The Transformers franchise has been nothing if not divisive. While some fans have remained resolutely loyal, the majority of critics, and plenty of average moviegoers, have criticized its emphasis on noisy CGI style over storytelling substance. Still, the series has raked in a combined total of over $4 billion, proving there’s an audience for this series. Or there was, anyway. In 2018, Paramount tabled plans to make a Transformers 7 for the foreseeable future. Why would the studio stop the machine that transformed a toy line into a multi-billion-dollar global cinematic affair? The answers might surprise you…
Critical disdain and financial struggles | 0:39 Bye to the Bay | 2:02 A convoluted narrative | 2:40 Paramount’s brand priorities | 3:53 The Bumblebee gambit | 4:51 Reboot time | 5:24
The live-action film series has received mixed-to-negative reception, with criticism of the plots, sophomoric humor, overuse of product placements and the lengths of the films, but praise of the visual effects, action sequences and music. It is the 11th-highest-grossing film series, with a total of $4.3 billion; two films in the series have individually grossed over $1 billion.
Transformers (Japanese: トランスフォーマーHepburn: Toransufōmā) is a media franchise produced by American toy company Hasbro and Japanese toy company Takara Tomy. Initially a line of transforming mecha toys rebranded from Takara‘s Diaclone and Microman toylines, the franchise began in 1984 with the Transformers toy line, and centers on factions of self-configuring modular extraterrestrial robotic lifeforms (often the Autobots and the Decepticons) in an endless civil war for dominance or eventual peace. In its history, the Transformers robot superhero franchise has expanded to encompass comic books, animation, video games and films.
It Has Returned! TREMORS SEASON 1 Official Trailer (2018) Kevin Bacon
On November 28, 2015, it was reported that Universal Television and Blumhouse Productions were developing a new Tremors TV series and that Kevin Bacon would reprise his role of Valentine McKee for the first time in the series since the first movie. In September 2016, it was announced the series was moving forward at Amazon Prime Video, however, in June 2017, the pilot was moved to Syfy. In August 2017, it was announced that Vincenzo Natali would direct the pilot which would be written by showrunner Andrew Miller with filming taking place from late October 2017 through November 2017. On April 28, 2018, it was announced that Syfy had passed on the pilot, effectively killing the project.
From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race. In Theaters September 14, 2018
Boyd Holbrook as Quinn McKenna, Emily’s ex-husband and the father of Rory and a former Marine and Special Forces commando who discovers the existence of the fierce Predators but finds that no one believes they exist. James Franco was originally offered the role but passed on it before Benicio del Torowas cast, who later had to back out due to scheduling conflicts.
Trevante Rhodes as Nebraska Williams, a former Marine who enlists in a special Predator-hunting operation headed up by Quinn, his best friend.
Jacob Tremblay as Rory McKenna, Emma and Quinn’s troubled son, who has a form of autism and is bullied in school but becomes a key player in the fight against the Predators due to his preternatural ability to learn languages.
Have A Look At What The Future Has in Store From The Google I/O 2018 keynote (in 14 minutes)
The Google I/O 2018 keynote had a bunch of major announcements about Android P, Google Assistant, and more. Here’s the most important news to know…
Smart Compose in Gmail
This is a nifty new feature in Gmail that uses machine learning to not just predict words users plan to type, but entire phrases. And we’re not just talking about simple predictions like addresses, but entire phrases that are suggested based on context and user history. The feature will roll out to users in the next month.
Google Photos AI features
Google Photos is getting a ton of new features based on artificial intelligence and machine learning. For example, Google Photos can take an old restored black and white photo and not just convert it to color, but convert it to realistic color and touch it up in the process.
Google Assistant voices
The original Google Assistant voice was named Holly, and it was based on actual recordings. Moving forward, Google Assistant will get six new voices… including John Legend! Google is using WaveNet to make voices more realistic, and it hopes to ultimately perfect all accents and languages around the world. Google Assistant will support 30 different languages by the end of 2018.
Google is making a ton of upgrades to Google Assistant revolving around natural conversation. For one, conversations can continue following an initial wake command (“Hey Google”). The new feature is called continued conversation and it’ll be available in the coming weeks.
Multiple Actions support is coming to Google Assistant as well, allowing Google Assistant to handle multiple commands at one time.
Another new feature called “Pretty Please” will help young children learn politeness by responding with positive reinforcement when children say please. The feature will roll out later this year.
New visual canvas for Google Assistant
The first Smart Displays will be released in July, powered by Google Assistant. In order to power the experiences provided by Smart Displays, Google had to whip up a new visual interface for Assistant.
Also of note, Google Assistant’s visual UI is getting an overhaul on mobile devices as well in 2018.
Swiping up in the Google app will show a snapshot of the user’s entire day courtesy of Google Assistant. The new UI is coming to Android this summer and to iOS later this year.
Using text to speech, deep learning, AI, and more, Google Assistant can be a real assistant. In a demo at I/O 2018, Google Assistant made a real call to a hair salon and had a back and forth conversation with an employee, ultimately booking an actual woman’s haircut appointment in the time span requested by the user.
This is not a feature that will roll out anytime soon, but it’s something Google is working hard to develop for both business and consumers. An initial version of the service that will call businesses to get store hours will roll out in the coming weeks, and the data collected will allow Google to update open and close hours under company profiles online.
Here’s a demo video:
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[ARTICLE BELOW CITED FROM BGR.COM ]Google News is getting an overhaul that focuses on highlighting quality journalism. The revamp will make it easier for users to keep up with the news by showing a briefing at the top with five important stories. Local news will be highlighted as well, and the Google News app will constantly evolve and learn a user’s preferences as he or she uses the app.
Videos from YouTube and elsewhere will be showcased more prominently, and a new feature called Newscasts are like Instagram stories, but for news.
The refreshed Google News will also take steps to help users understand the full scope of a story, showcasing a variety of sources and formats. The new feature, which is called “Full Coverage,” will also help by providing related stories, background, timelines of key related events, and more.
Finally, a new Newsstand section lets users follow specific publications, and they can even subscribe to paid news services right inside the app. Paid subscriptions will make content available not just in the Google News app, but on the publisher’s website and elsewhere as well.
The updated Google News app is rolling out on the web, iOS, and Android beginning today, and it will be completely rolled out by the end of next week.
Google had already released the first build of Android P for developers, but on Tuesday the company discussed a number of new Android P features that fall into three core categories.
Google partnered with DeepMind to create a feature called Adaptive Battery. It uses machine learning to determine which apps you use frequently and which ones you use only sporadically, and it restricts background processes for seldom used apps in order to save battery live.
Another new feature called Adaptive Brightness learns a user’s brightness preferences in different ambient lighting scenarios to improve auto-brightness settings.
App Actions is a new feature in Android P that predicts actions based on a user’s usage patterns. It helps users get to their next task more quickly. For example, if you search for a movie in Google, you might get an App Action that offers to open Fandango so you can buy tickets.
Slices is another new feature that allows developers to take a small piece of their apps — or “slice” — that can be rendered in different places. For example, a Google search for hotels might open a slice from Booking.com that lets users begin the booking process without leaving the search screen. Think of it as a widget, but inside another app instead of on the home screen.
Google wants to help technology fade to the background so that it gets out of the user’s way.
First, Android P’s navigation has been overhauled. Swipe up on a small home button at the bottom and a new app switcher will open. Swipe up again and the app drawer will open. The new app switcher is now horizontal, and it looks a lot like the iPhone app switcher in iOS 11.
Also appreciated is a new rotation button that lets users choose which apps can auto-rotate and which ones cannot.
Android P brings some important changes to Android that focus on wellbeing.
There’s a new dashboard that shows users exactly how their spent their day on their phone. It’ll show you which apps you use and for how long, and it provides other important info as well. Controls will be available to help users limit the amount of time they spend in certain apps.
An enhanced Do Not Disturb mode will stop visual notifications as well as audio notifications and vibrations. There’s also a new “shush” feature that automatically enables Do Not Disturb when a phone is turned face down on a table. Important contacts will still be able to call even when the new Do Not Disturb mode is enabled.
There’s also a new wind-down mode that fades the display to grayscale when someone uses his or her phone late at night before bed.
Google announced a new Android P Beta program just like Apple’s public iOS beta program. It allows end users to try Android P on their phones beginning today.
A new “For You” tab in Google Maps shows you new businesses in your area as well as restaurants that are trending around you. Google also added a new “Your Match” score to display the likelihood of you liking a new restaurant based on your historical ratings.
Have trouble choosing a restaurant when you go out in a group? A long-press on any restaurant will add it to a new short list, and you can then share that list with friends. They can add other options, and the group can then choose a restaurant from the group list.
These new features will roll out to Maps this summer.
A bit further down the road, Google is working on a fascinating new feature that combines computer vision courtesy of the camera with Google Maps Street View to create an AR experience in Google Maps.
Google Lens is also coming to additional devices in the coming weeks, and there are new features coming as well.
Lens can now understand words, and you can copy and paste words on a sign or a piece of paper to the phone’s clipboard. You can also get context — for example, Google Lens can see a dish on a menu and tell you the ingredients.
A new shopping features let you point your camera at an item to get prices and reviews. And finally, Google Lens now works in real time to constant scan items in the camera frame to give information and, soon, to overlay live results on items in your camera’s view.
BONUS: Waymo self-driving taxi service
Waymo is the only company that currently has a fleet of fully self-driving cars with no driver needed in the driver’s seat. On Tuesday, Waymo announced a new self-driving taxi service that will soon launch in Phoenix, Arizona. Customers will be able to hail autonomous cars with no one in the driver’s seat, and use those self-driving cars to travel to any local destination. The service will launch before the end of 2018.
Ready Player One Breakdown! All Easter Eggs, cameos, and 80s references in Ready Player One! What nods to video games, classic movies, and music did you miss in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One? Erik Voss points out over 300 Easter Eggs and references in the film. Did the task destroy him mentally and physically? You betcha! But how else are you gonna find these references to Back to the Future, Alien, Batman, Robocop, The Shining, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, Halo, Street Fighter, and more? Buckle up, get comfortable, and enjoy New Rockstars COMPLETE LIST of all the Easter Eggs in Ready Player One (2018)!
It all started in 2008, when Nick Fury told Tony Stark about the Avengers Initiative, and ten years after Iron Man hit theaters, Earth’s mightiest heroes are set to face their toughest challenge: Thanos the Mad Titan. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War will feature at least 76 characters, be Marvel’s longest movie to date, and revolve around six mysterious stones. Well, seven if you count Deadpool’s continuity gem. Which they won’t. It’s a lot to keep track of. So if you need a primer to prepare for history’s biggest superhero movie, here’s everything you need to know before seeing Avengers: Infinity War…
Who is Thanos? | 0:37 Alien sidekicks | 1:30 The Infinity Stones | 1:47 Where are they? | 3:27 Torn Avengers | 4:09 Guardian grudges | 4:34 Seeing Scarlet | 5:20 First meeting | 6:04 Home front | 6:43 Missing Avengers | 7:33
Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to have its world premiere on April 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on April 27, 2018, in IMAX and 3D. The sequel is scheduled to be released on May 3, 2019.
Possibly our most anticipated episode next to the massive character juggernaut that undoubtedly will be Infinity War. Before Justice League was in theaters we had geared ourselves up to experience the final chapter in the Controversial Dark Snyder DC Trilogy, full of themes about responsibility, temptations of power, gods vs humans type stuff. It was going to be this awesome bow on the end of the Justice League hype train and we were gonna have our work cut out for us for sure. Then the film came out and it was just… meh. Like play it safe, change everything we’ve established Meh. So the question was… Well what do we do with this?! After a LOT of discussion. We decided to break the fourth wall in a sense and give our artistic expression of what the Justice League has become while also keeping true to keeping things HISHE. Enter the Mighty Martha. Since Justice League is the finale (pretending to be just the beginning) of this trilogy. We decided it was time for our easter egg threat that is Martha to finally enter the scene. DC’s greatest foe. A character that represents everything the DCU now has to put up with. A character who came from another universe and who is set on making sure the Justice League doesn’t have a place to stay. So where is the one place you can find the League with their guard down? The Super Cafe. It was not easy to make and took way longer than was intended. But I really enjoyed getting to open up our cafe in a direction we’ve never gone before. I hope you enjoy the episode!
The film was announced in October 2014, with Snyder on board to direct and Terrio attached to write the script. Initially titled Justice League Part One, with a second part to follow in 2019, the second film was indefinitely delayed to accommodate a standalone Batman film with Affleck. Principal photography commenced in April 2016 and ended in October 2016. Snyder then hired Joss Whedon to write scenes that would be filmed during reshoots; however, Snyder left the project in May 2017 following the death of his daughter. Whedon was hired to oversee the remainder of post-production, including directing additional scenes written by himself. Snyder received sole director credit for the film, while Whedon received a screenwriting credit.
With an estimated production budget of $300 million, Justice League is one of the most expensive films ever made. It premiered in Beijing on October 26, 2017, and was released in the United States in 2D, 3D, and IMAX on November 17, 2017. The film underperformed at the box office, grossing just $657 million worldwide against its massive budget, making it the lowest of the DCEU . It received mixed reviews from critics; the action sequences, visual effects, and performances (particularly Gadot and Miller) were praised, while the plot, writing, pacing, villain, and overuse of CGI were criticized. The film’s tone was met with a polarized reception, with some appreciating the lighter tone compared to previous DC films, while others found it inconsistent
Betting Odds On Which Avengers Will Die In Infinity War
With Avengers: Infinity War, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is heading towards a conflict that’s been building for nearly a decade. Thanos has been on a collision course with the rest of the heroes since 2012’s Avengers, and he’s finally taking center stage in a battle for the Infinity Stones. The war will unite an entire universe of superheroes, but it’ll also likely have lethal consequences. Given the stakes involved and the Mad Titan’s status as the ultimate bad guy of the Marvel movies, the question isn’t if one of the heroes won’t make it out alive, but which one…
Millie Bobby Brown hit the big time when she starred as the instantly iconic superpowered pre-teen Eleven in Netflix’s ’80s sci-fi series Stranger Things. Much like her character, she has some serious challenges ahead of her — except Brown has to navigate the real world of fame and celebrity as a child actor rather than battle mysterious monsters from the Upside Down. Here’s why her child star status can be just as scary…
Baby big shot | 0:23 Addicted to acting | 1:09 Growing pains | 1:46 Puppy love in the press | 2:29 Racking up the miles | 3:00 Hello to the haters | 3:39
In November 2016, Brown starred in the music video for Sigma and Birdy‘s single “Find Me“. Since November 2016, she has appeared in commercial advertisements for Citigroup. In January 2017, she made her modelling debut in Calvin Klein‘s By Appointment campaign. The following month, she was signed to the agency IMG Models.
Development of a Venom film, a spin-off from the Spider-Man film franchise first began with producer Avi Arad in 2007. After various iterations, the film was said to be R-rated in March 2017. The intention was to begin a new shared universe featuring the Marvel characters to which Sony possessed the film rights, though Sony also intends for the film to share the world of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is set in the MCU because of a deal between Sony and Marvel Studios. Rosenberg and Pinkner were set to write, with Fleischer and Hardy added in May 2017. Principal photography began in October 2017, taking place in Atlanta, New York City, and San Francisco.