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Disney developing 'Rocketeer' sequel

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 7 hours, 57 mins ago

Despite originally flopping on release, Disney's adaptation of the indie comic 'The Rockeeter' is set to get a sequel over 25 years after the first.

 

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the sequel/ reboot is in very early development, with a script currently being written by Max Winkler and Matt Spicer. The film is said to retain the 1930's timeline, which is said to occur six years after the original film and feature "a young African-American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer"

 

The 1991 release, which starred Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly and Timothy Dalton generated $46 million off a $35 million budget which was considered a huge disappointment at the time, but has gone on to enjoy a cult following in the intervening years. Disney will no doubt be hoping the next fares somewhat better.

The World of 'Warcraft' comes to Blu-ray, 4K in September

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 2 days, 8 hours ago

After a disappointing theatrical release which was only saved by China's massive appetite for the long-running Blizzard franchise, Universal Pictures have announced the home video release for this summer's 'Warcraft'.

 

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Coming as a fully fledged special edition Blu-ray release featuring deleted and extended scenes, making of featurettes, a gag reel, the Bonds of Brotherhood motion comic and trailers, 'Warcraft' hits Blu-ray, 4K and digital from September 27, while it comes a week earlier in Australia, in addition to a 3D release.

 

 

Despite becoming the highest grossing video game adaptation of all time with a $432 million haul worldwide, 'Warcraft's huge $160 million budget means the film needs to generate additional revenue from home video releases to turn a slim profit.

Rare Boba Fett 'Star Wars' action figure sells for $34k at auction

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 3 days, 7 hours ago

An French auction of vintage 'Star Wars' merchandise has sold for an eye-watering $654,000 USD, which includes a sealed, carded action figure featuring fan favourite character Boba Fett which sold for $34,000 alone.

 

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According to the Daily Mail, the auction saw "terrific interest, emails and constant condition reports from all corners of the globe" and which smashed estimates. The sale also included an ultra-rare prototype of the bounty hunter which never went into production due to concerns that children could injure themselves with a removable projectile weapon.

 

While the French collector behind the lot no longer has his precious 'Star Wars' toys, at least he can retire quite comfortably.

Lost 'Star Trek: Original Series' 35mm footage located, Blu-ray coming

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 4 days, 7 hours ago

Once thought lost to the sands of time, CBS have revealed a decade long project to locate and digitise most of the original 35mm reels used to film 'Star Trek: The Original Series', which started life in 1966. And what's more, a new Blu-ray is on the way which will feature the best of the with never-before-seen footage.

 

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Coming later this year to celebrate the series 50th anniversary, 'Star Trek: The Roddenberry Vault' will feature three documentaries packed behind the scenes footage from the making of the series as well as alternate takes, deleted scenes, omitted dialogue, outtakes and original visual effects elements. In addition, the Blu-ray set will include 12 episodes from the 'Original Series', chosen for their relevance to the Vault's lost/unseen material, including fan favourites such as 'Space Seed', 'The City on the Edge of Forever' and 'The Trouble with Tribbles'.

 

The project was revealed at a panel during San Diego Comic-Con featuring Trek luminaries Michael and Denise Okuda, the latter who described the vault as "a time capsule into when this show was made".

Rise for 'Kong' in first 'Skull Island' trailer

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

Warner Bros have revealed the first look footage from next year's monster mash 'Kong: Skull Island' at San Diego Comic Con, which stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Jing Tian, Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell in the reboot origin story for one of Hollywood's most enduring monster myths.

 

 

Starting life as a stand-alone feature, 'Kong Skull Island' has evolved to take place in a much wider monster universe, which is set to continue with 'Godzilla 2' in 2018, before leading up to 'Godzilla VS Kong' in 2020, with the promise of other characters from Toho's Godzilla universe, including Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidora set to make future appearances.

 

'Kong: Skull Island' is set to hit cinemas worldwide next March.

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'Justice League' and 'Wonder Woman' teaser trailers revealed at SDCC

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 days, 7 hours ago

Warner Bros have had a blow out at this year's San Diego Comic Con, premiering first-look teaser trailers to 2017's highly anticipated 'Justice League' and 'Wonder Woman' to a captured audience.

 

 

Featuring DC Comics' biggest assemblage of comic book heroes including Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Superman (Henry Cavill), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa), 'Justice League' is set to be the DC comics version of 'The Avengers', which the studio is hoping will bring in the huge revenue that elluded this summer's 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'.

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James Cameron talks 'The Abyss' 4K Blu-ray remaster

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 days, 7 hours ago

With Hollywood turning their attentions to the new 4K UltraHD Blu-ray format, fans are still clamouring for the dozens of mainstream titles that still haven't been issued on 1080p Blu-ray, including two huge blockbusters from James Cameron - the Schwarzenegger actioner 'True Lies' and the 1989 sci-fi classic 'The Abyss'. Today, the director has given a brief update on the whereabouts of the latter title.

 

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Cameron told Variety "We've done a wet-gate 4K scan of the original negative, and it's going to look insanely good... We're going to do an authoring pass in the DI for Blu-ray and HDR at the same time", with the diretcor confirming the discs should be available to purchase early next year.

 

Cameron is currently deep in pre-production for a further three 'Avatar' films, the first of which is due to be released for Christmas 2018, while a 3D remastered version of 'Terminator 2' is due to to hit cinemas later this year.

Fourth 'Star Trek' film greenlit to boldly continue franchise

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

With the eagerly anticipated 'Star Trek' Beyond opening worldwide this week smack-bang during the series 50th anniversary, attention has turned to if and when the series will return for another adventure. Paramount have indulged fans by announcing that the studio has already greenlit a fourth adventure and in a twist, a long dead character is set to return.

 

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Despite dying in the opening moments of the first J.J. Abrams rebooted 'Star Trek' film back in 2009, George Kirk (aka Captain James T. Kirk's father) will return for the next Trek adventure, played once again by Chris Hemsworth. According to Paramount's press release, Chris Pine's Captain Kirk "will cross paths with a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father". While it's not exactly clear how that event will coalesce, but I'm sure J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay's script will be full of surprises.

Sony threatens more 'Ghostbusters' films

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The much maligned 'Ghostbusters' reboot has gotten off to a reasonable start with a $44 million opening weekend, but still has a long way to go to reach profitability - especially now it's been barred from entering the Chinese market. But that hasn't stopped Sony Pictures from forging ahead with more crap-tacular films.

 

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Speaking to The Wrap, president of worldwide distribution at the studio Rory Bruer declared "The 'Ghostbusters' world is alive and well... I expect 'Ghostbusters' to become an important brand and franchise. While nothing has been officially announced yet, there's no doubt in my mind it will happen."

 

Expanding the 'Ghostbusters' franchise has always been the end goal for Sony Pictures, with previously announced plans to launch a number of films off the back of the reboot. But based on the quality of this film (review coming this weekend), I think that's quite premature.

Thrawn returns to 'Star Wars' canon in 'Rebels' new season trailer

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

Author Timothy Zahn almost single handedly rejuvenated the 'Star Wars' saga in 1991 with the book 'Heir To The Empire' which introduced the big bad Grand Admiral Thrawn. Despite being a hit with fans and spawning multiple sequels, the Thrawn saga was excised in the great expanded universe purge when Disney took over the franchise in 2012. Now, the character is set to officially return to canon in the newest season of 'Star Wars: Rebels'.

 

 

Thrawn is set to be voiced by 'House of Cards' star Lars Mikkelsen when the season premiers later in the year, and Zahn is set to pen a new book featuring the character which will go on sale next year.

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