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Stephen Merchant Join "Wolverine 3" Cast

Dark Horizons - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:36am

Hot on the heels of the casting of Richard E. Grant as a mad scientist type, James Mangold's upcoming third "Wolverine" film has picked up yet another beloved British actor - Stephen Merchant.

No word on what role "The Office" co-creator and "Hello Ladies" star will take on in the film, but he'll join not only Grant but Boyd Holbrook as the villain, Patrick Stewart as Professor X and Hugh Jackman as the titular X-Man.

Jackman says this will be his last go-round as the character which he began playing 17 years ago. David James Kelly is penning the script while Lauren Shuler Donner is producing. The film is slated to open March 3rd.

Source: Deadline

Review: Midnight Special

Dark Horizons - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:36am

As mid-level budget filmmaking wanes and decent visual effects become quite affordable, we're seeing more and more genre filmmaking exploring big ideas and themes in a way that often makes a very small scale film feel large. Filmmaker Jeff Nichols is no stranger to this, his "Take Shelter" was a story about apocalyptic warnings which proved to be an excellent exploration of masculine anxiety.

Whereas that film pointedly avoided the cliches of supernatural thrillers to deliver something both original and exceptional, his new effort "Midnight Shelter" isn't so fresh or rich even if it remains a very polished piece of filmmaking. Effectively a blend of John Carpenter's "Starman" and Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "ET: The Extra-Terrestrial," Nichols isn't as afraid to embrace formula this time even as he knowingly avoids the overt emoting that has often proven the Achilles Heel of this genre.

Yes it's a person (in this case a boy) with exceptional powers on the run, with the help of their family, from evil authority figures that include a sympathiser who proves helpful in their darkest times. Nichols makes only minor tweaks here and there, blending some religious elements into the work and avoiding extraterrestrial influences in favor of more human and ubermensch possibilities.

There's enough changes to the details though, like very early reveals of the kid's channeling of radio transmissions to the idea of a cult hiding him, to make it interesting even if it's not enough to overcome strong feelings of familiarity. Kicking things off in media res, the reveals here are very carefully dished out with a discipline which make it quite compelling on first viewing - it's a restrained and very lean film that demands a certain amount of intelligence and intuitive leaps from its audience.

Sadly the flaws quickly pop out on reflection. The characters - though supported by very strong performances by the likes of Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst and Joel Edgerton - are one-note. Their only quality is determination to get the boy, very well played by Jaeden Lieberher, to where he needs to go. Shannon in particular is able to milk the most out of a fairly routine part with his wonderful ability to emote so much through his face and delivery.

Adam Driver is an exception, his arc is contained entirely within the movie. It's an even more cliche role than anyone else in the film, his NSA agent effectively a merging of the Francois Truffaut and Bob Balaban roles from 'Encounters,' but it's the one that at least brings a brief sense of wonder and energy to an otherwise very self-serious affair.

Nichols' film is not short of ambition, and here he creates a very lived in and believable world in which these exceptional acts take place. That he does so with very minimal dialogue and a very small cast of characters is a testament to his strength as a filmmaker. Despite its polish though, you can't help shake the feeling that the more narratively compelling stuff took place before events in the film kicked off and so what we're left with is essentially the second half of a chase movie.

That doesn't mean that what's there still isn't compelling in its own right. The film's themes of the importance of familial bonds shines through and offer a comforting notion, while its ending is a surprisingly satisfying one that tries something a bit different. Though not an exceptional original sci-fi films of late such as "Ex Machina" or "Under the Skin," its every bit up there with the likes of "Sound of my Voice" or this year's "The Invitation" of engrossing small scale but big idea filmmaking. It is also certainly one of the better films of the year thus far.

The Elder Scrolls Online DLC Plans

Blue's News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:32am
The Elder Scrolls Online website has details about Dark Brotherhood, the next expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (thanks Acleacius). This is currently on the test realm for the...

Street Fighter V Patch Will Add Guile and Punish Disconnects

Blue's News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:32am
CapCom Unity has word that an update is coming to Street Fighter V tonight at 10:00 pm EDT, adding the Guile character to the brawler sequel in a patch that brings other changes, including a long-ove...

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Fleet Pack DLC Launches

Blue's News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:32am
Gearbox Software announces the launch of the new Fleet Pack DLC for Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak on Steam, adding more new content to the space strategy game. Here's a trailer with a look, and here's...

Tomb Raider for SteamOS

Blue's News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:32am
Steam News announces that the SteamOS edition of Tomb Raider is now available as a free update for everyone who owns the adventure sequel on Steam. Word is: "Tomb Raider explores the intense and...

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition Launches

Blue's News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:32am
Major Nelson announces that Ori And The Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is now available on Windows 10 and Steam. This recent trailer shows things off, and here's word: Ori and the Blind Forest was...

Morning Patches

Blue's News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:32am
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Release Notes for 4/27/2016. Minecraft 1.9.3 Pre-Release 2. PlanetSide 2 Game Update - 4/27.

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

Blue's News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:32am
Kickstarter MIA- The Disappearance of Crisis Heart Brawlers: Clash at Otakon - Cliqist. Stellar Tactics - Sci-Fi RPG by Maverick Games ? Kickstarter. "Stellar Tactics is an old-school party-based...

Gatherings & Competitions

Blue's News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:32am
BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Tickets Now Sold Out. World of Warcraft Arena Skirmishes Bonus Event. Battle for DOTA 2 Supremacy in the Philippines.

Morning Interviews

Blue's News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:32am
Offworld Trading Company Interview - Gaming Nexus.

Morning Consolidation

Blue's News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:32am
Nintendo Download Highlights New Digital Content for Nintendo Systems. Sky Force Anniversary Blasts Onto PlayStation This Summer. PlayStation Plus: Free Games for May 2016. Oxenfree Possesses PS4 on...

Morning Mobilization

Blue's News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:32am
IDC: Smartphone shipments flat for the first time; Samsung widens lead over Apple in Q1 2016. Thanks Slashdot via Ant. Minecraft arrives on Gear VR today.

Morning Metaverse

Blue's News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:32am
Steam games can now be purchased with Bitcoin. Facebook Reports First Quarter 2016 Results and Announces Proposal for New Class of Stock. Thanks HARDOCP. Elgato sells EyeTV. Thanks Ant. Even at 1.0,...

Morning Tech Bits

Blue's News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:32am
Microsoft experiments with DNA storage- 1,000,000,000 TB in a gram. Intel Declares Independence From PC, Prioritizes Cloud, IoT and 5G Efforts. SanDisk Announces Z410 Client SSD.

Morning Safety Dance

Blue's News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:32am
Thanks Ant. As US drops ?cyber bombs,? ISIS retools its own cyber army. Report says criminals are better communicators than IT staffers. Headaches likely to grow over auto cybersecurity concerns....

Morning Legal Briefs

Blue's News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:32am
Thanks Ant. House unanimously passes bill to protect email and cloud privacy. After Netflix crackdown on border-hopping, Canadians ready to return to piracy. Thanks Slashdot.

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE Official Trailer (2016)

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:28am

"... As Batman hunts for the escaped Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness..."

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Adult Swim - The History of a Television Empire

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:23am

"A look at the network that gave great artists a place to explore..."

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