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Video: Some movie scenes are unforgettable, and Steven Spielberg's reenactment of the Normandy Landing is one of them. Every shot feels chaotic, with indiscriminate bloodshed consistent with this brutal event. But as Nerdwriter1 explains in the video below, Spielberg's filmmaking choices are anything but random.

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Hollywood has broken two very different records this holiday season. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the first movie to reach US $1 billion in gross sales in just 12 days. This beats the previous record of the movie “Jurassic World” which had the additional benefit of sales from the world’s second biggest market, China. Star Wars opens in China in January and so it will likely push its sales to even more astronomical levels.

The other record however is one that the movie industry will not be so proud of.

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One of the most basic mechanisms of the motion picture is frame rate — how fast those frames of still images flicker past your eye to produce the magical effect of cinema. This video traces the history of why such values as 24, 30 or 60 frames per second came to be standard.

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In 1948, the US Supreme Court ended the stranglehold Hollywood studios and distributors had on the US movie market. Declaring the big eight a monopoly and ordering them to divest of their ownership of movie theatres and cease other non-competitive practices, with US v Paramount Pictures, et al, the Court opened the movie industry to independent producers and theatres, and indelibly changed the way we see films (and the films we see).

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is now the best big phone you can buy, but it's also something more. It's the first smartphone designed with virtual reality in mind — just slot it into the Gear VR headset and a whole new world opens up. I say "the first" because I learnt something intriguing at Oculus Connect last month: Samsung is planning to build more.