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First Look: Margot Robbie As Queen Elizabeth I

Dark Horizons - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 8:27am

Donning a frizzy ginger wig, heavy makeup and serious gown, Australian actress and bombshell Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus”) has been photographed on the set of “Mary Queen of Scots” in her role as Queen Elizabeth the First.

Crowned Queen of Scotland in the 16th century, Mary (Saoirse Ronan) was forced to abdicate her throne and soon thereafter was executed at age 18 for her alleged involvement with an assassination attempt on the life of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I (Robbie).

Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, and Gemma Chan co-star in the project from “Elizabeth” and “The Tudors” creator Michael Hirst who penned the script while Josie Rourke is directing. Production is now underway.

Margot Robbie on set of "Mary Queen of Scots" (August 20, 2017) #MargotRobbie

— I Heart Margot (@iheartmargotcom) August 21, 2017

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Queen Biopic Casts Freddie’s Bandmates

Dark Horizons - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 8:23am

Gwilym Lee (“Jamestown”) is Brian May, Ben Hardy (“X-Men: Apocalypse”) is Roger Taylor and Joe Mazzello (“The Social Network”) is John Deacon in the upcoming Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”. broke the casting news, saying the trio will join the already cast Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) as Freddie Mercury in the Bryan Singer-directed film at 20th Century Fox.

Anthony McCarten penned the most recent draft of the screenplay for the film which May, Taylor, Robert De Niro and Graham King will produce. Filming is slated to begin shortly ahead of a Christmas 2018 release.

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Netflix Scores Greengrass’ Norway Terrorist Film

Dark Horizons - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 8:20am

Paul Greengrass (“United 93,” “The Bourne Supremacy”) is next set to direct a movie he has written about a Norwegian terrorist which Netflix has just won the rights to.

The killer in question was Anders Behring Breivik, a self-described right-wing Christian extremist with a hatred for Muslims and liberalism, who murdered 77 people in 2011 in the country’s deadliest attack since WWII.

Scott Rudin will produce the $20 million budget film with Greg Goodman and Eli Bush. Shooting will take place in Norway starting this Fall.

Source: Deadline

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/. - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 8:00am
The UK's Crown Prosecution Service has pledged to tackle online abuse with the same seriousness as it does hate crimes committed in the flesh. From a report: Following public concern about the increasing amount of racist, anti-religious, homophobic and transphobic attacks on social media, the CPS has today published a new set of policy documents on hate crime. This includes revised legal guidance for prosecutors on how they should make decisions on criminal charges and handle cases in court. The rules officially put online abuse on the same level as offline hate crimes -- defined as an action motivated by hostility or prejudice -- like shouting abuse at someone face-to-face. They commit the CPS to prosecuting complaints about online material "with the same robust and proactive approach used with online offending." Prosecutors are told to consider the effect on the wider community and whether to identify both the originators and the "amplifiers or disseminators."

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“Game of Thrones” S7 Finale Trailer

Dark Horizons - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 6:35am

Following last night’s sixth episode, HBO has premiered the ‘Next Time’ trailer for the seventh and final episode of the seventh season of its big-budget fantasy drama “Game of Thrones”.

The preview promises the meeting that has been teased all season – Queen Cersei to meet with Jon Snow & Daenerys which will take place in the dragon pits of King’s Landing.

Additionally, two making of featurettes have been released about last night’s ice lake battle, Sansa’s discovery, and both Dany and Jon’s blossoming relationship. The season finale airs on Sunday.

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Early “Ant-Man 2,” “Avengers 4” Set Pics

Dark Horizons - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 6:35am

With production now underway on both “Ant-Man and The Wasp” and the untitled fourth “Avengers” film, photos are now out from the sets of both in Atlanta and Japan respectively.

Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily and Michael Douglas can be seen in the “Ant-Man” photos, whilst the “Avengers” ones are more focused on some redressed locations to make things more colorful. No shots of the actors in that are available as yet.

‘Ant-Man’ is targeting a late 2018 release while the fourth ‘Avengers’ is due May 2019.

And…. last one is a shot of #MichaelDouglas… smiling. I think.

— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) August 18, 2017

Here is #PaulRudd after being sorted into Gryffindor.

— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) August 18, 2017

And… here is more #EvangelineLilly smiling.

— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) August 18, 2017

There is a Ferrari… which is kind of a celebrity.

— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) August 18, 2017

— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) August 18, 2017

— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) August 18, 2017

Here is the guy with a beard everyone thinks is Chris Evans and the girl with a smiley face shirt and those are the most famous people here

— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) August 18, 2017

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Maz Kanata Rumored For Han Solo Spin-Off

Dark Horizons - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 6:12am

The currently untitled Han Solo spin-off movie, finishing up production under the eyes of director Ron Howard, is coming to come together and over the weekend a new rumor sprang up about one of its potential characters.

The story began with a Funko representative speaking on the Steele Wars podcast (via Cinema Blend) where he mentioned that he is excited about the upcoming film and listed off a few cast members including Emilia Clarke, Lupita Nyong’o, Woody Harrelson and Donald Glover.

Trouble is, Nyong’o hasn’t been mentioned in connection with the film before. The actress played the lemon-headed Maz Kanata in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (in a smaller role), while it has been established Han has known Maz for many years. Her making an appearance isn’t out of the question.

The Funko Pop expert also says that sometimes Disney sends out orders only 4-5 months in advance of the films at present. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in December with the Han Solo spin-off due May next year.

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UK Trailer: George Clooney’s “Suburbicon”

Dark Horizons - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 6:01am

Following the U.S. trailer the other week, a new U.K. preview is out for George Clooney’s crime revenge tale “Suburbicon” from Paramount Pictures.

Penned by the Coen brothers, the story is set in the 1950s and deals with a home invasion which leads to cover-ups, betrayal, blackmail, and revenge. Curiously this still plays the film like a comedy, despite Clooney’s on the record objections to that description, but it does seem to capture a tone closer to what the director has described.

Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac star in the film which opens October 27th.

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Urgent Words from a Dungeon, Part 1

Second Timothy is Paul’s “swan song.” He wrote nothing more once he completed these words to Timothy, his “son in the faith.” The aging apostle, spending his last hours in a Roman dungeon, could feel the hot breath of death on the back of his neck. He is lonely, cold, abandoned, and flooded with memories…but not timid or desperate. These may be Paul’s final words, but there’s no self pity or bitterness—only candor and urgency.


The letter is emotional, personal, and passionate. Writing by candlelight, he expresses deep affection mixed with strong exhortations, insightful instruction, and intimate reflections. He’s passing the torch to a man who is younger than he, whom he hopes will grasp it firmly, and carry it for the rest of his life and ministry with confidence and conviction. Here is a powerful letter for the ages, written by a rugged, battle-weary warrior, preserved for all of us to read and heed so that we might finish the race strong and well.

Verse of the Day - Proverbs 3:21-22

Bible Verse of the Day - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 11:00pm

My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.

Proverbs 3:21-22

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

God used his wisdom to create the cosmos and all that is in it. Through his discernment, he appointed to each being and to each item its place in his dazzling display of diversity. He has chosen to share that wisdom and discernment with those who reverence him and search for his wisdom. If we will use that wisdom and discernment we will possess the greatest of all jewels and a blessing that will enrich our life.

My Prayer...

Father, I know that you will bless me with wisdom if I ask. I am asking for that wisdom, dear Father. I want to live a holy life that is clearly a reflection of your character and in honor of your holiness. Bless me with wisdom and discernment as I face the day-to-day decisions that I must make that impact the lives of others. In Jesus name. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to© 1998-2017, Heartlight, Inc. 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.

Star Wars: Ascendancy

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 10:13pm

Download and play v1.1 of the Sins of a Solar Empire Star Wars mod

Plex Responds, Will Allow Users To Opt Out Of Data Collection

/. - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 7:34pm
stikves writes: This weekend Plex had announced they were implementing a new privacy policy, including removing the ability for opting out of data collection and sharing. Fortunately the backlash here, on their forums, Reddit, and other placed allowed them to offer a more sensible state, including bringing back opt-out, and anonymity of some of the data. Plex CEO Keith Valory wrote Saturday that some information must be transferred just to provide the service -- for example, servers still check for updates, they have to determine whether a user has a premium Plex Pass, and "we have to provide accurate reporting to licensors for things like trailers and extras, photo tagging, lyrics, licensed codecs and so on... [W]e came to the conclusion that providing an 'opt out' in the set-up gives a false sense of privacy and feels disingenuous on our part. That is, even if you opted out, there is still a bunch of data we are collecting that we tried to call out as exceptions." But to address concerns about data collection, Plex will make new changes to their privacy policy: [I]n addition to providing the ability to opt out of crash reporting and marketing communications, we will provide you the ability to opt out of playback statistics for personal content on your Plex Media Server, like duration, bit rate, and resolution in a new privacy setting... we are going to "generalize" playback stats in order to make it impossible to create any sort of "fingerprint" that would allow anyone to identify a file in a library... Finally, in the new privacy tab in the server settings we will provide a full list of all product events data that we collect... Our intention here is to provide full transparency. Users will have one place where they can see what data is being collected and where they can opt out of playback data that they are not comfortable with." And he emphasized that "we will never sell or share data related to YOUR content libraries."

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Morrowind Rebirth

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 7:09pm

Version 4.1 released of the massive Elder Scrolls III overhaul mod

Ask Slashdot: How Can You Teach Programming To Schoolchildren?

/. - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 5:34pm
Slashdot reader SPopulisQR writes: A new school year is approaching and I wanted to ask what are appropriate programming languages for children of various ages. Specifically, 1) what coding languages should be considered, and 2) are there are any self-guided coding websites that can be used by children to learn coding using guidance and help online? Let's say the ages are 8 and 12. I know there's lots of opinions about CS education (and about whether or not laptops increase test scores). So leave your own best thoughts in the comments. How can you teach programming to schoolchildren?

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Eastwood’s Film Joins Oscars 2017 Race?

Dark Horizons - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 3:41pm

Announced in April of this year, Clint Eastwood’s “The 15:17 to Paris” is looking like it may be ready in time for an awards-qualifying run before the year is out.

Variety reports that the film, about the 2015 Thalys train attack in France and the three childhood American friends who thwarted a gunman from his planned massacre, only went into production back in early July.

Now, here in late August, the project is already nearly wrapped with Eastwood expected to be finished in the editing suite very soon and the film ready to screen in cinemas before the year’s out if they so choose to.

The issue there will be one of attention as Warners is expected to push big on “Dunkirk” and to a lesser extent “Wonder Woman” come awards campaign time. Whether they will want to focus on a third film is uncertain. Warners has no comment about the release plans for the film at this time.

Originally Kyle Gallner, Jeremie Harris, and Alexander Ludwig were going to play the leads but Eastwood, at the last minute, replaced them with the real life trio from the incident – Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone. The three play themselves alongside actors like Judy Greer, Thomas Lennon, Jenna Fischer, Tony Hale, Jaleel White in supporting roles.

Eastwood famously upset the Oscar race in 2004 when “Million Dollar Baby,” filmed that Summer and quickly rushed into cinemas in December, surprised all and took the Best Picture Oscar for the year.

That said he has competition in the form of Steven Spielberg’s “The Papers” and Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” which both are in post-production and set for December releases.

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Alleged Yahoo Hacker Will Be Extradited To The US

/. - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 3:34pm
An anonymous reader quotes the AP: A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails agreed Friday to forgo his extradition hearing and go face the charges in the United States. Karim Baratov was arrested in Hamilton, Ontario, in March under the Extradition Act after U.S. authorities indicted him and three others, including two alleged officers of Russia's Federal Security Service. They are accused of computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes. An extradition hearing for the 22-year-old Baratov had been scheduled for early September, but he signed documents before a Canadian judge Friday agreeing to waive it. His lawyer, Amedeo DiCarlo, said that does not amount to an admission of guilt... U.S. law enforcement officials call Baratov a "hacker-for-hire" paid by members of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, considered the successor to the KGB of the former Soviet Union. Yahoo also believes that attack -- which breached at least 500 million Yahoo accounts in 2014 -- was perpetrated by "a state-sponsored actor." The CBC reports that Baratov lives alone in a large, new house in an expensive subdivision. "His parents either bought him the house," one neighbor told the CBC, "or he's getting money somewhere else, because he doesn't seem to work all day; he just drives up and down the street." The CBC also reports that Baratov's Facebook page links to a Russian-language site "which claims to offer a number of services, including servers for rent in Russia, protection from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, and domain names in China."

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“Hitman” Tops, “Logan” Drops At Box-Office

Dark Horizons - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 3:10pm

The Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson-led action comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” topped the weekend box-office this week, overcoming bad reviews to beat expectations with a $21.6 million opening.

Even so, it was super quiet at the box-office this weekend, the lowest of the year to date with $96M in total U.S./Canada ticket sales – even lower than Super Bowl weekend. With Labor Day next weekend and no wide openers, things are only going to get quieter.

Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky” wasn’t so lucky, opening on the lowest end of expectations in third place with $8 million despite good reviews. Last week’s topper “Annabelle Creation” dropped by 56%, but even so managed to hold onto second place.

Taylor Sheridan’s “Wind River” went wide this weekend and managed $3 million from several hundred screens along with a tenth place ranking. In limited release, both “Patti Cake$” and “Marjorie Prime” failed to make much impact, while “Good Time” and “Ingrid Goes West” improved well in their second weeks.

Finally, “Wonder Woman” officially became the highest-grossing superhero origin film at the domestic box-office, going past Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” at $403.7 million to a current total of $404 million.

Source: Deadline

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