Monthly Archives: April 2017

The Violence Is Increasing Exponentially in This New Fear the Walking Dead Preview

For Walking Dead fans frustrated at the wait until that show returns, Fear the Walking Dead is a nice buffer. It gives us a chance to continue our thirst for zombie survival with a new set of characters as the other set of characters regroups.Read more… Continue reading

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New York Times Columnist Has a Few Thoughts About People Who Believe in Climate Change 

It’s time to talk about climate change. Because Bret Stephens wants to. Stephens, as you may know, is the recently hired New York Times columnist known for holding ugly, entirely unremarkable ideas (Black Lives Matter is “thuggish,” there’s no data to support a campus rape epidemic) that will supposedly “diversify”…

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Guy Delisle’s Hostage Tells a Grim, True Tale of Captivity in a Haunting, Minimalist Style

In 1997 Christophe André was kidnapped while serving with Doctors Without Borders in a town near Chechnya. Guy Delisle’s Hostage recounts the three months that André spent in captivity and proves the idea that all you really need to make a fantastic comic is a captivating story and a sense of style.

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Elon Musk Wants to Turn the LA Underground Into a Giant Slot Car Race

Who’s the craziest ultra-rich, would-be supervillain in the whole wide world? It’s Elon. Elon Musk.

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Should You Bring a Llama to Your Wedding?

Weddings have seen some interesting trends over the last few years, ranging from bridal diapers to Taco Bell matrimonies. With the rise of FOMO-inducing platforms like Instagram, it’s simply not good enough to be in love with someone—your love has to be the best, and everyone else’s utter bullshit.

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American Gods Is Spoiler-Proof Television

Studios spend a fair amount of time trying to stop spoilers. Whether it’s actors refusing to talk about anything in interviews for fear of accidentally revealing a secret or the president of Marvel Studios refusing to tell people the title of a film because it itself is a spoiler, secrecy is everywhere. Except for

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‘It made my children cry’: when real-life figures hate their biopics

Madonna has expressed her unhappiness over unauthorised biopic Blond Ambition, but she’s not the first famous person to get annoyed

Madonna is disgruntled. Blond Ambition, the biopic of her early days, is arguably one of the most anticipated movies of recent years. Its script was so acclaimed that it topped last year’s Black List. It’s being made by Michael De Luca, who produced The Social Network. It has the potential to do the business both critically and commercially. But Madonna hates it.

Related: Madonna responds to Blond Ambition biopic news: ‘Only I can tell my story’

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Good Video Game Sex Scenes Are Hard To Make

There are a lot of terrible sex scenes in mainstream games. There are also a handful of good ones, as seen in games like The Witcher 3. But even in that game’s case, creating believable sex scenes wasn’t easy. Video game technology is great if you want characters to make war; not so much if you want them to make love.

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Sorry, Emma Watson, But Beauty and the Beast 2 Should Be About Belle Getting Guillotined in the French Revolution

The live-action Beauty and the Beast movie has made over $1-billion, meaning a sequel is probably a near-guarantee. Disney probably won’t use their direct-to-video animated movie sequels (e.g. Enchanted Christmas or Magical World) as templates. Luckily, Emma Watson has a sequel idea of her own— unfortunately, it…

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An Incredibly Shiny Optimus Prime, and the Rest of This Week’s Coolest Toys

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9’s roundup of the sweet toys and merchandise we’ve seen this week. We’ve got a magical Doctor Strange figure, a rather large Homecoming Spider-Man, and a miserable way to treat your favorite astromech unit. Also: Legend of Zelda Clue. No, really!

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All the Major Changes The Handmaid’s Tale Has Made From the Book 

The first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale are now available on Hulu; we’ve already given our thoughts on the series, which remains mostly faithful to Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel of the same name, but there are some changes, some big, some small, that separate the two—and we’ve broken them down for you…

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Baahubali 2: The Conclusion review – joyous action epic soars

The second part of India’s most expensive film ever is a jaw-dropping blockbuster that combines nimble action with genuine heart

2015’s Baahubali: The Beginning, the impressive first chunk of India’s most expensive film yet, built towards a literal cliffhanger, with a strongman knifed in the back by a trusted associate on the mountain it had taken just shy of three hours to climb. Not untypical of a film hungrily synthesising centuries’ worth of sacred and secular myths, that shock was always going to be tricky to top – so it’s a relief to report that The Conclusion opens with a no less jawdropping set-to between the
hero’s mother and a stampeding elephant. Here, once again, is thunderous spectacle unlikely to be surpassed in several summers, and clinching proof of writer-director SS Rajamouli’s position among world cinema’s boldest imagemakers.

Related: Baahubali: The Beginning review – fantastic bang for your buck in most expensive Indian movie ever made

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China Is Racing Ahead of the US in the Quest to Cure Cancer With CRISPR

On Friday, a team of Chinese scientists used the cutting-edge gene-editing technique CRISPR-Cas9 on humans for the second time in history, injecting a cancer patient with modified human genes in hopes of vanquishing the disease.Read more… Continue reading

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9 Hideous Creatures That Deserve Your Unconditional Love

We can’t all be puppies—or even capybaras, for that matter. There’s a whole world of critters whose inner beauty goes unnoticed. Perfectly snuggly critters like naked mole rats have been mocked and called things like “the stuff of nightmares” or “the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen.”

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Star Trek: Discovery Switches an Actor’s Role Mid-Production

At this point, I would like to see a show based on the making of Star Trek: Discovery more than the actual Star Trek: Discovery. What is happening over there?Read more… Continue reading

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A Tech Bro Charged Dopes Thousands for an Island Getaway That Turned Into The Hunger Games

The distance between expectation and reality makes fools of us all, but it made the well-heeled attendees of an exclusive music festival in the Bahamas look particularly moronic late Thursday night. For tickets that started at $1,200 and went as high as $250,000, the young and rich signed up for passage to the doomed…

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Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles TV Show Just Took a Big Step Forward

Anne Rice is famous the world over as the author of Interview With the Vampire and the other novels in her best-selling Vampire Chronicles series, the gothic, romantic vampire universe she’s been building out since the 1970s. Now, Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have optioned all 11 of them(!) to use as the basis…

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What General Motors Did To Flint

Before its faucets ran brown, before its residents were poisoned by lead, before it was Murdertown USA, Flint, Michigan was Vehicle City.Read more… Continue reading

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Gwyneth Paltrow launches Goop as glossy Condé Nast magazine

Actor turned wellness guru who introduced world to vaginal steaming is to bring Goop brand to volatile magazine market

Gwyneth Paltrow, having conquered the worlds of acting, macrobiotic cookery and high-end fashion, is to launch a quarterly magazine published by Condé Nast. The magazine, named Goop after Paltrow’s lifestyle brand, will be available on newsstands from September.

The magazine will focus on wellness – a trillion-dollar industry of which Paltrow has long been at the vanguard.

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Genius Vacuum-Hating Dog Figured Out How to Turn Off Its Owner’s Roomba

Dogs are some of the most loving and affectionate pets you can own, but they do have one sworn enemy: vacuum cleaners. They’ll incessantly bark, or run and hide while you’re cleaning your floors. But one dog adapted to its owner’s Roomba wandering all over the house like it owns the place—it’s apparently learned how…

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