Google and Amazon have just kicked off their massive holiday promotions, with $0.99 movie rentals over the holidays - right up until January 23, 2017. The thing is, you can only rent one movie per account, but still - a movie rental of something recent like Suicide Squad, Finding Dory, or even Star Trek: Beyond.
You can rent movies for just $0.99 from Google Play, which includes recent blockbuster movies, as well as Amazon Video with the promo code "MOVIE11".
Ben Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms, uh - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with his portrayal as Batman being one of the best received - even after the job Christian Bale did in The Dark Knight Trilogy.
It wasn't long ago that we reported on Aquaman being penciled in for an October 2018 release, but now Den of Geek are reporting that the solo Batman movie will be released in summer 2018. Warner Bros. has previously teased that two DC movies would be released in 2018 - the first, on July 27 - the second, on October 5.
Warner Bros. has confirmed Aquaman for October 2018, so it looks like Batman could be the summer tentpole movie for DC and Warner Bros. in 2018.
Hollywood makes billions of dollars a year with just a handful of movies, but what would happen if massive releases were thrown onto the market two weeks after they debut at cinemas?
According to sources of Bloomberg, Hollywood studios are working on new plans that would see rentals of their new movies released two weeks after they hit cinemas. Bloomberg's sources said the rentals would be quite expensive, priced somewhere between $25 and $50 - but if you saw a new movie with a few friends or family members, it would exceed that price easily.
Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara said during an investor conference this week that he has plans for a new home movie plan, and that he and his studio are ready for premium rentals. Tsujihara said: "We're working with them to try and create a new window. But regardless of whether it happens or not - whether we are able to reach that agreement with them, we have to offer consumers more choices earlier".
Warner Bros. has finally given the standalone Aquaman movie a release date, with October 5, 2018 being slotted in according to Deadline.
Aquaman is being directed by James Wan, who has directed Furious 7, Saw, The Conjuring, Death Sentence and more. Aquaman was teased briefly in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earlier this year, with Jason Momoa reprising his role in Justice League next year.
Wan has teased Aquaman: "I kind of don't want to give too much away but know this: The spirit that I'm going for is like a classic sort of swashbuckling action adventure, sort of high seas adventure story. It's ultimately a quest story in the spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Romancing the Stone".
Netflix is finally beginning to hit the PC with 4K content, but you're going to be locked to using Windows 10, and more horribly - Microsoft's not-so-popular Edge browser.
It's a massive limitation, and unlike the source of this news - The Next Web, which report that it could be Microsoft made this move to "ensure battery efficiency", as not every person has a laptop with a 4K display. The problem is, the current limitation of Netflix resolution support is 1080p, with the next step being 4K.
Worse yet, you'll require Intel's next-gen Kaby Lake processor to play 4K content for now. Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. Microsoft must have paid a considerable sum to Netflix for this stupid exclusive crap, and so did Intel. Microsoft's expensive new, super-awesome Surface Studio rocks a gorgeous 4500x3000 display... and thanks to it not rocking Intel's 7th-gen Kaby Lake architecture, 4K streams aren't going to work with Netflix.
Google Play Music is finally getting with the times, adding 4K content onto its store front, but you'll only be able to access the high-res movies with the 4K-capable Chromecast Ultra, and a 4K TV.
We should also expect 4K-capable devices that run Android TV like NVIDIA's kick ass Shield, and the new Xiaomi Mi Box to work with Google Play Movies and the 4K content, too. When you go to buy or rent a movie, there is now a "Rent UHD" or "Buy UHD" option next to the SD/HD options.
The 4K content isn't in all regions right now, but we should expect that to happen in the coming weeks and months.
The best cinema experience I've ever had was seeing Interstellar in IMAX, thanks to Christopher Nolan shooting the movie in 70mm - so the news that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow shooting Star Wars: Episode 9 in 65mm has me beyond excited, and I'm not even a Star Wars fan.
Shooting movies in 65mm provides an IMAX level of quality and resolution, so the final product is a crisper look when played through projectors and on massive TVs. The grain from 35mm was present in J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens, but that won't be the case in Episode 9 - as 65mm will result in hyper-realistic detail.
Chief Marketing Officer and President of Kodak's Consumer and Film Division, Steve Overman, said that as more directors are taking advantages from the technology available, better and higher quality films are being made. There are large advantages to using traditional film over digital, with Interstellar from Christopher Nolan and his upcoming work on Dunkirk to impress thanks to Nolan's love of film.
Overman explains: "The creative and aesthetic distinctiveness of 65mm film is still well beyond the capability of digital capture. So when discerning filmmakers want to a create work of memorable grandeur and lasting visual quality, they know that only real film delivers".
Netflix is splashing around some big money for its upcoming 1970s hip-hop drama 'The Get Down', with costs of around $16 million per episode - and with the 12-episode order, we're looking at a total of $190 million for the show.
Baz Luhrmann is behind the project, as he has co-created the musical drama that is set in New York during the 70s, with iconic musicians like Nas and Grandmaster Flash thrown into the mix, and Oscar-winning costume designer Catherine Martin, and Pulitzer-winning writer Stephen Adly Guirgis, as well as the massive sets and huge cast, as Slashfilm reports: "there was no way this show was ever going to be cheap".
Deadline is reporting from their sources that Netflix is paying around $16 million per episode, and if we compare this to the $10 million per episode of Game of Thrones in S6, HBO wins by a long shot. Variety reports that The Get Down was originally budgeted with $7.5 million per episode, but Lurhmann pushed for more and more, leading to the $16 million per episode number. But are the numbers on Netflix's side?
It's going to be a sad day when Hugh Jackman hangs up his claws, but the new trailer for Logan is here, showing the most real and emotional Wolverine yet. Check it out:
Patrick Stewart reprises his role of Professor X for Logan, and both Professor X and Logan look like they haven't shaved in months, and it kinda rocks. The movie looks much more down to earth and emotional, compared to the action rollercoasters of the previous Wolverine movies.
I'm a fan of The Walking Dead, don't get me wrong - but an 88-episode marathon? AMC needs to team with Red Bull and maybe the guys behind Limitless for this, with the 88-hour marathon kicking off on October 16 at 7AM with the entire first season being shown, as well as the first half of season two.
It'll be finished off with a two-hour retrospective of the series on Sunday night, with the marathon continuing each night at 6PM for the rest of the week. Season 6's finale will air just before the S7 premiere on Sunday, October 23 at 9/8c. Throughout its six seasons, there have been 83 episodes of The Walking Dead, with some episodes running over the usual one-hour runtime.
AMC is kicking off its annual FearFest with the 88-hour marathon of The Walking Dead, where the network will air horror films like Carrie, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Amityville Horror, The Exorcist, Alien, and Chucky as well as their respective sequels, prequels, spinoffs and/or reboots, reports Slashfilm.