North Korea Pledges to Dismantle One Nuclear Site If U.S. Takes 'Corresponding Measures'

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North Korea pledged to shut down one of its nuclear test sites in a meeting today between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang. What does the North want in return? “Corresponding measures” from the United States. Unfortunately, we don’t know what that means yet.

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Legion's Dan Stevens Faces a Nightmarish Cult in the First Apostle Trailer

Seems like you’d want to be running away instead of dramatically posing mere feet from the bloody monster-man, but you do you, Dan Stevens.
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What do you do when not facing mutant marvels and battling in wild mental planescapes in Legion? If you’re Dan Stevens, you apparently spend your time investigating old-timey cults that are proooooobably up to no good.

Directed by Gareth Evans, the writer/director behind The Raid, Netflix’s Apostle follows Stevens’ character Thomas Richardson at the dawn of the 20th century, as he attempts to free his sister from the clutches of a religious commune lead by an enigmatic spiritual leader (played by a delightfully accented Michael Sheen) on their island “utopia.” Emphasis on the very sarcastic quotation marks there, because as you’ll see in the trailer below—which is grim enough to warrant a mild NSFW warning—there’s nothing really utopian about ritual sacrifices and plunging nasty-looking drills into the heads of ne’er-do-wells:

It’s kept vague enough that Apostle could just be your run-of-the-mill cult horror movie, but there’s a few moments in this trailer, including a very bloody looking creature/guy that stalks Thomas in the latter half, that makes it seem like there’s potentially something a bit more supernatural behind Michael Sheen’s creepy cultist power hour. We’ll find out on October 12, when Apostle hits Netflix.

 

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Senate Unanimously Passes Music Modernization Act, Improving Artist Payouts From Streaming Giants 

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The Senate cleared a bill late on Tuesday, the Music Modernization Act, that will dramatically restructure the way royalties are handed out to artists and others involved in the creation process—although it did so under heavy opposition from satellite and digital broadcasting services, namely Sirius XM and Music…

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Oh, Right, Keanu Reeves Has a Sci-Fi Film Called Replicas Coming Out

The Keanu Reeves sci-fi film Replicas has a new trailer. Whoa.
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Last year, a Keanu Reeves sci-fi film called Replicas showed up at New York Comic-Con and debuted a trailer. Later, a release date was set for August 24, 2018, which has now come and gone with no fanfare or film release. Now, a new trailer has been released…which is odd, considering we first heard about the film a year ago.

That kind of mysterious delay and reset does not bode well for the film, which features Reeves as a scientist who tries to resurrect his family using some kind of replication technology. Nevertheless, the trailer (once again) looks pretty damn good—and whenever it does finally come out (there’s no release date), we’ll gladly give it a shot.

Replicas, which co-stars Alive Eve and Thomas Middleditch, is “coming soon.”

[H/T The Playlist]

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Court Rules FCC Must Release Records That Could Explain Fraudulent Net Neutrality Comments

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A federal judge ruled last week that the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (currently chaired by Donald Trump appointee Ajit Pai) must release records related to millions of fraudulent public comments filed before the agency repealed net neutrality guidelines last year, Ars Technica reported.

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Looks Like the Spider-Man Comics Are Going to Use a Great Idea From the New Video Game

Peter deals with JJJ’s new career on the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #11.
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Marvel’s Spider-Man is a great game, in part because of the way it pushes and pulls familiar characters from Spidey’s comics universe in new and intriguing ways. And it turns out, one of those particular twists is also going to happen in the Amazing Spider-Man comic later this year.

As CBR notes, details for the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man #11 (by Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley) released in Marvel’s batch of comics solicits for December have revealed that J. Jonah Jameson—who’s been everything from the mayor of New York to a down-on-his-luck blogger in his time since leaving the Daily Bugle in the comics—is taking on a surprising new media career. He’s going to be a pro-Spider-Man radio shock jock:

  • J. JONAH JAMESON has a new job as a shock jock, but is the world ready for a pro-Spider-Man JJJ?
  • More importantly, is Spider-Man ready? His post-secret-identity relationship with Jonah was already complicated, but this very public embrace may put him over the edge!
  • Spidey’s definitely not ready for the Enforcers to come at him harder than ever!

The pro-Spidey angle is a hell of a twist—born out of the fact that JJJ learned Spider-Man’s true identity (err, again) in a heartbreaking issue of Spectacular Spider-Man last year. But the shock jock gig definitely echoes the incredible take Marvel’s Spider-Man—the popular if awkwardly-titled new PS4 game—has on Jameson.

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In the game, players repeatedly hear Jonah (played to delightful perfection by Darin De Paul) as he wildly rants about whatever Spider-Man is up to on his call-in podcast, Just the Facts with J. Jonah Jameson. It is, frankly, a hilarious angle on Jonah that not only feels modern, but true to his irascible character:

Now, you can’t really say it’s a direct inspiration unequivocally yet—after all, comics are planned and scripted months and months in advance, so it’s not like the success of Marvel’s Spider-Man had the Amazing Spider-Man team scrambling to pick and choose parts of it to bring along. It’s more of a fun confluence of convenient coincidences. But of all the characterizations the comics should borrow from the game’s world, this is definitely a very fun one to go with.

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J. Jonah Jameson’s new career begins in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man #11 this December.

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Tesla Now Facing Criminal Probe Over Elon Musk's Take-Private Tweets: Report

Tesla stock took an immediate hit on the news.
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Tesla is facing a criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department over CEO Elon Musk’s haphazard tweets about his desire to take the company private, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg said that federal prosecutors opened a fraud investigation after Musk tweeted last month that he had the “funding secured” to take Tesla private. The latest probe follows a civil investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, along with several securities fraud lawsuits filed by investors.

Musk has taken heat as of late for the take-private bid, after it became almost immediately clear that he didn’t have funding lined up for the deal. News of a criminal probe is sure to rankle some skittish investors about his actions in recent weeks.

A Tesla spokesperson confirmed the automaker has responded to inquiries from the DOJ over Elon’s tweet.

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“Last month, following Elon’s announcement that he was considering taking the company private, Tesla received a voluntary request for documents from the DOJ and has been cooperative in responding to it,” the spokesperson told Jalopnik by email. “We have not received a subpoena, a request for testimony, or any other formal process. We respect the DOJ’s desire to get information about this and believe that the matter should be quickly resolved as they review the information they have received.”

A message was left seeking comment from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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Bank of America's Premium Rewards Card Is Good For Everyone, and Great for Some

As we’ve covered before, cash back cards and travel rewards credit cards are very different beasts, but the Bank of America Premium Rewards credit card combines aspects of both. It probably wouldn’t be my first choice of card, but if you have Bank of America or Merrill Lynch accounts, it gets very attractive, very quickly.


The Points

We’ll get straight to, uh, the point. Each point you earn with the Bank of America Premium Rewards card is worth $.01. There are no fancy redemption options here, you just apply your points as a statement credit at any time, effectively wiping purchases off your statement. If you have a linked Bank of America or Merrill Lynch account, you can also deposit the points there as cash. That’s pretty standard in cash back land, though you can get a lot more value from transferrable points from Chase or Amex.

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That said, out of the gate, you’ll earn two points per dollar spent on travel and dining, and 1.5 points on all other purchases. But if you have a Bank of America checking account, and enough combined assets in Bank of America, Merrill Edge, or Merrill Lynch investment accounts, your earning rates will improve. Note that the tiers below are based on a three month average of your assets.

  • $20,000-$50,000 in assets: 2.5% on dining/travel, 1.875% on other purchases.
  • $50,000-$100,000 in assets: 3% on dining/travel, 2.25% on other purchases.
  • $100,000+ in assets: 3.5% on dining/travel, 2.625% on other purchases.

Welcome Bonus

If you spend $3,000 in your first 90 days after opening the card, you’ll get 50,000 points, which works out to $500. That’s about as good as it gets on a mid-level card like this one.

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Costs and Perks

Unlike most cash back cards, the Premium Rewards card carries a $95 annual fee. However, each year, you’ll get a $100 credit for airline incidentals, inclusive of baggage fees, in-flight purchases, and seat upgrades, though not airfare. Assuming you use that credit, the annual fee is essentially wiped away.

Every four years, you’ll also get a $100 credit towards the purchase of TSA Precheck or Global Entry. Again, this is a benefit that’s available with most travel rewards cards, but it’s nice to see it on what is essentially a cash back offering.

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The card is also notable for waiving foreign transaction fees, while also offering trip cancelation insurance, baggage insurance, and secondary rental car coverage.


So should you get the Bank of America Premium Rewards Card? If you don’t have $20,000 in assets in eligible accounts, it’s a toss-up: Wells Fargo Propel American Express® Card offers a smaller 30,000 point welcome bonus (after $3,000 spent in the first three months), and doesn’t include an airline credit or other travel-friendly perks, but it also pays out triple points on several categories, and doesn’t carry an annual fee.

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The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit card offers a flat 2x points on every purchase, and massive returns from Hotels.com, but is otherwise broadly similar to Bank of America’s offering. Of course, there’s little stopping you from getting multiple cards to maximize every dollar you spend.

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If you do have enough money in the bank to unlock the higher earning rates though, yeah, the Premium Rewards card is one of, if not the best of its cohort. The points aren’t as valuable as Chase Ultimate Rewards Points, but with high bonus earning rates, dead-simple redemption options, and a generous welcome bonus, it’s a really solid offering.


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Nancy Pelosi Hints She's 'Sure' Governor Brown Will Sign California's Net Neutrality Bill

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Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday added her voice to a chorus of California legislators and advocates calling on Governor Jerry Brown to sign Senate Bill 822, legislation that seeks to reenact for California’s 40 million residents the net neutrality protections stripped away by the Federal Communications…

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Prince Andrew Asked the BBC to Air Eugenie's Upcoming Wedding and They Said No, Fearing a 'Flop'

Two bores, apparently
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There’s another royal wedding in the works across the pond, but Britons won’t be coming together one Saturday afternoon to watch it together, because it’s not going to air on television.

Per a report by The Daily Mail (a reliable source, if you ask me), Prince Andrew, the other son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, called up the BBC “demanding” that his daughter Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank air on television, only to be told no. Why? Because, they write, BBC heads feared the special broadcast “would be a ratings flop.”

Said the Daily Mail’s source:

‘From the outset the instruction from the very top was that Eugenie’s wedding must be televised… The feeling at the Palace is that the BBC has dropped the ball. At the end of the day this is going to be a huge Royal Wedding, with all the senior members of the Royal Family in attendance. But nobody wants to take the risk and spend the money it would cost to put it on air.’

While I’m sure the Royal Family is shocked by the BBC’s refusal (they’re reportedly holding out hope for ITV), I have a feeling someone else close to the happy couple isn’t quite as surprised. Remember this iconic quote from Brooksbank’s darling, 91-year-old grandmother?

“I never thought he would get married to a royal. He’s a charming boy and all that but not the most intelligent and I would never have thought this would happen.”

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It wasn’t meant to be.

[The Daily Mail]


And now, here’s Kirstie Alley on gay rumors surrounding John Travolta:

“No, I don’t [believe it]. I know him pretty well — and I know the love.”

During an interview with Dan Wootton, Alley claims she and Travolta “sort of fell in love with each other” while filming Look Who’s Talking, but that they never went all the way:

“It wasn’t a sexual relationship because I’m not going to cheat on my husband. But you know, I think there are things that are way worse than sexual relationships, than cheating on someone that way. I consider what I did even worse because I actually let myself fall in love with him and stay in love with him for a long time.”

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Gay or not, imagine anyone falling in love with John Travolta.

[Us Weekly]


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  • “Jennifer Lopez’s mother, Guadalupe, actually loves Alex Rodriguez, despite a report that maintained she hated her daughter’s boyfriend.” So there!!! [Gossip Cop]
  • Here’s 15 seconds of Chris Martin singing “My Heart Will Go On” at a Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation gala. [Us Weekly]
  • Peter Dinklage says filming the finale of Game of Thrones was “sad.” [Variety]
  • Tell me more about this “Amy Adams lookalike.” [Page Six]
  • Dare u to care about this. [Celebitchy]

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