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Hugh Jackman plays Wolverine one last time in 'Logan'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 2 days, 20 hours ago

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.

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88-hour marathon of The Walking Dead announced by AMC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

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.

Power Rangers trailer drops, and it looks different

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 9, 2016 7:52 am

If you were bored with your weekend and wanted to see something maybe a little unexpected, then you'll be glad to know we have the official trailer for the upcoming Power Rangers movie to cheer you up.



As you can see, it looks like a Transformers-like movie with a massive injection of teenage drama and angst... but director Dean Israelite explains his ideas behind Lionsgate's adaption of the TV series: "I grew up on Power Rangers in South Africa and what was important to me from the beginning was making a movie about growing up".


He continued: "I wanted to make this a grounded, character driven origin story that was always set to the backdrop of this adventure. Always at the center was making these characters real with real problems that people can find relatable. I wanted to remain true to the spirit of the franchise that I grew up on and loved. And I wanted really hard to reimagine it and reinvent it for a 2017 audience".

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Oppo's first 4K Blu-ray player costs $499, arrives soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 23, 2016 1:35 am

Oppo is ramping up to the launch of its first 4K Blu-ray player, with the Oppo UDP-203 being announced last week, with more information on the way soon.




Oppo has said that it's upcoming 4K Blu-ray player will be priced at $499, rocking two HDMI ports, two USB ports, analog 7.1 audio output, RS-232 and Ethernet. There are rumors that Oppo will have a higher-end UDP-205 model, that will reportedly include Dolby Vision HDR support.

Xbox bullish on 4K Blu-ray, rubs salt into Sony fans

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 22, 2016 11:27 pm

When the expected support for the 4K UltraHD Blu-ray format didn't eventuate with the PS4 pro, Microsoft were quick to burn PlayStation fans with a well-timed tweet. And while Sony have continued to dig their heels in regarding a video streaming future, Microsoft have doubled down on the rhetoric.




Speaking with Eurogamer, Microsoft's Product Management and Planning head Albert Penello revealed that the decision to include a 4K Blu-ray drive was driven by "a personal belief in 4K" with the decision "locked a long time ago". Penello continued to explain his strong personal belief in the format, saying: "I think it's as meaningful an upgrade as it was going from SD to HD, when you start seeing the native 4K content. And so we were just really bullish on it. We wanted to make sure we delivered when we said 4K, that we had streaming, up-scaling and physical media as part of the 4K story for Xbox One S. So I think it's fair to say I'm a fan.... For the high-end enthusiast, 4K Blu-rays look amazing. "


And just in case it wasn't clear Penello echoed the feelings of upset PlayStation fans in "We have good differentiation between the PS4 slim and us." Ain't that the truth.

Time Warner boss says DC movies 'could be better

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 22, 2016 5:26 pm

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was mashed together in a response to the money-making Marvel Cinematic Universe and the mega success of The Avengers, but too many chefs were in the kitchen and the movie was mostly a mess. The 3-hour 'Ultimate Edition' was a much better put-together movie, but it still failed to be a massive box office success.




Well, now we have Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes coming out and saying Batman v Superman underperforming, and Suicide Squad doing solid business, both were critically ripped apart. He recognises something is wrong, and when he sat down with Variety, he said: "We do think there's a little room for improvement. We can do a little bit better on the creative".


He continued: "The DC Comics characters have a little more lightness in them than maybe what you saw in those movies, so we're thinking about that. The strategy worked. The execution did deliver what we wanted to do. We're right on course or better. The main thing was to launch DC and reinvigorate it with the fan base. The reboot of Batman with Ben Affleck was a big success".

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Netflix wants more original shows in its vast catalog

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 22, 2016 5:33 am

Netflix has completely changed itself over the last few years, and that change isn't stopping with company CFO David Wells saying during the week that there is a big change in the balance between licensed content and Netflix's own original shows.




The company was already "one-third to halfway" towards reaching this goal, but Wells explained that it was all part of a "multiyear transition and evolution toward more of our own content". Netflix is now on a path towards its half-original goals, while reducing the cost of production, and increasing the number of bidders in the streaming business make it both cheaper, and easier to take bigger chances on shows and movies versus traditional TV networks.


Wells explained: "You have supply and demand settling out. We don't necessarily have to have home runs. We can also live with singles, doubles and triples especially commensurate with their cost".

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4K Blu-ray is dead on the PC, and there's no reason why

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 20, 2016 2:46 pm

Begin rant: I'm sitting in front of my computer looking at the price of the Xbox One S console, as I'm about to buy my first console since the PS3. I never owned an Xbox 360, Xbox One or PS4, but the new Xbox One S has me convinced. I'm moving back to consoles for a very big thing: 4K Blu-ray, which doesn't exist on the PC right now - the mightiest platform of them all.




Seriously, it doesn't make sense.


Years later, I went to a PC store in my state and purchased a Pioneer DVDROM with an MPEG2 decoder card, and getting The Matrix on DVD right after. That night, I launched into the next generation of entertainment, with my PC at the center of it. The quality was on another level, but having my PC power by DVD drive was really something else for entertainment at my desk.


Fast forward to 2016, in a world of incredibly powerful smartphones, high-res/refresh rate displays, massively fast graphics cards, SSDs and CPUs - 4K Blu-ray is completely dead on the PC. What. The. Hell.

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Jurassic World 2 receives a huge $260 million budget

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 19, 2016 9:37 am

Jurassic World stomped through the box office last year, pulling in over $650 million in the US, and over $1 billion in foreign box office numbers for a total of $1.67 billion - all done on a budget of around $150 million.




Now there are reports that Jurassic World 2 will have an even bigger budget of $260 million, an additional $110 million over the original. Considering Paramount would've made a hefty profit on the original Jurassic World movie, the sequel is set to be even bigger - and remember, this is the second movie in a planned trilogy, so expect Jurassic World 3 to have a similar, if not bigger budget than Jurassic World 2.


Jurassic World is currently the third biggest movie to hit cinemas with its $1.67 billion haul, with Jurassic World 2 dropping into cinemas on June 22, 2018.

LG's 77' OLED on sale for a bargain $20K

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 19, 2016 1:00 am

While 65 inch is fast becoming the defacto size for large screen TV's for those that require just a little bigger, LG's OLED series can help fill that demand... But only if you've got the budget to spare.




According to The Verge, LG have now released their top-end Signature series 77" inch to the U.S. market for a grand total of $20K which not only gets you a huge display, but cutting edge features such as an insane black level, HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K to boot. The cash also gets you access to LG's "24/7 VIP service" tech support, as well as a bonus LG G Pad tablet. So all in all, you can't afford to not get one!

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