Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media Relaunches Political Cartooning Site, ‘The Nib,’ At Democratic Convention

First Look Media announced itself to the world in 2013 as the non-profit journalism startup that helped national security hacker Edward Snowden publish thousands of secret government emails. Funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, the new outfit launched “The Intercept,” with the goal of publishing high-impact, public-interest journalism that reached far beyond the national security… […]

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Takes on Abortion in Characteristically Bizarre Episode

[Spoiler alert: This piece contains plot details for the third season of Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman,” particularly episode 6: “Brrap Brrap Pew Pew.”] “BoJack Horseman” has never shied away from hot-button topics, but the new season’s sixth episode, “Brrap Brrap Pew Pew,” dives into one of the most controversial topics in America with particular surreal gusto. Sextina Aquafina, a 14-year-old… […]

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Vivendi Pulls Back From Mediaset Pay TV Deal

The fate of the grand strategic alliance between Vincent Bollore’s Vivendi and Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset was left in the air Tuesday after Vivendi confirmed that it was backing out of an agreement to buy 100% of Mediaset’s loss-making pay TV business. Stock at Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset plunged as much as 15% in Milan before recovering… […]

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Could Fox News Serve as New Perch for Rebekah Brooks?

Could Fox News offer new opportunity for Rebekah Brooks? The red-haired news executive was one of the people called to account for an infamous episode of “phone hacking” by personnel at News of the World, part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. empire, and resigned under duress as chief executive of the company’s British operations in 2011…. […]

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Film Review: ‘By the Rails’

A young couple’s relationship coalesces and fragments repeatedly, for cloudily motivated reasons, over the course of one fraught night in the diffuse and often frustrating third feature from Romanian director Catalin Mitulescu (“The Way I Spent the End of the World,” “Loverboy”). With episodic pacing despite the controlled one-night time frame, the film lacks any… […]

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