An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report:Inspired by the success of Pokemon Go, a Belgian primary school headmaster has developed an online game for people to search for books instead of cartoon monsters, attracting tens of thousands of players in weeks. While with Pokemon Go, players use a mobile device's GPS and camera to track virtual creatures around town, Aveline Gregoire's version is played through a Facebook group called "Chasseurs de livres" ("Book hunters"). Players post pictures and hints about where they have hidden a book and others go to hunt them down. Once someone has finished reading a book, they "release" it back into the wild. "While I was arranging my library, I realized I didn't have enough space for all my books. Having played Pokemon Go with my kids, I had the idea of releasing the books into nature," Gregoire told Reuters. Though it was only set up a few weeks ago, more than 40,000 people are already signed up to Gregoire's Facebook group.
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Mark Chediak, reporting for Bloomberg:Alphabet Inc's Nest Labs is looking to enlist enough customers in California to free up as much power as a small natural gas-fired plant produces, helping alleviate potential energy shortages in the region following a massive gas leak that has restricted supplies. Nest, which supplies digital, wireless thermostats, is partnering with Edison International's Southern California Edison utility to get households enrolled in a state-established energy conservation program. The company wants to attract 50,000 customers through next summer that could shrink their total demand by as much as 50 megawatts when needed, Ben Bixby, Nest's director of energy businesses at Nest, said by phone. "We are building a citizen-fueled clean power plant," he said.
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Next month, Disney’s 1991 animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” gets a 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray/DVD/Digital re-release. With it comes a great sneak peek featurette about the studio’s upcoming live-action adaptation helmed by Bill Condon.
Today, La Bella y la Bestia de Disney have published two screen shots from the featurette. The first shows us concept art of Lumiere (Ewan McGregor) and Cogsworth (Ian McKellen) which may not be final. The second gives us a look at Gaston’s big song scene with Luke Evans in the role (but only seen from behind) and Josh Gad as Le Fou.
The new “Beauty and the Beast” is slated to open in March next year.
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If it were to follow the pattern of its predecessor, the title for Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII” would have already been revealed at this point.
J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” unveiled its title not long after filming wrapped, and Johnson’s film wrapped shooting a few weeks back with the director currently deep into the editing phase. John Williams is ready to begin his work on the score imminently.
The film’s leading lady, Daisy Ridley, has revealed that we may be waiting a while longer before we learn what the production’s new moniker will be. Appearing on popular British podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno, talk briefly touched upon Episode VIII and when we might find out the title. She said:
“I heard a title, but I don’t know if it’s going to be that. I really don’t know much about anything. I heard the title a long time ago before we started filming, and so I feel some things have slightly tweaked during production. It’s going to be a while before it’s released I imagine.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was originally going to be titled “Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire” but that ultimately changed. Even so, ‘Force Awakens’ wasn’t actually revealed as a title until November the year before release and with ‘Episode VIII’ not due out until December 15th 2017 – it means we probably won’t know it until late this Fall.
To celebrate National Dog Day, Universal Pictures has released a first look trailer for Lasse Hallstrom’s “A Dog’s Purpose” from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media. Josh Gad voices a dog who gets reincarnated over and over.
Josh Gad voices a devoted dog who gets reincarnated over and over and finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.
Based on the bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, the project stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz and Pooch Hall. It opens January 27th.
The upcoming Ezra Miller-led standalone “The Flash” film may have found its villains. Will it be Reverse Flash or Zoom?
Turns out none of the above. Heroic Hollywood reports that The Flash will square off with the villainous team The Rogues in the film.
In the comics The Rogues are a loose criminal association led by Captain Cold and includes various villains such as Mirror Master, Heat Wave, Weather Wizard, the Trickster, Pied Piper, the Top, and Captain Boomerang.
Back in April a potential cast list for the film leaked with the name Len Snart (Captain Cold) on it, this would seem to fit that. It’s a good choice too as though several of the characters have appeared on “The Flash” TV series, they’ve not yet assembled as ‘The Rogues’ group.
Rick Famuyiwa helms the film which goes into production next year ahead of a 2018 release.
Dropbox is forcing a number of users to change their passwords after the cloud storage company found some account details linked to an old data breach. "The next time you visit dropbox.com, you may be asked to create a new password. We proactively initiated this password update prompt for Dropbox users who meet certain criteria," the company writes on its website. Fortune reports: The popular cloud storage said the move was related to the theft of an old set of Dropbox credentials, dating back to 2012. So the users the company has contacted are those who created Dropbox accounts before mid-2012 and have not updated their passwords since that time. Dropbox disclosed in July 2012 that some users were getting spammed, and the cause appeared to be the theft of usernames and passwords from other websites. As is often the case, some people reuse their usernames and passwords across different web services. (If it still needs saying, you really shouldn't reuse your passwords, ever.)
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An anonymous reader writes: Girls given imitation babies to look after in an effort to deter teenage pregnancy could actually be more likely to get pregnant, according to a study. Researchers in Australia found 8% of girls who used the dolls were expecting by the age of 20, compared with 4% of those who did not. The number of girls having at least one abortion was also higher among girls given the dolls: 9% compared to 6%. 'Baby Think It Over' dolls were used in a Virtual Infant Parenting (VIP) programme which began in 57 schools in Western Australia in 2003. During the three-year study, published in The Lancet, 1267 girls aged 13 to 15 used the simulators -- which need to be fed and changed, while 1567 learned the normal health curriculum. The idea originated in the United States and is used in 89 countries. Researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute in Western Australia are now warning that such programmes may be a waste of public money.
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You asked, he answered! VideoLan President and Lead Developer of VLC Jean-Baptiste Kempf has responded to questions submitted by Slashdot readers. Read on to find out about the upcoming VideoLAN projects; how they keep VLC sustainable; what are some mistakes they wish they hadn't made; and what security challenges they face, among others!
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Momento Temporis: Light from the Deep will go in to full release on September 29th. Read the full article for more details.
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Ahead of the digital home video and disc released of “Captain America: Civil War” in a few weeks, Joe and Anthony Russo have been doing press rounds for the film and have been able to speak freely about their work on it now – unafraid to tackle not just spoilers but lost ideas that didn’t make it into the film.
One key difference between the film and the comic storyline that inspired it is that by the end, Steve Rogers is still alive in the film. Yet despite this, there’s still a parallel to be drawn – namely that Steve Rogers has given up on being Captain America. Joe Russo tells The Huffington Post: “I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity, him admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.”
At the same time, Anthony Russo spoke with EW about what the third Captain America film almost featured when it wasn’t clear if Robert Downey Jr. would be available:
“There was a period where we did discuss a third act that revolved around the Madbomb from Cap mythology. The charm of the Madbomb is that you turn hordes of people into berserkers. That was the physical challenge that Cap and company would have had to face. The notion of the Madbomb would have been Cap having to fight civilians and how he would he handle that. We were always trying to put him into these interesting moral conundrums because of his nature. That would have made a compelling third act because if civilians are the antagonists, how could he stop them without killing them?”
Then there’s Comicbook.com which spoke with Joe Russo and asked him about whether we’ll see the X-Men joining the Marvel Studios fold in the same way that Spider-Man has. Joe responded:
“As far as we know, right now there isn’t talk regarding the X-Men. I don’t know if behind-the-scenes there were conversations or if there are conversations happening but we certainly haven’t heard of any… Sony and Marvel had a relationship through Kevin [Feige] and Amy [Pascal] and through us and Amy. That’s really how Spider-Man came about. It requires a certain alchemy and a very special situation for studios to share properties.”
“Captain America: Civil War” will officially be arriving on Digital HD, Digital 3D and Disney Movies Anywhere on September 2nd and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on September 13th. Finally, check out a one-minute ‘Civil War’ blooper reel below:
We’re still around two months away from the release of Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” film, a movie that features several characters with mystical powers including Strange himself (Benedict Cumberbatch), his mentor The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), fellow sorcerers Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Wong (Benedict Wong), and the film’s villain Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen).
Turns out that the film might also feature another familiar face to fans of the comics, albeit only a brief cameo more than anything. That Hashtag Show reports that Jericho Drumm, better known as Brother Voodoo, will have a very brief cameo appearance in the movie.
The character’s brother, Daniel Drumm, already appeared in the Doctor Strange prelude comic book that was released last month – a comic that teased Brother Voodoo. Now the outlet says: “Daniel Drumm’s brother, Jericho, better known as Brother Voodoo will be making a small cameo in full costume. However, it seems as if it will be a very brief scene, and unless you’re looking for it, you could miss it.”
They also indicate that Tina Minoru, who appeared in the prelude comic, will have a cameo role in the movie as well. In the comics Brother Voodoo takes over for Stephen Strange as the Sorcerer Supreme at one point, while Tina Minoru is a powerful user of the mystic arts and founding member of the organization The Pride.
“Doctor Strange” opens in cinemas on November 4th.
As “Supergirl” heads to The CW for its second season, it also brings with it Superman as a character after only being teased about or seen in the distance in the first season.
“Teen Wolf” and “Everybody Wants Some” actor Tyler Hoechlin takes on the role in what will potentially be a recurring capacity, and the show’s producer Andrew Kreisberg has spoken some more about what we can expect from this version of Kal-El who apparently has been operating as Superman for over a decade. He tells Collider:
“I think our take on him is probably something a little bit more traditional. There’s certainly a little bit of the ‘Aw shucks’ about him, but he’s been Superman for awhile, so there’s a savviness about him as Superman and as Clark. If he’s been Superman for 12 years, that also means that he’s been Clark Kent for 12 years. He knows how to interview somebody. He knows how to get a story out of someone.
As always, with any of these things, we’re never doing a direct adaptation of a specific comic book. We cherry pick the best parts and things that we love. So, there’s a little bit of the Christopher Reeve Superman in there, a healthy dose of the Superman animated series, which we’re huge fans of, a little bit of Lois & Clark, a little George Reeves, and a little Super Friends.
And as far as finding the right guy, as soon as we said we were going to do Superman, Greg [Berlanti] mentioned Tyler [Hoechlin]. We’ve been fans of his for years, and when we sat down with him, he is Superman. Not just with the looks, but he’s such a good guy, such a nice guy, and he’s so open and forthright and brimming with life.
You just feel better when you’re around him, which I think is part of the secret of Superman. He is that ideal, but not in an unattainable way. Superman should make you feel like you can do anything, even though he’s the one that can do anything. And Tyler just had all that in spades. So, it was less a question of us reaching out. It was more a question of hoping he would say yes. After Tyler, I’m not sure what we would have done.”
Kreisberg also spoke about actor Chris Wood’s role as Mon-El and the dynamic that he will develop with Kara. Mon-El is a Daxamite with abilities similar to Supergirl and Superman and is likely the person Kara discovers in the pod at the end of last season: “[Kara]’s always been somebody who’s been taken care of, in a way. [Mon-El] is on Earth and everything he knew was lost, just the way it was for Kara, but she’s had 12 years to process it and he’s struggling with it.”
In fact one of the upcoming episodes has Kara essentially saying: “I was sent to Earth not to be a hero. I wasn’t sent here to be Supergirl. I was sent here to protect Clark and take care of Clark. Now, in an odd way, with Mon-El here, I’m getting to fulfill that original mission that I had.”
The new season of “Supergirl” kicks off October 10th.
Demi Moore will join Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and Zoe Kravitz in the R-rated comedy “Rock That Body” at Sony Pictures.
The story follows five friends who rent a beach house in Miami for a wild bachelorette weekend that doesn’t quite go as planned.
“Broad City” scribes Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello co-wrote the film, and Downs will co-star while Aniello is directing. The pair will also produce alongside Matt Tolmach and Dave Becky. Shooting kicked off on the film last weekend.