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The Least Boring Father’s Day Gift Guide for Millennials

Most Father’s Day gift guides suck. This one doesn’t.

Our editorial experts have rounded up the least awful things to give your dad for Father’s Day 2019, from baller monthly subscriptions to special products that’ll make you his favorite son.

If your dad drinks…
Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Club
Shaker & Spoon

Shaker & Spoon is a monthly cocktail subscription box that delivers the craft cocktail experience to your dad’s home with curated recipes and techniques for mixing the perfect drink every time. Think Blue Apron for cocktails.

Buy Now, $50 per month
https://www.shakerandspoon.com/
If your dad actually enjoys spending time in the kitchen…
Material’s ‘The Fundamentals’
Material

Material is a direct-to-consumer kitchenware brand whose products seamlessly blend functionality and design and are the perfect gift for any dad with a passion for cooking and entertaining. They are high quality at an affordable price.

Buy Now, $175
https://materialkitchen.com/products/the-fundamentals
If your dad is into his fits…
M. Gemi Sacca Loafers
M. Gemi

These loafers feel like they’re legit cobbled on the streets of Milan. They’re supple and sock-like in their premium fit. M. Gemi is a direct-to-consumer brand you need to know, and so does your dad.

Buy Now, $248
https://mgemi.com/products/the-sacca-the-unconstructed-loafer-navy-suede-2
If your dad is into shaving his face…
Artis ‘The Cut Above’
Artis

Up dad’s shaving ritual with this elevated kit from Artis Brush and The Art of Shaving. The set comes with The Art of Shaving’s Bourbon Pre-Shave Oil to promote razor glide, a weight-balanced Chrome Collection 5-Blade Manual Razor and Bourbon After-Shave Balm to replenish dad’s skin post-shave. Artis Brush’s Digit Skincare Oval 8 Brush is next-level awesome.

Buy Now, $175
https://artisbrush.com/collections/the-artis-market/products/the-cut-above?variant=21698229928049
If your dad is into how cool his house looks…
Floyd Coffee Table
Floyd Home

Based in Detroit, Floyd Home is an accessible but high-design furniture company that creates minimal home decor that lasts a lifetime. Launched in 2014 on a Kickstarter that garnered $256,273 from 1,395 backers, the company makes pieces that prize function and utility with a design-heavy, urban aesthetic. The brand recently launched a coffee table that is straight-up dope.

Buy Now, From $495
https://floydhome.com/products/the-coffee-table?tableShape=oval&color=Birch+%2F+Black
If your dad is a frequent traveler…
Herschel Supply Co. Backpack
ASOS

The iconic silhouette of this Herschel bag comes at such a reasonable price. Though not as tricked-out as some other options, this is a reliable and stylish backpack. It will never go out of style.

Buy Now, $96
https://us.asos.com/herschel-supply-co/herschel-supply-co-little-america-25l-backpack-in-black/prd/11602239
If your dad is into music (or silence)…
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Wireless Headphones
Amazon

Bang & Olufsen delivers on two things: sound quality and minimal style. In unique colors—like gray with gold and steel blue with silver—these stand out from the crowd. This Beoplay H4 model is Bang & Olufsen’s answer to an accessible price point. Wireless and Bluetooth-enabled, they’re crafted with leather, aluminum and steel. I’m currently wearing these suckers, and they’re amazing.

Buy Now, From $185
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N6S83CL/ref=asc_df_B01N6S83CL5814386
If your dad likes sneakers…
Greats Sneakers
Greats

Founded in 2014, Greats has successfully raised more than $15 million in funding in the past three years alone, with nothing more than a brick-and-mortar store in New York’s Soho neighborhood. The unisex sneakers are offered in a single minimal silhouette—the Royale—in a selection of core colors and rotating seasonal hues. They retail for $119 or $179, for the knit or leather version, respectively.

Buy Now, $179
https://www.greats.com/pages/mens
If your dad wants to feel soft and cozy…
Naadam Cashmere Sweater
Naadam

Naadam specializes in luxury cashmere fashion at accessible prices, with men’s and women’s styles, accessories, robes, socks and more. Your dad will call you every time he puts on his new $75 cashmere sweater, and the low cost won’t hurt your wallet.

Buy Now, $75
https://naadam.co/collections/mens-75-dollar-sweater?utm_source=affiliate&utm_medium=paid_affiliate&utm_campaign=Pepperjam&clickId=2715155825
If your dad is witty…
‘The Father of All Dad Guides: From (A)doring to (Z)addy’
Amazon

This cheeky guide is an aid for readers to identify themselves (if they happen to be a dad), their dads (if they happen to have a dad), dads on television (often a stand-in when an actual dad isn’t around) and dads in the wild. Which dad is your dad? Get this for him and find out.

Buy Now, $14
https://www.amazon.com/Father-All-Dad-Guides-doring-ebook/dp/B07J4PCJP4
If your dad is a techie…
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Amazon

Sorry, Apple. This Microsoft Surface laptop might beat all MacBooks. I mean, it comes with a pen. You can touch the screen. It has its own kickstand and folds into a tablet. We’re sold.

Buy Now, From $775
https://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Surface-Intel-Core-128GB/dp/B07HZPCWD8/ref=sr_1_3?crid=ZW0QO82QR6TU&keywords=microsoft+surface+pro+6&qid=1559335996&refinements=p_89%3AMicrosoft&rnid=2528832011&s=gateway&sprefix=microsoft+surface%2Caps%2C130&sr=8-3
If your dad wants more chill…
Blackberry Chai Recess
Recess

Recess is a consumer wellness company creating CBD-infused functional beverages and nutraceutical products to help people feel balanced in an increasingly stressful world. They make a line of flavored sparkling water infused with hemp extract (CBD) and balanced with adaptogens ginseng, Schisandra and L-theanine. Get the blackberry chai one. Dad will love it.

Buy Now, $40 for 8
https://www.takearecess.com/products/blackberry-chai/
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Culture Movies/TV

9 Movies That Were Forced to Reshoot: From 1976’s ‘Rocky’ to Next Year’s ‘Sonic’

Following a pretty savage internet reaction to the Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer—with a lot of discourse surrounding Sonic’s eerie human teeth—director Jeff Fowler announced that the character would undergo a redesign and the film’s release would be pushed back to 2020. “Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right,” Fowler tweeted.

This makeover isn’t uncommon in Hollywood, where the version of a movie that gets released ends up being drastically different from what was originally filmed. Here are just a few of the movies that required an extensive makeover before making it out of the cutting room. Turns out, even superheroes don’t always get it right the first time.

1. ‘Rocky’ (1976)

The now-iconic ending to this boxing classic was originally very different, with Rocky deciding to throw the fight and leave the world of professional boxing behind. This fit with the tone of the script, which was initially much darker, but a number of changes were made to the story during filming. We also almost ended up seeing someone else as Rocky, because Sylvester Stallone was an unknown when he wrote the screenplay and the studio wanted a star like Burt Reynolds or Robert Redford. But Stallone issued an ultimatum: Either he played the title role or the film didn’t get made.

2. ‘Superman II’ (1980)

This infamously beleaguered sequel had an 11th-hour change of director, with Richard Donner, who helmed the first Superman movie, being replaced by Richard Lester, who reshot the majority of the film. The script was also rewritten to include a different beginning and ending, and actor Marlon Brando, who played Superman’s father Jor-El, sued the production to prevent the use of his likeness after he claimed to have never received his pay from the first movie, resulting in all of his scenes being cut from the sequel.

3. ‘E.T.’ (1982)

In the original edit of this Steven Spielberg classic, the lovable extraterrestrial dies in a government facility. Pretty dark, especially considering the family favorite the film is now. Fortunately, test audiences were horrified by this ending, prompting Spielberg to rewrite and reshoot the conclusion so that E.T. made it safely back to his home planet after teaching Elliott the importance of friendship.

4. ‘Back to the Future’ (1985)

Michael J. Fox was always the first choice to play Marty McFly in this sci-fi comedy, but filming clashed with his commitments on sitcom Family Ties, so Eric Stoltz was cast in the role instead. Just a few weeks into shooting, director Robert Zemeckis and producer Steven Spielberg concluded that Stoltz simply wasn’t right for the role and opted to recast. By then, Fox was available. They refilmed all of Stoltz’s scenes, and the rest is cinema history.

5. ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’ (2004)

Will Ferrell’s exaggerated portrayal of 1970s masculinity has become a cult classic, but focus groups hated the first iteration of Anchorman. A story line involving a gang of bank-robbing hippies simply didn’t land for them, and so large swaths of the film were excised and refilmed. Sadly, this means that performances by comedy powerhouses Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph never made it into the final cut.

6. ‘Cursed’ (2005)

After director Wes Craven gave horror buffs the wildly popular Scream series, Dimension Films was hoping that lightning would strike a second time with a witty, whip-smart werewolf movie. But producers kept changing their minds about what they wanted, demanding rewrites, reshoots and a shift from an R rating to a more family-friendly PG-13. Filming went on for more than two years, and a number of the film’s stars, including Mandy Moore, Skeet Ulrich, Omar Epps and Corey Feldman, had to drop out of production because of scheduling conflicts caused by the extensive delays. The final cut of Cursed stars cult-movie darling Christina Ricci and a pre-Social Network Jesse Eisenberg as siblings who are attacked by a highly unrealistic-looking beast. The firing of special makeup effects artist Rick Baker in favor of a CGI monster is perhaps this film’s most egregious crime.   

7. ‘Fantastic Four’ (2015)

This comic book reboot was 20th Century Fox’s second attempt to bring beloved comic characters the Fantastic Four to the big screen following the 2005 version and its critically panned sequel. Production on this latest version was rife with troubles, a number of which are visible in the finished product. Dissatisfied with director Josh Trank’s original dark and gritty vision, studio executives ordered extensive reshoots to fit the summer blockbuster vibe, resulting in some pretty glaring continuity errors, including Kate Mara’s hairstyle changing and Miles Teller’s facial hair disappearing—unless those are just superpowers we’re not aware of?

8. ‘Suicide Squad’ (2016)

This turkey might look like it was filmed over a weekend with a budget of $20 and a Hot Topic gift card, but its journey to theatrical release was much longer and bumpier. Warner Bros. reportedly wanted to make the tone of the film lighter after a negative audience reaction to the somber Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Additional filming cost $22 million, more than double the usual budget for reshoots, and the movie still received largely poor reviews. But that hasn’t stopped DC from planning a sequel, as well as a Birds of Prey movie, which will focus on fan-fave character Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie.

9. ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ (2020)

Sonic’s teeth! No, no, no, no, no. 

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Careers Grind

How to Invest When You Don’t Have a Lot of $$$

Chop It Up is ONE37pm’s weekly web series where hosts Brandon Bryant and John Henry examine business and culture through an entrepreneurial lens. You can catch new episodes of Chop It Up every Wednesday at 3 p.m. on ONE37pm’s YouTube channel.

On today’s episode of #ChopItUp, the message is simple: make smart decisions. Brandon Bryant and John Henry talk about how valuable an MBA is in today’s world and whether shelling out the money for one is worth it in the end. Is a degree from one of the top schools as important as it used to be? 

In addition, they run through the new cryptocurrency that is being introduced by the one and only Mark Zuckerberg. Will the social media behemoth’s recent controversies have a negative impact on the launch of “Global Coin”? 

Brandon and John Henry also take you to the school of investing. So, you want to make some big investments and secure your future but you don’t exactly have the capital for it? Not a problem. #ChopItUp is here to dish out some of the best tips and tricks to make smart investments when you’re on a budget.

Finally, is the email newsletter making a comeback? Brandon and John Henry think so. Oh, and speaking of newsletters full of great content…

#ChopItUp breaks down business and culture through the lens of entrepreneurship. From million dollar deals to flipping kicks on Stock X—we are here to help you find success at YOUR hustle, whatever that may be.

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Leaders Style

The Rock in 2001 Is an Endless Summer Mood

When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson attended the DVD and video release event for The Mummy Returns at Santa Monica Beach, California, in 2001, he didn’t know he’d become the ultimate summer mood.

Wearing a cream-colored cable-knit sweater with nothing underneath, swishy white linen pants and tiny purple-lensed glasses, The Rock gives off serious 2019 Hamptons vibes amid a cheesy 3-D rendering of Egypt.

Remember when we waxed poetic about how utterly Presidential The Rock’s cheat meal sushi orders are? This is like that, but one million times better.

J. P. Aussenard/WireImage
J. P. Aussenard/WireImage

And have we mentioned the pool slides? The 18-year-old sandals are on trend again, proving that all fashion comes back eventually. My personal favorite accessory has to be the color-coordinated sports-top water bottle in, somehow, almost the same exact purple as his little glasses and the velvet curtain behind him.

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Jason Kirk/Getty Images

When The Rock slid into a fan’s DM for all the right reasons, Ohio resident and ONE37pm Twitter follower Summer Silvery said, “The Rock hung my art in his trailer because it was meaningful to him. I had created a collage of every movie he had been in, with the year attached and alongside a couple other details that make The Rock The Rock. The part that meant the most to him was his quote I had written in the top left-hand corner of the illustration: “1995. $7 bucks in my pocket. I knew two things: I’m broke as hell and one day I won’t be.”” We always knew he was close to his community, but this act of outreach confirms his good nature.

With this outfit, the Rock has undoubtedly confirmed that you should never throw away things that feel dated. If he walked onto a beach in Ibiza wearing this very outfit today, no one would bat an eye. Perhaps you should consider wearing a sweater, linen pants and pool slides to your next outdoor soiree.

Let us know how it goes.

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Careers Grind

#LowKeyInvestor: Anthony Joshua

World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua doesn’t settle. 

Whether it’s savvy investments or defeating fighters for big purses, Joshua is a competitor. In his progress to become boxing’s first billion-dollar prizefighter, Joshua has scored lucrative endorsement deals with big names such as Under Armour, Beats by Dre, Lucozade, StubHub, Jaguar, EQ Nutrition, Dafabet, Lynx, Audemars Piguet and Texo Construction. 

While maintaining his undefeated record, Joshua is reeling in up to $30 million per bout. With more and more money flowing into boxing events, that number has the potential to become even bigger as Joshua’s competition heats up. A partnership with DAZN—boxing’s fast-growing streaming service, run by former ESPN president John Skipper—is already shaping up to be one of the smartest business moves by an athlete in recent years. 

His biggest out-of-the-ring venture yet may be London’s BXR. The luxury boxing gym is a 12,000-square-foot facility that has the potential to be the hottest gym to train at in the U.K. Joshua’s plan is to have the gym become the British version of Brooklyn’s famous Gleason’s Gym and to be the premier training spot for champions and top contenders from all weight classes. Besides training boxers, the facility is also used by Victoria’s Secret models preparing for photo shoots and special events. 

As BXR continues to prosper in sports culture, Anthony’s feel for marketing and performance has him in position to be the sport’s first billionaire. We’re just witnesses to his ascent. 

Anthony Joshua could be bigger than Beckham. Here’s the story of his hustle as he rose to stardom. 

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Grind Productivity

4 Books That Tim Cook Swears By

Before Tim Cook assumed the throne of Apple, he was a top executive at tech giants like IBM and Compaq. Though he is decidedly brilliant, filling Steve Jobs’ shoes is no easy task. But since taking the position of CEO, Apple has seen a triple increase in stock and is implementing renewable energy, labor-friendly supply chains, user privacy and highly recyclable products. Apple is entering a new wave of success, and much of that is owed to the work of Cook.

Speaking at commencement ceremonies and leadership engagements, Cook’s work ethic and educational background is respected by entrepreneurs and business executives all around the globe. While much of his knowledge and aptitude was gained from firsthand experience, we were keen to get a look at his reading list, because maybe, just maybe, we’ll be able to get a glimpse of his genius.

‘March: Book One’ by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
Amazon

This book is the first of three in the March trilogy collection. Congressman John Lewis dabbles into his lifelong journey as an activist during the civil rights movement to receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

Book One follows Lewis during his youth in rural Alabama, his first time meeting Martin Luther King, Jr. and his goal to end segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins. While racism is not as vivid through laws and regulations as it was during the ‘50s and ‘60s, Lewis’ journey and perseverance are still relevant for young entrepreneurs and leaders today and generations to come.

Assisted by co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell, the March trilogy comic offers readers a history lesson, inspiration and the foundations of overcoming struggle all while being entertaining.

‘Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon’ by Larry Tye
Amazon

The title of a ‘liberal icon’ says it all. Kennedy was known for his progression to knock down racial discrimination, activism in decriminalization and being an advocate for the poor. In this biography, Larry Tye captures the story of RFK through unpublished memoirs, unreleased government files, and private miscellaneous documents. He interviews close peers and obtains an in-depth and lucid story that you won’t find on an online blog.

The story of RFK, pushing an agenda that was highly discouraged, is one that can transcend into the life of modern-day entrepreneurs. Determination, dedication and discipline led this man to become the most convoluted and disputed Kennedy yet.

‘Gandhi: An Autobiography–The Story of My Experiments With Truth’ by Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi
Amazon

Many of us know the philosophies Gandhi followed but know little about his life and what led him on a journey of conquering peace. In this narrated autobiography, Gandhi allows his readers an in-depth look at his most vulnerable moments. From marrying at 13 to seeking personal reformation, there is a lot to learn about this peaceful leader. Gandhi’s practices were extreme and took commitment and self-control that any entrepreneur could benefit from embodying.

‘Competing Against Time: How Time-Based Competition Is Reshaping Global Markets’ by George Stalk
Amazon

Saving the best for last, reportedly this book is so good that Cook’s been known to hand out copies to his colleagues and employees. This research-based read highlights time as a strategic weapon and the equivalent of money, productivity, quality and innovation. Companies can learn to advance by reducing elapsed time with the tips and insight George Stalk’s book has to offer.

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Sports Strength

Our Guide to the Hottest Streetball Events of Summer 2019

As another epic NBA season winds down, it’s time to look ahead to some summertime action. Basketball is a year-round sport, and it’s time for ballers to get ready to do battle in some of the most legendary streetball leagues across the country. The summer is where legacies are born.

Looking to scratch that basketball itch while the NBA takes some well deserved time off? ONE37pm has you covered. We are ready to put on our headbands and lace up our Nike Adapts and give you all the info you need about where to check out streetball this summer.

Entertainers 155 Rucker Park Summer Classic

When: All summer long

Where: Harlem, NYC (W. 155th and 8th Ave)

Past Participants: Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabbar), Wilt Chamberlain, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Connie Hawkins, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Chris Mullin, Jamal Mashburn, Lance Stephenson, Stephon Marbury, Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Kevin Durant, Pee Wee Kirkland



Reasons to Check It Out: You never know what will happen when you make a visit to this legendary court. The summer is the perfect opportunity to check out why Rucker Park is still regarded as one of the must-visit hoops sanctuaries. Live music, random fan interactions and dance contests are why EBC is a party atmosphere. Just ask KD as he was greeted by a plethora of fans when he suited up at Rucker in 2011 and dropped 66 points during a playoff game, a performance now considered as one of the greatest ever at the court.

Kenny Graham’s West 4th Street (The Cage) Pro-Am Classic

When: May 28-mid August

Where: Greenwich Village, NYC

Past Participants: Julius ‘Dr. J” Erving, Walter Berry, Anthony Mason, Smush Parker


Reasons to Check It Out: The Greenwich Village court best known as “The Cage” brings the toughness out of any hooper who is willing to make a name for themselves. If you’re planning to play there or just willing to stop by and watch some basketball on a casual Saturday, be prepared to witness battles taking place as many ballers are willing to leave it all on the court.

Dyckman Basketball League

When: June and July

Where: Inwood, NYC

Past Participants: Kyle Anderson, Montrezel Harrell, Lance Stephenson, Trey Burke, Jesse Jones (FILAYY), Terry Rozier, Sundiata Gaines, Mike Beasley, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Baron Davis, Kemba Walker, Brandon Jennings, JR Smith, Ron Artest, Iman Shumpert, DeMar DeRozan

Reasons to Check It Out: With Mr. Cha Ching on the mic, this explosive, gritty streetball league has blossomed to become the premier tournament to hoop in for the past five summers in New York City. Local NYC rap station Hot 97 spins on the ones and twos and with their help, Dyckman Basketball League has developed a rich tradition of being the place where NBA talents test their game against streetball legends who never got a fair chance of making it into the league. Seen in video games like NBA Live and also in SLAM Magazine, Dyckman currently holds the top spot for the hottest streetball league to visit whenever you’re in NYC.

The Drew League

When: July through August

Where: Los Angeles, CA

Past Participants: Paul Pierce, Demar Derozen, Nick Young, James Harden, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, The Game, Baron Davis, JaVale McGee, Pau George, J.R. Smith, John Wall, Metta World Peace

Reasons to Check It Out: If EBC is considered the Notorious B.I.G. of streetball, then the Drew League is the Tupac. It brings that raw, California swagger to the game. Reigning MVP Frank “Nitty” Sessions is the name you must remember as the streetball legend is a player no one wants to face off against, and that includes current NBA players.

The George Goodman League

When: May 30th-August

Where: South East Washington, DC

Past Participants: Kevin Durant, Mike Beasley, Brandon Jennings, Ty Lawson, Chris Brown, Bradley Beal, DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans

Reasons to Check It Out: The Goodman League is the birthplace of some of the game’s best scorers like Kevin Durant, Mike Beasley and Ty Lawson. Played under the hot summer sun in the South East section of DC, this league puts the DMV hoops (Delaware, Maryland & Virginia) on the map. Toughness, grit and hard-nosed can describe the runs there as the league brings a competitive vibe. Streetball legend “Crimestopper” Aquille Carr is prone to live out his nickname that he garnered in high school and put on a show against any challenger, professional or otherwise.

The Crawsover Pro-Am League

When: July 7- August 26

Where: Seattle Pacific University

Past Participants: Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson, Blake Griffin, John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Paul George, Chris Paul, Michael Porter Jr, Zach LaVine

Reasons to Check It Out: No league flies under the radar like Seattle’s The Crawsover. Founder—and current NBA player—Jamal Crawford continues to dazzle his hometown crowd. While breaking ankles and handing out eye-popping assists, Crawford is attracting ballers from all over to come through and show love to the fans and competition. Paul Georgie and Zach LaVine have also shown up and put on well-received spectacles.

Miami Pro-AM Basketball League

When: July 7-August

Where: Miami Senior HS

Past Participants: Victor Oladipo, Tyreke Evans, Mario Chalmers, Tim Hardaway Jr, Hassan Whiteside, James Johnson, Brandon Knight, Russ Smith

Reasons to Check It Out: If you’re looking for a league that’s non-stop action and full of highlight-reel dunks, then the Miami Pro League is basically a Sportscenter “Top 10” video. The league has the city buzzing thanks to the energy and superstars that have participated in the tournament. Brandon Knight, Tim Hardaway Jr, Hassan Whiteside, James Johnson and A’mare Stoudemire are just a few names that have shown up to play in front of packed crowds.

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Careers Grind

#TheUnknownHustle: Jason Momoa

This is how you turn a negative into a positive. Actor Jason Momoa, who appeared in ten Game of Thrones episodes as the leader of the Dothraki warriors Khal Drogo, just revealed that he was on such a tight budget while filming his parts nearly a decade ago that he couldn’t afford a plane ticket home between shoots.

“While filming Game of Thrones we had a lil break. We were too broke to fly home so we rented a panel van aka U-Haul in Belfast and drove around beautiful amazing Ireland searching for the greatest pint of Guinness. Turns out it’s perfect everywhere,” Momoa wrote on Instagram. “So many wonderful people and stories I treasure those times. It was the simplest moments I remember the most.”

In the throwback photo, Momoa is all smiles hanging out in the rented van. It’s just one of several old photographs that Game of Thrones’ cast members have been sharing to commemorate the HBO show’s final season, which concluded on May 19 with a record 19.3 million viewers, eight years after debuting in 2011.

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Grooming Style

How to Score a Second Date (Your Mom Agrees with Us Too)

Dating is a minefield. The rules probably feel undefined and gray in 2019, and in many ways, they are, but the things that really matter, the things that will make someone want to go on a second date, are the same as ever. With a little planning and old-fashioned manners, you’ll make the right impression. Which is to say, even if you met your special someone on an app, have communicated only through text and plan to pick them up in an Uber, asking thoughtful questions and actively listening will still go a long way. Here are the six cardinal rules of first dates that have stood the test of time.

1. Start Small
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A five-course dinner, a Ferris wheel ride and late-night dancing sounds romantic in theory, but it’s probably too much for date number one. Pick a cozy spot for coffee or a drink or have dinner in a lively, up-and-coming restaurant—something that feels special but isn’t too serious for a first encounter. The best part about this strategy? There’s room to build. Date two can be bigger, better and, well, impossible to refuse.

2. Wear a Smart Suit
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Calvin Klein

Real talk: No one can resist a man in a well-tailored suit. This has always been and will always be your best move for a first date. The trick is to style it for a fun night out, not like you’re going on a job interview. Calvin Klein’s X-fit suits are cut slim for a modern look that works just as well with a shirt, tie and dress shoes as it does with a T-shirt and sneakers.

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3. Genuinely Listen
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Don’t overthink what you’re going to talk about on your date. The best way to ace the conversation is to focus less on yourself and more on your partner. That means asking thoughtful questions, listening and reacting to the answers, and letting them guide the conversation. If you do this, trust: They’ll be dying to get to know you better on another date.

4. Fine-Tune the Details
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Nothing makes a beautiful suit sing like a fresh shave, a haircut or just a generally well-groomed appearance. Get your hair trimmed a few days before your date so it looks ever so slightly lived in, then give yourself ample time to get ready for the big night. Self-care isn’t just something women get to do: Take a bath, shave the old-fashioned way and do a face mask!

5. Find a Natural Segue
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The easiest way to set up a second date is to look for an opportunity in your conversation and then seize the moment. If your date tells you she grew up ice-skating, offer to take her for a spin at the rink sometime. If he talks about how he’s dying to see the new Marvel film, suggest you plan a movie night. You don’t need to nail down the details; just plant the seed.

6. Follow Up
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Make sure your date gets home safely and then send a follow-up text the next day letting your date know how much fun you had. Not only is this the gentlemanly thing to do, but it creates an opening to ask for a second date. For example, when she jokes about how bored she is at work, that’s your opening to invite her to do something extra fun. When he says he’s buying the same suit you wore to dinner, let him know you’d love to see it on him that weekend.

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10 New Nintendo Games You Need to Add to Your Summer Gaming Lineup

In the past few years, the months of June, July and August have been surprisingly packed with notable gaming releases. Traditionally, gamers have had to come to grips with two things about their favorite hobby during these summer months: It’s the perfect time to clear out one’s backlog, and they’re likely to have nothing new to play. But it seems as though several gaming publishers heard our pleas for more summer gaming excursions. Young kids out of school want to go HAM online once they come back from a barbecue or beach hangout. And truth be told, gamers who sweat it out at their nine-to-five would love to come home from work and do the same.

2019’s summer gaming lineup is shaping up to be one of the best. And for Switch and 3DS owners, this year’s summer offering is truly something special, and that’s all thanks to the good folks over at Nintendo.

June

First up is the June 4 release of Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth for 3DS. This dungeon crawler RPG transports the cast of Persona 3, Persona 4 and Persona 5 to a dark realm inspired by the world of film. The first collaboration entry in this spinoff series (Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth) ended up becoming a critically acclaimed game. Fans from both the Persona and Etrian Odyssey camps fell in love with a series mash-up they never even knew they wanted. Persona Q2 looks to continue that trend, transporting a ton of fan-favorite Persona characters to a new world packed with inventive foes to vanquish once again.

If you’re not much of an RPG fan and just want to enjoy some good old-fashioned side-scrolling platforming, make sure you mark down the date of June 28. That’s the day when Super Mario Maker 2 finally launches on the Switch. It’s time to get inspired all over again and let your creative juices flow, as you’ll get all the tools you need to create your very own Super Mario courses. This super sequel will most likely soak up a ton of your time if you’re willing to invest it. Not only does it feature everything that made the first game such a joy, but it’s also set to arrive with a bevy of new features. There’s going to be new course assets based on Super Mario 3D World, an online co-op stage creation mode and even a full single-player campaign.

July

This month has clearly been set up to please Switch owners who want to scratch their RPG itch. Marvel Comics fans who also fall into that category have a lot to look forward to since Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order comes out July 19. Nintendo has chosen to hand the development duties of this franchise to Koei Tecmo’s Team Ninja development studio. And by the looks of it, they clearly made the right decision. The Black Order is going to allow players to command a who’s who of Marvel characters during intense multi-person beatdowns. Taking down countless minions while simultaneously facing off with Venom, Juggernaut and other Marvel villains will be something special. And getting to save the world as the Avengers, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, Defenders and more will certainly be worth the hype.

Once you’ve gotten your fill of superhero RPG action, feel free to embark upon a fantastical medieval take on the genre. On July 26, the next long-awaited entry in the Fire Emblem series will hit the Switch. Fire Emblem: Three Houses will do its best to push the franchise forward by improving upon the already excellent battle system. Individual characters will now have the ability to be flanked by battalions of troops, which will play a huge part in making each enemy encounter look and feel more epic. And by stepping into the role of a respected professor at the Officer’s Academy, you’ll be responsible for molding your students into fine academic scholars and strong guardians on the battlefield. The three houses you can choose to represent will determine your relationship with future kingdom rulers and how the game’s sweeping tale will unfold.

August

August 30 will introduce a Switch exclusive: the Platinum Games-developed Astral Chain. Little is known about the game, but we’re sure the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct live stream will spill more details. Right now, all we know is this: Astral Chain looks pretty damn cool. The reveal trailer showcases two future police officers as they pull off slick melee combos against invading demons. The anime art style gives Astral Chain its own flavor too (the beautiful character designs thrown in by Masakazu Katsura also help in that regard). Running around a futuristic landscape while handling police work in the flashiest ways possible gets us giddy with glee.

Third-Party Summer Releases

While Nintendo’s first-party offerings are strong enough on their own, there’s also a good number of third-party releases to keep an eye out for this summer: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is scheduled to drift onto the Switch come June 21. Dragon Quest Builders 2 will make its way over to the hybrid console on July 12, while the anime arena fighter Kill la Kill: If will launch on July 26. That same day and month, the co-op FPS Wolfenstein: Youngblood will also make its way over to the Switch. And finally, the post-apocalyptic rogue-like RAD is set for release on August 20. All in all, it looks like the summer lineup for the Switch and 3DS will keep fans entertained until the fall.