This week’s new entertainment releases include a solo album from BTS's RM, the return of the holiday display TV contest “The Great Christmas Light Fight” and Tilda Swinton starring in the ghost story “The Eternal Daughter.” Family secrets, betrayal and power struggles are abundant in the new Amazon Prime Video series “Riches” about an affluent Black family in London that runs a multimillion beauty company, and the video game “Marvel’s Midnight Suns” adds a dash of strategy to the usual superhero slugfest. And Robert Downey Jr. affectionately pays tribute to this late father, Robert Downey Sr. in “Sr.,” an intimate documentary the younger Downey spent three years filming with his dad before his death.
If you’re looking for a gift that will keep older kids engaged, Society of Curiosities makes tabletop mystery games with escape room challenges and coded clues. The “Who Framed Mr. Wolfe?” game calls upon players to solve the disappearance of Little Red’s grandmother and is recommended for children 12 and older.
This week’s new entertainment releases include an live posthumous album from Tom Petty, the criminal profile spinoff series “Criminal Minds: Evolution,” a documentary about the plucky Mars Rover Opportunity and a TV series that focuses on the backstage melodrama at the Chippendale’s male strip clubs. There's also the new documentary “Love, Lizzo,” an intimate portrait of the superstar musician, and if you need a way to shake off the stuffing after that Thanksgiving feast, why not throw an international dance party with friends from around the world with Ubisoft’s video game “Just Dance 2023”?
Qatar has banned the sale of beer at World Cup stadiums. It was a sudden U-turn on the deal the conservative Muslim emirate made to secure the soccer tournament only two days before the opening game. The move was the latest sign of the tension of staging the event in the autocratic country where the sale of alcohol is heavily restricted. It’s also a significant blow to World Cup beer sponsor Budweiser and raised questions about how much control FIFA retains over its tournament. When Qatar launched its bid to host the World Cup, the country agreed to FIFA’s requirements of selling alcohol in stadiums. But the details were only released in September, just 11 weeks before the first kickoff. Friday’s statement from FIFA said non-alcoholic beer will still be sold at stadiums.
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Here’s the sitch, Scrabble stans. Your convos around the board are about to get more interesting with about 500 new words and variations added to the game’s official dictionary. Among them are stan, meaning a fan, sitch, short for situation and convo, for conversation. There's also zedonk, dox and fauxhawk. The seventh edition of “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary” was released this month. Among other new words are deadname, pageview and embiggen. Grawlix is one among the highest scorers. Don't know what grawlix is? It's that mashup of symbols on a keyboard that replace curse words in print.
For the film buff in your life, there are plenty of gift options that go beyond a ticket to the movies. Those in Los Angeles, or planning a trip to Hollywood, might enjoy a ticket to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to check out Bruce the shark from “Jaws." Or maybe a festival pass for the TCM Classic Film Festival in April. There's also an illustrated coffee-table book about the best moments in Oscars fashion, a subscription to one of the best film podcasts out there, a new LP of the music of “The Godfather” trilogy and a 4K UHD of “Top Gun: Maverick.”
Adults. They, too, need fun stuff for the holidays. There's a wide range of gifty possibilities this holiday season. Try Wordle: The Party Game, which builds on the massively popular word adventure scooped up by The New York Times. For baby boomers, Dylan's Candy Bar sells a plastic tackle box full of nostalgic treats like throwback Zots and Chick-O-Sticks. Schwinn makes a scooter for grown-ups that looks like a bike. For theater lovers, why not gift BroadwayHD, a streaming service with more than 300 theater productions. Lego is selling a 1,164-piece set based on the TV hit “The Office.” If none of that does the trick, reach for a pricey bottle of booze, or an Advent calendar full of licorice.
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Apple and the company behind the popular video game Fortnite squared off Monday before three federal appellate judges who will decide the next round in a high-stakes battle over whether the iPhone app store is an illegal monopoly that stifles competition and drives up consumer prices. The oral arguments came 14 months after a lower court judge issued a ruling largely preserved Apple’s exclusive control over the apps allowed on the more than 1 billion iPhones currently in use worldwide. Much of Monday's 75-minute session revolved around the so-called “walled garden” Apple has built to protect the app store.
This week’s new entertainment releases include an album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, a documentary about how Mickey Mouse became beloved by children and adults and a cash machine for Disney’s growing entertainment empire, and Chris Hemsworth puts himself and his body to the test in National Geographic’s “Limitless.” One of Netflix’s biggest forays into the family film field is “Slumberland,” a $90-million fantasy adventure by “Hunger Games” director Francis Lawrence. And Fox Nation’s four-part series marking the 150-year history of Yellowstone National Park has the appropriate host in Kevin Costner, star of the drama “Yellowstone.”
Kevin Conroy has died at 66. The prolific voice actor's gravely delivery on the “Batman: The Animated Series” was for many Batman fans the definitive sound of the Caped Crusader. Warner Bros. announced Friday that Conroy died Thursday after a battle with cancer. Conroy was the voice of Batman on the acclaimed animated series that ran from 1992-1996, often acting opposite Mark Hamill’s Joker. Conroy continued on as the almost exclusive animated voice of Batman, including some 15 films, 400 episodes of television and two dozen video games. In the eight-decade history of Batman, no one played the Dark Knight more.
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The spinning top, whose origins can be traced to ancient times, has a permanent new place in the National Toy Hall of Fame. The top was inducted into the hall of fame on Thursday, along with Lite-Brite and Masters of the Universe action figures. The trio of honorees was chosen from a field of 12 finalists that also included bingo, Breyer Horses, Catan, Nerf, piñata, Phase 10, Pound Puppies, Rack-O, and Spirograph. The hall of fame in Rochester, New York, recognizes toys that have inspired creativity and endured over time. Anyone can nominate a toy. A panel of experts votes on the winners.
The effort to legalize sports betting in California ran headlong into a typical challenge for competing ballot measures as they were battered by negative advertising that doomed both to spectacular failure in the most expensive ballot race in U.S. history. With more than 5 million votes counted Wednesday, more than 80% of voters rejected an effort that would have allowed online and phone wagers and 70% opposed a measure to let gamblers place sports bets at tribal casinos and horse tracks. Supporters of both measures say they will reevaluate how to stake a claim to a potential billion dollar market in the nation’s most populous state.
This week’s new entertainment releases include albums by Bruce Springsteen and Louis Tomlinson, Olivia Wilde's “Don't Worry Darling” hits HBO Max, and Dan Levy of Emmy-winning “Schitt’s Creek” fame has “The Big Brunch,” a cooking competition he created and hosts. There's also a new Sonic the Hedgehog video game from Sega, the documentary “Fire of Love” about husband-and-wife volcanologists, and film critic and historian Elvis Mitchell looks at the history of Black cinema with the landmark films of the 1970s in the new Netflix documentary, “Is That Black Enough For You?!?”
Ross Chastain skyrocketed to motorsports infamy for wall-riding his way into NASCAR’s championship race with a video-game style move that has overshadowed the finale and his fellow title contenders. It puts pressure on the eighth-generation Florida watermelon farmer and journeyman NASCAR driver. He'll race Sunday at Phoenix Raceway for his first Cup championship against Christopher Bell, who is also in the finale for the first time. Chase Elliott and Joey Logano are both racing for a second title.
Police say they have few leads in the fatal shooting of rapper Takeoff dead outside a private party at a downtown Houston bowling alley. They say most of the 40 people who attended the party at 810 Billiards & Bowling fled when the gunfire erupted early Tuesday. That's left investigators grasping for clues and asking for witnesses to come forward. Born Kirsnick Khari Ball, Takeoff was one-third of the award-winning group Migos, along with Quavo and Offset. Police say two other people suffered non-life-threatening wounds. They say at least two people opened fire.
Ross Chastain has been criticized all season by his rivals for being too aggressive on the track. He's worried that they may be right. But he put that in the back of his head Sunday when a spot in NASCAR's championship race was on the line. Chastain rode the wall for the final half-lap at Martinsville Speedway to gain five positions and snatch the final spot in next week's championship finale. It was a stunning move that was celebrated in all corners of motorsports. NASCAR said what Chastain did was legal, too. But his competitors aren't sure it should stay that way.
Capcom's latest edition in its "Street Fighter" franchise is taking a jab at recreating the golden age of arcades with its Battle Hub feature.