When film fans hear the word “composer,” we immediately think of a film composer. Maybe our minds even drift to some of our favorite scores by the likes of John Williams, Bernard Herrmann, Hans Zimmer or Jerry Goldsmith. When that happens, it’s easy to forget that a composer can write music for things other than movies.
So in an age where almost everyone’s life is run through their cell phone, it makes almost perfect sense that a great film composer is going to the digital medium. Ennio Morricone, the legendary Italian composer who has written scores for hundreds of films including Cinema Paradiso, The Good The Bad and The Ugly as well as The Untouchables, has signed a deal with LG to not only write brand new music for ringtones on their upcoming smart phones, but allow those phones to exclusively play some of his most famous themes. Read more about this deal after the jump. Read More »
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Okay, this is so frigging cool. Parker Brothers Choppers in Florida have made ten working, life size Light Cycles just like the ones in TRON: Legacy. They don’t leave a trail of light or anything like that, and it doesn’t look like they can actually turn, but they’re tangible and not on The Grid so that’s good enough for us. Oh, and you can buy one if you have $55,000 to spare.
Please note the photo above is not of the actual bike. You’ll have to hit the jump to see a video of these babies in action as well as read all their vital statistics. Read More »
The most interesting thing about the Microsoft Kinect video game add-on is definitely not the games or anything officially released thus far — it is the hacks that the hacking community has been able to turn out thus far (and this is just the beginning). One of the hacks allows you to wield a lightsaber in real time, a task which usually takes hours of rotoscoping in a post production software program. Hit the jump to see a video demonstration. Who knows what practical uses this may have (likely none) or if we might see such action a future Star Wars video game (my guess is not). If only the Star Wars kid had access to such technology…
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Luke Skywalker fought one. So did a bunch of Jedi Younglings. And though Master Replicas did create a really nice prop replica, now, for only a fraction of the cost, you can build your very own Star Wars Jedi Training Remote. The best part is, unlike the Master Replicas one, yours can actually float. Check out the do-it-yourself video, as well some history on the device, seen in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones as well as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, after the jump. Read More »
Imagine you are a TRON fan, desperately killing time until the December 17 release of TRON: Legacy. You’ve downloaded all the posters, listened to all the soundtrack samples, watched the clips, pre-ordered the comic books, bought your IMAX 3D tickets but still, you need more. Well, Disney is more than happy to oblige. They are opening the TRON: Legacy Pop Up Shop on November 19 in Culver City, CA for six weeks. Yes, a TRON store is opening. It’ll have all kind of unique TRON merchandise, a TRON cafe, art exhibit and much more. No original Blu-ray though. It’s open though December 23. Hit the jump for a ton of additional information including a release schedule, gallery of merchandise samples, the address and more. Read More »
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Months of Microsoft envy goes away on Monday October 18 for PlayStation 3 users. That’s when Netflix will update their application for Sony’s next generation system. That means no more disc needed, the biggest plus, and it one ups X-Box 360 with 1080p (!) high definition picture capability and 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound. Take that, Bill Gates. Check out a video of the interface and more details after the jump. Read More »
Some of the greatest performances of all time are when an actor so totally commits to the role that they’re willing to destroy their body for it. Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull is the ultimate example. More recently, Christian Bale lost a sickly amount of weight for The Machinist, Matt Damon put on the pounds for Courage Under Fire and The Informant!, Renee Zellweger gained weight for Bridget Jones’s Diary and Charlize Theron did it for Monster. And then there are an innumerable amount of films where actors got into really great shape for a role too. Now, a company in Germany has developed a new software called MovieReshape which totally negates the need for any of that. It can make any actor look obese or incredibly ripped just by modifying their body in the computer. Check out a video demonstration after the jump. Read More »
A couple weeks back we highlighted the Spyder III Pro Arctic laser from Wicked Lasers, a very powerful, very dangerous blue laser that happens to look a lot like a lightsaber. Guess what? LucasFilm isn’t terribly happy that anyone can order a $200 product that looks like a lightsaber and can easily damage fragile things, like people. Read More »
I knew it was only a matter of time before science would allow for the invention of a real life Star Wars lightsaber. Of course, we aren’t quite there, but we’re getting close. Wicked Lasers took the direct blue laser diode components and made the world’s first 445nm direct blue diode laser, the Arctic — the world’s most portable laser. The $200 Spyder III Pro Arctic emits a 445nm cool blue, ultra high power 1W beam which appears up to 4000% brighter than the Sonar’s 405nm violet beam. Basically, its powerful.
This direct blue laser diode is the result of the evolution of laser technology. Less than one year ago, this laser would have cost thousands of dollars to build. Don’t let the Arctic name fool you, this laser possesses the most burning capabilities of any portable laser in existence. That’s why it’s also the most dangerous laser ever created.
Warning: Extremely dangerous is an understatement to the power of 1W of laser power. It will blind permanently and instantly and set fire quickly to skin and other body parts, use with extreme caution and only when using the included eye protection. Customers will be required to completely read and agree to our Class IV Laser Hazard Acknowledgment Form.
Okay, so its not exactly a lightsaber, but its a very dangerous piece of technology. More photos after the jump.
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