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GOG.com has been making waves with gamers and its DRM-free games, but now the company is looking to expand its horizons, offering up movies and TV shows without the copyright restrictions that other outlets push on their customers.
The company will be starting out with smaller independent documentaries for $5.99 each, where they hope to eventually offer up studio films and TV shows. A GOG.com representative said in an email to Kotaku: "Most of [the studios we spoke to] admit that DRM does not protect anything, all protections are cracked on the day of the release of the movie or even before and that there is no DRM that can protect a movie against piracy. The whole industry knows DRM is just smoke and mirrors and it does not work, so why not abandon it?"
The first indie documentaries to arrive on GOG will be about gaming and Internet culture, with around 20 documentaries to arrive soon including Indie Game: The Movie, Good Game, and Please Subscribe.
Comicbook.com is reporting from "two independent reliable sources" that Disney/Lucasfilm will be re-releasing the original, unaltered cut of the first Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray.
Disney has reportedly been hard at work on the project for quite a while, but has been experiencing some problems with the original negatives it has been using. We should eventually see the release of the original, unaltered versions of A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of Jedi without the redone special effects.
There's no ETA on when to expect the new release, but we should see it released before Star Wars Episode VII flies into cinemas next year.
One of the best kept copies of Action Comics #1, where Superman made his debut all the way back in 1938, is up for auction on eBay. This comic has its current bid at $1,750,200 - or $1.75 million.
The seller, Darren Adams who is based in Federal Way, Washington, explains that his copy of Action Comics #1 is "The finest known copy of the most sought after comic book in the world. A 1938 museum piece with PERFECT WHITE pristine pages". Adams said that he purchased it from a collector who had stored it in a bank vault. He adds: "I'm hoping that the next person can enjoy it as much as I do. I'd love it if a museum purchased this book for all to see".
Back in 2011, another copy of Action Comics #1 sold for $2,161,000 - with this copy reportedly belonging to Nicholas Cage, who is said to have purchased the comic for $150,000 in 1997. Funnily enough, Cage was in the running to star as the Man of Steel in the now-scrapped, thankfully, Superman Lives from around the time Cage purchased the copy of Action Comics. Bidding started on August 14, and will end of August 24, with 1% of the proceeds going toward the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Reeve playing Superman in the original Richard Donner movies, as well as Superman 3 and 4.
With companies like Netflix and Amazon enjoying success with original programming, with hit shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, it should come as no surprise that CB has announced it is creating original shows for streaming video services.
The news comes directly from CEO Les Moonves, who announced the news during the company's earning call. Moonves said that CBS's TV studio "will be producing more and more shows for more and more outlets, including major streaming companies and other emerging distributors". He didn't say which services the company is working with, but a company spokesperson later confirmed that CBS will be creating original shows for Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and more.
CBS is adapting to a dynamic TV world, where viewers are shifting from sitting on their couches waiting for their beloved TV shows each week, to binge-watching entire seasons or shows - or not, and going at their own page - thanks to Netflix, and others.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken to Twitter to thank the cast and crew of the new Terminator movie, getting fans to begin their excitement for its release on July 1, 2015.
Schwarzenegger posted a picture of himself sitting on his chair, with the official title of the movie on the back: Terminator Genisys. He posted the picture to his Instagram account, with the following caption: "Hasta la vista, baby. I want to thank the cast and crew of @TerminatorGenisys for a fantastic shoot. It was challenging, it was fun, and it was rewarding. From our director to the producers, from the camera team to catering, from visual effects to hair and makeup - we couldn't have done it without you. I can't wait to see our finished project and I know we'll remind the fans why they fell in love with the Terminator. On July 1, 2015, I'll be back".
This is where it gets interesting: instead of it being called Terminator 5, or Terminator Genesis, we have Terminator Genisys. Schwarzenegger is sitting in front of a screen with the word "Genisys" on it, so we might expect the operating system for the T-800 to possibly be called Genisys? I think that's what we should expect from this, and while I'm trying not to get too excited about the new Terminator movie, I still can't wait to check it out next year.
Zack Snyder is currently filming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which has Henry Cavill starring once again as the Man of Steel, Ben Affleck don the Batman suit, and up and coming star Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, we got our first look at Gadot in the Wonder Woman outfit for the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. Gadot is someone you might not have heard of, but she starred in the last few Fast & Furious movies. The first look at Wonder Woman shows us that the new outfit doesn't feature the usual red, white, blue and gold, but a more muted look.
On her right hip, we can see the Lasso of Truth, and in her right hand her magical sword. This is Zack Snyder's take on Wonder Woman for the big screen, and I'm loving what I'm seeing so far.
Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on HBO's mega hit Game of Thrones, is in talks to star in the movie version of the PlayStation exclusive 'The Last of Us'.
Buzzfeed's Senior Film Reporter, Adam B. Vary, tweeted directly from San Diego Comic-Con: "The Last of Us movie team had meeting with Game of Throne's Maisie Williams for lead role of Ellie. Nothing signed yet at all". The problem is, Maisie is 17 years old, while Ellie in the game world of The Last of Us is 14.
Naughty Dog has the last say of the casting of the roles within the movie, so we might see Williams star in the movie after all, even with her being a few years older than Ellie. I think Williams would be great for the role of Ellie, especially considering how her character has evolved in the world of Game of Thrones over the last four seasons.
Deadline is reporting that the Uncharted movie from Sony Pictures will be hitting theaters on June 10, 2016. The June 10, 2016 date opened up because it was originally held for Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 3, but the studio has delayed that movie until 2018.
Doug Belgrad, President of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group said: "June 10 is a great date for Uncharted. It's just the right place for this exciting action-adventure film". It's unknown who will play Drake, but there are rumors that Mark Wahlberg will step into the shoes. There were previous rumors of Nathan Fillion playing Drake, but I'm sure we'll hear more about the Uncharted movie as we jump into 2015.
Sling has been making set top boxes for a long time now that are able to shoot your favorite content at home to a portable device outside the home for viewing on the go. The company has announced a new set top box that will launch later this month that is its smallest and cheapest unit to date. The new set top box is called the M1 and it will sell for $149.99 when it launches July 20.
That makes it about $30 cheaper than the old Slingbox 350 it replaces and the new M1 is considerably smaller. The smaller footprint of the new device makes it easier to find space for the M1 in your crowded entertainment center.
The M1 is designed to work with the Sling apps for iOS, Android, and desktop apps for Mac and Windows computers. Despite being smaller and cheaper than its predecessor, the M1 still has the component and composite connectivity that the larger and older box offered. Sling also fits the M1 with Wi-Fi connectivity and ditches the Ethernet cable needed for the older set top box.
Australians have been getting the blunt end of the TV and movie stick for decades now, but things are all about to change with Netflix announcing it will push out its subscription TV service Down Under in 2015.
The co-CEO of Village Roadshow has confirmed that Netflix will be available in Australia in 2015, but there is no word on restrictions to Netflix's catalogue, or pricing. I think we'll see a restriction of content, as Foxtel has quite the monopoly in the country, so VPN and DNS providers will still continue to give Aussies the best deal.
Piracy numbers should shift a little with Netflix in Australia, but if major restrictions are placed on the service to keep Foxtel pumping along, I expect quite the vocal out roar in the country.