If your vacation celebrations need to have a small much more chest-bursting excitement, we have great news: The extremely gory (and very intriguing) NSFW first trailer for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant arrived. It promises a post-Prometheus return to the franchise’s action-horror roots, with gung-ho troopers, spooky corridors, and, of course, gnarly xenomorphs.
Directed by Scott—and featuring an ensemble cast of Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, and Billy Crudup—the most current Alien film follows a group of colonists who land on an idyllic planet, only to learn they’re not alone.
We’ll see how rapidly factors get “game over, man!” when Alien: Covenant opens subsequent Could.
The fantasy story of a female-led insurgency against a domineering Empire seemed like space opera escapism only a few days ago. But now that people are protesting the election of Donald Trump in cities across the US, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story—and its ragtag group of rebels out to defeat a new regime—feels a lot more au courant than it did just last week.
We got the final US trailer last month, but now there’s an international trailer that gives even more information about how Jyn Erso and the rest of her team steal the plans for the Empire’s super weapon. This new trailer is also far more forthcoming about that plot—like, for example, Jyn finally actually utters the words, “Death Star,” and there are shots of the space station moving. It’s kind of terrifying to see it rise in the sky above a planet, get in position for a weapons test, and destroy the surface of it while blotting out the sun.
Less terrifying are the new shots that flash back to Jyn’s childhood. A woman, presumably Jyn’s mother, puts a necklace with a clear crystal around her neck. Jyn is still wearing that crystal as an adult—part of the mounting evidence that it’s a kyber crystal, the mineral used to create lightsabers, and the raw material the Empire seeks on the planet Jedha to create the main weapon on the Death Star.
And for an orphaned delinquent who gets broken out of prison to lead this team, Jyn is also quite inspiring. At the end of the trailer, she’s imploring an unknown audience, “We’ll take the next chance, and the next, until we win, or the chances are spent.”
Rogue One hits theaters December 16.
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This is a piece I call “November 8 2016”
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Donald Trump was just elected the 45th president of the United States. It was, in every possible way, a stunning victory. So stunning, in fact, that many members of the electorate don’t know how to respond.
Except on Instagram.
As Trump took the stage early this morning, users of the photo-sharing service began posting flat black images instead of photos. Most of the images don’t have captions so it’s hard to tell the true intent, but the message seems to be that Trump’s win portends dark times ahead.
Throughout the election, Instagram has been a place for users to post memes, “I Voted” photos (and sometimes their ballots, even if that is legally dubious), and other messages of political support, so this series of images marks a subdued and stark end to the presidential campaign. It will also likely not be the last trend to hit the photo-sharing site in the coming weeks. Like the Pepe the Frogs and the sniffs and the “This Is Fines” before it, many more memes will follow this black square.
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Last night’s championship-deciding Game 7 of the World Series was one of the most dramatic in the history of baseball. The Chicago Cubs, a team without a title since 1908, facing off against the Cleveland Indians, who hadn’t won in 68 years. An early lead for the Cubs, then a blown save in the 8th inning as Cleveland tied the game 6-6 on a home run. And as if that didn’t create enough drama as the game headed into extra innings, there was a rain delay. It’s a situation nobody could’ve predicted.
Except this guy:
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And then the world will end with the score tied in game seven in extra innings #apocalypse
— GIO (@RaysFanGio) November 4, 2014
One Twitter user, sadly a Cleveland Indians fan, predicted almost this exact scenario back in 2014. The Cubs, the Indians, Game 7, and the rain delay. Thankfully it didn’t end with the apocalypse, and merely the Cubs winning the team’s first World Series in 108 years, bringing the end to the most tortuous title drought in all of sports. But the sudden Twitter fame may be small comfort to the Cleveland fan who made the prediction after the Indians squandered a 3-1 lead in the series.
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Doctor Strange may be the talk of the comic book movie universe right now, but Diana Prince has never been one to let the boys have all the fun. Case in point: The latest trailer for Wonder Woman, in which the Amazonian warrior princess (played by the actually perfect Gal Gadot) takes the ass-kickery that made her the highlight of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and turns it up to 11 during World War I. She shoots arrows! She uses her Bracelets of Submission to deflect bullets! She has a friggin’ sword in her dress! She is also not here to take any kind of orders from Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). Check out the new trailer for director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, which hits theaters June 2, 2017, above.
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Slide: 1 /of 21 .Caption:Caption:Heritage considers this poster one of the more bizarre ones in their collection. (Open image in a new tab/window to see it full size.)Heritage Auctions
Slide: 2 /of 21 .Caption:Caption:Many of the Facebook posters place smart quotes—like this one from “Jeremy’s Dad”—next to cheeky images.Heritage Auctions
Slide: 4 /of 21Caption:Caption:“Move fast and break things” is a popular Facebook mantra.Heritage Auctions
Slide: 5 /of 21Caption:Caption:While the “Move fast and break things” slogan is more popular, this one reminds employees that sometimes it’s important to take one’s time.Heritage Auctions
Slide: 6 /of 21Caption:Caption:This set invites employees to pop open a can of empathy or enjoy a piece of humble pie.Heritage Auctions
Slide: 7 /of 21Caption:Caption:One of Facebook’s more traditional motivational posters.Heritage Auctions
Slide: 8 /of 21Caption:Caption:These images are meant to honor Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.Heritage Auctions
Slide: 9 /of 21Caption:Caption:Another of Facebook’s more traditional motivational posters.Heritage Auctions
Slide: 10 /of 21Caption:Caption:These prints focus on the importance of security. The one on the right, of course, is a nod to Space Invaders.Heritage Auctions
Slide: 11 /of 21Caption:Caption:These posters feature the Urban Dictionary definitions of “hack” and “hacker.”Heritage Auctions
Slide: 12 /of 21Caption:Caption:These posters were made to promote Facebook’s internal hackathon.Heritage Auctions
Slide: 13 /of 21Caption:Caption:These posters are dedicated to Facebook’s chief operating officer (and Lean In author) Sheryl Sandberg.Heritage Auctions
Slide: 14 /of 21Caption:Caption:The posters featuring pencils are meant to show the importance of tools and how they shape what people make.Heritage Auctions
Slide: 15 /of 21Caption:Caption:Another image meant to show the importance of the tools people use in the things they create.Heritage Auctions
Slide: 16 /of 21Caption:Caption:This print is signed by artist Jessica Sabogal, the first female artist commissioned to paint murals at Facebook’s Menlo Park HQ.Heritage Auctions
Slide: 17 /of 21Caption:Caption:These posters celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which Facebook honors through security incident simulations.Heritage Auctions
Slide: 18 /of 21Caption:Caption:Posters for Facebook’s National Cyber Security Awareness month activities, which are known as “Hacktober.”Heritage Auctions
Slide: 19 /of 21Caption:Caption:These posters are meant to inspire Facebook employees—and anyone else who reads them.Heritage Auctions
Slide: 20 /of 21Caption:Caption:Sadly, this poster does not answer the question it poses.Heritage Auctions
Slide: 21 /of 21Caption:Caption:This is the post patriotic in the Facebook motivational poster set.Heritage Auctions
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Look around your office. Is that “Hang in There Baby” poster looking a little faded? Do you no longer need an image of a sunset to remind you that, yes, you can even? Then it’s time to get some new motivational posters—courtesy of Facebook. Since 2010, the social network has been producing its own propaganda images in its Analog Research Lab art studio, and now a small collection of the posters from former Facebook designers Ben Barry and Everett Katigbak is up for auction. The images, which graced the walls of Facebook’s dozens of global offices, are expected to bring in between $ 400 and $ 600—if not more—per lot, according to seller Heritage Auctions. Check out the posters, which tout slogans ranging from “Stay humble” to “Move fast and break things,” above and head here to start bidding on the next image you want to brighten your cubicle.
It is not genuinely summer without having a tense action film on the huge screen, and judging by the dearth of box office successes more than the previous couple of months, viewers may well be out of luck. All the American audience wanted was a huge-price range action flick, some thing with bombs and explosions and justice—a nation-defending hero striding in slow motion, stern-jawed authority figures conspiring in suits, and perhaps some sharks.
Nicolas Cage has heard our call—and delivered. In USS Indianapolis: Guys of Courage, directed by Mario Van Peebles, America’s preferred unhinged actor brings his wild-eyed style to Captain Charles B. McVay III. In 1945, McVay’s ship was brought down by a Japanese submarine right after delivering atomic bomb elements to Titian Island 900 survivors had been stranded in the Pacific Ocean for five days. Soon after 584 of the men died, McVay was court-martialed and attempted by a US military tribunal. What occurred with USS Indianapolis was the worst naval disaster in history, but in the 1st trailer for its film adaptation viewers can preview a catastrophe of a merrier sort: an enraged Nic Cage vs. the odds. And, of course, sharks.
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In 2017, we’re undertaking a speak show with @BillNye. It really is an experiment. pic.twitter.com/gE4bOIhV6a
— Netflix US (@netflix) August 31, 2016
Get excited, children: Bill Nye is coming back to television. That’s proper, the bowtie-festooned educator is getting his personal speak show on Netflix named Bill Nye Saves the Globe. The show, set to debut in spring 2017, will mark the 1st time Nye has had his own show because Bill Nye the Science Guy went off the air in 1998.
Bill Nye Saves the Planet will have episodes on “vaccinations, genetically modified foods, and climate change,” Nye told Indiewire. And, according to Netflix’s official synopsis, every installment will “tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of market.” (You hear that, BS-mongers? Bill Nye is on to you.)
Netflix has already ventured into the realm of talk shows with Chelsea Handler’s thrice-weekly Chelsea, and the streaming service has experience reviving well-liked ’90s properties like Full Property. This combines each of those ventures into 1 show with a host who has provided thoughtful and entertaining scientific commentary for decades. And with a Netflix budget, subscribers are positive to get a giant influx of killer bow ties.
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See what Thor was up to for the duration of #CaptainAmericaCivilWar! Get this & other bonus on Dig HD 9/2 https://t.co/tWbG2IIs9h pic.twitter.com/M97y6CM1Mg
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) August 28, 2016
Provided the plethora of superhero cameos in Captain America: Civil War, it’s tough to believe any individual was left out. But of everyone who didn’t get to join in for the airport-tarmac-brawl exciting, none was much more sad to be missing out than Thor. And frankly, we have been sad to be missing him. Now, thanks to the bonus functions on the Civil War digital release, we can know what he was up to whilst his fellow Avengers have been battling it out. In this mockumentary, which premiered in the course of Marvel’s Hall H presentation at Comic-Con International, we find out that Thor went to Australia, got a roommate, and attempted to mediate the fight among Tony Stark and Steve Rogers by means of e-mail. He also started a yarn chart to figure out what’s up with the Infinity Stones. Designed by Taika Waititi, who is at present directing Thor: Ragnarok, the clip has all the heart and deadpan humor of the director’s vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows and it’s quite a lot ideal.
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Did you know today marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service? It’s true—there’s a Google Doodle for it and almost everything. Today is also a Thursday, which indicates you are possibly not actually in a position to head out and take in some wilderness. That’s too bad. If you want to, although, you can take a tour of Yosemite National Park—with President Obama. By way of the Ages is a VR knowledge developed by Felix & Paul Studios, Oculus, and National Geographic to commemorate the centennial and, in a twist, get people to take off their VR rigs and go outside. “The irony is we’re putting you in virtual reality and transporting your thoughts and your heart, ideally, to this spot, but we do not want you to cease there,” says Ryan Horrigan, chief content officer, Felix & Paul, “we want you to really go see this location.” Preview the experience, which is also offered on the Oculus Store for Gear VR and the very first VR encounter featuring a sitting president, above.
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Amazon came to the Sundance Film Festival with its wallet open back in January, snapping up the rights to six films. The streaming service and fledgling studio’s largest acquisition was Manchester by the Sea, the third film from playwright and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, Margaret), in a $ ten million deal. Because the rapturous reaction following the premiere, not considerably about the film has been revealed to a wide audience, but now that awards season is beginning to spin up, there’s finally a trailer. The film stars Casey Affleck as Lee Chandler, who returns to his seaside hometown right after his brother’s death—and discovers that he has been made legal guardian of his teenage nephew.
It’s the type of loved ones drama that Lonergan excels at, with plenty of massive moments for actors to achieve notice. Amazon has slated the film for a limited release on November 18 (Roadside Attractions is assisting with the theatrical distribution), with a wider rollout planned through December—a clear aim at awards season. Casey Affleck currently has 1 Oscar nod (for 2007’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), and the trailer highlights operate that will likely receive a campaign for Greatest Actor, along with pushes for Michelle Williams and Lucas Hedges in the supporting categories. Amazon clearly wanted to get into the non-documentary Oscar race that they’re doing so with a filmmaker like Lonergan, and an intimate picture like this, shows that they’re going about it the right way.
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Sony is bringing the PlayStation Now on-demand game streaming service to Windows PCs, it said today, along with a USB adapter that will let you use the PlayStation 4’s controller with a Computer.
Presently only compatible with PlayStation 4 and some Sony television sets, PlayStation Now lets players access games from older Sony consoles, which are played by way of streaming technology. The app will begin an early run in Europe quickly, Sony says on its PlayStation Blog, with a North American release coming not lengthy after.
The wireless USB adapter for the DualShock 4 controller will retail for $ 24.99 when it is released in early September.
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Maisie Williams—actress, rabble-rouser, blue-hair-haver—has observed the future of Game of Thrones. Her reaction? “Holy balls.” That is correct, TV’s Arya Stark has study the scripts for the seventh season of HBO’s fantasy drama and, according to her reactions on Twitter, there’s no way any of us can gird our loins sufficient to prepare for what’s to come. Williams didn’t reveal any actual plot particulars in her reactions (such issues would result in her head on a spike, most likely) but she did promise “shit gets Actual.” There you have it: Proof that things will come about on next season’s Game of Thrones, straight from the mouth of a former No A single.
just finished reading season 7
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) August 22, 2016
shit gets Genuine
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) August 22, 2016
i’d commence preparing yourselves now
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) August 22, 2016
scratch that, absolutely nothing will prepare you for this
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) August 22, 2016
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) August 22, 2016
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I got three versions. I got threeee versions #blonde pic.twitter.com/c8F5bNoFlA
— Genius (@Genius) August 21, 2016
Frank Ocean loves playing tough to get. Right after virtually a year of teasing, rumors, and false release dates, the R&B prodigy lastly released his second album Blonde (Blond?) on Saturday. (Eds. Note: It’s spectacular.) Coming just two days following his visual album Endless dropped, Ocean’s new LP came out alongside a book/oversized magazine/zine titled Boys Do not Cry. But although Blonde was simple to locate on Apple Music, Boys Do not Cry was only accessible at unique pop-up shops in New York, London, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
The publication, which came with a copy of Blonde and had contributions from people like James Blake and Kanye West, was free of charge for fans who got to the pop-ups in time to get one. But capitalism becoming what it is, those once-free of charge copies of Boys Don’t Cry have currently began showing up on eBay— and they’re not low cost. As of this writing, auctions for the magazine/thingamabob have been running among $ 300 and $ 2,000. If that is too rich for your blood, there may be hope on the horizon. Ocean’s mother, Katonya Breaux Riley, tweeted early this morning “Don’t spend these ridiculous rates for the mags on eBay. Just hang tight a sec.” Does that imply Boys Don’t Cry will be a lot more widely available quickly? Appears like it—but once more, this is a Frank Ocean project, so we won’t know until it is currently taking place.
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We knew we’d get lots of DC-associated intel at Warner Brothers’ Comic-Con panel these days, and we’re happy to report that our most-hoped-for bit did certainly come to pass: Director Patty Jenkins revealed the initial full trailer for Wonder Woman. “It feels like the ideal time to make this movie,” Jenkins stated while discussing the extended-overdue rise of female superheroes in motion pictures, “so I’m psyched.” And after seeing the trailer, we second that emotion. Gal Gadot as Diana had currently shown up—and stolen scenes—in Batman v Superman, but this is the starring role that shows why we were waiting for Gadot. From her exchanges with Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) to her golden lasso-function, it’s shaping up to be a fine debut for one of the cornerstones of the Justice League.
Pause at: :46 for a concealed sword :54 for a mysterious masked lady 1:13 for Diana’s invisible jet. (What, you cannot see it?)
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The very first season of iZombie built to a big final battle sequence at a butcher shop named Meat Cute (pun 1!). The second season of iZombie constructed to a large final battle sequence where energy drink company Max Rager (pun 2!) was purchased by Fillmore Graves Enterprises (pun 3!), and then a full-scale zombie outbreak took place. But according to creators Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright at the show’s Comic-Con panel, the upcoming third season will break that cycle.
At the finish of season two, Liv Moore (Rose McIver) found that there are several far more zombies out in the world, and they’re preparing for an all-out war against humanity. The upcoming third season will be about Liv selecting a side: humans or zombies. She decides to begin the post-zombie rampage period of her life by laying all cards on the table with her friends how they react, Thomas and Ruggiero-Wright stated, will type the crux of the season’s conflict.
Other things we discovered from the panel:
• Blaine’s (David Anders) cold, abusive dad Angus DeBeers (Robert Knepper)—last seen becoming tortured with Les Misérables prior to an extended absence—will make a not-so-triumphant return as a frozen corpse in the basement of Blaine’s funeral house.
• Peyton (Aly Michalka) will now be a series standard. Her love triangle with Ravi and Blaine will also continue.
• Mr. Boss (Kit Boss), the Seattle crime lord from season two, won’t show up in the early goings of season 3. Thomas says Boss may possibly return later in the season, but he’s not portion of the first arc.
• The writers gave McIver a list of close to 30 concepts of brains for Liv to eat in the course of the upcoming season, with the stipulation that she was only allowed to veto 1 of the acquired side-effect expertise. And however, she noted, no one described to her that she’d be consuming a dominatrix brain. (That one drew a handful of whoops from the audience.)
• At some point, we’ll meet the woman at the CDC who fired Ravi—when she walks into the Seattle PD to ask for assist with a case.
• Thomas and Ruggiero-Wright have assured McIver that as opposed to Liv’s last two paramours—Lowell in the very first season, Drake in the second—the next time she has a enjoy interest, he won’t get killed off.
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Much more than 30 years ago, Carrie Henn was a 9-year-old living in London, exactly where she’d just landed a large role in what would grow to be one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time: James Cameron’s Aliens. In the 1986 smash, Henn starred as Newt, the soot-faced, wide-eyed orphan whose family has been wiped out by xenomorphs, and who develops a close to-familial bond with Ripley, the creature-cratering heroine played by Sigourney Weaver. And if you thought that hanging around the set filled with multi-mouthed monsters (not to mention James Cameron) was scary for a young kid, you are right—though, as it turns out, Hehn’s fears had absolutely nothing to do with her acid-drooling co-stars.
“I wasn’t nervous about being on set, because I knew everyone, and they had been quite friendly,” Henn mentioned in the course of a current cease at the WIRED Cafe for the duration of Comic-Con International, exactly where the film is celebrating its 30th anniversary. “The aliens were all my friends, wearing suits. I was in fact most nervous about going to the cafeteria for lunch, because I had to go in-character as Newt, and I thought everybody would be staring at me. I didn’t have any notion that everybody else was going to be dressed up, as well. My tutor in fact gave me a big pair of sunglasses to put on when I went in. But it turned out not to be such a large issue.”
Henn had gotten the element following a meeting with Weaver, who’d flown on the Concorde to London to test out their on-screen chemistry. “I was excited, due to the fact I was like, “She was in Ghostbusters! How cool is this?”, Henn remembered. The slow-creating Newt-Ripley relationship—they begin off skeptical of a single another, but eventually develop a de facto mother-daughter bond—has always been the heart of Aliens, culminating in the film’s most renowned moment, in when Ripley, having ultimately tracked down the abducted Newt, confronts the Queen alien-turned-kidnapper and delivers one particular of the most delightfully bitchy lines in movie history.
According to Henn, who nonetheless keeps in touch with Weaver, the two actress’ bond was evident from the get-go. “Immediately, we hit it off,” she mentioned. “She took me below her wings when we were filming, because I was so inexperienced. I can’t describe my connection with her, due to the fact she’s a lot more than just a friend—what you see on screen is genuinely how we really feel about each and every other.”
Even although Henn was only 10 when Aliens was released, she has a vivid recall of her days on the set. Her preferred scene to shoot? The one in which Newt, stuck chest-high in water, is snatched up by a towering alien—a terrifying sequence, and a single that gave most other ten-year-olds nightmares for years to come. But for Henn, it was mainly a opportunity to goof about. “The first assistant director had actually had somebody keep there overnight, to make positive the water stayed warm,” she mentioned. “But it was actually too warm for me, so I would sit up on bars on the side, and the alien and I would stay up there, kicking our feet in the water.”
Aliens would prove to be Henn’s only major acting role: By the time the film was released, she and her family members had moved back to the United States, and she quickly decided to pursue a profession in education (she now teaches fourth grade in Northern California sometimes, one particular of her students will bring in an Aliens DVD for her to sign). But she nevertheless finds time to check out conventions, and this spring, in celebration of Aliens Day, she watched the movie for the 1st time in almost a decade. “It’s very weird, due to the fact I have a daughter who’s now the age I was when I made the movie, and she’s like my clone,” Henn said. “So as I’m watching it, it’s like watching my daughter up there.” Newt, there it is!
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Standing atop a creating emblazoned with Superman’s iconic “S,” Bernard Chang is operating down the history Batman’s cowl. The Batman Beyond artist started by utilizing his hands to sculpt a model of Adam West’s mask from the 1960s, but now he’s moved on to the late ’80s.
“What about Michael Keaton?” Chang says, as he begins reworking his model into the mask from the Tim Burton era. But he’s not using clay, or any other physical material. He’s undertaking it in VR. Standing on a tiny stage at Comic-Con International, wearing a Rift headset, Chang is employing Oculus’ sculpture tool Medium—along with the company’s forthcoming Touch controllers—to create his sculpture in a virtual three-D space.
He’s made a couple of good-hunting cowls in under 20 minutes, thanks to Medium’s different capabilities. He can, for instance, use the “symmetry tool,” which mirrors everything he does to one particular side of Batman’s face onto the other, and zoom in and out on his creation. He also, as Medium’s project director Brian Sharp notes throughout the presentation, is in a position to some issues “better in virtual reality than you can do with clay—like undo and redo.”
Medium wasn’t created specifically for comics artists like Chang—illustrators will possibly have far more entertaining with Oculus’ forthcoming Quill—but rather for anybody who just desires to make art in VR. The tools are simple and intuitive just about anyone can discover it in beneath an hour.
“When I draw comics, I’m really conventional, it’s still pen and pencil on paper, but then I scan it in and then with a Wacom tablet I do some a lot more drawing and finishes,” Chang says. “It’s very much the same [as functioning in Medium]. I could genuinely see it being some thing that could be a lot of entertaining to play and toy with.”
And giving folks some thing to toy with is the point. Sharp and his group at Oculus have been operating on Medium for nearly two years—since not extended soon after the business was acquired by Facebook—and even though there could be commercial utilizes for Medium at some point, the hope is simply that it’s enjoyable enough that people will make stuff with it when the Touch controllers come out later this year.
“It’s essential to us that expert artists like it, and that seems already to be accurate,” Sharp says. “But we also have to be capable to give anybody a 5-to-seven-minute demo and be able to use it. We’re trying to get rid of all the not-exciting struggle to figure the application out so that individuals can be concerned about ‘oh, I just drew a tiny dog, now I want to draw a far better dog subsequent time.’ That’s what’s fascinating.”
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Yesterday’s panel at Comic-Con International for HBO’s Game of Thrones undoubtedly had a lot of laughs for a conversation that spent so a lot time mourning characters that were killed off in Season six. But absolutely nothing got as several LoLs as this gag reel which played as the cast and crew walked off the stage. Please do get pleasure from it now—it’s worth it just to watch Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) crack herself up.
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There’s no official panel for Rogue A single: A Star Wars Story at Comic-Con International this year, but attendees at one of the convention’s booth displays can get a sneak peek of a brand-new character from the film. He’s a mercenary fighter and a pilot, a guy who’s sworn to help take on the Empire.
His name? Umm…uh…before we inform you, we just want to verify: Are you sure you want to know? Like, is not this technically a spoiler?
OK, fine. His name is … Two Tubes.
We know, we know: Perhaps not the coolest-sounding name to come out of the galaxy that gave us such unforgettable monikers as Lobot and Greedo and Bib Fortuna. But as you can inform from the image above, Two Tubes does indeed come equipped with two tubes, along with a low-fi-looking rifle, a sweet leather duster, and two ear-items that look a bit like horseshoe crab tails. A description for the character, who appeared alongside numerous other Rogue One particular costumes, reveals his back-story:
Edrio Two Tubes is a mercenary pilot who flies alongside his eggmate, Benthic. They share the nickname derived from the breathing apparatus that allows Tognath physiology to approach oxygen atmospheres. Edrio’s native planet of Yar Tonga was conquered and occupied by the Empire, forcing him to flee as a refugee. With a need to strike back at the Empire, Edrio and Benthic have allied with Saw Gerrera.
In Rogue One particular, resistance leader Saw Gerrera is played by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, which means Two Tubes will likely be seeing really a bit of on-screen action. As for who’s playing the latest antihero in the Star Wars universe, that is nonetheless not clear—but we’re confident he or she ready for the function by listening to two Tubes songs. Talk to ya later!
We’d heard the casting news, we’d noticed the images, but we had yet to get a genuine sense of what Bryan Fuller was cooking up with American Gods. Thankfully, that changed nowadays at the panel for the Starz show, which adapts Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel into a (mainly) living, (largely) breathing issue. British actor Ricky Whittle plays Shadow, a gentle giant who walks out of prison and into the middle of a brewing war in between deities old and new. We also get a good look at Ian McShane as Shadow’s unasked-for patron Mr. Wednesday, and Emily Browning as his dead wife Laura—and fans of the Gaiman novel will recognize a quantity of minor characters, from old-schoolers Mad Sweeney and Bilquis to new jacks like Technical Boy. No sign of Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy, even though that’ll most likely be remedied before as well long—the show does not premiere until 2017.
Pause at: 1:15 for a glimpse of Peter Stormare as the sledgehammer-wielding Czernobog.
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Like so many before it, Season 6 of Game of Thrones killed off a lot of folks, introduced a few far more, and left a lot of queries unanswered. And, like a lot of just before it, the Comic-Con International panel for Game of Thrones managed to dodge most of those inquiries with aplomb. (In other words, don’t expect any answers about the inevitable Daenerys/Cersei face-off.) But that doesn’t imply nothing at all beneficial came out of the HBO show’s large Hall H panel. Here’s what we learned. (Spoilers ahead, obviously.)
Season 7 Got Pushed Since Winter Came
As you might have heard, the subsequent season of Game of Thrones will not arrive until summer season 2017. According to showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, that is due to the arrival of winter. Like, actually. They can’t begin filming until the leaves are off trees and everything looks a tiny much more winter-y. ““We’re actually just waiting to shoot until later in the year,” Benioff said.
Davos Was as Bothered By the Death of Shireen as You Have been
It wouldn’t be a Game of Thrones panel if there wasn’t a lot of talk about death. And 1 that came up early on was the burning death of young Shireen Baratheon (Kerry Ingram). It was, surprisingly, a passing that even Davos himself, Liam Cunningham, didn’t know about. “[If you were there] when I got the script you would’ve heard the sound of my jaw clanging on the ground when I read that,” he stated.
John Bradley Is Hoping For an Ironic Death for Samwell Tarly
Speaking of dying, John Bradley, who plays Samwell Tarly, has a funny scenario he’s imagined for how his character could die. The short version? Sam, how in possession of a huge library, climbs up to a high shelf to pull down a volume, does not comprehend his own weight, and falls and gets crushed. “It wasn’t battle that killed him it was books that killed him,” Bradley mentioned.
Daenerys and Missandei Are a ‘Girl-Energy Couple’
Yes, in addition to pondering Dany should have the Iron Throne, Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays Missandei, believes that her character need to stick by Daenerys until the end. “I hope that Missandei continues to support Daenerys in … this sort of girl-energy couple,” she mentioned.
Sansa Didn’t Inform Jon That She’d Referred to as in the Knights of the Vale Due to the fact She Wanted Her Due
One of the biggest surprises in the Battle of the Bastards was Sansa Stark showing up with the Knights of the Vale to save Jon Snow’s ass. A lot of men and women have wondered why she didn’t tell Jon ahead of time that she’d referred to as them in. According to Sophie Turner, Sansa did that since “she wanted all the credit … and it makes for truly great television.” It was also a razor-sensible tactical move. Does Turner feel her character should in fact rule in Jon’s spot? “I’m not certain she believes Jon is capable of running Winterfell in the North,” she mentioned. “He doesn’t have the intellect, the information, the encounter that she has. I concur.”
Sansa and Jon Will not Hook Up—Probably.
As we discovered last season from Bran Stark’s vision, Jon Snow’s parentage may not be what he thinks it is—meaning he’s also not Sansa’s brother. So, could they, you know…? (Yes, somebody in the audience truly asked this.) According to Turner, the answer is no. “Dan and David,” she mentioned to her show runners, “if you make something take place, I will kill you.”
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At Comic-Con, Friday is all about animation—at least in the Indigo Ballroom across the street from the San Diego Convention Center. And the day kicked off with a packed area of Steven Universe fans thrilled to witness the Cartoon Network show’s return to Comic Con. On the heels of “Mr. Greg,” the show’s first completely musical episode which aired on Tuesday, the Steven Universe panel skipped the typical extended-table setup for its panel. Alternatively, the front of the ballroom was complete of music stands and instruments, and the panel turned into a live concert of songs from “Mr. Greg” and different fan-preferred past episodes.
Former supervising director Ian Jones-Quartey served as MC, introducing composers Aivi Tran and Steven “Surasshu” Velema on synths, storyboard artist Jeff Liu on guitar, writer Ben Levin on bass, creator Rebecca Sugar on guitar and vocals, and the voices of Steven (Zach Callision), Amethyst (Michaela Dietz), Pearl (Deedee Magno), and Garnet (Estelle)—who together created a formidable band. Liu’s guitar lines sound a bit like The Pillows, who soundtracked beloved anime FLCL, and the compositions by Tran and Velema have delightfully eerie electronic touches like the music on Gravity Falls.
It’s tough to imagine that attendees expected a morning concert at all, let alone one with such verve. Magno crushed a heart-wrenching ballad about her character competing against Steven’s father Greg in a enjoy triangle with Steven’s mother (“It’s Over”). Estelle flubbed some fun lyrics in a defiant song (“Stronger Than You”) even though receiving each sides of the room to sing along with her. Dietz’s solo on “Tower Of Mistakes” showed off the sophisticated simplicity of most lyrics in a Steve Universe episode. And the entire cast joined in to sing the show’s rousing theme song.
It’s hot in San Diego this week, and audiences can be lethargic in the morning, but the cast and crew of Steven Universe managed to capture specifically what makes the show so endearing—clever and catchy songs that permit Sugar’s characters to emote without leaching the fun out of the proceedings. It is also worth noting that the show is one particular of the handful of applications aimed at kids and adults that endeavors to represent queer identity onscreen—an situation Sugar went into in detail in the course of the Q&A portion of the panel.
The panel wasn’t completely focused on the previous. Sugar has a children’s book version of “The Answer”—the story of how Garnet, leader of the Crystal Gems, came to live on Earth—out in September. And Jones-Quartey assured the audience that there are more StevenBombs—the week-extended marathons exactly where Cartoon Network aires new episodes each and every night in a week—coming in the fall. So there’s a lot to look forward to with the ever-expanding Universe of Steven and the Crystal Gems.
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Last summer time, Pixar’s Inside Out hit theaters paired with the introductory short film Lava, a story song about a lonely (somehow male) island that more than millions of years ultimately finds a (somehow female) island to really like. As opposed to most Pixar shorts, which are received with praise ranging from common warmth to overwhelming obsession, Lava was a bit of a clunker—but Disney’s Moana, which opens this Thanksgiving, appears like it’ll redeem the studio’s track record for stories set in the Pacific islands. (Shout out to Lilo & Stitch!)
The film’s panel on Thursday afternoon wasn’t complete of big-name stars, but directors John Musker and Ron Clements (The Little Mermaid) and co-writer Jared Bush—who currently has a large hit this year as co-director and co-writer of Zootopia—gave a fuller appear at the mythic story, providing particulars about the production method and displaying a few tantalizing new clips to go along with the first teaser released in June.
Moana takes place two,000 years ago, throughout a millennium-lengthy gap when numerous Polynesian civilizations had ceased massive-scale naval exploration. Moana—daughter of a chief who limits how far his islanders can venture into the ocean—undertakes an epic journey to uncover Maui, take a mythically-strong stone to a secret island, and save the globe.
The directors focused on trickster demigod Maui simply because although we associate him with a Hawaiian island, he’s actually a pan-Pacific figure, popping up in a variety of mythologies. In one of the scenes shown throughout the panel, when Moana initial meets Maui, he thinks the mortal girl is an adoring fan and assumes she wants an autograph. He’s a gregarious, imposing character—perfect for the charm-heavy Dwayne Johnson.
Some of the ideal animation moments involve Maui interacting with his tattoos, which commemorate his exploits and come to life as two-dimensional features mapped onto the 3-dimensional character. As the directors put it, the tattoos—animated by the legendary Eric Goldberg—are so prominent, and Maui is such an egomaniac, “he could actually give you his backstory.”
The music group is a collaborative effort among composer Mark Mancina, planet music legend Opetaia Foa’i, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The Hamilton creator and star got the most rapturous reception of the hour—and the panel members reminded the audience that this will be a musical, so Miranda’s songwriting style need to be on full show. (Clements and Musker took care to note that although on the study trip Miranda won an impromptu dance contest throughout a concert put on by locals.)
Modus operandi for a Disney or Pixar film dictates that the inventive leadership goes on a research trip to support inform the story and production style—which for Moana meant an arduous, unenviable two-week slog to several paradisiacal Pacific islands. What this distinct trip appears to have crystalized is that Moana will not come from a place of western interest in Polynesian culture, but heavy study into the history of various island cultures. The panel began with an epigraph from someone the directors met on that trip: “For years, we’ve been swallowed by your culture. For after, can you be swallowed by ours?” Nowhere is that sentiment much better illustrated than by way of Moana’s specific, fantastical partnership with the ocean. In the most heartwarming clip shown in the course of the panel, a young Moana, who knows nothing of the ocean’s dangers, plays by the water, which turns into a character and draws her away from shore with seashells prior to playfully depositing her back on the beach carried on some driftwood. It is a cute moment that instantly connected with the audience, and it tends to make Thanksgiving look like a long time to wait before we get to enjoy the complete movie.
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During today’s panel for HBO’s Game of Thrones at Comic-Con International, moderator Rob McElhenney (It is Constantly Sunny in Philadelphia) had a quite essential query for the cast: When all is said and completed, who need to get the the Iron Throne? Here’s what they mentioned. (Bear in mind that before they walked out showrunner David Benioff noted “I just want to point out that Sophie Turner created us all do shots of vodka just before we came out here.”)
“I have an image of a White Walker sitting on the Iron Throne with his leg over the arm, smoking a Cuban cigar. But what do I know?” — Liam Cunningham (Davos Sea)
“Out of pure blind loyalty, I’d say Jon.” — John Bradley (Samwell Tarly)
“I have a comparable loyalty issue and I have to say Daenerys.” — Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei)
“I know, but I can not say.” — Conleth Hill (Lord Varys)
“I think I want a Littlefinger on the Throne. I just believe it’d be exciting, it’d be quirky.” — Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark)
“I think they should melt the issue down and have a democracy.” — Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton)
“Probably Arya.” — Faye Marsay (The Waif)
“[I’d want] a 4-pronged Stark rule.” — Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark)
“I think Brienne would make a genuinely great queen.” — Kristian Nairn (Hodor)
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During a post-screening Q&A at Comic-Con International last evening, Snowden director and co-writer Oliver Stone—a man who’s worked with such legendary Oscar-winning actors as Anthony Hopkins, Michael Douglas, and Al Pacino—talked about directing 1 of the most verbose and drama-prone performers in the world: Donald Trump.
The 69-year-old filmmaker noted that he filmed a cameo featuring Trump for the 2010 film Wall Street: Cash In no way Sleeps, and it sounds like it was kind of a yuge ordeal. “I swear to God this is true—and I really like the man, in a weird way—but following every single take, he jumped up and stated, ‘Wasn’t that excellent?’” Stone recalled. “I mentioned, “Honestly? No!’ [His] self-confidence is unbelievable—that’s what’s permitting him to run. I’d say, ‘Donald, I believe it’s great, but I believe we can just do a tiny far better here, or do this.’ And we tried like nine takes.”
Although Trump’s storied acting career involves stints in such films as Property Alone 2: Lost in New York and Zoolander—not to mention a cameo as “Guy Awkwardly Looking at Buildings” in the 1989 Bobby Brown video “On Our Own”—his Funds By no means Sleeps turn was eventually reduce from the final film. Sad!
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When it came out in 2013, Warm Bodies was a sweet, funny, lighthearted zombie film getting released amidst a glut of a lot darker undead fare. As a outcome, it type of got lost in the horde. But it’s constantly had its devoted fans. (Study: this writer.) And now, according to star Teresa Palmer, they might be receiving to sink their teeth into some more Warm Bodies.
“I’ve been hearing rumors that there will be a sequel. I’ve been hearing this rumor for about 18 months to a year and it hasn’t happened yet, so I’m cautiously optimistic—but we shall see,” Palmer, who played adore interest Julie in the original film, mentioned whilst visiting the WIRED Cafe at Comic-Con International to promote her new film Lights Out.
Isaac Marion, who wrote the book that writer-director Jonathan Levine adapted for his film, has been functioning on a sequel—titled The Burning World—which is tentatively set to be released early next year. Could that be the basis for the stick to-up? Palmer would like that. “I think they’re working on the script but who knows?” she says. “I would enjoy it.”
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When you give the cast of Silicon Valley microphones, they’re going to use them to make you laugh. These are comedy veterans, following all, so no matter whether they’re on stage at a comedy club or on a panel at Comic-Con International, they’re going to riff. And final night, in the course of the panel for their HBO show, riffing was quite much all they did—deep thoughts about their craft be damned.
Fortunately, they’re quite excellent at it. And for nearly an hour last evening, Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, and Zach Woods (TJ Miller and Martin Starr were off filming motion pictures) turned on these talents and transformed their panel into one extended improv sketch—repeatedly circling back to jokes from earlier in the conversation and fervently avoiding analytical conversations about the show.
That’s possibly for the greatest. Co-executive producer Alec Berg noted in the course of the panel that they had just opened the writers’ area for Season four and do not have a clear concept exactly where the show is heading next, so it only created sense that as an alternative of teasing future developments or supplying a bunch of new material, the Pied Piper boys would just go off the rails for LoLs. (Highlight: Creating the American Sign Language interpreter for the panel repeatedly translate “butt chugging.”)
Woods pointed out early—after Middleditch continued to reference, you know, that a single horse scene in extreme detail—that the name placards for every panelist come with a content advisory that audiences may possibly have individuals under the age of 18. But this panel blew proper previous that practically quickly. And it was that significantly greater for it. Coming to a panel for a show that just wrapped its most recent season and isn’t but in production on the subsequent one particular puts the cast and creators in a dicey position. A single of the best ways to leave the audience satisfied is to produce sufficient humor to make every person comprehend just how talented the performers are outdoors of the characters they’re asked to play on the show. Performing an hour-lengthy improv game that could’ve been released as a podcast for anyone who missed it accomplishes that without having needing to reveal also much.
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