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Wait, “Venom” Will Tie To “Spider-Man”?

Dark Horizons - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 12:02pm

At last report, the collaboration between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios to share “Spider-Man” only extended to two new “Spider-Man” solo films at Sony plus several MCU efforts including “Captain America: Civil War” and the two next “Avengers” films.

This past month things grew a bit confusing. Firstly, actor Tom Holland suggested that the planned two Sony “Spider-Man” films was actually three. Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige also shot down talk of the two spin-offs in the works – “Venom” and “Black & Silver” – confirming the other week neither film will be a part of the MCU.

Now though, former Sony chief and the film’s producer Amy Pascal has shot that down slightly. In a new interview, Pascal opened up a bit about the spin-off films:

“Spider-Man characters aren’t connected to the MCU [but it] doesn’t mean Tom Holland can’t pop up in them as the friendly neighborhood wallcrawler. Both movies will all take place in the world that we’re now creating for Peter Parker. I mean, they’ll be adjuncts to it, there may be different locations, but it will still all be in the same world and they will be connected to each other.”

So will we see Tom Holland in the films? “There’s a chance… there’s always a chance.” The “Venom” film is rumored to begin filming this September in Atlanta and New York.

[BREAKING NEWS] Amy Pascal confirm Black Cat and Vanom movie will pass in the same universe of "Spider-Man: Homecoming pic.twitter.com/qfAKOulqwE

— Tom Holland Updates (@tomhupdates) June 18, 2017

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is currently tracking between $90-108 million for an opening domestic weekend. A six-minute track from the film’s score has also been released on VEVO.

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Auto Makers Threatened By Both Tech Company Autos And Ridesharing

/. - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 11:34am
An anonymous reader quotes Car and Driver: For automakers, the first bit of bad news is that people seem quite receptive to buying a vehicle from a tech brand such as Apple or Google, according to Capgemini's 17th Cars Online report, which surveyed some 8000 consumers in eight countries... Consumer interest in buying cars from tech brands has grown from 49 percent in its 2015 study to 57 percent in the latest report... There is also the growing popularity of ride-sharing services offered by the likes of Uber and Lyft. Fewer people will feel the need to have their own car if it's easy and inexpensive to order up a cab on their smartphones. Capgemini's survey found that 34 percent of car buyers see ride sharing and related services as a genuine alternative to owning a vehicle.

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Louisville's Fiber Internet Expansion Opposed By Koch Brothers Group

/. - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 10:34am
Slashdot reader simkel shared an article from the Courier-Journal: A group affiliated with the Koch brothers' powerful political network is leading an online campaign against Mayor Greg Fischer's $5.4 million proposal to expand Louisville's ultra-fast internet access... Critics argue that building roughly 96 miles of fiber optic cabling is an unnecessary taxpayer giveaway to internet service providers, such as Google Fiber, which recently announced plans to begin building its high-speed network in the city. "Fundamentally, we don't believe that taxpayers should be funding broadband or internet systems," said David Williams, president of the taxpayers alliance, which is part of industrialists Charles and David Koch's political donor network... The group says $5.4 million is a misuse of taxpayer funds when the city has other needs, such as infrastructure and public safety. To shore up public support, the mayor has begun arguing that high-speed connectivity would make it cheaper to install crime-monitoring cameras in violent neighborhoods.

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Seven Kingdoms v1.04 "Iron Throne" - Public Release

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 10:32am

"Iron Throne" adds Wights, the Crownlands (Kingsguard, Goldcloaks, Faith Militant), House Manderly, House Royce, House Mallister, House Dayne, and over a dozen new characters to Seven Kingdoms: Total War.

Dev Update #12 Nearing the End

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 10:00am

Finalizing the AI, Lighting, and Levels, with news of the upcoming VR missions.

Garry Kasparov: The World Should Embrace Artificial Intelligence

/. - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 9:34am
"Chess champion Garry Kasparov was beaten at his game by a chess-playing AI," writes dryriver. "But he does not think that AI is a bad thing." From Kasparov's interview with the BBC: "We have to start recognizing the inevitability of machines taking over more and more tasks that we used to do in the past. It's called progress. Machines replaced farm animals and all forms of manual labor, and now machines are about to take over more menial parts of cognition. Big deal. It's happening. And we should not be alarmed about it. We should just take it as a fact and look into the future, trying to understand how can we adjust." Kasparov has given the issue a lot of thought -- last month he released a new book called Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins. But he also says that the IBM machine that beat him "was anything but intelligent. It was as intelligent as your alarm clock. A very expensive one, a $10 million alarm clock, but still an alarm clock. Very poweful -- brute force, with little chess knowledge. But chess proved to be vulnerable to the brute force. it could be crunched once hardware got fast enough and databases got big enough and algorithms got smart enough."

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China Censors Cut “Alien: Covenant” Fass-Kiss

Dark Horizons - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 9:06am

Chinese censors have laid into Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant,” removing six minutes of footage which includes several scenes with the xenomorphs and the film’s unexpected male-male kiss.

During the film, identical cyborgs David and Walter (both played by Michael Fassbender) shared both a homoerotic flute training scene, followed by a scene in which David tells Walter that no one will love him like he does, the pair share a kiss.

Censors have pulled the latter scene and much of the alien horror moments, falling in line with Chinese government censorship laws which work under the guise of protecting children from sexual or violent imagery.

Chinese TV shows are also forbidden from showing gay relationships, but films don’t have the same restriction even though censors err on the side of caution. Even so, the relationship here is less a romatic one than something almost familial.

Altogether, about six minutes of footage was cut from the Chinese release, most of it being scenes of blood and gore. Due to the cuts, it means the actual aliens are reportedly only on screen for a total of one to two minutes.

This follows in the wake of Chinese censors cutting fourteen minutes out of “Logan” and eight from “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” earlier this year.

Source: Heat Vision

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“Knight” Is Bay & Wahlberg’s Final “Transformers”

Dark Horizons - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 8:51am

He said it after the third and fourth, and now on the eve of the fifth film’s launch – Michael Bay is once again vowing he’s done directing “Transformers” movies.

Speaking with Fandango during press for “Transformers: The Last Knight,” he says this is certainly his final go-around:

“These movies that I’ve done, they are massive movies. They take a lot out of you. I’ve done it enough, and I’ve had a great time doing it. I’m going out with a bang on this one, and I feel like you gotta go out while you’re ahead, you know. I think I’ve had a good run, and I’ve got a lot of other movies I want to do.”

Bay says in the wake of shooting “Pain and Gain” and “13 Hours” in between recent “Transformers” sequels, he’s keen on doing another ‘more adult’ drama again:

“I just read a very bloody hit man movie that was a page turner. That seems like a fun one to do. I love doing 13 Hours, I love doing Pain & Gain – I think it’ll be something more serious and more adult, I guess.”

Bay isn’t the only one jumping ship after this. Mark Wahlberg, appearing on “The Graham Norton Show” this week, said: “It’s the last one so I get my life back.” During the interview he also revealed that he spent five months getting into peak physical shape, only to be stuck with a bad haircut: “The long hair is the worst thing ever. I look like my mum in the ’70s – it’s just really bad.”

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner revealed the other week to THR that the sixth film in the series, which is targeting a Summer 2019 release, doesn’t have a director locked in yet. There’s also been hints of both Cybertron and Ancient Rome being ideas that might come into play in future installments or spin-offs.

“Transformers: The Last Knight” opens in cinemas on June 21st. Check out a new IMAX featurette about the film below:

Source: Digital Spy

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Photo: The Ladies Of “Mission: Impossible 6”

Dark Horizons - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 8:33am

Filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie is deep in the midst of production on the sixth “Mission: Impossible” film and has posted some new behind-the-scenes shots on his Instagram account.

The most notable is one featuring the four key women of the film – Vanessa Kirby as the new female lead, Angela Bassett as the director of the CIA, Rebecca Ferguson returning as Agent Ilsa Faust, and Michelle Monaghan returning as Julia Meade.

The four join Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris and Alec Baldwin in the film which marks the first time a director has helmed more than one entry in the series.

“Mission: Impossible 6” opens July next year.

A post shared by Christopher McQuarrie (@christophermcquarrie) on Jun 17, 2017 at 12:05pm PDT

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Gaming Group Seeks Volunteers To Create Accessibility Guidelines For Tabletop Games

/. - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 8:30am
Meeple Like Us is a group of gaming academics, developers, hobbyists and enthusiasts with a keen interest in board games, tabletop games, video games, and all things in-between, co-founded by long-time Slashdot reader drakkos. Today he reminds us that accessibility "has become an increasingly visible part of video game development." It's even become something of a selling point for many games, with Naughty Dog's focus on the accessibility of Uncharted 4 gaining it pages and pages of enthusiastic support across the industry. Tabletop games, despite being much older an entertainment format, lag behind video games in many respects. Meeple Like Us has for the last year been working hard to identify the accessibility issues in tabletop gaming, and is currently recruiting for volunteers for a working group aimed at developing v1.0 of the Tabletop Accessibility Guidellines.

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New 'Lupin III' Commentary Track Celebrates The Glories Of Ignoring Copyrights

/. - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 7:30am
In 2004, film critic Roger Ebert "realized that auteurs weren't the only ones who had things to say about movies, and suggested that experts in other fields or even just fans of the movies could create MP3 commentary tracks to discuss their favorite films, which could then be downloaded and played alongside them." This inspired Slashdot reader #14,247 to produce his own commentary on Hayao Miyazaki's first movie, Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro -- and 13 years later, to release a new commentary track celebrating the film's 35th anniversary. Robotech_Master writes: Among other things, it offers proof that excessive copyright really harms creativity by restricting the uses people are able to make of prior art -- by showing what can happen when people get away with ignoring copyright and creating anyway. Not only were Lupin III and Cagliostro effectively inspired as "fanfic" of characters and works that had come before, many of those characters and works were effectively fanfic themselves -- and Cagliostro in turn inspired parts of a number of other works that came afterward, including a couple by Disney. Anyone else have a favorite example of a movie that bends the rules of copyright law?

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Tableau Software Drops Its 'Twitter Crowd Favorite' Data Viz Contests

/. - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 6:28am
theodp writes: As part of its 'Iron Viz' data visualization contests that lead up to its annual conferences, Tableau Software ($4.8B market cap) has awarded $500 gift cards to 'Twitter Crowd Favorites', contestants whose data viz draw the most 'votes' (tagged Tweets) on Twitter. But no more. As it expanded Iron Viz eligibility to China, Tableau said it 'just didn't seem fair' to allow popular voting in its worldwide contests since the Chinese government blocks citizens' Twitter use. "As Chinese authors join the contest," the Tableau Public blog explained, "we have to say goodbye to the Twitter Crowd Favorite. Twitter is blocked in mainland China and it wouldn't be fair for our Chinese contestants." And the latest Iron Viz Contest FAQs confirm the change: "Q. I heard there won't be a Crowd Favorite prize, is that true? A. Absolutely true. China is among the new countries who can take part in the Iron Viz, and Twitter doesn't work in mainland China. The usual Twitter Popular Vote just didn't seem fair." This XKCD comic still has my all-time favorite data visualizations.

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Showing damage on ships

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 5:33am

A few weeks ago I was researching how to show damage on ships. I found a gif of the game "Everspace" that I liked a lot. So I tried to make my own shader to display the damage in a similar way.

Linux Kernel 4.14 Will Be An LTS Release

/. - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 5:24am
prisoninmate writes: Development of the Linux 4.14 kernel series did not even start, as the version that's being developed these days is Linux 4.12, which should be promoted to stable early next month, but Softpedia reports that renowned Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced earlier this morning that the upcoming Linux 4.14 kernel series will be an LTS (Long Term Support) branch. The developer promises to support the Linux 4.14 kernel series for at least two years after its release in November 2017, probably until November 2019.

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New scripting system

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 5:03am

For easier making levels and possible to make a level editor in future.

Youtube playthrough by Zardar Total Warrior

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 4:45am

Zardar Total Warrior is playing as the Kingdom Of France Campaign on Very Hard difficulty aiming for total map conquest.

Neon Knight: Future Plans

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 3:44am

During the previous months, development of Neon Knight has made steady progress.
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