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'Tetris' movie becomes a trilogy, we don't know why

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 12 hours, 6 mins ago

So, Hollywood is now so creatively bankrupt they're resorting to making a video game adaptation of Alexey Pajitnov's 'Tetris'. Just let that sink in. Recovered? Well, said movie has now become a trilogy of movies. I know, right.

 

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According to the Guardian, Producer Larry Kasanoff whose career is littered with such classics as 'Mortal Kombat' and ... 'Bionicle: The Legend Reborn' has claimed that the move has been made because "the story we conceived is so big... This isn't us splitting the last one of our eight movies in two to wring blood out of the stone. It's just a big story." If we accept that with good faith, what story could possibly justify three feature films exactly? Well, Kasanoff isn't exactly saying. But he has said what the film isn't about. "We're not going to have blocks with feet running around the movie. But it's great that people think so. It sets the bar rather low!"

 

The Untitled Tetris Sci-fi Project is currently in pre-production with an unknown release date.

4K UltraHD Blu-ray disc sales off to a roaring start

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 13 hours, 58 mins ago

The launch of the UltraHD Blu-ray format has convincingly defied the notion that physical discs are dead, with the first crop of titles posting very strong initial sales.

 

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According to Variety, the format has moved 228,000 discs in the United States since the first discs were released in March, a figure that eclipses Blu-ray sales during it's own launch period back in 2006 by a factor of 4. Warner Bros, one of the most bullish studios who have supported the format with heavy hitters such as 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' see great potential in the format. Ron Sanders, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution remarked "The new Ultra HD format with HDR allows us to give audiences the best-quality picture and sound available at home today... filmmakers and consumers alike are excited about the way we are able to present our films to home viewers. It is truly the closest thing to what the filmmaker intended."

 

With some big releases heading to the format in the coming months, including 'Independence Day Resurgence', 'X-Men Apocalypse', 'Warcraft' and catalogue favourites like 'Watchmen' and 'Labyrinth', there'll be plenty of content to look at when our 4K UltraHD Blu-ray reviews launch in a few weeks time.

Final 'Star Trek: Beyond' trailer peaks at the right time

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 19 hours ago

After a summer of disappointing sequels and coming off the back of an initial teaser trailer that had many long-term 'Star Trek' fans switching off, the latest trailer for 'Beyond' has reignited interest in the upcoming sequel.

 

 

Starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, along with Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock, Simon Pegg as Scotty and Karl Urban as Bones, and Idris Elba as the big bad Krall, 'Beyond' is the third film in the J.J. Abrams multiverse (now called the 'Kelvin Timeline') and is directed by 'Fast and Furious' director Justin Lin.

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Next generation LG OLED displays hit Australia

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 days, 12 hours ago

LG Electronics have today announced the latest generation OLED displays have started hitting Australian retailers, with displays that have been hailed as some of the best ever created.

 

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Headlined by the G6T Signature Series which Grant Vandenberg, Marketing Manager for LG Home Entertainment dubs as "truly the best TV LG has ever produced", the G6 and E6 models come with the latest video standards including HDR and Dolby Vision, as well as further refinements in OLED technology which results in brighter images and higher contrast. Overseas reviewers and video fanatics have fawned over the G6 range, but they don't come cheap - topping out at an eye-watering $10,999 AUD for the 65 inch G6 model. As always, you get what you pay for.

 

We're hoping to take a look at the step down 65" E6 model in the coming months, which will also serve as the display of choice for our upcoming 4K UHD Blu-ray reviews. We simply can't wait to take a look when we can get our hands on it and we'll have those to you as soon as we can.

Darth Vader confirmed for 'Rogue One' role

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 6 days, 14 hours ago

Following the release of 'Return of the Jedi' in 1983, 'Star Wars' fans waited for nearly 30 years until 'Revenge of the Sith' for nother glimpse at Darth Vader, only to find a whiny bitch who screams "Nooooooooo!". This year's spin-off 'Rogue One' will hopefully clear that little mess up.

 

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According to a spread in this week's Entertainment Weekly (via Collider) which teases more details on the much anticipated 'Star Wars' era spin-off, the Dark Lord of the Sith himself will make an appearance in 'Rogue One', although it's not entirely clear how big that will be. It's long been rumoured that voice artist James Earl Jones will reprise his role, just as he has done for the 'Star Wars Rebels' cartoon series, but this official confirmation is pretty exciting news.

 

'Rogue One' hits 2D, 3D and IMAX screens worldwide on December 16th.

Three more 'Archer' seasons locked in

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

Fans of the FX Network's long running animated hit 'Archer' will be happy today, with confirmation that the show will continue for at least another three seasons.

 

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Despite falling ratings, the network is confident enough in the future of the show to keep it around for at least a total of 10 seasons, which will see it on the airwaves through to 2019. Nick Grad a, co-President of Original Programming for FX Networks told media "We can't say enough about what Adam, Matt and the entire Archer team at Floyd County have done to keep this series so insanely funny and vital through seven seasons. The move to Los Angeles this past season as private detectives was just the latest twist in Archer's legendary exploits and the next three seasons will to be just as amazing and unpredictable. We are thrilled to continue making great TV with our friends and colleagues at Floyd County." While the season order has been reduced to just eight episodes, that means that there's still 9 hours of the show on the way, and that's a very good thing.

 

'Archer' season eight is expected to hit screens mid 2017.

'Batman v Superman: Ultimate Cut' movie screenings coming to Australia

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

Ahead of the release of the much anticipated extended cut of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' on home video next month, Village Roadshow in Australia are offering fans free tickets to free one-off showings of the film in theatres.

 

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Aussie fans in Sydney and Melbourne can go to the Village Roadshow website to register their interest in taking home a free double pass for the Sydney screening next Tuesday at 6pm and Melbourne screening next Wednesday at 6:30pm, with tickets being allocated through a lottery system. Winners will be drawn on at midnight on June 23 and notified by email on June 24.

Studio cancels 'Independence Day: Resurgence' press screenings

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

With the much anticipated release of 'Independence Day: Resurgence' just a few days away, you'd expect that the first movie reviews might be imminent, right? Wrong.

 

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According to U.S. based movie critics, 20th Century Fox has cancelled the organised press screenings for the film, leading to some speculation that the quality of the film isn't up to snuff. In contrast, Disney let critics publish their 'Captain America: Civil War' reviews a week in advance, when it was clear that the film was pretty decent.

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R.I.P. 'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

At just 27 years old, actor 'Anton Yelchin', best known for roles in 'Star Trek', 'Terminator Salvation' and 'Green Room' has tragically died in a freak car accident.

 

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According to Variety, the young actor died when he became pinned by a vehicle in his driveway. Yelchin portrayed Chekov in J.J. Abram's 'Star Trek' and 'Star Trek Into Darkness'. His colleagues has rallied, posting heartfelt tributes on social media today.

 

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'Warcraft' makes 90% of gross outside U.S. market

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

The soft projections of the 'Warcraft' U.S. opening have come to pass, with the film making barely $30 million - basically a disaster for a summer blockbuster. But thanks to strong international interest, the film is barely keeping its head above water.

 

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According to BoxOfficeMojo, the feature film adaptation has grossed $280 million at the international box office - the vast bulk in China - which represents 90% of the film's $310 million worldwide gross. 'Warcraft's failure in the U.S. market is a huge disappointment for Universal Studios and Legendary Pictures, especially considering its $160 million budget and extensive marketing campaign.

 

'Warcraft' continues to roll out in the international market, hitting screens in Australia today.

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