It's almost Memorial Day weekend, and you know what that means: you have extra time for reading articles online! (Also, I guess, it marks the unofficial start of summer.) (Also it means the actual meaning of Memorial Day.) We have a lot to keep you busy: Cannes coverage, the 20th anniversary of Pulp Fiction, a Memorial Day movie list, and more! Let's get started.
- "In 2001, his worst-case scenario materialized. A competitor supplied the Tampa police with a face-recognition system; officers covertly deployed it on fans attending Super Bowl XXXV. The police scanned tens of thousands of fans without their awareness, identifying a handful of petty criminals, but no one was detained." Dr. Joseph Atick, a pioneer of facial-recognition systems, now cautions against the exploitation of face recognition to identify ordinary and unwitting citizens.
- Spike TV recently put together an all-star comedy tribute to Don Rickles, which will air on the channel on May 28. CAN'T WAIT? Watch a sneak peek, featuring Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Tracy Morgan!
- "How YouTube and Internet Journalism Destroyed Tom Cruise, Our Last Real Movie Star"
- Did you wonder about what the deal was with the softcore sex movie Don and Megan went to see during last week's Mad Men? Wonder no more! Bilge Ebiri wrote about the film, I Am Curious (Yellow), for Vulture.
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Charlie Day gave a commencement speech at his alma mater, Merrimack College, last weekend. In it, he promoted doing the uncomfortable and scary over the safe and boring in order to achieve the life you want, and the Internet went NUTS over it. Rightly! Watch it here in case you missed it.