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The FORCE Companion: Quick Tips and Tricks
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The FORCE Companion: Quick Tips and Tricks from CRC PressCRC Press has published The FORCE Companion: Quick Tips and Tricks, 1st Edition.

Swendly Benilia shares with us simple and tangible tips and tricks to understanding and drawing FORCE across hundreds of drawings full of dynamism and energy! This book is an excellant companion to the FORCE brand since it delivers hundreds of FORCE drawings with succinct notations, filtered and approved by Mike Mattesi, about how to improve your FORCE drawing skills

Key Features:
- Hundreds of dynamic FORCE drawing that inspire the reader to see and draw FORCE
- Succinct tips and tricks keep it light and educational
- The tips and tricks not only explain how but also why the drawings are successful...

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The Toys That Made Us Seasons 1 and 2 on DVD
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The Toys That Made Us Seasons 1 and 2 arrives on DVD May 7 from Screen Media and The Nacelle CompanyThe Nacelle Company announced today that it is releasing seasons 1 & 2 of the acclaimed Netflix series, The Toys That Made Us on DVD on May 7, 2019 through Screen Media. The box set will include previously unreleased bonus footage.

The Toys That Made Us is a documentary web television series created by Brian Volk-Weiss. The first season began streaming on Netflix on December 22, 2017, and season 2 was released in May 25, 2018. The 8-episode documentary series, as it was originally touted, focuses on the history of important toy lines. Season 1 focused on the Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Barbie and He-Man toy lines while season 2 featured LEGO, Transformers, Hello Kitty and Star Trek. On July 19, 2018, it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con that the show had been picked up for a third season, with future episodes featuring Power Rangers, Wrestling Toys, My Little Pony and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...

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Scan Dimension SOL 3D Scanner
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Scan Dimension Unveils SOL, the Market's Most User-Friendly 3D ScannerScan Dimension®, developer of 3D scanners, imaging, and realization technology, today launches SOL, an easy-to-use 3D scanner for the everyday maker, technology enthusiast, and hobbyist. Accurate, portable, and affordable, SOL creates detailed, precise 3D models of scanned objects.

"We created the SOL scanner to make 3D scanning approachable for everyone," comments Graham Tinn, CEO of Global Scanning A/S, parent company of Scan Dimension. "SOL empowers anyone to unleash their creativity and explore the infinite possibilities of 3D technology actualization."

How it Works
With SOL, users simply place an object on a turntable, cover it with the included tent, and press a button — the laser, camera, and software do the rest. SOL eliminates three important hurdles to 3D scanning: complex calibration, time-consuming software manipulation, and manual mesh alignment...

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ANOTHER SHOT on Digital and DVD
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ANOTHER SHOT Starring Stephon Marbury Arrives On Digital and DVD May 14 from Well Go USAANOTHER SHOT, directed by Larry Yang, is a feature film based on the true story of Stephon Marbury’s fall from the NBA and his journey to rediscover his passion in China. Starring Stephon Marbury, Chun Wu, Bing He, Jessica Jung, Qingxiang Wang, Loretta Devine, and Frankie Faison, with special appearances by Allen Iverson and Baron Davis, ANOTHER SHOT will be available on Digital platforms and on DVD on May 14th from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Synopsis:
Former NBA superstar Stephon Marbury teams up with a group of courageous young professional basketball players in China, who dare to dream of one day winning the country's professional basketball championship. With some intense training and a supportive coach, Marbury helps bring the team to the Finals where they must face the seven-time championship team, who is considered by most to be unbeatable...

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Jurassic World Evolution Carnivore Dinosaur Pack
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Three New Deadly Carnivores Arrive in Jurassic World Evolution TodayFrontier Developments plc today announced the Jurassic World Evolution: Carnivore Dinosaur Pack is available now for PC, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. Based on Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s blockbuster franchise, and created in collaboration with Universal Games and Digital Platforms, Jurassic World Evolution: Carnivore Dinosaur Pack adds three new dinosaurs to Jurassic World Evolution, and arrives alongside a free update for all players featuring a new camera mode for would-be dinosaur photographers.

The Jurassic World Evolution: Carnivore Dinosaur Pack introduces three new meat-eating dinosaurs to players’ islands...

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GLORY 30th Anniversary Edition 4K Ultra HD
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GLORY Celebrates its 30th Anniversary on 4K Ultra HD July 30 from Sony PicturesSony Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Academy Award®-winning classic directed by Edward Zwick, GLORY, debuting on 4K Ultra HD and in 4K with HDR via participating Digital platforms on July 30. Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington—in his first Oscar®-winning performance (Best Supporting Actor, 1989)—Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman star in the compelling story behind the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, where they fight prejudices from both the Union and the Confederate Armies. Nominated for five Academy Awards and winning three, the 4K Ultra HD release truly showcases both the film’s imagery and sound. Freddie Francis’ win for Cinematography is highlighted by the film’s 4K resolution scan from the original camera negative, with a resulting 4K HDR master approved by director Edward Zwick, while the all-new Dolby Atmos audio mix, as well as the original theatrical audio mix, spotlight the team who won the Best Sound Oscar (Donald O. Mitchell, Gregg Rudloff, Elliot Tyson, Russell Williams II).

To mark the 30th anniversary of this Civil War epic, Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Sony Pictures will present Glory as...

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AI for Games, 3rd Edition
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AI for Games, 3rd Edition from CRC PressCRC Press has published AI for Games, 3rd Edition.

AI is an integral part of every video game. This book helps professionals keep up with the constantly evolving technological advances in the fast growing game industry and equips students with up-to-date information they need to jumpstart their careers.

This revised and updated Third Edition includes new techniques, algorithms, data structures and representations needed to create powerful AI in games. The companion website includes downloadable and executable source code that will be regularly updated by the author...

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Planet Coaster Classic Rides Collection
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Planet Coaster Classic Rides Collection and Free New Coaster Arrive April 16Frontier Developments plc announced a new, free roller coaster and premium Classic Rides Collection for Planet Coaster will arrive on April 16.

Copperhead Strike, a newly launched coaster at Carowinds park in North Carolina, will be free for all Planet Coaster players to feature in their parks from April 16. Faithfully recreated from the original ride blueprints, this twisting and looping coaster train is beautifully themed like an original American hot-rod. Copperhead Strike packs a real punch with its double launching track layout which boasts an inverted top hat, two 360 loops, a corkscrew, and a unique jojo roll straight out the station. It’s as close as you can get to riding the real thing...

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World War Z on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
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World War Z arrives on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC from Saber and Focus HomeSaber Interactive, in partnership with Focus Home Interactive, has released World War Z, the action-packed co-op shooter inspired by Paramount Pictures’ blockbuster film. The game is now available digitally and at most major retailers on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One for $39.99, as well as on Windows PC via the Epic Games Store for $34.99.

Powered by Saber’s dynamic Swarm Engine™, World War Z unleashes hundreds of fast-moving, bloodthirsty zombies – able to move and strike as one collective herd as well as break off into individual attackers – at a time on players.

Choose from six distinct classes and an arsenal of deadly weapons, explosives, turrets and traps. Outlive the dead through intense four-player co-op campaign missions around the world, including New York, Jerusalem, Moscow and Tokyo, and battle both zombies and real human opponents in competitive, team-based Players vs. Players vs. Zombies (PvPvZ) multiplayer...

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Broad City: Season 5 and The Complete Series on DVD
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BROAD CITY: SEASON 5 and BROAD CITY: THE COMPLETE SERIES arrive on DVD July 9 from Comedy CentralHailed as “comic gold” (Newsday), the critically acclaimed series “Broad City” delighted fans over five uproarious seasons. Now, the fifth and final season arrives on DVD, along with a new Complete Series collection.

Executive produced by Amy Poehler, “Broad City” stars series creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer​, whom The Hollywood Reporter called “the true voices of their generation.” The pair navigate their 20s in New York in “an ingenious love letter to friendship and the city” (New York Times) through hilarious and outrageous antics.

The final season boasts a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and brings five years of wacky adventures and misadventures to a satisfying and entertaining end “with a series of episodes that capture their warm, raunchy friendship as strongly as ever” (Boston Globe).

The show’s many guest stars have included...

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Video Field Production and Editing, 8th Edition
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Video Field Production and Editing, 8th Edition from Focal PressFocal Press has published Video Field Production and Editing, 8th Edition.

In the eighth, revised edition of this book, Ronald J. Compesi offers a comprehensive and in-depth introduction to the aesthetics of small-scale, single-camera video production in field environments, from planning through postproduction, in a range of different programming formats. Written in an accessible, student-friendly style, this new edition has been significantly updated and revised throughout to reflect current technology and industry practices, including shooting with DSLR cameras, in HD and on smartphones, new methods and channels of distribution, and much more.

Key features and updates to the eighth edition include:...

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CRYPTO on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital
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Kurt Russell and Luke Hemsworth Star in CRYPTO on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital June 18 from LionsgateBeau Knapp, Alexis Bledel, Luke Hemsworth, and Kurt Russell star in the cyber-thriller Crypto, available on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital on June 18 from Lionsgate. This film is currently available On Demand.

With the current rise of cryptocurrency, people find ways to exploit the system and the global economy. After discovering evidence of fraud, a young agent named Martin (Knapp) is tasked with following a long trail of corruption and theft. During his investigation, he finds that the people involved are more powerful than he could have ever imagined.

The Crypto Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively...

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HUAWEI MateBook 13 and MediaPad M5 lite Best of CES
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HUAWEI MateBook 13 and HUAWEI MediaPad M5 lite Receive Fourteen Best of CES Recognitions at CES 2019Following the U.S. launch at CES 2019, the HUAWEI MateBook 13 won eight "Best of CES" awards and made four "Best Laptops at CES" lists, while the MediaPad M5 lite won one "Best of CES" award and was included on Chicago Tribune's "Products that Wowed Us At CES" list for a total of 14 recognitions.

The media cited the HUAWEI MateBook 13 for "one-upping" a bevy of competitors in terms of style, substance and value. A new addition to Huawei's ultra-slim notebook line-up, the HUAWEI MateBook 13 delivers powerful functions without compromising portability. It comes equipped with the latest Intel® Whiskey Lake processor, an NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 (25 Watt TDP) option, and an industry-leading FullView Touch Screen with 88 percent screen-to-body ratio. The HUAWEI MateBook 13 will begin selling in the U.S. on Jan. 29 at Amazon and Newegg, and at additional top consumer electronics retailers in February.

The HUAWEI MediaPad M5 lite was recognized for...

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Procedural Storytelling in Game Design
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Procedural Storytelling in Game Design from CRC PressCRC Press has published Procedural Storytelling in Game Design, 1st Edition.

This edited collection of chapters concerns the evolving discipline of procedural storytelling in video games. Games are an interactive medium, and this interplay between author, player and machine provides new and exciting ways to create and tell stories.

In each essay, practitioners of this artform demonstrate how traditional storytelling tools such as characterization, world-building, theme, momentum and atmosphere can be adapted to full effect, using specific examples from their games. The reader will learn to construct narrative systems, write procedural dialog, and generate compelling characters with unique personalities and backstories...

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CAPTIVE STATE on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital
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CAPTIVE STATE arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital June 11 from Participant Media and Universal PicturesIn the aftermath of a global alien invasion, one young man must choose whether to rebel against The Legislature and ignite a war to save humanity in the thrilling, CAPTIVE STATE, arriving on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital, and via the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE, as well as On Demand on June 11, 2019 from Participant Media and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt, the sci-fi thriller stars Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) alongside an out-of-this-world supporting cast including John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane), Jonathon Majors (Hostiles) and Vera Farmiga ("Bates Motel").

A decade since an extraterrestrial force has occupied our planet, deceiving humanity with the promise of peace and unity, Chicago Police Officer William Mulligan (Goodman) is tasked with maintaining law and order in a city on the brink of rebellion. Gabriel (Sanders); the young brother of a fallen militant and the son of Mulligan's ex-partner, is faced with the crucial choice: Collaborate… or fight back...

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