Reebok To Resurrect ‘Alien Stomper’ Trainers

We all love to see and own things that we see on the big screen, from the same piece of jewelry that our heroes wear to jumpers and jackets that you see on the TV. In celebration of the anniversary of the release of iconic sci-fi film Aliens, Reebok is looking to re-release its classic “Alien Stomper” trainers.

Those familiar with the Alien franchise will recognise the trainers as the shoes that Sigourney Weaver wore in the first film, a design that was available for a limited time back in 1986 when the film first released. Now 30 years on, Reebok are looking to bring them back for a limited time, with the trainers available both in select stores and online.

The trainers will be released on April 26th, chosen in honor of planet LV-426 the original setting for the Alien films. With no set price though you could look to spend a pretty penny as many will be looking to grab a pair, if only to go to the cinema and watch reruns of Alien and Aliens, before going home and finishing off the showings with a collection of films featuring not only Aliens but Predators and then to experience it all over again in Alien Isolation. Available in both the classic version and the high tops that are worn by Bishop during the film, you will soon be able to run away from Aliens and Predators in comfort.

First Minute of The X-Files Revival Now Online

The first minute of the first episode of The X-Files revival has been made available online by FOX, at the website doyoustillbelieve.com. The 60-second tease is little more than a general recap, encompassing the nine year-long TV show and two movies, with Fox Mulder delivering a subdued voiceover.

“My name is Fox Mulder,” the voiceover begins. “Since my childhood I’ve been obsessed by a controversial global phenomenon.”

“In 1993, the FBI sought to impugn my work, by bringing in a scientist and medical doctor to debunk it, which only deepened my obsession for the better part of a decade, during which time that agent, Dana Scully, had her own faith tested.”

David Duchovny, who plays Mulder, spoke about how emotional an experience it was for him to read the first script for The X-Files’ revival, absent from our screens for nearly 14 years.

“It was nostalgia. Just to see Mulder and Scully on the page and all that stuff. Honestly, I wish I never said it because it’s brought up all the time. Think of it this way, it’s like reading a letter from camp that you wrote when you were fifteen. It was nostalgia or something,” Duchovny said, via Business Standard. “It didn’t have to do with the actual words on the page. It was the fact – ‘Oh, I’m reading an X-File.’ Try to put it to bed with all your readers. Don’t ask him anymore why he cried! I felt emotional, I didn’t cry.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1SmJUBT5q0

The two-night premiere of The X-Files revival airs on 24th and 25th January on FOX. The series will be aired in the UK on Channel 5 sometime in February, to be announced.

The Big Bang Theory Producers Are Being Sued

We sadly live in a world where everyone can sue everyone for almost anything. This happens a lot and sometimes the lawsuits have more claim than other times. The latest one is one that is hard to place and I think it will end up as a tough call in the courtroom. Warner Bros, CBS, Fox, Chock Lorre, and Turner Broadcasting are among the targets in a new lawsuit against The Big Bang Theory and more specific, the Soft Kittie usage.

The original author of the nursery rhyme isn’t around anymore, but the authors children Ellen and Margaret are suing pretty much anyone involved with the show over the use of the nursery rhyme. The plaintiffs seek damages and profits as well as their attorney fees covered as part of the lawsuit where they say that they never been asked for permission and no royalties have been paid for the use of the by-now famous Soft Kitty rhyme.

The lawsuit was filed on Monday in the Southern District of New York, claiming that the lyrical rights clearly belonged to author and copyright owner Edith Newlin, and that the accused “never contacted or made any attempt to contact Edith Newlin or her successors to seek permission to use the Soft Kitty Lyrics, and Plaintiffs never granted any permission … to do so.”

So far everything seems pretty straight forward, the accused are guilty. But it is rarely that straightforward and especially not when we’re dealing with laws and rights.

Warner Bros bought the rights to use the song from Willis Music back in 2007, which pretty much clears them. Originally the lyrics ran in a Willis compilation called Songs for the Nursery School back in 1937, but that was only on a loan basis and Willis did not obtain any rights besides for that usage. So they technically didn’t have the rights to sell at all. The song, or rhyme, has been used in at least eight episodes of the show, with only slight tweaks, the lawsuit states.

If it was just about a few royalties, then I’m sure that Warner Bros could end the whole thing very quickly, but there’s more trouble. The Soft Kitty song has become somewhat legend and that has been exploited in promotions, advertising, and fan articles. That part makes the whole deal a lot more tricky. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, if we get a verdict at all or if they two parties find an outside agreement.

Kingsman: The Secret Service Sequel Release Date Revealed

Shaken, not stirred, the classic line from a classic spy. James Bond has gripped the nation for generations, from the golden gun to Spectre, the world of spies and villains have taken our memories and dreams. Recently though, it is the underdog that has often taken the spotlight, from the tales of Alex Rider the boy spy to the younger James bond, we’ve seen it all.

Last year we got to see what would happen if you took someone from an everyday background and made them a spy, or to be more precise a Kingsman. Soon though we could see the next tale in this saga on our screen, but sadly not as soon as some may desire.

Grossing in over $400 million, Kingsman was a surprise hit for 20th Century fox. Based on the graphic novel by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Kingsman: The Secret Service was popular with all kinds due to its unique characters and tales, often mocking the films that it drew its inspiration from.

An initial release date for the sequel is set for June 16th, 2017.

How many times have you dreamed of being a spy? Are you fan of Kingsman and would you see its sequel Kingsman 2?

We Have Edward Snowden to Thank for The X-Files Revival

We’re but four months away from the much-hyped The X-Files revival, which reunites David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as the iconic Mulder and Scully to investigate the paranormal and government conspiracies, but it seems we might have a real-world scandal to thank for inspiring the show’s return. The X-Files creator Chris Carter admits that the show’s new episodes owe a great debt to the revelations related to the mass surveillance program conducted by the NSA, as revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

“It’s a perfect time to come back with The X-Files considering global politics,” Carter said during the premiere screening of the first new X-Files episode at the MIPCOM TV trade fair in Cannes this week, which earned rave reviews. “We’re trying to be honest with the changes dealing with digital technology: the capability of spying. Clearly we’re being spied on in the US – or at least spying on you – and there seems to be no shame in it.”

Despite the show being off the air for over 13 years, with just a single film in the interim – 2008’s The X-Files: I want to Believe – Carter says that he’s still been writing the show in his head all that time. “Every day I look at the newspaper and I see a possible X-Files episode,” he said. “I did it for a long time and you never quite lose the eye for what would be good X-Files storytelling.”

The six-episode The X-Files miniseries airs on FOX on 26th January, 2016.

Thank you The Guardian for providing us with this information.

CS:GO Gets TV Spot On Fox Sports 1

E-sports are becoming more and more of a publicly known event, it used to be that players would gather around with their friends and watch their teams fight out through their web browser. There have been documentaries about e-sports in the cinema and now tournaments are also backed by crowd funding events, making their prices and people’s interest in the events seem to grow day by day. Now it would seem that you may soon be able to watch your favourite teams fight out on your TV.

Fox Sports, one of the main broadcasters of sports in Australia, have hidden in their schedule a slot for none other than the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament that starts on Tuesday. While it is common for e-sports to have some representation in the media, it will be the first time that Counter-Strike matches have been shown in full, and not just in a highlight reel, on TV.

With international tournaments picking up speed, with games like Heroes of the Storm and Smite joining the likes of Counter-Strike, League of Legends and Dota with large prize pools and even larger audiences, could you soon see a mainstream channel dedicated to all of your favorite e-sports games?

Thank you Kotaku for the information.

Take A Gander At the Worlds First Ultra HD Player

The explosion of online HD and 4K downloaded content has rendered the typical DVD and Blu-Ray player in many respects obsolete, Samsung hope not and they have unveiled the world’s first Ultra HD player at the IFA show in Berlin.

So, what does this player have to offer? The image detail is rather impressive and offers four times the resolution of Blu-ray and 64 times as many colours. There is no detail on price, but I would have thought it would have to be competitive and comparable in relation to other tech for it to be successful. The player also has a curved design which integrates with its brand of TVs and it also includes a number of UHD streaming services. Below is an image to convey the new player, as you can see, they look stylish to a point.

Samsung has also announced that its new 4K Televisions will be the first to upgrade to the new standard HDMI 2.0a, this is essential to be able to receive the information from the Ultra HD players.

It will be interesting to see how this player is received by early adopters of this tech, are consumers interested in buying a standalone player instead of an all in one piece of tech i.e. computers. Other info includes Fox studios who are committed to releasing a cache of upcoming movies in Ultra HD, which includes Fantastic Four, Maze Runner, Kingsman: The Secret Service and more.

Samsung hopes to launch this player in the first half of 2016.

Thank you engadget for providing us with this information

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Grab a Duff! Simpsons Beer May Become a Reality

Long-running animated cartoon show The Simpsons has morphed from a simple premise of daily family life into a cultural phenomenon, which has firmly embedded itself into the consciousness of countless fans and countries. It’s now been announced, and I am surprised this concept was not officially implemented into the commercial environment sooner, that Homer’s favourite beer could be produced in the real world.

Duff is set to be released by 21st Century Fox in Chile, with plans to expand the brand into further regions of South America and Europe by early next year. The media colossus has been discussing the notion of a Simpson’s beer with a manufacturer in order to get the flavour just right. It also plans packaging which does not identify the TV show—just an exact replica of the fictional town’s favourite beverage. This could be because The Simpsons is aimed at children as well as adults, if a child spots Bart on the label of a pack of beer, there could be legal problems.

Just to go off on a tangent for a mo, it would be nice in today’s world if everyone took personal responsibility a bit more seriously, yes you do not want a beer marketed at children, but it’s the same with video games. Said parent purchases GTA for her 10-year-old, lets him play it for hours, and then sues Rockstar for selling a game which was available to buy.

Fox are also exploring the prospect of marketing Duff within the US, but there is not an official date for this as yet. Fox are attempting to counteract replicas which have sprung up over the years, in the 90s, Lion Nathan brewery in Australia distributed a Duff beer to consumers. Fox did not like this and sued for infringing their trademark, to which the brewery had to cease trade of the iconic Duff name.

Personally, I am not sure I desperately need a beer which tastes like a cartoon show, but, it will find its fans and will sell well in its first run.

Thank You Wall Street Journal for providing us with this information

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D’oh! No More The Simpsons Boxsets

With the first DVD boxsets of The Simpsons being released back in 2001 and many fans building collections up there is news that many won’t be able to complete their collections. There was a decision to stop making the boxsets, which comes as little surprise with streaming media dominating that of physical media sales.

Now that The Simpsons can be streamed from Hulu and Fox’s own service the demand for physical media of the series is probably taking a big hit. The previous releases of the box sets had special features such as deleted scenes, behind the scenes footage and commentary on episodes. This is something that the die-hard fans will definitely come to miss and it will be interesting to see what kind of special stuff Fox will do for streaming media.

Source: Metro

Samsung, Disney, and Netflix Join Alliance For 4K Standardisation

A medium-spanning coalition of businesses has united to form the UHD (Ultra High Definition) Alliance with the aim of setting the standard for 4K and UHD content, terminology, and delivery. Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, and Sharp represent the TV industry, while Disney, Fox, Warner Bros., Netflix, and DirecTV cover content delivery, and Dolby and Technicolor as ambassadors of content creation.

H.S. Kim, executive for Samsung displays, said of the alliance, “This is a game changer. Most importantly, for consumers,” asserting that their goal is to establish a “healthy UHD ecosystem.”

For starters, the alliance wants to differentiate between the terms ‘4K’ and ‘UHD’, which, though used synonymously, refer to differing resolutions.

“Nothing but good can come from it,” said Lee. “It’s just a great opportunity for the industry to rally around UHD.”

Source: The Verge

Dish Disables its Ad-Skipping Feature After Pressure from CBS

Satellite TV reception provider Dish has removed the ad-skipping feature from its digital video recorder (DVR) box after a feud with network television channel CBS.

After Dish launched its “AutoHop” feature, which allowed users to skip ad breaks, it was sued by CBS, NBC, and Fox. Dish won every single case. Changing tactics, CBS decided instead to bully Dish into compliance, pulling content from Dish for twelve hours, leaving customers with a channel blackout. Predictably, Dish followed the money and caved, agreeing to disable the AutoHop feature for CBS shows.

In a gloating statement, Ray Hopkins, President of Television Networks Distribution for CBS, said:

“We are very pleased with this deal, which meets all of our economic and strategic objectives. We look forward to having DISH as a valued partner for many years to come.”

Source: Ars Technica

Homer Simpson Takes The Ice Bucket Challenge

It has been a busy few weeks for the ALS Association, they’ve gained over $30 million in donations and we’ve seen hundreds of videos from celebrities, video game characters and now cartoon characters as Homer Simpson takes the plunge!

It’s an interesting change of pace for the challenges and it’s another key example of how people are trying to come up with more original videos. Now we just need to see if Homers nomination of Ned Flanders, Lenny and Donald Trump will turn up any results. No comments on the video stating if Matt Groening and his crew have donated, but I’d like to think they have.

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Thank you Theage for providing us with this information.

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Disney to Release Unaltered Cut of Star Wars Trilogy on Blu-ray

You don’t have to be a big fan of the Star Wars franchise to know that many fans got fed up when George Lucas started making adjustments to the originals, detracting from the little details that people loved about the original movies. Rumors are kicking around this week with the prospect of an “original” cut making it to Blu-ray, which  is no doubt something that would excite the long-standing fan base of the movies.

The only issue we know of here is that Disney do not own the rights to the original cuts of the movie, these are still owned by Fox.

Fox owns distribution rights to the original Star Wars, No. 4 in the series, in perpetuity in all media worldwide. And as for the five subsequent movies, Fox has theatrical, nontheatrical, and home video rights worldwide through May 2020.

In fact there are a lot of hurdles on this one, Lucas himself has already said he wasn’t keen on the idea in the past, so many different business deals would have to go right and of course it will likely result in a product that hardcore fans still aren’t happy with. With a bit of luck, this one will see the light of day, but don’t hold your breath.

Thank you i09 for providing us with this information.

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Complete Simpsons Catalogue To Be Available For Steaming

Great news for Simpsons fans as a deal has finally been struck that will allow the entire 24 season catalogue of episodes to be streamed online. However, the show will no be coming to NetFlix, Prime or any of the other popular choices as FXX have secured the exclusive rights and plan to keep the show all to themselves.

In a deal that is valued at around $750 million, FXX scored the winning bid after a long and complicated bidding process that involved many major networks. FXNOW is an as yet unlaunched mobile viewing app of the FX network and will be made available for all authenticated subscribers, although it is unclear on how they plan to release the episodes. Could we be looking at all 24 seasons being made available immediately, or a staggered roll-out? Who knows.

An official news release about the bid reads;

After a vigorous bidding war which resulted in what is believed to be the biggest off-network deal ever, FXX has secured the exclusive cable, VOD and non-linear rights to The Simpsons, the longest-running, most successful comedy series in television history, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions and Chuck Saftler, President, Program Strategy, and COO, FX Networks.

Are you looking forward to streaming the Simpsons to mobile devices?

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information.

Futurama Cancelled Again!

FUTURAMA!!! Yeah we will get to enter into season 7 premiering on Wednesday June 19th, unfortunately this will be the final season. Comedy Central dealt the killing blow to Futurama, to which Fox tried to do back in 2003, to which Fox probably thought that they had killed the series. Lucky for us Comedy Central picked the series up in 2008 to bring us 3 more seasons of the hit animated science fiction sitcom.

Futurama has picked up numerous prestigious awards over the years, Anne Awards, Emmy Awards, Environmental Media Awards, and even Writers Guild of America Awards! Over the years the series has been shown in at least 28 countries.

Season 7 is the final season, the last half of which will be premiering on June 19 at 10 P.M., and it will be coming to an end on September 4th. If you haven’t seen Futurama yet, or you have missed a couple of seasons you can always catch up on Netflix. You will be able to watch up to Episode 13 of season 7. You will also be able to view all four of the direct-to-video films! Prepare yourself now for the most EPIC season yet to come from Futurama!

This season will host numerous guest stars including Larry Bird, Dan Castellaneta, Sarah Silverman, Uncle George Takei, Adam West and Burt Ward!

“I’m very proud of the upcoming season. If this is indeed the end of ‘Futurama,’ it’s a fantastic finish to a good, long run,” said creator and Executive Producer Matt Groening.

“Having the opportunity to bring ‘Futurama’ back for 52 episodes over these last four years has been a thrill for all of us at COMEDY CENTRAL. The upcoming season promises to be the best final season of ‘Futurama’ yet,” said Dave Bernath, EVP Program Strategy & Multi Programming.

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