And, we’re back. We took a week off last week for various reasons, but now we’ve got a brand new episode of The Flickcast for you. As usual, there’s no need to thank us.
On this week’s show Chris and Joe take on some new topics and revisit old ones. Some of these topics include X-Men: Days of Future Past, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the true Star Wars day, Starlog magazine, Gareth Edwards and the new Star Wars, Godzilla, shakeups in the Marvel world including Edgar Wright leaving Ant Man and Drew Goddard leaving the Daredevil TV series, the merits of time travel, the history of the Rancor and a whole lot more.
It’s a pretty good episode, all things considered. Plus, all the more is pretty amazing.
The guys also made picks this week. Chris’ pick is the novel The Hydra Protocol by David Wellington and Joe’s pick is the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.
As always, if you have comments, questions, critiques, offers of sponsorship, or whatever, feel free to hit us up in the comments, on Twitter, at Facebook, Google+ or via email.
As we told you before, Amazon has come out with its own version of the Apple TV or Roku. It’s called the Fire TV and it’s an Android-powered black box that allows you to stream content from various sources including Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus and Netflix.
But is it any good? Well, our own Chris Ullrich decided to take it for a spin and made his initial report over at his personal site. As with other times he’s done this in the past, we’re still not sure why he doesn’t just write his review, or whatever, here.
Whatever, he’s the boss. Anyway, check out his thoughts and if you end up getting a Fire TV for yourself, let us know what you think of it in the comments.
In a bid to compete with devices like the Google Chromecast, Roku and mainly the Apple TV, Amazon today announced the Amazon Fire TV. According to chairman Jeff Bezos, the Fire TV “is a tiny box that plugs into your HDTV. It’s the easiest way to enjoy Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, low-cost video rentals, and more. With instant access to over 200,000 TV episodes and movies, plus all your favorite subscriptions and streaming services, you can watch what you want, when you want.”
In addition, if you’re a Prime member “you get unlimited access to thousands of popular movies and TV shows, including exclusives like Downton Abbey, The Americans, Alpha House, and Under the Dome.” All in 1080p, of course.
Bu wait, there’s even more. “Fire TV has voice search that actually works. The old way of searching with a TV remote—scrolling and clicking one letter at a time on an alphabet grid—is painful. With Fire TV you simply speak the title, actor, or genre into the remote and you’re done.”
The internal specs of the Fire TV are impressive as well. The device features a quad-core processor, dedicated GPU, 2 GB of memory, and dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi. It also features a new buffering system which will supposedly help eliminate any streaming lag. Of course, your mileage may vary.
The device also plays games. Titles at launch include Minecraft, The Walking Dead, Monsters University, the Amazon exclusive Sev Zero, and many other free games available to Prime Members.
The Amazon Fire TV is $99.00 and ships today. The optional game controller will set you back another $39.99.
It pretty much goes without saying that Star Wars, and all its many incarnations, are cultural icons of great significance. But, we’ll say it anyway. Why not?
It also pretty much goes without saying that Star Wars is hugely popular entertainment that have captivated audiences all around the world. Live action movies, toys, animation and more.
But it’s animation we’re talking about today with a preview of the upcoming Netflix exclusive series Star Wars: Clone Wars Lost Missions. Here’s more:
In these eagerly anticipated episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, some of the deepest mysteries of the conflict between the light and the dark sides of the Force are revealed. An intrepid clone trooper discovers a shocking secret; Anakin Skywalker’s closest relationship is tested to its limits and what Master Yoda discovers while investigating the disappearance of a Jedi could forever change the balance of power in the galaxy
Check out the preview after the break. Look for Star Wars: The Clone Wars Lost Missions to arrive on March 7.
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Much as it did with The Killing and Arrested Development, Netflix has decided to give a cancelled series a new lease on life. Well, for at least one more season anyway. That series? Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
That’s right, the streaming service will unleash a 13-episode sixth season of the animated series next month. The season will be called Titled The Lost Missions which promises to reveal “some of the deepest mysteries of the conflict between the light and the dark sides of the Force leading to a series finale.”
“An intrepid clone trooper discovers a shocking secret, Anakin Skywalker’s closest relationship is tested to its limits, and what Master Yoda discovers while investigating the disappearance of a Jedi could forever change the balance of power in the galaxy.”
Sounds good, right? We really hope this is a success because then it could open up other opportunities for canceled series that didn’t get a proper send off.
Firefly anyone? Let’s make it happen Netflix.
Look for Star Wars: The Clone Wars to debut in March 7.
With House of Cards, Netflix established itself as a major player for original drama and raised the bar for online series.pay services. With others like Amazon Prime struggling to catch up, Netflix is about to release the second season of its flagship drama.
When last we left Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood he was about to become the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States. How will he use this new power to better serve his own ends, those of his wife and the rest of his political cronies while also dodging the wrath of a spurned ex-lover who also happens to be a political reporter?
Guess that’s just what Season 2 will be all about. To help get you ready, we’ve got several previews for the new season Check them out after the break.
Netflix will release all episodes of Season 2 of House of Cards on Friday.
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Netflix jumped into the original programming game in a big way with the first season of House of Cards. A splashy production featuring an outstanding cast like Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara combined with high production value and exceptional writing, it was a big hit for the fledgling content creator.
And now, the second season of the critically acclaimed show is set to debut soon. To get everyone ready, Netflix has released the first trailer for the upcoming season.
Naturally, we’ve got it for you. After the break of course.
Look for season 2 of House of Cards to arrive on Netflix on February 14. Yes, that’s Valentine’s Day.
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The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning by Aaron Paul, Neil Patrick Harris and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Chairman/CEO Bruce Rosenblum at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, CA. The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast will air live on Sunday, September 22nd (8 PM ET/5 PM PT) on CBS from the NOKIA Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.
Here are the major nominees:
Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
Downton Abbey • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production
Game Of Thrones • HBO • Bighead, Littlehead, TV 360, Startling TV and Generator Prodns with HBO Ent
Homeland • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Prods, Cherry Pie Prods, Keshet, Fox 21
House Of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Prods with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television
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For most people, the iPad has become their de facto device to watch movies and television programs while on the go. To help facilitate this, services like Netflix and Hulu offer iOS apps to run on the device.
Today, in an effort to enhance that experience further, Hulu updated its app for the iPad. Here’s what the update gives you:
• Easier navigation. Simply tap or swipe as you navigate to find shows and discover great new content.
• Discover Panel. Tap the image of a new show, movie or episode, and we’ll give you a summary and more info instantly.
• Minimized Player. Want to multitask? Keep watching your desired video in a minimized player while you browse.
• New Series Pages. Includes both the most entertaining clip and the most relevant episode at your fingertips.
• Improved Search. Faster, more intuitive search bar.
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Sadly, Gillian Anderson isn’t coming back to TV as the iconic Agent Dana Scully of X-Files fame. At least, not yet. She is, however, coming back in a similar role: a homicide detective investigating a serial killer.
So yeah, that’s pretty cool too. The series is called The Fall and it’s from the BBC. The psychological thriller hit BBC Two on May 13 and all five episodes are available in the U.S. and Latin America exclusively on Netflix starting today.
The series follows the lives of Anderson’s highly driven detective Stella Gibson and the sexually motivated serial killer she’s tracking in Belfast. Once Upon A Time‘s Jamie Dornan also stars along with The Good Wife‘s Archie Panjabi.
For more, check out the full trailer after the break. Or, just watch the show on Netflix right now.
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