With Black Ops 4, Call of Duty Takes Aim at a Fortnite World

Blackout, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's new game mode, begins the same way all battle-royale sequences do. You fly over a remote warscape—this time, in a series-appropriate attack helicopter—and drop in, bristling with fear and aggression. What follows is by now a familiar sequence, popularized by battle-royale phenomena like PlayerUnknown's Battleground and Fortnite: scramble…

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Spike Lee Is at His Searing Best With BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee's white-hot genre mash-up BlacKkKlansman initiates its course in the early 1970s. It's a time “marked by the spread of integration and miscegenation,” according to an unnamed race theorist in the opening sequence (he’s played with palpable animosity by Alec Baldwin). In Colorado Springs, he continues, a sect of “true, white Americans” sense a…

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Child Stars Don't Need Hollywood. They Have YouTube

"Do you like Instagram?" Bee Fisher asks her son, Tegan Fisher, a 3-year-old Instagram sensation who specializes in posing next to his family's enormous Newfoundlands. He doesn't seem to understand the question. "Is this yogurt cooled down?" Tegan replies. "Do you like Instagram? Do you like taking pictures?" Bee asks again. Once again, the temperature…

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Childish Gambino Made History at the Grammys

Happy Monday and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's look at all that's good in the world of pop culture. In this installment: The Walking Dead is losing a beloved cast member, The Lego Movie 2 underperforms, and Donald Glover did something unprecedented at the Grammys—without being there. Childish Gambino's History-Making Grammy Moment…

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