Lets have some Anime Live Action Move Fun!

Space Pirate Captain Harlock CG Trailer (TAF 2010)Click here for the funniest movie of the week

The site this came from is in Spanish, but I think it reads, “Awesome awesome awesome, some other works Space Pirate Captain Harlock movie trailer!”

If your over 30 and watched cartoons as a kid that will take you back (depending on if they played it on your local station). It looks like they didn’t stop with that live action remake, they also have a live-action Starblazers movie in the works and the trailer looks rockin.

Speaking of Anime, have you guys every looked over our Anime T-Shirt section? It’s pretty well stocked and has a good amount of current and vintage shirts.

Weekend Box Office Chart for June 25th to June 27th.

For the second week in a row, Toy Story 3 held out the top spot against new releases from Adam Sandler and Tom Cruise.

1. Toy Story 3 $59.0 Total: $226.5
2. Grown Ups $41.0 Total: $41.0
3. Knight & Day $20.5 Total: $27.7
4. The Karate Kid $15.4 Total: $135.6
5. The A-Team $6.0 Total: $62.8
6. Get Him to the Greek $3.0 Total: $54.4
7. Shrek Forever After $2.8 Total: $229.3
8. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time $2.8 Total: $86.1
9. Killers $2.0 Total: $44.0
10. Jonah Hex $1.6 Total: $9.1
11. Iron Man 2 $1.3 Total: $306.8
12. Sex and the City 2 $1.2 Total: $93.1

Weekend Box Office Chart for June 18th to June 20th

I have to say Toy Story 3 was amazing, and with 98% on RottenTomatoratoes and a cool $109 mil opening weekend I guess others liked it also.

1. Toy Story 3 $109.0 Total: $109.0
2. The Karate Kid $29.0 Total: $106.2
3. The A-Team $13.7 Total: $49.7
4. Get Him to the Greek $6.1 Total: $47.8
5. Shrek Forever After $5.5 Total: $222.9
6. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time $5.2 Total: $80.5
7. Killers $5.1 Total: $39.3
8. Jonah Hex $5.0 Total: $5.0
9. Iron Man 2 $2.6 Total: $304.7
10. Marmaduke $2.6 Total: $27.8
11. Sex and the City 2 $2. Total: $90.1
12. Robin Hood $1.3 Total: $101.9

S.H.I.E.L.D Headquarters or The Best Zombie Apocalypse Hideout?

Actually neither, it’s a half-billion dollar spy blimp the size of a football field!

From Wired:

The military already employs a fleet of blimps to look for enemies and relay communications. But none of them are as big, as high-flying, or as far-seeing as this Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle, or LEMV. It’s supposed to float at 20,000 feet for up to three weeks at a time, snooping on absolutely everything below with a variety of sensors.

“Basically what we see it as is an unblinking eye,” LEMV project manager Marty Sargent tells Inside Defense.

Sargent figures it would take as many as 12 of the military’s advanced Reaper surveillance drones “to do the same mission that the LEMV would do.”

The first airship is supposed to be inflated around 10 months from now. Eight months later, the Army hopes to have the first LEMV flying over Afghanistan. On that day, the clouds will part, the sun will shine, and the cherubs will sing as the unblinking eye begins looking for Taliban.

Ok so if zombies do attack it’s the perfect place to be I’m sure.

Looking For E3 Video Game News? Good Then Let’s Talk About Movies

With so much video game news around the web today, I figured maybe we should look at what’s coming down the pipe for movies.

First lets start with Neil Marshall’s historical epic titled ‘Centurion’, it’s a red band trailer so it’s filled with lots of blood, gore and violence (but no nudity so you should be ok at work)

Official Synopsis:
AD 117. The Roman Empire stretches from Egypt to Spain , and East as far as the Black Sea . But in northern Britain , the relentless onslaught of conquest has ground to a halt in face of the guerrilla tactics of an elusive enemy: the savage and terrifying tribes known as the Picts.

Quintus, sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus’ legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the earth and destroy their leader Gorlacon.

But when the legion is ambushed on unfamiliar ground, and Virilus taken captive, Quintus faces a desperate struggle to keep his small platoon alive behind enemy lines, evading remorseless Pict pursuers over harsh terrain, as the band of soldiers race to rescue their General, and to reach the safety of the Roman frontier.

From writer/director, Neil Marshall, CENTURION is a gripping survival thriller set against a background of conquest and invasion; a pursuit movie in the vein of Deliverance, Last of the Mohicans and Apocalypto.

Quintus must be a common Roman name, I think HBO used that in Rome also? Speaking of HBO have you seen the Game of Thrones trailer… it’s actually more of a teaser then a trailer but if your a fan of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series you’ll eat it up. I mean really what else are you going to do, the guy takes 4 YEARS! to write a book.

Official Synopsis:
Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

It will stretch from the south where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men…all will play the ‘Game of Thrones.’

In other movie news, David Yates has possibly been offered the chance to step in and replace the dearly departed Guillermo del Toro on The Hobbit. Robert Rodriguez might just be up for the job of directing Ryan Reynolds in the eventual Deadpool movie. Sam Raimi is in some form of negotiations to direct Oz: The Great and Powerful. This is Disney’s adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, which spawned the classic 1939 film of the same name… I know crazy right.

Weekend Boxoffice Chart for June 11th to June 13th

Sweep the leg Johnny! It looks like The Karate Kid destroyed The A-Team in the ultimate 80’s showdown in this weeks box office carts. The Karate Kid debuted at No. 1 for the weekend with a large pile of cash, $55.6 million to be exact.

1. The Karate Kid $55.6 Total: $55.6
2. The A-Team $25.6 Total: $25.6
3. Shrek Forever After $15.7 Total: $210.0
4. Get Him to the Greek $9.9 Total: $36.4
5. Killers $8.0 Total: $30.2
6. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time $6.4 Total: $72.2
7. Marmaduke $6.0 Total: $22.2
8. Sex and the City 2 $5.4 Total: $84.6
9. Iron Man 2 $4.5 Total: $299.2
10. Splice $2.9 Total: $13.1
11. Robin Hood $2.6 Total: $99.4
12. Letters to Juliet $1.6 Total: $46.7

Green Lantern 2, Flash and Kim Kardashian as Lara Croft?

Green Lantern is not even out yet, hell we don’t even have a trailer for it yet, but now the HR is reporting that Warner Bros. is already starting development on the sequel.

The studio has hired Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, all of whom worked on the “Lantern” screenplay, to write a treatment for the second installment.

Green Lantern, is the story of DC Comics Harold “Hal” Jordan, played by Ryan Reynolds (who I’m pretty sure my wife has a crush on) as a power ring wielding member of a intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. Already shooting in New Orleans, Green Lantern must have made a huge impression on the movie studio to have development on a second installment this far out already starting.

The Green Lantern writting trio of Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim has also been tapped to pen the treatment for the silver-screen incarnation of “The Flash.”

The Green Lanterns are often depicted as being close friends of the various men who have been the Flash, the most notable friendships having been between Alan Scott and Jay Garrick (the Golden Age Green Lantern and Flash), Hal Jordan and Barry Allen, and Kyle Rayner and Wally West (Hal Jordan is also friends with West).

Could this mean DC is working on a possible crossover, sort of like Marvel with the Avengers movie?

Also, and I think this one is false, rumors are circulating that Kim Kardashian wants to play Lara Croft in the next Tomb Raider film… I mean I guess. Not like these movies need a good actor, so sure. Does she even have a british accent and isn’t she kinda short?

I’m Sure They Have An App To Fix This

Hot on the heals of the iPad 4 announcement, Gawker is now reporting that 114,000 iPad owners personal information (currently it’s just email address, so don’t go too crazy) was exposed in a security breach, and perhaps even more than that.

Apple has suffered another embarrassment. A security breach has exposed iPad owners including dozens of CEOs, military officials, and top politicians. They—and every other buyer of the cellular-enabled tablet—could be vulnerable to spam marketing and malicious hacking.

And this statement from AT&T (how I actually think it responsible)

AT&T was informed by a business customer on Monday of the potential exposure of their iPad ICC IDS. The only information that can be derived from the ICC IDS is the e-mail address attached to that device.

This issue was escalated to the highest levels of the company and was corrected by Tuesday; and we have essentially turned off the feature that provided the e-mail addresses.

The person or group who discovered this gap did not contact AT&T.

We are continuing to investigate and will inform all customers whose e-mail addresses and ICC IDS may have been obtained.

We take customer privacy very seriously and while we have fixed this problem, we apologize to our customers who were impacted.


Breach details: Who did it, and how

Apple’s Worst Security Breach: 114,000 iPad Owners ExposedThe subscriber data was obtained by a group calling itself Goatse Security. Though the group is steeped in off-the-wall, 4chan-style internet culture—its name is a reference to a famous gross-out Web picture—it has previously highlighted real security vulnerabilities in the Firefox and Safari Web browsers, and attracted media attention for finding what it said were flaws in Amazon’s community ratings system.

Goatse Security obtained its data through a script on AT&T’s website, accessible to anyone on the internet. When provided with an ICC-ID as part of an HTTP request, the script would return the associated email address, in what was apparently intended to be an AJAX-style response within a Web application. The security researchers were able to guess a large swath of ICC IDs by looking at known iPad 3G ICC IDs, some of which are shown in pictures posted by gadget enthusiasts to Flickr and other internet sites, and which can also be obtained through friendly associates who own iPads and are willing to share their information, available within the iPad “Settings” application.

To make AT&T’s servers respond, the security group merely had to send an iPad-style “User agent” header in their Web request. Such headers identify users’ browser types to websites.

The group wrote a PHP script to automate the harvesting of data. Since a member of the group tells us the script was shared with third-parties prior to AT&T closing the security hole, it’s not known exactly whose hands the exploit fell into and what those people did with the names they obtained. A member tells us it’s likely many accounts beyond the 114,000 have been compromised.

Goatse Security notified AT&T of the breach and the security hole was closed.

We were able to establish the authenticity of Goatse Security’s data through two people who were listed among the 114,000 names. We sent these people the ICC ID contained in the document—and associated with the person’s iPad 3G account—and asked them to verify in an iPad control panel that this was the correct ICC ID. It was.

A Short Story Titled : Mortal Kombat

This came out yesterday under massive speculation it was the trailer to a new movie or maybe something to do with a video game. Unfortunately for now it’s neither as actress Jeri Ryan explains:

“It’s not a game trailer. Actually was made for the director to sell WB on his vision for a reimagined MK film,” she wrote on Twitter.

“I did it as a favour to a friend. No idea yet what WB’s reaction to it was. And I’m not sure how you can contact WB to push them to make it. But you guys are resourceful!”

Still it’s damn fantactic for a short flick and very worth the watch.

My only beef with it, what are they too good to be wearing one of our video game t-shirts while shooting this?

Weekend Boxoffice Chart for June 4th to June 6th

For a third week in a row, DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek Forever After held on to the top spot.

1. Shrek Forever After $25.3 Total: $183.0
2. Get Him to the Greek $17.4 Total: $17.4
3. Killers $16.1 Total: $16.1
4. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time $13.9 Total: $59.4
5. Sex and the City 2 $12.6 Total: $73.4
6. Marmaduke $11.3 Total: $11.3
7. Iron Man 2 $7.7 Total: $291.2
8. Splice $7.4 Total: $7.4
9. Robin Hood $5.1 Total: $94.2
10. Letters to Juliet $3.0 Total: $43.3
11. Raajneeti $.9 Total: $.9
12. Date Night $.8 Total: $95.3

Interesting numbers, the Toronto Star had this extra little bit the other day “It (Splice) had a reported advertising budget of $35 million, which is $5 million more than it cost to make.” well this plus the big lesson… you never show the monster in a preview!

iPhone Users – AT&T is Getting Rid of Unlimited Data Plans!

I should add iPad users to that title also.

AT&T complained when the iPhone first came out that users had actually been using the unlimited data plans and how it was their fault for overall 3g network slowdowns. Now, they unveiled the new plans for iPhones (and really iPads and other suck devices) and shockingly they have no unlimited data plan!

In short, your going to have to pay more, and for some unknown reason CNET thinks this is a good idea?

AT&T has announced a new set of data plans, starting Monday, for smartphones and tablets (read: iPads) that appear to come cheaper than current plans.

Although the changes might leave some people scratching their heads, I see more to like than dislike–such as iPhone tethering.

Tethering, which allows a laptop to connect to the Internet via a phone’s 3G connection, will be available with the new data plans as soon as Apple releases iPhone OS 4 this summer, AT&T said in its Wednesday announcement. Tethering will cost an extra $20 and won’t work with existing iPhone data plans; it will need to be added onto the new, lower-priced plans.

Monday, by the way, is also the first day of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference and the day that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is scheduled to give a keynote address.

The main difference between AT&T’s new plans and the old is that the word “unlimited” is now gone, which at first sounds like bad news. But the unlimited plans, like many other broadband plans, had murky, inscrutable limits.

There are stories of people being charged for going over a certain amount of data without knowing what that limit was, which doesn’t make the “unlimited” plans unlimited. To curb this, the just-announced plans give a new declared limit on how much data one gets for the money, fairly inexpensive options for those who go over, and tools for keeping tabs on data usage.

The pair of plans work with any smartphone that AT&T sells, including the iPhone.

The low-end plan, DataPlus, includes 200MB of data for $15 a month. If the 200MB limit is exceeded, another 200MB block is added on for $15. This continues for as much data as is used.

The high-end plan, DataPro, includes 2GB of data–10 times more than DataPlus–for $25. When the 2GB threshold is reached, another 1GB can be tacked on for $10. Each 1GB after that is $10, as much as is used. That’s far better than the old overage rate of $100 per GB, or 10 cents per MB.

New iPad customers, who buy an iPad 3G starting Monday, can get the same $25 per month 2GB plan as iPhone users. Unlike iPhone users, iPad customers will still prepay for their wireless data plan with no contract. Existing iPad customers who have the $29.99 per month unlimited plan can keep that plan or switch to the new $25 per month plan with 2GB of data.

AT&T said it’s trying to avoid surprises on people’s bill. Before a limit is reached, customers will receive a free text message warning that they’re about to hit the turnstile to the next billing level, so they can settle things down if needed. AT&T also offers a free app, MyWireless, for many of its devices, that displays the current data usage in real time.

iPhone users will note that the $25 plan is $5 less than the current iPhone data plan. AT&T says 98 percent of its smartphone users–including iPhone users–use less than 2GB a month. For many iPhone users, saving $5 a month by not paying for data they don’t use is a good thing.

But nobody will be forced to switch. If people are happy with their current plan, they can keep it, which I expect many to do. In fact, AT&T says that people “are not required to switch to the new plans if they renew their contract or switch to another smartphone. However, if they switch to one of the new plans, they will not be able to go back to their old, unlimited plan.” The only downside is that legacy iPhone plans won’t get tethering, so there are some things to consider for some.

Besides 3G data, users of the new plans will have free access to any of AT&T’s 20,000 nationwide Wi-Fi hotspots, which is about par.

That said, already I can see the comments surfacing: this is about throttling bandwidth, and this is about giving less for the same amount of money.

But I see a lot of good here: the majority of current smartphone users will be able to reduce their monthly bill without seeing any impact on their day-to-day usage. First-time smartphone users will be able to get a usable 3G data plan for $15 a month. And hardcore users can, if they choose, go on using their handsets just as they have without changing anything.

It’s good to see AT&T getting more aggressive on data. And it’s good to see the company clearing up the usage issues that have been a point of contention for some.

Lego Printer For the Win!

It’s better then my current printer… wish I could change the ink by putting in a fat tip pen.

Lego felt tip 110″ printer connected to an Apple Mac. This is not mindstorms, I designed/built/coded it all from scratch including analog motor electronics, sensors and printer driver, the USB interface uses a “wiring” board.

FAQ: Track name? “Christopher and Raphael just popper Shinichi Osawa distortion disco edit”

FAQ: How long did this take? Hard to say, maybe 3 weeks working evenings.

FAQ: Just a remake of the 1092a? No, I’d never seen the 1092a until now. However some of the parts came from a 8094 kit amongst others many years ago. It is made to my own design, but I acknolwedge influences and the great work of the official lego designers !

FAQ: Does this use mindstorms? Nope, wiring demo board + homemade analog electronics and sensors.

FAQ: DPI? Dots per inch? Approx 75 DPI

FAQ: PPM? Pages per minute? Maybe 1 is pushing it, I sped things up a little in the video editing to keep it interesting to watch 🙂

FAQ: Helvetica? Yes of course, respect to those who noticed 🙂

FAQ: Full color version/more colours? Originally I was going to do 3 colour version, but I had to simplify as only have 4 lego motors.

FAQ: Open source, schematics etc? Yes, I’ll try to get around to this soon.

FAQ: Wrote your own driver? Yes, how sad is that!!

FAQ: Are? you using some sort of MCU demo board(the black pcb)? Yes. [1] http://wiring.org.co/hardware/

FAQ: re: Mac vs PC abuse? Video not meant as a Mac advert and I’m sorry if the Apple logo offends anyone. I just find them easier to use.

FAQ: Felt tip damage drying up? Yes this is a problem, but one felt tip usually lasts for quite a few pages.

FAQ: Felt tip auto-capping? Nope, sorry.