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asian, asian american heroes to power marvel comics series

Asian superheroes — assemble. Marvel Comics is giving ink to an unprecedented team-up of its mightiest Asian and Asian American heroes, also known as the new Agents of Atlas. Established icons like martial arts master Shang-Chi and newbies like Wave, the newest Filipino superhero, will team up in a stand-alone, five-part comic book series starting this summer, the publishing giant told. The roster of 10 super-powered pan-Asian champions made their debut as a team earlier this month in “The War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas.”That comic book is one piece of an ongoing saga involving several different groups across the Marvel universe, including the Avengers, doing battle with a fire goddess. But the exclusively Asian limited series is set to roll out in August. The man leading the heroic charge is…

netflix isn’t absent at cannes. it’s everywhere.

If you’re going to earnestly shout “Vive le cinema!” the Cannes Film Festival is the place to do it. That’s what Quentin Tarantino declared from atop Cannes’ red-carpet stairs on his way into the premiere of “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood,” his affectionate ode to the movie industry. The movie, aglow with nostalgia for the halcyon days of 1969 and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, encapsulates what’s now almost extinct in Hollywood: a big-budget, movie star-led original epic. It’s Tarantino’s widescreen retort to anyone who would argue movies are diminished in the age of streaming. And nowhere is the art of movies more celebrated, and taken seriously, than Cannes. “Vive le cinema!” is more or less the festival’s ethos and rallying cry. Along with the rise of streaming, Cannes…

rotten tomatoes to link audience ratings to ticket purchases

Rotten Tomatoes is taking another step to verify that users posting a rating of a movie have actually seen it. The review aggregator says Thursday that users who purchase tickets on Fandango will get a verified badge next to their review, beginning with films out this weekend like “Booksmart” and “Aladdin.”The verified audience scores will also be displayed on Fandango, which owns Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango president Paul Yanover says in a statement that this step will increase consumer confidence in the sites. Rotten Tomatoes’had been a place where trolls could post negative scores for films that hadn’t been released, which happened recently to “Captain Marvel.”The company responded by shutting down user reviews until a film officially hits theaters. Exhibitors AMC, Regal and Cinemark will join later this year.…

theme park to star ‘hunger games,’ ‘twilight’

Some of Lionsgate’s most popular film franchises from “Hunger Games” to “Twilight” will be brought to life when the studio opens what it calls the world’s first vertical theme park in China this summer. Lionsgate Entertainment World will offer several adventures including a virtual reality motorcycle ride based on “Twilight,” a maximum-security prison breakout like in “Escape Plan” and a replica of The Capitol lobby from “Hunger Games,” complete with shops where guests can fashion themselves in the film’s distinctive couture. More than 25 rides and virtual reality experiences will pack a sleek, futuristic looking bean-shaped building that stands 10 stories high. The theme park, which will also include attractions based on films such as “Divergent,” “Now You See Me” and “Gods of Egypt,” is scheduled to open in July on Hengqin…

vegas tourism board backs $49m elon musk transit system

A company backed by tech billionaire Elon Musk has been awarded a nearly $49 million contract to build a transit system using self-driving vehicles underneath the Las Vegas Convention Center. The board of directors of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority approved the contract Wednesday with The Boring Company, the Musk-backed enterprise based in Hawthorne, California. People would be transported underground on self-driving electric vehicles from three types of Tesla Model X chassis. The system will be capable of transporting up to 16 people at time through parallel tunnels, each running in a single direction. The twin tunnel system will run less than a mile (1.6 kilometer) long. The system also will include a pedestrian tunnel and three underground stations accessible from convention center’s halls. The company plans to immediately pursue permits…

amazon rejects facial recognition, climate change proposals

Despite pressure from civil rights groups, activist investors and its own employees, Amazon said that shareholders at an annual meeting in Seattle voted against proposals related to two major social issues: climate change and facial recognition technology. The two proposals on facial recognition had asked Amazon to stop selling its technology to government agencies, saying that it could be used to invade people’s privacy and target minorities. Earlier this month, San Francisco banned the use of facial recognition software by police and other city departments. Amazon has defended its facial recognition technology, saying that it helps law enforcement catch criminals, find missing people and prevent crime. The climate change proposal, backed by more than 7,600 Amazon employees, pushed the company to release a detailed plan on how it will curb its use of…