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The Expendables 2 debut trailer, Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Willis, Norris, and more in the same movie
The Expendables was an all-out 90s action star lover's wet dream, it featured a bunch of muscled-up, washed-up action stars, together again, kicking ass on the big screen. The Expendables 2 amps this up by putting more stars in it, for longer, and introducing more 90s old-school action.
The Expendables 2 features Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Liam Hemsworth, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, all in the same movie. Yes, I'm out of breath too from excitement.
The trailer doesn't show much, but the bit with Willis and Schwarzenegger in the hybrid, bitching, is hilarious. This movie has nothing to do with technology, but what tech fan doesn't want to see a movie like this? It's the opposite of movies like Transformers, and has some great 90s action stars. The Expendables 2 opens on August 17.
Here's some news on the lighter side: At a press screening over here in the USA, it would appear that a projectionist is a bigger foe to the Avengers than, say, the evil god Loki. The new film "The Avengers" is already out overseas and garnering rave reviews is gearing up to hit US theaters this Friday.
As a press screening for the new movie, a projectionist accidentally hit the delete button. One would think that some sort of safeguards would be in place but, alas, it appears that this movie file is just like any other file. No word has been given on exactly why it couldn't be recovered or why there was no backup.
This screw up resulted in all of the press having to wait in excess of 2 hours while a new copy was downloaded. The fact that they just download another copy is actually somewhat ironic with all of the piracy claims being thrown around accusing other people of doing the same. I realize that they pay to show the movie, but it still is quite ironic.
The plot of the movie, according to IMDB, is that "Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army." It's a movie that I can't wait to see. I just hope that the projectionist in my theater doesn't accidentally hit the delete button!
Peter Jackson is 'meh' toward the panning of his 48fps 'Hobbit' footage, will stick to 24fps for trailers
Ok, ok, 48fps wasn't well received by critics and users from Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' footage, but that doesn't mean he's sitting in a room crying about it. Most viewers' issues with the footage was that it looked too realistic, or that it felt like it were shot on video.
On top of this, viewers' blamed the blemishes on actors and sets which were all-too-visible without the help of motion blur. Jackson has insisted that the footage lacked special effects and color correction, and that showing the 48fps trailer was too short to judge the increased frame rate.
Jackson has now stated there will be no 48fps trailer, boo. Jackson also adds that he is now "very aware of the strobing, the flicker and the artifacts" when he's watching regular 24fps cinema. This mirrors what I've said before, yes it's hard to go to higher fps, but once you've been there for a while and go back - the old 24fps viewing just feels really bad.
Goosebumps. The latest Dark Knight Rises trailer is here, and boy is it smashing. It features some completely never-before-seen footage from the movie, and we can now form what the movie will be about from that trailer, shown below:
The trailer really shows off some excellent scenes, and from what we've seen so far, the Dark Knight will well and truly Rise once more. The new trailer is much darker than the rest, showing Batman's darkest hour, and more is shown of Anne Hathaway's Catwoman, which is nice. Not a big personal fan of her, but I think she'll gel with the movie very well.
I'm more looking forward to seeing how Joseph Gordon-Levitt goes in the movie, I'm a huge fan of his and I'm excited to see how he slots into the movie. I hope he gets some generous screen time. You also have to remember: The Dark Knight Rises is only a few months from release! It's close now. With all of The Avengers hype, some can get lost in between these trailers.
Peter Jackson is pushing the envelope on a near-century worth of 24fps film technology by shooting his upcoming epic 'The Hobbit' in 48 frames per second. Jackson has unveiled his first public tease of the movie at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas.
First up, you have to remember everyone is used to the 80-year-old 24fps footage in films, but Jackson has doubled this up to 48fps and it can be quite weird for people. I have a friend who has a Panasonic Plasma and never used his motion smoothing tech on his HDTV, I flicked it on for him and he hated it. I said to stick with it for two weeks, which is something I did years ago. He will never go back and has now purchased a 120Hz LCD screen for his gaming rig.
This technology takes adjusting, your eyes are used to seeing all footage in movies at 24fps, so jumping up to 48fps feels too smooth - too, unrealistic. Panning shots look ultra-smooth, but so smooth it looks completely fake. Public reaction of the 48fps footage was strange, where one projectionist has compared it to made-for-TV gear, while others compared it to Mexican soap-operas and TruMotion.
Sony has begun shipping what it calls its most advanced Blu-ray player of the year, the BDP-S790. The Sony BDP-S790 should hit stores on May 6, and pre-orders are starting now, with the player setting you back just $250.
How does the BDP-S790 stand out? Well, it sports a dual-core processor, which gives it much more performance than most Blu-ray players on the market. It can also upscale video to 4K resolution to match current 4K projectors and future 4K TVs. The dual-core processor also gives the player the ability to convert 2D video to 3D in real-time, 16-bit image processing and overall quicker response.
Wi-Fi is built directly into BDP-S790, which can access both the Sony Entertainment Network as well as multiple movie and music services including Amazon Instant Video, Flixter, Netflix, Slacker, Pandora, and Vudu. Social networking doesn't get missed out, with Facebook and Twitter sharing as well as DLNA media sharing included with the BDP-S790.
IKEA, how do you do it? Well, anyone familiar with the Sweden-based company would agree that their designs are simple, cheap and effective. You don't go walking into IKEA expecting the world for chump change. You expect your chump change to change your world. Your world being defined by the change in your pocket, and IKEA, have done it again.
Enter "Uppleva", an all-in-one TV and stand with storage built-in cooperation with China's TCL Multimedia. It also sports a Blu-ray/DVD player, surround sound and a wireless subwoofer. Details and specs on the TV are not available at the moment, but Uppleva also features USB ports, four HDMI ports, FM radio and internet connectivity.
Uppleva should come in various colors and designs, and should be popular for smaller houses, units, apartments, etc. Uppleva starts at 6,500 Swedish crowns (roughly $960). Not too bad considering what you get in the package itself.
Google inks deal with Paramount, will allow 500 more films to be added to both YouTube and Google Play
The Internet is the future, and the future is Google. We all know this, but how will it happen? Well, YouTube have just announced a content deal with Paramount which will see 500 new movies being made available to the popular video-sharing site. Google Play, which is formerly known as the Android Market, will also enjoy the boost in additional content.
We don't know which movies will be included in the new content deal, but the content is said to be added over the next few weeks to both YouTube and Google Play's movie libraries. At the moment, U.S. and Canada will benefit from the injection of flicks, which means there should be some exclusivity, for now.
YouTube can now rest easy, being capable of boasting that they have content deals with five out of the six major movie studios, and its rental library now proud parents to over 9,000 movies.
HBO Go hasn't exactly rolled out to connected TV devices too well over the past few months, but things could change for Xbox 360 and Comcast customers. They may already have access to some of the HBO Go content through the Xfinity TV app, but this could change soon enough.
Multichannel News sources are saying that access could open up this week, now that "other business issues" between Comcast and HBO including how subscriber information is handled with third parties has been solved. There's no word on streaming access for Time Warner Cable customers, or access on Roku and Samsung-based devices.
For now, the news should excite a few, and hopefully we see more of this type of rollout to connected TV devices. The future of TV is going to be things similar to this, so I'm enjoying the change we're experiencing right now. Even if I'm locked away all the way down in Australia without an Xbox 360, or Comcast, or HBO Go. Still good news for those of you with a 360 and as a Comcast customer.
Google TV is set to launch in Europe, and other parts of the world in September. Sony will be manufacturing and selling two different Google TV-based consumer products, according to a report by Les Echos via GigaOM.
If you want to jump on the Google TV train, the standard set-top box will retail for around $266, with a premium model featuring a Blu-ray player will have a $399 price attached to it. Echos does not that Google TV is confirmed to launch in France and could also hit Germany, Spain and the U.K. simultaneously.
On the remote control for the unit, we could see a Google Play button that will direct users to Google's app and content stores, which would be a big change and quite easy for users to get into. Sony are also jumping on board, where they'll bundle their Music Unlimited on-demand library with each system. Google is expected to launch a second-generation of Google TV products later in the year, which will have ARM-based processors instead of the more expensive Intel-based chips.
Pioneer have just updated their 2012 AV receiver line up with two additional Elite-branded receivers, first up we have the VSX-42 which is priced at $450 and the second one at $650 - the VSX-60. Both AV receivers sport six HDMI inputs on the back, Ethernet, video scaling, optional Bluetooth ($99) with A2DP, AirPlay, DLNA, Panadora, and iOS or Android apps.
The VSX-60 is a bit beefier, with 10 more watts per channel, 7.2 instead of 7.1 support, optional Wi-Fi, and a better video processor. The VSX-60 also sports a HDMI input on the front of the receiver, is SiriusXM ready and adds a bunch of video and audio enhancements such as Stream Smoother, Advanced Video Adjust and a few others.
Pioneer are making these units cheap enough that even if you have an existing amp, you might consider upgrading. This includes myself.
Ashton Kutcher landed the starring role in Two and a Half Men, after a very public departure from Charlie Sheen, and is now set to star in an upcoming film, "Jobs". Jobs will be a film that will chronicle Jobs' life from his teenage year through to the co-founding of Apple.
The film is set to be directed by Joshua Michael Stern, who directed Swing Vote, and is based on a script by Matt Whiteley. Mark Hulme from Five Star Institute is providing financial backing for the indie movie. MTV has noted that Kutcher has established a reputation as a romantic comedy actor in films such as "New Years Eve" and "What Happens in Vegas", but hasn't proved himself as a dramatic lead in movies outside of his 2004 film "The Butterfly Effect" and 2006's "Bobby".
It's hard to deny that Kutcher doesn't look like Jobs, just look at them side-by-side in that picture above. Quite the resemblance. One would think after the success of The Social Network that there would be considerable weight, in the form of budget, actors and director behind a Steve Jobs film, strange indeed.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson made James Cameron change one thing in the re-release of Titanic 3D
We are being greeted to a re-release of James Cameron's Titanic, which is being done in 3D, and there is one specific, and very detailed change being done to the movie. After much nagging from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cameron made one edit to his 1997-released film, which is in relation to the star formation during the sinking of the Titanic.
Most directors would not have bothered with changing it, but Cameron has a knack for perfectionism, and Tyson convinced him to change it. The scene in question is when we see Rose reclining on a piece of driftwood while looking up at the sky. Tyson first e-mailed Cameron years ago, where he noted that the star field she was looking at was incorrect for the night of April 15, 1912 at 4:20am, and bought up the issue more and more over time as the two ran into each other over the years.
Finally, Cameron's team asked Tyson to send over an accurate sky map for the date and time, that is used on the 10th anniversary director's cut of Titanic. The new, updated star formation will also be seen in the new 3D re-release of the film, too. Cameron also described Tyson's original message as "quite snarky", but conceded that he did in fact, have a point. Cameron says:
With my reputation as a perfectionist, I should have known that and I should have put the right star field in. So I said, 'All right, send me the right stars for that exact time and I'll put it in the movie.
The trailer to Total Recall is now out, and if you haven't seen the original which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, I suggest you do - it's a great film. This new Total Recall is based on the 1990 film, but unlike the original film, the new one has strong political influences, as mentioned in the 1966 novel. Check out the trailer below:
Well, doesn't that look awesome? I think so anyway. I actually yelled out "f*** yes!" when Colin Farrell's character took out the room of guards, while the camera swung around the room in one shot. Very nicely done, Les Wiseman. The movie has a reported $200 million budget, so that would be why the special effects look impressive.
Total Recall hits on August 3, 2012 and stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and a favorite of mine: Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame.
Will Ferrell appeared in character as the super-amazing Ron Burgundy from Anchorman on Conan tonight, where he announced that Paramount has had a change of heart, and have agreed to make a sequel to one of the most quotable movies of all time: Anchorman.
Ron took the stage, playing the flute and took a few stabs at Conan saying how awful he looked, telling him to go to a plastic surgeon, to point to his face and say "this is a page 1 re-write". In full character, Will Ferrell is just amazing.
Anchorman 2 has now been announced, people, and has gone to my number 2 most wanted to see movie list under Superman: Man of Steel in 2013. Anchorman 2 is no longer stuck in a glass cage of emotion, and has now kicked back with a 30-year-old scotch and is sipping away until release.
With internet speeds constantly increasing, more and more people are able to stream music and videos online reducing the need for CDs and DVDs. Add in the lower cost of streaming options versus the alternative of going out to a theater or purchasing DVDs and you can see why, for the first time ever, the amount of online movies streamed legally will outpace the number of DVDs sold.
IHS Screen Digest is predicting that 3.6 billion movies will be streamed in 2012 with only 2.6 billion DVD and blu-ray purchases occuring. This is the first time that online streaming has out-paced DVD purchases. But, I must now call into the question the study, just for our readers. When you purchase a DVD, you get to keep a copy of the movie in question. However, some of the main providers of online streaming are more akin to Blockbuster where you are renting a video and don't get to keep a copy.
I stumbled upon this video on my trawl through Reddit today between posting news, and it completely blew me away. It's a short 8-minute video, set in a post-apocalyptic universe that has been taken over by vegetation, trees, and... robots.
The video above is absolutely stunning, the animation is amazing for what seems a small-scale project, but big-scale plans. The team at OddBall Animation have pulled off an absolutely wonderful looking piece of animation, in a world where it makes me want to see more. I was left wanting so much more at the end.
A game in this universe with next-gen graphics would be so amazing. My hat goes off to everyone involved in this, and I thought it would be good to share around and our readers would enjoy it. Be sure to let the creators know, or comment on this news, retweet it, share it on your Facebook or Timeline!
I'm a huge fan of the Alien movies, with James Cameron's outing, Aliens, my favorite. But, it all started with Alien, that was the grand daddy of these movies, and cemented them as an amazingly detailed, intricate world.
Ridley Scott was given another opportunity to visit the universe, with "Prometheus". With this outing, Scott creates a groundbreaking mythology, where a team of explorers discover a clue to what they think is the origin of mankind, but in reality, it is not. From there, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
That sounds just a little exciting, doesn't it? The previous teasers and trailers have not excited me as much as this one. The only thing I can say after watching that, is I have goosebumps.
AnandTech have tackled something I haven't had the time to test yet: iTunes gear in 1080p. They've tested the iTunes 1080p downloads to the proper Blu-ray Discs (BRD). The only issue is they were forced to take actual photos of the screen, versus screenshots, because of the hardware and DRM-based limitations, boo.
The screen used was identical in both tests, a Dell U2312HM monitor with a 1920x1080 resolution, a MacBook Air connected through the DisplayPort port, and a Panasonic DMP-BD65 Blu-ray player that was connected with a HDMI-to-DVI cable. AnandTech then used the movie 30 Days of Night, which was filed in the common Super 35 film format, and transferred itno the 2k digital intermediate, which means it was edited in the digital domain.
Now, considering that the BRD version of the movie is a dual-layer BD 50 disc that sports both the Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS-HD tracks, the iTunes version is not very big at all. The iTunes version is just 3.62GB, and contains the stereo AAC track as well as the Dolby Digital 5.1 track. AnandTech have a few photos showing the difference between the versions, so you should check the rest of the story out here.
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