Netflix and Sony Introduce “Netflix Calibrated Mode” for New Sony Master Series TVs

Are you sick and tired of your Netflix watching not looking like what the creators saw with their fancy professional grade equipment? Well, it’ll be a bit easier for you now that Sony and Netflix have teamed up. Sony’s new Master Series TVs will now have a “Netflix Calibrated Mode” that will essentially automatically adjust the picture to look as close to what the creators saw on their reference monitors as possible.

According to THR, Zack Estrin, executive producer of Netflix’s Lost in Space tested one of the TVs out and said they were “almost indistinguishable.” Of course, for cinephiles this is a bit of a dream come true as many want to make sure they can see and hear everything the director intended.

With this new mode, the menu setting effectively takes picture information that might be used in a grading suite with a professional reference monitor, and applies it to the display of the program, with the goal of allowing Netflix viewers to get accurate color and contrast, including when they are viewing content in 4K resolution or high dynamic range (HDR). This feature, developed by Sony picture engineers with Netflix color scientists only works for Netflix content, at least in today’s announced models.

Sony has declined to comment if they're working with other content creators. If this is something that interests you, you’ll need the 65-inch or 55-inch model of the A9F OLED or the 75-inch or 65-inch model of the Z9F LCD TVs. All 4 models are scheduled to be available in the fall and there is no pricing yet.

Priyanka Chopra Cast Opposite Chris Pratt in COWBOY NINJA VIKING

Universal and Chris Pratt are working on putting together a movie for Cowboy Ninja Viking and they have found Pratt’s love interest. Priyanka Chopra from Quantico, A Kid Like Jake, and Baywatch is said to have earned the role as the female lead for the film. In case you’re unfamiliar with Cowboy Ninja Viking, here’s a brief synopsis of the graphic novel by A.J. Lieberman:

The series revolves around a counter-intelligence unit of Multiple Personality Disorder patients, formed by psychotherapist Dr. Sebastian Ghislain, who are transformed into agents known as Triplets (referring to the three different personalities inside their minds). It is hinted that this is possible through experimental psychiatric conditioning and treatment, psychotropic drugs, and past life regression therapy. After the unit falls apart, its various members are turned into hired killers. Duncan, a Triplet who channels the skills of a Cowboy, Ninja, and Viking, is sent to find and stop the rogue Triplets.

Michelle MacLaren is set to direct the film that will use a screenplay written by Ryan Engle, Dan Mazeau, Craig Mazin, David Reese, and Paul Wernick.

Cowboy Ninja Viking currently has a release date of June 28, 2019.

Source: THR

MoviePass Increases Pricing and Makes Other Changes to the Service as They Struggle to Survive

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MoviePass is struggling. There has been a big increase in outages from the service and it all comes down to the fact that they’re broke. As expected, offering people a movie a day for only $10 a month is apparently not working as a business model.

They’ve tried off-setting things by introducing peak pricing, but it clearly wasn’t working. So, MoviePass has decided to keep fighting instead of folding. In order to continue, they are tweaking their business model. Instead of $9.95 a month, customers will now be charged $14.95 a month. They also are planning on making it so that most customers cannot see movies within the first few weeks that they’re in theaters.

For example, if you are a current customer, you cannot see Mission: Impossible – Fallout. They have also mentioned that you’ll have to wait in order to see Christopher Robin and The Meg. Of course, this rule will probably be bent for movies that have a promotional deal with Moviepass.

Do you mind these changes? Will you be changing to Sinemia, AMC A-List, Atom, or some other service? Here's the press release:

MoviePass™, the nation’s premier movie theater subscription service and a majority-owned subsidiary of Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq: HMNY) (“Helios”), today announced the implementation of several new measures aimed at accelerating the plan for profitability. Through these new steps, the company believes it will be able to compress its timeline to reach profitability.
Approaching the one-year anniversary of introducing its standard $9.95 price point, the MoviePass community has grown to more than 3 million members and in turn has contributed to record box office growth, responsible for approximately 6 percent of the nation’s total box office sales in the first half of 2018. In addition, MoviePass Ventures and MoviePass Films are contributing to the company’s ancillary revenue.
Today, the company has implemented several elements of a long-term growth plan to protect the existing community and set it up for future sustainable growth.
MoviePass has implemented several new cost-reduction and subscription revenue increase measures:
  • Actions that have been implemented are currently cutting the monthly burn by 60%.
  • A future increase of the standard pricing plan to $14.95 per month within the next 30 days.
  • First Run Movies opening on 1,000+ Screens to be limited in their availability during the first two weeks, unless made available on a promotional basis,
  • Implementation of additional tactics to prevent abuse of the MoviePass service.
As of Q3 and beyond, MoviePass is also generating incremental non-subscription revenue of approximately $4 to $6 per subscriber per quarter:
Integration of MoviePass Ventures and MoviePass Films with our own original content allows us to gain revenue by owning the films through box office, streaming, DVD, retail, transactional sales e.g. Apple and Samsung, and international rights, etc.
  • Partnerships with 3rd party media inventory to increase scale and reach of marketing efforts driven by data
  • Continued rollout and refinement of the Peak Pricing program
  • Creating strategic marketing partnerships and promotions with studios, content owners, and brands
  • Integration of Moviefone.Com to support the media buys of brands and studios
In an effort to maintain the integrity of the MoviePass mission, to enhance discovery, and to drive attendance to smaller films and bolster the independent film community, MoviePass will begin to limit ticket availability to Blockbuster films. This change has already begun rolling out, with Mission Impossible 6 being the first film included in the measure. This is a strategic move by the company to both limit cash burn and stay loyal to its mission to empower the smaller artistic film communities. Major studios will continue to be able to partner with MoviePass to promote their first run films, seeding them with a valuable moviegoing audience.
MoviePass subscribers are also more readily influenced by recommendations and more willing to make them, making them an invaluable audience to studios and distributors. The National Research Group study indicates that when we recommend films, partner with studios, or promote our own movies, we currently account for 20% to 45% of the national box office.
“Over the past year, we challenged an entrenched industry while maintaining the financially transparent records of a publicly traded company. We believe that the measures we began rolling out last week will immediately reduce cash burn by 60% and will continue to generate lower funding needs in the future,” said Ted Farnsworth, Chairman and CEO of Helios.
“These changes are meant to protect the longevity of our company and prevent abuse of the service. While no one likes change, these are essential steps to continue providing the most attractive subscription service in the industry. Our community has shown an immense amount of enthusiasm over the past year, and we trust that they will continue to share our vision to reinvigorate the movie industry,” said Mitch Lowe, MoviePass CEO.

Jason David Frank is Trying to get a Green Ranger Series Made

In recent years, Jason David Frank has really been embracing his role as the most iconic Power Ranger. He’s been part of a lot of fan videos and reprised his role for the Shattered Grid trailer. It looks like he’s pushing again for a Green Ranger series now. This comes with him helping on Soul of the Dragon which is a Green Ranger solo book. Frank has said that one of his big worries about the series would be having to fit into spandex again. Frank was asked at Comic-Con about the series by CB, and he gave this answer:

I always wanted the Green Ranger series. Probably going to get it, with all due respect to anyone because I’m not letting the cat out of the bag, but the fanbase is starting to generate what’s going on. Now with the Soul of the Dragon book being released in December, it’s a solo Green Ranger book. It’s the Old Man Logan book that I wanted in the past. We’ve talked, I mean Aaron’s pitched this thing a long time ago, the Green Ranger.

I don’t want to be paid to go to the Hasbro booth. To be paid to tell the fans ‘well Hasbro’s great!’. I’m telling you from the heart, not from a financial standpoint that I think with what they have planned, which I don’t know everything, I think it’s going to be great. I also think it’s going to be great for the Green Ranger. I think it’s going to be great for Drakkon. My fanbase contains more than Hasbro’s following. Literally three times the amount, and I think people are starting to see that now.

So if it was up to me and I had a show I would invite a lot of cool people back. Put the invites out for some of the original Rangers. I would see if they can integrate. The only problem is that I have, and this is with all due respect to the superheroes around the world, you have to fit in spandex in order to be a Ranger. That’s the truth! I don’t want to come out with no slow-motion shot, and I’m not saying that to anyone, there’s like 100 something Rangers and I don’t follow them actively, but the last thing I want to do is come out in the slow-motion shot and people go ‘oh’. I want to look like a hero, ya know what I mean? I may be old but I might still be able to pull it off. There’s going to be a point where they’re going to say ‘Jason, remember that thing you talked about on ComicBook.com? Get out of your spandex.

Do you think this will happen now that Hasbro owns Power Rangers? Do you want a Green Ranger series?

Disney Releases a Fun JUNGLE CRUISE Movie Announcement Video with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt

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Disney has unveiled our first look at their latest Disneyland adventure attraction movie, Jungle Cruise. The video is a brief but fun announcement from co-stars Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson who are in costume and excited for everyone to see the film. There’s some playful banter all throughout the video and by the end, both actors are smiling and laughing.

Jungle Cruise will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra with a script from a team consisting of Glenn Ficarra, Michael Green, and John Requa. Paul Giamatti, Jesse Plemons, Edgar Ramirez, and Jack Whitehall are all set to join Blunt and Johnson in the film. There is no release date yet. Are you excited for Jungle Cruise?

First Set of Returning Rangers Announced for 25th Anniversary Special

Fox Kids aired Mighty Morphin Power Rangers on August 28, 1993. It’s been going for 25 years now, and to commemorate the occasion, they’re making a special episode of Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel for fans. Many fans have been expecting a lot of previous Rangers to appear and now we have the first three for the list. Tommy Oliver who is played by Jason David Frank, Kat Hillard who is played by Catherine Sutherland, and Wes Collins played by Jason Faunt will be appearing in the episode. I was not shocked to learn that Frank was in the episode as he has been in pretty much everything related to Power Rangers for the last several years. It’ll be nice to see Sutherland and Faunt back in action though. If you forgot, Kat Hillard was the second Pink Ranger in Mighty Morphin who then went through Zeo and Turbo before giving the power to Cassie. Wes is the Red Time Force Ranger. I imagine we’ll be hearing about a lot more returning Rangers in the weeks to come, but who do you hope shows up?

To make the episode even more special, Nickelodeon will be airing it at 8 PM on August 28. Exactly 25 laters, to the day. I am excited for this episode!

Source: IGN

Here’s a List of Some Non-Marvel Properties That Disney Will Get From Fox

Disney has basically acquired Fox. They technically have some more hurdles to go through, but everyone is expecting it to be fine. Of course, the biggest thing that Marvel fans are excited about is the fact that X-Men and Fantastic Four characters will be able to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, what else is Disney acquiring? I’ve put together a brief look into some of the other things Disney has acquired with a big one at the end.

The Simpsons
Family Guy
Avatar
(the blue people one)
American Dad!
King of the Hill
Bob’s Burgers
Alien
Predator
The X-Files
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
American Horror Story
Ice Age
Rio
The Peanuts Movie
Ferdinand
Home Alone
Miracle on 34th Street
The Sound of Music
Planet of the Apes

Everything from Fox Searchlight
Modern Family
Futurama
24
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The last one I want to mention is for Star Wars fans. Disney will now own 100% of the distribution rights for the original trilogy. This means that Disney could release Blu-ray versions of the original trilogy that features the original theatrical release. There is some speculation that such a thing is physically impossible, but if Disney is smart, they’ll find a way. Do you think Disney will do anything with all of these new properties, or will they remain untouched by the Mouse?

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Gets a Release Date and New Photo of Sabrina

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If you’re excited for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, you’ll be happy to know that we finally have a release date! You can expect the show to appear on the streaming service Netflix on October 26 with 10 episodes. I also included a new photo below featuring Sabrina and Harvey.

The show will focus on Sabrina Spellman as she navigates this crazy thing we call life, but unlike most of us, she's a witch.

Sabrina reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age tale that traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft. It’s described as in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist and finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.

Kiernan Shipka will play the role of Sabrina, and she will be joined by Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, Miranda Otto, Jaz Sinclair, Tati Gabrielle, Chance Perdomo, Michelle Gomez, Ricard Coyle, and Bronson Pinchot.

Are you excited to see this darker take on Sabrina?

Build-A-Bear is Giving Us an Adorable Green Power Ranger Bear

In celebration of 25 years of Power Rangers, Build-A-Bear has announced a Green Ranger bear! This guy is adorable, and I want one. It comes with the shield, but if you want the Dragon Dagger (they call it a sword) it will cost $12 extra in the US, but just look at how adorable that is.

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The bear itself will retail for $28 in the US and will be released on August 2. I’m hoping that more Rangers are announced as well. I’d love an original Red Ranger or the Gold Ranger from Zeo. It’s a real shame the announcement came after the Pay-Your-Age campaign that they had so many problems with. I would’ve taken my baby girl there and gotten a steal!

Chief product officer for Build-A-Bear, Jennifer Kretchmar, said the following:

For more than two decades, the Power Rangers franchise has inspired imaginations and spurred creativity in children and young adults. As we celebrate our 20th year in business, the new Power Rangers collection at Build-A-Bear Workshop will allow original enthusiasts and the next generation of adventure-seeking fans to hug and play with the iconic rangers.

Janet Hsu, former CEO for Saban Brands, also said this:

The Power Rangers franchise has resonated with fans of all ages around the world for 24 years largely in part because many people see themselves within at least one or all of the Rangers. With Build-A-Bear Workshop, fans can now use their creativity to further identify and personalize their experience with the Power Rangers.

Do you want this Ranger bear? Is there another Ranger you want in bear form?

Everything Coming to Amazon Prime and Hulu in August

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We’re almost in August and so streaming services will be updating the content available for their customers. I have included some handy lists for you including what is coming to Hulu, what is leaving Hulu, and what is coming to Amazon Prime Video.

Everything Coming to Hulu

Any title with (*Showtime) requires a subscription to the Showtime add-on.

August 1

You’re The Worst: Complete Season 2 (FX)
A.R.C.H.I.E (*Showtime)
A Good Woman
The Accused
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
The Best Man (*Showtime)
Beverly Hills Cop
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Black Hawk Down (*Showtime)
Body (*Showtime)
The Care Bears Movie
Chasing Amy
Clerks
Cloverfield
Coffee and Cigarettes
Death Do Us Part (*Showtime)
Disturbing Behavior
Dr. Strange
Enough
Erotic Getaway (*Showtime)
Foot Fist Way
Frank and Jesse (*Showtime)
The Hills Have Eyes (*Showtime)
How She Move
Hulk Vs.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Joe the King
Kalifornia
Kicking and Screaming
Larry Gaye: Renegade Flight Attendant
Lars and the Real Girl
Legally Blonde
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde
Lenny Cooke (*Showtime)
The Limey
Little Odessa
Marathon Man
Permanent Midnight (*Showtime)
Phat Beach (*Showtime)
Planet Hulk
Pope of Greenwich Village
The Puffy Chair
Robocop (1987)
Robocop 2
Robocop 3
Runaway Bride
Rush
Shattered
The Silence of the Lambs
Sister (*Showtime)
Six Shooter
Species
Species 2
Species 3
Split Decisions (*Showtime)
Stake Land (*Showtime)
Tales From the Darkside
The Invincible Iron Man
Thor: Tales of Asgard
Trees Lounge (*Showtime)
Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? (*Showtime)
Ultimate Avengers
Ultimate Avengers 2
The Usual Suspects
The Virgin Suicides (*Showtime)
Wicker Park
Wonder Boys (*Showtime)

August 2

Running Wild with Bear Grylls: Season 3 Premiere (NBC)
Avalon High
Cloud 9
Dadnapped
Gotta Kick it Up! 
Life is Ruff
Twitches

August 3

Bachelor in Paradise: Season 3 Premiere (ABC)
Adam Devine’s House Party: Complete Season 3 (Comedy Central)
W: Series Premiere (Viki)

August 4

Steven Universe: Complete Season 2 (Cartoon Network)

August 7

Basketball Wives LA: Season 5 Premiere (VH1)

August 8

T.I &Tiny: Season 5B Premiere (VH1)

August 9

Jane Wants a Boyfriend (*Showtime)
Street Dance Family (*Showtime)

August 10

Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise: Season 3 Premiere (ABC)
Shaun the Sheep

August 11

American Ultra
Michael Ian Black: Noted Expert

August 12

Casino Royale (*Showtime)
Dancing in Jaffa
Ghost Rider
Godfrey: Regular Black (*Showtime)
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Mr. Accident (*Showtime)
Proxy
Rocky Balboa (*Showtime)
Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her (*Showtime)

August 13

The Wine Show: Complete Season 1/US Premiere (ITV)
The Gift (*Showtime)

August 15

The Amazing Race: Complete Seasons 26-27 (CBS)
Bastard Executioner: Series Premiere (FX)
The Game: Complete Season 6 (CBS)
Laverne & Shirley (CBS)
Undercover Boss: Complete Seasons 5-6 (CBS)

August 16

Save the Date

August 18

Black Jesus: Complete Season 2 (Adult Swim)

August 20

King Georges
Strange Wilderness

August 23

Casual: Season 2 Finale (Hulu Original)

August 24

Ancient Aliens: Complete Seasons 7-9 (History)
Bella and Bulldogs: Complete Season 2 (Nickelodeon)
Better Late Than Never: Season 1 Premiere (NBC)
Beyond Scared Straight: Complete Season 4 (A&E)
Dance Moms: Complete Season 5 (Lifetime)
Intervention: Complete Season 14 (A&E) 

August 26

Young & Beautiful

August 31

Despertar Contigo: Series Premiere (Univision)
The Investigation: Series Premiere (MTV)
Catfish: Season 5B Premiere (MTV)

Leaving Hulu August 8

Houdini and Doyle

August 20

Bar Rescue

August 31

Foot Fist Way

Everything Coming to Amazon Prime Video

August 1

#MeToo: Now What?: Season 1
A Cinderella Story
American Gigolo
American Ninja
American Ninja III: Blood Hunt
Be Cool
Black Mask
Black Rain
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Boomerang
Cold War
CSNY/Déjà Vu
Curse of The Starving Class
Double Whammy
Fat Man and Little Boy
Fled
Flight of The Intruder
Freedom Writers
Frequency
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Get Shorty
Heartbreakers
High Noon
Hoosiers
Hurt Locker
I Went Down
In & Out
Jacob’s Ladder
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
Joe
John Grisham’s The Rainmaker
King Corn
Kingpin
Nick of Time
No Way Out
Original Sin
Out of Time
Private Parts
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
Species
Species II
Species III
Stir of Echoes
Stir of Echoes 2: The Homecoming
Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf Too
The Blair Witch Project
The Elephant Man
The Ninth Gate
The Prince and Me
The Soloist
The Time Machine
The Usual Suspects
True Colors
Tunnel Rats
Vegas Vacation
Watchmen

August 2

America Divided: 201

August 6

Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams

August 7

Having Our Baby
It Takes Guts

August 8

All I See Is You
Blood Ties

August 9

America Divided: 202

August 10

Agatha Christie: Season 1
Bleed for This

August 14

Avoiding Apocalypse: Season 1
The Stinky & Dirty Show: Season 2B
I Am Not Lorena

August 16

America Divided: 203

August 17

Gringo

August 21

Ambassadors of The Sky
Two of A Kind

August 23

America Divided: 204

August 25

Disobedience
The Escape of Prisoner 614
Woman Walk Ahead

August 26

Mother!

August 31

Billy The Exterminator: Season 1
Hangar 1: The UFO Files: Season 1
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Season 1
True Tori: Seasons 1-2