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Steven Soderbergh’s new HBO show ‘Mosaic’ lets your obsession go way deep with murder mystery app

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Steven Soderbergh’s Mosaic premieres Jan. 22 on HBO, but the entire story is already out there for public consumptionMosaic was initially launched in November 2017 as an interactive storytelling app; Users choose a character and follow their journey to piece together the mysterious murder of Olivia Lake (Sharon Stone).

Soderbergh and writer Ed Solomon have worked on Mosaic for nearly four years. Soderbergh was invigorated to push current models of storytelling and to explore a show with a “branching narrative” (they detest the phrase “choose your own adventure”) for viewers to explore.

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Allison Williams on the importance of the Time’s Up movement

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While Time’s Up pins weren’t in as abundant a supply as the Golden Globes, a handful of actors used SAG Awards red carpet appearances to talk about the movement against sexual discrimination and abuse in Hollywood and other industries.

Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamay unpacked the effect the movement has had on young men, while Get Out star and SAG Award nominee Allison Williams talked about it from a more personal standpoint.

“I’ve learned a lot,” she told E! News’ Giuliana Rancic, speaking about the role of actresses in particular in the movement. ”One of the biggest lessons from this movement is that in many ways what [actresses] do and the power it gives us and the platform it gives us has always been kind of confusing to us.” Read more…

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‘The Crown’ has reportedly found its new Prince Philip

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The new Prince Philip has arrived.

Paul Bettany is “being lined up” to play the famously gaffe-prone royal in Netflix’s The Crown, Variety reported on Saturday

He would replace Matt Smith, who portrayed a younger version of Philip in the show’s first two seasons.

Bettany would join Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter — set to play Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Margaret, respectively — in the cast. At least a portion of Season 3 is set in the 1970s, and will include, among other things, the breakup of Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon. (It doesn’t count as a spoiler if it already happened IRL, right?) Read more…

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Watch Joey Bada$$ spin a Prince cover with ‘When Thugs Cry’

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Rapper Joey Bada$$ put his own spin on a Prince classic on Friday, with a cover dubbed “When Thugs Cry.”

Performed at Australian radio station triple j on Friday, for the popular, weekly “Like a Version” cover songs segment, the Brooklyn artist paid tribute to The Purple One. 

“To this day my mum is the biggest Prince fan, she always played Prince around the house, put me on to Prince at such an early age. Me and her we used to always sing “When Doves Cry” together, so I made my own version. It’s called “When Thugs Cry,” he told triple j.

Joey Bada$$ is currently touring Australia, performing at Melbourne’s Sugar Mountain festival in Melbourne alongside Actress, A.B. Original, Jamila Woods and more on Saturday, Jan. 20. Read more…

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‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’ mobile game enrolls you in a virtual wizarding school

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Anna Kendrick was confused for another Anna K. Oh, she noticed.

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Anna Kendrick didn’t just welcome twins with Enrique Iglesias. But a news story using the wrong image has the Pitch Perfect star taking to Twitter with a hilarious thread about the mistake.

Yahoo News ran a story about the “Hero” singer reportedly sharing photos of his new babies with tennis star Anna Kournikova — but it used the wrong Anna K’s picture.

Kendrick called the error out on Twitter, with a wry post:

Dear Yahoo: how do I get to this timeline where I’ve slept with Enrique Iqlesias please and thank youpic.twitter.com/4mmA2i7dse

— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) January 17, 2018 Read more…

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Saudi Arabia just lifted its cinema ban, and well, the first movie screened was an interesting choice

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Saudi Arabia has just lifted a 35-year-old ban on cinemas, and picked an, uh, interesting movie for the first screening.

Ready? The Emoji Movie. Yep.

The very first film hitting cinema screens in three and a half decades was 2017’s animated feature about a city populated by talking emojis. It’s currently sitting at 9 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — although, granted, it has a 39 percent audience score. And it’s targeted at children.

But hey, let’s celebrate the fact that it was shown at all.

The conservative kingdom’s Ministry of Culture and Information agreed to issue licenses for cinemas on Dec. 11, 2017. According to Reuters, the country’s first permanent theatres could open as early as March 2018, and the authorities are sponsoring temporary cinemas for now — one, in Jeddah’s cultural hall, apparently has a popcorn machine. Films will be censored to adhere to the “moral values” of the kingdom — exactly what these censored films look like remains to be seen. Read more…

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Aziz Ansari accused of sexual misconduct, he responds

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Aziz Ansari issued a statement Sunday night following an anonymous report from Babe 24 hours earlier, where a woman accused Ansari of sexual misconduct during a date the two went on in September.

In a statement to Mashable, Ansari essentially agreed with the woman’s account of the evening, ending his note by stating that he “continue[s] to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.”

“Grace,” a 23-year-old photographer based in Brooklyn, told Babe that she and Ansari went to a restaurant and then to his home, where, very quickly, things started to escalate with a speed that made her uncomfortable. Read more…

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ returns to Hulu on April 25 (and here’s a new trailer)

 The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale has been a home run for Hulu — the series has been embraced by awards voters, and it was one of the streaming service’s most-watched dramas last year. This weekend, Hulu has been working to build up anticipation for the 13-episode second season, with the release of the first images and the announcement that the show will return sometime… Read More

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Mark Wahlberg donated his $1.5 million ‘All The Money’ fee to Time’s Up

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In the wake of an uproar over the $1.5 million Mark Wahlberg was paid for his All The Money In The World reshoots, the actor announced Saturday that he will donate the money in his costar Michelle Williams’ name to the Time’s Up legal defense fund.

Wahlberg’s hefty reshoot fee made headlines earlier this week after it was reported that Williams earned just $1,000 for her time. 

The cast of All The Money In The World reshot multiple scenes after director Ridley Scott cut actor Kevin Spacey from the film following multiple sexual assault allegations. Christopher Plummer replaced himUSA Today first reported the massive pay discrepancy on Tuesday. Read more…

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‘The Walking Dead’ will return for Season 9 with a familiar face as the new showrunner

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Scott M. Gimple is out (sort of), Angela Kang is in.

The Walking Dead will return for a ninth season with Kang, a writer on the show since Season 2, occupying the showrunner’s seat. She’s the series first female showrunner, following Gimple, Glen Mazzara, and Frank Darabont.

Gimple, who has been the showrunner since Season 4, brought stability to the AMC series after tumultuous early years when lawsuits and creative differences between key decision-makers loomed over all. He’ll now move into the role of Chief Content Officer for AMC’s Walking Dead brand, which includes both the main series and the Fear the Walking Dead spinoff. Read more…

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Netflix’s new show about AI is blowing people’s minds – literally

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Altered Carbon, Netflix’s new sci-fi thriller, is set in a futuristic world with limitless potential. Immortality is finally attainable—for the very wealthy, at least—thanks to AI tech that can download a person’s consciousness and memories to a new body. 

Given the show’s hyper techie premise, CES was the perfect venue for Netflix to hold an exclusive pre-screening event. Mashable Brand X was onsite to capture audience reactions to Altered Carbon. We predict the rest of us will be happily binge watching this new sci-fi series when it drops on Feb 2.  Read more…

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Oh yus, ‘Flight of the Conchords’ is returning to TV

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New Zealand’s best singing comedy duo is heading back to your screens.

HBO announced that Flight of the Conchords will make a return in the form of a one-hour special set to air in May.

The comedy special was taped in front of live sold-out audience during their UK visit, featuring classic songs and originals performed as part of the “Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords Tour.”

Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie first debuted on HBO in 2005 in an episode of the stand-up series “One Night Stand,” then reappeared again 2007 for their self-titled hit series.  Read more…

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The first draft of that steamed hams script from ‘The Simpsons’ was excellent too

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So, the steamed hams skit in The Simpsons’ “22 Short Films About Springfield” is a pretty hot meme right now.

Also known as “Skinner & The Superintendent,” the scene featuring Superintendent Chalmers and Principal Skinner is one of the show’s funniest, but has landed an extra bit of comedic oomph thanks to the plethora of remixes by people on the internet.

In case you haven’t been keeping up, here’s the steamed hams skit performed to a custom Guitar Hero song, for some reason.

Or this guy who hasn’t seen The Simpsons before, so he improvises the whole scene in one take. Read more…

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Logan Paul announces he’s (thankfully) taking a break from YouTube

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Logan Paul, the YouTuber who posted a video earlier this week showing an apparent victim of suicide, is taking a break from YouTube.

Good.

The 22-year-old Vine star-turned-YouTube celebrity announced Thursday that he is taking a break from vlogging to reflect on his actions after receiving criticism for his Tuesday video titled “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest.” Paul has uploaded vlogs to YouTube on a near-daily basis for over a year, garnering over 15 million subscribers.

taking time to reflect
no vlog for now
see you soon

— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 4, 2018 Read more…

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Watch Cardi B and Bruno Mars pay homage to ‘In Living Color’ in new video

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Bruno Mars and Cardi B have teamed up for a ’90s-inspired video for their rework of R&B track “Finesse,” from Mars’ 2016 album, 24K Magic

While the track was teased with artwork and images on social media as a plain and simple single release, the pair dropped a video at midnight on Wednesday as well.

With Cardi B added on vocals, the clip appears to pay tribute to iconic Wayans brothers ’90s television show In Living Color, with those classic outfits and signature choreographed dance moves. The sketch show appears to be, according to Mars, one of his “favorite T.V shows of all time.” Read more…

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Logan Paul isn’t the only problem. YouTube is broken — here’s how to fix it.

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It’s easy to hate on Logan Paul. A 22-year-old YouTuber with 15 million subscribers, Paul made himself the poster child for shallow and gross behavior this weekend by posting a graphic video in which he finds the body of a man who died by suicide in Aokigahara forest, a sacred site at the base of Mt. Fuji. The video gained a million likes before Paul took it down.

Bad enough that Paul yuks it up in the video while dressed in what can only be described as 21st century clown gear, the archetypal ugly American abroad. Worse still was the entirely self-centered apology that came Monday (“This is a first for me, I’ve never faced criticism like this before”). In a second apology, this time on video, Paul claims to be dejected, yet still had time to coif his hair in its perfect proto-Trump configuration.  Read more…

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