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18 Jan 07:41

Ben & Jerry’s made a binge-worthy Netflix and Chill’d ice cream flavor

by Igor Bonifacic
With official support from Netflix, Ben & Jerry's has announced a new flavor called Netflix and Chill'd. The ice cream is about as about decadent as you expect. It's made with peanut butter, salty pretzel swirls and fudge brownie chunks. The lid...
17 Jan 21:04

This smart contact lens gives you an Iron Man-style heads-up display

by George Storr
Image credit: Mojo Vision

Silicon Valley startup  Mojo Vision is working on a smart contact lens which can help users see in the dark, combat sight loss and provide a heads-up display for daily activities. 

Mojo Vision’s ultimate goal with the project is to provide the sort of futuristic heads-up display we’ve seen in films. It wouldn’t be active all the time, rather, when information is needed it would appear in your eye-line. So, for much of the time, there would be no noticeable difference for the wearer in actually having the lens in their eye. Mojo call this “invisible computing”.

The AR lens is apparently still years away from being a consumer product but the possibilities are already exciting. Night vision, medical uses and generally feeling like Tony Stark are all among the biggest selling points.

Mojo had a presence at CES despite not being an official part of the show. The company’s smart contact lens is very much still in the development stage, but some selected hands-on experiences were offered.

CNET reported on their chance to get hands-on with the lens in a Vegas hotel suite, but were not allowed to wear the product ‘in-eye’, instead holding it on a small stick. Seemingly though, the product can already be worn in-eye, with some Mojo staff reportedly already doing so.

In medical terms, this lens could be a huge step forward for people with visual impairments. The device could potentially counter conditions like macular degeneration and has already been designated by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration,) as a “Breakthrough Device”.

Visually, the lens looks just like a normal contact lens, with a tiny green circle in the middle. This circle effectively covers your pupil and presents the images you see while wearing the lens.

We have contacted Mojo Vision for comment and hope to be able to offer more updates on the smart lens project soon.

The post This smart contact lens gives you an Iron Man-style heads-up display appeared first on Trusted Reviews.

17 Jan 11:57

Nestlé adds sausages to its range of plant-based meats

by Mariella Moon
Nestlé has revealed that it's adding another plant-based meat product to its selection after the "huge success" of its alternative burgers and grounds. It's launching plant-based sausages in the US and in Europe, and they're supposed to "taste...
17 Jan 11:54

'Crisis on Infinite Earths' introduces a major change for the CW's superhero shows

by Chancellor Agard

Warning: This recap contains spoilers about the final two parts of the Arrowverse’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover, which aired Tuesday.

The Powers That Be promised that nothing will ever be the same after the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover — and they weren’t lying.

In the Arrow hour of the crossover, the Paragons fought the Anti-Monitor at the Dawn of Time and rebooted the entire universe. In this new universe, as revealed by the Legends of Tomorrow episode, all of the CW’s superhero shows — Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and Black Lightning — now reside on the same planet, which is called Earth-Prime. In other words, Barry Allen no longer needs to use an extrapolator to see Kara and vice-versa.

Apparently, this was always the end goal of “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”

“We knew from last year, quite frankly, that we were going to merge and create Earth-CW basically, but Earth-Prime sounds better,” crossover executive producer Marc Guggenheim told reporters at a screening in December. “Even though in the comics, Earth-Prime is our Earth, I just personally like the sound of Earth-Prime. So all of the CW shows will be on the same Earth.”

In fact, the Arrowverse starts embracing the possibilities of Earth-Prime in tonight’s episode. At the end of Legends , White Canary, the Flash, Supergirl, Superman, Martian Manhunter, and Black Lightning convened at the old S.T.A.R. Labs hangar/Hall of Justice from “Invasion,” which has been transformed into a superhero hangout spot with a JLA-style conference table in case they ever need to team-up again. (Oh and Gleek, the Wonder Twins’ pet alien monkey from the Super-Friends show, is also on the loose in the building, as revealed by a shot of an empty cage with his name on it.)

And Earth-Prime isn’t the only change. The original Crisis on Infinite Earths comic, which the crossover is based on, destroyed the multiverse, leaving only one Earth in existence, but the Arrowverse didn’t follow that example. In the TV crossover, the multiverse was reborn following the Dawn of Time battle, and the Legends episode revealed what those news Earths are:

Earth-2: Home of Stargirl, the forthcoming superhero show that will air on both DC Universe and the CW. Executive produced by Greg Berlanti and showrunner Geoff Johns, the show stars Brec Bassinger as the titular hero and Luke Wilson as her sidekick in a giant robot suit.

Earth-12: This is where 2011’s Green Lantern movie, which crossover executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Greg Berlanti co-wrote, is now set. What a retcon!

Earth-19: Home of the shortlived Swamp Thing series on DC Universe.

Earth-9: Home of DC Universe’s Titans, which was renewed for a third season last year.

Earth-21: Home of DC Universe’s Doom Patrol. Placing Doom Patrol on a separate Earth from Titans helps explain the discrepancies between the show and the “Doom Patrol” episode in Titans season 1.

Earth-96: Brandon Routh’s Man of Steel from Superman Return lives!

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17 Jan 11:51

5 things we learned from Netflix's official The Witcher podcast

by Christian Holub

Season 1 of The Witcher hit Netflix on Dec. 20, where it remains available to stream for any and all fantasy-inclined viewers. But even a month after release, there’s still more to say about the show — and that’s where Netflix’s new official podcast about the show comes in handy. Behind the Scenes: The Witcher is a three-part podcast, the second episode of which came out Wednesday, featuring interviews with cast members, directors, writers, and producers about the fantasy saga.

Here are the most interesting things we learned from the first two episodes. The third episode will be released Jan. 22.

Polish influence on the Continent

Ever since J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings took over as the dominant fantasy archetype in the 20th century (and again in the 21st with the release of Peter Jackson’s movie adaptations), most fantasy realms have been based on Britain. Game of Thrones in particular is pretty explicit about this: The Wall guarded by the Night’s Watch is a fantastical extrapolation of Hadrian’s Wall, and the central conflict between the Starks and the Lannisters is based on the War of the Roses between the Yorks and the Lancasters.

The Witcher is an exception to this tradition. The show is an adaptation of novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and the world of the Continent is heavily influenced by his home country. For instance, The Witcher features strong female characters as the mage Yennefer of Vengerburg (Anya Chalotra) and the heroic young princess Ciri (Freya Allan). Growing up in post-World War II Poland, Sapkowski saw women performing roles usually reserved for men, and this is what he explained to showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich when they met in person.

“Women who had been the center of their home lives had to become the center of their communities and work lives,” Hissrich says. “They were the breadwinners, they were the ones who were allowing the generations below them to survive. Sapkowski talked a little about his mother to me, but also about the other women he knew in his life. Yennefer and Ciri are based on these women he saw walking around in real life, and I thought that was such a stunning part of the story.”

The show, of course, expands even more on the story of Yennefer, showing viewers what she was like before she became the iconic dark mage of the novels.

Henry Cavill did all his own stunts

The Witcher star Henry Cavill is a longtime fan of Sapkowski’s books. In order to fully embody the titular witcher, Geralt of Rivia, Cavill made the rare choice to do all his own stuntwork.

“Every time Geralt is on screen, Henry is on screen, even if it’s just his hand. No one else acts as Geralt,” Hissrich says. To clarify, she notes, “That is not normal, for various reasons.”

Hissrich continues, “Obviously we have Henry’s safety to look out for, that’s our first consideration. Everything has to be safe, and he needs to be protected. But what I find is that Geralt’s physical job, killing monsters, is a very important part of who he is. So Henry didn’t think he could fully embody Geralt without doing that aspect too.”

Cavill’s Geralt is much less talkative than the books

Ever since The Witcher hit Netflix, fans and memes have seized on the fact that Geralt barely speaks, except to his horse, Roach, and occasionally to the talkative bard Jaskier (Joey Batey). This is somewhat in line with The Witcher videogames, which by the nature of the format don’t involve a lot of talking — but it’s a distinction from the novels, where Geralt is very talkative.

For instance, an early conversation between Geralt and the wizard Stregebor (Lars Mikkelsen) about whether someone is naturally cursed by being born during a rare eclipse is drastically less wordy than the book version.

“One of the things Henry and I discovered when shooting the first episode is that our Geralt doesn’t need to talk as much as in the books,” Hissrich says. “I had written a lot of words, a lot of words, for him. And what we realized is our Geralt is a little more stoic, doesn’t always respond. We like to make fun of his grunts. He answers in grunts a lot. That I think is one of the biggest changes. The other things we tried to stay true to. Geralt’s dry sense of humor was really important to us.”

The non-linear storytelling was based on Dunkirk

One thing that can initially be difficult for viewers of The Witcher to understand is that the stories are not necessarily being told in linear order. There are three main characters at the center of the story: Yennefer, Ciri, and Geralt. The books are told exclusively from Geralt’s perspective, so Yennefer and Ciri only appear when their journeys intersect with his. But this way, viewers can see each character’s story lines building up .

On the second episode of Behind the Scenes: The Witcher, Hissrich brings up a direct inspiration: Christopher Nolan’s Oscar-nominated film Dunkirk. The World War II movie tells three different stories set around the famous evacuation, featuring the pilots in the sky, the soldiers stuck on land, and the sailors coming across the Channel to rescue them. They’re chronologically out of sync with each other, but the movie cuts between them freely. Dunkirk’s success with this storytelling inspired Hissrich to mix these story lines from The Witcher source books from across time. This allows Yennefer and Ciri to be co-equal protagonists with Geralt rather than secondary characters in his journey.

“I hopped out of the shower and asked my husband, ‘Do you think that’s crazy? Do you think this could work?’” Hissrich recalls. “He looked at me like it was a little bit of crazy, which it was, but also it was one of the first things that made me really interested about telling this story: fooling with this narrative and making it more interesting, and being able to then create and craft all of these stories the way that I wanted to.”

Anya Chalotra had to play older and younger versions of the same character

Host Brandon Jenkins notes that while Geralt’s journey through season 1 spans 20 years, Yennefer’s spans 70 — a much longer timespan for growth and change. As a result, the Yennefer in the final episodes is much older than the hunchback novice Yennefer of the first few. On the second episode of the podcast, Chalotra explains how she matched these depictions.

“All I kept thinking was, ‘It’s a breath, it’s a change of breath,’” Chalotra says on the podcast. “That’s something I thought about a lot. I couldn’t change too much about myself. It wasn’t about affecting anything. Her breath as a 40-year-old woman would be different at that stage of her life. Because of the experiences she had up until then, she’d be calmer about some things and more hotheaded about other things.”

Not to invoke another movie reference, but Chalotra’s description of this process is very similar to what Al Pacino and others have said about making Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, another story that spans decades with the same actors playing the same roles.

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17 Jan 11:34

Guns Akimbo--The Film From The "Daniel Radcliffe With Guns" Meme Gets A Trailer

In 2018, an image of Daniel Radcliffe in boxers and slippers, holding two guns, went viral, with plenty of people captioning it to reflect either their own lives or a downturn in fortune for Harry Potter, who Radcliffe played across eight films.

Now, a first trailer for the film this image is from has been released. The film is Guns Akimbo by New Zealand director Jason Lei Howden (Deathgasm). Howden also previously worked as a visual effects specialist on movies like The Avengers and War for the Planet of the Apes.

Radcliffe plays Miles Harris, a sadsack video game developer who is drawn into a real-life online deathmatch game called Skizm after being awful in the game's comment section. The film also stars Samara Weaving (Ready or Not) as Nix, the game's hotshot star.

The trailer below is decidedly NSFW, so be careful where you watch it.

As it turns out, those guns we've been laughing at all this time are literally bolted onto Radcliffe's character's hands. Ouch.

The film is scheduled to release in the US on February 28, 2020.

17 Jan 09:54

The Flash's Grant Gustin Comments on That Huge Crisis on Infinite Earths Cameo

by Lauren Gallaway
This post contains major spoilers from the Arrowverse crossover episode Crisis on Infinite Earths "Part 4!" [poilib element="accentDivider"] The Flash of two worlds became a reality on Tuesday night, as Ezra Miller crossed over from the film world to the TV world. Miller's Barry Allen somehow crossed over from his earth to meet Grant Gustin, the Barry Allen of Earth-1. This moment connected the current DC movie universe with the Arrowverse. The scene was both delightful and hilarious, as Barry and Barry met across the multiverse. Gustin posted photos of the scene with Miller on his Instagram, saying "How about that? Ezra is one of a kind. So glad we could make this happen and keep it a secret until today. Thank you DC Comics." Supergirl's Melissa Benoist commented on Gust's post saying she had no idea the secret Flash meet up was going to happen. "YOU KEPT THIS SECRET SO WELL. NONE of us knew!!!! Or did they know?! Was I the only one that didn't know?!" Brandon Routh, who plays The Atom, commented back to Benoist and said, "I DID NOT KNOW!" Flash Ezra Cameo While two DC movie actors have cameoed on the Arrowverse before (Robert Wuhl as Alexander Knox from Batman '89 and Brandon Routh as Clark Kent from Superman Returns), this is the first time the current DC movies have crossed over with the Arrowverse. This marks a significant turning point in the connectivity of the DC/Warner Bros. properties. Does this mean these universes will merge at some point? That's hard to say. At the time of this article, Crisis on Infinite Earths has not concluded, so we don't know the full meaning of Miller's cameo. For now, let's look at how Twitter reacted to the milestone moment. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=crisis-on-infinite-earths-every-cameo-in-the-crossover&captions=true"]

Flash, Meet the Flash

First of all, we have to address this tweet from Marc Guggenheim, the co-creator of the Arrowverse and the executive producer of Crisis on Infinite Earths: [caption id="attachment_228728" align="alignnone" width="720"]Crisis Cameo @Mguggenheim shares that the cost of getting Ezra Miller would roughly be the price of four kidneys. He's kidding, of course. Or is he?[/caption] Guggenheim also tweeted, "I’m doing a few interviews tomorrow and I’m sure the subject of Ezra’s appearance will come up, but what you need to know right now is that gentleman and scholar, @JimLee, was instrumental in making this moment happen." [caption id="attachment_228727" align="alignnone" width="720"]Ezra Miller Twitter Flash Reaction @Noradominick is shocked that Grant and Ezra got to be in a scene together, face to face, after all these years.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_228727" align="alignnone" width="720"]Ezra Miller Twitter Flash Reaction @Sophiaspirelli points out the humor in Ezra appearing on The Flash before getting his own standalone movie off the ground. Don't worry Ezra, it's going to happen![/caption] [caption id="attachment_228727" align="alignnone" width="720"]Ezra Miller Twitter Flash Reaction @Bamsmackpow commemorates this special moment with a well-timed Paul Rudd meme.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_228727" align="alignnone" width="720"]Ezra Miller Twitter Flash Reaction @Geeksofcolor is stoked to see Ezra appear during Crisis on Infinite Earths.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_228727" align="alignnone" width="720"]Ezra Miller Twitter Flash Reaction @the_snickman reminds fans that Ezra also appeared as The Flash during a Suicide Squad cameo.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_228727" align="alignnone" width="720"]Ezra Miller Twitter Flash Reaction @1raith did not expect Ezra to show up during this episode. The gif expression on Keegan-Michael Key's face is perfect.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_228727" align="alignnone" width="720"]Ezra Miller Twitter Flash Reaction A well-placed Patrick from Sponge Bob gif perfectly sums up @Betovstheworld's feelings about Ezra's cameo.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_228728" align="alignnone" width="720"]Ezra Miller Twitter Flash Reaction @Thenicecast_ points out Ezra's Cyborg/Victor Stone name drop! Cyborg lives.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_228728" align="alignnone" width="720"]Ezra Miller Twitter Flash Reaction Lastly, @MissAusten shares the best superhero twinning gif of all time: Spider-Man meeting Spider-Man from the Spider-Man cartoon. Yes, there are two of them![/caption]   For more coverage on Crisis on Infinite Earths, check out our review for "Part 1," "Part 2," "Part 3" and the epic two-part conclusion. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/11/27/arrowverse-the-road-to-crisis-on-infinite-earths"]

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Lauren Gallaway is a Social Media Coordinator for IGN. Find her tweeting at @LaurenGallaway and streaming at Glimpse Entertainment on Twitch.
17 Jan 09:53

Crisis on Infinite Earths: Parts 4 & 5 Review

by Jesse Schedeen
Warning: this review contains full spoilers for the final two episodes of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Since The CW aired the final two parts of Crisis on Infinite Earths on the same night, we opted to do a single, combined review for Parts 4 and 5. We'll also be doing a review of the crossover as a whole in a few days, so check back for that. If you need a refresher on the crossover, check out our review for Part 1 here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here. [poilib element="accentDivider"] It's always frustrating having to wait a month or more as the various Arrowverse shows go on their midseason hiatus. This gap has been especially excruciating, however. Last time we saw our heroes, the entire multiverse had been annihilated and only six heroes and one sneaky Luthor remained to oppose the Anti-Monitor. That's quite a cliffhanger, but the important thing is that the wait was well worth it. The final two chapters of Crisis on Infinite Earths cement this crossover as the most entertaining and most ambitious Arrowverse adventure yet. Part 4 resumes the crossover on an appropriately glum note, with the Paragons trapped in limbo in the Vanishing Point and mourning their dead worlds. Fortunately for them, it's not long before Oliver Queen returns in his new, supernatural form to restore the crossover's momentum. Right away, it's clear this shift in direction is just what the crossover needed. Crisis had begun to bow under the weight of so many characters in Part 3. Wiping those characters off the table and consolidating the cast down to a handful of heroes and a few cosmic entities really helps refocus and remind viewers of what's at stake. That we get to see the human side of Mar-Novu and learn what sort of man he was before becoming an aloof, immortal meddler doesn't hurt, either. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/15/crisis-on-infinite-earths-part-4-exclusive-sneak-peek"] It's a shame the same can't be said for his archenemy, the Anti-Monitor. That character never amounts to much more than a faceless threat and an obligatory, all-powerful punching bag in these final two episodes. The decision to keep the Anti-Monitor confined to the shadows until these final two episodes gives the writers little opportunity to flesh out the main villain of Crisis. To be fair, it's not as if the original comic series is much better in that regard. There really isn't a lot of depth to the Anti-Monitor. Geoff Johns tried to punch up the character a bit in Justice League: The Darkseid War (with this crossover loosely acknowledging that source material), but ultimately he just isn't that compelling an antagonist. So, ultimately, it's hard to knock the crossover too much for not wasting more time on the villain when it has bigger priorities. Among those priorities is giving Oliver Queen his final sendoff. And Crisis most certainly succeeds in that regard. We've known the Arrowverse has been building towards Crisis since The Flash debuted in 2014. But these episodes go a step further in establishing Crisis as a natural extension of everything since the very first episode of Arrow. It's a fitting end to Ollie's rocky, painful journey. Transforming him into the Spectre and having Ollie sacrifice himself to Rebirth (always an interesting, loaded word in the DCU) the multiverse is as poetic and ending as one could ever hope for. These final two episodes more than justify the decision to resurrect Ollie after his heroic sacrifice in Part 1. They do even more to bring the character full circle and complete his arc. Ollie's story has always been about the sacrifices he makes for the greater good, and what better way to end that story than by having the Arrowverse's first hero give his life so that its best heroes can continue the fight? And after all that, it's not as if we have direct, 100% confirmation that Ollie even is dead. There are still two episodes of Arrow remaining. Given the way Season 7 wrapped, I'd be willing to bet Ollie is still alive (in some form) and waiting to be reunited with Felicity so they can both finally have that happy ending. This is one area the series can and really should be able to have its cake and eat it, too. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=arrow-crisis-on-infinite-earths-part-four-photos&captions=true"] One of the more impressive aspects of Crisis is the way each episode manages to reflect the identity of its respective series while still acting as a cohesive whole. Part 4 is clearly an Arrow episode -- smaller in scale, darker in tone and fixated on Ollie's legacy. Yet it's never grim to a fault. The hilarious backstabbing antics of Lex Luthor is enough to ensure that, as is the incredible, "How the hell did they pull that off?" cameo from Ezra Miller's Barry Allen. I guess this means the DCEU won't ever be doing its own version of Crisis? Part 5, meanwhile, is very much a Legends of Tomorrow episode, and thank Beebo for that. Part 5 really manages to subvert expectations by skipping right to the part we all expected wouldn't come until the end. Multiple Earths have been fused to form Prime Earth, meaning all the Arrowverse shows finally take place on the same world. But as Part 5 quickly shows, that's not the end of the conflict. The finale manages to deftly balance the whimsical, self-aware tone of legends with the gravitas needed as our heroes confront the Anti-Monitor one last time. And where the crossover previously suffered from a few too many characters, somehow Part 5 manages to juggle its many moving parts elegantly, even as it draws most of the Legends into the fray for good measure. Again, the Anti-Monitor never developed into a deep villain over the course of the crossover, but the final battle still delivers all the necessary drama, weight and spectacle. The special effects are mostly up to the challenge of conveying that titanic battle, in a way the earlier Superman vs. Superman battle in Part 2 wasn't. What really matters is that Crisis hits home on an emotional level as it crosses the finish line. Like so many of the best Legends episodes, humor and heartache wind up going hand-in-hand. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/11/27/arrowverse-the-road-to-crisis-on-infinite-earths"] The end result of five episodes of cosmic spectacle is a heartwarming and extremely endearing ending sequence that really sets the tone for the Arrowverse going forward. Ollie's sacrifice is honored as closer bonds are formed between heroes who now all have to share the same planet. The montage of cameos serves as both a testament to the power of the DC multiverse and manages to nip most of those pesky technical and continuity questions in the bud. It all exists, and it's all part of a gigantic cosmic structure. Even those lovable idiots in Doom Patrol. And in perhaps the best gift of all, Crisis ends by giving the Arrowverse a proper Justice League. The jury's still out on whether The CW can actually use the name, but "Super Friends" will always do in a pinch. As much as this crossover is the culmination of eight years of storytelling, it's also the launching point for many new stories. I don't know about you, but I'm excited to see what's next for every single one of these shows. [poilib element="poll" parameters="id=ffeb3add-8aaf-4705-97ca-223b24f68529"]
17 Jan 09:26

Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Arrowverse's Earth-Prime Explained

by Jesse Schedeen
Warning: this article contains major spoilers for the finale of Crisis on Infinite Earths! [poilib element="accentDivider"] Crisis on Infinite Earths has ended, and it's safe to say the Arrowverse will be feeling its effects for a long time to come. Worlds lived, worlds died, and as revealed in Part 5 of Crisis, everyone from Flash to Supergirl to Black Lightning is living on the same Earth. If the debut of "Earth-Prime" has you feeling confused, fear not. Read on for a breakdown of how the Arrowverse has changed and what it means for these shows going forward - including whether that Ezra Miller Flash cameo is a sign of crossovers to come. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=crisis-on-infinite-earths-every-cameo-in-the-crossover&captions=true"]

What Is Earth-Prime?

In many ways, the conclusion of Crisis on Infinite Earths mirrors the original 1985 comic book series. In both versions of the story, the battle against the Anti-Monitor ends with multiple versions of Earth being fused into a new, unified Earth. In the comic, the heroes of Earth-1 were joined by the Shazam family of Earth-S, the Justice Society of Earth-2 and the Charlton Comics heroes (Blue Beetle, The Question, Captain Atom) of Earth-4. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=arrow-crisis-on-infinite-earths-part-four-photos&captions=true"] Similarly, the TV version of Crisis ends with The Flash's Earth-1, Supergirl's Earth-38 and Black Lightning's Earth-BL being merged to form a new, streamlined Earth-Prime. The characters are now able to freely interact in a way they weren't before. And as far as the vast majority of the world's population is concerned, that's how it's always been. Only the seven Paragons and those heroes who had their memories restored by Martian Manhunter remember there used to be three worlds where now there's only one. In a weird way, those old Earths never existed. That raises some major logistical questions, such as whether Earth-Prime has a massive overpopulation problem now that it's housing three worlds' worth of people. Given how much The Flash has dealt with the concept of parallel universe doppelgangers, we'd guess that most citizens of Earth-Prime originally existed as three distinct doppelgangers on Earth-1, Earth-38 and Earth-BL. In this new, unified world, they've each been condensed into a single person. keanuwhoa_ However, the opposite is true when it comes to the Diggle family. Originally, John and Lyla had a daughter Sara (named in honor of the temporarily dead Sara Lance), but Sara was transformed into John Jr. after Barry meddled with the timeline in Flashpoint. As we saw at the end of Crisis, Sara and John Jr. now both exist on Earth-Prime. Something similar appears to have happened to Superman and Lois Lane, as they now have two sons where before there was only Jon Kent. At a recent press event, executive producer Marc Guggenheim revealed that the creation of Earth-Prime has been a long-term goal for the Arrowverse, with the wheels being set in motion during 2018's "Elseworlds" crossover. "We knew from last year, quite frankly, that we were going to merge and create 'Earth-CW' basically," said Guggenheim. "But Earth-Prime sounds better even though, in the comics, Earth-Prime is our Earth. I just personally like the sound of Earth-Prime. So all the CW shows will be on the same Earth." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/15/crisis-on-infinite-earths-exclusive-crisis-management-featurette"]

What Happened to the Multiverse?

There is one crucial difference between the comic and TV versions of Crisis. The comic ended with the multiverse being completely wiped out of existence. Once the dust settled, there was only one Earth left standing (at least until 2005's Infinite Crisis finally restored the DC multiverse). But in the TV version, the multiverse was restored shortly after Earth-Prime came into being. The very name "Earth-Prime" denotes how this world is the core pillar of the multiverse and the one from which all others formed. The closing montage of cameos shows there are still many other parallel universes out there, meaning that Earth-Prime coexists alongside the Earths seen on Titans (Earth-9), Doom Patrol (Earth-21), Swamp Thing (Earth-19), HBO Max's upcoming Green Lantern series (Earth-12), the Earth that is home to the version of Superman played by Brandon Routh in Crisis (Earth-96), and probably also the DC theatrical movies. Basically, the multiverse as it existed before Crisis started seems more or less intact. The only differences are the fact that three Earths merged to form Earth-Prime, and that Earth-2 (which was destroyed in Arrow's Season 8 premiere) has been replaced by a new version that will serve as the setting for DC Universe's Stargirl series. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/15/crisis-on-infinite-earths-links-dc-tv-and-movie-universes-ign-now"] With the comic, DC's ultimate goal was to streamline its decades of convoluted history and give readers one Earth and one version of all its heroes. The Arrowverse doesn't have nearly the amount of history and continuity baggage the comic book DCU did at the time, so there isn't necessarily a burning need for one world and one set of heroes. Worse, eliminating the multiverse would mean either killing off the DCEU and countless other fan-favorite universes, or trying to shoehorn all those characters into one world. As difficult as it must have been to arrange Ezra Miller's surprise Flash cameo, we can't imagine WB would have allowed the character to be sidelined or wiped out of existence.

The Arrowverse's Future

The creation of Prime Earth promises to have far-reaching consequences for every Arrowverse series. For one thing, the potential is now there for Barry Allen and Kara Danvers to have crossovers a lot more often, which can only be a good thing. The formerly isolated Black Lightning will have to start reflecting the existence of characters like Flash and Supergirl, while now literally everyone in the world will know who Superman is. And the fact that Lex Luthor has managed to cheat death and reshape the world so that he's a Nobel Prize winner and owner of the DEO will no doubt have huge ramifications for both Supergirl and the upcoming Superman & Lois spinoff. The closing moments of Crisis even set the stage for a full-fledged Justice League team on Earth-Prime. The "Justice League" name is never actually uttered (and we're not even sure The CW has the rights at the moment), but our heroes have a Super Friends-inspired headquarters that is reminiscent of the Hall of Justice. How often this team will actually assemble remains to be seen, but it's a safe bet we'll continue to see these heroes join forces in future crossovers. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/11/27/arrowverse-the-road-to-crisis-on-infinite-earths"] As for the Arrowverse's future crossover potential, we'll no doubt continue to see The CW unifying its various shows every December, along with what we hope will be a steady stream of smaller-scale crossovers in the vein of episodes like "Worlds Finest," "The Brave and the Bold" and "Duet." DC's comics provide plenty of options should The CW want to attempt a direct follow-up to Crisis on Infinite Earths, but that's a topic for another day. For more on Crisis, check out our review for the final two installments of the crossover and see how Twitter reacted to Grant Gustin and Ezra Miller's surprise crossover scene. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Jesse is a mild-mannered staff writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter.
17 Jan 09:21

Every Cameo from the Arrowverse Crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths

by Lauren Gallaway
The Arrowverse's Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover has officially wrapped. Unlike previous crossovers, Crisis on Infinite Earths not only features heroes from across The CW's Arrowverse, but also a plethora of celebrity appearances from the wider DC movie and television universe, introducing new versions of iconic DC heroes and revisiting past favorites. Check out every cameo from Crisis on Infinite Earths Parts gallery below, or scroll down for the list. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=crisis-on-infinite-earths-every-cameo-in-the-crossover&captions=true"] As Crisis: Part 1 began, the voice of the Monitor took us through the creation of the Multiverse. The camera whizzed through different Earths and worlds, showing us that there were more than just 52 Earths in the DC Multiverse. As we flew by each Earth we were met with a surprising amount of cameos.

Robert Wuhl as Alexander Knox

Knox Crisis Cameo Our first cameo came from actor Robert Wuhl, who you may recognize from Tim Burton's Batman (1989), in which Wuhl played Alexander Knox. In "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part 1" Wuhl can be seen reading a newspaper as the skies of his Gotham become red. Knox was a reporter for the Gotham Globe in Batman. And what was the name of his Earth? Earth-89, of course. You can also hear the Batman theme song playing over this scene!

Alan Ritchson and Curran Walters as Hawk and Robin

Hawk Crisis Cameo Our next cameos were of two cast members from Titans, which just wrapped its second season on DC Universe. First, we saw Alan Ritchson, who plays Hank Hall/Hawk on Titans, then Curran Walters, who plays Jason Todd/Robin. This scene took place in San Francisco on Earth-9. Todd Crisis Cameo Seeing these actors came as quite as a surprise because Titans is a currently-airing DC show. This is the first time anyone from the DC Universe has appeared on a CW show. (Also, fun fact, before Ritchson was on Titans he played Aquaman on Smallville.)

Russell Tovey as The Ray

Ray Crisis Cameo Next, we saw Earth-X. We've been to Earth-X before, in the 2017 Arrowverse crossover. This Earth was home to evil versions of our superheroes, including the awkward evil power couple of Oliver Queen and Supergirl. Earth-X is also home to the Freedom Fighters, including The Ray. "Part 1" showed us that after the events of "Crisis on Earth-X," The Ray is still fighting for truth and freedom. Actor Russell Tovey reprised his role for this unexpected but welcome cameo.

Burt Ward as Dick Grayson

Burt Ward Crisis Cameo Our next cameo was a fun one. As the camera panned over Earth-66, we were treated to an appearance from Burt Ward. Ward played Dick Grayson/Robin in the 1966 series Batman and its subsequent movies. To make this cameo even sweeter, Ward was walking Ace the Bat-Hound! Ward's inclusion in this episode is such a sweet tribute to one of the most beloved live-action DC shows on television.

Wil Wheaton as a Doomsday Prophet

Wheaton Crisis Cameo As the episode zeroed in on Earth-38, Supergirl's world, the camera focused in on an apocalyptic doomsday prophet, played by none other than actor Wil Wheaton. If you've been in the geek community for any amount of time, you probably recognized him. Wheaton is best known for his roles in the film Stand by Me and the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. In recent years he has appeared on The Big Bang Theory and as the voice of Aqualad on Teen Titans.

Griffin Newman as the Trivia Host

the tick griffin newman crisis on infinite earths He may not be a DC character, but Griffin Newman still has superhero cred thanks to his role as the long-suffering Arthur on Amazon's live-action reboot of The Tick. He can be seen in "Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 1" as the host presiding over a pub quiz attended by Legends of Tomorrow's Sara and Ray. (Well spotted, Thribs!) As we ventured into "Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 2," we were met with even more familiar faces.

Tom Welling as Clark Kent

Welling Crisis Tom Welling's return to The CW was easily the most anticipated cameo/guest star of this Crossover. We found Welling's Clark Kent on Kent Farm, right where he should be. Welling previously played Clark Kent/Superman on Smallville for over 10 seasons.

Erica Durance as Lois Lane

Erica Durance Crisis Cameo Tom Welling was joined by fellow co-star Erica Durance. In "Crisis Part 2" she reprised her role as Lois Lane from Smallville. It was lovely to see her Welling on Kent Farm, happily raising two daughters.

Kevin Conroy as Batman

Batman Crisis Cameo Kevin Conroy voiced Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman the Animated Series for four seasons. He went on to voice the Caped Crusader in 13 other animated films. In "Crisis Part 2," Conroy made his live-action debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman. This version of Batman had been badly damaged, thus his reasoning for wearing an exo-suit.

Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart

Snart Crisis Cameo As Sara and co. made their way to a new Waverider on a different Earth, she was met by a "retired" Heat Wave. Heat Wave was writing a romance novel and arguing with his ship's version of Gideon. This Gideon, however, was not voiced by the same person as the Earth-1 Waverider, but by Leonard Start! That's right, Wentworth Miller AKA Captain Cold was back in a small but cheeky voice cameo.

Johnathon Schaech as Jonah Hex

Hex Crisis Cameo Jonah Hex was also back for the Crisis Crossover! Actor Johnathon Schaech has appeared in the Arrowverse previously, on Legends of Tomorrow. In this episode, he was the key to finding the Lazarus Pit. He also happened to get his scar (on his Earth) from Sara Lance herself. "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part 3" brought even more guest stars.

Ashley Scott as Huntress

crisis on infite earths ashley scott huntress birds of prey Crisis Part 3 kicked off with a glimpse at another Earth - Earth-203, to be precise - where Huntress (Ashley Scott) was still protecting New Gotham alongside Oracle, as seen in their shortlived WB series Birds of Prey, which aired for one season back in 2002-03. Fun fact - Batwoman's Alice, Rachel Skarsten, also starred in Birds of Prey as another DC character: Dinah Lance.

Cress Williams as Black Lightning

FLA609a_0361b (1) Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) may be the star of his own CW series, but Crisis Part 3 marked Black Lightning's first appearance in the Arrowverse - a probable precursor to the end of the Crisis, when we're predicting that his Earth (like Supergirl's) will likely be merged with the rest of the Arrowverse to facilitate future crossovers.

Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar

Tom Ellis Lucifer Crisis on Infinite Earths A resident of Earth-666 (of course) where his Fox-turned-Netflix series apparently takes place, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) seemingly has a history with Earth-1's John Constantine (one we would LOVE to see explored in some kind of one-shot special, if anyone at Warner Bros. is listening!) that prompted him to give John, Mia, and Diggle a ticket to Purgatory to try and retrieve Oliver's soul. Unfortunately, that didn't go completely to plan...

HBO's Watchmen

Watchmen Part 3 snuck another cool cameo into the already enjoyable Lucifer sequence. A billboard on Earth-666 features an advertisement for HBO's Watchmen series. This doesn't necessarily confirm Watchmen exists in this live-action multiverse (as it does in DC's comic multiverse), but it's a fun reference regardless.

Stephen Lobo as Jim Corrigan/The Spectre

Jim Corrigan The Spectre DC fans - and those who watched Matt Ryan's shortlived Constantine series - will be familiar with the name Jim Corrigan, who was played by Emmett Scanlan in Ryan's NBC show. But the troubled detective took the form of Stepen Lobo (no relation to the Main Man, we're guessing) in Crisis Part 3, revealing himself to be The Spectre and setting up Oliver Queen to take his place as the green-hooded antihero.

Osric Chau as Ryan Choi

ryan choi osric chau Supernatural star Osric Chau made his Arrowverse debut as Ryan Choi, another version of The Atom and successor to Ray Palmer, in Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part 3. While this isn't technically a cameo, since he'll presumably be appearing in Parts 4 and 5 of the crossover (and maybe even joining the Legends once Brandon Routh leaves the series), it's still a notable DC character appearance, so we figured we'd include him here.

John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen of Earth-90

barry allen earth 1990 John Wesley Shipp donned his 1990 Flash costume one last time in Crisis Part 3, as Earth-90's Barry Allen sacrificed his life to stop the Anti-Monitor's anti-matter cannon so that Earth-1's Barry could live to run another day. It was an emotional moment, made all the more resonant because the episode utilized a clip from Shipp's iteration of The Flash, showing Barry with his future wife, Tina McGee, before he died.

Ezra Miller as DCEU Barry Allen

Ezra Miller Flash In perhaps the single biggest cameo of the entire crossover, Grant Gustin's Barry Allen bumps into Ezra Miller's Barry Allen inside the Speed Force in Part 4, confirming even the DCEU exists as part of the same multiverse. What's more, it appears the DCEU Barry is inspired by this crossover to take up the Flash name.

Marv Wolfman as Marv Wolfman

Marv Wolfman The Arrowverse shows often namedrop famous DC Comics creators when it comes to street names and landmarks, but Crisis: Part 5 goes a step further by giving original Crisis on Infinite Earths writer Marv Wolfman a cameo role. Wolfman is the eager fan who approaches Flash and Supergirl for an autograph as the two heroes are coming to terms with the existence of Earth-Prime.

Brec Bassinger as Earth-2 Stargirl

Stargirl Crisis: Part 5 reveals how exactly the upcoming Stargirl series fits into the larger multiverse. Though Earth-2 was the first to fall in the buildup to Crisis, it's now been replaced by a new Earth-2 that will serve as the setting for Stargirl. In addition to Brec Bassinger's Stargirl, we also see her armored stepfather S.T.R.I.P.E. (Luke Wilson), Doctor Mid-Nite (Henry Thomas) and Hourman (Lou Ferrigno, Jr.).

Earth-12 Green Lanterns

Green Lantern Part 5 forges a bond with another DC movie universe, revealing Earth-12 to be the setting of 2011's Green Lantern. We don't actually see actors like Ryan Reynolds and Mark Strong reprise their roles, but it's nice to know the the multiverse still has some Lanterns.

The Titans

Titans Following up on the Robin and Hawk cameos in Part 1, Part features pretty much the entire Titans lineup, making it clear that this series still exists on its own Earth and hasn't been rolled into the Arrowverse.

The Doom Patrol

doom-patrol-cover_mj78.1200 The Doom Patrol also appear during this closing multiverse montage. Their appearance also confirms that Titans and Doom Patrol take place on different worlds, despite Titans: Season 1 introducing the characters.

Derek Mears as Swamp Thing

rsz-source-swp110c019520v1-1564716179168 Though his show was abruptly canceled after one shortened season, Swamp Thing at least has his place in the multiverse cemented thanks to Crisis. Again, this cameo confirms the series is set on its own world and isn't connected to Titans or Doom Patrol.

Gleek

Crisis-on-Infinite-Earths-Gleek Crisis closes out with another big cameo, as Barry brings together his new superhero neighbors to form a team. The unnamed group's headquarters looks an awful lot like the one in the Super Friends cartoon, and we even hear superhuman monkey Gleek and see his opened cage. Can the Wonder Twins be far behind? Did we miss anyone? Did you spot another DC movie or television cameo? Let us know! And for more on the epic Crisis finale, check out our review for Part 4 and 5, see the reactions to Miller's surprise cameo and see why the Arrowverse's DCEU connection is such a big deal. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/11/27/arrowverse-the-road-to-crisis-on-infinite-earths"]

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Lauren is a social media coordinator for IGN. She's been an OG Arrow fan since the pilot. Say hi to @LaurenGallaway on Twitter.
15 Jan 22:24

HBO's The Plot Against America Reimagines WWII With Fascist Leader As President

HBO has a new limited-series coming this March that rewrites history. The Plot Against America focuses on the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, dragging America towards fascism, based on the book of the same name by Philip Roth.

Revealed at the TCA winter press tour, the six-part limited series is created by David Simon and Ed Burns, the minds behind HBO's The Wire and Generation Kill. The Plot Against America "imagines an alternate American history during World War II, told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey as they endure the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who captures the presidency and turns the nation toward fascism," according the synopsis from a recent press release.

The series stars Zoe Kazan (The Deuce), Morgan Spector (Boardwalk Empire), Winona Ryder (Stranger Things), John Turturro (Tranformers), Anthony Boyle (The Lost City of Z), Azhy Robertson (Marriage Story), and Caleb Malis. Ben Cole will be in a supporting role, playing Charles Lindbergh.

Credit: HBO, photography by Michele K. Short
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"As one of our greatest novelists, Philip Roth was generally more known for narratives that went directly to the human heart and the human condition," says Simon, who was able to meet with Roth once to discuss the project before the novelist’s death in 2018. "But with 'Plot,' he delivered an emotionally moving political tract about our country taking a dry run at totalitarianism and intolerance. That it was published in 2004 makes it no less prescient a document at this moment in time. Roth was warning us that it can happen here. And it can."

Burns and Simon will write the series, with Minkie Spiro (Downton Abbey) serving as director Episodes 1-3. Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing) will direct the final three parts of the series.

The Plot Against America comes to HBO on March 16 at 9 PM ET/PT.

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15 Jan 22:15

Microsoft's Chromium Edge browser is here

by Devindra Hardawar
As promised, Microsoft is officially releasing its Chromium-based Edge browser today, which is powered by the same engine that's behind Google Chrome. Windows and Mac users can download and install the update manually, and automatic updates will star...
15 Jan 13:07

Fitbit wants to find out why you're not sleeping properly with Snore Detect

by George Storr

Fitbit is testing a new ‘Snore Detect’ feature, and if you own a Fitbit Versa 2 you can sign up to try it out early.

The now Google-owned fitness brand says the aim of the feature is to help it to try to improve people’s sleep.

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In an invitation sent to selected Fitbit users, the company announced: “The Fitbit Labs Snore Detect Beta program is now open for Fitbit users who have a Versa 2. It will be open for a limited period of time and to a limited number of users, so enroll now!

“Don’t let snoring rob you of your rest. By joining the Snore Detect Beta, you can easily monitor snoring and your bedroom sound level: Use the built-in microphone on your smartwatch to monitor snoring from you or your bed partner. Receive a daily report that shows snoring duration and intensity. Find out if a noisy bedroom disrupts your sleep. Perhaps a pet, siren or chirping bird is the source.”

If you own a Versa 2 and haven’t checked your emails for a while, it could be worth having a look to see if you’ve been invited. If the trial is successful we can expect to see this feature added to the standard Fitbit setup.

How good an addition would this be to Fitbit’s roster of features? We’re not immediately sure. The NHS advice on snoring certainly doesn’t make it sound serious enough to monitor constantly…

The advice says: “Snoring is very common and usually isn’t caused by anything serious. There are things you can do to help yourself if it’s a problem.”

Unless snoring really impacts on your sleep, or your partner’s sleep, it isn’t likely to be an issue. That is, unless you have sleep apnoea, which is a related condition that could be serious if it isn’t treated.

Perhaps a more compelling argument for the snore detection feature is its ability to monitor other sounds. It could tell you, for example, if your room was filled with noise from the street while you were sleeping. You might be unaware of recurring noises, happening at certain times of night, which could impact your sleep.

Related: Top 5 ways to get fit in 2020 and the best tech to help

We’re not immediately sure this will be a valuable addition to Fitbit’s features, but it will definitely be interesting to see the results of the beta testing. Hopefully it will answer key questions: Do users like it? Is it reliable? And can it help people develop better sleep patterns?

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15 Jan 11:42

The Continental: John Wick TV Show Is 'Moving Along,' Says Starz Boss

by Adam Bankhurst
The Continental, the John Wick TV show spinoff in development at Starz, is "moving along" and is being carefully planned out so it doesn't "interfere with the motion picture side of things." At the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Starz CEO Jeffrey Hirsch gave an update on the series that is said to take place early in the history of the John Wick universe. "I had a meeting on a season pitch for this yesterday and it's moving along," Hirsch said. "We like the group of writers, and we’re trying to get it in the right place so it doesn’t interfere with the motion picture side of things." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/05/10/john-wick-3-parabellum-review"] While a date has yet to be set for The Continental's debut, Hirsch continued by saying it will most likely premiere after the fourth John Wick film that is currently set to be released in theaters on May 21, 2021. While Keanu Reeves will most likely appear in The Continental, Hirsch has yet to confirm it. However, president of programming for Starz Carmi Zlotnik had previously stated in 2018 that we can "expect to see [Keanu Reeves] at some point in the series. That is part of the ongoing discussion." John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum released in theaters last year and, in our review, we said "chock full of inventive set-pieces and brutal kills, while also providing new facets to the intricate underworld lore fans of the franchise have come to enjoy, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum pushes its title character to his breaking point and back while offering fresh information about his backstory." [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=john-wick-chapter-three-photos&captions=true"] For more on the world of John Wick, read our take on how we think a John Wick TV show could work, why we love these films, and how John Wick's third chapter uncovers more of his origin. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who can't wait and is so excited he just can't hide it. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.
15 Jan 08:34

Scottish police rolling out tech to bypass phone passwords

by Chris Smith
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Police in Scotland are planning to roll out more than 40 new kiosks that would enable officers to access data from smartphones without need for the master password.

The so-called “cyber kiosk” technology, which will come into effect from January 20, is designed to speed up investigations into tech-based crimes, including those that involve child abuse.

Cops north of the border say the cyber kiosks will enable officers to “bypass passwords [and] overcome locks and encryption security to access the data held on a mobile device” once a phone is plugged into them.

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Despite the obvious privacy implications, Deputy Chief Constable Malcolm Graham claimed the new tech would make it possible for the Old Bill to keep pace with the advanced tech users, hinting that those in the nonce community could suffer most.

He said (via The Herald) officers are “committed to providing the best possible service to victims and witnesses of crime.”

Graham added: “This means we must keep pace with society. People of all ages now lead a significant part of their lives online and this is reflected in how we investigate crime and the evidence we present to courts.

“Many online offences disproportionately affect the most vulnerable people in our society, such as children at risk of sexual abuse, and our priority is to protect those people.

“Current limitations, however, mean the devices of victims, witnesses and suspects can be taken for months at a time, even if it later transpires that there is no worthwhile evidence on them. By quickly identifying devices which do and do not contain evidence, we can minimise the intrusion on people’s lives and provide a better service to the public.”

The fuzz in Scotland have spent almost £400,000 on the kiosks over the last few years, but now it seems they’re ready to come into effect, following objection. While the tech is likely to assist in catching some criminals, there are obvious fears the tech might be misused.

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13 Jan 06:47

Star Trek: Picard Officially Renewed for Season 2

by Joseph Knoop

CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Picard has been renewed for a second season, before the first season even premieres on January 23.

Julie McNamara, executive vice president of original content for CBS All Access, made the announcement on Sunday as part of a Television Critics Association presentation.

“We’re thrilled to announce plans for a second season before the series’ debut, and we are confident that ‘Star Trek’ fans and new viewers alike will be captured by the stellar cast and creative team’s meticulously crafted story when it premieres on Jan. 23,” McNamara said in a statement.

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Reports of a season 2 being in development were all but confirmed back in December, thanks to Deadline. Those early reports indicated that season 2 would be 10 episodes long, but CBS has yet to confirm that much.

Terry Matalas, writer on 12 Monkeys, Nikita, and two episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise, is set to join as executive producer on the series.

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Star Trek: Picard will follow the continuing adventures of the former captain of the USS Enterprise, Jean-Luc Picard, as played by the iconic Sir Patrick Stewart, 20 years after the events of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He’ll be joined by a cast of new (and plenty of returning) faces, including Jonathan Frakes’ Riker, Jeri Ryan’s Seven of Nine, Brent Spiner’s Data, Marina Sirtis’ Deanna Troi, and others.

IGN spoke with Sir Patrick Stewart about Star Trek: Picard at Comic Con, where he revealed the name of his canine companion.

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If you want to know more about Star Trek: Picard before the show premieres later this month, check out our rundown of the Star Trek: Picard timeline and how it lines up with every other series and movie. Seven of Nine actor Jeri Ryan also shared how her character has resonated with people with autism.

You can check out our Star Trek: Picard hub page for even more previews and news, or check out our review of CBS All Access to see if it’s worth subscribing.

[poilib element="accentDivider"] Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/red shirt for IGN.
12 Jan 21:34

The Witcher's Complicated Timeline, Explained

by Matt Fowler

The Witcher's timeline has been officially updated by NXonNetflix.

UPDATE (1/7/20): NX On Netflix, which is Netflix's official "home of everything super, sci-fi, the fantastic, and beyond," has posted an official guide to The Witcher's timeline. Check it out...

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12 Jan 21:34

Explaining the World of The Witcher

by Nic Reuben

War. Death. Betrayal. Backstabbing. Subterfuge. Yes, those last three words mean basically the same thing, but the world of The Witcher has a lot of it, so it’s worth highlighting. Here’s a handy summary of places, politics and events you need to know when watching Netflix’s The Witcher.

Read on for the full cheat sheet on the world inhabited by Geralt of Rivia, Yennefer, Ciri and the rest...

The Continent

What is the Continent anyway? Well, it’s where most of the Witcher takes place - the landmass containing both Nilfgaard and the Northern Kingdoms. It’s also home to both the elves’ Brokilon Forest and the dwarfish mountain region of Mahakam. It’s part of the Northern hemisphere, with the southern being much less explored and populus. The planet this all takes place on, by the way, is generally just referred to as “Earth” or “The Globe,” despite our repeated suggestions to Netflix that they call it “Witcheros.”

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12 Jan 21:34

The Witcher's Fight Scenes Were Choreographed By Game of Thrones' Night King

by Matt Fowler
One of the first big fights you see on Netflix's The Witcher happens between Henry Cavill's Geralt and Emma Appleton's Renfri, and that clash was sorted and choreographed by Wolfgang Stegemann, who Cavill had worked with on Mission Impossible: Fallout. But Stegemann wasn't the full-time Witcher series stunt coordinator. No, that was Vladimir Furdik - aka Game of Thrones' Night King! Netflix's Behind the Scenes podcast revealed how Furdik envisioned Geralt as a fighter as well as how he constructed the actual first confrontation on the series: Geralt's slaying of the Kikimora. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=netflixs-the-witcher-cast-vs-video-game-characters&captions=true"] Though the Kikimora battle was never described in the Andrzej Sapkowski Witcher story "The Lesser Evil," which is what the premiere episode adapts, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich thought "What's a better way to introduce [Geralt] than having him killing a monster when you first find him?" "In the books we actually never see him kill the Kikimora," she explained to host Brandon Jenkins. "He actually arrives in Blaviken with the Kikimora's head on his donkey. So we never get to see him kill it." "We spent almost one month on this fight," Furdik said. "I thought that [Geralt] should be fighter who can already predict, three seconds ahead, when he's going to kill someone else. When he fights somebody he can already predict what they're doing. So his fight should look like very comfortable, kind of like ballet." In his gym, Furdik prepared for the fight, taking into consideration that "the Kikimora is three meters tall and she has eight legs." Furdik then constructed massive Kikimora legs from long plastic pips and made a homemade adversary. "I brought in six people," he said, "and put them on the table." Giving the legs to the guys on the table, Furdik "just stayed under the legs and and started to build the fight." After running through the fight over and over at a slowed down pace, all the moves were taught to Cavill, who never used a stunt double, or a body double of any kind, on The Witcher. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/23/the-witcher-henry-cavill-breaks-down-geralts-fight-with-renfri"] Hissrich has revealed that The Witcher: Season 2 will land in 2021 and be much more linear in its storytelling. Here's a full explainer of The Witcher timeline. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.
12 Jan 21:34

Gamer Saves Friend's Life From 5,000 Miles Away

by Petey Oneto
A 20-year-old gamer in America saved a friend's life from more than 5,000 miles away earlier this month, according to a report from the BBC. 17-year-old North West England resident Aidan Jackson was playing video games online with his friend, 20-year-old Texas resident Dia Lathora, on January 2 when Jackson experienced a seizure. "I just put my headset back on and I heard what I could only describe as a seizure, so obviously I started to get worried and immediately started asking what was going on and if he was okay," Lathora said to Liverpool Echo. "When he didn’t respond I instantly started to look up the emergency number for the EU. When that didn’t work I just had to hope the non-emergency would work, it had an option for talking to a real person, and I can’t tell you how quickly I clicked that button." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/31/the-best-games-of-the-decade-2010-2019"] BBC reports that Lathora had Jackson's address even though the two never met in person. Police arrived to Jackson's surprised parents at 9:40 p.m., about 40 minutes after Jackson's seizure reportedly started. Jackson's parents told police they hadn't called anyone, but when police explained the call had come from America, Jackson's mother went upstairs to check on her son, finding him "extremely disorientated." Aidan Jackson had previously experienced a seizure in May 2019, according to the BBC. He is currently awaiting a new appointment at a local hospital to address the issue. Jackson's parents expressed gratitude for Lathora's quick action. "We are extremely thankful for what Dia did and shocked that we could be downstairs and not know anything was happening," Ms Jackson told the BBC. "Dia had our address but didn't have any contact numbers, so it was amazing she managed to get help from so far away. I've spoken to her and expressed our thanks - she's just glad she could help. Aidan is a lot better and hopefully everything is OK when he has his appointment at the hospital but he's doing well." If you want to help save some lives, then please join celebrities and video game publishers in donating to the Australian Red Cross. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=celebrities-who-have-donated-to-the-australian-bushfires&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN.
12 Jan 08:12

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12 Jan 08:03

Adam Pally on his punchy Mandalorian scene: 'Baby Yoda is a bit of a diva'

by Dan Snierson

Adam Pally punched Baby Yoda. Now he’s ready to tell all.

The Happy Endings vet is heading back to the episodic-comedy world next month with NBC’s Indebted, but viewers just saw him pop up in a buzzed-about scene involving one of the literal small-surprise delights of the holiday season: Baby Yoda. Late in season 1 of Disney+’s Star Wars series The Mandalorian, Pally and Jason Sudeikis pop up as bike scouts for Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), tasked with delivering Baby Yoda, who’s tucked away in a bag. In the season finale, when Pally’s character sticks a probing finger at the Child, Baby Yoda bites it, prompting Pally’s character to wallop him.

Pally — who is friends with Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau — told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour about the offer for the role: Favreau asked if he was interested in a “thing” in which he needed “someone to do ‘something special.'” “That was the headline I got,” he summed up. “So Jason and I talked and were like, ‘Yeah, we really want to be part of it.’ It seemed exciting.”

Especially given his love of Star Wars. How big of a Star Wars fan is Pally? “Huge,” he answered. “I knew what a bike scout was versus a stormtrooper, so that should answer your question.” He adds: “It was very hard to keep it a secret. I told Abby.” (That would be Abby Elliott, his Indebted costar.)

The secretive assignment turned stressful, though, when Pally was informed by the boss just how expensive that Baby Yoda prop is. “I remember the first take that I did when I punched him,” he said. ” They called ‘Cut!’ and Jon, who was watching on a monitor in his office, he came down from this office and said, ‘I just want to let you know that this is the hero Yoda and it costs, like, $5 million. So while I want you to hit it, I just want you to know that.’ Because I think I took a big swing at it. And the next three takes I missed, because I was so nervous.”

Nerves aside, what was it like to work with the little guy? “I gotta tell you, the truth is that Baby Yoda is a bit of a diva,” Pally deadpanned. “He’s constantly vaping.”

Was this Mandalorian moment the realization of a galactic dream come true for Pally? “I want to be in Star Wars,” he responded. “I mean, I’m in it. I can’t play Han. It’s not the dream at all. No, the dream would be to be Han Solo. This was super fun.”

Pally also weighed in on the possibility of a Happy Endings revival, in which ABC has expressed interest. “I don’t want to get anybody’s hopes up, but I know that everybody wants to do it,” he shared. “So right now, they’re trying to find a way to make that happen because there’s a lot of moving parts. And if we were to do it, I think David would want to do it his way.”

Indebted — which also stars Fran Drescher and Steven Weber — debuts Feb. 6. Season 2 of the Mandalorian premieres in the fall.

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12 Jan 07:58

Morbius: Fans Excited Over Leaked Image of Transformed Jared Leto

by Matt Fowler
A photo leaked Saturday from Sony's upcoming Spider-Man rogues' gallery film Morbius, starring Jared Leto. But unlike the set photo Leto himself posted from last March, this glimpse showed us the actor fully done up as Marvel Comics' Living Vampire - and fan reaction seems to be leaning solidly toward the positive. Some fan responses have been bowled over by the "killer" picture, which has sold them on a movie that they weren't even all that excited about up until this point. Other are cautiously optimistic, commenting that while the image looks good and comic-accurate, we should all wait for the trailer to see how the character looks while moving. Check out the leaked image below in a sampling of some of the responses from fans around the web: And of course, there are already fans chomping at the bit for a Venom and Morbius face-off: Based on the comic book character of the same name, Morbius -- starring Leto, Adria Arjona, and Matt Smith -- follows Dr. Michael Morbius, a respected biochemist suffering from a rare and fatal blood disease. Desperate for a cure, Morbius performs dangerous experiments on himself using vampire bat DNA and inadvertently transforms into a "living vampire." Sony is releasing the movie on July 31, 2020 in the US and UK, and on July 30 in Australia. Later this year, the studio will release its second Marvel Comics movie, Venom 2, on October 2, 2020. For more movie news, director Scott Derrickson has dropped out of Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Sony may have found a new director for its Uncharted movie, and Nicholas Hoult has joined the next two Mission: Impossible films. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/04/16/morbius-jared-letos-marvel-movie-explained"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.
11 Jan 22:32

RUSH Drummer NEIL PEART Dead At 67

RUSH drummer Neil Peart has died at the age of 67. He passed away on Tuesday in Santa Monica, California after having been diagnosed with brain cancer, according to a statement issued Friday by family spokesperson Elliot Mintz. His death was confirmed by Meg Symsyk, a media spokesperson for the Canadian progressive rock trio. A statement posted on the band's official Twitter page said: "It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and bandmate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer..." The statement went on to ask for privacy for Peart's family "from friends, fans, and media alike" and requested that mourners make a donation in Peart's name to a cancer research group or charity of their choice." "Rest in peace brother," the band's statement concluded. RUSH had been completely inactive since completing its "R40 Live" tour four years ago. Peart previously said that playing concerts at his age caused too much painful wear and tear on his body and he'd rather call it quits before the performances start declining in quality. His survivors include his wife Carrie and daughter Olivia. He was also the author of numerous books, including a number of memoirs exploring his life and travels. Guitarist Alex Lifeson and bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee have repeatedly said that RUSH will never do a show unless all three musicians agree to take part. They haven't performed as RUSH without Peart since he joined the band in 1974. For first six years of RUSH's existence, John Rutsey was behind the kit and he played on the band's self-titled debut LP. In 1997, Peart and his bandmates became the first rock musicians to be inducted into the Order of Canada. They were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013.
11 Jan 22:23

grown-ish star Luka Sabbat talks season 3, fashion, and macaroni salad

by Kristin Vartan

Luka Sabbat is used to attracting attention. Case in point: The 22-year-old actor and model was scouted for his role on grown-ish by showrunner Kenya Barris in an elevator at the Chateau Marmont.

“I live there, that’s the thing,” Sabbat tells EW, referring to the famed West Hollywood hotel. “So a lot of things in my life revolve around this place.” At the time he met Barris, he wasn’t necessarily looking to act. “I went to acting school and stuff, but when I was in high school and got into fashion, I no longer wanted to be an actor. I was down just because I liked Kenya’s energy. I was like, ‘All right, f— it.’”

Born into a fashion family — his father is a designer, his mother a stylist-turned-chef — Sabbat has racked up 2.1 million followers on Instagram with gender-bending red carpet looks, high-profile collabs with the likes of Roberto Cavalli and Maison Margiela, and eye-catching street-style photos. In addition to his grown-ish role as Zoey Johnson’s (Yara Shahidi) artsy, nonchalant love interest Luca Hall, he appeared opposite Adam Driver and Bill Murray in Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die last summer.

Fresh from hearing that grown-ish was nominated for three NAACP Image Awards, and before the series’ season 3 premiere (Jan. 16 on Freeform), Sabbat hopped on the phone to chat about the parallels between him and his character, what fans can expect from Luca this season, and more.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How has Luca grown in this upcoming season?
LUKA SABBAT: He’s become more susceptible to his feelings, especially now that he has fully dated Zoey and then become friends with Zoey and all of Zoey’s friends. He’s more open to people and dealing with more things. It was bound to happen.

You seem like the spitting image of your character. How much do you identify with him?
It’s like an alternate TV version of me. I’m calm and stuff, but I’m not like a stoner in real life. I don’t smoke weed . Season 1, I was a lot like my character, but as my character developed they gave him different traits than mine. I do share some things, in terms of energy or whatever the case may be, but I don’t handle things the same way he does emotionally.

What’s something you would have handled differently?
You remember what happened at the end of season 2? Well, I wouldn’t do that. I wouldn’t chase a girl to the airport, you know? I’d text her when she lands, to like f— with her head or something. I might tell her I did , but I didn’t in real life.

When last we left Zoey, she had broken up with Luca and kissed Aaron . What can we expect from this love triangle in season 3?
There’s drama, all right. I mean, there’s a lot going on besides my love triangle. It’s pretty comedic in the sense that and Aaron are such different people. He’s this super-charismatic, outgoing, fun guy. I’m not going to say I’m a recluse, but I’m definitely keen to chill. And Zoey has different moods, and we each fit differently with different moods.

What is it like working with Yara Shahidi, and do you have a favorite moment with her?
I hang out with Yara in real life, so I forget that we’re in a show together. We have a lot of fun cognitive discourses, and we agree and disagree on a lot. We always share music because we have similar but different music tastes. We kick it. The other day we had lunch at the Chateau and hung out, and I saw her at the Golden Globes after-party. It’s just funny: I could not see her for months, and then we see each other and pick up on the last time we talked.

You seem pretty close with your castmates. What was your reaction when you found out your costar Halle Bailey will play Ariel in Disney’s live-action Little Mermaid movie?
That was so fire. I’m so proud of her. It’s insane. I mean, how else am I supposed to feel about that?

Hold up, your character says “that is so fire” all the time on grown-ish. So you say that in real life too?
Yeah, I think that’s why they use it in the show. I said it at a table read for season 1, and they wrote it in the script.

You’re a trendsetter on and off screen. What can we expect from Luca’s style this season, and how much of a hand do you have in the looks?
He loves robes, like kimonos and loose pants. He really has some chill s— in season 3. They always give me options. I come in pick what I like and don’t like, then they pair some s—, and then I’ll be like, “No, I’m going to put it with that.” But also there’s certain colors you have to wear because if too many characters wear the same color, it looks weird on screen. It’s not all about me.

You’re always gender-bending your style: wearing eye makeup, skirts, etc. What does masculinity mean to you in 2020?
It’s as far as you’re comfortable. Some people are not down to wear makeup. Some people are not down to do a lot of things, and that doesn’t make them any less masculine or any more masculine. There are definitely people who have very fragile masculinity, but that’s just probably because they’re insecure, but I don’t know. I can’t speak for 4 billion men. I know what I like, so I could kind of do whatever and still be able to sleep at night.

What is something a lot of your fans don’t know about you?
Well, I like Shrek 2 on DVD. Have you ever seen the DVD version?

Yeah, I love Shrek 2 on DVD, especially the American Idol parody they do at the end of the movie.
Yeah, the “Far, Far Away Idol!” It’s so good. I just love Shrek 2 on DVD.

I once read that Zendaya’s idea of self-care is watching Harry Potter every day, so I’m just now imagining you watching Shrek 2 every day and being like, “Just need some self-care!”
I also like really spicy food.

Do you like Tapatio? It’s good on everything, including spaghetti.
I love Tapatio. You put it on your spaghetti? Do you like macaroni salad, and if so, do you eat it hot or cold?

Yes I do, and I eat it cold.
Okay, so what makes macaroni salad, salad?

It’s cold.
But if you make a macaroni salad hot, is it just a pasta dish?

Yes, do you feel otherwise?
I don’t know how I feel about it, but I was just asking.

Is this the type of stuff that you debate about with Yara?
Yeah, just weird questions.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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11 Jan 22:23

New Amsterdam renewed for three more seasons

by Dan Snierson

The doctors will be in for a very long time.

NBC has ordered not one but three more seasons of New Amsterdam, the network announced on Saturday at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour. That will take the high-rated medical drama through the 2022-2023 season. A similar mega-renewal was given by NBC to another one of its powerhouse dramas, This Is Us, last year.

The medical drama has been drawing almost 10 million viewers in live+7 ratings while notching a 1.7 in the key 18-to-49-year-old demo. The David Schulner-created series — whose cast includes Ryan Eggold, Janet Montgomery, Freema Agyeman, Jocko Sims, with Tyler Labine and Anupam Kher — launched strongly out of the gate in the fall of 2018.

The season 2 fall finale, which aired in November, left viewers on a cliffhanger as prisoners from Rikers Island were posing a violent threat at New Amsterdam. The show returns for the second half of the season on Jan. 14.

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11 Jan 22:12

Never run out of loo roll again, with the wackiest CES gadget of all

by Chris Smith
charmin rollbot

We’ve all been there, haven’t we? After enjoying a nice relaxing number two we’ve made that glance over to the loo roll holder to see the tiniest scraps of paper clinging to that cardboard grey tube.

In this situation, our minds instantly go to survival mode. Shall we sacrifice a sock for the cause? Attempt to stealthily waddle to the downstairs bathroom? Or – shamefully – call on a loved one to fetch you a new roll.

Well, if the good folks at US bog roll purveyor Charmin has its way, that dilemma – and poop anxiety in general – will become a thing of the past.

The Charmin RollBot joins the annals (correct spelling) of weird and wonderful CES gadgets can be summoned to bring you a fresh roll whenever disaster strikes, via a quick tap of the smartphone application.

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The small, two-wheeled robot is powered by Bluetooth and simply carries the fresh roll on top. It’s also got a friendly face to “provide emotional support in your moment of need,” Charmin says.

“So you’re on the commode, you look over, oh no, somebody didn’t change the roll. Hello? Nobody home,” Gregg Weaver, an R&D pro at Charmin’s parent company Procter & Gamble, told NPR.

“This builds on our mission to always bring better bathroom experiences to unexpected places and showcases our relentless obsession with helping people ‘Enjoy the Go,'” another spokesperson told CNN.

Naturally, the company isn’t actually planning to sell this invention, although it could potentially be quite useful. Another item in the company’s GoLab that could aid some more odorous bathroom buddies is the SmellSense, which will inform loo visitors when their stench is too hideous to comprehend, and again when it has dissipated and is suitable for another human to enter the premises without a gas mask.

There’s also a VR experience called V.I.Pee, which will help people escape the nastiness of a portapotty by transporting them to another location.

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11 Jan 09:57

Take a first look at Alex Garland's tech-focused 'Devs' Hulu series

by Georgina Torbet
Following the Disney-Fox merger, content from the formerly-Fox channel FX is making its way onto Hulu. Not only will Hulu be hosting older FX shows, but it will also be the streaming home for upcoming 2020 shows including Devs from Alex Garland, writ...
11 Jan 09:47

An exclusive look at Samsung Ballie

by Chris Velazco
The first thing I notice when I pick up Ballie is how light it is -- it's about the size of a hefty grapefruit, but much less dense. And Ballie's plastic, scalloped frame gives this otherwise nondescript ball a sense of playfulness, one that might no...