colin trevorrow directing Star Wars Episode 9

Collin Trevorrow‘s Star Wars: Episode 9 will be shot with 65mm film cameras, a move away from the 35mm film format that JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson used on the previous two installments. The result will probably be a higher resolution image that shows more detail, making it more suitable for projection on larger screens like IMAX (which has its own format).

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Blade Runner 2049 vr experiences

Earlier this morning, it was revealed that the Blader Runner 2 title would be Blade Runner 2049. And to follow up that news, Alcon Entertainment has announced that have formed a new division of the company titled Alcon Interactive and are partnering with Oculus to distribute virtual reality experiences based on Blade Runner 2049.
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michael bay's baybuster

We’ve previously shown you The Bayhem, a custom RED camera that was created for director Michael Bay. Today we want to introduce you to the Baybuster, a custom car rig created for the filmmaker that allows him to get crazy car flips. If Michael Bay had his own tricked out Mad Max-style Batmobile, the Baybuster would be it. Hit the jump to watch some videos showing the Baybuster in action.
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Alejandro G. Inarritu VR movie

Academy Award-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant, Birdman, Babel) has announced that he is partnering with Legendary Entertainment and Fondazione Prada to create a virtual reality film. Hit the jump for the details on the Alejandro G. Inarritu VR movie.

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Imax tv

While filmmaking legend Steven Spielberg may think that virtual reality technology could be dangerous to filmmaking and storytelling, other directors and movie studios are jumping on board. Earlier this summer, IMAX revealed plans to create IMAX VR theaters. Now IMAX Entertainment head Greg Foster is revealing new details about what they believe might be the next step in immersive storytelling.

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Michael Bay's custom red camera

Michael Bay was the first Hollywood filmmaker to film on the Egyptian Pyramids for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The director was given never-before-seen access to the US military to film large scale war sequences for Pearl Harbor. And Bay was the first to use IMAX’s first digital camera for Transformers: Age of Extinction. He gets access to things and places that no other filmmaker in the world, before anyone else in the world. The latest of which is a custom RED 8K camera created for the filmmaker for Transformers: The Last Knight. Get a tour of the new “Bayhem” camera from Michael Bay himself, after the jump.

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blocking phones in the movie theaters

Apple has patented a new technology that blocks the iPhone’s camera feature, which would reportedly allow venues like concert venues to use an infrared beam to disable a mobile phone’s camera, preventing its users from taking videos and photos.  According to the Telegraph, Apple’s patent says that the phone would display a “recording disabled” message when users take photographs or videos. Apple has not officially announced this feature so it’s unclear if and when it will roll out.

But who’s to say that movie theaters wouldn’t also be able to take advantage of this new technology when it’s released? And maybe this is just a first step towards something I theorized about five years ago.

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MovieSwap

I check Kickstarter every day. I often back projects in the tabletop and tech areas, but I also will check to see what projects are popular on the site each week. The other day I came across a project called MovieSwap, which has already met its funding goal on the crowdfunding website. So what is it?

The French company that is developing the service claims that “MovieSwap is the first universal movie library, totally powered by the crowd, to watch and swap films without constraints.”

What if you had an unlimited access to the LARGEST ONLINE MOVIE LIBRARY EVER? A community based library, where you could watch any movie online. A library where you could swap films with contributors all over the world and discover an infinite number of stories. This is the revolutionary idea behind MovieSwap.

But how can a service that allows subscribers to watch any movie online be legal? Is it legal?

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Hulu Might Lose the Best Reason to Pay for Hulu

Time Warner Hulu

With all the streaming and subscriptions services out there for various movies and TV programming, it seemed that users were starting to gain an edge over the cable companies that have overcharged them for years. However, one of the more prominent streaming options may end up pulling the rug out from viewers, and it’s all thanks to one of the most sinister cable companies around.

News surfaced today that Time Warner is currently considering purchasing 25% of Hulu. That doesn’t sound bad right? Maybe that means their network HBO would start putting content on Hulu, and Warner Bros. Pictures and Television would start adding their movies and TV shows to the streaming service? Nope. Instead, Time Warner wants to buy part of Hulu so they can stop the service from steaming network and premium shows the day after they air on television. Shit just got real. Read More »

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Steven Spielberg VR

Virtual reality is about to take off in a big way. Just recently we learned that Disney and Lucasfilm are developing new Star Wars stories, directed and written by big name filmmakers and screenwriters, for virtual reality, to connect with the upcoming films. Plus, VR showcases such as The Martian VR Experience from Ridley Scott have been getting quite the buzz and we’re a bit bummed we couldn’t check it out while it was at Sundance last month. Now another heavy-hitting filmmaker looks to be making the journey to VR as well.

Steven Spielberg previously signed on to be an advisor to Virtual Reality Company (VRC), and now he’s reportedly working with them on a project that is solely for VR. Find out more about the Steven Spielberg VR collaboration below. Read More »