Archive for the ‘Off-Topic’ Category

It Makes the Smart Car Look Stupid

Friday, August 13th, 2010

The Peugeot BB1 concept car.

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Mage Movie Optioned (Again)

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Watchmen movie producer Lloyd Levin has acquired the rights to film a movie adaptation of comic artist/writer Matt Wagner’s acclaimed 1984-1986 comic mini-series Mage: The Hero Discovered. Levin called the story, “One of the great untapped comic books from the ’80s renaissance that also spawned Watchmen and Batman: Dark Knight.” The comic series is a heartfelt Authurian tale set in modern day. Levin plans to follow the production model that director Matthew Vaughn used to produce the Kick-ass movie: independently finance and produce the film before seeking a major studio to handle distribution. That strategy allows for filming with more creative freedom and less studio oversight/interference. Wagner’s Mage franchise has been optioned for movie development before but has never been filmed.

I just had to report this, as I’ve been a Mage fan since the late 80′s.

Source: ICv2

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Get Sucker Punched

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

This isn’t anime, but any anime fan that isn’t just a little bit intrigued by the first trailer for director Zac Snyder’s next picture, Sucker Punch, isn’t an anime fan.

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Death Dealer Comes for Frank Frazetta

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

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Iconic illustrator & painter Frank Frazetta passed away yesterday in Fort Myers, Florida, of complications following a stroke. He was 82. Frazetta’s work included comics, movie posters, and well-known cover illustrations for pulp fantasy novel franchises including Conan, Tarzan, and John Carter of Mars. Animation fans may be most familiar with Frazetta’s work through his 1983 film collaboration with animator/director Ralph Bakshi, Fire and Ice.

Source: ICv2

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The Illusionist Trailer Released

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

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Twitch, via a series of links, has secured the first official trailer for director Sylvain Chomet’s (Les triplettes de Belleville) upcoming film The Illusionist. The trailer’s text is in Russian, but that does nothing to hinder the trailer’s effectiveness. The movie opens theatrically in France on May 5th. It presently doesn’t have a U.S. distributor.

Gorgeous.

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New Star Wars Animated Series in Development

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

IESB reports that Lucasfilm is developing a new Star Wars animated television series titled “Star Wars: Galactic Heroes.” This new series is based on Hasbro’s line of Galactic Heroes super deformed figure toys. The animated series will target a primary audience of Pre-School to kindergarten aged children.

Okay, I recognize that Star Wars has always been a kids’ franchise, but did the Droids and Ewoks animated series teach us nothing?

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Space Invaders the Movie? Really?

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

With a movie version of Missile Command essentially set up at Fox and an adaptation of Asteroids in development at Universal, it was only a matter of time before a studio decided to take on the grandfather of all video games, Space Invaders. And now it looks like one could. Warner Bros. is negotiating to acquire feature rights to the landmark shooter from Taito, the Japanese company that originally manufactured the game.

From The LA Times

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First Batman Beats Supes’ Record

Friday, February 26th, 2010

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A copy of Detective Comics issue 27, the 1939 first published appearance of Batman, sold Wednesday at auction in Dallas, Texas for a record setting $1,075,500 (including buyer’s fees). The sale narrowly surpasses the record for most paid for a single comic set last week when a copy of Action Comics issue 1, the first appearance of Superman, sold for one million dollars. The Detective Comics issue is one of only two known copies graded in 8.0 CGC condition. No copies in better condition are known to exist.

Some folks have clearly got more money to spend on their hobbies than me.

Source: ICv2

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Action Comics #1 Sells for One Million

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

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A copy of Action Comics issue 1 in CGC 8.0 condition sold at auction yesterday for a record setting one million dollars. The 1938 comic features the first published appearance of Superman. Only 100 copies of the comic are known to still exist, and only two known copies are in 8.0 condition or better. A copy of the comic in CGC 6.0 condition sold for a, at the time, record setting $317,200 last year.

Wow.

Source: ICv2

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Cycling the Yamanote Rail Line

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

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I know, we’re an anime blog, but I love pics of Japan, Tokyo especially, so when I come across some nice ones I like to share them with everyone. With much of the US in the icy grip of winter, don’t you wish you could be biking this right now?

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A.D. Teaser

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Looks like Japan isn’t the only country to be developing an animated zombie apocalypse. A.D. comes courtesy of creator/writer Haylar Garcia, director Ben Hibon (director of of spectacular MTV Asia short Code Hunters), and Land of the Dead producer Bernie Goldmann. It’s being developed as a feature length film.

Zombie Info hosts an exclusive interview with the film’s creator and producers.

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Miramax Gets the Axe

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

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The Disney owned film production & distribution company Miramax Films officially ceased operations today. The producer/distributor’s New York and Los Angeles offices close today, leaving 80 former staffer unemployed and six completed films in distribution limbo. The storied 31 year old distributor is remembered for financing and distributing acclaimed films including Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill I and II, Sex, Lies and Videotape, The Piano, The English Patient, The Crying Game, Good Will Hunting, and Chicago.

“If there was any company that contributed more to the shaping of a generation and a sensibility — I don’t know it,” said veteran publicist Fredell Pogodin.

Source: The Wrap

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Gumby Creator Dead at 88

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Art Clokey, creator of stop-motion animation characters Gumby and Davey & Goliath passed away in his sleep on the morning of January 8. Born on October 12, 1921, Clokey was 88 at the time of his death.

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Dan O’Bannon Has Gone to a New World

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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Legendary screenwriter Dan O’Bannon, whose screenplays include Alien, Dark Star, Return of the Living Dead, Total Recall, Blue Thunder, and Life Force, passed away on Thursday, December 17 following a 33 year battle with Crohn’s Disease. He will be missed.

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Keanu to Star in Chushingura

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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The Hollywood Reporter reveals that first time feature director Carl Rinsch will helm 47 Ronin, an American film adaptation of the classic Japanese Chushingura story. Fast & Furious and Wanted screenwriter Chris Morgan is writing the script specifically around star Keanu Reeves. The original Japanese story, an account of a 1703 incident in which 47 samurai avenged the disgrace of their lord by killing the government official responsible then committing ritual suicide to atone for their collective crime, is one of Japan’s most beloved and respected tales. The story of the 47 ronin has been adapted countless times in Japanese arts, including stage plays, ballet, puppet play, prose, TV, and feature film adaptations. Evidently the American film adaptation for Universal Pictures will take a liberal approach to the source material, as it’s described as including “fantastical elements of films like The Lord of the Rings.”

Evidently the only new announcement here is the selection of a director, but this whole project may still be news to some.

Source: Anime News Network

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