2020 Halloween full moon: This year’s spooky spectacle brings a rare twist – CNET

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A brilliant full moon rises at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2017.

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In the bizarre year that's 2020, another highly unusual event is headed our way. This year's Halloween full moon will be visible to the entire world, rather than just parts of it, for the first time since World War II, astronomy educator and former planetarium director Jeffrey Hunt says. 

"When I was teaching, my high school students thought a full moon occurred every Halloween," Hunt told me. Not quite, though pop culture decorations sure make it seem that way. The last Halloween full moon visible around the globe came in 1944, he said. He's written about the event on his web site, When the Curves Line Up. There was a Halloween full moon for some locations in 1955, but that didn't include western North America and the western Pacific, Hunt says.

While this year's Halloween full moon will be visible in all parts of the globe, that doesn't mean every single citizen will have a view. Residents across both North America and South America will see it, as will India, all of Europe and much of Asia. But while Western Australians will see it, those in the central and eastern parts of the country will not. 

Know time zones well? "Every time zone has it except those east of (GMT) +8 time zones if they have daylight time, or (GMT) +9 with no daylight time," Hunt says.

Want to see the Halloween full moon? It's so bright at the full phase it doesn't matter if you're in a crowded city or out on the farm. And you don't need pricey equipment.

"Walk outside, and take a look," Hunt says. 

Don't be surprised, though, if you snap a Halloween moon shot with your phone and the photo doesn't match what you saw.

"When the moon is photographed with a smartphone the results can be disappointing," Hunt admits. "A telephoto attachment will help make the moon larger.  Be sure to check that the adapter fits on your make and model.  Also don't overexpose the moon. Adjust the camera's brightness so that features are visible and not blotted out by the moon's brightness." 

If you're determined to get a good shot, Oct. 1 brings a full moon, so there's time to practice.

If you're too busy watching horror movies (or doing whatever the coronavirus equivalent of trick-or-treating is), you'll have to wait until 2039 for another global full moon.

"Of course, full moons occur in October during the intervening years, just not on Halloween," Hunt says. And a Halloween full moon may appear in your region before then. It just won't be seen around the world.

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She-Hulk Disney Plus series reportedly casts Tatiana Maslany in lead MCU role – CNET

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Tatiana Maslany (center) currently stars with Gayle Rankin (left) and Lili Taylor in the reboot of Perry Mason on HBO. 

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Tatiana Maslany, who drew raves for her multi-part role in Orphan Black on BBC America, has been cast as Jennifer Walters, the attorney-slash-superhero also known as She-Hulk, in an upcoming Disney Plus series about the character. Deadline originally reported the news, citing sources familiar with the matter. Representatives for Disney and Maslany did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Maslany can currently be seen playing Sister Alice in HBO's reboot of legal drama Perry Mason.

Walters is the cousin of Bruce Banner, the Hulk. She gains similar powers after receiving a blood transfusion from Banner, but is able to control her super-strong persona better than her cousin can.

There's no release date yet for She-Hulk on Disney Plus.

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She-Hulk Disney Plus series reportedly casts Tatiana Maslany in lead MCU role – CNET

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Tatiana Maslany (center) currently stars with Gayle Rankin (left) and Lili Taylor in the reboot of Perry Mason on HBO. 

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Tatiana Maslany, who drew raves for her multi-part role in Orphan Black on BBC America, has been cast as Jennifer Walters, the attorney-slash-superhero also known as She-Hulk, in an upcoming Disney Plus series about the character. Deadline originally reported the news, citing sources familiar with the matter. Representatives for Disney and Maslany did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Maslany can currently be seen playing Sister Alice in HBO's reboot of legal drama Perry Mason.

Walters is the cousin of Bruce Banner, the Hulk. She gains similar powers after receiving a blood transfusion from Banner, but is able to control her super-strong persona better than her cousin can.

There's no release date yet for She-Hulk on Disney Plus.

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Anthony Daniels back as C-3PO in new Star Wars virtual-reality trailer – CNET

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Poor C-3PO, trouble always finds him, even in virtual reality.

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You'll recognize the voice instantly: the familiar, slightly formal accent of English actor Anthony Daniels as beloved Star Wars droid C-3PO. Daniels is reprising his role not in a new Star Wars film, but in an upcoming virtual-reality experience called Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge, which will be available on Oculus Quest this holiday season.

A brief teaser trailer for the project begins with a wailing C-3PO calling for help, and explaining that he and his buddy, R2-D2, were on board a parts-supply vessel when it was attacked. Then the virtual-reality action begins, as players encounter plenty of other familiar Star Wars characters as their adventure rolls on.

"I am so thrilled to bring C-3PO to life again in this fascinating dimension," Daniels said in a statement. "I love that fans will actually be able to be a part of his perilous adventures, standing beside him, on the distant planet of Batuu."

The voices of actors Bobby Moynihan, who plays cantina owner Seezelslak, and Debra Wilson, who plays pirate Tara Rashin, will also be heard as VR players attempt to complete their missions. And players will also interact with Master Yoda (no, not Baby Yoda -- that's a different hot property altogether.)

There's no exact release date yet for the VR experience, and no pricing information.

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Anthony Daniels back as C-3PO in new Star Wars virtual-reality trailer – CNET

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Poor C-3PO, trouble always finds him, even in virtual reality.

Video screenshot by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper/CNET

You'll recognize the voice instantly: the familiar, slightly formal accent of English actor Anthony Daniels as beloved Star Wars droid C-3PO. Daniels is reprising his role not in a new Star Wars film, but in an upcoming virtual-reality experience called Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge, which will be available on Oculus Quest this holiday season.

A brief teaser trailer for the project begins with a wailing C-3PO calling for help, and explaining that he and his buddy, R2-D2, were on board a parts-supply vessel when it was attacked. Then the virtual-reality action begins, as players encounter plenty of other familiar Star Wars characters as their adventure rolls on.

"I am so thrilled to bring C-3PO to life again in this fascinating dimension," Daniels said in a statement. "I love that fans will actually be able to be a part of his perilous adventures, standing beside him, on the distant planet of Batuu."

The voices of actors Bobby Moynihan, who plays cantina owner Seezelslak, and Debra Wilson, who plays pirate Tara Rashin, will also be heard as VR players attempt to complete their missions. And players will also interact with Master Yoda (no, not Baby Yoda -- that's a different hot property altogether.)

There's no exact release date yet for the VR experience, and no pricing information.

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Dr. Fauci predicts life in US might not be back to normal until late 2021 – CNET

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Dr. Anthony Fauci arrives to testify before a house subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis hearing on July 31.

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Longing to get back to pre-pandemic life, with its in-theater movies and other group activities? It may take awhile. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Friday that while he hopes a coronavirus vaccine is in the near future, American life will stay shaken up until "well into 2021."

Good news first: "I believe that we will have a vaccine that will be available by the end of this year, the beginning of next year," Fauci told Mitchell. 

He noted that development of the vaccine is only the first step, though a huge one.

"By the time you mobilize the distribution of the vaccinations, and you get the majority, or more, of the population vaccinated and protected, that's likely not going to happen till the mid or end of 2021," Fauci said.

Mitchell asked Fauci about his response to an earlier question about when the country can "get back to normal," specifically, going into indoor, enclosed movie theaters with impunity. That's still a ways off, Fauci replied.

"If you're talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to COVID, it's going to be well into 2021, maybe even toward the end of 2021," Fauci said. 

Hollywood moviemakers have been adjusting their sails too. Long-awaited superhero film Wonder Woman 1984 has been postponed multiple times, and filmmakers are reportedly now hoping for a Christmas 2020 theatrical release.

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Andy Reid’s fogged-up face shield wins meme game as NFL returns – CNET

The National Football League returned Thursday night as the Kansas City Chiefs took on the Houston Texans for perhaps the NFL's oddest season opener ever. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, fan attendance at Arrowhead Stadium was limited to 22 percent of stadium capacity, and fans were supposed to wear masks when not eating and drinking. Coaches and other team personnel near the players' bench were also supposed to don masks, ESPN reported

But leave it to Chiefs head coach Andy Reid to go above and beyond. Reid wore a Chiefs hat with an attached face shield, and the shield fogged up noticeably. Any eyeglasses wearer who's been trying to get used to a face mask in these strange times can relate, but Reid's fuzzy look was displayed for hours on national TV. 

Social media quickly filled up with commentary on Reid's steamy shield. Some attacked Reid for wearing the shield at all. But others found the goofy look a rare bright spot in year without many of those.

"Andy Reid should have stopped by Autozone and got some RainX," said one Twitter user. Tweeted another, "Andy Reid's mask has been the best part of COVID-19."  

Plenty of people envisioned conversations between Reid and his players, especially quarterback Patrick Mahomes. "Wonder if Andy Reid is gonna draw up a play on his mask?" asked one Twitter user.

Some praised Reid's decision to go one step further in protection.

And since the Chiefs dominated the game, with Kansas City winning 34-20, some wondered what the final score might have been under different circumstances. "Could you imagine what this game would look like if Andy Reid could see the field at any point?" wrote one Twitter user.

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The Walking Dead ending after season 11, but Daryl and Carol will live on – CNET

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Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride) are getting a Walking Dead spinoff show.

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After 11 seasons of gruesome zombie deaths in an apocalyptic world, The Walking Dead will end after its 11th season in 2022, the AMC network announced Wednesday. But it's not the end for everyone. Fan favorites Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) will live on in a spinoff show.

"We have a lot of thrilling story left to tell on TWD, and then, this end will be a beginning of more Walking Dead -- brand new stories and characters, familiar faces and places, new voices, and new mythologies," show co-creator Scott M. Gimple in a statement. "This will be a grand finale that will lead to new premieres. Evolution is upon us. The Walking Dead lives."

Thirty episodes of The Walking Dead remain. Six season 10 episodes are scheduled for 2021, and then the final season, season 11, will include 24 episodes, and is expected to run through late 2022.

The Walking Dead premiered on Halloween night in 2010. Reedus and Peletier have been with the show since the first season. Details of their spinoff show have yet to be announced.

"Daryl's relationship with Carol has always been my favorite relationship on the show (sorry Rick)," Reedus said in a statement. "I love the way these characters interact and relate to each other on so many levels and can't wait to see where their ride goes from here."

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Kim Kardashian says Keeping up with the Kardashians will end in 2021 – CNET

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Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian accept the E! People's Choice Award for reality show of 2019 for Keeping Up with the Kardashians. 

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Fans of Kim Kardashian West and family will have to find other ways to keep up with the reality-show-famous family. (Spoiler: It won't be hard.) Kardashian West announced on Tuesday that after 14 years, 20 seasons and a dozen spin-off shows, the E! reality series Keeping Up With the Kardashians will come to an end in 2021.

"We are beyond grateful to all of you who've watched us for all of these years -- through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children," her statement said. "We'll forever cherish the wonderful memories and countless people we've met along the way."

Kardashian West's message is timely. Season 19 of the show premieres Sept. 17 on E!, with the 20th and final season to come sometime in 2021.

Keeping Up With the Kardashians follows the family of Kris Jenner, who had four children with lawyer Robert Kardashian, who died in 2003, and then two daughters with retired Olympic decathlon champion Caitlyn Jenner. It produced numerous spin-off shows, including Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami, Rob & Chyna, and Life of Kylie.

Kardashian West did not give a reason for the show's end, but in a statement, E! said it was the Kardashian family's decision.

"While it has been an absolute privilege and we will miss them wholeheartedly, we respect the family's decision to live their lives without our cameras," the statement read.

Some fans expressed disappointment about the announcement, with one Twitter user writing, "Chile, no. we're gonna miss you."

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Jelly Belly founder giving away candy factory in hunt for gold tickets – CNET

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Want to win $5,000 and a shot at your very own candy factory? David Klein, founder of candy company Jelly Belly, no longer owns the business, but he's playing Willy Wonka just the same. In a video posted to TheGoldTicket.com, Klein explains that he's hiding "gold tickets" -- they look like gold-colored military dog tags -- in each US state. And one person will win one of Klein's Florida candy factories. The 4,000-square foot factory isn't a Jelly Belly factory. Klein sold his stake in that company in 1980 and started fresh.

It's not as simple as when Charlie Bucket found his golden ticket in author Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book. To play, hunters must pay $49.98 to receive the riddle that will help them hunt down the gold necklace. Different state riddles will be released on different days, beginning with Georgia's on Sept. 30. Those who pay will be allowed into a private Facebook group about their hunt, and only 1,000 people can participate in each hunt.

"We've already hidden quite a few of (the necklaces)," Klein said in the video. After the state necklaces are found, Klein says, "we're going to have the ultimate treasure hunt where the winner will be receiving a key to one of our candy factories." Contest rules are explained on the website.

"We're looking for you Charlie, out there," Klein said.

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