The response from American audiences in regards to Death Note have been mixed to say the least, but what does Japan think? Perhaps not surprisingly, they're bigger fans of their version of the series, but their reason is one that I haven't heard much on the American side.
By and large, a majority of the Japanese don't like that the mental war between L and Light has been removed in lieu of gory action scenes in which people are killed. I tend to agree with that analysis as I thought the best part of the anime was the mental war the two engaged in!
Check out the opinions below and share your thoughts regarding the film as well.
If you've missed Craig Ferguson since he's left late night television, this video will make you miss him about 100x more. Ferguson brings on Larry David to talk about his new film (at the time, this is an old interview), and the two proceed to talk about farts, poops, and penises for around 6 minutes before they even begin to mention the film! It's absolutely hilarious and makes me wish I watched more of his show when it was still on. Check it out below!
Dota 2 will award $17 million in prize pool money over the next 8 months, once again solidifying its role as one of the top games in eSports. For those curious, that money breaks down over 11 majors and 16 minors in 9 announced countries thus far.
As of now, China has a lion's share of most of the hosting events, although they only have one major so far out of the 4 events they are hosting throughout 2017-2018. The United States has one minor to its name as of writing, and 7 of the majors still have yet to announce a location.
In any case, if you're someone looking to emerge as a wealthy champion in eSports, Dota 2 is the way to go.
Looks like Dragon Ball Fighter Z will get a new original character created for the universe by creator Akira Toriyama himself. No pictures of the character have been revealed yet, but her name is Android 21 and she's described as a "busty scientist with bushy hair."
It's possible this new character will play a part in the "What If" mode, which is heavily centered around Android 16, but that's about all we know at the moment. Should a scan or trailer be released for this character we'll be sure to keep you in the loop!
Remember Tay A.I.? If you don't, it was that short lived experiment that Microsoft had where they put an A.I. online in the form of a teen girl and expected it to learn from the internet. Within hours, Tay was spewing Nazi propaganda and making Bill Cosby jokes and was instantly pulled from the web.
As you'll learn in this hilarious video below, there's actually more to the story beyond Tay, and it's far more interesting than you would initially think. Check it out below, and remember just how far A.I. has to go before it becomes a useful thing.
It's not often I stumble upon something truly incredible in my YouTube dives, but when I do, it's nothing short of a masterpiece. Today, I give you TheSnakeCharmer, who is an incredible bagpipe player! Those of you who may find the sounds of bagpipes grating on the ears will surely enjoy her version of The Godfather, which is mixed with a bizarre but classy video you just gotta see.
Conversely here's a pretty bad ass cover of the Wonder Woman theme you might enjoy more if the first video didn't do it for you.
The PC crowd has been patiently waiting for the private beta of Call of Duty: WW2 to land on the platform, and now we finally have a date. September 29 through October 2nd, the doors will open in what Sledgehammer Games is saying will be a "stress test" for the game.
Sledgehammer also posted the minimum specs required for the beta, which may or may not represent what is required for the final game:
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit or later
CPU: Intel Core i3 3225 or equivalent
RAM: 8 GB RAM
HDD: 25 GB HD space
Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 @ 2 GB / AMD Radeon HD 7850 @ 2GB or better
DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
Any PC players been waiting to try this one out, or are you over the Call Of Duty franchise?
In addition to saying he has one of the top animation shows on television, Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland can now also say he has a song on the Billboard Rock Charts. "Terryfold," which was heard in the background and at the end of a recent episode in the closing credits, is now currently charted at #33 on Billboard's "Hot Rock Songs" (via Uproxx).
Listen to the song below and grab some foldy folds this weekend.
A recent interview has revealed that writer Roald Dahl had originally written Charlie Bucket, the protagonist of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, as a young black boy. Jezebel writes that Dahl was convinced to make Charlie white after a conversation with his agent...
“I can tell you that it was his agent who thought it was a bad idea, when the book was first published, to have a black hero. She said people would ask: ‘Why?’”
Some reading this might know that the original version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory featured the Oompa Loompas as black pygmies from Africa, which was ultimately retconned and replaced with the fictitious characters we see today in a second edition of the story. Dahl would later say he meant nothing offensive with his decision, which is why he changed the characters.
Still, it's interesting to wonder what would've happened had Dahl ignored his agent and released the book the way he wanted to. Would the book be as big of a hit as it is still today? Would Dahl have written Charlie the same way, or would he perhaps make another misstep and present a less than savory representation of a young black child to the world? I guess we'll never know.
Quentin Tarantino recently spoke Nerdist about how he would do a Star Trek film, and I'll be damned if he didn't diagnose one of the major problems I've had with the franchise. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the Star Trek films, but at the end of the day I always find myself enjoying the television stories far more than I would enjoy any of the films.
Tarantino points out why that may be in his talking about how every adventure has to be an "ensemble" adventure (via Comicbook):
"They might have trapped themselves a little bit by the simple fact they have to use all the crew now. In all the films they’ve established it so much, that you need Uhura, you need a Scotty, you need Bones, you need all that stuff going on all the time — everybody has to be represented in some big story where they all have to deal. Where I actually think it could be cool — 'cause some of those episodes are fantastic, and the only thing that limited them was their sixties budget and eight days shooting schedule, and even having said that they did a magnificent job — but you could take some of the great, classic Star Trek episodes and just easily expand them to 90 minutes or more and really do some really amazing, amazing stuff.”
Tarantino then went on to talk about "The City on the Edge of Forever" which features Kirk and Spock time traveling after Bones disrupts history. Tarantino's point (which kind of gets lost in his rant above) is that some of the franchises best stories involve an individual or small group of the crew rather than trying to work in the entire staff into the adventure.
Another thing Tarantino mentioned was time travel. Specifically, the episode of Star Trek: TNG "Yesterday's Enterprise" where an Enterprise from the past appears and screws up the timeline:
"I actually think that is not only one of the great space stories, but the way it dealt with the mythology of the whole thing — that actually could bare a two-hour treatment."
So what have we learned? If Quentin Tarantino did a Star Trek film (which would likely never happen) it would have time travel and a character-driven story. Sounds like a good idea to me, although guys like Karl Urban (who became quite angry when their role was reduced) may not like the call. What do you think about Tarantino's suggestion?