We've heard several rumors about Amazon, with the most frequent one being they are working on a Kindle-branded smartphone. The latest rumor is that Amazon is getting ready to release a Kindle-branded set-top box. This would likely feature Android as the OS and provide access to Amazon's digital content.
We expect it would operate much like Apple TV. Amazon declined to comment regarding a possible set-top box, though BusinessWeek cites three people familiar with the project. The device is said to be in development in Lab126, based in Cupertino, California. Of course, as with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt.
Very popular (or maybe not so much) animated comedy, Futurama, has been cancelled by Comedy Central. Futurama was cancelled by Fox in 2004, but Comedy Central renewed it in 2008. Even executive producer, David X. Cohen, wasn't surprised by the news, he said: "I can't say I was devastated by the news".
Futurama's now last season, had its first 13 episodes aired starting last summer, with the remaining 13-episode run to air on Comedy Central starting June 19, with the finale slotted in for September 4. Producers have talked about possibly continuing with another network, but these discussions aren't serious right now.
In anticipation of the upcoming movie Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams' production company, Bad Robot, has released some breathtaking HD images of the Enterprise's Bridge used in the 2009 blockbuster Star Trek.
The images (source #1) show off the beauty of the Enterprise Reboot designed by Scott Chambliss, and display a remarkable level of detail that many fans just chalked up to being CGI creations. Bad Robot has also released a Star Trek Into Darkness app that will let you scan these high resolution images to earn extra points that will help you move up within the Starfleet ranks.
Star Trek Into Darkness releases on May 17th and I for one will be first in line to see it.
Curved screens were all the rage at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and LG was noticeably one of the biggest purveyors of curved screen technology at this year's show. Now those curved screens will be making way into your living-rooms by the end of the year, according to recent reports.
In an interview with Trusted Reviews, LG Vice President Thomas Lee said that "curved TVs are coming in the second half of this year." The Verge also confirmed this with a spokesman for LG who said that curved screen TVs will begin shipping "sometime later this year."
Curved screen televisions are said to offer a more immersive and panoramic experience over traditional flat panel displays. They are touted as having a wider range of viewing angles and we've seen reports of less eye strain, when viewed at a close distance.
If you're a Star Wars fan, you'll be delighted to know that Disney and Lucasfilm plan to release new Star Wars films every summer, starting with Star Wars: Episode VII when it gets released in 2015. These annual releases will include the other two movies isn the new trilogy, as well as standalone movies.
The main episodes, VIII and IX, will be released every other summer, with a standalone movie released in the off years. The news come from Disney and Lucasfilm themselves, telling CinemaCon attendees on Wednesday. The standalone films, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger, are not part of the overall Star Wars saga.
The first series of Heroes was truly some great television, but it was cancelled after a few crappy seasons. It looks like Microsoft may bring the show back to life, doing a Sylar (or is that Spock?) and pushing the show back onto the Xbox 360 and MSN video service.
The talks of bringing Heroes back to life are early, but the talks are about the new series focusing on new characters and stories, with only a few of the original cast making cameos in the new series. I think if it was done right, it would be good to see Heroes come back - but only time will tell.
What do you think? Would you like to see Heroes come back?
I'm such a big fan of Superman, and I really didn't like Superman Returns, so when I heard about Man of Steel, I became excited yet again. Everything from the suit, to the feel of the music has been perfect so far, and now, we have the third trailer to the movie.
It shows off some of that insane action finally, Superman flying, Zod menacing, more of fellow Aussie native Russell Crowe playing Kal-El's father, Jor-El. It is epic, and it deserves to be watched only in 1080p. Let me know your thoughts on the trailer in the comments below!
If you thought the $10,000+ for an Ultra HD TV was too much, Seiki are coming to the result. TigerDirect have this Seiki 50-inch 4K-capable TV for sale, for just $1299. Yes, $1299.
The Seiki 50-inch Class 4K2K LED HDTV has the eye-busting 3840x2160 resolution we all dream of running, backed up by the buttery smooth 120Hz refresh rate and 6.5ms response time. This should mean it will provide some ultra high-res, ultra pretty, and ultra smooth gaming. Desktop use on this thing would be a beast, I just wish I could have it shipped to Australia.
GTVSource is reporting that ASUS will launch its first entry into the Google TV market later this month. Named the Qube, we first got a glimpse of it at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, and now four months later it is coming to market.
The Qube is essentially an Android box that features Marvell's ARMADA 1500 media SoC, which is paired up with 1GB of RAM. Only 4GB of onboard storage is included for additional app installs, but ASUS says that the Qube will come with 50GB of free cloud storage.
The device comes with a full featured remote, which includes a built-in QWERTY keyboard. Users will be able to stream their content as well as content from services like HBOGo, Crackle, Pandora, Amazon, Google Play and Netflix.
The Qube will launch in the US on the 29th of April and retail at $129. Additional markets will follow shortly after according to the report.
The local arm of Disney has announced the multi-tiered home video release of 2012 CG animated flick Wreck-It Ralph for the 24th April, available on DVD, Blu-ray double play (with DVD) and 3D release featuring the 3D and 2D versions on two discs, along with a DVD.
Wreck-It Ralph, utilizing the voices of John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman was released to both critical and financial acclaim and features cameos from video gaming history's most beloved characters such as Sonic The Hedgehog, Bowser, Zangief and Q*bert.
Both Blu-ray releases feature a number of worthwhile additional features, such as behind the scenes featurettes, faux video game commercials, and the Disney short Paperman which appeared before the theatrical release. On the 3D release, the short is also featured in 3D.
In the coming weeks, we'll take a closer look at the Blu-ray, but for now you can read our review of the theatrical release here and watch the trailer below.
If you're like me, you've been waiting patiently for Neill Blomkamp's second movie, Elysium. His first movie, District 9, was a smash hit, and now the director is ready to launch his second movie which is due out in August.
It also stars District 9 actor Sharlto Copley, with Jodie Foster playing a government official. The trailer above doesn't show you too much, but what it does show you is enough to impress, that's for sure. Elysium is set in the year 2159, where two classes of people that exist, the extremely wealthy (today's equivalent of the 1%) who live on a perfect, man-made space station called Elysium. The rest? They live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth.
The full synopsis, is below:
In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.
If you're a fan of Street Fighter and have a spare dollars to see a web series of it made, you might want to open your wallet to a Kickstarter page on it. Joey Ansah, is behind it, where he is the director, writer and creative guru behind Street Fighter: Legacy and along with Christopher Howard, they need $950,000 to get a prequel series they're calling Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist off the ground.
Street Fighter: Legacy was produced and released on YouTube around three years ago, mostly as a proof of concept to show that a live action version of Street Fighter would look great, if it were done right. The video saw eight million views, with a 98.7% approval rating.
Ansah has said that Assassin's Fist has been in development for around three years, with the team purchasing the option from Capcom last year with plans to fund the film through independent investment. If the Kickstarter isn't successful, the team could lose the funding they've already received, pushing production back into 2014.
Universal Pictures Australia which launched Steven Spielberg's 1993 action/adventure Jurassic Park 3D in select cinemas across most of Australia yesterday (but not my home state of Tasmania) have announced to retailers the impending home video release of the movie on 3D Blu-ray.
The movie, which has received a new transfer and full restoration before 3D conversion by Burbank studio StereoD, will be released in Australia on June 6th, some five weeks after the U.S. Blu-ray release. The sole new additional feature, an eight minute featurette entitled "The World of Jurassic Park" is joined by the film in 2D on the second disc, along with an Ultraviolet digital copy.
Based on the best-selling book by Michael Crichton, the production ushered in the digital age, with dinosaurs convincingly brought to life by George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic facility which was sold to Disney at the end of last year. The movie, once the highest grossing picture of all time before being surpassed by James Cameron's Titanicin 1998. Whilst ticket pre-sales have been strong, the first grosses are yet to come in.
This week, Ludia have also released an update to their free to play Jurassic Park Builder app for both iOS and Google Play platforms.
The trailer for Jurassic Park 3D can be viewed above and will continue to play in cinemas for roughly the next fortnight.
When Finding Dory arrives in 2015, it will have taken Disney just 13 years to make the sequel to the widely popular Finding Nemo movie. Ellen DeGeneres confirmed that Finding Dory would be arriving at a theater near you on November 25, 2015 with DeGeneres remaining the voice of Dory.
"I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time," DeGeneres said in a statement Tuesday. Some might say that she just kept swimming for this day. References aside, she says that she isn't "mad it took this long." With her usual humor, she added, "I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16."
But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It's got a lot of heart, it's really funny, and the best part is - it's got a lot more Dory.
You can expect to see many of the favorites from Finding Nemo. Marlin, Nemo, and the Tank Gang, along with new characters, will be present and help with the telling of Dory's story. The movie will reunite Dory with her family and teach her a few things about the meaning of family.
Game of Thrones' third season premiere is the most-watched episode yet, downloaded just as much, too
We already know that Game of Thrones, the uber-popular HBO TV show was the most pirated show of 2012, but the show's season three premiere episode had some stellar numbers, too.
It aired last night, and saw 6.7 million US fans tuning in, but how were those download numbers considering it was the most pirated show of last year? Well, according to Torrent Freak, a single torrent of the season three premiere saw 160,000 simultaneous connections - but adding all of the releases together in one big pile of downloads would see well over one million downloads.
HBO even allowed viewers to watch the season premiere in more ways than usual, where the network allowed customers to stream Game of Thrones through HBO Go at the same time that cable subscribers watched it live.
Hugh Jackman is back in The Wolverine, another movie dedicated to the character. There's an international trailer that was released a couple of hours ago, which we've got embedded below.
The new movie goes in a very different direction, where The Wolverine takes place in a post X-Men: The Last Stand world. It sees Wolverine travelling the world, and what seems like, being turned back into a mortal - ala Superman II and a bunch of other movies where the hero wants to be normal and then an obstacle hits them and they revert back to their hero-ness.
This summer looks to be action-packed, with The Wolverine reaching screens on July 26, the new Superman reboot Man of Steel a month and a half earlier and Iron Man 3.
It's about time the Wachowski's (who are now longer the 'Wachowski Brothers', as Larry is now Lana) got into TV. Netflix have just announced an original new series for late-2014, Sense8.
Sense8 is being developed by the Wachowskis, as well as J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of Babylon 5. There aren't many details at all on the show, but it's a global tale of minds linked and souls hunted with a ten-episode run for its first season.
The idea of the Wachowskis and Straczynski working together has been something the creators have wanted for nearly ten years now, with the idea starting from a late night conversation about "the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us."
In a weird twist of a rumor that is built off of another rumor, we are hearing reports this morning that the Apple iTV does exist and that it could be getting a 4K resolution. Reports are suggesting that the long-anticipated Apple iTV will arrive by the end of 2013.
In an interview with Bloomberg, renowned Apple analyst Gene Munster said that we will see an iTV device launched in Q4 of 2013, stating that there is "no question whether it's a set-top box versus a TV, it's an actual TV".
Bolstering these rumors is DigiTimes who is suggesting that the iTV will be getting a 4K resolution refresh shortly after launch. The 3840 x 2160 resolution screen could make its way into the iTV sometime in the first half of 2014, if rumors ring true. Additionally, DigiTimes cited sources familiar with Apple's supply chain stating that the internet connected TV will be voice controlled and feature a Kinect like motion sensor.
During this year's CES trade show in Las Vegas we saw a massive 4K Ultra HD TV from Samsung. The beast was perched in a welded metal frame and boasted a massive 85-inch 4K compatible LCD.
The 85-inch monster will hit store shelves (or floors, more likely) at the end of this month and will retail for a reported $39,999, making it one of the most expensive televisions on the market. Also expected to release soon is Samsung's Smart Evolution Kit which will retail for $300 and will connect to Samsung Smart TVs via Bluetooth to keep them updated with the latest software and firmware.
Also set to release around the same time is the HW-F750 Sound Bar, which features old school vacuum tube technology for a true HiFi sound experience. I do not know about you, but paying $300 for a device that updates my TV just seems a bit excessive. For $39,999, I would expect my TV to at least be capable of updating itself through it's built in Wi-Fi or Gigabit Ethernet connection.
Fresh from the conversion of Director Alex Proyas' i, Robot, Twentieth Century Fox will next set their sights on converting the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi hit Predator to the third dimension later this year, according to Schwarzenegger fansite TheArnoldguys.
Any 3D Blu-ray release will likely employ the same 3D conversion as afforded to i, Robot; a new algorithm created by JVC which significantly reduces the amount of manual roto-scoping utilised in top-of-the-line 3D conversions such as Top Gun, Jurassic Park and Titanic. Subsequently, this method is substantially cheaper to perform but leads to less impressive results, as my review of i, Robot shows.
Rovio's Angry Birds series, which started life as a humble iPhone game before exploding into the pop culture zeitgeist, continues to defy fears of shelf life stagnancy. The company will launch their first foray into the world of animation this weekend, with Angry Birds Toons, an original 52 episode series, to be rolled over the next year.
Whilst the series will initially be available via a link on each of the series iOs, Android and Windows Mobile apps, Rovio will be progressively rolling the series out to television screens and cable providers via deals penned with distributors all around the world, including the United States and Australia, details of which will be forthcoming from the Finnish company.
Rovio intend to keep expanding the franchise into new games and cross-media platforms, such as the foray with Lucasfilm which saw Angry Birds Star Wars launch in late 2012, along with new opportunities in toys and merchandising which will keep the series well within sights of its target audience, as it continues production on an animated Angry Birds movie due to be released in 2016.