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Mark Wahlberg will be back for 'Transformers 5' after all

Despite both 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' lead Mark Wahlberg and director Michael Bay pouring cold water on their return for the inevitable 'Transformers 5', it seems both may have had a change of heart.

 

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Speaking to ComingSoon, Wahlberg confirms he is "committed to doing a couple more" and will reprise his role as streetsmart inventor Cade Yeager. But even more surprising is his theory that Michael Bay will also be back, saying "I can't speak for Mr. Bay, but something tells me we'll be on set soon".

 

Bay has long held that 'Transformers 4' would be his final entry in the franchise, despite claiming the same following the previous film 'Transformers 3' in 2012. Wahlberg will be next seen in the sequel to Seth McFarlane's comedy 'Ted' in 2015.

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Peter Jackson has "never read a comic", won't direct a Marvel film

On the promotional rounds for the final entry in 'The Hobbit' series, Director Peter Jackson is now turning his mind to what's next after spending the last few years once again immersed in the world's of J.R.R. Tolkien - and he's pretty sure it won't be a Marvel comic book movie.

 

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Speaking to Moviefone, Jackson offered that he has "never read a comic book in my life" and thus has "no interest in that". Offering a rebuke to the cinematic universe concept that he arguably carved out in his six Middle-Earth movies, Jackson further states:

 

"I don't really like the Hollywood blockbuster bandwagon that exists right now. The industry and the advent of all the technology, has kind of lost its way. It's become very franchise driven and superhero driven... So, yes, I'm not going to head off and do a Marvel film. So if I don't do a Marvel film, I don't have any other choice - I've got to go make a small New Zealand movie!"

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Sony hackers offer truce - so long as 'The Interview' isn't released

Following the cancellation of the impending release of Sony Pictures comedy 'The Interview', which spurned the company crippling hack, those responsible for doing the work on behalf of North Korea have issued a new directive - expunge the movie from existence and everything will be ok.

 

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According to CNN, a new message from the hacking group sent to the heads of Sony states: "..we want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately. The message further offers to "ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble".

 

Meanwhile, President Obama has rebuked Sony for their decision to pull the film, complaining that "I wish they'd spoken to me first". Considering the precedent for international relations, Obama said: "We can't have a society where some dictator some place can start imposing censorship in the United States... imagine what they will do when they see a documentary they don't like, or a news report."

Apple's Steve Wozniak to become a Tassie Devil

The co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak has just become an Australian citizen and plans to move to the Australian state of Tasmania - known throughout the world, aptly enough, as the 'apple isle'.

 

Citing a fondness for Australian culture, Wozniak begun the application process for Australian residency back in 2012 and whilst he will continue to be based in the United States for a time, he plans on winding back his professional life and according to the Australian Financial Review, will "probably" call Tasmania home. "Hopefully in the next few days we can get there, as I really like the idea of cooler weather".

 

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Still an employee of Apple, Wozniak is both admired by tech journalists for honest assessments on the company he co-founded in 1976, but feared by the apparatchik for the same reason.

 

"Their publicity people watch me very closely wherever I go in the world and speak. I answer every question I'm asked and I answer honestly, so sometimes they hear things they don't want to hear".

Paramount bans 'Team America: World Police' matinee showings

Following the cancellation of next week's planned release of 'The Interview', multiple theatres in the United States vowed to show matinee screens of 'Team America: World Police' including the Alamo Drafthouse in Texas, the Capitol Theater in Cleveland, and the Plaza Atlanta in Atlanta as a replacement, but according to 'The Daily Beast', the studio asked them to stop their plans.

 

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The 2004 marionette comedy 'Team America: World Police', co-directed by "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone courted controversy by it's depictions of Kim Jong Il and some of Hollywood's biggest stars, although it was a financial disappointment which grossed less than $20 million more than it's production budget. The film was released on Blu-ray in the United Kingdom and Australia last year, but not in the United States.

Paramount want 'Star Trek 3' to be more like 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

It's no secret that Paramount Pictures desperately want to get a third 'Star Trek' film into theaters in 2016, to mark the 50th anniversary of the much loved franchise. When 'Star Trek' and 'Into Darkness' director JJ Abrams jumped ship to that other science fiction series, the studio turned to writer Roberto Orci to direct the third picture before he jumped too.

 

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Now, according to a report from BadAssDigest, perhaps we know why. With the success of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' exceeding expectations earlier this year, grossing nearly $800 million worldwide at the box office, Paramount have looked over at Disney with jealous eyes, and have wondered 'why can't Trek be more like Guardians'?

 

'Star Trek 3' is undoubtedly coming at some point, but whether it moves back to a more cerebral and traditional science fiction, or a glitzy and fashionable take is anyone's guess.

Christopher Lee releases new death metal Christmas song

If you like your Christmas tunes a little bit.. shall we say 'non traditional', then we have just the treat for you. Legendary British actor Christopher Lee, who will be known to younger audiences as Count Dooku in 'Star Wars: Attack of the Clones' and Saruman in the 'Lord of the Rings' has at the age of 92, just released his third heavy metal Christmas song 'Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing' for your listening pleasure.

 

 

The song has been released on Lee's own music label Charlemagne Productions Ltd and comes on the heels of previous releases 'A Heavy Metal Christmas' and 'A Heavy Metal Christmas Too'.

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'The Interview' shelved by Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures has blinked in the battle waged against the release of 'The Interview' and the company itself, announcing that the planned Christmas release of the film has been cancelled. In an official statement released just moments ago, Sony Pictures said:

 

In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

 

Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale - all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.

 

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No word yet on what this means for international markets, but its assumed that these will suffer the same fate.

'Clifford: The Big Red Dog' author Norman Bridwell has passed away

The author, illustrator and creator of the 'Clifford: The Big Red Dog' series, Norman Bridwell, has passed away aged 86. Long term publishing company Scholastic paid tribute to Bridwell earlier today.

 

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Created in 1963, the 'Clifford: The Big Red Dog' series has delighted generations of young children, recently celebrating it's 50th anniversary. The book quickly established the then new publishing company Scholastic, and serves as the brand mascot.

 

 

In August, Universal Pictures announced that it had secured the rights to create a 'Clifford' movie, to be released in 2016.

'The Interview' stars Seth Rogen & James Franco pull media appearances

In light of the threatened terror attacks against U.S. movie theaters in the US playing North Korean comedy 'The Interview', the films leads Seth Rogen and James Franco have cancelled all media appearances for the film, according to Variety.

 

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Media appearances are crucial to the success of a film's opening, especially for younger demographics, so their cancellation confirms the seriousness in which Sony Pictures are considering such reprisals. The company has been battling hackers since late November, with the group going by the name of 'Guardians of Peace' (which may or may not be linked to North Korea) which has led to the leaking of terabytes of confidential information, including emails, scripts and even unreleased movies.

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