A black ‘Doctor Who’ is long overdue too, says former Doctor


SAN DIEGO — Jodie Whittaker’s casting as the first female Doctor may have been a bold leap forward for Doctor Who. But for one former inhabitant of the role, it wasn’t a leap far enough.

A black Doctor “should have happened by now as well,” sixth Doctor Colin Baker said in response to a question from the audience at San Diego Comic-Con. And he went further by suggesting it would happen next.

“The white male dominance of the role has been nothing if not timid,” Baker said on a panel devoted to classic-era Doctor Who, in response to a pointed inquiry about representation in Doctor Who from a black member of the audience.  Read more…

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Video Linkin Park released same day as Chester Bennington’s death takes on powerful new meaning


Linkin Park lead vocalist Chester Bennington was confirmed dead on Thursday, less than two hours after the band released what would be their last video with him.

“Talking to Myself,” off Linkin Park’s most recent album One More Light, features stirring visuals of the band on tour, playing sold-out shows to massive crowds of screaming admirers. Director Mark Fiore may not have intended it as a tribute, but in the wake of Bennington’s sudden passing, it has become just that. 

The video went up on YouTube around 1 p.m. EDTTMZ reported Bennington’s death an hour later. The lyrics are just a little uncanny — not only with regard to Bennington’s alleged suicide, but to his previous struggles with drugs, alcohol, and suicidal thoughts. Listen to the song, and you might hear Bennington appealing to himself from the outside. Read more…

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Fresh ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ details revealed at Comic Con


SAN DIEGO — There may not be an official ‘Last Jedi’ panel at Comic-Con this year, but that doesn’t mean Lucasfilm can’t whet our appetite for the next movie in the Skywalker saga. 

As at previous conventions, a costume exhibit contains a few tantalizing new story details, plus a new character and the return of an old favorite. 

First off, the diorama of characters at the ‘Last Jedi’ booth on the show floor, unveiled Wednesday night, reveals the path everyone’s favorite soccer ball droid, BB-8, takes through the film. 

“BB-8 continues his service to Poe Dameron, but also is a good friend and resourceful ally to Finn and Rose during their mission to thwart the First Order,” the exhibit says.  Read more…

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At least somebody liked Ed Sheeran’s ‘Game of Thrones’ cameo


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Ed Sheeran deletes his Twitter within 24 hours of that ‘Game of Thrones’ cameo


Singer-turned-actor Ed Sheeran had assured us earlier this month that he was just reading a lot of Harry Potter and taking a break from the Twitter hate, not quitting the platform completely as reported. 

But on Monday afternoon — less than a full day after he appeared in the highly anticipated Game of Thrones season premiere — his Twitter account @edsheeran was deleted. Gone. Poof. Apparently opting for some Hogwarts counter-programming wasn’t enough as we’re now at the “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist” level of seriousness.

Sheeran’s been an active Twitter user for years and has had the occasional break, but the timing here is a bit suspicious.  Read more…

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That ‘Star Wars’ Disney attraction that’s going to take all your money has an official name now


Well, we can stop calling it “Star Wars Land” now. Disney has finally announced the official name for the Star Wars-themed zone that’s coming to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.”

Yeah, I’m probably still gonna refer to it as “Star Wars Land.”

In addition, Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks & Resorts, served up a host of new details about what parkgoers can expect from Star Wars Land Star Wars: Galaxy’s EdgeNot that we needed convincing – but hey, we’re not about to complain.  Read more…

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A ‘Star Wars’ resort is coming to Orlando because Disney doesn’t have enough of our money already


No, you can’t actually visit that galaxy far, far away, on account of it being fictional and all. But Disney being Disney, they’ve cooked up the next best thing.

At D23 today, Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, announced a “100% immersive” Star Wars-themed resort to come to Walt Disney World.

Plans for the resort were first reported in April, but today’s D23 panel brought our first official announcement.

Described as Disney’s “most experiential concept ever,” the luxury hotel promises to be a “100% immersive” experience in “an authentic Star Wars environment.”  Read more…

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Marvel VR game for Oculus Rift lets you become Hulk, Captain Marvel, Rocket Raccoon


The day virtual reality gamers have been hoping for has arrived: Marvel is launching a VR game that will let you take on the role of some of the best-known heroes in Marvel universe. 

Announced at the D23 Expo on Saturday, Marvel Powers United VR will bring a wide range characters (over a dozen, according to Oculus) to VR, letting you slip on the Oculus Rift and Touch and wield the powers comic book fans have always dreamed of. 

The title is a collaborative effort between Marvel, Sanzaru Games, and Oculus Studios. The full list of playable character hasn’t been released, but the launch trailer reveals that we’ll get to play the game as the Hulk, Rocket Raccoon (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Captain Marvel.  Read more…

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John Lasseter won’t direct ‘Toy Story 4’


Toy Story 4 is making a big change behind the scenes.

John Lasseter — head of Disney animation and Pixar who helmed the first two Toy Story films — will not be steering the fourth. Instead, Toy Story 4 will be directed by Josh Cooley. (Not to be confused with Josh Dickey, who is an entertainment editor at Mashable. Hi, boss!)

Previously, it had been announced that Lasseter and Cooley would direct the film together. But as Lasseter announced at Disney’s D23 expo on Friday, Cooley’s been promoted to directing solo. It’ll be Cooley’s first feature, after he directed the short Riley’s First Date for the studio. Read more…

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MLB player deletes Twitter account after calling fan a flea ‘on the nutsack of society’


As Yo Gotti once said, it goes down in the DM. 

Major League Baseball player Alex Bregman just learned this the hard way. 

Bregman deleted his Twitter account after reacting, ahem, strongly to criticism from a fan. Here’s what happened.

Bregman slid into the fan’s DMs (which are direct messages, for all you olds), then got savagely owned by said fan, then melted down completely by writing that “I forgot I shouldnt give flees [sic] on the nutsack of society the time of day.” 

The fan then posted screenshots of the private exchange publicly on Twitter. Soon enough, Bregman’s account had vanished.  Read more…

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A Quentin Tarantino movie about the Manson murders is a disgusting idea


What I’m about to do is gross and wrong — to judge a work of art before it’s even been made — but there’s something about Quentin Tarantino tackling the Manson family murders that feels … well, gross and wrong.

The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday reported that Tarantino’s next project would be a “unique take on the Manson family murders,” and that “script details are fuzzy but one of the stories centers on Sharon Tate.”

Tarantino’s sensibilities and true crime? These things go together like chocolate and onions.

Tate was eight months pregnant in 1969 when she and four other people were stabbed and beaten to the point of mutilation by four individuals at the direction of Charles Manson, who is still in prison for that and other grisly crimes. It ranks among the most ghastly and upsetting murders in American history, and the grief it caused still lingers. Read more…

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AMC’s ‘Loaded’ shows the delightfully British side of tech start-up success


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‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ is finally airing his visit to Russia


No one can stop talking about Russia.

The starting date for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s “Russia Week” has finally been unveiled: July 17. Finally, you’ll get to see the host’s visits to Moscow and St. Petersburg, where he gets some face-to-face time with the Russian people. 

There’s also his interview on Russian late-night TV show Evening Urgant, in which he apparently did vodka shots, and learned how to live like an oligarch in the vein of Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov. 

“I was asked to go to Russia by an acquaintance I knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant to meet with an individual who I was told might have information helpful to my show,” Stephen Colbert said in a statement. “Donald Trump Jr.’s father knew nothing of the meeting or these events. Or evidently, much else.”  Read more…

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Shia LaBeouf arrested in Georgia for public drunkenness, disorderly conduct


Shia LaBeouf was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of public drunkenness, obstruction, and disorderly conduct after causing a disturbance at Savannah, Georgia’s City Market.

According to the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (via The Hollywood Reporter), the incident reportedly began when LaBeouf asked a bystander for a cigarette. He then “became disorderly, using profanities and vulgar language” when one was not made available.

He eventually ran off, into a nearby hotel, and was later apprehended in the lobby. He was released late Saturday morning on $3,500 bail. Read more…

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Migos was kicked off a Delta flight, and now they’re threatening to sue


Migos was kicked off a Delta flight and they’re pissed, according to TMZ. So pissed, their manager has threatened to sue Delta.

The trio and their manager were boarding a flight from Atlanta to Des Moines, Iowa, when Takeoff was reportedly kicked off for not buckling his seatbelt and not putting his bag in the overhead compartment as the plane was getting ready to depart. 

The manager told TMZ that Takeoff had simply fallen asleep and wasn’t being confrontational. 

Still, he was reportedly removed from the flight, and Quavo, Offset, and the group’s manager got off the plane in solidarity.  Read more…

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Spotify’s new project celebrates artists hit by Trump’s travel ban


Donald Trump may be trying to keep people out of the U.S. with a controversial travel ban that was partially implemented at the end of June, but he can’t ban their music.

Just days after his executive order finally, sort of came into play, aiming to keep out citizens from six Middle Eastern countries, artists from those places are coming together and creating music.

In an effort to showcase work from the banned countries, Spotify launched a new initiative Thursday entitled “I’m with the banned.” The project features music and videos from artists from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, and Libya — the six countries affected by the new law. Read more…

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Kevin Durant welcomed Nick Young to the Warriors with a perfect tweet


Nick Young spawned one of the most legendary lowlights in NBA history back in 2014 when he preemptively celebrated a last-second shot that ended up not going in as expected. 

This screenshot commemorating the moment honestly belongs in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 

Now behold the play in GIF form, because it’s impossible to get enough.  

Young is a talented scorer, but he’s also gained a reputation as a bit of an airhead during his decade-long NBA career — the play above being but one example. 

The defending champion Golden State Warriors signed Young to a one-year deal on Wednesday in an effort to get some more scoring punch off the bench.  Read more…

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Cristiano Ronaldo posts adorable photo with all his children and we’re swooning


Portuguese demigod and soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo posted a sweet picture with all of his children for the first time on Instagram on Tuesday. 

The Real Madrid player, who’s enjoying a brief holiday football post-season, captioned the adorable snap, “blessed.”


A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Jul 4, 2017 at 8:45am PDT

In the pic, his first son, 7-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., is holding baby boy Mateo. The 32-year-old Ronaldo is carefully cradling his daughter, Eva.

Earlier this week, Ronaldo announced the birth of his twins to the world for the first time via Facebook. Read more…

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John Oliver explains why your local TV news might be filled with right-wing stories


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver wants you to think about your local TV news. 

On Sunday, he ran a segment about Sinclair Broadcast Group, which could soon complete a merger with Tribune Media that would let it reach 2.2 million households. 

The problem? Sinclair sometimes forces its stations to run right-wing stories, commentary, and commercials during local TV news broadcasts. 

Sadly, Sinclair stations won’t run Last Week Tonight‘s disclaimer starring Steve Schirripa from The Sopranos. 

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‘Game of Thrones’ sand animation adds a dash of art to Season 7 hype


It’s almost back, you only have a couple more weeks, but in the meantime, here’s a reminder of how awesome Game of Thrones is — in sand! 

Poland-based sand artist Tetiana Galitsyna regularly uses her nimble fingers and the grainy medium to craft portraits of all kinds, but this time she decided to do the same in honor of the series’ return, and it’s beautiful. 

Set to the theme music of the show, Galitsyna takes us from the iconic direwolves, to the Iron Throne, to Cersei Lannister, and she even gives us an amazing look at the white walker’s Night’s King. These shifting sands of blood and royal intrigue are a pale shadow of the show itself, but until July 16, when it returns to HBO, it’s the next best thing.  Read more…

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