David Mandelbrot is out as CEO of crowdfunding site Indiegogo, citing “personal reasons” in his farewell LinkedIn post. The company also laid off some employees, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Andy Yang will begin his tenure as the next CEO today, Mandelbrot said in his post, which was published yesterday. Yang was most recently “leading core product at Reddit,” and had previously been the CEO of 500px, an online platform and community for photographers. “I’m thrilled to take over the CEO reins from Dave and enable the company to further achieve its mission,” Mandelbrot quoted Yang as saying.
The post did not comment on the layoffs. An email to Mandelbrot wasn’t returned. Indiegogo declined to comment.
In 2018, All In was the biggest independent wrestling show of all time. Selling out a 10,000+ arena is no easy task, and the wrestlers/promoters of The Elite did it in under 30 minutes. From this success spung the new promotion All Elite Wrestling, and AEW is ready to present its first branded PPV on Saturday, May 25.
Taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada, AEW’s first major event is Double or Nothing. The show will feature a mix of new and familiar faces to wrestling fans, featuring talent from all around the world. As of this writing, there are 10 matches on the Double or Nothing card with two taking place on the pre-show, titled The Buy-In.
How To Watch:
WarnerMedia announced that AEW will have a weekly show on TNT, once the home to WCW, but the Double or Nothing PPV will appear on multiple streaming services, depending on your location.
If you live in the United States, you’ll have to watch Double or Nothing on WarnerMedia’s B/R Live. The show will cost $50. If you live in the UK, Double or Nothing will air on the ITV Box Office channel at 1 AM BST on Sunday, May 26. For everyone outside of the US, you can watch the PPV on Fite.tv, which aired All In last year, and it will cost $50 as well.
There is a pre-show which starts one hour prior, which you can watch on B/R Live or on AEW’s YouTube.The Casino Battle Royale and Kip Sabian vs. Sammy Guervara will air for free through those services.
Main Card Time:
4 PM PT
7 PM ET
12 AM BST (May 26)
9 AM AET (May 26)
While there are reportedly some surprises still coming in the final days before the show, you’ll find the match carded for Double or Nothing that has been booked thus far. All of these matches have been built up on the YouTube series Being the Elite and Road to Double or Nothing.
Sadly, Hangman Page vs. Pac will not be happening at Double or Nothing now. The two did have a match recently in England, which was featured on All Elite Wrestling’s YouTube channel. However, there are still plenty of great matches on the card, including Kenny Omega vs. Jericho for the #1 Contender spot for the AEW Championship, which has not been revealed yet. The winner of Omega vs. Jericho will face the winner of the Casino (Battle) Royale at a later date.
Below, you’ll find the full match card and everyone that’s been revealed for the Casino Battle Royale on AEW’s Double or Nothing PPV.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority held a vote today, where it approved a $48.6 million contract with the Boring Company, Elon Musk’s tunneling venture. The Boring Company’s underground “people mover,” the LVCC Loop, will consist of two tunnels for vehicles and three stations, as well as a pedestrian tunnel.
The project is expected to be complete in time to be used at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2021, LVCVA told me in March. Then, Musk got on Twitter and suggested the project could be running by the end of the year. The public contract suggests that tests will start by November 2020. Regardless of the completion date, two-thirds of the money in the contract won’t be paid until the project is complete.
It’s been a long wait for Fire Emblem fans since the newest entry in the series, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, was first announced in January 2017. Since then, the release date has been pushed back several times, but the game will finally release on Nintendo Switch July 26. It’ll be the first Fire Emblem main title on a home console since Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, which released on the Wii back in 2007.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses will introduce fans to the continent of Fódlan, which is comprised of three nations who are currently at peace. At Fódlan’s center is the Church of Seiros and the game’s main setting, the Officer’s Academy. Like previous Fire Emblem games, your customizable character will act as an advisor–only this time, you’re actually a professor at the Academy, and your warriors are also your students, who are divided into three houses based on their respective nation.
The game will feature the same style of turn-based combat with life-or-death stakes, only now you can create battalions of troops to support individual warriors in battle. When you’re not on the battlefield, you’ll be able to explore the Academy and form relationships with students, which will in turn influence how they perform in battle.
It’s likely we’ll get one more look at Fire Emblem: Three Houses during the Nintendo Direct scheduled to air at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST on June 11, the first day of E3. We’ll update this story as new info about Fire Emblem is revealed; meanwhile, you can also catch up on the other Nintendo Switch games confirmed for E3 2019.
Pre-order listings for Fire Emblem: Three Houses are up on many retailer sites, and there are two editions currently available. Here’s what you should know if you’re planning to purchase the game.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses pre-order bonuses
No pre-order bonuses have been announced for Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which is fairly common for Nintendo games. If any retailers announce bonuses later on, we’ll include that info here.
Pre-order Fire Emblem: Three Houses standard edition
If you only care about owning the game itself, pick up the standard edition, which is selling at the usual launch price of $60. Remember that if you pre-order on Amazon and the price drops between the day you order and release day, you’ll be charged the lowest price when the game ships.
Pre-order Fire Emblem: Three Houses Seasons of Warfare edition
Hardcore Fire Emblem fans may be interested in the Seasons of Warfare edition, which sells for $100. In addition to the game itself, the Seasons of Warfare edition comes with a sound selection CD, art book, steelbook case, and 2020 desk calendar.
Last time we checked, this edition was sold out at Amazon and Best Buy, but you can currently grab it at GameStop and Target. These types of special editions sell out quickly, so we suggest securing your copy now if you want it.
Earlier this month, I shadowed several restaurants throughout New York and talked to restaurant employees across the US to see how they’ve received Google Duplex, the AI that makes life-like calls for reservations on your behalf. Most agreed that the AI sounded unmistakably human — and according to Google’s response to reporting byThe New York Times, there’s a 25 percent chance that they were.
Google says that a quarter of Duplex calls start with human callers, and 15 percent start with the AI and are later intervened by a person from the Duplex call center. The company told TheNew York Times that it uses a variety of signals to decide whether a call should be placed by a human or a robot, “like if the company is unsure of whether the…
Tired of the hopeful sentimentality of the superhero movie genre, or just looking for something different, scarier, and much, much darker? Brightburn could be your ticket. As a movie that begins and ends with the question “What if Superman, but evil?” Brightburn isn’t a movie for the young or faint-hearted. It takes the concept to the extreme, following a young super-powered boy who gets more and more murderous as he discovers his incredible abilities.
But while “evil Superman” sounds like a great concept for a comic book supervillain, Brightburn director David Yarovesky told GameSpot that his titular protagonist/antagonist is not a supervillain, and certainly not an anti-hero–but simply an evil superhero. The distinction is somewhat fuzzy, but it’s crucial to the movie’s indentity.
“I’ve heard people talk about this as a supervillain story. I’ve heard people talk about this as an antihero story. I’ve heard people talk about it as a superhero story. It seems to be one of those things, you know, ‘Are you looking at a blue dress or a white dress?’ kind of a situation,” the director said. “I would say that it is an evil superhero movie–I like ‘evil superhero.'”
Calling Brandon Breyer, who comes to be known as Brightburn, a supervillain isn’t quite right. But it’s not completely incorrect, either, the director said, “because supervillain has a connotation to it–that he’s the counter to some other power. And it’s also, [a supervillain] feels like, not central–it feels like the B-plot, the supervillain story. You know? This is an evil superhero story.”
Brightburn is, indeed, the central figure of the movie, for better or worse. There’s no counterpoint or foil for Brandon, no scrappy hero to rise up and thwart his evil plans.
“It’s a challenging idea, because you have potentially the most powerful villain in a horror movie that I can wrap my mind around right now,” Yarovesky said. “He’s so powerful–how do you fight that? How do you survive an encounter? And so that was one of the challenges of the movie, was finding clever, creative ways to play cat-and-mouse with him, to build anticipation, to make it scary.”
Brightburn obviously straddles two genres: superhero and horror. “The fun of this movie was always where superhero and horror meet, like, the corner of that street,” Yarovesky said. “So finding ways to take any beat that felt horror and inject superhero into it, and at the same time, finding any moment that felt too just purely superhero, finding ways to tell it in a new way–tell it in a scary way.”
Ultimately that meant leaning more into the horror side of it. “I approached this movie like a horror movie,” he said. “I wanted people to be scared, you know? I wanted to tell a [superhero] origin story, but I wanted to tell it through the lens of horror. To me, it was a horror movie, and I had a clear intention of how I wanted you to feel in the movie.”
A Promise to Fans
Brightburn gets really intense with its gore, including gruesome close-up shots of a car crash victim, an injury involving an eyeball, and much more. Yarovesky said he wasn’t afraid to go there, because he believes he understands who this movie’s audience is.
“I felt like I made a promise to the audience,” he said. “I knew the trailer that we were going to be putting before people. I knew what we were telling people the movie was going to be: We’re telling the definitive superhero horror story. And what that means is, I’m going to show you what it looks like if someone starts using superpowers on us. And it’s horrifying. I felt like I absolutely had to give you the most f***ed up superhero movie you could possibly imagine.”
“I always kept my eye on the prize of, I know what this movie is. I know who my audience is, you know? I’m making this movie for people who think seeing a scary, evil superhero would be cool,” he continued. “16-year-old me, knowing that, would have gotten incredibly excited to hear that that movie was R-rated. And knowing that it was R-rated, it felt like a promise to the audience that we were going to go there. And so we went there.”
Yarovesky said the movie is meant to feel hopeless; it’s a response to the contemporary superhero movie landscape.
“I think that if you look at the sort of more family-friendly, altruistic superhero movies that we’ve all grown up with and that we all love–and that I will still continue to pay money for every time they come out and see every one of them again and again and again–but if you look at those movies, they are full of hope and joy and optimism,” he said. “The evil superhero in this movie is is the counter to that, and is the inverse of that. So I would be failing at my duties of making that evil superhero story if I filled you with hope and optimism.”
Brightburn was produced by MCU heavy hitter James Gunn, and written by Gunn’s brothers Brian and Mark. Yarovesky has also appeared in Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise as one of Yondu’s ravagers (he’s credited as “Goth Ravager,” which Yarovesky said is indeed his character’s official name). The Brightburn director is well aware that the movie is a weird fit for this moment in cinematic history.
“I mean, sure. In one part, it’s hard not to see this movie and think about Avengers and the scale of superheroes these days,” he said. “You know, we’ll all look back at this era in pop culture and see how superheroes infected all aspects of storytelling in so many ways. And this is certainly one of those ways. I grew up loving horror movies and watching horror movies, and I’d watch interviews with the people who created horror movies of the ’80s, and of the ’90s, and even of the ’70s. And so much of those stories were birthed out of that time period and what was happening then to inspire the things that scare them. And there’s no way to look at this movie and not see that it is absolutely inspired by the time, in so many different ways.”
In addition to current superhero movies, the director leveled some criticism at modern horror: “I think that sometimes the era of horror that we’re in right now can feel overly supernatural and soft and without consequence,” he said. “I wanted [Brightburn] to be scary and threatening. When you know he’s coming for you, he’s going to get you, and it’s going to be real bad.
A group of legal experts has delayed a controversial vote about contracts that affects any internet user who’s clicked “Agree” without really reading a platform’s terms of service.
It’s difficult to buy products, use apps, or even go online without accepting the terms of dauntingly long user agreements, which govern everything from how companies use your data to whether you can sue them. People almost universally ignore these contracts, which has created a conundrum for courts: when has a user meaningfully agreed to something, and when is a company taking advantage of their ignorance?
It’s almost June, and that means a wave of new content is coming to Netflix in the upcoming month. From movies that hit theaters earlier in the year to brand-new Netflix originals, there is plenty of content coming to the service next month.
The final season of any Netflix/Marvel joint venture hits the streaming service in the upcoming month. Season 3 of Jessica Jones is set to debut on Netflix sometime in June. However, no specific release date has been announced. There will be no more Marvel TV series on Netflix, as Marvel is moving its properties to the new streaming service, Disney+ later this year.
As usual, there are plenty of movies coming to the service in June, including Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, which arrive on June 1. And while Disney is pulling its content this fall, there are still a few things coming, like on June 15 when Ralph Breaks the Internet arrives.
But Netflix is also giving content the boot in June, so you have a limited amount of time to watch some movies. On June 1, Stargate, Doom, and the Kill Bill movies exit Netflix, so watch them before they leave. On June 5, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 leaves, so it’ll be your last chance to check that one out as well.
Below, you’ll find the full list of everything coming and going from Netflix in June. For more on streaming services, check out the June releases list for Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.
Coming To Netflix In June
Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Trinkets — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Arthdal Chronicles — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Oh, Ramona! — NETFLIX FILM
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Dynasty: Season 2
Good Night, and Good Luck
Life in the Doghouse
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World Of Ben Ferencz
Satan & Adam
The Dark Knight
The Phantom of the Opera
The Space Between Us
What a Girl Wants
Documentary Now!: Season 3
Malibu Rescue: The Series — NETFLIX FAMILY
Miranda Sings Live…Your Welcome — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A Silent Voice
Black Mirror: Season 5 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
Alles ist gut — NETFLIX FILM
Todos lo saben
3%: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Black Godfather — NETFLIX FILM
The Chef Show — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Designated Survivor: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Elisa & Marcela — NETFLIX FILM
I Am Mother — NETFLIX FILM
Pachamama — NETFLIX FAMILY
Rock My Heart — NETFLIX FILM
Super Monsters Monster Pets — NETFLIX FAMILY
Tales of the City — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Berlin, I Love You
Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet
Jo Koy: Comin’ In Hot — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese — NETFLIX FILM
The 3rd Eye 2 — NETFLIX FILM
Jinn — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Kakegurui xx — NETFLIX ANIME
Aggretsuko: Season 2 — NETFLIX ANIME
The Alcàsser Murders — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Awake: The Million Dollar Game — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Charité at War — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Cinderella Pop — NETFLIX FILM
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce: Season 5
Leila — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Life Overtakes Me — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Marlon: Season 2
Murder Mystery — NETFLIX FILM
Unité 42 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Grey’s Anatomy: Season 15
The Missing: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Adam Devine: Best Time of Our Lives — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Beats — NETFLIX FILM
The Edge of Democracy — NETFLIX FILM
Le Chant du Loup — NETFLIX FILM
Ad Vitam — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Bolívar — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Casketeers: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Confession Tapes: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dark: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The End of Evangelion
EVANGELION: DEATH (TRUE)²
Girls Incarcerated: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
GO! Live Your Way: Season 2 — NETFLIX FAMILY
Jaoon Kahan Bata Ae Dil — NETFLIX FILM
La misma sangre — NETFLIX FILM
Mr. Iglesias — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Shooter: Season 3
Forest of Piano: Season 2 — NETFLIX ANIME
Mike Epps: Only One Mike — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Answer for Heaven — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
20th Century Women
7SEEDS — NETFLIX ANIME
Dope: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Exhibit A — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Instant Hotel: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Motown Magic: Season 2 — NETFLIX FAMILY
Paquita Salas: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Chosen One — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Scare Tactics: Seasons 4 & 5
Madam Secretary: Season 5
Leaving Netflix In June
An Extremely Goofy Movie
Cold in July
Disney’s 101 Dalmatians
Disney’s The Fox and the Hound 2
Disney’s The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story
Freddy vs. Jason
Friday the 13th
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves
I Am Legend
In the Army Now
Inspector Gadget 2
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
My Bloody Valentine
Playing It Cool
Pretty in Pink
The Bone Collector
The Constant Gardener
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Grand Designs: Australia: Season 4
I Own Australia’s Best Home: Season 1
I Own Britain’s Best Home: Season 1
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things