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Apple prepares to unveil their own 'Netflix'-like platform

By: Jak Connor | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 20 hours, 29 mins ago

In a recently reported article from Bloomberg, Apple has reportedly been contacting celebrities to attend the unveiling of their brand new video streaming platform scheduled for March 25th.




Apple are about to jump into the pool of video streaming with a planned platform scheduled to be unveiled to customers on March 25th. The platform will be Apple's very own 'Netflix' in a way and will compete against similar platforms such as Amazon's 'Prime Video', Stan or Netflix themselves. According to sources talking to Bloomberg, Apple has looked for support in the service by the following celebrities attending their premier; "Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and director JJ Abrams".


It can be assumed that on Apple's new platform will be movies and T.V shows that are specifically funded or purchased by Apple. Apple will also most-likely combine other services such as Apple Music, Apple TV and their news app into one big monthly service for customers, making for a much more uniform purchasing option that can offer a range of different features for Apple users. A more simpler way to think about it would be that Apple's monthly bundle would be very similar to that of Amazon's 'prime' program. Apple will be showcasing deal for their coming streaming service on March 25th.

Will Smith explains why he turned down Neo in The Matrix

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 20 hours, 59 mins ago

We all know how Keanu Reeves killed it in The Matrix, he was born for the role... but did you know he wasn't the first choice of The Wachowski bros at the time. I've known this for a while and whenever conversation steers to movie trivia, or The Matrix trivia, I pull this out. Now, Smith himself has talked about it on his vlog.



Will talks about coming off of massive hits in Independence Day and Men in Black, after which he was approached by the Wachowskis about The Matrix. Their pitch to him made him steer clear of it, opting to star in Wild Wild West at the time, and we know how that ended up. I do love that he says Keanu killed it as Neo and Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, where he says the races would've been switched if he took the starring role of Neo as Val Kilmer would've most likely been Morpheus.


Can you imagine that? Val Kilmer as Morpheus? Yeah, I can't either.

First trailer for 'Lord of the Rings' author biopic: Tolkien

By: Jak Connor | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 2 days, 18 hours ago

Lord of the Rings fans are all-eyes on the upcoming biopic movie titled 'Tolkien' starring Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins. Today we have gotten a quick tease of upcoming movie that is planned to release on May 10th.



The first official trailer has been released onto the FoxSearchlight YouTube Channel and begins with a young Tolkien in his room falling into his imagination. We then see progression into Tolkien's life as he finds some friends despite him being an orphan and really struggling throughout his childhood to connect with people.


The trailer then jumps to Tolkien in the trenches of World War I where it is said that the hardships within the trenches inspired many aspects of his Legendarium. Not only was it the brutalities in the trenches that contributed to the masterpiece we know today, but it was also Tolkiens romance with Edith Bratt who is played by Lily Collins. The relationship between the writer and his spouse inspired the story of Beren and Luthien, which then inspired Peter Jackson's Aragorn and Arwen love story. Tolkien is actually buried with his lover in the same gravestone under the names 'Beren and Arwen'. Tolkien is expected to hit theatres worldwide on May 10th.

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Amazon scouts 'Lord of The Rings' TV show spots in Scotland

By: Jak Connor | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 3 days, 18 hours ago

The upcoming prequel TV show for Lord of The Rings has certainly been all the talk since its Amazon confirmed they would be at the helm. Now, news has surfaced regarding the location the company will be choosing for filming, reportedly Scotland might be choice.




According to The Daily Record, an "insider" claims that there was Amazon location scouts spotted around Dunskey Castle, Portpatrick, Callander in Perthshire and Balloch Castle Country Park near Loch Lomond. The newspaper said that these scouts didn't make themselves known and were secretive to what their motives were; "When Amazon people scouted locations, they didn't make themselves known, acted as tourists and connected straight away with local communities."


It might seem like a stretch and it very well could be, but Scotland would seem like a very good choice for Amazon's studios to begin filming as the scenery there is quite incredible. The Lord of the Rings movies Directed by Peter Jackson were filmed in New Zealand, so if this news is true it is interesting that Amazon has chosen a completely different location. It should also be noted that confidentiality agreements prevented the Scottish newspaper from confirming any of this news with Amazon. The Lord of The Rings TV show is expected to start filming this year and plans on releasing the series by 2021.

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Game of Thrones actor says 8 seasons is an 'honorable' end

By: Jak Connor | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 4 days, 18 hours ago

As we approach the climax for one of the most anticipated and biggest T.V shows of all-time, Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham has spoken out about the decision to leave the show at eight seasons.



If you have been keeping up with Game of Thrones you would understand the hype there is for the final season to begin airing, as that is when all us fans finally get to see an ending to the monumental battles for the throne and the survival of Westeros itself. Who will sit upon the throne? Who will be left alive after the major battles that are about to occur? and why the hell isn't HBO just mass producing Game of Thrones seasons? Liam Cunningham, who plays Davos Seaworth or 'The Onion Knight' has said in an interview that the show doesn't want to overstay their welcome in the spot light.


Cunningham spoke to IGN and said "I get asked all the time, 'What the hell are you guys thinking? You could run Game of Thrones forever.' If you want to stay cool, and the show is cool, the best way to stay cool is to not overstay your welcome." That is quite a well-thought out decision if you were to ask me, not stretching the show on further than people can manage would certainly create a much more impactful and rewarding ending. Cunningham also adds "[It] would be dishonorable to stay on longer than we should" and that even though he is happy its ending it will still be "dearly" missed, so much that he would like "Game of Thrones' Liam Cunningham" written on his tombstone.

Resident Evil star in Monster Hunter movie, 2020 set release

By: Jak Connor | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 4 days, 19 hours ago

Back in May last year, we heard about Resident Evil's Milla Jovovich being the lead role in an upcoming Monster Hunter movie. Recent news surrounding the Monster Hunter movie has teased a release date.




Jovovich starred in the popular zombie slaying movie series 'Resident Evil' who was written and directed by Paul W.S Anderson. Anderson has also taken the helm for the Monster Hunter movie who will showcase a parallel world with full of powerful monsters that are in a battle with travelers from our world. The lieutenant named Artemis who is played by Jovovich is leading the expedition and will have to fight for her life against the worlds inhabitants.


Anderson has commented on what fans should expect from the movie story wise, saying "Then eventually the parallel world ends up coming to our world. So you have the creatures from the Monster Hunter world invading our world." The new information surrounding the movie is its release date, and according to Deadline who reported that Sony Pictures said the movie is planned for release on September 4th, 2020.

The Simpsons confirmed for 2 more seasons: S31/S32

By: Jak Connor | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

90's kids would understand that The Simpson's was more than a formidable force on T.V during dinner time, and despite the show running for more 20 years now the classic T.V series is not done just yet.



The Simpson's are about to move into its 31st season and while it may be popular opinion that the more recent episodes in the later seasons may not stand up to the ones from the earlier seasons, the viewership is still quite high. According to GameSpot, each of the newer episodes that were released managed to pull in an audience of 7.5 million viewers across all platforms.


The announcement of The Simpson's being renewed for season 31 and 32 comes from the official Simpson's Twitter account. The post says "We've got some eeeeeexcellllent news... #TheSimpsons has been renewed for Seasons 31 and 32!". Deadline has reported that Fox secured the deal with the cast members of The Simpson's as they were more than happy to keep the show running and laughs coming. Side note - is that a Mr. Burns pun I spot in the Twitter post?

Disney will continue to make R-rated movies such as Deadpool

By: Jak Connor | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Many fans of Marvel, Fox and Disney have had their eyebrows raised to whether we are going to see any more R-rated movies coming out of Disney's movie conveyor belt. Recent news has suggested that Disney has no problems with future R-rated movies.




In a recent earnings call with Disney's chief, Bob Iger, questions were posed to their chairman regarding the ratings for future Disney movies and if we will be seeing new movies within the same R-rated calibre as Deadpool. Iger replied with "We do believe there is room for the Fox properties to exist without significant Disney influence over the nature of the content, meaning that we see that there is certainly popularity amongst Marvel fans for the R-rated Deadpool films, as a for instance. We're going to continue in that business, and there might be room for more of that."


Iger further explains the relationship between Marvel, Fox and Disney. He says that when a future movie is decided upon and the ratings are set that the companies will be "very carefully branding them and making sure that we're not in any way confusing the consumer with product that would be sort of either Disney product or the more traditional Marvel product." At the moment there is no known R-rated Disney produced movies in the pipeline, but with this now acceptance of a strong market for these types of films we will most likely see some in the near future.

Netflix paid $9m for Ted Bundy movie starring Zac Efron

By: Jak Connor | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Netflix are following up with the currently extremely hot serial killer content that has been recently released onto their platform. The streaming service has now been reported to of purchased the upcoming Ted Bundy movie 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile'.



The Hollywood Reporter has come out and said that Netflix have purchased 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile', a Ted Bundy movie starring actor Zac Efron for $9 million dollars. If you are unaware of who Ted Bundy is he was American's most notorious serial killer, he kidnapped, raped and murdered 30+ women and was known for his charming persona and psychological intellect. Zac Efron will be starring Ted Bundy and Lily Collins will be taking the role of Bundy's girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer.


The movie who is directed by Jeff Berlinger will be concentrating on the perspective of Bundy's girlfriend. This deal from Netflix certainly does make sense considering the streaming service recently added "Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes". That four-part documentary series which is also directed by Jeff Berlinger recently received some controversy surrounding Bundy's acclaimed 'hotness' despite his disgusting history. Check that story out here.

Marvel tease Avengers: End Game & Captain Marvel trailer

By: Jak Connor | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

During the Superbowl 2019, Marvel has taken the stage to showcase two new trailers for two new upcoming movies that are about to enter the franchise.



Marvel has released the two new trailers on the Marvel Entertainment YouTube Channel, the first being the Avengers: Endgame 'Big Game' trailer. In the trailer we see a quick scenes of Tony and Nebula working together on ship repairs, Rocket at a strange beach, Black Widow shooting to kill, Ant Man out of the quantum realm, Thor in Wakanda and Captain America gearing up with his shield.


There is quite a lot to look into and speculate from the new trailer, as it seems there has been many years since the dreaded 'snap' of Avengers: Infinity War. Captain America has picked up his once renounced shield that he gave up in Civil War, so it can be assumed that the situation is clearly a serious one. An hour after the release of the Endgame trailer Marvel decided to release a new trailer for Captain Marvel as well. Below you will find the trailer embedded and the movie is planned for release on March 8th. Avengers: End Game will come to theaters on April 24th.

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