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Explosive new 'Independence Day' TV spot, poster go live

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

It was twenty years ago at Superbowl XXXI that the world was first introduced to 'Independence Day', via the unforgettable explosive image of the White House being blown to smithereens and which helped propel it to one of the highest grossing films of all time. For the eagerly awaited sequel 'Independence Day: Resurgence', Twentieth Century Fox aired a gob-smacking new spot, which truly highlights the advancements of visual effects during the last two decades.

 

 

To coincide with the spot, the studio also unveiled the films theatrical poster, which harkens back to the iconic image from the original.

 

 

With returning starts Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox joined by newcomers Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe and Jessie Usher, expect explosions and general mayhem in true Roland Emmerich style as the future of the planet is decided. 'Independence Day: Resurgence' hits 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas worldwide in June 2016.

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The Force has truly awoken, with a $2b haul worldwide

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 13 hours ago

Coming to the end of its worldwide run, Disney have announced that the latest entry in the 'Star Wars' franchise 'The Force Awakens' has crossed the $2 billion worldwide gross mark - only the third film in history to do so.

 

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While the film didn't quite have the legs in the Chinese market to overtake the haul of James Cameron's 'Titanic', which grossed $2.18 billion in both the 1997 and 2012 releases, nor have the staying power to challenge record holder 'Avatar' with $2.7b, clearly $2 billion is nothing to be disappointed with, and displaces 'Jurassic World's take of $1.67 billion worldwide quite decisively. In a press release, Alan Horn, the Chairman of Walt Disney Studios said "This is a historic moment for 'Star Wars', for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' such an extraordinary success". Additionally, the film has also grossed just over $900 million in the domestic United States alone, the only film to have ever done so.

 

'The Force Awakens' is due to hit Blu-ray and DVD worldwide in April, where it will no doubt set more sales records.

Universal dates 'Furious 9' and '10' films up until 2021!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 6 days, 11 hours ago

With the huge financial success of 2015's 'Furious 7', Universal Studios made it pretty clear they were turbo-charging their plans for the franchise, by quickly greenlighting an 8th entry in the long running franchise. Well today, they've admitted that's not enough and announced a further two films!

 

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Star Vin Diesel took to Instagram to make the announcement that 'Furious 9' and 'Furious 10' will be released on April 19, 2019 and April 2, 2021, ensuring that fans will have at least five more years of films to look forward to - which even eclipses Disney's current plans for the 'Star Wars' franchise.

Uncensored 'Deadpool' cut coming to Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week ago

If you've caught any of the red-band trailers for the eagerly awaited 'Deadpool' , you'd be well aware that the R-rated theatrical cut is going to push the boundaries of the MPAA rating system. And glory be - the Blu-ray version is apparently going to take it even further.

 

 

According to Latino-Review, 'Deadpool' director T.J. Miller has confirmed that the future release of the uncensored cut will be "even more raw" - although no confirmations yet on what form this will actually take.

 

But fans who can't wait to see the slightly less violent theatrical release can get their fill of the mouthy anti-hero when the film hits cinemas on February 11 in Australia and then the next day in the United States.

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Joseph Fiennes to play Michael Jackson in true 9/11 road trip movie

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

There's plenty of bizarre stories that feature the self proclaimed King of Pop, but the real life story which saw Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor road trip across the U.S. after planes were grounded following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, is about to be dramatised in an upcoming television movie.

 

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According to the Wrap, Joseph Fiennes is set to play Michael Jackson in the upcoming half hour TV special 'Elizabeth, Michael, and Marlon' for the SkyTV Network, alongside Brian Cox as Marlon Brando and Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor.

 

Apparently stranded in New York by the grounding of planes following the September 11 terrorist attack, Jackson and friends Brando and Taylor rented a vehicle to get back to California in a story first reported by Vanity Fair. Allegedly, the morbidly obese Brando insisted on stopping at nearly every KFC and Burger King restaurant they passed.

Full 'Angry Birds Movie' trailer hatched

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

You might have stopped playing the Angry Birds game four years ago, but that hasn't stopped Rovio and Sony Pictures from trying to exploit the franchise on the big screen. Today, the studios have released the full theatrical trailer ahead of the film's May release. If you like pee-pee jokes - you're in for a real treat!

 

 

Whether or not it's able to reboot the franchise remains to be seen, but with an all cast of Jason Sudeikis, Danny McBride, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Peter Dinklage, Kate McKinnon and directed by former Disney animator Clay Kaytis and storyboard artist Fergal Reilly, it's certainly not short of talent.

 

The 'Angry Birds Movie' will be released in 3D and 2D on May 12 in Australia, and May 20 in the United States.

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Strong 'X-Files' ratings prompts talk of more in future

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 26, 2016 11:28 pm

The much anticipated 'X-Files' revival has aired the first two of its limited six episode run to very solid ratings despite mostly mixed reviews, with 9.6 million viewers in the United States.

 

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Being off the air for nearly 15 years hasn't seemed to hurt appetite for new episodes, which has prompted Fox network CEO to confirm that the network is "Absolutely" keen to look to more episodes in the future. "The biggest impediment to going forward with 'The X-Files' was scheduling. Gillian is committed to other projects right now, David's schedule is always busy, but even the other night at the premiere we were all laughing and joking that we'd love to do this again, so we are on board if schedules can be worked out."

 

Coupled with sales of the recently released 'X-Files' Blu-ray boxset which have also been very good and even talk of a third feature film, the future for 'The X-Files' looks very bright indeed.

Disney to make 'Star Wars' & 'Marvel' films until end of time

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 26, 2016 10:49 pm

There's absolutely no doubt that the Marvel and Star Wars franchises are incredibly valuable to the Walt Disney company , with four films films in the top 10 highest grossing films of all time - with 'The Force Awakens' sitting pretty at number 3 with just shy of $2 billion dollars. But how long will they last? Can it simply gone on forever? Disney's CEO Bob Iger seems to think so.

 

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Speaking to the BBC, Iger committed to releasing more 'Star Wars films' after the current batch are released. "There are five Star Wars films - four more with Episode Seven 'The Force Awakens' that are in varying stages of development and production. There will be more after that, I don't know how many, I don't know how often."

 

And on the subject of Marvel, Iger rejected the claim that fatigue has set in, saying "I don't think they're getting weary... you're dealing with thousands and thousands of characters - that will go on forever. But I think we keep raising the bar in terms of telling stories that bring them back, that excite them, that make it feel new and that is what we do for a living."

 

The next 'Star Wars' feature 'Rogue One' hits cinemas this December, while 'Captain America: Civil War' hits screens in May.

Original 'Star Wars' 35mm fan preservation released

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 25, 2016 12:24 am

While long term 'Star Wars' fans cling to the hope that they might just seen an official re-release of the original films, a group of fans has taken it upon themselves to archive film history.

 

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For the last four years, a fan collective known as Team Negative One have painstakingly scanned a 35mm print of the original 'Star Wars' frame-by frame in 1080p, manually removing flaws and film artefacts and assembling the version of the film that audiences originally saw in 1977. Now their first assemblage is ready and the team have now shared their efforts online.

 

Coming from a theatrical print which is several generations removed from the original negative owned by Lucasfilm, and thus not as sharp or as clean, their restoration is still pretty astounding and the best way to currently view the film without all the CG crap added by creator George Lucas for the 1977 special edition release - and where Greedo shoots first.

 

Don't ask where you can track it down though - you'll have to use the Google machine yourself!

Horror classic 'The Exorcist' getting small screen reboot

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 24, 2016 11:03 pm

The 1973 horror classic 'The Exorcist', based on the book by Peter Blatty went on to spawn two sequels and a more recent prequel, but despite remaining dormant for a decade, it's about to be resurrected to scare the crap out of a new generation.

 

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox television has ordered a one hour television pilot based on the original 1971 Blatty novel to be penned by 'Fantastic Four' writer Jeremy Slater, which will act as a test bed to see if it go to a full season order.

 

There's no word yet on when we'll see 'The Exorcist' on the small screen or indeed if it can hold a candle to the original classic - but the future is certainly quite bright for the long-running series.

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