When Pirates of the Caribbean hit cinemas in 2003 it was a smash hit. Johnny Depp’s portrayal of swashbuckler Captain Jack Sparrow became one of the most popular characters on the big screen – but he wasn’t alone. Sparrow spent most of his time on screen bouncing off of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). The latter in particular was hugely inspired by a character from the first Indiana Jones character, Marion (Karen Allen).
In particular, after Elizabeth was captured by Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and his crew on the Black Pearl, she was forced to wear a dress.
This wedding-like dress was directly inspired by Marion’s own white dress in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Marion was captured during the film by Major Arnold Toht (Ronald Lacey) and had to keep herself alive by doing what she was told – including wearing an overly demure white garment.
Earlier this afternoon, Prince Harry and Prince William unveiled a sculpture of their late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. The pair put their differences aside at Sunken Garden, in Kensington Palace, to honour Diana on the day she would have turned 60. Throughout her life, the princess was considered a style icon for many and still continues to inspire fashion today.
In the bronze statue, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, Diana can be seen in a midi dress featuring long sleeves and a belt.
An official statement said: “The portrait and style of dress was based on the final period of her life as she gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes and aims to convey her character and compassion.”
And royal fans think they have found the exact outfit, from a Christmas card in 1993 which features her in between her two sons.
It shows Diana, who donned a casual blue unbuttoned blouse and a large rectangle belt buckle, looking lovingly towards William as Harry gazes up at her.
Sharing the snap on Twitter, one royal fan said: “The statue’s outfit reminds me of Princess Diana’s card for Christmas 1993.”
And others agreed.
One noted: “I think this is exactly it.”
And another added: “I was wondering where he got the idea for that huge buckle.”
But others did point out that her hairstyle appeared to be “slightly later” than what is seen in the new statue.
The 1993 Christmas card marked the first time Prince Charles and Princess Diana each sent out their own festive greetings after they separated in 1992.
It also shows William and Harry wearing matching pale-blue shirts with black vee-neck jumpers.
The style of Diana’s dress in the statue is reminiscent of a number of ensembles worn by the royal later in her life.
After her divorce from Charles, she went on to develop more individuality with her fashion choices.
It came as she gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes.
In one photograph from their summer holiday in Majorca in July 1988, Diana, with William and Harry, can be seen on the steps of the Marivent Palace donning a flatting red pencil skirt and three-quarter length white blouse.
When Far Cry 6 launches for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on October 7, it’ll add a new word to the series’ lexicon: “Resolver.” It’s a concept inspired from Cuba – where Yara, Far Cry 6’s fictional setting, draws much of its inspiration. “Resolver” (pronounced “rreh-sohl-BEHR”) embodies a spirit of determination, resourcefulness, and problem-solving. In Far Cry 6, it’s a driving force behind the game, its guerrilla protagonists, and the ways it enables players to approach the world.
“Resolver,” translated from Spanish, means “to solve.” In Cuba, the word has a deeper meaning. Thanks to decades of scarcity brought on by trade embargoes and the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cubans were forced to figure out how to make things work with what they had.
“Because importing items was so challenging, Cubans had to make do with whatever they already had on the island,” says Lead Game Designer David Grivel. “That’s why, for instance, we see so many American cars from the ‘60s still running over there. But ‘Resolver’ is not just about maintaining objects, it’s also about creating new ones. In our research, for example, we were inspired by things like a desk fan made from an old vinyl record player.”
Of course, in Far Cry 6, protagonist Dani Rojas will be fighting a revolution against an overwhelming military force, and they will need to use everything at their disposal, which is where “Resolver” is crucial.
“In Far Cry 6, ‘Resolver’ is all about turning the player into a one-guerrilla army,” Grivel says, “and inflicting the maximum amount of chaos with what they have.”
This manifests in different ways; from scrounging gear, to kitting out vehicles, to hacking together weapon mods. Resolver is most prevalent in two key types of gear – the first being, of course, Resolver weapons. These are specially crafted, unique armaments built from the ground-up with scavenged scraps.
“An example that jumps to mind,” says Grivel, “is one of my favorites: ‘El Pequeño.’ It’s a minigun made from an old motorbike engine. It’s absolutely deadly.” (We’re guessing it’s named “the little one,” ironically). Other Resolver weapons use gasoline pump handles, car batteries, bicycle grips, and even CD players.
And the second type of gear? Supremos. A non-guerrilla might call them “backpacks.” These back-mounted behemoths give players a huge advantage, albeit a time-limited one. A massively powerful flamethrower is one example, while another provides a dramatic boost to healing. And one particularly destructive type, the Exterminador, lets players unleash a barrage of auto-targeting missiles. Of course, you can’t just wander around blasting off rockets every couple of seconds; each Supremo has a cool-down period once used, so they will often be items of last resort. Once the cooldown time’s up…well, so is your enemy’s.
Naturally, cobbling together such intense weaponry requires a certain set of skills. That’s where Juan Cortez comes in.
“Juan is Dani’s guerilla teacher,” Grivel says. “He’s the one who introduces you to the ‘resolver’ philosophy. He’s the master craftsman; the one you go see when you want cool new Supremos, gadgets, and Resolver Weapons to play with.”
“But he’s more than that,” says Grivel. “He’s a real mentor to Dani.” That’s because he doesn’t just have the skills to build D.I.Y. weapons; he also has the experience to know when and how to use them. “His past isn’t clear,” Grivel says, “but what’s for sure is that he’s been part of quite a few revolutions already.” That experience will prove invaluable in learning to use Resolver weapons, gadgets, vehicles, and other gear in the most efficient and effective way. The “Resolver” way, in other words.
The result of this homebrew philosophy is that the customization lets players embody their own, very personal, version of Dani. Far Cry games have always given players the ability to approach objectives in a huge variety of ways, but Far Cry 6 takes that idea to new heights.
Prefer a stealthy approach? You’ll want to get your hands on La Clavadora. This is a crossbow that fires harpoons (yes, we said harpoons) – and is perfect for silently one-shotting your enemies. Or, if you don’t mind leaving a mess, you could always opt for La Sorpresa and use explosive rounds to create absolute chaos.
Want to get up close and personal? Soak up bullets and dish out damage at the same time with El Muro – it’s a modified riot shield coupled with a hand-cannon. It’s the urban warfare version of peanut butter and chocolate. And you won’t just have weapons and gadgets that support your guerrilla lifestyle choices, you’ll also be able to equip specific mods and clothing to enhance Dani’s abilities.
“There’s fire-retardant gear for hot situations, and a stealth outfit that reduces your movement noise and detection,” says Grivel. “There’s gear to improve the tagging of enemies and overall intel-gathering, and gear to improve your hunting skills. We support all kinds of playstyles –– there are weapons and gear for every type of player.”
You don’t have to specialize; you can mix and match gear, weapons, and mods to your heart’s content, and you can save loadouts to swap between as the situation calls for it.
“I love mixing long-range sniping, stealth, and mobility,” Grivel tells us. “So, I love equipping gear that allows me to be better at each of these aspects: shoes that make less noise when you move, pants that help you carry more sniper ammo… One piece of gear I absolutely adore is the parkour pants, which allow you to gain speed after a slide. It’s a ton of fun to execute, so I usually equip that gear when exploring, slide down a hill, get up, get a speed boost, and keep going. That’s one of my favorite ways to get around. And it’s a fantastic combo in a combat situation!”
Of course, you can’t slide everywhere, so when you just need to get there (and in style) hop in the Angelito. It’s a dune buggy that can soar across the skies of Yara, and when you get behind the wheel, you’ll wonder why the hell all cars can’t do this.
Now, a guerrilla needs to use every weapon at their disposal – and that includes chickens. More specifically, an amigo named Chicharrón. With his leather jacket, studded collar, and burning vendetta against anyone in a uniform, he’s one tough little war-chicken. You’ll want him to be your wingman, but you’ll always be wondering if you’re his sidekick instead.
If this sounds like an unbelievable amount of variety, well, you’re starting to get the potential of the “Resolver” mindset. It’s about resourcefulness, creativity, and surprise. It’s an attitude that runs through Far Cry 6 from top to bottom, and when you step into Dani’s shoes on October 7, you’ll see that in a revolution, there’s no better weapon.
“We can’t wait for players to experience the game on Xbox Series X|S at a steady 60 FPS, and with uncompromised native 4K resolution on Xbox Series X. It’s a huge leap forward, especially for an open world first-person shooter like Far Cry 6 with epic vistas and heart-pounding action gameplay.” said Technical Producer Peter Handrinos.
Author: Joe Rybicki, Contributing Editor, Ubisoft
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire
Apple has revealed some of the inspiration behind the Apple TV remote (Image: APPLE)
Apple’s all-new Apple TV 4K arrived in stores this week, and the Cupertino-based firm is pretty confident its latest streaming box will future-proof your telly for some years to come. Like its predecessor, this new set-top box can handle 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range, but this time, there’s the added bonus of watching shows, movies, and live sports at a high refresh rate – up to 60 frames-per-second, to be exact.
This means content will not only look razor-sharp and drenched in rich colours, but any motion will appear silky smooth: perfect for an action-packed Premier League fixture.
Well, it would be …except you’ll struggle to find any Premier League matches broadcast in 60fps HDR right now. Fortunately, Apple is well aware that, while its hardware is pushing the boundaries of TV technology, the broadcasters behind your favourite content are lagging a little behind.
This isn’t anything new. While Apple has supported 4K output from its Apple TV line-up since 2017, to this day, a number of UK broadcasters, including the BBC and ITV, still don’t regularly make their shows available in the upgraded resolution …let alone HDR and high refresh rates.
Fortunately, Apple isn’t fazed by the fact that it’s ahead of the curve. Tim Twerdahl, Apple Vice President of Product Marketing for Home and Audio recently sat down with Express.co.uk, telling us that Apple TV 4K is designed to be “ready for the future.”
“There is a little bit of a chicken and egg issue which is, why produce the content if nobody can watch it?” Twerdahl said. “I think we’re taking a great step forward with Apple TV 4K offering high frame rate support and it will be an incentive to create more and more of this content.
“For example, here in the US a couple of years ago, they started producing the Super Bowl in high frame rate HDR. And we’re seeing more and more. We really want the product to be ready for the future and the great news is we’re out there working with all of these top providers around the world to bring high frame rate content, especially for sports.
“I think, as a customer, the fact that you can buy the Apple TV 4K now and it’s essentially future proof is great.”
The new remote features a click wheel similar to the original iPod (Image: APPLE)
As well as the future-proofed visuals, Apple has completely redesigned the remote control. When the design team sat down to dream-up a new way to scroll through menus, fast-forward through adverts, and more, Apple’s Tim Twerdahl tells us that some of the inspiration came from the most iconic Apple device of them all: the original iPod.
The revolutionary music player had a circular click wheel to help navigate through long lists of songs, rewind to your favourite verse, and play games. And now, Apple TV 4K has something identical.
The updated remote allows you to both physically tap around the outside of the circle – like a directional pad – or use the swipe gestures found on the previous remote design in the touchpad in the middle. Like the original iPod, dragging your finger around the circle works as a jog control and is designed to make scrubbing through video more accurate.
Explaining more, Twerdahl told us: “If you think about it, since we first had on-demand formats, like the VCRs and DVDs, we’ve been stuck with those 2X, 4X, 8X kind of control speeds and it’s just not very intuitive or useful. You always overshoot and then try to get back to a point.
“Once we came up with this circular design we thought it looked a lot like the iPod quick wheel, so what could do that could really help people with their TV using an interface like that? The scrubbing of video came as such a natural thing, professional editors often use these jog-style controls, which are quite powerful, and it’s really nice to bring this into people’s living room.
“It’s super accurate and I can’t wait for customers to get it in their hands.”
The Apple TV is now compatible with 4K HDR content at 60fps (Image: APPLE)
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Also new to the Apple TV remote – a power button that acts as a universal remote and powers-on your television and any soundbar attached to your set-up. While that might sound pretty simple, it’s not as easy as you think.
“There is a fair amount of complexity there,” Twerdahl tells us. “There are some standards over HDMI there are some standards that use Infra-Red. And so we have to sort of negotiate and figure out what the best way to do that for any given TV is. The key is that it’s just about simplicity for customers. We’ll do all the hard work and the heavy lifting in the background.”
The final big change to the new Apple TV 4K remote, which is also available to buy on its own in the Apple Store for those with older Apple TVs, is the new Siri button on the right-hand side. For iPhone owners, this placement will be instantly familiar – something Apple hopes will make moving between your smartphone and telly seamless.
Simple voice commands to Siri can bring up boxsets, films with a specific actor, or entire genres. You can even ask Siri to show any content that’s filmed in 4K HDR – to test your new telly box. This is often a lot quicker than typing using the on-screen keyboard, but does Apple think enough of us have got used to barking orders into a remote control?
“It’s an interesting point,” agreed Twerdahl. “We want to make it super easy to engage with Apple TV regardless of your comfort level. If you hit the Siri button on your remote and don’t say anything some suggestions will cycle through on the TV screen to help you understand the kinds of things you could say. By moving the Siri button to the side – where it is on your iPhone – we’re hoping that also reinforces with people as you can do exactly the same kind of things on your iPhone as your Apple TV remote.”
In our Apple TV 4K review, we were thrilled with the new remote. But with the channel changer getting such a drastic makeover this year …why has the set-top box stayed the same? This current Apple TV design has been around since 2015 and there’s no sign of any of the colourful new options found on the iPad Air, iPhone 12, and even newly-rebooted iMac.
“A lot of people end up tucking away the box itself and it’s the remote that people interact with on a day to day basis, so it’s where we put our effort in terms of designing the new Apple TV 4K and making sure there was really a magical experience with the primary interface. We think we’ve done a great job, and we’re really excited about the remote,” Apple’s Tim Twerdahl tells us.
Apple is clearly proud of its all-new Apple TV 4K. And it’s not hard to see why – while you might not be able to take advantage of the awesome new high-frame-rate format supported by Apple TV 4K right now, you’ll be first in line when Premier League matches, F1, Hollywood blockbusters, and more, start to embrace HDR 60fps.
In the meantime, Apple TV 4K still supports 1080p, 4K, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and more – all of which are supported by the likes of Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, and, of course, Apple’s own TV+ streaming service.
With the Apple 4K TV now on store shelves worldwide, the pressure is on the broadcasters to catch-up.
This month Netflix released the next film from creative directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, The Mitchells Vs The Machines. The pair have been responsible for the likes of The Lego Movie franchise, 21 Jump Street and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. During this bombastic and exciting film, the Mitchell family go up against an army of robots determined to enslave humanity. The bots planned on doing so by employing all the machines they could find, including Furbies.
Furbies were real-life toys that were originally released in 1998 by Hasbro. These cute creatures would talk with their owners, sing, eat and sleep.
During the second act of The Mitchells Vs The Machines, the family stumbled upon a large group of sentient Furbies who tried to destroy the protagonists.
In a new video released by Netflix, director Mike Rianda and Lord & Miller discussed this extensive scene shot-by-shot and revealed its origin story.
Miller began by saying: “This is shot like a horror film which I think is great.”
When the smaller creatures are defeated by the Mitchells, they bring a giant Furby into the fight who chases the family and shoots lasers at them.
Miller said: “I believe this Furby is voiced by director Mike Rianda!”
Rianda said: “It could only be me!” Before adding: “The Furby can shoot out a giant laser. Some have questioned why, which, is a good question.”
While the team had to do a lot of work to get the Furby plot included in the film, Rianda has recently revealed a previous script involved kidnapping a former President of the United States.
Speaking to CBR, Rianda said: “It was before the 2016 election, and when the President seemed funnier!
“So it was in 2015 when I pitched the movie, and I just really liked the idea of seeing a normal family, like your bonehead parents having to actually be like: ‘OK, I have to fight a robot. Oh my god, what’s happening?’
“I thought it would be equally funny to see them having to kidnap the President of the United States.”
The Mitchells Vs The Machines is available on Netflix now.
They decided to abandon that track and allowed Elvis to riff on some other ideas with far greater success. In July 1954, the single That’s Alright Mama was released and The King was on the way to claiming his crown.
The story around Without You grew over the years and achieved mythical status for it’s clear influence on the way Elvis sounded, but nobody could identify the singer until recently.
In the 1975 book Mystery Train, Greil Marcus said of the Without You demo: “Most of all, anyone who listens hears Elvis… The unnamed singer’s voice is full of pain and full of acceptance; gliding along the stately lines of the song, reaching for solace, falling short, reaching again.”
It was music producer Chris Kennedy who finally made the stunning discovery it was Nashville singer Jimmy Sweeney, who died in 1992.
Kennedy contacted his daughter Eugenia to make the emotional revelation. She confirmed it was her father’s voice and revealed what it would have meant to him.
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Ronnie O’Sullivan insists he has “five or 10” years left in snooker and will take inspiration from fellow sporting greats Roger Federer and Tiger Woods as he enters the twilight years of his career, saying he simply wants to enjoy the sport as much as he possibly can before he hangs up his cue.
The world No 2 was dealt more disappointment on Friday as he crashed out of the World Snooker Championship in the second round with a 13-12 loss to Anthony McGill.
The Rocket had mounted a comeback to lead 12-11 after being 10-5 down but lost the final two frames as his Scottish opponent managed breaks of 136 and 85.
That means defending world champion O’Sullivan’s bid to match Stephen Hendry’s all-time record of seven Crucible titles will have to wait at least another 12 months.
Defeat to McGill ended a difficult year for O’Sullivan, in which he lost five straight finals having failed to add to his title haul since winning the World Championship last season.
And the 45-year-old admitted after losing to McGill that he has struggled to enjoy his snooker “for quite a while” amid his disappointment at the table.
But although he is already regarded by many as the greatest player of all time, O’Sullivan has plans to play on the World Snooker Tour for another five years, and may stay on the circuit for as long as another decade.
O’Sullivan told Eurosport: “Can I still win here? Yeah, yeah. I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t think so. I have to stay in a good frame of mind, turn up. I need to play two good weeks of the year and everyone on my side of the fence is happy.
“It is whether I want it bad or not. I just need to pitch up and play. It’s like Roger Federer and Tiger Woods, probably not the best player on the circuit, probably don’t have the desire that they had when they were younger or what the younger guys have around them.
“It’s like Federer if he never won another match or Tiger Woods, just seeing them on the start line is enough. I suppose still carry that position in snooker until someone comes along and beats my records and claim that mantle.
“I think I have pretty much got that for the next 10-15 years. I just have to use that to my advantage and not get too down on myself, if I can. It’s hard because I would have liked to have another match here but it’s not meant to be.
“I don’t have anything to prove – if anything, I’ve set the yardstick for everyone else to try and catch, and I’m still playing. It’s not a bad situation to be in.
“There are some very, very good players about – I could get it right maybe one more time but [World Championship titles] is probably the only record I haven’t got.
“The only important thing for me is to keep playing – it is a business and if I don’t play, part of my business probably wouldn’t do well. I’ve got a lot of things happening and they happen much better if I play.
“I’ve just got to try and find some enjoyment if I can – that’s the only thing I struggle with, accepting that I cant play well all the time, because it’s such a nice feeling when you do.
“I’m going to play for five years because I like the lifestyle, I’ve got great relationships with my sponsors and I’d be crazy not to.
“Everything I do compliments each other – I’ve got it as good as I’ve ever got it. It’s just about trying to enjoy the game and not crucify myself. I was able to do that today, which was great.
“Hopefully I’m just able to enjoy the game – it doesn’t really matter to me whether I win or lose. I see my career and myself as a business – winning and losing. I’m quite privileged – I have to be grateful for what I’ve got and where I am.”
Discussing his plans for the 2021-22 snooker season, which will begin in the autumn of this year, O’Sullivan insists he’d love to get back out to the Far East.
“It depends on the schedule,” he said when asked how many tournaments he will play in next year.
“I’d like to play more in China because my longevity and what I do behind snooker lies in China. They get priority, they get the nod. As the situation is, who knows when I will be going back there.
“I’m trying to get what’s right for me for now, the future and the next 10 to 15 years. China is the place to be for me really, the sooner I can get out there the better.
“If they get you travelling round the world four times in three weeks then obviously I’ll have to do that in China and miss a few here.
“If the schedule is put together sensibly I can play there and play here. My life comes first and I’ll look at the schedule and give every promoter the option to work with me.
“I’ll pick and choose whatever tournament works for me. It’s all details and just sorting things out with people.”
In the summer of 1969 the recording of The Beatles’ 11th album, Abbey Road, was just finishing up. The band had written and recorded a number of their biggest hits, including Come Together, Something and Here Comes The Sun. Before they wrapped up their album and sent it off to the printers, however, inspiration struck John Lennon one more time.
In an interview with journalist David Sheff, Lennon explained how he was once listening to Ono play the piano.
His new wife, whom he married earlier that year, was tickling the ivories and playing famed composer Ludwig Van Beethoven when he had a brilliant idea.
Lennon recalled: “Yoko was playing Moonlight Sonata on the piano. She was classically trained. I said: ‘Can you play those chords backwards?’ and wrote Because around them.”
After reversing the chords and melodies of Midnight Sonata, Lennon created a brand new composition for the track, creating the choral track that became Because.
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The final composition for the song is staggering, considering it has John, George and Paul McCartney singing in a strict chorus throughout its three minutes.
Creating the music for the song was a particularly involved process for the band as well.
Producer George Martin revealed years later how he used a Moog synthesiser on Because.
This is one of the only Beatles tracks to include the instrument.
George Martin revealed: “Between us, we also created a backing track with John playing a riff on guitar, me duplicating every note on an electronic harpsichord, and Paul playing bass.
“Each note between the guitar and harpsichord had to be exactly together, and as I’m not the world’s greatest player in terms of timing, I would make more mistakes than John did.
“So we had Ringo playing a regular beat on hi-hat to us through our headphones.”