HBO Go

HBO Go is finally getting with the times. Starting in 2015, HBO will offer their on-demand service as a separate subscription unattached to the cable TV channel in the United States. The way it is now, you can only use the HBO Go on-demand service if you also subscribe to the channel through your cable provider. Many people who’ve stopped subscribing to cable were disappointed by the restriction, but it’s finally going away. Read how to get HBO Go without cable below. Read More »

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First Look at Daredevil

Marvel brought the cast of Daredevil to the New York Comic Con today. Along with the debut of some Con-only footage, they offered up the first official photos of Charlie Cox as Daredevil. One (above) shows him in Matt Murdock mode, while the other shows a first-gen Daredevil costume. While we can’t show you any footage just yet, there’s a lot of other info from the panel to pass along. One tidbit is the identity of the character played by Rosario Dawon, as well as the casting choices for a whole host of additional Daredevil players. Get the first look at Daredevil below, along with a lot more info.

Update: We’ve got a bunch of panel video from New York Comic Con, so you can see the cast and creators talking about the show.

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netflix 4k

I’m not suite sure I understand the point of 4K televisions unless you’re buying a huge tv. I’ve read studies that claim that if you’re sitting on a couch at proper distance you would not be able to perceive the difference between a 60 inch 2K television and a 60 inch 4k television. Of course, if you visit a retailer and check out a 4K television, you’re standing much closer and can notice the difference — but who views their television at that distance? Also, a lot of content (movies and television) is only mastered (fx and such) in 2K, and there really isn’t a great 4K distribution system in place yet (maybe thats a piece of what Apple is planning with their television?). /rant, moving on…

Netflix is one of the few ways you can get “ultra HD” content for your 4K television, and now the streaming service is raising the price for anyone who wants this option. Find out more about the netflix 4k plan change, after the jump.

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Amazon Renews ‘Transparent’

Transparent renew

Amazon first started releasing original series last year, but it wasn’t until this fall’s Transparent that they had a real smash hit. The dramedy debuted to great critical acclaim, and attracted enough viewers to “smash Prime Instant Video records.” And so, because Amazon is not stupid, it’s going back for more. The company has just re-upped Transparent for a second season to premiere in 2015.

Hit the jump for more details on the Transparent renewal.  Read More »

Daredevil Kingpin Header

Next weekend, the cast and crew of Daredevil are taking over New York Comic-Con. It’ll be the first time they face the public and answer questions about the highly anticipated show, which will hit Netflix in 2015. To commemmorate the occasion, Marvel revealed a bunch of information about the appearance, along with the show’s official logo. It’s a little more sleek and modernized from the one you’re used to. Check it out below. Read More »

star wars toy documentary

One of the best/worst things about being a Star Wars fan is the merchandise. There’s just so much of it. You can try and avoid it, tell yourself you aren’t going to buy it, but eventually someone is going to make that exact piece you’ve always dreamed about and you have to have it. That’s because, in one of the most famous business deals ever, George Lucas turned down a significant chunk of his salary on the original film in exchange for rights to any Star Wars sequels and merchandising. Before the movie came out, that seemed like a no-brainer for the studio. This movie was never making money. Now, over 30 years removed, merchandise makes way more money than the movies, to the tune of billions of dollars.

Toys are at the center of that empire of Star Wars merchandise. Toys you almost certainly owned as a child and beat into submission as you saved the world time and time again. Toys now sold in specialty shops for so much money you kick yourself for destroying them in your childhood. And when there’s a topic so specific yet so universal and fun, it’s bound to prompt a documentary.

Enter director Brian Stillman and a film called Plastic Galaxy, which “explores the groundbreaking and breathtaking world of Star Wars toys. Through interviews with former Kenner employees, experts, authors, and collectors, it looks at the toys’ history, their influence, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.” Um, yes please.

The film is currently streaming exclusive on Vimeo. Below, watch a trailer and learn more. Read More »

Adam Sandler in Bedtime Stories

As announced earlier this week, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend is Netflix’s first foray into original movies. But it definitely isn’t the last.

Netflix has just signed a deal with Adam Sandler to star in and produce four films that’ll be released exclusively on Netflix. Hit the jump for more on the Adam Sandler Netflix deal.

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Crouching Tiger theaters

By premiering Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend in IMAX and on Netflix on the same date, Netflix, IMAX, and The Weinstein Co. are disrupting the traditional theatrical release model. And not surprisingly, traditional theaters are none too happy about that.

Two of the biggest cinema chains in the country, Cinemark and Regal, have just announced that they will not be showing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend (or really any other day-and-date releases) in their IMAX theaters. Hit the jump for more details.

Update: Variety reports the U.S.’ Carmike, Canada’s Cineplex, and Europe’s Cineworld have now joined Cinemark and Regal in refusing to show the movie.

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