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Pokemon Go Updates Make the Game Easier to Play Indoors

Pokemon Go Updates Make the Game Easier to Play Indoors
Pokemon Go developer Niantic has announced a new series of updates designed to help people still play the game despite likely being stuck inside due to the spread of the coronavirus.

This all started a couple of weeks ago when Niantic revealed the first of a series of changes to Pokemon Go designed to reduce the time users will need to spend outside in order to play the game. Considering that the entire hook of Pokemon Go‘s gameplay involves wandering the streets and interacting with others…well, you can see how that might be a problem given the social distancing and quarantine protocols that have been implemented to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Many of those early alterations involved rather simple policies such as cancelling major outdoor events and ensuring that certain items lasted longer. An additional series of updates made it easier to challenge friends remotely over long distances.
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Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman To Become Audio Drama

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman To Become Audio Drama
DC and Audible are gearing up to bring Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman to ears everywhere. Gaiman will serve as the creative director, executive producer, and narrator on the project, which will be available exclusively on Audible in summer 2020.

Dirk Maggs, who has worked on audio adaptations of Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Stardust, Good Omens, and Anansi Boys, will serve as executive producer, scriptwriter, and director for the project. In addition to his Gaiman adaptations, he has helmed the DC audio productions The Trial of Superman, Superman: To Doomsday & Beyond, and Batman: Knightfall.

“Almost 30 years ago, Dirk Maggs approached DC about adapting The Sandman into audio form” said Gaiman in a statement. “It didn’t happen (although it was how Dirk and I first crossed paths) and I’m glad it didn’t happen, because we are in a Golden Age of audio drama right now, and Dirk and I are
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Tribeca announces feature film slate by Amber Wilkinson - 2020-03-03 18:04:42

Tribeca announces feature film slate by Amber Wilkinson - 2020-03-03 18:04:42
The Trip To Greece The Tribeca Film Festival has announced its feature film line-up for its 19th edition, which will run from April 15 to 26 in New York City.

This year's programme features 114 films from 124 countries, including 95 world premieres. Forty-four films in the line-up are directed by women.

UK names in the line-up includes the feature version of Michael Winterbottom latest outing to feature Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan on their travels - The Trip To Greece. Johnny Flynn, who has most recently been seen on our screens in Jane Austen adaptation Emma, will star as David Bowie in Stardust, which dramatises a road trip the pop icon took in 1971. In the Spotlight Documentary section, the UK is represented by The Art of Political Murder by We Are Together director Paul Taylor. Executive produced by George Clooney, it considers the murder of human rights activist Bishop Juan Gerardi in...
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Tribeca 2020 Unveils Features Lineup: ‘The Trip to Greece,’ ‘King of Staten Island,’ ‘Bad Education,’ and ‘Shirley’

Tribeca 2020 Unveils Features Lineup: ‘The Trip to Greece,’ ‘King of Staten Island,’ ‘Bad Education,’ and ‘Shirley’
The 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, has today unveiled its feature film lineup, including a number of world premieres and a selection of proven hits from other festivals, including Tiff, Sundance, and SXSW. The features program will include 115 films from 124 filmmakers from across 33 different countries. This newly announced lineup includes 95 world premieres, 2 international premieres, 4 North American premieres, 4 U.S. premieres, and 9 New York premieres, plus one sneak preview. The 2020 Tribeca Film Festival will run April 15 to 26 across New York City and even, for the first time ever, New Jersey.

“This year’s festival embraces the unique power of film to bring people together — whether that’s literally the communal experience of watching a film in a packed theater, or the more intangible way a great film can make you empathize with a stranger’s struggle,” said festival director Cara Cusumano in an official statement. “In an election year where
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Flashback: Willie Nelson, Ray Charles Team Up for ‘Georgia on My Mind’

Flashback: Willie Nelson, Ray Charles Team Up for ‘Georgia on My Mind’
In early March 1978, Willie Nelson was atop Billboard’s country albums and country singles charts with friend and frequent duet partner Waylon Jennings. Their Waylon & Willie LP had spawned a massive hit with “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” which enjoyed a four-week run at the Number One spot. Nelson, meanwhile, could be seen as sort of taking that song’s message to heart with his follow-up album which, on the surface anyway, would seem to appeal less to cowboys than to “doctors and lawyers and such.
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Haley Joel Osment, ‘Hunger Games’ Alum Jena Malone and Clara Wong Join ‘Goliath’ Final Season (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Haley Joel Osment, ‘Hunger Games’ Alum Jena Malone and Clara Wong Join ‘Goliath’ Final Season (Exclusive)
It doesn’t take a sixth sense to realize that Amazon is looking to send “Goliath” off with a bang.

The Billy Bob Thornton-led legal drama has added a trio of players for its upcoming fourth and final season, Variety has learned exclusively. The three in question are Haley Joel Osment in a recurring role, and “Hunger Games” star Jena Malone and recent “Billions” alumna Clara Chen as series regulars.

News of their casting comes roughly four months after “Goliath” was picked up for a season 4 swan song by Amazon. The final season will see Billy McBride (Thornton) taking on a case that tackles a timely global crisis impacting an entire generation.

Osment, who recently guest starred on Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method” and will next appear in the final season of Hulu’s “Future Man,” joins the cast Dylan Zax. Dylan is described as the weakest link in
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Watch the new trailer for ‘Blithe Spirit’ based on Noël Coward’s classic comedy

Watch the new trailer for ‘Blithe Spirit’ based on Noël Coward’s classic comedy
We have the brand new trailer for this brilliant-looking new reimagining of Noël Coward’s classic comedy, Blithe Spirit, a story about love that just won’t die. The film comes to the screen from director Edward Hall, and features a wonderful cast that includes Dan Stevens, Leslie Mann, Isla Fisher, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Emilia Fox, Adil Ray, James Fleet and Judi Dench.

Best-selling crime novelist Charles (Dan Stevens) is struggling with catastrophic writer’s block and a stressful deadline for his first screenplay. His picture-perfect second wife Ruth (Isla Fisher) is doing her best to keep him focussed in the hope of fulfilling her dream of heading to Hollywood. Charles’ desperate search for inspiration leads him to invite Madame Arcati (Judi Dench), a medium recently exposed as a fraud, to perform a séance in their home. They all get more than they bargained for when Arcati accidentally summons the spirit
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Dan Stevens stars in first trailer for ‘Blithe Spirit’

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Dan Stevens stars in first trailer for ‘Blithe Spirit’
Studiocanal has launched the first trailer for the reimagining of Noël Coward’s classic comedy ‘Blithe Spirit’ featuring Dan Stevens.

The film follows best-selling crime novelist Charles (Dan Stevens) who is struggling with catastrophic writer’s block and a stressful deadline for his first screenplay. His picture-perfect second wife Ruth (Isla Fisher) is doing her best to keep him focussed in the hope of fulfilling her dream of heading to Hollywood. Charles’ desperate search for inspiration leads him to invite Madame Arcati (Judi Dench), a medium recently exposed as a fraud, to perform a séance in their home. They all get more than they bargained for when Arcati accidentally summons the spirit of his deceased first wife: the fiery and jealous Elvira (Leslie Mann) who embarks on a mission to kill Charles so she can spend eternity with him which leads to an increasingly comical and deadly love triangle.

Directed
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‘Picard’: The Most Violent ‘Star Trek’ Scene Ever, and Why Seven of Nine’s Story Needed It

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‘Picard’: The Most Violent ‘Star Trek’ Scene Ever, and Why Seven of Nine’s Story Needed It
[Editor’s Note: The following interview contains spoilers for the “Star Trek: Picard” episode “Stardust City Rag.”]

Star Trek: Picard” has flipped the script. So often in genre storytelling a female supporting character’s death is used simply as a way of adding to the experience and personality of a male protagonist. In “Stardust City Rag,” the latest episode of “Picard,” the roles are reversed. Following an even more shocking earlier murder, Bruce Maddox (John Ales), the robotics expert everyone has been seeking for the first five episodes is killed by his lover and protégé, Agnes Jurati (Allison Pill).

“For a lot of reasons, it made sense that Bruce Maddox would not make it through this episode,” episode writer and supervising producer Kirsten Beyer said. “The most important part was Jurati’s relationship to him and what it says about how committed she is to the mission she’s been assigned.”

Rather than just adding another new character in a
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‘Emma’ Review: An Austen Adaptation Tailored for Our Moment

‘Emma’ Review: An Austen Adaptation Tailored for Our Moment
That emphatic punctuation after the title — it’s technically called Emma., with a period — suggests that this gorgeously filmed, deliciously wicked, and sometimes wounding film version of Jane Austen’s literary classic may be the final word on the manipulative, matchmaking Miss Emma Woodhouse. Don’t count on it. Film versions of the writer’s fourth novel were practically a cottage industry in the mid-1990s: Gwyneth Paltrow played her on screen, Kate Beckinsale did the honors on TV and Alicia Silverstone immortally spun her into a Beverly Hills High School alpha in Clueless.
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Ella Fitzgerald Documentary Hits Theaters April 3

Tony Sokol Feb 13, 2020

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things documentary paints an intimate portrait of the First Lady Of Jazz.

Ella Fitzgerald debuted at an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater in 1934. She sang Hoagy Carmichael's "Judy" and "The Object of My Affection" and won $25. She went on win 13 Grammys, sell more than 40 million albums and be proclaimed "The First Lady of Jazz." Eagle Rock Entertainment will present Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things this spring. Directed by Leslie Woodhead along with producer Reggie Nadelson, the film will be screened in select cinemas beginning April 3.

A pillar of American music history, Ella is an international icon. Her tone, delivery, and scat improvisations laid the groundwork for generations of vocalists. Just One Of Those Things presents the artist through an intimate lens, "through all of her moments of triumph and joy, delivering a clear picture of the
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Pokémon Go Online Battle Features And Rewards Revealed

The most ambitious update yet for Pokémon Go is finally here.

Late last year, Niantic revealed plans to introduce dedicated online battles to the hit mobile title, at long last allowing Trainers from opposite ends of the world to test their skills against each other. As promised, the frequently requested feature has steadily begun rolling out over the last 24 hours, so don’t be too surprised if you’ve yet to receive an update prompt. If you’re among those still waiting, however, the developer has provided a substantial amount of reading material to help bring you up to speed on what new content the patch provides.

First and foremost, you’ll want to get accustomed to preseasons. As described by Niantic, the term refers to periods of time immediately preceding competitive play. It’s here that balance changes, season length, rank thresholds and other technical details will be hammered out,
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Heels: Cast and Details for Starz Stephen Amell Wrestling Drama

Joseph Baxter Jan 27, 2020

Arrow’s Stephen Amell trades the streets of Star City for the squared circle, headlining Starz’s wrestling drama series, titled Heels.

Heels is an inside jargon term within the professional wrestling industry referring to the role of villainous wrestlers, whose jobs are to generate “heat” amongst the audience, getting people behind the heroic “babyface” wrestler. Yet, it’s a concept to which Stephen Amell, the former heroic defender of Arrow’s Star City, will soon become associated, thanks to a Starz television series.

Starz gave an eight-episode order for an hourlong wrestling-centric drama, called Heels, back in August 2019, setting up the next television platform for Amell, who has completed a defining eight-season starring run on The CW’s Arrow, and has long been associated with wrestling, having participated in it sporadically, utilizing his now-legendary training.

Michael Waldron has written Heels, which will be directed by Peter Segal
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Talented Mr. Ripley Series Adds Johnny Flynn to Cast

David Crow Jan 22, 2020

Production continues on Andrew Scott and Steve Zaillian's TV adaptation of The Talented Mr. Ripley, with Johnny Flynn joining.

Murder on premium cable is about to become quite fashionable, old sport. At least it would appear so with Showtime partnering with screenwriter Steve Zaillian to bring Patricia Highmore’s legendarily amoral protagonist to the small screen. Here’s what you need to know about Ripley.

Ripley Cast

Johnny Flynn has just been cast as Dickie Greenleaf, across from Andrew Scott, in Ripley. It also might be a get for Showtime as Flynn is clearly on the upswing. Set to appear in this spring’s Emma adaptation from Focus Features, he is coming off shooting Stardust, in which he plays a young David Bowie.

The series is of course led by Andrew Scott, who will play the resilient and clever Tom Ripley. The lead of the series, Tom
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Johnny Flynn Joins Andrew Scott in Showtime Series ‘Ripley’

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Johnny Flynn Joins Andrew Scott in Showtime Series ‘Ripley’
Johnny Flynn has been cast opposite Andrew Scott in the upcoming Showtime series based on Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels.

Flynn will appear in a series regular role in the eight-episode first season. In “Ripley,” Tom Ripley (Scott), a grifter scraping by in early 1960s New York, is hired by a wealthy man to try to convince his vagabond son, Dickie Greenleaf (Flynn), who is living a comfortable, trust-funded ex-pat life in Italy, to return home. Tom’s acceptance of the job is the first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud and murder.

Flynn is a British actor and musician. He has recently been shooting the film “Stardust,” in which he will star as a young David Bowie during his first visit to the U.S. in 1971. He also recently worked on the Netflix UK film “The Dig” opposite Lily James, Ben Chaplin, and Ralph Fiennes. Flynn
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Johnny Flynn Joins Andrew Scott In Steven Zaillian’s Tom Ripley Drama Series At Showtime

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Johnny Flynn Joins Andrew Scott In Steven Zaillian’s Tom Ripley Drama Series At Showtime
Johnny Flynn (Beast) is set to star opposite Andrew Scott in Steven Zaillian’s drama series Ripley, based on Patricia Highsmith’s bestselling quintet of Tom Ripley novels at Showtime. Oscar and Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Zaillian will write and direct the entire first season.

In the series, Tom Ripley (Scott), a grifter scraping by in early 1960s New York, is hired by a wealthy man to try to convince his vagabond son, Dickie Greenleaf (Flynn), who is living a comfortable, trust-funded ex-pat life in Italy, to return home. Tom’s acceptance of the job is the first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud and murder.

Ripley is co-produced by Showtime and Endemol Shine North America in association with Entertainment 360 and Filmrights. Executive producers are Zaillian, Garrett Basch, Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Sharon Levy and Philipp Keel of Diogenes. Scott
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Film Constellation boards Sundance Us Dramatic title ‘The Evening Hour’ (exclusive)

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Film Constellation boards Sundance Us Dramatic title ‘The Evening Hour’ (exclusive)
Philip Ettinger, Cosmo Jarvis, Stacy Martin, Lili Taylor star.

UK-based sales agent Film Constellation has boarded Braden King’s Us drama The Evening Hour, ahead of the film’s world premiere at Sundance on January 27.

The company is handling international sales on the title, with Cinetic representing North American rights.

The film is based on Carter Sickels’ 2012 novel of the same name, with a script written by Elizabeth Palmore.

It follows Cole, a nursing home worker whose double life as a small-time drug dealer who cares for his customers is threatened by the arrival of his childhood friend Terry Rose.
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Patrick’s Favorites of 2019

  • DailyDead
Another year has come and gone, and it was another great one for horror. Theatrical horror, indie horror, physical media, streaming, books, TV—there was so much good stuff I couldn’t even get to all of it, though I gave it my best effort. Here are some of my favorites of 2019 in no particular order.

Shudder: In just a few short years, Shudder has become the single most essential must-have for every horror fan. Their library grows more expansive and impressive every week, their curation of beloved favorites, smaller and lesser-known indies, and horror from around the globe impeccable. This year alone they featured the likes of Tigers Are Not Afraid, the Tom Savini documentary Smoke and Mirrors, One Cut of the Dead, Belzebuth, The Furies, Get My Gun, Hagazussa, Knife + Heart, The Ranger, the documentary Horror Noire, The Head Hunter, and so, so many more. A number
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Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams Review - David Bowie's Memoirs Sparkle

David Bowie is presented as a very human superhero alien in a cinematic graphic novel.

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Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams begins with a forward by Neil Gaiman called "If We Can Sparkle He May Land Tonight." It recounts the author's first contact with the third kind. David Bowie's songs were stories, he remembers, like the Gilbert and Sullivan ditties Gaiman preferred over rock and roll in his youth. He bonded with the rock star over the science fiction undercurrent in the music and image, and glorified him in his mind. Among his favorite memories is trekking to Victoria Station where the Thin White Duke arrived by special train before the 1975 Isolar Tour. Gaiman remembers the faux Bowies at the station, and the Station to Station albums scattered about to distract Bowie fans. The rest of the world was distracted by a blurred photograph which made it look
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"David Bowie: Stardust"

The upcoming David Bowie feature "Stardust", will be directed by Gabriel Range from a script by Christopher Bell, starring actor Johnny Flynn ("Genius") as a young Bowie during his first trip to America in 1971, inspiring the invention of his iconic alter ego 'Ziggy Stardust', leader of the 'Spiders From Mars':

"...when David Bowie began writing songs for his album 'Hunky Dory' (1970), he had little to show for the six years he spent trying to make it as a singer. His first three albums had tanked, and he didn't have a record deal. 

"Then, in January 1971, Bowie arrived in the United States for a three-week 'Hunky Dory' promotional tour, in a journey that broadened his universe, inspiring his landmark 'glam punk' LP 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars'..."

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