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Crypt Fiends Kickstarter

Mod DB's News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 10:11am

Krypt Fiends has a Kickstarter, 20 days to go and we need your help.

ZDNet Writer Downplays Windows 10's Phoning-Home Habits

/. - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 9:57am
jones_supa writes: Gordon F. Kelly of Forbes whipped up a frenzy over Windows 10 when a Voat user found out in a little experiment that the operating system phones home thousands of times a day. ZDNet's Ed Bott has written a follow-up where he points out how the experiment should not be taken too dramatically. 602 connection attempts were to using UDP port 137, which means local NetBIOS broadcasts. Another 630 were DNS requests. Next up was 1,619 dropped connection attempts to address, which is a Microsoft Teredo server. The list goes on with NTP, random HTTP requests, and various cloud hosts which probably are reached by UWP apps. He summarizes by saying that a lot of connections are not at all about telemetry. However, what kind of telemetry and data-mined information Windows specifically sends still remains largely a mystery; hopefully curious people will do analysis on the operating system and network traffic sent by it.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Battlefront Commander Bodies and Wreckage Stay

Mod DB's News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 9:55am

Hey guys finally got around to getting Bodies and Wreckage stay for Star Wars Battlefront commander.

The Way VCs Think About Open Source: Mostly Wrong

/. - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 9:34am
An anonymous reader writes: In an epic smack-down, Simon Phipps examines a recent article by some VCs with an apparently strong track record in open source startups and finds the way they see the world makes them plain wrong about Red Hat, OSI licenses, Apache and probably everything else they talk about.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Verdant Skies Announced

Mod DB's News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 8:52am

Verdant Skies is for people who grew up loving Harvest Moon and who long for a game that matured with them. Featuring a diverse cast of characters to befriend and/or romance in both traditional and non-binary gender role relationships and an advanced farming system with plant hybridization options.

1541 Diagnostic Cartridge - If you've got a C64 1541 disk drive, you need this!

Indie Retro News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 3:59am

When we first did C64 reviews, the very first device that we showed off was Shareware Plus's 'uCassette'. It enabled users of the C64, to play tapes via your mobile or audio equipment directly into the C64 as MP3 or Wav files. Well that same company has sent us a new cartridge called the ' 1541 Diagnostic Cartridge ', which if you've got a 1541 disk drive, would be a highly regarded item to add to your ever growing list of accessories.

Designed by Jani and manufactured by Shareware Plus, this neat little cartridge packed with tools is the next best thing if you've got a disk drive and fed up with having to find issues with it. Now I know you can use a disk with diagnostic tools or software, but that isn't too helpful if either the disk is faulty or the drive cant read disks at all. The same issue can happen with tapes too, especially if your belt is snapped, how can it read the tape?

So rather than just list each feature as the above screenshot, we will write a description based upon what is provided in the instruction leaflet.

Alignment Check :
Reads and reports the current track the actual track read and the difference between them

Show Bam :
Displays the disks complete block allocation map on screen

Disk Command :
Quickly send the disk drive a dos command and see the status

Directory :
Reads and displays the disks directory on screen

Error Scan :
Reads tracks 1 to 35 and reports any bad sectors

Fast Format :
Enter a disk name and ID, formats a disk in 10 seconds

Head Exerciser :
Complete control over the disk drives read/write head

Send IO :
Sends the IO command to the disk drive and displays the status

Reverse Knock :
Performs a reverse head knock test on the disk drive

Speed Check :
Shows the disk drives normal speed current speed and the difference

Performance Test :
Automatically performs a mechanical and dos test the disk drive.

Validate Disk :
Runs the validate command on the disk.

Sector View :
Simple and easy to use disk track & sector display.

A most impressive bit of kit and what's more the price is great too. It was priced when we received the item at £20 which includes post and packaging worldwide delivery. So what are you waiting for, if you've got a C64 or 1541 disk drive, you owe it to yourself to see what else is available from Shareware Plus HERE or HERE

Operation Intimidation, Part 2

For months, Nehemiah led the project of rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls in spite of constant opposition, both subtle and overt. As the walls neared completion (Nehemiah 6:1), threatening foes once again assailed this leader. But this time the attack was much more insidious than before—the enemy attempted to intimidate Nehemiah through several frightening plots. But because Nehemiah had developed God-given discernment, none of these plans succeeded . . . and the wall was completed.

Radcliffe Up For Greg McLean's "Jungle"

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:50pm

Daniel Radcliffe has joined the cast of "Wolf Creek" helmer Greg McLean's psychological thriller "Jungle" for Arclight Films and Screen Australia

Based on Yossi Ghinsberg's memoir, the story follows the young Israeli adventurer who went into an uncharted part of the Amazon with two friends and a guide in what turned out to be a dangerous and deadly expedition.

Justin Monjo adapted the script while McLean, Dana Lustig, Gary Hamilton and Mike Gabrawy will produce. Filming begins later this year in Australia.

Source: THR

Jason Leigh Up For Garland's "Annihilation"

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:50pm

Jennifer Jason Leigh is in early talks to join "Ex Machina" director Alex Garland's next sci-fi feature, the all-female ensemble feature "Annihilation" at Paramount PIctures.

Based on Jeff VanderMeer's 2014 novel, the story follows four people - a biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor - who set out on an expedition into 'Area X,' the twelfth such expedition into the mysterious, uninhabited and abandoned area that nature has begun to reclaim.

Previous expeditions have been disastrous - fraught with disappearances, suicides, aggressive cancers, and mental trauma. Natalie Portman, "Jane the Virgin" breakout star Gina Rodriguez and "Creed" actress Tessa Thompson also star while Scott Rudin is producing.

Source: The Wrap

TV News: Flash, Ray, Dead, Arabia, Berlin, Bugs

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:50pm

The Flash
Andy Mientus will reprise his role as metahuman Hartley Rathaway, aka Pied Piper, in the seventeenth episode of the second season of The CW's "The Flash". In the episode Hartley returns to wreak havoc on his former S.T.A.R. Labs colleagues when The Flash impossibly revisits an earlier timeline. [Source: TV Line]

Ray Donovan
Gabriel Mann ("Revenge") has been cast in a recurring role in Showtime's "Ray Donovan" for its upcoming fourth season. Mann will play Jacob Waller, an aggressive attorney who represents high-profile clients, in at least three episodes. [Source: Variety]

Dead of Summer
"Once Upon a Time" actors Elizabeth Mitchell and Elizabeth Lail have joined the cast of Freeform's supernatural horror series "Dead of Summer" which has a straight-to-series order. Set in the late 1980s at a remote camp where an ancient evil has returned, Lail plays a nervous camp counselor while Mitchell plays the camp's new owner. [Source: Deadline]

Lawrence in Arabia
"Sons Of Anarchy" executive producers Art Linson and John Linson are developing the HBO period drama series "Lawrence In Arabia". McCarten, Art and John Linson are executive producing.

Based on Scott Anderson's 2014 novel and adapted by Oscar-nominated Anthony McCarten ("The Theory Of Everything"), the drama chronicles the adventures of T.E. Lawrence, David Hogarth, William Yale, and Rudolph McGovern as they navigated the burgeoning Arab Revolt in the Middle East in the years leading up to World War I. [Source: Deadline]

Babylon Berlin
"Cloud Atlas" co-director Tom Tykwer is set to serve as show runner on the TV series "Babylon Berlin," an adaptation of Volker Kutscher's series about a young police inspector named Gereon Rath living in 1929 Berlin. The first will premiere in 2017.

Sky Deutschland, ARD Degeto, X Filme and Beta Film produce the project which Achim von Borries and Hendrik Handloegten are penning and which begins production in April. The entire first season of sixteen episodes is budgeted at $45 million and is based on the first of five books in the series. [Source: Variety]

Beat Bugs
Netflix has released the first trailer for "Beat Bugs," a new animated series featuring renditions of The Beatles songs by artists including Eddie Vedder, Pink, James Bay, Sia, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, Chris Cornell, Regina Spektor, James Corden and Birdy.

The series revolves around five friends who band together to explore and learn in an overgrown suburban backyard, which to them is their entire universe. Australian native Josh Wakely directs, writes and produces the series.

De Luca To Produce "Battlestar Galactica" Film

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:50pm

Former New Line chief and Oscar-nominated producer Michael De Luca has signed on to produce a film adaptation of Glen A. Larson's beloved series "Battlestar Galactica" for Universal Pictures.

The story follows a group of humans who survived a surprise attack by intelligent robots known as Cylons, which decimated the human civilizations of the twelve planets. The survivors were led by the warship Galactica to find a mythic thirteenth planet named Earth.

The project has been in development since 1999, years before Ron Moore's much acclaimed 2003 TV series reboot on Syfy. When that series happened the project was iced, but with time having now passed and space opera back in vogue thanks to the success of "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Star Trek" and "Star Wars," it comes as little surprise Universal wants in on some of that action.

The feature version is expected to be wholly separate from the dark and gritty television reboot and will instead draw more from the original 1978 series. Bryan Singer remains on board as an executive producer and, though attached to direct for nearly a decade, but has not been confirmed to helm the project.

"Transcendence" scribe Jack Paglen penned the most recent draft of the script. De Luca is also currently developing a film adaptation of the "Metro 2033" video game franchise.

Source: The Tracking Board

First Trailer: "The Purge: Election Year"

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:50pm

The political aspects of James DeMonaco's "The Purge" films get pushed to the fore in the upcoming third entry in the series "The Purge: Election Year". Releasing its first trailer today, the new film is set in Washington D.C. and sees the return of the second film's star Frank Grillo.

In this outing he takes on a new job - bodyguard to a presidential nominee (Elizabeth Mitchell) whose campaign is built on eliminating the Purge initiative. Those in power see her as a threat and plan to have her assassinated during the Purge - so Grillo's character must keep her alive during the one night of the year when many want her dead and can get away with it. "The Purge: Election Year" opens on the July 4th weekend.

"Harry Potter" Play's Script Coming As A Book

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:50pm

J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" site Pottermore has just announced that the new stage play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II" will be made available in literary form.

The site says a Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book for the new stage play will be published immediately following the play's world premiere this summer and will feature a version of the script at the time of the play's preview performances.

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" opens for previews several weeks before its official first performance on Saturday, July 30th in London's West End. The Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book will later be replaced by a Definitive Collector's Edition.

The play's story picks up after the epilogue scene in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" and had to be broken into two parts due to the "epic nature of the story". The whole saga is officially the eighth story in the 'Potter' canon.

"Deadpool 2" Could Give The Merc A Boytoy

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:50pm

Mostly ignored in the first film, it looks like the upcoming sequel to "Deadpool" could incorporate a clearer nod to the comedic character's pansexuality.

Variety has spoken with both writer Rhett Reese and actor Ryan Reynolds who indicate that they are open to exploring the character's flexible sexuality - a well-known element of the character in the comics - in the sequels.

Asked about the possibility of the character getting an onscreen male love interest or fling, Reynolds says: "I love that about Deadpool. I love that he can break any boundary. In the future, I hope we get to do that more. I certainly wouldn't be the guy standing in the way of that. That would be great."

In the first film a few references are made to it, from several amusing moments in a sex montage to a joke at a certain clawed mutant's expense, but otherwise it essentially shows the hero in a monogamous relationship with Morena Baccarin's character.

Speaking about the character's sexuality, Reese says: "We knew that was part of the comics. We wanted to honor that in the movie. But we did it in subtle ways. There's veiled references to it in this film. It's in the DNA of the character."

The trade does go on to say that doing so would still be a risk even in this day and age, Hollywood blockbusters remain very recalcitrant to anchor larger budget films around queer characters - something that has continued in recent years thanks to the rising importance of international box-office in some markets where attitudes are less tolerant of homosexuality.

Semi Live-Action "Sonic" Film Hits 2018

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:50pm

Back in 2014 came word that Sony Pictures Entertainment and SEGA SAMMY Group's Marza Animation Planet were teaming up to develop "Sonic the Hedgehog," a live-action and animation hybrid cinematic feature based on the iconic video game franchise.

Nothing much has been heard since, but SEGA CEO Hajime Satomi revealed to Worldfolio (via io9) this week that the project is still on the way and is being fast-tracked for a 2018 release.

The film aims to capture Sonic's irreverent tone and will incorporate iconic characters from the franchise including the evil Dr. Eggman. Evan Susser and Van Robichaux are penning this feature which is being produced by Neal H. Moritz, Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi.

The "Sonic" franchise has sold over 140 million games and the character previously headlined several animated series.

A "Deadpool" Sequel Already Greenlit

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:50pm

20th Century Fox's "Deadpool" is headed for a big opening weekend this week with the film currently tracking to open in the $65-70 million range over the four-day holiday.

Whilst the earliest reviews started out stellar, the film has slipped a bit with critics. Even so it's still looking good with an 80% (6.8/10) on Rotten Tomatoes and a more mixed 63/100 on Metacritic.

For a film that was fairly cost-efficient to make, it comes as no surprise that the studio is already working on a sequel with the film's scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick said to be penning the script for a follow-up which has already been greenlit.

One surprise, the film's director Tim Miller has not signed on to helm the sequel so far, but Fox is intent on keeping the creative team together so it's likely he will return.

Also today comes word from claims to have seen the second credits stinger that will air with the film, the one that wasn't shown to critics in the past two weeks, and says it essentially confirms that Nathan 'Cable' Summers will be a part of the project.

Source: Heat Vision

"Frozen" Holiday Special, Stage Show Coming

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:50pm

Disney has no intention of letting its "Frozen" cash cow die with plans for both a new ABC Holiday special and an upcoming Broadway show announced.

First up, ABC has revealed that an all-new holiday special starring the whole "Frozen" cast of characters is in the works from "Prep & Landing" helmers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton. "The Frozen Holiday Special" will air Holidays 2017 and involves the original voice cast including Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Josh Gad.

At the same time, Disney Theatrical Productions chief Thomas Schumacher has made it official that a "Frozen" live stage musical is in the works with plans for a Spring 2018 premiere.

The show will feature music and lyrics by the film's score creators Kristen Anderson?Lopez and Robert Lopez with a book by Jennifer Lee. Alex Timbers ("Mozart In The Jungle") will direct and Tony?winner Peter Darling ("Matilda") will choreograph. ?????? Source: Deadline

Hayley Atwell To Lead ABC's "Conviction"

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:50pm

"Agent Carter" star Hayley Atwell is set to do another project for the ABC network - scoring the lead role in the drama pilot "Conviction" which is in development reports TV Line.

Atwell will play the brilliant-but-rebellious daughter of a Clinton-like political family who is forced into taking a job as the head of L.A.'s newly created Conviction Integrity Unit.

This team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts have two weeks to examine cases where there's credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime. Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper will executive produce.

So what does this mean for "Agent Carter"? The show's fate hasn't been decided yet but the site claims should that show get a third season, Atwell's schedule would be worked out so that she could do both roles.

Amazon Orders "Thunderbirds Are Go!" Series

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:50pm

Amazon has today announced today that it will become the U.S. home for the UK animated series "Thunderbirds Are Go" from ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Four seasons of thirteen episodes each have been ordered with the first to debut on Prime Video later this year in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Austria.

The new series reboots the classic franchise and combines CGI animation and live-action model sets to deliver the story of the five brave Tracy brothers who run International Rescue.

Rosamund Pike is onboard to play Lady Penelope while David Graham will reprise his role as her chauffeur Parker. The series is produced by ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures in collaboration with Weta Workshop.

Sorkin, Rudin Team For "Mockingbird" Play

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:50pm

Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will re-team with his "The Social Network" and "Steve Jobs" producer Scott Rudin for a new stage play production of Harper Lee's iconic 1960 novel "To Kill a Mockingbird".

This new version, penned by Sorkin and produced by Rudin, plans to launch during the 2017-18 Broadway season with Tony winner Bartlett Sher set to direct.

Rudin has been a longtime theater producer and is behind productions of recent years such as "A Raisin in the Sun," "The Book of Mormon" and "This Is Our Youth". Sorkin's early career was as a playwright with one of his earliest works, "A Few Good Men," turned into the Oscar-winning film of the same name.

Source: THR

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