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By Bufo Calvin | A geeky mix of pop culture, tech, and the weird world, from Bufo Calvin (of The Measured Circle blog and Bufo's Weird World)

'Black Panther' Earns Highest-Ever Score for Live-Action Superhero Pic on Rotten Tomatoes

Notch another victory for Disney and Marvel Studios' Black Panther.<p>In addition to shattering numerous records in its box-office debut, the movie …

Rotten Tomatoes

Gold Derby’s BAFTA predictions were 76.19% accurate

Gold Derby scored an impressively high accuracy rate when predicting BAFTA Award winners: 76.19%, which is 10 points higher than our score last …

Daniel Kaluuya

Berlin: Rutger Hauer on 'Blade Runner 2049' and Why Films Today "Lack Balls"

Discovered by Paul Verhoeven, who launched his global career with performances in Turkish Delight (1973) and Soldier of Orange (1977), Dutch actor …

Blade Runner

‘Monster Hunt 2’ Showcases China’s Improvements – and Ambitions – in Animation

“Chinese animation is making great progress,” declared Raman Hui, director of “Monster Hunt 2,” the smash-hit hybrid of live action and animation …

Animation

After BAFTAs, are four acting races at Oscars a done deal?

The BAFTA Awards gave Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney yet another chance to practice their Oscar acceptance speeches. …

Darkest Hour

14 Stars Who’ve Played Abraham Lincoln, From Henry Fonda to Daniel Day-Lewis

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” That Abraham Lincoln quote sums up the quiet, thoughtful …

Daniel Day-Lewis

‘Monster Hunt 2’ Scores $190 Million as China Enjoys Half Billion Dollar Weekend

Raman Hui’s family-friendly adventure, “Monster Hunt 2” earned $190 million to top the China box office over the first three days of the Chinese New …

Chinese New Year

Emily Mortimer interview: The actress on The Bookshop, Woody Allen and Mary Poppins Returns

The Brooklyn bookshop next to her home may just have closed down but you won’t find English actress Emily Mortimer reading novels on a digital device.<p>…

Books

The most important stories in Black Panther's comic history

With <i>Black Panther</i> in cinemas now, audiences are getting their first major look at Marvel's premiere black superhero. Chadwick Boseman debuted as …

Comics

Netflix Partners With Dubai-Based Pay-TV OSN in Middle East and North Africa

Netflix has signed an agreement with Dubai-based pay-TV OSN under which OSN subscribers will be able to access Netflix content across the Middle East …

TV

2018 BAFTA Awards backstage: Rising Star winner Daniel Kaluuya will ‘keep grinding’

“Get Out” leading man <b>Daniel Kaluuya</b> may have lost the Best Actor BAFTA to Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) but he picked up a nice consolation prize …

Daniel Kaluuya

SpaceX delays its satellite internet launch to February 21st

Sorry, folks, you'll have to wait a while longer before SpaceX's satellite internet launch takes place. With hours to go, SpaceX has delayed the liftoff from its February 17th target to 9:17AM Eastern on February 21st. According to the company, the crew at the Vandenberg launchpad needed extra time …

Space Exploration

The worst comedies of all time

When a comedy falls flat, there are few things more cringeworthy and disappointing. PrettyFamous found the 50 worst comedies of all time.<p>When a comedy is truly great, the mere thought of its best scenes can make your sides hurt. The best comedies are fun roller coasters that many end up quoting and …

Film Industry

Mattel Unveils A Lara Croft Barbie In Honor Of The ‘Tomb Raider’ Movie

Over the last few years, Mattel has branched out with its Barbie line to include heroes from the comic book world like Wonder Woman, but they’ve never modeled a doll after the star of a mature-rated video game series. Now, with Alicia Vikander’s <i>Tomb Raider</i> movie coming to theaters March 16th, a …

Lara Croft

Why Margot Robbie's BAFTA beauty look is grown-up glamour at its finest - and how to copy in 5 easy steps

Tonight is the 71st British Academy Film Awards, and while the red carpet always provides a source of inspiration for beauty trends, they are not often looks that can be worn by most women. However the beauty look on Margot Robbie tonight, created by the celebrity make-up artist Pati Dubroff, is a …

Makeup

Blockchain could keep child-mined cobalt out of our phones

Reuters is reporting that there’s a pilot of a blockchain solution that is underway to track cobalt from when it is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) all the way until it is used in the manufacturing of electronic products such as smartphones and electric vehicle rechargeable …

Blockchain

‘Black Panther’ Shatters Box Office Records With $218 Million Debut

<i>Black Panther</i>, Marvel Studio’s first black superhero film, was on track for a $218 million domestic debut over the four-day President’s Day weekend, …

Movies

2018 BAFTA Awards backstage: Sam Rockwell reflects on Best Supporting Actor win for ‘Three Billboards”

<b>Sam Rockwell</b> is looking more like a lock for the Oscar after picking up yet another Best Supporting Actor award at the BAFTAs on Sunday (Feb. 18) for …

Sam Rockwell

Throat sensor helps you recover from a stroke

Your abilities to speak and swallow are frequently signs of how well you're coping after a stroke, but measuring that is difficult. Microphones frequently can't distinguish between the patient and ambient sounds, and there's the not-so-small problem of making sensors that can hold up to the rigors …

Northwestern University

Put the Olympics on paws and watch Hallmark’s American Rescue Dog Show

<i>Here’s what’s up in the world of television for Monday, February 19. All times are Eastern.</i><p>Top pick<p><b>The American Rescue Dog Show (Hallmark, 8 p.m.):</b> …

Pets

Apple HomePod: Every tip and trick you need to know

Curious about a specific HomePod feature? Or what about those nasty rings on wood surfaces? Read this.<p>Apple's HomePod ($349.00 at Apple) puts out amazing sound, though it locks you into Apple's so-called walled garden. If you're OK with that, odds are you already have a HomePod sitting on a shelf …

Tech Trends

'He's Not A Leading Man': A Casting Director On Rembrandt's Self-Portraits

Margery Simkin is a casting director. Her job is to look at thousands of faces, and her gut reaction — how she feels about what she sees — can lead to movie and TV roles.<p>But for this story, she isn't looking at a headshot — she's looking at a painting. "This wouldn't be somebody that could be a bad …

Art History

Hannah Gadsby on the male gaze in art: 'Stop watching women having baths. Go away.'

In her new ABC show Nakedy Nudes, the Tasmanian-born comedian delights in taking the highbrow mantle off art history<p>“Art history taught me I have no place in history,” said Hannah Gadsby in her furious, hilarious, devastating stand-up show Nanette. “Women didn’t have time to think thoughts; they …

Art History

Silicon Valley parents are raising their kids tech-free — and it should be a red flag

<b>Silicon Valley parents can see firsthand, either through living or working in the Bay Area, that technology is potentially harmful to kids.</b><p><b>Many parents are now restricting, or outright banning, screen time for their children.</b><p><b>The trend follows a long-standing practice among high-level tech</b> …

Silicon Valley

Final Fantasy XV’s mobile version is a perfect introduction to the series

Pocket Edition strips out the fluff<p>Square Enix has done an enormous amount of work over the last decade to turn <i>Final Fantasy XV</i> into more than just the latest game in the series. It’s been a spectacle: first announced as a spinoff of <i>Final Fantasy XIII</i>, it later rebranded as a new entry entirely. An …

Final Fantasy XV

Don’t feed the fatberg! What a slice of oily sewage says about modern life

A chunk of the monster Whitechapel fatberg is now a superstar museum exhibit. It shines a horrifying light on our throwaway age – but will it stop people clogging up the sewers with the grease from their Sunday lunch?<p>The fatberg that went on display this month at the Museum of London is proving …

Psychogeography

Visa says Coinbase is not at fault for overcharging cryptocurrency holders

The credit card company takes responsibility for reversing and recharging old transactions with a handful of new fees<p>It turns out that card issuer Visa is in fact the culprit in an increasingly messy Coinbase customer support nightmare that’s seen multiple users’ cryptocurrency accounts hit with …

Coinbase

The full list of winners at the Bafta film awards

Did Shape of Water swan off with the most Baftas? Or has Three Billboards put up a good show? All the nominees and winners of the Bafta<p>Outstanding British film<p>Darkest Hour<br>The Death of Stalin<br>God’s Own Country<br>Lady Macbeth<br>Paddington 2<b><br>WINNER: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri</b><p>EE Rising Star …

Darkest Hour

Dodge Demon hits 203 mph in about a minute

You'll need to do a couple things to make your own Demon capable of that speed, though.<p>The Dodge Demon is the gift that keeps on giving -- and we're not just talking about web traffic. It'll give you one hell of a quarter-mile run, it'll give you a permanent smile and, apparently, it'll also give …