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23 May 17:31

The 'Hacker News Onion' is pretty hilarious

23 May 22:58

Centering a logo with media queries. I had to do this other day.

24 May 15:36

"I know what most of it means"

25 May 01:09

What's the most humorous commit message you've ever seen?

25 May 18:24

The SQL query that wrote SQL queries

The worst bit of bad practice I've come across while working in software development... instead of just running a few selects to check the current data, comparing to the input data, and updating the relevant tables, this code was running a SQL query that compared the input data to the contents of the tables and then output a SQL query, which the program would then run to update the tables. It was a horrific query to read, but the worst/best part was the comment next to the line of code that ran the output:

//This is where the magic happens.

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26 May 11:00

VOTD: Dwayne Johnson Wedding Surprise Makes for Magical, Muscular Matrimony

by Ethan Anderton

Dwayne Johnson Wedding Surprise

As if Dwayne Johnson wasn’t already cool enough, the wrestler turned blockbuster superstar had to do something adorable for one of his biggest fans. While taking part in the press junket for this week’s release of the earthquake action thriller San Andreas, Johnson joined in and ultimately led a wedding surprise scheme for journalist Nick Mundy at ScreenJunkies.

Watch the Dwayne Johnson wedding surprise after the jump!

Mundy thought that he was going to be taking part in some elaborate bit that would be part of his video interview with Dwayne Johnson, but the tables were turned on him when he learned that The Rock was going to be officiating his wedding right then and there. As you can see, the result is a hilarious and touching moment that shows Dwayne Johnson may actually be a real-life superhero.

And because this all happened during the press tour for San Andreas (watch the latest trailer right here), Johnson couldn’t help but plug the movie that hits theaters this week. During the surprise ceremony, Johnson said:

“Nothing is more powerful than your union. It carries more force than a bolt of lightning or even the world’s largest earthquake, much like the one you’ll see in ‘San Andreas’ when it hits theaters May 29th.”

How many people would pay thousands of dollars to have Dwayne Johnson preside over their wedding? Hell, people would pay just to have Dwayne Johnson show up at their wedding for five minutes. What’s even cooler is that ScreenJunkies and Dwayne Johnson were able to round up Mundy’s closest family and friends for this unforgettable moment. Of course, it’s made that much more memorable by the presence of The Rock. It doesn’t even matter that Mundy got married wearing American flag pants. In fact, that just makes this moment even better.

The post VOTD: Dwayne Johnson Wedding Surprise Makes for Magical, Muscular Matrimony appeared first on /Film.

25 May 20:19

‘Twin Peaks’ Season Three Doubles to 18 Episodes, Angelo Badalamenti Returning

by Russ Fischer

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Twin Peaks isn’t just back — there’s more of it coming than anyone expected.

The return of Twin Peaks has already become a saga, with Showtime setting up a nine-episode third season to air in 2016, with David Lynch directing all episodes and co-writing with Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost. Then Lynch bailed on the series, reportedly over budget and deal issues. But Showtime worked things out with Lynch, and the director returned, just in time for Showtime to announce the third season had expanded from its original nine-episode order.

We didn’t know much more than that. What would be the final Twin Peaks season three episode count? And who else will return to the series now that Lynch is fully on board? During a convention appearance, Sheryl Lee and Sherilyn Fenn revealed some details. Notably, that the series order has doubled, and there’s a suggestion that Angelo Badalamenti, the musical voice of the show, is also coming back.

At Seattle’s Crypticon, Sherilyn Fenn talked about the show’s development so far, calling it a “roller coaster,” and suggesting, as we assumed, that if Lynch had stayed away she would have refused to do the show. But things are back on, and Fenn looks very happy.

She also said, “And 18 episodes now, even!”

Her comment after that went a ways towards confirming some of our suspicions about the money conflict, saying “and I think when he did the nine, he realized he needed nine more to really complete it.”

So the budget Showtime had agreed upon was basically doubling. That’s just a loose account of the dealmaking process, of course, but it does shed a little bit of light on the situation.

Also revealed is the plan to use music from Angelo Badalamenti. There isn’t a specific mention of him doing new music, but one would suspect that will end up being the case. Badalamenti was among the most significant parts of the show’s formula, as his mournful, ghostly music tied all the show’s eccentricities together.

There was also an interesting detail: Twede’s Cafe in North Bend, WA, which served as the Double R Diner in the show’s original location shoot, is being restored to be used in the new shoot.

“We’re shooting there, 100%,” Fenn said when asked about the original Washington locations. She added,

“[David’s] already come here. They’re redoing the R&R Diner to look exactly like it did in the show, and then the owners of the diner are going to keep it that way.”

She also mentioned that Lynch is figuring out how to shoot the Sheriff station, as it has been built up quite a bit since the original shoot.

While many Pacific Northwest locations were used for exteriors during the show’s pilot shoot, most of the series was actually shot north of Hollywood in the San Fernando Valley, in a warehouse that was refitted into stages, with Malibu forests doubling for the northwest in some scenes. We don’t know what the balance will be for the new series, but it sounds like at least some of the interiors will be shot on location, if the interior of the diner is being restored.

One of those interiors will be the Red Room, as Fenn says “she’s alive in the Red Room” while talking about Sheryl Lee. A few minutes later, Lee says “I know that I’m coming back now, but I don’t know how, and I may not know until I show up for the first day.” That’s obviously an exaggeration, but it’s a good way to say she’s not going to reveal anything now.

Fenn also references her character’s own odd end at the conclusion of the second series, explaining that it was the network’s desire for a cliffhanger that led to Audrey’s final scene.

Twin Peaks should begin shooting this September, with the series slated for Showtime in 2016.

Here’s video of the panel appearance, via Welcome to Twin Peaks. The first season three comments are right at the top, and the mentions of Badalamenti and the diner come much later in the talk.

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25 May 07:03

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25 May 12:48

Morning Static: GAME OF THRONES, THE GOOD WIFE, ARROW & More!

by theTVaddict
• RIP: Comedian and actress Ann Meara, mother of Ben Stiller, dies at 85 • Rumor du Jour: Netflix Rumored To Want Gerard Depardieu For French ‘House Of Cards’ • Must Read TV: The 5 Stages Of Grief For The TV Show You Just Finished Binge-Watching • Who Knew? ‘Arrow’ Had Big Plans For Harley […]
25 May 22:05

Robot learns skills through trial and error, like you do

by Jon Fingas
As a rule, robots have to learn through explicit instruction, whether it's through new programming, watching videos or holding their hands. UC Berkeley's BRETT (Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks) isn't nearly that dependent, however...
25 May 22:22

Jony Ive becomes Apple's first Chief Design Officer

by Jon Fingas
There's no question that Jony Ive is more important than ever to Apple's design process given his heavy influence on everything from the look of iOS to the philosophy behind the Apple Watch, and the Cupertino crew just gave him a promotion to reflect...
25 May 03:59

'Game Of Thrones' Just Had One Of Its Most Impressive Episodes

by Erin Whitney
A good "Game of Thrones" episode can be a lot of things. It can be one that triggers a powerful, emotional reaction for a beloved character, one that stuns its audience with a shocking death, or even an episode that spends the entire hour depicting an epic battle.

Spoiler alert for Season 5 Episode 7 "The Gift"

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But Sunday night's "Game of Thrones" was one of the most well-written, well-sculpted episodes of the entire series. Episode 7 of Season 5, "The Gift," was fantastic for weaving together so many plots with various tones. The episode honored the passing of a cherished character (RIP Aemon Targaryen), showcased the courage of others, served up some of the best dialogue between rivals (all the awards for Olenna Tyrell), incited long-awaited romance, and best of all, served up delicious justice. That alone is a lot for merely half a season of "GoT," but "The Gift" managed to cohesively pack it all in with smooth directing and poignant writing that still didn't fall short on the nudity and violence. Here were the highlights:

Cersei got what was coming to her
Finally the queen of manipulating and backstabbing was served up a hot steaming plate of justice when the High Sparrow locked her up for her previous incestuous relations with Cousin Lancel. Watching the satisfied smirk slowly fade from her lips almost made her evil acts from the past five seasons worth it. Now we can expect that major Cersei scene to happen any week now.

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Sansa stood up to Ramsay
After last week's highly controversial episode where Sansa is brutally raped by Ramsay, we saw the Stark girl weeping in bed covered in bruises. She told Theon that Ramsay has continued to assault her each night and that she's trying to escape Winterfell. Theon, aka Reek tattled on Sansa, but she held her own when she called her new husband a bastard to his face. She may be continually abused, but Sansa is still strong and fighting as best she can.

Tyrion and Daenerys finally meet!
Two of the (arguably) most significant characters in the series finally met when Jorah and the Lannister arrived to the fighting pits. The look on Dany's face when Tyrion announced himself (as "the gift") was something truly magnificent. Now go take over the world and make it a better place, guys.

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Sam was the real hero
Samwell Tarley has proven his courage number times, first by killing a White Walker and then during the Battle of Castle Black. But in "The Gift" he fought two of his Night's Watch brothers to save Gilly from being raped. His reward? The two finally kissed and had sex! We shall dub them Gillwell. And Ghost the direwolf also made a heroic appearance, reminding us why the House Stark sigil is the baddest of them all.

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Melisandre wants another sacrifice
The Red Woman's latest scheme to help Stannis achieve victory is one the Lord of Dragonstone isn't thrilled to hear. Melisandre wants to sacrifice his daughter Shireen in order to win Winterfell from the Boltons. He kicks her out of his tent for mentioning it, and after a recent episode where Stannis bonded with his daughter, it would be surprising for him to give in.

The Baratheon kids got really upset
Both Tommen and Myrcella Baratheon lashed out at their parents on Sunday, (except the latter doesn't know Jaime is her father). Tommen yelled at Cersei and cried over Margaery's imprisonment, while Myrcella refused to return to King's Landing since she's determined to marry Tyrstane Martell.

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Bronn got seduced and saved
Last week, we predicted Bronn's possible death after he was cut by one of the Sand Snakes' spears, which was likely dipped in poison. As it turns out, the blade was deadly and began to slowly kill the fighter as he lay in his cell watching Tyene Sand seduce him with her bare chest. Tyene eventually gave Bronn the antidote for the poison -- but only after he admitted she was the most beautiful woman in the world.

"Game of Thrones" airs on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET on HBO.

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24 May 02:00

Orphan Black: "Certain Agony of the Battlefield" Review

by Max Nicholson

Warning: Full spoilers from the episode follow.

Up until now, Orphan Black: Season 3 had mostly been setup -- compelling setup, to be fair, but the overarching was ultimately vague. The season didn't have it's hook, something for fans to latch onto. But that all changed in this week's "Certain Agony of the Battlefield," which finally kicked the show back into high gear. More notably, it was all thanks to one unlikely character: Paul. (Believe me, I'm as surprised as you are.)

We already knew that Paul was wary of Dr. Coady's intentions -- as was Mark after his misadventure with Sarah. So it was cool to see these two secretly team up to do some digging around the Castor base. And while their search efforts led to the obvious conclusion we figured out for ourselves last week -- that the Castor defect could be sexually transmitted -- Paul's deductive reasoning led to some huge revelations in the latter half of the episode.

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25 May 02:30

Silicon Valley: "Adult Content" Review

by Cliff Wheatley

Spoilers for “Adult Content” within.

“Adult Content” is relatively light on laugh-out-loud gags, particularly in comparison to the episode it follows, but its commitment to character and moving the chess pieces around is commendable. With End Game in the market and out of Pied Piper’s control, Richard and company are struggling to cope with confrontation while also searching for a solution.

The main narrative of the episode was successful and served to once again display Richard’s better leadership qualities as well as the team’s overall devotion to building their product even if they fancy themselves slackers. But “stealing” the terms of End Game’s deal with the porno company and actively working to nab the contract out from under them is a move that Richard wouldn’t have gone for at the start of the season. Watching him confront the company’s CEO and deliver a speech about why he needs their business was an important moment for him and a confirmation for the viewer that these guys are worth rooting for.

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25 May 01:58

Game of Thrones: "The Gift" Review

by Matt Fowler

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...

In the best Game of Thrones episode so far this season, Stannis got angry, Bronn got an eyeful, Cersei got a taste of her own medicine, and Sam got some.

No Arya this week, but still a very busy episode. In fact, it was getting so cluttered that I worried about "The Gift" feeling overstuffed. But it didn't. It flowed rather nicely, spending the first twenty minutes solidly up in the North, where a snow storm had hit.

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Going by the books, I had assumed the title referred to the acres of land south of the Wall that Jon Snow had in mind for the Wildlings. An area known as The Gift - formerly Brandon's Gift. And while that's still a part of this season's story, the real gift (or one of them anyhow) was the intel Littlefinger gave to Olenna about Lancel and Cersei. "A handsome young man." Playing both sides as usual, Littlefinger made up for the fact that he gave up Olyvar and helped put Loras and Margaery in Religion Jail by helping get Cersei locked up as well. A scene made even more sweet by the fact that Cersei had just come from visiting an imprisoned, filthy Margaery. Now we know what fate awaits the Queen Mother without even having to see next week's chapter. It was wonderful.

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23 May 16:01

Summer TV Preview

by Matt Fowler

Long ago, the summer months were a time for reruns, as networks anticipated most viewers spending their time outside, doing "outside things." But since we're all indoor kids now, the TV landscape has changed and summertime is just as dang busy as any other time of year.

Cannibals, prisoners, zombies, and aliens are all set to invade your precious TV space as Hannibal returns to NBC, Netflix releases a new season of Orange is the New Black, a Walking Dead spinoff series debuts on AMC, and TNT's Falling Skies airs its final season.

Plus, Syfy premieres new shows Killjoys, Dark Matter, and Geeks Who Drink while the aforementioned Netflix keeps us busy with Sense8, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II.

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22 May 21:00

Watch: Entertaining and Instructive Video Essay on Jackie Chan’s Action Filmmaking

by Russ Fischer

Action Filmmaking Tips

We’ve been talking a lot about Mad Max: Fury Road for the past couple weeks, and one reason is that it is, as I argued in my review of the film, incredibly precise and clear storytelling from a visual perspective. There is virtually nothing as good as Fury Road in action films of late. But there is in older work, such as the remarkable run of ’80s and early ’90s movies from Jackie Chan.

A couple weeks ago I came across a video essay that is itself very precise about breaking down just what works in Chan’s films, and why. I’ve watched this essay many times now, and despite the fact that it isn’t “new,” having debuted late last year, I wanted to share it as an explanation of exactly how and why some visual storytelling works so well.

Whether you aspire to make films, or just want to gain a better understanding of how they work, you must watch this video.

This essay is titled “How to Do Action Comedy,” but that particular blend of elements is only part of its appeal. What this really reveals is how to achieve clarity in action. Doing so isn’t easy, but it is pretty simple. Keep the camera wide, and steady. Stage the action to provide context, keeping action and reaction in one shot. Cut with a rhythm. These are all things we see in the success of Fury Road, too.

Persistence is the key ingredient. As Jackie says in one interview clip, “it’s not [that I’m] good! You can do it! Except, do you have the patience?” That goes along with a point that Tony Zhou makes in the essay, that Jackie doesn’t win fights because he’s the best fighter, he wins because he doesn’t give up.

I saw a full collection of Jackie Chan’s great ’80s films in a Boston-area theater in the summer of 1993, and they changed my view of action filmmaking. His work, especially when seen all at once, makes a tremendous impact.

If you haven’t seen these films, I can’t recommend strongly enough that you seek out the first three Police Story films, Project A parts one and two, the pair of Armour of God films, Jackie’s two Drunken Master movies, and Wheels on Meals. Yeah, that’s ten Jackie films that are stone-cold essential, and that only scratches the surface of his career. The guy is a phenomenon.

If you want a taste, this supercut will give you a heaping faceful.

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22 May 17:34

Silk Road Survival: In conversation with 'Deep Web' director Alex Winter

by Chris Velazco
An unassuming, Mormon family man. A brilliant physics and engineering student with a goofy smile. Five years ago, neither of these men knew each other, let alone suspected that they'd be drawn into a web suffused with libertarian dogma, hard drugs an...
23 May 04:49

Senate blocks NSA reform bill and Patriot Act extensions

by Richard Lawler
The USA Freedom Act aimed at addressing the NSA's bulk collecting of phone call metadata was approved by the House of Representatives ten days ago, but blocked by the Senate tonight (live video stream here). The Section 215 provisions of the Patriot ...
22 May 05:45

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23 May 03:05

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19 May 22:30

Chris Pratt Will Be in Non-‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Marvel Films

by Angie Han

Chris Pratt may be shooting down casting rumors left and right, but one thing we know for sure is that he’ll be back for another Guardians of the Galaxy. And, it seems, for another several Marvel movies after that — including multiple non-GOT projects. Read the Chris Pratt Marvel future quotes after the jump. 

Speaking with GQ, Pratt revealed he’s sticking around the Marvel Cinematic Universe for quite some time:

I’m tied to doing three more, or five more, Guardians of the Galaxy or whatever it is, you know, two more Guardians plus another couple.

The GQ writer interprets this as meaning Pratt “is committed to at least two sequels, as well as spin-off projects where his character will appear with other Marvel characters.”

Basically, it sounds like the same six-picture deal that most of Marvel’s leads have. Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (which is already dated for May 5, 2017 and starts shooting in February) take up two of those slots. If the sequel does well, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will almost certainly claim a third.

Less clear is which films will use up the other three spots on Pratt’s contract. The first Guardians of the Galaxy occupied a very different corner of the MCU than the other films have, and had very little overlap with The AvengersAvengers: Age of Ultron, and their related films.

But the two-part Avengers: Infinity War seems more likely to involve Pratt’s Star-Lord. The Power Stone figured prominently into the first Guardians of the Galaxy, and Thanos will have to get his hands on it eventually if he wants the complete set.

Other possibilities for Star-Lord are 2019’s Inhumans, which deals with a race of superhumans created by the Kree (Ronan’s people from Guardians of the Galaxy), and 2018’s Captain Marvel, which centers on a character who’s had extensive contact with the Guardians of the Galaxy in the comics.

In the meantime, Pratt has already begun prepping for his next outing as Star-Lord. “I got teary-eyed,” he said of his first Guardians of the Galaxy 2 briefing with director James Gunn. “He’s so fucking smart and peculiar.” But there’s still a lot he doesn’t know about it, like the plot. “[Gunn] just knows me too well to tell me too much,” said Pratt.

For now, Pratt seems perfectly happy to keep playing Star-Lord for the foreseeable future. After teasing the idea of retiring early to spend time with his son Jack, Pratt admitted, “I think I would do it and then three months later I would be tired of bird hunting and I would be like ‘…Guardians Ten?'”

 

The post Chris Pratt Will Be in Non-‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Marvel Films appeared first on /Film.

20 May 14:00

LOL: Peter Dinklage Sings About Character Deaths in ‘Game of Thrones’ Musical [Updated]

by Ethan Anderton

Game of Thrones Musical

Not long after we saw Anna Kendrick star in a teaser for a female-led remake of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, we have some more amusing fun being teased for Red Nose Day. For those who don’t know, Red Nose Day is a comedy fundraiser that started in the United Kingdom and is making its way to the United States for the first time with a primetime special on NBC airing on Thursday, May 21st at 8pm Eastern. It’s a star-studded event featuring a slew of comedians, actors, musicians and more, and we just got another tease of something Game of Thrones fans will enjoy.

Peter Dinklage is teaming up with Coldplay to deliver a Game of Thrones musical, and NBC has unveiled a tease of the fan favorite actor singing a song about the various character deaths on the show. So if you happen to be way behind on HBO’s most popular show, beware of spoilers. Watch the Game of Thrones musical tease below!

Update: We’ve now got the full Game of Thrones musical production video, narrated by Liam Neeson.

Here’s a tease of the Game of Thrones musical fun that will happen on Red Nose Day (via NBC):

This is just a tease of the Game of Thrones musical fun that will happen on Red Nose Day. Chris Martin and his band Coldplay are involved in the musical proceedings that will air during the comedy fundraiser. In fact, here’s a quick glimpse of what they’ve been working on, complete with a whole slew of cast members from the hit HBO show, including Kit Harrington, Rose Leslie and many more:

Funnily enough, this won’t be the first time Game of Thrones has had ties to Coldplay. The band’s drummer, Will Champion, actually had a cameo on the series as a member of the band who was playing at the infamous Red Wedding. It should be interesting to see how the world of Westeros comes to life in the form of an abridged stage musical, especially with much of the cast on hand to help out.

Update: Here’s the full 12-minute video, narrated by Liam Neeson. Watch long enough to see Martin doing ‘Rastafarian Targaryen’ about three minutes in.

If you want to know more about Red Nose Day, check out the official description and talent roster from NBC:

Red Nose Day, the U.K.’s #1 television fundraising event, is coming to America in a spectacular live star-studded special Thursday, May 21 (8-11 p.m. ET) on NBC.

Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jodie Foster, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, Coldplay and more, are coming together to have fun, raise money and change lives in an incredible “fun-raising” special. Featuring great comedy, videos produced by Funny or Die, incredible music performances and almost 100 of Hollywood’s favorite stars, the benefit event will help 12 charity organizations lift children and young people out of poverty in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities in the world.

Julianne Moore and Jack Black, will also appear, along with John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Michelle Rodriguez, Gwyneth Paltrow, “Voice” coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams, Richard Gere, Jennifer Garner, Keith Urban, John Mellencamp, One Direction, Zac Efron, Helen Mirren, Robert Pattinson, Liam Neeson and Nick Cannon. Sienna Miller, Paul Rudd, Olivia Wilde, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Leslie Mann, January Jones and Simon Cowell will also be joining the fun, as well as Matt Lauer, Carson Daly, Nick Offerman, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pine, Jeff Goldblum, Billy Eichner, Martin Short, Laura Linney, Anna Kendrick, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, John Michael Higgins, Bill and Melinda Gates, Stephen Merchant, Naomi Campbell, Anna Camp, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Yvette Nicole Brown, Retta, Natalie Morales, Danny Pudi and Rob Huebel.

In addition, Matt LeBlanc, Hugh Bonneville, Dame Diana Rigg, Kyle MacLachlan, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss, “Saturday Night Live” cast members Jay Pharaoh, Colin Jost and Michael Che, Hoda Kotb and Gilbert Gottfried are slated to appear, along with Cheryl Burke, Nicole Scherzinger, Jeff Dye and Australian comedy sketch trio SketchShe.

The star-studded event for charity will also feature “Game of Thrones” cast members Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Iwan Rheon, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Mark Addy, John Bradley, Rose Leslie, Alfie Allen and Charlotte Hope. “Orange Is the New Black” cast members Dascha Polanco, Samira Wiley, Yael Stone, Selenis Leyva, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore and Jackie Cruz will also be part of the charity special.

A sketch film documenting the creation of “Game of Thrones: The Musical,” written by Coldplay and featuring a number of the HBO show’s cast members, will be one of the many highlights on “Red Nose Day,” along with John Mellencamp and Keith Urban performing “Pink Houses.”

The benefit event will also feature short appeals films that shed light on those in need. Jack Black travelled to Africa to visit children in Uganda living on the streets, witnessing firsthand the devastating effects of preventable diseases at a hospital. Blake Shelton visited a mobile health clinic in Los Angeles that is providing free, life-changing care to underprivileged children. In Peru, Michelle Rodriguez met children having to work to survive and saw how projects there are helping them get the education they need.

The money raised during Red Nose Day will be used to fund programs that address the immediate needs of children and young people living in poverty in the U.S. and internationally in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The money will be split between domestic and international poverty issues. The pre-selected charity partners are Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity: water; Children’s Health Fund; Feeding America; Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund; LIFT; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children and United Way.

Will you tune in for Red Nose Day? If you want to donate, head over here.

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21 May 16:00

‘Neuromancer’ Gains Funding, Loses Vincenzo Natali

by Angie Han

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After many years in development, the Neuromancer movie has taken a big step forward by securing new funding. At the same time, though, it has lost director Vincenzo Natali, who’s been attached for the past five years. Get all the details on the Neuromancer Vincenzo Natali news after the jump. 

Screen Daily reports Chinese company C2M Media Group has stepped up to co-develop and co-finance Neuromancer with the UK-based GFM Films. With Natali gone, producer Lucas Foster (Equilibrium, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is in talks with new writers and a new director. No names have been revealed as of yet.

Based on the 1984 cyberpunk classic by William Gibson, Neuromancer follows a “console cowboy” (the fancy future term for “computer hacker”) called Case whose life and career were ruined after he was caught stealing from the wrong people. He’s offered a chance at redemption by a mysterious ex-military officer named Armitage.

Said Foster:

William Gibson’s books have been very prescient on the topic of Super Intelligence, which people variously call Machine Intelligence or A.I. As we surrender more and more of our thinking and imagining over to software, we lose something important and tangible in ourselves. Neuromancer tells the story of that (near) future.

Neuromancer has been in development for several years. Around 2000, Chris Cunningham (director of the Aphex Twin “Windowlicker” video) was trying to get a film made. That version never took off, and in 2007 Joseph Kahn (of the Taylor Swift “Bad Blood” video and the film Detention) signed on to direct. Needless to say, that version didn’t come together either.

In 2010, Natali replaced Kahn. Initially, Natali’s hiring seemed to inspire some forward momentum. GFM announced the start of pre-production in 2011, Lorenzo di Bonaventura signed on to produce in 2012, and big names like Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson were courted to star. And then nothing. Wahlberg and Neeson aren’t currently attached and neither is di Bonaventura.

It’s been a long time since we got any real updates on this project, so it’s unsurprising, if disappointing, to hear Natali has dropped out. But you don’t need to worry about him. He just recently signed on to helm In the Tall Grass, based on a short story by Stephen King and his son Joe Hill.

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22 May 11:05

Huge 8K panels shipping from China this year

by Dave James
Huge 8K panels shipping from China this year

Thirty-three million. That's the approximate number of pixels Chinese display manufacturer BOE is jamming into its latest panels.

That's right, 8K screens are starting to do the rounds this year.

According to reports by Digitimes BOE recently showed off its 98-inch and 110-inch 8K panels and is looking to supply them to the Japanese market this year.

The new screens are rocking Advanced Super Dimension Shift (ADSDS) panel technology, which sounds like some serious quantum physics kinda extra-dimensional voodoo, but is actually another liquid crystal tech allowing the wee molecules to be rotated in a more efficient way.

The advantages of this technology is it's capable of dealing with incredibly high resolutions (lucky as we're talking about 7680x4320 here…) with low levels of power consumption. Another bonus of ADSDS - and why it's part of these big screens - is that it has a seriously wide viewing angle of 178º.

OLED on the other hand is still sat at a slightly more limited 160º viewing angle.

These first panels aren't really aimed at the home user however - BOE is looking to supply the screens with apps for medical, finance and transportation uses. That said, Japan's broadcast service, NHK, is reportedly looking to start trial testing of 8K content on its network some time next year with a full launch in 2018.

NHK though is also going to be filming the Women's World Cup from Canada in 8K next month. Teaming up with FIFA it will be showing various matches at public screenings in Japan, the US and Canada via 300-inch screens.

No wonder LG is stepping up its high-tech OLED plans - showing off a 0.97mm thin bendy display - with increasing technological competition coming from China…

But BOE is by no means the only player in the 8K market, with LG itself outing Apple's plans to release an 8K iMac sometime this year and Sharp showing off 8K panels at CES in January.

Via Digitimes








21 May 08:05

Rolling Stones Play All Of 'Sticky Fingers' At Small Club Show

by AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour.


The band announced Wednesday morning it would perform a "club show" that night to kick off its Zip Code tour, which launches Sunday in San Diego. The surprise concert at the 1,300-person-capacity venue instantly sold out. And one fan outside the theater offered $4,000 for one ticket.


The Stones played for an hour and a half, including the entire "Sticky Fingers" album, with the same enthusiasm they had when the record was released in 1971.


"So this is our first show of our tour," an animated Jagger told the crowd. "Tonight we're doing something we've never done before... We're going to do the whole of 'Sticky Fingers.'"


The group is re-releasing the album next week.


They played each of the tracks as promised, with Jagger exhibiting the energy of a high-school cheerleader throughout. (Doesn't he know he's 71?!) He strutted and boogied, puffed out his birdlike chest, punched the air and wiggled his wiry frame. He grinned and clapped and urged the audience to join along. And he was in exceptionally fine voice. Who cares if he can't hit the very highest notes anymore?


Keith Richards was in fine voice, too, and extra smiley. With his white hair and gray pallor, The 71-year-old guitarist kind of looks like he's made of cigarette ashes, but his guitar is ever young, and Richards looked like he was having fun.


Same for Ronnie Wood, all cheekbones and sinew, and drummer Charlie Watts, who shared a toothy smile with Jagger.


At times, there were as many as 11 musicians on stage, with two keyboardists, two backup singers, two saxophone players and a bassist joining the four Stones members.


Jagger was the master of ceremonies, and he was in great spirits.


"I should have warned you before, but there may be a lot of '60s drug references on this record that may puzzle some people. It was a great, groovy scene," he said as he introduced "Sister Morphine."


"That's seriously a bit of a down song," he said when they finished it. "And there's more to come!"


Jagger strapped on an acoustic guitar to perform "Wild Horses," and Richards sat down with a 12-string for "You've Got to Move." The set also included "Start Me Up," ''When the Whip Comes Down" and "All Down the Line."


The band used its encore to pay tribute to the late BB King, who died last week.


"He was one of our favorite guitarists," Jagger said, "a wonderful guy who played with us on a number of occasions."


The Stones' version of "Rock Me Baby" featured a harmonica solo by Jagger. They also played "Jumpin' Jack Flash" before finishing with Otis Redding's "Can't Turn You Loose," capping the night with an all-band bow.


The secret-show-before-the-tour is becoming tradition for the Rolling Stones, who played at an even tinier Los Angeles club before launching its "50 and Counting" tour at Staples Center in 2013.


"Next year we'll come back and do the whole of 'Satanic Majesties,'" Jagger quipped.


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21 May 15:30

Pro gaming doesn't need balls to be considered a 'sport'

by Jessica Conditt
The hockey game on the flat-screen behind the bar had served as a pleasant background visual as I ate dinner. But with my plate cleared, the action on-screen drew my full attention. I took a sip of beer as players converged on the puck, white jerseys...
21 May 11:28

These Stone Tools Are the Oldest Ever Discovered

by Matt Porter

Stone tools have been found at the Lomekwi 3 excavation site in Kenya that predate the Homo genus.

According to Nature, the international weekly journal of science, the tools are the oldest ever discovered at 3.3 million years old. Previously we had thought that species within the Homo genus were the first to learn how to use tools, but the genus only goes back 2.8 million years.

Some large stones were used as anvils upon which cores would be placed, while others were used as hammers in order to create stones with sharp edges. It is thought that these tools are actually too sophisticated to be the earliest examples, so the origins of tools may go back even further.

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21 May 20:29

Greg Grunberg Returning for Heroes Reborn

by Matt Fowler

Joining fellow former Heroes stars Jack Coleman, Masi Oka, and Jimmy Jean-Louis on NBC's Heroes Reborn is Greg Grunberg, who will once again be playing the mind-bending Matt Parkman.

Heroes Reborn Trailer Description

Per EW.com, Grunberg is on board for a "guest star arc" on the upcoming 13-episode event series. As you'll recall, Grunberg's Parkman was an LAPD officer who discovered he had telepathic abilities, and what started out as mind reading eventually evolved into mind control.

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20 May 14:08

I was creating an SQL database with a PHP form. I had to create users to test. I got bored halfway through...