3 E3 2019 reading • E3 2019: EA ‘learned a lot’ from Anthem but doesn’t apologize See All E3 2019 17 Photos Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Share your voice Anthem started out strong but fizzled. EA At the EA Play publisher’s press event for the E3 2019 gaming confab, Anthem developer Bioware said it’s trying to learn what players want and improve the game’s next update. Lead producer Ben Irving said Anthem’s future is “very bright.” “We believe Anthem can be a very amazing game. We know we have some work today,” Irving said Saturday, though Anthem, published by EA, was originally missing from the E3 schedule. EA introduced new maps for Battlefield V, a new character for Apex Legends, a 15-minute gameplay demo reveal of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, FIFA 20’s Volta Mode and more. Anthem, an online role-playing game for multiple participants, was announced at E3 2017 and launched by EA in February. Gamers play as Freelancers, who wear Iron Man-style exosuits and protect an unnamed planet. The Anthem of Creation is a mysterious force that creates powerful technology, wonders and threats. In the game’s main narrative, Freelancers must stop the evil Monitor from taking over Anthem. After the game’s release, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said the company expected Anthem to sell 5 million to 6 million units by the end of March. That time frame gave Anthem only about a month and a half to achieve the numbers. The game beat out new releases like Jump Force, Far Cry New Dawn and Metro Exodus and became BioWare’s best selling title of the month for its first month. Tags Comments E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know But Anthem received lukewarm reviews from critics and users on PS4, Xbox and PC. Amid the incoming reviews, the developers were combating bugs in the game. In early March, Anthem got a massive update that fixed problems with the loot quality, gameplay, bugs and more. The game’s developers were fixing bugs and crashes almost immediately after the February launch, though. When bugs weren’t crashing the game, they were making starter weapons ridiculously powerful. In April, Sony started issuing refunds to Anthem PS4 players who reported a bug that caused the console to improperly shut down. The game failed to meet EA’s expectations by May, even though the company said more money would come from microtransactions. EA didn’t say how many units Anthem had sold at the time, but the company said it remains “committed” to supporting the game’s ongoing live service. The E3 video game conference in Los Angeles is expected to yield announcements from Electronic Arts, Xbox, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square Enix and Nintendo. You can stream the conference online from a variety of platforms if you don’t plan on attending. The big press conferencesMany of the biggest announcements happen before the show even opens, during a weekend of press conferences from the industry’s biggest names. All except Sony, which this year said it won’t be holding a press conference during the show, nor will it have a booth.The rest, however, will still be planning big announcements just before the show. Saturday, June 8Electronic Arts — The game maker showed off 15 minutes of gameplay for its upcoming adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It also announced new features for its free-to-download Apex Legends last-man-standing battle royale game, offering a new character and weapon to play with. The company also showed off a new paid update for The Sims 4, called Island Living, that brings the series to a tropical beach. Finally, the company did discuss drama over the mixed reviews for its Anthem action adventure game, saying it “learned a lot” and had more updates and features planned soon.Sunday, June 9Microsoft / Xbox — The gaming giant’s biggest news was Project Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox, coming in 2020. The new device is up to 4x more powerful, the company said, and like the next-gen PlayStation it’ll include a fast non-mechanical SSD hard drive, and it’ll be powered by custom innards built with the help of chipmaker AMD. The company also announced that Halo Infinite will launch alongside Project Scarlett next year. Meantime, Microsoft is starting public tests of its Project xCloud streaming service in October, promising people the ability to play high end games on their mobile devices while away from home. While fans wait, Microsoft announced an update to its Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 as well as a slew of new games. And action star Keanu Reeves, fresh off the success of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, was on stage to announce his involvement with Cyberpunk 2077, which is coming next year.Bethesda — Bethesda kicked off its event with humility over the mixed response to Fallout 76, but quickly went back on the offensive. Fallout 76 got a new Battle Royale mode, Wolfenstein Youngblood received a new trailer and a co-op mode. We got a new game called Deathloop from the clever folks behind Dishonored and Bethesda introduced us to Orion, a piece of tech from ID Software designed to make game streaming better on services like Google Stadia. The lion’s share of attention, however, went to Doom Eternal, which looked fantastic in both single player and multiplayer.Monday, June 10PC Gaming Show — This annual PC Gaming Show is held at a theater a short walk from the Los Angeles Convention Center, but still draws a large crowd, filling the 1,700-person capacity Mayan Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Inside, the usual suspects, from Halo to Doom, were nowhere to be found. Instead, the crowd cheered for PC-centric games including Zombie Army 4, Baldur’s Gate 3 and Terraria: Journey’s End. (No, the game sequel problem isn’t any better on PCs.) The highlight was a brief on-stage appearance by legendary game designer Yu Suzuki, responsible for classic such as Hang-On and Virtua Fighter. His long-awaited Shenmue 3 is expected in November, 18 years after Shenmue 2. Ubisoft — The French gaming giant announced its next big dystopian hacking adventure game, Watch Dogs: Legion, launching March 2020. The new game is set in near-future post-Brexit London, where the economy is failing and government is breaking down. The company also announced a new television show, called Mythic Quest, that will launch on Apple TV Plus. And it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Just Dance party games. Square Enix — 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET)Tuesday, June 11Nintendo (livestream only) — 9 a.m. PT (noon ET)Originally published June 8, 11:36 a.m. PT. Update, 12:31 p.m.: Adds background on Anthem; Update, 2 p.m.: Adds more details about upcoming press conferences. How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNET More from E3 • Culture Gaming Video Games Electronic Arts (EA) Sony Nintendo
Actor Sophie Turner attends the premiere of HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ season 7 at Walt Disney Concert Hall on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesSophie Turner sure is on a confession streak. The Game of Thrones star revealed that she kept a pretty big secret from her folks. She didn’t tell her parents that she was auditioning for a role on the future hit HBO TV show.Reportedly, Sophie revealed that she auditioned for the fantasy series as a “jokey thing to do” with her friends. And because she wasn’t serious about auditioning, she neglected to inform her parents.”I didn’t tell my parents I auditioned for Game of Thrones, they just kind of found out,” Turner recently told Vogue Paris, while promoting the film Dark Phoenix. The role of Sansa Stark, was Sophie Turner’s debut and we have to say, what a debut it was.The 23-year-old said the show’s casting director, Nina Gold, visited multiple schools, searching to cast young actors. “Me and all my friends auditioned,” she said. “We just thought it was kind of a fun, jokey thing to do. And then I just got call back, after call back.” Sophie Turner in a still from Game of Thrones Ep 4 ‘Spoils of War’HBOWe have to say, being able to keep a secret from your parents for so long does require some serious acting skills. “My parents found out when I was in the final seven, and then my mom kind of freaked out, and she called my dad and said, ‘I don’t know if we can do this,'” Turner continued. “But my dad said, ‘Shut up, this is what she has wanted her whole life. You have to let her give it a go.”Her mother seemed to come around and Sophie went on to play the iconic role of Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones.
While Bharti Singh has become a household name, it was through Khatron Ke Khiladi that her husband, Harsh too became an overnight sensation. Not only was their chemistry cute and refreshing but their wit and humour added extra dose of entertainment to the show.Bharti and Harsh were at the Attari-Wagah border to shoot special Independence Day episodes for the TV show, ‘Khatra Khatra Khatra’. The couple shot with the Border Security Force (BSF). Talking about Amritsar, Bharti recalled her tough days as child. She told IANS, “Honestly, my memories as a little girl, of my mother struggling to feed me and my siblings, are ones I would rather never revisit. I worked hard to get rid of those days. I am happy now. I am married. After the shoot Harsh and I will explore new places to eat. We shot at Kesar da Dhaba and, of course, ate sinfully!””Those two years were a hard time for both of us. Before that, we were doing well in life. I am a successful writer on television and we all know how celebrated Bharti is as a comedian. Our idea was to start something of our own. When we look for a project, we need a writer, actor and an idea or concept. We had all of it, but nobody would give us work for two years. When a steady career is interrupted by a gap of two years, it can be worrying, but Bharti kept saying, “lage rehte hai, bura waqt chala jayega (let’s bet at it, teh bad times will pass).” Finally, ‘Khatra Khatra Khatra’ happened and we saw light at the end of the tunnel,” Harsh told IANS.Bharti added, “So far, 2019 has been a good year for us. It was our dream to do a special episode with the BSF soldiers and getting permission is usually tough. But we are lucky that our show is popular among their families and they have readily given us permission. Since childhood, I struggled but everything I have achieved made me realise that hard work pays off.”
Prime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh will become a failed state again if the anti-liberation forces return to power.”If the anti-liberation forces and patrons of killers return to power, the country will become a failed one again,” she said while addressing a reception here on Sunday.Canada Awami League arranged the event at Metro Toronto Convention Centre.The prime minister said today Bangladesh is marching forward and the trend of this progress should continue. “The country can’t be developed unless there is continuation of the government.”Talking about her party’s election manifesto, Sheikh Hasina said they did much more than what they wanted to do. “As Bangladesh is making progress, it now gets invitation to join the G7 Outreach Session.””When our country makes progress, we get such invitations,” she said adding that she also got invitations and joined G7 Outreach Session in 2001 and 2016.Hasina said her government is working aiming to ensure the development and welfare of the country’s people.She said her government has placed a Tk 4.64 trillion national budget for the 2018-19 fiscal, but once the budget size was only Tk 610 billion.In the proposed budget, the size of the annual development programme (ADP) is Tk 1.73 trillion, which was only Tk 190 billion. Some 90 per cent of ADP cost now comes from government funds, she added.In the past, the prices of essentials used to go up with the announcement of national budget. “But, now the prices remain under control as the present government has been able to bring down the inflation at 5.6 per cent.”Now, she mentioned, the per capita income in Bangladesh has increased to $1752.Coming down heavily on BNP, the prime minister said they do not see any development of Bangladesh, but they enjoy the benefits of the development.About BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, she was convicted in the court after the trial process continued for 10 years. “But, big lawyers failed to prove that Khaleda didn’t embezzle orphans’ money.””A comfortable environment has been arranged for her in jail. I’ve no right to release Khaleda Zia from jail as it’s the jurisdiction of the court. Their (BNP’s) big lawyers should solve it moving to the court,” Hasina said.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif also addressed the reception event presided over by Canada Awami League president Golam Mohammad Mahmud Miah.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: H-GAC Transportation Planning Director Alan Clark said those crashes cost the region a staggering amount of money.“Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of congestion and delays,” said Clark. “They take community resources like emergency management providers, emergency rooms at our hospitals.”The region has seen a lot of new residents but Clark said despite that growth, the increase in crashes is still extremely high.H-GAC’s new Regional Safety Plan cites drunk driving, distracted driving, and speeding as some of the major factors behind those collisions. There are also issues with aging road design. Clark explains the goal of the plan is to not only drill down on why those crashes are happening but to look for solutions to make streets safer.The public is invited to comment on the draft safety plan at a public meeting Wednesday night. It’s from 5:30 to 7:00 at H-GAC’s offices at 3555 Timmons.Clark said they’re also taking public comment online. Listen Gail DelaughterHouston Police stop traffic after a crash on rain-slick I-45 North.The Houston-Galveston Area Council said between 2012 and 2014, traffic crashes rose by 40 percent in the region. Fatalities were up by 20 percent. 00:00 /00:53 X Share
Share @FirefightersHOU has withdrawn from the scheduled debate on Proposition B after the Harris County Democratic Party failed to set ground rules that would have checked Mayor Sylvester Turner’s influence over the event. Please see attached news release. pic.twitter.com/FJKbynI4Gy— Houston Firefighters (@FirefightersHOU) October 3, 2018 Patrick M. ‘Marty’ Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association.The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA) announced Wednesday afternoon it has agreed to participate in a debate with Mayor Sylvester Turner about pay parity between the local police and fire departments.On Wednesday morning, the HPFFA had announced that its president, Patrick M. ‘Marty’ Lancton, would not participate in the debate, which is scheduled for Saturday, due to disagreements with the Harris County Democratic Party (HCDP) which is organizing the event.The HPFFA said in a statement obtained by News 88.7 that “the Harris County Democratic Party failed to set ground rules that would have checked Mayor Sylvester Turner’s influence over the event.” The statement detailed that the Harris County Democratic Party “rejected a HPFFA request to directly address precinct chairs so they could vote on whether the county Democratic Party should support firefighters and Proposition B.”However, a statement sent around 4:30 p.m. announced that “after working through a variety of miscommunications” the HPFFA had agreed to take part in the debate about Proposition B.Lancton thanked the HCDP for “further clarifying the ground rules of the Prop B debate.” “Fairness of the debate and the inclusion of the precinct chairs in this process are priorities for us. The precinct chairs deserve to be as involved as possible in the debate,” the HPFFA president added.The debate will take place this Saturday, October 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. and will be live-streamed by the HCDP.
Popular on Variety Disney Earnings Miss the Mark, Stock Slides Disney to Offer Streaming Bundle of Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu for $12.99 “I’ve been really impressed with the quality and the variety and the volume” of original production for Disney Plus, Iger said.Iger also emphasized Disney’s flexibility with the content it creates. The FX team may produce an original series for Hulu that will have a second window down the road on FX.Iger acknowledged that the company faces a “balancing act” in the near term as it weighs how much to invest in its new direct-to-consumer businesses and how much it needs to maintain its traditional linear TV operations including ABC, Freeform and FX.“It is important for us to continue to fuel those channels with enough quality and original programming to support these businesses as they exist today,” Iger said. At the same time, “the pivot to direct to consumer businesses is designed not only to address the opportunity that exists in that space but also address the challenges that exist on the traditional side.”Iger added that Disney is in the midst of “setting ourselves up in a way to be more resilient than any of our competitors should the traditional side erode so significantly that it is not as viable as it was.” Iger said consumer marketing for Disney Plus will start to emerge later this month. On the tech side, the Disney Plus team is devoting considerable energy to making it easy for prospective subscribers to sign up. “We know how important it is to create a friction-less experience,” he said.Disney’s investment in its budding streaming services is only growing. Disney chief financial officer Christine McCarthy told analysts that the company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International divisions are projecting an operating loss of $900 million in the fiscal fourth quarter, up from $553 million loss in Q3 and up from a loss of about $370 million in fiscal Q4 2018.The Hulu venture is now entirely on Disney’s books, which contributed to Disney’s widening loss in Direct to Consumer and International. Iger said Hulu’s subscriber base stands at 28 million. The Hulu Live digital MVPD service grew faster than any of its digital rivals in the quarter, McCarthy said.In discussing the Q3 results, Iger emphasized the complexity of the 21st Century Fox integration and the need to invest as Disney makes significant shifts in its business priorities as it bets on streaming as the future of content distribution. Despite disappointing numbers from 21st Century Fox legacy units, including the Star TV satellite platform in India, Iger stressed that the company remains bullish on the $71.3 billion Fox deal.“Our appreciation of the long-term value that we can create has increased,” Iger said.Disney Plus will launch with more than 300 movie titles on day one, growing to 400 by the end of its first year. The tall includes eight “Star Wars” pics, four from Marvel plus eight more by the end of year one, 18 Pixar-produced features, 70 from the Disney animation vault and some 7,500 episodes of television. Iger said the Disney Plus originals are coming in strong. He’s watched the first season of “The Mandalorian,” the “Star Wars”-themed live-action series. Disney disclosed Tuesday that it will offer a streaming bundle of Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and the advertising-supported version of Hulu for $12.99 a month.The bundle of Disney direct-to-consumer properties will be available for purchase on Nov. 12, the day that the ambitious Disney Plus service is set to bow in the U.S.Disney chief Bob Iger revealed the plan for the bundle during Disney’s quarterly earnings call with Wall Street analysts. Disney’s fiscal second quarter numbers came in below expectations, a shortfall Disney chalked up to lower than expected performances by key divisions of 21st Century Fox, which Disney formally acquired in March.“Nothing is more important to us than getting this right,” Iger said of Disney’s aggressive move into direct-to-consumer streaming.Iger also disclosed that Disney is in talks with Apple, Amazon and Google to distribute Disney Plus and presumably the newly disclosed bundle on their platforms. “We think it’s important to achieve scale relatively quickly and they’ll be an important part of that.” Related ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Drishtikone, one of the most awaited films from the house of Surinder Films, directed by Kaushik Ganguly, was premiered in Kolkata, amidst much fanfare. The entire cast and crew members including Prosenjit Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta, Churni Ganguly, Kaushik Ganguly, Kaushik Sen, Anupam Roy, Rupankar Bagchi, Iman Chakraborty, Paloma were present at the star-studded premiere. National Award Winner, Kaushik Ganguly – one of the most sought-after directors of contemporary cinema, who is instrumental in lending voice to the current issues, exploring the society in a completely different light, defining human relationships and unfolding the various layers that comprise of these relationships – has come up with the story of Drishtikone. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I conceived Drishtikone with Prosenjit and Rituparna along with Churni Ganguly, Kaushik Sen and myself in mind. The on-screen chemistry between Prosenjit-Rituparna is unparalleled. The magic created by them is amazing. The entire cast and crew members have put in their best efforts in the making of Drishtikone. It is heartening for us that the trailer and the songs have created a buzz in the market and people are looking forward to watch the film. Drishtikone is one of my dream projects, something which I yearned to present for years. We all are hopeful that Drishtikone, the 48th film of Prosenjit – Rituparna pair will create a milestone in the history of Bengali cinema”, said Kaushik Ganguly. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt is a story about a successful lawyer, Mitra (Prosenjit Chatterjee) – who lives a happy and content married life and Sen (Rituparna Sengupta) – who seeks Mitra’s help with a serious and complicated legal case. It is during the whole pursuit of solving the case that the two prime characters of the film get enrolled in a relationship and the definition of their relation keeps evolving throughout the length of the film; a relation which speaks of love that is not quite known to us. It is a different insight into the journeys of friendship and love through various perspectives (Drishtikone). Churni Ganguly is seen as Mitra’s wife and has a very crucial role in the story. Kaushik Ganguly will mesmerise the viewers with his cameo yet again in a very important part in the film as Sen’s brother-in-law. The music for the film has been composed by Anupam Roy which is a chartbuster. Apart from Anupam, the songs are rendered by Iman Chakraborty, Rupankar Bagchi and Paloma.Drishtikone has released in all the major single screens and multiplexes across West Bengal.
French set-top provider Aston has said it will take action against Canal+ after accusing the latter of breaching the terms of a Paris Court of Appeal ruling that prevents the pay TV operator from withdrawing support for retail devices bearing the ‘Canal Ready’ logo. The case relates to Canal+’s decision last year to drop its support for Canal Ready set-tops and return to wholly vertically integrated operation in supplying receivers.In January Aston, which had contested the decision, secured a court ruling on appeal, suspending an earlier unfavourable judgement by the Paris Commercial Court, putting Canal+’s plans on hold until the allegation that it was abusing its dominant position had been looked into by the country’s competition watchdog.Aston has now accused Canal+ of acting in bad faith by notifying its subscribers that they could use the Canal+ Le Cube box supplied by the operator to receive Canal+ Sport while failing to inform them that the channel could be received by other Canal Ready decoders, and by informing Canal Ready box owners that they would soon no longer be able to receive their channels on these decoders.Referring to what it said were Canal+’s “lies, misleading statements and deceptions”, Aston cited the examples of two digital-terrestrial Canal Ready users who had been contacted by Canal+ advising them to sign up to the Canal+ LeCube service.“Faced with these transgressions by Canal+, Aston intends to take action and invites consumers and distribution networks to do the same and to initiate all actions necessary to defend their interests,” the company said.“Aston will do its part to stop these schemes and has already brought the matter to the attention of the Competition Authority. Aston will also mobilize consumer groups and the Media, especially those focused on consumer rights.”
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