Two months after he revealed he was leaving, actor Harry Shearer has agreed to rejoin the voice cast of FOX's "The Simpsons" for its twenty-seventh season.
Shearer's departure, announced in May, was a major blow as he is responsible for voicing many of the show's most prominent supporting characters including Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Reverend Lovejoy and countless more.
Shearer's change of heart wasn't for more money either, the actor has reportedly agreed to sign the same contract as the rest of the show’s primary voice cast - a contract which keeps him on the show for another four seasons and sees him nab over $300,000 per episode.
Originally the plan was to recast rather than retire Shearer’s characters, but the actor's return was quick enough that recasting won't have to take place. The new season kicks off September 27th.
Following on from their debut online last week, Warner Bros. Pictures has now released high-res versions of those photos from Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". With "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" not offering any new footage at its Comic Con presentation, it looks like Warners' panel for 'Dawn' and the other DC cinematic universe films should easily 'win' this year's convention bar any unexpected surprises.
Michael Fassbender is set to take on Jeff Bridges' iconic role of 'The Dude' in Jason Reitman's upcoming script reading of "The Big Lebowski".
EW reports that the one-night-only stage reading of the Joel and Ethan Coen script will take place in Montreal later this month. Fassbender will be joined on stage by Patton Oswalt as John Goodman's character Walter Sobchak. Seth Rogen and Rainn Wilson played the roles in a Los Angeles script read of the film a while back.
Reitman admits he doesn't know what the actor will do, telling the mag: "Unlike other Live-Reads where I have a decent sense of how, for instance, Seth Rogen going to play The Dude, I have no idea how Fassbender will do it. But he's one of the our greatest performers, he's on the current Mount Rushmore of actors, so I can't wait to see what he comes up with."
The read, which happens on July 24th, will take place in Montreal due to filming on "X-Men: Apocalypse" continuing apace there.
"Devil's Advocate" and "Proof of Life" helmer Taylor Hackford has been set to direct Cinelou's "The Comedian," the long-gestating passion project of Robert De Niro.
De Niro will play a toxic insult comic along the lines of a Don Rickles. Art Linson penned the script but Jeffrey Ross, a frequent celebrity roast guest and the writer of De Niro comedy "What Just Happened?," has penned the material that De Niro's character will spout.
Mike Newell recently signed on to the project but soon had to exit due to scheduling. Linson will produce alongside Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon. Casting is now underway and filming is slated to begin in mid-January in New York.
Neil Casey has been set to play the villain in Paul Feig's female-driven reboot of the "Ghostbusters" comedy franchise at Sony Pictures. Filming is already underway in Boston.
Casey is an SNL writer and actor who has also penned material for "Inside Amy Schumer" and "The Kroll Show". As an actor he's worked on "Veep," "Broad City,"
"Playing House" and "The League".
Details of Casey's character Rowan are being kept under wraps. Feig and Kate Dippold penned the script for the film which is targeting a July 22nd 2016 release.
20th Century Fox has unleashed the first trailer for "Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip," the fourth film in the franchise and its most painful looking yet. With the film series having earned $1.1 billion globally so far, don't expect these to stop anytime soon.
The plot this time has the chipmunks believing Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City and dump them, so they set out to stop it. 'The Road Chip' arrives to test the sanity of all parents on December 23rd
Netflix has locked down its plans to release its first batch of theatrical releases starting with "True Detective" first season and "Jane Eyre" helmer Cary Fukunaga's child soldier drama "Beasts Of No Nation" on October 16th.
Idris Elba stars in the film about a child soldier (Abraham Attah) torn from his family and pressed into fighting a civil war in an African country. The project will be released day-and-date on both the streaming service and in select cinemas through distributor Bleecker Street, which will allow the film to qualify for awards season consideration.
Next up will be Adam Sandler's comedy western "The Ridiculous Six" which also stars Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson and Nick Nolte. It hits on December 11th.
Third is "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend," the upcoming sequel to the martial arts fantasy classic. Originally aiming for release late August, the film will now bow globally on Netflix in the first quarter of 2016 along with getting a theatrical release in China and on select IMAX screens.
The fourth and last of this inaugural slate will be "Pee-wee's Big Holiday" with Paul Reubens reprising his signature character alongside Joe Manganiello. It is aiming for a March 2016 release.
Legendary Digital Media, Contradiction Films and game developer Comcept Inc. are teaming to develop a live-action feature based on the upcoming video game "Mighty No. 9" which hits stores September 15th.
Legendary Digital and Contradiction previously teamed to produce "Dead Rising: Watchtower," a feature-length adaptation of the zombie video game series "Dead Rising," which premiered on Crackle's online streaming service. A sequel to that is already in the works.
The plan is for the "Mighty No. 9" film to have a similar digital platform premiere. Comcept CEO Keiji Inafune created the game which follows an android named Beck, the ninth in a team of ten combat robots called 'Mighty Numbers.'
When a computer virus strikes, attacking his fellow robots as well as machines around the world, Beck is the only one in his line of androids uninfected. Tomas Harlan and Tim Carter will develop and produce the movie.
Following in the wake of HBO Now in April, the second of the three major U.S. premium cable networks - Showtime - has followed suit.
The CBS-owned premium network has premiered its cable and satellite subscription-free stand-alone service on Apple TV, Roku and Sony PlayStation Vue for $10.99 per month. Those who already have Hulu Plus subscriptions though can add the $2 cheaper option of adding Showtime as part of that service for a further $8.99 per month.
The service has gone online ahead of the premieres of the new seasons of "Ray Donovan" and "Masters Of Sex" which kick off on Sunday. Showtime is likely hoping that the new service will push the network's number of subscribers - 22.8 million as of March this year - back up and past rival Starz which has 23.3 million. Both sit behind HBO though with 31.4 million.
Online subscribers can access on demand every season of the channel’s original series, and additional programming including movies, documentaries and sports. This includes every episode to have ever aired from "Penny Dreadful," "Homeland," "Masters of Sex," "Ray Donovan," "The Affair," "Dexter," "Shameless," "The Borgias," "Californication," "Episodes," "House of Lies," "Nurse Jackie," "The Tudors," "Weeds," "Queer as Folk," "Happyish," "The United States of Tara," "The L Word," "This American Life," "Penn & Teller: Bulls--t" and "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" amongst numerous others.
Earlier this year Starz, home of such shows as "Outlander" and"Black Sails," said they had no plans to offer a similar stand-alone service.
Dynamite Entertainment is teaming with classic games creator Atari that will see several of its classic video game properties being rebooted in comic form.
The new deal allows the publisher to create new comics and graphic novels based on a select number of Atari properties, along with reprinting the 1980s DC Comics series "Atari Force" and a hardcover retrospective of Atari's output over the years starting with Pong.
In a statement, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais says: "Atari's roots in the comic book world and iconic art is a collector and video game enthusiast's dream. Our partnership is a fun way to expose our brand to a new generation and resonate with our longtime fans."
Announcements for individual projects are expected to take place in coming months.
Source: Heat Vision
Dark Horse Comics is teaming up with Universal Cable Productions to adapt some of their library comic titles for television. The first batch of comics set to get the small screen treatment will include the following titles:
The Umbrella Academy: Created by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, the comic follows the reunion of the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers who must now save the world.
Harrow County: Based on Cullen Bunn's just published work, the story follows a teenage girl who learns she is connected to the sinister woodland creatures that populate the dark woods surrounding her home because she is the reincarnation of a witch who died the day she was born.
Back Up: Based on a film script by Tom Vaughn, the story is set in a near future where technology allows people to be backed up, much like hard drives, in a way that helps them protect themselves against death.
Concrete: The Eisner Award-winning title by Paul Chadwick, the story follows a man who awakens to find his subconscious transplanted into a hulking stone body.
UCP will collaborate with Dark Horse to develop "character driven concepts for television intended to resonate with their current fan base".
Source: The Live Feed
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the third announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on ABC.
After a stronger season than expected, the Alphabet is keeping its schedule fairly stable with only a couple of its underperformers being swapped out for newcomers which hope to improve those troubled timeslots.
The network has ordered five new series for the Fall and a further five for later in the season, along with the return of four of this year's new shows for mid-season including the high profile "Agent Carter" and "American Crime".
From Shondaland's Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, "The Catch" is a new thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin (Mireille Enos). She's a fraud investigator who's about to be the victim of fraud herself by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career. "The Catch" stars Mireille Enos as Alice, Alimi Ballard as Evan, Damon Dayoub as Kieran, Jay Hayden as James, Jacky Ido as Emil, Bethany Joy Lenz as Zoe, Rose Rollins as Andie and Elvy Yost as Maria. "The Catch" was written by Jennifer Schuur. Executive producers are Jennifer Schuur, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Julie Anne Robinson.
(Comedy, 8:30pm Fridays)
Doctor-turned-actor/comedian Ken Jeong ("Community," "The Hangover"), plays Dr. Ken, a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. He is always trying to be a good doctor as well as a good husband and dad to his two kids. However, these good intentions have a way of driving everyone crazy at work and at home. Luckily, his therapist wife, Allison, is just the right partner to keep things sane. "Dr. Ken" stars Ken Jeong as Dr. Ken, Suzy Nakamura as Allison, Tisha Campbell-Martin as Damona, Dave Foley as Pat, Jonathan Slavin as Clark, Albert Tsai as Dave and Krista Marie Yu as Molly. "Dr. Ken was written by Jared Stern, Ken Jeong, and Mike O'Connell. Executive producers are Jared Stern, Ken Jeong, John Davis, John Fox and Mike Sikowitz, with Mike O'Connell as co-executive producer.
This thriller follows the return of a politician's young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family, suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is? "The Family" stars Joan Allen as Claire, Alison Pill as Willa, Margot Bingham as Sergeant Nina Meyer, Zach Gilford as Danny, Liam James as Adam, Floriana Lima as Bridey, Madeleine Arthur as Young Willa, Rarmian Newton as Young Danny, Rupert Graves as John and Andrew McCarthy as Hank. "The Family" was written by Jenna Bans. Executive producers are Jenna Bans and Mandeville Television's Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks.
(Comedy, 8pm Tuesdays)
The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets' personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires. This is a more adult Muppet show, for "kids" of all ages. Bill Prady ("The Big Bang Theory") and Bob Kushell ("Anger Management") are co-writers and executive producers. Randall Einhorn ("Wilfred"), Bill Barretta, Debbie McClellan and Kyle Laughlin are also executive producers.
Of Kings and Prophets
(Drama, 10pm Sundays)
An epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny. "Of Kings and Prophets" stars Ray Winstone as King Saul, Haaz Sleiman as Jonathan, Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Michal, Oliver Rix as David, Simone Kessell as Ahinoam, James Floyd as Ish-Boseth, Mohammad Bakri as Samuel and Tomer Kapon as Joab. "Of Kings and Prophets" was written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage. Executive producers are Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jason Reed, Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi.
(Drama, 9pm Sundays)
Billy and Cody Lefever dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to "The Bakken" in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They're soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage. "OIL" stars Don Johnson as Hap, Chace Crawford as Billy, Rebecca Rittenhouse as Cody, Delroy Lindo as Tip, Amber Valletta as Carla, Scott Michael Foster as Wick, India de Beaufort as Jules, Yani Gellman as AJ and Caitlin Carver as Lacey. "OIL" was written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne. Executive producers are Tony Krantz, Josh Pate, Rodes Fishburne, Drew Comins and Don Johnson.
(Drama, 10pm Tuesdays)
A diverse group of recruits has arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11. "Quantico" stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex, Dougray Scott as Liam, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda, Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah, Johanna Braddy as Shelby, Tate Ellington as Simon and Graham Rogers as Caleb. "Quantico" was written by Josh Safran. Executive producers are Josh Safran, Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper.
The Real O'Neals
A fresh take on a seemingly perfect Catholic family whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real. "The Real O'Neals" stars Martha Plimpton as Eileen, Jay R. Ferguson as Pat, Noah Galvin as Kenny, Matthew Shively as Jimmy, Bebe Wood as Shannon and Mary Hollis Inboden as Jodi. "The Real O'Neals" was written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson. Executive producers are David Windsor, Casey Johnson, Brian Pines, Dan McDermott, Stacy Traub and Dan Savage.
Based on the hit movie of the same name, Uncle Buck (Mike Epps) is a fun-loving but irresponsible guy who needs a job and a place to stay. By happy coincidence, his nieces' and nephew's nanny has just quit and his brother and sister-in-law need his help. His unconventional personality may just make him the right fit for the family and they may be the answer to his problems, too. "Uncle Buck" stars Mike Epps as Buck, Nia Long as Alexis, James Lesure as Will, Iman Benson as Tia, Sayeed Shahidi as Miles and Aalyrah Caldwell as Maizy. "Uncle Buck" was written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley. Executive producers are Steven Cragg, Brian Bradley and Will Packer. Co-executive producers are Korin Huggins and Phil Traill.
"Wicked City" follows a unique case set in a noteworthy era of L.A. history, starting with a murder case from 1982 centered on the rock 'n' roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Alliances are formed between detectives, reporters, drug dealers and club-goers to solve a serial murder case. "Wicked City" stars Ed Westwick as Kent, Erika Christensen as Betty, Adam Rothenberg as Jack, Taissa Farmiga as Karen, Gabriel Luna as Paco, Karolina Wydra as Dianne, Holley Fain as Trish, Darrell Britt-Gibson as Diver and Anne Winters as Vicki. "Wicked City" was written by Steven Baigelman. Executive producers are Steven Baigelman and Mandeville Television's Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks.
The nightly ABC schedule will be as follows:
8pm: "Dancing with the Stars"
8pm: "The Muppets"
8:30pm: "Fresh Off the Boat"
9pm: "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
8pm: "The Middle"
8:30 pm: "The Goldbergs"
9pm: "Modern Family"
9:30 pm: "Black-ish"
8pm: "Grey's Anatomy"
9pm: "Scandal" 10pm: "How to Get Away with Murder"
8pm: "Last Man Standing"
8:30pm: "Dr. Ken"
9pm: "Shark Tank"
8pm: "Saturday Night College Football"
7pm: "America's Funniest Home Videos"
8pm: "Once Upon a Time"
10pm: "Of Kings and Prophets"
"Agent Carter," "American Crime," "The Catch," "The Family," "Galavant," "The Real O'Neals," "Secrets and Lies," "Uncle Buck," "Wicked City"
"Cristela," "Forever," "Manhattan Love Story," "Resurrection," "Revenge," "Selfie"
"Try being more honest at your next job interview. Or not..."
"... Seinfeld...famously, it's the show about NOTHING. And yet, for it being about nothing, there are SO MANY memorable moments throughout the show's nine seasons, from the Soup Nazi to The Contest. And yet, one of the most enduring storylines was the infamous "Death by Envelope," where Seinfeld's best friend George Costanza's fiancee keels over after licking too many envelopes. But could that ACTUALLY happen? With Seinfeld just released on Hulu and Jason Alexander revealing the TRUE reason behind Susan's death on Howard Stern, now seems as good a time as any to examine this sitcom staple! ..."
sciencehabit writes: A few months ahead of the first visit by a U.K. astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS), the U.K. Space Agency has published its first strategy on human spaceflight, promising greater involvement in crewed missions and perhaps even participation in a mission out into the solar system. Following a public consultation and lengthy discussions across government, the new strategy, published yesterday, concludes that continued involvement in the ISS and other programs is the best way to involve U.K. scientists and industry in human spaceflight. The document says the government will consider bilateral projects with other space agencies but fears always being the junior partner since the United Kingdom has no launchers or space stations. It does not think that the commercial launch industry is sufficiently mature for the United Kingdom to buy services commercially. The report also states: 'The Agency will also consider its role in human exploration missions beyond Earth orbit, especially where this complements science and technology goals for robotic exploration.'
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An anonymous reader writes: A new survey published in JAMA Pediatrics found that 95% of doctors believe patients are put at risk when doctors work while sick. Despite that, 83% of respondents said they had "come to work with symptoms like diarrhea, fever and respiratory complaints during the previous year." The researchers doing the survey dug into the reasons for this: first of all, given the heavy workload of most doctors, it's very difficult to find others who can take up the slack when one is recovering from an illness. Beyond that, the profession is pervaded by a culture of working through the discomfort and pain of minor maladies. According to a commentary on the research, hospital policies don't help matters — they often incentivize long hours and don't encourage ill workers to leave the premises.
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The BBC has revealed the final design for its Micro Bit computer, a programmable board the size of a credit card they hope will inspire the same love of technology that the BBC Micro did in 1981. The Micro Bit includes an array of LEDs, buttons, and a motion sensor. It can be powered via USB, or by an addon pack with AA batteries. It's not intended as a competitor to devices like the Raspberry Pi or the Arduino — it is intended to complement them while remaining simple for educational purposes. In October, the BBC will begin distributing the Micro Bit to students in grade 7. They expect to give away about a million of them. Afterward, the device will go on sale, and its specs will be open sourced.
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What a great start to a very early Wednesday morning, especially for Amiga gamers, as Toni Wilen has now released the second beta of the Amiga emulator WinUAE as WinUAE 3.2.0 beta 2. Not long after the previous final of WinUAE 3.1.0 final this latest release is even more feature packed than the previous one. Infact the list is so long it almost makes a full page in length of additions and fixes. It's incredible think how far WinUAE has come from it's early development stage and is now the most highly downloaded and used Amiga emulator that you can use. See changelog for details
- Borderblanking works again (b1)
- RTL8029 received packets got sometimes stuck in receive buffer until next packet was received.
- Fixed PCI bridge unreliable interrupts in some situations.
- Added Mainhattan Data Paradox SCSI emulation.
- Added Spirit Technology HDA-506 HD controller.
- Added Elaborate Bytes A.L.F. HD controller.
- Built-in wave recording created huge files, bytes-to-write variable was never reset (3.1).
- Added Mediator 1200 autoconfig data.
- Added support for multi-function PCI devices.
- Added ES1370 from QEMU. (PCI sound card), common ES1370 based card is SB128.
- Added FM801 emulation. (PCI sound card).
- Added Vortex System 2000 HD controller.
- 68020/030 prefetch/cycle-exact: don't prefetch from old PC if instruction is going to branch.
- Accelerator board memory size reset when viewing RAM GUI panel if accelerator used "Blizzard" RAM type.
- HD and RTG boards are now named <name> (<manufacturer>).
- A2410 display card emulation! TMS34010 emulation core from MAME.
- Very strange display board.. Very flexible TMS34010 CPU on board, code uploaded to internal RAM from Amiga-side. Unfortunately board never had good software support.
- Current WinUAE direct RTG system requires Amiga-side mapped VRAM, but because A2410 does not have any linear mapped Amiga-visible VRAM, A2410 internal VRAM is "fake" mapped at 0xa00000 (normally unused CIA space). It shouldn't cause any problems.
- Interlaced modes are not supported (Original code didn't support it all, I added quick hack that doubles height in interlaced modes), either CGX4 driver is wrong or TMS34010 documentation is wrong, documentation says "The size of the DUDATE increment specified for an interlaced display should be twice that required for a noninterlaced display of the same dimensions" but CGX4 driver uses same width value in both interlaced and non-interlaced 1024*768 mode.
- BT458 RAMDAC Overlay bitplanes fully emulated, including blinking features.
- CGX4, Amix, NetBSD console and demo programs from DevCD (Milan 1991 DevCon) confirmed working.
- END+F9 can be used to manually switch between native and A2410 display.
- CGX4 driver seems to have bug in overlay (mouse pointer) color setup routine.
- Emulated Amiga randomly hangs when switching CGX display modes. Reason unknown.
- TMS34010 CPU execution speed is probably totally wrong and very random.
- Because TMS34010 can update any register or RAM data any time it wants (like copper but more flexible), emulation needs to be at least line-based (not frame like other RTG boards) and because emulation also needs to execute TMS34010 code, A2410 emulation is slower than other RTG boards.
- A2410 has DMA and hardware byte swap circuitry (can be seen in schematics) but so far I haven't found programs that use it. (A2410 DMA = TMS34010 CPU can directly access Amiga address space).
- Must use 32-bit host display depth. 16-bit is not supported.
Mainhattan Data Paradox SCSI:
- Parallel port to SCSI adapter.
- Non autoboot.
- Make sure no other parallel port devices are enabled at the same time.
Spirit Technology HDA-506:
- Supports autoboot but it is not implemented, ROM dump not available.
- OMTI controller, uses early SCSI-like protocol but addressing uses CHS instead of LBA.
Elaborate Bytes A.L.F.:
- Non autoboot.
- MFM/RLL controller.
- Same protocol as HDA-506 but there can be differences in some commands.
Vortex System 2000:
- Supports autoboot but ROM image is not available.
- Non autoconfig, ROM and IO hardwired at 0xf00000.
- Again same protocol as HDA-506.
- Fake DMA, 2xword data port size. Some sites incorrectly lists it as a DMA controller.
Advocatus Diaboli sends news that the Senate Intelligence Committee has unanimously approved draft legislation that would requires email providers and social media sites to report any suspected terrorist activities to the government. While the legislation itself is classified until it reaches the Senate floor, Committee chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) said, "America’s security depends on our intelligence community’s ability to detect and thwart attacks on the homeland, our personnel and interests overseas, and our allies. This year’s legislation arms the intelligence community with the resources they need, and reinforces congressional oversight of intelligence activities." The legislation is based on 2008's Protect Our Children Act, which required companies to report information about child porn to an agency that would act on it. One industry official told the Washington Post, "Considering the vast majority of people on these sites are not doing anything wrong, this type of monitoring would be considered by many to be an invasion of privacy. It would also be technically difficult."
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New submitter alaskana writes: According to Starwars.com, Han Solo will be getting his own movie prequel. The film will purportedly tell the story of a young Han Solo and how he came to be the wily smuggler that shows up in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. The film is set to be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (of The Lego Movie fame) and written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan. Get your popcorn and tickets ready, as the movie is set to debut May 25, 2018.
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