Great Job, Internet!: Is The Lego Movie anti-copyright?

For a movie steeped in licensed cultural icons, brought to audiences by multi-conglomerates, and that spawned an untold quantity of tie-in merchandise, does The Lego Movie also argue strongly against strict copyright laws? That’s the question posed by PBS Idea Channel‘s latest video as host Mike Rugnetta (and later Lego Mike Rugnetta) examines the various ways in which, despite all […]

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Coming Distractions: The Star Wars Battlefront reveal trailer just might make you buy a PS4

It’s been a big couple of days for Star Wars news, with the Star Wars Celebration in full swing in Anaheim, California. And while the trailer for the new Star Wars Battlefront video game may not have the impact of yesterday’s second teaser for The Force Awakens, it features more than enough familiar settings and faces to excite anyone who […]

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Newswire: Jennifer Lopez to pay hologram-free tribute to Selena at the Billboard Latin Music Awards

Last week, Selena Quintanilla’s official Facebook page announced that the “Queen of Tejano music,” who was murdered at a motel in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1995, will be resurrected in the form of a voice synthesizer, or vocaloid, that will release new “Selena” music and videos. And now Jennifer Lopez is planning to pay flesh-and-blood tribute to Selena, in the […]

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Movie Review: The Stalinist serial-killer flick Child 44 strains for seriousness

Gloomy, dishwater gray, and often framed through dusty glass, Child 44 wastes no time announcing itself as a capital-S Serious movie that doesn’t have a clue what it’s supposed to be about. Stalinist paranoia, marital anxiety, and a serial killer figure in the murky plot, done no favors by Daniel Espinosa’s inert direction. The look is leftover Tinker Tailor Soldier […]

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Newswire: Russia ignores counsel of its advice dog, declares war on memes

According to the Washington Post, Russia has taken a brief respite from usurping the Ukrainian government to focus its attention on another adversary: images distributed online that overlay the likenesses of celebrities with messages crafted in large, sans-serif type. Roskomnadzor, Russia’s joint media agency/internet censor, has announced a ban on any memes that involve public figures when “when the image […]

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Newswire: Alan Rickman to be annoyed by a mystical golem in his next film

After 10 years in Harry Potter films facing all manner of fantastic beasts, Alan Rickman will once again deploy his signature brand of contempt on a magical creature. This one has it coming, though. According to Deadline, the actor has joined Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) and Douglas Booth (Jupiter Ascending) in an adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s best-selling novel Dan Leno […]

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Great Job, Internet!: A New York company materializes songs as 3-D printed sculptures

As created by Reify’s 3-D printing programs, Wagner’s “Ride Of The Valkyries” twists in aggressive blue jags, Gordon Lightfoot’s “Spin Spin” swirls in diminishing circles, and Nick Drake lyrics swell into an asymmetrical growth. Reify’s program translates sound waves into computer code and code into molds, materializing songs into works of art using 3-D printers. “Ride Of The Valkyries,” “Spin […]

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Great Job, Internet!: Read This: An oral history of Shaquille O’Neal’s Orlando Magic

The ’90s were a golden era for professional basketball, with exciting teams and superstars filling the NBA with storylines that would continue into the new millennium. While the decade is remembered primarily for Michael Jordan and his six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, there were legitimate challengers to the Bulls dynasty. For instance: the mid-’90s Orlando Magic, a team […]

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Hear This: Kate Bush invents the internet with “Deeper Understanding”

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, as part of our salute to artificial intelligence, we’re looking at songs about robots and/or computers. Kate Bush, “Deeper Understanding” (1989) Al Gore gets a lot of flack for saying he invented the internet, because everybody knows it was actually Kate Bush. (To be […]

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