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YouTube Music Head Says Company Pays Higher Royalties Than Spotify in US

/. - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:30pm
An anonymous reader shares a report: Making a living from streaming royalties is tough for music artists, and YouTube has had one of the worst reputations in the music industry for a while. Even Lyor Cohen, the current head of YouTube Music, knows that many are skeptical about the service's ability to pay out a legitimate rate. Cohen wrote a blog post this week to explain why he thinks that YouTube deserves another chance, and that his company is the highest paying music streaming service out there. The former road manager for Run DMC has been at YouTube for eight months now. He believes that YouTube music got to the subscription party late, which allowed companies like Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music to take an early lead. He also says that ads in music videos aren't the "death of the music industry," but rather a second supplement to bring in the money. Cohen claims that YouTube's ads brought in more than a billion dollars in the past 12 months. That should help soothe the music industry itself, but what about artists? Cohen rebuts the common belief that YouTube pays less than Spotify or Pandora, saying that his service pays more than $3 per thousand streams in the US, "more than other ad supported services."

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Usher, Jackson, Roundtree Set For “Shaft”

Dark Horizons - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:17pm

Jessie T. Usher (“Independence Day: Resurgence”) has signed on to star in “Son of Shaft” for New Line Cinema.

The project will mark a “Shaft” family reunion as both Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree are in negotiations to return, reprising their roles from the previous films.

Roundtree played the original John Shaft in the 1970s films, while Jackson led the 2000 “Shaft” film as Roundtree’s character’s nephew who was also named John Shaft. Roundtree had a cameo in that film too.

Now Usher will play the estranged son of Jackson’s John Shaft. In the film, he’s an FBI agent and cyber expert who is forced to team up with his old school father.

Tim Story (“Ride Along”) will direct the film from a script by Kenya Barris.

Source: Variety

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First Look: Frank Grillo In “Wheelman”

Dark Horizons - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:11pm

The first photo has been released of “The Purge” and “Kingdom” star Frank Grillo in “Wheelman,” the upcoming Netflix film which has been set for an October 20th release on the streaming service.

Grillo plays a getaway driver thrust into a high stakes race-to-survive after a bank robbery goes terribly wrong. With a car full of money and his family on the line, the clock is ticking to figure out who double-crossed him.

Garrett Dillahunt and Caitlin Carmichael co-star in the Jeremy Rush-directed and Joe Carnahan-produced film. Expect the first trailer quite soon.

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“Uncharted: The Lost Legacy” Launch Trailer

Dark Horizons - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:07pm

Ahead of the game’s release this coming week, Sony PlayStation and Naughty Dog have released the launch trailer for “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy,” the upcoming standalone spin-off title of the adventure game series.

In the title, Chloe Frazer must enlist the aid of renowned mercenary Nadine Ross in order to recover a fabled ancient Indian artifact, a relic from the Hoysala Empire, and keep it out of the hands of a ruthless war profiteer.

Reviews wise the game is sitting on a quite pretty 86/100 on Metacritic, the weakest of the five games to date but very close to the main series (the previous four scored 88, 96, 92 & 93 respectively).

The game will be available for $39.99 on August 22nd, but those who bought deluxe editions of “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” will get the game as a digital download at launch.

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Dafoe Talks “Aquaman” Shooting Challenge

Dark Horizons - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:01pm

Out doing promotional rounds for Netflix’s adaptation of the manga series “Death Note,” actor Willem Dafoe spoke about his role as Aquaman’s senior advisor Vulko in both the upcoming “Justice League” and James Wan’s currently in production “Aquaman” films.

Dafoe confirms to Screen Crush that Vulko will have his usual mentor/advisor relationship with Arthur Curry in the films, with his ‘League’ appearance being only very brief. He’s got a much more substantial turn in “Aquaman” and spoke about how Wan is dealing with the issue of breathing underwater:

“Most of my scenes are underwater. Some are not. So much of it, because we’re talking, and shooting underwater is a lot of ways impractical because you’re limited to what you can do with sets. It’s more about shooting them dry for wet, and then the effects do certain things to give the water feel.

But we aren’t doing the scenes underwater, but we are in harnesses and on wires. There is movement. It’s not like we’re all sitting around pretending were underwater like this [stands up still], we’re swimming around, we’re moving. So that should be really beautiful.”

We’ve glimpsed an idea of what “Aquaman” will look like in the “Justice League” trailers, though it’s not clear if Wan is making further changes to the visual style that Snyder is employing for those scenes.

“Aquaman” hits cinemas on December 21st 2018.

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A 'Netflix Tax'? Yes, and It's Already a Thing in Some States

/. - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:00pm
An anonymous reader shares a report: Your monthly bill for Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other streaming entertainment services could go up soon as states such as Illinois try to find ways to offset declining sales taxes and other revenue shortfalls. Chicago, Pennsylvania and Florida have already passed a so-called Netflix tax, and cities such as Pasadena, Calif. have broached the issue. These taxes can translate to additional fees of less than $1 each month to consumers. But over the months -- and tacked onto multiple streaming subscriptions -- they might add up to $50 or more each year. Netflix, consumer tax groups and tech trade organizations have voiced their opposition to such taxes, warning they can be unfair and deter innovation. Some opponents have initiated legal challenges, and at least one state has shelved plans after a court decision. But state and local governments aren't likely to halt fresh efforts as falling pay-TV subscriptions and video rentals mean there's less opportunity to tax cable bills or charge sales tax at the cash register.

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Soderbergh Offers “Mosaic” Series Deails

Dark Horizons - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:54am

Coming off strong reviews for his new hillbilly heist caper film “Logan Lucky,” filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has already jumped into working on his next effort – the mysterious HBO project “Mosaic”.

We know that Sharon Stone and Garrett Hedlund star and there has been rumors of it boasting a ‘choose your own adventure’ style narrative, but Soderbergh has dismissed that, telling Film Comment that it’s actually a “branching narrative” piece. This allows viewers to follow the story from differing chosen perspectives:

“It’s a branching narrative piece. Branching narratives have been around forever, but technology now allows, I hope, for a more elegant, intuitive form of engagement than used to be possible.

We spent a lot of time on how you touch this thing. I wanted to make sure that it was beautiful and simple, so that when the opportunity arises for you to decide whose perspective you want to follow, it feels organic and not like an interruption – like the thing is just stopping cold.

So there was just a lot trial and error about how that would work. I’m really happy with it now. The question now is if a million people log on at the same time, will it crash? It’s supposed to come out in November.”

The project will be released via a free app and if you watch it through “all the various nodes,” Soderbergh says it clocks in at around seven-and-a-half hours. As for the story itself, it involves a murder but is not a “murder mystery” per se. There are two different timeframes, one contemporary and one four years ago.

He also confirms there will be a linear six-hour episodic version that’s set to air on HBO in January that includes plenty of material that’s not in the app. Finally, he says that the project’s writer Ed Solomon has come up with a “much more complex” piece built on the work they’ve done here.

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Meet The “Frozen: The Broadway Musical” Cast

Dark Horizons - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:43am

Walt Disney Theatrical Productions has debuted both a first look photo and a new video which gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the cast of “Frozen The Broadway Musical,” the upcoming stage adaptation of the animated Disney feature.

The project will briefly be performed at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts from August 17th to October before it opens on Broadway. The production stars Caissie Levy as Elsa, Patti Murin as Anna, Jelani Alladin as Kristoff, Greg Hildreth as Olaf, and John Riddle as Hans.

Two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Oremus (“Avenue Q,” “Wicked,” “The Book of Mormon”) serves as music supervisor and creates vocal, incidental and dance arrangements for the project which is being directed by Thomas Schumacher.

See our cast together in costume for the first time!

— Frozen (@FrozenBroadway) August 18, 2017

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Gemma Chan Joins “Mary Queen of Scots”

Dark Horizons - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:39am

Gemma Chan (“Humans,” “Crazy Rich Asians”) has joined the cast of Josie Rourke’s “Mary Queen Of Scots” for Working Title and Focus Features.

Chan will play Bess of Hardwick, the friend and confidante of Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). Bess, along with her husband the Earl of Shrewsbury, eventually became keeper of the captive Mary Queen of Scots (Saoirse Ronan) for fifteen years.

Martin Compston and Jack Lowden co-star in the film which boasts a script by Beau Willimon and is based on the 2004 biography by John Guy. Filming is now underway.

Source: Deadline

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Hollywood, Apple Said To Mull Rental Plan, Defying Theaters

/. - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:20am
An anonymous reader shares a report: Movie studios are considering whether to ignore the objections of cinema chains and forge ahead with a plan to offer digital rentals of films mere weeks after they appear in theaters, according to people familiar with the matter. Some of the biggest proponents, including Warner Bros and Universal Pictures, are pressing on in talks with Apple and Comcast on ways to push ahead with the project even without theater chains, the people said. After months of negotiations, the two sides have been unable to arrive at a mutually beneficial way to create a $30 to $50 premium movie-download product. The leading Hollywood studios, except for Walt Disney, are eager to introduce a new product to make up for declining sales of DVDs and other home entertainment in the age of Netflix. They have discussed sharing a split of the revenue from premium video on demand, or PVOD, with the cinema chains if they give their blessing to the concept. But the exhibitors have sought a long-term commitment of as much as 10 years for that revenue split, which the studios have rejected, the people said. Deals with potential distributors such as Apple and Comcast could be reached as soon as early next year to sell digital downloads of major films as soon as two weeks after they debut in theaters, the people said.

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Developer Accidentally Deletes Three-Month of Work With Visual Studio Code

/. - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:40am
New submitter joshtops writes: A developer accidentally three-month of his work. In a post, he described his experience, "I had just downloaded VScode as an alternative and I was just playing with the source control option, seeing how it wanted to stage -- five thousand files -- I clicked discard... AND IT DELETED ALL MY FILES, ALL OF THEM, PERMANENTLY! How the f*uk is this s*it possible, who the hell is the d******* who made the option to permanently delete all the files on a project by accident even possible? Cannot even find them in the Recycle Bin!!!! I didn't even thought that was possible on Windows!!! F*ck this f*cking editor and f*ck whoever implemented this option. I wish you the worst.'

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How Hackers Are Targeting the Shipping Industry

/. - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader shares a report: When staff at CyberKeel investigated email activity at a medium-sized shipping firm, they made a shocking discovery. "Someone had hacked into the systems of the company and planted a small virus," explains co-founder Lars Jensen. "They would then monitor all emails to and from people in the finance department." Whenever one of the firm's fuel suppliers would send an email asking for payment, the virus simply changed the text of the message before it was read, adding a different bank account number. "Several million dollars," says Mr Jensen, were transferred to the hackers before the company cottoned on. After the NotPetya cyber-attack in June, major firms including shipping giant Maersk were badly affected. In fact, Maersk revealed this week that the incident could cost it as much as $300 million in profits. But Mr Jensen has long believed that that the shipping industry needs to protect itself better against hackers -- the fraud case dealt with by CyberKeel was just another example. The firm was launched more than three years ago after Mr Jensen teamed up with business partner Morten Schenk, a former lieutenant in the Danish military who Jensen describes as "one of those guys who could hack almost anything." They wanted to offer penetration testing -- investigative tests of security -- to shipping companies. The initial response they got, however, was far from rosy.

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What If You Were to Die Tonight? Part 3

Death. The topic is strewn with the litter of fear, ignorance, denial, and superstition. For many, death is viewed as an unsolvable mystery, a vague departure from this life that leaves those who remain disillusioned and confused. Others hold erroneous beliefs about death, including soul sleep, reincarnation, and the possibility of making contact with the spirits of the departed. For most, it’s one of those socially unacceptable subjects—something nobody wants to discuss. Therefore, it surprises many that, rather than ignoring the subject and skirting the issues surrounding it, the Bible—like no other book—faces death head-on. It offers reliable, God-inspired information that answers most of our questions and calms our fears. In fact, the Bible not only addresses heaven, the death-related subject everybody wonders about; it also speaks openly and authoritatively about the death-related subject most choose to deny altogether: hell. During His earthly life and ministry, Jesus taught clearly about both heaven and hell. In the passage we’ll consider in this message, He brought both to the surface in an amazing story we cannot forget.

Vogt-Roberts On “Metal Gear Solid” Ambitions

Dark Horizons - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 3:45am

Riding high off the success of “Kong: Skull Island,” filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts has spoken briefly about one of the next projects he has in the works – the film adaptation of the beloved “Metal Gear Solid” video game franchise.

Vogt-Roberts signed on for the project back in 2014, but the film stalled and is only now starting to move forward again. He and screenwriter Jay Basu have been working hard on the script for some time now, making sure to get things right before going into production.

Speaking with Den of Geek this week, Vogt-Roberts explains the stakes of the gig considering how much Hideo Kojima’s “Metal Gear” series means to him personally:

“Right now what we’re trying to write is the craziest, punk rock, Kojima, rock and roll, like ‘holy s–t they’re going to try to make that movie that does this in that many time periods?!’ Like it’s special.

Whether we can execute on that script, whether we can get it made, who knows. But right now, I truly believe that the target is in the right direction, and so we’ll see what happens from there.”

Film adaptations of video games have struggled to receive any acclaim in recent years with 2016 seeing two high-profile failures creatively. Whether Vogt-Roberts will succeed where they failed? We’ll have to wait and see.

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First Promo: “Marvel’s The Punisher”

Dark Horizons - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 3:43am

With “Marvel’s The Defenders” series now live on Netflix, the first trailer for the next effort in their collaboration, “Marvel’s The Punishe,r” has gone up on YouTube though not yet through the company’s official account.

Jon Bernthal is set to reprise his role from “Marvel’s Daredevil” in the new series which follows Frank Castle (Bernthal) and his brutal quest to avenge his wife and child’s murder.

The cast includes Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Micro, Jason R Moore as Curtis Hoyle, Michael Nathanson as Sam Stein, Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, and Jaime Ray Newman as Sarah Lieberman.

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“Avengers” Pair Tease Scale & New “Thor” Photos

Dark Horizons - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 3:41am

A few quick updates on several MCU projects today, most notably the recently wrapped “Avengers: Infinity War” which actor Paul Bettany has spoken about.

Bettany, who played Jarvis and later The Vision in the films, has confirmed in a new interview that he will be making his return in the currently untitled fourth instalment in the series which has just started shooting. As for ‘Infinity War’, he tells Collider:

“It felt like the biggest movie that I’ve ever made and will ever make, and we’ve still got to make the [next] one. It’s f—ing crazy! I would come in, often at dawn because of the length of my make-up, and there would just be all of these twinkling lights. It looked like a town, but it wasn’t. It was where all of the trailers were. It’s massive!

The call sheets are bananas. When you see the list of cast members, you’re like, ‘How is anybody else making a film in Hollywood, this year? How are they getting films financed? Everybody is in this!'”

The comments come as some new artwork for the film goes online, while Marvel has also released a bunch of new stills from Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” which contains events that lead into ‘Infinity War’. See all of that below.

#avengersinfinitywar closer up. #Artwork #wip

A post shared by Steve Cas (@steve_cas) on Aug 17, 2017 at 7:44am PDT

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in cinemas in May next year.

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