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J.J. Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode VII

The brains behind Lost, Person of Interest and the latest two Star Trek movies, J.J. Abrams, will take the directors seat on Star Wars: Episode VII. Because of Abrams' work on Star Trek, it temporarily kicked him out of the race as director of the new Star Wars film.

 

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But, obviously this has been pushed to the side, as Abrams was a fan favorite to direct the new Star Wars movie. During an interview last month, Abrams said that he was asked by Lucasfilm to direct the new Star Wars movie, but passed on it previously due to his loyalty to Star Trek, he elaborates:

 

[Lucasfilm president] Kathy Kennedy is a friend and there are no smarter producers. It's in great hands. There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to 'Star Trek,' and also just being a fan, I wouldn't even want to be involved in the next version of those things. I declined any involvement very early on. I'd rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.

 

The new J.J. Abrams directed Star Wars movie will fly into cinemas in 2015.

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Check out first clip of Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs in 'JOBS'

ETOnline has managed to get the first clip of Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs in the upcoming film "JOBS." In the clip, seen in the full story, Steve Jobs is trying to convince Steve Wozniak that the operating system created by the latter is something that everyone will eventually want.

 

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The line "How does somebody know what they want if they've never even seen it?" said by Steve Jobs eventually became the mantra that Apple created by. They created products that most people had never seen before, or reinvented products into new forms, basically creating markets for themselves.

 

Ashton Kutcher appears to do a good job portraying the late Steve Jobs, who passed away in October 2011 at the age of 56. The film will be released April 19, 2013, as April 2013 is the 37 anniversary of the founding of the Apple Computer Company. What are your thoughts on the clip?

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TPB AFK, the documentary on The Pirate Bay, will be released for free on February 8

The documentary peering into the lives of the people behind The Pirate Bay, TPB AFK, is set to be released as a free download on February 8 - the same time that the doco gets shown at the Berlinale, Berlin's international film festival.

 

 

TPB AFK's director, Simon Klose, has said that it's the first movie that will be released online at the same time as its Berlinale screening. Klose hopes that the release plans will mirror the documentary's subject matter itself, which I'm sure it will. He adds:

 

By sharing this film under a Creative Commons license, we hope to contribute to a serious debate about the social and economic benefits of sharing. We also hope to prove that sharing can be a realistic business model.

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HBO confirms Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks to begin third WWII miniseries

There are leagues of fans of Band of Brothers and The Pacific, but now HBO have confirmed that producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are on-board for a third series set during WWII.

 

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The duo will reportedly tap Donald L. Miller's Masters of the Air as their source material, with the miniseries currently not titled. Miller's book is a narrative non-fiction work which tells the story of American bombers in their air campaign against Nazi Germany, focusing on the "Mighty Eighth" Air Force.

 

There's no ETA on the miniseries, but we should expect the production budget to be absolutely huge. Band of Brothers had a mammoth production budget of $125 and The Pacific blew its budget out to $200 million. So we should expect some big things from the third miniseries and I for one can't wait for it.

Terminator 5 gets some writers attached to it

Arnie always promised that he'll be back, and it looks like Terminator 5 now has some writers attached to it. Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier have collaborated on previous movies before, with Lussier known for the Nicholas Cage movie Drive Angry, while Kalogridis' credits include Shutter Island and Avatar.

 

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Fast Five director Justin Lin was previous attached to T5 as the director, but has moved on due to scheduling issues - mainly because the Fast and the Furious franchise is still making loads of cash - and now we have David Ellison getting into the director's chair.

 

Ellison has gotten involved because his sister, Megan Ellison, paid a large sum for the Terminator rights through her company Annapurna Pictures. David Ellison is known for his work through Skydance Productions, who have worked on Mission: Impossible - Ghost Prototol and the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness.

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Netflix to begin offering Adult Swim and other animated shows starting in March

Netflix has announced that it will begin offering animated shows from Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Warner Bros., and normal shows from Turner Broadcasting beginning in March.

 

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Fans of such shows like Robot Chicken, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Dallas will be able to queue up past episodes via their Netflix account starting in March. Also coming to the service is Sony Pictures Television's The Boondocks and from Warner Bros, Children's Hospital.

 

"We are delighted that Netflix will become the exclusive over-the-top streaming subscription destination for past seasons of favorite Cartoon Network and Adult Swim titles," said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix. "We're also thrilled to be able to offer the latest seasons of Dallas, one of the greatest all-time guilty pleasures."

Top Gun to return to theaters for six days in glorious 3D, re-release on Blu-ray after

Fans of the movie Top Gun, rejoice! The classic 80's movie is making a return to theaters, but for only six days. The new theatrical release features the movie in 3D glory and should be another IMAX 3D special. You'll only have six days to catch it, so it's likely to be a full house every day.

 

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If you miss the theatrical release, don't be too sad as the movie is also being re-released on Blu-ray. For your money, you'll get a copy of the 3D movie, a 2D copy, and a digital copy. You'll also get some special features, such as a "making of" documentary and music videos, likely of the iconic soundtrack.

 

The Blu-ray release will occur on February 19, though the disc is already up for pre-order. The theatrical release is set to run for six days starting February 8.

Nintendo Wii gets access to Amazon Instant Video

Those who rely on their Wii to provide entertainment in the living room have just been given another tool with which to do it. Amazon has released an app through the Nintendo eShop that will allow the Nintendo Wii to access Amazon Instant Video, much like the Wii can do with Netflix.

 

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It's nice to see Amazon still supporting the older Wii now that the Wii U has been out for a couple of months. The service is only available in the US and there is no word as to whether this will change in the future. It's doubted that they have any reasons for keeping the service to the US only, though, so it should make its way to other regions.

 

Setup is easy. Just download the app from the eShop and head to the special Amazon landing page to register the console.

BenQ releases two new 1080p 3D projectors, say hello to the W1070 and W1080ST

Two new 1080p 3D projectors have hit the market from BenQ. The W1070 and the W1080ST both bring the affordability of owning a HD 3D projector to new levels, according to the company.

 

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The W1070 features a high-end DLP Dark Chip 3 and is priced at $1099, while the W1080ST is capable of projecting a 100 inch image from just six feet away and is priced at $1299.

 

Both projectors are capable of 3D output from Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, 3D boxes and of course PC's. Both also support NVIDIA 3DTV Play, DLP Link and Dual HDMI input. Each have a contrast ratio of 10,000:1 and a built in 2w sound system. BenQ says that both the W1070 and W1080ST are shipping to retailers now.

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Netflix announces 'Super HD', as well as 3D streaming for certain ISPs

Netflix have used the cover, or not, of CES to announce some new enhanced streaming options for users on certain ISPs, these new options have confirmed the often rumored availability of 'Super HD" streaming.

 

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Super HD streaming is Netflix's name for streaming 1080p content, as well as 3D. Both services are available right now, as long as you're a Netflix subscriber with Cablevision or Google Fiber. Oh. For those lucky enough to jump on Super HD, you'll have the option of using a slew of devices: Nintendo's Wii U, compatible Roku players, Apple TV, Windows 8-based PCs, and certain Smart TVs and Blu-ray players.

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