Legendary horror director George A. Romero has died, his family has confirmed, at the age of 77. Romero was best known for effectively birthing the zombie movie genre, with Night of the Living Dead in 1968. Starring Duane Jones and Judith O'Dea, the movie was made with a mere $114,000 budget, but went on to gross $12 million in the US and $18 million internationally.
Iconic science fiction series Doctor Who has named its latest star character, and as has long been rumored there's now a female Time Lord at the helm of the TARDIS. The BBC has confirmed that actor Jodie Whittaker will be the thirteenth Doctor, replacing Peter Capaldi, who will leave the show after the Christmas special. It's the first time in the character's many regenerations that a female actress has taken the role.
As part of the Star Wars announcements at this year's D23 expo, Disney revealed that it has plans to open a resort hotel that will completely immerse guests in the world of Star Wars. An exact opening date wasn't revealed, but the hotel will be a part of the upcoming Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge land being created at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
It's that exciting time of the year when Netflix begins revealing when its biggest and baddest shows will be returning with new episodes. We recently heard that BoJack Horseman's next season will be arriving the end of next month, and we know the coveted second season of fan-favorite 'Stranger Things' will be back right before Halloween. What about Narcos? That, too, is readily inbound.
With the Star Wars brand now part of Disney's portfolio, it's no surprise that Mickey Mouse and company are looking to utilize the franchise in every way possible. More immediately, this has translated to yearly movie releases like The Force Awakens and Rogue One, but Disney also has some bigger projects in the pipeline. Specifically, it's planning to open up new parks based on the Star Wars universe at both Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida, and today the company has given us our first look at those incoming parks.
Google has some good news for the 4K TV owners out there: Google Play Movies now offers up 4K HDR videos, though not all movies are available with both. Of course, you could also take advantage of this streaming option if you have a high-end handset with a suitable display, such as the new Galaxy S8*. It isn't clear how many movies are available in 4K HDR, but finding the shows is easy using search. *UPDATE: It would seem that HDR support will not be working on smartphones at this time, and is instead only working with the Chromecast Ultra.
On July 7, Netflix released the anticipated -- and very short -- first season of anime series Castlevania. The season is comprised of only four episodes, but the show has apparently proven a hit as Netflix is already planning the show's second season. The second time around will have double the number of episodes, increasing from season one's four episodes to an appreciable eight episodes.
Remember back in June when it was discovered that Netflix would be removing Futurama from its catalog at the beginning of July? That takedown has come and gone, making a lot of Futurama fans angry in the process, but now we know why it happened in the first place. Fox has penned an agreement with Hulu that will see the streaming service become the exclusive platform for its animated shows.
It's been nearly a year since Netflix shared its first details on the second season of Stranger Things. Throughout the past 10 months, we've been subjected to occasional teases with no real talk of an actual premiere date. We finally have that launch date we've been waiting so long for, and with it, we're seeing Netflix stick to the original Halloween commitment it made during the Super Bowl.
Starz has just announced an expansion to its on-demand and OTT offerings, specifically focusing its library growth on Spanish-language and kid-friendly content. According to the company, it has more than one million subscribers following the Starz app's launch in 2016. During the past fourteen months since arriving, as well, the company has more than doubled its video offerings.
On July 21, Christopher Nolan's latest movie, Dunkirk, will arrive in theaters for everyone to enjoy. Ahead of that, though, is a new special experience for anyone who has a virtual reality headset: Save Every Breath: The Dunkirk VR Experience. The VR video is only four-and-a-half minutes long, but it is intense, putting viewers under the water while muffled gunshots ring out and bullets penetrate the water.