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Apple allows users to delete unwanted U2 album

Just like the Christmas gift you received from your crazy old uncle that neither understands, nor cares what you want, Apple's unsolicited 'gifting' of U2's latest album 'Songs of Innocence' to users worldwide has upset many fans who crave a clean collection of music, unsullied by Bono's self-righteous lyrics.

 

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Now Apple have sought to quell the unrest by releasing an online tool which permanently deletes the album from your iTunes account and can be found online here. After logging in with your account details, the album will be as forgotten as U2 were before last week.

 

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According to those in the know, the "free" album cost Apple somewhere in the vicinity of $100 million dollars. Chump change to be sure, but perhaps fans would have wanted something else. Or donated to Ebola research. Or something. Anything.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 adaptation releases new trailer

With each successive entry of 'The Hunger Games' franchise the popularity of star Jennifer Lawrence continues to rise (notwithstanding the recent release of racy images) making her earlier casting an even bigger coup for distributors.

 

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Overnight, LionsGate films has released the latest trailer for the pentultimate feature 'Mockingjay: Part 1' which sheds new light on the films plot, which sees the power schism in PanAm begin to change as the mood for rebellion and dissent deepens in the Capitol.

 

 

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1' is released in Australia on November 20, and in the United States on November 21 and returns stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Philip Seymour Hoffman in his final role.

Next Bond film begins shooting in December, script overhauled

The last James Bond film; 'Skyfall' was released 2 years ago this November and grossed a record $1.1 billion worldwide - in fact its the ninth highest grossing picture of all time. So why has it taken so long to get the next into production?

 

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According to a report posted at the Dail Mail, the script written by John 'Gladiator' Logan has been overhauled by franchise regulars Robert Wade and Neal Purvis in the same manner that was performed for 'Skyfall'. Now it seems that the pre-production issues have been ironed out, with the final script having been delivered, it's now all green for the next Bond picture which is set to begin production in early December.

 

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The as-yet untitled 24th Bond picture is set to be released on October 23rd 2015, directed by Sam Mendes.

Assassins Creed film casts Robert Downey Jr as Leonardo da Vinci

Ubisoft Motion Pictures have been working diligently behind the scenes for a number of years to get their maiden production - a big budget feature adaptation of the 'Assassins Creed' video game off the ground. However, today they might have just enacted a huge casting coup, by signing none other than 'Iron Man' himself - Mr Robert Downey Jr' in the role of the the famed Italian renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci.

 

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The casting looks to also sheds some light on the films plot, which might take some cues from 'Assassins Creed 2', which prominently featured da Vinci's designs and contraptions.

 

Actor Michael Fassbender has long been attached to the title role of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, but has repeatedly stated that script problems have been the source of delays. With the latest news of casting, hopefully the wheels will move just that little bit faster.

 

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'Assassins Creed' currently has no release date, but will be distributed worldwide by Twentieth Century Fox.

New Batmobile shown off in first beauty shot from Batman V Superman

Currently shooting in Detroit, the first shots of the updated Batmobile in the upcoming 'Batman V Superman' have inevitably leaked out (with impressive speed) to the net.

 

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Which prompted Director Zack Synder to respond in turn and release the first official, studio approved beauty shot of the vehicle.

 

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As you can see, the updated car looks to be a mix between the more stylish Batmobile from the original 'Batman' series, with the more practical and utilitarian version as seen in Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight' trilogy.

 

'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice' is released on March 25th 2016.

Star Wars set accidentally stumbled upon by aerial photographer

There's a lot of reward that comes from filming in real locations, including a tangible sense of reality that was undoubtedly missing from the 'Star Wars' prequels, due to all the blue screen digital backlots. But with that reward comes a lot of risk, such as the set being found and leaked to the public.

 

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On a stock photography mission, Matthew Myatt from Airbourne Aviation accidentally found an 'Episode VII' set at the picturesque Greenham Common - a former Royal Air Force station in Berkshire, England. A partially completed Millennium Falcon and an X-Wing can be seen in the shot, which suspiciously looks to be a new rebel base.

 

 

'Star Wars: Episode VII' is on track for a December 18 2015 release.

'Transformers 5' says goodbye to Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg

This year's 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' might have made just shy of $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office (and the entire series an astonishing $4 billion), but according to the Inquisitor, Director Michael Bay is finally walking from the franchise.

 

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Many, including myself criticised the latest film for being far too long and indulgent, the fun of the first entry now a distant memory, so new blood at the top is a well overdue and welcome bit of news. Whilst the inclusion of Mark Wahlberg replacing the lead role previously played by Shia LaBeouf made for a novelty, it seems that he also has no interest in returning.

 

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It's no surprise that Paramount wants to keep the franchise going, but without a director or key cast, the mooted 2016 release date seems all but impossible.

Final season of Star Trek: The Next Generation remastered in HD

After a long, multi-million dollar restoration effort to restore one of the best loved science fiction TV series of all time, CBS Entertainment have unveiled plans to release the seventh and final season of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' on Blu-ray, along with a separate feature film version of the two part finale 'All Good Things'.

 

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The six disc set includes all 26 episode episodes, fully remastered in 1080p, including a newly produced three part documentary 'The Sky's the Limit: The Eclipse of Star Trek: The Next Generation', an 'In Conversation: Lensing Star Trek: The Next Generation' feature which reunites some of the best Next Generation directors, three audio commentaries, 23 deleted scenes, a gag reel, original footage of the sets in 'A Tour of the Real Enterprise', the vintage documentary 'Journey's End: The Saga of Star Trek: The Next Generation', TV spots and all original DVD features.

 

Season 7 comes to Blu-ray on December 2nd in the US, and December 10th in Australia.

 

Top Gun 2 takes flight, as Paramount finally commits to sequel

It might have taken 20 years, but it looks like 'Top Gun' is set to fly again, as Paramount rallies behind the sequel's production with some of the studios heaviest hitters.

 

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The Hollywood Reporter has today revealed that the film has a solid green light, with original star Tom Cruise all but locked away and producer Jerry Bruckheimer on board, following his years at rival studio Disney.

 

Writer Justin Marks, who's coming off 'The Jungle Book' for 'Iron Man' Director Jon Favreau is set to take another swing at the script, from the abandoned draft by Peter Craig.

 

The sequel has been in development hell for well over a decade and was thought to be abandoned following the death of Director Tony Scott.

 

 

'Top Gun' was re-released to IMAX theatres and Blu-ray in a 3D enhanced version in 2012.

4K Blu-ray is a go as Blu-ray Disc Association develops plans

During the 2014 IFA consumer electronics show which has just wrapped up in Berlin, Blu-ray Disc Association chairman Victor Matsuda revealed that plans to evolve Blu-ray technology are continuing, throwing down the gauntlet at claims that optical technology is dead.

 

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To be released by the end of next year, the Blu-ray 4K format will utilise updates introduced since the original Blu-ray specification was settled over 10 years ago, including the breakthrough efficiencies afforded by the H265 HEVC codec, alongside improvements to colour gamut and dynamic range, support for 60FPS (for all you 'Hobbit' high frame rate fans) and an expected bump in disc capacity up to 100GB - double the current standard. I would expect the format will also embrace new audio formats, such as Dolby's ATMOS technology.

 

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While I still hold that a 4K Blu-ray format will only serve to be even more niche than current Blu-ray, I am hugely excited by the potential that the technology could offer, which will be the 'Rolls Royce' of 4K content. Besides, it would take me a day to download a 4K trailer on my puny 3MB internet connection - let alone a whole movie. Bring it on.

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