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Tune into FX Networks’ New Period Drama ‘Taboo’ + Exclusive Diamond Giveaway

There are few things in life that I thoroughly enjoy more than settling in for a night of really great television. Whether I’m tuning into the latest episode of a show that I wait all week to see or binge-watching an entire series, making an event out of chilling out in front of the television brings me more joy than you could possibly imagine. Go ahead, call me out for being a giant couch potato. I admit it, I totally am. This January, FX Networks will premiere a new period drama that is sure to have us all cozying up on the couch in our comfiest PJs with our favorite snacks week after week.

Taboo

Taboo is a gritty crime drama set in 1814 London. While London may be rich in culture and entertainment now, it was a far darker setting in the early 1800s. Poverty-stricken and overwhelmed with devastation, 19th century London was overcrowded and rampant with disease and early death. Trash filled the streets until it could be used as fertilizer. Most of the city’s residents during the time barely earned a living working in coal mines. Women and children as young as 5 also worked in the coal mines until at least 1842, when the first law was passed to prevent women and children under 10 from the mines. Many of us can’t imagine building our lives in such deplorable conditions. This is exactly why it is an ideal setting for such a dark series.

Tom Hardy stars as James Keziah Delaney, a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentenced. Encircled by conspiracy, murder, and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love and treachery.

Conspiracy; murder; betrayal. Taboo certainly has all of the makings for a series that will captivate, entertain, and show us just how dangerous of a man James Keziah Delaney is to know.

Taboo premieres January 10 on FX Networks. Created by Steven Knight with Tom Hardy and Chips Hardy, Taboo is the third collaboration of Hardy and Knight following Locke and Peaky Blinders.

‘Taboo’ Exclusive Diamond Giveaway

To kick off the premiere of FX’s new original series, two lucky souls will be rewarded a secret collection of diamonds worth $3,000. Will you find your fortune? Enter the Taboo diamond giveaway for a chance to win. Winners will be chosen January 4 and January 11.

Are you looking forward to the premiere of Taboo?

Luvvie Ajayi Knows We Can Do Better, and She’s Giving Us the Tools with ‘I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual’ — Review

“Did some of us get a limited edition handbook that others didn’t get? You know the one that gives instructions on how not to suck?”

That is the question Luvvie Ajayi tweeted on August 4, 2014 after discovering that a “journalist” had plagiarized her work. It is the same question she asks in the introduction of her new book, I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual.

We all have plenty of ideas about things we could do or should do every single day. Most of the time, we forget about them and move on with our lives. Ajayi, on the other hand, decided that she would be the one to bring that limited edition handbook to the masses.

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I have been reading Ajayi’s hugely popular and widely-respected pop culture blog, Awesomely Luvvie, for years. I began my own blogging career in 2007 with a feminist and social justice website called Menstrual Poetry before eventually shifting my focus over here to Woman Tribune full-time. It was when I was a part of that niche that I first discovered Awesomely Luvvie. It has remained one of about a handful of blogs that I largely credit with keeping me entertained and enlightened.

I’m Judging You is a series of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digitally connected lives. Contrary to what the title of the book suggests, Ajayi isn’t casting her judgments on us without taking a long look in the mirror first. The first chapter of the first section of the book is a lengthy admission of perpetual lateness. When she proclaims that we are the worst, she is totally including herself. And she has suggestions for how we can all collectively do better.

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This book is full of laugh out loud gems (“Behind every ain’t-good-for-nothing man are bedroom skills beyond measure.”) But there is also a time for serious conversations, and those take place in the Culture section.

Folks, this is the book we need. It is the book we deserve. Every side-eye and dose of shade — we had it coming. Every bit of it.

We are still having conversations about what an unarmed black person did to get themselves shot and killed. We are still asking what a woman was wearing to get herself raped. We are still arguing about whether two people who love each other should be allowed to get married or raise children. We are still explaining why street harassment isn’t flattering (“Girls are being sexualized by random toads and goats on the streets and told to smile about it.”) We are still legislating women’s bodies.

We can all do better. We should do better. We need to do better. We need to do the hard work and have the uncomfortable conversations. We need to be able to admit the harsh truths about ourselves and know when to laugh about it. We will be better off for it, and maybe we might even leave this world in better shape than how we found it.

When we know better, we do better, and Luvvie Ajayi is side-eyeing us until we do.

Buy ‘I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual’

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I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual is available now everywhere books are sold.

You can find Luvvie Ajayi at Awesomely Luvvie, on Facebook, and @Luvvie.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Accessible Street Music Provides Entertainment While Giving Hope

If you walk through an average city today, you might see that a growing number of streets and parks have become home to community pianos. They aren’t there by accident. Like the street pianos in NY, cities that adopt street pianos provide purpose, hope, and entertainment. Street pianos change the way people experience their communities. Because of their typically bold paint jobs, the pianos are pieces of art. Due to the fact that they are often accessible to the homeless, they can help bring out the hidden talents of those typically cast out.

Street pianos provide hope. Many have seen the articles and videos where a homeless man or woman begins to play a beautiful song before a crowd forms. Street pianos provide hope to those who need it most.

Music has always been a way for people to connect. With perfectly-placed pianos, music can connect individuals who have little with individuals who have long struggled to care about those who have little. The hope goes all the way around.

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In addition to providing hope, street pianos are a cheap form of entertainment. Cities have long looked for ways to attract people to parks and urban areas. These cities are looking to provide value and can also attract shoppers to local stores. That’s why when people travel to Denver, they see colorfully painted pianos painted by people with immense skill. It’s why the streets of New York are filled with instruments that people can pick up and play. Street pianos breathe life into a city, giving it a personality it might not have had before.

Today’s cities are doing everything they can to come alive. Street pianos are an excellent addition to any type of outdoor space because of the many purposes they serve. There’s no question that they give hope to the homeless while opening the hearts and minds of average citizens. They are also a cost-effective way to give a city a new-found sense of personality. But best of all, they bring people together — a much-needed service in a society that has become increasingly divided.

If you have never had the pleasure of seeing a presumably average person sit down at a street piano and make everyone’s jaws drop, we can change that. Below is a video of a man named Michael Anthony McNamara whose cover of A Great Big World’s “Say Something” first went viral in 2014. Though two years old, the performance is no less powerful. Katriona Dean designed and painted the piano for the “Keys to our Town” art initiative in Cobourg, Ontario.

Free Games Coming to Xbox Games with Gold June 2016

Xbox Live delivers a host of free services to more than 48 million subscribers, including free game demos, exclusive betas, entertainment and sports apps, Skype (for Xbox One), and access to free over-the-air live television from popular networks like NBC, CBS, and FOX.

For paid subscribers, Xbox Games with Gold gives gamers access to multiplayer gaming and party chat, game add-ons, exclusive discounts of up to 50-75% off select games, and of course, exclusive access to a hand-selected collection of games twice a month.

Here’s the full list of games coming to Xbox Games with Gold in June.

Free Games for Xbox Games with Gold June 2016

Goat Simulator

Xbox One — Available June 1

Goat Simulator

Goat Simulator is the latest in goat simulation technology, bringing next-gen goat simulation to YOU. You no longer have to fantasize about being a goat, your dreams have finally come true! Gameplay-wise, Goat Simulator is all about causing as much destruction as you possibly can as a goat. It has been compared to an old-school skating game, except instead of being a skater, you’re a goat, and instead of doing tricks, you wreck stuff. Destroy things with style, such as doing a back flip while headbutting a bucket through a window, and you’ll earn even more points! When it comes to goats, not even the sky is the limit, as you can probably just bug through it and crash the game.

The Crew

Xbox One — Available June 16

The Crew

The Crew is a revolutionary action-driving MMO that connects players online like never before. The Crew takes you and your friends on a wild ride across a massive, open-world recreation of the United States that is richly detailed and loaded with endless challenges. Generous in content and tailored for the connected generation, The Crew is the next-gen game that redefines action-driving.

Super Meat Boy

Xbox 360 — Available June 1

Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy is a tough as nails platformer where you play as an animated cube of meat who’s trying to save his girlfriend (who happens to be made of bandages) from an evil fetus in a jar wearing a tux. Our meaty hero will leap from walls, over seas of buzz saws, through crumbling caves, and pools of old needles, sacrificing his own well-being to save his damsel in distress. Super Meat Boy brings the old school difficulty of classic retro titles we all know and love and streamlines them down to the essential, no-bull, straightforward twitch reflex platforming. Ramping up in difficulty from hard to soul crushing, SMB will drag Meat Boy through haunted hospitals, salt factories, and even hell itself. And if 300+ single player levels weren’t enough, SMB also throws in epic boss fights, tons of unlockable secrets, warp zones, and hidden characters.

XCOM Enemy Unknown

Xbox 360 — Available June 16

XCOM Enemy Unknown

From the award-winning creators of Civilization comes an action-strategy game about humanity’s last stand. In XCOM Enemy Unknown, you are threatened by an unknown enemy and the Earth’s governments unite to form a secret paramilitary organization known as XCOM to combat this extraterrestrial attack. As the commander of XCOM, you control the global defense team in a battle against a terrifying alien invasion. Control the fate of the human race by creating and managing a fully operational base, researching alien technologies, planning combat missions, and controlling soldier movement in battle.

The Xbox One features cross-compatibility, so Xbox One gamers will have access to all of these games in June. Be sure to grab May’s free games before it’s too late.

See the free games coming to PlayStation Plus June 2016.

Free Games Coming to PlayStation Plus June 2016

PlayStation Plus is a paid subscription service for PlayStation gamers that gives users access to premium features including early access to upcoming games, beta trials, regular store discounts of up to 75% off, and the ability to have system software updates and game patches downloaded and installed automatically to the console without prompting the user. The service also offers 10GB of internet storage space for up to 1,000 saved game files, a social network of friends and like-minded gamers, and best of all, a curated selection of free games each month across all PlayStation consoles — PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita.

Here’s the full list of games coming to PlayStation Plus in June.

Free Games for PlayStation Plus June 2016

NBA 2K16

PS4

NBA 2K16

The NBA 2K franchise is back with the most true-to-life NBA experience to date with NBA 2K16. Featuring an all-new MyCAREER experience written, directed, and produced by acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee. Guide your MyPLAYER through the complete NBA journey, take control of an entire NBA franchise, or hone your skills online competing against gamers from around the world. With animations that provide smoother movement and more realistic articulation, and three unique cover designs featuring NBA stars Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, and James Harden, it’s certain to be the most authentic NBA gaming experience yet.

Gone Home: Console Edition

PS4

Gone Home

June 7, 1995. 1:15 a.m. You arrive home after a year abroad. You expect your family to greet you, but the house is empty. Something’s not right. Where is everyone? And what’s happened here? Find out for yourself as you explore the house on Arbor Hill in the award-winning game that’s been called “a remarkable achievement” (IGN) and “the greatest video game love story ever told” (The New York Times). Experience one of the generation’s defining indie games, plus more than 90 minutes of behind-the-scenes commentary by the developers, actors, and musicians that made Gone Home possible!

echochrome

PS3

echochrome

Featuring an elegant black and white art design inspired by the works of M.C. Escher, echochrome is a puzzle game unlike any other. With gameplay based on optical illusions, players must utilize five simple laws of perspective to join walkways, hide dangers, and create new paths to reach the “echos,” or shadow guides. Once you’ve mastered the five laws, use them to create your own mind-bending levels to play and share with friends using the custom level editor.

Siren: Blood Curse (Episodes 1-12)

PS3

Siren: Blood Curse

An American TV crew has arrived in Japan to film an exposé on the legend of the “vanished village.” Controlling seven different playable characters, the player must uncover the mystery behind the curse that grips the eerie village of Hanuda. The unique “sight jack” system allows the player to see from the point of view of the Shibito, or living dead, to avoid their detection or watch as they close in on the player and companions. Intense graphics, realistic character animation, and a gritty film-like graphical presentation add to the horror of Siren: Blood Curse.

God of War: Chains of Olympus

PS Vita

God of War: Chains of Olympus

Long before his battle with Ares, Kratos sought absolution from his past sins by pledging himself as a champion of the Gods. These brutal crusades in the name of Olympus became legendary, but would have far-reaching consequences. In Chains of Olympus, Kratos is pushed to the edge as he is ordered by the gods to journey to the very depths of the underworld after the world plunges into darkness. There he must face the most feared creatures of Greek mythology and is forced to choose between his own personal redemption and saving the ancient world from certain destruction. It is a choice that will shake the immortals from their perches on Mt. Olympus.

Little Deviants

PS Vita

Little Deviants

Join the Little Deviants in a series of madcap adventures that allow you to have fun discovering and experimenting with the new PS Vita system functions — including rear touch, front touch, Sixaxis motion sensors, front and rear cameras, and microphone.

You can gain access to these games on PlayStation Plus beginning June 7. In the meantime, go grab May’s free games before it’s too late.

See the free games coming to Xbox Games with Gold June 2016.

What’s Coming to and Leaving Netflix June 2016

Does Alex survive her encounter with Kubra’s henchman in the greenhouse? Knowing that solitary confinement has been said to be a form of cruel and unusual punishment, how will Sophia manage to keep her psyche strong during her time in isolation? How does Pennsatucky continue to heal as a rape survivor while her rapist, C.O. Coates, is still employed by the prison?

These are just a few of the many questions fans of Orange Is the New Black have been asking for the last year, and even more questions mounted when Netflix released season 4 promo photos back in March. After such a long wait, the time for answers is finally in sight as season 4 begins streaming on Netflix June 17.

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Here’s the full list of what’s coming to the streaming service and what will be leaving in June.

Coming to Netflix June 2016

Available June 1:

7 Chinese Brothers
72 Cutest Animals (Season 1)
72 Dangerous Places (Season 1)
A Walk to Remember
Big Stone Gap
Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere
Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed (Seasons 1 and 2)
Cold in July
Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?
Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution
(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies
El Libro de Piedra
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Extraordinary Tales
The Fear of 13
Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez
Gentlemen and Gangsters (Season 1)
The Good Witch (Season 1)
The Great Alone
Hadwin’s Judgement
J. Edgar
Jaco
Janis: Little Girl Blue
Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III
Lion Heart
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Meadowland
The Odd Couple II
Off Camera (Series 1)
Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages
Pokémon the Series: XY: Kalos Quest (Season 2)
Portrait of a Serial Monogamist
The Resurrection of Jake the Snake
Rock the Kasbah
Sam Klemke’s Time Machine
Second Coming
Tab Hunter Confidential
UFOs: The Best Evidence Ever (Caught on Tape)
Underdogs
What Our Father’s Did: A Nazi Legacy
Wildlike

Available June 2:

Beauty & the Beast (Season 3)
Hibana: Spark — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Pretty Little Liars (Season 6)

Available June 3:

Bo Burnham: Make Happy — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available June 6:

Darkweb

Available June 7:

Every Thing Will Be Fine
Jarhead 3: The Seige

Available June 10:

LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship (Season 2) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Voltron: Legendary Defender (Season 1) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available June 11:

Me Him Her
Scandal (Season 5)

Available June 12:

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong

Available June 14:

The League (Season 7)

Available June 15:

After the Spill
Boom Bust Boom
The Giver
In the Shadow of the Moon
Naz & Maalik
Night Owls
Poverty, Inc.
Top Spin
TransFatty Lives

Available June 16:

Being Mary Jane (Season 3)
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 3)
The Unborn

Available June 17:

All Hail King Julien (Season 3) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Orange Is the New Black (Season 4) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available June 18:

Cedar Cove (Season 3)
Grey’s Anatomy (Season 12)

Available June 19:

Bunk’d (Season 1)
I Am Thor
Life Story (Series 1)
The Making of Life Story

Available June 21:

Best Friends Whenever (Season 1)

Available June 22:

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Spotlight

Available June 24:

Dragons: Race to the Edge (Season 3) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Fundamentals of Caring — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Justin Time GO! — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available June 27:

Cronies

Available June 29:

Life

Available June 30:

A Very Secret Service (Season 1) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Palio
(T)ERROR

Leaving Netflix June 2016

Leaving June 1:

A Wrinkle in Time
About a Boy
Bounce
Bridget Jones’s Diary
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury
Clear and Present Danger
Click
Darkman
Disney Animation Collection Vol. 5: Wind in the Willows
Dude, Where’s My Car?
Duplex
Elias: Rescue Team Adventures (Season 1)
The Faculty
Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog
Ghost
Groundhog Day
Hamlet
Hercules
In the Bedroom
Jersey Girl
Kinky Boots
Lassie
Losing Isaiah
Madonna: Truth or Dare
Marvin’s Room
Music of the Heart
My Boss’s Daughter
Nine Months
The Others
Paris Is Burning
Private Parts
Proof
Schoolhouse Rock!: Earth
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
The Station Agent
The Stepford Wives
Stir of Echoes
Stir of Echoes 2: The Homecoming
The Super Hero Squad Show (Seasons 1 and 2)
Velvet Goldmine
View from the Top
Wayne’s World
The Yards

Leaving June 2:

Eureka Seven (Seasons 1 and 2)

Leaving June 14:

HawthoRNe (Seasons 1-3)

Leaving June 15:

The Bank Job

Leaving June 18:

A Late Quartet
The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (Season 1)

Leaving June 21:

Mixology (Season 1)

Leaving June 24:

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
Marvel’s Avengers Assemble (Season 1)
Mulan
Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Leaving June 30:

Sophie’s Choice

Get a Sneak Peek at the Enchanted Castle of Disney’s Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ #BeOurGuest — First Teaser Trailer

Of all the recent live-action retellings of classic Disney films — Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and there’s even talk of the possibility of a live-action The Little Mermaid — we’ll admit that we have been most eagerly anticipating the live-action Beauty and the Beast ever since it was first confirmed and word got out that Emma Watson would star in the role as Belle.

Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful, and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true prince within.

Disney recently released the Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer, giving viewers a sneak peek of the beast’s enchanted castle. If you don’t quite remember the trailer for the 1991 animated movie, we don’t blame you because that was 25 years ago, but Disney Dorks on Facebook put the trailers side-by-side for a comparison that will likely give you chills. Check it out:

Beauty and the Beast is coming to theaters everywhere March 17, 2017.

Free Games Coming to Xbox Games with Gold May 2016

Xbox Live delivers a host of free services to more than 48 million subscribers, including free game demos, exclusive betas, entertainment and sports apps, Skype (for Xbox One), and access to free over-the-air live television from popular networks like NBC, CBS, and FOX.

For paid subscribers, Xbox Games with Gold gives gamers access to multiplayer gaming and party chat, game add-ons, exclusive discounts of up to 50-75% off select games, and of course, exclusive access to a hand-selected collection of games twice a month.

Here’s the full list of games coming to Xbox Games with Gold in May.

Free Games for Xbox Games with Gold May 2016

Defense Grid 2

Xbox One — Available May 1

Defense Grid 2

Defense Grid 2 is the next evolution in tower defense. In Defense Grid 2, players will discover new additions that will require the player to change their tower strategy. The game offers dynamic content where gameplay is constantly changing. There are a million different ways you can beat a level, so your solution is truly your own. The addition of cooperative and competitive multiplayer brings a whole new experience to Defense Grid. The mix of strategy and puzzle gameplay promises to be fun and engaging.

Costume Quest 2

Xbox One — Available May 16

Costume Quest 2

Trick, treat, and pick a fight with villianous dental soldiers in Costume Quest 2, the sweet sequel to Double Fine’s hit original, Costume Quest, that turned fans of all ages into candy obsessed crusaders. This inspired RPG adventure includes a range of new features and gameplay improvements to double the amount of mischievous fun. Explore spooky time-traversing landscapes, don adorable new costumes that transform into powerful Hallo-warriors, and collect even creepier treat cards to wield in combat against a legion of hygiene obsessed baddies. Only heroic siblings Wren and Reynold can save Halloween forever!

GRID 2

Xbox 360 — Available May 1

GRID 2

Be fast, be first, and be famous as the race returns in GRID 2, the sequel to the BAFTA-award winning, multi-million selling Race Driver: GRID. Experience aggressive wheel-to-wheel competition, advanced AI, stunning visuals, jaw-dropping damage, and feel the thrill of racing iconic cars in a new world of evolving motorsport.

Peggle

Xbox 360 — Available May 16

Peggle

Experience the ball-bouncing, peg-busting phenomenon! Do you have what it takes to become a Peggle Master? Take your best shot! Conquer 55 levels with 10 mystical Magic Powers and rack up bonus points. Face off against friends in 4-player Xbox Live multiplayer play, and test your skills in 75 Grand Master Challenges.

The Xbox One features cross-compatibility, so Xbox One gamers will have access to all of these games in May. Be sure to grab April’s free games before it’s too late.

See the free games coming to PlayStation Plus May 2016.

Free Games Coming to PlayStation Plus May 2016

PlayStation Plus is a paid subscription service for PlayStation gamers that gives users access to premium features including early access to upcoming games, beta trials, regular store discounts of up to 75% off, and the ability to have system software updates and game patches downloaded and installed automatically to the console without prompting the user. The service also offers 10GB of internet storage space for up to 1,000 saved game files, a social network of friends and like-minded gamers, and best of all, a curated selection of free games each month across all PlayStation consoles — PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita.

Here’s the full list of games coming to PlayStation Plus in May.

Free Games for PlayStation Plus May 2016

Switch Galaxy Ultra

PS4, PS Vita

Switch Galaxy Ultra

Switch Galaxy Ultra is the fastest gaming experience on PlayStation that’s loaded with content and features that will have you blazing across the galaxy at breakneck speeds. Weave your way past obstacles and enemies as you travel across the galaxy collecting the highly prized Tantalum for Dakur Technology.

Earn credits to spend on new ships and upgrades, hit speed-ups, and collect power-ups to get record times and take part in two exciting online multiplayer modes. If that’s not enough, try out the survival mode with one life and infinity in front of you, how long can you last?

Table Top Racing: World Tour

PS4

Table Top Racing: World Tour is a high-octane combat racer from Nick Burcombe, the co-creator of the Wipeout series. Get yourself behind the wheel of one of twelve fully-customizable miniature cars and attempt to master 24 race tracks in Championship mode. There is a series of Special Events to beat, or you can head online and challenge up to 8 friends to determine the ultimate racer.

Table Top Racing: World Tour will be released May 3.

Tropico 5

PS4

Tropico 5

You, as El Presidente, will first take control of the infamous island of Tropico during early colonial times, and then guide it through the centuries as the world changes and moves ever forward. You must tackle the changing needs of your people, as well as opposing governments and factions, and thus lay the foundations for your own dynasty. As you move through your years in office, you can promote members of your extended family on the island to positions of power, such as ambassador, commanding general, or even Supreme Ruler, to ensure your legacy thrives through the eras. As your influence and wealth grows, so do the threats to your burgeoning island superpower.

Can you survive both World Wars, prosper through the Great Depression, rule as an iron-fisted dictator through the Cold War, and advance your country to modern times and beyond? From the 19th to the 21st century, each era carries its own challenges and opportunities.

As well as a wealth of other new features, including advanced trading mechanics, technology, scientific research trees, and island exploration, Tropico 5 will add cooperative and competitive multiplayer for up to four players for the first time in the series’ history! Viva El Presidente!

Bionic Commando Rearmed 2

PS3

Bionic Commando Rearmed 2

Capcom presents the next evolution in retro side-scrolling action with Bionic Commando Rearmed 2. Equipped with his famous bionic arm, Nathan “Rad” Spencer swings back into action in order to stop General Sabio from launching a deadly missile strike. Swing, leap, and shoot your way through lush new environments as you encounter countless enemies and huge bosses throughout the island of Papagaya. Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 takes platforming action back to its 2D roots, but with a slew of modern-day upgrades like vibrant, cutting edge visuals and a brand new retro-remixed soundtrack. New features such as the bio-vision scanner, customizable arm components, and character upgrades will take “Rad” Spencer’s abilities to the next level!

LocoRoco Cocoreccho!

PS3

LocoRoco Cocoreccho

The all-new LocoRoco game exclusively for PS3 lets you play as a butterfly and guide the cute little LocoRoco to safety. The LocoRocos respond to the environment, interact with each other, and sing along to the music. Running at 1080p, LocoRoco Cocoreccho! brings all-new gameplay, use of the SIXAXIS wireless controller technology, mini-games, and online rankings.

God of War: Ghost of Sparta

PS Vita

God of War: Ghost of Sparta

Set in the realm of Greek mythology, God of War: Ghost of Sparta is a single-player game that allows players to take on the powerful role of Spartan warrior Kratos. This new adventure picks up after God of War concludes, telling the story of Kratos’ ascension to power as the God of War. In his quest to rid himself of the nightmares that haunt him, Kratos must embark on a journey that will reveal the origins of the lost worlds, and finally answer the long-awaited questions about his dark past. Armed with the deadly chained Blades of Athena, he will have to overcome armies of mythological monsters, legions of undead soldiers, and amazingly dangerous and brutal landscapes throughout his merciless quest.

You can gain access to these games on PlayStation Plus beginning May 3. In the meantime, go grab April’s free games before it’s too late.

See the free games coming to Xbox Games with Gold May 2016.

What’s Coming to and Leaving Netflix May 2016

Fans of quirky comedies might be disappointed to see Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Clerks removed from Netflix in the next month. But the good news is that Maria Bamford’s new show, Lady Dynamite, begins streaming on May 20, and if you ask her, she’s probably not supposed to be here today, either.

Lady Dynamite
Netflix

Lady Dynamite is a “mockumentary” that, like much of her comedy career, delves into the details of her personal life — her career as a comedian and burgeoning actress; her sometimes weird, but overwhelmingly supportive relationship with her family, especially her parents; and the unique challenges she faces as a person living with a mental illness.

Lady Dynamite is the second Netflix/Maria Bamford collaboration. The first was The Special Special Special, a gleeful and oh-so-awkward 49-minute stand-up comedy show shot in Bamford’s own living room with a two person audience: her parents. Remember that weird, but overwhelmingly supportive relationship we mentioned? This is one definite example of that. If you haven’t seen The Special Special Special, we urge you to queue it up ASAP. She orders pizza and burns a batch of cookies in the middle of the show. Yes, really. We’re going to go out on a limb and say that Bamford’s parents are likely ecstatic that Lady Dynamite will feature actors portraying them instead of playing themselves.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gSxKR0Cirs

This is the true story of a woman who loses — and then finds — her shit.

Lady Dynamite is a 12-episode half-hour comedy from Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Pam Brady (South Park) starring comedian-actress Maria Bamford. Based on what she has accepted to be “her life,” the semi-autobiographical, semi-surreal series is a truthful look at the highs and lows of Bamford’s life — as an actor on the rise, during her hospitalization for bipolar disorder, and through her present life in LA, where she’s reached a middle ground and found love.

Here’s the full list of what’s coming to the streaming service and what will be leaving in May.

Coming to Netflix May 2016

Available May 1:

A Study in Sherlock
Admiral
Ava’s Possessions
Bring It On
Bring It On: All or Nothing
Easy Living (Seasons 1-3)
El Crítico
FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue
Finger of God
Gary Gulman: It’s About Time
Great Expectations
I Am Road Comic
Jesus Town, USA
Just Friends
Kevin Hart Presents Keith Robinson: Back of the Bus Funny
Kevin Hart Presents Lil Rel: RELevent
Kevin Hart Presents: Plastic Cup Boyz
LoliRock (Season 1)
My Last Day Without You
The Nutty Professor
Off the Map
Palm Trees in the Snow
Pleasantville
Shark Lake
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry
Sixteen Candles
Sugar Coated
Terra
Things We Lost in the Fire
To Catch a Thief
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down a Dream
Who’s Driving Doug

Available May 2:

The Replacements

Available May 3:

Submerged

Available May 4:

The Keeping Room
Shanghai Knights

Available May 5:

Fourth Man Out
Marseille — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available May 6:

Ali Wong: Baby Cobra
Baby Daddy (Season 5)
Grace and Frankie (Season 2) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Young & Hungry (Season 3)

Available May 8:

The Chosen Ones

Available May 9:

A Stand Up Guy

Available May 10:

Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Available May 11:

Chelsea — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Goosebumps
They Look Like People

Available May 12:

Bleeding Heart

Available May 15:

We Are Still Here
Yo Soy la Salsa

Available May 17:

American Dad! (Season 10)
Kindergarten Cop 2
Slasher (Season 1)

Available May 18:

A Girl Like Her

Available May 19:

Benders (Season 1)

Available May 20:

Lady Dynamite (Season 1) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available May 22:

David and Goliath
The Letters
The Ouija Experiment 2: Theatre of Death

Available May 23:

Electricity

Available May 26:

Graceland (Season 3)
The Last Man on the Moon

Available May 27:

Bloodline (Season 2) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Chef’s Table (Season 2, Part 1) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Do-Over — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Mako Mermaids (Season 4)
Hell on Wheels (Season 5)

Leaving Netflix May 2016

Leaving May 1:

The Animatrix
Anna Karenina
Author! Author!
Beware of Mr. Baker
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Broadway Idiot
Bus Stop
Election
The Good Life
Holiday Engagement
Kiss of Death
Mad Hot Ballroom
Mona Lisa Is Missing
Ralphie May: Austin-tatious
Terms and Conditions May Apply
That’s What I Am
Thérèse
Truth or Die
Young & Handsome: An Evening with Jeff Garlin

Leaving May 2:

Slightly Single in L.A.

Leaving May 3:

JFK: The Smoking Gun

Leaving May 4:

Stealing Harvard

Leaving May 6:

Finding Normal

Leaving May 7:

JFK: A President Betrayed

Leaving May 9:

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
Tears of the Sun

Leaving May 10:

The Score

Leaving May 12:

The Ladykillers

Leaving May 13:

Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?

Leaving May 14:

The Master of Disguise
Offender

Leaving May 15:

A Pope for Everyone
Bratz: BFF: Best Friends Forever
The Greatest Places: IMAX
In Her Skin
Inhale
The Quest (Season 1)
Search for the Great Sharks: IMAX
Tiger Eyes

Leaving May 16:

Blade Runner (Theatrical Cut)
The Last Tycoon

Leaving May 19:

Peep World

Leaving May 21:

Struck by Lightning

Leaving May 22:

Ida
Stand Off

Leaving May 23:

Black Hawk Down

Leaving May 27:

Escape from Tomorrow
Run & Jump
Vanishing of the Bees

Leaving May 28:

Barfi!

Leaving May 29:

These Birds Walk

Leaving May 31:

Clerks