A New ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie Is Coming in 2020

Another Thursday, another installment of The Monitor, WIRED’s roundup of the latest in the world of culture. But this Thursday is much busier than most. Why? Well, there’s a new Ghostbusters movie in the works from Jason Reitman (son of the original’s director), Apple is adding some big names to its initiative to make original content, and Steve Carell is working on a Netflix show about Space Force. Yes, Space Force!

A New Ghostbusters Movie Is Coming

First and foremost, here’s a thing we didn’t expect to be saying on the internet in 2019: There’s a new Ghostbusters movie on the horizon. Yes, it’s true. Ivan Reitman, who directed the 1984 original, is producing, and his son, Jason (Juno, Up in the Air), will co-write and direct. No plot details are available yet, but it [...]  read more

Gillette’s Ad Proves the Definition of a Good Man Has Changed

Once again, the country seems divided. This time, it’s not a border wall or a health care proposal driving the animus, but an online ad for a men’s razor, because, of course. But underneath the controversy lies something much more important: signs of real change.

On January 13, Gillette released a new ad that takes the company’s 30-year-old slogan, “The Best a Man Can Get,” and turns it into an introspective reflection on toxic masculinity very much of this cultural moment. Titled “We Believe,” the nearly two-minute video features a diverse cast of boys getting bullied, of teens watching media representatives of macho guys objectifying women, and of men looking into the mirror while news reports of #MeToo and toxic masculinity play in the background. A voiceover asks, “Is this the best a man can get?” The answer is no, and the film shows how men can do better by actively pointing out toxic behavior, intervening when other men catcall or sexually harass, and helping protect [...]  read more

The Subversive, Delectable Fun of Troye Sivan’s “Lucky Strike”

Not to make this about politics or walls or borders or displacement, but Australian pop balladeer Troye Sivan’s “Lucky Strike” is all about politics and walls and borders and displacement. More specifically, it is about the negation of those thorny, unkind configurations. At first blush, the song is a cool, coy slowburner with pure intentions. “I wanna tiptoe through your bliss, get lost the more I find you,” Sivian coos over producer Alex Hope’s garden of ambrosial synths. Later on the chorus, he implores: “Tell me all the ways to love you.”

“Lucky Strike” is about queer desire, sure, about the feeling of summertime infatuation; in its just-released video, Sivan’s pursuit of another man unfolds during a day at the beach. But much of the song is about the unsaid, about the power and refuge we find in another person. The song, then, becomes something much more: a paean to a world that doesn’t just unite us across cultural and bodily borders, but [...]  read more

The ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer Raises Some Questions

Early this morning, Tom Holland, aka Peter Parker aka Spider-Man in Marvel’s movies, took to Instagram to reveal the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home. (He tried to, at least. There were a few technical difficulties before he finally got it uploaded.) The broad strokes of the clip match up with what we already knew: Parker goes on a European vacation with his friends and decides to leave the Spidey suit behind—until Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) shows up and tells him he “has a job to do.” That job, as it turns out, is taking on the super-baddie Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) who seems set on wrecking half of Europe, because reasons.

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The Instagram Egg’s Delightful Appeal

Five years ago, there was potato salad. Then there was half an onion, chicken nuggets, and now, an egg.

Eleven days ago, the anonymous Instagram account world_record_egg posted its first image, what appears to be a simple stock photo of a brown egg. (It might be hard-boiled, who’s to say?) “Let’s set a world record together and get the most liked post on Instagram,” the caption read. The photo has now reached that goal, with over 42 million likes as of Tuesday afternoon. It blew past the previous record holder over the weekend, the first photo Kylie Jenner shared of her daughter Stormi, which garnered only around 18.5 million likes after it was posted last year.

It’s easy to root for the Instagram egg and its other nihilistic siblings, like the half of a white onion that only wants more Twitter followers than President Donald Trump. These accounts are not inherently interesting or important—many [...]  read more

Nike’s Self-Lacing Adapt BB Basketball Shoe Is Actually Smart

“I’m gonna offer you a fist bump,” Tinker Hatfield says, holding out his gloved right hand. He took a tumble off a motorized longboard days before, and while a collegiate pole-vaulting career and a lifetime of skiing taught the 66-year-old how to fall, the remote control in his paw stopped him from tucking his thumb in—and when said thumb met the street, the street won.

Hatfield popped it back into place while he was still skidding down the street, but thumbs are fragile, fickle things by design, so he needed something to hold it all in place while it healed. When you’re Nike’s VP of creative concepts and the most recognized sneaker designer of all time, full immobilization is off the table. “No casts,” he told the doctor. “I need to draw.”

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Enter compromise in the form of the black neoprene glove: It allows him to hold a pencil or stylus without jeopardizing the ornate tape job underneath, or the delicate ulnar collateral ligament another layer down. All the protection and support he needs, none of the added bulk or weight that might get in the way. It’s a suspiciously apt parallel, given Hatfield’s career—and why we’re sitting here in the Innovation [...]  read more

The Final Season of ‘Game of Thrones’ Has a Launch Date

Happy Monday, and welcome to another installment of The Monitor, WIRED’s roundup of the latest in the world of culture. In today’s news, HBO has finally coughed up a release date for the final season of Game of Thrones, Netflix is facing a lawsuit, and it looks like the Super Bowl won’t be marooned without a halftime show act.

Finally, a Date to Watch the Thrones

Always one to keep fans waiting in anticipation, HBO waited until three months out before to announce the launch date for Season 8 of Game of Thrones. Sunday night, just before the season premiere of True Detective, the network aired a teaser revealing that the epic fantasy’s final run will begin on April 14. What will the show look like when it does return? Snowy, as the Stark children—Arya, Sansa, Jon Snow—are about to confront some family demons at Winterfell. Or, at least, that’s what it seems like if the show’s [...]  read more

Trump’s Border Wall Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup

Only in times like these can the internet oscillate between getting excited about the woman serving water on the red carpet at the Golden Globes and fascination with Jeff Bezos’ love life in the same week. That’s especially true when one considers there were pitstops along the way for musicians apologizing for collaborating with R. Kelly and people wondering if the US government shutdown would ever end. Still, at least HBO was trying to get viewers thinking about The Sopranos again, so it wasn’t a complete loss. This, my friends, is what else people have been talking about online over the past seven days.

Mad as Hell and Not Going to Take It Anymore

What Happened: Sure, the president has the right to make an address about any topic he wants, but does that mean television has an obligation to let everyone hear him? That theoretical question turned practical at the start of last week.

What Really Happened: The President of the United States started the third week of the government [...]  read more

‘Doctor Who’ Is Reaching a Whole New Audience

The long-running BBC series Doctor Who recently completed its first season with Jodie Whittaker as the titular Doctor. Writer Sara Lynn Michener says that having a female Doctor came as a welcome change of pace.

“This formula of always having female companions, and always having male Doctors, it just made me think of Doctor Who in a certain way that wasn’t very flattering,” Michener says in Episode 343 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “It felt less real, because if this alien does in fact have the ability to regenerate in all of these bodies, why are we still seeing this very standard, very heteronormative pairing constantly?”

Science fiction author Rajan Khanna also enjoyed Whittaker’s performance, and found that this season of Doctor Who was the first one he was able to watch with his girlfriend.

“She’s tried to get into it previously, and just bounced off of it,” he says. “And this season I was like, ‘I’m going to watch Doctor Who. It’s [...]  read more

Steam’s Platform Dominance Takes an Epic Hit

This week, we’ve got four big stories for you, from Steam’s weaknesses and challenges to Facebook’s weird ad policies and some huge news for Destiny fans. Eyes up, Guardian. (That’s a Destiny reference. Sorry, everyone else.)

Division 2 Will Skip Steam—and Head Straight to Epic Game Store

That’s right, Epic’s ongoing attempts to horn in on the PC-game-delivery juggernaut just gathered some serious, well, steam—in the form of a deal with Ubisoft that will give some of the publisher’s PC titles semi-exclusivity on the platform (alongside Ubisoft’s own UPlay store, presumably). According to PC Gamer, this deal will begin with The Division 2, the sequel to Ubisoft’s Destiny-style shared shooter.

This is certainly a threat to Steam’s dominance, and it marks digital storefronts as one of gaming’s newest commercial battlegrounds. Tired: console wars; Wired: platform wars. (WIRED: stories about platform wars!)

Steam Bugs Decide That Indie Games Aren’t Real

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