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02 Dec 13:45

Christina Ricci Sees Something Strangely Relatable About Her Yellowjackets Character

by Joshua Meyer

This post contains spoilers for "Yellowjackets" season 1.

On Showtime's "Yellowjackets," Misty Quigly, played by Christina Ricci as an adult and Sammi Hanratty as a teenager in flashbacks, is an outcast with a twisted character profile. As the equipment manager for the WHS Yellowjackets girls' soccer team, Misty is unpopular. Yet she has an overwhelming desire to fit in and is willing to go to some very questionable lengths to make that happen. When the team's plane crashes in the wilderness en route to a tournament, Misty's knowledge of first aid gains her more acceptance, and it feels so good to be needed that she secretly smashes the plane's flight recorder, thereby eliminating any chance that they will be located and rescued.

Despite this and other moves that go against the good of the group (and later, the welfare of her patients as a nurse), Ricci sees something in Misty that keeps her weirdly relatable even as she acts out in crazy ways.

In an interview with GQ for the "Yellowjackets" season 1 finale, Ricci said, 

"People really do connect with that need [Misty] has that motivates everything, which is to be accepted, to be a part of the group. But what's interesting about this character and what I think these writers do so adeptly is, they show you how badly she wants to be there, and then they show you the reason why she deserves to be kicked out."

In the wilderness, the teenage Misty develops unrequited feelings for the Yellowjackets' assistant coach, Ben (Steven Krueger), who falls under her care after she's forced to amputate his leg. Though Ben privately self-identifies as gay, Misty dotes on him and is not above tripping him or even poisoning him if it means ensuring that he will still need her help.

'She Has That Need, Still'

This early tendency toward a kind of Munchausen by proxy behavior on Misty's part propels her toward a job as a care assistant in a nursing home as an adult. By then, Misty has reached the point where she demands respect and is even willing to withhold morphine if a patient gives her trouble.

"The thing I actually like most about this character," Ricci continued, "is how she has that need, still. It's still the thing that — almost subconsciously, probably, at this point — drives her to operate. But she's also, after years and years of being stepped on and dismissed and not accepted and punished for who she is, very much at a point where she's like, 'Well, no one's ever going to give it to me. So I'm going to f****** take it.'"

Holding private detective Jessica Roberts (Rekha Sharma) hostage in her basement shows how dangerous Misty is, but at the same time, there's still a needy aspect to her, which sees her latching onto her fellow Yellowjacket, the adult Natalie (Juliette Lewis). In Ricci's view, Natalie serves as an idealized version of someone who's an outsider but cool, the way Misty always wished she could be. She concluded:

"[Misty] really has a fascination with Natalie, which I think is born out of the fact that Natalie was also an outsider when they were teenagers, and that she's the best version of that Misty could imagine being, you know what I mean? She's like, 'Right. I'm an outsider too. And look how cool that outsider is. So, that must mean being an outsider is really cool.' I think she's always really coveted who Natalie is."

"Yellowjackets" season 1 is now streaming on Showtime.

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02 Dec 13:45

Seth Rogen Developed His Knocked Up Character By Reading With Every Woman Who Auditioned

by Joe Roberts

These days, Seth Rogen is showing up in Steven Spielberg movies and posting pictures of his pottery on Twitter. But back in the early-2000s, he had a near-legendary run appearing in Judd Apatow comedies, which truly jump-started his career. After his supporting role alongside Steve Carell in Apatow's 2005 effort "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," Rogen took on the starring role in the director's next project: the romantic comedy "Knocked Up."

Playing Ben Stone, the lovable stoner with a slacker mentality, the actor was described by Peter Sciretta in /Film's original "Knocked Up" review, as someone who "reminds me of a lot of my friends." Scenes with Ben and his band of layabout buddies feel like you're watching actual friends hanging out and busting balls. In fact, the movie succeeded in realistically depicting all kinds of life situations. Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann's Pete and Debbie felt so much like an actual couple (they were based on Apatow and Mann's real-life relationship) that in 2012 the director debuted a sort of sequel to "Knocked Up" based around their characters with "This Is 40."

With the "This Is 40" sequel officially in development, the legacy of "Knocked Up" continues to evolve. But it's unlikely anything set in the same universe will top Apatow's original movie, which belongs to the early-2000s golden age when the prolific director/producer seemingly had something to do with every comedy movie that came out. Much of that is down to those realistic performances that feel as though the actors were simply playing themselves. And while there's a lot of that going on in "Knocked Up," in Rogen's case, the now well-established star actually worked pretty hard to develop the character of Ben. And he had a novel way of doing it.

Rogen Read With A Hundred Different Actors

In a piece for Vanity Fair, Apatow breaks down his entire career, including a little-known pilot starring Amy Poehler and Kevin Hart which wound up going nowhere. With "Knocked Up" being such a significant movie in establishing Apatow as an industry powerhouse, he of course gives some insight into the film and even elaborates on how Rogen found his character during pre-production. Evidently the then-24-year-old "read with every single woman who came in," for the part that eventually went to Katherine Heigl. The process apparently took "months," with the actor reading with "a hundred different people" and developing the Ben character along the way.

It's probably not too uncommon for actors to develop characters in the process of reading with their future colleagues — though, reading with a hundred people probably isn't a common thing. But as Apatow noted, when actors are yet to become established, there's a different energy to the production process:

"It's different when it's that first movie and [the actors] really wanna score, and they have so much energy and passion ... when you get to your 40th Harrison Ford movie, he tends not to give you that time. And he shouldn't."

Seth Rogan Is At Harrison Ford's Level

Since "Knocked Up," Rogen has gone on to have a varied career in Hollywood, proving that he can capably take on dramatic roles such as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in "Steve Jobs" and now as the avuncular Bennie in Spielberg's "The Fabelmans." Talking to Uproxx about the latter, he actually credits his time working with Apatow as giving him an insight into how to tell "deeply personal" stories on film, claiming the producer/director was a big proponent of including semi-autobiographical elements in his stories.

That was certainly the case with "Knocked Up," with its multiple characters that felt like real people and Pete and Debbie's marriage being based on Apatow's own. And at that time Rogen was a relatively inexperienced actor, having only really appeared in the Apatow-produced TV series "Freaks And Geeks" which was canceled after 12 episodes and a handful of smaller movie parts. Reading with every actor that came in for the Katherin Heigl part was likely a great exercise for the young Rogen, who these days occupies a much more secure position in Hollywood. For "The Fabelmans," he was sought out by Spielberg during the COVID-19 pandemic and then just "hung out for a few months as they put the rest of the movie together." Not quite the same intense commitment to developing his character as he had for "Knocked Up," but at this point, he doesn't need it. He's earned his Harrison Ford status.

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02 Dec 04:50

The Best Tech Gift Ideas for Secret Santa

by Lucy Cotsford

Secret Santa is a game of gift exchange between a group of people, such as friends or colleagues. Names are anonymously picked out and a set amount of money is stated to make things fair for everyone playing.

02 Dec 04:49

Florida sheriff says kids are too soft these days, need to go back to the old days where kids literally needed to fear they're going to have the cheeks of their ass torn off for not doing right in class [Florida]

02 Dec 04:48

How AMD’s New HYPR-RX Could Improve Your Gaming Performance

by Kieran Robertson

AMD has a wide range of performance-enhancing software under its belt. Many of these programs are neatly packaged in AMD's Adrenalin Edition. Announced in early 2022, the latest version of Adrenalin Edition delivers up to a 15 percent gaming performance uplift compared to the previous year's edition. However, AMD has now set its sights on pushing the limits of AMD Adrenalin even further.

02 Dec 04:47

What Are Elon Musk's Views on Free Speech?

by Brandon Cranmer

It seems that Elon Musk is always in the news for one reason or another. He has become especially popular after acquiring Twitter. Moving on to own what many consider the "world's public square", it's interesting to find out what Musk has to say about free speech.

02 Dec 04:46

A Wounded Fawn (2022) [WEBRip] [1080p] [YTS.MX]

A Wounded Fawn (2022)
IMDB Rating: 6.1/10
Genre: Horror
Size: 1.51 GB
Runtime: 1hr 31 min

A serial killer brings an unsuspecting new victim on a weekend getaway to add another body to his ever-growing count. She's buying into his faux charms, and he's eagerly lusting for blood. What could possibly go wrong?
02 Dec 04:34

Space Force wins its first combat mission [Stupid]

02 Dec 03:33

Mars Asteroid Impact Helps to Solve a 'Mega Tsunami' Mystery - CNET

by Jackson Ryan
The solar system smash was similar to Earth's Chicxulub impact, which ended the reign of the dinosaurs.
02 Dec 03:24

PCI-SIG States That Partners Are Responsible For User Safety Following 16-Pin 12VHPWR Cable Lawsuit

by Hassan Mujtaba

PCI-SIG Wants It Partners To Ensure Utmost User-Safety For The 16-Pin 12VHPWR Cable Standard 1

We have an update that comes to us directly from PCI-SIG in regards to the 16-Pin 12VHPWR cable specifications.

PCI-SIG Wants It Partners To Ensure Utmost User-Safety For The 16-Pin 12VHPWR Cable Standard

The 12VHPWR 16-Pin cable saw various issues since its introduction on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card. We saw multiple cases of cables and connectors melting up but experts and NVIDIA itself concluded that the problem occurred due to an improper connection caused solely due to user error.

Last month, NVIDIA was hit by a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit can be seen filed over at Justia and was filed at the California Federal court on 11 November 2022. The user states:

NVIDIA "marketed and sold the RTX 4090 with a defective and dangerous power cable plug and socket, which has rendered consumers' cards inoperable and poses a serious electrical and fire hazard for each and every purchaser."

Now PCI-SIG has come forward to address the whole situation with their first official response. In an email sent to us, PCI-SIG states that its members are responsible for the design, manufacturing, and testing, including safety testing, of their products that utilize the 16-Pin 12VHPWR specification. The full statement is listed below:

We previously sent an email notifying you that one manufacturer has reported to PCI-SIG potential safety issues with its use of the 12VHPWR connection. Further to that, we have been informed of a recent lawsuit: Genova v. Nvidia Corporation, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California case No. 5:22-cv-07090. The lawsuit alleges, in part, that 12VHPWR cable plugs experienced “melting … posing a serious electrical and fire hazard”.

PCI-SIG wishes to impress upon all Members that manufacture, market or sell PCI-SIG technologies (including 12VHPWR connections) of the need to take all appropriate and prudent measures to ensure end user safety, including testing for the reported problem cases involving consumers as alleged in the above-referenced lawsuit. Members are reminded that PCI-SIG specifications provide necessary technical information for interoperability and do not attempt to address proper design, manufacturing methods, materials, safety testing, safety tolerances or workmanship. When implementing a PCI-SIG specification, Members are responsible for the design, manufacturing, and testing, including safety testing, of their products.

via PCI-SIG

PCI-SIG Wants It Partners To Ensure Utmost User-Safety For The 16-Pin 12VHPWR Cable Standard 2

We have a small but useful (and effective) guide for how to install the 16-Pin 12VHPWR connector if you are getting an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 graphics card. We expect other partners to follow up with their own statements soon.

The post PCI-SIG States That Partners Are Responsible For User Safety Following 16-Pin 12VHPWR Cable Lawsuit by Hassan Mujtaba appeared first on Wccftech.

02 Dec 03:16

Titans Season 4 Finally Delivers The Goods With Beast Boy

by Marcos Melendez

This post contains spoilers for the fourth season of "Titans."

The fourth season of "Titans" is not perfect by any means, but it's a sizeable step up from previous years. The titular superhero team finally has some sort of rhythm, and a change of scenery to Metropolis is proving to be a locale worth exploring. The addition of a few iconic Teen Titans villains doesn't hurt, either. But the mid-season finale has arrived, and folks, it's finally happened. After three seasons of morphing into a tiger (and the occasional bat), Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) has finally spread his wings and turned into something even cooler. 

As a longtime "Titans" watcher, I was almost content with the fact that Beast Boy would always turn into a tiger, and the occasional bat or snake. But his character development remained ever so stagnant, until now. In season 4, "Titans" finally gives Beast Boy the time of the day, introducing new abilities and a very powerful connection to all animal life that already has serious implications for the series. In other words, he can now turn into a really cool-looking, massive green ape.

A Big Ol' Ape

The sixth episode had the superhero team fight Mother Mayhem (Franka Potente) and her goons as a last-ditch effort to stop the Brother Blood ritual from happening. Although we've seen Beast Boy stretch his limits as of late, the mid-season finale confirms that he can actually turn into large animals that are not feline. As his ape form ravages the Cult of Blood, we get to see Beast Boy in action unlike never before. He turned into a virus earlier this season, but that's admittedly not as cool as a giant friggin' ape.

Thankfully, it seems like this will not be the last time we see Beast Boy turns into a non-tiger animal. Being able to morph into an ape was long overdue, anyway. He apparently turned into a variety of creatures in a previous episode, including a velociraptor, but it occurred off-screen. "Titans" season 4 has slowly been working its way into introducing new limits to his metahuman abilities, tying them to a mysterious supernatural force.

A New Kind Of Animal Connection

Shockingly enough, the fourth season of "Titans" is making explicit moves to evolve Beast Boy as a character. Throughout the last few episodes, Beast Boy has been experiencing visions of a red-tinted world and a large tree at the center of it. These moments have allowed him to have a few premonitions of his own, including predicting the bombastic final fight against Mother Mayhem at her lair. The Red, a force that connects all animal life, has made its way into "Titans" and is the apparent source of Beast Boy's newfound abilities.

Sort of like the Green, which connected Swamp Thing to all plant life in the comics, the Red serves a similar purpose for Beast Boy. With a deeper connection to the animals, it's a no-brainer that we'll see a larger variety of transformations from now on. Even though "Titans" consistently skimps out on its heroes using their superpowers, utilizing Beast Boy at his full potential should be the priority if it turns out to be the last season. Let him be a T-rex in the finale, at the very least.

New episodes of "Titans" debut on Thursdays on HBO Max.

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02 Dec 03:15

Harrison Ford Insisted On Adding A Key Scene To The Mosquito Coast's Screenplay

by Drew Tinnin

Harrison Ford has never come across as an actor who was willing to spout off about politics, take up a certain humanitarian cause, or rail against the overseas meddling of the United States. Ford only uses his power of celebrity when it's insisted upon by the Hollywood studio system, reluctantly making the rounds during a seemingly endless press tour to promote his next blockbuster. He certainly never cared about the rise of the Rebellion in "Star Wars" or becoming an international diplomat as Indiana Jones. Shouting, "That belongs in a museum!" in the thrilling opening sequence of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" is about as pedantic as the famed archaeologist ever got. 

However, with his Golden Globe nominated role as Alfie Fox in 1986's "The Mosquito Coast," Ford delivered his most politically-minded role by portraying a discontented family man that had grown tired of the deconstruction of American values. Reuniting with director Peter Weir (who had helped secure Ford's first Oscar nomination for "Witness"), Ford was able to play an eccentric character that rants and raves about the material distractions and shallow desires of Americans who don't take the time to look around and realize that the U.S. had become a toilet. 

During a meeting with journalists from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 1986, Ford delivered a surprising, passionate interview about how you can love America and still criticize it. Suddenly, the megastar performer was being political. The character of Allie Fox loves America so much that he leaves it, forcing his family to come along with him on an ill-fated adventure in the Caribbean jungle. At the time, Ford was campaigning for the Golden Globe Awards and talked about his insistence on adding one crucial scene in "The Mosquito Coast" that proved the character still loved his home country. 

What Was The Scene That Ford Wanted In?

The screenplay for "The Mosquito Coast" by Paul Schrader ("Taxi Driver") remained true to author Paul Theroux's 1981 novel of the same name, staying mostly faithful to the original spirit of the book. Ford was well aware that he was using his star power to inject some likability into the misguided idealism of Alfie Fox. Knowing that Peter Weir's film was going to be controversial, Ford wanted to incorporate another story about family from the book that wasn't originally included in Schrader's script. Speaking to the HFPA:

"Peter and I were both aware of the possible difficulty of the audience's understanding what our attitude was about America, so in the original screenplay by Paul Schrader, there was no scene where Allie Fox tells the story of his mother's death. It was one of my suggestions that we included that dramatic story from the book to show the audience that Allie Fox does love America."

In the pivotal scene, Fox compares his dying mother to America herself. He remembers her asking for some rat poison to end her suffering. Loving the country just as much as his own mother, he turns his back on both because he can't bear to see them perish. Helen Mirren's "Mother" character willingly and obediently follows her husband into the brink, a show of blinding loyalty that Ford also addressed with a surprising amount of political and social acumen. "In this particular case, it's not a disproof of feminist theory that this woman reacts as she does to this man. She clearly loves him, and that's their relationship."

A Story About Fathers

Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford are set to reunite as husband and wife for Taylor Sheridan's Yellowstone prequel "1932," their first time working together since "The Mosquito Coast." The saga of the Dutton family ranch in "Yellowstone" is all about family, but the intimate American story in Weir's divisive film is really all about the responsibility of fatherhood. 

Before writing the novel, Theroux befriended an American writer named Moritz Thomsen in Ecuador who regaled the author with horror stories about his abusive father. "His stories about his father were terrifying," Theroux told The Ringer's Tim Greiving. "I started thinking about fathers. I thought about Jim Jones, Huck Finn's father, my father ... even I as a father."

Taking inspiration from "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Theroux made the 14-year-old boy the narrator, so readers could see the rantings of Allie Fox through his son's eyes. Theroux also took real-life influences into account, using the Jonestown Massacre in the 1970's and the fatherly cult leader Jim Jones as a kind of prototype. Jones, too, was a father figure that was strictly anti-government, becoming an expatriate that also attempted his warped version of a utopian community. 

Becoming so enamored with a romanticized version of the so-called American dream, Fox forces his family to choose between him and any semblance of a stable, sustainable family life. The family believes in him as an apotheosized father figure, which ultimately causes them to realize that he has betrayed them and left them with nothing but an unattainable ideal. 

This Is America

Patriotism was at an all-time high during the booming years of the Reagan era when "The Mosquito Coast" came out in theaters, and Ford uncharacteristically spoke about the difference between the two America's that were emerging in the mid-'80s. He told the HFPCA:

"If you have a newspaper handy, I can point out to you, from Ivan Boesky to the secret war in the White House and all the way down the line, that it's our right and responsibility to criticize America. But also, it's a matter of degree. This is a character who's operatic in tone and so his criticisms are as exaggerated, overblown, but we all would hope for a more perfected America, which is not Ronald Reagan's America."

That's about as political as Ford has ever been in the public square, before or since. Theroux's own nephew, writer and actor Justin Theroux (seen above, right), currently stars in the modern day version of "Mosquito Coast" on Apple TV+ that continues the story of a radical antihero for a new generation. The streaming series is facing the same problem that the original did in a way, forcing an America that's arguably more divided and distracted than ever to take a break from their screen life to look at the uncertain world around them. 

"There's a great independence of spirit in the American people and some will see Allie Fox as a fool while others will see him as a sympathetic person," Ford acknowledged back in 1986. "I expected that, I never wanted anybody to be comfortable with him. I was not expecting this character to be embraced as a prophet for the new America." Ford's words back then still resonate today, maybe even more so. And maybe today, we need the maverick spirit of Allie Fox more than ever. 

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02 Dec 03:13

Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny Trailer Breakdown: Where There's A Whip, There's A Way

by Jeremy Mathai

Dust off that old fedora and break out that trusty whip, because Indiana Jones is finally back for one last ride.

After years of rumors, false starts, and rampant speculation, we've actually set our eyes upon brand new footage of Harrison Ford as the world-famous archaeologist extraordinaire, who makes a specialty out of punching Nazis and chewing bubble gum ... and he's all out of gum. Today, Lucasfilm dropped the highly-anticipated trailer and the official title for the artist previously known as "Indy 5," which is now called "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny." What exactly is a dial of destiny, you ask? Beats me, but the cadence and rhythm of that McGuffin sure fits perfectly with the pulpy feel of the rest of the throwback franchise. And that's a huge relief, considering that this will be the first (and presumably only?) "Indiana Jones" movie to be made without the direct fingerprints of a certain Mr. Steven Spielberg behind the camera.

The footage has everything you could possibly want out of modern Indy: sun-soaked desert locales! Fast-paced chase sequences! The professor himself in his natural environment -- a classroom! And, of course, a stunning silhouette showing off that legendary, fedora-wearing profile. Yeah, despite plenty of reasons to feel cynical about a fifth "Indiana Jones" movie (a legacy sequel to another legacy sequel, as I enjoy reminding everyone), this James Mangold-directed picture looks as thrilling as it gets. Which makes sense, considering the filmmaker has plenty of experience crafting cinematic goodbyes to beloved fictional characters.

Without further ado, let's break down all the highlights of that stunning trailer.

One Last Sunrise ... Or Sunset?

You had to know the "Indiana Jones" trailer would begin with a calming, familiar, and deeply nostalgic shot like this, didn't you? Spielberg and Douglas Slocombe, his regular cinematographer on all the previous films except "Crystal Skull" (which saw Janusz Kaminski step up to the plate to try to recapture that same old-school feel), crafted iconic shot after shot of golden hour at various desert locales. At this point, the shimmery golden haze of a sunset or sunrise simply evokes classic Indy. This time, it can't help but feel like a dawn of a new era for the grizzled old fella ... or, much more likely, the end of the road in one way or another.

Though this doesn't really tell us much about the actual plot -- beyond the Middle Eastern-looking setting and the fact that our hero will apparently end up in the middle of an action-packed set piece that will see him swinging from taxi to taxi -- it does effectively transport us right back to the whip-cracking world of Indy as if we hadn't missed a beat. 

Also a nice touch: the voiceover narration (from a character that we'll get to soon enough) wistfully opining about, "I miss the desert, I miss the sea..."

Old Stomping Grounds

You know how it goes by now, right? Dr. Jones is restful and content at his day job, teaching a bunch of adoring young students about the ins and outs of archaeology and relics from antiquity ... only to get sucked right back into the fist-fighting world of Nazis, supernatural powers, and the occasional UFO. You have to admire the commitment though. 

After an establishing shot of a much older Indy strolling through what appears to be 1960s New York City, we get a closer look at Ford teaching a classroom full of students about the more mundane pleasures of the business. He might have been the sexy action hero for an entire generation of fans, but at his heart? Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr. has always been a big ol' nerd.

A Familiar Foe

Can you feel the nostalgia in every frame of this trailer so far? Just listen to the voiceover that continues on, which is certainly pining for the good old days right along with us: "And I miss waking up every morning wondering what wonderful adventure the new day will bring us." 

In a flashback sequence, we see soldiers taking away a hooded figure who seems to be their prisoner as an old European-style building explodes into flames behind them. Take a quick look at the helmet of the soldiers in the foreground and, well, it seems as if Indy can't quite escape the demons from his past. As promised, those damned Nazis appear to be back and involved in some significant way. After all, what else besides the biggest bads of them all could possibly bring a geriatric Indy out of semi-retirement?

Days Gone By

Where's that Leonardo DiCaprio pointing meme when you need it? Look, everyone, Sallah's back! The lovable sidekick from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," portrayed by John Rhys-Davies, is joining in on the action. As it turns out, it's his soothing and unmistakable voice that's been guiding us through the trailer up to this point. Though there's no indication if he has a larger role to play in this movie beyond a single cameo outside of what looks like an airport, he's sure doing his best to urge Indy to join him for old-time's sake. Gently chastised by his longtime friend with the simple declaration that, "Those days have come and gone," the incorrigible Sallah responds heartily and with a winking sense of knowing something that Indy doesn't: "Perhaps ... perhaps not."

Train To Nowhere

Here's our first look at Toby Jones as Arnim Zola an undisclosed character in the film. But come on, after serving as the main prize of another high-speed train set piece in "Captain America: The First Avenger," it's more than a little funny that the diminutive actor once again finds himself in the middle of a pulpy adventure on top of a speeding train, right? I suppose that's fitting, though, since -- fun fact alert -- the Joe Johnston-directed superhero movie pretty blatantly showed some love for its "Indiana Jones" inspirations through its wink-wink, nudge-nudge reference of Hitler digging for "trinkets in the desert." Talk about coming full circle! 

In any case, it's great to see that Mangold and his director of photography, Phedon Papamichael, found some pretty striking and evocative shot selections that would feel right at home on that "One Perfect Shot" Twitter account.

The Resemblance Is Uncanny!

If looks could kill, then the lasers that a young, digitally de-aged Harrison Ford is staring at his captor(s) would probably melt some Nazi faces along the same lines of, well, you know

Seriously though, after months and months of rumors that were only just recently confirmed, here's the official reveal of young Indy back in World War II-era regalia. As /Film's Ryan Scott writes, it's a pretty eye-popping and impressive effect that the visual effects team has achieved, though seeing it in motion might be another story entirely. Still, after plenty of pretty egregious swings and misses over the years, mostly pioneered by Marvel, it's nice to see a much more convincing effort here that presumably will have a genuine story purpose beyond the novelty of it all.

Speaking of which, the very next shot also shows a de-aged Mads Mikkelson (possibly even in the same room or building as poor Indy here) opening a box branded with the Nazi swastika as a glowing light emanates from within. We've seen this image a few times before in this franchise, haven't we folks? Some tropes are tropes for a reason -- because they're fun!

So What Are We, Some Kind Of Dial Of Destiny?

"Raiders of the Lost Ark." "Temple of Doom." "The Last Crusade." "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." Okay, maybe scratch that last one, but this franchise has always been full of killer titles that just roll of the tongue. "Dial of Destiny" is great for the alliterative appreciators out there, but are we all fully on board with how hokey that sounds? It's all in the eye (ear?) of the beholder, of course. In any case, at least we actually know the title after what felt like ages of keeping it under close wraps. 

What exactly is it? Well, this intriguing shot seems to suggest that it could be a sundial. The McGuffins in these movies always seem to come down to ancient relics and priceless items from the deep past, so this sure seems in keeping with that. You know what they say: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Indy, a purveyor of retrieving artifacts for safekeeping in museums, would surely agree!

Back In The Saddle Again

As is customary for trailers these days, we quickly transition to a fast-moving montage of images that barely even register in the brain before moving on to the next. While Indy solemnly intones, "I've seen things ... things I can't explain. And I've come to believe it's not so much what you believe, it's how hard you believe it," we get more rapid-fire glimpses of Mads Mikkelsen's main antagonist (this time in the present day), Phoebe Waller-Bridge's character (who was recently revealed to be Indy's goddaughter) in the field alongside Indy, more teases of the action sequence set during the ticker tape parade celebrating the Apollo 11 return from the moon, and finally Indiana Jones going full John Wick as he rides a horse through a subway system. It all feels appropriately "Indy-like" enough to feel of a piece with the rest of the franchise, not to mention more visceral action with some pretty nifty camera placement that brings viewers right into the nitty-gritty of the action.

Scene-Stealer Incoming

It all ends on the cute button of Indy and Helena in some seedy restaurant or other, confronting some equally as seedy-looking individuals as the pair are on some important plot-related business. 

While saddling Harrison Ford with Shia LaBeouf as his son in "Crystal Skull" didn't quite turn out as successfully as the creative team intended -- Mutt Williams is nowhere to be seen in this movie and not a single person is mad about it -- here's hoping the infinitely more exciting addition of Phoebe Waller-Bridge livens up the proceedings. Based on the short scene here where she all but oozes charisma, we're expecting big things. The final moments see Indy whipping out his, well, whip in an attempt to keep some dangerous individuals away from him ... until they all take out guns of their own in a hilarious reversal of the moment in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" where Indy pulls a similar trick on that poor swordsman. It's like poetry; it rhymes!

"Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" comes to theaters on June 30, 2023.

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02 Dec 03:12

Turns Out There Was Never A Real Reason For Jerry Seinfeld To Hate Newman

by Shae Sennett

One of the many great mysteries of "Seinfeld" has always been Jerry's deep-seated hatred of his neighbor, Newman. Sure, he isn't the most charismatic guy, but all of Jerry's friends have their own abhorrent qualities that don't seem to bother the protagonist. As it turns out, even the co-creator and star himself doesn't know exactly why his self-insert character hates Newman — he just does. And sometimes, especially in a sitcom, that's the only reason necessary.

Newman's first lines of the series were in the season 2 episode "The Revenge." The character does not appear on screen, but rather yells from the roof, threatening his friend Kramer that he's going to jump. "The following season, we did a show where I guess we needed a friend for Kramer, somebody in the building," the series co-creator Larry David explained in a behind-the-scenes interview. "We've already heard this name 'Newman' before so, let's use this guy. We've already introduced him." 

The other series creator was hesitant to introduce the people in Kramer's world. "I thought it might stir Kramer's mystique if you actually saw any friends of his," Jerry Seinfeld recalled. "We wanted him to be kind of an island unto himself."

When Wayne Knight read for the role, Larry David knew "in about five seconds" that he was the one for the part. "There was no expectation of Newman being a recurring character," Knight said. "This was strictly a one-off shot as far as I knew." It seems that Knight's performance ultimately convinced Seinfeld to keep him on the show. "Obviously, Wayne [Knight] was such a perfect compadre and counterpoint to him," he conceded. Seinfeld may have warmed up to Newman's presence in real life, but his character certainly did not.

'It Just Seemed Funny To Hate Newman'

There are a few reasons why Jerry Seinfeld hates Newman, but none of them are because he deserved it. "People ask all the time, why did Jerry not like Newman?" Wayne Knight said in the interview. "Frankly, he was the only one who expressed it. Nobody really liked Newman." 

As for Seinfeld, he believes that Newman was a natural antagonist for him on the show. "It was an instinctive dislike of the character," he explained. "He was the first person who was coming onto my own show to sabotage me in some way, and so why would I not hate him forever for that?"

As for why his character truly despises Newman, even Seinfeld himself isn't totally sure. "The real answer, why I hated Newman, is because it just seemed funny to hate Newman," he admitted to CBS News. "Everybody has one eccentric friend that's sort of out there," he explained, referring to Kramer. "And their outer orbit friend is someone you cannot deal with. So that was the reasoning." More than anything, though, Jerry's animosity towards Newman was purely comedic. "There was no real reason for me to hate Newman. He never did anything bad to me, it was just fun. It was fun to hate him."

Newman is pretty unlikeable, but does he really deserve so much of Jerry's ire? When he eventually retaliates in revenge, is he truly in the wrong? Some people think that the real villain in "Seinfeld" isn't Newman at all — it's actually Jerry. As it turns out, the real-life Jerry Seinfeld might not disagree. He admits that he doesn't hate Newman for any good reason. It's not a very intricate answer, but it works — the fact that their conflict is based solely on clashing vibes makes it all the more hilarious.

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02 Dec 03:10

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Trailer Breakdown: 'We'll All Fly Away Together, One Last Time'

by BJ Colangelo

It seems like James Gunn is ready to make superhero fans across the globe cry their faces off because the trailer for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" is bringing equal parts hype hero action and devastating emotional moments that seem like audiences will be blubbering messes by the end of it. It's the final chapter for the galaxy's favorite intergalactic a-holes, following their recent appearance in "Thor: Love and Thunder" and the delightfully ridiculous "The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special."

Set after the events of 2017's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," (especially the post-credits teaser featuring Adam Warlock, the super-powerful being first introduced in the "Fantastic Four" comic books back in the 1960s), the second film in Marvel's Phase Five is likely the last we'll see of Peter "Star-Lord" Quill (Chris Pratt), this version of Gamora (Zoe Saldaña), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (Vin Diesel), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Nebula (Karen Gillan), and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper).

We already knew from Gunn's comments at the "Guardians of the Galaxy" panel during San Diego Comic-Con that a hearty chunk of "Vol. 3" would explore the past of Rocket Racoon, with the trailer flashback of a very cute baby Rocket backing up his claims. Gunn said at SDCC that Rocket is "the saddest creature in the universe," which might be true until people see "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" for themselves and potentially give the roughhousing raccoon a run for his title. Gunn surely has plenty of surprises up his sleeve before the film arrives in theaters but this incredible trailer all but guarantees this swan song will be one for the record books.

'The Galaxy Needs Its Guardians'

Peter Quill opens the trailer with a moving, motivational statement: "We were gone for quite a while but no matter what happens next, the galaxy still needs its Guardians." The crew arrives on a new, Earth-like planet, but the inhabitants are far from human. Sadly, Gamora is not with them, as she died in "Avengers: Infinity War."

A different version of Gamora from an alternate universe came to the central MCU universe via the events of "Avengers: Endgame," but now, the Guardians, hoping to reunite with ANY version of their lost friend, are searching for her. For Drax, this means pelting a New Men child in the face with a ball on Counter-Earth and inciting a rock fight with the land's inhabitants. I guess that's one way to make a connection with an alien race and hopefully gain new information.

Speaking of Gamora, we don't see a whole lot of her in the trailer. It's clear that at some point the Guardians achieve their internal mission of finding her, as she's seen helping Mantis carry Drax out of a situation where he looks to have been hit in the chest by something, but there are also shots of her holding a polaroid (what's on it?!), drawing a weapon, and an epic shot of the original team (plus Mantis and Nebula) walking away in unison from a fire. It'll be interesting to see how the crew interacts with this "new" Gamora in a more in-depth role.

Our First Look At Adam Warlock

The trailer also gives us our best look yet at Will Poulter's Adam Warlock, a major character in the Marvel comic books who originally played a huge role in the "Infinity Gauntlet" and "Infinity War" miniseries. Comic fans were a bit confused when Warlock wasn't included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films of "Avengers: Infinity War" or "Avengers: Endgame," especially after learning he was supposed to be a major player in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." Warlock is shown with a jewel in the middle of his forehead, which in the comics was an Infinity Stone. Considering this is supposed to take place after the events of "Avengers: Endgame," we'll have to wait and see what the purpose of the gem will be in this film. Maybe the gem is an Infinity Stone, and "Guardians Vol. 3" will be the latest MCU film to play around with timelines in the multiverse.

All of the scenes with Adam Warlock show him independently, with the exception of one shot that shows him pinning Nebula to the ground and punching her square in the face. As the character has played both the hero and occasional villain in the comics, it's unclear how he will function in this film. The end credits scene from "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" showed Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) presenting a gold growth chamber with a being she crafted specifically to destroy the Guardians, so it's likely that Adam Warlock will be the secondary antagonist of the film. However, given the much greater threat at hand, it won't be surprising if Adam Warlock has a change of heart and eventually joins the Guardians to take down the High Evolutionary.

Beware The High Evolutionary

It's been known for a few months that "Peacemaker" star Chukwudi Iwuji was joining "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" as antagonist the High Evolutionary, but the trailer is the first look at his terrifying presence outside of his appearance at San Diego Comic-Con when he showed up in person ... and in costume. The High Evolutionary is the villainous name for Doctor Herbert Wyndham, a geneticist who focuses on creating human/animal hybrids typically called "New Men." As was previously noted, the Guardians open the trailer by arriving on a planet inhabited by aliens, all of which resemble humans with the heads and limbs of different animals. It's safe to assume that the Guardians' arrival on Counter-Earth will interrupt whatever plans the High Evolutionary is in the middle of pursuing.

This is purely speculative, but given his penchant for modifying genetics, the Guardians may see the High Evolutionary modify what's left of Ego and the severed Celestial head of Knowhere to recreate a Celestial, or worse, bring Super-Ego into the fold. Now, the High Evolutionary will need a heck of a lot of power to pull off a stunt that big and would need something like, say, the potential remaining energy inside the Anulax Batteries Rocket used to make a bomb inside Ego's core during "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."

Speaking Of Rocket Raccoon...

Something big is happening with Rocket, and no one in the galaxy is emotionally ready for it. Nebula recently gave Rocket the Christmas gift to end all Christmas gifts in "The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special," which will almost certainly come into play during "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3," for better or worse. Rocket is responsible for many of the emotional lines in this trailer, including telling Peter Quill, "Pete, I'm done running." It's been implied that Rocket was created as the result of animal testing, which has always been a sore spot for the team's smallest hothead.

In the comics, Rocket comes from a planet in the Keystone Quadrant that serves as an abandoned colony for the mentally ill and their genetically manipulated animal companions. It's hard to know how much of this story Gunn will keep and how much will be changed for the MCU, but Gunn has made it clear that this film's arc is the plan he's had for Rocket Raccoon from the very beginning.

The trailer also shows a brief shot of Rocket hugging Lady Lylla, a wise otter who is Rocket's soulmate in the comics. The voice of Lady Lylla has yet to be announced, but this could be the character Gunn was teasing when the film wrapped principal photography a few months back. We know from the shot of Baby Rocket that the film will feature flashbacks, so it's unclear whether or not Lylla will appear in a flashback or be introduced to Rocket in the current timeline. Regardless, it's sure to be emotionally devastating, and given the inclusion of the animal hybrid New Men of the High Evolutionary, perhaps he will provide the painful answers to Rocket's history.

Pop Culture References And Tears

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" films have been riddled with pop culture references from the very beginning, with even the "Volume" names referencing the mixtapes Peter Quill has made of his favorite music. While the San Diego Comic-Con teaser boasted the song "Do You Realize?" by The Flaming Lips, the new trailer has "In the Meantime" by the band Spacehog. The song feels right at home with the "Guardians" soundtrack, and in a weirdly meta coincidence (or knowing Gunn, an intentional decision), the song was the lead single off the band's album, "Resident Alien." This song was tailor-made to be in a "Guardians" movie.

Another interesting bit of pop culture fun occurs when the Guardians jump out of the ship in colorful space suits that look a lot like the ones from Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey." Plenty of fans online have also noted that the suits look a lot like those in the video game "Among Us," but, uh, those suits are also a reference to Kubrick's film.

Most importantly, there are a few shots of Quill, Mantis, and Rocket all crying out in agony. It seems as if someone might be saying their last farewell, but it's not exactly clear who. With James Gunn leaving Marvel to co-lead the film, TV, and animation division over at DC, it's also quite possible that all of the Guardians will be saying their goodbyes because, as Rocket says in the trailer, "We'll all fly away together, one last time, into the forever ... that beautiful sky."

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" arrives in theaters on May 5, 2023.

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02 Dec 03:08

Dead End – Netflix Series Review

by Karina "ScreamQueen" Adelgaard
02 Dec 03:06

The Rally Point: The 25 year patch of Emperor Of The Fading Suns proved me wrong

by Sin Vega

We've all worn the rose-coloured glasses when it comes to old games. It's a real hazard of the job when you started out covering stuff from the 90s. It's less common though, to fall afoul of whatever its opposite is. The uh, yellow-tinted glasses, maybe? My point is that I did you all a disservice when I described Emperor Of The Fading Suns as "an intriguing, ambitious, crap mega 4X" last year. It was a remarkable game, and more remarkably still, its developers Holistic Design Inc. recently updated it with a major patch, 25 years after its original release.

It's a lot better than I remember. And only some of that is down to the patch.

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02 Dec 03:05

Chrome, Defender and Firefox 0-days Linked To Commercial IT firm in Spain

by msmash
Google researchers say they have linked a Barcelona, Spain-based IT company to the sale of advanced software frameworks that exploit vulnerabilities in Chrome, Firefox, and Windows Defender. From a report: Variston IT bills itself as a provider of tailor-made Information security solutions, including technology for embedded SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) and Internet of Things integrators, custom security patches for proprietary systems, tools for data discovery, security training, and the development of secure protocols for embedded devices. According to a report from Google's Threat Analysis Group, Variston sells another product not mentioned on its website: software frameworks that provide everything a customer needs to surreptitiously install malware on devices they want to spy on. Researchers Clement Lecigne and Benoit Sevens said the exploit frameworks were used to exploit n-day vulnerabilities, which are those that have been patched recently enough that some targets haven't yet installed them. Evidence suggests, they added, that the frameworks were also used when the vulnerabilities were zero-days. The researchers are disclosing their findings in an attempt to disrupt the market for spyware, which they said is booming and poses a threat to various groups.

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02 Dec 03:03

Just 22% of Techies in UK Aged 50 or Older, Says Chartered Institute For IT

by msmash
A little more than one in five techies in Britain is aged 50 or older, and enticing more of that demographic to enter the world of information technology could help alleviate a perennial skills gap. From a report: This is according to research by the British Computer Society (BCS), which reckons just 22 percent (413,000) of the 1.9 million IT specialists in the local industry are at or past the half century mark. To fall in line with the average number of 50 year olds or older across all other employment areas (561,000) in the UK, an additional 148,000 people in that grouping are needed in the tech sector, the BCS claimed, basing its finding on data provided by the Office for National Statistics. "We can only achieve the government's ambition for the UK to be the 'next Silicon Valley' by closing the digital skills gap and making this vital profession attractive to a far broader range of people," said Rashik Parmar MBE, CEO of the BCS. For those not aware, the UK government's latest harebrained scheme, outlined in the Autumn statement by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, is to convert the island nation into "the next Silicon Valley". Sounds plausible? Oven-baked plan? No, we didn't think so either. The age factor was most pronounced in the north-east of the UK where just one in eight programmers/developers was 50 or over, the research found -- but didn't state why.

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02 Dec 03:03

Brains of Post-Pandemic Teens Show Signs of Faster Aging, Study Finds

by BeauHD
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The brains of teenagers who lived through the Covid pandemic show signs of premature aging, research suggests. The researchers compared MRI scans of 81 teens in the US taken before the pandemic, between November 2016 and November 2019, with those of 82 teens collected between October 2020 and March 2022, during the pandemic but after lockdowns were lifted. After matching 64 participants in each group for factors including age and sex, the team found that physical changes in the brain that occurred during adolescence -- such as thinning of the cortex and growth of the hippocampus and the amygdala -- were greater in the post-lockdown group than in the pre-pandemic group, suggesting such processes had sped up. In other words, their brains had aged faster. "Brain age difference was about three years -- we hadn't expected that large an increase given that the lockdown was less than a year [long]," said Ian Gotlib, a professor of psychology at Stanford University and first author of the study. Writing in the journal Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science, the team report that the participants -- a representative sample of adolescents in the Bay Area in California -- originally agreed to take part in a study looking at the impact of early life stress on mental health across puberty. As a result, participants were also assessed for symptoms of depression and anxiety. The post-lockdown group self-reported greater mental health difficulties, including more severe symptoms of anxiety, depression and internalizing problems. "Deterioration in mental health is accompanied by physical changes in the brain for teens, likely due to the stress of the pandemic," said Gotlib. "In older adults, these brain changes are often association with reduced cognitive functioning. It's not clear yet what they mean in adolescents. But this is the first demonstration that difficulties in mental health during the pandemic are accompanied by what seem to be stress-related changes in brain structure."

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01 Dec 03:42

Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy': How Did Nebula Get Bucky's Arm? - CNET

by Jennifer Bisset
The Winter Soldier's vibranium arm made an interesting appearance in the holiday special. Director James Gunn provides an answer to why.
01 Dec 00:19

Twitter is now pushing recommended tweets to everyone

by Karissa Bell

Twitter is now pushing more tweets from accounts users don’t already follow into their timelines. The company revealed that it’s now surfacing recommendations to all its users, even people who had successfully avoided them in the past.

“We want to ensure everyone on Twitter sees the best content on the platform, so we’re expanding recommendations to all users, including those who may not have seen them in the past,” the company wrote in a tweet.

It’s not clear how many more recommendations users should expect to see in their "home" timeline, or if Twitter is making recommendations more prominent in other parts of the app as well. In its tweet, the company pointed to a blog post from September, which states that “recommendations can appear in your Home timeline, certain places within the Explore tab, and elsewhere on Twitter.” For now, it seems that recommendations won't appear when viewing the "latest" timeline, which sorts tweets chronologically and has historically not included tweets from accounts that aren't already being followed.

Anecdotally, it seems some users are already reportingnoticeablechanges to their timelines, with the appearance of new topic suggestions and many tweets from seemingly random accounts. In a tweet from its support account, the company told one frustrated user to switch back to the chronological "latest" timeline to avoid the surge of recommended content.

Though the change may feel jarring, it’s not the first time the company has experimented with adding more suggested content. Twitter has been pushing recommendations into various parts of its service for years, though it has sometimes tweaked how often these suggestions appear. In the past, Twitter has also been careful to note that it bars certain types of content from recommendations in order to avoid amplifying potentially harmful or low-quality content, though it’s not entirely clear if that’s still the case. The company no longer has a communications team. The curation team, which was responsible for elevating content throughout Twitter, was also eliminated during the company's mass layoffs.

Interestingly, Twitter’s current CEO, Elon Musk, hasn’t always spoken favorably about the platform’s recommendation algorithms. Back in May, he tweeted that using the app’s “latest” timeline was crucial to “fix” Twitter’s feed. “You are being manipulated by the algorithm in ways you don’t realize,” he said at the time. Musk, who has also spoken about his desire to open source Twitter’s algorithms, hasn’t yet weighed in on the new expansion of recommendations, or how the feature works.

Update 11/30 8:55 PM PT: This story has been updated to reflect that Twitter's support account confirmed recommendations won't appear in the "latest" timeline, which sorts tweets chronologically.

01 Dec 00:19

Zuckerberg Says Apple's Policies Not 'Sustainable'

by BeauHD
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday added to the growing chorus of concerns about Apple, arguing that it's "problematic that one company controls what happens on the device." Axios reports: "I think the problem is that you get into it with the platform control, is that Apple obviously has their own interests," Zuckerberg said at The New York Times' Dealbook conference. "[T]he fact that companies have to deliver their apps exclusively through platforms that are controlled by competitors -- there is a conflict of interest there," he said. That conflict of interest makes Apple "not just a kind of governor that is looking out for the best of people's interests." Zuckerberg also noted that Apple's policies differ from other tech giants, including Microsoft and Google, which allow apps to be sideloaded onto devices if they're inaccessible in app stores. "I do think Apple has sort of singled themselves out as the only company that is trying to control, unilaterally, what apps get on the device and I don't think that's a sustainable or a good place to be." Changes to Apple's app tracking policies last year are expected to cost Meta billions of dollars in lost ad revenue. Zuckerberg's comments come days after Musk publicly attacked Apple, alleging the company's app store policies are an abuse of power. Asked about Musk's content moderation decisions, Zuckerberg didn't go as far as to endorse his strategy, but said, "I kind of think the world in the industry gets more interesting when people take some different approaches." "[Y[ou can agree or disagree with what Elon is doing, or how he's doing it. But I do think it's going to be very interesting to see how this plays out in terms of the approaches he's taking." When asked about TikTok, Zuckerberg said it raises "a very complex set of questions" about the involvement of the Chinese state with TikTok's affairs. "I'm sure it's complicated." Further reading: Mark Zuckerberg Still 'Long-Term Optimistic' on Metaverse, Says Skepticism Doesn't Bother Him Too Much

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30 Nov 23:07

Signing Onto Bad Santa Was A 'No-Brainer' For Billy Bob Thornton

by Drew Tinnin

The possibilities are endless when it comes to who could've played a given part in a film that went on to become a classic. Many actors are often first approached for a role, only for them to turn it down or see scheduling get in the way. Warren Beatty and Elvis were famously in the running to star in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," to use an example that actually could've really worked. Normally, when we imagine another actor in a role that seemed tailor-made for them in retrospect, it's difficult to see anyone else fill their shoes. In the case of Billy Bob Thornton in "Bad Santa," it seems unlikely that anyone could have been a more perfect choice to fill the boots of an alcoholic, foul-mouthed mall Santa Claus who's actually a crook in disguise. 

It almost happened though. It's not surprising that a lot of actors were interested in such a fantastic role, however. Acting titans like James Gandolfini, Bill Murray, and Jack Nicholson were all considered at one point. Sometimes, a role comes to you at the exact right point in your career, and that's exactly what happened with Thornton, who had made a name for himself as an indie icon with "Sling Blade" and "Monsters Ball" while also showing some big budget clout with the outer space schlock of "Armageddon." 

It sounds like the majority of age-appropriate actors throughout Hollywood got a hold of the hilariously dark script by Glenn Ficarra and Jon Requa, generating tons of interest. The Coen Brothers also executive produced "Bad Santa" with Terry Zwigoff of "Ghost World" fame directing. That combination added some serious clout. Luckily, Thornton didn't waste anytime going after the role that may end up defining his career.

The Perfect Role At The Perfect Time

Thornton hadn't really shown off his comic timing and willingness to be a disheveled antihero until the role of Willie fell into his lap. Interestingly, Thornton would wind up acting in two Christmas classics back-to-back, having just appeared as the President of the United States in "Love Actually," opposite Hugh Grant as the British Prime Minister. That romantic dramedy is a legitimate tearjerker for the holidays, and the filthy R-rated antics seen in "Bad Santa" became the perfect antithesis for Thornton to sink his teeth in to. Looking back during an interview with the New York Times, Thornton knew it was the perfect role at the perfect time:

"I heard Sean Penn was considered, and Nicolas Cage. My manager called and said: 'Wait until you read this script. I've never seen anything like this. 'I'd read maybe a third of it, and I called him and said, 'We've gotta do this.' It was kind of a no-brainer."

R-rated comedies were king at the box office during the 2000s, providing another reason that the timing for Thornton felt serendipitous. "Wedding Crashers," "Old School" and "Superbad" were all smash hits that embraced their lewd and crude characters with generally misguided motives. "Bad Santa" was immediately placed in the pantheon of dark comedy classics, and eventually Thornton was even talked into returning for a sequel. The less said about that, the better. 

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30 Nov 22:23

Here's Why (and How) You Should Hang Your TV From the Ceiling

by Lindsey Ellefson

I’m here today to make the case for a unique space-saving technique I have employed in my apartment for two years: Mount your TV to the ceiling. Do it. You don’t need a bulky entertainment center taking up valuable wall space; your TV can simply float above your head, and look cool doing it. (But don’t tell Reddit,

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30 Nov 21:46

Marvel's Midnight Suns review: the best Marvel game yet

by Katharine Castle

For the last ten years, the XCOM designers at Firaxis have traded in 'if's and 'maybe's. If this shot lands, then maybe I can pull off this carefully calculated plan I’m brewing. It's exactly the kind of taut, knife-edge tension we've come to love and expect from their turn-based strategy games, but Marvel's Midnight Suns takes a different approach. As the titular demon hunters join forces with some famous Avengers faces to take down the evil sorceress Lilith and Marvel mega villain Chthon, there's never any question about whether your moves will or won't work here. You're playing as the world's most powerful superheroes. Of course, they’re going to work. And forget about cowering behind knee-high cover walls, too, because if you're not already bulletproof, you've certainly got the reflexes and supercharged muscle mass to soak up anything Lilith’s Hydra minions are going to chuck at you.

Question is, by tipping the power scales in your favour like this, do you risk destroying that delicate balance of risk and reward? At first glance, it's easy to think a more reliable set of heroes would end up dulling what made Firaxis' XCOM games so special, but the result is something equally thrilling. Given how the Marvel machine has drawn in and chewed up so much singular creative talent in the wider MCUniverse, Firaxis emerging with their cred intact is nothing short of extraordinary. Not only have they endured their radioactive spider bite, they've come out bigger and better for it, creating not only the best Marvel game I've played, but one of the best superhero games full stop.

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30 Nov 21:46

Starfield’s Todd Howard went to Elon Musk, SpaceX for Bethesda RPG

by Will Nelson
Starfield’s Todd Howard went to Elon Musk, SpaceX for Bethesda RPG

Bethesda’s Todd Howard visited SpaceX and talked to Elon Musk while developing upcoming RPG game Starfield. With the Starfield release date a ways off, it’s interesting to hear how the work of SpaceX influences Howard and the NASA-punk style aesthetic and universe the team at Bethesda has been building over the last few years for its next open world game.

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30 Nov 21:46

Starlink nearly doubles satellite internet terminal prices in Ukraine

by Jon Fingas

It's now particularly costly for Ukrainians to use SpaceX's Starllink if they want to stay online during the Russian invasion. The Financial Timesreports that the price of a Starlink satellite terminal has almost doubled in Ukraine, jumping from the equivalent of $385 to about $700. The monthly rate isn't as expensive as it once was (as high as $100), but it's climbing from $60 to $75.

It's not known if prices have also jumped for the Ukrainian government, which obtains Starlink from a variety of sources that include SpaceX itself, foreign governments and even crowdsourcing. Individual prices have climbed in Poland, where some Ukrainians get their Starlink equipment delivered to avoid complications with local deliveries.

The hikes come as Ukraine's cellular networks are buckling under the strain of Russian attacks on the country's electrical grid. In some cases, Starlink might be the only way for locals to reach the internet. Some residents in recently liberated areas also lean on the technology while phone carriers are busy restoring service. Higher prices risk putting internet access out of reach, and may force donors to pay more to supply as many terminals as they did before.

We've asked SpaceX for comment. The company has complained about its own costs for supplying Starlink access in Ukraine. While it was quick to switch on connectivity after the Russian assault began in February, it has partly relied on US government funding to supply terminals and maintained in September that it couldn't continue offering service without further aid. After that complaint became public, however, Elon Musk said SpaceX would keep paying for Ukraine even though it supposedly meant losing money.

30 Nov 21:46

Prime Gaming for December makes all-time classic FPS a free game

by Will Nelson
Prime Gaming for December makes all-time classic FPS a free game

The Amazon Prime Gaming free games and in-game rewards for December have been revealed, and there’s a lot to get, from a classic FPS game to plenty of titles you may have never heard of, with a brilliant sort of co-op game on the side. Be sure to check in with the Prime Gaming November list too, as these are about to stop being free very soon.

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30 Nov 21:44

Google Discovers an Exploit Framework Used to Spread Spyware

by Katie Rees

Google’s Threat Analysis Group has announced its discovery of an exploit framework that used now-patched vulnerabilities to spread spyware. Spanish IT firm Variston has been linked to the exploit.