MTV Games just announced a multi-year videogame development partnership with über -producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean, CSI).

The Jerry Bruckheimer Games team will be working with MTV to create original games based on original ideas, making the filmmaker’s first big leap into the videogame world. The move, which follows MTV’s acquisition of music game developer Harmonix and the publishing of Rock Band, calls for the two teams to find top developers to create whatever games they come up with.

Armed with the 2.10 PS3 update and the 3.80 PSP update, gamers will be able to remotely play ANY PS1 game on the PSP that they have downloaded from Sony or still have the disc for.

Too bad it can’t switch discs for you when you clear disc 1 of Final Fantasy VII.

You know how it was reported yesterday that Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema have made up and decided to get back in bed to produce the two–headed The Hobbit films? Well, there was a settlement of a lawsuit in there somewhere, where Jackson had sued New Line over his share of the profits from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and that settlement is reportedly worth $40 million.

(Source: CHUD) When Ain’t It Cool broke the story that Christian Bale was in Terminator 4, playing John Connor, one of my sources became confused. That couldn’t be true, I was told – John Connor is barely in the movie. Turns out that it’s true, and that yes, John Connor is barely in the movie. Over the last week I have been gathering some details about Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, and while I am trying to steer clear of serious spoiler material, people who don’t want to know anything about this movie should step away from the computer right now.

Grab your DLC hats ’cause it’s Rock Band time.

Available now on Xbox Live Marketplace are the following new tracks:

  • Radiohead – “My Iron Lung” (Master)
  • Weezer – “Buddy Holly” (Master)
  • Pretenders – “Brass in Pocket” (Cover)

The tracks sell for 160 Points or $2 each.

The PS3 version should get these tracks tomorrow.

Eco-boat powered by human fat attempts round the world speed record

My favorite opening sentence to a story this week goes like this: “The fastest eco boat on the planet will attempt to break the round the world speed record using fuel made from human fat.”

Beautiful, ain’t it?

And it’s true too….

Next12.17b.jpgHere’s an idea that’s not going to go over well with the Department of Homeland Security: Toshiba has reportedly developed a nuclear reactor that will fit in your basement. Measuring 20 feet wide by 6 feet long, it cranks out 200kW and doesn’t even require Homer Simpson to operate, since it’s supposedly totally automatic and can’t overheat. According to Next Energy News, this is not some pie-in-the-sky tech, either.

They’re saying that Toshiba will be installing the first one in Japan next year, with working reactors coming to Europe and America by 2009. While we’d really like to go off-grid, something’s fishy about all this. This must be a hoax. Next: personal nuclear weapons?

Alt-metal titans Smashing Pumpkins will issue found time to create a four-song acoustic EP, American Gothic, to be released in the U.S. January 2 exclusively through iTunes.

The EP features the tracks “The Rose March,” “Pox, “Again, Again, Again (The Crux)” and “Sunkissed,” and was produced by frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.

“I had written a bunch of material during the residencies in Asheville and San Francisco [earlier this year], and fans kept asking us if we were gonna put any of that stuff out,” said Corgan (above looking frighteningly like Kirsten Dunst). “iTunes came to us wanting to do something together, so it just felt right.”

Made by Disney. A Classic.

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(Source: A lot of times I’ll be watching a VFX sequence in a film or on TV and something will cause my toes to curl as if my nose was just held under bag of 6 week old sheep intestines. A bad visual effect has a certain bump that takes you out of the fantasy that it was created to fulfill. Sometimes a shot goes astray due to a lack of technical skill or a feeling that the people involved just didn’t have enough time or money. But most often my VFX gag reflex is triggered by a lack of story in a shot or sequence. By story I mean an internal logic to what is happening on screen. You may be saying to yourself “Logic? WTF this is a visual effects movie for God’s sakes. We don’t need no stinking logic!” But before you do, let me tell you what I mean by logic. When it comes to the fantastic, we VFX folk are trying to get the audience to buy off on a completely outlandish scenario that we all know could never really occur. Even in the case of so-called invisible effects, all you are really seeing is a combination of many techniques put together in just the right way so that they make a reasonable approximation of what a real event looks like. In a lot of cases, effects don’t look real at all (what does a talking pig look like anyways?) they look the way you think reality would look. Get it? Or did I just blow your mind?

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