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 …

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 …

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 …

Aladdin Made $113 Million at the Box Office This Weekend

Hello, and welcome to a post-Memorial Day weekend edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop-culture news roundup. What's in store today? First up, Disney's Aladdin had a pretty big weekend at the box office. Also, Netflix picked up a couple of big movies at the Cannes Film Festival, and there might be another Alien prequel coming. Here we go! Aladdin Made $110 Million-Plus at the Box Office This Weekend Looks like the genie granted Disney's wish. The studio's live-action remake of Aladdin scored big at the box office over Memorial Day weekend, bringing in an estimated $112.7 million domestically. It’s the fifth biggest opening weekend for the holiday. (Disney also holds the No. 1 spot in that category for Pirates of …

The Sad Meaning Behind the Game of Thrones Coffee Cup Meme

Behold Ser Latte of House Starbucks, first of his name, guest at the table of Queen Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, hero of the worst Game of Thrones episode to date, "The Last of the Starks." We shall never see his likeness again, because HBO has already edited him into oblivion. But fret not; unlike his similarly missing brother, Ser Pounce, his time on the screen is not over. It's only just begun. Angela Watercutter The Game of Thrones Starbucks Cup: What's Inside? Laura Hudson Game of Thrones Recap: So Much for Breaking the Wheel Emily Dreyfuss The Case Against Watching the Rest of Game of Thrones People have been roasting Game of Thrones all week after a very anachronistic …

Donald Glover, Adidas, Nike, and the Fight for Cool

Recently, in a group chat, I expressed excitement over an unlikely piece of work: a new short film from Adidas. The sportswear corporation, which now also counts Beyoncé as a "creative partner," had teamed up with Donald Glover to make a series of vignettes featuring him and the actress Mo'Nique trading comic tête-à-têtes. Directed by longtime collaborator Ibra Ake, the film embodies Glover's typical patchwork: It's wonky, narratively indeterminate, and crammed with wit and the occasional inside joke. Jason Parham Ramy Is an Essential Voice for Millennial TV Jason Parham Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Already Encapsulates 2019 Jason Parham When Black Horror Consumes Us The film, of course, wasn't just creativity for creativity's sake; it is essentially one …