Jeff Bezos’ Divorce Could Cost Him Billions in Amazon Stock

The Amazon CEO may stand to lose half of his stock in the company, which would amount to billions.

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Welcome back to another installment of The Monitor, WIRED’s roundup of the latest in the world of culture. In today’s installment: Jeff Bezos’ divorce will likely impact Amazon; the forthcoming Dune film is spicing up its cast; and Lady Gaga’s streaming catalog is losing one of her most controversial hits.

Bezos’ Prime Payout

Amazon honcho Jeff Bezos stands to lose millions of shares of company stock during his pending divorce, according to a Business Insider report. The company founder—who recently announced he was parting ways with his wife MacKenzie Bezos after 25 years—owns about 16 percent of Amazon’s shares. [...]  read more

Two to Tango: Twitter Fact-Checks the Fact-Checkers

If President Trump‘s tenure in office has any lasting impact on the jobs market, it might just be his ability to keep fact-checkers gainfully employed. Going back to the election debates in 2016, diligent researchers at nearly every major news outlet have made it their business to find the truth (and fiction) in the claims Trump makes. (It’s truly hard to keep up, he just says so many things.) This, in turn, has led to a sort of cottage industry of armchair fact-checkers who now scour through nearly all of the president’s claims—and the news organizations’ analysis of them—looking for the truth. It’s become a cycle that moves faster than 24-hour news—one that spins so fast it’s hard to keep up.

On Tuesday night, as Trump addressed the nation about the government shutdown and his ongoing quest for a barrier along the United States’ southern border, it spun itself into a froth. It all started with a tweet from the Associated Press.

Ah, [...]  read more

Best Winter TV Shows, From ‘Black Monday’ to ‘Russian Doll’

The middle of the TV season—aka the start of the new year—usually signals the closest thing television has to a midlife crisis. Sometimes it tries to reconnect with college friends. Sometimes it just tries something new and edgy. It can be a time of rejuvenation, or a desperate grab at relevance. But in the Age of the Streaming Service, when whole seasons of new shows can drop at any time, this period in a brand-spankin’-new year can also be a time when true gems magically land in the Popular on Netflix queue. (Hello, One Day at a Time!) In 2019, the middle of the TV season also means watching President Trump address the nation from the Oval Office or watching Stormy Daniels fold laundry on Instagram Live. (You decide!) You also, dear reader, could watch any of the new programming listed below.

Sex Education (Jan. 11, Netflix)

Pay-cable and streaming networks have never been shy about sex comedies—HBO’s Dream On started way back in 1990—but in the wake of Big Mouth‘s [...]  read more

The ‘Captain Marvel’ Trailer Is the Teaser the Movie Needed

Ever since the first trailer for Captain Marvel dropped, I’ve been holding my breath. Part of it was anticipation, part of it was trepidation. The trailer looked—well, let’s go with “good,” but it didn’t necessarily look “fun” or “exciting.” This happens often with Marvel films. The first trailer is the moody stakes-setter, while subsequent ones traffic more in excitement and witty banter. (The first Thor: Ragnarok trailer was a notable outlier.) But the first Captain Marvel trailer played it too close to the vest, opting for ’90s nostalgia (a Blockbuster Video!) over big hero shots (maybe the CGI wasn’t done?), and the minimal dialogue felt flat. Today, though, I’m no longer waiting to exhale.

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15 Games We Can’t Wait for in 2019, From ‘Metro Exodus’ to ‘Anthem’

Unlike its screen-based sibling industries, gaming has seen relatively little technological upheaval in recent years. That’s not to say that everything’s great—because it is really not—just that games are as popular as ever, if not more so. Perhaps fittingly, game development feels like it’s in a better place than just a few years ago; sure, there are annualized franchises galore, but there’s also a vibrant landscape of indie and small-studio projects to go along with the budget-straining blockbusters that dominate the industry’s hype machine. And plenty of titles from both categories (as well as the vast inbetweenness) look to be on tap for the coming year.

Between consoles, PCs, mobile, and VR/AR, 2019 will deliver more games than anyone can reasonably be expected to keep track of, but we looked out over the horizon and found the 15 that intrigue us the most. (Note: to be considered, games need to have some visual document of their existence, which [...]  read more

Netflix and Amazon Binged Wins at the Golden Globes

It’s Monday, which means it’s time for another installment of The Monitor, WIRED’s roundup of the latest in the world of culture, from breakout trailers to box-office breakdowns. In today’s installment: Netflix and Amazon stay Golden at last night’s awards; Brad Bird embarks upon a new movie mission; and, for the third weekend in a row, audiences make a halibut of seeing Aquaman.

Netflix and Amazon Go Globe-Trotting

Streaming services were the big winners at last night’s 76th Golden Globe Awards: Netflix’s Roma earned a trophy for Best Foreign Language Film—as well one for director Alfonso Cuarón—while also picking up awards for such series as The Kominsky Method and Bodyguard (the latter of which was produced by the BBC, and released stateside by Netflix). Meanwhile, Amazon’s TV arm was honored with awards for A Very English Scandal (for costar Ben Whishaw) and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (for lead actor Rachel Brosnahan). [...]  read more

Romney, Pelosi, Warren, and More Pave the Runway for 2020

Finally, we’ve made it to 2019—a year that will bring events better than any that came in the last 12 months simply because they won’t be happening in 2018. Almost immediately, it’s obvious that things are better, because … the US national debt is higher than ever? No, that’s not right. Maybe it’s because Apple’s stock is falling as it faces problems with iPhone sales? That can’t be it either. President Trump is under scrutiny for allegedly using undocumented workers in his properties. Perhaps that’s it? No, no, no… It’s not the tropical storm hitting Thailand, either. Wait. Is it possible that 2019 is just more of 2018 all over again? We just need a sign

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Mitt Romney Takes a Stand

What Happened: It’s a new year, which means that some within the Republican Party are looking for another standard-bearer for the Never Trump movement. This week opened as if there [...]  read more

Ex-‘Hearthstone’ Designers Are Working on a New Marvel Game

Happy New Year! We’re back at it, with more thrilling game news. Some Blizzard alums are joining Marvel’s slate of developers, a competitive player is not getting what they deserve, and big corporate shakeups roil the international market. So, really, about the same as 2018. Let’s get to it.

A Group of Former Hearthstone Devs Are Embracing the Marvel Method

When the corporate going gets tough, the tough start their own game company. Recently, Ben Brode, the former director of Blizzard’s card game juggernaut Hearthstone, quit his role and founded a studio called Second Dinner. As is tradition, he brought some Blizzard buds along with him, and today the company announced an infusion of investment capital and a first project: a Marvel game.

Precisely what kind of Marvel game is not clear at this time, nor is it clear if it’ll be of the card variety. With the pedigree here, though, it certainly wouldn’t be a longshot. Interestingly, as Kotaku  [...]  read more

Sci-Fi Writers Are Grappling with a Post-Trump Reality

At the 2018 Worldcon, fantasy author N.K. Jemisin became the first person to ever win three consecutive Hugo awards for Best Novel. Given that level of success, science fiction editor John Joseph Adams felt she’d be the perfect guest editor for the latest edition of his anthology series The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy.

“Given that she’s clearly the face of the genre at the moment, I thought it would be wonderful to have her as guest editor,” Adams says in Episode 342 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “And thankfully she said yes.”

Caroline M. Yoachim, whose short story “Carnival Nine” appears in the book, says the 20 stories selected by Jemisin reflect the growing diversity of the fantasy and science fiction field. “One of the things I loved about the book was just the sheer variety of it,” Yoachim says. “I felt like there were so many different perspectives represented in the stories, and a lot of cool ideas.”

Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy [...]  read more

Golden Globe Awards 2019: How to Watch

There are plenty of big questions about this Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards ceremony: Can A Star is Born sweep all five of its big-category nominations, or will it get sha-la-la-la-shafted? Which award will be presented by Rami Malek’s stunt-teeth from Bohemian Rhapsody? And, when it comes to all-time great Globes reaction-shot memes, will any celeb be able to carry Tommy Lee Jones’ fire?

Of course, the biggest question of all might just be: How can I actually watch the awards? This year’s ceremony—the 76th so far!—airs on Sunday, January 6th, at 5pm Pacific (8pm Eastern) on NBC, and will be co-hosted by Andy Samberg and Killing Eve star (and nominee for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama) Sandra Oh. So if you have NBC on your TV, you can just, uh…turn it on and watch? Assuming you still even use that thing?

How to Watch

For everyone else, you can simply watch the show as it streams. If you have a cable or satellite subscription, you can watch the ceremony on NBC.com, [...]  read more