David Chase on why he wrote The Sopranos: ‘I needed help. I needed therapy’

As his mobster-in-therapy masterpiece is named the best TV of the century, its creator says he was just thrashing out his own issues with his domineering, suffocating mother The first image David Chase had in mind for the show that became The Rockford Files and HBO. Surprisingly, Chase thinks it would have a tough time being commissioned today, in spite of the fact that, after six seasons and 86 episodes, it is credited with changing audience tastes. In this landscape? Sure, he says. Tony Soprano is too fat. Hes too crude. Who cares about New Jersey? Ive seen these guys before. There is a long pause. Its not dystopian enough. Everything seems to be dystopian now, and this isnt. Plus, …

‘This tape rewrites everything we knew about the Beatles’

Mark Lewisohn knows the Fab Four better than they knew themselves. The experts tapes of their tense final meetings shed new light on Abbey Road and inspired a new stage show TRingo Starr is in hospital, undergoing tests for an intestinal complaint. In his absence, Paul McCartney and Mary Hopkin, the Welsh folk singer. I recorded it, a drowsy Paul says, because I liked it. A mapping of the tensions that would lead to the dissolution of the most famous and influential pop group in history is part of a webcam is trained on it 24 hours a day, observing the comings and goings of fans from every corner of the world, infuriating passing motorists as these visitors pause to …

Seth Meyers: ‘Unlike hurricanes, every day Trump blows harder’

Late-night hosts sift through the absurdity of Trumps response to a devastating, if not Alabama-centric, Hurricane Dorian Seth Meyers: A pathological liar completely detached from reality Late-night hosts continued to parse through the ridiculousness of Trumps response to Hurricane Dorian on Thursday Night. Seth Meyers took the broad view, connecting the presidents Sharpie incident in which he doctored a week-old map of the hurricanes path with a marker to defend his erroneous claim that it would hit the state of Alabama to a long history of scams. We know that Donald Trump is and has always been a conspiracy theorist and pathological liar who is completely detached from reality, Meyers said. Its always been his brand. Its just that back …

Ariana Grande returns to Manchester to play poignant Pride show

Star performed in city for the first time since a benefit gig for those killed at her concert in 2017 The last time Ariana Grande performed in Manchester, in the harrowing days after the blast that killed 22 people and injured hundreds more at one of her concerts there, her tribute show began with a minutes silence and the words: Lets not be afraid, Manchester. She returned to the city in sparkling style on Sunday night, dazzling through a party playlist as she pledged her undying love to a place that has made her its own since the attack on 22 May 2017. The 26-year-old Floridian, Martyn Hett, one of the 22 killed in the blast, said Grandes return would …

Cantina Talk: After Rise of Skywalker, Everything Changes

We’re in a strange period. Expectations for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker continues to build—it’s only a few months away!—but there’s a lot more going on in so many other areas of a galaxy far, far away that it’s easy to lose track. Read on for news on no less than four different streaming projects, and a movie trilogy that is, itself, far, far away (sadly). The Mandalorian Will Be Smaller, Dirtier than Audiences Expect The Source: Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau Probability of Accuracy: If the man responsible for creating and overseeing the Disney+ series doesn’t know what it’s like, we’re all in trouble; very accurate. The Real Deal: Wondering what to expect from The Mandalorian? Showrunner and series …

Bollywood to depict Indian air strikes on Pakistan over Kashmir bombing

Vivek Oberoi movie will tell true story of reprisals after February attack in which 40 Indian troops were killed Bollywood is to make a movie based on the true story of Indian air strikes on Pakistan this year, its producer said, the latest patriotic film to hit the silver screen. The 26 February attack took place after a suicide bombing claimed by a militant group based in Pakistan Original Article : HERE ;

Unleash the sesh gremlins! Sunset Campout, California’s clubbing paradise

With its mix of hippies, techno heads and hikers, this party deep in Californias gold rush country has resisted creeping commercialisation The narrow road to Belden Town, California (population: 22), careens through hairpin turns, down a thousand feet of craggy grey stone to the white-tipped rushes of the Feather River. The only other vehicle for miles is a train running parallel, barrelling through tunnels blown into the mountainside. During the gold rush of the 1800s, a few boomtowns sprang up in the area. Now they are lonely outposts. But for one weekend a year, they host one of the west coasts most durable and cherished party institutions: Sunset Campout. Its like an early 90s acid rave meets Westworld meets Oregon …

HBO’s Next Big Idea: Recommendations From Actual Humans

Hey, you. Yes, you! Are you tired of Netflix's algorithm telling you what to watch? Does the streaming service think you enjoy Black Mirror and Friends reruns a lot more than you actually do? HBO hears you, and it has a solution: recommendations from actual people. Brian Barrett Netflix Raises Prices to Stockpile for the Streaming Wars Brian Barrett 7 Free Streaming Services to Save You From Subscription Hell Brian Raftery The Streaming Wars Began in 2018—and They'll Only Get Worse Recommended by Humans, launched today, is a "human-powered" recommendation tool that, instead of gleaning what you might like by looking at your viewing history and the shows beloved by people like you, scans Twitter and compiles interviews with real …

WIRED Book of the Month: It Came From Something Awful

Any page of It Came From Something Awful would be the most shocking page of most books. Reading Dale Beran’s chronicle of 4chan, the anonymous imageboard where some of the internet’s worst scandals have been fomented, feels like scrolling through the forum itself. Each page turn sucks you ever deeper into chan culture, from emoticon cats telling you to “Please die” to harassment campaigns levied at adolescent girls to a man describing how he murdered his girlfriend. “Turns out it’s way harder to strangle someone to death than it looks in the movies,” that man said, alongside images of the woman’s dead body. Eventually, in Beran’s aggrandizing telling, 4chan’s crescendo of furious nihilism delivers President Trump to America. In 2017, …

Protest seeks to stop US libraries supporting Drag Queen Story Hour

Nearly 100,000 Christians have signed a petition to end backing for the events that present kids with unabashedly queer role models Nearly 100,000 Christians have signed a petition to the American Library Association protesting against its support of Drag Queen Story Hour, but the ALA has said it strongly opposes any effort to limit access to information, ideas and programmes that patrons wish to explore. First established in San Francisco in 2015 by the writer Michelle Tea, a Denver bookshop was targeted by far-right groups for hosting a story time, while Republican Larry Householder saying that it wants to create a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive society, which includes a commitment to combating marginalisation and underrepresentation within the communities served …

Chance the Rapper: The Big Day review

The Grammy-winning darling of the US rap scene finally releases his debut album: a candid, cutesy concept album based around his wedding On 9 March 2019, Chance the Rapper donned a white tux and married his long-term partner at a service in Newport Beach, California. The Chicago stars long-awaited debut album is a confetti shower of sweet-hearted hip-hop forged in the fulsome emotion of that day. A wedding ring gleams on its cover and comic skits threaded throughout the record pull you inside a riotous reception, as the rapper, real name Chancelor Bennett, reckons with his journey to marriage and the leap into adulthood it represents. Took the scenic route but this is the way, he reflects as The Big …

Jennifer Lawrence to Play Real-Life Mobster

Good day! Welcome to a new edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop-culture news roundup. We're still in a bit of a post-Comic-Con slump, but that doesn't mean no stories are breaking in the world of entertainment. Like, for example, Los Espookys is coming back, and Jennifer Lawrence might be joining a mob (movie). Here we go! Los Espookys to Get Paid to Haunt HBO for Second Season Today in Good News For People Who Like Scary News, HBO announced this week that it's renewing Los Espookys for a second season. No word yet on when the oddball comedy, led by Portlandia's Fred Armisen, will return, but it will no doubt be full of strange delights. Jennifer Lawrence to Play a …

Orange Is the New Black final series review back to its very best

Gut-wrenching but gripping and full of heart, the groundbreaking prison drama bows out by bringing back all the fan favourites even the chickens There are not many shows that can lay claim to changing the television landscape during their lifetime, but OITNB figured out how to pace its stories according to overindulgence, rather than the traditional weekly drop-in. It exits with this, its seventh and final season: easily the best and most self-assured since its debut. While OITNB was always ambitious, it occasionally tripped over its own shoelaces. It dedicated a whole season to a three-day prison riot, which was a bold idea whose execution collapsed into a mess of confusion. One of the main criticisms the show has faced …

‘So flawed and problematic’: why the term ‘world music’ is dead

Artists, record labels and even this months Womad festival agree that the term is outdated. Is there a better way to market music from across the globe? Ask most musicians what genre they play and youll likely get a prickly response. As one well-known, and slightly tipsy, jazz musician once told me: If you all stopped obsessing about me playing jazz, maybe I would be playing festival stages rather than tiny clubs by now. But while there have been meandering debates about jazz during its long history, another genre has become far more contentious in recent years: world music. Dreamed up in a London pub in 1987 by DJs, record producers and music writers, it was conceived as a marketing …

Storyboards, Marvel’s Parts Unknown, Is Coming to Disney+

Ever since Disney announced its forthcoming streaming service, Disney+, there's been a question in the back of comic book fans' minds: What about Marvel? There's been talk of stand-alone shows for Loki, Wanda Maximoff, and Hawkeye; an animated series based on the Marvel's What If … ? comics is also in the works. Yet those shows are expected to be a year or two away. Today, Marvel is finally revealing one of the shows that'll arrive when the Disney+ service launches: Storyboards. Adam Rogers Here's How Disney+ Will Take Over the World Angela Watercutter John Wick's Writer Is Heading to Marvel's Falcon & Winter Soldier Brian Raftery The Streaming Wars Began in 2018—and They'll Only Get Worse Unlike the Star …

While You Were Offline: Trump Went Into North Korea

To begin with, a programming note: While you're reading this in its usual time slot, it was compiled before the July Fourth holiday, so—unfortunately—there's not a collection of tweets about President Trump's reportedly expensive Independence Day celebration. Apologies for that. Nonetheless, there's still a lot to catch up on. Last week was one that uncovered a secret Facebook group where immigration officials joke about migrant deaths, even as more and more people die in US custody and conditions at border facilities turn out to be worse than believed. It was also the week where the Trump administration let go of its quest to have a question about citizenship on the 2020 US census, and everyone continued to fall in love …