Wednesday, February 21, 2018

“FLASH” Stars Grant Gustin and Tom Cavanagh Headline Short Film “TOM AND GRANT”

Premiering in 2014 and now on its fourth season, “The Flash” on The CW is one of the most popular superhero TV series today, especially on the Warner Bros. and DC side. A great deal of its appeal could lie in its cast, particularly lead star Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/Flash and recurring actor Tom Cavanagh, who initially portrayed season 1 bad guy Reverse Flash, and various incarnations of said villain’s cover identity Harrison Wells as the show went on. It is no wonder the two have gotten along swimmingly beyond “The Flash”, as evidenced by their upcoming short film.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Tom Cavanagh and Grant Gustin have come together to collaborate on a quirky short comedy film called “Tom and Grant”, starring the two of them using their real names as character names, and with Cavanagh both writing and directing. The plot is pure wackiness in the making, about a duo of brave but intellectually-challenged small-time crooks looking to rob a bank. But there’s a problem or several where they’re concerned: they have no plan, they have no weapons for intimidation, and they have no idea what they’re even doing. Absurd hilarity and near-slapstick hijinks then ensue.
Cavanagh had this to say regarding the purposely thin storyline. “Part of the subtext to all of this thing that I wrote and directed is political, about the political times that we’re living in,” he said. “But the presentation is completely comic; it’s dark comic.” And dark comic is an apt way to put “Tom and Grant” according to the 40-second teaser that Gustin and Cavanagh have put up. One scene had them in a car, on the road, engaging in a conversation involving exaggerated shouting at each other. Did I mention they were headed towards a stationary car too?
The appeal being pushed by Cavanagh in the short film is the conceit of characters that see themselves as smart but are actually too dumb to both live long and die like they should. It is no wonder then that “Tom and Grant” is gunning for an R rating and family-unfriendly comic violence. It’s got blood and gun-play and heists and car chases,” expounds Cavanagh as he describes the action sequences. “And I think that it’s something that both Grant and I are phenomenally excited about putting before the public.”
“Tom and Grant” is currently under production, but is due to release sometime this year because of its length. More information can be found at, the film’s official website.
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Educational DLC for ASSASSINS CREED ORIGINS Enables Free Exploration of ANCIENT EGYPT

Released in October 27, 2017 by Ubisoft following a development period of four years, the action-adventure videogame “Assassin’s Creed Origins” was released to favorable reviews. Whether it was the storyline due it being the earliest chronological title in the “Assassin’s Creed” series, the superb voice talent and soundtrack, the improved gameplay or the superb masterwork of creating an open-world environment replicating Ptolemaic-era Ancient Egypt, there was a lot to love about “Origins”. Now, to cater to a portion of “AC” fans who would like to explore the game-world without being pestered by the game plot, Ubisoft made a special DLC.
As Gamespot tells it, Ubisoft has put together a neat DLC package to go with “Assassin’s Creed Origins” called “Discovery Tour”, released this Tuesday, February 20. What it does is add a new “game mode” to the basic “AC: Origins”, wherein the storyline, side-quests, time limits and even the hostile enemies are removed. What’s left then is the game environment of Egypt in the times of the famous Queen Cleopatra, replicated as accurately as possible by Ubisoft with some academic assistance. And the player is now free to either explore the land at his leisure, or take a guide tour.
Starting the Discovery tour on the game will greet the player with this message from the developers:
“With content curated by Egyptologists and hundreds of images sourced from museums and libraries around the world, we hope to share with you the passion that inhabited us for the four years it took to develop Assassin’s Creed Origins.”
And that’s no idle boast. The player can now roam the Egyptian city of ancient Alexandria to see the sights without worrying about soldiers trying to kill his character. The guided tour option can point out places of interest, which when approached will activate a documentary blurb describing the spot and its historical significance.
One more quirk in the Discovery Tour is the ability of the player to choose his avatar with which to explore the world. That mean they can choose from either the main Assassin characters Bayek and Aya, or the historical personages Julius Caesar and Cleopatra, who appear in the “Origins” plot as supporting characters. After taking in Alexandria, the player can then sail a boat up or down the mighty Nile River to observe epic monuments like the Pyramids of Giza, or even travel to them for a closer look.
Ubisoft describes the Discovery Tour DLC for “Assassin’s Creed Origins” as a “unique experience at the intersection of entertainment and learning” that could even be used as a teaching aid for History Class. The DLC is free for the game’s console versions, while PC owners on Steam or the Ubisoft Uplay store must pay $20 to download it.
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Four years ago in Sochi, Russia, the Philippines made sports history by becoming the first Southeast Asian and tropical nation to send an athletic delegation to the Winter Olympic Games. The country only had one contender, 17-year-old Michael Christian Martinez, competing in the men’s singles figure skating event. Though he did not medal, his performance was promising enough to have the Philippines support him for the 2018 Winter Games at Pyeongchang, this time with a companion, Fil-American Asa Miller in the giant slalom skiing event. Martinez bowed out of contention last Friday, and now Miller too fell short on Sunday.
ESPN-5 reports that the Philippines’ second outing in the Winter Olympics came to another medal-less end when Asa Miller failed to place high enough in the men’s giant slalom. The event, contested at Pyeongchang’s Yongping Alpine Centre February 18, pitted 110 competitors for a shot at Olympic glory on the slopes. Miller, age 17, got to run the giant slalom twice. The first time, he clocked a time of 1:27.52, about 19.25 seconds behind the fastest skier when he had his turn. For the first round he landed at 81st place, but that was enough to reach the medal round.
Only 85 of the 110 qualified to run the giant slalom a second time for the Gold, Silver and Bronze. While Miller did his best, improving from his first time with 1:22.43, the combined total of 2:49.95 with a 31.91 difference only managed to get him 70th place, out of the 75 skiers who managed to complete their giant slalom run for the medals. Ultimately the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics men’s giant slalom Gold went to Austria’s Marcel Hirscher with his combined time of 2:18.04. Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway (2:19.31) won the Silver medal while Frenchman Alexis Pinturault took Bronze (2:19.35).
Asa Miller, born in Portland, Oregon in 2000, is a Filipino citizen through his mother, a native of Santa Cruz, Manila. An early-bird skier since he was 1½ years old, Miller was competing since he was eight. His dual citizenship enables him to compete as an athlete representing the Philippines, and as early as 2016 Miller realized that he could be an Olympian in the 2018 Winter Games. He qualified for Pyeongchang by participating in multiple races to accumulate points set down by the International Ski Federation (FIS), and like Michael Martinez, he was sponsored by the Philippine Olympic Committee.
During the Parade of Nations in the Olympics opening ceremony, Miller carried the Philippine flag. While his teammate Martinez may be hanging up his skates for good after Pyeongchang, the Fil-American teen looks set to come back and represent the country in the next Winter Games at the very least.
Photo courtesy of Asa Miller’s GoFundMe page