Blizzard takes legal action against ‘Overwatch’ copycat

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There’s a Chinese mobile game called Heroes of Warfare, which takes as much inspiration as possible from Blizzard Entertainment’s hit game Overwatch. A little too much inspiration for Blizzard’s liking.

Blizzard and its Chinese partner NetEase are suing Heroes of Warfare‘s creators, 4399, for infringing on its intellectual property, Japanese news site PC Watch reported today. Blizzard claims that 4399’s Heroes of Warfare and another game that’s already been shut down is too similar to Overwatch, and is calling for a take down.

Just take a look through this gameplay video of Heroes of Warfare and you’ll see what Blizzard is getting at:

Many of the playable characters in Heroes of Warfare look and play similarly to the heroes in Overwatch, the maps are nearly identical to Overwatch maps, and the heads-up display showing scores, kills, and health is basically the same as Overwatch‘s.

As is common practice for intellectual property infringement lawsuits, Blizzard is asking for 4399 to cease production of its copycat games, for monetary compensation for damages, and that Heroes of Warfare be removed from iOS and Android app stores.

This isn’t the first time a game developer has copied Overwatch‘s aesthetics and gameplay approaches. A different Chinese mobile game called Hero Mission did the exact same thing earlier this year. In fact, Hero Mission and Heroes of Warfare are pretty hard to tell apart.

Also, sidenote to all game developers ripping off existing games: Try to come up with better, less-generic names than Heroes of Warfare. What does that even mean?

H/T Kotaku

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Jimmy Kimmel slams GOP senator for lying ‘right to my face’ over health care

Once again, Jimmy Kimmel is slamming Republican lawmakers over healthcare. 

This time he’s attacking the Graham-Cassidy bill, proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. Cassidy actually appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in May after the talk show host’s emotional speech about his son’s heart surgery. 

The senator promised that he’d only support a bill that passed the “Jimmy Kimmel test” — meaning that it would guarantee coverage for kids like Kimmel’s son, born with congenital heart disease. 

On Tuesday night, Kimmel said Cassidy “lied right to my face.”

“This bill actually does pass the Jimmy Kimmel test — but a different Jimmy Kimmel test,” he said. “With this one, your child with a preexisting condition will get the care he needs if and only if his father is Jimmy Kimmel. Otherwise, you might be screwed.”

Then he absolutely laid into Graham and Cassidy.

“They’re counting on you to be so overwhelmed with all the information, you just trust them to take care of you,” he said. “But they’re not taking care of you. They’re taking care of the people who are giving them money, like insurance companies.”

“This guy, Bill Cassidy, lied right to my face”

There’s a reason Kimmel is so mad. The new Senate bill allows insurance companies to once again raise rates for people with pre-existing conditions, or even deny them coverage. It would also eliminate Obamacare subsidies and federal funding for Medicaid expansion.

It’s hard to tell how many people would lose their insurance thanks to this bill, because the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office hasn’t scored it yet — and won’t do so until after the Senate the votes on it. 

Kimmel might poke fun at politicians, but he isn’t known as a liberal firebrand. For the most part, he leaves that to Stephen Colbert. But he’s gone through the gut-wrenching experience of waiting out his baby son’s heart surgery.

So many Americans — myself included — have watched friends and family members deal with cancer, heart disease, and other life-threatening conditions. 

Imagining them being denied care or going bankrupt on top of having of that seems beyond cruel. And that’s why it’s so important that even people who don’t seem “political” speak out. 

“Before you post a nasty Facebook post saying I’m politicizing my son’s health problems, I want you to know — I am politicizing my son’s health problems, because I have to,” he said. 

Hopefully, Republican senators were listening. 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/19/jimmy-kimmel-bill-cassidy/

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has breast cancer

(CNN)Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced she has breast cancer in a post on her official Twitter account.

“1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” Louis-Dreyfus wrote.
The 56-year-old actress went on to say “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union.”
    “The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal healthcare a reality,” she concluded.
    Hollywood quickly rallied around her.
    “Veep” co-star Tony Hale re-tweeted the announcement from Louis-Dreyfus.
    “We love this woman,” Hale wrote in a caption.
    Other stars, including Rosie O’Donnell and Christina Applegate, as well as fans offered their well wishes.
    The news comes on the heels of what has been a triumphant year for Louis-Dreyfus.
    She broke the record for the most Emmys won by a performer for a single role earlier this month, after snagging her sixth consecutive win for lead actress in a comedy for her work on HBO’s “Veep.”
    It was her seventh statue in that category overall as she had previously won in 2006 for “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

      Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals she has breast cancer

    HBO told CNN that Louis-Dreyfus received her diagnosis the day after her historic Emmy win. Her health did not factor into the decision to end “Veep” with Season 7, which writers are currently working on. HBO added the show’s production schedule will be adjusted if needed to accommodate its star.
    “Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time,” HBO said in a statement. “We have every confidence she will get through this with her usual tenacity and undaunted spirit, and look forward to her return to health and to HBO for the final season of ‘Veep.'” (HBO and CNN share parent company Time Warner.)
    Louis-Dreyfus has advocated for cancer research in the past by teaming up with the Livestrong Foundation, according to Web MD.
    “I was asked, and it was a no-brainer,” she told the site.

      Breast cancer: Know the facts

    The former “Seinfeld” star is also a long-time advocate of environmental causes and green living, leading to a Mediaplanet feature on her work.
    “My actions have an impact on humanity and generations to come,” she told the publication.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/28/entertainment/julia-louis-dreyfus-cancer/index.html

    9 things you don’t know about Americas unofficial first family, The Simpsons

    This calls for a collective Belcher family belch
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    Set your grills to medium-high, Bob’s Burgers fans, because the Belcher family’s lovable antics are officially coming to the big screen.

    Are your palms as slick with sweat as Tina’s while gazing longingly at Jimmy Jr.’s butt? Well they should be, because the Fox animated show not only boasts an enviable cast of comedians, but also a heart of gold — with arteries as clogged as Teddy’s, presumably. (But they’re clogged with love, so keep shoving those burgers into our hearts!)

    On Twitter, creator Loren Bouchard confirmed that the team behind the animated show is developing a feature film set for release in 2020:

    Bouchard then immediately got our pulses racing by responding to a fan’s request for the film to focus on “Horseplay” (a reference to a character voiced by comedian Ron Funches, from the show’s legendary “Equestranauts” episode tackling the brony phenomenon). 

    “We’re still kicking around titles, but ‘Horseplay, the Horsening’ is definitely in the running,” Bouchard tweeted back

    That’s a juicy enough title to sink your teeth into. Bob’s Burgers is known for its Grade A pun and spoof humor — though, to be clear, the actual restaurant still only boasts a barely passing grade from health inspector Hugo. But if episode titles like “Eat, Spray, Linda” and “Zero Larp Thirty” are anything to go on, the team will certainly be serving up some choice meats for the film.

    Yet, while Bouchard is committed to writing a film for Bob’s Burgers regulars, he also sees it as an opportunity for a grand re-re-re opening that brings new customers into the family comedy.

    “We also know it has to fill every inch of the screen with the colors and the sounds and the ever so slightly greasy texture of the world of Bob’s – but most of all it has to take our characters on an epic adventure. In other words, it has to be the best movie ever made. But no pressure, right?!” Bouchard said in a statement, first reported by Deadline. 

    It’s been a big year for Bob’s Burgers. While it may not be the cultural phenomenon that The Simpsons has become, the quirky step-sister of the Fox animated comedy lineup still took home its second Emmy Award for Best Animated Series last month.

    We’re hoping the film will take Bob’s Burgers from being a secret menu item and raise it to entree status in the public’s eyes (or, uh, tummies.)

    Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/10/04/bobs-burgers-movie-release-date-2020/

    Daily Show’s Trevor Noah thinks it’s finally time to talk about guns in America

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    In the wake of a mass shooting that left 59 dead and more than 520 people hurt, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “There’s a time and place for a political debate, but now is a time to unite as a country.” 

    Well, The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah thinks that’s BS. On Monday night, he called out politicians and members of the media who claimed right now is not the time to talk about gun control. 

    “I feel like people are becoming more accustomed to this kind of news,” he said, noting there have been 20 mass shootings in the two years he’s lived in the United States. 

    After the latest shooting — in which a gunman fired at a country music concert from his Las Vegas hotel room — pundits even turned to hotel security as a possible culprit. Instead of, you know, sane gun laws. 

    “We seem to do everything to avoid talking about guns,” Noah said. 

    The talk show host pointed out that Congress was still considering the Sportsman’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, which would make it easier to buy silencers and armor-piercing bullets.

    “I can only say I’m sorry,” Noah told the people of Las Vegas, “sorry that we live in a world where people would put a gun before your lives.”

    Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/10/02/trevor-noah-daily-show-las-vegas-shooting/

    Jimmy Kimmel isn’t done being a thorn in the side of Obamacare repeal bill

    When you’re only trying to save health care for 30 million people, you’ve got to be a little persistent.

    The man you’d least expect to be on the front foot for saving health care in America, Jimmy Kimmel, is far from resting in his battle to ensure the Graham-Cassidy bill doesn’t cut funding to the most vulnerable. 

    Entering into round three of the debate on Thursday night, Kimmel took aim at President Donald Trump, who recently got involved in the debate on Twitter (where else). 

    For Kimmel, Trump’s support for the bill is more about politics than it is about a bill that’s, you know, actually good.

    “Those are the key words, ‘Repeal and replace.’ Because for Donald Trump this isn’t about the Graham-Cassidy bill. It’s about getting rid of Obamacare, which he hates primarily because Obama’s name is on it,” he explained.

    “He likes to have his own name on things: Buildings, vodkas, you name it. And at this point, he would sign anything if it meant getting rid of Obamacare. He’d sign copies of the Quran at the Barnes & Noble in Fallujah, if it meant if he could get rid of Obamacare.”

    Also in Kimmel’s sights was Trump’s championing of Senator Bill Cassidy as a “class act,” that he “doesn’t lie” and “just wants to help people.” Kimmel isn’t buying it.

    Kimmel pointed out numerous times that he isn’t a health expert, which has been the most common criticism of him in the last few days. He just wants lawmakers and critics to listen to the numerous groups against the bill.

    “All of these groups, populated by doctors, say this health care bill is bad. They’re against it. We haven’t seen this many people come forward to speak out against a bill since Cosby,” he said.

    While Kimmel’s personal heartbreak is the fuel in his campaign against the current Graham-Cassidy bill, it’s the broken promise of a test in his name that has really vexed the late night TV show host.

    “Bill Cassidy named this test after me. I am I supposed to just be quiet about that?” he asked. 

    Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/22/jimmy-kimmel-round-three/

    Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez team up for Puerto Rico relief effort

    (CNN)Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez are joining forces to bring relief to Puerto Rico, which is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis after being hit by two hurricanes back-to-back.

    The goal, according to a release posted by Anthony, is to fast-track the efforts to get food, medicine, power and communications to the people of Puerto Rico.
      Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pitbull, Vin Diesel, Jimmy Smits, John Leguizamo, Ricky Martin, Alex Rodriguez and more have joined the effort.
      A GoFundMe drive has been established, with money raised to be distributed among the American Red Cross, Reach Out Worldwide, United Way, and United for Puerto Rico.
      About 97% of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents are without power and half without running water, more than one week after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island, according to Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.
      Maria’s landfall came just weeks after the island took a hit from Hurricane Irma.

      Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/27/entertainment/marc-anthony-jennifer-lopez-puerto-rico/index.html

      Lady Gaga reveals the reason she’s cancelling Europe tour in emotional Instagram post

      Lady Gaga says she's been trying for years to get to the bottom of physical and mental health conditions.
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      Lady Gaga is rescheduling the European leg of her Joanne World Tour as she is living with “severe pain” that is impacting “her ability to perform.” 

      Gaga shared an emotional note to fans on her Instagram explaining her condition, alongside an official statement on the postponement of the tour. 

      “Lady Gaga is suffering from severe physical pain that has impacted her ability to perform. She remains under the care of expert medical professionals who recommended the postponement earlier today,” reads the official statement. 

      “Lady Gaga is devastated that she has to wait to perform for her European fans,” the statement continued. Gaga will spent the next seven weeks working with doctors to “heal from this and past traumas that still affect her,” according to the statement. 

      In Gaga’s Instagram post, the singer said she had “always been honest” about her physical and mental health conditions, and has been “searching for years to get to the bottom of them.”

      I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles. Searching for years to get to the bottom of them. It is complicated and difficult to explain, and we are trying to figure it out. As I get stronger and when I feel ready, I will tell my story in more depth, and plan to take this on strongly so I can not only raise awareness, but expand research for others who suffer as I do, so I can help make a difference. I use the word “suffer” not for pity, or attention, and have been disappointed to see people online suggest that I’m being dramatic, making this up, or playing the victim to get out of touring. If you knew me, you would know this couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m a fighter. I use the word suffer not only because trauma and chronic pain have changed my life, but because they are keeping me from living a normal life. They are also keeping me from what I love the most in the world: performing for my fans. I am looking forward to touring again soon, but I have to be with my doctors right now so I can be strong and perform for you all for the next 60 years or more. I love you so much.

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      “As I get stronger and when I feel ready, I will tell my story in more depth, and plan to take this on strongly so I can not only raise awareness, but expand research for others who suffer as I do, so I can help make a difference,” wrote Gaga. 

      “I’m a fighter,” she wrote. “I use the word suffer not only because trauma and chronic pain have changed my life, but because they are keeping me from living a normal life.”

      Gaga added that the chronic pain and trauma are preventing her from what she loves “most in the world,” performing for her fans.  

      Gaga said she was looking forward to touring again soon, but needs to be with her doctors right now so she can “perform for you all for the next 60 years or more.” 

      Get well soon, Gaga. 

      Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/18/lady-gaga-european-tour-cancel/

      Jimmy Kimmel’s baby may save healthcare for 30 million people

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      Welcome to 2017, where the American government has ceded its already crumbling moral authority to the former host of The Man Show.

      Don’t you miss the 2016 election now?

      Still, the last few days have produced some of the best material late night television has ever had to offer, and all it’s because of former Man Show star, Win Ben Stein’s Money co-host, and late night host, Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel has not only taken on the Senate’s practically homicidal Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, he’s done it without resorting to lies or distortions (how quaint!). He accomplished this by speaking from a place of deep empathy, and by centering on a character that remains untouchable across the political spectrum: his baby.

      Back in May, Kimmel’s newborn son had to undergo an emergency open-heart surgery. It was this hardship that brought America’s perilous healthcare situation into sharp focus for the comedian. And as he’s grown more vocal about the issue, he returns to his own child as the impetus for his outspokenness.

      That’s why every counter-attack by GOP politician and pundits against Kimmel has fallen flat on its face: in the symbolic war between sick babies and man-baby Senators, the sick baby will always win.

      By positioning his baby at his monologue’s heart and center, he’s created the most sympathetic protagonist imaginable and made anyone who opposes that character a hateful antagonist by extension (which, I mean, is accurate). Everyone who attacks Kimmel’s position, is essentially attacking his baby. 

      Not a good position for a politician.

      “Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there’s a good chance you would never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition,” Kimmel said in May. “If your baby is going to die, and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make … we all agree on that, right? I mean, we do!” 

      Babies work. There’s a reason why every politician is required to take a photo with them at some point in their campaign.

      When I was a social worker, we talked a lot about “worthy victims” and “unworthy victims.” “Unworthy victims” are people a society has collectively decided are victims because of their own poor choices: the poor, victims of sexual assault, the homeless, welfare recipients, people of color, criminals and undocumented immigrants. “Worthy victims,” by contrast, are folks that society has deemed sufficiently worthy of empathy (and consequently, of charitable donations) including sick children, the elderly and people with *certain* disabilities.

      That doesn’t mean that worthy victims are exactly living large in America. Just think of the folks who were cruelly pulled from their wheelchairs by Capitol police while protesting Trumpcare that summer. But it does mean that they, culturally at least, have tremendous worth. I can’t think of a stronger symbolic lead than Kimmel’s son — a sick, wealthy kind with a devastating illness — followed closely by his acerbic father. Is there anything Americans love more than a cynical man, who simultaneously knows his facts and is deeply in touch with his own tenderness?

      Of a Fox and Friends host who attacked Kimmel for his monologues, Kimmel had this to say:

      “And you know, the reason I’m talking about this is because my son had an open-heart surgery and has to have two more, and because of that, I’ve learned that there are kids with no insurance in the same situation,” Kimmel said. “I don’t get anything out of this, Brian [Kilmeade], you phony little creep. Oh, I’ll pound you when I see you.”

      Just look at how these Republican politicians and pundits tiptoed around his attacks, especially as  they relate to Kimmy’s son, and relied on the tired excuse than Kimmel wasn’t smart enough to analyze the bill because’s he’s a late night comedian. 

      Remember: these folks voted for a man who recently made up an African country in front of Africans and didn’t realize that Frederick Douglass was dead, so we’re not exactly dealing with “wonks” here. 

      All late night comedians have in some ways impacted culture and by extension, politics, but Kimmel might become the first late night politicians to have an immediate, substantive impact on policy. There’s a Jimmy Kimmel test Senator Cassidy once told Congress it has to pass. Kimmel even ended his monologue with a screen full of Senator’s phone numbers, amplifying his personal story and turning it into collective action.

      Babies work. There’s a reason why every politician is required to take a photo with them at some point in their campaign. There’s a reason why political ads that include children, like this one of Hillary’s, are far more effective than those that feature rehabilitated criminal — even though both would be endangered by Graham-Cassidy.  Kimmel even admitted that he was “politicizing his baby” for the greater good.  

      Doing anything that might directly harm babies is one the last moral lines we have around these broken parts. Let’s see if one man’s 13-minute monologues are powerful enough to keep us from crossing it.

      Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/21/jimmy-kimmel-secret-weapon-baby/

      Selena Gomez’s best friend gave her a kidney this summer

      (CNN)Selena Gomez revealed on Thursday that she received a kidney transplant from her BFF.

      The singer posted a photo on Instragram that shows her and fellow actress Francia Raisa holding hands across their hospital beds.
      “I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of,” Gomez wrote in the caption.” “So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering.”

        I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith

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        Gomez revealed her Lupus diagnosis in 2015 and last year took some time off as she struggled with the disease as well as anxiety and depression.
        The superstar said the transplant was “what I needed to do for my overall health.”
        She said she looked forward to sharing more with her fans later about her transplant journey, but in the meantime she wanted to thank her health team and Raisa.
        “She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me,” Gomez said. “I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”
        Raisa is an actress best known for her role as Adrian Lee on the TV series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”
        On Thursday, Gomez fans swarmed Raisa’s latest Instragram photo to thank her for the kidney donation.

        #tacotuesday You feel me 🌮🇲🇽🇭🇳

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        “You’re amazing,” one person commented. “You’re one hell of a friend.”

        Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/14/entertainment/selena-gomez-kidney-transplant/index.html