Official Trailer: Minions: The Rise of Gru  

Long before he becomes the master of evil, Gru (Oscar® nominee Steve Carell) is just a 12-year-old boy in 1970s suburbia, plotting to take over the world from his basement. It’s not going particularly well. When Gru crosses paths with the Minions, including Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto—a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please—this unexpected family joins forces. Together, they build their first lair, design their first weapons, and strive to execute their first missions. When the infamous supervillain supergroup, the Vicious 6, oust their leader—legendary martial arts fighter Wild Knuckles (Oscar® winner Alan Arkin)— Gru, their most devoted fanboy, interviews to become their newest member. The Vicious 6 is not impressed by the diminutive, wannabe villain, but then Gru outsmarts (and enrages) them, and he suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. With Gru on the run, the Minions attempt to master the art of kung fu to help save him, and Gru discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends. Featuring more spectacular action than any film in Illumination history and packed with the franchise’s signature subversive humor, Minions: The Rise of Gru stars a thrilling new cast, including, the Vicious 6: Taraji P. Henson as cool and confident leader Belle Bottom, whose chain belt doubles as a lethal disco-ball mace; Jean-Claude Van Damme as the nihilistic Jean Clawed, who’s armed (literally) with a giant robotic claw; Lucy Lawless as Nunchuck, whose traditional nun’s habit hides her deadly nun-chucks; Dolph Lundgren as Swedish roller-skate champion Svengeance, who dispenses his enemies with spin kicks from his spiked skates; and Danny Trejo as Stronghold, whose giant iron hands are both a menace to others and a burden to him. The film also stars Russell Brand as Young Dr. Nefario, an aspiring mad scientist, Michelle Yeoh as Master Chow, an acupuncturist with mad kung fu skills, and Oscar® winner Julie Andrews as Gru’s maddeningly self-absorbed mom.

This is the new DeLorean EV

The DeLorean Motor Company has presented its new electric car a good 40 years after the “original”. The DeLorean EV Alpha5 has little in common with the original, apart from the name. It is a modern electric car that also has a new design.

The DeLorean EV Alpha5 has now been presented as part of an “Early Access” campaign on the DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) website. The company doesn’t want to fully unveil the vehicle until tomorrow, because then there will be another first public presentation. The current company behind the project has nothing to do with the original manufacturer of the DMC-12, made famous by the films of the “Back to the Future” series, apart from the name.

The new DeLorean EV hardly adopts any design elements from its “predecessor”, although some similarities can be discovered in some details. The new vehicle has two huge gullwing doors that give access to the four seats in the interior. There is also a stepped spoiler on the rear part of the roof, which resembles the “cat ladder” of the DMC-12.

The design comes from the company ItalDesign of the designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, which decades ago was also responsible for the design of the “original” DeLoreans. According to the current plans of the newly founded manufacturer, the new model should come with a 100kWh battery and offer a purely electric range of more than 400 kilometers.

The new electric DeLorean Alpha5 will then probably have all-wheel drive and a dual-motor concept, which will allow it to accelerate to 96 km/h in under three seconds and to the famous “88 miles per hour” in just 4.35 seconds . The top speed is given as 250 km/h. The above information apparently only applies to the “Base Performance Model” of the Alpha5, i.e. the basic version. Which further variants are planned and how equipped is currently still open. The new DeLorean EV is scheduled to go into production in the coming years, for which the DeLorean Motor Company is relying on a new plant in the US state of Texas. The price of the new DeLorean will probably be around $175,000.

New Payment Option at Ikea saves time and nerves

The Swedish furniture store Ikea is now offering a new payment method throughout Germany that saves one thing above all – time. However, if you want to use it, you need a smartphone.

“Shop & Go” is what the new way of paying for purchases at Ikea is called. The furniture store uses the help of customers and the own in-house app, allowing everyone to pass the checkout faster and more conveniently. So this might be the end of long waiting lines.

According to a survey by Statista, Ikea is the most popular furniture store in Germany. In 2021, the company had a total of around 32 million customers in more than 50 furniture stores across Germany. It is therefore particularly important for the shopping experience to avoid long waiting times at the checkouts. So far, Ikea has settled purchases either via normal checkouts with salespeople or via express checkouts, where customers have to scan themselves. The process is the same for both. Each product must be retrieved from the cart at the checkout and scanned to determine the total bill of the purchase. But with “Shop & Go” there is now a new payment method at Ikea that saves you this step.

Thanks to “Shop & Go”, customers can now scan their purchases at Ikea as soon as they take them off the shelf and put them in the shopping cart. To do this, they need a smartphone and the Ikea app, which is available free of charge for Android and iPhone. From the products scanned in this way, the app creates a QR code that customers only have to scan later at the express checkout. The advantage here is that customers do not have to take their goods out of the shopping cart individually again, as they have already completed this step when the products landed in the cart.

Before Ikea introduced “Shop & Go” in all of its branches in Germany, the furniture chain had already tested the new payment method in selected stores. The locations Berlin Tempelhof, Dresden, Karlsruhe as well as Hamburg Moorflett and Frankfurt Nieder-Eschbach were there. The test phase started there at the end of last year and was successfully completed. “Shop & Pay” is now available in all Ikea branches throughout Germany.

Good News right? Shorter waiting times means you can have your Hot Dog earlier now.

Teaser Trailer: Star Wars: Andor | Disney+

The “Andor” series will explore a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. It’s an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero.

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