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'Furious 8' finally lands a director

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 16 hours, 59 mins ago

After being turned down by both James Wan, the director of the $1.5B blockbuster 'Furious 7' and Justin Lin who previously directed four 'Fast and Furious' films, Universal have announced the director for 'Furious 8' - and he's quite literally 'Straight Outta Compton'.



Former music video director F. Gary Gray, who also helmed this summer's hit 'Straight Outta Compton' and will sit behind the camera of the next installment of the franchise, after receiving the seal of approval from star Vin Diesel earlier in the week. 'Furious 8' had already been announced by the studio for a April 2017 release.

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Amazon's WWII alternate reality series is chilling

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 19 hours, 13 mins ago

Amazon Studios have released a new trailer for the eagerly anticipated series 'The Man in the High Castle', which features a horrifying vision of a United States that lost the second World War.



Adapted by 'X-Files' writer Frank Spotnitz from the popular book by celebrated sci-fi author Philip K. Dick and produced by Ridley Scott, the series is set in an alternate 1962 where the Axis powers won World War II and the country is ruled by shadowy Gestapo figures. Starring Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank and Rufus Sewell, all ten episodes of the series will be available from Amazon Prime on November 20.

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HD remastered 'X-Files' Bluray boxset announced

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 21 hours, 31 mins ago

Paramount and CBS set the precedent for how to do a proper SD to HD remaster of a TV show with all seven seasons of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation', and now Twentieth Century Fox has also gotten into the game by announcing a complete remastered boxset of the cult classic 'The X-Files' series.




Remastered from the original 35mm negative by Illuminate Hollywood, according to the press release available from our friends at Blu-ray.com, the series will be presented in 16x9 widescreen format, which opens up the sides from the original 4x3 broadcast for a more cinematic presentation and includes new DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks. The set also includes legacy bonus features from the previous DVD releases, including audio commentaries, deleted scenes and featurettes. The Australian release will also add an additional 2 Blu-ray discs for the feature films 'Fight the Future' and 'I Want to Believe', as well as handily leaving a spare spot for the eventual release of the upcoming 'X-Files' revival mini-series airing in January 2016.


The 55 disc U.S. set will be released on December 8, and the 57 disc Australian set on December 9.

Daniel Craig ready to leave 007 role

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 20 hours ago

With next month's release of the 24th James Bond 007 feature 'Spectre' marking the fourth time that Daniel Craig has played the role, the actor has poured a bucket of cold water on fans who want to see him to return for a fourth.




On the publicity trail for 'Spectre', the actor told Time Out London in no uncertain terms that he's done playing the superspy "I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That's fine. I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on". In a subsequent question, Craig goes even further with the brutally honest assessment "If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money."


Of course, given 6 months off, it's always possible that Craig might come back to the negotiating table. But with comments like this, producers would best start looking around for a new 007.

First UltraHD Blu-ray player hits Japanese market next month

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 21 hours ago

Having revealed their first UltraHD Blu-ray player at this year's CES, Panasonic has beaten all other consumer electronics companies to the punch, announcing they'll be the first to launch a player as soon as next month.




According to PC World, the DMR-UBZ1 will release in Japan on November 15 and will sell for an eye-watering 400,000 yen ($3334 USD). The unit will also come equipped with a 3TB HDD for recording TV broadcasts. Unfortunately, the player probably won't have any true 4K discs until early next year when Fox release their first batch, but for cinema freaks that need the latest and greatest - you better hop on a plane.

Pepsi launching 'Back to the Future II' bottle design

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 2 days, 22 hours ago

As part of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the classic 'Back to the Future', (not to mention the fact that the 'future' from 'Back To The Future Part II' is now) which include a new Blu-ray boxset, books and other merchandise, Pepsi have also joined up to release a limited edition collectible based on the 'Pepsi Perfect' product placement from the film.



In a smile inducing case of life imitating art, the Pepsi Cola company will release 6,500 bottles of 'Pepsi Perfect' in packaging that mimimcs its appearance in the film. With a limited supply, fans are advised to keep their eyes peeled when it launches on October 21 - the exact day that Marty and Doc went to the 2015 future in the film.

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Four more 'Transformers' films in development

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 3 days, 20 hours ago

Earlier this year we reported that Paramount and Hasbro were forging ahead with plans to carve out a 'Transformers' cinematic universe over multiple films and platforms, and it looks like those plans are coming to fruition, with Hasbro chief content officer Steven J. Davis bullish on the future.




As reported by Variety, Davis reports that the writers room has successfully mapped out the next ten years for the franchise. "Nine of some of the most creative writers I have ever worked with, shepherded by Akiva Goldsman, who many of you may know won an Academy Award for 'A Beautiful Mind' and written a bunch of great movies. And they plotted out the next 10 years of 'Transformers'. Similarly, we are doing the same in television and in digital. So stay tuned, 'Transformers 5' is on its way, and 6 and 7 and 8."


While this might sound like over-confidence, bear in mind that the last entry 'Age of Extinction' is the 14th highest grossing film in history, with $1.1B worldwide.

Two more 'Mad Max' films planned

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 3 days, 21 hours ago

This summer's 'Mad Max: Fury Road', was not only a fantastic movie in its own right, but its $375 million worldwide box office take (not too shabby for an R-rated film) proved that not only is there still an audience for the 35 year old franchise, but a demand for even more. And now it looks like that demand might juts be met.




Speaking to Top Gear Online, Director George Miller has confirmed that two additional 'Mad Max' films are in development at Warner Bros. "We ended up with two scripts, without really trying. We're talking to the studio about it as we speak, but which one of the two stories will happen next, I'm not so sure."


Either way, based on how great 'Fury Road' was - I'll be there.

New writers board 'Gran Turismo' feature film

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 4 days, 15 hours ago

Earlier this year we reported that Sony Pictures was moving forward with a feature film adaptation of Polyphony Digital's long-running racing series 'Gran Turismo', and while the film hasn't quite got the green light, it seems to be inching closer to the starting line.




According to SlashFilm, Sony aren't moving forward with the screenplay written by 'Watchmen' writer Alex Tse, and has enlisted 'Red' and 'Battleship' screenwriting duo Jon and Erich Hoeber to contribute a new draft.


With Disney scrapping the planned third 'Tron' movie, Director Joseph Kosinski doesn't have a go picture on the slate, so there's hope that 'Gran Turismo' might be turbo-charged.

'Lethal Weapon' series reloads for TV

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 4 days, 15 hours ago

Hot on the heels of news that the classic series 'MacGyver' will be rebooted for TV audiences, comes news that another 80's franchise is set to live again.




They might have claimed to be "too old for this sh*t", but according to from The Hollywood Reporter, Riggs and Murtaugh, originally played by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, will return to the small screen following a fierce bidding war between networks, of which Fox emerged victorious.


Neither Gibson, nor Glover, nor the original producers are expected to return - although the original filmmakers have said to have blessed the TV reboot.