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Blue's News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:09am
Virginia Murders Shows AutoPlay Video Abuse. Ashley Madison looks like it was always a big sad scam. This is my shocked face.

Morning Tech Bits

Blue's News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:09am
Fire Phone flop blamed for layoffs and reorganization at Amazon. Tiny Radeon R9 Nano to pack a wallop at $650. Updated and Upgraded ? Alienware Brings Liquid Cooling and Dynamic Overclocking to...

Morning Safety Dance

Blue's News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:09am
Major Android remote-access vulnerability is now being exploited.

Morning Legal Briefs

Blue's News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:09am
Shady government dealings alleged to have led to 38 Studios deal. In Rhode Island?? Another day, another trade secrets leak for Machine Zone. New law permits North Dakota cop drones to fire bean bag...

Game Reviews

Blue's News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:09am
Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces on GameWatcher. Trine 3 on Eurogamer.

Hardware Reviews

Blue's News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:09am
ASUS Strix Radeon R9 Fury on PC Perspective. EVGA TORQ X5 on Bjorn3D. HGST Deskstar NAS 6 TB Festplatte on Technic3D. German. QNAP TS-563 on Legion Hardware. Razer Leviathan 5.1 Channel Gaming Sound...


Blue's News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:09am
MCV Magazine to drop charts for first time in 17 years. Scolds industry… Steam Reaches 6,000 Games… 'Super violent' bootleg Castlevania mini-series coming from Dredd, Power-Rangers...

Out of the Blue

Blue's News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:09am
Apparently yesterday was National Dog Day or something. I didn't notice this in time to mention it, which is not out of disinterest... as you can probably tell from some of my posts, every day is a...

"Galaxy Quest" May Become An Amazon Series

Dark Horizons - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:02am

Beloved 1999 sci-fi comedy film "Galaxy Quest" is being developed into a TV series for Amazon Studios reports EW.

The film's co-writer Robert Gordon will pen the pilot and the film's director Dean Parisot will direct with both set to executive produce alongside the original film's producers.

Amazon will film the pilot first and then decide if they want to proceed with further episodes. No word on who would star as the NSEA Protector crew members in this new take on the property.

Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell and Alan Rickman starred in the original film which followed the cast of a "Star Trek"-style TV series who were now washed up has beens. An alien race, who saw the show and mistook it for being a documentary, captures them and enlists their help in fighting a race of alien warriors.

Photo: Fassbender In "Assassin's Creed"

Dark Horizons - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:02am

The first photo has been released of Michael Fassbender in the role of 'Callum Lynch' in the upcoming film adaptation of the "Assassin's Creed" video game series opening December 21st 2016.

Fassbender's character was created specifically for the film version and is a man who discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society thanks to unlocked genetic memories that allow him to relive the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain.

After gaining incredible knowledge and skills, he's poised to take on the oppressive Knights Templar in the present day. Marion Cotillard, Michael Kenneth Williams and Ariane Labed also star in the film which begins shooting in Malta, London, and Spain on Monday under the helm of his "Macbeth" director Justin Kurzel.

Source: Yahoo

"Civil War" Promo Art Showcases Teams?

Dark Horizons - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:02am

The upcoming Marvel Studios film "Captain America: Civil War" sees the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe divided and taking on each other due to differing beliefs over how things should be done.

The other week came rumors of which heroes would side with Iron Man and which would side with Captain America in this fight, and now Mr. Sunday Movies (via CBM) have released what they claim is concept art from the film showcasing the teams in question.

Tony Stark gets War Machine, Black Widow, Black Panther and Vision while Steve Rogers gets The Winter Soldier, Falcon, Hawkeye, Ant-Man and Sharon Carter. The sketches do NOT include Spider-Man, Scarlet Witch or Hulk who are all rumoured to be involved in the project which recently wrapped filming and opens early next year.

"Thor: Ragnarok" Could Shoot In Australia?

Dark Horizons - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:02am

With the value of the Australian dollar plummeting thanks to China's economic uncertainty of late, the country's film industry is getting excited as several international blockbusters are looking to head Down Under to shoot in coming months.

With "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" wrapping production on the Gold Coast this month, Disney is reportedly so happy with their experience shooting the movie there that they intend to bring one of their Marvel Studios films to the same facility next year. A source tells Yahoo:

"The big bosses were very pleased throughout the year it took to shoot out here and now they're looking at brining out one of the Marvel films. It was a great experience for the studio who were able to familiarise themselves with the set-up at Village Roadshow (studios) and the crews here. They were also able to work across a lot of different locations which has saved them scouting for the Marvel movie."

Said sources indicate the project would shoot in Queensland early next year, with filming to begin in earnest in March. It's said both "Captain Marvel" and "Thor: Ragnarok" are the films under consideration to be shot there with "Thor" the likeliest as the film's star Chris Hemsworth lives literally an hour's drive away from the Gold Coast studio and may help champion landing the production there.

The news comes as "Kong: Skull Island" prepares to shoot six weeks in Queensland from mid-September.

In related news, The GC Bulletin reports that a new deal between the Queensland State Government, Village Roadshow and Commonwealth Games organisers are teaming to build the biggest sound stage in the southern hemisphere.

The facility will initially be made for the squash competition of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Once the event wraps, it will be converted into a giant sound stage that will become a part of Village Roadshow's Gold Coast film studios.

New "Metal Gear Solid V" Gets Rave Reviews

Dark Horizons - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:02am

Going into the year, it appeared as if the fight for the 'Game of the Year' title would come down to a duel between "Batman: Arkham Knight" and "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt". At this point it seems both those games may be pushed to fight for third place as the highly anticipated and more recent front runner "Fallout 4" looks to have scored a serious challenger.

"Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain" hits stores on Tuesday and reviews have now been unleashed by dozens of outlets. The results are nothing short of astonishing with the game getting the highest Metacritic score of the year so far for a new game with 95/100.

That puts it ahead of "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" (94/100), "Bloodborne" (92/100), "Pillars of Eternity" (89/100), "Ori and the Blind Forest" (88/100), "Batman: Arkham Knight" (87/100) and "Her Story" (87/100) not to mention remastered titles like "Journey" (92/100), "Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin" (89/100) and "Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty" (87/100).

Set in 1984, the game follows the mercenary leader Punished 'Venom' Snake (aka Big Boss) as he ventures into both Afghanistan during the Soviet-Afghan War, and the Angola-Zaire border region to exact revenge on the people who destroyed his forces and came close to killing him during the climax of events in last year's prequel mini-game "Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes".

"Prometheus," "Guardians" Sequel Updates

Dark Horizons - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:02am

Following numerous rumors, Ridley Scott has now officially confirmed that the sequel to "Prometheus" will be his immediate next film.

Speaking with Empire to promote this Fall's release of his Matt Damon-led astronaut drama "The Martian," both Damon and Scott confirmed that the latter is already well underway on getting the film ready to shoot.

Damon says: "Ridley was done with the movie [The Martian] about two weeks after we shot!" to which Scott followed up with: "I was already on to my next movie! I was starting to look for locations for my next movie, which is 'Prometheus 2.'"

At last report the follow-up to the "Alien" franchise prequel will kick off filming in January and will be out in cinemas (likely Summer 2017) before Neill Blomkamp's fifth "Alien" movie - a film which Scott will executive produce.

In news of another sequel, filmmaker James Gunn has confirmed on his Facebook page that actor Vin Diesel will return to reprise the role of Groot, the eight-foot-tall alien tree with a limited vocabulary in the upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" at Marvel Studios.

Production on the next film is slated to begin early next year in Atlanta ahead of a May 2017 release.

First "Force Awakens" Box-Office Estimates

Dark Horizons - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:02am

The first very early box-office estimates are out for this December's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" release with prognosticators suggesting the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel could be headed for a record-setting $615 million worldwide opening weekend according to Deadline.

That would top the current $524 million global opening of this past summer's "Jurassic World" which became the fastest film to cross the $1 billion mark after just 13 days. Domestically the opening is rumored to be heading towards anywhere as high as $300 million in the U.S.

'Force Awakens' is expected to play in over 4,000 theaters on at least 10,000 U.S. screens stateside and in every overseas territory aside from China which will be in the midst of one of its Hollywood blackout periods in December.

In related news, the film's official site has posted a lengthy article about the creation of the film's already iconic soccer ball droid BB-8. There's also three new photos from the production you can see over at Empire

"Daredevil" Featurette Showcases The VFX

Dark Horizons - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:02am

One of the most acclaimed elements of Netflix and Marvel's first season of "Daredevil" was the superb stunt work, visuals and fight choreography. A big part of the success of that was Shade VFX, the Emmy-nominated visual effects studio who did many of the near invisible visual effects on the series. Today, they've posted a promo reel showcasing their work across the thirteen episodes of the show which you can see below.

Lionsgate Plans Young Caesar Movie

Dark Horizons - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:02am

White Horse Pictures and Lionsgate are teaming to produce "Emperor," the first film in a proposed trilogy adaptation of Conn Iggulden's series of novels about a young Julius Caesar and his best friend Brutus.

William Broyles Jr., Stephen Harrigan, Burr Steers and Ian Mackenzie Jeffers are penning the script which will be based on the first two books in the series. Nigel Sinclair, Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton and Matt Jackson will produce the project which is currently seeking a director. Nunnari says in an official statement:

"Combining the sweep of '300' with the intrigue of 'Game of Thrones,' this is the part of the story of the mighty Julius Caesar that nobody knows - his emergence alongside Brutus as young powerhouses in Rome, a fresh and contemporary retelling of their rivalries, passions and jealousies, captured in a movie with breath-taking action, spectacular visual effects and epic scope."

Born in 100 BC, Caesar's younger years were mostly defined by his military service, and he didn't move into politics until well into his thirties before ultimately becoming Dictator of the Roman Republic in 49 B.C. five years before his assassination.

This first film will deal with the boyhood bond between Julius and Marcus who grow into warriors who become politically ambitious and powerful enough to be regarded as threats. The books ultimately deal with Caesar's political and romantic entanglements along with Octavius and Mark Antony's revenge for Caesar's death.

Executive producers are White Horse partner Guy East, William Broyles Jr., Tony To and Alex Brunner.

Source: Deadline

First Clip From ITV's "Jekyll & Hyde" Sequel

Dark Horizons - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:02am

ITV has released the first clip from its upcoming ten-part "Jekyll & Hyde" event series which isn't so much a new adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson short story so much as a superhero-themed reimagined sequel to it.

Tom Bateman, Richard E. Grant and Natalie Gumede star in this new take in which we follow the grandson of the original Dr. Jekyll who is a young, sensitive and meek man. His 'Hyde' however is a confident, risk-taking superhero with super powers who gets things done. The series premieres sometime this Fall.

Final "Hobbit" Extended Edition Trailer

Dark Horizons - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:02am

The extended edition versions of all the films in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" trilogy are set to hit cinemas for one night only screenings on October 5th, 7th and 13th respectively.

Today, Fathom Events and Warner Bros. Pictures have released a trailer for the event which you can watch below and which includes new footage from 'The Battle of the Five Armies' not yet seen.

The Blu-Ray and DVD version of the extended edition of "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" hits shelves on November 17th.

"Gears of War" Designer Teases "Lawbreakers"

Dark Horizons - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:02am

Boss Key Productions have announced the title and released the first trailer for "LawBreakers," their upcoming competitive team-based FPS video game set on a future Earth divided into two factions following an event known as 'The Shattering' which changed gravity forever.

Out of this disaster, a new age technological advancements emerged in the field of gravity manipulation that allows for near-superhuman abilities. As a result, the world is now divided into two factions who are at war for control.

Veteran video game developers Cliff Bleszinski ("Gears of War") and Arjan Brussee ("Killzone") are behind the project which will hit sometime next year.

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