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Watch the teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’

Acclaimed filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was none too thrilled when the script for his eighth film, The Hateful Eight, leaked onto the internet earlier this year. Nevertheless, the film is starting to come together in time for its scheduled release next year. We saw the film’s first movie poster just last month, and now we’re getting a taste of the film courtesy of a brief teaser trailer screened ahead of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Unfortunately the trailer hasn’t been officially posted online, but you can get a look via a cellphone-shot YouTube video. The teaser is graphical — it doesn’t contain even a second of shot footage — but that’s to be expected considering shooting has yet to begin. True to Tarantino’s cinephile roots, the…

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I watched ‘The Expendables 3′ in theaters and I want my money back

On Sunday night, at 7:50PM, I walked into a theater in downtown Brooklyn, New York, to watch The Expendables 3. I’d already seen the movie, but watching a leaked version a few weeks ago made me want to see it the way it was intended, with all the spectacle and power and volume that a movie like this deserves. This movie deserves a theater experience, I thought, so I went and saw it in theaters. And I thought others might do the same.

I was wrong. Sort of. The Expendables 3 flopped this weekend, making just $ 16.2 million domestically, good enough only for fourth place in the US box office. The studio points to the 2.2 million views of the leaked copy as the culprit. But most of the leak downloads happened overseas, and The New York Times…

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Tesla CEO Elon musk will appear on ‘The Simpsons’

Elon Musk seems to end up wildly successful in pretty much any venture that he’s undertaking, and it appears that success extends into fictional worlds as well. According to EW, Musk will cameo on The Simpsons in a future episode, where he’ll turn up in Springfield and somehow manage to bankrupt Mr. Burns. This won’t be the first time that Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, has been referenced in the show — an earlier episode used his name as a body spray scent — but this will be the first time that he shows up in person.

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Special Vampires Unit: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’ is ‘CSI’ with the undead

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…

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James Franco says he’ll direct and star in a behind-the-scenes movie about ‘The Room’

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.

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T-Mobile calls AT&T ‘the darkness,’ issues press release with fake CEO quotes

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.”

It even…

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The Frustrating, Impossible Beauty Of ‘The Perfect Setup’

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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.

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Netflix’s first Oscar nomination comes for ‘The Square’ and you can watch it right now

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 …

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‘The Simpsons’ celebrates the works of anime legend Miyazaki in Studio Ghibli skit

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.

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‘Braid’ creator will support Oculus Rift with his next game, ‘The Witness’

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…

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