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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tim Burton's Superman Lives Suit

Superman Lives What could Have Been

VFX artist Steve Johnson open up a can and shocked the world today. He revealed images of what Superman Lives could have been on his facebook page. Thank God this never happened.

A little history of the film and what could have been.

Kevin Smith pitched to Jon Peters his story outline in August 1996, in which Peters gave him permission to write a screenplay. However, Peters presented Smith with three rules, such as wanting Superman to wear an all-black suit, feeling the more traditional suit was "too faggy"; not wanting to see Superman fly, saying that Superman would "look like an overgrown Boy Scout."(In order to deal with this, Smith wrote Superman flying as "a red-and-blue blur in flight, creating a sonic boom every time he flew.");


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and have Superman fight a giant spider in the third act. Smith accepted the terms, realizing that he was being hired to execute a pre-ordained idea. Peters and Warner Bros. forced Smith to write a scene involving Brainiac fighting polar bears at the Fortress of Solitude, and Peters wanted Brainiac to give Lex Luthor a space dog, stating "Chewie's cuddly, man. You could make a toy out of him, so you've got to give me a dog."Smith claims this was because of the recent re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy, and claims that Peters wanted Brainiac's robot assistant L-Ron to be voiced by Dwight Ewell, calling him, "a gay R2-D2 with attitude."Peters was able to recycle his giant spider idea in Wild Wild West, a film he produced.


Smith's draft (titled Superman Lives) had Brainiac sending Doomsday to kill Superman, as well as blocking out the sun to make Superman powerless, as Superman is fueled by sunlight. Brainiac teams with Lex Luthor, but Superman is resurrected by a Kryptonian robot, The Eradicator. Brainiac wishes to possess The Eradicator and its technology. Powerless, the resurrected Superman is sheathed in armor formed from The Eradicator itself until his powers return, courtesy of sunbeams, and defeats Brainiac. Smith's casting choices included Ben Affleck as Clark Kent / Superman, Linda Fiorentino as Lois Lane, Jack Nicholson as Lex Luthor, Famke Janssen as Mercy, John Mahoney as Perry White, David Hyde Pierce as The Eradicator, Jason Lee as Brainiac and Jason Mewes as Jimmy Olsen.


Robert Rodriguez was offered the chance to direct, but turned down the offer due to his commitment on The Faculty, despite liking Smith's script. Smith originally suggested Tim Burton to direct his script, and Burton signed on with a pay or play contract of $5 million and the studio set the theatrical release date in the summer of 1998, the 60th anniversary of the character's debut in Action Comics. Nicolas Cage, a comic book fan, signed on as Superman with a $20 million pay or play contract, feeling he could "re-conceive the character."Peters felt Cage could "convince audiences he [Superman] came from outer space."Burton stated it would be "the first time you would believe that nobody could recognize Clark Kent as Superman, he [Cage] could physically change his persona."Kevin Spacey was approached for the role of Lex Luthor, while Tim Allen claimed he was in talks for Brainiac a role heavily considered for Jim Carrey). Courteney Cox was reported as a casting possibility for Lois Lane, while Smith confirmed Chris Rock was set for Jimmy Olsen. Michael Keaton confirmed his involvement, but when asked if he would be reprising his role as Batman (as he had done in Burton's Batman and Batman Returns), he would only reply, "Not exactly."Industrial Light & Magic was set for work on special effects.


It was announced in April 1997 that filming would begin early-1998. That June, Superman Lives entered pre-production,with an art department employed under production designer Rick Heinrichs. Burton decided to hire Wesley Strick to completely rewrite Smith's script. In return, Smith was overtly disappointed: "The studio was happy with what I was doing. Then Tim Burton got involved, and when he signed his pay-or-play deal, he turned around and said he wanted to do his version of Superman. So who is Warner Bros. going back to? The guy who made Clerks, or the guy who made them half a billion dollars on Batman?"When Strick read Smith's script, he was annoyed with the fact that "Superman was accompanied/shadowed by someone/something called The Eradicator."He also felt that "Brainiac's evil plot of launching a disk in space to block out the sun and make Superman powerless was reminiscent of an episode of The Simpsons, with Mr. Burns doing the Brainiac role."However, after reading The Death and Return of Superman, Strick claimed he understood some of the elements of Smith's script. Strick's rewrite featured Superman questioning his existence and abilities, thinking of himself to be an outsider on Earth. Superman is threatened by Brainiac and Lex Luthor, who later amalgamate into "Lexiac," described by Strick as "a schizo/scary mega-villain." Superman is later resurrected by the power of 'K,' a natural force representing the spirit of Krypton, as Superman defeats Lexiac.


Art designer Sylvain Despretz claimed the art department was assigned to create something that had little or nothing to do with the Superman comic book, and also explained that Peters "would bring kids in, who would rate the drawings on the wall as if they were evaluating the toy possibilities. It was basically a toy show!" Peters saw a cover of National Geographic, containing a picture of a skull, going to art department workers, telling them he wanted the design for Brainiac's space ship to have the same image. Burton gave Despretz a concept drawing for Brainiac, which Despretz claims was "a cone with a round ball on top, and something that looked like a emaciated skull inside. Imagine you take Merlin's hat, and you stick a fish bowl on top, with a skull in it."Concept artist Rolf Mohr said in an interview he designed a suit for The Eradicator for a planned scene in which it transforms into a flying vehicle.


Burton chose Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as his primary filming location for Metropolis, while sound stages were reserved but start dates for filming were pushed back. A minor piece of the Krypton set was constructed but then destroyed, and Cage had even attended a costume fitting. The studio was also considering changing the title Superman Lives back to Superman Reborn. Deeming Wesley Strick's script too expensive, Warner Bros. enlisted the help of Dan Gilroy to rewrite it into something more economically feasible. Gilroy lowered the $190 million budget set by Strick's draft to $100 million. However, the studio was still less willing to heavily move forward on production, due to financial reasons with other film properties, having Gilroy turn in two drafts. Ultimately, Warner Bros. chose to put the film on hold in April 1998, and Burton left to direct Sleepy Hollow. At this point in production, $30 million was spent, with nothing to show for it. To this day, Burton has depicted the experience of Superman Lives as one of the worst experiences in his life, citing various differences with Peters and the studio, stating, "I basically wasted a year. A year is a long time to be working with somebody that you don't really want to be working with."










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World Of Color Tron: Legacy Edition

World Of Color Tron: Legacy Edition

I want to thank the great people over at MouseWait for the heads up on the World Of Color Tron Legacy Edition. A heads up ff your ever going to Disneyland this is THE App to get! It has come in handy every time I have been to Disneyland. 

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Last night Disney California Adventure premiered the newest edition to their World Of Color showed themed after the upcoming film Tron: Legacy.

World of Color is a new nighttime show at Disney California Adventure, part of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. The entire show cost $75,000,000 USD to design, manufacture and build, premiering on Friday June 11, 2010 as part of "Summer Nightastic!". Designed by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, the show has more than 1,200 fountains and includes lights, water, fire, fog, and lasers, with high-definition projections on mist screens.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Mission : Impossible Ghost Protocol Announcement

Mission : Impossible Gets A Handle

Hollywood actor Tom Cruise during a photo call at the conclusion of a press conference at the Armani Hotel. The fourth installment of the Mission Impossible film series, titled Mission : Impossible Ghost Protocol will be partly filmed in Dubai. Tom Cruise was joined by fellow actors Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Producer Bryan Burk, Executive Producer Jeffrey Chernov and Director Brad Bird at the press conference.

Dubai: Dubai is a living film set that Tom Cruise says he’s

“always wanted to film in,” 

the actor announced on Thursday ahead of the start of filming for the fourth instalment of his Mission: Impossible franchise.


Cruise was joined by co-stars Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton, director Brad Bird and producers Jeffrey Chernov and Bryan Burk, who took time out from the first day of shooting on Thursday to hold a press conference at the Burj Khalifa, the first of several shooting locations in and around the city of Dubai.

“I would like to thank [His Highness] Shaikh Mohammad [Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai] for making this happen in this beautiful city. It’s going to be a great representation of the city - it’s very cinematic here.”

While neither Cruise nor the other cast and crew would reveal any details about filming locations or the plot of the film, producer Chernov said Dubai would be the “heartbeat” of the film. “Every movie needs a heartbeat, a centrepiece, and the centrepiece of our movie is Dubai.”

It’s the first time a major Hollywood film will be set in the city, and in another first, Cruise took great pleasure in announcing that this film will be called Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, unlike the previous installments, which had a numeral in the title.

“One of the things I always wanted for the franchise was for it not to have a number afterwards. I’ve never done sequels to films and I never thought of these films as sequels. Paramount has done a great job in coming up with a title, so it’s not going to be MI2, 3, 4: it’s going to be Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. I always felt it should have a title.”

The decision to film in Dubai was taken after Burke and fellow producer J. J. Abrams visited the city last year. “J. J. Abrams and I ... were going around the world and we happened to stop in Dubai for one evening. We were dumbfounded and J. J. said, ‘we have to come back here and make a movie’. When we got back, Tom had approached us about the new movie, and the first conversation that tom and J. J. had was, we have to shoot in Dubai.”

Chervov added that the conditions for shooting in Dubai are ideal for the “big cinema” style of the film. “We sent a lot of advance crew out to figure out how we can rig and shoot and stunt, and they all came back and said Dubai was so advanced, the harnesses were already built in. It is a town the feels like it was meant to be filmed in.”

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Scott Favors Noomi Rapace For The Lead In Upcoming Alien Prequel

Ridley Scott Favors Noomi Rapace For Lead Role

20th Century Fox and director Ridley Scott have just about completed meetings with actresses to find the Ripley-like heroine for the 3D Alien prequel. I'm told that, so far, Scott's favorite is

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace. The other names being whispered range from Carey Mulligan to Abbie Cornish, Natalie Portman and Tron: Legacy star Olivia Wilde, the latter of whom met this week. Deadline revealed early this month that Rapace -- who got the female lead in Sherlock Holmes 2 -- was a possibility for Alien. Now, the studio will be heavily involved in the ultimate decision, and I'm told that Rapace's English is a consideration.

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Transformers: Dark Of The Moon Behind-The Scenes

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon Behind-The Scenes

ET got full access to the set of the upcoming film Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. The video delivers interviews with the cast and director Michael Bay.

The film stars Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, and Patrick Dempsey.

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The Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, are back in action, taking on the evil Decepticons, who are determined to avenge their defeat in 2009’s Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. In this new movie, the Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends. There's new characters too, including a new villain in the form of Shockwave, a longtime "Transformers" character who rules Cybertron while the Autobots and Decepticons battle it out on Earth.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tron: Legacy New Clip. Sam Meets Quorra

Tron: Legacy New Clip. Sam Meets Quorra

Tonight being Tron Day and of course I will be heading out in a few hours to attend a special 20 minute screening of the film. TRON Night: An IMAX 3D Experience, a special event on October 28, 2010, that will give audiences worldwide the first opportunity to step onto the Grid and into the cutting-edge, 3D world of Walt Disney Pictures' high-tech adventure “TRON: Legacy,” during an exciting 20-plus-minute sneak peek of the highly anticipated film, sponsored by ASUS Computer International.

A clip from TRON: LEGACY showed up on the grid today, and in the scene, Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) meets Quorra (Olivia Wilde) for the first time. They’re escaping Tron City and the games, they’re driving a  Light Runner vehicle which is far more advanced then any off road vehicle we have.

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First Photos Of Evans As Captain America And More Set Photos

First Photos Of Evans As Captain America And More Set Photos

Entertainment Weekly has the first shot of Chris Evans as Captain America: The First Avenger. Now the good folks over at comingsoon got their hands on some scanned photos from magazine.

For fans of superhero movies, the most patriotic holiday on next year’s calendar won’t fall on July 4th, but exactly 18 days later. That’s when Paramount Pictures will release Captain America: The First Avenger, a big budget adaptation of the Marvel Comics shield-bearing super-soldier. The new issue of Entertainment Weekly offers your first look at star Chris Evans in the hero’s red, white and blue threads.

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Captain America: The First Avenger will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment… Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the Super-Solider Serum and bombarded by “vita-rays.” Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and as leader of the Avengers.

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Gandolfini, Stewart And Leo All Stand-Outs In "Welcome to the Rileys"

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Welcome To The Rileys Movie Review


*Spoiler Alert*

Welcome to the Rileys, directed by Jake Scott (HBO Voyeur Project) and starring James Gandolfini (The Taking of Pelham 123, The Sopranos), Melissa Leo (Everybody’s Fine) and Kristen Stewart (The Runaways, The Twilight Saga) is the story of a couple (Gandolfini and Leo) who’s marriage is all but over due to the tragic death of their teenage daughter, but find comfort and redemption with a teenage runaway (Stewart).



Tired of his depressing life and agoraphobic wife, “Doug Riley” (Gandolfini) decides to stay in New Orleans after a convention when he meets a 16-year old runaway stripper/prostitute, “Mallory” (Stewart). Mallory, who is mature beyond her years in some ways and still a child in others, isn’t willing to admit the comfort she desires from a real family. After seeing the warm heart of Doug, Mallory allows him to live with her (for $100 per week) in her run-down apartment in a poor area of New Orleans.

Doug and Mallory grow close in a father-daughter type-relationship, but Doug gives Mallory the space she needs to continue with her “career”. He finds the solace in living with Mallory that he lost when his daughter died.
Desperate to get her husband back, “Lois” (Leo) leaves her home for the first time in what appears to be years to drive to New Orleans and rekindle her dwindling marriage.

Upon meeting Mallory, Lois is at first distraught that Doug would use a 16-year old stripper to replace his own lost daughter. However, despite her inglorious career choice, foul mouth and poor living habits, Lois comes to care for Mallory, too. It’s only when Lois tries to truly “mother” Mallory that Mallory decides, in the most pivotal scene in the movie, that despite her age, she is not a child.

Mallory doesn’t stray from her usual habits, and runs from Doug and Lois. With her disappearance, Doug and Lois somehow find love in each other again and realize that no one can replace their daughter, though Mallory reminded them they still have the capacity to love.

All three actors are standouts in this film, each playing their role to the fullest, never taking away from the other. Gandolfini, best known as a New Jersey mob-boss in The Sopranos, easily loses that persona as he takes on the role of a sad, lost and gentle man looking for something to love. He’s both kind and stern, evoking sympathy and contempt from the audience.
Leo’s acting while still stuck in her home is wonderfully physical. She uses mannerisms and props to make a lonely, agoraphobic woman both sad and funny at the same time. While in New Orleans, you can feel her loss and her need to care for Mallory.
Stewart, who’s morphed into several different types of characters in the past year, garners strong sympathy from the audience as “Mallory”. Bruised, unkempt, poor and alone, she loses herself in the role and truly becomes a hardened teenager who’s lived too much for her 16 short years. Her character is magnetic, and you want her to both keep her edge and find familial love.

Welcome to the Rileys is an accomplishment in character study and storytelling. The plot, the characters – everything about the story is perfectly thought out and executed. Though the story itself isn’t pleasant, Welcome to the Rileys is a joy to watch. I hope to see more from Scott and writer Ken Hixon in the near future.

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The Dark Knight Rises Against Who? By: Jonathan Cyfer

The Dark Knight Rises Against Who?
By: Jonathan Cyfer

Chris Nolan recently released the name of the third Batman film he will direct and also specifically stated that the Riddler will not be the villain. Early buzz targeted Johnny Depp for the Riddler role in the third Batman film but now we see this is not going to happen. So who will be the main bad guy or bad gal?

We also recently learned that Nolan is looking for a female lead for this film, which immediately brings Catwoman to mind, but that's hardly a foregone conclusion, since Poison Ivy or Harley Quinn are equally (or almost) compelling choices. Also, the female lead doesn't have to be a villain, since there have been a number of "good girls" to work opposite Batman over the years such as Vicki Vale and Barbara (Batgirl) Gordon.

Let me knock a few possibilities out of the running right away. Bringing in Harley without the Joker would be a total waste (and without Heath Ledger, there is no Joker as far as the Nolan films are concerned) and the last time I looked, Jim Gordon's little girl was barely out of diapers. Unless 20 years are going to pass between The Dark Knight the The Dark Knight Rises, there will be no Batgirl in the classic sense. Also, I don't really see Poison Ivy as the main villain. As interesting as she can be, I don't think she has the presence as a character to really carry the ball against Batman.

Of course a female Robin isn't totally out of the ballpark, but Nolan would have to do something with that ridiculous costume.

It's hard to imagine a lot of the classic Batman villains being able to fit into the Nolan Batman universe. Just take a look at how The Dark Knight handled the Joker. Never, in my wildest dreams, would I have imagined the Joker the way Heath Ledger portrayed him and yet, Ledger's Joker was perfect...completely "off canon" but perfect. If you look at the Penguin, Killer Croc, Clay Face, Mr Freeze, and the rest of the gang in their comic book or animated series versions, they'd seem like buffoons when translated into live action. But that's the trick.

Nolan successfully gave us versions of the Joker and Two-Face that were compelling, believable, and totally real, but not what we would have expected based on how they were previously presented. That's what we can't really anticipate about the third movie's villain. Sure, we might picture the Penguin and then say, "Nah, he'd look too stupid in live action", but you don't know what Nolan would do with him. That's why guessing who the new bad guy will be in the upcoming Batman film will be so hard.

Frankly, I don't want to know. Surprise me. I went into the theatre to watch The Dark Knight knowing next to nothing about the film and was completely blown away. I want The Dark Knight Rises to do that for me, too.

Oh, one more thing. I don't think Harvey Dent bought the farm in the last film. Here's why. Harvey was a symbol. The whole film was about symbols for good and evil. Gotham needed a spotless "White Knight" to give the people hope and Dent was that symbol. The Joker literally defaced Dent to "prove" that there really is no White Knight in real life. The reason Batman took the heat for the murders Dent committed was to preserve Dent's image. I say Dent didn't die.

I say Two-Face survived the fall (after all, so did Batman, and his armor shouldn't have saved him from that much blunt force trauma) and is currently in a secret cell at Arkham. I say he's coming back...maybe as the main villain and maybe not, but he's too good of a bad guy to just wipe out.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tron Legacy 3D Oakley Eyewear

Tron Legacy 3D Oakley Eyewear

I think I have found what I want for Christmas.  The only downside is that the Oakley 3D glasses are optimized for indoor cinema application and not intended for outdoor use. The technology in 3D polarization is not ideal for normal daily outdoor use and will not provide the same level of performance as sunglasses.

Oakley, Inc. today announced the upcoming debut of its innovative new 3D eyewear. A special edition will celebrate the release of TRON: Legacy, a much-anticipated Disney 3D film opening in U.S. theaters on December 17, 2010. The new “TRON” Limited Edition 3D Gascan® by Oakley will give movie audiences the superior technologies developed specifically for Oakley 3D eyewear, assuring a premium 3D experience.

“The premiere of TRON: Legacy is a great opportunity for us to introduce moviegoers to the unique innovations of Oakley 3D eyewear,” said Oakley CEO Colin Baden. “This film will be an incredible visual experience, and those who view it with Oakley 3D eyewear will get the most out of it by enjoying the clarity and 3D performance of unparalleled design. We are honored to collaborate with Disney for this special event, and we look forward to opening the world’s eyes to the ultimate 3D experience with Oakley 3D eyewear,” Baden concluded.


“Collaborating with Oakley provided Disney with a great opportunity to interpret the aesthetics and themes of TRON: Legacy into cutting edge eyewear for fans to enjoy,” said Stephen Teglas, vice president and general manager of Fashion & Home North America at Disney Consumer Products.

Rendered with signature Oakley style, the new “TRON” Limited Edition 3D Gascan is accented with graphics that salute the cinematic story. A custom Microclear™ bag will be included for lens cleaning and eyewear storage. In the spirit of making this eyewear edition a collectible, the Microclear bag is also highlighted with graphics inspired by the film.

To engineer Oakley 3D eyewear, Oakley combined its industry-leading frame innovations with lens technologies that maximize the 3D experience by offering unprecedented levels of clarity and visual fidelity. “TRON” Limited Edition 3D Gascan features HDO-3D™, a collection of proprietary lens innovations that have achieved the first optically correct 3D eyewear on Earth.* Oakley 3D lenses virtually eliminate the ghosting or “crosstalk” between images that reach each eye from one moment to the next, a potential problem with inferior 3D eyewear.

A second key difference between Oakley 3D eyewear and conventional designs is the lens curvature. Greater curvature around the eyes provides a wider field of view, but without highly precise optics, even a mild curve can cause visual distortion. Oakley technology maintains optical clarity so the wearer can enjoy a wide field of sharp vision. The curvature of Oakley 3D lenses has the added benefit of minimizing distracting glare.

A special rendition of a popular Oakley sunglasses frame, 3D Gascan is designed with a proprietary Three-Point Fit to retain the lenses in precise optical alignment. The fit optimizes comfort by eliminating the unbalanced pressure points common with ordinary frames. Oakley’s durable yet lightweight frame makes contact only at the sides of the head and bridge of the nose, and it does not hook the ears like conventional frames made with curved earstems.

TRON: Legacy will introduce a new generation of moviegoers to an entirely new realm of groundbreaking digital effects. TRON first appeared on the big screen almost 30 years ago and created a digital world that was ahead of its time. With the release of the newest installment, this elaborate world will be reimagined and expanded.

“TRON” Limited Edition 3D Gascan
will be available in November for U.S. $150 through select Sunglass Hut, Oakley stores and www.Oakley.com.

Oakley 3D lenses were developed to deliver a prime entertainment experience in cinemas that utilize passive polarization, the technology found in most 3D theaters. Oakley is also pursuing partnerships with manufacturers of home 3D systems that utilize passive polarization technology. This will allow consumers to use the same eyewear for home and cinema 3D entertainment.

Oakley will also release a “TRON” commemorative sunglass based on a design from the company’s Elite Collection of ultra-premium products. This non-3D eyewear is a special edition of Oakley Elite Pit Boss® and features HDPolarized lenses with High Definition Optics® (HDO®). Engineered with ultra-lightweight titanium plates, the frame is embellished with graphics inspired by TRON: Legacy.

Visit Oakley.com to learn more about the company’s optical innovations.

*Conventional non-prescription lenses that are designed and manufactured with inferior technologies may cause visual distortion due to deficiencies including refractive power, optical astigmatism and prismatic power. Oakley technology addresses these deficiencies, allowing the company to offer the first optically correct 3D eyewear on Earth.

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Avatar 2 & Avatar 3 Set For 2014 & 2015

Avatar 2 & Avatar 3 Got Their Release Dates

It’s official: James Cameron is going back to Pandora not just for his next film, but also for his next two. Mr. Cameron, the filmmaker behind the 3-D blockbuster “Avatar,” joined 20th Century Fox in announcing that he would make “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3” as his next two movies, with the first of the sequels scheduled for release in December 2014, and the second for December of the following year.

That assures a lot of fantasy-filled Decembers, as Peter Jackson has already scheduled a pair of “Hobbit” films for Warner Brothers and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in that month in the years 2012 and 2013. “Avatar” was released on Dec. 18 of last year and became the highest-grossing film in history, with almost $2.8 billion in worldwide ticket sales. Mr. Cameron and the top Fox film executives, Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman, jointly said they aimed to begin production next year on the first sequel. The film is not yet officially titled, they said.

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Batman 3 Titled The Dark Knight Rises

And People Riddler Will Not Be In The Film

Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film will be called “The Dark Knight Rises” and though the Gotham City auteur isn’t ready to reveal the villain of his 2012 film, he did eliminate one of the big contenders:
“It won’t be the Riddler,” Nolan said.

Nolan was most eager to talk about the fact that Warner Bros. had agreed with his argument that the film should resist the current 3-D craze and instead use high-definition approaches and IMAX cameras to strike out on a different cinematic path than the stereoscopic technology that, for better or worse, has become the dominant conversation in the blockbuster sector.

Check back here later in the morning for a more in-depth look at that decision and the Nolan ambitions and reasons behind it.

As for the title, it shows the writer-director’s intention to keep his Bruce Wayne trilogy tightly stitched together. “We’ll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones,” Nolan said cryptically. I had an odd thought: What if Nolan somehow brings back Harvey Dent? The only reason I even mention it is because, back during post-production on the second film, Nolan told me that the title “The Dark Knight” was just as much about Dent and his fall from the status of shining-knight civic crusader. Dent was plainly dead at the end of the last film, though, and Nolan has been intent on keeping his Gotham City film firmly rooted in a gritty gangland realism– this isn’t a franchise that has veered off into the supernatural or even much super-science.

Nolan plays things close to the vest — he’s one of the few filmmakers of his generation who actually does wear a vest — and he chuckled when I tried to get a few more details out of him. “Oh, you know me, I don’t talk.” He began our conversation by comparing it with a visit to the dentist’s office. Well, if so, he’s a patient who never opens wide. I asked if he could imagine a time when Warner Bros. would let a filmmaker shoot a Batman script where the villain isn’t one of the signature creations from the comic books. “Ah, Geoff Boucher, master of the leading question,” he said with a chuckle.

That’s when he did agree, however, to eliminate a villain candidate, namely Edward Nigma, the green-suited Riddler, who many people (myself included) assumed was the next natural choice. That character could be taken in a lot of directions — think of Kevin Spacey’s character in “Seven” as a compass point for one of those dark paths — but Nolan and his team are going a different way. As with “Dark Knight,” the new film has a script written by Nolan and his brother, Jonah, and it’s based on a story by the director and David Goyer. Earlier, I got Nolan to take Mr. Freeze off the list and, yes, this is like pulling teeth but don’t think for a minute that I mind. Nolan makes sublime films, and any secrets he wants to keep in place are done so to protect the final product. As for me, I’m hoping now for Hugo Strange who, come to think of it, looks a bit like a dentist…

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Star Tours The Adventures Continues Update

Who's Flying The Star Craft?

Disney will be re-opening Star Tours The Adventures Continues on May 10th 2011 in Disneyland in Anaheim and May 17th 2011 in Walt Disney World in Orlando.

As explained earlier, all Star Tours Starspeeder 1000s are flown using the latest AC-series Tour Droids. And in fact, our initial plans were for our flight to be piloted by AC-38 better known as “Ace.” However, in discussions with George Lucas during the course of our production, we decided to take the story in a very different direction.


So…while AC-38 is supposed to be our pilot, by the time we actually take off, the droid sitting in the pilot’s seat will be none other than…C-3PO!


It’s one of the biggest changes and surprises in the new show. “Professional grit stopped me from yelling the glorious new storyline from the rooftops,” said Anthony Daniels recently. “It’s fun having secrets like this, waiting to share them at the right time.”

You’ll see just how Threepio becomes our pilot when the adventures continue next year.

This week, our Imagineering team begins installation of the Audio-Animatronics figures into the Starspeeder cabins at Disneyland park, and next month at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Oh, and for all you Rex fans, don’t worry – we have a spot for him in the new show!

We also Reported more news and pictures from Star Tours 2 Here.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

UFC 121 Fighter Salaries And Medical Updates

UFC 121 Fighter Salaries And Medical Updates

The UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez fighter salaries were released on Tuesday by officials at the California State Athletic Commission.

The main event featured Cain Velasquez finishing off Brock Lesnar in the opening round to capture the UFC heavyweight championship. Even though Brock lost the fight he is still a winner in the salary department. The event took place on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., before 14,856 fans.

The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that promoters are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners’ bonuses. Any undisclosed bonuses that a promoter also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (such as pay-per-view bonuses), are not included in the figures below.

The total fighter payroll for UFC 121 totaled $1.513 million with Brock Lesnar and Tito Ortiz, both in losing efforts, topping the list of big money winners at $400,000 and $250,000 respectively.

Main Card Fighters (On Pay-Per-View):
Cain Velasquez: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus) def. Brock Lesnar: $400,000
Jake Shields: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus) def. Martin Kampmann: $27,000
Diego Sanchez: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus) def. Paulo Thiago: $18,000
Matt Hamill: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus) def. Tito Ortiz: $250,000
Brendan Schaub: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Gabriel Gonzaga: $67,000

Preliminary Card Fighters (On Spike TV):
Court McGee: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Ryan Jensen: $10,000
Tom Lawlor: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Patrick Cote: $21,000

Preliminary Card Fighters (Non-Televised):
Daniel Roberts: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Mike Guymon: $8,000
Sam Stout: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus) def. Paul Taylor: $16,000
Chris Camozzi: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Dongi Yang: $8,000
Jon Madsen: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Gilbert Yvel: $30,000

UFC 121 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $1,513,000

Medical Updates:

Lesnar could be suspended up to six months following the second loss of his pro career unless cleared by an ophthalmologist. Co-main event winner Jake Shields could faces the same time off unless cleared by an ophthalmologist due to bleeding in the eye, and blurred vision following the fight.

The full medical suspensions for UFC 121 are listed as follows. Please note that the suspensions are served concurrently:

Brock Lesnar suspended 45 days, 30 days no contact for knockout. 60 days for left cheek laceration, and possibly 180 days unless cleared by ophthalmologist.

Jake Shields suspended 180 days with no contact for 180 days unless cleared by an ophthalmologist for bleeding in eye and blurred vision.

Diego Sanchez suspended 180 days with no contact for 180 days until cleared by physician for possible right wrist fracture.

Paulo Thiago suspended for 60 days with no contact for 60 days unless cleared by physician for laceration.

Tito Ortiz suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for a hard bout.

Brendan Schaub suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for a hard bout.

Gabriel Gonzaga suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for a hard bout.

Court McGee suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for a hard bout. Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible right hand fracture.

Ryan Jensen suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days for a hard bout.

Patrick Cote suspended 180 days with no contact for 180 days unless cleared by an ophthalmologic exam for his retina.

Chris Camozzi suspended 60 days with no contact for 60 days until cleared by physician for left brow lacerations.

Dongi Yang suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for a hard bout.

Gilbert Yvel suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.

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Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Trailer

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Trailer

This trailer and post is dedicated to my little buddy Jerry who attended the Justin Bieber concert on Friday night here is Sacramento,Ca.

Paramount has released the trailer,  for the upcoming 3D concert movie Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Trailer, which was directed by Jon Chu.

The Film will consist on unseen footage from when he was a child to the present day. It will also show you how the rise of Bieber and how it has taken over the world.

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Justin Bieber: Never Say Never opens February 11th, 2011

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Daft Punk "Derezzed" From Tron Legacy

"Tron Legacy" Music Video-Daft Punk "Derezzed"

Another Tron Tuesday is upon us and we finally get to see the new music video by Daft Punk called "Derezzed." Another bonus is that during the video we get to see footage that has not been released anywhere else so far.

The soundtrack will feature the electronic music duo Daft Punk composed the film score. At the time of the 2009 Comic-Con, it was revealed they composed 24 tracks for the film. When Kosinski was asked why he decided to have Daft Punk do the film score, he replied, "How could you not at least go to those guys?" Olivia Wilde stated that the duo may be involved with future promotional events.October 26, 2010 the Walt Disney Pictures has released the teaser trailer with the participation of Daft Punk playing "Derezzed" song from the soundtrack. The song "Separate Ways" by Journey will also be featured in the film. The film score features a 100-piece orchestra, recorded at AIR Lyndhurst Studios in London. A soundtrack album of the film will be released on December 7, 2010. A deluxe edition of the album will also be released on the same day that will include a poster of Daft Punk from the film.

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Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, looks into his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin's loyal confidant, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

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Jersey Shore Season 3 Spin-Off

Jersey Shore To Return To Seaside

The show keeps getting better and better with every episode. THR sat down with Jersey Shore co-creator and executive producer SallyAnn Salsano and got some interseting answer for Season 3 and a spin-off. The most dramatic ratings success story of the year, MTV’s “Jersey Shore” concludes its Miami-set second season tonight. Love it or hate it, no one can deny that “Shore” is a smartly produced pop-culture phenomena.

In a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, co-creator and executive producer SallyAnn Salsano reveals that “Shore” will debut its third season sooner than you might think: The kids' return to Seaside, N.J. will premiere Jan. 6. And with cameras rolling for 55 days for the third round (compared with the first season’s 40), Salsano assures us there’s plenty of fist-throwing and hook-ups to come.

THR: What’s it like to watch the ratings go up every week and beat broadcast shows?

Salsano: There is no better feeling than when you get the chance to make a show that you believe in, that is a gamble, and then have it pay off. And for me, this was the life I have lived. So when the show is getting all kinds of controversy, it was like, “What’s wrong? That’s how I was raised.” I’m an Italian girl from Long Island whose family worked in sanitation for the City of New York. Both my parents drive Cadillacs. I eat pasta every Sunday. It’s like, “Why is everyone so mad?”

What can viewers expect for the next cycle of Seaside episodes?

Salsano: All the relationships start taking a turn, some for the good, some for the bad. There’s plenty of drama. There are some new hook-ups both in the house and outside. The kids legitimately grow up and come into their own in front of your eyes. They’re still the same cast, but I think how they deal with situations is completely different.

Will Angelina be back?

Salsano: She is not back.

And Snooki’s friend Ryder?

Salsano: Ryder, for sure. What would a season be without Ryder visiting?

Did you add any cast members?

Salsano: Yes, Nicole (Snooki) brought one her best friends with her — Deena. She’s a good time. It was hard for her to come in because there was a pre-existing relationship between everyone. There was literally no shortage of drama.

And after Seaside, will they return to Miami?

Salsano: TBD. I can put those kids in a broken down barn and probably get very similar results. But the thing that worked for us in Miami is it’s a very similar culture to what they’re used to — the club scene, the restaurants and the beach scene. They used to go down there on their own during the winter, like all good, East Coast Italian men do.

“The Hills” got ridiculous because the cast seemed to exist in a world in which they were not famous. How do you handle that?

Salsano: We treat them like we did Season One. In fairness, they treat us the same. They’re grateful, they’re happy and they realize it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. If any one of them is like [cries a very Snooki-like “Waaa!”] — you know, giving me anything — I’m like, “Really? A year ago you were in your mother’s basement and I had to give you $4 for Gatorade and cigarettes.” So we all laugh and move on. What’s hard is the fans and paparazzi. That’s part of my job, to not interfere with the story. I can go in and clear a restaurant and stage it with people that aren’t going to bother them, but then that’s not reality. It just makes it a lot harder for us to keep somebody from coming up to them every 20 seconds, like, “Hey, can I take a picture?”

Does it make the show better or worse now that the cast has groupies instead of struggling for dates as in Season One?

Salsano: I would say they still have the same ratio of hook-ups to getting shot down. Some would say it might be harder because people are on to their shenanigans.

What’s the status of the Pauly D and Snooki spinoffs?

Salsano: We shoot with the kids all the time. We’re always constantly shooting with them in their lives. I don't know if there is anything official.

What do you think of these other shows in development inspired by the “Jersey Shore” format?

Salsano: It comes down to the casting. If you have a great group of people, people will want to watch. There’s no telling what viewers are going to turn onto. I think it’s really your cast and how you tell your story.

Does it make things less real to have the cast incentivized to keep things dramatic?

Salsano: I don’t think they’re doing anything for the show’s sake. They aren’t saving it for me. I talk to them in between the show and there is all kinds of stuff that goes on when I’m not around. And I’m always like, “Uh, I wish I was rolling.” They just can’t shut it off. By the time I get them back, sometimes it’s like a whole lifetime has passed.

After the first season, you saved a devastating piece of video for the reunion special. Can fans expect the same this year?

Salsano: There is a never-ending supply of unbelievable Ronnie/Sammi footage. I always laugh at how “Big Brother” does “Big Brother: After Dark” where they roll 24/7. I’m a huge fan of that show [but] they don’t have anything on us. What I watch 24/7 would be … I can’t even tell you. You could watch it just raw.

What did you think of the “South Park” spoof?

Salsano: It completely felt surreal. I’m a huge fan of “South Park” and I was just watching the show going, “Is this really happening?” Where most people dream of an Emmy, for me I was like, “Shore” is on the cover on Star magazine and an episode of “South Park.” For me, there is no better. Emmy Shmemmy. Even Snooki was like — she gets the joke. She always takes it really well. She was like, “This is flattering … I mean, sort of.”

During salary renegotiations, you were quoted saying everybody on “Shore” is replaceable. Do you really believe that?

Salsano: No, I can’t replace these kids. They’re a special group and unique unto them. But there will be several incarnations of reality TV shows. This one stuck out and I say, “Buckle your seat belt and enjoy the ride and don’t take it for granted.” This is the advice I always give to them, and I take the same advice myself: “If everyone is out there drinking your Kool-Aid, that is awesome. The minute you have a sip, you are done. Just stay away from your own Kool-Aid.” Some of them are more receptive to that than others. There are so many opportunities they’re getting from being on the show. The longer the show Is on the air, the longer those opportunities will take place. So just keep the show on the air. I think sometimes that’s hard to know when you haven't already seen it a million times in the industry.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

New Star Wars Films In The Near Future

Nothing To Do With The Skywalkers

We all have heard that Uncle George is going to release the Star Wars films in 3D staring in 2012. IESB has heard a rumor from a flying Mynock. Please remember this is a rumor and nothing has been confirmed. But if what they reported is true then I am sold at Hello.

First of all, these new film will have nothing to do with the live action television series currently in development. That show already has over 50 scripts ready to go and plenty of pre-production time and money has been spent on artwork and storyboards. Once that show goes into production, Lucasfilm hopes to be able to produce at least 100 episodes since that is the threshold for syndication in the United States.

Fans can expect the new trilogy after the entire saga is released in 3D which is expected to be complete around 2015 or 2016.

Uncle George's modus operandi has not changed, the plan is that he will self finance the new trilogy after he rakes in an expected $500 - $750 million dollars with the re-release of the entire Star Wars Saga in 3D and on Blu-Ray.

The ideal plan, according to our spy at Skywalker Ranch, is to be able to release a new Star Wars film within 24 months after the release of the last re-re-release (is that right?) of Return of the Jedi 3D.

Too early for story details but one thing that our source is certain about, they will not be prequels but instead sequels. It's not for certain if they will be the long awaited Episodes 7, 8 and 9 but could instead be Episodes 10, 11 and 12 or possibly even further out in the Star Wars timeline. And by giving space in the timeline, possibly even as far as 100 years or 1,000 years in the Star Wars universe future, Lucas avoids having to make these stories "fit in" with what the previous stories have told.

According to our sources, the most likely scenario for the films is that they will exist in the same universe but will not have anything to do with the Skywalker Clan.

Well, besides the obvious possible billions that a new Star Wars trilogy will take in, our source tells us that George has gotten motivated with the success the Clone Wars animated series, the video games and also with the success of Avatar.

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Tron Evolution Game Preview

Tron Evolution Game Preview

A preview featurette on Tron Legacy game tie-in, Tron Evolution. Featuring some of the same voice cast as the film and a few extra bonus actors besides, it gives you just a little taste of what we can expect from the game.

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The game's intended as a bridge between the original, 1982 film and the new film, and gives you some idea just how much the world of Tron has changed and expanded during that time. Plus, you'll get Olivia Wilde's Quorra to guide you through the whole thing and look good doing it. Check out the full featurette with Wilde, original Tron star Bruce Boxleitner, Smallville's John Glover and Supernatural's Jensen Ackles.

Tron Evolution is out on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii on November 26, so you've got loads of time to finish it before Tron Legacy comes out on December 16.

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The Warrior's Way Teaser Poster

The Warrior's Way Teaser Poster

We are here to deliver the new poster for the upcoming film The Warrior's Way. Folks let's dont let this movie slip threw our fingers and not support it when it hits the theaters. The movie is due out on December 3, 2010.

The film stars Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush, Danny Huston, Tony Cox and South Korean actor Jang Dong-gun. It was written and directed by Sngmoo Lee, and is being produced by Barrie Osborne who also produced Lord of the Rings

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The Warrior's Way, a visually-stunning modern martial arts western starring Korean actor Dong-gun Jang who plays an Asian warrior assassin forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands. Rounding out the ensemble cast are Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns), Oscar®-winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine), Danny Huston (The Kingdom), and Tony Cox (The Hustle).The fantasy action film was written and directed by newcomer Sngmoo Lee, and is being produced by Barrie M. Osborne (Lord of the Rings), Jooick Lee (Seven Swords) and Michael Peyser (Hackers).

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