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    It's always nice to make a first impression when meeting your potential spouse, but some meetings are more memorable than others.

    "The Bachelor" franchise is known for having some bizarre first meetings when contestants step out of the limo. Some skip out on the limo and bring their own choice of vehicle and others come bearing unique items. Some wear costumes and others have weird one-liners. While some of these fun ideas leave a good impression, some lead to quick good-byes on the ABC reality franchise.

    Here are 17 of the weirdest first introductions on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette." 

    Chantal O'Brien left her mark on season 11 of "The Bachelor" when she slapped the leading man.

    Brad Womack was looking for love for a second time, but was caught off-guard when O'Brien gave him a slap in the face. 

    "It's not from me; it's from every woman in America," she said before hitting him. 

    The slap apparently didn't deter Womack from getting to know her. O'Brien ended up as his runner-up. 



    Season 16 of "The Bachelor" featured a 72-year-old retiree, but she was just there to introduce her granddaughter, Brittney Schreiner.

    Bachelor Ben Flajnik was shocked to see a 72-year-old woman emerge from the limo with crutches. He was relieved to know that Sheryl was only a grandmother there to introduce her granddaughter. 

    Schreiner ended up quitting the competition during week three.  



    Luxury brand consultant Kalon McMahon showed off his wealth on "The Bachelorette" season eight by arriving in his own private helicopter.

    McMahon's arrogance later caught up with him when he was kicked out of the house for calling bachelorette Emily Maynard's daughter "baggage." 



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    It's official: Your TV isn't as big as Samsung's "The Wall" television.

    Unless you own a movie theater, perhaps? But you probably don't. 

    This hulking, 146-inch TV isn't just huge — it's also sporting a fancy display technology known as "micro LED," which Samsung says is at the heart of "the screen of the future."

    So, what's the big deal? Here's what we know.

    SEE ALSO: Samsung patented a phone that can read the palm of your hand

    At 146-inches, it's absolutely, ridiculously, huge.

    Samsung isn't calling this thing "The Wall" for nothing. At 146-inches, it's more than double the size of most home sets. As someone who recently purchased a 55-inch television, I have a hard time fathoming how much larger a 146-inch TV is. 

    The image above, released by Samsung, doesn't really do justice to the size of this screen. It's literally a whole wall.



    More than just super big, Samsung's "The Wall" TV is a showcase for a new type of display tech from the South Korean company, which it calls "modular, MicroLED" technology.

    "Modular, MicroLED" sounds like a bunch of nonsense jargon, right? It's pretty much exactly that. Here's a simple breakdown of these new buzzwords:

    MicroLED, in the case of this TV, means, according to Samsung: "It is a self-emitting TV with micrometer-scale LEDs — which are much smaller than current LEDs, and serve as their own source of light."

    What that means for the average human being is that the TV doesn't need a backlight.

    In terms of the TV being "modular," that means anyone buying "The Wall" can customize it.

    "The screen can adapt to serve different purposes," says Samsung, "such as creating a wall-size display for multiple spaces."

    Put more simply, "modular" means that you could customize this set to be even larger (or smaller) than 146 inches. For Samsung's purposes though, the version being released this year is the 146-inch variety.



    "The Wall" has no price just yet, or a release date. But let's not kid ourselves: This thing is going to cost a ton of cash.

    Between the size, the pedigree of the company behind it, and the new technology it's using, "The Wall" is going to cost a lot of money. Like, a lot of money. Think: Tens of thousands of dollars.

    But that's just our best guess: Samsung hasn't given out an official price for "The Wall," and there's no launch date/window either. A press event scheduled for March is said to offer more details on the massive TV, so stay tuned!



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    • A new L'Oréal shampoo commercial aired during the 2018 Golden Globes.
    • The ad told the story of a mysterious actress getting ready for an awards show.
    • Then the camera revealed the actress was Winona Ryder.
    • "Everyone loves a comeback,” the screen read, "damaged hair deserves one too."
    • Fans were surprised, emotional, and overall full of feelings.
    • People want the ad nominated for best picture at the Oscars.

     

    If you watched the Golden Globes last night, you know there were a plethora of impressive TV dramas and heart-wrenching films that honestly all deserved to take home an award. In keeping with the theme of well-executed filming, L'Oréal aired a cinematic commercial featuring Winona Ryder, and the 60-second flick sent Twitter into a tizzy.

    The clip shows an initially unidentifiable actress shot from behind. She is in a dressing room and all we can see of her is her stunning black gown and luscious hair, which is styled in tumbling curls. The actress caresses her curls and proceeds to sit in front of her dresser, where we're shown a vase of roses with the words "Break a leg! Love, M" scribbled on a card.

    More hair-touching shots, and then — at the 40-second mark — the actress is finally revealed as Winona Ryder.

    "Everyone loves a comeback," the screen reads. "Damaged hair deserves one too." The commercial ends with an image of the New L'Oréal Elvive collection and finally "because you're worth it" across the screen.

    Some viewers applauded the commercial, likening it to a “frontrunner for Best Picture at the Oscars,” and praising it for putting the 46-year-old in the spotlight.

    On the flip side, others thought the damaged hair theme trivialized Ryder's career, while some denounced the clip's dramatic flare as tone deaf given all of the *actual* seriousness going on in Hollywood as of late.

    Whether or not you agree with the messaging, it’s fair to say Winona looked stunning — which is only the cherry on top of her successful career.

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    • Toyota unveiled its self-driving e-Palette concept vehicle at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Monday.
    • "Black Mirror" fans thought the vehicle resembled a self-driving pizza delivery vehicle that hits a pedestrian on an episode of the show.
    • Toyota and Pizza Hut announced a partnership before the e-Palette reveal and suggested that the vehicle could be used to deliver pizza.

     

    When Toyota unveiled its self-driving e-Palette concept vehicle at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Monday, the company touted the vehicle's potential to serve as a multi-purpose delivery vehicle, mobile office, or storefront. Before the reveal, Toyota announced a partnership with Pizza Hut and suggested that the vehicle could be used to deliver pizza.

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    But fans of the show "Black Mirror"— whose episodes imagine dystopian futures based on modern trends and technology —  were reminded of a similar-looking pizza delivery vehicle that hits a character in the episode "Crocodile."

    "We know how this goes," the show's Twitter account said in response to the e-Palette reveal.

    "Nah, we aren't Fence's. 👀" Pizza Hut's account replied, referring to the fictional pizza company whose autonomous vehicle strikes a pedestrian.

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    "Black Mirror" fans expressed their concern on Twitter.

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    SEE ALSO: 10 terrifying predictions from 'Black Mirror' that could become reality

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    • Critics and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings are raving about "The End of the F***ing World," a new Netflix original TV series. 
    • The absurdist black-comedy currently stands at a 100% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
    • Hastings called the show Netflix's "most engaging addictive original wild show in a long time" in a recent Facebook post. 

     

    Since its release on Friday, Netflix's original TV series "The End of the F***ing World," has gained widespread acclaim from critics, along with an enthusiastic seal of approval from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

    An absurdist black-comedy based on a comic series of the same name, the British show first premiered on the UK's Channel 4 in October. It currently stands at a 100% "Fresh" rating on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. 

    "The End of the F***ing World" follows the exploits of James, a 17 year old who believes he's a psychopath, and his classmate, Alyssa, who runs away from her rough home life in the company of James. 

    end of the f ing worldIn a review for The Atlantic, Sophie Gilbert called the show a "surprising tour-de-force" that feels "a bit like a Wes Anderson screenplay that's been rejected for being too dark." 

    Variety's Sonia Saraiya similarly praised the series for how it "gets under the viewer's skin with sharp, bloody intensity."

    In a Facebook post on Sunday, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings linked to The Atlantic's review of the show while offering the following recommendation for the series: 

    "Wow new show. Most engaging addictive original wild show in a long time. Crazy good. Two teens searching. Watch!"

    It seems Hastings has a predilection for dark comedies. In 2015, the Netflix CEO said his favorite Netflix original series was "BoJack Horseman," a darkly comedic animated show that satirizes Hollywood. 

    SEE ALSO: Here are all the confirmed original shows coming to Netflix in 2018

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    • Samsung unveiled a new TV at CES 2018 it simply calls "The Wall."
    • Samsung calls The Wall the world's first "modular" TV, which lets you adjust its size to best fit your environment.
    • The Wall's "micro LED" display has many of the same benefits as next-generation OLED displays, but without any of the drawbacks like "burn-in."

     

    LAS VEGAS - Samsung introduced a new 4K HDR TV the company simply calls "The Wall" at CES 2018.

    Samsung touts The Wall as the world's first "modular" TV that lets you adjust its size that will best fit your living room's wall, or wherever else you'd put a giant TV screen.

    The particular model Samsung displayed at CES measures in at 146 diagonal inches. At that size, a TV is indeed better off mounted on a wall, or even sunken into a wall in your home. Even at its enormous size, 4K resolution is razor sharp. 

    The Wall is also a "micro LED" display, which carries many of the benefits of OLED displays, including the perfect reproduction of the color black, infinity contrast ratio, and gorgeous colors. According to Samsung, micro LED displays don't suffer from "burn-in"– when artifacts can become stuck and visible even after a scene changes – which can happen on OLED display.  

    The mix of 4K, HDR, the micro LED display, and its giant 146-inch size is a sight to behold.  

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    From my experience at CES, Samsung's micro-LED displays certainly equal OLED display in picture quality, and it could feasibly be used for smaller TV sets that don't necessarily take up an entire wall. But whether or not micro LED TVs could contend for a spot in your living room over OLED TVs remain to be seen. 

    Few details exist about The Wall, including its price, the price of modules, or availability, but Samsung says it'll release more details in March. It's likely to be a concept or ultra-luxury product with a price tag as large as the screen at first, but there's always the possibility that the technology will develop to the point of commercial viability. 

    SEE ALSO: Robot strippers with cameras for heads are the highlight of the biggest tech conference of the year

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    We're not done seeing reboots of classic '90s television just yet. A nine-episode "Roseanne" revival is coming to ABC March 27 along with most of the original cast.

    The comedy made its mark on TV history for highlighting blue-collar working families realistically through the Conner family's struggles with poverty, obesity, and employment. During the '90s, "Roseanne" was progressive for its brash and bold way of tackling current topics and sexuality.

    When the show returns this spring, don't expect it to shy away from Trump, politics, and healthcare. 

    Before the Conners return to our living rooms, take a look back at how the actors have changed since the show debuted in October 1988.

    THEN: Roseanne Barr played the outspoken matriarch of the Conner family, also named Roseanne.

    Roseanne has always been loud, proud, and not afraid to tell it how it is. During the original nine-season run, the show revolved around her relationship with her sister Jackie, the ups and downs of her marriage, and the couple's children.

    Throughout the series, she struggled with obesity, poverty, and holding several different jobs as a waitress and fast-food employee before eventually co-owning a restaurant with her sister. 



    NOW: One of the top moms of comedy TV looks amazing at 65.

    Don't plan to see Roseanne with brown locks. New photos released for the nine-episode revival show her donning grey hair.

    Barr is among the writers on the revival along with Whitney Cummings, Wanda Sykes, and Norm McDonald.



    THEN: John Goodman was Roseanne's laid-back contractor husband, Dan Conner.

    Dan eventually opened a motorcycle shop later on the show.

    It will be interesting to see how Dan is re-written into the show. His character was killed off the series at the show's end after it was revealed he suffered a heart attack at Darlene and David's wedding.



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    • Barack Obama jokes about an experience of dancing with Prince in a new clip from the first episode of David Letterman's upcoming Netflix talk show.
    • "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman" premieres Friday with Obama as its first guest. 
    • Subsequent guests on the monthly series include Jay-Z, Tina Fey, and George Clooney.

     

    Netflix has released a short clip previewing Barack Obama's appearance on the first episode of David Letterman's new Netflix talk show, "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction." 

    In the 52-second video, Obama recounts a self-deprecating experience of dancing with Prince, months before the singer died in 2016. The former president jokes that he has "dad moves" and practices "staying in the pocket" to avoid embarrassment while dancing.

    Letterman's new, hour-long series is set to air monthly after the Obama episode debuts on January 12. Subsequent episodes feature an influential list of guests, including Jay-Z, Tina Fey, and George Clooney. 

    Netflix described the series by saying that its "interviews will take place both inside and outside a studio setting. The conversations are intimate, in-depth and far-reaching, with the levity and humor Dave’s fans know and love. Field segments will bring Dave to locations far and wide, expressing his curiosity and desire to dig deeper on a specific topic related to the iconic guest featured in the episode."

    Watch the clip below:

    SEE ALSO: Here are all the confirmed original shows coming to Netflix in 2018

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    • Chris Hemsworth and Margot Robbie appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," and participated in a trivia game.
    • The two actors dressed up in kangaroo onesies and faced off to correctly answer Australia-themed questions.
    • One of the questions referred to the popular Australian soap opera "Neighbours," which Hemsworth and Robbie both appeared on.
    • The winner was crowned the best Australian and received a jar of Vegemite, a favorite food spread in that country.
    • Watch the video below. 

     

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    The television graveyard is full of shows that were buried in their prime. And for fans, no matter how few, it's always devastating to lose a great show before its time.

    In most cases, cancellations come down to low ratings. And while many networks would kill for the numbers shows generated while they were airing in the pre-streaming, pre-DVR world, we can't turn back time (although networks are definitely trying with a host of reboots and remakes over the past several years). 

    Regardless, there are so many good shows that were ripped from existence way too abruptly for their fans.

    Here are 13 great shows that were canceled too soon.

    "Caprica" ended in 2010 after one season.

    For those of us who absolutely devoured every episode of "Battlestar Galactica," this prequel spin-off explaining just how robots came to rule was everything. With a mix of dueling family drama, teen angst, and gamer nerdiness, "Caprica" fit the bill for many of us.

    But for Syfy, the bill was too expensive. The ambitious drama was too expensive to justify continuing with the show with its low ratings (arguably a problem Syfy brought upon itself). 

    "Caprica" was pulled from the schedule with five unaired episodes left in its first season in 2010.



    "Kyle XY" ended in 2009 after three seasons.

    ABC Family's sci-fi drama centered on Kyle, a teen boy who wakes up in the forest with no memory of his life and no belly button. It's clear he didn't come into this world like other humans. The answer to his existence, which included clones, began to unravel but the show was canceled after its third season without wrapping up so much of the story of Kyle's origins and with many of the relationship questions unresolved. 



    "My So-Called Life" ended in 1995 after one season.

    Many of us still fondly remember the angst-ridden travails of Claire Danes as Angela Chase, the allure of Jared Leto’s bad boy Jordan Catalano, the crazy of A.J. Langer’s Rayanne Graff, and the pity induced by Devon Gummersal’s Brian Krakow from the short-lived and now much-beloved coming of age series, "My So-Called Life."

    It only lasted one season on ABC, then it enjoyed a revival in reruns on MTV in 1995. But that will still never make up for the fact that we'll never know if Angela chose Jordan or the consummate friend Brian.



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    • "Altered Carbon" is a new Netflix show arriving on the streaming site February 2.
    • The series is based on a book that was set 300 years in the future.
    • Technology allows your consciousness to be downloaded and implanted in a new body — effectively making people "immortal."
    • One man has been brought back to life after 250 years by a wealthy man named Bancroft.
    • The ex-soldier, Takeshi Kovacs, has to solve Bancroft's attempted murder.
    • In a new trailer, the show looks like a smorgasbord of dystopian sci-fi themes.
    • Netflix is billing the series as an "intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal."
    • Watch the full trailer below.

     

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    • Chris Hemsworth appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday night to briefly talk about wrapping up the next two "Avengers" movies, his daredevil son, and his new movie, "12 Strong."
    • Jimmy Kimmel asked the Australian actor if he stole one of his character's mighty hammers from the set of "Avengers: Infinity War."
    • Hemsworth surprised the late-night host by saying he has "about five" of Thor's hammers in his own home. It was the location of one in particular that really caught Kimmel off guard though.
    • "It's next to the toilet, if you need some assistance," said Hemsworth. Kimmel joked that it's essentially an expensive toilet paper holder. 
    • Kimmel said if he saw the hammer in Hemsworth's bathroom he doesn’t think he would want to come out. "Often people stay in there a little longer, and I think it’s because of the hammer," said Hemsworth.
    • You can watch most of his interview with Kimmel below. Hemsworth discusses his personal hammer collection around the 1:10 mark.

     

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    TV viewers and TV critics aren't often on the same page. But where the interests of the two overlap, you're sure to find some quality shows.

    Netflix's latest original series, "The End of the F***ing World," is one such program.

    Acclaimed by both critics and fans, the British dark comedy recently won an enthusiastic endorsement from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who called it the "most engaging addictive original" in a long time. 

    To figure out which other Netflix original series were beloved by both groups, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to see which Netflix original shows scored at least an 85% "Fresh" rating with critics and audiences. 

    Excluding docu-series, talk shows, and kids shows, we ranked these series by averaging their critic and audience scores on the site, and we used critic scores to break any ties.

    Here are 19 Netflix original shows that both critics and audiences love:

    SEE ALSO: Pixar's most and least successful movies at the box office, ranked

    19. "Castlevania"— 87%

    Critic score: 85%

    Audience score: 89%

    Average score: 87%

    Netflix description: "A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly beasts controlled by Dracula himself. Inspired by the classic video games."



    18. "W/ Bob and David"— 87%

    Critic score: 88%

    Audience score: 86%

    Average score: 87%

    Netflix description: "After being dishonorably discharged from the Navy Seals, 'Bob and David' are back serving our country the way they do best -- making sketch comedy."



    17. "Anne with an E"— 88%

    Critic score: 87%

    Audience score: 89%

    Average score: 88%

    Netflix description: "A plucky orphan whose passions run deep finds an unlikely home with a spinster and her soft-spoken bachelor brother. Based on 'Anne of Green Gables.'"



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    • Google search data on Netflix has shown a "very high correlation" with Netflix's US subscriber growth, according to Barclays.
    • The firm found that domestic Google Trends data on the word "Netflix" in one quarter tended to be predictive of Netflix's growth in subscriptions for the following quarter.

     

    If you're looking to forecast Netflix's growth over time, you might look to Google Trends for some guidance.

    Google search data on the streaming service has shown a "very high correlation" with Netflix's subscriber growth in the US, according to a report distributed Thursday by Barclays analysts led by Kannan Venkateshwar. 

    The firm found that domestic Google Trends data for the word "Netflix" in one quarter tended to be predictive of Netflix's growth in subscribers for the following quarter.

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    While Barclays found the relationship between Google Trends and Netflix subscriptions to be "quite stable over time" in the US, the firm did not find the same level of correlation in international search data at this time.

    Barclays attributes this discrepancy to Netflix's international audience still being at an "early stage" in development, and the firm estimates that a similar search correlation will develop over time as Netflix continues to grow internationally. 

    Netflix is set to announce its earnings for Q4 2017 on January 22, and subscriber growth has historically been the metric that investors focus heavily on.

    In Q3 of 2017, the company grew from 103.95 million worldwide subscribers to 109.95 million, blowing past growth targets. Over the same period in the US, Netflix grew from 51.92 million subscribers to 52.77 million, again well ahead of estimates.

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    • LG's Crystal Sound OLED TVs don't have any traditional speakers.
    • Instead, they produce sound by vibrating their display panels.
    • They offer precisely directed sound, but the bass they produce is thin.


    LAS VEGAS – Your next TV may be missing a long-standard feature — a traditional speaker.

    In a private space at the CES trade show here, LG showed off a new television that can produce sound without speakers. As the new television — LG's Crystal Sound OLED TV — demonstrated, generating sound without speakers allows for ultrathin sets that deliver higher-quality, better directed sound than typical TVs.

    lg crystal sound oled TV backInstead of producing sound with traditional speakers, the Crystal Sound TVs use their screens. The TVs have so-called exciters that are located behind their OLED panels that produce sound by vibrating the displays.

    The technology has some big advantages.

    The speakers on typical TVs are pointed down, meaning they send sounds toward the floor. Some sets do have speakers that face their audience, but they're usually located in chunky speaker enclosures at the bottom of their screens. 

    By using their screens as speakers, Crystal Sound TVs can project their sound out to viewers without requiring an ugly speaker box.

    What's more, the quality of the audio the new LG sets produce is noticeably better than that of traditional sets. As their name suggests, the sounds they generate are "crystal" clear, sharp, and bright. 

    The Crystal Sound TVs also were able to create a surprising effect that I experienced when I saw them here. The sounds they produced seemed to come precisely from the objects on the screen associated with them. Bear with me here — the sounds were obviously coming from the TV, but I've never heard a TV that could direct sound so precisely.

    For example, when the TV below showed that image of water dropping, the drop itself seemed to create the sound, rather than it coming from the general direction of the TV.  lg crystal sound oled TV front drop

    Even though the TVs use the the vibration of their screens to produce sound, those vibrations were invisible. I didn't notice any image distortions at all.

    Overall, the concept worked well, but it did have a big drawback — the bass the Crystal Sound TV produced is pretty thin. Without powerful bass sounds, the TV would likely offer a poor cinematic experience.

    The thin bass is due to the limitations of the technology used in the sets. Their screens would have to vibrate much more powerfully to create bass frequencies, and those vibrations would likely distort the images they produce.

    LG could potentially address the problem by including an external bass speaker with the TVs. That could bring them out of the concept stage and into commercial production.

    SEE ALSO: Samsung's new 146-inch TV called 'The Wall' can change sizes

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    Before we say anything, behold LG's 65-inch 4K OLED rollable TV emerge from this unassuming rectangular white box:

    Hidden TVs that emerge from an enclosure aren't actually new. But a TV that rolls out like a poster from a relatively small rectangular box is new, and it's only possible with a flexible OLED display. 

    There are two main benefits that LG's rollable TV concept brings to the table. 

    First, no matter how much TVs are the center of the modern living room, some find them be eyesores against their living room's decor. Those who don't like the look of their TV when it's off will find value in LG's rollable TV that can roll itself into its rectangular home until it's needed again.

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    Of course, the giant, rectangular case might not be to everyone's taste, especially those who favor a classical or antique aesthetic.

    Secondly, you can adjust the height of the TV for certain types of content – mostly movies – that aren't filmed in the typical 16:9 aspect ratio of most TVs. For example, you've surely come across something called "letterboxing." It's when a movie is sandwiched between two black bars above and below the picture. It happens because many movies aren't filmed in the typical 16:9 TV aspect ratio. 

    LG's rollable TV can roll itself down to the native aspect ratio of the movie you're watching, thus eliminating those letterboxing black bars. It's true that letterboxing isn't a pressing problem to solve, but if it can be solved, then why not? Here it is after rolling down to eliminate letterboxing:

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    What's impressive, too, is that the rollable OLED panel looks just as good as a regular stiff OLED panel. You'd think that the rolling feature would come with some sort of compromise in picture quality, but that's apparently not the case.

    LG invested in OLED technology decades before any other company. Now, with this giant, rollable TV, LG is showing the payoff of all that investment.

    SEE ALSO: Samsung's new 146-inch TV called 'The Wall' can change sizes

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    • Late-night hosts like Jimmy Kimmel, Trevor Noah, and Stephen Colbert were quick to deride President Trump's reported "shithole countries" comments on Thursday.
    • Trump, in a Thursday meeting on immigration, reportedly referred to El Salvador, Haiti, and a handful of African nations as "shithole countries." 

     

    The Washington Post reported Thursday that President Trump, in a meeting with bipartisan lawmakers on immigration, referred to El Salvador, Haiti, and a handful of African nations as "shithole countries," while questioning why the United States couldn't receive more immigrants from countries like Norway.

    Late-night hosts were quick to deride Trump's comments on their respective programs Thursday night. 

    "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah had one of the more incisive takes.

    "I don't know how to break this to you, but I think the president might be racist," Noah said. "Hear me out, I know I sound crazy."

    Noah, who is from South Africa, continued, "Personally, as someone from South Shithole, I'm offended, Mr. President. Because not only does he think brown countries are shitholes, he thinks, what, we're never going to know what he said? I mean, don’t get me wrong, it might take a few weeks, but once the news donkey reaches our village, we'll be so mad."

    Jimmy Kimmel spent the majority of his monologue Thursday night dissecting Trump's comments.

    "Listen, I'm sure the fact that the counties he described as 'shitholes' are mostly populated by people of color and the immigrants he wants from Norway are not is a coincidence," Kimmel said. "Because if it wasn't, it would mean we voted for a racist, like a real one. And we'd have to get pitchforks and chase him out of the White House."

    "The only silver lining, and this is a small silver lining, is that we got to hear Wolf Blitzer say this all day," Kimmel joked, as a reel played of CNN host Wolf Blitzer repeatedly saying "s-hole," with the obscene word replaced by just the letter s. "What an s-hole," Kimmel continued. 

    Stephen Colbert's "Late Show" monologue also took on Trump's latest controversy. 

    "Sir, they're not shithole countries." Colbert said. "For one, Donald Trump isn't their president."

    Colbert then imitated Trump while discussing the president's reportedly expressed desire to have more Norwegian immigrants:

    "You know what I'm saying, Norwegian people?" he said, in a mock-Trump voice. "You catch my drift? People with blonde hair, who need a lot of sunscreen. You get what I'm saying? I'm saying that I'm a racist." 

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    • Netflix's drama "Mindhunter"  is based on real events from the FBI's serial crime unit. 
    • For its second season, "Mindhunter" might focus on the Atlanta child murders. 
    • A new podcast series, "Atlanta Monster," is also exploring these murders. 
    • The podcast team has interviewed FBI agents and police department officials familiar with the case. 


    Netflix's hit crime drama "Mindhunter" is based on the real events of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit study of serial killers in the late 1970s. The first season introduced several real serial killers as part of the storylineand now the show is looking ahead to the Atlanta child murders.

    "Mindhunter" creator David Fincher told Billboard last year that season two will likely focus on the Atlanta child murders — a string of killings carried out in Georgia from 1979 to 1981.

    A new podcast, "Atlanta Monster," happens to also be exploring the Atlanta Child Murders this year. When INSIDER spoke with co-creator and host Payne Lindsey about the podcast series (produced by TenderfootTV and HowStuffWorks), we asked if he had heard about the coming "Mindhunter" storyline.

    "Yeah, we've heard that, which we think is pretty cool and very exciting," Lindsey said. "It's interesting that all these different stories about this case are kind of coming around in the same year. It's kind of ironic."

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    Netflix's "Mindhunter" series is a fictionalized version of the nonfiction book written by former FBI agent John E. Douglas called "Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit." The book was co-authored by Mark Olshaker.

    The Atlanta child murders are mentioned in the "Mindhunter" book when Douglas recalls his involvement with the case. A man named Wayne Williams was arrested and convicted for the murder of two adult men, and was subsequently blamed for the deaths and disappearances of over 22 young children. But Douglas seems to disagree with the police department's assessment.

    Here's a quote from Douglas' "Mindhunter" book where he casts doubt on the assertion made by police:

    "Despite what his supporters maintain, I believe the forensic and behavioral evidence points conclusively to Wayne Williams as the killer of eleven young men in Atlanta.

    Despite what his detractors and accusers maintain, I believe there is no strong evidence linking him to all or even most of the deaths and disappearances of children in that city between 1979 and 1981."

    Wayne Williams escorted from jail for trial 1982 Atlanta Child Murders AP

    Lindsey says the "Atlanta Monster" podcast team has spoken with FBI agents during the course of their own investigation into the Atlanta child murders.

    "We've already interviewed countless members of the FBI and the local Atlanta police," Lindsey said. "We're really just aiming to tell the true version of this story. 'Mindhunter' is ... obviously a scripted adaptation of a real story, but ours would be the real voices of everybody here."

    Willie Mae Mathis, mother of Jefferey, an Atlanta Child Murders victim 1999 AP

    "We're reaching out to everybody, and we want everyone to be involved," Lindsey said. "We want the story to be told really by the people who were there and remember it [...] There's been tons of stories on this case, but none that goes in deep enough to make you feel like all your questions are answered, and that's what we're trying to do. We can only do that with the people who know the answers."

    You can learn more about "Atlanta Monster" here, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here

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    • Critics are lukewarm on the first episode of David Letterman's new Netflix talk show, which features Barack Obama. 
    • The show currently sits at an early rating of 60% on Rotten Tomatoes. 

     

    Critics are responding to the premiere episode of David Letterman's new monthly Netflix talk show with generally lukewarm reviews. 

    "My Next Guest With Needs No Introduction with David Letterman" currently sits at an early rating of 60% on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, after its debut, Barack Obama-featuring episode premiered Friday on the streaming service.

    Around 40 minutes of the 56-minute-long episode are dedicated to an intimate and meandering conversation with the former president in a stripped-down, studio audience setting.

    The Boston Globe's Matthew Gilbert described Letterman's talk with Obama as "a frustrating exercise in talking a lot but, ultimately, saying very little." Other critics had praise for the more personal anecdotes Obama shared, including a bit about helping his daughter move into Harvard. 

    The remainder of the show consists of a solemn field segment with Letterman and Congressman John Lewis in Selma, Alabama. The two walk and converse on the bridge where Lewis endured a police beating in 1965, during a legendary Civil Rights march. 

    In contrast to Letterman's previous 22 years of hosting comedy-centric, late-night shows (NBC's "Late Night" and CBS's "The Late Show"), the first episode of his Netflix series features a more thoughtful and laid-back approach to the talk-show genre.

    Netflix made a previous run at a talk-show series with Chelsea Handler's "Chelsea," which it canceled in October after two seasons that failed to move the needle in a crowded landscape. In contrast to Letterman's monthly series, "Chelsea" initially aired three times a week before scaling back to weekly episodes in its second season.

    While USA Today's Kelly Lawler called Letterman's premiere "a bit lackluster" and "halfhearted," others saw potential in the show's structure. Vulture's Matt Zoller Seitz wrote, "The looser and more structurally inventive things get here, the more fascinating the results could be."

    The remaining guests on the show's first season include Jay-Z, Malala Yousafzai, Tina Fey, George Clooney, and Howard Stern. 

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    • "Stranger Things" actor David Harbour (Jim Hopper) is very active on Twitter.
    • One fan asked him how many retweets it would take to get him to come and shoot her senior yearbook photos with her.
    • Harbour said 25,000 — and fans hit over 50,000 in less than one day.
    • Now, three months later, Harbour shared the senior photos on Instagram.
    • "Voted most likely to hijack someone’s high school senior photos 24 years later," he wrote.
    •  Keep scrolling to see the instantly iconic school pictures.


    Just days after the premiere of "Stranger Things 2" on Netflix, actor David Harbour — who plays police Chief Jim Hopper — promised a fan he'd take senior yearbook photos with her. But only if she could garner 25,000 retweets.

    Now, three months after high school senior Damaris had no trouble getting over 50,000 retweets, Harbour has followed up on his pledge.

    "Voted most likely to hijack someone’s high school senior photos 24 years later," Harbour wrote in his caption on Instagram. "Many thanks to [Damaris] and her kind family and [Tommy Photography] for making a dream come true and proving my high school classmates right!!"

    When INSIDER spoke with Harbour in October 2016, we asked about the Twitter storm surrounding his promise to Damaris.

    "Seriously, someone should be in charge of my life," Harbour told INSIDER when asked about the Twitter promise. "I'm such an idiot."

    "The idea of me in a small size sweatshirt of some high school, holding a trombone with this poor girl trying to take her high school photos seriously, I just thought that was so funny," Harbour said.

    Harbour truly stuck to his word, and wore a large sweatshirt from Orestimba High School in Newman, California. He's also posing with a trombone in most of the photos (though we spy one picture featuring Harbour and pom-poms instead). 

    As for Harbour, he's not easing off the social media any time soon. The platform gives him a cherished connection to his fans around the world.

    "I have this weird relationship with Twitter where I'm sporadically on it," Harbour said. "So when the show drops, I find that the social media love for the show is so profound that I really do enjoy hearing what people have to say about it and engaging with them."

    For more insights from Harbour, including his thoughts on the "Hopper Dancing" meme, read our additional interview segments here.

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