Chinese Agencies Demands Result in iBooks and iTunes Shut Down

Apple is one of the few companies that has managed to stay active in China where regulation of digital services is strictly controlled by the countries many agencies. That was until last week when several of Apple’s services were shut down in China.

Apple’s iBooks store and iTunes movies were shut down last week, following the demands of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. Apple has since responded saying that they hope to “make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible”, something that implies there is a condition to the services.

Apple managed to launch Apple pay in the country just two months ago, and with it counting China’s as its second biggest market, any services that are stopped would have a huge impact on the company. China is known for the censorship of its technology, with the country hidden behind “the great firewall” while it’s suspected that several groups within the country are behind large-scale hacks in other countries.

Recently Apple denied ever handing over its source code to China, a move that may or may not have contributed to the states less favorable look for the California-based company.

James Cameron Now Wants Five Avatar Films

After the success of Avatar at the box office, James Cameron revealed he wanted not one but two sequels to the film. This has now changed as Cameron now wants five Avatar films in total, all before 2024.

Avatar is often seen as the first film to truly introduce viewers to the benefits of a 3D film, with many leaving cinemas awe smacked by the content and depth they felt when viewing the natives fighting up close. The change came about “after meeting with a team of four screenwriters and a group of some of the top artists and designers in the world”, the ultimate result was that Cameron noticed he had more content than he wanted to fit into just two films, resulting in the dream of three, and then four sequels.

Cameron seems to have high hopes for the Avatar Films, saying that while only a few had seen initial concepts for the next film, those that had were left “speechless”. The next film is set for release in 2018, with the sequels set for 2020, 2022 and 2023, implying that there may be some overlap in the filming schedules to help create a smooth release model for such a large budget film series.

Did you like Avatar? When it comes to sequels are you a happy person or do you prefer to be a little more cautious about expecting great things after the first film in a series?

Ang Lee Shows Preview of 4K 3D 120FPS Movie in Las Vegas

Ang Lee showed preview footage of his upcoming film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, at an event in Las Vegas on Saturday. Unlike most previews, the plot or characters weren’t the centerpiece of the movie, but instead the advanced photography and projection techniques used to screen the movie, which the director believes may be the future of the filmmaking industry in the digital age.

The showing was part of the National Association of Broadcasters trade show, where Lee showed off 11 minutes of 3D footage from the film. It wasn’t presented in the typical fashion however, the show making use of a pair of laser projectors that were able to project a full 4K image at an amazing 120 frames per second per eye. This puts regular movies to shame in a number of ways, with the framerate alone being five times that of a typical film with Lee explaining that the jump to 120 FPS 4k allowing for crystal clear images without many of the negative visual artifacts that appear in traditional films.

This isn’t the first time a director has tried to make use of higher than standard framerates in their films, with Peter Jackson making use of 48 FPS recording in his 2012 film, The Hobbit. There were mixed feelings on the use of the higher frame rate with many feeling it stripped away the pseudo-realism that 24 FPS invokes. Lee, however, did not cite Jackson’s use of the technique as part of his reasoning for using it himself.

Whether the use of these techniques will catch on remains to be seen, but Ang Lee and his team feel that it is worth experimenting with new techniques to bring the film industry forward. Lee believes that employing technologies such as those that allow for higher frame rates is not just a case of mindlessly applying new technologies but instead requiring it’s own creative development. “This will be a long journey. I think we’re at the beginning of finding out what digital cinema means,” he said. “We’re not quite there yet, but it’s a strobe-free dimension.”

Unfortunately, for many, they will not get a chance to see the film as Lee showed off this weekend as no cinemas in the world have the ability to project the same way it was at the NAB show, with the film instead being shown in a variety of formats when it is released in November, including HFR versions.

Could a Live Action Pokémon Movie Be in the Works?

Pokémon is a series that has captured generations as they fight to become the Pokémon master, and with the 20th Anniversary bringing back classic games and cards, it doesn’t come as a surprise when you look at the impact that the popular series has had that there are discussions about a live action Pokémon movie in the works.

The reports come from the Hollywood Reporter who state that right now a “top-secret” (secrets out now people) auction is going on for the rights to make a live-action film of the franchise, with companies like Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros both apparently making a move for the rights while they go against the likes of console rival Sony for the movies rights.

With many live action films for video games getting bad or mixed reviews, with the likes of DOOM and Tomb Raider often causing smiles or tears, it would be interesting to see if such a popular franchise could break the ice in the world of cinema, a move that could even break open the door for other video game franchises such as the Metro 2033 film that could soon be hitting the big screen.

Are you excited about the film? Would you like to see Ash (or Red) conquer the Pokémon world or would you like to see a new character join the franchise amongst the hundreds of pocket monsters that you need to now capture to become a Pokémon master?

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.

Klingon is Covered by Copyright Claims Paramount

Star Trek is a series loved and followed by millions, with everyone and their parents having grown up with the adventures of the starship Enterprise. Sadly a short film made by fans to cover a gap in the universe could be stopped as it would appear that Klingon is covered by copyright.

Klingons are one of, if not the most, well-known races in the star Trek universe. Being a warrior race by nature, it was always referenced (and was a key part of James T Kirks character) that the Federation and the Klingons had gone to war. A fan film created by Alec Peters looked to explore this war but seems like it may never see the light of day due to a copyright claim made by Paramount and CBS, the holders of Star Treks intellectual property.

After being told it wasn’t detailed enough the claim has now been updated to cite several instances where the fan film presses on Star Trek’s copyright. This includes the gold command shirts and even the pointed Vulcan ears, but the claim also goes on to state that the entire Klingon language is covered under copyright.

Is it possible to copyright an entire language (fictional or real world)? Should the fan made the film, which has been funded by a Kickstarter project none the less, be stopped by the copyright claim or should they come to a deal to create the film with the full support of the company?

You can read the full document listing every single copyright infringement in the film here.

J.J. Abrams Wife Told Him To Stop Using Lens Flare

J.J. Abrams is known for a wide range of movies, from the latest Star Trek films to Cloverfield. Out of all of his films though there is one thing that is constantly missing, and that is special effects. To be more precise I don’t think I’ve seen a single one of Abrams films which feature Lens Flare, that could be because I’m blinded by its overuse in his films, though. Seems I’m not the only one with everyone including his wife telling him to stop using lens flare.

In the below video Abrams explains how it was during a scene from Star Trek Into Darkness that his wife demanded he stopped using the effect in his films.

If you disagree with her point there might be something you should watch, two and a half minutes of lens flares courtesy of Star Trek Into Darkness.

If that wasn’t enough you could just watch some of his other films, with the effect seeming to be synonymous with his name in the credits. While he’s not the only one who uses the effect, sadly you will often find it in a lot of video games as well, he is definitely known for it but even with all of these facts we just can’t seem to figure out why his wife would tell him to stop using the effect.

Thief Movie to Steal Our Screens

Thief is a series in which you are playing just that, as a thief getting by on your wits and your skills. The latest game in the series made by Square Enix, currently on sale on Steam for only £5, saw mixed reviews. If the game wasn’t for you, that may be changed when you get to experience it all over again in a new form, on as the Thief Movie.

Los Angeles-based production company Straight up Films has acquired the rights to make a film based on the Square Enix franchise. Currently, the screenplay is set to be written by Adam Mason and Simon Boyes, with all hints pointing to a storyline involving a master thief trying to restore freedom which has been taken away by a magic-wielding tyrant.

With Khalid Jones (from Source Rock and Square Enix) acting as an executive producer, Square Enix still have some say in the creation of the movie, raising hopes that it won’t be a video game movie which fails fans of the series.

Are you excited about seeing a master thief run around in a dark victorian-era city fighting for freedom? If you could take one video game and make a full blockbuster movie on, what would you choose and why?

Star Wars: Episode VIII Causes Avatar 2 Delay

It’s a tough time to be a fan of James Cameron’s Avatar movies, although it for those who followed the release of the first movie in the series, it’s always been somewhat of a bumpy road anyway. The movie was first revealed as a project from James Cameron back in 1996, and it wasn’t until 2009 when we first got to see it; 13 years is a very long time, even in the world of movie development. Avatar 2 was originally planned for a Christmas 2017 release, so we’ve already been waiting quite a few years anyway, but there’s obviously hope that it won’t be pushed back by 13 years.

So what’s causing the delay? Star Wars: Episode VIII! It seems the studios don’t want to take on what would be an epic big screen battle for viewers, not only because it could hurt the profits of either, but it would likely limit each to a certain number of IMAX screens around the world, something neither studio would want. Disney would be mad to get locked into a competition with this movie too, given that they even have a planned Avatar installment coming to their park around the time of the movies release.

So with Star Wars taking the December spot for a major release for the next few years, it looks like 20th Century Fox will take Avatar into a summer release window for 2018. With Cameron wanting to wait till all three of the new Avatar movies are done before pushing them to market, allowing him to release each one just a year after the other, so expect to see Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and if rumours are to be believed, Sigourney Weaver, throughout 2018, 2019 and 2020.

It’s a bit of a long wait, but with Cameron pulling out all the stops for one of his biggest blockbusters yet, the end result is likely going to be a spectacular cinematic treat.

Can’t wait all that time for the new movies? Takes a step back and enjoy the original trailer on more time.

Kodak Relaunches the Super 8 Camera

Kodak has delighted film lovers by announcing the relaunch of the fabled Super 8 film camera. Super 8, named for its 8mm single perforation film stock, was the entry-level format that inspired generations of film directors, ranging from old legends like Steven Spielberg, to (relatively) young upstarts Christopher Nolan, director of Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy, and the man behind the recent Star Wars revival, JJ Abrams. Jeff Clarke, the CEO of Eastman Kodak, described Super 8, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, as “an ecosystem for film.”

“The news that Kodak is enabling the next generation of filmmakers with access to an upgraded and enhanced version of the same analog technology that first made me fall in love with cinematic storytelling is unbelievably exciting,” Christopher Nolan said.

“For me, 8mm was the beginning of everything,” Steven Spielberg added. “When I think of 8mm, I think of the movies.”

“While any technology that allows for visual storytelling must be embraced, nothing beats film,” said JJ Abrams. “The fact that Kodak is building a brand new Super 8 camera is a dream come true. With a gorgeous new design, interchangeable lenses and a brilliant scheme for development and delivery of footage, this camera appears to be the perfect bridge between the efficiency of the digital world and the warmth and quality of analog.”

The new Super 8 cameras and film stock are expected to hit the market at some point this year, with the hardware priced between $400 and $750.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v2Cwz_yXZo

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to Be the First Film Shot on RED 8K WEAPON Camera

Marvel sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be the first film ever shot using the RED 8K WEAPON digital video camera. The film’s director, James Gunn, discussed the decision on Facebook, revealing why he believes digital video give him an advantage over using traditional film stock; Gunn shot the previous Guardians of the Galaxy movie using the Alexa 65.

Gunn wrote on Facebook:

“When you’re shooting a film at the level of Guardians of the Galaxy, the cost of film vs. digital is negligible – for me it’s an aesthetic and creative choice.

Firstly, I believe when shooting on a format like the Red Weapon 8K or the Alexa 65, the amount of data is so massive – certainly more so than on a strip of film – that it gives you more freedom in production and post production to create exactly the film you want to create than actual film does. As anyone who has ever worked with me knows, I am a control freak. Such high resolution gives me the ability to control ever single bit of data (to do so would take a long time, but at least the knowledge comforts me). Many filmmakers look to essentially replicate the look of film, but I don’t share that interest. I believe that innovations in camera and shooting technologies as well as visual and practical effects gives us the ability to create a new aesthetic of film, one different from what the past has offered but equally beautiful – perhaps even more so. I respect many of the filmmakers who continue to shoot on film – and some of the most gorgeous movies of 2015 have been in that format. But I think sometimes that the love of actual film is based in nostalgia more than it is in objective beauty. Many filmmakers remember the films of their youth and want to replicate that magic. For me, I’m interested in being one of the many who help to create a new kind of magic that will usher the cinematic experience into the future. What will the children of today think of fondly with nostalgia?

And, yes, most filmmakers who have shot digital have underutilized the format. But with these new cameras their advantages are easier to see for everyone.

And there are three other reasons I chose this format:

1) It is easier to seamlessly incorporate massive amounts of visual, digital effects – including a digital tree and raccoon – into a digital base.
2) One of the ways I capture my actor’s performances is by doing massively long takes, over and over – sometimes up to an hour – much longer than your typical 11-minute reel of film. I find this a better way to capture the energy and rawness in a performance (and we get better outtakes of me yelling at Michael Rooker off-screen).
3) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be utilizing another new technologies I’m very excited about but can’t quite go into yet. But, for this technology, you need a camera the small size of the RED Weapon – a film camera is too big, as is the Alexa 65 (which is also an amazing camera).”

The 8K WEAPON, priced around $70,000 for the basic unit, uses a Vista Vision-sized 8192×4320, 35-megapixel sensor, and can shoot 75 frames-per-second at 8K resolutions in RAW and ProRes formats simultaneously.

Peter Jackson to Direct Episode of Doctor Who

A year ago we released an article stating that Peter Jackson could direct a future episode of Doctor Who. The time is nigh.

Peter Jackson is very active with his facebook, posting snippets from behind the scenes and regarding causes he actively supports. While he is well known for his work on the J.R.R Tolkien films such as the Lords of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies, Jackson is well known for supporting and looking out for anything that he could be creative with. Doctor Who is just one of those shows and as a video posted on his facebook shows, he is not one to shy away from announcing his activity in the show in the near future.

While there are no real details and this may be premature, there is hope that this could mean in the near future, maybe next season, we could see an episode with the Jackson touch. While famous for its big guest appearances there is rarely a guest producer or director, especially one known for his large films. As if that wasn’t mean enough for the Doctor Who fans, Tolkien fans may notice the Silmarillion (yet another one of Tolkien’s books set in Middle Earth) marked with post-it notes and an inserted page. Because teasing one fan base is just not enough.

51 Percent of US Internet Users Watch Netflix

Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and others have revolutionized the way we watch video content. In the digital age, there’s no need to wait for your favourite TV shows, or watch a bunch of adverts, as streaming services offer instant gratification. Netflix is evidently the most popular choice due to the superb TV and film library. However, many customers outside the US have to use a VPN as content is restricted on a geographical basis. Nevertheless, the affordable pricing and huge range of shows in the USA is proving a popular combination and according to research firm RBC Capital Markets, 51 percent of US internet users watched content on Netflix during the last 12 months.

Netflix’s viewing figures as a percentage even surpassed YouTube which finished in second place. The data is intriguing and illustrates the popularity of streaming services. As a result, it’s perfectly feasible for traditional TV to struggle in the next decade as consumers expect more and become sick of TV scheduling. Furthermore, Netflix now offers a premium service capable of 4K streaming, which is bound to please customers with a brand new 4K television. Although, the company has gradually increased the subscription costs over time. Therefore, it’s unknown how expensive Netflix might be in the next few years.

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.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Latest Trailer is Here!

Disney has just released the official trailer to Star Wars: The Force Awakens which is scheduled for release on December 18th. The future of Star Wars seemed rather bleak considering the prequels’ poor reception by critics. It was a surprising revelation when George Lucas handed over the iconic series to Disney and allowed them to continue the story.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer doesn’t contain any spoilers and the plot is a complete mystery. Although, the main character appears to be a Rey, played by Daisy Ridley. People have speculated that she is Han Solo and Princess Leia’s daughter. The new antagonist is called Kylo Ren and is seen with Darth Vader’s disfigured mask. From the initial footage, it looks like there is a huge amount of fan service throughout the movie.

The trailer’s reception has been overwhelmingly positive according to social media and I cannot wait to see the full release. As a huge Star Wars fan, I find the trailer quite exciting and I’m fascinated to see how the film ties-in to the original trilogy. It’s hard to believe the original cast have returned and modern technology should help set everything on such a grand scale.

There are some negative comments from a select few regarding the choice of actors and CGI effects.

What do you think of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer?

Godzilla and King Kong Will Rise Again With a Fight Scheduled For 2020

Today there is great news for fans of Godzilla and King Kong as Legendary and Warner Brothers Pictures announced a trio of new movies and dates for them. First out is Kong: Skull Island which will come out March 10, 2017. Production for the movie will begin on October 19th. Godzilla 2 follows by coming out in 2018, and Godzilla vs. Kong will be in theaters near you only 5 years away in 2020. With Legendary Pictures being attached to the project you can rest assured that they will be putting out some seriously well-done movies.

Kong: Skull Island will star Tom Hiddleston, Sam Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, and Toby Kebbell. The movie will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts with writing by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Derek Connolly, and Dan Gilroy. The movie will definitely have some star power other than the super star Kong.

Godzilla 2 will be directed by Gareth Edwards from a script written by Max Borenstein. The film will have Godzilla battling iconic giant monsters from the franchise but no information yet on who they might be. The Godzilla vs. Kong movie is pretty self-explanatory on the plot, they have a showdown.

“Audiences really responded to Godzilla,” stated Legendary CEO Thomas Tull. “Today, I’m excited to reveal that film was only the beginning of an epic new entertainment universe. As a lifelong fan of these characters, I’ve always wanted to see the ultimate showdown, and today we’re pleased to be announcing that and more.”

Thank you Business Wire for providing us with this information.

SPECTRE Final Trailer Has Arrived!

Daniel Craig’s modern portrayal of James Bond has reinvigorated the classic series providing you forget the atrocious film, Quantum of Solace. Casino Royale was action-packed with a great villain and captivating story. Although, the most recent Bond movie, Skyfall, is often described as one of the best ever made. As you might expect, there’s a great deal of anticipation surrounding the latest James Bond Film and the final trailer has finally arrived!

The plot revolves around a cryptic message from 007’s past which leads Daniel Craig to Mexico City and eventually Rome. Here, he discovers Lucia Sciarra and uncovers the devious secret plans of a crime organization known as SPECTRE. The film includes a wonderful cast selection including Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Jesper Christensen, Christoph Waltz and more! Waltz makes for an absolutely fantastic Bond villain and fits into the role so seamlessly. From the trailer, we can see a glimpse of the fiery confrontation between the leading two characters which features an excellent on-screen chemistry.

Personally, my favourite Bond film is On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and I prefer the old-school, less-serious depiction of James Bond. However,  Daniel Craig does a fantastic job and his depiction is closer to Ian Fleming’s original concept of James Bond.

Quentin Tarantino Dislikes Netflix And Still Records Films To VHS

I do enjoy a Quentin Tarantino film, from the stylised Kill Bill volume 1 – 2 to From Dusk Till Dawn. Streaming may be the way forward for many consumers and industries, but not according to Mr Tarantino, who voices his disgruntlement for the format within a new book entitled “I lost it at the video store.

Tarantino says: “I am not excited about streaming at all. I like something hard and tangible in my hand. And I can’t watch a movie on a laptop. I don’t use Netflix at all.” I agree with him to a point. My view is this, if you pay for Netflix you receive a vast array of content at a reasonable price, this is all well and good until one day you might decide to stop paying the subscription price, at which point all the content you enjoyed is gone and you’re left with nothing tangible

You could counter argue and state that Netflix is cheaper than buying a collection of DVDs, and that consumers have evolved to watch a particular film once before moving onto the next one. Hence the reason why there might not be any need to purchase the DVD in question; it might all depend on the tech generation which a person grew up with and therefore remember.

The next comments by Mr Tarantino are certainly interesting “I don’t have any sort of delivery system. I have the videos from Video Archives. They went out of business, and I bought their inventory. Probably close to eight thousand tapes and DVDs”. Imagine owning 8000 tapes and DVDs, the rewinding would drive many people crazy not to mention the lens cleaning equipment. Tarantino also states that he has “a bunch of DVDs and a bunch of videos, and I still tape movies off of television on video so I can keep my collection going.” I draw the line using a VHS tape, which never really liked me, considering I often receive a black bar which flickered across the top of the screen.

Quentin Tarantino is a purest in terms of producing film. Digital formats do not enter his realm and it depends on your point of view. Kids of today will only know music in terms of an MP3 download or even streaming only while others remember CD, tapes and Vinyl. Nostalgia brings back memories associated with an individual’s life which is intertwined with fond experiences they had, i.e. buying their first album. Streaming is the future and many people will love it, it just depends on the viewpoint of that individual.

Thank you independent for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of blackfilm

Pacific Rim 2 Delayed Indefinitely

Pacific Rim, a film inspired the hit anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, featuring mankind fighting for its survival in giant mechs called Jaegers in response to the threat of giant aliens. The hit film was released several years ago now and was directed by Guillermo del Toro, however, it may seem like its sequel has hit a monster even bigger than the ones it shows on screen.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Pacific Rim 2, set for release in August 2017 and was scheduled to start filming in November, has halted indefinitely. In most cases it tends to be that large films like this may be delayed, but more and more in recent years, this is signs of bigger troubles and struggles, which often lead to the film never making it to your local cinema.

The initial rumours for the budget stood at around $190 million, a little over Jurassic Worlds $150 but still short of films like the Avengers: Age of Ultron which had a whopping $250 million budget. The original film didn’t do great taking in only $101 million at the box office, a nice figure that was only just over half of the films development costings. The success comes from Legend noticing how much it succeeded in China, with support gathering not only for a second film but the second was rumoured to be building up towards a third.

Were you excited about Pacific Rim 2? How did you find the first film? Would you see Pacific Rim 2 in the cinema or would it be a DVD buy several months later?

[NSFW] Brutal First-Person Action Film ‘HARDCORE’ Trailer Released

HARDCORE is an intense sci-fi action film shot in a first-person perspective which was showcased at the Toronto Film festival. The movie is spearheaded by executive producer, Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and director/writer Ilya Naishuller. The first-person viewpoint is simply mesmerizing and makes the action seem incredibly real. Although, the shaky camera can cause a bit of motion sickness. Currently, there’s no information regarding the film’s cinema release date in the US and throughout Europe. Here is a brief synopsis of the film’s plot:

“You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry and congratulations, you’re now a cyborg. 5 minutes later, your wife has been kidnapped and you should probably go get her back. Who’s got her? His name’s Akan (Danila Kozlovsky), he’s just a psychotic megalomaniac with telekinetic powers, and a never-ending army of mercenaries. You’re also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, Russia and everyone wants you dead. Everyone, except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy (Sharlto Copley). He might be on your side. Good luck Henry. You’re very much likely to need it…”

Once again I must reiterate that the video contains extremely graphic scenes of violence and isn’t suitable for individuals under the age of 18, or people of a nervous disposition. As you might expect, it’s certainly not suitable for a work environment unless you have a really cool boss – you have been warned!

Are you a fan of the first-person perspective in films?

Tom Cruise Movie Plane Crash Leaves Two Dead

Two aerial photographers lost their lives in a plane crash in Medelin, Colombia during the filming of Tom Cruise’s latest movie, Mena. The two casualties have been identified as Alan David Purwin and Carlos Berl. Jimmy Lee Garland, who was also on-board the flight, was left with severe injuries and is being treated in a Medelin hospital; Cruise was not involved in the crash.

Purwin, founder of aerial surveillance company Helinet Technologies, was recently showcased during Variety’s Artisans video series, where he discussed aerial photography and his desire to “de-risk” filming in dangerous conditions.

The plane involved in the crash was a twin-engine Aerostar, which was brought down in the Alto de la Clarita mountains due to severe weather.

“An aircraft carrying crew members crashed while returning to Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport in Medellin following production wrap on the film ‘Mena’ resulting in two fatalities,” a statement from Universal reads. “Further details are not available at this time. On behalf of the production, our hearts and prayers go out to the crew members and their families at this difficult time.”

Mena, directed by Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Ultimatum helmer Doug Liman, has been filming in Colombia since August. The film tells the story of real-life American pilot Barry Seal, played by Cruise, who flew for Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar before turning spy for the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Thank you Variety for providing us with this information.

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).

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Jason Statham Packs 264 Punches in Movie Supercut!

The unbreakable Jason Statham has thrown a significant amount of punches throughout his film career, and a super-fan has edited every scene together in an adrenaline-fuelled action-packed montage. Statham’s tough-guy image began in The Transporter before starring in higher-budget films such as Furious 7. Of course, his talents don’t necessarily revolve around dialogue but the ability to knock down anyone by brute force! Here is the complete list of films featured in order of appearance:

  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • Turn It Up
  • Ghost Of Mars
  • The One
  • Mean Machine
  • The Transporter
  • Cellular
  • Transporter 2
  • Chaos
  • Crank
  • In The Name Of The King
  • War
  • The Bank Job
  • Death Race
  • Transporter 3
  • Crank 2: High Voltage
  • The Expendables
  • The Mechanic
  • Gnomeo and Juliet
  • Killer Elite
  • Safe
  • The Expendables 2
  • Parker
  • Redemption
  • Homefront
  • Wild Card
  • Furious 7

The video is certainly an interesting watch and I remember Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels rather fondly. A lot of the films, I haven’t seen but Statham usually provides a silly and dumb experience. He does seem to get embroiled in a number of perilous situations and in his old age probably needs to calm down slightly. I’m still waiting for him to feature in a romantic, emotionally charged film just to entertain my sadistic side.

What is your favourite film starring Jason Statham?

Of course, NSFW language and behaviour throughout.

‘Pixels’ Copyright Notices Removed the Studio’s own Trailer

Pixels is an atrocious video game-themed movie and less endearing than a swarm of angry wasps. The film has gained notoriety for its sheer incompetence and it has received an astonishingly low score of 18% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not content with ruining the childhood memories of many iconic arcade games, Columbia Pictures has attempted to copyright the term “Pixels” and instigated a wave of copyright take-downs.

According to TorrentFreak, an anti-piracy group called Entura, hounded a number of independent filmmakers and removed their work from Vimeo. This includes a film from 2006 produced by NeMe, a non-profit organization and ‘Independent Museum of Contemporary Art’. In a forum post, the company said:

“Our NGO has just received a DMCA notice for a video we produced in 2006 entitled ‘Pixels’,”

 “The video was directed by a Cypriot film-maker using his own photos and sounds/music on a shoestring budget and infringes no copyright.”

“Please somebody do check the video in question and confirm for yourselves that it breaks no copyright laws and that it has nothing to do with the latest multi-million blockbuster which prompted this notification.”

Unfortunately, the video no longer exists and the URL displays a redirect error. Once again, this illustrates how absurd the DMCA algorithm is and how often it affects legitimate pieces of content which have nothing to do with an automatic copyright claim; the copyright legal framework is absurdly outdated and needs radical reform.

In a hilarious twist, a DMCA takedown actually removed Pixels’ trailer from the official account designed to market the film. This should serve as a lesson to companies who attempt to copyright a widespread term and bully content creators. The current DMCA policy is flawed and constantly abused to remove critical videos or fan-made creations containing a copyrighted music score. Columbia Pictures, Adam Sandler and Entura should be ashamed of themselves.

Thank you TorrentFreak for providing us with this information.

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.

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John Wick – First A Movie Now A VR Game

John Wick features Keanu Reeves playing an ex-mob hitman, who is actually described as the person you would send after the boogie man, seeking revenge for a mob boss who has crossed him. Soon not only could you watch John Wick on film but you could be playing him with a new VR Game set for release in 2016.

Lionsgate, the company behind the John Wick film, is partnering with the game company Starbreeze to release a VR first-person shooter based on the film. While it’s not expected till spring next year the game is set to be released for most modern VR headsets, such as the HTC Vive.

A demo for the game is set to become part of the showcase for HTC Vive World Tour, which is set to showcase VR hardware in both Europe and North America.

This is not the first time we have seen John Wick come to a video game, he was recently introduced into Starbreeze’s first person shooter Payday 2, which sees John Wick, as a free DLC released in time to coincide with the movie’s initial release, join up with a band of criminals in an attempt to pull off heists for hopes of large cash rewards.

With a sequel to the John Wick film set for next September, we can expect more from John Wick both in terms of official releases and no doubt fan requests for more games and integrations into previous games.

Is there any particular game which you would be interested to see John Wick feature in? Would you be interested in a standalone John Wick game?

Thank you the Verge for providing us with this information.

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Nintendo “Pixels” Tweet Backfires

I would genuinely like to know who imagined a Pixels movie would be a worthwhile investment and was therefore taken seriously and not fired. I mean come on; it makes the world of gaming starring Adam Sandler as credible as Donald Trump becoming president. Just like to add an addendum here, if the business tycoon is sworn in after the US elections in 2016 and takes place as leader of the US, then no one remind me of this article.

Obviously Nintendo misread public opinion and thought it would be a great idea to tweet the following which is below.

Perhaps the company meant to change the words Donkey Kong with “person who came up with this idea”, keep hammer before erasing Pixels Movie and writing fingers instead. This Tweet plummeted to earth in flames with a selection of the following responses from irritated fans.

“@NintendoAmerica remove Adam Sandler and then I’ll watch.”

“@NintendoAmerica grab a hammer to smash your computer with when you start watching the trailer”

“@NintendoAmerica I hope this causes Nintendo to never lease out their properties again.”

“@NintendoAmerica You only had one job…”

“@NintendoAmerica how can you sleep at night”

I wonder what the target audience Nintendo had in mind while sketching the concept for this film. Hardcore gaming fans will despise it, casual gamers will not identify with it and non gamers simply won’t be interested in paying money to watch it. This is the problem with corporate companies; all too often business individuals will try to force a product on consumers with the “They will buy what we tell them to buy” attitude. Hollywood is all too often like McDonald’s, it delivers processed fast food goo which strips away any originality from the product before leaving an unrecognisable husk.

Who made this film? Columbia Pictures Industries which is part of Sony, who won’t be getting hacked this time for personal details concerning this film? Sony Pictures.

Thank You NintendoAmerica Twitter page for providing us with this information

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