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It’s taken almost a decade, but Guillermo del Toro finally has his chance to call a mulligan on the civilized millennial vampire. In the prolific monster maker’s first TV show, The Strain, vampires don’t look like pop stars and sip blood from champagne flutes; they rip your throat out, and probably your dog’s throat too. They secrete weird ooze and grow reptilian body parts. It feels like one long rebuttal to most every vampire to appear on-screen, from Bill Compton to Edward Cullen to Dracula himself. The show, which airs on Sunday, is a hyper-pulpy attempt to merge crime drama and body horror — sometimes too pulpy, if you have a low tolerance for things like literal vampire-zombie-Nazis.
The Strain‘s debut is the culmination of a long…
James Franco’s company Rabbit Bandini Productions has optioned the rights to The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. Written by Tom Bissell and actor Greg Sestero, The Disaster Artist recounts the making of 2003 cult film The Room, often described as one of the worst films ever made. According to Deadline, Franco plans to direct and co-produce an adaptation of the book with business partner Vince Jolivette, as well as Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s company Point Grey Productions. On Instagram, Franco also said that he and his brother Dave Franco would star in the movie.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere has been trash talking the competition ever since he joined the company. But today T-Mobile itself is taking its ongoing war with AT&T to a new level — or what some might consider to be a new low. The carrier has issued a satirical press release blasting AT&T for a new promotion that offers T-Mobile customers up to $ 450 to switch providers. The official press release reads like something straight out of The Onion; it starts off, “T-Mobile US, Inc. today announced that pretty much everyone at the company is overcome with emotion and still kind of processing the decision by now-ex-rival AT&T to leave the dark side, step into the light, and join hands in supporting the Un-carrier consumer revolution.”
Others with gadget addictions will know these feels: Most of my life is spent questing for the Perfect Setup. That means different things at different times to different people, of course, and especially when it comes to tech, the goal posts keep moving. But it can still happen, and when it does, it can make the whole frustrating journey seem worth it.
Recently, I achieved a kind of overarching, macro-level Perfect Setup, marking the first (and likely last) time I’ve ever done so. That means that it’s not just my office that’s ideally outfitted: the whole house, my car, everything about my tech life is exactly how I need it to accomplish everything I want to get done.
Hitting that kind of perfection is an odd thing – in many ways I’d come to accept that my quest was quixotic, and couldn’t actually culminate in anything resembling satisfaction. The gadget over will know that there’s a process of looking for product reviews on Amazon, The Wirecutter, and everywhere else on the web that arises for each new component or ingredient you find you need for your setup, and that new needs arise based on satisfying old ones, as each new piece of the puzzle opens up a new possibility tree with branches that themselves multiply when addressed and so on.
At least for a given person at a given time, however, I realized that it’s possible to answer all needs and not have any new ones, and at first of course it felt deflating: Pursuit of ever-better gadgets isn’t a quest taken lightly, and generally at best achieving perfection in one area (aka home office) just means refocusing on another (aka portable office). Also, it’s possible that the standards of the quester in this case changed, making perfection more achievable. But whatever the case, after the momentary panic of boredom, I took stock and found nothing lacking
It won’t last. Anything could upset the balance – a new product launch, a slight shift in job description and requirements, an unpleasant experience with some portion of my current setup. I’m okay with that, since the quest itself has been kind of the point for a long time. But I’m also increasingly comfortable with this new thing called satisfaction: Here’s hoping it sticks around for a while.
Yesterday the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards were announced, and for the first time that list includes a production that will be primarily distributed via Netflix (check here for a list of theater screenings). A documentary centering on the …
Now in its 25th season — with a 26th on the way — The Simpsons has taken to producing elaborate homages to other works of entertainment. In October, the show’s creators recruited Guillermo del Toro to put together a lengthy Halloween-themed intro sequence that toasted classic horror films and referenced the director’s own work. Now The Simpsons has created a similar tribute to the films of Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki.
As Oculus secures $ 75 million in funding and embarks on the next phase of its ambitious plan, the virtual reality headset company has also received a vote of confidence from none other than famed indie game developer Jonathan Blow. The man behind Braid says that his next game, The Witness, will support the Oculus Rift. He told Engadget that his new studio Number None was already designing the game to work with 3D televisions, and decided that it would not be “that big a step” to also support the Oculus Rift.
The Witness is an intriguing adventure game which bears some slight similarities to Myst, in that you traverse a mysterious island solving puzzles as you go, but like Braid the game is simultaneously teaching you the rules of its…
It would be impossible to have guessed Telltale Games’ trajectory from the studio’s first title, a poker game called Telltale Texas Hold ‘Em. But soon after that, Telltale started tackling projects that would hint at its future aspirations. There were games based on the comic series Bones, and episodic series covering everything from Monkey Island to Wallace & Gromit to Jurassic Park. Over the years, the studio was slowly perfecting a formula that would turn gaming into something closely resembling television, both in terms of structure and distribution. But it wasn’t until last year that Telltale finally managed to bring that dream of TV-like gaming to a mass audience.
“Every game we’ve done, we’ve been trying to solve a specific…
Ubisoft’s showing off a new trailer for Tom Clancy’s The Division, and it’s a stunner. Sure, we don’t hit every gaming trailer that comes across our radar, but this one certainly piqued our interest, as its good looks owe a lot to the new Snowdrop …
The classic 1989 film Road House, which featured Patrick Swayze as a legendary bouncer called in to clean up a notorious Missouri club with his fists, is getting a remake. The Hollywood Reporter says that MGM has assigned Rob Cohen, director of the original The Fast and the Furious, to direct. Road House was a big hit for Swayze, who plays a vigilante “cooler” called in to clean up the riotous Double Deuce in Jasper, MO. His character soon runs afoul of a corrupt local businessman, leading to many people being punched in the face.
A script has been written, but there’s no word on casting or an estimated release date. While we wait, here are 11 minutes of fights from the original (viewer discretion advised).