19 items from 2013
Feature Ryan Lambie 17 May 2013 - 05:47
Here's a fresh batch of worthy, geek-friendly crowdfunding projects that have caught our eye this week...
The best part of putting together this weekly crowdfunding column? While trawling through the dozens of ideas that appear online every day, we stumble on all kinds of weird and wonderful things.
Some ideas are semi-practical - a new kind of flip-flop with soles made from astro turf, for people who want to feel as though they're walking on grass all day long - while others are downright strange - such as a set of tabletop gaming figures shaped neat like little human backsides.
Some ideas are commercial and enticing enough to sale past their funding goal - a zombie Lego Batman mash-up animation's already doing well - while others are rather more niche - we spotted a strip poker text adventure, which has, unsurprisingly, attracted rather less interest so far. »
We had the chance to sit down with the great Michael Biehn recently to talk about all things badass, and of course the subject of Ubisoft's latest game which he does the voice acting for, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, came up. So what does Biehn know about a possible sequel? Read on!
Below is a quick excerpt! Look for the whole interview tomorrow!
Regarding a possible sequel Biehn said, "I don't know anything. If they do a sequel, that is [Creative Director] Dean [Evans]' decision. For all I know it might not have anything to do with me, and he might make a completely different game. I had thought I heard someone say something about a sequel, but I really don't know anything about it, which means if there was one, then I don't know if I would be involved. I don't know anything about what the subject matter would be »
- Uncle Creepy
Having spent a few minutes with the long awaited Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon this morning we can tell you one thing... it's batshit nuts and we thank the video game gods every day for its existence. Need more convincing? Check out the launch trailer and new screenshots!
Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon lets players get the girl, kill the bad guys and save the world in a VHS-era vision of the future! As Sergeant Rex Colt, you are part man, part machine, all American. You are a state-of-the art Mark IV cyber-commando on a mission...of vengeance. You’re out to bring down your old commanding officer and his battalion of ruthless killer cyborgs and you’ll stop at nothing to get the job done. Hollywood action icon Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens, and The Abyss), returns in this explosive 1980s style sci-fi vision of a dark future. »
- Uncle Creepy
The eighties style Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon will arrive on Xbla, Psn and PC on May 1st. The good news? You don't need Far Cry 3 to jump into this zany adventure. Players will enter an open-world setting as a cyborg commando voiced by Michael Biehn.
Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon lets players get the girl, kill the bad guys and save the world in a VHS-era vision of the future! As Sergeant Rex Colt, you are part man, part machine, all American. You are a state-of-the art Mark IV cyber-commando on a mission...of vengeance. You’re out to bring down your old commanding officer and his battalion of ruthless killer cyborgs and you’ll stop at nothing to get the job done. Hollywood action icon Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens, and The Abyss), returns in this explosive 1980s style sci-fi vision of a dark future. Turn off your Vcr, »
- Amanda Dyar
"Terminator" star Michael Biehn Confirmed for the "Far Cry 3" 80's-style spinoff, while "Flashback" receives a 20th anniversary re-release and "Cloudberry Kingdon" offers up a fractured fairy tale as Ubisoft lays out some of their downloadable titles for 2013.
First up, the one you're curious about: "Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon" is a standalone title starring Michael Biehn as a cyborg commando on a mission of revenge. This one, which we've been following with an admittedly heightened level of frenzy since the first details leaked (or "leaked") out, is coming to the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC on May 1. PC preorders will get the soundtrack by artist Power Glove for free.
The official synopsis:
Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon lets players get the girl, kill the bad guys and save the world in a VHS-era vision of the future! As Sergeant Rex Colt, you are part man, part machine, all American. »
- Charles Webb
It’s been common knowledge for a while now that the upcoming Avatar sequels would be set at least partially underwater, thus affording director/adventurer James Cameron to combine his love of blockbuster action-romance with his love of the ocean. Given that the first Avatar was largely created on a green screen performance-capture stage, you would’ve figured that the underwater scenes in Avatars 2 & 3 would be shot dry-for-wet — the same way Cameron filmed Aquaman.
But Cameron’s longtime producer Jon Landau revealed at the Nab Technology Summit on Cinema that the sequels will use an intriguing new technology. According to the Hollywood Reporter, »
- Darren Franich
Say what you like about James Cameron’s high-grossing film of all-time, Avatar, but there is no denying the futuristic action fantasy was yet another bold step forward into the future of filmmaking and one of the few 3D experiences that was genuinely effective. Cameron has always tried to break new ground in film, which sometimes comes at a cost to his bland script work. However, when you consider the strides made with the previous visual evolution of the likes of The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, T2 and Titanic, few can argue that he is indeed an master of his craft in creating a cinematic spectacle.
I’ve yet to speak to anyone who is genuinely excited for another visit to Pandora, but I’ve no doubt the two Avatar sequels currently in development are sure to fill multiplexes once again. Producer Jon Landau has today revealed at the 2013 Nab »
- Craig Hunter
Film-maker and explorer hands one-man craft that plunged him to Pacific Ocean's deepest point to oceanographic institute
James Cameron has donated the one-man submarine within which he descended to the bottom of the planet's deepest chasm last year to the largest independent oceanographic research institution in the USA.
The Oscar-winning director of Titanic and Avatar will hand over the Deepsea Challenger sub to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Whoi) in an announcement timed to coincide with the one-year anniversary of his historic dive into the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. Whoi will use the submarine's technological advances in the organisation's ongoing efforts to build new and ever-more-effective deep-sea research vehicles.
"The seven years we spent designing and building the Deepsea Challenger were dedicated to expanding the options available to deep-ocean researchers," said Cameron in a joint statement. "Our sub is a scientific proof-of-concept, and our partnership with the Woods Hole Oceanographic »
- Ben Child
Like Night of the Hunter, Tod Browning’s Freaks or Leonard Kastle’s The Honeymoon Killers, The Road to Yesterday can be ranked among the UFOs of cinema. It’s place in the heart of Cecil B. DeMille’s work proves to be in itself very distinctive. We know that, during his entire life, DeMille had virtually only one producer—Paramount (the former Famous Players Lasky)—just like Minnelli was MGM’s man and Corman American International’s. Sixty-three of his films (out of seventy) were produced at Paramount. And, oddly enough, it is among the seven outsiders, situated within a brief period from 1925 to 1931, that his best activity is to be found (I’m thinking of Madam Satan, The Godless Girl, and The Road to Yesterday)–his most audacious undertakings. To top it off, for this uncontested king of the box office, his best films were his biggest commercial failures. »
- Luc Moullet
With all of the focus landing on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's use of high frame rate/48fps, the rest of the production's stunning achievements in visual effects have been unfairly shunted to the sidelines. Thankfully, four-time Oscar/BAFTA/Ves winner Joe Letteri recently spoke about the VFX behind the first film in Peter Jackson's new trilogy and we were invited to check out the presentation. As both the visual effects supervisor on the films and the current Director of Weta Digital, Letteri pulled back the curtain on the unbelievable amount of work, creativity and expertise that goes into making a film like The Hobbit. Hit the jump to watch a video featurette on the film's VFX, as well as a break down of Letteri's presentation with some incredibly cool behind-the-scenes information. Check out the featurette "VFX of The Hobbit: Fantastical Creatures & Lands of Epic Beauty & Darkness," followed by highlights from Letteri's presentation, »
- Dave Trumbore
“The biggest difference is the scale of the two,” states Eric Saindon (Avatar) who was a creatures supervisor during The Lord of Rings Trilogy (2001 to 2003) and recently looked after the visual effects for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), the first of three movies based on The Hobbit; the children’s story written J.R.R. Tolkien introduced the world to Middle-earth, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Gollum, and the mysterious ring with the ability to make it’s wearer invisible. “13 years ago there were 35 people and for Hobbit we have 1200 people working at Weta Digital.” There is also more of a home grown presence for the special and visual effects company based Wellington, New Zealand which was co-founded by countryman and filmmaker Peter Jackson (Heavenly Creatures). “When I first got here there were »
Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd is currently prepping up to bring us another badass project, a movie based on Toei Animation's Japanese giant robot anime Gaiking. Not only has Hurd worked on The Walking Dead series, but she's also brought us the Terminator, Aliens, and The Incredible Hulk films. The producer recently sat down with Collider and discussed the production time frame, how it stacks up to its rival projects (Robotech, Pacific Rim, Gigantor, and Voltron), visual effects, and more..
On the current status of the project:
We just closed the deal (with Toei and Al Nippon Entertainment) and we are out to writers as we speak.
On a production timeline:
Its early on, I’d hate to do that before the writers have an opportunity to look at the material and sit down with me. I don’t think we want it to look like something you’ve already seen on screen before. »
- Joey Paur
Feature James Peaty Feb 11, 2013
What does the future hold for the Terminator franchise, and how can it regain its early 90s success? James takes a closer look...
It’s been a tough few years if you’re a fan of The Terminator franchise. With the creative belly flop that was Terminator Salvation (2009) coming just a few months after the cancellation of TV spin-off, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, you’d have been forgiven for thinking the game was finally up for the once venerable series.
However, thanks to the bankruptcy of former rights holder, The Halcyon Company, and the deep pockets of producer Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the franchise now finds itself at a potentially interesting crossroads. Where once it was owned by a company overjoyed at hiring the dubious talents of director McG, now the franchise’s future is controlled by an outfit that has backed, in the space of a year, »
Top 10 Aliya Whiteley Feb 8, 2013
From silent classics to the present, here's Aliya's pick of 10 foreign-language fantasy films you have to see...
It’s easier to say what fantasy isn’t, rather than what it is. It’s not the robots or interplanetary adventures of science fiction, and it’s not the inexplicable and the terrifying creations of horror. All we can say for sure about fantasy is that, within the world on the screen, anything can happen.
So here’s an alphabetical list of some of the more interesting foreign-language films in which the rules no longer apply. There may be strange happenings and mythical beasts but they are not out to scare us, or to confirm our suspicions that we need to be afraid of the new and the strange. Instead they challenge us to look with, as Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio would have it in The Abyss, better eyes than that. »
Two new interviews for the Cold War horror flick Phantom have made their way to the interwebs. Dare you walk the halls of this haunted submarine? Find out soon as Rcr Distribution will release the flick in theaters on March 1, 2013.
Suspicion between the superpowers is at its peak, and the Americans are staging a mass Naval exercise in the Pacific. To observe the maneuvers, submarine Captain Dmitri Zubov, an experienced sailor but a man troubled by a past he struggles to live with, sets sail on what is the final mission of Soviet submarine B756. Armed with multiple torpedoes and a single tactical nuclear ballistic missile, the sub is also fitted with a cloaking device that can render them invisible to the Americans. »
- Uncle Creepy
Envision Media Arts (Ema) announced today that Peter Facinelli will co-star in Freezer, an action/thriller shooting this month in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Facinelli joins Dylan McDermott in the film directed by Mikael Salomon from a script by Tom Doganoglu and Shane Weisfeld. Lee Nelson and David Buelow will produce for Envision Media. Yuliya Snigir (A Good Day to Die Hard) also joins the cast.
Robert (McDermott), an everyday guy, finds himself tested beyond human endurance when he awakens to find himself locked in an industrial freezer by Russian thugs. They insist he returns the $8 million dollars he stole from them, the only problem is, Robert has no idea what they are talking about. Surprised as anyone would be, Robert finds he is not alone in the freezer when he finds Sam (Facinelli) hiding behind a series of boxes. Unsure of each other, but stuck in a battle together, the »
Envision Media Arts (Ema) announced today that Dylan McDermott will star in Freezer, an action-thriller shooting this month in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Mikael Salomon will direct from a script by Tom Doganoglu and Shane Weisfeld. Lee Nelson and David Buelow will produce for Envision Media.
Robert (McDermott), an everyday guy, finds himself tested beyond human endurance when he awakens to find himself locked in an industrial freezer by Russian thugs. They insist he returns the $8 million dollars he stole from them, the only problem is, Robert has no idea what they are talking about.... As he fights for his life before freezing to death, the truth slowly reveals itself.
Here's what producer Lee Nelson had to say about the casting addition.
Since appearing in both Seasons One and Two of "American Horror Story," Dylan McDermott's career, especially in the horror genre, has been revitalized; and we now have the first word on what the actor will be up to next!
From the Press Release
Actor Dylan McDermott has signed on to star in Freezer, an action-thriller shooting this month in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, producers said today. Mikael Salomon is directing the film from a script by Tom Doganoglu and Shane Weisfeld.
McDermott will play Robert, an everyday guy, who finds himself "tested beyond human endurance when he awakens to find himself locked in an industrial freezer by Russian thugs," a synopsis said.
"They insist he return the $8 million he stole from them. The only problem is, Robert »
- Uncle Creepy
New comic book Wednesday has come and gone. The dust at your local comic shop has settled. An eerie silence descends as you finish reading your last superhero book of the week. Now it's time for something a little more sinister. Welcome to Bagged and Boarded: comic reviews of the sick, spooky, twisted and terrifying!
The Strain No. 10
Things are not going well in New York City and the outer boroughs. A strain of "vampirism" has broken out big time, and a rag tag group of survivors attempts to investigate and find their loved ones. This issue has them tussling with "the master" and it alludes to an even bigger fight with the big baddie next issue. All in all the big apple has had a huge bite taken out of it, and the chaos is only just ramping up.
Bag it or board it up?
I'll admit, I'm coming »
- Giaco Furino
19 items from 2013
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