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We've been hearing about modern virtual reality (VR) for what seems like forever, but with some leading headsets soon to launch, 2016 is shaping-up to be a pivotal year for the technology. That being the case, if you think you've been hearing about VR quite a bit up to this point, to quote Bachman Turner Overdrive, "You ain't seen nothing yet." The biggest concern most VR enthusiasts have currently is the lack of content, or at least the lack of high-quality content. It's hard right now to find the great stuff amongst all the lackluster demos and use cases, although the situation will of course... Read more...
Not only is the Force strong with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so are box office ticket sales. The newest Star Wars flick kept the momentum going and pulled in an additional $153.5 million on its second weekend in theaters, pushing the overall tally to $1.09 billion. In doing so, Force Awakens became the fastest movie ever to hit the $1 billion mark. That's just one of many records Force Awaken has broken. Its second weekend ticket sales total was also the most in the history of big screen movies, and with a domestic total of $544.6 million, it has a good chance of unseating Avatar as the highest... Read more...
First of all, no spoilers here -- feel free to continue reading. And secondly anxious fans new and old lined up in record number over the weekend to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first in a new trilogy set decades after the events of Return of the Jedi. It's also the first Star Wars film to be distributed by owner Disney, though that's not the only reason this weekend was a historical event.The Force Awakens raked in an estimated $238 million in the U.S. during its first three days on the big screen, including $57 million in Thursday night preview viewings. Combined with another $279... Read more...
Nearly four decades after the original Star Wars movie met the silver screen, fans new and old are lining up in record number to see the newest installment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In North America alone, pre-sale tickets have now topped $100 million, obliterating the previous $25 million record for The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.At least half of that tally is from pre-sale tickets for the flick's opening weekend -- following a premiere earlier this week in Los Angeles, Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out Thursday night in select theaters and then releases generally the morning of December... Read more...
Planet Earth will once again find itself under siege from aliens, only this time around Captain Steven Hiller won't be around to save the day. However, there will be some familiar faces. Though Will Smith won't be returning to reprise his role as Hiller in Independence Day: Resurgence, scientist David Levinson, played by Jeff Goldblum, looks to once again have a major role. The folks at 20th Century Fox released the first trailer for the second Independence Day, and in it we learn that mankind has been using alien technology to strengthen the planet and build up a better defense against future... Read more...
One thing is for certain, Steve Jobs was a complex individual. As the co-founder of Apple, now the most valuable company in the world, it stands to reason that people would want to know more about him and his rise from a budding entrepreneur to billionaire technology icon. Unfortunately for Universal Pictures, its biopic titled "Steve Jobs" isn't generating much interest at the box office. Even though it's generating mostly favorable reviews from critics, "Steve Jobs" pulled in a paltry $7.3 million during its opening weekend to a national audience. That tally placed it seventh on the list of the... Read more...
There's only one streaming video service in the world that offers the ability to download movies and TV shows for offline viewing, and that's Prime Video. Adding that function gives Amazon a leg up over the competition, including Netflix, which went on record saying it will "never" offer that kind of capability.Never say never, right? Netflix dismissed the notion of offline viewing before Amazon rolled out the function to Prime Members. By blazing a trail, it wouldn't be surprising to see other streaming services follow Amazon's lead. There are some obvious technical hurdles to overcome, but it's... Read more...
I've been looking forward to two movies this summer. The first is Straight Outta Compton, which I caught last week (and it didn't disappoint), and the second is The Martian, a flick that will come out when kids and college students are back in school. After viewing the newest trailer put out by 20th Century Fox, it's going to be tough to wait. You've probably seen the original trailer for The Martian in which Matt Damon finds himself stranded on Mars and needing to "science the s**t" out the situation in order to survive. To recap, a fierce storm results in Damon's character getting left behind... Read more...
Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing posted an official trailer for Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, an upcoming documentary that details the life of the late Apple co-founder. Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney directed the flick, though whether or not the movie's portrayal of Jobs is accurate is a topic of debate. This is the same documentary that premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival earlier this year. Several Apple employees were in attendance, include Eddie Cue, the company's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, who called the film "mean spirited"... Read more...
Quick, if you had to choose one, which would you pick -- Hulu or Netflix? Both have their pros and cons, though in Netflix's favor, it doesn't force you to sit through ads. That's a huge bonus for people who don't believe they should be required to both pay for a service and watch commercials, even though that's how it works with cable and satellite TV.Regardless, this is the age of the Internet, and the same rules don't necessarily apply. At least that's how consumers think. With that in mind, Hulu is reportedly kicking around the idea of offering subscribers an advertising-free tier, one that... Read more...
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...
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