Monday, June 30, 2008
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 2:20 PM
Best moment ever. A few years ago I saw Ben Burtt returning a toy lightsaber at the Skywalker Ranch Store complaining (jokingly) that the sound was off. Classic!
Two SF Gate interviews, found @ pixarplanet
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 11:06 AM
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 11:05 AM
Dear Ingo Lamp
Voodoo Envy 133
ICANN domain weirdness = www.crap.crap
Moria Orc - 19" Premium Format Figure
Predator on Horse Statue
Walt Disney Showcase Collection: Nautilus Studio Scale Replica - 2008 Edition
65 Pac-Man look-a-likes
SEGA ad now NSFW-ish
Nintendo Plush Series
wresting back flip to a pin (WOW)
65-foot-high LEGO storage room
Photographer Vincent Fournier
Splash Dipping Bowls
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 7:31 AM
Friday, June 27, 2008
Read the whole thing here. Looks like they liked what they saw.
"SO – WHAT DID YOU SEE HARRY?
Not much. Maybe 7 minutes in all. He showed me a scene of Ben Cross (Sarek) & Winona Ryder (Amanda Grayson) cradling a baby Spock on the surface of Vulcan. A baby with Spock ears is kind of amazing to look at. But there was no dialogue here, and Vulcan wasn’t really there yet – what was there was a great rock formation that kinda reminded me of that wonky mountain/cliff thing from ARENA / BILL & TED. That said, it wasn’t the ARENA formation – and JJ said that zero effects had been done on this yet – so the lighting wasn’t right, the sky wasn’t right and there were no angry volcano type things or structures in the background, but he assured me… it’ll all look very Vulcan when it is done.
The next scene was a really nicely completed visual effects pass of a pre-Enterprise Federation ship from about 25 years before the Enterprise. I’ve no idea how this fits into the larger story, same with the Spock baby stuff. But this effects shot had a completely different space feel than anything I’ve seen before from STAR TREK or STAR WARS. The shot began on a small part of the ship, then craned back and over to reveal the ship coming into a larger shot of the ship seemingly orbiting a really angry sun. The shot was absolutely dynamic as the star was seemingly raging – and we cut to the interior of the ship – it was very shadowy and very much like that of an old diesel submarine – JJ told me that the look was an evolving look for Star Fleet – so that you could get a sense of the passage of decades here. Once again though – I didn’t see the end of the scene or really get a sense for what was going on.
I really like the dynamics and tone of this Space shot – very much not like something I’d seen before – although it was Star Trek, because the ship was a saucer, with a nacelle above and below the saucer. It just felt aggressive and frankly… badass.
After that – He reiterated that the effects were nowhere near done, blah blah blah – but it looked damn good.
After that shot, JJ wrestled with what else he had that he could show. Talking with his partners in the room – he didn’t know quite what to show. Yoko and I just looked at each other – we were kinda like deer in the headlights – just waiting to absorb whatever was shown. At this point I was a bit anxious because while I liked the first two clips – they didn’t really show anything recognizable to the timeline of Trek that I knew.
That’s when JJ had his “EUREKA” moment – he didn’t actually say “EUREKA” – but he knew what he wanted to show. He went over to the big Editing computer thingamabob and was trying to get something up, he pulled up a scene that looked like it was shot in an enormous hanger – There looked to be well over a hundred Starfleet graduates standing in the center of the room – with a couple of shuttlecrafts (old school) that looked like they were ready for boarding… the voice over was basically assigning cadets to the ship they would be serving on. The shot was huge, but oddly sparse… that’s when the editor said they had a newer version of the scene and then worked with JJ to pull it up.
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 2:48 PM
TONS of DVD box set release info @ The Digital Bits
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 2:19 PM
The Tale of Despereaux Trailer
Bond 2 footage
Clash of the Titans remake
New and extended Dark Knight trailer (no new spoilers if you've seen the previous trailers, but still AWESOME!)
No Indy 5
Vespimo's scooter helmets
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 10:27 AM
Back to the Future inspired NIKE shoes
one of a kind Blade Runner "Spinner" LEGO vehicle
great Microsoft then and now picture
stormtrooper high heels
world's largest pool
Band of Brothers on Blu-ray (YES!!!!!!!)
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 10:13 AM
Thursday, June 26, 2008
This is a comment found on Cartoon Brew (topic: writer ranting about Dreamworks). Classic:
You know, I felt kind of sorry for the leopard in Kung Fu Panda, and couldn’t quite figure out why, because I knew I’m not supposed to. But I DID. And now I know why, thanks to Mr. Harmon’s rant. I mean, I like Po - he’s hard not to like - but how does his “suffering” - stuck working in a noodle restaurant for a kindly father goose while dreaming fanboy dreams of kung fu glory - compare to Tai Lung’s suffering - being trained relentlessly, promised the pain and effort will earn you a great honor and destiny, and then when the time comes for your hard-earned reward, some old fart turtle shakes his head and walks away? And then your slavedriving master doesn’t defend you? I imagine he WOULD get pissed. And then he’s thrown in prison and treated like crap for 20 years. Gee that totally wouldn’t mess with his head, right?
I also wondered why the character I liked the least was the kung fu master. I couldn’t figure that out either, because I knew I was supposed to feel sorry for him. But now I know it’s because, when you get right down to it, he’s kind of a dick. Thanks again, Mr. Harmon! KFP’s eye candy overwhelmed my brain in a way that not even the second Star War’s trilogy did - I realized right away that *it* was crap. Yet it made money too. I guess eye candy is enough for some people…
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 12:41 PM
Shooting Dark Knight with as little CGI as possible (oh yeah)
Ralph McQuarrie Galactica concepts
Awesome Brendan Fraser Interview about GI Joe
Huge spoiler filled Andrew Stanton interview about Wall-e and more (SPOILERS!!!!!!)
Star Wars USB hubs
Orbino Aira MacBook Air Case
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 9:19 AM
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 11:11 AM
Ouch, wonder how long that post will be up.
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 11:08 AM
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 3:10 PM
Skate it for the Wii might be board peripheral
Ballgirl viral video explanation
Spaceman Oval watch
Espoirs de L'Animation
Beast With a Billion Backs - Futurama
Knight Rider GPS video
LEGO Vault with all the sets
Johnny Lee Wiimote ideas
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 9:31 AM
Monday, June 23, 2008
WALL•E DS Demo (Expires 6/29)
The Incredible Hulk (Expires 6/29)
Kung Fu Panda DS Demo (Expires 6/29)
Contra 4 (Expires 6/29)
Cake Mania 2 (Expires 6/29)
CrossworDS Demo - Anagram
- found @ GoNintendo
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 12:15 PM
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 10:07 AM
George Carlin, the Grammy-Award winning standup comedian and actor who was hailed for his irreverent social commentary, poignant observations of the absurdities of everyday life and language, and groundbreaking routines like "Seven Words You Can Never Use on Television," died in Los Angeles on Sunday according to his publicist Jeff Abraham. He was 71.
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 10:05 AM
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Don't know from where but someone sent this:
the strike cost the state of California more than $2 billion and 27'000 jobs.
Well done writers, well done. Now that you got your new deal, are you paying back and helping the ones that lost their job? What about those that lost their job outside of the U.S. because of the strike? Hmm?
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 12:24 PM
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wall-E new trailer (spoilers I think, haven't watched it)
Government knows your shopping habits through CC
Brando 4 port USB hub
Satellites in Orbit
5 year old blind girl piano genius
Human Body - Pushing the limits
Anime Law of Physics
Christian Bale in "Robin Hood"?
Iron Man $$, Indy even more $$$, Hulk 2 not so much
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 11:50 AM
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 10:39 AM
10 Characters Ruined by Fans
WTF#1 - Justice System is retarded
WTF#2 - Going overboard??
WTF#3 - not surprising
WTF#4 - gross
WTF#5 - cultural differences I guess
Spore Penis Monsters
The right way to nap
Sick Puppy Toy Awesomeness
Samsung Pocket Projector
Life Size Alien Statue (not from Sharper Image)
Lego Stormtrooper Cloning video - The real Attack of the Clones
Burn after Reading - Poster
Spike Lee doing Time Travel movie - in theory
Google Ripping off Google CheckOut customers - smart way
Hot girl in... classy... talent show
Woman dies in front of TV 42 years ago, found only now
Blood Car - poster
Kor Water Bottle
NASA and Pixar team up
1 step bug produces oil procedure
Wii Fit Hula Hoop Lauren Bernat MTV appearance - youtube fame at its best, and the talkbackers said she wasn't cute
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 9:48 AM
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 7:01 PM
Apparently the German version "Kleiner Hai" (based on "Baby Shark") is a huge hit.
Here her original version:
Here the "professional" version after people got hooked on it:
Based on "Baby Shark Song"
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 6:57 PM
That's how you conduct game interviews. Kotaku got more.
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 2:51 PM
Posted by Jean-Denis Haas at 2:04 PM
Monday, June 16, 2008
There was a much shorter version, but here's part 1 out of 5.
- found @ Dvorak