But WarnerMedia is an amalgamation of brands that makes it hard to define a definitive voice. Compare that to Disney, which touts its classic films and five major tentpoles: Disney Animation, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, and Disney live-action films. In contrast, HBO is a premium network known for its mature and award-winning shows targeted at adults. In its Max iteration, it hopes to bring an abundance of originals targeted at teens and children’s shows. It’s a play at a broader audience, but one that erodes anyone’s understanding of what HBO’s identity is and, more importantly, who it’s for. … [Read more...] about HBO Max is full of potential, but its biggest hurdle remains AT&T’s messy execution
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Although played at Fourth of July celebrations, "The 1812 Overture" has no connection with American history. Pyotr Tchaikovsky wrote this song for the dedication ceremony of a Moscow church in 1882. Public donations celebrating the Russian defeat of Napoleon in a different War of 1812 funded this church's construction. The musical movements reflect various stages of this military conflict. … [Read more...] about What Are the Origins of Famous Patriotic Songs?
In this installment, a nefarious bad guy is using Pandora's Box (which looks like somebody put a bulky black plastic casing on a first-gen Nintendo DS) to hijack random satellites and send them hurtling to Earth. His first target? Xander's old boss, Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson), who is in China trying to recruit a football star for the X team. The CIA, or NSA, or... whoever is flummoxed. They had the Pandora's Box, but it was stolen from under their noses by Xiang (martial-arts master Donnie Yen) after he swooped into a secret meeting and did his whole zooming-smashing-kicking-gun-whirling thing. Who could possibly help save the world from dangerous new connected devices and stuff? You guessed it. The original X, Xander Cage. … [Read more...] about In the latest
Female sea turtles lay their eggs in nests that they build on beaches — and once they cover them up with sand, the mama turtles lumber into the water and never look back. When the babies hatch, usually under a full moon, they find their own way to the ocean and have to survive all by themselves, Ellsworth told Live Science. … [Read more...] about Finding Dory’s Underwater Clan in the Real World
"Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next thousand or 10 thousand years," Hawking told the audience in a public Q&A session after this year's BBC Reith lecture in England. [9 Real Ways the World Could End] … [Read more...] about Stephen Hawking Warns of Planetary Doom (Again)