Walmart’s Vudu adds Family Play feature so viewers can skip sex, violence and substance abuse – gpgmail

Vudu, the streaming service owned by Walmart, announced a new feature today that will make it easier for viewers to avoid sex and violence in movies. Anyone who’s watched an R-rated movie on broadcast television or on an airplane is probably familiar with films that have been “edited for content,” but Vudu’s new Family Play […]

Loot boxes in games are gambling and should be banned for kids, say UK MPs – gpgmail

UK MPs have called for the government to regulate the games industry’s use of loot boxes under current gambling legislation — urging a blanket ban on the sale of loot boxes to players who are children. Kids should instead be able to earn in-game credits to unlock look boxes, MPs have suggested in a recommendation […]

How Kobalt is simplifying the killer complexities of the music industry – gpgmail

Backed by over $200 million in VC funding, Kobalt is changing the way the music industry does business and putting more money into musicians’ pockets in the process. In Part I of this series, I walked through the company’s founding story and its overall structure. There are two core theses that Kobalt bet on: 1) […]

Apple TV+ will cost $5.99 in Canada, £4.99 in the UK and INR 99 in India – gpgmail

At its big press event yesterday, Apple announced that its TV+ streaming service would cost $4.99 per month and a launch date on November 1. But it’s supposed to be available in more than 100 countries, so what does that pricing look like outside the United States? The Streamable has rounded up TV+ pricing in […]

Twenty and Mappen merge to help users hang out IRL – gpgmail

Today, social networks Twenty and Mappen are joining together in a merger under the Twenty brand. From the beginning, Twenty’s goal has been to get young people off of their phones and out in the real world with their friends. Twenty connects users with their friend groups and lets them browse fun experiences, from concerts […]

Drivetime nabs $11M from Makers Fund, Amazon and Google to build voice-based games for drivers – gpgmail

Fully autonomous cars may (or may not) be just around the corner, but in the meantime, a startup that’s building in-car apps to help human drivers pass the time when behind the wheel has raised a round of funding. Drivetime — which makes voice-based trivia quizzes, games and interactive stories that people can play while driving […]

Amazon’s ‘Carnival Row’ mixes fairies, politics and murder – gpgmail

“Carnival Row” offers an unlikely mix of genres, laying out a murder mystery in a world of fairies and other mythical creatures, while also delivering a healthy dose of allegorical politics. And as we explain in the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, the show (recently released on Amazon Prime Video) does take some […]

Hulu will adapt Margaret Atwood’s sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ – gpgmail

MGM and Hulu announced today that they will be adapting “The Testaments,” Margaret Atwood’s sequel to her novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The series has been key in establishing Hulu’s reputation as a home for original content. It was the first streaming original to win an Emmy for Best Drama, and was recently renewed for a […]

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is coming to Disrupt SF 2019 – gpgmail

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is perhaps best known for his acting across films like 10 Things I Hate About You, 500 Days of Summer, and Snowden. But times weren’t always peachy for Gordon-Levitt as a creative. After leaving the movie business to go to college, he realized the limits of the industry on his potential as a […]

Netflix’s new ‘Dark Crystal’ is a visual delight, no nostalgia needed – gpgmail

“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” returns viewers to the world of Thra — a distant, magical planet ruled over by the sinister, long-lived Skeksis, who have lied their way into ownership of the titular crystal and dominance of the elf-like Gelflings. The series is a prequel to Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s 1982 film […]