Free speech row as US TV channel forces removal of tweets

Starz criticised over Twitter takedown of users links to news story about pirated shows A US TV channel has forced Twitter to remove tweets linking to a news story about pirated content including tweets from free speech campaigners complaining that the social network was removing other peoples tweets. Starz, the network that airs reported on a leak of promotional copies of those TV shows and others. TorrentFreaks story did not contain any links to the pirated material, although it did include four screenshots of the content in order to report the alleged source of the leak. But when TorrentFreak tweeted a link to the news story, Starz sent Twitter a legal demand to remove the tweet, alleging it infringed the …

Film Festivals Move to Make Virtual Reality a Marquee Event

Film festivals are like catnip for movie buffs, as they can take in wildly original films before anyone else. They also provide filmmakers a platform to show off their goods to a wider audience than they'd otherwise be afforded. At least that's the idea. Festivals still do those things, of course, and they do them well. But, well, so does Netflix. And Amazon. And Hulu. Yet, there's still something film festivals provide that streaming services can't: a social experience. Peter Rubin Why I've Never Mixed Weed With Virtual Reality Peter Rubin Imax Ditched VR—but Big Theaters Are Buying In Peter Rubin Boss Acting Nicer Recently? You May Have VR to Thank Nowhere is this emphasis on being with people more …

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Already Encapsulates 2019

Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" stuns. Literally. It wrenches the listener into a daze. Perhaps you'll wonder where you are, confused by its temperament: both familiar and strange to the ear. But "Old Town Road" is a nexus that pulls in everything with which it comes in contact, and by the fifth listen, with a faint surge of jubilance coursing through you, it feels like a feast. You want more. In the last month alone, the song, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week after a bout of controversy, has forced the internet into a giddy, and sustained, state of gridlock. "Can't nobody tell me nothing," our cowboy announces. And because we, too, desire that …