If you are like everyone here on the CPO team, then you have seen Avatar or some other major release in 3D and now you might be thinking about buying one of the new 3D TVs, but are maybe asking yourself "will 3D TV be the same as 'Avatar' or one of the other recent 3D movies at the theatres?" The short answer is yes... and no! Confused? Read on then...
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The end for 3D TV: Sky finally kills off its channel, five years on
Promo image for 3D TV (image courtesy Metro)
by Rob Waugh
Goodbye, terrible computer-generated films, silly glasses and bouts of seasickness – the 3D TV fad seems to be over.
Sky 3D, one of the pioneers of the format, has killed off its Sky 3D channel, five years after it launched.
The writing was on the wall late last year as Sky announced it would no longer show Premier League matches in 3D.
The BBC killed off its own 3D TV department in 2013, saying that viewers found it too much of a turn-off to wear glasses to watch shows.
Both broadcasters had high hopes for the format – but demand for 3D televisions has been low, and filming shows in the format, using specialised cameras, is extremely expensive.
Most home 3D TVs were more expensive than 2D TVs, and required users to wear cinema-style glasses to watch.
Chris Evans Discusses Shooting Plans for "Captain America 3" and "Avengers: Infinity Wars"
Poster showing release dates for 'Avengers 3' which will be shot as 2 movies (image courtesy Marvel)
"Captain America 3: Civil War" just started filming. The film will be part of the third phase of Marvel's cinematic universe that will end with the first part of "Avengers: Infinity Wars," which will actually be two films shot simultaneously.
And now, Chris Evans has revealed the plan for "Captain America 3" and "Avengers: Infinity War." He said: "['Captain America: Civil War'] shoots until August or something like that. August or September. Then I've got some downtime and I can do with it as I please. I don't know if I want to take time off or go pursue another directing job or find a movie to act in or, you know, do whatever I'm creatively inclined to pursue or wait, relax, enjoy my life. And then we start the 'Infinity War,' I think, some time in the third quarter. Fall or winter of 2016. That's going to be like nine months to shoot both movies back to back."
"Captain America: Civil War" is set to hit theaters on May 6th, 2016. The first part of "Avengers: Infinity Wars" will follow on May 4th, 2018. The second part will be released on May 3rd, 2019.
'Avengers: Age of Ultron' opens to massive $201.2 million at foreign box office
Avengers: Age of Ultron movie poster (courtesy Disney / Marvel)
by Brent Lang, Variety.com
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" debuted to a massive $201.2 million across 44 territories this weekend.
Disney and Marvel's super team adventure was the highest-grossing film in everywhere it opened, and has now rolled out in 55% of the international marketplace, including such major locales as France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, Korea and Australia.
Going into the weekend, Disney was projecting a foreign debut of between $160 million to $175 million.
"The bar was high, but this is a sign of unbelievable momentum in the marketplace," said Dave Hollis, Disney's distribution chief. "It all goes back to the strength of the brand and the incredible work the Marvel team does in telling stories in such a consistent way and creating these worlds."
The hotly anticipated superhero sequel opens next week in the U.S., where it is expected to earn north of $200 million and could top the first "Avengers" film's record-breaking $207.4 million bow. Bringing Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and other costumed heroes together isn't cheap, and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" carries a $250 million pricetag.
The success of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is a testament to the strength of the global market, which now accounts for 70% or more of a major film's box office gross. Two decades ago, foreign ticket sales usually comprised less than half of a movie's revenues.
First official image of Jared Leto's Joker from Suicide Squad released
Jared Leto in first official pic as The Joker (image courtesy David Ayer / Twitter)
Today marks the 75th anniversary of The Joker's first appearance in the Batman comics and, to mark the occasion, Director David Ayer has shared the first official image of Jared Leto's portrayal of the character in the upcoming Suicide Squad film.
Leto will be the first actor to play the role of the Joker since Heath Ledger in 2008's "The Dark Knight." The process he underwent to play the role is widely thought to have contributed to his suicide later that year.
Suicide Squad is due to be released on August 5, 2016 and concerns a group of supervillians recruited by the government to carry out under-the-radar missions that the superheroes won't go near.
The film will also star Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne.
Johnny Depp Shows Off Acting Talent In Monstrous 'Black Mass' Trailer
By Stephen Caswell
For anyone overtaken by Johnny Depp's recent filmography, the trailer for 'Black Mass' can serve as a great reminder that he is a phenomenal actor.
With the recent trailer release for 'Black Mass', it's clear to see why the world fell in love with Johnny Depp. A short clip within the trailer perfectly demonstrates the veteran actor's ability to switch at will between fun-loving and friendly, to nightmarishly monstrous, in a great acting showcase. And that creepy make-up job certainly helps.
In recent years, Johnny Depp has received a critical savaging, specifically for films like 'The Lone Ranger' and 'Transcendence', but this triumphant return to form may be just what he needs before launching into an 'Alice in Wonderland' sequel, and a fifth 'Pirates of the Caribbean' film.
In 'Black Mass', Depp plays real-life crime boss and murderer Whitey Bulger, the brother of senator Bill Bulger (played by Benedict Cumberbatch).
Sandra Bullock Is PEOPLE's 2015 World's Most Beautiful Woman!
Sandra Bullock has been declared by People magazine 2015's Most Beautiful Woman (image courtesy People)
By Julie Jordan
She may be PEOPLE's 2015 World's Most Beautiful Woman, but Sandra Bullock doesn't take herself too seriously when it comes to her appearance.
Despite being in "princess mode" while shooting for this year's cover story, Bullock, 50, insists she just laughed when she heard about the honor. "No, really. I just said, 'That's ridiculous,' " she tells PEOPLE. "I've told no one."
Instead the Oscar winner, who voices a supervillain in the upcoming movie Minions, has found beauty in her role as mom to her 5-year-old son, Louis, adding that their life together is a constant reminder of what's important.
"Real beauty is quiet. Especially in this town, it's just so hard not to say, 'Oh, I need to look like that,' " she explains. "No, be a good person, be a good mom, do a good job with the lunch, let someone cut in front of you who looks like they're in a bigger hurry. The people I find most beautiful are the ones who aren't trying."
The crew of the current Star Trek Enterprise and Star Trek movies (image courtesy Paramount / Inentertainment)
The third movie in the rebooted Star Trek franchise will be moving into production soon, but currently the movie is just being referred to at Star Trek 3 as no official title has been assigned to the film; however that may now have changed.
There is a possibility that the title for Star Trek 3 has been revealed, although said title might see a change and not end up being the official title by the time the movie comes out, and that title is Star Trek Beyond, reports Joblo.
Apparently the title Star Trek Beyond has been registered with the Motion Picture Association of America, so unless there’s another Star Trek movie in the pipeline that we haven’t heard about, it looks like this could possibly be the title of the next outing for the crew of the Enterprise, but again that title remains just rumour for now.
Avengers: Age of Ultron cast reveal the 'crazy' lengths bosses went to in bid to stop leaks
Scarlett Johansson returns as Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron (image courtesy Marvel)
by Jess Denham
Security surrounding the new Avengers movie was so tight on set that actors’ scripts were burnt each day.
The Age of Ultron cast revealed the extent producers went to in a bid to prevent leaks at the film’s London premiere on Tuesday night.
Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany and Chris Evans were among those in attendance ahead of the movie's opening in cinemas nationwide tomorrow.
"Everything with Marvel is very lock and key and hush hush, you gotta sign a confidentiality agreement," Evans, who stars as Captain America, told BBC Newsbeat.
The Vision actor Bettany explained how his script was "delivered into his hands" by a security guard and stamped with his "name all over every page" so it couldn't be tweeted, while Olsen, who plays the new Scarlet Witch, described the security process as "pretty crazy".
"It was quite funny that we had to burn our sides for the day," she said. "We weren't allowed to go home with our little pages of whatever we shot that day. They took it from our trailers and shredded it."
The latest and extended trailer for 'Jurassic World' has been released and it is one action filled ride.
The trailer for 'Jurassic World' provides glimpses into the plot of the latest dinosaur creation gone wrong film as the story takes place 22 years after the original film. The 'Jurassic World' shows the Isla Nublar is a functioning dinosaur theme park which has been operating for 10 years however the visitor rate has been declining and the corporate mandate produces disastrous results.
The trailer starts with Chris Pratt as a Dinosaur trainer or caretaker Owen Grady midst three velociraptors as a voice over narration says it's not about control but about respect when it comes to dinosaurs. Then we hear the voice of Bryce Dallas Howard as she plays geneticist Claire Dearing telling Grady every time a new species was unveiled in the Jurassic World the attendance spiked and corporate head thoughts genetic modification may provide the wow factor, to which Grady replies they're dinosaurs its wow enough!
The plot revolves around the creation of a new genetically modified dinosaur Indominus Rex, who eats her sibling and breaks free from confinement spreading chaos as a result. The Indominus Rex is a highly intelligent dinosaur which rips out its own tracking device and kills other harmless dinosaurs for fun, and even communicates with the other dinosaurs to bring havoc in the theme park packed with tourists.
Director reveals plot for 'Star Wars' film 'Rogue One'
by The Associated Press
The Jedis are all but extinct, the Old Republic is in turmoil and the threat of the Death Star is looming in "Rogue One," fans learned at Star Wars Celebration on Sunday.
Director Gareth Edwards ("Godzilla") debuted a tantalizing concept reel to preview the mysterious film, which is part of a series of films exploring other stories outside of the core "Star Wars" saga.
"For more than 1,000 generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire," the voiceover reads, as the camera tracks to show a ghostly Death Star hovering in the clouds.
Set between the third and the fourth movies in the "Star Wars" saga, the film will follow a band of resistance fighters who unite to steal the Death Star plans and "bring a new hope," referring to the subtitle of the original "Star Wars."
Felicity Jones, who recently garnered an Oscar nomination for her role in "The Theory of Everything" is the only confirmed cast member for the film, which will shoot in London this summer for a Dec. 16, 2016 release. Jones will play a rebel soldier, the director said.
Edwards said that her character will not just be a stoic soldier, but a complex, fully rounded human.
Weekend Box Office: Furious 7 Takes Third Victory Lap, Paul Blart Sequel Does Way Better Than It Deserves
Movie poster for Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (image courtesy Sony)
By Scott Gwin
Furious 7 took another victory lap, holding the number one spot for a third weekend in a row. Adding $29 million this weekend, the top grosser in the franchise fell just short of the $300 million mark domestically and pushed past $825 million in foreign markets for an impressive $1.1 billion international total to date. That has pushed it into the number seven spot for all time international domestic sales.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is currently sitting at an impressive 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, but it still managed a mediocre $24 million. That's down from the $31 million opening for the first Mall Cop, but still enough to stave off being a box office flop given the modest $30 million production budget.
Horror flick Unfriended landed at third place with $16 million, which is not only pretty good for a horror movie, but great returns for a movie made on a shoestring $1 to $2 million production budget.
Disney's traditional Earth Day documentary swung in at seventh place to the tune of $4 million. Monkey Kingdom's performance is on par with last year's Bears but still down from the $10 million opening enjoyed by Chimpanzee in 2012.
Furious 7 is fastest ever film to zoom past US$1 billion mark at box office
By Lee Min Kok
Teen wizards, blue-skinned aliens and even Marvel's team of superheroes, it seems, are no match for fast cars.
Smash sequel Furious 7 has become the quickest ever film to earn US$1 billion (S$1.35 billion) at the box office, just 17 days following its worldwide release.
The seventh instalment in The Fast And Furious franchise was a full two days ahead of heavyweights such as Avatar (2009), Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) and The Avengers (2012) to achieve the feat, reported Forbes.com.
Its current total of US$1.009 billion - US$735.2 million overseas and US$273.7 million domestically - as of Friday puts it in 18th place on the list of top grossing movies of all time.
Batman v Superman trailer: watch the official Dawn of Justice teaser
Director Zack Snyder has released the first official trailer for his 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The trailer has arrived earlier than planned, after an illegal Portuguese subtitled version appeared online on Friday.
Snyder had previously announced that the trailer would be screened in select US Imax cinemas on Monday, before being attached to the release of The Avengers: the Age of Ultron. The leaked trailer prompted a mixed reaction from fans, with many declaring the gloomy, doom-laden footage "too dark".
The film, based on the DC Comics characters, stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Jesse Eisenberg as villain Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Wayne's butler Alfred, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa as Aquaman. Only Batman and Superman, who will do battle in the film, can be seen in the trailer.