(Source: The Daily Telegraph) Just a few days after it was reported that Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy are in the running to star in George Miller’s fourth Mad Max movie, The Daily Telegraph says that work on the film will start immediately and that filming will take place in Sydney and Outback NSW.

The newspaper says that a lot of the work will be done at Redfern’s CarriageWorks and there will also be 30 weeks of filming in Broken Hill. It is estimated the whole project will take two-and-a-half years to complete.

(Source: TheAppleBlog.com) If you are or ever have been the board gaming type, you may have run across Settlers of Catan, or at least heard of it from a fanatic friend. The game, which is a bit like Risk but without the war (at least in its basic incarnation), is all about resource gathering, trading, and colonization.

Fans of the series (and there are many) will be pleased to know that Settlers is now playable on your iPhone thanks to Catan ($4.99, iTunes link), an app that faithfully recreates the experience on your mobile device. If you aren’t yet a fan, Catan for your iPhone or iPod touch might just be the thing that converts you.

(Source: GearFuse) Why couldn’t I resist these awesome Twisted Disney Princesses pieces? Well for one, they are, indeed, awesome. Number two, some of them are almost zombie-esque and you know us. We can’t resist zombies.

Have you been looking for a way to scar your 5-year-old daughter for life? When she enters that inevitable princess stage, show her what real princesses are supposed to look like. She’ll never be the same. Hit the jump for full-sized twisted princess madness.

Click through to GearFuse for more full size images.

(Source: HollywoodReporter) Bold Films has picked up “Psy-Ops,” an action thriller from Scott Stewart and Gus Krieger.

Stewart, who is directing the vampire action thriller “Priest,” came up with the initial story, then developed it with Krieger, who will write the script.

Stuart Maschwitz, who co-founded visual-effects company the Orphanage with Stewart, is attached to make his directorial debut.

“Psy-Ops” revolves around a covert U.S. military unit of psychological operatives who specialize in exploiting their target’s deepest fears. When on a routine mission to the Amazon Basin, they discover something more terrifying than they could have imagined.

(Source: Engadget) We knew they were coming for the holidays, and now Nintendo’s black Wii gear has some prices and a November 16th release date. The black Wii Remote comes bundled with a MotionPlus add-on — obviously Nintendo doesn’t want to risk too many more people picking up a controller without one — and retails for $50, while the black Nunchuck (shown after the break) is all by its lonesome for $20. Unfortunately, still no word of a black Wii in the US to hang out with these finely tinted accessories.

(Source: AppleInsider) Apple’s cat-and-mouse game with the iPhone hacking community continues, as the handset maker has reportedly updated new shipping versions of the iPhone 3GS to prevent tampering.

According to iClarified, Apple has updated the BootROM for the iPhone 3GS to iBoot-359.32. This software upgrade is reportedly not vulnerable to an exploit hackers previously used to crack open the hardware.

A member of the iPhone Dev Team who goes by the handle MuscleNerd noted this is the first time ever that Apple has done a BootROM update in the middle of a product line, without a new hardware model. The Dev Team is a group of hackers who release tools used to exploit the iPhone OS.

(Source: LATimes) Digital Domain, the Venice-based visual effects house partly owned by director Michael Bay, is expanding — outside of Southern California.

The company best known for creating digital effects for movies including “Transformers” and “Titanic” announced today that it would develop a digital production studio in Florida dedicated to producing animated movies and video games.

Digital Domain has long sought to transform itself from being a work-for-hire movie and commercial effects house into a full-blown production studio. The Academy Award-winning company had planned a initial public stock offering last year to help finance that conversion, but later scrapped the IPO after a tepid response from investors.

RockBand

It’s true – as leaked earlier this week and confirmed yesterday, EA is bringing Harmonix’s Rock Band to the iPhone, and it’s about what you’d expect: notes come down the screen set to popular music, you tap in certain places in time to the beat, and get a score based on how well you do. Truthfully, I’m a huge Rock Band (and Harmonix) fan in general, but this doesn’t excite me much — the big draw of Rock Band is actually playing with those instruments, and while yes they’re plastic and tiny, when you get four people in the same room together playing them, it actually feels like you’re jamming in a band.

Fortunately, the iPhone version will have both online and bluetooth multiplayer, so you will be able to jam with people, but the gameplay is simply reminiscent of Tap Tap Revenge, which you probably already know about and/or have. It looks like they’ve gotten most of their songs from the actual Rock Band game; twenty songs with the purchase (no price yet), and then there will be 99 cent packs of two songs each coming out soon. The app’s been submitted and it should be out in the store next week.

(Source: Wired) So many movies, so many plot holes. We geeks can find plot holes in almost any movie, no matter how well-written and directed it is. We may not readily admit it, but we’d probably be a bit disappointed if we ever saw a movie without a single tiny plot hole.

The first list of unanswered questions (a kind euphemism for “plot holes”) we published a couple of weeks ago seemed to be fairly popular; so, as people in the movie business always do, we’ve cooked up a sequel. This time, we’re making it a little more challenging by avoiding low-hanging fruit like Independence Day.

10. Star Trek (the 2009 movie): Nero’s patience – Having destroyed the Kelvin, Nero bides his time until Old Spock appears from the black-hole-created temporal rift. This takes 25 years, but he waits because he wants Old Spock to watch Vulcan’s destruction as retribution for his failure to save Romulus. Surely with the advanced technology on his mining ship, Nero could have traveled to Romulus and done something to either warn the Romulans of (what is to him) the past about the supernova, or used the magic “red matter” to rectify the supernova situation ahead of time. Considering how impatient he is after Old Spock shows up, it’s truly remarkable how patient he is before that.

(Source: Variety) Visual effects studio Digital Domain is expanding, opening a branch in Vancouver, B.C.
Hiring begins immediately at DD’s Vancouver branch, with 50-60 artists coming onboard and more than 100 by year’s end. The facility will be built out to some 20,000 square feet and will be dedicated to feature film vfx.

It will launch with work on Disney’s “Tron Legacy,” which is already in production at DD’s Venice studio.

DD also announced it has tapped veteran vfx executive and Oscar winner Gloria Borders for a new post: president, feature film operations. Borders will be based in Venice, Calif., and oversee vfx production at both facilities. All vfx supervisors and producers on DD’s movies will report to her. She will report directly to CEO Cliff Plumer.

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