Cool Stuff: ‘Breaking Bad’ Alchemy on iPad

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The final season of Breaking Bad begins this weekend and, among TV fans, it’s all anyone can talk about. Marathons, theory sharing, and predictions have been occurring non-stop for the past few weeks. It’s all leading up to the first of eight final episodes, which airs Sunday August 11. If you, like us, are greedily devouring everything Breaking Bad as you get ready for the end, you should look into Breaking Bad: Alchemy.

It’s an iBook available in the iTunes Bookstore and is basically every Breaking Bad fan’s dream. Pages and pages of photos, interviews, videos, insight and more for not only the first five seasons, but it’ll be updated during this final season with exclusive content.

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Michael McMaster from Bakersfield California decided to try to build a working life-size replica of Pixar’s WALL-E. McMaster belonged to the R2D2 Builders Club and decided to try to test his skills to recreate that other robot voiced by Ben Burtt. Since Star Wars was a live-action film, the R2 builders have a ton of real life prop and blueprint references to work off of. But WALL-E exists only in the computer, so they needed to create a design out of screen-grabs and various pieces of concept art that had been released by Pixar. The resulting remote controlled robot took five years to complete (or, so far — he’s still “working” on improving the robot). Watch a video of WALL-E in action after the jump.

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How much would you pay for a complete written account of modern special effects, directly on your iPad? The resource would be priceless. Now, you can contribute however much you’d like.

A new Kickstarter was recently started that would put the entire backlog of the legendary VFX magazine Cinefex on the iPad. Check out the pitch video and find out how you can pledge below. Read More »

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Here’s a story about some evolution and devolution of movie technology. On the one hand, there’s are now Apps for your phone that will tell you whether or not you need to stay after the credits in the film. It’s a fun reaction to Hollywood’s trend of adding new, pertinent information after the credits are rolling.

On the other hand, iTunes Movie Trailers, run by Apple, has taken away the option to both download their files and stream video in 1080p. This is likely a reaction to pirating of exclusive content. Read More »

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TheMiro59 has created a radio controlled version of Star Trek‘s USS Enterprise. After the jump you can watch footage, from the construction to the starship’s first “space” voyage. I wish Paramount would actually license a product like this.

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Collecting comic books is an expensive hobby. Each issue can cost upwards of $4, then of course you read more than one comic, each story is multiple issues and then maybe there are some crossovers. You could easily spend $100 month reading a bunch of different issues or trying to go back and fill in the blanks.

Or, with Marvel’s new app Marvel Unlimited, you can read them all for a single subscription. In theory.

The app launched this week and, for a limited time, has a $60 annual fee. 13,000 comics are currently on there but, to be fair, they are mostly back issues. So it’s not exactly as exciting as it sounds. Marvel Unlimited allows users to download up to six comics at once for offline viewing; everything else can be read online. Get more info below. Read More »

Matthew Modine was a young actor when he played a starring role in Stanley Kubrick‘s next-to-last film Full Metal Jacket. I’d expect that working with Kubrick would be a formative experience for anyone, but to have such a role at a young age would be a special, life-altering thing. Modine has extensively documented his experience in the film, and now he’s translated his recollections into a great-looking iPad app.

The 2005 book Full Metal Jacket Diary is now available for the iPad, thanks to a collaboration with Adam Rackoff. Check out  a couple videos below, showing off what the app offers. Read More »

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Now Built Into Google

Briefly: File this under pointless but awesome. Google has upgraded their already impressive search engine to now figure out Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Yes, the game that surmises any actor can be connected to Kevin Bacon in six movies or less (because Kevin Bacon has been in so many movies and worked with so many people) is now more than a conversational time-killer. Just go to Google, type in an actor’s name and the phrase “Bacon number” and let the fun begin.

If you head to the Hollywood Reporter or New York Magazine you can read more about how it works. But doesn’t this kind of take the fun out of the game?

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