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Scalpers charging up to $10,000 for Star Wars: Force Awakens tickets

By: Derek Strickland | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 7:12 pm

Just days ago millions of excited Star Wars fans crashed multiple movie theater websites with such voluminous bandwidth to secure their movie tickets, racking up record-breaking pre-order ticket sales, with AMC selling out 1,000 different showings across multiple theaters in just 12 hours.



With its ultra-wide screens and immersive 3D interaction, IMAX screenings are seen as the definitive way to see a gala affair like the triumphant return of Star Wars. As a result, IMAX screenings made up a huge portion of Force Awakens ticket sales, generating a staggering $6.5 million and "breaking every IMAX record" in the process.


But not everyone got their tickets. The massive demand has led to IMAX and regular screenings being sold out all over the country, with many many fans left out on the cold. Now the inevitable scalping has surfaced, with re-sellers commanding anywhere from $1,000 for tickets to a ridiculous sum of $10,000--a number that would make Emporer Palpatine grin in delight.

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Plex adds 4K support to its redesigned desktop media player

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 6:34 am

Plex has just renamed its desktop media player to Home Theater, adding 4K support. There's an improved user interface to boot, with the UI matching its various TV apps that will "leave all that original code behind".




The company hired the primary contributor from media playback engine 'mpv', as well as a full-time to help out with the redesigned app. Not only do we have a redesigned and faster UI, but there's support for a "true" 4K interface, multi-channel music tracks and better compatibility with H.265 video files, and more.


If you're a PlexPass subscriber, you can jump into this early, but if you're not - you'll be waiting a little while longer before you can get your hands on the 4K-capable Plex player.

Movie chain sites buckling under pressure for Force Awakens pre-orders

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 20, 2015 3:28 am

Pre-order tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is generating so much traffic for movie theater chain sites that they are buckling under the pressure, and crashing.




UK moviegoers have been trying to secure Force Awakens tickets from the likes of Odeon and Picturehouse Cinema, but their sites have already been taken down. Odeon wouldn't give out numbers on how many tickets it had sold, but -Vue- said it sold 10,000 tickets in just 90 minutes. A spokesperson for the trade publication said it was one of "the biggest first [hours] of advance ticket sales seen so far this year".


They added it would normally take weeks for ticket sales to get that high, so we should expect (like we didn't already) that Force Awakens is going to make a serious amount of money when it's released.

Google launches Chromecast Audio and improved Chromecast

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 29, 2015 6:16 pm

Google's cordcutter-friendly Chromecast device is getting even more friendly as of today with an updated design that makes it "easier to plug into TVs with crowded ports" and "supports the latest Wi-Fi standards and adapts more easily to changing Wi-Fi conditions in your home, so you get higher quality video with less buffering." And for those that like to customize, it comes in red and yellow in addition to the previous black.




The company is also launching Chromecast Audio, a device that lets you connect wirelessly to your speakers/sound system and stream music. Naturally, it supports a heap of apps, including Spotify and Pandora.


Both are available now. Also available today or at some point over the next few weeks is a Chromecast app update that's said to make it easier for you to find content.

IMAX rumored to be working on their own movies for IMAX screens

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 14, 2015 4:24 am

If you've ever watched a movie in an IMAX screen that was filmed with an IMAX camera, you'll know that there's nothing better. But the company doesn't see many movies hitting its screens, and it wants to see that change - even if it has to do so itself.




The Wrap is reporting that IMAX is in the process of making their own movies, and even the possibilities of allowing alternate programming to be blasted onto IMAX screens in the future. The company is talking with various potential partners, TV producers, and filmmakers to see what they can do to get IMAX into the limelight.


Why now? Well, during August there were hardly any blockbuster Hollywood movies on IMAX screens. IMAX Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Greg Foster explained: "There were no blockbuster movies released in August, there were none last week and none this coming weekend. That's three or four weeks of beachfront property. We want to provide the very best premium entertainment 52 weeks a year, and if creating it ourselves is the best way to do it, we're going to be excited about taking that step".

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Fox announce first 4K Blu-ray titles

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 6, 2015 12:05 am

With the upcoming UHD Blu-ray format specification announced and manufacturers gearing up to release product to the market, the first Hollywood distributor has now announced the first wave of titles that will be hitting retail early next year.




Twentieth Century Fox is the first studio to back the 4K successor to Blu-ray, with 'Exodus: Gods and Kings', 'Kingsman: The Secret Service', 'Fantastic Four', 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', 'Wild', 'Life of Pi' and 'The Maze Runner'.


There's still many questions yet to be answered on the new format, including whether legacy Blu-ray issues such as region coding apply, but with movement at the station there's no doubt the future is looking very high in resolution indeed.

Samsung unveils first 4K UHD Blu-ray player with 60FPS playback

By: Derek Strickland | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 5, 2015 10:11 pm

Samsung officially leads the 4K initiative by unveiling the first-ever consumer ready 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray player, ushering a new generation of high-fidelity entertainment into homes around the globe.




Samsung announced its pioneering UHD player, the UBD-K8500, at IFA in Berlin and touts some major performance boosts like ful 4K resolution at a fluid 60 frames-per-second, a 10-bit color palette that's 64 times more dynamic than standard Blu-rays, and object-based sound formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for UHDBR audio. The UHD Blu-ray player also sports an HDMI 2.0a port to support industry's new high dynamic range (HDR) standard and will be backwards compatible with current Blu-ray discs.


"The new player is also capable of upscaling content to provide UHD resolution for any disc, as well as for 4K streaming services," Samsung's visual display VP Mike Zoller said.

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Man of Steel 2 rumored to have George Miller in the director's chair

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 5:58 am

After the success of Mad Max: Fury Road, it looks like Warner Bros. could be using George Miller in their DCEU for the sequel to the Superman reboot Man of Steel.




The director of the documentary The Death of Superman Lives, John Schnepp, said that Miller has been shortlisted to direct Man of Steel 2. Man of Steel was directed by Zack Snyder, but Snyder has been busy with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and then Justice League: Part 1 reportedly begins filming in January 2016.


Miller directing Man of Steel would be an interesting choice, as it seems Warner Bros. is confident with its range of directors for the upcoming movies in the DC Extended Universe.

Ben Affleck has reportedly signed on for a new Batman solo trilogy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 7:11 am

All signs are pointing to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice being a kick ass entry in the DCCU, but it looks like the film's crew and Warner Bros. executives have seen a screening of the movie, where the working cut of the movie had a standing ovation from those that saw it.




Ben Affleck has kicked enough ass in Batman v Superman that Warner Bros. wants Affleck to not only direct a solo Batman movie, but they want him for an entire Batman trilogy. Den of Geek has the rumor, saying that Warner Bros. was already interested in Affleck starring, writing and directing a solo Batman movie, but now Warner Bros. wants three Batman movies.


It also makes sense, as over the weekend Affleck's upcoming movies 'The Accountant' and 'Live by Night' were delayed, giving him room to work and be involved (obviously quite heavily) in the new Batman movies. The first solo Batman movie is rumored for sometime in 2018, but we should hear more about this closer to the release of Batman v Superman.

Aziz Ansari explains interest in partnering with Netflix

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 17, 2015 8:50 am

Earlier in the year, comedian Aziz Ansari signed a 10-episode contract with Netflix for half-hour blocks of stand-up comedy. Ansari's "Aziz AnsarI: Live at Madison Square Garden" and "Buried Alive" were also added to the popular streaming service.




It has been a challenging time for traditional media broadcasters, with so much growing interest in Netflix and other services. Streaming video is reaching even more users, putting pressure on traditional TV bundles - and Netflix has been doing rather impressive things.


Here is what Ansari said while speaking of the perks of a deal with Netflix (via Deadline):

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