David Benedek

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Stoner Week: How Adult Swim Conquered Late

As pot has become increasingly widespread and legal, pot culture has seeped into the mainstream. So come trip with us through Stoner Week on Vulture …

Sony Pictures: Inside the Hack of the Century, Part 2

<b>By Peter Elkind</b><p>June 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT<p>Above video by Sinelab<p><b>A cyber-invasion brought Sony Pictures to its knees and terrified corporate America.</b> …

Computer Science

The Real Roots of Midlife Crisis

What a growing body of research reveals about the biology of human happiness—and how to navigate the (temporary) slump in middle age<p>This summer, a friend called in a state of unhappy perplexity. At age 47, after years of struggling to find security in academia, he had received tenure. Instead of …

Disney CEO Bob Iger's Empire of Tech

Even in a dress-down gray sweater, Bob Iger looks a bit mechanical. His mouth is almost geometrically straight, his face constructed of some cool …

The Real Story Behind Jeff Bezos’s Fire Phone Debacle And What It Means For Amazon’s Future

Interviews with dozens of current and former employees reveal what went wrong and what it tells us about where Amazon is headed.<p>“What the hell happened?”<p>It is a cold day in early December in Midtown Manhattan, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has barely taken his seat on stage when his interviewer throws …

eCommerce

Did The ‘Parks And Recreation’ Writers Know That Chris Pratt Would Become One Of The Biggest Stars In The World?

Chris Pratt’s story is so remarkable that it’s worth telling over and over, if not as a source of inspiration for everyone, then at least so we can talk about how it couldn’t happen to a nicer person. The short story is that Pratt was living in a Scooby Doo van in Hawaii and working at a Bubba Gump …

HBO To Netflix: Bring It On

How HBO’s quest to win the streaming wars became a binge-worthy drama as juicy as Game of Thrones.<p>On a frigid winter Friday in Manhattan’s MediaGulch, HBO CEO Richard Plepler glides through the doors of a power-lunch spot called the Lambs Club. Plepler, the kind of natty dresser who believes that …

Televisions

The Messy Business Of Reinventing Happiness

Inside Disney’s radical plan to modernize its cherished theme parks.<p>Bob Iger wanted approval. It was February 2011, and the Walt Disney Co. CEO gathered his board of directors inside an intimate theater at the company’s Team Disney headquarters in Burbank, California. There, just the night before, …

Walt Disney Company

Now, It's Personal: The Epic, Inside Drama Behind the New Hollywood Agency Wars

The heads of the major talent agencies speak publicly about possible IPOs, poaching and rumors of private-equity discord as THR reveals the …

Hollywood