May the S Pen be with you: Samsung to release a Star Wars edition Note 8?

Samsung has been in the practice of selling super hero-themed limited edition versions of its top-tier devices in the past few years. First, we saw an Avengers-themed icon pack for the Galaxy Note 4. Then, we got an awesome-looking Iron Man Galaxy S6 edge — with the red skin, gold accents, and software facelift to match. Later, an all-black, Batman-themed Galaxy S7 edge had us drooling over its stealthy look and fan-pleasing accessory box. Now, it seems we are about to get…

A Star Wars edition Galaxy Note 8?

The rumor comes from Twitter leakster Ice universe, who has been on point …


A producer reportedly wanted 'Crazy Rich Asians' to star a white woman

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Today in bad but unsurprising revelations: Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan was reportedly pressured by a film producer to make the book’s Chinese-American protagonist, Rachel Chu, a white woman instead.

Kwan detailed the experience, which happened before the book was even published, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“They wanted to change the heroine into a white girl,” he explained. “I was like, ‘Well, you’ve missed the point completely.’ I said, ‘No, thank you.’”

Hollywood whitewashing, of course, is egregious and nothing new. (Remember Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell? Emma Stone in Aloha?) In this particular case, making Rachel a white woman would effectively ruin the plot of the book, which in large part focuses on a Chinese-American woman’s experience of spending time in Asia. Read more…

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'Stranger Things' star fires agent accused of sexual assault after he Facebook 'poked' his victim

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Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard has fired his agent after allegations of sexual assault surfaced, Entertainment Weekly reported

Tyler Grasham, who was also fired from his job as a talent agent at APA, was accused of sexual assault by a former teen actor. 

Blaise Godbe Lipman, who appeared on the shows Weeds and Hawaii Five-O, wrote a Facebook post describing “a prominent talent agent from the firm APA” who assaulted him a decade ago, when he was 17. 

That original post seems to have been removed or set to private, but Lipman later named Grasham in a follow-up Facebook post, spurred — incredibly — by Grasham himself. The disgraced talent agent “poked” the former child actor after his initial post, as Lipman wrote. Read more…

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Sphero Star Wars BB-8, BB-9E, & R2D2 hands-on: smartphone-controlled droids

Star Wars mania is in full swing! In anticipation for the upcoming new film that’s being released in December, we’re checking out some awesome Star Wars related droids from Sphero. And the best part about them? They mimic their movie counterparts in a very realistic manner, so if you’re a diehard fan, these droids are sure to make you even more excited about the films. 
For this piece, we’re going to be taking a look at three specific droids from Sphero’s Star Wars line – BB-8, BB-9E, and R2D2. All of them are meticulously designed to match their …

Sphero Star Wars BB-8, BB-9E, & R2D2 hands-on

Star Wars mania is in full swing! In anticipation for the upcoming new film that’s being released in December, we’re checking out some awesome Star Wars related droids from Sphero. And the best part about them? They mimic their movie counterparts in a very realistic manner, so if you’re a diehard fan, these droids are sure to make you even more excited about the films. 
For this piece, we’re going to be taking a look at three specific droids from Sphero’s Star Wars line – BB-8, BB-9E, and R2D2. All of them are meticulously designed to match their …

'Outlander' star Sam Heughan takes us inside Jamie's unexpected journey in episode 4

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This recap contains spoilers for Outlander Season 3, episode 4, titled “Of Lost Things.”

Season 3 of Outlander isn’t just a story about Claire and Jamie finding their way back together — in many ways, it’s also a story of parenthood, and the sacrifices that all of our characters make for the people they love. 

While Claire is able to raise Brianna in the safety of Boston, Jamie’s journey of fatherhood has been much more painful; he couldn’t be with Claire after she lost their first baby, Faith, and he sent her back through the Standing Stones with the expectation that he would never meet their second child. Read more…

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Characters like this are why 'SNL' star Kate McKinnon has won 2 Emmys in a row

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The three alien abductees with wildly different experiences have returned to Earth — and Saturday Night Live, reprising their first appearance from 2015. This time, at least poor Kate McKinnon gets a Ryan Gosling gropefest out of the deal.

Gosling and Cecily Strong returned to form as unassuming rednecks recounting blissful experiences of meeting beings from beyond the stars.

“One minute we’re drinking beer in a Kohl’s parking lot and it’s like, now we’re cosmic curiosities,” Strong said.

“Cookie crumbled a little different for me here,” McKinnon started. Read more…

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What 'Star Trek' star LeVar Burton learned as first-time podcaster

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LeVar Burton just can’t stop reading.

The former Star Trek and Roots star just wrapped the first season of his weekly podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, where Burton lends his reassuring, emotive voice to various works of short-form fiction. The term “season” is a loose one — the books are a grab bag of authors and genres, from Daisy Johnson’s exploration of solitary life in The Lighthouse Keeper to one of Neil Gaiman’s modern fantasy stories, Chivalry.

Though all 12 episodes are finished, subscribers still have something to look forward to: Burton just finished recording a bonus episode of the podcast at the Now Hear This podcast festival in New York City where he read one of the stories from Five-Carat Soul by James McBride and was joined by the author on stage. Read more…

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Star Wars: Jedi Challenges AR experience hands-on

Stepping aside from the usual suspect of mobile devices we cover at IFA 2017, we stopped by the Lenovo booth to check out one new gadget that had a ton of people enjoying themselves. It’s the Star Wars: Jedi Challenge AR experience, which leverages the power of your smartphone to deliver a Star Wars AR experience like no other! That’s because you get to wield a powerful lightsaber and duel against enemies, all in full augmented reality glory.

Available this coming holiday season, sometime in the November time frame, Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is an AR bundle consisting …

Captain America's fugitive beard is the real star of the 'Avengers: Infinity War' concept art

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Turns out, Captain America can rock one hell of a beard. And you don’t have to just take our word for it anymore.

While Marvel Studios has yet to release any Avengers: Infinity War footage online, they have been giving out concept art posters at Comic-Con this weekend, and those posters offer an early peek at what our heroes will look like in action. 

It all started a few days ago with this official announcement from the Marvel Twitter account.

SDCC-ers, we’re giving away this #InfinityWar concept art poster at the #MarvelSDCC booth now! Stop by and grab one if you can..pic.twitter.com/Qtum3mDDMQ

— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 20, 2017 Read more…

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