5 Tips to Maximize the iPhone 11’s Filmmaking Capabilities

first_imgThe iPhone 11 looks to be a game changer for smartphone videography. Here’s how to truly unleash its filmmaking potential.The concept of using a top-of-the-line smartphone to shoot big budget narrative features meant to be shown on cinema screens is still pretty insane, when you think about it. Yet, here we are in 2019, and not only has this been happening more and more, but technology is still continuing to outpace itself with its near-yearly breakthroughs.The iPhone, in particular, has been a leader in these efforts, and filmmakers like Steven Soderbergh have already made use of iPhones in the past (the iPhone 8 for his feature High Flying Birds and the iPhone 7 Plus for Unsane).Now Apple has outdone itself once again with its latest iPhone 11 (for this article we’ll focus on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone Pro Max) and its next-level video camera technology. Until it is surpassed (likely next year), this iPhone 11 represents the latest and greatest filmmaking smartphone on the market.So, if you’re looking to make the investment for your next film project (or just looking to make the most cinematically beautiful Tik Tok videos ever), here are five tips to truly maximize your iPhone 11’s filmmaking capabilities.Understand the CamerasSimilar to the iPhone X, and other smartphones of the past few generations with dual camera technology, the iPhone 11 has two cameras. But, it has also added a new ultra-wide camera to the mix for even more coverage. In total, this gives the iPhone 11 Pro the following:Telephoto Camera12MP52 mm focal lengthLarger f/2.06-element lensOptical image stabilizationFocus pixelsWide Camera12MP26 mm f/1.86-element lensOptical image stabilization100 percent focus pixelsUltra Wide Camera12MP13 mm f/2.45-element lens120-degree field of viewThese three lenses together give some of the most comprehensive in-smartphone coverage of any offered on the market. It also provides a solution for capturing that near-fisheye ultra wide cinematic-looking footage with its new third camera, which can be seen in this video by filmmaker Rian Johnson:And, technically speaking, with the iPhone 11’s front-facing “selfie” camera you’re actually getting four cameras on one device. This begins to matter when the iPhone 11 is used with partner program Filmic Pro for capturing and utilizing multiple angles at once. Over on Shutterstock Tutorials, Rubidium Wu takes a look at what to expect when shooting a feature on the iPhone 11 Pro compared to a cinema camera like the Canon C200. Stabilize with Tripods and GimbalsSo, your first real additional step for maximizing your iPhone 11 — after simply understanding the multiple cameras at your disposal — will be to solve the problems of stabilization. While in-camera auto-stabilization is still making some very impressive advancements, it might be asking too much to use a hand-held for most of your filmmaking projects.Luckily, third party stabilization options for smartphones are also abundant and quite affordable these days as well. Here are a couple options that should work with the different iPhone 11s:Shuzhu Tripod: $15PEYOU Tripod: $23Manfrotto Tripod: $28For gimbals, the popular DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is an industry leader. And, while reports of the Mobile 3 not quite fitting the iPhone 11 Pro or Max are coming in, you can rest assured that DJI will have options soon.Lighting Options and RigsImage by Niphon Subsri.A couple of things to note. One, while the iPhone 11 does finally offer some impressive low light and “Night Mode” technology, it doesn’t mean you should make a habit of shooting cinema-quality footage without the use of additional lighting sources.And two, while filmmakers like Steven Soderbergh or Sean Baker on Tangerine did shoot with iPhones, they also still used industry standard lights for the majority of their production. Lighting matters! As such, the best options for lighting scenes when shooting with your iPhone 11 will be using the same lighting solutions you might use on any regular project. And, if you’re looking for resources, help, or inspiration, here are some articles to read up on:Lighting 101: A Quick Guide for Lighting FilmThe Simple, Stable Solution to Rigging Your Lights AnywhereVideo Tutorial: Create a DIY Wireless China Ball LightHowever, if you really want to push your iPhone 11’s capabilities in or on camera, these iPhone ring lights are quite popular. Keep in mind they are mostly used for selfie-style recording.Other Audio OptionsSimilar to lighting, audio becomes a big concern for any smartphone-shot film projects. It’s also similarly solved by following the same production procedures that you’d find for any other type of filmmaking with DSLR, mirrorless, or cinema-level cameras. Your audio will only be as good as the effort you put into it. And, good audio requires at least one or two individuals dedicated to capturing audio with boom mics, lapels, and a solid audio recorder that can be monitored and reviewed for every shot.Here are some good audio recording resources:The Indie Filmmaker’s Guide to Recording Audio9 Things You Should Check Before Recording AudioAudio Tip: How to Get Good Sound on Every BudgetAgain, there are options which can work directly with your smartphone. And, while these will help, be careful to not rely on them too much in favor of using audio recording in more traditional filmmaking ways.Smartphone Editing OptionsOne area that is actually advancing fast enough to compete against traditional filmmaking practices are the much improved and impressive smartphone editing apps and options. While you’re still probably best served transferring your iPhone 11 footage to a laptop or PC to work in your NLE editing platforms of choice, there are more and more options out there for editing in-smartphone, making run-and-gun projects much more possible than ever before.Here’s a full list of options with information and reviews to consider.Top image via Apple.For more smartphone filmmaking tips, tricks, and guides, check out these additional articles below:3 Simple Tips for Stabilizing Smartphone VideographyWorking With Vertical Phone Footage in Post-ProductionSmartphone Filmmaking: Saving Battery Life and Storage SpaceShooting a Feature with an iPhone the Soderbergh WayShould You Make a Feature Film on a Phone?last_img read more

Amitabh Bachchan to carry Olympic torch in London on July 26

first_imgBollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan would carry the Olympic torch in London on Thursday, just a day before the opening ceremony.The Olympic flame was all set to visit iconic landmarks all over the London city. The 32.7 mile relay would have legendary personalities from all over the world and all walks of life carrying the prestigious Olympics torch.Big B was delighted over being invited to carry the Olympic torch as he posted his reaction on micro-blogging site Twitter.”Have been invited by London Olympic Organising Committee to carry the torch in the relay. Honored to be asked to carry the Olympic Torch in London. A proud moment for me and country!” he tweeted.last_img

Club Comes First: Chennaiyin FC Coach John Gregory Hints at Resignation After Bengaluru FC Loss

first_img bengaluru fcchennaiyin fcfootballindian football First Published: November 10, 2019, 11:24 PM IST Bengaluru: John Gregory may not stay at Chennaiyin FC post the international break after the club failed to register a single win after four games into the Indian Super League 2019-20 season.In the last game before the break, Chennaiyin FC were thrashed 3-0 by defending champions Bengaluru FC and on top of that, they have failed to find the back of the net even once in four games so far. Gregory had led the club to victory in the 2016-17 season but Chennaiyin FC also finished at the bottom last season under his watch.After a torrid start to the new season, Gregory is now not sure if their partnership is good for the club anymore.”It’s about time I sit with the owner and had a talk. She has been supportive and I need to talk now. We can’t continue like this. I carried this club on my shoulders for the last two years. It’s not easy, I have never worked so hard but I think it might be time for someone to take over. I have tried my best but the club comes first. I’m hurting like hell, more than you would ever believe,” Gregory said in the post-match press conference.Chennaiyin FC were never in the game as Bengaluru FC wrecked havoc at their defence right from the start and scored twice within the first half an hour to suck the life out of the visitors.”We did not start strong. To concede two goals in the manner we did is extremely frustrating. We gave the ball in their half and suddenly (Sunil) Chhetri was through on goal. To be fair, we started well in the last two games but not today.””Bengaluru FC were causing a lot of problems and we could not deal with them very well. We were second to every ball and they were moving the ball well. In the second half, we passed well and created a few chances,” Gregory further said.Gregory made the choice to not start Lallianzuala Chhangte, a move that surprise one and all, especially for a club that is still seeking its first goal.”We started Dragos (Firtulescu) in three games and I wanted to change a few things. Rahim (Ali) has been exciting in the training and wanted his chance. With (Lallianzuala) Chhangte, he had three games in seven days recently. Both he and Thapa were exhausted. They have played non-stop action in the last 12 months. This was an ideal time to rest him.”Chennaiyin FC play their first match after the break on November 25 at home against new entrants Hyderabad FC. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Liverpool not underestimating ‘world’s best side’ Manchester City: Jurgen Klopp

first_imgLiverpool will need all their fighting qualities to overcome the “best team in the world” Manchester City in Thursday’s blockbuster Premier League meeting between the two, manager Juergen Klopp said on Wednesday.Shortly after City manager, Pep Guardiola described table-toppers Liverpool as Europe’s best team in his news conference, Klopp returned the compliment with interest and said City could not be taken lightly despite a dip in form.Defeats by Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester City last month have left Guardiola’s side in third place with 47 points, seven points behind unbeaten Liverpool and one behind fellow title contenders Tottenham Hotspur.”We have to be brave, we have to be full of desire, angry again, all that stuff – like in all the other games – but with the knowledge that the opponent is still the best team in the world,” Klopp told a news conference.”I said it weeks ago because it’s 100 percent my opinion; the way they play and all the things they have achieved and the things they will achieve. Nothing has changed, only the points changed, but not the preparation for the game.”And we are a very, very, very good football team as well. That’s why we have the number of points, that’s why we had the results, that’s clear. But we prepare for one game.”James Milner missed Liverpool’s last two games due to a hamstring injury but the midfielder is in contention to feature against his former side.”He was back in training with us yesterday for the first time, so we will see,” Klopp said.advertisement”His influence on the team is massive… experience is always important if you know how to use it.”Also Read | Chelsea sign Christian Pulisic from Borussia DortmundAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup 2019: We are a team who hate to lose and we have proven it, says Chhetrilast_img read more

Case for defence presents penalties to settle A-League grand final

first_imgShare via Email Australia sport Reuse this content Topics Sydney FC Read more If there was one criticism amongst this admiration of defensive resilience it was the lack of chaos embraced by either coach. Only on rare occasions did a defender or midfielder look to break the first line while further forward attackers were so fixated on combinations the unpredictability of a speculative long-range shot or a wrecking ball dribble were declined. Five of the six players with the most possession during the match formed the central phalanx of Glory’s rearguard. Just three shots on target in 120 minutes tells its own story.While the defensive strategists and their foot soldiers deserve credit there was no shortage of highly credentialed creative talent on display. Much has been expected of Siem de Jong, for example, but the former Ajax and Newcastle schemer ended his maiden A-League campaign an expensive ghost while Tony Popovic’s decision to start Joel Chianese and test Sydney’s back four with split strikers ended tamely after 73 minutes.And so in a game where both sides were playing chicken, each waiting for the other to make a mistake, the plot overtook all protagonists and demanded an error. Glory blinked first.It is heartbreaking that Brendan Santalab’s last act in professional football was to miss one of those seven kicks. It is heartwarming that Alex Brosque’s was to lift the championship trophy.At the end of a long challenging night, at the end of a long challenging season, it all came down to seven kicks. Share on Twitter Perth Glory It’s common to bemoan the ending of a football match in such sudden death fashion, but not on Sunday night. Penalties were welcomed in Perth like Betjeman welcomed bombs in Slough. Never mind 120 minutes, these two teams could have played 120 hours without scoring or even looking like breaking the deadlock.We’ve been spoiled in recent months. Fed on a diet of absurd Champions League comebacks, a thrilling English Premier League title race, and no shortage of grandstand finishes domestically, we’ve come to expect goals, drama and controversy. Football isn’t always like that. It can be attritional. Defences can dominate. It may reduce the ongoing entertainment but it doesn’t diminish the intensity. The stakes of next goal the winner – whether it’s the first of the night or the seventh – remain exhaustingly high.The regulation 90 minutes of the grand final were played almost exclusively between the two defensive lines. In that space Chris Ikonomidis and Adam Le Fondre buzzed, Diego Castro and Joe Marston medallist Milos Ninkovic probed, but both sides executed near perfect defensive displays. Rarely was a man out of position. Runs were checked, ball carriers in the attacking third were double teamed, and turnovers in vulnerable areas were kept to a minimum. Even a flaming airborne dragon would have struggled for penetration such was the organisation and communication on display.The most nuanced passages of play involved the full-backs. For Sydney Rhyan Grant was a pest down the right flank, engaging in a running battle with Jason Davidson. The pair carried on like Bash Street Kids, occasionally tumbling over in knots of limbs a cloud of dust away from a comic strip. But it was Michael Zullo down Sydney’s left that created the clearest chance of the opening half. Or did he? Zullo was ruled offside by the assistant referee as he struck the cross that led to an own-goal, a decision VAR refused to overturn for failing to reach the margin of error threshold. In a match lacking in incident this decision will be sliced and diced like the Zapruder film.It was a similar story for Perth with Ivan Franjic’s sorties down the right posing the greatest threat. His dinked cutback to Castro forced Redmayne into one of the rare saves of the match in the second half and on 75 minutes his cross failed to find a purple shirt after his overlapping run was honoured beautifully by his skipper. That was perhaps the only precisely executed attacking set play of the night. A-League grand final: Sydney FC beat Perth Glory in penalty shootout – as it happened features A-League Share on WhatsApp Seven kicks. A championship season 140 matches long spanning seven months came down to seven kicks. Sport can be grotesquely cruel.Those seven kicks formed the A-League grand final penalty shootout after 120 minutes of combat between Perth Glory and Sydney FC ended in stalemate. A record crowd of 56,371 saw five of those seven kicks find the back of the Optus Stadium net. Crucially, they saw two of them repelled by goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne to steer the Sky Blues to a fourth championship trophy. Read more Sydney FC crowned A-League champions for fourth time after shootout win in Perth Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Prayer Vigil for Children November 19

first_img The event, which is part of Youth Month activities, is being held in commemoration of World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Event sponsors include Digicel, Scotiabank, Jamaica Broilers and Tastee. Assistance has also been given by the National Commercial Bank, the Jamaica National Building Society, the Development Bank of Jamaica and EXIM Bank. “We need persons to understand that it is not okay to abuse our children; it is not okay to neglect them; and it is not okay to treat them in a way that is not a part of our standard,” A prayer vigil and concert titled, ‘Bless the Children’, will be held at Mandela Park, Half-Way Tree, in Kingston, on Tuesday, November 19, beginning at 5:00 p.m.The event, which is part of Youth Month activities, is being held in commemoration of World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse. It is organised by the Child Development Agency, an arm of the Ministry of Youth and Culture.Among the speakers at the function will be Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna; Minister of Education, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites; Registrar of the Office of the Children’s Registry, Greig Smith and Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Child Development Agency, Rosalee Gage Grey.Prior to the official function at 2:30 p.m. there will be an expo showcasing government, non-governmental and child-centred organisations. Exhibitors will include Office of the Children’s Registry, Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Jamaica Red Cross, National Council on Drug Abuse and the Registrar General’s Department and other stakeholders dealing with child protection.Acting Chief Executive Officer  (CEO) of the Child Development Agency, Rosalee Gage Grey, told JIS News that the Day  is observed each year to foster awareness and encourage Jamaicans to redouble their efforts to protect the nation’s children.“We need persons to understand that it is not okay to abuse our children; it is not okay to neglect them; and it is not okay to treat them in a way that is not a part of our standard,” she said.Mrs. Gage Grey pointed out that the agency will be issuing a call for persons to take a stand against all forms of child abuse and to make a commitment to work with families to assist them in taking better care of their children.“We want to offer some comfort and support to those families who have lost children violently and we are standing with them to say, no to child abuse,” she said.The Acting CEO emphasised that it is crucial at this time to bring the nation’s attention to the issues affecting the children and “to recommit to doing all that is possible to safeguard them from all forms of abuse and violence.”Event sponsors include Digicel, Scotiabank, Jamaica Broilers and Tastee. Assistance has also been given by the National Commercial Bank, the Jamaica National Building Society, the Development Bank of Jamaica and EXIM Bank. Story Highlightslast_img read more

USA: Virginia Leads Nation in Shipbuilding Jobs

first_imgzoom The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, yesterday joined with the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Congressman Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.), to highlight new data that shows Virginia ranks first among all U.S. states in shipbuilding with 63,650 jobs, far and above any other state.These jobs pump more than $5.5 billion into Virginia’s economy every year.The U.S. shipyard industrial base in Virginia and across the nation is vital to America’s national and economic security. Private U.S. shipyards build, repair, maintain and modernize the largest and most sophisticated Navy and Coast Guard vessels in the world and do the same for the nation’s 40,000 commercial vessels. Across the country, the domestic maritime industry, supported by the Jones Act, sustains more than 478,000 jobs and has an annual economic impact of $92.5 billion according to a study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for the Transportation Institute. The industry also accounts for approximately $29 billion in annual wages and $10 billion in tax revenue each year.“Ensuring national security and a strong economy means providing budget certainty and stability for the shipbuilding and ship repair industry,” said Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.). “From Newport News Shipbuilding, to Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and private shipyards across Virginia, the shipbuilding industry helps develop a highly skilled workforce, provides thousands of jobs, and benefits the Commonwealth’s economy.”“Virginia has always been proud of its shipbuilding heritage. Our vibrant and robust shipbuilding industry builds and repairs the greatest Navy, Coast Guard, and commercial fleet in the world,” Congressman Rob Wittman (R-Va.) said. “Virginians skilled and trained in shipbuilding and repair are an important part of our Commonwealth’s history and they will continue to be a vital part of our nation’s future. The impact these men and women have on Virginia and on this nation cannot be understated. I am proud to represent so many shipbuilders and I am honored that they are my fellow Virginians.”“I am proud that the Commonwealth leads the nation in U.S. shipbuilding jobs. Hampton Roads is home to generations of highly skilled shipbuilders, who build and maintain the most advanced ships in the world,” said Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.). “They are an important part of the shipbuilding industrial base and they make critical contributions to our economic security and national defense.”“It is no surprise that Virginia leads the nation in U.S. Shipbuilding, because one in every 90 jobs in the state is directly related to the industry,” said Shipbuilders Council of America president Matt Paxton. “Each of those jobs in turn supports nearly three other jobs. This robust shipyard workforce and industrial base, as well as the national security and economic benefits that this industry provides, are just a few of the reasons why the President, the Navy and every Congress and Administration in modern history has supported the Jones Act.”US Seafarers, March 28, 2014last_img read more

April 2018 Report on Followup of 2014 and 2015 Recommendations

first_imgIn his April 2018 Report on Follow-up of 2014 and 2015 Recommendations, released today, April 3, Auditor General Michael Pickup noted the government is doing a very good job addressing recommendations from previous audits by completing what they said they would do. “This year’s overall completion rate of 75 per cent is the government’s highest rate ever and the government should be applauded. I am glad to see the continued annual improvement over the past four years, going from 53 per cent in 2014 to this year’s 75 per cent,” said Mr. Pickup. The auditor general followed up on 213 recommendations, and government’s commitments made in response, from 20 audits reported in 2014 and 2015. The 160 completed recommendations show continued focused efforts by government leaders and the civil service, along with the scrutiny of those responsible for oversight. “I am encouraged by the 12 organizations in government that completed 100 per cent of their promised actions, and the leaders of those organizations can be proud of this achievement. “Organizations which have not yet completed all their promised actions should continue to work toward timely completion to help promote better government for all Nova Scotians.” In his report, the auditor general noted that the Nova Scotia Health Authority has an overall completion rate of 44 per cent from two 2014 audits. Of concern is that the authority has not completed five of seven of its commitments to recommendations covering surgical wait time reporting and operating room usage. Surgical wait times remain an issue for Nova Scotians and their families. Public data shows Nova Scotians needing hip and knee replacements generally wait a year and a half for surgery, excluding wait time for a referral appointment with a surgeon. The national benchmark for surgery wait times is six months – a standard accepted by the province. “Nova Scotia Health Authority management told us it is working to improve surgical wait times and operating room use across the province, and have a detailed plan to reduce hip and knee replacement wait times to meet the national six-month wait time target by 2020,” said Mr. Pickup. “We encourage the Nova Scotia Health Authority to complete its actions, and publicly report on how and when surgery wait times will improve, including the significant wait time target reductions needed to make their 2020 goal.” A short video, two-page summary, and full 37-page report are available at http://www.oag-ns.calast_img read more

Stars Donate To Charity Clothes Throw

first_imgColeen Rooney, Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughby, Jameela Jamil and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen are amongst the first celebrities to donate to this year’s Alder Hey ‘Clothes Throw’.The Clothes Throw, which is proudly supported by online retailer Littlewoods, centres around an exclusive auction where stars from the worlds of entertainment and fashion donate stylish outfits to raise much-needed funds for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Other donations have come from high profile celebrities, including Twiggy, Paloma Faith and Vivienne Westwood.Coleen Rooney, who is fronting the Clothes Throw 2012 campaign, said: “I am delighted to be helping Alder Hey Children’s Hospital with their annual Clothes Throw. This is a cause very close to my heart and I’m hoping everyone can get behind this great campaign to make use of the things we all have in our wardrobes which we no longer need and raise much-needed funds for the UK’s busiest children’s hospital at the same time.”Alder Hey Children’s Charity is encouraging people to get involved with the Clothes Throw in a number of ways, including holding Clothes Throw fundraising parties at home, selling their unwanted clothes online through eBay, buying unwanted clothes from each other or updating their wardrobes and donating any proceeds to the charity in the process.Brand Director at Littlewoods, Gary Kibble, said: “Littlewoods is delighted to be supporting this year’s Clothes Throw event. We are committed to making a positive impact in the communities in which we operate and those organisations that focus on improving the lives of children and young people are at the heart of our charity strategy.“Littlewoods has an ongoing partnership with Alder Hey and has donated around £3 million to the charity overall, including a significant donation in 2005 to build a specialist neurosciences wing at the hospital. As a Liverpool-based fashion retailer with families and children at the heart of our brand, this charity tie-up is the perfect fit for us. We can’t wait to see more donations rolling in.”Paloma Faith added: “I’m utterly excited to be taking part in the Clothes Throw again and I’ve donated my effervescent green glittery heels which I wore to death. I hope the Clothes Throw raises lots of cash for the children in Alder Hey Hospital who are all little sweethearts.”The majority of the celebrity donations, including Palma Faith’s shoes, will be auctioned online between October 30th and November 30th. A selection of prestigious items, such as Coleen Rooney’s own Philip Armstrong dress, will be auctioned on a catwalk at ‘The Clothes Throw Live Auction’ flagship event on 15th November in the unique setting of the Lady Chapel in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. Models are kindly provided by Impact and hair and makeup generously by Barbara Daley.If you would like to get involved with the Clothes Throw or bid in the online auction, please visit www.theclothesthrow.com. If you would like tickets for the Clothes Throw Live Auction on 15th November, which cost £30, please call 0151 252 5716.Alder Hey, the UK’s busiest children’s hospital, provides family-focused care for around 270,000 young patients every year and is responsible for the health of more children than any other hospital in the UK.The Clothes Throw is now in its fourth year and has so far raised around £100,000 and has grown year on year with celebrity support from Daniel Craig, Dame Shirley Bassey, Yoko Ono and many, many more.last_img read more

Drug company founder charged with pushing powerful opioid

first_imgPHOENIX – U.S. prosecutors levelled charges Thursday against the billionaire founder of an opioid medication maker that has faced increasing scrutiny from authorities across the country over allegations of pushing prescriptions of powerful painkillers amid a drug epidemic that is claiming thousands of lives each year.The fraud and racketeering case against Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor came the same day President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency.The case naming Kapoor follows indictments against the company’s former CEO and other executives and managers on allegations that they provided kickbacks to doctors to prescribe a potent opioid called Subsys.In the new indictment, Kapoor, 74, of Phoenix, and the other defendants are accused of offering bribes to doctors to write large numbers of prescriptions for the fentanyl-based pain medication that is meant only for cancer patients with severe pain. Most of the people who received prescriptions did not have cancer.It also alleges that they conspired to mislead and defraud insurance providers who were reluctant to approve payment for the drug when it was prescribed for patients without cancer.U.S. prosecutors in Boston brought the case as they vowed to go after problem opioid makers similar to how they target “cartels or a street-level drug dealer.”“In the midst of a nationwide opioid epidemic that has reached crisis proportions, Mr. Kapoor and his company stand accused of bribing doctors to overprescribe a potent opioid and committing fraud on insurance companies solely for profit,” said Acting U.S. Attorney William D. Weinreb in Boston.A judge set bail at $1 million for Kapoor, saying he must wear electronic monitoring and surrender his passports. Kapoor, who was arrested earlier Thursday, entered court in basketball shorts, tennis shoes and a T-shirt, his long, grey hair disheveled.“He is not guilty of these charges, he intends to fight it vigorously,” defence attorney Brian T. Kelly said outside court. Kelly is a high-profile Boston lawyer and former federal prosecutor who successfully tried imprisoned gangster James “Whitey” Bugler.Kapoor came to the U.S. from India to get his Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Buffalo, where the pharmacy school is named for him and his wife to honour their longtime philanthropy.Kapoor, whose worth Forbes estimated at $1.75 billion, also founded a company that operates seven restaurants including the Japanese eatery Roka Aker in Scottsdale.In Massachusetts, former Insys CEO Michael L. Babich and five other former executives and managers are set to go to trial in October 2018 and have pleaded not guilty. The latest indictment brings new charges against Babich and others.Several former Insys employees and health care providers have pleaded guilty to felony charges around the country, including in Alabama and Connecticut. A Rhode Island doctor pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting kickbacks in return for prescribing the highly addictive fentanyl spray.A spokesman for Arizona-based Insys said this week that the company is under new management and has replaced nearly all its original sales staff. It says it takes responsibility for the actions of its former employees.“We have taken necessary and appropriate steps to prevent past mistakes from happening in the future, and are committed to conducting business according to high ethical standards and the interests of patients,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “We also continue to work with relevant authorities to resolve issues related to the misdeeds of former employees.”Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri said evidence from a congressional probe she launched this year suggested that Insys had “gotten away with fines that amounted to a slap on the wrist for actions that helped fuel a nationwide epidemic that’s claimed hundreds of thousands of American lives.”Kapoor was named the drugmaker’s president and CEO in November 2015 after Babich resigned without explanation.Federal authorities apparently have been investigating the company for some time. In late 2013, Insys said it received a subpoena from the Department of Health and Human Services asking for documents tied to the commercialization of Subsys. Nearly a year later, it received a subpoena from U.S. prosecutors in Boston for documents connected with sales and marketing practices for the drug.In addition to the criminal charges, states have been suing Insys over its marketing practices.Meanwhile, the company has been active in politics, donating $500,000 last year to an Arizona campaign to defeat a ballot measure to legalize marijuana.The company’s stock price has taken a big tumble in recent months amid the legal issues. Insys stock plunged more than 20 per cent Thursday.___Associated Press writers Jacques Billeaud in Phoenix and Geoff Mulvihill in Cherry Hill, New Jersey contributed to this report.last_img read more

Legal advice sought to take action on illegal spas

According to the Health Ministry only four spas have been given approval to operate in the Maharagama area. It has also been found that 300 such spas are operating in the Maharagama area alone. Legal advice has been sought to take action on illegal spas operating in the country, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.The Health Ministry said that there are several illegal spas operating in the country using false or forged certificates. As a result the advice of the Attorney General is to be sought to remove the illegal spas. (Colombo Gazette) The Police, Ayurveda Department and Maharagama Urban Council conducted investigations on the illegal spas operating in Maharagama.However some shortcomings in the law prevented the authorities from removing the illegal spas.

WHO revises estimates of fatality ratio in SARS cases

The World Health Organization’s revision is based on an analysis of the latest data from Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Viet Nam, and results in new case fatality ratios that range from 0 to 50 per cent, with an overall estimate of case fatality of 14 to 15 per cent.The agency said the likelihood of dying from SARS in a given area has been shown to depend on the profile of the cases, including the age group most affected, and the presence of underlying disease. Based on data received by WHO to date, the case fatality ratio is estimated to be less than 1 per cent in persons aged 24 years or younger, 6 per cent in persons aged 25 to 44 years, 15 per cent in persons aged 45 to 64 years, and greater than 50 per cent in persons aged 65 years and older.A case fatality ratio measures the proportion of all people with a disease who will die from the disease. “In other words, it measures the likelihood that a disease will kill its host, and is thus an important indicator of the severity of a disease and its significance as a public health problem,” WHO said, noting that the likelihood that a person will die of SARS could be influenced by factors related to the SARS virus, the route of exposure and amount of virus, personal factors such as age or the presence of another disease, and access to prompt medical care.Meanwhile, WHO has also reviewed estimates of the incubation period of SARS, using individual case data. It concluded that the current best estimate of the virus’ maximum incubation period continues to be 10 days. read more

Civilian protection stressed as Security Council mulls UN force in Central African

Top United Nations officials today underscored the need for urgent action to confront the myriad challenges facing the Central African Republic (CAR), as the Security Council considered Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s proposals for deploying a peacekeeping mission that will be tasked, first and foremost, with protecting civilians in the strife-torn nation.“The situation in CAR remains extremely grave and urgent action by all – including by this Council – is required to prevent further bloodshed,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos told the 15-member body.Ms. Amos, who recently visited the country, reported that the crisis that has gripped CAR for more than a year has left the State unable to deliver basic services or to stop the spiral of violence. In addition, there is no national army, and the police and the gendarmerie are ill-equipped to address current challenges.The conflict in CAR erupted when Séléka rebels launched attacks in December 2012 and has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones as mainly Christian militias known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete) have taken up arms.Ms. Amos said CAR is experiencing “unacceptable sectarian brutality, persistent insecurity and fear” with tragic humanitarian consequences. More than 650,000 people are still internally displaced, with more than 232,000 in the capital, Bangui, alone. This includes 70,000 people who are still living at a site for internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the airport in “appalling” conditions which are set to worsen dramatically with the onset of the rainy season.“Unless the current trajectory is urgently reversed, the demographic and social changes taking place in CAR will have severe and lasting consequences for the country, the region and the continent,” she stated.In addition to those displaced within the country, over 290,000 people have fled to neighbouring Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Republic of Congo, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, who was also recently in CAR.“Rarely has a field visit in my eight-year tenure as High Commissioner caused me such anguish as my recent trip to the Central African Republic,” he told the Council. “I was deeply shocked by the barbarity, brutality and inhumanity that have characterized the violence happening in the country.”Mr. Guterres stressed that the most important protection and humanitarian objective inside CAR is to re-establish security and law and order. “The immediate reinforcement of international forces, in particular with police contingents to ensure security in the neighbourhoods, is the biggest imperative.”In his briefing, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous noted that the current deployment of international security forces – the African-led International Support Mission to CAR (MISCA) and the French mission, known as Sangaris – is not sufficient and lacks the civilian component to adequately protect civilians under imminent attack.“Addressing the crisis in the Central African Republic requires a unified and integrated approach, through the deployment of a multidimensional peacekeeping operation, with the protection of civilians as its utmost priority.”He added that the UN is “uniquely positioned” to deploy and sustain such a mission with the full range of capacities required to address the deep-rooted nature of the complex crisis unfolding in the country. In a report sent to the Council earlier this week, Secretary-General outlines his proposal for the establishment of a nearly 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping operation in CAR that would aim at re-hatting as many MISCA troops as possible.Mr. Ladsous noted that the mission’s objectives, in the early phase of its deployment, will focus on providing a secure environment, a sine qua non for progress in other areas, supporting the Transitional Government to exercise basic state functions, supporting peace and reconciliation efforts, extension of State authority, protecting basic human rights, and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance.“There will be no quick fix in the Central African Republic,” stated the peacekeeping chief, adding that responding to this crisis will require time and resources. “The scale of needs in the Central African Republic is daunting, and progress in any one area will not be sustainable without significant and simultaneous engagement in others. The deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping operation should therefore be part of a broader, long-term engagement of the international community.” read more

Football Alex Grinch to become Oklahoma defensive coordinator

Ohio State football co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Alex Grinch addresses the media for the first time as a member of the coaching staff on February 28, 2018. Grinch joined the Ohio State staff from Washington State University. Credit: James King II | Former Sports DirectorAfter one season at Ohio State, Alex Grinch is heading to Oklahoma.The Buckeyes’ safeties coach and co-defensive coordinator will leave to join Sooner’s head coach Lincoln Riley’s staff and become Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator, making the hiring official on Friday night.Grinch started his coaching career in Missouri in 2002, and was the defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at Washington State prior to being hired at Ohio State.In 2018, Ohio State allowed 245.2 passing yards per game and seven yards per play, giving up 18 passing touchdowns all season.There is no news on who will be replacing Grinch on the coaching staff.Updated at 7:53 p.m. when Oklahoma made the hiring official.

Mother of Cathedral Catholic student sentenced for supplying drugs to minors

first_imgMother of Cathedral Catholic student sentenced for supplying drugs to minors Posted: August 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A woman who provided prescription drugs, alcohol and other narcotics to her daughter — a student at Cathedral Catholic High School — and other minors was sentenced Friday to 11 years and eight months in state prison.Kimberly Dawn Quach, 49, pleaded guilty in May to five felony charges, including furnishing Xanax to a minor and employing a minor to transport or sell marijuana.Superior Court Judge Timothy Walsh — who imposed the maximum term under the plea agreement — said Quach’s conduct fell “well short of being a good parent.”“Her conduct is absolutely sickening to the court,” the judge said, noting that children are among the most vulnerable members of society.Walsh said Quach exposed her 17- and 10-year-old daughters and their friends to extreme danger.“She literally taught them to be drug dealers,” the judge said.Quach’s live-in companion, William Sipperley III, 50, was sentenced to six years and four months in prison. He had pleaded guilty to using a minor to transport or sell marijuana and furnishing marijuana to a minor over 14 years old.Sipperley’s attorney, Domenic Lombardo, told the judge his client moved in with Quach after his wife of 36 years died and he had turned to taking drugs and smoking marijuana.Lombardo said Sipperley did not condone the drug sales and parties at Quach’s Carmel Valley home and “should have been man enough to get out of there.”Deputy District Attorney Christina Eastman said two minors that Quach gave drugs to ended up in a drug rehabilitation program.Eastman said Quach was in the process of setting up a marijuana distribution operation in her home and wanted to be the “cool mom.”The prosecutor said Sipperley taught Quach’s then-9-year-old daughter how to plant marijuana.Quach was arrested last year after police said she sold or offered the controlled substance suboxone, a prescription opiate, and Xanax to minors over a nine-month period beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Quach also gave at least 10 teens marijuana to sell, package or transport, according to police, who said Cathedral Catholic students regularly smoked cannabis that Sipperley grew at the couple’s home on Aster Meadows Place in Carmel Valley.One detective said Quach had as many as 70 teenage clients at Cathedral Catholic and other schools.During a search of Quach’s home, police found large containers of marijuana, plant food, grow lights and drug paraphernalia, according to the criminal complaint. KUSI Newsroom August 24, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Small plane makes emergency landing in Fort Lauderdale no injuries

first_imgThis morning at 6am #FLFR units responded to a small plane that experienced engine failure on its approach into Ft Laud Executive. The pilot did an amazing job and landed safely with 2 people onboard at NW 62 ST and NW 31 Way. Plane was inbound from Georgia. pic.twitter.com/IhAqrj5eu3— FLFR PIO (@FtLaudFire) September 30, 2018The pilot and a single passenger were not hurt.The plane was later towed from the scene. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – It was a tricky touchdown for the pilot of a South Florida-bound small plane who made an emergency landing in Fort Lauderdale.According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, the single-engine aircraft was headed to Fort lauderdale Executive Airport from Georgia when it experienced engine failure at around 6 a.m. Sunday.The pilot of the the red and white Cessna Skylark was able to touch down safely in the area of Northwest 62nd Street and 31st Way, near Cypress Creek Road. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

AMI Reports Strong Quarter

first_imgAMI saw a 7 percent decrease in expenses, according to chief financial officer Dean Durbin, who attributed the strong results to cost-reduction and revenue-enhancement goals outlined in AMI’s “management action plan” in February 2007.The turnaround comes at a particularly interesting time for AMI. In December, a sale of the company to Ron Burkle’s Source Interlink was reportedly imminent, but has stalled in 2008.Last month, the company swapped CFOs, with Durbin, a former CEO at Vertis Communications and a b-to-b publishing veteran of Thomson and McGraw-Hill, becoming AMI’s sixth CFO in four years. American Media Inc., a company whose troubles making financial filing deadlines are well documented, has reported strong earnings for third quarter of fiscal year 2008.According to AMI’s filing late last week, revenue for the third quarter of fiscal year 2008 was $115 million, as compared to $107 for the same period in 2007—a 7 percent increase. For the nine months ended December 31, 2007, revenues were $368 million, compared to $346 million in the prior year—a 6 percent increase. The publisher of Star, National Enquirer, Shape and Men’s Fitness attributed the boost to increases in advertising and newsstand revenue. According to Publishers Information Bureau (PIB) figures, Shape’s ad pages increased by 13 percent in 2007, Star and Men’s Fitness by 25 percent. AMI’s reported operating income for the third quarter of fiscal year 2008 was $17 million, compared to a loss of $302 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2007. (For the nine months ended December 31, 2007, operating income was $75 million, as compared to a loss of $275 million in the prior year.) The company also doubled its EBITDA for the third quarter of fiscal year 2008 was $24 million, as compared to $12 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2007. For the nine months ended December 31, 2007, EBITDA was $95 million, as compared to $56 million in the prior year period.last_img read more

Sen Murkowski talks aviation climate change in Bethel visit

first_imgClimate change and rural aviation are major issues in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski addressed both during her visit to the region last week.Listen nowMurkowski visited Quinhagak as part of her trip. It’s one of 56 villages in the region and sits on the coast near Kuskokwim Bay. Like many Y-K Delta communities, it’s experiencing erosion from rising sea levels and melting permafrost, and is struggling to maintain its gravel airstrip.           “[I] had an opportunity to look at the impacts of erosion and some of the issues that they are dealing with, whether it’s their airport or sewer lagoon, but the impacts to infrastructure that will be necessary to review,” Murkowski said.The Yup’ik community is also the site of a massive archaeological dig. Quinhagak is trying to save its heritage, thousands of artifacts from the Bow and Arrow Wars of the 1600s, from washing into the sea. Murkowski says that she is focused on tackling both rural aviation and climate change. For rural aviation, she says that Congress just passed legislation that would prioritize airport construction in “cold weather” locations.               “We just don’t have enough time in the summer season, and airports are being used day in and day out,” Murkowski said.The legislation makes sure that safety equipment arrives more quickly at rural airports, and allows cargo planes in Alaska to deliver fully charged lithium ion batteries.       “These are often used in things like pacemakers, so well, if you can’t get these fully charged batteries out to the region on an airplane, how do folks get this necessary medical equipment?” Murkowski said. “So that’s a very specific Alaska exemption.”Maintaining a rural airstrip also means battling melting permafrost, which can cause dips in the runway. And of course, some Y-K Delta villages like Quinhagak and Newtok face another big infrastructure problem: erosion, which is expensive to fix.KYUK asked Murkowski if Congress plans to define climate change as an emergency under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). That would make it easier for communities like Newtok and Quinhagak, who are facing relocation and major infrastructure problems because of erosion linked to climate change, to get federal funding to replace buildings or move. Murkowski did not think that was a good idea.               “When you think about climate change and the impacts, these are slow-moving disasters. We can see it coming,” Murkowski said. “But the reality is, from my viewpoint, is that FEMA is not the best entity for addressing the potential disaster that you can see coming.”She said that FEMA is an agency focusing on responding to disasters, not trying to prevent or mitigate them. She thinks that it makes more sense for an agency like the Army Corps of Engineers to take preventative measures to contend with climate change. KYUK asked Murkowski if she thought that was possible with the current administration; the Trump administration is trying to roll back major environmental regulations that would cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.             “If what we’re talking about is a wholesale kind of an overhaul of a department that would allow for prevention, adaptation, and mitigation focused specifically on climate change in the two years of the Trump administration, I don’t see that happening,” Murkowski said.But she says that the solution could happen with a little different phrasing.“If you are an administration that says ‘well we want to be smarter with taxpayer dollars,’ then you work on infrastructure and technologies that will, for instance, be more enduring when you build out an airstrip,” Murkowski said. “For many in this administration, it’s how you talk about getting to the same goal. I think that’s very important.”Murkowksi says that there are plans underway in agencies to help build more “resilient” infrastructure that will withstand the impacts of climate change: from more hurricanes, to rising sea levels, to melting permafrost.last_img read more

Geeksplainer The SpiderVerse

first_img ‘Spider-Verse’ Creators Plan Sony Marvel TV ShowsWatch These Movies Before ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Stay on target So the big twist of Sony’s new animated Spider-Man movie, which hits theaters on December 14, is that Peter Parker isn’t the main web-slinger. If you’ve been reading comics for longer than fifteen minutes, you’re probably familiar with the idea of alternate universes that feature our favorite heroes and villains in different permutations. Marvel started playing in this pool with What If? and various miniseries before going big with the launch of the Ultimate Universe, and over the last few decades we’ve seen dozens of arachnid heroes and heroines. But what’s bringing them all together? Grab a stack of wheatcakes and read on.What Is The Spider-Verse?Typically, alternate universes keep to themselves aside from the occasional inter-title crossover or tear in the fabric of spacetime. But the Spider-Man comics have made an exception in recent years by creating a mythology that connects all of the spider-powered people from Marvel Comics history into one massive… wait for it… web. That’s the Spider-Verse, where Peter Parker and a bunch of other heroes team up to fight off the menace of the Inheritors. The first Spider-Verse crossover happened in 2014 and the company has been milking it pretty heavily ever since, most recently with Spider-Geddon. That 2014 crossover is the source material for the movie.Who Are The Inheritors?Every good story needs villains, and the bad guys that bring the Spider-Verse together are some of Peter Parker’s nastiest. Called the Inheritors, they hail from Earth-001, the “first universe,” and they gain power and eternal life by chowing down on spider-people… or “totems.” Bear with me here, because this gets weird.We met our first Inheritor, the vampiric Morlun, way back in 2001. In a widely reviled storyline by J. Michael Straczynski, who typically knows better, it’s revealed that the radioactive spider that bit Peter Parker wasn’t just some random arachnid but actually chose the gangly teenager to receive its powers, becoming a “totem,” halfway between man and animal. This was quite a retcon, which was done for one major reason: to give Peter Parker biological web-shooters like he would have in the upcoming 2002 Sam Raimi movie.Morlun and his relatives conquered their universe after a battle with the Master Weaver, a creature at the center of the “Web of Life and Destiny” that connects all of the infinite universes. The Weaver can only be an individual touched by the spider-totem, so the Inheritors began trawling through universes murdering spider-people. Morlun and his siblings Daemos and Verna come to Earth-616 (the main Marvel universe) where a coterie of spider-people from all over have been assembled and they fight. It ends with the redeemed Inheritor Karn taking the role of Master Weaver and the respective Spiders heading back to their own universes – mostly.Who Are The Spider-Men (And Women, And Girls, And Pigs)?So the big draw of the Spider-Verse is seeing all of the different incarnations of the character from alternate universes. We can’t hit all of them in one article without destroying our web server, so here are the key players you can expect to show up.Peter Parker is, of course, the original Spider-Man. Debuting in 1962, the scrawny teen was bitten by a radioactive spider and gaines strength, speed and a “spider-sense.” He’s one of Marvel’s most durable heroes, having gone through dozens of costumes and status quo changes including getting married and then having his marriage erased by Satan. In the film, it looks like he’ll be serving as a mentor to our next guy.Miles Morales took on the mantle of Spider-Man in what’s known as the “Ultimate Universe” after that dimension’s Peter Parker died in a battle with the Green Goblin. Miles was introduced in 2011, with Marvel’s editorial staff inspired by the election of Barack Obama to create a Black Spider-Man. Bitten by a spider genetically engineered to replicate the accident that gave Parker his powers, Miles is a young, conflicted kid who struggles with the responsibility of his abilities and his criminal father.May “Mayday” Parker was introduced as part of Marvel’s MCT universe in the late 90s that skipped the timeline forward to focus on the children of some of Marvel’s greatest heroes. The daughter of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, she inherits her dad’s abilities when she enters her teens and begins fighting crime, much to their chagrin. May helmed the longest-running Marvel female superhero book, ending with issue #100, and the character still has a devoted fan base.Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham, was introduced in 1983 and had his own series with Marvel’s all-ages Star Comics line. The porcine hero was born a spider and bitten by a radioactive pig, transforming him into his current state. Sony dropped a trailer confirming that the pig will play a role in Into The Spider-Verse, and he actually provided more than comic relief to the original crossover.The final Spider-Man we’ll touch on here probably won’t play a big part in the movie due to continuity issues, but he’s vital to the comics: Otto Octavius, the Superior Spider-Man. For several years, Peter Parker was dead at the hands of one of his greatest enemies, the rotund many-armed scientist Dr. Octopus, who then transferred his consciousness into Peter’s body and took over his life. With his lack of morals and scientific acumen, the newly-dubbed Superior Spider-Man made a huge mess of things before Peter was able to reassert control. In the comics, Octavius is brought from the past before Parker took his body back, and his desperation to not return to his timeline causes some problems.Throw in Spider-Man Noir (from the 1930s), Spider-Punk, Japanese preteen mech pilot SP//dr, the sentient colony in costume Spiders-Man, Spider-Gwen, Indian spider-hero Pavitr Prabhakar, and dozens more and you’ll see just how extensive the Spider-Verse is.Why Does It Work So Well?Spider-Man is in many ways the perfect superhero to support this kind of experiment, simply because of how human and relatable he is at his core. Can you imagine a story where dozens of alternate versions of Superman or Batman team up together? They wouldn’t be able to go fifteen minutes without exploding. But Peter Parker’s essential humanity and responsibility allows him to get along well with others – even others that are like him.The design of the different Spiders is also a high point – even though there’s a lot of gimmickry involved, each one has had some real thought and history put into it. It helps that Marvel has been trotting out these alternate universe tales for over 40 years, giving the more successful variants time to settle into the collective consciousness. It also helps that they don’t take the concept overly seriously – his sense of humor is a major part of Spidey’s success, so having him share the page with an anthropomorphic pig doesn’t seem too outrageous.How Will The Movie Be Different From The Comics?Obviously the printed Spider-Verse crossover is going to do things that a movie should never attempt. A cast of literally hundreds of Spider-people simply won’t work on the big screen, as well as all of the machinations with Octavius in Parker’s body and time travel. Keep it simple, stupid. Instead, what we’ll be getting is a more personal story about the relationship between the universe-displaced Peter Parker and a new to superheroics Miles Morales. Yes, the universe is in peril (although the Inheritors don’t seem to be anywhere in sight, which is probably for the best), and Spiders from across the dimensions must unite to fight it, but no totems, no murder, and no greater mythology.Initial reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, with critics praising the brisk pace and relatable characters. It’s no secret that DC has been dominating the animated feature market (even if most of theirs go direct to streaming), so if Marvel and Sony can make it work on the big screen the MCU could have some real competition.More on Geek.com:Sony Seeks Patent for ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Animation TechNike and Jordan Brand Announce ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ ShoeBest Spider-Man Gifts for Your Favorite Web-Headlast_img read more

Play this Super Luigi U for the Wii U

first_imgNintendo’s first DLC for Super Mario Bros. U has finally arrived. That might sound like great news for Wii U — DLC for a Mario game — but if you’re a casual player get ready to be frustrated quickly.As one of their launch day titles, Super Mario Bros. U is one of those games you expect just about every Wii U owner to buy. As we wait for some of the new titles announced at E3 2013 to arrive, Nintendo has released a Luigi-focused DLC that can be purchased as an add on to the existing SMBU or as a standalone digital only title. The add-on puts you in the bright green overalls of Mario’s taller twin, who is also trying to race his way to rescue Princess Peach. Luigi’s adventure is a little different than Mario’s, and in many ways this game is significantly more challenging to complete.Super Luigi U starts off just as the original did, with Bowser and his crew storming the castle and taking the Princess. From Luigi’s perspective, he’s got to get to the castle as quickly as possible, with very little time to stop and enjoy much of anything. All of Luigi’s levels start with the time warning sound, offering just 100 seconds on the clock to complete the level. During boss fight levels, you have 100 seconds to get through the actual level and an additional 100 seconds for the boss fight. Skilled players will have no problem taking on the first few levels in under 45 seconds, but this mechanic makes exploring the levels fairly challenging.Playing Luigi is slightly different from playing Mario, as you now have access to his extra hang-time when he jumps. This little bit can often make a big difference in getting through the level, especially when used with the flying squirrel acorn and some of the other new abilities. You’ll find some familiar companions like Yoshi along the way, but you’ll also find reasons to go back to previous levels and play through them again, like when you have to chase down Nabbit to recover items he has stolen from Toadstool.As DLC’s go, Luigi U is great. It’s a challenging addition to Mario U that offers just enough variety to keep things interesting. The 100-second limit gets frustrating as you move into the other parts of the map, and the first time you forget that Mario can’t jump as high as Luigi or hang in the air for a second as he jumps you’ll want to throw your controller… but overall it is a great DLC.You can grab this game from the Wii U shop for $19.99 as an add-on or $29.99 as a standalone title, and even if you don’t want the DLC there’s now an update for SMB U that allows you to play with the new Pro Controller. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Title Screen Luigi UTitle Screen Luigi UScratched out signBoss Fight Luigi UYoshi Luigi UNabbit catch Luigi Ulast_img read more