WATCH: Trailer for ‘Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind’

“He was really comfortable on stage. Off stage, I just felt he was holding himself together.” That’s Steve Martin talking about the late Robin Williams in the upcoming HBO documentary, “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind.” HBO today released the first trailer from the film, which makes its television premiere on July 16. Described by the cable network as “a funny, intimate and heartbreaking portrait of one of the world’s most beloved and inventive comedians,” it promises to take viewers through Williams’ extraordinary life and career and reveal what drove him to give voice to the characters in his mind. The film, says HBO, is told largely by Williams himself,… Read More

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What To Buy When You Don’t Love Basket Bag Trend

When we think about the summer accessory of the moment, images of structured raffia crossbodys and woven totes make their way to the forefront. In fact, we’re flooded with thoughts of just how many basket-inspired bags we already own and how many still sit at the top of our shopping wish lists. If you’re looking to break out of the straw bag vortex once and for all, but not willing to part with the casual, beach-y vibe they carry, look no further than this DIY-friendly trend. Crochet handbags are surprisingly low-key for how many trend brackets they cover. The ideal crocheted bag is one with more structure than your average… Read More

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Stage: ‘The Humans’ arrives in SF with a bunch of awards and John-Boy too

“The Humans” comes to San Francisco with an almost exhausting list of bona fides. Now playing at the SHN Orpheum Theatre for a two-weekend special engagement, Stephen Karam’s play won Tony, Obie and Drama Desk Awards for best or outstanding play and was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Just last week it was on the New York Times’ list of the 25 best American plays since “Angels in America.” That’s a whole lot to live up to. Karam is the screenwriter of the new film of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” He’s also the author of “Speech & Debate,” which Aurora produced in 2010, and “Sons of the Prophet,” which New… Read More

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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot is launching a video game division backed by Tencent

J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot is launching a new gaming division — and it’s being backed by arguably the biggest company in games. Simply called Bad Robot Games, the new division is being announced alongside a “strategic relationship” with Chinese internet giant Tencent. Warner Bros is also a minority investor in the new venture. According to Bad Robot, the studio will focus exclusively on original games. “Bad Robot Games will team up with traditional game developers to create both large and indie-scale projects for mobile, PC, and console — leveraging its world-building and storytelling expertise, in-house creative directors and network of visual artists, musicians, sound designers, writers and other… Read More

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The Best Part Of The New Emoji Are The Proposals Fighting For Their Existence

Redheads, superheroes, curly hair, and a pirate flag are just a few of the more exciting emoji that were, as of the week, officially approved for release as part of Unicode 11.0. This means that from here on out, various devices and platforms, from Twitter and Facebook to Samsung’s Galaxy S9, can include the 62 new icons (157, if you count all the gender and skin tone variations) in their software releases. (If Apple sticks with its standard release schedule, you can expect the latest emoji to hit your iPhone’s keyboard sometime this fall.) As with every emoji release, there’s an element of curiosity: How did Unicode make its decisions,… Read More

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Vertigo Comics to relaunch with seven new titles, including one by Zoe Quinn

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Vertigo Comics, the DC Entertainment imprint that brought us Sandman, Preacher, The Invisibles, and Y: The Last Man. Today, DC announced that it will be relaunching the line this fall with seven new comics from a diverse array of creators that focuses on “modern, socially relevant, high-concept, inventive” stories. Many of the creators come from outside of the comics mainstream, including game developer Zoe Quinn, sex-education podcaster Tina Horn, and Nine Inch Nails art director Rob Sheridan. Many of them touch on hot-button issues like white supremacy, xenophobia, state surveillance, and government repression of sexuality. Goddess Mode, which will be written by Quinn… Read More

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