John Wick‘s Writer Is Heading to Marvel’s Falcon & Winter Soldier

Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop-culture news roundup. Today's a busy one: In addition to Marvel's forthcoming Falcon & Winter Soldier series getting John Wick's writer, we also have a funny item about the Momo Challenge meme (yes, really), and news about the Suicide Squad sequel. Let's jump right in. John Wick's Writer Is Heading to Marvel's Falcon & Winter Soldier Derek Kolstad, the writer who gave fans the world of John Wick, has a new gig: working for Marvel. Kolstad, according to the Wrap, is joining the writing team for the studio's upcoming limited series Falcon & Winter Soldier. The show will star Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan as Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, …

Donovan ‘didn’t think twice’ about Joseph return

The 51-year-old said he had no reservations about playing a supporting role in a show he previously starred in. Image copyright Johan Persson Image caption Yarrow follows in the foosteps of Donovan, Lee Mead and This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield This character is played by Sheridan Smith, who has her own personal connection to the material. “The first theatre show I ever saw was Joseph on a school trip,” said the actress, who saw the musical when Phillip Schofield played the lead. “So when they came to me with this I was like, ‘Oh my God’. The nostalgia of that – to actually be in it when it was the first thing I saw.” Bafta winner Smith said she had …

Colin Kaepernick’s Skin Appears Darkened In Republican Campaign Committee Fundraising Ad

One Democratic operative who saw the NRCC’s Kaepernick ad described it as “disgusting.” The NRCC is one of the main Hill committees run by the two major political parties. It is dedicated to electing Republicans to the House of Representatives. The message the group sent to supporters advertised a “Betsy Ross mug” and referenced Kaepernick’s opposition to the slavery-era flag. Pictures of President Trump and Kaepernick appear side-by-side in the message. The photo of Kaepernick appears to have been altered to make his skin several shades darker than it is in original copies of the image. In an email to Yahoo News, NRCC communications director Chris Pack insisted, “The photo was not darkened.” The NRCC email advertised a mug emblazoned …

The most convincing reason for being ‘sober-curious’

(CNN)“It’s so hard not to drink,” Charlotte Underwood told me. “Everyone I grew up with was part of that culture. Even visiting them now, it’s so hard not to drink because it’s a fundamental part of our community.” More than a quarter of British 16- to 24-year-olds classify themselves as non-drinkers. And the success of Brooklyn-based journalist Ruby Warrington’s 2018 book, “Sober Curious,” has reflected a rise in sober social clubs and social media accounts. The sober-curious are not necessarily alcoholics. They may not want to be teetotalers. But they want relief from the pressure to drink to excess. Heavy social drinking is so often treated as an obligation, rather than a pleasurable choice. Like the clingy friend who pesters …

Escape Crappy News Recommendation Algorithms With the Gem App

The internet is a revolving door of recommendations. We see you recently watched Chernobyl; may we recommend another bleak television series? How about a continuously updating playlist of songs based on your listening history? Or a pair of socks to go with those hiking boots in your shopping cart? You gave that Facebook post a thumbs up—would you like to see more posts like that? Not long ago, Henry Boldizsar started to smell something fishy in these algorithms. Boldizsar was working for Calm, the meditation app, which had just begun building a rating system for its sessions. “That night, I was on Facebook and saw either sensationalist headlines or frivolous cat photos,” he says. Why is the newsfeed like this, …

New cities in the sand: inside Egypts dream to conquer the desert

Four decades ago Egypt embarked on the most ambitious new cities building programme in the world. Their boom shows no sign of stopping Seen from space, Africa. This week Guardian Cities meets the 90-year-olds who built the Bulgarian city of Dimitrovgrad after the second world war (many still live there) and visits the bizarre Bahria Town development promising Karachi residents protection from terror attacks and violent crime. We look at Hong Kongs plan to build artificial islands for 1.1 million people and examine Egypts dream to conquer the Sahara. We remember past visions of future cities and ask, is there ever a good reason to start a city from scratch? Nick Van Mead Was this helpful? Thank you for your …

Gay and trans soldiers say they were abused in South Korean military

Seoul (CNN)After months of watching the abuse, Park felt he had to act. According to Park, he and the original victim were forced to have sex with each other while other soldiers taunted them. They were then further ostracized within the unit and by their superiors for being “perverted.” The abuse continued. Eventually, they attempted to kill themselves. So did two other soldiers suffering similar bullying. “We went to the boiler room to cut ourselves and banged our heads against the wall,” Park said. “All four of us were eventually taken to a psychiatric hospital.” Park is one of dozens of South Korean soldiers who spoke anonymously to human rights NGO Amnesty International alleging abuse and discrimination against LGBT soldiers …

Jodrell Bank gets World Heritage status

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Soviet cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky (left), who went on three space flights, met Jodrell Bank founder Sir Bernard Lovell in 1967 The UN World Heritage Committee is meeting in Azerbaijan until 10 July to decide on the latest sites to be given the honour – awarded to areas considered to be important for the whole of humanity, which will be protected by international treaties. Jodrell Bank Observatory The site’s new accolade marks the end of a decade-long bid to gain World Heritage status, following a 2010 application to be included on the UK’s nominations shortlist. Professor Teresa Anderson, director of the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, said: “This is wonderful news and a great day in …

Crawl review brutal alligator horror is a snappy summer surprise

Piranha 3D director Alexandre Aja returns to the water for a lean, suspenseful tale of a father and daughter trapped in a flooding, predator-filled house Withholding a film from the press until the very day that it opens is usually the surest sign said film is a catastrophe. (The recent example of Luc Bessons misfiring assassin thriller Burning Bright, which saw a young woman stuck in a house with a tiger while a hurricane edges closer, Crawl sees a young woman stuck in house with an alligator while a hurricane edges closer an astonishingly similar premise yet one played out with a great deal more skill. Part of that is because, well, alligators tend to evoke a great deal more …

Trump says he will no longer deal with UK ambassador who labeled him ‘inept’

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said Monday that the White House will no longer deal with British Ambassador to the US Kim Darroch after a series of leaked diplomatic cables revealed he told 10 Downing Street that the administration was “inept” and “clumsy.” British officials spent the weekend trying to do damage control after the messages leaked as their White House counterparts downplayed Darroch’s comments. In the cables leaked to the Daily Mail newspaper, Darroch warned the UK government that Trump’s “career could end in disgrace,” and described conflicts within the White House as “knife fights.” A UK government source told CNN the memos described in the Daily Mail story, which span the period between 2017 to present day, are genuine. …

Point Blank review mediocre action thriller remake lands on Netflix

Anthony Mackie rises above a rickety remake of a French thriller about a nurse teaming up with a criminal after his wife is kidnapped In order to create the optimal viewing experience for rickety Netflix thriller Point Blank, a quickie remake of the acclaimed 2010 French film, expectations should either be lowered or, even better, eradicated completely. Its an easy-to-follow strategy given that a) Netflix original films are patchy at best and b) heres yet another one of them thats received no form of marketing push. The Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston comedy I Am Mother was a pleasant surprise given that no one really knew it existed until the day it dropped. In a different era and with a bit more …

Reddits Manosphere and the Challenge of Quantifying Hate

Away from the main thoroughfares of r/Showerthoughts and r/mildlyinteresting, far from the light of r/aww, there is Reddit’s “manosphere.” It’s a confederacy of men’s rights subreddits, so named because it’s a place where women are unwelcome. Manosphere members might think of themselves as “involuntarily celibate,” like the man who drove a van into Toronto pedestrians last year, or something more empowered and oblique, like “men going their own way.” In either mode, they are united by their belief that modern men aren’t getting their due, and the usurpers, in their eyes, are women. Though the communities themselves tend to be relatively small—even big ones have only about 100,000 members—their impact is felt across the web. They incubate predator trolls, they …

Otis Williams: ‘The Temptations didn’t love themselves’

The only surviving original member of the hit R&B group talks about the darker side of a legacy and the musical it inspired One of the first times Otis Williams, the founder and last surviving original member of the Temptations, realized his music made an indelible impact on their fans occurred after he received a letter in the mail. Im reading it and it said to give them a call the first chance I had, Williams remembers. She gets on the phone and told me she was ill and asked: God, dont take me until I speak to Otis Williams. She said she wanted to tell me how much the music meant to her before she died. I didnt have …

The traditional Chinese magicians calling for greater censorship of their ancient tricks

Beijing, CNN (CNN)In a small room in a West Beijing cultural center, magician Tian Xueming is working hard to deceive a group of university students from Macau that he has teleported three pearl-sized balls from one bowl to another. Millennial magician Li Yunfei posted a video of the trick on YouTube last December, using two transparent bowls to show there is no teleporting, only nimble handiwork. In seven months, that clip has racked up 1.6 million views. According to Li, trading secrets for clicks — and thus profit — has become an increasingly common practice among young Chinese magicians. “There are tens of thousands of live-streaming and video channels dedicated to exposing magic tricks,” says Li, 24, who has over …

Womens Soccer Put Equal Pay On The Agenda. Now What?

On top of truly amazing this month: They got the whole country talking about economics ― specifically, equal pay for women.  At a on Wednesday, crowds chanted for equal pay. And the wage gap ― the difference between what men and women earn ― became the subject of sports radio and in places typically unbothered by the gender inequality. The question now is: What’s next? Right now in the U.S., women are paid on average . For Megan Rapinoe and her teammates, the path to equal pay is a huge battle, but its parameters are clear. They know they’re not being paid as much as their male counterparts. And their fight is They do a disproportionate amount of child care and other …

The Super Mario Maker 2 Community Is a Haven of Player Creativity

Day after day, I keep gearing up to dive into Super Mario Maker 2. Then something holds me back. As a game, it's a showcase of constantly impressive player creativity, an endlessly expanding compendium of fan creations. And I want to play them. But I'm uneasy. I know how this is going to go. Rhett Allain How to Calculate the Physics in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Julie Muncy Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Is a Massive Monument to Itself Jeffrey Van Camp Best Nintendo Switch Deals, Bundles, and Essentials Online See, I have a confession: I'm not very good at Mario games. I've never beaten the first Super Mario Bros. That last world always gets me. I'm frustrated at having to …