The Criminal Minds Game Gets Right To The Grisly Bits – Kotaku

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Based on the long-running television show about a crack team of FBI profilers hunting serial killers, the new Criminal Minds mobile game has no qualms about depicting cartoony atrocity by murdering a family of four in the first minute.

I got into Criminal Minds while I was hospitalized earlier this year. Forced to watch commercial television until I got enough movement back in my hands to operate an iPad, the adventures of Quantico’s finest were regular daytime fare. When I got out of the hospital, I started binging the program, though I had to take regular breaks because it gets so damn dark.

So it’s no surprise that the free-to-play mobile game, released earlier this month for iOS and Android, goes straight for the family murder.

Pretty sure the police officer there is standing in blood.

It’s freaky and disturbing, in some ways more disturbing than the show. Maybe it’s the stylized cartoon look of David Rossi and crew. Animated Joe Mantegna looking concerned over the cartoon corpses of a husband, wife and their two children is just wrong.

The beautiful family is off to the side, splayed out dead around the dining room table.

The mobile game is a casual affair. Players tap icons, assigning members of the task force to examine bodies, look for clues and chat about criminal motivation. Searching for evidence with agent Rossi involves things like tapping on bits of the children’s hair the killer left on the floor while collecting trophies. Occasionally the team calls spunky technical analyst Penelope Garcia back at Quantico, to look for clues on her computer.

Damn, Garcia, could you be a little less happy about it?

The gameplay might not be very exciting, but Criminal Minds: The Mobile Game is incredibly faithful to the show, and not just the murdery bits. Once all of the clues are analyzed we get to my favorite part of every episode: delivering the killer’s profile to the local authorities. Just like the show, each team member delivers their line and then passes it to the next, as if they rehearsed for an hour beforehand.

That’s so typically Criminal Minds that it made me laugh out loud. I almost forgot the dead family at the dining room table. Oh don’t worry, there are more where that came from. 

They look as uncomfortable as I feel.

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Prominent Staten Island Lawyer Indicted in Fake Facebook Page Scheme – NY1

When NY1 first revealed that lawyer Richard Luthmann impersonated Staten Island politicians on Facebook, he told us he was only engaging in "dirty tricks."

A special prosecutor disagreed Thursday, announcing a grand jury indicted Luthmann on 17 misdemeanor counts, including identity theft, stalking, and falsifying business records.

"We’re pleading not guilty, and it remains to be seen whether or not these allegations rise to the level of just being, let’s say, modern day politics, or do they rise to the level of being a crime?" defense attorney Joseph Sorrentino said.

The investigation began after NY1 reported that Luthmann created and oversaw Facebook pages made to look like the actual pages of elected officials and candidates, like Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon and Councilwoman Debi Rose.

"I felt threatened," Rose said. "I did at times question my safety."

One of Luthmann’s most notable deceptions is a focus of the indictment: a page created in the name of Janine Materna, who mounted a primary challenge against Republican Assemblyman Ron Castorina two years ago.

In a Facebook Messenger exchange revealed by NY1, Castorina wrote, "janine materna filed a committee."

Luthmann replied, "Time for a fake Janine Materna site…"

"Is there a picture of her with Hillary?" Luthmann asked.

"i’m looking for one," Castorina answered.

A doctored image of Clinton standing with Materna later was posted with the statement, "On September 13" — the date of the GOP primary —   "we will make HERstory!" It was a message intended to turn off Republican voters.

Another post said, "Black Lives Matter," and showed Materna with Democrat Attorney General Eric Holder. One response was, "Hon you just lost my vote."

The charges come amid rising concern about social media being used to mislead voters. Experts say it is the first criminal case of its kind in the state.

"As we progress forward quite frankly into 2019, 2020, the question will be, Are they going to be still dirty tricks or are they just going to become tricks because more and more people utilize them?" Sorrentino said.

The Materna page did have a disclaimer that said, "This is an UNOFFICIAL FAN PAGE." But the special prosecutor says that was only added after Luthmann realized people were on to him.

Luthmann is due back in court February 13.

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CBS Not Airing 'SEAL Team', 'Criminal Minds' Wednesday Night – PopCulture.com

Two of CBS’ most beloved series will not air Wednesday night due to a supersized episode of Survivor and a rerun.

The popular competition series, which is currently in the middle of its David vs. Goliath-themed 37th season will air a two-hour episode titled “Battle Lines Are Blurred” starting at 8 p.m. ET.

The sure-to-be shocking episode will be followed by a rerun of the sixth episode of reboot series Magnum P.I., titled “Death Is Only Temporary.”

The episode revolves around “An aging tycoon, Henry Brown (Ben Vereen), who asks Magnum (Jay Hernandez) to find his lost love who he says just recently contacted him — the only problem is she died 30 years ago. Also, Rick (Zachary Knighton) and TC (Stephen Hill) meet a fellow vet who is having a hard time adjusting to civilian life.

SEAL Team will return with a new episode on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The episode, titled “Santa Muerte” will find the platoon dealing with a possible mole within their ranks after they are ambushed by the cartel.

Criminal Minds will also return with a new episode Dec. 5 titled “Broken Wing.” The Aisha Tyler-directed hour will see a person from her character Tara Lewis’ past as the key to solving a case involving an alarming case of overdose deaths from patients who have recently completed rehab.

The long-running CBS procedural will have one more episode on Dec. 12 before taking its winter break. The series will then return with new episode sin January 2 and run the remainder of its season in early 2019.

The network announced Tuesday that it would not be ordering additional episodes of Criminal Minds for its 14th season, making the latest chapter the shortest season of the series to date.

After Criminal Minds is done, the 10 p.m. timeslot will be taken over by SEAL Team starting with its spring premiere on March 13, following its run of reality series premiering in January. The long running series is averaging a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic, down significantly from its season 13 average.

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The shortened season has left some Criminal Minds fans feeling paranoid about whether the beloved series would get canceled in spring 2019.

“Can ya’ll use the hashtag #savecriminalminds because OUR favorite show is on the verge of being canceled and we CAN NOT LET THIS HAPPEN!!” one user wrote.

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Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress about Trump Tower project in Moscow, cuts deal with special counsel … – CNBC

President Donald Trump‘s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to Congress about a Trump real estate project in Russia, and the extent of the president’s involvement in and knowledge of that deal.

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Cohen’s plea in federal court in Manhattan, his second in four months, came as part of a new deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Cohen, 52, did not previously have a formal cooperation agreement with Mueller, but it is known that he has been speaking for the past several months to the special counsel’s office and other law enforcement entities. Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible coordination between Trump campaign-related figures and the Kremlin, as well as possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

Cohen told a judge Thursday that he lied in 2017 to the Senate Intelligence Committee about a proposed Trump Tower development in Moscow in order to be consistent with Trump’s political messages and out of loyalty to the president.

Cohen’s violation carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and three years of supervised release, according to his plea agreement.

Read Cohen’s plea agreement here

A court document laying out the special counsel’s allegations refer to Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, through the respective pseudonyms “Individual 1” and the “Company.”

The special counsel in a court document said Cohen “knowingly and deliberately” lied when he told the Senate committee that the Moscow proposal “ended in January 2016 and was not discussed extensively with others” in the Trump Organization.

In fact, Cohen discussed the Moscow project with another individual as late as about June 2016, and briefed Trump on it more times than he had claimed to the Senate committee, the special counsel wrote. Mueller’s team adds that Cohen “briefed family members of [Trump] within the Company about the project.”

Cohen had made the false claim in a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee in September 2017.

“I assume we will discuss the rejected proposal to build a Trump property in Moscow that was terminated in January of 2016; which occurred before the Iowa caucus and months before the very first primary,” Cohen said in that letter. “This was solely a real estate deal and nothing more. I was doing my job. I would ask that the two-page statement about the Moscow proposal that I sent to the Committee in August be incorporated into and attached to this transcript.”

Read Cohen’s criminal information here

The special counsel also writes that Cohen lied when he told lawmakers that he didn’t recall hearing a response about the project from Russia. Cohen actually spoke to a Russian

Cohen’s appearance in court was a surprise. He is due to be sentenced Dec. 12 on his prior guilty plea of eight criminal counts related to tax fraud, excessive campaign contributions and making false statements to a financial institution. Those charges came in a separate federal case not directly lodged by the special counsel.

In that hearing in August, Cohen said he paid two women at the request of a political candidate later confirmed to be Trump “for the principal purpose of influencing the election.”

At the courthouse on Thursday, Cohen pleaded to a single count of making false statements to Congress.

Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis declined CNBC’s requests for comment. The White House had no immediate comment when asked about Cohen’s guilty plea.

Trump was preparing to travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the G-20 summit as Cohen pleaded guilty. On the White House’s south lawn Thursday, Trump accused Cohen of lying about his most recent admissions in order to “get a reduced sentence.”

“He’s a weak person and not a very smart person,” Trump said of Cohen.

Neither Cohen nor his criminal defense lawyer Guy Petrillo had any comment for a horde of reporters confronting them as they exited the lower Manhattan courthouse about 50 minutes after the plea hearing began.

After Trump won the 2016 election against Democrat Hillary Clinton, the then-president elect denied having anything to do with Russia.

The Washington Post reported in August 2017 that Cohen had emailed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s personal secretary during the 2016 presidential campaign to request assistance in moving along a stalled Trump Tower development project in Moscow.

The development in Cohen’s legal saga came shortly after Trump sent multiple tweets raging against the Russia investigation.

Read Cohen’s plea agreement and criminal information below:

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The Criminal Minds Game Gets Right To The Grisly Bits – Kotaku – Kotaku

Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

Based on the long-running television show about a crack team of FBI profilers hunting serial killers, the new Criminal Minds mobile game has no qualms about depicting cartoony atrocity by murdering a family of four in the first minute.

I got into Criminal Minds while I was hospitalized earlier this year. Forced to watch commercial television until I got enough movement back in my hands to operate an iPad, the adventures of Quantico’s finest were regular daytime fare. When I got out of the hospital, I started binging the program, though I had to take regular breaks because it gets so damn dark.

So it’s no surprise that the free-to-play mobile game, released earlier this month for iOS and Android, goes straight for the family murder.

Pretty sure the police officer there is standing in blood.

It’s freaky and disturbing, in some ways more disturbing than the show. Maybe it’s the stylized cartoon look of David Rossi and crew. Animated Joe Mantegna looking concerned over the cartoon corpses of a husband, wife and their two children is just wrong.

The beautiful family is off to the side, splayed out dead around the dining room table.

The mobile game is a casual affair. Players tap icons, assigning members of the task force to examine bodies, look for clues and chat about criminal motivation. Searching for evidence with agent Rossi involves things like tapping on bits of the children’s hair the killer left on the floor while collecting trophies. Occasionally the team calls spunky technical analyst Penelope Garcia back at Quantico, to look for clues on her computer.

Damn, Garcia, could you be a little less happy about it?

The gameplay might not be very exciting, but Criminal Minds: The Mobile Game is incredibly faithful to the show, and not just the murdery bits. Once all of the clues are analyzed we get to my favorite part of every episode: delivering the killer’s profile to the local authorities. Just like the show, each team member delivers their line and then passes it to the next, as if they rehearsed for an hour beforehand.

That’s so typically Criminal Minds that it made me laugh out loud. I almost forgot the dead family at the dining room table. Oh don’t worry, there are more where that came from. 

They look as uncomfortable as I feel.

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This tool lets you bequeath your Google account to a trusted person when you die — here's how to set it up

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If you’ve ever worried about what would befall your Gmail, photos, documents, YouTube videos, and other digital data in the event of a terrible accident or your own death, you’re not alone. 

It’s a little dark to think about, but the good news is that Google has your back.

The service offers a feature that will bequeath your Google account and all of its contents to up to 10 pre-selected trustees, and even let you set your account to self-delete after an extended period of inactivity. 

Here’s how to set it up:

SEE ALSO: We compared 3 of the most popular note taking apps for iPhone — but the winner depends on what you want to do

To get started, you’ll want to make sure you’re logged in to your Google account, and find your Account settings.

Click on the tile menu, and “Account” should be the very first module in the drop-down window. 

From your the landing page for your account settings, you’ll want to click “Personal info and privacy.”

Google doesn’t really advertise this feature, and bury it pretty deeply among the dozens of other account customizations, making it feel like the morbid needle in a settings haystack. 

From here, you’ll have to scroll almost all the way down the page, until you see the section titled “Assign an account Trustee.” On the right side, you’ll see an entry to the “Inactive Account Manager.” Go ahead and click “CHANGE THIS SETTING” to set it up.

This page doesn’t include any mentions of the word “death” or establishing a virtual will of all your Google data, but trust me, that’s what we’re doing. 

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'Criminal Minds' Season 14 Misses out on Back-Order to End With … – PopCulture.com

Criminal Minds is getting a short order this season, ending with just 15 total episodes.

CBS announced on Tuesday that it was not giving a back order to Criminal Minds this season. That means that, while other dramas and procedurals will go well into the spring, Criminal Minds may not. The show just recently aired episode 8 of season 14, leaving only seven more episodes to go.

It is unclear how Criminal Minds will split these episodes up with a mid-season break. The show is not scheduled to air a new episode this week, but it will return next Wednesday, Dec. 5. Episode 10 of the season is scheduled for the week after that, Dec. 12, but beyond that there are no plans.

It is hard to say what caused the conservative order from CBS. Criminal Minds typically goes for a full season with at least 22 episodes — sometimes 23 or 24.

After Criminal Minds runs its course, the new drama SEAL Team will fill its usual time slot on Wednesdays from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. This begins on March 13, and allows CBS to make room for its ambitious slate of reality and unscripted TV shows this winter.

The network is using Survivor, Big Brother and The Amazing Race as foundations on which to build more shows of their kind. The sensational aspect of these temporary competitions never fails to excite crowds, and that seems to be the plan here as well.

A new show titled The World’s Best will premiere on CBS immediately following the Super Bowl. The show features Drew Barrymore, RuPaul Charles and Faith Hill as judges and James Corden as host, and functions as a new world-wide take on the talent competition format. The show will swap schedules briefly with Survivor in the beginning of the season before assuming its own time slot on Wednesdays in February.

After that, CBS will introduce another new competition series produced by LeBron James, titled Million Dollar Mile. The show features physical challenges and obstacle courses, pitting average contestants against elite athletes. This show will be hosted by Tim Tebow, with commentary by Matt Smith and Maria Taylor. It will take over Wednesday nights at the end of March.

So far, CBS has only made up its mind about this season of Criminal Minds, with no word of whether it will be renewed next year or not. Still, the shortened season is a bad sign, and many fans online are taking it as if it means cancellation.

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Criminal Minds has been on TV for as long as I can remember,” one person wrote on Wednesday. “Just thinking about never seeing the characters again is so strange.”

Fans will just have to wait and see. For now, Criminal Minds airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Tekashi 6ix9ine's New Criminal Attorney Was Once Busted for Sneaking Drugs & Sandwiches into Jail for Client – The Blast

Tekashi69 just retained a new criminal defense attorney who has such an affinity for dealing with accused violent gang members she was once caught sneaking in contraband that included hundreds of pills and even an unauthorized lunch.

According to documents obtained The Blast, attorney Dawn Florio informed the court she is joining 6ix9ine’s legal defense team. His other attorney, Lance Lazzaro, is still on board.

Florio has quite a colorful history as a criminal defense lawyer. In 2005 she was arrested for allegedly sneaking hundreds of pills, some rolling papers, deodorant and a turkey sandwich to a client named Jose Marrero, who was accused of drug charges and affiliated with a violent street gang called the Big Bags Gang.

During a meeting between Marrero and Florio, a correctional officer observed her passing “98 blue pills, 95 yellow pills, 100 pink pills, three bars of soap, two sticks of deodorant, four sheets of rolling paper, a rap magazine titled Felon and a turkey sandwich.”

She was released on $2,000 bail and the charges were later dropped due to insufficient evidence. According to NY records, Florio has no disciplinary history by the board and currently has a clean record.

Florio has been supporting Tekashi in other criminal proceedings other than his federal case, and helped him first escape a prison sentence back in October over his probation violation.

Florio has actually been on both sides of the court, and was formerly an assistant district attorney in the Bronx. In 2000 she was fired after providing a fake alibi to a boyfriend who was under investigation for committing burglary.

As we reported, Tekashi is currently facing life in prison for his alleged involvement in the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, but has since claimed that being a gang member is all an act for his hip-hop career.

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Ratings: Charlie Brown Reigns, CBS Dramas Rise on Thanksgiving Eve – TVLine

ABC’s hosting of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving this Wednesday drew 6.2 million total viewers and a 1.5 demo rating, down 7 percent and two tenths year-over-year yet still leading the night in the demo.

Over on CBS, Survivor (7.1 mil/1.3) ticked down opposite reduced competition, yet delivered the night’s biggest audience. SEAL Team (6 mil/0.9) rose to hit and tie season highs, while Criminal Minds (5.5 mil/0.9) similarly hit season highs.

Of Thanksgiving Eve’s only other fresh fare, NBC’s didn’t-age-well Hollywood Game Night special (3 mil/0.6) came in low, while Saturday Night Live‘s Thanksgiving special (3.6 mil/1.0) matched its year-ago numbers.

Want scoop on any of the above shows? Email InsideLine@tvline.com and your question may be answered via Matt’s Inside Line.

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