Ferrell is writing the movie, currently titled Eurovision, with SNL and Funny Or Die... scribe Andrew Steele, and Adam McKay is executive producing. Noting that comedies are being muscled out of box office returns by tentpole films, Deadline sees this as a win-win for Netflix and Ferrell: 43 countries participated in the latest iteration of the real-life competition, which Deadline suggests means there’s a built-in audience for the project abroad. Ferrell, meanwhile, gets a chance at establishing the kind of streaming empire that Sandler is overseeing thanks to an extensive production deal—and none too soon. Deadline quotes fellow SNL alum Mike Myers (whose own film career has stalled) as saying Netflix is where it’s at: “Comedy is a small-screen experience now.” … [Read more...] about Will Ferrell challenges Adam Sandler’s Netflix comedy supremacy
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“He sets an example for students and faculty in showing that both diversity and digital ability are key to journalism’s future,” Gutiérrez wrote. “He prepares students to work in both arenas in his classes and in initiatives he has helped put in place for the entire school. This includes conceiving and helping develop Intersections: The South Los Angeles Report, Annenberg’s first community news website dedicated to reporting from underserved communities of color in South Los Angeles County. … [Read more...] about At Capital Gazette, Lack of Security Was ‘Deliberate’
Laura M. Browning I failed at my resolution last year, which was to focus on breadth and not just automatically binge-watch everything I started. So this year, I figured I would resolve to do something a little more specific and measurable: I’m going to watch every movie A.A. Dowd has graded an A or A- since he started reviewing for The A.V. Club. This is a little harder than you might think, because I have a debilitating fear of the swell of cellos that signals tension—never mind the jump scare that follows, because I’m already curled up in the fetal position—so I may need a support group to get me through It Follows. It’s also exciting, because there are a lot of movies on this list that I’ve been meaning to see but just haven’t made time for yet (probably because I was busy bingeing Jessica Jones and Making A Murderer), like Phoenix and The Look Of Silence. (Admittedly I’ve been putting off the last one, as well as its companion, The … [Read more...] about What’s your pop culture resolution for 2016?
Computer Science and Technology Codecademy - Codecademy made waves by offering great free development tutorials, but saw a surge at the beginning of the year with its Learn to Code in 2012 promotion. We can't think of a better way to spend a chunk of your summer than learning a valuable skill like programming, and Codecademy is willing to teach you at your own pace, entirely for free. If you can get your friends to participate, you can even work with them, or compete with them for badges and awards. Stanford University - Introduction to Computer Science | Programming Methodology - Professor Mehran Sahami - If you're looking to spend some of your summer learning how to code, you'll want to pick up some of the fundamentals and theory to bolster whatever language you choose to learn. Dr. Sahami walks students through one of the largest introductory computer science courses at Stanford all online, and will show you how understanding the basics of computer science can be useful in all … [Read more...] about Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Summer Semester 2012
The Big Picture ‘Booksmart’ Bombed. Why Couldn’t the Internet Save It? On this week’s episode of the awesomely engaging film podcast The Big Picture, The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins analyze Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, the coming-of-age film Booksmart, and how it performed over its opening weekend against Disney’s Aladdin. (Spoiler: Aladdin won, big time.) Most interestingly, though, the two dissect the events leading up to Booksmart’s release and how its lackluster success could be blamed on the movie’s distributor (Annapurna Pictures), the internet and its users’ lack of theater-going, and Rotten Tomatoes scores. Fennessey and Dobbins run through each option with dense insight, aiming criticism at Olivia Wilde as well, discussing Booksmart’s release cycle rather than the context of the actual film (so no movie spoilers here, for those worried). After wrapping up the weekend’s box office … [Read more...] about Rubberneckers, rejoice:
We waited, and we waited, and it stayed there for a month, then two. Meanwhile I had told everyone I knew, who would stealthily sneak a glimpse of the turdious maximus. But the cooler never moved. Finally, mid-February, the cooler is the middle of the common area, where it was clearly hurled a long distance, broken open, and, now resembling swamp thing, my magnificence had rolled out into the grass, still frozen in ice that had gathered in the cooler. It was now like a poop-ice sculpture, a poopsicle if you will. … [Read more...] about Playing Offensive Line Is Horrible. Jamboroo, Week 10