In this episode:
- Over 150 new emojis will be landing on smartphones everywhere by the end of 2018 and the gingers of the world couldn’t be more happy,
- ESPN’s new streaming service is a big fat disappointment,
- And we review “The Cloverfield Paradox,” a prequel AND sequel in the Cloverfield movie franchise.
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Haters in the building
Justin Timberlake’s anti-spectacular Super Bowl. The pop star’s underachievement came off all the weaker with a tribute to the perfectionist Prince. — The Atlantic
157 new emojis are coming this year
Over 150 new emojis will be available in the second half of 2018, bringing the total number to more than 2,800. The new batch includes knitting, skateboarding and peacock emojis. Some social media users are celebrating the inclusion of emojis with red hair. ” — INDEPENDENT
The Emoji Movie (Netflix)
Directed by: Tony Leondis
Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji. — IMDb
The Cloverfield Paradox (Netflix)
Created by: Julius Onah
Orbiting a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis, and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality. — IMDb
The Latest in Streaming
Disney says it won’t need to spend like Netflix because it has Star Wars and Marvel
Deadline reported some new details about Disney’s forthcoming streaming service, which it apparently now plans to launch in fall of 2019. The platform will launch in the US and then gradually expand overseas, and will include no R-rated content, which will instead be pushed to Hulu. The report also indicates that the various Netflix-Marvel series, including “Daredevil,” “The Punisher” and “The Defenders,” will remain in place. In the first year, Disney plans to launch 5 original films and 5 original series, potentially including multiple projects set in the “Star Wars” universe. Other film projects in development include an adaptation of “Don Quixote” and a remake of the Disney animated classic “Lady and the Tramp.” – DEADLINE
ESPN Streaming Service to cost $4.99…but wait…you don’t get any of the good stuff
ESPN Plus will cost $4.99 per month, and be available “this spring”. The offering will be built into ESPN’s main mobile app which will be redesigned to have three main sections – scores and news, live streaming via cable authentication, and ESPN Plus. Notably, this confirms that ESPN Plus will not provide live access to ESPN’s main channels like ESPN and ESPN2 – you’ll still need a cable subscription to authenticate and watch. — TechCrunch
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