First Click: JJ, LA, and a preview of the week ahead

November 23rd, 2015

We’re smack in the middle of the holidays which means it’s time to start buying all the tech released over the last 11 months and start watching movies, lots and lots of movies. So stop binging on Jessica Jones long enough to preview the Thanksgiving week ahead.

Creed opens on Wednesday starring Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa who returns to the ring to train the son of his fiercest rival and closest friend. Wednesday’s also the premiere of Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur which imagines a world where the dinosaurs had not gone extinct.

Thursday sees the premiere of The Danish Girl directed by Tom Hooper. Set in the 1920s, it stars Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) playing Danish artist Einar Wegener in his pioneering transformation into Lili Elbe.

That brings us to Black Friday and the sales which actually began weeks ago. Still, we’ll be rounding up the best deals in gaming, TVs, laptops, tablets, and phones until your wallet is empty (but your heart is full).

But first, let’s take a look back at the weekend that was.


  1. Who Marvel chooses to play Iron Fist is a big deal

    With Daredevil and Jessica Jones now out of the way, Marvel has two more solo Netflix outings left before the eventual Defenders team-up. We know that production for Luke Cage is already underway,...

  2. LA Auto Show 2015 wrap-up: the best (and worst) cars on the floor

    It's not quite a full-on podcast*, but The Verge's Tamara Warren, Chris Ziegler, and Jason Harper sat down for a few minutes of banter after the end of day one of this year's LA Auto Show. What did...

  3. Here’s how to live with a 16GB iPhone

    It's 2015, and the entry level phones from both Apple and Google still come with only 16GB of storage. It's an unreasonably tiny amount for anyone who regularly uses their phone to take photos and...

  4. J.J. Abrams says he has 'six little things left' to finish Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    The Force Awakens is officially less than a month away, but we're still getting little bits of information here and there. First up is yet another TV spot — this one shines the spotlight on Oscar...

  5. SNL shows what happened when Jon Hamm and Emma Stone auditioned for The Force Awakens

    The Force Awakens is less than a month away, and the deluge of everything Star Wars is unavoidable. But Saturday Night Live took the whole affair in a fun (if predictable) direction with its...

  6. How to make friends with rebels and destroy AT-ATs in Star Wars: Battlefront

    I've put thousands of hours into EA and Dice's Battlefield series since Battlefield 1942 came out in 2002, so it's no trifle when I say that Star Wars: Battlefront is the best Battlefield game I've...

  7. The science behind your brain's love of a killer beat

    The beat drops — and people start nodding their heads. It's a common behavior, so it's easy to disregard. But the reasons why humans respond to a thumping bass line so strongly aren't...

  8. Microsoft cuts thousands of movies and games to 10 cents for Windows 10

    Microsoft is trying to tempt millions more people to upgrade to Windows 10 over the next 10 days. The software giant is kicking off a huge promotion for its Windows Store, with more than a 1,000...

  9. The Verge Review of Animals: the leopard gecko

    Lizards can sit unnaturally (or super naturally) still, stare, and then move in a flash — alien movements at alien speeds. Our feeble human desire to anthropomorphize everything is stymied at almost every turn, and somehow this makes the creatures

  10. Ask Stoya: My girlfriend wants to read my texts — is that normal?

    The internet and technology have totally changed sex and relationships, we know you — you adults, anyway, this column is not for children! — have questions about the world of sex. In order to...

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