RIP William Goldman, creator of beloved film, The Princess Bride

Enlarge / Screenwriter William Goldman attends a special screening of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at Tribeca Film Festival in April 2009.Joe Kohen/WireImages/Getty Images Legendary Hollywood screenwriter William Goldman has died at the age of 87 from colon cancer and pneumonia, The New York Times reports. Goldman won two screenwriting Oscars, for Butch Cassidy …

Apple inks deal with A24 studio to produce original, feature-length films

EnlargeApple Apple has lined up another partnership to boost its video-content offerings. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Apple signed a deal with A24 studio, a New York-based production company responsible for movies, including the 2017 Oscar winner for Best Picture, Moonlight. Details of forthcoming projects haven’t been disclosed, but Apple reportedly …

Comcast uses NBC to harm other cable companies, rivals say

Comcast Comcast’s smaller rivals in the cable industry have called on the Department of Justice to investigate whether Comcast uses its ownership of TV programming to harm competitors. The American Cable Association (ACA), a lobby group for more than 700 smaller TV and broadband companies, asked for the investigation in a letter to Department of …

Mario Segale, namesake for Nintendo's mascot, dies at 84

Enlarge / Jumpman, circa 1981, before the Segale-inspired renaming to “Mario” Mario Segale, the Seattle real estate and construction business owner who inspired the name for Nintendo’s famous mascot, passed away on October 27 according to reports from The Seattle Times and The Auburn Reporter. He was 84 years old. Segale owned the business park …

The Dawn spacecraft exploring the asteroid belt has gone dark

Enlarge / An artist’s concept of the Dawn spacecraft at Ceres.NASA Another day, and another iconic space mission has gone dark. On Tuesday, NASA announced that its exoplanet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope had run out of hydrazine fuel, and the craft would be commanded to cease operations. Now, the Dawn spacecraft at the dwarf planet Ceres …

AT&T—owner of HBO and DirecTV—lets HBO go dark on Dish in money fight

EnlargeHBO AT&T-owned HBO and Cinemax have been pulled from Dish’s satellite TV service and the Dish-owned Sling TV streaming service over a money dispute, marking the first-ever blackout for HBO in its 46-year history. In June, US District Court Judge Richard Leon allowed AT&T to complete its purchase of Time Warner Inc., the owner of …

Smash Bros. Ultimate confirms final features—and new fighters through 2020

Enlarge / The enemy within: Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s single-player mode will force you to defeat an evil that has invaded all of your favorite series characters.Nintendo A 40-minute Nintendo Direct presentation has wrapped a bow on December’s massive Switch game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, by revealing more characters, plans for DLC through 2020, and long-awaited …

Apple confirms iOS 12.1 shipping today with 32-person Group Facetime

Group Facetime for up to 32 simultaneous participants, coming to iOS 12.1.Valentina Palladino NEW YORK—Apple CEO Tim Cook concluded today’s Apple news event by confirming the release of iOS 12.1 for all iOS devices. Cook confirmed a few particular features shipping in 12.1, most notably a Group Facetime feature that will support a whopping 32 …