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- 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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- Only 6% of BAFTA — or British Academy Film Awards — have been non-white.
- That's according to a new report from business psychology firm Pearn Kandola.
- This year, all nominees for Best leading actress are white.
- The 71st British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) will take place on Sunday February 18 in London.
- The guests at the Royal Albert Hall will be served a three-course meal, spirits, wine, and Champagne.
- You can see the full menu below.
- "Stardew Valley" is a farming simulation video game for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac.
- I've been playing it on the Nintendo Switch and loving it: It's the perfect game to play in the console's portable mode.
- The game is charming and relaxing: While it's not action-packed, it's extremely rewarding to cultivate your farm and get to know the townspeople.
- The game was developed by one guy, who's now a multimillionaire after its smash-hit success.
- The creators of "Waco," a miniseries on the Paramount Network, said they learned that the media coverage in 1993 was very one-sided.
- In their research, John Erick and Drew Dowdle learned more about the people living in the cult.
- The idea for a show based on the 51-day siege came while they were researching a character for a completely different project.
- The show stars Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, and Rory Culkin.
- "Black Panther" earned the best-ever opening weekend at the box office ever for February with $192 million over three days and $218.2 million over the four-day Presidents' Day weekend.
- It's also the fifth-best opening ever for a three-day and four-day opening weekend, beating out 2015's "Avengers: Age of Ultron."
- Actor Jim Carrey has withdrawn from the spotlight in recent years to focus on painting.
- However, his Twitter is on the rise, with 17 million followers.
- Carrey regularly posts politically inspired artwork to his Twitter account, and is an active voice on political issues.
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the British Academy Film Awards (Baftas) at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday.
- The awards night had an unofficial black dress code in support of the Time's Up campaign in the wake of Hollywood's sexual harassment scandal.
- Kate Middleton was one of few women not to observe the dress code — but it could be because the royal family is meant to be politically neutral.
- Live streaming app Live.me wants to give the buzzy mobile game HQ Trivia a run for its money.
- It has been heavily investing in a live trivia show called QuizBiz, which is almost identical to HQ Trivia.
- But the game is differentiating itself using celebrities and other influencers to host its shows.
- It is also upping the ante with a $1 million prize pool.
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- Celebrity trainer Corey Calliet put Michael B. Jordan through a grueling weightlifting regimen to make him look like a convincing superhero bad guy in "Black Panther."
- The two worked out for six days a week in the months leading up to production. Jordan would also eat six meals a day.
- Jordan gained 15 pounds of muscle for the role.
- Calliet also worked with Jordan to get him into incredible shape for the movie "Creed."
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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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94% of all BAFTA film award nominees have been white, according to a new report.
The analysis, conducted by business psychology firm Pearn Kandola, also revealed that 92% of nominees for "Best Supporting Actor" and "Best Supporting Actress" have been white.
The firm looked at 11 of the glitzy award show's key categories to produce the analysis ahead of Sunday night's 71st BAFTAs — or British Academy Film Awards — happening at London's Royal Albert Hall.
The categories analysed were Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Rising Star, Best Director, Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Screenplay, and The BAFTA Fellowship.
The analysis found that only five BAME (Black and minority ethnic) males have ever been nominated for the "Best Leading Actor" award, and just six BAME females for "Best Leading Actress."
Further, the research also showed that all BAME actors who have won at the BAFTAs were in roles that "could only have been played by someone for an ethnic minority background." For Best Leading Actor, this includes Mahatma Gandhi (Gandhi), Ray Charles (Ray), Idi Amin (The Last King of Scotland), Solomon Northup (12 Years a Slave), and Dith Pran (The Killing Fields).
South Asian and Latino/Hispanic actors are also underrepresented, according to the report, being nominated for Best Leading Actor just three and five times respectively, while no East Asian actor has every been nominated. The same applies for Best Leading Actress, with Latina/Hispanic and East Asian women each getting only one nomination over time, while South Asian women have only been nominated twice.
Professor Binna Kandola OBE, Senior Partner and Co-Founder of Pearn Kandola, said: "This analysis clearly illustrates the lack of diversity in the BAFTA awards.
"It’s true that times are changing, and we must recognise the fact that many of the successful BAME candidates were nominated for their respective awards in the more recent part of the BAFTAs' extensive history. Despite this, the fact that even in this year's awards, nominees from BAME backgrounds are overwhelmingly outnumbered by their white counterparts, suggests that there is still a great deal of progress to be made."
When Business Insider reached out to BAFTA for comment, a spokesperson said: "As an industry we have a long way to go to achieve a level playing field in all areas of diversity.
"As a leading player in our industry BAFTA is committed to driving change. We work hard to ensure that our policies and practices across all of our activity enable us to be open, accessible and inclusive. In recent years we have seen those changes start to take effect. We are continuing to address the challenge of encouraging inclusivity while maintaining BAFTA’s standards for excellence.
"One of the ways we are addressing this is by implementing the BFI Diversity Standards within our awards criteria for Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut from 2019."
You can see the full list of this year's nominations here.
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Award shows are known for their glitz and glamour and fabulous food, drink, and goody bags. The BAFTAs — or British Academy Film Awards — are no exception.
The 71st BAFTAs is happening on Sunday, February 18 at London's Royal Albert Hall, and the attendees — set to include the likes of Margot Robbie, Angelina Jolie, Hugh Grant — are in for a treat.
The organisers shared the menu for the evening with Business Insider after showcasing the food and drink offering at an event called "A Taste of BAFTA" earlier this month.
The three-course menu was designed by Grosvenor House’s Executive Chef Nigel Boschetti and Anton Manganaro, Head Chef at the BAFTA's HQ in Piccadilly.
Here's everything celebrities will be served at the BAFTAs:
Celeriac cream and apple jelly served with pickled celeriac and apple, golden raisins, seeded crackers, and toasted hazelnuts.
Lamb cutlet and slow-cooked shoulder of lamb, roast garlic and thyme jus, potato gratin, kale, heritage carrots.
Vegetarian main course
Sweet potato, pan-fried bok choy, ginger and coriander parcel, coconut, mango and chili salsa, basil sauce.
Dessert by Hotel Chocolat
76% Supermilk Nicaragua Chuno Pebble, Sesame and Nigella Seed Brittle, Salted Caramel Chocolate Ganache.
The official spirit of the awards is Rémy Martin Cognac...
The wine is Villa Maria...
...And, of course, there will be Champagne — guests can expect to be served Taittinger.
The EE British Academy Film Awards will be broadcast on BBC One at 9 p.m. on Sunday February 18.
For advice and inspiration from the best creative minds in working in film, games and television, visit www.bafta.org/guru.
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Look, I love "Super Mario Odyssey" and "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" and all the other great flagship Nintendo Switch games as much as the next guy — probably more, in fact, given the dozens of hours I've sunk in.
And yet, my newest Nintendo Switch addiction is "Stardew Valley," a $15 independent game that came to Nintendo's online eShop toward the end of 2017.
The pitch: You are a city-slicker who inherits his late grandfather's dilapidated farm. It's up to you to plant crops, break rocks, chop wood, and cut grass to restore the farm to its former glory. And as your farming prowess grows, so too will your relationship with your neighbors in the town of Stardew Valley, the game's namesake. If you ever played the classic Super Nintendo title "Harvest Moon," the game's inspiration, you know what to expect.
Yeah, it's not exactly a thrill-a-minute. Like its inspiration, "Stardew Valley" is rendered in Super Nintendo-style sprite graphics — extremely endearing and very well-executed, but not exactly state-of-the-art. So, no, it's not for everyone. And yet, I can't stop playing: I'm farming over my morning coffee and my evening TV-watching, every dang day.
There's a decent chance you may have played "Stardew Valley" before. It was first released in 2016 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, and Mac, and became a smash hit. By the end of 2017, "Stardew Valley" had sold 3.5 million copies, making its creator Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone a multimillionaire.
Yeah, that's right: Everything in "Stardew Valley" — from the graphics to the music to the sound effects to the writing — was done by one guy, working all by himself for years. It's especially impressive considering that despite its simplistic exterior, there's an astonishing number of things you can do in this game. If you want to know more about Barone's story, I heartily recommend the recent book "Blood, Sweat, and Pixels" by Jason Schreier.
The bulk of the game, especially early on, is planting and harvesting your crops while getting to know your new neighbors. As "Stardew Valley" progresses, though, it reveals hidden depths, gradually revealing itself as an intensely ambitious game that delivers on its promises.
Your day quickly expands to include taking care of chickens and cows, cooking new recipes, fishing, treasure-hunting, and even fighting monsters in the mysterious mine out of town. There's even an option to romance, and eventually wed, several of the townspeople, regardless of the gender of your character.
The best way to describe the game, as a whole, is "charming." There's no real pressure.
While your farm's progress theoretically gets graded at the end of your first three in-game years, the major motivating factor of the game is your own desire to do more, see more, and grow more. And the townspeople have their own personalities, making it fun to get to know them. It's my personal digital garden, and I find it to be extremely relaxing.
Which is also why the Nintendo Switch version is so great. Part of why I skipped "Stardew Valley" when it first debuted is because I don't have a lot of time these days to sit down on the couch and play a game. So as much as I wanted to try "Stardew Valley," I just didn't bother.
But because the Nintendo Switch can be played on the TV or as a portable console, it's totally perfect for "Stardew Valley." I can harvest some crops while I pour my morning cereal, or try to delve a little deeper into the mines before bed and put the Switch on my nightstand.
It's a great way to play a great game, at the great price of $15. And, at the same time, it serves as a perfect reminder of the flexibility that makes the Nintendo Switch so special. And, hey, "Stardew Valley" is expected to come to Sony's portable PlayStation Vita this year, too, if that's more your bag.
On a final note, here's a relationship tip: Do not complain to your real-life partner of the difficulties of courting a "Stardew Valley" character. If my experience is anything to go by, you will not get the sympathy you seek.
There are too many good games on the PlayStation 4. If you're one of the over 70 million PS4 owners, it's hard to know where to start.
That's why we put together the list below, full of only the greatest bangers worth spending your time and money on.
Of note: The list is not ranked. There is one exception, as "Horizon Zero Dawn" is clearly the best game on the PlayStation 4 — thus, it's in the first spot. Otherwise, these are the 29 best games on the PlayStation 4 (in no particular order).
29. "Rocket League"
What is "Rocket League?" It's a madman's vision for future soccer. It's soccer with rocket cars, played three vs three or four vs four. Yes!
You can make your car jump, and flip, and you've got rockets that offer a massive speed boost for limited periods of time. It's simple to pick up and play, surprisingly deep to master, and always a tremendous amount of fun. Will you get to the ball fast enough to beat out the competition, and ultimately get the ball away from your goal and toward theirs? This is the basest level question you seek to answer at any given second in "Rocket League." Good luck!
28. "Final Fantasy XV"
If you've never played a massive Japanese role-playing game, this is a good place to start.
"Final Fantasy XV" is a gigantic, gorgeous, sprawling role-playing game set in a futuristic/fantasy world. It's kind of a road story, kind of a hero story, and entirely bizarre. When you're not rolling around in the sweet ride above, you're cavorting around on massive birds (chocobos) and defeating bizarre monsters.
27. "Grand Theft Auto V"
"Grand Theft Auto" has never been better than the latest entry: "Grand Theft Auto V".
In "GTA V" you can play as one of three different main characters, carrying off major heists and doing all manner of other madness. Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you already know what you're getting into with "GTA V." It's a satire of modern American life set in an enormous open-world.
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• Walt Disney World employees are all referred to as "cast members."
• This includes everyone from the costumed character performers to the ride operators to the people working in retail.
• The park also reflects a show business-like environment by requiring cast members to stay "in character" while in the presence of guests.
Walt Disney World has a rep for being the "most magical place on Earth."
But what's it really like to be one of the people responsible for making the magic happen?
Walt Disney World employs 70,000 "cast members"— the term the company uses to refer to all employees. They all help to run a world-famous park that attracted a record 68 million visitors to Orlando in 2016, according to The Orlando Sentinel.
It's fair to say that these thousands of cast members come to learn a number of secrets about the park that the rest of us tourists might miss.
Business Insider spoke with former Disney College Cast program attendee and "Devin Earns Her Ears: My Secret Walt Disney World Cast Member Diary" author Devin Melendy, Susan Veness, author of "The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World" series, and Mike Fox, author of "The Hidden Secrets & Stories of Walt Disney World" and founder of the site Disney-Secrets.com.
Here's what they had to say about the secrets of working at Walt Disney World:
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You learn quickly that it's all about the guests
The guest experience is everything at Disney. That's drilled into you from day one. Melendy said that, even though her job consisted of working in retail in Frontierland, she was encouraged not to stand behind the register whenever possible.
Instead, cast members are directed to spread some magic by passing out stickers, fast passes, birthday pins, and free bags and shirts.
"Instilled within the company is this deep commitment to the guest experience," Fox said. "So it always impresses me, especially at the cast member level, the training that goes into helping these folks to provide that superior experience and to see it out on stage and see it executed."
Name tags are an absolute must — even if you're using an alias
Melendy said it's considered "bad show" for a cast members to not wear a name tag. But if you lose your tag, no worries. There's a whole stockpile of gender neutral names like Chris, Sam, and Pat to choose from.
"I lost my first name tag, so I was Chris from New York for two weeks while I waited for my new one," she said.
If you want to play a Disney character, you'd better be good at charades
Melendy said she tried out to become a costumed character, but ultimately didn't make the cut. She said that these performers must go through layers of auditions and costume fittings in order to land the role.
People who are good at improvising have a leg up. During the process, you're asked to pantomime activities, like making a sandwich and washing a dog.
"You were supposed to make these gestures big and dramatic, because if you're in a costume you have to parlay what you're saying without saying anything," she said.
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The Oscars are right around the corner!
And if you're like us, there are a few movies you need to catch up on.
Luckily a bunch of Oscar-nominated films are available to stream right now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or HBO.
We compiled a list of the ones you can stream for free provided you subscribe to each of these services. (We excluded movies that you had to pay a rental fee on.)
They range from Netflix's sprawling and emotional epic "Mudbound," which was nominated for a slew of Academy Awards including best original screenplay; to "The Big Sick," which you can stream on Amazon Prime and is one of the best rom-coms in recent memory. There are also a ton of documentaries.
Here's the list of eight Oscar-nominated movies you can stream on Netflix right now (and a few more on Amazon or HBO):
1. "Mudbound" — best adapted screenplay, best supporting actress, best original song, best cinematography
Available on Netflix.
Netflix description: "Two Mississippi families -- one black, one white -- confront the brutal realities of prejudice, farming and friendship in a divided World War II era."
2. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" — best visual effects
Available on Netflix.
Netflix description: "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The ragtag, wisecracking band of miscreants known as the Guardians of the Galaxy return to unravel the mystery of Peter "Star Lord" Quill's origins. "Guardians Vol. 2" introduces new Marvel Universe characters, including Stakar Ogord, played by Sylvester Stallone."
3. "The Boss Baby" — best animated feature
Available on Netflix.
Netflix description: "A kid finds himself at the center of a sinister corporate plot when his parents bring home a baby who only talks business when they're not around."
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The creators of new TV miniseries "Waco" always meant for it to show the whole truth of the 1993 Waco siege, by telling the story from multiple perspectives: especially those that weren’t told by the media. But they didn't expect it to have such cultural relevance to our current political landscape.
"Waco," a miniseries on the Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV), stars Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, John Leguiziamo, and Melissa Benoist. Business Insider recently spoke to the creators of the show, brothers John Erick and Drew Dowdle. In writing the show, they said they discovered the media only told one side of the story in 1993.
With "Waco," the Dowdles hoped to emphasize the power of communication, and that there's more to this story, and every person involved.
"We really tried to see what makes people tick on all sides of this, that was really important to us," co-creator Drew Dowdle said.
The Waco siege, which lasted from February 28 to April 19, 1993, was a 51-day standoff at a compound belonging to a religious group called the Branch Davidians, led by David Koresh.
Koresh convinced his followers that he was Christ. They lived together on the compound — which they called Mount Carmel — to prepare for the end of the world. The Mount Carmel compound had no electricity, heat, or running water.
The standoff, between the Branch Davidians and the FBI along with the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms), began when the ATF attempted to raid the compound to find illegal weapons. There were also rumors of abuse against women and children on the compound.
Eventually, the FBI initiated a tear gas attack in an attempt to force the Branch Davidians out, resulting in a fire. 76 people died, including Koresh.
The Waco siege is cited as one of the motivations behind the 1996 Oklahoma City bombing. During the standoff, crowds gathered on a hill a few miles away from Mount Carmel to see what was happening. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, then 24, visited that site, where he distributed pro-gun literature and bumper stickers.
"The power of talk"
"Waco" was in development before topics like gun control and white supremacy saw high-profile coverage leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
"Waco" co-creator John Erick Dowdle said he felt like the country was “already going down that path,” even though they started working on the series four years ago. “We've lost some ability to talk,” he said of America. “And this show is an exploration of the power of talk.”
In “Waco,” Michael Shannon’s FBI agent Gary Noesner (who the Dowdles spoke to personally) makes multiple attempts to communicate with Koresh and the Branch Davidians. He tries to convince other agents — both his colleagues at the FBI and ATF agents — to prioritize peaceful communication over violent tactics. Unfortunately, not many others seem to see things the way Noesner does.
The Dowdles said they stumbled upon the idea for a show about the Waco siege “kind of randomly."
In reading firsthand accounts of the Waco siege, meant as research for a character in a completely different story they were writing, the Dowdles realized this was the show they should write.
The Dowdles spoke to people on all sides of the siege: FBI agents, ATF agents, and David Thibodeau, a Branch Davidian who survived the fire (played by Rory Culkin in the series). Through Thibodeau, whom they spoke to extensively, the audience gets to see how someone could believably get roped in by Koresh, who is manipulative but charming, and a very convincing leader.
“We've talked to a lot of survivors at this point,” Drew said. “You're sitting talking to someone face to face, ATF agents, FBI, Branch Davidians ... everyone all around. It's hard not to get where they're coming from. So we were like, ‘Let's do a version of this where you can see people make mistakes, but it's not because they're evil. It's because they have a worldview that is in conflict with the worldview they're in conflict with. We really tried to see what makes people tick on all sides of this, that was really important to us. ”
The show, in particular, highlights the mistakes the ATF made by going into Mount Carmel with little preparation. It also focuses on the friction between FBI agents on site, who had different opinions on problem solving, as well as Koresh’s leadership. (Since he believed himself to be a messiah, Koresh was the only man at the compound who was allowed to have sex with the women there, even if they were married to other men.)
"They're making us look like monsters," Koresh says in the fourth episode, which aired Wednesday night. "Calling us child abusers."
Koresh is played with an intense, almost comical sincerity by Taylor Kitsch, a role very different from his previous work as Tim Riggins on "Friday Night Lights." The Dowdles said Kitsch lost thirty pounds for the role, studied scripture, learned how to play guitar, and took vocal lessons. Kitsch also did so much research on Koresh that some of his ideas made it into the scripts, such as the fact that Koresh calls his mom after he is shot.
The Dowdles both said they learned about the Waco Siege when it was in the news, particularly that Koresh and the Branch Davidians were crazy and brainwashed. But they learned a lot that the media didn’t tell them while doing their research.
Drew Dowdle noted that he was surprised that he ended up having “a lot of sympathy” for the FBI. “They stepped into a situation that had been created for them,” he said.
John Erick recalled that in 1993, the media portrayed all the Branch Davidians as brainwashed by Koresh. "But then really getting into the history of it, I was actually surprised how much dissent and how much disagreement and how much challenge there was within Mount Carmel, and how it wasn't just one personality. It was a lot of personalities," John Erick said. "There were a lot of really good people in that building. That was, frankly, a surprise to me.”
"Waco" airs Wednesday nights on the Paramount Network.
It looks like everyone took a trip to Wakanda this weekend.
Marvel's long-awaited release of "Black Panther" opened over the weekend and exceeded all domestic box office industry projections. It took in an estimated $192 million over three days and is looking to make $218.2 million by the end of Presidents' Day, according to boxofficepro.com.
The $192 million three-day take is the fifth-best ever, passing "Avengers: Age of Ultron" ($191.2 million). For a four-day opening, the movie is fifth-best all-time, knocking out "Age of Ultron ($204.4 million).
Playing on just over 4,000 screens, Disney gave "Black Panther" the "Star Wars" treatment in regards to blanketing the country with its latest release.
After its Thursday preview screenings took in $25.2 million— the best-ever for February and second-best out of the Marvel franchise — the movie earned an astounding $75.8 million on Friday — the eighth-best Friday opening ever (passing 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises," $75.7 million). Earning around $68 million on Saturday proved that "Black Panther" wasn't front-loaded.
Basically the movie industry got a taste of a summer blockbuster in February, a rarity but something that the movie theaters are ecstatic about.
Not even Disney expected this kind of event feel that the movie has had on the country.
From its record-breaking pre-ticket sales months leading up to this weekend and the critical reaction to the movie (97% on Rotten Tomatoes), director Ryan Coogler ("Creed") has brought to the screen a movie that isn't just a money-maker, but an important cultural moment as it gave the black community a long-awaited superhero movie they can call their own.
And telling diverse stories won't end here for Disney.
On March 9, they will be releasing "A Wrinkle in Time," the adaptation of the popular sci-fi novel by Madeleine L'Engle directed by Ava DuVernay ("Selma").
If you're looking for something entertaining and beautiful that'll also inform you, there's an incredible variety of science- and nature-focused documentaries and TV shows on Netflix right now.
These films and series showcase the beauty of the planet, delve into the details of how food arrives on your plate, and explore the mysterious and alien underwater world in oceans around the globe.
The downside to all of those options is that there's a lot to choose from. To make it easier, Business Insider reporters and editors have picked some of our favorites from Netflix' selection.
Films come and go from the platform every month, but as of the date of publication, everything on our list should be available. We'll update the recommendations periodically to reflect currently available documentaries.
Here are our favorites, in no particular order:
What it's about: In 2014, filmmaker and amateur cyclist Bryan Fogel contacted Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the director of the Moscow anti-doping center, for advice about how to get away with using performance-enhancing drugs. In 2015, Rodchenkov was implicated in state-sponsored doping efforts by the World Anti-Doping Agency. So he decided to flee Russia, travel to the US, and to reveal everything he knew about the widespread Russian doping program.
Why you should see it: The film mixes crime, sport, international intrigue, and the science of manipulating human performance. It's both thrilling and disturbing — and is especially relevant given the recent ban on Russian athlets competing for their country in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Because of Rodchenkov's revelations, the world will never look at sports — the Olympics especially — the same way again. [Click to watch]
What it's about: In this four-part docu-series, journalist and food expert Michael Pollan explores the evolutionary history of food and its preparation through the lens of the four essential elements: fire, water, air, and earth.
Why you should see it: Americans as a whole are cooking less and relying more on unhealthy, processed, and prepared foods. Pollan aims to bring viewers back to the kitchen by forging a meaningful connection to food and the joys of cooking. [Click to watch]
What it's about: This film highlights abuses in the sea park industry through the tale of Tilikum, an orca in captivity at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. Tilikum has killed or been involved in the deaths of three people while living in the park.
Why you should see it: This documentary opens your eyes to the troubles of keeping wild animals in captivity through shocking footage and emotional interviews. It highlights the potential issues of animal cruelty and abuse involved with using highly intelligent animals as entertainment. Sea parks have historically made billions of dollars by keeping animals captive, often at the expense of the health and well-being of animals. This documentary played a huge role in convincing SeaWorld to stop their theatrical "Shamu" killer whale shows. [Click to watch]
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Actor and comedian Jim Carrey has always been known for his slapstick silliness. You know the films — "Dumb and Dumber," "The Mask," "Liar Liar," "Ace Ventura," just to name a few.
But he also always managed to peel back the comic goofiness for more serious turns in films like "The Truman Show" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."
For his most recent turn, however, the actor isn't acting at all. He's fired up, and he wants to inspire change.
Carrey recently announced he would be boycotting Facebook— and dumping stock — because of the social network's alleged "profiting" off of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. He asked people reading his statement to join him.
But while Carrey is boycotting Facebook, his Twitter presence is on the rise. Carrey routinely takes to the platform to voice his political viewpoints. After Wednesday's mass shooting in Florida, Carrey posted a photo of an American flag in the shape of a gun, with the caption: "Pro-life?!"
It's not the first time this year that Carrey has expressed his anger toward the nation's problems, and he usually sums up his angst in the form of original artwork (He had grown a beard and spent the better part of this decade holed up in his personal art studio pursuing a passion for painting).
In fact, Carrey has posted 12 politically inspired pieces of original artwork to his Twitter account just in 2018, including the below painting that addresses America's gun violence problem at schools (from January).
11 school shootings in 24 days. The new Norm! pic.twitter.com/XHnXqOmTQu— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) January 24, 2018
Can we continue to rely on the remains of dead animals for food or fuel? Are Big Oil, Coal and Cattle ancient dinosaurs that will lead to our extinction? If you wish to find a healthy way forward, watch this. https://t.co/dzk3MkkPeRpic.twitter.com/is5Xf2Jrcw— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) February 10, 2018
It should no longer be a surprise to people that Caveman Trump would hire a man like Porter, who’s accused of beating his wives. If you want nasty things done, you hire nasty people. That’s how criminal syndicates thrive. #impeachprehistoricpotuspic.twitter.com/86JaEMcp2M— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) February 9, 2018
He's also amassed over 17 million followers, an impressive number. That's more than many other prominent comedians. Sarah Silverman has 12 million followers; Chris Rock has 5 million; Jerry Seinfeld has 4 million; Amy Schumer has 4 million; Patton Oswalt has 4 million; and so on.
That's a pretty good showing for Carrey, who has grown a reputation for being somewhat of a recluse. He's only had major roles in 6 movies since 2010 (if you count his role as a hermit in last year's "The Bad Batch," in which he only appears in a few scenes with no dialogue).
He's given some interviews here and there, including a bizarre one at New York Fashion Week in September.
"I'm doing just fine, there's just no meaning to any of this," Carrey said at the time. "I wanted to find the most meaningless thing I could come to and join and here I am. You've gotta admit, it's completely meaningless."
When the reporter replied that the event was "celebrating icons," Carrey said, "That is the lowest aiming possibility that we could come up with. Do you believe in icons? I don't believe in personalities, I don't believe that you exist. But there is a wonderful fragrance in the air."
The reporter was noticeably taken aback by Carrey's responses. The full interview is below:
And then there's this interview with Jimmy Kimmel last May when he addressed being "separated from the world."
"It's the exact opposite," he told Kimmel. "Don't get me wrong, Jim Carrey is a great character, and I was lucky to get the part. But I don't think of that as me anymore."
"I used to be a guy who was experiencing the world, but now I feel like the world and the universe experiencing a guy," he continued.
But if his Twitter is any indication, Carrey has emerged as an unexpected voice in a chaotic world, putting pencil and paintbrush to the thoughts inside his head about our world.
And 17 million people (give or take a few bots) appear to be listening.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined some of the world's biggest stars on the red carpet at the British Academy Film Awards (Baftas) at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday Night.
But while most guests adhered to the "unofficial black dress code" in support of the Time's Up campaign against sexual harassment — Kate Middleton was one of the few women who did not.
Instead, she opted for a dark green dress by Brit designer Jenny Packham with a black velvet ribbon, which some observers suggested was a subtle nod of support to the cause.
There could be a good reason why Middleton didn't wear a full black ball gown. The royal family is meant to be studiously politically neutral, so by choosing not to observe the Time's Up dress code, she kept her views to herself.
Prince William did, however, comment on the role Bafta had played in the fight against sexual harassment in his foreword for the awards' programme.
"Levelling the playing field and ensuring a safe, professional working environment for aspiring actors, filmmakers and craft practitioners – regardless of their background and circumstances – is vital to ensure film remains accessible and exciting for all," he wrote, according to The Daily Telegraph.
"As president, I am proud of the leadership Bafta have shown on this; in a year which rocked the industry as many brave people spoke up about bullying, harassment and abuse despite the risk to their professional careers and reputations."
Kate Middleton arrived with her husband, the Duke of Cambridge and president of Bafta — neither of whom wore the Time's Up lapel pin.
The Duchess, who is due to give birth in April, accessorised her look with a matching diamond and emerald necklace, earrings and bracelet set, and a black velvet clutch.
Some observers suggested the black velvet sash was a subtle nod of solidarity to the movement and its causes.
Since December, Live.me has been heavily investing in a live trivia show called QuizBiz, which like HQ, seamlessly combines the classic game show vibe with live streaming and mobile gaming.
"We've been experimenting with different live content and formats from the beginning — we had trivia on our official channel and would ask users to comment in the stream to win," Khudor Annous, head of marketing and partnerships at Live.me, told Business Insider. "But we never thought that it could be a product in and of itself, until HQ Trivia came along."
The show is nearly identical to its buzzy and famous competitor — where a host reads out a series of 12 multiple-choice questions, and anyone who answers all 12 correctly walks away with a chunk of the prize. But unlike HQ, it airs three times a day instead of two: at 3:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET.
Challenging the incumbent and its host Scott Rogowsky is no easy feat, which is why Live.me is relying on a bevy of celebrity and other influencers to help it take on HQ Trivia, apart from its trio of rotating hosts Brad Gage, Julia Price and Chris Vanger.
The app, for instance roped in music icon Wyclef Jean recently to host a special Grammy's edition of QuizBiz, whereas YouTube prankster Roman Atwood hosted a game on Feb. 10. It has popular tween YouTuber RiceGum slated for an appearance soon.
Having recognizable names boosts viewership as well. While the app has about 50,000 people tune in per episode, a celebrity or influencer usually leads to an audience that is 5-6 times bigger. Atwood's episode, for example, raked in more than 300,000 viewers.
"The overlap between celebrity influencers and social media personalities to our target audience is very high," said Annous. "Seeing an influencer host the QuizBiz trivia show lends to a fun and engaging experience for the celebrity's fans as well as daily QuizBiz players."
While Live.me claims that it has amassed a user base of 40 million users since its launch in 2016, it wants to attract a bigger audience specifically to its QuizBiz shows. That is why it is raising the stakes in terms of the prize money. In January, thousands of winners split about $120,000 in prize money.
In February, QuizBiz has upped the ante to a $1 million prize pool. The minimum giveaway per game this month is $10,000, with special games giving away $100,000 in cash. One of the three Super Bowl-themed games ended with a winner taking home $50,000, for example.
While Live.me is indeed doubling down on QuizBiz, it is being careful not to place all its eggs in one basket. QuizBiz is part of a bigger push to create original live programming designed for the app's engaged mobile audience, but the company is also investing in other types of content.
The push will indeed be helped by the $50 million funding round that it recently received, led by Chinese internet giant Bytedance.
"We want to create different opportunities for the community to get involved in," said Annous. "It's not just about trivia, we also want to explore other games."
• Many US presidents ascended to the White House with a background in law or politics, or a record of military service.
• But, over the course of history, some presidents have held down rather unusual jobs.
• From bartenders to Hollywood actors, here's a look at some of the weirdest roles presidents had on their résumés.
Picture the résumé of an average US president.
It likely starts off with a degree from a top school, and includes a stint working in law or Congress. It might even feature some military service.
But the presidents on this list have a few unconventional gigs to add to their experience. At some point in their lives, these 17 presidents tended bars, crafted toys, and even personally hung criminals. Whether or not these odd jobs helped prepare them to take on the White House remains to be seen.
Here are the 17 weirdest jobs of US presidents:
Andrew Jackson was a 13-year-old militia courier during the Revolutionary War
The turbulent, controversial seventh president of the US was actually the last head of state to serve in the Revolutionary War, in some capacity. Andrew Jackson joined the fighting at the age of thirteen and served as a courier, according to a report from CNN.
His position with the local militia was informal, but that didn't stop the British from imprisoning the teenager, along with his brother Robert. Some accounts say that when Jackson refused to clean an officer's boots, the enemy soldier slashed his face with a sword, leaving a permanent scar.
Abraham Lincoln owned a bar
Did you know that Lincoln was the only licensed bartender to rise to the position of chief executive?
According to Amy Cavanaugh's article in the Chicagoist, the future president launched a business in New Salem, Illinois. The joint, known as Berry and Lincoln and co-owned by an old militia friend named William F. Berry, functioned as both a store and a drinking establishment. In 1833, Berry and Lincoln received a liquor license and began selling brandy, wine, and whiskey. Later on, the future president would leave the business to become the postmaster of New Salem.
Unfortunately, Berry's alcoholism caused the duo to fall into debt — which Lincoln wouldn't fully pay off until he became a congressman.
Andrew Johnson worked for his mom as an apprentice tailor
Johnson — who was vice president at the time of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, and became the country's 17th president as a result — started off as an apprentice tailor for his mother while he was still a teen, according to CNN. Later, he moved up to a tailoring position in South Carolina and Tennessee.
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After looking at my monthly cable TV bill one day, I thought: I'm paying $100 a month for cable TV, not including internet. $100 a month. And I watch about eight or so channels.
There must be another way to get TV without paying so much.
It was time to try out a live TV internet streaming service. Generally, services like these let you pick cheaper channel packages, which can give me greater control over what I pay for. And because I have a smart TV that's powered by Roku, I could choose most any service I want and still watch it from the comfort of my couch.
My first pick was Sling TV. I picked the $30/month Orange and Blue package, which included the complete list of core channels offered by Sling TV. Then I added a few $5 packages, including cloud DVR and News Extra, which includes more news channels. My SlingTV package would come to a total of $40 a month — compared to my $100-a-month cable bill.
Unfortunately, Sling TV was missing a few channels and DVR features that I've become used to. But I wanted to see if I could live without them, considering the $60 a month I'd be saving by going with Sling TV.
After a month, I went back to cable TV. Check out why:
When I used Sling TV, it worked great.
My TV is powered by Roku software, so getting started was a cinch. I just had to download the Sling TV app, and I could watch it on my existing set with no extra hardware.
Live TV over the internet using Sling TV never had to buffer, and it never cut out for me, either.
The guides and menus took a little time to get used to. By default, Sling TV looks a little like Netflix, showing you a series of thumbnail icons to show you what's available to watch. I prefer to channel-surf the old-fashioned way, though, so I switched that in the settings.
There were three clear benefits to using Sling TV. The best was that It would save me $60 a month, or $720 a year, from my regular cable bill.
Secondly, I could stream live TV to three different media streaming devices, like a Roku, at the same time instead of renting a cable box from my cable company.
Those cable boxes are bulky and cost you to rent them from your cable company. My particular cable company charges me an absurd $10 per month per cable box. Using a sleeker streaming device like a Roku or Chromecast that can hide behind your TV is great, and they can be had for as low as $20.
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Each year, one album taps into the hearts and ears of the public on its way to topping the Billboard year-end album chart.
Times have changed, though. In the 2010s, pop stars like Adele and Taylor Swift have dominated the charts, while in the 1950s and early 1960s, musical soundtracks and Broadway cast recordings tended to top the list.
Billboard has been tracking the top album of the year since 1956. From 1992 onward, total album sales were recorded by Nielsen SoundScan. Before 1992, the top album chart was "based on a survey of representative retail outlets that determined a ranking" and was "not a tally of actual sales."
Business Insider compiled all the best-selling albums and their respective notable singles, dating back to 1956, so you can see, and hear, which album was the soundtrack to your birth year (so long as you're between the ages of 1 and 62).
Check out which album made it to the top each year:
SEE ALSO: The 25 best songs of 2017 so far, ranked
2017: Ed Sheeran — "Divide"
Copies sold: 2,764,000
2016: Drake — "Views"
Copies sold: 4,140,000
2015: Adele — "25"
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The reasons the Olympics enthrall viewers — the atmosphere, the joy of winning, the agony of defeat, the spectacle of sport — are the same reasons they produce some of the best photos.
The Winter Olympics are underway, and although we're only a few days in, already photographers have captured some stunning images from the games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Though there's too many great photos to count, we used Getty to compile some of our favorites so far.
Take a look below.
Figure skating is an exhausting sport, both physically and emotionally.
But when your score turns out to be worth a gold medal, it's all worth it.
Lydia Lassila of Australia floats upside down, as freestyle skiers do.
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Michael B. Jordan was in the best shape of his life when he played the title character in the hit movie “Creed,” but to play a superhero villain in “Black Panther,” he knew he had to be superhero big. And there was only one guy who could get him there.
Celebrity trainer Corey Calliet has been working consistently with Jordan since they connected on the set of 2015’s “Fantastic Four.” At that time Calliet said Jordan could barely lift 25 pounds, but by the end of filming one of the movie’s producers asked Calliet to slow down the training because Jordan could barely fit into his Johnny Storm suit.
Calliet said when Jordan contacted him about playing Erik Killmonger in “Black Panther” the actor only sent him a picture of the character from the comic book.
“He told me, 'I need to look like this,' and it's a picture of Killmonger fighting Black Panther,” Calliet told Business Insider. “He was very big, so I knew I had to make Mike look like a free safety or a Marine. If you want to be a villain you have to have that savage type of demeanor. “
To get Jordan to that kind of body type, Calliet would put him through a very different kind of regimen compared to “Creed.”
Can't let the day end without wishing my brother from another mother a Happy Birthday! We started in the gym 4yrs ago and you have been like a brother ever since. Just because we're not blood doesn't mean we're not family and just because i haven't known you your whole life doesn't mean i can't call you a best friend! I'm proud to see the man your becoming and your best is yet to come! Love ya bro bro🙏🏽
As Calliet did a lot of cardio work to get Jordan into a boxer look to play Adonis Creed, for Killmonger he needed the actor to put on muscle. That meant doing a weightlifting program to give him intense muscle training.
It was nothing fancy, just basic weight training: bench press, lat pull downs, dead lifts. While also eating six meals a day. They went on for six days a week for a few months leading up to production.
The work then intensified to interval training closer to shooting.
Dumbbell curls to lat pull downs; dips to pull ups to push ups; incline bench press to fly presses.
At one point, Jordan was lifting with 115-pound dumbbells.
Calliet said Jordan added 15 pounds of muscle from “Creed” to “Black Panther.” But the trainer admitted none of it was fun for Jordan, and that’s just what Calliet intended.
“The way I train, the person never gets used to it,” Calliet said. “I would have him do squats and then move right to burpees — that’s not a good feeling. It was nothing that was enjoyable.”
But it’s the finished product that both men strived for, and they can’t be happier with the result. Calliet said he got chills seeing Jordan on screen.
“When I was bodybuilding competing the saying always was, ‘Shows are won from the back,’ so that scene where Killmonger and Black Panther fight, you can see Mike’s back and the definition and the lat spread, all the work we put in is highlighted in that one scene.”
However, the work continues today. With shooting for “Creed 2” beginning in April, Calliet and Jordan have been training getting the actor back to looking like a boxer.
“We were in New York City working out at 3 a.m. the other day,” Calliet said. “I promise you, the body I’m bringing to the screen for ‘Creed 2’ is going to be better than any of the work I’ve ever done.”
"Black Panther" is currently playing in theaters.