Creepy New Photos From Stephen King's IT Feature Pennywise and The Losers Club

The excitement is building for the feature film adaptation of Stephen King‘s classic horror story It. If you’re a fan of this book, these three creepy new images that have been released by USA Today are sure to get you even more excited for what is coming.

The new photos include Pennywise the Clown hiding behind a red balloon as well as an image of the creature scaring the shit out of The Losers Club. The third image features our young heroes gathered together as they look at some pictures with an old slide projector. I imagine at some point during this scene one of those pictures is going to start to play like a movie and Pennywise is going to threaten their lives!

“I’ll kill you all! I’ll drive you crazy, and I’ll kill you all! I’m every nightmare you’ve ever had! I’m your worst dream come true! I’M EVERYTHING YOU EVER WERE AFRAID OF! RAAAAH!”

Here’s another description of the film:

An updated adaptation of King’s 1986 best-selling novel, It turns Pennywise (played by Bill Skarsgård) loose on seemingly quaint Derry, Maine, where a group of kids known as the Losers’ Club attempts to stop him and his latest murderous mission. The movie is the first of a planned two-part epic directed by Andrés Muschietti (Mama) with a narrative like the book that spans two time periods, following the main characters as children in 1989 (in the book, the story starts in the 1950s) and as adults three decades later.

Derry has an infamous history of missing youngsters, and the culprit is an evil nameless entity that appears every 30 years and lurks in the underground sewer system. When young Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher) loses his brother to Pennywise’s latest reign of terror, he teams with a bunch of other children who’ve also encountered the malevolent force: overweight Ben Hanscom (Jeremy Ray Taylor), loudmouth Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard), clean freak Stan Uris (Wyatt Oleff), history lover Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs), hypochondriac Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer) and tomboy Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis).

This is the first of two films that are being released. The second is set 30 years later in the present day when the monster returns and the group of friends are forced to come back together as adults to destroy It once and for all. About Pennywise the clown, the director said:

“It’s a tiny bit of information, but that sticks with you so much. Maybe it is real as long as children believe in it. And in a way, Pennywise’s character is motivated by survival. In order to be alive in the imagination of children, he has to keep killing.

“It’s established that Pennywise takes the shape of your worst fear. He doesn’t have a steady behavior, he doesn’t expose how he thinks, and that’s what makes him really unpredictable.”

When talking about the second film and what these characters are going through as adults, he explained:

“It’s about remembering things that they have forgot. Getting back in touch with those memories is such an important part of the plot,” says Muschietti, adding that there are a few hints in this fall’s It “that make you think about what will happen 30 years later when Pennywise comes again.”

The first film is set to be released on September 8th, 2017.

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Tesla’s Model 3 dashboard won’t be as futuristic as we hoped

This past Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk dashed the hopes and dreams of prospective Model 3 owners with just a few simple tweets. Tempering expectations, Musk emphasized that Tesla’s upcoming Model 3 will not be more advanced — in any capacity — than the company’s flagship Model S.

“Model 3 is just a smaller, more affordable version of Model S [with] less range & power & fewer features,” Musk said. “Model S has more advanced technology.” Musk later added that the Model 3 will not feature the elegant “auto extend handles” Tesla introduced on the Model S.

While Muks’s comments here might seem obvious, the reality is that some of the hype and speculation surrounding the Model 3 had reached bizarre levels in recent months. Case in point: because the Model 3 prototype Tesla unveiled last year lacked an instrument panel with traditional gauges for items like speed, range and other pertinent information, many Tesla enthusiasts began wondering if Tesla had some special plan for the dashboard, with many believing that a heads up display (HUD) on the windshield was an inevitability.

As a quick reminder, here’s a photo of the Model 3 interior taken from the company’s special event last year. As is evident below, the only location a driver can access information is the 15-inch touchscreen in the center console.

In another shot, we can see that Model 3 drivers will have to divert their eyes to the upper left hand corner of the display in order to ascertain their current speed.

Alas, Tesla doesn’t have any secret plans to implement some advanced HUD on the Model 3. In a tweet addressing the matter, Musk said that as cars become more autonomous, the need for a suite of information at the ready becomes less of an issue.

Still, we’re still a long ways off before fully self driving cars become commonplace. In turn, it remains to be seen if the Model 3 design in its current incarnation is perhaps too far ahead of its time. Besides, autonomous driving features for the Model 3 will cost extra, meaning that not every Model 3 on the road will be able to take advantage of the vehicle’s self-driving capabilities.

One question about the Model 3 that remains unanswered is whether or not can expect any changes to the car’s steering wheel design. This past April, Musk boasted that the final design will be akin to a spaceship.

To answer that, we’ll probably have to wait until next July when Tesla is planning the next phase of its Model 3 reveal.

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Alright, This New Full Trailer for JUSTICE LEAGUE Is Pretty Damn Cool!

The past few days Warner Bros. has been leading up to the new full trailer for Justice League with brief little character promo spots and posters. That trailer has finally landed online and I hate that it’s so damn awesome because now I’m actually really excited about the movie! 

Warner Bros. always puts together great trailers for their films to get fans pumped up. The Man of Steel and Batman v Superman trailers were all really great and exciting, but as you know, the films ended up disappointing a lot of fans. 

That being said, it’s ok to be excited about movies! We can’t help if we like what we see, and watching the Justice League team come together and fight alongside each other in this trailer is incredibly cool! Especially Aquaman riding on the Batmobile while Batman is racing into the heat of battle!

Will the film be good? That has yet to be determined, but it certainly looks like it’s going to be a blast! I also just want to point out that Superman isn’t in the trailer. I have a feeling that’s a reveal that will be held off on until the movie is actually released. 

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash -— it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League hits theaters on November 17th, now watch the trailer and tell us what you think!

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Scientists say that getting cancer is mostly just bad luck

Without a cure in sight, cancer has become one of society’s biggest concerns. The fear of getting it is enough for many people to change their lifestyles in dramatic and meaningful ways, and even though it’s increasingly possible to beat the disease, it remains one of the biggest universal health worries. As it turns out, all that anxiety may be for naught, as new research suggests that getting cancer is more about bad luck than lifestyle factors, though it’s still possible to lessen your overall chances.

Science has historically kept its distance when it comes to estimating the number of cancers that are caused by any particular factor, and what cases of the disease would have happened regardless of outside influence. Johns Hopkins University scientists published a new study in the journal Science that does exactly what researchers have avoided doing for ages, and the figures may come as a bit of a surprise.

The team sought to pinpoint the cause of the genetic mutations that cause cancer, and determine what influenced the outcome. Shockingly, the data suggests that a full 66% of the mutations that eventually result in cancer are completely random errors in the DNA, with no direct cause. Environmental factors — like smoking, pollution, and all the other things we think of as being triggers for the disease — account for about 29% of cancers. The last 5% are thought to be inherited.

The scientists explain that DNA mutations normally don’t occur in genes with cancer-causing ability, and therefor don’t have any negative consequences. When mutations randomly occur in certain genes, however, cancer may result, and most of the time it’s simply “bad luck.”

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New HAN SOLO Movie Details Reveal His Real Name Might Not Be Han Solo… Wait, What!?

Thanks to Disney CEO Bob Iger, we’ve learned some new details about the Han Solo film that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are currently in production on. 

We learn that the film will follow Han from the ages of 18 to 24-years-old. It will follow his adventures of how he acquired the Millennium Falcon and met Chewbacca. Lando obviously plays a big role in Solo’s life. This is what Iger told a group of students at a special USC lecture:

“That picks up with Han Solo when he was 18 years old and takes him through when he was 24. There are a few significant things that happen in Han Solo’s life, like acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookiee that will happen in this film.

Most of that is pretty obvious stuff, but the one most surprising comment is when Iger dropped this bit of information:

“But you will also discover how he got his name.”

That seems to indicate that Han Solo’s real name isn’t Han Solo! But Iger could also mean we could discover how he made his name in the smuggling trade? I don’t know, but if Han’s literal real name turns out to be Han Skywalker, I quit. 

It just seems really weird that after all these years of thinking Han Solo’s name was really Han Solo, that’s all going to change. If he did end up changing his name to Han Solo, I assume his original given name is pretty lame, something like Delbert Dumbbutt. I have mixed feeling about this whole Han Solo name thing. Don’t come in here and tell me that Han Solo’s name really isn’t Han Solo!

On a side note, we also learn from Woody Harrelson that he’ll be playing Han’s mentor in the film and that his name is Beckett. Maybe he’s the guy who teaches Han how to make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. I hope that’s in the movie! I’ve always wanted to see him do that! 

Regardless of the name, I’m still excited about the movie. Han Solo has such a mysterious past, and I’m excited to see these earlier stories of the character play out on the big screen!

The untitled Han Solo film opens in theaters on May 25, 2018.

Via: MovieWeb

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Samsung might offer a Galaxy S8 promotion that we’ve never seen before

A new report from Korea says that Samsung may be considering a bold marketing move for the upcoming Galaxy S8: unconditional refunds after up to three months of use.

That’s certainly unusual for any product, and especially an Android smartphone. In the three months that will follow the Galaxy S8’s launch, various other Android handsets will hit stores. An unconditional money-back guarantee may convince some buyers to ditch the Galaxy S8 and go for something else. Not to mention that, if you buy a Galaxy S8 this summer with this money-back guarantee, you’d be able to switch to the iPhone 8 in fall without taking any losses on the Galaxy S8.

The concept, first reported by Chosun Biz, according to The Investor, would address two concerns. First of all, the Bixby assistant will launch in a limited form on the Galaxy S8. Samsung is expected to release a software upgrade in the first half of the year, that will bring more functionality to the new AI assistant.

Moreover, the extended money-back guarantee is meant to prove Samsung’s confidence in the phone’s quality. The Galaxy S8 is going to be the first major smartphone launch for Samsung, following the Galaxy Note 7 disaster.

The report doesn’t say whether Samsung would offer such a perk to all its international buyers, or whether it’s a local marketing trick for the Korean market.

However, The Investor does say that such a refund program for the Galaxy S8 would be tricky for Samsung. Not only would it have to find a way to handle the returned phones, but Samsung would also have to worry about the incoming iPhone 8.

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Darth Vader Is the Main Focus of This Awesome ROGUE ONE Featurette

Lucasfilm has released a must-watch featurette for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that focuses on bringing back our favorite villain, Darth Vader. The video includes interviews with director Gareth Edwards and more as they talk about bringing the character back to the big screen after all these years. 

Seeing Darth Vader in Rogue One was one of the greatest things ever, and seeing him in full on action again was amazing! This new featurette also shows off some cool behind-the-scenes footage from the set of the film showing these momentous moments being shot.

If you’re a Darth Vader fan, you’ll definitely want to watch this!

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Slow Wi-Fi could be completely eliminated by gigabit infrared light

Much as Wi-Fi is a marvel of modern technology, it also still really stinks. Two decades of development in, and we still can’t consistently beam Netflix across a house in a consistent fashion. The standard for Wi-Fi is improving, sure, but one group of researchers thinks it should be replaced altogether.

A PhD student in the Netherlands has come up with the concept to use infrared light for data transmission. The concept makes sense in physics terms, as light is more capable of transmitting high-speed data than the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio waves currently used.

Light has been posited before as a replacement for Wi-Fi, but visible light rather than infra-red. That had slower speeds, more interference, and a requirement to keep your lights turned on all the time. Infrared antenna radiate light at different angles, which means you’ll get coverage in more rooms (although, it also means you need an antenna in each room).

There are still obvious flaws, mostly to do with wiring each room in a house up for an antenna, but as a compliment for Wi-Fi, it would make sense. An infrared transmitter that powers your laptop and game console, and then a Wi-Fi network for more portable devices with less data needs would make sense.

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Stephen King Shares the First Movie Poster For THE DARK TOWER

Stephen King has released the first poster for the upcoming feature film adaptation of The Dark Tower. I’ve been waiting for this film for years and I’m happy and excited that we are finally getting a movie! I hope it ends up being great and I hope that the filmmakers involved get to realize their full vision for the film adaptation, which will include a total of three films and two TV series. I imagine it all hinges on if this first film does well or not. 

The poster came with the following caption from King, “Pilgrim, there are other worlds than these. Come with us on the adventure.” I love the poster design as it features the image of the tower in the upside down New York City, which isn’t really New York City. If you’re familiar with the books, you know this is Lud, which is a post-apocalyptic city in Mid-World that is similar to NYC. You have Roland and Jake at the bottom of the poster and you’ve got the Man in Black walking upside down on the top.

We’ve already seen a few photos from the film featuring Idris Elba as The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers and Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black. There was even a trailer that leaked online but was never officially released. I loved what I saw in the trailer, and I imagine we will see an officially released trailer soon.

The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum.  It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.

The film is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) and has a supporting cast that includes Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Tirana; Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, the right hand man of Randall Flagg; Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen); Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) and Claudia Kiim (Avengers: Age of Ultron).

The Dark Tower hits theaters this summer on July 28. To catch up on all of our Dark Tower news, click here.

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Someone ported ‘Pokemon Yellow’ to the Apple Watch

Because the emulation community won’t rest until the original Pokemon games have been ported to every electronic device on the planet, Pokemon Yellow is now playable on the Apple Watch.

On Friday, iOS software developer Gabriel O’Flaherty-Chan released a Game Boy Color emulator for Apple’s wearable device. O’Flaherty-Chan was initially underwhelmed with the amount of content available for the Apple Watch, so after making his own 3D game a few months ago, he began work on an emulator.

“The result is a surprisingly usable emulator which I’m calling Giovanni after the super-villain from my favourite Game Boy game, Pokemon Yellow,” O’Flaherty-Chan explains in a blog post. “Ironically, I’ve only ever played the game on an emulator, as growing up I didn’t have access to the real deal. In a way, I feel this is my way of giving back to the community.”

He goes on to discuss some of the challenges he ran into while designing the emulator, including the balance he had to strike between framerate and performance. After all, he wanted the game to look good running on the watch, but he didn’t want it to sacrifice playability just to make it look better.

Image Source: Gabriel O’Flaherty-Chan

While this is certainly a fun proof of concept, you might be wondering how you can actually play a game like Pokemon Yellow on a watch. This was another one of the major hurdles that O’Flaherty-Chan had to overcome, using virtually every square inch of the display — as well as the crown — for the controls.

“I’m anticipating revisiting the project once watchOS4/next generation Apple Watches are out, just to see if there are any opportunities to get a higher framerate,” O’Flaherty-Chan says at the end of the post.

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