The Verge: Bot makers loved The Last Jedi discourse so much they decided to politically influence it

The Verge: Bot makers loved The Last Jedi discourse so much they decided to politically influence it. “When it arrived in theaters last year, writer-director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi was greeted with an immediate backlash from a specific corner of its audience. As Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff pointed out in December, the criticism seemed to come from a few different angles: some felt the film was too progressive, that it was too jokey, that it was not interested in the elaborate universe of fan theories that has accreted since the original trilogy’s release, or that the characters’ journeys weren’t exactly to their liking.”

New York Times: Rotten Tomatoes Adds 200 Critics as It Tries to Be More Inclusive

New York Times: Rotten Tomatoes Adds 200 Critics as It Tries to Be More Inclusive. “Rotten Tomatoes, the powerful review aggregation service, substantially revised its criteria for critics on Tuesday in an effort to include more female and minority voices and better reflect podcast and YouTube reviewing.”

Digital Trends: The best free movies on YouTube

Digital Trends: The best free movies on YouTube. “Google quietly begang rolling out the youtube.com/movies section in 2011. Since then, its library of titles for rent, purchase, or streaming has grown considerably, adding up to more movies than you could watch in a lifetime. If you don’t want to pay for a streaming service like Netflix or HBO, you can view some free movies on YouTube, but it’s tough to find stuff that isn’t illegally uploaded or in poor quality.”

The Woodstock Independent: ‘Groundhog Day’ Will Go On And On And On

The Woodstock Independent: ‘Groundhog Day’ Will Go On And On And On. “Those of us living in the real world, where time marches on, might still find it difficult to grasp that ‘Groundhog Day’ premiered 25 years, a quarter-century, a generation ago. And while Woodstock enthusiastically celebrates the movie every February, and now even in August, some of those involved in the filmmaking have passed away (notably director Harold Ramis in 2014), and memories inevitably fade. Hence, Woodstock resident Jennifer Wegmann-Gabb sees the need to preserve the stories, photographs, and memorabilia from the making of the movie in Woodstock in March to June of 1992.”

Pro-tip: You can use Facebook to get cheap movie tickets without any booking fees (Business Insider)

Business Insider: Pro-tip: You can use Facebook to get cheap movie tickets without any booking fees. “The social network is currently running a promotion in which it will pay customers’ fees for movie tickets that are bought via its mobile app, in partnership with Fandango and Atom Tickets. It’s generally only a few bucks each time — but for frequent cinema-goers, it can add up.”

Hollywood Reporter: Time’s Up Teaming With USC Annenberg Professor to Launch Diverse Critics Database

Hollywood Reporter: Time’s Up Teaming With USC Annenberg Professor to Launch Diverse Critics Database. “As stars and studios continue to call for more diverse film critics, Time’s Up and Annenberg Inclusion Initiative director Dr. Stacy L. Smith are stepping into the fray with a new database of diverse critics and journalists. Called CRITICAL, the forthcoming opt-in database, open to all, aims to connect underrepresented film critics and journalists with publicists, studios, film critics associations and talent. Over 200 critics and journalists have created profiles so far after being contacted by CRITICAL or friends who forwarded CRITICAL’s email about the initiative.”