It seems that Hollywood live action adaptations of cult anime classics 'Akira' and 'Ghost In The Shell' have been stuck in development hell for years now.. because they have. Well, at least for the latter, it seems the train is moving forward.
According to reports today, Dreamworks Pictures have offered the title role to Scarlett Johansson, who has proved her action skills in the 'The Avengers', 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and 'Lucy'. Rupert Sanders, who helmed 2012's 'Snow White and the Huntsman' is on board for directorial duties. Marvel honcho Ari Arad is producing.
'Ghost In The Shell' currently doesn't have a release date, but would be expected to be 2017 at the earliest.
Fans of Friends are going to be happy about this: Netflix will be streaming every single episode of the massively popular series starting on January 1, 2015. Get into it, by watching this clip below.
Unfortunately, Netflix will only be airing the episodes of Friends through its services in the US and Canada, with no word on whether this will change at all. The company will be streaming every single episode from the 10-season run, thanks to a deal struck between Warner Bros. and Netflix. As a fan of the series, I'm hoping that we get some behind-the-scenes looks at the show, and hopefully some commentary or interviews from the stars on the show.
Yesterday, Warner Bros head honcho Kevin Tsujihara fully unveiled the full list of DC Comics properties that are coming to cinemas over the next six years - and its an ambitious plan indeed, elaborating on rumours from last month.
The plan starts with 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' and 'Suicide Squad' in 2016, 'Wonder Woman', 'Justice League Part One' in 2017, 'The Flash' and 'Aquaman' in 2018, 'Shazam' and 'Justice League Part Two' in 2019, and finally 'Cyborg' and a reboot of 'Green Lantern' in 2020.
Coupled with the huge expansion of Marvel films coming from Disney, 'Spider-Man' features from Sony and 'X-Men', 'Fantastic Four' and 'Deadpool' movies from Fox, it seems the next few years isn't going to have any shortage of superhero features. Perhaps TOO many.
The CCG Magic: The Gathering has had a long shelf life following its release in 1993, which continues to bring in new fans for the traditional game. Recording an unboxing style YouTube video for a vintage set of cards from 1993, the auction house/ fan site VintageMagic was taken aback when the set unveiled a rare card called 'The Black Lotus'. Another copy of the card sold recently for nearly $28,000 USD.
Just over 1100 copies of this card were originally printed, with most in the hands of cashed-up collectors. I wonder how many continue to be tied up in sealed sets around the world?
Undoubtedly the star of the summer blockbuster season, especially in light of the pre-release uncertainty 'Guardians of the Galaxy' ultimately grossed almost $700 million worldwide in its theatrical release. Now, the film is headed to Blu-ray just in time for Christmas.
Released on December 3rd in Australia and on the 9th in the United States, in both 2D and 3D versions, the film will come with a light selection of bonus features, including Audio Commentary by director James Gunn, Deleted Scenes, Featurettes, a gag reel and a promotional tie-in for the upcoming 'The Avengers: The Rise of Ultron'.
'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' has been greenlit by the studio, for release in July 2017.
The Resident Evil movies are a big part of my guilty pleasure at the cinema, and while they might have spiralled downward since the first, they continue to make hundreds of millions of dollars, which has them making one after the other.
But, it all stops with the upcoming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which begins filming next year. News of a Resident Evil TV show is now making the rounds, with German production house Constantin Film under control of the new TV series, which is also working on other film-to-TV spin-offs, such as The Mortal Instruments, and Perfume.
Constantin Film hopes to turn the Resident Evil franchise into a TV show, sometime after the new movie is released, so don't expect to see it on Netflix until sometime in 2016, and beyond.
There's been some rumblings in the last few weeks regarding the long awaited 'Independence Day' sequel, with star Jeff Goldblum confirming he is on board, and confirming that he has met multiple times with Director producer duo Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin.
With Emmerich's latest picture 'Stonewall' in post production, pre-production is expected to soon begin on the picture, and distributor Twentieth Century Fox has also confirmed a release date change, moving a week earlier from the July 1st 2016 release, to June 24th 2016. This puts the release almost exactly twenty years from the release of the original picture.
The new date also puts 'Independence Day 2' in direct competition with Universal Pictures 'The Mummy' reboot, helmed by screenwriter turned director Alex Kurtzman.
Some exciting news for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Robert Downey Jr. reportedly "on the verge" of signing up for Captain America 3. Downey Jr. will reprise his role as the infamous Tony Stark, or Iron Man, for Marvel's upcoming movie, which will go head-to-head with Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which screens a few months earlier - moving its debut two months away from Captain America 3.
Downey Jr. teased the news during his interview with Howard Stern, a move that could really change into a new phase of movies from Marvel. JoBlo also reports that this could "bring on the "Civil War" storyline from the Marvel Cinematic Universe". Continuing: "The plot has Stark ging against Captain America's alter-ego Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, as they feud over the Superhero Registration Act, which forces anyone with superhuman abilities to reveal their identities to the U.S. government and agree to act as a police force for the authorities. Stark supports the program, but Rogers does not, saying it threatens civil liberties, causing sides to be taken and Rogers, among others, to go on the run to avoid arrest. The moral question and battle with his Avengers teammate essentially makes Stark a villain of sorts in "Captain America 3," providing Downey with a meaty role he could play out into future Marvel films, including a fourth 'Avengers.'".
Captain America 3 reaches screens on May 6, 2016.
There isn't much 4K content on Netflix, but for the handful of shows and movies available in Ultra HD, the company has just made it more expensive to access those 3840x2160 streams.
For those who already have a 4K-enabled Netflix account, your subscription cost won't change until August 12, 2016, but for new subscribers, or current subscribers who haven't enabled 4K content, the monthly cost will be $11.99. This is up from the standard $8.99 for most new subscribers, which only went up in May from $7.99. So Netflix has effectively increased the price of its 4K content by 33%, but doesn't have much to show for it.
Netflix currently hosts Breaking Bad, House of Cards and a few movies in 4K, so I don't see many jumping into the 4K subscription right now.
To celebrate next week's home video release of the 2014 sci-fi blockbuster 'Edge of Tomorrow' starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, we have ten copies of the 3D Blu-ray combo pack release to give away, thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment.
The epic action of 'Edge Of Tomorrow' unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop-forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again... and again.
To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:
If you could relive any day over and over again until you got it right, what would it be and why?
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'Edge of Tomorrow' is available on 3D + 2D combo pack Blu-ray, 2D Blu-ray and UltraViolet combo pack Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet combo pack and Digital from Australian retailers from October 8th.