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Gwendoline Christie’s role in Star Wars revealed

Gwendoline Christie’s role in Star Wars revealed

Before you go any further in this Star Wars-related article, know that it's full of information you might not want to read if you're saving yourself for the final movie reveal. It's not a set of spoilers, so to speak, but it DOES contain information about the next Star Wars film. So keep that in mind. This is the role of Gwendoline Christie - famous for her part in Game of Thrones - as she commands a legion of troops in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ inspires real compression algorithm Piper Pied

HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ inspires real compression algorithm Piper Pied

In the HBO comedy Silicon Valley, Richard and his team, Pied Piper, accidentally create a lossless compression algorithm, whipping all of the big tech companies of the fictional world into a frenzy over the potential in the inadvertent discovery. Today, at the Disrupt New York Hackathon, a team of siblings, Nancy Ghaly and Peter Ma debuted their own lossless compression algorithm. Taking inspiration from the HBO series, the duo named it Piper Pied. The real-life Piper Pied is a compression algorithm that identifies people's faces and compresses the data around them.

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Periscope facilitates widespread piracy of Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

Periscope facilitates widespread piracy of Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

The most over-hyped fight in a decade watched an aging Mayweather hold onto his undefeated record against Pacquiao, whose career is also on the wane. Outside the ring, another battle was being fought: Pay-Per-View vs. Periscope, Twitter's live-streaming app. The fight cost viewers a hefty $100 Pay-Per-View fee, which could be manageable with a large party gathered around a big screen TV. But, the fee remains a huge obstacle for most viewers, especially those without enough friends to split the bill. Periscope viewers could even tune into a ringside live stream thanks to these guys. Although some low-maintenance users just aimed their smartphone at their Pay-Per-View feed to live-stream the fight.

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Second Star Wars anthology film now lacking director

Second Star Wars anthology film now lacking director

The second in a series of standalone Star Wars films is now in need of a new director, as previous title holder, Josh Trank, has recently announced he's leaving the project. After being absent from the Star Wars Celebration event in California last month, Trank, who has been attached to the movie since 2014, wrote in a post on StarWars.com that "After a year of having the incredible honor of developing with the wonderful and talented people at Lucasfilm, I’m making a personal decision to move forward on a different path."

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Breaking Bad creator teams with Disney for Jack and the Beanstalk movie

Breaking Bad creator teams with Disney for Jack and the Beanstalk movie

Well, here's an unexpected collaboration. Vince Gilligan, creator of the hugely successful drama series Breaking Bad, is working with Disney to turn Beanstalk into a feature film. Gilligan is responsible for the initial adaptation treatment of the story, which is based on the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk, while the full script will be written by Thomas Schnauz. Gilligan's duties won't there, however, as he will be producing the movie alongside Mark Johnson, says The Hollywood Reporter.

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Loki in Avengers Age of Ultron: now you see him, now you don’t

Loki in Avengers Age of Ultron: now you see him, now you don’t

You'll have to wait until the DVD/Blu-ray release to see Loki in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Scenes were filmed, we've found out this week, but in the end, they had to be cut. According to director Joss Whedon, "we did shoot something, but it didn't play." Sometimes you just have too many characters in a movie, apparently. Too many plots and too many pieces of action. Too much plot, and too much madness. Peter Jackson, meanwhile, was unavailable for comment on the situation.

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Steam developers may now ban users

Steam developers may now ban users

Should a player resort to cheating in a game you make and release to Steam, you now have the power to ban that player from your game. Valve has released this newest ability to developers as of the 29th of April, 2015, and it should be rolling out to all developers by the end of the weekend. This transfers the responsibility of banning users from Valve to the developers of the games, the same people who would be concerned with said cheating in the first place.

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Kurt Cobain’s “Montage of Heck” documentary and the mixtape therein

Kurt Cobain’s “Montage of Heck” documentary and the mixtape therein

The mixtape known as "Montage of Heck" is the centerpiece - the namesake - of the documentary (coming to the public soon) about Kurt Cobain. Inside this mixtape is a cacoffiny of oddities. Everything from KISS to The Hobbit, the Star Wars audiobook to Queensrÿche. It's not your average mixtape. The same is true of the documentary. Created using home movies, tapes, concert footage, and other unseen bits of footage and audio, the creators of Montage of Heck have made a showing of the lead singer of Nirvana's life - and subsequent violent death.

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Zoolander 2: Justin Bieber revealed as cast member

Zoolander 2: Justin Bieber revealed as cast member

In early March, Paramount revealed that there would be a Zoolander 2 movie in a wonderful way — by having Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller take to the floor at the Paris Fashion Week show in full character garb. The movie won’t be arriving until February 12 of next year, but we’ve been slowly hearing bits and pieces about what we can expect. This week the newest bit of information surfaced this week in the form of a picture fired off on Instagram: Justin Bieber has joined the cast.

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Sony is making a Jump Street and Men in Black crossover movie

Sony is making a Jump Street and Men in Black crossover movie

This past December, the Sony hack led to emails being revealed that spoke of a Jump Street and Men in Black crossover movie. The company, obviously, didn’t confirm the information, but fast-forward a few months and we have now got word that, yes, the movie previously leaked will indeed be happening. It is an unusual enough movie that it provoked surprise when word of its first arose, and now doubly so now that we know it’s a real project.

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