‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is Coming To HBO Max (and Some US Theaters) on Dec. 25

Although COVID-19 is surging in the United States and around the world, Warner Bros. still plans to release “Wonder Woman 1984” on Christmas Day — but its plans are are no longer limited to a theatrical release. From a report: Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot both posted tweets last night announcing that in in the United States, the film will be released simultaneously in theaters and on WarnerMedia’s streaming service HBO Max. “THE TIME HAS COME,” Jenkins wrote. “At some point you have to choose to share any love you have to give over everything else. We love our movie as we love our fans, so we truly hope that our film brings a little bit of joy and reprieve to all of you this holiday season.” A press release from HBO Max offers a few more details: The film will debut in theaters internationally on December 16,


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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Delayed To October 1, 2021

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have delayed the release of “Dune,” the sci-fi epic from director Denis Villeneuve. It will no longer premiere Dec. 18 and is now slated to debut in theaters Oct. 1, 2021. From a report: The move was expected after the studio pushed “Wonder Woman 1984” back from early October to Christmas Day, putting the comic book sequel’s big screen debut one week ahead of “Dune.” In normal circumstances, but especially during the pandemic, Warner Bros. wouldn’t cannibalize ticket sales for a fellow studio release. Also accelerating the news: James Bond sequel “No Time to Die,” which was originally set to launch at the end of November, was pushed back to 2021. That decision prompted Regal, the second-biggest U.S. theater chain, to close down its venues after reopening in August. If major movies continue to vacate their release dates, other circuits may be forced to shut


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After ‘No Time To Die’ Postponement, Hundreds of US and UK Movie Theatres Postpone Reopening

An anonymous reader quotes the Hollywood Reporter:

Following the delay of more Hollywood tentpoles — including James Bond film No Time to Die — mega-movie theater chain Cineworld is planning to keep all of its locations in the U.K. and the U.S. closed for the time being, The Sunday Times reported on Saturday.

The British-based company is the largest circuit in the U.K with more than 120 sites, and the second-largest in North America, where it operates roughly 540 locations under the Regal Cinemas banner. A substantial number of these theaters hadn’t yet reopened after forced to go dark because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Across Hollywood, the surprise Saturday-night headline prompted immediate concern that AMC Theatres and Cinemark Theates could soon follow suit.

Variety reports:
In the U.K., Cineworld, which declined to comment, is understood to be writing to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden this weekend to explain


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Is Motion Smoothing Ruining Cinema?

With TVs now delivering images faster than movies, TV manufacturers have tried to make up for that discrepancy via a digital process called motion smoothing. Whether you’ve realized it or not, you’ve likely watched a movie in motion smoothing, as it’s now the default setting on most TVs sold in the United States. Bilge Ebiri from Vulture says that while this feature was well-intentioned, “most people hate it.” He argues: “Motion smoothing transforms an absorbing movie or narrative TV show into something uncanny. The very texture of what you’re watching changes. The drama onscreen reads as manufactured, and everyone moves like they’re on a daytime soap — which is why it’s sometimes called the ‘soap-opera effect.’ In other words, motion smoothing is fundamentally ruining the way we experience film.” From the report: Motion smoothing is unquestionably a compromised way of watching films and TV shows, which are meticulously crafted to


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Bohemian Rhapsody Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Ralph Potts reviews the Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Bohemian Rhapsody, the story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Film:
Extras:
Audio/UHD Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
97
Details:
Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox – 2018MPAA Rating: PG-13Feature running time: 135 minutesGenre: Drama/Biopic
Disc Format: BD-66Encoding: HEVCVideo Aspect: 2.39:1Resolution: 2160p/24
Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1, English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French DTS 5.1Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, FrenchStarring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen LeechDirected by: Bryan SingerMusic by: QueenWritten by: Anthony McCartenRegion Code: A
Release Date: February 12, 2019
“Fearless Lives Forever”
Synopsis:
“Bohemian Rhapsody is an enthralling celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury (Malek), who defied stereotypes and convention to become one of history’s most beloved entertainers. Following Queen’s meteoric rise, their revolutionary sound and Freddie’s solo career, the film also chronicles the


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Sony Pictures Open Sources Software Used to Make ‘Into the Spider-Verse’

An anonymous reader quotes Variety:
Sony Pictures Imageworks has contributed a software tool used to create movies like “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Hotel Transylvania 3,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” to the open source community. OpenColorIO, a tool used for color management during the production process, has become the second software project of the Academy Software Foundation, an industry-wide open source association spearheaded by the Linux Foundation.

Sony Pictures Imageworks has for some time given the industry free and open access to OpenColorIO under a modified BSD license. By contributing the tool to the Academy Software Foundation, the studio hopes to encourage the community to take charge of the future of the tool, said Sony Pictures Imageworks vice president and head of software development Michael Ford. “We want to contribute OpenColorIO back to the community that relies on it, and the Academy Software Foundation is the


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Plex Cloud will shut down November 30 due to technical challenges

Plex today announced it’s shutting down its troubled Plex Cloud service, via a forum post that hasn’t found its way over to the company’s official blog – likely a choice the company made in order to downplay the news, or avoid media scrutiny. Plex Cloud, launched in fall 2016, was meant to serve as a way for Plex customers to save their files to online storage services like OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive, instead of having to host their saved files locally on their own machines or network-attached storage devices.
But now that will no longer be an option, as the service will stop functioning on November 30, 2018, Plex says.
Plex Cloud had struggled from the beginning with technical issues.
Almost immediately, its debut launch partner, Amazon, stopped working with Plex Cloud. Users were complaining that Amazon Drive files couldn’t be accessed and wondered if Amazon was imposing upload limits. There were


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Avengers: Infinity War Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Ralph Potts reviews Marvel Studio’s record-breaking adventure that was ten years in the making and features nearly every member from the Marvel Cinematic Universe as they battle to save not only mankind but, the entire universe.
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Film:
Extras:
Audio/UHD Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
94
Details:
Studio and Year: Disney/Marvel – 2018MPAA Rating: PG-13Feature running time: 149 minutesGenre: Fantasy/Action/Adventure
Disc Format: BD-66Encoding: HEVCVideo Aspect: 2.39:1Resolution: 2160p/24
Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1, English/Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, 1080p Blu-ray: DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, FrenchStarring: Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Chadwick Bosman, Don Cheadle, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper, Peter Dinklage, Josh Brolin, Paul Bettany, Tom Hiddleston, Danai Gurira, Dave Bautista, Sebastian StanDirected by: Anthony and Joe RussoMusic by: Alan SilvestriWritten by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeelyRegion Code: A,B,C
Release Date: August 14, 2018
“An Entire Universe. Once and for All”
My Take:
Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and


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