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Kanye West has been busy in the years since his last album: He married his longtime dream girl, Kim Kardashian; the pair welcomed daughter North and son Saint to the world; and Yeezys, the sneakers he designed for Adidas, are flying off the shelves. So it’s about time he threw a new album into the mix.
The album (titled Swish) is set to be released Feb. 11, but apart from the release of one-off tracks, no other info had been available until Monday when the rapper tweeted a photo of the final track listing.
Rapper B.o.B thinks the joke's been on us for hundreds of years—claiming the Earth is flat in a series of tweets to his 2 million followers on Monday. Without paying any homage to the concept of gravity, the Georgia native who dropped out of high school to pursue a record deal, fills us in on a stale conspiracy he thinks is reality.
His physics lesson goes on through more than 25 tweets over a span of 20 hours. Trending on Twitter and Facebook, the Grammy-nominated artist garnered a lot of reaction, including a few words from renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. The rapper also posted a couple YouTube videos that showcase conspiracy theories surrounding the the Zionists, Freemasons, and NASA. Twitter, as usual, took the humorous route in dragging the rap star.
Moral of the story? Stay away from conspiracy videos on YouTube and definitely don't use them as evidence in your argument with a world-renowned astrophysicist.
Screengrab via B.o.B/YouTube
When MTV debuted in 1981, music videos were all the rage. In the three decades since, their popularity has waned. But every once in awhile a video pops up that is so incredible, you have to watch it on a loop.
That is the case with the video for Mutemath's latest, "Monument," which premiered last week. The video is about Charles "LaLa" Evans, a man who lost his wife, Louise, after nearly 60 years of marriage. Since her death, Charles has turned their home into a museum to honor his wife's memory.
While a video dealing with the death of a love one could easily be sad, "Monument" is contagiously happy. The love that Lala has for his late wife is palpable. The New Orleans rockers say of LaLa: He is a "living embodiment" of the song; with lyrics like "let's make a monument for our love," it is clear to see why.
Watching Lala dance through his home and seeing his face light up when he watches home movies of his wife will get you.
Photo via Mutemath/YouTube
The last time Headey chatted with Jimmy Kimmel, they conversed in a game of insults, but now she’s deep in the world of The Bachelor. With a goblet of wine at her side, she reads real quotes from some of this season's contestants in Cersei's trademark drawl. It's the same voice Cersei used whenever she lobbed an insult at someone beneath her—namely, most people she interacted with on a daily basis.
Cersei is a perfect fit for The Bachelor, but the contestants would just as easily fit into Westeros. After all, both worlds have similar double standards placed on the women who inhabit them.Screengrab via Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube
Residents of Flint, Michigan, are in the midst of a water crisis after the city's water supply became contaminated and laced with lead from aging pipes. The crisis, which began when state officials switched the water supply from Detroit to the Flint River, prompted President Obama to declare a state of emergency. It is believed that thousands of children have been exposed to lead, and residents are still in need of clean water.
Celebrities like Cher, Eminem, Mark Wahlberg, Wiz Khalifa, and Sean “Diddy” Combs are telling their fans about the crisis and have collectively donated thousands of bottles to Flint. Fallon is joining the effort, but he isn't doing so alone.
The late-night host tweeted to his 34.7 million followers that he planned to donate $10,000 to Community Foundation Greater Flint (CFGF) to provide drinking water to residents, and he challenged 10 of his friends to do the same.Almost instantly, Fallon started getting pledges from other celebrities who promised to match his $10,000 donation. It’s only been a few days since Fallon's initial challenge, but the support is already impressive. He’s very grateful to the people who have stepped up. Thanks to Fallon's large TV and Internet platforms, it’s likely that even more celebrities and donations will heed his call and donate to Flint.
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Great news, wine lovers!Variety | Screengrab via Variety/Twitter
Both Amazon and Netflix have made significant acquisitions, and their actions have already reverberated across the industry in a major way. “What is a filmmaker doing taking $10 million to skip the theatrical release of the film?” said one studio executive, speaking to The Wrap. The film in question is indie darling Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, his followup to 2011’s long-delayed Margaret, and one of the hottest titles at Sundance this year. But while Amazon’s $10 million payday for Manchester by the Sea may be the streaming world’s priciest deal, it’s hardly the only notable one. Amazon also bought Love and Friendship, from previous collaborator Whit Stillman, who made an Amazon pilot in 2014. Not to be outdone, Netflix picked up Tallulah—the directorial debut from Orange Is the New Black’s Sian Heder that stars Ellen Page, Allison Janney, and Zachary Quinto—for $5 million, as well as The Fundamentals of Caring from TV veteran Rob Burnett, featuring Selena Gomez and Paul Rudd.
None of these films mark Netflix or Amazon’s first foray into indie prestige territory. Netflix released Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation in October, while Amazon unveiled Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq in December, with both films earning greatreviews. But this year’s Sundance Film Festival proved that these streaming giants’ interest in indie film is not a passing fancy. Looking toward the year ahead (and beyond), it’s time to examine what the role of streaming will be on the landscape of indie film, and whether companies like Netflix and Amazon can change the face of movies the way they have with television.
An influx of major talent
When it was first announced that controversial filmmaker and notorious TV-hater Woody Allen would be doing is first ever series with Amazon, the entertainment world was naturally shocked. With Allen now set to star in said TV series (alongside Miley Cyrus, no less), it’s natural to wonder what exactly Amazon did to get him to move mediums after all these years.
With the amount of talent headed to platforms like Netflix and Amazon, the streaming world’s impact on indie film has become harder to ignore.
Directors jumping to streaming services for TV shows is one thing: It makes sense that someone like Baz Luhrmann would want to do a TV show for Netflix, as there’s hardly a single hotter place to do TV right now. But to see them abandon traditional film distribution methods for streaming releases is another ballgame entirely. Can these directors expect the same fruitful results when it comes to movies?
Spike Lee seems to think so. He shopped Chi-Raq around to everybody before Amazon said yes. With many people calling the film a return to form for the pioneering indie director, it makes sense that the same creativefreedom Amazon and Netflix have extended to their TV writers would be a natural draw for filmmakers too. This creative freedom has its upsides and downsides for viewers, as Adam Sandler's The Ridiculous 6 has already proved, but given the numbers The Ridiculous 6supposedly pulled in, it’s still been a win for artists and executives alike.
“I think studios are threatened,” Lee told the Hollywood Reporter. “That’s a good thing. I also think there’s enough room for everybody out here. As a filmmaker, artist, the more places there are established that you [can] have your work seen, the better it is.”
Given Hollywood’s record-breaking year at the box office, it’s unlikely they’re too scared yet, but with the amount of talent headed to platforms like Netflix and Amazon, the streaming world’s impact on indie film has become harder to ignore.
Rewriting the rules of distribution
When Amazon acquired Manchester by the Sea, it rattled cages by outdoing other distributors who offered $5 million and $7 million in the bidding war for Lonergan’s latest. But it’s not exactly like Amazon has “won” per se. Amazon will spend an additional $15 million on the film in prints and advertising, meaning that there’s a long way to go before Amazon actually makes its money back. And this is after Lonergan’s last film languished on the shelf for four years as a result of lawsuits and the director’s struggles with distributor Fox Searchlight Pictures over getting a final cut.
“How long will [Amazon] want to be in this business?” asked Sony Pictures Classics Co-President Tom Bernard. “Do they want to move into the studio business? We’ve seen them start out small and they always move up. So you try and weather the storm.”
What Bernard is getting at is that making money in indie film is hard. Take Beasts of No Nation. Netflix acquired the film for $12 million, after it was shot on a budget of $6 million. But Beasts only made $90,777 in return. Chi-Raq fared a little better, earning an impressive $2.6 million in its limited theatrical run, however, this is hardly a major victory, as the film was shot on a reported budget of $15 million.
For Cary Fukunaga’s part, he made no illusions about his hope that people would see his film in theaters. Yet at the same time, he’s credited Netflix for taking a risk on a movie that many might not have seen at all otherwise. “It’s going to be a hard ask to get people to tune in,” he told Wired back in October. “[Netflix] could’ve picked something far safer. At the same time, they have the enviable position of being able to put out whatever they want because they don’t necessarily need the box office, they just need people to value it.”
This appears to be the trade-off for filmmakers when it comes to streaming: the loss of the cinematic experience, for the chance that more people will actually see their movie. But it’s not exactly like Netflix and Amazon have abandoned theatrical distribution altogether; they’ve just done it their way. Netflix made Beasts of No Nation available on streaming the same day it was released in theaters, a model not unlike the same-day VOD distribution method that other indie releases have gotten in recent years. Meanwhile, Chi-Raq’s theatrical run was accompanied by its availability for purchase and download on Amazon and iTunes, prior to its eventual Prime release date, which is set for Feb. 4.
And while neither of these films proved to be a splash in theaters, you can bet that at the very least, Manchester by the Sea will get an Oscar-qualifying run later this year. Netflix’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel will also play in IMAX theaters to accompany its streaming release in February, even as major theater chains have refused to show the film in protest of the standard 90-day window between theatrical and on-demand premieres for big movies.
But perhaps the most important question to answer here is this: Do Netflix and Amazon even care if people see these movies in theaters? It’s not impossible that Amazon could one day build up a studio for bigger productions, as Bernard has suggested, but if it can establish itself as a content hub for notable releases and keep its subscriber base interested on this alone, then theatrical distribution will likely remain a secondary priority.
And according to many, this isn’t a bad thing. “People have seen things they appreciated at different sizes of business,” one executive at an indie distributor told the Wrap. “In some cases, Netflix or Amazon can help business. They create partnerships that reduce risk.” Indie film kingpin Harvey Weinstein also stated as much while defending Netflix this past year at the Cannes film festival.
So maybe a partnership between streaming services and old school Hollywood is not so far-fetched after all.
The other big reason, besides money that streaming services want to get into indie film? Validation.
Unfortunately, getting invited to the Oscars for a documentary isn’t enough.
Chi-Raq and Beasts of No Nation failed to earn the Oscar nominations Amazon and Netflix hoped they might. But Sundance has already pushed onward toward the awards cycle for next year, and there’s almost no chance that Manchester by the Sea won’t be talked about as a contender. And Netflix, for its part, has already earned several Oscar nominations, for the documentaries The Square in 2013, Virunga in 2014, and What Happened, Miss Simone? and Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom, both of which are in contention this year.
Unfortunately, getting invited to the Oscars for a documentary isn’t enough. Netflix and Amazon want nominations in the big categories, and if they keep investing in indie film, they may just get them. Streaming services are already dominating when it comes to TV awards, and film is the next step in legitimizing their place in the industry.
“The popular streaming platforms have spent years paying their dues—making the rounds at all the major film festivals, courting top-tier talent and generating buzz with unique originals,” notes Saba Hamedy at Mashable. And Amazon’s own Jeff Bezos told a German newspaper in December simply, “We want to win an Oscar,” adding, “Amazon has already won Golden Globes and Emmys. Our current target is to produce 16 home movies a year.”
And 16 movies is nothing to scoff at, theatrical releases or not.
Correction 1:20pm CT, Jan. 26: An early version of this piece misstated when Netflix would stream Crouching Tiger; it hits the streaming service next month.
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“Underground culture collective” Otaku Gang recently revealed a downloadable computer game called Meeky Mill that animates said rap battle—which has mainly consisted of memes (andafewsongs)—into the form of a very simplistic Super Mario-type game.
The mechanics are simple enough: You play as Meek(y) Mill and run to the right of the screen within a hilly, slightly wooded backdrop. Meanwhile, Drake, set inside some type of one-man spaceship that looks like a rock, shoots missiles at Meek, who also has to avoid spikes intermittently placed on the ground.
The game also guest stars 50 Cent tossing bombs from his own rock spaceship. The Queens rapper has been in the news lately for having Meek Mill diss songs written about him and subsequently firing back with Instagram Photoshops. Here, in Meeky Mill, he is the main enemy—appropriate for a game that is less concerned with saying anything about the rappers it features than than it is with cashing in on the rap beef hype cycle.
The group that made the game is made up of three music producers who have worked with the record label Def Jam and the television channel Adult Swim. Though this seems to be the group’s first game together, this is not their first foray into video games.
This Otaku Gang also made a dumb video where they reimagined Floyd Mayweather and Ronda Rousey as as characters from the classic arcade game Street Fighter (Rousey won by K.O.). The group’s website advertises that the video has amassed nearly 3 million views across YouTube, Facebook, and WorldStarHipHop. One of the group members, Richie Branson, also previously released Pill Bill, a game based on Bill Cosby in which you sidestep your martini glass from falling date rape pills.
Fortunately the Otaku Gang doesn’t always try to cash in on such gross subjects with Internet virality. The group recently used their music skills to mash up Notorious B.I.G. songs with Star Wars instrumentals just in time for the new sequel. Unfortunately, this Meeky Mill game is more sophomoric than inspired.
Going against my Windows antivirus software warnings and my own better judgment, I downloaded the game. It immediately froze my computer and flashed an alternating black and white screen when I tried to hit any keys. From the preview video, it doesn’t look like I missed much other than a caricature of Meek Mill. As of press time, the game does not work in the least, but it will have accomplished its goal, even if no one else besides me ever downloads it.
Illustration by Max Fleishman
When NBC aired The Wiz last year, Twitter users wondered why the the production didn't have any white people. Now, F-Comedy is giving those Twitter users what they're looking for with a fake commercial for a groundbreaking, all-white version of the show.
"It's just an amazing opportunity to take a classic like The Wiz, and really give it some diversity," Dorothy says in the commercial.
"There are good parts available for white actors," explains the Tin Man. "This show proves it."
While The Wiz might not be on everyone's mind, the spoof's arrival is still timely, given the ongoing discussions about diversity in Hollywood generally and in Academy Award nominations specifically.
Correction: NBC aired The Wiz.
Screengrab via F-Comedy/YouTube
It’s only Tuesday, and it’s already been a big week for B.o.B.
The rapper, who’s best known for his 2010 hit “Airplanes,” caused a stir Sunday when he started tweeting about the Earth being flat. Then Monday, America’s favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson shot back a 20-tweet reply, outlining how we can tell the Earth is, in fact, round.
Not to be one-upped, the rapper raised the stakes Tuesday by releasing a diss track to his SoundCloud.
The best part may be the verse where he gives you a ton of things to Google:
I see only good things on the horizon
That's prob'ly why the horizon is always risin'
Indoctrinated in a cult called science
And graduated to a club full of liars
Heliocentrism, you are the sixth victim
f**k you and your team, you can sit on the bench with ’em
They nervous, but before you try to curve it
Do your research on David Irving
Stalin was way worse than Hitler
That's why the POTUS gotta where a kippah
I'm a man first before an artist
Get a lawyer, look up Dr. Richard Sauder
Stay woke, y’all.
Update 3:43pm CT, Jan. 26: Not to be outdone, Tyson has fired back at B.o.B with—you guessed it—a diss track of his own. Like the time Ghostface Killah threatened the life of Action Bronson by saying he had "shooters" who handled his dirty work, Tyson leaned on his goons for the verbal assassination attempt.
Performed by some dude named Steve Tyson and employing Drake's "Back to Back" beat, this subsequent diss track is downright engaging.H/T The Verge | Illustration by Max Fleishman
BY SAM GUTELLE
Two YouTube stars who have both launched their own musical careers are hitting the road together. Ricky Dillon and Trevor Moran, who formerly co-starred as two members of the YouTube supergroup Our2ndLife (O2L), will perform songs from their respective albums during a 19-day tour that will begin on Feb. 23 and will hit 13 U.S. cities along the way.
The tour’s title, “Alive/Gold,” refers to each of the latest albums of each of its headliners. Moran’s second EP, Alive, became available for digital download on Jan. 22, while Dillon’s debut LP, G O L D, arrived a week earlier on the 15th (and featured a guest appearance from Snoop Dogg to boot).
After skyrocketing to digital fame as members of O2L, Dillon and Moran now have millions of subscribers on their personal channels, where they share music videos, post vlogs, and occasionally collaborate with one another. Moran also provided guest vocals on “Steal the Show,” a track from Dillon’s new album.
The “Alive/Gold” tour will begin with a show in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Feb. 23 and will cross the eastern half of the U.S. before concluding in Minneapolis on March 12. “Music has always been a passion of mine, so being able to perform live and celebrate the release of G O L D with my fans is an amazing opportunity,” said Dillon. “I can’t wait to team up with my longtime friend Trevor for the Alive/Gold tour!”
Tickets for the tour, as well as a full schedule, are available on its website. For superfans, VIP packages are also available. They include meet-and-greet sessions with the tour’s two stars.
Screengrab via Ricky Dillon/YouTube
Abe Vigoda always had a sense of humor about his mortality. In 1982 People magazine incorrectly listed him as dead, and in response he posed for a photo where he held the magazine while sitting in a coffin. In 1988 David Letterman had Vigoda breathe into a mirror just to prove he was still alive. It became a running gag that the actor happily played along with. As recently as 2010 he appeared in a Super Bowl ad with Betty White, where the two had a laugh at their advanced years. There was even a website called "Is Abe Vigoda Dead?"—its single page always displaying the same message, until it was changed, earlier this afternoon.
Vigoda died this morning in Woodland Park, New Jersey, at the age of 94. His daughter Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told the Associated Press that he died in his sleep at her home.
He was one of the nation's greatest character actors, best known for playing Sal Tessio in the Godfather and Detective Phil Fish on Barney Miller. The latter was a role so popular it would be spun off into its own series: Fish.
Goodbye, Abe. Thanks for sharing your talent. Thanks for having a sense of humor. Thanks for sticking around as long as you could. We wish there was a way to let him off the hook just once more, for old time's sake.Photo via ABC Television (eBay front back)/Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
The Republican presidential candidates will field questions from YouTubers on Thursday as part of their final debate leading up to the primaries.
YouTubers were involved with last week's Democratic debate, and now a new trio of stars will get the chance to participate: beauty and DIY vloggers Nabela Noor and Dulce Candy, and tech vlogger Mark Watson. Watson is an Army veteran, Dulce immigrated to America from Mexico at six years old and also served in the armed forces, and Noor is a Muslim of Bangladeshi decent.
YouTube will also partner with Fox to spotlight key insights on Google Trends about what topics and candidates are sparking the most Web interaction during the debate. It will also use Google Search to allow viewers at home to get more information from candidates in real time, with text and photos published to those using the search engine.
Screengrab via Nabela Noor/YouTube
Last July, a relatively unknown beauty guru by the name of Em Ford (My Pale Skin) dared to bare all in one of 2015’s most talked about videos: “You’re Disgusting.”
With more than 18 million views to date, the video features Ford—a woman who suffers from severe adult acne—sitting against a blue backdrop putting on makeup as hateful comments materialize around her. Her video became an overnight success, spurring the trending hashtag #YouLookDisgusting with photos of empowered women going makeup-free online.In an interview with BBC Trending, Ford said of her project: “I wanted to say, ‘You know what? Perfection isn’t real. And I'm just going to show you what I look in the morning and what I look like when I leave my house to go to work.’” The video has since been named one of the most popular beauty videos of 2015 and celebrated internationally for igniting conversations around the severity of online abuse. In the wake of her viral success, Ford recently announced that she has created a documentary with BBC Three titled Troll Hunters, airing tonight, Jan. 27.
Formerly a model (she hated it), Ford started her channel and blog in April 2014—a fact made even more impressive as she continues to juggle a growing YouTube career, filmmaking, and a full-time job at a creative agency in London. Her makeup tutorials stand out for two reasons: 1) They frequently utilize drugstore products that are financially accessible for a broad audience, and 2) they’re designed for users suffering from adult acne, a community often overlooked and underserved on YouTube.
“When you suffer with acne, it affects every part of your life. It's made me want to cancel plans with friends; it's made me not want to blog. I thought that I can't enjoy myself if I go out because I feel people aren't talking to me, they're too busy looking at my skin,” Ford told BBC.In some tutorials, Ford uses up to 18 products to cover her spots, encouraging views to use makeup as tools of empowerment. Ford has publicly refused any endorsements or deals, stating she will not be biased or untruthful with her fans about products about that don’t work on her sensitive skin.
Through YouTube, Ford has expanded society’s definition of beauty and empowered others to embrace their insecurities in order to live their best lives.
Screengrab via My Pale Skin/YouTube
For nine hours on Monday and 67 minutes on Tuesday, members of the British film censorship board were forced to watch paint dry.
The 607-minute film Paint Drying was produced as a protest against the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the U.K. version of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Since the BBFC's submission fee can be debilitatingly expensive—yet still mandatory if you want to release a film in the country—filmmaker Charlie Lyne (Beyond Clueless) decided to fight back by making the board watch ten uninterrupted hours of paint drying on a brick wall.
To rate movies, the BBFC charges a flat fee of £101.50 ($145.21), plus £7.09 ($10.14) per minute of film. Lyne raised the money to fund Paint Drying's rating on Kickstarter. The more people who pledged, the longer the BBFC would have to watch the world's most boring movie.
Now, £5,936 ($8492.55) later, Paint Drying has been rated "U," or suitable for all audiences. We caught up with Charlie Lyne to get the full story.What were your earlier experiences with the BBFC that led you to do this?
When I released a film I made last year called Beyond Clueless, I self-released it in the U.K., so I had to go through the process of submitting it to the BBFC and paying for it to be rated. I think it was through all of that that I kind of zeroed in on why I find [the BBFC] so strange, which is really that it exists in the first place.
We consider most art forms to be beyond censorship, and we actively work against anyone who tries to censor literature, which is associated with awful dictatorships and terrible moments in history. But really any art form, we don't like the way it sounds when you censor artistic expression—except when it comes to film, for some reason.
Have you heard anything from the BBFC, aside from the U rating?
No, I've just had a polite back-and-forth with them, going through all the practicalities of submitting the film and them giving me the rating. We've not discussed the nature of the project.
I think they must have made an internal decision to just take it in their stride and treat it like any other submission, which is probably wise.
What are the mechanics of how they review it? Did they literally have to sit in a room for a day in complete silence, watching paint dry?
It's a fairly closed system, so it's impossible to know exactly how it works. But from the information they themselves give out, they have a screening room in their offices in Soho Square, and typically two examiners will sit and watch each film while taking notes. And then they'll use those notes to decide on a rating.
The only slight kink with this is that they're only allowed to watch nine hours of material a day, and because this is ten hours and seven minutes, they had to watch nine hours on Monday and then they watched the remaining 67 minutes [Tuesday] morning.
And do you have any plans to distribute Paint Drying now? Is it going to screen anywhere to lucky souls outside the BBFC?
I'm talking to a cinema in London about possibly doing a one-off screening of it, but it would take some working out, [in terms of] how to show it. I can't imagine that many people would make it through the entire duration. I myself haven't. So I think it would have to be a setting allowing people to walk in and out.
Photo via Charlie Lyne/Kickstarter
Stephen Colbert is on a mission to find the perfect song for every presidential candidate after getting some classic inspiration.
He’s just as moved by Bernie Sanders’s “America” ad as everyone else, and it’s largely due to the Simon and Garfunkel song—a great choice no matter how you feel about Sanders, because as Colbert observes, “everyone accepts Simon and Garfunkel.” But he’s tuned into all of the candidates, so he decided to find the perfect Simon and Garfunkel song for everyone else.
While Chris Christie gets “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” and Martin O’Malley’s tune is a nod to his lack of news coverage, Donald Trump takes the cake. There are multiple songs that work, but Colbert is pleased with the one he finally chooses.Screengrab via The Late Show with Stephen Colbert/YouTube
This year’s GLAAD Media Award nominees prove that while huge progress is being made on TV, Hollywood still has a way to go. Since the 2016 awards season has been dominated by discussions about diversity in mainstream cinema, that last part isn’t a huge surprise.
The GLAAD awards recognize “accurate and inclusive” representations of the LGBT community, highlighting the importance of sitcoms like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Modern Family. Online streaming services saw a particularly strong showing this year, with Netflix earning five nominations for Tig, Grace and Frankie, Master of None, Orange Is the New Black and Sense8, and Amazon earning one for Transparent.
The “Outstanding Film—Wide Release” category showed slimmer pickings, nominating the Oscar films Carol and The Danish Girl (which has been widely criticized for its historical inaccuracy and decision to cast a Eddie Redmayne as a transgender woman), along with the Ellen Page/Julianne Moore drama Freeheld (which received mixed reviews), teen comedy Dope, and the road-trip comedy Grandma. While this list shows considerable improvement on earlier years, it certainly doesn’t live up to the diverse range of TV nominees.
Elsewhere, it’s clear that Caitlyn Jenner made a splash in 2015. Her show I Am Cait received a nomination in the reality TV category, and numerous Jenner-themed TV reports and interviews were nominated in the journalism categories.
Outside of the TV nominees, the most interesting category may be the slate for Outstanding Comic Book. The shortlist includes DC’s Harley Quinn and Midnighter, Marvel’s Angela: Queen of Hel, BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes, and Image’s The Wicked + the Divine. Some comics fans may object to the idea of Marvel receiving a GLAAD nomination considering the overall lack of queer characters in the publisher’s recent relaunch, but this is still a very strong list, with Lumberjanes and The Wicked + the Divine both enjoying widespread popularity in 2015.
Photo via Netflix
Fans and Hollywood colleagues will surely remember character actor Abe Vigoda, who died Tuesday at age 94, through the many memorable roles he’s portrayed over the years. But Conan O’Brienhonored his other legacy on late-night TV.
Vigoda has been the subject of death hoaxes since 1982, but he’s always been a good sport about it; in 1988, a young David Letterman had him breathe onto a mirror to prove he was still alive.Even after Letterman left for The Late Show, Vigoda was always a staple on O’Brien’s Late Night. No matter how wacky a gag O’Brien and his staff had in mind, Vigoda was always game.
“I couldn’t believe how many times Abe would come on the show and do hilarious things for us,” O’Brien said. “We used to call him up and sometimes would have the idea three hours beforehand, and it’d usually be the silliest thing. Abe would always come right over, do it. Such a lovely guy.”
Andy Richter spoke of the day he and Vigoda spent in Coney Island on a remote shoot for Late Night and described him as a kind and lovely person.O’Brien’s tribute—which included everything from dressing Vigoda up like a Christmas tree and discussing the dangers of a Vigoda eclipse to dressing him up like Yoda and O’Brien literally setting him free from a cage—is as loving as it is deprecating. The Late Night crew put Vigoda through a lot over the years, but he also appeared to love every minute of it. H/T Uproxx | Screengrab via VidMe
Add a blue ball and some roller skates, and 360-degree video just got gamified.
Today YouTube launched the first interactive game fueled by 360-degree video technology as part of its Field Day initiative. Digital video veteran Joe Penna is behind the new video, which features bodysuit-wearing individuals on roller skates passing around a selection of balls in the 360 space. You're object is to figure out who's holding the elusive blue ball by the end of the video.
It sounds deceptively easy, but when the colors are turned off and you're required to turn your mobile device or click and drag to follow the ball in 360, the object can be easily lost. As you pick the correct ball you move on further into the game to more difficult 360 scenarios.
YouTube creators have increasingly experimented and produced content in the 360-degree format since YouTube added support for it last January, with 360-degree music videos and 360-degree set tours. As the price for 360-degree cameras decreases, more creators might be inclined to give a fuller look into their productions.Photo via YouTube
Interns of F.I.E.L.D. quite bluntly parodies the Marvel show Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D., demoting its heroes to an even lowlier position. After Staff Sergeant America takes down the bad guy, the interns are left to clean up the mess and deal with the lowest level of drama, until a super villain falls under their care.
This marks Screen Junkies' first foray into scripted series. The channel is best known for its Honest Trailers series that skewers the movie industry with realistic looks at the film's promotional efforts. Interns of F.I.E.L.D. boasts a robust cast with Jonathan Lipnicki, Benita Robledo, Casper Van Dien, and Jamie Kennedy.
The series hit YouTube on Monday with the premiere episode. If you're invested in the fate of these poor interns, the remainder of the series lives on the Screen Junkies subscription platform, ScreenJunkies Plus.
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