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New Details On Del Toro’s “Last Jedi” Character

Dark Horizons - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 3:43am

The details just keep flowing from EW’s major cover story on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” with the newest article revealing details about Benicio del Toro’s mysterious character known as ‘DJ’.

All that we know before now are his initials, that he’s neither a hero or villain, and that he’ll be in scenes set in the casino city of Canto Bight.

Actor John Boyega says his character of Finn and Kelly Marie Tran’s mechanic character Rose Tico will, on a mission to the city, encounter DJ:

“We just need a codebreaker and he’s the best in the galaxy. Unfortunately, he’s very dodgy and only in it for financial gain. He doesn’t fight for any side. He has distinct opinions. The Resistance bombs the First Order one day, the First Order bombs the Resistance on another. It’s an ongoing war that will never end. For him, he’s trying to benefit off of that – which doesn’t make him the person you want to trust.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens on December 15th.

Source: EW

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Trailer: Armando Ianucci’s “The Death of Stalin”

Dark Horizons - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 2:55am

“The Thick of It” and “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci made his big screen directing debut with the endlessly quotable and darkly hilarious “In the Loop” in 2009.

Nearly a decade later, he returns with his second effort – this time bringing his swearing-laden savage black political comedy and putting it in a Russian period setting (albeit with the cast keeping their British & American accents) with “The Death of Stalin”.

The story is based on Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin’s French graphic novel which offers a comedic look at the Soviet dictator’s last days, and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death in 1953 following 30 years of iron-fisted rule over the Soviet Union.

Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Paddy Considine, Simon Russell Beale, Rupert Friend, Michael Palin, and Jeffrey Tambor star in the film which opens October 20th in the UK.

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The Fourth “Avengers” Begins Production

Dark Horizons - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 2:44am

After taking a brief breather following their work on “Avengers: Infinity War,” directors Joe and Anthony Russo have officially begun filming on the fourth film in the “Avengers” series.

The pair marked the occasion by posting a photo to their social media channels with a glove holding up four fingers. Whom the glove belongs to is a matter already being speculated about.

Marvel has not revealed the title of the fourth film because said title is supposed to be a spoiler in itself as to events in ‘Infinity War’. Both movies effectively serve as the culmination of storylines that began with 2008’s “Iron Man,” and where the Marvel cinematic universe goes in their wake is anyone’s guess.

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens May 4th 2018, the fourth film hits May 3rd 2019.

Beginning the end.

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TV News: Thrones, Sub, Crash, Romanoffs, Medici

Dark Horizons - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 2:40am

Game of Thrones
SNL comedian Leslie Jones and late night host Seth Meyers have teamed up for a segment in which they watch a recent episode of the HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones”.

Along the way, they’re joined by a special guest actor Conleth Hill – check out the full clip below, while the next episode of ‘Thrones’ hits this Sunday:

Untitled Nuclear Submarine Drama
CBS Television Studios and Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout production company are developing a submarine drama series. David Wilcox (“Bull,” “Fringe”) penned the script and is exec producing with Kurtzman and Heather Kadin.

The premise sees the crew of an American nuclear submarine rocked by a death on board that threatens to expose a major conspiracy and trigger a potential World War III. A young female graduate and her father, the submarine’s executive officer, are the main characters.

Crash and Burn
Alex Fitzalan, Alex Wolff, Sebastian Chacon, and Camila Perez are all set to star in the Hulu coming-of-age drama series “Crash & Burn” based on Michael Hassan’s best-selling novel. The story follows three troubled suburban boys through an averted school shooting in the mid-1990s. Aaron Zelman will write and serve as showrunner.

The Romanoffs
Aaron Eckhart has joined the cast of Matthew Weiner’s upcoming Amazon drama “The Romanoffs”. The series will consist of eight hour-long episodes, each of which will tell a standalone story with no recurring plot elements or actors.

Each episode will tell the stories of people in contemporary times who believe they are descendants of the imperial family that ruled Russia from 1613 until 1917.

Medici: Masters of Florence
Daniel Sharman (“Teen Wolf”) and Bradley James (“Merlin”) have joined the cast of Netflix’s “Medici: Masters of Florence” for the upcoming eight-episode second season of the Italian period drama.

Sharman will take the lead role, playing a young Lorenzo the Magnificent in 15th century Florence while James will star as his brother Giuliano. Sean Bean, Julian Sands, Sebastian De Souza, Raul Bova and Sarah Parish co-star in the new season which is set two decades after the first.

Source: Variety

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VOTD: Oscar Isaac In “Lightningface”

Dark Horizons - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 2:35am

Oscar Isaac has a large fanbase these days thanks to his work across a range of genres from the more populist “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” to smart genre material like “Ex Machina,” to critical darlings like “Inside Llewyn Davis”.

Now he’s trying something a little different with “Lightningface,” a new 20-minute short film penned and directed by Brian Petsos. Isaac plays Basil Stitt, a man who one day gets hit in the face with lightning which kickstarts Stitt’s transformation from ordinary man into a superhero… of sorts.

This is formulaic thrill ride, rather it’s a disturbing and sinister tale of a descent into madness before becoming a hero. Check out the clip below:

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CW DC Shows Get Kryptonian & Deathstroke Jr.

Dark Horizons - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 2:34am

The CW is casting up on its DC series with two key hires revealed this week by TV Line.

First up, “Supergirl” is seeking a fortysomething actress to play a mysterious and ‘sexually compelling’ Kryptonian. The character is being likened to the Red Priestess from “Game of Thrones”.

That announcement comes hot on the heels of the casting of “24” alum Carlos Bernard as Maggie’s father.

Meanwhile over on “Arrow,” a young Australian actor is being sought for the guest-starring role of an ‘introverted, moody and naturally athletic’ teenager who is the son of Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett).

Both shows return the week of October 9th.

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Gameplay: “Dishonored: Death of the Outsider”

Dark Horizons - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 2:31am

Bethesda Softworks has released a new gameplay trailer for “Dishonored: Death of the Outsider,” the upcoming next chapter in the franchise which serves as a standalone expansion pack to the second game.

The story follows Billie Lurk (Rosario Dawson) as she returns to Karnaca to reunite with her mentor, the legendary assassin Daud (Michael Madsen) who sends her on a key mission – to kill the Outsider (Robin Lord Taylor).

Along the way, you’ll investigate mysterious cults, infiltrate underground fight clubs, and search for a way to kill a god. “Dishonored: Death of the Outsider” comes to PS4, Xbox One & PC on September 15th.

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Verse of the Day - Romans 8:11

Bible Verse of the Day - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:00pm

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

Romans 8:11

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

Romans 8 reminds us again and again of the blessings of the Holy Spirit living in us, God's children. The Spirit in us is our guarantee that we will be raised from the dead! Because the Spirit that gave Jesus life and raised him from the dead is in us, we can have confidence in our resurrection. Mortality will not claim us. The Holy Spirit's life-giving power is stronger than death. We will live! Even though our bodies may die, the Spirit of God animates, inspires, and empowers us to victory.

My Prayer...

Holy Father, thank you so much for the gift of the Holy Spirit. To know that the power of the same Spirit who helped create the universe and who raised Jesus from the dead also lives in me takes my breath away with wonder and awe. You have chosen to live inside me, to bless me, mold me, develop me, and conform me to the goal of Jesus. Thank you. 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.

US Product Safety Commission Warns That Some Fidget Spinners Explode

/. - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 7:30pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Fidget spinners are supposed to be calming and fun, especially for students struggling to focus. But after some dangerous incidents involving the popular gizmos, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued new fidget spinner safety guidance for consumers and businesses. There have been a handful of choking incidents reported with the toys, as well as two instances of battery-operated spinners catching on fire and another incident in which a fidget spinner melted, the agency said. No deaths have been reported. The agency also issued safety guidance on battery-operated fidget spinners. Consumers should always be present when the product is charging, never charge it overnight and always use the cable it came with, the statement said. Users should unplug their spinner immediately once it's fully charged and make sure they have working smoke detectors in their home. "As the agency investigates some reported incidents associated with this popular product, fidget spinner users or potential buyers should take some precautions," Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chief of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said in a statement. "Keep them from small children; the plastic and metal spinners can break and release small pieces that can be a choking hazard; and older children should not put fidget spinners in their mouths." Fidget spinners should be kept away from children under the age of 3, the statement said.

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James Wan On “Aquaman” Filming Challenge

Dark Horizons - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 5:29pm

He’s handled his share of difficult shoots before, but filmmaker James Wan has revealed that unsurprisingly the upcoming “Aquaman” movie is proving a major challenge due to the underwater nature of the shoot.

Speaking with Heat Vision on a break during filming, Wan discussed the technical issues with such a shoot:

“It’s a very technically challenging shoot to be on. Working with water, and even the dry-for-wet sequences are very complex. … Our equivalent of two people sitting around chatting in the underwater world is super complicated. You have to think about CG with the hair, and how their clothing moves, how are they floating, what kind of rig we put them on and all that stuff.”

Part of the reason is Wan is trying not to cheat and so is doing as much of the film for real as he can – skipping out on the CG visual effects wherever possible:

“That just makes it very difficult and time-sucking and time-challenging to do all of this. So it’s not an easy shoot – but hopefully, it will pay off in spades down the line.”

Wan also spoke about the hiring of Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus. Wan explained it was his friend, director Mike Mendez, who suggested Lundgren for the role which requires a certain regalness. Of the action star, Wan says:

“He’s a really strong actor. I don’t think anyone gives him enough credit for how serious he actually takes his craft. He’s taking it very seriously on this film.”

“Aquaman” is currently targeting a December 21st 2018 release.

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Wisconsin Won't Break Even On Foxconn Plant Deal For Over Two Decades

/. - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 5:25pm
Last month, Foxconn announced plans to build a $10 billion factory in southeastern Wisconsin in exchange for $3 billion in tax breaks. While the factory was heralded as a big win for President Trump and Governor Scott Walker, a report issued last week says the plan is looking less and less like a good deal for the state. In the report, Wisconsin's Legislative Fiscal Bureau said that the state wouldn't break even on its investment until 2043 -- and that's in an absolute best-case scenario. The Verge reports: How many workers Foxconn actually hires, and where Foxconn hires them from, would have a significant impact on when the state's investment pays off, the report says. The current analysis assumes that "all of the construction-period and ongoing jobs associated with the project would be filled by Wisconsin residents." But the report says it's likely that some positions would go to Illinois residents, because the factory would be located so close to the border. That would lower tax revenue and delay when the state breaks even. And that's still assuming that Foxconn actually creates the 13,000 jobs it claimed it might create, at the average wage -- just shy of $54,000 -- it promised to create them at. In fact, the plant is only expected to start with 3,000 jobs; the 13,000 figure is the maximum potential positions it could eventually offer. If the factory offers closer to 3,000 positions, the report notes, "the breakeven point would be well past 2044-45."

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“American Crime Story: Katrina” Gets Overhauled

Dark Horizons - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 5:05pm

The originally planned second season of Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series, “American Crime Story: Katrina,” is now being overhauled and reimagined. As a result, the cast list is being shaken up.

Murphy has acquired Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s book “Five Days at Memorial” from producer Scott Rudin with both coming onboard as executive producers alongside Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.

The book explores the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at the New Orleans Memorial Medical Center as well as the decision by staff, including Dr. Anna Pou, to euthanize critically ill patients after being trapped in the hospital for days without power.

Pou, to be played by Paulson, and two nurses were put on trial for homicide. A search is underway to find a writer and showrunner to pen the script for the series.

The season was previously going to be based on Douglas Brinkley’s book “The Great Deluge,” but with the new source material comes a cast overhaul with Sarah Paulson now taking on the leading role.

No other castmembers are currently attached to the retooled show which previously had the likes of Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Dennis Quaid, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Courtney B. Vance attached. Filming is slated to begin early 2019.

‘Katrina’ was set to be the second season but was pushed back behind “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” due to the more complicated nature of the production.

Source: THR

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