2018 Had the Biggest Box Office Ever. Thanks, ‘Black Panther’

Happy gnu year, and welcome back to The Monitor, WIRED’s roundup of the latest in the world of culture, from box-office tallies to casting news. In today’s installment: A final look at the money-making movie titans of 2018; Coachella announces its headliners for 2019; and a reminder that Hollywood is still an institutionally corrupt patriarchy struggling to keep up with the times!

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The box office reached an all-time high in 2018, earning nearly $12 billion in revenue in the United States alone—and eclipsing a previous record set in 2016. Last year’s big winner, not surprisingly, was Disney, which released 2018’s three top-grossing filmsBlack Panther[...]  read more

Political ‘fixer’ Bradley Tusk seeks $70M for Tusk Ventures’ sophomore fund

Longtime political operative Bradley Tusk got his start in Silicon Valley in 2011, when a little-known founder of a transportation startup requested his help surmounting regulatory barriers. That founder, Travis Kalanick, couldn’t afford Tusk’s $25,000 fee, so Tusk agreed to accept half of his payment in equity. As you can imagine, that deal worked out pretty well for Tusk, whose shares in Uber are now said to be worth $100 million.

Tusk (pictured) spent several years advising Uber’s expansion strategy and, in 2015, decided to turn his efforts into a full-fledged business: part venture fund, part political strategy. Today, Tusk and his partner, Jordan Nof, filed paperwork to raise $70 million for their second venture fund, Tusk Venture Partners II.

A spokesperson for Tusk Ventures declined to comment.

The New York-based firm previously brought in $36 million for its debut fund — [...]  read more

Is this Xiaomi’s foldable tablet?

Foldable devices are getting more and more buzz, and we might even see one this year. Notable tipster Evan Blass tweeted a video of what could be a Xiaomi tablet that folds into thirds, though he noted that he couldn’t verify its authenticity.

Though it’s unclear if this is actually a Xiaomi product, or even if it’s anywhere near market-ready, the tablet does seem to function and respond to touch gestures before folding up without seams. 

But is it a real product, or is it a “gadget porn deepfake” as Blass noted in his tweet? If it’s an actual device, it’s far ahead of what other manufacturers have been capable of in their revealed products.

The race to reveal foldables is on

While Samsung has been working to release a foldable device for [...]  read more

Diplomatico di stanza in Italia chiede asilo politico

L'ambasciatore della Corea del Nord di stanza a Roma, Jo Song-gil, ha presentato domanda di asilo in un paese occidentale "non identificato" con la sua famiglia. Lo ha reso noto il quotidiano sudcoreano Joongang Ilbo, citando fonti diplomatiche anonime
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Grey’s Anatomy 15×09: L’intimità tra Meredith e DeLuca nel nuovo promo | VIDEO

Il primo promo del nono episodio della 15esima stagione di Grey’s Anatomy è stato rilasciato, e l’intimità tra Meredith e DeLuca arriverà sin dai primi minuti. Il nono episodio di Grey’s Anatomy 15, dal titolo “Shelter from the Storm” andrà in onda sul piccolo schermo in America il 17 gennaio. Tutto riprenderà da dove era stato […]

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