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Spurlock, Brockovich, Soechtig Team For Doco

Dark Horizons - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 9:32am

Award-winning documentary filmmakers Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) and Stephanie Soechtig (“Fed Up”) are teaming with activist Erin Brockovich for the new documentary feature “The Devil We Know”.

The project looks at PFOA (aka C8), a synthetic chemical used to make everything from non-stick pans to food wrapping, dental floss and more.

Scientists have linked exposure to kidney cancer, testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, and pre-eclampsia and the substance is now found in the blood of 99.7% of Americans.

The project is currently in post-production with the trio having just launched an Indiegogo campaign to help finish the film. A first look clip can be seen below.

Source: Deadline

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Walmart to Vendors: Get Off Amazon's Cloud

/. - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 9:26am
Amazon vs. Walmart saga continues. It turns out, Walmart isn't thrilled about its partners using Amazon's cloud, and it's telling them to get off it (alternative source). From a report: Walmart is telling some technology companies that if they want its business, they can't run applications for the retailer on Amazon's leading cloud-computing service, Amazon Web Services, several tech companies say. [...] Walmart, loath to give any business to Amazon, said it keeps most of its data on its own servers and uses services from emerging AWS competitors, such as Microsoft's Azure.

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More “Uncharted” Games In The Works?

Dark Horizons - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 9:14am

Though “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” served as the end of Nathan Drake’s adventuring, Naughty Dog isn’t done with the famed PlayStation video game franchise just yet.

This Summer sees the release of “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy,” what was a DLC pack for the fourth game that has evolved into something much more – a smaller scale spin-off title which is being dubbed a full game but won’t cost as much (and will be free for certain “Uncharted 4” edition buyers).

The story focuses on two fan-favorite characters from previous games in the series – Nadine Ross and Chloe Frazer who partner together for an adventure in India.

Speaking with Eurogamer, the game’s creative director Shaun Escayg is quick to stress this is far from the end of the franchise. He says the Naughty Dog is team is very invested in keeping the world alive, to tell more stories from what they have setup, and maybe one day offering an open world “Uncharted” game:

“This thieving world is huge. There’s so many characters. Even before we settled on this particular story we were exploring Sullivan, we were exploring Cutter, and pairing each other up, thinking what would be right, what would have conflict, growth, something new, something fresh. And Chloe was the one that kept jumping out. But to say the Uncharted world is done… I doubt that highly.

The future is uncertain there – we’re always testing it. There’s a segment in Lost Legacy similar to [Uncharted 4’s] Madagascar where you can choose to explore and see different areas at different times, experience it differently. When we find a way to do things in an open world I think we’ll definitely venture there at some point.”

“Uncharted: The Lost Legacy” launches on August 22nd.

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TV News: Lightning, Genius, Doubt, Titans, Younger

Dark Horizons - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 9:13am

Black Lightning
Tony Isabella, creator of The CW’s upcoming “Black Lightning” TV series, has confirmed that the DC Comics inspired project hasn’t shot a pilot episode as yet and won’t for a while considering it has a mid-season launch.

This means that the trailer shown for the series at the upfronts last month wasn’t cut together from a pilot episode, rather it was cut together from an 8-12 minute presentation that was made as a ‘proof of concept’ for the network – a similar thing happened with “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”. [Source: iDigital Times]

Legendary Spanish artist Pablo Picasso has been announced as the subject of the second season of National Geographic Channel’s biographical anthology series “Genius”.

Geoffrey Rush starred in the first season which explored the life of Albert Einstein across ten episodes. The series was the channel’s most-watched original series launch to date with some 45 million viewers seeing at least some of it worldwide. [Source: Variety]

CBS has announced that it will burn off the remaining episodes of its legal drama series “Doubt” starting July 1st at 8pm on Saturdays. Co-creator Tony Phelan announced the news on Twitter.

The series had the dubious honor of being the show to score quickest cancellation of the 2016-2017 season. Katherine Heigl plays a successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm becomes romantically involved with a client (Stephen Pasquale). Laverne Cox, Dule Hill, Dreama Walker, Elliott Gould and Kobi Libii co-starred on the series. [Source: Twitter]

Warner Bros. and DC’s new “Titans” TV series is scheduled to begin shooting this September in Atlanta and new character descriptions have confirmed that Nightwing, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy will be the main characters.

Nightwing will reportedly be heavily influenced by the mid-1990s comic run in which the former Robin joined the Bludhaven Police Department. Raven and Starfire will be based on their early comic incarnations, Beast Boy will be portrayed as a rogue-ish thief. [Source: That Hashtag Show]

Hulu and Viacom have come to an exclusive deal for on-demand streaming rights to the first three seasons of TV Land’s “Younger” ahead of its fourth season premiere next week.

The older episodes of the Darren Star-created comedy are live on the service now. The story follows a forty year old single mother who pretends to be twenty-six in order to land a job in the highly competitive world of publishing. [Source: Deadline]

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Encouraging Others, Part 3

Before Paul put the final period on his first letter to the Thessalonians, he issued a double-edged command: “encourage . . . and build up one another” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). In a world more sinful than saintly, such a command is necessary because the spirit of discouragement, which seems to be the default setting, is dangerous. A single word of criticism can do untold damage to a person’s spirit—and potentially impact his or her entire life. The opposite is equally true: one can live a long time on a single word of encouragement. Those who encountered a first-century man nicknamed Barnabas can testify to that truth.

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