By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2013
For those of you who were unable to see it in theaters, Ashton Kutcher’s much talked about ‘Jobs’ film is now available for purchase. You can either buy it or rent it in iTunes, and then of course it’s available in Blu-Ray and DVD as well.
After months of rumors and a lengthy delay, ‘Jobs’ opened to mixed reviews on August 16. It stayed in theaters for just 7 weeks, and only pulled $35 million worldwide. It was considered by many to be a flop, but now you can be the critic… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2013
Netflix caused quite a bit of commotion last night when it unveiled its all-new user interface that it’s been testing for the past several months. The new design facilitates easier content discovery and unifies the user experience across platforms.
The updated UI will begin rolling out to smart TVs, Roku boxes, PlayStation consoles and Blu-Ray players today. But there are some devices that won’t be getting the makeover, which Netflix executives are calling the service’s largest to date… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Oct 29, 2013
Disney is after your kids’ tablets. The entertainment megalith will unveil a cartoon spaghetti western series on tablets before cable. ‘Sheriff Callie West,’ a female animated character (pictured top of post) the Mickey Mouse house hopes will become the next Hello Kitty merchandising bonanza, will be unveiled on the Watch Disney Junior app November 24.
The series will then appear later in 2014 on cable’s Disney Junior. The move is a recognition that children increasingly are turning to the iPad and other tablets for entertainment. Both Disney and Apple have deep ties. Not only is the entertainment giant’s CEO Bob Iger on Apple’s board of directors, but the Steve Jobs trust has a large stake in Disney… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 24, 2013
Uh oh. Some users are noticing that Apple has pulled various Disney and Pixar titles from its iTunes Store and iTunes in the Cloud. While the missing movies were initially shrugged off as a glitch, it appears that the move is much more serious.
It looks like the problem has to do with a licensing agreement between Apple and Disney. And not only does it mean that users can’t buy or rent the titles, but folks who previously purchased them are no longer seeing them in their Purchased tab… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 24, 2013
Attention moviegoers, Fandango has posted a significant update for its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 5.9. The new software has been redesigned for iOS 7, and includes several improvements.
Among them is the return of a popular feature called ‘Go Now,’ which allows you to quickly find a movie at your local theater and purchase tickets. And Spotlight and Search have both been given makeovers… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 17, 2013
Time to fight some larger-than-life robots! I’m not sure why exactly Real Steel hasn’t done so well at the box office, but I’ve had a great time watching the movie (twice) and thought Huge Jackman fit the role perfectly. If you haven’t seen it, Real Steel is based on the 1956 short story Steel by Richard Matheson and follows former boxed Charlie Kenton who owns the aging robot Ambush.
It’s year 2020 and human boxers have been replaced by robots so cash-strapped Kenton makes a living by sending Ambush to fight other robots in tournaments across the country. The animatronics, stunts, special effects and acting are all very smooth.
DreamWorks, whose movie-making arm released the movie, has released a new tie-in, Real Steel: World Robot Boxing, for the iPhone and iPad as a free to play download on worldwide App Stores (the game previously soft-launched on the New Zealand App Store only)… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 9, 2013
Ending weeks of speculation, Twitter today announced a new feature that has the potential to take social television to the next level.
Twitter users will soon start seeing a new See It button embedded in tweets that, when clicked, lets folks immediately tune into live programming through their set-top box or a mobile devices such as a smartphone or a tablet.
To replace your remote, Twitter partnered with cable provider Comcast and its fully-owned subsidiary NBCUniversal, giving Xfinity customers the ability to also schedule DVR recordings on-the-fly, directly from Twitter. The feature will debut with NBCUniversal offerings including The Voice and Sunday Night Football.
Go past the fold for the full reveal… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2013
If you’re wondering why Netflix would label standard full HD 1080p video resolution as ‘Super HD’, that’s because Super HD applies less compression to the 1080p image for greater clarity.
Now, Super HD video requires more data so it isn’y surprising that not many Internet providers were on board after Netflix soft-launched Super HD and 3D streaming in January 2012.
As of today, Super HD video streaming is available everywhere, regardless of your Internet service provider (but dependent on network conditions). Jump past the fold for the full breakdown… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 11, 2013
Typically, when you go to a movie theater to watch a film, you’re asked to shut down all mobile devices. “Please silence your cell phones now,” is a common request you’ll see on screen, right before your flick begins.
But that won’t be the case at Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Second Screen Live event. Movie-goers will actually be encouraged to bring along their iPads, and use them, as they interact with the film using a special app… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2013
If you’re a fan of movies such as Face/Off, definitely keep tabs on UK-based red hot publisher Chillingo’s upcoming Bloodstroke, an iPhone and iPad “on-rails” game boasting the story and script written by John Woo. Yes, John Woo, the action movie director!
Currently in development by the Moon Shark studio, Bloodstroke takes place all over Asia.
The game puts you in the shoes of Phalanx’s elite private security agent code-named Lotus (real name: Mai Lee) who gets involved “in an exciting story.”
The game’s premise determines most missions, which revolve around protect your employer on the streets of Hong Kong and Beijing. Bloodstroke strives to set itself apart with a nice black and white graphic style, with colors being used only sparingly and consciously for emphasis (hint: blood)… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2013
Apple’s selection of blockbuster releases on iTunes is constantly growing. Though not quite yet a match for other digital services, Apple typically beats the other guys in terms of pre-releases, exclusive launches and even early pre-theatrical releases, provided you’re willing to pay a bunch of money to watch a movie on iTunes before it even hits the silver screen.
JJ Abrams’s Star Trek Into Darkness has been available for pre-order on iTunes for well over a month. Yesterday, the digital download has finally hit iTunes, three weeks ahead of its September 10 DVD release… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2013
Netflix today announced a new feature to make saving your favorite movies and televisions shows easier than ever. Aptly named My List, it lets you add any movie or TV show title to your own row or gallery on Netflix. You can easily rearrange the list, add or remove titles, with Netflix automatically sorting your entries.
It’s based on the existing Instant Queue feature which however lacks automated sorting and its own Netflix row.
My List is a staggered roll-out that’s launching worldwide in the next two weeks across multiple platforms, including iOS… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2013
The Jobs movie starring Ashton Kutcher as Apple’s legendary co-founder Steve Jobs has opened with disappointing revenues and bombed at the box office this weekend. Specifically, the flick pulled in just shy of seven million dollars domestically, earning it the seventh place at the box office. This is one of Kutcher’s lowest openings ever and hardly a success knowing the figure fell short of the $8-9 million distributor Open Road Films was hoping to rake in.
And as if mixed reviews weren’t enough, the movie has failed to impress the trusted review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes which gave it a rating of just 25 percent… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 18, 2013
The long-awaited ‘Jobs’ biopic, starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, opened in theaters this weekend, and by all counts it’s been a bit of a flop. According to Deadline Hollywood, it’s sitting at the #7 spot, pulling in just $6.7 million domestically.
But is it really that bad of a movie? No. Then why is it doing so poorly? That’s a tough question to answer, but I’m going to try to do it in the following paragraphs. Don’t worry, I imagine this is the fiftieth ‘Jobs’ review you’ve come across, so I’m going to keep it short and sweet.
I saw Jobs yesterday afternoon, with my girlfriend. We went to the 12:50pm showing, and unfortunately we got there just as the previews were starting. So if they had shown the new Mac Pro commercial, we missed it.
The movie opens with Ashton—I mean Steve making his way to the stage for his big iPod unveiling in October of 2001. It then flashes back to his early 20′s and proceeds to take us on a journey of the founding of Apple… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2013
If you’re heading out to go see the new Jobs biopic, or any other movie this weekend, be sure to keep an eye out for Apple’s new Mac Pro ad. Reports are surfacing that it has started airing in theaters nationwide.
The commercial, which was first shown at WWDC during a sneak preview of Apple’s new Pro computer, shows the radically-redesigned desktop tower from various angles. We’ve got the ad queued up after the fold… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2013
After months of speculation, interviews, and movie clips, the highly anticipated ‘Jobs’ biopic starring Ashton Kutcher finally hit theaters today. And despite Open Road Film’s best marketing efforts, initial reviews are a mixed bag.
Looking at review aggregation site metacritic, the flick scored a decent 43 out of 100, but over at Rotten Tomatoes, it scored just 25 out of 100. Want to see what others thought about the movie? Keep reading for our review roundup… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 15, 2013
It’s been a long road for ‘Jobs,’ the film about Apple’s leader and co-founder starring Ashton Kutcher. We first found out about the movie project back in early 2012, and there’s been non-stop reports, photos, trailers and interviews ever since.
But the time has finally come. Jobs is set to open in 2,381 theaters around the world tomorrow, and wouldn’t you know it, two new clips from the film have hit the web today. They contain some new footage, so check them out after the fold… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 13, 2013
Ok movie buffs, listen up. Apple just launched a major iTunes movie bundle sale that would put the $4.99 Blu-Ray tub at Walmart to shame. There’s dozens of different bundles available, of various genres, starting at just $9.99.
I myself have already grabbed the Matrix Trilogy for $9.99, as well as Taken 1 and 2 for the same price. There’s also the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the Jurassic Park trilogy, and several other movie sets/bundles to choose from… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 8, 2013
Apple has rolled out movie support for its iTunes in the Cloud service to a number of new countries this morning. The list features Japan and seven additional European countries including Italy, Lithuania, Austria and Spain.
For those unfamiliar with the service, it allows you to stream and re-download previously purchased iTunes content on all of your registered iOS devices. It’s available for all content, but today’s rollout is restricted to movies… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 6, 2013
Jobs movie producers Open Road Films have been promoting the upcoming flick left and right ahead of its nationwide premiere scheduled for later this month. Ashton Kutcher, who plays Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs, and Josh Gad who channels Steve Wozniak, are tasked with depicting how the two Steves built the most valuable company in the world from Jobs parent’s garage.
You’ve marveled at the psychedelic movie poster, watched the original trailer and seen a nice featurette, now’s the time for a second trailer… Read More