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50 Moments in 2019 That Actually Made Us Happy

There were good things that happened in 2019. Really. I mean, a lot of horrible, disturbing, apocalyptic, humanity-in-crisis, extremely bad things happened, too. But there was a lot to celebrate, laugh at, laugh with, escape to, delight over, indulge in, cry (happy tears) about, and dance to. Things that made us feel something. Something good. At the end of the year for the last two years, weve called out on social media to Daily Beast readers and staffers. Theres so much focus on superlativesThe Best This, The Worst Thatthat we…

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Aaron Hernandez: how did a $40m NFL star become a convicted killer?

In a Netflix docuseries, the shocking true story of a much-loved athlete convicted of first-degree murder is placed under the microscope Even by the standards of Americas obsession with stories of spectacular falls from grace, the trajectory of Aaron Hernandez, a star New England Patriots football player turned convicted murderer, was particularly steep and unusually compelling a senseless, horrific collapse unfolding in real time. Three years before fake news became an ominous catch-all, Hernandezs summer 2013 arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd at his mansion in North Attleborough, Massachusetts…

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Streaming: all eyes on the Netflix crown

Apple TV+, Britbox and the long-awaited Disney+ are circling, but one streaming giant continues to reign supreme Last year was transitional for the streaming scene, at least in the UK: the promised avalanche of major new outlets to dent mixed reviews, punched through into public consciousness, while Apples plans to take on Netflix in the prestige film stakes got off to dropped from thewarily regarded in some quarters. Why pay a monthly subscription for the free-to-air content covered by my licence fee, runs the argument not helped by a The…

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From renewables to Netflix: the 15 super-trends that defined the 2010s

It was the decade of austerity, fracking, populism and internet lies. But not everything about the 2010s was terrible The plastics backlash Garbage, including plastic waste, is seen at the beach in Costa del Este, Panama City. Photograph: Luis Acosta/AFP via Getty Images It was once the height of metropolitan chic: the dash into Starbucks for a skinny decaf caramel latte en route for work, the takeaway cup a mark of upward mobility. Those were the days of Sex and the City, when the culture of doing everything on the…

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The Incredible 20-Year-Old Woman Tackling Sexism in Sumo Wrestling

In Little Miss Sumo, a new Netflix documentary short, women in Japan are taking the fight for gender equality inside the wrestling ring. The 19-minute film condenses the story of Hiyori Kon, a student and sumo prodigy pushing back against the age-old edict that prevents women from competing in the sport professionally. I study gender theory, Hiyori explains in Japanese. We learned about many women fighting gender issues all over the world, but there werent many Japanese women. Japanese people dont ask for radical change. Hiyori Kon and her teammates…

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David Chang Talks Paying Homage to Anthony Bourdain on Netflix

Chef David Chang has followed up his learned from Anthony Bourdain, how eager he is to get his restaurant groups speak out about your experience with depression on your podcast. Why did you want to do that and what kind of feedback did you get? The reason I did it was, I was in a lot of pain, as were a lot of people who heard the news. You know, I had a lot of emotions and I thought maybe that was the best waythat if I shared my perceived…

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The blockbuster that wasn’t: inside an alleged $14m scam to make the next Netflix hit

A California man was charged with fraud after securing millions in funding and using most of the money on himself, prosecutors say On paper, Legends looked like a box-office hit. Adam Joiner billed his movie as an anachronistic mash-up of legendary 19th-century American figures, a steampunk Avengers tailor-made to satiate the ever-expanding appetite for big-ticket, fantasy-action pictures. With Endgame, the latest Avengers installment, Game of Thrones or the recently Disney-fied Star Wars universe have inspired an undeniable gold rush for premium content so much so that the genre has, in…

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The Notorious Pornographer Who Scandalized Japan

Netflixs latest the first-person POV shot. He rose to prominence at a time in Japan when censorship laws were strict and real sex was unheard of Japanese interpretation of Breaking Bad. (At one point, a character says, Soon, porn will make more money than meth.) Much of the action revolves around Muranishi and Toshi building up their entourage, sparring with competing porn distributor Ikezawa (Ryo Ishibashi), conspiring with a mob boss, and dodging the cops. It is also beautifully shot throughouta fantasia of neon signs, shadowy karaoke bars, and colorful…

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Why SNL Writer Sam Jay Hates Performing Comedy for Woke Kids

wrote when I returned from this years South by Southwest festival, I got to see a ton of stand-up comedy sets during my week in Austin, Texas. But nothing I saw came close to topping the experience of watching Sam Jay. Just six years into her career as a comedian, Jay has become one of the fastest rising stars in the comedy world. After joining Saturday Night Live as a writer in the fall of 2017, the Atlanta-born, Boston-raised comic put out her first album The Last Laugh podcast from…

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Fifteen minutes of prestige: how Hollywood went long on short content

Short-form content has graduated from YouTube to attracting big stars, big studios and big Hollywood backing. Is watching in snippets the future of TV? State of the Union opens in a bar, where Tom (Chris ODowd) and Louise (Rosamund Pike) hash out an agenda for their marital therapy session over drinks and witty diversions. The two banter and alternately confront and avoid the flailing state of their marriage, before the scene cuts at the therapists door. And by scene, I mean episode. Each instalment of State of the Union, developed…

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‘Stranger Things 3′ will come to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights

On the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens in Stranger Things: Season 3? Looks like the folks behind Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights already know.  In preparation for the parks’ annual spooky event, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort have announced the creation of all-new Stranger Things themed mazes. The mazes are set to debut at this year’s festivities, beginning in September. Part of a continued partnership with Netflix, Universal’s maze creators collaborated with the executive producers behind Stranger Things to bring to life parts of…

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12 Shows to Watch After Queer Eye

the Fab Fives BFF brand, each episode the emotional equivalent of sipping a hot toddy under a little forced? Sure, but The Bingea private Facebook group launched last year that is devoted to superfans of streaming content. This is a community where members are excited to post their most loved streamsand eager to find new ones. Thanks to them, Ive found many amazing shows and movies like Sex Education and Juanita. I asked the Binge family to share their favorite feel-good binges, a la Queer Eye, why they love them,…

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Blindfolded Bird Box Challenger crashes car

Remember, way back on January 2 when Netflix issued a warning to its customers over the viral Bird Box challenge meme to “PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE?” That warning wasn’t heard or followed by at least one 17-year-old in Utah who decided to give the challenge — which involves a blindfold — a whirl while driving. The result was what one might expect. There was a crash (hat tip CNN, which spotted the tweet from Layton Police).

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12 Of The Funniest Reactions To Netflixs Unfortunate Mistake With Marie Kondos Pic Even Chrissy Teigen Responds

Marie Kondo In the show, Kondo comes to the homes of hopeless packrats to teach her organization method inspired by Shintoism. The energetic organizer transforms each space with the adage of keeping only items that bring joy, which made her ‘new promo’ all the more hysterical. williamhanson In a confused tweet, etiquette expert William Hanson tweeted out a photo of the Marie Kondo “Tidying Up” home screen wondering if perhaps her tactics had intensified. Well, of course, Twitter went crazy at the hilarious juxtaposition of sweet, cheery, 4’7″ Marie and…

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How to make your binge-watch as comfortable as possible

If you're going to binge-watch, at least do a little self-care.Image: Vicky Leta In Binged, Mashable breaks down why we binge-watch, how we binge-watch, and what it does to us. Because binge-watching is the new normal. Binge-watching is basically an endurance sport, so you need to be sure you’re prepared. After all, if you’re going to watch You until your eyes fall out (recommended), why not make the experience as pleasant as possible? That means paying close attention to the conditions under which you watch: the couch, the temperature, the…

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