In the new romantic comedy "Blended," Bella Thorne plays Hilary/Larry a misunderstood tomboy desperate to fit in. Thorne is a Candie's model and TV star, idolized by teens and tweens for playing dancer CeCe Jones on Disney Channel's "Shake It Up," and she also appeared in "Big Love," "My Own Worst Enemy," "Dirty Sexy Money," and "In the Motherhood." To see her in person -- big hair, glitter eye makeup, and all -- you'd imagine that the Larry role was a major stretch for … Read more
This week Facebookers unearthed a Zuckasaurus, eBayers learned their info was exposed, Apple fans spread iOS 8 rumors, and a flock of new releases landed on the Internet. Read on for our recap, and to get the latest product reviews and updates from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.Threatdown
On Thursday Facebook announced two new privacy features. First, the default setting for new users will be to share posts with friends only. Current users can, of course, make that same choice in the Settings menu. Second, in the next few weeks, Facebook will introduce a … Read more
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's frontman Richard Edwards speaks like he sings, calmly and deliberately. The band, from Chicago and Indianapolis and named after a Wes Anderson character, has released its sixth album, "Sling Shot to Heaven." The 13 tranquil tracks are highlighted by Edward's soothing finger-picking and hypnotic, Chris Martin-esque vocals. I chatted with Richard Edwards about the new album, the "Lazy" single, social media, and his favorite apps.
It's common knowledge that you named the band after the Gwyneth Paltrow character in "The Royal Tenenbaums." Are you … Read more
If the goal of UK card game Happy Families was to unite clans based on similar professions, then the objective of Blancmange's "Happy Families" album was to join seemingly disparate elements of Western electronics and Eastern sounds. Thirty-two years later, the breakthrough album continues to inspire electronic artists like La Roux, Hot Chip, and Metronomy. Blancmange recently re-recorded the classic album as "Happy Families Too," adding new track "Running Thin" and remixes from Depeche Mode, Yaz, and Erasure founder Vince Clarke, as well as legendary UK DJs Greg Wilson and Derek Kaye. I … Read more
Australian singer-songwriter Cody Simpson first found fame performing an acoustic mix of original songs on YouTube, among the Jason Mraz and Justin Timberlake covers. For his new "Surfboard" single, he takes inspiration from Elvis and the Beach Boys, urban dance music, and his model girlfriend Gigi Hadid, daughter of Beverly Hills "Housewife" Yolanda Foster. I chatted with Simpson about his change in musical direction, working with Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun, making his long-distance relationship work, and his favorite apps.
What's your new "Surfboard" single about? It's a real reflection on a … Read more
Fear inspired "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau to produce his latest film, "Chef," a smaller-budget affair than the usual Favreau fare. After working on three "Iron Man" films, "The Avengers," and "Cowboys and Aliens," he was nervous that he'd never make another "Swingers." His fear was unwarranted -- "Chef," out today, shows just how much he's matured artistically since the 1996 cult classic. "Chef" is a warm, well-written comedy starring Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, … Read more
Welcome to week two of our recaps of recent software news, opinions, how-tos, new releases, and coming attractions. For the latest reviews from our editors and new products, subscribe to our newsletters.Apple's playbook
Cupertino fans are playing Fantasy Apple in advance of June's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Rumors are circulating that Apple will announce the iPhone 6, though it may not be available 'til August or September. The long-rumored iWatch and Apple TV appear to be no-go for this conference, according to Re/code's sources.
Which means -- apart from that possible iPhone 6 -- that … Read more
From May 14 to 25, celebrities and critics take to the French Riviera for the 67th Cannes Film Festival. This much-anticipated annual event draws thousands to special screenings and VIP parties. Not going? Let Download.com soften the 400 blows with our 12 top movie apps, one for each day of the festival.Festival de Cannes app The official Festival de Cannes app ( iOS, Android) is the closest thing to being there. Get a front-row glimpse at all the action with up-to-the-minute news, photos, and video, and share your finds on social media. IMDb Ever wonder what year Palme d'… Read more
Phil Keoghan has always looked outward to new adventures in foreign lands. The Emmy-award-winning producer and host of CBS's "The Amazing Race" credits this to growing up on an island nation, New Zealand. He became a world traveler who shares his passion for globetrotting through "The Amazing Race." I chatted with Keoghan about the upcoming "Amazing Race: All-Stars" finale on May 18, the secrets to winning the highly competitive show, his favorite and least favorite contestants of all time, learning to seize life by the horns, and his favorite apps.
From having a … Read more
Jonathan Knight is not a new kid on the block or a New Kid on the Block. Zynga's VP of games is a 20-year veteran of the games business, leading development of CastleVille (iOS, Android) and recent release FarmVille 2: Country Escape, available on iOS, Android, and (as of May 13) the Kindle Fire. Besides offering a fresh setting, FarmVille 2 enables gamers to play on the go, with or without a connection, socially or solo. I chatted with Knight about his career, his first gaming experience, the enduring appeal of farming games, and his favorite non-Zynga apps.
What … Read more