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The New Zealand government has inked a deal with James Cameron and major studios for not one, but three Avatar sequels to be filmed in the country. New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, announced the news, stating that there would be a budget of at least $NZ500 million ($461 million or so) spent locally during its production.
Where Cameron and the movie studios benefit by shooting in NZ, is that if the three Avatar movies meet the requirements of the deal between the NZ government and the studios, they will qualify for a total tax rebate of 25%, which gets pumped into the Avatar movies. The requirements include:
- Spending at least $NZ500 million in New Zealand, including most of the live action shooting and visual effects.
- New Zealand hosting at least one official red carpet premiere, and a featurette on New Zealand being included in DVDs and Blu Rays.
- An offer by Cameron to serve as a founding member of a new screen advisory board, which will provide advice and guidance to New Zealand screen and film makers looking to succeed internationally.
- Marketing and promotion of New Zealand and its film industry.
The new movies will reach us on Christmas 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Amazon announced this morning that it will be shooting all of its 2014 original series in 4K resolution in preparation for the coming shift to 4K. With more 4K TVs being sold every day, and the PC market adopting 4K rather quickly, this is a smart move on Amazon's part.
Amazon says that the Pilot episodes for its fine new original series have already been filmed in 1080p, but future episodes for the full series will be filmed at 4k. This means that both Netflix and Amazon are on the 4K bandwagon, and the ball now lies in Hulu's court. With these online streaming services adopting 4K, it leaves us wondering how long it will be until the cable companies start offering 4K subscription packages or 4K movies on demand.
If you have ever ready any of my articles here at TweakTown that involve multimedia streaming, you know that I regard Plex as the best media streaming server and app combo out on the market today. You can imagine my excitement when Google announced this morning that Plex has finally made its way onto the Chromecast along with ten other third-party apps.
"I'm happy to tell you that over the last few months, we've been working closely with Google to bring Plex to the Chromecast," said founder Elan Feingold. "It's an honor for us to be among the first handful of apps on the device, and it's been great working with Google - we've never met a smarter or more energetic group of people to work with."
For those of us with substantial libraries being served up by Plex, this news is great, and the the addition of other apps such as Songza, Red Bull.TV, Revision 3, and Avia make Chromecast an even more affordable streaming device for anyone. With today's additions, Google has shown that it fully intends to support Chromecast well into the future, and now lets hope to see a Spotify, Vimeo, Amazon Instant, and Redbox Instant join the party soon.
If you didn't already know, you should expect a new Terminator trilogy, as the franchise is being completely rebooted. Now there's news popping up that Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures are developing a new TV series that will compliment the reboot.
The new Terminator TV series is being written in conjunction with the first film in the new trilogy, which should hit screens in June 2015. The new series will reportedly follow a critical moment from the original Terminator, but it will be pushed down a completely different narrative path. I don't know whether to be excited or not, but I did like Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Sure, it was slow at times, and had its problems, but that last episode was absolutely awesome. I'm looking forward to the new movie, especially with Arnold Schwarzenegger signed on.
The full trailer to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is here, the sequel to the reboot of Spider-Man from Sony starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. The sequel takes on a few enemies, which you can see below.
We have Harry Osborne featured in the sequel, which is played by Dane DeHaan, and then we have Jamie Foxx who plays Max Dillon, or Electro. There's a lot happening in this trailer, and at times it could feel like too much - but if there wasn't enough action, people will complain too. I won't make judgement until I see it, but it does look good.
Let us know what you think in the comments!
The first season of House of Cards was great, and a massive success for Netflix, but now we have a confirmation of when to expect the second season of the hit show: February 14, 2014.
Netflix knows when to release shows, and holidays are a huge hit because people are at home, and what better way to celebrate Valentine's Day, than sitting down with your loved one, watching House of Cards, right? There's even a teaser, which I'm two minds about watching... I might just bite the bullet and tease myself.
The World of Warcraft movie has been in development for a while now, but yet another speed bump has been hit, with Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures announcing the WoW movie has been delayed until March 11, 2016.
The World of Warcraft movie originally had a release date of December 18, 2015, so it's not too much of a delay. No reason was given for the delay, but it has been seven years in the making, and around five years since a director jumped onto the project. Delays are never usually a good sign, so let's hope the WoW movie is still impressive when it finally comes out.
Google's Chromecast is one of those cheap-enough tech devices that everyone should own, and the device is slowly getting better as the months roll by. Today Google announced that HBO has launched its HBO Go app on the Chromecast, which means that anyone with an open HDMI port and an internet connection can catch up on Game of Thrones.
"Google's Chromecast is one of the newest, more exciting devices in the marketplace today, so we are very happy to bring this capability to our subscribers," said Otto Berkes, CTO of HBO. "From the beginning, our goal has been to bring HBO GO to the devices where viewers want to watch it and Chromecast definitely falls into that category."
The app is able to stream HBO Go content from Android, iOS and even the HBO Go web app. For anyone who does not have a SmartTV, spending the $35 on a Chromecast is a much cheaper option than upgrading the entire TV. With HBO Go now on the device, keeping a Chromecast in your travel kit a better idea than ever before.
The next-gen consoles are really taking up our lives right now, with South Park jumping on board in its latest episode. The episode uses a Game of Thrones-style battle, where they beat other customers to great Black Friday deals.
The kids obviously want the next-gen consoles, so the PS4 vs. Xbox One battle begins. Better yet, the kids are all wearing the outfits that they'll be wearing in South Park: The Stick of Truth, with the episode taking the time to take a stab at the fact that the game was delayed - a nice touch. The episode ends on a cliffhanger, which is great as Black Friday is getting closer and closer, and so is the Xbox One.
I've just watched the episode, and it really pushes the differences between the consoles, with the kids arguing the points between the Xbox One and PS4. Cartman even says "let these Sony f**** wallow in their limited voice control functionality". Some classic Cartman right there!
It's on, it's off, it's on, it's off: this has been the way Intel has played its TV service game, until now. Bloomberg is reporting that Liberty Global, the European cable operator that owns Virgin Media, is talking with Intel in regards to its Web-based TV service.
Bloomberg's sources were quite coy, so we don't have much information on the talks between the two companies. The sources did say that the deal could easily disappear, all before any agreements are sealed. This means that Intel could still deliver its TV service, but nothing is in concrete just yet unfortunately.