Saturday, 31 January 2009

Looking Upon The High Rise Building

Harry Potter Stuntman Seriously Injured

UK's The Daily Mirror reports that Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double suffered a serious injury in a set explosion yesterday for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I.

The 25-year-old was rehearsing a flying sequence using a harness when he was sent plummeting by the blast, which was part of the stunt. He was conscious after smashing to the ground but told horrified colleagues: "I can't feel my legs."

"He told crew members who went to help him he couldn’t feel anything from the waist down. Everyone is just hoping he makes a good recovery. It has come as a terrible shock," said a source.

Paramedics were called to Leavesden Studios and the stuntman was taken to hospital amid fears he may have been paralysed.

A spokesman for the studio said: "We can confirm a member of the Harry Potter production was injured in an accident. We are awaiting further news. Out of respect for the family we are unable to comment further."

Resident Evil 4 Heading to Tokyo & Alaska

Paul W.S. Anderson has completed his script for the fourth installment of the "Resident Evil" series. An insider told Arrow in the Head today that writing will commence on a second draft.

According to the site, a few other things will be happening in quick succession during this time: Right now they're trying to lock Milla Jovovich so she can reprise her role as Alice, then a director (not Anderson) will be sought and casting will begin. As hinted at the end of Resident Evil: Extinction, the story will shift to Tokyo and some shooting will take place in Toronto (to front for Alaska).

Arrow's got the word on the tone of the script and a few other players said to be involved behind the camera - check out their story here!

Friday, 30 January 2009

By the Power of Grayskull! We've Got a Director

Variety has confirmed Latino Review's scoop that Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver have set Kung Fu Panda co-director John Stevenson to make his live action directing debut on Masters of the Universe, a re-imagining of the signature Mattel toy line.

He-Man is a brawny prince who transforms into a warrior who becomes the last hope for a magical land called Eternia, which is being ravaged by technology and the evil Skeletor.

Silver is producing through his Silver Pictures and Mattel's Barry Waldo will be executive producer.

WB acquired the property in 2007, and Justin Marks wrote the first draft of the script based on a story he wrote with Neil Ellice.

The Mattel property became iconic by way of the 1980s cartoon series "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe," and the property was previously turned into a 1987 film starring Dolph Lungdren as He-Man and Frost/Nixon star Frank Langella as the villainous Skeletor.

Stevenson said he made up his mind when he went to Mattel headquarters and was shown into a secret lair that contained the visuals created by the toymaker staff.

"There was this locked bunker that you had to be escorted into," Stevenson said. "It was filled with art, some generated by the Mattel artists, and I looked around, and said, 'I get it.' We started formulating a specific vision for costumes, creatures, architecture, and the creation of a mythology and look for a whole world we'll create."

Source: Variety

Tom Wheeler Writing Puss in Boots

TV scribe Tom Wheeler has been hired to write the "Shrek" spinoff Puss in Boots for DreamWorks Animation, a stand-alone feature foray for the feline assassin/swordsman voiced by Antonio Banderas in the two most recent "Shrek" films.

The Puss in Boots character, originally hired to knock off the grumpy green ogre, debuted in Shrek 2, which is the 10th-highest-grossing movie of all time. He went on to become part of Shrek's entourage.

Chris Miller, who added voices and dialogue to previous "Shrek" installments and co-directed and co-wrote the third movie, wrote an earlier draft of the "Puss" screenplay.

Aying Butul

Final Package Art for Grudge 3 DVD

As it turns out, the cover art for the forthcoming DVD release of The Grudge 3 that leaked onto the web a few weeks ago was incomplete. Some alterations have since been made and we now have a front and back look at the package when it arrives in stores on March 24th.

Source: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Release Date for Blood: The Last Vampire

First, release date news... for the UK people. Pathe is going to distribute Chris Nahon's Blood: The Last Vampire in theaters on June 12th. In preparation for this, the company has staked out, so keep checking back there.

Meanwhile, it appears Universal Pictures has picked the film up for distribution in the US, though no idea what they intend to do with it just yet.

This long in-production adaptation of the popular anime focuses on a vampire named Saya, who is part of covert government agency that hunts and destroys demons in a post-WWII Japan. She's inserted into a military school to discover which one of her classmates is a demon is disguise.

Source: Pathe

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Fox Takes Over Chronicles of Narnia

Variety and The L.A. Times are reporting that 20th Century Fox has picked up the option to co-finance Walden Media's The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader just a month after Disney decided to pass on helping to finance the third film in the series. Budgeting and script issues are being worked out although there's hope that the film will start shooting at the end of summer for a planned holiday 2010 release through the Fox Walden label.

Fox and Walden will split the production and P&A costs for "Dawn Treader," which is projected to have a $140 million budget, down from the $215 million spent on last year's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. "Caspian" grossed $419 million worldwide, compared to the $745 million earned by its predecessor "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe."

As planned, the third film will be directed by Michael Apted with Mark Johnson and original director Andrew Adamson co-producing. Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley will be returning as Prince Caspian, Edmund and Lucy while Will Poulter from Garth Jennings' Son of Rambow will play Eustace Clarence Scrubb.

You can read more details about the production deal and the development of the script, which was penned by Richard LaGravanese over at Variety and at The L.A. Times.

More Empire Shots

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Warner Bros. Rebooting Tomb Raider

Warners Bros. Pictures and producer Dan Lin (upcoming Sherlock Holmes) are in early development on a a reboot of "Tomb Raider," the popular video game action franchise featuring Lara Croft.

Paramount previously made the two movies based on the game, but the rights have since reverted to Eidos. When Time Warner upped its stake to 19.92% in Eidos in December, films rights to the property were included as part of the deal.

Lin will produce the project via his Lin Pictures while Stephen Gilchrist will co-produce; Ian Livingstone of Eidos will executive produce.

The new project, however, is expected to revamp the character and her mission and bear little resemblance to the original pictures. It will reimagine the origins of the character, her love interest and the main villain.

As an open-writing assignment, the project is still in its nascent stages. An actress who could play the role Angelina Jolie made famous would likely come on after a writer and director are attached.

Panasonic Introduced More Camera

Click on the respective model name to see the press release.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Masjid Lambak

Coraline 2nd Trailer

Star Wars Turns to Horror!

Apparently it's been rumored for some time that author Joe Schreiber was penning a Star Wars "expanded universe" horror novel entitled "Deathtroopers." Then, the below artwork (embracing a very Hellraiser-esque approach) popped up this week at and Schreiber further confirmed his participation via his blog:

"I'm going to be writing a Star Wars horror novel for Lucasfilm, to be released in November of 2009. And although I've been specifically asked not to talk about the content of the book, I can tell you that A) It's going to be very scary and B) It's hopefully going to be released on the same day that my original horror novel The Black Wing comes out. I'm thrilled (to death, obviously) to have this opportunity, and almost as thrilled to tell you about it."


Next Batman Movie in 2011?

New Jersey's Courier-Post talked to Batman Begins and The Dark Knight executive producer Michael Uslan, who expects the third installment of the Christopher Nolan-directed films, starring Christian Bale, to hit theaters in 2011:

Uslan will be onboard as executive producer for the "Dark Knight" sequel, which he estimates will be theaters by 2011. As for the identity of the next round of Batman's supervillains and love interests, Uslan remains tight-lipped. "It's one of those deals where if I told you, I'd have to kill you," he says with a chuckle.

In related news, while The Dark Knight did not receive the Producer of the Year Award at the Producers Guild of America Awards on Saturday (it went to Slumdog Millionaire), the movie did receive awards at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday - Heath Ledger won for Best Supporting Actor and The Dark Knight also won Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture.

Source: Courier-Post

El Zombo Fantasma Coming to the Big Screen

Death Ray Films and Maya Entertainment have teamed up to bring the acclaimed Dark Horse comic book "El Zombo Fantasma" to the big screen.

"El Zombo Fantasma," published by Dark Horse Comics in 2005 and created by David Wilkins and Kevin Munroe, will be produced under the Death Ray Films banner recently formed by Chris Patton, Kevin Munroe and Robert Sanchez who are currently in production on War Monkeys.

The story follows the mysterious murder of the world's most notorious Mexican wrestler who bargains his way out of an eternity of fiery damnation by returning to Los Angeles to play guardian angel to a troublesome teen, Belisa Montoya. He soon discovers that the teen is not what she seems and that their fates have been intertwined for centuries.

Death Ray Films and Maya Entertainment will bring tales of the undead masked wrestler to multiple mediums starting with the live action feature followed by a new animated series.

Kevin Munroe will write and direct with Chris Patton and Robert Sanchez producing. Wilkins and Munroe will co-produce. Mike Richardson will executive produce for Dark Horse Entertainment.

Jose Martinez and Kellvin Chavez will produce along with Academy Award nominee Moctesuma Esparza who will executive produce for Maya Entertainment.

"'Zombo' started years ago as just a geeky idea between two friends who worked at the same video game company," says Munroe. "But Dave and I always knew that the property had a broader appeal than just its publishing roots, and now we'll see it finally reach an entirely new audience. I'm thrilled to be a part of creating this new breed of superhero for the big screen."

"As a Cuban-American in this industry, I see 'El Zombo' as a unique property that will not only showcase Latinos but also appeal to all audiences. It has action, romance, redemption and wrestling, it's a Latin Hellboy," says Robert Sanchez. "It's the prefect date movie!"

"El Zombo is an extremely cool superhero and it's tremendous, pile-driving fun," says Kellvin Chavez. "As a fan of wrestling, I used to watch 'Santo, el Enmascarado de Plata' one of the most famous Mexican free wrestlers, so I was excited by this project."

"We are excited to work with Death Ray and Dark Horse on El Zombo as it furthers our goal of bringing Latino themes and Latino talent to the commercial market," says Jose Martinez Jr. for Maya. "We plan to blow this out in a big way so that everyone can enjoy this awesome idea."

Source: Death Ray Films

Internet Explorer 8 RC1 Now Available

Internet Explorer General Manager Dean Hachamovitch has announced the immediate availability of Internet Explorer 8 RC1. Internet Explorer 8 RC1 is available in 25 languages for Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server. You can download IE8 RC1 here: Here is what Dean says about IE8 today:

"IE8 focused on how people really use the web. Consumers want a browser that makes the tasks they do every day faster and easier. The activities people spend their time on define real-world performance: navigating to websites, working with tabs, searching, keeping track of changing information (like traffic or an auction), and using the information from one site with another (as in getting a map). Everyone wants a trustworthy browser that keeps them in control and protects their safety. Developers want great developer tools, great interoperability, and a powerful platform that enables them to innovate. For some people, accessibility is crucial; for some organizations, policy, administration, and deployment are essential."

For more information on upgrading to RC1 – please see this post from Internet Explorer Program Manager Jane Maliouta. Jane provides an excellent and information-filled post on what you need to know to upgrade to RC1.

Internet Explorer 8 RC1 can only be installed on Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server. For more information on Internet Explorer 8 and Windows 7, please read this blog post.

Source: IEBlog

Sony PSP PSP-3000 gets new bright Colors

Sony unveiled four new bright color versions of the Sony PSP-3000 in Japan.

The new Vibrant Blue (PSP-3000 VB), Radiant Red (PSP-3000 RR), Bright Yellow (PSP-3000 BY) and Spirited Green (PSP-3000 SG) will launch in Japan in March 2009. Whether or not Sony will release these funky colored PSP consoles outside of Japan is not yet known.

Concurrently with the release of these new color variations of the PSP, PSP CARNIVAL COLORS Value Pack, comprising a PSP in newly introduced color and accessories including a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark2), an original PSP pouch, a wrist strap and a cloth, will become available in the Japanese market at a RRP of 24,800 yen.

Additionally, Battery Pack (2200mAh), comprising a battery pack (2200mAh) and a battery cover in newly introduced color as well as PSP Pouch in four CARNIVAL COLORS will also become available for Japan at a RRP of 5,500 yen and 1,800 yen respectively on the same day. This extremely attractive PSP CARNIVAL COLORS Value Pack and Battery Pack (2200mAh) are offered for limited quantities.

The Sony PSP in Vibrant Blue and Radiant Red will become available on March 5th, 2009, and Bright Yellow and Spirited Green on March 19th, 2009, all at a recommended retail price (RRP) of 19,800 yen (including tax).

Via: Sony

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens Review by The Digital Picture

The Digital Picture have posted their review of the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM. Quotes from the review, "The Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens is, without question, Canon's best-performing (optically and physically) and best-built 24mm lens. If you want the best Canon 24mm lens, look no longer. This is it."

You can read the full review HERE.

By the beach in HDR

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Sigma Offers Free Upgrade to Nikon D3 Owners

A limited number of Sigma lenses when used with the new Nikon D3 digital SLR camera will not support the “Auto DX crop” function. To overcome this problem Sigma will be supplying a free upgrade to existing customers.

List of lenses requiring update for D3 camera

DC lenses (digital SLR cameras/APS-C image sensor)
30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM - Serial Numbers lower than 2054001
10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM - Serial Numbers lower than 2160001

DG lenses(35mm format SLR cameras)
APO 300mm F2.8 EX DG HSM - Serial Numbers lower than 3013701
APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG HSM - Serial Numbers lower than 4022401

For further information, please contact your nearest authorized Sigma Service Station.

Acara Walkathon Maal Hijrah 1430

Anjuran MPM Berakas 'A', Takmir Masjid Lambak dan AJK Sekolah Ugama Jalan Bedil. Majlis juga diseri kan dengan kehadiran tetamu kehormat, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Menteri Perhubungan.

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