Monthly Archives: December 2016

Man Files Lawsuit Against Tesla Claiming His Model X Spontaneously Accelerated Into His Living Room

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Model X owner Ji Chang Son filed a lawsuit against Tesla on Friday, claiming his vehicle suddenly accelerated as he was parking it in his garage. Filed in the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, the suit “alleges product liability, negligence and breaches of warranty, and seeks unspecified damages,” according to Reuters.

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Daniel Radcliffe Was Picked for Harry Potter Role Because He Had ‘The Balls’

Casting Harry Potter wasn’t as easy as finding a cute kid who could stare wide-eyed as he was told he’s a wizard. It turns out, he also needed to have the rocks to get down and dirty in a multi-year franchise…even if the actor’s balls hadn’t dropped yet.

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How the Nintendo Zapper Light Gun Actually Works

It’s an age-old question: what exactly was going on when you laid waste to cartoon ducks with the Nintendo Zapper? The 8-Bit Guy is here to exhaustively explain exactly how this beautiful little accessory worked its magic.

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Amazing Plan to Save Rare Pig Breed From Extinction: Eat Them

Image: GettyA Maine farm owner believes that the only way to ensure a rare breed of pig survives is to get people interested in eating them.Read more… Continue reading

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Benedict Cumberbatch Is Related to Sherlock Holmes Creator

In a weird moment of synergy, it turns out that Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch is distantly related to the guy who first brought the character to life over 100 years ago. That’s…kind of awesome.

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San Francisco Restaurant: What If iPad Was Plate?

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A San Francisco restaurant with three Michelin stars has discovered an incredible new iPad hack—it can also be a plate.

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NASA’s Favorite Photos of 2016 Will Remind You There’s Still Good in This World

The new year is likely to be a tough one for NASA. There’s a decidedly anti-science administration coming into power. Trump has already vowed to cut the Earth science division in order to kill climate change research and it’s unclear if he even knows that we’ve been to the moon. For now, we can look back at some of the most beautiful photos of 2016 from the United States’ greatest government agency.

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Hot Toys Teases New Guardians 2 Figures…and I Already Lost Baby Groot

Hot Toys has unveiled the first look at its collection for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and I already have a ton of questions. Mainly…how long before I misplace Groot?Read more… Continue reading

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Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Will Be Buried Together

Carrie Fisher will be buried with her mother, Debbie Reynolds, according to a report from the Associated Press. Reynolds—who starred in Singin’ in the Rain and is mother of the late Star Wars legend—died the day after her daughter did.

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2016 Is Almost Over, So Here’s Some Marvel Guys With No Shirts On

It’s the last day of a stupid shitty year, so let’s watch a bunch of superheroes take their shirts off.

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Doctor Who Superhero Special Is a Smash in the US, But Might Bomb in Britain

The latest Doctor Who Christmas special doesn’t look to have wowed audiences in the UK, but it turns out Americans love combining their Doctors with superheroes. It’s the most-watched episode in BBC America history.

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What’s up doc: Nick Fraser’s taking on the big boys

Can fledgling documentary platform Yaddo take on the streaming site giants?

The problem facing any new streaming service is one of scale. Without a sizeable user base, a new platform can’t afford to build a decent catalogue, and without a decent catalogue it can’t attract new users. Somewhere between this rock and a hard place currently sits Yaddo, a new documentary-only streaming site launched by former BBC Storyville editor Nick Fraser.

Documentaries have exploded in popularity in recent years, thanks in large part to the commitment platforms such as Netflix and Amazon have shown to non-fiction film-making. If it’s hard to imagine Fraser’s site competing with those megaliths, Yaddo can at least hope to capitalise on their good work, and become a one-stop-shop for a burgeoning horde of documentary enthusiasts (its daft but memorable name is presumably a bid for Yahoo-style ubiquity).

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Assassin’s Creed director Justin Kurzel: ‘We went old school with it’

Will Michael Fassbender’s time-travelling action movie break the ‘curse of the video game’? Its director explains why it’s deeper than Macbeth

Related: Assassin’s Creed: five things we learned from the first trailer

The Curse of the Video Game Adaptation. It would make a good game itself: a questing role-player in which you control an idealistic film-maker trying to turn a popular shoot-’em-up into a movie. Challenges include purgatorial board meetings, battles for creative control, the coaxing of above-it-all actors, salvaging your terrible-looking special effects. And when you’ve amassed enough budget points, you face the fearsome final-level adversary: the two-headed Beast of Audience. If “pedantic gamer” doesn’t get you, “confused civilian who thinks it’s nonsense” will.

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Good News! Humans No Longer Caused Climate Change, According to the State of Wisconsin

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In late December, Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources removed language which asserted that humans are responsible for climate change from its website. The government site now reads, “As it has done throughout the centuries, the earth is going through a change. The reasons for this change at this particular time in the earth’s long history are being debated.”

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I’m Totally Getting Hypnotized By This Turning Machine

Instead of watching the ball drop this New Year’s Eve, might I suggest an alternative plan that’ll probably be much more fun (if you’re in the right mind space): watch this turning machine shape a metal rod into a funky wave. Just watch it for the rest of 2016. Maybe watch it for all of 2017 too.

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Matthew McConaughey Chose The Dark Tower Over Guardians of the Galaxy, But Who Was He Going To Play?

Actors on the level of Matthew McConaughey often turn down the biggest roles imaginable for any number of reasons. What we rarely hear, though, is their reasoning, and in a new interview, McConaughey explains why he turned down a role in Guardians of t… Continue reading

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Blast Directly Into a Mars Battle in This Clip From The Expanse Season Two

It’s not even January 1 yet but we’re already counting down to February 1, when Syfy’s The Expanse returns with a double episode to kick off its second season. So far, we’ve gotten a few trailers and a behind-the-scenes peek with megafan Adam Savage—but this clip of a heated clash on Mars is our best glimpse yet.

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The Intriguing Backstory of Darth Vader’s Castle in Rogue One

The idea that Darth Vader had a home somewhere in a galaxy far, far away isn’t a new one. Star Wars concept designer Ralph McQuarrie came up with the idea decades ago, but no filmmaker has been able to fit the idea into the franchise yet. Until Rogue One.

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How Scientists Are Trying to Keep Genetic Engineering From Ruining the World

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This week, researchers at UCSF announced they’d uncovered a key to making their genetically-engineered creations a lot less likely to accidentally destroy the world: a way to turn-off modifications made with the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR. Think of it like a kill-switch for genetic engineering.

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Lee Daniels on ‘whiny’ #OscarsSoWhite controversy: ‘Stop complaining’

Precious film-maker, the second black director to have ever been nominated for an Oscar, criticised those who felt offended by past two years of all-white nominees

Oscar-nominated film-maker Lee Daniels has criticised the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, saying that people need to “stop complaining”.

Daniels, whose film Precious made him only the second black director to have ever been nominated for an Oscar, has spoken about his frustration with those who claim the past two years of all-white nominees is a clear sign of industry racism.

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