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Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary After Objecting To Scaramucci Hire

/. - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:10am
CNBC reports: White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned Friday after opposing President Donald Trump's appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. The president asked Spicer to stay in his role, but Spicer said appointing Scaramucci was a major mistake, The New York Times, citing a person with direct knowledge of the conversation. NBC News confirmed the resignation with two people familiar with the matter. Spicer tweeted later that he will continue to serve through August. White House chief of staff Reince Priebus was said to have advocated naming Spicer as press secretary. The two worked at the Republican National Committee before joining the administration. Following Spicer's resignation, Priebus said he supports Scaramucci "100 percent," according to news reports.

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Dev thoughts - Zombies?

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 9:51am

Pondering the implementation of Zombies, yes or no?

Ben Affleck’s Future As Batman Uncertain

Dark Horizons - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 9:35am

Ben Affleck will be hitting San Diego Comic Con tomorrow along with the rest of the cast of “Justice League” to help promote the superhero team-up feature.

So far the company line from everyone involved in the DCEU has been that Affleck will continue in that role for the near future, even as rumors have previously swirled about his dissatisfaction.

Today, The Hollywood Reporter says according to their sources, the studio is working on plans to gracefully usher out Affleck’s Batman. They also indicate the change, in whatever form it takes, will be addressed in one of the upcoming DC films. Just when and how it will happen has yet to be determined though.

Matt Reeves, who will direct the upcoming standalone “The Batman” films, has previously said that he means to keep Affleck in the role even as Affleck first stepped back from directing and now the script he co-wrote for the film has been ditched by Reeves.

Indications are Reeves is planning a grander story, potentially a trilogy, which is not necessarily something the soon to turn 45 years old Affleck is necessarily on board for. Filming on “The Batman” isn’t expected to happen until early next year.

Affleck will remain in the role for a little while yet at least as “Justice League” is in the midst of reshoots under the tutelage of Joss Whedon. The next trailer for ‘League’ is expected to be unleashed tomorrow following its premiere at the Comic Con panel for Warner Bros. Pictures.

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Lyft Launches a New Self-driving Division and Will Develop Its Own Autonomous Ride-hailing Technology

/. - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 9:30am
An anonymous reader shares a report: Lyft is betting the future of the road centers on sharing autonomous vehicles. It aims to be at the forefront of that technology with a new self-driving division and a self-driving system car manufacturers could plug into their self-driving cars. The company expects to hire "hundreds" of people for the new division by the end of next year and has just signed a lease for 50,000-square-feet on the first floor of a Palo Alto facility where it plans to build out several labs and open testing spaces. The building Lyft refers to as "Level 5" will be developing its new "open self-driving platform" and a combination hardware and software system still in development. Lyft hopes auto manufacturers will then bring in a fleet of autonomous cars to its ride-hailing network. The plan is somewhat similar to one Uber announced earlier. Lyft's larger rival uses Volvo's XC90 to test its self-driving tech on the roads. Uber announced earlier this year it was also partnering with Daimler to operate self-driving cars on its network.

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New “Van Helsing,” “Alien” Franchise Rumors

Dark Horizons - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 8:41am

As part of an extensive article about the underperformance of tentpole features at the domestic box-office this past weekend, THR has offered up some brief updates on two in the works franchise features.

The first is the “Van Helsing” reboot that will be a part of Universal Pictures’ “Dark Universe” initiative. The studio is pressing forward with it, despite the underperformance of “The Mummy” reboot which took in $390 million worldwide.

The trade says because of that, the studio will be putting more time toward script development on Dark Universe movies and are also said to be eyeing Channing Tatum for the “Van Helsing” movie as that project’s script is now undergoing a final polish.

The other franchise in question is that of “Alien”. Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” was a flop, pulling in just $232 million worldwide, nearly $200 million less than its predecessor. Reviews ended up being on par as well in aggregate scores.

Scott spent the film’s press tour promising at least two more films, but now that may not happen as the trade says Fox intends to “reassess” the future of the franchise. Scott is busy filming “All The Money In The World” and will then do the Don Winslow adaptation “The Cartel” so don’t expect any quick movement on the next “Alien” for some time.

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NASA Uploads Hundreds of Rare Aircraft Films to YouTube

/. - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 8:40am
An anonymous reader shares an article: NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center is currently in the process of uploading hundreds of extremely rare films to YouTube. And I'd advise you to stop reading if you want to get any work done today. The center has uploaded roughly 300 of the planned 500 films that it will continue to put up over the coming months. And as you can see from the well-populated YouTube channel, they have everything from 1950s experimental aircraft like the X-3 Stiletto to 1960s Lunar Landing Research Vehicle tests (seen in the GIF above) to videos of the time that they intentionally crashed a Boeing 720 in 1984.

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Next “Cloverfield” Delayed Until February

Dark Horizons - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 8:08am

Paramount Pictures has shifted around its release schedule with a couple of key changes today.

The most notable is that Julius Onah’s untitled “Cloverfield” project (previously titled “God Particle”) has been delayed from October 27th to February 2nd next year. At the same time it has been revealed the film will have an IMAX run.

Also making a change is George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” which will move up a week to October 27th and will score a wide release on a date that often proves challenging for mass appear fare.

Both announcements follow in the wake of this morning’s one that Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” had been pushed up a month from October 13th to September 15th.

Source: Deadline

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Beijing Wants AI To Be Made In China By 2030

/. - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 8:00am
Reader cdreimer writes: According to a report on The New York Times (may be paywalled, alternative story here): "If Beijing has its way, the future of artificial intelligence will be made in China. The country laid out a development plan on Thursday to become the world leader in A.I. by 2030, aiming to surpass its rivals technologically and build a domestic industry worth almost $150 billion. Released by the State Council, the policy is a statement of intent from the top rungs of China's government: The world's second-largest economy will be investing heavily to ensure its companies, government and military leap to the front of the pack in a technology many think will one day form the basis of computing. The plan comes with China preparing a multibillion-dollar national investment initiative to support "moonshot" projects, start-ups and academic research in A.I., according to two professors who consulted with the government about the effort."

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Day of Infamy - Dunkirk Update

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 7:59am

FREE content update for Day of Infamy includes: Dunkirk map, Breville map, and new grass!

Smith & Ayer On Netflix’s “Bright” Freedom

Dark Horizons - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 7:59am

Both director David Ayer and actor Will Smith were on hand in Hall H at San Diego Comic Con yesterday to talk up Netflix’s big-budget fantasy thriller “Bright”.

The original feature imagines a present day Los Angeles where fantastical magical creatures have always lived alongside humans. Smith plays a cop who finds himself teamed with an orc (Joel Edgerton) as a partner.

Together they must outrun law enforcement, criminals and assorted supernatural beings who are all in pursuit of a magical wand. Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry and Edgar Ramirez also star in the film.

Ayer championed Netflix’s approach, saying it offered him so much more freedom than he would have had with a studio feature:

“This ain’t no bulls–t PG-13 studio movie. I was able to do my s–t. I was able to do my thing… We weren’t chasing a rebate. We weren’t trying to make Atlanta into Los Angeles… Netflix is going to pull a lot of talent because they are so supportive.”

Smith echoed the sentiment, saying:

“I’m sure this will end soon, but they give you money and let you make the movie… The risk profile is different so Netflix can make a hard rated R film for $170 million. Studios can’t do that if the executive wants to be at work on Monday. When you make a movie that expensive you have to broaden the audience which means you have to be PG-13.”

“Bright” is set to bow on the streaming service on December 22nd.

Source: io9

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Full Trailer: Nic Hoult In “Rebel in the Rye”

Dark Horizons - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 7:56am

The trailer has premiered for “Rebel in the Rye,” the upcoming Nicholas Hoult-led biopic of author J.D. Salinger which first premiered at Sundance in January.

The film tracks the author’s relationship with young actress Oona O’Neill, and how WWII altered the course of his career and led to the penning of his most iconic work “Catcher in the Rye”.

Kevin Spacey, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Sarah Paulson, Hope Davis, and Victor Garber co-star in the film which opens September 15th.

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“Dunkirk” Headed For Nearly $50M Opening

Dark Horizons - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 7:33am

Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” pulled in $5.5 million in Thursday night previews, with domestic opening weekend estimates now heading toward the $45-50 million mark – up significantly from a few weeks ago thanks in part to stellar reviews.

Also out this week is Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” and the R-rated comedy “Girls Trip” which both appear to have pulled in $1.7 million Thursday night previews. Both films have received weak reviews and are now looking at openings somewhere between $17-25 million each.

“War for the Planet of the Apes” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” will likely be vying for third and fourth place with between $22-25 million each.

Source: THR

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NEW Gameplay Trailer for Tyd wag vir Niemand

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 7:27am

We just released a new Gameplay trailer for Tyd wag vir Niemand and we thought that w would share it with you.

For the First Time, Microsoft Got More Revenue From Office 365 Subscriptions Than From Traditional Office Software Licensing

/. - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 7:20am
Ina Fried, reporting for Axios: Shares of Microsoft hit record territory in after-hours trading on Thursday, topping $75 a share, after the software giant's better-than-expected financial results. As has been the case for the last several quarters, strength in Microsoft's cloud business, including Office 365 and Windows Azure, was the key to the company's growth. Of note, Microsoft CFO Amy Hood told analysts that, for the first time, Microsoft got more revenue from Office 365 subscriptions than from traditional Office software licensing. Why it matters: Microsoft has shown an ability to grow its business even as the PC market has stalled, reflecting moves the company made in the cloud both since Satya Nadella took over as CEO as well as some that were in place before he took over the top spot.

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Tatum Thinks “Gambit” Film Will Still Happen

Dark Horizons - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 7:13am

20th Century Fox has been developing its “X-Men” spin-off “Gambit” for several years now, and at one point had an October 2016 release slotted in for the project.

That, of course, didn’t happen and now, nearly a year after previously reported movement on the project, Yahoo asked the film’s star Channing Tatum how it’s currently progressing.

Tatum says the delays have proven a blessing and will allow for a more comic accurate and darker adaptation of the cajun mutant with kinetic energy manipulating powers:

“We got really lucky. We had a first draft it was good, but we were coming to at a time at that creative phase of [the X-Men], where these movies went through a bit of a paradigm shift, where the X-Men movies and the superhero movies with ‘Logan’ and ‘Deadpool’ really broke down a lot of doors for us.

We were trying to do some things that we actually weren’t allowed to do, and they just smashed down the doors, so we’re giving it a bit of a rethink. We’re not quite going there [an R-rated film], because I enjoyed Gambit as a kid so I don’t want to rule out PG-13.”

Reid Carolin (“Magic Mike”) was the last reported scribe to have a go at the script for the film which previously had the likes of Doug Liman or Rupert Wyatt attached as director. Actress Lea Seydoux also appears to have dropped out of the project.

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Kevin Spacey To Play Gore Vidal For Netflix

Dark Horizons - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 6:46am

Oscar winner Kevin Spacey is set to play the late iconic playwright and author Gore Vidal in the new Netflix original biopic “Gore” which is now in production in Italy. Andy Paterson is producing.

The project is currently shooting in Rome but will move next month to Vidal’s longtime villa La Rondinaia in Ravello on cliffs over the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The Amalfi Coast residence will feature prominently in the film, a place where Vidal entertained his vast network of high-profile friends and acquaintances which included Lauren Bacall, Paul Newman, Greta Garbo, Andy Warhol, Rudolf Nureyev, Susan Sarandon and Mick Jagger.

The study where Vidal regularly wrote will be meticulously reconstructed within the villa by production designer Patrizia Von Brandenstein (“Amadeus”).

Source: Variety

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Comic Con Clip For Netflix’s “Death Note”

Dark Horizons - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 6:44am

Following its panel yesterday afternoon at San Diego Comic Con, a new extended clip from filmmaker Adam Wingard’s upcoming film adaptation of the manga series “Death Note” has arrived.

Transferring the story to Seattle, the action follows Light Turner (Nat Wolff) who discovers a supernatural book that can kill whoever he pleases when he writes a name in the book and simultaneously pictures their death in his mind.

Light chooses to use this power, which is tied to the evil spirit Ryuk (Willem Dafoe), to rid the world of anyone he deems unworthy of life. Margaret Qualley, Lakeith Stansfield, Masi Oka and Shea Whigham co-star.

Wingard will next direct “Godzilla vs. Kong” and mentioned that film briefly during the “Death Note” presentation, commenting on the size differential between the two beasts: “They gave us a good out in Kong when they mentioned that Kong is still growing, but that’ll be a challenge we have to deal with, and we’re very aware of that issue.”

“Death Note” is available to stream August 25th.

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Landless 0.35p6 "Visual Enhancements & Hacking Overhaul"

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 6:41am

A lot of big changes and fixes as always. Hacking changed to skill based instead of RNG based. Also added new camera effects to improve the picture quality of the game.
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