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XBox & PlayStation Networks DDOS’d Again After Christmas

xbox-live-psn-new-price-list(PMC) On Christmas Day a pre-announced DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack was set upon both Microsoft’s Xbox Live Network and Sony’s PSN. No one took it serious. Then it happened. Both gaming networks were down for over 5 hours. As gamers looked into the real reason why, Lizard Squad – a network of hackers from around the world became a better known name.

While other white hat hacker groups such as “Finest Squad” (see outed the names and addresses of the Lizard Squad, a well known name in tech community paid what amounts to a payoff to Lizard Squad to cut the attack. Kim Dotcom promised vouchers to Lizard Squad which he stated he’d cancel if they did not halt the attack.

For whatever reasons, the DDOS attack was history by the end of Christmas Day.

One day later the attacks were back on. Maybe the morning network news coverage announcing their name gave them all the reason to continue, after all – these hackers have nothing better to do than to do what they do for notoriety. They are often poor, socially inept and rarely leave the security of their computers. They have zero reason to hack other than to show the world they have power. It means everything to a hacker.

Hacking groups such as Lizard Squad won’t be stopped easily. In fact it is safe to say that even as one was arrested in early December (see their twitter feed) they are not likely to give up what they do until they are all arrested and their computers are taken away.

Most every hacker has no fear of justice as they believe for one they won’t be caught and if they are, they will then become government sanctioned hackers through the misperception they are computer gods. While some most prominent hackers are caught and serve jail time, others pay no mind and fill the vacuum.

The new era of computer terrorism is here. With the Sony corporation hacked recently forcing Sony to temporarily halt release of the film “The Interview” a huge fire was stoked for hackers to continue to terrorize the world for attention. The hacking world demonstrated they could control the behavior of a major world corporation. The world had to see the next move coming and yet it did not.

For now hackers don’t have an agenda, even if they claim they do. But over time organized crime will find these hackers and put them to work to earn money by threatening any business that is dependant on Internet to pay for protection.

It takes huge problems to get enough attention to fix a huge problem, and only when money is on the line do things change. Companies will be forced to pay for peace on the Internet. That is the new age of the Internet. Sony and Microsoft are only the beginning.

To learn more about Lizard Squad, you can search their name on Twitter.

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XBoxLive and PlayStation Networks Down on Christmas Day

XBox Live and PSN(PCM) Christmas n00bs did not take down gaming servers on Christmas day. It was Lizard Squad. A group of hackers that made many many threats of extortion to simply asking for retweets to restore the Xbox and Playstation networks from DDOS attacks.

DDOS attacks are when multiple users attack a server as opposed to a DOS attack when only one party attacks. DDOS stands for Distributed Denial of Service. DOS is just Denial of Service.

The outage took place much of the day with XBox and Playstation networks receiving many complaints regarding outage.

While the providers worked hard to thwart the attack, other hacking groups came to the providers aid. In addition to helping halt the network attacks, groups such as Finest Squad went as far as to post the names, addresses, IP’s, mobile phone numbers and of course Internet providers of as many as nine of Lizard Squads hacking members.  In some cases even banking account numbers are posted.

To keep up with antics search Lizard Squad and Finest Squad on twitter. has the details of their efforts to attack Lizard Squad on their site.

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Discovery Channel Dupes Viewers Again with Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel Dupes Viewers Again with Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel Dupes Viewers Again with Eaten Alive

(PCM) Remember when Discovery channel was credible? Then shows on Discovery Channel began to stretch the truth, shows such as their fake expose on the mega shark stand out. That show of a mega shark turned out to be a fraud.

Discovery channel dupes viewers again with Eaten Alive. If you missed the show, don’t worry. You didn’t miss anything. Here’s a spoiler you’ll be glad to know. Despite the show title, Eaten Alive and all the hype that promoted that the show host Paul Rosolie would in fact enter the belly of a live and wild anaconda, it never happened. Not even technically. Not even close.

The show special was watched live by hordes and for those that DVR’d the show, perhaps they wasted less of their life on the show.

Skipping to the last 5 minutes of the show, Paul Rosolie dones a layered suit of chainmail, carbon fiber and other reinforced protective covers for legs. Oddly his arms were not.

Moments after Paul Rosolie throws himself to a 20+ foot female anaconda in the deep forest of Peru the snake gets not further than attempting to bite his helmet.  During this time the snake has coiled around him and he calls it off. The snake’s constricting pressure is in jeopardy of breaking his arm according to Rosolie as he live reports in play-by-play through a radio controlled microphone inside his helmet.  “I started to feel the blood drain out of my hand and I felt the bone flex, and when I got to the point where I felt like it was going to snap I had to tap out.”

The best drama is from the helmet cam that was strategically set to point directly outward to film the snakes mouth on it’s initial approach to swallow him whole.

That’s it. No more. Rosolie does show the injuries to his arm but little more takes place.

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Is Marvel Making Ms. Marvel and Black Panther to be Politically Correct?

black-panther-marvel-movie(PCM)  It’s hard not to notice that two of Marvel’s next films are characters that fill in space that social media’s argued for the past few years — a woman and a minority.

While both characters Ms. Marvel and Black Panther are not being changed to suit any social needs on film, the are what they are. Ms. Marvel is female and Black Panther is black.

These characters have never been hot titles for Marvel, however one could argue that Punisher was never one either.

Yet Guardians of the Galaxy has proved any title by Marvel can be a huge winner. If ever a time was ripe to meet the needs of social media flag bearers, this is that time.

Black Panther will premiere November 3, 2017. Chad Boseman has won the leading role. “I’m blessed to be a part of this Marvel Universe, and to work with you both, and I look forward to making magic together,” Boseman said after taking the stage with both Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man) and Chris Evans (Captain America).

giveaway-bpBlack Panther may not be a huge title for Marvel, but the character has played an integral role in many big Marvel stories such as Civil War.

Ms. Marvel will wait until the following summer, July 6, 2018. Both films come well after Avengers 3.  Will we meet them in Avengers 3 with their own stories carrying on in their own solo adventures or will we face another origin story for both, setting up yet another Avengers team up in an Avengers 4 — a new cast?

Speculation aside, we do know that Captain Marvel will be Ms. Marvel, aka Carol Danvers. She currently enjoys her own title with Marvel in comic book stores now.  Unlike Marvel’s announcement of Chad Boseman as Black Panther, there has not yet been a choice made for Ms. Marvel. This will be a hot role for anyone in Hollywood willing to go blond. Or will Marvel just not care what hair color the character has in film?

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Marvel Breaks Avengers 3 into Two Parts: Infinity War

avengers-3-infinity-wars(PCM) How do you keep actors in on contract when it ends with their next film? Divide it into a two-part story. Smart Marvel.


Infinity War Part 1 will hit theaters May 2018.
Infinity War Part 2 will make us wait no more than one more year. It will close out the story May 2019.

Perhaps it’s a very good thing too. In keeping with bringing canon to the big screen, The Infinity War is a bold and epic story to take on. The backstory to Infinity War is centered around the cosmic villain, Thanos.

Thanos in Avengers

Thanos in Avengers

We first caught a glimpse of Thanos in the easter egg ending of The Avengers in 2012. The character was fleshed out a bit in 2014’s Guardian’s of the Galaxy with Josh Brolin securing the role as Thanos.

From a few of the Marvel films to date, plenty of innuendos and references to the Infinity stones have been made. The writing has been proverbially — on the wall. Eventually the story of Thanos and his pursuit of the Infinity Gauntlet could be told.

Once again as Marvel has demonstrated by sticking to successful retelling of print lore known as, canon — we can see a good story in the making.

Thanos: The Infinity Gauntlet

Thanos: The Infinity Gauntlet

To the casual movie watcher the Infinity Gauntlet is a glove with elemental stones (or gems) which all have their own powerful properties. When collected into the Infinity Gauntlet, the power is combined into an almost godlike tool.

Without spoiling the story entirely, the Infinity Gauntlet is a powerful device a cosmic titan known as Thanos is on a quest to complete. His reasons will most likely not be the same as the original story, nor is the outcome expected to be the very same, but in going with this particular story, it serves to allow Marvel movie execs to make changes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe while also allowing story writers to tell a compelling story with a gripping end.

Similar to Civil War where a host of Marvel superheroes are featured, Avengers 3: Infinity Gauntlet should include numerous superheroes to combat and defeat Thanos.

thanos-infinity-gauntletMost may believe that superhero films are to a point they can be dull. The hero always wins. With both Civil War and Infinity Gauntlet, Marvel will be sure to deliver great stories that while the good guys may always be victorious in the end, they are not all sure to win (read survive).


The original Infinity Gauntlet story was a What If story while a second story in 2010 was more inside the actual Marvel Universe where characters such as Spider-Man, Wolverine and even Dr. Doom participated.

In forcing Infinity Gauntlet into a two part story, it will enable writers to flesh out a more acceptable story which introduces more Marvel superheroes without feeling rushed.

Most of all, it allows Marvel to get just one more film out of each actor that is under contract to make X number of films.


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What Is Marvel’s Civil War Movie About?

civil-war-marvel(PCM) In a slew of announcements that effectively obliterate Warner Bros./DC recent movie release schedule announcement, Marvel has continued to do everything right in its cinematic universe.

In this article we’ll cover Civil War. What is Civil War?

Let’s get the news details behind us first. Civil War will be the next Captain America film which Robert Downey Jr. recently revealed ahead of the Marvel press release October 28th 2014. That film will hit theaters May 6, 2016.

Now for the back story of Civil War. And it is one that changed the Marvel Universe in a big way. For this reason, doing a film will serve as a good shake up to Marvel Studios current superhero line-up. Be prepared for some serious changes.

Civil War will introduce many many new Marvel characters that will sensibly fill the places left open from current actors and actresses leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe if for no other reason than their contracts are up and either can’t or won’t be renegotiated.  Marvel made it clear in their October 28, 2014 press release we will get new films from new characters which will include Ms. Marvel and Black Panther. In Civil War, Chadwick Boseman will play Black Panther.

Black Panther is a black character who is based out of secretive African nation known as Wakanda. It is home to some of the most advanced tech known to man. It’s also home to the most rare ore, vibranium.

Also announced was Captain Marvel to be released as a stand alone film on July 6, 2018, yet the actress to portray Ms. Marvel has not yet been determined.

Where did Civil War come from?

In 2006/2007 Marvel execs wanted to return to the tried and true method of having superheroes battle each other. It’s a simple premise, but Marvel needed a relevant reason for modern superheroes like Captain America and teammate Ironman to fight.

The politics of civil liberties was a hot issue in US culture and it made good sense to center a story around that issue which divided every character in the Marvel universe. Keep in mind, we are talking print and most people that love comic book super heroes don’t read the books, they watch movies.

Yet the success Marvel is experiencing on film is largely if not wholly due to drawing the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) from what comic book faithful refer to as ‘canon’. The original print stories.

Civil War should involve many many superheroes but what may make Civil War not so enjoyable to fan faithful is that it most likely will be a largely hollow story due to being unable to include many many superheroes and super villians.

In fact, it’s fair to say that Civil War is a film that is not yet ready to be made as more Marvel characters through other films should have been established first.

Marvel Civil War with Spider-Man

Marvel Civil War with Spider-Man

Civil War was a 7 part story that not only divided superheroes, it divided villains. Yet of the superheroes that chose sides, many were from the same teams. The Avengers were fragmented, as were the Fantastic Four.  Note that while Civil War had a primary story that was 7 issues, every character had a cross over into the story making it an impossibly hard read if you wanted to follow the story through each character’s own title.

Spider-Man was at the absolute center of it all. The story had a huge foundational element that superheroes must register with the government, and for Spider-Man to register it meant unmasking. We could parse the subject and say that in theory he never had to unmask, as according to the story he only needed to register with the government, not reveal his secret identity publically. But that doesn’t make for a great story does it?

In the end, this means that with current rampant rumors that Sony and Disney are in serious discussions of having Spider-Man guest in a Marvel Studios film, it is highly likely Spider-Man will be in Civil War. That is if the story wants to stick to canon.

And as mentioned earlier, canon is why Marvel is making great films and all the films to date, play so well together. They do so because these great stories have already succeeded with readers.

For more on the back story of Civil War read the recent article: Spider-Man in Marvel Movie? Civil War!

In the meantime it will be interesting to see if Marvel unveils additional films with more characters especially Spider-Man.  If not, Civil War may be Marvel’s first failed attempt.

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Batman V Superman Movie Rumors: Robin Will Be A Girl?

Jena Malone May Play the Carrie Kelley Robin from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns(PCM) Will Batman’s Robin be a girl? Director Zach Snyder is on the record that he’s modeling a good bit of the Batman in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice after the fan favorite 1986 Frank Miller Batman story The Dark Knight Returns, in which Batman begrudgingly takes on another Robin. It just so happens Robin is a girl.

Some would argue it’s a bad idea to go with a girl Robin. However if you’ve read the 1986 masterpiece by Frank Miller, you’d know it was an excellent decision.

Frank Miller's Classic is Actually an Animated Feature.

Frank Miller’s Classic is Actually an Animated Feature.

If you don’t have time to read the story, be sure to rent (better yet own) the DC animated two parter released in 2013, The Dark Knight Returns. It stays faithful to the Frank Miller original and is considered by many to be one of the greatest Batman books to date.

Will it be the Carrie Kelley of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and if so, is this the face of Robin?

The Boy Wonder is a Girl

The Boy Wonder is a Girl

If so, the question is will this Robin take on the role of Frank Miller’s Robin in The Dark Knight Returns?

Keep in mind, this is currently only credible to the level of rumor.  Remember in 2011, some sites were boasting that Justin Bieber had landed the role as Robin in the third installment of Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy.

Justin Bieber wanted to be Robin.

Justin Bieber wanted to be Robin.

Thankfully that was a rumor. Of course, Beiber does strike a good resemblance.

Regardless of if this rumor is true, should the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice even have a Robin?  While the point of Batman’s career timeline does suit a Carrie Kelley Robin, would the story be overloaded with characters?


Warner Bros. is taking a different approach in catching up with Marvel by getting right to the Justice League, instead of many solo films then an ensemble like Avengers, but there was a reason for the solo films. It wasn’t simply origin, it was to allow us to learn the characters, their flaws and positive points that gave us cause to be invested in a team up.

DC may be moving too fast in an effort to catch up. Until we see it on the big screen all this advanced information does make for great speculation.

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DC Suicide Squad Movie Details Emerge Quickly

NewSuicideSquad(PCM) Inside one day of Warner Bros. announcing the DC Superhero movie schedule details of one of the more obscure titles emerges. The gritty director David Ayer will take the helm. But what is and who are the Suicide Squad?

Suicide Squad in DC’s print or comic book universe is a group of notable and not so well known incarcerated villains, many from the Batman family. It’s not so much as a second chance program as a no other choice operation where super vvillainsare used to execute top secret operations. Top Secret? The not so secret team operates undercover in the respect that if they are caught, the government will deny association. Of course their name sums up their tasks.

The New Suicide Squad Issue #1

The New Suicide Squad Issue #1

The team is recruited from Belle Reve Penitentiary in the DC universe. It doesn’t reside in any one city but always referenced as outside of Gotham or Metropolis. The operations are managed by Dr. Amanda Waller. She hand picks the members.

The membership over several volumes has changed as the comic has been around since 1959, however it’s a safe bet the current suicide squad will follow the canon of The New 52 which is a reboot of the entire DC Universe that took place in 2011. The Suicide Squad as a print comic has been cancelled a few times — even cancelled in 2014 only to be restarted yet again.

The key roles most believe are must have characters in the Suicide Squad will be the Joker’s girlfriend, Harley Quinn and long time Batman villain Deadshot.

Rumors from The Hollywood Reporter are flying that Ryan Gosling and Tom Hardy are in the running for major roles with Wil Smith and Margot Robbie all having offers to to be in the movie.

What characters will appear?  After all, there have been many members of the years. El Mayimbe is tweeting Amanda Waller is in, along with Deadshot, Harkness and Vixen.

Don’t expect some of the over-the-top characters such as King Shark or Bronze Tiger to make it into a DC Suicide Squad movie. However with a Justice League and members of the Justice League receiving their own movies, characters such as Captain Boomerang from Flash’s hometown of Central City and Count Vertigo from Star City, home to Green Lantern.

Past The New Suicide Squad Members

Past Suicide Squad Members

The political correctness demands for minorities and women would make Vixen a sure choice too. In fact Suicide Squad has a large bank of women to choose from including Poison Ivy. Others include, Nightshade, Ravan, Duchess, Jewelee and Enchantress.

For all the speculation perhaps the best bet is the current New 52 Suicide Squad:

The New Suicide Squad

The New Suicide Squad

  1. Black Manta
  2. Deadshot
  3. Deathstroke
  4. Harley Quinn
  5. Joker’s Daughter (Not his actual daughter)

The entry of Joker’s Daughter would have a huge impact on that character in print as she isn’t currently making any real waves in readership. Speculators may be scooping up her first printings at the mere thought she’ll be in film.

The DC Suicide Squad movie will be in theaters August 5, 2016.



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DC Announces Superhero Movies: Flash, Wonderwoman, Suicide Squad, Justice League, Aquaman, Cyborg, Shazam, Green Lantern and Justice League

Batman v Superman prequel to Justice League Cuts Out Origin Stories

(PCM) With Marvel owning all the news at NY Comic-Con, you’d think DC would have released this news just a few days sooner.

But in DC fashion, better late than never.

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara pandered to major investors in a meeting today the full schedule of DC movies beginning with Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016.

“The demand for high quality video content is growing fast – in the United States and around the world – as new technologies have created new platforms and millions of new connected consumers,” said Tsujihara. “The opportunity is huge. And no studio is better positioned to take advantage of it than Warner Bros.”

Batman V. Superman — March 25 — Director: Zack Snyder
Suicide Squad — August 5 — Director: David Ayer
Wonderwoman — June 23
Justice League — November 17 — Director: Zack Snyder
Flash — March 23
Aquaman — July 27
Shazam — April 5
Justice League 2 — June 14 — Director: Zack Snyder
Cyborg — April 3
Green Lantern — Green Lantern

Solo films yet to be announced will be:

Justice League - No Green Arrow

Justice League — No Green Arrow

Here is a list of the actors filling the roles of the superheros:

Wonder woman: Gail Gadot
Flash: Ezra Miller
Shazam: ?
Black Adam: Dwayne Johnson
Aquaman: Jason Momoa
Batman: Ben Affleck
Superman: Henry Cavill
Cyborg: Ray Fisher
Green Lantern: ?

Noticeably absent is Green Arrow which is keeping with current New 52 canon. There is obviously room to add his story along the way and join the Justice League. At this time — no one is discussing that character at all. The makes room for Robin and others if any of the DC films get traction.

Tsujihara laid out many other properties and plans while putting on his best game face for the future of DC superheroes on the big screen, “At Warner Bros., we are united to not only continue to create the world’s greatest entertainment content, but to over-deliver on our financial targets,” said Tsujihara. “I’ve been with the company for over 20 years and I can’t remember a time when I’ve felt more confident about our future. We’re committed to maintaining and enhancing the great legacy of Warner Bros., the world’s most iconic and profitable studio.”

New52 Justice League

New52 Justice League

Everyone agrees that DC is playing from behind Marvel, and while Tsujihara calls Warner Bros. moves aggressive the moves don’t give fans much cause for faith as it appears the rolling out of all Justice League members in solo films will follow the current New52 DC Universe.

Fans have been wholly rejecting the new DC direction as it has major retcon issues which erase each character’s past history. That includes entirely new origins of existing characters. New 52 is convoluted and spiritually bankrupt. While some stories rise above others, many leave little hope that anything on film will make for a good retelling of new canon.

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Spider-Man In a Marvel Movie? Civil War!

Marvel Civil War

(PCM) The summer of 2014 had many rumors. Each rumor came to be true with the third appearing to be every bit as much true!

  1. Robert Downey wanted to be Iron Man again but not in an Iron Man solo film.
  2. Deadpool may get his own film. In September it was announced Deadpool will be in theaters February 2016.
  3. Marvel was in talks with Sony to allow Spider-Man to guest appear in a Marvel Studios film.

Two of those three are true. The third and last has all the earmarks of being true. Here is why you should hold out hope that number three will in fact be revealed as true in due time.

Marvel Civil War

If you are true comic book enthusiast you understand certain stories have elements you can’t replace if you bring them to film.

Civil War is one such story. And as Robert Downey Jr. not only confirmed he would be in the Captain America 3 film (confirming rumor #1 above as fact), Downey has also let it escape that Captain America 3 will be a lead into Civil War.

What is Civil War? Yes it was a war between the states in U.S. history, but in the Marvel print universe it a story that took place in 2006.

Try this. Would you like to see Venom standing next to Iron Man ready to fight at his side? That’s just what happened in Marvel’s Civil War.

Marvel Civil War with Spider-Man

The premise was to create a plot line that would divide the Marvel Superheroes in half and have them fight. That was done to earn money – sell comics. The story itself used the political hot potato of the early 2000’s civil liberties issue.

In the Marvel Universe the civil liberties of superheroes was at the center of it. A super hero registration act had been enacted and while it divided Marvel’s superheroes down the middle, no character was more affected than the one and only, Spider-Man.

Peter Parker UnmasksPeter Parker unmasked on national TV and his future and comic changed drastically after Civil War ended.

You could say Peter Parker aka Spider-Man was the center of the Civil War storyline.

Could any other character in Marvel’s current bank be used in place of Peter Parker for a Civil War film on the big screen?

Fox replaced Sue Storm and Kitty Pryde in Chris Claremont’s Days of Future Past in their blockbuster film of the same name using new fan favorite Wolverine as the protagonist. In short, some other superhero can take center stage for Spider-Man but wow… the Internet will go nuts over the notion that Spider-Man may and should be in the Civil War film.

Peter Parker Unmasks

If you are a comic book reader, you may be in the larger majority that Civil War was not a good story. It was a great concept but the story lagged and had a poor ending with an outcome that really negatively affected the Marvel Universe.

Civil War on film could go a number of different directions using the same concept of dividing the superheroes in a fight but it will need a lot of characters to pull it off. After all, in print ALL the Marvel superheroes AND villains were in on the act.

Civil War will obviously be missing a some major components on film. It will be missing all the X-men/mutants and the Fantastic Four due to those characters rights being currently assigned to Fox. Rumors that Sony has seen the light and realized the limits of Spider-Man need to be true as Marvel can’t afford to lose another major player in order to make Civil War work as a viable film event.

Spider-Man saved by Punisher in Civil War

Civil War will be a brave undertaking, without Spider-Man, it will lose most all it’s promise. Some will argue Civil War should not be made into a film at all as it wasn’t well recieved by readers with the horrible ending and outcome to many characters – Spider-Man included. Some can even argue that without the X-Men and Fantastic Four it shouldn’t be made. The largest argument against it will be all the above plus not having Spider-Man. Without him, why bother?

Let’s hope that the secrets between Marvel and Sony are true, Spider-Man will be guest appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After all, wouldn’t you love to see Peter Parker in the Iron Spider-Man suit?

Iron Spider-Man suit by Tony Stark

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