TIME Television

Watch The Teaser For American Horror Story: Freak Show

FX's anthology series is coming back for a fourth season in October

Here’s your first glimpse of the upcoming season of American Horror Story.

FX’s horror anthology series is set to return with a fourth season, called Freak Show, on October 8. Set in Florida, in 1952, the season centers on a travelling carnival troupe which rolls into the town of Jupiter just before strange things begin to happen.

Returning cast members includes favorites such as Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters and Gabourey Sidibe. Newcomers include Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, Finn Wittrock, John Carroll Lynch and Patti LaBelle. Jyoti Amge, the world’s smallest woman (pictured below with Lange in a Tweet from showrunner Ryan Murphy) is also set to appear, which has already been the source of some controversy.

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TIME Video Games

Swing Copters Is Live, Not to Be Confused with Tube Revenge

The creator of Flappy Bird's next game is here, along with the first batch of apparent knockoffs.

Swing Copters, the guy who made Flappy Bird‘s next mobile game, is live now as promised, though you’ll have to search to find it (it wasn’t charting as this post went up), and that means sorting through all the soundalike (and in some cases lookalike) copycat versions.

On the Google Play store, you’ll find a bunch, including one that looks visually and functionally identical to Swing Copters titled “Copters swing.”

At this point, there’s just one turning up in my App Store results, a little tapper called Tube Revenge – Swing Copters. It’s not a last minute clone, either: its version history dates back to March 2014. Weirder still, its designer describes it as inspired by Flappy Bird. For the record, Flappy Bird debuted in May 2013 and went viral in January 2014, Tube Revenge – Swing Copters cropped up in March, and then Dong Nguyen’s Flappy Bird followup is hitting now, August 21. I’m not sure how that works. The phrase “Swing Copters” is fairly nonrandom, after all.

In Nguyen’s Swing Copters, you play as a little creature sporting a propeller cap and tap the screen to fly–slewing somewhat drunkenly side to side–upward through girder-like platforms that jut from the screen’s edges. Nguyen threw in dangling hammers that sway like pendulums and threaten to whack you as you motor past, just to keep it interesting.

Tube Revenge, by contrast, has you tapping to keep a tiny green pipe flying left-to-right, Flappy Bird-style. knocking into orange-colored creatures to score points while avoiding black ones. Unfortunately the game hung half the time I brought it up, and kept trying to send me to something called Boom Beach, so I’d give it wide berth.

TIME

Living in a Fantasy World

The Magician's Land
Illustration by Nick Illuzada for TIME

In an era of techno marvels, we still crave magic

When I was a kid, in the 1980s, Fantasy had, let us say, some unpleasant associations. It was fringy and subcultural and uncool. Not that this stopped me, or a lot of other people. C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, Piers Anthony, T.H. White, Fritz Leiber, Terry Brooks: I read them to pieces, and I chased them with a stiff shot of Dungeons & Dragons. But I did these things privately. In my suburban Massachusetts junior high, to be a fantasy fan was not to be a good, contented hobbit, working his sunny garden and smoking fragrant pipe-weed. It was to be Gollum, slimy and gross and hidden away.

But that has changed. Whereas the great franchises of the late 20th century tended to be science fiction–Star Wars, Star Trek, The Matrix–somewhere around 2000 the great eye of Sauron swiveled, and we began to pay attention to other things, like magic…

Read the full story here.

TIME celebrities

Jackie Chan’s Son Has Been Turned Into Viral Online Game After His Arrest

FILE - Jackie Chan's Son Detained In Beijing On Drugs Charges
Jackie Chan and his son Jaycee Chan attend a press conference on April 1, 2009 in Beijing, China. ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

The game got 60 million hits in a day

Forget Where’s Waldo. Have you played Where’s Jaycee Chan?

The South China Morning Post reports that game developers have capitalized on the recent arrest in Beijing, on alleged drug-related offenses, of Jaycee Chan — son of actor Jackie Chan — by creating an online game. All the People Search for Jaycee Chan, as the game is called, has quickly gone viral, the Post says.

It’s simple enough, consisting of a mass of tiles — most of them belonging to the face of fellow-actor and friend Ko Chen-tung, who was detained alongside Chan, also on alleged drug violations. Amid identical headshots of Ko, players must find the lone tile of the younger Chan’s face. The goal is to get through as many levels as possible within a minute.

The game premiered on Tuesday in mainland China and received 60 million visits by Wednesday, according to China Youth Daily.

Chinese microbloggers joked about “turning blind” after playing the game for so long, reports the Post.

Jaycee Chan and Ko, who is also known as Kai Ko, were detained on Aug. 14. Chan is in criminal detention for “providing shelter for others to abuse drugs” and Ko is in “administrative detention” for 14 days.

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TIME Music

Judge Rules That Shakira’s Hit Song ‘Loca’ Broke Copyright Laws

Colombian singer Shakira smiles during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Fifa World Cup, before the final match between Germany and Argentina, at Maracana Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, southeastern Brazil, on July 13, 2014. Eduardo Nicolau/Estadao Conteudo—Agencia Estado/AP

Damages have yet to be fixed

A federal judge in New York has found that the Spanish-language version of Shakira’s hit song ‘Loca’ breaks copyright laws.

The song, which has sold millions of copies since its 2010 release, was found to indirectly infringe on a song by Dominican singer Roman Arias Vazquez, the BBC reports.

Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled Tuesday that ‘Loca’ was based on a song by Dominican rapper El Cata, which in turn resembled Vazquez’s 1990s song ‘Loca con su Tiguere.’

El Cata, whose real name is Eduard Edwin Bello Pou, denies the resemblance, the BBC says.

Damages for the plaintiff, Mayimba Music, haven’t yet been determined.

The English version of ‘Loca’ was “not offered into evidence” at the trial.

[BBC]

TIME

Winona Ryder Will Join David Simon’s Show Me a Hero

Actress Winona Ryder attends special screening of "Turks and Caicos" hosted by Vogue and The Cinema Society at the Crosby Street Hotel on April 7, 2014, in New York.
Actress Winona Ryder attends special screening of "Turks and Caicos" hosted by Vogue and The Cinema Society at the Crosby Street Hotel on April 7, 2014, in New York. Evan Agostini—Invision/AP

Winona Ryder will star alongside Oscar Issac and Catherine Keener

Winona Ryder will embark on her “largest TV commitment to date,” joining the Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal and Alfred Molina for the new HBO miniseries Show Me A Hero, created by The Wire‘s David Simon, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The six-hour show is based on Lisa Belkin’s eponymous nonfiction book, which was billed as a “A Tale of Murder, Suicide, Race, and Redemption” when it was published in 1999. The protagonist of Show Me A Hero is Nick Wasicsko (Oscar Issac), the mayor of Yonkers, New York in the late 1980s who, to the detriment of his political career, was court-ordered to build 200 units of low-income public housing in a more upscale, whiter side of town. Ryder will play Vinni Restiano, a Yonkers councilwoman who loses her seat after her housing vote, THR reports.

Ryder also joins actress Catherine Keener, who will portray Mary Dorman, an East Yonkers homeowner who comes to a “remarkable realization” of where to build the units. Bernthal will portray Michael H. Sussman, a top NAACP lawyer and Molina will play councilman Henry J. “Hank” Spallone, an anti-housing advocate and former NYPD detective from the Bronx.

[THR]

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