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Netflix making live-action Witcher series

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 17, 2017 12:45 pm

Move over, Game of Thrones; Netflix today confirmed that it's making a live-action series based on the epic Witcher franchise that will "stay true" to the original books.




Netflix will develop The Witcher books into a live-action series, with the Witcher series' original author Andrzej Sapkowski being closely involved in the project, Polish production company Platige today announced. The series will be English-based, not Polish, and will tap Sapkowski's rich and vibrant Witcher books for source material.


"Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar," said Erik Barmack, Netflix Vice President, international series. "We couldn't be more excited about bringing Netflix members around the world."


"I'm thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing," said Sapkowski. "I'm excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life."

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Final 'War for the Planet of the Apes' trailer swings in

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 17, 2017 7:40 am

Following on from the events of the 'Planet of the Apes' prequels 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' and its follow-up 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', the third entry 'War for the Planet of the Apes' is set to bridge the gap a little closer to the 1967 original. 20th Century Fox has today released the final trailer for the upcoming feature ahead of its July premier.



Motion capture artist Andy Serkis dons the suit for the third time to play Caesar, the fearless ape leader who spearheaded the rebellion against the humans and which ultimately led to our downfall. Series newcomer Woody Harrelson joins for a new role as a ruthless army veteran who commands the last vestiges of humanity's forces.


'War for the Planet of the Apes' is set to hit 3D, 2D and IMAX screens worldwide from July 14.

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'Power Rangers' reboot all but dead after China failure

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 17, 2017 3:43 am

While the newly rebooted 'Power Rangers' film was optimistically hoped to launch a new franchise, perhaps even a cinematic universe, but it now looks like a complete lack of interest all around the world has done what Rita Repulsa never could - actually kill the Rangers.




According to Slash Film, the $100 million film has barely been able to recoup its production budget at the worldwide box office, let alone the hefty marketing campaign which came with it. Despite a tepid response from western audiences, including $84 million from the United States , the production had hoped that a stellar taken in China and Japan would prove its saving grace. Unfortunately, the film only managed $3.3 million over its Chinese premier weekend - a far cry from the $50 million haul of 'Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. With just $138 million in the can, 'Power Rangers 2' looks to be fading dream. Or nightmare.

The new 'Emoji Movie' trailer is a horrifying spectacle

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 17, 2017 12:00 am

If you thought Sony Pictures couldn't stoop any lower than last years crap-fest 'Ghostbusters' reboot, well you were wrong. So very, very wrong.



Featuring the voice talents of T.J. Miller, Anna Faris, James Corden and Sir Patrick 'they drove a dump truck full of money to my house' Stewart, 'The Emoji Movie' is based on the messaging emoticons that infuriate web users everywhere. The film is directed by veteran animation artist Tony Leondis.


Whether you're up for it or not, 'The Emoji Movie' will hit cinemas in 3D and 2D on August 4th.

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Seth McFarlane launches live action sci-fi comedy show

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 16, 2017 6:11 am

Seth McFarlane, the man behind animated TV comedies 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad' has launched the first trailer for the upcoming sci-fi comedy 'The Orville', his first live action show.



Seemingly mirrored on 'Galaxy Quest' the 'Star Trek' spoof 'The Orville' stars McFarlane Ed Mercer, the captain of the starship Orville, Adrianne Palicki as Kelly Grayson, Orville's first officer and Ed's ex-wife and Scott Grimes as Gordon Malloy, ships helmsman and also Ed's best friend.


The series is set to premier during the 17/18 series, with 13 one hour long episodes. The series kicks off with a pilot episode directed by 'Iron Man' and 'Jungle Book' director Jon Favreau.

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Hackers obtain upcoming 'Pirates of the Carribbean' film

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 16, 2017 12:35 am

The irony is delicious, but Disney are less than amused that hackers have obtained a full copy of the unreleased 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' and are ransoming it for an undisclosed sum.




According to Deadline Hollywood, Disney is currently working with the FBI and are refusing to pay the "enormous" ransom that is being demanded. The unnamed hacking group have threatened to release the film incrementally is their demands aren't met. The hack is not believed to be related to recent WannaCry ransomware attack, but could be related to the recent leak of unreleased 'Orange is the New Black' episodes which were apparently sourced from a Hollywood post-production facility.


'Dead Men Tell No Tales' is set to hit theatres in 2D, 3D and IMAX across the world on May 26th 2017.

'Hellboy' movie series hits the reboot switch

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 12, 2017 4:47 am

Fresh from the announcement by Director Guillermo Del Toro a few weeks ago that 'Hellboy' 3 "will not happen", we now know why. The studio has decided to go full reboot.




According to The Hollywood Reporter, Millennium studios is in negotiations with producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin to reboot the property with Dark Horse Entertainment CEO Mike Richardson also producing. 'Stranger Things' star David Harbour is said to be in negotiations to take the title role. None of the actors from the previous two films, nor Del Toro are said to be involved.

The old 'Blade Runner' magic is back in new 2049 trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 9, 2017 3:52 am

Following on from last year's announcement trailer, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. have released a new trailer for the eagerly awaited 'Blade Runner 2049' which is set to return audiences to the universe for the first time since 1982.



'Blade Runner 2049' sees Harrison Ford return as replicant hunter Rick Deckard, alongside Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright. While Ridley Scott won't behind the lens this time around, with 'Sicario', and 'Arrival' director Denis Villeneuve stepping in, he will serve as a producer. Those worried by the potential to screw-up one of the best films of the 20th century shouldn't be overly alarmed - the script written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green has been described by Ford as "the best thing he's ever read".


'Blade Runner 2049' will hit 2D, 3D and IMAX screens worldwide on October 6 2017.

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AACS 4K Blu-ray copy protection scheme allegedly cracked

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 5, 2017 5:22 am

Nothing stays protected forever, and now it looks that hackers have compromised the AACS 2.0 copy protection scheme from the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format after just a year on the market.




According to Torrent Freak, release group UltraHDclub has boasted of released the "First Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc in the NET!", with a 53GB copy of 'The Smurfs 2'. The torrent suggests it is a bit-for-bit copy of a genuine 4K Blu-ray, rather than a recompressed HDMI capture. The AACS 2.0 copy protection scheme is touted as a heavily evolved version of the first iteration found on the Blu-ray format, developed by a collection of industry heavy weights such as Warner Bros, Disney, Microsoft and Intel. If this is indeed true (and we wouldn't be surprised to have it confirmed), it spells big trouble for the fledgling format.

'Terminator 2' 3D re-release trailer morphs into view

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 4, 2017 4:44 am

The 3D re-release of James Cameron's 'Terminator 2' has just released it's first trailer, and reveals the director can't help but tinker at his classic film.



Sparked predominantly by the hugely successful run of last year's turkey 'Terminator Genisys' in the Chinese market, James Cameron approved the remaster of the classic film, which has been converted to 3D by StereoD, who previously worked with Cameron for the 'Titanic 3D' conversion in 2012, along with 'Jurassic Park 3D'. During the original announcement, Cameron said "I was thrilled to learn how popular 'T2' is in China. And I wanna thank the Chinese fans for their support, which is all the more meaningful considering 'T2' was never released in cinema there. And that's why I'm excited about working with DMG to bring 'T2' into Chinese cinemas for the very first time." The newly released trailer reveals that a famous goof which showed an obvious stunt double during a key action sequence has been digitally corrected.


'Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D' will hit cinemas in US, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand on August 25th 2017.

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