August 30, 2011

Free Mining for the Kids!


[via Planet Pulp]

August 27, 2011

Stop-Motion 'Jonny Quest'

A brilliant stop-motion recreation of the opening titles...


Copyright Roger Evans. Read ALL about it at: www.rogerevans.tv


And here's the original...




'The Avengers' Movie Comic Primer

As expected, Marvel will be ramping up products to appeal to people seeing the Avengers movie.

These include Road To The Avengers made up of movie continuity mini-series I Am Iron Man, Iron Man Security Measures, Iron Man 2: Public Identity, Iron Man 2: Agents Of SHIELD and Captain America: First Vengeance (cover above)

Avengers Heroic Age hardcover with Avengers 1-6, Avengers Prime 1-5 and New Avengers 1-6.

Avengers Assemble: An Oral History Of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with an Art Adams cover collecting all the text pieces from recent Avengers issues.

And an Omnibus edition of The Ultimate Avengers comics.
[via: BleedingCool]

August 25, 2011

'Locke & Key' - Trailer


Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them…. and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…! Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box) creates an all-new story of dark fantasy and wonder, with astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez. Hill has received the Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection, the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection and Best Short Story, and the Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award-2007, among his growing collection of critical accolades.
EMPIRE: Locke & Key Trailer Haunts Online: Have a look at what we're missing

August 24, 2011

August 23, 2011

OK Go and The Muppets - Muppet Show Theme Song

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.

More MUPPETS here.

'Puss in Boots' - Official Trailer


Way before Puss ever met Shrek, our suave and furry feline hero goes on a swashbuckling ride, as he teams with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs. It is directed by Chris Miller (Shrek the Third) and produced by Joe Aguilar (Merry Madagascar) and Latifa Ouaou (Monsters vs. Aliens). It is being written by Tom Wheeler (The Cape). Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia) and Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) are serving as executive producers on the film, which stars Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris.
Puss in Boots The Movie

August 21, 2011

Right out of SeaQuest DSV...

Anybody remember the Stinger from SeaQuest DSV?


Well check this out...


Innespace Productions was founded in 1997 by Rob Innes and Dan Piazza. The company began as a design and development company specializing in high performance submersible watercraft. Rob Innes is a New Zealand boat builder with fifteen years experience in boat design and manufacturing. Rob has a management degree from Auckland University and a composite engineering diploma from Unitech University. Dan Piazza is a certified machinist with over twenty years of hands-on experience in custom fabrication and engineering. Dan has an extensive background working on performance vehicles including race boats, hot rods, and off road vehicles.

Innespace has designed and built numerous submersible watercraft for recreational and demonstration use. The company continues to lease their original Dolphin as well as their newer Seabreachers for event demonstrations, commercial promotions, and television shows.

Seabreacher

August 19, 2011

'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' Trailer


Here's another one I was ready to write off and what do they do? The brand it Marvel Knights, rate it "R" and put Idris Elba in the cast. I may not go to the theater to see it, but I will watch it.

Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in Columbia Pictures' and Hyde Park Entertainment's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. In the successor to the worldwide hit Ghost Rider, Johnny - still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter - is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds). At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy - and possibly rid himself of his curse forever. Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Screenplay by Scott M. Gimple & Seth Hoffman and David S. Goyer. Story by David S. Goyer. Based on the Marvel Comic. Produced by Steven Paul, Ashok Amritraj, Michael De Luca, Avi Arad, and Ari Arad.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

The Lost Hellman Theaters

As I was researching a couple of other theaters, including the Hellman, when I came across these two newspaper articles. They both address a project I had never heard of and that apparently never came to be: Construction of another Hellman-owned theater at Stuyvesant Plaza on Western Avenue.

The first article is from the Altamont Enterprise and is dated April 30, 1965...


The second article, from the Amsterdam Evening Recorder October 5, 1965, had an even bigger surprise included. The Hellman's had planned to build a second theater next to the existing Hellman Theatre on Washington Avenue. I can only imagine how cool that would have been, two giant-screened movie houses right next to each other!


Indiana Jones World Map


Years in the making, Matt Busch is proud to unveil the illustrated Indiana Jones World Map! Perfect timing, being the 30th Anniverary of Indiana Jones this year. Authorized through Lucasfilm, this print is funded by the Adirondack Comicfest and all proceeds from the sale of this print go to American Disabled Veterans.

The print measures a whopping 24" X 36" (fit for a world map!) and easy to frame in any standard movie poster size frame. All prints are signed and numbered (limited edition of 255) by Matt Busch. The print retails for $49.95 plus shipping.




MattBusch.com

August 18, 2011

NEW "Red Tails" Trailer & One-Sheet


1944. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options – including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country – and the fate of the free world.

"Red Tails" is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II. Directed by Anthony Hemingway. Produced by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas and John Ridley. Starring Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Bryan Cranston.

empireonline.com

"Underworld: Awakening" Trailer


Welcome back gratuitously naked Kate Beckinsale! Oh yeah, and it's got non-teen werewolves and glitter-free vampires - woohoo!

Scenes from Unusual Suspects

Here is a little taste of my last project, an episode of "Unusual Suspects" on Investigation Discovery.




"Getting Even" is scheduled for August 21, at 10PM est.
In 1985 when welder Danny Paquette is killed in his front yard by a long-distance rifle shot, there is no shortage of suspects. Many people had issues with Danny. But ultimately the solution falls much closer to home than anyone expected.

Investigation Discovery

LMNO Productions

August 9, 2011

Last project gets Air Date



According to the Investigation Discovery website the episode of "Unusual Suspects" I worked on for LMNO productions has its air date.

"Getting Even" is scheduled for August 21, at 10PM est.
In 1985 when welder Danny Paquette is killed in his front yard by a long-distance rifle shot, there is no shortage of suspects. Many people had issues with Danny. But ultimately the solution falls much closer to home than anyone expected.

Investigation Discovery

LMNO Productions

August 8, 2011

"Easy being green, it is not."


[via A SKETCHY PAST, THE ART OF PETER DE SÈVE]

3rd The Adventures of Tintin One Sheet

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn is the first in the series of 3D motion capture films based on the iconic character created by Georges Remi, better known to the world by his pen name "Herge" and is due for release in 2011. The film stars Jamie Bell as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig as the nefarious Red Rackham. Bell and Craig are joined by an international cast that includes Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook. The adventures of popular Belgian comic-strip hero Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy.

August 5, 2011

Hello Kitty... It's Catwoman!

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Just one day after Warner Bros. revealed the very first picture of Henry Cavill as Superman in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, they've given us another treat with the first official photo of Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.
[via Superhero Hype]

TRON: UPRISING - Disney XD

Beck is a young program who becomes the skillful leader of a revolution inside the computer world of The Grid. His mission is to free his home and friends from the reign of the villainous Clu 2 and his henchman General Tesler. Beck will be trained by Tron - the greatest warrior the Grid has ever come to know. Tron will not only teach Beck the fighting, and light cycle skills he needs to challenge this brutal military occupation, but he will be a guide and mentor to him as he grows beyond his youthful, impulsive nature into a courageous, powerful, strong leader. Destined to become the next Tron of the system, Beck adopts Tron's persona and becomes the archenemy of General Tesler and his oppressive forces.

Disney XD

Attention Blue Blaze Irregulars!

Buckaroo Banzai
Poster by Phantom City Creative.


For sale over at Mondo, unfortunately it is SOLD OUT (must have been Dr. Lizardo)!

August 4, 2011

First Look: Henry Cavill as Superman


Okay, so it's only the first look, and WAY better than Wonder Woman, but I have to say I am not all that impressed. Can we for once, just lay of the textured, unnecessarily padded and tweaked costumes? The raised "S" shield looks like it's about to peal off and that cape must weigh 50 lbs. And those rubbery looking, dull blue tights look like they came from Spider-man's tailor. I give the new super-suit a B-.

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Henry Cavill plays Superman in director Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel." The film also stars Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Laurence Fishburne as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent's adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Diane Lane and Kevin Costner. Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Michael Shannon, and Faora, Zod's evil partner, played by Antje Traue. Also from Superman's native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman's mother, played by Julia Ormond, and Superman's father, Jor-El, portrayed by Russell Crowe. Rounding out the cast are Harry Lennix as U.S. military man General Swanwick, as well as Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy.

Read more: Man of Steel - Trailers, Videos, and Reviews at ComingSoon.net

August 3, 2011

The greatest earthquake ever known!


[via Planet Pulp]

[the films of] Pixar Animation Studios

Because you can never have too many Pixar clip videos...

Over the years Pixar Animation Studios has brought us some of the most beautiful, exciting, hilarious and touching films ever. Not just a company, Pixar is a promise: the hopping lamp you'll see in front of each feature film is a guarantee for a good time. Pioneering in and continuously revolutionizing both the animation and film industry, Pixar deserves an episode more than any other studio. The seventh [the films of] focusses on their 12 feature films, highlighting the moments that made Pixar what it is today.

More about [the films of] Pixar Animation Studios: HERE

More from the [the films of] series: HERE

[the films of] is a new series by Kees van Dijkhuizen, which will be focussing on one inspiring filmmaker every month, visualising their variety and progression through the years.

Clips from 'Toy Story', 'A Bug's Life', 'Toy Story 2', 'Monsters, Inc.', 'Finding Nemo', 'The Incredibles', 'Cars', 'Ratatouille', 'Wall∙E', 'Up', 'Toy Story 3' and 'Cars 2' remain courtesy of Disney/Pixar Animation Studios, © and TM 1995, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011

'The Incredits', composed by Michael Giacchino, 'The Scare Floor', composed by Randy Newman, 'Wall Rat', composed by Michael Giacchino, 'Fronds Like These', composed by Thomas Newman and 'Down To Earth', composed by Michael Giacchino & Peter Gabriel (performed by Peter Gabriel and the Soweto Gospel choir) remain courtesy of Walt Disney Records/Pixar Animation Studios, © 2004, 2002, 2007, 2003 and 2008

[the films of] is a non-profit project not aimed at breaking copyright laws. All material remains courtesy of their respective owners. Edited by Kees van Dijkhuizen © 2011.

August 2, 2011

Harrison Ford vs Papa Smurf (Conan)


"Captain America: The First Avenger" - A Conversation between Geeks


SPOILER ALERT!

As with "Thor" my pre-Captain America-viewing, and post-viewing contact was LA Filmcutter. Notes have been compared and a review (more like a conversation between geeks) has been written...

11:00 AM
[text message from AP]: Headed to theater for Capt America
[text message from LA]: Can't wait to hear your thoughts. As always, make sure you stay through the credits.
[AP]: Right!

1:34 PM
[AP]: Wow! That was great! Credits are rolling.

1:58 PM
[AP]: There is so much to like about that movie!
[LA]: Yes, yes, and... ?
[AP]: Facebooking ya!
[LA]: Cool!

2:30 PM
(Facebook Message from AP):
Okay, let's review this thing!
First off, if only Joe Johnston had had that kind of budget, effects and studio support when he made "The Rocketeer!"

Second, it was just a great, good old-fashioned, action movie!

But where do you really begin? Winks and nods to the history of Cap, the Howling Commandos, Indiana Jones, The Rocketeer, jeez what else!?

(AP):
Oh! And what about shrinking Chris Evans? How the hell did they do that!?

(Facebook Message from LA):
Yes, could imagine "The Rocketeer" if made today?

Definitely a great old fashioned story and overall feel. Really liked the left turn the movie took when Rogers was being used to sell war bonds...very different than the usual journey for a superhero.

I LOVED the genesis of the uniform!! They did such an incredible job of making all of it work with a very natural progression.

Chris Evans as the skinny Steve Rogers was a masterpiece of modern visual effects!!! I completely bought it right from the get-go and didn't doubt that was in fact Evans through that entire part of the movie! They basically mapped his face over another actor's body, but that marriage was just so seamless!

Even though they finished his first adventure with an end that led to the flash forward to our present, I'd still like to see more adventures during WWII! However, this may be the only one.

The shield rocked! Gotta say that I love the costume much more in the 40's than I do for "The Avengers". Yes, the present day version is closer to the established comics, but you can't beat the functionality they perfecty poured into that first one!

(AP):
The pace was so fast that you didn't have time to worry about the events as they were unfolding, they just did. BUt even in retrospect (like you said) everything just flowed and fit together so well.

Loved all of the Marvel Cineverse? Movieverse? What are we calling it? tie-ins like Howard Stark and the birth of SHIELD, the glimpse at the 9 Realms when the Cosmic Cube "melts" Red Skull. So cool.

I also liked all of the humor. Never over-the-top or forced, just good writing and line delivery. Tommy Lee Jones was great!

And yes the progression of Cap's uniform was the best. The whole long johns look, then adding the helmet and the leather jacket, and finally Starks "super-suit!"

(AP):
Nits to pick:
1. Bucky's death felt like a throw away. His death in the comics is much more dramatic and emotional.
2. Cap waking up in 2011 was kind of jarring. Especially after the WWII experience and the audience being in that world. Yes it was supposed to be a jarring moment for Steve Rogers but it happened so fast it lacks enough emotion.
3. I didn't like the teaser trailer after-credits bonus. I wanted it to be more organic, more of an epilogue like the other Marvel movies.

(AP):
I think they struck the perfect tone too. There was a great nostalgic feel to the film, a good balance of action and humor. Setting it in the forties but with flash forwards to bookend the story works really well.

This is the kind of movie Joe Johnston should stick with. There is a charm, and innocence and a gee-whiz sensibility in Cap that also made "The Rocketeer," "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" and "October Sky" such good films.

(LA):
Was there something specific about the birth of SHIELD? I can't quite remember. Yes, definitely loved the Howard Stark tie-in, and you could see where Tony got some of his swagger. The connection to the Thor universe with the Cosmic Cube was well done. The humor was very well placed and didn't overtake at any time.

I'd have to say a major praise is definitely the visual effects, especially with turning Chris Evans into the scrawny Steve Rogers. Absolutely seamless!!

BTW, did you catch the slight "Raiders of the Lost Ark" nod?

Schmidt: "Hitler is wasting his time digging in the sand for trinkets."

The whole opening felt like an Indy movie.

Still would like to see them continue the story of Cap in the 40's but I'm not sure they will now that he's been thawed out in the present. C'mon, find a way!!

(AP):
My take was that the SSR, Stark's gadgets and the capturing of Hydra tech was the precursor to SHIELD.

YES! I was the only one in the theater that laughed when Schmidt said that!

Yeah, I was trying to figure out a way to tell more WWII stories, but I think they painted themselves into a corner by rushing the Hydra base destroying sequence. They didn't leave an out or someway of showing Cap, Bucky and the Howling Commandoes NOT on a Hydra-based mission. Now that we know their fate, there would be no real peril for those soldiers.

(LA):
Yeah, that's the big problem with having buttoned everything up back in WWII. O.K. I think I see what you mean about SHIELD.

(AP):
How many stars are you giving it?

(LA):
4 1/2

(AP):
That's cool. I gave it an ***, same ball park.

And one more thing, no Agent Coulson!

Okay, I personally loved the film and feel it's perhaps the best of the Avengers series of Marvel movies. I loved Iron Man as well, and that movie really did set the tone for Marvel's Cinematic Universe, but there is some fanboy bias here that moves Captain America: The First Avenger to the front of the pack. My final grade for the star-spangled avenger? A- (points off for not showing Bucky Barnes a little more respect!)

And one more, one more thing...
Captain America's future films should/could include a lot of stuff like a resurrected Red Skull, Sharon Carter, Winter Soldier, and to give us a more WWII Cap they can always write in flashbacks.


Okay, that's really it.

August 1, 2011

The Utilidors at Walt Disney World

Here's a fun little FYI post. Nothing new that most of you didn't know already, but it's fun to pull back the curtain sometimes and see what's going on back there...
According to modern legend, Walt Disney was bothered by the sight of a cowboy walking through Disneyland's Tomorrowland enroute to his post in Frontierland. He felt that such a sight was jarring, and detracted from the guest experience. When the Florida park was being planned, engineers designed utilidors to keep park operations out of guests' sight.

The utilidors are beneath the Magic Kingdom, but they are not a basement; they are actually the ground level of the Magic Kingdom. The park itself is actually the second level. Parts of Fantasyland, including Cinderella's Castle, are at third-story-level (this is why the castle seems to loom so large as guests approach it via Main Street, USA). The ground's incline is so gradual that guests do not realize they are ascending to the second and third stories. The Magic Kingdom is built upon soil which was removed from what is now the Seven Seas Lagoon.
The utilidors are built on 9 acres (36,000 m2), and the floor plan is a circle with a path down the middle. The tunnel walls are color-coded to make it simple for users to determine their location. The utilidors can be accessed from a main tunnel entrance located behind Fantasyland, or through unmarked doors throughout the Magic Kingdom. Magic Kingdom cast members park about one mile (1.6 km) away and are transported via a Disney bus to the tunnel. Some shops, restaurants and attractions have direct access to the utilidors.

Cast members navigate the tunnels on foot or in battery-operated vehicles that resemble golf carts, which cast members call "Pargos." Gasoline-powered vehicles are not allowed in the utilidors, with the exception of armored cash pickup trucks, and, in extreme emergencies, ambulances.

Functions
The utilidors have been referred to as an "underground city", the functions of which include:

Waste removal: The Magic Kingdom uses an Automated Vacuum Collection system for waste removal. Sanitation crews remove trash from the park twenty-four hours a day, and dump it into AVAC system processors throughout the park. The trash then travels through pneumatic tubes to a central location where it is processed, compressed, and/or recycled.

Electrical operations: The park's computer system, the Digital Animation Control Systems (DACS), is operated and monitored from control rooms in the utilidors. This system monitors everything in the park, from sound systems to attractions, Audio-Animatronic figures to parades, fire prevention and security systems to cash registers.

Deliveries and storage warehouses: Deliveries are received, processed, and stored at the utilidors until use. This ensures that guests do not see delivery trucks, nor do they see cast members carting merchandise through the park.

Food service: The park's cooking and prep kitchens are housed in the utilidors.

Costuming: Until recently, the park's costuming department (for cast members and Audio-Animatronic figures) was located in the utilidors. Over 1.2 million costumes were housed here, making it the largest operating wardrobe department in the world. In 2005, Disney replaced this facility with a larger location in the cast member parking lot.

Cast member services: Separate locker rooms for men and women are located in the utilidors, as well as cast member cafeterias. There is also a check cashing service, an employee hair salon called "Kingdom Kutters," rehearsal rooms, and administrative offices.

(via Wikipedia)