Google to shut up gaming service Stadia in latest cost-cutting effort

Google is shuttering its digital gaming service Stadia, the latest ambitious project to get cut as the company looks to shed costs. The gaming service, which launched in 2019 and runs on phones and the Chrome browser, “hasn’t gained the traction with users that we expected,” wrote Phil Harrison, a Google vice president, in a … Read more

‘Hocus Pocus 2’ review: Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker conjure the same old brew on Disney+

CNN — Disney regularly wrings inordinate mileage out of nostalgia, which can easily obscure when the source wasn’t quite as worthy of praise as we like to remember. “Hocus Pocus 2” should benefit from that dynamic, delivering a breezy sequel – 29 years later – that should provide go-down-easy Halloween viewing for families in the … Read more

Activision Blizzard workers forming second union before Microsoft deal

Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, attends the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 8, 2022, in Sun Valley, Idaho. Kevin Dietsch | Getty Images News | Getty Images A group of software testers at Activision Blizzard have formed the company’s second union in the months before Microsoft is expected to close its … Read more

Network nightly newscasts morph, adapt for the streaming age

NEW YORK — For more than half a century, ABC, CBS and NBC have aired evening newscasts each weeknight on television. This fall, the competition has spread to another medium. The launch of John Dickerson’s “CBS News Prime Time” in September means that all three news divisions have unique streaming newscasts at night, a nod … Read more

Jeffrey Dahmer is the Netflix its ‘star’ of the month with ‘Monster’ and ‘Conversations With a Killer’

CNN — Netflix will showcase plenty of big-name stars in the weeks ahead as the streaming service begins its buildup toward awards season. But its current leading man, its MVP for the month, is Jeffrey Dahmer, the notorious serial killer who died in 1994. “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” is currently Netflix’s most-watched title, according … Read more

Finding a one-stop solution for restaurant entertainment

Photograph: Shutterstock When it comes to streaming television programming and sports in restaurants, the benefits are undeniable: Customers come in for specific programming they want to see, often bringing bigger dining parties, spending more and leaving more overall. For operators, though, finding the right streaming provider that meets all of their needs can be tricky. … Read more

Armie Hammer’s ex allegedly used a friend’s email to communicate with him amid their relationship fallout

CNN — Armie Hammer and his estranged wife Elizabeth Chambers’ contentious split in 2020 was widely publicized, but more is coming to light about why that may have been the case. As the recent Discovery+ docuseries “House of Hammer” has brought allegations of sexual abuse by Hammer back into the headlines, CNN has obtained emails … Read more

Analysis: ‘Abbott Elementary’ is back in session

A version of this story appeared in Pop Life Chronicles, CNN’s weekly entertainment newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here. CNN — September will always remind me of schooltime. Granted, I don’t have children nor have I seen the inside of a classroom in years, but this month will still … Read more

Ad-Supported Streaming Is Coming. One Stock to Buy Now.

Text size Redbox’s 36,000 DVD-rental kiosks are now owned by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. Dreamtime One of this year’s most surprising tech deals was the acquisition of the movie-rental kiosk chain Redbox by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment . Don’t let the name fool you: Chicken Soup for the Soul is a … Read more

‘Athena’: Incandiary new Netflix film wants to burn it all down

Editor’s Note: Anywhere But Hollywood highlights what’s new and worth watching in international TV and film. This month the spotlight is on the French thriller “Athena,” Senegalese action flick “Saloum” and Iranian drama “No Bears.” CNN — French writer-director Romain Gavras wants your attention, and like Karim, the fiery youth at the heart of his … Read more