It seems that on November 13, a commenter on an Apple developer forum disclosed the very vulnerability that today threw the infosec community into a frenzy. Oh, and it was called out 9 days ago on Twitter as well.
And just how bad is this security threat? Well, it’s not good. Essentially, it gives anyone with access to an unlocked computer the ability to set themselves as the root user — as well as log back in later to the locked computer at a time of their choosing. Read more…
A report from the latest Black List Live! stage reading in Los Angeles.
I flew to L.A. a day early for the Black List Feature Writers Lab so I could attend the Black List Live! stage reading of one of my favorite annual 2016 Black List scripts: “The Miserable Adventures of Burt Squire Aboard the Horn High Yo”.
As usual, the reading took place at The Montalban Theater on Vine Street in Los Angeles and there was a big crowd on hand. The actors:
Burt Squire — Milo Ventimiglia Captain Vernon J. Knux — Matthew Modine Mel Squire — Janina Gavankar Trevor Squire — Raphael Alejandro Wyatt Squire — Brandon Scott
Narrator — Cooper Thornton
Written & Directed by Ben Bolea
The performance was both terrific and hugely funny in large part due to the interplay between Ventimiglia as Burt trapped with the foul-mouthed, opinionated, blowhard Knux played Modine. Some background on the project from Deadline from October 2016:
LD won a spec battle for a Ben Bolea spec script that has the longest title I can remember. The Miserable Adventures of Burt Squire Aboard the Horn High Yo is fact-based, and follows a family man in the midst of a midlife crisis who embarks on what he hoped would be a dream sailing vacation. He ended up shipwrecked in the Atlantic Ocean with a charming but unhinged sea captain who was off his meds.
Three writing takeaways from the stage reading:
Locking together two ‘strange sojourners’ is a tried and true narrative conceit, and it works for a reason: when the characters are well-drawn and come from two very different worlds and world views. It also helps if one or both of them has a way with words and is prone to act on their own self-interests, the former purely for entertainment, the latter to create conflict and twists in the plot.
In an era in which the major studios are addicted to branded content, now more than ever original screenplays have to work as actor bait. You need those attachments to get a film made. And the best way to do that: Write compelling, entertaining characters actors will want to play. Tonight Ventimiglia and Modine completely through themselves into their roles and you could tell they were having a hell of a good time doing it. Why? Because they were playing a pair of well-written characters in a compelling narrative circumstance and the chemistry between the two was palpable.
At one point late in the reading, Gavankar returned to a secondary character — Wyatt’s self-absorbed teen girlfriend — and gave those handful of lines an awesome take. To which Cooper Thornton threw out an aside: “There are no small roles.” This is how a writer needs to think. Whether a character you’re writing is a primary, secondary, or tertiary one, you need to treat them as complex individuals worthy of an actor’s attention and focus.
Oh, and one final point: The script is yet ANOTHER blast against those who ascribe to the theory that a screenwriter can only write scene description which can be seen or heard on screen. There were dozens of times in which the ‘Bert Squire’ script used scene description to editorialize on the action. Yes, we have to be judicious, but as an extension of our Narrative Voice, we have the freedom to do this. And as in the case of ‘Bert Squire’, it added greatly to the entertainment value of the read.
The weekend’s new releases fell shy of Mojo’s weekend forecast, but Kingsman: The Golden Circle still managed to debut larger than the original, finishing in the #1 spot. Unfortunately, The LEGO Ninjago Film fell well short of expectations as did Friend Request, which delivered a mere $ 2.4 million opening. There were, however, some bright spots among limited release titles as Battle of the Sexes and Victoria and Abdul delivered strong opening results as September’s calendar grosses continu… Box Office Mojo – Top Stories
Apple promises the ‘greatest image quality ever’ with its Apple TV 4K.
Today at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Apple unveiled its upcoming products to an excited crowd. The lineup of gadgets included a new Apple Watch, three new iPhones, and the new Apple TV 4K. Apple touted the new TV 4K as having the “greatest image quality ever.” To illustrate that fact, they connected one to a 4K HDR cinema projector and showed the audience a few clips, as well as highlighting the new 4K interface.
Any HD content you’ve already purchased will be automatically upgraded to 4K HDR at no additional charge.
Apple designed its new product around two (not so recent) advancements in image technology: 4K and HDR (High Dynamic Range). “4K isn’t everything,” teased Eddie Cue, Senior VP and speaker at today’s event. After making this claim, he showed the audience a split screen image of a hummingbird—the left side in 4K and the right in 4K HDR, with a noticeable difference in image quality. Apple TV 4K is capable of producing these images since it supports Dolbyvision and HDR 10, two industry standard HDR platforms.
“Attention students, the rules have changed. I am your new principal.” Yes, I fully admit this looks terrible, but thankfully you don’t have to waste any time or money on this if you don’t want to – all trailers are free to watch! Deadly Detention, originally known as The Detained before the title change, is a new horror thriller about five “archetypal teens” (eye roll already) serving detention who “find themselves in a life or death situation.” The main cast includes Henry Zaga, Alex Frnka, Sarah Davenport, Coy Stewart, Jennifer Robyn Jacobs, Kevin Blake, and Gillian Vigman. At least they admit in the description that the characters are archetypal, because everything about this looks cheesy and awful and not worth watching. ›››
The waterproof Splash Drone is not just an aerial drone; it’s also aquatic.
SwellPro has come out with a drone that is a lot like other drones. It comes with GoPro, has a gimbal for smooth shooting, and will let you take to the air so you can capture beautiful images from incredible heights. But, this thing has one major difference from other UAVs; it floats.
Meet the Splash Drone, an aerial/semi-aquatic drone that allows users to drop it into any body of water and capture images from below thanks to its waterproof housing. Now, I say “semi-aquatic” because, no, it doesn’t fly (swim?) underwater like a submarine drone (drone submarine?), but it does float and can withstand plenty of rain and water unlike many other drones out there.
It’s called “Dance Floor in the Sky” and across May and June (as part of the city’s Vivid Festival), it’ll offer locals and tourists alike a chance to pull a Saturday Night Fever on a frighteningly-small looking patch of d-floor. Read more…
How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor joins Drama High pilot
Another cast member has been added to the lineup for the upcoming NBC pilot Drama High. According to Variety, former How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor is joining the show in a lead role. Drama High is based on the book of the same name written by Michael Sokolove about his high school drama teacher Lou Volpe. Volpe is known for moving to the blue collar town of Levittown, Pennsylvania and inspiring the students there with productions of sometimes controversial musicals and plays that kids could relate to. The pilot comes to us from Friday Night Lightsexecutive producer / showrunner Jason Katims and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller.
Radnor will play Lou Mazzuchelli, who is, “a left of center leading man who has to discover his own passion, drive and charisma. He is a father of three, husband and an English teacher at a school in a rust belt town in Pennsylvania, who decides to take a leap on taking over the drama department and it ignites an excitement in him which surprises him and spreads to his students.”
Already cast in the pilot for Drama High are Shannon Purser (Stranger Things), Rosie Perez (White Men Can’t Jump, The View), Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) and Rarmian Newton (The Family, Dance Academy). Katims will produce with Michelle Lee through True Jack Productions, with Seller and Flody Suarez for Seller Suarez Productions.
Radnor spent two seasons on the PBS drama Mercy Street, which was canceled earlier today. What do you guys think of the casting? Are you sad to hear about Mercy Street. Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet!