Entertainment

August 22, 2019

An MCU breakup may very well be a terrific step ahead for Spider-Man

Warning: This essay contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home.Interviews with the filmmakers behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe almost always get around to what seems to be the studio’s core creative ethos: paint yourself into a corner, then find a creative way to get out of it. That mission statement inspired the snap in Avengers: Infinity War and the big secret-identity reveal that ends Spider-Man: Far From Home. And while creative inspiration probably wasn’t at the top of anyone’s mind during the business impasse that reportedly dissolved the partnership between Sony (which owns the current film rights to Spider-Man and his rogues’ gallery) and the Disney-owned Marvel Studios, that unexpected split could inadvertently inspire Sony to adopt exactly the sort of creative problem-solving that has fueled some of the MCU’s greatest moments.
August 22, 2019

Robert Kraft talked about connecting ‘good good friend’ Jay-Z and the NFL

The NFL recently announced that Jay-Z’s entertainment and sports company, Roc Nation, is partnering with the league on multiple fronts. The deal has sparked a range of reactions.
August 21, 2019

Jay-Z has ‘moved previous kneeling.’ Some NFL gamers have an issue with that.

In discussing last week his company’s partnership with the NFL, Jay-Z was asked about Colin Kaepernick and said, among other things, “I think we’ve moved past kneeling. I think it’s time for action.”
August 21, 2019

‘Man vs. Wild’ with India’s Narendra Modi Beats Super Bowl to Become World’s Most Trending Televised Event

An episode of Man vs. Wild, hosted by Bear Grylls featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has beaten the Super Bowl record for the most number of social media impressions. The episode aired over a week ago, and garnered 3.6 billion impressions online, reportedly making it the world's most trending episode.
August 20, 2019

Eric Prydz’s 5-ton Holosphere reveals the bold way forward for live performance tech

Swedish DJ and producer Eric Prydz and his team are behind some of dance music’s most extravagant and tech-forward events. His latest effort is his most ambitious — and potentially his shortest run ever. It’s called EPIC 6.0: Holosphere, and after years of development the multi-story, transparent LED sphere only saw one performance at Belgium’s Tomorrowland festival. “What a lot of people don’t realize,” Prydz tells me, “is that even though they buy a ticket and they come to see the show and it’s two hours, for us, it’s been two years.”
August 20, 2019

Robert De Niro’s Company Files $6 Million Lawsuit Against Former Employee Who Binge-watched 55 Episodes of ‘Friends’ in Four Days

Robert De Niro's film production company has filed a $6 million lawsuit against a former employee for "breaching her fiduciary duties" after being accused of embezzling money and binge-watching Netflix at work, including reportedly watching 55 episodes of Friends in just four days.
August 20, 2019

Porsche’s Taycan would be the first automotive with a built-in Apple Music app

Not only will the Porsche Taycan be the first all-electric car from the German manufacturer, it will be the first car to feature a built-in Apple Music app. That means you’ll be able to access the music streaming service’s library of songs, curated playlists, and Beats 1 radio station, without the need to connect a smartphone. Porsche says it plans to offer three years of complimentary in-car data to customers, and will also provide up to six months of Apple Music free to new and existing Porsche owners.
August 20, 2019

Apple TV Plus will reportedly value $9.99 per 30 days and launch in November

Apple’s forthcoming streaming video service is scheduled to launch in November and come priced at $9.99 a month, according to a new report this evening from Bloomberg.
August 20, 2019

Sony acquires Spider-Man and Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games

Sony has announced that it’ll be acquiring Insomniac Games, the game development studio behind the Ratchet & Clank series and, most recently, Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PS4.
August 20, 2019

Westworld Awakening is a VR sport that places you within the footwear of a newly self-aware android

Westworld Awakening, a new video game developed by HBO and Sprint Vector studio Survios, was the first time in a long time I’ve felt actual fear while in virtual reality. I was embodying Kate, a recently self-aware android in the universe of the hit HBO show about artificial intelligence, and I was instructed by my human companion over voice com to start sprinting. If I didn’t, a murderous, deluded android — unaware that he was no longer tasked with playing his scripted part — would cut me down with a Bowie knife. So I started swinging my arms furiously.