‘Avatar’ returns to theaters as Disney hypes James Cameron’s long-delayed sequel

Avatar Source: Walt Disney Studios The Na’vi return to the big screen this weekend as Disney looks to reignite interest in its newly acquired Avatar franchise, three months before the debut of the long-delayed sequel, “Avatar: The Way of Water.” Bringing the highest-grossing film of all time back to theaters has two purposes for Disney: … Read more

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral marks the end of television dominance that began with her coronation

Fitting, then, that her funeral on Monday marks the end of TV’s dominance that started when she came to the throne. Back then, the lack of TV sets in the mainstream meant that viewers gathered in friends’ living rooms, churches and other public spaces to watch the coronation, creating a shared broadcast experience and a … Read more

Roblox is jumping into ads in an effort to diversify beyond virtual goods

Roblox has built a userbase of over 52 million people by providing a gaming and entertainment platform that’s mostly been targeted at kids. Now the company wants advertisers to join the party. As part of its annual developer conference on Friday, Roblox is announcing plans to debut ads next year, marking the company’s first significant … Read more

Sony, Tencent, NetEase continue deal hunt to expand new formats, markets

Revenue from mobile games accounts for more than half of the mobile gaming market. Sony is looking to diversify beyond consoles with its new dedicated PlayStation mobile gaming division. Mateusz Slodkowski SOPA Images | LightRocket via Getty Images Sony Sony’s PlayStation has dominated the gaming console market for a long time. But the business model … Read more

Only 4 big movies left in 2022

Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, “Avatar: The Way of Water” tells the story of the Sully family. Disney The 2022 box office is a Hollywood underdog story come to life. Despite nearly 40% less film content available in theaters compared to 2019, year-to-date ticket sales are down around … Read more

TikTok is upending the music industry and Spotify may be next

Benee performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 18, 2022 in Manchester, Tennessee. Josh Brasted | Wireimage | Getty Images Zoi Lerma was working at a Los Angeles bagel shop in early 2020 when she first heard the song “Supalonely” by Benee. She liked it so much that she choreographed a dance … Read more

Why woke women’s co-working space the Wing failed: ‘very toxic’

When Danielle Alvarez returned to the Wing in Soho last summer, she saw the writing on the chic, perfectly lit mint-green wall. “I walked into the space and I was in shock by how dead it was… It was always super busy. You couldn’t get a seat,” said the 33-year-old, who eagerly shelled out nearly … Read more

‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ vs. ‘House of the Dragon’ showdown

It’s a fun time to be a high-fantasy fan, as big-budget, small-screen adaptations from both “The Lord of the Rings” and the “Game of Thrones” universes will be streaming for the next two months. Amazon AMZN, +0.83% is betting big on JRR Tolkien’s beloved “Lord of the Rings” franchise — reportedly paying almost $250 million … Read more

Netflix’s John McAfee documentary attacked by those who appeared in it

In the chilling climax of “Running With the Devil: The Wild World of John McAfee,” a documentary that has become one of the most popular movies on Netflix since its premiere last week, a former girlfriend of the tech magnate is quoted as saying she received a call from him after his death. The quote … Read more