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It's the best time to be a movie fan, with the impending release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December, then in March 2016 we have the huge release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but now we're beginning to learn more about the third entry in the Captain America franchise, Civil War.
The first trailer to Captain America: Civil War will reportedly play in front of The Force Awakens, according to the latest rumors. Considering Disney owns both Marvel and LucasFilm, it makes perfect sense to play the trailer to their next big movie in front of arguably, the biggest movie of 2015. It will also move likely fight against the next trailer to Batman v Superman, which is expected to drop very soon.
With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice rumored to be the most expensive movie ever made, Marvel and DC are going to be at each others necks for the next couple of years, starting with Civil War and Dawn of Justice.
If you ever want to visit Odessa, Ukraine, you might want to check out their latest monument which was erected in the honor of... well, Darth Vadar. Yes, Darth Vadar from Star Wars.
Alexander Milov has previously designed a huge robot statue, which can be found in Yuzhne, outside of Odessa. Milov's awesome-looking statue isn't just good looking, it's practical - as it includes a router inside of Vader's head, delivering Wi-Fi to those around him. Milov created the status by repurposing the existing Lenin statue which was located just outside of the factory.
The status was already scheduled for demolition that stands in line with new Ukranian laws on de-Communization, which requires all landmarks and geographic names dedicated to Lenin and other Communist figures to be eliminated, or removed. Workers at the Odessa factory didn't want the statue to be demolished, and instead requested for it to be redesigned - and what a redesign, we might add.
With all of the hoopla surrounding Star Wars, there's another massive movie that is coming soon - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The second movie in the new DCEU is coming out in March 2016, with a budget that is just as big as the two superheroes in the movie.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is rumored to have a budget of around $410 million, according to Latino Review, which would make it the most expensive movie in history. Considering the Superman reboot 'Man of Steel' cost $225 million, Warner Bros. must have some confidence that it's all going to pay off.
Securing Ben Affleck wouldn't have been cheap, and neither would a massive movie like this be when you consider all of the practical stunts, CG, and more. Then we have to consider the other superheroes joining Dawn of Justice - Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg - and baddies - Lex Luthor, and the rumored Doomsday - fans of the DC universe should begin to get very, very excited.
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.
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.
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'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.
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".
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 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.