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Enter our Studio Ghibli Blu-ray giveaway, thanks to Madman Films

To celebrate this week's release of the beautiful Japanese animation 'The Tale of Princess Kaguya' from the renowned Studio Ghibli on Blu-ray HD, we have copies of the Blu-ray to give away to ten lucky readers.

 

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl grows into an exquisite young lady, raised by an old bamboo cutter and his wife. From the countryside to the grand capital city, she enthralls all who encounter her. Based on the classic Japanese folktale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, 'The Tale of The Princess Kayuga' is the culmination of decades of contemplation by director and Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata.

 

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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:

 

Name the classic Japanese folktale that 'The Tale of The Princess Kayuga' is based on

 

To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on May 8th.

 

'The Tale of Pricess Kaguya' is available on Blu-ray HD from Australian retailers from May 6th, and on DVD now.

Avengers: Age of Ultron has second-best movie opening in US

The summer movie season is off to a good start, with Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron racking up $187.7 million in its opening weekend at the North American box office, only trailing behind The Avengers ($207.4 million).

 

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Thursday night screenings alone generated $27.6 million, with an additional $84.5 million in box office revenue on Friday. Including massive international support, the latest Avengers film has generated $527.7 million worldwide - and should continue to generate strong sales.

 

"Between the boxing match, NHL and NBA playoffs, the Kentucky Derby... looks like folks were distracted," said Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney, in a statement published by the LA Times. "But the second-biggest opening in history of movie business is something to be proud of and also just the beginning of what we expect to be a spectacular run."

The new Force Awakens trailer with a terrible twist - Jar Jar Binks

You're not dreaming, it's a real (parody) thing. Quoting J.J. Abrahams in the description, this fan made video proudly states "Jar Jar is the key to all of this."

 

 

Featuring the character we all love to hate, Jar Jar Binks, as the crux of the film, this trailer by Murdock Motion is titled "Star Wars: The Binks Awakens" and is gaining traction fast at over 230,000 views.

 

Not only does it look pretty cool, the video will also have Jar Jar's voice stuck in your head for the next few days.

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New 'Jurassic World' featurette rides high on nostalgia

With the much anticipated release of 'Jurassic World' just a few weeks away, Universal Studios is doing everything it can to remind audiences why they still love the franchise - even if the last film was released 14 years ago (and was .. well, a bit crap). But in the latest release of 'Jurassic World' media, the company is doing its best to tie it to the classic 1993 Spielberg original by trotting out the film's stars to wax lyrical over their honour at taking a role in the series.

 

 

'Guardians of the Galaxy' star Chris Pratt reveals that "every now and then [on set] we'd take a moment to look at each other, very light under our breath, be like 'What are we doing here? This is kind of crazy. We kind of feel like we snuck into the party", while the legendary Spielberg says "To see Jurassic World come to life is almost like seeing Jurassic Park come true". High praise indeed.

 

Seeing huge success with 'Furious 7' since its release, the company no doubt has high hopes for the latest entry - but can it top the international grosses of it's 'Jurassic' predecessors, or even top the amazing 'Furious 7' haul? That remains to be seen.

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Breaking Bad's Los Pollos Hermanos might soon be reality

During the week, 'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan fronted up to a wide-ranging AMA on Reddit, from topics such as the shows casting, to the spin-off series 'Better Call Saul'. But one of the most interesting nuggets (and considering it's high level of community upvotes, it clearly resonated with the Reddit community) was that fans might soon be able to eat at the currently fictional Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant - the front for Gus Fring's meth manufacturing business.

 

 

Asked by Reddit user NameForMartin whether he had considered opening up a real-life Los Pollos Hermanos, Gillian responded "Believe it or not... there is talk of a Pollos Hermanos becoming a real restaurant. This is not an idea that I generated personally. But it's one that's been presented to me, through the good folks at Sony, and the idea came to them from a businessman who has an interest in doing just that. Speaking for myself, I'd love to see that happen!"

 

Life imitating art indeed!

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Assassins Creed movie update from Michael Fassbender

It seems like the 'Assassins Creed' movie has been in production forever because it has, and the actor playing Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Michael Fassbender has given an update to ComingSoon to detail what exactly is taking so long.

 

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"You say it's a long time but what I've found-it's all new to me but starting to develop scripts and work on them, they take time. It just takes time to get a good story together and we really want to do it right. It's exciting", before confirming that the film will start production soon. "It's going to start this year, we'll be filming in September."

 

'Assassins Creed' will also co-star Robert Downey Jr. and Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard. The film currently has no release date, but will be distributed worldwide by Twentieth Century Fox.

Restricted 'Ted 2' red band trailer brings the laughs

Seth McFarlane's 2012 debut feature film 'Ted', starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis was a huge success for Universal Studios, grossing over half a billion dollars on a $50 million budget. It's no surprise that a sequel is on the way, and today the studio have released a risque red band trailer for the film - but only if you're over 18....

 

 

This time around, Ted has given up his bachelor ways and married his girlfriend Tami-Lyn, but when the couple decide to expand the family, the oversize teddy bear must prove he is a human in the eyes of the low to retain custody of a child. Directed by 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad' creator Seth McFarlane the sequel returns stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis and adds Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.

 

'Ted 2' hits cinemas in Australia on June 25th, and on June 26th in the United States.

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'Warcraft' movie set for a delay

The long-in-the-making feature film adaptation of Blizzard's MMORPG 'World of Warcraft' has been delayed by three months, and now set to launch in the middle of the 2016 summer blockbuster season.

 

 

Previously announced for a March 2016 release, Legendary Studios and distributor Universal Pictures have now announced a three month delay for the picture, which will now hit screens worldwide on June 10 2016, with the first teaser trailer for the picture likely to be released at ComicCon in July.

 

Directed by Duncan Jones (son of David Bowie), 'Warcraft' stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Robert Kazinsky and Dominic Cooper, along with a cast of thousands of Orcs and other digital creatures courtesy of Industrial Light and Magic.

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Final 'Ex Machina' trailer filled with tech giants AI concerns

After a limited worldwide theatrical release, the 2015 sci-fi thriller 'Ex Machina' is now opening wide across the world to positive reviews and now the film's distributor A24 has released a smartly edited trailer is littered with quotes from tech luminaries such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Larry Page and Professor Stephen Hawking over their concerns regarding artificial inteligence.

 

 

The r-rated micro-budgeted experimental film starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac (both to be seen next in 'Star Wars' sequel 'The Force Awakens' and Alicia Vikander and helmed by Alex Garland is earning much applause for its vision of the near future, earning an 88% fresh rating from aggregate reviewer Rotten Tomatoes.

 

'Ex Machina' is now playing in the United States, and will hit select screens in Australia on May 7th.

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Sony hanging onto Spider-Man rights, animated feature coming in 2018

Earlier this year, Sony Pictures surprised fans by shelving plans for the Andrew Garfield 'Amazing Spider-Man' series and allowing Marvel to jointly share the rights to the character, allowing the classic Stan Lee creation to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

 

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But with the intrinsic value of the property, they haven't ceded all rights to the Disney owned company and so today Sony Pictures have announced an upcoming animated 'Spider-Man' feature to be helmed by 'The Lego Movie' and '22 Jump Street' directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, for release in 2018, according to a report via ComingSoon.

 

The first film from the freshly rebooted live action 'Spider-Man' series will be released a year earlier on July 28, 2017 and will be co-produced by Marvel head Kevin Feige.

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