Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
LEGO has a countdown site with a really cute Indy figure.
Then check out cooltoyreview.com for lots of up close pictures of the "LEGO Indiana Jones Temple Escape" set.
There is also a flickr set out there.
You can get the toy set in stores or at the starwars shop for instance.
Click here to get the HD versions.
I found all this @ iwatchstuff and the writer had (as always) a really funny comment about one character looking like Paul Dano from "Little Miss Sunshine". I put them two together and it's so true! - Dano pic source
Why not? She kicks butt on "Smallville". - news and pic found @ iwatchstuff
I finally saw Live Free or Die Hard - Unrated (Two-Disc Special Edition)a few days ago and liked it except two major action sequences that were just too unrealistic. One, Willis driving into Maggie Q, then through walls and down into an elevator shaft. Sorry, but her legs would be mush from the impact, let alone the rest of the body once down the shaft. Yet she climbs up like nothing happened. Lame. And then Willis on the plane. Lame.
Even within a certain genre or world you create you need to obey a few rules and these sequences just broke them and it takes me right out of the movie. Just like a few scenes in "I Am Legend", but that's another post maybe.
Other than that, the unrated version has a few weird ADR problems but I'd watch that over the theatrical version any time.
The making-of is great and very detailed. I was surprised to see what was special effects instead of visual effects (for instance the flipping cars landing on top of Willis and the mac guy). Yes, by the compositing (and pure nature of the shot) you can tell something is fake, but the cars are actually real, which was cool to see.
The Digital Intermediate making-of with the explanation of color correction is awesome. That's definitely an area which I have no idea of. "Seven" had a good behind-the-scenes about that but on "Die Hard 4" it seems pretty detailed. Again, hard for me to say though since I don't know anything about it. :)
The sound mixing part is always one of my favorite (besides the VFX/Animation). I love sound design and when they show for instance the elevator shaft sequence with just the sounds I just nerd out, I love it. Side rant, it's too bad they stopped including SFX only tracks on Pixar DVDs. I know that no one besides nerds would listen to it and there is no real commercial value by including it. Oh well.
All in all, good times.
Friday, December 21, 2007
That guy just won't stop, amazing stuff!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Cloverfield TV Spot - let's see, how many clichee lines can we cram into a tv spot...
The Ruins Trailer
Forgetting Sarah Marshall Trailer
Hellboy 2 Trailer - Pan's Labyrinth meets Men in Black
John Hurt says that Lucas is "... a bit socially crippled really. Not good with people. So I just left him alone." - Ouch.
Goofy - How to hook up your home theater
eStarling Photo Frame - email images to it via Wi-fi
Awesome looking Power Boat
8 Movies will have Super Bowl ad
Two more Virtual Consoles?
Very short availability of Bomberman for the iPod
T4 Story details
route guidance HUD
found @ Dark Horizons, Gizmodo, Filmdrunk and Kotaku and Engadget
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
By Noel Murray, Keith Phipps, Nathan Rabin, Tasha Robinson, Scott Tobias
December 19th, 2007
Someone should do something about the way films get released. We at The A.V. Club spent much of the spring and summer suspecting that 2007 would offer only a modest helping of great films. Then, almost as soon as the leaves started to turn, 2007 transformed from an okay film year to a pretty good film year to the best film year in recent memory. If you didn't see anything great this year, you either weren't trying, or you gave up around the time of Transformers. Below, you'll find a list collectively voted on by The A.V. Club's five film writers. Subsequent pages feature each writer's individual picks for the best of 2007.
Great list, move on to www.avclub.com
Strange "Romancing The Stone" similarities...
It's great to hear that voice again, but let's wait and see how the gameplay is. Watch the trailer @ Gizmodo
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
For those who've been following the development of this game it sounds unbelievable that you might get to see a trailer tomorrow for "Duke Nukem Forever". Below is a pic from the teaser. - found @ Kotaku
Jackson, who directed the "Rings" trilogy, will serve as executive producer for "The Hobbit." A director for the prequel films has yet to be named.
They are shooting two movies back to back. Read on @ Yahoo! News
This is the new teaser, which is unfortunately again only a teaser. Unfortunately because visually it looks really really good, I love the renders. Even though I think that animated features can't really be on the VFX Oscar list due to their non photo-real look (and usually there is nothing groundbreaking about them like Gollum, Davy Jones, or bullet-time (which didn't originate with Matrix, I know), this movie seems to be more appropriate than Ratatouille. I'm surprised that since Ratatouille is being considered, why not Surf's Up? Or Happy Feet before that? The look was great, but I suppose they didn't submit them.
The satellite "blanket" is classic! Can't wait!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Check out Splashup, an online photo editing tool and photo manager. Is this kinda like the online photoshop version that's coming? How can those guys not get sued?
From their site:
Splashup, formerly Fauxto, is a powerful editing tool and photo manager. With all the features professionals use and novices want, it's easy to use, works in real-time and allows you to edit many images at once. Splashup runs in all browsers, integrates seamlessly with top photosharing sites, and even has its own file format so you can save your work in progress.
According to IMDB:
Knight Rider (2008) (TV) (pre-production) (voice) .... K.I.T.T.
- pic source
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Read on @ www.pixila.com - found @ 3dtotal.com
Cybernator (SNES, 1 player, rated E 10+ for Everyone 10 and Older - Mild Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): It is the near future. Resources are dwindling, and the major powers of the world are in dispute over territory. Pilot the Cybernator G5-E for the 95th brigade of the mechanized marines and throw yourself into the war. Get briefed before each mission to confirm your targets, and then do your best to clear each of the seven stages, freely using the suit's equipped tools and four types of weaponry. By collecting the "power chips" left by defeated enemies, it is also possible to reinforce each weapon up to a maximum of three levels. It is left to your judgment as to whether to reinforce a specific weapon or to power up all weapons simultaneously, adding a bit of strategy to the nonstop action. The powerful background music, military-like atmosphere (look for bullet marks on the walls and the strained communication during combat) and intense story development combine to give the world of Cybernator a gritty, sci-fi feel that you won't soon forget.
Alien Storm (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, rated E 10+ for Everyone 10 and Older - Mild Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): Shape-shifting aliens have infiltrated the city, creating chaos and panic! Fortunately, a trio of heroes called the Alien Busters has agreed to wipe out the invading creatures. The members of the team wield their own special attacks, and they unload a world of hurt on the Martian menaces from the city streets to the mother ship. Gordon, a tough guy with a bazooka, has a special gunship attack, while Karla has a flamethrower for alien crisping, though she prefers to use her special ballistic-missile attack. Finally, Slammer the robot can self-destruct at will and attacks the intruders with an electric whip and other devices. Take the aliens by storm and save your city.
Monster Lair (TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM, 1-2 players, rated E for Everyone - Mild Cartoon Violence, 800 Wii Points): Join young Adam and Laura as they embark on a fantastic adventure in this comical action/shooting game. Featuring beautiful music brought to life by the power of the CD-ROM, the game consists of 14 rounds packed with cute monster enemies. Players can either play alone as Adam (or play with a friend controlling Laura) as they battle their way through round after round. The first half of each round is the action scene, where players must avoid obstacles and pits. Use your Power Boost weapons against enemies and restore your Life Force with food as you head for the gate at the end. The second half is the exhilarating shooting scene, where players must shoot down flying enemies. Take out the boss at the end to clear the round and move to the next one.
Cool look, more images @ Gizmodo
Sweet movie with great story and characters.
more @ thecontaminated.com
News from Dark Horizons:
Andy Serkis, the sole man behind the fantastic performances of Gollum and King Kong, will team up with Peter Jackson, again, to help out on the pre-doomed 3-D performance capture adaptation of "Tintin".
More info here.
Release Date Changes: Valkyrie pushed by 4 months and lots of other movies as well, more here.
$175 @ BBTS
- found @ impawards
Holy moly, this is from Dark Horizons:
- On Friday afternoon CBS Interactive announced surprise cutbacks across the company including firing the entire team behind startrek.com.
KilKiller Robots topple over - S.F. visual effects shop calls it quits
San Francisco Business Times - by Adrienne Sanders
Reflecting escalating foreign competition and the difficulties of operating in high-rent, high-salary San Francisco, the Oscar-winning visual effects firm has closed its doors, leaving its 50 employees to find work at other studios around the region.
Read on @ sanfrancisco.bizjournals.com
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Something like Pandora for music, this web site streams TV/Video channels and learns what you like most to deliver the next content.
I haven't watched the crappy quality version, I prefer waiting for the HD one, coming out this Sunday @ atasteforthetheatrical.com
Check out the collection @ slashfilm
Theforce.net got details about Family Guy's "Blue Harvest" DVD box.
VISUAL FX SEMI-FINALIST LIST
(In alphabetical order)
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
THE GOLDEN COMPASS
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
I AM LEGEND
LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD
NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END
THE WATER HORSE
COOOOL!! - found @ Dark Horizons
Go to Apple for the different versions of Bluesky's "Horton Hears a Who". This is from the Apple site:
"A new CG animated feature film from 20th Century Fox Animation, the makers of the “Ice Age” films.."
So, Bluesky is now 20th Century Fox Animation? Hmm....
Beautiful design and the renders are crazy. The elephant walk on the bridge is awesome! And the beginning is really cool with the stairs, but hey, watch it for yourself, good stuff!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
More Knight Rider images (plus cast)
Almodovar and Penelope Cruz team up
Interview with Walt Disney Imagineering’s Tony Baxter
ProRemote iPhone app
Zelda's Link Plush
$15'000 Darth Vader Wii
Puma El Roo
Upcoming Pixar got the cover art for Pixar's "Art of Wall-E". I love sci-fi, so this book must be sweeeeet! It's listed for $40 but Amazon got it for $26:
The Art of WALL.E (Art of)
Here's the complete list of nominations for the 65th Annual Golden Globes:
Best Motion Picture-Drama
* American Gangster
* Eastern Promises
* The Great Debaters
* Michael Clayton
* No Country for Old Men
* There Will Be Blood
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
* George Clooney, Michael Clayton
* Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
* James McAvoy, Atonement
* Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises
* Denzel Washington, American Gangster
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
* Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
* Julie Christie, Away From Her
* Jodie Foster, The Brave One
* Angelina Jolie, A Mighty Heart
* Keira Knightley, Atonement
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
* Across the Universe
* Charlie Wilson's War
* Sweeney Todd
Best Actor, Musical or Comedy
* Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
* Ryan Gosling, Lars and the Real Girl
* Tom Hanks, Charlie Wilson's War
* Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Savages
* John C. Reilly, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
* Amy Adams, Enchanted
* Nikki Blonsky, Hairspray
* Helena Bonham Carter, Sweeney Todd
* Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
* Ellen Page, Juno
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
* Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There
* Julia Roberts, Charlie Wilson's War
* Saoirse Ronan, Atonement
* Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
* Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
* Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
* Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
* Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson's War
* John Travolta, Hairspray
* Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton
* Tim Burton, Sweeney Todd
* Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, No Country for Old Men
* Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
* Ridley Scott, American Gangster
* Joe Wright, Atonement
* Diablo Cody, Juno
* Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, No Country for Old Men
* Christopher Hampton, Atonement
* Ronald Harwood, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
* Aaron Sorkin, Charlie Wilson's War
Best Foreign Language Film
* 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Romania)
* The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (France/U.S.)
* The Kite Runner (U.S.)
* Lust, Caution (Taiwan)
* Perseopolis (France)
Best Animated Film
* Bee Movie
* The Simpsons Movie
Best Original Score
* Michael Brook, Kaki King, Eddie Vedder, Into the Wild
* Clint Eastwood, Grace is Gone
* Alberto Iglesias, The Kite Runner
* Dario Marianelli, Atonement
* Howard Shore, Eastern Promises
Best Original Song
* "Despedida," Love in the Time of Cholera
* "Grace is Gone," Grace is Gone
* "Guaranteed," Into the Wild
* "That's How You Know," Enchanted
* "Walk Hard," Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
- found @ swissmiss
found @ Yahoo
NEW YORK (AP) -- Digital Domain, a visual effects and animation company affiliated with Hollywood film producer Michael Bay, said Tuesday it plans an initial public offering of its common stock, but did not disclose any terms.
In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Venice, Calif.-based company said the IPO could raise up to $100 million, but the figure was estimated solely to calculate the registration fee and could change.
Go to Brian Tyler's myspace page and check out "Decimation Proclamation" and "Aliens vs. Predator", two tracks from the upcoming movie.
Star Trek set pictures of Kirk?
X-Files 2 set pictures
"Where the Wild Things are" image
Timothy Olyphant in X-Files 2?
Dark Knight Anime Image
Dark Knight Images (Batman & Joker)
New Bond Villain Henchman is Swiss
Cameron's Avatar gets pushed back seven months
Tim Burton on "Alice" adaptation
John Singleton directs "A-Team"???
WTF? A remake of Metropolis???
All found @ Dark Horizons