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Peter Jackson is shooting "The Hobbit" at 48fps, the movie industry gets a glimmer of hope for quality changes
The man of many Lord of the Ring fans wet dreams, Peter Jackson, is currently shooting The Hobbit and has taken some time out of his busy schedule to update the official Facebook account with some info on The Hobbit. He posted some production photos and an article explaining why he has decided to shoot the two-part Lord of the Rings prequel at 48 frames per second. He even took time to address critics of the move to 48fps:
Film purists will criticize the lack of blur and strobing artifacts, but all of our crew-many of whom are film purists-are now converts. You get used to this new look very quickly and it becomes a much more lifelike and comfortable viewing experience. It's similar to the moment when vinyl records were supplanted by digital CDs. There's no doubt in my mind that we're heading towards movies being shot and projected at higher frame rates. Warner Bros. have been very supportive, and allowed us to start shooting THE HOBBIT at 48 fps, despite there never having been a wide release feature film filmed at this higher frame rate. We are hopeful that there will be enough theaters capable of projecting 48 fps by the time The Hobbit comes out where we can seriously explore that possibility with Warner Bros.
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News is floating around that LionsGate is looking to bring the Cube series back to life in the form of a 3D-based movie, be it a prequel, sequel or reboot. If you haven't seen Cube, you're missing out on an amazing movie.
Cube was the Saw movie of the 90's, before Saw was cool and pumping up $100 million weekends, Cube was a small hit from 1997 that spawned two follow-up movies in 2002 and 2004.The movie was a horror/thriller with a twist, that featured a group of people trying to escape a number-coded series of rooms which were booby-trapped, all within a maze-like structure.
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Apollo 18 is a movie filmed in the "found footage" documentary style which involves the story of the Apollo 18 undocumented and covert mission to the moon which reveals other life forms which are quite disturbing.
The movie is produced by Night Watch/Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov with the movie poster teasing "There's a Reason We've Never Gone Back To The Moon." It's like the love child of Paranormal Activity and Alien and actually looks quite good.
The trailer for Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class has hit the internet. The movie is described as a "Casino Royale-style prequel/reboot of the comic book series".
The story of First Class "charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events." The trailer looks quite impressive, with a tonne of action scenes that I'm looking forward to seeing. I think it will at least be better than the third X-Men movie.
Superbowl 2011 is one of the most exciting times of the year for an Australian like me. I don't want the football action, but give me those $3 million, 30 second movie teasers that roll around each year and I'm a happy boy. This year is no different, we have the finale of Michael Bay's Transformers movies, JJ Abrams' Spielberg-ian Super 8 and Chris "Flame-On" Evans as Captain America. Check out the first trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon below:
Well, that was just off it's dial wasn't it? Looking forward to that a fair bit for turn-your-brain-off special effects pr0n. Next up we have JJ Abrams Super 8. I personally think it gets the 1980's feel just right and feels like Close Encounters mixed with The Goonies, with an entire new angle I'm sure we'll see from Abrams.
Reports of this surfaced last year and personally, I was running around the house screaming "I need TP for my bunghole!" Mike Judge is now back as creative extraordinaire and of course, the voices behind the title characters - Beavis and Butthead.
EW.com reports that MTV made the announcement at their Upfront presentation in New York yesterday. I for one cannot wait, nostalgia is a great thing and I just hope the humor that Beavis and Butthead had in the 90's is continued in today's society somehow. *insert Beavis's laugh here*
I would bet that a bunch of you have watched shows on Hulu that you missed during the week. Hulu is a great way to catch up on the shows you miss or that your DVR can't record. The catch is that some of the shows don't show up for weeks after they air on TV making you even more behind.
Hulu has announced that it has signed a new content agreement with Viacom. The agreement will get some Viacom shows back on Hulu the morning after they air. These shows include The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. The deal will also bring some of the cool older shows Viacom has to Hulu Plus subscribers. Any geek that was around in the 90's probably watched Beavis & Butthead. The deal will get the back episodes of the animated comedy on Hulu Plus along with Chappelle's Show (I'm Rick James Biatch!), The Hills, and Reno 911 as well.
Other new shows will hit Hulu Plus 21 days after they first air. These 21-day delay shows will include Jersey Shore, Teen Mom 2, and Tosh.0. A 21-day delay might as well be never in my book; I have forgotten about a show by that point and don't care to watch it.
If you are a home theater fan in the UK that uses a Samsung Blu-ray player that is internet connected and supports apps you are getting a new feature to enjoy. Samsung has announced that it will be integrated the streaming video service LOVEFiLM into its full line of Blu-ray players for the UK.
Once the app lands any LOVEFiLM subscriber on a plan that is £5.99 monthly or more will be able to activate the app and stream films. The app will be offered via the Samsung Internet@TV service and will have a range of content. The content will include a number of Hollywood blockbuster films and independent films such as Cannes Film Festival nominees.
Samsung says that more apps will be coming during the year for the Blu-ray players. Andy Griffiths, Vice President, Consumer Electronics, Samsung UK comments, "Adding the LOVEFiLM streaming service to all Samsung Blu-ray players and Blu-ray Home Theatre Systems is great news for us at Samsung as we're dedicated to providing our customers with relevant and exciting content, all from the comfort of their own home."