Captain Marvel Beat Its Own Box Office Projections

Another Monday, another blockbuster edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of all of pop culture's biggest news. What's happening this fine day? Welp, Captain Marvel did better at the box office than most people suspected. Also, Brian K. Vaughan has a new gig and there's a trailer for Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart. Here's what you need to know to start the week. Captain Marvel Goes Higher, Further, Faster to $455 Million Opening Weekend Captain Marvel’s box office numbers are in, and they're good—very, very good. Variety reports the film took in $455 million worldwide in its opening weekend for the sixth biggest global debut ever. That number includes the $153 million the film earned in North America, a figure …

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Taylor Swift vows to be politically active and speak out against ‘disgusting rhetoric’

Pop singer writes in magazine essay: Im going to do more to help. We have a big race coming up next year Taylor Swift has vowed to become more active in politics ahead of the 2020 US presidential election, saying she feels it is her responsibility to speak out against disgusting rhetoric. Invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly veiled messaging is not what I want from our leaders, and I realized that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric, the pop singer wrote in an endorsed two Tennessee Democrats in Novembers midterm elections. A bombing at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena killed 22 people, and a stalkers trying to break into …

‘The most I played was 32 hours straight’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJames Good: “I didn’t leave my room” A former gaming addict has told MPs he once played for 32 hours “without eating, sleeping or leaving his room”. James Good told a parliamentary committee his obsession with gaming led to him dropping out of university and suffering from depression. Mr Good, who now works with the Game Quitters support organisation, said it had affected every aspect of his life. Vlogger Jack Edwards said the “endless possibilities” of gaming left people prey to “falling down rabbit holes”. They have been sharing their experiences of gaming, how excessive exposure can harm young peoples’ studies and socialising, and how best to curb it. Image copyright HoC …

Mary Barra’s impatience could save GM: ‘Time is not our friend’

Mary Barra, the boss of General Motors, didn’t win friends in Washington when she announced the company would shut down four US plants and lay off thousands of employees. The move seemed heartless, especially since GM had just said it could take in record profits, a decade after its bankruptcy had been funded by taxpayers. “Having gone through bankruptcy and then the ignition switch crisis has fundamentally made me more impatient,” Barra told CNN Business. “Time is not our friend.” She doesn’t over analyze and wait for every data point before acting, realizing that a great thought not acted on is as good as not thinking at all. “If we get 80% of what we need to know we’re probably …

Ted Baker CEO Ray Kelvin quits after allegations of ‘forced hugging’

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Ted Baker’s founder and CEO has resigned as the fashion brand investigates allegations he behaved inappropriately toward staff. “In light of the allegations made against him, Ray has decided that it is in the best interests of the company for him to resign so that the business can move forward under new leadership,” Executive Chairman David Bernstein said in the statement. Kelvin wasn’t immediately available for comment on Monday. Ted Baker said Lindsay Page would continue in his role as acting CEO, which he has held since Kelvin first went on leave. Hugs Kelvin founded the high-end fashion chain in 1988 with a single store in the UK city of Glasgow. It now has more than 500 …

A look back at Clinton’s impeachment reveals the GOP’s searing hypocrisy

(CNN)There’s an old saying in American politics that a Democratic crook is just as bad as a Republican crook. It’s a good, solid principle. And it seems almost impossibly quaint, because the search for the truth in the Trump investigations is breaking down along partisan lines. Sign up for our new newsletter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook There’s precious little evidence of that now. One of the first Senate Democrats to publicly condemn Clinton’s behavior — although he did not vote for his removal from office — was Joe Lieberman, and his independence earned him a spot on the Democratic ticket as Al Gore’s running mate in 2000. Looking at the GOP’s approach to Clinton’s impeachment trial 20 years …

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Some Russians fight back as Putin cracks down on freedoms

Moscow (CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin is no slouch when it comes to geopolitics: This week, he signed a decree suspending implementation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and boasted that his security agencies had thwarted nearly 600 foreign intelligence operators last year. This latest move to curtail internet freedom in Russia builds on fairly sweeping laws that are already on the books. In 2016, a raft of anti-terrorism legislation known collectively as the Yarovaya Law introduced harsh penalties for endorsing extremism online. According to Human Rights Watch and other advocacy groups, dozens of Russians have been jailed for simply expressing their views on blogs and social media. And Putin this week signed into law a bill that restricts the digital …

Stella McCartney leverages star power to save the rainforests

Oprah Winfrey and Drew Barrymore among famous names supporting eco-friendly project at Paris fashion week The catwalk for Stella McCartneys latest collection ran through the Paris Opera on Monday morning, below a majestic canopy of chandeliers. But McCartneys focus this season is on a beautiful environment of a very different nature: the ancient and endangered at-risk Sumatran orangutan, as well as to vegetation, which is an important source of oxygen. McCartney is leveraging her star power to kickstart a campaign encouraging social media users to dedicate trees, and to donate to the nonprofit organisation Canopy. From left: Oprah Winfrey, Stella McCartney, Lewis Hamilton and Edward Enninful, the editor-in-chief of British Vogue. Photograph: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty The actors Drew Barrymore and …

On heels of Jackson doc debut, Slate mocked for republishing piece asking if pedophilia is a crime or illness

HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” premiered on Sunday night, putting a new spotlight on sexual abuse allegations made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck against Jackson. JACKSON’S ESTATE CALLS ‘LEAVING NEVERLAND’ DOCUMENTARY A ‘CHARACTER ASSASSINATION’ AFTER DEBUT AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL Lithwitck’s piece, which was originally published back in 2004, was resurfaced as a result of the documentary’s popularity. “Again, and for all the wrong reasons, we can’t take our eyes off Michael Jackson. Whether or not the allegations are substantiated, the question is in the air: Is pedophilia a disease to be treated, or a crime to be punished? Are people who seduce minors sick or evil? Our current legal and medical systems blur both views. We call for the most …

11 Photos Taken Before And After Brides Got Their Wedding Makeup

The best way to examine Arber’s work is through his prominent online presence. So far, the makeup artist has amassed over 262k Instagram followers by regularly uploading pictures of his work. Other fashion and beauty projects aside, a big part of his feeds consists of before-and-after pics of the brides he worked with and their striking transformations. Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: arber_bytyqi_mua “When I finished high school, my family didn’t want me to continue my studies in the beauty industry because in our culture it’s considered tabu if a male works in this industry. So, at first, I got a master’s degree in economics and only then did I follow my dream and started …

‘The Simpsons’ Producers Pull Michael Jackson Episode: ‘We’re Allowed To Take Out A Chapter’ – Perez Hilton

Michael Jackson is beginning to get pulled out of pop culture one way — and one day — at a time. First, it was James L. Brooks, the legendary animated comedy’s longtime executive producer, spoke to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday about the production team’s decision to cut the episode out of circulation in re-runs and on syndication. He lamented the decision, but ultimately knew it was the right move to make considering the allegations coming to the forefront against the Thriller singer  And it should be noted that this isn’t the first time The Simpsons has done this. Following the September 11 terror attacks, the show removed its 1997 episode The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson from circulation. What do …

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Everything Else You Want To Know After Seeing ‘Leaving Neverland’

Leaving Neverland,” which HBO aired in two parts on Sunday and Monday, offers the Me Too era’s most detailed portrait of sexual abuse to date. In profiling two men who say However thorough the film may be, it leaves many unanswered questions. Reed had a lot of ground to cover in order to piece together a resonant compendium of Wade Robson’s and James Safechuck’s experiences, so even with a four-hour running time, “Neverland” skirts certain particulars. via my interview with Reed, conducted a few days after “Neverland” premiered at Sundance.) As recently as January. On an episode of the celebrity interview podcast “Inside of You with Mathew Rosenbaum,” Culkin said that nothing untoward happened with Jackson ― a refrain he’s …