I always love seeing Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander), and her second SHIELD appearance certainly delivered some fun moments, with Alexander, per usual, nailing the character’s unwavering strength and confidence – which shined through even amongst her amnesia. And yes, it was hard not laugh as Sif learned, for instance, she knew Odin, and exclaimed, “Shut up!”
Still, I don’t think “Who You Really Are” served her as well as the last time we saw her. The amnesia storyline ultimately felt a bit extraneous and without enough payoff to warrant needing it in the first place.
It’s been an interesting road getting Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oemings’ Powers from comic page to screen. First shot as a pilot for FX in 2011, starring Jason Patric and Lucy Punch, the project stalled when execs weren’t crazy about the final presentation. It hovered around there for a few more years, being retooled for clarity and tone, until Sony finally shifted it over to their PlayStation Network where it’s become the platform’s first ever original series.
The Intercept reports the Central Intelligence Agency has been working for years to find ways to break through the security of Apple devices, with work spanning a year before the first iPhone was released. The Intercept basis its report on leaked documents, that explain a yearly gathering of CIA officials, called the “Jamboree”, to talk about flaws in commercial electronics…. Read the rest of this post here
Disney is teaming up with Alice in Wonderland director Tim Burton to bring us a live-action Dumbo.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the film will be a mixture of live-action and CGI. While details of the project are still scarce, Walt Disney president of production Sean Bailey hinted that the film will be broader than the 1943 cartoon. “It’s a big world,” he said.
Screenwriter Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Age of Extinction) is penning the script and will produce along with Justin Springer (Tron: Legacy).
Would Apple consider acquiring electric car-maker Tesla? That was the question posed to Tim Cook by two Apple investors during the company’s annual shareholder meeting today. And as you’d imagine, the chief executive gracefully deflected the question.
Recode attended the meeting, and noted Cook responded to the query by talking about CarPlay and its 40+ model rollout this year. “Was that a good way to avoid the question?” When pressed he joked, “let me think if there’s another way to give a non-answer.”… Read the rest of this post here
Electronic Arts has released a new infographic featuring fun facts on its series The Sims.
According to the EA blog post, Sims players have created over 32 million Sims since the September 2014 launch of The Sims 4, with 107 million hours of gameplay – that’s 12,000 years – racked up.
Cheekily, the infographic also suggests that Sim characters may have it better than those of us in the real world: apparently Sims engage in “woohoo” four times as much as real-life married couples, and there are far fewer Sim divorcees in comparison to reality as well.
Denise Young Smith (pictured), VP of Worldwide Human Resources at Apple, told the publication that Apple is partnering with several non-profit organizations to increase the pipeline of women, minorities, and veterans in the technology industry—and, of course, at Apple…. Read the rest of this post here
What if you could watch House of Cards on an original NES? Are you a bad enough dude to rescue President Underwood? A team of Netflix engineers recently decided to find out during the company’s annual Netflix Hack Day, managing to get the streaming service running on a supposedly un-modded NES.
According to the video, the NES contains a cart and the two engineers side-scroll through the list of titles, including House of Cards and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Near the end of the bit, the opening of House of Cards runs in a beautifully pixelated smattering of blue and grey.