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Netflix app now iPhone 5 and iOS 6 compatible

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Entertainment, App Updates, Free Apps,

Netflix iPhone 5 iOS 6 update

The most popular streaming service is now iOS 6 and iPhone 5 compliant. Netflix just rolled out its latest video streaming offering, which includes improved browsing and searching. iOS Netflix subscribers go grab the update and say "no" to letterboxing!

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Avatar 3D Limited Edition Blu-ray arriving October 15th

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: HDTV, Movies,

Avatar 3D Limited Edition

Avatar has been available in 3D on Blu-ray for years. The problem is that it's been a Panasonic exclusive, available to buyers of Panasonic 3D HDTV sets, and later to buyers of Panasonic 3D glasses as part of a bundle. Those who were left out had to forage eBay and pay a lot of money to get access to what many call the best 3D movie of all time. Now, finally, Avatar 3D Limited Edition is set to hit retail stores in October. It'll be released globall on October 15, and appear in stores in North America the following day, October 16th.

Me? I'm more excited about E.T.: The Extraterestrial coming to Blu-ray.

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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial finally coming to Blu-ray on October 9

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: HDTV, Home Entertainment, Movies,

E.T. Blu-ray

One movie that we've been waiting to see in high-definition is E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and we'll finally have the opportunity to watch it on Blu-ray when it's released on October 9. The 30-year Anniversary Edition includes the Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy, and Ultraviolet editions all in one package, along with hours of extras. If you wanna get even more extravagant and nostalgic about it, you can opt for the Spaceship Limited Edition, which sees the movie packed in a replica of the E.T. spaceship, which plays the infamous movie score when opened. The disc-only version can be pre-ordered on Amazon for $17.96 (49% off,) while the more elaborate Spaceship Limited Edition will go for $139. You can check out a video of that one after the break. Either way, get ready to phone home while snacking on some Reese's Pieces.

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Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Documentary in Post-Production

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Concerts / Tours, Industry News, Pop,

Spike LeeSpike Lee is in the final stages of completing a Michael Jackson documentary.

The legendary filmmaker is in the latter part of post-production on the project, which will focus on the story of the late singer's Bad album, world tour and videos to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the record following its release in August 1987. The documentary will feature more than 40 interviews, conducted by Spike - who directed both short films for Michael's "They Don't Care About Us" in 1996 - with the "Thriller" hitmaker's confidants, choreographers, collaborators and musicians who worked on the record.

"I'm more than just a huge fan of Michael Jackson, and having the chance to actually know him and work with him, I deeply care about his legacy. With this Bad project I was able to uncover just what made this such a huge, important coming of age in his career and unearth compelling stories surrounding the making of the album, the long awaited follow-up to Thriller - the best selling album of all time - the short films and the tour that may have never seen the light of day," he said.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video now showing MGM Studios TV shows and movies

Amazon Prime instant video MGM

Amazon has just announced a new partnership with MGM Studios that's set to bring hundreds of additional TV and movie classics to Amazon Prime Instant Video. This includes such hits as The Silence of the Lambs, Species, Rain Man, Stargate, and The Terminator. This brings the total of Amazon's offerings to over 18,000 movies and television episodes that you can stream to your Xbox 360 and other devices, all included in the price of your Amazon Prime membership.

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Whitney Houston’s Final Recording is Released

Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston's final recording will be released on June 5.

The late pop legend's last ever song, "Celebrate," is a duet with American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, and included in the movie Sparkle - the last thing Whitney worked on before her death in February. The track was produced by "I Believe I Can Fly" hitmaker R. Kelly and premiered on the radio yesterday.

The song features lyrics such as, "I'm going to celebrate, celebrate you," and Jordin chimes in, "We love you Whitney" at the end of the song. Whitney plays the "No Air" hitmaker's mother in Sparkle, a remake of a 1976 film about the pressures of fame in the Motown era. The film is Whitney's first foray into acting since roles in The Bodyguard and The Preacher's Wife over fifteen years ago. Sparkle will be in theaters starting August 17.

Jordin, 22, sung a moving rendition of Whitney's biggest hit "I Will Always Love You" in tribute to her at the Billboard Icon Awards awards on Sunday.


Quote Of The Day: The Avengers

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Movies, Reviews, Marvel Comics,

Scarlett Johansson

“There's no more blatant sexism than sneering at a woman for playing 'dress-up' in a movie where the men around her are dressed in tights and robot costumes. The belief that superhero movies are a No Girls Allowed zone couldn't be more obvious.”

- Writer Amanda Marcotte on The Avengers

Be sure to check out our other notable quotes!

[Artwork: Scarlett Johansson as The Black Widow]

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Zooey Deschanel to Play Loretta Lynn on Broadway

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Country,

Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel is to play Loretta Lynn on Broadway.

The 32-year-old singer-and-actress will portray the country music legend in an adaptation of 1980 film Coal Miner's Daughter after Loretta announced the casting at a live show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, and she brought the New Girl star out to perform with her.

"It's a long way from Butcher Holler to Broadway in New York City. I never imagined I'd see Coal Miner's Daughter on a movie screen, and now I can't believe it's going to be on a stage for people to see. I'm going to be right there in the front row. And I know Zooey is going to be great - she sings and writes her own songs just like I do, and we even have the same color eyes!" the 77-year-old star said in a statement.

Zooey admitted it is a "dream come true" to have landed the part - played by Sissy Spacek in the movie, a biopic which documented Loretta's rise from poverty to fame - as she regards Loretta as a "true legend." The brunette beauty explained, "She is a true legend and to be chosen to play such an iconic woman is a dream come true."


Comic Book Jobs: Concept Artist

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies, Television,

Lord Of The RingsWho wouldn’t want to work in New Zealand (that’s the place where Peter Jackson filmed Lord Of The Rings).

Oktobor Animation is now accepting “portfolio and reel submissions for super-cool digital concept artists for pre-production including character, prop, and environment design on interactive, transmedia and CG animation projects.”

That’s fine, but what kind of thing are they looking for? They’d “love to see fantastical and epic environments, creatures, stylized characters, robots, vehicles, etc.”

If that sounds like a lot like comic book work, you’re not far off. Concept art for movies, TV shows and animation looks a lot like comic book art. And what are comic book artists if not conceptual artists?

Applicants need to be self motivated, and able to adapt to different styles with a great sense of lighting, color and composition. But my favorite is this: “a strong knowledge of anatomy and proportion, human and creature.”

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Comic Book Jobs: Pixar

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies,

Buzz LightyearWant to work for the vast Disney empire? And for the team that made Toy Story, Up and the upcoming Brave?

Pixar is hiring some folks for their Emeryville offices and while some of them aren’t exactly making comic books, people with comic book skills might be right for them.

One is Character Sketch Artist where you’ll be developing drawings that “explore the visual look of a film.” This includes characters, objects, sets, backdrops, all that stuff and from all angles.

Another is Story Artist where based on written/verbal descriptions from the Director (or Head of Story) you’ll “create quick thumbnail sketches through to finished detailed storyboard panels,” perform background research and illustrate script pages, coming up with story ideas yourself.

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