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    Every office has its own corporate jargon, but Netflix's is particularly wacky, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal.

    The sprawling Journal piece looks at Netflix's tough corporate culture, and one way employees signal they are in the loop is through phrases that indicate they are a "culture fit." The strangest is an idiosyncratic way of using the word "meme."

    Here's how the Journal describes how Netflix employees use the word:

    "The 'meme' on someone at Netflix is their current standing in the eyes of their bosses. If the 'meme' on you is that your boss’s boss doesn’t like your tone or attitude, if you don’t change quickly that could mean you are out."

    Other bits of Netflix language include "blast radius" ("how far something goes inside the company when you say it to someone else") and "highly aligned, loosely coupled" ("the adjectives Netflix uses to describe its organization as the opposite of a top-down company").

    Read the full report and more jargon over at the Journal. 

    SEE ALSO: 'Modern Family' star Sofia Vergara tops the list of highest-paid TV actresses in the world with over $42 million

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    • According to The Wall Street Journal, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings routinely uses a "keeper test" to evaluate employees, and he is "unencumbered by emotion."
    • Managers are encouraged to perform the test, in which they ask themselves whether they would fight to keep an employee.
    • Hastings even used it to fire Netflix's chief product officer and his close friend, Neil Hunt, last year.
    • "I would not have chosen to move on at that particular moment, but you have to separate the emotion from the logic," Hunt told the Journal.
    • But this company culture has left some executives uneasy, and according to the Journal, they fear for their jobs every day.


    As Netflix has grown into a media giant, helping to revolutionize how we consume television, it has developed a tough corporate culture with high standards.

    A Wall Street Journal report on Thursday shed light on the streaming service's radical ways based on anecdotes from over 70 former and current employees. According to the Journal, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is "unencumbered by emotion," and routinely uses a "keeper test" to evaluate employees.

    He even used it to fire Netflix's chief product officer and his close friend, Neil Hunt, last year. Hunt had been with Netflix for 18 years.

    What is a keeper test? Here's how Netflix has described it: "If one of the members of the team was thinking of leaving for another firm, would the manager try hard to keep them from leaving." If an employee doesn't pass the keeper test, they're "promptly and respectfully given a generous severance package so we can find someone for that position that makes us an even better dream team," Netflix said.

    Some managers told the Journal they felt pressured into firing people or "risk looking soft."

    In regards to Hunt, Hastings felt the company had grown past its need for him, and told Hunt that former international development officer Greg Peters would be taking his place as product chief.

    "I would not have chosen to move on at that particular moment, but you have to separate the emotion from the logic," Hunt told the Journal.

    Hastings' commitment to the keeper test has left some executives uneasy. According to the Journal, at a meeting of Netflix public-relations executives in the spring, many expressed that they feared they would lose their jobs every day they came to work.

    Here's how Netflix responded to the Journal piece:

    “We believe strongly in maintaining a high performance culture and giving people the freedom to do their best work. Fewer controls and greater accountability enable our employees to thrive, making smarter, more creative decisions, which means even better entertainment for our members. While we believe parts of this piece do not reflect how most employees experience Netflix, we’re constantly working to learn and improve.” 

    SEE ALSO: Interest in Netflix's 'Luke Cage' and 'Iron Fist' dropped dramatically over time, and its other Marvel shows could also be in trouble

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    • The mood around digital TV packages (vMVPDs) is starting to turn sour because of flagging growth and bad margins.
    • This could mean financial pain for TV networks which were counting on them to help offset some of the losses they will take from the decline of traditional pay-TV packages on cable and satellite.
    • On Thursday, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said "the growth of the virtual MVPDs is starting to plateau, at least in the last month."
    • UBS analysts on Thursday revised their estimates of pay-TV subscriber loses to reflect "worsening" trends.

    The evidence is piling up that digital TV packages (vMVPDs) will not be the savior some TV networks were hoping.

    The trend of subscribers ditching satellite or cable TV bundles has been worrying for TV networks, which get paid carriage fees by distributors (per subscriber) to have their channels in the bundle. Luckily for networks, digital TV packages that pay similar carriage fees — from companies like Hulu, YouTube, and AT&T’s DirecTV — have sprung up to replace some of that revenue.

    But the growth of these new digital packages could already be slowing, which is bad news for networks and distributors alike. A noteworthy data point is AT&T, which has both a traditional pay-TV arm (DirecTV’s satellite business) and a digital one (DirecTV Now).

    On Wednesday, AT&T reported its earnings, and its DirecTV numbers raised some eyebrows around the industry. AT&T lost 359,000 satellite TV subscribers, significantly more than the 245,000 Wall Street was expecting. But worse, growth of its digital TV service, DirecTV Now, slowed. DirecTV Now added only 49,000 subscribers, well below both Wall Street expectations of 287,000, and its second-quarter additions of 342,000. (Management blamed a price increase.)

    Those numbers do not paint a rosy picture of the ability of digital bundles to combat pay-TV subscriber losses.

    In a note distributed Thursday, analysts at UBS revised estimates for the sector to reflect “worsening” pay-TV subscriber trends suggested by Verizon and AT&T’s quarterly results.

    “Including streaming TV, we look for 670K pay TV subscriber losses in 3Q18, up from -115K in 3Q17,” UBS wrote. UBS expects traditional pay-TV subscriber losses of 1.25 million for the quarter.

    NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke dumped more cold water on optimists during an earnings call Thursday.

    Burke addressed a perceived weakness in digital TV packages. While painting an upbeat picture of the pay-TV marketplace in general, Burke said“the growth of the virtual MVPDs is starting to plateau, at least in the last month.”

    Starting to plateau already?

    Using DirecTV Now as an example again, the streaming TV service only has 1.86 million subscribers. DirecTV’s satellite business has 10 times that amount. This is not a good time to plateau. And fewer subscribers means fewer dollars to TV networks.

    Let’s not forget the terrible margins

    But potentially flagging growth isn’t the only problem for these digital TV bundles. They also have terrible margins. Morgan Stanley recently did the math on Hulu’s live TV product and estimated it had negative gross profit.

    So it should come as no surprise that in the last few days, executives at first Hulu and then AT&T talked about slimming down the bundle and offering packages with positive margins. This could be beneficial both as a way to cut costs and boost subscriber growth.

    But it’s probably going to hurt the revenues of some TV networks, which risk getting cut out of packages and losing even more subscribers.

    Which networks are we talking about?

    In Thursday's note, UBS addressed AT&T’s comments about "evaluating program lineups."

    “We view network groups with broadcast (CBS, Disney, NBCU, Fox) as best-positioned to hold their negotiating leverage against AT&T while standalone cable network groups (AMCX, A&E, Discovery/Scripps, Viacom) are most at risk,” UBS wrote. “Still these network groups represent a smaller percentage of program cost and generally have a better price/viewership relationship than networks with sports rights.”

    SEE ALSO: ESPN has a huge opportunity to dominate the future of sports, but it has to fundamentally change its business model

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    You've managed to get your hands on a new iPhone XR or iPhone XS, and now you want cool apps to run on it.

    The Tech Insider staff picked some of our favorite apps that show off the power of Apple's new phones.

    The list is focused on lesser-known software that we use and love; if you're looking for the most commonly downloaded apps — think Facebook, Snapchat, Google Maps — Apple publishes a list.

    Let's check them out:

    Citizen lets you see if there are emergencies or crimes nearby.

    Citizen is a free app.

    Moment helps you track screen time. Apple has built-in tools, but a lot of people in the tech world use this app.

    Moment is a free app with in-app purchases.

    Mindbody lets you book and search workout classes on the go.

    Mindbody is a free app. The classes cost money.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    As Netflix looks to increase its awards chances, the streaming giant and industry disrupter has butted heads with Hollywood traditionalists and film festivals. But it has also reeled in some of the biggest filmmakers working today, many of whom have won film's top prize: an Oscar.

    Netflix's only Oscar win so far came this year for Best Documentary for "Icarus," but its chances are higher than ever entering the 2018-19 awards season. Acclaimed filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, who won a directing Oscar in 2014 for "Gravity" and is also known for "Children of Men," directed what is expected to be one of Netflix's biggest theatrical releases ever: "Roma."

    But not every establishment figure has embraced the streamer. Netflix premiered six movies at this year's Venice Film Festival after pulling out of Cannes because of a new rule that disqualified any film without a theatrical distribution in France. It has also faced the ire of respected filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, who said the streamer only belongs at the Emmys.

    Still, Netflix hasn't let the controversy get in its way. It has worked with "The Social Network" and "Gone Girl" director David Fincher on its original series "House of Cards" and "Mindhunter." Paul Greengrass, director of "Jason Bourne" and "United 93," directed the real-life drama "22 July," which is on Netflix now. And Netflix acquired Andy Serkis' "Jungle Book" reimagining, "Mowgli," in July.

    Big filmmakers aren't afraid to do business with Netflix — and those aren't even the Oscar winners.

    Below are 7 Oscar-winning directors who are bringing their talents to Netflix:

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    Damien Chazelle

    Oscar win: Best Director — 2017 ("La La Land")

    Netflix project: Chazelle will executive produce and direct two episodes of a Netflix musical drama series called "The Eddy," which will be his first TV project. 

    Description: "A jazz club in the heart of multicultural Paris faces danger in this musical drama series from 'La La Land' director Damien Chazelle."

    Joel and Ethan Coen

    Oscar wins: Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay — 2008 ("No Country for Old Men"); Best Original Screenplay — 1997 ("Fargo")

    Netflix project: The Coens debuted "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" at this year's Venice Film Festival. Originally a Netflix series, it became an anthology film with six stories. It comes to Netflix November 16.

    Description: "Saddle up for six tales about the American frontier from the unique minds of Joel and Ethan Coen, who wrote and directed this anthology."

    Alfonso Cuarón

    Oscar wins: Best Director and Film Editing — 2014 ("Gravity")

    Netflix project: Netflix's best chance at entering the Oscar race, "Roma," will arrive on the streaming service and on over 100 screens worldwide later this year. It's one of Netflix's biggest pushes yet for theatrical distribution as it tries to raise its Oscar chances.

    Description: "A story that chronicles a tumultuous year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s."

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Even as "The Big Bang Theory" enters its 12th and final season, it is still one of the biggest shows of the year.

    But not even Sheldon (or "Young Sheldon") could dethrone "Roseanne," which reigns supreme as the most-watched show of the year so far, according to Nielsen ratings, despite the controversy the show and its star, Roseanne Barr, suffered earlier this year.

    The "Roseanne" reboot was quickly canceled and has been replaced by a spin-off, "The Conners," which is currently airing. It debuted last week far lower than the "Roseanne" premiere with 10.5 million viewers, but was still a hit for ABC.

    As the end of the year looms, we've gotten an update from Nielsen on the biggest shows of the year as of September 30. Aside from "Big Bang Theory" and "Roseanne," they include hits like "NCIS" and "This Is Us."

    The seven most-watched shows of the year so far, according to Nielsen ratings, are below:

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    7. "Bull" (CBS)

    Average viewers: 14.6 million 

    Michael Weatherly stars as Jason Bull, the founder of a trial consulting firm that analyzes juries and witnesses for its clients. "Bull" is currently airing its third season.

    6. "The Good Doctor" (ABC)

    Average viewers: 15.7 million 

    Freddie Highmore plays an autistic and talented young surgeon in this CBS drama now in its second season.

    5. "Young Sheldon" (CBS)

    Average viewers: 16.3 million 

    This "Big Bang Theory" prequel follows Sheldon Cooper as a brilliant child.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    I spent almost a full year playing "Bloodborne." After hundreds of hours and literally thousands of deaths, I can definitively say "Bloodborne" is one of the best action adventure horror games ever made. And it's only $20 right now, if you buy it digitally or as a physical disc. I can't recommend it enough.

    I had never played a game like "Bloodborne" before, but after my brother gifted it to me in 2015, I wasn't able to put it down. I spent hours each day slowly carving through the old city of Yharnam, exploring gorgeous Gothic architecture while hunting monstrous beasts and earning increasingly better weapons and gear along the way.

    "Bloodborne" is made by a Japanese game company called From Software, which has made some of the most punishing video games of all time, including the beloved "Dark Souls" franchise. "Bloodborne" is similar to the "Dark Souls" games, but its mechanics reward a more aggressive playstyle, and thus, the game is a bit more approachable. Still, as I've learned, you will die a lot in this game — but this makes every victory that much sweeter.

    If you've never heard of this game — or if you already own the game and can't stop thinking about it — this is what "Bloodborne" is all about. (Warning: Nightmare fuel ahead.)

    SEE ALSO: This looks like the most beautiful game to come out in 2016

    This is Yharnam, the Gothic city you'll be exploring in "Bloodborne."

    And this is you. You are a hunter.

    As a hunter, it's your job to clean the streets of Yharnham from an endemic plague that's taken over the town and transformed most of its citizens into beasts.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Red Dead Redemption 2

    • On Friday, the much-anticipated "Red Dead Redemption 2" launched.
    • The game is massive — it takes over 60 hours to complete the story.
    • That massive scale also means a massive file size: from 90 to a little over 100 GB, depending on the version. And that can mean lengthy download times, making some folks pretty upset.

    The biggest game of 2018 is finally here: "Red Dead Redemption 2" is available now on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. But that doesn't mean you can play it immediately.

    This is 2018, after all, so you have to deal with a pretty hefty download and/or file install on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you buy the game digitally, you're looking at somewhere from 93 to 107 GB, depending on your console of choice.

    And that has people freaking the hell out as they wait for the massive download to complete.

    One intrepid user even went as far as to look up the file size for a previous Rockstar Games title of note: the original "Grand Theft Auto."

    There are, of course, ways around dealing with these massive file sizes.

    You could, for instance, buy a physical copy of the game — it'll still take some time to install, but not nearly as much as a 90 GB file takes to download.

    And there's one other option for you digital-only folks: set the game to start downloading remotely on your console while you're at work/school/etc. You can easily set that up through your console's settings.

    If you're stuck waiting on a particularly long download of "Red Dead Redemption 2," we have a few suggestions:

    1. Connect your console directly to your router via Ethernet cable — it should go faster than wireless.
    2. Put your console in sleep or rest mode and stop looking at the download. A watched pot never boils, you know!
    3. Make a really tasty sandwich and eat it. Who doesn't like sandwiches?!
    4. Re-read our review to amp up your hype levels.

    And if all else fails, there's always this video you could watch:

    SEE ALSO: After 30 hours with 'Red Dead Redemption 2,' I'm convinced it's a game everyone should play

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    Billionaire entrepreneur Michael Rubin will join multiplatinum-selling hip-hop artist Meek Mill onstage at IGNITION 2018 for a Better Capitalism keynote discussion covering a number of pressing topics, including the capitalist case for criminal justice reform.

    Meek Mill has firsthand experience with the issue — he was sent to prison in November 2017 for technical probation violations, resulting in outraged protests from fans and supporters, including celebrities like Jay-Z and Kevin Hart.

    Rubin, co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, first met Meek Mill at an NBA All-Star game in 2014 and the two became fast friends. And when Meek Mill went to prison, Rubin helped to draw attention to the perceived injustice and generate public support for his release. Meek Mill was released on bail in April, and, since then, he and Rubin have joined forces to launch a foundation dedicated to criminal justice reform.

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    Rubin, the founder and executive chairman of Fanatics, Rue Gilt Groupe, and ShopRunner, has long disrupted the retail industry and became a billionaire at 39. He credits Meek Mill with opening his eyes to the realities of life in America. Speaking about Rubin, Meek Mill told the Associated Press: "I just think he's a good-hearted person being that he's somebody worth billions of dollars and still uses his resources to stand up for people who don't have the money to be able to fight the errors of the criminal justice system."

    Rubin and Meek Mill are part of an all-star lineup of influential business leaders, entrepreneurs, inventors, artists, and change-makers at IGNITION 2018.

    Check out the full speaker lineup and don't wait to register.

    To keep up with IGNITION news, join our mailing list and you'll be the first to get updates on our speakers and agenda.

    SEE ALSO: There are lots of reasons to attend IGNITION 2018. Here are 10 of them.

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    • Producer Frank Marshall is currently developing another "Bourne" movie and told Business Insider that Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner would never star in the same movie.
    • Damon has been the star of the franchise, however Renner played the lead from the 2012 release, "The Bourne Legacy," and is to star in the next one.
    • Despite Marshall's statement that Damon and Renner will never be in the same movie, the box office suggests he should reconsider.


    Producer Frank Marshall is the keeper of some of the most beloved franchises in Hollywood — "Indiana Jones," "Jurassic Park," "Back to the Future" — but there is one in his stable that is still evolving though it's been running since 2002 and has five movies under its belt.

    The "Jason Bourne" movies have earned over $1.6 billion worldwide thanks to its more grounded James Bond vibe and the performance of Matt Damon as the title character. However, in 2012 the franchise began a spin-off to the franchise by casting Jeremy Renner in the lead for "The Bourne Legacy" and telling a completely different tale inspired by the Robert Ludlum "Bourne Series" books. 

    Following the release of Damon's "Jason Bourne" in 2016, Marshall is going back to Renner's Aaron Cross character as he's overseeing the development of another Bourne movie.

    This once more sparks the question often pondered on the internet: Will we ever see a "Bourne" movie where Damon and Renner's characters are together? 

    "I don't think so," Marshall told Business Insider on Thursday, while he was doing press for the release of Netflix's "The Other Side of the Wind," Orson Welles' infamous final movie, which Marshall is a producer on (and was production manager on 46 years ago when the famous director was making it). 

    "We're still in the early stages," Marshall went on to say about the upcoming "Bourne" movie, which has no release date but has director Justin Lin attached with Renner to star. "It's going to be a separate story, we won't see them together," he said, referring to Damon and Renner.

    In an era when franchises are built around eventually combining characters we've seen in standalone movies, Marshall believes for the Bourne movies — at least for now — it's best to tell single stories. 

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    "I think there are a lot of different black ops organizations in the CIA and I think they stay separate," he said. "But there's a whole lot of new younger characters that can evolve out of new stories."

    However, there's another case to make for why the "Bourne" franchise should at some point combine their stars: it could help at the box office. 

    Though Universal, which releases the "Bourne" movies, has kept its sights modest with the franchise, knowing it will never grab the global audience appeal of its blue chip IPs like "Fast and the Furious" or "Jurassic," there still needs to be reinforced data that proves to the studio audiences will continue to go out and buy tickets.

    The release of 2016's "Jason Bourne" was a reminder that the franchise still can earn box-office coin. It was number one at the domestic box office (which every movie in the franchise has done except the 2002 original, "The Bourne Identity") and had a global box office take of over $415 million (it was made for $120 million), the second-best ever for the franchise.  

    But that movie had a big thing going for it. It was the first time Damon had played the Bourne role since 2007's "The Bourne Ultimatum," which is the highest earner in the franchise with a $442.8 million global take. 

    What is the lowest performer in the franchise? When it was Renner's turn at the wheel. "The Bourne Legacy" only took in $113.2 million domestically (second-worst worldwide earner in the franchise with $276.1 million).  

    Hollywood is a town where you never say never, and in this case anything could happen seeing it's not a high priority. Lin is currently working on the ninth "Fast and Furious" movie, and Renner is more than likely finishing up "Avengers 4" playing Hawkeye, and will next star alongside Jamie Foxx in "Spawn." So another "Bourne" is certainly on the back burner for now.

    However, just looking at the numbers, Marshall may want to figure out a way to get Damon (who has only been involved in a "Bourne" movie since Paul Greengrass has jumped on the franchise) and Renner to team up for the next "Bourne." Having Damon in the movie could potentially provide the box-office security Renner can't provide alone.

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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 have cut shows throughout the summer and fall.

    The most recent cancelations come from Netflix. Netflix recently canceled "Iron Fist" after two seasons, and announced that "Orange is the New Black" will end with its upcoming seventh season. Netflix also canceled the excellent satire series "American Vandal" after two seasons. 

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

    In other notable cancellations, USA's critically acclaimed "Mr. Robot" will end with its upcoming fourth season, and CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" is ending after 12 seasons. 

    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


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

    "I Love Dick" — Amazon, one season

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    Fortnite High Stakes

    • "Fortnite" creator Epic Games has announced $1.25 billion in new funding from multiple investors.
    • The announcement marks the largest ever investment in a video game company, according to PitchBook.
    • "Fortnite" is the most popular video game in the world, with nearly 80 million players per month.
    • The Unreal Engine, Epic's game design software suite, has been used by a variety of developers to create hundreds of games since 2001.

    Epic Games has announced $1.25 billion in new investments, the largest ever funding round for a video game company, according to PitchBook.

    Epic is the creator of "Fortnite," the most popular video game in the world, and also creates development software used by major game studios and indie developers alike. According to a press release from Epic, the new investors include KKR, ICONIQ Capital, Smash Ventures, aXiomatic, Vulcan Capital, Kleiner Perkins, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. They will join Disney, Tencent, and Endeavor as minority stakeholders.

    Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney will retain control of the company.

    "We're excited to partner with the finest minds in the financial, sports, and entertainment communities. This reinforces Epic's position of leadership in real-time 3D technology, and accelerates our ability to improve the way people play, work, and interact with the world," Sweeney said in the press release.

    "Fortnite" continues to see surging success, celebrating 80 million players during August 2018. The game's popularity has led to exclusivity deals with Samsung, licensing deals with Nerf and Hasbro, and even made Sony change its policy for cross-platform play.

    "Fortnite" is free to play on the vast majority of gaming platforms, but earns revenue through micro-transactions. The game reached a monthly record of $318 million in revenue during May 2018, and Epic has committed to developing a competitive community for "Fortnite" with a promise to invest $100 million in esports.

    Beyond publishing major titles like "Fortnite" and "Gears of War," Epic Games creates game design tools for other developers. Now in its fourth iteration, Epic's Unreal Engine design suites have been used to create hundreds of games since 2001.

    Epic's $1.25 billion investment round is the largest ever for a video game company. The previous high was $550 million, raised by Sea Limited in May 2017, according to Pitchbook data. Sea Limited is a Singapore-based company providing an online gaming portal for Southeast Asia.

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    Red Dead Redemption 2

    The much-anticipated next game from the folks who created "Grand Theft Auto 5" is finally here: "Red Dead Redemption 2" is available now on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. 

    But you know that, right? You've seen all the ads, and maybe even pre-ordered the game ahead of time — you're ready.

    But are you really? Having spent the last week with the game's main character, Arthur Morgan, and his fellow outlaws, I've put together everything I wish I had known before digging in on Rockstar's latest 60-hour epic.

    SEE ALSO: After 30 hours with 'Red Dead Redemption 2,' I'm convinced it's a game everyone should play

    1. The game is aggressively slow. Embrace it!

    The opening to "Red Dead Redemption 2" finds Arthur and his friends on the run from the law, holed up in an abandoned set of cabins during a brutal snow storm. 

    It's a slow-as-molasses crawl through thick snowdrifts just to get to the cabins, then another slow crawl back through the snow to explore a nearby cabin. There's no speeding through the snow, or hurrying through the mission — it sets the tone for the rest of the game.

    Most games attempt to entertain players at every turn. "Red Dead Redemption 2" luxuriates in the details, which can mean watching a lot of slow animations. Arthur opens a drawer. Arthur checks a body for loot. Arthur carefully places an animal hide on his horse.

    Embrace the details — it's what "Red Dead Redemption 2" does best.

    2. Don't worry about money.

    By 1899 standards, Arthur Morgan is an absolute baller. By a few hours in, I had accrued a ridiculously large amount of money, as had the gang. I never thought about money again.

    You can buy supplies, and ammunition, and outfits, and all manner of other things. But you rarely need to — much of that stuff can be easily scrounged from dead enemies or while on missions. I never found myself worried about having enough supplies, to say nothing of money to buy supplies with.

    After all, this is a game about being an outlaw — and that means robbing and stealing. You'll do plenty of that just as a matter of playing the game, so don't worry too much about money and supplies.

    3. Do worry about upgrading your camp: Prioritize that before anything else.

    The Van der Linde Gang — the one Arthur belongs to, run by Dutch Van der Linde — has a mobile home base. It's just a camp: A handful of tents and bedrolls, benches and horses. There's a fire for cooking, and a table for eating, and an area for the horses.

    But these meager accommodations can be upgraded to great effect, and I'd strongly suggest frontloading the game with exactly that.

    Most importantly: Upgrade Dutch's accommodations ("First Things First") and the subsequent upgrade for Arthur's housing. The first one will encourage other gang members to pitch in more money, and that second bit will unlock fast travel — a crucial component if you want to save time getting around the absolutely massive world of "Red Dead Redemption 2."

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    • The cast of Netflix's horror hit series "The Haunting of Hill House" explained how they prepared for their roles in an interview with Spot.
    • "I watched a lot of embalming videos and looked at pictures of dead bodies," said Elizabeth Reaser, who plays Shirley.
    • "I think in the pre-production phase, we all spent a lot of time together, got to know each other," said Henry Thomas, who plays the young Hugh Crain.

    Netflix's new horror series, "The Haunting of Hill House," is a massive hit for the streaming service, and the cast went to great lengths to bring it to life.

    In an interview with Spot, Elizabeth Reaser, who plays the adult Shirley Crain, explained the unsettling ways she prepared for her role.

    "I play a mortician and a funeral home director, so I worked with a mortician in Georgia and I watched a lot of embalming videos and looked at pictures of dead bodies," Reaser said.

    Henry Thomas, who plays the father of the family in the past, Hugh Crain, had a less disturbing answer.

    "A lot of it was built between the relationships between the characters," Thomas said. "So I think in the pre-production phase, we all spent a lot of time together, got to know each other. Because the story is told through two timelines with almost a separate cast for each timeline, it was important for us to all work together and be on the same page in terms of the story."

    At least he didn't have to look at dead bodies.

    Watch the full interview below:

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    • The Boba Fett standalone "Star Wars" movie is dead, according to Deadline and reporter Erick Weber.
    • Disney is instead focusing on the live-action "Star Wars" TV series, "The Mandalorian," for its upcoming streaming service.
    • The last "Star Wars" standalone, "Solo," disappointed at the box office this summer.
    • Disney CEO Bob Iger has expressed regret about the fast pace at which "Star Wars" movies were being released.


    The "Star Wars" spin-off movie for Boba Fett, the fan-favorite bounty hunter, is not happening, as Disney instead focuses on its upcoming streaming service and its first "Star Wars" live-action TV series, "The Mandalorian." 

    Deadline confirmed that the movie is dead after reporter Erick Weber first tweeted on Thursday, "Kathleen Kennedy just confirmed to me Boba Fett movie is 100% dead, 100% focusing on THE MANDALORIAN."

    Disney did not immediately return a request for comment.

    "The Mandalorian" is currently in production with "Iron Man" and "The Jungle Book" director Jon Favreau producing. The series takes place after "Return of the Jedi" but before "The Force Awakens."

    Favreau posted a description on Instagram earlier this month:

    "After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic..."

    The Hollywood Reporter reported in May that "Logan" director James Mangold would bring a Boba Fett standalone to the big screen, but Disney has reevaluated its "Star Wars" strategy since then. "Solo: A Star Wars Story," was a box-office disappointment. It made under $400 million worldwide, while every other "Star Wars" movie in the Disney era has made over $1 billion ("The Force Awakens" made over $2 billion).

    In an interview with THR last month, Disney CEO Bob Iger expressed regret over the initial strategy to release a "Star Wars" movie every year, and said to expect a "slow down" on "Star Wars" movies.

    "I made the timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast," Iger said. "You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn't mean we're not going to make films."

    The next "Star Wars" movie, "Episode IX," comes to theaters December 20, 2019, and Disney's streaming service is expected in late 2019. "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson and "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are attached to "Star Wars" film projects, but the future is unclear while Disney shifts its efforts to TV.

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    • Postmates, a food and grocery delivery app, said rapper Post Malone is its No. 1 customer. 
    • He's apparently spent more than $40,000 on the app just in the past year — with more than 660 orders in 52 different cities. 
    • His go-to restaurant is Popeyes, and Postmates says he spent $8,000 on 10,000 Popeyes biscuits for a Coachella party. 

    We've probably all looked at our bank statements in horror after realizing how much money was spent on food after a night out. However, rapper Post Malone takes that experience to the next level — Postmates, a food and grocery delivery app, says the rapper has spent more than $40,000 on the app in the past year alone, making him Postmates' No. 1 customer. 

    In its "The Receipt" blog, Postmates laid out some of the data from Post Malone's orders. Since joining Postmates in 2016, Post Malone, whose real name is Austin Richard Post, has made more than 660 orders for almost 3,000 items, in 52 different cities. 

    Post seems to have a certain affinity for Popeyes — it's his go-to restaurant, and he apparently once spent $8,000 on 10,000 Popeyes biscuits for a Coachella party. 

    Here's a list of items Post had delivered for a party earlier this year, according to Postmates:

    • 3 packs of rolling papers
    • 6 bottles of orange juice
    • 2 bottles of cranberry cocktail juice
    • 4 bottles of cabernet sauvignon
    • 2 bags of ice
    • 2 handles of Tito’s Vodka
    • 40 solo cups.

    The rapper also frequently orders Bud Light beer from the service, Postmates said, and he once tipped a delivery driver with a copy of his unreleased album. 

    But not every order has worked out perfectly: After smashing a guitar at a concert in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, Post revealed he was only able to order 10 guitars at a time on Postmates, instead of the 100 he desired. 


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    • Olga Heijns, who manages high-profile dance music artists like Laidback Luke and Blasterjaxx, told Business Insider the death of Swedish DJ Avicii in April has "accelerated change" in the industry.
    • Avicii's death was by suicide. Two years prior, he had retired from touring after repeatedly warning that the lifestyle was going to kill him, but that he was being pressured to continue.
    • A number of other dance artists, including Laidback Luke, have publicly experienced "burnout" and have even quit the tour circuit because of it.
    • A 2016 study showed that 69% of musicians had experienced depression, while 71% have had panic attacks and/or high levels of anxiety.
    • This is heightened in the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) world, where artists get little sleep and play shows year-round.
    • Laidback Luke told Business Insider that in 2018 "we finally get to talk about it, you're finally not being judged."
    • However, he believes there should be guidelines on how many shows a DJ can play and how many flights they can take.
    • Heijns also stresses there's a "huge role" for managers, labels, and agents to let artists know it's OK to say no — and that they're not expected to be "always on."

    My memory of Avicii, the Swedish DJ and producer who was found dead in Oman in April, is a good one.

    During my final year at Western University in Ontario, Canada, I went to one of his shows with some friends, dressed in neon and wearing sunglasses at night like an idiot.

    The atmosphere — and the music — were euphoric, and his energy on stage was contagious.

    It was the one and only time in my life I experimented with drugs.

    I got home at around 4 a.m. covered in sweat, took a shower, and slept until what must have been mid-afternoon the next day.

    It was the type of night most people have once or maybe a handful of times before getting on with their life.

    But for EDM DJs, this lack of sleep, demand for energy, and even involvement in drugs and alcohol can happen every night.

    Olga Heijns, who looks after high-profile dance music artists through her management company Unmanageable Artists, knows this all too well.

    Heijns' career in music saw her work in promotion and for labels like Colombia Records before she entered the world of management in 2001.

    Over the years that followed, she developed a number of other businesses — including a booking agency, a publisher, and her own label, Mixmash Records — but is now focused mainly on artist management.

    Throughout her time in the industry, she has seen a number of her artists experience "burnout" from the lifestyle — including Dutch DJ and record producer duo Blasterjaxx and fellow Dutch DJ and music producer Laidback Luke, an artist she currently works with who was a close friend and mentor to Avicii, real name Tim Bergling.

    The pressures of the EDM world


    Berling's death was by suicide at the age of 28, with his family stating he "could not go on any longer" and "wanted to find peace."

    He had retired from touring in 2016, citing a series of health concerns that included acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking.

    In a documentary titled "Avicii: True Stories," released in October 2017, he repeatedly warned that the touring lifestyle was going to kill him, but that he was being pressured to continue.

    "There's a huge difference between [artists in the dance space] and artist in the pop/rock/hip hop scene," Heijns told me.

    For starters, she said that other artists are used to a more cyclical life.

    "If they're successful, they'll have a two year tour, come off the road, spend Christmas, holidays, and birthdays with family back home, take some time off, then go back into the studio," she said. "There's an end to it.

    "With DJs, it just goes on full year round. There's always a holiday somewhere, which means there's a dance party. There's summer or a festival around the world at all times."

    Because of this, she said a lot of dance artists have the idea that they can't miss out.

    "'This is the one show that will be super important, I can't afford to miss it,' they'll say. They're suffering from a pressure that's not comparable anywhere else. It's constant deadline upon deadline."

    'Everything is personal'

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    It often goes unsaid that it's not just the artist who experience the pressure, but also their teams and managers — like Heijns — too.

    "The professional team to a certain extent are suffering from strenuous demands," she agreed.

    However, she added that for an artist, "everything is personal."

    "People will judge me, my appearance, the things I say. That adds up a little bit with the pressure of the world leaning on you."

    "There's very little difference between what an artist in dance music does and their personal sphere," she said. "When they get feedback on Instagram and criticism on Facebook, everything feels really personal. It's a little bit of a rabbit hole."

    She added: "Representing various artists, I can see criticism on a post, but it's not directed at me. There's a lot more distance between what they experience and what we experience."

    Speaking to me last week, 42-year-old Laidback Luke, born Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen, agreed. "My manager works super hard, she's always online, you can always reach her, but the difference is that I'm in the public eye as well. People will judge me, my appearance, the things I say. That adds up a little bit with the pressure of the world leaning on you."

    The signs of burnout aren't always clear


    It's not always obvious when the pressure is becoming too much for an artist until it's too late, according to Heijns.

    She represented Blasterjaxx at the time when Idir Makhlaf from the duo made a public statement saying he was coming off the road due to panic and anxiety attacks.

    "I noticed that touring did not sit good with Idir at all, he was definitely showing all the signs of suffering from anxiety," she said, but added that he felt 'I'm not supposed to feel like this, I can't let my partner down, If I stop I basically sabotage him too.'"

    She said while there was an "overwhelming response" to his statement that he would no longer tour, certain people in the industry clearly didn't understand.

    "Certain promoters were saying 'If you make a goodbye gig I'll pay you X, Y, Z,' using it to try and negotiate something out of this," she said.

    Just last month, Dutch DJ Hardwell — or Robbert van de Corput — announced he would no longer be touring, citing that his career "leaves too little energy, love, creativity and attention for my life as a normal person to do so."

    Heijns said Hardwell  "seemed in great spirits" and had said he was working out and taking time off.

    "For us, there were zero signs for Robbert... It sounded like he was making all the right decisions, and still only a few weeks later it was the straw that broke the camel's back apparently."

    "The study also found that musicians may be up to three times more likely to experience depression than the general public."

    According to a study of 2,211 musicians published by UK charity Help Musicians in 2016, 69% of respondents had experienced depression, while 71% have had panic attacks and/or high levels of anxiety.

    The study also found that musicians may be up to three times more likely to experience depression than the general public.

    A separate Help Musicians UK study of 500 participants found that the stressors that could impact a musician's mental health included lack of sleep, consistency, and proper diet, physical conditions, performance anxiety, fear of judgment, loneliness, discrimination, bullying, and familial problems.

    While it can be depression they experience, some have also cited what's known as "burnout."

    In a blog post for Psychology Today, Susan Biali Haas, M.D. wrote that the two conditions can overlap — but for a person to be diagnosed with burnout, three components need to be present.

    These are "emotional exhaustion" (feeling tired all the time, and even after time off), "cynicism/depersonalization," which she described as having "a growing sense of detachment from your work," and "reduced personal efficiency," or losing confidence in the ability to do your job. "You work harder and harder, but seem to accomplish less," she wrote. "Your productivity has dropped significantly, and your belief in yourself has fallen along with it."

    Having already suffered from two burnouts in his life, Laidback Luke — another artist I witnessed on stage during my university days — recently reached his threshold once again.

    "I was always the kid that would say burnouts are for sissies, that's not going to happen to me, [but] after half a year or a year of not sleeping... not eating well, I finally hit my threshold, [and] all I could do is lay in bed for two weeks feeling major anxiety," he told me.

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    He said that his symptoms were different every time, from a change in sleeping and eating patterns the first time around and not being able to switch off to using alcohol to "run away from real life."

    His most recent burnout, however, started after the death of Avicii, to whom he was close.

    "I was at the playground with my daughter but it felt like 1,000 men were coming to get me."

    "All of a sudden I would be in regular environments, I would get chills or tinglings inside of my body... [They would keep] on building a little bit," he said.

    He began to have "huge panic attacks" as well.

    "My whole world was caving in," he said. "I was at the playground with my daughter but it felt like 1,000 men were coming to get me."

    Heijns added that she didn't see it coming.

    "He's not a new kid on the block, he guides other young talents, in reality he has all the tools. He knows we support a healthy and balanced lifestyle and still, it took him experiencing the passing of Avicii, and then also Hardwell announcing he was taking time off to look after himself, for it to have a serious impact on Luke, for him to realise 'my pace is still too fast.'"

    Laidback Luke predicted Avicii's death in 2016

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    Avicii had joined a forum for young artists and producers set up by Luke, who Heijns called "a coach to all these kids," at a young age.

    Heijns added that the first gig Avicii ever played was for Luke at an event in Miami, and he went on to release under Luke's record label.

    "He gave me a very sincere but oh-so-tired smile when he saw me. Soon after, he was onstage playing his amazing music — and that's when it dawned on me. This wonderful and talented kid might not overcome his struggles."

    "It was a mentor/mentee relationship," she said. However, of Avicii's struggles, she added: "One of the biggest heartbreaks for Luke was that he could see it happening."

    In 2016, Luke wrote an op-ed for Billboard calling for fans to pay attention to what was going on in the industry after Avicii announced his retirement from live performances following health issues related to alcohol and exhaustion.

    "The first few years of heavy touring can have a major impact on a person's life, health, and sanity," he wrote. "DJs on tour average about four hours of sleep per night, and with drinking, ­afterparties, adulation and everything that comes with it, it's easy to lose oneself."

    He wrote that when he saw Bergling in August 2015, he "looked terrible."

    "He gave me a very sincere but oh-so-tired smile when he saw me. Soon after, he was onstage playing his amazing music — and that's when it dawned on me. This wonderful and talented kid might not overcome his struggles."

    It was at that moment he envisioned his friend, then 26, joining the infamous "27 club" of music and film stars who died at that age.

    "It sounds horrible but it's the truth, and I can't take back the ­overwhelming sense of frustration I felt," he wrote. "It was like ­watching Amy, the recent Amy Winehouse ­documentary, and suddenly realizing that you too were laughingly ­belting out her lyrics — 'They tried to make me go to rehab/I said no no no' — while we all watched the spectacle, seeing tragedy unfold and not doing a damn thing."

    In his Billboard piece, he called Avicii's choice to retire "a brave decision — to walk away from the light, in both figurative and literal senses" — but unfortunately it wasn't enough. Avicii may not have joined the "27 club," but he was found dead at the age of 28.

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    "It's heartbreaking for [Luke]," Heijns said. "At the time he tried to reach out to Tim, but he was already so closed off to the rest of the world and Luke physically couldn't reach out to him any more. It was a big personal loss for him."

    Of Bergling's death, Luke told me: "It's been a massive shock. Avicii was one in the making for years, [but] all of us pretty much ignored that.

    "Mental health issues were only for crazy people, not guys who were making millions of dollars and were incredibly famous. This shook us awake heavily."

    Drug and alcohol abuse is just a symptom of the problem

    While she believes the industry's attitude towards substances have changed, Heijns said: "Let's not deny that drugs and alcohol are very much a part of nightlife."

    Last month, rapper Mac Miller died of an apparent overdose at the age of 26 following struggles with substance abuse — and he's the latest in a line of artists to do so.

    Speaking to THUMP, Vijaya Manicavasagar, Director of Psychological Services at the Black Dog Institute, a non-profit established to research and treat mental illness, said that artists are at "particular risk of mental health issues not only because the lack of sleep and unhealthy lifestyle make it hard to keep 'your moods and emotions at an even keel,' but also because partying hard can mask people's underlying troubles."

    "If they're feeling low or if they're feeling anxious, they might attribute it mistakenly to, 'oh well, I've just been partying very hard, I'm hungover, whatever', so they may not even realize that actually there is an underlying problem here," Manicavasagar said.

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    Luke told me that by age 31, he had incorporated drinking into his schedule more and more until he got his second burnout.

    "There was never time to have a hangover," he said. "I remember sitting on airplanes, standing in lines at airports either being drunk or hungover, coming home to my wife and two small kids, a grumpy and stressed out dad because of the hangovers.

    "It took me a few weeks to recover from that. I left the alcohol behind, which kept me going for another 10 years."

    Heijns added: "Usually people trying to escape the problem in their lives, excessive behaviour becomes part of that, which can be drugs, alcohol, sex, eating. Whatever takes you away from not having to face what the actual problem is."

    Accelerating change in the industry

    Heijns believes the industry has been changing since before Avicii's death — but his passing has "accelerated" the process.

    "I don't know what happened with Avicii...He had already been off the road for so long... But the fact that people are now talking more about this, that press are taking the time to shed a light on it, that is something that has come out of that."

    "The fact that people are now talking more about this, that press are taking the time to shed a light on it, that is something that has come out of that."

    She said the main difference is how people "immediately act" now when someone speaks out about their mental health.

    "In my beginning years, working with a certain artist, for sure he was having anxiety attacks, but at the time I thought he was being a diva," she said. "I was saying, 'Why are you not getting on this plane, we've put so much work in and there's so much at stake,'" she said. "But somebody in that situation can't explain it sometimes, can't find the words to explain what's going on."

    She added that having artists like Hardwell publicly acknowledge what they're going through is "very helpful for all these other guys that might be going through the same thing, rather than what might have happened in the past — a silent exit or 'exhaustion,' whatever you could spin to not call it what it is."

    Since Avicii's death, Luke added that people in the industry have also been coming to him to talk about their mental health problems.

    "It's been good, I feel there's an overall sense of positivity and understanding in there, I think that will help all of us," he said. "I had my first burnout when I was 21. What I love about 2018 is that we finally get to talk about it — you're finally not being judged."

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    Still, there's a long way to go in changing behaviours when it comes to the "always on" attitude that exists in the music industry.

    "If you start where it's expected for you to be always on, that's a vicious cycle," Heijns said. "You can't always be on 24/7, for years on end. It's something you can do for a period of time if you're working towards something, but the way I approach it, your job should be structured in a way where you could do it in normal office hours.

    "You should have time off, you should be able to have a weekend off, and if you are working over the weekend, you should have other days off."

    She added that it's her responsibility to let her team know it's okay to say no — and to lead by example by personally trying to switch off.

    "There's a huge role for people in my position," she said. "That means managers, responsible people at the label, agents, to really sift through what is absolutely necessary, [and say] 'Is this the way that we need to get it done?'

    "Sometimes you say no even when the artist is inclined to say yes. Change the narrative."

    "Sometimes you say no even when the artist is inclined to say yes. Change the narrative."

    Still, she acknowledges that while she has years of real life experience, she shouldn't be the sole person providing mental health support.

    "I don't think there's enough people out there that make an artist feel comfortable enough to open themselves up to help... It doesn't sync up with what their reality is," she said.

    Luke also believes that artists need more formal support.

    "DJs need to have a union where people look after our schedules, time zones, travel," he said. When I interviewed him in 2017, he told me he was taking more than 200 flights a year. "There should actually be guidelines on what the maximum amount of flights are that a DJ should take, like 'you can only do four shows at a time.' Flight attendants or any other type of job have one."

    'We're being fooled by society'

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    One way Luke is trying to slow down his pace is by cutting back on the time he spends on social media.

    "I used to say, whenever I'm on vacation, keep on emailing me, [but I] can't do it any more," he said, adding that he's also taking a day off from responding to Twitter and Instagram comments.

    "It's [people like Avicii] that give us the proof that we're being fooled by society to work as hard as you can to make the most money you can to be as famous as you can."

    "Social media has opened my eyes to how damaging it is for our mental health," he went on. "Something like Instagram, obviously people put up their best lives, and as a human you start comparing. You think your life and you are nothing, and everyone is great except for you."

    A study last year found that Instagram was the worst social media platform in terms of the impact it has on the mental wellbeing of young adults — and Luke said it has an effect on everyone, no matter who they are.

    "I get confronted with loads of things and comments, obviously a lot of positivity as well, but it's easy to get ticked off by someone who has a bad day and feels like they need to make a comment at you," Luke said.

    He added that it's a mistake to see the life someone appears to be leading in the public eye and assume they must be happy.

    "It's easy if someone makes a tremendous amount of money and has all the success they've ever dreamed of, to say 'why are you complaining,' not acknowledging their struggles," he said.

    "I, for one, would love for people to understand life isn't about money and fame, it's [people like Avicii] that give us the proof that we're being fooled by society to work as hard as you can to make the most money you can to be as famous as you can.

    "Within that we forget to live, to enjoy life — we forget the little things which are big things, and just to take care of yourself."

    If you work in music and are struggling to cope, or know someone who is, you can contact Music Minds Matter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 0808 802 8008 or

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    There are more television options than ever before, and that means it's tough to watch everything we want to. But that doesn't mean we still can't look forward to what's coming — and think about what to watch ahead of time.

    Every month, Business Insider will provide the most anticipated new shows thanks to data from television-tracking app TV Time based on its 13 million global users.

    In November, the latest iteration of "Narcos" comes to Netflix, and Julia Roberts' new Amazon drama premieres.

    Below are the five most anticipated new shows premiering in November, according to TV Time:

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    5. "My Brilliant Friend" — HBO, November 18

    Description: "'My Brilliant Friend' tells the story of Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman who discovers the most important friend in her life, Raffaella “Lila” Cerullo, seems to have disappeared without a trace. A writer, immersed in a house full of books, Greco turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their tempestuous friendship, starting from the point when Elena met Lila their first year of primary school in 1950.

    Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, their story goes on to cover more than 60 years of their lives as she tries to describe the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and — in a way — her best friend, and worst enemy."

    4. "Baby" — Netflix, November 30

    Description: "Inspired by a true story, this series follows a group of Roman teenagers as they defy society in their search for identity and independence."

    3. "Origin" — YouTube Premium, November 14

    Description"In 'Origin,' a chilling new original series from the producers of 'The Crown' & 'Lost,' we meet a group of troubled passengers as they wake up on a damaged spaceship abandoned in deep space. Each having left behind a dark past in search of a fresh start on a newly colonized planet, they’re desperate to survive at all costs. But as their terrifying situation spirals into paranoia, they come to realize that the greatest threat to their dream of starting over – and indeed their lives – might actually be within their midst…"

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    • "Battlefield V" is set to launch on November 20th, but it will be missing Firestorm, a Fortnite-inspired battle royale mode that has been teased since the game was first announced.
    • The game's creators have promised ongoing improvements and new content for "Battlefield V" in the months after launch, but Firestorm won't be ready until March 2019.
    • The title's primary competition, "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4," recently joined the battle royale club with its own Blackout game mode when the game released in October.

    Battle royale video games have quickly become the most popular sub-genre of first-person shooters, fueled by the popularity of "Fortnite: Battle Royale" and "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds." When first unveiling their games at E3 2018, the creators of both "Battlefield V" and "Call of Duty" announced that the newest games in their respective series would feature their own battle royale modes, in an apparent effort to cash in on the trend.

    "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4" came out on October 12 and its battle royale mode, Blackout, has been the game's most celebrated feature, with longtime fans and competitive gamers alike commending the game's polished take on the genre. Now the developers of "Battlefield V" have revealed that their battle royale mode, Firestorm, won't be ready when the game launches on November 20th. Instead, Firestorm will arrive in March 2019 as a part of the game's ongoing content release schedule.

    In an October 24 blog post, "Battlefield V" developer EA DICE detailed what will be included in the game on launch day, and how new content and improvements will be added in the following months. DICE plans to roll out the World War II shooter's content in three phases using the game's live service, Tides of War. Each new chapter in the Tides of War service will add new maps, modes, and improvements to the game.

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    The first chapter is called Overture and will begin with the game's release. Players will be able to play the game's single-player campaign, battle on eight different multiplayer maps, and explore the game's wide array of weapons and vehicles for the first time. Chapter 2, named Lightning Strikes, will arrive in January 2019, incorporating cooperative multiplayer missions and the classic squad conquest mode. Finally, the third Chapter, Trial by Fire, will introduce the Firestorm battle royale mode and a new Greece map in March 2019.

    DICE has promised that Firestorm will be a unique battle royale experience. Like some of the game's other multiplayer modes, Firestorm is limited to 64 players with four-person squads, but the map will be the largest in any "Battlefield" game thus far. Firestorm will also include the destructible environments and vehicles that define the series. Beyond fighting other players to survive, teams will also be able to clear specific objectives on the Firestorm map to access more valuable equipment during the match.

    While Firestorm is one of the most anticipated additions to "Battlefield V," the game looks to have a healthy amount of content for players to dive into on release. With a roadmap of updates spanning into Spring 2019, early adopters will also have a clear idea of what's on the horizon.

    "Battlefield V" will arrive on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on November 20th. Players who subscribe to EA Origin Access Premier will be able to play the full game on November 9th, while EA Access and Origin Access players will be able to try the game with their play first trial. Those who pre-order the deluxe edition will gain early access to the game on November 15th.

    SEE ALSO: Why "Call of Duty" and "Battlefield" Battle Royale won't achieve the runaway success of "Fortnite"

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    • Data from Crimson Hexagon provided to Business Insider shows that social-media buzz for Netflix's Marvel shows has dropped dramatically over time.
    • Netflix abruptly canceled "Luke Cage" and "Iron Fist" this month, and the data suggests that "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones" could also be in trouble. 
    • Posts on Twitter and Instagram decreased significantly after each shows' first seasons.


    Fans of Netflix's Marvel shows were left disappointed and puzzled when the streaming giant abruptly canceled "Iron Fist" and then "Luke Cage" this month.

    But interest in the shows had been flagging, and their fate could mean trouble for Netflix's other main Marvel shows, "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones."

    Data provided to Business Insider by consumer-insights company Crimson Hexagon shows that social-media buzz for all four shows has dropped dramatically over time.

    Since Netflix doesn't release viewership numbers, social-media data is one of the best alternatives to finding out whether these shows have legs to stand on.

    The chart below shows that when the first season of "Luke Cage" premiered in September 2016, there were over 300,000 Twitter and Instagram posts regarding it. That number took a huge dive when the second season was released this June, with less than 50,000 posts. 

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    The same can be said for "Iron Fist." The critically panned series improved slightly in its second season, but social-media reaction was still sparse compared to its first season. When the first season debuted last year, it inspired almost 120,000 posts on Twitter and Instagram. The second season peaked at less than 20,000.

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    The good news for "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones" is that the results aren't as dramatic as for "Luke Cage" and "Iron Fist." The bad news is that there is a noticeable pattern in that interest has wavered after the shows' first seasons.

    There were nearly 300,000 posts on Twitter and Instagram for the first season of "Jessica Jones." That was cut in half when the second season was released this year.

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    "Daredevil," the longest-running Netflix Marvel show so far at three seasons, has seen a drop in social-media buzz over time, but less so than the other shows. The first season in 2015 saw nearly 275,000 posts, while season two saw a little over 200,000. That's not a huge drop, and the recently released third season inspired around 75,000 posts halfway through October, meaning that number could increase by month's end.

    If any of the shows was safe, it would probably be "Daredevil" based on this data, but the pattern still holds.


    Crimson Hexagon also found that sentiment for the four shows has been mostly positive, the highest being for "Daredevil" at 79% and the lowest being for "Iron Fist" at 53%. But it's apparent that buzz around the shows has decreased.

    There could be plenty of reasons for why Netflix canceled "Luke Cage" and "Iron Fist."

    The Hollywood Reporter reported that "Luke Cage" was canceled due to creative differences. And as Disney, which owns Marvel, prepares to enter the streaming war with its own Netflix competitor next year, it could be changing its strategy in regards to Netflix's Marvel series.

    Disney is set to terminate a contract with Netflix at the end of the year, and while it has said that it has no plans to move the shows from Netflix, the competitive landscape of the streaming business could force its hand.

    But this data also suggests that audiences just haven't been as interested in the shows as Netflix may have liked, and later seasons didn't generate the excitement of their first seasons.

    There is only one season for the other shows, "The Defenders" and "The Punisher," so we couldn't compare data. The second season of "The Punisher" wrapped filming this summer. Only time will tell its fate, and that of "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones." 

    SEE ALSO: Netflix canceled Marvel's 'Luke Cage' and 'Iron Fist' in the span of a month, and it could show a strategy shift

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