Friday, February 29, 2008
SFGate got a nice article about the legendary Ray Harryhausen.
Animated-News points to Pixar's official Wall-E site, which shows new Wall-E animation
First time I saw it, I couldn't care less. Then more images and gameplay footage came out, actually interested, then head-tracking announced, very intrigued indeed!
nintendoworldreport got an article about the development of the game.
More videos @ GoNintendo
That doesn't look that bad, still skeptical though... Watch it @ filmdrunk
You’ve heard the rumors, and it now looks to be true. This afternoon Time Warner has announced that New Line Cinema will become part of Warner Bros. This is the expected result of the companies string of recent box office failures, topped with the mega failure of The Golden Compass. Read the letter from Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne which is currently circulating the interwebs, followed by the official Time Warner press release:
Read on @ slashfilm
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Awesome poster for an awesome movie. - found @ movieposteraddict
found @ jvpixar
Great article @ Latimes. This is about Skywalker Sound:
The Technical Building is just plain fun. I enter the cramped studio where foley artists are creating noises for "Horton Hears a Who." (The foley name is a tradition throughout the industry in deference to sound pioneer Jack Foley.) The scene I'm watching has a character walking with a tray of water glasses and as he waddles on screen, the artists, with expressions of focused concentration, clink half-empty tumblers in a tinkling chorus. This crew has produced the sounds for every Pixar film--they stop to show me the strip of rubber that produces the sound for Elasti-Girl from "The Incredibles"--and their "office" is cluttered with a battered car door, toys, mismatched shoes, dishes, bottles, rusty pipes, dirt and shelves of boxes with disconcerting labels. ("Bones, fingernails, small shells" reads one.). The whole thing is so wonderfully analog. The artists tell me some of their trade secrets, how they make the creak of haunted doors and hiss of an imaginary serpent. I promise to keep their magic tricks secret, but I have to know about the old bagel sitting in a corner: What is it for? "That," one of the foley artists says, "is what I call my breakfast."
Jeux France got a character gallery of Force Unleashed.
Regular readers of digitalbits.com know this, but Gizmodo has now a good post on why you should wait before buying a stand alone bluray player.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Morris of "The Golden Compass admitted to being surprised at the film's victory for special effects, and offered that "Compass" might have won because "There was a lot of spectacle in the other films and there's a lot of delicate performance and intimacy in this film, and I think that stood out."
Chief vfx supervisor Fink echoed that thought, saying that amidst all the fantasy elements in the film, "The dialogue scenes meant everything to me."
Winner comments @ Variety
nibenay got a few Cine Live magazine scans of Indy 4.
I was actually looking forward to it, but now...
filmdrunk got images of Hulk and Wolverine.
That's just too cool. More info @ Geekologie
Upcoming Pixar links to a funny mix between the Terminator trailer sound and Wall-E 2nd teaser footage.
Yahoo got two new clips.
More @ Gizmodo, as well as this theater before the Laura Bush restoration.
Word has it that Paramount is also not planning any press screenings or junkets from the film, making that the first and only public screening of the film before its May 22nd 2008 release.
More @ Dark Horizons
Competition at retail from other sources such as video games has had an impact on the overall homevideo market and on the performance of individual titles including "Shrek the Third."
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
As always straight from Dark Horizons:
Max von Sydow and others join Scorsese's "Shutter Island".
Michael Rosenbaum up for Freddy Krueger?
J. J. thinking about adapting "The Dark Tower"? Please no.
A 4th "Final Destination". Not very final after all...
Emmerich not done with disaster movies
George A. Romero Interview
Upcoming Pixar got scans of a "Total Film" interview with Andrew Stanton.
I so hope Wall-E is successful, not just based on being a good movie but so that it would entice people to stop making talking animal movies (at least for a while). Oh wait, talking Polar Bears got an Oscar. Nevermind.
BDP-S350 and S550: Sony's First Full 2.0 Spec Blu-ray Players
The S550 with all the good stuff in it will cost $500 and come out IN FALL?! Fall?? Blu-ray is now the winner, people finally get to buy a format that won't be obsolete and what do you get? Players that are useless and we have to wait til FALL??? Get a PS3, I'm sorry to say. I'm not a big fan of consoles doubling as DVD players but right now, the PS3 got all the necessary stuff in it, plus you get games and downloadable content and it's cheaper...
Alabama station drops broadcast of 60 Minutes expose on political prosecution scandal
Now, let me tell you what has been going on. As 60 Minutes was putting its show together, the White House put pressure on CBS — the parent company — to kill the show. Over the last few days, as word got out that the 60 Minutes show would air tonight, Karl Rove’s associates began planting defamatory stories about journalists working on this story (see example here) and attacking the whistle-blower who came forward, Dana Jill Simpson. If you recall, Ms. Simpson testified, under oath, to Congress about Karl Rove’s involvement in politicizing the DOJ. What you may not know, however, is that her house mysteriously caught fire and she was run off the road in the weeks leading up to her testimony.
What you may also not know is that Governor Siegelman’s house was broken into twice during his trial as was his attorney’s office.
Tonight was something truly unseen in US history. During the 60 Minutes broadcast and ONLY during the Don Siegelman portion — the screen went black for Huntsville residents and Mobile residents. There are other reports of other locations, but I have not yet confirmed those. In Florida, a series of strange ads were running about the FISA bill and how Democrats are not tough on terrorism, apparently during the 60 Minutes hour and also right before 60 Minutes, but not after (still trying to confirm when the ads stopped running). When reporters attempt to get this story out, they are threatened and smeared. When all else fails, the public is not allowed to see the news. Karl Rove may be gone from office, but he clearly is not gone from power. So long as his buddy, George W. Bush, continues to occupy the White House — what used to be a symbol of how a nation could both be governed and be free — we will continue toward abuse after imperial, no Soviet, abuse against us. That too is unacceptable.
Monday, February 25, 2008
found @ Uncrate
Cool movie trailer (visually) at wwtdd
cgsociety got a thread about that. Going through the web tubes this morning, it's mostly a shock to everyone that Transformers didn't win.
If Jack Bauer had been a Spartan the movie would have been called "1".
from Jack Bauer's Top Thirty
Great article about Microsoft's failing monopoly @ roughlydrafted
The death of HD-DVD says more about Microsoft and its future than the general media seems to recognize. It’s not a format war, its a culture war between industry players working to advance the state of the art collectively in partnerships, and one company working to own everything while contributing very little. It’s not hard to see why Microsoft’s bruised and abused former partners are working to align themselves with open solutions rather than buy into more pain with technology tied to Microsoft. That’s very bad news for a company that exists solely as a licensee of third rate product ideas.
The death of HD-DVD is another lethal wound for Microsoft’s dying empire.
impawards has a nice collection of Horton posters.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Watch this awesome trailer @ goingsony
Watch it @ Kotaku
Coming Soon got a transcript from the panels at Wondercon. This is part 1.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
found @ Gizmodo
By J. Paul Peszko
VFX World got an article about Tippett's and ILM's work on "The Spiderwick Chronicles".
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Details and images @ Sideshow
Head over to Kotaku for some sweet Bionic Commando action.
Found @ Theforce
Cuuuute! - more images @ Gizmodo
Gore Verbinski doing an animated feature - they have future sequels in mind, which says a lot (sorry, couldn't resist)
James Cameron on Avatar
Live-Action Akira produced by DiCaprio
David Fincher directing Black Hole?
Toy Story plot straight from Lee Unkrich
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Watch it @ Kotaku
IGN got the interview with Reggie.
Go to GoNintendo for the link. Looks cool!
... in a music video. Go to bttf for the clip and images.
More images @ Collider
It’s deadly in the water, but it can also “crawl” on land and survive out of water for up to four days.
The clip doesn’t look or feel anything like the movie, the Wild Thing suit is a very early cringy prototype, and the boy is a friend of ours Griffin who we had used in a Yeah Yeah Yeahs video we shot a few weeks before.
more @ Dark Horizons
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
$599. How prices have tumbled. Sweet! One more image and specs @ Gizmodo
found @ BBTS
found @ BBTS