‘We’re in the Business of Programming People’s Lives’

Josh Harris may have been the first internet millionaire in New York. As founder of Jupiter Communications and New York’s first online media portal, Pseudo.com, he rode the web 1.0 dotcom boom to a fortune of $85 million. But as the 1990s ramped up, his view of what the internet would do to us darkened, and he spent his fortune on a series of lurid social experiments aiming to demonstrate what he saw. The biggest was an ambitious millennial happening called Quiet, which Andrew Smith writes about in his new book, Totally Wired. 1999 … Where to start? Seventy-one IPOs in July alone, hundreds over the year. A veteran Silicon Valley investor describes meeting a young entrepreneur who was trying …

Lori Loughlin Free After Posting $1 Million Bond In College Admissions Scam

 a $1 million bond after appearing in federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday in relation to her alleged an elite college admission scheme Like her fashion designer husband, TMZ. The actress was allowed to retain her passport for her work on a film project in British Columbia, Loughlin and her husband are among allegedly paid up to $6 million in bribes to ensure that their children were accepted to schools such as Yale and Georgetown. The couple face charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to agreed to pay $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters recruited to be part of the University of Southern California crew team ― even though neither teen actually rowed. …

‘Laughter is the great unifier’ behind the incredible life of Molly Ivins

Raise Hell, a new documentary about the great Texas columnist, sends an urgent message from the Bush years to a nation under Trump with sharp humour After Pat Buchanan delivered died of cancer in 2007, at the age of 62. Now, she is the subject of a documentary, too hard-charging for the New York Times, a champion of the people in Shrub. Director Janice Engel does not mention Bushs successor-but-one. But she does include shots of liberal dissent of today: the March for our Lives. This, she says, is because she did not want he who shall not be named anywhere near my film. But I wanted specifically to show Mollys amazing prescience. The things she wrote, 15, 20, 30 …

Favorite TV moms embroiled in alleged college admissions scandal

(CNN)Two top actresses who rose to fame playing popular TV moms now find themselves at the center of an alleged college admissions scam that reads like a Hollywood plot. Mossimo Giannulli, Loughlin’s husband of 20 years and the founder of American clothing company Mossimo, is also named in the indictment. The two are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Giannulli allegedly paid bribes up to $500,000 in exchange for their two daughters to be designated as recruits to the USC crew team, though they did not participate in crew, according to court filings obtained by CNN. Related: Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin among dozens charged in alleged college cheating scam Giannulli and Loughlin were …

Pete Buttigieg to Fox: ‘Ideological spectrum has never been less relevant’

If successful, Democrat would become the first openly gay president and the youngest president in history Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is succeeded as mayor of South Bend, where he has been in office since 2012, by governing in accordance with progressive values but earning support from Republicans and independents through not trying to manage exactly where I was on the left-right spectrum but by trying to do the right thing. I view myself as a progressive but these labels are becoming less and less useful, he said. The US navy veteran said he porn star presidency with Donald Trump, with whom the adult film star Stormy Daniels claims to have had a sexual liaison. Since …

Cantina Talk: Here’s What One Dude Has Seen of Episode IX

You're not alone if you're thinking that the Star Wars franchise is seeming just a little bit … more compressed lately. The animated series Star Wars Resistance just brought its first season to an end by stepping into the shadow (and runtime) of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and in doing so left only the comics and books to remind fans there's a universe beyond the movies. Or, well, that's the case until Lucasfilm reveals more about the Disney+ shows. For now, though, let's get lost in what's going on in the run up to the next big Star Wars flick. A Least One Person Has Seen (Some of) Episode IX The Source: One lucky Disney shareholder Probability of Accuracy: …

James Gunn Is Back To Directing ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 3’

James Gunn was In July, Disney, which owns Marvel Studios, cut ties with Gunn after But  RELATED… How Pizzagate Pusher Mike Cernovich Keeps Getting People Fired According to Fleming’s report, Horn actually decided to rehire Gunn “months ago,” and Marvel “never met with or considered any other director” for the third “Guardians” installment. My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time. strongly expressing …

‘I’m not a gay writer, I’m a monster’: did James Purdy foresee Trump’s America?

At first he was feted. But then his novel about a handsome, Yale-educated serial rapist made him an outcast. Ten years after his death, has the scabrous authors time finally come? On 6 August 2015, the American author and playwright Cabot Wright Begins. A scabrous satire about three of New Yorks sacred cows publishing, politics and psychiatry the novel concerns the battle for the biographical rights of the titular Wright, a handsome, Yale-educated stockbroker and serial rapist. New York Times book critic Orville Prescott called it the sick outpouring of a confused, adolescent, distraught mind. A counter-attack from Susan Sontag hailed it as a bravura work of satire, but the damage was done. If my life up to then had …

‘Saturday Night Live’ accused of plagiarizing two raunchy sketches

CATHOLIC CHURCH DEMANDS APOLOGY FOR PETE DAVIDSON JOKES FROM ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ “Imagine, one day you come home and it looks like somebody’s robbed your house,” Hoffman told Variety. “What do you want from that situation? We feel like somebody took our stuff, and this isn’t the kind of thing where you can just get it back or call your insurance company to have it replaced, so at this point we’re just speaking out about it.” An NBC spokesperson declined to comment. A “Saturday Night Live” source noted that “The Pumpkin Patch” and the other “SNL” sketch in question, “Pound Puppy,” were penned by different writers, but did not identify who wrote either sketch. DONALD TRUMP SLAMS ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ ON …

Washington is awash with speculation about Robert Mueller report timing

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. This NYT story about DC holding its breath is on the front page of Wednesday’s newspaper. Nicholas Fandos and Noah Weiland write: “It may or may not be the report of the century, it may or may not be ready soon, and it may be only a few pages long. But it is unquestionably one of the capital’s most anticipated documents since the Starr Report.” So is this the week? I wish I knew. But The Times is right about the rumors and guessing games. And even if Mueller doesn’t deliver anything, his probe is still making …

‘I wish I had her cheeks’: Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges on their family affair

Shes Hollywood royalty hes a rapidly rising star. In Ben Is Back, they play mother and drug-addicted son and here talk Pretty Woman, Meghan Markle and sexual fluidity Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges are just pretending to play a mother and her drug-addicted son in the drama Ben Is Back, arent they? The pair arrive at a bungalow in Santa Monica in clashing outfits, him in a blue-grey sweater and battered sneakers that used to belong to Shia LaBeouf, her in all black with a punky safety-pin necklace and rhinestone-studded boots. Those are also Shias shoes, Hedges jokes. But they share an absurdist sense of humour, and a penchant for communicating with each other in growls. Their acting careers, too, …

Marvel’s Shang-Chi Movie Just Got a Director

Welcome, once again, to The Monitor, WIRED's column devoted to the pop culture world. What's been happening this week? Well, aside from Captain Marvel's continued dominance, we've got an Oscar-winning documentary landing on Hulu and some good news for Marvel's first Asian American-led movie. Strap in, it’s gonna be a bumpy (but fun!) ride. Marvel's Shang-Chi Movie Has a Director All the hype right now might be about Marvel's first female-lead movie Captain Marvel, but that doesn't mean that's the only comic-book movie news worth talking about. In fact, word has just emerged that the studio has hired Destin Daniel Cretton to direct Shang-Chi, Marvel’s first superhero movie with an Asian lead. If you don’t immediately recognize the name, Cretton …

‘Momentum’: How punk rock movie changed surfing for ever

(CNN)His upstart surf movie and its punk rock soundtrack crashed through the sport like a barrelling wave and changed the game forever. For the surfers, appearing on Steele’s camera was a rite of passage, a reputational boost arguably greater than professional competition results. It also heralded the arrival of Kelly Slater, perhaps surfing’s most famous name. “Being in the film pushed you,” says the Florida-born Slater, who won an unprecedented 11 world titles, starting the same year “Momentum” was released. “I think the whole filming process definitely made me a better surfer. “In some ways it was more important than the contests that we were doing. It was like a real badge of honour to be in the film.” READ: …

DNA Crime-Solving Is Still New, Yet It May Have Gone Too Far

DNA is one of the most powerful substances in the universe. In the same structure it can encode the instructions to make uranium-munching microbes, giant flying lizards, or a stand of quaking aspens five miles wide. It can store every movie ever made in a single test tube. And it can stick around for tens of thousands of years. Just this week, Japanese scientists revealed they’d awakened some ancient wooly mammoth DNA by sticking it into mice embryos. What is dead may never die, indeed. It’s DNA’s ability to resurrect more recent history, though, that delivers the biggest emotional punch. In the last week alone, investigators in two separate cold cases from the 1970s and ’80s revealed how DNA helped …

30 Of The Best Responses To #Trashtag Challenge (New Pics)

Since our previous post a few days ago, the challenge has spread even further and gone truly global. Perhaps this is how we eventually manage to do something about climate change before it’s too late? It turns out that we can foster a community spirit, get off our butts and make positive change for our environment, we just need to be challenged to post pics of it on social media. Problem solved! #2 Our kids from the Karavia Children Village rocked the #trashtagchallenge yesterday! What a great action and exemple for the neighborhood While it may seem new, the viral trend was originally started as the ‘Trashtag Project’ back in 2015 by UCO, a company that makes outdoor gear. The initial goal …