The best cinema experience I've ever had was seeing Interstellar in IMAX, thanks to Christopher Nolan shooting the movie in 70mm - so the news that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow shooting Star Wars: Episode 9 in 65mm has me beyond excited, and I'm not even a Star Wars fan.
Shooting movies in 65mm provides an IMAX level of quality and resolution, so the final product is a crisper look when played through projectors and on massive TVs. The grain from 35mm was present in J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens, but that won't be the case in Episode 9 - as 65mm will result in hyper-realistic detail.
Chief Marketing Officer and President of Kodak's Consumer and Film Division, Steve Overman, said that as more directors are taking advantages from the technology available, better and higher quality films are being made. There are large advantages to using traditional film over digital, with Interstellar from Christopher Nolan and his upcoming work on Dunkirk to impress thanks to Nolan's love of film.
Overman explains: "The creative and aesthetic distinctiveness of 65mm film is still well beyond the capability of digital capture. So when discerning filmmakers want to a create work of memorable grandeur and lasting visual quality, they know that only real film delivers".
Netflix is splashing around some big money for its upcoming 1970s hip-hop drama 'The Get Down', with costs of around $16 million per episode - and with the 12-episode order, we're looking at a total of $190 million for the show.
Baz Luhrmann is behind the project, as he has co-created the musical drama that is set in New York during the 70s, with iconic musicians like Nas and Grandmaster Flash thrown into the mix, and Oscar-winning costume designer Catherine Martin, and Pulitzer-winning writer Stephen Adly Guirgis, as well as the massive sets and huge cast, as Slashfilm reports: "there was no way this show was ever going to be cheap".
Deadline is reporting from their sources that Netflix is paying around $16 million per episode, and if we compare this to the $10 million per episode of Game of Thrones in S6, HBO wins by a long shot. Variety reports that The Get Down was originally budgeted with $7.5 million per episode, but Lurhmann pushed for more and more, leading to the $16 million per episode number. But are the numbers on Netflix's side?
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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".
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".
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.