Monthly Archives: February 2017
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: never tweet. This is a lesson you would think the CEO of a company that makes software for managing social media would know intimately. You would be wrong.
Yes, I know the song Justin Timberlake did for Trolls is ubiquitous. That does not mean that the movie it came from has managed to penetrate my consciousness. I expect Trolls 2 to be the same.Read more… Continue reading
The age-old art of swapping one character’s model in for another for video game hijinks is always fun. But I really like to imagine that this is actually some secret Bruce Wayne training regimen where he prepares for the possibility of fighting literally anyone in the DC Universe by pretending that he can become them.
“What does one life matter?” is the question at the heart of Torment: Tides of Numenera. Initially shapeless, the question solidifies around heady concepts like legacy. Not so coincidentally, few games can boast a more lasting legacy than Numenera’s spiritual predecessor, Planescape Torment.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s net worth is $6.3 billion, but if you’re a turd, you’re a turd, and all that wonderful cash can’t buy you a better personality. There’s a video to prove it: Bloomberg obtained footage of Kalanick getting into a heated argument with an Uber driver.
In March, Buffy the Vampire Slayer turns 20 years old. And David Boreanaz wants nothing to do with either a reunion or a remake. So just leave him alone.Read more… Continue reading
Welcome to planet Earth, little wheat berry. I know, you didn’t ask to be brought into the world…no one did. But you should know that you started fucking the planet over just by being here.
The CW/DC universe has so far been unafraid to start dealing with alternate Earth versions of its characters —especially Flash, with its regular sojourns to Earth-2. But even though Supergirl is already set on an alternate Earth, it has no plans to reveal its own takes on Barry, Ollie, or anyone else any time soon.
Better double check that tap water—today, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at reworking Obama-era protections of clean water. The order asks for a revision of the 2015 Water of the US Act, a move likely to thrill Trump’s supporters in the fossil fuel industry and big agriculture, and confuse just about…
Part of world-building is language. If you’re creating an entirely new alien species, you’re generally also going to have to create an entirely new language for them. And what good is a language without a bit of profanity? Not much.
Static, the best-known character from black-owned comics company Milestone Media, made the jump from paper comics to a TV cartoon called Static Shock back in 2000. There’s only been one six-episode DVD released for Static Shock, and that’s been very tough to find for years. Warner Bros is at long last releasing the…
The fact that Amazon controls a vast swath of cloud computing services became dreadfully clear on Tuesday afternoon when a string of errors brought countless websites to their knees. This consolidation of power is, perhaps suddenly, a very big problem…. Continue reading
The leader of the Inhumans, Black Bolt, has just been cast. Actor Anson Mount will play the hero on Marvel’s upcoming TV show Inhumans, which premieres in IMAX this September before moving to ABC.
“Black Bolt is a character whose deep complexity must be conveyed without uttering a single word, and I’m very excited to…
Since it was made by the same director as the gloriously ambivalent Whiplash, isn’t it possible that La La Land was actually intended as a spoof? It could be taken to satirise a world in which anybody can presume to succeed at anything, whether song and dance routines (exemplified by TV virtual reality shows like The Voice or Strictly), or becoming US president, without any particular expertise. It seems to mock the pretensions of second-rate musicals, or the sentimentally stereotypical view of jazz. All this is achieved with astonishing virtuosity and good humour, which increases the ambiguity still further. So it richly deserves all the awards it has received – if possibly for the wrong reasons. It’s interesting how people have responded: post-truth and post-fact, are we now also living in the era of post-satire?
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A little after 1pm on Tuesday, countless websites and web services ground to a halt following a reported widespread outage of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Everything from Slack to Quora to your own beloved Gizmodo saw major disruptions. Before Down Detector itself went down, the site showed outages on the tier 1 network…
Real-life drama about the Boston marathon bombings starring Mark Wahlberg underwhelms as top six titles cling to their chart positions
Adding another £5.63m, The Lego Batman Movie continues to dominate the UK box office, and has now reached £23.08m after 19 days. Some schools were on half-term holiday last week, which boosted takings for Lego Batman as well as rival family films such as Sing, Moana and Ballerina. Sing is now at £26.55m (after adding £3.09m), and it remains to be seen whether Lego Batman will ever catch it.
A summer blockbuster like Marvel’s Doctor Strange relies on countless visual effects studios to help bring the film’s imaginative world to life. We’ve already seen how Industrial Light & Magic warped New York into a giant knot, but now we’re getting a peek at how Framestore created Doctor Strange’s spells, portals,…
Samsung has dominated the Android phone market for at least a half-decade, but the Galaxy Note 7 debacle last year lost the company goodwill with customers after its phones exploded in pants, hotel rooms, airplanes, and elsewhere.Read more… Continue reading
Many of George Lucas’s additions to the special edition Star Wars trilogy were heinous. But those keen to see such tweaks reversed should be careful what they wish for
William Wordsworth once described poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings”. And yet later in life, the doyen of English Romanticism took scissors to the fruit of his youthful impulses, rewriting a number of his most celebrated poems in the image of his older, more conservative self. Something similar happened to George Lucas with the special editions of the original Star Wars trilogy, except that the space saga’s pioneering creator did not so much rip the youthful vigour from Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as goofball them up, with added CGI Jabbas, utterly incongruous digital quadrupeds and that fracking lizard thing in the Sarlacc’s gaping maw – not to mention the eternally controversial decision to make Greedo shoot first.