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With Avengers: Age of Ultron already on screens around the world, and later this week in the US, news is beginning to leak on Avengers: Infinity War. Avengers: Infinity War is a two-part movie, which is expected to feature "an interplaterary battle between Thanos, The Avengers and maybe even the Guardians of the Galaxy" reports Slashfilm.
Marvel has been building up to this point in its Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) for the last 7 years, with Captain America himself, Chris Evans, teasing that he will be shooting both Infinity War movies for around 9 months. Evans will begin shooting Captain America: Civil War in August/September with Robert Downey Jr, after which he will have a few months off before kicking things into overdrive for Infinity War.
Evans spoke exclusively with Esquire, where he said: "You know, you plan around the Marvel responsibilities. You have to. We start [Captain America: Civil War] in a couple weeks, and then that shoots until August or something like that. August or September. Then I've got some downtime and I can do with it as I please. I don't know if I want to take time off or go pursue another directing job or find a movie to act in or, you know, do whatever I'm creatively inclined to pursue or wait, relax, enjoy my life. And then we start the Infinity War, I think, some time in the third quarter. Fall or winter of 2016. That's going to be like nine months to shoot both movies back to back".
With 'Fast & Furious 7' making over $1 billion and counting, it should come as no surprise that Vin Diesel has announced that 'Fast & Furious 8' will be released on April 14, 2017.
Diesel announced the news at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, where he said: "We're going to make the best movie you've ever seen". If the last Furious movie made $1 billion, what do you think the new one will make?
After a more than successful first season on Netflix, the streaming giant has announced that Daredevil will return in 2016 for a second season. The company hasn't announced when in 2016, but we now know it has been greenlit for a season season.
Daredevil's second season will see Charlie Cox return to play Matt Murdock aka Daredevil, with Rosario Dawson and Vincent D'Onofrio also returning in their respective roles. Steven DeKnight, who ran the first season, is out - replaced with Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez, who have worked on shows like Buffy and Sons of Anarchy.
Zack Snyder: if you're reading this, please stop. Snyder, the director of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, has just released a few seconds of the trailer to one of the biggest movies of 2016.
Snyder has confirmed we're to receive the official trailer to Batman v Superman next week, but before then there's a 15-minute "Batman v Superman IMAX Trailer Event" happening at particular IMAX theaters on Monday, April 20. But at 9am tomorrow morning on Twitter, there will be five seconds of footage from the movie - so prepare yourselves, and set an alarm on your phone.
With Avengers: Age of Ultron out next week here in Australia and on May 1 in the US, what better time for Warner Bros. to spin up the marketing campaign for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, than now?
We're being told that we're going to see the sure-to-be epic trailer to Batman v Superman on April 20, as it'll be attached to Mad Max: Fury Road, but we're to expect some new footage, as soon as this week. Zack Snyder, the Director on Batman v Superman, will reportedly release a few seconds of the trailer on Thursday, an hour before the new Star Wars trailer arrives during the Star Wars Celebration event.
Snyder will release the footage at 9am PST through Twitter, so be sure to follow his Twitter account.
Paramount Pictures has just gone Transformers crazy, with the studio wanting to setup a Marvel-like connected universe franchise for its Transformer franchise.
The studio has said that it's working on setting up a Transformers "incubator", where writers are tasked to come up with crazy ideas for new Transformers movies. Deadline is reporting that Paramount wants Akiva Goldsman, the writer behind I Am Legend and I, Robot to come on as Lead, where he would work with Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay. Paramount reportedly wants writers to come up with ideas not just for a multi-part Transformers sequel, but spinoff movies, too.
Goldman will reportedly not be penning any scripts, but he will be on the hunt for writers. Paramount is hoping to get a new Transformers movie ready for Michael Bay, but he has said that he probably won't be directing the new Transformers - but we've heard that before.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is only a year away now, and while we've seen Superman's new look, the new Batman and even Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor hasn't been unveiled, until now.
Jesse Eisenberg goes bald for the role of Lex Luthor, Superman's arch nemesis, with the director of the movie, Zack Snyder, explaining with Entertainment Weekly: "He's not any of the Lexes that you've seen, that's for sure other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course".
We don't have much to go on right now, apart from the single image of the evil genius that Eisenberg is playing. As a huge Superman fan, I'm positively ecstatic about how this is shaping up so far.
Netflix has been stepping up their efforts to combat piracy of their services, such as blocking VPN users, but it seems their largest threat comes from external competitors. Netflix recently sent a letter to their shareholders noting that piracy is one of their primary competitors, and specifically mentions the Popcorn Time app.
Popcorn time is an app that streamlines pirating a movie. It simply wraps the actual nuts-and-bolts of torrenting in an easy to use app, then streams the contents to the user. Instead of typical torrenting, where the user searches and then waits for the download, Popcorn Time starts streaming the torrent almost instantly. Popcorn Time is still just piracy in a slick wrapper, but the simplicity has made it a fearsome foe for Netflix.
It's been kicking around in limbo for a number of years, but to the surprise of many industry pundits Panasonic have today shown a prototype of the next generation Blu-ray format, dubbed 'Ultra HD Blu-ray' at CES and released key specifications. The full press release has been picked up by Blu-ray.com and confirms that the format will embrace 4K at up to 60 frames per second, the more efficient H.265 codec with bit rates up to 100 mbps, 10-bit gradation, High Dynamic Range and wider colour gamut.
Whilst the press releases does note that 'standards are being formulated by the Blu-ray Disc Association and have not yet been finalised', the company did not shed light on disc capacity or laser and pit groove technology will be employed. Panasonic did show a prototype of the player, but clearly it's in very early shape with the absence of a disc drive. With packaged media on the decline, it remains to be seen how the world will react to another disc based technology, but we might know a little more about the tech later this year.
The long-awaited release of The Interview resulted in only $1 million dollars in revenue at the box office. This is a small amount compared to most releases, which normally top $10 million when they feature top-billed actors. Sales results are also very likely skewed by the simultaneous release on digital platforms, such as Google Play and YouTube, which may have kept movie-goers at home. Sales figures from the digital release aren't available yet, but they are sure to garner widespread attention from the movie industry.
A digital release of a major Hollywood movie has never happened until much later in the cycle, primarily because the movie industry makes much more money from theater ticket sales. The inevitability of the ever-growing digital sales segment has raised questions in the past of how such a release would work. The impromptu release of The Interview should provide solid insight into how future movie releases may look, and how much money online platforms can generate in comparison to typical theater releases.