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Marvel Studios has cast its first big female supervillian: Cate Blanchett

Marvel Studios has cast its first big female supervillian: Cate Blanchett

Marvel Studios has announced that actress Cate Blanchett is on board to play ‘Hela,’ the studios’ first major female supervillian (as far as movies go, that is). She’ll be playing the character in Thor: Ragnarok, and will be joined by Jeff Goldblum who is playing “Grandmaster.” The announcement is a big deal for Marvel, as Blanchett will usher in the first instance of a Marvel movie featuring a woman as its primary villain.

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Google’s new ATAP movie moves when you move in a virtual vehicle

Google’s new ATAP movie moves when you move in a virtual vehicle

Just the latest in a series of "360 Google Spotlight Stories" is a vision called Pearl, released to YouTube in its entirety this morning. This video comes from Oscar award-winning director Patrick Osborne, known for his work on movies like Wreck It Ralph, Big Hero 6, Tangled, and Bolt. This video is by far the most complicated 360 video released by the group - but not the most jarring. This video can be viewed in full interactive 360 on Android or iOS.

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IMAX virtual reality movie theaters are coming this year

IMAX virtual reality movie theaters are coming this year

IMAX, the company behind the technology used in those really big movie theater screens that certain films play on, has plans to give virtual reality a similar theater-going experience. Before the end of the year, IMAX will open six locations to host "VR experiences" that go above and beyond what consumers can get at home, reports the Wall Street Journal. These experiences will held in places like movie theaters and malls, starting with Los Angeles and eventually heading to China.

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Google IO’s most pointless surprise is also its best

Google IO’s most pointless surprise is also its best

This year's Google IO developers conference had both a brand new mostly-outdoor venue and a rather brightly-colored surprise. This surprise was a robot arm - one that was able to paint a cube in front of our very eyes. What's awesome about this robot arm - beyond the fact that it's a robot with a paint brush - is that it's not entirely pre-programmed. Paint colors and actions are selected by users like yourself with a smartphone app dedicated to said actions.

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Brace yourself: there’s a new ‘Ghostbusters’ trailer

Brace yourself: there’s a new ‘Ghostbusters’ trailer

The new Ghostbusters movie will be in theaters soon, and ahead of that premiere comes a new trailer. Don't worry -- it's not terrible, though it's getting a bunch of hate anyway. The dark and brooding music is gone, replaced with the nostalgic tune we all love (it seems Sony learned from that fan edit). A bunch of clips from the first trailer are present, but there's a lot of new material, too.

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Android N naming begins

Android N naming begins

Today Google's next version of Android, Android N, has had its naming process begin. Imagine that - Google doesn't know what to call its next version of Android. Previous versions have been desserts. One year Google even collaborated with a real candy maker to make KitKat. Now they're having a bit of trouble - or so they suggest. As such, they've asked users of all sorts to submit suggestions.

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How we hunted Angry Birds in Hawaii: A SlashGear 360 Adventure

How we hunted Angry Birds in Hawaii: A SlashGear 360 Adventure

Several weeks ago I was invited by the folks behind the Angry Birds movie to fly to Hawaii to speak with the stars. Generally we try to steer towards science and science-fiction films when we do any sort of coverage for movies - we are SlashGear, after all - but this film is something special. Rovio - creators of the Angry Birds franchise - carved out a unique chapter in the history of the smartphone. Could they convince us that a movie needed to be made? Could Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph, and Josh Gad convince us?

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Angry Birds Movie actors realize Sean Penn is in the film

Angry Birds Movie actors realize Sean Penn is in the film

Speaking with three of the main actors in The Angry Birds Movie this past week, we happened upon a realization of sorts. This movie is packed with well-known actors of all sorts - most of whom have done both live-action acting and animation (voice) work as well. This is a film where an actor would be forgiven for forgetting the entire cast list of fellow actors - especially if they had no scenes with them in the same studio. In fact with so few lines in the film, it's not out of the question to assume that Sean Penn didn't spend nearly as much time in the recording booth as the rest of the cast. As such, it's easy to forget he was there at all.

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BitTorrent Live tries to fix live streaming woes with P2P

BitTorrent Live tries to fix live streaming woes with P2P

BitTorrent, or simply "torrent", may now be more easily associated with piracy, but the technology originated from a desire to distribute files, especially large ones, more efficiently, without being beholden to a single server or its limited bandwidth. That need is greater today with the rise of live streaming, which has practically democratized news and event coverage away from media giants. In a similar vein, BitTorrent, the company behind the technology, is announcing BitTorrent Live, a "multichannel, live and linear video streaming platform". In other words, a peer-to-peer live streaming platform.

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Disney Movies VR brings iconic spots to HTC Vive, Oculus Rift

Disney Movies VR brings iconic spots to HTC Vive, Oculus Rift

Ever wondered what it would feel like to be snooping around the Avengers HQ, or swinging (or at least walking) around a jungle, or even beating the desert heat of Jakku? Short of actually traveling to preserved studio sets of those fictional places, the only way you'd be able to experience that would be through your imagination. Or, thanks to new technology, virtual reality. Thank your lucky stars, then, that Disney has made available a new Disney Movies VR app that take you to these places at no extra charge. Other than buying an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, of course.

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Atari classics Missile Command and Centipede are going to be movies

Atari classics Missile Command and Centipede are going to be movies

Movie adaptations based on big-name, current generation video games, like Assassin's Creed, World of Warcraft, and Uncharted for example, are nice and all, but what the world really needs is to see the all-important classics brought to the big screen. I'm talking Atari's Missile Command and Centipede. Never mind the fact that neither of those titles have anything close to a story, if Hollywood can produce a quality film based on the board game Battleship, I have no doubt they can do the same here.

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After ten years of cord-cutting, I’ve signed up for cable TV

After ten years of cord-cutting, I’ve signed up for cable TV

If you'll forgive the hipster-ish-ness of it all, I was a cord-cutter before cord-cutting was a thing. Not because I wanted to be, but rather due to a childhood in which we didn't have cable and, later on, the habit of living without it. I had an old Dell laptop connected to the TV and a ton of DVDs ripped to its hard drive. The arrangement became more sophisticated over time, it was joined by Netflix and Hulu subscriptions, and I'd say my satisfaction with the arrangement had been increasing every year. Why, then, did I subscribe to cable TV this month?

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