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Return of Shadow - November Update

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 5:12pm

Update on more new stuff to come for Return of Shadow 1.0.

No “E.T.,” “Back to the Future” Reboots Ever Planned

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 5:11pm

With so many films getting remade these days, even ones that were once thought untouchable, it’s nice to know there are some sacred cows that won’t be revisited any time soon.

In June filmmaker Robert Zemeckis confirmed that even if Universal Pictures wanted to, a remake of “Back to the Future” was impossible without the approval of himself and writer Bob Gale – something neither intends to ever give.

This week the franchise’s producer Frank Marshall, out doing home video promotion for “Jason Bourne,” tells Yahoo Movies that he’s also ensuring that no ‘Future’ reboot happens – and mentioned another 1980s classic he won’t see redone:

“Yeah [we won’t reboot Back to The Future], as long as I have my say. No, that one exists just like E.T. – we’re never touching those. I love watching it.”

“Back to the Future” celebrated its 30th Anniversary last year with a massive cast reunion Q&A drawing in over 2,000 fans.

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Holland Goes Mo-Cap In “Spider-Man” Featurette

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 5:02pm

Filmmaker Jon Watts is in the midst of post-production on Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and occasionally will send out social media posts about the film.

Recently he shared a new behind-the-scenes video from the movie, one with the film’s star Tom Holland doing performance capture work which he recently did for the project.

“And this felt weird when I was in the costume” he jokes as Holland in standard outer wear performs facial expressions and movement under bright lights for the computer.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is currently targeting a July 7th 2017 release.

Facial capture w/Mr @tomholland2013

A video posted by Jon Watts (@jnwtts) on Nov 29, 2016 at 1:20pm PST

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Bradley Cooper Plays Paratrooper In “Atlantic Wall”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 4:54pm

Bradley Cooper will star and Gavin O’Connor will direct the World War II drama “Atlantic Wall” for Imperative Entertainment and Madhouse Entertainment.

Cooper plays a paratrooper who has become stranded behind enemy lines just hours before the D-Day invasion.

He must not only deliver intelligence critical to Allies, but also sets out to protect the young son of a murdered friend.

Zach Dean penned the Black List script, while Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas and Adam Kolbrenner will produce.

Source: Deadline

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Jessica Rothe Is The New “Valley Girl”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 4:50pm

MGM has set “La La Land” actress Jessica Rothe to play the lead role in its musical remake of the classic 1983 comedy “Valley Girl”.

Martha Coolidge helmed the original which starred Deborah Foreman as a ‘valley girl’ who fell in love with a punk rocker (Nicolas Cage). The film went on to make $17 million at the box-office, that’s over fifty times its tiny budget.

Rachel Lee Goldenberg directs the new take from a script by Amy Talkington, while Matt Smith will produce.

Source: Variety

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“Z Nation” Scores A Fourth Season

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 4:49pm

Syfy has renewed its zombie apocalypse drama “Z Nation” for a fourth season of thirteen more episodes.

Actors Anastasia Baranova, Russell Hodgkinson, Nat Zang and Emilio Rivera are all expected back while Karl Schaefer will continue to serve as showrunner.

The drama has been a solid ratings performer for the cable network on Fridays, averaging 1.2 million viewers with around 45% of them in the key adults 18-49 demo in Live+3 results.

The series often ranks among cable’s top ten most-watched scripted series. Its current third season finale airs December 16th.

Source: Syfy

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Holding Shift + F10 During Windows 10 Updates Opens Root CLI, Bypasses BitLocker

/. - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 4:45pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Windows security expert and infrastructure trainer Sami Laiho says that by holding SHIFT + F10 while a Windows 10 computer is installing a new OS build, an attacker can open a command-line interface with SYSTEM privileges. This CLI debugging interface also grants the attacker full access to the computer's hard drive data, despite the presence of BitLocker. The CLI debugging interface is present when updating to new Windows 10 and Windows 10 Insiders builds. The most obvious exploitation scenario is when a user leaves his computer unattended during the update procedure. A malicious insider can open the CLI debugger and perform malicious operations under a root user, despite BitLocker's presence. But there are other scenarios where Laiho's SHIFT + F10 trick can come in handy. For example when police have seized computers from users who deployed BitLocker or when someone steals your laptop. Windows 10 defaults help police/thieves in this case because these defaults forcibly update computers, even if the user hasn't logged on for weeks or months. This CLI debugging interface grants the attacker full access to the computer's hard drive, despite the presence of BitLocker. The reason is that during the Windows 10 update procedure, the OS disables BitLocker while the Windows PE (Preinstallation Environment) installs a new image of the main Windows 10 operating system. "This [update procedure] has a feature for troubleshooting that allows you to press SHIFT + F10 to get a Command Prompt," Laiho writes on his blog. "The real issue here is the Elevation of Privilege that takes a non-admin to SYSTEM (the root of Windows) even on a BitLocker (Microsoft's hard disk encryption) protected machine." Laiho informed Microsoft of the issue and the company is apparently working on a fix.

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Facebook Is Bringing Games Like Pac-Man, Space Invaders To Messenger and Your News Feed

/. - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 4:05pm
Facebook is launching Instant Games, "a new HTML5 cross-platform gaming experience" that is available on Messenger and Facebook News Feed for both mobile and web users. Since they're built on the HTML5 mobile web standard, the games load in seconds and don't need to be downloaded. Instant Games is available in 30 countries and launches with 17 games "from classic developers like Bandai Namco, Konami, and Taito as well as newer studios like Zynga and King," writes Josh Constine via TechCrunch: The biggest draw of Instant Games is how quick you can start playing. You tap the game controller icon in one of your message threads, choose a game from the list, it loads in seconds, you play a short round, and your high score gets automatically posted to the private or group chat thread. You can even share a stylized high score screenshot that you can Doodle on top of like Snapchat to trash talk your opponents. And if you share a game to the News Feed, friends can jump right into the action from Facebook's app or website. For now, the platform is in closed beta, but developers can apply to build Instant Games here.

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It Will Soon Be Illegal To Punish Customers Who Criticize Businesses Online

/. - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 3:20pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Congress has passed a law protecting the right of U.S. consumers to post negative online reviews without fear of retaliation from companies. The bipartisan Consumer Review Fairness Act was passed by unanimous consent in the U.S. Senate yesterday, a Senate Commerce Committee announcement said. The bill, introduced in 2014, was already approved by the House of Representatives and now awaits President Obama's signature. The Consumer Review Fairness Act -- full text available here -- voids any provision in a form contract that prohibits or restricts customers from posting reviews about the goods, services, or conduct of the company providing the product or service. It also voids provisions that impose penalties or fees on customers for posting online reviews as well as those that require customers to give up the intellectual property rights related to such reviews. The legislation empowers the Federal Trade Commission to enforce the new law and impose penalties when necessary. The bill also protects reviews that aren't available via the Internet.

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Google Successfully Uses Machine Learning To Detect Diabetic Retinopathy

/. - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 2:40pm
BrianFagioli writes from a report via BetaNews: Diabetic eye disease is caused by retinopathy. Affected diabetics can have small tears inside the eye, causing bleeding. Over time, they can lose vision, and ultimately, they can go blind. Luckily, Google has been trying to use machine learning to detect diabetic retinopathy. Guess what? The search giant has seen much success. Not only are the computers able to detect the disease at the same level as ophthalmologists, but Google is actually slightly better! "A few years ago, a Google research team began studying whether machine learning could be used to screen for diabetic retinopathy (DR). Today, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, we've published our results: a deep learning algorithm capable of interpreting signs of DR in retinal photographs, potentially helping doctors screen more patients, especially in underserved communities with limited resources," says Lily Peng, MD Ph.D., Product Manger at Google. She goes on to say "our algorithm performs on par with the ophthalmologists, achieving both high sensitivity and specificity. [...] For example, on the validation set described in Figure 2, the algorithm has a F-score of 0.95, which is slightly better than the median. F-score of the 8 ophthalmologists we consulted (measured at 0.91)."

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Europe Is Getting a Network of 'Ultra-Fast, High-Powered' EV Chargers

/. - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 2:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford, and Volkswagen have entered into a partnership to create a network of high-speed charging stations for electric vehicles across Europe. The new chargers will be capable of doling out up to 350 kW of power -- which would make them almost three times as powerful as Tesla's Supercharging stations. The result will be "the highest-powered charging network in Europe," according to a statement released by the manufacturers. The automakers say that construction will begin in 2017 with "about 400 sites" being targeted, and that the network will have "thousands of high-powered charging points" available by 2020. Those four major conglomerates will be "equal partners" in the joint venture, but according to the statement they are encouraging other manufacturers to "participate in the network." One of the reasons for bothering to call on other automakers to hook into this system is because there's a standards war happening with fast charging networks. The charging network announced today will use the Combined Charging System (CCS) technology, which is what that most major automakers already use for their EVs. But Nissan, Toyota, and Honda are notable holdouts from CCS, because many of their EVs and plug-in hybrids use a competing standard known as CHAdeMO.

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Don’t Expect “Rogue Two: A Star Wars Story”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 1:23pm

With pre-sales through the roof, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is already a guaranteed financial success for Disney. Its success with critics and audiences though will be determined in the next few weeks.

No matter how beloved it becomes though, don’t expect a sequel with the same characters. In the latest issue of Empire, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirms they will not make a Rogue One follow-up which she jokingly dubs ‘Rogue Two’.

Visual effects legend John Knoll says the film was always intended to be a self-contained one-off, and director Gareth Edwards adds that the only sequel to ‘Rogue One’ that will ever exist is George Lucas’ original “Star Wars”. Kennedy has made it clear in the past these spin-off fils aren’t designed to build new franchises and will be self-contained standalone tales rather than potential sub-franchise launchers.

Meanwhile for those who can’t wait for ‘Rogue One’, Disney and Lucasfilm are planning one last big tease with a live event on Twitter on December 2nd which begins at 10am US-PST. The event will show ‘never before seen’ content from the film and will only be viewable on Twitter. The event will also feature a Q&A with the key cast, questions can be submitted with the hashtag #AskRogueOne.

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Microsoft Brings Collaborative Editing To PowerPoint On Desktop

/. - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 1:20pm
Microsoft today said that it has enhanced certain versions of its PowerPoint presentation-building program with real-time collaborative editing. VentureBeat adds: This feature came to Word on desktop last year. And before that it was available through Office Online. Microsoft said last year that real-time coauthoring would come to all of its desktop apps, and now Microsoft is executing on that commitment. Just like in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, this feature lets you "see what others are typing as it happens on a given slide," Microsoft Office corporate vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer wrote in a blog post. The feature is live now in PowerPoint on Windows for people who subscribe to Office 365 and belong to the Office Insider program. In addition, it's now available to everyone in PowerPoint Mobile on Windows tablets, Koenigsbauer wrote.

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New AMD Crimson Drivers

Blue's News - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 1:16pm
AMD Support features new version 16.11.5 Crimson Edition reference drivers for AMD graphics cards. These add or improve support for Watch Dogs 2, Dishonored 2, The Division, and Battlefield 1. Here...

Pro Basketball Manager 2017 Announced

Blue's News - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 1:16pm
Cyanide Studio and Umix announce Pro Basketball Manager 2017, a new installment in the sports management series. They say this will tip off in January, and that the new game will benefit from the...

LEGO Worlds in February

Blue's News - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 1:16pm
WBIE, TT Games, and The LEGO Group announce a February 21, 2017 release date for LEGO Worlds, the upcoming game that will fulfill your desire to be a master builder without having to buy a billion...

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Additions

Blue's News - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 1:16pm
The Counter-Strike website has details on a new update that's now live in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This includes tweaks and changes, while also adding a new Glove Case, Steam Group Lobbies,...

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

Blue's News - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 1:16pm
Rayman By Rémi - The Collector Soundtrack Album by Rémi Gazel ? Kickstarter. Receives support from designer Michel Ancel, as seen in this video. Narborion Saga -- Steam Greenlight. "Enter the world...

Morning Consolidation

Blue's News - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 1:16pm
Final Fantasy XV Is Now Available for Xbox One. Target audience too busy playing to read this. Final Fantasy 15 "Mystery Disc" Contains Surprising Showdown. This Week?s Xbox Deals With Gold And...
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