Monthly Archives: February 2016
‘You’re damn right Hollywood’s racist,’ said Chris Rock as he opened the Oscars. He went on to describe an exclusive club of very nice people who just don’t hire many African Americans … So will things change now? Today’s hosts – Monica Tan and Miles Martignoni – are joined by Lanre Bakare from the Guardian’s New York office. Plus: special mentions for all the people of colour you may have missed in those Oscar-winning movies …
Michael Safi’s away but the rest of the Token crew are here to talk Hollywood’s special brand of racism
The final Divergent movie will be directed by Lee Toland Krieger (Age of Adaline). Krieger replaces Robert Schwentke, who directed—yawn—sorry, it’s just Divergent is so boring. Anyway, Schwentke directed the last two… ZZZZZZZZZZZZ [The Hollywood Reporter]
A team of scientists has discovered a fossil with what may be the the oldest and most well-preserved example of a central nervous system ever found. Uncovered in southern China, the specimen goes by the name of Chengjiangocaris kunmingensis and clocks … Continue reading
Mimiviruses are viruses so big they can actually be seen with the naked eye. European scientists have now learned that these bizarre organisms have their own immune system that makes them virtually invulnerable to predatory viruses, suggesting these cr… Continue reading
On the eve of a Congressional hearing about the Department of Justice’s fight with Apple over a locked iPhone, a Brooklyn judge has ruled that the DOJ cannot force Apple to assist in unlocking an iPhone in a separate New York drug case.
On the list of Airbnb horror stories, which is a growing genre of nightmare non-fiction, “finding dead body in the backyard” has got to be high on the list. A group of friends who rented an Airbnb in Palaiseau, France, discovered exactly that on their rented property near some woods, according to AFP. Police suspect foul play.
Sure, we’ve had multiple teases for Game of Thrones’ sixth season, but none of them have given us actual, honest to god footage from the season. However, this new featurette focusing on the camera work that goes into a huge production like Game of Thrones does give us an actual look at the next season… from a certain point of view.
Nightmare children of the future, courtesy of McDonald’s Happy Goggles, a Happy Meal box that transforms into a cardboard VR headset for your phone. Currently being tested in Sweden, where everything folds into something else.
CBS has finally selected the lead of its Nancy Drew reboot, titled Drew: Sarah Shahi. She has an extensive TV resume that includes roles on Person of Interest, Chicago Fire, and Fairly Legal, and joins a cast that includes longtime ER star Anthony Edwards as Nancy Drew’s dad.
The amateur aeronautical engineers from YouTube’s Flight Test are known for their massive flying experiments that are often surprisingly successful. But it’s this tiny creation, an RC version of the flying house from Pixar’s Up that’s held aloft by actual helium balloons, that we’d most like to see available as a kit.
Like its predecessor the Bugatti Veyron, the new Bugatti Chiron is a true engineering marvel. It’s a 1,478 horsepower monster capable of doing 261 mph a despite considerable bulk of 4,400 pounds. Here’s some of the goodness that makes the Chiron one of the most technologically impressive cars the world has ever seen.
Fact : The X-Wing books were the best Star Wars books. Double fact : The Rogue Squadron comics from Dark Horse were awesome. Unassailable triple fact: Poe Dameron is the best. Bearing all this in mind, we’re just a touch excited about Marvel’s upcoming Poe Dameron comic, which seems to be a spiritual successor to the Rogue Squadron tales.
Sunday was supposed to be all about the Oscars on Jimmy Kimmel Live but, really, it was all about Batman v Superman. The host had Ben Affleck on to talk about the movie, premiered a new clip , and showed this special “deleted scene” from the film.
Human beings will put too much trust in robots even when those machines are broken or make obvious mistakes. All we need to do is slap the words “emergency” on the robot’s side to make people surrender their logic.
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Gotham begins as Agent Carter ends! The Muppets and Shannara Chronicles close out their seasons with uncertain fates, but Frank Oz returns to voice a CG Yoda on Rebels! It’s a stark time for puppets, but hey, Last Man On Earth is back! And Madchen “Dream Lover” Amick makes a villainous turn on Second Chance! It’s all on This Week’s TV!
Back when Alphabet was known as Google, the company bought Boston Dynamics , makers of the amazingly advanced robot named Atlas. At the time, Google promised that Boston Dynamics would stop taking military contracts, as it often did. But here’s the open secret about Atlas: She can enlist in the US military anytime she wants.
Well, it finally happened. One of Google’s autonomous vehicles might have caused a minor fender-bender. (Luckily, it appears nobody was hurt.) And guess what—it’s probably going to happen again. And that’s fine.
Star Wars is over for now. The Expanse is off the air, and we have months to wait until Star Trek comes back to the big screen. So where are we going to get our recommended dosage of crazy-ass space action? The Far Stars trilogy by Jay Allan is a fun, … Continue reading