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Via: Star Wars
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If you weren't paying attention to the D23 Expo this weekend, you might have missed some big Star Wars news: Disney is bringing brand new Star Wars themed experiences to both Disneyland and Disney World. Both versions of Star Wars Land will feature a brand new planet in a 14 acre park, where guests will be able to visit a port city:



Two signature rides will be featured: one letting you pilot the Millennium Falcon, and another that drops you into the middle of a climactic battle.



Shut up and take my credits!


video game news lizard squad hacker sentenced
Via: Kaleva
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According to Finnish newspaper Kaleva, Lizard Squad member Julius “zeekill” Kivimaki has been convicted of 50,700 computer crime charges including data breaches, felony payment fraud, and telecommunication harassments in relation to his work with the group of hackers. Lizard Squad claims responsibility for last year's Sony PSN and Microsoft's Xbox Live DDOS attacks. He has also performed acts of SWATting, and harassed people by leaking their personal information and destroying their finances. Kivimaki, who is 17, has been given a two year suspended sentence and will have his internet activity monitored by authorities. 

In Finland, a suspended sentence delays a person's imprisonment while placing them on probation. At the end of the probationary period, if that person has not committed a crime, they may not be subject to imprisonment. Kivimaki's age is likely a factor in his sentence, though many feel the sentence is entirely too light for his crimes.

Daybreak CEO John Smedley, who was a victim of Kivimaki, had some choice words for the hacker on Twitter:



You tell him, Smedley! What do you think, should Kivimaki face jail time for his cyber crimes?

video game news mariah carey game of war
Via: TMZ
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You know that mobile game you've only heard of because Kate Upton is in all its commercials?  I'm sorry to report that her reign is over; a new angelic set of knockers is about to descend upon the Game of War marketing scene.  

According to TMZ, 45 year old pop diva Mariah Carey is the new face of Game of War: Fire Age.  Her commercial deal is reportedly costing the company a full seven figure sum, which may not be too big of a spend given that the game rakes in more than a million dollars every day.  

Maybe if we're really lucky, Carey will pen a new song for Game of War.  If it's anything like her latest single, it'll surely get you in the mood for war:

Via: Oculus
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The Oculus Rift is finally coming to consumers early next year, and included with it comes an Xbox One controller.  If that doesn't tickle your fancy, you may want to get your hands on their newly announced "Oculus Touch," a set of motion tracking controllers designed for 360-degrees of motion tracking equipped with a thumbstick, two buttons, a hand trigger, and an analog trigger.



The Oculus Touch can detect input from all of your fingers, and features shaking haptic technology to let you "feel" the objects you're touching.  If you thought you looked like a huge nerd using the Oculus Rift before, just wait until you see yourself using these things too.



Attendees of E3 next week will get to try these controllers out in person, while the rest of us will have to wait to get our mitts on them until Q1 of next year.

geek news disney princess of north sudan film colonialism outrage
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The Hollywood Reporter announced yesterday that Walt Disney Pictures is producing a 'Princess of North Sudan' film based on the real life story of a little girl from Virginia who became the princess of North Sudan.  

If you're unfamiliar with the story and trying to place the country of North Sudan, don't worry, you didn't miss that day in Geography.  The area now known as the Kingdom of North Sudan is called Bir Tawil and remained "unclaimed" until last year when Emily Heaton asked her father if she could become a real princess, and he went out and got her a country to preside over--by country, I mean "800 square miles of desert" between Egypt and Sudan.  The family still lives in Virginia, but plans to use the Kingdom to build a sustainable farming system for Africa with the help of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign



Screenwriter Stephany Folsom is now working on a script for a film inspired by Emily and her father's story, described as "focusing on the relationship between the father and daughter set against a backdrop of a fantastical adventure."  Many have responded to the film with outrage, saying it reeks of colonialism and "literal white entitlement."



Stephany Folsom responded to the critique on her Twitter account saying, 



In a series of additional (now deleted) tweets, she also defends herself with the following: 


We'll have to wait and see what comes of The Princess of North Sudan, but right now things look pretty shaky.  Hopefully this controversy sends the film back to the drawing board.

cartoon memes harry shearer mr burns leaves simpsons
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Harry Shearer, the voice of Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Smithers, Principal Skinner, and Lenny has left the Simpsons after decades with the show.  Reportedly related to issues with "back-end and merchandising," Shearer announced his departure from the show on Twitter:



It seems like his departure is not on terrible terms, but came down to a contract issue limiting Shearer's ability to lend his talents to other projects.  
Here's hoping the show can find a perfect new voice for Ned and Mr. Burns; it certainly won't be the same without Shearer.

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