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- Director Quentin Tarantino worked with film producer Harvey Weinstein for years, and credits him for helping his career
- Amid the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein, Tarantino has finally spoken in detail about it, and how much he knew
- In an interview with The New York Times, Tarantino says he was aware of much of Weinstein's behavior, and regrets that he didn't do more
- 10/20/17--10:27: The 5 best new songs you can stream right now
- 10/20/17--10:59: The 11 worst biopic castings of all time
- 10/20/17--11:08: 15 times 'The Simpsons' accurately predicted the future
- Erika Rosenbaum, a Canadian actress, said she met Hollywood power player Harvey Weinstein several times in her 20s to discuss her career.
- She said Weinstein made unwarranted sexual advances to her during these meetings.
- In one of their meetings, Rosenbaum said, Weinstein pulled her into the bathroom of his hotel room and masturbated in front of her.
- Rosenbaum left the room and said she felt "trapped" by Weinstein.
- 10/20/17--11:57: The most infamous house in the Hamptons has finally found a buyer
- eSports is a still nascent industry filled with commercial opportunity.
- There are a variety of revenue streams that companies can tap into.
- The market is presently undervalued and has significant room to grow.
- The dynamism of this market distinguishes it from traditional sports.
- The audience is high-value and global, and its numbers are rising.
- Brands can prosper in eSports by following the appropriate game plan.
- Game publishers approach their Esport ecosystems in different ways.
- Successful esport games are comprised of the same basic ingredients.
- Digital streaming platforms are spearheading the popularity of eSports.
- Legacy media are investing into eSports, and seeing encouraging results.
- Traditional sports franchises have a clear opportunity to seize in eSports.
- Virtual and augmented reality firms also stand to benefit from eSports.
- The gaming nucleus of eSports, including an overview of popular esport genres and games; the influence of game publishers, and the spectrum of strategies they adopt toward their respective esport scenes; the role of eSports event producers and the tournaments they operate.
- The eSports audience profile, its size, global reach, and demographic, psychographic, and behavioral attributes; the underlying factors driving its growth; why they are an attractive target for brands and broadcasters; and the significant audience and commercial crossover with traditional sports.
- eSports media broadcasters, including digital avant-garde like Twitch and YouTube, newer digital entrants like Facebook and traditional media outlets like Turner’s TBS Network, ESPN, and Canal Plus; their strategies and successes in this space; and the virtual reality opportunity.
- eSports market economics, with a market sizing, growth forecasts, and regional analyses; an evaluation of the eSports spectacle and its revenue generators, some of which are idiosyncratic to this industry; strategic planning for brand marketers, with case studies; and an exploration of the infinite dynamism and immense potential of the eSports economy.
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- BuzzFeed is investigating allegations of harassment by its employees.
- The investigation follows a BuzzFeed report about a list titled "Sh---- Media Men."
- BuzzFeed staffers appeared on this list, which is anonymously sourced. The number of BuzzFeed employees on the list sparked a conversation among current and former employees about the publication's own workplace culture.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger plays an assassin in "Killing Gunther."
- He does a lot of outlandish things in the movie, including singing a country music song.
- Schwarzenegger said he did "freak out" when he learned he had to sing on screen.
- 10/21/17--06:17: Google wants to own the future of TV ad infrastructure (GOOGL)
- Google wants to become an integral player in the TV ad landscape.
- The company is trying to get TV companies to adopt its video ad tech software – and in the process is looking to displace Comcast.
- The stakes are high, as Google would love to get a slice of the $72 billion US TV ad market. But the TV business has reasons to be wary of the search giant's clout.
- Google can tell you what people search for directly after watching a show or watching an ad.
- TV networks can use Google's tools to gain more insight into the audiences that watch their shows, which can help with forecasting and managing revenue.
- Advertisers can also use the Google software to bring their own data to the table for ad targeting.
- Plus Google says its tools will make sure that people don't see the same ads over and over again and that competitive advertisers won't find theirs ads running next to each other.
- 10/21/17--06:30: The 5 best new shows of the fall that you have to watch, ranked
- Fox and video-tech company Innovid are bringing a new ad product to TV that is designed to let people watch fewer ads.
- The plan is to help people used to binging shows on streaming services have more control of their ad experiences.
- For advertisers, it's a chance to give people the choice to engage with their TV ads on a deeper level.
- Pokémon Go is throwing an in-game Halloween event for the next two weeks with special bonuses and new Pokémon to catch.
- All Pokémon from the original game's third generation of creatures will be made available by December.
- New Pokémon from the original game's third generation of creatures, including Duskull, Dusclops, Sableye, Shuppet, and Banette are now available.
- More previously available dark-type Pokémon, like Houndor and Gastly, are spawning more frequently in the game.
- Double Pokémon candy will be awarded for in-game actions like evolutions, transfers, egg hatches, and buddy Pokémon.
- Special Halloween-themed Pikachu will be available to catch.
- 10/22/17--06:45: 11 reasons why now is the perfect time to buy a Nintendo Switch
- It's underpowered compared with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, both of which cost less.
- It has a paltry game library compared with the competition.
- Because of its lack of horsepower, major games released on multiple platforms — think "Assassin's Creed," "Call of Duty," "Grand Theft Auto," etc. — won't ever come to the Switch.
- 10/22/17--08:00: 13 of the most famous last words in history
Ronan Farrow made some personal sacrifices to report out his bombshell New Yorker investigation on Harvey Weinstein's pattern of predatory sexual harassment.
Two people familiar with the situation confirmed to Business Insider that Farrow missed his sister Quincy Farrow's wedding on October 7, as he was racing to finish his story.
Just two days earlier, The New York Times had revealed in an investigation Weinstein's pattern of sexual harassment, and The New Yorker was close to finishing its own expose on Weinstein, which the magazine published several days later on October 10.
Sources said there are no hard feelings between the two siblings.
Farrow's path to publishing the story was arduous.
Though he remained an NBC contributor, Farrow faced a number of barriers when he tried to report the story at NBC News.
Network executives believed that despite interviews with multiple women and his acquisition of an audio tape in which Weinstein admitted to groping a model, he did not have enough evidence to publish his story.
According to HuffPost, when NBC tried to stop him from shooting an interview with a victim who agreed to speak on camera, Farrow paid out of his own pocket for a TV crew.
The New Yorker story has reinvigorated interest among television executives in Farrow's journalism career, several years after his weekly daytime show on MSNBC was canceled amid a broad lineup change.
Page Six reported that multiple television networks including CNN, ABC, and CBS are all pursuing contracts with Farrow, who has spent the last several years working with NBC's investigative team.
Farrow declined to comment.
Director Quentin Tarantino, who worked with Harvey Weinstein for decades and credits his success to him, told The New York Times on Wednesday that he knew about much of his alleged sexual misconduct and could have done more.
“I knew enough to do more than I did,” Tarantino said. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things. I knew enough to do more than I did.”
Tarantino told the Times that he wished he had "taken responsibility" for what he had heard. "If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him," he said.
Tarantino also told the Times that his former girlfriend, actress Mia Sorvino, told him about Weinstein's unwanted advances toward her when they were dating. Sorvino is one of the many women who has told her story about Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment and assault. Tarantino also said he was aware of Weinstein’s settlement with actress Rose McGowan in 1997.
“What I did was marginalize the incidents,” Tarantino said. “Anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse.”
Weinstein worked with Tarantino from the very beginning of his illustrious film career, starting with 1992's "Reservoir Dogs." Weinstein also produced other Tarantino films including "Pulp Fiction," "Kill Bill," "Inglorious Basterds," and "The Hateful Eight."
Before speaking to the Times on Wednesday, Tarantino issued a brief statement expressing his disgust upon learning of the additional sexual assault allegations against Weinstein, which his friend, actress Amber Tamblyn, posted for him on social media.
Pink is at the top of her game.
The 38-year-old pop star will release her seventh studio album, "Beautiful Trauma," on Friday, October 13. She is preparing for a 40-date North American arena tour kicking off in March 2018.
In August, she was presented with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at the MTV Music awards, a title shared among entertainment greats like the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Beyoncé.
This week, Pink will make her third appearance on Saturday Night Live as the show's musical guest.
With nearly two decades of stardom under her belt, earning countless accolades and millions of dollars from hit albums and sold-out tours, Pink seems to have one thing many artists and bands can't quite master: Staying power.
Here's what we know about how Pink built a nine-figure net worth and spends her fortune:
It's been 17 years since Pink — whose birth name is Alecia Beth Moore — released her first studio album, "Can't Take Me Home." That year, she took home the award for female new artist of the year at the Billboard Music Awards. Since then, she's amassed an estimated fortune of $110 million.
Source: The Richest
Pink has sold more than 16 million albums and minted four No. 1 Billboard hits. She's had 11 songs in the top 10 and released a single every year (except one) since 2000. "She doesn't disappear for five years," Tom Poleman, the chief programming officer for iHeartMedia, told the New York Times. "She always stays in the forefront, so people have been able to move and grow with her."
Source:The New York Times
Her constant presence — and universal appeal — has paid off. In 2013, Pink was the highest earning touring female artist, netting more than $20 million from 114 concert dates, 111 of which were sold out.
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This week, MGMT dropped its first single in four years, rapper Big K.R.I.T. put out a new track, and country singer Margo Price released her second studio album.
Here are the 5 best songs from the past week that you can stream right now:
DON'T MISS: The 50 best-selling music artists of all time
MGMT — "Little Dark Age"
MGMT returns from a four-year hiatus with "Little Dark Age," a gothic, '80s-inspired single that melds alternately eerie and charged synths with one of the band's best choruses to date. It's the title track from the group's upcoming fourth LP, which is set for an early 2018 release.
Mitski — "I'm a Fool to Want You"
Indie rock phenom Mitski lends a transfixing, otherworldly rendition of "I'm a Fool to Want You" — a 1951 Frank Sinatra song that became a jazz-pop standard — to a star-studded compilation album benefiting Planned Parenthood.
Destroyer — "In The Morning"
The eccentric Canadian rocker Dan Bejar released his 11th Destroyer album, "ken," this week. "In The Morning," a standout track, combines layers of shoegaze-y guitars with accessible melodies.
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Shortly after Hugh Hefner's death in September, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Jared Leto would be playing the media mogul in a biopic about his life.
"Jared is an old friend," the biopic's director Brett Ratner told THR. "When he heard I got the rights to Hef's story, he told me, 'I want to play him. I want to understand him.' And I really believe Jared can do it. He's one of the great actors of today."
Immediately after news of Leto's casting was announced it began to receive some criticism online.
Here are a couple reactions to Leto's casting:
on a list of things the world doesn't need, somewhere near the top it says 'Brett Ratner movie about Hugh Hefner staring Jared Leto'— nathan creedy (@Creedy__) October 3, 2017
Jared Leto To Star In Brett Ratner's Hugh Hefner Biopic, Because He Wasn't Already Doing The Most To Remind Us All How He's Just The Worst— Philip Ellis (@Philip_Ellis) October 3, 2017
It's easy to be skeptical of Leto's casting when there have been so many lousy biopic castings in the past. Even renowned actors like Kevin Spacey and Naomi Watts have starred in colossal biopic flops.
It's too soon to evaluate whether or not Leto's portrayal of Hefner will do the late playboy justice, but hopefully he won't make the same mistakes as his biopic predecessors.
Here are the 11 worst biopic castings of all time, in no particular order:
Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor
"Liz and Dick" was meant to tell the story of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's romance, but instead it amounted to no more than a cheaply crafted, made-for-TV-movie with subpar casting.
Lohan was unable to carry the role of Taylor, and instead played a less charming version of herself while wearing a series of unflattering acrylic wigs.
Kevin Spacey as Bobby Darin
Spacey directed and starred in the Bobby Darin biopic "Beyond the Sea," chronicling the short life of the famed crooner.
But the film had one glaring issue: Spacey's age.
Darin was 37 when he died, and Spacey was 45 when he portrayed the singer...when he was 20.
It was confusing.
Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs
Kutcher's portrayal of Steve Jobs in "Jobs" fell short of truly representing the tech mogul, and it's incredibly hard to take the "Punk'd" creator seriously in the role — despite his spot-on resemblance to Jobs.
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Nearly 17 years ago, an episode of "The Simpsons" predicted that Donald Trump would one day become US president.
And this wasn't the only time the writers have managed to predict the future.
"The Simpsons" has been running for over 27 years, so it's inevitable that some themes that crop up in the show might occur in real life. But some of the plotlines are eerily close to events that have happened throughout the world.
We've listed some of the strangest predictions the cartoon's writers have made since the show's launch in 1989.
From Homer discovering the Higgs boson to animators drawing The Shard in London almost 20 years before it was built.
Here are 15 times "The Simpsons" predicted the future:
15. Nobel Prize Winner - Season 22, Episode 1
Fun fact: @TheSimpsons' Milhouse once predicted MIT Prof. Holmström would win a #NobelPrize. Today, he was right! https://t.co/CC0LRk1avypic.twitter.com/syhMiJBK2A
MIT professor Bengt Holmström won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2016, 6 years after he was bet on to win the Nobel Prize on "The Simpsons."
Holmström's name appears on a betting scorecard when Martin, Lisa, Database, and Milhouse bet on Nobel Prize winners.
14. Smart watches - Season 6, Episode 19
"The Simpsons" introduced the idea of a watch you could use as a phone in an episode aired in 1995, nearly 20 years before the Apple Watch was released.
13. Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show - Season 23, Episode 22
In 2012, Lady Gaga performed for the town of Springfield hanging in midair. Five years later, she flew off the Houston NRG Stadium roof in real life to perform her Super Bowl halftime show.
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A Canadian actress said Harvey Weinstein coaxed her into the bathroom of his hotel room, grabbed her neck, and masturbated in front of her during a meeting to discuss her career.
Speaking to The New York Times' Jodi Kantor— who initially broke the story of the sexual-harassment allegations against Weinstein— Erika Rosenbaum discussed the years of harassment and emotional manipulation she says she suffered at Weinstein's hands.
Rosenbaum relayed a story of a meeting set up by Weinstein's assistant in Toronto, during the film festival. Rosenbaum, then in her mid-20s, had first met Weinstein at a party a few years earlier, in which Weinstein had allegedly made a passing sexual advance.
Weinstein's assistant texted Rosenbaum before the meeting and told her that he was on a tight schedule and that she should meet him in his hotel room.
"I was thinking, this wasn't fine, but I go," Rosenbaum said, in a recording posted on The New York Times' site. "Because, when you're in my position, you go. Like there was no benefit to me saying no."
Rosenbaum said she arrived at the hotel room and Weinstein's assistant opened the door and then left. Rosenbaum, with her voice cracking in the recording, said she finds speaking about what happened next "difficult."
"He answered the door with no pants on," Rosenbaum told the NYT. "As far as I could tell, he was just wearing a dress shirt." Weinstein apologized to her, "outright," Rosenbaum said. He said he was "rushing to get ready," and that he needed to take a shower. At this point, Rosenbaum said Weinstein's shirt covered his hips, but there was "nothing on" underneath.
Weinstein then allegedly asked if she would talk to him while he took a shower, but Rosenbaum replied that he was busy and they could talk later. At this point, Rosenbaum says Weinstein got annoyed that she was going to leave his hotel room. "Just come here a minute," Rosenbaum said he told her.
Rosenbaum said — fighting back tears on the recording — that Weinstein brought her into the bathroom. "I don't remember what I said if I said anything at all," Rosenbaum said. "I think I was too afraid to say anything."
At this point, the story becomes graphic.
"He held me by the back of the neck, and had me face the mirror, and said I just want to look at you," Rosenbaum said. "And then he started masturbating, um, behind me. He was holding me by the back of the neck and looking right at my face."
Rosenbaum describes how she reacted to the situation:
"And, uh, I remember seeing my own face in the mirror, and I just could not believe that I was standing there," she continued. "And I just could not believe that I had let this happen. And I felt incredibly guilty, And eventually, I don't know if a minute went by, or five minutes went by, but I — I tell him that I cannot be here, and I walked to the door. I don't think he finished what he was doing and I don't remember him saying anything at all after that."
"And I remember how I felt afterwards, that now I was deeper into this secret, and that, and I didn't know what would happen if I ever said anything, and I didn't know what would happen if I didn't call him back — if he would come after me in some way. I didn't know what else I could do. It sounds so foolish now."
"You get woven into this web, bit-by-bit," Rosenbaum said, of how Weinstein — a Hollywood power broker— had charmed her into successive meetings. "Because of the power imbalance that was there from the get-go, I really felt trapped."
"I realize now how manipulated I was back then," she added.
Rosenbaum's story bears similarities to the multitude of other women, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, who have alleged harassment over the past few weeks. Ashley Judd told The New York Times that Weinstein's assistant had sent her up to his hotel room for a meeting, where he answered the door in a bathrobe, and asked if she would "watch him shower."
And, in a 2015 recording, Weinstein is heard asking model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez to come into his bathroom for a "minute."
Lupita Nyong'o, an Oscar-award winning actress, wrote an essay for The New York Times where she detailed a series of meetings with Weinstein where he alternated between career advice and advances. Quentin Tarantino, the famous film director who worked with Weinstein's company, Miramax, said he "knew enough to do more than I did," with regard to Weinstein's treatment of women.
Weinstein's wife separated from him as the allegations piled up, and he has been fired from his company.
You can listen to the full recording of Rosenbaum's story over at The New York Times.
Anyone who saw the documentary or Broadway play would likely balk at living in the actual home that "Grey Gardens" inspired. After all, the home was in poor shape during the filming of the documentary, and it's even rumored to be haunted.
But eight months after being put onto the market, the home has finally found a buyer, the Washington Post reported. It was originally listed for just shy of $20 million in February, though that price was reduced to $17.995 million in April.
The East Hampton, New York, mansion now looks nothing like it did in the 1975 documentary showcasing the lives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis' ex-socialite relatives.
Journalist and author Sally Quinn purchased the mansion with her husband, the late Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, for $220,000 in 1979. They completely rehabilitated it to the current splendor that it now shows, according to The New York Times.
Quinn would not diclose the name of the buyer or what he or she paid, though she told the Post that this individual "really understands the house." She added that she will be holding an estate sale of many of the home's furniture pieces, including things she found when she first bought the house.
The Corcoran Group had the listing.
The home has the slate exterior of a typical Hamptons home.
Walk past the sizable porch ...
... and enter a home of stately beauty.
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What is eSports? History & Rise of Video Game Tournaments
Years ago, eSports was a community of video gamers who would gather at conventions to play Counter Strike, Call of Duty, or League of Legends.
These multiplayer video game competitions would determine League of Legends champions, the greatest shooters in Call of Duty, the cream of the crop of Street Fighter players, the elite Dota 2 competitors, and more.
But today, as the history of eSports continue to unfold, media giants such as ESPN and Turner are broadcasting eSports tournaments and competitions. And in 2014, Amazon acquired Twitch, the live streaming video platform that has been and continues to be the leader in online gaming broadcasts. And YouTube also wanted to jump on the live streaming gaming community with the creation of YouTube Gaming.
eSports Market Growth Booming
To put in perspective how big eSports is becoming, a Google search for "lol" does not produce "laughing out loud" as the top result. Instead, it points to League of Legends, one of the most popular competitive games in existence. The game has spawned a worldwide community called the League of Legends Championship Series, more commonly known as LCS or LOL eSports.
What started as friends gathering in each other's homes to host LAN parties and play into the night has become an official network of pro gaming tournaments and leagues with legitimate teams, some of which are even sponsored and have international reach. Organizations such as Denial, AHQ, and MLG have multiple eSports leagues.
And to really understand the scope of all this, consider that the prize pool for the latest Dota 2 tournament was more than $20 million.
Websites even exist for eSports live scores to let people track the competitions in real time if they are unable to watch. There are even fantasy eSports leagues similar to fantasy football, along with the large and growing scene of eSports betting and gambling.
So it's understandable why traditional media companies would want to capitalize on this growing trend just before it floods into the mainstream. Approximately 300 million people worldwide tune in to eSports today, and that number is growing rapidly. By 2020, that number will be closer to 500 million.
eSports Industry Analysis - The Future of the Competitive Gaming Market
Financial institutions are starting to take notice. Goldman Sachs valued eSports at $500 million in 2016 and expects the market will grow at 22% annually compounded over the next three years into a more than $1 billion opportunity.
And industry statistics are already backing this valuation and demonstrating the potential for massive earnings. To illustrate the market value, market growth, and potential earnings for eSports, consider Swedish media company Modern Times Group's $87 million acquisition of Turtle Entertainment, the holding company for ESL. YouTube has made its biggest eSports investment to date by signing a multiyear broadcasting deal with Faceit to stream the latter's Esports Championship Series. And the NBA will launch its own eSports league in 2018.
Of course, as with any growing phenomenon, the question becomes: How do advertisers capitalize? This is especially tricky for eSports because of its audience demographics, which is young, passionate, male-dominated, and digital-first. They live online and on social media, are avid ad-blockers, and don't watch traditional TV or respond to conventional advertising.
So what will the future of eSports look like? How high can it climb? Could it reach the mainstream popularity of baseball or football? How will advertisers be able to reach an audience that does its best to shield itself from advertising?
Robert Elder, research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has compiled an unparalleled report on the eSports ecosystem that dissects the growing market for competitive gaming. This comprehensive, industry-defining report contains more than 30 charts and figures that forecast audience growth, average revenue per user, and revenue growth.
Companies and organizations mentioned in the report include: NFL, NBA, English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, NHL, Paris Saint-Germain, Ligue 1, Ligue de Football, Twitch, Amazon, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, ESPN, Electronic Arts, EA Sports, Valve, Riot Games, Activision Blizzard, ESL, Turtle Entertainment, Dreamhack, Modern Times Group, Turner Broadcasting, TBS Network, Vivendi, Canal Plus, Dailymotion, Disney, BAMTech, Intel, Coca Cola, Red Bull, HTC, Mikonet
Here are some eSports industry facts and statistics from the report:
In full, the report illuminates the business of eSports from four angles:
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BuzzFeed is investigating allegations of harassment by its employees, people familiar with the matter said.
The investigation comes after several of its staffers appeared on a list, titled "Sh---- Media Men," which was distributed among journalists across several news organizations. The existence of the list, which names men from a variety of publications, was reported by BuzzFeed last week.
The allegations on the list include verbal, physical and sexual abuse, but were added anonymously so it is unclear who wrote them. The list makes clear that these are "allegations and rumors," and that readers should "take everything with a grain of salt."
BuzzFeed staffers, both current and past, are represented in multiple versions of the list reviewed by Business Insider. The number of BuzzFeed employees on the list sparked a conversation among current and former employees about the publication's own workplace culture, according to people familiar with the matter.
An anonymous reporting tip line was distributed to editors this week in which employees can report harassment if they don't feel comfortable going to their managers, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
"We cannot discuss specific personnel matters, but we take allegations of inappropriate conduct extremely seriously, including anonymous ones," BuzzFeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal said.
The list was widely distributed among journalists in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal that has rocked Hollywood.
Female journalists, in conversations with Business Insider, say that a list of this nature is necessary to warn other women and because women may otherwise hesitate to report harassment to management for fear of retribution.
There aren’t many things Arnold Schwarzenegger will admit that make him feel vulnerable.
The 70-year-old action movie icon, who’s also a former Mr. Universe and governor of California, has played the tough-guy persona for decades. But in his new movie, “Killing Gunther” (in theaters and available on streaming), there is a moment that Schwarzenegger admits he did “freak out” over doing: singing. A country music song, to be exact.
“I don’t mind looking foolish but it's just that I'm so bad at singing,” Schwarzenegger told Business Insider. “The only time people ask me to sing is if they want the party to stop. If they want everyone to go home. Immediately.”
Schwarzenegger plays Gunther in the movie, the world’s best assassin. “Saturday Night Live” alum Taran Killam leads a group trying to track down Gunther and kill him (Killam also directed the movie). In the faux documentary-style action/comedy we are given a glimpse into Gunther’s fabulously outlandish life. Along with showing off his wacky outfits and other accessories he also reveals one of his hobbies: singing. He explains that he has a recording studio in his home and loves recording country music songs. The scene then cuts to Gunther in a recording booth singing a song.
That’s right, Schwarzenegger, singing country, and also dressed like he’s about to go to a rodeo.
“I just don’t have an ear for music,” said Schwarzenegger. “That’s why for ‘Twins’ Ivan Reitman made me sing so people would laugh. So, I get it. It’s embarrassing.”
And there’s nothing more funny than a guy with an Austrian accent trying to sing country. Make sure to stick around for the closing credits of “Killing Gunther” to hear Schwarzenegger’s entire song.
Here’s Arnold singing in “Twins.”
For Google, TV is the final frontier. So it would make sense that to get there, the search giant started with Star Trek.
That partnership will hardly shift the power structure of the TV advertising business on its own. But it's a significant win for Google.
"The CBS partnership is big for us," said Rany Ng, Google’s director of product management for video. She points to the "Star Trek" digital distribution as an example of how seriously big media companies are taking the changes in TV.
Google has attempted to wedge its way into TV several times over the last decade, with very mixed results. But over the last six months or so, Google has been quietly and deliberately trying to sell its ad serving software to big TV and video players.
That puts Google directly in competition with cable giant Comcast – which owns Freewheel, the leader in delivering ads to people who stream TV shows on the web.
In some cases, Google has held corporate level discussions with some of the giant TV conglomerates about strategic partnerships. Those deals would theoretically provide these TV companies with some incentives for adopting Google's video ad technology, such as including proprietary access to some Google data that could be used for ad targeting, said people familiar with the matter.
The stakes are high. Though ad-free streaming services like Netflix still dominate, more and more people are streaming ad-supported TV content through smart TVs and apps, whether that's through Hulu, CBS All Access, or Watch ESPN.
If Google can insert itself into the TV ad ecosystem as the provider of the pipes through which most ads flow, it could establish a powerful position that could theoretically set it up to take on more.
For example, Google could offer some of its consumer data to help TV companies sell more targeted ads. It could maybe even build a TV ad exchange, accelerating a future when TV ads are traded "programmatically" much like web ads, using automated software.
"If you think about Google’s future growth, it’s not clear they can maintain the momentum they have without taking over the TV industry," said a media insider.
That is, if the TV business decides to let Google into its world. There are many that don't want them around.
Google's tried to crack TV for a long time
Google's current push into TV is a essentially a two-pronged approach. Besides trying to displace Comcast for ad delivery, last spring Google also rolled out an ad buying software tool, as Ad Age reported.
This is not the first time Google has made this move. As far back as 2007, Google had a business promising to bring elements of digital advertising to the TV world. It had deals to help TV networks sell excess inventory, but that initiative, Google TV Ads, never took off and was shuttered in 2012.
In addition, Google also has Android TV, software that powers many smart TVs. But its initial ambition to own the TV screen interface never materialized.
This time around, Google appears to have some real momentum.
Besides CBS, Google has inked deals with a growing number of TV networks to deliver ads in streams, including Bloomberg, AMC, the CW, BBC America and Lifetime. A few weeks ago, Google rolled out a slew of new ad products on this front – which AdExchanger covered in depth.
To date, over 50 top TV and entertainment companies in the US, Canada, and and Latin America use Google's ad platform.
To be sure, Comcast's Freewheel has a big head start in this space, and works with lots of marquee TV companies, including NBCUniversal, Disney and Turner. They won't be easy to unseat.
TV and the web are getting married
"This new generation is just not going to understand this concept of scheduled programming," said Ng at Google. "They are really screen agnostic. This is a massive viewer paradigm shift and something the whole industry is trying to figure out."
To help figure things out, Google promises media companies that its tech can yield much more sophisticated TV advertising. For example:
"We use millions of signals," said Ng. "This is really about how to make TV ads smarter. Understanding people's interest and intent will help you really capture their attention."
What helps is that while Google is a relative newbie in TV production or ads sales, the company has a long track record in providing ad serving technology. The company's DoubleClick business is the most commonly used ad platform among publishers and advertisers to deliver web ads to the right place at the right time.
So if anyone's going to build the "DoubleClick of TV" it may as well be Google.
Google's track record, vs. Google's track record
"Google is going to be seen as very legitimate in the marketplace," said Dave Morgan, CEO of the TV ad targeting firm Simulmedia. "This is a more natural way for them to get in through technology. I think they'll be formidable."
Yet Google will face some real resistance. Many in the TV industry fear the very idea of programmatic advertising to begin with, associating it with low prices and unnecessary middlemen.
And then there's the general fear of giving Google even more power, as TV executives watch it and Facebook – the dreaded duopoly – thoroughly dominate all comers in digital advertising.
Jason Burke, VP of strategic development at Clypd, an ad tech company with a foothold in the TV ad business, said that given Google's long-held, advantaged position as managing the leading ad delivery system in digital media (DoubleClick), they are surely salivating over making that thing same happen in the massive TV market. "But there are significant challenges."
For one, the technology is very different in TV, Burke said. Not to mention that Google competes with TV networks for ad budgets on YouTube.
"You'll have to consider whether you want to partner with a company that wakes up every morning trying to kill you," said a media executive.
The biggest hurdle Google faces, said Burke, is that digital advertising deals with an oversupply of ad inventory. There's more ads than anybody can buy. So ad tech is very useful.
Because there are only so many ads that can be shown on TV networks in a 24 hour period, TV has a constrained supply, in contrast. The number of TV ads is essentially finite.
"The supply and demand dynamic is flipped,' said Burke "That's a pretty damn big difference." Plus, TV ads are typically sold weeks or months in advance, when web ads can be purchased at the last second.
And one top TV ad sales executive said that Google's TV ad tech is actually inferior to Freewheel's, and the switching challenges are "massive."
Yet Megan Latham, global head advertising operations for Bloomberg Media raved about the tech, which the company uses to deliver ads via Apple TV and plans to eventually employ for its live streaming. "They are using machine learning to help you make the most money you can from your ads," she said. "It really answers all of our needs."
Mad Men vs. Silicon Valley
Google also faces a big cultural barrier. TV is a $72 billion ad market in the US, one that's been growing of late.
Consider the recent TV ad sales upfront, the annual period when top TV networks sell upwards of two thirds of their its ad space. Despite all of the ratings challenges in TV, the market was , was robust, reported Variety.
And many of these big deals include streaming TV inventory. Meaning that TV ad networks aren't sitting on lots of unsold ad space.
So folks who've worked in TV for a long time may think, why mess with it?
"They are in an industry that has been established for years, and they're protecting an infrastructure," said Keith Grossman, chief revenue officer at Bloomberg. "But that's not the way brands want to operate."
"Some of these people are in denial that this is happening, or thinking, it's not going to happen before I retire," said Burke at Clypd. "A lot of people in the industry are very worried and scared."
You are not alone
Google isn't the only tech company trying to conquer TV ads. Facebook has been running tests with a handful of video partners to help them use Facebook's robust consumer data to target connected TV ads, reported Recode.
AT&T, with its pending acquisition of Time Warner, is pledging to reinvent TV advertising. And of course, there's Amazon, which is dipping its toe into TV ads this year by streaming NFL games.
Google may be just the most methodical about its plans at the moment.
"There's just so many things we can improve," said Ng "We think there's an opportunity to reinvent that 30-second commercial. I think people have been open to partnering with us. We're getting pretty strong traction."
After all, it might be a chance for TV to go boldly where it's never gone before.
This fall has been quite disappointing for new TV shows, but that's actually a good thing.
With so little shows being worth your time, you'll actually have time to catch up on those that matter. Netflix dominated this year, since more than half of the shows on our list are Netflix Originals.
If you don't watch them right now, you should definitely add them to your queue.
Here are the best new shows of fall 2017, ranked:
5. "The Deuce" — HBO
With "The Deuce," David Simon proves that he's not a one trick pony. Simon knows how to make gritty, hard-to-watch characters and stories impossible to look away from. "The Deuce," set in the 70s and starring James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Method Man, follows the rise of the porn industry, specifically in New York City's Times Square.
4. "The Mayor" — ABC
This earnest, clever comedy is a welcome presence to ABC's comedy lineup. The show is about a rapper who, in an attempt to promote himself, runs for mayor. The problem? He unexpectedly wins, and has to actually be the mayor. It's fresh and politically relevant, which essentially makes it a network version of incredible comedies like "Atlanta" (FX) and "Insecure" (HBO).
2. "Big Mouth" — Netflix
This charming but vulgar Netflix series follows seventh graders experiencing — or about to experience — puberty. Their bodies are changing, and they're developing sexual desires. Following around these pre-teens are "hormone monsters," who are both helpful and very, very awful. The show comes from the mind of Nick Kroll, and features the voices of Jordan Peele, John Mulaney, Fred Armisen, Jenny Slate, Jason Mantzoukas, Maya Rudolph, and more.
You can read out our interview with the show's co-creator, Andrew Goldberg, here.
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People are doing whatever they can to avoid TV ads. Fox wants to help them.
The broadcaster has teamed up with the video tech company Innovid to bring new interactive ads to people's TV screens designed to engage viewers and satisfy their desire to watch fewer ads.
Specifically, viewers will be able to chose to watch a specific longer ad from a brand like Trident or Clorox, and, in return, they'll be able to stream a show like FX's "Atlanta" with limited commercial interruptions.
These new interactive ads – Fox calls them "Engagement Ads" – have already debuted on FX's connected TV app (FX Now) via Roku devices, and Fox is planning to roll it out on multiple network's digital platforms. These ads are available only when people stream content on demand, and not during live TV.
The ad product was born out of TrueX, the ad-tech company 21st Century Fox acquired in late 2014. For a while, TrueX ads were mostly limited to desktop experiences; a person streaming an episode of "Gotham" on Fox.com could choose to watch a longer ad upfront in exchange for seeing fewer ads during the rest of the show.
This type of "watch an ad for longer content sessions" offering has become more common on digital outlets like Hulu and Spotify. But TrueX's challenge has long been getting enough scale to make interactive ads compelling enough for ad buyers.
Bringing the functionality to connected TV viewing, or OTT in ad-industry parlance, should help.
Here's what it looks like:
"We want to reduce ad load and increase engagement," said Ed Davis, chief product officer at TrueX. "We're really focused on that. We think this engagement ads model is very transparent for consumers, who understand what they are getting in exchange for their attention."
Fox's move comes at a time when the TV industry is grappling with the rise of ad-free content streaming on services like Netflix and people ditching cable altogether. As a remedy, many in the industry (including Fox's recently hired sales chief) have advocated reducing the number of ads on TV.
The trick will be for TV networks to ensure they can charge advertisers a high enough premium for these type of interactive ads to make up for any revenue lost from running fewer ads overall.
Though Fox has been running the consumer choice ads for years, putting them on the TV screen has proven a technological challenge, said Tal Chalozin, cofounder and CTO at Innovid.
On-demand viewing is fragmented (people connect using devices ranging from Apple TVs to Amazon Fires to Xboxes), and because consumers expect TV streaming to be seamless, so translating the digital ad tech to TV was not simple.
But the even bigger challenge is getting people accustomed to interacting with TV ads when they're used to watching TV passively from the couch. Thus, the ads have to be both compelling and simple.
"What we’ve been focused on is bringing all of the awesomeness of interactive ads to a medium that has historically been lean back," said Chalozin. "Getting people to pull up their remote is not an easy thing. Getting people buying into the future of TV requires some training."
Fox says it has been testing the new product on the FX app, and to date, 50% of viewers have chosen to interact with the brand's video ads.
The new interactive ads are rolling out on the TV apps for the Fox network and National Geographic Channel, in addition to FX. But Fox wants to bring this product to the rest of the industry. It has rival network A&E on board, for example.
"We want to telegraph to all publishers that this isn’t a unique cottage thing for Fox," said Davis. "Everybody is realizing that we need scale in TV ads, and we need to measure quality of attention if we want to continue to differentiate this premium media compared to other options out there."
"Pokémon Go" creator Niantic Labs is throwing an in-game event for Halloween.
The promotion includes special bonuses and the addition of a few new Pokémon from the original game's third generation of creatures. The perks and new Pokémon will be available in the hit game between Friday, October 20 and Thursday, November 2.
Here's how Niantic is encouraging more gameplay for the next two weeks:
If you prefer the promotion's details in chart form, one Reddit user put together the following:
Niantic said it plans to release the rest of the Pokémon from the original game's third generation of creatures in December.
While "Pokémon Go" is no longer the cultural phenomenon it once was, tens of millions of people still play the game. It's also one of the fastest mobile games to reach $1 billion in revenue, according to third-party estimates.
Lots of people are creeped out at the site of clown, whether it's at the circus or creeping around in the woods at night. Movies like Stephen King's "It" and the new season of "American Horror Story" featuring some terrifying clowns that take prey on the fears of the viewer. We spoke with Dr. Dena Rabinowitz, a psychologist in New York who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and phobias, to find out why we are so scared of something that's meant to make us laugh. Following is a transcript of the video.
Hi my name is Dr. Dena Rabinowitz, and I'm a clinical psychologist specializing in anxiety disorders.
I think most people find clowns delightful, but there's definitely a group of people who find them creepy. There two things about clowns that kind of inherently lead people to be frightened of them. The first is that we rely a lot on facial expressions to understand people and see their motivations. And with clowns you don't have facial expressions. It's all under makeup, and it's fixed. And so there's a kind of a question of, "what's going on under there?"
The second thing is people don't inherently trust people who are always happy and laughing. For a lot of people, the fear of clowns actually is part of a more general fear of masked creatures. In regular parlance it's called: coulrophobia.
We don't like things that are familiar but then a little bit off. And so clowns look like people, but there's an oddity to it. There's something that is a little bit strange and from the norm. If we see clowns in places like in a circus where they belong, that's often not as scary. But if we see a clown which is already slightly odd and different to us in a place where we don't typically think they should be like the woods, it's even scarier.
People aren't born with a clown phobia, but they can certainly be genetically predispositioned to have an anxiety disorder. But a specific fear of clowns either comes because you had a traumatic event in childhood around clowns, a family member or somebody close to you kind of has taught you that clowns are scary, or you had an anxiety attack when you were around clowns and paired them together.
If you already have a clown phobia, watching movies like "It" or "American Horror Story" is not going to help, because all it does is reinforce the fact that clowns are in fact dangerous and scary. What we want to do to help with a phobia is show you that they're just people with makeup underneath and that there's nothing inherently scary.
Well if you just don't like clowns, then you really don't need to do anything about it. but there's a small subset of people who really are terrified of clowns in that goes into the category of a phobia lots of people have phobias and just because you have a phobia doesn't mean you need treatment. When you need to seek treatment for a phobia is when it interferes with your daily life. If you go screaming from a theater because there might be a clown that shows up or you can't go into town because there's a circus, then you really need to seek treatment.
The best thing to do about a phobia is first of all recognize that the thing you're afraid of is not dangerous and then do something called "exposure." Which is putting yourself in proximity to the feared object until you get comfortable.
So one of the things I recommend of clowns is watch somebody put on the clown makeup, so you can see that they're just a human being and see the progression of them turning into a clown. It makes it a lot more approachable, and you can learn to overcome your fear.
I don't have a fear of clowns. I have a fear of snakes. So i understand this.
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Nintendo's new console is off to a strong start: The Switch is already Nintendo's fastest-selling game console.
Like so many things, its success comes as a surprise to experts in the field — the $299 console isn't very competitive on paper, and it wasn't a guaranteed success in concept:
But using the Switch is a surprising delight, and 2017 has been a year full of huge hits for the console. And now, on the verge of a brand new Mario game launch, it's a better time than ever to buy the Switch. Here's why:
1. The Nintendo Switch is remarkably fast, which is more important than you'd think.
Using the Switch feels blessedly modern.
Unlike the often sludgy experience on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, powering up and using the Switch is quick and easy. At any moment in a game, you can push the console's home button and immediately exit to the dashboard. This concept also exists on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but it's far quicker and more seamless on the Switch.
Frankly speaking, it doesn't feel like a technological downgrade from the smartphone in my pocket. Even the user interface is clean and efficient — no digging through sub-menus to turn off WiFi or see how much storage I'm using. It's this kind of "quality of life" stuff that makes using the Switch intuitive and accessible to pretty much any user.
2. Sleep Mode turns the Switch into a game console that's quickly accessible.
A major reason people are inclined to play games on their phones is ease of use. A phone is already in your pocket and takes just a second to wake up, which lets you get in and out of apps and games quickly. The Switch takes this concept to heart with Sleep Mode, which enables the console to operate like, say, a laptop or a tablet.
Rather than turning the console all the way off, you can enter Sleep Mode: a low-power mode that enables the console to be quickly accessed later, comparable to reopening a laptop screen. No restarting the game — you're back exactly where you left off.
Though there are comparable functions on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the Switch pulls it off much more cleanly — a nod to the portability of the console.
3. Jumping into games, in general, is surprisingly fast.
I take a ton of screenshots on the Switch, and getting them off the Switch requires removing the microSD card I put in the console. And every time I remove the microSD card, I have to power the Switch all the way down. Bummer!
Thankfully, restarting the Switch — even a "cold boot," as it's known — is remarkably quick. I just tested: It takes roughly 10 seconds from all the way off to the main menu. I'd bet any amount of money that it's faster than the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
This quickness is due partially to the design of the hardware itself and partially to the medium used for games: cartridges. In both instances, Nintendo smartly prioritized the consumer experience — and it makes a difference in daily use.
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We love famous last words.
There's a reason there are so many books listing memorable deathbed sayings throughout history out there. Perhaps we'd just rather believe well-known figures tend to die saying something clever and profound. It makes death itself a little less scary.
But, for that reason, final words can be quite tricky. As with any quotes on the internet — and historical quotes, in general — it's hard to sort out what's true and what's phony or exaggerated.
Here are several poignant, strange, or otherwise memorable last words from throughout history:
Historians believe the 21-year-old school teacher-turned-spy was paraphrasing a line from the popular 18th century play "Cato" as he stood on the scaffold, according to the book "Cato's Tears and the Making of Anglo-American Emotion." The British hung Hale after he was captured during a failed 1776 espionage mission in Long Island.
The Roman statesman met his fate in 43 BCE, after Mark Anthony put a hit out on him during the power struggle following Julius Caesar's death.
Cicero attempted to flee, but accepted his death when confronted by his assassins. He even stuck his head out of his litter in order to make it easier for the killers to strike, according to "Forgotten Justice."
According to the 2016 biography "Marie-Antoinette," the deposed French queen apologized to her executioner on the scaffold in 1793. She had accidentally stepped on his foot on her way to the guillotine.
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