Thursday, November 29, 2007

New THX Trailer

Starwars.com got the new THX trailer.

Saddest Cubicle

Wired has a funny (depending on who you are and where you work...) list of "worst cubicle" pictures.

Rambo Site

Maybe I'm easily amused, but I like the look of the Rambo site. I get a bit dizzy though after a while with all that spinning.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Official Indy 4 Images

found @ AICN



Spiderwick Chronicles Collage Poster

AvP Requiem Poster



found @ Filmdrunk

Money Buildings

Cool!

found @ Dvorak

Dark Knight Joker News

Nope, still won't post them (SPOILERS!!!!), I haven't even read it, but if you want to, click here.

Noon Solar Logan Bag

Hefty price tag ($412), but cool looking though.



found @ Uncrate

New Wall-E poster

So is Wall-E always going to look sad in every shot? Reminds me of Adrian Brody in "Thin Red Line". :)



found @ JV Pixar

Stuff all over

Writers Enhanced Beowulf

Final Destination 4 is coming

Another Riddick?

Felt Laptop Sleeve

Custom Samus Figure

Gears of War Figures

Star Trek problems because of strike - can't they just say a different line without writing it? :)

Hasselhoff in New "Knight Rider"?

Christian Bale in Terminator? - YEAH! Oh wait, it's McG directing...

Monday, November 26, 2007

LucasArts games on your iPhone/Touch

Scumm games on your iPod!!!!!!!!! Thanks Gizmodo for making my day!!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Optimus Maximus Keyboard

$1500 is a lot for a keyboard, but you have to admit that this OLED keyboard is fantastic. This should be industry standard (being multilingual, it's such a no brainer for me to have that for different language layouts on your keyboard, but again, pricey...).

Check out the journal for this keybard here.




Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Nolan N-102 N-Com Helmet

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MC Chris

Remember "Fett's Vette"? Here's the guy behind that tune, MC Chris, posing with a Slave Leia at the Playboy Mansion. - found @ theforce.net

Maya Nerd Chair

Look at that sweet setup. That would a cool workstation. You just need a keyboard/mouse and a bigger screen. :) - found @ Gizmodo

Star Wars in HD

Check out this site where you can hover over the pictures in order to see the quality differences. Here an HD Yoda.

Boynq Clock

Nice name... cool look though. - found @ Gizmodo

Yeah baby!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Your own Flux Capacitor


Get it @ BBTS

Link's Crossbow Training Cover

That's awesome! It's always annoying when you get CD/DVDs in a cardboard sleeve, so when you use the normal DVD cases you have now an actual sleeve insert! Now that I think of it, do they have one for Wii Sports? Yep, Wii Play as well. - found @ Kotaku

Disneyland Space Mountian With the Lights On

Ghostbusters Game Images

Kotaku got sweet images for the upcoming Ghostbusters game.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Sweet Samus!

Very nice.


Found @ Geekologie

New Spiderwick Chronicles Trailer


Check out the new "Spiderwick Chronicles" trailer @ Yahoo. - pic source

Ben Cross is Sarek


startrek.com got the news the Ben Cross is Sarek, alongside Winona Ryder who plays Spocks's HUMAN mother. I'm so glad the rumor of her being Vulcan is not true.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Lord of the Rings Twilight Ringwraith Animated Maquette

How cool is that one? NICE! - found it @ entertainmentearth

Friday, November 16, 2007

The 9 Most Racist Disney Characters

Check out the list here.

Massive Bookmark List

Indiana Jones Doc coming

1080p motion tests

Lego Yamato (100'000 pieces)

Sarah Connor Chronicles posters - sweeet!

Ghostbuster Game Lives!

Nintendo Mini Cakes

Astro Boy Interview with Colin Brady


Ghostbusters Gameplay footage

New Wall-E poster

Ghostbuster Game Script info

Dreamworks 3D IMAX plans

Tim Burton doing two 3D movies

Darabont wants Indy 4 writing credit


Kotobukiya Bounty Hunter


Cool lamp for $45'000

Optoma Projector


Optimus Maximus Keyboard Video

LEGO Aliens scenes

Mario Painting

Surfer Girl's Ubisoft Troubles


Great Blue Screen of Death Image


Game Boy games for the iPhone/Touch

Aardman Creature Discomforts


Jungle Jail Animation


New Rambo Poster


Video Game Half Time Show

Enchanted Animated & Real Poster


Twenty Benchmarks in Computer Animation History

Ratatouille Target DVD bonus Disc

Star Trek News

Dragon Ball Z news

Beowulf Ray Winstone Interview


Friday the 13th Remake

Beowulf John Malkovich Interview

Ridley Scott's new movie "Stones"

Winstone Indy 4 news

Things to look out for when buying a projector

Astronauts goofing off













Thursday, November 15, 2007

Star Wars Sale Nov. 23rd


Get some Star Wars goodies on Nov. 23rd!

Cool Playstation Eye Toy Videos

Check them out here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A World Without Writers

Voices of Uncertainty

"Heroes of the Writers Strike"

Beowulf


















I was able to go to an early screening of Robert Zemecki's "Beowulf" at the Metreon (thanks Eric!!). The movie was shown in 3D at the IMAX and the theater was packed. I have never been to a 3D IMAX movie event so I was very curious about the depth aspect. The 3D intro (which I presume plays in front of every movie) was fantastic, I was actually blown away and couldn't wait for the movie to start.

Unfortunately, after having seen the movie, more than half the time the 3D was not needed. It was cool at the beginning because it was the first time for me seeing something like that (I saw the Titanic documentary by James Cameron a while ago in 3D but that had huge heavy glasses and it was just 45mins, not a full on movie), but it quickly became annoying. There was some kind of a ghosting effect and the canvas was not evenly lit, overall the picture was very dark, but some areas were even darker.

WAIT! That could be because of two reasons. We were sitting a bit on the outside, not full center and sooner than later I will need glasses because far away stuff gets slowly but surely blurry. Not that I'm blind, I can still see and read everything, but it's not super sharp, so that and the seating position could affect the viewing experience.

The end battle was brighter (I could actually see something) and there the 3D effect was really cool, not gimmicky (unlike during other spots of the movie where it was downright annoying), but just there, making the experience a notch better than on a normal screen.
The story was entertaining, definitely better than most live-action "event" movies, but my problem was with the main character. He's a liar and a cheater (in every sense), so I really don't care about him. Yes, he redeems himself at the end, but that's not enough. I cared more about Grendel or Wiglaf.

The look and animation was a mixed bag. Some shots (render wise) looked absolutely breath taking, others a bit cheap and like plastic, which really hurts when it is the characters. The scenes during which you see Angelina Jolie talking to Beowulf are amazing, both animation wise and visually. Most scenes with Robin Wright-Penn are very doll like and dead, both look wise and animation wise. The shots that really worked were the subtle and quiet ones, for instance Wiglaf at the end is really well done. The ones that didn't work were the intense scenes, with a lot of emotion, shouting, etc. Zemeckis still needs to give the animators more freedom to push the performance. One shot that stood out was Beowulf looking for Jolie in the cave. At one point he shouts "Show yourself!" (or something like that). He's only wearing some loin cloth/underwear type of thing, so you see all his chest and stomach muscles. Yet when he screams, only the facial features move (not enough though), but there is no tightening of the abs or other muscles, he just looks like a mannequin. That's too bad because you know they can do it (and they do - at the beginning Beowulf gets naked and lies down, with his arms behind his head and you see all the muscles working, the breathing, etc. all really well done).

The sea creatures and the dragon were AWESOME, but when the humans are on horses, the animation quality goes down a bit (movement is too fast and looks like a cycle - towards the end of the movie, other areas were ok).

Overall, it was just too inconsistent. Some stuff was amazing, other stuff was Polar Express-y. But I still had a good time and I was pleasantly surprised at how violent and sexual the movie is. It doesn't always have to be talking animals. All they have to do is let the animators do their job and push the look. Since you are in a medium that allows you to do anything, then go for it. Have shots that are like Marlon Brando in "Apocalypse Now", push the lighting, give it more mood and atmosphere. And again, give the animators more freedom. Otherwise, go the "300" route and film your actors and have CG backgrounds. Especially with actors like Hopkins, Malkovitch, etc. Unless you rotoscope their facial performance, it's a waste of talent.

It should do well at the box office and will hopefully encourage other studios to produce more movies like "Beowulf".

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Crayon Physics Deluxe

COOOOL!!

First Pic of young Spock

There you go, Zachary Quinto as young Spock.

- found @ filmdrunk

Stuff all over

Revolver Trailer

CNN re-editing stuff - sneaky

Chris Hemsworth is Kirk's dad and Jennifer Morrison is Kirk's son's mom

Darabont will do Fahrenheit 451


Rourke replaces Cage for Aronofsky's Wrestler


Stallone in Scorsese movie?
- would be cool!

Batman 2, Transformers 2 and JL news


Mayrin Villanueva in new Bond movie

Poltergeist 4?

Star Trek Prop Department

Astro Boy


- found @ iwatchstuff

Monday, November 12, 2007

Major Movie Star

You have to be kidding, right?

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Night Vision Security Camera


If they could get charged wirelessly, that would be awesome. - found @ Gizmodo

F-35 Prototype Helmet

Wow. - found @ Gizmodo

Lego Batman Teaser Trailer

Cute, watch it @ Yahoo

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Sideshow Collectibles News

The latest Newsletter revealed some sweet upcoming nerd items.

First off, watch the "Indiana Jones and Sideshow Collectibles" movie.
Shows a glimpse of what's to come and a Harrison Ford face model prototype. Not bad actually. Most of the times the human heads don't look like the actors at all.

Then the "Life Size AvP Requiem Bust". Super detailed, full image coming soon.

The "Legendary Scale Bust of The Hulk". Looks promising, full image coming soon.

And the fantastic looking "PredAlien Maquette". When I first heard about the PredAlien I thought "Oh great, another crappy mutant type just like in Alien 4". Then I tried to avoid the official image from the movie (I hate spoilers), but then I ended up seeing it anyway thanks to a Flash banner (thanks Dark Horizons...). I wasn't very convinced though, maybe it was just the picture or the lighting in the movie sucked. But then I saw these Sideshow maquette images and I like it a lot!



John Lasseter Interview

Rotten Tomatoes got an interview with John Lasseter about Toy Story 3, hand drawn animation, etc. - pic source

Friday, November 9, 2007

Leonardo Painting hides a Soundtrack

How cool is that?!

An Italian musician and computer technician claims to have uncovered musical notes encoded in Leonardo Da Vinci's "Last Supper," raising the possibility that the Renaissance genius might have left behind a somber composition to accompany the scene depicted in the 15th-century wall painting.

"It sounds like a requiem," Giovanni Maria Pala said. "It's like a soundtrack that emphasizes the passion of Jesus."


Read on here.

Killer Bean Forever

I'm sure you guys remember "Killer Bean". Well, get this:

Several years ago, I was the Lead Animator of Matrix Reloaded. It was a great job, but it wasn't my dream job. I wanted to make my own feature film. So I quit to pursue my dream.

For the past 4 years, I've been working at my computer 14 hours a day, 7 days a week. I've spent my entire life savings and maxed out credit cards. After all this time and effort, my movie is almost done. I present to you a preview of my feature film directorial debut... Killer Bean Forever.




Killer Bean Forever - Official Trailer - video powered by Metacafe

Posters

Found @ Filmdrunk
and iwatchstuff





Kung Fu Panda game trailer

Cool look, watch it @ GoNintendo

Movie News

Batman 2 Pollution Denial

Unautorized Polanski Biopic coming

Mark Wahlberg plays Max Payne - ????

Best Animated Film Category

From Animated News:

Alvin and the Chipmunks, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, Bee Movie, Beowulf, Meet the Robinsons, Persepolis, Ratatouille, Shrek the Third, The Simpsons Movie, Surf’s Up, Tekkonkinkreet, and TMNT


Alvin and the Chipmunks? Aqua Teen Hunger Force? Are you kidding? Alvin is live action, Aqua is... let's not go there...

Star Wars Steampunk Art

Check out the 7 pages here.





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