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Climactic closing scene from HBO’s True Detective S01E04 – dare we call it a cinematic masterpiece?

There’s a lot of buzz going around about the climactic scene from Episode 4 of HBO’s new series True Detective. The complicated, single 6-minute tracking shot follows Rust Cohle (played by Matthew McConaughey) fleeing the scene through two homes and the streets of a ghetto in an attempt to make it to the safety of his partner’s (Martin Hart played by Woody Harrelson) car. To film the scene was no small feat – it required detailed mapping, well-planned traffic control, minute-by-minute placement of nearly a hundred extras, timed special effects, on-the-fly setup of camera tracks, and expert choreography to pull off.
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The Big Bang Theory intro – a closer look at the 109 photos used to create the show’s opening sequence

The Big Bang Theory television show is centered on five characters living in Pasadena, California and includes roommates Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper; Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon's equally geeky and socially awkward friends and co-workers, mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali. At the beginning of each episode, the theme song plays amid a series of fast-paced images that appear to tell the story of the universe. Here’s a breakdown of what happens during that intro.
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Netflix announces new Sci-Fi series, Sense8, from creators of The Matrix and Babylon 5

Following the success of Arrested Development and House of Cards, Netflix has announced a new original series, Sense8. Due in late 2014, it's being developed by the Wachowskis of The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas and Speed Racer fame, as well as J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5. Details are thin, but the press release promises a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted with a ten episode run for its first season.
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LG announces 100 inch “Laser TV” – throws image on wall from 22 inches

Just ahead of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), LG has announced a television that could become the most talked about piece of gear at CES. The new “Hecto” Laser TV system is designed to project a 100 inch 1080p image onto a screen from just 22 inches away. Unlike traditional projectors that require dark rooms and must be mounted on the ceiling several feet away from the projection surface, the Laser TV is designed to project images straight up or down and uses a special laser-based illumination system (with a bulb life of 25,000 hours) to produce an extremely bright, high contrast (1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio) image with a picture reportedly on par with plasma TVs. The acute angle allows the unit to be placed directly in front of the screen on an entertainment center, the floor, or mounted to the ceiling.
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S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show (2013) – status watch – latest news [UPDATE]

Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. is a planned American television series created by Avengers director and creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, Joss Whedon, and based on the Marvel Comics shadowy government organization of the same name. It will be produced, beginning in January 2013, by Marvel Television and air on the ABC network, and will be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sharing continuity with the films in that franchise. A pilot, to be written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, and directed by Joss Whedon, has been given the green-light. It is expected to air during the Fall 2013 season.
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More reports that Apple is working on Apple-branded TV prototypes

They are. They aren't More reports come in today that Apple is working with Asian suppliers to create a new Apple branded TV set. Excitement is high because Steve Jobs had previously stated that Apple had finally cracked the code for a television OS that was as clean and simple as the iPhone. Reportedly, several designs are in the works. Some sources are saying the new sets are “not a formal project yet. It is still in the early stages of testing.” Once sources says that Hon Hai is the supplier that's working with Sharp to design the new TV. It is worth noting that Apple often works with suppliers on prototype designs before committing to manufacturing.
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Available now! Get your ultra-cool, 84 inch Ultra HD TV today for the bargain-basement price of only $16,999

LG sold their first Ultra-HD TV yesterday at the bargain-basement price of only $16,999. Yes folks, that’s $3,000 off the MSRP of $19,999. It’s a whopping 84-inch beast boasting 4,000 lines of resolution that’s guaranteed to sear your eyeballs and stretch your optic nerve to the point of snapping. The new TVs went on sale yesterday in Lawndale, California where LG launched their new Ultra-HD television at a huge promotional event. 700+ people stood in line and at least six sets were sold by 2:00 PM.
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Move over HDTV – Ultra High Definition TV arrives with an eyeball searing 3840 x 2160 resolution and a $20,000 price tag

With all the hype over 3D television dying and the HDTV free-for-all all but dead, the Consumer Electronics Association has made the move to ensure the next “big thing” prods customers to empty their pockets for the latest and greatest television experience. Meet “Ultra High Definition” television, the successor to HDTV.
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Do you get excited about the weather? This weatherman did in this blooper video.

Do you get excited about the weather? Dan Pope on Utah’s Fox 13 sure did when last month’s Eastern Pacific tropical storm John moved near the California coast. Pope awkwardly positioned himself in front of the green screen and gyrated his hips and thrust his hands to illustrate the movement of the storm while inserting several unwitting comments such as “Dan, why are you showing me this?”. Unfortunately, the shape and elongated movement of the penis-shaped storm made Dan look a bit, eh, awkward.
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X-Files creator, Chris Carter, working on new TV series project called “The After”

Chris Carter, of X-Files fame, is working on a new sci-fi thriller TV series project title “The After”. The show is being described as “thriller that takes place in the aftermath of a mysterious and unexplained happening”. According to the press release, it will incorporate “"elements of science fiction, suspense, and real-world fear and paranoia”.
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New archive of virtually every news program for the past three years

In an effort to preserve the public works of human kind, Archive.org has given us another way to relive and reconstruct the past with their new TV News Archive. Containing over 350,000 videos, TV News Archive contains virtually every nationally televised news program for the past three years. New news programs are added each day within 24 hours of airing.

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