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    elon musk grimes met gala 2018

    • Tesla CEO Elon Musk and indie pop star Grimes no longer follow each other on Instagram.
    • Musk unfollowed Grimes on Twitter early Sunday.
    • It's unclear whether the pair remains a couple.
    • The unfollowing comes after a difficult week in the spotlight for Musk, which sent Telsa stock down nearly 20% in 10 days.

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk and indie musician Grimes appear to have stopped following each other on social media after a difficult week in the spotlight that sent Telsa stock tumbling down nearly 20%.

    Neither follows the other on Instagram despite publicly interacting on the social media site in June, and Musk unfollowed Grimes on Twitter early Sunday. As of Sunday afternoon, Grimes still follows Musk on Twitter.

    It's unclear whether the pair remains a couple. A spokesman for Musk declined to comment, and a representative for Grimes did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    The couple, who reportedly met on Twitter, flirted on the platform, and first made their relationship public at the Met Gala in May, have been a central figure of tech gossip in recent weeks as Musk's increasingly erratic behavior has caused confusion to Tesla investors and board members alike.

    Musk tweeted on August 7 that he secured funding to take Tesla private at $420 a share, a move that sent Tesla stock skyrocketing. But he later suggested that funding for such a takeover was not officially secured.

    Grimes, who has publicly defended certain Tesla business practices to her fanbase, was brought deeper into the company takeover story on August 13, after rapper Azealia Banks claimed she spent the weekend at Musk's house, and watched him "scrounging for investors."

    Banks said she was at Musk's house in Los Angeles to collaborate on music with Grimes but "waited around all weekend while Grimes coddled her boyfriend," according to a post on Instagram.

    SEE ALSO: Every bizarre thing that has happened since Elon Musk sent his 'funding secured' tweet about taking Tesla private

    DON'T MISS: Meet Grimes, the Canadian pop star who streams video games and is dating Elon Musk

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    stranger things

    • Netflix is testing ads for its original content in between TV episodes, the company confirmed to tech-website ARS Technica.
    • Netflix referred to the ads as "recommendations" it is testing.
    • But Netflix users are not pleased, and took to social media this weekend to criticize the move.

    Netflix isn't calling the new ads for its original content "commercial breaks", but that hasn't stopped subscribers from voicing their displeasure.

    The company confirmed to tech-website ARS Technica on Friday that it is testing promos for its original shows and movies in between TV episodes while users are binging.

    "We are testing whether surfacing recommendations between episodes helps members discover stories they will enjoy faster," Netflix said.

    According to ARS Technica, Netflix confirmed that the promos are skippable, which counters at least one significant Reddit claim from the UK that they are not.

    The statement continued: "A couple of years ago, we introduced video previews to the TV experience, because we saw that it significantly cut the time members spend browsing and helped them find something they would enjoy watching even faster."

    Netflix did not immediately return a request for further comment.

    Those auto-playing video previews weren't met with fanfare, though, and the prospect of Netflix ads doesn't seem to be either, even if they are skippable and for original Netflix content. Netflix users do have the ability to opt out of tests.

    The scope of the testing and how long it will last remains unknown, but many users have taken to social media to criticize the move.

    One Reddit user said they will unsubscribe if Netflix starts to "jam ads down my throat for what little time each day I have to watch a movie or TV series." Another on the same thread said, "I too will not tolerate paying to see ads. No way."

    And more people took to Twitter with their reservations this weekend:

    Netflix reported disappointing second-quarter results, and the stock plunged to its lowest level in more than 3 months on Wednesday.

    SEE ALSO: HBO gave an official series order to its first superhero TV show, 'Watchmen,' which has an all-star cast

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    MCU Timeline 4x3

    It all started with 2008's "Iron Man," but the Marvel Cinematic Universe actually stretches back millions of years.

    The history includes far more than what we see on the screen. Thankfully, there's plenty of context within the 20 movies so far to give us a sense of just how far back it goes and when important events not seen in the movies take place.

    We've put together a timeline that details the entirety of the MCU, based on the movies (we excluded events from television shows, like the Marvel Netflix series). The timeline can be confusing and isn't entirely concrete. We've included year ranges with each slide below to give a decent understanding of when events took place. Specific years that we know for sure are noted, as well.

    From the birth of the Infinity Stones to the Thanos snap, the MCU has built an impressive timeline of events. We hope this timeline, which puts all major events (including ones you forgot about) together will help you better understand some characters' backstories and how specific events have shaped the universe so far.

    Check out our in-depth MCU timeline below:

    The icons in this key represent the movie that each event on the timeline occurs during or is mentioned in. The Infinity Stones are color coded to match the color they are in the movies.

     

     

     



    Big Bang – 1939: Poignant events in the MCU, such as the birth of the Infinity Stones and vibranium landing on Earth, occur long before any of the movies in the MCU actually take place. But they have a lasting impact on overarching stories and events that take place in individual films.



    1940 – 1950: Steve Rogers becomes Captain America, an event that jumpstarts the formation of the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.) and, eventually, the Avengers.



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    Spotify app

    A few months back, I made a major life change: I've been using Apple Music for about two years, but decided to make the switch to Spotify's premium service. 

    It wasn't because I found an issue with Apple Music, but because I bought a few Google Home Mini devices for my new apartment. Apple Music doesn't work on any Google Home, or the Amazon Echo, for that matter — you need an Apple HomePod if you want an Apple Music-compatible smart speaker.

    Google's smart speakers do allow you to play music from Apple Music, just as you would with a Bluetooth speaker — by pairing your phone and controlling everything on there. 

    But if I was going to spend the money on Google Home Minis — which cost $50 apiece or $78 if you buy two, which I did — I wanted to get my money's worth. Plus, I've been using a Google Home Max at my house for the last six months. Altogether, I currently have a nice little Google Home ecosystem, and I wanted to get the most out of it. 

    I naively thought that making the switch would be an easy one. Both apps offer access to a massive music library, provide personalized, curated playlists, and allow you to do things like listen to podcasts and radio. While Apple Music has gotten a few artist exclusives in the past, both apps currently offer most of the music I want to listen to. 

    Now, two months into using Spotify, I'm longing for my old life as an Apple Music user. 

    My issues with Spotify center around my personal preferences, and they're extremely specific to the way I use the app. Still, I can't help feeling like Spotify just isn't the app for me. 

    Here are five reasons why:

    SEE ALSO: We compared Google News and Apple's built-in News app for the iPhone to see which one is better — and there's a clear winner

    First and foremost, I'm not really a "dark mode" kind of gal.

    Whenever possible, I like to leave my apps set to light mode — somehow, my brain seems to comprehend a white background better than a black one. Whenever I look at content on a black background, it's confusing for me and I have trouble knowing what to look at first.

    But Spotify is only available with a black background, and that has been the No. 1 issue for me. Of course, the reverse could be true for people who prefer a dark mode, since Apple Music is only available with a white background. 



    In general, I find that the interface is busier and more difficult to navigate than Apple Music.

    Maybe it's Apple Music's big, bubbly headings and extra-large font, but I find the app more appealing and easier to use than Spotify. 

    Don't get me wrong, Spotify is a beautiful app, particularly when it comes to the playlist covers. But it also feels cluttered and over-designed to my eye — the font is too small, and there are too many icons for my taste. 

    When I was an Apple Music user, I felt as though I most often just scrolled up and down, or Force Touched on a song or album to pull up a menu of options. On Spotify, there are so many carousels and menus that I feel like I'm constantly swiping vertically, then horizontally, then vertically again every time I navigate the app. 

    Of course, this is all about personal preference, and I've realized that I prefer a cleaner, more minimalist app.



    My downloaded music isn't all stored in one place on Spotify.

    I don't have an unlimited data plan, and I spend a good portion of my life underground on the subway. Therefore, being able to download music is very important to me — as is being able to easily access that downloaded music. 

    While Apple Music makes that incredibly easy, Spotify...doesn't. Apple Music has a separate tab that houses all of the music you already have downloaded, while Spotify just mixes it in with the rest of your library.

    Not only that, but the app places all this other stuff ahead of your list of music, like tabs for podcasts (I don't listen to them) and videos (I don't watch them on Spotify). Despite all those tabs, Spotify strangely doesn't have a "Downloaded Music" tab, and that's all I really want.

    I should point out that if you click on the "Songs" tab, you should see your downloaded songs there. However, they're not organized by album like on Apple Music, they're just displayed in a long list. And for me, a few non-downloaded songs snuck in there as well.  



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    Who is America Howard Dean Sacha Baron Cohen

    • Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and Democratic presidential candidate, was the latest target on Sacha Baron Cohen's satirical show "Who is America?"
    • Cohen, posing as a conspiracy theorist, tried to get Dean to comment on rumors that Hillary Clinton is a man, and even showed him an edited photograph that showed the outline of a penis in her trousers.
    • Dean wasn't convinced and tried to offer rebuttals, but did not completely reject the suggestion, saying there were "lots of ideas floating around" about Clinton.
    • "We're not going to find out, because we're not going to examine her," he said.

    Sacha Baron Cohen turned his attention to liberals on the latest episode of his satirical prank show "Who is America?" as he tried to get a former Democratic presidential candidate to turn on one of the party's biggest figures: Hillary Clinton.

    Baron Cohen dedicated his time with Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, to trying to get Dean to say that Clinton may secretly be a man.

    His character, conspiracy theorist Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick, asked Dean: "Do you believe Hilary is actually a woman?"

    Dean did not reply at first, as he looked at Baron Cohen with surprise. Baron Cohen prompted him further: "Because there is..."

    Dean then interrupted: "I know. There's lots of ideas floating around. And, you know, I know her."

    And he does. While Dean has now retired from politics, both he and Clinton were big figures in the Democratic party and Dean acted as the head of Clinton's Super PAC Onward Together from 2017. In 2015, he wrote for The Washington Post that Clinton was the "best hope" for Americans and that she was "more than the best person for the toughest job in the world."

    Baron Cohen wasn't satisfied with the answer and turned around his laptop to show an edited photo of Clinton with a bulge in her pants. "How do you explain that?" he asked.

    "I explain that as maybe the trouser presser did a lousy job, who knows?" Dean responded.

    But Baron Cohen pressed on: "You think the trouser press created a perfect penis?"

    "Oh, who knows?" Dean said. "I can't go here… I can't do it. And we're not going to find out, because we're not going to examine her."

    Hillary Clinton Howard Dean

    Baron Cohen showed a fake photo of Clinton using a men's urinal. "Governor, have you seen her lady parts?" he asked.

    Dean replied: "I have not," to which Baron Cohen said: "Well, isn't that convenient."

    Baron Cohen's show has become infamous for humiliating public figures as they go along with his characters' antics. The Georgia state lawmaker Jason Spencer resigned after screaming the N-word and exposing himself in a segment, and former Vice President Dick Cheney autographed a "waterboard kit" for Cohen.

    But Baron Cohen has had better luck getting conservatives than liberals, who have largely avoided his traps. A notable conservative exception to this rule is Corey Lewandowski, the former manager of President Donald Trump's campaign, who largely managed to avoid implicating himself in his appearance.

    SEE ALSO: Disgraced Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio told Sacha Baron Cohen he'd accept oral sex from Trump

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    WWE Women's champion Ronda Rousey

    • Ronda Rousey looked like "a woman possessed" as she bulldozed through Alexa Bliss at the SummerSlam event on Sunday.
    • Rousey played cat-and-mouse in the ring, slammed Bliss on her neck, and won her first WWE title — the Raw Women's championship — in a four-minute ruckus at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
    • You can watch the match's key moment right here.

    Ronda Rousey is the new WWE Raw women's champion after she bested Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam on Sunday.

    Rousey only signed with sports entertainment brand WWE six months ago, but during that time she has stamped her authority all over the organisation.

    In just half a year, Rousey slammed her boss through a table during a scripted moment on live television, "blew the roof off the joint" in her professional wrestling debut, and was slapped with a "30-day suspension" when she "attacked" her WWE mentor with a briefcase in June.

    Since she returned to the ring, Rousey has continued to attract headlines and, most recently, bulldozed Bliss at one of the WWE's biggest events of the year, the 2018 SummerSlam show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

    Rousey played cat-and-mouse in the ring as she set a trap for Bliss. She then dropped Bliss on her neck, and beat her opponent in just four minutes while looking like "a woman possessed," according to the WWE commentators.

    Watch her neck drop move here.

    "This is a culmination of generations of women putting their bodies and hearts on the line over and over again, every single night," Rousey told the WWE Network backstage after the match.

    "This isn't me winning a match in one night, this is a torch that has been passed from woman to woman, and this is my time to carry it. All I can do is represent this title as best as I can and carry the torch as far as I can."

    In a 10-year career, Rousey has won an Olympic bronze medal in judo, the Strikeforce women's bantamweight title in mixed martial arts, the UFC women's bantamweight championship, and now the Raw Women's title in WWE.

    SEE ALSO: This is everything WWE wrestler Ronda Rousey eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

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    UP NEXT: WWE says it has suspended Ronda Rousey for 30 days after she 'attacked' her WWE mentor with a briefcase on live TV

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    The Break With Michelle Wolf

    Netflix did some major house cleaning in 2017, cutting expensive shows like "Sense8" and "The Get Down." 

    It also killed flops like "Girlboss" and "Gypsy" after only one season, and old favorites like "House of Cards," which will end after its sixth season. 

    And Netflix isn't holding back in 2018 either.

    Netflix's most recent cancellations include "The Break with Michelle Wolf" and "The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale." A source connected to "The Break" told The Daily Beast that Netflix's cancellation of the show was "classless."

    Other shows that Netflix has dropped in 2018 include "Lady Dynamite," "Disjointed," "Seven Seconds," and "Everything Sucks."

    Here are the 21 shows Netflix has killed in total, along with their critic and audience ratings from Metacritic.

    SEE ALSO: All the TV shows that have been canceled in 2018

    "The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale": Canceled after one season

    Netflix description: "Joel McHale is back with six new bingeworthy episodes full of more outrageous TV clips, original sketches, celebrity guests and comedic mayhem."

    Critic rating: N/A

    Audience rating: 7.2/10

    Date canceled: August 2018

     



    "The Break with Michelle Wolf": Canceled after one season

    Netflix description: "Nobody's safe as Michelle Wolf unapologetically takes aim in this weekly topical show that blends sketches with live comedy and in-studio guests."

    Critic rating: N/A

    Audience rating: 2.5/10

    Date canceled: August 2018

     



    "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt": Canceled after four seasons

    *Season four of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" premiered in May 2018, and there are talks that a follow-up movie is in the works.*

    Netflix description: "Imprisoned by a cult leader as a teenager, Midwesterner Kimmy is freed after 15 years. The first thing she decides to do is move to New York."

    Critic rating: 79/100

    Audience rating: 7.4/10

    Date canceled: May 2018

     



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    As the year flies by, the list of canceled TV shows piles up.

    While there's been somewhat of a quiet period since May, some networks are still cutting shows throughout the summer.

    The most recent cancellation comes Netflix, which got rid of two talk shows in August: "The Break with Michelle Wolf" and "The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale."

    ABC also canceled the previously renewed "Roseanne" revival in late May, after Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. However, ABC announced a spin-off called "The Conners" without Barr coming this fall.

    Amazon kicked off the year with a slew of cancellations, announcing the end of three quirky comedies, including the Golden Globe nominee "I Love Dick" and the comedian Tig Notaro's semi-autobiographical show, "One Mississippi." It canceled Golden Globe nominee "Mozart in the Jungle" in April, after four seasons, and recently canceled "Transparent," which will end after the upcoming fifth season.

    The long-running "The Jerry Springer Show" is ending after 27 seasons and 4,000 episodes. NBC's "Timeless," was also canceled for the second year in a row. NBC reversed its first decision to cancel the show last year after fan outcry. However, fans may have a movie to look forward to that gives the series a proper finale, though no official decision has been made.

    We'll update this list as more are announced.

    Here are all the shows that have been canceled this year, including those from networks and Netflix:

    SEE ALSO: The worst TV show of every year since 2000, according to critics

    Amazon



    "Jean-Claude Van Johnson" — Amazon, one season



    "I Love Dick" — Amazon, one season



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    switch

    • The Nintendo Switch is finally getting the support from third-party developers and publishers that fans have been craving for years.
    • Unfortunately, many high-end third-party games are difficult to port to the Nintendo Switch — and that will only become more challenging when the next versions of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles arrive within the next few years.

    After many years of neglect from third-party game makers, Nintendo is finally getting some in-demand, heavy-hitting games from outside developers thanks to the popularity of its one-year-old console, the Switch.

    Many of the games being ported to the Switch are on the older side — the Nintendo Switch is less powerful than rival game consoles, so it can't keep up with many blockbuster games you can play on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. But lately, some developers have been able to get their newer games onto the Switch just several months after launching those games on more powerful consoles.

    "Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus," a game that launched for the PS4 and Xbox One in October 2017, released on the Nintendo Switch in June 2018.

    "Doom," which launched on the PS4 and Xbox One in May 2016, came out on the Switch in November 2017. (The same company that developed the port, Panic Button, is also working on the sequel to this game, called "Doom Eternal," to be released "alongside" the PS4 and Xbox One. Whether that means the release date will be the exact same day remains to be seen.)

    "Fortnite," which launched on PS4 and Xbox One in October 2017, released on the Switch in June 2018.

    As Kotaku's Ethan Gach put so well, "the Nintendo Switch is a port machine." From the triple-A games listed above to other indie titles like "Hollow Knight" and "Stardew Valley," and even Wii U titles that not many people experienced like "Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze" and "Bayonetta 2," Nintendo's portable console has been a great way to give life to older games.

    In its current form, the Nintendo Switch will continue to be a great way to experience Nintendo games, indie games, and some bigger third-party games. But the big third-party games that everyone likes — the Dooms and Wolfensteins of the world — will be more difficult to come by once rival consoles start evolving. And that's apparently already in the works.

    The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are about to get new hardware

    The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One both launched about five years ago, in 2013. And both consoles are already more powerful than the one-year-old Nintendo Switch.

    The gulf in terms of power and capability is only going to widen.

    Xbox vs PlaystationBy all accounts, it looks like Sony and Microsoft are about to upgrade their respective game consoles. Microsoft already made its intentions clear that it is working on the next Xbox. Sony is reportedly following suit with what will likely become the PlayStation 5.

    When those new game consoles arrive — likely around 2020 or 2021 — third-party developers and publishers will want to make new games that are optimized for that new hardware.

    Much of their focus will be on those two game consoles, because that's where the money is: People have bought over 76 million PlayStation 4 consoles, and somewhere between 30 to 50 million Xbox Ones. Combined, that's anywhere between 100 million to 120 million consoles sold. That's a lot of money!

    Nintendo is no slouch here, having sold nearly 20 million Switch consoles in just about 18 months. But considering the architectural similarities between the PlayStation and Xbox consoles, it's much easier to develop a game for both of those consoles than it is for the standalone Switch, which has very unique hardware that's also less powerful compared to rivals.

    The Nintendo Switch already doesn't get the major tentpole games like "Call of Duty" or "Battlefield." But once games like that get upgraded to be optimized for the next generation of consoles, it's going to be even harder for developers to port those same games to the less-powerful Switch without sacrificing quality or major features.

    The silver lining for Nintendo

    nintendo switchNintendo is having a nice moment right now, with so many big publishers like Bethesda Softworks committing to putting their most popular games on the Switch.

    But even if some of that third-party support fades, Nintendo has two big things going for it:

    First-party titles. I don't know about you, but I didn't buy my Nintendo Switch to play "Stardew Valley" (though it's a great game). I bought it to play "Zelda: Breath of the Wild." I bought it for "Super Mario Odyssey." I bought it for the promise of new Pokémon games, and Metroid games, and Smash Bros. games. And guess what? Nintendo makes all of those games. Even if outside support wanes, Nintendo's north star has always been its own game-making, and with wonderful new "Zelda" and "Super Mario" titles in 2017, it's clear Nintendo is still the master of video game making.

    A massive library of older games, and a growing number of indie titles. People always get excited about games coming out in the future, but some of the best gaming experiences have already been created and published. "Hollow Knight," for instance, is a treasure that not many people got to experience last year on PC or Mac, but it feels right at home on the Switch. Since Nintendo's console can't power the same kinds of experiences as the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, older games, and less graphically intensive games from independent makers, work best. And that contrast offers a great opportunity: While the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One offer more visually benefits, the Nintendo Switch could differentiate itself as the best way to play those retro or indie games, since Switch games can support more players and even be taken on the go. 

    Nostalgia. Guess what the top-selling console was in June? No, it wasn't the PlayStation 4. Or the Xbox One. Or even the Nintendo Switch! The top-selling console in June was actually the NES Classic Edition, which was only on sale for two days that month since it launched June 29. That's huge. And considering Nintendo has other "Classic Edition" consoles up its sleeves — including the already released SNES Classic and blueprints for a Nintendo 64 Classic— Nintendo is in a pretty good position right now to capitalize on its past.

    Nintendo may never catch up to its rivals from a visual standpoint, but Nintendo has also existed for 128 years, while rivals can't say the same. The company has innovated itself and its products time and time again. But it's still worth enjoying this moment in time, where the Nintendo Switch is the closest it will be to its console competitors. And who knows? Maybe Nintendo's next hardware will surprise everyone and narrow the gap once again.

     

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    • Critics are calling the Hulu documentary "Minding the Gap" one of the best movies of the year. 
    • The moving and challenging film compiles over 12 years of footage from director Bing Liu's upbringing in Rockford, Illinois.
    • In the documentary, Liu "searches for correlations between his skateboarder friends' turbulent upbringings and the complexities of modern-day masculinity."
    • "Minding the Gap" currently has a 100% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
    • It's available now on Hulu and in select theaters. 

    Film critics are calling the Hulu original documentary "Minding the Gap" one of the best movies of the year. 

    The film compiles over 12 years of footage from director Bing Liu's upbringing in Rockford, Illinois, as Liu "searches for correlations between his skateboarder friends' turbulent upbringings and the complexities of modern-day masculinity," per Hulu's description of the film.

    "Minding the Gap" currently has a 100% "fresh" rating on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and film critics have called the documentary both "raucous" and "heartbreaking."

    In a review for The Los Angeles Times, critic Justin Chang labeled the film, "an intelligent and compassionate grappling with some of the most painful issues presently haunting the body politic: toxic masculinity and domestic violence, economic depression and a deep, existential despair."

    "'Minding the Gap' is a personal documentary of the highest sort, in which the film's necessity to the filmmaker-and its obstacles, its resistances, its emotional and moral demands on him-are part of its very existence," Richard Brody wrote in a review for The New Yorker. 

    Liu, a first-time director, won the Sundance Award for breakthrough filmmaking in the field of US documentary earlier this year for the film, and Variety called it one of the festival's 10 best movies

    The 100-minute doc is now available on Hulu and in screenings at select theaters across the country. 

    SEE ALSO: 'Crazy Rich Asians' dominates the box office with a $25.2 million weekend take, $34 million 5-day opening

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    Michael Jackson

    The Eagles have knocked the King of Pop off of his throne.

    The band's greatest hits album, released in 1976, has surpassed Michael Jackson's seminal 1982 album "Thriller" to take the top spot on the RIAA's list of the highest-selling albums of all time in the US, the Associated Press reports.

    Here we compiled the RIAA's data for the best-selling albums in US history (measured in "certified units" sold), and some of the other names that appear in the top 50 are unexpected. 

    Check out the 50 best-selling albums of all time:

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best-selling music artists of all time

    50. Phil Collins — "No Jacket Required"

    Certified units: 12 million

    Buy it here >>



    49. Matchbox Twenty — "Yourself or Someone Like You"

    Certified units: 12 million

    Buy it here >>



    48. Led Zeppelin — "Led Zeppelin II"

    Certified units: 12 million

    Buy it here >>



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    jeff bezos amazon

    • Amazon is working on a device that records live TV, Bloomberg reports. 
    • It's a move that would directly challenge TiVo, the company at the forefront of the DVR industry. Amazon's DVR would reportedly allow users to stream recorded TV to their smartphones, and would also have physical storage for playback from the device.  

    In a move that would directly challenge TiVo's hold on the DVR industry, Amazon is reportedly working on a device capable of recording live TV, Bloomberg reports

    The device, nicknamed "Frank" internally, is designed to work with existing Amazon Fire TV devices, and would include both physical storage and streaming capabilities for playback on smartphones, according to the report. The news comes from a person "familiar with the plans," Bloomberg said, and the DVR project has not been confirmed by Amazon, and could still change significantly.

    DVR as a technology is certainly nothing new, but it's a sign that Amazon is continuing its efforts to spread throughout the modern household and grow its video streaming efforts.

    Bloomberg reports TiVo's share fell 10 percent on Friday following the news of the rumored Amazon DVR.

    The news comes from a person "familiar with the plans," Bloomberg said, and the DVR project has not been confirmed by Amazon. 

    Read the full Bloomberg report here

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    In an age when major film studios have essentially killed off the once-thriving genre of romantic comedy, Netflix has been steadily filling a niche by producing original romantic comedies and dramas.  

    Netflix's latest, the romantic comedy "To All the Boys I've Loved Before," got an enthusiastic reception from critics and audiences around its release this week.

    To find out which of Netflix's original romantic movies have received similar or lesser acclaim, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to rank each release by its critic score.

    We excluded Netflix original romantic films that didn't have enough reviews to receive a designation of "fresh" or "rotten" on the site.

    Here are nine of Netflix's original romantic films, ranked from worst to best by critics:

    SEE ALSO: 12 fan-favorite shows Netflix has revived or rebooted, ranked from worst to best

    9. "The Kissing Booth" (2018) — 13%

    Critic score: 13%

    Audience score: 67%

    Netflix description: "When teenager Elle's first kiss leads to a forbidden romance with the hottest boy in high school, she risks her relationship with her best friend."



    8. "When We First Met" (2018) — 35%

    Critic score: 35%

    Audience score: 59%

    Netflix description: "Using a magical photo booth that sends him back in time, Noah relives the night he met Avery over and over, trying to persuade her to fall for him."



    7. "Christmas Inheritance" (2017) — 60%

    Critic score: 60%

    Audience score: 33%

    Netflix description: "To inherit her father's company, socialite Ellen must first visit his small hometown, where she learns the value of hard work and helping others."



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    Nintendo is on a roll, with no end in sight.

    Super Mario Odyssey

    The company's latest big game — "Super Mario Odyssey" — received near-universal praise, and the Nintendo Switch continues to sell extremely well.

    There's a good reason for that: The Nintendo Switch is the best console to buy. Here's why!

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    1. The Switch has the best lineup of games ...

    Since launching in March 2017, the Nintendo Switch has taken the mantle as the must-have console for playing the best games. This is the number one reason to buy the Switch: It's the only place to play the best games available right now.

    Yes, there are excellent exclusives on the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. "Horizon Zero Dawn" on PS4 and "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" on Xbox One stick out as strong arguments for each, and that's not wrong.

    But let's be clear: The Switch is stacked with huge, new games that can be played only on the Switch.



    ... like "Super Mario Odyssey" ...

    The latest hit that can be played only on the Switch is "Super Mario Odyssey." It has an average score of 97/100 on Metacritic, putting it among the 10 highest-rated games.

    It's highly rated because it's an outrageously good game, full of delight and surprise around every turn. "Odyssey" is the latest example of Nintendo's approach to major games of late: Take classic franchises and evolve them to new heights.

    It's hard to overstate the quality of "Super Mario Odyssey"; it's clever, and massive, and beautiful, and deeply referential, and so much more. It is, frankly put, one of the best Nintendo games of the past decade — perhaps of all time.

    Read our review of "Super Mario Odyssey" right here.



    ... "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" ...

    Whether you've been playing "Mario Kart" games for years or you've never touched one, "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" is a tremendous delight. 

    It's the definitive "Mario Kart" experience, with a ridiculous number of courses and playable characters. Best of all, the Switch becomes a portable "Mario Kart" machine if you take the console in portable mode — each Joy-Con becomes a gamepad, and the Switch is the screen. Being able to casually challenge a friend to "Mario Kart" by simply having the Switch with you is pretty incredible.

    Crucially, "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" is a perfect game to play alone or with friends. The vast majority of the time I've spent with the game has been sitting next to my wife, playing together online against the world. Since the game came out in late April 2017, it's been a recurring delight in my apartment. 

    Read our review of "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" right here.



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    Chelsea Handler

    • Comedian Chelsea Handler came to former senator Al Franken's defense in an interview with Profile by Buzzfeed News.
    • Franken resigned in January after multiple women accused him of groping and unwanted advances.
    • Handler said "that's not rape" and supported Franken running again.
    • "That’s not sexual assault," she said. "That’s not repeated behavior over and over again. It is a far different beast."

    • She added, "I think you can redeem yourself and I think Al Franken will redeem himself."

     

    Comedian Chelsea Handler defended her friend and former Minnesota senator Al Franken, who resigned in January after at least six women accused him of sexual misconduct, including groping and unwanted advances.

    Handler, who has recently turned her focus to activism rather than talk-show hosting, said in a Profile by Buzzfeed News interview on Sunday that she supported Franken running again, and that what he did was not the same as sexual assault. 

    "I don’t want to diminish anyone’s legitimate claim of feeling like they’ve been assaulted, because that’s your feeling, but I think there is a very big difference of a man putting his arm around you … he’s a comedian,” she said. “I’ve touched people’s breasts and genitals, I can’t imagine how many times in photos. That doesn’t excuse it, but that’s something that’s just, that’s not rape. That’s not sexual assault. That’s not repeated behavior over and over again. It is a far different beast.

    She added, "For a person who's been sexually assaulted to compare that story to someone putting their arm around you and being silly in a a picture, which is what I believe Al Franken was doing, I know him and that's something he would do — obviously he'll never do it again — but I don't think those are the same thing."

    When interviewer Audie Cornish pressed Handler on the Democratic party's "zero tolerance" against sexual misconduct, Handler said, "we have to say zero tolerance." But she also stood by her assertion that Franken will bounce back.

    "I think he can run again, look who's running the country, ya know what I mean?" she said. "So I think you can redeem yourself and I think Al Franken will redeem himself. He's devoted to politics and he was a great champion of women and marginalized communities, so I do hope he runs again."

    Watch the full interview below. Handler's comments about Franken begin at the 7 minute mark:

     

    SEE ALSO: Kevin Spacey's new movie made only $126 on its opening day, with an estimated 6 people seeing it per theater this weekend

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    • Kevin Spacey's new movie, "Billionaire Boy's Club," premiered to an abysmal $126 on Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 
    • THR estimates the movie made just over $600 the entire weekend in 11 theaters, and that an average of six people saw the movie in each theater.
    • It's Spacey's first on-screen appearance since being accused of sexual misconduct last year.

     

    Kevin Spacey is in theaters again, but you wouldn't know it based on the movie's horrendous showing at the box office in its opening weekend. 

    The movie, "Billionaire Boy's Club," opened on Friday to just $126, according to The Hollywood Reporter. THR estimates that it most likely made only $618 the entire weekend in 11 theaters based on the average ticket price of $9.27. That means an average of only six people showed up for the movie in each theater.

    On Monday, box-office analyst service Exhibitor Relations confirmed in a tweet that the movie "barely made $600" over the weekend.

    It's easily a career low for Spacey, who was accused by several men of sexual misconduct last year, most notably actor Anthony Rapp, who alleged that Spacey made unwanted sexual advances toward him at a party when Rapp was 14.

    This marks the first on-screen appearance of Spacey's since the allegations came to light. Netflix fired him from the sixth and final season of "House of Cards," which premieres this fall starring Robin Wright, and director Ridley Scott replaced Spacey with Christopher Plummer last minute in his movie "All the Money in the World" last year.

    "Billionaire Boy's Club," a crime drama that also stars Spacey's "Baby Driver" co-star Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton, opened to little press and enthusiasm. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and came to VOD in July before taking the precarious step into cinemas. 

    "We hope these distressing allegations pertaining to one person’s behavior — that were not publicly known when the film was made almost two-and-a-half years ago and from someone who has a small, supporting role in Billionaire Boys Club — does not tarnish the release of the film," Vertical Entertainment, the film's distributor, had said in a statement to THR. "In the end, we hope audiences make up their own minds as to the reprehensible allegations of one person’s past, but not at the expense of the entire cast and crew present on this film."

    It looks like audiences did make up their minds, and chose not to see the movie.

    SEE ALSO: Netflix is testing ads for its original content that will play while you binge watch, and users are not pleased

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    To All The Boys Ive Loved Before Lana Condor

    "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" is the latest Netflix rom-com that critics are gushing over.

    In June, Netflix released "Set It Up," a formulaic rom-com about young adults who fall in love while they set their miserable bosses up with each other. The movie became a massive critical and audience success, and further proved a thirst for romantic comedies after years of a dormant period in favor of superhero movies and dark dramas. 

    And "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" is clearly another hit for Netflix.  The teen rom-com, based on the 2014 novel of the same name, follows Lara Jean, a shy high school junior who writes letters to all of her crushes that she keeps hidden. One day, the letters get sent to all of the boys. One of her crushes suggests that they pretend to date for reasons that are supposed to benefit them both. And you can probably guess the rest.

    Right now, the movie has a 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

    While its plot is predictable, the visually exciting (especially for a high school rom-com) movie is sweet, and features an excellent, inclusive cast that is just as inspiring for older generations as it is for teens.

    Here's what critics are saying about "To All the Boys I've Loved Before," which you can watch on Netflix now:

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    "The film is precisely what it should be: pleasing and clever, comforting and fun and romantic."

    Linda Holmes, NPR



    "This generation is lucky to have 'To All the Boys I've Ever Loved Before' as the teen romance comedy of their generation."

    Jordan Calhoun, Black Nerd Problems



    "Like any teen story, To All the Boys has some growing pains ... Still, we'll forgive it. Sure, it hits at core truths about new love. But it's still a fantasy, just not the bodice-ripping one of Lara Jean's teen daydreams."

    Esther Zuckerman, Thrillist



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    Floyd Mayweather

    • Floyd "Money" Mayweather has earned his nickname — he knows how to make it and he knows how to spend it.
    • Mayweather has shown off two shiny, diamond-encrusted custom watches on Instagram — one of which is an Audemars Piguet.
    • Mayweather is renowned for his extravagant purchases and recently took photos of his "Billionaire" watch, which cost $18 million.


    Floyd Mayweather is widely known as the "Money" man because he knows how to make it, but judging from his latest Instagram photos he also knows how to spend it.

    Mayweather finished his boxing career with a flawless record of 50 wins from 50 fights. He retired undefeated, as the king of the pay-per-view format, and with over a billion dollars in career earnings.

    Mayweather's motto in the gym has always been "hard work, dedication," and it looks like he is just as dedicated to spending and shopping as the 41-year-old showed off two shiny, diamond-encrusted custom watches on his Instagram account.

    The first is a diamond and gold watch, which also appears to double-up as a serpentine bracelet that wraps around his forearm.

    The second watch, from luxury Swiss manufacturer Audemars Piguet, has also been customised with countless diamonds.

    Mayweather invited his Instagram followers to guess how big the accompanying ring was. He said: "The timepiece is 41mm, so how many carats is the ring?"

    King of the bling

    Just two months ago Mayweather published photographs of an $18 million dollar watch, dubbed "The Billionare" by jeweller Jacob&Co, made of 18k white gold and finished with 260 carats of diamonds.

    But that is not the only extravagant purchase Mayweather has made as he also has numerous private jets, a private chef, and reportedly has ambitions of buying an NBA team.

    Though Mayweather is retired, he still has a number of income streams thanks to his strip club business, Girl Collection. He also has an emerging real estate empire and claimed he was working on One Vanderbilt— a skyscraper currently under construction in New York City.

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    nicki minaj

    • Nicki Minaj blamed Spotify in a series of tweets on Sunday for making her album, "Queen," come up short of topping the Billboard 200 album chart last week. 
    • A Spotify representative on Monday countered Minaj's claims that the streaming service had penalized her album's promotion on its platform. 
    • Minaj also called out Travis Scott, whose album "Astroworld" beat out "Queen" to top the chart, for selling a tour bundle that she said skewed the sales numbers in his favor. 

    In a series of tweets on Sunday, Nicki Minaj alternately blamed Spotify and Travis Scott (and Kylie Jenner) for making her new album, "Queen," come up short of topping the Billboard 200 album chart last week.

    Minaj's "Queen" debuted at No. 2 on the chart after earning 185,000 equivalent album units, losing out to Scott's "Astroworld," which brought in 205,000 equivalent album units and topped the Billboard chart for a second consecutive week.

    A Spotify representative on Monday countered Minaj's claims that the streaming service had penalized her album's promotion on its platform. 

    "Spotify supported Nicki Minaj with a Times Square billboard, a host of the largest playlists, New Music Friday and the new music release shelf," the Spotify rep told Variety. "Her song 'Bed' actually saw an increase based on the promotions put behind the campaign. The company continues to be big fans of Nicki."

    On Sunday, Minaj wrote in a series of tweets that Spotify "took away [her] promotion" for "Queen" after she played the album prior to its release on her Apple Music radio show, "Queen Radio." 

    Minaj also blamed Scott and his girlfriend, Kylie Jenner, for promoting a tour bundle that she said sold over 50,000 copies of "Astroworld" without a requirement for fans to redeem the album.

    Scott and Jenner have not yet responded to Minaj's tweets. 

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best-selling albums of all time

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    US Marines dancing Da Pump's USA

    • The US Marine Corps twitter account in Japan posted a video last week of Marines dancing to Da Pump's "USA," which quickly went viral. 
    • The video shows several Marines replicating the dance moves to the chorus of the Japanese pop band's "USA," jumping on one foot and kicking out the other. 

    The US Marine Corps Installations Pacific Command's Japanese language twitter account posted a video last week of Marines dancing to Da Pump's "USA," which has since gone viral. 

    The video shows several Marines replicating the dance moves to the chorus of the Japanese pop band's "USA," jumping on one foot and kicking out the other. 

    As of early Monday afternoon, the video has been watched 6.57 million times and has been retweeted nearly 148,000 times. 

    “We expected this video to be popular,” Marine Corps social media manager Ike Hirayasuon told Stars and Stripes, but "we’re overwhelmed with just how successful it’s been."

    The video was filmed over a few days at several installations on Okinawa, Stripes reported. 

    “Our hope is that this video allows viewers to see a different side of the U.S. Marines living on Okinawa,” a Marine Corps spokesperson told The Japan Times, adding that it shows “the positive impact the people and culture of Japan have on Marines stationed in Okinawa” and that Marines have embraced Japan's culture. 

    Over the last few years, there have been at least a few high profile incidents in which US Marines have committed crimes that has raised tensions with locals. 

    In late January, a Marine was arrested after punching an Okinawa hotel employee. In 2017, a Marine was arrested in connection with a fatal car crash, in which alcohol was apparently involved, that killed an Okinawa resident. 

    Watch the original Da Pump video below: 

     

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