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Quinton Dunbar: 5 Things To Know About The Seahawks Player Arrested On Suspicion Of Armed Robbery

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Three months after being arrested in connection with an armed robbery in Florida in May, Seattle Seahawk Quinton Dunbar no longer faces charges.

UPDATE 3, 8/7/20, 2:22pm ET: On Aug. 7, Broward State Attorney Mike Satz announced that his office has declined to file criminal charges against Quinton Dunbar in relation to this armed robbery case “due to insufficient evidence.”

UPDATE 2, 5/15/20, 5pm ET: A new report says Quinton Dunbar has letters from the alleged victims saying he was not involved. “I can’t believe Miramar PD did a virtual touchdown dance without investigating further,” his attorney Michael Grieco told FOX Sports 640 radio host Andy Slater on Friday afternoon.

UPDATE 5/14/20, 11pm ET: The Seattle Seahawks PR department tweeted out: “We are aware of the situation involving Quinton Dunbar and still gathering information. We will defer all further comment to league investigators and local authorities.”

NFL player Quinton Dunbar is in big trouble with the law. The 27-year-old cornerback has only been a Seattle Seahawk for six weeks following a March 24 trade from the Washington Redskins. Now he’s wanted in connection with an armed robbery in South Florida. Miramar, FL Police issued an arrest warrant for Quinton and New York Giants rookie Deandre Baker for an incident that allegedly went down at a house party on May 13.

According to a police affidavit, Deandre allegedly pointed a gun at party attendees while Quinton assisted in taking money and valuables from the victims. On May 14, the Miramar PD said Deandre was wanted on four counts of Armed Robbery with a Firearm and four counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm. Quinton has a warrant out for his arrest on four counts of Armed Robbery with a Firearm, though he wasn’t charged with assault. We’ve got five things to know about Quinton Dunbar.

1. Quinton played NCAA college football at the University of Florida. He spent five years in Gainesville, first arriving in 2010 with a scholarship under Coach Urban Meyer’s Gators squad. He ultimately red-shirted his freshman year after playing only one game. Quinton then played the next four years for Coach Will Muschamps after Meyer departed to Ohio State. Quinton played the position of wide receiver for the Gators, although he would not end up in that position upon joining the NFL.

2. Quinton played his first four seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins. He came aboard the team in May of 2015 as an undrafted free agent. He initially didn’t make the team’s final 2015 season cut, but was signed to the practice squad after showing promising talent in the cornerback position. Three weeks into the 2015 NFL season, Quinton was promoted to the active team roster. He played for the Redskins through the 2019 season.

3. Quinton was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in March 2020, and the team proudly showcased their newest member on May 14. In an odd coincidence, the Seahawks had Quinton do his first media day (remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic) with Seattle sports press just hours before news broke that he was a wanted man. The squad posted the 14 minute interview session to their Twitter account before his arrest warrant was issued. Sports reporters had given him a warm welcome to Emerald City during the Q&A.

4. Quinton was really looking forward to playing for the Seahawks, saying the team was a great “fit” for him. During his May 14 media day, Quinton said that upon hearing he was heading from D.C. to Seattle, “I was excited. What a better fit, what a better culture. They’re a winning culture and have been winning for awhile.” He continued, “As far as the fit, I feel like their defense is who I am,” saying he’s their ideal cornerback because he “has the type of mentality to fit in.” Quinton said that he modeled his game after watching then-Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman, 32, play for the team in his seven successful years as a ‘hawk, which helped Quinton as he transitioned from wide receiver to cornerback after college.

5. Quinton is a dad. He has a daughter Denim Skye Dunbar with a former girlfriend. She was born on the first day of the 2016 Redskins training camp. At the time, Quinton he posted an Instagram pic of his newborn with the caption, “As if I needed more fuel to fire this best day of my life the biggest blessing of my life July 28, 2016 Denim Skye Dunbar was born my beautiful daughter #WatchMeWork.”

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Netflix is developing a live action ‘Assassin’s Creed’ show

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Netflix announced this morning that it’s partnering with Ubisoft to adapt the game publisher’s “Assassin’s Creed” franchise into a live action series.

The franchise jumps around in history, telling the story of a secret society of assassins with “genetic memory” and their centuries-long battle the knights templar. It has sold 155 million games worldwide and was also turned into a nearly incomprehensible 2016 film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which underperformed at the box office.

The companies say that they’re currently looking for a showrunner. Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik of Ubisoft’s film and television division will serve as executive producers. (In addition to working on adaptations of Ubisoft’s intellectual property, the publisher is also involved in the Apple TV+ industry comedy “Mythic Quest.”)

“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” said Netflix’s vice president of original series Peter Friedlander in a statement. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”

It sounds like there could be follow-up shows as well, with the announcement saying that Netflix and Ubisoft will “tap into the iconic video game’s trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptations of live action, animated, and anime series.”

Netflix recently placed an eight-episode order for “Resident Evil,” another video game franchise that was previously adapted for the big screen. And it also had a big hit with its adaptation of “The Witcher,” which is based on a fantasy book series that was popularized via video games.

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Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers

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As we tried to recap the first season of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” one thing became clear: The show is pretty nuts.

The story begins by sending Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across mid-’50s America in search of Tic’s missing father. You might assume that the search will occupy the entire season, or take even longer than that; instead, the initial storyline is wrapped up quickly.

And while there’s a story running through the whole season, most of the episodes are relatively self-contained, offering their own versions on various horror and science fiction tropes. There’s a haunted house episode, an Indiana Jones episode, a time travel episode and more.

The show isn’t perfect — the writing can be clunky, the special effects cheesy and cheap-looking. But at its best, it does an impressive job of mixing increasingly outlandish plots, creepy monsters (with plentiful gore) and a healthy dose of politics.

After all, “Lovecraft Country” (adapted form a book by Matt Ruff) is named after notoriously racist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, but it focuses almost entirely on Black characters, making the case that old genres can be reinvigorated with diverse casts and a rethinking of political assumptions.

In addition to reviewing the show, the latest episode of the Original Content podcast also includes a discussion of Netflix earnings, the new season of “The Bachelorette” and the end of Quibi.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also follow us on Twitter or send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you’d like to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Intro
0:36 Netflix discussion
3:18 “The Bachelorette”
6:30 Quibi
14:35 “Lovecraft Country” review
31:32 “Lovecraft Country” spoiler discussion

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The short, strange life of Quibi

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“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.”

With that, the founding executives confirmed the rumors and put Quibi to bed, a little more than six months after launching the service.

Starting a business is an impossibly difficult task under nearly any conditions, but even in a world that’s littered with high-profile failures, the streaming service’s swan song was remarkable for both its dramatically brief lifespan and the amount of money the company managed to raise (and spend) during that time.

A month ahead of its commercial launch, Quibi announced that it had raised another $750 million. That second round of funding brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

“We concluded a very successful second raise which will provide Quibi with a strong cash runway,” CFO Ambereen Toubassy told the press at the time. “This round of $750 million gives us tremendous flexibility and the financial wherewithal to build content and technology that consumers embrace.”

Quibi’s second funding round brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

From a financial perspective, Quibi had reason to be hopeful. Its fundraising ambitions were matched only by the aggressiveness with which it planned to spend that money. At the beginning of the year, Whitman touted the company’s plans to spend up to $100,000 per minute of programming — $6 million per hour. The executive proudly contrasted the jaw-dropping sum to the estimated $500 to $5,000 an hour spent by YouTube creators.

For Whitman and Katzenberg — best known for their respective reigns at HP and Disney — money was key to success in an already crowded marketplace. $1 billion was a drop in the bucket compared to the $17.3 billion Netflix was expected to spend on original content in 2020, but it was a start.

Following in the footsteps of Apple, who had also recently announced plans to spend $1 billion to launch its own fledgling streaming service, the company was enlisting A-List talent, from Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott to Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and LeBron James. If your name carried any sort of clout in Hollywood boardrooms, Quibi would happily cut you a check, seemingly regardless of content specifics.

Quibi’s strategy primarily defined itself by itself by its constraints. In hopes of attracting younger millennial and Gen Z, the company’s content would be not just mobile-first, but mobile-only. There would be no smart TV app, no Chromecast or AirPlay compatibility. Pricing, while low compared to the competition, was similarly off-putting. After a 90-day free trial, $4.99 got you an ad-supported subscription. And boy howdy, were there ads. Ads upon ads. Ads all the way down. Paying another $3 a month would make them go away.

Technological constraints and Terms of Service fine print forbade screen shots — a fundamental understanding of how content goes viral in 2020 (though, to be fair, one shared with other competing streaming services). Amusingly, the inability to share content led to videos like this one of director Sam Raimi’s perplexingly earnest “The Golden Arm.”

It features a built-on laugh track from viewers as Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan lies in a hospital bed after refusing to remove a golden prosthetic. It’s an allegory, surely, but not one intentionally played for laughs. Many of the videos that did ultimately make the rounds on social media were regarded as a curiosity — strange artifacts from a nascent streaming service that made little sense on paper.

Most notable of all, however, were the “quick bites” that gave the service its confusingly pronounced name. Each program would be served in 5-10 minute chunks. The list included films acquired by the service, sliced up into “chapters.” Notably, the service didn’t actually purchase the content outright; instead, rights were set to revert to their creators after seven years. Meanwhile, after two years, content partners were able to “reassemble” the chunks back into a movie for distribution.

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