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 …

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 …