Friday, June 29, 2007

Contra 4 DS Videos

GoNintendo has links to more videos of Contra 4. Basic sound fx, no music, etc. but it's already super sweet.

JV Pixar posted news about a new Wall-E "teaser" a while ago (a description of what Wall-E stands for, playing on the Ratatouille video game). At the end it has the site, which I had to check out of course. Nothing was there, but now the site is up and will expand on July 13th.

Check out the site for a video clip as well.

Lions for Lambs - Teaser

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Upcoming movies - teaser posters

Animated-News gives us a link to which offers more links to posters of upcoming movies like Stardust, Ironman, Bee Movie, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Horton Hears a Who!, The Simpsons Movie, Lions for Lambs, The Dark is Rising, American Gangster, The Bourne Ultimatum, Atonement, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Enchanted, Underdog, Ratatouille, National Treasure 2, Narnia 2, I Am Legend and Beowolf.

Jim Hill - Ratatouille Marketing

Over at Jim Hill is an interesting article on the marketing difficulties concerning "Ratatouille". Like one of the commenters said, "Isn't Disney's Marketing staff one of the best in the world?"

But then again, maybe they really do not have a clue. Looking at the billboards here in SF, the theme is very sports driven, with Remy and his brother playing soccer or basketball using vegetables. Huh? I didn't even recognize it as that, it was pointed out to me by a friend of mine. To me it looked like these characters were just jumping around with food flying past them.

I like the poster with Remy and Linguini. It's closer to what the movie is about than soccer... Why not include Skinner, Ego, the restaurant, etc. Market it as a buddy picture. Could it be internal struggle between Pixar's and Disney's marketing departments? Who knows.

Unfortunately, business is business and shareholders need to see $$$ come opening week-end. Quality doesn't always equal money. Look at Spiderman 3 and Shawshank Redemption for instance. Just sayin'.

Beach Pillow

Check out this beach gadget at Gizmodo (amidst all the iPhone coverage). Very nerdy and very handy.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Transformers Hollywood Reporter Review

Snippet from the Hollywood Reporter review of "Transformers".

  • The movie is noisy fun, with characters and plot lines kept simple and flashes of comedy that hit home more often than not. Most importantly, the filmmakers have shrewdly selected their young cast. Shia LaBeouf is one of the hottest young actors on the planet at the moment, with the surprise hit thriller "Disturbia" and excellent lead vocal performance in the animated comedy "Surf's Up" already behind him in 2007. Megan Fox and Rachael Taylor add terrific sex appeal in roles designed to emphasize female capability and intelligence. And singer-actor Tyrese Gibson and Josh Duhamel are the smart-looking military dudes who take on the aliens at street level.

Transformers Movie Burger King Commercial

Contra 4 DS and Metroid Wii update

GoNintendo (if you couldn't tell by now, THE best site for everything Nintendo), got boxart and preview posts about Metroid Prime: Corruption and Contra 4 for the Wii and Nintendo DS.

Click on the image for a hires version. The preview is over @ 1UP.

It's 3 pages and packed with goodies. It sounds really good and of course I can't wait!

Ratatouille Screening

Last Friday my wife, son and I were very fortunate to attend a "Ratatouille" screening at Pixar. They showed the short "Lifted" by Gary Rydstrom and the "Wall-E" teaser, then moved on to the main dish (zing!).

In short, the movie was absolutely terrific.

[Spoilers will be hidden, please highlight the blanks in order to see them.]

The movie opens with the Pixar logo and a subtle French anthem playing on top of it, which made me smile of course. I'm a huge sucker for sounds or music over logos that set the tone of the movie (see "Blow" or countless other movies I can't think of right now), so this was already a great start (yes, I'm that anal...).

The sound and music overall was great, Michael Giacchino proved once again that he's very talented and able to navigate between different genres, and the sound masters at Skywalker Sound led by Randy Tom don't disappoint either.

What surprised me was the animation on the old lady at the beginning of the movie. Being that old, her handling of the gun is a bit over the top and out of character. She's just not strong enough to work the gun like that. Yeah, yeah, it's a cartoon, but Pixar has always been good about keeping their characters consistent across the board. Same with Linguini's slapstick moments, like when hes a few 360s to get the letter out of his pants and when he rides his bike to go kill Remy. The first one is acting wise too much and the bike ride is very fast in terms of movement. I think the reason why I reacted to that is because of the look of the movie. That's my major gripe. The renders look so real at times, that it gets close to live-action, yet the characters are designed in a very cartoony way. That mix is a bit jarring to me. With all that realism established, I'd expect the animation to be leaning towards the real as well. But you're left with cartoony faces and cartoony acting, yet the hair looks and behaves in a real manner, the physics are all real, fire, smoke, etc. everything else obeys the laws of physics. I'm missing the character that even smoke has in old 2D Disney movies. Everything was stylized. Here you have Skinner, with his great performance, but when you see his mouth moving in all directions on a face that looks so real, then the heads become very squishy, very doey, if that makes sense.

Wall-E seems to be going the photoreal way as well. I hope that at one point Pixar goes the other way, establishing a new visual style. But then you hear that John Carter of Mars will mix CG with live-action? Oh boy, I hope not, unless they stylize the live-action part. But that's years away.

Oh, I almost forgot, that little "non-mocap" disclaimer at the end? Weak. Keep it humble, come on.

Is "Ratatouille" better than "The Incredibles" seems to be a question I hear/read a lot. Tough choice. I love the subject matter in The Incredibles more than in Rats, but acting wise Rats is so much more advanced and the overall look of the movie is unbelievably beautiful.
I thought that the end of the 2 act was dragging a bit, with my mind suddenly asking the question "Hmm... so is this better than Incredibles?" But I also thought that the beginning of Incredibles was slow, now I love it. I probably have to watch Ratatouille again so I can enjoy the movie instead of scrutinizing everything.

But all in all another masterpiece by Pixar.


Contra 4 Images

AHHH!!! Thanks GoNintendo! Look at these!!!!

Art of Capcom

This is going to be a 300 page monster, with artwork for Street Fighter, Mega Man, Darkstalkers, Devil May Cry, etc.

Head over to Kotaku for more info and links to UDON, the guys behind the book.


Sweet! Found @ GoNintendo

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 27, 2007 – The search for the next ingeniously ground-breaking video game has begun. At a private developers conference this week, Nintendo announced the introduction of WiiWare™, a game-creation service that will allow developers large and small to create new downloadable video game content for sale by Nintendo through the Wii Shop Channel of the hot Wii™ home video game system. WiiWare paves the way for smaller, more creative games to make their way to the public at lower prices, without any inventory risk to developers. The first WiiWare content will launch in early 2008.

“Independent developers armed with small budgets and big ideas will be able to get their original games into the marketplace to see if we can find the next smash hit,” says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “WiiWare brings new levels of creativity and value to the ever-growing population of Wii owners.”

The possibilities for WiiWare are limited only by the imaginations of developers. WiiWare provides game creators a simple method by which they can get their games to the public. This approach, combined with the remarkable motion controls of the Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™, will give birth to fresh takes on established genres, as well as original ideas that currently exist only in developers’ minds. The reduced barriers to development provide developers the freedom to create and an inexpensive, clearly defined path to reach consumers who will ultimately determine which game will become the Next Big Thing.

WiiWare will be posted on the Wii Shop Channel. As with current Wii Shop Channel offerings, users will redeem Wii Points™ to download content. It will support a variety of pricing options. Details about that and upcoming projects will be announced at a later date. For more information about Wii, visit

Wii-mote add-ons

That add-on is for the game Cooking Mama. Hey, whatever works for you. I'd be curious to see the add-ons for Manhunt 2...

found @ Gizmodo

Live from the web carpet: Transformers

Head over to for L.A. premiere pictures.

Our very own Animation Director is there in the BG, yeah!!

Ratatouille News

Here are a few links courtesy of Animated News:

pic source

New Line Cinema doing Conan?

DH reports via Variety that New Line Cinema has a good chance of getting the Conan franchise going again. DH says that Warner Brothers owns the rights to all the different drafts, so if New Line gets it they would have to do something from scratch. Head over there for more info.

I'd love to see a grittier Conan. Still a bit campy, but with good mano a mano fights, Kimbo Slince style. ... OMG, I can't believe I just wrote that...

pic source

Colbert on Transformers

Head over to Gizmodo for it.

Today's Tip: Take the team sports challenge

Are you tired of working out alone? Consider changing your routine by
taking up a team sport. Basketball, for example, boosts aerobic
fitness and stamina. It also offers comradeship and a change of pace.
To find a team sport in your area, check postings at your fitness
center or office, or in the community newspaper.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Transformers Screening

Hey, reason for the very few postings today is: we got an early screening of Transformers here at work over lunch and my head is still recovering from it.


Holy moly, what a terrific pop-corn movie, absolutely classic!

In case you are wondering, I'm not a die-hard Transformers fan. I saw the tv show in Switzerland, liked it, but didn't have a meltdown when I saw the new designs. I really couldn't care less if Prime has flames or lips (btw. some of the Trans guys had lips before the movie, so calm down).
I'm not a huge Bay fan. I liked The Rock, the first half of The Island and Bad Boys 1. Oh, and the 45min attack in Pearl Harbor. I can't stand the music in his movies and don't care about the rest of his movies.

So with all this in mind, it's easy for me to say that this is THE best Michael Bay movie. Apart from that fact (which is not exactly a quality seal), it's a really funny action movie. The music was ok (small parts were very Bay-ish, other parts very Batman Begins-ish cool). The acting good (Shia is great, Turturro not as annoying as I thought), the writing was funny, the sound was UNBELIEVABLE, the pacing great (for a 2+ hour movie), the FX, I have to arrogantly say, were incredible, all in all, a really good summer pop-corn movie.

I think it's going to do ok at the box office. Casual moviegoers looking for good entertainment will love it, die-hard fans will probably hate it (as one did here at work).

My major complaint is this (Spoiler, highlight to read): at one point a mountain dew machine transforms into a decepticon and attacks people. There is product placement and it's not that bad, but that sequence really stood out. It was horrible and embarrassing. It truly felt like a commercial, there was nothing subtle about it.

That's it. Get your tickets boys, you'll like it.

pic source

Avatar First Look?

Could this be what the aliens will look like in James Cameron's "Avatar"? Well, iwatchstuff got this pic from a JoBlo spy. Smart coworker Cameron noticed a few similarities with McFarlane's Voodoo Queen. Interesting.

Transformers Commercial

Head over to Jalopnik for very funny car commercials.
The first one with Megatron tossing the car is actually my shot, yay!!

Today's Tip: A More Comfortable Biking Option

If the seat on a stationary bike is uncomfortable, try a recumbent
bike. The seat on a recumbent bike is more like a regular chair that
is shaped to fit your back. Even if you are new to biking, recumbent
cycling can be a desirable option.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

iPhone Review

Better than the Mossberg one.

found @ Gizmodo

3D Images

By rapidly shifting the perspective on these images, your brain interprets them and you see them in 3-D

Check out all the pictures and the 3D effect @

No Shatner in Star Trek?

  • The original Cpt Kirk was supposed to have made a brief appearance at the start of the JJ Abrahms movie. However, the good news is that Leonard Nimoy AKA Mr Spock has been offered a role by Paramount instead.
  • According to the New York Post Shatner "is very upset," "and has been lobbying for a role."

found @ Yahoo! Movies

Kings of Camouflage (the Cuttlefish)

So cool, just crazy!

Ratatouille Red Carpet Pictures

  • Pixar animators Peter Sohn (left) and Lou Romano (right) voice Emile Remy’s the rat’s garbage eating brother and Linguini, the kitchen garbage boy at Gusteau’s in Paris.

more @ o-meon

NES Cuteness


found @ Kotaku

Samurai Jack Feature?

Variety via Animated-News reports that toon veterans are working on a feature length Samurai Jack movie, written and directed by Genndy Tartakovsky.

Hmmmm... sweeeeet.

Wiimote d-pad analog cover

Why not? Simple solution. Found @ GoNintendo

New Wall-E Teaser

Like I said, top Pixar news are always found @ JV Pixar.

This time you get a new Wall-E teaser (through the Ratatouille Video Game).

Of course I had to check out, but nothing is ready (the domain has been registered, just in case you were wondering).

2nd International Transformers Trailer


And I thought they couldn't show more stuff. Well, they did. There is one action shot I did with Megatron that hasn't been shown yet (at least not the 2nd half of the shot). Other than that, and lots of Transformers talking stuff, you've seen all the action. If someone could cut together all the footage...

Marketing, what the hell are you doing? And no, this is not trying to reach as many people as possible out there because the market is crowded, this is watering down the experience once you sit in the theater.

The sound is fantastic though!

Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass


Gameplay footage can be found @ Gamespot, via GoNintendo.

Poseidon 180 Superyacht

This thing costs $50 million. Nice design!

Found @ Geekologie

AT&T Monthly Plans for the iPhone

Gizmodo is all over this, especially this week. The unlimited email and web access is sweet.

CD Holder

Cool idea, see more designs @

Call of Duty 4

Sweet Trailer for the next installment of Call of Duty.

Ratatouille Animation Test

Hollywood The Rebirth of Optimus Prime: Behind the Scenes With Director Michael Bay

Lots of Transformers coverage @ Wired

The writing of this article is really annoying to me. But I guess this made up for it:

  • "How does this kind of catastrophe happen? With hard work, strict storyboarding, and a computing capacity that is measured not in megs or gigs, but in assloads."

Lions for Lambs Preview on ET

First Day of Shooting on Indy 4

Head over to for behind-the-scenes footage of Indy 4. And so it begins, yeah!

Today's Tip: Buying exercise equipment

Consider wearing workout clothes to the store when you shop for
exercise equipment. Thoroughly test any equipment you intend to buy --
whether it's a treadmill or a barbell. Remember, most of the critical
functions come standard on the basic models. Fancy options are rarely
needed and can add a lot to the final cost.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Gee Crazee

Funny guy, found @

k-whale bathroom

Sweet. Manworks Design.


Cool looking dude! It's a 1/6th figure coming in 2 versions, original and white. For all the details and more pictures, click here. Found @ toysrevil

Make a Video Game Pixel Art T-Shirt

By Lenore

Items Needed

1. Posterboard
2. Masking Tape
3. Painting Sponge or Paintbrush
4. Washable Fabric-Safe Marker
5. Acrylic Paint (or fabric paint if you can find it)
6. Ruler
7. Shirt
8. Xacto Knife (optional, only for adults!)

Nice tutorial, click here for the rest. Found @ GoNintendo

Megan Fox on Jimmy Kimmel Live 6/8/2007

Wow. Truly a Bay girl. :-)

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep Trailer

Click here for the trailer. The interaction between the creature and the water is nice, especially in the bathtub.

Who decides to put the same old burp sound in those movies?! It's like the Wilhelm sound, just not as cool.

Yet another Transformers TV Spot


click here

I can't think of anything that hasn't been shown...

Gnarls Barkley Crazy Theremin Jam

found @ Dvorak

Ironman Cast Picture

I like the look of Jeff Bridges!

found @ ew

Scoring Ratatouille

New podcast, via JV

Puss in Boots

Anton Flags says:

  • “The movie is going to show his back history, from being born a kitten to the swaggering cat that he is today,” explains Banderas. “I’ve seen the scripts and they’re very emotional, as well as very funny, and that’s a combination that I think the audiences will like.”

found @ Animated-News

John Carter of Mars is Live-action

From via JV Pixar

It looks like Pixar's "John Carter of Mars" will be live-action with cg animation. Isn't Noah Wyle' character in E.R. also called John Carter?
Anyway, interesting news. Sounds like Pixar will learn the joys of live-action plates, locked cameras, matchmoving issues, not enough footage, etc. That's actually too bad. I hope they are doing something special with the live-action stuff in order to avoid all that.

I can't wait for the art-of book for this one!! :-)


  • Directed By Three Legged Legs. A wonderfully crafted animation depicting the infestation of Earth by the parasites known as "Humans."

Transformers Variety Review

For more more click here.

  • “But everyone involved knows the actors are mere props for Industrial Light & Magic's CGI team, which has put together an impressive show of the latest tech advances -- not only transforming cars and helicopters into enormous robots within a few thoroughly believable seconds, but also setting them in real spaces and having them interact with real objects. The premise for these fights hasn't moved beyond 1925's "The Lost World," but the digital animation has never been better.

Ah, a pat on the back. Thanks, much appreciated. But let's see what the general moviegoer thinks... I hope they like it too.

Character-Driven Films (but Keep the Kaboom)


  • WHEN they befriended each other in a high school class on French New Wave cinema, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci vowed that some day they would write intimate, character-driven films in the style of Jean-Luc Godard. “We were totally gung-ho to make really revolutionary independent movies,” Mr. Kurtzman said in a recent conversation. “We wanted to throw $50,000 into some movie and just make it.”

  • In Hollywood Mr. Kurtzman and Mr. Orci have become the go-to screenwriters for mega-budget fare like “Mission: Impossible III” and “The Island,” as well as this week’s film adaptation of “Transformers,” based on the Hasbro toy franchise. And they have recently completed a “Star Trek” prequel intended to rejuvenate that venerable science-fiction franchise.

Read the rest of the article @ NYtimes

It would be cool indeed.

According to an announcement made on Thursday June 7th, Sir Sean Connery is NOT scheduled to reprise his role as Dr. Henry Jones Sr in Indy 4. Intolerable!

The mission of this site is simple. Connery must appear, even if only in a cameo, in Indy 4. There are only two reasons why Connery would not be in this film. One, he has truly retired from acting (leaving his last mark on the film world with “League of ...”). Or, Lucas/Spielberg aren’t paying him enough. If the first is true, we can only implore Connery to leave one last mark on cinema, with at least a brief cameo reprising his beloved role as Dr. Henry Jones Sr.
If the second, we appeal to Spielberg/Lucas. Get a deal done. Find a small part for Connery. We aren't expecting an hour of screen time, just give us a scene, a cameo. Bring back one of the most beloved and expertly played characters in film history. And please don't have anyone else reprise the role, as has been rumored. For many Indy fans, Sir Sean Connery’s portrayal is the highlight of the series. His camaraderie with Harrison Ford is priceless. Every minute he’s on screen in “Last Crusade” is a treasure.

At the end of the day, there’s only one message we’re preaching…


Here's how you can get involved.

Help make film history by signing the petition below which will be forwarded to the studio. In addition, spread the word in any way you can. YouTube, blogs, MySpace. We will happily link to anyone promoting the cause. We will be updating this site every day until we hear an announcement. But the time for action is now. Please link back to this site to promote awareness, if we all make a collective effort, I know we will see Connery onscreen for one last moment of a brilliant career.

Thank you for your support. With your help...we will be able to say: "I thought I loscht you, Sean...but, you came back."

Sign the Petition!

Transformers Effects with Scott Farrar

  • We've seen national monuments blow up, animals speak and every unfathomable superhero come to life with the help of computer generated imagery. Nowadays, hack filmmakers try to turn in sloppy work and it doesn't pass muster. But when ILM brought all our favorite Transformers toys to life, it still wowed us. The film's visual effects supervisor, Scott Farrar, shared how he made the Autobots and Decepticons the real deal.

more @ CanMag

Transformers Posters

movieweb has a collection of most of the posters for "Transformers".

Marvel Milestones: Tomb of Dracula Statue

That one is cool!

Our Price: $219.99

List Price $249.99

Darth Maul & Bloodfin Statue

Arrives February 2008
Our Price: $169.99

List Price $199.99

300 - Life Size Spartan Cape Replica

Arrives August 2007
Our Price: $199.99

List Price $249.99

Hitachi Brain Machine

By HIROKO TABUCHI, Associated Press Writer

  • HATOYAMA, Japan - Forget the clicker: A new technology in Japan could let you control electronic devices without lifting a finger simply by reading brain activity.

Head over to Yahoo! News for more. I wonder if at one point big companies will use this technology but then sneak in devices that will work the other way, controlling your thoughts and brainwashing you. :-)

Today's Tip: Greens

Have you heard of arugula? It is a green, leafy vegetable that
contains about 20 times more beta-carotene and vitamin C than iceberg
lettuce. It also has 8 times more calcium. When making green salads at
home, consider choosing dark green leaves, such as arugula, romaine,
and chicory. Using these greens in salads and on sandwiches creates a
more nutritious meal.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Super sweet pictures of Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wiiii.

found @ GoNintendo

Daniel Radcliffe in Extras

found @ iwatchstuff

Zelda Phantom Hourglass Intro


found @ GoNintendo

Gundam Speakers

Those are cooooooool!

found @ Gizmodo

Brothers in Arms DS

Whoah indeed.

found @ Kotaku

Hooked! Wii Fishing Rod

Whatever you can think of.

found @ Kotaku