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Drew Barrymore says 'Bridgerton' inspired her to continue using dating apps

FOX News

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Drew Barrymore is among the legion of fans who have been wrapped up in Netflix's latest hit, "Bridgerton." The "50 First Dates" and "Ever After" star invited Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page on to her talk show to discuss the period drama. During their appearance on Friday, Barrymore revealed that the show's steamier scenes inspired the 45-year-old to try her hand once again at dating apps.


Why Horror Films Are More Popular Than Ever - Issue 95: Escape

Nautilus

Horror films were wildly popular on streaming platforms over the past year, and 2020 saw the horror genre take home its largest share of the box office in modern history.1 In a year where the world was stricken by real horrors, why were many people escaping to worlds full of fictional horrors? As odd as it may sound, the fact that people were more anxious in 2020 may be one reason why horror films were so popular. A look at typical horror fans may provide some clues about the nature of this peculiar phenomenon. For example, horror fans often mention their own anxiety and how horror helps them deal with it.


Archive review – anyone for a posthuman wife? She comes with an off switch

The Guardian

British illustrator and visual-effects director Gavin Rothery makes his feature debut with this artificial intelligence thriller: a tale of love, death and robotics that has some nicely creepy moments. Set in 2038, it centres on lonely computer scientist George Almore (Divergent's Theo James), who is holed up in a remote research facility in Japan secretly working on an android version of his wife Jules (Stacy Martin); she has died in a car crash. His prototype, J3 (also played by Martin), is his closest yet to the real thing: a highly advanced humanoid with spookily pale skin who looks like she might be the ghost of his dead wife. Poor old J1 and J2, his earlier, clunkier prototypes: they look on bitterly as the newer, sleeker model gets all George's attention. The movie opens with sweeping helicopter shots over a snowy forest.


Humanity Is in Danger of Becoming Obsolete in LX 2048

WIRED

A fatally ill man tries to secure the future of his family in a near-future world where the toxicity of the sun forces people to stay inside during the daytime in LX 2048, starring James D'Arcy (Agent Carter, Homeland). It's a flawed yet thought-provoking, surreal science-fiction film, chock-full of big ideas on our relationship to technology and what it means to be human, all beautifully anchored by D'Arcy's fantastic performance. This story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews, and more. Ars is owned by WIRED's parent company, Condé Nast. D'Arcy plays Adam Bird, a married father of three on the brink of divorce from his wife, Reena (Anna Brewster). The year is 2048, and people are largely living indoors during the day because the sunlight is powerful enough to scald human skin instantly.


Netflix has a totally silly recommendations hotline you can call today

Mashable

As far as blatant advertisements go, this one is pretty good. On New Year's Day, Netflix invited subscribers from far and wide to kick off 2021 by calling into a recommendations hotline -- supposedly staffed by celebrity operators ready to assist you with your binge. Netflix announced the service (one we've been providing for years, thank you very much) with a musical number posted to Twitter that reimagines "Auld Lang Syne" as a listings anthem. You can reach the hotline at 1-866-NYD-2021 to go through the experience yourself, or comment on this Twitter thread to request a personalized recommendation. If you just want to know what happens when you call, then read on.


Fly Over the Moon With Microsoft And Python

#artificialintelligence

Although targeted at kids, this extension to Microsoft's learning paths teaching Python programming inspired by NASA scientists, is recommended for anyone who wants a novel way into coding and machine learning. Last summer Microsoft Learn and NASA partnered up to teach Python programming applied to Space exploration. Now they've added three new modules this time inspired by the Netflix's animation film "Over the Moon". The protagonist of the film is a young girl, Fei Fei, who wants to build a rocket to fly over the Moon in order to prove that the legendary Moon Goddess exists.Where the film meets science is when Fei Fei faces the same issues that NASA's engineers face when planning missions to Space. As such the learning path involves calculating the weight of Moon rocks that can be carried by an Apollo Space shuttle, predict when the Goddess is going to cause meteor showers, and finally employ machine learning to enable the Lunar rover to identify Bungee, the rabbit character of the film, while on the moon.


This Google TV Chromecast bundle comes with 6 months of Netflix

Mashable

Get a Google Chromecast with Google TV, six months of Netflix, and $60 off your first three months of YouTube TV for only $89.99 as of Dec. 22. If we learned anything from 2020, it's that we all watched *a lot* of TV and movies this year. If you have a loved one who needs a streaming upgrade, this Google Chromecast bundle just might be the perfect gift. Although it might not arrive in time for Christmas depending on your location, Google is also offering free two-day shipping through Dec. 24 with code HOLIDAY2DAY, so your gift IOU won't have to last for too long. With six months of the standard, two-screen Netflix plan (an $83.94 value on its own), this bundle is perfect for new Netflix subscribers and old ones alike, since it can be applied to an existing membership.


Star Wars gifts: This is the way

ZDNet

If you're talking about robotics and kids, the very best place to start is Lego. Lego has long been an innovator not only in the maker space but in robotics as well. In this guide, we kick off our exploration of goodies for geeky girls and boys with a Star Wars-themed robotics kit. Kids can use more than a thousand components to build R2-D2, a Gonk droid, and a Mouse droid. One thing you may not know is that LEGO has a huge presence in the robotics teaching world.


This Was Supposed to Be the Year of the Female Movie Hero

WIRED

The first rumblings came when Diana Prince's metallic boots crossed No Man's Land in 2017's Wonder Woman. The movement gathered steam when Carol Danvers fell through the roof of that Blockbuster two years later. Female-led superhero movies were finally here--and they were about to be huge. Among the many other trends that never really caught on in 2020, the Year of the Female Superhero never quite came to pass. On a different timeline, this year would have begun with Birds of Prey and ended with Angelina Jolie and team of immortal heroes saving the world in Eternals.


'The Mandalorian' finale featured a guest appearance from the GOAT

Mashable

If you just watched The Mandalorian Chapter 16 (and if you haven't, why are you here?), And now, let's scream together. The Mandalorian's Season 2 finale, "The Rescue" would have taken a much darker turn and required an entirely different name if it weren't for the eleventh-hour arrival of the galaxy's most powerful Jedi. When Din and his allies are about to face an entire platoon of Dark Troopers (after we watched just ONE of them beat the hell out of him), they suddenly stop upon the arrival of a mysterious X-wing. A sole, hooded figure disembarks and proceeds to demolish trooper after trooper with a green lightsaber -- and a gloved robot hand.