Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
As the old saying goes, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. So while some movie exhibitors have responded to annoying cell phone use in theaters by deploying theater ninjas or simply kicking out rude patrons altogether, Cinemark is taking a different tack with a bit of positive reinforcement.
The national theater chain has just unveiled a new iPhone and Android app called CineMode, which tracks whether a cell phone is used during a film. Smartphone owners who refrain from playing with their glowy screens are then rewarded with digital coupons. More details after the jump.
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Two services get an improvement and another company pays tribute to one of its founding fathers. After the jump read:
- Pixar has dedicated one of its buildings to Steve Jobs.
- With the next iOS upgrade, Siri will be able to buy movie tickets for you.
- Amazon Prime begins a monthly service to compete with Netflix.
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Oh Siri, you’re so cheeky. The team over at Cult of Mac found a few movie related easter eggs buried in the new iOS6 upgrade of Siri on the iPhone. We already knew she became well-versed in the language of cinema and movie times with this upgrade but she’ll also give clever and funny descriptions of movies with a robotic characters at their center. The descriptions of Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Wall-E are above. She was unaware of Metropolis, A.I. Artificial Intelligence and I Robot. Can you find other funny movies? Tell us in the comments below. Read More »
Even when Peter Jackson decided he was splitting The Hobbit into two films instead of three, the ending of the first was a major point of discussion. Now with a third film looming as well, that debate has multiplied. Film two is called The Desolation of Smaug, suggesting the narrative of the novel itself could all but reach its conclusion before film number three, There And Back Again. Of course, that’s total speculation, as we don’t know precisely what other material Jackson & Co. have built in, and what they’ve created.
Either way, the first film, An Unexpected Journey, will need an ending that both satisfies audiences and gets them excited for its follow-up. A new mobile app might have revealed exactly what this ending is. Warner Bros.’ new app for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has revealed a huge wealth of behind the scenes images including one many feel would be a logical ending to the first film. Check out the images, including the possible spoiler and more, after the jump.
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We’ve already seen how Samuel L. Jackson, John Malkovich, and Zooey Deschanel use their iPhone 4S and now director Martin Scorsese is getting into the mix. He’s the latest celebrity to endorse Apple’s signature product and if you enjoyed the previous commercials, this one is more of the same. A celebrity uses an iPhone 4S featuring a version of Siri with grossly exaggerated speed and personality. Whatever, it’s still fun. Plus, it contains a nice little Taxi Driver easter egg, and who doesn’t love that? Read More »
Some sequels are happening, others might not, and there’s even one you can potentially be a part of in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following.
- Producer Frank Marshall thinks Jurassic Park IV will be in theaters by 2014.
- A fifth Bourne film would definitely follow Jeremy Renner‘s character.
- Join the cast of The Expendables 2 with a new iPhone app.
- Ben Stiller seems pessimistic about Zoolander 2.
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Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
Geek favorite Nathan Fillion has signed on for Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters, the Thor Freudenthal-directed sequel to Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief. As Greek god Hermes, father of antagonist Luke (Jake Abel), Fillion joins a strong supporting cast that includes Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Missi Pyle (The Artist), and Mary Birdsong (The Descendants) as the three Fates.
Logan Lerman, who starred in the first film as Percy, will reprise his role, along with Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson. The Sea of Monsters is scheduled to hit theaters March 26, 2013.
After the jump, Halle Berry comes back to The Hive, and Anthony Michael Hall stabs Danny Trejo in the back as Mickey Rourke watches on.
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Thanks to Bad Robot, iPhone and iPad users can now insert themselves into a high-end action special effect. The company behind Lost, Alias, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Super 8 has just released a cool, free iPhone app called Action Movie FX that allows users to shoot a short scene on your phone or tablet and then layer in a big explosion, attack or crash just like in a movie. Read more and watch all the effects in action after the jump. Read More »