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Robert Downey Jr resisting more 'Iron Man' stand alone films

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 8, 2014 6:37 am

It might have grossed an astonishing $1.2 billion at the worldwide box-office, making it the sixth highest grossing film of all time, but it seems that any agreement to have Robert Downey Jr. don the Iron Man armour for another stand alone feature is some time away, if ever.


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Commenting to Variety, Downey Jr shot down any speculation by revealing "There isn't one in the pipe. No, there's no plan for a fourth Iron Man".


After his role in the 'Avengers' sequel 'Age of Ultron', Downey Jr is contracted to play the role just one more time, presumably in a third 'Avengers'. Unless, of course a deal can be struck with Disney and Marvel, but at 49 years of age, there's only so many years he can continue to play the role.


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While Downey Jr earned a paltry $500,000 for his role in the first 'Iron Man', his profit participation negotiation for 'Iron Man 2' saw him net $12 million and then $50 million for the third.

Create your own 'Star Wars' opening crawl, thanks to Disney

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 8, 2014 1:36 am

Back in 1976 the iconic 'Star Wars' opening crawl - the text that dissolves into space in the film's opening, was a huge undertaking which was achieved with a series of models and props by Industrial Light and Magic and which was later replaced by CG text for the special edition versions.


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Today, Disney have launched an interactive HTML app which allows users to generate their own 'Star Wars' crawl, prefaced with the obligatory "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away" and share via social media.


The app can be accessed from the official site.


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It's a very simple to use application, but it's a whole lot of fun. It's just a pity you can't extract a video from it, but there's ways around that of course.

Regenerate a 'Doctor Who: Deep Breath' Blu-ray in our latest promotion

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 7, 2014 11:54 pm

Thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment, we have copies of this week's Blu-ray release of 'Deep Breath', the first episode in the latest season of 'Doctor Who' up for grabs for ten lucky readers!


Directed by acclaimed Director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England) and written by Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat, the beginning of the Twelfth Doctor's era stars Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as his companion (Clara Oswald) and sees the return of fan favourites The Paternoster Gang - Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) in a pulse-racing adventure through Victorian London.


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To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply correctly answer the following question:


Name the star of the latest incarnation of Doctor Who


To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on September 11th. The total prize pool is $249.95.


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'Doctor Who: Deep Breath' is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Australian retailers on September 10th.

GeForce GTX 980 rumored to use 170W, but offer GTX 780 Ti performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 7, 2014 10:45 am

Right on the back of our news on the sighting of ASUS and GIGABYTE branded GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 cards, WCCFTech is reporting that the GeForce GTX 980 will offer 10% more performance on the GTX 780 Ti, all with a 170W TDP - an incredible feat, if the rumors are true.


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The rumor is coming from a post on the Chilhell forums, with some impressive 3DMark scores posted. The post mentions that the GTX 980 has 32 RPS and 128 TMUs, with its 256-bit bus and 4GB of RAM, with an model featuring 8GB of RAM to probably show up, too. The biggest thing here is that at stock clocks, the GTX 980 is 10% faster than the GTX 780 Ti, but with a TDP of just 170W compared to the TDP on the GTX 780 Ti which is still a modest 250W.


If this is true, under the same 28nm process NVIDIA have pulled off something quite incredible here, which might justify the skip over the GTX 800 series. With a TDP of 170W on the GTX 980, we have a 60% performance-per-watt increase on the same 28nm process over the GTX 780 Ti, which is something worth talking about. With a $499 price tag, this could be one heck of a GPU, something we should hear about very soon. With a reported press event this week, we could even hear about it in the coming days.

Paramount expand new 'Terminator' reboot into a trilogy

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 7, 2014 7:36 am

Paramount must be pleased with the dailies from the in-production fifth movie in the 'Terminator' franchise, as they've now moved to green light a further two more 'Terminator' films, which will extend the reboot into a full fledged trilogy.


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Under the terms of the rights agreement which saw Skydance Entertainment take control over the property, the rights will revert back to creator James Cameron in 2019, which is why Paramount need to move now to maximise their investment, alongside the ageing of star Arnold Schwarzenegger who is now 67 years old. This presumably will close the book on the series due to Cameron's lack of desire to exploit it.


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Directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World), 'Terminator: Genisys', which returns Schwarzenegger into the star-making role which he last played in 2003's 'Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines', also features a new cast including Emilia Taylor of 'Game of Thrones' as Sarah Connor, alongside Jai Courtney (Die Hard 5) as her son John Connor.


'Terminator: Genisys' is due to be released on July 1 2015, whilst the second and third films will be released in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Destiny on Xbox 360, PS3 has limited time upgrade to current-gen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 7, 2014 6:38 am

When Destiny launches on the 9th of September on the Xbox 360 and PS3, gamers who purchased it will have a limited window to upgrade their last-generation copies to current-generation consoles.


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Activision and Bungie have announced a "digital upgrade" for Destiny, that will see Xbox 360 and PS3 gamers moving over to the Xbox One and PS4 with their copies of Destiny, for a limited time. We should see the end date for this migration offer on January 15, 2015, so you've got a decent chunk of time to upgrade and keep your copy of Destiny for the new consoles.


Better yet, when you move over from the previous-gen consoles to the current-gen with your copy of Destiny, any season passes, DLC and whatever else you've collected along the way will make the trip to your new console.

Russian documentary shows Western WW1 propoganda, uses TF2 poster

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 7, 2014 2:10 am

A documentary on Western, state-run propaganda used during World War I is being shown on Russia's Channel One, where the doco used a fan-drawn poster from Team Fortress 2.


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The poster was drawn during a publicity campaign back in 2009 when TF2 was rolling out with a new update, which saw a backstory for the conflict between two of its classes: Soldier and Demoman. The posted itself says "Join Team Demoman TODAY" instead of the usual "Join the Marines" that the posters would've said all that time ago. Blogger Nikita Likhacehev spotted the posted in the documentary, which has now ended up being reported about online.

Samsung Gear VR available for pre-order, priced at $249

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 7, 2014 12:30 am

A few days ago we were introduced to the Samsung Gear VR headset, a mobile VR headset that is powered by the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. Oculus VR, the makes of the Oculus Rift, were instrumental in the design, technology and path of the Gear VR, but now you can pre-order the headset for yourself, at $249.


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The Gear VR uses the 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED panel as its display, which should provide a clearer picture than the Full HD-based Oculus Rift DK2 unit. The pre-orders were spotted on Mobile Fun, with the retailer defining itself as a 'Samsung Authorized Dealer'. We don't know when Gear VR will launch, but I think we'll see the start of it next month.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, GTX 970 spotted in ASUS, GIGABYTE models

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 6, 2014 11:29 am

It looks like NVIDIA is all set to launch its next-gen GPU, which should be skipping the GeForce GTX 800 series and moving onto the GTX 900 series with two GPUs to be launched at first.


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According to Synnex, an international distrbutor of PC hardware, ASUS is preparing two GeForce GTX 900 series cards. First, we have the reference GeForce GTX 980 with what should arrive as the reference cooler for the GTX 980, then a second model: the STRIX GTX 970. This model should feature ASUS' custom cooling setup, the DirectCU II. We will see a quieter, cooler card with factory overclocking applied.


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Then we have two entries for the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 900 series, also from Synnex. The first model is the GeForce GTX 980, another reference card, backed up by a custom GTX 970. GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 970 G1 Gaming card should also feature a custom-designed cooling solution, and overclocked. Both the GTX 980 and GTX 970 cards are listed with 4GB of RAM across a 256-bit bus, so we're not going to see massive changes in the skipped-a-generation GPUs at the GPU-hungry 4K resolutions, and above.

Continue reading 'NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, GTX 970 spotted in ASUS, GIGABYTE models' (full post)

Small 2014 RC asteroid will fly by Earth in close-up on Sunday, Sept 7

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 7:44 pm

The 2014 RC asteroid will pass by Earth on Sunday, September 7, with closest approach estimated to take place at 2:18 p.m. EDT, as it flies over New Zealand. Astronomers believe it measures around 60 feet in size, and was initially spotted in late August by the Catalina Sky Survey located close to Tucson, Arizona.


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The asteroid won't be detectable by the naked eye, but amateur astronomers using telescopes should be able to see it sail by, assuming there is clear weather, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


At its closest, 2014 RC will be around 25,000 miles away from Earth, and should bypass the geosynchronous ring of communications and weather satellites that orbit our planet. 2014 RC shouldn't pose a threat to Earth or satellites in orbit, but will give researchers a great opportunity to learn about asteroids.

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