Grand Theft Auto V’s Ned Luke Stars In Home Invasion Film American Gothic

The film American Gothic, which was filmed entirely in director Stuart Connelly’s house, will arrive on VOD services on October 24. It stars Ned Luke, who played Michael De Santa in Grand Theft Auto V, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s Slate Holmgren.

From the Press Release:
Author Stuart Connelly had an idea: what if he shot a home invasion feature film entirely in his house? The scenes would be absolutely unique because as the homeowner, he knows every inch of the house and how he could use its eccentricities to get an advantage during a break-in.

“Instead of just imagining a generic house and thinking ‘This happens, then this happens,’ I walked through a story room by room,” Connelly says. “My house helped write the picture.”

The resulting film, American Gothic – exclusively presented by ITN Distribution and directed by Connelly – will become available on all major American cable systems’ video-on-demand platforms starting on October 24… just in time for Halloween scares.

“Hair & Makeup, Wardrobe, and Special Effects were all in the guest cottage,“ says Rochelle Boström, a New York-based actress who plays one of the farm’s owners. “The horse paddock was crew parking! No part of the property was left unused.”

Connelly calls it a “narrative experiment, a dare,” but the final product is a straight-up classic thrill ride.

Down for the experiment were Ned Luke, best known as the voice of Michael in the mega-selling video game Grand Theft Auto and Slate Holmgren, just coming off a role on Broadway starring alongside Daniel Craig. “Usually on set there’s so much waiting, driving from one location to the other,” Luke says. “On American Gothic it was one scene to the next, no downtime.”

“I wanted to write a story that used every aspect of our house, which sits on twelve acres of farmland,” adds Connelly. “But that didn’t mean it just takes place on a farm. In my mind, Hollywood films are all about magic, and the magic here was to create a highway, a forest, a house, a dungeon… all aspects of the script.” In fact, Connelly reports the film’s plot was planned out based on the layout of the 300-year-old home.

“Their powder room was built over an old basement stairwell,” Holmgren says, “and that blocked off door behind the toilet became a plot point. When I read the script I thought it was clever, but I had no idea it was a real part of Stuart’s house.”

The attention to unique detail turned into efficiency, according to producer Mary Jo Barthmaier. “If Stuart had to write that scene and find a location or build it, that would kill the budget,” she says. “Instead, it was right there, and the scene becomes something we’ve never seen in another home invasion film.”

Shooting in the indie “guerrilla style” but having access and a plan meant that American Gothic, which was made very efficiently, could seem like a much more expensive film, Barthmaier says.

According to MovieMaker Magazine, American Gothic can “hold its own against indie horror films costing 10, 20 times the money.”

And the additional time freed up by this homespun strategy allowed the production to really focus on character, a rarity with lower-budget genre fare. “It has some of the best, most complicated characters I’ve seen in movies for a long time,” says Mark Barthmaier, who heads up the cast as an escaped convict desperately looking for a hideout. “Horror or otherwise.”

The film, which won the Best Horror Feature award at the 2016 Atlantic City Film Festival, has enough twists and turns to satisfy fans of thrillers and enough scares to give the most die-hard horror freaks something to sink their teeth into.

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Mass Influence Andromeda DLC: Has the following galaxy invasion just been teased? | Gaming | Enjoyment

So much, supporters have only found new information and missions extra to Mass Influence Andromeda via the multiplayer APEX missions released on PS4, Xbox Just one and Personal computer.

Supporters have been able to Just take on the Archon in weekly, constrained-time missions that earns precious Mission Money to expend on effective equipment and objects. 

Gamers can crew up with close friends or opt for to send out out their APEX strike teams to seize the loot.

Lots of supporters have been hoping that some sort of Mass Influence Andromeda DLC trace could possibly be dropped into 1 of these timed-occasions, and it appears the most up-to-date might have contained one thing particular.

The lacking quarian race have been teased in the key storyline as obtaining been delayed in their ARK ship, alongside the elcor, hanar, drell, and volus.

And now yet another hints has been dropped of their eventual inclusion, via the most up-to-date APEX mission.

Here’s an excerpt from the most up-to-date mission log: “The communications cached in these Remnant artifacts advise that the observatory is obtaining alerts that have absent undetected by Initiative observers. From my initial transcriptions, they are worthy of immediate investigation.

“[Facts: Uncooked sign transmission gained by Remnant observatory. My assessment accounts for attempted vehicle-translation by Remnant techniques and information fragmentation.

“ANALYSIS: “…trying to boost the sign. Mysterious if… tech would seem to be helping even if we don’t know the… back to Keelah Si’yah. …way household.”]

It appears to affirm that the Quarians could be heading to the Andromeda galaxy, whilst it’s still unclear if supporters will at any time see any ME Andromeda DLC land in the upcoming.

Subsequent middling Mass Influence Andromeda evaluation scores and unfavorable responses, reviews have emerged that BioWare Montreal has been downsized and that upcoming Mass Influence video games have been place on maintain.

BioWare Montreal will as a substitute be employed as a support studios for EA jobs like Star Wars Battlefront 2, in accordance to Kotaku.

The remaining customers of employees will reportedly continue on to get the job done on patches and multiplayer DLC updates.

BioWare’s Yanick Roy confirmed that customers of the crew will get the job done with EA’s Motive studio.

“Our teams at BioWare and throughout EA place in tremendous energy bringing Mass Influence Andromeda to players all over the planet,” Roy discussed.

“Even as BioWare carries on to aim on the Mass Influence Andromeda community and live services, we are consistently on the lookout at how we are geared up for the following encounters we will develop.”

The EA Engage in function is the final likely put wherever Mass Influence Andromeda DLC will be announced, if absolutely nothing materialises in the course of the present, it’s safe and sound to publish off any more solo information.

Tesla: Invasion Of The Kukabots – Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA)

Rethink Technology business briefs for April 26, 2017.

German Industrial Robots Arrive by the Hundreds at Tesla

Source: Electrek

Kuka AG (OTCPK:KUKAF) is a German company that makes the industrial robots now arriving by the hundreds at Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), which can be seen in the photos above and below. These photos were supposedly taken by a field service engineer for Kuka and were reposted by Electrek.

The images of all those robots being unpacked at Fremont are impressive, but shouldn’t Tesla fans and investors be a little concerned about the timing? Theoretically, Tesla only has a few months to unpack, install, and get them working flawlessly in what Musk has called the “Alien Dreadnought”, or “the machine that builds the machines”.

I’m sure the individual robots will be working fine once unpacked and installed, but getting them to work together flawlessly is another matter. Tesla is only now getting ready for the hardest part of building a complex machine such as the Dreadnought. I’ve learned the hard way that this is the final “systems integration and acceptance testing” phase. At least that’s what we used to call it when I worked in the Defense industry.

Systems integration is the final phase where hardware and software are brought together, and the builder of the system begins the arduous process of verifying that everything works as intended. It is software debugging on a massive physical scale, in which an error can send heavy machinery flying in unintended and destructive directions.

The invasion of the Kukabots says something important about the state of the Model 3 assembly line, a.k.a. Alien Dreadnought. That critical systems integration phase hasn’t even begun yet. Assuming that the robots are unpacked and installed in 2-3 weeks, it only leaves about 2 months for the systems integration and test phase of Dreadnought construction.

Is that enough time? Probably not. But then, who really expected Tesla to begin production in July? I certainly didn’t. And I doubt it really matters. The company will almost certainly start its production ramp in earnest before the end of the year, and that’s what really counts.

Tesla is expected to hold a July event in which “production” Model 3s are unveiled, and they may even be presented to happy owners the way the first Model Xs were. But these first Model 3s will probably be produced the way the current release candidates are, and will not really be representative of the Alien Dreadnought’s production once it reaches full speed of 10,000 cars per week.

Source: Electrek

Consumer Reports downgrades Tesla for lack of Automatic Emergency Braking

With impeccable timing, Consumer Reports today decided to downgrade its safety rating of the Model S and Model X because of the lack of Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), a feature that has been promised for the new Enhanced Autopilot.

Consumer Reports (CR) complained that “ultraluxury” cars commonly have this feature, and it’s also often available on much less expensive cars. CR adds points to its safety ratings for such systems.

Even though Tesla emailed CR with assurances that the feature would be enabled with a software update on 4/27, CR went ahead with its ratings reclassification anyway. However, it promises to review the ratings once the update arrives.

Tesla’s Automatic Emergency Braking Arrives a Few Hours Later

A few hours after the CR downgrade, the software update with AEB began to be pushed to Tesla owners with Enhanced Autopilot hardware (cars built beginning in October of last year).

With the installation of AEB, this leaves only a few other features completely lacking, such as automatic windshield wipers and perpendicular parking, to bring the system up to parity with the old Autopilot system.

This still leaves the company short of the new features it promises for Enhanced Autopilot. Tesla’s Traffic Aware Cruise Control (TAAC) is supposed to provide automatic lane changing as well as automatic freeway exits and transitions.

Readers may recall that lack of AEB is one of the complaints of the class action lawsuit launched by the Hagens Berman law firm against Tesla. According to the Hagens Berman suit, TAAC is barely able to maintain lane centering and proper following distance, and I haven’t heard that the more advanced features are implemented yet. (Readers with direct experience in this regard are invited to comment.)

The arrival of AEB is progress, though I am concerned about the slow pace of progress. Tesla’s rollout of Enhanced Autopilot features has been slower than I expected, and I have speculated that this could be due to the company’s decision not to employ laser sensing technology, commonly known as LIDAR.

When the company announced Enhanced Autopilot, it claimed that all hardware necessary to support “Full Self-Driving Capability” would be installed on every Tesla. That hardware includes a suite of 8 video cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and a radar. It remains to be seen whether the included sensors are really sufficient for self-driving.

If it manages to deliver all the promised features of Enhanced Autopilot, and the features are reliable and robust, then Tesla probably has a path forward to Full Self-Driving with the current sensor suite.

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Awaiting the Next Android Invasion

Q. When will the next version of Android be released and what might be in it?

A. Google released Android O, the “developer’s preview” of the next version, on March 21 so app developers could begin working with the future operating system. The final public release of the software and its delivery to smartphones and tablets is likely to take place this year, but a lot of work will happen in the meantime as the system is tested and refined.

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Google’s Android O developer’s preview allows app creators to begin working with the new system.

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The New York Times

Some of the new features expected in Android O include improved support for using the keyboard to navigate Android apps, better control of onscreen notifications and picture-in-picture video so people can continue to play clips while tapping into other apps. Also in the pipeline are improved audio fidelity over Bluetooth connections and support for Wi-Fi Aware technology (which allows compatible devices to connect directly to each other without a cellular data or other wireless network).

Android O will be a work in progress for several months, but Google says it will do a “deep dive on all things Android” at its annual Google I/O conference that starts May 17. These developer-oriented events are often used by companies to showcase new software on the way. Microsoft’s Build conference for Windows software creators starts on May 10, and Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference for its operating systems will take place the first week of June.

The release date and the official name of Android O will be revealed later in the year as development of the system continues. The company should also announce which hardware models will get the update. In recent years, Google has released the final versions of Android in late summer (as with Android 7.0 Nougat, on Aug. 22, 2016) and even deep into autumn (Android 4.0 Kit Kat arrived on Oct. 31, 2013), but the day you actually get the new version depends on your device and wireless carrier.

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The Yo-kai invasion continues! YO-KAI WATCH 2 launches in the U.S. on Sept. 30

The Yo-kai invasion continues! YO-KAI WATCH 2 launches in the U.S. on Sept. 30

The Yo-kai phenomenon continues in 2016. The U.S. has seen the launches
of the YO-KAI WATCH
video game for Nintendo 3DS, a
line of Hasbro toys and games, a top-rated animated series that airs on
Disney XD and the mobile game sensation YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble
all in the last six months. The world of Yo-kai continues to grow as new
video games, toys and shows make their way stateside this year.

All things Yo-kai continue on Sept. 30 when YO-KAI WATCH 2
launches in the U.S. exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
Already a huge hit in Japan, the sequel to the first smash hit, which is
once again developed by LEVEL-5, offers the same deep RPG gameplay and
wacky adventures as the first game. The new adventure also offers many
new areas to explore outside of Springdale, more than 100 new Yo-kai, a
new-and-improved in-game Yo-kai Watch and even the ability to travel
back in time! YO-KAI WATCH 2 will also launch with two versions, YO-KAI
WATCH 2: Bony Spirits
and YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls, each
featuring rare Yo-kai that can only be found in their respective games.

“After being such a massive sensation in Japan, it’s great to see the
U.S. start to embrace the mischievous and lovable Yo-kai,” said Scott
Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales &
Marketing. “We’re excited to continue bringing fun Yo-kai experiences
stateside this year.”

To expand the Yo-kai brand, Hasbro will add new items to its YO-KAI
WATCH
line this fall. New toys include the YO-KAI WATCH MODEL ZERO,
designed to look like the watch worn by Nate in Season 2 of the animated
series. The watch includes YO-MOTION TECHNOLOGY that brings Yo-kai
characters to life in a new way. Fans can insert a YO-MOTION YO-KAI
MEDAL into the watch and see a projected animation of that character.
Hasbro will also release a new series of collectible YO-MOTION YO-KAI
MEDALS, which are compatible with the new watch, as well as custom YO-KAI
WATCH
accessories, large plush toys and electronic figures.
Additionally, fans will be able to collect and trade their favorite
YO-KAI WATCH characters in a new way with the YO-KAI WATCH
Trading Card Game.

Disney XD has acquired a second season of the YO-KAI WATCH
animated TV show, which will premiere this summer. This season, join
Nate, Whisper and Jibanyan as they get the new Yo-kai Watch Model Zero.
But just because he has a new watch, that doesn’t mean Nate’s life will
get any easier. Season 2 has more Yo-kai, more miniseries, more episodes
and, most importantly, more laughs! Tune in to see how a new cast of
Yo-kai interrupts Nate’s normal life in unexpected and hilarious ways.
Fans who missed the first season can catch up before the second season
starts by picking up the DVD of YO-KAI WATCH – Season 1 in stores
late 2016 or by streaming the show on Netflix now. Fans can also catch
the YO-KAI WATCH manga series from VIZ Media (Volume 5 debuts
this month).

Finally, all of your favorite Yo-kai have wobbled into a hit mobile app
called YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble. This Top Ten app on the iTunes
store brings the fun of Yo-kai characters into smart devices with a
puzzle-game twist. With new events coming monthly, this game will
continue to grow bigger and better.

The original YO-KAI WATCH video game introduced people in the
U.S. to the mysterious Yo-kai. In Japan, these invisible beings – not
ghosts or spirits… just Yo-kai! – are steeped in folklore and based on
common concerns that everyday citizens have. If a child misplaces
homework or an adult can’t stop babbling at a work meeting, for
instance, it’s probably the work of a troublesome Yo-kai.

For more information about YO-KAI WATCH, visit http://www.yo-kai-world.com/.
For more information about the first YO-KAI WATCH video game,
visit http://yo-kai.nintendo.com/.