(Hulu streaming on Tuesday, Nov. 14) This silly and mindlessly enjoyable 13-episode sci-fi comedy comes from actor/producer Seth Rogen and his childhood friend and colleague, screenwriter Evan Goldberg (“The Interview”). Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”) stars as Josh Futterman, a video game addict who still lives at home and works as a janitor at a research lab that’s pursuing a cure for herpes. When Josh finally conquers level 83 of his favorite (but hugely unpopular) game, he is visited by two badass soldiers from an apocalyptic future (Derek Wilson and Eliza Coupe), who believe he’s the savior they’ve been searching for. Big mistake – but also too late, as their mission is too crucial to abandon. It’s a dumb, profane and predictable show that works because it never once aims for greatness. Everyone here just wants the viewer to enjoy the ride. … [Read more...] about Fall TV 2017: 10 new shows worth checking out (and 5 you can totally skip)
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— The 19th anniversary of 9/11 is Friday and there are several TV specials marking that momentous day. ABC will air “9/11 Remembered: The Day We Came Together,” a special filmed at the 2014 opening of the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Former President Barack Obama and then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg joins survivors, family members and first-responders. Performances include a 300-strong children’s choir singing “Somewhere.” There are also two back-to-back one-hour documentaries on the History channel: “9/11: The Final Minutes of Fight 93” and “9/11: The Pentagon.” … [Read more...] about New this week: ‘Cuties,’ ‘Unpregnant’ and fresh ‘Jeopardy!’
Gregory Tyree Boyce, an actor who appeared in the 2008 film "Twilight," was found dead in a Las Vegas residence on May 13, a spokesperson with the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner confirmed to CNN. He was 30. According to the coroner's office, Boyce was found dead with Natalie Adenike Adepoju, 27. The cause and manner of death is still being determined. A public information officer for the Las Vegas Police Department told CNN in an email that the deaths were "not a criminal incident" and referred any inquiry to the coroner's office. … [Read more...] about Diana Rigg worried I’d get hit by lightning
Bloomberg has long covered the finances of gaming companies such as Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOF). Now it also covers the media and culture side of the industry. In April, Bloomberg launched an entertainment vertical called Screentime that includes gaming coverage. Later that month, one of the gaming industry's leading reporters, Jason Schreier, formerly of Kotaku, said he was joining Bloomberg to cover "business, culture, labor, delays, and lots more!!!" … [Read more...] about Bloomberg and The Washington Post are betting big on gaming. Here’s why
Led by Patri Friedman (the grandson of economist Milton Friedman) and PayPal founder Peter Thiel, the Seasteading Institute hopes to establish micro-nations on permanent off-shore platforms, free from the laws of any country. The movement is inspired by libertarian ideals, but sees seasteads as government start-ups that can “experiment with a wide variety of political ideas in order to find out which are most desirable to their residents.” One note of caution for libertarian idealists: Even on seasteads in the middle of the ocean, the Institute does insist on some limits to individual freedom. “Actions seen as a serious threat to the security of other nations ought not be tolerated aboard seasteads,” the site’s FAQ reads, “such as letting terrorists launder money, exporting drugs to countries where they are illegal, or researching or building weapons of mass destruction, particularly with nuclear capabilities.” Basically, all of the fun things. … [Read more...] about Which Quixotic Conservative Utopia Is Right for You?