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"Thrones" Directors, Jon's Parents Revealed?

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 1:15pm


There are many moments within the sixth season finale of HBO's "Game of Thrones" that people are still talking about, one of them being Bran's flashback.

In the scene, a young Ned Stark reaches the top of a tower where his sister Lyanna has given birth to a baby - the boy who would become Jon Snow. It's made clear Jon is not actually the bastard son of Eddard Stark, but rather his legitimate nephew. Yet the identity of Jon's actual father isn't said outloud, rather Lyanna says something in hushed words to Ned - the sound mix deliberately masking most of them.

Leave it to fans to take the scene and play with the audio to find out what she said. Games Radar has done just that, their audio enhancements revealing that the character utters the following line: "His name is .... If Robert finds out, he'll kill him. You know he will. You have to protect him. Promise me Ned. Promise me."

Robert refers to Robert Baratheon, Mark Addy's king of Westeros in the first season. What Jon's actual name is however was too low to hear. One Reddit user claims to have done it and says it's actually Jaehaerys.

The long held theory, one that the show seems to be confirming albeit slowly, is that Jon Snow is in fact the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, eldest son of the Mad King and Daenerys' older brother who died before she was born. Today, HBO seemed to confirm that with a new infographic posted on which makes the connection clear.

Finally, Alan Taylor, Jeremy Podeswa, Mark Mylod, and Matt Shakman have all been confirmed as directors of episodes within the seventh season. This would seem to confirm a shortened season as usually there are five or six helmers announced for the usual ten episode seasons.

"BoJack Horseman" Third Season Gets A Trailer

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 1:15pm

Netflix has released the full trailer for the third season of their animated adult comedy "BoJack Horseman". Starting out as a Hollywood spoof, the show has since earned great acclaim for its quite accurate portrayal of depression.

This seaosn, BoJack is grappling with his legacy while trudging through an increasingly turbulent Oscar campaign for his star-making turn in the Secretariat biopic. The twelve new episodes are set to be released simultaneously on the streaming service on July 22nd.

"Ghostbusters" Gets A Gag & B-Roll Reel

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 1:15pm

Filmmaker Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" reboot is on track to generate $40-50 million over the course of its opening weekend next month even with trailers that have generated a wide range of reactions. Now, several weeks out from the film's release, Sony has released the gag reel and B-Roll footage from the film - mostly showing stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth goofing around on the film's set. The film itself opens in cinemas on July 15th.

Full-Length Trailer: DreamWorks' "Trolls"

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 1:15pm

DreamWorks Animation has released the new full trailer for "Trolls," its upcoming animated adventure which tries to reignite interest in the famed colorful hair dolls which were massive back in the 1990s.

Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden, and Gwen Stefani lend their voices to the project about a grumpy troll ("Timberlake) and a extremely chipper troll (Kendrick) who learn to respect each other and work together. The film opens November 4th.

Review: Warcraft

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 1:15pm

You can tell there is a lot of heart and effort that went into the making of "Warcraft," which makes its artistic failure as a would-be fantasy epic all the more depressing. Hackneyed and cliched, it tries to rise to level of the "Lord of the Rings" films but never quite gets off the ground. That it was co-written and directed by the talented Duncan Jones ("Moon," "Source Code") only adds to the frustration when sitting through it.

Based on one of the best-selling video game series of the past twenty-odd years, it's a prequel of sorts, consisting of a simplistic story crammed full of boring exposition and mostly uninteresting characters. The plot, to use the term loosely, is a first-contact story detailing the arrival of the brutish orcs on the world of Azeroth via a portal opened with black magic called the Fell by the warlock Gul'Dan (Daniel Wu).

The orcs have fled their dying world, oblivious to the fact that the Fell consumed its life force and has slowly corrupted them. One chieftain, Durotan (Tony Kebbell), suspects the truth, and seeks a way out for at least some of his people.

Meanwhile, King Llane Wrynn (Dominic Cooper, Preacher) and soldier Anduin Lothar (Travis Flimmel, Vikings) flit back and forth between their realms and their castle as they fret over what to do; rookie wizard/bargain bin Luke Skywalker analog Khadgar (Ben Schnetzer) investigates the source of power behind the orcs; enigmatic sorcerer Medivh (Ben Foster rocking a slightly Christ-like beard and some snazzy robes) hangs around looking stoned; and half-orc Garona (Paula Patton) proves that Kermit the Frog was right and that it really isn't easy being green.

"Warcraft" is a very busy movie that spends a lot of time flitting around but going absolutely nowhere, in a constant rush as if to distract us from the fact that it's a sprawling story a mile wide but only an inch deep. The only time it perks up is when the orcs are onscreen, specifically when the focus is on Durotan's story; there's some genuine drama and compelling storytelling to be had there, but alas it falls into self-seriousness sealed with a clunky and ill-conceived Moses analogy (seriously).

The movie also suffers from inconsistent pacing and surprisingly sloppy production. There are some clunky edits (most likely made to avoid an R rating) and the effects are often generic and even shoddy and unconvincing. There are times when one is left wondering if exteriors were actually shot on location or on a soundstage in front of a green screen and just badly lit.

Warcraft's biggest sin, however, is one that filmmakers should know to avoid by now: Focus on the movie you are making, not on setting up the sequel you haven't earned. Have we learned nothing from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" or "Terminator: Genisys"?

New Cat unboxing 2015 video.

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 1:08pm

New: A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item
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Shavra - Progress and Characters

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:55pm

Polishing the Alpha Demo and working on Characters. I'm pleased to show many more polished screenshots from the Abbey.

'Cinderella' (1899) - A film by George Méliès

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:53pm

"This 1899 'Cinderella' is a technically and narratively innovative early silent film by Frenchman George Méliès (1861-1938).

The music I've added is from Sergei Prokofiev's score for the ballet of the same name.

As you probably know, much of Méliès creativity was put to the service of science fiction and fantasy, such as his 1902 film of Jules Verne's 'Le voyage dans la Lune'. But his invention is also evident here, in the (partially) hand-painted footage, the dissolves, and the stop tricks or substitutions, where, for example, the illusion can be given of mice becoming footmen, and pumpkins coaches.

What I particularly like about 'Cinderella' is that the narrative is so economically and clearly laid out. Good story-boarding.

A little five minute master piece. Which moves at just the right pace. And in which the technical innovations are not forced but seem natural and necessary."

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Game of Thrones: How Religion Ruled Season 6

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:49pm

"... Religion has always been important aspect of ‘Game of Thrones,’ but in Season 6 the gods played their most prominent role in the show’s narrative yet..."

Ask Slashdot: What's Your Preferred Media Streaming Device?

/. - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:40pm
New submitter bkr1_2k writes: Way back when, I had a PC dedicated as a media server using MythTV. That died and I didn't bother building a new one. Consumer electronics caught up and I recently bought an Apple TV (3rd Generation) to use for streaming my media library. I am, unsurprisingly, finding flaws with it. I'm looking for alternative devices that allow me to stream from my media server directly, without the need for a middleman app like iTunes for the Apple TV. I don't need a ton of streaming services (we have Netflix and Amazon Prime but don't use anything else). I primarily want to use this for streaming my own music and movie libraries over my home network, preferably with a user interface that lets me browse those in a fashion that doesn't force me to scroll through my whole library to get to the title that starts with the letter "Z" (A very poor design choice in the Apple TV). Nor do I want any voice controls since they all suck, in my experience. I would prefer an 'open' device that I can update at will with add-ons, but it's not a requirement. What are the current options out there? Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast. Anything else that might fit my needs better? Last week, we asked a similar question: "What's your preferred music streaming service?"

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Dell Stops Selling Android Tablets

/. - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:00pm
Dell is discontinuing its Venue line of Android tablets. Furthermore, the company says it will also stop issuing software updates to its existing Android tablets. The move comes as Dell wants to shift its focus on Windows 2-in-1 devices. As for the other reason, the American company adds that Android market is "oversaturated" and is experiencing "declining demand from consumers." Other Android devices from the company were discontinued some time ago. The company will honor after sales support for people who have purchased Venue Android tablets until the warranty and service contracts expire.

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Elizabeth Warren Says Apple, Amazon and Google Are Trying To 'Lock Out' Competition

/. - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 11:20am
Elizabeth Warren, an American academic and member of the Democratic Party, believes that Google, Apple, and Amazon are trying to use their size to "snuff out competition." In a speech about the perils of "consolidation and concentration" throughout the economy, the Massachusetts senator singled out the three of tech's biggest players. From a report:Warren had different beefs with Google, Apple and Amazon, but the common thread was that she accused each one of using its powerful platform to "lock out smaller guys and newer guys," including some that compete with Google, Apple and Amazon. Google, she said, uses "its dominant search engine to harm rivals of its Google Plus user review feature;" Apple "has placed conditions on its rivals that make it difficult for them to offer competitive streaming services" that compete with Apple Music; and Amazon "uses its position as the dominant bookseller to steer consumers to books published by Amazon to the detriment of other publishers.""Google, Apple and Amazon have created disruptive technologies that changed the world, and ... they deserve to be highly profitable and successful," Warren said. "But the opportunity to compete must remain open for new entrants and smaller competitors that want their chance to change the world again."

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It's like a whole new game...

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 10:48am

I've changed the shadows, added some saturation and now the game looks like something completely different. But it looks really cool now!

GTA Vice City 2 Season 3 - Update Of July

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 10:44am

In this article we will see the latest updates of the mod GTA Vice City 2 Season 3.

BMW, Intel, Mobileye Partner On Self-Driving Cars, 'Turning Point For Automotive Industry': Reports

/. - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 10:40am
BMW, Intel, and Mobileye NV are working to develop autonomous-car technology, reports Bloomberg, citing multiple sources. Senior executives from each company will hold an event on Friday to discuss the driverless-vehicle initiative, the report adds. From the article:Jerusalem-based Mobileye has been an early leader in providing cameras, software and other components that allow vehicles to see the world around them. BMW has been a client of Mobileye, along with General Motors Co. and Tesla Motors Inc. As automakers and their suppliers race to create systems to replace human drivers, most companies are betting on some form of artificial intelligence, which requires powerful processing.Reuters, citing one source, reports the same thing. The announcement will be a "turning point for the automotive industry," Amnon Shashua, the chairman and co-founder of Mobileye.

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Google Is Adding a VR Shell To Chrome To Let You Browse the Entire Web In VR

/. - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader writes: While it's possible to create and view specially built virtual reality 'WebVR' websites through today's browsers, traversing the web in VR means taking your VR headset on and off as you come across VR websites and non-VR websites. Google is working to fix this by adding a 'VR Shell' to the Chrome browser that will render non-VR websites in a virtual environment, and allow seamless transitioning from them to WebVR sites. Recent developer builds of Chrome on Android reveal both the WebVR API and VR Shell directly integrated into the browser. The company is also working on adding support for headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on desktop.

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Spotify Says Apple Won't Approve New Version Of Its App Because It Doesn't Want Competition For Apple Music

/. - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 9:20am
According to a report on Recode, Apple has rejected an update to Spotify's iOS app, and that this has caused a "grave harm to Spotify and its customers." The Swedish-based music company competes with Apple's Music streaming app and service. In a letter to Apple's top lawyer, Spotify says that Apple turned down a version of the app citing "business model rules" and demanded that Spotify uses Apple's billing system if it wants to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions. From the report:The letter, sent by Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez to Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell on May 26, suggests that Spotify intends to use the standoff as ammunition in its fight over Apple's rules governing subscription services that use its App store. "This latest episode raises serious concerns under both U.S. and EU competition law," Gutierrez wrote. "It continues a troubling pattern of behavior by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music, particularly when seen against the backdrop of Apple's previous anticompetitive conduct aimed at Spotify ... we cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors."

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Google Reveals What N In Android N Stands For -- Nougat

/. - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 8:44am
We finally know what N in Android N stands for: Nougat. Google made the announcement on Thursday. The Android maker always names smartphone operating system updates after candies and other sweet treats. The past few versions, for instances, are named Marshmallow, Eclair, Lollipop, and Marshmallow. Naming aside, Android N brings with it a range of interesting features such as multi-window support, better battery efficiency, and the ability to reply to messages straight from the notification. Enthusiasts who own a Nexus 6 or a newer Nexus device, can give a whirl to the preview of Android N on their device. The final version of Android N will be made available later this year.

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IMAX Will Build You a Home Theater -- Starting at $400K

/. - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 8:00am
An anonymous reader shares an Ars Technica report: If you have about $400K to spare, IMAX's Private Theatre division will now build an IMAX cinema setup in your own home. The entry-level IMAX Private Theatre is the "Palais," which starts at about $400,000 for a screening room with up to 18 seats. For your money you get dual 4K 2D/3D projectors, a proprietary IMAX sound system, and a media playback system that supports everything you might want to throw at it (TV, games, Blu-ray, etc.) No word on the exact specifications of the projectors, but they're probably not IMAX-with-laser. Screen size will vary depending on the setup, but generally they will be 3 metres (10ft) tall or more. Stepping up to the "Platinum" IMAX home theatre for about $1 million gets you a much larger screening room with space for up to 40 people.

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What happened to Beta Five/Quick update

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 7:36am

Updating everyone on what is going on behind the scenes and what will be coming up in beta five also announcing some other important stuff.
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