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FCC Announces Plan To Reverse Title II Net Neutrality

/. - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:20pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Federal Communications Commission is cracking open the net neutrality debate again with a proposal to undo the 2015 rules that implemented net neutrality with Title II classification. FCC chairman Ajit Pai called the rules "heavy handed" and said their implementation was "all about politics." He argued that they hurt investment and said that small internet providers don't have "the means or the margins" to withstand the regulatory onslaught. "Earlier today I shared with my fellow commissioners a proposal to reverse the mistake of Title II and return to the light touch framework that served us so well during the Clinton administration, Bush administration, and first six years of the Obama administration," Pai said today. His proposal will do three things: first, it'll reclassify internet providers as Title I information services; second, it'll prevent the FCC from adapting any net neutrality rules to practices that internet providers haven't thought up yet; and third, it'll open questions about what to do with several key net neutrality rules -- like no blocking or throttling of apps and websites -- that were implemented in 2015. Pai will publish the full text of his proposal tomorrow, and it will be voted on by the FCC on May 18th.

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“Blade Runner 2049” Trailer With “Alien Covenant”

Dark Horizons - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:24pm

Ridley Scott has confirmed that the new full trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049,” which Scott produced, will screen in front of the release of “Alien: Covenant” which opens in U.S. cinemas on May 19th.

However, the film will be opening aa week earlier in overseas markets so you can expect the trailer to go online long before ‘Covenant’ opens wide.

The film’s Twitter account has also premiered a new image featuring Ryan Gosling’s replicant hunter, K, and a mysterious character played by Ana de Armas. “Blade Runner 2049” opens October 6th.

Source: Trailer Track

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Miller Hopeful For More “Mad Max” Sequels

Dark Horizons - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:23pm

Two years on from the release of George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” the Australian filmmaker has spoken about where the franchise stands now and reaffirms that he and co-writer Nico Lathouris have written two full sequels, one of which will be titled “Mad Max: The Wastelands”.

Speaking with The Independent, Miller says they’re now waiting to move forward on these scripts – which were penned before the release of ‘Fury Road’::

“We dug down deep into the subtext, the backstory of all the characters, and indeed the world, and without really thinking about it, we wrote two other screenplays just as part of the bible of the stories.

Somewhere, if the planets align, there will be two other films. A movie like Fury Road is told in a very wild, helter-skelter way, so the underlying logic of everything in the film had to be pretty rigorous otherwise the film would’ve been chaotic. So one of the advantages of the many delays was that we were able to spend time getting into these backstories.”

Miller also says Fury Road’s iconic flame-throwing guitarist – the Doof Warrior – will be featured again in the sequels:

“I know who his mother was. I know how it was that a man who is mute and blind survived the apocalypse. I know his story very well! If we get to make another movie, the Doof Warrior will be there! I’m hard-wired for the imaginative life. It’s part of who I am. These characters and these worlds tend to swirl around in the back of your brain like imaginary friends. It’s easy to go back to them.”

Miller says once again he’ll do a “quick and small” project to “reboot the brain” before he returns for the “Mad Max” sequels.

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First Photo: Helen Mirren In “Winchester”

Dark Horizons - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:21pm

CBS Films has premiered a first look at Dame Helen Mirren in the currently in production supernatural thriller “Winchester”.

“Predestination” and “Daybreakers” helmers Michael and Peter Spierig direct the film about firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Mirren), who was convinced that she was haunted by the souls killed at the hands of the Winchester repeating rifle.

After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself into the 24/7 construction of an enormous mansion designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. A skeptical San Francisco psychiatrist soon learns her obsession may not be insane.

Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook and Angus Sampson also star in the film which opens next year.

Here’s your first look at #WinchesterMovie! See Helen Mirren play the real-life owner of the famous haunted house https://t.co/VdodYRYBMN pic.twitter.com/rVX6ChGhUg

— People Magazine (@people) April 26, 2017

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Stallone Rumored For “Starlight” Film Adaptation

Dark Horizons - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:20pm

Sylvester Stallone is reportedly the top pick to play the lead character of retired space hero Duke McQueen in the upcoming film adaptation of “Kingsman” and “Kick-Ass” author Mark Millar’s comic “Starlight” at 20th Century Fox.

Splash Report broke the rumor about the film which Gary Whitta is penning the adaptation of based on the six-issue series by Millar. The story follows a retired space hero who saved the universe forty years earlier. Now in his twilight years, he’s called back into action to save it once again.

It’s unclear if the studio has had any conversations with Stallone about the project at this stage. Stallone can be seen in a brief appearance as Marvel Comics character Starhawk in next week’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” release.

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Ewan McGregor Joins “Christopher Robin”

Dark Horizons - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:18pm

Ewan McGregor is in talks to star in the live-action “Christopher Robin” for Disney Pictures.

“Hidden Figures” screenwriter Allison Schroeder has also come onboard to work on the film’s script for the live-action film. Alex Ross Perry and Tom McCarthy worked on previous drafts

The story centers on the child from A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories – but now he’s all grown up. McGregor will play the adult Christopher Robin, who has lost his sense of imagination and is a businessman focused on work and success.

Brigham Taylor is producing with the film to open next year.

Source: Heat Vision

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Hilary Swank Scores Danny Boyle’s “Trust”

Dark Horizons - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:18pm

Oscar winner Hilary Swank has joined the cast of the Danny Boyle-directed and produced “Trust” series which deals with the 1970s kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, grandson to oil empire magnate J. Paul Getty (Donald Sutherland).

Swank will be playing Gail Getty, mother to the kidnapped child and the person responsible for paying his multi-million dollar ransom, despite the fact she’s broke. The rest of the family thought the $17 million ransom note was a joke. Even the Italian police declined to investigate.

The ten episode series will be executive produced by Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, and Christian Colson. Filming begins in June in London and Rome ahead of its premiere in January.

Source: The Wrap

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Most Millennials Have an Unrealistic View of Their Retirement Prospects, Analysts Say

/. - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:00pm
From a blog post on research firm HSBC: HSBC calls for millennials to wake up to living and working longer, as research finds only 1 in 10 expects to work past 65. Most millennials have an unrealistic view of their retirement prospects according to a new report from HSBC. The latest report in The Future of Retirement series, Shifting sands, finds that on average millennials expect to retire younger than other working age generations. Millennials expect to retire at 59, two years younger than the working age average of 61. The survey of over 18,000 people in 16 countries finds that only 10 percent of millennials expect to continue working after 65 -- even as their generation faces unprecedented financial pressures and state retirement ages continue to rise around the world. This is despite 59 percent of millennials agreeing they will live much longer and will need to support themselves for longer than previous generations.

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GE Fixing Bug in Software After Warning About Power Grid Hacks

/. - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:20am
General Electric said on Wednesday it is fixing a bug in software used to control the flow of electricity in a utility's power systems after researchers found that hackers could shut down parts of an electric grid. From a report: The vulnerability could enable attackers to gain remote control of GE protection relays, enabling them to "disconnect sectors of the power grid at will," according to an abstract posted late last week on the Black Hat security conference website. Protection relays are circuit breakers that utilities program to open and halt power transmission when dangerous conditions surface.

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Adidas Creates Trainers Made From Plastic Ocean Debris in Bid To End Pollution

/. - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:40am
Adidas is building on its previous commitment to turn plastic pollution into high-performance products. Next month, the German sportswear will begin selling three new editions of its popular UltraBoost shoe, all made from plastic debris found in the ocean. From a report: Helping to achieve its goal of creating one million pairs of the Ultra Boost style, Parley for the Oceans will produce trainers made from recycled ocean waste. Made up of 11 reused plastic bottles in each pair, the Ultra Boost' laces, lining and sock lining covers will be made of other recycled products, making for an environmentally-friendly high-performance product.

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Shaw Returns In “Alien: Covenant” Prequel Short

Dark Horizons - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:26am

As part of ‘Alien Day’ celebrations today, 20th Century Fox has unveiled the third and most crucial in a series of shorts directed by Luke Scott (son of Ridley) that tie directly into the film’s mythology.

The first, ‘The Last Supper,’ was released a few weeks ago and saw the crew aboard the Covenant enjoying their final meal together before cryosleep. The second played more like a commercial as it showed the assembly of the android Walter, played by Michael Fassbender.

This new 2.5-minute short ‘The Crossing’ feels more like actual footage from the film and effectively serves as a bridging prequel between the end of “Prometheus” and the beginning of events in “Alien: Covenant”.

Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw is back, reattaching the torn off head of David (Michael Fassbender) to a new body and then going into cryosleep before David arrives at the Engineer home planet. Then things get really crazy, with a quote from “Ozymandias” suggesting what comes next. See the short for yourself below.

Ridley Scott’s “Alien Covenant” opens in cinemas on May 19th.

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The “Call of Duty: WWII” Reveal Trailer

Dark Horizons - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:07am

In the wake of its announcement last week, Activision and Sledgehammer Games have debuted the reveal trailer for “Call of Duty: WWII”.

Sledgehammer Games delivers a gritty, personal experience in the setting of the largest worldwide conflict in history to a new gaming generation as you follow the soldiers in the 1st Infantry Division.

Set primarily in the final year of the war, but also touching upon events from the previous four years, these soldiers fight to preserve freedom in the face of tyranny throughout iconic locations in the European Theater as the Allied forces are finally starting to gather strength on their march into Germany.

Josh Duhamel, Jonathan Tucker and Jeffery Pierce lend their voices to the game with further details to be announced at E3. “Call of Duty: WWII” will be released in stores and online on November 3rd.

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Energy Star Program For Homes And Appliances Is On Trump's Chopping Block

/. - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:00am
Appliance manufacturers and home builders are in Washington, D.C., today to celebrate a popular energy efficiency program, even as it's slated for elimination in President Trump's proposed budget. NPR adds: You probably know the program's little blue label with the star -- the Environmental Protection Agency says 90 percent of U.S. households do. [...] The 25-year-old Energy Star program appears to be targeted simply because it's run by the federal government. It's one of 50 EPA programs that would be axed under Trump's budget plan, which would shrink the agency's funding by more than 30 percent. Critics of Energy Star say the government should get involved in the marketplace only when absolutely necessary. But that argument doesn't hold sway for the program's legions of supporters, which span nonprofits, companies and trade groups.

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Verhoeven’s Next Follows A Lying Amorous Nun

Dark Horizons - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 9:31am

One of the most well-deserved and enjoyable recent comebacks was that of “Total Recall” and “Robocop” director Paul Verhoeven. The Dutch filmmaker returned to features after years away with the much talked about Isabelle Huppert-led provocative thriller “Elle” which became one of the most acclaimed and successful foreign films of 2016.

The now 79-year-old Verhoeven is firmly back in play and he’s not letting this chance slide as Screen Daily reports that he has set his next project which will be titled “Blessed Virgin” and will be based on Judith C. Brown’s academic book “Immodest Acts”.

The book deals with 17th Century abbess Benedetta Carlini, who became a notable figure in the Church after having religious visions – only to see her claims of miracles revealed to be fakes and her multiple affairs with other nuns coming to light.

“Elle” producer Saïd Ben Saïd will return for this, and Virginie Efira (who played the wife of Huppert’s neighbour in “Elle”) takes on the lead role. Saïd revealed the project on Twitter this morning with a naughty bit of poster art.

No word on when the project will begin production.

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The Resurrected “Strike Back” Begins Filming

Dark Horizons - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 9:20am

Filming has officially begun on the ten-episode fifth season of “Strike Back,” Cinemax’s action series which effectively undergoes a mini-reboot with a whole new cast portraying members of the revived Section 20.

The team now consists of Warren Brown (“Luther”) as ‘Mac’ McAllister, Daniel MacPherson (“Infini”) as Samuel Wyatt, Roxanne McKee (“Game of Thrones”) as Natalie Reynolds, and Alin Sumarwata (“Burning Man”) as Gracie Novin.

Nina Sosanya, Katherine Kelly and Trevor Eve also star in the new episodes which will be shot on location in Jordan and Hungary as the disavowed Section program is restored in order to track down a notorious terrorist following a brutal prison break.

Tasked with covert military intelligence and high-risk operations, the resurrected unit embarks on a lethal manhunt that will uncover a vast web of interconnected criminal activity.

As the team journeys across the Middle East and Europe, they uncover a deadly conspiracy that threatens to overwhelm them all and change the face of modern warfare forever.

Source: Deadline

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Mylan's Epic EpiPen Price Hike Wasn't About Greed -- It's Worse, Lawsuit Claims

/. - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 9:20am
Mylan engaged in a campaign to squash a rival to its EpiPen allergy treatment and artificially inflate the price of the drug to maintain a market monopoly, French drugmaker Sanofi said in a lawsuit. From a report: With the lofty prices and near-monopoly over the market, Mylan could dangle deep discounts to drug suppliers -- with the condition that they turn their backs on Sanofi's Auvi-Q -- the lawsuit alleges. Suppliers wouldn't dare ditch EpiPens, the most popular auto-injector. And with the high prices, the rebates wouldn't put a dent in Mylan's hefty profits, Sanofi speculates. Coupled with a smear campaign and other underhanded practices, Mylan effectively pushed Sanofi out of the US epinephrine auto-injector market, Sanofi alleges. The lawsuit, filed Monday in a federal court in New Jersey, seeks damages under US Antitrust laws.

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Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable” Sequel Set For 2019

Dark Horizons - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 9:10am

M. Night Shyamalan used his social media account this morning to announce that his next film will be “Glass” and is currently slated for a global release on January 18th 2019.

The film will serve as a direct follow-up to both Shyamalan’s 2000 film “Unbreakable” and this year’s “Split” which revealed itself to be set in the same cinematic universe via a standalone coda attached at the film’s end (essentially a post-credits scene with no real bearing on the plot).

The key pair of players from each film – Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy – will all be back reprising their roles of David Dunn, Elijah Price/Mr. Glass, Kevin Crumb/The Horde, and Casey Cooke respectively.

Shyamalan didn’t go into plot details so how the narrative will bring them together is unclear at this point. Blumhouse Productions and Universal are also back on board to produce. Here’s the full posting:

“Okay. Here we go. Finished the new script. It’s taken 17 years but I can finally answer the #1 question I get, “Are you making a f—ing sequel to Unbreakable or what?” My new film is the sequel to #Unbreakable AND #Split. It was always my dream to have both films collide in this third film.

The iconic Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn. The incomparable Samuel L Jackson will return as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass. The virtuoso James McAvoy returns as Kevin Wendell Crumb, Patricia, Dennis, Hedwig, Barry, Jade, Orwell, The Beast, Heinrich, Norma, Pol-And the prodigy, Anya Taylor Joy will return as Casey Cooke.

I’m reteaming with my partners Jason Blum and Universal Pictures for this crazy comic book thriller.And the film is called GLASS… Universal Pictures will release #Glass on January 18, 2019 all over the world. How’s that for not keeping a secret!”

Source: Twitter

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New Full Trailer: Disney & Pixar’s “Cars 3”

Dark Horizons - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 8:59am

Following a teaser that shocked with a slightly darker tone than expected, Disney and Pixar have now released a more familiar full trailer for the upcoming “Cars 3”.

In this outing, the cocky rookie-turned-cagey veteran (Owen Wilson) finds his career headed downhill fast after newecomer Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) just clocked the fastest lap ever recorded. Enter race technician Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), a shiny yellow sportster who takes Lightning under her wingnuts, referring to him as ‘my senior project’.

Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper Lea DeLaria and Formula One champ Lewis Hamilton also join the cast for the new film which opens June 16th.

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