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TV News: Woods, Crime, Belles, Dying, Monkeys

Dark Horizons - 5 hours 9 min ago

The Woods
Universal Cable Productions has picked up the rights to James Tynion IV's 2014 sci-fi-horror comic series "The Woods" with plans to adapt it for television. Ross Richie and Stephen Christy will executive produce.

The story follows what happens when 500 students and staff from a preparatory high school in suburban Milwaukee vanish without a trace - re-appearing light years away in the primordial forest of another planet. [Source: Heat Vision]

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson
FOX has released the first trailer for Ryan Murphy's "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson," the first of his new anthology series exploring famous legal cases.

The ten-episode limited FX series stars off with the infamous O.J. Simpson case and will chronicle the murder and subsequent court trial told from the perspective of the lawyers . The new series premieres on FX in February.

Belles and Whistles
Alex McAulay ("Eastbound and Down") is se to pen the script for the single-camera half-hour family comedy "Belles and Whistles" at FOX with Jack Black and Dwight Yoakam set to produce.

Set in the world of country music, the story centers on an unfulfilled father who, after being fired from his comfortable tech job in Silicon Valley, decides to move his dysfunctional family to Nashville in order to pursue his lifelong dream of music stardom. [Source The Live Feed]

I'm Dying Up Here
Ari Graynor ("For a Good Time Call") has joined the ensemble cast of Showtime's Jim Carrey-led dark dramedy "I'm Dying Up Here". Erik Griffin, Andrew Santino and Stephen Guarino also star.

The story centers on L.A.'s celebrated and infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s. The pilot will delve into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the business. Graynor plays an ambitious comedian from Texas who wants to be taken as seriously as her male comic contemporaries. [Source The Live Feed]

12 Monkeys
Syfy has released a new trailer for the second season of its time-hopping sci-fi drama "12 Monkeys". First premiering at New York Comic-Con, the clip shows Railly (Amanda Schull) and Cole (Aaron Stanford) facing off, bouncing through time and what looks like Cole being destroyed by the time machine. "12 Monkeys" returns in April.

Ron Perlman Joins The "Fantastic Beasts" Cast

Dark Horizons - 5 hours 9 min ago

Ron Perlman ("Sons of Anarchy," "Hellboy") has joined the cast of the Harry Potter spin-off feature "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Eddie Redmayne is starring as Newt Scamander, the wizarding world’s preeminent magizoologist, in a story set seven decades before the 'Potter' books.

Perlman will reportedly play a goblin in the film which author J.K. Rowling penned the script for. Filming is currently underway in the UK.

Source: Heat Vision

News BIts: Baby, Hellboy, Boomtown, Fang, Met

Dark Horizons - 5 hours 9 min ago

Bridget Jones' Baby
The first set photos are out of Colin Firth reprising his role as Mark Darcy for Sharon Maguire's upcoming "Bridget Jones' Baby" at Working Title. This third film in the series sees Renee Zellweger reprising the title role alongside Firth and Patrick Dempsey. [Source: The Irish Examiner]

Hellboy 3
Happy Sad Confused recently conducted a one hour conversation with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro in which they asked him about the possibility of a third "Hellboy". He says that though he and actor Ron Perlman would love to do it, there's no studio interest - "No one is knocking."

Focus Features has picked up former journo Matt King's oil-themed thriller spec script "Boomtown" with Marc Platt set to produce.

The story follows a slick corporate investigator with a closely guarded secret who discovers a sinister criminal conspiracy in North Dakota oil boom country. [Source: Deadline]

The Family Fang
Starz has scored U.S. distribution rights to the Jason Bateman-directed family drama "The Family Fang" with plans for a 2016 theatrical release through Starz Digital. Based on Kevin Wilson's novel, the script hs been adapted by David Lindsay-Abaire.

The story follows adult siblings Baxter (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Nicole Kidman) who, scarred from an unconventional upbringing, return to their family home when their parents (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett) go missing under troubling circumstances. [Source: Deadline]

Met Gala Heist
New Line has picked up Gregg Rossen and Brian Sawyer's spec script "Met Gala Heist," a heist movie set at the star-studded annual NYC Met Gala.

The story focuses on a pair of sisters who employ an all-female crew to pull off a heist during the fundraising gala which is for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. [Source: Variety]

Michelle Rodriguez Joins "Milton's Secret"

Dark Horizons - 5 hours 9 min ago

Michelle Rodriguez ("Furious 7") will join Donald Sutherland in the film adaptation of Eckhart Tolle and Robert Friedman's children's novel "Milton's Secret" for Buck Productions, Riverside Entertainment and Hulo Films.

Rodriguez will play a school teacher lifting the spirits of a young boy (William Ainscough) who is bullied by fellow students. Sutherland will play the boy's grandfather who helps him discover his obsession with his preteen fears will prevent him from finding true happiness.

David Sutcliffe, Mia Kirshner, Sheila McCarthy and Hays Wellford also star in the film which Barnet Bain directs. Stephen Huszar, Ryan Lockwood, Sean Buckley and Fred Fuchs will produce and shooting is underway in Hamilton, Ontario.

Source: THR

Collette, Letts, Trammell Join "Imperium"

Dark Horizons - 5 hours 9 min ago

Toni Collette, Tracy Letts ("Homeland") and Sam Trammell ("True Blood") have joined the Daniel Ragussis-directed thriller "Imperium" at Lionsgate Premiere. Shooting is underway in Virginia.

The story follows an FBI special agent (Daniel Radcliffe) who specializes in domestic terrorism and covert operations. He goes undercover and joins a white supremacist group in order to expose a sizable terrorist plot to create a bomb.

Collette portrays a veteran battle-hardened colleague, Letts plays a leader of the white supremacy movement and Trammell a seemingly normal suburban dad who is also the local Aryan youth recruiter.

Ragussis and former FBI agent Mike German penned the script while Ty Walker, Dennis Lee and Simon Taufique are producing.

Source: Variety

Will Forte Still Considering "MacGruber 2"

Dark Horizons - 5 hours 9 min ago

Despite solid critical reviews, the 2010 Will Forte-led "MacGruber" film fizzled out completely at the box-office. Even so, in the years since its release it has developed something of a cult following and so talk of a sequel keeps coming up at different points. For his part, Forte tells EW that he remains committed to the sequel, though his commitments to FOX's "The Last Man on Earth" are determining his schedule at the moment:

"There's nothing I would rather do than that [MacGruber 2]. It's not a question of if but when. This show takes up every second of every day. Come Feburary, if I have a little bit of time, Jorma [Taccone, who directed MacGruber], John [Solomon, who co-wrote the script with Forte and Taccone] and I will get together and we'll start banging it out."

He confirms that two-thirds of an outline has been completed and when it's done the writing process will begin in earnest. He also drops a hint about the opening sequence:

"There is a possibility of starting it in a way that you would never ever start an action movie. We have this idea for a cold open, which we just don't know if we have the balls to do. And we've done some crazy stuff. This is just like, 'Do we really want to do this? Is this how we want to start out the movie?' It's pretty gnarly. But we might just have to do it."

Forte was also asked if he approved of the news of CBS' "MacGuyver" reboot to which he said: "I approve more than I approve of anything in the world." He also adds that he hopes Richard Dean Anderson is a major part of that reboot.

Zoom Appears In Canadian "The Flash" Promo

Dark Horizons - 5 hours 9 min ago

A second comics-based TV show villain reveal today following us finally hearing David Tennant's Purple Man voice in the latest "Jessica Jones" promo this morning. Today's reveal is that of Tony Todd's voice and the first look appearance of the season long antagonist Zoom in the just premiered second season of The CW's "The Flash". This evil speedster is even more powerful than Reverse-Flash, and the reveal of who it is isn't expected to happen until right towards season end.

Cavill, Evans, Hoult Team For "Sand Castle"

Dark Horizons - 5 hours 9 min ago

"Immortals" stars Henry Cavill and Luke Evans are re-teaming and are set to be joined by Nicholas Hoult in the war drama "Sand Castle" for The Mark Gordon Company, Treehouse Pictures, 42 and Voltage Pictures.

Fernando Coimbra helms the Iraq 2003-set project which is based on writer Chris Roessner's experience as a machine gunner in the Sunni Triangle.

Hoult plays a soldier who is part of a mission to repair a broken water system in the dangerous and unstable Iraqi village of Baqubah. He his unit must try to convince the community that they are part of the solution, not the problem in order to save the town and get out alive.

Mark Gordon, Justin Nappi and Ben Pugh will produce. Shooting is slated to begin November 2nd.

Source: Treehouse Pictures

"Catch Fire," "Tyrant" Score Surprise Renewals

Dark Horizons - 5 hours 9 min ago

In surprising news, FX and AMC have handed out third season renewals for their original drama series "Tyrant" and "Halt and Catch Fire" respectively. Both will get ten more episodes each which will debut sometime around mid-2016.

"Tyrant" follows an unassuming American family drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. 'Halt' depicts a fictionalized insider's view of the personal computer revolution in the early 1980s in Texas.

The renewals are a surprise as neither show has been either a critical darling or a ratings hit, though 'Halt' has performed better with reviews and "Tyrant" better with audiences. The second season of "Tyrant" pulled in just over 1 million viewers per episode on average, 'Halt' was doing just under half that amount.

'Halt' will also get new show runners as Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers will replace Jonathan Lisco.

Source: FX & AMC

Divinia Chronicles: Relics of Gan-Ti - Action-RPG inspired by SNES classics : Early Access launch?

Indie Retro News - 5 hours 50 min ago

Game Type : Action, RPG
Developer :  Team Monkey
Developer Description : Divinia Chronicles: Relics of Gan-Ti is a single-player, classic-style Action-RPG. With influences ranging from Ocarina of Time to Final Fantasy, this action-oriented title seeks to revive the vintage flavor and vibe of the classics in an original world with a new tale to be told. Explore the island of Oria, solve puzzles and fight a variety of creatures as Cyrus, Kira and Dyani work to destroy the relics of Gan-Ti and restore order to the land.

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Developers update regarding Early Access launch  : "After passing Greenlight in 2014, we are happy to announce that as of yesterday our game is available on Steam. Current version is v.092a, which includes the first three chapters of the game and Celena, the elemental spirit of the light. During Early Access we hope to gain valuable feedback from gamers which will improve the final quality of the game.

Features :
  • Indie Action-RPG with a story driven campaign, inspired by SNES classics 
  • Explore a rich and detailed 3d fantasy world 
  • Fast-paced 3rd person combat and magic system 
  • Challenging dungeons and puzzles to solve 
  • Full game-pad support 
  • Original soundtrack 
  • Unique, vibrant art-style 
  • NO always-online, NO micro-transactions
Release Date : End 2016Systems : PCLinks : 1) Steam Greenlight 2) Website

First Successful Collision Attack On the SHA-1 Hashing Algorithm

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Artem Tashkinov writes: Researchers from Dutch and Singapore universities have successfully carried out an initial attack on the SHA-1 hashing algorithm by finding a collision at the SHA1 compression function. They describe their work in the paper "Freestart collision for full SHA-1". The work paves the way for full SHA-1 collision attacks, and the researchers estimate that such attacks will become reality at the end of 2015. They also created a dedicated web site humorously called The SHAppening. Perhaps the call to deprecate the SHA-1 standard in 2017 in major web browsers seems belated and this event has to be accelerated.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The Madness of Little Emma - Action platformer is successfully Steam Greenlit (+Demo)

Indie Retro News - 6 hours 13 min ago

Game Type : Platformer
Developer :  Hugeowl
Developer Description : The Madness of Little Emma is a roguelike platformer inspired by games such as Castlevania, Legend of Zelda, American Mcgee's Alice and Binding of Isaac. Help Emma find her little brother who has disappeared in eerie circumstances. As a roguelike, The Madness of Little Emma has tons of replayability and while it might take around 30 minutes to complete a whole game, the procedurally generated levels and varied items and enemies make each playthrough feel different.

Features :

  • Explore 8 levels procedurally assembled from hundreds of hand-crafted chambers 
  • Collect over 150 items, each with its unique effect - you won't find many "stat sticks" here 
  • Kill over 50 varied enemy types, each requiring a different approach to defeat 
  • Kill almost 20 rotten bosses, each with its own special attacks and moves 
  • Climb an online ladder in a Ladder Mode 
Release Date : Dec 2015Systems : PC, Mac, LinuxLinks : 1) Steam Greenlight " Greenlit in just 13days! " 2) Demo 3) Facebook 4) Twitter 5) Website

Verizon Boosts Price of Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plans By $20

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nicholasjay writes: In November, Verizon Wireless is going to start charging its customers with the grandfathered "unlimited data" plans an extra $20 for the data. This is obviously an attempt to get people off of the old unlimited data plans. Even though a Verizon spokesperson confirmed the change, I'm hoping they won't go through with this plan — but right now I'm weighing all my options.

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Termites - The Inner Sanctum - The Secrets of Nature

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - 6 hours 59 min ago

"They cannot tolerate sunlight; some of them are even blind. However they are one of the world’s most ingenious builders: Termites. They build high-risers without any technical devices that are, compared to the Empire State Building in New York, 25 times higher. They are the only animals that have managed to build an air-conditioning system without electricity. Their nests are architectural masterpieces that rise up to eight meters from the ground and dispose brood chambers for larvae, corridors for transportation, fungal gardens for nutrition and even emergency exits for hostile attacks."

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Apple Approves, Then Removes In-App Ad Blocker

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Mickeycaskill writes: Apple has pulled a number of applications from the App Store, most notably the "Been Choice" ad blocker, because of concerns the methods they employ to rid adverts could compromise sensitive user data. iOS 9 allows for the installation of applications that block adverts in Safari, but other apps like Been Choice go one step further and let users remove adverts from applications – including Apple News. Been Choice routes traffic through a VPN to filter out adverts in some applications, but it this technique has attracted the attention of Apple, which is concerned user data could be exposed. Apple says it is working with developers to get their apps back up and Been is refining its application for resubmission. In any case, Been says users must opt-in for in-app ad blocking and that no data is stored on its servers.

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Emissions Scandal Expands: Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Mazda, and Mitsubishi

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An anonymous reader writes: Volkswagen has taken some serious heat for deliberately circumventing emissions tests with "defeat devices" in some of their vehicles. While no other cars have been found to use specific devices to fool tests in the same way, we're now learning that many manufacturers still mysteriously perform worse in the real world. Last week, the Guardian revealed that diesel cars from Nissan, Hyundai, Citroen, Fiat, Volvo, and Renault emitted significantly more pollution in realistic driving conditions than the tests supposedly allow. Now, we learn that vehicles from Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Mazda, and Mitsubishi emit substantially more than they should as well. For example: "Mercedes-Benz's diesel cars produced an average of 0.406g/km of NOx on the road, at least 2.2 times more than the official Euro 5 level and five times higher than the Euro 6 level. Honda's diesel cars emitted 0.484g/km of NOx on average, between 2.6 and six times the official levels." This provides clear evidence that the automotive industry is designing its cars to follow the letter of the law (passing tests), but not the spirit (actually reducing pollution).

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

2015 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet

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Dave Knott writes: A Tunisian democracy group won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its contributions to the first and most successful Arab Spring movement. The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy" in the North African country following its 2011 revolution. Tunisian protesters sparked uprisings across the Arab world in 2011 that overthrew dictators and upset the status quo. Tunisia is the only country in the region to painstakingly build a democracy, involving a range of political and social forces in dialogue to create a constitution, legislature and democratic institutions. The National Dialogue Quartet is made up of four key organizations in Tunisian civil society: the Tunisian General Labour Union; the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts; the Tunisian Human Rights League; and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers.

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Castle Chaos - Anyone remember Rampart? Check this game out!

Indie Retro News - 9 hours 31 min ago

In 1990 Atari Games released a rather enjoyable arcade game called ' Rampart ', in which it put you the player, in control of a set of castles to attack ships and or other players. If you were damaged, you had a limited amount of time to repair your castle using small blocks, with cannons contained within. It was and still is a highly playable game by all ages and I was pleased to learn of a Rampart clone titled ' Castle Chaos ' which is available to buy, but needs your Steam Greenlight votes.

According to the Odd Comet Games and Skullbox : Castle Chaos is a fast paced local multiplayer game for 2 to 4 players. In which you can build castles with tetris-like shapes and shoot cannons to destroy your opponents' castles. It is available for PC, Mac and Linux at the link below!

Features :
  • - Random generated maps depending on number of players 
  • - Lots of settings to customize your matches, from nr of castles, cannons to bushes and cloud density 
  • - Many different puzzle shapes to drive you crazy when building your castles 
  • - Annoying gnomes planting bushes everywhere, but thankfully shootable 
  • - Play as a gnome! Repair your castle while trying to avoid your opponents' suspicions by acting gnome-like. 
  • - Play on gamepad, keyboard or all on the same keyboard for extra chaotic fun with your friends!
Links : 1) Steam Greenlight 2) Facebook 3) Twitter 4) Website

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