New aggregator CherryPicks will highlight female reviewers and women in film


It’s no longer news, and maybe it never was, but the entertainment industry is dominated by men. Gender equality is top of mind in Hollywood now, especially with the Time’s Up initiative and the rising popularity of inclusion riders.

The latest effort to champion women in media comes from filmmaker Miranda Bailey (no relation, Grey’s Anatomy fans) who started CherryPicks, which will aggregate movie reviews the way Rotten Tomatoes does, but without the heavy male bias.

“I think it’s a boys’ club,” Bailey told Mashable on the phone this week, referring to film criticism. “I think journalism itself has been a boys’ club for a long time and the parameters to be a hoity-toity film reviewer or whatever, in certain newspapers – it was hard to get that job unless you were a Caucasian man.” Read more…

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‘Eighth Grade’ trailer is a too-real look back at middle school


Is there a more difficult, awkward time in an average person’s life than middle school?

You’re caught halfway between grade school and high school, your entire body is probably going haywire as puberty sets in, and you’re still actively learning all the crucial social skills that will eventually steer the direction of the rest of your life. It’s a rough gig.

Sundance favorite Eighth Grade, from director Bo Burnham and starring Elsie Fisher (the voice of Agnes in Despicable Me), looks like it aims to capture all of the terror and existential stress a young girl faces as she stands on the precipice of childhood, staring out at her teenage years to come. Read more…

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‘The Last Jedi’ deleted scenes: Why only two of them matter


The digital release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now on sale (sorry Blu-Ray owners, you have to wait two weeks). That means we just got to feast our eyes on the movie’s long-awaited selection of 14 deleted scenes. 

This is a pretty big deal. It’s our first glimpse at what director Rian Johnson, who way overshot the mark in the length of his original version, reluctantly left on the cutting room floor. (A sign of the self-aware times: he and the editing crew kept consoling themselves about cuts with “well, at least people will get to see it in the deleted scenes.”)

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Jeff Goldblum will help you build your own Jurassic Park this summer


Life finds a way… to insert Dr. Ian Malcolm into your video game.

Jeff Goldblum’s Jurassic Park character plays a key role in Jurassic World Evolution, a theme park-building video game coming this summer. He confirms the news himself in a short video from Entertainment Weekly.

“I highly recommend it,”  he says with peak Goldblum inflection. “It gets 10 Goldblums out of a possible 10 Goldblums. That’s my highest rating.”

Jurassic World Evolution looks like it delivers an experience along the lines of other business simulators like Theme Park or Planet Coaster, except there are dinosaurs. You map out your park, construct any facilities you need, and deal with crises when your dinos inevitably break loose to terrorize guests. Read more…

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John Oliver launches into hilarious 25-minute cryptocurrency rant


Bitcoin has been in the news so much over the past few months that you’d be hard-pushed not to have heard about it by now.

Understanding it is a different thing altogether, though.

Well, fear not: John Oliver’s got you covered. In the clip above from Last Week Tonight, Oliver explains everything from Bitcoin to Blockchain.

The best bit? The whole segment about BitConnect and one very, very passionate employee. Read more…

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