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One-Third Of Netflix Users Binge At Work

Dark Horizons - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:29pm

Second screening has become a big thing in recent years as people, having adapted to multi-tasking at all times, have gone beyond music and podcasts and are now fully watching TV shows and films whilst also at work at their occupation.

A survey conducted by Netflix with SurveyMonkey has revealed that 67% of Netflix users are watching when they’re not at home, 37% of subscribers are binge-watching at work, 30% watch Netflix while traveling, 27% binge watch while waiting in line, and 12% fired up the streaming service while in a public bathroom.

In an age of peak TV viewing, watching shows whilst at work is in many ways the only way to keep up with everything on. The survey included 37,056 responses from adult Netflix users in the United States, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.

Netflix releases the first season of “Marvel’s Punisher,” the Jim Carrey-led documentary “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” and the potential awards candidate racial drama feature “Mudbound” all on the service today.

Source: Mashable

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“Justice League” To Fall Short At $95M

Dark Horizons - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:05pm

Zack Snyder & Joss Whedon’s “Justice League” is heading for a disappointing opening weekend of around $95 million according to early estimates on Friday. Up until this point, estimates were that the film would open in the $110-120 million range. Not anymore as the film followed up its strong $13 million Thursday night preview with quieter than hoped early Friday business.

As a result, it’s slated (at best) to come in about the same as “The Fate of the Furious” ($98.7M) which would still make it one of the biggest openings of the year. However, it’s also the softest start for a superhero film this year behind “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” ($146M), “Thor: Ragnarok” ($122M), “Spider-Man: Homecoming” ($117M) and “Wonder Woman” ($103M).

With the film’s budget estimated to be as much as $300 million, the movie will struggle to make it into profit without help from overseas and repeat business. The film earned $16.4 million Friday in its first day in China and overseas earned $27.3 million in its first two days (Wed & Thurs) in select countries.

On the latter front, it may have some success as an early audience survey from comScore/PostTrak showed the film has scored a 69% definite recommend from filmgoers who saw it, most surprising is that women over the age of 25 gave it a whopping 93% positive score. 26% reportedly plans to buy the film on Blu-ray and 23% expressed a desire to see it again in theaters.

The feel good drama “Wonder” also opens this weekend and is overperforming, beating early estimates of $9 million with a $20-25 million launch now looking likely.

Source: Heat Vision

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“Call Me By Your Name” Could Get Four Sequels

Dark Horizons - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:02pm

Luca Guadagnino’s summer romance tale “Call Me By Your Name” is looking to ride the wave of buzz to potential awards glory this year, but the filmmaker has reiterated that he’s not done with these characters.

In fact, the director says he’s so enamoured with Armie Hammer’s Oliver and Timothee Chalamet’s Elio characters that his ambitions for a sequel have expanded. He tells Vulture:

“Sequels. I want to make five movies. I think I want to see them grow up. How great would it be to see those actors grow older, embodying those characters?. It sprung out of my love for these characters and my desire to visit them again, and in doing so, to be with the same people I did this movie with.”

So effectively it sounds as though Guadagnino is planning his own version of the “Before Sunrise” trilogy – one which would pick up with these characters every couple of years as the actors age. We already know the second movie would pick up with a 32-year-old Oliver and 25-year-old Elio, but Guadagnino says he’s not bound by the rules of sequels:

“Maybe in the sequel, Elio and Oliver only meet after two hours of the movie. I want to follow them, Mr. Perlman, Marzia, all these people. Maybe the movie opens with how Mafalda the maid is living in the house, all alone! I definitely would buy myself the freedom of a movie that is not bound to a textbook of rules.

Once, I dreamt of making a sequel to ‘I Am Love,’ which was basically about Emma, Tilda’s character, living with no money on the periphery of Rome. It would be about her daily routine, like Chantal Akerman’s ‘Jeanne Dielman.’ Five hours of watching Emma go to the supermarket where she’s a cashier, going home to cook a meal, eating her meal, and then one day she bumps into the daughter, who’s a big artist. I thought about doing that.

The only problem for me is that for a director, time is very limited in general. You can do a certain amount of films and no more than that. You know, I am 46. To make a movie is long. I have to learn how to discipline my ambitions.”

For now, “Call Me By Your Name” stands strong on its own and opens on November 24th.

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NVIDIA Launches Modded Collector's Edition Star Wars Titan Xp Graphics Card

/. - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:50pm
MojoKid writes: NVIDIA just launched its fastest graphics card yet and this GPU is targeted at Star Wars fans. In concert with EA's official launch today of Star Wars Battlefront II, NVIDIA unveiled the new Star Wars Titan Xp Collector's Edition graphics card for enthusiast gamers. There are two versions of the cards available -- the Galactic Empire version and a Jedi Order version. Both of the cards feature customized coolers, shrouds, and lighting, designed to mimic the look of a lightsaber. They also ship in specialized packaging that can be used to showcase the cards if they're not installed in a system. The GPU powering the TITAN Xp Collector's Edition has a base clock of 1,481MHz and a boost clock of 1,582MHz. It's packing a fully-enabled NVIDIA GP102 GPU with 3,840 cores and 12GB of GDDR5X memory clocked at 5.5GHz for an effective data rate of 11Gbps, resulting in 547.2GB/s of peak memory bandwidth. At those clocks, the card also offers a peak texture fillrate of 379.75 GigaTexels/s and 12.1TFLOPs of FP32 compute performance, which is significantly higher than a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. In the benchmarks, it's the fastest GPU out there right now (it better be for $1200), but this card is more about nostalgia and the design customizations NVIDIA made to the cards that should appeal to gamers and Star Wars fans alike.

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Claes Bang Is “Girl in the Spider’s Web” Villain

Dark Horizons - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:33pm

“The Square” star Claes Bang has been cast as the villain of “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the upcoming sequel to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” that also serves as a minor reboot of the franchise.

Clare Foy plays Lisbeth Salander, the young female hacker who is contacted by journalist Mikael Blomkvist to help him out after he receives a call from a source who claims to have been given information vital to the United States by a young female hacker. Together they are drawn into a ruthless underworld of spies, cybercriminals, and government operatives.

There’s no official word on what role Bang will be playing, though potentially it’s Holtser, an assassin for the enigmatic criminal organization ‘The Spider Society’. Sylvia Hoeks (“Blade Runner 2049”) has scored the role of Lisbeth’s twin sister Camilla, but the casting of Mikael Blomkvist has not yet been announced. Fede Alvarez helms the new film from a script he co-wrote with Steven Knight and Jay Basu from the David Lagercrantz’s 2015 novel.

The film is targeting an October 19th 2018 release.

Source: Variety

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“The Incredibles 2” Trailer Launches Tomorrow

Dark Horizons - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:13pm

The first trailer for Disney and Pixar’s “The Incredibles” sequel is expected to debut in cinemas next week and will be timed to the release of “Coco,” however the studio has confirmed in a tease on Twitter that it’s set to launch online tomorrow.

Meanwhile The Tracking Board reports that Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener have joined the voice cast of the Brad Bird-directed animated sequel, joining a list that includes Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, John Ratzenberger and Bird himself.

Picking up where the first film left off, the sequel will focus on Elastigirl’s adventures saving the world while Mr. Incredible is left to care for Jack-Jack. A bunch of new superheroes will also factor into the story of the film which opens June 15th.


— Disney•Pixar (@DisneyPixar) November 17, 2017

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Massive US Military Social Media Spying Archive Left Wide Open In AWS S3 Buckets

/. - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:10pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing "dozens of terabytes" of social media posts and similar pages -- all scraped from around the world by the U.S. military to identify and profile persons of interest. The archives were found by veteran security breach hunter UpGuard's Chris Vickery during a routine scan of open Amazon-hosted data silos, and these ones weren't exactly hidden. The buckets were named centcom-backup, centcom-archive, and pacom-archive. CENTCOM is the common abbreviation for the U.S. Central Command, which controls army operations in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. PACOM is the name for U.S. Pacific Command, covering the rest of southern Asia, China and Australasia. "For the research I downloaded 400GB of samples but there were many terabytes of data up there," he said. "It's mainly compressed text files that can expand out by a factor of ten so there's dozens and dozens of terabytes out there and that's a conservative estimate." Just one of the buckets contained 1.8 billion social media posts automatically fetched over the past eight years up to today. It mainly contains postings made in central Asia, however Vickery noted that some of the material is taken from comments made by American citizens. The databases also reveal some interesting clues as to what this information is being used for. Documents make reference to the fact that the archive was collected as part of the U.S. government's Outpost program, which is a social media monitoring and influencing campaign designed to target overseas youths and steer them away from terrorism.

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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Extended TV Spot

Dark Horizons - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:37pm

A brand new extended TV spot has been released by Disney and Lucasfilm for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. Entitled ‘Light,’ the clip offers new footage as well as some new dialogue between Luke (Mark Hamill) and Rey (Daisy Ridley). The clip comes as director Rian Johnson has confirmed the film runs 150 minutes – making it the longest running “Star Wars” film to date.

In the film, the heroes of ‘The Force Awakens’ join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro star.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in regular and IMAX theaters on December 15th.

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Dave Chappelle’s “Equanimity” Set For NYE

Dark Horizons - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:35pm

Netflix has announced that Dave Chappelle’s new stand-up special “Equanimity” will premiere on December 31st.

Earlier this year, Netflix released two Dave Chappelle comedy specials that came from Chappelle’s personal vault – ‘The Age of Spin’ at The Palladium in Los Angeles in March 2016, and ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas’ at the Moody Theater in Austin in April 2015.

‘Equanimity’ however will be the first special the comedian has made exclusively for Netflix. Like those preceeding specials, this aims to bring Chappelle’s unflinching comedic style to issues of race, class, politics, pop culture, and more.

Check out the teaser below, which includes a “Stranger Things” cameo.

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“Romper,” “Frontier,” “Chi” & “Gunpowder” Promos

Dark Horizons - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:33pm

A whole swag of new TV promo trailers have arrived today starting with “Romper Stomper: The Series,” a TV follow-up to the early 1990s Melbourne-set neo-Nazi film which launched Russell Crowe into the acting spotlight. Jacqueline MacKenzie returns and is joined by the likes of David Wenham, Lachy Hulme, Dan Wylie and several newcomers. It premieres on Australian TV on New Year’s Day.

Next comes the trailer for the second and final season of the critically acclaimed Netflix original series “Frontier” starring Jason Momoa, Katie McGrath, Landon Liboriron and Jessica Matten. The new season will debut in full on November 24th.

Next up, HBO has released a trailer for the three-part thriller “Gunpowder” based on the real-life 17th century events that lead to Guy Fawkes Day. Kit Harington star as his real life ancestor Robert Catesby alongside Peter Mullan, Mark Gatiss, Liv Tyler, Edward Holcroft and Tom Cullen. The program will debut on Monday, December 18th.

WGN America has announced today that its recently acquired the thriller series “Shoot the Messenger” and is slated to premiere on Monday February 26th. They’ve also released the teaser trailer for the eight-part event series starring Elyse Levesque, Lyriq Bent, Lucas Bryant and Alex Kingston. The show explores the complex relationships between crime reporters and the police as a young reporter becomes drawn into an interconnected web of criminal and illicit sexual activity after witnessing an apparent gangland murder.

Finally, Showtime has released the trailer for Lena Waithe’s “The Chi,” an “Easy”-esque ensemble look at Chicago’s south side, dropping them into the lives of neighborhood residents, ranging from kids going to school to the elderly watching the world pass by. It premieres January 7th.

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FCC Approves Next-Gen ATSC 3.0 TV Standard

/. - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:30pm
New submitter mikeebbbd writes: "U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the use of new technology that will improve picture quality on mobile phones, tablets and television, but also raises significant privacy concerns by giving advertisers dramatically more data about viewing habits," reports Reuters. ATSC3.0 will apparently make personal data collection and targeted ads possible. New TVs will be necessary, and broadcasters will need to transmit both ATSC 2.0 (the current standard) for 3 to 5 years before turning off the older system. For now, the conversion is voluntary. There appears to be no requirement (as there was when ATSC 2.0 came out) for low-cost adapter boxes to make older TVs work; once a channel goes ATSC 3.0-only, your old TV will not display it any more.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple's HomePod Gets Delayed Until 2018

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Apple has reportedly delayed the release of its HomePod smart speaker until 2018. In a statement to The Verge, Apple says that it needs more time to work on the device. "We can't wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it's ready for our customers," an Apple spokesperson said. "We'll start shipping in the U.S., UK and Australia in early 2018." From the report: The speaker was originally set to be released in December. Priced at $349, the HomePod is slated to take on higher-end sound systems like Sonos, as well as smart assistants like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. The cylindrical speaker features a seven-speaker array of tweeters, a four-inch subwoofer, and a six-microphone array, which puts it right on par spec-wise with the best speakers in its price range, but where it may fall short is Siri, which isn't really in the same class as Alexa or Google Assistant. That challenge is likely why Apple's focus at the launch of the HomePod back at WWDC in June was music first and smart features second.

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“Justice League” Scores $13M Preview Night

Dark Horizons - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 8:25am

Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” film pulled in $13 million in Thursday night previews in the United States, higher than the $11 million that “Wonder Woman” made earlier this year but behind the $14.5 million that “Thor: Ragnarok” pulled in last month.

For now, “Justice League” remains on track for a $110-115 million start domestically for the weekend – dramatically behind the $166 million opening of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” last year. THR says that: “if a B character from Marvel shut downs?and outperforms the A team from DC, that’s an embarrassment… it’s going to be a stressful weekend for some [Warners]?execs.” Reviews for the title remained mixed.

Variety reports that with reshoots the film’s production budget came in at “well over $250 million” which means the film has to earn at least $600 million to break even, likely higher. The film is now playing in theaters worldwide.

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“Dunkirk” To Be Re-Released Next Month

Dark Horizons - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 7:23am

Hoping for a boost of its awards chances, Warner Bros. Pictures is set to re-release Christopher Nolan’s war epic “Dunkirk” in select IMAX & 70mm theaters across the country on December 1st.

Dunkirk will play on fifty IMAX screens and on 70mm screens in thirty-four markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Atlanta and Toronto, among others.

On January 24th, the film’s rerelease will be expanded to include an additional 250 locations. Released in July, “Dunkirk” grossed $188 million domestically and $525 million globally.

Source: THR

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“A Wrinkle In Time” Poster, Next Trailer Sunday

Dark Horizons - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 7:14am

Walt Disney Studios has revealed the new poster for ” A Wrinkle in Time,” filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of the famed Madeleine L’Engle 1962 young adult novel of the same name.

The story deals with Meg Murry and her brilliant brother Charles Wallace who go on an unexpected journey into alternate dimensions on a mission to bring home their father and save the universe from an expanding darkness.

The cast includes Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which, Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit, Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who, Chris Pine as Mr. Murry, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Mrs. Murry, Zach Galifianakis as The Happy Medium, Andre Holland as Principal Jenkins, Levi Miller as Calvin, Deric McCabe as Charles Wallace, and introducing Storm Reid as Meg Murry.

The one-sheet comes ahead of the new trailer which will debut during the American Music Awards this Sunday. The film is set to debut in cinemas on March 9th 2018.

Here’s the brand-new poster for A Wrinkle in Time! Tune in to the @AMAs this Sunday on ABC to see the new trailer. #WrinkleInTime

— A Wrinkle In Time (@WrinkleInTime) November 17, 2017

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Michelle Williams Joins Guadagnino’s “Fall Back”

Dark Horizons - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 7:07am

Michelle Williams is in talks to play the female lead alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch in “Call Me By Your Name” director Luca Guadagnino’s next project “Let It Fall Back” at Studiocanal.

Steven Knight (“Peaky Blinders,” “Locke”) penned the script which stars Gyllenhaal as a financial reporter who travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit a wealthy friend (Cumberbatch), only to get sucked into a plot to fake his friend’s death.

Specifics of Williams’ role are being kept under wraps. Gyllenhaal and Cumberbatch will each produce along with Adam Ackland and Riva Marker. Filming begins next year.

Source: The Tracking Board

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Netflix Picks Up Josh Gad’s “Super-Normal”

Dark Horizons - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 6:50am

Netflix has picked up the rights to “Super-Normal,” the upcoming superhero project starring “Star Wars” star Daisy Ridley and reuniting “Beauty and the Beast” scene stealers Luke Evans and Josh Gad.

Described as a character-driven, subversive take on the genre, the project hit the town late last month and generated instant interest and a bid from Disney among other studios.

Gad originated the idea, then developed it with Aaron and Jordan Kandell (“Moana”) who penned the script. Gad then enlisted his former co-stars for the project which Gad, Jonathan Eirich and Dan Lin will produce and Evans will executive produce.

The acquisition comes after earlier this week the streaming giant picked up “Train to Busan” director Yeon Sang-ho’s next film “Psychokinesis” with plans for a global 2018 release. That film follows a father who sets out to save his troubled daughter with superpowers that he discovers he possesses.

Source: Heat Vision

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FCC Greenlights 4K Broadcast TV Standard

Dark Horizons - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 6:44am

The FCC has voted 3-2 to endorse the new ATSC 3.0 TV standards. Already endorsed by many networks and the National Association of Broadcasters, the new voluntary standard is now in active tests in parts of the United States.

The new standard will change broadcast network presentation – opening up additional bandwidth to allow higher-grade 4K picture, enhanced audio and interactive layers not currently offered by over-the-air networks (such as multiple angles of live sporting events).

The endeavor aims to make over-the-air broadcast TV more competitive with internet-delivered or pay-TV offerings. The new standard would also let broadcasters activate a TV set that is turned off to send emergency alerts, and also raises significant privacy concerns by giving advertisers dramatically more data about viewing habits.

Because of simulcasts planned during a five-year transition period, current viewers with current TVs will be unaffected. The decision comes hours after the other landmark decision this week over local TV ownership rules.

Source: Reuters

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Sony Wins Quentin Tarantino’s Next Film

Dark Horizons - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 6:08am

Sony Pictures has reportedly won the right to finance and the domestic and international distribution rights to Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film currently going by the title “#9”.

The ensemble drama is set in Los Angeles in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with Tarantino hoping hard that Margot Robbie will play the role of Sharon Tate. Every studio in town, bar Disney, chased the project and the deal came after a long night of bargaining between Sony and Tarantino’s reps.

Tarantino has reportedly had conversations with Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio for the two main lead male roles in the film which is said to have a tone akin to “Pulp Fiction” and a budget comparable to “Django Unchained”. David Heyman and Shannon McIntosh will produce and production aims to begin early-mid next year for a 2019 release.

Source: Deadline

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Amazon Developing “Mercury 13” Event Series

Dark Horizons - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 6:01am

Amazon Studios is reportedly developing the limited event series “Mercury 13” which sounds essentially like a female spin on “The Right Stuff”.

Based on Martha Ackmann’s novel “The Mercury 13,” the story is set in 1961 and tells the story of a group of female crackerjack pilots and patriots who underwent secret testing to become the first American female astronauts.

Though they sacrificed much and passed their tests at the Lovelace Foundation, NASA and Capitol Hill never let them progress. The USSR sent its first woman into space in 1963, but the United States did not follow suit for another twenty years.

Bradley Whitford, Amy Pascal, Adena Chawke and Tim and Trevor White will executive produce the project.

Source: Amazon Studios

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