Amazon’s first “Pilot Season” of 2015 is underway in the US, UK and Germany. The way it works is that those with Prime memberships can stream a handful of new pilots for free, and the ones that wind up getting the best audience feedback have a chance of getting a first season pick up. They’ve been doing it for a couple years now, but just recently hit upon their greatest success with Transparent, which went through the Pilot Season process, got picked up, and wound up on many critics’ Best of 2014 lists – as well as walking off with a couple of Golden Globes a few days back. You can check out the current Pilot Season episodes here.
The Apple TV content march continues, as the company has added Tennis Channel Everywhere to the set-top box for tennis lovers.
Previously just an iOS app, the Tennis Channel Everywhere app on the Apple TV extends its functionality to the larger screen. The app streams live matches for $69.99 per year, or if you don’t feel like paying, highlights from some of the recent matches are available to view for free. … Read the rest of this post here
Welcome back everyone to our weekly roundup of noteworthy iOS releases. We’ve seen some great new apps and games land over the past 7 days, from new remote desktop control software from Google, to a new Wii-like bowling game for Apple TV, so you don’t want to miss this week’s picks…. Read the rest of this post here
Auxo 3 was met with fairly glowing reviews, including ours at iDB. But that’s not to say that it wasn’t without flaws or opportunities for improvement. A3tweaks has answered the call with Auxo 3 version 1.1, an update that brings a marked increase to the tweak’s responsiveness…. Read the rest of this post here
Parks and Recreation wrapped production in December on its seventh and final season, but much of the cast, along with co-creator/showrunner Mike Schur, assembled today at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour to discuss the end of the series, which just began airing this week. That group included Chris Pratt, who has become quite the movie star over the course of a few months, on the heels of Guardians of the Galaxy and with Jurassic World coming up (and of course, he also has his voice role in The LEGO Movie).
Pratt was asked why, even as more opportunities arose, he stayed with Parks and Recreation and replied, “Oh, man, it’s funny that you would ask that because it never once occurred to me… I’ve never even asked myself the question. That was never… That would never happen. I would never f**king ever leave this show!”
Zachary Quinto was at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour today to promote his new NBC limited series, The Slap. In the series, Quinto plays a man who slaps someone else’s misbehaving child, causing a chain reaction of events to occur in the neighborhood, among an impressive cast that also includes Uma Thurman, Thandie Newton, Peter Sarsgaard, Brian Cox and Melissa George.
During a chat with press, Quinto was asked about the status of the next Star Trek film, which has a new director in Justin Lin. As it turns out, Quinto revealed he hasn’t even spoken to Lin yet. Quinto also talked briefly about Hitman: Agent 47, his varied career and his aspirations behind the camera, as his production company increases its output.
The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the crazy world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts (deals!), updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we’ve selected some great apps and games that should help keep you entertained over the weekend…. Read the rest of this post here
Rolocule, the veteran developers behind games like Motion Tennis and Dance Party, is back with perhaps its most ambitious title ever called Bowling Central. At its core, the game offers a stellar mobile bowling experience, with state-of-the-art physics, stunning 3D graphics and over 30 unique challenges. But things get really interesting when you turn on your Apple TV.
Utilizing Apple’s AirPlay Mirroring technology, Bowling Central can stream gameplay footage from your iOS device to your television set by way of Apple TV. This not only gives you a much better view of the game, but it also frees up your iPhone or iPod touch to be used as a controller for what is best described as a Wii-like gaming experience. Here, check out the demo:… Read the rest of this post here
Ever since Disney purchased Lucasfilm and gained the rights to Star Wars, there’s been a cautious optimism about where the franchise is headed. While there were some good aspects to the prequel movies, they are ultimately viewed as a big misstep, so the worry is that these new movies will be just as bad.
But with J.J. Abrams at the helm with one great Star Trek movie under his belt, reports of a focus on practical effects instead of CGI, and that tantalizing teaser trailer full of fresh faces and that crazy lightsaber, the general sense is that, hey, this new Star Wars movie might not be so bad after all. And at the very least, it sounds like they’ve learned their lesson from what people didn’t like about the prequels.
Yesterday a report came in that Tom Hardy had dropped out of the Suicide Squad movie due to a scheduling conflict. But now word has dropped that there may have been more to the matter than that.
Latino Review reports that many of the lead actors of the DC comics adaptation were not shown a script before they signed on. But the site’s sources say that once Hardy got the screenplay,”He simply didn’t like the script he was finally given, he didn’t like the drastic change to the character.” That character is Rick Flag, the leader of the Squad. LR adds that Flag also has less screen time in the latest draft of the script, allowing for characters like Deadshot and Joker to get more action.