Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Simpsons Star Wars

NBC offering streaming episodes of Conan

If you missed an episode of Conan O'Brien, you can watch them the next day on NBC.com - found @ Gizmodo

Star Trek Chandelier

Yeah baby! NERD!!

I can already here Picard screaming: "I see FOUR LIGHTS!!!" - found @ Gizmodo

The Music of Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection

- from Starwars.com:


This November, Sony BMG will make available a 30th Anniversary commemorative collection of the classic Star Wars soundtracks in a collectors' edition foil-printed boxed set. Inside are eight CDs, filled with John Williams' unforgettable Star Wars score. Each film of the original trilogy (Episodes IV, V and VI) has their score spread on two discs, accounting for six discs in total. The remaining two discs include a special Star Wars: The Corellian Edition compilation of the most popular themes from all six episodes on one disc, as well as a CD-ROM of digital art of the original LP packaging, posters and insert. The set also comes with an all-new exclusive poster and collectable stickers. Keep checking starwars.com for more information on this set as November approaches.


Lego Aero Booster

The Exo-Force sets are very cool, this is their new Aero Booster release. I always wanted to get some of these and do some stop-motion with it. Check out the catalog @ LEGO.com - found @ Boing Boing

Super Mario Galaxy Box Art

I can't wait for this game either. 1st party support on Nintendo consoles is always so strong. Their IP just kicks ass. - found @ Kotaku

Dark Knight Explosion



Dark Horizons has the link to footage of the massive explosion (not an accident btw.) for the new Batman movie.

Royksopp - Remind Me - Pixel Art


- found @ Haha

Samsung SP-A800B 1080p DLP Projector

What a beauty.

Panel .95" DMD 1 panel
Resolution 1920x1080
Light source 300W LAMP
LAMP Lifetime 2000 Hours
Brightness 1000 ANSI Im
Contrast Ratio 10,000:1
Color wheel6 Segment
Zoom/Focus Manual/manual
Input Terminal 2 x HDMI, Analog PC, 2 x Component, S-Video, Video, RS-232C
Lens shift O
Audible noise 25 dB
Power consumption 380W
Dimensions (HxWxD) 432x212x479 mm
Special features Dynamic Black 1080@24p Support
Chipset Scaler: STP10, DMD Controller: DDP3021


- specs from Gizmodo

Wii Skateboard



Ooooohh, nice! Unfortunately not licensed. Hmm.. LAW SUIT! - found @ Kotaku

Money Never Sleeps - Wall Street Sequel

"The new film will be based in New York, in London, in the United Arab Emirates and in an Asian country. We’ve pretty well worked out the inter-personal relationships between the characters. We’re now talking about the business events.”

As we know the character of Gordon Gekko returns, and Michael Douglas is confirmed to be returning. Now, it's been revealed that in the period between films Gekko has been to prison but has been a free man for the past eight years.


- found @ DH

TomTom's Go 920 T navigator

TomTom's Go 920 T navigator:

- voice control
- includes new "Enhanced Positioning Technology" for a more continuous navigation experience and pre-installed with "the most extensive map of Europe and North America."
- 4.3-inch, 480 x 272 pixel display
- 400MHz CPU; 4GB of internal flash with SD expansion
- RDS-TMC traffic receiver
- FM transmitter
- 5 hour Lithium-polyer battery
- Bluetooth
- 118 x 83 x 24-mm unit
- Bluetooth remote control

Expected sometime in Q4.

- found @ Engadget, additional pic from Gizmodo

HD War update

Ok, this is from the Blu-ray conference, so not exactly an un-biased report, but still:

- Blu-ray holds 90% market share in Japan for both movies and hardware
- In US Blu-ray has 63% standalone unit market share and over 66% of hi def disc sales
- 70% of hi def sales in Europe are Blu-ray with 3:1 ratio over HD DVD


Let's just declare Blu-ray the winner and have Paramount release their movies on it. Come on, enough is enough... - found @ Gizmodo

New "Dune" Film Coming

Someone wants to take a new shot at it. I hope they get it right, it's tough though. I only read the first book but it's great. I have fond childhood memories of the David Lynch version, the new Sci-Fi Channel version wasn't my cup of tea. - found @ DH & pic source

Nintendo Wii Virtual Console emails

GoNintendo reports that Nintendo is sending out emails alerting people which new VC games are out. The cool thing about that is that the email contains a video for each game. Sweet.

Phantom Hourglass Trailer

Looks sooo gooooood! Head over to Kotaku for the video.

Bad Lieutenant 2

From Dark Horizons:

Billy Finkelstein (TV's "Murder One," "Law & Order," "NYPD Blue") has been hired to pen "Bad Lieutenant '08", a feature described as "less a sequel or a prequel than an attempt to take the raw material of the original film and weave it into 21st century, post- 9/11 New York.


Keitel should be in it.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Drillbit Taylor - Trailer

Is that the new thing? Overweight kids/adults with afros? Or at least one cast member with an afro? From the guys that brought you Knocked Up and Superbad, comes Drillbit Taylor. And just like California Florists points out, the cast is just a younger version of Superbad. Odd thing to see Owen Wilson after his alleged suicide attempt.

Watch it @ Apple




Part 1-Interview with Bobby Beck, Shawn Kelly and Carlos Baena of AnimationMentor.com

Watch it here.

Important part during the interview: Just because a company doesn't get back to you after you sent your reel to them doesn't mean that you are not good enough, but that the company is looking for a specific resume. If a company is not looking for what you're offering (no matter how good you are), then you won't get hired.

Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)

Scary. From Apple:

A cinematic bullet into the cerebral cortex, a documentary that unflinchingly exploring the cycles of violence that plague Brazil’s upper and lower economic classes in fits of rampant corruption and violent kidnappings. The film chronicles these cycles by utilizing highly personalized stories that reflect the growing truth about Brazil’s huge economic disparities-differences that cause violence on both sides of the spectrum.


Adobe Hires Co-Inventor of Image Resizer Technology

From TechCrunch:

The day before yesterday I showed the above video (it has now been viewed nearly 100,000 times), which shows some jaw dropping examples of next generation image manipulation, and said “I want this in PhotoShop immediately.” Well, that may be happening sooner rather than later. Co-inventor Shai Avidan has now joined Adobe and will work out of their Newtown, MA office. More info on Shai is here.


Sooooo sweeeeeeeeet!

Metroid Prime 3 Corruption Hidden Radio Message

Hello, this is Iwata from Nintendo. You may not know from an outsiders point of view, but being a director is really hard! When things are really busy and stressful we (us directors) may look tired and sick, then people may feel sorry for us! But in my case, it's the opposite, I get fatter and fatter, so then people don't think I'm stressed at all!

Satoru Iwata's hidden message. :) - found @ Kotaku

GyroPod Concept

This is a 2001 concept of the current Wii-mote Nintendo controller. Head over to Gizmodo for more slides and details.

HDTV Pinball Machine

Wow, look at that! I miss the classic ones though. The last one I played was the Terminator 2 one, which was a lot of fun. - found @ Kotaku

Thomas Crown Affair 2 with Jolie

I have to admit that I have never seen the original, but I liked the Brosnan version a lot. Word is now that Angelina Jolie will be in the sequel "The Topkapi Affair." - found @ DH

McGregor hated Star Wars

"He said the favourite movie he'd done was Trainspotting and the one he liked least was Star Wars." More @ theforce.net

I can see why he doesn't like the all bluescreen/greenscreen experience. Too bad though, he certainly was one of the few good things about the movies. Liam Neeson was good too though. And Darth Maul. Little Ani? Not so much... Oh well...

Edward Furlong in Terminator 4?

AICN has the rumor. You never know. If your career is not going as planned, go back to money makers. Just like Diesel doing Fast and Furious 4. And why not? Gotta pay the bills.


You may already know this but just in case you do not...

Terminator 4. Edward Furlong is back as John Connors... (at least according to his agent).

If you use this call me BIG BOY

Nokia's iPhone

Just like Engadget said: What the hell is that?

If you can't make it better, just copy them flat out. What used to be reserved to Korean knock-offs, has gone mainstream. Oh boy. The gloves are off.

Update from Gizmodo: Nokia says it's a concept, the LCD images are overlaid, it's not even a working prototype.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Elijah Wood on Yo Gabba Gabba

Most successful pirate was beautiful and tough

By Maggie Koerth

You can keep your Bluebeards and your Blackbeards. The most successful pirate of all time controlled a fleet of more than 1,500 ships and upwards of 80,000 sailors -- and she did it all without the help of facial hair.


This is a really cool story, you should check it out, the end is just too good. Movie anyone?

Marvel Milestones Zombie Spider-Man Vs. Venom Statue

Sweet. Order @ Cornerstorecomics

Young Indiana Jones on DVD

starwars.com has all the details you need on the upcoming DVD box of the Young Indiana Jones adventures.


The first 12-disc set includes seven feature-length episodes as well as 38 in-depth companion documentaries, an historical overview, an interactive game and an interactive timeline.

[ Young Indiana Jones Comes to DVD ] The 38 historical companion films are original works from the Lucasfilm documentary unit, headed by CBS News veteran David Schneider. The documentaries complement the episodes with insights from scholars, historians and luminaries from a wide range of disciplines, bringing remarkable and fresh insight into The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. They include interviews with Gen. Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger, Gloria Steinem, Martin Scorsese, Barbara Boxer, James Earl Jones, Hal David and Deepak Chopra, along with some of the nation's pre-eminent academics.


The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones - Vol. 1

$75-million deal for South Park guys

“Three more years of South Park will give us the opportunity to offend that many more people” - Matt Stone.

The deal includes a production house in Culver City, more South Park accross the internet, mobile phones and video games. - found @ Animated-News

French Stuntman



Amazing Stuntman - video powered by Metacafe


found @ dvorak

1 TB disks winning HD war?

How to fit 1TB of data on one CD-sized disc - News

Blu-ray and HD DVD have pushed the limits of optical storage further than anyone thought possible. But a new technology has emerged which makes Blu-ray’s 50GB capacity look tiny. Mempile in Israel says it’s able to fit an incredible 1TB of data onto one “TeraDisc” which is the same size as CDs and DVDs. That’s 20 times the capacity of a maxed-out dual-layer Blu-ray disc.

The incredible capacity achieved using this new technology is made possible by employing 200 5GB layers, each one only five microns apart. The discs are completely transparent to the red lasers which are used in the associated recorder.

Prototypes have already been made to store up to 800GB of data, and Mempile says it will crack the 1TB barrier before moving on to build 5TB blue laser disks.

Dr Beth Erez, Mempile’s Chief Marketing Officer says that the first 1TB disks have a lifespan of 50 years and could be on the shelves in two to three years.

On a 1TB disc, you could store:

* 212 DVD-quality movies
* 250,000 MP3 files
* 1,000,000 large Word documents


from dvorak

Topspin on the Wii

Here's a nice quote:

I have a son that has lots of fun with Wii Sports. Topspin on Wii will have completely different play mechanic and a different focus. There’ll be no big heads and no players without legs. We are taking into account the direction of the move and how fast you’re doing it. My six-year-old son just wants to move. He doesn’t care if what he’s doing is specifically represented on screen. But we [hardcore gamers] want it to recognise the move, so it’s not so simple.It’s a real tennis game. Wii Sports Tennis is a wonderful game but in Topspin you will have to move your character and do different swings. You can move normally and that’ll be fine - you will just perform regular swings. But if you want to perfect your technique you will need to practise. So I like to say it’s a finished game on Wii.”

- Topspin senior producer Jean-Yves Patay

Sweet, I can't wait!! - found @ GoNintendo

iwanexstudio - before and after

I wish teenage girls would get to see how their "idols" really look like. Head over to iwanexstudio, click on Portfolio and then click on the images. Once up, hover over them with your mouse to see the before and after images as rollovers. Much more impressive then side by side shots.


Great pizza moments in film

Slice of Life Great pizza moments in film By Nora Maynard 1. Pizza as a Class Divider. The Bicycle Thief (Italy, 1948). 2. Pizza as an Alibi. The Gold of Naples (Italy, 1954). S 3. Pizza as a Media Magnet. Dog Day Afternoon (USA, 1975). 4. Pizza as Something to Go with Polyester. Saturday Night Fever (USA, 1977). 5. Pizza as an Avoidance Tactic. Manhattan (USA, 1979). 6. Pizza as a Punch Line. The Jerk (USA, 1979). 7. Pizza as a Way to Cut School. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (USA, 1982). 8. Pizza as Foreplay. Do the Right Thing (USA, 1989). 9. Pizza as a Way to Get Whacked. GoodFellas (USA, 1990). 10. Pizza as a Goof on Product Placement. Wayne’s World (USA, 1992).

Head over to Chow for all the details.

Halloween leaked onto bittorrent

Nothing new, but this time it's an older work print that was leaking. They have since made changes to the movie (more gore and other stuff), so I would be cool to see both versions. One before the test screening, one afterwards. - found @ Dark Horizons

Red Tails

George Lucas is going ahead with "Red Tails", a story about the Tuskegee Airmen, "a distinguished group of fliers who broke the aviation color barrier to become the first African-American fighter pilots in U.S. military history." - quote from DH

Justice League of America not mocap after all?

Word is now that the Justice League movie will not be 100% mocap, only every now and then. Rumor is also that Tom Welling will resume his role as Superman from the "Smallville" series. No word on Batman though (I wouldn't count on Bale). - found @ filmdrunk

Richard Mille's Planetarium-Tellurium clock

While it might not include all of the planets, and the Earth has been enlarged for aesthetic reasons, it’s capable of telling viewers an astounding amount of information including the current axis of the Earth, it’s position relative to the Sun, the rotation of the Moon, as well as the positions of Venus and Mercury among other things. It’s also an extremely sophisticated clock and perpetual calendar, which can even tell the current signs of the Zodiac.


How cool is that? - found @ Gizmodo

NASA shuttle launching Luke's lightsaber into space

August 27, 2007 — When the space shuttle Discovery launches the STS-120 crew in October, the force will be with them. Stowed on-board the orbiter, in addition to a new module for the international space station, will be the original prop lightsaber used by actor Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the 1977 film "Star Wars". The laser-like Jedi weapon is being flown to the orbiting outpost and back in honor of the 30th anniversary of director George Lucas' franchise.

Read more @ collectspace.com

Monday, August 27, 2007

Right at your Door - Trailer


Dirty bombs explode in L.A.
One guy is alone at home while his wife was outside during the explosions. Since she is contaminated, he won't let her in after sealing off every entrance.

Someone watched 24...

Watch it @ Apple.com

The Signal - Trailer

Some crazy tv signal drives people crazy. Cool frenetic editing, like the middle part of the J.J. Abrams monster movie, just longer.

Watch it @ Apple.com

Epoq MP4 Watch

There's a new mp4 watch in town! Looks HUGE! The "firsttoyou" site doesn't specify the compression codec used for video though, which is really important. - found @ Gizmodo

Nicolas Cage as Magnum P.I.?

You're kidding, right?

Bubba Nosferatu

Nice! DH has a post on the prequel to "Bubba Ho-Tep", called "Bubba Nosferatu". Elvis fighting vampires! Count me in! And now Paul Giamatti is interested in it! Oh yeah! - found @ Dark Horizons

Speed Racer's new camera

The web is buzzing with Susan Sarandon's quote that the Wachowski siblings have developed a system for a new camera focus thingy. Basically, everything in the shot will be in focus, just like with the cartoon. The colors will also be super vivid to further make it feel like the cartoon. Collider has more details. - found @ filmdrunk

Zachary Quinto on Heroes & Star Trek!

Source: Heather Newgen
August 24, 2007

Comingsoon.net has an exclusive interview with Zachary Quinto.

CS/SHH!: Did you audition for the role and have to campaign to get Spock?
Quinto: I do think I campaigned for it. I definitely put it out there that I'd be interested for it. I think there was a progression that made sense to the people that are making the movie in terms of exposure and my experience of the show and the nature of the show and the sort of crossover fan base. I went in and put myself on tape for the casting directors back in April. Then I left the country a couple of days after that for a while to travel during the summer. Immediately when I got back, like two days later they had set up a meeting. J.J. had called to set up a meeting. Two days later, there was a lot of negotiating and figuring out schedules. June 7th I think is when the offer came in and then July 26th or 27th is when we announced it at Comic-Con.


Read on @ comingsoon

Indiana Jones Poster Art by Drew Struzan

Killzone 2 Developer Walkthrough

Very cool Killzone 2 Developer Walkthrough over @ Kotaku.

The Legend of Zelda - Video Games Live at Yale University

Nice transition from John Williams into the main theme. NERD!!

Video Games Live - Super Mario Brothers

Beautiful!

Video Games Live - Classic game themes Orchestrated

Love it!

Steampunk Ocular Thingy

City of lost Children? I just love that style! - found @ Gizmodo

Nintendo Wii Virtual Console Monday

Sweet! - found @ Nintendo.com

Super C
NES
1-2 players
rated E for Everyone – Fantasy Violence
500 Wii Points
In this action-packed sequel to the popular Contra, players have little time to think. Experience run-and-gun game play at its best as you take control of Mad Dog or Scorpion and once again battle the forces of Red Falcon. Stages feature a combination of perspectives (side scrolling, top down, etc.) and intense battles against huge bosses. Use a variety of powerful weapons and tap into your killer instinct to survive the deadly waves of enemies. And if you're scared, recruit a friend to help you. Because if your trigger finger lacks stamina, then Earth will lack a future!

BREATH OF FIRE II
Super NES
1 player
rated E for Everyone – Mild Violence
800 Wii Points
Featuring a wide range of characters and personalities and a vast, endless world to explore, Breath of Fire II is the sequel to the original smash-hit role-playing game. In a world set 500 years after the previous installment, in a frontier village known as Gate, the father and sister of a young boy known as Ryu are suddenly abducted. Strangely, all the villagers appear to have completely forgotten everything about the incident, and Ryu has instantly become an orphan. At a church, Ryu meets Bow, another orphan in a similar predicament, and they slip away from town together to begin their adventure. Take advantage of the multiple game-play viewpoints found in the game (such as the quarter-view perspective during battles that made the original game so popular) to use exciting abilities like shaman fusing and dragon transformations and help these two heroes complete their mission.

Ghouls'n Ghosts
Sega Genesis
1 player
rated E for Everyone –Fantasy Violence
800 Wii Points
Ghouls'n Ghosts is the sequel to the popular action game Ghosts'n Goblins, originally released in the arcades and later ported to the Genesis. One full-moon night, three years after the battle with Astaroth, a ray of light shoots through Princess Prin Prin, and her soul is stolen right in front of Arthur's eyes. To save his bride's soul, Arthur the knight must battle all manner of evil undead creatures with a variety of weapons, powerful magic and new actions.

Vespa Lamp

Nice! - found @ swissmiss

loads of laughter

Awesome!

The Dark Knight Spoilers

As always, I'm not reading those because of SPOILERS, but if you don't care, click here.

AirMotion seat

Sweet! Reminds of a simulator I was in during my trip in Switzerland. You are sitting in a capsule that tilts around, doing loopings and flips and what not, absolutely fantastic. Imagine playing X-Wing or Tie-Fighter on it! (yes, I'm getting old).

I've posted about the 360 display, but here's the video. - found @ Geekologie

Dolbee Digital

I like that one!



found @ Animated-News

Keanu Reeves in "The Day the Earth Stood Still"


Nooooooooo, one of my favorite childhood movies is getting Keanu Reeves to play Klaatu. Why?? - found @ DH

Russell Crowe on "Body of Lies"

I think the studio is aware of who they’ve hired to do the gig, and what [Scott] wants it to be about...I don’t think it will be very popular, but that’s never been part of my project choice process."

He goes on a little more about the subjects the film covers - "I think the perspective of ‘Body of Lies’ is ongoing. It’s machinations and creations of the American government, in terms of its foreign policy. I don’t think it’s so responsive to what’s happening now — because what’s happening now is actually the fruit of seeds planted two or three decades ago, if not more. But I think it’s timely to do a movie like that … it’s important, and Ridley is up for [portraying] the true negatives of this web of intrigue that’s been created."


Well said! Read more @ Dark Horizons

AvP Requiem

Check out the red band trailer of Aliens vs. Predator Requiem. I hated the first one, this at least leaves out any pretentious and clumsy story and character development and goes straight to the full on gore action. Good times! - pic source

Samurai Jack Season 4

Check out the cover artwork and background art for the upcoming Samurai Jack Season 4. More @ Madaboutcartoons

Goldrush

Cool short with sweet sound design. Made by Supinfocom. - found @ Cooked Art

Transformers Fan

Not your nerd fans, but wind producing fans. Cute! - found @ Gizmodo

Friday, August 24, 2007

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

That looks great!

Remember the opening of Gladiator, with the close up of Crowe's hand above the corn? Sooo similar.

The Water Horse

Interesting... - Poster found @ IGN



Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 30th Anniversary Edition

Found @ The Digital Bits

Metal Gear Solid 4

Wow, I can't believe I'm writing this but this new Metal Gear Solid 4 trailer doesn't do it for me. Actually, these creatures at the end completely turn me off. Not that I have a PS3, but that was the only game I was interested in. Now? Meh. Wait and see.

Watch the trailer @ Kotaku.

"Lust, Caution" gets NC-17 rating

Ouch. Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" just got an NC-17 rating. DH reports that they won't recut the movie in order to avoid the rating, which won't go well with the upcoming award season.

Maybe Lee just doesn't care. It's his vision, why change it because of a few people? He's respected enough, one more award more or less, who cares. Or does he? - pic source

Google Blogger Video Upload



Did you notice that little icon next to the image uploader? It's the video uploader. Hmm... Google Blogger is getting fancier and fancier...

Now let me upload some Ironman footage and count the seconds until I'm fired...

Exclusive Scenes for the Narnia Video Game

If you're going to get the upcoming Prince Caspian game, you'll get to see exclusive footage not seen in the movie. - found @ GoNintendo

Festo Robot Arm

I actually didn't read the whole post, I just really like this picture. But head over to Engadget for more details and videos of Festo's robotic prosthesis.

Forbidden LEGO

Forbidden LEGO: Build the Models Your Parents Warned You Against!

The Sun in Motion

Super sweet site, the movies are very cool. - found @ haha

LikeVid - TV Online

500 TV channels online. TIMEKILLER!

Check it out @ Haha.

NJ teen unlocks iPhone from AT&T network

By PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer Fri Aug 24, 1:25 PM ET

NEW YORK - A 17-year-old hacker has broken the lock that ties Apple's iPhone to AT&T's wireless network, freeing the most hyped cell phone ever for use on the networks of other carriers, including overseas ones.


Read the rest @ Yahoo News

Steampunk Lightsaber



- more @ Gizmodo

Hitman - Full Trailer

Melvin The Robot Rig

Interesting. While browsing "Retro Thing"'s "Who says robots can't be cute" post, I noticed the uncanny resemblance between these guys and the Melvin the Robot rig.


Thursday, August 23, 2007

NES games on the iPhone

There is a little plastic overlay for "tactile" control on your iPhone NES emulator. SWEET I say. The more NES the better. Imagi


More info @ Gizmodo.

Code Lyoko

This could be a new Tron game. It's "Code Lyoko" for the Wii. - found @ Kotaku

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