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The Drill Down 487: Handing Over the Teslas
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TDD 487 Tesla

On this week’s Drill Down podcast, Game of Thrones is hacked and so are U.S. voting machines, we learn more about the Tesla Model 3, designer disease-free babies, the Rotten Tomatoes effect, and much more.

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The Drill Down 451: Trump Trumps Tech?
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TDD-451 Trump

On this week’s Drill Down podcast, Elon Musk says AI can take down the internet, China enacts cybersecurity… and it’s concerning, how a Donald Trump presidency will affect Silicon Valley, there’s something fishy with Amazon Alexa, and much more.

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‘Suicide Squad’ Probably Won’t Be Released In China
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Suicide Squad Jared Leto as The Joker header image

Okay, the good news is that Suicide Squad is tracking well and is projected to open at over $140 million. The bad news is that bad word of mouth will travel fast as critics (you can read our review here) have widely panned the movie, while those who have worked on the new film or on other DCEU projects have come to defend it. So while it may see a huge drop off in the next few weeks, Suicide Squad can make up for that loss overseas. China plays a huge part in the overseas box office, often bringing a film from the brink of death to live on to see a sequel. However, a film can also experience a huge loss in the international box office if it doesn’t get that opening in China, and that might happen to Suicide Squad.

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The Drill Down 328: Our Brilliant and Terrifying Future
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This week, Greg Davies of the Blendover podcast helps us explore the equally utopian & dystopian potential behind this week’s cutting-edge news: Apple sings to the tune of Beats, Amazon’s war with publishers hits the consumer, Skype unveils a universal translator, Google designs its own self-driving cars …and much, much more…

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The Drill Down 325: Don’t Underestimate The Power Of The 4th
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This week, tech giants take a stand against the FCC, Russia restricts free speech for bloggers, China’s about to launch an IPO that may dwarf Facebook, Who really won Samsung vs. Apple? …and < em>Star Wars the way it was really meant to be seen…

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China Is Now Selling Cans Of Air … Just As ‘Spaceballs’ Predicted
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Spaceballs Canned Air Image

It was nothing but a funny joke back in the 1987 Mel Brooks classic Star Wars parody, Spaceballs—cans of clean, fresh air to be inhaled through the nostrils by residents of Spaceballs, who have very little good air remaining, until they can steal all of the air of the planet Druidia for themselves—but now it has somehow found a way to become a reality, as so many things from movies tend to do.

Beginning yesterday, Chinese billionaire Chen Guangbiao launched his new product, cans of air called “Good Person Chen Guangbiao” (seriously), with photographic instructions on how to use them. We get the feeling was inspired by something else. You can see the images below.

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1997’s ‘Titanic’ Breaks China’s Best Opening Record, Passes $2 Billion All-Time
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Titanic

Director James Cameron‘s mega hit Titanic was released 15 years ago now, but it’s not done being a box office force.

The movie—which would go on to win Best Picture and hold the all-time domestic box office record at $600 million for a long, long time…until Cameron’s Avatar came along, of course—was recently re-released in 3D, and is dumping plenty more coin into the pockets of those who made it.

Since being re-released, the movie has already piled on another $200 million—which is how much it cost to make way back when—to its already massive numbers, pushing it past the $2 billion mark worldwide. Perhaps even more impressive, Titanic is now officially the biggest all-time box office opening in China’s history.

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MGM Decides To Digitally Replace China With North Korea As ‘Red Dawn’ Remake Invaders
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A remake to Red Dawn has been coming for a long while now. In fact, the movie was put together and filmed back in 2009, but has faced many struggles and complications in making its way to the big screen. This new “complication” will not help its cause.

It’s being reported that MGM, the studio that has faced many financial woes and saw massive franchises like The Hobbit and James Bond in danger of never happening, has decided to make some monumental changes to the movie.

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China Uses Clip From ‘Top Gun’ To Show Off Air Force Training
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Someone who either has an eagle-eye or is the biggest fan of the movie Top Gun ever to live has spotted something very interesting.

CCTV, a broadcasting station in China, recently did a report on their country’s air forces. The report includes various shots of their aircrafts and even a quick look at a training exercise in which a jet is destroyed by a missile.

Unfortunately for producers of the show, this eagle-eyed super fan (named Liu Yi) points out that the Chinese J-10 fires off its missile and it hits an American F-5 jet…the very same taken out by a one Mr. Tom Cruise in Top Gun, interestingly enough.

You can see a video of the original CCTV newscast below, as well as a second video from the Wall Street Journal that shows the footage side-by-side with Top Gun for everyone to make their own judgments.

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