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Westworlds Real Villain Has Always Been Its Privacy Policy

Throughout its two seasons, HBO’s Westworld has trotted out no shortage of bad guys, from robot gunslingers to mad inventors to dialog that sputters and clunks. There’s literally a Man in Black. But as the plot unfolds, the catalytic evil of the park has turned out to be something far less futuristic than far-reaching theories would imply. It’s the privacy policy. If you don’t watch Westworld, or if the plot has understandably spun your head beyond comprehension, a very, very quick recap: A company called Delos operates a fantasyland where…

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Canceling Roseanne Wasn’t About ConvictionIt Was About Capital

It happened so fast you almost could have missed it. Over the course of two days earlier this week, Roseanne Barr fired off a series of racist (and anti-Semitic, and otherwise conspiracy-minded) tweets, prompting left-wing outrage and calls to #BoycottABC and extreme right-wing joy. Then, amidst high-profile collaborators like Wanda Sykes announcing they’d be leaving Barr’s well-rated sitcom Roseanne, ABC announced it would be cancelling the show. And there could be no confusion about the cause: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values,” ABC Entertainment president…

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‘The Expanse’ is officially saved and headed to Amazon

Image: alcon entertainment Another day, another streaming service swooping in to rescue a TV series that couldn’t cut it on cable. For weeks, fans of Syfy’s The Expanse have been held in suspense over the show’s abrupt cancellation and subsequent hints of a pickup, a la Brooklyn Nine-Nine. That suspense is now at an end, thanks to Jeff Bezos. SEE ALSO: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ is another testament to the brilliance of Mike Schur The Amazon founder and CEO summed up the situation succinctly during an appearance at the International Space Development…

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Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 5: More Dead Than Alive

There are many things that Westworld is. It is artful. Its scenes are sculpted with the same beauty and care that went into building the robots' exquisite bodies. It explores with delicacy the adjacent modes of consciousness that accompany sophisticated artificial intelligence. And then there are the things that Westworld is not. Warm, intimate, relatable, human? Nope, not lately. There is, for starters, the total absence of meaningful relationships. Both Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) have doting lovers, sure, but their ardor has the nuance of an…

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Westworld Is Turning Into Lostfor Better or for Worse

I never should have started watching Westworld. Not because I didn’t think it’d be good. An HBO show based on a Michael Crichton idea starring Evan Rachel Wood with all kinds of artificial intelligence? Sign me up! The problem wasn’t that Westworld wouldn’t be enjoyable, it was that it’s the kind of show that invites obsession. The kind that presents Big Questions—that never get answered. I worried, essentially, that it was going to be the next Lost. This feeling started to solidify last week after "Virtù e Fortuna," which in…

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Watch Amy Schumer’s hilarious ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ meets ‘Sex and the City’ sketch from ‘SNL’

Saturday Night Live posed a question this week: Could the grim dystopia of The Handmaid’s Tale, where women are roughly on the same level as cattle, ever really work with a lighthearted, girls-just-wanna-have-fun spin, a la Sex and the City? Nope! Here, Amy Schumer yuks it up with her gal pals (Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon) in a cafeteria scene featuring zippy jokes about systemic abuse, suicide, public hangings, and… fashion. Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/05/13/snl-handmaids-tale-sex-and-the-city-amy-schumer/

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After buying jockstrap, John Oliver has a koala chlamydia ward named after him

So a few weeks ago, Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver hit the headlines for buying a whole bunch of Russell Crowe memorabilia. The auction of stuff included, of all things, the backs of seats sat on by famous people like Denzel Washington and Crowe, a vest from Les Misérables, and a jockstrap worn by Crowe in Cinderella Man. SEE ALSO: John Oliver compares Trump’s Iran deal stance to a cat on an airplane Crowe amassed more than $3 million in sales at the auction, which you’d assume would go straight…

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‘Saturday Night Live’ invites T’Challa to compete on Black Jeopardy

Chadwick Boseman hosted Saturday Night Live this week, and of course he gave us a little King T’Challa action. He once again stepped into the role of Wakanda’s king for a new episode of the recurring sketch “Black Jeopardy,” hosted by Darnell Hayes (Kenan Thompson). The joke this time plays off the sad reality that Wakanda is a fictional African nation. A place where law enforcement is a trusted keeper of the public peace and racial inequality is a foreign concept. You know, a place that in no way resembles…

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Sara Bareilles was a highlight of NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ broadcast

If your social media feed hasn’t been blowing up all night with people excited about NBC’s live broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar, then you’re clearly not following the right people. The whole show is a blast, but Sara Bareilles owned this standout moment when she sang one of the musical’s most well-known numbers, “I Don’t Know How To Love Him.” No more words. Just hit play and soak it in. Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/04/01/jesus-christ-superstar-nbc-sarah-bareilles-dont-know-how-to-love-him/

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Kate McKinnon destroys Betsy DeVos in the education secretary’s latest ‘SNL’ appearance

Last week, Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, had a rough time on 60 Minutes. Facing basic questions about the issues her government role is focused on, DeVos responded with a series of awkward fumbles and “did she really just say that??” self-owns. It was perfectly primed for a searing Saturday Night Live treatment, and the sketch comedy series delivered, compliments of Kate McKinnon. Appearing on the show’s regular Weekend Update news segment, McKinnon revived her DeVos impression to clarify all the things she said on 60 Minutes. You…

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Watch a teaser for the final season of ‘House of Cards’

If you didn’t get the memo, Kevin Spacey will not be in the final season of Netflix’s House of Cards, where he plays the ruthless politician Francis Underwood. The sudden, but warranted ousting of Spacey following accusations of sexual misconduct left the show’s writers in a bit of a conundrum. Yet in an unexpected preview of the show’s final season dropped during the Oscars, things are “just getting started.” Played by Robin Wright, Claire Underwood breaks the fourth wall of the teaser to declare that it’s her time to run…

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A coal kingpin’s defamation lawsuit against John Oliver has been dismissed

John Oliver’s legal tussle with a man he once called a “geriatric Dr. Evil” is over and the HBO late night host has every reason to be happy. West Virginia judge Jeffrey Cramer has dismissed the defamation lawsuit filed against Oliver by Robert Murray, the coal baron behind Murray Energy Corp. SEE ALSO: The 9 funniest lines from a coal kingpin’s lawsuit against John Oliver Murray, along with his company, had sued HBO in June over a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver segment which focused on American coal mining,…

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Bill Gates will make his first-ever guest appearance on ‘The Big Bang Theory’

But will we finally get to see the Microsoft founder punch Sheldon?Image: john lamparski / Getty Images Bill Gates, the man Dennis Feinstein once famously referred to as “like a super-nerd,” is reportedly set to appear on TV’s nerdiest sitcom: The Big Bang Theory. The Microsoft founder-turned-billionaire philanthropist will play himself in a March episode of the series, EW reports. He pops up when he visits the pharmaceutical company where Penny works, and of course the guys want to meet him. SEE ALSO: The cast of ‘Queer Eye’ gives us…

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Which Bing Bong Theory Are You?

Everyone loves the bangers on the ‘Bing Bong’ show, but which Boing Brother are you? Our state-of-the-art quizzes require JavaScript. 1. When you’re having a bing bang, how do you like your boing?  Silent boing Loud boing YouTube via Hermioneg34 They’re bingers I can’t stand Shelmon 3. Has anyone ever called you a bingo? Every day No, just bing bong YouTube via Brutalmanfatal Biggest nernd Bazgo! 5. Let’s say an attractive woman wants to know your bing bong theories…how do you respond? Tell her my theories Make a bing bong…

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LG has announced the world’s first 88-inch, 8K OLED TV

Image: LG Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. If you were planning to buy an OLED TV but nothing out there was big enough for you, LG has a treat: The world’s first 8K, 88-inch OLED display.  The TV has a 7,680×4,320 pixel resolution (that’s 33 million pixels), and that’s all LG shared in terms of specs at this point. Given that it’s an OLED, though, we can expect deep blacks,…

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