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(Source: Wired.com) Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch are the overwhelming favorites for mobile access to Wired.com.

Color us surprised.

While we knew that our readers use and are interested in iPhones, we weren’t prepared for just how drastically the logfile numbers skewed towards Apple’s mobile platform. Taken together, the iPhone and iPod Touch represent 91.6% of the mobile devices accessing Wired.com during June, 2009.

[Editor's Note: It was obviously an oversight on their part in not contacting me to participate in this documentary]

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“Cat Ladies” is a documentary by Christie Callan-Jones that explores real story behind the “crazy cat lady” stereotype.

Cat Ladies is a one hour verité documentary that unravels the real story behind the oft-ridiculed ‘cat lady’ – a cultural stereotype and figure of ridicule for women of a certain age with too many furry companions. Through the intimate portrait of four unique ‘cat ladies’ we create a sensitive and emotionally honest portrait of women whose lives and self-worth have become intractably linked to cats.


(Source: news.prnewswire.com)

“Basement Gary”

The winning animation tells the story of Basement Gary, a geeky inventor, who builds a “drug simulator,” which allows his landlord’s teenage son to experience drugs without actually doing them. The machine, Gary explains, “gives you all the real effects and benefits of drugs without any of the health risks.” However, Gary’s invention, like all of his creations, is ultimately doomed for disaster, and hilarity ensues.

Playboy announced today that “Basement Gary,” an original animation co-created by New York animator Sean Donnelly and actor Alessandro Minoli, was named winner of its 2009 Animation Contest. The honor has earned the creators $10,000 and bragging rights in the animation world. “Basement Gary,” as well as other top contest contenders, can be viewed at playboy.com/animation.


(Source: wearemoviegeeks.com) ‘Tristram Shandy.’  ’The Lord of the Rings.’  ’Watchmen.’  ’The Stand.’  These films are just a few, a modicum, of a larger whole of films that all have something in common. They are all based on previous works of literature that were believed, at one point or another before the film’s release, to be entirely unfilmable.  For various reasons, there were those in the world who believed that the novels, plays, series, and graphic novels that make up the “unfilmable” whole either could not or, in more cases than not, should not be put to film.At least, they believed these could not be put to film in the traditional sense.  One thing that you will almost always hear from someone who has just seen a movie based on a book they have previously read is that the movie is not as good as the book.  Very few films ever reach that height where they surpass the critical success of their source material.  It’s just natural to appreciate something that is entirely an original idea rather than the work that is based on something else.  If a filmmaker is lucky (and an enormous level of talent comes in handy, too) the film that is based on the book or even short story will be just as good as the book itself.  In the modern landscape of the filmmaking world, Frank Darabont is the only one who comes to mind that hits it out of the park 100% of the time (We’re talking adaptations here, so we won’t hold ‘The Majestic’ against his batting average.).  So far, he is 3 for 3 in his adaptations of Stephen King novels.

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(Source: comingsoon.net) Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and Legendary Pictures announced today that Sam Raimi has signed on to direct the eagerly-anticipated major motion picture based on Blizzard Entertainment’s award-winning Warcraft universe. Raimi has, in the course of his career, clearly demonstrated a genius for developing and adapting existing fictional universes for mainstream audiences while staying true to the spirit of the original content.

Raimi directed the “Spider-Man” trilogy, which has broken box-office records around the world and garnered five Academy Award nominations. Known for his imaginative filmmaking style, richly drawn characters and offbeat humor, Raimi wrote and directed the cult classic, The Evil Dead and produced 30 Days Of Night. He most recently wrote and directed the supernatural thriller, Drag Me To Hell.



(Source: vfxworld.com)  The “real” physics behind some of Hollywood’s most famous action, science fiction and superhero scenes will be revealed when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents “When Worlds Collide: The Science of Movies,” on Thursday, August 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Presented by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council, the program will be hosted by author Adam Weiner (DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME! THE PHYSICS OF HOLLYWOOD MOVIES) and will feature film clips and in-depth conversation with Oscar-winning visual effects artists Robert Legato (“Titanic”) and Scott Stokdyk (“Spider-Man 2″), Oscar-nominated visual effects artists Shane Mahan (“Iron Man”) and Matt Sweeney (“Apollo 13″), and stunt coordinator and second unit director Dan Bradley (“The Bourne Ultimatum”).


(Source: moviesblog.mtv.com) As Tim Burton told us last week, he’s spending “every waking moment” on his Johnny Depp-led adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland.” The movie will serve up an ambitious melding of live-action, motion-capture and computer animated element. As soon as he’s finished with that mammoth undertaking—the film is due in theaters early next year—he’ll begin work on another Depp-focused project, one that has teased and tantalized movie nerds for years but which, finally, finally, is going to get underway in 2010: “Dark Shadows.”

“That’s something that [Depp and I] both love and are excited about,” the director told MTV News. “When I’m done with this I’ll definitely focus on that.”

    
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