Two years ago Google re-booted their initiative to rid the search results of pirated links, now it is taking it one step further. The new ranking system will start taking into account copyright infringement claims against links. The more complaints a link gets, the deeper it gets buried in the search results.
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There’s still some debate amongst the rumor mill as to Ross’s exact reasons for leaving, but scheduling definitely seems to be a part of it. Catching Fire already has a set release date of Nov. 22, 2013 – only 19 months away. The production start also was pushed up to August when Fox announced that they would begin shooting the sequel to last year’s X-Men: First Class to January. Jennifer Lawrence, who stars in both films, is contractually obligated to make X-Men her schedule priority, thus giving Ross only four months to prepare for the shoot. He was given twice as long for The Hunger Games, which had a less complicated setting and action sequences, not to mention far less pressure to deliver.
We’ve heard Albert Pyun talking about his ideas for a Cyborg prequel for awhile. Originally titled Red Moon, he has described Cyborgs: Rise of the Slingers as an original story leading up to the events in Cyborg, told in an operatic way. I’m excited to see exactly how he envisions this universe being created, and wonder just how far back before Cyborg he plans on going.
Pyun stated on his Facebook page today:
You can see the title design as the header image to this post above. Pyun also commented that he will reach out to 80’s and 90’s action star Michael Dudikoff (most known for the American Ninja series, but worked with Pyun on Radioactive Dreams) about a part in the film.
Albert Pyun directed the original cult classic Cyborg starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. While this is the first prequel to the 1989 film, there have been two sequels. The second starred Angelina Jolie and the third had Malcolm McDowell and Zach Galligan.
Who else is excited about seeing another entry in the Cyborg universe?
The Amazing Spiderman has been walking a thin line between one of the most anticipated and most dreaded summer release, trying to prove itself worthy not only over other summer comic-book blockbusters (The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers) but also its predecessor. With Sam Raimi’s saga of the famous teenage web-slinger still fresh in everyone’s mind, Sony has gotten creative with its marketing strategy for this summer’s reboot.
WebbedMenace.com hit the internet following the The Amazing Spiderman panel at WonderCon this past weekend. The most prominent feature is a video featuring the film’s Dennis Leary as Capt. Stacy speaking to a cable news team, apparently owned by The Daily Bugle, about the importance of taking down Spiderman. As comic-book fans know The Daily Bugle is run by J. Jonah Jameson, one of Spidey’s most devout haters. “We have a masked criminal roaming our streets, posing as a hero,” Cpt. Stacy reports, “but I ask you, what kind of hero wears a mask?” Judging by the full-trailer released last month, Cpt. Stacy will be Peter Parker’s most vigilant protestor.
The coolest part of the interactive website may be that it also allows fans to report any sightings of the red and blue masked vigilante. The most creative entries are featured in the Spiderman sightings list where site visitors can “view the menace in action.” The accompanying Spiderman “Wanted” poster also comes with a reachable phone number, though it only re-directs you to the website. So keep your eyes peeled for any spandex wearing wall-crawlers in your area.
The Amazing Spiderman starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Rhys Ifans, hits theaters July 3.
What do you think of the new Spidey site? Does it make the movie more or less anticipated? Leave your comments below!
For sometime now Channing Tatumn has been talking about his past as a stripper working in Florida. Director Steven Soderberg has co-scripted this tale based on Tatumn’s past exploits. The ensuing film titled Magic Mike features a cast of high profile actors, yet these images look as if they escaped from Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls debacle. Audiences can decide when Magic Mike premiers June 29th. Tatumn and Soderberg have both confirmed this will be a hard (stop it!) R rated drama.
Images courtesy of EW
Arnold Schwarzenegger also gave some insight into The Tomb, the new film starring himself and Stallone, while speaking with The Arnold Fans. This one keeps sounding better and better, can’t wait for this true Stallone and Schwarzenegger team up.
Let’s start with the iPad 3. Yes it isn’t much of a change from the iPad 2, but the difference between the old screen and new Retina display make it worth the cost in my opinion. After having seen the difference between an iPod without and an iPhone with a Retina display in person this is guaranteed to make using the iPad 3 a much better experience. The question here is what will scaled up 1080p video look like on this 3.1 megapixel screen? As the screen pixel dimensions (2048×1536) are much larger than 720p (1280×720) or 1080p (1920×1080), and the screen is squarer than HDTV (the iPad 3 is 4:3, HDTV is 16:9) this means that even to fit the 1080p/720p video from side to side it must be scaled up, and even more so if it’s zoomed in to fit the entire screen. If not scaled properly the picture can look soft, typically to counteract this images are sharpened, but if they’re not sharpened correctly compression artifacts can be pronounced. Furthermore as 1080p and 720p video is 16:9, and the iPad 3 is still 4:3 an unzoomed video will play in letterbox, with black bars across the top and bottom of the screen. This is the same as it’s always been with past iPads, zooming in most likely won’t hurt the experience of the film you’re watching, and the 4:3 aspect ratio is better for surfing the web so the trade-off seems worth it. The flash drives sizes are the same, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. For video the 32GB and 64GB are best, but they are $100 to $200 more than the base 16GB model that’s already $500 for Wi-Fi only. There have been no other major improvements for the iTunes store (except for 1080p content) or how you interact with the device to watch video. iCloud supports movies as well so you can stream of download to all of your devices when you make a purchase. The battery life is still an amazing 10 hours, so there’s plenty of time to watch a few flicks before needing a recharge.
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Before he was doing Van Dammage at the box office Jean Claude was known by Van Varenberg. His son Kris has recently co-starred with his father in Assassination Games and the upcoming Six Bullets. In addition to those projects the father/son are reuniting on the comedy (yes, comedy) titled Welcome to the Jungle. Van Damme will play a retired military specialist who runs team building exercises in the wilderness. However from the looks of this photo Kris has been spending some time bulking up on set with dad. Also check out the hilarious photos of Van Damme sporting one mean mustache. Welcome to the Jungle is slated for release in 2013.
In a surprising move Warner Bros. has yanked the Sylvester Stallone vehicle Bullet to the Head from its April 13th release date. No rescheduling has been announced as of this time. Rumor is that the studio has cold feet opening this before The Expendables 2. This film has had a long and tumultuous development history. I think Warner Bros. is having flashbacks to Get Carter and Driven, both expensive flops that hurt Stallone’s career as much as the studio’s bottom line. Let’s hope this is a minor hiccup and we get this either on VOD or in theaters before the fall.
The Hunger Games doesn’t open for another month, March 23, but it has already sold out hundreds of showtimes for opening day and on Wednesday, February 22 broke the previous first day advance ticket-seller record held by Twilight: Eclipse on Friday, May 14, 2010. Now does Jason believe me when I say this is gonna be a big opener?
Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango had this to say:
Is selling out a ton of opening night shows on Fandango impressive to you? Let us know what you think.
Deadline.com is reporting that the Academy has officially banned comedian Sacha Baron Cohen from attending the Oscars this year. They pulled his tickets after learning of his plans to walk the red carpet in full character get-up from his new film The Dictator. Then, after the walk he would have changed into a normal tuxedo and go about the rest of the proceedings without making a stir. It may seem fine to most, but the Academy has often barred any type of movie advertisements from the Oscars in the past. It’s only this year that they are allowing actual commercials for films during the telecast.
In 2007 there were plans for Cohen to present an award, but the Academy refused after he insisted on doing it as Borat. Then there was an upset over South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker showing up in drag in 2000. The Oscars are the prestigious awards show and I have to agree with the Academy over trying to keep this sort of stuff out of the ceremonies, but I feel like the red carpet should be more open. This isn’t the MTV Movie Awards in which Cohen flew down and landed ass first in Eminem’s face, and he seems to understand that.
We already have The Globes which pokes fun at the drunken celebrities in attendance, MTV Movie Awards for the teens-twenty-somethings and People’s Choice Awards for everyone else. Hell there’s even Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards for the younger crowd. If we lose the polish and prestige from the Oscars how will we know what the best movies that nobody watched are? In all honesty the most important thing the Academy needs to figure out is how to get more popular movies in the nominees, and the only way that will happen is to welcome in a newer crowd to the fold. The types of nominees won’t change as long as the voters are primarily old white dudes. You can’t expect that group to represent the diversity of American audiences across the country. Which is why you can’t expect to see Sacha Baron Cohen in attendance, even though he’s in Hugo which is up for 11 awards. Considering the way he wanted to stage this I think it should be allowed. The red carpet isn’t really the awards ceremony, which he was planning to be respectable during.
What do you think, should the Academy relax a little on this type of stuff? Should Cohen have been allowed to proceed as planned?
After such an exhausting search for what seemed to be just the right person to play John McClane’s son in A Good Day to Die Hard 20th Century Fox has settled on Spartacus star Jai Courtney. Strangely Fox has decided to release this on Valentines Day 2013 instead of giving it a summer release, although with how strong Safe House just played this could end up being a huge payoff. I’m not so sure it mattered who they picked for this role, as everyone in the line-up looked incredibly similar (honestly is Jai Courtney’s real last name Hemsworth?). Recently Courtney was cast opposite Tom Cruise in the Lee Child’s adaptation One Shot, so this guy is sort of being groomed for action stardom. We haven’t seen many newcomers hold their ground with audiences though (Sam Worthington comes to mind) and I don’t see anything special about this guy that would change that. Check out the screen test photo of Jai Courtney with Bruce Willis below (I don’t see a strong family resemblance, but whatever) and let us know what you think.
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer had this to say to investors on a Q3 conference call this morning:
They went on to say that if Stephenie Meyer wanted to write more Twilight books they would support her fully (hint hint). Seeing as the franchise is at $2.5 billion worldwide with another film yet to open (it’ll end over $3 billion easy) it’s no wonder Lionsgate has been eager to find a way to keep the phenomenon alive.
Will you go see The Hunger Games based off this news? Or does it make a difference to you at all?
With a series of missteps in the past four years, Crowe’s star power has been drained significantly as five out of seven of his films since 2007 raked in around $50 million or below. The other two barely made it over the $100 million hump. He’s definitely trying to turn it around though with a heavy slate of films – the RZA’s directorial debut Man with the Iron Fists, the Mark Wahlberg starrer Broken City, the new superman flick Man of Steel, the hit broadway to film adaption Les Misérables and a possible stint as Noah in Darren Aronofsky’s (wait for it…) Noah. Some may be breakout hits, but most aren’t leading roles.
We’ve seen Academy Award winners fall in the past, and Crowe is no exception to the rule. An actor is never as good as his past work, only his current slate. Unless you’re Nicolas Cage, that bubble seems pretty indestructible.
Now the Blade Runner bit does little to support his side of this. Those Blade Runner cuts are all different, and some change the film in dramatic ways – this is true even with the smallest of changes to a film. The real question here is who is in charge of the meaning of a film? Is it the filmmaker or is there a general consensus of audience members that define what something means? If a filmmaker is trying to say something, but the audience hears something else (and likes what they hear, a lot), does said filmmaker have the right to go back and clarify his voice in an unmistakable way? Is it even a good idea to touch something people already love? This could be argued about until we’re all dead. My point in all this is, all those versions of Blade Runner are available for my viewing in a nice neat box set. If I go down to the store and buy Star Wars, which versions will I come home with?
Newer (George Lucas clarified version):
Here’s a fan cut with Han clearly shooting first (I actually like this cut the best):