WIRED Weekender 21.08.15 – From Star Wars to ‘Bear Necessities’ (Wired UK)

From Star Wars to ‘Bare Necessities’

One thing that was clear at the biennial D23 EXPO in Anaheim this past weekend: Disney rules the entertainment world. With presentations from Star Wars to Marvel, Pixar to Disney Animation, the event attracted plenty of superfans (including our first sighting of Kylo Ren cosplay, four months before the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and contained a few surprises. Amongst them: a glimpse of the Avengers-packed Captain America: Civil War, news on Star Wars spin-off Rogue One, and a whole host of Disney and Pixar animation announcements, from Toy Story 4 to Incredibles 2.

We also learned that in celebrity guest stakes, Harrison Ford > Ellen DeGeneres > The Rock — the latter of whom took to the stage to reveal his character in upcoming Disney animated film Moana. But the surprise highlight of the whole weekend? Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, which received the event’s first standing ovation for its insanely realistic CGI and a Bill Murray-voiced Baloo, humming “Bare Necessities”. Plenty to look forward to then, and not just in a galaxy far, far away.

Oliver Franklin-Wallis
Assistant editor, WIRED


Our favourite WIRED articles this week   

One nation under CCTV: the future of automated surveillance

An estimated 5.9 million CCTV cameras keep watch over the UK, but the volume of footage creates a problem: when the police or security services need to actually analyse it, things move very slowly. That could be about to change.

The Ashley Madison data breach is already ruining lives

This will get a whole lot worse before it gets better. 

Anita Sarkeesian turns her talents to analysing her abusers

Games commentator and video producer Sarkeesian is not just an expert on culture and feminism — she’s also an expert at analysing her abusers.  

‘Artificial leaf’ could power communities of the future

A new system developed at Monash University in Melbourne can turn water into fuel, using nothing but solar energy.  

Burning Man 2015: fire Tetris and a hacked Boeing 747

A five-storey mesh dancer, a giant game of fire Tetris and — if rumours are to be believed — a hacked Boeing 747 are just a few of the oversized artworks on show at Burning Man (August 30 to September 7).

E-cigarettes should be ‘prescribed by NHS’ to help smokers quit

E-cigarettes are 95 per cent less harmful than smoking and should potentially be offered on the NHS according to an independent review by Public Health England  

River Thames ‘back from the dead’ with seals, whales and dolphins

The last decade has seen the River Thames return from the dead to become a teeming habitat for a diverse range of marine mammals, according to new data from the Zoological Society of London.

What the death of hitchBOT teaches us about humans

“I honestly was a little bit surprised that it took this long for something this bad to happen to hitchBOT,” said Kate Darling, an expert in robot ethics at MIT Media Lab.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos defends company after brutal exposé

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has claimed he doesn’t “recognise” the company described in a damning report by The New York Times.

‘CLR01’ molecule could block HIV, Hepatitis C and Ebola

A molecule that destroys HIV and hepatitis C particles in semen has been successfully tested in zebrafish and mice. 

Five articles we enjoyed this week

  • The short-termism myth (The New Yorker)
  • Behind TIME’s cover shoot with Donald Trump and an American bald eagle (TIME)
  • Meet the most powerful political players in Silicon Valley (Re/code)
  • Unraveling the enigma of Nintendo’s Virtual Boy, 20 years later  (Fast Company)
  • Read the dream journal of the man who discovered neurons (Nautilus)



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WIRED’s Oliver Franklin-Wallis headed to San Francisco for Disney D23, the company’s biennial exposition. Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo, was amongst the news. (Right, top) As was Star Wars, which was acquired by Disney from Lucasfilm in 2012. The first film released under Disney, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is scheduled for December 2015. (Right)

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21 August 2015 | 4:23 pm – Source: wired.co.uk


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