Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ won’t rock you, but Malek will

first_img This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows, from left, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joe Mazzello and Rami Malek in a scene from “Bohemian Rhapsody.” (Alex Bailey/Twentieth Century Fox via AP) Where does a preening, pansexual rock god get his powers? The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” traces his sonorous majesty to an unlikely place: his back teeth.Mercury, nee Farrokh Bulsara, was born with four extra incisors, giving him a bigger mouth. Introducing himself to his future Queen bandmates Mercury, as played by Rami Malek, explains that the added chompers have benefits beyond a provocative, pronounced overbite. It endows him with enhanced vocal range.Teeth-assisted or not, Mercury’s voice was so expansive that it prompted genuine scientific inquiry. But range is one thing sorely lacking in Bryan Singer’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a slavishly conventional rock biopic that at every turn opts for the stereotypical despite a subject who devoted himself to the unconventional. It’s a remarkably bland movie about a deliciously vibrant performer. This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Joe Mazzello, from left, Ben Hardy, Rami Malek and Gwilym Lee in a scene from “Bohemian Rhapsody.” (Alex Bailey/Twentieth Century Fox via AP) This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Gwilym Lee, from left, Rami Malek and Joe Mazzello in a scene from “Bohemian Rhapsody.” (Alex Bailey/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)center_img 1 of 3 Yet while “Bohemian Rhapsody” is so hollowly, even comically formulaic that even Dewey Cox of “Walk Hard” might snicker, it’s filled, often fantastically, by Malek’s sinuous, fully inhabited performance as the Queen frontman. It’s as if he didn’t get the note about the half-hearted filmmaking going on around him, or if he did, he’s hell-bent on ignoring it.Malek, the “Mr. Robot” actor, throws himself into every strutting second of screen time as Mercury. He lacks both Mercury’s voice (it was overdubbed for singing and performance scenes) and Mercury’s teeth (Malek was outfitted with fake ones). But Malek’s performance, especially on stage, is so full-bodied that he transcends both his own differences with Mercury and the tepid surrounding melodrama.That “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a bit of a mess isn’t altogether a surprise. Singer was fired toward the end of shooting for not showing up on set (Singer said it was to visit an ill parent) and was replaced by Dexter Fletcher. Singer remains the credited director; Fletcher is listed as a producer.The script, too, underwent several passes before one by Anthony McCarten (“Darkest Hour, “The Theory of Everything”) ultimately prevailed. The film opens moments before Queen’s Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985, and — as if by rock biopic decree — shifts back in time to young Freddie, in his mid-20s and living with his parents in the London suburbs.Mercury was born to a Parsi family from Zanzibar (he attended boarding school in India), but we get only the slightest of hints of his family heritage or what made Mercury run from it. By the time we meet him, he hasn’t yet adopted his Roman god moniker (more than a stage name, he made “Mercury” legal), but he might as well have. Young Freddie is already a larger-than-life figure clearly destined to a life of skin-tight jumpsuits and glam-rock anthems. In a flash he goes from slinging luggage on the Heathrow tarmac to convincing guitarist Brian May (Gwilym Lee) and drummer Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) that he’s their new lead singer.Everything in “Bohemian Rhapsody” happens less with the thrust of life than the rapid-fire recounting of a biographical history, sometimes rigorously in step with Wikipedia, sometimes taking shortcuts to avoid anything that strays outside a neatly contrived narrative. In the span of minutes, Queen is a sensation with a record contract (Mike Meyers joins for a tongue-in-cheek cameo as EMI executive Ray Foster) and aspirations for much more: a world tour, a far-out concept album and beyond. Our sense is that Mercury has swiftly — and with curiously little trouble — realized his true self, in all his peacocking glory.The conflict, hinted at in passing glances in between recording sessions, is that Mercury, who died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1991 at 45, isn’t quite so free off stage as he is on, despite all his radical flamboyance. Much time is spent with his longtime partner Mary Austin (Lucy Boyton) and, later, with a diabolical personal manager-boyfriend, Paul Prenter (Allen Leech), who gets most of the blame for anything bad Mercury ever did.But the film mostly sticks to the familiar trajectory of rock stardom: studio magic, backstage excess, band infighting, misguided solo efforts, drug problems and — that most heinous of menaces in the music biopic — the temptation of disco.The only time “Bohemian Rhapsody” works is when it finally retreats from not just the standard biopic narrative but from storytelling altogether. It concludes with a nearly song-by-song recreation of the band’s reunion show at Live Aid which, despite the movie’s fudged timeline, took place two years before Mercury’s AIDS diagnosis. Still, the power comes mainly from the tunes and from Mercury/Malek’s magnificent stage presence. “Bohemian Rhapsody” might be easy come, easy go, but Malek makes for a show-stopping silhouetto of a man.“Bohemian Rhapsody,” a 20th Century Fox release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for thematic elements, suggestive material, drug content and language. Running time: 134 minutes. Two stars out of four.Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPlast_img read more

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Rashford scores winner but Man United suffer Ibrahimovic blow

first_imgManchester United needed an extra-time winner from Marcus Rashford to defeat Anderlecht 2-1 at Old Trafford on Thursday and move into the last four of the Europa League with a 3-2 aggregate victory.While the result keeps open a possible path to next season’s Champions League for Jose Mourinho’s side, it came at a high price with defender Marcos Rojo and forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic both suffering possibly serious knee injuries.United took the lead in the 10th minute through Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but Sofiane Hanni brought the Belgian side back level in the 32nd.After Ibrahimovic wasted two great chances in the final stages of normal time, the contest went into extra time and Rashford settled the tie with a fine finish early in the second period.It was not the comfortable passage into the semi-finals that United might have expected with Anderlecht showing no shortage of guts and enterprising football, but it was a deserved victory for the English side.United, buoyed by their Premier League win over Chelsea on Sunday, started confidently and grabbed the early advantage.Paul Pogba played a pinpoint 40-metre pass along the ground to Rashford who, at the second attempt, found Mkhitaryan on the edge of the box and the Armenian midfielder drilled home his fifth goal in this season’s Europa League.There was almost a swagger about United’s approach and they twice came close to instantly doubling their advantage with Pogba seeing a firm header tipped over by Anderlecht keeper Martinez Ruben who moments later excelled again as he pushed a curling Jesse Lingard shot wide.But the 33-times Belgian champions, were not willing to be swept away and after a defensive mix-up Frank Acheampong outpaced Eric Bailly and fired dangerously into the side-netting.After Rojo was taken off on a stretcher with a knee injury, being replaced by Dutch international Daley Blind, United appeared to lose focus.The Belgians struck back when Youri Tielemans hammered a powerful long-range shot against the bar, Lukasz Teodorczyk got the loose ball stuck under his feet but was able to nudge it into the path of Algerian Sofiane Hanni who drove in the equaliser.Rashford was again the main threat after the break, shooting off target from a promising position. He then robbed Dennis Appiah, burst goalward and rounded Ruben but was forced too wide for an effective shot.United certainly should have been back in the lead when Marouane Fellaini headed down a cross to Ibrahimovic but the normally clinical forward shot straight at Ruben from point-blank range.Ibrahimovic then wasted another good opportunity, screwing his shot wide after being found in the box by Michael Carrick and a bad night got much worse for the Swede, who fell badly in the final action of normal time and picked up a knee injury.United were dominant and Pogba had an effort ruled out when Fellaini was adjudged to have pushed a defender as he rose to head the ball down to the Frenchman.The winning goal came early in the second period and Fellaini’s head was again the source, as he nodded down to Rashford who did superbly to find space for a left-foot shot into the bottom corner.Thursday’s other Europa League quarter-final results:Besiktas 2-1 LyonAggregate 3-3 Besiktas win 6-7 on penaltiesGenk 1-1 Celta VigoAggregate 3-4Schalke 3-2 AjaxAggregate 3-4last_img read more

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Rearguard actions…

first_img…to cling to powerYour Eyewitness isn’t one to say, “I told you so”! Especially when what he told you was as obvious as the nose on your face!! He’s talking about the Government pulling rabbits out of hats and turning cartwheels — and God knows what else — to delay the workings of the Constitution to schedule elections by end March! The latest rabbit was Ramjattan of the AFC demanding that there has to be a new voters’ list before any elections.Now, since we know the present voters list is valid till the end of March, we can now see the method behind the madness of going to court on the basis of “half persons” etc. Even if the courts take a month to throw the cases out, elections will be pushed back beyond the (valid) line. Ramjattan’s demand for a new voters’ list is very reminiscent of the ploy by Desmond Hoyte, after he finally acceded to the US demands to allow free and fair elections. In 1990, Hoyte initiated the registration process and, as we all know, elections weren’t conducted till 1992. Lowenfield’s stonewalling requests to meet the Party Whips to discuss GECOM’s readiness is another foot being dragged!Another prong being pushed is the claim that Charrandas was bribed. Having absolutely no evidence, and being obviously unable to produce any, the Police Commissioner joined the bribe claim with another, wherein Ramjattan has snitched to him about Charrandas seeking to buy gold from a dealer. The COP wouldn’t reveal his source of information, even though Ramjattan had already blabbered to the Press that he’d been given info on the gold inquiry by Sidney Allicock. So we have the COP calling a Press Conference wherein he added absolutely nothing to wild claims made by the political directorate.What came out from the presser was the COP is willing to further the PNC Government’s foot dragging agenda to influence the Court that there’s some fire behind all the smoke the Govt’s been blowing up everyone’ ass! What happened about all the talk of the Government having the name of the hotel in T&T where some unnamed TT businessman passed over millions of US to Charrandas??The COP gratuitously (and sensationally) threw into the mix that Charrandas could be extradited from Canada for gold smuggling — if he gets evidence! Of course he could! Charrandas could also be charged and extradited for the assassination of JFK – if evidence could be produced!!  The truth is: there’s no evidence; just “he seh and dem seh”! Charrandas had already announced he was inquiring about gold purchases for a Canadian client. Beyond the COP “corroborating” this info, can he show that any gold was bought or shipped?Expect, dear reader, more of this fake news in the months ahead.…and delusionThe AFC’s in a deep funk over the confirmation of their “dead meat” status at the LGE! Party chairman Ramjattan tried to put a brave face on it, but ended up proving he’s severely delusional!!  He insisted that all is well in the coalition, with the PNC and the AFC should be getting the same 40% of the Cabinet they received in 2015!! Now if this were to happen, it would certify that the PNC have been given “typee” by the AFC!!There’s no other explanation!! PNC types were already miffed at the 2015 allocation, since they knew the AFC didn’t deliver their promised 11%. So after the LGE showed they were now 4% and shrinking fast, they expect the status quo? Sheesh!!Has Ramjattan been smoking some of Nugs from the new party of the same name?…and City stenchNew Georgetown “Mayor” Ubraj Narine was given a copy of the CoI into the rape of the City by some who’re obviously pulling his strings in the City Council. Not even reading the report, he declared, “There are little mishaps, yes.  But I believe every mistake [that was] made we can correct in the future.”“Little mishaps”?last_img read more

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Cooling centers opened in heat

first_imgIn the past three weeks, about seven people have sought emergency room treatment for heat exposure at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. None were hospitalized or suffered complications, said Vivian Rebel, the hospital’s director of emergency services. The centers are in part a response to the record heat wave. Some Castaic residents were without power Tuesday, but Monday night’s outage in Stevenson Ranch was repaired early Tuesday, said Alis Clausen, a spokeswoman for Southern California Edision. Power was restored for most by early Tuesday afternoon and while Edison crews remained in the field, Clausen could not say when all services would be restored. A transformer was replaced in Stevenson Ranch on Monday night. The utility declared a Stage 1 emergency Tuesday, after Stage 1 and Stage 2 alerts Monday. Clausen said this is the worst heat wave since 1998, and since it began, field workers have been pulling 16-hour shifts and mutual assistance has been requested from neighboring utilities. Bell urged people to help relatives and friends whose health or welfare might be compromised by the hot weather. “Our main concern is frail elderly and homebound people, who are called every day,” said Brad Berens, executive director of the Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging, which operates the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center. Helpers call about 350 people who receive care or home-delivered meals, arranging to have staples or medicines delivered or personal care given, if needed. Fans have been delivered to some people without air conditioners, people are lingering longer at the Newhall center and the center’s bus drivers are pulling double duty, Berens said. Berens has dispatched the housing rehabilitation crew to repair about a dozen air conditioners, but tries to schedule visits early in the day to dodge the heat. Berens may purchase a device that emits an air-cooled barrier head-to-toe to chill seniors who deliver meals to the homebound. Despite closing all of its evening programs and activities weeks ago due to financial hardship, the center will serve as a cooling center. About 450 people eat lunch or participate in recreation programs daily and about 750 receive some kind of service, Berens said. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 GETTING COOL Respite from the heat is available at three “cooling centers” from noon to 8 p.m.: Hart Hall at William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road; Castaic Sports Complex, 31230 N. Castaic Road; Val Verde Park clubhouse, 30300 W. Arlington Road. Seniors can also visit the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, where classes, games and activities, a TV and piano, books and magazines, and meals are available. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Three air-conditioned county facilities were opened Tuesday as part-time refuges for people who need to beat the heat away from home. With temperatures shooting above 100 degrees and power outages knocking out air conditioners, some need a temporary home away from home. “I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been affected by this terrible heat,” said Mave McConnell, a spokeswoman for the north county Department of Parks and Recreation. “There are people for whom it presents a real danger, and we welcome them to come sit in the cooling station and bring something to read, or some knitting.” Cool drinks are provided, magazines and newspapers are on hand, and referrals for health care and social service programs are available. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesThe centers, in Newhall, Castaic and Val Verde, will remain open during the day until the heat wave subsides, said Tony Bell, a spokesman for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Humidity, combined with highs of up to 108 degrees, made it feel like 114 degrees in some parts of the Santa Clarita Valley, said Bonnie Bartling, a weather specialist for the National Weather Service. Temperatures have surpassed the 100-degree mark on all but two days so far this month. The weather service issued another excessive heat warning through 7 p.m. Tuesday. Today is expected to be cooler. Tuesday’s air was unhealthy for sensitive people and today is expected to be the same, according to a health advisory from the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The agency urges susceptible people, who include the elderly, children, and those with heart or lung disease, to curtail outdoor activities. last_img read more

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POLITICAL CRISIS: PEARSE DOHERTY ACCUSES LABOUR AND FINE GAEL OF ‘GRUBBY’ DEAL TO PASS CUTS IN FINANCE BILL

first_imgSINN FEIN tonight accused Labour and Fine Gael of a stomach-turning power grab – helping Fianna Fail to pass the widespread cuts they had opposed in the Finance Bill in order to get into power as quickly as possible.Speaking after attending the meeting of Finance Spokespeople in the Department of Finance today Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty accused both Fine Gael and Labour of engaging in political fraud after they agreed to facilitate the passage of the Finance Bill through the Dáil this week despite claiming to be opposed to the Bill.Deputy Doherty said: “I went into today’s meeting with the sole purpose of telling the other parties that Sinn Féin will not be a party to the grubby little deal to pass the Finance Bill in the dying days of this Dáil. “There was an opportunity today for the opposition parties to bring down this Government once and for all and to bring about the general election that the people are crying out for.“Unfortunately, however, in what I can only describe as an act of political fraud, both Fine Gael and the Labour Party buckled and agreed to extend the life of the Government for one more week to pass a Finance Bill which they both claim to oppose.”Sinn Fein claimed Brian Lenihan had asked them to leave the meeting – but they stood their ground, only leaving during a break in the discussions.Mr Doherty said it was a ‘shameful’ attempt to grab power, implementing the widespread cuts in the Finance Bill. POLITICAL CRISIS: PEARSE DOHERTY ACCUSES LABOUR AND FINE GAEL OF ‘GRUBBY’ DEAL TO PASS CUTS IN FINANCE BILL was last modified: January 24th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Get back in the asylum’ – Murphy on claims Premier League title race is already over

first_imgMurphy also insists you can’t count out champions City just because of the injury to top centre-back Aymeric Laporte, who has been ruled out for FOUR MONTHS with a serious knee injury.Asked if City can win the title with the same back-four that conceded three goals against Norwich, he added: “Yes, I think City can still win the title.“I’ve tipped Liverpool, but City can mix it up. I know they’ve got injuries, but they could put Fernandinho at centre-half, they could put Kyle Walker at centre-half. Sadio Mane scored a fine brace in Liverpool’s win over Newcastle at Anfield Danny Murphy believes anyone claiming the Premier League title race between Liverpool and Manchester City is already over should be ‘put back in the asylum’.The Reds went five points clear at the top of the Premier League on Saturday, as they continued their 100 per cent start to the season with a 3-1 win over Newcastle. Pep Guardiola’s Man City suffered a shock 3-2 defeat to Norwich at the weekend deals Defending champions City, meanwhile, endured a nightmare weekend as they suffered a shock defeat to Norwich City that leaves them a little behind in second place.Following the game, Pep Guardiola joked ‘congratulations to champions Liverpool’ and insisted any talk of his side being out of the title race is premature.But that didn’t stop some from saying exactly that, with even Ian Holloway telling talkSPORT on Monday morning that he ‘just can’t see Liverpool slipping up’ this term given their remarkable run of form.The win over Newcastle was Jurgen Klopp’s side’s 14thin a row – a run which stretches back way into last term.But Murphy insists anyone suggesting the Reds have already won the title after just five games is insane and has a very short memory.“You can put them back in the asylum, those people,” the former Liverpool midfielder told Jim White.“In January last year Liverpool were six points clear, so let’s not get carried away.” on target statement AFP or licensors 2 latest Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ stalemate rookie error LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 2 getty “They could change it tomorrow and go on a ten game winning run, they’ve got that much quality [in their squad].“Yes, there were some silly mistakes from City against Norwich, but let’s not write them off – we’re not even out of September!” BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas last_img read more

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Scottish Cup wrap: East Kilbride lose, Annan out to Formartine

first_imgLeague One Stranraer fought back from 1-0 down to rescue a late 2-1 win over East Kilbride.Sean Winter’s opener handed the Lowland League side the advantage but Willie Gibson bagged a 26th-minute penalty before a headed own goal from Adam Strachan put the Blues through.Elsewhere, in Saturday’s third-round replay – after the scores were level at 2-2 last weekend – Colin McMenamin fired home a hat-trick as League One’s Stenhousemuir claimed a 3-1 defeat of Highland Football League club Forres Mechanics.Liam Baxter scored a penalty consolation late on as both sides finished with 10 men after David Marsh was dismissed for the Warriors and Craig McGovern for Forres. Morton were not afraid to show their superiority as they swept aside Beith with a comfortable 6-0 Scottish Cup third-round victory at Bellsdale Park, while Annan Athletic crashed out following a 4-0 loss to Formartine United.Championship side Morton gave their West of Scotland Super League Premier Division opponents no chance thanks to Thomas O’Ware’s second-half brace along with additions from Ross Forbes, Michael Tidser, Jamie McDonagh and Jamie Lindsay.But, over at North Lodge Park, League Two Annan slipped to a devastating defeat as Conor Gethins netted a second-half hat-trick and Scott Barbour was on target with their third.Annan’s League Two rivals Stirling progressed with a 2-0 home win over Highland Football League boys Wick Academy thanks to a close-range Blair Henderson effort and substitute Dylan Bikey’s second-half addition.last_img read more

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Our D23 Parks Panel Wish List

first_imgShare This!From leaked images to rumors supported by insider Disney Bus Driver knowledge, lots of speculation always comes out before the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products panel on the last day of the D23 fan convention in Anaheim. And of course as official things are announced, we’ll be covering them. But part of the fun before this event is guessing what could be. Like a child shaking a box on Christmas Eve in the hopes that there’s a cool toy inside, it’s fun to think about what might be. Here, then, is a wish list of what we’d like to see. Some of these items have been suggested as rumors elsewhere–others are things that have, to the best of our knowledge, never been suggested but would be really cool if Disney execs happen to read this.We’ll start off with…Walt Disney World, Magic KingdomA nighttime parade — this one comes up as a rumor frequently, because there does feel like something is missing in the evenings. That said, I’d rate this one as unlikely. With attendance up, the parks are crowded in the evenings, and having witnessed people frequently stepping in front of parade vehicles in the day to do selfies, I don’t think Disney wants the liability.Refreshing classic attractions — With WDW’s 50th anniversary coming up, we’d love to see some classic attractions get some love. What about changing up the last scene in the Carousel of Progress? Wouldn’t a new 50th anniversary show for Country Bear Jamboree or Enchanted Tiki Room be cool? What we’re likely to get is limited-edition merchandise, however.Reveal of concept art for 50th anniversary festivities — I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some reveal about plans for the theme or decorations for the 50th. Please, Disney… we’ll happily take a 50th anniversary cupcake over turning the castle into a cake again!A replacement for the Electric Water Pageant — Please, don’t hate the messenger if this one comes true. With the construction on the walkway from the Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom, it presents some logistical issues getting the floats for the Electric Water Pageant out if there’s no bridge. One solution? A totally new show. What about a drone show that flies around to the resorts with piped-in music on the beach? It performs the same sort of function but would be much more modern tech and infinitely adaptable for seasonal special versions, too.Previously, a theater was announced for the Main Street area. It will be interesting to see if that gets mentioned at this D23 or if that has quietly been filed away.Walt Disney World, EpcotFrom early snippets appearing last night, this will be the packed part of the presentations. Discussions of the new entrance area, Space restaurant, Play pavilion, Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, and new nighttime show will come about, but of course the big news overnight was the new Moana attraction.New country for World Showcase — This is another one that comes up over and over again. It’s been a long time since a country has been added to World Showcase, and there’s plenty of hot contenders. If there’s such a thing as Disney bookies, they’d be placing good money that Brazil will be joining World Showcase. (A possible runner-up in the betting pool would be India.) Sadly, no matter what country would get the nod, they’re also putting money on the idea that it would be a pavilion without a ride — just dining options and merchandise.Additions to current World Showcase countries — Buzz has built for many years about adding a Mary Poppins-themed attraction to the UK. Personally, I’d love to see this. I think it could be a great family-friendly option, but part of me would like to see it as a tribute to all British literature that has influenced Disney storytelling over the years. There likely will be reiterations about changes coming to the films in other countries, including changes in Canada, China, and France.A World Showcase parade — Yes, this is 100% wishful thinking on my part, but I would love to see a new parade come to World Showcase.Refreshing Spaceship Earth and Living with the Land — Although Living with the Land has seen some minor changes lately, it still really needs some more TLC. Same is true with Spaceship Earth. I doubt that they’d take out both at the same time, but maybe some plans for the future.Imagination Pavilion Redo — If there’s a whispering campaign for Epcot, it centers around the Imagination Pavilion. Most of the other pavilions have had something done with them, and putting in the Pixar Film Festival isn’t exactly a massive draw. Concept art at the media event shows that the pavilion appears to be safe, and the jumping fountains would be a great match with the Moana attraction. But what else is in store…?Walt Disney World, Disney’s Hollywood StudiosRise of the Resistance — Details about Galaxy’s Edge’s headliner attraction need to build some hype. Ideally, we’ll see some big reveals.Star Wars Weekends Returns — Because of the potential for underwhelming crowds akin to what was seen at Disneyland, one way to fill the parks would be to bring back Star Wars Weekends. If this is announced at D23, I expect that means Disney execs are nervous about next week’s grand opening.Runaway Railway — Although it has been previously announced, I would be shocked if we don’t see more details now.Star Wars Hotel — Speaking of trains, the Star Wars hype train will almost certainly make a stop here. The media event displayed a model of the Halycon, the cruiser that will be your “transport” to and from Batuu during your multi-night stay.New Fantasmic — Let’s face it, Fantasmic needs an update at Walt Disney World.Walt Disney World, Animal KingdomNew Pandora Attraction — Savvy Google Maps people have done all sorts of drawings and diagrams to show how another attraction could fit in Pandora. Although I don’t think it would be announced any time soon, I wouldn’t object!New Land — From penguins in Antartica to a thrilling ride through the Australian outback, hope springs eternal for a new land at Animal Kingdom.Major Shakeup in Dinoland USA — With the ongoing “maintenance issues” for Primeval Whirl, and the overall meh sentiment for Dinoland USA, is it time for this land to go extinct?Walt Disney World, Disney Springs NBA Experience — If nothing more, there should be mention of this newly opened locale, because if Disney doesn’t talk about it, who will?Cirque du Soleil — Anyone remember this still exists? Anyone still interested?©DisneyDisney Springs Food Festival — There’s so many great dining experiences at Disney Springs. A food festival feels like a natural fit.Disneyland and Disney’s California AdventureMarvel — If nothing more, to try and bury some of the Spider-Man conflict with Sony, Disney’s going to make some news about what they can do with Marvel in the parks. Expect lots of hype about the new Marvel Land, revealed overnight to be called Avengers Campus.New Nighttime Parade — Disneyland gets all the awesome evening parades, and yet, they can always ask for more…Toontown Redo — With Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Disneyland, can we also get some DuckTales tie-ins as part of a Toontown Redo? Woo-oo.Disney Cruise LineNew Ship Name — Could we get the first name of the “Triton” class ships? Would it actually be the Disney Triton? I think it’s probably too soon for the announcement of booking windows opening soon, but I wouldn’t turn it down! A sizzle reel about what to expect on the new ships or an abundance of concept art would also be welcome.Details about Disney’s New Private Island — With the acquisition of the Lighthouse Point area, it would be neat to see something akin to Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day at CocoCay announced for Disney Cruise Line.Again, keep in mind that some of these are wishful thinking and some are well-loved rumors, but none are based on any sort of insider information. Still, isn’t wishing a lot of fun?What are some of your wishes for announcements at D23? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Stuxnet Designed Specifically to Sabotage Iran’s Nuclear Facilities

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkins Related Posts Tags:#international#news#web center_img Stuxnet, the virus aimed at industrial computers, hit Iran’s Bushehr nuclear facility in September. Given the virus attacked SCADA computer systems and Iran’s first nuclear reactor recently went live, some specialists believed it may have been specifically aimed at Iran. New research bolsters the likelihood of this claim. Two new studies indicate the virus was designed only to attack computers with “particular frequency converter drives from specific vendors.” Those vendors are located in Finland, and Iran. The virus was designed to change the speed of a motor, effectively keeping the facility from operating properly.Eric Chien one of the authors of the Symantec report announced the find in a blog post. “(W)e can now confirm that Stuxnet requires the industrial control system to have frequency converter drives from at least one of two specific vendors, one headquartered in Finland and the other in Tehran, Iran.”Further, the worm will only hit on these drives if they operate at a high rate of speed, between 807 Hz and 1210 Hz.The only facilities that use drives at this speed known to the authors are nuclear, The Guardian quotes a statement by Ivanka Barzashka of the Federation of American Scientists to Reuters. “If Symantec’s analysis is true, then Stuxnet likely aimed to destroy Iran’s gas centrifuges, which could produce enriched uranium for both nuclear fuel and nuclear bombs.” Germany’s Langner Communications came to the same conclusion in their report. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Mobile Security With a Data Mining Solution: Lookout Releases API for App Stores

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts dan rowinskicenter_img Tags:#mobile#NYT#security#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Lookout Security wants to eradicate mobile malware before it gets a chance to really take flight. That is not an easy thing to do, but as opposed to malware that plagues PCs, malicious mobile programs are still in their nascent stages. That means the security companies can stay a step ahead and today Lookout is releasing a mobile security API designed to cut mobile malware where it originates – at the point of purchase.Lookout has made security API for app stores. The new product is called the Mobile Security API and first on board is Verizon’s V Cast store for Android apps. Lookout runs the security API and its processes through a cloud, scanning every app that comes into the store against a database of 700,000 apps between iOS and Android across the world looking for abnormalities. End users enjoy the security of the API through the Mobile Threat Network that Lookout has created, checking apps in a back-end server before users download them. The thought is to squeeze the mobile malware ecosystem so tight that there is nowhere for malicious programs to gain access. In doing so, Lookout is staying ahead of the threats, a trait not often seen in security companies. Lookout believes that security should come in many layers. It is not just on a device or in the cloud, in the browser or the app store. It is layered into all of them. While he Mobile Threat Network brings security to app stores through the API, on the other end, apps are scanned when users download them. Lookout Premium for Android protects users in the browser with its “safe browsing mode.““Our vision is to eliminate mobile malware across the world,” said Kevin Mahaffey, Lookout co-founder and CTO. “There is no silver bullet to security. The vision that we have is that it is important to build security anywhere … the API allows app stores to be proactive in stopping mobile malware.”To Lookout, mobile malware is not a matter of analyzing malicious programs. It is, in essence, a data problem. Hence, the security API for apps stores is essentially a data-mining tool used by Lookout and shared with partners such as Verizon.“We think more like Google than a security analysis company,” Mahaffey said of Lookout’s approach to mobile malware. “We are building a newer type of security company that can scale with the threats.”Scale was the initial problem that security companies found with PCs. The amount of spam leading to malicious downloads became too great too fast for the security companies to keep up. Scale remains a problem in the PC ecosystem. Companies will almost always be a step behind the criminal hackers because there are too many exploits and too many botnets to keep track of all at once. Mobile security is different. Lookout recognizes that it now has an advantage and to keep that advantage it must be able to grow as the problem grows. That is what the API is about.Yes, zero-day exploits (hacks that take advantage of an unknown vulnerability) will happen and rootkits, bootkits, premium subscription launchers and the like will wash over the mobile ecosystem from time to time. Mahaffey claims that Lookout saw an 85% increase in mobile malware from the first week of the second quarter to the last. The third quarter will probably be worse. Yet, the only serious mobile malware threats in existence now are the GGTracker and lingering derivations of DroidDream that are often caught as soon as they surface.Can Mahaffey and Lookout along with the other security companies like AVG and Symantec rid the world of mobile malware? The short answer is no. Where there is a rich target, there is a motivation to hack it and smartphones are richer targets every day. But, for once in the history of networked devices, the security companies have the upper hand. And they plan to keep it.last_img read more

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