Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox One video game console has been well-received thus far but there’s no question that sales have been lagging behind Sony’s rival box, the PlayStation 4. A number of industry watchers have suggested that the Xbox One’s price, which at $499 is $100 more than the PS4, was one of the main reasons for the console’s comparatively weak sales — Sony announced last month that PS4 sales had surpasses 6 million units, while the last number we heard from Microsoft was 3 million units as of the end of 2013. If price is indeed the biggest barrier for the Xbox One, a huge new sale that makes the Xbox One much cheaper than the PS4 could be just
The scriptwriting pair behind Ridley Scott's upcoming epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is now part of the effort to get Ubisoft's "Assassin's Creed" franchise onto the big screen. Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, who have worked together on "Tower Heist," "Accepted" and a pre-production "Transporter 4," have their plates full with "The Maccabee" for Darren Aronofsky ("Noah," "The Fountain"), having completed writing duties on his George Washington biopic "The General." In addition, Cooper and Collage are already attached to an adaptation of Gilbert King's Pulitzer-winning civil rights thriller "Devil in the Grove," as Deadline reports. But Ubisoft and New Regency have put "Assassin's Creed" on a fast track schedule, with an August 2015 debut planned, and the writing pair could yet reunite with "Tower Heist" helmer Daniel Espinosa should his rumored participation come to pass.
With Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith reinstated in lead roles, a sequel to 2010's "The Karate Kid" reboot is in the works with Breck Eisner in the director's chair. Eisner's first theatrical feature bombed, with Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz and William H. Macy taking lead roles in 2005's "Sahara."
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the NFL readies for its annual draft of college football players, new film "Draft Day" pulls back the curtain on the high stakes of the offseason that has helped turn the United States' most popular sport into a year-round addiction. The film, which opens in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Friday ahead of the NFL's three-day draft from May 8-10, stars Kevin Costner and dramatizes the backroom wheeling and dealing of football's general managers as they jockey for the best players and try to fleece one another while trading draft picks. But in an age of 24-hour sports networks like ESPN and HBO's behind-the-scenes NFL reality show "Hard Knocks," Costner said authenticity is crucial to hook a viewer who has seen countless locker-room speeches and front-office interviews. People take it really personally," said the 59-year-old Oscar winner, who built his heartland reputation with baseball films "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams," and golf comedy "Tin Cup." Costner plays fictional Cleveland Browns team general manager Sonny Weaver Jr, who has to manage upheaval in his personal life and the dueling pressures of which player to draft from the team's owner and its coach.
"The Sinister Six," a feature-length look at some of Spider-Man's notable villains, looks like it'll be not just written but also directed by "Cabin in the Woods" man Drew Goddard. Goddard wrote nine episodes of "Lost" over its first four seasons and also had writing credits on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," and "Alias" (including its 100th and final episodes) before making the jump to movies. Having scripted Matt Reeves's "Cloverfield," he then directed and co-wrote the acclaimed satirical horror "Cabin in the Woods" with Joss Whedon, who produced, and provided a reshaped script for Brad Pitt hit "World War Z" before applying his penmanship to "The Sinister Six." Goddard's directorial appointment comes after the formation of a specialist "Spider-Man" cabal of writers and producers within Sony Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several major U.S. studios filed a copyright infringement lawsuit on Monday against the file-sharing website Megaupload and its ebullient founder, Kim Dotcom. Megaupload, which U.S. authorities shuttered in 2012, facilitated a "massive copyright infringement of movies and television shows," according to a statement issued by the Motion Picture Association of America on Monday. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, all MPAA members, are Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp, Disney Enterprises Inc, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Productions, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. "Megaupload wasn't a cloud storage service at all, it was an unlawful hub for mass distribution," Steven Fabrizio, an attorney for the MPAA, said in the statement.
Last month, EA delayed releasing the Xbox 360 version of the hit game Titanfall until April 8th for the United States and April 11th for Europe. Now that its actual Xbox 360 launch is just about here, screenshots and video of Titanfall have begun leaking all over the web. MP1ST has a particularly large collection with over an hour of video footage. The Xbox 360 version will be just like the Xbox One version, except for some small “technical differences.” “There are of course some differences that are due to the technical limitations of the hardware — for example, the game runs above 30fps — but the experts at Respawn worked with us to ensure that all the intense, 6v6
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for the man charged with mass murder in a 2012 shooting frenzy that left 12 people dead at a Colorado movie theater have asked that his upcoming trial be moved out of the suburban Denver county where the case has been prosecuted. Defense attorneys argued in their motion for a change of venue that James Holmes' right to a fair trial in Arapahoe County has been compromised by "pervasive media coverage" of the case locally and "the undeniable impact of the tragedy on the community itself." Holmes, 26, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and attempted murder charges stemming from the July 2012 massacre at an Aurora, Colorado, cinema during a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." Twelve moviegoers were killed and 70 others hurt in one of the deadliest outbursts of U.S. gun violence in decades. Holmes' public defenders argued that the glare of publicity, including voluminous commentary and reporting on evidence ruled inadmissible at trial, would make it impossible to seat an impartial jury in Arapahoe County.
At Build 2014 last week, Microsoft announced DirectX 12, a new software pack that’s supposed to significantly improve the graphics performance of all sorts of devices and a new report suggests that with DirectX 12 on board, the Xbox One will deliver twice the performance it’s currently capable of offering. Writing on Neowin, Stardock founder and CEO Brad Wardell said DirectX 12 will bring multi-core processing to the Xbox One, allowing the console to offer support for Full HD (1080p) video games instead of just HD (720p) titles. “The results are spectacular. Not just in theory but in practice (full disclosure: I am involved with the Star Swarm demo which makes use of this kind of technology,) Wardell wrote. “While
Microsoft announced on Monday via the Xbox Wire that the ability to upload game clips directly to YouTube will be coming to the Xbox One this week. This is the second major upgrade since the console’s launch for gamers who want to share their recordings with others, the first being the addition of HD streaming and archiving on the Twitch app last month. Now Xbox One owners will be able to upload their personal recordings directly to YouTube, rather than having to go through SkyDrive as an intermediary. In case you’re keeping score, the PlayStation 4 still doesn’t have Twitch archiving or direct YouTube upload, although Sony has gone on record to assure streamers that a Twitch update is on the way. When the update
After a record-breaking weekend at the box office, Marvel's "Captain America" series will return for a third installment on May 6, 2016, Walt Disney Co said on Monday. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the sequel to 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger," stormed the U.S. and Canadian box office with $96.2 million in its opening weekend, setting a record for an April film release. The films, based on the Marvel comics, star Chris Evans as a scrawny World War II reject who gains super-powers from an experimental serum and becomes America's first superhero, donning a suit of stars and stripes. The success of "Captain America" follows Disney's long line of recent hits from the Marvel universe, led by Robert Downey Jr.'s "Iron Man," Chris Hemsworth's "Thor" and 2012's superhero ensemble "The Avengers," which became the third-biggest film in Hollywood history with $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office.