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DraftKings and FanDuel can keep doing business in New York for at least a little while longer. After a hearing today, New York State Supreme Court Judge Manuel Mendez said that he will rule soon on New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s petition to bar the daily fantasy sports sites from doing business in the Empire State pending a full trial. The decision followed arguments by both sides centering on the question of whether people who use the sites are… »
After approximately one day of outrage, the 'Man in the High Castle' subway car ad campaign is no more, though who made the decision to stop it remains in doubt. According to Deadline (which cites "sources"), the Mta elected to remove the WWII Axis power imagery from its subway cars "after some pressure from high up the Empire state and NYC food chain." Very high up indeed: New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement that they should be removed, and Entertainment Weekly quoted Mta spokesperson Adam Lisberg as saying that New York governor Andrew Cuomo "asked the head of the Mta to make sure they were pulled." Variety, on the other hand, has a different Mta spokesperson, Kevin Ortiz, saying that "Amazon has just decided to pull the ads." Meanwhile, NBC News went right down the middle, saying that Amazon "asked for the shuttle train advertisements, »
- Sara Morrison
Updated, 5:16 Pm: Today the controversial refitted Nazi and Imperial Japan imagery from Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle that was on New York City subway cars has come off. I’m told by sources that the decision to remove the ads for the new streaming series was not made by Amazon but by the Big Apple’s Mta after some pressure from high up the Empire State and NYC food chain. On both the outside and inside of the vehicles, the imagery depicting an Axis Powers-ruled… »
A week after Eric Schneiderman sent cease-and-desist letters to the CEOs of FanDuel and DraftKings, the New York Attorney General today is taking his efforts to shut down the popular daily fantasy sports sites to the courts — as promised. In separate graphically detailed filings Tuesday, the Empire State's lead lawman is seeking preliminary injunctions to shut down the sites Asap. "The State therefore brings this action to enjoin the company from continuing to operate an… »
Update, 3:20 Pm: A New York Supreme Court judge has rejected DraftKings and FanDuel’s request today for a temporary restraining order over efforts by the Attorney General of the Empire State to shut them down. Judge Manuel Mendez made his ruling this afternoon, mere hours after the rival fantasy sports sites filed their latest paperwork. The court will have a hearing on November 25 on DraftKings and FanDuel’s fight against NY Ag Eric Schneiderman that they are gambling… »
Conceived well before Slate’s Forrest Wickman would argue against subtlety, The 33 could be a poster child for his essay: here’s a film that doesn’t beat around the bush, even when the leader of the trapped miners, Mario “Super Mario” Sepulveda (Antonio Banderas), tells his men, “that’s the heart of the mountain boys, she finally broke.” The 33 is an English-language reeling of the 2010 mining incident that trapped 33 miners 2,300 feet underground, below a rock the size the Empire State Building. However, sanitized for Hollywood, a harrowing, real-life story does not always make a good film.
Opening in the great tradition of life-shaking ensemble event films occurring in small towns, with a BBQ we’re introduced to our men and their families — well, we are introduced to some of our men. Certain personalities take center stage while others are credited in the film as Miners #1-23. Making »
- John Fink
The 33, 2015.
Directed by Patricia Higgen.
Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days.
As the opening credits are flashed (while we get some gorgeous overhead shots of Chile’s scorchingly hot Atacama Desert), it settles in just how disastrous the San Jose mining incident of 2010 was in scale, as what certainly feels like close to 30 names are rattled off. This also left me a little flaky on what was to come, as after having watched Everest earlier this year (which contains a plethora of characters to keep track of) and coming to the conclusion that no singular persona left a lasting impression, I started to dread the idea of keeping track of 33 miners.
Luckily for The 33, this »
- Robert Kojder
Fantasy-sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel are fighting back against the New York attorney general’s order to cease operations in the Empire State.
On Friday, the two companies separately filed appeals to stop the motion by New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, filed Tuesday, that DraftKings and FanDuel are illegal gambling outlets subject to criminal penalties. The startups pay out daily cash prizes to users based on their player picks; ergo, according to DraftKings and FanDuel, their services are games of skill (not games of chance).
The New York Ag’s ruling “is unconstitutional, an abuse of discretion and simply wrong,” DraftKings said in a statement.
FanDuel, which has already said it will fight the decision, said in a statement: “We have a legal business that millions and millions of people love, and we are entitled to due process and look forward to being heard in court.”
The daily fantasy-sports »
- Todd Spangler
What will Eric Schneiderman’s war on DraftKings and FanDuel cost big-bucks Hollywood backers of the mega daily fantasy sports sites? The New York Attorney General said today that an investigation by his office has determined that FanDuel and DraftKings are illegal and will be banned in the Empire State. The move by Schneiderman impacts directly several big media companies that have ownership in DraftKings and FanDuel, including 21st Century Fox, Time Warner and Comcast… »
Extraordinary X-Men #1
Written by Jeff Lemire
Pencils by Humberto Ramos
Inks by Victor Olazaba
Colors by Edgar Delgado
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Published by Marvel Comics
Extraordinary X-Men #1 was definitely meant to be the flagship mutant book in All-New, All-Different Marvel with the creative team of current indie darling and All-New Hawkeye writer Jeff Lemire paired with superstar penciler Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man), who returns to the X-Men after a six year absence and is the one bright spot of this book with his quirky, angular art style. Lemire indulges in a premise so grimdark that it makes Age of Apocalypse look like Giant-Size Little Marvel AvX.
Eight months after the events of Secret Wars, the mutant race has started to dwindle as the Terrigen Mists that give Inhumans their abilities have both killed and sterilized mutants. It’s basically House of M without the epic build-up from Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel, »
- Logan Dalton
It was recently announced that the long hoped-for remake of the 1962 Kaiju classic King Kong v. Godzilla is in the works. But how could such a film work today, considering subsequent changes in the characters and the jaded skepticism of modern audiences? Let’s take a look and see how this clash of Kaijus could work today. Keep in mind this is all just guess work and speculation.
People love “verses” films. Whether it’s Alien vs. Predator or Jason vs. Freddy or the upcoming Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans love to see two famous characters thrust together in one film to fight for supremacy. When you talk about Kaiju “verses” films, the ultimate monster battle of all time came in 1962 when the reigning king of giant beasts took on the original creature king. Toho Pictures’ hottest property, the mighty Godzilla, locked up with the ape that »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Here’s a docudrama unique in the long history of films “inspired by true events”. It seemed that during the actual event, many in the media remarked that it was “tailor-made” for the movies, some even speculated, and offered suggestions, on casting. The story captured the attention of the world for several weeks into months, just five years ago. And now that motion picture has finally come to pass. The harrowing ordeal of the Chilean miners is told in the film titled after them, for around the world they were known as The 33. The story begins the day before the ordeal, at a party thrown by Mario Sepulveda (Antonio Banderas) as he pleads with a mine supervisor to give him tomorrow morning’s shift (foreshadowing). Early the next day, we ride along on the bus as they pick up the daytime mining crew. One man regales his co-workers with »
- Jim Batts
On August 1st, digital images of endangered species were projected onto the side of the Empire State Building. It was the first time moving images had been projected on the historic NYC skyscraper, according to The New York Times, and it was soundtracked by new songs from Sia and Antony of Antony and the Johnsons created with composer J. Ralph. "One Candle," the massive and upbeat Sia song off the soundtrack to the upcoming documentary Racing Extinction, is now available to hear in a new trailer for the film premiering on Rolling Stone. »
It’s Halloween, the time of year for watching horror films with the lights out. You may be trying to decide which films you should watch for your Halloween scare-fest. There are many good films, depending on your taste. As a Halloween gift to you, Cinelinx lists 25 of the best horror films to watch, for your Halloween enjoyment. All these films are of excellent quality and convey the requisite eeriness and suspenseful mood to keep you in the creepy Halloween mood.
First…here’s a couple of Honorable Mentions:
Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hugely successful suspense thriller film that isn’t technically a horror movie but it’s close. This classy chiller became one of the few movies ever to capture the 'Big Five' awards at the Oscars. (Best picture; Best director for Jonathan Demme; Best actor for Anthony Hopkins; Best Actress for Jodie Foster; and best screenplay by Ted Tally. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Last night, I put on "Blair Witch 2: Book Of Shadows" for the first time since its release because I know several horror fans who genuinely like the movie and feel like it was misunderstood or overlooked when it came out. While I'm not sure I liked it any more this time than I did when it first opened, one of the things I think is very smart about the film is the way it plays with the confusion about what's real and what's not that was absolutely in the air when the first film was released. At this point, it's hard to imagine a world where people are actually confused about a found-footage/mockumentary film, but in 1999, thanks in large part to the Wild West feel of the early Internet, people really weren't sure what "The Blair Witch Project" was, and that became a huge playful part of the sales pitch. »
- Drew McWeeny
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1
Written by Ryan North
Art by Erica Henderson
Colors by Rico Renzi
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Published by Marvel Comics
The best parts about Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 are that it never takes itself seriously and always goes for the weird, quirky take on the superhero genre. Writer Ryan North structures the comic like a great Saturday morning cartoon with a dark, seemingly ominous intro and then kicking in the action, comedy, and friendly banter between Doreen Green aka Squirrel Girl and her fellow superhero pals Chipmunk and Koi Boi and her ever faithful squirrel sidekick Tippytoe. Like a cartoon, there are great visual gags from artist Erica Henderson, like Squirrel Girl struggling to carry her roommate Nancy Whitehead and mom Maureen Green (Seriously.) over a rooftop, and the comic tells a complete self-contained story. However, North and Henderson go a little deeper and give the villain of the week Brain Drain, »
- Logan Dalton
Update, 10:35 Am: A day after the Empire co-creator and Empire State resident requested to have the Mystic River actor's $10 million defamation lawsuit moved from state court to federal court, Sean Penn's lawyer are saying no way. That's no way to the "meritless" move because Lee Daniels lives in New York and the federal statute doesn't let a civil action be shifted if the defendant lives in the state where the suit in question has been filed. The request for removal was… »
So is Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander, Kyle Xy) really Taylor Shaw or what? Five episodes in, I don’t think we have a more clear answer. While science seems to be contradicting a bit, a new set of flashbacks could be steering us in one direction. Plus, Weller (Sullivan Stapleton, Strike Back) seems so sure — and really, is that guy ever wrong? Episode 5, “Split The Law,” kicks off with a guy hailing a cab. That seems pretty normal, but he wants to go the Empire State Building in the middle of the night. That’s not the bizarre thing, though. … Continue reading →
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- Rachel Cericola
Emmy-winning writer Adam Mazer (“You Don’t Know Jack”) has started work on his next two TV projects: a limited series at TNT, plus a drama at Starz set in the corruption and scandal-filled world of college football and the Ncaa.
The TNT six-episode limited series “Dark Net” is based on the true story of the illegal Silk Road website and its 29-year-old creator Ross Ulbricht who was recently sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The limited series will track Ulbricht’s rise from former Eagle Scout and master’s degree recipient to his shocking ascension to the world’s biggest online drug kingpin. While his high-profile trial earlier this year was expected to challenge the future of Internet commerce, federal prosecutors, using much of the evidence obtained from Ulbricht’s own laptop, proved the many digital slip-ups Ulbricht made during his creation and oversight of Silk Road. »
- Justin Kroll
Every year, we here at PopOptiq celebrate the month of October with a series of articles we like to call 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list to 200 movies, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles.
Note: Since there are so many great horror films and so much to choose from, I am including documentaries, short films and animated films as special mentions in order to make it easier for me to decide what to include.
Special Mention: King Kong
The granddaddy of all monster movies is arguably King Kong. Decades after its release, no other monster »
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