Editing in-flight movies

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: Delta Airlines should provide uncut movies on their flights.

What’s the deal with airlines editing in-flight movies for content? (/end Jerry Seinfeld impression) But seriously, folks: I’ve recently taken a few trips across the country using Delta Airlines, and while their in-flight film selection is admittedly impressive, the glow of having a myriad of options at your fingertips immediately fades when you realize that each movie they offer comes with the following message beforehand: “This film has been modified from its original version. It has been formatted to fit this screen and edited for content.” The result? You aren’t truly watching the movies you think you’re watching.
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Apple TV 4K

This morning, at an event taking place at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, the company announced that the new generation of Apple TV will be capable of streaming 4K and HDR content (HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, which translates into superior brightness/darkness in the images on the screen). That much was expected – it had been rumored for a while – but there was a surprising piece of info tacked on to that announcement. Apple also explained that if you’ve purchased eligible movies in HD, they’ll automatically be upgraded to 4K HDR for free.
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kingsman the golden circle to be projected in 270 degree format

Film formats will keep evolving until they swallow us whole and spit us out as a mass of pixels. Probably. Maybe. It certainly feels that way with the insane format that Kingsman: The Golden Circle is being converted to and projected in.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle will be projected ScreenX’s 270-degree panoramic experience. That’s three walls in an auditorium. It’s like if VR had eaten a Super Mario mushroom and blown up to the side of a whole theater.

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Victor Crowley

It’s become almost impossible to make a feature film completely in secret these days, but it looks like filmmaker Adam Green just pulled it off. Taking a page out of the Blair Witch playbook, the writer/director of the fan-favorite Hatchet movies unveiled the surprise premiere of a secretly-produced sequel called Victor Crowley, the fourth movie in the Hatchet franchise, to an audience in Hollywood. Get the details below.
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The Irishman Netflix

Martin Scorsese‘s upcoming gangster movie The Irishman has traveled a long and difficult road toward production, but it’s finally come together at Netflix. The film will star heavy hitters like Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, and Bobby Cannavale, and it features digital de-aging techniques that will allow those actors to play characters across multiple decades.

In a new interview, De Niro spoke about why Netflix was the only proper way to go for The Irishman, and his reasoning involves one vitally important factor: money.
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Star Wars Secrets of the Empire

We know that the future of Star Wars storytelling is going to be told using virtual reality, and now Lucasfilm has taken another step toward crafting a completely immersive experience that transports the user into a galaxy far, far away. They’ve teamed up with ILMxLAB and a company called The Void and have announced Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, a new multi-sensory, hyper-reality experience that’s set to open later this year at the Disney resorts. This sounds like it could be pretty incredible.
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Disney Princess movies in theaters

Maybe the news that a bunch of Disney Princesses are going to cameo in Wreck-It Ralph 2 has stuck with you, and you’ve been jonesing for the chance to see some of your favorite animated royalty back on the big screen again. Or maybe you’ve been trying to convince a friend to get into Star Trek ahead of Star Trek: Discovery’s premiere, and you’ve been hoping for a chance to watch arguably the best Trek movie in a theater with them. Or hell, maybe you’re just scrolling through a website devoted to movies and all of that sounds like it’s right up your alley.

Whatever the case may be, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and a bunch of modern Disney classics are returning to theaters for a limited time. Find out when and where you can see them below.
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Two New Harry Potter Books

“Words, in my humble opinion, are the most inexhaustible source of magic we have,” Albus Dumbledore advised Harry Potter in the last Deathly Hallows film.

And we’re about to get a little more of that special Harry Potter magic with a whopping two new books to be published by J.K. Rowling this fall. Yeah, go ahead — get excited, even if you were already feeling a bit dubious after Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Because no matter how much you grumble, Rowling is our king and we will eat up any and all new Harry Potter material.

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Christopher Nolan Netflix

There are a couple of things about Christopher Nolan, the man, that we know with complete certainty that he loves: wearing suits, and the idea of shooting movies on celluloid. After all, he’s part of the group of directors who essentially strong-armed the studios into continuing to purchase actual film so these people can continue using it for their productions. But here’s something the filmmaker doesn’t like: the way Netflix handles their original films.

In a new interview, the director candidly speaks about why he wouldn’t work with Netflix and dings their “mindless policy” of not supporting theatrical distribution. Read the Christopher Nolan Netflix comments below.
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Glasses-Free 3D

You may have seen a lot of headlines in the past 24 hours about how James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar 2 will feature glasses-free 3D technology. Cameron’s an innovative filmmaker who has been working on developing brand new tech for underwater motion capture for his ambitious sequels, and his entire career has basically been about pushing boundaries of what’s possible when it comes to filmmaking. So yeah, it’d be easy to believe the hype about glasses-free 3D.

Unfortunately, the promise of that particular bit of technology is not anywhere near as definitive as many of those headlines may have led you to believe. The truth is a lot less sexy, and much less headline-friendly.
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