How Universal’s E.T. Adventure Ride Still Captures the Magic of the Movie

Image: Universal Studios Parks and ResortsThere’s a timelessness to Steven Spielberg’s E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial—which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year—that can’t be denied. It encompasses movie magic on a level that transcends the screen through its music and its story of a friendship between a boy and an alien that defies the odds. It’s

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RadioShack’s Twitter Wasn’t Hacked, It’s Just a Crypto Shill Now

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images)This week, the Twitter account for RadioShack went from just weird to totally apeshit. In short order, the company’s entire feed became a veritable trove of NSFW material, including musings about vibrators, “big tittes” (misspelling theirs), and tweets trolling celebrities and other corporate accounts. Remarks ranged from “sometimes i just feel

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The Minions Sequel is Taking the Box Office By Storm, Prepare Yourselves

Image: Illumination EntertainmentIllumination’s Minions—those goggle-wearing, babbling yellow monstrosities—have very clearly outgrown the Despicable Me franchise they first appeared in all the way back in 2010. Beyond their titular spinoff movie releasing in 2015 and earned $1.16 billion at the box office, the creatures have become a cultural fixture unto themselves, for better and for worse.

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Apple Debuts ‘Lockdown Mode’ to Protect iPhone Users From Mercenary Spyware Attacks

Screenshot: Lucas Ropek/AppleApple announced a new security feature Wednesday designed to protect iPhone users from invasive spyware attacks. Dubbed “Lockdown Mode,” the feature promises to “harden” the security posture of your device, drawing a digital moat around its perimeter to protect against infiltration.Apple calls Lockdown the “the first major capability of its kind.” It will

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The Unhealthiest Dog Breeds

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock)Dogs have been humanity’s stalwart companions for tens of thousands of years. Unfortunately, not every dog is as genetically healthy as they deserve to be, thanks largely to our meddling influence. Over the past few centuries, human-guided breeding has split dogs into hundreds of distinct breeds, based on specifically desired physical characteristics. And

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The Agency Responsible for Securing the U.S.’s Toxic Nuclear Waste Has Its Work Cut Out For It

Photo: Lou Benoist (Getty Images)Scattershot budgets, lack of coordination, stalling research and development, and rapid worker turnover are threatening the Department of Energy’s ability to sufficiently store and secure the nation’s ever-growing trash bin of toxic nuclear waste.Those were some of the top concerns outlined today by experts and lawmakers during a congressional hearing probing

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988—The New National Suicide Prevention Hotline Launches Nationwide

The CDC reports that, in 2020, 12.2 million Americans seriously contemplated dying by suicide.Image: Pau Barrena (Getty Images)As our country continues grappling with its ongoing mental health pandemic, a new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number—988—is launching July 16 to support those struggling with suicidal ideation. 988 is the new designation for the National Suicide Prevention

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Yeehaw, the EU Agreed on Laws to Reign in the Crypto ‘Wild West’

MiCA was first proposed way back in September 2020 by the European Commission.Image: Christopher Furlong (Getty Images)The European Union is planning to temper the volatility of cryptocurrency with a regulatory framework that would establish consumer protection against crypto scams and forces crypto companies to disclose their environmental impact.Discussions in the European Union have identified the

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Russia Fines Google, Airbnb, Pinterest, and Twitch for Not Storing Data Where the Kremlin Can Get It

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images)A number of Silicon Valley darlings are in hot water with Russian authorities for violating the country’s data protection laws, which Those companies—Twitch, Pinterest, Google, and Airbnb—were all fined by a Moscow court on Tuesday for allegedly failing to to store the data they had on Russian citizens within the county. While

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The Author of Marvel’s Problematic Miles Morales What If…? Comic Has Apologized

Screenshot: Sony PicturesBeloved Spider-Man Miles Morales is set for some highs with the upcoming release of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One), a sequel to the Oscar-winning animated hit which propelled the Afro-Latinx character to break out into mainstream popularity. On the comics side of things, however, there’s been a very disappointing low with the

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Westworld’s Tessa Thompson Teases Her Villainous Character’s Arc in Season 4

Charlotte Hale in Westworld’s third season.Image: John P. Johnson/HBOIntroduced in season two as a power player at Delos, the company in charge of Westworld’s parks and its resident “host” robots, Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) has evolved quite a bit as a character, though she’s always been positioned as one of the series’ antagonists.A host since

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Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Battle for Jabiim Is a Fascinating Parallel to Its Comic Inspiration

Obi-Wan sits at the heart of two very different battles for Jabiim.Image: Kev Walker/Dark Horse Comics, LucasfilmContemporary Star Wars is far from unafraid of taking concepts that worked from the Expanded Universe and loosely slotting them into its own narratives. Last week’s penultimate episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi was no exception—but in returning to the planet…

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Wait, Didn’t We Already Know?

Image: Prime VideoYou can say a lot of things about Amazon’s The Boys, but you can’t exactly call it subtle. The show, based on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s acclaimed comics from Dynamite Entertainment, focuses on a group of corporate owned superheroes called The Seven, and a semi-covert group of average people named The Boys…

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The Latest News From Universal Studios Resorts, Disney Parks, and More Fan-tastical Destinations

“Guess who’s back, back again?”Image: Halloween Horror NightsHalloween Horror Nights reveals it’s bringing back a Halloween house on both coasts. Universal Studios kicks off a dino-mite summer with the VelociCoaster turning one. Pack your bags to check out a really cool Jumanji ride that just opened in Italy. And in case you missed it, Disney…

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Barbie’s Latest Gig? Web3 Huckster

Photo: Patrick T. Fallon (Getty Images)Mattel, the toymaker behind plastic classics like Barbie and Hot Wheels announced it’s partnering with the NFT platform “Cryptoys” to create playable, customizable NFTs. If you, for some reason, happen to be on the fence about luring kids into the metaverse with their favorite toy brands, this story’s probably not…

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Americans Have Lost $1 Billion to Crypto Scams Since Last Year, Feds Say

Photo: ARMEND NIMANI/AFP (Getty Images)Investing in Web3, the supposedly “transformative” environment of blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies, continues to be a revolutionary new way to lose a whole lot of money. A study from the Federal Trade Commission released Friday shows that Americans have lost over $1 billion to crypto-related scams since January 2021. In raw numbers,…

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Behold the First Trailer for Paramount+’s Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe

Screenshot: Paramount+/YouTubeIt appears that Beavis and Butt-Head, stars of the much-loved ‘90s MTV animated series, have finally extracted themselves from their couch—but their horny snark is still very much intact. Witness this for yourself in the first trailer for Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe, the long-awaited to follow-up to the duo’s 1996 feature Beavis…

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Star Wars Stands With Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Moses Ingram After Racist Troll Attacks

Photo: Gareth Cattermole (Getty Images)While the release of Obi-Wan Kenobi and its new roster of characters within the Star Wars universe was for most fans an exciting occasion, the show also supplied a new target for the fandom’s racist and misogynistic trolls: Moses Ingram, who stars as Third Sister Reva Sevander.At this point, few are surprised by this…

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This Adorable 616-Square-Meter Cat Photo is a Glimpse at the Future of Mobile Photography

Samsung 200MP sensorImage: SamsungSamsung just teased the marquee feature for its upcoming flagship smartphones, and it’s downright adorable—the teaser, that is. Anyhow, to flex the capabilities of its upcoming 200-megapixel mobile image sensor, Samsung took the obvious route: snap a photo of a sweet housecat, blow it up to be roughly 1.5x the size of…

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‘Predator’ Spyware Let Government Hackers Break Into Chrome and Android, Google Says

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images)A shady private surveillance company sold access to nearly half a dozen powerful security flaws in Chrome and Android last year to government-affiliated hackers, Google revealed Monday. Cytrox, a secretive firm based in North Macedonia, allegedly sold access to four zero-day security flaws in the Chrome browser as well as one…

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Bong Joon Ho Adds Naomi Ackie, Toni Collette, and Mark Ruffalo to His New Sci-Fi Film

We’re Bong fans.Photo: Miguel Medina (Getty Images)Joining The Batman’s Robert Pattinson in Mickey7, the upcoming sci-fi film from auteur Bong Joon Ho, are Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), Toni Collette (Nightmare Alley), and Mark Ruffalo (The Adam Project, She-Hulk). It’s been a while since the director’s multi-Oscar haul for Parasite and we…

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A Ton of Star Wars Celebration 2022 Exclusives, Including Apparel, Collectibles, and Much More

Image: LucasfilmIf you managed to score tickets to this year’s Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, next week, I sincerely hope you also managed to save up some galactic credits. Besides actual Star Wars news, the amount of exclusive merchandise that will be available to you there, and there alone, is simply staggering—so take advantage…

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The First Godzilla/Ultraman/Evangelion/Kamen Rider Crossover Is… an Arcade? Kind of?

Image: TTITk/Bandai Namco Amusement Inc.Four of the greatest, most popular icons of Japanese pop culture—Evangelion, Godzilla, Ultraman, and Kamen Rider—have bonded forces to… give you some mild amusement if you happen to be located in Yokohama, Osaka, and Hakata for very specific days this summer. Because the first mega-crossover event for Hideaki Anno’s Shin Japan…

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Marvel’s MODOK is No Moredok

Image: Hulu/MarvelMarvel’s TV enterprise has grown just a little bit smaller, as their animated series MODOK won’t be coming back for a second season. The stop-motion show starred Patton Oswalt as the titular bigheaded Marvel baddie in a comedy series about him trying to balance his somewhat normal life as a suburban family man in…

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The Innocents Finds an Alarming Way of Asking ‘Have You Checked the Children?’

Image: IFC MidnightAfter moving to a new home—a cluster of apartment towers surrounded by forests, quieter than usual thanks to the summer holidays—bored young Ida (Rakel Lenora Fløttum) welcomes friendship with a similarly aged neighbor, Ben (Sam Ashraf). But The Innocents, a brutal yet elegant investigation into the extremes of psychopathy and empathy, is hardly…

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A Predominantly Black College Is Shutting Down Because of a Ransomware Attack

Photo: NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP (Getty Images)A university that originally opened its doors the same year that the American Civil War ended will shut down later this month. Lincoln College administrators have put the blame on a ransomware attack, which they say hindered admissions and fundraising activities during a period when the school was already struggling. Lincoln,…

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