Friday, April 30, 2010

News Editor for JoBlo.com!

So I have just accepted a position as a News Editor for JoBlo.com and could not be more stoked about it. If you like what you see here on my humble blog you will soon be seeing more of the same over at this true site for all things film related.

Don't fret, loyal readers, for I hope to also continue my blog here. It started as a perfect storm of passion and practice and has culminated in employment but will continue as a hobby.

You now have one more place to get your fix, and in the coming days more details will be revealed. This is not the end, but the beginning! And now I can share with you my secret to success, it has served me well every morning for the past few weeks. Feel free to try it if you need a little extra spring in your step: Inspiration!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Future is Blu

Source: Blu-ray.com

Hey Butthead, your shoes untied! And your Delorean's wheels are on fire!

It has been a long time coming, but the Back to the Future trilogy is finally getting a, oh so deserving, Blu-ray release! There aren't a lot of details yet as it is just an announcement that it is on the way. No further specs or even a release date as of yet, but as I am sure you are all aware this year is the 25th anniversary of the time-travelling duo of Doc Brown and Marty McFly's first adventure, so it would stand to reason that sometime this year would be optimal.

So kick the tires and double clutch it, 88 miles till we're history!

Nota Bene: There are a lot of memorable quotes from the series, but my favorite has to be Doc Brown who nonchalantly drops this classic; "If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits eighty-eight miles per hour... you're gonna see some serious shit."


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Warner Bros Loves IMAX

Source: MovieWeb.com

An agreement has been reached that will allow Warner Brothers will put 20 of their upcoming films onto glorious IMAX screens. The plan is over the next few years to release the new films both in a 2-D and 3-D format, and the lineup is potentially mind blowing. As in when you read the next few lines try not to have a cranial implosion.

Here is a sampling of what is included in the agreement:
  • Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole - Directed by Zack Snyder
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows (Both Parts 1 and 2)
  • Happy Feet 2 (In 3-D)
  • The Hobbit - Directed by Guillermo del Toro (!!!)
  • The 3rd installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise
  • Fury Road (A new take on the legendary Mad Max series)
  • Superman (?!?!)
Obviously some of these films are a long way from release, and a few of them are still in pre-production, but they are on the way. Warner Brother brass Don Fellman expressed the studios excitement over the deal, "We're thrilled to join with IMAX in bringing global audiences new and exciting experiences through the 3D IMAX format."

Don't let the new agreement fool you, however, since going the IMAX route isn't new to Warner Brothers. In the past few years the studio has released 25 films for IMAX use, and 10 of them were in 3-D. Just consider this news of an ongoing relationship that benefits everyone involved.

Nota Bene: Did anyone see the IMAX version of The Dark Knight? The opening bank heist is supposed to be amazing on the mega-screen. As for the article pic; I don't have to ever explain my affinity for the Warner brothers ... and the Warner sister ...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Old Movie - New Trailers

Source: Blu-ray.com

You enjoy starting up the old VCR or DVD player and before watching the feature flick watching some old movie trailers? I did sometimes while other times I was busy making popcorn. The days of outdated previews may be coming to a close thanks to a feature available on a growing number of Blu-ray discs.

Christened "Pre-Roll Technology" by Deluxe Digital Studios, using BD Live, have already streamed 8 million new movie trailers to Blu-ray players. It may have already happened to you, possibly without you realizing it. The new content is slipped in seamlessly after the disc is loaded into the player. While Universal Studios was the first to adopt this marketing tool with releases such as Funny People and Public Enemies but it should spread like wildfire to more discs and likely more studios. Deluxe Digital predicts upwards of 25 million new trailers by the end of 2010.

Nota Bene: I am going to kind of miss re-discovering old movies by watching the trailers on old movies. It was almost like divine intervention when it happened.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Southland Resurrected


Mark this day in your collective memories people, this is one of those rare occasions where a great TV show gets a second chance.

Southland is a a gritty cop drama with borderline comedic censorship. NBC gave the show one season to woo the viewers with the dark drama and even filmed a second, but maybe network TV was not the appropriate home for such a series. NBC didn't feel that way and cancelled the show faster than a Fox executive with a Joss Whedon property.

Here is where the unlikely happens. TNT saw potential in the series and got rights to re-air the first season and air the never before seen second season. And the fans responded and TNT could not be more pleased to announce that they will be producing a ten episode third season of the visceral drama.

I think Michael Wright of TNT summed it up best, Southland is a challenging, visceral show that engages viewers with its immersive style, provocative storylines and complex characters. These qualities have made Southland a favorite among critics and appointment viewing for an extremely loyal audience.”

I encourage supporting the second chance of Southland, it is deserving of at least that much. If for no other reason you should support Southland to prove to network executives that good TV is hard to come by and it deserves a timeslot.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Avatar isn't done breaking records ...

Source: The Hollywood Repoter

Happy Earth Day. To celebrate why don't we all just go out and buy 1.5 million Blu-ray copies of Avatar? Okay!

That must have been the conversation hundreds of thousands of people had in the past few hours because Avatar just broke the record (Previously held by the Dark Knight with 600,000 copies) for most first day sales in the history of Blu-ray.

While it is understandable that the film would sell well I, at least, am surprised at the sheer volume. This is a 2-D release of a film that is best experienced in its 3-D format, otherwise it is nothing more than colorful, albeit pretty, cliches without the revolutionary camera work. I will probably be getting my hands on a copy in the near future but I think I will wait a few months for the already announced ultimate edition to hit the shelves.

Regardless of the success the creators wanted to use the release to spread a message of ecology. All over the world today there are ceremonies aimed at promoting a healthy Earth, they even planted a tree in the Fox lot. So good on James Cameron and company I guess. I am anxious to see the sales trends in the coming weeks, will you be buying Avatar? Or have you already ...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Red Dead Redemption to air on Fox


Red Dead Redemption, for those that don't already know, is a sequel to Rockstar Games (producer of the Grand Theft Auto series) Red Dead Revolver. It is a western tale that would feel at home any any Sergio Leone directed film. It has had quite the marketing push behind it, and many are excited to become their own version of Clint Eastwood including the writer of this blog!

Now word has it that using only in game assets, which means using exactly what you will see while playing the game, they are creating a half hour special to premier on Fox May 15. This promises not to be some shoddy thrown together cutscene fest, and they even brought on a real director, John Hillcoat (2009's The Road) to helm this unprecedented event. The process of animation by using media such as a video game is called machinama, and has been used countless times before but never to this extent.

So a couple days prior to the release of the actual Red Dead Redemption anybody with basic TV in the U.S. will be able to watch how wild the West really was. This might be one of the longest commercials for a video game in the history of ever but Rockstar hopes wet your appetite for some good old fashioned Wild West fun!

Nota Bene: I am really excited about this game to the point that it really isn't funny. I just can't wait to horse-jack somebody!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

No 3-D for Bats 3?

Source: MovieWeb.com

Breathe a sigh of relief. Cinematographer of
Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Wally Pfister has no intentions on using a 3-D format in the (still unannounced, but seriously how can it not happen) third installment of the Nolan/Bale Batman franchise.

Pfister actually was very adamant about not shooting in what he calls the "3-D fad" claiming that the format might have worn off by the time the movie is released. He does leave the option of shooting at least some of the film in IMAX, just like the infamous bank robbery scene from The Dark Knight, which for anyone who saw that sequence you know that is good news.

What is known for sure at this point, according to Pfister, is that Bats 3 is going to happen and it will be shot old school on film. Right now there is a tentative release date of sometime in 2012, but seeing as the film is in no farther than pre-preproduction that time frame could easily change.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

BSG Packaging Exchange Ending

Source: Blu-ray.com

Don't worry you aren't frakked yet! Those of you who have your hands on the limited edition Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series Blu-ray box set only have until May 31st to send in the requirements to Universal to get the updated packaging complete with a spot for the addition disc "The Plan" which follows the Cylon's perspective in the last several episodes.

To receive new packaging just send in the front flap (the one with the big ol' toaster on it) and the top of the first season's package into Universal after completing this form and then follow the directions in the studios reply.

For the Philistines amongst you, Battlestar Galactica is an amazing political thriller that just so happens to be dropped into the middle of a multi-planet war against machines that pushing humanity to the verge of extinction. Mankind's only hope is in a small ragtag fleet and their quest to find the mythical lost colony of Earth.

Hurry up and get your new packaging before the deadline passes you by!

So say we all!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Star Wars Blu-ray Release on the Horizon

Source: Blu-ray.com

About time! I have waited since I bought my PS3 for this day to come. The day the original Star Wars trilogy in all of its glory would released on Blu-ray. That day is more than just wishful thinking now!

Said Steve Sansweet, a Lucasfilm employee, "We have been at work for a couple of years working on—I won't call it the Ultimate Set because we keep finding stuff—but, a very full set of all six movies on Blu-ray with lots of extra material."

No official date was given, but many assume it will be sometime next year to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the theatrical release of A New Hope. I can barely contain myself! Say what you want about the prequels (I often do) but the original trilogy is sci-fi gospel.

Nota Bene: That isn't official art, just wishful thinking.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Netflix Adds Subtitles

Source: The Netflix Blog

If you are anything like me most of your Netflix viewing takes place through online streaming using their “Instant Play” feature. Netflix has just added a new feature to its online streaming: closed captioning.

Promised last year, closed captioning is now available on some streaming TV shows and movies. Right now it is a very limited library of about 100 titles but they now have the technology in place and Neil Hunt, Chief Product Officer a Netflix, promises “we will be working to fill in the library over time.”

There you go; closed captioning has begun to infiltrate Netflix. Just one more feature for an already amazing rental service.

When Twitter Kicks Ass

Source: Wired.com

Want to win some Kick-Ass swag this weekend?

Of course you do! Entering is easy, all you have to do is take a quick snapshot of yourself waiting in line to see the flick with your Kick-Ass ticket stub (or in costume for you aspiring vigilantes out there) and then upload it on Twitter.

For your Tweet to qualify simply say “Kick-Ass” followed by the hash tag “#winkickassWIRED” and you are entered to win. Three winners will be randomly selected with the grand prize being a movie poster signed by the actors and comic creators a Kick-Ass hat and Kick-Ass: Music from the Motion Picture plus a little extra swag. The two other lucky winners will receive a movie poster, sticker set and postcard.

All entries need to be in by 12:01 Pacific on April 19th, go see Kick-Ass now for your chance to win!

Avatar Ultimate Edition Blu-ray

Source: Comingsoon.net

The guys over at Comingsoon.net got a chance to talk with Avatar Producer John Landau about the specs for the forthcoming Blu-ray. Over the next couple of months He and James Cameron will be picking through supplements that will go into a four-disc ultimate edition of Avatar.

Some of the special features that have already made the cut include a two hour documentary on the making of Avatar and various unused scenes, such as more of the Avatar school and Jake Sully in training. Sounds like a quality start to me, but to fill up three extra discs a lot more will be needed and it will take a lot of time.

But instead of monopolizing the “King of the Worlds” time Landau says they have a system in place that will also allow Cameron time to work on his upcoming projects like an Avatar sequel.

If you don’t think you can wait for the ultimate edition of Avatar the regular one will be up for grabs April 22nd sans special features. They don’t want to punish those of you who can’t wait, however, and will give people that bought the initial release the opportunity to watch the special features on their website once they are completed at Avatarmovie.com.

Nota Bene: For those of you who have yet to see film history or want to experience it over again, Avatar is being re-released in select IMAX theaters this weekend.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Criterion July Blu's News

Source: Blu-ray.com

Criterion has announced its Blu-ray releases for July, and boy should you be excited! Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes are slated for a July 20th release, with The Secret of the Grain following a week later on the 27th.

First up is Black Narcissus, a 1947 classic about the struggles of Nuns in a secluded Himalayan valley directed by the British team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It comes complete with a slew of special features:

  • Video introduction by French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier
  • Audio commentary featuring the late director Michael Powell and filmmaker Martin Scorsese
  • The Audacious Adventurer, a 2006 video piece in which Tavernier discusses Black Narcissus and Powell
  • Profile of "Black Narcissus" (2000), a 25-minute documentary
  • Painting with Light, a twenty-seven-minute documentary about Jack Cardiff's Oscar-winning cinematography on Black Narcissus
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Kent Jones

Next is another film by Powell and Pressburger released a year later in 1948, The Red Shoes is a tale of love and the ballet. The special features on this one should be enough for you to add this one to you collection, one name: Scorsese.

  • Audio commentary by film historian Ian Christie, featuring interviews with stars Marius Goring and Moira Shearer, cinematographer Jack Cardiff, composer Brian Easdale, and filmmaker Martin Scorsese
  • Introductory restoration demonstration with Scorsese
  • Profile of "The Red Shoes" (2000), a 25-minute documentary
  • Video interview with Thelma Schoonmaker Powell, Michael Powell's widow
  • Gallery from Scorsese's collection of The Red Shoes memorabilia
  • The "Red Shoes" Sketches, an animated film made from Hein Heckroth's painted storyboards
  • Readings by actor Jeremy Irons of excerpts from Powell and Pressburger's novelization of The Red Shoes and the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale
  • Theatrical trailer
  • A booklet featuring an essay by Ian Christie

The final film announced for a July release is the multiple award winning 2007 film The Secret of the Grain. Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche the French film tells the story of an immigrant battling all odds to create a successful restaurant. And like with any Criterion release it comes with special features to spare:

  • New video interview with Kechiche
  • Sueur, Kechiche's captivating extended version of the film's climactic belly dancing sequence, featuring a new introduction by the director
  • New video interview with film scholar Ludovic Cortade
  • Excerpt from a 20 heures télévision interview with Kechiche and actress Hafsia Herzi
  • Video interviews with Herzi, actress Bouraouïa Marzouk, and the film's musicians
  • Theatrical trailer
  • A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Wesley Morris

Blu-ray Sales

Source: DEGonline.org

Even in the current economic climate it should be no surprise that the Blu-ray train is rolling and gathering steam, as the premiere home video format it has grown astronomical amounts since the first early adapters took a risk in late 2006. DEG (The Digital Entertainment Group) has first quarter results for 2010 in, let’s break down the U.S. and Canada figures:

  • 34 million Blu-rays have been purchased, with rentals up 34% since the same time last year.
  • Blu-ray players are up 125%, all Blu-ray capable devices such as players, PS3’s and computer drives have now reached 18 million.
  • About 75 million HDTVs have been sold, with about 50 million households containing at least one. (34% of HDTV owners have more than one set.)
  • DVD Player sales are still flourishing, with 94 million sold in the first quarter alone.

The figures don’t lie. People want to be entertained and, consequently, the home video market continues to grow with no signs of slowing down. The newest addition, Blu-ray, has come along way in a short time span and I, for one, am curious to see how far it will go.

Plasma Windows to the World

Source: Rationalcraft.com

Got a couple of plasma TVs lounging around the house you want to put to work? You want a view of the Golden Gate Bridge? You want to make your home look like the lair of Dr. No? You want to be in space?! Well you are in luck!

The fine people over at Winscape have got you covered! They are planning on having kits available by July to turn those bare walls into the envy of your friends and family. The kit itself will be somewhere in the $2,000-3,000 area but if you have the cash to burn (unlike me) then this may be the aesthetic home décor you have been waiting for.

I could go into further detail, but man that would be boring compared to seeing it in action:


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

3-D(eath!)

Source: Samsung.com

“Warning: Children and teenagers may be more susceptible to health issues associated with viewing in 3D and should be closely supervised when viewing these images.”

So starts the fine print on Samsung Australia’s new 3-D site. There are of course the legitimate health warnings that need mentioning of course, but these are the ones you see before any movies or video games. It is the ones that are more familiar to roller coaster enthusiasts that should make you raise an eyebrow.

Here are a couple of my favorite excerpts; the first one is my personal favorite:

Viewing in 3D may cause disorientation for some viewers. Accordingly, DO NOT place your television near open stairwells, cables, balconies, or other objects that can be tripped over, run into, knocked down, broken or fallen over.”

And a warning for all you fashion gurus out there trying to make 3-D glasses en vogue:

“Do not use the 3D glasses for any other purpose than for viewing 3D television. Wearing the 3D glasses for any other purpose (as general spectacles, sunglasses, protective goggles, etc.) may be physically harmful to you and may weaken your eyesight.”

And this one you are more likely to see at the gate to the Tilt-a-Whirl:

“Pregnant women … those who are sleep deprived or under the influence of alcohol should avoid utilizing the unit’s 3D functionality.”

Well crud everybody, what does this all mean? 3-D movies, which are for a large part directed at children, are more likely to cause health problems in our youth. People will be falling over themselves, down stairwells, over balconies and face planting into their TV screens. Are you expecting? Then expect not to be watching anything in the third dimension. Have you been boozing while watching Avatar again? Poor choice, I predict puke-age in your near future.

It’s the 3-Docalypse! Or maybe (more likely) it is just Samsung Australia trying to cover its assets. Humorous none the less!

Fox Celebrates 75 Years of Filmmaking

Source: MovieWeb

20th Century Fox will be celebrating it 75th anniversary in style by re-releasing over 300 hundred films, on both DVD and Blu-ray. These films that span the studios rich history will be released over the course of the next 12 months.

Throughout the coming year Fox will be releasing both individual films along with various themed boxed sets. Many of which will also be available for the first time in Blu-ray. Over the next few weeks the full catalog should be public, but the first wave is already available for purchase at their new site, Fox75th.com, dedicated to the year-long celebration.

Keep an eye on Fox75th.com for both information on the upcoming releases and the ability to purchase them online. On top of having the chance to own part of what will be an extensive library, ranging from award winners to box office hits, you will also have the opportunity win various prizes such as Blu-rays, DVDs, Posters and for one lucky winner $75,000.

Stay tuned, looks like the next 12 months are going to be the Year of the Fox.

Apple Gets In Your Face

Source: Apple Insider

That’s right, Apple just applied for a patent on a new dock for your iPhone that you wear on your face like some kind of ridiculous View-Master or what Apple likes to call a "Head-Mounted Display Apparatus for Retaining a Portable Electronic Device with Display." Look at those patent plans at the right. Ok, now stop laughing for a second and consider the following:

  • Why?
  • Is this legit?
  • When can I get mine?
  • Again, Why?

As for the why, Apple is not satisfied with any current head mounted devices and feels this new model will both be easier to wield and do away with redundant features. Yup, this should do the trick.

As for the legitimacy of this patent upon further inspection it was announced on April 1st … not exactly the best time to unveil new products. But I would not put it past Apple to apply for a patent on this technology, as unnecessary as it may seem now, for its future applications.

If you are asking yourself, “These are totally rad, dude! Where can I get my hands on the hardware?” Then all I have to say to you is the 80’s called and they said they want to hang out on Friday and maybe see that new Schwarzenegger flick. Or you can just pick up some of these bad boys!

And in case you (like me and probably every other sane mind) are still wondering why, can you imagine somebody wearing this monstrosity on their face? I just hope these are real so I can watch Steve Job’s try to make these look cool.

Nota Bene: According to these extremely detailed plans the iPhone goes through the bridge of your nose. So is rhinoplasty covered in the warranty or what?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Audiophiles, You're Welcome

Source: DTS.com

DTS Digital Entertainment has always taken sound seriously. If you were to look at your DVD or Blu-ray collection chances are a large portion of your discs are a product of their engineering genius. They continue to push the envelope on audio quality with the release of two new products that promise a more quality viewing experience.

While these two new tools developed by DTS may not be something that every Joe Schmoe will use personally they will surely benefit from them. Regardless if you are a sound mixer or not it is worth noting that improved audio quality is on its way and DTS made it possible.

First up is the Neural Upmix™ by DTS which will allow upconversion from 5.1 surround sound to the more immersive 7.1 system spreading the noise without losing the punch. This pug-in will allow for better soundtrack quality and customizability from scene to scene. This device will make it possible so that when you’re watching the Michael Bay masterpiece that is Pearl Harbor the explosions can be more bombastic but that tender kiss between Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale will only make your retinas bleed and not your eardrums.

Second on the menu is a new version DTS-HD Audio Suite™ v.2.5, streamlining already one of the fastest audio encoders used in Blu-ray discs, aims to prepare for what is sure to be an onslaught of 3-D home media and the ever expanding online services offered by companies such as Netflix.

“With DTS-HD becoming the primary audio codec on Blu-ray Disc, DTS continues to look for ways to streamline production workflow for our customers for both 2D and 3D Blu-ray Disc, as well as online digital delivery,” says Ronny Katz, Director of Professional Audio, DTS, Inc. “Our DTS-HD Encoder is already the fastest lossless audio encoder for Blu-ray disc. Our goal with version 2.5 is to deliver even higher efficiency and automation, and to address the demands of 3D production.”

Nota Bene: Good, now let’s add some 7.1 surround sound to some classics. Singing in the Rain, anyone?

Buy Blu, Save Green

Source: Amazon.com

From now until May 10th Amazon.com is having a great sale on select Blu-rays and the more you buy the more you save. You can save up to $45 while picking from the list of 21 movies, many of which are actually good!

• Buy three Blu-ray discs, save $15.

• Buy five Blu-ray discs, save $27.

• Buy seven Blu-ray discs, save $45.

Feel thrifty here!

Universal Goes Criminal

Source: Blu-ray.com

Universal Studios has just announced three Blu-ray releases for July 17th; Alpha Dog, Assault on Precinct 13 (2005 remake) and genius In Bruges, along with some decent special features.

Let’s break it down:

Alpha Dog:

  • A Cautionary Tale: The Making of Alpha Dog
  • My Scenes

Assault on Precinct 13:

  • Audio commentary with director Jean-François Richet, writer James DeMonaco and producer Jeffrey Silver
  • Armed and Dangerous
  • Behind Precinct Walls
  • Plan of Attack
  • The Assault Team
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Jean-François Richet
  • Caught in the Crosshairs: Behind the Scenes of Assault on Precinct 13
  • My Scenes

In Bruges:

  • Gag reel
  • A Boat Trip around Bruges
  • My Scenes

Nota Bene: If for nothing else you got to love In Bruges for this one nsfw scene.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sharp Backs 3-D Format

Source: Blu-ray.com

It seems that everybody has been sipping the 3-D Kool-Aid, and Sharp is no exception. They have just announced that they are developing a new TV for their AQUOS series touted as the “Worlds First Four-Primary-Color 3-D LCD TV” which promises increased picture quality and is supposedly 80% brighter than anything else currently on the market. 80% brighter? I guess the 3-D glasses are both for your viewing pleasure and retina protection.

What does all of this mean for you? Unless you are living in the Land of the Rising Sun not a whole lot, as the initial release this summer will be Japanese exclusive. But what happens in Japan has a knack for infiltrating into the rest of the world and Sharp predicts that by 2012 (barring the Apocalypse) over ten million 3-D TV sets worldwide and their goal is to be a large part of that.

Nota Bene: If you can tell me what is supposed to be on that 3-D TV screen I will be impressed. My money is on a Lady Gaga music video.

iFlix? There's an App for that!

Source: Netflix

Those of you that went out and got yourself a shiny new iPad are in luck! Netflix has announced that they will make their content available through a Netflix application starting at $8.99 a month but with no extra charges for current Netflix subscribers.

iPad users after downloading the Netflix application will be able to stream content straight to their laps, hands or wherever you are supposed place an iPad. There will be an intuitive touch screen interface that will allow you to make selections from the vast array of movies and shows. The users will have the ability to also create queues just like a regular Netflix subscriber.

This is of course good news for all iPad owners out there, but many of you are probably wondering, “What the hell about my iPhone or iTouch?!” Well as Steve Swasey, Netflix V.P. of Corporate Communications, so eloquently put; “We wouldn't invite you to dinner without planning to serve dessert. In other words, we're working on it so stay tuned.”

World Cup in the Third Dimension?!

Source: PR Newswire

Didn’t get tickets to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa? Well that sucks. Thankfully FIFA has teamed up with Sony to make you feel less left out and more like you are right there in Soccer City, Johannesburg when ball meets foot. That’s right, this summer an unprecedented global 3-D event will be going down, and if you get your hands on the right technology you can participate.

The plan is to film over 25 of the games in 3-D and create a feed to be broadcast on special 3-D channels. According to FIFA TV they already have found a partner in the US with ESPN and in Spain, Sogecable and they expect more networks to follow. A live feed is also in the works, with the possibility of public theater screenings for select matches.

If you have a 3-D capable TV by the time this summer roles around (and who won’t!) you should have the opportunity to partake what Hiroko Saito of Sony proclaims as a “entirely new viewing experience”. Don’t plan on having a 3-D TV in time for the World Cup? You will still have the chance to visit one of the over 4,000 Sony stores worldwide in which Sony, tenaciously on the forefront of 3-D technology, will use this as a promotional tool for their new 3-D Bravia TVs.

In case you thought that was all, Sony has also has revealed that they will be releasing an official 3-D FIFA Blu-ray later this year. For more information and a preliminary schedule of what games will be in 3-D visit PR Newswire.

Nota Bene: Personally, I just can't wait to experience a real soccer riot without the messy side-effects like being trampled to death.

Seen that Scene?

Source: Wired Magazine, April 2010

It is alright, it happens to the best of us. You are sitting there and you start to think
of that scene from that movie and then it occurs – you draw a blank. Fear not, for
now there is help for all you would be Dirty Harrys and halftime pep-talkers in a
couple of curious little sites that specialize in knowing who said it, what they said and
what film it the words were immortalized in.

The first of these is
Movieclips.com, still currently in beta this site provides the invaluable service of covering your ass when your memory fails you. It features a clever search
engine that allows you to input the little information that you can recall about the scene in question, such as production dates, directors and actors along keywords and in return it sifts through its database of over 12,000 movie clips to find the one that will allow
you to move on with your life.

Feeling non-conformist, there’s a site for that! If you have a flair for independent or just dig public domain flicks
Anyclip.com is right up your hipster alley. This site features a more eclectic collection of fare, from late night classic Reefer Madness to Elf it has the dialog you crave.
It features a more simplistic search engine but very effective none the less. You can enter
events, titles, actor names and partial quotes and it will hunt through over 2,000 movies now cataloged and return with that quote, by that one dude in that film.

Nota Bene: I tried to fool the system by searching for popular misquotes, and both sites caught my mistakes and directed me to the correct movie any way ... impressive.