The FCC wants to unlock your cable box, and Silicon Valley agrees

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Silicon Valley has managed to break apart the long-locked cable TV bundle. On Thursday, The Federal Communications Commission okayed a proposal to let cable TV customers swap out their Comcast or TWC cable boxes for third-party boxes and applications.

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The hyperviolent sport of Rollerball in Sports Illustrated, 1975

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The original Rollerball (1975) is a fantastic dystopian science fiction film in which corporations run the world and crowds go crazy for an ultraviolent sport called, you guessed it, Rollerball. (Watch the movie trailer below.) Just before shooting wrapped up, the movie teams played the game for real (apparently with less blood) for an audience of thousands at Munich's Olympic Basketball Stadium. Sports Illustrated covered the chaos for its April 21, 1975 issue:

(Director Norman Jewison... was delighted that the game devised for his film turned out to be one that can be played in earnest. "It can be played, if it's played with very strict rules..." he said on the set. "But it is still a very violent game, though maybe no more so than football. There is a gladiatorial aspect to rollerball that frightens me."

"Rollerball" article from Sports Illustrated (via Reddit, thanks UPSO!)

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Louis C.K. just released a new 'surprise' web show with Alan Alda, Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco

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How cool of an internet-age entertainer is Louis C.K.? Here's what I got in my inbox this morning, as a subscriber to his email updates:

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer with much unseen footage!

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Posted by Walt Disney Studios Japan.

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Activision Blizzard to buy Candy Crush game maker King Digital for $5.9 Billion

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Activision Blizzard announced Monday evening that it plans to buy King Digital Entertainment, the maker of Candy Crush Saga, for about $5.9 billion. It's the third-largest video game industry deal ever. It's quite a dollar amount, but it's significant for other reasons, too.

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Convicted Christian con artist Jim Bakker now just literally selling buckets of Bibles on TV

Noted Con Artist is at it again.

Behold, how the mighty have fallen.

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Wes Anderson, Centered

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“Wes Anderson // Centered,” on Vimeo. Music: The New Lobby Boy by Alexandre Desplat. Read the rest

Harrison Ford can't, and fortunately won't, be replaced as Indiana Jones

The only thing that Disney seems certain about regarding any future Indiana Jones films is they don't plan on subbing in another actor as Indy.

“There are a lot of rumours,” the franchise's producer Frank Marshall says. “We haven’t even sat down to talk about Indy yet… at some point we’ll sit down. But there’s a bunch of people who could probably take the baton. … We’re not doing the Bond thing where we’re going to call somebody else Indiana Jones … we have to figure this out.”

Sorry, Chris Pratt. Mr. Ford, please put down the blaster and grab the bullwhip.

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Cabaret with the “Pope of Trash” John Waters in Providence, RI (Sat. 10/24)

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Tomorrow (Saturday 10/24), Providence, Rhode Island's experimental art space AS220 celebrates its 30th anniversary with a cabaret gala starring the Pope of Trash himself, filmmaker and author John Waters! The evening event starting at 6pm at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel features musicians, comics, performance artists, food, drink, and all kinds of hijinks. Get there early as my dear old friend and inspiration Gloria Gardenburger (aka Michael Dates) is hosting the red carpet!

AS220 30th Anniversary Cabaret

Below, the trailer for John Waters' "This Filthy World":

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Here's the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie trailer

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On Tuesday evening, Disney released the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read the rest

Batman v. Superman trailer (1949)

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This looks much more fun to me than whatever's coming next year. (YouTube)

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TV's 'Law & Order: SVU' takes on The Duggars

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The popular television series “Law & Order: SVU” will present its semifictionalized spin on the Duggar family of “19 Kids and Counting” and pedophilia impunity fame.

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Subliminal penises and other bizarre FCC complaints about TV's MythBusters

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MuckRock spotlights some of the complaints -- some utterly bizarre, others downright stupid -- filed with the FCC by viewers upset with MythBusters. My favorites are the one about the subliminal penis spotted in an explosion and a "near hate crime" against the Catholic Church:

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Back to the Future III: home video behind the scenes

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The house that starred as Marty McFly's home in the Back to the Future trilogy is at 9303 Roslyndale Ave in Arleta, California. While "Back to the Future Part III" was in production, a neighbor shot the home video above of the actors on set. (via Reddit)

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Princess Leia's bikini sells for nearly $100,000

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One of Princess Leia's slave bikinis she actually wore in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi sold for $96,000 at auction yesterday. No news on who bought it. The costume came complete with the collar and several links in the chain Leia used to strangle Jabba the Hutt. A 16" model of Leia's Blockade Runner seen in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope went for $450,000, the highest auction price ever for Star Wars memorabilia ever.

Other items sold in the same Profiles In History auction include one of Indiana Jones's bull whips ($204,000) and George Reeves's Superman costume from the 1950s TV series ($216,000).

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Watch the Angry Birds movie trailer!

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Apparently, next summer "we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry."

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Ice Cube to star as Ebenezer Scrooge in new film

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Rapper and business mogul Ice Cube will play Ebenezer Scrooge in "Humbug," another reboot of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol." Tim Story, director of "Ride Along" (2014) and "Fantastic Four" (2005), is at the helm. Cube's Scrooge is a real estate tycoon who faces the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

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Below, watch "Scrooge (Or Marley's Ghost)," the first film adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" from 1901!

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