Movie News – Weekend Roundup

Excelsior forever

 

Stan Lee, the hero who brought us many of our favorite superheroes, has passed away at 95. His decades-long career saw the co-creation of beloved characters such as the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man, and countless others, and his legacy will live on the hearts of comic fans forever. Excelsior.

 

I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that

 

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

This Monday also saw the passing of Douglas Rain, whose name might not ring as much of a bell as that of the character he famously voiced – HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey. His eerily calm portrayal of a conscious computer that goes on a murderous rampage earned HAL a ranking as the 13th greatest movie villain of all time according to The American Film Institute.

 

Deadpool, now effing kid-friendly

 

Once upon a time, Deadpool was the Merc with a mouth. But now, he’s coming back to theaters this Christmas with a little less bark and the promise that “there will be zero F’s given.”

 

The 12-day run of the PG-13 rated movie will find Fred Savage in a The Princess Bride story time parody that somehow only comes in at three minutes shorter than the rated-R theatrical release.

 

A peek at more Reynolds-chu news

Like the baby legs scene of Deadpool 2, everyone’s talking about it, so we might as well mention it – Ryan Reynolds is going to be Pikachu. Yeah.

 

Based on the game of the same name, Detective Pikachu brings all your favorite (or not) Pokemon to life in this very furry live action film. Oddly enough, most of the current discussion around this movie isn’t about Ryan, or even the existence of this movie (that’s admittedly growing on us), but rather the state of Pikachu’s fur and whether or not it’s too furry.

 

Appropriate for all ages

Everyone’s favorite toys are back. Disney has released the first Toy Story 4 teaser trailer and it’s got all your favorite characters – and even a new face (if you can call it that).

 

Forky – a spork who’s been made into a toy – joins Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Rex, Hamm, Slink, and LGM in this teaser.

 

 

1980’s Comedy ‘Mr. Mom’ Revived as Digital Series by MGM, Vudu

Repost via   and Variety:

 

The 1983 comedy “Mr. Mom” is being revived as a digital series by its home studio, MGM, as part of a new partnership with Walmart-owned streaming platform Vudu.

 

Vudu made the announcement Wednesday at the NewFronts West just days after revealing its partnership with MGM, which is intended to create a slate of short-form scripted content adapted from a library of classic intellectual property that offers the opportunity to serialize everything from James Bond to “The Pink Panther.”

 

Execs explained the choice of “Mr. Mom” as an attempt to capitalize on the nostalgia parents have for the entertainment choices they grew up with, and their desire to share that content with their children.

 

“As parents, we want to share with kids the TV shows and movies that we grew up with,” said Julian Franco, head of AVOD content and advertising, at Vudu. “They made us feel something. The reality is we want our kids to feel the same thing too.”

 

“Mr. Mom” was a hit film that featured Michael Keaton as a father who bumbles his way through stay-at-home parenting when his wife (Teri Garr) returns to the work world. “Mr. Mom” was written by John Hughes, who would go on to create classic 1980s fare including “Sixteen Candles.”

 

The series will be a continuation of the baby Megan’s story, when as a grown adult, she wants to go back to the workforce and her husband must go on parenting duty.

 

Of “Mr. Mom,” Franco commented, “We thought it would be a good first step for us. We’re going to reboot it. It’s an American classic. Anybody that remembers it loves it.”

 

The series will be featured on Movies On Us, the name of Vudu’s ad-supported platform. It’s intended to cater to Walmart’s family-friendly audience and feature “shoppable” ads.

 

MGM senior VP of digital platforms Sam Toles joined Vudu on stage to share his enthusiasm for the project. “There is definitely a hunger and a passion for established IP,” he said.

 

 

FRESH APP. FRESHER FEATURES.

 

 

We’re freshening up your iOS experience with version 6.1 – here’s what you’re getting, and why you’ll want it.

 

Bye Bye Burger (Menu)

 

 

New look. New nav. And fewer taps between you and your movies & TV. Version 6.1 removes the hamburger menu in favor of putting your most commonly used menu items across the top and bottom of your screen.

 

So, rather than a long scrolling list down the left side, you now have access to Spotlight, Search, Watch, potential Offers, and your Settings across the bottom of your screen – all within thumb reach.

 

Across the top of your screen, you’ll find navigation that lets you access Spotlight, Disc purchases, Showcases (curated collections), and Trailers.

 

Get Down With Downloads

 

This new version of our app also brings back rental downloads! Users will have to be on iOS 12 or above to ensure the ability to download and playback purchased titles and rentals.

 

Downloads are easy and allow you to watch without using data or wifi. Once you’ve purchased or rented a title tap the Download button, select a quality, and go. You’re only limited by the storage on your iOS phone or tablet.

 

Navigating The New Nav

 

 

Watch, the most important and most used item is right in the middle. This is where you’ll access your Vudu collection, over 6,000 Free movies & TV shows, and any Downloads you have on your device.

 

To the left of that, Search will let you search across movies and TV no matter which sub-tab you’re in, so no need to get specific, we’ll take care of it.

 

And tapping on Offers will take you to your My Offers, where you can redeem any offers you earn from purchasing select movies. This replaces the My Offer and bell menu items of the previous app version.

 

Disc To Digital

 

Don’t worry converters, you can still use Disc to Digital by pointing your iPhone browser to vudu.com/disc. From there just hit the Convert Disc link and boom goes the dynamite.

 

Find more detailed instructions on how to convert, here.

 

You can get iOS app 6.1 now from the App Store.

 

 

Vudu Adds Sony TVs To Growing List of 4K UHD-Compatible Devices

 

Sunnyvale, CA, September 11, 2018 – Vudu has released version 4.2.52 of their Android TV app, enabling Sony television owners to watch hundreds of Vudu UHD movies, from every major studio, in the brilliance of 4K with Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10 support.

 

With four times the pixels of HD, and the richer, more life-like color of High Dynamic Range technology, Vudu 4K UHD gives viewers with compatible 2016-2017 Sony televisions the ultimate picture quality, clarity, and color range on their Sony TV, and the best possible cinematic experience at home. Users will also discover a refreshed interface.

 

If your Android TV has auto-update enabled, you don’t need to do anything to update to the latest version of the app, users can simply sign back into their accounts to enjoy all the benefits of Vudu 4K UHD. If not, users can simply update to the new app from the Google Play Store and sign back in to enjoy all the benefits of the new app.

 

With the addition of Sony televisions, Vudu continues to expand its list of 4K UHD-compatible devices.

 

“4K and HDR represent the best possible cinematic experience at home – and we want to be able to deliver that exceptional experience to as many people as possible, across as many devices as possible. So, we’re continuously working to bring Vudu 4K UHD capability to more devices – no matter the platform,” said Kristine Lopes, Sr Manager, Product Marketing.

 

Specific models that benefit from this update include:

 

  • 2016 X830/800/750/700D, S850D, and Z9D series
  • 2017 X850/820/800/750E, X950/940/930E, and A1E series

 

Vudu already supports 4K UHD on many of the most popular TV brands; streaming devices like Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku; Xbox One S and X, and Nvidia Shield game consoles, and more.

 

Find more information on Vudu 4K UHD, here.

 

About Vudu

 

Watch the latest movies & TV shows anytime, anywhere, to your favorite smart TV, Android and iOS device, game console, Blu-ray player, and more, with Vudu. Buy or rent over 150,000 titles, including the newest releases weeks before they’re available on disc, and even watch over 5,000 titles for free. At home or on the go, online or offline, Vudu delivers a premium entertainment experience with the latest in digital video and entertainment technology, including 4K Ultra High Definition, Dolby Vision HDR, and Dolby Atmos Cinema Sound. For more information, visit vudu.com/aboutus.

 

 

It’s official. Bingeable is a thing.

Well, it’s always been a thing (we knew that), but now it’s a real thing – at least according to the folks at Merriam-Webster. Yeah, the dictionary people.

 

 

Merriam-Webster has just made an update that adds 840 new words to the dictionary, and one of them, in particular, caught our eye.

 

M-W lists the definition of bingeable as: “having multiple episodes or parts that can be watched in rapid succession: suitable for binge-watching.” Sounds pretty good to us.

 

They also cite 2013 as the year the word was first used, so we’re not sure why it took them five years to realize it’s common enough to be worthy of gracing their pages (both virtual and print) – but we’re pretty excited about it anyway, because, well, movies & TV.

 

So, how did it finally become “a real word”? According to M-W, they look for three criteria: frequent use, widespread use, and meaningful use. Meaning it has to be used by a lot of people, in a lot of places, and be descriptive enough to be useful.

 

Other words that made this update include flight (at least a new definition that accounts for beer flights), Instagramming (millennials are killing the dictionary), lots of tech-related words (haptics, force quit, fintech), and hangry – as in hangry for some bingeable TV? Which leads us to…

 

Hangry for TV? Vudu satisfies – with a Fall TV sale.

 

 

If you do happen to be hangry for some bingeable TV, you’re in the right place. In addition to movies & TV being our fav (also made the update) thing, it’s also our thing.

 

We also just so happen to be having a Fall TV Sale where you can get:

 

  • The brand new The Purge TV series that just started yesterday, starting at $16.99 (SD)
    (new episodes available as soon as the day after they air)
  • Select seasons on sale for $19.99 and under
  • Current TV seasons on sale for $29.99 and under
  • Season/Series bundles on sale
  • And even Mix & Match 2 seasons (from a collection) for $19.99
  • Discover more TV with select FREE episodes (also a thing, all the time)

 

And because there’s always new TV shows to watch, you’ll want to check back every Tuesday this month as we add new shows and series to our New TV Series, Returning TV Series, Fall TV Sale, and Mix & Match TV sale collections.

 

So, binge better and get your TV a la carte. Let Vudu be your stop for your favorite TV shows whether they’ve been on the air, or are still in season – all for much less than cable. (Who watches 200 channels of shows anyways?) Watch the shows you want, and only the shows you want, commercial free, and by the episode, season, or series.