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.

Watch the Star Wars Oculus Rift trailer after the jump! Read More »

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.

Learn more about the Immersit 4D home entertainment system below! Read More »

The Weta Effect

With the advancement of technology happening at an exponential rate, it seems like almost anything is possible, especially on the big screen. Special effects are more advanced than they’ve ever been, allowing entire cities and civilizations to be destroyed with the click of a mouse (all right, it’s a little more complicated than that). But is that a good thing?

A new video essay, called The Weta Effect, offers the hypothesis that the reason people seem to not be as impressed by blockbusters and their special effects over the past decade is that special effects look too polished now. Technology allows the creation of such unrealistic characters, creatures and locations in such a realistic way, that it’s become harder to suspend out disbelief to accept them as they are. Does that make sense?

Find out more by watching the Weta Effect video below! Read More »

Star Wars Battlefront

Reading Star Wars Bits ain’t like dusting crops, boy. Here’s what we have from a galaxy far, far away today:

  • The Force Awakens production designer at San Diego Comic-Con
  • Behind the Scenes of the Star Wars Weekends creative campaign
  • Details and cover art from deluxe edition of Star Wars Battlefront
  • Details on some tracks from The Force Awakens score
  • George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy mourn passing of Christopher Lee
  • Weird Al Yankovic records an a capella version of his song Yoda
  • Secret Cinema’s Empire Strikes Back event is now open
  • Star Wars Rebels characters join Disney Infinity 3.0
  • Rumored details on locations, aliens and more in Star Wars: Rogue One
  • New shots of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Black Series Stormtrooper
  • Industrial Light & Magic working on Star Wars virtual reality experience

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Hateful Eight 70mm

Quentin Tarantino is a standard-bearer for the preservation of film in filmmaking, from the use of celluloid rather than digital when shooting a movie to the projection of film prints at his “no digital allowed” New Beverly Theatre in Los Angeles. Tarantino shot his latest film, The Hateful Eight, in the elite 70mm format — in fact, he used an even more rare variant of the 70mm format, called Ultra Panavision 70, which results in a very wide image.

Having gone to all that effort to shoot the film in a rare format, Tarantino evidently wants to exhibit the film in the same large format. A new report says that he has helped put 70mm projectors equipped with the proper anamorphic gear into fifty theaters worldwide. Read More »

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Showtime Streaming Service

Showtime has finally announced their stand alone streaming service which allow viewers to enjoy every episode of every season of the pay cabler’s original series and select movies without a cable subscription. The Showtime streaming service will undercut HBO’s streaming service HBO Now. Fine out the details, after the jump.
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Winston in Feast

We’re always wondering what’s next for the movies. Since film’s inception as a storytelling form we’ve seen the addition of sound, color, bigger screens, third and fourth dimensions, and more. Now we’re at a point where the physical theater has become the major constraint. Some filmmakers are looking smaller for the next big thing.

Google has begun making short films called Spotlight Stories. These are movies you experience in 360 degrees on your smartphone using an app. Not only has Justin Lin made a movie for the series, Google has just signed Aardman Animations, as well as Patrick Osborne, the Oscar-winning director of Disney’s short film Feast. His movie will be called Pearl. You can read more about it, and Google Spotlight Stories, below. Read More »

ilm 40th anniversary

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Industrial Light and Magic, the most revered special effects company in the world. It was famously created by George Lucas in 1975 to help make his movie, Star Wars, and has since gone on to basically create almost every single big special effects movie or moment you can remember or imagine. (With a few exceptions.)

Below, you can see a jaw-dropping, one-minute montage of their 40 year history, up to and including Star Wars: The Force Awakens later this year. Check out the ILM 40th anniversary video below. Read More »