9 live action adaptations to watch right now

Let’s look back at those that have come and gone



With the release of the live action adaptations of Aladdin and Mulan, among others coming in 2019, we wanted to look back at some of the best live action adaptations out there already. Below are nine titles from across the years that you should check out (if you haven’t already).

Casper (1995)

This movie takes the beloved 1945 character and puts him in a movie that’s both really funny and amusing, but also incredibly heartwarming and dramatic. It’s one of those titles that adapts a classic cartoon, but creates a new story that stands on its own. It’s definitely worth watching, plus human Casper is also one of the dreamiest characters ever, and when he whispers “Can I keep you?” I melt every time.

101 Dalmatians (1996)

Cruella de Vil is one of the best villains in the Disney-verse, and Glenn Close’s performance in the live action adaptation is forever etched in my memory. I remember feeling really bad for the puppies and scared of the lady that wanted to skin them. This is one of those features that is bound to give you nostalgic vibes.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

This is one of those movies that pops in my head when I hear the word “Christmas,” and I don’t think a year passes by when I watch it at least once during the holidays. This is the classic Dr. Seuss tale brought to life in a way that still stays true to its origins. It screams Whobilation and celebration, and watching it is bound to give you warm fuzzies and laughs.

Scooby Doo (2002)

This one’s admittedly a weird one. It’s the live action storytelling of the classic Hanna Barbera cartoon, and the execution of it is so close that it’s like you pulled the characters out of the cartoon and made them 3D. The plot was also reminiscent of the cartoon, but with twists that you might not expect. It’s pretty interesting and worth watching at least once.

Transformers (2007)

2007 gave us the first of a long string of movies based off of a cartoon series (and popular toy line) in the late 90s. Transformers explores the time-old conflict between the Autobots and Decepticons, and Michael Bay executed it with a huge bang — literally. This movie, with its great sound design, action sequences, and use of practical effects, is definitely a treat to watch.

Speed Racer (2008)

Speed Racer may not have been the most well-received of movies but when you compare it to the 1967 show, you’ll be amused by the resemblance. All the cheesiness of the show — the megalomaniacal villain, the overly dramatic storylines, the kooky transitions — makes for a fun watching experience. On top of that, this is probably one of the trippiest movies out there which adds to the overall experience.

Paddington (2014)

Paddington is one of the most critically acclaimed adaptations out there (with a 98 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes), and it really captures the essence of what made the books and animated series so popular. Much like the character himself, the 2014 movie is full of charm and fun with family at the core of it all. It’s a blast to watch and is bound to be a good time for all ages!

The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book is nothing short of an achievement in filmmaking. Adapting a classic is hard enough as it is, but to do it almost entirely with CGI is a miracle. The visuals may be great but the acting in the movie was nothing to scoff at either. Aside from the star-studded voice cast, child actor Neel Sethi did a phenomenal job considering it was his first time acting and he had to act against a mostly blue set.

Christopher Robin (2018)

Watching the trailer for this film will give you chills from nostalgia, and some of the original Disney voice cast being on board only adds to this. This film pulls you back to childhood as you once again spend time with these Hundred Acre Woods characters who are as lovable as ever. This take is more serious and mature, but it also somehow retains the carefree-ness of the original story.

There you go! Nine movies to add to your binge list, just in time to plan pajama nights with your loved ones. It would be nice to look back at some of the greats before plunging deeper into the new generation of live action films.


Apple is launching new Powerbeats with the iPhone 9, leak says

According to new FCC entry



In modern times, smartphone launches usually come out with a flurry of complementary accessories, particularly earpieces. Take note of the Huawei Freebuds or the Galaxy Buds, which both released concurrently (or in proximity) with respective smartphones. As you might expect, today’s latest surge of complementary ear gear originates from Apple, the owner of Beats and maker of AirPods.

As of late, Apple has jumpstarted a wave of new earphone and headphone rumors. For the first, we were expecting a midrange set of AirPods Pro coming later this year. Another leak spoke about an even more premium variant, potentially introducing the series to the headphone segment.

Today, a new leak has revealed an upcoming expansion of Apple’s Beats catalog. According to a revently revealed FCC entry, Apple is working on a set of earphones codenamed “A2015.” To the keen observer, the blueprinted set looks like the Powerbeats 3, a set currently available right now. Very likely, the upcoming earphones will come out as the Powerbeats 4.

Much like the incumbent entry, the Powerbeats 4 is slightly wired, likely connecting both buds without an input/output port. As expected, the FCC entry confirms Bluetooth LE support.

Unfortunately, the entry doesn’t reveal any more information about the upcoming product. However, it will probably launch soon. An FCC entry signals a product further along the development cycle. Given the timing, the Powerbeats 4 can go hand-in-hand with the iPhone 9 coming in March.

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BLACKPINK’s Jennie showed off a Red Samsung Galaxy S20+

And we want it!



Samsung and BLACKPINK have been partners for close to a year now. The latest to come out of this collaboration is a “Jennie Red” Samsung Galaxy S20+.

Red has always been a stunning color, but it stands out even more when Jennie holds it.

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The “Solo” singer is seen holding the phone in different outfits.

Towards the end of the video, it’s shown that there’s also an Aura Red version of the Samsung Buds+.

As of right now, the variant is only available with Korea Telecom.

Samsung Galaxy S20 series

The new flagship S series — while having top-of-the-line numbers in terms of specs — wants you to focus more on the experiences it will provide.

For instance, the new zoom capabilities on the main telephoto cameras are noteworthy. Samsung is calling the feature Space Zoom with the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ capable of up to 3X lossless zoom and up to 30X hybrid zoom. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S20 Ultra can handle up to 10X lossless zoom and a whopping 100X hybrid zoom.

Features and specs will mostly be the same as everywhere else in the world. We get the usual sensors and security features like the Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor and Face Recognition. The phones also have an IP68 rating making them dust and water resistant.

For more, here are the specs.

Galaxy S20
Galaxy S20+ Galaxy S20 Ultra
Display 6.2″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz 6.7″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz 6.9″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz
Processor Exynos 990 Exynos 990 Exynos 990
Storage and Memory
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • 512GB +12GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • 512GB +16GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
  • 4000mAh
  • 25W charging
  • 4500mAh
  • 25W charging
  • 5000mAh
  • 45W charging (45W charger sold separately)
Cameras (Rear)
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 12MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 64MP, F2.0 Telephoto
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 12MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 64MP, F2.0 Telephoto
  • Depth Vision
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 108MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 48MP, F3.5 Telephoto
  • Depth Vision

Camera (Selfie)

10MP, F2.2 10MP, F2.2 40MP, F2.2

Hopefully, the “Jennie Red” variant also makes its way out of South Korea and into other markets.

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Apple banned bad guys from using iPhones in movies, says Knives Out director

Keep an eye out!



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Mystery and thriller movies are undeniably fun to watch. You sit there in a dark theater, figuring out who the bad guy really is. Of recent movie history, Mission Impossible: Fallout and Knives Out have breathed fresh life into the mystery/thriller genre. Both films featured engaging twists and gripping action. However, for all the fun that the genre brings, what isn’t fun is running into spoilers.

To the mystery lover’s dismay, Knives Out director Rian Johnson revealed the most damning spoilers for audiences of the genre. From a Vanity Fair interview, Johnson shared how Hollywood films use Apple products.

“[Apple lets] you use iPhones in movies but — and this is very pivotal if you’re ever watching a mystery movie — bad guys cannot have iPhones on camera,” he said.

If you’re watching a thriller movie, watch out when the main character’s best friend is suddenly flaunting their new Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. Apparently, only good guys can use iPhones. Naturally, directors can bypass the rule by having everyone use Android phones or doing away with phones altogether.

Of course, product placement guidelines are common throughout the film industry. Some companies and entities don’t want to fall under a bad light. What comes off as unusual, however, is Johnson’s candidness with this fact, especially with a Knives Out sequel already in the works.

Regardless, you can now go back and watch your favorite thrillers again with this fact in mind. Knives Out is a particularly good one, even if you already know the twist.

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