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Rihanna announces first male fragrance: Rogue Man

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It’s almost time, guys! Rihanna just revealed on Twitter that Rogue Man is coming this September:

#ROGUEMAN is COMING this September!!!!
FINALLY!!! #ROGUE for MEN is here September!!! I’ve waited years for this moment!! :’)

Rihanna released Rogue, her fourth fragrance, in September 2013. Her other fragrances, including Reb’l Fleur, Rebelle and Nude, are all available at perfumesbyrihanna.com.

[source rihannadaily]

Ubisoft Says Its Still Working On Beyond Good & Evil Sequel

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We know you've probably heard this before, so we don't blame you if you're a little skeptical, but it sounds like even after the formation of his new studio, Wild Sheep, Michel Ancel is continuing his work on the follow up to the 2003 cult hit.

Yesterday, Michel Ancel announced that he was forming a new indie studio where he would be free to work on new creative projects, but his next Ubisoft project might not be that new after all. According to IGN, Ancel's next project is a sequel to Beyond Good & Evil, a game that has already been in development for a long time.

“It's still far too early to give many details about this new title, but what we can say is that while Michel and the team at Ubisoft Montpellier are working with the core tenets of BG&E, they're developing something that aspires to push past the boundaries of a proverbial sequel and leverages next-gen technologies to deliver a truly surprising, innovative and exceptional game," Ubisoft told IGN. "The entire team is excited about the direction this extremely ambitious project is taking, and we'll have more to share later, as it progresses."

It sounds like this project won't actually interfere with Ancel's work at Wild Sheep, because that studio is still working on a different unannounced title. Hopefully we'll hear more about that soon. 

 

[Source: IGN]

 

Our Take
I'd be more excited about this if there was more substantial information surrounding it. I feel like Ubisoft has been dangling this BG&E carrot in front of us for a long time, so until the company is ready to show us some actually "official" gameplay, I don't think I'll get my hopes up. I just keep telling myself, "Don't get your hopes up! Don't get your hopes up! Don't get your hopes up!"

 Ubisoft Says Its Still Working On Beyond Good & Evil Sequel

Jennifer Garner: Pregnant with Baby #4?!?

Ben Affleck is set to star in Gone Girl and also as Batman in the 2016 Man of Steel sequel.

But the actor’s hectic professional life may be nothing compared to his busy personal life… because wife Jennfer Garner is pregnant with the couple’s fourth child!

If you believe this week’s issue of OK! Weekly for some reason.

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The cover of this supermarket rag screams about a SHOCKER and claims JEN’S PREGNANT, although the fine print reads that Jen and Ben are getting “ready for baby No. 4.”

It also alleges Affleck and Garner have been in counseling, which might have something to do with Affleck’s gambling addiction.

Again, only if you actually buy what the magazine is selling.

The couple, one of our favorites in Hollywood, is already parents to Violet Anne Affleck (born December 1, 2005); Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck (born January 6, 2009); and Samuel Garner Affleck (born February 27, 2012).

We don’t think they’ll be adding to this brood again any time soon.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Photos: Through the Years
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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. Such a sweet couple.

[via thehollywoodgossip]

The A-B-C’s Of Chicago

M is for Millenium Park. And J is for Jordan, obviously.

A – Art Institute

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The Art Institute of Chicago holds one of the largest collections of Impressionist paintings in the world. But more importantly, it was the location of this famous scene from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

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B – Buckingham Fountain

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Dedicated in 1927 and located in the center of Grant Park, this landmark is one of the largest fountains in the world. Imagine how many wishes it holds. Probably, just, so many.

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C – Concerts

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Lollapalooza, anyone?

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D – Deep Dish Pizza

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It's not the only pizza we eat, but we'll happily defend its honor.

Flickr: joshb / Via Creative Commons


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Gym & Shopping in New York City

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Ashley was spotted yesterday on Thursday (July 31st) as she headed inside the Crunch Gym for a workout session in New York City, NY. Looking cute in a pink and black outfit and wearing a half-bun and minimal make-up, the 29-year-old producer was later joined by her musician fiancé Chris French with whom she was snapped leaving the gym and walking around the streets of the Big Apple.

The two lovebirds were also seen leaving the Intermix store fter doing some shopping in SoHo, Manhattan.

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[07.31] Shopping at Intermix in SoHo, NYC
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This Week In Mobile: Pharoahs, Kings, And Cows

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There's something for everyone this week. Whether you're in the mood to try an old favorite in a new way, explore an exciting new mobile-only platformer, compete with your friends with a free strategy game, or guide your very own herd of cows across the stars using all the grand powers of the universe, we've got you covered… Wait, what?

The King of Fighters '98
Developer: SNK Playmore
Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: $ 3.99

The famous The King of Fighters ’98 has appeared on a number of different consoles since its original arcade release (in 1998, of course), and now it’s headed to mobile platforms, as well. In addition to the complete KOF ’98 experience, this mobile port adds a number of new features, including the “Extra,” “Advanced,” and “training” modes, the “Iori” and “American Sports” teams, and the “Shingo Yabuki” and “Rugal Bernstein” edit characters, bringing the total character roster to 38. The fighting game also supports Bluetooth controllers and multiplayer, so controller play and local versus will both be available. King of Fighters ’98 is an iconic arcade fighting game, so it’s a must for mobile-fighting fans.

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Kapsula
Developer: Beavl Games
Platforms: Android
Price: $ 0.99 (currently on sale) 

Kapsula is described as "a puzzle/ racer set in a Soviet space colony full of clones," and I'm not sure what to add to that. Kapsula is being developed by a small studio that is committed to adding post-release content and paying attention to its players' interests. In the racer/puzzler, players race along a track at high-speed, collecting "kapsules" and smashing them up to get points. The Android-only title already has quite a few cool little features in addition to its great art direction and fast-paced core gameplay, including a dynamic system that changes the game according to the time of day you play it. Kapsula is not currently available for iOS, but will be soon, and it's currently on sale for Android as an early-release promotion.    

Angels In The Sky
Developer: AimToG Co. Ltd.
Platforms: iOS
Price: $ 6.99

This touch-screen on-rails shooter uses the new Unreal Engine 4, resulting in some of the best graphics ever seen on a phone. Angels In The Sky is set in the future, where an alien race has arrived to suck the life force from planet Earth. It’s up to the player, as an elite spaceship pilot, to confront the aliens with their own technology. The air combat title features fast-paced shooting action, upgradable ships, and intense boss battles. Angels In The Sky is currently only compatible with iPhone 5s, but will be compatible with iPad version 1.01.

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Empires Of Sand
Developer: Codigames
Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: Free

In this free tower defense/ strategy game, you become a pharaoh and go to war against the evil god Seth over control of Egypt. Base defense and assaults on Seth's forces occur simultaneously, with players sending out forces to overtake Seth's armies even while their own cities are attacked. Victory is attained by coordinating between attack and defense, paying careful attention to both and managing upgrades accordingly. There are four main game modes, including Empire Management, Campaign, City Defense, and full real-time online player-versus-player competition.      

Traps n' Gemstones
Developer: Donut Games
Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: $ 2.99 (iOS, July only sale), $ 3.99 (Android)

Traps N' Gemstones is a Metroid-style adventure game developed by mobile game veterans Donut Games. Players control a freelance archeologist who looks suspiciously similar to Indiana Jones as he investigates how and why ancient artifacts have begun to disappear from hidden pyramids. During the investigation, the archeologist will run, jump, swim, ride in mine carts, dodge, fight, and, of course, evade traps and uncover treasure. The platformer features d-pad controls, free roaming exploration, and weapons and items to find and use throughout the temples, aiding in exploration and adding new gameplay elements as they are found. Traps n' Gemstones is currently on sale for the rest of July on iOS as part of a launch sale, so if you want to save a little, pick it up soon.

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Celleste
Developer: Elevator Games
Platforms: iOS
Price: $ 3.79

In Celleste, players take control of the powers of the universe…to protect a herd of cows that inhabit a small planet from all the forces that conspire to do them harm, including enemies, meteors, and all the other dangers floating around in space. As the cows are tirelessly defended, you'll gain a variety of power-ups and new abilities, like ice or meteors of your own, to help with your task. Celleste features swiping controls that allow for a full 3D view of each of the unlockable planet-levels. There are even different types of cows to choose from, so you can personalize your own herd of inter-galactic bovines.  

 This Week In Mobile: Pharoahs, Kings, And Cows

Is Putin Looking for a Way Out of Ukraine?

Sometimes it’s a good idea to pay attention to what Andrei Kolesnikov writes.

The Kommersant columnist is one of the Kremlin’s anointed court scribes and is often described as President Vladimir Putin’s favorite journalist. Ben Judah, author of Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell Out Of Love With Vladimir Putin, recently wrote that the Russian president “pays particular attention” to Kolesnikov’s columns, which he enjoys “greatly and always reads right to the end.” 

Kolesnikov regularly travels with Putin and is often a conduit for messages from the regime’s inner sanctum to the broader elite. It was in an interview with Kolesnikov in the summer of 2010, on an epic road trip across the Russian Far East in a bright-yellow Lada, that Putin strongly hinted that he intended to return to the presidency in 2012 and that pro-democracy protesters should be beaten. Both of these things, of course, happened.

So it didn’t go unnoticed when Kolesnikov wrote on July 29 that Putin was prepared to wash his hands of the separatists in eastern Ukraine if they were indeed proven to be responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. 

Kolesnikov’s argument should by no means be taken at face value. Who really believes that Putin is suddenly shocked that the separatists he has been sponsoring could have shot down a civilian airliner? And does anybody really believe civilian deaths are a red line he will never cross? “If at some point it becomes evident that the insurgents had some connection to this, that would radically change [Putin's] attitude toward them—even if it was a fatal mistake,” Kolesnikov wrote. “Children who died for nothing, as well as adults and elderly people, this is a red line he will not cross. He will not cover up for those who did this if he knows they did it. He will not have this sin on his soul.”

But Kolesnikov doesn’t write anything by accident. And it’s safe to assume he doesn’t write anything that is not Kremlin-approved. So with his July 29 column, he is clearly either floating a trial balloon or delivering a message from Putin to the elite that a change of policy is imminent.

There are other signals that a change in the Kremlin line may be coming. In an interview with CNN on July 22, Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said reports that the rebels in eastern Ukraine thought they had shot down a military aircraft around the same time that MH17 crashed suggested they weren’t really culpable. “According to them, the people from the east were saying that they shot down a military jet, so if it was [that they thought they] shot down a military jet, there was confusion,” Churkin said. “If there was confusion, it was not an act of terrorism.”

Kolesnikov’s column has also provoked a bit of hand-wringing in the nationalist press. “Common people who read King Lear think that court jesters exist to tell the monarch the truth with a smile on their face,” Yegor Kholmogorov wrote in Vzglyad.  “The truth is that they are used to tell lies in the monarch’s name. Andrei Kolesnikov is one such person who is close to Putin who set off a storm among journalists who are accustomed to seeing signals every time he sneezes.”

It’s too early to tell whether this was a trial balloon, a signal of a policy shift, or a court jester telling noble lies for the king. But the column’s timing, on the day when the European Union and the United States announced tough new sanctions against Russia’s financial and energy sectors, was certainly interesting.

It also comes at a time when Russia’s erstwhile defenders in Europe appear to be distancing themselves from the Putin regime—putting additional pressure on the Kremlin. In a cover story last week titled “Stop Putin Now!” the Hamburg-based weekly Der Spiegel reported that “52 percent of Germans said they would favor tougher sanctions, even if they would lead to the loss of many jobs in Germany.” According to the article, Germany’s business community, which has close ties to Russia, “has also gotten the message. Although the initial sanctions had few direct consequences for them, many business leaders had warned against sanctions—drawing the ire of the chancellor and other politicians. Now they are changing their position.”

In a July 22 article, Yevgenia Albats, editor of the opposition magazine Novoye vremya, or The New Times, issued an emotional call to the Russian elite to persuade Putin to change course in Ukraine or be left “without a country.”  

“Never before in its post-Soviet history has Russia been in such a horrific position as it is now. All possibilities—from a major war to a junta in the Kremlin—are possible,” Albats wrote, adding that Putin’s “Chekist entourage … has led him not just into a dead end,” but also “into a nightmare in which he will go down in history as someone who has the blood of innocent children on his hands.”

Maybe somebody in high places actually heard her call.


This post appears courtesy of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

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