Turns Out Late Night Talk Show Hosts Are Just Like Us

Turns Out Late Night Talk Show Hosts Are Just Like Us

Almost immediately after lockdowns hit Los Angeles and New York, the hosts of gabfests like The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon began taping their shows from home, trading in their desks and velvet chairs for Zoom calls with celebs trying desperately to find their best angles on a laptop screen.

Spree Is Nasty, Clever Satire for the Influencer Era

Spree Is Nasty, Clever Satire for the Influencer Era

(“What’s the point of doing anything if no one’s watching?” Suzanne wonders—a point Kurt echoes repeatedly on his spree.)Like Suzanne, Kurt sees violence as a means to an end, and cannot fathom the purpose of life without an audience.

Pokemon Go and Sleep No More Creators Are Teaming Up on AR

Pokemon Go and Sleep No More Creators Are Teaming Up on AR

The kind that Punchdrunk, the theater company behind immersive shows like Sleep No More, knows better than anyone.Now Punchdrunk and Niantic, the developer of Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite , are announcing a collaboration that will span multiple projects.

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

In posts online shared on Twitter and interviews with WIRED, several question what responsibility king-making platforms like Twitch have when top streamers, accused of inappropriate behavior, are no longer live on camera.

Anti-Quarantine Protests Are Dangerous and Weird

Anti-Quarantine Protests Are Dangerous and Weird

Our intended audience might get the point and understand that protesting stay-at-home orders and actually staying at home are not equally valid public health positions.

Reality TV Has Never Felt More Untethered From Real Life

Reality TV Has Never Felt More Untethered From Real Life

Producers wanted everyone to feel invested, to ultimately have those separate realities merge—theirs with the viewer's.It’s the need for what was, a reminder of how normal used to feel.

'1917' VFX Artists Had to Completely Rethink How Films Are Made

'1917' VFX Artists Had to Completely Rethink How Films Are Made

The task was made harder because the movie was produced in native Imax —a widescreen, incredibly high-resolution format, which meant the digital painting work of the VFX artists had to be even more precise and intricate.

Cats Is as Terrible as the Internet Guessed It Might Be

Cats Is as Terrible as the Internet Guessed It Might Be

As he did with 2012’s Les Misérables, Hooper has brought this international musical behemoth to the big screen, with the help of celebrated actors Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, and Idris Elba, plus pop stars like Taylor Swift and Jason Derulo.

Disney+ Is Here—and It's a Fully Formed Streaming Juggernaut

Disney+ Is Here—and It's a Fully Formed Streaming Juggernaut

It’s hard to overstate the advantage this gives Disney over fellow newcomers like Apple TV+ and the forthcoming HBO Max. And it's important to understand that Disney’s head start comes not only from its extensive back catalog of TV shows and movies but also from a technological prowess in this space that that few companies can match.

Netflix’s 'The Witcher' Makes a Play to Be the Next 'Game of Thrones'

Netflix’s 'The Witcher' Makes a Play to Be the Next 'Game of Thrones'

It , Top Gun , His Dark Materials Trailers Rock Comic-Con. Based on book the series by Andrzej Sapkowski that later got turned into a videogame franchise, the story follows Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill, aka Superman), a witcher who hunts monsters, has no emotions, and has a horse for a best friend.

Aziz Ansari's Netflix Special Will Make You Laugh—Awkwardly

Aziz Ansari's Netflix Special Will Make You Laugh—Awkwardly

It’s impossible to talk about Right Now without talking about the scandal, and, indeed, Ansari makes his brush with outrage culture the set’s backbone, providing scaffolding for all its most important moments, the good and the bad.

Zuckerberg Defends Free Speech, Even When the Speech is False

Zuckerberg Defends Free Speech, Even When the Speech is False

“We exist in a society where people value and cherish free expression, and the ability to say things including satire,” Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday. It wasn’t long after Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival Wednesday that he was heckled by the audience.

Companies Don't Need Big Conventions. They Should Go Anyway

Companies Don't Need Big Conventions. They Should Go Anyway

Fox, Lucasfilm, and others have been no-shows at the event in recent years, and this year Warner Bros., which usually puts on a big presentation in the convention's massive Hall H, won't have a presence in that venue at all.

Watch Hannah Gadsby's TED Talk on Having Autism and Breaking Comedy

Watch Hannah Gadsby's TED Talk on Having Autism and Breaking Comedy

Watch Hannah Gadsby's TED Talk on Having Autism and Breaking Comedy. At TED 2019, Hannah Gadsby gave a speech full of contradictions, jokes, and harsh truths.

Facebook’s Ad System Might Be Hard-Coded for Discrimination

Facebook’s Ad System Might Be Hard-Coded for Discrimination

A new study from researchers at Northeastern University, University of Southern California, and the nonprofit Upturn finds ad delivery —the Facebook algorithms that decide exactly which users see those ads—may be just as important.

Long Before Selfies and Memes, People Wanted to Share Pics

Long Before Selfies and Memes, People Wanted to Share Pics

There was a time not so long ago when people snapped photos and didn't think about sharing them until much later. says Clément Chéroux, curator of the new exhibit Snap+Share at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The Goat-Birthing, Tomato-Fermenting Homesteaders of YouTube

The Goat-Birthing, Tomato-Fermenting Homesteaders of YouTube

The Goat-Birthing, Tomato-Fermenting Homesteaders of YouTube The comments sections are the most knowledgeable I’ve ever encountered: If a YouTuber is doing something wrong, there’s always some sheep or peach tree or rainwater collection expert there to troubleshoot and offer advice.

Media's Fatal Flaw: Ignoring the Mistakes of Newspapers

Media's Fatal Flaw: Ignoring the Mistakes of Newspapers

The accidental brilliance of the newspaper business model is it commoditized all those information needs to an audience that, pre-internet, had no other choice. Rebuilding local media starts with figuring out what people truly want and need from their news, now that the excess has been stripped away.

From 'Minding the Gap' to 'Hale County,' We're in a New Age of Documentaries

From 'Minding the Gap' to 'Hale County,' We're in a New Age of Documentaries

When the Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday, I found comfort amid the nominees for Best Documentary—alongside Liu’s transformative portrait of abuse was Hale County This Morning, This Evening , director RaMell Ross’s impressionistic meditation on black southern life in Selma, Alabama.

YouTube Is a Metaphor for the Great American Dumpster Fire

YouTube Is a Metaphor for the Great American Dumpster Fire

Its problems reflect and contribute to our culture like a big, scandalous, Tide Pod-and-condom-slurping ouroboros.So it’s fitting that YouTube’s most persistent bugaboos this year have been America’s: out-of-control celebrities and our cultural addiction to them, racism and conspiracy theories, and policies that disproportionately impact vulnerable groups like the LGBTQ community.But as much as 2018 was a year beset by scandal and frenzied backpedaling, it was also a year in which YouTube started trying in earnest to reckon with its own problems.