Horoscopes: Aug. 17, 2019

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Austin Butler, 28; Tammy Townsend, 49; Donnie Wahlberg, 50; Robert De Niro, 76.

Happy Birthday: Changes will come and go. Don’t feel you have to be a part of everything that is happening around you. Pick and choose what fits into your schedule and plans. There will be plenty of time to be a people pleaser once you have achieved what you set out to do for yourself. Walk away from manipulative people. Your numbers are 7, 13, 20, 24, 29, 37, 43.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Finish what you start so you can move on to the things you genuinely enjoy doing. Make plans with someone you love, and brainstorm to come up with an idea that is financially feasible and geared toward a better future. 3 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Sit tight, tie up loose ends and prepare for what’s next. Positioning yourself in a way that will encourage you to ease debt or problems with people who take advantage of you will be the first step to a better future. 4 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Pay closer attention to those who count, not those using flattery to encourage you to offer personal information to accuse you. What may appear to be exciting to you at the moment will turn out to be to your detriment. 5 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): It’s OK to do things differently. Let your imagination wander, and you’ll come up with a plan that is doable and will put your mind at ease moving forward. A unique partnership looks promising. Divvy up the workload. 5 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Take control of your life. Look for opportunities that will encourage personal growth. Learn from your mistakes. Engage in activities that will bring you in contact with …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Festival of India parade canceled, but fair will go on as planned

The annual India Day parade affiliated with this weekend’s Festival of Globe has been canceled –but the rest of the celebration will go on as scheduled.

The event, which had been set for this Sunday, Aug. 18, has been taken off the calendar of events, according to Fremont city officials.

“Unfortunately due to permitting requirements, the parade portion of the event has been canceled this year,” the news brief issued Friday afternoon read.

Instead, city Communications Manager Cheryl Golden wrote: “On Sunday, August 18 at 11 a.m., a candlelight vigil will take place in front of the main stage. The Grand Marshal, Vivek Oberoi, and other VIP guests will be on stage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“The City of Fremont and FIA stand strong with our community, and we look forward to a bigger and better parade returning in 2020 for the 28th Annual Festival of India.”

The focal point of this weekend’s events will be 39439 Paseo Padre Parkway in Fremont, where 120 booths will set up for the cultural and health fair and carnival, being held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

A dance competition runs all day Saturday, and the FOG Idol singing competition finals will be Sunday.

Admission is free.

Find more information and a complete schedule at www.fogsv.com

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Roundup: ‘Bloodstained’ highlights games that shouldn’t be overlooked

Before the holiday season arrives and a deluge of games hits the shelves, it’s best to clear the slate and check out titles that have gone overlooked during the summer. These are the releases that fans missed while vacationing in Hawaii or visiting relatives on the East Coast.

One of these games should be at the top of your list while the others are solid distraction. The one that is definite must-play is “Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.” The title was a Kickstarter project back in 2015, and it is the rare effort that lives up to the developer’s promise.

Developed by Koji Igarashi, a visionary behind “Castlevania: Symphony of the Night,” “Bloodstained” carries much of the DNA that has made the Metroidvania genre so popular. It features a labyrinthine castle and a hero who must traverse its elaborate architecture.

The big difference lies in how Igarashi and his team updated the gameplay and visuals. His previous works were sprite based, but this entry introduces polygons to the formula and takes advantage of the technology, with shifting perspectives that blends two-dimensional gameplay with a three-dimensional world. The team leverages that into creative level design that would have been incredibly difficult with hand-drawn sprites.

The other success lies in the gameplay, which is based more on the role-playing game genre. As Miriam, players explore the castle and have a home base where the protagonist can craft items, prepare food and enhance shards that they comes across. The shards are essentially magical powers that make exploring the world and defeating enemies easier.

“Bloodstained” unfurls an enormous amount of depth by giving players a wide pool of shards, weapons and armor to choose from, and that in turn opens up several playstyles. It’s an incredibly polished adventure that shows what Igarashi can do with time …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dead at 79

By Lindsey Bahr and Andrew Dalton | Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic “Easy Rider,” has died. His family said in a statement that Fonda died Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 79.

The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

“In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts,” the family said in a statement. “As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy.”

Born into Hollywood royalty as Henry Fonda’s only son, Peter Fonda carved his own path with his non-conformist tendencies and earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing the psychedelic road trip movie “Easy Rider.” He would never win that golden statuette, but would later be nominated for his leading performance as a Vietnam veteran and widowed beekeeper in “Ulee’s Gold.”

Fonda was born in New York in 1940 and was only 10 years old when his mother Frances Ford Seymour died. Fonda had an estranged relationship with his father, but said that they grew closer over the years before Henry Fonda died in 1982.

Although Peter never achieved the status of his father or even his older sister Jane Fonda, the impact of “Easy Rider,” which just celebrated its 50th anniversary, was enough to cement his place in popular culture.

Fonda collaborated with another struggling young actor, Dennis Hopper, on the script about two weed-smoking, drug-slinging bikers on a trip through the Southwest and Deep South.

On the way, Fonda and Hopper befriend a drunken young lawyer — Jack Nicholson in a breakout role — but raise the dander of Southern rednecks and …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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