Sonic the Hedgehog is getting his own feature film, after nearly 25 years since he was first introduced to the world. Sony will be teaming up with Sega Sammy Group in order to realize the blue blur into a combination action and CGI film.
This is the first theatrical production with Sonic, though he's had plenty of other animated for TV dramatizations. Speaking to The World Folio, the Sega chief executive, Hajime Saito confirmed the movie, saying that "Sega Sammy Group is currently planning with Sony Pictures to create a live-action and animation hybrid Sonic The Hedgehog movie scheduled for release in 2018."
Sonic is celebrating his 25th anniversary this year and there has been much speculation as to whether a new game is in development as well. Sega even teased a new piece of the puzzle just yesterday, hinting at something special for this year.
Voice dictation is on its way to Apple TV. Currently, Siri is supported by the device, but you are not able to utilize dictation for searching (including the App Store) or entering user account information, but that will change when Apple releases its tvOS 9.2 beta 3.
The update will also add support for Bluetooth keyboards, iCloud Photo Libraries, and Live Photos, as well as the ability to group apps into folders on the home screen.
9.2 should launch this spring; a hard date may come next month.
The movie industry is rife with a tremendous amount of talent,both on-screen and off-screen. Actors and actresses are challenged with having to get fully into their roles to convince us of whatever might be happening on screen. And surely they're the stars of the big-screen, but what about the people behind the scenes that make things go smoothly? The individuals who work diligently to make the experience a the experience truly cinematic, engaging and, ultimately, enjoyable.
The attention is on the actors on screen, but behind the scenes is where the magic happens.
And we had the opportunity to interview one of the industries most talented animators, turned pre-visualization artists, Mark Anthony Austin. Throughout his career he's worked on 20 hit blockbuster movies that include Star Trek Beyond, Goosebumps, The Jungle Book (2016), Avengers, Oblivion, War Horse, X-Men Days of Future Past and even Star Wars - A New Hope - Special Edition, where he had the honor of playing the legendary Boba Fett. The one character in Star Wars that has had the least amount of on-screen time, yet has become one of the most popular characters of all time.
One of music's greatest producers Rick Rubin has a strange new project coming out: a Star Wars-themed electronic album featuring sound effect samples from the films. Named Star Wars Headspace, it includes tracks from Flying Lotus, Kaskade, A-Trak, Bonobo, Rubin himself, and many more. If you like, you can check out some samples here or listen to Zane Lowe's Beats 1 program throughout today to get a feel for it.
Headspace is releasing February 19 digitally (iTunes pre-orders are up here) and March 18 the old-fashioned way. The full track list is behind the jump.
The world's first Blu-ray player (in North America at least) is said to be available about a month ahead of time, starting as early as last Friday. The Samsung UBD-K8500 (which resembles a certain Sega console), according to some enthusiasts, can be found in some shops now, while Best Buy customers are being told it's shipping this Wednesday; others say a store in Santa Monica was advertising it and promptly sold out.
Funnily enough, the K8500 -- currently $399 -- can't actually play 4K Blu-rays at the moment, as they aren't currently available: Amazon is taking pre-orders for The Martian and Kingsmen: The Secret Service, but both don't ship until March 1. However, the device can stream 4K content from Netflix and other providers.
It seems that it's almost tradition for Marvel movies to include a post-credits reveal or sneak-peak into the next installment that they're working on. And Deadpool is definitely no exception in this regard. The co-creator of Deadpool, Rob Liefeld, wants everyone to know to stay until after the credits to enjoy something special.
To add a little excitement, the co-writer of the movie, Rhett Reese confirmed that this new after-credits bonanza was something that's been added just before it hits theaters, so not even the reviewers have seen what this is. Could this be a tie-in preview to a new Deadpool movie? Perhaps a jumping off point for the character Cable as well.
The mystery is intriguing and we're almost certain that staying for the teaser should be worth it, especially for fans of all things Marvel.
Now that Netflix is getting serious about geoblocking - cracking down on Australians using VPNs to access US content - the streaming giant has said that US military bases will be exempt from geoblocking.
Netflix spokeswoman Anne Marie Squeo explains: "Netflix always exempts U.S. military bases around the world. They will still be able to access the U.S. catalog". But, as overseas servicemembers, using VPNs has become a way of life to access US content from Netflix. Petty Officer 2nd Class Shaundell Wright, quartermaster with Yokosuka Navy Base's Port Operations Dispatch said that being stationed overseas can be a culturally disorientating experience, reports TechSpot.
Wright said: "For me Netflix is a way of being home. It boosts your morale by letting you watch the things you would be able to see at home. We are already in a foreign country and everything is so different. So, to be able to watch Netflix feels good".
Netflix has gotten tough with VPN users in Australia trying to get around the geo-restrictions it puts up, with Netflix blocking Australian viewers from streaming their US-only videos.
We reported a few days ago that uFlix, a paid service that lets Australians change their IP address and DNS settings, and is now getting caught in the flak. Netflix has told some of its Australian customers: "You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again". With over 75 million users, Netflix can pretty much do whatever it wants.
Right now, only certain users are being excluded, with uFlix saying: "We are working on a solution to get around these new measures and apologize for the inconvenience to those who are currently only getting Australian Netflix".
Disney recently announced it had delayed the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII until December 15, 2017 - which has now had a major affect on the sequel to Avatar, also due in Christmas 2017.
According to The Wrap, 20th Century Fox has now delayed Avatar 2 - even after James Cameron said they were targeting the holiday release window of 2017. But, the release of Avatar 2 has been up in the air for a while, rumored for 2014, 2015 and even 2016 - but now, who knows when James Cameron's next juggernaut will be released.
But, it makes sense that they wouldn't want to compete against Disney and the unstoppable Star Wars franchise, especially during the holidays. We're not just talking about the movie here either, but merchandise, and everything else that launches with Star Wars: Episode VIII, and Avatar 2. We should hopefully see Avatar 2 released in 2018, but at this rate it might be 2020 before Avatar 2 is released.
After the huge week that Warner Bros. has had, with new TV spots for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the official trailer to Suicide Squad, and our first look at the Wonder Woman movie for 2017, WB has provided a release date for Justice League: Part One.
Justice League: Part One will be released on November 17, 2017 - a few months after Wonder Woman hits screens on June 23, 2017. Just a few days ago, Warner Bros. released its first concept art for Justice League, where Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg all appear - beautifully, I might add.
The big start to the DCEU started with Man of Steel but kicks off in a far bigger way with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which premieres on March 25, 2016.