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Destiny 2 Microtransactions Can Get You Items That May Affect Gameplay: Reports

HIGHLIGHTS Destiny 2 was launched on Wednesday Eververse lets you buy Bright Engrams for Silver Engrams can be decoded for items that may affect gameplay Destiny 2 was launched on Wednesday for the PS4 and Xbox One. The sequel to 2014’s original online-only sci-fi shooter game brings back some of the characters including Tess Everis and her Eververse Trading Company. ... Read More »

Fox plans more 6-second ad slots, as digital influences television

Digital advertising hit a huge milestone this year: in the US, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) says that digital ad spend surpassed television ad spend for the first time ever. By most estimates, digital will overtake television on a global basis this year. As the balance of power shifts, the impact of digital is not only reflected in ad spend but in ... Read More »

The Politics of American Movies

The essence of the current cultural discourse is that everything we watch is at least latently political. And we, the people, are hungry for political art. This recurring column, The Politics of American Movies, will explore everything from racially progressive Westerns and anti-fascist comedies to documentaries about the working class and popcorn flicks with subversive bite. 2 hours ago On ‘Blue ... Read More »

TCA announces new music programme

A new eight-month-long music programme will bring together classical musicians from around the world to perform in Abu Dhabi. Run by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, the season includes the return of the concert series Abu Dhabi Classics (running from October 2017 to May 2018), Umsiyat (January 2018) and performances by students and graduates from Bait Al Oud. “Our Music ... Read More »

Sports Direct fails to meet 2016 pledge on working condi

Mike Ashley, founder and majority shareholder of sportwear retailer Sports Direct, at the controversial Shirebrook warehouse. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters It added that it had “taken steps to promote stability for [these groups of workers] by ensuring changes to scheduled hours by the company [were] kept to a minimum”. It said: “Our research found that in common with surveys by other ... Read More »

LGBT representation on television is tokenistic and de-sexualised

Love Island is happy to include a ‘bromance’ but would never show gay men in a sexualised light ITV/Rex/Shutterstock On Thursday, the director of television for ITV Kevin Lygo caused something of a stir at the Edinburgh Festival. There had been some discussion about expanding the incredibly successful ITV programme Love Island to more proactively include LGBT contestants, but Lygo shot down this idea ... Read More »

Fifth Harmony: Fifth Harmony review – frustratingly patchy pop

Fifth Harmony, left to right: Dinah Jane, Normani Kordei, Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui. Having been reduced to a four-part harmony following the departure of Camila Cabello, US girl band Fifth Harmony’s self-titled third album simultaneously feels like a statement of intent and a hastily cobbled together swansong. There are flashes of brilliance, on the low-slung, sweaty R&B of He Like That ... Read More »

This Week In Sports Law: Barcelona Sues Neymar, Tiger Woods Nudes, Jamaal Tinsley Overpaid

Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar is being sued by his former club, FC Barcelona. (Photo: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images) Neymar Sued For Switching Clubs FC Barcelona is suing soccer superstar Neymar, alleging that he breached a contract by signing with competitor Paris Saint Germain. Barcelona wants Neymar to pay at least 8.5 million euro in damages based on a “loyalty bonus” that was paid out by ... Read More »

‘Entertainment Tonight’ Co-Host Nancy O’Dell Lists Pasadena Estate (EXCLUSIVE)

SELLERS: Nancy O’Dell and Keith Zubchevich LOCATION: Pasadena, CA PRICE: $7,189,000 SIZE: 8,926 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms plus guesthouse YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Last fall, shortly after veteran entertainment news journalist and longtime “Entertainment Tonight” co-host Nancy O’Dell was identified as the married woman Donald Trump crudely and unsuccessfully tried to make a move on in the now infamous leaked “Access Hollywood” video tape on which ... Read More »

Songs for the eclipse – 10 of the best

. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart Songwriter Jim Steinman originally penned his 1983 smash from the point of view of a despondent vampire for a proposed musical he wrote based on Nosferatu. Tyler’s sore-throated vocals perfectly matched the strained drama of Steinman’s music. Together, they created both a great pop song and a staggering piece of kitsch. Either ... Read More »