Lady Gaga Tweet Confirms Leading Role In ‘A Star Is Born’ Remake Opposite Director Bradley Cooper

By James Geddes

Lady Gaga is slated to star opposite Bradley Cooper in the long rumored remake of the classic movie musical A Star Is Born. The pop star confirmed the news on her Twitter account.

Reports of a potential remake of the movie have been floating around Hollywood for the past few years. While Cooper was always mentioned as the director and co-star for the project, which will mark his film directorial debut, the actress rumored to be starring opposite him was another A-list pop star, Beyoncé.

Things apparently heated up this spring when Lady Gaga’s name was newly attached to A Star Is Born, and a reported screen test with Cooper apparently wowed the bigwigs at Warner Bros., which is producing the film. Now, Lady Gaga herself has confirmed the news that she will indeed be performing the title role in the flick.

Samsung Electronics to Showcase Expanded Professional Gaming Monitors Lineup at Gamescom 2016

In demonstrating the latest innovations across its curved gaming monitor portfolio, Samsung Electronics will reinforce its leadership in the interactive gameplay space at the Gamescom 2016 conference. Scheduled to take place August 17-21, 2016 at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany and billed as “the world’s largest computer and video game event,” Gamescom 2016 is expected to bring together more than 345,000 gamers, media, developers and retailers.

In line with the event’s “Heroes in New Dimensions” theme, Samsung (booths A070 and B070 in Hall 10.1 and booth A055-A in Hall 09.1) will offer players a look at the future of virtual competition with its new CFG70 curved gaming monitor. The CFG70 (24-inch model) combines crystal-clear picture quality with a range of user-friendly features to create an immersive, lifelike environment designed to impress even the most hardcore gamers.

“As developers incorporate advanced features into their newest titles, dedicated video game consumers need high-quality displays to amplify these enhancements and make them feel as if they are part of the game,” said Seog-gi Kim, Senior Vice President, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “The CFG70 represents the latest evolution of our pioneering gaming monitor technology, and adds unparalleled presentation and realism to the gaming experience. At Gamescom 2016, we invite attendees to see first-hand how our curved displays bring today’s most popular video game titles to life.”

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Darth Vader returns in new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer

By Armando

Rogue One finally has a new trailer, and it features Darth Vader himself. Gareth Edwards’ movie, which comes out on December 18th, takes place before 1977′s A New Hope, the prime of Vader’s rule as the Emperor’s galactic enforcer. This new trailer shows the rebellion plotting a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. Check out the new trailer here:

Opens 16 December 2016 (USA)
Director: Gareth Edwards
Stars: Riz Ahmed, Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn

2016 PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINE-UP

The 2016 PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL will screen 54 narrative and documentary feature films and 89 short films selected from over 3,800+ submissions.

The fourth annual Portland Film Festival will take place August 29 – September 5, 2016, at Portland’s iconic Laurelhurst Theater, and will includeover 20 educational panels & forums, 12 archival presentations, and many parties, events, and industry networking opportunities throughout the week.

The festival will present two opening and closing night films (a documentary and a narrative film on each night) and feature films in the following sections: Narrative Competition Feature, Documentary Competition Feature, Narrative Spotlight, Stranger Than Fiction, Tribute: Visionaries, and Milestones.

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iPhone 2017 Rumors: All-Glass Case For 10th Anniversary Apple Smartphone?

By Jen Glennon

Apple supplier Foxconn is currently developing a glass case for a future incarnation of the iPhone, claims Japanese publication Nikkei. The report lends credence to speculation Apple’s 2017 iPhone will see more dramatic design changes than expected for the upcoming iPhone 7.

Nikkei claims Foxconn has been developing the glass chassis for more than a year, alongside OLED display technology following its acquisition of Sharp. It’s still possible, however, that Apple could use Samsung OLED displays for the 2017 iPhone.

KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted Apple would switch to non-aluminum casings back in April. In his report, he argued, “If iPhone 7 still uses an aluminum casing in 2016, it will be the fifth year in a row that iPhone has done so, which means there is no longer a feeling of freshness to appeal to consumers. Also, a lot of Apple’s (US) competitors are also adopting aluminum casings, which means iPhone no longer has a clear edge due to a lack of differentiation.

On expectations that iPhone shipments will decline in 2016, we believe Apple will be more strongly motivated to use non-aluminum casings in 2017 in a bid to enhance the competitiveness of iPhone by offering an all-new form-factor design.”

Tom Cruise’s movie gets a new title, and release date

Universal announced on Monday that Tom Cruise’s movie from director Doug Liman has been renamed American Made, with a release date delayed to Sept. 29, 2017. The movie was originally set for Jan. 6, 2017 release, going up against Amityville: The Awakening and Under World: Blood Wars, as fall of 2017 is shaping up to be a crowded season for action pictures.

Dough Liman previously worked with Cruise on Edge of Tomorrow, a critically-acclaimed action sci-fi from 2016.

“American Made” is based on the real-life exploits of Barry Seal (Cruise), a TWA pilot and a hustler for drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. He was unexpectedly recruited by the CIA as an informant and run one of the biggest covert operations in US history. Cruise himself is a trained pilot.

American Made also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, Sarah Wright, Benito Martinez, Jayma Mays, E. Roger Mitchell, Alejandro Edda, and Caleb Landry Jones.
Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson, Quadrant Pictures’ Doug Davison and Kim Roth are producing. Cross Creek Pictures is financing the film, with Universal handling distribution.

Samsung Unveils the New Galaxy Note7 the Intelligent Smartphone That Thinks Big

The Galaxy Note7 combines advanced S Pen capabilities with ultimate security features to help users accomplish and do more

SEOUL, Korea – August 2, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. continues to drive the smartphone market with the Galaxy Note7 by building on the company’s category-defining leadership with innovative features that set a new standard for large-screen devices. With refined craftsmanship, premium materials and a unique, symmetrical edge design, the Galaxy Note7 features:

• A water resistant body and S Pen (IP68)*
• Top-of-the-line security that combines Samsung Knox with biometric authentication including a new iris scanning feature
• Immersive entertainment features with HDR video streaming capabilities.

The Galaxy Note7 strikes a balance between work and play, enabling people to achieve more than what they thought possible on a smartphone.

“The Galaxy Note7 combines productivity and entertainment, with strong security features. Powering a robust ecosystem, it is the ideal device for those who want to achieve more in life,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “Life moves faster than ever now so we created the Galaxy Note7 to help users get things done more easily wherever, whenever.”

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‘BATMAN – The Telltale Series’ Premieres Today for Download from Telltale Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

San Rafael, Calif. & Burbank, Calif., August 2nd, 2016 — Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, today released the season premiere episode of the highly anticipated BATMAN – The Telltale Series, now available for download.

BATMAN – The Telltale Series Episode One: Realm of Shadows makes its worldwide debut digitally today on PC from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services; on the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4; and on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One®. The premiere episode will also be available later this week on Mac from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services; later this month on the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 3, and on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox 360®; and the week of Sept. 13 for compatible iOS devices via the App Store, and for compatible Android-based devices via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

The series will also be available to purchase at retailers for a MSRP of $29.99 USD or equivalent starting Sept. 13 in North America as a special “Season Pass Disc,” which will include the first of five episodes in the season, and will grant access to the subsequent four episodes as they become available for download via online updates. The series will then be available to purchase at retailers across Europe beginning Sept. 16.

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RARE FILM AND TV MEMORABILIA WORTH IN EXCESS OF £1.5 MILLION TO BE AUCTIONED IN THE UK

**RARE FILM AND TV MEMORABILIA WORTH IN EXCESS OF
£1.5 MILLION TO BE AUCTIONED IN THE UK**
OVER 500 ORIGINAL ITEMS TO BE
MADE AVAILABLE TO BIDDERS:
- BATMAN’S THE DARK KNIGHT BATSUIT
- STEVEN SPIELBERG’S JAWS CLAPPERBOARD
- MULDER AND SCULLY’S ID & BADGES FROM THE X-FILES
- TIE FIGHTER PILOT HELMET FROM STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE

= Film & TV memorabilia worth in excess of £1.5 million will be auctioned on 27 September
= The Dark Knight Rises Batpod vehicle is expected to be one of the highest selling lots with an estimated sale price of between £60-80k
= Other items for auction include Arnold Schwarzenegger’s original Terminator 2 Judgment Day costume – expected to sell between £14-18k – and the Leonardo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume – expected to sell between £6-8k
= A free to enter preview exhibition will be open to the public ahead of the Prop Store auction at London’s BFI IMAX, proudly presented by ODEON, from 14 -27 September
= Last year’s auction saw an original Stormtrooper Helmet from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back sell for a world-record £78,000

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Mel Gibson’s World War II movie Hacksaw Ridge trailer is here

By Armando

Multiple Oscar winner Mel Gibson is back behind the camera with “Hacksaw Ridge,” a World War II drama based on a true story of Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to be warded the Congressional medal of honor.

The film follows Desmond from his childhod in Blue Ridge Mountains to his army training to the battlegrounds of Okinawa, Japan but refused to kill people and did not carry a weapon.

Former “Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield plays Desmond Doss. This is Gibson’s first directorial outing since 2006′s “Apocalypto.

The topical drama is slated for a Nov. 4 US theatrical release and will also play at the 73rd Venice Film Festival

Here is the official synopsis for Hacksaw Ridge:
HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of conscientious collaborator Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He believed the war was just, but killing was nevertheless wrong; he was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. As an army medic, Doss single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. He was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Opens 4 November 2016 (USA)
Director: Mel Gibson
Stars: Teresa Palmer, Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Vince Vaugh, Hugo Weaving, Luke Bracey