directed by Paul Dugdale, Havana Moon brings audiences to the Stones' historic Cuban concert through the eyes of the hundreds and thousands of fans who attended.

"As the Stones took to the stage under a perfect ‘Havana Moon’ in front of an ecstatic crowd everyone knew that this was a life changing cultural moment for a country on the brink of change," said a press release from Eagle Rock Entertainment. "There was nothing that was going to come between the band and their eager fans." Read more...

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