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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson made James Cameron change one thing in the re-release of Titanic 3D

We are being greeted to a re-release of James Cameron's Titanic, which is being done in 3D, and there is one specific, and very detailed change being done to the movie. After much nagging from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cameron made one edit to his 1997-released film, which is in relation to the star formation during the sinking of the Titanic.

 

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Most directors would not have bothered with changing it, but Cameron has a knack for perfectionism, and Tyson convinced him to change it. The scene in question is when we see Rose reclining on a piece of driftwood while looking up at the sky. Tyson first e-mailed Cameron years ago, where he noted that the star field she was looking at was incorrect for the night of April 15, 1912 at 4:20am, and bought up the issue more and more over time as the two ran into each other over the years.

 

Finally, Cameron's team asked Tyson to send over an accurate sky map for the date and time, that is used on the 10th anniversary director's cut of Titanic. The new, updated star formation will also be seen in the new 3D re-release of the film, too. Cameron also described Tyson's original message as "quite snarky", but conceded that he did in fact, have a point. Cameron says:

 

With my reputation as a perfectionist, I should have known that and I should have put the right star field in. So I said, 'All right, send me the right stars for that exact time and I'll put it in the movie.

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Total Recall trailer - looks impressive, where can I jack in?

The trailer to Total Recall is now out, and if you haven't seen the original which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, I suggest you do - it's a great film. This new Total Recall is based on the 1990 film, but unlike the original film, the new one has strong political influences, as mentioned in the 1966 novel. Check out the trailer below:

 

 

Well, doesn't that look awesome? I think so anyway. I actually yelled out "f*** yes!" when Colin Farrell's character took out the room of guards, while the camera swung around the room in one shot. Very nicely done, Les Wiseman. The movie has a reported $200 million budget, so that would be why the special effects look impressive.

 

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Total Recall hits on August 3, 2012 and stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and a favorite of mine: Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame.

Ron Burgundy announces Anchorman 2 on Conan

Will Ferrell appeared in character as the super-amazing Ron Burgundy from Anchorman on Conan tonight, where he announced that Paramount has had a change of heart, and have agreed to make a sequel to one of the most quotable movies of all time: Anchorman.

 

 

Ron took the stage, playing the flute and took a few stabs at Conan saying how awful he looked, telling him to go to a plastic surgeon, to point to his face and say "this is a page 1 re-write". In full character, Will Ferrell is just amazing.

 

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Anchorman 2 has now been announced, people, and has gone to my number 2 most wanted to see movie list under Superman: Man of Steel in 2013. Anchorman 2 is no longer stuck in a glass cage of emotion, and has now kicked back with a 30-year-old scotch and is sipping away until release.

Online streaming will overtake DVD sales in US this year

With internet speeds constantly increasing, more and more people are able to stream music and videos online reducing the need for CDs and DVDs. Add in the lower cost of streaming options versus the alternative of going out to a theater or purchasing DVDs and you can see why, for the first time ever, the amount of online movies streamed legally will outpace the number of DVDs sold.

 

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IHS Screen Digest is predicting that 3.6 billion movies will be streamed in 2012 with only 2.6 billion DVD and blu-ray purchases occuring. This is the first time that online streaming has out-paced DVD purchases. But, I must now call into the question the study, just for our readers. When you purchase a DVD, you get to keep a copy of the movie in question. However, some of the main providers of online streaming are more akin to Blockbuster where you are renting a video and don't get to keep a copy.

RUIN - an animated short set in a post-apocalyptic universe

I stumbled upon this video on my trawl through Reddit today between posting news, and it completely blew me away. It's a short 8-minute video, set in a post-apocalyptic universe that has been taken over by vegetation, trees, and... robots.

 

 

The video above is absolutely stunning, the animation is amazing for what seems a small-scale project, but big-scale plans. The team at OddBall Animation have pulled off an absolutely wonderful looking piece of animation, in a world where it makes me want to see more. I was left wanting so much more at the end.

 

A game in this universe with next-gen graphics would be so amazing. My hat goes off to everyone involved in this, and I thought it would be good to share around and our readers would enjoy it. Be sure to let the creators know, or comment on this news, retweet it, share it on your Facebook or Timeline!

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Prometheus International Trailer... Ridley Scott has it in the bag

I'm a huge fan of the Alien movies, with James Cameron's outing, Aliens, my favorite. But, it all started with Alien, that was the grand daddy of these movies, and cemented them as an amazingly detailed, intricate world.

 

 

Ridley Scott was given another opportunity to visit the universe, with "Prometheus". With this outing, Scott creates a groundbreaking mythology, where a team of explorers discover a clue to what they think is the origin of mankind, but in reality, it is not. From there, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

 

That sounds just a little exciting, doesn't it? The previous teasers and trailers have not excited me as much as this one. The only thing I can say after watching that, is I have goosebumps.

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1080p iTunes flicks, can they compete with full-blown Blu-rays?

AnandTech have tackled something I haven't had the time to test yet: iTunes gear in 1080p. They've tested the iTunes 1080p downloads to the proper Blu-ray Discs (BRD). The only issue is they were forced to take actual photos of the screen, versus screenshots, because of the hardware and DRM-based limitations, boo.

 

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The screen used was identical in both tests, a Dell U2312HM monitor with a 1920x1080 resolution, a MacBook Air connected through the DisplayPort port, and a Panasonic DMP-BD65 Blu-ray player that was connected with a HDMI-to-DVI cable. AnandTech then used the movie 30 Days of Night, which was filed in the common Super 35 film format, and transferred itno the 2k digital intermediate, which means it was edited in the digital domain.

 

Now, considering that the BRD version of the movie is a dual-layer BD 50 disc that sports both the Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS-HD tracks, the iTunes version is not very big at all. The iTunes version is just 3.62GB, and contains the stereo AAC track as well as the Dolby Digital 5.1 track. AnandTech have a few photos showing the difference between the versions, so you should check the rest of the story out here.

Deal of the Day: HP Pavilion dv6t laptop, Core i7, 8GB RAM, Blu-ray - $749.99 shipped FREE!

Our Deal of the Day is HP Home & Home Office Store - HP Pavilion dv6t Quad 15.6" Laptop PC w/ Intel Core i7-2670QM, 8GB DDR3 RAM, Blu-ray - $749.99 Shipped Free! .

 

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HP has a new $400 off coupon code is good on the powerful and popular HP Pavilion dv6t Quad, dv7t Quad, and ENVY Laptops! Here is an awesome configuration for the dv6t Quad for $749.99:

 

  • 2nd Gen Intel Core i7-2670QM Quad Core 2.2GHz to 3.1GHz
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  • 1GB AMD Radeon HD 7470M GDDR5 Discrete Graphics [HDMI, VGA]
  • 8GB DDR3 System Memory
  • 750GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
  • HP TrueVision HD Webcam w/ Integrated Digital Microphone
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  • 802.11b/g/n WLAN

 

This is a fantastic price for the bestselling HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition laptop PC!

 

HP PAVILION DV6T QUAD EDITION I7-2670QM BLU-RAY LAPTOP DEAL

 

Use coupon code: NBG8662 for the $400 off discount. Expires after 800 uses or on 03/17/2012.

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New Apple TV supports 1080p and the UI is 1080p as well

Apple has just started talking about Apple TV changes at its iPad event that's happening right now and one of the first announcements regards Apple TV.

 

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It is getting an update to support 1080p TV episodes and the user interface is also getting an update to 1080p as well. The new Apple TV will be going on sale next week for $99 and you can order it today, well once the Apple store opens again, probably shortly after this event finishes up.

 

We'll post more as it comes in.

Boxee Box intros another box, now offers Pornhub, the 'YouTube of Porn'

Boxee has slowly been making their Boxee Box more awesome, but I think today's change will catapult it into the hearts, souls and pants of many more. Boxee has just teased they're nearly ready to introduce Pornhub.

 

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Yes, Pornhub. Pornhub is considered the YouTube of porn, where it offers user-generated video, as well as professional-grade content. Yes, it's porn, but porn is a multi-billion market, and Boxee are smart for entering that arena. Boxee are also not new to offering adult services, such as Fyre.

 

Pornhub will make its ad-free debut, free to watch is a great way to get customers interesting. It also claims its the first, official free adult app on Boxee to do so. This marks the first move of Pornhub being made available on TVs. Right now, Pornhub's bread and butter (I was going to use a pun, but I'll keep it clean!) is still the web, where they enjoy an insane 100 million page views per day, with 25 million visitors and 3 billion page views per month.

 

You can now see this is serious business, which will mark a change in Boxee Box. Hopefully users of Pornhub won't hear about Boxee Box and think it's an up-and-coming porn star.

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