You can breathe a sigh of relief: 3D hasn’t tarnished the most iconic film of all time.
So much for reading on your Nook, Barnes & Noble has announced content deals with major studios including Lionsgate, MGM, and Paramount Pictures that will make it hard to get to the latest NY Times Best Seller. We’re talking titles like The Hunger Games, Flight, Skyfall, Paranormal Activity 4, and films from the Twilight franchise. Additional video content will come from Relativity Media, National Geographic, Little Pim, and Film Buff. And, if you’ve got an UltraViolet account yet you’ll be able to watch your UV-enabled titles on your Nook HD by linking to the NOOK Cloud.
Here’s some great news for Amazon Prime members. The company has announced that members can now watch movies from EPIX channel which includes titles from Paramount Pictures, MGM, and Lionsgate. This means recent titles such as Captain America: The First Avenger, Iron Man 2, and Thor can now be streamed instantly to your supporting device. Other blockbuster titles being added to the Instant Video library include Super 8, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Warrior, True Grit, and Rango. Amazon says that all-in-all 2,000 titles from EPIX will be added to Prime Instant Video this year.
Dish Network, who just won the bid to purchase bankrupt rental service Blockbuster, has acquired online distribution rights to Epix films. Epix, a joint venture between Paramount Pictures, MGM and Lionsgate, distributes such blockbuster films as Iron Man 2, Star Trek, and Shutter Island.
It’ll be a long, long time before the first Peter Jackson ‘Hobbit’ film hits theaters – so long you can almost feel your life passing by while waiting. But according to E! Online production has started on the scheduled two-part epic which is set to release in late 2012 – approximately a year and half away.
Industry pubs report the next James Bond film, “Number 23,” will start production later this year. The film is slated for release on Nov. 9, 2012 — a year that will celebrate the anniversary of 50 years of the Bond film franchise. Maybe the halt in production wasn’t due to money problems after all.
The studio that canceled the latest James Bond film last summer due to financial trouble, but along with along with Warner Bros and New Line Cinema recently gave the green light to start production on Peter Jackson’s two part epic The Hobbit has filed for bankruptcy.
In the ongoing saga about where The Hobbit will be filmed, Warner Bros along with New Line representatives have gone to New Zealand to discuss union troubles and tax incentives with prime minister John Key. Greetings came from a rally of concerned film professionals waving signs with messages such as “New Zealand IS Middle Earth,” and “We Love Hobbits.”
An official announcement from Warner Bros. names Peter Jackson as the director of a 2-part 3D production based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit. Jackson, who is a co-producer, also wrote the screenplay along with Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro (who was originally slated to direct the film).
Studios back Peter Jackson, but production still delayed by MGM.
It’s hard to imagine that a film like The Hobbit, with a built-in audience just waiting to be taken back to middle-earth and the land of the Shire, could face so many production delays. Last week union troubles drove director/producer Peter Jackson to threaten a shutdown of the planned two-part movie – troubles he said “feels as if we have a large Aussie cousin kicking sand in our eyes.”
This one’s going to hurt. The latest James Bond film has been cancelled due to financial problems. Production on the film (referred to as Bond 23) was postponed back in April 2010 due to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s problems funding the £132 film. Now, the film has been officially cancelled according to the UK’s Daily Mirror.
Cable television provider Comcast will be rolling out a new action based VOD channel with studio MGM this week, The Associated Press reports. The channel named “Impact” will have 20-30 titles every month featuring action movies and TV shows. MGM will pull titles from its 1,000+ library of action films and shows.