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Saturday November 18, 2017 @ 02:35:24 PM mt

How Amazon could create a nightmare future for filmmaking



Earlier this week, Amazon Studios revealed it was planning a prequel series to Lord of the Rings, a timid choice that passed over fresh fantasy literature in favor of a well-established and ever-expanding franchise. My colleague Andrew Liptak put forward an excellent argument for bringing new, lesser-known work into the spotlight. But since the announcement, Ive realized that a company as powerful as Amazon could take that good advice to a level thats downright dystopian.

Amazon has built a stable of services touching just about every part of the entertainment industry, from film and game development to ebook publishing and video streaming. Its also built a retail empire on cheap piecemeal labor, free material generated by users, and...

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Saturday November 18, 2017 @ 11:59:15 AM mt

The first teaser for The Incredibles 2 shows off the dangers of a superpowered baby



Our first look at The Incredibles 2 is here. The sequel to Pixars 2004 superhero film The Incredibles will bring back the super-powered Parr family, and will pick up immediately after the closing of the first movie.

The trailer shows off one thing: babies with superpowers are dangerous. At the end of The Incredibles, Jack-Jack began to manifest powers after he was kidnapped by the super villain Syndrome. Babies are already destructive in their non-superpowered state, but in this teaser, we see just how dangerous they can be with them.

DIsney announced the sequel in 2015, originally scheduling it for 2019, but later bumped it to 2018 last year. The company showed off some footage from the film earlier this year at D23, and at the...

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Saturday November 18, 2017 @ 11:59:14 AM mt

Forget the Roadster and the Semi Teslas fate still hinges on the Model 3



There was a lot of pomp and circumstance at SpaceXs Hawthorne, California, headquarters for the big Tesla Semi truck unveiling. There was even a surprise cameo from the ghost of Teslas Christmas past: the second generation of the Roadster. But at no point did CEO Elon Musk mention the car on which the fate of his entire company still hinges: the Model 3.

Its not totally shocking. After all, the Model 3 had its own party earlier this year. But since then, Teslas first high-volume, mass-market vehicle has hit a number of snags.

When Musk launched the Model 3 in July, the company was anticipating a production rate of 20,000 cars a month by the end of December. In the last quarter, though, Tesla...

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Saturday November 18, 2017 @ 11:59:14 AM mt

Y Combinator has quietly cut ties with Peter Thiel



Startup accelerator Y Combinator has parted ways with Peter Thiel, where he served as a part-time adviser since 2015. The company did not specify why the two have cut ties; a short statement at the top of a Y Combinator blog post introducing and welcoming Thiel two years ago reads Peter Thiel is no longer affiliated with Y Combinator."

The news comes a little over a year after Y Combinator was criticized for keeping Thiel on as an adviser following the VCs public support of then-presidental candidate Donald Trump. At the time, Y Combinator president Sam Altman defended keeping Thiel onboard, tweeting that he was not going to fire someone for supporting a major party nominee, and that although they disagree politically, Diversity of...

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Saturday November 18, 2017 @ 11:59:14 AM mt

One of gamings musical maestros just released his first solo album



Hirokazu Tanaka has a history most game composers can only dream of. As a young sound designer working at Nintendo in the 1980s, he crafted the soundtracks to classics like Metroid, Earthbound, Dr. Mario, and Tetris. Later on, he would write songs for the original Pokmon anime. Now, a few decades later, hes releasing his first proper solo album, a collection called Django that fuses chiptunes with techno and reggae.

Tanaka who is releasing the album under his stage name Chip Tanaka describes the new collection as the culmination of my harder side, the kind of game music you hear in EarthBounds battle tracks. The 13 songs jump around from genre to genre. The opening track, Ringing Dub, starts out as a thumping electronic...

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Saturday November 18, 2017 @ 09:31:49 AM mt

People assigned to take cold showers didnt feel any healthier but they missed less work



Theres something impressive about taking cold showers. It summons up images of military discipline, and people claim that it makes you healthier. But how much of that is true?

In my quest to find out, I came across a 2016 paper published in PLoS One on how cold showers affected health and work. The researchers recruited about 3,000 participants who, like most of us, were not used to taking cold showers. These participants were assigned to four groups. Every day for 30 consecutive days, the first group had to end their normal, blessedly warm shower with a cold shower for 30 seconds. The second group had to do this for 60 seconds, the third for 90 seconds, and the fourth was the control group that did not suffer for science.

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Saturday November 18, 2017 @ 09:31:48 AM mt

New trailers: Deadpool 2 Rampage The Chi and more



I went to see Lady Bird last weekend with a small group of friends. I'd been really excited to see it: Greta Gerwig, who wrote and directed the film, has low-key established herself as one of the smartest actors and writers around, wonderfully balancing comedy and deeply revealing characters, and Lady Bird is her first directing effort.

The verdict from everyone I went to see it with is that Lady Bird is not just everything you could hope for from a Gerwig film, but it's also a straight up emotionally devastating experience. It's not a film that's actively trying to wreck you or tear you apart; there's no great tragedy in it. It's just a painfully honest and relatable movie. It relives once-serious high school dramas in such a pure way...

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Saturday November 18, 2017 @ 09:31:48 AM mt

Hari Kondabolus The Problem with Apu attempts to shut down The Simpsons racist caricature for good



Apu from The Simpsons is a walking cartoon stereotype, but for nearly three decades hes represented the South Asian community to Americans a yogi with a Ph.D whos also running the equivalent of a 7-Eleven. Stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu is fighting to unseat Apu from his central position in the American cultural psyche. Kondabolus debut film The Problem with Apu is a 49-minute weird hybrid of comedy, documentary, and animated boxing match. As current societal attitudes shift toward established power structures, Kondabolu and others are edging for a reassessment of once beloved characters that are actually dehumanizing caricatures.

In the same vein, shows like Fresh off the Boat and Insecure are making the lives of minorities more...

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Saturday November 18, 2017 @ 09:31:47 AM mt

Polaroid wants millions in royalty from Fujifilm for copying its trademarked white border film



Until this fall, Polaroid had not made instant cameras and film in about a decade and instead branched out to licensing its name to other electronic products like televisions, tablets, and even drones. But despite all that, Polaroid is still trying to keep its brand synonymous with the square instant film look. So much so that its demanding millions of dollars in royalty payments from Fujifilm, which found continued success with its Instax line after Polaroid exited the instant photography industry in 2008.

This week, Fujifilm filed a formal complaint to a US District Court in New York, claiming that PLR IP, the brand licensor for Polaroid instant cameras, sent the company multiple letters requesting Fujifilm either pay millions in...

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Saturday November 18, 2017 @ 09:31:47 AM mt

Black Friday 2017: All the best tech deals you can already shop



Were six days away from Black Friday (November 24th) and the biggest shopping holiday of the year has already begun at several online retailers. Below, weve rounded up our favorite tech deals from Amazon, B&H, eBay, and more.

Great sales will launch throughout the week, many starting on Thanksgiving, so make sure to check back here. We will be bringing you the best deals on laptops, TVs, headphones, and more. Happy shopping!

Home Entertainment: TVs, speakers, and more

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