In the wake of Sony’s embarrassing system breach and data leak, their delay of the upcoming movie, The Interview, may not be the cowering, knee-jerk reaction it appears to be. Assuming the attack against their corporate data systems came from the North Koreans, Sony’s play just might be brilliant.
I can’t think of a more uncomfortable three-way than the contradictory relationship between music artists, streaming services, and the music listeners who pay everyone's bills. Between streaming services trying in vain to keep costs down, listeners trembling at the thought of increasing prices, and the music industry’s million-dollar music artists dreaming that the value their work justifies multi-million dollar payouts per music project, it’s no wonder torrent downloads are starting to shoot through the roof again.
There’s a lot of buzz going around about the climactic scene from Episode 4 of HBO’s new series True Detective. The complicated, single 6-minute tracking shot follows Rust Cohle (played by Matthew McConaughey) fleeing the scene through two homes and the streets of a ghetto in an attempt to make it to the safety of his partner’s (Martin Hart played by Woody Harrelson) car. To film the scene was no small feat – it required detailed mapping, well-planned traffic control, minute-by-minute placement of nearly a hundred extras, timed special effects, on-the-fly setup of camera tracks, and expert choreography to pull off.
Started in 1997 by two college students, Winamp gained popularity as the MP3 player of choice for many geeks. Today, thanks to online competition and AOL's inherent ability to ruin anything it touches, Winamp will be closing down on December 20, 2013. At that time, Winamp web services and website (including Winamp downloads) will cease to exist. No longer will we hear the Winamp battle cry, "Winamp, it really whips the llama's ass".
I loved the movie Gravity! The photography was beautiful and the 3D imagery phenomenal to experience. George Clooney was great (while he lasted) and Sandra bullock a pleasant wonder to watch (as always). Still, I couldn’t help but wonder how accurate the portrayal of the space environment really was. As it turns out, the physics were fairly accurate where it mattered and the few inaccuracies in Gravity are just as much fun as the movie itself.
Ender’s Game (2013), based on the popular novel by Orson Scott Card, began pre-production on November 18, 2011 with a scheduled release date of October 25, 2013 in the UK and November 1, 2013 in the United States. The movie was directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins, Wolverine) and produced by Robert Chartoff (Rocky) and Orson Scott Card himself. Ender’s Game stars Harrison Ford as Colonel Hyrum Graff and Asa Butterfield (Hugo, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) as Ender Wiggin.
At some point you gotta say, “enough is enough”. But not just yet! The third Carrie installment is looking like it could be the one that knocks it out of the park. Word is that this installment will be a much more faithful adoption of the original book by the master of horror, Stephen King. The Carrie reboot will tell the Stephen King tale of a bullied girl wreaking violent vengeance with her telekinetic powers. This reboot gets a newly gruesome and gritty appeal thanks to a cast that includes such heralded actresses as Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, and Judy Greer. The film was set for release on March 15, 2013,but, by early January 2013, had been moved to October 18, 2013 which will make it one heck of a scary Halloween flick.
Following the success of Arrested Development and House of Cards, Netflix has announced a new original series, Sense8. Due in late 2014, it's being developed by the Wachowskis of The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas and Speed Racer fame, as well as J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5. Details are thin, but the press release promises a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted with a ten episode run for its first season.
Under The Dome, a 13-episode adaptation of a Stephen King novel that’s being produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television will tell the story of a small New England town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The series’ first episode should air June 24 on CBS and in a surprise announcement, will become available to Amazon Prime members 3-4 days after it airs on CBS - a first for Amazon Prime who typically is only allowed to air television show episodes months, or years, after they have appeared on TV.
Amazon aims to beef up its original programming lineup with the announcement of a new television series Zombieland based on the hit comedy movie of the same name and set in the same zombie-filled universe as the feature film that starred Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson. Work on the project is just getting underway and we have no word on when the series will hit Amazon’s Instant Video service.
The Batmobile is a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car built in Italy by the Ford Motor Company and based on the stock Lincoln Mark II automobile. It was bought in 1965 by legendary car customizer George Barris for $1. Barris spent $15,000 to upgrade the car over 15 days to turn it into the Batmobile that was used in the ABC television series, Batman. The car came from Ford with the iconic clear plastic canopy and huge black tailfins but Barris added the parachutes, car phone, and smoke machines. Barris held onto the car until he sold it at the Barrett Jackson auction on Saturday (1/19/13) to an Arizona man, Rick Champagne.