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by Joseph Leray
You know what's cool? Art installations that are wired up to let people play a life-sized version of "Katamari Damacy," Keita Takahashi's whimsical dreamscape-meets-social-commentary, using a giant yoga ball. Using a projector, an Arduino circuit board, and some optical mouses, Über Cool Stuff owner and do-it-yourselfer Chris McInnis debuted the project at London, Ontario's Nuit Blanche art festival a few weekends ago.
It's worth noting that the idea for a life-sized katamari has been rolling around (get it?!) for a while now: McInnis got the idea from a hacker named Kellbot. The basic principle is to replace the PlayStation 2's analog sticks with an optical mouse that can read the yoga ball's movement and then send that signal to the game.
In any case, McInnis roped in other woodworkers, coders, electricians, and artists and eventually got the project working, complimented by some papier-mâché katamari and King of All Cosmos costumes. »
- MTV Video Games
Catalina Denis cast in Paul Walker thriller Model and film actress Catalina Denis has been cast as the female lead opposite Paul Walker (Fast & Furious 6) and David Belle (Malavita) in Camille Delamarre’s Brick Mansions. The action thriller is EuropaCorp and Relativity Media’s English-language remake of the 2004 French-made action / thriller District B13. In Brick Mansions, Paul Walker incarnates an undercover cop out to defuse a bomb in possession of drug warlord RZA. Catalina Denis will play David Belle’s romantic interest. Luc Besson, who specializes in run-of-the-mill, Hollywood-style French-made action thrillers, is one of the film’s producers. Directed by Pierre Morel (Taken, From Paris with Love), and co-written by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri, District B13 / Banlieue 13 stars David Belle, Cyril Raffaelli, Dany Verissimo-Petit, and co-screenwriter Naceri. The film performed modestly at the French box office; according to Box Office Mojo, District B13 was no. 51 on France’s 2004 box-office chart, »
- Zac Gille
2 items from 2013
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