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Joss Whedon's 'Batgirl' set to enter DC film universe

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 30, 2017 10:52 pm

After taking the Marvel cinematic universe to new heights with 'The Avengers', Warner Bros. will be hoping Joss Whedon can do the same thing for the DC Comics universe, if the plan for 'Batgirl' comes to fruition.




According to Variety, the director is near to closing a deal with the studio to write, direct, and produce a big-budget feature based on the female DC Comics Heroine, which is said to also "feature other characters from the world of Gotham." If everything goes to plan, the as-yet untitled 'Batgirl' feature will join a huge slate of DC Comics films currently in development at the studio including 'Justice League', 'Aquaman', 'Suicide Squad 2', 'Gotham City Sirens', 'The Batman', Shazam', and solo films for The Flash, Cyborg and Black Adam.


Meanwhile, 'Wonder Woman', will be released in 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas worldwide on June 2nd.

First 'IT' trailer brings Pennywise back to terrify

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 30, 2017 5:22 am

The 1990 TV movie 'IT' based on Stephen King's novel of the same name terrified a generation and almost single-handedly killed the popularity of clowns. This Halloween, Pennywise is back to do it all again. Warmer Bros have distributed the first footage from the upcoming horror film, and despite looking like ever other modern horror film, it could still be a bit of fun.



Bill Skarsgård will step into the role of the evil Pennywise the dancing Clown for the big-screen remake, in a role previously made famous by 'Rocky Horror Picture Show's Tim Curry. The young supporting cast will include Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor and 'Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard. 'Mama' director Andrés Muschietti has taken the helm.


'IT' is set to hit cinemas in the U.S. and Australia on September 8th.

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First Dolby Vision 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs announced

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 29, 2017 3:48 am

Included in the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray specification for over a year but thus far unused by any commercial discs, the first Dolby Vision encoded discs are set to arrive in June from Universal.




Unfortunately, they're not necessarily blockbuster titles that screams out for such special treastment, nonetheless, the inclusion of the HDR standard on the re-release of 'Despicable Me' and its sequel 'Despicable Me 2' on the 4K standard is a welcome one, which should serve to iron out instances of color banding which can be prevalent on CG animated discs


While there are no Ultra HD Blu-ray players available today that can play back the Dolby Vision HDR layer, second generation players such as the Oppo UDP-203 released late last year will soon enjoy full support via an upcoming firmware update. Early adopters who don't have a compatible TV, or Ultra HD Blu-ray player will still be able to decode the standard HDR-10 layer, which is mandatory for all Dolby Vision titles.


'Despicable Me' and 'Despicable Me 2' are currently available to pre-order from Amazon for $39.98 each, with a release date of June 6th.

New 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' trailer spins wicked web

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 29, 2017 1:19 am

Sony Pictures has taken a bit of flack for launching their second reboot of the classic Marvel character in under 5 years, but the latest iteration which integrates the character into the successful Marvel Cinematic Universe has been tentatively welcomed by fans around the world. The studio has today released a brand new trailer for the upcoming feature, which looks to be shaping up nicely



Starring Tom Holland as a younger version of Peter Parker/ Spider-Man, Michael Keaton as the villainous Vulture alongside Marisa Tomei, Logan Marshall-Green, and Zendaya, 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' represents the third feature film reboot of the character in just 16 years, but the first under the Marvel films banner. While Sony Pictures retains full control over the property, President of Production for Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has jumped aboard to oversee the project.


'Spider-Man: Homecoming' will sling its way to 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas worldwide from July 6.

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'Justice League', 'Aquaman' IMAX VR experiences on way

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 29, 2017 12:49 am

As IMAX begin ramping up their premium VR experiences, they've inked an agreement with Warner Bros which will see one-of-a-kind tie-ins with two upcoming hot properties from the DC Comics Universe.



According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'Justice League', 'Aquaman' and a third, as yet unrevealed title will all get a top-tier IMAX experience on release, which Ron Sanders, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment hopes will be beneficial for everyone involved, saying "We believe that capitalizing on Justice League and Aquaman characters from our well-known DC properties will broaden the appeal of this fast -growing technology."


The intention is that the technology will first be rolled out in select, physical IMAX locations before later making their way to other VR platforms.

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Final 'Ghost in the Shell' trailer drops in

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 4:40 am

It's just days away from release, but if you weren't already pumped for the live action remake of the classic anime 'Ghost in the Shell', then this final trailer will provide all the motivation you need.



Based on the 1989 manga written by Masamune Shirow which which was in turn adapted into the 1995 anime film, the 2017 'Ghost In The Shell' adaptatiion stars Scarlett Johansson as The Major and Pilou Asbæk as Batou in the live action feature helmed by 'Snow White and the Huntsman' director Rupert Sanders. With a budget rumoured to approach $200 million, the film will need to make at least $500 to be considered financially sucessful.


'Ghost In The Shell' is set to hit cinemas in 2D and 3D worldwide from March 30 2017.

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New 'Justice League' trailer comes together

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 26, 2017 3:08 am

Just as the 'Justice League' is coming together (to the tune of The Beatles), Zack Snyder's upcoming film looks to be doing much the same thing - which has got me tentatively optimistic. Warner Bros have today released a new trailer for the upcoming superhero feature.



Featuring DC Comics' biggest assemblage of comic book heroes including Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Superman (Henry Cavill), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa), 'Justice League' is set to be the DC comics version of 'The Avengers', which the studio is hoping will bring in the huge revenue that eluded last summer's 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'.


'Justice League' is set to hit 3D, 2D and IMAX cinema worldwide from November 2017.

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Director claims Rotten Tomatoes is 'destroying film'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 23, 2017 11:30 pm

With the speed of technology allowing for communication like never before, Hollywood can no longer hide behind shitty films. And that makes some filmmakers, including 'Rush Hour' and 'X-Men: The Last Stand' director Brett Ratner a little bit butthurt.




According to io9, Ratner told media at the Sun Valley Film Festival that while he respects critics, Rotten Tomatoes signaled "the destruction of our business".


"I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline's Kael's reviews, or some others, and that doesn't exist anymore. Now it's about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it's about, 'What's your Rotten Tomatoes score?' And that's sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on Batman v Superman I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful".


Maybe, just maybe, Ratner might make some better films than, say, Hercules and critics might give them a better score... just sayin'.

Sony still planning more 'Ghostbusters' films

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 22, 2017 10:52 pm

Seemingly unperturbed by the failure of last year's all-female 'Ghostbusters' reboot, Sony Pictures is moving ahead with plans to continue exploiting the franchise, which includes an animated and live-action feature film.




Speaking to io9, Director Ivan Reitman who helmed both the original 1984 feature and 1989 sequel has confirmed that the series will live on, saying "we jumped into an animated film [after the last movie] and we are developing [a] live-action film. I want to bring all these stories together as a universe that makes sense within itself. Part of my job right now is to do that." Further along in production, the promised animated film doesn't have a current release date. "It depends on on how fast we can get it all together. It's hard to make an animated film."


So it seems that whether we want them or not, there's more 'Ghostbusters' adventures on the way.

'Terminator Genisys' sequel dead, but series will go on

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 22, 2017 5:25 am

Don't believe the rumours that the 'Terminator' franchise has been terminated for good - the producer of 'Terminator Genisys' has promised a bright future that fans will actually enjoy.




Speaking to Collider, 'Genisys' producer David Ellison won't quite promise that Schwarzenegger will be back, but that the series will continue on a different path than the ill-recieved 2015 sequel. "I will say we have resolved the future of the franchise and believe me its an incredibly bright future. I think where it's going will be the continuation of what the fans really wanted since T2. We have something this year that we will be announcing for the franchise. It's something we're incredibly excited about and we think is the direction it needs to head."


Meanwhile, the enduring classic 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' will return to cinemas in a remastered 3D version in the US, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand on August 25th 2017.