YouTubers take on zombies in new ‘Fight of the Living Dead’ series

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Editor's note: This is part of a series featuring each new original show or movie debuting on YouTube Red. The subscription streaming service's first slate of originals launched in February. LOS ANGELES — Ten YouTubers, three days and one big zombie apocalypse. That's the premise behind YouTube Red's new series Fight of the Living Dead, which debuted Thursday. The show takes YouTube creators and traps them in an abandoned Los Angeles hospital, where they have to use their instincts and gaming skills to battle zombies.  The eight-episode show, Season 1 of which launched on YouTube proper (not on Red), is an Alpine Labs production, made in association with Revolver Picture Company and featured on BlackBoxTV . Read more... More about Streaming Services , Fight Of The Living Dead , Youtube Red , Online Video , and Entertainment Read more »

Amy Adams ain’t afraid of no aliens in ‘Arrival’ full trailer

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Paramount has released the first full trailer for Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi movie Arrival , and it's a "proper introduction," to quote a line from the clip. Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker star in the film, which hails from the gifted director of Sicario and Prisoners. When a mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team — lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Adams) — is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers. To find them, she'll take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. Read more... More about Denis Villeneuve , Paramount , Arrival , Amy Adams , and Jeremy Renner Read more »

Persistent dog just won’t let its owner plank in peace

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Say it with us now: planking is boring. Playing is better. Katerina Jansen is having a little trouble completing her daily plank challenge. Not because of her planking prowess; she's got that in spades. It's just that her beloved collie Lava will stop at nothing to interrupt the horizontal routine. Luckily, Lava is serving up the most adorable interruptions we've ever seen. We're talking top-notch dog cuddles, y'all Read more »

YouTube Kids rolls out an ad-free option

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 YouTube Kids, the child-friendly version of YouTube’s service that launched last year and faced criticism for the way it handled advertisements, has today launched a version of the service that will offer parents the option to pay for an ad-free experience. Now, YouTube Kids will be bundled into the YouTube Red subscription program, a paid membership that offers a variety of… Read More Read more »

SurveyMonkey study finds social media apps ruled mobile in first half of 2016

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 A new study from SurveyMonkey Intelligence revealed the 30 most-downloaded and most-used apps in the American iOS and Android app stores so far this year. Social media apps like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram ruled over mobile games in the first six months of 2016. Because Pokémon Go was released in the U.S. on July 6, that wildly popular new title didn’t even show in the… Read More Read more »

Margot Robbie was also hella creeped out by that Vanity Fair interview

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Jewel in Australia's famous export crown Margot Robbie has finally commented on that creepy/horny piece written about her in the latest issue of Vanity Fair .  The actress appeared on The Project last night and didn't hold back on calling the interview and subsequent piece "really weird." Which it really was . As she puts it, “I remember thinking, ‘That was a really odd interview, I don’t know how that’s going to come out.'" SEE ALSO: 5 of the weirdest things written about Australia in Vanity Fair's Margot Robbie profile Need a reminder? Here's the opening paragraph: "America is so far gone, we have to go to Australia to find a girl next door ... She is 26 and beautiful, not in that otherworldly, catwalk way but in a minor knock-around key, a blue mood, a slow dance. She is blonde but dark at the roots. She is tall but only with the help of certain shoes. She can be sexy and composed even while naked but only in character."  Read more.. Read more »

Former Trump supporter Mark Cuban now says the candidate can ‘wash his balls’

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Mark Cuban has a lot to say about Donald Trump — and he'd like to say it publicly on national TV. During Stephen Colbert's Late Show last night, the billionaire, who once described Trump as the " best thing for America ," rapidly changed course.  "There's that guy who'll walk into the bar and say anything to get laid," Cuban said . "That's Donald Trump right now to a T. But it's all of us who are going to get fucked." Cuban then proceeded to question the candidate's net value, arguing that "the only way" he was "worth $10 billion, is if I paid you nine-and-a-half billion to wash . . . my . . . balls." Read more... Read more »

Warner Bros. busted for paying YouTubers for positive game reviews

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LOS ANGELES —  The Federal Trade Commission called out Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Monday for paying YouTube creators to endorse the publisher's game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.   In a settlement , the FTC said the entertainment company failed to adequately disclose it paid influencers "hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars" to create sponsored videos that only promote the game in a positive way.  The complaint alleges that Warner Bros. used its advertising agency Plaid Social Labs to hire these influencers, give them a free advance-release version of the game and have them post about it on YouTube and social media platforms.  Read more... More about Lawsuit , Us Federal Trade Commission , Ftc , Pewdiepie , and Shadow Of Mordor Read more »

Celebs, fans flock to largest BeautyCon L.A. ever

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LOS ANGELES — "You don't need lipstick, lipstick needs you." That's the motto — and philosophy — behind BeautyCon , an annual event where fans, creators, stars and brands gather to celebrate common interests: beauty, fashion, style, and staying true to yourself. In its fourth year, BeautyCon Los Angeles had its biggest turnout to date, with over 15,000 attendees, almost double the roughly 8,000 attendees in 2015. Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the day-long festival featured beauty panels, makeup tutorials, music, meet-ups with digital influencers and activations with tons of cosmetic and lifestyle brands. Read more... More about Brands , Beautycon , Fashion , Make Up , and Beauty Read more »

Floppy drives make beautiful beeping music in a galaxy far, far away

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Nowadays, tech moves so quickly that your current hardware can become obsolete rather quickly. And floppy drives died out even before we got anywhere close to the modern pace.  But YouTube user  Paweł Zadrożniak  has continued the tradition of keeping them alive through music in a grandiose way. Using 64 floppy drives, eight hard disks and some other hardware from the 20th century, he invented a symphony machine which he's named "The Floppotron." This first run of the Floppotron plays the Star Wars opening crawl and the Imperial March, but  Zadrożniak has also posted videos of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and the Hawaii Five-0 theme . Read more... More about Star Wars , Videos , Video , Viral Videos , and Watercooler Read more »