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Something technologically spectacular is going to happen with The Simpsons this year. At the end of an episode in May the creators are going to have a live, interactive, animated segment where Homer will comment on the daily events and answer fan questions.
The segment won't last that long, only three minutes, but it'll make use of some novel motion-capture technology, impressive compute power and the magic of improvisation by the voice of Homer, Dan Castellaneta. The events that'll be discussed in those three minutes will be from that particular day, but the questions will be chosen from a list of tweets received between May 1st and May 4th.
The undisclosed motion-capture device will be used to track Castellenata's facial expressions and generate a simulacrum in the guise of Homer in real-time. "As far as I know, this is the first time that's been done by any animated show," Al Jean, the show runner told The Holywood Reporter. And indeed it is.
Deadpool is making some serious coin at the box office, with it securing the largest R-rated opening weekend award with $132.4 million - taking the award from the previous record holder being The Matrix Reloaded with $91.7 million.
But the records don't stop there for the Ryan Reynolds vehicle, as it was also the biggest opening day in February with $47.5 million - taking the record from Fifty Shades of Grey which had $30.2 million for its opening day. Deadpool was also the largest February opening weekend, aside from it being the biggest R-rated opening weekend - taking that award from Fifty Shades of Gray. Then, we have Deadpool being the largest opening ever for 20th Century Fox, and considering Fox were on the fence about making the movie, this is absolutely huge.
Deadpool has taken on some big movies in Zoolander 2 and How to Be Single, destroying them at the box office. Deadpool's awesome opening sequence was also powered by NVIDIA hardware when it comes to the CG involved, but the question I have is - how quickly will Deadpool get to $500 million? Additionally, do you think it could get to $1 billion?
I've been reading, watching and listening to anything I can find on Batman v Superman - with the latest nugget of information that I found was from the Batman v Superman prequel books on Reddit.
Someone uploaded the images, and as I was going through them all one of them covered 'new gadgets'. These new gadgets are explained on the image: "No complete list of Batman's gadgets exists, because he and Alfred are always inventing new ones. After every battle, Batman thinks of new ways that he can safely and securely catch criminals. From smoke grenades to whatever Batman needs, there's no doubt that Bruce and Alfred can build it in the Batcave!"
Well, taking a closer look at these images we can see some ancient motherboards being used. In the top left, we can see an ancient motherboard - it looks like a Socket A motherboard. We have some older boards spread out through the Batcave, so I have to ask - can't Batman afford a shiny new Z170-based motherboard from GIGABYTE or ASUS? If so, Batman - I will personally provide you with a new motherboard - just give me a call, alright?
Multiple sources have informed The Hollywood Reporter that Apple is developing a television series starring revered rapper Dr. Dre, who previously sold his Beats Electronics company to Apple for a stunning $3 billion. Titled 'Vital Signs', it's said to be a semi-autobiographical dark drama with "no shortage of violence and sex."
The show sees veteran music video director Paul Hunter billed as director; Empire co-executive producer-writer Robert Munic was specifically chosen by Dre to write and produce all six of the show's first episodes, which will be released all at once, likely via Apple Music and possibly other Apple outlets. It's said the concept for the show originates with Dre, who executive produced the highly successful 2015 drama Straight Outta Compton, which was based in part on his career.
Sonic the Hedgehog is getting his own feature film, after nearly 25 years since he was first introduced to the world. Sony will be teaming up with Sega Sammy Group in order to realize the blue blur into a combination action and CGI film.
This is the first theatrical production with Sonic, though he's had plenty of other animated for TV dramatizations. Speaking to The World Folio, the Sega chief executive, Hajime Saito confirmed the movie, saying that "Sega Sammy Group is currently planning with Sony Pictures to create a live-action and animation hybrid Sonic The Hedgehog movie scheduled for release in 2018."
Sonic is celebrating his 25th anniversary this year and there has been much speculation as to whether a new game is in development as well. Sega even teased a new piece of the puzzle just yesterday, hinting at something special for this year.
Voice dictation is on its way to Apple TV. Currently, Siri is supported by the device, but you are not able to utilize dictation for searching (including the App Store) or entering user account information, but that will change when Apple releases its tvOS 9.2 beta 3.
The update will also add support for Bluetooth keyboards, iCloud Photo Libraries, and Live Photos, as well as the ability to group apps into folders on the home screen.
9.2 should launch this spring; a hard date may come next month.
The movie industry is rife with a tremendous amount of talent,both on-screen and off-screen. Actors and actresses are challenged with having to get fully into their roles to convince us of whatever might be happening on screen. And surely they're the stars of the big-screen, but what about the people behind the scenes that make things go smoothly? The individuals who work diligently to make the experience a the experience truly cinematic, engaging and, ultimately, enjoyable.
The attention is on the actors on screen, but behind the scenes is where the magic happens.
And we had the opportunity to interview one of the industries most talented animators, turned pre-visualization artists, Mark Anthony Austin. Throughout his career he's worked on 20 hit blockbuster movies that include Star Trek Beyond, Goosebumps, The Jungle Book (2016), Avengers, Oblivion, War Horse, X-Men Days of Future Past and even Star Wars - A New Hope - Special Edition, where he had the honor of playing the legendary Boba Fett. The one character in Star Wars that has had the least amount of on-screen time, yet has become one of the most popular characters of all time.
One of music's greatest producers Rick Rubin has a strange new project coming out: a Star Wars-themed electronic album featuring sound effect samples from the films. Named Star Wars Headspace, it includes tracks from Flying Lotus, Kaskade, A-Trak, Bonobo, Rubin himself, and many more. If you like, you can check out some samples here or listen to Zane Lowe's Beats 1 program throughout today to get a feel for it.
Headspace is releasing February 19 digitally (iTunes pre-orders are up here) and March 18 the old-fashioned way. The full track list is behind the jump.
The world's first Blu-ray player (in North America at least) is said to be available about a month ahead of time, starting as early as last Friday. The Samsung UBD-K8500 (which resembles a certain Sega console), according to some enthusiasts, can be found in some shops now, while Best Buy customers are being told it's shipping this Wednesday; others say a store in Santa Monica was advertising it and promptly sold out.
Funnily enough, the K8500 -- currently $399 -- can't actually play 4K Blu-rays at the moment, as they aren't currently available: Amazon is taking pre-orders for The Martian and Kingsmen: The Secret Service, but both don't ship until March 1. However, the device can stream 4K content from Netflix and other providers.
It seems that it's almost tradition for Marvel movies to include a post-credits reveal or sneak-peak into the next installment that they're working on. And Deadpool is definitely no exception in this regard. The co-creator of Deadpool, Rob Liefeld, wants everyone to know to stay until after the credits to enjoy something special.
To add a little excitement, the co-writer of the movie, Rhett Reese confirmed that this new after-credits bonanza was something that's been added just before it hits theaters, so not even the reviewers have seen what this is. Could this be a tie-in preview to a new Deadpool movie? Perhaps a jumping off point for the character Cable as well.
The mystery is intriguing and we're almost certain that staying for the teaser should be worth it, especially for fans of all things Marvel.