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Vulture Revealed In "Spider-Man: Homecoming"

Dark Horizons - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 2:09am

The first footage from Marvel Studios' "Spider-Man: Homecoming" was just screened at the San Diego Comic Con and showed a first look at Michael Keaton as The Vulture in the final shot. While the clip is not being released online, Marvel has posted the concept art of the shot in question.

The clip shows Tom Holland's Peter Parker watching YouTube footage of himself taking down the Giant Ant-Man from 'Civil War'. Other scenes show Peter working on his 'web fluid' during science class while other studios play 'F--k, Marry, Kill' game with the Avengers in mind (Thor, Iron Man, Hulk specficially).

Several attendees have described it as "John Hughes with superheroes" which is the vibe director Jon Watts and the producers have been aiming for. The film is currently targeting a July 7th 2017 release.

Spider-Man surprises #SDCC! Here's the first look of the Concept Art featuring the Vulture in #SpiderManHomecoming

— Spider-Man (@SpiderManMovie) July 24, 2016

Brie Larson Confirmed For "Captain Marvel"

Dark Horizons - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 2:09am

Rumored last month, it has now been confirmed that Oscar winner Brie Larson ("Room," "Trainwreck") is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the role of Captain Marvel.

The story follows Carol Danvers, an air force pilot whose DNA is fused with that of an alien during an accident. The resulting alteration imbues her with the super powers of strength, energy and flight.

No director is currently on board the project but "Inside Out" scribe Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman are writing the script while Kevin Feige is producing.

Source: Marvel Studios

Full Trailer: Marvel's "Doctor Strange"

Dark Horizons - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 2:09am

Immediately following its presentation at Comic Con in San Diego, the full trailer and a new poster have been released for Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange" feature. While the presentation in Hall H also included a five-minute clip which hasn't been put online. The trailer though showcases most of the main cast including looks at the extensive visual effects of the film which opens in cinemas November 4th.

Comic Con Trailer: "The LEGO Batman Movie"

Dark Horizons - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 2:09am

Following its premiere in Hall H earlier this morning, Warner Bros. Pictures has brought online the new Comic Con trailer for "The LEGO Batman Movie". The focus here is very much on Batman's relationship with Robin - from the selection of his sidekick's outfit to Batman having to grow up and take responsibility for the orphan he adopted. The film itself is scheduled to open in February.

Cameron Talks "Avatar" Sequels, "Abyss" Blu

Dark Horizons - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 2:09am

Out talking up the 30th anniversary DVD/Blu-ray release of "Aliens" at Comic-Con on Saturday, filmmaker James Cameron spoke with Variety about his other upcoming projects and finally discussed the long awaited release of one of his old films.

First up, Cameron explained his decision to do three sequels to 2009's "Avatar". Seems it's matter of conveying the proper scope of the story:

"The 'Avatar' story arc was originally meant to be a trilogy, but I overwrite, and my writers overwrote as well. Basically the first of the sequels cloned itself and became two films, so now it's four films. And the studio's very happy with it. They have an opportunity to make more money, but it's also an opportunity to spend a lot more money, too, so there's a clench factor."

The hope is he can drop the films a year apart, but he's presently unsure if that will be possible. Cameron also shot down the possibility of an "Avatar" TV series saying it would be prohibitively expensive and the only way it could be done is with stylised animation:

"You could with animation. If you found a style of animation with it that Lucas did with the 'Clone Wars' animated series, then you could do it. But to maintain the production value - it's not like just getting good actors. 'The Sarah Connor Chronicles' they got some good actors and they did some scaled-down production value. But you can't do scaled-down production value for 'Avatar.' One minute of an 'Avatar' close-up of Jake or Neytiri or any of the other characters is like a million-plus dollars, even if there's nothing happening in the shot. So do the math. It just doesn't work for television."

Then there's "The Abyss," Cameron's 1989 sci-fi drama which had a problematic theatrical cut and a much acclaimed special edition. One of the top titles on VHS, the film has only ever had a disc release on DVD back in the early dates of the format - and even then only in terrible quality.

Fans have long been clamoring for a Blu-ray release and Cameron has good news - the disc should be coming out early next year. On top of that, it's getting a very high quality remastering process - making it ready for a 4K/HDR release as well: "We've done a wet-gate 4K scan of the original negative, and it's going to look insanely good. We're going to do an authoring pass in the DI for Blu-ray and HDR at the same time."

First Trailer: FX's "X-Men" Series "Legion"

Dark Horizons - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 2:09am

FX has unveiled the first footage of its forthcoming "X-Men"-inspired drama series "Legion" which is being handled by "Fargo" showrunner Noah Hawley. The series marks the latest Marvel TV series and first for the studio on basic cable.

Dan Stevens plays David Haller, a man who is diagnosed with schizophrenia and learns that the visions and voices in his head might be more real than he once realized. Aubrey Plaza also stars in the show which is expected to debut sometime early next year.

Super Nintendo (SNES) - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. ProJared

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 2:00am

"... In this episode we take a look at some facts, secrets, and history of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The SNES is a gaming device developed by Nintendo. In its native country of Japan, the console is named the Super Famicom. The system is Nintendo's second home console, following the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES for short. It had similar success to its predecessor, and became the best-selling console of the 16-bit era globally. This was partly thanks to Nintendo's all-star franchises such as Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong..."

My Pokemon Go Accident

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 1:57am

"Real Life Pokemon Go - gotta catch them all..."

Battle Buggy Glitch - Menus, New Enemies & Tutorials

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 11:58pm

Finalizing the game in preparation for the demo. Added an extra level for the demo. Added an interactive tutorial.

Valve Threatens Counter Strike Gambling Sites

/. - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 11:35pm
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a report from HNGN: Game maker Valve is threatening to shut down sites dedicated to gambling with add-ons to its popular Counter Strike game. On Thursday the company sent cease and desist letters to 23 sites, demanding that gambling operations be stopped, and that the sites had 10 days to comply. The row revolves around the software overlays that change the appearance of the characters people play in Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) and the weapons and other virtual items. Last week the company reiterated that its user agreements ban external sites from asking users to connect their Steam accounts in order to trade items for real money. The company added that it would use "all available remedies" against sites that did not stop players using virtual goods to gamble. Bloomberg reports that in June a class action lawsuit was filed against Valve "for its role in the multibillion-dollar gambling economy that has fueled the game's popularity" -- by a man who had been gambling on the site since 2014. This was followed in July by a second class action lawsuit by a mother on behalf of her son, reports ESPN. "The case alleges that the Valve knowingly allows and profits from teenagers participating in illegal, unregulated and underage gambling of in-game cosmetic weapon skins through third-party sites."

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FAN-O-RAMA - A Futurama Fan Film

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 10:48pm

"The trailer for a 'out of this world' feature quality live action fan film of everyones favorite Sci-Fi Comedy, FUTURAMA!

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Kong: Skull Island Official Comic-Con Trailer (2017)

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 10:44pm

"... An action/adventure story centered on King Kong's origins..."

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Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 8:01pm

An old school feeling vertical shooter with modern art and sound.

Can Iris-Scanning ID Systems Tell the Difference Between a Live and Dead Eye?

/. - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 7:35pm
the_newsbeagle writes: Iris scanning is increasingly being used for biometric identification because it's fast, accurate, and relies on a body part that's protected and doesn't change over time. You may have seen such systems at a border crossing recently or at a high-security facility, and the Indian government is currently collecting iris scans from all its 1.2 billion citizens to enroll them in a national ID system. But such scanners can sometimes be spoofed by a high-quality paper printout or an image stuck on a contact lens. Now, new research has shown that post-mortem eyes can be used for biometric identification for hours or days after death, despite the decay that occurs. This means an eye could theoretically be plucked from someone's head and presented to an iris scanner. The same researcher who conducted that post-mortem study is also looking for solutions, and is working on iris scanners that can detect the "liveness" of an eye. His best method so far relies on the unique way each person's pupil responds to a flash of light, although he notes some problems with this approach.

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Phones Without Headphone Jacks Are Here... and They're Extremely Annoying

/. - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 5:35pm
A few weeks ago, we had an intense discussion on what would happen if Apple's next iPhone doesn't have a headphone port -- and what that means for the rest of the industry, as well as the pros and cons of ditching the legacy port. Over the past few months, we have seen many smartphone manufacturers launch new handsets that don't have a headphone jack. Mashable has a report today in which it says that it is already causing frustration among users. From the article: In the Android camp, phones like Lenovo's Moto Z and Moto Z Force and China's LeEco have already scrapped the 3.5mm headphone jack; to listen to music on the company's three latest phones, users need to plug in USB Type-C headphones, go wireless, or use a dongle. I'm all for letting go of old technologies to push forward, but what is happening is actually going to make things worse. The headphone jack has worked for 50 years and it can work for another 50 more because it's universal. Headphones I plug into my iPhone work in an Android phone, in a BlackBerry, in my computer, in my PS4 controller, in my tablet, in any speaker with audio-out, and so on. I can walk into any electronics store and pick up a pair of headphones and not have to worry about compatibility with any of my devices. I know it'll work. [...] With a universal headphone jack, I never have to worry whether or not the crappy pack-in iPhone EarPods I have will work with the Android phone I'm reviewing or not. I also never have to worry if I'll be able to plug my headphones into a friend's phone to listen to some new song. Same applies for when I want to use my earbuds and headphones with another person's device. And there lies the real issue. I will need different dongles -- a Lightning-to-headphone-jack and a USB-Type-C-to-headphone-jack to be prepared because I do carry both iPhone and Android phone on me daily. Dongles also get lost.

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Not a Clone Update: Taking on Beta Suggestions

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 5:20pm

We have a short update for Not a Clone this weekend. Since last weekend, we've started working on implementing suggestions and fixing bugs reported by beta testers. One of those is improving the tutorial using a spotlight effect.

Do We Need The Moto Z Smartphones' New Add-On Modules?

/. - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 3:35pm
This week saw the release of the Moto Z Droid and Force Droid, new Android smartphones from Motorola and Lenovo with snap-on modules. Slashdot reader MojoKid writes that the Z Force Droid "is sheathed behind Moto ShatterShield technology making it virtually indestructible." Motorola guarantees it not to crack or shatter if dropped... However, what's truly standout are Moto Mods, which are snap-on back-packs of sorts that add new features, like the JBL Speaker, Moto Insta-Projector and Incipio OffGrid Power Pack (2220 mAh) mods... Even the fairly complex projector mod fires up in seconds and works really well. But the Verge has called it "a good phone headed down the wrong path," adding "this company is competing in the global smartphone market, not a high school science fair, and its success will depend on presenting better value than the competition, not cleverer design. Without the benefit of the value-projecting fairy dust of brands like Apple and Beats, Lenovo will have an uphill climb trying to justify its Moto Mods pricing with functionality and looks, and our review has shown that none of the company's extras are essential."

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