Guillermo del Toro's latest movie is nearly here folks, and before we all go and see Pacific Rim, you should check out the latest trailer which should have you buying pre-sale tickets.
Yeah, thought so. The last trailer before Pacific Rim hits theaters concentrates on the human side of things, showing off less of the actual fighting. But, it gets the idea that it's pretty much the end of the world, and this is their last chance. Get ready for some special effects porn like nothing else.
Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures have just announced that they are rebooting the Terminator franchise, with 'Terminator' launching on June 26, 2015.
We thought it would be another movie in the Terminator world we know and love, rumored to be 'Terminator 5', but this is going to be a rebooted movie and the first in a stand-alone trilogy. At first, I thought this would be a mess, but I'm actually excited at the possibilities of this. A rebooted trilogy would give the movies a much better chance of succeeding.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is getting too old to play the Terminator, with a rebooted trilogy being a better way of getting a younger actor in and changing the story up a bit. It has worked well with Man of Steel, which told a different origin story and a very different way of having the movie play out (through flashbacks) so a new Terminator reboot could be a good thing.
A newly discovered filing by Roku with the FCC reveals a new remote for the company's Streaming Stick. The new remote features an audio out jack for use with headphones at times when you do not wish for the TV's audio to disturb others.
With only two batteries for power, issues of battery longevity have arisen, but as Engadget reports in their testing of previous models, the batteries lasted for hours even with headphones plugged in. No word when the new model will be released or on any pricing or retail partners.
The trailer to a South Korean movie is being accusing of ripping of Battlefield 3. The suspense movie 'The Terror Live' has a trailer that builds up like Battlefield 3, but those end credits will have you thinking "hey, wait a minute..." - so check out the trailer below. We've included Battlefield 3's trailer, too.
Once those title credits hit, it'll all become clear. What I got from this, is that I want to see the movie! Lotte Entertainment, the movie's distributor, told ThisIsGame: "The Terror Live has elements in which a terrorist act is being covered live, and this could be similar to video games. Thus, since the movie tried to convey same feeling you get from video games through sound, it may have ended up evoking a similar sensation."
The Resident Evil movies have been a fun ride, where they have evolved out of the first one to somewhat of a crazy action movie. I don't know if the quality of the movies are slipping, but they're still making large sums of money for Sony's Screen Gems.
They've just confirmed a release date of September 12, 2014 for Resident Evil 6, which should start filming this fall. Milla Jovovich will return as Alice, and we should hear more about the movie in the near future - where we should hear the official title for the movie in the coming months.
Following a reasonably successful theatrical run earlier this year, Paramount Australia have announced GI Joe: Retaliation will be released to purchase from August 14th in both 2D and 3D variants.
Featuring Commentary by Director Jon Chu, multiple featurettes and deleted scenes, along with 7.1 audio, the Blu-ray will also feature an optional extended cut version with over 12 minutes of additional footage.
The feature, which was delayed by almost nine months in order to facilitate 3D conversion and some re-shoots was received with scorn by the worlds critics, but average joe audiences (pun intended) warmed a little more to the sequel. I took a look at the film back in April, the review of which can be found here.
For those wondering, my 3D induced headache has only just recently subsided.
Intel is working very hard on a top-secret project that has the potential to greatly shake up the pay-TV market. Known as "Project Black Box," the set-top box and associated television service are poised to take advertisers by storm by paying as much as 75 percent more than traditional content providers.
Intel is able to do this because the box is said to utilize a built-in camera that will collect data on viewers' habits. Yes, you read that correctly, Intel's set-top box will record everything you do in front of your TV, and then feed that information back to its advertisers to help better target you with ads.
CNET reported today that more than 2,000 Intel employees in the Northern California, Arizona, and Oregon areas are currently testing the new pay-TV service. It is unknown when the set-top box and service will launch, but Intel does say that there will be substantial changes made to the final version such as how users navigate the system and how content is served.
Now for my rant of the day: How anyone thinks that this is a good idea is far beyond me. The simple fact that Microsoft's Xbox One generated massive fallout because it was always listening to everything you do should raise many red flags for Intel. The idea of a little camera watching and recording everything I do and then feeding it back to advertisers is on an entirely new level of creepiness. However, given the fact that secretive data collected on persons is often referred to as "intel" within government entities, is only fitting that a company whose name is spelled the same build the device the records everything you do. On the other hand, I bet the NSA, CIA, and other PRISM affiliates love the idea of a little camera in every living room.
Despite candidly telling Dublin radio station 98FM whilst on the promotional trail for Taken 2 that, "I don't think there'll be a Taken 3. She can't get taken again... that's just bad parenting," it appears that the irrepressible Liam Neeson has succumbed to overtures to appear once more as retired CIA agent Bryan Mills in a third outing of the Taken franchise, after producers dumped a truck full of $20 million dollars on his doorstep.
Despite the near diabolical critical drubbing of 2012's Taken 2 (it appears on Rotten Tomatoes with just 21% approval), the film did spectacular business worldwide, nearing $400 million off a budget of $45 million. If production goes ahead, a 2015 release date appears most likely. Luke Besson and Robert Mark Kamen are currently working on the screenplay for distributor Twentieth Century Fox. Who says crime doesn't pay?
Last week Fox confirmed that Independence Day 2 was coming out in 2015, but neglected to reveal if the main draw card actor - Will Smith - would be returning for the alien invasion sequel.
Roland Emmerich, director of Independence Day and the upcoming Independence Day 2, has confirmed that Will Smith will not be returning, where he told NY Daily News: "Will Smith can not come back because he's too expensive, but he'd also be too much of a marquee name, It would be too much." The director did hint at who would return, where it will be a mix of old and new: "We have like maybe half of the people that you know would know from the first film (in the script) and the other half people who are new."
Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldbum will be returning, most likely because they have nothing else better to do. Emmerich confirmed that the movie will be a direct sequel, but has fans (like myself) excited with the following quote: "We're not doing a total reboot, we're doing something that's totally unusual."
It's been on-again and off-again since the blockbuster success of the 1996 original, but Twentieth Century Fox have officially dated the first of the mooted Independence Day sequels, once referred to as ID Forever Parts 1 and 2, but announced by Fox simply as Independence Day 2.
Releasing on July 3rd 2015, within weeks of blockbusters such as Star Wars Episode VII, The Avengers 2, Assassins Creed, and likely Jurassic Park 4, Independence Day 2 will be co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin, the same team that brought us the original.
No firm word yet on casting, but it believed that Will Smith may not star, from comments attributed to Emmerich earlier this year:
It's still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it's a little bit like the sons take over.
It is expected that Bill Pullman who played President Whitmore in the original will return.
The first full-length trailer for Jobs, an upcoming movie about Steve Jobs, has hit the web. The trailer gives us a better look into how well Ashton Kutcher does playing the eccentric Steve Jobs. The trailer is embedded below for your viewing pleasure. Take a look for yourself:
Kutcher appears to do a great job playing Steve Jobs and the movie looks to be quite entertaining. The film first premiered back during the Sundance Film Festival, though it has taken a longer period of time than expected to bring it to theaters near you. It looks like the film will be opening in theaters on August 16.
Take a look at the trailer and let us know what you think of the movie.
I wrote my love letter about Man of Steel in a review for TweakTown, and in my original draft I did ask about the damage of the city - and just the insurance companies would be scratching their heads at claims of an "alien attacked my apartment and it's now gone, there's no evidence", etc.
Well, BuzzFeed has worked with disaster experts Watson Technical Consulting to estimate the amount of damage that was done to Metropolis during Man of Steel's absolutely mind-blowing action set pieces would've really cost. They ran simulations on Manhattan and Chicago which gave them an idea of what the cost would've been. The WTC estimates that around 129,000 people would've been killed, over 250,000 left missing and over one million people injured in total.
As for the cost of the God vs. God fight between Superman and General Zod - which left me with goosebumps - we're looking at physical damage of around $700 billion (or $700,000,000,000). Compared to 9/11 which was $55 billion in damages. The WTC estimates that the entire economic impact of the two Kryptonian's to sit at around $2 trillion.
Madman Entertainment have announced a September release for the insane (and insanely popular) Cartoon Network show Adventure Time in separate season one and two Blu-ray releases.
For the uninitiated, Adventure Time is the hit U.S. animated show focusing on Jake the Dog and Finn the human and the eclectic denizens of the Land of Ooo. The show nary makes a lick of sense, but damn if it's not hugely entertaining and frequently funny. In a short time, Adventure Time has crossed over into pop culture and achieved cult status.
The September 4 releases mark the first time that Adventure Time has been released in high definition in Australia, but also the first time that season releases have been released on home video. With commentaries and behind the scenes featurettes, the releases will likely mirror the Warner Bros. discs that have been recently released overseas.
Netflix, the streaming heavyweight, has scored a massive deal with DreamWorks to bring no less than 300 hours of original content to its customers. This content could end up being new series featuring some of DreamWorks' most cherished characters. Details for the deal are a bit scarce at the moment, but Wall Street doesn't seem to care.
Original content could prove extremely costly. In the face of this fact, Netflix shares have risen around 8 percent today on the news of the deal. This deal should boost Netflix even further ahead of its competition. Its competitors can either start spending money on original content or focus on getting older content for cheap.
Paramount, no doubt keen to capitalise on the swirl of interest surrounding the evergreen Star Trek property this year, have set the release date of Star Trek Enterprise: Season Two for August 21, marking the first time the second series has been released in high definition.
The 26 episodes that make up season two have been cleaned up from the original HD masters and is joined by a lossless 5.1 DTS HD audio mix. However, in a fashion that we've now become accustomed to, CBS has allowed disc producers Roger Lay and Robert Meyer Burnett to return with some new extra features including a full length cast and crew reunion feature, the three part "Destination Unknown" retrospective documentary, deleted scenes, audio commentaries and outtakes, as well as features created for the original DVD release.
Earlier this month, we took a look at Paramount's Blu-ray release for the first season and we were quite happy with the set overall. You can read our review here. The trailer for Star Trek Enterprise: Season Two Blu-ray release can be viewed below:
Ever seen a movie full of obvious product placement? Perhaps it was the constant endorsement of Sony products in Casino Royale, a de-hydrated Pizza Hut Pizza in Back To The Future Part II, or Ray-Bans in Men In Black?
Well it seems that Sony Pictures forthcoming theatrical release of The Smurfs 2 has upped the ante in the product placement stakes. According to a report on The Wrap, the internal Sony Pictures Consumer Marketing Group have inked deals worth $150 million to promote products during the film, including McDonalds, Toys R Us and Wal Mart - not least the fact the film will serve to promote The Smurfs 2 own line of merchandise which will no doubt saturate stores prior to release.
For a production budget expected to be around $110 million, it seems that Sony Pictures have a free motion picture on their hands. Coupled with the first film which grossed over $500 million worldwide, we can be sure that The Smurfs 2 won't be the last feature film adventure for the blue little... things.
The Smurfs 2 hits cinemas in the United States on July 31st and Australia on 12th September.
I've finally landed back in Australia after being in Taiwan for two weeks for Computex and the first movie trailer I'm greeted to is Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi flick, Elysium. The first trailer gave us just a glimpse of the movie, but this new trailer is kicking all sorts of ass.
As you can see above, we're in for a treat, and what surprises me is that this is Blomkamp's second big movie - I hope he rises from here. The trailer doesn't give too much away, but if you want to stay spoiler free, I'd suggest you not watch the trailer - but that is a hard thing to do these days.
This morning, Pandora announced a new way of accessing the service through television when it unveiled its new website TV.Pandora.com which is built using HTML5. Pandora says that the new HTML5 app offers easier navigation and controls than previous designs.
According to Pandora, you can access the new site today from TV web browsers such as those featured on smart TVs and consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The company says it plans to expand into the next-generation consoles as well as future smart TVs.
"We imagine a future where web-based standards can be the answer to that question," Tom Conrad, Pandora's CTO said in an interview. "We're pointing the industry in that direction with this announcement." This new offering comes as Pandora operates without a CEO and as revenues plummet as services like Spotify and Google Play Music All Access rise in popularity.
It's Prime time for Dora and pals: Amazon lands exclusive deal with Viacom after Netflix license expires
Early this morning, Amazon announced that it would be exclusively adding thousands of TV episodes from media powerhouse of Viacom to its Prime subscription service. While the content is mostly kids programming, such as shows like Dora the Explorer and Blue's Clues, the demographic the shows are aimed at equals billions of dollars in revenue.
Citing a source close to the deal, The Verge is reporting that the exclusive licensing contract cost Amazon several hundred million dollars. Viacom's library will be available to Prime members on the company's Kindle Free Time service which is a $2.99 per month subscription tacked on to the yearly Prime membership fee.
So where does this leave Netflix? The company will still have Disney programming as well as hundreds of other cartoons and children shows. Amazon does, however, seem to have a very strong advantage with several of Viacom's properties being the largest children shows on TV.
Hulu has updated the living room experience for their Plus service. This update comes during a time when rumors of potential buyout suitors continue to pop up. The new update brings with it a new look, search, controls, and a new kids section, which could partially be in response to Netflix losing its Viacom content.
Hulu has updated the experience on Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players, Roku set-top boxes, and--coming soon--Nintendo's Wii. Navigation, controls, search, and artwork have all been improved. Hulu has also introduced theme-based suggestions, including "Movies for Memorial Day" or "Time-Traveling Heroes."
Hulu has also added a new kid-friendly section that provides commercial-free children's programming. These updates should roll out to Samsung and Roku devices within 48 hours.
We all thought the Transformers franchise would end with Dark of the Moon, the third outing in Michael Bay's CG-filled movies, but Transformers 4 has begun filming. Principal photography has started for Transformers 4, which sees Bay behind the camera once more, but Shia LaBeouf is replaced by Mark Wahlberg.
Wahlberg is joined by a whole new cast, including Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Li Bingbing, Sophia Myles, and Jack Reynor. T.J. Miller also joins Transformers 4 as "Wahlberg's best friend, a fellow mechanic". What most people will be interested in, however, are the cars, which we have some pictures to tease you with. There's a 1,200-horsepower Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse, and a Corvette Stingray, which is based on Corvette's upcoming 2014 production car.