Windows 10 Insider – Gaming improvements

Windows 10 logo

Microsoft released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16226 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring yesterday.  They have spent some time on making improvements for gamers this time. cross-platform multi-player could become a less exotic thing.

Gaming Improvements

New help options: We have added a new “Xbox Networking” section under Settings > Gaming. Here, we’ll help you attempt to identify and resolve issues preventing you from using voice chatting and playing multiplayer games with other Xbox Live users.

 

Track your GPU performance

For the Task Manager fans out there, we’re happy to share that we’ve heard your feedback and we’ve updated Task Manager to now include GPU info. Our engineering team used the feedback you gave us that is part of this Feedback Collection https://aka.ms/olx5pn to prioritize and to design the feature – thank you! The Performance tab shows GPU utilization information for each separate GPU component (such as 3D and Video encode/decode), as well as graphics memory usage stats. The Details tab shows you GPU utilization info for each process. Please note that this feature is still under construction and you will find issues and bugs.

Fargo – Season 3

Fargo Season 3

About

Set in 2010, the third installment of Fargo centers on Emmit Stussy and his slightly younger brother Ray (Ewan McGregor in dual roles).

Emmit, the “Parking Lot King of Minnesota,” is a handsome, self-made real estate mogul with a perfect family – a real American success story. His slightly younger brother Ray is more of a cautionary tale. Wilted from a lifetime of living in Emmit’s shadow, Ray is a balding, pot-bellied parole officer with a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt – and he blames his brother.

The only bright spot in Ray’s life is the love of a not-so-good woman, Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), one of his parolees. Nikki has brains, beauty and a deep and abiding passion for competitive bridge. She decides to help Ray turn his fortunes around, by essentially stealing back his good karma. Unsurprisingly, things quickly get out of hand and petty theft leads to murder.

When the mayhem crosses county lines, Eden Valley Police Chief Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon), a newly divorced mother, is called upon to investigate. Normally steady and imperturbable, Gloria is shaken when the case takes an unexpectedly personal turn. Meanwhile, Emmit’s perfect life is upended when he receives an unwelcome business proposal from a mysterious loner and true capitalist, V.M. Vargas (David Thewlis), whose bosses plan to become business partners with “The Parking Lot King” whether Emmit likes it or not.

Cast

Ratings

IMDB 9,0/10

Audience Score 95%

Critics Consensus: Thanks in part to a memorable dual performance from Ewan McGregor, Fargo mostly maintains the sly wit and off-kilter sensibility it displayed in its first two seasons.

About the true story disclaimer

As with the original film, each episode begins with the superimposed text:

This is a true story. The events depicted took place in Minnesota in [year]. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.

To give you a short answer, it’s all complete fiction. Doing some research and reading the stories I tend to dislike the Coen brothers. Remember season 2? An interview:

“There are actually two little elements in the story that were based on actual incidents,” Joel Coen told HuffPost. “One of them is the fact that there was a guy, I believe in the ‘60s or ‘70s, who was gumming up serial numbers for cars and defrauding the General Motors Finance Corporation. There was no kidnapping. There was no murder. It was a guy defrauding the GM Finance Corporation at some point.”

Okay… so there was a guy scraping serial numbers for car chassis…… Why fool the audience every episode with the true story crap?

Big thumbs up for the makeup department

Ewan McGregor
as
 Emmit Stussy

 

 

 

Ewan McGregor
as
 Ray Stussy

 

Ewan McGregor in regular life

 

 

Trailer

Website

fxnetworks.com/shows/fargo

Release information

The third season premiered on April 19, 2017

Runtime

10 episodes of 50 minutes each.

Original Network

FX

The 100 – Season 5 news

The 100

I just finished S04 and am glad that the show did great after a not so good S03. IMDB ratings picked up from a 7.8 and 7.9 for the first two episodes to end with a 9.3. Now that’s what you call a great end! The final 3 minutes of the seasons last episode did bring up a lot questions with the fans. Here’s some explanation.

A chat with executive producer Jason Rothenberg

My initial thought when I saw the little girl with Clarke was “She’s way too old to be her actual daughter.” Who is she?
Well, it’s not her biological daughter, but what we’ll see in Season 5 is that this relationship is hugely important for Clarke. She’s a Nightblood named Maddie, and she’s been with her for five years. They are, for all intents and purposes, bonded the way a mother and daughter would be. So Clarke loves her, and her decision-making process has changed, just as it does for anyone who has a child. … We’ll tell the story of how they came together in Season 5, and how they’ve been surviving as the only two people on the planet — until that ship shows up.

Yeah, about that spaceship… Should we just assume it’s packed with angry prisoners?
We will definitely tell their story. Some of them will probably be angry. All of them will be home, alive and back on Earth. I think, in some really cool ways, it’s a rebooting of the entire story. The 100 were prisoners when they came to the ground, and they thought they were alone, but they weren’t. There were Grounders in this world, which we learned when a spear came out of the woods and impaled Jasper’s chest. Now Clarke is the Grounder, and these prisoners are the 100. We screw with people’s perspectives. Of course, the prisoners are going to start as antagonists, but we’ll probably dimensionalize them as we do with all of our bad guys.


The 100 Promotes Tasya Teles (Echo) to Series Regular in Season 5

Echo was last seen blasting off into space with Bellamy, Raven, etc. during Wednesday’s fourth season finale, “Praimfaya.” Echo was first introduced as a prisoner in Mount Weather towards the end of The CW drama’s second season, and has maintained a tenuous connection to Clarke and Co. ever since. Despite being one of the “good” (or at least “better”) characters, Echo has been known to behave erratically, occasionally dipping her toe in the betrayal pond.


Isaiah Washington (Jaha) Not Returning as Series Regular in Season 5

But don’t go throwing dirt on Jaha’s grave just yet; at this point, it’s unclear how Washington’s character will be written out of the show, nor is it known whether the actor may appear again in a guest-star capacity.

Washington’s character, Thelonious Jaha, has undergone a radical transformation since we met him three years ago. After being stripped of his chancellor title, Jaha became a lost soul, eventually finding salvation — or so he thought — via the promises of an evil technological being known as A.L.I.E. Following her defeat, Jaha attempted to redeem himself, most recently helping his people gain access to a top-secret bunker that could save them from an impending nuclear death wave.

Netflix – each country’s favorite show

 

This is awesome, a map with the most popular show based on queries from finder.com

Click here for a full size version

It’s cool to see the differences in each country / culture. In North and South America almost every country has a different most popular TV show, only Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead are listed twice.

In Western Europe House of Cards is very popular, recently American politics became an almost weekly item in the news here with the colorful (Orange 😀 ) Trump. Maybe interest has grown after that for a show about manipulation, blackmail, greed and determination in politics.

Also interesting to see that some countries in the Middle East and Central Asia like the older shows Lost and Friends.

 

TOP 5 MOST POPULAR NETFLIX SHOWS IN THE WORLD

  1. Sherlock
  2. Friends
  3. Narcos
  4. House of Cards
  5. New Girl

 

MOST POPULAR NETFLIX SHOWS IN 91 COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

Country Favorite Netflix Show
Algeria The Black List
Argentina Grand Hotel
Armenia Sherlock
Australia Jane the Virgin
Azerbaijan Sherlock
Bangladesh Sherlock
Belarus Bones
Belgium New Girl
Bolivia Futurama
Bosnia nd Herzegovina Breaking Bad
Brazil Pretty Little Liars
Bulgaria Scrubs
Canada Bates Motel
Chile Breaking Bad
Colombia Carlos
Costa Rica The Walking Dead
Cyprus Narcos
Czechia The Big Bang Theory
Denmark Rita
Dominican Republic Sense8
Ecuador The Walking Dead
Egypt Lost
El Salvador American Horror Story
Estonia Sherlock
Finland The Bridge
France The Returned
Georgia Breaking Bad
Germany House of Cards
Ghana The Originals
Greece Grand Hotel
Guatemala Narcos
Hong Kong Black Mirror
Hungary Family Guy
India Friends
Indonesia Love Rain
Iran Love Rain
Ireland Black Mirror
Isreal Grey’s Anatomy
Italy Gomorrah
Jamaica The Originals
Japan Hibana
Jordan Friends
Kazakhstan Scrubs
Kenya Sense8
Kuwait Narcos
Kyrgystan The Black List
Latvia Friends
Lebanon Friends
Lithuania Shameless
Malaysia Love Rain
Mexico Las Aparicio
Moldova The Vampire Diaries
Morocco Narcos
Nauru Friends
Nepal Friends
Netherlands Sons of Anarchy
New Zealand Wentworth
Nigeria Boys Over Flowers
Norway The Americans
Pakistan New Girl
Peru The Wonder Years
Philippines My Love from the Star
Poland House of Cards
Portugal Shadowhunters
Romania The Vampire Diaries
Russia Arrow
Saudi Arabia Lost
Serbia Gossip Girl
Singapore Daredevil
Slovakia The Mentalist
South Africa New Girl
South Korea Soul Eater
Spain Narcos
Sri Lanka Arrow
Sweden Dexter
Switzerland House of Cards
Taiwan My Love from the Star
Thailand Soul Eater
Tunisia Hannibal
Turkey The Tudors
Ukraine Friends
United Arab Emirates Gotham
United Kingdom Call the Midwife
United States Shameless
Uruguay Breaking Bad
Uzbekistan Suits
Venezuela Pablo Escobar
Vietnam Empresses in the Palace
Zimbabwe Scandal

Kodi and SMBv1 – how to jump into the 21st century

Kodi logo

What is it?

The Server Message Block (SMB) protocol is a network file sharing protocol that allows applications on a computer to read and write to files and to request services from server programs in a computer network. The SMB protocol can be used on top of its TCP/IP protocol or other network protocols. Using the SMB protocol, an application or the user can access files or other resources at a remote server. This allows applications to read, create, and update files on the remote server. It can also communicate with any server program that is set up to receive an SMB client request.

What versions are out there?

The original SMB1 protocol is nearly 30 years old, and like much of the software made in the 80’s, it was designed for a world that no longer exists.

The SMBv2 protocol was introduced in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. The SMBv3 protocol was introduced in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

WannaCry

Almost everyone has heard of WannaCry in the recent weeks, an exploit that propagates EternalBlue, made by the NSA and lost by the NSA, an exploit of Windows’ Server Message Block (SMB) protocol.

WannaCry is made less harmful by patching Microsoft’s Operating Systems, disabling SMBv1 and blocking all versions of SMB at the network boundary by blocking TCP port 445 with related protocols on UDP ports 137-138 and TCP port 139, for all boundary devices.

 

How to enable or disable SMB protocols on the Windows SMB server

If you are running Windows Server you can use the Set-SMBServerConfiguration Windows PowerShell cmdlet. The cmdlet enables you to enable or disable the SMBv1, SMBv2, and SMBv3 protocols on the server component. You do not have to restart the computer after you run the Set-SMBServerConfiguration cmdlet.

To obtain the current state of the SMB server protocol configuration, run the following cmdlet:

Get-SmbServerConfiguration | Select EnableSMB1Protocol, EnableSMB2Protocol

To disable SMBv1 on the SMB server, run the following cmdlet:

Set-SmbServerConfiguration -EnableSMB1Protocol $false
Notes
  • You must run these commands at an elevated command prompt.
  • You do not have to restart the computer after you make these changes.

 

To enable or disable SMB protocols on an SMB Server that is running a Windows Desktop OS use Windows PowerShell or Registry Editor.

To disable SMBv1 on the SMB server-side, run the following cmdlet:

Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters" SMB1 -Type DWORD -Value 0 -Force
Notes
  • You must run these commands at an elevated command prompt.
  • You must restart the computer after you make these changes.

 

How to enable or disable SMB protocols on the Windows SMB client

Note

You might think a Windows Server has nothing to do with the client side of SMB but it uses the client to connect to other servers. So if you want to completely disable SMBv1 you also need to do the following on the Server OS.

To disable SMBv1 on the SMB client, run the following commands:

sc.exe config lanmanworkstation depend= bowser/mrxsmb20/nsi 
sc.exe config mrxsmb10 start= disabled
Notes
  • You must run these commands at an elevated command prompt.
  • You must restart the computer after you make these changes.

 

How to gracefully remove SMBv1 in Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016

If you are sure you do not need SMBv1 and will never need it you can also remove it from the OS.

If you are using Windows Server run the following cmdlet:

Remove-WindowsFeature FS-SMB1

If you are using a Windows Client IS run the following cmdlet:

Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName smb1protocol
Note
  • You must run these commands at an elevated command prompt.

 

 

When does Kodi come into play?

You might have read this so far and asked yourself what has this to do with Kodi? Well after I disabled SMBv1 on my free Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016 (Blog Post coming soon) I noticed my OSMC Kodi client couldn’t access the libraries anymore.

That’s weird, OSMC is running a fairly new Linux kernel and is normally shipped with up to date packages. Samba 3.6 was the first version that made SMBv2 possible. Released at the end of 2011 this should have worked.

After a lot of time on the Kodi and OSMC forum it turns out that Kodi has some sort of its own smb configuration.

While normal Linux systems have the configuration file located in the /etc/samba/smb.conf file, it turns out that Kodi uses it own configuration file.

While bumping the system wide smb.conf file for Samba up to SMB2 or higher I was still unable to connect my Pi with OSMC to my Ubuntu Server running SMB3.

Using smbstatus you can get a report on current Samba connections

$ sudo smbstatus -b

The almost hidden .smb/smb.conf

Kodi has very poorly documented its own smb.conf file in the ~/.kodi/.smb/smb.conf location. This is the file that Kodi uses for its Samba configuration.

I started adding the option client min protocol = SMB2 to bypass SMB1. After this I still couldn’t make a connection with my files. Some people stated client max protocol = SMB3 should go along with the min setting. I also added client NTLMv2 auth = yes since this kinda is the default settings since Windows Server 2008.

After this I was able to connect with my Windows Server 2016 but still not with my Ubuntu Server. I downgraded the server protocol to SMB2 with server min protocol = SMB2 and things started to work.

$ sudo smbstatus -b

Samba version 4.3.11-Ubuntu
PID Username Group Machine Protocol Version
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1741 nobody nogroup 172.16.1.195 (ipv4:172.16.1.195:50393) Unknown (0x0311)
1758 nobody nogroup 172.16.1.187 (ipv4:172.16.1.187:47632) SMB3_00
1758 -1 -1 172.16.1.187 (ipv4:172.16.1.187:47632) SMB3_00

Nice to see the client is connecting with SMB3 while it wouldn’t connect while the server was on SMB3 level… interoperability… jeej! 😉

So after some time I ended with the following configuration file for my Linux computers:

smb.conf

[global]
 client min protocol = SMB2
 client max protocol = SMB3_11
 client NTLMv2 auth = yes
 server min protocol = SMB2

 

After-effects

Disabling SMBv1 in Kodi breaks the SMB browsing function. You will not be able to use the SMB browser to navigate through your network and shares. If you want to connect to a new source you will have to type smb://MyServer/MyShare/

Android Phones/Tables/Players will not be able to make use of the more secure servers. While the same mechanism is still there the Samba client shipped with Kodi is not able to connect to SMB2/3 shares. According a developer from Kodi their Samba version for Android is not compatible with it.

Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.smb/smb.conf

A bit snooping arround github shows they are probably using Samba 3.0 with a lot of patches. The good news is that three weeks ago they started some work with Samba 4.1.

Until that work is complete a workaround for Kodi on Android might be switching to NFS or going truly hardcore with mounting cifs on the Android system.

End of roaming charges for travellers in the EU in 2017

The European Parliament sealed the new rules on ending roaming charges in June 2017 and the first EU-wide net neutrality rules.

Roaming

The roaming charges will cease to exist in the EU as of 15 June 2017. Consumers will pay the same price for calls, texts and mobile data wherever they are travelling in the EU. Calling a friend when you are at home or in another EU country won’t make a difference on your bill.

Already from April 2016, roaming will become even cheaper: operators will only be able to charge a small additional amount to domestic prices up to €0.05 per minute of call made, €0.02 per SMS sent, and €0.05 per MB of data (excl. VAT).

How does roaming work in the EU?

When you travel to a foreign country and phone, text or surf online with your mobile phone or device using your home country’s SIM card, you are roaming. Your operator in your home country pays the operator in the foreign country for the use of their networks. The price paid between operators is called the wholesale roaming price. It represents a cost to the home country operator and therefore impact on consumers’ final bills. This is why the Commission has worked to limit wholesale roaming prices in the EU, in parallel to its work to directly limit the retail prices paid by the consumer.

While many counties have 3 or 4 Mobile Network Operators with different names many are somehow part of a larger holding or some sort of group. Roaming has been a huge money tree for these companies while it was clear for everyone that the extra costs are almost nothing.

Vodafone network

Deutsche Telekom network

With only the Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom we got 80% of the world covered. In Europe there are two other smaller but multi county operators.

Orange network
Telenor network

What are the different domestic prices for mobile services across the EU?

Europeans have different travel habits across the EU, and there are also different network costs in visited countries. A recent European Commission study (2016) also shows that consumer retail offers vary between Member States. For example, in 2016 the cheapest monthly deals offering 1GB of data, 600 minutes of calls and 225 SMS ranged from €60 in Hungary to €8 in Estonia (excl. VAT and any smartphone subsidy).

EU action against roaming charges

Since 2007, the European Commission has successfully worked to reduce the consumer price of roaming. This has changed the habits of many Europeans who previously used to switch their mobile phones off while travelling. In 2013, the European Commission proposed legislation to end roaming charges for people periodically travelling in the EU. In October 2015, the European Parliament and the Council agreed that this should be in place as of 15 June 2017

As of 15 June 2017, you will be able to use your mobile device when travelling in the EU, paying the same prices as at home, i.e. to roam like at home, subject to operators’ fair use policies. For instance, if you pay for a monthly package of minutes, SMS and data in your country, any voice call, SMS and data session you make while travelling abroad in the EU will be deducted from that volume as if you were at home, with no extra charges.

What have been the different decreases in roaming prices?

  • Since 2007, the EU has achieved retail price reductions across calls of 92%
  • Since 2009, the EU has achieved retail price reductions across SMS of 92%
  • Data roaming is now up to 96% cheaper compared to 2012 when the first EU retail price cap became applicable on data roaming.
  • Between 2008 and 2015, the volume of data roaming has been multiplied by more than 100.

Regulated Roaming tariffs 2007 – 2016

(€ excl. VAT)
  Voicecall made Voicecall received SMS Data Data
        Wholesale Retail
        MB MB
2007 0,49 0,24      
2008 0,46 0,22      
2009 0,43 0,19 0,11 1,00  
2010 0,39 0,15 0,11 0,80  
2011 0,35 0,11 0,11 0,50  
2012 0,29 0,08 0,09 0,25 0,70
2013 0,24 0,07 0,08 0,15 0,45
2014 0,19 0,05 0,06 0,05 0,20
2015 0,19 0,05 0,06 0,05 0,20
2016 domestic price + up to 0,05 0,0114 domestic price + up to 0,02 0,05 domestic price + up to 0,05

Net neutrality

The rules enshrine the principle of net neutrality into EU law: no blocking or throttling of online content, applications and services. It means that there will be truly common EU-wide internet rules, contributing to a single market and reversing current fragmentation.

Every European must be able to have access to the open internet and all content and service providers must be able to provide their services via a high-quality open internet. From the entry into force of the rules, blocking and throttling the internet will be illegal in the EU and users will be free to use their favourite apps no matter the offer they subscribe. Many mobile providers are blocking Skype, Facetime or similar apps or sometime they ask extra money for allowing these services: this will be illegal.

All traffic will be treated equally. This means, for example, that there can be no paid prioritisation of traffic in the internet access service. At the same time, equal treatment allows reasonable day-to-day traffic management according to justified technical requirements, and which must be independent of the origin or destination of the traffic and of any commercial considerations. Common rules on net neutrality mean that internet access providers cannot pick winners or losers on the internet, or decide which content and services are available.

 

American Gods (TV Show) – Can’t watch it anymore

Believe… right

Oh my… All aboard the hype train or if you take my advice proceed to the nearest exist as quick as you can. To think I wrote a post about this show before it started, I’m sorry.

Who can watch this… The story is so unclear and all over the place. The timeline in the show is also screwed up. I do not know if it is on purpose that every character in the show is not likeable but they sure aren’t.

[###SPOILERS###]Mr. Wednesday seems to be the leader of old gods, yet he needs a human bodyguard… Shadow Moon should never ever think about botox in his face, he already has a hard time showing any expression. The lady who consumes people with her vagina is about the dumbest thing I’ve seen. Show Moons ex-wife is a zombie whose arm fell off and she is stitched together but seems to be the physically strongest person in the show. Peter Stormare can play a lot of things but not a Slavic dude like Czernobog. As far as I’ve seen his powers are that he can kill a cow with a hammer. The leprechaun fights in every scene he is in. The new gods are probably even worse, I hated the Technical Boy character as soon as 5 seconds. [/###SPOILERS###]

In episode 1 ‘Shadow Moon’ (Yeah that’s the name of the main character, should have been a warning already) he gets released from prison and needs to get to a funeral of his girlfriend.

Episode 2 and 3 are continuing normally with time, a few weeks seems to pass by. Episode 4 suddenly is the story about how Shadow Moon met his girlfriend. If I remember correctly it goes about 8 years back where he met his ex-wife, then jumps 4 years ahead in their relation and in another scene they talk about his 6 year sentence in jail. The wife dies, comes back from the dead (yes the word zombie has fallen). Later in the episode Shadow Moon opens the door of his motel room and finds his zombie wife in the room. What follows is a dump conversation but you get the timeline now.

In episode 5 Shadow Moon is arrested for being 6 days on parole without checking in. A Irish leprechaun gets arrested for killing the already zombie wife and Marilyn Monroe makes an appearance.. I’m not making this up.

? Have you ever seen a tv show that sacrifices the entire 4th episode for a flashback that really doesn’t explain anything more than a 2 minute conversation already did in the first episode.

 

 

I haven’t read the book, I can’t compare it to any other show but this has been the worst thing that made it into the IMDB top 100 popularity charts.

The Orville (2017– ) – Star Trek spoof might be incredibly funny

About

From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, “Ted”) and directed by Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book,” “Iron Man”), THE ORVILLE is a one-hour science fiction series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace…even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship. In the 25th century, Earth is part of the Planetary Union, a far-reaching, advanced and mostly peaceful civilization with a fleet of 3,000 ships. Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer ED MERCER (MacFarlane) finally gets his chance to command one of these ships: the U.S.S. Orville. Determined to prove his worth and write a new chapter in his life, Ed finds that task all the more difficult when the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife, KELLY GRAYSON (Adrianne Palicki, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Friday Night Lights”). As the new commander, Ed assembles a qualified, but eccentric crew, including his best friend, GORDON MALLOY (Scott Grimes, “ER,” “Justified”), who has problems with authority, but is the best helmsman in the fleet; DR. CLAIRE FINN (Penny Johnson Jerald, “24,” “The Larry Sanders Show”), one of the Union’s most accomplished physicians; BORTUS (Peter Macon, “Shameless,” “Bosch”), an alien from a single-sex species; ISAAC (Mark Jackson, “That Royal Today”), an artificial life-form from a machine society that thinks biological life-forms are inferior; navigator JOHN LAMARR (J. Lee, FAMILY GUY, “The Cleveland Show”), whose casual humor cuts through even the most dire situations; ALARA KITAN (Halston Sage, “Neighbors,” “Goosebumps”), a young, inexperienced security officer whose home planet’s high gravity gives her superior physical strength; and YAPHIT, a gelatinous creature voiced by comedian Norm Macdonald (“The Middle,” “Saturday Night Live”). Somehow, Ed and Kelly must put the past behind them and, with the help of the crew, navigate fascinating and sometimes dangerous adventures in outer space, as well as the tumultuous and captivating day-to-day personal relationships with their colleagues.

Cast

Ratings

 

No reviews are out yet

Information

MacFarlane originally wrote Orville as a spec script, which was picked up by Fox on May 4, 2016. The network ordered 13 episodes. It will be the first live-action TV series created by MacFarlane, as well as his first live-action starring role on television aside from his small role as Ensign Rivers on Star Trek: Enterprise.

Following the project’s greenlight, MacFarlane stated, “I’ve wanted to do something like this show ever since I was a kid, and the timing finally feels right. 20th and FOX have been good to me for many years, and of course, Dana and Gary have been fantastic bosses and true pals, so it was a no-brainer to come to them with the project. I think this is gonna be something special.”

It looks like every episode will be directed by a different director.  People like Brannon Braga (almost 200 Star Trek episodes), Jon Cassar (multiple 24 shows), James L. Conway (Magicians and multiple Star Trek), Jon Favreau (Jungle Book, Iron Man 1 + 2), Jonathan Frakes (multiple Star Trek), Robert Duncan McNeill (Chuck, Star Trek Voyager + Enterprise) will be directing an episode.

Trailer

Website

fox.com/the-orville

Release information

The first season contains 13 episodes, runtime is going to be about 60 minutes. The Orville is set to air Thursdays at 9:00 on Fox during the 2017–18 season. Precise date is not know yet.

Production Company

Fuzzy Door Productions and 20th Century Fox Television

 

Death Race 2050 – … speechless

I am not sure how I stumbled upon this movie and I can’t remember why I decided to view it but sometimes you need to see a truly sh**y movie to appreciate others.

Of-course I was aware that this movie wasn’t gonna be an Oscar worthy movie but it could still be fun. Perhaps I was triggered to watch this movie by fun memories of a cool game in my childhood: Death Rally

Death Rally game from 1996

 

The Original

In 1975 the first Death Rally movie named “Death Rally 2000” appeared. The movie received a politically incorrect label. The budget of the movie was 300.000, not the highest number in those days but also not extreme cheap. The first Jaws in that same year was an absolute block buster with 12.000.000 budget and 470.000.000 worldwide gross. Monty Python and the Holy Grail was made for 400.000 the same year.

Stills from the 1975 movie
Frankenstein’s car in 1975

Reboot in 2008

More people are probably familiar with the 2008 reboot starring Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibsonand the second one in 2010 with Luke Goss, Lauren Cohan, Sean Bean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 2 of the original from 1975

Here we are, 42 years later, the sequel has made it. Both films were produced by Roger Corman (born 1921).

No, this is not Thunderbirds. It’s Death Race 2050 (2017)

A picture sometimes says more than a thousand words…

This is so cheap and simple things go wrong in this movie. There are a lot of movie errors. During a scene Frankenstein is mad and hits the steering wheel with his hand, the hand bounces back up and hits the window. The entire structure of the window and frame comes lose and lifts up 🙂

Hitting Pedestrians gives the drivers point. The scoreboard can some times be seen when a bystander gets killed by a car and they managed to edit the movie so the score of Frankenstein goes from 255 to 265 during the race and later at the checkpoint a score of 240 is shown.

The driver of the self driving car, the A.B.E. , can be seen when the car needs to refuel and is asking a wooden statue at the gas station to refill it (so far for smart A.I.) Very intelligent script work as the other cars with people do not need to refuel… not.

The list could go on and on. It’s simply not worth it…

There is no Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp, and there never will be

There is no Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp, and there never will be.

“I just don’t see it,” says producer Jerry Bruckheimer, writing off any plans for future instalments without Captain Jack (as well as the ridiculous idea of anyone other than Depp ever playing him).

“The secret to any successful franchise is picking talented people, and Johnny is absolutely key to the success of Pirates. He’s such a unique character, such an endearing character, and such an irreverent character all in one.”

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