9 items from 2015
World Of Warships gets its first big content update this week, according to Wargaming. Two new maps, a new game mode and a bunch of tweaks are headed our way.
You can watch the video above to get an idea of all the new stuff coming with the substantial patch – including various tweaks to existing maps and balancing adjustments – or see below to get the hard details on the brand new content coming with patch 0.5.1.
Land of Fire, inspired by South America.
The Trap, which is modelled on the fierce battles between U.S. and Japanese fleets, complete with an active volcano.
New Game Mode – Zone:
Pits opposing teams in contention of one giant base in the middle of a map. However, this base only becomes available for capture two minutes into the battle. »
- Joe Pring
Tai Freligh reviews episode 4 of Heroes Reborn, ‘The Needs of Many’…
Heroes Reborn has settled into a groove of seven distinct character arcs- Tommy/Emily, Luke/Joanne, Hrg/Quentin, Miko/Ren, Carlos/Oscar, Malina/Farah, and Erica Kravid/Mr. Harris. We move through all the storylines in a rapid fashion, jumping back and forth between all the characters and keeping the action going in this week’s episode 4. Let’s jump right into the recap.
This episode does an excellent job of keeping the action moving in all the story lines and also shifts the main story arc from Hrg to Malina and Farah and reveals a bit more about the overall plot. Malina is the one who has been groomed since a child to save the world, and she has been hunted by Renautas all this time. She wonders if she can do it, but her keeper Farah tells »
- Tai Freligh
Whenever someone asks me whether they should be watching Heroes Reborn, my answer is always some sort of nonverbal groan-shrug, followed by a crucial caveat: It’s got a predetermined lifespan, at least. Knowing that we’ve got an end date, a set universe in which only so many things can happen, has managed to soften each blow whenever the show flaunts its dumber elements (video-game powers, L.L. Bean models controlling the Aurora Borealis) with the assurance that, “Shh, hush, now, it won’t last forever.” It’s actually kind of a consolation blessing, one that says that NBC and Reborn’s showrunners have a mature awareness of and respect for both the franchise’s completely batshit nonsense and the somehow-still-dedicated Heroes fanbase keeping the series on the air; in other words, if its writers want so badly to break all of their own narrative rules, they might as »
- Devon Maloney
London — The Hungarian National Film Fund, which backed Cannes’ Grand Prix winner “Son of Saul,” has granted 580 million Huf ($2.07 million) in production funding to Marta Meszaros’ “Aurora Borealis.” The feature film project starts to shoot next month.
Meszaros is the director of “Adoption,” which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1975, “Nine Months,” which won the Prix Fipresci at Cannes in 1977, and “Diary for my Children,” winner of the Grand Prix Special du Jury at Cannes in 1984.
As in her previous films, Meszaros examines a social taboo in “Aurora Borealis,” this time the story of children fathered by occupying Russian soldiers. It centers on Olga, who lives in Vienna. She realizes that there are secrets in her family past, »
- Leo Barraclough
Read More: Watch: Here's How to Create the Magic Behind Cloud Tanks Joey Shanks has recreated supernatural weather using cloud tanks and has rebuilt the "Interstellar" black hole using in-camera elements, and now the special effects maestro is back with a new instructional video courtesy of PBS Digital Studios and Shanks FX. In the clip above, Shanks recreates the Aurora Borealis using nothing but colored sheets of fabric and a handful of small fans. The new video is one of four episodes highlighting the effects work Shanks utilized for his new film, "Spectrum." Find out more about the project at its Kickstarter page here, and check out all of Shanks' FX tutorials on his Youtube page. Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Here's How to Create Holograms In Camera »
- Zack Sharf
Aurora BorealisMy recent films are 3D images of nature and people in the environment. There is no narrative or no scripted work along with 3D images. I may call my films visual essays or poems.My approach to 3D films is to visualize and experience actual existences substances that are real in normally impossible ways without using any CG.I am originally a Holography artist. Holography is a totally different medium, and has different vocabulary. It invades our space yet co-exists. It creates an illusion and that is why holography is so special. But very few holography works are taken seriously by the world of art. I am afraid that 3D films might have similar fate. Amusement park-type 3D effects are still wanted by many.By contributing part of the technical side of my work, I hope you find my aesthetic intention. I also hope that by sharing technical methods »
- Ikuo Nakamura
On Unknown Mortal Orchestra's new single, "Can't Keep Checking My Phone," the New Zealand (now Portland-based) trio imagines a world in which we are all less dependent on our overpriced data plans and online-dating apps. Or, as lead singer-songwriter Ruban Nielson tells Vulture:"Cant Keep Checking My Phone" is about missing somebody and that point where you refuse to accept online "connectivity" as a substitute for being with someone Irl. When someone you love turns into texts and ideas delivered through a device, at some point, they’re competing with real things, like the Aurora Borealis, which is another thing that only really makes sense in the flesh. I also read somewhere that the universe might be holographic, and in that case, maybe the distance between us is just an illusion. So do you fall in love with the idea of someone? Or the chemicals they give off in person? »
- Lauretta Charlton
Joanna Lumley, Lulu, Jennifer Saunders and Dame Edna Everage vie for star baker status in an all-female (ish) line-up for the first of this year’s celebtastic Gbbo carnival. Follow every sunken souffle and charred cheesecake here
So that’s it for tonight’s show! Join me next week at 8.30pm for some more celeb-tastic baking featuring Abbey Clancy, Gok Wan and Jonathan Ross. Thanks for all your funnies in the comment box, I’m off to calm down with a spot of Wolf Hall on BBC2, and I’ll see you next week! Hx
Jennifer is declared Star Baker, and there are big hugs all round. Well that was an absolute hoot, and worth £5 of anyone’s money.
There’s too much baking powder in Joanna’s cake, it’s burning Paul’s tongue. Lulu’s cake looks a bit sad, but any »
- Heidi Stephens
There was once this show called Heroes. It aired on NBC and tapped into the superhero-obsessed zeitgeist long before anyone truly understood that such a market even existed. With half-a-dozen comic book-inspired TV series on the air right now, one might suggest that Heroes was ahead of its time, at least, before the show started its long death march to cancellation, declining in quality year after year till no one cared anymore.
Last year, NBC announced that they were planning on bringing back Heroes in 2015 as Heroes Reborn, and even though only two roles have been cast, and not a frame of footage has been captured, the network has used the occasion of the Super Bowl to tease the return of the show.
- Adam A. Donaldson
9 items from 2015
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