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‘Soul’: How Pixar Designed a Tactile New York and an Ethereal Great Before for Its First Black-Led Feature

Like “Inside Out,” we get two worlds in one with Pixar’s “Soul.” Yet they’re a lot more imaginative and complex in Pete Docter’s celestial follow-up, which contrasts a lived-in New York City with the more ethereal vibe of The Great Before, the pre-birth training center where aspiring jazz pianist Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) finds himself after eluding death in The Great Beyond. For the iconic New York City, production designer Steve Pilcher and the art department created a tactile world that’s “solid, physical and reflective with lots of color…with a history of wear and tear. Buildings and railings and pavement are weathered or bleached,” he said. “Nothing’s really perfect in this world. It’s very organic and interesting. There is texture and tons of variety, color variation, weather conditio

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Nom Nom is a monthly delivery service for fresh cat and dog food — here are our impressions after feeding it to 3 cats

 Table of Contents: Masthead StickySummary List Placement Nom Nom is a subscription-based service that delivers fresh cat or dog food right to your door each month. We had three cats test out Nom Nom and got mixed reactions, but one cat had an exceptionally enthusiastic response to the food. Prices start at $27 per week for an 8-pound cat or 20-pound dog. Sign up now and get 20% off your first two weeks. If you clicked into this post, I'm willing to bet that you have a pet. And if you have a pet, I'm willing to bet that you're just as obsessed with yours as the editors of Insider Reviews are with ours.  Most of us would do anything to help our pet overcome an injury or sickness, which was exactly what Nom Nom co-founders Zach Phillips and his brother Nate did when Zach's dog Harlee s

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For a limited time, the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature is offering an increased welcome bonus — plus a new Whole Foods card design

Summary List PlacementThis page includes information about the Discover it® Cash Back card product, which is currently not available on Business Insider and may be out of date.   There's a new, limited-time increased welcome bonus on the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card . Until March 3, new cardholders can earn a $100 statement credit after spending $100+ at Whole Foods. This is higher than the standard offer, but other cash-back credit cards are a better fit for most people. Read Business Insider's guide to the best rewards credit cards. If you're an Amazon Prime member and shop at Whole Foods, the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card has a new welcome offer that could save you some cash on your next big grocery trip. Until March 3, 2021, new Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Si...

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The ‘Cobra Kai’ Easter Eggs Featurette Will Show You No Mercy For Those Moments You May Have Missed

WARNING: Spoilers from the newest Cobra Kai season will be found below. Cobra Kai‘s infuriatingly good third season filled itself with very obvious callbacks and faces from the past. The franchise not only brought back Chozen (Yuji Okumoto) and Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita) but also contained a very special visit (and owning of both Daniel-san and Johnny) from Ali Mills (Elisabeth Shue). Beyond those personified references to yesteryear, there were also a ton of Easter eggs, too. Netflix rounded up over 20 examples from the season, so you can watch them all and realize how well (or poorly) you would score if quizzed. One thing is for certain: creators and showrunners Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, and Hayden Schlossberg dove deep into canon. They emerged with wonderful nuggets that will key younger

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Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris isn’t the only new face

The Rams replaced their defensive coordinator and special-teams coordinator Thursday. What else is new for Sean McVay’s coaching staff, where change is the only constant? The January tradition of bringing in outsiders as key coaching lieutenants continued when the Rams hired Raheem Morris as defensive coordinator and Joe DeCamillis as special-teams coordinator. Morris replaces Brandon Staley, whose success in building the NFL’s No. 1 defense in his lone season with the Rams earned him the Chargers’ head coaching job. DeCamillis replaces John Bonamego, whose struggles with the unreliable special teams in his first year with the Rams got him shoved aside. Morris’ and DeCamillis’ agreements to contract terms were confirmed by the Rams, as was Bonamego’s move to a role as a senior coaching ass

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McConnell reportedly wants to ask Schumer to delay the start of Trump’s impeachment trial until February

Summary List PlacementSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to ask Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to delay the start of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial until February, CBS News reported, citing multiple sources familiar with the proposal. McConnell first floated the idea during a conference call with the Senate Republican caucus, the report said. It's not clear when in February the Kentucky Republican would request the trial begin. The Democratic-controlled Senate faces the unique task of mapping out an impeachment trial for the former president while moving to confirm President Joe Biden's Cabinet picks and enacting his legislative agenda with respect to the COVID-19 crisis and the US's economic recovery. The House of Representatives voted to impeach Trum...

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The best shower heads in 2021

Summary List Placement Shower heads are one of those things you use without a second thought — until it starts sputtering. The best shower head is from Waterpik because of its various spray settings and affordable price. Read more: The best shower curtains Sign up for Insider Reviews' weekly newsletter for more buying advice and great deals. If you think that all shower heads are the same, you might have a second opinion once yours starts sputtering mid-shampoo. A shower head is something you use every day, so it's important to choose one that provides the look, flow rate, and stream settings you need.  After testing nine shower heads and consulting two experts — CEO of Advanced Builders and Contractors Nick Yahoodain and remodeling expert Monica Higgins — the Waterpik High Pressure

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Two $150,000 winning Powerball tickets sold in Colorado

Two winning lottery tickets — worth $150,000 each — were sold in Colorado for Wednesday night’s Powerball Jackpot. Related Articles Massive Powerball jackpot won by single ticket; Mega Millions up to $970M Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots grow to nearly $1.6 billion combined The grand prize winning ticket, for $731.1 million, was sold in Maryland, according to the Colorado Lottery. The Colorado winning tickets were both four out of five matching numbers. One ticket was sold at Walmart Neighborhood Market, 21475 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora. The other ticket was purchased at Broadway Wine & Spirits, 207 Broadway, Sterling.   ...read more Source:: The Denver Post...

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‘Threats hurt people’ — Judge orders Chicago Heights man detained over threat to Biden’s inauguration

Dirksen Federal Courthouse | Sun-Times fileLouis Capriotti allegedly said if people “think that Joe Biden is going to put his hand on the Bible and walk into that f---ing White House on Jan. 20th, they’re sadly f---ing mistaken.” A federal judge ordered a Chicago Heights man accused of threatening the inauguration of President Joe Biden held in federal custody Thursday, declaring threats cause harm “even if that person doesn’t intend to carry it out.” “Threats hurt people,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Fuentes said. “They terrorize people. They make people afraid.” Louis Capriotti, 45, was arrested near his home Jan. 12 and charged with transmitting a threat. He allegedly spent months calling members of Congress, screaming as he left them voicemails filled with profanity, racism and vague

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Residents, dog escape two-alarm fire at East Bay house

A two-alarm fire early Thursday at a two-story house in Pinole did not cause any injuries to the residents or animals living there but did do extensive damage to the home, a fire official said. All of the residents at the house in the 1900 block of Galbreth Road were outside by the time firefighters arrived, though crews were uncertain of that initially, Battalion Chief Darren Johnson of the Rodeo-Hercules Fire Department said. The initial call came at 5:39 a.m. Crews sounded the second alarm, because neighbors reported that people were inside the house and firefighters could not get inside immediately, Johnson said. A scan of the house after crews were inside and and the blaze put out showed those reports to be unfounded. Police evacuated a person from the house, and that person later we...

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‘The Human Factor’ Review: Documenting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict as a First-Rate Thriller

Much of the world views the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a fixed problem with no end in sight. Few can explain why, but “The Human Factor” finds those who can. With the white-knuckle intensity of a first-rate political thriller, Israeli filmmaker Dror Moreh’s engrossing documentary tracks glacial efforts to broker a peace deal over the past three decades. “The Human Factor” drills down on the fluctuating tensions between Yasser Arafat and Israel’s revolving door of leadership. By speaking exclusively to the handful of negotiators involved in America’s efforts to broker a deal, Moreh’s focused collection of talking heads and archival footage is limited to a handful of takeaways about what went wrong. It turns out some policy wonks make eloquent storytellers and they excel at putting thei

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The Spot: The ethics of vaccinating Capitol journalists, a tense call with Boebert and the politics of food delivery fees 

RJ Sangosti, The Denver PostPeople walk along the popular 16th Street Mall on March 16, 2020, in Denver.Denver’s 16th Street Mall — which brings in about $75 million a year– is nearly 40 years old and now a step closer to getting a facelift that could cost up to $150 million. Conrad Swanson I received the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Monday and, if you’ll forgive the navel-gazing, it brought up an ethical question. The governor’s office gave specific priority to about 20 journalists who, like me, cover the Capitol. Reporting in person on the legislative session, which started last week and should pick back up Feb. 16, requires sharing indoor spaces with large groups of people — lawmakers, staff, some members of the public — and my understanding is that we were given priority,

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Photos show Michelle Obama and George W. Bush’s enduring friendship, built on wisecracks and cough drops

Summary List PlacementIt's one of the most iconic and unlikely of friendships in the history of American politics. Since 2009, former Republican president George W. Bush and former first lady Michelle Obama have hit it off, sharing some truly memorable moments. In 2016, they had a sweet embrace that was impossible to fake. In 2018, Bush handed Obama cough drops on two different occasions — the first at the memorial service for late Sen. John McCain, and the second at the funeral for George H. Bush, Bush's father. Most recently, the two posed for some pictures during President Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony.  Here's their friendship through the years in photos. FOLLOW US: Insider is on Facebook The friendship blossomed in 2009, at President Barack Obama's inauguration. It would be th...

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Meena Harris’ Inauguration Night Dress Is Kate Middleton-Approved

From England’s first family to America’s second, one dress has crossed the ocean. Following the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday, the VP’s niece Meena Harris swapped her daytime Ulla Johnson green dress (pictured, left) for another of the same shade (pictured, below). For the nighttime celebrations, the author, lawyer, and founder of the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign slipped into a high-neck, three-quarter sleeve dress by Susie Cave’s U.K-based fashion brand The Vampire’s Wife. And according to royal expert and author of HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style, Elizabeth Holmes, Harris isn’t the only “royal” to do so.  Soon after Harris posted a mirror selfie of her look on her Instagram Stories — with the caption, “On my vampire shi...

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