Like Cars? Watch This Ford v Ferrari Trailer Right Now

Happy Monday and welcome to a new edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of all things pop culture. What's in store today? First things first: The official trailer for Ford v Ferrari—the story of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans in France—is out, and, frankly, it's a helluva good time. Also, another production might be pulling out of Georgia over the state's anti-abortion law. Oh, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters fell flat at the box office. Let's dig in. Watch This Ford v Ferrari Trailer Right Now Do you like things that go vroom? You're in luck. The first trailer for Ford v Ferrari is here to satiate your needs. The film stars Matt Damon as Carroll Shelby, …

Disney May Stop Filming in Georgia Over Abortion Ban

Greetings, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of entertainment and culture news. It's only been two days since our last installment, and man, a lot has gone down. For one, Disney could possibly stop setting up shop in Georgia if the state's anti-abortion law goes into effect. For another, Jessica Jones' third and final season is heading to Netflix in just a few short weeks. Finally, Tom King is working on the script for Ava DuVernay's The New Gods movie. Let's get to it. Disney May No Longer Film in Georgia Over Abortion Ban The list of Hollywood productions considering leaving Georgia over the state's new abortion ban continues to grow. Netflix voiced its intentions earlier …

2019 Needed a Hit as Bleak as Chernobyl

Animals are dying in droves across the globe. It's 123 degrees in India. US politics are a garbage fire. Diseases eradicated by science have been reanimated by ignorance. Technology meant to unite people has divided them instead. Adam Rogers The Chernobyl Disaster May Have Also Built a Paradise Emily Dreyfuss Game of Thrones Is the Last Great Show to Bring Us Together Peter Rubin Calculating the Ecological Impact of Game of Thrones' Dragons But, hey, at least we're not dealing with a nuclear meltdown! On Monday nights for the past 5 weeks, 6 million people cumulatively have tuned in to watch HBO's Chernobyl, which by some estimates is now the highest-rated show ever to air on television. (Though as we …

Aladdin Made $113 Million at the Box Office This Weekend

Hello, and welcome to a post-Memorial Day weekend edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop-culture news roundup. What's in store today? First up, Disney's Aladdin had a pretty big weekend at the box office. Also, Netflix picked up a couple of big movies at the Cannes Film Festival, and there might be another Alien prequel coming. Here we go! Aladdin Made $110 Million-Plus at the Box Office This Weekend Looks like the genie granted Disney's wish. The studio's live-action remake of Aladdin scored big at the box office over Memorial Day weekend, bringing in an estimated $112.7 million domestically. It’s the fifth biggest opening weekend for the holiday. (Disney also holds the No. 1 spot in that category for Pirates of …

John Wick Shot Down Avengers at the Box Office

Happy Post-Game of Thrones Finale Day and welcome to another installment of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of the latest in pop culture news. What's happening right now? First of all, the Avengers have finally abdicated their perch at the top of the box office charts. There’s also another movie based on Mortal Kombat coming and a new trailer for Westworld. Want more? Read on. John Wick Shoots Down Avengers It was bound to happen sometime, and this past weekend Avengers: Endgame was finally bested at the box office. Earth's Mightiest Heroes came in second after John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum, which made $57 million domestically. The Avengers, on the other hand, brought in $29.4 million in their fourth weekend in theaters. …

Avengers: Endgame Is Gunning for Avatar‘s Box Office Record

Hello, and welcome to another Monday edition of The Monitor, WIRED's entertainment news roundup. Today, much like last week, we're talking about Avengers: Endgame, which is still ruling the box office. What else? Spider-Man: Far From Home has a new trailer, and the British Royal Family has a new baby. Let's get going! Avengers: Endgame Might Break Avatar’s Box Office Record In less than two weeks, Avengers: Endgame has brought in more than $2 billion globally at the box office. That makes Marvel's latest the second-highest-grossing movie ever—behind Avatar. But here's the thing: It took James Cameron's film 47 days to cross that threshold, and it took the Avengers just 11. Will Endgame break Avatar's $2.8 billion record? Ask us …

Star Wars Fandom and the Immature Politics of Nostalgia

The warning is right there on the label: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. That's how Jedi say "once upon a time;" when Star Wars came out in 1977, those luminous blue words signified that audiences were about to see a bit of a throwback, hearkening to 1930s adventure serials, pulp fiction, Westerns, and samurai movies. It wasn't just style. The plot of that first Star Wars movie was turbid with nostalgia—Ben Kenobi had fought in something reverentially called the Clone Wars. The lightsaber was an elegant weapon from a more civilized age. All the tech was broken, beat up. Things in the galaxy used to be better. Nostalgia has animated the spirit of Star Wars …

Avengers: Endgame Broke Nearly Every Box-Office Record

Hello and congratulations on surviving the Battle of Winterfell! (Don't worry, we'll get to Game of Thrones soon enough.) This is, of course, the latest edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of all the biggest pop culture news. What's in store? Well, for one, Avengers: Endgame did even better at the box office than anyone expected—and people expected a lot. Also, Twitter got really excited about everything going down in Westeros last night. Let's get into it. Avengers: Endgame Just $1.2 Billion. Yes, Billion As expected, Marvel's latest movie broke nearly every box-office record imaginable this past weekend, bringing in some $350 in North America and $1.2 billion total worldwide. Avengers: Endgame, which was initially projected to make $850 million …

Last Night’s Game of Thrones Leaked Early Online

Good morning and welcome to a brand spankin' new edition of The Monitor, WIRED's collection of all things pop culture. Spring has sprung, dear reader, and we have a lot to share with you, including news about last night's Game of Thrones, Kanye West's appearance at Coachella, and this weekend's boring box office. Let's get going. Game of Thrones Leaked Online First, the most important question: Did you watch Game of Thrones last night? Lots of folks did, but a few got to see it—or at least got to see spoilers about it—before anybody else. The eighth season's second episode—"A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," aka "Episode 69"—leaked online early via Amazon Prime in Germany. News about the leak hit …

Beyonc’s New Film Homecoming Is Headed to Netflix

Happy Monday, once again, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup off the biggest pop culture news. What's shakin'? Well, for one, Beyoncé made a film for Netflix. Also, there’s another Walking Dead spinoff on the way, and the Cowboy Bebop series is staffing up. Giddyup! Beyoncé Is Coming to Netflix Over the weekend, via a very cryptic tweet, Netflix announced that Beyoncé's now-iconic Coachella performance would be coming to the streaming service on April 17. The tweet didn't include any footage or any further details, but a trailer that dropped today promises the special, called Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé, will be "interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her …

Black Panther‘s Shuri Is Getting a Show. Sorta

Hello, and welcome once again to The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of all things pop culture. What's happening this Monday? Well, Dumbo had a kinda OK weekend at the box office. Also, Marvel has some new animated offerings on the way, and there's another weird comedy coming from Netflix. It's April Fool's Day, but none of these stories are jokes. Promise. Shuri Gets a Show—Sorta Over the weekend at the fan convention WonderCon, Marvel announced a handful of new chapters in its Marvel Rising animated series. Among them: Marvel Rising: Operation Shuri. The 22-minute special, which will stream on Marvel HQ, features the Princess of Wakanda learning how to be an average teenager from some of the Secret Warriors (Ms. Marvel, …

What Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Show Should Say About Hollywood

There is a moment midway through the first reason of FX's Pose that, more than any before or after it, sums up the show's purpose in the pop landscape. It's the late 1980s and New Jersey everyman Stan Bowes (Evan Peters) is sitting on the couch with his transgender girlfriend, Angel (Indya Moore), and asking her, earnestly, to take him to the balls she's always talking about: The events where she and her LGBTQ family, mostly people of color, strut in evening competitions to determine who can bring the most realness. "I mean, you know what my life is like," Stan says. "It's boring; it's stupid. Every movie, TV show, and magazine shows you what my life is like. The …

Dark Phoenix Trailer Here to Remind You X-Men Still a Thing

Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's look at all that's happening in the world of pop culture. Have you gotten over your Oscars hangover yet? Good, because we've got a new Dark Phoenix trailer, some sad news about The Suicide Squad, and Mahershala Ali's new sci-fi project all on deck. Step up. Here's the New Dark Phoenix Trailer Never ones to be outdone by one lone super-person, the X-Men crashed Captain Marvel's party last night to remind everyone, "Hey, we still exist! And our next movie has a female hero and a female villain!" Seriously, that's pretty much what Jessica Chastain said when she went on The Tonight Show to debut the new Dark Phoenix trailer. …