As trailers go, this new whopper for Independence Day: Resurgence isn't really much for subtlety. At just about four and half minutes long, it basically gives away the entire narrative arc of the movie, plus a few major plot points, heroic grimaces from Liam Hemsworth, and just enough astonished Jeff Goldblum one-liners to keep things exciting.
But you know what? That's fine. This movie looks like a hell of a lot of fun, and as is the case with established alien-smash-em-up genre flicks, most of the thrill comes from shooty spaceship battles and inspiring Bill Pullman speeches anyway.
Independence Day: Resurgence, directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Golblum, Hemsworth, Pullman, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, and Vivica A. Fox, hits American theaters June 24.
Getting the Boot: Louis van Gaal is out as Manchester United manager after just two years of a three-year contract, the team announced Tuesday. Jose Mourinho, the former Chelsea manager, is set to take his place, according to reports. [BBC Sport]
Where's the Beef?: Chicken over cow. Apples instead of potatoes. Oil instead of margarine. Avocadoes instead of—well, avocados are just more popular. That's according to a new, nifty visualization of the changing U.S. diet over the past 40 years, as Americans increasingly reach for lean meats, dark greens, and lower-fat dairy products. [CityLab]
Suárez, Hamstrung: Striker Luis Suárez limped off the pitch in tears during Barcelona's Copa del Rey final after suffering a hamstring injury. The injury will likely leave him out of the opening rounds of the Copa América, but he'll join up with the Uruguayan national team ahead of the tournament anyway. [ESPN FC]
All-Star Footwear: Stance is the new "official on-field sock" of Major League Baseball for the remainder of the 2016 season. They're staying classy right now, but the creative sock shop is lining up some even crazier models for next year.
Life Goals: Dragon sandwich!
Love this beauty @emilia_clarke. Have a classic DJ story of how we met. I was.. well.. being me and she was lovely and gracious.'til we meet again ・・・ So @kevinhart4real @therock The press junket war ended in a peace treaty. The last time I was this up close to a man with arms the size of my waist was one Khal Drogo, hmm... I smell a new superhero movie . #LIVEBOLDY continues #stuckinthemiddlewithawholeloadalaughs #didiloosesaminthetreaty?!!
You're on Notice, Tony the Tiger: You know how science always seems to confirm that breakfast is "the most important meal of the day?" A big New York Times analysis of scientific studies suggests that's not entirely true, mostly because either the scientific studies are either inconclusive (they confuse correlation with causation) or funded by the food industry (thereby setting up a major conflict of interest). That having been said, getting plenty of protein to start your day is a good way to fuel your muscle development and help your recovery, simply because hardworking lifters need plenty of protein. [The Upshot]
The Man Who Sold the Wave: Kelly Slater has already wowed surfers everywhere with the self-proclaimed "longest rideable open-barrel man-made wave in the world." Now, he's trying to sell it to the world, via the World Surfing League, which envisions "a global network of WSL-branded high-performance training centers" that could bring the sport to landlocked places and a wider audience. [Bloomberg]
The Cream Rises to the Top: The team at FloElite has created an overall leaderboard to track the best athletes from CrossFit Regionals who have qualified for the 2016 Games. Ben Smith and Kara Webb sit (erm, squat?) atop the Regionals rankings at the moment, but there are still three regional competitions to go: Meridian (watch for the Icelandic competitors), East (home to 2015 runner-up Matt Fraser), and Central. [FloElite]