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Fetishizing books is not the same thing as loving reading

Disclosed book on a table. Close-up.Image: Getty Images If you follow a lot of people who watch a lot of Netflix, then you’ve probably spent a lot of 2019 so far watching them argue about books. Specifically, about Tidying Up with Marie Kondo‘s approach to books. “Keep your tidy, spark-joy hands off my book piles, Marie Kondo,” gasped The Washington Post. “Marie Kondo, back off! Why this book hoarder refuses to tidy up,” declared Cnet. On Twitter, some bibliophiles expressed shock and horror, while others reacted to that shock and…

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In 2018 the ticketing industry finally killed the sold out show

Jesse Lawrence If the Redskins and Warriors signaled a shift away from the sellout era in sports, Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour did the same for music. Having wrapped up earlier this month, Reputation finished as the highest grossing US Tour in history, despite a flurry of articles lambasting the artist for not selling out many shows.  Ironically, it turns out that the most important factor in her record-breaking success was exactly that: not selling out. Rather than a lack of demand, these unsold tickets for high-profile events are the result…

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ trailer: Watch the first look here

[incoherent screaming] The first Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer is here! We’ve all been on the edge of our seats since April 2018, when Peter Parker first mentioned he wasn’t feeling so well in the waning moments of Avengers: Infinity War. What happened? Where did Peter and all his friends go? Will they ever come back? SEE ALSO: New ‘Spider-Man’ trailer is great evidence for a popular ‘Avengers: Endgame’ theory All of those questions will be answered when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters in April. Far From Home is coming later,…

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The ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel has a diverse cast and a woman directing

SJ Clarkson will direct the pilot of the first 'Game of Thrones' prequel series.Image: WireImage HBO’s still-unnamed Game of Thrones prequel finally announced its cast and pilot director, and things are already looking way more diverse on both sides of the camera compared to the long-running hit.  The cast, as announced by EW includes Denise Gough, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, Reign‘s Toby Regbo, Harlots‘ Shella Atim Naomi Ackie, Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts actor Jamie Campbell Bower, Black Mirror‘s Ivanno Jeremiah, and Naomi Ackie, whose Star Wars Episode IX role…

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Your tiny desk will thank you for this space-saving monitor

We're fine, everybody's fine.Image: NBCUniversal via Getty Images Call over the Globes bartenders cause we’re gonna need some ice for these burns.  Coming off of an astoundingly successful and record-breaking holiday streaming season, Netflix seems to have felt just a little left out of Sunday night’s Golden Globes festivities—despite a number of its projects being honored during the ceremony. SEE ALSO: Here’s everyone who won big at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards Posting to their official Twitter account, Netflix delivered the following scorching burn during the show. Shut up why…

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Watch Ahmed Best talk Jar Jar Binks, suicide, and reactions to his viral tweet

In July 2018, actor Ahmed Best, best known for his role as Jar Jar Binks, the controversial and much-maligned character from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, tweeted about the backlash he faced and his thoughts of suicide following that reaction. Now, in a new video for SoulPancake (via io9), Best opens up even more about his career, from his experience filming Phantom Menace to his hope for the role. He details his shock from the “hate, venom and anger” directed towards him about the character and the impact that had…

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Bowsette is canceled, sorry horny Nintendo fans

Image: nintendo Nintendo made it official that Bowsette, a vivacious, fan-created character that melds together Bowser and Princess Peach, is not a thing. With the release of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe rapidly approaching on the Nintendo Switch, a sharp-eyed fan on ResetEra realized that Nintendo included a description on the official site for the game that makes the internet’s favorite gender-bent Super Mario character officially non-canon. SEE ALSO: Are Toad and Toadette bumping uglies? In case you missed the whole Bowsette thing, here’s a quick recap: There’s a…

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‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ is why you won’t see Season 5 for a little while

'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' unsurprisingly was a time drain.Image: Netflix / Black Mirror With its myriad of decisions and endings, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch certainly looked like a hell of a film (or game?) to put together. So much so that in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, producer Annabel Jones confirmed that Season 5 of the Netflix series would be delayed, with an arrival set for sometime in 2019. SEE ALSO: A game from ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ is playable now It’s due in part to the “enormous” creative time that the…

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No one can explain ‘Bird Box’ so please stop asking

Might as well ask this bird what Netflix's Bird Box is about.Image: Merrick Morton/Netflix Warning: Light spoilers for Bird Box lie ahead. Welcome to Bird Box analysis, where the metaphors are made up and the points don’t matter! Look. I like a return-to-English-class breakdown of a horror movie as much as the next gal—but this is getting ridiculous. Since Sandra Bullock’s Netflix debut, Bird Box, started streaming last Friday, folks have gone absolutely batshit trying to explain whatever happens to her and her kids in this post-apocalyptic nightmare.  What do…

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The Tom Hanks Mr. Rogers movie now has a name

(CNN)The world is about to get a little more neighborly. “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” aired for 31 seasons before coming to an end in 2001. Rogers died in 2003. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is slated to release in October 2019. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/28/entertainment/tom-hanks-mister-rogers-movie/index.html

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Netflix drops mysterious trailer for first ‘Black Mirror’ movie

Black Mirror is diving into the trend of ’80s nostalgia, but these aren’t the childhood pixel games you remember. This isn’t your mamma’s (or teen boys’) retro trip. It’s more like a journey into madness than the warm comfort of returning to simpler times.  “Bandersnatch,” the first Black Mirror feature film, will tell the story of a programmer creating a video game based on the fantasy novel of an unhinged genius. There are also some drugs involved — but unlike the cocaine popular in the 1984 of the real world,…

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‘Bird Box’s mysterious monster is inspiring lots of online discussions

Netflix's 'Bird Box' stars Sandra Bullock and mysterious monsters.Image: Saeed Adyani / Netflix Spoiler alert: this post contains some spoilers for the movie Bird Box. Netflix’s new horror movie Bird Box has been receiving some decent critical reception since its release on Friday, but despite some of its faults, viewers can’t stop talking about the movie. Specifically, people are enamored with the monster of Bird Box, if you can even call it a monster. While many horror movies explain what it is that’s haunting the protagonists, Bird Box keeps its…

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‘Aquaman’ foreign box office already putting ‘Justice League’ to shame

Image: Jasin Boland / Warner Bros. Aquaman commands more than just the denizens of Earth’s oceans. He’s also got a vise-like hold on the box office, at least outside the United States. The latest entry in the DC Extended Universe opened in U.S. theaters on Friday with an impressive $332.1 million already banked. That’s after almost three weeks in theaters in a number of overseas markets — including the historically Hollywood-friendly China. SEE ALSO: Mixed reviews reveal critics can’t quite agree on ‘Aquaman’ That’s where Aquaman has made the biggest…

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The dark dungeon of ‘Below’ is mysterious and enticing: Game review

Image: capybara games / mashable The deeper I burrow into Below, the deeper it burrows into my mind. Below is a game of exploration, repetition, tenacity, and bravery. It exists at a crossroads of engrossing and off-putting; it’s enticing with its mysteries but can just as easily become so frustrating that it demands breaks. What makes Below special, though, is that it’s inescapable even during those breaks. Amid the big blockbusters of 2018 like Red Dead Redemption 2, Spider-Man, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, there sits Below. It feels so small,…

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