All of which leads to Wheeler’s being carted off to the recommissioned submarine that one character aptly likens to Gitmo. Rhodes (Al Sapienza), Wheeler’s CIA mentor, gives his associates fair warning: “He so much as gets his hands on a strand of floss, and he’ll find his way out of here.” (Well, at least he seems to be the hero of the piece.) Right from the start, however, it’s clear that Wheeler is too tough to crack, and too shrewd to remain restrained. While a skeleton crew of Navy personnel operates the vessel in a sealed-off area, the spooks set about the task of interrogating and torturing our hero.
Throughout most of the movie’s perceptibly padded running time, Lundgren’s character is incarcerated in a dank prison cell on the sub — next door to the one in which Van Damme’s character fleetingly cools his heels — where we periodically see him reading, exercising, meditating, and generally looking very Zen. The billing is more than a little misleading. “Universal Soldier” cohorts Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren may be listed in the credits (and promoted in the advertising art) as co-stars of “Black Water,” but it’s up to Van Damme to do most of the damage in this routine VOD-centric action thriller set aboard a submarine employed as a CIA black site. Truth to tell, Lundgren enjoys a greater percentage of screen time, and engages in slightly more rough stuff, in the punchy music video for Imagine Dragons’ “Believer.” To call this a cameo role would be overly generous.
Wheeler survives the shootout with the dongle in his possession. intelligence, he’s understandably reluctant to reveal where he ditched the dongle after he’s forcibly detained by a team of CIA and FBI agents and heavily armed freelancers. But since he has good reason to suspect he’s been betrayed by a traitor in the ranks of U.S.
As it turns out, shooting, not flossing, is what allows Wheeler to make his escape, as his captors turn against one another while acting out one of scripter Chad Law’s predictable plot twists.
(Or, in this case, passageways.) Cinematographer Pasha Patriki, here making his directorial debut, proved capable of handling comparable mayhem in close quarters while shooting “Gridlocked,” a better-than-average 2015 quickie set mostly in a secluded police outpost. Like many small-budget B movies intended mainly for small-screen consumption, “Black Water” consists primarily of people running, shooting, hiding, and colliding at various points along dimly lit corridors. He evidences similar proficiency here, although he must periodically rely on stock footage of submarines to convince the audience that, no, what they’re seeing isn’t happening in a deserted warehouse somewhere.
Van Damme, appearing appropriately weather-beaten, gamely goes through the motions while picking up an easy paycheck, while Jasmine Waltz struggles, with only sporadic success, not to generate derisive laughter from the audience as a rookie CIA agent who becomes Wheeler’s reluctant ally. Eventually, the mismatched pair need a third player on their team, so they spring Marco (Lundgren) and hand him a gun or two. Not surprisingly, Lundgren is refreshed and well rested by the time his character joins the fray. Unfortunately, he doesn’t stick around long enough to work up a sweat.” />
Van Damme dutifully handles the lion’s share of lifting as Scott Wheeler, a CIA op whose deep-cover mission to expose a rogue agent takes a turn for the worse during a shootout at a Mobile, Ala., motel. All you need to know is, in order to access this particular dingus, you need a unique dongle. The bad guys subtract Wheeler’s lovely partner and playmate (Courtney B. Turk) from the equation and seize a flash drive containing info about … about … well, never mind, it doesn’t matter — the dingus is just a MacGuffin anyway.

Ford will next be part of the voice cast for "Secret Life of Pets 2."
Insiders stress that both Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford remain committed to revisiting the beloved franchise about the globe-trotting archaeologist. The Oscar-winning director is in pre-production on a remake of "West Side Story" and is also toying with making "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara," a historical drama with Mark Rylance. Spielberg, however, has a full dance card of projects in development and it's possible one of them will slide in front of the "Indiana Jones" sequel.
The studio has yet to officially pull "Indiana Jones 5" from the release calendar or announce a new date.” /> Disney, the studio that's releasing the fifth Indiana Jones movie, declined to comment.
At one point, the fifth Indiana Jones was supposed to hit theaters in 2019. Collider reported on Thursday that Jonathan Kasdan, son of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" scribe Lawrence Kasdan, has been enlisted to deliver a new draft. Part of the issue is that the key members of the creative team have yet to sign off on a finished script. A deal has yet to close to bring the writer on board, but it looks as though he will soon join the project. David Koepp ("Jurassic Park") took the first pass at the script.
Filming was supposed to begin in April of 2019 in the United Kingdom, but sources close to the production say that shooting will no longer start next spring and will have to be pushed back by months, if not a year. The fifth film in the adventure series will miss its original release date, Variety has learned. Potential crew members have already been informed of the delay.
Indiana Jones will not be riding back into theaters on July 10, 2020.

Grappling Claw: While in Roll mode, Wrecking Ball can launch a short grappling hook to attach to surfaces, swing around, clear gaps, and move upwards. Using this ability allows Wrecking Ball to gain momentum, dealing damage and knocking back enemies upon impact
Minefield (Ultimate): Wrecking Ball litters the ground around him with damage-dealing proximity mines” />
Piledriver: Wrecking Ball slams down from the air, pulling enemies towards the center of impact and dealing damage
But, his battle mech automatically translates his voice in an appropriately menacing tone. He doesn't speak any human languages, Blizzard said. Because, you know, hamster.
Roll: Wrecking Ball transforms into a sphere with increased speed
Adaptive Shield: Grants Wrecking Ball a number of temporary shields based on the number of enemies nearby
Here's the full breakdown of his abilities:
Blizzard Entertainment unveiled the 28th hero coming to its popular online shooter "Overwatch" on Thursday — a giant, adorable hamster in a rolling battle mech called Wrecking Ball (because why the hell not?) — and he's now available on the game's public test realm.
He secretly attached his escape pod to the back of Winston's ship during a rebellion on the base and has been hanging out in the Australian Outback ever since. Hammond, also known as "Specimen 8," was genetically modified during his time on Horizon Lunar Colony and, like Winston, was granted increased size and intelligence as a result, Blizzard said.
Wrecking Ball is a tank character and can switch between a bipedal combat mode and a roll mode. He can also climb and swing onto surfaces using his grappling claw and perform a piledriver on enemies. His primary weapons are quad cannons and his ultimate deploys damage-dealing proximity mines around him.
Quad Cannons: Wrecking Ball fires machine guns

Tahhan, who also has a following as a chef, acknowledged his mistake.
"We are extremely disappointed with our morning show contributors James Tahhan's and Janice Bencosme's gestures referring to the South Korean national soccer team," Telemundo said in a statement. "Our company takes this type of inappropriate behavior very seriously as it is contrary to our values and standards."
Bencosme echoed Tahhan's sentiment.
I was wrong and I want to offer my sincere apologies."” /> "I want to apologize to the public for my behavior yesterday after the game between Mexico and South Korea," she said. "My gesture, besides being inappropriate, was offensive to the Asian community.
Telemundo confirmed that James Tahhan and Janice Bencosme have been suspended as a result of the incident. Tahhan and Bencosme have since apologized for their actions.
The World Cup is a great opportunity to bring together friends, strangers, families and entire countries, and not to divide our communities." "During the celebration for the classification of Mexico, I made a mistake and made an inappropriate and insensitive gesture towards the Asian community," Tahhan said. I admit that I did something wrong and wanted to apologize to anyone who was offended by it. "It was a lack of sensitivity on my part.
Two contributors to Telemundo's morning show have been placed on indefinite suspension after they made racist gestures on Wednesday's edition of morning news show "Un Nuevo Dia" in connection to South Korea's victory over Germany at the World Cup.
The hosts were celebrating the fact that South Korea's win allowed Mexico to advance in the competition. Viewers posted screen grabs on social media that depicted Tahhan making a slant-eyed gesture in reference to the South Korean team. Bencosme also apologized for making the same gesture.

"The NYPD has deployed counterterrorism teams to media organizations in and around New York City. These deployments are not based on specific threat information, but rather out of an abundance of caution until we learn more about the suspect and motives behind the Maryland shooting,” said John Miller,  IDeputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the NYPD. “It has become a standard practice to shift resources strategically during active shooter or terrorist events.”
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A reporter for WABC TV in New York, a station owned by Disney's ABC, posted a picture on Twitter showing a police car parked outside the outlet. Michael George, a reporter for New York's WNBC said on Twitter that four officers had been stationed outside The New York Times., and showed a picture of the officers.


The New York Police Department has dispatched officers to various media outlets in New York City in response to the shooting that took place earlier Thursday at the Capital-Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md.

Techcrunch was first to report about Instagram's plans for music stickers a little over a month ago. The move comes after Facebook struck deals with the major record labels at the beginning of this year. The company also recently announced an integration with Spotify, letting users share music from the Spotify app directly to Instagram Stories.” />
That's more than twice as many as the latest daily user number from Snapchat, which announced in April that its service was used by 191 million people every day. Instagram also used Thursday's update to reveal another user metric milestone: Instagram Stories are now being viewed by more than 400 million people every day, the company announced on its blog.
"When you’ve selected your song, you can fast-forward and rewind through the track to choose the exact part that fits your story." "You can search for a specific song, browse by mood, genre or what’s popular and tap the play button to hear a preview," the company said in a blog post.
Users can also pre-select a song before recording a video, which then plays in the background while the clip is being recorded. This makes it possible for users to record lip sync clips and mini music videos — a feature that's been extremely popular on Musically.
Instagram users can now add a soundtrack to their stories: The Facebook-owned service announced the addition of music stickers Thursday, allowing users to select individual songs to play in the background while their photos and videos are being displayed as part of a story.

The creditors include law firms, guilds, and several former Relativity employees. Under the agreement, the creditors and their attorneys will receive up to $3.1 million. That is better than nothing, which is what they were expected to get when the bankruptcy case was initially filed in May.
The U.S. The U.S. trustee's office has raised concerns about $2.6 million that Kavanaugh received from the company in 2016, while the company still owed fees from its first bankruptcy. trustee's office is listed as an unsecured creditor on the second bankruptcy, in the amount of $1.3 million. Under the deal, the creditors are free to pursue Relativity founder Ryan Kavanaugh for additional recovery.
The deal must still be approved by the judge. Attorneys announced the agreement Thursday in bankruptcy court in the Southern District of New York.
A hearing on the sale to UltraV is set for July 24.” />
Their attorneys and other professionals will be paid $700,000. Relativity is also fighting with Netflix, with the streaming giant alleging that Relativity has breached their agreement. After another $1 million goes to UltraV, the creditors will get an additional sum between $250,000 and $1 million. Under the agreement announced Tuesday, the unsecured creditors will get $400,000 from UltraV. Under the settlement, the creditors will get $1 million out of any settlement with Netflix.
Relativity Media has reached an agreement with its unsecured creditors, clearing a significant obstacle to getting approval for a bankruptcy sale.
At the time of the filing, Relativity also listed approximately $70 million in unsecured debt to 50 creditors. Relativity declared bankruptcy for the second time in three years on May 3, and announced a proposed sale to its largest secured creditor, UltraV Holdings. UltraV has bid $40 million worth of its debt to take control of the moribund studio.

Hilary Rosen
Marchand is a nearly three-decade major label veteran; as Warner Music International’s vp of A&R, she has long held an artist-friendly job with global reach. She was previously vp of the academy’s large New York chapter. A logical choice might be Ruby Marchand, who was elected Vice Chair at NARAS three years ago. If she were to be selected for the job, it would be a move with some precedent: In 2002, after former academy cjhief Michael Greene resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment and other improprieties, the trustees brought in one of their own: fellow board member and Zomba Group senior vp of West Coast operations Neil Portnow. Given the inherent conservatism of the Recording Academy, it is not outside of the realm of possibility that the organization will move to install someone from the inside to succeed Portnow. — Chris Morris
Rosanne Cash
Debra Lee
During his tenure, Portnow has negotiated a $600 million agreement that will keep the Grammy Awards on CBS through 2026; brought the voting process online and thus modified and activated the voting body; and been a strong advocate for the music industry on Capitol Hill. And in a sad irony, the 2018 nominees list was by far the most racially and musically diverse in Grammy history, but that diversity came at the expense of female nominees. While his past few months have been embroiled in controversies over female representation and MusiCares, there’s no question that Neil Portnow will leave big shoes to fill when he steps down from his post at the helm of the Recording Academy and Grammy Awards in July of next year. Just as importantly, under his watch, the Grammys have come into the present: Despite the oft-justified complaints that the Academy seems out of touch, it has come a long way since Steely Dan or the “O Brother Where Art Thou?” soundtrack won Album of the Year: The past five Album of the Year winners have been Bruno Mars, Adele, Taylor Swift, Beck and Daft Punk — mostly conservative and mostly white, yes, but at least there was no Steely Dan or 70-year-old folk songs.
A proven diplomat, in recent years she has overseen the company’s negotiations with streaming services and the extension of its agreement with the Michael Jackson estate, among many other roles; she’s also the only woman to receive the Grammy Foundation’s Entertainment Law Initiative Service Award. As EVP and General Counsel for Sony Music since 2008, Swidler is known as a fair but fearsome negotiator, helping to keep acts from Bruce Springsteen to Beyonce in the fold. In accepting the 2016 ELI Award from Clive Davis – her boss at Arista and RCA from 1999-2008 – Swidler quoted Joni Mitchell’s ode to David Geffen, “Free Man in Paris,” talking aobout “stokin’ the starmaker machinery behind the popular song” and dealing daily in “dreamers and telephone screamers.” Bonus cool factor: She was the lead lawyer for the 1994 Woodstock festival and even joined Crosby, Stills & Nash onstage. — Paula Parisi” />
While dozens of names have been bandied about in the weeks since Portnow announced his departure, we’ve compiled a fantasy candidate list of our own, based on insider speculation, gossip and instinct. Under the circumstances, it would be a great surprise if the next chairman of the Recording Academy were not a woman, thus, all of our candidates are female.
As a partner at the communications firm SKDKnickerbocker, she is already a veteran strategist who works at the intersection of communications, media and politics; the firm has a Women’s Advocacy practice that has worked to protect birth-control rights, marriage equality and other causes. She was chairman and CEO of the RIAA and served at the organization from 1987 to 2003; she is the former Political Director and Editor-at-Large of HuffingtonPost.com; early in her career she worked on Capitol Hill for Sen. She was also a founder of Rock the Vote, which mobilizes young people to get involved in the political process.— Jem Aswad Dianne Feinstein and New Jersey governor Brendan Byrne; and she is currently an on-air contributor at CNN. While the former head of the Recording Industry Association of America is said to be cool on the prospect of taking over for Portnow — and did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment — it is difficult to think of a candidate with deeper experience in both the music industry and Capitol Hill.
Julie Swidler
However, it seems likely that the vast number of musicians in the Academy would welcome one of their own — and people might actually listen to the Academy leader’s annual speech during the telecast (especially if she sang it). (Sorry, we don’t count Portnow and predecessor Mike Greene’s musical careers as a precedent.) If the Motion Picture Academy and various film guilds can let so-called creatives take the lead, so could the Recording Academy — at least if there’s a candidate like Cash, who’s proven to have the statesman qualities necessary for the job and an abiding interest in the intellectual property issues that seem likely to vex the industry for years to come. The biggest arguments against Cash might be that she’s already taken many political stands, and whether she could channel her passions about the business into policy. Is it crazy to think an actual recording artist could lead an academy that’s based on them? It doesn’t hurt that she’s music royalty (yes, she’s the daughter of that man named Cash), but what she’d really bring to the gig is the deep engagement that shows up in everything from her Twitter account to her testimony before Congress about artists’ rights. — Chris Willman
Lee began her career at the Viacom company as its first VP and general counsel in 1986, rising to president/coo in 1996 and becoming chairman/CEO in 2005. The chairman/ceo of BET Networks announced last mom that she is stepping down from that role. — Roy Trakin Lee is already involved with the Academy’s recently organized Diversity & Inclusion Task Force and has been prominent in the Times Up movement as well; she has been named to several boards looking to improve their own diversity, including Twitter. The Harvard Law School graduate also has Capitol Hill experience, serving as a clerk to a district court judge in her early days in D.C.
Ruby Marchand

Morgan’s Corporate Client Banking Group. “Legendary is an important name in the industry, with a strong balance sheet and deep support from the entertainment banking community that enables robust investment across its content platform,” said David Shaheen, head of entertainment industries for J.P.
He had served as an adviser to Legendary and its parent company, the Dalian Wanda Group, which had bought Legendary in 2016 and has been undergoing a retrenchment. Grode was named late last year as the new CEO of Legendary Entertainment, nearly a year after the departure of founder Thomas Tull.
Legendary Television recently received a second season order from Netflix for its "Lost in Space" series and is supporting an Emmy campaign for "Looming Tower."” />
It's also in post-production on "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" and "Detective Pikachu." It's co-financing "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" and the upcoming films "Mamma Mia: Here We go Again!" and "BlacKkKlansman." Legendary's "Skyscraper," starring Dwayne Johnson, is set to be released on July 13.
Legendary Entertainment has closed a $1 billion senior secured revolving credit facility led by J.P. Morgan.
Legendary said the new facility was significantly oversubscribed and the participation of the entertainment lenders is confirmation of Legendary’s strength as the studio’s film and television slates continue to ramp up under new management.
Combined with its cash on the balance sheet on the closing of the new facility, Legendary will have approximately $2 billion of liquidity. The new facility replaces a prior $585 million credit facility with more favorable terms.
Morgan is a syndicate of entertainment banks, including Union Bank, Bank of America, Comerica Bank, CIT, Fifth Third Bank, and SunTrust Bank. The financing was announced Thursday by Legendary chief executive officer Joshua Grode. Joining J.P.
This new facility and the support from the financial institutions that power our industry is validation of our strategy and another major step in cementing Legendary’s position as one of the premiere content creation companies in the world. We are continuing to be heads down on the creative work with our world-class creative team, with Mary Parent driving the film business and both Mary and Nick Pepper energizing our television business.” Grode, who joined Legendary just over 100 days ago, stated: “We are executing the business plan that we mapped when I joined Legendary at the start of the year.

Rovio also revealed in an exclusive interview with Variety in May that the company plans to adapt the game into a live-action television show. Of course, it all goes back to where the "Angry Birds" name started— the original iPhone game that launched a multi-million dollar franchise. The amusement park is just one piece of Rovio's brand licensing roadmap, with the upcoming release of "The Angry Birds Movie 2" in 2019 a major focus for the company.
Through creativity, innovation, game and design thinking, we believe we can revolutionize the way people experience the world – and Angry Birds World is the first step towards realizing our goal. This is a significant milestone for us, as we bring to Qatar and the Middle East one of the largest indoor and outdoor entertainment hubs for the whole family.”” /> “Angry Birds World is a world’s first in every aspect, from the theming to the choice of rides and entertainment," Makdessi stated. "At Trimoo, we strive to deliver more than just entertainment. The park’s innovative concept supports our greater mission of creating lasting memories for every guest.
There is also the world's first indoor and outdoor, multi-level karting track. An impressive 261 meters long, the track is modeled after "Angry Birds GO". The brand new indoor section of the park is available to visitors and includes 17,000 square meters of rides and attractions. Also included is an educational attraction, the Big Tree, intended for children to learn about science and express themselves creatively and musically. The outdoor section of the park is set to open at an undisclosed later date.
Riad Makdessi, CEO at Trimoo, commented on the milestone that is marked by the opening of the new park. Rovio was aided in the production of the amusement park by location-based entertainment company, Trimoo.
Angry Birds World, a new amusement park based on the hit game franchise, is now partially open in Qatar, according to a press release.