Photo: Apple TV+ So, this is interesting. This morning, Apple TV+, the tech giant’s media streaming service, announced an original content production called The Line that’s actually a combination of two different projects spanning two different formats. The first project is a six-part narrative nonfiction podcast series hosted by Dan Taberski ( Missing Richard Simmons , Running From COPS ) that debuts today on Apple Podcasts and via RSS feed, which means it’s accessible by every other podcast platform that’s plugged into the open ecosystem. Meanwhile, the second project is a four-part limited documentary series directed by Jeffrey Zimbalist ( The Two Escobars ) that will be released exclusively on the Apple TV+ platform later in the fall. Both come from Jigsaw Productions, the prolific documentary production company led by Alex Gibney. The press release describes the two projects as being independently reported productions that both attend to the same subject: the … [Read more...] about Is Apple Finally Getting Into Original Podcasts?
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Danielle Bregoli, a.k.a. Bhad Bhabie. Photo: Paul_Archuleta/FilmMagic Danielle Bregoli, who you probably know as the teen whose Dr. Phil segment, “ I Want to Give Up My Car-Stealing, Knife-Wielding, Twerking 13-Year-Old Daughter Who Tried to Frame Me for a Crime ,” launched her to viral fame and a music career, would like you to download her new mobile game. More specifically, she’d like you to “ pick up yo damn phone and download this, it’s free !” The “cash me outside howbowdah” originator, known also by her stage name Bhad Bhabie, is right. The game, Ride or Die , is free. Technically. But, as with most free phone games, this just translates to a barrage of ads. Ads where an errant tap will pull you from the game you’re playing to a screen where you’ll be prompted to download something else. At one point I tapped the word “skip.” I did not get to skip the ad I was watching. The App Store opened automatically instead. There are also the usual in-app purchase … [Read more...] about Bhad Bhabie’s New Phone Game Is a Cash (Me Outside) Grab
Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photos: DreamWorks/Netflix We’ve spent a lot of time this week talking about character actors — what defines them, how to recognize them, how and why they excel. But character actors don’t always stay character actors forever. The chaos of fame is indeed a ladder — a series of them, actually — and with the exception of the select few A-listers who had stardom thrust upon them from the very beginning, the careers of actors and actresses must often travel a long and winding road to the top. For many character actors, they reach a point where they cease to buttress the story of the main attractions and become an attraction all to themselves. They either find a way to graduate to leading roles, or they become so famous in their own signature, scene-stealing parts that they cease to meet the character-actor criteria. The pathways by which character actors leap free of the gravity of their trappings are different and varied for each, but to get a better … [Read more...] about Hollywood’s Six Pathways from Supporting Parts to Stardom
Photo-Illustration: by Vulture; Photos by Warner Bros. We’re just four films into the internationally produced, Godzilla-centric series about giant beasts roaming the Earth — the latest, Godzilla vs. Kong , is currently playing in theaters and on HBO Max — but to my mind, it has already become the most interesting of the mega-budgeted “universes” that now dominate popular culture. It tells stories as big and shiny (and flagrantly melodramatic) as anything in the MCU, DCEU, or Star Wars franchises, but at the same time, it has philosophical consistency, a sense of grandeur, and a poker-faced poetic streak, qualities only intermittently spotted in rival series. Godzilla vs. Kong is the biggest hit since 2014’s franchise-launching Godzilla , which bodes well for more entries, but I still don’t think the series gets enough credit for its specialness. It’s easy to undervalue if, like so many viewers, you fixate on the human characters who (as in the Japanese kaiju films … [Read more...] about My Heart Belongs to the MonsterVerse
On Saturday night, after two long decades and a couple recent hints , beloved British shoegazers My Bloody Valentine announced the surprise release of a followup to their last album, 1991’s Loveless . A few hours later, mbv appeared on their new website as a digital download available for $16. Purist fans — and there are a lot of them — may also purchase it on CD and 180-gram vinyl, obviously. The band was also kind enough to set up a YouTube page , for the kids (and people needing to listen to the music immediately who ran into trouble when the site got overloaded .) In an interview with NME last November, frontman Kevin Shields made some predictions about the big reveal: “I think [with mbv ], people who like us will immediately connect with something. Based on the very, very few people who’ve heard stuff – some engineers, the band, and that’s about it – some people think it’s stranger than Loveless . I don’t. I feel like it really frees us up, and in the … [Read more...] about My Bloody Valentine Released Their First Album in Two Decades, and People Want You to Know They’re Listening to It