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- Entertainment Weekly shared the first official photos from "Captain Marvel" on Wednesday.
- Among them was a look at a digitally de-aged Samuel L. Jackson, who plays a young Nick Fury in the 1990s-set movie.
- Jackson posted the photo to his Instagram and said, "Wow, this Marvel de-aging thing is doper than I thought!"
- Dalian Wanda is considering cutting its stake in AMC Entertainment, according to Reuters.
- Wang Jianlin, founder of Wanda, was listed as the fourth-richest person in China and 26th-richest person in the world.
- AMC shares are down 1.3% following the news.
- Watch AMC trading in real-time here.
- New details and images from "Captain Marvel" suggest that the movie holds the answer to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after "Avengers 4."
- The movie introduces the shape-shifting alien Skrulls, who invade Earth in the comics by posing as many popular characters.
- It also teases another superhero who could show up in future movies.
- Former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has sued Sacha Baron Cohen for defamation following his appearance on the actor's Showtime series, "Who is America?"
- Lawyers for the Republican judge and his wife claimed that Cohen "falsely painted, portrayed, mocked and with malice defamed Judge Moore as a sex offender, which he is not."
- According to legal analyst Renato Mariotti, Cohen could have the right to discovery on whether Moore is in fact a sex offender by using truth as a defense.
- Moore is suing for fraud, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
- Goop, the beauty and wellness company founded by Gwyneth Paltrow, will pay $145,000 in civil penalties for lying to customers about the benefits of its "vaginal egg" products.
- The company will also reimburse any unhappy customers who bought the eggs between January 12, 2017 and August 31, 2017.
- A district attorney in California argued that the company used misleading, inaccurate information to convince customers that the eggs might help their hormone levels or increase bladder control.
- Goop says the products will continue to be sold on its site.
- CBS' board is reportedly in settlement talks with CEO Les Moonves regarding his exit from the company.
- Though Moonves' contract entitles him to up to $180 million, the board is reportedly offering about $100 million given the investigation into sexual-misconduct claims made against him.
- Moonves has also been experiencing tension with CBS' controlling shareholder, Shari Redstone, over a potential merger with Viacom.
- Nintendo is a Japanese video game company, based in the southern Japanese city of Kyoto.
- The company is delaying a promised announcement due to a massive earthquake that shook Japan this week.
- The magnitude 6.7 earthquake primarily impacted the island of Hokkaido, in Japan's north, and the death toll has reached eight people. Hundreds more were injured or remain unaccounted for.
- Political thriller "Designated Survivor" will return for a third season on Netflix in 2019.
- The Kiefer Sutherland series was canceled by ABC in May after two seasons.
- Netflix said that its international audience on streaming is a huge reason why it decided to save the show.
- The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed on Wednesday from a senior Trump administration official claiming to be part of the "resistance" inside the White House.
- The piece immediately inspired a "resistance" meme across the internet.
- People twisted the headline to relate to "Star Wars," "Mean Girls," and more.
- Stephen Colbert on Wednesday discussed a scathing New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous senior official of the Trump administration.
- The article criticized Trump for his "amorality," and suggested that a network of officials had "vowed to thwart parts" of Trump's "agenda and his worst inclinations."
- Colbert addressed the piece in his monologue and in an interview with former Secretary of State John Kerry.
- The CBS board is in settlement talks with CEO Les Moonves for his exit from the company, CNBC reported Thursday.
- Shares of CBS fell as much as 3% in early trading, before rising into the green.
- Follow CBS' stock price in real-time here.
- "Crazy Rich Asians" has proven that people want to see diverse stories on the big screen, and that people still want to watch romantic comedies, which have been ignored by studios for years.
- Business Insider put together a graphic showing the highest-grossing rom-com every year since 1997 to show the box-office numbers at their peak and at their worst — and to show how "Crazy Rich Asians" compares.
- "Crazy Rich Asians," which opened August 15 and is still in theaters, has already made more money at the box office than multiple movies on the list.
- 09/06/18--08:57: Amazon's Alexa can now control your Xbox One
- The Xbox One is getting voice support from Amazon's Alexa, Microsoft announced on Thursday morning.
- The Xbox One already supports Microsoft's voice assistant, Cortana, but it requires a Kinect or other connected Xbox microphone.
- Support for Alexa comes through various Echo devices, like the Amazon Echo.
- The next game in the "Call of Duty" franchise will feature a battle royale game mode in the same vein as the popular game "Fortnite."
- The new game mode will allow 80 players to compete against each other in the same map.
- On Thursday, the game's developer, Treyarch, revealed what the complete map will look like.
- 09/06/18--09:44: How actors fake fight in movies
- Terry Crews' lawsuit against talent agent Adam Venit has been settled.
- Venit will step down next week, according to Deadline.
- Crews accused Venit last year of groping him at a party in 2016.
Entertainment Weekly revealed the first images from Marvel Studios' "Captain Marvel" on Wednesday. They feature the first look at Brie Larson as the title character and of the shape-shifting aliens called the Skrulls. But never to be forgotten is Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and the Fury we see in "Captain Marvel" isn't one were familiar with.
For starters, the Fury of "Captain Marvel's" 1990s setting is obviously younger, so Jackson was digitally de-aged for the role, according to EW. He's also a "lowly S.H.I.E.L.D. desk jockey (who hasn’t yet met any superheroes)," which is a far cry from his status within the Marvel Cinematic Universe as director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and recruiter of the Avengers.
He also has two eyes still in the movie, and anyone familiar with the MCU knows that Fury wears an eye patch over his missing eye.
The movie is expected to reveal how Fury and Captain Marvel meet. In the after-credits scene of "Avengers: Infinity War," Fury sends an alert to Captain Marvel before disappearing from the Thanos snap.
Jackson shared the photo on Instagram on Wednesday and said, "Wow, this Marvel de-aging thing is doper than I thought!"
The image is below:
Dalian Wanda Group, the real estate-to-media conglomerate company founded by Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin, is exploring a deal to cut its stake in AMC Entertainment, the largest movie chain in the world, according to Reuters. AMC shares are down 1.3% following the news.
In the deal, AMC would issue a convertible bond to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars and then use the money to buy back some of Wanda's 60% stake, Reuters said, citing sources familiar with the matter. Wanda still wants to retain control, according to Reuters.
Wanda purchased a majority stake in AMC in 2012 for $2.6 billion. The original purchase, with $1.9 billion of net debt, was the largest overseas acquisition by a privately held Chinese company and Wanda’s first investment outside of China.
Now, the potential deal to reduce Wanda's stake in AMC comes under pressure from Chinese regulators who discourage companies to expand overseas holdings through global mergers and acquisitions amid concerns over financial overstretching, Reuters added.
Wang, with a net worth of $30 billion, was listed as the fourth-richest person in China and the 26th-richest person in the world, according to Forbes.
AMC has 1,000 movie theaters globally. Its movie-ticket subscription service, AMC Stubs A-List, has more than 260,000 members in the seven weeks since its launch, making up 4% of the chain's US attendance, AMC said. The service has been responsible for more than 1 million in attendance at its movie theaters since launch.
As part of its second-quarter earnings report on August 1, AMC posted an earnings per share of $0.17 out of $1.44 billion sales.
AMC shares are up 23% this year.
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Drake's No. 1 hit single "In My Feelings" has racked up another milestone by being named Billboard's top-performing song of the summer.
"In My Feelings," the fifth single from Drake's fifth studio album, "Scorpion," also topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week for an eighth consecutive week. The song went viral early this summer on the strength of a video dance challenge that Will Smith ended up participating in.
Billboard reported that Drake has become the sixth artist to score two No. 1 singles on the outlet's songs of the summer chart, following up on his No. 1 2016 hit "One Dance." He joins Andy Gibb, Mariah Carey, Usher, Jay-Z, and Katy Perry on the list of artists with two career top songs of the summer.
Billboard's songs of the summer chart tracked the cumulative performance of the season's top 20 singles on its weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart, dating from June 9 through September 8.
Drake's two previous No. 1 singles, "God's Plan" and "Nice For What," also placed in the top ten on Billboard's end-of-summer chart, a list which includes other artists like Cardi B, Post Malone, and Ariana Grande.
Check out Billboard's top 10 songs of the summer below, and find the full list here:
10. Post Malone — "Better Now"
9. Drake — "God's Plan"
8. Ariana Grande — "No Tears Left To Cry"
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"Captain Marvel" is expected to be a game changer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It features the first female character in the franchise to headline a solo film, and is directed by the franchise's first female filmmaker, Anna Boden (along with co-director Ryan Fleck). And the title character was teased in "Avengers: Infinity War" as possibly the Avengers' best hope in defeating Thanos.
There's a lot riding on "Captain Marvel," including the future of the MCU.
The "Infinity War" sequel, due in theaters in May 2019, will be a turning point for the franchise. Veteran actors have teased they are ready to depart, including Captain America actor Chris Evans, who said earlier this year that he'll retire from the role after "Avengers 4."
And executives have indicated that the current era of the MCU will come to an end with the movie: Disney CEO Bob Iger said in May that the MCU will try a "new franchise beyond 'Avengers,'" and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said that the "Avengers" movies are heading toward a "conclusion."
But before "Avengers 4" points the MCU in a new direction, March's "Captain Marvel" may lay the groundwork for what comes after that. The movie may take place in the 1990s, but it's looking to the future.
Entertainment Weekly released new images and details from the movie on Wednesday that included the anticipated first look at star Brie Larson in the title role and a look at Samuel L. Jackson as a digitally de-aged young Nick Fury. But it was other details that signal potentially big things to come for the MCU.
In the movie, Ben Mendelsohn plays Talos, the leader of a shape-shifting alien race called the Skrulls who are at war with the Kree (Captain Marvel is half-human, half-Kree). EW revealed that Talos has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. in the movie.
The inclusion of the Skrulls in the MCU could lead to an event-sized movie like "Infinity War," and carry the franchise beyond just the "Avengers" movies, especially if the X-Men and Fantastic Four are introduced via the Disney-Fox deal.
A 2008 comic-book event called "Secret Invasion" revealed that Skrulls had been posing as many characters in the Marvel Comics universe for a number of years, including Hank Pym, Spider-Woman, and Elektra. The battle ends when Norman Osborn (a.k.a. the Green Goblin) shoots the Skrull queen. This makes Osborn a hero in the eyes of the world and he is appointed the director of H.A.M.M.E.R., an organization created to replace S.H.I.E.L.D.
The fact that a Skrull has already infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. in the MCU's history means that the idea of a future movie loosely based on "Secret Invasion" isn't a stretch: the MCU has already been inspired by other comic events like "Civil War," "Planet Hulk," and "The Infinity Gauntlet," and if it wants to sustain itself for another decade without the Avengers as we know them, it will have to keep drawing on the content available in the comic books.
A more subtle detail paints a smaller picture for the MCU's future: According to EW, Lashana Lynch plays Maria Rambeau, "one of Carol’s oldest friends" and a "top-notch Air Force pilot with the call sign 'Photon,' and she’s also a single mother to a young daughter."
The young daughter mentioned is most likely Monica Rambeau, who in the comics is the superhero Photon (and former Captain Marvel). In fact, Larson's Carol Danvers isn't the only Captain Marvel in the comics: Jude Law's character, Mar-Vell, was the first Captain Marvel in the comic books, and will be Danvers' mentor in the movie.
This means Photon could be introduced in the future, which would expand the Captain Marvel film mythology even further (Marvel has already said it plans to introduce Muslim superhero Ms. Marvel).
"Captain Marvel" doesn't arrive in theaters until March 8, but the MCU's future already seems to be shining bright.
Former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has sued Sacha Baron Cohen for defamation, claiming he was duped into participating in the actor's Showtime series "Who Is America?"
On the show, which duped a score of politicians and celebrities, Moore participated in a fake "pedophile detector" test.
In legal papers filed on Wednesday, lawyers for the Republican judge and his wife claimed that Cohen "falsely painted, portrayed, mocked and with malice defamed Judge Moore as a sex offender, which he is not."
According to CNN legal analyst Renato Mariotti, Moore could have to prove he isn't a sex offender if Cohen uses truth as a defense.
One woman said Moore groped her when she was 14 and he was 32. He lost December run-off election to Democrat Doug Jones.
The lawsuit alleges that Cohen's use of a disguise to lure Moore and his wife, Kayla, to Washington, DC, for the interview was fraudulent. Moore is suing for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Moore's lawyer claims the judge and his wife had "been the subject of widespread ridicule and humiliation" because of Cohen's actions, including "severe emotional distress and pain and financial damage."
Cohen had disguised himself as his recurring character of an Israeli "anti-terror expert" named Col. Erran Morad for the segment. His character told Moore that the Israeli military had used a metal-detector-like wand to detect pedophiles.
"If they detect a pedophile, the wand alerts the law enforcement and the schools within a 100-mile radius," Cohen said, taking out the wand. "It's very, very simple to use. You just switch it on, and because neither of us is a sex offender, then it makes absolutely nothing."
In the segment, Cohen tests the want on himself, another man in the room, and Moore. The wand beeps when it waves over Moore.
"I've been married for 33 years and never had an accusation of such things," Moore said. "If this is an instrument — and certainly I'm not a pedophile, OK? I don't know, maybe Israeli technology hasn't developed properly."
Moore threatened to sue Cohen in a statement released before the show's premiere.
Watch the segment below:
A "vaginal egg" will not balance your hormones, regulate your menstrual cycle, or help with bladder control.
For Gwyneth Paltrow’s beauty and wellness company Goop, those scientific facts have come with a fine. On Tuesday, Goop settled a lawsuit brought by the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office and others that alleged the company's claims about its "vaginal eggs" were hogwash.
Goop agreed to pay $145,000 and will continue selling the eggs online with updated language describing the products.
The eggs are each about the size of a narrow ping-pong ball — around 1.2 inches wide and 1.7 inches tall (a bit smaller than the colorful, plastic kind at an Easter hunt). There are two varieties: a rose quartz crotch egg that costs $55, and a jade version for $66. Both are non-returnable.
Prosecutors alleged that the company’s false advertising about the eggs was "not supported by competent and reliable science," as district attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement released Tuesday.
Those claims suggested the eggs could help prevent a woman's uterus from sagging, make her menstrual cycles more regular, balance hormone levels, and keep her from wetting her pants.
"While goop believes there is an honest disagreement about these claims, the company wanted to settle this matter quickly and amicably. This settlement does not indicate any liability on goop’s part," the company said in a statement emailed to Business Insider on Wednesday.
The statement added: "Goop provides a forum for practitioners to present their views and experiences with various products like the jade egg. The law, though, sometimes views statements like this as advertising claims, which are subject to various legal requirements."
Because of the settlement, Goop will refund any unhappy consumers who purchased the eggs or its "Inner Judge Flower Essence Blend" between January 12, 2017 and August 31, 2017. (Refund requests can be emailed to email@example.com or phoned in at 1-844-WTF-GOOP.)
Goop's claims aren't based on science
Goop says its site is simply passing on messages from practitioners who claim that the eggs "harness the power of energy work and crystal healing" that promote spiritual detox.
But the company has also said the eggs have some physical, muscular benefits.
On a page on Goop's website that describes the benefits of the "jade eggs for your yoni," the company calls them a "strictly guarded secret of Chinese royalty" that once helped queens and concubines keep their nether regions in shape. (It's tough to find any evidence for that historical claim, though other jade-egg salespeople make similar statements.)
As Paltrow told Jimmy Kimmel last summer, "women insert the jade egg in their lady parts... to help tone the pelvic floor."
When Kimmel asked exactly how the eggs worked, Paltrow's answer became a little murkier.
"I don't know. I need to start my jade egg practice," she said with a laugh. But she added that the company has sold "tons" of the eggs, and that "women, actually, have had incredible results."
Misleading people about their health can be dangerous
The problem with putting unproven health claims on a website trafficked by around 2.4 million people every month is that it can lead people to engage in risky behavior.
Jen Gunter, a California-based obstetrician and gynecologist, wrote a widely cited blog post in 2017 about why Goop's vaginal jade eggs are a bad idea.
While there are science-backed tools you can get to strengthen your pelvic floor, Gunter said, inserting an egg is a "load of garbage."
"Jade is porous, which could allow bacteria to get inside," Gunter wrote, adding, "it could be a risk factor for bacterial vaginosis or even the potentially deadly toxic shock syndrome."
Plus, she said, pelvic floor muscles aren't built to contract for hours on end. Walking around or sleeping with the egg inside your body could cause pelvic pain and pain during sex.
Those looking for ways to strengthen their pelvic floor should instead consider kegel exercises, which are a scientifically-proven treatment for incontinence and urinary stress. Those require no equipment at all.
Gunter also wrote that if you want help boosting vaginal strength, there are specially designed vaginal weights. The weights are often cone-shaped, made with medical grade silicone or plastic, and built to be safe for women. But even those shouldn't be worn for long periods of time.
This was not the first time Goop got into a sticky situation with false advertising
Goop, for its part, said it has not gotten any customer complaints about the eggs.
But this case was far from the only time the $250 million company has gotten into trouble for false advertisements, since there’s simply no science behind much of what Goop sells to its devoted following. Paltrow's team promotes everything from potentially infection-inducing vaginal steams to painful colon cleanses, and the company has promised to help consumers treat depression, infertility, cancer, and insomnia.
Health law and science policy expert Timothy Caulfield even wrote a book about celebrities peddling junk science, titled "Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?" (Answer: when it comes to your health, probably.)
In 2017, Truth in Advertising found more than 50 instances of factual errors on Goop’s website — not just for the vaginal eggs, but also soaps that purported to treat acne, un-scrutinized vitamins and supplements with names like "Why am I so effing tired?", an oxygen bar that could be rented for corporate events, and a romance mist for everlasting love.
The company also came under fire in 2017 for saying stickers it sold were made with NASA spacesuit material and could "rebalance" your energy and reduce anxiety.
NASA said it doesn't use the "conductive carbon" material that Goop was referring to in its spacesuits at all, as Gizmodo reported at the time.
Earlier this year, Paltrow told The New York Times that hiring a full-time fact-checker for Goop was a "necessary growing pain" for the company. The Times also reported that Goop was hiring a lawyer and a professor of nutrition science to vet the site.
But those efforts weren't sufficient for Rosen, the district attorney.
"We will vigilantly protect consumers against companies that promise health benefits without the support of good science…or any science," he said after the settlement was reached.
In general, it's best go with doctors' recommendations when it comes to sticking things in and around your crotch.
As Paltrow said herself to Jimmy Kimmel, "I don't know what the f--- we talk about."
The CBS board is in settlement talks with CEO Les Moonves over his exit from the company, CNBC's David Faber reported Thursday, citing "people close to the negotiations."
If the talks are successful, Moonves' right-hand man, the chief operating officer Joe Ianniello, will serve as interim CEO, according to CNBC.
A sticking point is Moonves' exit package, according to the report. While his contract would entitle him to a golden parachute of up to $180 million, the board is reportedly offering him about $100 million given the investigation into sexual-harassment claims against the CEO. The board is also reportedly seeking the right to claw back a portion of that package depending on the findings of the investigation.
CBS stock was flat in early trading Thursday morning following the news.
This isn't the first sign Moonves may be on his way out. Last month, NBC News reported that Shari Redstone, the controlling shareholder of both CBS and Viacom, had been asking around for a possible replacement for Moonves.
Indeed, Moonves would be exiting CBS at a time of twin sources of turmoil for the company.
The first is a protracted battle between Moonves (and the CBS board) and Redstone over whether to merge CBS and Viacom, which her company National Amusements controls. Redstone had favored such a merger, while CBS leadership did not. The conflict has gone on for months and involved a legal fight over control of CBS that is close to being settled, according to multiple outlets. A "framework" for the settlement would involve CBS stopping its bid to take away voting control from National Amusements, while National Amusements "would refrain from pushing for a merger of CBS and Viacom Inc. for an undisclosed period," according to The Wall Street Journal.
The more immediate catalyst for talk of Moonves' exit, however, is the investigation into sexual-misconduct allegations made against him. Six women accused Moonves of sexual misconduct in an explosive New Yorker report in July by the investigative journalist Ronan Farrow, raising questions about the company culture at CBS. The women accused Moonves of forcibly touching or kissing them or of negatively influencing their careers when they turned down his advances.
Moonves has so far been allowed to remain CEO during the investigation.
CBS declined to comment to CNBC and did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.
Nintendo was scheduled to make a major news presentation on Thursday afternoon, but had to cancel the presentation due to the massive earthquake that struck Japan this week.
The magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit Japan's northernmost island Hokkaido, far from Nintendo's headquarters in southern Japan's city of Kyoto. Still, the company is delaying both its Japanese and English language presentations — known as "Nintendo Direct" — to an unknown upcoming date.
The company announced the change in a Twitter post on Thursday:
"Due to the powerful earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan, we have decided to delay this week’s planned Nintendo Direct. We will provide a new time and date in the near future. Thank you for your understanding."
Nintendo regularly broadcasts news announcements through livestreamed videos on its YouTube channels. These broadcasts are branded as "Nintendo Direct" — a means of directly communicating news to fans and press, all at once.
The Nintendo Direct presentation scheduled for Thursday evening was planned to focus on "upcoming Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch titles." It was speculated that Nintendo would put a launch date to its upcoming Nintendo Switch Online Service, which is scheduled to launch in "late September."
For now, the presentation is delayed indefinitely.
Netflix is reviving "Designated Survivor" as a Netflix original after it was canceled by ABC in May. And it's all thanks to the show's international audience.
The Keifer Sutherland political thriller, which premiered on ABC in 2016, will return for a third season on Netflix in 2019. Neal Baer ("Under the Dome") will come in as the new showrunner. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the third season will contain 10 episodes.
In the show, Sutherland stars as Thomas Kirkman, who becomes president in the first episode after an explosion during the State of the Union address at the United States Capitol killed everyone in the line of succession. Sutherland will return to star in season three for Netflix.
"I believe this format will allow us to continue to delve deeply into storylines and issues concerning the American electorate that were not previously possible," Sutherland said.
"Timely and gripping, 'Designated Survivor' has quickened the pulses of our Netflix members outside the US and Canada in its first two seasons," Netflix content VP Bela Bajaria said in a statement. "The international audience for the show drove our interest to bring the show to the world as a Netflix original for its third season and we are excited to bring the first two seasons to our US and Canadian members as well.”
"Designated Survivor's" first two seasons average a 72% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
This revival is the second network series canceled in 2018 that Netflix is bringing back. In June, it saved Fox's "Lucifer" from the same fate.
On Wednesday, The New York Times published an op-ed from an anonymous senior Trump administration official claiming to be part of the "resistance" inside the White House aiming to "thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations."
The piece not only inspired conversation and speculation across the internet, but also what the internet does best: hilarious memes.
People twisted the headline, "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration," to relate to everything from "Mean Girls" to the "ALF" reboot's writers' room — and a lot of "Star Wars."
We've rounded up some of the best pop-culture inspired memes about the NYT op-ed below:
I Am a Part of the Resistance Inside the Snoke Administration and My Name Is Definitely Not General Hux (Who Seems Great Though, Amirite)— Mo Ryan (@moryan) September 5, 2018
Powerful stuff! pic.twitter.com/LZWYXSFZ8m— beloved comedy institution “the pixelated boat” (@pixelatedboat) September 5, 2018
this meme format has potential! pic.twitter.com/JtTExIFHy4— Rob Hornick (@robhornick) September 6, 2018
when this guy wrote a letter to the times torching his own company, he put his name on it pic.twitter.com/BOB0A3zGpY— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) September 5, 2018
remember when the ny times had standards pic.twitter.com/gkOhI23ogm— josh terry (@JoshhTerry) September 5, 2018
I am part of the resistance inside Full Frontal. I work for Sam. I write jokes and help make sure the show happens. But deep inside I resist. Not like, in anyways that would stop anything from happening. Just like in my heart and in this newspaper. Please like me while I do a bad— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) September 5, 2018
I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Death Star:— Elizabeth M. (@_ElizabethMay) September 5, 2018
sure i approve of the totalitarian methods, but i don't like the dude in charge
Opinion: I Am Part of The Resistance Inside Mordor— Jim Brunner (@Jim_Brunner) September 6, 2018
Grishnakh wanted to eat Merry and Pippin. I would not let him.
I Am Part Of The Resistance Inside The First Order— Astead (@AsteadWesley) September 5, 2018
Stephen Colbert on Wednesday addressed a scathing New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous senior Trump administration official in criticism of President Trump.
The article, titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration," criticized Trump for his "amorality," and suggested that a network of officials had "vowed to thwart parts" of Trump's "agenda and his worst inclinations."
Colbert, who said that the article dropped about an hour before the "Late Show's" taping on Wednesday, joked briefly about the piece in his monologue.
"Mr. President, they traced the resistance, and it's coming from inside the White House! Get out of there! And, and stay out of there!" Colbert said.
The "Late Show" host went on to discuss the article with one of his guests, former Secretary of State John Kerry.
"It's foreboding in so many ways. You have somebody stealing something off the president's desk in order to prevent him making a decision," Kerry said, referencing an admission in the article. "What it means, Steve, is that we don’t really have a president. We have a president who’s there, but he is not capable of doing the job or living up to the responsibilities."
Watch Colbert's full monologue on the subject below, and his full interview with Kerry here:
"The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah also addressed the NYT op-ed in his show on Wednesday night.
Noah focused on a segment of the article that said members of Trump's cabinet had debated, but ultimately opted against, invoking the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office.
"The 25th amendment is there so you can use it. It's like there's a sign that says 'in case of emergency, break glass,' but these guys are like, 'I mean we could break the glass, but then there'd be glass everywhere. Maybe we can just try and steer the fire in a different direction,'" Noah joked.
Watch the "Daily Show" clip below:
After an initial spike, shares of CBS fell about 0.3% on Thursday after CNBC reported the broadcaster was in settlement talks with CEO Les Moonves for his exit from the company following sexual-misconduct allegations brought against him by six women.
If the talks are successful, Moonves' right-hand man, COO Joe Ianniello, will serve as interim CEO, CNBC reported, citing people close to the negotiations.
A sticking point is Moonves' exit package, according to the report. While his contract would entitle him a golden parachute of up to $180 million, the board is reportedly offering him about $100 million given the ongoing investigation into sexual harassment claims against him. The board is also reportedly seeking the right to claw back a portion of that package depending on the findings of the investigation.
Moonves' potential exit from CBS comes at a time of twin sources of turmoil for the company. CBS' stock is down 11% this year and has lost nearly a third of its value since hitting a high of $70 in April 2017.
CBS declined to comment to CNBC and did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.
Nathan McAlone contributed to this report.
"Destiny 2" just got a big new expansion, called "Forsaken." It's fantastic.
The update changes many fundamental aspects of the game, but Bungie also changed how future "Destiny 2" content is priced from here on out.
Here's a rundown of all the changes in "Destiny 2: Forsaken":
"Forsaken" introduces a decidedly darker and grittier tone to "Destiny 2."
"We embraced that western, revenge vibe," Bungie said in a video revealing Forsaken.
Without spoiling much about Forsaken's story, Bungie says it starts with a prison break that results in the death of a friend and ally. It will be your job to bring the escaped inmates to justice.
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Romantic comedies were once a cinema staple and a reliable money maker for studios. But they saw a major slump in the 2010s. A once-fun genre that — at its best— provided a culturally relevant twist on a predictable story became dated in its inability to adjust over time.
Because of their lack of originality, rom-coms started to bomb at the box office. And studios stopped making an effort with rom-coms, so much so that there were no rom-coms released by any major studio in 2017.
But "Crazy Rich Asians" has changed this attitude. It exceeded box-office predictions, and is the first romantic comedy since 2015's "Trainwreck" to top $20 million its opening week. And three weeks later, "Crazy Rich Asians" has already made more money than "Trainwreck" did throughout its entire theatrical run.
"Crazy Rich Asians" continues to break box-office records. In its second weekend, the box-office numbers only dropped a rare 6%. For context, "The Incredibles 2," the biggest movie of the summer, saw a 56% drop in box-office turnout its second weekend. "Crazy Rich Asians " had the biggest Labor Day weekend box office in 11 years.
Business Insider made a graphic to show how much money the highest-grossing studio rom-com made each year since 1997. In it, you can see the decline of interest in the traditional rom-com in the 2010s. It also shows how well "Crazy Rich Asians" is doing in comparison to the highest-grossing rom-coms since 1997.
Three weeks into its theatrical run, "Crazy Rich Asians" has already made more money than seven movies listed: "America's Sweethearts" (2001), "Valentine's Day" (2010), "Just Go with It" (2011), "The Big Wedding" (2013), "The Other Woman" (2014), "Trainwreck" (2015), and "How to Be Single" (2016). And it will no doubt pass more as its run continues.
Note: There is no movie listed for 2017, when there were no rom-coms released by major studios.
Sony has done it again.
After delivering on several exclusive PlayStation 4 hits over the past few years, including "Horizon Zero Dawn" and this year's "God of War," the studio's collaboration with Insomniac Games has yielded yet another must-have game for any PlayStation 4 owner.
I'd argue "Marvel's Spider-Man," which arrives this Friday, is also a great reason to own a PlayStation 4 in the first place, if you don't have one already.
After playing "Spider-Man" for about a week now — Sony PlayStation was kind enough to provide a review copy — I've really begun to appreciate several aspects of the game that will make playing other video games without these features very difficult.
Here are 5 ways the new Spider-Man game for PlayStation 4 raises the bar for all other video games (don't worry — no spoilers here):
1. Traversal feels the best it's felt in any video game.
Getting around in big video games with open-world maps can feel like a slog sometimes.
Often, the best your video game character can do is sprint or ride in a vehicle. Lots of games add fast-travel systems so you can teleport around the massive maps to your liking.
"Spider-Man" manages to make getting around not just quick and painless, but fun.
Swinging around New York City is what you want to do when you buy a Spider-Man game. But NYC is full of buildings and obstacles. In past games, you'd slam into them and maybe start crawling on the wall. You'd lose your momentum, and the sense that you were really this acrobatic superhero.
In this new game, you'll automatically parkour — run, swing, or jump — when you hit the side of a building or a random obstacle. Even though "Spider-Man" offers a fast-travel system via the city's subway, I rarely want to use it because getting around is half the fun.
"Spider-Man" makes traversing in other video games seem downright slow.
2. "Spider-Man" for PlayStation 4 respects the player's time.
Insomniac Games clearly loves its players. Here's an example of some of the features that improve the game's quality of life:
— You can save and quit at any point in the game, even in the middle of a cutscene or fight
— You can abandon any mission, or skip any cutscene, at any point
— You can change your suit at any time, even in the middle of a cutscene or fight
— Loading times are blissfully quick
— Navigating your menu is fast and easy to understand
— You can retry some missions for higher scores, or reload from past checkpoints if you feel like you screwed up
— The game provides plenty of fast-travel checkpoints in case you don't feel like swinging
All of these features prove one thing: "Spider-Man" for PlayStation 4 respects players' time.
3. "Spider-Man" raises the bar for alternative costumes for your character.
Unlocking new costumes for your character is often one of the best parts of any video game. This is especially true for "Spider-Man," where the suit is such a central part of the experience, because it reminds you, "Hey, I'm playing as an iconic superhero."
Without getting into spoilers, I'll say this about the costumes: Insomniac Games ensured that each costume that you unlock is better than the last one.
Every Spider-Man fan gets his or her due here: If you love the comics, or the movies, or just want your webslinger to look like a lunatic, you have options here. And the game even includes a few "hidden" suits you can unlock, and even more are coming with the downloadable content dropping later this year.
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"Alexa, turn on my Xbox" is finally a reality.
That's because the Xbox One is getting support for Amazon's Alexa, Microsoft announced on Thursday. You'll flip a switch in settings, enable whatever "skills" are required for your Amazon Echo device of choice, and you're off to the races.
More than just turning on the console, Alexa can do a bunch of different things with your Xbox One — launch games, pause that Netflix show you're watching, and even capture screenshots mid-game.
If it sounds familiar, that's because the Xbox One — and the Xbox 360 before it — could already be voice-controlled through the Kinect peripheral.
When the Xbox One launched in 2013 for the astronomical price of $500, it was so expensive because of the pricey camera/microphone combination — the so-called Kinect 2.0.
Kinect offered some pretty impressive features out of the box. You could turn on your Xbox One using your voice ("Xbox On!") — it would even turn on your TV for you as well. But the $500 price of the console plus Kinect kept potential buyers away, and Microsoft quickly dropped Kinect from the bundle to lower the price.
Over time, as more people bought Xbox One consoles without Kinect, Microsoft quietly hid much of the voice functionality that was intrinsic to the console at launch. Eventually, some of that functionality resurfaced as Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant. If you had a Kinect attached, or some other microphone, you could use Cortana — but that's a small subset of overall Xbox One users.
But now, with the mass popularity of voice-assisted devices like Amazon's Echo, Google's Home, and Apple's HomePod, the Xbox One adding support for Amazon's Alexa could smartly repurpose much of the functionality that's already built-in to the Xbox One. Instead of using an expensive peripheral, owners can use the Amazon Echo devices that they already own and use regularly with their voice.
To learn how to enable your Echo devices to work with your Xbox One, check out these instructions from Microsoft.
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Earlier this year "Call of Duty," one of gaming's most recognizable first-person shooter franchises, announced that it would be stepping into the battle royale genre popularized by "Fortnite" and "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" with a new mode in "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4."
Titled "Blackout," the mode will pit 80 players against each other on the largest map in the history of the series.
Developer Treyarch revealed the full map for "Blackout" on Sept. 5th via Twitter. "Blackout" will feature a number of returning characters and weapons from previous Black Ops games. In prior announcements, Treyarch said the map will feature some familiar locales and players will be able to wage war from land, sea, and air with a variety of vehicles.
Where are you dropping first?— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) September 5, 2018
This is Blackout, featuring the largest map in Call of Duty history. Pre-order #BlackOps4 and get access to the Blackout Beta, playable September 10 on PS4: https://t.co/XFvGMDwF3Mpic.twitter.com/RAxzzDxjPO
Private beta tests for "Blackout" will be available to players who pre-ordered "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4" starting next week. PlayStation players will have access to an exclusive beta period from Sept. 10-14. Xbox One players will be able to join in on the fun Sept. 14 and the beta will continue on both consoles until Sept. 17th.
For those who prefer PC, there will be a single day of private beta for pre-orders on Sept. 14th, before the game enters open beta from Sept. 15-17.
"Call of Duty: Black Ops 4" will launch October 12 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The PC version will be exclusive to Blizzard's Battle.net.
Check out the latest trailer for Blackout:
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Fight scenes in movies and TV shows are more realistic than ever. The art of fight choreography has evolved significantly since the era of Bruce Lee. Today, movies like "John Wick" and "Jason Bourne" incorporate high-impact martial arts like Judo and Jiujitsu to create intense staged combat that thrills audiences with every punch and kick.
To find out how these scenes come together, we interviewed Anthony Vincent, a top stunt coordinator and stunt performer who has more than 200 credits in the movie and television industries. Son of the late actor Frank Vincent, known for his appearances in gangster classics like "Goodfellas," "Casino," and "The Sopranos, Anthony specializes in martial arts and fight choreography. He demonstrated some of the fundamentals of how to make a fight scene look real. Following is a transcript of the video.
Anthony Vincent: My name is Tony Vincent, I'm a stunt coordinator in the film industry. After about 100 movies or so, I started doing fight choreography. I have a deep martial arts background. Everybody's either known as a fight guy, a wheel guy, or a gymnast, a fall guy. Fighting has always been my specialty. I'm competent at the other skills, but I've always been known more as a fight guy, and sought out for my fight skills.
James Cagney did a movie, "Blood on the Sun." And Judo was featured there. Every era saw different things. You know, the '70s was obviously the Bruce Lee era, and more of the Kung Fu flicks. So then you know, I think "Bourne" kind of changed some things, and that was heavily based on the Filipino art, Kali and Escrima, and the stick and knife fighting. So that kind of, I think, started that different style of fighting, was more realistic. And I think it's here to stay.
"Raid: Redemption" series was also done fantastically well. "John Wick" was brilliant, it was very heavy Judo-based. They brought an art that was not really shown that much in films.
[Anthony's father was actor Frank Vincent.]
Vincent: One thing that I learned from my dad, since he was an actor, is what motivates the character? Why is he fighting? What is his ultimate goal? Otherwise, it's just punches and kicks and throws and locks. So that's the first step. The second step is, what's the shooting style? Do they like to hold shots wide? Do they like to do a lot of insert shots, flash cuts? Because that'll help me know whether I really need to have a flow of moves, or if it's gonna be cut together in snippets. Then we shoot.
We're gonna do a little demonstration here, and go over some of the techniques to make fight scenes work. We have here Ian and we have Aj. The first thing we're gonna do is put Ian to sleep, okay? No, just kidding, okay.
What we really have to talk about is selling to camera. The camera, when stacked, we're stacking right now, it compresses the space in between. So really, whether I'm here or whether I'm here or if I actually hit him, it all looks the same. Just to explain what I'm saying, if I went like this now, guess what? Well, that doesn't work, we see a mile in between. There's a couple of things that I call "choreo-killers."
What we call bridging. You guys are my friends. I don't want to hit you in the face. What a lot of people do is they go — I call it bridging. Why? We make it look like it's the Verrazano, okay? Because in our mind, subconsciously, I don't want to hit you.
What makes a fight scene work is not the person throwing the punch, it's the person receiving the punch. I always say, you want to pretend that there is a pole going through the top of your head and running through your body. So the first thing that happens is your head goes. Once your head goes, your shoulder goes, then your hip, then your knee. Now I really want you to really throw it really hard. Obviously, don't hit me, 'cause I have meetings after this.
So go ahead. Beautiful, okay good. Alright. Now do it again. Okay, so that would be a big reaction.
You are going to punch him in the face, okay? And then punch him in the stomach. Then what I want you to do is throw a right punch at his ear.
Aj Caldwell: Somebody's getting workers' comp today.
Vincent: Right, right, right. Now again, this is a famous actor. You don't wanna hit him, but you don't want to look like you're throwing a little punch. We're gonna do a half-speed rehearsal, okay? So half-speed to feel it out and know what you're gonna do, and then we'll go full speed, okay?
Caldwell: Alright, so I walk up, like, "You got a problem? What's your problem?"
Vincent: Hold on, hold on a second. Did I say "action?"
Caldwell: Oh, you did not say "action."
Vincent: So you're just running the set on your own?
Caldwell: It's my first time on set!
Vincent: Okay, okay! Ready, and action! Nice and slow, nice and slow. Yeah, wham, good! Good! Good, good.
It's the full speed. Cameras are rolling. Okay, here we go. Ready, and action!
Caldwell: 'Sup, man, you got a problem? You got a problem, man, what's your problem, man?
Vincent: Nice, very nice! Very nice, good job, guys. Good, good, good. What's your availability next week? I have a project for you.
Caldwell: I'm free!
Vincent: You're free? Yeah, okay. Thank you guys.
Ian Phillips: Thank you.
Adam Venit, the Hollywood talent agent that actor Terry Crews accused of sexually assaulting him, will step down on Monday, according to The Wrap and Deadline. Crews' lawsuit against Venit has been settled and dismissed.
Venit's talent agency, WME, which used to represent Crews, said in a statement to Deadline: "Terry Crews, Adam Venit, and WME have settled the lawsuit Mr. Crews filed last year. It will be dismissed." Venit has represented clients such as Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, and Sylvester Stallone.
"The assault lasted only minutes, but what he was effectively telling me while he held my genitals in his hand was that he held the power. That he was in control," Crews told the Senate Judiciary Committee while testifying on the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights this summer.
"As I shared my story, I was told over and over that this was not abuse," Crews continued. "This was just a joke. This was just horseplay. But I can say one man's horseplay is another man's humiliation. And I chose to tell my story and share my experience to stand in solidarity with millions of other survivors around the world. That I know how hard it is to come forward, I know the shame associated with the assault. It happened to me."
WME demoted Venit from his role as head of the Motion Picture Department in December during an investigation. But prosecutors did not charge Venit because the case fell outside the statute of limitations.
According to The Wrap, Crews' lawsuit claimed that he feared retaliation from Venit, even though WME head Ari Emanuel told him that Venit "did not have that level of power."
Can you smell it in the air? This year's "Madden" has already arrived, its annual mid-August launch signaling the coming wave of blockbuster video games about to arrive on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Huge new entries from already massively popular franchises are the standouts this year, and "Red Dead Redemption 2" (seen above) is the heaviest heavy of them all. The long-awaited sequel to Rockstar Games' brilliant original "Red Dead Redemption" is a kind of "Grand Theft Auto" meets "The Magnificent Seven" — a fitting game from the folks behind the "Grand Theft Auto" series.
But this fall isn't all cowboys and train robberies.
Below, we've put together the 16 biggest games slated to arrive in the biggest game release season of the year:
1. "Madden NFL 19"
New year, new "Madden" game. 2018 is no different, and the latest entry in the football simulation series is available to buy now.
A handful of changes are being made this time around, like every year, but let's be honest: You're not buying "Madden" because of changes. Is anyone? "Madden NFL 19" is simply the latest iteration of a formula that's been working for over 25 years, which is exactly what it's supposed to be.
Release Date: August 10
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
2. "Marvel's Spider-Man"
The new "Spider-Man" game — a PlayStation 4 exclusive game — features a massive New York City that you can swing around, with plenty of enemies to pummel along the way. It's focused on re-creating the Spider-Man experience as closely as possible.
This is the classic Peter Parker/Spider-Man you already know and love.
"Our Spider-Man features a 23-year-old Peter Parker who has become a masterful Spider-Man," the game's creative director, Bryan Intihar, said of the game. "While he may be more experienced, Peter and Spider-Man's worlds continue to collide as he tries to juggle them."
Release Date: September 7
Platforms: PlayStation 4
3. "NBA 2K19"
For the 2oth anniversary of the NBA 2K series, newly minted Los Angeles Laker LeBron James is gracing the cover.
As per usual, "NBA 2K19" is a gorgeous basketball simulation — the basketball equivalent of "Madden" for football. It sets the standard for sim basketball games. Also like "Madden," it doesn't change too much from year to year. The focus is on updating the game to be a strong reflection of the current NBA, and it consistently delivers on that. Expect "NBA 2K19" to continue that tradition.
Release Date: September 11
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch
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