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Fincher ‘Almost’ Directed The “Deadwood” Pilot

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:48am

One of the most acclaimed TV series made in the past fifteen years was HBO’s western drama “Deadwood,” while one of the most celebrated auteurs working in Hollywood in the past two decades has been “Se7en” and “Fight Club” helmer David Fincher.

It was a pairing that almost happened according to Fincher in a new interview with Esquire. Fincher didn’t really get into dramatic series television until “House Of Cards,” but years before that he reveals that he almost directed the pilot for “Deadwood”. Asked which TV show writer’s room of the past few years he’d enjoy being a fly on the wall in, Fincher replied:

“I’d probably go to ‘The Sopranos’ season five or six. I would like to watch David Chase work. It seems like a very complete world in somebody’s head. And then maybe ‘Deadwood’ season one. At one point, I was two millimeters from saying yes to directing the pilot, and part of it was I was just so fascinated with David Milch. Milch and Chase are masterful. They both have a great ear as to how things can be presented or how you can get things out of characters. I think that’s an odd gift, and it intrigues me.”

Fincher didn’t reveal why he didn’t take the job, one that eventually went to “48 Hours” and “The Warriors” director Walter Hill. If he had it would’ve come between his 2002 thriller “Panic Room” and his celebrated 2007 period tale “Zodiac”.

Fincher’s relationship with HBO is uncertain at this point as the network scrapped two developing shows he had brewing, which has led him to setup a new home at Netflix where his “Mindhunter” series launched on Friday.

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“Dark Matter” Was To Crossover With “Stargate”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:46am

Syfy’s sudden cancellation of “Dark Matter” after three seasons came as a bit of a surprise, especially as the show ended on a big cliffhanger.

At the time of its axing, creator and executive producer Joseph Mallozzi began working on a way to somehow give fans closure before contract options on the cast and crew were up. That included trying to get a mini-series made that would allow him and his creative team to wrap up the storyline.

It has now been revealed by Mallozzi in an interview with The Verge that MGM came to him with the possibility of picking up another season of the series for its new streaming service, “Stargate Command,” and at some point have the show cross over with that service’s first original series – the prequel drama “Stargate: Origins”.

It’s hardly an unprecedented move as Mallozzi has been involved with the “Stargate” franchise on TV since its inception, and served as executive producer on all three shows (SG-1, Atlantis, Universe). He knows the lore, and both shows have incorporated elements of time travel and dimension jumping so it’s not creatively out of place.

Mallozzi reportedly already had an idea on how to combine the two shows and had it gone ahead it would’ve led to either a full continuation of “Dark Matter,” or short episodes that would have wrapped up the show. Sadly though, the site reports that time to work out a deal ran out before everyone’s contract with the show expired.

As a result, “Dark Matter” is now officially over and won’t be coming back with the most likely scenario for closure being a graphic novel sometime in the near future. “Stargate: Origins” will be coming to Stargate Command in the near future.

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Korine Wants Pot-Fumed “Beach Bum” Screenings

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:42am

“Spring Breakers” director Harmony Korine hasn’t yet begun shooting his next film, “The Beach Bum,” despite reports earlier this year of a filming start date in July.

Matthew McConaughey is slated to star in the stoner comedy which will follow the misadventures of the rebellious and lovable rogue Moondog which has been dubbed a cross between “Scarecrow” and a “Cheech and Chong” entry.

Speaking with Telerama about it, Korine also revealed some new details about his proposed plans for the film’s release which includes smell-o-vision style select screenings:

“It’s a comedy with Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg, about somewhat depressive marijuana smokers, in the spirit of Cheech and Chong. The action takes place in Key West, in the extreme south of Florida. I would very much like to see the film, when it’s released, be shown in rooms that spread curls of marijuana [smoke]. It is possible in some states, such as California, that have legalized this drug for [medical use]. We already have about thirty rooms that have accepted.”

With no production date as yet, there’s no clear idea as to when to expect the films or the screenings of them.

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“Machinist” Helmer To Direct “Titans” Pilot

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:40am

“The Machinist” and “Transsiberian” director Brad Anderson has been hired to helm the pilot episode of the live-action “Titans” series based on the DC Comics “Teen Titans” franchise.

The news comes from the official Directors Guild of Canada Ontario website (via TitansPodcast). Anderson has helmed several pilots in the past including “Frequency,” “The Brave” and “Forever,” and has directed plenty of drama series over the years including “The Wire,” “The Shield,” “Fringe,” “The Man in the High Castle,” “The Killing,” “Person of Interest,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Surface,” “Rubicon” and “Treme”.

In related news there’s a brief video today from Anna Diop, the actress who plays Starfire in the series. The video shows off her getting body and face scanned for visual effects tests for the series – suggesting production isn’t too far away.

The thirteen episode series will star Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Teagan Croft as Raven, Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly as Hawk and Dove, and Lindsey Gort as Detective Amy Rohrbach. It is slated to premiere next year on a new streaming service from DC.

Magic VFX Scans for #Titans! #Starfire #DCComics

— Anna Diop (@TheAnnaDiop) October 12, 2017

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“COD: WW2,” “AC: Origins” Live-Action Trailers

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:37am

Two of the biggest franchise video game titles of the Fall have released new live-action trailers to help promote their imminent releases.

First up, “Call of Duty” which is dumping the future-set landscapes of recent entries in favor of a return to its early days – a World War II setting. The trailer sees a former group of ‘Duty’ players re-assembling for the new title which hits November 3rd.

Then there’s “Assassin’s Creed Origins” which winds the franchise back to its earliest time period to date – ancient Egypt, specifically during Cleopatra VII’s reign. Check out the beginnings of the war between the Templars and the Assassins in the title which scores a release on October 27th.

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NBC Develops A “Nancy Drew” Reboot

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:36am

NBC has begun development of a TV series reboot of the “Nancy Drew” franchise which Dan Jinks and CBS TV Studios will produce.

“Doubt” creators Tony Phelan and Joan Rater are also behind the project, the pair developing a previous version of the reboot at CBS in 2016. The new take is said to be very different to last year’s attempt, sharing little beyond the title and source material.

In the series, the author of the most famous female teen detective book series is thrust into a real-life murder mystery and turns to her two best friends from her childhood for help.

The pair though, who served as the inspiration for those books, have a real ax to grind with their supposed best friend about the way she chose to portray them (as sidekicks to her heroine) all those years ago.

The women, all in their 40s and 50s now, overcome the inevitable bad blood and pull together to solve mysteries.

Source: Deadline

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Cher Joins The “Mamma Mia” Sequel Cast

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:33am

Cher herself first hinted at it, and now Variety has confirmed that she has joined the cast of the upcoming musical sequel “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!” at Universal Pictures.

The actress and singer will join returnees Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski in the Ol Parker written and directed film which goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.

Specifics of Cher’s role are unknown. Lily James, Alexa Davies, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Jeremy Irvine, Josh Dylan and Hugh Skinner co-star. Filming begins in September in the UK and Croatia.

Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman will produce.

— Cher (@cher) October 15, 2017

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Von Moger To Play A Young Schwarzenegger

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:31am

2014’s Mr. Universe, Calum Von Moger, has been casst as a young Arnold Schwarzenegger in George Gallo’s “Bigger” which is currently shooting in Alabama.

The biopic explores the lives of Joe and Ben Weider, the founders of the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding contest and International Federation of Bodybuidling who helped kick start the fitness industry.

Tyler Hoechlin and Aneurin Barnard play the brothers, Kevin Durand is their nemesis and fitness magazine publisher Bill Hauk. Also onboard are Colton Haynes as Jack LaLanne along with Julianne Hough, Victoria Justice, Robert Forster, Tom Arnold, Max Martini, DJ Qualls, and Steve Guttenberg.

In 1972, the Weider brothers sold a nutritional supplement, Weider Formula No. 7, which featured a young Arnold Schwarzenegger on the label which is how Arnie is expected to feature in the story.

Brad and Ellen Furman, Andy Weiss and Gallo penned the script.

Source: Deadline

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Reid Scott In Talks To Join Sony’s “Venom”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:30am

Reid Scott (“Veep,” “Home Again”) is in talks to join the cast of the Ruben Fleischer-directed “Spider-Man” spin-off film “Venom” at Sony Pictures.

Tom Hardy stars in the title role of a man who bonds with an alien symbiote and becomes ‘Venom,’ a large fanged villain and, ultimately, anti-hero. The character was previously played by Topher Grace on screen in “Spider-Man 3”.

Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, and Jenny Slate are also on board the new film which Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner and Kelly Marcel are penning. Amy Pascal, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing.

“Venom” opens in cinemas on October 5th 2018.

Source: Variety

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Riz Ahmed Up For Netflix’s “Hamlet”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:28am

Riz Ahmed (“Rogue One,” “Nightcrawler”) is closing a deal to star in a contemporary adaptation of “Hamlet” for streaming giant Netflix who will finance and distribute.

Set in a modern-day London of economic and political uncertainty, the story follows the intersecting themes of familial honor, moral duty and dynastic corruption.

Ahmed is coming off his Emmy win for HBO’s “The Night Of”. Jim Wilson (“Under the Skin,” “Attack the Block”) will produce.

Source: Deadline

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Trailer & Poster: “Snake Outta Compton”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:27am

The first trailer has hit for “Snake Outta Compton,” a genre mashup that blends rap music biopic with a giant creature feature and all of it done with tongue firmly in cheek.

Automatic Entertainment is behind the film which follows a rap group about to sign its first big record deal just as a science experiment involving a giant mutating snake monster goes wrong and threatens the streets of Compton.

Hank Braxtan directs the film which he wrote with Tim Johnson, James Kondelik and Jon Kondelik. The project will be on sale at the American Film Market next month with plans for a Summer 2018 release.

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Verse of the Day - Psalm 34:18

Bible Verse of the Day - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:00pm

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

The LORD is... ...near! ...present! ...close! How do I know? He came close in the manger. He walked among us in ministry. He suffered with us and for us at Calvary. We know that in tragedy, trial, heartbreak, and brokenness he is near to us to save us. So, will our hearts be open to him and will we be seeking him to come near? Don't let troubles or heartache lead you to pull away from God or doubt his nearness. Let him draw close to you.

My Prayer...

O LORD, please be near me today. Make your presence known in my life. Father, I also ask that you bless those I know who are struggling with their faith, and with broken and disappointed hearts. Please be active in their lives and make your presence known in their lives. 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.

Republic Assault: The Clone Wars

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:30pm

Star Wars: Empire at War total conversion is looking for modders

Ophelia Became a Major Hurricane Where No Storm Had Before

/. - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 7:30pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The system formerly known as Hurricane Ophelia is moving into Ireland on Monday, bringing "status red" weather throughout the day to the island. The Irish National Meteorological Service, Met Eireann, has warned that, "Violent and destructive gusts of 120 to 150km/h are forecast countrywide, and in excess of these values in some very exposed and hilly areas. There is a danger to life and property." Ophelia transitioned from a hurricane to an extra-tropical system on Sunday, but that only marginally diminished its threat to Ireland and the United Kingdom on Monday, before it likely dissipates near Norway on Tuesday. The primary threat from the system was high winds, with heavy rains. Forecasters marveled at the intensification of Ophelia on Saturday, as it reached Category 3 status on the Saffir-Simpson scale and became a major hurricane. For a storm in the Atlantic basin, this is the farthest east that a major hurricane has been recorded during the satellite era of observations. Additionally, it was the farthest north, at 35.9 degrees north, that an Atlantic major hurricane has existed this late in the year since 1939.

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Google Photos Now Recognizes Your Pets

/. - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 5:40pm
Today, Google is introducing an easier way to aggregate your pet photos in its Photos app -- by allowing you to group all your pet's photos in one place, right beside the people Google Photos organized using facial recognition. TechCrunch reports: This is an improvement over typing in "dog," or another generalized term, because the app will now only group together photos of an individual pet together, instead of returning all photos you've captured with a "dog" in them. And like the face grouping feature, you can label the pet by name to more easily pull up their photos in the app, or create albums, movies or photo books using their pictures. In addition, Google Photos lets you type in an animal's breed to search for photos of pets, and it lets you search for photos using the dog and cat emojis. The company also earlier this year introduced a feature that would create a mini-movie starring your pet, but you can opt to make one yourself by manually selecting photos then choosing from a half-dozen tracks to accompany the movie, says Google.

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Netflix Adds 5.3 Million Subs In Q3, Beating Forecasts

/. - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 5:00pm
Netflix shows no signs of slowing down. The company announced its third quarter results, adding more subscribers in both the U.S. and abroad than expected. Variety reports: The company gained 850,000 streaming subs in the U.S. and 4.45 million overseas in the period. Analysts had estimated Netflix to add 784,000 net subscribers in the U.S. and 3.62 million internationally for Q3. "We added a Q3-record 5.3 million memberships globally (up 49% year-over-year) as we continued to benefit from strong appetite for our original series and films, as well as the adoption of internet entertainment across the world," the company said in announcing the results, noting that it had under-forecast both U.S. and international subscriber growth. Netflix also indicated that its content spending may be even higher next year than previously projected. The company had said it was targeting programming expenditures of $7 billion in 2018; on Monday, Netflix said it will spend between $7 billion and $8 billion on content (on a profit-and-loss basis) next year. For 2017, original content will represent more than 25% of total programming spending, and that "will continue to grow," Netflix said.

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Microsoft's Fall Update With Redesigned Xbox Dashboard Is Now Available To All

/. - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:20pm
Microsoft has released the next big "Fall" update for the Xbox One, which focuses on speed and simplicity. Engadget reports: The first "Fluid Design" interface comes with a redesigned Home page, which is all about simplicity and customization. The top-level section has four shortcuts (your current game, two personalized suggestions, and a deal from the Microsoft store) and a horizontal carousel underneath. The biggest change, however, is the new "Content Blocks" that sit below this screen. Scroll down and you'll find a series of large, visual panels dedicated to games and friends. These are completely customizable and act like miniature hubs for your favorite titles and communities. The quick-access Guide has been tweaked for speed, with small, horizontal tabs that you can slide between with the Xbox controller's LB and RB bumpers, D-pad or left thumbstick. If you launch the Guide while you're streaming or part of an active party, you'll also see the corresponding broadcast and party tabs by default. Other Guide tweaks include a new Tournaments section in the Multiplayer tab, which will summarize any official, professional or community tournaments that you've entered. In addition, Microsoft has overhauled the Community tab with a modern, grid-based layout. It's also tweaked the idle and screen dimming features that kick in when you walk away from the console momentarily. Larry Hryb, Xbox Live's Major Nelson and Mike Ybarra, the Platform Engineer, have posted a walkthrough video on YouTube highlighting all the major new changes.

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Every Patch For 'KRACK' Wi-Fi Vulnerability Available Right Now

/. - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 3:40pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: As reported previously by ZDNet, the bug, dubbed "KRACK" -- which stands for Key Reinstallation Attack -- is at heart a fundamental flaw in the way Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) operates. According to security researcher and academic Mathy Vanhoef, who discovered the flaw, threat actors can leverage the vulnerability to decrypt traffic, hijack connections, perform man-in-the-middle attacks, and eavesdrop on communication sent from a WPA2-enabled device. In total, ten CVE numbers have been preserved to describe the vulnerability and its impact, and according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the main affected vendors are Aruba, Cisco, Espressif Systems, Fortinet, the FreeBSD Project, HostAP, Intel, Juniper Networks, Microchip Technology, Red Hat, Samsung, various units of Toshiba and Ubiquiti Networks. A list of the patches available is below. For the most up-to-date list with links to each patch/statement (if available), visit ZDNet's article.

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The Long Dark: Relentless Night

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 3:00pm

Days and nights get longer and longer in this mod for the winter survival sim

Ask Slashdot: What Are Some Hard Truths IT Must Learn To Accept?

/. - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 3:00pm
snydeq writes: "The rise of shadow IT, shortcomings in the cloud, security breaches -- IT leadership is all about navigating hurdles and deficiencies, and learning to adapt to inevitable setbacks," writes Dan Tynan in an article on six hard truths IT must learn to accept. "It can be hard to admit that you've lost control over how your organization deploys technology, or that your network is porous and your code poorly written. Or no matter how much bandwidth you've budgeted for, it never quite seems to be enough, and that despite its bright promise, the cloud isn't the best solution for everything." What are some hard truths your organization has been dealing with? Tynan writes about how the idea of engineering teams sticking a server in a closet and using it to run their own skunkworks has become more open; how an organization can't do everything in the cloud, contrasting the 40 percent of CIOs surveyed by Gartner six years ago who believed they'd be running most of their IT operations in the cloud by now; and how your organization should assume from the get-go that your environment has already been compromised and design a security plan around that. Can you think of any other hard truths IT must learn to accept?

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