Some of you may not have heard about this movie, but Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel's new movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - in fact, it's the tenth installment in the MCU. Check out the trailer below.
It looks great, and continues to humor that fills the other Marvel movies such as Iron Man, The Avengers and Thor. Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn who directed Super and Slither - movies you may not have seen, but you should. Guardians of the Galaxy is a star-studded flick, as usual, with Chris Pratt in the leading role with Avatar's Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro.
Guardians of the Galaxy reaches cinemas on August 1, 2014.
To celebrate this week's release of the 2005 classic Australian horror film Wolf Creek releasing for the first time on Blu-ray, along with the forthcoming theatrical release of Wolf Creek 2, thanks to our friends at Roadshow Entertainment we have five copies of the original film to give away to some lucky readers.
Inspired by Australia's most gruesome true crime stories, Writer/Producer/Director Greg McLean has created a benchmark of modern horror, unflinching in its brutality and devastating in its psychological impact and starring John Jarratt in an unforgettable turn as outback murderer Mick Taylor.
To go into the running to take Wolf Creek home on Blu-ray, simply answer in 25 words or less the following question:
- If you were being stalked by a serial killer, where would the best hiding place be?
Send your answers, along with your address to firstname.lastname@example.org before the competition closes on Thursday February 20th.
Wolf Creek is available on Blu-ray + Ultraviolet exclusively from JB Hi-Fi from February 19th.
Just before the weekend kicked off, HBO teased a trailer for its upcoming comedy series, Silicon Valley, from creator Mike Judge. You might have watched some of Judge's previous content, such as Beavis & Butthead, Office Space, and King of the Hill.
The new HBO comedy comes from Judge's experience as a Silicon Valley engineer back in the late 80s. The show will follow introverted, social misfits living in a "Hacker Hostel," a "startup incubator" owned by millionaires in Silicon Valley. The show will see an 8-episode run starting on April 6. The trailer is pretty NSFW thanks to its content, but I'm incredibly excited to see what Judge can deliver.
Google's Chromecast is one of those little devices that comes along every few years and takes the tech community by storm. Almost all of my techie friends in the US have at least one Chromecast with some having several, and I fall into the latter category with 3 of the $35 HDMI dongles. Today Google announced that it is finally ready to expand the Chromecast outside of the US market.
On March 1st, Google will be launching the Chromecast into the UK market via Curry's, an electrical retailer similar to Frys here in the states. This launch follows the release of the Chromecast SDK earlier this week by Google, and comes along side several big-name companies announcing development of apps for the tiny streaming dongle. No word has been released yet on pricing but I expect it to stick around that $35 US price tag, but could see it increase slightly due to that silly VAT tax they have across the pond.
Netflix has just confirmed the Kevin Spacey political drama, House of Cards, will receive a third season. House of Cards started off as a two-season, $100 million investment, so this is the first renewal for the show.
The second season of House of Cards gets released - every episode, not just the first - on February 14. It will also be aired in 4K, if you've got the TV or display chops to watch it, I would highly suggest you do. I know I'll be spending Valentine's Day with a glass or five or red wine, House of Cards in 4K, and maybe I'll wear a suit, too.
The cord cutting movement is rapidly growing in popularity, and with services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Google Play gaining more market-share every day cable companies and networks are starting to show signs of fear. In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, John Skipper, ESPN's President said that protecting his company's pay-TV profits is his number one priority.
Skipper's stance on the importance of pay-tv services actually explains a lot about how the company manages its mobile app, WatchESPN, only streams the biggest games to those who subscribe to one of its pay-TV services such as ESPN GamePlan. ESPN claims that it currently has over 98 million active subscribers to its pay-TV services, but with cord cutting quickly becoming the new fad, industry analyst expect that number to begin falling. This is why ESPN says that it's careful not to market its app as a cord cutters alternative to purchasing a TV package with all the games one might be interested in.
If the rumors are to be believed, Pixar, the makers of Toy Story and Up, are working on a Star Wars movie. This makes a little more sense knowing that Disney, which owns both Pixar and the rights to Star Wars.
If Pixar were to make a Star Wars movie, it would be one of the countless tie-ins to Episode VII. The Latino Review is behind the rumor, so let's hope we hear more on this juicy rumor, and soon.
In a world where it seems that sharing any form of media with your friends is illegal or against the service's ToS, HBO has stepped up to the plate and said that it is OK to share your HBO Go account with friends and family. In a recent interview with website BuzzFeed, HBO's CEO Richard Plepler went on the record saying that "It's not that we're unmindful of it [ HBO GO Account Sharing ], it just has no impact on the business."
Plepler says that the company sees HBO GO as an added value feature to its Premium Channel cable service and not as an individual product in itself. He went on to say that allowing users to share their HBO Account with friends is a "terrific marketing vehicle for the next generation of viewers," and that it could lead to more HBO subscribers in the future. "HBO Go is value added - what you want to watch," Plepler said, in response to questions about offering HBO Go as a stand alone product. "Right now, that's the right model for us. Are we always thinking about optionality, of course we are always thinking about optionality... if the arithmetic changes and made sense in a different way we are not going to be caught without the ability to pivot."
It looks like we shouldn't be expecting a movie based in the Halo universe anytime soon, with the company issuing a statement to Eurogamer after a bunch of rumors over the last couple of weeks.
The latest rumor to the Halo movie fire was from GamesIndustry International, which reported a now-deleted tweet from Production Weekly that read: "The Halo project is a live-action feature-length digital produced by Ridley Scott." Microsoft smashed down its rumor hammer, stating that it had "no plans for a Halo motion picture at this time."
We are still to expect a Halo-branded TV show, with Steven Spielberg on-board.
Some of you may remember Carl Sagan's TV series 'Cosmos', and now the spiritual sequel is on its way. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, is hitting our screens on March 9 on FOX.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is being produced by Seth McFarlane of Family Guy fame, and stars the infamous Neil deGrasse Tyson. For those who thought this would be pushed to some weird hour, it is being pumped out on FOX during primetime. We will see the premier episode on Sunday, March 9 at 9PM, where it will extend out to 170 countries, in some 45 different languages.
It looks like Naughty America will soon spend considerable amounts of money to upgrade its equipment so that it can shoot porn in glorious 4K. The company's chief executive, Andreas Hronopoulos, told the Wall Street Journal that the money it is spending is enough to end the company if Ultra HD doesn't take off like most expect it to.
Hronopoulos said: "The closer we can come to making it feel like you're there, the more successful we are. Our customers want to get as close to reality as they can get, without reality getting in the way." We shouldn't be surprised to see the porn industry embracing 4K, as the porn industry is what drives a lot of the sales of these new formats.
Speaking to Australia's national newspaper, The Australian, Samsung representatives at CES have revealed that the oft-rumored quad-layer Blu-ray format--double the current standard, which could hold upwards of 100GB--will be revamped in preparation for the release of 4K Blu-ray discs by the end of the year.
Shunting aside the holographic standard and other tech prototypes, the 4K Blu-ray standard would seek to provide the world with the likely last physical home video format. In doing so, production costs could be kept down by manufacturing on current gen production lines, with a little tweaking.
Samsung revealed that the format is "good to go", save for the Blu-ray Disc Association having not selected which codec will be utilised. The current leading Blu-ray codec, AVC H.264, would seem to indicate it would be a good bet that the newer H.265 codec will be chosen; however, in recent times, numerous competitors have emerged, promising even more efficient encoding and other abilities.
CES 2014 - Samsung is pushing 4K at CES 2014, where the South Korean giant has inked content deals with Amazon, Comcast and M-Go. The three companies will now offer 4K streaming to Samsung's Ultra HD TVs.
Comcast will allow its Xfinity customers to launch the app through their Samsung 4K TVs, which will then stream 4K content to the set. Comcast has also said it is working with NBC Universal on securing more content. Amazon on the other hand is working with not only Samsung, but Warner Bros., Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox and Discovery to provide 4K content throughout the year.
One of my favorite shows of 2013 was House of Cards, but to mix the worlds of tech and great writing is even better. Netflix has released a new poster for the hit show, and a beautiful new 4K trailer for the upcoming second season of the political, back-stabbing drama.
You'll have to manually choose '2160p' in the options, but if you have the screen - or multi-screens - to handle this resolution, it doesn't get better than this.
Storage Visions 2014 - There is no doubting it, 4K is the buzzword at this years CES 2014 show in Las Vegas Nevada, and yesterday I got to check out my first piece of 4K hardware. The Nuvola NP-1 from Nanotech Entertainment is a small set-top box similar to Roku, but is capable of streaming 4K Video with no special connections.
Nanotech says that the Nuvola NP-1 is capable of streaming 4K Video via existing infrastructure via a 6Mb/s connection speed. The Nuvola NP-1 is based on an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, and is Miracast capable. Android 4.2 is running on the device and Nanotech says that it will receive regular updates to the next versions of Android as they become available.
LG will be showing off its first iteration of WebOS for its SmartTVs at CES 2014, and thanks to @evleaks we have just gotten a sneak peak at what it may look like. @Evleaks posted the photo on its Twitter account this morning, and I have to admit that the UI does not look all that bad.
LG appears to already have apps created for all of the major brands including Facebook, YouTube, Skype, Twitter, and more which will go very far into helping the new smartTV OS become mainstream. The TV shown in the photo is said to feature a 2.2GHz dual-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM which may sound impressive, but many low-end smartphones have more computing power than that today.
Despite all of its efforts in 2014, the MPAA was unable to curb illegal downloading of some of the years biggest movies. TorrentFreak has just released a report that says that Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was the most pirated movie of 2013.
With more than 8.4 million downloads, the Hobbit takes the cake for 2014, but is still a bit off from last years winner, Project X, which was downloaded more than 8.72 million times. The numbers are expected to be much higher however as TorrentFreaks numbers do not take illegal streaming, and cyberlocker based downloads into account. One thing is for sure though, with The Pirate Bay, and other torrent sites facing heavier pressure, the battle over piracy is far from over.
Less than two weeks ago, Samsung unveiled a 105-inch curved screen Ultra-HD TV that it will be showing off at CES 2014, the company has unveiled yet another uber-sized TV. The new 110-inch UHD TV features a flat-screen design with a full 4K resolution, and is supported by a free-standing metal frame.
Don't get too excited though, as this beauty is only available in China and the Middle east at the moment which is where the $50,000+ TV will have more buyers. I will be at CES 2014 next week, so keep an eye on TweakTown for images of that 105-inch curved screen beauty!
Earlier this year when LG announced that it would be purchasing WebOS, the mobile phone operating system developed by Palm, everyone wondered why LG would do such a thing. Many eyebrows were raised at the thought that LG might dump Android for WebOS, while others speculated that the company would turn it into something for the company's SmartTV division.
Today it appears that the latter has became true, and LG will debut its first WebOS powered SmartTV at CES 2014. With this announcement, it appears that WebOS may actually have a chance to thrive after all, despite its years of off and on again development. With companies like Samsung and Google developing operating systems designed to make our TVs more connected, it appears that we may see a race to the top in 2014.
Something that has just popped up into my radar in the last few minutes, is Transcendence. Transcendence is Wally Pfister's directorial debut, which stars Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman.
There are two trailers, the one above which is narrated by Morgan Freeman, and the one below, which is narrated by Depp. Transcendence is based around the idea of artificial intelligence (AI), where work is done to create a sentient machine that 'combines intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotion.'
The full synopsis makes it seem very, very intriguing:
Dr. Will Caster is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed-to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn and friend Max, both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can... but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will's thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power-to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.
More than 200 million connected high-definition TVs and media devices will be in U.S. homes over the next year, according to research group NPD.
"As consumers connect TVs to the Internet, they are not only using streaming services such as Netflix, they also switch from linear and on-demand TV programming to TV network apps such as HBO Go or WatchESPN," noted John Buffone, NPD analyst, said in a press statement.
Video game consoles and Blu-ray players are the top methods U.S. consumers use to enjoy Internet-based content in the living room - but devices such as the Google Chromecast will continue to shake things up in the market.