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The 20 contenders for the VFX Oscar include Star Wars, Mad Max, and The Martian

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mad Max: Fury Road, and The Martian are among the 20 contenders for nominations in the Visual Effects category at this year's Academy Awards ceremony.
Movies & TV

Marriott’s Gaylord Hotels brand now lets you stream Netflix, Hulu from in-room TVs

Marriott Hotels has become the first hotel brand authorized to offer Netflix to guests, rolling out a special version of the Netflix app. Sister brand, Gaylord Hotels, also announced Netflix streaming.
Movies & TV

Austin cinema’s ultimate Star Wars marathon will test the mettle of even die-hard fans

An Austin, Texas, cinema is giving Star Wars fans the chance to prove that their the ultimate one through an insanely challenging marathon competition: They'll have to watch both trilogies sequentially, plus The Force Awakens on repeat.
Movies & TV

JJ Abrams says no post-credits scene for The Force Awakens

This past weekend, JJ Abrams said unequivocally that there will be no post-credits scene for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force awakens. So, when the film itself is finished, locate the nearest exit -- and don't forget your jacket
Home Theater

Streaming saturation: Netflix to double its original content for 2016

Netflix original series are binge-worthy, and it shows. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos announced today that the streamer will nearly double its list of original scripted shows over the course of 2016, as well as adding new features…
Computing

Machine learning algorithm puts the words of George W. Bush in Barack Obama's mouth

A team from the University of Washington has developed a machine learning algorithm that can create an animated digital persona from a collection of online photographs. The research has progressed to the proof-of-concept stage.
Movies & TV

Stallone steps away from Rambo revival series, won’t be involved in ‘any way at all’

Despite earlier indications that he was on board as an executive producer, Sylvester Stallone has reportedly confirmed that he will have nothing to do with the Fox TV reboot Rambo: New Blood.
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Swords are out in first trailer for Netflix’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel

It's back to battle for Yu Shu Lien. The first trailer for Netflix's upcoming Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel, Sword of Destiny, shows the female warrior protecting the Green Destiny sword from an evil warlord.
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Netflix isn’t so chill when it comes to winning the Internet streaming wars

As per the new Global Internet Phenomena report, streaming audio and video services now account for a whopping 70 percent of North American downstream traffic during peak evening hours, led by Netflix.
Music

Kendrick Lamar leads this year’s Grammy Awards pack with 11 nominations

Compton-based rapper Kendrick Lamar leads the pack in nominations for this year's Grammy Awards with 11, most of which come from his latest hip-hop concept album, To Pimp A Butterfly.
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Mesa fired! Jar Jar Binks won't make an appearance in new Star Wars films

Contrary to a popular fan theory, much-maligned Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks will not appear in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, according to a statement made by the film's producer at a press conference.
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Ryan Gosling cracks up in virtually every Saturday Night Live skit, and it’s hilarious

Ryan Gosling inaugural gig as host of Saturday Night Live was a success, but mainly due to the actor breaking character in virtually every skit in which he appeared, leading others to lose their cool as well.