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Matthew Broderick is Set to Play Adult Ralphie in Fox's A CHRISTMAS STORY Live Musical

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These live televised musicals that NBC started have become the new craze. Now Fox is jumping in on the action and doing a live musical version of the classic 1983 film A Christmas Story, which is my favorite Christmas movie ever.

It was recently announced that Matthew Broderick is set to star in the live televised event as the adult version of Ralphie, who is the narrator of the story. I've gotta say... that's pretty perfect casting in my opinion. He's such a Ralpie-like kinda guy! 

The narration in the original film was done by Jean Shepherd, who created A Christmas Story in 1966 with a short story that he wrote. The story revolves around a nine-year-old boy, who is hoping and wishing for the perfect Christmas gift... "a Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time."

This musical rendition of A Christmas Story had a short Broadway run back in 2013 and the music comes from composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who recently worked on La La Land. They also wrote some new songs for the TV telecast. 

A Christmas Story Live! is set to air December 17th and it will be a three-hour telecast.

Source: Variety



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Ferret
3 days ago
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Instant modern classic.
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Wirecutter, But for Everything | The Sweethome

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How many times have we heard from our readers, “There should be a Wirecutter for everything!”? Whether it’s babies, travel, pets, workout gear, home improvement, office furniture, or something else entirely, there’s a hunger for clear, trustworthy recommendations on the big and little things that fit into every part of our daily lives.

Since The Wirecutter was founded in 2011 and The Sweethome in 2013, we haven’t wavered from our mission to help people effortlessly choose and buy the stuff they need in order to live a better life. Until today, we’ve carried out that mission on two separate sites primarily covering tech and home.

That is changing soon. As we’ve grown over the last few years, we have expanded our coverage to encompass things beyond TVs, laptops, printers, headphones, and appliances. We’ve been feverishly adding coverage of outdoor gear, smart-home devices, furniture, and stuff for parents (of both children and pets)—the list goes on and on, and much of it blurs the line between our tech and home coverage.

That’s why, in October, we are retiring the names The Wirecutter and The Sweethome and launching a unified website in their place to be the definitive review source for our readers: Wirecutter.

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Wirecutter and Sweethome are my favorite websites for reviews. If you've asked me about a product in the last 3 years, this is probably where I went to see what's up. Looking forward to see what they do under the new banner!
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Alicia Vikander Looks Badass as Lara Croft in First Poster and Teaser For TOMB RAIDER

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Warner Bros. has unleashed the first poster for Tomb Raider featuring Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) as Lara Croft, and she looks totally badass! I love that she is playing this character and I can't wait to see her in full on action. Turns out we won't have to wait long because the first trailer for the movie will be released tomorrow. While we wait, you can watch a promo teaser below!

Tomb Raider also stars Walton Goggins as Father Mathias Vogel; Daniel Wu as Lu Ren, the ship captain who helps Lara in searching for her Father; Dominic West as Lord Richard Croft, Lara's deceased archaeologist father; and Hannah John-Kamen as Sophie, Croft's flatmate and best friend.

Here's the official plot synopsis that was released:

“Seven years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working as a bike courier in London while taking college classes. Eventually she becomes inspired to investigate her father’s disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name Tomb Raider.”

The movie, which was directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave), hits theaters March 16th, 2018.



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Ferret
7 days ago
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looking forward to this one for sure
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Okami HD coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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HD re-release will arrive this December

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Ferret
13 days ago
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Awesome! I loved this game but didn't get to play it much.
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These incredible ARKit apps show why iOS 11 on the iPhone X is going to be huge

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Apple in just a few hours will command the attention of the tech world when it introduces the highly anticipated iPhone X. With a brand new edgeless OLED display, the iPhone X will usher in the most significant design change to the iPhone form factor we've seen in years. In turn, many analysts believe that Apple's next-gen iPhone will help anchor the biggest iPhone refresh cycle we've ever seen. Alongside the iPhone X, Apple later today will also introduce new iPhone 8 models, a brand new Apple Watch with LTE, and last but not least, a revamped Apple TV with 4K streaming support. That's all well and good, but hardware is only one part of the equation. On the software front, Apple later this month will release iOS 11 to the world. Packed with a number of intriguing new features, the most exciting aspect of iOS 11 is its support for ARKit, a suite of developer tools and frameworks that allows developers to create immersive, futuristic and downright mind-boggling augmented reality apps. Ever since Apple released the first iOS 11 beta at WWDC, developers have been busy releasing a seemingly endless stream of demos which showcase the potential of augmented reality on the iPhone. And in stark contrast to Google's Project Tango, the number of devices that will support ARKit-powered apps is extensive and includes the iPhone SE, all iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 models, the iPad Pro, and Apple's more recent 9.7-inch iPad. Suffice it to say, once Apple unleashes iOS 11 to the world, tens of millions of iOS devices across the world will be able to enjoy incredibly creative augmented reality apps. In case you happened to miss some of the more recent ARKit app demos that have made their way online, the following videos will undoubtedly have you counting down the days until iOS 11 officially drops. The following video, from ModiFace, demonstrates how ARKit can be used to help users to visualize themselves with different types of hairstyles and colors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrswN0jFCwY Here we see how ARKit might change the way we interact with menus at restaurants. Rather than reading boring descriptions or staring at oversaturated or dimly lit photos, imagine seeing what food at a restaurant actually looks like before you order it, from all angles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lFeT6lo78s On the gaming front, we've seen quite a number of compelling demos in recent weeks. One of the more impressive efforts is a title called ARZombi. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EekhoU4OYAI If you've ever been to a concert, outdoor festival, or any public gathering for that matter, it's no secret that trying to meet up with friends can often be an exercise in frustration. Imagine, though, using ARKit to quickly ascertain where your friends are located, no matter how many people may be blocking your field of view. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZH0n1wNUSU This one may not be as useful, but it's still fun. If you've ever wanted to place GIFs into a real world environment, look no further. https://youtu.be/rdOvtWWU9Lk This ARKit based ruler actually makes measuring everyday items seem like fun. https://youtu.be/nQpEWv9_6Cg Interested in buying a Tesla? Well this app will let you put a Tesla in your driveway and play around with different color options. Even better, you can even have your virtual Tesla go for a spin on your driveway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCdjIDnCtps And two more fun ones for good measure. https://youtu.be/ZBdRAdSosv4 https://twitter.com/zachlieberman/status/905414787550642176



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Ferret
13 days ago
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ARKit is quietly my most anticipated feature of today's news.
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Apple iPhone 8 event: start time, live stream, and live blog

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After months of speculation and anticipation, we’re only a few hours away from Apple’s big event where the company is expected to announce the new iPhones, along with updates to the Apple Watch and Apple TV.

The spotlight is expected to be firmly on the iPhone X, a new, top-of-the-line model that’s rumored to feature the first radical redesign of Apple’s smartphone in years, ditching the home button entirely for a bigger, bezel-free, edge-to-edge OLED screen. The new model is said to pack some new face-scanning technology that will allow you to unlock your phone merely by looking at it, as well as the long-awaited introduction of wireless charging to an Apple device. It’s also...

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Ferret
13 days ago
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It's that time of year again
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