Every Black Friday, the ugliness of capitalism is laid bare across the country with hours-long lines and throngs of customers trampling each other. But the usual rigamarole pales in comparison to the 1983 holiday season, when Americans went to war over Cabbage Patch Kids. This dark and deeply weird chapter of history is coming to life in a new, limited series on HBO, produced by Issa Rae and Laura Dern. Variety reports that The Dolls, currently in development, will examine “the aftermath of Christmas Eve riots in two small Arkansas towns in 1983, riots which erupted over Cabbage Patch Dolls.” If you, like me, were unaware about the Cabbage Patch Kid riots, let’s take a brief trip through time to the 1970s, when an artist named Xavier Roberts created little dolls out of fabric and used clothing. According to the Timeline, he called them “Little People,” and sold them out of “a converted medical clinic in Cleveland, Georgia which he renamed … [Read more...] about Issa Rae and Laura Dern Creating HBO Series About the Manic Cabbage Patch Kids Riots
Hypothetical question: Assuming that Facebook wasn’t at once impressively incompetent, incredibly dangerous, and also, you know, evil, would you pay to watch some of your favorite movies or TV shows on its platform? Would you be willing to use your hard-earned money to transform Facebook into your one-stop-shop for devastating ennui as well as your favorite entertainment franchises like, say, Game of Thrones? Evidently this is the future that the company envisions for you, its devoted user. Citing industry sources familiar with the matter, Recode reported Thursday that Facebook is hoping to pay streaming titans like HBO and Showtime to sell their products on its own platform, presumably via Facebook Watch. The media team behind Mark Zuckerberg’s video-hungry social media giant has reportedly been “discussing deals with HBO and others for months and would like to launch the product in the first half of 2019.” Per Recode: Selling content or anything else to its … [Read more...] about Would You Pay to Watch HBO on Facebook or Is Facebook Just Incredibly, Incredibly High
Strong writing is almost always what ultimately makes or breaks a video game, but it’s especially important in a game that’s as narratively-driven as Reigns: Game of Thrones. What’s interesting about Reigns: Game of Thrones is that each of its various plots involving characters from George R.R. Martin’s book series are designed to play out much in the same way that they would in HBO’s live-action adaptation. Given that Game of Thrones hasn’t finished airing (and Martin has yet to finish his book series), it makes each Reigns: Game of Thrones story fascinating, if only for the fact that they might just be hints about how everything’s going to be wrapped up. Like the original Reigns, the Game of Thrones iteration is all about the precarious balance of power necessary to successfully maintain a monarchy in a land that’s always on the brink of war. What becomes very clear as you begin to dig deeper into the game’s plot lines, … [Read more...] about Storylines Are So Good, HBO Should Copy Them
Edited from an unprecedented collection of talking-head interviews with the director and his friends, family, and creative collaborators, the new HBO documentary Spielberg offers a comprehensive career history of one of America’s defining popular artists. But what do its 145 minutes (an appropriately Spielberg-ian chunk of time) really tell us about Steven Spielberg, aside from the fact that the man has made a lot of movies? Not much. Even at his most thoughtful and challenging—in the likes of A.I.: Artificial Intelligence and Munich—Spielberg is mostly an intuitive artist, and his darkest pictures are nonetheless painted from an earnest, sentimental palette. Will anyone who’s seenE.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Catch Me If You Can, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, etc. be surprised to learn that the director’s childhood was heavily affected by his parents’ divorce and the distance it created with his father? Will they be shocked to discover that the … [Read more...] about HBO’s
Science shows that some dogs can be both stimulated and relaxed from watching TV. Manabu Ogasawara/Getty Images If it was autumn, it was time for football. My cocker spaniel, Bailey, and I spent many Sunday afternoons two decades ago in front of the TV switching between games. As I stuffed my face with the snack du jour, Bailey craned his neck watching nearly every down, every tackle, before, inevitably, he and I drifted off to sleep. Dogs that watch TV? You might dismiss such things as a stupid lazy pet-owner trick. After all, dogs don't watch television. They certainly don't watch football. Bailey was different. He loved TV, although he hated Westerns. He barked every time he saw a horse gallop through town or ride off into the sunset. I suspect most dog owners have, from time to time, noticed their pets watching TV. In fact, if you search "dogs watching television" on YouTube, 27.8 million "results" pop up. But are all these dogs really watching? Can TV command the attention of … [Read more...] about DOGTV: The HBO for Fido?