Here’s how they put 19 million individual hairs on King Kong in Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island was a visual marvel, its aesthetic magnificence helping to distract from its uneven tone, lack of clear protagonist, and complete trivialization of ostensible stars Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson. There might be no greater, more iconic shot this year than the first glimpses we get of King Kong cast…

Here’s how TV title sequences evolved with the rise of prestige TV

The term “prestige TV” represents a refinement of almost every aspect of a given show, from writing to performances. That also extends to title sequences, which have evolved considerably since the kind of cheesy joviality “Too Many Cooks” set out to lampoon. A new video from Wired explores this phenomenon, tracking…

Samuel L. Jackson answers all of the internet’s questions about him

Samuel L. Jackson tends to be cast as characters who don’t suffer fools. But when it comes to answering questions about his own life, it turns out he’s “an open fucking book.” As it did recently with the characters of Sesame Street, Wired invited Jackson to participate in its “The Web’s Most Searched Questions”…

You’ve got questions, the cast of Sesame Street has answers

Google’s autocomplete has been known to turn up some strange queries, but it’s also a helpful way to get a sense of what people are wondering about. So Wired invited the cast of Sesame Street to answer some of the most-searched questions about the show. Specifically Bert, Ernie, Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar The Grouch, The…

The Frinkiac search engine can find screencaps for that Simpsons quote

In a flashback from the classic “Much Apu About Nothing” episode of The Simpsons, adenoidal genius Professor John Frink describes the awesome, UNIVAC-style computer he has created: “Sure, the Frinkiac 7 looks impressive–Don’t touch it!–But I predict that within 100 years, computers will be twice as powerful, 10,000…

Read This: How iTunes is increasingly alienating actual music nerds

As any music nerd with a few hundred MP3s knows, each iTunes update can bring a whole new world of pain. When Apple launched Apple Music, for instance, some users found their existing tracks overwritten, stripped from their phones, or just plain disappeared. That’s the crux of “Apple’s iTunes is alienating its most…

Read This: Wired ruins The Hobbit by explaining why no arrow could kill Smaug

Hot on the heels of a dense exploration of the science behind Thor’s magical hammer, Wired has published an article applying real-world physics to a climactic scene from The Hobbit. If this story about elves and dwarves and goblins played out in real life, the article explains, the dragon would have killed everybody.