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Apple expected to spend $1 billion on shows

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 6 days, 2 hours ago

Apple is already a force in apps and music. However, they're still a nobody in the world of video. It seems that Apple wishes to change this and to change it pretty soon.

 

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The rumors coming from Hollywood are saying that Apple is prepared to spend up to $1 billion of their own money to buy and create original video content.

 

Apple's move into the original content video space is mostly a reaction to Netflix's success with original content. Companies like Disney and others are already looking at creating their own streaming services, which will make it increasingly more difficult to fill a large library like Apple is used to having.

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MoviePass charges $10 for daily movie screenings

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week ago

Netflix co-founder Mitch Lowe aims to provide a similar business model to theater moviegoers by dropping MoviePass subscription to just $10 a month.

 

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Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu are taking a big bite out of movie ticket sales as traditional moviegoers are simply staying home to consume content. This summer was one of the lowest periods in years with movie ticket sales down 12.4%, the Wall Street Journal reports. AMC reported dismal quarterly earnings due to the summer drought, triggering shares of the theater chain to slide dramatically. "The quarter was simply a bust," said AMC CEO Adam Aron during the company's quarterly earnings call.

 

MoviePass, a subscription service that allows subscribers to watch a film a day across the entire month, may be a solution to boost theater attendance. The service has recently lowered its price tag from $30 to just $10 a month in a bid to attract typical Netflix subscribers. MoviePass holders can watch a showing of a non-3D or IMAX film every day at any U.S. box office that accepts debit cards, and the company will actually pay the theater full price for the tickets. There's a trade-off, however: the company has essentially sold subscriber data to an analyst firm.

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The Rock and Apple announce a movie co-starring...Siri?!

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 23, 2017 11:04 pm

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, has announced that he has partnered up with Apple to develop a movie which stars no other than Siri. Because that makes total sense, right? If Steve Jobs got multiple movies, then it's only fair that Siri gets one too!

 

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The movie is named The Rock x Siri: Dominate The Day, and it will be released on YouTube. Very little is known about the movie at this point, and the promotional poster reveals...very little or very much...

 

We can see The Rock holding an iPhone 7 Plus...then space, a plane, robot, car, and more Dwayne Johnson. Also Chinese lanterns?

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Netflix pulls in 5.2 million new subscribers

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 18, 2017 7:14 pm

Netflix has announced strong second quarter earnings, causing stocks to rally due to strong subscription growth.

 

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Streaming juggernaut Netflix continues to grow: the company recently announced that it broke the 100 million subscriber barrier in its second quarter, with 104 million current members. Netflix reports boosts in revenues and subscribers, but weathered a 50% drop in operating income.

 

The titan raked in $2.78 billion in total revenues in the three month period ending June 30, 2017, up 32.3% year-over-year from Q2'16. Perhaps the most impressive jump is how many new subscribers Netflix earned--the company beat Wall Street's outlandish estimates by pulling in 5.2 million new subscribers during the quarter, or more than 200% more new subscribers year-over-year.

 

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'Westworld: Season 1' coming to 4K, Blu-ray in November

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 6, 2017 12:46 am

The spectacular first season of HBO's 'Westworld' is set to hit Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in November, marking the first TV show release to hit the ultra high resolution format.

 

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Based on the 1973 film directed by writer Michael Crichton, the 10 part series rocked pop culture earlier this year, with a multi-layered story coupled with amazing visuals and theatrical production values. Warner Bros are particularly keen to promote the 4K version of the series which Rosemary Markson of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is promising is the "perfect candidate to receive the fully immersive 4K HDR experience along with limited edition collectable packaging and all-new special features." Both Blu-ray and 4K releases will come with a raft of additional features, including behind-the-scenes featurettes, a gag reel, and a recording of the upcoming 2017 Comic Con panel. Filming on the much anticipated second season of the series has just kicked off and is set to premiere in 2018.

 

'Westworld: Season One' is set to hit stores in the U.K. on November 7 and in the U.S. on November 7.

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Castlevania showrunner making Assassin's Creed anime

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 5, 2017 11:34 pm

Netflix is gambling on anime adaptations of big-name video game franchises.

 

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There's been rumblings of an Assassin's Creed TV show for a while now, but today it's been made official: Assassin's Creed is getting an original anime series. Following the success of the Assassin's Creed feature-length film adaptation, Ubisoft has conscripted film producer Adi Shankar to "create an original story set in an anime series."

 

Shankar, who's known for his work producing films like The Grey and Dredd, is currently working on Castlevania's anime adaptation at Netflix's behest.

 

The streaming giant will also make a live-action series based on The Witcher books, which have been made into a million-dollar gaming franchise.

 

Shankar says that the Assassin's Creed anime will be his "next project," so it's possible it won't release until 2018 or beyond when Castlevania wraps up.

The 'Jumanji' reboot trailer is let loose

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 3, 2017 12:03 am

The reboot of the 1995 family classic 'Jumanji' which starred Robin Williams and a shed-load of early CGI animals has been released to the web, but not everyone's happy with the updated elements found within.

 

 

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan, 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' finds four high school kids sucked into an old video game console (not a board game) and forced to survive the jungle environment that Alan Parrish survived all those years ago. The film is directed by Jake Kasdan, son of 'Star Wars' co-writer and producer Lawrence Kasdan.

 

'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' hits cinemas worldwide in December.

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'Blade Runner' primed for a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 7:00 am

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the sci-fi classic, as well as to prepare new audiences for its long-awaited sequel, the original 'Blade Runner' is set for a lavish re-release on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format in September.

 

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The 2007 'Final Cut' version of the sc-fi epic is set to hit home cinemas on September 5, which will for the first time be presented in 4K HDR coupled with a newly remixed, object-based Dolby Atmos soundtrack. The set will also come with a Blu-ray disc of legacy Blu-ray features, including the nearly four hour long documentary 'Dangerous Days', often referred to as one of the best making of features ever prepared, alongside a raft of featurettes, deleted scenes, trailers and audio commentary by director Ridley Scott.

 

'Blade Runner' will be available to purchase on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from September 5 in the U.S. and on September 6 in Australia.

'xXx 4' is a go, with Vin Diesel to return

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 26, 2017 7:18 am

After letting the franchise rest for over a decade, the $350 million haul of 'xXX: The Return of Xander Cage' at the international box office has ensured that a fourth film in the series will happen.

 

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, a new production company called 'The H Collective' has been formed and will include 'xXx 4' in its first slate of films to hit. Veteran Producer Joe Roth, one of the proponents of the new company hasn't shied away from making big investments, saying "In today's Hollywood, it requires strong partners to produce and finance such big-budget movies as the xXx series".

 

There's no current word on a director or script as of yet, so it might be a few years before 'xXx' rides again.

'Han Solo' spin-off directors fired by LucasFilm CEO

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 21, 2017 5:56 am

Hot on the heels of the behind the scenes drama on last year's 'Star Wars' spin-off 'Rogue One', it looks as though the upcoming 'Han Solo' is also in trouble.

 

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In an official announcement released today, directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller have announced their departure from the project, despite principal photography nearing an end, saying "Unfortunately, our vision and process weren't aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren't fans of the phrase 'creative differences' but for once this cliché is true". But rather than parting ways amicably as the official line suggests, a report from Variety has revealed that LucasFilm CEO Kathy Kennedy fired the pair, with a source revealing that "it was a culture clash from day one... they weren't given the leeway to do what they had to do". Such was the animosity between the three, it's said that "She [Kennedy] didn't even like the way they folded their socks."

 

LucasFilm have promised to announce a replacement director soon, with the previously announced May 25, 2018 release date to remain.

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