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If you need someone to solve complex equations on a chalk board, Matt Damon is your man (Good Will Hunting). He also makes a great spy and assassin (Bourne Identity). But for all his talents, like being able to renovate a zoo (We Bought a Zoo), he has a penchant for getting stranded on distant planets. It happened in Interstellar and in the upcoming movie, The Martian, Damon once again finds himself a long way from Earth with little chance of survival. What's a Boston native turned actor to do? Science the s**t out of the situation, of course. It's his only option after a fierce storm results in... Read more...
At 52-years-old, Tom Cruise is far removed from being a teen heartthrob. However, his acting career is showing no signs of slowing down, nor is his penchant for action these days. There looks to be plenty of it in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, his fifth Mission Impossible flick in nearly two decades. Where has the time gone? Luckily for Cruise, he doesn't appear to be aging as fast as the cast of The Expendables. Good thing too, because engaging in shootouts on sport bikes while navigating twisty mountains and hanging onto airplanes (from the outside!) as they race down the runway and into... Read more...
Amazon may have started out as a bookseller, but these days, it's so much more. It's a one-stop online shop for almost everything under the sun, as well as an entertainment portal where you can buy or rent electronic books, store music, stream movies, and more. On top of it all, the company's Amazon Studios arm will soon produce (and acquire) original movies for the big screen. The decision to expand its reach into movie theaters comes hot the heels of multiple Golden Globe award wins for television series Transparent, along with Emmy-nominated Tumble Leaf, and Mozart in the... Read more...
It's been quite the month as far as Sony and its film The Interview are concerned. In case you're just joining in, the ongoing saga began last month, when a hacker group calling itself Guardians of Peace (or 'GOP' for short) hit Sony with a crippling attack. At least 10TB of its data was stolen, much of which included employee records and unreleased Sony proprietary content. At that time, it wasn't entirely clear why GOP had such a beef with Sony, but it didn't take long to figure out that The Interview was the primary issue at hand. In The Interview, Seth Rogan and James Franco head to North Korea... Read more...
Breaking news, folks -- Sony has decided not to bow to pressure from hackers to cancel the Christmas Day debut of "The Interview," at least not outright. In a statement pulled from NBC's Facebook page and making the rounds on the web, Sony confirmed the film will have a limited theatrical release in the United States on December 25, 2014. "We have never given up on releasing 'The Interview' and we're excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day," said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment. "At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms... Read more...
The latest twist in the Sony hacking saga that appears to be motivated by the upcoming movie "The Interview," a comedy in which actors James Franco and Seth Rogen are tasked by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, is that hackers have begun threatening movie goers who see the flick with violence. This has prompted Carmike Cinemas to cancel its planned showings of the movie. Carmike Cinemas, the fourth largest cinema chain in the nation, operates 278 theaters across 41 states. According to reports, Sony Pictures Entertainment told theater owners... Read more...
Easy come, easy go, as they say. Such would be a fitting banner on Redbox Instant's website because in just two days, the service will disappear just as quickly as it arrived. News of Redbox Instant's impending closure has been making the rounds all over the web, and Verizon confirmed the validity of those reports with a goodbye message on its website. "Thank you for being a part of Redbox Instant by Verizon. Please be aware that the service will be shut down on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time," Verizon said in a statement. "Information on applicable refunds will be emailed to... Read more...
It's tough to fathom that Rovio could be in any kind of financial bind that would cause the company to hand out pink slips as a cost cutting measure, let alone layoff up to 130 employees, or 16 percent of its workforce. After all, this is the company responsible for the wildly popular Angry Birds franchise, which has been massively successful. Yet profits are down, so the decision's been made as Rovio looks to spur growth within the company. We have been building our team on assumptions of faster growth than have materialized. As a result, we announced today that we plan to simplify our organization... Read more...
Valve's Steam digital distribution platform is the go-to place for games, and there's even been an effort to flesh it out with creativity and productivity software. Now there's evidence to suggest that Valve may take things a step further by adding new types of content, including film, TV series, videos, music, and plugins. Could it be that Steam is growing into something much bigger than a game library? It's too early to tell, but what's out there is certainly interesting. Credit goes to SteamDB for digging through the recent Steam Beta update and noticing several new application-type IDs, such... Read more...
It's said that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but if you tick off Amazon, you'll feel its unpleasant wrath, as well. Just ask Disney. As the two industry behemoths feud over contract terms, Amazon has resorted to stopping pre-orders for upcoming Disney titles on DVD and Blu-ray, including popular flicks like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians, and Maleficent. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, this is the same tactic Amazon used in a four-month long dispute with Hachette Book Group over e-book pricing. Amazon threw its weight around by halting pre-orders for... Read more...
The transition from offline media like DVDs and Blu-ray discs to online streaming has been swift, and with it comes increased competition. To ensure it doesn't get left behind, Yahoo announced in a blog post that it acquired RayV, a video streaming startup based in Israel. RayV's strength is being able to deliver high-quality video feeds to a large number of people. "Watching mobile and online video has gone from being a novelty to a daily habit for millions of users. Yahoo is focused on growing video users and monthly streams, and while we’re only getting started, we’re very focused... Read more...
Don't accuse North Korea of having a sense of humor. Such a claim can't be made after it complained to the United Nations about a comedy flick starring Seth Rogen and James Franco in which the two are on a mission to assassinate North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un. All that's left is for Dennis Rodman to give the movie two thumbs down. In "The Interview," an American television host and his producer score an opportunity to interview Kim Jong Un. This prompts the Central Intelligence Agency to recruit the two men to rid the world of North Korea's leader. There's no mistaking the film for anything... Read more...
Add the Alamo Drafthouse chain of movie theaters to the list of locations where you're not allowed to wear Google Glass. According to reports, Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League made it the company's official policy to ban the wearable device once the lights go down and the previews begin to ensure that no illegal recording is taking place. The ban comes before Glass graduates from a prototype device to a consumer product, though that's really splitting hairs. Even though the Glass design isn't completely finalized, Google has been making the wearable device more widely available to consumers lately.... Read more...
Over the past 20 years, special effects houses (typically known as VFX studios) have risen from an occasional tool used in science fiction or fantasy movies to a mainstay of the entire industry. The term "VFX" refers to more than the use of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) -- it also references live-action shots or green screen uses where actors are overlaid with real scenery or backgrounds that are filmed in different locations. Thus, even a movie that takes place in "real life" can rely heavily on VFX. Given that most Hollywood movies now rely so heavily on VFX, you'd think that VFX studios would... Read more...
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