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Remastered "X-Files" Quietly Hits Netflix

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Netflix has quietly made the first thirteen episodes of the first season of "The X-Files" available in widescreen and high-definition for the first time in the United States.

As previously reported, all the live-action scenes have been fully remastered from the original negatives, but the original visual effects shots have only been upscaled so lack the quality of the rest of the shots. Along with the better clarity, the episodes are also in 16:9 widescreen as opposed to 4:3 full screen.

The series was filmed on Super 35 and though shot for 4:3 fullscreen, at the time they knew widescreen was coming so the shots were protected for 16:9 which means there's no problem with the jump to widescreen - images will have more information on the left and right than the original broadcast - but in the process have lost some of the top and bottom.

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"Ultron" Gets Extended Cut, Alternate Ending?

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With a runtime shorter than the original by one minute, but a whole lot more characters and subplots in the mix, it's understandable that some of the reviews for Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" have complained about certain sequences and characters within the film being shortchanged.

Joss Whedon previously confirmed that his first cut of the film clocked in at around half an hour longer than the final film version, and the movie's trailers certainly include shots that did not make the final theatrical cut - most notably from the Thor cave sequence.

Today, Collider reports that an e-mail sent by Amazon's UK branch about pre-ordering the home release version of the film has confirmed that the DVD and Blu-ray (and likely digital HD) cuts of the film will not only be an 'extended edition', but will also include an alternate ending.

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"Gears of War" Remake Hits Xbox One

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A remake of the first game in the "Gears of War" series will soon be making its debut on Xbox One.

Polygon announced the news, saying the game will have upgraded lighting and textures and run at 60Fps. The cinematics will also be remade by animation studio Plastic Wax.

Black Tusk Studios, who is in charge of the series going forward, may not be involved in the project as the remaster is being done by "Brink" and "Batman: Arkham Origins" multiplayer developer Splash Damage.

This might explain comments from Black Tusk Studios general manager Rod Fergusson last month when he scuttled rumors of the series getting a "Halo: Master Chief Collection" style boxset remaster. The quotes he made were very specifically about a potential 'Marcus Fenix Collection', not an individual game from the series undergoing a remake.

Kotaku have also been in touch with several gamers who claim they've been »

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First Photo: "Fifty Shades Darker"

24 April 2015 6:32 PM, PDT

Universal Pictures has given Access Hollywood the opportunity to premiere the first official promo photo from "Fifty Shades Darker," the upcoming sequel to "Fifty Shades Of Grey," which Universal has already scheduled for February 2017. Filming on the sequel doesn't begin until next year so this shot was probably taken during production of the first film for use as a placeholder image.

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"Doctor Strange" To Appear In "Iron Fist"?

24 April 2015 6:31 PM, PDT

One character people had hoped to see in either "Avengers: Age of Ultron" or the upcoming "Captain America: Civil War" is that of Doctor Strange whom Benedict Cumberbatch is slated to play.

A new rumour from Bleeding Cool, which has fairly accurately broken some Marvel scoops in the past, says that Marvel could be introducing the character in "Iron Fist" - one of their upcoming Netflix TV shows.

It's unclear if Cumberbatch will actually play the character in the flesh on the series, though it sounds like he may lend his voice talents. The only previous suggestion of the character was a brief mention in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" last year. »

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Michael Green To Pen Third "Wolverine"

24 April 2015 6:30 PM, PDT

Michael Green ("Green Lantern," "Heroes"), who recently penned the script for the upcoming "Prometheus" and "Blade Runner" sequels, has been hired to pen the script for the upcoming third Wolverine movie at 20th Century Fox.

James Mangold will direct the project which is currently going by the title "Wolverine" and is expected to be Hugh Jackman‘s final outing as the character. Green is currently working on the script with Mangold's input.

The project was on Mangold's back burner, but with news today of Christian Bale tearing his Acl and delaying Mangold's immediate next project, "The Deep Blue Goodbye," Mangold is now focusing on "Wolverine" which will hit cinemas March 3rd 2017.

Source: The Wrap »

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"Deep Blue Goodby" Delayed By Bale Injury

24 April 2015 6:27 PM, PDT

20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment have at least delayed and potentially scrapped production on James Mangold's upcoming film adaptation of the pulp adventure novel "The Deep Blue Good-by" due to an injury sustained by star Christian Bale.

Bale was to play Travis McGee, a self-described 'salvage consultant' who recovers others’ property for a fee and along the way gets into trouble fighting bad guys and wooing women.

However, Bale was reportedly at his home in Los Angeles when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (Acl), a severe injury that will require several months for the actor to fully recover. Shooting was originally slated to start this Summer, but Fox has now halted production on the project until Bale is fully healed as the role requires plenty of action.

The film's director James Mangold was to helm "The Deep Blue Good-by" and then the third solo "Wolverine" film, now due to the delay, »

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Photo: Leto as Joker Revealed

24 April 2015 4:59 PM, PDT

To celebrate the Joker's 75th birthday, "Suicide Squad" director David Ayer has revealed the first look at Jared Leto as the famed supervillain in the film via his official Twitter account. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis and more star in the film which begins shooting shortly.

The Suicide Squad wishes you a Happy Anniversary Mr. J! #Joker75 #SuicideSquad @WarnerBrosEnt @DCComics pic.twitter.com/LZXz0x947Q

David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 25, 2015

The announcement comes as author Frank Miller has revealed (via Heat Vision) that he's revisiting the world of Batman with a third comic effort following 1985's "The Dark Knight Returns" and 2001's "The Dark Knight Strikes Again". The eight issue work, entitled "The Dark Knight III: The Master Race," will be co-written with Brian Azzarello ("100 Bullets") and is due to begin publication this Fall. »

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Charlie Cox Talks "Daredevil" Season 2

24 April 2015 4:45 AM, PDT

One of the best pieces of news this week was Netflix having confirmed that a second season of its Marvel series "Daredevil" has been given the go ahead. Shortly after that word broke, the show's star Charlie Cox spoke with Empire about what might be in store for the second season and what villains could be on the way:

"I have to be careful because we just got commissioned so I have no idea who is going to turn up. Based on the show we've created, which is very grounded in reality, I'd like to see Punisher maybe show up, a little bit of Elektra maybe. I wouldn't mind Black Widow making an appearance, and you can't think about Daredevil for too long without thinking of Bullseye. I don't know when or if or how that would happen, but it'd be cool if it did."

The renewal means that the show's second season, »

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Universal Shifts "Warcraft," "Rim 2" Dates

24 April 2015 4:43 AM, PDT

Following on from release date announcements for the "Fifty Shades" sequels and "Fast and Furious 8" earlier, Universal Pictures has also announced a shifting around of several of its other major movies in the works - some by half a year or more.

"Warcraft," Duncan Jones' 3D film adaptation of the popular "World of Warcraft" video game franchise, has been pushed back by three months and will now open in the height of next Summer - June 10th 2016.

Universal's "The Mummy," the remake of the classic Universal Monsters film, was slated to open in the same month but has now been pushed back by a whopping nine months and will open March 24th 2017.

As a result of that delay, the second and yet unannounced film in their proposed Universal Monster Cinematic Universe has been moved back a fully year and will now open March 30th 2018.

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Lawrence Offers Final "Hunger Games" Details

24 April 2015 4:42 AM, PDT

Francis Lawrence appeared at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this year where he received an award for Director of the Year from the convention. Collider got to briefly chat with him backstage where he offered some brief updates on how his work on "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" is going.

First up, he says the rough cut of the film was 170 minutes but now it's down to 127 minutes without credits. That said, there aren't many deleted scenes according to him.

There's a one scene, several minute long epilogue that has yet to be filmed and will likely be shot in late May. There's no plans on a trailer anytime soon, but the studio does intend to show off the film at Comic Con this year.

As for his next project, the film "Odyssey" he's developing with Lionsgate and it looks like it could well go next. »

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Photos: McAvoy, Radcliffe In "Frankenstein"

24 April 2015 4:41 AM, PDT

The first photos are out via Empire of James McAvoy in period garb as Dr. Victor Frankenstein in the new upcoming adaptation of the Mary Shelley classic "Victor Frankenstein". Directed by Paul McGuigan from a script by Max Landis, the story tells the tale from the perspective of his young assistant Igor (Daniel Radcliffe). Mark Gatiss, Jessica Brown Findlay and Andrew Scott are also involved in the new film which opens in October.

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Marvel Teaming With Telltale Games

24 April 2015 4:40 AM, PDT

Having tackled "The Walking Dead," "Borderlands" and "Game of Thrones," world-renowned game creators Telltale Games are now teaming with Marvel for their next venture.

The pair are set to collaborate on an unnamed new game series. No title or details on the nature of the project have been revealed, other than a planned 2017 debut.

Executive producer Mike Jones says: "If it doesn't turn heads, if it doesn't get you excited to talk with your friends, it's not a Marvel game. It has to command attention."

Source: Telltale Games »

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"It Follows" Helmer Plans TV Series

24 April 2015 4:39 AM, PDT

Following on from the critical and box-office success of his indie horror tale "It Follows," filmmaker David Robert Mitchell is developing the crime-themed TV series "Mr. Postman" for Universal Cable Productions.

The story follows a mailman who investigates the dark mysteries within his all-American town after a horrific event occurs on his own street.

Mitchell will direct and executive produce alongside Chris Bender, J.C. Spink and Jake Weiner. The project is Mitchell's first one for TV.

Source: The Live Feed »

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"The Martian" Footage Wows CinemaCon

23 April 2015 3:13 PM, PDT

Whilst films like "Gravity" and "Interstellar" have seen a welcome return of proper science fiction to the cinema, both have also had a strong dose of emotional sentimentality to try and get people not normally into this often cold genre onboard.

From George Clooney's home-spun tales and Sandra Bullock's life affirmation, to Matthew McConaughey's corn-fed pining for his daughter and the infamous 'library in space' third act, both films struggled to be as authentic as possible until it didn't suit the story. This has understandably led to criticisms from both reviewers and the scientific community who believe the New Age pseudo-science convention undermined the films in order to appeal to the 'cheap seats'.

As such, those people are seeking something more objective, serious and credible. It sounds like Ridley Scott, a filmmaker famous for not dealing in sentimentality, may have delivered that with his upcoming sci-fi flick »

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Claflin, Ahmed In Talks For "Star Wars"

23 April 2015 2:24 PM, PDT

Sam Claflin ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides") is being eyed for a role in the upcoming "Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One" film. Riz Ahmed ("Four Lions," "Nightcrawler") is in talks to join the cast as well according to The Wrap.

Gareth Edwards directs the spin-off feature which also stars Felicity Jones and possibly Ben Mendelsohn. The project has been described as an action-centric heist film involving a group of resistance fighters who unite to steal the plans to the original Death Star.

Claflin has generally played supporting roles in major blockbusters, but the part he is being eyed for here is said to be much more substantial. "Star Wars: Rogue One" is currently targeting a December 16th 2016 release date. »

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Drameh Joins "Arrow"/"Flash" Spin-Off

23 April 2015 2:11 PM, PDT

"Attack the Block" and "Edge of Tomorrow" star Franz Drameh has joined the cast of The CW's upcoming "Arrow" and "Flash" TV series spin-off.

Drameh will play a character named Jay Jackson, a former high school athlete whose pro-career was derailed by injury. Now making ends meets as an auto mechanic, he soon comes to have a surprising affiliation to the S.T.A.R. Labs crew after he unexpectedly gains powers.

Though officially the series doesn't have a title yet, there's word that "Legends of Tomorrow" is looking to be the show's moniker with thirteen episodes of the series being ordered for the first season which will premiere early 2016.

Drameh joins a cast that includes Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Caity Lotz, Arthur Darvill and Ciara Renee. Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim and Sarah Schechter are executive producing.

Source: The CW »

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First Trailer: Johnny Depp In "Black Mass"

23 April 2015 2:10 PM, PDT

Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled the chilling first trailer for director Scott Cooper's crime drama "Black Mass" opening in cinemas September 18th. Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, Jesse Plemons, Corey Stoll, Rory Cochrane, Sienna Miller and Adam Scott also star.

Set in South Boston in the 1970s, Joel Edgerton plays FBI Agent John Connolly who persuades Irish mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. This unholy alliance spiraled out of control, Whitey evading law enforcement and consolidating his power to become utterly ruthless.

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Tyler Perry Joins "Ninja Turtles 2"

23 April 2015 1:55 PM, PDT

Tyler Perry has joined the cast of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" sequel at Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes.

Perry will play scientist Baxter Stockman in the series. In the cartoon, Stockman was responsible for the creation of the robotic Mousers used to seek out and destroy sewer rats. Shredder learns of the invention and hires him to use the Mousers to destroy the turtles' mentor Splinter.

Perry joins a cast that includes "Arrow" star Stephen Amell as Casey Jones, Megan Fox as April O'Neill and Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick. It has previously been confirmed that both the mutant baddies Bebop and Rocksteady will appear in the film which David Green is directing.

Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec have penned the script and filming begins next month. Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are producing.

Source: Variety »

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First Trailer: Shyamalan's "The Visit"

23 April 2015 1:51 PM, PDT

Blumhouse Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's supernatural thriller "The Visit" which hits cinemas on September 11th. The story follows a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. They soon discover the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing and their chances of getting back home are growing increasingly slim.

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