Twitter To Cut Vine As Part Of Company Restructuring

Twitter says today that it will discontinue short-form video service Vine’s mobile app “in the coming months,” but keep the website. The announcement follows the disclosure this morning that it will slash about 9% of its workforce in a restructuring.
Users will still “be able to access and download your Vines,” the company says in a blog post. “We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have…


Samuel Goldwyn, AMBI To Release ‘This Beautiful Fantastic’ In 2017

Samuel Goldwyn Films and AMBI Group have partnered on a domestic theatrical release for Simon Aboud’s This Beautiful Fantastic which stars Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Anna Chancellor (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). The film, which has been pre-sold in about 150 territories, will be released in early 2017.
This Beautiful Fantastic has been described as “a contemporary fairy tale” about…


On Lady Wood, Tove Lo’s Warm-Blooded Pop Runs Ice Cold

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25:  Singer Tove Lo performs during Elvis Duran's End Of Summer Bash at Hornblower Cruises, Pier 15 on August 25, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)Tove Lo and subtlety are not natural bedfellows. Two years ago, the Swedish pop singer and songwriter extraordinaire gave us Queen Of The Clouds, one of the finest albums of the decade and one of the most fully realized musical introductions in recent memory. Its synthpop anthems were rife with blunt proclamations and bright … More »

HistoryIsWatching lets you create your own anti-Trump commercials.


With the election approaching, Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein invite you to make your own personal anti-Trump ad. stitches together a montage of Trump’s most cringeworthy quotes on the topics you’ve selected to create a shareable ad with your stamp of approval.

“Trump has said some crazy-offensive things, so it’s pretty easy to use his words against him,” said creative director Danny Gonzalez. “And on Facebook, people are always reposting other people’s videos,” added creative director David Suarez. “We wanted to give people a chance to make something of their own, something that says, ‘These are the things that matter most to me, and this is why I can’t vote for this guy.’”

On users connect through their Facebook accounts and then choose their top three pain points about Trump from a list of topics and issues. The site then generates a video featuring clips of Trump speaking on those three topics and adds a personalized endorsement from the user, all of which mimics campaign ads currently running.

Beast and Funworks get Ubisoft dancing.


Beast Editorial San Francisco
Editor: Connor McDonald
Assistant Editor: Brandy Troxler
Producer: Jeff Bielat
Executive Producer: Jon Ettinger

Allied Motion Packing Co.
Color & Finish: Dave Burghardt & Matt Trivan
Producers: Lori Joseph & Gordon T. Wittmann

Audio Mix & Sound Design: Eben Carr One Union

Producer: Shannon Densmore

CEO: Paul Charney
CCO: Craig Mangan
Chief of Creative Collaboration: Kenny White
Copywriter: Scott Menzie
Art Director: Candace Faircloth
Producer: Amanda Charney

Tool of America
Director: Steve Mapp
Executive Producer: Rober Helphand
Managing Producer: Oliver Fuselier
Producer: Valerie Gomez

Jeff Sagansky And Harry Sloan Look At Playboy (For A Deal, Not The Photos)

They won’t be able to hold extravagant parties at the Playboy Mansion. But long time entertainment execs Jeff Sagansky and Harry Sloan may soon own what’s left of the Playboy Enterprises empire that Hugh Hefner created.
They’re in advanced talks with Rizvi Traverse about a deal that would include Playboy, and possibly other assets the private equity firm owns. It picked up a majority stake in the company in 2011 as part of a $207.3 million buyout, leaving Hefner with…


Denmark Rolls Its Eyes at the U.S. Election With This Hilarious Anti-Trump Bus Ad

The anti-Trump outdoor advertising rolls on—even overseas.

We’ve seen a ton of Donald-bashing outdoor ads in the U.S. (from the Nuisance Committee to Wieden + Kennedy to those rogue NYC bus-shelter ads), and it seems that Europe is getting into the spirit as well. That’s judging by a clever bus ad from Denmark that pleads with American expats to vote—lest the unhinged Trump find his way to the White House.

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