Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Spiderman: We Found Him!

Source: Popular Science

Yes, he is a little younger than some of the other names being tossed around for the forthcoming Spiderman reboot, although going younger is supposedly the goal, but this 13 year old still has my vote.

His name is Hibiki Kono, and he has the ability to climb up walls. So that right there will pay for itself in CGI budgeting! Was Hibiki born with this ability or developed it after being bitten by a radioactive arachnid? Hell no! What, do you think since his name is Hibiki and he can climb up walls he must be a freak of nature? He built a machine.

Using a couple of retail vacuum cleaners and comically oversized suction pads he has attained webcrawling abilities. Even if it is just shy of Peter Parkers skills I bet he is climbing walls faster than you right now!

Check it:

Now stop laughing!

Sorry about the low quality video, but we all know how hard it is to get a superhero on camera that doesn't want to be seen.

International 3D Society

Source: Home Media Magazine

You may not have known that there was an International 3D Society (I didn't, but its new so cut me some slack!) and it has some nefarious 3D related goals. Using "nefarious" isn't really fair as their site is actually very informative and if you had any questions about 3D media the answer can probably be found somewhere among the charts, graphs and press releases. If you are still wondering what it is the International 3D Society stands for just read their mission statement:

"The International 3D Society has been founded to advance the art and technologies of stereoscopic 3D content and its professional innovators. The organization will host educational opportunities for showcasing work, recognizing achievement and advancing member growth. The International 3D Society is open to individuals and organizations active in moving 3D media to an exciting new era of creative achievement and consumer support."

The big news today out of the 3D Society is that it just recently elected its first board members. You may not recognize some of the names but these are the people that control the recent 3D tsunami that has no signs of dissipating so you will probably get to know them soon enough. The two big names are chairman Buzz Hayes, Sony's 3D go to guy, and chair-elect Jim Mainard who heads up production development for DreamWorks Animation.

Essentially this means if you were hoping for this 3D boom to be a fad there are some seriously talented, devoted people who beg to differ. This organization of studios, production companies, individuals and other pro-3D entities is only growing and with the big push this summer over stereoscopic 3D you can bet your sweet left butt cheek that International 3D Society will be there, if only in the back ground pulling the strings.

Don't get me wrong, I am glad there is some responsible management for all of this 3D hoopla and I hope that "I3DS" can get the wheels in motion for a film experience that doesn't revolve around overpriced gimmicks. We just love movies and I am sure that is something we can all get behind.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse in September

Source: MovieWeb

One of the greatest team-ups in super hero history is reunited once again in this newest DC Comics animated adventure. DC has been pumping out some pretty decent PG-13 animated flicks the past few years (See Green Lantern: First Flight and Justice League: The New Frontier) and this newest movie, due out on September 28th, should continue that trend.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse sees the Man of Steel (voiced by Tim Daly) and The Dark Knight (Voiced, of course, by Kevin Conroy) join forces when a mysterious ship crash lands in Gotham harbor. It's lone passenger, Kara (voiced by Summer Glau), may just be another survivor of the lost planet of Krypton. But before Superman and Batman can get to her the omnipotent Darkseid manages to use Kara's Kryptonian strength for his own malignant purposes. Two of the greatest heroes in comic book history may not be enough to take down a villainous god with an invincible slave.

Again, on September 28th Superman/Batman: Apocalypse will be released as a simple no extras DVD, and a special features filled 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray. The Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray also include a 10-minute Green Arrow animated adventure.

Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray Extras Include:

  • DC Showcase: Green Arrow (10 min)
  • Sneak Peak at the Next DC Universe Animated Original Movie (10 min)
  • Featurette: Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton
  • 2 bonus episodes from animated television series handpicked by Bruce W. Timm
  • 2 additional bonus TV series episodes handpicked by Timm
  • Digital Copy

Additional Exclusive Blu-ray Extras Include:

  • Featurette: The New Gods - This documentary covers Darkseid's story, particularly in reference to the adaptation of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.
  • All-New Featurette Pods
  • Orion - Orion follows an almost Shakespearean arc culminating in the slaying of his father, Darkseid. This mini-featurette shines a light on this classically tragic character.
  • Mister Miracle - This featurette focuses on the greatest escape artist the universe has ever known

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Caught in the Crossfire in July

Source: Beyond Hollywood

No it isn't a bio-pic about the late but great Stevie Ray Vaughan but it still might be worth your time.

There is something to be said for direct to DVD action movies. Some men, like Steven Seagal, just make it worth your time. And then there is something to be said about rappers turned action stars, sometimes it works but only if Seagal is also in the flick (See Exit Wounds).

Well all of that is null and void because Curtis "50 Cent' Jackson is teaming up with the multi-talented Chris Klein in the direct to DVD release of Caught in the Crossfire. This "hardcore urban gangster flick" follows a street hardened dick (Detective! It means detective!) played by Klein who is trying to wade through all of the lies and corruption of his own police department while investigating some gang slayings. 50 Cent is also there to represent the aforementioned "hardcore" element.

Get Caught in the Crossfire on DVD and Blu-ray July 13th. So far the announced extras only include outtakes; which is kind of slim, but with Klein providing the material I bet they are gold!

For your viewing pleasure I present to you the trailer for Caught in the Crossfire if you are still so inKleined:

Legal Flying Cars?!

Source: The Register

We, my friends, live in the future.

The FAA has just given special approval to Terrafugia Transition (car/plane hybrid) that will make owning and operating this particular flying car feasible unlike many of it's predecessors.

The hold up was due to a weight issue. The Terrafugia was about 110 lbs over the light sport aircraft classification which has more lenient restrictions on who can operate the aircraft and specifically how much experience would be necessary (Only 20 in-flight hours!) but the FAA granted a special exemption seeing as the extra weight was necessary for safety features when the Terrafugia is in car mode.

Don't expect to see somebody pulling up along side you in one of these bad boys just yet, however, as there are still several more steps (crash tests, more prototypes, etc.) before the Terrafugia Transition can truly spread its wings and hit the highway sometime in 2011.

In case you were wondering participating in the future will put you back $194,000.

Fanboys Blu in July

Source: HighDef Disc News

That is right, 2008's Fanboys is getting a long overdue Blu-ray release on July 27th.

For those of you that don't know about, or just haven't gotten around to seeing it yet, the movie shows the eternal optimism in a pre-Phantom Menace world. Oh, those were halcyon days where the only worry a good Star Wars fan had was getting their hands on a bootlegged copy of the Star Wars Holiday Special.

Fanboys centers around a small group of Star Wars fanatics (Including Jay Burachel, Kristen Bell, Dan Fogler and Seth Rogen) who embark on an adventure to get their hands on an early copy of Episode I.

There is Hutt sized assortment of extras, some of which were on the previous DVD release that should keep every Fanboys fanboy happy.

Extras Include:

  • Introduction By Director Kyle Newman & Producer Matthew Perniciaro
  • Commentary By Cast And Crew
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Truth About Fanboys
  • Star Wars Parallel
  • 4 Fanboys & 1 Fangirl
  • The Choreography
  • Disturbances In The Force: A Series Of Webisodes
  • Fanboys Goes Global
  • Fanboys, The Comic Book
  • Gallery

Monday, June 28, 2010

NASA Outsources To High School

Source: NASA

You may have heard something of the recent Japanese unmanned spacecraft Hayabusha that was destroyed while in orbit above the Australian outback in order to retrieve its precious contents (the first ever harvested asteroid material).

What you may not have known those responsible for recording the planned detonation of the Hayabusha were a few high schoolers and their science teacher. Turns out the students were out of the loop assuming that what they were working on was just another school assignment and they didn't find out it was actually the real deal until 6 months into the project.

High school science teacher and expert in "optical observations, tracking, and spectroscopy" Ron Dantowitz had actually been tapped by NASA to record "The Hayabusa Re-entry Airborne Observing Campaign" and he figured it was time to introduce a few of his students to the wonderful world of applied sciences.

So the hypothetical science project turned real culminated in the students boarding a NASA DC-8 plane after months of work to record the Hayabusha event.

Here is the amazing footage that a few high school students captured; do your self a favor and watch it. Do it for the explosions but most of all do it for science!


Damn, I remember doing similar space related projects in middle school, like colonizing Mars and such. My astronauts almost always died.

How many brave souls lives were lost to my rushed miscalculations?! I need a drink ...

Manstruation Machine

Source: Gizmodo

No, that title is unfortunately not a typo. And be forewarned those of you with weaker stomachs should just stop reading this article and click here.

(That link is also good for those of you who need comforting after reading the following article. Good luck, you brave souls.)

Finally, a Menstruation Machine That Allows Men to Experience the Monthly Cycle!

"What the f*ck am I looking at?" I assumed you asked. Well let me tell you, it is a machine for men to experience menstruation.

Now I assume most of you just shortened the question to a simple "What the f*ck?!" Well allow me to attempt an explanation.

This crime against nature was part of a film project by Hiromi Ozaki, a student at the Royal College of Art in London. The project is a music video called Menstruation Machine (or alternatively Takeshi's Take) and I will allow his synopsis to fill in the details while I hide in the corner and try to collect myself.

"It’s 2010, so why are humans still menstruating? ... What does Menstruation mean to humans? Who might choose to have it, and how might they have it? Fitted with a blood dispensing mechanism and lower-abdomen-stimulating electrodes, the Menstruation Machine simulates the pain and bleeding of an average 5 day menstruation process of a human. Menstruation Machine (Takashi's Take) is a music video about a boy ‘Takashi’, who builds the machine in an attempt to dress up as a female, biologically as well as aesthetically, to fulfill his desire to understand what it might feel like to be a truely kawaii (cute) girl."

If you have made it this far you might as well subject yourself to the music video:

I know, I know ... and I am sorry.

Titanic 2 in August

Source: ScreenCrave

Those crazy bastards over at The Asylum are up to their shenanigans again.

From the studio that brought you sci-fi classics such as Transmorphers and The Terminators, scared you senseless with Snakes on a Train and ... well actually improved upon Indy's most recent adventure with Temple of the Skulls proudly announces its next project: Titanic 2

Jack is Back

No, that isn't the official poster (Though it should be ...) this is the official poster:

Titanic 2

Starring the *ahem* talents of Brook Burns (Baywatch) and that old senator dude from the X-Men movies (Bruce Davison) the film is pretty much exactly what you would expect. Let me regale you with the official synopsis:

"On the 100th anniversary of the original voyage, a modern luxury liner christened Titanic 2, follows the path of its namesake. But when a tsunami hurls an ice berg into the new ship's path, the passengers and crew must fight to avoid a similar fate."

Hold onto you female clothing, because come August 24th it will be time to abandon ship all over again!

Friday, June 25, 2010

WTFriday?! - Make-A-Wish Builds Star Wars Fort!

Source: Geekologie

This one should warm the jaded cockles of your geeky heart in less than 12 parsecs.

There was a very sick boy in Tulsa, Oklahoma and he wanted the most kick ass Star Wars fort in the history of ever.

He got it!

Make-A-Wish made that dream happen and built him a beastly Millennium Falcon for his backyard.

mf-wish-full-1.jpg

Make-A-Wish has been on a role with the nerdiest wishes for a while now, and we all know these poor kids deserve that little extra slice of awesome to get them through the hell they have to endure. Just last month a kid in Seattle got to be a legit superhero for the day.

Make-A-Wish, bless you for making these kid's dreams come true and making my day!

Hulu Partners With Sony

Source: Home Media Magazine

There were serious rumors that Hulu was in talks with Microsoft for exclusive rights for the Xbox, but Sony seems to have beaten them to the punch. Sony is in final talks with the Hulu people and it looks like, for a price, you will have another streaming option for your PS3. Hulu may still be coming to an Xbox near you, but not in the immediate future.

Recently Hulu, which has previously been free, has been toying with premium subscriptions for around $10 a month. The benefits of paying for a subscription have been more content and fewer commercials, now they are bringing that business model to your PSTriple.

While the PS3 already has Netflix capabilities Hulu would be a big boost as far as TV shows go. Netflix can sometimes be a bit stingy and erratic when it comes to TV shows while Hulu has tons of your favorite programming available soon after it airs on TV. Hulu also has a decent catalog of movies too, but no where near as extensive as Netflix.

I would say if you are into movies (Which I assume you are reader otherwise I have no idea why you are wasting your time here!) Netflix is probably still the best route. But if TV is more your bag Hulu on the PS3 might just be what you were looking for!

And if you like both well use both! Who am I to judge?

Boobless Robot Lifeguard

Source: Popular Science

Nope, she isn't a Pamela Android.

No, she doesn't have boobs or run in slow motion.

But yes, she could save your life.

Her name is EMILY (Emergency Integrated Lifesaving LanYard ... that's a stretch) and she is a certified robo-lifeguard who is going to save riptide victims from undignified death by drowning.

This autonomous buoy operates in two ways. It can either be thrown from the shore, a helicopter, plane or boat manually by a human or it can just patrol the coastline looking for struggling swimmers. How the hell is she supposed to differentiate between the raucous splash fights and the truly drowning is where it gets interesting. EMILY uses sonar to hone in on movements associated with distressed swimmers such as panicked thrashing. Then she hits the throttle and shoots toward the drownee at upwards of 28 miles per hour.

Cool, you are drowning and a buoy shows up like an awkward red robo-angel, now what? Well she talks, giving you words of encouragement and instructions ("Hang the f*ck on!") that you should heed if you want hitch a ride back to the beach with minimal water in your lungs. If being comforted by software isn't really cutting it EMILY is also equipped with a camera operated by a lifeguard back on sure that can also give sage advise (Like, oh I don't know, maybe: "Hang the f*ck on!")

The EMILY 'bots will hit the beach sometime next spring and while each unit costs $3,500 you can't really put a price on saving a persons life, even if there are no slow motion boobs involved ...

Well, because I know you guys are thinking about it and are probably already Googling for Baywatch pics:

What did you expect? Don't hassel the 'Hoff!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

First 3D Laptop

Source: LAPTOPiNG

The brilliant minds at Toshiba (Artist's depiction above right) asked themselves "Should TVs and movies have all of the 3D fun?" and they decided that no, no they should not.

The Toshiba Satellite A665-3DV is the first laptop to boast 3D capabilities. It comes with all of the bells and whistles of other new laptops with a couple of extra features such as a Blu-ray burner and a hefty 640GB hardrive which will probably be needed for saving the 3D movies you are bound to be watching.

The pricing may be a little on the steep side for a laptop starting at $1,600, but if you were to lay down the green you would be owning a preview of what is bound to be the next big 3D push: home computers.

Man, 3D is everywhere, and like it or not it is beyond being a fad at this point.

Blockbuster On Demand

Source: Home Media Magazine

Blockbuster has been experimenting with streaming content directly to Verizon customers with wireless devices for a while now and with the release of the new Motorola Droid X the deal has sweetened.

You don't need a Droid X to participate in the new Blockbuster video service as it will work on various devices equipped with Blockbuster On Demand, but it is probably the slickest way to watch the content.

"What content?" I assumed you asked. Well by using what is being called "Blockbuster On Demand Presented By V Cast Mobile" you can have access to the newest releases the day that they also hit the DVD shelves. You have the option to either rent or own, with rentals priced at a fairly reasonable $3.99 and $9.99 to own.

Looks like Blockbuster is getting its content streaming feet wet, even if right now it is just limited to Verizon customers.

Touchpad Vending Machines

Source: CrunchGear

Granted it is in Japan, but Coca Cola has created a new vending machine that uses a gigantic 46' LCD touch screen. Not only will thirsty patrons be able to get there Coke fix using the new sleek interface there are even more bells and whistles.

Some of the extras features include advertisement for those that rent the new machines, and maps and information of the surrounding area that will be able to download to your phone. Coke machines are everywhere, and if this map function was in all of them I doubt a person would ever get lost again ... unless they are in Pepsi country.

Again, the release of these high tech Coke machines are currently only planned for Japan , but I would not be at all surprised to see these hit our shores in the not to distant future.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Human Hamster Ball = Virtual Reality

Source: Popular Science

If somebody was to ask me what the next big step in gaming would be after 3D I would probably laugh you out of the room if you suggested virtual reality, that is so 1992.

But that isn't stopping some people from trying to push the proverbial hamster ball up the hill of progress as the 360 degree simulator previously only available for military and police training is going to be available for public consumption, sort of but they cleverly hide the actual price which is most likely considerable.

Pictured: The Future of Gaming ... don't mind Hamster Rambo (Hambo!)

Virtusphere, as it is dubbed, is exactly what it looks like. It is a large ball that spins around giving the hams- PLAYER a truly realistic experience, virtually of course. Right now, when equipped with the visor, you have the option to play a first person shooter game, go on a tour of Russian architecture or goof around on Google Earth (Personally, I would just pretend I was King Kong in downtown Manhattan).

While you may not personally be in the market for a human hamster gaming ball don't be surprised to see these start popping up around malls and fairs in the near future. After all virtual reality is so 2011!

DC Comics Goes Digital

Source: Kotaku

DC now stands for two things "Detective Comics" and now "Digital Comics" since they finally joined the digital comic’s movement. Like Marvel, Dark Horse and Image before them DC, the last major comics company holding out on digital comics, has realized that comic book readers and people that like technology are usually the same people.

The home of such iconic characters such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, DC Comics should have no trouble finding people who own iPads, iPhones and even the Sony PSP that want their comic fix without the paper cuts.

Each digital issue will cost you at most right now $2.99, and there are also many free comics. There is already a sizable catalog to choose from and even free previews to upcoming issues such as the milestone Superman#700. PSP digital comics can be found right on the Playstation Store while iPad and iPhone users will need to download the slick new DC Comics App.

Now all of the major comic companies have gone digital, and while buying your comics digitally does have its shortcomings (delays in release, no satisfying ink on your fingertips) it can only improve from here.

Do any of you read your comics digitally? I think it is perfect for something like the iPad, but the PSP and iPhone seem a little on the small side to make it worth my while.

Human Target in September

Source: Blu-ray.com

I am going to be completely honest, when I saw the previews of the Fox show Human Target I was very skeptical (in my defense they were doing a barrel roll in a 747). Turns out my skepticism was unfounded because when I decided to give it a try I loved the hell out of it!

The first season of Human Target is getting a DVD and Blu-ray release September 21st. For those of you that may have missed the first season the show is based off of the DC comic by the same name and is about a badass dude that goes by the name Christopher Chance, played perfectly by Mark Valley (The 4400).

Chance will put himself in harms way to protect his clients and explosions and gunplay often ensue. He doesn't go it alone though as he has a surly ex-cop partner named Laverne, but don't you dare make fun of his name. Chance also has loyal friend, played Jackie Earle Haley, who finishes off the team as a sarcastic hacker that won't think twice about shooting you in the back.

Just good television, and contrary to Fox's usual M.O. the series has actually been renewed for a second season.

Extras Include:

  • Two Featurettes: Confidential Informant and Movie-sized Action on Television
  • Pilot Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Webcam Tonight!

Source: ABC

Prepare for a classic example of the age old adage of "The show must go on!"

A disaster of less than epic, but still pretty bad, proportions struck the set of Jimmy Kimmel's late night talk show yesterday when they were supposed to tape tonight's episode.

The power went out.

If there is one thing necessary to record a TV show it is electricity, electricity followed by a working camera. They had no electricity but they found a camera, a webcam to be exact.

Tonight’s low tech episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs at 12:05 on ABC and was shot entirely by webcam via Kimmel's personal laptop. Everything from the monologue, to the interviews (Including The Green Hornet himself: Seth Rogen!) and even a musical performance by Dierks Bentley.

In all honesty I haven't followed late night since the Conapocalypse, but I am intrigued by both this novelty of watching a late night talk show filmed entirely by webcam and Jimmy Kimmel's MacGuyveresque abilities.

If you are curious on how this whole mess turned into something potentially amazing tune in if you aren't sleeping, I sure as hell am!

TRON Out Your Gaming

Source: Gizmodo

Want to show off how geeky and tech savvy you are to your friends and family? Disney is giving you the opportunity by releasing various TRON themed home theater accessories this fall in anticipation for the upcoming sequel TRON: Legacy and the tie-in video game.

TRONbox

Get ready to salivate, there are going to be gaming controllers such as the Xbox one above along with of course PS3 and Wii flavors. For you computer gamers there is a slick looking mouse, but for me the coolest TRON gadget is the keyboard:

TRONboard

And so you can listen to some bumping tunes as you light cycle across a neon landscape check out the sick iPhone/iPod dock disguised as a light disc:

TRONPod

TRON: Legacy could suck all kinds of bad as long as they keep pumping out this kick ass merchandise. But from what I have seen it only sucks awesome and spews it back onto you!

Awesome!

Johnny Handsome Blu in July

Source: Blu-ray.com

Remember when Mickey Rourke's face hadn't been obliterated by a boxing career?

Yeah, I know it has been awhile, but in 1989 his nose still hadn't been broken and he was in a gangster revenge flick called Johnny Handsome. He played the titular role Johnny, and consequently was handsome. Don't believe me? Well, you can see it for yourself on July 27th.

But Johnny wasn't always handsome; in fact he was a grotesquely deformed bank robber that got caught. While in prison though he gets goes through rehabilitation for a chance at a new life and a new face (Probably, courtesy of our tax dollars ...) and leaves the joint a changed man in a more literal sense than most. Once he is back out on the streets of New Orleans though Johnny continues with his plot for revenge against those that got him nabbed in the first place while trying to hide his true intentions from a detective, Morgan Freeman; that thinks a new face won't be enough to kill off old habits.

Extras Include:

  • Noir In Nawlins: In-depth look at the cinematography of Johnny Handsome
  • Double-Crosser: Interview with actor Lance Henriksen
  • Dark Notes: The music of Johnny Handsome

Monday, June 21, 2010

LCD TV's May Save Your Life!

Source: Gizmag

A recent study by the University of York in England has come to the conclusion that the chemicals in your LCD TV could have health benefits.

The specific chemical is polyvinyl-alcohol (PVA if you want to sound legit) which has proven effective at combating viruses and infections. Not only does it have medicinal applications, but it could possibly be used as a cleaning solvent for wreaking all kinds of havoc on germs. And if PVA is combined with ethanol its healing potential is that much greater.

Hell, the good news doesn't stop there as the goo in your LCD TV is even environmentally friendly!

But don't go sticking a straw into your high def set and sucking the goodness out just yet, as further testing needs to be done before anyone can even hope for PVA based medicines and cleaners hit the shelves. But the people at York see a lot of promise in polyvinyl-alcohol, and some of these people have doctorates so they should know!

$5 A Day in August

Source: HighDef Disc News

If you think a film starring the talents of Sharon Stone, Amanda Peet and the great Christopher Walken would not be relegated to a straight to DVD and Blu-ray release you would think there was a mistake. (Ok, maybe with Sharon Stone ...)

But that is the case with the film $5 A Day, which was actually due out last January but has been postponed until August 24th. The film has a premise that, with Walken involved, seems ripe with hysterical situations.

The film revolves around Walken, an old conartist, who has recently found out he has a terminal illness so he gets his estranged son to drive him to Mexico for some kind of experimental procedure. They pay for this road trip through a series of ever increasingly ridiculous grifts and you are just along for the ride.

Road trip flick with Christopher Walken? How did this not get nominated for an Oscar, much less not make it to the big screen?! Just criminal ...

Extras Include:

  • Director and Cast Interviews
  • Still Galleries
  • Trailer

And because no words could do this film justice I present you with the trailer for $5 A Day:

Jacob's Ladder Blu in September

Source: HighDef Disc News

Adrian Lyne's (Fatal Attraction) psychological horror Jacob's Ladder is getting a Blu-ray release come September 14th.

The film, which stars Tim Robbins as the titular Jacob, as a increasingly delusional soldier in Vietnam desperately clinging to his memories to ward off the insanity that surrounds him. Jacob battles the North Vietnamese, Army experiments and above all else his own past in this haunting film that while not pleasant it is at least poignant. Woah ... I sounded like a critic there!

Announced Extras Include:

  • Director Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of Jacob's Ladder
  • Theatrical Trailer

Dearest Cine-a-tech Readers

I know what they say about looking cool and how you are supposed to act like you have been there before, but I haven't so to hell with it:

Well shucks, guys, I love all ya'll!

In the couple short months that Cine-a-tech spawned from my deranged mind it has already managed rack up over 1000 views! (Thanks mom!)

On this humbling (read: momentus, extraordinary, badass, etc.) occasion I wish to thank all of the people that have stopped by, if only by accident, and I can only hope that I was able to improve the quality of your day if but for a moment.

To all of those kind Spambots that trolled through, thanks for the boost in numbers that kept me trucking along. And I wish to take this opportunity to let it be known that when Skynet finally does become self aware and starts the Robopocalypse that I, for one, welcome our new synthetic overlords.

And finally to you, yes you the reader of this very post, I wish to extend my gratitude. You, whoever you are, are an awesome individual that should be told so on a daily basis and anytime you feel that you have not been feel free to drop by here for a moral boost!

1K is just the start! I hope to get at least five more views before I call it quits and mosey on down that dusty ol' trail of obscurity and mediocrity, and that should only take about 6 more months excluding the Spambots!

Thanks again, at only 2 months Cine-a-tech is still a infant with gratuitous bib drool and repugnant soiled diapers, I can't wait to see what this creation will mature into!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Buy Solar, Get Free Boom-Stick!

Source: The Consumerist

You got to ask yourself one question; do you want to invest in solar power? Well, do you, punk?!

Question: What is more rewarding than investing in green energy?

Answer: Getting a free freaking gun!

In a world where traditional energy sources are becoming scarce solar energy may be the answer. But if being responsible early adapter isn’t enough incentive for you California and Colorado based Bland Solar and Air Inc. have an extra reward that is sure to come in handy in sustaining (or ending) life by way of a gun.

For every Bland customer who purchases a big enough solar system a $400 gun voucher is theirs! (I guess if you want to be lame you can opt out of the gun option you can just go for the $400 rebate, but free gun is so much more badass!)

This is ingenious business plan that could be incorporated everywhere to increase the speed of energy source adaption. Buy a hybrid car, get a Winchester repeater on the house! Buy energy efficient light bulbs, receive free set of throwing knifes! Build a windmill and enjoy your RPG gratis!

I am telling you, if more energy companies incorporated this America would become more energy efficient faster than it takes you to say, “Shop smart. Shop S-Mart.

E3: Nintendo 3DS Not For Young Children?

Source: Kotaku

So when you think of Nintendo users who do you think of first?

Children of course!

Especially when you think of Game Boys and other handhelds kids are definitely the target demographic. But now the Nintendo 3D handheld 3DS, due out by the end of next March, is going through some serious safety tests right now. The conclusion this far is that young children should not look at 3D images.

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime had this to say on the matter, “We will recommend that very young children not look at 3D images. That's because, [in] young children, the muscles for the eyes are not fully formed... This is the same messaging that the industry is putting out with 3D movies, so it is a standard protocol.”

This seems to be a standard way of covering themselves from any liability issues that may arise, and it should not be a problem for most gamers. Such as the lucky ones that got a chance to try out the 3DS at the Nintendo E3 booth, who only got sick of waiting in the ridiculously long lines and not from playing with the 3DS itself.

I suppose just like all of the finer things in life 3D should be enjoyed in moderation, so try not to go on a 5 hour bender that only stops when your retinas start bleeding … unless you are hardcore!

WTFriday?! - God Damned Batman Tweets!

Source: Twitter
So I messed up guys, two Fridays ago I promised a new running feature, one Friday ago it did not happen. I have failed something fierce but hopefully this awesomeness I am about to share with you can make up for the err of my ways ... hopefully.

There are tons of celebrities that now use Twitter for their own self aggrandizement (See Ashton Kutcher, Jim Carrey and formerly John Mayer) which is totally fine, because there are people who care about how big of a deuce you just laid or how amazing that bran muffin was, I just ain't one of them.

Now there are celebrities that Tweet responsibly and effectively, like Conan O'Brien who launched a nationwide sellout tour with one blurb, and then there are people that everyone should follow on Twitter.


Upon reviewing some of the Dark Knights daily tweets we come to the realization that he is a dick, and not just in the detective sense of the word. But that is OK, because he has embraced that and made it work for him and his nocturnal crime-fighting escapades.

He gives us profound insight into many things that should concern us all. Such as:
  • Cinema: "Saw the A-Team. Would've been better if instead of a 'team' it was one man. Dressed like a bat. Who drives a stealth tank."
  • Sports: "I'm not saying these World Cup guys aren't in shape, I'd just like to see them play in 50lbs of body armor with limited head motion."
  • And of course; Fighting Crime: "If the Joker is a dog chasing cars, I'm the a**hole driving the car who suddenly throws it in reverse."

I will allow you to peruse the rest at your leisure. No, I do not have a Twitter account, but upon discovering The Batman's profile I am seriously considering getting one.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Vinyl or CD? Why choose!

Source: Gizmodo

Let me start this off by acknowledging the fact that both records and compact discs are arguably dead in this online age where you can find anything for the price of free. I get it. But as someone who still buys CDs and collect vinyl this is technological harmony at it's purest.

And I feel it is something you have to see:

CD?

What you are looking at is a CD, no big whoop right? Wrong, let's flip this bad boy:

AND VINYL?!

That is right! It is a flip disc just like those old widescreen/fullscreen DVDs and those new fangled Blu-ray/DVD hybrids but for music. This changes everything about obsolete media! What will we see next, 8-Tracks merged with cassettes? VHS infused with floppy discs? iPads fused with paperweights?!

This 50% record, 50% CD adding up to 110% awesome is the work of musician and technology enthusiast Jeff Mills. The album is fittingly titled The Occurrence and is a limited release from Axis Records.

The possibilities are about as endless as my joy about the existence of a vinyl/CD hybrid! And if this catches on I guess it means I am buying The White Album again ...

Free Starbucks WiFi

Source: Technorati

So you are sitting there with your mochafrappachinoventi (I don't drink coffee, sorry) and you have your netbook booted up and ready to check on your coffee bean stock portfolio and it dawns on you, Starbucks charges you $2 an hour for internet access!

Well starting July 1st not anymore!

Starbucks has just teamed up with Yahoo to offer free WiFi at about 60% of its coffee houses across America. Only airport, grocery store and other combination Starbucks locations will not get the free service.

For a business that is located almost literally everywhere in U.S. I am surprised it took them this long to offer this free service. God knows they can afford it! People will do unspeakable things to get their caffeine fix including paying exorbitant prices.

Better late than never Starbucks, maybe I will stop in for a cookie sometime.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

E3: Goldeneye Is Back!

Source: Kotaku

Damn it ... I am going to have to finally buy a Wii because the greatest video game of all time (no hyperbole necessary) is coming back.

Goldeneye was the video game of my childhood. I did not own an N64 (I was still rocking the NES!) but looking back I almost feel sorry for the friends I mooched off of for untold countless hours of Mountain Dew fueled deathmatches.

Enough of the nostalgia! Time to get into some details:

  • Goldeneye will exclusively be for the Wii.
  • It comes out sometime in November.
  • The game will feature 8 classic Bond playable characters. (Yes, Oddjob is one of them for you d-bags out there.)
  • It will have both classic split-screen and online multiplayer and it looks like the original single player campaign is back.
  • There will be 16 game modes including such classics including; Paintball, Melee Only and You Only Live Twice

And here is the kicker: Pierce Brosnan’s Bond has been replaced by Daniel Craig!

This does not make up for the disorder in MGM that has delayed the next 007 adventure from hitting the big screen anytime soon, but it sure doesn't hurt!

If you can stop dancing around from childish ecstasy for a moment you can check out the E3 teaser for Goldeneye yourself:


What other classic games would you guys like to see get re-released, if any? I was going to say NBA Jams, but apparently that too is on the way! BOOM-Shakka-lakka!

Best Buy Will Sell Used Games

Source: Home Media Magazine

It is a good feeling when you are searching for that new game and then finding yourself a used copy of that game at a reduced price. Best Buy wants to foster that warm feeling of victory by beginning to trade and carry used games later this summer.

Gamers will be able to exchange their old games for Best Buy gift cards, which many of them will surely turn around and buy more used games with. It is a proven business model that keeps the traders mostly happy for getting something for their old games, the buys enjoy a price cut and Best Buy will get a slice of that sweet repackaged profit.

Best Buy may have some other changes on the horizon, but having another place to browse used games is so far the one that intrigues me the most. I love me a good deal!

Paramount Teams With Redbox

Source: Blu-ray.com

Recently Blockbuster had made a deal with several major studios for the exclusive right to rent out their movies for 28 days competition free. This was an attempt to remain competitive in a rental market that is quickly making going to the store for your flick fix obsolete.

Paramount Studios has decided to not to support the the 28 day rental delay for new releases and has, after a trial period, decided to allow it's new releases on both DVD and Blu-ray to appear in Redbox kiosks the same day the movies hit the shelves in Blockbuster.

They are only one among many studios (including Disney, Sony and Anchor Bay) that have realized that Blockbuster is only one of many ways people rent their movies and have taken measures to ensure that their movies get the widest audience possible. And while Paramount has decided to not support Blockbuster with 28 day exclusive rights to their new releases a few notable studios have, such as Fox, Universal and Warner.

Choice is always good and while I still never have used Redbox, I sure can see the appeal. Who are you siding with in this battle for rental control? Do you even really care as long as you can still rent movies?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

E3: Nintendo and 3D Movies

Source: LA Times

Nintendo has pulled something of a coup against Sony in the 3D market by announcing this morning at the E3 conference that their new handheld called the "3DS" will not only support 3D gaming but also 3D movies.

Currently Nintendo has partnered up with a few major studios such as Disney, Warner Bros and Dreamworks to get stereoscopic 3D movies. The E3 demo of the Nintendo 3DS showed the trailer for the upcoming Disney movie Tangled to give an idea of how the system would work.

The Nintendo 3DS is due out sometime this year, but no definite date has been set yet. The new handheld has two screens just like the previous DS models, with the bottome screen integrated with a touchpad but the top one is now capable of projecting 3D images without requiring cumbersome, but oh so fashionable, 3D glasses. Another major upgrade from the current DS is the inclusion of three cameras that will allow you to actually take 3D pictures that you will then be able to share with your other 3DS buddies.

This was a pretty big announcement that was off of everyone’s radar. They stole some of Sony's thunder (who has been heavily pushing 3D) since their announcement of 3D gaming and movies wasn't until a few hours later in the day.

It has been a long time since I invested in a handheld gaming system, the last one I owned was a Gameboy Color, but the 3DS is looking pretty awesome ... maybe this is the handheld I have been waiting for ... maybe.

E3: Sony Move

Source: Crunchgear

Well everyone is officially in the motion controlled video games business. The Nintendo Wii started the party while Microsoft and Sony chose to be fashionably late.

We all got to see the unveiling of Microsoft Kinect (formerly known as Project Natal) for the Xbox 360 yesterday at the E3 expo and it was really impressive. The thing that set itself apart on is the fact that no controllers are required as a camera just motion tracks your body for a whole new gaming experience.

Now Sony is in the fray with the Playstation Move. The move is much more like the Wii setup, where you have a controller (read: ice cream cone) in your hand that tracks full 3D movement. But before you think that it is nothing more than a Wii clone (I admit the article pic doesn't help matters) there are some differences in quality and functionality. So while it is similar to the Wii controllers but is far more accurate and has a wider range of motion sensing capabilities.

Totally nothing like the Wii ... we promise!

It is also worth noting that Playstation Move still has buttons, unlike the Xbox Kinect, which should be a relief for more traditional gamers who were starting to get concerned about actually getting off the couch to go to war or play in the Rose Bowl. It will also have a secondary attachment for "navigation" much like the Wii has the little nunchuk.

If the PS3 is your console of choice Move will be hitting shelves on September 19th. The pricing is pretty standard as the primary Move controller will cost you $50 and the optional navigation controller will put you back another $30, but that is just over half of what Xbox Kinect costs so it is fairly reasonable I guess. There will also be a bundle that comes with a Playstation Eye (camera) and the game Sports Champions for $100. There will initially be about 20 games that utilize Playstation Move but they hope to have at least 40 available by the time the holiday’s role around.

As a PS3 owner, not fanboy, I will be interested to try this out come September, especially if they can put together a halfway decent lightsaber dueling game. But I will probably be doing it when no one is watching ... just in case.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Amazon Gold Box: The Ultimate Matrix Collection

Source: High-Def Disc News

Now I am of the opinion that The Matrix was mind blowingly awesome and the sequels just couldn't live up to the first. But for ridiculously low price of $49.99 for all three Matrix films plus The Animatrix on Blu-ray I would not think twice about picking it up.

This Amazon Gold Box deal only lasts through today, so if you want to just pay 50 bucks for something that retails at $125 now is your chance.

Extras Include:

  • Written introduction by the Wachowski Bros
  • Various commentaries including Philosophers Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilbur; Critics Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thompson plus cast and crew
  • Feature length documentary: The Matrix Revisited
  • Music Videos plus an isolated music track of nearly 3 hours of music
  • Various featurettes on the making of The Matrix video game
  • The Roots of The Matrix: Various documentaries delving into the historical, philosophical and technological aspects of The Matrix series
  • Theatrical trailers, plus much more!

Sorry about the late notice, but you should still have time to pull this off. And if you don't, no big deal. Everybody misses the first jump. Everybody.

Hair High

Source: Plymptoons.com

Bill Plympton's 2004 animated flick Hair High, the world's first "rom-zom-prom-com", that played around the world at various film festivals is now available on DVD via his site Plymptoons.com.

For those of you who haven't heard of Mr. Plympton and his work he has illustrated for The New York Times, Vogue and Vanity Fair and you may have seen his cartoon work in threads such as Rolling Stone, Penthouse and National Lampoon. The dude has even been nominated for an Oscar for his animated short Your Face way back in '88.

His latest animated feature, Hair High, follows the story of two 1950's high school kids that are murdered on their prom night and come back the following year zombified and looking for vengeance ... and their crowns.

This ‘toon employs the voice talents of Sarah Silverman, the late great David Carradine, Michael Showalter and Justin Long among others.

Extras Include:

  • Director's Commentary with Bill Plympton
  • Scene Breakdown and Voice-over Sessions
  • Anicam
  • Cockstume
  • Film Premiere Interviews
  • Trailers

I recommend supporting some independent animation and checking Hair High out!

E3: Microsoft's Monday

Source: Engadget

Today Microsoft has owned the E3 Expo. Here are the Monday highlights from the Microsoft E3 camp:

  • Microsoft Kinect: (Pictured above left) Hey potential Project Natal users there are some solid facts in now for you to salivate over. First off it has a price tag now, looks like it will put you back $149 but there are some bundlle deals already popping up at retailers like Gamestop that will pair the Kinect with an Xbox Elite for $399. Microsoft Kinect will officially launch November 4th, along with a first wave of games that will utilize the motion tracking technology. The last Kinect related news for today involves video chatting. Yes. You will be able video chat while watching movies together for starters. Nifty feature that will be both Xbox Live and Windows Live Messenger compatible.
  • New Xbox 360: (Pictured center) Yup, that is apparently what it is called "The New Xbox 360" no clever name yet, but man it looks pretty slick and it starts shipping out today! Major changes from the existing Xbox 360 models, besides actually looking cool, is that it has one internal fan. This is supposed to reduce the noise considerably which is one less distraction. The power source is internal, which means no more unsightly brick attached to your power cord. And it has integrated WiFi, so you essentially it takes some of the former Xbox accessories and just compiles them into one sexy package.
  • ESPN3: No it isn't ESPN8 "The Ocho" but it is coming to an Xbox near you! Microsoft now has an exclusive deal with ESPN3 that will be available for no extra charge if you have an Xbox Live Gold Account and have a TV/Internet provider that will participate. You will be able to watch replays, highlights, participate in polls and will of course have Kinect capabilities.
  • Xbox Netflix: The Xbox version of Netflix is finally getting an essential upgrade in November. You will now be able to search the entire Netflix Instant Watch and add videos to your instant queue, all directly from your console. Xbox is the first console to have this unrestricted Netflix access with out actually needing a computer. I would expect the other major consoles to follow suit eventually as well.

That about sums up Xbox news for the first day of E3; be sure to keep checking in for more updates from the E3 gaming front all week!

Friday, June 11, 2010

New PS3 to be Unveiled at E3?

Source: Engadget

Don't worry, that isn't it. That was actually one of the original PS3 designs a few years back, how about that controller? I apologize for the scare.

With the week long E3 Expo starting next Monday developers and companies will surely have announcements and surprises in store.

For the past several years E3 has been the place to announce the launches of new gaming systems and this year may not be different.

Some rumors are floating around that we might be seeing some new or updated version of the PS3. This speculation is backed up with an FCC report that confirms that they were testing some type of PS3 system with a new debugging unit.

What does this mean?

Well, you would generally need a new debugging unit only if you are using new hardware. If the new PS3 has significant hardware differences than the current model who knows what we will see? My guess is something involving 3D.

All this speculation on the new PS3 and more should be revealed next week during the E3 Expo; be sure to check back in then for updates!

Picnic at Hanging Rock in July

Source: Blu-ray.com

Summer and picnics, those are two things that should always go together. Picnics are almost always categorized under good times, depending on the ant factor. Well on July 26 get ready for a whole different type of picnic as an acclaimed Australian film, Picnic at Hanging Rock, gets a Blu-ray release.

The 1975 classic Picnic at Hanging Rock is the story, some claim to be true, of the disappearance of a small group of schoolgirls and their teacher while on an outing into the Australian bush under bizarre and mysterious circumstances in 1900. But the real story is primarily about those that are left behind and their confusion and outrage that such a disappearance could not be solved. It drives certain characters to extremes.

This Blu-ray release will be the 107 minute director's cut of Peter Weir, which is actually shorter than the original theatrical release version.

This release's basket is loaded with special features for you to gorge on as well.

Extras Include:

  • A Dream within a Dream, a feature length documentary
  • A Recollection: Hanging Rock 1900, an interview with author Joan Lindsey
  • Hanging Rock and Martindale Hall: Then and Now
  • A short film; The Day of St Valentine, that was the first adaption of Joan Lindsey's novel that would later be adapted into Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Audio Interviews
  • Gallery
  • Scenes that were removed for the director's cut

Can any of you name other director's cuts that are actually shorter than the theatrical? I can only think of one of the top of my head, Alien, but it is only a minute shorter and Ridley Scott has even said that he still prefers the theatrical version.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

New Mortal Kombat Game

Source: Kotaku

With all of the recent news and rumors surrounding the amazing short film that came out a couple of days ago Mortal Kombat fans are in a frenzy.

If you were among them prepare to go insane.

A new Mortal Kombat is in the works. And it is going to be brutal. Mortal Kombat creator has this to say about the next edition to the battle royale franchise:

"This game really is a response to what players have been demanding; mature presentation, reinvented 2D fighting mechanic and the best, most gruesome fatalities ever."

Aside from the classic 1v1 grudge match against your friend the new Mortal Kombat will have extensive online play, tag-team option that will allow up to four players and what promises to be "the deepest story mode of any fighting game".

Between the short film and the announcement of this game I would say Mortal Kombat is coming back with a vengeance.

Will Smith Makes 3D Look Good

Source: SonyInsider

News flash!

In a recently released 3D promotional/teaser trailer for Men in Black III we find out two important things.

One we already knew, Men in Black III will be of course released in 3D. But infinitely more important is the fact Will Smith reassures us he will make 3D look good.



I am inclined to agree with Mr. Smith.

Unleashed in September

Source: Blu-ray.com

Louis Leterrier's 2005 action film Unleashed (AKA Danny the Dog) was a ferocious movie that starred Jet Li as Danny; a human dog raised and trained for the soul purpose of fighting is coming to Blu-ray. As you can imagine he is very good at what he does in ring, but he wants something more than the life of a fighting dog. Danny, the dog, yearns to be human.

This film, written by Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita), was so much more than a hardcore action flick, it was a deep look into what it means to have humanity. But don't let that fool you because there are some brutal fight scenes that only a skilled martial artist like Jet Li can pull off.

Besides the talented Jet Li the movie had a supporting cast of Morgan Freeman and Bob Hoskins (Who Framed Roger Rabbit). This new Blu-ray has special features that were not in the DVD or HD DVD release of Unleashed.

Extras Include:

  • Director Louis Leterrier: Unleashed
  • Serve No Master
  • The Collar Comes Off: Behind the Scenes of Unleashed
  • Two Music Videos: Atta Boy by Massive Attack & Unleashed Me by RZA

No official cover art yet, so stay posted!