"Justice League Dark" Film Moving Forward with Director Doug Liman

The long-gestating “Justice League Dark” movie – which has also gone under the name “Dark Universe” – is indeed happening with “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Bourne Identity” helmer Doug Liman attached to direct.
Due to Liman’s commitment to direct “Justice League Dark,” he’ll no longer helm the X-Men spinoff “Gambit.” Sources say Liman’s departure is a “mutual split” between him and the studio, 20th Century Fox.
According to Variety, revered filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Pacific Rim”), who was originally set to direct the project, and contributed to the original script, is still attached as producer.
The site notes that the team featured in the film will consist of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon – all members super-team in the original DC Comics series.
Produced by Scott Rudin and written by Michael Gilio, “Justice League Dark” hasn’t been given a release date.
Doug Liman to Direct ‘Dark Universe’ Film for DC, Warner Bros. (EXCLUSIVE)
Doug Liman is set to direct the Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment adaptation of “Dark Universe” — a.k.a., “Justice League Dark.” Scott Rudin and Guillermo del Toro are…
By Justin Kroll

Doug Liman is set to direct the Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment adaptation of “Dark Universe” — a.k.a., “Justice League Dark.”

Scott Rudin and Guillermo del Toro are producing the pic with del Toro writing a recent draft of the script. Warner Bros. had no comment.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, the story revolves around a dark Justice League team that consists of Det. John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon.

UEFA Best Player in Europe nominee interview: Bale

What were your highlights of last season?

Winning the Champions League final. It’d been a long hard season and it was a very difficult final against Atletico Madrid, but we kept going, kept fighting and ultimately got the prize we wanted. We felt confident we could win, although they always make it difficult for us. My ultimate memory is the penalty shoot-out – having cramp and just being able to go and take the penalty. Some nights they go in for you, some they don’t. But that night we all stepped up, we all did our job  and no matter how you win, it’s always great.

How great an influence has Zinédine Zidane been?
He’s got that experience of winning as a player and obviously as a coach [as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant] when we won the first Champions League. He’s massively helpful to everybody and his experience showed in the end.

And how about your team-mate Luka Modrić?
Luka is vitally important. He is an amazing player, I have played with him for a long time and I am obviously very honoured to play with such a great player. He’s the hub of the team, he makes things tick, he’s just an all-around good footballer.

The next UEFA Champions League final will be in your home town …
After winning the first Champions League, I knew the [UEFA] Super Cup was in Cardiff, so it was an amazing moment for me personally. But to have the Champions League final in my home town is an even bigger motivation. (read more)

Bale is vying with Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann for the 2015/16 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. The winner will be announced during Thursday’s (August 25) group stage draw in Monaco.

Rocky planet found orbiting habitable zone of nearest star

An international team of astronomers including Carnegie’s Paul Butler has found clear evidence of a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Solar System. The new world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface, if it were present. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us; it may even be the closest possible abode for life beyond our own Sun. A paper describing this milestone finding is published by Nature.                                

Just over four light-years from our Solar System sits a red dwarf star named Proxima Centauri. This cool star in the constellation of Centaurus is too faint to be seen with the naked eye and is close to the much brighter pair of stars known as Alpha Centauri A and B.

During the first half of 2016, the HARPS spectrograph on the European Southern Observatory’s 3.6-meter telescope at La Silla regularly observed Proxima Centauri, as did other professional and amateur telescopes around the world. The team of astronomers, called the Pale Red Dot campaign, led by Carnegie alum Guillem Anglada-Escudé of Queen Mary, University of London was looking for a tiny back-and-forth wobble in the star caused by the gravitational pull of an orbiting planet.

In addition to data gathered by the Pale Red Dot campaign, the paper incorporates contributions from scientists who have been observing Proxima Centauri for years, including Butler.

As this was a topic with very wide public interest, the progress of the campaign between mid-January and April 2016 was shared publicly as it occurred on the Pale Red Dot website and via social media. Numerous outreach articles from specialists all around the world accompanied the reports on data collection.

Anglada-Escudé explains the background to this unique search: “The first hints of a possible planet were spotted back in 2013, but the detection was not convincing. Since then we have worked hard to get further observations off the ground with help from ESO and others. The recent Pale Red Dot campaign has been about two years in the planning.”

The Pale Red Dot data, when combined with earlier observations, revealed a truly exciting result. At regular intervals, Proxima Centauri is approaching Earth at about 5 kilometers per hour—normal human walking pace—and at opposite times in those cycles it is receding at the same speed. This regular pattern repeats with a period of 11.2 days. Careful analysis of how tiny the resulting Doppler shifts were showed that they indicated the presence of a planet with a mass at least 1.3 times that of the Earth, orbiting about 7 million kilometers from Proxima Centauri—only 5 percent of the distance between the Earth and the Sun.

One complication to the analysis is that red dwarfs like Proxima Centauri are active stars, and their natural brightness variations could mimic the presence of a planet. In order to exclude this possibility, the team also monitored the changing brightness of the star very carefully during the campaign using the ASH2 telescope at the San Pedro de Atacama Celestial Explorations Observatory in Chile and the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network.

Although the planet companion, Proxima b, orbits much closer to its star than Mercury does to the Sun in our Solar System, the star itself is far fainter and cooler than the Sun. As a result, Proxima b has an estimated temperature that—if water were present—would allow it in a liquid state on its surface, thus placing it within the so-called “habitable zone” around the star.

Despite the temperate orbit of Proxima b, the conditions on the surface may be strongly affected by the ultraviolet and x-ray flares from the star—far more intense than the Earth experiences from the Sun.

“The discovery of the potentially habitable planet around Proxima Cen is the culmination of 30 years of work that has improved stellar velocity measurement precision from 300 m/s to 1 m/s,” Butler said. “This work has resulted in the discovery of hundreds of planets around the nearest stars, and now a potentially habitable planet around the nearest star in the sky. This work confirms the Kepler satellite and precision velocity studies that have shown that potentially habitable planets are common, and points the way to the future when such planets will be directly observed with giant ground- and space-based telescopes.”
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UEFA Best Player in Europe nominee interview: Griezmann

How does it feel to be nominated among the best three players in Europe?
It means I’m on the right track to be among the best. I have to keep going that way, keep working hard and giving joy to people when I play. Without being big-headed, I think I deserve the nomination because I had a great season with my club and the national team.

What were your highlights of last season?
All of the games we won, but especially the Champions League quarter-final and semi-final [against Barcelona and Bayern München respectively]. And then the whole of the EURO, because it took place in France – it was wonderful, and unfortunately for us we will never experience that again. We were really blown away, and I hope it was the same for the fans as well.

Was 2015/16 your best campaign yet?
Yes, I think so, but I hope there’s more to come – a lot of goals, assists and why not trophies as well?

What would winning the Best Player in Europe Award mean to you?
It would mean I’m getting closer to achieving my objective of being among the best players, and to do that I need to keep on working hard and enjoying things on and off the pitch.

Griezmann is vying with Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo for the 2015/16 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. The winner will be announced during Thursday’s (August 25) group stage draw in Monaco.
It's Official: Earth-Like Planet Found In Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star Proxima Centauri
Astronomers just discovered the closest possible Earth-like planet outside our Solar System. It orbits our closest neighboring star, Proxima Centauri. The planet is warm enough for liquid water, is almost certainly rocky and terrestrial, and could even have an atmosphere. At just 4.2 light years away, scientists are even wondering if this may be the closest home for life outside our Solar System.
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David De Gea to be cleared in Torbe case | August 24, 2016  

The sexual abuse case brought against adult film director Torbe is no longer set to implicate Spain footballers David de Gea and Iker Munain

- Police are said to have found inconsistencies in the witness testimonies which saw the Manchester United goalkeeper and Athletic Bilbao winger both named as suspects just days before Spain began their Euro 2016 campaign in June.
- According to Interviu magazine the pair have therefore been cleared of any wrongdoing by both prosecutors and the judge presiding over the trial, meaning that neither will have to testify in the case against Torbe - real name Ignacio Allende Fernandez - who was arrested in May on charges of child pornography and trafficking.

[HERE] is our post with details to the case & links to full articles about the case.

A French premiere date for Josh’s In Dubious Battle seems to be in place. James Franco will be honored at a Deauville American Film Festival on September 5. Festival organizers had said previously that a screening of the film will be part of Franco’s tribute (x).


2016/17 UEFA CL group stage draw: Thursday, August 25 (6pm CET)
- The winners of the UEFA best player & best women’s player will be announced during the draw.

Goal and Save of the Season
The winners will be named on Thursday, the same day the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage draw takes place in Monaco. The best save will be announced at 12:00CEST, with the top goal following an hour later.


Executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic teases the Pop Princess’ return to the VMAs stage!

There will be no snake, kiss or that drunk belly, Britney Spears’ performance on this year’s VMAs might be something she’s never done before! 

She’s not one to do the same thing she’s done in the past,” executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic tells EW. “It’s going to be something you’ve not seen her do before. It’s going to separate her from other performances.”

Britney, of course, has a long history with the VMAs, from her iconic costume change in 2000 to the snake dance in 2001 to the infamous Madonna kiss in 2003. “She grew up on MTV,” Ignjatovic says. “She’s so connected to the network, and I know back when I worked on the channel in the ‘90s she was the darling of MTV.

The last time Britney actually performed at the VMAs, however, was in 2007, and, well, we all know how that went. Ignjatovic says fans have nothing to worry about this year: “It’s amazing [to have her back],” he says. “To have her in such great form with a huge hit, she’s super relevant and current—I think the young people watching MTV now are as connected to her as they were back in the TRL days.”

The 2016 MTV VMAs will air live from New York’s Madison Square Garden on Sunday, August 28 at 9 p.m. ET.