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The 10 TV shows people are talking about the most right now

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Summer is usually a slow time for television, but that's changed over the years.

In the age of peak TV, there's always something good to watch. And this summer is jam-packed with great shows people can't stop talking about. 

To find out which summer shows have most captured fans' attention, Business Insider teamed up with Shareablee, which analyzed social media engagement around the summer shows in order to determine which summer TV shows people are talking about.

On Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, people love talking about summer shows including "The Bold Type," "Orange Is the New Black" and "Queer Eye."

Here are the 10 most talked-about summer shows right now:

SEE ALSO: All 20 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, ranked from worst to best

"The Originals" — The CW

Things are heating up on The CW vampire drama, a spin-off of the "The Vampire Diaries" which is ending its run in the coming weeks after five seasons. 



"Queer Eye" — Netflix

Netflix's adorable and moving "Queer Eye" has dominated summer TV, despite premiering almost a month ago. People are obsessed with the new fab five, who represent a different era than the first cast. This show is about about making people feel good about themselves, bringing awareness to people who don't experience gay culture where they live, and most importantly, about bringing people together.



"The Bold Type" — Freeform

"The Bold Type" centers on three women in their twenties in New York City who work at a magazine inspired by Cosmopolitan. The show, now airing its second season, is a surprising tear-jerker, and tackles political and personal issues ranging from race to sexuality.



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The Thai boys were in the dark for so long that they had to wear protective sunglasses once they got out of the cave

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  • Rescuers have evacuated 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped for more than two weeks in a flooded cave complex in northern Thailand.
  • At least eight boys are in hospital quarantine, with doctors taking extra precautions to ensure their safe recovery — which includes having them wear protective sunglasses.
  • A Thai health official said the sunglasses were a temporary measure as the boys' eyes adjust to being out of the darkness of the cave. 

The 12 boys and their soccer coach who rescuers saved from a flooded cave complex in northern Thailand in recent days had not seen the sun for more than two weeks.

Their eyes were so adjusted to the darkness of the cave that they had to wear protective sunglasses once they emerged as a temporary measure to begin their recovery.

At least eight boys are being treated in isolation in Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, with doctors taking several precautions to ensure their safe recovery, the Singapore-based newspaper The Straits Times reported.

The team members and their coach were trapped about 2 1/2 miles into the system of caves with little food, shelter, or light — something the teams responsible for treating the boys are taking into careful consideration.

Thailand's public-health ministry's permanent secretary, Dr. Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, said the boys were wearing protective sunglasses because their eyes had to adjust to light after having spent so long in the dark cave, The Straits Times reported.

"The first four boys' eyes are normal," he said Tuesday, according to the newspaper. "For the second group [that] arrived last night, they are still wearing sunglasses. We will check later today whether their eyes have adjusted to light."

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Few people have been in this situation before, so there's not much research on the topic.

Slate's Brian Palmer explained in 2010, when rescuers pulled 33 Chilean miners out after two months underground, that being in the dark that long could decrease the eye's ability to respond to sudden changes in light.

The healthcare team is likely to increase the boys' exposure to light slowly over the coming days to allow their eyes to adjust without damage.

The boys are also receiving tetanus and rabies shots, and two were put on antibiotics after they showed signs of pneumonia, The Straits Times reported.

Because they had not eaten in so long, the boys were being eased back into a normal diet, eating soft foods like bread, chocolate, and rice porridge despite their requests for a spicy chicken dish.

SEE ALSO: The boys rescued from the Thai caves have a long recovery ahead, with porridge, quarantine, and limited entertainment — here's what it's like for them in hospital

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Costco killed a hugely popular food-court menu item, and now furious customers are threatening to go to Sam's Club instead. Here's how the food courts compare. (COST, WMT)

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  • Costco and Sam's Club are extremely popular in the United States, and while memberships are needed to buy items, the food courts are open to all. 
  • After Costco's recent decision to remove the much-loved Polish hot dog from its food-court menu, many loyal customers are vowing on Facebook to take their business to Sam's Club.
  • During a recent visit to both warehouse stores' food courts, we found that both had nearly identical set-ups and price points, but Costco's larger selection and shockingly good quality won out in the end. 

Costco and Sam's Club are shining basilicas of American bulk shopping.

Within their hallowed — and exclusive — corrugated-metal-and-concrete walls, shoppers grab pounds of pasta and peanut butter amid miles of aisles of marked-down goods. There is virtually nothing that isn't offered by these warehouse giants — coffins, cars, even vacation packages can be purchased through their services.

And no matter which warehouse store you're shopping in, you're bound to get hungry. Luckily, both Costco and Sam's Club have mini food courts to satiate hungry shoppers. While they may look rather bare-bones, make no mistake: under the right circumstances, the food can be shockingly good.

So good, in fact, that customers can become fanatics. Costco's recent removal of the beloved Polish hot dog from the food-court menu has infuriated many shoppers who are now taking to Costco's Facebook page to threaten to go to Sam's Club instead. There's even a Change.org petition to save the hallowed wiener — with over 500 signatures, and counting. 

We visited a Costco food court and were floored by the quality and downright deliciousness of some of the options — it was suspiciously good. But is it good enough to stem the flow of disgruntled diners making the switch to Sam's Club?

Here's what we saw on a recent trip: 

SEE ALSO: We tried biscuit breakfast sandwiches from major fast-food chains — and the winner is shockingly clear

First, a recap of Costco's highlights.



Costco has a fairly large amount on its menu considering it's a tiny kitchen hidden within a bulk retailer.

This entire spread — cheese pizza, hot dog, three different sandwiches, a quasi-stromboli, a soda, and a churro — cost just over $25. That's pretty impressive. 



The pizza is fine, but nothing astounding.

It's a large, doughy, slice that's similar in taste to Pizza Hut — salty, with a slightly sweet sauce. It's nothing special, but for $1.99, I wasn't complaining. 



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These are the 15 best airports in the world

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  • Skytrax released its annual list of the best airports in the world at the Passenger Terminal Expo in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Singapore's Changi International Airport took the top spot for the sixth year in a row.
  • Airports from Asia swept the top five spots.
  • No US airport placed in the top 25.

The consumer-aviation website Skytrax held its annual World Airport Awards ceremony in March at the Passenger Terminal Expo in Stockholm, Sweden.

For the sixth consecutive year, Singapore Changi International Airport took home the crown as the world's best airport. The facility is one of Southeast Asia's largest transit hubs and is a major cog in the city-state's bustling economy.

Changi Airport is world-renowned for its beautiful architecture, efficient operation, luxurious amenities, and plentiful dining and shopping options. 

Airports from Asia dominated the top of the Skytrax rankings, sweeping the first five spots. European airports also performed well, with four in the top 10. Only one North American airport made it into the top 15. No US Airports made it into the top 25 with Denver International being the highest-ranked at 29. 

Africa and South America were also not represented in the top 15. Cape Town International in South Africa is the highest ranked African airport at 21. South America's first representative doesn't show up until Bogota, Colombia's El Dorado International Airport at 46 followed closely by Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, Ecuador at 47. 

The Skytrax annual rankings are based on the impressions of nearly 14 million flyers from over 100 countries. More than 550 airports were included in the survey, which covers 39 service and performance parameters, including facility comfort, the location of bathrooms, and the language skills of the airport staff.

Here's a closer look at the other airports that made it to the top of the prestigious Skytrax list:

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15. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)

Yearly passengers: 34 million

Previous rank: 21

Why it's awesome: Located just outside of the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, Taoyuan International is the largest airport in Taiwan. The airport is the home base for both China Airlines and EVA Air.

Skytrax reviewers praised the airport for its polite service, clean environment, and speedy immigration lines. Taoyuan was also once home to Taiwan's aviation museum, but the museum was shut down earlier this year to make way for further airport expansion.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2014, provided by Taoyuan International Airport.



14. Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Yearly passengers: 24.2 million

Previous rank: 13

Why it's great: Vancouver takes home the prize as the top-ranked airport in North America for the eighth year in a row, and for good reason. Customer reviewers on Skytrax cited YVR's friendly staff, high level of organization, and easy access to downtown Vancouver as some of the best things about the airport.

Vancouver International also boasts a floatplane terminal, as well as a sizable collection of art from the Pacific Northwest.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2017, provided by Vancouver International Airport.



13. Kansai International Airport (KIX)

Yearly passengers: 25.2 million

Previous rank: 12

Why it's awesome: Located on an artificial island in the Osaka Bay, Kansai International is a major hub for ANA and Japan Airlines.

Reviewers on Skytrax praised Kansai for its modern architecture, clean facilities, and helpful staff. The airport also boasts a Sky View observation deck that affords passengers spectacular views of incoming and outgoing flights.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2016, provided by Kansai International Airport.



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A frequent traveller asks every hotel he stays in for a 'unique drawing of Godzilla' upon arrival — and it proves what you can get away with if you just ask

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  • Patrick Feary, communications strategist for Hotelchamp, makes a bizarre request at every hotel he stays at.
  • He asks that there be a "hand-drawn Godzilla" in the room when he arrives.
  • Three hotels have obliged so far, proving what you can get when you ask for it.


It's no secret that there are tricks and tips frequent travellers should use to try and snag a cheap flight— and there are plenty of ways to enhance your hotel experience, too.

For most people, this involves trying to get a bigger, better room or perhaps a bottle of Champagne — but one man has made a habit out of asking for something a bit more unusual.

Patrick Feary, communications strategist at Hotelchamp— a hotel startup which helps hotels personalise their guests' stays — travels all over the world for work. However, instead of asking for luxury perks, he asks for one specific (yet optional) thing from every hotel he stays at — a "unique drawing of Godzilla" to be in his room upon arrival.

He's made the request to roughly 20 hotels so far — and three have obliged.

He initially tried the idea so that his company's finance team would "get a kick out of having to approve the trip with the request in there." However, when the first hotel he ever asked actually delivered, the tradition began.

He was visiting the Mercure Melbourne Albert Park in Victoria, Australia, and wrote in his request: "Totally optional but if you felt like including a drawing of Godzilla in my hotel room then it would really make me feel at home."

Here's what was in his room upon arrival:

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The second to answer his odd demand was the Lucia Lodge in Big Sur, California.

At the time, he was travelling around the US for six months with his wife, and had "booked many hotels," he said.

"Having to think of so many different activities for Godzilla to be doing in each potential drawing was tough, so to come up with ideas, I made the request specific to the location," he added.

His request read: "If you're bored, a drawing of a surfing Godzilla would really welcome us to California. Completely optional though – we will still have a great time if you don't feel like it or don't have time though!"

Here was the result:

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Perhaps the most impressive response he has received was from the Hilton Boston Back Bay in Boston, Massachusetts.

"If possible, and totally no issue if not, it would make me feel so much more at home if there was a drawing in my room of Godzilla firing a bow and arrow at an apple on top of the head of a smaller Godzilla, William Tell style," he wrote to the hotel. "Obviously I don't expect this you to fulfil this request but I will be super impressed if you even just have a go."

And he got what he asked for...

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...and then some.

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"This one was pretty above and beyond – both because it was one of the most complicated requests I've made and Hilton also gave us a complimentary fruit bowl and bottle of wine with this. They even wrote us a card that said 'hope(s) Godzilla has a good aim!'"

While having a hand-drawn Godzilla in your room might not be top priority, Feary's tradition shows you what a hotel is really willing to do for a guest.

It also "speaks back to what his company does, and the value of booking hotels direct because of these requests — they really do go above and beyond for guests," according to Hotelchamp.

SEE ALSO: 10 easy ways to make a standard hotel room feel like a suite

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The 20 best airport lounges in the world anyone can use for under $55

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There's nothing worse than having hours to kill in a crowded airport — but doing so in style might be more affordable, and much easier, than you think.

Travel booking site Netflights.com has produced a ranking of the best airport lounges in the world which any member of the public can access for under £50 ($66.28). That's less than the £58.77 ($77.91) the average person spends on food, drinks, and alcohol in the run-up to boarding a flight, according to a Netflights survey of 2,005 UK travellers.

In order to produce the list, the site collected data from 149 airport lounges around the world then weighed up the number of amenities available in each compared to the cost.

From free WiFi to bottomless drinks and food, they came in at an average cost of £37.32 ($49.47) — well worth it.

Scroll down to see the 20 best-value airport lounges in the world — all less than $55 a visit — ranked in ascending order.

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20. Plaza Premium Lounge, Terminal 1, Toronto Pearson International Airport — £25.90 ($34.61).

Open to all guests regardless of airline or fare class, Pearson's Terminal 1 Plaza Premium Lounge offers flat screen TVs, breakfast, coffees, hot food entrées, a soup and salad bar, and a selection of liquors, beer, and wine.

Rating: 3/5.



19. dnata Lounge, Terminal 3, Singapore Changi Airport — £28.12 ($37.68).

This contemporary lounge boasts plenty of power outlets, food like dim sum and satay, showers, and a view of the runway.

Rating: 3/5.



18. Star Alliance Business Class Lounge, Terminal 1, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport — £30.34 ($40.66).

This relaxing lounge has pictures of Paris across its walls as well as three non-stop buffets with hot and cold dishes, drinks, and even an open-air terrace.

Rating: 3/5.



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12 Thai boys and their coach have been rescued from a cave — and Hollywood has already arrived to turn it into a film

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  • A film producer in Thailand is already planning to secure exclusive rights to tell the story of the Thai soccer team who were trapped in a cave.
  • The 12 boys and their coach were pulled out of the Tham Luang cave complex on Tuesday.
  • Christian movie studio Pure Flix considers the story one that could "inspire millions."
  • The producer is married to a Thai woman who grew up with the former Navy SEAL that died during the rescue mission.
  • It's not clear whether the film would be set in Thailand with Asian actors.


Filmmakers have already arrived in Thailand as the race to create books and films about the epic rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a cave begins.

Michael Scott, the managing partner of Christian movie studio Pure Flix, posted a video from the cave site announcing his intention to make a film about the story on Tuesday night, around the same time the last members of the soccer team were pulled out.

Scott said:

"We're just kind of here witnessing the event and gathering some contacts and everything to really tell a story of an international effort, the entire world, coming together to save 13 kids trapped in this cave on the Chinese-Burma border.

"We're here really looking at this as a movie that could inspire millions of people across the globe."

The producer, who spends three months a year in the Southeast Asian country with his Thai wife, also said he had a personal connection with Saman Gunan, the former Thai Navy SEAL who died while volunteering on the rescue mission.

"My wife actually grew up with the Thai Navy SEAL that died in the caves, so to see all that heroic bravery in that cave, and then to get all the divers out — it's just been such a touching event and so personal to me," he said.

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But the move is already drawing some hesitation, with commentators on Twitter asking Pure Flix to use Asian actors and film the movie in Thailand.

It's unclear if that would be the case, with Scott cited only as saying the movie being "a major Hollywood film with A-list stars."

Pure Flix has already started speaking with actors, screenwriters, and investors, while it begins the early stages of trying to interview and secure exclusive rights to the stories of the divers, Thai Navy SEALs, and families of the boys who were trapped in the cave.

Scott said: "I couldn't be more excited. This story has meant so much to me as I've followed it here in Thailand this summer."

All 12 boys and their coach are in hospital recovering from their ordeal. The parents of the first four boys who were rescued have just been allowed to visit them, but are required to wear hazmat suits and keep a 6.5-foot (2 meter) distance.

SEE ALSO: The final 4 boys who were rescued from a Thai cave still can't talk

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This is the one thing you should always ask for when ordering hotel room service, according to a chef trained by Gordon Ramsay

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  • The British chef Jason Atherton is the owner of a global restaurant empire.
  • As a jet-setter, he has some simple advice for getting the most out of food on the road.
  • He says you should always ask for hotel food to be served with a cloche on top instead of in a hot box.
  • He also follows something called the "one-year rule" when picking a new restaurant.

The British chef Jason Atherton, who trained under Gordon Ramsay, is a jet-setter.

The owner of a global restaurant empire, he owns the London-based Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social, Dubai's Marina Social, and Clocktower, the restaurant inside New York's Edition hotel, just to name a few.

As a man with good taste, he has some advice for getting the most out of your food while you're on the road.

Speaking with LiveMint, Atherton said there was one simple thing to ask for when ordering hotel room service that would ensure it's not only served fresh but is also delivered before anyone else's order.

"If I order room service, I always, always say: 'I don't want my food in a hot box. Leave it on the table with a cloche on top.' Because any food in a hot box, pasta or steak, will stew and go soggy, of course — but they will bring your food first, because it can't be left to sit around (and get cold)."

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He added: "Every general manager wants to change the world when it comes to room service. And I've said, 'Look, if you actually think about it, room service is about getting it to the room as fast as possible.' But if the room-service guy has 20 orders to run up and down a massive building, he'll tell me it's going to take 40 minutes. Forty minutes too long, right?"

In terms of choosing a new restaurant in a new city, he says he has learned from his experience opening 17 restaurants that a restaurant is never at its best when it first opens — so he follows a "one-year rule" before visiting a new one.

"After about a year, a restaurant matures and really starts to find its feet," he said. "The staff gets to know their regular customers, the chef knows the suppliers really well — when they're not scared stiff waiting for the critics to walk through the door.

"You want all of that hullabaloo to die down, so you get a real experience of what that restaurant could really do. So make sure a restaurant you book is at least one year old. Speak to most top chefs, and they'll say exactly the same thing."

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Here's what it's like to eat at McDonald's in 7 countries around the world (MCD)

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  • McDonald's has thousands of locations all around the world. 
  • We asked six of our international colleagues — in Singapore, Japan, India, Sweden, and the Netherlands — to visit a McDonald's location near them.
  • They found that the chain catered to local tastes with regional variations on popular items like mayonnaise-flavored French fries and coconut pies.
  • While some were surprised by the quality of McDonald's regional items, others were disappointed. We also tried one of the new items featured at US locations of McDonald's. 

 

With over 36,000 locations in more than 100 countries, McDonald's is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. While it made its name with staples like the Big Mac and Quarter Pounder, the chain tailors its menu to local tastes, which means that a McDonald's in India will look very different from one in the United States.

After trying one of McDonald's newest items in the United States, we asked some of our international colleagues in six different countries — Singapore, Japan, India, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the UK — to go to a McDonald's near them and tell us about the experience. We found that each catered to regional tastes with variations on the chain's traditional offerings that surprised us.

See what our colleagues had to say below.

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Singapore

Who would've thought that our quintessential local dish, Nasi Lemak, could actually be turned into a burger?

Commonly eaten for breakfast, Nasi Lemak is a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk, and it's usually accompanied with a range of side dishes such as fried egg, cucumber, ikan bilis and most importantly – some spicy sambal chilli.

So imagine our doubt when we heard about McDonald's new item.

What could be better than our regular McChicken sandwich and iced Milo?

 

 



We purchased the bundle set ($9), which comprises the Nasi Lemak burger (of course), coconut pie, Bandung McFizz and French fries, which can be upsized to the criss-cut fries option.

Juicy coconut-flavored chicken patty? Check. Fried egg? Check. Cucumber slices? Check. Caramelized onions? Check. Oh, and all these were served between semolina buns – not the basic sesame seed burger buns.

The verdict for just this burger alone? We’re absolutely digging it.

We went into the test filled with skepticism. Little did we expect to be mind-blown by how the burger could taste just like a dish of, well, Nasi Lemak. Consider us sold.

 



Most of us at the taste test enjoyed coconut-flavored desserts, except for one. But this coconut pie might have changed her perspective on all coconut-y sweets.

The coconut filling was warm and silky-smooth — so good that it managed to win over a non-fan of coconut-flavored food.

 



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All the details of Quentin Tarantino's new movie, which stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie

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Quentin Tarantino announced earlier this year that Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio would be starring in his upcoming ninth film, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," which partly involves the Manson Family murders.

In April, Tarantino and DiCaprio teased a few details about the film at the Las Vegas industry event CinemaCon, and Margot Robbie confirmed to IndieWire that she was playing the role of actor Sharon Tate in the film.

Since then, a strong supporting cast has steadily filled in. A source close to the production told IndieWire last month that Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, and Emile Hirsch will appear in the film. Deadline also reported that Al Pacino has also joined the cast.

Pitt worked with Tarantino on 2009's "Inglorious Basterds," and DiCaprio appeared in 2013's "Django Unchained." Longtime Tarantino collaborators Tim Roth and Michael Madsen are also appearing in the film. 

"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" is set for release August 9, 2019.

Here's everything we know about Tarantino's upcoming ninth film:

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The film takes place in "Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood."

Tarantino described "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" in a statement in February, calling it, "a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don't recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor ... Sharon Tate."

In July 2017, early reports of the film described its script as focused on the murder of actress Sharon Tate by Charles Manson's followers.

While Tarantino's February statement mentions Sharon Tate as a player in the movie, Tarantino previously said that the film would not center on Manson but on the year 1969.

At CinemaCon in April, Tarantino did not add much to the description of the plot, calling the project "very hush-hush and top secret."



It has been five years in the making.

Tarantino said in April that he had been working on the script for the film for half a decade.

"I've been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was 7 years old," he said. "I'm very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that don't exist anymore. And I couldn't be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio and Pitt as Rick and Cliff."



It's a "'Pulp Fiction'-esque movie."

Deadline reported in January that DiCaprio would play an "aging actor" in a "'Pulp Fiction'-esque movie." "Pulp Fiction," Tarantino's 1994 classic, told a collection of interconnected stories.

At CinemaCon in April, Tarantino confirmed this sentiment by saying that "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" is "probably the closest to 'Pulp Fiction' that I have done."



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All 37 Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson movies, ranked from worst to best

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It might surprise you, but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wasn’t always the most bankable action star in the world.

There was a time when the pro-wrestler-turned-actor was trying to stay afloat doing sequels to bad franchises and playing the lead in straight-to-DVD movies.

Looking at Johnson’s filmography over the last 17 years is a testament to his hard work to elevate from playing the tough guy, and being known mainly for his WWE persona, into a worldwide movie star.

Leading up to Johnson’s latest blockbuster, “Skyscraper” (opening Friday), we look back on all his movies (even the ones where he makes cameos) and rank them from worst to best.

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37. “Jem and the Holograms” (2015)

Yes, The Rock is in “Jem and the Holograms.” The disastrous movie has a scene where big names like Chris Pratt and Alicia Keys say how much they love the band and Johnson is among them. Either he was doing this as a favor or someone involved with the movie really has something on The Rock.



36. “Longshot” (2001)

Yeah, we’ve never heard of this movie, either. But Johnson is in it for a split second playing a mugger. It was never released theatrically in the US, instead finding a home on the Disney Channel and DVD hoping to attract fans of Britney Spears and NSYNC, who also make cameos.



35. “Why Did I Get Married Too?” (2010)

Johnson has another blink-and-you’ll-miss-him cameo is this Tyler Perry movie. Johnson shows up at the very end of the movie as a dashing philanthropist who introduces himself to Janet Jackson’s character. The movie ends implying that sparks may be flying between the two. At this point in his career, Johnson was desperately trying to show Hollywood he could play more than just the tough guy.



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11 things you'll hardly ever see in the United States

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  • America has plenty to offer, but there are many things you can only find outside the United States.
  • They include food items like brown sauce and bizarre sports like sepak takraw.
  • We chose 11 of our favorite things you usually won't find in America.

The United States has plenty of good things going for it — from food to sports to culture — but it doesn't have everything.

Most Americans have never tasted the wonders of brown sauce from the UK, for example, and they've probably never seen a high-flying match of sepak takraw, a sport popular in Southeast Asia.

Here's a sampling of 11 things that you usually won't find in America:

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Brown sauce

People from the United Kingdom are familiar with brown sauce, a condiment similar to American steak sauce that's available at many restaurants. HP Sauce's brown sauce, a tangy variety made from tomatoes and vinegar, is especially popular.



Sinks with two faucets

In most places, including the United States, sinks have just one faucet. In the United Kingdom, it's common for them to have two, one for hot water and one for cold. 



Subway delay certificates

In the United States, you can blame public transportation delays for making you late to work, but that doesn't mean you'll get any sympathy from your boss.

But in two countries, Germany and Japan, railway companies issue official delay certificates to passengers who were delayed by five minutes or more during their commutes. The documentation can then be presented at work or school as a valid reason for one's tardiness.



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Kylie Jenner is on the cusp of becoming the world's youngest self-made billionaire, with Forbes estimating her net worth to be 3 times as large as Kim Kardashian's

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  • Kylie Jenner is on the cover of Forbes' "America's Women Billionaires" issue, with the magazine estimating the cosmetics entrepreneur is worth $900 million.
  • Forbes reports that Jenner is the 27th-richest self-made woman in the United States, beating out the rest of her famous family. (Her older sister Kim Kardashian West is estimated to be worth $350 million.)
  • According to Forbes, Jenner is on the cusp of becoming the youngest self-made billionaire in the world, a title Mark Zuckerberg earned at 23 years old. 

Kylie Jenner may be the youngest sibling of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, but she is also the family member bringing in the most cash.

Jenner, who's on the cover of Forbes' August 2018 "America's Women Billionaires" issue, is worth roughly $900 million, according to the magazine.

According to Forbes' calculations, that makes her not only the Jenner or Kardashian with the highest net worth, but the 27th-richest self-made woman in the United States. For comparison, Forbes estimates that Jenner's older sister Kim Kardashian West is worth roughly $350 million.

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The 20-year-old's net worth has skyrocketed thanks to the success of Kylie Cosmetics. Forbes conservatively values the company at $800 million, with an estimated $330 million in sales last year. Jenner is both the face of the company and the sole owner.

Forbes' Natalie Robehmed detailed how Kylie Cosmetics has found success by harnessing Jenner's immense social-media following and slashing costs by outsourcing labor. There are only five full-time employees, with Jenner's mother, Kris Jenner, handling finances and public relations in exchange for a 10% management cut, the report says.

Kylie Cosmetics is dealing with slowing growth — Forbes reports that revenue grew just 7% last year, with lip-kit revenue dropping an estimated 35%.

However, the magazine says it would take more than a slow year of sales to stop Jenner from reaching billionaire status and making history.

"Another year of growth will make her the youngest self-made billionaire ever, male or female, trumping Mark Zuckerberg, who became a billionaire at age 23," Robehmed reported.

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Oprah just invested in a health-centric restaurant chain that's poised to grow across America. See what it's like to eat there.

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  • Oprah Winfrey just invested in True Food Kitchen, a health-food-focused restaurant chain with 23 locations in 10 states. 
  • She will be joining the brand's board of directors and helping it with its national expansion. 
  • True Food Kitchen is focused on serving food that both tastes good and is health-centric. See what it's like to eat there. 

True Food Kitchen, a restaurant chain with 23 locations in 10 states, is poised to grow across the United States — with the help of none other than Oprah Winfrey.

The West Coast-based health-food chain announced Wednesday that Winfrey has committed to an equity investment in the company. She will also be joining the chain's board of directors and work with its leadership team on its national growth and marketing. 

"I love bringing people together over a good meal," Winfrey said in a press release about the investment. "When I first dined at True Food Kitchen, I was so impressed with the team's passion for healthy eating and, of course, the delicious food, that I knew I wanted to be a part of the company's future."

True Food Kitchen's focus is on healthy, sustainable, and locally sourced ingredients, and there are many vegan and vegetarian options.

True Food Kitchen CEO Christine Barone, who was previously an executive at Starbucks, said in a press release: "When Ms. Winfrey and I first sat down to discuss her potential investment, I was impressed by her genuine passion for the intention behind True Food. My hope is that her passion and investment will continue to develop our growing brand and allow even more guests to experience a better way of eating."

See what it's like to eat at True Food Kitchen:

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The West Coast-based True Food Kitchen is a restaurant chain focused on healthy, seasonal options.

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It was cofounded by Dr. Andrew Weil and restaurateur Sam Fox, who wanted to create food that both tastes good and is good for you.

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Right now, there are 23 True Food Kitchen locations across 10 states. But with the help of Oprah Winfrey, the chain plans to expand even further.

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One amazing photo with Trump and NATO leaders says it all

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  • A "family photo" from the NATO summit in Brussels perfectly captures the awkwardness and tensions overshadowing this year's gathering.
  • President Donald Trump has consistently attacked his NATO allies for their spending levels and trade practices on Twitter in the weeks leading up to the summit.
  • European Union President Donald Tusk told Trump: "Appreciate your allies, after all, you don't have that many."

World leaders are currently gathered in Brussels, Belgium for the 2018 NATO summit, and after last month's rocky G7 summit, there are no shortage of tensions to be resolved.

This "family photo" of NATO members looking uncomfortable and askance in different directions seem to perfectly capture the significant differences in opinion and conflicts overshadowing the summit.

While the United States and Europe have historically been close military and economic allies, President Donald Trump has upended that order by repeatedly taking Europe to task over defense spending and trade while pursuing a closer US relationship with adversary Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In the photo were: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump, and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

While on his way to the summit, Trump fired off a series of confrontational tweets accusing his NATO allies of stiffing the US by not paying their fair share to contribute to NATO's budget, and lamenting the trade imbalance between the US and the European Union.

"NATO benefits Europe far more than it does the US," Trump wrote. "By some accounts, the US is paying for 90% of NATO, with many countries nowhere close to their 2% commitment. On top of this the European Union has a Trade Surplus of $151 Million with the US, with big Trade Barriers on US goods. NO!"

Currently, NATO members are encouraged to put a target of 2% of their economic output to the Organization's budget, but the 2% figure is only a guideline. There isn't a penalty for not meeting it, but Trump has repeatedly castigated Germany in particular for not spending enough, in his view, on defense.

Before the summit, European Union President Donald Tusk hit back at Trump for his "daily" criticisms of Europe, pointing out that the EU spends more on defense than Russia and almost as much as China, and telling him to "appreciate your allies. After all, you don't have that many."

Tusk and other NATO members are also concerned about the security implications of Trump's friendly relationship with Putin, who he publicly praises more than his European partners. Trump and Putin are set to meet on July 16 in Finland.

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Inside the lives of Mongolia's 'millennial monks,' who play basketball, pray for 12 hours a day, and visit the outside world only twice a year

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  • Thousands of Buddhist monks in Mongolia were killed under Communist leadership in the 1930s.
  • Today's millennial generation is the first to come of age since democracy was introduced, and young monks are finding a new set of challenges to keep their religion alive.
  • The leaders of one revered monastery are in their 20s and 30s, and are struggling to attract new students.


In Mongolia, the future of one of the world's oldest religions is in the hands of millennials.

Young Buddhist monks are increasingly being given control of Mongolia's monasteries as the religion struggles to find new blood.

The millennial generation of monks is the first to come of age since democracy was introduced to Mongolia in 1990. Prior to that, Buddhists in this sparsely-populated country faced deadly persecution — an estimated 17,000 monks were killed in Stalinist purges in the late 1930s.

Now, monks in their 20s and 30s are tasked with leading the next generation of Buddhist religious leaders. At one monastery in northern Mongolia, the monks alternate hours of religious study with games of basketball and the occasional phone call, a privilege reserved for people older than 25.

Here's what life is like for Mongolia's generation of millennial monks.

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The millennial generation of monks in Mongolia is the first generation to come of age since democracy came to the country in 1990. Before, under communist leadership, Mongolia lost thousands of monks to bloody purges.

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Religious centers like the Amarbayasgalant Monastery are shells of what they once were. Before the purges, 800 monks resided at the monastery. Just 40 live there today.

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Located in the seemingly endless grasslands of northern Mongolia, the monastery is struggling to attract and retain students.

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100 under-the-radar beaches everyone should visit in their lifetime

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Whether you've only spent a handful of days on the sand in your life or you're a full-blown sunseeker, there are plenty of breathtaking beaches on this planet waiting to be discovered.

And, whether you look for a spot with an element of adventure, peace and quiet, or you simply don't like your towel to be too close to a stranger, many of them fly under-the-radar to tourists despite their spectacular beauty.

Business Insider asked some of the most influential travel bloggers and experts, from the likes of Lonely Planet, Secret Escapes, KAYAK, British AirwaysAirbnb, lastminute.com, and HolidayPirates for the most incredible under-the-radar beaches they've ever visited. Jet-setters in our own office also contributed. Together, their choices don't disappoint.

From a red sand beach in Maui to a sandy spot in Thailand inhabited entirely by monkeys, scroll down for a list of 100 under-the-radar beaches everyone should visit in their lifetime.

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Furore, Italy.

"This little hidden beach is off the beaten path, but expect many locals to be frolicking in the waters around the Amalfi Coast," said James Asquith, the youngest person to travel to every country.

"The tiny strip of sand is wedged between a gigantic Fjord and you can get a fantastic view down from the nearby coastal road bridge. Don’t expect beach shacks or cafes but prepare yourself for a quintessential Italian summer experience."



Red Sand Beach, Maui, Hawaii, USA.

"Continuing with the colour theme and unique views, welcome to Red Sand Beach in Maui," Asquith said. "Caused by lava flows this time, instead of the dark volcanic rock in the neighbouring Big Island, this beach not only attracts some great wildlife but also is self-contained by rustic-looking rocks and vegetation."



Punalu'u Beach, The Big Island, Hawaii, USA.

This is "not your regular beach," according to Asquith. "This secluded stretch of sand is completely black," he said. "Caused by crushed volcanic rock particles and ash over millions of years, at first you may think the black sand looks ugly compared to traditional beaches, you will soon come to see the true and unique beauty of this beach, along with some pretty cool pictures for Instagram too!"



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This timeline shows exactly how the Thai cave rescue unfolded

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After surviving 17 days inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand, the final members of a boys soccer team and their coach were rescued on Tuesday.

An international team of hundreds of rescuers from around the world pulled the final five stranded members of the team — four boys and their coach — on Tuesday evening local time, ending a three-day rescue operation.

Here is a timeline that shows exactly how the Thai soccer team rescue unfolded.

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Saturday, June 23: 12 members of a Thai boys soccer team and their coach get trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave by torrential rain.

The boys were apparently performing a sort of initiation ceremony in the cave, and got stuck when the cave flooded, blocking their way out.

Park officials discover the boys' bikes at the entrance to the cave, and worried parents call the police when they realize their children are missing.

A major search and rescue operation is launched to find them.



Monday, July 2: The Thai soccer team and their coach are found showing "signs of life" after being trapped for nine days in the flooded cave.

Nine days later, divers find all 12 boys and their coach, huddled together above the lapping water in the cave — 2.5 miles from the entrance.

The coach of the soccer team, Ekkapol Chantawong, taught his players how to meditate so they could stay calm and conserve energy while they waited to be rescued. Divers found the team meditating when they arrived at the cave.

 



Getting into the cave wasn't easy — and getting the team out will be even harder.

Thai Navy SEAL divers and rescue workers entered a narrow passageway after passing through a key chamber where high, murky waters had previously blocked their progress.

In the course of their search, rising water filled sections of the cave, repeatedly forcing them to withdraw for safety reasons.

When water levels dropped, the divers went forward with a more methodical approach, deploying a rope line and extra oxygen supplies along the way.



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Americans are obsessed with SUVs — these are the ones everyone is buying

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  • About 17.2 million cars were sold in 2017, according to data from Kelley Blue Book.
  • Compact and mid-size crossover SUVs accounted for nearly 40% of all sales last year. 
  • Among the top-selling SUVs were the Toyota Rav4, Nissan Rogue, and Honda CR-V.

There were about 17.2 million cars and trucks sold last year, according to a report by Kelley Blue Book.

Though the total number of car sales is down 1.8% from 2016, the report shows that people are continuing to favor SUVs and trucks over sedans. In fact, compact and mid-size crossover SUVs combined accounted for about 40% of all car sales in 2017. Some of the top selling crossover SUVs include the Toyota Rav4, Nissan Rogue, and Honda CR-V — over 350,000 of each was sold in 2017 alone.

Here are some of the best sellers, according to KBB:

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12. Jeep Cherokee: 169,882 sold during 2017. Down -14.9% over 2016.



11. Subaru Forester: 177,563. -0.6%.



10. Subaru Outback: 188,886. +3.3%.



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The best pizza in NYC is deep in the heart of Brooklyn — here's what it's like to eat at Di Fara Pizza

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Over 50 years ago, in 1965, Italian immigrant Domenico DeMarco opened Di Fara Pizza in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.

To this day, it's considered by critics and locals alike to be "the best of the best," as former chef Anthony Bourdain put it back in 2007.

Just look at this:

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There's a lot of pizza in New York City. It's a cliché maybe, but Di Fara Pizza is considered by many to be New York City's best pizza. It's notoriously expensive ($30 for a regular cheese pizza), and has a notoriously long wait (over an hour, easy), but it's also notoriously delicious. 

And now, for the first time ever, Di Fara is expanding to a second location — one that's far easier to visit.

The new North 3rd Street Market is now open in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and one of its primary tenants is Di Fara Pizza. The second Di Fara features the same menu as the original, reports Eater NY, albeit from the far more accessible Williamsburg. 

This is exciting news, because it means more people can experience how incredibly delicious Di Fara's pizza actually is. I should know — I ventured deep into Brooklyn to try Di Fara's legendary pizza for myself last year. This is what it's like!

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The first thing you need to do is get to a part of Brooklyn that isn't well-serviced by New York's world famous subway system. My wife and I took the B68 bus.



One of the best parts of going to the original Di Fara's is visiting the Midwood section of Brooklyn.

Midwood is a predominantly Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, Eastern European in origin, though plenty of other religious groups and ethnicities live in the area. Famous names, from Adam "MCA" Yauch (of the Beastie Boys) to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hail from the Midwood section of Brooklyn. The neighborhood has largely resisted the forces of gentrification sweeping Brooklyn's western coast (the side facing Manhattan).



But you're here for the pizza. I get it. The original Di Fara Pizza is located at the corner of Avenue J and East 15th Street. I went at night, but this is what it looks like during the day from the outside:



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