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Apple is Considering Allowing Third-Party Apps as Defaults on iOS

Mark Gurman at Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. is considering giving rival apps more prominence on iPhones and iPads and opening its HomePod speaker to third-party music services after criticism the company provides an unfair advantage to its in-house products.

The technology giant is discussing whether to let users choose third-party web browser and mail applications as their default options on Apple’s mobile devices, replacing the company’s Safari browser and Mail app, according to people familiar with the matter. Since launching the App Store in 2008, Apple hasn’t allowed users to replace pre-installed apps such as these with third-party services. That has made it difficult for some developers to compete, and has raised concerns from lawmakers probing potential antitrust violations in the technology industry.

This is another one of those long-awaited finallys.

You can do it on macOS, why not on iOS?

(And I’m a guy who thinks that the standard apps are great for most people.)

THE PORTABLE DOOR: Jim Henson Company + Christoph Waltz x The Office & Harry Potter? I’ll See The HELL Out of That!

The Hollywood Reporter:

Christoph Waltz and Guy Pearce are to star in the fantasy adventure comedy The Portable Door, adapted from Tom Holt’s six-book fantasy series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Patrick Gibson (The OA, Tolkien) stars in the film, which Jeffrey Walker (Ali’s Wedding, Lambs of God) will direct from a screenplay adapted by Leon Ford (Griff the Invisible).

In The Portable Door, Paul Carpenter, a new intern at the mysterious London firm J.W. Wells & Co., becomes steadily aware that his employers are anything but conventional. Charismatic villain Humphrey Wells (Waltz), the CEO of the company, is disrupting the world of magic by bringing modern corporate strategy to ancient magical practices. Dennis Tanner (Pearce) is the shape-shifting goblin trapped in the organization’s middle management. Paul Carpenter (Gibson) is the lowly, put-upon intern who discovers the true agenda of the vast corporation where they work.

This sounds like a blast! If you’d like to read the book series before it becomes a film, the first one can be purchased here.

Jennifer Lawrence and Adam McKay Come To Netflix with DON’T LOOK UP


Netflix has boarded Adam McKay’s new comedy feature Don’t Look Up, which Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence will star in. Deadline first broke the news about the project last November when we announced the Oscar-winning Big Short filmmaker’s new first-look deal at Paramount under his label Hyberobject Industries.

Don’t Look Up tells the story of two low-level astronomers who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching asteroid that will destroy Earth. Production will begin in April for a release later this year.

Sounds like a fun movie. I feel like Lawrence has some comedy chops which have been woefully underused, so I look forward to seeing what she and McKay can do together.

That said: will it be another Netflix movie which releases to a cultural indifference? We’ll see.

Will Farrell and Paul Rudd to Re-Team with THE SHRINK NEXT DOOR


Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd are getting back together for the MRC Television limited series The Shrink Next Door which is based on the 2019 No. 1 new Wondery and Bloomberg Media podcast. The last time the duo starred together was in 2013’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Also inspired by true events, The Shrink Next Door is a dark comedy following the bizarre relationship between psychiatrist to the stars Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf played by Rudd, and his longtime patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz, played by Ferrell. Over the course of their relationship, the all-too-charming Ike slowly takes over Marty’s life, even moving into Marty’s home and taking over his family business. The series explores how a seemingly normal doctor-patient dynamic morphs into an unprecedentedly exploitative one filled with manipulation, power grabs, and dysfunction at its finest.

Sounds fun to me!

BIG TIME ADOLESCENCE Trailer: Pete Davidson is the Big Brother You Never Had

Red Band Trailer

Much in the same vein of movies like Superbad, The Kings of Summer, Booksmart and countless others, we’ve got another modern “teen-comes-of-age” movie, but this time, Pete Davidson is the outrageous older “brother” for our lead.

Honestly, as cynical as that above bit sounds, I think Big Time Adolescence looks pretty good, and the word out of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival was pretty damn positive. I guess it’s just a bummer that in this day and age, an indie flick sorta just gets dumped onto a streaming service with little-to-no fanfare.

Either way, I’ll be watching it, if no one else does.

Big Time Adolescence hits Hulu on March 20, 2020.