‘Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening reveals ‘Disenchantment’, his first show in 20 years


Not too long after missing the mark on Apu, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has revealed his first new show in 20 years.

Disenchantment, a medieval-themed comedy fantasy series, is set to arrive on Netflix on August 17 with a ten-episode run.

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On its Twitter page Wednesday, Disenchantment teased closeups of the characters in the new show.

A princess, an elf, and a demon walk into a bar..

The new series from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, coming soonpic.twitter.com/vruQ0na4tJ

— Disenchantment (@disenchantment) May 22, 2018 Read more…

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Marvel Stadium. It’s a thing.


It’s not just people naming their kids after Marvel characters. Australia’s about to have an entire sports venue named for the brand.

Currently named Etihad Stadium, the Docklands venue located in Melbourne, Victoria, will be rebranded and renamed as Marvel Stadium starting on Sept. 1.

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It’s a new eight-year partnership between Disney and Melbourne Stadiums Limited, and will see a Marvel retail store built within the venue, as well as “other activations” involving Marvel characters.

Sure, it’s pretty much just a renaming at this point, not a Grandmasters Arena-themed overhaul a la Thor: Ragnarok, but seeing as Chris Hemsworth is a major fan of one of the home team, the Australian Football League’s Western Bulldogs, we’re keeping everything crossed for some fun stunts. Read more…

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A lot of people are actually naming their kids after Marvel characters


Marvel is dominating pop culture right now — this year, Black Panther topped box offices for five weeks straight, and Avengers: Infinity War only took 11 days to officially break $1 billion after its release. We’re only halfway through 2018. 

That’s just the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Considering the cultural impact of its comic books, shows, rides at Disney’s theme parks, and endless merchandise, is it really a surprise that people are naming their kids after Marvel characters? 

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The U.S. Social Security Administration released data from the 1,000 most popular baby names in 2017. Among the typical Emmas, Masons, and Olivias, there are some pretty unusual names that you might recognize from theaters, from Banner to Hawkeye.  Read more…

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Facebook’s desperate for people to take its fake news fight seriously


Facebook really, really wants you to know that it’s serious about fighting fake news. 

The social network today announced a series of efforts meant to change public perception of fake news on the platform, including a new “Inside Feed” website, a documentary-style short film, and a new ad campaign to help educate the public on how to identify fake news.

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The company also plans to partner with researchers to study just how much “misinformation” is on Facebook and how it affects the platform. 

Much of this is similar to previous work Facebook’s done around fighting fake news and other types of misinformation. But if you’re wondering what the goal of all of this is, it’s the newly released short film that’s most illuminating. Read more…

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The ‘Arrested Development’ cast addressed the Jeffrey Tambor allegations, and it wasn’t pretty


With Arrested Development Season 5 hitting Netflix this weekend, the cast has gathered to discuss (among other things) Jeffrey Tambor’s bad behavior. And the result was uncomfortable as hell.

A little context: In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter addressing the sexual misconduct allegations that got him fired from Transparent, Tambor mentioned a “blowup” on the set of Arrested Development with Jessica Walter, who plays his wife.

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At the time, Tambor did not go into detail and Walter declined to comment. But the topic came up again in a New York Times interview with both actors and their Arrested Development co-stars Jason Bateman, David Cross, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, and Alia Shawkat. Read more…

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Sit back, relax, and let GDPR legislation lull you into a peaceful slumber


Drifting off to the land of nod is hard in this day and age, especially when we’re not entirely sure what companies are doing with our personal data. 

But, GDPR—a.k.a. Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation—might offer up a little peace of mind for those of us residing in the European Union. Not only that, GDPR legislation literally doubles up as a bedtime story, thanks to a meditation and sleep app. 

I mean, we all knew that legislation was a little dull, right? But who knew it could be literally soporific, eh?

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Sleep and meditation app Calm is releasing an audio recording of extracts of GDPR legislation being read by the former voice of the BBC shipping forecast Peter Jefferson. Jefferson will read “the most soothing passages” from the 209-page regulation.  Read more…

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7 new ‘Battlefield V’ features that promise to change the way you play


We now know about the big picture for Battlefield V.

World War II setting. New cooperative mode. New approaches to progression and personalizationNo more premium pass.

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All sorts of good stuff. But there’s a lot more to share from our three-hour call with DICE on Monday. Little things that would never make it as a back-of-the-box bullet point, but which still communicate so much about how this new Battlefield is different from all the past Battlefields.

So here you go: 7 things you can do in Battlefield V that you couldn’t before. Read more…

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George R.R. Martin short story headed to the big screen


The Winds of Winter is no nearer, but George R.R. Martin’s short children’s story “The Ice Dragon” will be made into an animated movie. Martin will be a producer on the film.

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“The Ice Dragon” (no relation to Viserion, R.I.P. – sort of) tells the story of Adara, a “winter child” who finds an ice dragon after her mother’s death. Her new friend must help her protect her home from the fiery enemy dragons of the North. 

It may sound like a factually inaccurate version of Song of Ice and Fire, but “The Ice Dragon” actually predates the series behind Game of Thrones by over a decade – it released in 1980. Read more…

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