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Woody Allen has directed around 50 movies. ManhattanAnnie HallCrimes and Misdemeanors, and even his most recent efforts have all been shot on film. For the first time in his career, the writer/director isn’t shooting on celluloid. Read more about the first Woody Allen digital movie after the jump.

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water in the martian

Ridley Scott‘s adaptation of The Martian sees Matt Damon playing a NASA astronaut stranded on Mars in a story of survival and hopeful escape from the deadly planet. This week NASA revealed new findings that reveals that potentially life-giving water still flows across the planet’s ancient surface. How does this discovery change what you will see on the big screen? How might The Martian be different now that NASA has released this new confirmation? What if there was water in The Martian? Find out, after the jump.

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quentin tarantino netflix

Earlier this week we ran a trailer and information about a new book titled I Lost It At The Video Store. The book by Tom Roston features a compilation of interviews with filmmakers such as John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell giving an oral history of the video store era of cinema history.

The Playlist published an excerpt from the book, but I wanted to highlight a few quotes from Pulp Fiction/Django Unchained filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and Requiem for a Dream/Noah director Darren Aronofsky talking about their relationships with streaming services like Netflix and the process of editing a film to be watched on an iPhone. Hit the jump to read the Quentin Tarantino Netflix comments and more.

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Epix Joins Amazon in Offering Offline Playback

Epix offline playback

Just recently we learned that Epix would not be renewing their content deal with Netflix and would instead be heading to Hulu. But that’s not the only big change for the entertainment network.

Epix has just announced that subscribers will now have the ability to take advantage of offline playback, allowing users to download any of the movies in the Epix library for playback without needing to be connected to the internet. Read More »

Rogue One 70mm

Star Wars has long been a film series that helped push technology forward, beginning with the original 1977 film. That movie was a pioneer in visual effects, with the first large-scale use of motion-control camera systems, and also helped push Dolby Stereo into theaters. But one of the new Star Wars films might be using a fusion of old and new gear to create its own spectacle.

There are reports that Star Wars: Rogue One will be using the same anamorphic Ultra Panavision 70 lenses that Quentin Tarantino and Robert Richardson used on The Hateful Eight, lenses which prior to that movie hadn’t been used in decades. Rogue One probably won’t use 65mm film, as Tarantino’s movie did, but a union of those lenses and the new Arri Alexa 65mm digital camera to create the widest Star Wars spectacle we’ve yet seen. Read More »

Walt Disney Animation guide

If you’ve watched Walt Disney Animation‘s computer animated films in recent years and wondered how they’re able to make their characters and settings look so realistic, a new video explains the process in very simple terms.

Walt Disney Animation has posted a roughly 10-minute video diving into their image rendering engine called Hyperion, explaining how the software uses a technique called path tracing to calculate how light will bounce off any given object in a scene. It’s a very fascinating and well-explained technique that will have you looking at Disney movies in a whole new light (no pun intended).

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Netflix TV app update

Just recently we heard that a price increase was coming to Netflix, but that it would slowly be rolling out over the next ten years as the company encourages users to upgrade to the high-definition streaming plans.

However, there’s a more immediate change to Netflix coming for those who use the streaming service by way of an application to their TV. It’s being called a “major update,” but in reality it’s just the first significant update to the TV app since it was completely overhauled back in 2013. It’s nothing earth-shattering, but it will make watching Netflix on your TV slightly more convenient.

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Star Wars Oculus Rift

If you thought that Jedi GoPro video we recently posted was a cool new way to experience a galaxy far, far away, wait until you see this fanmade trailer for a proposed Star Wars virtual reality game.

A company called Hammerhead VR created this trailer for Star Wars VR, a game intended to be played on the Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset that will end up changing the way we play video games forever.

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Immersit 4D home entertainment

Though it hasn’t become quite as widespread as the recent iteration of 3D movies, there has definitely been a rise in 4D entertainment in movie theaters. Whether it’s 4DX or D-Box movies, some audiences are interested in experiencing movies with a seat that moves, shakes and vibrates with the action on the big screen. And now a tech company wants to bring that experience into your house.

French company Immersit has a new prototype device (with the same name as the company) that will turn your couch into a 4D ride simulator for movies and video games, and apparently it works pretty well.

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