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Redbox testing new digital rental service despite past failures

Redbox testing new digital rental service despite past failures

The word on the street today is that Redbox is testing a new digital rental service, appropriately dubbed Redbox Digital. The beta test is available to a select number of Redbox users in the US, and an iPad-exclusive app for the service is already live on the App Store. This announcement comes after a previously failed attempt to break into the digital space and act as a competitor to Netflix.

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VCR manufacturing ends in Japan this month

VCR manufacturing ends in Japan this month

Any child of the '80s will have fond memories of watching their favorite movies on VHS tapes. You may even remember when VHS and Betamax battled it out to determine the format winner, very much as Blu-ray and HD DVD did years later. While the VCR has been obsolete for many years as far as a format for buying and renting movies with DVDs having replaced the cassette wholesale, VCRs were still being made. That is ending this month.

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Netflix debuts ‘Flixtapes’: shareable mixtapes for streaming video

Netflix debuts ‘Flixtapes’: shareable mixtapes for streaming video

If you grew up in the '70s or '80s, you likely remember mixtapes. If you didn't, a mixtape is like the physical form of a playlist; a collection of songs from different artists, usually grouped by a theme or mood, recorded on a single audio tape that could be shared between friends and romantic interests. Well, Netflix has just updated that ancient practice with a new feature called "Flixtapes" — a shareable playlist of movies and TV shows for, well, Netflix.

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New Star Wars Rogue One trailer revealed (behind the scenes)

New Star Wars Rogue One trailer revealed (behind the scenes)

Released at Star Wars Celebration Europe was a bit of footage from behind-the-scenes of the next big film: Rogue One. This story takes place immediately before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, and follows the adventures (and wartime battle action) of Jyn Erso, as well as a diverse cast of other humans and aliens. This clip shows some behind-the-scenes action as we saw last year for Star Wars The Force Awakens, with a clip also revealed during Celebration - in that case the USA version.

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Now there’s a Pokemon Go movie in the works

Now there’s a Pokemon Go movie in the works

The world has already been subject to several animated Pokemon movies in the past, but now, thanks to the monumental success of Pokemon Go, Hollywood is clamoring to put together a new, live-action adaptation of everyone's favorite monster-catching game series. As the first game in the franchise for smartphones, Pokemon-"it prints money!"-Go has generated a huge amount of buzz over the last week, and it's clear that movie studios want to cash-in on the wave of popularity.

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New Tomb Raider movie staring Alicia Vikander scheduled for 2018

New Tomb Raider movie staring Alicia Vikander scheduled for 2018

Tomb Raider was once one of the biggest series in gaming, and that lead to two big Hollywood movies — 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and 2003's The Cradle of Life, both staring Angelina Jolie. But the series began to lose its luster in the years that followed, and only recently has made a comeback with a critically-acclaimed reboot and its direct sequel. Now the movie version of Tomb Raider is looking to do the same, with a film reboot now scheduled for release in March 2018.

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Independence Day Resurgence Director believes in aliens, hopes they never visit

Independence Day Resurgence Director believes in aliens, hopes they never visit

Independence Day director Roland Emmerich had the idea for the original ID4 film when fielding a question about his belief in the existence of alien life in 1994. Back then he was promoting Stargate, and the idea that alien invasion films generally focused on a race of alien beings that traveled long distances to Earth only to remain mysterious and hidden once they arrive. Here in 2016 at the premiere of Independence Day Resurgence, we thought it pertinent to ask Emmerich again whether or not his beliefs had changed in the past couple of decades.

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Star Wars Rogue One : Who is K-2SO?

Star Wars Rogue One : Who is K-2SO?

A security enforcer droid sits in the "sidekick" spot in the next big Star Wars film - here's what he's all about. He goes by the name K-2SO, Kay-two ess-oh, and he's a security droid. He's got a fully articulated head (swiveling on a joint with more movement than, for example, C-3PO), and he's taller than an average human. He's also quite a bit more deadly than your average humanoid character in the Star Wars universe.

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Disney app narrates ‘Finding Dory’ for visually impaired fans

Disney app narrates ‘Finding Dory’ for visually impaired fans

Finding Dory arrived in theaters today, and thanks to the Disney Movies Anywhere app, visually impaired and blind movie goers will be able to enjoy the movie with audio narration. The app works by using a phone’s microphone to listen to the movie; when the dialog in the movie stops, the app will describe what is happening on-screen directly to the user via a pair of headphones.

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Upcoming Theranos movie will star Jennifer Lawrence as CEO

Upcoming Theranos movie will star Jennifer Lawrence as CEO

One of the recent trends we've seen in Hollywood is movies based on drama surrounding Silicon Valley companies. We've had movies based on the origins of Facebook as well as Steve Jobs, and now the medical startup Theranos, the subject of many regulatory investigations, is next. It looks like the yet-untitled film is getting some real acting talent too, with Deadline recently reporting that actress Jennifer Lawrence will be playing Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes.

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Google’s new iOS app makes iPhone magical again (with Live Photos)

Google’s new iOS app makes iPhone magical again (with Live Photos)

This week Google launched the iOS app Motion Stills, making iPhone's capture of Apple Live Photos useful. While generally you're only going to see Live Photos appearing in your Photo Roll, Google's software takes what you've captured to a new level. Below I'll show you what the company's app can accomplish. It's simple. It's worth it. It'll make you think your iPhone is magical again. It'll make you feel like you've got a magical device capable of magical things - thanks to Google's computation on top of Apple's camera captures.

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‘Pacific Rim 2’ adds John Boyega in lead role

‘Pacific Rim 2’ adds John Boyega in lead role

The movie Pacific Rim 2, which at one point had seemed doomed, will be happening and John Boyega of Star Wars fame will have the lead role. The movie is set to start production near the end of this year, and Boyega will be onboard as the son of Idris Elba’s character from the fist installment. Pacific Rim world creator Guillermo del Toro praised Boyega, saying, “The Pacific Rim universe will be reinforced with him as a leading man … The World saving the world was our goal and I couldn’t think of a better man for the job."

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