‘Bollywood Oscars’ comes home with first ceremony in India

20th international Indian film academy awards will be held in Mumbai this week The international Indian film academy awards known as the Bollywood Oscars are to be held in India for the first time in their history this week. Mumbai will host the 20th IIFA awards ceremony on Wednesday, where the megastars of a booming Hindi film industry will celebrate another bumper year, including in huge markets such as China. The event has been held in countries around the world since it began in 2000, with previous host cities including London, Toronto and Singapore, and most recently Bangkok. Dancers perform the opening number at last years IIFA awards. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images With nearly 1,800 titles released in 2018, India …

Permanent Record by Edward Snowden review the whistleblowers memoir

The call of duty and a patriotic pedigree are given priority in Snowdens account of his motivations and he warns of dangers ahead Towards the end of Edward Snowdens memoir, he hands the narrative to his partner, Lindsay Mills, in the form of the diary she was keeping at the time he was American and British spy agencies. Ed, what have you done? she wrote. How can you come back from this? Permanent Record is Snowdens attempt to answer these questions by doing something he finds discomforting and antithetical: breaching his own privacy, opening up what he calls the empty zone that lies beyond the reach of the state. This is the space he has guarded for six years, but …

Depth of Field: The Movie Poster Brexit Deserves

Photographs, Susan Sontag once famously wrote, “fiddle with the scale of the world.” They tell us only a distortion. They are incomplete, even as they strive to render the frame whole and exact. That does not make them false. Exactly the opposite. Photographs invite meaning, possibility. The best photos, thick with narrative, sweat. It is true that a picture is worth a thousand words. It is also true that a picture is worth a thousand more pictures. One image gives way to another. What are photographs but gateways into parallel realms, memories resurrected, passageways into the familiar? What we see, we have already seen. John MacDougall’s portrait-style capture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson—taken during …

While You Were Offline: Trump Stood in Front of a Fake Presidential Seal

Welcome back, faithful reader. After a week off to handle Comic-Con International, While You Were Offline is back—and we have a lot to discuss. For one, President Trump's tweets are once again in the news, this time sparking discussion about whether or not they could be labeled racist. In other news, leaked text messages and subsequent protests forced the governor of Puerto Rico to resign, the Department of Justice reinstated the death penalty after 16 years, Europe hit record high temperatures, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg performed a mic-drop. https://twitter.com/Conservatives/status/1153622059207016448 Yes, former journalist and former Mayor of London, Boris Johnson was the winner. Indeed, Johnson won the race by a significant margin. https://twitter.com/BorisJohnson/status/1153629326811774976 May offered her congratulations on Twitter. https://twitter.com/jeremycorbyn/status/1153624236092735489 …

The #IceBae Meme Captures the Worst of 2019 So Far

IceBae is not the frozen water equivalent of Salt Bae, sending ice cubes cascading stylishly into cups across the internet. She's a US Customs and Border Protection officer, identified as Kiara Cervantes, who provided security during Vice President Mike Pence's recent visit to a Texas Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center. On Sunday, a Twitter user encountered a photo of Cervantes standing in front of a crowded pen of migrants. This user found the image sexy, and shared it. Other users followed suit, and soon #IceBae—the most 2019 of thirst hashtags—was born. Emma Grey Ellis Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift Emma Grey Ellis The Meaning Behind the #UnwantedIvanka Meme Emma Grey Ellis Why the Momo Challenge Film Might Beat the Meme …

Social Media Could Make It Impossible to Grow Up

Several decades into the age of digital media, the ability to leave one’s childhood and adolescent years behind is now imperiled. Although exact numbers are hard to come by, it is evident that a majority of young people with access to mobile phones take and circulate selfies on a daily basis. There is also growing evidence that selfies are not simply a tween and teen obses­sion. Toddlers enjoy taking selfies, too, and whether intentionally or unintentionally, have even managed to put their images into circula­tion. What is the cost of this excessive documentation? More spe­cifically, what does it mean to come of age in an era when images of childhood and adolescence, and even the social networks formed during this …

While You Were Offline: The Great Debate(s) That Rocked the Internet

Welp, June is over and it ended with a lot of fanfare. Over the past week, President Trump joked about election interference when meeting with Vladimir Putin and also got into a fight with the US women's soccer team. It was a week where the Supreme Court failed to prevent gerrymandering; it was also, however, a week where the Supreme Court blocked census citizenship questioning—for now, at least—and rejected an attempt to revive Alabama's abortion ban. It was also a week where First Lady Melania Trump named the next White House press secretary, and the week where the next White House press secretary was called a liar. The One Day at a Time revival was saved from cancellation and Kristen …

While You Were Offline: The President Is Running for President, FYI

Wow. So, what all happened last week? Well, former vice president and presidential hopeful Joe Biden can't seem to get out of his own way, and people are starting to wonder if smartphones give you horns. So there's that. Also, Roy Moore is inexplicably back in politics. Meanwhile, Slack went public; Radiohead's Thom Yorke is making musicals now; the Senate surprisingly voted to block President Trump's attempts to sell arms to Saudi Arabia; the US team is still dominating the Women's World Cup; and the NBA Draft happened. Really, it's been quite the week. While You Were Offline is here to catch you up on the rest. Semantic Disputes What happened: There are detention centers inside the US for immigrants …

Hollywood Tried to Save America With a Live Reading of the Mueller Report

On Monday night, a passel of Hollywood A-listers did the most theater geek thing imaginable: They attempted to fix the problems of America by doing a staged reading of a play. The movie stars gathered at the Riverside Church in New York to read an adaptation of special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Trump's possible obstruction of that investigation, written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Robert Shenkkan. The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts was livestreamed for the world to see. Each act was meant to show an act of obstruction, i.e. Act 1 showed Trump asking the FBI to shut down the investigation into Michael Flynn, Act 2 …

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the Art of Worldbuilding

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm from Star Wars creator George Lucas for $4 billion in 2012, many fans had the same thought: Disney's got to make a theme park set in the galaxy far, far away. It's the peanut-butter-in-chocolate of worldbuilding: The creative minds at Lucasfilm know how to build cinematic universes; Disney's Imagineering team knows how to construct fantastical lands IRL. If the Mouse House didn't build Star Wars worlds at its theme parks, it would be a huge missed opportunity. Today, nearly seven years later, the first of those worlds opened its doors. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is now a fully functioning "land" at Disney's Anaheim park. Its twin will open at the company's Florida resort later this year. …

Why Women Are Called ‘Influencers’ and Men ‘Creators’

Being a "social media influencer" has nothing to do with the size of your audience or the nature of your work. An influencer used to be someone with a giant, million-plus following to sell things to, but marketers have since expanded the term, piling on prefixes like macro-, micro-, and even nano-influencers, who can have audiences of just 1,000. Influencers aren't confined to a genre anymore, either. There are still the standard-issue Instagram beauty and lifestyle influencers, but also restaurant influencers, real estate influencers, pet influencers. Really, the only way to guarantee that people will think of your online celebrity as "influence" is to be a woman. Emma Grey Ellis Optimization Smackdown: Hustle Porn vs. Zen Porn Emma Grey Ellis …

Game of Thrones Recap: The Endings We Choose to Believe

Game of Thrones has always been a story about stories, a fantasy that wanted to change how we thought about fantasy while spinning a fantasy of its own. It's over now, though its audience will probably never agree on how it "really" ended, or if it ended at all; like so many myths that fractured into multiple truths through multiple tellings, it will always be replete with alternative interpretations and theories, debates about what it meant and revisionist histories that imagine it through the lens of whatever people want to see. In that sense, it has truly come to embody stories—and histories—in all their slippery glory and their power to remake the past and shape the future. WIRED Staff Game …

Depth of Field: In Alabama, The Handmaid’s Tale Is a Haunting Metaphor

The year is 2019. It is a time of chasmic divides. Republican rule has taken hold in America. The land aches from unrest. In the Deep South, once a province of notorious racial and social subjugation, history again flirts with twisted judgement. On Tuesday, 25 state senators—all of whom were white men, and who, like clowns at the circus, bear names like Del Marsh, Shay Shelnutt, and James "Jabo" Waggoner with mischievous, cowardly grins—voted to all but ban abortion in Alabama. Their bill makes no exceptions for rape or incest, and it punishes doctors who perform the procedure with life in prison. Governor Kay Ivey signed it into law the very next day, and effectively transformed the Heart of Dixie …

Gaga and Bradley set the meme-osphere and our loins ablaze this week with their Oscar’s performance All the Memes

Image: MASHABLE COMPOSITE; HBO, NETFLIX, KFC, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, GETTY IMAGES/AMY SUSSMAN, GETTY IMAGES/GARY MILLER, GETTY IMAGES/JEFF KRAVITZ, vicky leta / mashable May is National Masturbation Month, and we’re celebrating with Feeling Yourself, a series exploring the finer points of self-pleasure. So far, 2019 hasn’t been a particularly sexy year. When you think about, we’ve all had to watch a lot of straight-up nonsense go down. Green Book won the Oscar for Best Picture, Jeff Bezos’ “sexts” leaked, and Sonic the Hedgehog got a full set of human teeth, for goodness sake. Gross! A bunch of this year’s pop culture moments have been genuinely disappointing, but we’re not going to let that harsh our self-love vibes. From sexy fashion statements and …

While You Were Offline: President Trump Is Suing Banks Now

Unfortunately, we have to start this roundup with tragic news: There were two shootings in the past week. Adding to that feeling are headlines about Wikileaks leader Julian Assange, now-withdrawn Trump Fed pick Stephen Moore, and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who resigned last week after weeks of speculation. On the plus side, the US economy is adding more jobs. Here's what else happened last week online. Banking on It What Happened: To stop them from responding to a congressional subpoena for information, President Trump, some of his children, and his company sued a couple of banks. What Really Happened: A good portion of the American public is continuously curious about their president's finances. Trump himself, however, is often elusive …