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ABBA Looked That Iconic Because They Were Trying To Get A Tax Cut

You are the tax cut queen.

The pursuit of tax cuts have a lot to answer for in this world. For the most part it gives us the Panama Papers and Jeff Bezos, but this time it’s actually given us something good. Tax cuts are to blame for ABBA’s iconic outfits, rhinestones and all.

Speaking about what the band wore at the height of their fame in Abba: The Official Photo Book, Björn Ulvaeus said that “In my honest opinion we looked like nuts in those years. Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were.”

While I’m pretty sure almost everyone would disagree with that these days, there method behind the sequin-covered madness. In Swedish law at the time, you were allowed to write off the cost of your costumes on tax, as long as they weren’t able to be worn as everyday street clothes. 

So how do you make sure nobody can argue that your clothes are street worthy? You file for your tax cut and then bling the hell out of them so you come out looking like, well, ABBA.

Speaking about their Eurovision win, Björn also said that “We figured with our clothes, people would remember us even if we finished ninth.” He was absolutely not wrong. 

If you’ve been hanging out for new music from ABBA, then I’m afraid you’ll have to wait a little bit longer to get your ears around it. After announcing that they had reunited as a band in 2018, they promised us a new track by the end of that year – the first since Thank You For The Music in 1982.

As you may well have noticed, we don’t have that new music yet, and the release date has been pushed back a couple of times now. The most recent date we’ve been given is Benny Andersson saying that the group is “aiming” for a September 2020 release date.

So bust out the platforms, sparkles, and other non-streetwear clothes. You’ll need them come September.

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The ‘Cats’ Artists Are Clawing Back At Your CGI Jokes

Cat fight.

It’s been a couple of months since Cats first graced our local cinemas, but I cannot stop thinking about it. It’s been the butt of almost every joke since it debuted, and even the actors are just having to cop it and make fun of the film themselves, or else be laughed at even harder for taking it seriously. The artists behind the special effects aren’t laughing though, and they’re over being blamed for making Cats a dumpster fire. 

You might have seen the moment at the Oscars where James Corden and Rebel Wilson waltzed out onto the stage in bad cat costumes to present the award for best visual effects. Opening with “As cast members of the movie Cats, nobody more than us understands the importance of good visual effects.” 

It got a laugh from the audience, but it absolutely didn’t go over well with the artists who had actually put in the effort to make the film look the way it did.

First we saw this Tweet from Yves McCrae, one of the VFX Artists who worked on Cats.

And if that wasn’t spicy enough, the 4000 strong Visual Effects Society then put out a statement about the jokes.

“Last night, in presenting the Academy Award for outstanding visual effects, the producers chose to make visual effects the punchline, and suggested that bad VFX were to blame for the poor performance of the movie Cats.” 

“The best visual effects in the world will not compensate for a story told badly. The Visual Effects Society is focused on recognising, advancing and honouring visual effects as an art form – and ensuring that the men and women working in VFX are properly valued.”

The visual effects artists had no creative control over this film, and the fact that it turned out as wild as it did isn’t really on them. Using them as a scapegoat isn’t fair, and they deserve whatever credit the film deserves. 

I still find it terrifying, though.

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BTS Will Teach You Korean So You Can Watch 'Parasite' Without Subtitles

Come be my teacher.

Parasite has absolutely dominated the 2020 Oscars, and rightly so. It’s an amazing film, and all I want in life is to grab a drink with Bong Joon-ho, cause he seems hilarious. If you want to give the film a squiz without the subtitles, then BTS is coming to teach you Korean.

Yep, the Bangtan Boys are to the rescue. Their agents, Big Hit Entertainment, held a conference where they announced a number of upcoming projects. Fellow K-Pop stars SEVENTEEN are set to get a new Weverse, and the label will be launching two new boy bands and a girl group over the next two years.

Same.

But the announcement that got people’s attention was the debut of a tool called ‘Learn Korean With BTS’ which is aimed at fans of BTS who don’t already speak the language. There was a teaser shows which included segments of the show ‘Run BTS’ as well as speeches and live vlogs from the band being used as teaching material. 

Speaking at the conference, the founder of Big Hit Entertainment, Bang Si-Hyuk, said that: 

“We are preparing Korean language education content for our fans. There are many fans who can’t enjoy Big Hit content to the fullest due to the language barrier. Foreign media point out that there is ‘more demand for learning Korean thanks to K-pop,’ but there are only limited ways our fans could learn Korean with ease.”

Obviously the news was met with heaps of excitement, and although ‘Learn Korean With BTS’ isn’t available just yet, I’m sure we’ll know exactly when it is.

We’ll be able to tell by the collective high-pitched screeching of every ARMY member who needs BTS to teach them Korean, and the download speeds slowing right down as everyone tried to get their hands on it at once.

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