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'Pirates of the Carribbean' sequel to film in Australia

Disney studios and the Australian Government have come to an financial agreement, which will see the fortchoming sequel in the 'Pirates of the Carribbean' franchise, 'Dead Men Tell No Tales' filmed in Australia.

 

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The Federal Arts Minister Senator the Hon George Brandis QC has agreed to provide Disney with a $21 million tax break to lure the production away from the United States to the Gold Coast, which will stimulate the Australian film production sector which has been relatively quiet with international productions due to the high dollar.

 

Notable productions to film at the studio in the past include 'Peter Pan', 'Scooby Doo' and 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader'.

 

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'Dead Men Tell No Tales' is expected to begin production in 2015, for a 2017 release and will see Johnny Depp return in the iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow. Norwegian duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg will share directing duties.

'Jurassic World' director posts Richard Attenborough tribute

Yesterday we reported the sad news on the passing of legendary English actor director Richard Attenborough, which has caused a flood of memorial posts by the entertainment industry. Perhaps the most interesting has been posted by 'Jurassic World' director Colin Trevorrow, whom has just wrapped principal photography on the fourth 'Jurassic Park' picture.

 

 

Set 22 years from the events of the first 'Jurassic Park' (real-time from the 1993 release), 'Jurassic World' doesn't feature a live cameo appearance from Attenborough, but he does cast a shadow with his full size statue, presumably featured in the new parks visitors centre.

 

The sculpt is similar to one that adorns the 'Jurassic Park' world at Universal Studios Japan, which I had the pleasure of visiting in 2011.

 

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'Jurassic World' is released on July 12, 2015 and stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D'Onofrio.

Superman's first appearance in 1938's 'Action Comics' #1 sells for $3m

A true once in a generation opportunity to purchase true comic history - the first appearance of Superman in 1938's 'Action Comics #1' has been grasped by one cashed-up, but anonymous collector.

 

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Hitting eBay with a starting bid of 99 cents before hitting $1.75 million, the comic sold today for an astonishing $3.2 million USD.

 

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With only a few dozen copies of the 75 year old comic still in existence from an estimated 200,000 print run in 1938, the auction represented the finest condition copy of the comic yet known, receiving an almost unheard of 9.0 rating from the CGC. The secret to its condition was due to being stored in a wooden cedar chest at high altitude in the mountains of West Virginia, USA.

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RIP actor/ director Lord Richard Attenborough

90 years is not a bad innings, but it's sad to say goodbye to film royalty at any age. Lord Richard Attenborough, director of 'Chaplin', 'Cry Freedom' and 'Gandhi' (the latter of which won the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director at the 1983 Academy Awards) and star of dozens of classics such as 'The Great Escape', 'Miracle on 34th Street' and 'Elizabeth' has passed away.

 

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His death comes just weeks after the passing of fellow Hollywood greats such as Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. Twitter has been alight with tributes from UK royalty and film society alike.

 

 

Of all his roles, Attenborough is undoubtedly best known to younger audiences as John Hammond, the eccentric creator of Steven Spielberg's 1993 'Jurassic Park', with the indelible line "Welcome... to Jurassic Park!"

 

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Attenborough is survived by his wife of seventy years, Sheila Sim, son Michael and two daughters, Jane and Charlotte. Naturalist and Documentarian Sir David Attenborough is the younger brother of Richard.

'Fast and Furious 6' cam pirate sentenced to 3 years jail

A 25 year old English would-be pirate has been jailed for 33 months for filming last years 'Fast and Furious 6', using a mobile phone camera and uploading the video file to the web, a day before the film began showing in US cinemas.

 

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Philip Danks was apparently easy to locate by UK police and representatives from the Federation Against Copyright Theft after Danks used the same handle 'Thecod3r' on multiple websites, including dating site Plenty of Fish.

 

In their victim impact statement, Universal Studios valued the leak at 2.3 million pounds, or nearly $4 million USD, based on the estimated 779,000 downloads and more than a bit of Hollywood accounting. The film went on to gross nearly $800 million worldwide.

 

 

In a day and age when it seems a movie is in cinemas one day and then available on Blu-ray the next, why people choose to ruin the experience with awful cams, just for the sake of being able to say they've seen it before their friends, is beyond me. But it's safe to say that Thecod3r's days of releasing is over.

Warner Bros find Director for Harry Potter spin-off 'Fantastic Beasts'

With the Harry Potter book series franchise finished and the last 'Hobbit' movie being released later this year, Warner Bros have been keen to develop their next multi-film franchise, previously announcing that a trilogy feature film adaptation of author J.K. Rowling's 2001 'Harry Potter' spin-off 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' was on the way.

 

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While the studio initially courted 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' and 'Gravity' director Alfonso Cuarón, who turned them down, The Hollywood Reporter is sending word that the studio has selected director David Yates, who helmed four of the eight 'Potter' films, including the final two parts 'The Deathly Hallows', to steer the course. Yates is seen as a steady hand by the studio, a trusted figure by author J.K. Rowling (who is also penning the scripts) and by the franchises legions of fans.

 

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The book, which is based on Newt Scamander, the author on one of Harry's textbooks, is set approximately 70 years before the events of the 'Harry Potter' series.

 

Warner Bros are targeting a November 18 2016 launch for the first film.

Nintendo considering naming Zelda character to honor Robin Williams

Actor and comedian Robin Williams was a long time fan of the Nintendo franchise 'The Legend of Zelda', even going so far as to name his daughter after the princess after he became obsessed with the Nintendo Entertainment System game which launched in 1986.

 

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Zelda and Robin Williams even starred together in a promotion for the 3DS remake of 'Ocarina of Time'.

 

 

Following his tragic death last week at age 63, Nintendo has seen themselves on the end of a fan campaign to name a character in a forthcoming title in his honour. The campaign, run by Australian Nick Schaedel has to date received over 111,000 signatures and rising.

 

Nintendo of Japan has now issued a statement in response to the campaign, stating:

 

"Nothing has been decided, but we won't rule out the request".

 

The latest 'Zelda' title; 'Hyrule Warriors' launched this week for the WiiU console in Japan and comes to Australian shores on September 20th.

Microsoft may sell Xbox Entertainment Studios to Warner Bros

If you were one of the gaming fans that likes the idea of Microsoft making shows based on video games and other properties, you were also one of the folks disappointed when Microsoft decided to shutter Xbox Entertainment Studios (XES). Word has now surfaced that Microsoft has held preliminary talks with Warner Bros. That could see Xbox Entertainment Studios live on.

 

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If the talks work out, XES would end up being a stand-alone entity based at Warner Bros. studios. Word is that Warner would want to merge XES with Machinima, the YouTube network it already owns a stake in. The talks are at a very early stage says those familiar with the deal.

 

A spokesman for Warner said the studio was "constantly having preliminary discussions regarding business opportunities with numerous companies at any given time. A conversation is just that - a conversation."

Sequel to 2014 Godzilla reboot gets a green light from Warner Bros

Although it didn't set the box office alight in the manner that Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures had hoped, the green light has officially been given for a sequel by Warner, along with a very specific release date of June 8, 2018.

 

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Director Gareth Edwards hasn't been confirmed to return to direct the sequel, however the 2018 release date has presumably been set as to allow him to helm the as-yet untitled 'Star Wars' spin-off for Disney, which releases in 2016.

 

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With a budget of $160 million, the $500 million worldwide return was generally seen as a disappointment, especially off the back of a strong critical response (including our review here), along with a solid cast led by 'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston.

 

1998's 'Godzilla' directed by Roland Emmerich was massacred by critics, but still reached a worldwide box office of $380 million, from a $130 million budget. Unlike the 2014 reboot, that film wasn't granted its planned sequel by Sony Pictures.

New Star Wars Episode 7 rumors tip Millennium Falcon makeover

Unless you live under a rock somewhere, you know that Disney bought the rights to the Star Wars franchise and is in the process of making new films in the franchise. Star Wars Episode 7 is set to launch in late 2015 if things stick to schedule and some rumors are trickling out from production. One of the rumors is that one of the most famous spacecraft in the franchise is getting a makeover.

 

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That spacecraft is the Millennium Falcon, the ship piloted by Han Solo. Rumors trickling out suggest that in the new film the ship is no longer owned by Han Solo. This time out it is owned by Oscar Isaacs, the actor who will play an unnamed character in the new film.

 

We can expect all sorts of changes the new film is set 30 years after the event that took place in Return of the Jedi. Considering this ship is one of the most iconic vehicles in science fiction, it will surely be recognizable no matter what.

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