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Mattel recently put the Hoverboard from Back to the Future 2 on sale, to much fanfare. There was just one slight problem: It was more board than hover. Obviously, despite us quickly catching up to the time frame of the movies, modern technology has not yet advanced far enough to allow for a personal hover device to become reality.
But one man is hard at work at proving that wrong:
Clearly, the board still has its limitations – like, you know, moving – but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
The guys at Wired have come across a really… let’s just call it interesting site called Idle Screenings. What it is a project by Mitch Trale and Jacob Broms Engblom, a Californian and Swedish artist, respectively, where they take popular films, chop them up into a sequence of individual animated gifs, and then “screen” them daily. According to Trale, it’s designed to be a “background or idle experience, for an absent or absent-minded audience.”
You can even download Powerpoint presentations or screensaver versions of the screenings.
There’s a new poster out for DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming 3D CG animated movie The Croods. We’re still a year out from the film’s release date, so there hasn’t been that much publicity for it, but with the talent attached to it, it certainly deserves all the attention it can get. It’s being directed by Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders, the same guys behind the incredibly charming How To Train Your Dragon. They have also written the screenplay based off a draft by none other John Cleese himself.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The Croods is a 3D comedy adventure from DreamWorks Animation that takes us back to the beginning – to a previously undiscovered era known as the Croodacious – a time when Mother Nature was still experimenting and the flora and fauna we know today hasn’t evolved yet. At the heart of this comedically chaotic world is the Crood family, led by Grug (Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage), an over-protective father who, like all dads, is doing all he can to hold his family together as the world around them changes at a dramatic pace.
Together with his wife (Catherine Keener), kids (Emma Stone and Clark Duke) and ornery mother-in-law (Cloris Leachman) in tow, Grug guides his family through this spectacular environment, full of amazing creatures, to find a new cave to call home. Along the way, they encounter Guy (Ryan Reynolds), an imaginative and resourceful newcomer who takes risks and wholeheartedly embraces the promise of tomorrow. Audiences will relate to the hilarious family antics as Guy helps the Croods navigate their way into the bright future.
You know how awesome it feels when you wear a jacket/pants for the first time in ages, and then stick your hand in the pocket to suddenly find cash you had forgotten about? That’s probably only a fractions of how excited Briony Dixon must have felt when stumbled across the earliest film to be based off the work of Charles Dickens in the British Film Institute’s National Archive. The film, The Death of Poor Joe directed in 1901 by G.A. Smith, had been mislabelled all this time.
The 1-minute long film (no, that is not a typo), depicts the “Poor Joe”, a character from Dickens’ Bleak House, as he lies freezing to death in the arms of a night watchman. So not one for the kids then, it seems.
Chris Hemsworth seems to be channeling his inner Bee Gee in these first shots of him on the set of Ron Howard’s Formula 1 movie, Rush. In the film, Hemsworth will be playing opposite Daniel Brühl, as respective 70’s racing icons James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The two had an infamous rivalry for nearly 10 years, which is the focus of this new film.
You can see all the pics over at Comingsoon.net
Gizmodo has instructions on how to make a DIY DVD shelf from 35mm film, and yes, it is as awesome as it sounds.
Well, looked like I was still flying solo today, but frankly I don’t mind. It’s rather nice to have some time to myself, to just be one with my thoughts, get to know myself better, and reevaluate my goals in life.
Ah, who am I kidding. I MISS YOU GUYS!!!
Besides, this place gets rather creepy at night.