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  • The Xbox One months later still a hit or miss experience

    I wasn't fortunate enough to test out the system at CES or any other tech show so I wasn't exactly what to expect when I cracked open my factory sealed Xbox One recently. Based on my experiences with Microsoft branded consoles I expected a specific consistency which I am sad to say just isn't quite there yet. Many arguments can be made regarding why that's the case, mainly the fact the entire operating system had to rewritten in a matter of two and a half months after the always online fiasco of 2013. The system is attractive and serves as a great center piece for any entertainment center, it's uses regarding television, app switching and background operational snap system is exciting. It's really revolutionary in many ways but primarily this is a console, it's meant for games.

    I started out my run at the new system with two titles, Dead Rising 3 a franchise which I have supported through every entry and DLC. To say this game is a fantastic starting point is an understatement, the game packs great replay value and a pretty decently lengthened story line. The game gave me purpose towards using game dvr and upload studio for the first time. My second entry into this console was Call of Duty, i'm  Call of Duty faithful even though Ghosts leaves much to be desired. I ran through both of these game in probably record time, the controller is amazing. It compliments the upgrade of system very appropriately. Then I ran into the real problem with this console.

    What do I do now? I've played through my games, surely there are some demos I can play that would keep me entertainment until more DLC for my games comes out. Wrong. The basic offerings in the demos section is limited to a handful of games, 6 as of this moment to be exact. Two are kids games and the rest are sports games. No demo for Ryse. No Demo for Forza 5. Where are the arcade titles? I mean surely Bejeweled, Monopoly, and other family game makers are investing in making games for this system. Surely those games don't take as long as a $50 million dollar triple A massive function game takes to make. I mean, even the Walking Dead Season 2 is not available. Now i'm not exactly the biggest shopper of Xbox Live, but the options have always been interesting. It makes a consumer feel well invested when they have many options. Now i've read quotes regarding publishers having the option to make game demos or not. So where are they? How do I know if your game is good enough for my $60?

    The Xbox One is under massive redevelopment and perhaps was a system that was rushed into retail before it's time. It's an ambitious undertaking. One that is at it's core near perfection. It's sluggish pace at producing content is jarringly slow. Microsoft Studios should've had at least 6 additional titles ready for the months the console would need to spare publishers in order to finish their projects. Perhaps they do, perhaps they are spacing them out. As it stands right now, you'll either end up spending $300 on five worthwhile titles to fill in the void until the real gems start coming out. Let's hope that team Xbox plans something big to keep us in check until then.

     

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  • Cinema Haven Audio Books is now up and running!!!

    Cinema Haven provides free streaming services across the entire internet. Our goal has always been to provide ease of use to everyone and so we've pushed for more educational content aside to balance what we offer.  As a service that prides itself on community and accessibility we have just launched an Audio Book section. We believe that just like many of our users share their favorite videos they too will share their favorite audio books. The internet is ripe with free audio books in the public domain and offered by the writers themselves. If you are a writer please contact us so we can discuss great advantages to expanding your exposure via our community.

    Audio Books provide a great way to find an adventure, to self educate, to self improve and more. This section can become a great tool for those who cannot find access to hard copies of these books in some parts of the world. We are working on providing more educational tools and videos on this website. We hope you join us in adding some of your own favorites. Please make sure the audio books you share here are shareable, and please do not share books that aren't meant to be shared violating copyright.

    Sites where you can find audio books include but are not limited to Archive.org,Youtube, and more.

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  • 'Gravity' and '12 Years a Slave' lead Mpse Golden Reel Awards nominations

    Nominations have been announced for the Motion Picture Sound Editors' (MPSE) 61st annual Golden Reel Awards, and it was "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" that led the way with three nominations each. Picking up two apiece were "Captain Phillips," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Lone Survivor." All are strong contenders with the sound branch at the Academy, which nominates in the Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing fields. "American Hustle" also picked up a pair of nominations, and if love for the film is That widespread, it could show up in the Academy's sound »

     

    - Kristopher Tapley

     

    See full article at Hitfix

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  • CBS Reveals Premiere Dates for “Under the Dome,” “Extant”

    This isn’t a spoiler or anything, but that weird dome over Chester’s Mill, Maine? It’s still there. We’ll find out more about what’s going on “Under the Dome” when season two returns at 10pm Monday, June 30 on CBS. But those attending CBS’s portion the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour were assured that new … Read more → »

     

    - Melanie McFarland

     

    See full article at IMDb Television Blog

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  • ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Casts Villain Role

    Thomas Kretschmann, who played Abraham van Helsing on NBC’s “Dracula,” has been cast in a villain role for the upcoming Marvel movie, “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

    Kretschmann is expected to play Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in the film.

    James Spader, it’s been previously announced, is playing the main villain role of Ultron. Elizabeth Olsen was recently cast as the Scarlet Witch.

    The sequel to the record-breaking “Avengers” is due to hit theaters May 1, 2015. Joss Whedon is returning as director and Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans all return to reprise their roles. Production begins next month.

    “Marvel’s The Avengers” grossed $1.5 billion worldwide.

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    - Justin Kroll

     

    See full article at Variety - Film News

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  • Pacquaio "Mayweather is running from a fight like a dog with it's tail between its legs"

    Manny Pacquaio said he'd reached his limit in a report released earlier today in which he is quoted as stating that undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather JR has been demanding too many things and that while they have agreed to many of his excessive demands several times over including testing and purse splits the undefeated champion is now requesting that he become a free agent in order to lock in a fight the world has been demanding for nearly 5 years now. Pacquaio who fights under the Top Rank for some time now thinks this latest demand is another excuse in a long list of ridiculous demands made over the years to make the fight happen, Pacquaio who is signed to Top Rank through the end of 2014 states he will again pursue the fight when his contract ends. Many in Boxing see this latest request as further proof that while Floyd has taken steps to make a fight they've all been steps that guarantee the fight never actually happens. While many fans will say Pacquaio who is reportedly in debt over taxes to the tune of $68 million dollars should've taken $40 million to fight him as little as 18 months ago. The fact is many leave out that in that case Floyd and GBP would've pocketed upwards of $150 million dollars and even if he did accept the $40 million popular opinion indicates fans would've expected Floyd come up with some new ridiculous term to make finalizing the contracts impossible.

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  • Garry Marshall is set to receive the WGAW Award for Television Writing

    Happy Days” and “The Odd Couple” creator Garry Marshall will receive the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2014 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing, which honors lifetime achievement in oustanding television. The award will be given at the Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony, which takes place Feb. 1 at the Jw Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live. Also read: Writers Guild of America, East, ABC News Reach Tentative Contract Agreement Wgaw president Christopher Keyser praised Marshall’s ability to chronicle friendships through his writing while announcing the honor. “Garry Marshall’s filmography – from ‘The Joey Bishop Show’ to ‘Happy Days’ – is a. »

     

    - Tim Kenneally

     

    See full article at The Wrap

     

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  • Dick Smith, to Receive Make-Up Artists Lifetime Achievement Award

    Two-time Academy Award winning make-up artist Dick Smith will receive the Make-up Artists Lifetime Achievement Award at the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylist Guild Awards. The award honors make-up artists whose body of work in the film industry consistently enhances make-up and hair styling artistry.

    Dick Smith, known as “the godfather of make-up,” won an Honorary Academy Award in 2012. He also won an Academy Award and a BAFTA award for his work on “Amadeus” (shared with Paul LeBlanc).

    “Rarely have there been make-up artists with the legendary inventiveness, creativity and artistic excellence of Dick Smith,” Guild President Sue Cabral-Ebert said in a statement. “Dick’s transparency and willingness to share the secrets of the craft have been the catalyst for young make-up artists all over the world to follow their imaginations and dreams.”

    Smith worked on numerous award-winning films, including “Taxi Driver,” “The Godfather,” and “The Godfather Part 2,” and is »

     

    - Francesca Bacardi

     

    See full article at Variety - Film News

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  • Shia Labeouf Tweets Cease and Desist Letter From Daniel Clowes’ Attorney

    Less than a week after sky-writing an apology for plagiarizing his 2012 short film “HowardCantour.com” from a Daniel Clowes’ comic, Shia Labeouf went public again on Tuesday by tweeting a cease and desist letter from Clowes’ attorney in the latest bizarre twist in the actor’s ongoing copyright saga.

    “Your client is seriously out of control,” the letter reads.

    Addressed to Labeouf’s attorney Brian G. Wolf, the comic book artist/writer’s rep claims: ”We have been waiting since December 27th to hear how Mr. Labeouf intends to make right, but all that has happened is further wrongful acts.”

    While no official lawsuit has been filed (as of Tuesday evening), Clowes’ attorney, Michael Kemp, suggests that Labeouf has again violated his client’s rights in a series of recent tweets related to the incident. For instance, one of Labeouf’s rants proclaimed a new short film was in the »

     

    - Stuart Oldham

     

    See full article at Variety - Film News

     

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  • Matt Reeves Picked to Direct ‘Planet Of The Apes 3?

    Exclusive: Right after 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment began screening his cut of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Matt Reeves has signed on to direct the third installment of the franchise. This time, he will write the script with Mark Bomback, who scripted the sequel to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, which grossed $482 million worldwide in 2011. The directing deal is done and the writer deals are being worked out right now. It is likely that Reeves will go right into the third film, a priority for the studio. The sequel is set to debut July 11, 2014, and it stars Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell, with Andy Serkis reprising his role as Caesar, the intelligent ape that led the breakout from a lab before much of the human race was wiped out at the close of the first film. The survivors square off against Caesar »

     

    - MIKE FLEMING JR

     

    See full article at Deadline New York

     

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  • Writer for "Two and a Half Men" lands own pilot on ABC

    ABC has picked up its fifth comedy pilot, handing out an order for an untitled entry from Two and a Half Men writer Jeff Lowell. The single-camera romantic comedy exposes the unfiltered internal monologues of a young couple embarking on a new relationship. Lowell (Common Law, Just Shoot Me) will pen the script and executive produce the ABC Studios and Brillstein Entertainment Partners pilot. TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide Peter Traugott, who is based at NBC, developed the project and will executive produce, reuniting the former Brillstein TV topper with the company. The pilot order comes six months

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    - Lesley Goldberg

     

    See full article at The Hollywood Reporter

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  • John Legend all set to romance The Governor's Ball

    With the 86th Annual Academy Awards less than two months away, the Academy announced Monday that nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend will perform at its official post-Oscars celebration, the Governors Ball on March 2.

    Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Design Branch governor and chair of the Governors Ball, noted the singer’s accomplishments and said in a statement, “John Legend is one of the industry’s most innovative and talented artists.”

    Legend received eight Grammy nominations for his 2004 debut album “Get Lifted” and won the awards for R&B album, new artist of the year and male R&B vocal performance for his hit song “Ordinary People.” Legend’s most recent album “Love in the Future” earned him a R&B album nomination at this year’s Grammys. The artist’s songs have also been featured on the soundtracks of films including “Waiting for Superman,” “Think Like a Man” and “Django Unchained. »

     

    - Andrea Seikaly

     

    See full article at Variety - Film News

     

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  • Lorde, Katy Perry, Metallica confirmed as performs at this years Grammy's

    The Grammys have added Lorde (four nominations — Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Album) to the lineup of performers for this year's awards. She'll join recent additions Metallica and Katy Perry as well as Daft Punk (who will be accompanied by Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams, and Stevie Wonder), Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, P!nk, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Blake Shelton. No, Beyoncé isn't eligible this year, so you can already stop asking. »

     

    - Lindsey Weber

     

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  • 12 Years a Slave voted top movie for adults to watch

    12 Years a Slave,” Judi Dench and Bruce Dern can add another honor to their resume: They’ve topped the list of Aarp’s annual Movies for Grownups awards, with “12 Years a Slave” being named best movie and Dench and Dern being honored for their roles in “Philomena” and “Nebraska” respectively.

    The 17 categories also recognized the supporting roles of Oprah Winfrey in“Lee DanielsThe Butler” and Chris CooperAugust: Osage County,” as well as more unconventional categories like Best Intergenerational Film (“Nebraska,” again) and Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up (“Saving Mr. Banks”).

    The staff of Aarp The Magazine selected the winners based on their appeal to the “grownup” audience. They will be honored at Aarp’s annual gala on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles and in the magazine’s February/March issue.

    Here is the complete list of winners:

    Best Movie for Grownups: “12 Years a Slave”

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    - Andrea Seikaly

     

    See full article at Variety - Film News

     

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  • Monica Spear and ex-Husband killed during an attempted Highway Robbery

    Monica Spear, a popular telenovela actress and former model, was shot and killed with her ex-husband during a highway robbery in Venezuela, police said Tuesday.

    The actress, 29, appeared in several TV soaps, including Telemundo’s “Flor Salvaje” in 2011 and “Pasión Prohibida” last year.

    “We are deeply saddened by the horrible crime that affected the beloved actress Monica Spear and her family,” Telemundo said in a statement.  “Monica was not only a great professional as we saw in the two novelas she worked with us – but also an excellent person, always enthusiastic, full of strength and determination.  We wish a quick recovery to her daughter and send our deepest condolences to her family.”

    Spear was on vacation with her husband and daughter in Venezuela when they were both killed after their car broke down.

    According to local police, the couple was in a small accident on the Valencia-Puerto Cabello highway that stranded their vehicle. »

     

    - Variety Staff

     

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  • Jane Campion To Head Cannes Film Festival Jury

    Jane CampionDirector Jane Campion will head the jury of the next Cannes Film Festival, from May 14 to 25, the festival announced. “Since I first went to Cannes with my short films in 1986 I have had the opportunity to see the festival from many sides and my admiration for this Queen of film festivals has only grown larger,” Campion said in a statement. “At the Cannes Film Festival they manage to combine and celebrate the glamour of the industry, the stars, the parties, the beaches, the business, while rigorously maintaining the festival’s seriousness about the Art and excellence of new »

     

    - Sharon Waxman

     

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  • 5 Ways To Combat 'Walking Dead' Withdrawal

    Halfway through the mid-season hiatus of AMC's "The Walking Dead," fans of the drama are beginning to show serious symptoms of withdrawal.

    The latest evidence of their (and our) desperation for a good, old-fashioned zombie fix: some have started using the popular "Dead Yourself" program -- a make-your-own-zombie app that superimposes necrotic eyeballs or decay-ravaged gumlines onto your favorite selfies -- to zombify everything from stuffed animals and snowmen to pumpkins and cupcakes.

    But with a month still to go before season four comes back from its winter break, fans are going to need a way to stay busy once they've made zombies out of their pets, their shoes, and the entire contents of their pantry. Here's how our Zombie Withdrawal Specialists suggest filling the remaining hours:

    1. Re-Watch The Series

    With seasons one through three available for streaming on Netflix Instant (and the first half of season four still stored obligingly on your DVR), now is the perfect time to begin re-watching "The Walking Dead" in its entirety, at the rate of one episode per day; ending with an all-day marathon on February 9 when the show returns to its Sunday slot. Or by forgoing work, sleep and basic hygiene you can watch the whole thing a total of 18 times at a rate of one episode per hour. Options!

    2. Solve A Mystery

    Devote the remaining month to unraveling the mystery of the zombie-feeding, dead-mouse-displaying mole inside the prison! Who was that masked man (or woman) serving the walkers a moonlight feast back at the start of season four? You have 30 days to answer this question, ideally using a complicated system of pushpins, string, and colored markers a la Carrie Mathison in "Homeland."

    3. Put On A Play

    Keep the "Walking Dead" spirit alive by replaying the most dramatic moments from this season so far, using your friends, family, and pets as supporting actors:

    You:[Speaking in a voice choked with emotion.] We can still come back. We're not too far gone. We get to come back. I know we all can change!

    Your cat: [Wearing an eyepatch, holding a katana.] LIAR.

    4.Move To England

    The big bad from season three was finally dispatched in "Too Far Gone," but David Morrissey can still be found sans eye patch, and sporting his actual British accent, wooing a fellow Tube commuter on new BBC romance, "The 7:39."

    5. Throw A Party

    Plan the world's most elaborate party to celebrate the end of the midseason break! Highlights should include a, "Who will die next?" betting pool; an aquarium centerpiece full of severed heads; a rousing game of "pin the bite on the victim"; and a homemade papier-mâché zombie piñata filled with raw hamburger.

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  • Ice Cube's N.W.A Movie Will Prove They Were 'The World's Most Dangerous Group'

    Think you know N.W.A? Think again.

    Amid promotions for his buddy cop comedy "Ride Along," Ice Cube is hard at work producing a film about his former rap group. The flick, titled "Straight Outta Compton," has landed "Friday" and "Law Abiding Citizen" director F. Gary Gray, and Cube says that casting will begin on January 8.

    "We just tryin' to tell the story of the world's most dangerous group," Cube tells MTV News. "We're trying to tell aspects of our lives that people don't know about, people aren't privy to."

    Script details are sparse, but expect the city of Compton to play a large part in the drama.

    "The neighborhood influenced N.W.A, and then N.W.A influenced the neighborhood," hinted Cube. "That's what we're trying to portray."

    The N.W.A movie has been in development for quite some time, but has picked up steam in recent months. Meanwhile, Cube is showing off his comedic chops in "Ride Along" opposite Kevin Hart, opening nationwide on January 17.

    And if your earbuds are itching for some fresh music from Ice Cube, the rapper's highly anticipated Everythang's Corrupt is set to street on May 13.

    The release marks Cube's 10th LP and his first studio effort since 2010's I Am the West. Little is known about the content of the album, but Cube did drop its title track more than a year ago, ahead of the 2012 election.

    "This record is for the political heads," Cube told HipHopDX at the time. "This to me is more a leak at the right time, in time, to drop it. We could have dropped a more catchier tune, but the time wouldn't have been right. The time is right for 'Everythang's Corrupt,' so that's what we wanted to do. We wanted to drop it at this point and time, and then come with a visual to highlight what we're saying in the music."

    The fast-paced video featured news clips from some of 2012's biggest scandals interspersed with campaign footage of Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

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  • 49'ers vs Packers draws almost 42 million viewers

    There appears to be no end in sight to the National Football League’s ratings dominance, as its opening round of the playoffs drew huge numbers across three networks over the weekend.

    The four NFL Wild-Card games averaged about 34.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen, more than the combined 2013 averages for the NBA Finals (17.5 million) and World Series (14.9 million)

    Fox’s coverage of Sunday’s Nfc Wild-card game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers, decided on a field game as time expired, averaged a whopping 47.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen — the largest audience for the first round of the postseason in at least 25 years. This was a 24% improvement over last year’s game on Fox (38.1 million for Seattle-Washington).

    Tune-in peaked in the concluding 7:30 p.m. Et half-hour with 53.4 million viewers.

    The 47.1 million average audience is the biggest crowd for any telecast since last year’s Super Bowl on CBS, »

    - Rick Kissell

     

    See full article at Variety - TV News

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  • SNL gets a cast member and a bit of color

    Exclusive: Three years after she graduated from the University of Virginia, Sasheer Zamata is landing a very big break — the young comedy performer has been selected to join Saturday Night Live as a new cast member. Zamata will make her debut on the venerable NBC late-night sketch comedy series on its next live show slated for January 18 with Drake as host and musical guest. Zamata, who trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, becomes the first black female Saturday Night Live cast member in five years since the departure of Maya Rudolph. The lack of female black performers on the show stirred a debate last fall while SNL boss Lorne Michaels had been quietly conducting a talent search. Several dozen actresses were seen in multiple cities. Zamata, whose name had been floated as a suitable SNL candidate before, was among 12 who received callbacks and were invited to »

     

    - NELLIE ANDREEVA

     

    See full article at Deadline TV

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