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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CES 2013 - In a keynote speech at CES, Panasonic's chief executive Kazuhiro Tsuga said that he knew that hardware manufacturers can not survive on hardware alone and that they must begin improving on software as well.
"We are expanding our role from a hardware manufacturer to a total solutions provider," said Tsuga. When he was finished his speech, he introduced Panasonic's newest TV, a 56" Printed OLED 4k TV measuring in at just half an inch thick total.
The company is also working on creating user profiles for their TV's, letting each member of the family customize their home theater experience to suit their needs. There is not much 4k content out at the moment though, we have seen some devices that attempt to up convert to it but nothing that really did it well.
Sony to release 'mastered in 4K' Blu-ray discs, will launch a 4K digital distribution network this summer
CES 2013 - If there were two words to describe the huge electronics giants at CES 2013, it would be FOUR KAY. Yes, 4K - otherwise known as Ultra HD. Sony are really pushing their 4K goodies at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 in Las Vegas right now.
They launched their $25,000 84-inch Ultra HD LCD last year, which came with a hard drive solution including preloaded movies. Now those users can download native 4K movies, too. Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has said that "4K is not the future... it's now". Best words, ever. We should expect some new Ultra HD sets, too, with 55- and 65-inch models launching later this year.
Sony are also set to release 'mastered in 4K' Blue-ray discs where they'll be sourced in 1080p from their original 4K masters in high-bitrate which will look amazing when upscaled to 4K. The first movies to be released in this 'mastered in 4K' will be The Amazing Spider-Man, The Karate Kid, Taxi Driver and The Other Guys.
Samsung have unveiled some of their new home theater products ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 in Las Vegas, included with the announcement is Samsung coming out with what they're claiming to be the world's first sound bar system to sport a vacuum tube. We're also greeted by a new way of Bluetooth for TV audio reproduction, gyros that improve sound quality and finally an all-in-one home theater system that features an amplifier made with Gallium Nitrade.
HW-F750 Vacuum Tube Soundbar
Samsung's HW-F750 Vacuum Tube Soundcar is a sound bar and wireless subwoofer product, and is the South Korean company's latest digital audio product that sports a vacuum tube in the pre-amp stage. Not only does it look great, but it should sound great too. The sound bar will also sport Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming from supported Samsung TVs, and also comes with a built-in gyroscope which is used to help adjust the speakers' sound for optimal results based on the speaker's positioning.
HT-F9750W 7.1 Home Theater System
Samsung's 2013 flagship all-in-one home theater also sports a vacuum tube in the pre-amp stage, as well as an amplifier that is made from Gallium Nitride. The system is capable of some 1330-watts, and its included Blu-ray player is capable of 4K/Ultra HD upscaling and an audio override feature which powers the system up and mutes the Samsung TVs speakers with a single press of a button - simple!