Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them about. The actor: Joe Morton has been a working actor since the ’60s, starting his career in the theater and scoring a Tony Award nomination for his work in the musical Raisin, adapted from the acclaimed 1973 play Raisin In The Sun (itself adapted from a Langston Hughes poem). It didn’t take long for him to step in front of the camera, however, and he’s been a staple on television and in film ever since, including big-screen blockbusters like Terminator 2 and Speed, long-running series such as Eureka and Scandal, and appearances on more dramas and sitcoms than you can shake a stick at. Currently, Morton can be seen playing a man of the cloth in CBS’s God Friended Me. God Friended Me (2018)—“Arthur Finer” Joe Morton: I found my way into the role through the usual path: … [Read more...] about Joe Morton on keeping Shonda Rhimes’ secrets and working with directors “who don’t know how to write for black people”
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A holiday is a great time to start getting more creative with your photography, and the good news is that you don't need a bulky DSLR and a bag of lenses to do so – your smartphone is the perfect holiday snaps partner. We don't suggest that you walk around with your eyes glued to the camera app, but proactive photography can make you appreciate a location's sights much more than just a stroll around them would. The Grand Canyon, Paris and Agra's Taj Mahal are all favorites for Instagram-ready pics – but what about the best spots in the UK?Below we've listed some of the kinds of locations that are enduringly popular with photographers, and some specific UK examples, with tips on how you can use your phone's camera to do them justice.The big cityThe obvious UK choice for street photo opportunities is a big city somewhere with the most famous sights, and the most things to do. A city is a great place to squeeze the most out of a multi-camera phone, particularly … [Read more...] about How to pick the perfect holiday settings to test your smartphone camera
Samsung's Bixby digital assistant is getting a boost in capabilities -- but whether it's too late remains a question.The South Korean company on Wednesday will kick off its two-day developer conference in San Francisco. The fifth annual conference marks the company's big push to get developers to make software specifically for its devices. In the past that meant making apps that would work on the edge of Samsung's curved smartphone displays or would take advantage of its S Pen stylus. This year, that focus turns to Bixby and artificial intelligence. While the prospect of a foldable smartphone -- the long rumored Galaxy F -- may draw the eyeballs to Samsung's 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET) keynote, that's more a tease of what's to come. The meat of the presentation will focus on the now: getting Bixby smarter. The consumer electronics giant could share more information about the Bixby-powered Galaxy Home smart speaker that it unveiled in August, including its sales date. Now playing: Watch … [Read more...] about Forget foldable phones. Samsung’s Bixby assistant is about to get smarter
It’s easier than ever to find travel deals, and you can usually get the lowest price directly from the hotel or airline. This begs the question: are third party travel sites even worth it? Recently, Expedia enhanced their points program, which allows customers to earn travel rewards through them. They’re not the first online travel agency (OTA) to offer something like this, so let’s see how they stack up. The Drawbacks of Booking Third Party Points programs aside, there isn’t really any benefit to booking travel through a site like Expedia, Travelocity, or Orbitz. Travelers booked flights and hotels through these sites back in the day because their prices seemed to be so much cheaper. But now, you can get the same deal, if not a better one, booking directly with an airline or hotel. I looked up a round trip flight on Google Flights and Travelocity, for example, and the price is exactly the same if you were to book it directly through United. I looked up the same … [Read more...] about Is Booking Travel Through a Site Like Expedia Worth It?
Best Deals of the Day The best deals from around the web, updated daily. Deals on deck today: A rare discount on Thermapen, a Dolby Atmos HT receiver for just $320, a fake book to hide your secret stash, and a blender that can destroy said stash in an instant. Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletter to never miss a deal. Best Tech Deals This refurbished 7.2 channel Yamaha receiver has pretty much everything a home theater buff could want, including Dolby Atmos support and five HDMI inputs (plus two outputs), and Woot’s marked it down to $320 today, one of the best deals we’ve seen on a receiver with Atmos support, which is the future of home theater audio. The fact is that picture differences in most sub $1K 4K TVs are unnoticeable by most of us unless compared side-by-side with other sets. For just $398, this 60-Inch Hisense 4K Smart UHD TV is a massive value. Sure it’s just 120Hz, and only has three HDMI … [Read more...] about Friday’s Best Deals: Thermapen, Blendtec, a $9 Book Safe, Dolby Atmos, Sharpies, and More