As someone who has watched pretty much all of Netflix's original series, this is news to my ears: three new original shows will be released under Netflix's wings next year. The three new shows are:
Bloodline (2015) - Starring Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Ben Mendelsohn, and Sissy Spacek. This series follows four Florida siblings whose "dark secrets" are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home. The teaser of which is above.
F is for Family (2015) - Starring Bill Burr, Justin Long, and Laura Dern. This animated series will follow the Murphy family in the 1970's. It brings us back to a time where you could smack your kid, smoke inside, and bring a weapon to an airport.
Between (2015) - Starring Jennette McCurdy from Nickelodeon's "iCarly" and "Sam & Cat." The series features a town that's under siege from a mysterious disease that has killed everybody - except for those 21 years old and younger.
Danny Boyle is preparing to sit in the directors chair for a new biopic on Steve Jobs, on which we've just heard that Christian Bale from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, and American Hustle, will star as Steve Jobs.
The news comes from Aaron Sorkin, who is writing the script for the movie, in his recent interview with Bloomberg Television. He said: "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale. He didn't have to audition. Well, there was a meeting". Bale wasn't the only one on a list of 'who should play Jobs' with Matt Damon, Ben Affleck (also Batman), Bradley Cooper (also from American Hustle) and Leonardo DiCaprio in the run for the role of Jobs.
The film still doesn't have a title, but will be based on Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography on the late Jobs, with shooting on the movie to start in the coming months. Sorkin isn't worried about Bale's acting chops, adding: "He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn't a scene or a frame that he's not in. So it's an extremely difficult part and he is gonna crush it".
Update: One of our readers, Peter, linked us to the Full HD version of the trailer on YouTube - so if you want to check out the trailer to Avengers: Age of Ultron, in 1080p, I would do it right now.
The Avengers was one of the biggest superhero movies of all time, joining a bunch of the biggest superheroes in the Marvel universe in an even bigger movie, made over a billion dollars at the box office. Well, now it's nearly time for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The trailer for Age of Ultron wasn't meant to drop until Tuesday's episode of Agents of SHIELD, but it leaked early and is now doing the rounds: albeit, in 360p. We get to see the new Hulkbuster armor from Stark, Ultron - who is voiced by James Spader, and more. Let's hope the full trailer is released soon, in 1080p and beyond.
Ever since the release of 'Back To The Future: Part 2" in 1988, everyone wanted a hoverboard. Y'know what - they still do. Obviously, there's some pretty huge technical problems to overcome, meaning they won't be here as depicted in 2015 like Robert Zemeckis promised. But one Kickstarter is aiming to bring a limited vision of the future, in time for the date.
The Hendo Hoverboard Kickstarter, which just after a few hours has reached half of its funding goal has already been sampled by the likes of Engadget (still waiting for our invitation, guys!) has been reasonably well received, within the limits of the technology.
Currently, the device can only hover over non-ferrous metals, such as copper and aluminum - but the ramifications of the technology which is already being used in mag-lev trains are undoubtedly great. For $299 USD, the Kickstarter is promising a 'Whitebox Dev kit' which includes a Hendo Hover engine kit, surface and a t-shirt.
Max Landis, son of legendary comedy director John 'Blues Brothers' Landis and an accomplished writer/director in his own right, who helmed 2012's 'Chronicle' has taken the rather offbeat decision to upload his ten year old work for, by his own admission "inferior" script for a film that has never, and will never get made - a 'Super Mario World' movie. Still, you have to admire his sheer chutzpah.
Available now on Landis' website, the script is accompanied by a lengthy preamble which offers his updated thoughts on the work, along with concept art that provides an unique glimpse into what the film would have looked like.
Of course, the franchise has already produced one feature film - the 1993 turkey 'Super Mario Bros' directed by incompetent huband and wife duo Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton, which is coming to Blu-ray in the UK next month. The result of the film is why the conservative Japanese firm Nintendo have been completely unwilling to dip their toes in the feature film world again.
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.