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Sony Pictures registers a slew of ‘Console War’ movie domain names

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The next generation of console wars between Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft is set to begin as all three manufacturers are due to release a new console in the near future.  Nintendo plans to release the Wii U in 2012, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 are expected in 2013.  Adding to the “war of consoles”, Sony Pictures has registered several domain names this week like (Whois) and (Whois).

Could ‘Console War’ actually be a movie or just a creative marketing video promoting the Playstation 4?

What hints that this is more than just a video, is the names were all registered by Sony Pictures Entertainment, the television and film production/distribution unit of Sony.  The names weren’t registered by Sony Computer Entertainment, the video game company.

Either way, there doesn’t appear to be any news coming out of Sony on the subject, but Sony Pictures Entertainment has picked up well over a dozen names.

Each domain was registered on August 23, 2012, through the brand protection company MarkMonitor.

The full list includes:

At the time of this story, none of the domains resolve to a web page.

Talking about this story: Kotaku, Screen Rant,, /Film, G4tv, Digital Spy, IGN, Tapscape, Game Informer, GameZone, Push Square,,,, I Am,,, The Escapist,, Side Mission (blog), Techzine, Spong, JoystiqLe Journal du Geek and VG247

(Image of Playstation 4 concept by Tai Chiem)

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Sony Pictures looks to have acquired rights to Turok film according to domains

Turok the movie

Back in March, Deadline reported Sony Pictures closed a deal to acquire Bloodshot, the Valiant Comics series.

Now it looks Sony Pictures has landed another deal for a comic book character that once appeared in Valiant Comics: Turok.

On May 3, 2012, Sony Pictures registered domain names hinting at the movie like (Whois).

Here’s a look at the full list of domain names:

Turok has a long publishing history, going back to the 1950s when he first appeared in Four Color Comics #596.

At the time of this story, Sony Pictures hasn’t officially announced anything regarding a Turok film.

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Underworld 5 to be called Underworld: Battle? Sony Pictures registers domain

Underworld Battle

Though no official word is yet available on Underworld 5, it’s pretty certain the next film is in the works given the success of Underworld: Awakening which has been the highest-grossing film in the series so far.

While it’s purely speculation, it appears the next film could be called Underworld: Battle, according to a new domain name registration this week by Sony Pictures.

On April 24, 2012, Sony Pictures registered (Whois).

At the time of this post, Sony Pictures has not made an announcement about Underworld: Battle, but the domain does redirect visitors to the Sony Pictures home video page for Underworld: Awakening, which is set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 8th.

While Underworld 5 would be no surprise, it looks more likely that is part of Sony Pictures’ online marketing campaign for the release of Underworld: Awakening on home video, and less likely the title of the fifth film in the series.

The name could also hint at a new video game, as well.

At this point, we’ll just have to wait and see if Sony Pictures announces anything official.

Talking about this story: /FILM and WhatCulture!

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Sony working on ‘Van Helsing and Dracula’ movie according to domains


Sony Pictures appears to be working on a new film based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel called “Van Helsing and Dracula” or “Dracula and Van Helsing”.

This week, Sony Pictures registered a slew of domain names through the brand protection company MarkMonitor that revealed the movie’s possible titles. 

At least eight domains were purchased, all on January 17, 2012. 

Here’s a look at the registrations: 

Last June, Pajiba reported that Universal Pictures was developing another Van Helsing movie based on the Bram Stoker character.    

At the time of this post, Sony Pictures has not made an official announcement, nor do any of the domains resolve to a web page.

Discussion: Movieline, and I Watch Stuff

(Image of Gary Oldman as Count Dracula via Bram Stoker’s Dracula)

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Top 10 Stories of 2011: #9 Sony confirms next James Bond title will be Skyfall


Number 9 in this year’s Top 10 stories is the story of the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall, which will land in theaters in November 2012.

On October 3, more than a dozen domain names having to do with Skyfall were registered. 

Though privately registered initially using DNStination Inc., what made these names special was that they were all registered through the internet brand protection company MarkMonitor, which is used by more than half the Fortune 100. 

The list of registrations, which today now show Sony Pictures as the owner in WHOIS records, included names like and 

Simply referred to as ‘Bond 23’ at the time, shortly after I published my story speculating the next Bond film would be called Skyfall, well over a dozen news sites mentioned my article including Access Hollywood, IGN, The Hollywood Reporter, and X17, to name a few.

On November 3, Sony officially confirmed the title as Skyfall.

Here’s a look at the full press conference, marking the start of the production.