'Mad Max: Fury Road', fast shaping up as one of the most eagerly awaited releases of 2015 has finally revealed its first trailer on the final day of San Diego Comic Con. Featuring plenty of action, explosions and Tom Hardy, the 2 minute extravaganza proves that the 'Happy Feet' films haven't softened Director George Miller too much.
The long gestating project, which wrapped principal photography back in December 2012 serves as both a sequel and a reboot to the original 'Mad Max' series, which launched the career of Mel Gibson back in 1979.
'Mad Max: Fury Road' stars Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky along with Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is scheduled for release in May 2015.
Despite the confirmation this week that Microsoft would shut the doors on Microsoft Studios, the company are continuing production the documentary 'Atari: Game Over' and have released the first trailer at San Diego ComicCon.
The documentary looks at one of the most fascinating stories in gaming history, confirming the urban legend that the bankrupt gaming giant of the 1980's did in fact bury their biggest mistake - the rushed video game based on Steven Spielberg's 'E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial".
'Atari: Game Over', directed by Zak Penn will be released by XBOX Originals later this year.
KAPOW! BAM! SOCK!
To mark the 75th birthday of the caped crusader, Warner Bros yesterday announced at San Diego Comic Con a November release for one of the holy grails for Bat-fans - the release of the 1960's Batman TV show, starring Adam West and Burt Ward for both Blu-ray and DVD, marking the first time the series has ever been released to video.
After being held up due to a rights dispute between Warner Bros who own the property and Twentieth Century Fox who own the content, alongside a multitude of smaller rights issues, such as star cameos and incidental music, an agreement was finally reached last year paving the way to the debut release of the camp classic.
Warner's 13 disc Blu-ray boxset, which releases on November 11th, will include all 120 20 minute episodes remastered in 1080p, including a generous collection of behind the scenes featurettes and interviews, along with some physical swag, including a die-cast Batmobile, two books and 44 collectors cards.
Fans of Marvel movies will be pleased to hear that a new film in the Marvel universe has been given a release date. This film follows a collective of bad guys known as the Sinister Six. The movie will focus on six super villains from the Marvel universe and will hit theaters in November 2016.
Sinister Six will be directed by Drew Goddard. The next movie in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise has also been given a release date. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will hit theaters in 2018. Exactly what month that launch will happen hasn't been announced.
All of the other films in that franchise have launched in the spring, presumably the new film will launch around the same time. The Sinister Six is one of two spin offs planned for the Spider-Man franchise and will follow Doctor Octopus, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman and Vulture. The second spinoff has no release date and will focus on Venom.
ComicCon has come to San Diego for another year and studios have wasted no time in releasing the tap on titles that will be launched in the next few years. Disney have taken the opportunity to re-announce the fifth entry in the blockbuster 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise, which will launch in 2017.
The film which was previously revealed last year as 'Dead Men Tell no Tales', but announced today just as'Pirates of the Carribbean' will be directed by Norwegian duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) from a script by Jeff Nathanson and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, whose relationship with Disney had cooled following the disastrous reception of 2013's 'The Lone Ranger'.
Whilst the return of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow has yet to confirmed, it would seem to be inevitable. For a franchise that has grossed a cumulative $3.7 billion at the worldwide box office, I'm sure they can afford to pay whatever he demands. The film launches in the U.S. on July 7, 2017.
TV network FXX just bought all the rights to the Simpsons, and to celebrate before the next series airs, is planning to show the entirety of the long running cartoon sitcom, back to back, in what must be the longest and best TV marathon ever.
FXX recently bought the rights to all episodes for just shy of 1 billion USD - at 750 million dollars. But it sounds like it will be putting the much loved show to good use, as every single one of the 552 episodes will be on the channel 24/7 - as well as the movie - for an entire week and a half.
FXX will also launch a digital hub later this year that will allow fans to access any episode, any time online at SimpsonsWorld.com - mirroring a similar effort that was recently canned by South Park. The fun begins at 10am on August 21 and broadcasts constantly until 12am, September 1.
Thanks to our friends at Icon Film Distribution Australia, we have five copies of the big budget disaster epic 'Pompeii' on 3D Blu-ray to giveaway.
Set in 79 A.D., Pompeii tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator, who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning). As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a surge of molten lava and deadly fireballs, Milo must fight his way out of the arena as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.
To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply correctly answer the following question:
What happened to the ancient city of Pompeii?
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'Pompeii' is available on 3D + 2D Blu-ray combo pack, 2D Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Australian retailers on July 23rd.
Following off the back of news that staple 1980's animated shows such as 'Bananaman' and 'Danger Mouse' are being revived, comes confirmation from creator Mike Young that 'SuperTed' will be receiving similar treatment.
The delightfully irreverent classic series which entertained a generation of children on the ABC network in Australia and BBC1 in the United Kingdom before reaching the attention of Hanna Barbera in the United States followed the adventures of a super powered bear, an astronaut banana and a trope of ridiculous villains.
Creator Mike Young has publicly stated that the reboot won't feature the same characterisations and will be updated for today's sensitivities. "In SuperTed, we had a gun-slinging cowboy, a flamboyantly gay skeleton and a fat guy who had jokes made about his weight. And all these things you just wouldn't do today. But you can still write the show in a funny, entertaining way".
If you have been wondering where South Park has gone since the show left Netflix, the answer is Hulu. A new deal was announced recently by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creative duo behind South Park, which will see the animated hit air on Hulu.
The deal is said to be worth over $80 million and gives Hulu exclusive rights to stream the South Park back catalog with over 240 episodes. Hulu also gets the rights to stream current season episodes right after they air originally on comedy Central.
Parker and Stone will still air 30 selected episodes on their own site and host new episodes there as well. "We love that Hulu has two sources of revenue - advertising and subscriptions - and that they were willing to work with us to make sure that the new stuff was always available to fans," Mr. Stone said.
A new teaser for the latest "Hunger Games" movie was recently released - showing a video broadcast of President Snow, however, it's hacked and the "pirate transmission from District 13," with Beetee proclaiming the Mockingjay lives. The film will be released later this year.
Part 1 is expected to be a platform to help set up most of the action in Part 2, as extending books into multiple movies has become more common in recent years. Although "Mockingjay" is the least bloody book in the series written by Suzanne Collins, it will be curious to see what happens on the big screen.