YouTube fix brings 12 million videos back to Restricted Mode


Following the outcry back in March over YouTube’s Restricted Mode, a feature that screens for “mature content,” and how it filtered out some LGBTQ videos on the site, the company first attempted to explain the issue before they ultimately apologized.

YouTube’s words were nice, but the YouTube community wanted action. Now YouTube says it has fixed the Restricted Mode issue that hid certain LGBTQ-related videos while in Restricted Mode. 

“After a thorough investigation, we started making several improvements to Restricted Mode,” reads a message from posted by Johanna Wright, YouTube’s vice president of product management, on the company’s blog on Friday.  Read more…

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This stunning ‘Veep’ artwork is fit for a POTUS


Selina Meyer’s stint as POTUS may be over, but whenever Veep‘s hapless heroine wants an ego boost, she need look no further than the spectacular collection of artwork that Los Angeles’ Gallery1988 is currently exhibiting in honor of the HBO comedy’s sixth season, currently airing Sundays. 

Veep fans love the show’s iconic and hilarious characters, and we thought that an art show would be a really fun way to allow some of our artistic fans to reinterpret their favorite characters and scenes through their own works,” says Yauny Wheaton, director of program advertising for HBO. “Gallery1988 had so many great ideas about which artists to approach for the show, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the collection of art that’s going to be on display this month.” Read more…

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Of course Taika Waititi cameos as a huge stone alien in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’


Prince of hilarious cameos and director of all that is good and funny, Taika Waititi is at it again.

He’s revealed at least one of his characters in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok and it’s a doozy. Anyone familiar with Marvel comics will already be acquainted: It’s your boy, Korg. But not as you know him.

Mashable was among the publications gathered at Marvel Studios in Burbank, California Monday night, where the New Zealand director regaled reporters with details about the outer space rock creature.

Like Thor, it seems Korg has also been exiled to planet Sakaar, forced to battle in the Grandmaster’s (a.k.a. Jeff Goldblum’s) gladiator style arena. And from the sounds of things, Korg’s a big softy, deep down. Read more…

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Sean Spicer doesn’t watch Melissa McCarthy’s perfect ‘SNL’ skits because he’s sleeping ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Being spoofed on Saturday Night Live is a time-honored tradition and most politicians — of both parties — realize, at minimum, the PR advantages of appearing to be in on the joke.

Not so for White House press secretary Sean Spicer. 

At the Easter Egg Roll Monday, Spicer was questioned by CNN about the latest Melissa McCarthy sketch spoofing him this past weekend (see also: “Holocaust centers”). He said he hasn’t been able to catch it because, wouldn’t you know it, SNL is on very late and he’s usually in bed. Also, he’s not familiar with YouTube, apparently.  

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Catherine Zeta-Jones reveals what ‘Feud’ taught her about Hollywood’s troubled Golden Age


When you take two of today’s most admired actresses and cast them in brief but crucial roles as – surprise – two of the most admired actresses of their respective generations, what do you get? Two of Feud‘s most inspired more-than-cameos from Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sarah Paulson, natch.

Zeta-Jones tells Mashable she had enormous respect for British actress Olivia de Havilland, one of the most glamorous and talented actresses of the ‘30s and ‘40s, who is still remembered today for her star-making roles as Maid Marian, in 1938’s The Adventures of Robin Hood, and Melanie Wilkes, well-mannered rival to Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind —  not to mention her Oscar-winning turns in 1946’s To Each His Own and 1949’s The HeiressRead more…

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Jay Pharoah opens up about his ‘SNL’ exit: ‘You go where you’re appreciated’


Former Saturday Night Live star Jay Pharoah hasn’t said much about his unexpected exit from the show since he and Taran Killam were released from their contracts last August … until now. 

The comedian opened up about being dropped from the NBC hit during an interview with Hot 97.

“You go where you’re appreciated,” Pharoah explained. “If you have multiple people on the cast saying things like ‘You’re so talented, and you’re able, and they don’t use you and it’s unfair and it’s making us feel bad because they don’t use you and you’re a talent …’”

Pharoah also expressed frustration with the direction of the show, noting, “They put people into boxes, and whatever they want you to do, they expect you to do.”  Read more…

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That sick ‘Fate of the Furious’ tank is a real Army vehicle? Hell yeah it is


It’s not just a tank — it’s a Ripsaw, bruh. The world’s fastest tank. 

And it is real.

The new favorite vehicle of Tej Parker (played by Ludacris) you’ll see shredding ice this weekend in The Fate of the Furious isn’t just some vehicle production designer’s dream. It’s a bona fide military asset, albeit one that’s still in testing phase.

But it’s safe to say its screen-test went pretty well. 

In this behind-the-scenes video clip (above) that Mashable can exclusively debut, we see the Ripsaw in action. Hard, ruthless, punishing action, brought to you by Fate director F. Gary Gray & Co., who clearly weren’t afraid to put it through its paces. Read more…

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Louis C.K.’s ‘SNL’ monologue rips white privilege and racist chickens


“Why did the chicken cross the road?”

Obviously, Louis C.K. didn’t deliver the expected punchline when he kicked off his April 8 Saturday Night Live monologue with the lamest joke in human history. Instead, he riffed on racist chickens, judgmental horses, and freaked-out giraffes (sadly, no April reference).

The 10-minute mini-set ends with a story about a recent hotel stay, an encounter with rude housekeeping staff, and an acknowledgment of white privilege. It’s a real journey, and peak Louis. Read more…

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Gemma Whelan’s Audition for Yara on ‘Game of Thrones’ used the most uncomfortable scene


When Yara Greyjoy reunited with her long-lost brother on Season 2 of Game of Thrones, the two did not recognize each other. They’re ignorance didn’t make the scene that followed — you know, the one involving fondling and a horse — any more comfortable to watch.

Well, turns out that moment was one of the scenes Gemma Whelan, who plays Yara, had to enact during her GoT audition.

There was one major difference, though: instead of Theon “working away on” Yara (Whelan’s phrasing) in the audition, Yara was “worrying on” Theon. Also, Whelan was sitting on a chair instead of a horse, but, you know, that’s to be expected. Read more…

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Princess Leia will be in Star Wars Episode IX, says Carrie Fisher’s brother. But how?


We already knew that the late Carrie Fisher completed her scenes for The Last Jedi, the eighth episode in the ongoing Star Wars saga, before her tragic, untimely death in December. 

What was still unknown: whether Fisher’s character, General Leia Organa, would also return as planned for Episode IX. Now, according to her brother Todd Fisher, it seems Leia will indeed be back.

The Fisher family has granted Disney and Lucasfilm the rights to use “recent footage” to complete her role across the whole sequel trilogy, the New York Daily News reports. Read more…

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HBO promos give us a peek at new ‘Game of Thrones’ costumes


Hard as it is to believe, the characters on Game of Thrones are all part of one big old family: HBO. In a series of new promos featuring characters from all its original programming, the cable giant gave us a little tease of new Game of Thrones costumes, and the giant crossover show we didn’t know we wanted.

All three ads show characters laughing, singing, exhaling (and in the case of The Leftovers, smoking) until they match the the note that introduces every HBO show.

The good folks at Screencrush compiled all the Game of Thrones costumes into a handy little gallery, but you should watch the video promos for the full effect of everyone singing the same note (and Hodor contributing his usual two cents). Read more…

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Great news for both the NBA and the internet: Lance Stephenson is back


He’s the man who infamously blew in LeBron James’ ear (?!?!). He’s also the man who produced this top-5 all-time Vine

He is the one, the only, the incomparable, the incredible, the ingenious, the oftentimes infantile Lance Stephenson. 

And his NBA return is already producing comedic dividends. 

Now the questions is: Will this be just a brief-but-glorious glimmer of based behavior, or will be treated to weeks of Lance before the season is done? 

He's already pissing off opponents!

He’s already pissing off opponents!

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This much is already certain: Lance has wasted no time putting himself back in the basketball conversation, both on the court and on Instagram. That’s where we’ll begin Our Story.  Read more…

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Mastodon the band’s response to Mastodon the platform is metal AF


As the buzz about new open-source social platform Mastodon spread round the internet, some not in the know might have been puzzled and asked themselves, “Wait, noted metal band Mastodon has their own social network?”

Rest assured, no, the platform and the band are two entirely different entities.

One is a social media platform trying to break in to the mainstream where others (like Peach, Ello, and Yo) failed. The other is a Grammy-nominated hard rock band renowned for its second album, 2004’s Leviathan, a concept album about Moby DickRead more…

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Why Michael Jordan didn’t attend North Carolina’s national championship win


North Carolina legend Michael Jordan was savaged with crying Jordan memes after the Tar Heels lost the 2016 national title game on a heart-breaking buzzer-beater with him in the stands. 

On Monday night, North Carolina got sweet redemption by winning the 2017 national title over Gonzaga. This time around, Jordan was not in attendance — but it’s not because he was scared of getting another meme treatment. 

“He’s superstitious like I am,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams told USA Today Sports of Jordan’s absence after cutting down the nets on Monday night. “He came last year, and we lost.” Read more…

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Why video game cameras seem to always suck


Final Fantasy XV was in development for 10 years. Hundreds, maybe thousands of people across six different game development studios helped created it. Yet its camera — a fundamental part of the way players interact with the game’s world — is severely flawed. 

The weight on the game’s metaphorical shoulders was enormous — not just for the future of Final Fantasy as a game series, but possibly for the entire future of game consoles in Japan, according to game director Hajime Tabata. And it delivered on its enormous promise in many ways. How is it possible that a game into which so much was invested can have such a seemingly simplistic flaw? Read more…

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