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Apple Spends A Billion On Film & TV Content

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:10am

Apple has reportedly targeted $1 billion in spending for original television series and films over the next year according to The Wall Street Journal. The move sees the company trying to establish itself as a buyer of premium entertainment

The announcement follows on from the hiring of long time Sony Pictures Television presidents Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht to build a slate of content.

Apple has more than $261 billion in cash and equivalents at the end of its 2017 fiscal year so can easily cover the cost.

Even so, that spending pales in comparison to the two giants of the streaming space – Netflix and Amazon. Netflix reportedly plans to spend $7 billion on content in 2017, while Amazon’s spending on Prime Video programming comes in at around $4.5 billion.

Source: Variety

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What If You Were to Die Tonight? Part 1

Death. The topic is strewn with the litter of fear, ignorance, denial, and superstition. For many, death is viewed as an unsolvable mystery, a vague departure from this life that leaves those who remain disillusioned and confused. Others hold erroneous beliefs about death, including soul sleep, reincarnation, and the possibility of making contact with the spirits of the departed. For most, it’s one of those socially unacceptable subjects—something nobody wants to discuss. Therefore, it surprises many that, rather than ignoring the subject and skirting the issues surrounding it, the Bible—like no other book—faces death head-on. It offers reliable, God-inspired information that answers most of our questions and calms our fears. In fact, the Bible not only addresses heaven, the death-related subject everybody wonders about; it also speaks openly and authoritatively about the death-related subject most choose to deny altogether: hell. During His earthly life and ministry, Jesus taught clearly about both heaven and hell. In the passage we’ll consider in this message, He brought both to the surface in an amazing story we cannot forget.

Casey Affleck Not Sure Of Batfleck’s Return

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:55am

When Ben Affleck dropped out as director of the upcoming “The Batman” solo outing and was replaced by Matt Reeves, it quickly led to speculation that the actor may be giving up his stint as the Caped Crusader after he wraps work in “Justice League”.

Things quietened down and then resurged with a rumor that Warners was working on plans that would “usher him out” of the role, especially as the DCEU’s future plans became less integrated and Reeves was retooling “The Batman” into serving as the first of a new trilogy.

Affleck turned the talk around last month at Comic Con where he seemed enthusiastic about returning, even though he failed to explicitly deny or confirm continuing his tenure in the role.

Now a new wrinkle has come through via Ben’s younger brother Casey Affleck who says he things Ben won’t be doing the film. Speaking with The Dork podcast (via Cosmic Book News on WEEI Sports Radio Network, the younger Affleck said:

“I thought he was an okay Batman. As far as… Nah, he was great. He’s a hero, so he had something to channel and work with there. But he’s not going to do that movie, I don’t think… [pauses, changes tone] Is that breaking news? I was kind of making that up?”

Was he joking or did he try and backpedal after accidentally letting slip Affleck’s possible departure. We still have Affleck in the role in “Justice League,” but if the report has some truth then the likely departure point for Affleck’s Batman would be “Flashpoint” as all indications are they want this exit to be ‘in canon’ and part of the story as opposed to a straight recasting.

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“Deadpool 2” To Resume Production Today

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:51am

Despite a report yesterday indicating the film has been indefinitely delayed, Deadline reports that production on the “Deadpool” sequel will reportedly resume this morning.

That’s just two days after the tragic motorcycle accident in which stunt woman Joi ‘SJ’ Harris was killed on the Vancouver set.

Brought on only last Wednesday to the already filming sequel, the first African-American female professional road racer was doing her first film as a stunt performer – in this case standing in for the Domino character.

The site says Harris was not wearing a helmet when the tragedy occurred. One had been designed for the previous stunt double and would’ve gone under the character’s wig, but because of the short notice, Harris did not have time to get such a helmet made for her.

Both The Vancouver Police Department and WorkSafeBC are investigating the incident.

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“Star Trek: Discovery” S2 Storyline Planned

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:49am

It seems early plans for the second season of CBS All Access’ upcoming “Star Trek: Discovery” series are already under consideration even before the first season goes to air next month.

As we know, a war with the Klingons will serve as the main plot arc of the first season – a war that series lead Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) plays a key role in initiating.

Executive producer Alex Kurtzman tells Digital Spy that the character is an expert on alien races and has an obsession of sorts with Klingons:

“She is fascinated and fixated on alien races; particularly the Klingons, for reasons that we’ll come to understand are very personal for her. Given the fact that we’re at war with the Klingons in the show, she’s going to have a lot to say and do about it.”

Kurtzman then says that a second season will tackle the aftermath of the skirmish with the Klingons:

“Each season needs to be about a different thing. I wouldn’t necessarily want to bring the Klingon War into season two. However, the results of the war are going to allow for a lot of new storytelling that will be the result of everything that happens and the people that are left behind; the casualties, the things that have grown in Starfleet as a result of the war. That’s what we’ll inherit in the second season.”

“Star Trek: Discovery” premieres on CBS and CBS All Access on Sunday, September 24th and will be available the following day on Netflix around much of the rest of the world.

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“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” Seems To Have Its Dazzler

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:45am

Actress Halston Sage (“The Bling Ring,” “Paper Towns”) has reportedly been cast in the role of the light-emitting pop star mutant Dazzler in Simon Kinberg’s directorial debut “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” at 20th Century Fox.

Omega Underground reports the casting, saying that Sage was recently seen with the movie’s cast backstage at a Hans Zimmer concert in Montreal.

They added that X-Men stuntman Mich Todorovic shared a selfie in an Instagram story recently in which a board of cast members is included behind him. Headshots on the board include both Sage and the film’s villain Jessica Chastain.

Dazzler sings at a concert in the Dark Phoenix storyline in the comics, and the role here is only expected to be a small one. “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” is currently in production ahead of a November 2018 release.

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VOTD: The Blockbuster Movie Trailer Blueprint

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:30am

The format for film trailers changes up every few years, and for much of this decade the trailers for blockbuster movies have followed a similar pattern.

Today, the Auralnauts have posted a video that takes you through the formula employed many times by studio trailers from its use of aspirational and darkly portentous moments to new covers of classic hits and strategic VFX shot placement.

More importantly, it now makes you want to see a real trailer done with a grungy cover of Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round”.

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“Zero,” “Beast,” “Changeling” Getting Adaptations

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:21am

It has been a busy day or two for announcements about book-to-film and TV adaptations.

First up, Amazon Studios and Scott Free have launched development of a film based on Peternelle van Arsdale’s dark science-fiction fantasy novel “The Beast Is an Animal” with the female directing team of Bert & Bertie (“Dance Camp”) to direct and adapt

The story follows a child who lives in a world fearful of soul eaters, twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly grew into something not quite human. As she grows from a child to a teenager, she realizes that she has a gift that she must keep secret.

Next, Uri Singer (“The Experimenter,” “Marjorie Prime”) is developing a movie based on Jess Walter’s 2006 sci-fi detective novel “The Zero” at Passage Pictures.

The story follows a cop who wakes up to find he’s shot himself in the head in a city and a country shuddering through the aftershocks of a devastating terrorist attack. He finds his memory skips and lurches between moments of lucidity and solipsism.

Finally, Annapurna Television has acquired Victor LaValle’s new novel “The Changeling” to develop as a television series.

The story follows a young husband and father living a great life until one day he finds himself tied up and beaten by his wife, then forced to listen to the sounds of his son’s murder. Sue Naegle and Ali Krug will oversee development.

Source: Variety

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Tom Holland To Go “Beneath A Scarlet Sky”

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:13am

Tom Holland will reunite with his “Spider-Man: Homecoming” producer Amy Pascal on “Beneath A Scarlet Sky,” the upcoming film adaptation of the Mark Sullivan novel.

The WW2-set story follows Pino Lella, a normal Italian teenager living an idyllic life in Italy until bombs begin falling on Milan. He then joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps.

When he turns 18, he is forced to enlist with the German Army, and is immediately assigned as a personal driver to Adolf Hitler’s left hand, General Hans Leyers. Recruited by the Allies as a spy known as ‘Observer,’ he endures the horrors of WWII and the Nazi occupation by secretly feeding crucial intel to the Allies.

Pascal and Rachel O’Connor will produce. Holland has several more turns in the Spider-Man role on the way, along with being the screen version of Nathan Drake in the upcoming “Uncharted” film adaptation.

Source: Deadline

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Full Trailer: Grillo & Uwais In “Beyond Skyline”

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:10am

The full trailer has been released for Liam O’Donnell’s “Beyond Skyline,” the upcoming sequel to the 2010 indie sci-fi thriller “Skyline”.

Set concurrently with the previous film’s events but in a different undisclosed location during the worldwide alien invasion, Frank Grillo plays tough-as-nails detective who embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son from a nightmarish alien warship.

Iko Uwais, Callan Mulvey and Bojana Novakovic co-star in the film which was shot almost three years ago in Indonesia and, unlike the first, this will have an R-rating.

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“Dear White People” Team Have “Bad Hair”

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:07am

“Dear White People” writer/director Justin Simien is next set to write and direct “Bad Hair” for Sight Unseen.

The horror satire follows an ambitious young woman who gets a weave in order to survive the image obsessed world of music television and the rise of New Jack Swing in the late 1980s.

She soon discovers her new hair may have a mind of its own. Simien says the film will be: “both a love letter to black women and a critique of the cultural forces our society puts them through.”

Simien is in pre-production on the ten-episode second season of the TV series version of “Dear White People” to air in 2018.

Source: Deadline

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Verse of the Day - Psalm 31:16

Bible Verse of the Day - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:00pm

Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

Psalm 31:16

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

Can your faith hold during trying times? I hope mine can! This is a Psalm written during trying times. However, no matter how difficult the situation, the Psalmist still knows who God is and what he can do when he decides to do it. Even in trial he doesn't lose sight of the blessing that comes from the LORD being present.

My Prayer...

Father, make your presence known in my life. I am confident you are there, I just need to experience your presence and receive your deliverance. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@verseoftheday.com.© 1998-2017, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the Heartlight Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.

Daniel Craig Confirms One More Bond Film

Dark Horizons - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:36pm

After months of uncertainty, and even comments earlier today from an earlier interview in which he said nothing was yet set, actor Daniel Craig has now confirmed that he will return as 007 in the next James Bond film.

Appearing on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Craig was asked about it and his reticence in interviews this week to confirm or deny. Then he said: “But I felt like, if I’m going to speak the truth I should speak the truth to you.”

Then Colbert asked him straight: “Will you return as James Bond” to which he replied: “Yes” and confirmed this will be his last: “I think this is it. I just want to go out on a high note. I can’t wait.”

That would give Craig five official Bond films in all, behind both Sean Connery and Roger Moore’s six and seven respectively, but ahead of Pierce Brosnan’s four, Timothy Dalton’s two and George Lazenby’s one.

Plenty of questions linger regarding the next film with the now obvious one being that of the director. At last report, Yann Demange is the frontrunner, but the speculation will continue for some time yet.

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Half-Life 2: ICE

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:20pm

Learn how to mod Half-Life 2 with this fan expansion pack's source code

Doom: Don't Play With Hell

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 7:17pm

A new singleplayer campaign WAD for Brutal Doom

Blanchett Turns Witch For “House With a Clock”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 5:15pm

Cate Blanchett is in negotiations to join Jack Black in an adaptation of John Bellairs’ 1973 gothic horror novel “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” for Amblin Entertainment.

Eli Roth is directing the tale which follows a recently orphaned boy who moves in with his uncle (Black) who turns out to be a very average witch.

Soon the boy finds himself in a world of magic and danger, especially when he discovers a clock inside the walls of his house that is designed to bring about doomsday.

Blanchett will play Mrs. Zimmerman, the uncle’s neighbor and best friend who is also a witch. Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt and Eric Kripke will produce.

Source: Heat Vision

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“American Honey” Star Joins “Hellboy” Reboot

Dark Horizons - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:59pm

“American Honey” breakout star Sasha Lane is in final negotiations to join the reboot of “Hellboy” at Lionsgate and Millennium Films.

David Harbour stars as the demonic hero and occult detective from the Mike Mignola comic books who faces a medieval sorceress (Milla Jovovich) who seeks to destroy humankind.

Lane would play Alice Monaghan, a woman Hellboy rescues from the fairies that kidnapped her. She retains some supernatural gifts because of her time with the fae.

Ian McShane is also attached to star in the Neil Marshall-directed reboot which Mike Richardson, Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin are producing. Filming aims to begin in September.

Source: Heat Vision

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Kirk Acevedo Joins “Arrow” As A Villain

Dark Horizons - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:58pm

“Kingdom,” “Fringe” and “12 Monkeys” alum Kirk Acevedo has scored the role of Ricardo Diaz, aka Richard Dragon, in the upcoming sixth season of The CW’s “Arrow”.

The DC Comics series will reportedly boast several recurring baddies, of which Richard Dragon is one. Michael Emerson is also playing one of them, but his role is secret for now.

The character is a hardened ex-con recently released from prison for crimes he didn’t commit and is bent on taking over Star City’s criminal underworld, he also has nearly unmatched martial arts skill.

“Arrow” moves to Thursday nights at 9pm US-ET which it premieres on October 12th.

Source: Deadline

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Julian McMahon Joins “Marvel’s Runaways”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:56pm

Julian McMahon (“Nip/Tuck,” “Fantastic Four”) has joined the cast of the upcoming “Marvel’s Runaways” series on Hulu.

McMahon will play Jonah, a character whose origins and ultimate intentions are unknown but will be pivotal in the Runaways’ rebellion against their parents.

The story follows six diverse teenagers with not particularly flashy powers who can barely stand each other but must unite against a common foe – their parents.

Executive producers and showrunners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage said in a statement: “We’re incredibly excited to add Julian to our exceptional cast and we can’t wait to see what he brings to the world of Marvel’s Runaways.”

The series premieres on Hulu on November 21st.

Source: Hulu

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Verse of the Day - Romans 8:15-16

Bible Verse of the Day - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:00pm

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.

Romans 8:15-16

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

Ab-ba. Listen to a baby and you will hear these basic early sounds. Incredibly, Jesus showed us, and the Spirit enables us, to speak to God with these syllables of familiarity, trust, vulnerability, dependency, and intimacy. The Spirit is our guarantee that we don't have to be afraid of God, but that we can approach him as our loving and tender Father who always listens to our hearts and seeks to bless our lives.

My Prayer...

Abba Father, you are glorious and majestic. Your deeds are awesome. Your power, O LORD, is unfathomable. Your grace, Almighty God, is wonderful. Thank you, Holy and Righteous Father, for allowing me to approach you as my always near and ever present Abba. Please make your nearness clear in my life today. In Jesus' name. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@verseoftheday.com.© 1998-2017, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the Heartlight Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.
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