A new patent that may reveal plans to introduce virtual Apple stores.

The patent in question is described as a process involved in “enhancing online shopping atmosphere”. In the patent Apple describes online shopping as feeling “sterile and isolating,” and that customers relying on a web presence for their shopping may “be less likely to have positive feelings about the online shopping experience, may be less inclined to engage in the online equivalent of window shopping, and may ultimately spend less money than their counterparts who shop in physical stores.”

According to Michael Bay’s super official blog, the director himself has this to say about recent rumors surrounding the sequel to Transformers:

Sorry everyone, everything you are reading (other then we are shooting in Philly) is false. We are going to give so much disinformation on this film to confuse everyone -


(Source: forums.cgsociety.org)          Imagine, if you will, that your job is to make sure that the VFX for a major blockbuster movie are made, within the limits of the budget that the film is set to. You cannot go back and beg for more money, and you don’t get any extra time to complete the work. You either get it done, or you don’t. Black and white, there is no room for grey in production. You either do it, or they’ll find someone else.

French horror auteur Alexandre Aja, who is helming a remake of the camp 1978 horror film Piranha, told reporters that the movie will be made in 3-D and will push the limits of on-screen gore.

The prospect of directing the first R-rated live-action 3-D movie was “the only reason that we’re making that movie,” Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) told a group of journalists in an edit bay at Paramount Studios, where Aja is putting the finishing touches on his upcoming Fox supernatural thriller Mirrors. Aja added: “We are thinking, … let’s imagine, like, a real horror movie, a real R-rated movie, in 3-D. That would be the ultimate experience. That would be the ultimate immersion of the audience into the nightmare.”

Director Harry Baweja is keeping his fingers crossed for his most ambitious endeavour. His sci-fi film Love Story 2050 has reached post-production stage, and a fortnight back, the film’s teaser premiered. The futuristic film has ample visual effects to create skyscrapers, flying cars, robots & even teddies.

On Tuesday Baweja was in Town to promote the film and his son Harman who is debuting as an actor with Love Story 2050. Baweja’s daughter Rowena is the film’s associate director. Baweja, who terms himself a dreamer, says he has woven his thoughts into Love Story-2050.

From Lord of the Rings to lords of the ringing tills, the Weta team that conquered Hollywood is now branching out into a souvenir shop for film buffs.     The new store, Weta Cave, opens next month and will provide fans and tourists with a chance to get up close to the film-makers.

McG’s “T4″, which was in active pre-production for a May 2009 release, may have been shut down by Warner Brothers.  According to my source, a crew member was recently overheard discussing his newfound free schedule due to the production shutting down.

Terminator 4’s cast includes Christian Bale as John Connor, Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese and Avatar’s Sam Worthington.  No word yet on how official this is, although I expect an official announcement soon.

You can forget your dreams of a Das Boot/Enemy Mine-style version of Orson Scott Card’s classic novel Ender’s Game. Director Wolfgang Peterson, previously attached to the project, has moved on, producers tell io9. Chartoff Productions is busy meeting with a slew of potential directors for the Ender’s movie, which they hope will start filming by early 2009. But who will play child prodigy Ender?

The 2008 Summer Simulation Multiconference (SummerSim’08) is an annual conference sponsored by The Society for Modeling and Simulation International which covers state-of-the-art developments in computer simulation technologies, as well as scientific, industrial, and business applications. Areas covered include high-performance computing technologies, models and algorithms, GUI visualization technologies, communications and much more. Application disciplines covered include advanced telecommunication; computer systems; military, government & aerospace; energy, and other industries. The conference includes keynote speeches presented by technology and industry leaders, technical sessions, professional development courses and seminars, as well as vendor exhibits. Scientists, engineers, managers, educators, and business professionals who develop or use simulation tools are invited to participate and present original papers. Proposals are solicited for papers, panels, tutorials, workshops, seminars, exhibits, social activities and for other presentation, discussion and sponsorship formats. People are always welcome to benefit by taking an organizing role. SummerSim’08 offers many ways to promote simulation products and to enhance corporate images. You are invited to use the Summer Simulation Multiconference in ways that best serve your interests.

If what the Wachowski’s are looking to do with their live-action SPEED RACER movie and its sensory overload of computer animated psychedelic pastels turns you off then perhaps this Hot Wheels-ization cash-in coming to DVD on May 6th will be more your… speed. (RIMSHOT)

SPEED RACER: THE NEXT GENERATION (Or is that SPEED RACER: THE NEXT GENERATION: THE BEGINNING?) is a 66-minute computer animated movie courtesy of Lionsgate that will hit DVD shelves prior to the release of the big screen, megabudget version. This futurized restyling claims it “builds on the legendary adventures of the iconic original series”. By “building” I think what they meant to say was the monkey is now a robot monkey and the Mach 5 is now the Mach 6.

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