This Is Why Some Rogue One CGI Elements Don't Look The Same As In A New Hope

The recent years have been quite exciting for all Star Wars fans, with two new movies to enjoy. However, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story does not sync perfectly with A New Hope, at least not from a visual perspective. That’s to be expected, to some extent, considering that back in 1977 CGI options were far more limited than now, but there was also a certain change in philosophy of the filmmakers between then and now.

As explained by John Knoll, producer and visual effects supervisor working on Star Wars, there’s a reason why certain details are different when the two films are compared. The philosophy when making Rogue One was to match what audiences remember when it comes to the whole Star Wars franchise that evolved over time. As he stated, synchronicity wasn’t the main goal, and they went with catering memory over reality.

We had [_A New _Hope] online so we could immediately jump to that part of the film and, 'Ok, this was how this was shown before.' But there was an overriding philosophy on this film, which was we wanted to match how you remembered things more than necessarily how they actually were... So, when you see some of the things that are familiar, like the X-Wings and the Star Destroyers and the TIE fighters, those all kind of look pretty authentic -- like, 'Boy, they matched them exactly.' We matched your memory of them more than the reality of them.

Of course, people don’t just remember A New Hope when they think of Star Wars - even in the original trilogy there are two more movies with evolving CGI and visual effects to think of. While making Rogue One, all of those details were available to Knoll and his team in order to create a visual that is instantly recognizable by everyone as quintessential Star Wars. Just look at the legendary Star Destroyer, for example, and the way it is portrayed throughout the movies.

There were two models that were built for the original series. There was a 3-foot long model that was built for New Hope, and then there was an 8-foot model that was built for Empire Strikes Back. The 8-foot model and the 3-foot model are kind of different. A lot of the details are different between the two of them. But because of the events of the film and when it takes place, I felt like, 'Well, we should be matching the 3-footer conceptually.' But the problem is the 3-footer has no real detail on the upper surface. So we cribbed details from the upper surface of the 8-footer. And then the 3-footer has no lights in it - and I think everybody remembers that the Star Destroyer has a whole bunch of port holes on it, midline lights in the trenches, and the hanger bays. But that's not present in the 3-footer. The one we built was kind of a hybrid of the two, using the best of both, and putting in even more details than the 3-footer had to hold up to some of the closer views that we had, but I think that when you see in the film, it matches everybody's memory of what, matches just as I remember it.

This provides an interesting way to look at Rogue One and how it ties in with and sets up the original trilogy. It certainly gives everyone the reason to pay close attention to the opening shot of A New Hope. Rogue One added a sense of completion, not only story-wise but also from a visual perspective, recreating many iconic ships and showing them from new angles. It’s exciting to think what other new movies in the franchise will bring, and we’ll be looking closely at the upcoming Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Han Solo movie.
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Norway Is First Nation to Kill Traditional FM analogue radio signal

BBC reported that Norway became the first country that is going to switch off FM radio signals as they aim to use digital audio broadcasting (DAB) only by the end of the year. This effort to replace traditional radio started recently because there are many benefits to using exclusively DAB.

Norway has had issues with poor FM signals due to the mountainous terrain. DAB signals can provide a higher quality for them, and also be more cost-effective than FM signals. This is the reason why up to 70 percent of Norway’s population already uses digital audio due to the clarity and convenience of DAB.

Although the benefits are numerous and obvious, there are concerns about how much this switch of technology will cost. For example, according to BBC, it might cost $500 to upgrade car radios to DAB-compatible units, and the people who reportedly can’t afford this switch are worried that they will have no radio signal in their cars. The Guardian reports that there are 2.3 million car users in Norway that don’t have DAB sets.

"Norway is not prepared for this. There are millions of radios in homes, cottages and boats that won't work anymore and only around 25% of cars in Norway have digital radios or adapters," Svein Larsen of the Norwegian Local Radio Association told the BBC.

Regardless of this, there’s an increasing amount of countries that are considering going digital: The United Kingdom and Switzerland, among others. 30 percent of the population has DAB access in the UK, and when that number reaches 50 percent, the transition from FM to DAB may begin.
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Ranking The Top 10 Video Game Trailers of 2016

In a year that saw the release of some fantastic games including Doom, Final Fantasy XV, Overwatch and Uncharted 4, there were some great trailers released as well. The following trailers were not only hype inducing, but also just plain fun to watch. All of the trailers in this list make you want to play the game, and at the end of the day, isn’t that the whole point? It was definitely tough to pick the top trailers of the year, but alas, here are the 10 best trailers of 2016.

10) The Last of Us Part II

The trailer for Horizon Zero Dawn, released at this years PlayStation Experience, showed off some amazing graphics. The detail and colours are fantastic the whole way through. If anyone had been following Horizon Zero Dawn before the release of this trailer, they would have been impressed with the machines at the center of the game, both aesthetically and in design. The end of the trailer leaves the story wide open, allowing the development team many different possibilities. One thing is for sure, after watching this trailer players will be wondering what to expect. It’s such a new and unique idea for a game that the whole trailer seems to belong to a movie instead of a video game. Horizon Zero Dawn is a PS4 exclusive that is set to release on February 28, 2017.

9) Battlefield 1

The music, paired with the stunning visuals on display make this trailer for Battlefield 1 pretty great. Players get to experience what the game was actually like, with the blood and the crisp graphics we’ve come to know from the Battlefield game franchise. The combat takes the players back to World War 1, however, the gameplay looks like it has evolved. With the ability to interact with more vehicles, it looks like modern day graphics meets the real combat, vehicles and guns of the 1900’s. Hell, even the horses are a nice touch. Even though Battlefield was released in October this trailer is a standout for the year.

8) Spider-Man

As the trailer for Spider-Man begins with great narration that has become the standard of Marvel movies and video games alike, Peter Parker shows his humorous side right away. Players get large glimpses into not only the story, which seems to have strayed a bit from the older versions of the game, as well as the style of play. Players see which enemies they’ll get to face and how heavily the game is geared towards combat. I get the feeling that players will feel more like Spider-Man, flying through the air using webs galore, and less like Peter Parker, solving crimes one solved puzzle at a time. Insomniac Games has really done a great job with this series reboot if the phenomenal graphics shown in the trailer are any indication. The trailer is sure to get players excited for the game release which is set for some time next year.

7) Titanfall 2

This multiplayer trailer for Titanfall 2 was released at E3, showcasing all of the work that Respawn and EA put into fixing the problems of the first game. From fluid movement to the action packed gameplay, the trailer illustrates that Titanfall 2 would be the game everyone was waiting for. The graphics are fantastic, and the combat appears to rival that of other massive first person shooters like Call of Duty! Interestingly, while the reveal trailer for Infinite Warfare was heavily criticised, this trailer was met with high praise. In this players get to see some of the new abilities, weapons and customization options demonstrating that Titanfall 2 would have a lot more depth than its original game.

6) The Last Guardian

The trailer for the Last Guardian from PSX is definitely the most emotional of the year, as the story of the bond between boy and animal is heartwarming. Given that we had seen many different trailers before this one, this seemed more polished and illustrated the beauty of the game, both in story and in graphics. The trailer does a great job of pulling players into the game in an impactful way.  In fact, it seemed like I was watching a short of some kind, and felt oddly attached to the main character and those cute baby gryphons by the end of it. While the Last Guardian was stuck in development  for years this trailer gave fans confidence that the game would be great.

5) Injustice 2

The announcement trailer for Injustice 2 is fantastic. The ability to customize characters to better suit player differences is great. The trailer hints that players will have a bit more customization properties for each of the characters,“Every time I enter the pit I emerge reborn.” All of the characters shown in the trailer: Superman, the Flash, Batman, Aquaman and Superwoman appear to evolve and change during the combat and honestly, not one of “costume” changes was disappointing. Maybe I’m a bit biased, as a fan of DC, but there’s no denying that this trailer is among the best of the year! The narration, visuals and overall gameplay all look amazing which gives players a few reasons to be excited about the full game release rumoured for March 2017.

4) Detroit: Become Human

This trailer for Detroit: Become Human makes this game one of my most anticipated of 2017. It is a different concept than most games in the industry, yet shows similarities to the Telltale Series in the how detective skills and choices play into the game. From what is shown in the trailer, the graphics are top notch and the narration is superb. The trailer showcases what looks to be a thrilling story with many different endings. What remains a mystery however. is whether the ending shown in the trailer is really the end of the game, or if it is one of the many events players will have to face. Honestly, I feel emotionally invested in the little girl’s wellbeing already and the trailer was only 4 minutes long! Although there is no specific release date, Detroit: Become Human is rumoured to drop in 2017.

3) Death Stranding

This one is a toss up between the Death Stranding trailers shown at E3 and the Game Awards. Both trailers are equally weird and creepy, yet remain utterly beautiful in design. Both trailers are so intense that it’s hard not to be entirely enthralled in them. They are so intriguing that players are left scratching their heads wondering what will happen and what the game is actually about. Obviously by the name and the amount of dead whales shown, the game is going to be about death, but in what capacity, we will have to wait and see. It doesn’t hurt that the trailers have appearances by Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen either. While there is some time before this game comes out in 2018, I’m looking forward to whatever bizarre trailers Kojima Productions has in store for us.

2) Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Revealed at the PlayStation Experience, this trailer was met with a roar of the crowd. Yes, it is a long trailer, but everyone was on the edge of their seats the entire time. Not only does it look great, but when Chloe was revealed, the crowd went wild! The game has been introduced as a standalone game set after Uncharted 4 and will star not only Chloe, but also Nadine as the main characters. I for one, am looking forward to having a badass female protagonist or two! If this trailer, and the previous work of Naughty Dog are any indication, there is no doubt that the game will be just as great as the rest of the games in the Uncharted series.The whole trailer is absolutely stunning, leaving fans wanting more. It will be interesting to see how different this game is from Uncharted 4!

1) The Last of Us Part II

Like a few others on this list this trailer was revealed at PSX. The Last of Us Part II opens with music, and the trailer is raw and emotional the whole way through. Getting to see Ellie playing the guitar with a bloody knife and dead body at her feet at the end is as gut wrenching as it can get. This scene totally sets up the revenge theme of the game. The last little bit of the trailer is haunting, especially when she says, “I’m going to find and I’m going to kill every last one of them.” Boom. That’s all it took to be hooked. Really though, who knew Ashley Johnson could sing? Watching this trailer as it was revealed was amazing to experience as you could hear a pin drop throughout the entire trailer, up until the point where the audience figured out which game it was. Then there was a deafening roar! I, like many others, was totally enthralled from beginning to end. This definitely takes the cake for the best trailer of 2016 as it speaks to the many different layers of the game!
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Daft Punk have made it to the top of the US singles charts for the first time in their career

Daft Punk is finallyat the No.1 position on the US singles charts!

This is the first time for the boys to make it to the top place on the US single charts in their career, and it took them full eight weeks to get there! According to Billboard, their hit single -'Starboy' is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Daft Punk vs. The Weeknd switched places with 'Black Beatles' by Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane. The single is The Weeknd’s third US top single, first being 'Can't Feel My Face' and the second - 'The Hills.'

The first time they ever made it to the list was back in 1997.Their famous single 'Around the World' was No.61, as well as 'One More Time'which was also No. 61 in 2001.

The last time Daft Punk was this high on the charts was back in 2013 with 'Get Lucky;' it made it to No. 2 on the charts.

Kanye West sampled their hit song 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,' which helped his single 'Stronger' to make it to the top of the list.

This is the moment Daft Punk has been waitingfor almost twenty years; it took them only 19 years to come from the No. 61 to the top position!

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J.K. Rowling Sent Harry Potter Books To 7-Year-Old Fan In War-Torn Aleppo, Syria

Bana Alabed, a 7-year-old girl who made headlines because of her tweets about life in Aleppo (that she writes in English), is a big Harry Potter fan. Bana and her mother Fatemah could not find a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in their part of the world after they both watched the movie.

So Fatemah reached out to Rowling to let her know she and her daughter enjoyed the movie, and that Bana would like to read the book. After Rowling’s encouraging reply, Bana asked the author if there was any way she could get her hands on the first installment in the Harry Potter book series.

Rowling wasn’t certain if she could do anything to help them, but her literary agent, Neil Blair came to the idea to send an eBook version to Bana, which would arrive safely regardless of road blocks and conflict. That way the girl and her family, including her two younger brothers, will be able to enjoy the story of Harry Potter.

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Artists speak out after reports Kanye West is suffering from 'exhaustion'. Forbes magazine predicted that teh cancellation of his tour would lose him around $10m.

Recent reports on Kanye West state that he has been admitted to hospital due to exhaustion, and musicians are rallying to support the rapper.

After a week of strange behavior during a few of his shows in the US, namely, causing controversy by admitting that he admired Trump’s campaign and leaving another show after only three songs performed, the remainder of West’s Saint Pablo tour has been cancelled.

According to the press, after the news of the tour cancellation, West has been admitted to a hospital on Monday following an emergency services call. BBC announced that the police had received a “disturbance call” on Monday afternoon, and it has been confirmed by the police, although they did not name the singer.

Ever since his stage outbursts started, other artists have stated their support of West, urging people to show compassion to the rapper as he goes through a difficult time.

One such example is Kid Cudi, who was in rehab for suicidal urges and depression. He posted a thank-you message to everyone who kept him in their thoughts during his difficult period, including Kanye.

magazine places Kanye West 11th on the list of highest paid stars in hip hop with $17.5 million earned this year, but they also predict that he will lose around $10 million due to this tour cancellation. According to Fortune magazine, the figure is going to be even higher, as West has reportedly been earning $1.4 million per night just from the ticket sales, so he might stand to lose around $30 million.
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Kanye West sings a few songs, rants against Beyoncé and Jay Z, then leaves angry audience on Saint Pablo tour

Despite the negative reactions he got after he declared his support for the President-elect, Kanye West’s made sure to create controversies once again during his next performance in Sacramento, California on Saturday night.

According to people who went to the concert, not only did West get to the stage more than an hour late, but he also went on a rant about Beyonce and Jay Z, his former mentor and frequent collaborator. There was a series of rambling tirades, some of which included the defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

West only performed three songs during the concert, and ended it with a mic drop, saying: “Get ready to have a field day press because the show’s over.” The crowd then proceeded to boo him.

The only positive thing that fans got from the show was West bringing out Kid Cudi for one of the three songs he performed.

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