(Source: examiner.com) It is one of the most beautiful, wondrous, evocative titles ever written.

Under the Moons of Mars.

It was the first novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, one year before he created Tarzan, and was published in All-Story, a cheap pulp magazine, almost a century ago.  Burroughs had such little faith in his wild story — the tale of a Rebel soldier battling big green monsters on Mars — that he used a lame pseudonym, Normal Bean, in hopes that readers would consider him a normal being.

So here, almost 100 years later, does anyone still give a damn?

(Source: Variety) Disney and director Robert Zemeckis are negotiating to remake “Yellow Submarine,” the 1968 psychedelic animated film based on the music of The Beatles.

The studio has been quietly brokering a complicated rights deal that would give Zemeckis access to 16 original Beatles songs for a movie he will direct in the performance-capture 3-D digital production format he employed for “A Christmas Carol.” Disney opens that film November 6, with Jim Carrey playing Scrooge as well as the three ghosts who haunt him in the Charles Dickens tale.

The Blu-ray and two-disc DVD  TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen packages also will feature augmented reality technology that will allow owners to interact with a holographic image of OPTIMUS PRIME utilizing their webcams and a special website. Fans will be asked to piece together the Matrix of Leadership to bring OPTIMUS PRIME back to life, help repair his armor and calibrate his weapons by actually controlling his aim during target practice.

As an added bonus, the Blu-ray will include an exclusive interactive feature that gives viewers the ability to customize their own robot characters and get a glimpse at a rogue robot. Out of all the available permutations, one will unlock an exclusive interview with Michael Bay about his plans for the next adventure.


(Source: Wired.com) An ambitious group of hardware hackers have taken the fundamental building blocks of computing and turned them inside out in an attempt to make PCs significantly more efficient.

The group has created a motherboard prototype that uses separate modules, each of which has its own processor, memory and storage. Each square cell in this design serves as a mini-motherboard and network node; the cells can allocate power and decide to accept or reject incoming transmissions and programs independently. Together, they form a networked cluster with significantly greater power than the individual modules.

(Source: BoingBoing) San Franscisco Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the beta launch of DataSF.org, a website designed as a clearinghouse for the City of San Francisco’s public data. TechCrunch has this launch statement from the mayor. Here’s a snip:

datasf.jpgThe new web site will provide a clearinghouse of structured, raw and machine-readable government data to the public in an easily downloadable format. For example, there will be updated crime incident data from the police department and restaurant inspection data from the Department of Public Health. The initial phase of the web site includes more than 100 datasets, from a range of city departments, including Police, Public Works, and the Municipal Transportation Agency.

(Source: derderp.comHasbro Entertainment marked today’s 60th anniversary, of the famous board game, CandyLand, by transforming 575 feet of tourist mecca Lombard Street into a life size Candyland board game. They put down 30,000 pieces of colored squares (which looks like jigsaw puzzle pieces sorta) to mark the colored squares that we all used to covet moving to next before our bratty sibling(s) could get there.

as SFist points out, they did change a few things: Queen Frostine is now Princess Frostine, and no more molasses swamp?! Whaaat?

More pics: berderp.com

(Source: examiner.com) Question: What’s hotter than the burning sands of Tatooine? Answer: Actual fire.

Laugh all you want, but last Thursday, filmmaker George Lucas had a close encounter of the very, very, hot kind when a brush fire crept dangerously close to the Star Wars creator’s beloved Skywalker Ranch (think Neverland for talented filmmaking wizards minus the weird factor.)

(Source: cinematical.com) When it comes to the Terminator franchise, the future might have begun, but it’s sputtered and stalled out. It’s not because of Christian Bale rants, McG, or poor reviews but pesky things like rights, loans, and financing. According to The LA Times, the franchise is back in court thanks to Terminator: Salvation producers Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek. They’ve brought a $30 million dollar lawsuit against Santa Barbara based hedge fund Pacificor, which lent them the money to buy the Terminator rights, and against a former Pacificor employee, Kurt Benjamin, who arranged the whole deal.

(Source: ShockTillYouDrop.com) Shooting is just around the corner for Predators, the latest entry in 20th Century Fox’s creature saga.

Nimrod Antal (Vacancy) is behind the camera this time, working from a script by Alex Litvak and Michael Finch. But when production begins late next month down at Robert Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas – who will be realizing the Predators this time around? Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger’s KNB FX. This is the first time the shop has tackled the otherworldly hunters, however, individually, Nicotero worked on the ‘87 film, as did Berger and KNB’s Shannon Shea.

(Source: variety.com) Since the digital revolution in vfx and animation, much of what has set the top shops apart has been their “special sauce” — proprietary, inhouse software tools that let them create images their competitors couldn’t match.

Today, however, there’s a clear trend toward taking some of that special sauce and turning it into commercial products that any shop can buy.

This move away from proprietary tools and toward commercial solutions, at least for the unglamorous parts of CG production, is changing the way companies — and the artists they employ — do business.

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