Thursday, January 31, 2013

‘Star Wars’ 3D Re-Releases Cancelled by Disney in order to focus on "Episode VII"

In what can be called as upsetting news to some of us who were looking forward to watching these movies out on 3D Disney has announced that they will not go forward with the 3D releases of the Prequels or the original series in theaters.

As many know The Phantom Menace was released last year, and while it didn't break box office records it did bring in about $43 million domestically, and a total of $103million world wide which did cover the conversion cost, and earned Lucasfilms a nice profit. So it was worth it, and I know a lot of people who were more hyped about the last two then The Phantom Menace, and of course we all where waiting to see the originals back on the big screen in 3D so this is a sad day to report that they will now not release them at least not for now. [by: Alex Maidy] has reported on their site the following.
The latest decision from the studios is the choice to cancel the releases of all 3D conversion of the STAR WARS movies in favor of focusing on development of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and beyond. I think this is the right move and not just because 3D re-releases are a waste of time. Up until the merger, STAR WARS was relegated to ancillary products since there were no big screen prospects in sight. Now that Lucas has loosened his grip on the series, focus can now be given to making blockbuster movies.
I would assume that at this point in the process, they would have at least been close to completing the 3D conversion on EPISODE II or III, but you never know. I am sure the lackluster reception for STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE in 3D had something to do with this decision. So, if things go well with progress on STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, we may see these all on the big screen someday.

Didn't shock me honestly while it's still upsetting news it makes sense if you are making another trilogy don't over saturate the market with Star Wars to the point that it gets watered down.

And honestly the 3D FX While great, and I enjoyed the movie again in theaters on 3D I'm sure they will use 3D for the new movies. So it's not the end all be all of Star Wars on 3D, and I can wait on these other 3D conversions if it means them focusing on making the best Star Wars films possible for the new movies coming out.

But what do you think? Should Disney/Lucasfilms have released the others in 3D? We had the prequels this year planned, and the originals next year as planned. What would you have liked to have seen them do? Or did they do the right thing? Tell me in the comments.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Galaxy S3 World's Number 1 Smartphone In Q3 2012 sales!

Samsung Electronics' smartphone The Galaxy S3 has now taken the title as the world's best-selling smartphone! Since last quarter anyway...

Tossing out the Apple iPhone, which has had the title for about two years, research firm Strategy Analytics said.

An estimate 18 million Galaxy S3 models in the third quarter sold last year, compared with iPhone 4S sales of 16.2 million. Take that iPhone!

The flagship Galaxy S3 saw Strong sales at the end to take the title for the year, and also it's won over most of the smartphone public even iPhone users now wish they could switch. There is no phone better on the market right now, and the GS3 which comes with a large 4.8 inch touchscreen - helped Samsung post a record $7.3 billion operating profit in the July-September quarter.

Oh, and the Galaxy SIV is on it's way soon. Apple stop player hating, and get your act together.
"Samsung's Galaxy S3 has proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia," said analyst Neil Mawston, adding the new iPhone 5 would likely reclaim the top spot for Apple in the current quarter. (Reporting by Tarmo Virki; Editing by David Holmes)

Check out this video Samsung Galaxy SIII
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Samsung mobile unpacked 2012

Apple drops patent claim vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

You know what's funny? I don't understand how Apple won the lawsuit. There is a major difference between both iPhones, and the Galaxy S3. The iPhone sucks, and the Galaxy S3 doesn't. lol Major difference.

I recently showed off my GS3 to a friend who has the latest iPhone, and she's not a tech nerd she just got it because everyone says apple is the best right?

So she went with apple she had to be like everyone else.. But wait the GS3 has been kicking iPhones ass recently which is why Apple is all emo butt hurt, and has been laying the lawsuits at Samsung.

But See 5 simple minutes with my phone and my friend was cursing at how horrible her phone is compared to mines, and how she wanted now to take her phone back, and get a GS3.

Again Apple stop bitching like bitches, and trying to sue companies into submission, and make a better product. I don't get how people are so stupid they actually buy Apples bullshit products.

Are we not living in a society where we have a free market? So why are they not letting others compete? This is a joke. I lost all respect for Apple, and will never buy any of their garbage products. From iPhones to iPads they all iSucks as far as I'm concerned.

Screw APPLE! I hope they go out of business... Here is the report.

The Samsung
Galaxy S3 Mini.
(Credit: Samsung)
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Apple has agreed to withdraw patent infringement allegations against Samsung's new Galaxy S3 Mini in exchange for assurances that the South Korean electronics giant will not market the smartphone in the U. Apple disclosed the agreement today in a filing with the U.S. District Court for Northern California.

The iPhone maker requested last month that the new smartphone and other Samsung products be added to the ongoing patent dispute between the two companies. Samsung countered that the S3 Mini was unavailable for purchase in the United States, however Apple noted that the new smartphone was listed on Amazon's U.S. storefront and had been purchased and delivered to multiple U.S. addresses.
"Apple will agree to withdraw without prejudice its request to include the Galaxy S III Mini in this case given Samsung's representation that it is not making, using, selling, offering to sell, or importing that product into the United States," Apple said in its filing.
The unlocked phone quietly appeared on Amazon last month, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and featuring a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a dual-core 1-gigahertz processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. While the new phone supports either T-Mobile USA or AT&T, it lacks support for any 4G LTE connectivity.
Apple had previously argued that the device infringed on the same patents included in its $1.5 billion verdict against Samsung. However, Apple has been unsuccessful in securing sales bans. Representatives for Apple and Samsung declined to comment.

Will JJ Abrams will still be involved with Star Trek 3?

Now that word is out that JJ is the new director of STAR WARS Episode VII word also has come out that he will still continue on his Star Trek adventure, and possibly even as director. No nerd should have this much power!

Well for sure it's certain he will indeed be on as producer but yes he might still have a chance to come back, and direct the next installment of the Trek series.

All he would have to do is jump right back into it after he finished STAR WARS. When the news broke last night most fans thought to themselves well what's the future hold for Star Trek now?  The answer didn't take long.

Well now we know that Abrams is set to serve as a producer on both the third Star Trek movie and the next Mission Impossible (presumably under his 'Bad Robot' banner). Today it was confirmed by Rob Moore Vice Chairman of Paramount Studios"J.J. will continue to develop projects for us including a new ‘Mission: Impossible,’ and he is committed to produce another ‘Star Trek," he said. Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean that Abrams won't direct the third installment like I said all he would have to do is just go from Star Wars back to Star Trek, and continue forward if he chose too.

However, that may end up being dependent on whether or not Disney will want him back for Episode VIII & VIII bbecause they want to turn out new movies every 2 years. So this brings up a new question... Is this deal for the new trilogy of STAR WARS Films? Or just Episode VII?

Friday, January 25, 2013

The force is strong with JJ Abrams... Disney confirms!

Looks like the Disney people have confirmed the news, and yes it's now official Star Trek, and Super 8 director JJ Abrams will indeed be at the helm of the new Star Wars movie.

We spoke about this possible leaked news yesterday on the show "The Answer to movie troll insanity" which airs on on 9pm est. We discussed this, and we all agreed that this was probably for the best but we all were sort of disappointed at it because we were expecting him to be true to his word which was that he wasn't going to do the movie. But it turns out the joke is on us! Because as Disney has released the news is out now, and yes he will direct it, and even was quoted on the major move.

J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.

“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said Kennedy. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”
George Lucas went on to say “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”

“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” - J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”

J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney | Lucasfilm banner.

Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have a proven track record of blockbuster movies that feature complex action, heartfelt drama, iconic heroes and fantastic production values with such credits as Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams has worked with Lucasfilm’s preeminent postproduction facilities, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, on all of the feature films he has directed, beginning with Mission: Impossible III. He also created or co-created such acclaimed television series as Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe. 

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Anyway this is good news right? I mean this guy brought Star Trek back from the dead! I mean it was fucking dead, and as dead as it could be, and he not only brought it back he made the biggest Star Trek movie of all times at the box office  both international, and domestic. SO With that said Star Wars with him as Director will be probably the biggest movie of all times.

Seriously this has the chance of being that big! Phantom Menace could have been the biggest movie ever due to the hype it had, and all the fanboys wanting it to see it so bad. The movie not being that good, and the poor word of mouth stopped it short of 500Million domestic.

Still made tons of money, and with them having their flaws I enjoyed them, and watch them from time to time, and there are a lot of great things about the prequels. Just like there are many bad things. They aren't perfect by no means.

Still Phantom Menace almost made a run at it but Titanic also was out, and that movie took in the fanbase S.W never had! Horny teenage girls who had the hots for an actor. One major mistake George Lucas made was in not casting Leo as Anakin Skywalker or someone as good an actor as the role needed.

He went with an unknown who couldn't act his way out of a paper bag. NOW We have a chance to redeem all that, and maybe this will finally be the movie the majority of Star Wars fans have been waiting for.

The story of Anakin or Darth Vader is over so nothing we can do short of a total reboot in 30 years. But who wants that anyway? I say just move forward, and let's see what Luke Skywalker, Leia, and Han Solo are up to these days.

35 years after the Battle of Endor... What new dangers are there for our hero's to face? I just hope Luke is played by Mark Hamill, and it's a follow up tale where he's the wise old Jedi. I just don't want them to recast the roles with new actors. I HATE THAT SHIT.

Either way this is in all good news having someone like Jar Jar Abrams (Sorry that's just too easy not to use Jar Jar) on a movie like this will bring respect to the series again, and will add a lot of fanboy hype.

I fully expect the Trekkie's to be mad, and wouldn't doubt if they make a big deal about it once the next chapter of Trek is out after the movie this year. Which will have a different director I'm sure. Maybe they can make another movie to compete on 2015 with Episode 7.

I originally didn't want Abrams because he directed Trek, and I don't want the films to look to much a like in style or the way they are cut together but I have seen all his movies, and he is some what of a chameleon when he wants to be. He can make a movie which doesn't normally look like a typical Abrams flick. Mission Impossible 3 comes to mind. But one thing is for sure! Even those movies have one signature thing. Lens flare!

Get ready for an epic amount of Lens Flare!!
In a galaxy far far away!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I sense a great disturbance in the force... And can someone get that lensflare out of my face? I mean seriously enough with the Lensflares!

Ok so the word is out on the street kids, and the word is that JJ Abrams director of the last Star Trek movie that was out in 2009, and the director of the one coming out this year "Star Trek into Darkness" is ditching his Trekkie nerds for Star Wars Nerds.

Now this comes from a site called "TheWrap" They are making the claims to have an inside source that has leaked them the information that after months of back, and forth, and even a denial by JJ that he would direct it looks like Lucas/Disney have found their ubber dork... err director to return us to the Galaxy far far away.

First let me introduce you to what you have in store...Lensflare!!!!!

J.J. Abrams will direct the next "Star Wars" film for Disney, taking stewardship of one of Hollywood's most iconic and lucrative film franchises, an individual with knowledge of the production told

 "Argo" director Ben Affleck was also in contention, another individual with knowledge of the talks told TheWrap.

Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm last year and announced it would make new "Star Wars" films, fans, members of the media and industry executives have speculated about which director would take the job. Abrams' name always came up, but he told Entertainment Weekly in November that he wasn't going to take the job.

  • He did say "Star Wars" was the first movie that "blew my mind" in terms of special effects.

Lucasfilm Chief Kathleen Kennedy has been courting Abrams, one of the most successful directors and producers in Hollywood -- and a man beloved by fanboys. He runs one of the industry's top production companies, Bad Robot, and created or co-created television franchises like "Lost," "Fringe" and "Alias." He has also directed film spectacles "Mission: Impossible III," "Star Trek" and "Super 8."

The lure of the Jedi was too strong, and it will no doubt complicate his relationship with Paramount, where Bad Robot is a top supplier. Abrams has been feverishly working on "Star Trek Into Darkness," his second Star Trek film since he rebooted the franchise in 2009. "Into Darkness," still in post-production, opens May 18.

Though he has several producing jobs in front of him, Abrams had been uncommitted as a director. He will have to jump right into "Star Wars," which Disney has slated for a 2015 release. "Little Miss Sunshine" screenwriter Michael Arndt is penning the script.

Reached by TheWrap, Lynne Hale, spokeswoman for Lucasfilm, declined to comment immediately. Neither CAA, which represents Abrams, nor Bad Robot immediately responded to requests for comment.
So there it is folks! We have a new director? Maybe? It's not been confirmed yet by Disney or Lucasfilms but I will bring you the latest as it breaks. The galaxy far far away now might have taken it's first steps into darkness... If true I have mixed emotions about this. I mean he's responsible for the best Star Trek movie to date sure, and the sequel looks fantastic. But this is why I have mixed emotions.

He's doing such a great job on Trek I would hate to see him repeat Bryan Singers mistake. See Singer left X MEN after 2 movies which the public likes, and embraced him with. He left to make Superman Returns which turned out to be more like Singerman Returds.

His career has never been the same, and after years of fanboys bitching we never got a sequel to his Superman movie, and he has not directed anything notable since.

Unless you count the pilot turned tv movie of Mockingbird lane (Munsters Remake) as anything special. Personally hated it by the way.

I like JJ As a director, and have enjoyed his work until now... But I have a bad feeling about this.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Script Has ALL Eleven Doctors

PM2687668@I Have recently become a fan of the show Dr. Who over the last couple of months at the advise of some friends who told me that I needed to watch this show that it would be something I liked. I have heard from many people about the show over the years, and I had seen some of the older episodes pre the 2005 relaunch, and to be honest I had never been very impressed with the series. But there is something to say about what has been done with this new series which now enters it's very special 50th anniversary show. While they do a special every year, and they seem to always pay tribute to the show's origins some how. This year it will be something very special as has reported the following.
As of today Steven Moffat has confirmed that he is completing a script that will feature the current Doctor, Matt Smith, facing a foe so great that he will need assistance from all ten of the previous TARDIS inhabitants. That’s right, rumors say Eccleston is in!!! The producers have gotten agreements from all living actors who have ever played the Doctor; Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith. With some studio special effects they have even resurrected William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, and Jon Pertwee.
This is awesome news for anyone who's a fan of the series, and like myself a fan of the current show mostly. It's going to be very near to see actors "Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith" all on the screen together. I think it was mostly the charisma of Eccleston that won me over, and made me a fan early on in the first season, and I was very disappointed to find out he only did one season before being replaced by David Tennant who to his credit really did a fine job in the role himself, and only took about 3 or 4 episodes for me to accept him as the new Doctor, and again when he was replaced I was a bit disappointed. But that's the thing about the show. As a fan one must get used to the change of the Doctor, and accept it, and move on. This show can last forever literally since they can simply regenerate the doctor into a new body after a few seasons with a main actor. Having the older actors on the show again should be a lot of fun! I Don't know how they are going to pull this off but this sounds like a really epic way to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Doctor. Now I've heard the rumblings that Matt Smith wants to leave the show soon due to the overload of work he's having to put in to make the show. He's been a lot of fun as the Doctor in a comedic way, and has slowly grown on me. They all have brought their own quality, and charisma to the show, and while many many fans miss David Tennant who seems to be the main fan favorite of the new 3 Doctors it's Christopher Eccleston who I'm most excited to see return for the special. I hope this isn't some cheesy scene on the computer where they flash scenes from past episodes tho. That would be lame. I can't wait to see the rest of this season, and see what happens, and if Matt Smith makes it all the way past it, and comes back. Either way make sure you don't miss this season when it picks back up. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Guillermo Del Toro turns down STAR WARS EPISODE VII

So Guillermo Del Toro becomes the latest director to turn down STAR WARS EPISODE VII which shouldn't shock many as a lot of directors which the fan-boys want are the type of people who like to "Create" their own universes, and like to develop films which haven't been done before or take adaptions to the big screen on properties which haven't been touched like Del Toro, and Hellboy.

With that said I'm as big a Del Toro fan as any, and have always wanted to see what he could do in the Star Wars or Lord of the Rings universe. We almost got to see him Direct the Hobbit but Peter Jackson eventually got his hands on that property.

But Star Wars was the one which always seemed more up Del Toros alley. So it came with sad news to hear that he has turned down the next Star Wars movie due out in 2015. Del Toro admits that he was indeed offered the job, but had to turn it down due to having so much on his plate already. However, he does give the name of the man he would love to see take the reigns instead.
"We got one phone call to my agent saying, 'Is Guillermo interested?' And basically I have so much stuff already of my own, and I'm pursuing stuff that I'm generating already..It was very flattering. It was just a phone call, it didn't go past that, it was very nice to be asked, but believe it or not, I'm busy enough."
Del Toro said. "As a geek, I would have loved to see Brad Bird take it." for those who are not familiar with Bird's work he was the director on  Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol which most fans agree was an excellent film in a series which had lost some of it's luster with the third movie. He's also responsible for such great animations as "Ratatouille" and " The Iron Giant" Bird would seem to be a nice fit for the Star Wars universe.

Now I don't know if Disney wants one director for the trilogy or if they will have different directors for each film. I would rather see the later myself.While Bird would be a good fit, and a good suggestion he does seem to have some other projects in the way one with George Clooney called 1952 (pre-production) and another called 1906 (pre-production) I think the movie names being years might just be an odd coincidence. But either way he has two movies in pre production, and might not be available to get a major motion picture like Star Wars off the ground in the next two years. Which is what is needed.

The director I personally think would be the best choice is Matthew Vaughn who made the only X men movie I've enjoyed to date.  X-Men: Days of Future Past and sadly took himself out of the directors chair for the sequel in a very odd, and mysterious way. Almost as if to make sure he's available for another project which might come his way that is bigger then X MEN.
He's also the man who brought us Kick-Ass, and Layer Cake both great movies. He's done very good work in his few directing gigs he's impressed a lot of people. I think something as big as Star Wars is right up his alley.

It's becoming clear that the Star Wars franchise may be more challenging than Disney had originally thought.. At least finding a director!

First, J.J. Abrams passed on taking on the role of director, he announced he was sticking with Star Trek out of loyalty to that series. And not that they called him, but Quentin Tarantino wasn't too interested either. Honestly neither of those two would have been right anyway so it's no loss. But there is a good list of candidates still out there with Matthew Vaughn right on top of my list.

Another good candidate available other then Matthew Vaughn or Brad Bird would have to be Iron Man (2008) director Jon Favreau who also like Vaughn, and Bird would be an ideal choice. His history would seem to show us that he can take on epic films like Star Wars, and deliver a great movie.

So the force is strong with us right now... Only time will tell who will end up getting the gig but whoever it is better be ready for his or her life to change forever. Star Wars is bigger then any other movies. This is why I'm not shocked so many are passing on it.

2015 cannot get here quick enough... So who would you like to see in the directors chair?

- by Angel Espino

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Hobbit: An Unexpected disappointment

First off I want to say that I am a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, and own the books, dvds, blu rays, and a few other items as a fan of the universe he created, and Peter Jackson brought to life on the big screen.

While yes I am a bigger Star Wars fan then I am Lord of the Rings fan I will say that as books go Tolkien's work is priceless, and while I was extremely excited for the past few years about this movie.

Last time I remember being this hyped up about any film I would have to go back to the Fellowship of the Rings which was a very good movie that did everything it had to do just right.

But I don't think I've been this let down in more then a decade. I mean I think maybe the sequel to the Matrix was a bigger let down for me then this but not by much. Not by much at all. In fact this movie is so bad at times that one has to wonder if it was made bad on purpose out of some grudge being held by Peter Jackson for all the shenanigans that went on for years with the studios, and him concerning this trilogy.

There is a long dark history attached to getting the Hobbit to the big screen, and to be honest It's almost as if this was his way to pay the studio back for anything they put him through. It's about the only thing which makes sense unless we consider that Peter Jackson isn't the master Director some nerds have pegged him to be since he wrapped up the Rings trilogy.

But to the root of the matter this movie fails to capture the heart of Tolkien's characters, and the main issue with it is the slow pace the movie suffers from. This is due to the movie being stretched out to three pictures was a bad idea. This has become clear after watching this first movie. Now we have 2 more movies to go.

The film suffers from terrible character development, and it all starts with the Dwarves who were not developed as characters at all compared to LOTR where u got to know, and like each of the characters.

This move felt as it spent more time finding who looks funny dressed up rather then actors who would bring something epic to their roles, and we are left with characters which feel  out of touch with the rest of the movie. Which leads me to my issues with the over use of comedy. This movie tries way to much to be funny.

I mean did George Lucas have something to do with the humor in this movie? Because honestly this felt as bad as Jar Jar Binks in Phantom Menece. I mean Literally in one scene the dwarves fall through a door and a "bowling pins knocked over" sound effect is played.

Too much is played for laughs, and not enough storyline is developed... There is so much hype build up to a very anti climactic ending.

I know there are two movie coming out still... This could be the main problem. The Hobbit is a weak book compared to LotR already as it is! To stretch it out to 3 movies really makes me think that the sequels aren't going to be much better, and we might be looking at another 30minute exit scene like in "Return of the King."

I was very hyped about this movie but after watching it I now find myself less interested then I was for Attack of the Clones. Maybe Peter Jackson should have stayed away from this movie, and had allowed Del Torro to direct it as planned at one point because Peter Jackson to me was going thru the motions on this movie, and his directing has got worse over the last decade not better.

Peter Jackson has a long body of work which includes a lot of stinkers like "King Kong," "Dead Alive," and many other turds. In fact look at his IMDB his only good work has been The Lord of the Rings movies, and even those have many flaws to them. Like the earlier mentioned 30minute exit scene at the end of Return of the King.

The fact is that Peter Jackson isn't the skilled master director that some think, and he's crafted a very expensive, very cartoonist, very boring movie to start a trilogy. I was expecting so much more then this but I pray he fixes some of the overwhelming issues, and flaws from his first movie.

I hope there is enough story to make the next two movies worthy of making this a trilogy at the end, and that this doesn't turn into the next prequel trilogy most fanboys love to hate for years to come.

Either way I'm let down by this movie, and haven't been this let down in many years.