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Trump nominates social media hawk as next FCC commissioner

President Donald Trump has nominated longtime telecom lawyer Nathan Simington to be the Federal Communications Commission’s next commissioner, as reported by Law360.

Last week, The Verge first reported that Simington had emerged as a leading candidate to replace current Republican Commissioner Mike O’Rielly. Simington, a senior adviser at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), played a significant role in drafting a petition required under the Trump administration’s social media executive order issued over the summer. The order instructs the FCC, after receiving NTIA’s petition, to reinterpret Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Read More


What’s on TV this week: ‘Mulan,’ ‘The Boys,’ ‘Tony Hawk’ and ‘NBA 2K21’

On streaming, Amazon has season two of its superhero-adjacent series The Boys, and Netflix’s latest rom-com is Love, Guaranteed, while it’s also streaming a new space series Away. The most intriguing item is a new movie from Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich), called I’m Thinking of Ending Things.

Look below to check out each day’s highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

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Remastered ‘Tony Hawk’ games add eight new pro skaters to the roster

EA may have lit a fire under video game skateboarders with news that the Skate series will return, but before that happens Activision is going to deliver its remastered collection of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2. Now the company has announced that not only will the HD version include the original roster of skaters (at the ages they were when the games launched), but it’s also adding eight new athletes from today’s scene: Lizzie Armanto, Leo Baker, Leticia Bufoni, Riley Hawk, Nyjah Huston, Tyshawn Jones, Aori Nishimura, and Shane O’Neill. Read More


Cameo now lets you pay to Zoom with celebrities, including Tony Hawk, Lance Bass, and Sean Astin

Cameo introduced a new feature on Sunday — Zoom calls. The celebrity shoutout service will now let you book a 10-minute live video interview with various big names, so you can directly ask Sinbad about the Shazaam movie you’re positive exists. It’s like a pop culture convention’s meet and greet, only without the germs.

So far, Cameo lists dozens of personalities as available for a live chat, including beloved actor Sean Astin, iconic skateboarder Tony Hawk, N*SYNC alumni Lance Bass, comedian Gilbert Gottfried, and original Green Power Ranger Jason David Frank. Scott Patterson, aka Luke from Gilmore Girls, is also available, so you can ask Stars Hollow’sgrumpy coffee dealer how much caffeine the show’s cast actually consumed. Read More