First Trailer For Fantastic Beasts Shows Us Magic Again

In a world of magic and fantasy, Harry Potter grasps hearts from generations and captured imaginations, raising questions about the world where magic is real and the beasts that go bump in the night are both friend and foe. In a sequel to the series, J.K. Rowling is looking to bring the book of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them to life on the big screen, and its trailer does nothing but mesmerize.

Set in the Potter-borne world, Beasts is the first of three films and will star Newt, the writer of the fantastic beasts series after being removed from the famous school of witchcraft and wizardry in the U.K. only to try to find a new life in early 20th Century New York.

With stars like Collin Farrell and Katherine Waterston appearing alongside Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), the film already has a hit cast before it even reaches the big screen with effects that will make even veteran potter fans smile.

With magical suitcases and walls, creatures and floating plates alike, the movie looks to bring people back into the world of magic without a fancy top hat or a rabbit. You can check out the trailer below, then wait with the rest of us as the film hits our screens in November.

Lytro Cinema Gives You The 40K Experiance

When we say 40K in this instance we aren’t talking about the Warhammer universe, instead, I am talking about the 40k resolution that the Lytro Cinema will give you.

Lytro uses a “light field solution” to detect and calculate a cubic ton of information regarding the light in a photo, this gives you not just the original imagine but the depth of any given point, essentially a 3D copy. While this technology may give you something to use for VR technology, the companies recent introduction of Lytro Cinema looks to be the closest to everyday use that we will see for a while.

Lytro Cinema records at 40K resolution with a staggering 300 FPS, leading to around 400 gigabytes of information per second. With the ability to change settings after filming because of how the data is recorded, the new recording technique may get rid of an old cinema favorite, the green screen.

With the ability to detect and focus on a particular part of a scene, the reliance of putting people within a green screen (something you would then remove to overlay special effects). With the rental package for a camera starting at £125k, it’s not for your everyday filmmaker.

With many only just catching up to 4K TV’s, I doubt that 40K 3D content will be coming to your home anytime soon but when it comes to making movies the added quality can only be a good thing.

Lego Batman Is Back In His Own Trailer – Beat Box and All

It has now been two years since The Lego Movie graced our screens, with a mix of comedy and moral lessons making it perfect who anyone who enjoyed playing with the bricks when they were a child. Of all the characters in the film, a few stood out for their “unique” takes on people, with the rage controlling UniKitty (shown here in the Lego Dimensions trailer) and probably the most notable character Batman. Lego Batman is back and this time, he is starring in the trailer for his own film.

The Lego Batman Movie will feature Batman voiced by Will Arnett, alongside some jokes that seem perfect for the new version of the caped crusader. The films confirmed to include Lego versions of Robin, Batgirl and Joker alongside some other characters you may recognize if you pause at 1:23.

If you are as excited as we are to see this film, it comes out on February 10th, 2017, so you will have to settle for playing as Lego Batman in any of his games, which are on sale this weekend on Steam for 75% off, or you could grab the Lego Movie game, also for 75% off.

Beatboxing? Check. Awesome new Batcave? Check. Batman eating Lobster Thermidor? Check?

Napster Founder Bringing $50 Movie Rentals to the Home

Sean Parker, philanthropist, Napster founder, and Facebook investor, is said to be working on a project to bring $50 movie rentals to the home. $50? For a movie? Is he nuts? Well, not exactly. Parker’s plan is to make movies available to home viewers on the day of their cinema release, calling the project Screening Room. No need to venture to your latest cinema, nor wait the industry standard 8-12 weeks for the DVD or Blu-Ray release; Screening Room is designed to allow home viewing of new films, while maintaining the prestige (and profit margin) of a box office release.

According to Variety, Screening Room rentals would be transmitted via internet to a $150 set-top box, with each $50 rental available for 48 hours. Parker is keen to get the backing of Hollywood studios for the endeavour, offering them 40% of the takings, while Screening Room would only take an agent’s fee of 10%. The rest of the takings would go to film distributors.

While AMC, the largest cinema chain in the world, is thought to be on-board already, many in Hollywood are resistant to the idea. “This news is so damaging,” one anonymous studio distribution executive told Deadline. “I can’t tell you right now how unhappy I am.” Another insider warned that Screening Room “would be the beginning of the end, and half of the theaters in this country would close.”

Despite their fears, a Variety Twitter poll suggests that film fans are not overly enamoured of the idea:

Image courtesy of Business Insider.

Would You Pay Extra to Screen Movies on Release Day?

It’s a Tuesday, it’s been a long day at work, but a movie you’ve been waiting for has just released and you can’t wait to see it. You only have two options, go see the film or wait till you’ve had a calmer day. Soon you could be getting a third option of being able to screen movies on their release day!

Screening room is a new service designed to give you just that option. On release day, you can view a film at home that has just released in the cinema. Basically, it will become your own private cinema, but this luxury comes at a hefty cost.

Setting you back $150 just for the secure set top box that plugs into your TV or projector, the next increase in price comes per screening, setting you back another $50 per film. If that didn’t seem like a lot then be aware it only lasts for 48 hours, two days later you need to buy the film all over again if you want to watch it.

While this may seem like a weird business model, even the likes of Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and J.J. Abrams all support the scheme and are shareholders in the new start-up project.

Would you pay extra to stream a movie at home? Do you feel like this would only help piracy or is the biggest hold back to modern films is the wait before they get into your home?

Independence Day Resurgence Trailer Released!

It’s been a long time coming, with the original movie having graced our screens 20 years ago! Now it seems that the iconic sci-fi action movie is set to return to the big screen, as the official trailer has been released and if that doesn’t get you excited for this movie, nothing will!

Independence Day Resurgence takes place after the events of the first movie, where humans have developed new technologies and braced for future attacks, but it seems our efforts may not have been enough. With Roland Emmerich in the director’s chair, you can expect plenty of action, and with Liam Hemsworth, Joey King, Maika Monroe and more taking leading roles, it should be an interesting romp to say the least.

“We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.”

If you’re eager to see the movie, don’t hold your breath just yet, as the official release date is June 24th, 2016, giving you enough time so save up enough money to afford cinema popcorn.

Are you looking forward to the new movie? I know I am!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Has Already Grossed $50 Million in Pre-Sales

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is predicted to smash box office records and has already amassed $50 million in advance ticket sales. Furthermore, Fandango told Variety that The Force Awakens is the biggest pre-seller in the company’s history. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film’s pre-release sales are twice the amount of the previous record-holder, The Dark Knight Rises. Additionally, MovieTickets.com, reported that advance sales for Star Wars are the highest on record. As you can see, tickets are selling incredibly fast as Star Wars fans desperately try to attend the film’s launch.

Cinemas are even considering to offer more seats and judge how much room they can allocate to avoid disappointment. As the first Star Wars film by Disney, there is a great deal of pressure to produce a film which lives up to the original trilogy. As a result, it’s quite easy to leave people disappointed as meeting their extremely high expectations is a difficult task. Nevertheless, Star Wars: The Force Awakens looks fantastic from the official trailer and I cannot wait to see how well it’s received by the public.

Are you planning to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on release? I’m tempted, but usually prefer to watch films from the comfort of my living room.

Sony Announces World’s Most Advanced Home Cinema Projector – It’s Pricey!

Sony is one of the leaders in home cinema technology and they’re still the only force for 4K in the world of home cinema projection. Their latest 4K projector is a prime example of why their rivals have a lot of catching up to do. Sony is going as far as describing the new device as ‘the new reference-quality’ and that’s a very bold claim when it comes to cinema technology. This isn’t something you’re going to stick in your common living room, this hardware is geared towards enthusiast home cinema setups. Thanks to its immensely powerful laser light engine, it can push out 5,000 lumens of brightness, HDR, emulated BT.2020 colour gamut and it covers the entire DCI colour space; that’s pretty damn impressive.

The VPL-VW5000ES covers the full DCI-P3 colour gamut, offers up professional calibration tools, HDMI input with HDCP to accept 4K 60p signals up to YCbCr 4:4:4 8bit or YCbCr 4:2:2 12bit; so it’s certainly going to be future proof, this is bleeding edge stuff right here.

The VPL-VW5000ES projector is truly the ultimate home cinema solution, joining an impressive line-up of Sony home theatre projectors specifically designed for the high-end installer market, like the VPL-GTZ1 and Lifespace UX´s LSPX-W1S Ultra Short Throw models,” said Thomas Issa, Product Manager at Sony Professional Europe. “Our new projector combines the best technologies found in our professional cinema projectors to offer spectacular image quality as well as reliability, bringing the home theatre experience to the next level.”

So what does the best home cinema projector ever created cost? An eye-watering 65,000 Euros, and that doesn’t include the popcorn for movie night.

Netflix and More Comes to VR

Virtual reality is heralded as the next step for your home entertainment. One of the biggest competitors for virtual reality is the Oculus Rift, a headset designed to let you play your PC without being distracted by the room or the world as a whole. So why not enjoy those Netflix and chill nights while blocking out the whole world?

Oculus Connect 2 was an event organised to advertise the concept of virtual reality to the masses while talking about how it would go forward. Amongst the news that came to the crowd was the announcement of several video content services for virtual reality headsets, including the Samsung Gear VR headset which is set for release later this year in November.

The Samsung Gear is set to sell at around $99 (approximately £65) and is intended to be compatible with Samsung phones, meaning anyone with a Samsung phone could soon experience the benefits of virtual reality soon.

Included in the companies that are bringing their video content to the systems are Netflix, Hulu, 20th Century Fox, Twitch, Facebook and Lionsgate.

With a large catalogue of movies and television shows coming to virtual reality, and film companies like 20th Century and Lionsgate backing, could show that the old days of trying to watch your movies on your tiny phone screens could soon become as immersive as losing yourself at the cinema.

Thank you Gigaom for the information.

Image courtesy of Netflix.

Move Over Goosebumps 1 Because 2 Is Already Being Planned

From a personal perspective, I was indeed a fan of the original Goosebumps TV series when it aired on children’s TV on the BBC in the 90s and just into the 2000s with repeats thereafter. In my day, yes here we go, children’s TV was very much superior to today’s drivel and Goosebumps was part of that superiority. Below is the opening sequence to the show, yes could not resist it. See, this is great, today is rubbish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXiYpfR-cRE

Anyway, do you remember the adaptation which hit the silver screen? Of course you don’t as it’s not out yet but rather hitting cinemas as of October 16th, presumably to coincide with Halloween. That seemingly has not stopped Sony Pictures, again, as the corporation is looking for a “Screenwriter” for Goosebumps 2. Sony believes the first film will kick off a franchise and are aiming to produce a second instalment, the first film has Monsters vs. Aliens filmmaker Rob Letterman directing but it’s unknown if he will return, if indeed there will be a second film, which does look more likely considering speculation centres around key stars being contacted for further films in the soon to be franchise.

The trailer for the first Goosebumps film is below, first impressions for the film have been positive and the buzz with which it is generating can only be seen as an improvement for Sony. As yet I am not so sure considering Sony have produced a few terrible films recently.

Sony believes it will be a success, but this is a company which produced Pixels so anything is possible at the moment. Only time will tell. Now excuse me while I check out the “screenwriter” position… Turns out I won’t be leaving eTeknix anytime soon, (screams from editor).

Thank you ign and tracking board for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of cinemablend

Sony Pictures Announces Future Movie Line Up

Who doesn’t love a good film? Going from an everyday boy or girl to a hero saving the world, or why not have a hero plagued by their demons? Either way you look at it, we as a species love getting engrossed in good book, a great game or an amazing movie. We all know that a good film can never be replaced and the more we watch the more we want to see. For these reasons, I present to you the recently announced release dates for 16 Sony Pictures films!

Set for release in 2016 and 2017 (yes we all know how flimsy release dates can be) and even a 2019 release date, the films are as followes:

  • Money Monster – 8/4/16
  • The Shallows – 24/6/16
  • Ghostbusters – 15/7/16
  • Patient Zero – 2/9/16
  • The Magnificent Seven – 23/9/16
  • Underworld 5 – 21/10/16
  • Passengers – 21/12/16
  • Jumanji – 25/12/16
  • The Dark Tower – 13/1/17
  • Resident Evil Movie 6 – 27/1/17
  • Bad Boys 3 – 17/2/17
  • Baby Driver – 17/3/17
  • Barbie – 2/6/17
  • Uncharted – 30/6/17
  • The Lamb – 8/12/17
  • Bad Boys 4 – 3/7/19

*Dates have been converted to English format of Day/Month/Year from original listing

With such a list of films, ranging from remakes such as Ghostbusters, this time featuring a female team of ghostbuster hunting the things that go bump in the night and the remake of a personal favourite, Jumanji, which is slated for a 2016 Christmas Day release. Going all the way to continuing series such as Bad Boys 3 and Bad Boys 4, then even Underworld 5 and even a new Resident Evil Movie.

With so many good films coming out, how many of you are going to have to dust off that cinema bag and pack for the big screen experience?

Thank you Sony Pictures for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Gizmodo.

Paramount Movies Going From Cinema to Streaming in 17 Days

I love going to the cinema, but not really for every movie that gets released. Sometimes I’d rather just kick back in my own home and watch it with a few friends. The wait for movies to go from cinema to disc, streaming or cable services can be huge and while efforts have been made to cut this shorter in recent years, it’s always held back by cinemas who want to keep the movie on the big screen for as long as possible, thus maximizing their profits.

Paramount may have the solution. They’ll be pushing some of their smaller movies, the kind that only have 300 national showings, to streaming services within just 17 days of the theatrical release. Cinemas will get a cut of the profits from streaming, helping keep all parties involved happy. It also means that building hype for the big screen becomes a dual marketing move, as people will be able to watch at home while the movie is still being talked about.

Will this move be successful? Who knows, only time will tell, but with AMC and Cineplex, others are likely to follow suit and if it makes money, we’d expect more and more blockbuster movies to be streamed after a shorter time too; it may even help combat illegal downloads from those who simply cannot wait.

The first two movies will be Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, which launch on October 23rd and October 30th respectively.

Thank you Geek for providing us with this information.

Furious 7 Smashes Hollywood Records

The original The Fast and the Furious movie was a surprise hit, bringing in $144 million domestically and $207 million worldwide on a budget of $38 million. However, the franchise seems to have reeled in a lot more than previously anticipated. The latest title in the Fast and Furious series, Furious 7, brought in $143 million domestically on its opening weekend and a further $240 million in foreign markets, further adding to its $383 million total.

The box office takings made the movie the largest opening for any film in April, the largest for the franchise and even the ninth largest film opening in history. However, there is more profit to come, as Box Office Mojo reports.

“That’s without any help from China, Japan and Russia, where it will open in the next few weeks,” Box Office Mojo reported. “So far, Furious 7 has earned $384 million worldwide, and is very likely on track to earn over $1 billion by the end of its run.”

“The movie’s success was driven by minority audiences: 25% of the weekend’s ticket buyers were white, 37% were Hispanic, 24% were African American, and 10% were Asian,” CNN Money stated. “44% of the film’s moviegoers were also under the age of 25.”

There is no doubt that the movie has been extremely successful, but it remains to be seen just how successful it can get by the end of the year. Are you going to the cinema to watch Furious 7?

Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information.

Amazon Studios to Make Films for Cinema Release

After making great strides with its original series, Amazon Studios is set to move into the movie business, making 12 films a year for cinema release before they’re made available on Prime Instant Video.

Amazon Studios show Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambor as an aging father who comes out as transgender, won Best Comedy or Musical TV Series at the Golden Globes last week.

Amazon Original Movies, as the venture is called, will “focus on unique stories, voices, and characters from top and up-and-coming creators.” Films will then be available for streaming to Prime subscribers 4-8 weeks after cinema release.

Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon, said, “Not only will we bring Prime Instant Video customers exciting, unique, and exclusive films soon after a movie’s theatrical run, but we hope this program will also benefit filmmakers, who too often struggle to mount fresh and daring stories that deserve an audience.”

Amazon Original Movies will be headed by Ted Hope, who produced Eat Drink Man Woman and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Source: The Verge

Universal Picks up Jobs Movie – Michael Fassbender to Play Jobs

As predicted, Universal Studios have picked up the Steve Jobs biopic that Sony Pictures dropped just days ago.

Sony apparently dropped the movie due to a schedule clash, with Fassbender being unable to shoot the movie at the time Sony wanted to. The film has already been written by Alan Sorkin, the same writer behind The Social Network, and is to be directed by Danny Boyle of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire. 

The film is said to cover 3 different stages in Jobs’ career and life – the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984, his time at NeXT in the 80s/90s and the introduction of the iPod in 2001.

There’s no doubt Apple fans will be looking forward to the movie, but with such a great writer and director, along with Jobs’ colossal impact upon technology, this may just appeal to quite a few more people.

Source: MacRumors

Sony Drops Steve Jobs Movie, Universal “Interested”

In the never ending story of the pre-production of a big budget movie based on Walter Issacson’s Steve Jobs biography, a new twist was just announced, as Sony Pictures decided to pull the plug on funding the movie.

The film, written by Alan Sorkin, the same writer behind The Social Network, and to be directed by Danny Boyle of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire, has experienced a whole manner of delays and setbacks over the years since it was first announced.

We heard rumour after rumour supposedly revealing which actor would play the starring role, with names including Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale (who was confirmed until recently) and finally Michael Fassbender. Alan Sorkin even participated in an interview a few weeks ago, practically announcing the film to the public.

Well now everything has fallen apart as Sony decided it no longer wanted to fund the movie’s production. It’s been suggested that clashes with Michael Fassbender’s schedule could have been the reason, as Sony wanted the film to begin production at around the same time he was committed to X-Men: Apocalypse.

Deadline now reports that Universal Studios has shown interest in taking up the movie, meaning this twist could just be a small snag in the process of making this film a reality.

Source: MacRumors

Latest Trailer for Stephen Hawking Movie Released

The trailer for The Theory of Everything has been released, depicting the life and struggle of Stephen Hawkings. There are few people in the modern world that haven’t heard of Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest minds of several generations.

It’s no secret that movie studios release their films close to Christmas when they have confidence that they’re going to be successful. A November 7th release date for The Theory of Everything certainly bodes well for this movie and you only have to see the trailer below to know that it’s already shaping up to be a hit.

[youtube width=”800″ height=”450″]http://youtu.be/Salz7uGp72c[/youtube]

Thank you CNET for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of CNET.

Philips has Launched New Wireless Audio System

Elegantly named the Fidelio E5, Phillips has once again shown its might in the home audio game.

This new release showcases high-definition wireless sound through easy NFC connectivity to your device, with one Phillips’ main goals being clutter control:

“Philips Fidelio E5 speaker system is the ideal solution for high-definition home cinema audio without the clutter of multiple wires and boxes” Hexus

Similarly to the Fidelio HTL9100 Soundbar, the E5 also has removable lids that act as independent speakers for a Lego-like setup. This functionality allows you to add and remove speakers at your will, changing your setup from a 2.1 to a 5.1 style system is done just adding or removing these detachable tops. Interested in knowing what size speakers are included?:

“Each tower features a 3″ full range driver plus a premium soft-dome tweeter while each of the detachable surround speakers has one 2.5″ full-range driver.” Hexus

The release has also highlighted the need for seamless transitions between different user setups:

“The E5 automatically detects when the satellite speaker is ‘docked’ and reconfigures the tower to work as single speaker while recharging the detachable units’ battery.”

This system isn’t only for your smart phone or tablet device as Phillips pointed out:

“With two HDMI inputs – replaying crystal clear Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 or 7.1 sound from your TV, blu-ray or games console is incredibly simple. You can also enjoy music direct from a smart phone, tablet or laptop with aptX® and AAC quality Bluetooth streaming, and for the ultimate simplicity, the E5 is also equipped with NFC for simple one-tap pairing of devices.” Hexus

With all of this information in mind, there’s a large possibility that Phillips may walk away with more awards for their new product, much alike their previous Fidelio HTL9100 Soundbar – being awarded ‘What Hi-Fi?’s’ Product of the Year – Best Soundbar £400-£800 in 2013.

The Fidelio E5 is priced on release at £600 and found at Phillips’ online shop.

 

Volkswagon Eyes on The Road Ad Campaign Sends A Chilling Lesson to Cinema Goers

We all know of the short period in a cinema before a film starts where a number of adverts are displayed, but none of them has sent that much of a chilling message to its watchers compared to a new Volkswagen ad titled ‘Eyes On The Road’. Shown in the MCL Cinema in Hong Kong, the ad runs with a car driving down a quiet road, which doesn’t seem all that interesting; that is, however, until someone working behind the scenes sends a message to the phones of every person in the cinema, causing every single one of them to get their phones out and read the message. What happens next is where the realisation and the chilling message is given as the car crashes into a tree on the side of the road.

This simple ad clearly demonstrates what happens when you take your eyes off the road and look at your phone – you don’t know what is happening ahead. The video [as seen below] shows the silence as the message sinks in to every person in the cinema.

I don’t need to repeat myself when I say that this message says it all – looking at your phone whilst driving IS DANGEROUS and it CAN kill you and others around you. If it is an urgent call or message, pull over to the side of the road and then respond to it. Don’t put other people’s lives in danger for the sake of reading a message.

[youtube width=”800″ height=”450″]http://youtu.be/JHixeIr_6BM[/youtube]

I hope for that sake of everyone that this advert is shown in more cinemas around the world – the way in which it demonstrates the dangers couldn’t be easier – the chilling feeling that you get from it should get the point across.

Source: Youtube

Google Glass Banned in UK Cinemas Due to Piracy Fears

It was just one week ago when Google Glass was opened up to UK residents, and it didn’t take long before there was a bit of fallout regarding the popular wearable.

Due to increased concern of film piracy, ‘Glassholes’ will not be allowed to wear Glass into cinema auditoriums, it was recently announced.  The practice of camcording, which typically results in lower-quality pirated videos, is still a major concern to global movie trade industry groups – and there is concern that wearables provide a stealthy way to record.

Here is what Phil Clapp, Cinema Exhibitors’ Association said to The Independent: “Customers will be requested not to wear these into cinema auditoriums, whether the film is playing or not.”

Someone visiting the Leicester Square theater was ordered to remove Google Glass, indicating a trend that is likely to continue in the future for UK residents.

Movie trade group FACT issued this statement regarding Google Glass and similar disruptive technologies:

“Developments in technology have led to smaller, more compact devices which have the capability to record sound and vision, including most mobile phones.  FACT works closely with cinema operators and distributors to ensure that best practice is carried out to prevent and detect illegal recordings taking place.”

An incident in a theater in the United States led the FBI to remove a man from the building, because staff thought he was trying to illegally film a movie.

Thank you to TorrentFreak for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of GeekFed

Transforms 5 Movie Announced Even Though 4 Isn’t In Cinemas Yet

The new Transformers: Age of Extinction movie is yet to be released in cinemas, but that hasn’t stopped Paramount from making the extremely early announcement their Transformers 5 will be hitting cinemas in 2016. This is a very strange move indeed, but I’m sure fans of the series will be happy regardless to hear that the movie franchise is far from over.

We knew they were planning on making more movies in the Transformers series anyway, especially since they’re trying to re-boot the franchise now that Shia LaBeouf has been replaced with Mark Wahlberg after his epic plagiarism scandal that practically destroyed his entire career.

All I care about is that there are more potentially awesome movies on the way that are packed full of gargantuan robots knocking the crap out of each other, with all the mindless special effects and subwoofer destroying loud noises that my neighbours no doubt adore me sharing with them.

Transformers: Age of Extenction will be launched in US cinemas on June 27th after its premier screening in Hong Kong later this week, then we can expect the new, as yet untitled, Transformers 5 movie to follow in around two years time, too early to get excited?

[youtube width=”800″ height=”450″]http://youtu.be/ubGpDoyJvmI[/youtube]

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of TweakTown.

Google Glass Seen As Piracy Gadget Inside Movie Theatres

Google Glass apparently is not seen as a great advancement in technology that should freely roam on everybody’s head by many people. There was a case where a woman has been pulled over and fined for wearing Google Glass while driving, though no regulation has been made for this, on top of the glasses being turned off while she was driving. The court even gave its consent in regard to Google Glass, since the gadget can be seen as a useful hands-free tool. But the more recent case involves a man going to the cinema with a pair of Google Glass, which ended badly for him and his wife.

The couple, for Columbus – Ohio, bought tickets for the Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit at a local AMC movie theatre and went in to watch it. Nothing out of the ordinary here, but the man was wearing his pair of Google Glass, and although the device was turned off during the movie, that did not stop the police from grabbing the man and his wife and escorting them outside, where they were greeted by other fellow mall cops and the FBI.

“About an hour into the movie, a guy comes near my seat, shoves a badge that had some sort of shield on it, yanks the Google Glass off my face and says ‘follow me outside immediately’. It was quite embarrassing and outside of the theater there were about 5-10 cops and mall cops,” the man said in an interview. “You see all these cops, you know we are legit, we are with the ‘federal service’ and you have been caught illegally taping the movie,” he was told.

The man said that the feds asked him questions about everything from how much money he made, to how many computers he owned. The questioning got weirder when they began asking questions about Google itself. They wanted to know what information Google ask for in exchange for Glass, how much the company was paying him, and who his boss is that is making him record movies in theaters. The feds went as far as to tell the man who even though he was detained, the interview was voluntary and that if he refused to cooperate, bad things may happen to him.

If this is the kind of security and events we should expect to see in the future when Google Glass will finally launch, I don’t think many will have the courage of bringing them outdoors. And implicitly, such events will even have a big negative impact on the Google Glass marketing as well.

New Smart Glasses Help Deaf People Enjoy The Cinema

This is really cool, Sony Entertainment Access Glasses Prototype could sign the end of separate showings in the cinema for those with hearing or sight disabilities and they can do it in a way that literally benefits all movie goers, as well as the theatre it’s self.

“There will be a special attraction for deaf people in theaters nationwide soon. By the end of this month, Regal Cinemas plans to have distributed closed-captioning glasses to more than 6,000 theaters across the country.” – Sony

The set of glasses are not unlike a pair of 3D glasses combined with a basic pair of something similar to Google Glasses. While you watch the movie, captions are projected onto the glasses and give the illusion of the words floating around 10ft in front of the user, these can be used simultaneously or alternatively with audio tracks that give descriptive audio, or even just headphones that boost the audio level for those who are hard of hearing, it will even work with a 3D movie.

This is a really basic idea, the technology is readily available, it just took someone to go first and invest in the technology and Regal have done just that. Now their cinema screens no longer have to run separate showings of movies with audio description or subtitle and now no one with sign or hearing issues need feel left out of a trip to the cinema.

It’s great technology and it’s also extremely discreet too, meaning you can have subtitles, audio description tracks and boosted audio that is specific to you, no longer requiring a different showing of the movie, something that benefits everyone who watching the movie on that screen.

Randy Smith Jr., the chief executive officer for Regal Cinemas, says he has worked for more than a decade to find a solution to this problem. He tells Arun Rath, host of weekends on All Things Considered, that it has been his goal since 1998 “to develop a technology that would allow accessibility to the deaf and blind for every show time, for every feature.”

Randy was able to develop the technology and features with head deaf son, Ryan who is now 23 years old, who helped him test out prototype equipment over the last few years until they found a solution that worked.

“We’d do that until we got to a point that we felt it was comfortable enough,” Smith says.

“I’ve attempted to enjoy a movie with my son so many times over the last 26 years, but to no avail. After watching a movie I would try to discuss it with him. The comments he would make would in no way relate to the plot of the movie and at one point he finally confessed that as he watched the screen, he simply made up the story in his head. He didn’t really know what was going on. The fact that I can take my son to a movie when he visits at the end of June is literally bringing tears to my eyes. It would seem silly to most peoplebut I would imagine you understand what it feels like.”

Source