by on March 5, 2018
Some representatives of the nation’s most influential social movements took the stage during Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony, in what was arguably the largest moment of visibility for their causes. Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, indigenous rights and immigrant rights were among the movements represented, during rapper Common and pop singer Andra Day’s performance of their Oscar-nominated song, “Stand Up for Something.” At a highpoint of the performance, Patrisse Khan-Cullors of BL...
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by on April 16, 2018
DAMN. may not have won Album of the Year at the Grammys, but it’s taking home a Pulitzer instead. Kendrick Lamar just won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for music for his album DAMN. and made history in the process. Announcing the prize, the Pulitzer board called DAMN. “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.” The Pulitzer for music, which was first awa...
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by on April 16, 2018
Coachella turns into Beychella. Beyoncé proved why she is the world’s greatest entertainer on Saturday (April 14) with a history-making performance on Day 2 of Coachella. After postponing last year’s performance due to her pregnancy, Queen Bey slayed with a spectacular 105-minute set, complete with a marching band, outfit changes, and fireworks. Backed by an army of 100 dancers and band members, she kicked off the homecoming-themed performance with a pep rally. After entering in a regal B...
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by on April 28, 2018
With two new songs, Kanye West shows his affinity for President Trump and the art of the troll. Sometimes, good music is not enough. Not even for Kanye West, the musical genius and G.O.O.D. Music mogul who stooped, and fell, to cretinous levels in the eyes of many fans this week. What a week it's been, too. America's Dad was convicted in a court of law, and we learned just how nasty Nas and Kelis' former marriage may have been after she alleged being physically and mentally abused by h...
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by on June 12, 2018
AT&T and Time Warner are not competitors; their proposed merger would be a so-called "vertical integration" of complementary companies. A federal judge on Tuesday gave his blessing to telecom giant AT&T's drive to take over the Time Warner media conglomerate. Judge Richard Leon rejected arguments by Justice Department lawyers that the combined company would be too large and too powerful, and that the $85 billion deal would harm competition and hurt consumers. Time Warner owns CNN, HBO,...
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by on December 9, 2017
With a teaser for the movie released yesterday, we now have the full trailer for Alita: Battle Angel and it looks like it could be actually decent. Now, it is worth understanding the history behind James Cameron’s involvement with this project. In that, this is something that he has been working on in the background since the 1995 Ghost in the Shell anime film came out. This is definitely a passion project for him and much of what held the film back was the limitations of special effec...
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by on January 13, 2018
The other history of DC Comics Some of the most interesting glimpses into superhero universes have taken place from less conventional perspectives, from the gumshoe detectives of Gotham Central to the blue-collar construction workers of Damage Control. This winter, 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley will reexamine some of the most iconic moments of the DC Comics universe through the personal stories of John Stewart, Extraño, Vixen, Supergirl, Katana and Renee Montoya — all heroes f...
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by on January 12, 2018
Streaming services and film studios try to stop free access to shows and movies. Netflix, Amazon, and the major film studios have sued the makers of "The Dragon Box," a device that connects to TVs and lets users watch video without a cable TV or streaming service subscription. Joining Netflix and Amazon as plaintiffs in the suit are Columbia Pictures, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros. The suit asks for financial damages and an injunction pre...
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by on January 12, 2018
Stephen King isn’t mincing words when it comes to Trump and his notorious “shithole” countries comment. The famed horror writer took to Twitter to condemn not only the President, but his army of brainless followers, too. During an Oval Office meeting in which lawmakers discussed restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa, Trump lashed out at the prospect of enacting legislation for those who come from “shithole countries.” “Why are we having all the...
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by on February 3, 2018
Social media giant Facebook has taken action against a group who aimed to sabotage the Rotten Tomatoes audience score for “Black Panther.” Facebook has removed the Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys page, which was led by a professed member of the alt-right. The group created a Facebook event called “Give Black Panther a Rotten Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes” with the intention of falsely deflating the movie score on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoe...
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by on February 28, 2018
Inspired by Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, the new science fiction thriller Annihilation weaves actual scientific concepts into the plot, then turns the dial up to holy shit. Its interpretation of real-life genetic research makes for a fascinating thought experiment, even if the outcome isn’t exactly up to code. While Hox genes are an alluring concept for a science fiction movie, Annihilation director Alex Garland takes many liberties with how they actually work. Hox genes ...
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