Paramount Home Entertainment Australia have announced the forthcoming Australian Blu-ray release of 2013's Bad Grandpa, which starred Johnny Knoxville and a ton of old age makeup.
Retailers will carry the title from March 26th, which comes in an extended 'uncut' version, no doubt containing even more of what the film and literature board have termed "crude humour". The Blu-ray disc comes equipped with nine short behind the scenes featurettes along with a number of alternate and deleted scenes. Retailer JB Hi-Fi will also exclusively offer a two disc edition which offers even more additional features, although these have yet to be detailed at print time.
Produced on a budget of $15 million and ultimately grossing $150 million worldwide in its theatrical release, Bad Grandpa was seen to be a good money spinner for the studio. Better still for Paramount, the world's critics were far less harsh than anticipated - the film sits at 60% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Last of Us was one of the biggest games released on the PlayStation 3 console, so it should come as no surprise that Sony is working on a movie based around the PS3 exclusive title.
Naughty Dog, the studio behind the game, has its Creative Director, Neil Druckmann, on board writing the script. Naughty Dog is heavily involved, pitting its co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, as well as Game Director Bruce Straley into the project. Sony will use it's own Screen Gems production company, the same one int uses for the Resident Evil movies.
Deadline is also reporting that Spider-Man director Sam Raimi is involved, along with his Ghost House Pictures company being attached to the movie. Wells talked about Screen Gems and Ghost House Pictures' involvement: "Since our game released last June, we've talked with many companies about making a film, but we couldn't have found better partners who share our creative vision and high standards".
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, through their distribution partner in Sony Pictures, has announced the forthcoming Australian Blu-ray release of 2013's 47 Ronin, which starred Keanu Reeves.
Hitting shelves on May 22nd, Universal has yet to detail the complete package of extra features, although it is expected to mirror the U.S. release which comes with four featurettes, a selection of deleted scenes, along with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and an UltraViolet digital copy.
Delayed for over year, and subjected to costly reshoots, whilst Director Carl Rinsch grappled with a final cut 47 Ronin was ultimately not a success theatrically, failing to recoup its production budget and earning poor to average reviews, which is reflected in our own review found here.
Universal are no doubt keen to pick up some extra dimes from the home market.
This week, Roku unveiled a new version of its Streaming Stick, a major upgrade from the $99 model it released in late 2012. The major difference is that the new Roku Streaming Stick will work with any TV with a HDMI port instead of only working on models that are deemed "Roku Ready."
The Roku Streaming Stick works on the same principal as Google's Chromecast, and features both iOS and Android apps to control the device. Not everyone likes using their tablet or smartphone to control their TV though and Roku has included a remote for those who still like to use them. The stick is basically an HD version of the Roku 1 that fits into a package the size of a large USB thumb drive and has more than 1000 channels of video programming.
The Roku Streaming Stick retails for about $50 which is $15 more than the Chromecast, and it includes major players like Showtime, HBO, Netflix, Hulu Plus, PLEX, and many more. It is up to you to decide if the extra $15 is worth it to you or not, but with Google recently opening up its SDK for the Chromecast, there is bound to be a wealth of apps arriving for it as well.
The full trailer to Michael Bay's upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction is here, with the fourth trailer in the robots-who-turn-into-cars franchise ditching Shia LeBeouf for Mark Wahlberg.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is a new start for the franchise, with Bay not referring to the new movie as a reboot. It does feature a new look for Optimus Prime, and most of the autobots. Dinobots are also featured, which is a new direction for the Transformers movies. Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters on June 27, 2014.
On the publicity hustings for the 300 sequel, Rise of an Empire, Director Zack Snyder has had ample opportunity to refute recent claims by veteran Hollywood producer Joel Silver that the script to his 2009 adaptation of Alan Moore's Watchmen was inferior to one produced years earlier, for an aborted version by eccentric ex-Monty Python star and Director Terry Gilliam.
Commenting to the Huffington Post, Snyder has revealed "Honestly, I made Watchmen for myself. It's probably my favorite movie that I've made... So, finally I made it to save it from the Terry Gilliam's of this world".
Snyder continued to disparage the previous script by stating: "The Gilliam version, if you look at it, it has nothing to do with the idea that is the end of the graphic novel. And that's the thing that I would go, 'Well, then don't do it.' It doesn't make any sense".
In preparation for the May theatrical release of the Godzilla reboot, Sony Pictures has announced the upcoming Blu-ray release of the much lambasted (but ultimately financially successful) 1998 Godzilla, which was directed by Roland Emmerich, produced by Dean Devlin (of Independence Day fame) and starred Matthew Broderick playing second fiddle to the computer generated colossus himself.
Godzilla 1998 is scheduled to come to Blu-ray on May 1st and whilst Sony Pictures have yet to detail the discs features, it should feature an audio commentary, featurettes and a Wallflowers music video, along with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and UltraViolet digital copy.
Godzilla 2014 starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and directed by Gareth Edward will hit Australian cinemas two weeks later on May 15th from Warner and Legendary Pictures.
Disney's 2013 animated hit Frozen crossed two separate creative and financial milestones for the company in the past 24 hours. Yesterday, the company announced Frozen had become first animated feature film to cross the $1 billion mark in international grosses, putting it at number 18 on the list of the highest grossing films of all time, inching above The Lion King and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
In a separate win today, the film also marked the Disney studios first animated feature to take home the Oscar for best animated film, since the category was created in 2002. These two events are seen to be extremely significant for the animation arm of the company, which has languished behind competitors such as DreamWorks and Blue Sky Animation in recent years.
Whilst live action features leveraging Marvel characters in The Avengers and Iron Man 3 have been extremely lucrative for Disney, costly misfires including The Lone Ranger, and John Carter in recent years have bitten hard into the companies bottom dollar.
A report coming from Latino Review is teasing that Andy and Lana Wachowski are working on a new Matrix trilogy, "with early treatments and outlines already turned into the studio".
The report claims that the Wachowskis and Warner Bros. are looking at a 2017 release window. The new trilogy would start with "the birth of the Matrix", but the development situation is in a state of constant change. Going back to the birth of the Matrix would be an interesting thing to see, but I'm sure most people would expect the high-octane, bullet-dodging, slow-mo action of the original movies, if it were to be released as a new trilogy.
I'd like to see a reboot of the Matrix trilogy done, with it pushing technological boundaries like the first did. By the time the new movies would be out, virtual reality should be here and with us in multiple generations thanks to Oculus. Maybe an augmented, virtual reality, downloadable version of the film? Now that I'd like to see.
Roadshow Home Entertainment in Australia has unveiled a May release for Martin Scorcese's The Wolf of Wall Street Blu-ray release, which will hit retailer shelves on May 24th.
The Wolf of Wall Street which released to much fanfare late last year and is expected to bag a few Academy Awards in next month's ceremony has gone on to gross nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office - not bad for an R-rated picture.
Roadshow have not yet detailed the disc's extra features, but expect the Australian disc to mirror that of the U.S. release which features 5.1 DTS-HD master audio, and a featurette entitled "The Wolf Pack" which includes interviews with Director Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill.
Voting for American Idol (that show is still on the air?) has never been easier thanks to a new feature from Fox and Google. Fans of the show can now vote on their favorite contestants up to 50 times per day straight from Google's search results. This new voting method virtually eliminates the need to ever vote via text messaging again, and has to open up the door even wider than before for vote scamming.
Fans can vote by simply heading over to Google.com on their desktop or mobile device and searching the keywords "American Idol, or "Idol" during the show's voting window. The sponsored ad will be a voting block which will allow each fan to vote for each contestant up to 50 times before clicking submit. Voting is done by taping or clicking on the contestants photo they wish to vote for. A pop-over will appear with a slider that can be adjusted with the mouse or finger to indicate how many votes that contestant gets. This will definitely make voting for the show easier, but I am left wondering why the show lets each contestant get up to 50 votes each per voter. It would make much more sense if voters were given just 50 votes total to distribute among contestants.
The latest trailer of Godzilla has stomped onto the Internet, which you can watch below. The trailer seems to show that the movie will center around government authorities writing the disaster caused by Godzilla as natural disasters, which of course they are not.
We now know that this movie will see Godzilla turning up in 1954, which is what all of those nuclear missile "tests" were in the Pacific. They weren't tests... they were trying to kill the monster itself. It's a nice twist on the story, with the trailer featuring some creepy score behind it, and some truly great shots. A new direction for the Japanese monster story, which hits theaters on May 16, 2014.
Over the weekend, Comcast and Netflix entered into an agreement that will see Netflix getting priority bandwidth allocation when streamed across Comcast's network. While many of us see this as a violation of the now defunct net neutrality laws, Verizon seems to disagree. Today Verizon's CEO announced that Netflix has also agreed to pay his company for the same type of prioritization over its network.
Verizon's CEO, Lowell McAdams, said that the two companies have been in talks for more than a year, and he fully expects that the two companies will come to terms quite soon. "If you see someone come in with a lot of load on the internet, with video, you've got to get that in an efficient place. So making the connection far out on the network is a good thing, and frankly, paying for it," said McAdams. "To me this shows you don't necessarily need a lot of regulation in a dynamic market here. By doing these commercial deals we'll get good investments and good returns for both parties."
Unfortunately, what this actually means for consumers is that Netflix will have to find a way to make up for the lost revenue that it is having to spend paying off the ISP's to ensure its content gets delivered in as high quality as possible. This means that Netflix will eventually have to raise subscription prices, or cut back on the number of movie and TV show licenses it purchases. This opens the door for the ISPs to do this sort of thing with other services such as Hulu, HBO GO, Amazon Prime, and Google Play.
You may have heard about companies like Sony, Nintendo and SEGA... as well as director and actor duo Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, but what do you get when you mix it all together? A new movie coming out which focuses on the early 90s, and the console wars between Nintendo and SEGA.
The idea already exists in book form , with Console Wars coming out in May, written by Blake Harris. Console Wars focuses on SEGA's challenge to Nintendo in the early 90s with the SEGA Mega Drive. A movie based on the book is already being worked on, with Sony Pictures and Scott Rudin (of Moneyball, The Social Network fame) behind it.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will be directing, with the comedy duo taking up the screenplay duties, too. Console Wars' author will serve as an Executive Producer, but is also co-directing a documentary on the same subject, with Rudin, Rogen and Goldberg all sitting on as producers.
It's hard to think that it has been over four years since Heroes ended, but NBC has announced that it is bringing back the superhero TV show next year for a 13-episode miniseries run.
Heroes creator Tim Kring is back, but there's currently no details on what to expect in terms of plot. NBC Entertainment president, Jennifer Salke, said in a statement: "Shows with that kind of resonance don't come around often, and we thought it was time for another installment. Until we get closer to air in 2015, the show will be appropriately shrouded in secrecy, but we won't rule out the possibility of some of the show's original cast members popping back in".
The Kickstarter-backed Veronica Mars movie will be doing something that most other movies could only dream of: it will be launching online and in theaters, at the same time.
Veronica Mars will be launching on 270 screens across the United States, which is a big deal considering its more of an indie, crowdfunded movie, compared to the big movies that the large studios push these days. Warner Bros. has decided to rent 260 theaters from AMC to play the movie, giving the studio the freedom to do something this unique.
AMC's vice president of special and alternative content, Nikkole Denson-Randolph, spoke with the WSJ and said: "On projects like this where we know we have a partner with the resources to promote the film and an easily targetable audience, we will rent theaters out".
A new report from Recode says that Amazon's set-top box venture is not dead and that we could see the device released as early as next month. The device is set to compete directly with Apple TV and the Roku and will be Android-based. The device will most likely run Amazon's custom app market place and will feature Amazon prime streaming functionality along side a few other non-competitor streaming applications.
Some earlier reports suggest that the box will also feature Ouya-like gaming but nothing from the Recode report suggest as much, and with the issues plaguing Android-gaming devices I am willing to bet Amazon is steering clear of anything other than simple gaming. With Amazon's set-top box releasing soon, questions about why a Amazon Prime app for Google Chrome may have been answered as no one would buy a >$50 set top box when they can buy the $35 Chromecast.
Roadshow Home Entertainment in Australia has set a March 19th release for the second film in the Jennifer Lawrence lead book adaptation of the The Hunger Games franchise; Catching Fire which will hit retail stores in three different versions.
Standard retailers will carry a one disc Blu-ray edition which features a Director's audio commentary, featurettes and deleted scenes, and a DVD version with an audio commentary and deleted scenes only. Both versions will also come equipped with an UltraViolet digital copy code.
However, die-hard fans will likely be keener for the two disc Blu-ray edition being released exclusively to JB Hi-Fi which which will feature an additional disc of bonus features, including a full length, in-depth behind the scenes documentary over two hours in length, in addition to the extra features found on the standard release.
Netflix streaming quality has gone downhill with multiple huge ISPs over the recent months, but why is this happening? It's because behind closed doors, there is a fight over who will pick up the bill for the traffic Netflix customers are causing ISPs.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting from sources that "within the past four to six months, Netflix traffic through Cogent's connections to one major broadband provider has at least quadrupled" thanks to Netflix rolling out its new Super HD streaming service. This new high-def service has seen ISPs demand more money from the streaming outfit, money that will be used to help ISPs speed up their networks to meet the increased demand.
Netflix on the other hand, "wants broadband companies to hook up to its new video-distribution network without paying them fees for carrying its traffic". The situation will only get worse if things aren't fixed up, with House of Cards' second season launching last week, and Orange is the New Black's second season to reach us in just a few months time.
Roadshow Home Entertainment in Australia has set an April release for the second film in The Hobbit franchise; The Desolation of Smaug which will hit in four different versions on the 16th of April.
Leading the way is a four disc 3D Blu-ray set which includes multiple 'production video' featurettes, an on-set featurette hosted by director Peter Jackson, and a promo for New Zealand: The Home of Middle Earth (which was a prerequisite for the production receiving millions in Government tax breaks) along with an UltraViolet digital copy. This is joined by a standard 2D two disc set with the aforementioned extra features, along with a further variant which also includes a DVD and UltraViolet digital copy.
Following the strategy implemented by its predecessor last year with An Unexpected Journey, a more elaborate expanded version of Desolation of Smaug is expected to be released on Blu-ray and DVD in November, featuring copious extra features dubbed "The Appendices", produced specifically for the release.
The final film in The Hobbit saga; There and Back Again is due for a theatrical release on boxing day this year.
Some of you may not have heard about this movie, but Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel's new movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - in fact, it's the tenth installment in the MCU. Check out the trailer below.
It looks great, and continues to humor that fills the other Marvel movies such as Iron Man, The Avengers and Thor. Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn who directed Super and Slither - movies you may not have seen, but you should. Guardians of the Galaxy is a star-studded flick, as usual, with Chris Pratt in the leading role with Avatar's Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro.
Guardians of the Galaxy reaches cinemas on August 1, 2014.