Sang-Ho Yeon’s Netflix film tells the story of a slob who develops psychic abilities and is worth watching if you feel like skipping ‘Deadpool 2
Producer Michael Benaroya is fighting a contract and fraud claim over Willis’ services for an aborted film
The raunchy creatures also push the comedian to do ecstasy in the not-for-kids trailer for the dark comedy
“Ask me trivia on ‘Sex and the City,’ and I will know it,” says John David Washington, who wishes he could vote in New York for gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon
THR’S CRITICS AT THE FEST SWOONED FOR ‘COLD WAR,’ ‘BURNING’ AND ‘SHOPLIFTERS,’ AND SINGLED OUT TWO STAR-MAKING LEAD PERFORMANCES.
South Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong’s latest is a stunning, slow-building romantic thriller in which an aspiring writer and a rich hotshot become rivals for the affections of a charismatic young woman. In his review, Todd McCarthy writes: “Director Lee Chang-dong establishes and then sustains an almost trancelike state while still keeping a simple yet elusive story afloat. This is a beautifully crafted film loaded with glancing insights about class privilege, reverberating family legacies, creative confidence, self-invention, sexual jealousy, justice and revenge.”
Grand Prize (2nd place): ‘Shoplifters’
Jury Prize (3rd place): ‘Cold War’
BOTH FILMS CAME UP WINNERS AT SUNDAY’S CLOSING NIGHT CEREMONY.
Josh Brolin’s Cable has a far simpler backstory than Marvel readers remember, but that’s how the character’s creators intended it.
When Deadpool was released in 2016, it was praised for the accuracy in which it depicted its central character. Despite some minor alterations to his origin and the emphasis on a love story – a surprisingly touching one, Deadpool stuck the superhero landing as one of the most accurate portrayals of a comic book character in film. The successful collaboration between star Ryan Reynolds, director Tim Miller, and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick set a new standard for comic book accuracy in film, and they did it with an R-rating and a $58 million budget to boot. This accuracy was rewarded with a $783.1 million global take, and the ability to chart a bigger course for the sequel. But new challenges come with bigger expectations and a vaster landscape to play in. There are few courses larger, more tangled, and emblematic of the best and worst of comic book narratives than Cable’s. For a film that’s success hinged on comic book accuracy as well as the simplicity of its narrative, Deadpool painted itself in a corner during the post-credits scene by promising the time traveling mutant from the future, Cable (Josh Brolin), for the sequel. But as this weekend’s release of David Leitch’s Deadpool 2 proves, the corner is where the minds behind the movie work best.
On the page, Cable may seem simple: a soldier from the future with a metal arm and a poor sense of humor. But keep turning those pages, and what’s revealed is a complex backstory involving the X-Men’s leader Cyclops having a child with the clone of Jean Grey, Madelyne Pryor, in the aftermath of the former’s death in Chris Claremont’s famed “Dark Phoenix Saga.” That child, Nathan Summers, was then infected with the techo-organic virus by ancient mutant despot Apocalypse, resulting in the living metal tissue that makes up a good portion of his body. The only way Nathan could be saved was to be sent 2000 years into future where he could possibly be cured. In the future, Nathan Summers grows up as a prophesized messiah who can free the world from the tyranny of Apocalypse. While one of the most powerful mutants in existence, with telepathy to rival Xavier’s, and telekinesis that could extinguish stars, his mutant powers are fully occupied by keeping the techo-organic virus from consuming his body. Thus Nathan Summers is forced to rely on weapons and tech instead of his mutant abilities, essentially becoming a one-man army. The name Cable stems from his father telling him that he’ll be “a cable that unites the past with the present and future” (Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix No. 4, 1994). Realizing it’s the only way he can truly stop Apocalypse and his protege Stryfe (a healthy clone of Cable), he travels back to the past and meets up with the then-present day X-Men and co-opts Xavier’s dream to create his own hard-knock school of soldiers, the X-Force. Yes, it’s exhausting and brilliant in the way that only X-Men comics can be.
It’s clear to see why trying to present this comic accurate version of Cable would be a challenge, particularly when he’s not even the central focus of the movie. The X-Men movies, despite being six films deep, have yet to even reach the point where Cable’s backstory could be seamlessly worked into this world, even with the time travel shenanigans of X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) considered. Instead of trying to streamline Cable or drastically alter his character, something that Deadpool knows firsthand about via X-Men Origins: Wolverine(2009), the sequel takes the character back to his roots and presents him as simply as he was presented on the cover of his first appearance in 1990’s The New Mutants No. 87 as “the man called Cable!!” As originally conceived by Rob Liefeld, Cable was a Terminator-esque cyborg from the future, who could upset the status quo of Professor X’s peaceful agenda. After Louise Simonson and Liefeld brought the character to life, it was later decided by other parties at Marvel, including comic superstar Jim Lee who revitalized the X-books in the 90s along with Liefeld, that Cable should be Nathan Summers and thus connect back to that larger narrative. Deadpool 2 goes back to Liefeld’s original vision for Cable, and in this small space the character is able to be interesting on his own rather than as a result of his relation to the wider X-Men cinematic universe.
What Deadpool 2 does so brilliantly is that it manages to present an accurate version of Cable by only presenting what’s necessary for the context of this particular film. This isn’t to say that the film’s version of Cable isn’t Nathan Summers: messiah, but rather that for this film it simply doesn’t matter. He alludes at fighting other tyrants in the past in order to save the future, but his mission in the film is defined by it how it relates to Deadpool’s personal arc, rather than how it relates to an audience seeking to piece together canon. While so many superhero films are focused on planting what comes next, Cable isn’t defined by what we know from his comic book narrative, but rather by Brolin’s ability to create an empathetic asshole who is able to find hope in the past. There’s a sense of physical fatigue in Brolin’s every movement, giving us a sense of Cable’s never-ending mission. This unending war Brolin imbues the character with also creates subtle dimensions in how he’s sees the people around him, tragically damned and cartoonish projections of beings whose status in reality could change in an instant. Brolin’s Cable is the equivalent of Bob Hoskins’ Eddie Valiant from Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), forced to find substance in a world he’s dismissed as fiction beyond his personal desires.
When it comes to Cable, Deadpool 2 manages to do more with less by delivering only the comic-book accuracy that’s needed and holding back the rest. There’s plenty of room left to go with Cable’s character in the future, and there’s little doubt that the twisting avenues of his backstory will eventually be explored on film. But by opting not to try to fit decades of narratives and retcons into a character introduction, Deadpool 2’s Cable showcases that increasingly complex comic book films can still find precision in simplicity.
A 27-YEAR-OLD FRENCH ACTRESS, WHO REMAINED UNNAMED IN THE REPORT, BROUGHT FORWARD A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE ‘VALERIAN AND A THOUSAND PLANETS’ HELMER ON FRIDAY MORNING.
FROM ‘ELLA ENCHANTED’ TO ‘THE CROWN,’ NUPTIALS INVOLVING PRINCESSES, QUEENS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF ROYALTY HAVE BEEN A FREQUENT SCREEN SETTING.
‘The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement’ (2004)
In the sequel to the 2001 film, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement finds recent college graduate Mia (Anne Hathaway) coming to terms with the fact that she must take over the role as Queen of Genovia when her grandmother Clarisse (Julie Andrews) steps down from the throne. The only way Mia can ensure the she will be next in line for the title is if gets married by the end of the month. While much of the film follows Mia’s journey to find a husband, Clarisse ends up as a bride at the end of the film when she spontaneously marries her longtime bodyguard Joe (Hector Elizondo).
‘Marie Antoinette’ (2006)
JOINING FORCES WITH COMPOSER GEORGE ANTHEIL, THE ACTRESS HELPED PATENT A DEVICE THAT MADE RADIO FREQUENCIES JUMP AROUND — TECHNOLOGY USED TODAY IN GPS AND WI-FI — THOUGH “SHE DIDN’T MAKE A DIME OFF IT,” SAYS DIRECTOR ALEXANDRA DEAN, WHOSE ‘BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY’ AIRS FRIDAY ON PBS.
ELSEWHERE, ‘BOOK CLUB’ IS EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS, THANKS TO STRONG INTEREST AMONG OLDER MOVIEGOERS.
Opera prima di Emmanuel Gillibert, Famiglia allargata è la storia di un tipo che non pensa che a lui, un seduttore incallito, maestro di immaturità che finisce suo malgrado per convivere con dei bambini e diventare grande con loro, da cui apprende più di quanto avrebbe potuto immaginare. Nella medesima circostanza ovviamente conquista una donna, sempre più adulta e responsabile di lui, in altre parole più noiosa. Tutto questo vi rammenta qualcosa? È normale, è la sintesi di tante commedie che scorrono regolarmente sui nostri schermi. Sceneggiatura greve, grammatica televisiva, dialoghi sconfortanti non sono nuovi a questo genere popolare che, lo si ami o no, può contare sovente sul carisma dei suoi attori principali
ACTOR-DIRECTOR NADINE LABAKI EXPLORES THE POOREST SLUMS OF LEBANON THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD IN THIS CANNES COMPETITION ENTRY.
Production: A Mooz Films presentation in association with Cedrus Invest Bank, with the participation of Sunnyland Film Cyprus, in association with Doha Film Institute, KNM Films, Boo Films, The Bridge Production, Synchronicity Production, Loverture Films, Open City Films, Les Films des Tournelles
Cast:Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawthar Al Haddad, Fadi Kamel Youssef, Cedra Izam, Alaa Chouchnieh, Nadine Labaki
Director: Nadine Labaki
Screenwriters: Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Kesrouani, Georges Khabbaz, Khaled Mouzanar
Producers: Khaled Mouzanar, Michel Merkt
Executive producers: Akram Safa, Fouad Mikati, Candice Abela, Samer Rizk, Georges Sarraf, Sylvio Sharif Tabet, Ray Barakat, Chady Eli Mattar, Antoine Khalife, Joslyn Barnes, Danny Glover, Wissam Smayra
Co-producer: Pierre Sarraf
Director of photography: Christopher Aoun
Art director: Hussein Baydoun
Costume designer: Zeina Saab Demelero
Editors: Konstantin Bock, Laure Gardette
Music: Khaled Mouzanar
Casting: Jennifer Haddad
Sales: Wild Bunch
WRITER-DIRECTOR YANN GONZALEZ (‘YOU AND THE NIGHT’) PREMIERED HIS SECOND FEATURE, WHICH STARS VANESSA PARADIS AS A GAY PORN PRODUCER, IN COMPETITION AT CANNES
It’s the second highest launch in the studio’s history
SPLENDID WILL SUPPLY MORE THAN 1,000 TITLES FOR THE NEW SERVICE, AS WELL AS THE TECHNICAL SUPPORT, BASED ON ITS OWN “MEIN VOD” PLATFORM.
Splendid will operate the service, freenet Video, which will be based on Splendid’s in-house SVOD platform “mein VoD.”
NICOLAS VANIER’S FAMILY ADVENTURE STARRING FRANCOIS CLUZET CELEBRATES THE RUSTIC CHARM OF THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE BETWEEN THE WARS
The six-time Emmy nominee and two-time Critics’ Choice Award winner reflects on why her agents fired her after she agreed to play Joan, how she feels about all the attention paid to her figure and why she decided to follow a period drama with a contemporary network dramedy
The theoretical peak bandwidth of an 802.11b wireless connection is 11 Mbps. This is a performance number advertised on 802.11b Wi-Fiequipment, which many people equate with the expected speed of a network. However, this level of performance is never achieved in practice due to network overhead and other factors.
The Big Difference Between Real and Theoretical 802.11b Speeds
What About 22 Mbps 802.11b?
The Bottom Line
Benefits of Dual Band Wireless Networking
Examples of Dual Band Wireless Devices
Dual Band Wireless Routers
Dual Band Wi-Fi Adapters
Dual Band Phones
What Is 802.11?
- Pros of 802.11ac – Fastest maximum speed and best signal range; on par with standard wired connections
- Cons of 802.11ac – Most expensive to implement; performance improvements only noticeable in high-bandwidth applications
- Pros of 802.11n – Significant bandwidth improvement from previous standards; wide support across devices and network gear
- Cons of 802.11n – More expensive to implement than 802.11g; use of multiple signals may interfere with nearby 802.11b/g based networks
- Pros of 802.11g – Supported by essentially all wireless devices and network equipment in use today; least expensive option
- Cons of 802.11g – Entire network slows to match any 802.11b devices on the network; slowest/oldest standard still in use
What About Bluetooth and the Rest?
- IEEE 802.11 working group standards like 802.11h and 802.11j are extensions or offshoots of Wi-Fi technology that each serve a very specific purpose.
- Bluetooth is an alternative wireless network technology that followed a different development path than the 802.11 family. Bluetooth supports a very short range (approximately 10 meters) and relatively low bandwidth (1-3 Mbps in practice) designed for low-power network devices like handhelds. The low manufacturing cost of Bluetooth hardware also appeals to industry vendors. You can readily find Bluetooth in the networking of PDAs or cell phones with PCs, but it is rarely used for general-purpose WLAN networking due to the range and speed considerations.
- WiMax also was developed separately from Wi-Fi. WiMax is designed for long-range networking (spanning miles or kilometers) as opposed to local area wireless networking.
- 802.11a – 54 Mbps standard, 5 GHz signaling (ratified 1999)
- 802.11ac – 3.46Gbps standard, supports 2.4 and 5GHz frequencies via 802.11n
- 802.11ad – 6.7 Gbps standard, 60 Ghz signaling (2012)
- 802.11ah – creates extended range Wi-Fi networks that can go beyond the reach of a typical 2.4 – 5 GHz network.
- 802.11aj – Approved in 2017; primarily for use in China.
- 802.11ax – pending, approval expected 2018
- 802.11ay – pending, approval expected 2019
- 802.11az – pending, approval expected 2019
- 802.11b – 11 Mbps standard, 2.4 GHz signaling (1999)
- 802.11c – operation of bridge connections (moved to 802.1D)
- 802.11d – worldwide compliance with regulations for use of wireless signal spectrum (2001)
- 802.11e – Quality of Service (QoS) support (2005) to improve delivery of delay-sensitive applications, such as Voice Wireless LAN and streaming multimedia. Also known as 802.11e-2005
- 802.11F – Inter-Access Point Protocol recommendation for communication between access points to support roaming clients (2003)
- 802.11g – 54 Mbps standard, 2.4 GHz signaling (2003)
- 802.11h – enhanced version of 802.11a to support European regulatory requirements (2003)
- 802.11i – security improvements for the 802.11 family (2004)
- 802.11j – enhancements to 5 GHz signaling to support Japan regulatory requirements (2004)
- 802.11k – WLAN system management
- 802.11l – skipped to avoid confusion with 802.11i
- 802.11m – maintenance of 802.11 family documentation
- 802.11n – 100+ Mbps standard improvements over 802.11g (2009)
- 802.11o – skipped
- 802.11p – Wireless Access for the Vehicular Environment
- 802.11q – skipped
- 802.11r – fast roaming support via Basic Service Set transitions
- 802.11s – ESS mesh networking for access points
- 802.11T – Wireless Performance Prediction – recommendation for testing standards and metrics
- 802.11u – internetworking with 3G / cellular and other forms of external networks
- 802.11v – wireless network management / device configuration
- 802.11w – Protected Management Frames security enhancement
- 802.11x – skipped (generic name for the 802.11 family)
- 802.11y – Contention Based Protocol for interference avoidance
DSL Speed of Downloading and Uploading
DSL Speed Differences Between Households
- Quality of the phone line at your residence. Neighborhoods with better copper wiring can achieve somewhat faster DSL speeds.
- Length of the phone line between the residence and the phone company hub (often called “central office”). DSL technology is “distance sensitive” because its performance decreases significantly as you get further away from this hub.
- Service glitches. While normally a constant, DSL speed can suddenly drop if the service provider has technical difficulty with their network. Speeds should return to normal after a few minutes or hours.
- Spyware on the computer(s). Even when the DSL network may be functioning at full speed, spyware programs may be consuming the bandwidth, robbing your DSL speed. Anti-spyware programs should be run regularly on networks to prevent this problem.
- Misconfigured wires or wireless router. Routers sit between your computers and the Internet connection. If not functioning properly, a router can greatly limit the DSL speed achievable on all computers. Temporarily connecting a computer directly to the Internet can help diagnose this situation.
- Slow wireless network connection. In extreme cases, a very slow Wi-Ficonnection between a computer and a wireless home network will not keep pace with the speed of the DSL Internet connection. Improving the quality of the Wi-Fi connection will solve this problem.
- Old computer(s). Very old computers lacking sufficient processing power or memory cannot keep pace with a high-speed DSL connection. You can verify this problem by comparing the DSL speed between computers at the residence.
Some folks prefer the simplicity of having their modem and router in the same device. There are several advantages and disadvantages to this arrangement, the most significant of which have to do with upgrades, future-proofing and access to network controls, but it’s safe to say most basic Internet users will appreciate how simple combo devices can be. If you find yourself in this camp, check out our below guide to the best modem/router combos.
Best Overall: Motorola AC1900 Wi-Fi Gigabit Router and Modem
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Motorola MG7700
Best for High Internet Speeds: NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 (24×8) Wi-Fi (C7000)
Best Value: Netgear N300 Wi-Fi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router (C3000)
Best Value Dual-Band: NETGEAR N600 Wi-Fi DOCSIS 3.0 Modem Router (C3700)
Best Budget Non-Cable Modem Router: Actiontec 300 Mbps Wireless-N ADSL (GT784WN)
Best Parental Controls: Netgear Nighthawk C7000
Best for DSL: Motorola MD1600
Easiest Set Up: ARRIS – SURFboard AC1900
Best Overall: HooToo TripMate Titan
Runner-Up, Best Overall: RAVPower FileHub Plus
Best Range: TP-Link N300
Best Budget: GL.iNet GL-AR150
Best Speed: TRENDnet TEW-817DTR
Best Value: GL.iNet GL-AR300M Mini Travel Router
Best Security: GL-MT300A
Adding a New Bookmark in Safari
- Open the Safari browser by tapping on the Safari icon, which is located on the iPad home screen, unless you moved it to a different location.
- When the browser window opens, tap in the bar at the top of the screen and enter the URL in the blank field at the top of the screen or follow a link to the web page that you want to bookmark. (If the URL is already entered into the field, tap the URL field once and then tap the circled X in the field to clear it. Then enter your URL.)
- After the page finishes rendering, select Safari’s Share icon, which looks like a square containing an up arrow. It is located in the browser’s main toolbar, next to the field containing the URL.
- Select the Add Bookmark option from the pop-up screen that opens.
- View the title and full URL of the current page that you are bookmarking along with its favicon. The title text is editable. Tap the circled X in the title field to delete it and type in a replacement title. The location where your new bookmark will be stored is also editable. The Favorites folder is the default, but you can choose another folder by tapping on Favorites and selecting a different folder.
- When you are satisfied with the settings, tap the Save button, which saves the new bookmark and takes you back to the main Safari window.
Selecting a Bookmarked Website in Safari
- To access a stored bookmark, select the Bookmark icon—the one that looks like an open book—located at the top of the screen.
- A new panel appears where you can tap on Favorites—or any other folder—to view the bookmarked sites in the folder.
- Tap on any bookmark to open the web page in Safari.