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Star Apps: Paul Haggis

Star Apps: Paul Haggis

After overhearing erroneous reactions at recent screenings of "Third Person," the film's screenwriter and director, Paul Haggis, is nervous about whether viewers will follow his three interlocking love stories. But Haggis aims to challenge audiences, as his heroes François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and Pier Paolo Pasolini challenged him, so he is OK with viewer uncertainty. "You have to have an emotional, visceral reaction to a movie...but you don't necessarily have to understand everything right away," he said during our recent interview. We also chatted about the laziness of today's audiences, … Read more

Star Apps: Paramore

Star Apps: Paramore

Almost a decade after releasing breakthrough album "All We Know Is Falling," Paramore's star continues to rise. The three-time Grammy-nominated rock group's latest album, "Paramore" (2013), debuted at No. 1 on Billboard and has already spawned two top 10 singles, "Still Into You" and "Ain't It Fun." Paramore co-headlines with Fall Out Boy for this summer's Monumentour, kicking off June 19 in Hartford, Connecticut. I chatted with lead vocalist Hayley Williams as she prepared to hit the road.

Were you surprised that a funky single like "Ain'… Read more

4 veteran E3 games that made history

4 veteran E3 games that made history

E3 2014 featured lots of new games, as well as plenty of genre-defining legacy titles. Take a walk down video game memory lane with us to discover how four game franchises became industry leaders.

Call of Duty

The Call of Duty franchise has moved from the modern era into the near future with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. But when the narrative first-person shooter launched a decade ago, it wasn't known for advanced weapons and online team-based play.

The original Call of Duty, released in 2004 for the PC, was developed by Infinity Ward. The entire Infinity Ward team, … Read more

Star Apps: Julie Benz of 'Defiance'

Star Apps: Julie Benz of 'Defiance'

Picture it: The town of Defiance, 2047, seven years after war between humans and aliens has destroyed the planet. Both groups have formed a fragile peace as they work to rebuild, but that peace is threatened once more in Season 2 of the Emmy-nominated Syfy series. Julie Benz, perhaps best known as Darla on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and as Dexter's wife Rita, plays former mayor Amanda Rosewater on "Defiance." She chatted with me about figure skating, playing characters that defy social mores, the Defiance video game, and her favorite apps.

After an injury, you … Read more

Star Apps: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

Star Apps: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

From "Beowulf" to "The Hobbit," men and dragons just can't seem to get along. This is certainly the case in 2010's "How to Train Your Dragon," until a young Viking dragon hunter, Hiccup, has a change of heart and eventually brings peace to warring factions. Four years later, when this amity is threatened, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), his girlfriend Astrid (America Ferrera), and their entire island of Berk must go to war to preserve the peace in "How to Train Your Dragon 2." I chatted with Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera … Read more

Software week in review for June 13

Software week in review for June 13

Last week was all about Apple's WWDC. This week saw some follow-up on iOS 8's features, but the big news was games: watching the World Cup and the video games announced at E3 for 2014 and 2015. Read on for our recap, and to get the latest reviews from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

World Cup

Olé, olé, olé! The World Cup kicked off Thursday. Find out how to stream the games, follow along on your phone, or play onscreen with our app picks.

If you download a World Cup … Read more

Star Apps: Eric Benet

Star Apps: Eric Benet

Eric Benet's sultriest singles ("Femininity," "Georgy Porgy," "Spend My Life with You," "I Wanna Be Loved," "You're the Only One," and "Sometimes I Cry") could be at least partially responsible for bringing new life into the world. But loss is what taught the R&B crooner the meaning of family. Benet talked to me about overcoming loss, his new album, romantic regrets, his most devoted female fan, and his favorite apps.

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E3 2014 recap: New PC games

E3 2014 recap: New PC games

Start saving your pennies and spring-training your thumbs. At this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), developers announced dozens of games for every platform and showed some enticing trailers to boot. Many games won't be out until fall, or even next year, but a handful come out this month, and you can sign up for some betas.

Read on to find out which games are coming to PC in 2014 and 2015. For console news, GameSpot has the release lists for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Wii U.

PC games with release dates Alien Isolation, … Read more

Star Apps: Steve Miller Band

Star Apps: Steve Miller Band

When Steve Miller produced "The Joker" back in 1973, he wasn't expecting a hit. Eight albums into Steve Miller Band's career, the lead vocalist and guitarist was prepared to be dropped by his label, since his previous two efforts had suffered lackluster sales. So he took a creative risk, trading heavy psychedelia for a softer rock sound. The title track, which took almost three weeks to record, resonated with the public, winning the band its first No. 1 single and platinum-selling album. Steve Miller Band went on to issue a string of successful singles: "Space … Read more

World Cup 2014 viewing guide

World Cup 2014 viewing guide

World Cup 2014 kicks off today, and to help you watch, we've collected the top match-streaming apps. Now, whether you're in the US or elsewhere, you won't miss a single play. Just make sure you have Internet access.

US streaming

Topping the list of options is ESPN. From June 12 to July 13, ESPN will cover and stream every World Cup game to US audiences via WatchESPN and ESPN 3. PC and Mac users can view the games on WatchESPN.com, while mobile users can watch the games on the WatchESPN apps for both Android and iOS. … Read more