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Google TV hits Europe, and more in September

Google TV is set to launch in Europe, and other parts of the world in September. Sony will be manufacturing and selling two different Google TV-based consumer products, according to a report by Les Echos via GigaOM.

 

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If you want to jump on the Google TV train, the standard set-top box will retail for around $266, with a premium model featuring a Blu-ray player will have a $399 price attached to it. Echos does not that Google TV is confirmed to launch in France and could also hit Germany, Spain and the U.K. simultaneously.

 

On the remote control for the unit, we could see a Google Play button that will direct users to Google's app and content stores, which would be a big change and quite easy for users to get into. Sony are also jumping on board, where they'll bundle their Music Unlimited on-demand library with each system. Google is expected to launch a second-generation of Google TV products later in the year, which will have ARM-based processors instead of the more expensive Intel-based chips.

Pioneer adds two new Elite AV receivers to their 2012 lineup

Pioneer have just updated their 2012 AV receiver line up with two additional Elite-branded receivers, first up we have the VSX-42 which is priced at $450 and the second one at $650 - the VSX-60. Both AV receivers sport six HDMI inputs on the back, Ethernet, video scaling, optional Bluetooth ($99) with A2DP, AirPlay, DLNA, Panadora, and iOS or Android apps.

 

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The VSX-60 is a bit beefier, with 10 more watts per channel, 7.2 instead of 7.1 support, optional Wi-Fi, and a better video processor. The VSX-60 also sports a HDMI input on the front of the receiver, is SiriusXM ready and adds a bunch of video and audio enhancements such as Stream Smoother, Advanced Video Adjust and a few others.

 

Pioneer are making these units cheap enough that even if you have an existing amp, you might consider upgrading. This includes myself.

Ashton Kutcher is set to star in "Jobs", an indie film about Steve Jobs

Ashton Kutcher landed the starring role in Two and a Half Men, after a very public departure from Charlie Sheen, and is now set to star in an upcoming film, "Jobs". Jobs will be a film that will chronicle Jobs' life from his teenage year through to the co-founding of Apple.

 

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The film is set to be directed by Joshua Michael Stern, who directed Swing Vote, and is based on a script by Matt Whiteley. Mark Hulme from Five Star Institute is providing financial backing for the indie movie. MTV has noted that Kutcher has established a reputation as a romantic comedy actor in films such as "New Years Eve" and "What Happens in Vegas", but hasn't proved himself as a dramatic lead in movies outside of his 2004 film "The Butterfly Effect" and 2006's "Bobby".

 

It's hard to deny that Kutcher doesn't look like Jobs, just look at them side-by-side in that picture above. Quite the resemblance. One would think after the success of The Social Network that there would be considerable weight, in the form of budget, actors and director behind a Steve Jobs film, strange indeed.

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.

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