35 of the best movies to see on Disney Plus – CNET

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2016 biopic Hidden Figures.

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We all know Disney Plus has Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and classic cartoon nourishment for you to hit up whenever you need a comforting night in. But aside from all that, there are a host of great Disney movies which might not be front and center on your radar. Here are some of the best — and newest — movies on Disney Plus you might have overlooked.

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Soul (2020)

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If you loved Inside Out, Soul is definitely for you. Another trip down existential lane, Soul is Pixar exploring what it means to live. Middle school music teacher Joe is on the verge of fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional jazz pianist, when his soul is accidentally separated from his body. In the strange land of The Great Before, he learns about his life’s purpose, passion and spark to live. The first Pixar film to feature an African-American protagonist, Soul is bursting with grand ideas, delivered in a colorful, inventive package. It does what Pixar does best: Keeps both kids and adults entertained.

Hidden Figures (2016)

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If you want a true, uplifting story, Hidden Figures ticks all the boxes. The Oscar-nominated biopic follows the Black female mathematicians who were instrumental in helping NASA during the space race. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson are the names that hopefully you’ll remember after watching, and the three women are brought to life by the unwaveringly excellent performances of Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe.

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

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The movie that kicked off a rise in sad teen romances. Based on John Green’s hit novel, The Fault in Our Stars follows Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old cancer patient who meets the charming Augustus Waters at a support group. Watch the two fall in love over a shared book obsession that leads them on an adventure all the way to Amsterdam in search of a reclusive author. You’ll laugh and weep in equal measure, thanks to transcendent performances from Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020)

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One of the best original Disney Plus movies, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is as fun as its title suggests. Timmy Failure is an 11-year-old detective running his personal agency with the help of polar bear Total, his imaginary best friend. Being weird is something to celebrate in this delightful caper bursting with imagination.

Mulan (2020)

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Continuing its crusade of live-action remakes of cartoon classics, Disney brings Mulan — for a $30 fee on top of your subscription. Or just wait until Dec. 4 for it to become free for all subscribers. Unlike 2019’s The Lion King, 2020’s Mulan adds more to its story about a young woman who takes her father’s place in a fight against a Hun invasion during the Han dynasty. You won’t hear any of the iconic songs, but it’s a visual feast with a few new characters and exhilarating action. It should be a good one to pump all the family up.

Holes (2003)

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A faithful adaptation of Louis Sachar’s YA novel, Holes saw a fresh-from-Even-Stevens Shia LaBeouf take on one of his first major film roles. Stanley Yelnats IV’s family is cursed to the point Stanley is wrongfully convicted of stealing a pair of sneakers and sentenced to time at a juvenile detention camp… where they dig holes in the desert. Along with an immense cast, including Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight and Patricia Arquette, Holes has a visual and thematic sophistication you might not expect from a teen movie.

Splash (1984)

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Ron Howard’s rom-com about a man who falls in love with a mermaid scored an Oscar nom for its screenplay — and rightly so, with its perfectly warm, glowy comedy letting stars Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah do their charming thing. Splash is pure comfort viewing with the added fun fact that Hannah’s mermaid tale was designed by visual effects artists to be fully functional.

Frankenweenie (2012)

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A black-and-white homage (and spoof) of old horror movies, Frankenweenie tells a charmingly simple story: A boy named Victor tries to bring his dead dog back to life. Using stop-motion and a host of Tim Burton cast favorites, including Winona Ryder, this take on Frankenstein is a classic Burton oddball story, brought to life with heart, beautiful visuals and a palpable boyish enthusiasm.

Avatar (2009)

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Yep, there are about 100 more Avatar movies on the way, but why not rewatch the original that blew everyone’s minds when it came out in 2009 with its insane technical breakthroughs in special effects? The human race invades Pandora and its indigenous Na’vi in a misguided attempt to colonize the lush, habitable moon. Aside from the cardboard cutout characters and obvious A to B script, James Cameron’s epic remains undeniably sensational to this day.

The Parent Trap (1961)

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Before Lindsay Lohan made her film debut in the remake of this rom-com, Hayley Mills starred in The Parent Trap, playing both twin sisters on a quest to reunite their divorced parents. A flick that speaks to both adults and kids, the original The Parent Trap thrives on its relatable family dynamic, charming characters and well-timed gags, even if it doesn’t break any new ground.

Black Is King (2020)

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Nearly single-handedly leading the rise of the “visual album” (The Beatles started it all the way back in the ’60s), Beyoncé and her latest, Black Is King, melds together just that: stunning visuals and music from the tie-in album she curated to the recent The Lion King. A “love letter to Africa”, the film’s story is told with the help of some of today’s outstanding black artists, including Beyoncé, who directs as well. With unbelievable cinematography, a score featuring traditional African music, instantly iconic costume design and powerful cultural themes, every second of this personal work of art needs to be glued to your eyeballs.

The Sound of Music (1965)

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The iconic songs, Julie Andrews and that famous opening scene in the hills should instantly stir up the childhood joy of watching The Sound of Music. Andrews’ vibrato alone could shake loose lyrics from your brain like: “Doe, a deer, a female deer/Ray, a drop of golden sun.” If you didn’t read that in the way it was sung, it’s time to crack open this enduring classic again and spend a few verses with the seven von Trapp children and their music-loving governess.

Millions (2004)

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This little gem from none other than Trainspotting director Danny Boyle is filled with eccentric flourishes. Damian is a 9-year-old in the north-west of England who, while playing beside the train tracks, literally sees a bag of money drop into his life. While the kind-hearted and religious Damian donates to the poor, his acts of kindness lead to complications. This unusual kids movie with unusually deep ideas is a total charmer.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

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Is this the best ever Christmas movie? Whether it takes that mantle or not, the original Miracle on 34th Street is a forever holiday favorite, practically glowing despite being in black-and-white. A New York department store Santa Claus claims to be the real Santa, infecting shoppers with Christmas spirit and destroying the cynicism of anyone who stands in his path. This aggressively delightful movie is a must for your stocking later in the year.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

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The first in the modern adaptations of C.S. Lewis’ fantasy books is the strongest in the trilogy, capturing the wonder and magic of discovering a fantasy world inside a wardrobe. The Pevensie children encounter Tilda Swinton’s White Witch, James McAvoy’s Mr. Tumnus and Liam Neeson’s Aslan as they help protect Narnia from evil. Standing in a snowy swirl of choral music and impressive visual effects, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is big, moving family adventure.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

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Adapted from Jules Verne’s novel about a giant sea monster attacking ships in the Pacific Ocean, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is best known for, among other things, a fight with a giant squid. Not to mention the superb James Mason as Captain Nemo, the likeable anti-hero and commander of advanced submarine, the Nautilus. Considered an early precursor of the steampunk genre, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a voyage you can’t pass up.

Howard (2018)

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If you’re a fan of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, then go behind-the-scenes with the late writer behind the lyrics of their iconic songs. Documentary Howard lovingly unfurls a portrait of Howard Ashman’s life and work, dotted with fascinating clips from the productions of those Disney classics. With music from Alan Menken, who scored the unforgettable songs with Ashman, Howard glows with love for the songwriter and lyricist.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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While Tim Burton didn’t write or direct The Nightmare Before Christmas, it’s embroidered with the darkest and scariest objects of his imagination. Jack Skellington, the king of “Halloween Town”, stumbles through a portal to “Christmas Town” and gives celebrating the holiday a go. With music from Danny Elfman and stunning stop-motion animation, The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of Tim Burton’s most original, daring feats.

Hamilton (2020)

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Instead of hitting cinemas, the live recording of the glorious original 2015 Broadway musical Hamilton slid right onto Disney Plus. Drawing from hip hop and casting non-white actors as historical figures, it covers the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton after he arrives in New York City in 1776 and assists General George Washington during the American Revolution, up to his death in a dual with Vice President Aaron Burr. Proving the power of Broadway can translate to the small screen, Hamilton on Disney Plus is a welcome cheaper way to watch the revolutionary piece of American theater.

Mary Poppins (1964)

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If you haven’t watched the original Mary Poppins in a while, then prepare for Walt Disney’s crowning live-action achievement to envelope you with its bucket load of sugar once more. With sumptuous sets, indelible songs and overall wonder, Mary Poppins is just about as perfect as its magical titular nanny, who descends from the clouds holding an umbrella to help bring the Banks’ family closer together.

Apollo: Missions to the Moon (2019)

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National Geographic’s documentary on the moon landing shines a light on the human achievement with rare archival footage and audio. Charting our journey to the moon across 12 years and 12 manned-missions, with insight into the astronauts, their families and the thousands of others involved, Apollo: Missions to the Moon provides a fresh, extensive look into the US space program.

Old Yeller (1957)

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Considered one of, if not the best, movie about a boy and his dog, Old Yeller will emotionally cripple you if you relate to losing a pet best friend. Still, this culturally significant film is one to absorb for many reasons, with its family-friendly coming-of-age story about a boy and his stray dog in post-Civil War Texas.

Queen of Katwe (2016)

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If you’re in the mood for a feel-good movie with a story of triumph over adversity, then Queen of Katwe will more than satisfy. The best part is that it’s based on a true story about the first titled female chess player in Ugandan chess history, Phiona Mutesi. Life in the Katwe slum is a constant struggle, but everything changes when she learns how to play chess. Starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, Queen of Katwe is a winning checkmate.

That Darn Cat! (1965)

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This comedy thriller is about, yep, a mischievous Siamese tomcat, with bank robbers and a kidnapping thrown in for good measure. Sisters Inky and Patti live with their adventurous cat (named Darn Cat or DC), who loves to wander around town, until one night he comes across a bank employee being held hostage. This whimsical novelty might not be the most sophisticated detective story, but with entertaining gags and a stunning performance from our feline hero, it’s a classic Disney charmer.

Pete’s Dragon (2016)

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A remake of the ’70s live-action musical comedy, David Lowery’s version of the story about a boy who befriends a dragon drops the singing for a soulful, human tale. A forest ranger, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, does her best to protect the feral orphan boy and his dragon pal, before hunters capture the big green guy. With a dash of E.T. and The Jungle Book, Pete’s Dragon is enchanting and sincere, with two souls trying to help each other at the heart.

The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)

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Starring a young John Cusack, The Journey of Natty Gann depicts life in ’30s Chicago during the Great Depression. The titular Natty Gann, a tomboy played by Meredith Salenger, embarks on a cross-country journey to find her father, riding the rails and meeting interesting characters on the way, including a wolfdog (a dog-cross-wolf). With superb lead performances and portrayal of Depression-era life, The Journey of Natty Gann is an ’80s gem worth checking out.

The Jungle Book (2016)

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This live-action/CGI adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s collection of stories brings the tale of an orphan boy living with animals in the jungle to life with a stacked voice cast, including Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken. Borrowing elements from the ’60s animated movie, The Jungle Book weaves together spectacular visual effects, musical numbers and a special performance from Elba as Shere Khan, enveloping you in its wondrously vivid world.

The Princess Bride (1987)

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If you’re not still quoting Rob Reiner’s classic adventure movie that came out over 30 years ago, it’s time for a refresher, so you can whip out, “Inconceivable!” once in a while. Farmhand Westley must rescue his true love Buttercup from Prince Humperdinck. A fresh take on the damsel-in-distress story, The Princess Bride is the definition of a postmodern fairytale, with a little good old-fashioned swashbuckling thrown in.

Freaky Friday (2003)

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Mary Rodgers’ novel about a mother and daughter who switch bodies is so good Disney has adapted it three times. The third, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsey Lohan, charms in large part thanks to Curtis showing off her sparkling comedic talent outside doing her Halloween thing. Watch out for the scene where Mom torments her thoroughly confused son.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

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The man behind Back to the Future brought his originality to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, set in a 1947 version of Hollywood where cartoon characters and people co-exist. Robert Zemeckis’s setup is both simple and touching: A private investigator attempts to exonerate Roger Rabbit, a “Toon” accused of murdering a wealthy businessman. Not only entertaining, but a technical breakthrough in modern American animation, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is one to marvel at.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

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Yep, it was based on a Disney theme park ride, but the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie in the ballooning franchise remains its best, in particular for introducing Johnny Depp’s eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow. Sparrow and blacksmith Will Turner attempt to rescue the kidnapped Elizabeth Swann from cursed pirates who become undead skeletons at night. A pure blockbuster buoyed by Depp’s comedic brilliance, The Curse of the Black Pearl makes a pirate’s life look enthralling.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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One of Tim Burton’s most personal works, Edward Scissorhands is a modern fairy tale zapped to life with Burton’s gothic flair and big heart. An artificial man with scissors instead of hands is taken in by a suburban family and falls in love with their teenage daughter. The surrealism and comedy found in the suburbia come in stark contrast with Edward’s haunting castle — a testament to Burton’s striking imagination, with added soul from Johnny Depp’s outsider. Completely enchanting.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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A modernization of The Taming of the Shrew, 10 Things I Hate About You retells Shakespeare’s comedy in a late-’90s American high school setting. New student Cameron attempts to convince Patrick to date the antisocial sister of the girl he fancies, in order to get around their father’s strict rule on dating. Fueled by the late Heath Ledger’s pure charm, with a clever script and an overall buzzing spirit, 10 Things I Hate About You is a cut above your average high school movie.

The Straight Story (1999)

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A road trip film directed by David Lynch? Based on a true story of a World War II veteran who drives across Iowa and Wisconsin on a lawn mower? The Straight Story is sublime, from its realistic dialogue, burning orange Midwestern landscapes, to the warm characters who care for the elderly Alvin Straight. One of Lynch’s greats.

Inauguration Day a palindrome, and that won’t happen again for 1,000 years – CNET

Inauguration Day 2021 will go down in the history books for many reasons, including the swearing in of Kamala Harris, the first female vice president. But the numbers that make up the day’s date on the calendar are special as well. Jan. 20, 2021, when delivered in American numerical format (month-day-year), is a palindrome, meaning it can be read the same forward and backward — 1-20-21. 

According to The Farmers’ Almanac, this will be the first palindrome-number Inauguration Day in American history. Maybe your descendants from the far-off future living in Martian colonies will see the next one, which won’t be until 1-20-3021, assuming man is still alive, and woman can survive. 

And Wednesday is just the start of the trend.

“1-20-21 begins the first of 10 consecutive palindrome dates (numbers that read the same forward and backward) in the five-digit format,” The Farmers’ Almanac tweeted. “There will be a TOTAL of 22 palindrome dates in 2021.”

Wednesday kicks off 10 palindrome dates in a row. The dates of 1-20-21, 1-21-21, 1-22-21, 1-23-21, 1-24-21, 1-25-21, 1-26-21, 1-27-21, 1-28-21 and 1-29-21 all read the same forward and backward. While these dates are all five-digit palindromes, the month has already seen a four-digit palindrome — back on Jan. 2, when the date could be written as 1-2-21. You can also write Jan. 20, 2021, as a seven digit palindrome if you write out the entire year, 1-20-2021.

Come December, there will be nine consecutive six-digit palindromes, The Farmers’ Almanac notes, beginning with the first day of the month, and including the dates 12-1-21, 12-2-21, 12-3-21, 12-4-21, 12-5-21, 12-6-21, 12-7-21, 12-8-21 and 12-9-21. And Dec. 2, 2021 can double as an eight-digit palindrome, 12-02-2021.

The 2020 Super Bowl also fell on a palindrome date — 02-02-2020.

The 20 best movies to see on Amazon Prime Video – CNET

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Slyvie’s Love, starring Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha.

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While clicking through Amazon Prime Video, you’ve probably come across a handful of Amazon original movies. They can be hit and miss, but some of them are surprising gems. Amazon snaps up movies like Manchester by the Sea to show in the US, but it also nabs worldwide rights to originals perfect for a night in with a smaller screen. Hopefully you’ll find something to your taste (and available in your country) below.

Read more: The 19 best TV shows to watch on Amazon Prime Video

Sylvie’s Love

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While Sylvie’s Love is, at its core, an old-fashioned love story, its dewy romance is remarkably refreshing: A period drama centered on Black people that isn’t dominated by issues of race and bigotry. Set in an aesthetically-enchanting ’60s New York City, it follows Sylvie and Robert, who have a chance to reconnect after a summer romance five years ago. Both work in music and the film’s soundtrack, featuring Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and more, helps transport you to this glowing place.

I’m Your Woman

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Not your usual crime thriller, I’m Your Woman follows the perspective of a mobster’s wife, played by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Rachel Brosnahan. A betrayal forces Jean to go on the run with a newborn baby and a bodyguard, her husband’s former associate Cal (Arinzé Kene). The ’70s-set neo-noir circles around themes like racial tensions, privilege and survival. It moves along at a surprisingly steady pace, giving you time to absorb the powerful psychological impact of Jean’s new situation.

The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle

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This crowdfunded film is a bundle of quirky, feel-good adventures in a sweet 90-minute hit. After a tragic loss, 27-year-old antique shop owner Sissy Carlyle retreats into her inner world, imagining 11 different, exciting lives that she details in her journals. But eventually she questions whether to shed her fantasy cocoon and face stark realities, which might not be as hopeless as they once seemed. Uplifting is the word to describe Sissy’s ultimate adventure in The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle.

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Nearly 15 years after Kazakh journalist and TV personality Borat first graced our big screens, he’s back playing pranks on unsuspecting Americans while delivering some incredibly incisive cultural commentary. In Borat 2, or Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Borat’s on a trip to the US to offer his daughter Tutar (played by a revelatory Maria Bakalova) to Vice President Mike Pence during the 2020 presidential election — and the COVID-19 pandemic. Prepare to cringe at the doubled-down political incorrectness before succumbing to the outrageous laughs.

Selah and the Spades

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If you’re into the dark-things-happen-at-boarding-schools genre, then Selah and the Spades might be the subject to sign up for. A senior leads a faction called the Spades who sell drugs to other students. But Selah’s about to graduate, so must find the right candidate to carry on her legacy. Shot beautifully and guided by debut director Tayarisha Poe’s unique lens, this is a taste of even greater things to come.

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The Big Sick introduced the world to Kumail Nanjiani, who co-wrote the movie based on his real-life romance with partner Emily V. Gordon. After the pair go on a few promising dates, Emily inexplicably falls ill and must be placed in an induced coma. While Kumail gets to know her worried parents at the hospital, his own Pakistani family keeps arranging dates for him with other women. Not only ripe for cultural comedy setups, The Big Sick is also a down-to-earth and heartfelt story of an interracial couple.

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A psychological thriller starring a pre-Joker Joaquin Phoenix? Yeah, more people need to watch You Were Never Really Here. Lynne Ramsay’s masterful take on a story about a hitman who’s hired to rescue a politician’s daughter from a human trafficking network, is stark, brutal and mercifully straight to the point, running at a taut 90 minutes. With Phoenix doing his brilliant committed actor thing, You Were Never Really Here is more than your average thriller.

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An enjoyable comedy, yes, but Brittany Runs a Marathon also hits close to home, focusing on the things we’re all obsessed with: food, body image and exercise. Brittany, played by the effortlessly relatable Jillian Bell, receives strong advice from her doctor to lose weight and cut the hard-partying lifestyle. She starts running, taking all the tough steps toward the life-changing finish line. Watch it from your couch, then be inspired to head outside for a jog.

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Luca Guadagnino’s horror picture framed in a bleak, art house window won’t be for everyone, but for those who go down the rabbit hole of its prestigious Berlin dance school, you’re in for a twisted treat. Tilda Swinton is the majestic lead teacher, who mentors young ingenue Dakota Johnson. Be warned: The flexible dancers bring new contortions to body horror. It’s a long movie, at over two and a half hours, but if you’re into disturbing visuals and a touch of witchcraft, there are a couple of jaw-dropping scenes you’ll want to stick around for.

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Based on the life of British adventurer Percy Fawcett, The Lost City of Z drops you into the Amazon Rainforest on the search for an ancient lost city. If that setup for adventure isn’t enticing enough, the movie stars Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland… with a moustache. A beautiful, grandiose film put together with great care, The Lost City of Z might move slower than you think, but that only enhances its fascinating psychological layers.

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Prepare for Amazon’s first big, prestigious movie to wallop you in the chest. A broken man who’s experienced terrible losses becomes the guardian of his teenage nephew. Lee Chandler’s story will hit you with punch after emotional punch, as will the immense performances from the likes of Michelle Williams. Another accomplishment from Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea is full-bodied, unforgettable storytelling.

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Even if you’ve heard good things about The Handmaiden, nothing can prepare you for the insane twists this exquisite South Korean movie takes. Classed as an erotic psychological thriller, The Handmaiden contains explicit scenes you should probably avoid watching with parents around. It all kicks off with a con man wooing a Japanese heiress with the intention of committing her to an asylum once they’re married. But his pickpocket partner who poses as her maid strays from the plan. If you’ve been getting into South Korean films thanks to Parasite, this is a must watch.

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In trademark Jim Jarmusch style, this low-key indie narrows in on the finer details of regular life with a distinct sense of humor. Spanning one week, Paterson follows a bus driver and poet named Paterson who listens to passengers talking, takes his dog for walks and stops for beers at his local bar. Adam Driver alone makes all that endlessly watchable. Dotted with the idiosyncratic characters living in a New Jersey town, Paterson offers a wise take on life, delving into personal setbacks and the new paths weaved around them.

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Written by and starring Mindy Kaling, Late Night follows an acclaimed news show host whose ratings are on the decline. She hires a female, Indian-American writer to shake up her white-male writer’s room. Never preachy, while making an argument for transforming Emma Thompson into a real-life talk show host, Late Night is lively comedy with hints of The Devil Wears Prada. That alone should be a solid reason to watch it.

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Following lovers from different backgrounds and temperaments, Pawel Pawlikowski’s historical drama is set in a ravaged, post-World War II Poland. Zula is an ambitious young singer faking a peasant identity, while Wiktor is a jazz musician holding auditions for a state-sponsored folk music ensemble. The politics are handled elegantly and the black-and-white visuals are precise and beautiful. For an 88-minute treat of a sumptuous, passionate, almost impossible love story, look no further than Cold War.

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The Vast of Night is a curious indie sci-fi flick from debut director Andrew Patterson that plays with narrative in clever ways. Long, sweeping shots carry us after two young radio workers who investigate an audio frequency they think could be traced to aliens. The distinct 1950s New Mexico setting, and characters delivering monologues with the smooth intonations of those on radio, all build an eerie atmosphere with satisfying payoff.

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Shia LaBeouf wrote the screenplay for this autobiographical movie about a child actor and his relationship with his father. We follow Otis, who’s traumatized after days on set accompanied by his father, a former rodeo clown. LaBeouf actually plays the character inspired by his father, giving Honey Boy even more psychological layers. This is fascinating, cinematic therapy from a singular perspective.

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I Am Not Your Negro is a documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and inspired by a collection of notes and letters written by American writer and activist James Baldwin in the mid-’70s. The subject of these memoirs? His close friends, the revolutionary civil rights leaders Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers. Exploring the history of racism in the US, I Am Not Your Negro spotlights, through Baldwin’s observations, the painful struggle for civil rights.

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One Child Nation gives you an illuminating look at China’s one-child policy, which lasted from 1979 to 2015. Its directors, Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang, were born during this period and explore the aftereffects of what had become a normal aspect of life for Chinese people. Looking at the unpleasant side of the “population war” through the experiences of a wide variety of people, One Child Nation is a stark illustration of this period of Chinese history.

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The Coen Brothers meet Wes Anderson in this black comedy thriller steered by two brilliant young female leads. Set in a snowy fishing town in Maine, Blow the Man Down follows sisters, played by Morgan Saylor and Sophie Lowe, who try to hide the body of a man after he attacked one of them and she fought back. While on their crime caper, they find themselves digging up the town matriarchs’ dark secrets, spinning this into a noir mystery. It’s as wonderful as it sounds.

19 of the best TV shows to binge on Amazon Prime Video – CNET

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Tales From the Loop.

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Amazon Prime Video has gathered an impressive lineup of original shows to keep you entertained. It’s also picked up excellent programs from other countries to stream in the US. Thankfully, those exclusives, like A Very English Scandal and Catastrophe, can be appreciated by a wider audience. Let’s round up the best TV shows Amazon has to offer.

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The Wilds

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Amazon’s first original young adult offering is an intriguing combination of Lost and the Breakfast Club — and it works. Crucially, the cast of characters who find themselves stranded on a deserted island are all teenage girls. To them, that makes life even more excruciating. Each has a very different background — from spoiled rich girl to Native American — but they have to put aside their differences to survive, learning a thing or two about themselves on the way. Things get even more dark and thrilling when Rachel Griffiths’ Gretchen Klein comes into the picture as the head of the secretive Dawn of Eve program.

Tales from the Loop

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Not just another show about a small town where strange things happen, Tales from the Loop has a lot more underneath the surface. Drawing from a narrative art book by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, the series is stunning to look at, meticulous as can be with symmetrical frames. Light and space are infused with a painterly feel. The interconnected townspeople are similarly nuanced, their stories exploring loneliness, aging, the impact of technology and more through sci-fi ideas.

Truth Seekers

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Longtime comedy pair Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) hit the small screen with Truth Seekers, a surprisingly dark comedy with a sinister edge. Frost plays Gus, a paranormal investigator when he’s not working for Dave’s (Pegg) broadband company taking assignments in creepy houses across the UK. The ghost-a-week format turns into solving a larger conspiracy, with a few guest stars who’re clearly having a ball. It won’t top Pegg and Frost’s list of best projects, but it’s good fun, especially around Halloween.

Hanna

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The premise of Hanna, a Joe Wright action thriller from 2011, is so good Amazon fleshed it out for a TV series. Starring Esme Creed-Miles as the skilled young assassin living in the Romanian wilderness, Hanna the TV show expands the teen’s backstory and explains why the CIA’s Marissa Wiegler has an obsession with capturing her.

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A comedy-drama set in New York’s classical music scene, Mozart in the Jungle is as whimsical as its title suggests. Upcoming oboist Hailey meets eccentric conductor Rodrigo, who’s tasked with revitalizing the New York Symphony. Never losing you with jargon, Mozart in the Jungle charmingly reveals an edgier side to the world of strings, playing its own symphony of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.

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The Boys stormed Amazon last year with its ultra-violent tale of antihero vigilantes seeking revenge against the world’s most beloved superheroes. But these heroes aren’t what they seem: Their corporate overlords cover up their shady personal lives, including sexual harassment and the odd assassination. With social commentary, black comedy and pops of gore, The Boys takes a thrilling and unapologetic step away from the family-friendly genre.

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A sex scandal in the UK Parliament? Starring Hugh Grant and Ben Wishaw? You can thank Russell T. Davies for dramatizing this slice of late-’70s British politics. Jeremy Thorpe, a Liberal member of Parliament, wants to silence unhappy ex-lover Norman before his career ends up in tatters. Watch the murder conspiracy, big trial and media scrutiny through A Very English Scandal’s darkly funny lens.

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Transparent’s unique story follows the Pfefferman siblings who discover their dad is transitioning into a woman named Maura. Other aspects of the Pfefferman’s lives, like a sour marriage and a disappointing child, give this tightly scripted comedy-drama a relatable side. Poignant and ambitious, Transparent is a show to look out for.

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While season 2 of Homecoming didn’t quite find its feet, season 1 hit the ground running. Julia Roberts made her small-screen debut in this psychological thriller about an army rehabilitation facility run by questionable owners. Using an effective, mystery-building narrative that covers two timelines, Homecoming is high on tension and paranoia as it reveals what the facility’s true purpose is. Fun fact: The series uses the actual scores of movies from Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and more.

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This unique series uses the Rotoscoping animation technique to tell the story of a young woman who, after suffering a near-fatal car accident, discovers she can manipulate time. Intriguing, right? It gets better: Bob Odenkirk plays Alma’s dead father, who enlists her help in investigating his murder. Bending both time and space, Undone is surreal and beautifully existential for those looking for deep material.

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While The Tick was sadly canceled after two seasons, the superhero comedy will still give you a hit of fast-paced, colorful action with its tongue firmly in its cheek. Based on the comic book character, The Tick is a bulletproof hero who wears a, yep, blue tick suit. His sidekick? The meek Arthur who wears a … moth suit. Their nemesis is The Terror, a supervillain in their city’s underworld. If you want to sit back and watch pure superhero entertainment, you’ve found the right show.

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The Man in the High Castle imagines an alternate history where the Axis powers (Rome-Berlin-Tokyo) win World War II. Based on a Philip K. Dick novel, the series follows characters in the ’60s who live in a parallel universe, where Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan control the US. But there’s impossible newsreel footage surfacing of a world where Germany and Japan lose the war, causing some to rebel. To really hammer home its dystopia credentials, The Man in the High Castle is steered by producer Ridley Scott. Fully realized and with a focused plot, this is gripping TV.

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Amazon rescued The Expanse from the realm of canceled TV, bringing us a fourth season with a fifth to come. Thank goodness it did, because The Expanse is smart sci-fi with realistic characters, high production values and a dash of detective noir. Set in a future where humanity has colonized the Solar System, a conspiracy threatens to start a cold war between the largest powers. A band of antiheroes find themselves at the center. Look forward to more space western themes in the consistently excellent later seasons.

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Con man Marius walks free from jail, only to be hunted by the gangster he once robbed. So he assumes the identity of his cell mate Pete and walks back into the lives of Pete’s estranged family, who are none the wiser. Bryan Cranston brings all the gravitas to gangster Vince in this part-drama, party-comedy. The twists and dicey situations will carry you through the addictive episodes as quickly as Pete pulls his cons.

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This long-running police procedural, inspired by Michael Connelly novels, gets everything right for old-fashioned detective drama. We follow Los Angeles police detective Harry Bosch, who’s haunted by the death of his mother. While catching serial killers and keeping his family safe, he investigates her murder. Functional and no-nonsense, Bosch provides steady mystery with an equally steady lead.

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A ’50s housewife who becomes a standup comic? This brilliant series from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, is filled with sparkling performances from Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein, with dialogue to match. Set in a vibrant and changing New York, our delightful heroine moonlights as a comedian, while doing her duties as an upper class Jewish American housewife. With impressive visuals, warmth and zingers, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is the full package.

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Not only does this horror anthology series feature Japanese folklore and explorers heading into uncharted territory, but its first chapter stars pre-Chernobyl Jared Harris. He plays the captain of Arctic explorer ships that end up stuck in the ice. On top of the harsh conditions and cabin fever, an unknown presence in the mist stalks the crew. Strung with atmospheric dread, The Terror is thrilling, prestige horror.

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If somehow the Fleabag train passed you by, it’s time to let it hit you at its full, incredible force. Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes and stars in the play-turned extraordinary comedy series. A 30-something woman who runs a cafe lives a sex-filled life with a sense of humor that hides the tragedies she hasn’t yet come to terms with. Just about word-for-word perfect, with a fourth-wall breaking device, Fleabag frequently does its best to both shock and devastate you, while being ridiculously funny.

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Featuring Carrie Fisher’s final TV role, Catastrophe is a rom-com about messy, chaotic people. Londoner Sharon and Bostonian Rob have a one-week stand that results in an unplanned pregnancy and Rob moving to the UK so they can start a family. The tricky part: Sharon and Rob don’t know the first thing about each other. Covering age, sex, parenthood, marriage and love in its open book, Catastrophe is a superb rom-com that gives you four seasons to devour.

President Joe Biden’s middle name is Robinette, and here’s why – CNET

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Even though Joe Biden was vice president for eight years, it turns out some people didn’t know the new president’s middle name until he was sworn in on Wednesday. His full name is Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., and it’s fair to say his middle name isn’t a common one. It’s his paternal grandmother’s maiden name — she was Mary Elizabeth Robinette before marrying Joseph Harry Biden. The president’s father was their first child, Joseph Robinette Biden Sr, who died in 2002 at age 86.

It’s far from the most unusual presidential middle name. President Warren Harding’s middle name was Gamaliel, though he’s best known as Warren G. Harding. President Harry Truman’s middle name was simply the letter S, and President Theodore Roosevelt didn’t have a middle name at all.

“Huge day for Robinette visibility,” tweeted Twitter user Ashley Feinberg. “Shout out to all the Robinettes out there who’ve been living in the shadows. Your time has come, solidarity with the Robinettes.”

One tweet referenced the enormous dove pin singer Lady Gaga wore to the inauguration, playing off the robin part of the name. “Robinette is what Lady Gaga was wearing,” wrote one Twitter user. And another simply riffed “Batman and Robinette.”

But Biden’s not alone. Some social media users pointed out that actor Richard Brooks played assistant district attorney Paul Robinette on the TV show Law & Order. Author Mary Robinette Kowal has the name, too. “Why thank you!” she tweeted as her name trended.

Snag a Google Nest Hub for just $49 at your local Walmart – CNET

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How low can it go? Hard to say, but the Google Nest Hub just hit an all-time low of $49.

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Do you live near a Walmart? Start the car. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Walmart has the Google Nest Hub for $49 for in-store pickup. Shipping is not available. I don’t know how much inventory is available per location, but I do know deals like this tend to sell out quickly.

Previously known as the Google Home Hub, this smart screen originally sold for $149. Google later lowered it to $129, and then it just kept dropped and dropping. The lowest price I can ever recall seeing: $56. 

The Nest Hub effectively takes a Google-powered smart speaker and adds a 7-inch touchscreen. That opens the door to things like guided recipes, song lyrics, appointment calendars and so on — all the same stuff your phone or tablet can do, but on something that’s a permanent fixture in, say, your kitchen.

There’s no camera, so you can’t use it for video calling the way you can an Amazon Echo Show 5 (currently $70, often on sale for less). Some people might find that preferable, though, in light of recent privacy concerns.

Read CNET’s Google Home Hub review to learn more. Verdict: Top marks, even if the audio quality doesn’t quite rival some screenless smart speakers. Likewise, over at Best Buy, it has an impressive 4.7-star review average from over 6,800 buyers.

At $150, this might have seemed a little extravagant. But at $49? Awfully tempting.

Read more: The first 9 things you should do with your Google Home Hub

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Amazon says it wants to help Biden reach 100M vaccination goal – CNET

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Amazon reached out to the Biden administration offering aid with COVID-19 vaccines. 

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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

Amazon says it’s ready to help President Joe Biden achieve his goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans against COVID-19 in the first 100 days of his presidency. In a Wednesday letter to the new administration, the tech giant’s retail chief, Dave Clark, said the company and its Whole Foods subsidiary have an agreement in place with a licensed third-party occupational health care provider to administer vaccines onsite at Amazon facilities. 

“We’re prepared to move quickly once vaccines are available,” Clark said in the letter. “Additionally, we are prepared to leverage our operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise to assist your administration’s vaccination efforts.” 

Last year Amazon’s health and safety response to the virus came under fire from employees after the company’s decision to roll back hazard pay as well as unlimited unpaid time off during the pandemic. That October, Amazon publicly reported that its total number of coronavirus cases in its front-line US workforce was close to 20,000. The report was released after urging from employees and 13 state attorneys general. 

Prior to his inauguration, Biden criticized the previous administration’s efforts to distribute the coronavirus vaccine and said he plans to ask Congress for $400 billion — part of a $1.9 trillion economic American Rescue Plan — to stimulate the vaccination process. 

Biden also plans to activate the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Guard to help get COVID-19 vaccines to millions of Americans. 

Correction, Jan. 20: The original version of this story misstated Dave Clark’s position. He’s Amazon’s retail chief.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

Here’s How QAnon Reacted as They Realized ‘The Storm’ Isn’t Happening

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QAnon is not going away. But it’s reeling in abject confusion and despair after Joe Biden took office on Wednesday without Donald Trump leading an army of federal agents and National Guardsmen to storm the inauguration and arrest the entire leadership of the Democratic Party.

QAnon managed to successfully unite large swathes of the conspiracy web—pro-Trump imperial cultists, Christian fundamentalists, amateur race theorists, fascists, hardcore anti-Semites, gullible suburbanites, moon landing truthers, coal rolling neo-Confederate dirtbags, anti-vax quacks, you name it—under one big tent: that Donald J. Trump is a brilliant strategist, possibly anointed by God, fighting an Underworld-style secret war against a child-raping cabal of Democratic politicians and Hollywood celebrities. The theory was based on an unknown individual or individuals using the moniker “Q”, supposedly a high-ranking national security or military official, who posted riddle-like missives to fringe internet boards that were just vague enough for adherents to cook up and debate their own interpretations. Thus essentially gamified in nature, it spread wildly on social networks including Facebook and Twitter, rewarded promoters with monetization opportunities, inspired numerous crimes and other acts of violence, and motivated many in the crowd that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 in a failed insurrection.

If there was one thing that pretty much everyone in QAnon agreed on, it was Q’s directive to “trust the plan”: that Trump, in one way or the other, would put a dramatic end to the Satanic conspiracy in a massive military crackdown called The Storm. As this repeatedly failed to happen, some Q devotees grew nervous and others doubled down. But at noon on Inauguration Day—the exact time Joe Biden became president and Trump’s last opportunity to stage a coup—came and went with nothing weird happening. QAnon-affiliated message boards like Great Awakening and Telegram channels went into a full-on meltdown.

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Early in the day, on Great Awakening, some Q aficionados said they were sleep-deprived over excitement for the big day. Others noticed with an increasing wariness that the ongoing inaugural festivities did not exactly bode well for Trump, though others mined the outbound president’s farewell speech for rhetorical clues or visual hints, having attributed random mundanities like gold-fringed flags or the movements of his hands as secret messages in the form of archetypal motifs. One asked what the hidden meaning of Trump repeatedly dating the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic to 1917, disregarding the obvious answer that he never has any idea what the fuck he’s talking about.

(Note that it’s difficult to impossible to tell which posters were genuine or poseurs lining up to troll them, as Q communications seemed increasingly flooded with mockery throughout the day.)

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Things started getting a little more alarming for the Q crowd when they noticed Trump did not pretend to fly to Florida but was actually in Florida. Others started boosting theories that perhaps Trump’s presence was unnecessary, as Biden might take the stage to confess to his crimes and surrender himself.

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As Biden took to the stage and took his oath of office, the posts took an increasingly panicked tone on both Great Awakening and Q-devoted Telegram channels:

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QAnon has always been a crystal clear example of Poe’s Law, the adage that any sufficiently extreme position reaches a state where it is indistinguishable from parody without knowledge of the author’s intent. (By this point, some of the derision may have been coming from pro-Q posters who finally realized they’d been duped.) Examples at this point included messages informing federal agents that “EVERY POST I HAVE EVER MADE ON THIS WEBSITE IS SATIRE,” asking “Mods please explain why Biden isn’t arrested yet,” and people screaming at each other about the logic of searching for hidden codes in video timestamps.

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Ron Watkins, the (supposedly) former administrator of far-right message board 8kun and a relentless promoter of QAnon and election fraud hoaxes, appeared to completely capitulate to his hundreds of thousands of followers on Telegram and white supremacist hub Gab. In a message, he asked them to “please remember all of the friends and happy memories we made together” as the Biden administration begins. Watkins, who is trying to rebrand himself as a cybersecurity expert, also teased some godawful future project.

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This is a community of people who believe Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi are the high priests of a global human trafficking operation devoted to child sacrifice to harvest hallucinogenic/age-reversing brain fluids, many of whom remained committed to the point of destroying their relationships with friends and loved ones. So don’t get your hopes up too much.

Incredibly funny as much of this is, sliding into a fantasy where Trump, QAnon, and the various other far-right extremists with slightly less baroque aesthetics are getting their comeuppance once and for all would amount to dangerous complacency.

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Trump is still alive and quite capable of inspiring followers to new and dangerous heights. More important is the movement he rode to power on. QAnon’s brand of reactionary, apocalyptic fever has always been a permanent fixture in the U.S. political landscape, but this most recent wave of infection has proven virulent and treatment-resistant. Experts on the far right consulted by Gizmodo said that they expect QAnon to ultimately survive as adherents simply cook up new rationalizations for their defeat.

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“Today QAnon supporters are experiencing the closest thing to their own ‘great disappointment,’” Julian Feeld, an anti-conspiracy theory researcher and co-host of the QAnon Anonymous podcast, told Gizmodo.

“As the Millerite Christians before them, their ‘great awakening’ has repeatedly failed to materialize,” Feeld said, referring to the millenarian Christian movement of the 1830s which, after a prophecy of the Second Coming came to nothing in 1844, morphed into the millions-strong Adventist/Seventh-day Adventist faith. “We expect this to weaken their numbers but strengthen their resolve—and extremism.”

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“With the Biden presidency upon us, QAnon is entering a new period of deflation, heightening the risk that QAnon followers will harm themselves or others around them, as we’ve seen happen again and again,” Feeld added. “The broad Christian extremism and reactionary cultural tendencies won’t be going away, so I believe the macro environment will continue to sustain many of their delusions, whatever the label they use to describe them.”

“QAnon believers are now at a crossroad where they will choose whether they keep believing in lies or they leave the movement,” Jared Holt, a visiting research fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, told Gizmodo. “So many people who believe in the conspiracy theory have done so at the detriment of their personal lives and relationships. We can only hope they understand that they have been scammed and are able to start returning to normal life, but that remains to be seen. There will be some who never stop believing in Q.”

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Twitter transfers White House accounts to Biden: What you need to know – CNET

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Joe Biden’s presidency is social media official. On Wednesday, Twitter transferred the White House accounts to the new presidential administration. That’s important because politicians and government officials use these accounts to reach millions of Americans with the click of a button. 

“Institutional White House Twitter accounts have now been transitioned from the Trump administration to the Biden administration,” Twitter said in a statement Wednesday.

The transfer of the official presidential Twitter accounts first happened in 2017 when Barack Obama, the first president to use Twitter, departed and Donald Trump took office. Unlike 2017, though, Biden didn’t automatically inherit the followers from the prior administration, a change his team wasn’t happy about. 

Earlier this month, Biden’s team launched a new Twitter account, @PresElectBiden, which had more than 940,300 followers on Tuesday. Slightly before noon Wednesday, that account became @POTUS. The @POTUS account currently has 3.5 million followers.

“There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That’s why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families,” Biden said in his first tweet from @POTUS.

Here’s what you need to know about the social media transfer of power:

What happened to the current White House accounts used by the Trump administration?

You can still view the old tweets posted by the Trump administration, but they’re archived online. The usernames of these accounts changed so people know the handover happened. When Obama left office in 2017, for example, @POTUS became @POTUS44 and you can still view tweets from that account. The same process happened with the Trump administration, whose tweets were publicly archived under the name @POTUS45. Trump also had a personal Twitter account he preferred to use, but that was pulled down by the company for violating its rules against glorifying violence, in the wake of the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol.

The Trump administration Twitter accounts that are now publicly archived include @WhiteHouse45, @VP45, @PressSec45, @FLOTUS45 and @SecondLady45.

How did Twitter transfer the presidential accounts to Biden’s team?

Biden’s transition team was already using Twitter before Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, but the accounts had different names. Those usernames changed when Biden officially took over the White House. @Transition46 became @WhiteHouse, @PresElectBiden became @POTUS, @SenKamalaHarris became @VP, @FLOTUSBiden became @FLOTUS, and @PressSecPsaki became @PressSec. The social media company also created a new account, @SecondGentleman, for Douglas Emhoff, the husband of Kamala Harris, the first woman ever to be elected US vice president. 

In her first tweet from the @VP account, Harris tweeted “Ready to serve.”

Did these new White House accounts automatically retain followers from the prior administration?

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No. Twitter said in a blog post before the inauguration that users who followed these White House accounts or the accounts used by Biden’s transition team would be notified about the transfer and given the option to follow the accounts used by the new administration. Twitter users got an alert Wednesday that said, “There’s a new @WhiteHouse. Follow the latest from the new @WhiteHouse.”

The company also added a notice at the top of the site, alerting users to the change. Twitter listed these accounts in an online hub for US elections, so you can find them there as well.

Why didn’t Twitter automatically transfer followers of the White House accounts to Biden?

Twitter didn’t give a reason in its blog post about the company’s inauguration plans. The Wall Street Journal noted in December that some users complained about the transfer process during the 2017 handover of White House accounts, which was marred by some technical problems.

Biden’s team, though, wasn’t happy with Twitter’s decision because it could limit the number of people the new president will be able to reach. Rob Flaherty, the digital director for Biden’s presidential campaign, said in a tweet in late December that Biden’s team pushed back against the idea but was “told this was unequivocal.”

The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. CNET also reached out to Twitter in December about the rationale behind the decision but wasn’t given an explanation.

The new @WhiteHouse account currently has 2.5 million followers. The White House account used by the Trump administration, which is now archived as @WhiteHouse45, had 26 million followers.

White House Website Finally Supports Dark Mode

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Like many Americans, I’m processing some unfamiliar emotions today, but I believe that I’m genuinely thrilled about the new White House website. The site allows visitors to toggle font sizes. It includes an Easter Egg in the HTML with a job posting for coders. And, perhaps most thrillingly, it supports dark mode.

A few reasons White House dot gov dark mode is objectively exciting. Number one: It’s reassuring to know that the executive branch has a competent web developer. Number two: saves my eyeballs. Number three: saves the environment by using less energy (sometimes). Number four, personally: it’s dark, Hail Satan.

Adding to that, Jared Smith, the associate director of leading web accessibility training and certification program WebAIM, said in an email that, at first glance, the site looks to be very accessible.

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“We don’t usually recommend widgets like this [dark mode and text adjustment tools] because such settings are typically best handled on the end user side, but their implementation of these seems to be very accessible,” Smith wrote. “Considering the very broad reach and audience of whitehouse.gov, I think these are just fine – and they make a bit of an accessibility statement on their own.” Smith added that he’s “thrilled” to see an accessibility statement on the site.

This is just one of the many pleasant changes that have washed over the internet like a cleansing snow ‘neath a soft beam of light from the heavens. The Wikipedia page has been updated. The 1776 project is gone. The @POTUS account has been sanitized. Fresh Bernie Sanders memes have been generated.

Are you seeing things on the internet and feeling happy today, rather than temporarily relieved of dread, whatever the topic? Please share.