Friday, July 20, 2007

Animated Mace Maquette - One last post...

Ok, I couldn't resist. Check this out:


"Hyperspace members who collect Gentle Giant's celebrated Clone Wars animated maquettes will want to head over to StarWarsShop on Friday, July 20, when the final maquette in the collection based on the Emmy Award Winning Cartoon Network series goes up for sale: Mace Windu!

Limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide and exclusive to StarWarsShop.com, Hyperspace members will get first crack at grabbing this stunning exclusive, which will have a limit of one per person. After three days (Friday afternoon through Monday morning, PST), whatever units remain will be offered to the general public."


The maquette is available now. What saddens me is that this is the final version. No Palpatine? Biker Scout? Snow Trooper? Tarkin? Ackbar? Any imperial guy in grey or black? Rebel blockade soldiers in waiting pose ready to shoot the invading stormtroopers? Luke in ANH outfit, with one foot on the rock, looking at the twin suns? Lando? Dooku? Ewoks?

Oh well... - found @ theforce.net

UPDATE: Mr. Anonymous posted a correction by saying that this is only the last piece from the Clone Wars series and that there will be more from the Original Trilogy. SWEET!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Vacation

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Ghosts of Cité Soleil - Trailer


found @ iwatchstuff

Can't go wrong with the Zelda Master Sword

It's not a Wii-mote add-on, but I'm sure a mod with turn up sooner or later, with youtube video evidence of course. Until then, head over to karatestore.com for the details and the bargain price of $90 (down from $130). - found @ GoNintendo

Custom Action Figures

Neat idea by herobuilders! You can completely customize these figures as you wish. The base model is expensive (but custom!), any additional copy pretty cheap. Have any friends that are in love with themselves? Perfect birthday gift! - found @ uncrate

Gone Baby Gone Poster

Trailer looks great, watch it here. - found @ iwatchstuff

Animation Backgrounds and Multiplane Cameras

Head over to animation-treasures for tons of beautiful backgrounds. - found @ Cartoon Brew

tricks

this is for everybody who wants to learn from the masters.
if you are wondering how all these composited pans were
done, let me explain the technique -
with image capture software you can grab very precise key
frames of camera pans. these frames can be mounted together
and touched up a bit in photoshop to recreate nearly the
identical original background that was used for the film.
I guess not too many people know that in the case of BAMBI,
only a few backgrounds are left in the Disney archives.
most of the film’s scenes were several layer multiplane
combinations, which means that the different foreground and
middle-ground layers had to be painted on glass.


Transformers Toys Sold for $1,000,000

All these sold for tons of money, more details @ Gizmodo

Run! AT-AT! RUN!

Nice one, direct link here.

Frank Zappa on Crossfire

Not exactly nerdy, but since the entertainment industry is always dealing with censorship, I thought it'd be appropriate to post this here. Either way, it's a fascinating watch and sad at the same time to be witness of such close minded people. "Fascist theocracy", Zappa had it right, that's where we are at now.


found @ Dvorak

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Jamie Kennedy is really embarrassing

(Head over to GoNintendo in case the embedding doesn't work) Watch how Jamie Kennedy makes a complete fool out of himself. And for that he got paid how much?

Echocrome

Interesting puzzle game, really showcases the power of the PS3. Movie @ Kotaku

Sweet Steampunk Robots

Gizmodo has a great gallery of steampunk robots. The spider is really cool as well.

The History of the Interceptor

The History of the Interceptor is a nice piece featuring the car of Mad Max.

Framestore CFC Harry Potter Work

Head over to framestore's site to read about their work on Harry Potter 5. - found @ 3dtotal

Wii Fit Parody

HAHAHAHAHA!

Rose & Camellia

Kotaku describes this flash game as "the greatest game ever made" and I think it comes very close. The game is as simple as they describe it: "This is Rose & Camellia. It's set in the 19th century. You play a woman. You slap other women. That's it."

That's indeed it and it's really funny, but obviously wears off after a few seconds.

Cashback - Trailer



"Cashback" looks interesting, more like a netflix choice, but still. Maybe I shouldn't have watched it after the Coen movie...

No Country For Old Men - Trailer



I love the Coen Brothers movies and "No Country For Old Men" looks fantastic as well. Great cast and wardrobe, love the look.

Watch it @ Apple

The Last Legion -Trailer

Watch the "The Last Legion" trailer @ Yahoo! Movies

Wow, could there be any more LOTR references? Add some Gladiator in there as well. And for some reason I'm brainwashed to think about The Matrix when I hear "the one". But the "Not as many as I thought." line was good. As well as the "Beauty and the Beast" homage. (pic source)













The Walker - Trailer

"The Walker" is Paul Schrader's new movie with a very interesting cast. The trailer can be found @ thewalkermovie.co.uk

The music at the beginning of the trailer is a total Halloween score rip-off!

Simpsons Movie -Clips and images

Animated-news got tons of links to movies and images of the new Simpsons feature.

RC Plane madness

The sound it makes is awesome, but holy crap look at how this thing moves! The beginning is unreal!

Biosuit

That thing looks cooooooool! Check out the details @ Gizmodo, but in short, it's a proposed prototype suit for NASA astronauts to replace the bulky old one.

Cell phone Transformer


found @ Haha.nu

Transformers Jacket

Head over to xip3.com for their collection of red and black Transformers jackets. They also got backpacks and pillows.



iTrapped

Nice idea for contact images. - found @ geekologie

Micro Transformer


found @ Gizmodo

Die Hardly Working

HAHAHAH! Awesome. Maybe that's the future of action movies. Low budget but you still get it.



found @ haha.nu

Indy TV shows?

From IGN:

  • ... another rumor on where the future of the Indiana Jones franchise could be headed: to television as a computer-animated series, à la Star Wars: Clone Wars. Apparently that's an idea Lucas is toying with, at any rate.

The look of the Joker

Another day, another "Dark Knight" spoiler image. This time, the Joker. Click for SPOILERS.

Lego Aircraft Carrier

Oh yeah, now THAT's a Lego loving nerd. Fantastic!! - found @ Gizmodo


DreamBee 1080p projector



Engadget has a post about a new $19'000 projector, but what I liked was the comparison to "War of the Worlds".

I'm all for projectors, but at that price range I'm not even reading the description anymore. Although there is a "cheaper" one for $14'000. :-)

Black Sea

From haha.nu:

  • This picture is made by Daniel Bozhkov on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast and titled as “Darth Vader tries to clean the Black Sea with Brita Filter”.

Super Cute Extra White Gum Commercial

Absolutely adorable commercials for "Extra White" chewing gums. - found @ Cooked Art

John K. Comcast Nintendo Commercial

Ren & Stimpy had some funny moments, but there isn't really anything appealing to me regarding his style. But there are tons of fans out there, so click here to watch the commercial. - found @ BoingBoing

The Spiderwick Chronicles Poster

Interesting observation. - found @ IGN

Dynamite Warrior trailer

Awesome!



found @ iwatchstuff

Monday, July 16, 2007

X-Files the Movie pt.II?

Mulder says there is a good chance. I like this part:

  • "I'm actually supposed to see it next week! Before I would just say that [there was a movie] because they told me, but now, after talking to Chris [Carter] -- he's been giving me progress reports - and he actually called yesterday, and said 'Next week, you should have something to read.'"

more @ Dark Horizons

Supersize Wii Fit Board for the US?

From Miyamoto via GoNintendo:

  • We’re going to launch in Japan first and get feedback and decide if we need to make something that’s American-sized. We may need to super-size! We’ve been testing with Reggie. (laughs) Ideally we’d like to release one size Balance Board worldwide.

The Simpsons Movie Limited Edition Soundtrack

The Simpsons Movie: Limited Edition Donut Packaging














found @ Uncrate

Captain Kirk

Just sayin'.





























more here

Professor Layton DS

Speaking of point and click adventure/puzzle games, Kotaku mentions that Professor Layton is getting a domestic release.

SCUMM, come on! People want it!

Tennis Ball Couch

Head over to Gizmodo for more details, but I just like the look of these.

Indiana Jones 5, 6 and 7?

From iwatchstuff:

  • Despite reports that 65-year-old Harrison Ford is doing all his own stunts and is fighting a courageous battle against incontinence, Paramount has taken no chances with the franchise, signing Shia LaBeouf for three additional Indy pictures, or at least the option to.

Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure - Wii

I don't know what's up with IGN movies right now, they don't seem to show up, but again, might just be me.
Anyway, this is a clip of Zack & Wiki, a good old point and click adventure/puzzle game (hear that, LucasArts? How about a best-of SCUMM collection for the Wii or DS????). Click here for the direct link. There are other sweet clips, but check out the "Gameplay Clip" and fast forward to 1:45. WOW! That's a kids game?! :-)

Harry Potter 5 still makes tons of money

Holy cash cow!

  • In the US, it took in a $77.4 million opening weekend. Combined with near that amount again on its first two days of business on Wednesday and Thursday, the film tallied up a whopping $140 million in its first five days of business.
  • "Phoenix" also smashed records overseas, taking in an estimated $190.3 million overseas from 44 territories, and bringing its worldwide cume to $330.3 million.
How times change.



















found @ Dark Horizons
pic source and here

beat box - nouvelle star

Nice





found @ captainyolk

Super Mario Galaxy

Lots of sweet footage of Mario's latest adventure @ IGN

Beowulf Score is a Back to the Future Rip Off

Ok, maybe that's a strong statement.

Alan Silvestri is doing the score for Zemeckis' "Beowulf" and damn it, if that isn't part of the "Back to the Future" theme in this piece then I'll be damned. Looks like the old masters are doomed to recycle everything. Still not as embarrassingly bad as David Arnold.





found @ Animated-News

NOW Watch

Genius! But even better if it was an actual watch underneath.

























found @ Geekologie

Soundwave MP3 Player

Soundwave, the way he's supposed to be. Check it out @ Gizmodo

Nintendo Wii Virtual Console Monday

Paper Mario® (Nintendo® 64, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone—Comic Mischief, 1,000 Wii Points):
Paper Mario is a graphically innovative game that breaks from the confines of the RPG genre. Now slimmed down, everyone’s favorite plumber flips, spins, jumps and hammers his way through scads of exotic worlds that teem with a huge and hugely entertaining supporting cast. Players control numerous old and new characters in a complex, nonlinear story that follows different scenarios depending on player choices. A dizzying collection of spells, attacks, skills and special items can be collected by players willing to thoroughly explore the lush 3-D environments.

Balloon Fight® (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points):
Control a character to pop your opponents’ balloons before they pop yours. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Don’t be fooled by this game’s simple premise or cute exterior. Underneath you’ll find a surprisingly addictive game with strategy to spare. After mastering the easy-to-learn controls, you still have to get a grip on the game’s impressively realistic physics. And if that’s not enough, there are the ever-increasing enemies and environmental hazards like lightning and water. Try the game’s second mode, Balloon Trip, if you feel like taking a break from the action and just want to see how long you can stay aloft. And hey, who doesn’t like popping balloons sometimes?

Silent Debuggers (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone—Fantasy Violence, 600 Wii Points):
Make your way through a dungeon-like space station and defeat the prowling monsters in this real-time first-person shooter. You’re a member of the elite Debuggers, a group of warriors who are jacks-of-all-trades. Assigned to inspect an unmanned space station, you have exactly 100 minutes to get in, destroy the monsters lurking in each block, make your way to the lowest level and deactivate the automatic detonator placed there. With each monster that slips by you, the core block becomes harder to survive in, so speed is key in preserving the facility and each separate block. Experience the thrill of survival as the timer ticks away and you uncover the truth of the events that occurred.



found @ GoNintendo

Spinning Silhouette Illusion

Check it out here. Fascinating, Mr. Spock.

airtraffic europe

Looks like ants! No wonder they say it's safer then driving a car. Holy moly!



found @ haha.nu

Indiana Jones 4 and the Aging Men News

This is from Dark Horizons:


Half the film's runtime will consists of films shot on Los Angeles sets, another 20% will be scenes done in Hawaii which includes the film's biggest action sequences.

Wii Fit Hands-on

Maybe it's just here at work, but some embedded movies are not showing, so here's the direct link to Wii Fit Hands-on Footage.

Batman "The Dark Knight" Spoiler Image

Ah, spoilers. If you don't care, then click here for small but sweet "Dark Knight" Sweetness. Sweet.

The Good Night - Traile



found @ iwatchstuff

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Aaron Eckhart Interview


Check out what he has to say about his Harvey Dent role in "The Dark Knight".


























pic source

Women in Films



found @ haha.nu

Trapped in the Closet 1-5

I remember when these came out and thanks to iwatchstuff I realized that you could watch those on youtube of course. Classic!

Hoax Photo Gallery - Early Photoshop

Check out museumofhoaxes, which gives a fascinating insight into the early days of photo manipulation.




























found @ haha.nu

The Real Paper Mario

Another good post @ Geekologie. That's what I call the real paper Mario. NERD!

Chuck Norris' Action Jeans

Oh yeah! Action Jeans!






























found @ Geekologie

John Rambo Scans

Click here for the rest of them. I still doubt that the movie will be as violent as the promo footage.

The Shark is Still Working

Before you read this, it must be said that the following does not mean the The Shark is Still Working is available yet. We wish more than anything that this article could be featuring good tidings of the imminent release of the doc; that at long last a distribution agreement has been made and it is coming your way very soon.

Unfortunately, we still have to save that news for another day, but today's news is pretty cool too. We now have a new official trailer to share with you! It's not just something that we reworked simply for the sake of having something new to throw out there however. There is a uniqueness to it that we can add to the long list of poetic fortunes that have graced our project every step of the way. You'll see what we mean as you read on.


Read on indeed and watch the trailer, I can't wait to see the movie!

Batman 2: Dark Knight Pictures

No huge spoilers, but I still won't post them here. Click here for Gary Oldman and set images.

Yes Man

MTV News got this to say about Jim Carrey's new movie "Yes Man":

  • “It’s about a man who finds himself very depressed, and is always saying no. When friends ask him out, he always says no,” Heyman said of the script. “[The film will explore] what happens when he decides to say yes to every thing that comes his way.”

The Different Faces of a Baby

Head over to cedrichohnstadt to see all the different versions (including the original).

Dracula Year Zero

I'm always up for a vampire movie (just like any type of time travel movies). Looks like Alex Pryoas (I, Robot and The Crow) is filming "Dracula Year One". From Dark Horizons:

  • Universal's origins tale about Vlad the Impaler and one of several films about the Romanian royal who inspired Bram Stoker's vampire tale.
  • Scribes Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless tell Variety that the goal was to show Vlad when he was still vital and to explore the fact that he's considered a hero in Romania for fending off the Turks.
  • The aim was too play off the horror and the sympathy you have for a character that "sells his soul to the Devil to save his kingdom and family." Michael De Luca produces.

Archos 605 Wifi mp3/mp4 player

I'm a huge fan of Archos players and it's always interesting to see the evolution of their players. Engadget got the short version, the (very long) version can be found @ archoslounge in French or translated English.

Taste Visualization for Pixar's Ratatouille

- by Michel Gagne

  • In the Fall of 2006, I was contacted by Brad Bird to create a series of animated vignettes for his movie Ratatouille. The concept was to design and animate abstract representations of what the character was tasting.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Transformers phone

Only a concept, too bad.






























found @ Engadget

Avatar Machine

How to Shower: Women vs. Men

Nothing nerdy, but I still had to laugh.

Horrible Golden Compass Posters


I don't know why DH calls these posters beautiful, they are absolutely lame. Crappy photoshop job and composition. I know, I sound like an ass, but come on.
What happened to posters like these? Where are the Struzans and Amsels? Oh well...

There are more here if you dare.

Transformers News

From Dark Horizons:

  • - Mark Ryan, who voices Bumblebee in the film "Transformers," tells SKNR that he recently recorded more material for the DVD release of the film that "has to do with the prequel that will set up the second film."


The ... prequel ... that sets up the ... second ... film. Huh?

Andromeda Strain Remake

AAAHHH!!! Another remake!!

I love the original "Andromeda Strain", both the movie and the book. This time, it's not a feature movie remake, but an A&E mini-series. Why not.






























found @ Dark Horizons
pic source

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