First Click: Google I/O, a XXX reality series, and more in the week ahead

May 16th, 2016

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Can you feel it? That husky trembling you feel in your gut is anticipation for Google I/O… or irritable bowel syndrome. But as readers of The Verge I’d wager the former. Wednesday marks the opening keynote to Google’s biggest show the year. An event that will showcase Android and a selection of apps, OSes, hardware, and services from the Alphabet syllabary. We’ll have a full preview of the event up shortly to help check those expectations.

You can also expect a deeper dive into Vizio’s 2016 P series of TVs and Senheisser’s HD 800 S headphones in what promises to be a huge week in tech.

Just before I/O we’re expecting a Tuesday release of that Super Mario-themed Minecraft for the Wii U. The free update will include a pre-made Mario world with 40 different character skins, and 15 pieces of Super Mario 64 music.

On the entertainment front, we’ll have music reviews for Chance the Rapper’s new mixtape, and for the latest releases from Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, and even Meghan Trainor because as long as we’re going there, it might as well be all the way.

We’ll also be reviewing Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest film, The Lobster which opened in the US on Friday and stars Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.

The very NSFW reality series The Sex Factor debuts on Thursday. It stars eight women and eight men competing to be America’s next top porn star. And $1 million. It’s quite possibly the greatest thing to happen to America since Donald Trump.

The Nice Guys opens on Friday starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. Oh, and so does The Angry Birds Movie, for whatever that’s worth.

And finally, you can already read our thoughts on The Preacher which makes its series debut on AMC Sunday with a pilot episode directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Bryan Bishop calls it "a bizarre mix of shock gore, adolescent humor, and shattered faith that tees up what could be an oddly compelling TV series."

But that’s all to come. First let’s get caught up on the weekend that was.


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