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Netflix 4K copy-protection cracked, first leak appears

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 4 days, 12 hours ago

No longer is high definition at the cutting edge of technology, with Blu-ray about to celebrate it's 10th birthday on the cusp of UHD 4K players and discs appearing on the market, and video streaming services such as Netflix investing heavily to acquire content in native 4K. But with the first evidence of the heavily protected content streams being circumvented, studios will be wary to release what is esentially carbon copies of studio masters to the world.

 

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According to TorrentFreak, pirate group iON have released the first episode of 'Breaking Bad' in native 2160p, with the massive 18GB file current accessible via public and private trackers. While your everyday PC or laptop will struggle to playback the file smoothly due to the huge data rates, the first leak of proper 4K content will no doubt have many tech fans eager to see the difference.

Matt Damon: Latest 'Bourne' movie inspired by Edward Snowden saga

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 4 days, 17 hours ago

A new "Bourne" movie hasn't been released by director Paul Greengrass and actor Matt Damon because there needed to be a drastic new change in the world, according to Damon. Well, it turns out pulling inspiration from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's current drama regarding widespread surveillance programs is the perfect backstory for a new film.

 

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"We always looked at those movies as really about the Bush presidency, and so we kind of had to wait for the world to change," Damon told Buzzfeed. "Without giving too much of it away, it's Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world... there are all these kinds of arguments about spying and civil liberties and the nature of democracy."

 

It makes sense that Snowden would inspire a Bourne movie, and even received some political notoriety by Sen. John McCain, when he noted Snowden is viewed as "some kind of Jason Bourne."

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'The Iron Giant' theatrical re-release gets first trailer

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

Despite bombing at the box office on it's initial release in 1999, Brad Bird's 'The Iron Giant' has gone on to become a beloved modern animated classic with a quiet, but dedicated cult following. After years of talk, the film will finally receive a small theatrical re-release exclusive to Fathom Events as a 'signature edition' with two newly animated scenes.

 

 

If you're in the United States you can book tickets now, while other fans will have to wait it out just a little for a Blu-ray and digital release in the fourth quarter. Not only that, but superfans can also splurge $300 for a deluxe action figure from Mondo.

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'Fast and the Furious' ride coming to Universal Orlando

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

Despite the concerns outlined in my review of this year's 'Fast and the Furious 7' - now the world's fifth highest grossing film of all time, the public appetite for the franchise clearly isn't going anywhere, which is why Universal are so keen to exploit the franchise in as many avenues as possible, including a new thrill ride at the studio's Orlando theme park.

 

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According to the studio's official blog, the ride is going to "fuse everything you love about the films with an original storyline and incredible ride technology. You'll get to check out some of the high-speed, supercharged cars you've seen on the big screen. You'll be immersed in the underground racing world made famous in the films and explore the headquarters of Toretto and his team. Then, you'll board specially-designed vehicles for an adrenaline-pumping ride with your favorite stars from the films.". But fans of the 'Disaster: A Major Motion Picture Starring You!' and 'Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue' attractions will have to take one for the Fast Family, as both will permanently close to make way for the new ride due to open in 2017.

The 'Terminator' franchise isn't dead after all

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

Despite some solid pre-release hype, the worst casualty of the packed 2015 summer blockbuster season was undoubtedly the fifth film in the 'Terminator' franchise; 'Genisys' which failed to crack $90m in the U.S. domestic market (to illustrate how bad this is, the $29m dollar comedy sequel 'Pitch Perfect 2' grossed double in the U.S.) and combined with international market grosses generated a total take of $352 million worldwide. From a production budget of $155 million, this was a disappointing figure and after advertising, probably leaves the film with a very slender profit margin. But then something amazing, but not entirely unforeseen happened: China.

 

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According to Forbes, the film took an amazing $27.4 million haul on it's first day alone in the Chinese market and conservative estimates have it making at least $100m. This is a crucial outcome for the struggling film and which means that 'Terminator 6' will more than likely happen after all.

 

Who said "Hasta La Vista"?

'Star Wars' fans propel Anakin to list of most popular baby names

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

By my reckoning there's four types of Star Wars fans. Casuals who might enjoy the film, more committed fans who watch the films and buy the merch, even more committed fans who watch the films at least a few times a month and buy all the merch and fans who should be committed for naming their kids after 'Star Wars' characters.

 

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According to Entertainment Weekly's analysis of the latest U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name 'Anakin' has just hit the list of top baby names at number 957 after 218 kids were named after Luke Skywalker's father, the nice-but-bad kid who changed the destiny of the galaxy.

 

Perhaps even more shockingly, there was 368 girls born with the name 'Khaleesi' last year. This is why society is doomed, people.

BBC's 'Blackadder' return 'on the cards'

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

Fans of the classic BBC period comedy 'Blackadder' which starred a pre-'Mr. Bean' Rowan Atkinson might be a little bit excited, but even more cautious after news that the show might be coming back after nearly two decades off TV screens.

 

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Quoted in The Telegraph, actor Sir Tony Robinson who portrayed Baldrick stated that he thinks "a new series of Blackadder is on the cards. I have spoken to virtually all the cast about this now", but that it all hinged on whether the station can still afford Hugh Laurie. "He's a huge star now - or so he'd like to think." During the latter seasons of 'House', the British actor commanded a fee of $400,000 USD per episode - clearly out of the spectrum of the public broadcaster.

'He-Man' feature film reboot coming down from Eternia

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 21, 2015 5:58 am

The cult 1980's animation 'He Man and the Masters of the Universe' looks set to be re-imagined for the big screen, as Sony Pictures orders a new script from comic book writer turned screenwriter Christopher Yost.

 

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Previously bought to the screen in the ham-statistic 1987 turkey, which starred Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella. While the picture bombed - failing to recoup it's production budget - Sony are no doubt hoping that the world will look on the Prince of Eternia just a little bit kinder. With development on the film still in early stages, the film isn't expected to be launched until 2018 at the earliest.

Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' gets first teaser trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 20, 2015 5:48 am

Returning with a new feature film less than a year from the release of the biblical epic 'Exodus: Gods and Kings', Sir Ridley Scott goes back to the Sci-Fi genre once again, with an adaptation of Andy Weir's 2011 novel of the same name. Today, distributor 20th Century Fox has released the first footage from the film, which looks to be an interesting project indeed.

 

 

The studio has kindly provided an official synopsis for the film: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return.

 

'The Martian' hits screens worldwide from October 2015, well in advance of that other eagerly awaited space film.

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'Star Wars: Episode 9' gets a director

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 16, 2015 2:44 am

Fresh from the huge worldwide success of 'Jurassic World', we now know why director Colin Trevorrow so quickly bowed out from directing the next installment of the 'Jurassic Park' franchise. It turns out he was being courted by Disney and Lucasfilm to direct their third film in the new 'Star Wars' trilogy.

 

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The Walt Disney company announced at the D23 expo that Colin Trevorrow will direct 'Star Wars: Episode IX', which continues on from J.J. Abrams 'The Force Awakens' later this year, and Rian Johnson's 'Episode VIII'.

 

The as-yet untitled 'Episode VII' will hit cinemas worldwide in May 2019.

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